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EVENING BULLETIN, HONOLULU, T. II., SATURDAY, SEPT. C, 1909,
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CHAPTER VII CONTINUED
(From Last Saturday)
"Up needs fourteen votes to currj
Hie Mil pit my Nolo, lie Iuh Ms thir
teen nliUTtiu'ii. tindir Willi tins' li-.ul
ltut only those thirteen voted for the
Mil In Its otlglunl sliti1. U11I1-.S lloirl
irin nnd Willi una inn tlud a foui Icentli
"Unless one of tin nun who oteit
agilnst It before cm le lumilit to
ole for It licit time Horrl-in Iomm.'
answered I'hcl.ui. "He'll mile It liU
hiislmss to buy a fouitiontli mill, nn'
I'll linl.e It my husliuss to Mini out
who lie tries to get tin' to help join
liounr keep Unit Kiiinu fourteeutli in in
straight 1 lint's bow It ndds up bo fir.
Well, I'll Ik? Joggln'. 1,11 keep jou i n.
til, nu' between us we'll in ll.e IIoill
gun Kite n II Iti plituro liulpitlnii of n
mill without n scalp befo.e wo'ie
through with lilin."
Utile of TIicJ.m'8 eiultatlo'i w is re
, fleeted In tlie new major's f.tee in the
atileriiiiu bustleil out. Ills duty In)
clear before Mm. mill tint iluly he
would follow. But lie nlone retllzcd
the cost. lie luiI no counted on the
proiutsid In 1 1; vvllh Dallas Wiituvv right
the preceding cvcnlrg. Oil the hoped
of tint Interview lie luid staked IiIh nil
lu It tie was to line received the lulf
pledged revvnid foi his months of toll,
Yet In view -of his present relrtlon
toward Williiwrlght he could not, of
course, visit the tlniinclir's !i iuk The
doors of the house tint coiitnliiid the
wo nun he loved had Ih'iii Inrriil to
Mm. And Dallas what must she have
thought of his failure to call.'
VI! found out who their
tecnth iiiiiii Is. jour ln-ior,'
pi nil I'hoUti In high excitement
"It's ltoberts-Itlchard l. Holi-
erts of the 'llilrd. He's the nlderiutii
lint lloulgjn's tr.vltig to put the In
dl.in sign ou. We've got to mil Mm
If we can."
"You'io sure It's Ilobcrts?" asked
Bennett In the same undertu te.
'J lie iidiulnlstnitloii bi'll was In full
swing. Major mid nhlcriu m li.ul
chanced to meet for n moment In u big,
crowded reception fojcr Just off tho
"Am I suro It's Hobeits?" echoed
riielu'n. "Am I sure? Might as well
us!; mo am I suro Chesty Dick Horrl
gun Is crooked. I've got tho facts down
straight. Them secict service chaps of
"It they get Ilobcrts lliey will be
able to pass tho bill"
"They ain't goln' to get him If Jim
my Thclan's lituid don't turn out to be
nil deuces an' trajs. "An"
"Keep an eyo on Mm and don't let
Mm go away without my knowing It.
I must bee Mm tonight and learn post
tlvely how be stands lu icgnril to tho
in itter. He lias a reputation for being
honest. If only"
"Hole's Alvvjn, Mrs. Hennett," camo
Forty Walnwilght's volco fiom tho
doorwaj. "In hero. Saj, jour honor,
jour honorable honor's honoicd moth
er has been looking overj where for
jou. And uow that I've reunited tho
long lost mayor and bis anxious mum
lust I'll chase off and Hud my partucr
for the next vvulU. I wish It was
Cjnthla. r.vcr dauco with Cjuthla,
Alvv jn? l'ottry of motion and all that.
I.lko a svvau or or a oh, good oven
lug, alderman. I didn't see jou V Aro
jou dancing tonight?'
"Dauclu";' repented Phelun In high
disgust. "Do I look It? It's bad
enough to be harnessed Into this open
faced suit thut feels llko I was golii'
to slip through of It every minute,
without trjln' to dance too. At u
show of this kind I feel llko a pulr of
jellow shoes at a fuu'rul. So long,
jour honor, liven', Mrs. Uennett.
'there's the music Btartln', bou," ho
added to l'crry as ho stuited for the
"I heurd It," suld tho lad, "but I'm
iu no wild hurrj."
"Thought jou suld jou bail a part
ner to look up."
"I hue ono of Judgo Newmau's
daughters, liver seo hci? I thought
not or jou wouldn't liavo wondered
why I wasn't lu a hurry. Hotter lata
"Aio jou having a good time, moth
eiV" Itcnuctt was asking the little old
lady as ho found a seat for her.
"Yes," she answered. "Aren't jou?"
"Of course I am. Why do jou ask?"
J'liu Joyer jyus thluulug outjis ueo.
pie trooped to tho ballroom. Torlliu
moment mother nnd noil wore nlone
"You nrcn't hiving a good'tlme, Al
jn," bIio contradicted gently. "Vou're
unhappy about something. Tell me."
".Nonsense!" ho denied, with a forced
"Von tiro thinking of Dallas, my boy.
Is nil) thing wrong between you and
her? What has happened'"
"Nothing," ho answered sullenly.
Itut the mother was not content. Her
heart ached for thu grief her son was
trying to hide.
"Something lias linpncned, Alwyn,"
tho declared, "mid I want to know
whit, so that I can help jou. You lore
her. And that tlaj sho camo back from
l'uropo I felt sure she loved jou. What
IS holding jou two opirt?"
"Nothing tint can bo helped."
"Hut jou never go to hco her or"
"How cnu I? You know my uttltudo
toward her uncle. How can I call on
her while she Is In his house? I ex
posed his relations tounid the Borough
Street railway franchise bill. I am
fighting Mm nud his Iniquitous bill
with every means In my power! Dal
"I hadn't thought of that. You poor
boj ! Hut surely"
"And something more. Her money
and Terrj's nro Invested lu Borough
stocks, lly beating that bill I seem
outwardly to bo willfully wrecking
their fortune. I told jou tho plan I ar
ranged with Terry to nvert this, but
she doesn't know of that. And"
"Why don't jou tell her, then? Or
let me tell her"
"Becauso It Isn't her gratltudo I
want. I want her to lovo mc."
"Hut don't jou see lu the meantime
what a weapon jou nro putting Into
Mr. Waluw right's hands? Suppose ho
tells Dallas of jour enmity to Mm and
lets her know j ou are seemingly trying
to Impoverish her nud her brother? Hn
might prcjudlco her terribly agalust"
"I've thought of all that. I must bo
content to wait. Next Friday the re-
t lki.,1 llnt,ilt lilll ivimn, un intim (hu
.,,.,..,.... ., fnr thn nnl nlit
I When It's settled one way or the other
' I cnu go to her and explain. Mcan-
"Meantime sho Is hero tonight with
Mr. Waluw right. Have jou seen her?"
"O.ily for a minute."
"Did she treit jou wllh the same
fitciidlluess, tho samo Interest, as of
old? Don't think I'm Inquisitive, dear.
I only ask nil these questions becauso
I lovo jou."
"I know," lie answered, pressing her
hand as It lay on his arm, "yet I can
baldly answer jou, for I hardly know,
lu her presence I am not at ease bo
ciuso I can't tell her everything, and
sho seems 111 at cuso Iwcnuso sho knows
Micro's something I don't tell her. Oh,
It's a wretched
position for us
don't jou clear
"By going to
her iind sajlug:
'Dallas, I am
undo as a
Will jou marry
tho facts; but,
"Then uhv don' tvou thank God. it's
clcur it vjit" only till I'rlday.
After that I can go to her ami make It
Heforo Mrs. Hennett could reply Ter
ry returned to the ballroom, Cynthia at
"Then why not give mo tho next one.
too?" tho lad was pleading. "It one
twostrp's good, two twostcps aro twice
ns good. TIease"
"Hut sec," expostulated Cynthia,
showing him her card. "Iho next Is
Mr. Glbbs'. Tvo told jou that twice."
"I wish (llbbs nil tho luck in tho
world," observed Terry benevolently,
as ho deposited Cjnthla on a fautcull
bcsldo her chaiicrou, Mis. Hennett. "I
wish Mui so much good luck that if
he'd slip nnd break both his legs I'd
pay for a cab to take him homo."
"Look out, plcuso!'' begged Cynthia.
"Tho next Is ours, I think, M'ss Gar
rison," said Glbbs, enteilng from tho
ballioom with Dallas on his arm. "I
hopo wo'll have better fortuno than
Miss WnlnwrU'lit and I. My step does
not seem to suit hers tonight."
"No, I'm afiuld the fault was mine,"
protested Dallas. "I'm a llttlu tired,
I think. Maj I sit hero with jou a
few minutes. Mis. Heuuett?" sho add
ed as tybbs bore Cjuthla nvvay for
"You don't seem ery foud of Mr.
Glbbs, Teirj," observed Mrs. Hennett,
noting jouug Wnlnw right's scowl of
"Not fond enough to mako mo want
to llvo lu tho siiuio world with him.
Mis. Huiiiott, jou'ie too pretty to be
Just n chnpcion. Come nud dauco this
twirttpp with me. Tlcnso doP
Ho uudded with vast sliiltlcauco to
uild. Dallas and UeuuetltJina tliuJlt-
-'y. tvSM . fi A fc
-r ,'.' ' rza-
tie old Inilj, catchTng'tfuTliIea", accept
ed with ahcrltj'.
"I'm so glad even to get this minute
with you," began Alwyn wheu ho and
Dallas vvcro alone. "It's so long
"Since jou camo to seo me? Tea, but
that Is jour fault. Alvvjn, why haven't
you called slnco I enmc home?"
"Don't jou know whj1, Dallas?"
"Are jou certain jou don't know?"
"I 1 don't know absolutely," sho fal
tered. "Oh, thero nro so many things
I don't know absolutely!"
"What Is ono of them?"
'Tor one thing, jou and I used to bo
such good f i lends and"
"Ihat Is past," said Alwyn Ilrmlj-.
"There can bo no talk of mcro friend
ship between you and mc. Dallas. I
must ba everj thing or nothing to you.
Tonight I can't speak as I want to,
but I can In n very few dajs. Trust
mo till then. You know- I am fighting
Mr. Waluw right's Interests and"
"Yes," she replied bitterly. "My un
tie gives me no chance to forget that."
"Don't think I'm lighting him for my
own amusement! I must oppose him
or clso give up a tight that I set out to
win. And I mean to win It!"
"1 hat's tho simc old lighting spirit
I used to try so bard to awaken lu
jou," said Dallas, a taint note of ad-
ml i lien In her rich voice. "I told you
once It nlvvajs took a blow to arouse
you. That blow has evidently been
"Jt has been struck!" he acquiesced,
with u nail ghost of a smile.
8he saw the haggard lines nbout tils
mot.tb, tho tired look In his ejes, and
a lump came Into her throat. She lean
ed forward Impulsively, but befpre she
rould speak he hid unknow luglr
thrown away the golden moment bj
"I must win this fight even though It
affects others bcsldts Mr. Walnvvrlgbt.
"Whnt others do jou mean?"
"Oh, I can't explain now. After Fri
day I can. On Saturday may I come
to seu jou and tell jou everything?"
"Whj not now?"
"There are obstacles that"
"Tell me what they urol" she begged..
"I can't. All 1 can tell jou now is
that I love jou. 1 luve jou ubove all
tlio world, sweetheart, and" "
Hut fate lu tho dual guise of Horrl
gan and Wnlnw right ttitcrv cue'd. The
financier nud the I kiss, seeking some
quiet spot for n chat, strolled through
the fojcr, where Ilorrlgan ou sight of
Hennett halted with n glower of dis
which ho took no pains to con-
HE moment of strained silence
that insiied upon Horrlgau's en
tram e was broken by the irre
pressible Tcrrj-. who, having
rescued Cjuthla from Glbbs at the
clone of their dance, was escorting her
triumph intlj from the ballroom.
"llils Is m dance," ho remarked
happily to Alvv j u as he came up. "and
we'lu going to sit It out. It Mrs. Hen
nett lu her capacity of chaperon should
nsk for Cynthia, jou can tell her wo'ro
going Into tho glass liousa to stroll
among tho romantic vegetables."
And he dsp.irtcd with his prize In the
direction of the conservatory. The mo
ment's Interruption had sufficed for
Wnlnw right to whisper an. admonitory
word In Honlgnn's car. Dallas, too,
feat lug a clash, took Hennctt's arm.
"It's so warm In hero!" sho murmur
ed. "Perhaps wo can Iind better air lu
ono of tho other rooms. Shall we try?"
"Wnlnw right," exclaimed Ilorrlgan,
as tho portieres closed behind the may
or and girl, "I don't like that! Is jour
nlcco on his sldo or with us?"
"I don't know," answered Waln
vvrlght discontentedly, "and I don't
like to forco nn Issue by asking her.
It doesn't especially matter, I suppose.
In any case, I can trust her."
"You'ro In luck!" sneered Ilorrlgan.
"That makes two people you say you
can trust first jour secretary, Thomp
son, and then Hello!" ho broko off
as a swarthy middle aged man hurried
lu. "Looking for me, Williams? What's
'the newcomer was visibly excited,
and nt (list glance Ilorrlgan had seen
that something wus amiss.
"What's up?" repeated tho boss.
"Ellis has gone deserted!" cried Wil
liams. "Kills!" echoed WalnwrlgM; In dis
may, for tho man of whom Williams
spoko was one of tho nldcrmuulc "solid
thirteen" on whom Horrlgau couuted.
Tho boss niudo no comment, but wait
ed Impatlcutlj for his heiichmau to
"Kills has gone," repeated Williams.
"Ho left a uote for mo sajlug his wlfo
Is very III nud the doctor's ordered Mm
to take her south. So he can't attend
"Can't attend tho meeting?" gasped
Walnvvrlgbt. "Hut over thing depends
"Oh, he'll 1)0 on hand, tho curl"
grow led Ilorrlgan. "Tho rest nro stand
ing solid of course?"
"I think bo," hazarded Williams, "but
some of 'em aio pretty scared. Ve'e
never had such n tight before as Den
nett's putting up against us pow,
"I'll strengthen 'cm up so ns to
knock out any weakening!" declared
Ilorrlgan confidently. "It's Ellis we've
got to look after now. Go after him,
Williams, on tho first train south and
haul him back. Have him here by
I'rlday If jou have to kidnap him.
I'll stand for any damage or expense.
Only seo he's hero for that meeting.
It's up to you. Now jump!"
As Williams hasteued toward the
door Ilorrlgan called after Mm:
"On jour way out send word to Hob
erts that I want to see Mm here. Well,
Waluw right," ho re'iimed, turning
back into the room ,v "It looks bad."
"Do jou think"
"I think wo'ro In n tight place. If
our aldermen found out nbout Ellis'
quitting, there's no knowing how many
of 'cm would bolt It wo could only
"Out of the question. Ha cau't ba
"There's no man who can't bo turn
ed. I've one card up my sleeve yet
th.it ought to land Mm. Hut I'd rath
er try something else llrst. I wish we
could get a Hue on his price." '
"Ho can't be bought! He"
"Hot! Kvcrjbody can be bought.
Only there's some that can't bo bought
with cash. I'm wondering what there
Is that'll buy Mm It money won't"
Glbbs, In search ot nn cluslvo part
ner, crossed the foyer and paused to
"What nowa?" ho asked.
Waliiwright survejod tho broker's
well groomed flguro with less approval
"You seem to bo Industrious enough
tonight," said he. "It's n pity some ot
(onlght's dancing energy couldn't ha a
been devoted to your work this morn
ing." Glbbs flushed at the reproof In words
"I don't understand," he replied
stltlly. , '
"Why didn't you notify mo of tho
big block of Borough stock that wan
bought up just before nooa?"
"I hadn't heard about it," answered
Glbbs, with not quite all his custom-
"Everybody else heard of it You'U
have to keep lietterjalm on thomarket
than that If you're W benny uwto us.
Do jou know who bought tt?"
"No," returned Glbbs, with growing
Uneasiness. "Ot course I don't. How
should I know? What arc yon driv
"This is what I'm driving. at: Several
big blocks of tho stock have been un
loaded on the market during the past
fow dajs and have been quietly snap
ped up. Somebody's evidently tailing
on to our game. '-You don't kuow
"I've told jou twice that I didn't
know," blustered Glbbs, masking Ms
concern under n show ot virtuous in
dignation. Tho effort called forth all tha astulo
young broker's nerve, for a ocrtatn
shrewd scheme of his showed signs of
falling through. Uy his original ar
rangement with Walnw right ho was to
have manipulated all tho Borough
stock purchase's on tho exchange floor
nud to receive SO tier cent ot tho liroflts
ou tho condition that ho invest not: ono
dollar In tho stock ou his private ac
Having strong faith in the deal's sue
cess nnd having no eminlly strong; In
contlvo to keep faith with his partners,
Glbbs had sought to mvell bis envn
profits by secretly buying up quantities
ot tho stock for himself until ovory
penny of bis capital wiva Involved. Ilia
troubled mind could not now deter
mine whether or not Walnw right aim
pectcd him. Glbbs, wlillo possessing
all tho ambition, scISshucss and lack
ot conscience that go toward tho mak
ing ot a great financier, lacked the one
chief essentials for tho part namely,
a cold ana un
shaken nerve. It
was this defect
that now threat
ened to cxposo
as thougU dis
missing tho top
ic, "you should
have uado it
jour bustuess to
know who is do
"I'ull through" cried
ing this private
what we brought j ou into the deal for.
Anyhow, tho mjsterlous purchaser Is
llablo to And himself In hot water be
"Why?" queried Glbbs In a vofco ho
tried to make lndiffcrcut.
"Only becauso the deal will probably
"Fall through!" cried Glbbs, dismay
ed. J'What do jou Vfhy, you told mo
Mr. Ilorrlgan could win over a four
teenth alderman, and that with his
"Yes," drawled Horvlgan, who had
been unobtrusively cjlng Glbbs from
the moment of his entrance, "no bad
some such notion, as jou say. But my
'solid thirteen1 didn't happen to bo as
solid as ho looked. Jle's bolted."
"Bolted! alien wo wo will lose!
"Saj-, Mr. Glhlis," observed Horrl-S'l'iiiPU'emtoJiikeJJilsJJdnj-jirct-
rrTaTT iol' a lunli vltli ohiy ZdTRt
cent at stake. Mr. Waliiwright stands
to loso soma millions. Tin Interested
to tho extent of almost a million. Yet
you don't see us getting pale and
shaky, do you? If a man can't pay for
the chips he has no right In a poker
game. Brace up and net llko a matt,
can't you? We liavcn't lost jet Tvo
sent after the fellow that bolted, and I
think I can land tho fourteenth alder
"Good!" exclaimed Glbbs In wild re
lief. "And you'll do jour very best to
pull tho deal through, won't jou?"
"No!" snarled Horrlgau In elephan
tine sarcasm. "I'm going to spend thu
ttmo plajlug plngpong and dtabolo
with the kids or taking n course of les
sons in fancy knitting. Oh, buck up,
can't jou, and quit acting llko n babj!
Judge Newman's out thero ou tho other
side ot the ballroom. Chase over and
tell him to come here."
Too contused to resent the boss'
words, Glbbs meekly set out ou bis er
rand. "That chap's got n streak ot j ellow a
yard wide," commented Ilorrlgan, gaz
ing after Mm.
"Not as bad as that," replied Walii
wright "He's jouug nud not used to
reverses. You'll find bo Is game, all
right, when It comes to a pinch. What
did jou want of Newman?"
"You'll see. Hero he comes."
"You wished to speak to me, Mr.
Ilorrlgan?" piped tho tittle' Judge, hur
rying Into tho foyer. "Good evening,
Mr. Waliiwright What a success the
ball Is! My daughters have been danc
ing all evening. And Mrs. New man
"Never mlud Mrs. Newman Just
now," broke In Ilorrlgan. "There's
something Important I want jou to do
Ho spoke, ns ho always did to New
mail. In the manner of ono addressing
nn Incompetent servant Tho Judge,
for all his pomposity, deemed It wise
to Ignore the politician's modo ot ad
dress. "I want you to hunt up Bennett"
went on (be boss, "and persuade him
to stop fighting the Borough traucblse
bill. Tell Mm"
"Oh," gasped the judgo in gcnulno
alarm, "I realty don't think I could pre
sume to"' .-.
"Yes, you can,'' contradicted Ilorrl
gan. "You can do It aud, what's.more,
you will. You don't feel shy about ask
ing favors of me, and when Itli the
other way around you've got to como
"I know! I know!" protested the
frightened little Judge soothingly. "But
jou don't understand how"
"I got you the nomination last fall.
Aro you going to be a whlto man or
"But I'm suro that Mrs. Nowroxm"
"To blazes with Mrs. Newman! Now
listen to mc. Go to Bennett and do
what juu can in 1 1 i!.e Mm keep hi
hands oft our Borough bill. If lio's dif
ficult offer htm, In my name, tJie nom
ination for governor next year. If jou
ran get him well, there's a vacancy
next j car In tbo supreme court und"
"Til do what I can," assented thu
Judge. "I'm sure you are right. Mr.
Ilorrlgan. even If jour way ot puttlu
matters Is Just u llttlo ragged. I'll seo
Mr. Bennett tonight and use all the
persuasion In my power. I'm quite
suro civic welfare will bo best served
If ho will ccaso his unseemly opposition
to the Borough bill. Thank you, Mr.
Horrlgau. Tin cry Buro that Mrs.
"I'm Bure.too," cut In Ilorrlgan. "Now
run ou. Wo'ro busy. Itemcmber, now
tho very next supremo court va
cancy" "Do jou really think ho has any In
fluence with Bennett?" asked Wain
wrlght as the judgo vanished.
"Can't do any harm to try. They're
neighbors In the country and In tho
same crowd lu society and all that If
it falls, Tvo another card that's even
stronger. Holiertlt ought to bo hero by
uow. You found out about those notes
"Yes j both ot them. Ono for $7,000,
one for 1WXK). Both secured by
mortgaging Ms factory. Ilobcrts can't
'meet thotn. They've been extended
twice, though tbo security must havo
been fulrly good or tho Hturtovant
Trust company wouldn't huo lent"
"Williams said you wanted to speak
to me, Mr. Horrlgiui." suld a nervous
volco from tbo door, and u pale, middle
aged man came forward. Ho wore
worry's stamp lietwcen his perplexed
eyes, and euro had bent lib narrow
"Yes Good evening. Ilobcrts," re
plied Horrlgau cordlallj-. "See you
liter. Walnw right."
The financier took tho hint aud walk
ed toward tho ballroom, ou Ids way out
nearly colliding with Theluu. who was
entering the foyer. At sight ot Horrl
can uud Huberts together Thelan's
tvvebrows went upwind, with a jerk,
aud he tiptoed out In tho opimslte di
rection ns fast as his stout legs could
caiT Mm lu search ot Bennett. Mean
time Jlurrlgun bad comodliectly to the
point, lis usual, lu his appeal to Hob
eits. "Ixiolc Jieie, alderman," suld he,
"jou'vo bcMi trjlug for j ears to get
thtougli ii park bill fur jour ward.
"Yes." returned Itobeits. "My con
stituents arc at u.o all tho time nbout
that park. Thej"
"It would mako jour ward's property
values go up 50 per cent, mid It would
mako you solid thero forevic1, hej?"
"Introduce that bill ng-ilu. nud Til
guarantee It will go through"
"Aro jou In earnest?"
"There's my band nu It Only, of
course. It's understood tint jour park
bltl won't c-otne up until nftei the Bor
ough Street railway franchise Is piles
"I'm ufrald 1 do," said Itolxu-ts uftcr
n pause, "but I voted agalusc lint bill,
"You voted against tho bill In Its
original form," Horrlgjii Intcirupted
reassuringly, ".mil jou vvvre right lo.
It had a lot of clauses that jou thought
weicu't bquire. But nit those luve
been cut out."
"Hut I stlll"-
"But jou'll be doing what's liest for
jour own constituents by looking aft
er their Interests in tho matter of the
p.uk. You'll be their hero for tint Of
course If I vvnntisl to put It another
way I could leiuliid jou thut jour
.busluess Is lu n Imd way and tint n
friend of mine has bought up JcMr
notes at the Sturtovant Tiust company
and means to send them to jou tomor
row. But that has nothing to do with
tho case. So I Just"
"I'm honest. Mr. Ilorrlgan," faltered
"Suro joti'ro honest! That's why
jou'll have the courage to voto for the
bill when jou see It's been amended
bo as to ba a good thing for tho city.
Thnt's being honest, isn't it?"
"I I supposo so. And the notes
"Thcj'Il bo sent you by registered
mall tomorrow It you want them. Do
"Y-yrs. That is, I"
"That's settled, then. You'vo got n
level head. Good night"
lho boss strode out, n grim smllo of
victory on his big face, leaving Hub
erts standing confused, doubtful, his
brain awhlrl. How long tbo tempted
ildcrmau stood thus oblivious to tho
music, his surroundings nud all clso
ho could never remember, but a voice
at his elbow brought him to his senses
.with a start that was followed by a
thrill of fear as ho wheeled aud recog
nized tho speaker.
OBERTS' ejes rested on ta
grinning, complacent feature
of Aldcrmau Thclau. At tho
lattcr's side was Bcunott.
"I was sajlug," remarked Thelan
blaudlj-, "that It's a flue ball, isn't it,
"Yes," said Roberts hastily, prepar
ing to movo awaj But Thclau button
"Stay an' swap tallc awhllo with his
honor nud me, Robertt," be bcrrged.
"I'm lu u hurrj," begnn "Roberts,
"Aldermau Thelan htis been trying to
cheer mo up a bit," sail Bennett "ITc
knows I'm worried abiuit tbo Borough;
bill's outcome. I whh Trlday was
"Samo here," cttlmedriu Thelan. "An'
"I?" muttered tbo uncomfortablo man.
"It's Trlday that tbo Borough Mil
comes up again," explained Bennett, as
though Imparting new Information.
"You will voto agalust If, of course,
"I'm not sure. Y'ou see,, It's been
altered so us to"
"Thu niter itlons don't affoct tho
main Issue, and they can't rtinnge any
honest in in's v lews, So I c in count ou
jou to coiitli in1 iipi" hu; It, ivi't.l?"
No traco ot tho two daughters ot
Henry lllohn, who dls.ippe.ucil from
their homo in Tnrls, Wis , has1 been
discovered and tho authorities thuro
havo asked the San Tuinclsco polleo
to look for tha girls, ns Jt Is bolJoved
they havo gono to that city.
Tho city of New York will spend
11,000,000 In lepnlrlng tho damage
to school buildings earned last jenr
by the 035,000, pupils of the city.
"Are jou Bliro
in tt "If so,
whj should j on
be nfrald to say
how j ou are go
ing to vote?"
"Do you ac
cine mo of"
"I accuse you
of h it v 1 n is
clnngcil j oui
"Somihodu'tgnlinito mlud nbout tho
jirlum l,cii, i, thla bill for soinn
muff cr t mc." r u n s o It thut
won't beiir thu lUIit And 1 warn jou
to pi caiefullv Su ueliodj's going to,
prison before1 this mater's emlid"
"Tin imt iiusvvi r.ibie to nnj one but
in) constituents." Slid Huberts, with a
pitiful .iittiupt nt cold illgnltv "and
"Aid thej Mi i.l demiuil an answer
fnni jou," win ned Bennett "I'll see
to It that thi'V do Nun. jou nn go It
j on want to ' turning bis lucl. on the I
confused liiilo.t', who cuger'y toi'c the
oppnrtuiil i t i I'cipe
' I'm itfrild friend Robert ain't
h iv lu' the Inpplest Hire of hu life to
night," ruui.trM'il I'liel.tn, gj!n to the
doorwav anil louUl.ig after fie depart
ing nlilermri 'lime's not much of
what the po-t geezer cilh 'vvlioip up
the dame1, fer Jnv lie uurelluiii' about
Mm Ton foil! He ih-mt was cut
out to be .1 uoi lie mil.es u punk
Jolt nf It iu ip'tc1 of the tilui u! i Ilor-
ilgiu s dec rated Mm v. 1th ir I liul it
the te.ife to lie cruo'.ed wlt'iotit nukln'
a nio.i'.i'v .of I.IJM-If. Tin blest If 1
don't In Hove I'd tu-n ho.UMt Hej!
Here's u i utple of f !ks. thou'i tint's
gettl'i' more fun oJt of the lull thin
ever I hid .It ti A if IWlit'"
An be mki'.c1 IVrrj Witliiv.rUlil I'll it
id Cvntbli l.i ironi the to tscrv.iliiry
it toil ipivJ. Ills Jollv joiiiu f ice njlglit
with u Joj tint ullecteil It-elf In Miss
GiurUju'M own vetj Hushed counte
".lv j :i " shouted .viiiing Wnlnw right,
i, it uimiIm" IMh l.iti Li tils excitement
gi'ijs whit's IrppeneiT Til give jou'
hue glesres r iJV
"Mui I i n't possibly guess If you
mi no a thousand," letorted Hcu
ell. with vast gravity, "so t won't
rj I'll JitM congratlil lie jou with ullj
ny lie nt. ol 1 chip, nud wls'i.MIss Gar
tlsu i cvoiv happiness til It"
Gih! Ilii.v'd jou know? We Inven't
oil n Mini it unlj happened about
our minutes iuo 1 was telling 0 I'
ll la whit a illl'j llttlu gill she was,
mil she slid si e thought I was prettj
lire. too. nud so 1 got brave uud said,
llun whv don t jon'"
"Teirj!" tepioved Cjntbli sternly,
ieiklug his un i to s!i ivv that Thel in us
.veil us Alvvjn wns recipient of tho
tiUhly Intimate tiding
Oil. don't mlud me. children!" put
u The! in "Tin uud to It I wns
young i.ijfelf once, so Tvo been told,'
thoiuh 1 don't clcarlj lemeiubcrlt iuy-
self fun 1 butt In with n lino ot con-1
Ho extended his big hand with an
honest coidlullty that qulto won Cyn
"llnnks, aldcrmau," grinned Tcrrj
effusively. "Now, Alwyn, we've got to
go nud break it to jour mother It w
can Und her. Como along and back us
Dragging Bennett between them, the
two jouugsters started oft on their
quest. Thelan was about to return to
his beloved bar when ho wns checked
by seeing In tho opposite doorway n
miti who stood ns though petrified
watching Cjnthla Garrison's departing
form. Tho Intruder was about to with
draw when Thelan hailed him.
"Good evening," called tho Aldcrmau.
"Good evening, sir," said the new
comer respectfully, pausing on tha point
of leaving tho foyer.
"I've met jou before, I think," went
"Some dajs ago In tbo mayor's of
fice," assented tho other. "I nui Thomp
son, Mr. Walnw right's private secre
tary." "Tin Aldermau Thelan ot tho Eighth,
und Tvo sccu jou before wo met at Mi
"So jou said then, sir. But j-ou wcro
mistaken. Good evening."
Ha turned again toward tho door,
tbtit Thelan resumed, without seeking
o stop mm:
"A mistake, was it? I'm not a mau
who makes many mistakes, Mr. Gar
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