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nVHNINO BULLETIN, HONOLULU, T. 11.. SATUltDAY, AUG, 29, 1908
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CHAPTER VII CONTINUED
(From Last Saturday)
Tliej'vp got to bo seen to lie under
filled. A lliontMinil poor tired wives
cu" white faced, spindly KMs turned
lift Inlii the country for tho only
jdjaipp of gveii cr.Ts mi' shady trees
llfoy ever Ret nil jenr. A thousand
l Willi rs mi' children out In n cool
grow wllli nothing to do but roll
nmiiiid the roft grass nn' piny nn'
ent nil the fmiry grub they cnn hold.
Mnj he, nil:s. It wouldn't menu n lot to
ZA. ,'' vr
kiiI sur;ire fur 1011, Aluyn," in
terinjitul IiIh mother.
yciu, Imt If .Mi'iM lioi'ii workln' an'
llvln" nn' Hli'ppla nn' Muriln' for
twclw months In n nliiiTy, dark, smelly
back ti'liemelit iniuii. tolllu' HUen slave,
to Keep food nu' clothes hotwlxt the
Kids nn' Mnrvntlou, nn' was Imiely
nlilp to Keep hody nu' soul togolhor
we!l. nmybe then you'd iniilerKtnnd
what them oihIiiks mi' tin key fests nu'
londs of (.'on I means to the poor. Anil
' they won't turn down Jimmy Phclnu
at Ilnrrlgnn's orders."
"I do iindcrMtnnd," cried Dallas, her
big eyes bright with tears. "I under-
ntnml, nml. In liehnlf of nil women nnd
-children, I thank you with my whole
"You're nil right, inh-s." muttered the
delighted, cmliarriirsod riielnu. nt once
nt n los for words. "Yon'rv ynu'ro nil
right! I'll leave It to hN honor IF
"Indeed she Is!" broke III n suave
vol'-e nt who'e miimd the little spell of
ix'iilltnpiit wna bro'ien mid which cana
rd riiehin mid Bennett to turn In nn
lioyiiiicp fnwnrd the door,
IVutt Glbbs, Iilniid. well groomed,
ipille Ignoring the oilier men'ii Inil: of
welcome. Btood bowing on the thresh
"Oh, I forgot In tell you, Alwyn,"
whispered .Mr.i. Iljnn. tt Pi n hurried
nsldo to her noli na the latter summon
ed up sufficient civility to greet tho
iiewrnmer. "I forgot to lull you. Mr,
Olblis wns calling on Dallas when I
stopped for her, nml he naked lcao to
come iilon-;. l'r.i rorry, h'lt" -
"How nre you. Ilonnett?" Glbbs wns
raying. "And -Mr. I'lieltn, too, Isn't
1 1 V Aldereau, I'l'i Kind to ieo jou
iitiIii. You rcniPiiilier nieV Scott
"Ycs." i-ald I'lielnu, "I remember you,
nil right. You w.is up to Wnlnwrlght'H
I'nt Hiiinirer- that day me nn' Ilorrl
Kin sent the !-io of peace icrceehhf
I'P n dee I didn't Know jou visited
t'e lly hall lii'i."
"I don't, ns n rule," nnsneied (!lhbs.
"I enme la-ie with Mrs. Itenuett and
Mlsa Wnlun light I wauled u gllmpso
of the niqn, who eaii maUe ono pen
i Iro'io that will send Borough Street
railway utoclc up to ll)f) or down to ID."
"Do you mean." broke In Dallas,
"Hint Mr, llciuiutt can really liavo bucIi
nn effect on the stock market?"
"That and more." tllbbs nssurcil her.
"Why, tho mero rumor that ho meant
to veto tho llnrougli'H franchise bill has
sent tho stock tumbling olght points
Blnco tho market opened today,"
"What power for pno man!" ex
claimed tho girl, turning to Ilennett In
surprise, "And nro jou going to veto
"Otllce secrets," reprocd Alwyn Jest
ingly. "Hands oft!"
"Yeto It?" echoed Glbbs, with n
lai'Kl'! .J.'Pfoourno Ijo Isiit,. ft .wouhj
be too hard upon Tils frfends unfair
nnd unkind, to say the least,"
"Hut why?" queried Dallas, forestall.
in? Alwyn, who was about to spenk.
"Iticaine." cut In Olblis before Ilen
nett could Interfere, "the men who arp
hacking the IloroiiRli bill nre the men
who made him mayor. It wouldn't be
sipinro for him to turn his new power
ncnlnst the very men who bhvo him
(hat power. Now, would It?"'
"Ily 'tho men who nro backing tho
jIII" whom do yon mean?" asked Ben
ictt. "Oh. I Just spoke In generalities. As
i matter of fact, the break In (he prlco
iday was lucky for tluco -ho wanted
"An' your firm's iloln' most of tho
uyln', I'm told," Interpolated I'.hclan.
"Vo have n great deal of the stock.
ndnilt." said lllbhs; "so you see. Hen-
ett, ymi can make me or break me. I
.lane myself In your hands."
"I sr you nto taking n most unfair
ilrniitnge of me. Mr. (ilbbs," retorted
'.Iwyn. with sino heat. "Yon liavo no
Iglit to thrust this Information on me
nd to appear
"Hut t was only"
"You were trying to Influence my nc
Inn tow-ard th? Horoitgh bill. You can
mt do It."
"Why. I didn't think you'd lio nngry
"I'm not. Lot's drop the subject,
"I only nliswercd MIs AVnlnwrlglit's
"Ye'tr leave Miss Wnlnwrlsht's name
nt of the nml (or, please," replied Hen
ielt. "Certainly, If you like," assented
1 1 hi ii, with n shrug of Ids broad shoul
'el's! "I am afraid my time Is up.
ood day, Ilennett. I'm sorry you mis
"I didn't. Rood day."
"I'll be on my way, too," announced
'helaii. breaking the awkward pause
Vit followed Olblis' exit.. "I-adlos.
'm proud to have met you. It cither
f jou knows a poor woman needln' n
i urKcy or n family wnntln' an outing.
list drop me a line, nn I'll see they
,-et.lt. Ai" they needn't come from my
If- That's bad politics, nlderninu!"
imglipil r.ennelt. . .
"It's good humanity, though. 'There's
wo things I love to do tlrst, to down
he man who's me enemy, nn', second,
n give good times to folks who's strati
Cers to fun. (!oodb.v, your honor. I'll
k.' In ng'ln now I've found my way,
"Alwyn," said Mrs. Ilennett ns the
lldeimau bowed himself out with
jinny flourishes, "I want to sec Cyn
.lil.i. Can I go into her otllce now, or
Is she too busy? I'll bo back In a few
minutes, Dallas, and bring her with
me. I know how nnxlous sho Is to see
"I wonder what Plielan would think
of that for 'raw' work," thought Al
wyn as the old lady bustled Into the
Inner room, leaving Dallas and himself
alone. I'erhaps Dallas, too, under
stood, for her manner wns less assured
than usual ns her eyes met his.
"It Is so good so good to seo yon
again!" to snld. "It seems jenrs In
dead of month since you wentnway."
"Hut how splendidly you've filled the
.hue! A I'd what n niagnlllcent fight
you innde! I wns so proud of you,
"Ileally? I rememlier yon once said
I was n mcra ldler-n rich man's oo-.i-ind
that yo'i weren't at nil proud of
"That Is past. Wo must forget It.
You iireiiwnke now."
'Torgct It? Not for worlds. I owe
all my success to jou, Dallas. It was
jour face that strengthened mo when
Hutu mm med no hope. It was tho
memory of jour words that kept mo
hrm e ifnd Hindu mu resolve to win
agilnst nil odds. You wcro my In
spiration, the light In my darkness. At
each step I thought 'Dallas would lio
glad' or 'Dallas would not approve of
fills,' And I steered my course nc
coidlngly to victory,"
"No, nn!" murmured tho girl, "It
was your ow u courage, your strength"
"Not mine. It wns jour faith in mo.
Do jou Know, 1 think no man ever ac
complish! s anything by himself. There
Is nlwnja n woman, I think, behind
eiery grent nehleiement. The world
at large does not seo her- docs not
Know of her etlsleiicc .but she's In the
li-.-i 1 1 of the nun who i.i making the
light. Ho battles In her iinmc as did
Ilia kulgtilH of old, and the triumph Is
here, not his. Whether his reward li
tliu crown of love or tho crown of
thorns, slm s the Inspiration."
"Then If I had a share In your sue
cits I iiui wry happy, Alwjn, for your
name Is In uveiy mouth. You nro tho
iii.iii of the hour, even as jou were In
the olden d.lj's on tin- football Held.
Oh. 1 am proud of jou verj', wry
piond! Theio Is a glorious future be
"That nil rests In your dear hands,"
"I'lttiuv or present, Dallas, It's nil
the same. If only jou"
"Say, Ileinr"." rrviJ a decs voice
J The Weekly Edition of the Evening
Bulletin gives a complete summary of
the news of the day.
ns tlie'iloor from the outer otfice wns
banged open nnd
faced nnd angry,
burst In, "I un
derstand th nt
j-ou'w Oh, I
didn't know you
had n lady call
ing on jou," he
"Well. I have."
furious nt the
should have told
j-ou that nt the
"Miin'J hrep mc irnlt-
"I don't slop to
bear what folks
! InniJ," Id hi
tell me nt doors.
Vll wait outside till
"Don't trouble to wait. Ooodby."
"Yon cnu bet I'll trouble to wait,"
snarled Ilorrlgan. "There's something-
you nnd I have got to settle todny.
t'nderstnnd? I'll lie outside. Don't
keep mo waiting long!"
t. iii i r.u t i.
"I THAT a strange man!"
l clnln"'(1 Dallas Wntnwrl
f In wonder, ns the nnlem
' door slammed behind
door slammed behind tho
boss. "And what utterly abomlnnblo
manners! Who Is he, Alwyn?"
"Mellaril Ilorrlgan. the" I
"The boss. Yes. lie has q pleasing
way of stamping luto II N oSlco un
iskcd, ns If lie owned It mid ns If I
vcre his clerk. Hut today's belmvliy '
.vns the worst jet. It's got to stop!"
"Hut don't do or s.iy anything i-pi-k- I
ess. Alwyn. I'roiulie inc. Ileim-iubei-low
strong he Is!"
"There's no (lunger of his letting me
'orget Ills power," said ttennott, with
hitler smile, lip"
"Hut jon'll In1 carel'rl. won't j-ou?
t 'lease do. for my sake. And you
nf.itn't keep him v.-nlllug. If t!ure'
l way out through (Jyntlila's olllcp
.e'll gt by that. Ooo-lbj-. I'll i-r.plain
to your mother. No; you .ir.urt let lis
to now. Otllce hustness riu-it co:ne
tlrst. Won't yon mil this I'M-nlng? I'll
'jo home nnd alone."
Dct'pllp lle:ne!t'B remoni;raiiC(ssne
ans II rm. alul It was' In mi pleasant
frpiue of mind tint the m lyor threw
llnifelf Into a seat when be was left
lloiie In the ro-ini. That Hi tall; with
Dnllns, which had promise I su much
for him, should be thus rudely Inter
.upted. That- Hnnlgati Hung open
the door and etanipeil In. T!ie bot3'
mger had by no means suliddcd In
the few mnuients of delay, but h.ld,
-nther, grown until It Ibr.itrd In Ids
every word nnd g.-sture. He wusted
no time In forinnlltles, but cnnie, to
'lie point with till the tender sraco and
tact of a pile driver.
"Look here. Hcnnett," h" rumbled,
menace underlying tone' nnd look. "I'm
told Phelan's been here this afternoon.
What did he want?"
"To so? hip." answered Hennett calm
y, the effort nt self control ilslble
only hi flie v.hltenlug of tho knuckles
'hat g-.lppcd Hie desk edge.
"Wlint did be want to see j on about?"
"A littslncsi' mntler."
"V.'lint bm-lner.s matlcrV" '
"Yours, oh?" enrcred Ilortlgan
'Well, yo-.uig iran, I want you to un
lerstnnd here and now Hint no ouo
nn be cliuin.ny wllh .Mm IMi-'lau and
'ie my man nt the same time. Clot Hint
through your brad?"
"Yes," nssentcd Reiinett: "I think I'
liaie. And while we're spenklng plain
ly I wr.iit you to under." tan.l here nnd
now that no one can bully me, 'either
hero or drew here, ami that I'm no
unit's man. Have jou got that through
Ilorrlgan stored In oav.ige amaze
ment, lie doubted if lib cars had not
plajed lil in falce. Renuett had nlwnys
treited tho boss with uniform cour
te.iy, nnd Ilorrlgan Monged to the
too numerous class who do not under
stand until too late the difference be
tween gcntlo breeding nnd wenk cow
ardice. 'Dint a man should speak to
him courteously and not Interlard his
talk with oaths, obscenity or rough
ness seemed to Ilorrlgan, us it does to
many another boor, nu ovldcucc of ti
midity mid lack of virility. A Damas
cus blndo is n far more harmless look
ing weapon than a bludgeon, yet It Is
capable when the necessity nrlscs of
far deadlier work.
It Is only the man whoso gentleness
has not granite strength ns its founda
tion who deserves tho newly popular
term of "mollj-coddle."
Had Horrlgan's Inrgo expcrlenco
with men been extended to embrace
this fact ho would probably never have
picked out Alwyn Hennett in tho first
placo as candldato for mayor nor
deemed tho younger man n fit tool for
tho organization's crooked work. Tho
1-Veuch nobles of tho old regime, whoso
polish of manner was tho envy of tho
world, fought lf!;o devils on occasion
and went to death on the scaffold with
a smllo nnd u Jest ou their lips, while
many a brutal domagoguc in tho same
circumstances broke down and scream
ed for mercy. However, Ilorrlgan
chanced to bo more familiar with the
history of the organization than with
that ,of rruiicii;. lience, deeming; (tell;
neU's "reply a mere' sporadic flash" of
defiance from a properly cowed spirit,
he resolved to crash the rebellion nt a
"Don't give mo any Insolence!" he
roared. "I won't stand for It, nnd"
"Moreover," quietly contlmud Hen
nett. ns though the boss had not
spoken, "I shnll be very much obliged
If In future you will knock at my door
Instead of bursting in on mc. This Is
my private c. not yours,"
"Do you-rheah to"
"I've explained as clearly aa I can
Just-what I mean. If you don't under
stand mo I can't supply you with In
telligence." "Hennett." said the boss, his burn
ing rngo steadied down to a white
hent. far more dangerous, but less In
coherent, "yon .and mc nre talking too
much and saying too little. We've got
to come to n showdown. You're n clov
er, boy and, j-ou mndo a rattling good
fight! nnd you're on the right side of
the publlc.and of tho press too. You're
the best material we've got.,nnd If yon
try nnd do the right thing there's no
limit to what j'ou can rise to but only
If you do the right thing."
" -The right thing.' " echoed Bennett
"Whit do you mean by the right
"I mean you'vp got to do the right
thing by the men who put you where
yon nro today."
"That's fair. Hut who "put ma wbero
I nm todnyT"
"I did I, Dick Ilorrlgan. Who ever
henrd of you till I took you up? No
boly. If I didn't make you mayor,
who did. I'd llko to know?"
"The voters. The peoplo of this
"flie voters.'' scoffed Ilorrlgan. "The
deuce they did I Who had you nomi
nated?" "You did. Hut It was the public who
elected me. and I'm going to olwy
your order In one thing. I'm golne; o
'do the right thing by the men who
put mo where I nm today.' I'm going
to pay the voters for their trust )n mo
b.y giving them a fair nnd square ad
ministration.. In the case of this Bor
ough Street railway franchise bill, for
Instance." tapping the document lying
before him on Ids desk, .."Irforo I sign
thai bill I Intend to mak sure It's for
the good of the" people, that It la (or
the good of the city.' not merely for
the good of Itlchard Ilorrlgan and
clique of his friends and heelers. No,
don't swear. It'll do you no good. I'm
firm on this matter. If you're discon
tented with me It'a your own fault.
I warned you months ago that If 'I
was elected I should keep my oath of
oOlce. As for this Borough bill"
"As for this Ilorongh bill," broke lu
Ilorrlgan savagely, "you'll sign It It
"Well?" queried Bennett, as thobosa
paused, choked by bta own fury. "It
I dpn't sign It-what then?"
"If you don't, your political career la
ended from this time ou. Beo? It'a
ended. Smashed fiat You think of
yourself as a fine, promising yonng
tnnn who's on the road 'to the gov
ernorship and maybo to the White
House. Well, you aren't You'ro what
Dick Ilorrlgan made you, and your
future will be what Dick Ilorrlgan
chooses to uiako It I lifted you up,
ami I can tear you down just as easy.
And, what's more, by , I'll dolt It
you don't sign tho Borough bill, I'm
a man of my word, and before ever
you .were nominated I pledged my
word to have that bill put through.
The bill paid your election expenses.
.- "I paid my own election expenses.
You know that."
"Your personal expenses, perhaps.
But who paid for parades, halls, ban
ners, tlrownrks, speakers, advertise
ments, workers nnd watchers and alt
tho other million things that elected
you? The men behind that Borough
hill paid them. And tbey did It on tho
understanding you'd sign tho bill."
"In other words," remarked Ben
nett, "you mndo a bargain for me.
Well, I can't keep It."
"Ob. I'll keep It all right You'll
sign that bill or you'll"
"Mr. Ilorrlgan," exclaimed Bennett
controlling his temper with tuoro nnd
more dlfllcnliy. "you said toroothlng
Just now about our coming to k show
down. This Is tho time' fof.lt. I want
you to remember henceforth that I
wear no man's collar yotlrs or any
ono else's-nnd that you can't deliver
any goods j-ou'ro bargained' for In my
name. If I sign that blll."lt won't bo
under your orders, but because 1 think
"Oh," laughed Ilorrlgan, who thought
he liegnn to see the drift of the oth
er's mind, "I don't hold out for that. I
don't care why you sign It as long as
you do sign It."
"What do you think about the bill
yourself?" Inquired Alwyu. "Do you
consider It honest?"
''What do I care? It'a got to be
"I care. And I think tbo bill Is
"Getting tender In the conscience,
aren't you? "Well"
"If you put It that way, yes. I think
this Borough bill is crooked from first
to last. Hilt"
"What's tho matter with it? Ain't"
"Let me explain," pursued Alwyn.
"This bill give's the Borough Street
ltajlwn.- csiiii'Ujiy tile. Cl:!lL 1,8 t?e
ISM i rrtfr"-'-
whatever mnttve"p6wcr tl?y choose to.
It gives them the right to chargo Ave
cent fares without tiny irnntfers. In
one paragraph there's n. clause permit
ting them to build a .subway if tbey
want one. Ily nnother paragraph's con
cessions tfwy can 'build a conduit and
tenso It .out ,for telephone or telegraph
wires. By nnother tbey can do an ex
press business. But all these provi
sions are an nothing compared to the
fact that the bill gives the streets
above, and below ground to the Bor
ough company forever and ever not
for a term of years, but until the end
of the world. It delivers that roiito to
the company not only for our time, but
for nlwdys. and binds us nnd our de
scendants to Its terms. That Is tho
chief outrage of the wholo thing. To
think that thc""-
"Oh. we'vo got a bowling reformer
In the mayor's seat, have we?" scoffed
Horrlgan. "If I'd known that"
"The people hare got a man who Is
trying to protect their rights and prop
erty. Here's n letter I received to
dny. You'll, recognize the name 6f tbo
capitalist who .wrote It. You know ho
Is honest ns well as wise. This is his
proposition: Ue will pay $2,000,000 for J
Mini sniDo irancnise, givo ine cuy iu
per cent of the gross receipts nnd turn
orcr the whole plant to It at tb'o end
of tlfty years. What do you think of
"It's n fake."
"It Is a bona Rile offer. He volun
teers to deposit $1,000,000 to hind the
bargain. Now, what I want to ask
you, Mr. Ilorrlgan, Is this: If the fran
chise Is worth $'.'." MUX), why nre you
and your faction lu the lioanl of alder
men so anxious to give It away for
"Look here!" blustered the boss.
"I am looking." returned Bennett.
"I've been looking deeper Into It than
you rrnllac. I asked ypu n question
lust now. I'll answer , It myself In
one word' Oraff:'" Tiia'j Is why yon
want to give awaya franchise that I'
"Graft!" aborted Horrlgan'contcmptg
onsly. r'The mine old reformer howl!
What's your Idea, of grnftVanywsyJ"
"Graft Is'uricarn'cil Increment Mone
to which the recipient. boa-uo-fial or
moral fight. That Is" "
"flo! Then allow' nie the man who
ain't a grafter! A lawyer, dhows, his
client how to cyade the law; and he
takes a fee for doing It. What's that
but graft? A magazine takes p'ly 'for
printing an advertisement II editors
know Js a fake. What's that? draft!
When a, congressman voles for an ap
propriation because another congress
man has agreed to voto for one of
his, what's tlitit? Graft! When a five
thousand a year senator retires nt the
end of ten years, worth a million, what's
that? Graft! A police captain on $2,
750 a year buys yachts and ountry
estates. Graft! How about the rail
road president who gets stock free In
a corporation that ships over his -road,
or tho insurance man or banker who
gives or takes fat loans on fancy se
curities and clcsrs 1,000 per rent?
Grafters, -all of 'em! Grafters! Every
Ono grafts who can or, who Isn't too
stupid. Hhow me -a man who doesn't
graft nnd I'll show you a fool. Present
company not excepted."
"That's where you're' wrong." return,
ed Alywn,- Iguorlng-the slur mfd spenk
lng with a Judicial quiet oddly at con
trast with the boss' vehemence. "The
man who anid 'Honesty Is tbe best pol
icy' knew what lie was talking about
It- pays bear 'not only hereafter, hut
here ns well. Why did Missouri choose
Folk for governor? Because In splto
of his faults he Is honest, why was
La l-'ollette sent to the senate from
Wisconsin? Because, faults nnd all, he
was honest. Why did tho people of
this country make Doosetclt their pres
ident? Wcie they blind to bis faults
and foibles? No. but they knew ha
was honest! 1 am honest This bill
Isn't. That Is why I wou't sign It."
"You won't, eh?" roared Horrlgan.
"Then veto It! Yeto It If you dare! I'll
not only smash your political career,
but I'll pass the bill over your veto.
Thafllshow you pretty well how you
and me stand as to power In tbe city.
I'll make you the laughingstock of the
administration by taking tho whole
thing out of your hands and passing It
lu spite of you."
"I doubtlt," answered Bennett, pal
ing, but meeting coolly the fiery wrath
In HorrlgnjiVllttlc red eycr "I Intend
to fight your Horoiigh blll'ln-tlic alder.
tunnlc Chamber nnd oiitslde'lbst coun
cil. To pass li bill over my veto you'll
have to get a" two-thirds majority. That
means fourteen rules. Toil have only
your 'solid thirteen." And I'll make It
my business to sec jou don't get n
"I'll look out for jlhnt, all right, all
"One thing more, Mr. Horrlgan. I
have reason to believe there Is bribery
In (his matter. I'll ferret out the name
of every man who gives or takes a
brllte In connection with the Borough
franchise bill, nnd I'll send cwry one
of them to Jail not only the aldermen,
but the capitalists who are behind the
measure, rtrcclver And thief shall go
to Jail together."
"Is that so?" chuckled Horrlgan.
"Then, Mr, Itpfurmrr, let me tell you
w.hoji re.ill' liehhid this whojo,r.""-ii.
lnJnisHrtniiJs .vi imSktiltti iH-bw;iii
the man yon .1 have to Jail nrst or nir,
Mr. Charles Wnlnwrlght. uncle of the
girl you're trying to marry."
Ho leaned liack to note the effect of
his revelation, but Bennett's face
moved no muscle, gave no hint of what
"nesldca." went on Horrlgan, eager '
to press bis advantage, "every cent '
of Miss Wain
wrlgbt's fortune .
and of her broth
er's has been p'lt ,
stock. If tho
franchise is beat-.
en, that stock !
will collapse nnd
Miss W a I n
wrlght will lie a
beggar tho girl
j-ou're In love
with and her
ioune brother If
"iYoie oo oicml ond TOu veto that bill.
Iira line, Xnu-imnlipmlnliil
do as you like."
It was Horrlgan's trump card, and
be had ployed It well.. White, si
lent, Bennett walked back to bis
desk. Tbe fight seemed all knocked
out of him. Heavily he moved, like a
man ovcrexbausted. I'lcklng up a pen,
ho wrote rapidly, then cast aside the
pen, crossed to the window and looked
out Into tbo snowy, crowded park. I
"You've signed tho bill?" cried Hor
rlgan In delight
"I've vetoed It" replied Bennett.
TM!B boss Is turned t
I This startling
I lightning fast to e
A of the organtzatlo
organization and In Its
wake spread a trail of Incredulous
amaze. Every member, from alderman
to "heelcr.V know why Ilorrlgan had
made Bennett mayor. That tbe latter
should turn against his benefactor
seemed not only black Ingratitude, but
something akin to Insanity, for It ap
parently spelled political suicide for
tho young map., ' '
While neither of tbe disputants bad
repeated the details of the quarrel, yet
those details with many another were
already passing from mouth to mouth
In tbe mysterious fashion whereby tbe
closest -kept secrets aro divulged and
enlarged on. In the financial world,
too, the veto came as a bombshell.
Borough Street railway stock fell with
a thud, that shook more than ono colos
sal fortune. Bennett central point of
the whole upheaval was tho calmest
man of all who were Involved. He had
chosen his 'course, and be was follow
ing It with a dogged quiet far more
dangerous'tbsn any loud mouthed blus
ter, lie' bad laid out a campaign, and
that campaign he rigidly followed.
His first step was to send for Perry
Wnlnwrlght early In the morning fol
lowing the clash with Horrlgan and,
under strict pledge of secrecy, to ex
plain the whole complicated affair to
that very bewildered young man.
"You're all right Alwyn! Yeifre all
the goods!" crowed Perry In genuine
admiration. "But why didn't you
hackhcel Horrlgan and throw him'
"I think I did," said Bennett dryly.
"I think I'm still doing It That's why
I sent for you today."
"Want me to lck hlra for your ask
ed Terry In delight "He's a bit over
my nclght, but 1 wouldu't mind past-tng"-
"Ko," Interrupted Bennett amused
tt the lad's vehemence. "I want you
to play the melodramatic brother and
protect your sister."
"Say," snorted Perry, all the light
ness gone nut of his manner ntid his
young framo stiffening ominously,
"d'yoii mean to say the cur Is framing
up any gamo on Dallas? I"
"Sit down," ordered Alwyn, "and try
to use what little human Intelligence
you may have. I've got to have your
help, nnd what use nro you when nil
you cnn think of Is getting thrashed by
somebody? Sit down now nnd listen
Perry meekly olieyed the new note
of command lu bis frlcud'n roUe, urn.
"Your uncle has tried to hamper me
by putting all your fortune and Dallas'
Into Borough Street railway stock
The news of my veto will reach the
exchango Almost at once. That will
cause a slump In Borough stock, If
Ilorrlgan fnlls tq carry tho bill through
over my hcad-nnd ho will fall If I can
possibly block lihii Hint will mean the
practical collapse of the stock. It will
mean that jou nnd Dnllns will bo al
"Well," suggested Perry cheerfully,
"then you can marry Dallas, and little
brother Perry can come and live with
jou. Don't worry, old chap. 1"
"Shut up, you young Idiot, and sit
down and listen! Here's a check; also
a note of Introduction to my broker.
IIo's a closo mouthed fellow, and he'll
keep the secret I want you to sell
Borough stock short to tbo amount
"To speculate? Gee! I never
'I don't believe In speculation as u
rule, but this time It's tbo only way
out Hell short. Then If the bill Is de
feated vou.uml UladjH will still Ihjjis
..'Ai -. .iJ.,
well orf ns jou are now. even after
paying tup back this sum I've advanc
ed. If the bill Is passed over my head,
the stock will boom, nnd you'll Iwth bo
richer than ewr. I'nderstnnd the Idea?
I think I've arranged It so you and
she won't lose a dollar In cither case."
"Alwyn," cried Perry, the full Idea
nt last penetrating his youthful brain,
"you're the whitest ewr. Tho"
"Hold on! 1 do this on ono condi
"On condition you promise solemnly
that neither Dallas nor nny one else
shnll know my share In' It"
"Oh. well, nil right, then. But Dal
las ought to"
"No, she oughtn't. Now clear out.
I'm busy. Don't wnst1 any time going
to my broken I'm holding back the
ottlclnl announcement of tbo yeto as
long as I cnn. But
"I'm on, t-to long, old chap. Knter
Terry tbe Lamb Into Hear and Bull
vlllc! Let Ilorrlgan & Co. Indulge In a
Scarce bad Perry departed on his
mission when Plielan was announced.
"Your honor." he shouted ns he first
caught a glimpse of Hennett. "You're
all aces! Nothln to It. l-'rlend Ilorrl
gnu's bltln' holes hi the cellln'. Ilc'i
oh, you needn't loik so mum. I'n
wise. I haven't spent ten jears ami
close on a million bucks In scrapln' to
gether a private secret service systen
for nothln'. 'You've signed the Mil?"
squeals Horrlgan, 'No, you big stiff!'
says you, 'I've vetoed It Now go
chase yourself before I knock you
from under your hat!' says you. Them
was the very words, so I'm told."
"I congratulate ydu on j'our secret
service men," l.iugjied Bennett. "They
seem to hnw n wonderful faculty for
quoting one's remarks literally, but"
"But did I come here to Indie out hot
sir, to you?" supplemented Pbclan.
"No. I didn't. 1 come to tip you off to
a mcetln' thnt's held last nlgbt nt
Wnlnwrlght's house blni an' Horrl
gan nn' (jlhhi nn' romo others. Inclood
In' Hen Wllllims, who's Horrlgan's
mouthpiece nn' handy mnn hi the board
of aldermen Didn't happen to hear of
that meet In', did you?"
"No. I nm unfortunate In having no
secret scr Ice corps,"
"Never mind," returned Phelau, on,
whom the satire of the reply was quite
tost, "You cnn get the bebcrU of mine.
Now, at this tueetln' tbey did n lot of
labberln nn' they cussed you up bill
in' down dale. Says Horrlgan, 'It that
young cub' "
"Thanks," Interposed Alwyn. "but I
don't cere to hear what was said nbout
"All right, then, but there's some
thing you do want to hear. They got
busv nt Inst an' framed up n new word
In fur the Borough bill that'll maybe
throw dust In your eyes If you ain't put
on to It In advance. They've cut out
the subway paragraph on' tbo express
business clause, an' they nllow trans
fers nt all cross lines. That's the wsy
they'll put tho bill up to the nldcnocn
next time, A nice, harmless lookln'
document It'll be, an' perhaps tho board
'II swaller It lf-
"But do the alterations In the bill
s.lso eliminate the 'perpetual franchise'
"Ah, there's the point! Tbey don't
All the other things you kicked against
haw lieen wiped out, hut tbo 'perpetual
franchise' clause stands."
"Alid the $2.000000 cash offer stands.
;oo." added Bennett. "I still fall to see
wny i should present Mr. wninwrigiita
company with a franchise for which
another man Is willing to p.iy the city
$2,000,000. nnd I shall fight the bill to
the wry end "
"Good bo.v, your honor! An' .lliniir
Phclan'a with you, We'll make Ilorrl
(Continued Next Saturday)
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