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EVENING DULLETIN, HONOLULU, T. 1!., SATURDAY, SEPT. 2 IS, 100S.
WILLIAMS entered with Rob
erts In tow. Tlic hitter wore
ii haggard, troubled look, nud
lilt n:itiiriil nertoiisiiess hail
Visibly deepened, so uiticli no that he
had not even noted PIu'Ijii'h appear
anco In the corridor as he passed Into
llorrigau's private room.
"Good evening, alderman," said Ilor
"Good evening. Blr," answered Rob
crta palpably 111 ut case.
"I understand there's a full meeting
today, l'.vcn tills came buck from
the south to be here. You're the only
"I couldn't Bet here sooner. I"
"I see. That's nil. Williams. You
needn't wait, ltoberts and I mint a
little tallt lefore he goes In. Now,
then," went on the boss, with n com
plete change of manner us Williams
left thu room, "what's the mutter with
"I I can't"
"Can't what? Speak out; man!
Dou't stand there and mumble nt me!"
"I cau't vote for the Itorougli fran
"Can't. hey?" roared Ilorrlgan.
"Because because" faltered Rob-
crts; then, with n rush of hysterical
emotion that blotted out his fear, he
"Hnte you heard wlintthut,mau Iieu--
nelt bus done? He oignnlzcd u voters'
committee In my ward and sent them
to nsl: me ut my own house what I was
going to do nbout that bill. They had
been Mined up by Bennett till they
looked mi me as n crook and on the bill
ns n personal robbery. They told mo
Jf I toted for It they'd know I was a
dirty thler and grafter and that they'd
kick me out of tho ward."
"Well, well!" rumbled Ilorrlgan
soothingly, as though trying to calm a
fractious drunkard. "What do you
cniu? When they've forgotten nil
nbout the bill you'll still have tho
dough, won't you? Folks won't nsk
'How'd he get ItV' All they'll care to
know Is 'Has ho got it?'"
"Tint Isn't all!" Roberts blundered
on, scarcely heeding tho Interruption.
"Bennett's next step was to organize
a committee of voters' wives, nnd they
came to sec my wife this morulug
when I was out and told her they'd
heard I was going to sell myself and
voto for a dishonest bill, ily wife
my wife thinks I'm tho squarest,
noblest man on earth. Ob, you needn't
sneer! Iter trust means everything to
me. She told the women I wouldn't
Btoop to nny deed that wasn't honest,
nnd they answered: 'Our husbands be
llovo Mr. Roberts Is a crook. It ho Is
really honest he'll voto against that
bill, as ho did before.' Then on my
fray homo this noon I met my little
boy. IIo wns crylug. I asked him
what tho matter was. IIo said that
some boys had told him I was a graft
er. I tell you," his voice rising almost
to a scream, "Bennett's made my life
a hell. I'm no crook. I'm honest
"Sure you'ro honest!" Ilorrlgan ex
claimed, ax though to a cress child.
"Honest as tho day! That's why
you'ro voting for our bill. Becauso tbo
crooked clauses have been cut out of
It, and Jn Its present form it's a benefit
to tho clty.V
"That Isn't why I promised to voto
for It," contradicted Roberts, with a
despairing dasli of courage. "It was
because I because"
"Never ralnd why, then, but Just go
head nnd do It"
"I won't! I dare not"
"You'll "do It, I say!" stormed Ilorrl
gan. "You can't welch on mo at this
stago of tho game. Thoso Sturtovnnt
Trust company notes of yours were
lent to you and-"
"And I won't take them!" declared
Roberts, slamming two slips of paper
down upon tho table. "There! Tako
(hem back I"
"What do I want of them?" argued
Ilorrlgan craftily. "They belong to
"They don't I won't keep them."
"You'll have to. I keep you to your
"What promlso?" nsked a volco be
Bennett, hastily summoned by The
lan, had entered tho room unobserved
by cither of the excited "men.
"What promlso?" he nsked again. "A
promise .to. .. j
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""What nreyou 'doing here?" bellow
ed Ilorrlgan In fury. "You called mo
down once for coming Into your pri
vate omce without knocking. What
d'you menn by coming Into mine?"
"Yours?" queried Alwyn. "I had an
Idea It was the city's. Tlio tlmo Is
past when tho words 'Ilorrlgan' and
'city' meant the satno thing. Well,
ltoberts, how are you going to vote?
I want to believe you honest, and
Why. what's all this?" bis eyes falling
on the forgotten notes on tho table.
"Nothing of yours!" Bhoutcd Ilorrl
gan, making a futile, furious grnb for
the documents which Alwyn was.plck
Ing up. "Drop them I Drop them, I
say, or you'll
"Why should I?" nsked Bennett calm
ly, his quick eye taking In tho nature
of tho slips of paper oven as his alert
brain grasped In full tho meaning of
tho transaction In which they figured.
"Do they belong to you?"
"They don't belong to you anyway,"
retorted Ilorrlgan, "and It you dare
"I'vo alrcadyfroad them. Roberts,"
he added' In a kinder voice, turning to
tho shaking alderman, "these were to
have been your bribe, weren't they, tor
voting for tho Borough bill?"
Ills quietly compelling tone and
glance forced from Rolierts a frightened
"Yes" before Ilorrlgan could Interfere.
"I thought so. Do quiet, Ilorrlgan,"
bo commanded as tho Infuriated boss
sought to speak through bis choking
wrath. "This Is between Roberta and
me. Now, then"
"I returned tho notes to him!" plead
ed Roberts In panic. "Honestly, I did!
Just before you came in. I could have
kept them, and ho couldn't have pre
vented mo even If I voted against tho
bill. But I'm squaro nnd"
"You are square!" affirmed Bennett,
gripping the alderman's cold, moist
hand in friendly reassurance. "I knew
all along you were honest at heart
Ilorrlgan wanted to bribe you, and you
wouldn't bo bribed. Now, I wont you
to go Into tho council room and voto as
your manhood tells you to."
Roberts, comforted, yet still trem
bling, obeyed, not venturing a second
I i00j nt Ilorrlgan.
"Now, my friend," snld Bennett
pleasantly when ho nnd tho boss wcro
alouo.togcther, "what are you going to
dd about It? It seems to me your gaino
"I want those notes!" panted Horrl
gan, finding coherent speech with an
effort through his red mist of rage.
"Why? They're not yours. They
aren't made over to you, and there Is
no cancellation stamp on them. They
aro tho property of tho Sturtevant
Trust company, and I'll send them
back there tomorrow after I've bad
"You'll glvo them to me," shouted
Ilorrlgan, bis mighty body vibrating
with fury, "or you'll never leave this
"You're a fool, Ilorrlgan," remarked
Bennett, with condescending calm, "for
you don't even
know tho right
man to bully!"
IIo gazed un
llttlo eyes of
the boss, and so
for a moment
they stood pa
trician aud pro
letariat In tho
world old strug
glo of tho two
fnco was scar
m u rdorous;
it. Bennett's pale,
y cold, deadly in
37ien xciiocd the battle Its repose.
of wlllt, both men And thon
(landing motlontcu. waged tbo bat
tle ot wills, both men standing mo
tionless, tense, vibrant vltb dynamic
Slowly, llttlo by little. Horrlga'n's
eyes dropped. Ho moved awkwardly
to ono sldo from his position in front
of tho door nnd Bennett without bo
much as a backward look, passed out
Tho boss, like n man In a daze, sank
heavily Into n chair and gazed straight
ancnu or mm, uis usually red raco
gray and pasty.
But ho was not to enjoy even tho
scant boon of solitude. From tho ante
room Glbbs strolled In.
"They're going over somo unimpor
tant picllniluury business." remarked
the broker, "so 1 came out for a breath
f fresh nlr. How nre things going?"
"We're beat," grunted Ilorrlgan, not
"Beat?" screamed Glbbs, ashen nnd
Inert ut the news. "Von don't ine.ni
It! You can't mean It! Great heaven!"
The sight of the other's cowardly
emotion seemed to rouse Ilorrlgan
from his apathy.
"If I can stand It, you can!" bo snarl
ed. "You only loso your perccntagu
on the deal, while I"
"A percentage?" echoed Glbbs, too
panic stricken to heed Ills own Indis
cretion. "Every cent I had lu tho
IJu checked himself an Inslaut too
"""So?" drawled Ilorrlgan, his keen
little eyes searing the other with J
uounuicss contempt, "so it wni jou
who wero secretly buying up the stock
anil tailing In on to our Kamc, hey?"
"I'm ruined! Broke! And"
"And you'vo got It coming to yon,
you whining trnltorl Tho man who
goes back on his partners deserves all
the kicking lie gets."
"I I didn't mean any harm!" mum
bled tho crushed Glbbs. "It couldn't
hurt you pcoplo to have me buy Bor
ough stock for myself, nnd I'd have
cleared up a million and more. Ob,
don't glower like that, Ilorrlgan, but
try to think out some way of"
"Of what, you cur?"
"Isn't thcro nny way even now to
make Bennett let up on his light?"
"If there wns you couldn't be ot uso
to us, so why should I talk nbout It
"But I'd do anything In tbo world
nnythlng" "You would?" cut In Ilorrlgan
' "Yes, yes! Only glvo me n chance!
Ilorrlgan considered, then said re
flectively: "No chance Is too slight to take at a
tlmo llko this, aud nobody's too rotten
to be of use. I'vo found there nre
three things, ono of which will always
buy any man a woman, ambition or
cash. We've tried Bennett on ambi
tion; be doesn't need money, so only
tho first of the threo remains."
"A woman? I don't understand."
"Llsten here. Bennett's In love with
Waluwrlglit's niece. You've cut hliu
out Go und tell him If he'll let our
bill alone you'll smash the engagement
aud leave her free to marry htm.
"I can't! I hold on, though! After
ward I could deny the whole thing,
couldn't I? It'd be his word against
mine, und shu'd never belluvo I could
do bucli a thing. I I might try."
"Yes," growled Ilorrlgan. "you might
A cur that's lost all his nerve can try
thing that etou nu ordinary crook
would balk nt."
But Glbbs did not hoar. lie bad re
turned to the corridor In search of
Bennett Thu man scurecl) deserved
the opprobrium heaped on him by Hnr
rlgan. A brilliant, daring operator, he
was, unknown to himself, n rauk cow
ard at heart. For the first time In his
life tho cowardice had cropped out,
and, to do Glbbs. Justice, It lud driven
him temporarily Insane. In his nor
mal senses he would never hnvo stoop
ed to the plan he was now so eager to
carry out It was n putrid bit of Jet
sam at which n flnnnclally drowning
man did not scruplo to clutch.
Honlgnu followed him from the
room, his own splendid nerve quite re
covered from tho crushing blow Ills
hopes had received. IIo had stuked
heavily on the den). Moreover, Its fail
ure, as lie knew, meant the wreck of
that mighty political prestige he had
so long ami wearisomely built up. It
might oven. If Alwyu fulfilled his
tbieat about tbo notes, lead to graver
personal consequences. Yet tho bull
dog pluck that had carried this man
1 ot Iron from tho gutter to the summit
of political power did not desert blni,
i nor did bo slioV tbo loss of one Iota of
his customary monumental calm.
Scarcely had Ilorrlgan quitted tbo
room when Terr' and Dallas entered
"You could cut tbo atmosphere In
thcro with a chceso knife." Terry wns
saying. "Williams doesn't think tho
Borough bill will como up for half an
hour or so. We'd better spend tho
tlmo till then In hero than to stny thcro
and turn our lungs Into a microbe zoo."
Dallas did not answer. Slio sat down
by the table and rested her head de
jectedly on ono little gloved hand. Tho
tight of Bennett, his grave, hopeless
appeal to her; tho calm, utter despair
of bis bravo face all theso had affect
ed her deeply. Terry noticed with
brotherly concern her look aud attitude.
"Feeling faint?" ho asked.
"No, I'm all right, thanks."
"You look pretty near as blue as Al
'"Don't let's talk of him. please," she
"Why not? lies the whitest chap
this side of Wliltevllle." '
"That's what I used to think, but I
know better notv."
"Then, miss." broke In n voice from
the doorway, "jou'ro entitled to anoth
er 'know.' "
t'lielnn, who, passing down the' cor
ridor, had heard her last words us he
reached the threshold, turned into the
"i:cuse me for buttln' In on a fam
ily chat." he remarked, coming forwnrd.
"but I'm pretty well posted on his
honor character, nu' when I hear any
one knockln' hl:n It's me to the but.
What haw you got against Mr. Ben
nett? 'None of your measly business,'
says you. 'Quite so.' sn)s I, nn', tlnit
bcln' the case, let'H hear all uliout It."
Something that underlay the sceiulug
Impertinence of the alderman's bin IT
speech touched Dallas. On Impulse she
"Mr. Bennett." paid she. "Is opposing
K','t nrni'-'i h'ji I-'l""--!iit ;(: 1'UlU. l
.!- . iii-i.i . .iawiit&v&'.ilviiii(iMt -.. .v ,$smaa
paupcrx If he defeats It. " Ho also" sold
Borough stock short beforo he an
nounced his veto. What can one think
of n man who cnrlchex himself at tho
expense of his frhnids?"
"Gee," cried Terry, "that's it terrible
tbtngl Bennett's tho original man
higher up, I'm afraid. I wonder he
Isn't afraid to.wcar the clothes ot such
wicked geezer ns himself!"
"Oh. Perry! Don't Joke about It!"
begged Dallas. "Cun't ysu seo the seri
ous side of anything? We shall be
penniless and dependent on"
"Fear thou not, sister mine!" de
clared Terry In his bos't melodramatic
manner, "Paupers, sayest thou? Far
bo It so! Little Brother Perry will
guard theo 'from tho cold, shivery
swats of n wintry wind. Maybe wu
can sell violets or stait a light club
"Don't!" she urged, Jarred by Ills flip
pancy. "You don't understand. I"
"As for that story of liU honor's sell
In' stock short and makin' n pile ot
cash on his own veto," put In I'hclan
genuinely worried, "Horrlgati's looked
It up nn' got enough fncts to make him
thluk he can provo It. He's goln' to
make Williams tell the whole story to
tho nldenncn tonight. It's n He, of
course, but It'll hurt his honor a lot,
an' tho worst of It Is Bennett refuses
to deny It."
"Ho does, eh?" remarked Perry.
"Then I'll do some talking about it
I'll liavo to fracture a promise I made
Alwyn, but I guess It's worth while."
"What do you mean?" queried Dallas
"I mean Bennett lent me the money
to sell enough stock short to make up
for what you and I would lose If tho
hill was quashed, and he gave mo n
letter to his own broker. We carried It
through, aud now you and 1 stand pat
to win whichever way tho cat Jumps.
We're on velvet, thanks to Alwyn.
"lie did this for us?" gasiied Dallas
In amaze. "But why didn't you tell
me? Why did you let me misjudge
"IIo made mo promise not to let you
know a thing about It. and"
"Say. youngster," broko In Phclnn.
tingling with excitement, "you come
chaslu' along with me Into the alder
men's mcctln'. I'll hate you get up
there nn' tell what you know. It'll
knock that lie of Williams' nud Horrl
Can's so high It'll forget to lilt groun'
ngaln. Come on, sou! There's sure
llablo to be hot dnln's In tho incctlii' In
about olc en seconds. Come along!"
DALLAS, left alone In Horrl
gnu's prhntc room, sat at tho
big table, making uo effort to
follow her brother and I'hc
lan. A messenger, searching fur Hor
ilgan, bustled lu, looked Inquiringly at
tho motionless, white faced girl, then
passed on to the committee, room be
yond nnd on again lu his search until
tho sound of his footstups died. And
still Dallas sat, Inert dumb.
Little by llttlo she wns piecing to
gether the facts of the long, miserable
complication lu thu light of what Per
ry had Just told tier. It was absurdly
easy now that tdio held tho key of the
situation. She could understand every
thing how Wnlnwrlght had put her
fortuno Into Borough stock to Inllti
enco Beuuctt; how, falling to more the
latter, ho had used Alwyn's knowledge
of tho fact as a weapon against tho
young innu; how Bennett had sought
to save her fortune and why ho had
forbidden Perry to bias her feelings
by telling ot the generous act
"From first to last." she murmured
In unhappy contrition, "he has acted
honorably and as hu thought I would
hnvo wanted him to nud for my happi
ness. And I, like the wretched little
fool I was, couldn't understand and
publicly humiliated him. Oh, It only
it weren't too late to"
A vision of Glbbs flashed before her
mind, and (.ho shuddered, realizing all
thnt her rash steps had entailed.
"It Is too lute," she confessed to her
self, fighting back the hot tears that
scared her eyes. "But at least I can
tell him I know nnd beg his forglvu
ncss and thank him."
Tho sound of voices In the corridor
roused her from her bitter reverie.
8ho sprang up hastily, unwilling that
any should sou her tear stained face,
but tho speakers, though they drew
near, did not enter Horrlgan's office.
Instead, tbey stepped into tho adjoin
ing committee loom. Tho messenger
had left ajar tho door between the two
rooms. Itemizing tins nnd not wishing
to bo seen, Dallas shrank back toward
tho wall, fearful of detection. Then
the voice of ono of tho speakers sud
denly nrrcsted her notice,
"Well." Bennett was saying In no es
pecially civil tones, "you snld you wish
ed to speak to me lu private. What
bavo you to say? Be brier, for I am
Finding herself the unwilling witness
to wliat promised to bo n confidential
talk, Dallas stole toward the door lend
ing to the corridor, but Ilorrlgan, as
was bis custom, had locked It on going
out Sho dared not enter nlono the
crowded anteroom In her present state,
so hesitatingly she paused, forced to
remain whcio she was. Tho sound ot
another volco chalned'her to tho spot,
and, unconscious of eavesdropping, sho
stood spellbound, hearing every word
distinctly thiough the half open door
way. "I I hardly know how to begin,"
Glbbs was replying to Bennett's curt
demand. "It )s a delicate subject
"Then tho sooner It Is treated to open
nlr the better. Is"
"You'te won tho Borough bill fight,"
"Ih thnt nil you have to say to me?"
"No. You'vo won, but you'to lost fur
moie. You'vo lost Dallas Wnlnwrlght."
"I baldly need to bu reminded ot
Hint," retailed Bennett, "nnd It Is a
mi.Wt '. .'.. run. a OhClliJl-.
'TIul listen," pleiidcd"Q(bbY as the
nut) or made n mote as though to leave
the rn'tm. "One minute! I say you're
won tho Borough fight. l'o won Dal
las. C'nn't we"
Well, what?" asked Dennett, wllh
ominous quiet ns he paused in his de
Can't we strike some sort of bar
gain?" said Glbbs tentatively.
"K.vplaln. please," ordered Bennett
with that samn deceptive calm.
"Why," went on Glbbs, emboldened
It the other's seeming complacence,
"suppoo jou glo up this Borough
fight and I glte up Dallas? I won her
by n trie I;. She docsut really loo me.
It Is her pride, not her hrnrt, that mndo
her throw jou over and nrccpt me. It
Is you she loc, mid I'vo known It nil
along, nnd you are In love with her."
"Just tills," i e turned Glbbs, wonder
ing nt Bennett's quiet reception of the
strange offer. "Shu will marry me be
cause she Isn't the sort of girl to go
buck on her promise, especially since
sho looks oti me ns u sort of high mind
ed martyr to -oiir oppression, so If 1
hold her to her word she will not back
down. Now. If you. oven now. with
draw your opposition thu Borough hill
,. will go through.
Hy Lot It go
uii'niiKU nun I
will break my
w r I g Ii t nud
lea to her free
to marry j mi."
promise on my
word of honor!
Is It n bar
gain?" "Glbbs," re
slowly, "I didn't
think there was
so foul n cur ns
jou In nil tho
(lll.bt, 1 didn't thtnli
there tra o out a
cur ns tou (n till the
world. I thought I understood how ut
terly rotten ou were, but I didn't be
lieve there wns a man living who could
debase himself ns you'vo Just done."
"But" began Glbbs, In bewilder
ment. "Now j-ou'll listen to mc for a mo
ment," cut lu Beuuctt, silencing the In
terruption. "You say I'm lu lovo with
Miss Wnlnwrlght It Is true. 1 lovo
her In n way n dog llko you could never
understand If ho tried for n lifetime.
I'd glvo my life for ono word of lote
from her. but I'd sooner go foruter
without that word than win It by a
dishonest deed that would prove mo
unworthy of her. I nsked hen lote as n
flee gift nud tried to des.cn o It. Shu
refused, nnd I won't try to buy what
sho won't glvo me, especially since tho
price would make mo ns unworthy of
her ns you yourself nre."
"But you tako tho wrong view of It
You Bee, It"
"I see this much: I'll hnvo to speak
plainer to get my tlcw of the case Into
your vllo mind. If over again jou
meet me, stand out of my way. Don't
speak to mo or como where I am, for
If you cross my path again I'll treat
j on ten thoiisimd times worse than
when I thrashed you lu that football
game. That's nil."
Bennett, restraining his wrath with
n mighty effort, turned on his heel nud
stiode off Into the corridor, leaving
Glbbs stnrhg after him in dumb, Im
When thu broker had recovered hlin-
'self sufficiently to start from tho room
: Dallas Wnlnwrlght stood before him,
b.inlug the exit Her fnco was dead
white, her big dark eyes n blaze.
"Wult!" sho commanded. "I must
speak to you for thu Inst time."
"Dallas!" gasped tho desperate man,
his drawn fnco turning positively yel
low. "You iwere you you heard?"
"Mt Bennett Just now called j-ou
'the foulest cur lu all thu viorid,'" eftld
Dallas, her volco scarcely louder than
it whisper, yet every syllablo stinging
as a whiplash. "IIo put It too mildly."
" 'Miss Walnwrlght,' please. I heard
you offer to sell mo to him lu exchnnga
for Ills conscience. If my own brother
had told me such n thing I would not
have believed him, but I myself r.yird
It. And I heard his splendid ntutw-r."
"But, jou know-, I was Joking! Thi.t
ltiv.ni ji) trlcji lii'--
-i.JUn.itjii'j.'AVKi. j. j.
ll I 'll k.)
U P m
".Tusf tiicfT n Trick Hint made mo
promlso to bu your wire? Yes, but
this time jou had to do with a mnn
n man In n million not with n poor,
credulous llttlo Idiot like me. And ho
nnswered jou ns I should have an
swered you had my eyes been opened
In time. I"-
"Dallas," groined Glbbs. "for heav
en's snko don't look nt me lll.c thnt!
I can't bear It! I love you! And I"
"And I In tny criminal folly prom
ised to marry you!" she stormed. "I
let j-ou kiss inc. My lips ale degraded
forever by Hint touch of jours. I let
you speak woldii of lote to Inc. I broke
a brntu num's heart for jour worthless
sake. Oh, tho shame the hnnlble
shame of It all! But 1 shall thank God
mi my bended knees that I hiito found
out tho truth liefoie It wns too late."
"Ton InteV" hu echoed In horror, his
volco rising almost to u scream. "Dul-
la, jou'io not
going to tluow
ino titer? You
tilt ii nliat uti ii
Hml't: ij'A quietly, it woild
scoiu lii her
let el tones, "yull
d o u o t c v o it
know- how tile
u llilug jou uro.
Now lento inc.
p 1 u n h c. Your
Hu tried to
speak, Put soine
tlilng of the In
tempt In her
Mcudy eyes si
lo need him.
"A'oip lenre nr, ptciur.
1'inir jirrnciuc nlc.
Without n word hu slunk out ot thu
room and out of bur life.
Pheliin, ngog with eagerness for tho
coming stiiiggle In thu nldurmniilc
chamber, bustled past through thu cor
ridor. Uhu alderman bml many duties
today, nud ns tho performance uf each
brought hliu neuter to his longed for
ruteugo on Ilorrlgan he wns positively
beaming with righteous bliss. Dallas
caught bight ot him.
"Alderman'." sho called f.ilullj-.
I'hclnu balled, still lu hastu to fulfill
"Could-iuuld 1 sou Mr. Bennett?"
b1h asked, n new timidity transforming
her rich volco. "Do you know where I
can find him?"
"Is It Impoitniit? He's pretty busy."
"Very Important!" sho pleaded. "I
must see hliu nt once."
"I'll look htm up," agreed Phehiu,
"but I warn you hu'tt tuo busy to kou
you Just yet. S'posu you let uiu tako
you buck to thu mcctln'? Our blll'si
coinlii" up In n few- minutes now, nn'
you don't wnnt to ml; It. Then I'll
scare up his honor for you ns soon ns
he's got n sparu minute nn' bilng j-ou
back heio to hliu. Sorry to keep jou
wntln'," hu went on ns they started
townrd the council chamber, "hut be
fore this session's over all torts of
things is due to explode, nn' wu ain't
hardly at thu beglniilu' of the excite
ment yet. We'ru goln' to make n
Fourth of July celebration lu a giant
powder faet'ry look, like a deaf mutu
fuu'uil by thu time we're done."
178 lu there!" observed Pho-
kin In high excitement, Jeik
Ing his thumb towaid u door
leading on the eummltteo
room, "un' i'vo sent for Walnwrlght
nn' IIotTlgan to meet your honor here.
An' l'te fixed It so the Borough bill
won't conn up for ten minutes. Now,
nil that's left Is to touch tho punk to
the fuse an' set oft thu whole giddy
bunch uf fireworks under 'cm. Geo,
but It's good to 'n' stuck to this old
woild Just for tho Mike ut belli' hero
today un' seeln' what I'm duu to see!"
Thu alderman chuckled, but his Joy
cum anticipation found uo letlectlou In
Bennett's whlto sut fucu. The two wore
lu the committee loom, w hither Pho
tail had lepahed lifter depositing Dal
Iiih In u chair beside her brother nt thu
meeting nnd attending to one or two
details of greater Import.
"Yes," went on I'hulan, again nod
ding mysteriously townrd tho farther
door, "he's lu there, trained to thu
lillutlto for thu blowout. There's some
onu vlsu wnnts to ceo you, too some
one who'll make innru-of a lilt with
j-ou It I'm not oterplnyln' my hand.
But good news can wait. There's so
llttlo of It In this measly life that It
geii'rally has to. I"
From tho corridor Ilorrlgan stamped
Into tho committee room, Walnwrlght
nt his heels.
"Well!" cried tho Ikss defiant!)', glar
ing ut Bennett nud Ignoring I'hclnu.
"You sent for us. What do jou want?"
"Ono moment!" Intervened Wnln
wrlght. "Wo are beaten, 'v admit
that without argument. So we need
waste uo llnio going inerlet.ills."
"Hnvo jou sent for m lo say what
j-ou'll sell out for?" qiurled Ilorrlgan
coarsely, "becuuse Ifyou have you'tu
only to nninn your price. You'vo got
us where you want us. Wu'tu got to
"I should have thought," replied Ben
nett, with no blindo of offense, ")'u
would know by this lime that I lutto
no 'price.' "
"Then what do you ttnut?"
"Why did jou send word you wanted
to see us?" growled Horilguii Impa
tiently us hu mid Wnlnwrlght, unin
vited, seated themselves ut thu table.
"Tii tell you," answered Alwyn.
glancing from oiiu to thu other, "thnt
overy step j un two liuvii taken In tills
whole Infamous transaction from thu
veiy lltst bus been uiiefully followed,
nud, to use your own phrase, wo'vu got
you with the goods'."
"Sniiiu old bluff!" commented Ilorrl
gan contemptuously, with a lenssurlug
wluk nt thu somewhat less cuiilUlcut
WKJtiii!fe4.t . .jV'sTi!;44':Mi4wtf JiM?
"liytomorrow noon," resumed Men
nntt, "j-ou will both bo Indicted on n
Iharge of bribery. Dvcn now there nro
detectives on the wntih for J-ou. I..:
rape Is Impossible."
"Hut!" Micoml Itorrlgnn. "You'vo
no etldcure that will Indict, nnd j'on
know It. Ktcti If j-ou had. don't I con
ti-ol most of tho Judges nnd tho district
attorney office bcMcs? Swell chance
you'll hnvo of gettlnc ii conviction pa.s
Hint bunch: Bali! You talk like a man
mndo of mud. I a'pore It's tho affair'
of thfo Roberts notes you're counting
on. 'Hint don't fcn7e me nny. My
lawjcr can twist that mound so Itll
look llko n charity gift. X, uo,
youngster. You'll hatu to think of
something belter IP
"And, niijhuw," put In Walnwrlght
nervously, "yon ran't prote nnj con
nection ou my pnrt. There's nothing
ngnlnst mo or"
"I think there Is," retorted l'.cuiieit
wheeling nbout on the financier '-And
ctcii If I cun't hall thu Roberts brib
ery to you l'to plenty more counts toj
hold you on."
"All these generalities and tapue ne
citations prote nothing. Bennett." nn
ntvcreil Wnlnwrlght, drawing courage
from Ilorrignu'H colossal lalm an I
speaking with liioro insurance. "Mr )
Hurrlgiut nnd I lire not schoolboys tj
bu scared by baseless threats. Tips Is
all guesswork on your part, f .nni
now, linmu one spcclllc ihaigo jou can
"One will be enough to continue
j-ou?" nsked Alwyn. "Well, then, how
I Ixtil t this ns u first .guess? Mr. Hor
rlgan's bribe of ('j.mxi.iiuu In money
and ".".(nxi slnres of Borough stock for
agreeing to put through the Borough
franchise? For 'guesswork' Hint doesn't'
seem to me tery bad."
Wnliitt right's hard mask of n fico
twitched i-ointilslti'ly, but the stead)
brain that I. ad cart led him iiiishul.eu
through n thousand risky Minm-iiii
deals came nt once to his rescue.
"An excellent guess." lie ngr-s-d In
splendidly i' Igned amusement. ' but
unfortunately the murtii demand prou
before convicting u mnn, nnd there b
no proof tvhati'ter of"
"Aro you Mire?" queried lteunett
Turning to Pheliin, he added:
"Plcnro nsk Jlr. Thompsou to com
The nldenncn. with an (Ap-iisln
grin. Hung open tho door nf Oefainbci
At sound nt his Fecrotnrj-'b ii.pi
Wnlnwilght lmd sprung to his reel tin I.
diinifoiiudeil, was Ij.mlng lieavll.v o i
the table, Blaring across the Ihiesl.old
of Hie suddenly opened door.
Tin re. framed lu the ilurk doom in.
his fnco deathly p-ile. bin cj-uj glow ou
with u strange light ns of murder,
stood Cynthia's brother.
Ills presence lu the city hall was n.i
mere chance, but the climax of n M'rles
of conferences hclttccn Bennett. The
Inn and hliiifclf. dating from tho nlg'u
of the administration IbiII, when, de
spite his or. ll lesolte. tho nvrviney'
hand had been forced by the Inquisi
tive ulderntan und his Identity re
vealed. Bennett had. been let Into the fecret
next day. und tho trio had had n three
hour talk from which Phel.in had
emerged with tho gleeful nlr of one
who hud uiicipcetedly fnim.l n ?1.U00
bill. TliompMin. too. had left that un-ferem-e
with n look of calm, Inten.'o
satisfaction that transfigured him.
Other coinei-Kitloiis had followed,
one of them In thu piescuco of notary,
stenographer und l.itt)urs. The trap
nt last twin icady to lie sprung.
The financier for the lliit time In his
ulne year close association with thu
secretary met the younger iiinii'K gaze
without seeing the latter droop In tier
erentlnl submission. Now he receive.!
bnck look for look from his former nb
led slave, nnd It wns his own glance
Hint wavered before that concentrated
glare of bate.
"Thompson!" he tried, mid his voli-o
Wire a woild nf tncieduloiiH reproach.
Before hliu stood the one man nu
enrth In whom M'nluw right had cter
plnrcd Implicit Must; to whom ho hud
winded his gr.ltest business (-eclets;
the mnn whom lie had nn Mirowdly
tested lu countless wmj-h und who hut
proved stiinchly liicnriuptlble und loy-
ll, nnd now TlinnipMiii nppnreutly con
fronted him In thu uitu ot traitor of
"Thoinpson!" Iia exclaimed ouco
mole, almost I tit a groan, us thu sec
retary ml vu need Into thu room until
only thu width of the table separated
employer und employee.
Then thu new coiner spoko for tho
llrst time, In nu oddly inullled tolce, ns
Kiough lighting desperately for self to
Urnlnt. "No!" lie contradicted. " 'Thompson'
li" loiu-er ""iif'forth I ii"i ( la -Unn "
I (Continued Next Saturday) ,
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