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CHAPTER X CONTINUED
(From Last Saturday)
The retreating secretary balled a
"That Is nnollicr mistake. Rlr," ho
Mill hi it imiUk-l voice. "My uamo I
"Is l(, though?" Inqulit-J Tlielan In
nocently. "II'k iitivr Ihiw I could get
mixed ll) so. Wlu'ii I was ilili'f of po
lice thciu wus n hank president n lined
Garrison wlm Eliot himself tit'lcr bein'
swindled tin whlp-avvcd liy n lliiimicr
r.Iio will) lilii (Idlest friend. Mi- left a
little daughter. Mlb Cjuthli. who yon
was looklu' nt no keen Just now. tin' n
Ron, nliii disappeared. Tli.it was nine
years ago, an' I only raw the Imy oiic'.
ho maybe l'e ovciplujcd my l-ntl
In plpln' yon off for liltn. Hut." added
Thelan. laying a strong, detaining
band on Thompson's Hliuuldcr. "here
comes lionie one a can clear It up
The secretary twisted In the Iron
grasp und sought vainly to break uvvu)
us Cyutlil.1 nnd I'eiry uitcicd.
"Cynthia's lost lier f.tn." explained
Terry nt sight t tlie uldcrnian. "She's
had mo looking nil over for the measly
thlnir. Walt hero a tuluute." he lidded
to her, '"ami I'll ihiKe Into the con
servatory Mid u lf,we left It tlicie."
And, ucposltlug (he iIrl li n chair,
lie bolted nwiiy In te.itch of the miss
"Now tlicu, young man," enld The
Ian, "If your name's Thompson, nx on
say, there' no reason why jnu should
object to my liitroduciu' you, to this
young lady. Step up, ton."
Still holding the reluctant, struggling
secretary by the shoulder, Thelan turn
ed to Cynthlil. ' '
"Mlssi Garrison," said be, "here's a
gentleman I tbluk you know. Woiild
jou in I ml looktu' btm over?"
Wondering nt tho odd request. Cyn
thia raised her eyes to tho- stranger.
Hut the latter persistently kept bit
"1 don't think I know htm," sho an
awercd doubtfully. 'There 1 some
thing familiar about"
Tho secretary shlfteil restlessly, un
consciously bringing his protllo Into
"ttarry," ( olrl teas pleading, "you
do know mc'V
hr range of vision. With a gasp, Cyn
thia sprang to her foot, her fuco white,
her eyes wido and incredulous.
"It's not it's oh, Hurry!" sho crlod
In an ecstasy of recognition, flinging
her urmB about tho secretary's neck.
"Harry t Brother! Back from the dead!
Don't you know mo? It's Cynthia!
"I am afraid you'vo made a very
strange blunder, Miss, Gurrlson," re
turned tho secretary, bis volco boarso
and tremulous. "Sty name Is"
"Your namo's Harry Garrison!"' The
Ian Bhoutcd. "What's tho uso of lyln'
to your owu sister? I glvo you credit
for bavin' good reasons for callln'
yourself Thompson, au I think I bcglu
to see wbnt them reasons are, but when
It comes to denyln' your own sister
soh'iv plu-ln'-lt'ilnffp'-inv; -win-'""-
t !HkK' JUsbP C"il
Ciiys) If -
your Viue may be, and 'I've a good
"Harry," tho girl was pleading, "you
do know mc! After all theso nlno
lonely years have you no greeting for
mo? Every ulght I've prayed that
God would bring jou back to me, and
The secretary's pallid, expressionless
mask of a face broko In a flash Into a
look of luflnlto
lovo and yearn
ing. With a
ile body In bis
arms and crush
ed bcr against
"Ob. my llttlo
sister!" bo mur
mured, n great
sob choking bis
little, llttlo sls
tcrl" ? I'hclan cleared
Ills ,!.... .I
Ue vaihered Cynthia; coughed savage
Wife W In ly B(o cxpreK8g
b I s contempt
for the mist that sprang Into his own
bard old eyes. Tho sound recalled tho
secretary to himself.
"You'vo trapped mo into this," bo ex
claimed, with a laugh tbat was half a
groan, "and you must both proinlso
uot to betray my secret. It won't bo
much longer now, thank God! But
you'll both promise, woit you?"
"Suror assented Fhclan. ""
"And you, too, Cynthia?" pleaded
hr brother. "You can trust me, can't
"Of courso I can. If you Insist, I
won't tell any one. 1"
"I'm happier this mtnuto than I'vo
ever been In nil my wholo life!" smiled
the secretary, again clasping bis sister
In his arms. "If you only knew, llttlo
girl, bow I've longed for this!"
"Hero's tbo fan!" announced Terry,
hurrying around the corner of tbo door
way. "Found It under a"
He stopped short, open mouthed,
dumb and motionless. Thompson and
bis sister stood In cloao embrace ho-
'foro him, with Thclan looking on like
some oucso carlcaturo of a benevolent
Tho fan, slipped from young Wain
Wright's nerveless grip nnd fell with
a clatter to the polished .floor, Its Ivory
sticks snapping, like Icicles.
I CHAPTEK XI. . j 'J
T, sound of thoi breaking! fjin,all.
thrco participants In '".the t
I strange reunion turned.' "Vof
n second or moro they faced
the crimson faced, dumfoundod'fcsry
without a word. Hero was an clement,
in the affair on which noltucrirhfcle'n
nor Cynthia had counted when glvjug
Thompson their promise not to reveal
his identity. They gradually reallied
this, and It left even tho ready wlttcd
Terry himself was first to break tbo
"W!ll" he observed, with an assump
tion of airy scorn tbat was meant to
bo annihilating, "you all seem qulto
happy. Don't mind mo! I'm sorry to
butt In on this cuto little love fest, but
I left a tlancco here. Terhaps one of
you can explain what's happened to
her since I"
"Oh, Terry," exclaimed Cynthia,
"don't bo silly! I'll tell you all about
It somo time. It Is"-1-
"Some time I" squealed Ferry, rqge
battering down his attempt at sarcasm.
"Somo time! Maybe It might be Just
as well If you did condescend to' ex
plain. Here you promise to marry mc,'
and ten minutes later I And you tn a
cntch-nH-catcb-can bug with this ugly
llttlo shrimp and Thclan looking on an
happy as If ho'd eaten a canary! And
then you'vo got the gall to tell me
you'll explain 'some time!' "
Ho glared nt Cynthia In all the maj
esty of outraged devotion, only to sur
prise on that young lady's face a look
that Indicated n violent struggle with
the desire to laugh.
"This Is funny all right, I guess not!"
ho snapped. "Cynthia, you'vo mauled
nnd smashed a loving heart, and I'll
mako a bit with myself by forgiving
you, but as for you," wbcelng about
and thrusting bis furious face to with
in thrco Inches of Thompson's immo
bile countcnauco "as for you, I'm go
ing to do all sorts of things to you tbo
moment Miss Garrison will have the
kindness tu shussay out of the room.
Your sorrowful relatives will have all
manner of fun sorting you out when
I've finished with you! Steal my
sweetheart, would you, not ten min
utes after I'd"
'There!" lutciposed Thclan, shoving
his powerful bulk good uaturcdly bo
tween the two jouuger men and link
ing bis urtu In Terry's. "Now you'vo
got quite a bunch of hot words oft
your chest, an' you'll bo in better shape
to bear souse. Ain't you just a llttlo
"Ashamed?" sputtered Terry. "Who?
I? Well, that"-
"Ycs, jou, youngster, and If you hol
ler like that In comp'ny I'll sure bu
forced to wind up by spauklu' you.
Now, stand off there no, over there
allien: i'yu. cuu cl. Ciirlsoit-iia'
listen to me. bo!' Sow. 'first of nil.
did you happen to be in love with tills
"It's none of your measly business,
but I did."
"Wby'd you ask her to hitch up with
you for keeps?"
"Because I loved her and"
"Because you had a lot of faith In
her, too, hey?" persisted tho alderman.
"Ycsand a nlco way she's"
"Pretty girl, too," mused Thclan as
If to himself. "In my young days If 1
could 'a' got a llttlo, beauty Ilko that
to sign articles with me I'd 'a' thought
I was the original Lucky Jim. I'd"
"So did I!" Interrupted Terry hotly.
But Thclan wns continuing In tho
same abstract monologue:
"An If I could 'a' seen from her
eyes (like any dough head could seo
from Miss Garrison's) that Bho bad u
heart as big as a watermelon an' a
true as a Blblo text an' as warm as n
happy man's hearth flro well. If I'd
seen all that an'1 got wise to the gor
geous news that that sumo heart was
Just chock-a-block full of lovo for my
own ornery, cheap skato self I'd 'a'
flopped down on both knees an' sent
np n bunch of prayers to bo allowed to
go on drcamln' an' never, never wake
Thclan paused. This time Terry did
not break In, and the half audible mon
ologue continued: .
"I'd have had tho sense to know that
a girl with eyes Ilko those couldn't bo
a flirt an' couldn't double cross tho'
man sho loved If her life depended on
her dolu' It. I'd 'n' licked nn;r guy tbat
cald she could, an' if I'd seen her kiss
In' another man I'd 'a' punched myself
on tho Jaw an' called myself a liar.
That's what Jimmy Thclan of the
Ulgbth would 'a' douo. An' "
"Say," broke In Tctry In. a curiously
subdued voice. "Theso eyes of mine
do funny thlugs sometimes. I'll bet fO
tbey played n Joko on me Just now.
And even If they didn't I don't bollcro
'cm. Cynthia. I'm dead stuck on youl
You're alt right even If you did happen
to bo acting a trifle eccentric a few
minutes ago. You can explain or not.
as you like. If you'll Just say you love
aie. that's aco high wlthyouri truly."
Ho slipped an arm abut her waist
bo spoke, awkwardly seeking to
tone for his recent anger. The sec
retary looked nt tbcin for an Instant,
then said briefly:
'Ycu can tell bltu'Cynthla. ' JIe a
good felldw. Come on,' aldoraum. 't I
think 'you and I st!lt;i)avo souietblng
to say 30 each other.; .it "t n
8crted',olcvi4ir 'the, ballroom. J 1 - m
,"l'vo beyn 'Toojtlng ju'dtor for you,
sir. jicnuett.'" caneu Juuge'Oiewman,
hurrying out through the chain of ante
rooms ns Alwyu wandered out of the
ballroom Into tbo foyer n few momenta
"Anything important?" asked Ben
nett, pausing in bis stroll and greeting
the older man cordially. Ue bad known
tho Judgo as long as ho could remem
ber and bad always had a decided lik
ing for tho pompous henpecked little
dignitary. Surrounded as he was by
political intrigue, beartacho and asso
ciation with rogues, the harassed young
man rather welcomed the variety prom
ised by a chat with his. old friend of
his boyhood. on .-, s
, "Anything Important, judge?" be' re
peated. "Or are you. just taking pity
on a lonely, chap and giving him n
chance to chat vvltbuyou over old
"Well," began the Judge, his custom
ary air of pom-'
' pous 'nervous--
y. nesa tinged
V by an almost
would like to
have a little
with you If you
don't mind dis
cussing work at
"Not at all.
Tvo bad tbo
honor of danc-
lie illvpcd an tirm lug with three
tihuul her unlit rt 0f your (laugh
heipoftc. tc thg oven.
lng, and tho least I cau do Is to repay
such pleasure by"
"Did you. really?" beamed the Judge,
oil whom the unmarried stute of bis
four fast ngtng girls rested heavily,
"I'm sure Mrs. Newman will bo
pleased. But tbls business matter.
You you won't misunderstand mo"
"Of courso not," replied Alvvyn heart
ily. "You uud I are too old frleuds.t
"I hope so; I hopo so," couceded New
man, with growing anxiety In his tono,
"I ceo you have somo trouble coming
to tho point." said Alwyn, pitying tho
judge's evident discomfiture, "nnd I'm
sorry you feel so. You wcro my fa
thers friend, and I Ilko to think of you
as one of my own best friends. Tbcro
surely should bo no hesitation in ask-lp-nnvthlnT
lcui sawes to grants
- Cynthia urtdKJ'erry 'jlrlfted away to
ward tbo conservatory again, ifulto ob
H'vlous ;of jaA others, ''jytlle l'hdlan and
the 'secretay,j made tocirJwuy io a do-
M f -. JPLl
"I we that Is. seems to mo you
havo been a llttlo hard upon thlP Bor
ough franchise bill. If you don't mind
my saying to, Dennett. Couldn't you
let up on tbem now?"
J'Why. no. Judge, I can't," replied
Bennett, still falling to 'connect New
man with tho Walnwrlgbt-IIorrlgan
clique and attributing tho judge's in
terest In tbo matter to an amateur's
lore of dabbling In politics. "I can't
let up on that fight," he continued. "All
perpetual franchises arc wrong, nnd
this particular franchise bill Is rotten
to the core. In sheer Justlco to my oath
of ofllco I must fight It."
"My boy," said tbo judgo In a fa
therly manner that be had often found
succcssful,ln argument, "I was In poli
tics long before you wcro born, nnd I'm
speaking for your own good when I
say I deeply regret the stand you'vo
taken In this matter. You objected to
the bill in Its original form. Almost
every change jou demanded baa been
made in It. As the gentlemen who
asked me to speak to you said"
He checked himself a minute too
late. The narrowing of Bennett's eyes
and the vanishing of tbo friendly light
In the young man's face warned New
man he bad made a fatal error.
"So you come to mc as an emissary,
npt as a friend," said Bennett slowly,
"and the 'gentlemen' you come from"
"Are the men who represent all that
can mako or break your career capital
and political organltitlin."
"In other words, Wainwrlght and
"Yes. All they ask Is tbat yon re
main neutral; that you"
Tbat 1 look tho other way while
they rob the'clty?"
"I am an old man, Bennett," evadod
tho Judge, trying another tack, "and
I'vo seen dno rash step wreck many 'a
bright career, just as this will Wreck
yours. Never antagonize wealth and
the organization. The public for whom
you sacrifice yourself will forget you
In a month. Capital and politics ucyer
forget" , , '
"I am not catering to the public. I
am acting aa my own conscience"
"But tbls la stubbornness, not con
science. All you have to do Is to re
main neutral. If yon do this I am
authorized to promise you now, listen
to promise you the nomination for
governor when yonr term aa"
,7JTbata the'-balt.iU Itr 'cried 'Alwyn
angrily., fit I codent'to betray tar
trust' I'll get the gorernorshlp.nilTbojo
wy la golden, and I don't 'wonder at
Ilorrlgan for offerlng:it.-''Tbe.fon)y
thing jthat surprise Une'ls'' that be
.a&ould have chosen sueh' a man aa yon
for hla lackey and. go-between'" c
, i'fJLackoyl 'Brlbo!'".Oo-botweenr"
echoed, the Judge. In J. teal Indignation.
"How.'dare'yoir.-(BlriiTbl" " '
-'.'Isn't it a bribe,- Insisted jAlwyn,
j'and woren't you tho' man chosen to
offer It? It will do you no good to
blaster or grow Indlgnaat, In your
heart you know the words I used war
deserved. The governorship offer waa
a bribe, pure and simple, and worthy
the modern highwaymen who made It,
but tbat you, a judgo a former friend
of my own blameless father tbat you
should como to me on such a vile er
rand turns mo sick. Heaven help jus
tice and right when our Judges can be
controlled by a political boss and a
roll of bills! That'e all! ' I don't care
to go further Into tbe subject!" ' "
Bennett walked Away? leaving tbe lit
tle Judgo to stare aftor bin, pink with
wrath, speechless, with nmatement In
al his sixty years vno man bad thus
laid bare to Nowman bis own heart,
stripped of Its garment of respecta
bility and self doceptlon. And, as usu
al in such cases, now that tbe truth
bad been driven borne to him, Newman
wrathfully denounced It, even to him
self, as a He.
..Still flushed and Incoherent, he wheel
ed to faco a trio who were Just return
ing from the supper room. Tbey were
Dallas, Glbbs and Wainwrlght
"Hello!" exclaimed Wainwrlght In
surprise. "What's the matter with you,
Judge? Are you ill?"
"It if Mrs. Newman abould come to
know of this," sputtered tho Judge,
glaring from one to tho other, "she"
'To know of what?" queried Glbbs.
"What has happened?"
"Happened?" fumed Newman. "I
have been Insulted grossly, vulgarly
"Insulted, Judge?" repeated Dallas.
"By Alwyn Bennett!" snapped tho
Judge. "Outrageously" v
., "Imposslbtel" exclaimed Dallas.
'Tbcro must bo a mistake somewhere.
Mr. Bennett la too well bred to Insult
any man, much lesa a man so much
"A gentleman. Is be? I abould not
havo believed It He 'has Insulted xao
"I'm not surprised," observed1 Wain
wrlght "I am," announced Dallas. ,
"Naturally," sneered Wainwrlght "If
you can remain on speaking terms with
blm after his abominable treatment of
mo you can easily overlook any other
brutality of his."
'Tell us about it, Judge," Interposed
Glbbs, seeking to avert any further
"I " w e'nt" to lifin," "Uegau Newman,
"bearing a request from from"
The Judge paused. It was not whol
ly easy to present matters to this hon
est eyed young1 girl Insucb a way as
to bring her In his way of thinking.
But Wainwrlght felt no difficulty. Ul
shrewd brain caught at a means of
turning the aft'alr to account.
"You seo, Dallas," tho financier broko
In, with n warnlug glaneo to Newman,
"I begged the Judge to Intercede for
me wllh Bennett, to ask him to bury,
the hatchet and let us lie friends again
for the sake of old times, t thought
Judge Newman's age and his high of
fice would compel a certain respect
even with a man of Bennett's charac
ter. But I was wrong, and I am sorry.
Judge, for tbo unjust humiliation I
('1 don't understand," said Dallas,
looking In bewilderment from una to
tho other. "Judge, my undo scut you
to make overtures of peace? Aud Mr.
' Bennett refused to"'
"He not only refused, but called Mr.
Wainwrlght a blghnaymau and"
'!But why?" demanded Dallas.
"Ho pretended to misunderstand what
I said about the conditions."
"Oh, it was a conditional offer, then?
"Certalnly there Wcro conditions,"
cut In Wainwrlght, agalu coming to
the emissary's rescue. "1 asked that
bo take a position of neutrality In re
gard to this Borough bill. Simply neu
tral, mind you. Not to change his atti
tude In Its favor, or"
"That was a splendidly fair offer,"
cried Glbbs enthusiastically.
"So it seemed to mc," agreed New
man, "but Bennett would not listen
when I tried to point out bis proper
lino of duty. Ho called mo a go-between
."Even after you told him wo wcro
granting practically all tbo concessions
bo had asked in tbe bill?" queried
"Yes," said Newman. "He must have
some motive behind It. all. I can't"
"Nonsense!',' oxclauued-Dallas. "What
ulterior motlvo coujd.bo have?"
'That Uiinoro'tban 1 know positive
ly," returned the judge mysteriously.
"But -I do"i declared Wainwrlght,
pointing nt Dallas'. 'Tbcro aro tho rea
sons!" "IT' exclaimed Dallas, Incredulous.
Willingly," -replied Jjerjincle,' '
I'lPglvd me a'fair'ncarlngT'0hneU
la In love, with
you. "Ue knows
es to marry yon;
.Ho knowa, too',
that Glbbs' for-
, tune depends on
tho success of
franchise, if tbo
bill hi' beaten,
Glhhs will bo
ed aud thus In
no position to
kuown all along
of tula reason
rt H,ntiAlfa fit.
bade mo to tell you. Ho was afraid
you might think he"
"I don't bcllovo one word of Itt" cried
Dallas, her big eyes ablaze. "Alvvyn
i Bennett could not stoop to aucb a
"No?" said Wainwrlght 'Then you
probably will refuse to beUeve what I
am about to tell you now. I consider
ed Borough stock a safe Investment
and I put all your money and Terry's
In It Bennett knows this, and In spite
of the knowlcdgo be la trying to (kill
tbo franchlso evon on the certainty of
beggaring you and Ferry along with
Glbbs, If only bo can ruin Glbbs he
cares nothing about making you and
Ferry paupers too. .That Is tbe sort
of man you aro dofcndlng against your
own uncle. I havo Just, learned, be
sides tbat bo bas secretly, through hla
brokers, sold largo blocks of Borough
stock short. Thus bis veto tbat rulna
us will mako him a very rich man." ,
"It isn't true'l" affirmed' Dallas in
dogged certainty. "Mr. Glbbs, do you
confirm this story of my uncle's?"
"Tleaso leave me out of this. Miss
Wainwrlght," answered 'Glbbs gently.
"I prefer to say nothing to prejudice
you. When I light I fight fair."
"Even at tho cost of all your money,"
amended Waluwrlgbt. '"Glbbs, tbls Is
carrying your sense of honor to an ab-'
surd point. And Bennett will"
' "Tnnlon me," broke in Alwyn, enter
ing the foyer und going up to Dallas.
"I'm' a little late for our dance. I was
"Alwyn!" exclaimed-Dallas in relief.
"I'm bo glad you camo.bcrc just when
you.dld. Now we can clear tbls up In
"Clcnr what up?" queried Bennett,
glancing about In suspicion at tbo thrco
"You know Mr. Glbbs Is favored In
tbo Borough Street railway affair." be
gan Dallas. "Ue told J'ou so nt your
cilice that day we were there. Well"
"Yes, but don't let's discuss business
tonight," replied Bennett, 'This Uour
"Walt, i leave. You know his fortune
was largely tied up In Borough stock,
but here Is houiothliig you didn't know.
My uncle iaj-a my money ufid Terry's
Is nil Invested In that stock and that If
jou defeat tho bill we will bo dc(cud
ent ou Mr. Walnwrlght'a charity.. If
that U true, you dldu't know It, did
Her voice wns utmost tremulous In
its eager, contldeut npical, but Bennett
forced himself to answer:
"Yes: It Is true, uud 1 knew it."
Tbe eager glow died from her eyes,
leaving n look of dawning horror.
"Aud, kuowiug this knowing Terry
anu i snail ue made paupers by juur
actlou-j-ou still Insist on"
"Ou opposing tbo bill? Yes. 1 nin
sorrj-, but It is my dutj"
"Dutyl" sneered Wainwrlght. "Your
'duty' was doue when you vetoed tho
bill. That act made your position
clear and showed tbe public bow jou
regarded tbe measure, so why go on
fighting It after"
"I won't discuss this with you, Mr.
Wainwrlght," Interrupted Bennett
"Wo already understand one another,
you and I."
"My undo Lays." pursued Dallas,
"that you made jour broker secretly
s.ell Borough stock short; know lug the'
deal would enrich you. Won't you
even deny this?"
"You reallzo what all this foolish
stiibbornnefn must mean to me to all
of us,' continued Dallas, "aud you still
pcrslst'lu jour opposition?,'
' "I must," r.ald Bennett, "I can't turn
back... Oh, Dallas," he ndded, dropping
hla volco till none but sho could bear,
."can't you trust me only till Friday?
TU come to you on Saturday morn Ins
and tell you tho wholo miserable stury.
I only nsk you to wait until then
"I seo no need of waiting for an ex
planation." retorted Dallas aloud. "1
"But you don't understand!" Insisted
"I understand only too well," repeat
ed Dallas. Checking his reply and Ig
noring tho anguished nppcal In bis
eyes, she turned to Glbbs.
"I have kept you waiting long for
your answer, Mr. Glbbs," sbo said,
speaking In a level, firm, emotionless
voice. "I am prepared to gtvo it to
you now publicly. You havo often
aaked me It I would bo your wife. My
reply Is, 'Yes.' "
"Dallas!" gasped Bennett to horrified
II LWYN BENNETT sat In hla own
L atudy at borne In tho big Ben-
nett house tbat remained as
almost tho last landmark of
that solid mlddlo nineteenth century
wealth and fashion which had onco
dominated a neighborhood now given
over to ofllco buildings an, apartment
Tbo hour was late. An no.ir and
more bad passed slnco tbe young may
or aud bis mother bad returned from
tho administration ball. The bouse
was silent, and even tho usually busy
streets outsldo wero wrapped in tbo
busb that novcr falls until after mid
night and Is dispersed by tho gray of
dawn. Lato as It waa Alwyn bad mado
no move to discard bis ovcnlng clotbes.
Alone he sat, hla bead resting between
Ms crossed arms on tho desk before
Motionless, Inert, hopeless, be bad re
mained there over since bis arrival
from tbe ball. But If bis body was
moveless, bis brain was nwlilrl. Try
aa he would bo could sou no light In
tho tanglo of events Into which his
own sense nt right had plunged blm.
Ho saw tbo future stretching out be
fore him dreary and barren as a rainy
Through nil of his months of battling
bo bad ever struggled forward through
Increasing difficulties' toward one bright
goal Dallas' love. Aud now that lovo
was snatched from bis grasp, through
no fault of bis own, uud bestowed ou a
man unworthy to kiss tho hem of bcr
At each step lu tho long climb Alwyn
had asked himself, "Would sbo np
tirove.Y And .now through, try'iu; tu
fe worthy that approval lie bad ToP
ever Inst It. for Dalian, ho knew, bad
not only rejected him aud engaged her
self to Glbbs, but had done so with thu
belief that lleimett wus n lio.irllcss, nil
FcrnptitotiK Intilguer. tiudcrervlng of n
good woman's reginl.
A rap nl the doar aroused Bennett
from bis bitter thoughtx. lie lifted his
bead wearily und gave wmd to enter,
A drowsy rt-rrniit came lu with it card.
'ilc h.ijs It's Imp irtaat business. sir,"
said the fiu'inan. "And ho wishes to
we jou nt once. If possible."
".Show him up." answered Bennett,
dropping his voice ko us uot to disturb
his mother, who slept on tho satno
floor. "I will nee blm here."
A minute later Ilorrlgau's balky form
blocked the threshold.
"Queer time of night for n rail," ho
oIimtm'iI (.asiiallj, us be enteied unlu
vltcil, doted the door behind blm nudi
took n ilialr, "but my business
"ilien state It ns briefly ns jou can,"
directed Ilenuett, making no move to
rlso or welcome his unhidden guest,
"It Is very late, mid I inn tired."
"I've coinu to seo you about our Bor
"So I supposed."
"You won't call off jour light against
"That question n baldly worth an
"I thought not. Well. Mr. Alwjn
Beuiielt, I've got jnu! Tvo got jou!
Do jou tiuilcrxtnud me?"
"Terfectlj-. U that nlft"
"No, It ain't nil," mimicked the boss,
"Aud I'm In eauiest. Tvo got jou
where I want jnu."
"That doesn't Interest tne. If jou'vo
nothing elte to tuy"
"But I have." -.hutMcd Ilorrlgan.
"When It tame to n showdown be
tween us two 1 put u staff of men to
looking up jour record."
"You found nothing jou could use.
"No; It Isn't even tho beginning
Then I remembered about Juur fa
"About my father?'1
It grated mi Bennett that bis dead
futlier'n houiited name should be f-po-ken
by this low politician, buf beforo
lie could protest more forcibly Ilorrl
ran went oa:
""What d'j'oti think If I said jour fa
Micr vim u Kinfler-ouo of the worst
)f bis ttniL-V"
"I'd say jini lied." nnswered Bennett
nlinlj-. "nnd I'd drive llie foul lie
lown jour lhiM.it wllh my list. You'lf
'lave In Ijilul- of loino bettor nclieme
"Ilu yuu thin1 I'd Us Idiot enough to
ouii! beiv wllh the slmy If I didn't
inve full proof or It?" ntked Ilorrlgan
And. ilciplt,i himself, Alvvyn raw thu
nan was i.enl.lug wh-it he believed to
k- the truth.' lie paused lu bis Impiil
lve forwuid move, u-?ontcd himself
mil nski-d coldly:
"What so called 'proofs' have you
Veil fooled by jour heelers Into think-liig"-
' Don't believe hie. hey? Well. jou
will fust enough befoie I'm doue. Un
less jou'ro afraid of what I've got to
"Tin not nfrald of anything jou can
saj. Tho highest tribute to my fa
ther's memory Is the fact that a cur'
like jou cannot dcllle it. Go ou. I'll
listen to jou."
"Very good," said Ilorrlgan. qultu
unmoved. '"I'll make It ns short us I
cau, I remembered your fattier got
rich pretty quick. He, was a member
of tbo organization, and his Arm got
tho jobs of building tbe uqueduct and
tho uew llhrarj. That gave mo my
clew. ,1 looked up tho speellicatlons for
both Jobs, nnd I turned them over to
tho old engineering Urm of Mori Is &
Chcrrlngton, You know the linn, per
haps. If you don't, you cau look them
up. They don't belong to the organiza
tion; they're tho best experts In their
line, and they can't bo Juggled with."
"I know them. Go ou."
"I paid them n fancy sum to go over,
thoso specifications uud then examine
tile library und the nqucduct uud bee
if they wcro up -to tho mark or If the
city M been cheated by tho BeiiucU
Contracting company. I bad u strong
Idea I wus right, but I wouldn't sieak
tlll I bad the proof. When I got home
after the ball foulght I found tho Mor
ris & Cherrliigtou report vvultlng for
me. I brought n copy of It along with
"Well," asked Bennett liullfTcrcntly,
"Here's tbe copy of tbe report. Look
It over for yourself. The crookedest
Job over pulled off lu this city! Third
ralu material, when tho material called
for In tho speellicatlons was used at
nil. Granite shell filled with mortar
Instead of solid graultc; foundations
barely half tbo depth called for; lu
fcrlor tiles In plnco of llieproot ones;
cheap, crumbly iron nnd steel Instead
of first quality oh, there's fifty such
substitutions und frauds! It's the raw
est, huinuicst Job I ever beard of. If
any of tho organization tried It now
adays the men who did It would bo
wearing stripes lu a week. Graft, hey t
Whj. jour father wns tho boss grafter
of tho centurj', the star graft getter of.
(Continued Next Saturday),