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nVCNINO BULLETIN, HONOLULU, T. H., SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 1911.
This story of a young man a
honest attempt to break" the I
'boss" and the power of the
"machine" Is an absorbingly in
iimale portrayal of the working
of the "wheels within wheels" in
fi desperate political struggle of
today. The senator, strongly in
trenched behind his party "mo
chine," presents an almost in
vulnerable front, and the eon
flict between father and son as
this yoitng lawyer, single hand
ed, fights for what he honestly
believes to be the truth and
right holds one with a tremen
dous sympathetic interest.
mccArai; patiuci.v said ".no."
SO.M10 one amis Hiving n crush
dnuec nt tlio Country chili, nnd
Ittouut, though he wns only a
week end miest of the Ileer
leyx, wus 111 untured enough to bo ro
dentful. What rli;ht had a gay und
frivolous world to come nnd thrust Its
Unlit henrted linpplncss upon him
when l'litrlcln hud snld "No?" It wiw
like hullylng u cripple, ho told himself
morosely, uud when ho hnd rend tho
slnulo tclvgriitn which hnd como whllo
he wnx nt dinner ho went out and
found u chulr in n corner of tho enui-
da. where! ,1110 frUolltlcs had uot us
Illount .was n lei el eyed, square.
' ahonhlerril young man of nn up to
ditto world, and tho Htocl: from which
be ' had deHcended wus prosaic and
prnctlcnl rather than poetic or t.entI-
mentnl. Hut Just now ho was uncon-'
sclousjy giving n very lifelike tmitu
tlon of tho disappointed lover tho
It Was thus, nnd by tie merest
fhnnoe, llmt (Jnntry found him. Tho
railroad man at least wni unfeigned
ly.Klnd. "1'utl up n chair," snhl Illount, not
ton ungruclottsly, considering his Just
eaumi to bo moro ungrutloua. "I wns
thinking of you Just little whllo
a,go, Dick. I Haw jour name in tho
list of frahitconllnental repreKontntlvei
to tho traffic meeting, nnd well, nt tho
present moment 1 think you arc tho
one man in thu world I wanted must
, "That sounds good to inc." laughed
,Dlck (Jnntry, Nettling himself comfort
ably tn n lazy clmlr and feellcs In his
pockets for u cigar. "The 'effete east'
has corrnlleil you, hasn't it, Kynn? I
thought maybo It would when I heard
you wero taking tho postgraduate frills
tn -the Harvard law school, lly tho
way, how much longer nro you in for?"
"I am out of tho law school, if that
Is what you mean," said Illount "out
and admitted to tho bar. If you get
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Into trouble with tho Iloston police let
mo know nnd I'll nsk for n chnngo of
venyo to the grensowood bills and
Judgo Lyhch's court."
"Aro you ever coming back to them,
Blount? I believe you toKl mo onco in
the old college days that you wero
western born." f
"I told you tho truth, nnd until to
night I net or thought much about go
ing back," was mount's rather crypto
"Uut now you nro thinking, of it?"
inquired tho railroad man, waking up.
"That's good. Wo'ro needing n fow
bright young lawyers mighty bad. Is
that why I'm tho particular fellow you
wanted to meet?"
Illount pnssM tho newly como tele
gram across tho Interval between tho
two chairs. "Head that." ho said. t
Gantry smoojhed tho squaro of jel
low paper carefully nnd held It up to
the softened glow of tho electric cell
lag globe. Its dnto lino carried tho
name of tho chief city In the "grease
wood country," the capital of tho stnto,
and tlio tlmoimnrklngs sulllcleutly in
dicated Its lalo arrival:
To Kvn Stiflby Illount, Btandlh Apart
You ,hvo had everything that money
cou!4 buy you, and you owe me nothing
but an occasional elsht of your face. If
ynu are not tied to eome woman's apron
string, why can't you como west nnd
grow up with your native state?
It was characteristic of Gantry that
ho folded tho telegram In (ho original
creasing Wore hu handed It hack.
"Well?" said Illount when tho pause
bad grown ovcrlong.
Copyright, 1910.' by Street Q Smith
"I ttns Just thinking," wns tlio re
flective, rejoinder. "Wo nseil to bo
fnlrly chummy In the old Ann Arhor
ilnjtf, IImw. mill jet I neer hticw till
this blessed hilnute thnt Senator-
, lllount a jour father."
"Ho una ntid Is," was the quiet re-
lily. "I tiiiiocil eicrjhoily know It."
"I didn't," tlAnlrj denied, iiiltlliif.'.
r'Wliflt jou don't tell people, nbout
ntiAiil ifnitlil mnl'n rt tl-nrr lilup Imi-tl
,f u Wlire lltiutni i,0I1R afi0 J0 nd.
muma to mo thnt you were, western
born, but you never told me any
"I,crhnp! It as because there was
so little to tell. I hail a boyhood, Uko
other liojs or, no, possibly It wasn't
quite the usual. I wan born on tho
Clrclo Ilnr when tho ranch was a
hard day's drlvo from the nearest
(.hipping corral on tho railroad'.' At
tweHe I could 'ride line,' 'cut out nnd
'rope down' like nny other r.uich bred
youngster, and I hod never seen a
town bigger than Tainted Tint."
"And what happened when you wero
twejjjj?" querloi! Gnntrj'.
"llio greatest misfortune thnt can
ever como to n half grown boy, Dick.
My mother died."
"That wa hard," Gantry assented;
then. "i"our father married again."
"Not for some years," Illount quali
fied, "llut for mo (lie heat ens wero
fallen. I was sent nwny to school,
and from school I went to college, to
Iluropo nnd back hero to tho law
school. In nil that tlmoj'ro'hovcr seen
the Circle Ilnr or my nntlvo state;
havo never been west of Omaha."
"Then tho Kenntor's your father's
polltirnl life has never tQuchcd'you?"
"It touched mo on the sympathetic
side, Dick. I saw n largo hearted.
open handed otd cattle king wndlng
into the muddy stream of politics to
1 gratify an nmhltlon thnt wasn't Ills
1 own n wom.tn's nmhltlon. lu order
I that the woman might mix nnd min
gle In Washington society for a brief
I '"lnl" w two " Bot l'1,1"'elf c''cclcd
tn nttf nil tlfliitr t tl l-rtil Idfltl nt txrrn
to till out nn unexpired term of two
inouthi In the United Ptntes senate-
bought it, some said. That was three
years ago, wasn't It? llut Washing
ton hasn't forgotten. When I was
"down there last winter tho C o'clock
ten people wero still lecalllng Mrs.
Ulount's gowns nnd tho wild western
nnheto of 'tho Hon. Senator Sage
Gantry was chuckling softly.
"Land of' love, Kvnn,"v ho said,
, "you'ro nn educated man, nil right,
but you've got n lot to learn yet
nbout tho senator and his politics, I
mean. Great snipes, man, ho isn't In
I it for tho social frills and furbelows!
Ho never was. Lot mo Intliunto n fow
things. Politically speaking, Dnld
Illount is tho biggest man In Ills Btalo
today. Ho can havo anything ho
wnnts, from tho head of tho ticket
down. You spoke rather sneerlngly
Just now of his two months tn the
senate Ho might hnvo gono back If
ho had wanted to, nud ho actually did
a much moiodltllcult thing-named his
successor. I can tell ymt tho situa
tion out in tho gtea-ewood country If
you wont to know it."
"Mnko It simple," wns mount's con
dition. "Tho outlook for us is precisely what
1 It U In n dozen other states this year
1 everything promising n teiiownl of tljo
bullheaded legislative fight on the rail-
roads," said Gantry. "There Is only
nun lssuo before thi people, and that
I Is tho TriinKeciutluiitt, railway. Tho
I reformers, na thny call (huuisolu's,
would like to leglslAto -js out of exist
J - Jk
ence. We shall beat the tomtom and
i'.o our best to stay on earth."
I "Naturally," ald Illouut. "And my
father how does ho stand?"
"Tho Idea of your hating to nsk
mo!" exclaimed Gantry. "Hut really
I wish I could tell jou. There nro a
good many people In our neck of
woods who would like to know. It
will mnko all the difference lit tho
world when It comes to a showdown."
"Why will It?"
"lli'iiAiise, npart from tho railroad
nnd the nntl-rnllrond factions, there Is
n very complete nnd Bmooth running
machine organization "
"And my fnther Is Identified with
Again Gnntry choked over the sin
gular luck of Information discovering
Itself in Ulount's question.
"Land of glory!" he ejaculated.
"Whero hau jou been burjlng your
self, Cvnn? Didn't 1 Just tell you that
ho is the biggest man In the state?
Oh, no" with heavy Irony "ho isn't
Identified with tho machine; ho merely
owns It nnd runs It."
"Ah," said Hlotint. and n little
later, "Thank you, Dick; I nni pretty
badly out of touch, as jou've discov
ered." Then ho changed the subject
nbmptly, "How long will your truffle
"We practically finished today. An
hour or two on Monday will settle It,"
"After which you'll go west?"
"lly tho Monday noon train, If I can
Silence for n time until mount broke
In upon Gantry's tnpplug of tho dance
music rhythm with; "If I can get
ready I may go wllh you, Dick. Would
"Yes; I would mind so much that
I'd willingly miss n train and worry out
n few more of tho chilly Hostou hours
rather than loso tho chance of having
you nlong. Tver meet your father's
cr tho present Mrs. Illount, Kvan?"
ho nsked suddenly.
"She Is n flno woman," Gantry ven
tured. "So I havo understood." This time
mount's reply wns icy. llut now Gan
try's eyes wero twinkling, nnd he
pressed his advantage.
"You'll havo to reckon with her If
you go to the greascwood country,
i:vnn. Next to your father, she Is tho
court of last resort. Indeed, thcro nre
n good many who say that she Is tho
Illouut said nothing. Nevertheless
Gnntry tried onco more;
"Not Interested, Evan?"
Illount turned nnd looked his com
panion coldly In the eyes.
"Not In tho slightest degree, Dick.
Will you take that for your answer
now nnd remember It hereafter?"
"Sure!" laughed tho railroad man.
"I didn't know It was a sore spot with
no found a match and relighted his
cigar. When bo began again ho was
still thinking of the "apron string"
clauso In tho senator's telegram.
"I can't understand how nny man
with western blood In his veins could
ercr bo content to marry and settle
down in this ovcrclvlllzed neck of
woods," ho said.
"Cnn't you?" Illount smiled, with
"No, 1 can't," asserted tho western
er, nddlng: "Of courso I don't know
tho eastern young woman. Sho may
bo all that Is lovely nnd enticing"
"Sho is," declared Hlotint, with tho
nlf of ono who had lived long enough
"You say thnt ns If you'd been tak
ing n few lessbns," Gantry laughed.
Then, with tho friendly Impudence
w hlch oVilj- n college comradeship could
excuse, "Is sho hero tonight?"
"Tell mo nbout her," Gantry begged.
"I don't often rend a lovo story, but 1
llko to hear 'cm."
'Thcro Isn't much to tell, Dick." suld
Illount. "I've known her fqr n year,
nnrt 1'vo loved her from tho first day.
That Is chapter 1, nnd chapter 2 cuds
tho story with ono small word. She
says 'No.' " ,
"Tho dickens sho does!" said Gan
try In hearty sympathy. "Tough, Isn't
It.'Old man? Whnt's tho obstacle?"
"U Is Miss Anners" cnteor. Sho has
been stud j lug nt home nnd abroad lu
preparation for social' settlement work
jn tho largo cities. Of courso 1 know
about It. But I thought I hoped"
"You hoped It was only a joung wo
man's fad, which It probably Is," Gan
try cut in.
"Y-yes, I'm afraid that was Just
what I did hope, Dick. But I couldn't
talk against It. Coufound it all, jou
can't go about smashing Ideals for tho
pcoplo you lovo best!"
It wns qulto lato when Gantry, plead
ing weariness on tho score of his hard
week's work nt the railroad meeting,
went to bed.
In tho long tall; with Gnntry Blount
bud learned many things about tho po
litical situation In bis uatlvo tato
things which wero enlightening, It uot
Oddly enough, ho hnd not recognized
In Gantry a skillful special pleader for
tho railroad Interests; henco ho was
preparlug to go to tho new field with
a rather strong piejwssesslon In favor
of the defendant corporation. Gantry
had Intimated pretty broadly that thcro
was room for an assistant corporation
counsel for tho rnllrond, with head
quarters In tho enpttnl of his natHo
stnto. Illount saw at onco that tho re
quirements would bu political rather
than legal, and In his mind's oye ho
saw himself stnndlug (Irmly ns the de
fender of legitimate business rights In
a region whero popular prejudlco was
capable of rising to anarchistic heights,
Tho picture rather pleased him. Ho
would not hnvo heou n tine descendant
of tho fighting Illounts of Tennessee If
tho prospect of n conflict had been
other than Inspiring.
It wns after the tfsbes bad been
knocked from tho bedtime pipe that
Utount loft bLs chair aud tho secluded
corner of tho eranda to go and wan
der among tho parked automobiles on
Blount had Just awakened a sleepy
chauffeur to ask him to uncover tho
eugluo of a new Italian car when a
stir at the veranda entrance told him
that at least 'a few of tho dancing
guests wero leaving early.
Ho drow back when the little group
on the verauda came down tho steps,
preceded by n club footman, who was
calling tho number of the car. And It
was not until he was turning away
that he found himself faco to face with
ft very beautiful and1 very clear eyed
young woman who was buttoning nri
automobile dust coat up under her chin.
"Patricia I" he burst out. "For pity's
sake, you don't mean to tell mo that
you havo been here all tho ovenlng?"
Her quiet emllo gavo the Impression
not quite of , frigidity perhaps, but of
that quality of serene self possession
which strangers sometimes mistook for
"Why shouldn't I bo here?" sho
nsked. "Didn't you know that tho
Crnnford.s, tho people who tro enter
taining, were old friends of ours?"
Blount shook his head. "No, I didn't
know it, and because I didn't I havo
lost 'an entire evening. It was cruel
of you to deny mo this last evening,
"'This last evening?"' sho echoed.
"Why 'last?' "
"Becauso I am leaving Boston nnd
Now England Monday. It Is tho only
thing to do."
"I am sorry you nro taking it this
way, Evan," sho deprecated In tho sis
terly tone that always mado him hot
ly resentful. "It hurts my senso of
"Sometimes I think you haven't nny
sense of proportion, Patricia," ho said
half morosol)-. "If you hnvo I nm suro
It is dreadfully distorted."
A wblto haired old gentleman In tho
tonncau wnB calling Impatiently to Pa
tricia to como and tako her placo so
that ho might closo the door.
"It Is you who havo iho distorted
perspective, livan," sho countered.
"Whero nro you going?"
"I nm going west day after tomor
row." "now oddP' sho said. "Wo are go
ing west, too papa and I though not
qulto so soon ns Monday."
"You are?" ho queried. "Where
abouts In the west?"
Sho did not tell him where. The
car motor wns whirring, tho chauf
fenr wns swinging up'to his seat be
hind tho "pilot wheel, and tho otd gen
tleman In thc tonncau was growing
qulto violently Impatient.
"I shan't say goodby." Bho said hasti
ly, giving him her hand at parting,
"nor shall I tell you whero wo nro go
ing. Lot It bo nut wlcdcrscben till
wo meet ngaln."
N n prlrato dining room In tho In-
termountnln hotel, whoso en
trance portico feces the capltol
grounds In tho chief city of tho
Sagebrush State, two men wero finish
On tho guest book of tho Inter
mountain ono of tho men had regis
tered from Chicago. Tho namo was
Illegible to tho cursory eye, but since
It was tho signature of an empire
builder It was sufllclcntly well known
tn nil tho vnst region served by tho
Trnnscontlncatnl railway system.
Tho owner of the namo hnd finished
his Ice nnd wns sitting back to clip the
end from n very long nnd very black
cjgar. Ho was a man past mlddlo
age, largo framed and heavy, with tho
square. rCsoluto faco of u born master
Though ho figured only ns the first
vlco president of the Transcontinental
companj-, Hnrdwick McVlcknr was
really tho active bead of Its nffalrs und
the director of Its policy.
Across the small round tablo sat the
railway magnato's dinner guest, a man
who was moro than McVIckar's match
In big boned, square shouldered phy
slquo; a man whoso half century wns
written only In tho thick grizzled hair
and lunvy graying mustaches.
"I wish I could convince j-ou thnt
It Isn't worth while to bold mo nt
arm's length, senator," McVtckar was
saying. "You know ns -well as I do
that under the present law in this
stnto wu nre practically bankrupt.
We do n losing business from tho mo
ment wo cross your stnto line."
"Yen; It seems to mo thnt I have
heard 'sourclhlug like thnt before,"
was the noncommittal rejoinder.
"You hnvo heard the simple truth,
then. And It Is a bald Injustice not
only to tho rnllrond, but to tho pco
plo It serves. Wo can't glvo adequate
service when tho cost exceeds tho
"And you nro, unablo to convlnco the
membeis of tho rollrond commission?"
nsked tho mnn whom tho vlco presi
dent nddrcssed ns "selintor."
"You know well enough that wo
can't convlnco nn nnti-rallroad com
mission," wns tho half nngry retort.
"Yet you nre still running tho rail
road," suggested the other.
"Yes; luckily Ih6 Trnnscontlnonlol
system does not lo wholly within your
state boundaries. If it did wo might
as well surrender our charter and go
out of business."
"AH of which has como to bo a pret
ty old story, McVlcknr," said tho lis
tener quietly. "You didn't mako mo
motor thirty miles to hear you tell It
all over again, I know. What do you
"Wo want n squaro deal," was tho
'So do the people of this state," as
serted tho man across the table, "You
bled us, Hardwtck bled us to death
whllo you had the chance. Yuu are
Justly, If not legally, In debt to etery
man In this state who had over ship
ped a carload of freight or paid a pas
senger fare over your lino before the
present rate law went Into effect"
The rice president sat up and put
his elbows on tho edge of tho table.
"You aro too many for me, Blount,
and 1'ui no apprentice at tho game ei
ther. In all the years we've dickered
together you'vo always beyn n con
sistent lighter for your own hand.
"What's happened to jou? Have you
acquired a new set of convictions, or
is this ouly n different w'ay of whip
ping tho devil around the stump?"
"Oh, I don't know," returned tBo
guest. "Wo aro nil growing older
and wiser perhaps. You don't deny
tho debt you owe, us, do,you?'V
"Do wo owo you nnylhlng, Blount?"
asked the magnate pointedly. "If we
do we nro willing to pay It In spotl
cobIi on demand.
Tho big man on tho other sldo of tlio
table was leaning back lu his chair
with his hands In his pockets, and tho
smile, wrinkling at the corners of hts
eyes was half genial, half satirical.
"It's lucky w'e nro alone, McViekar."
ho said. "A third party m!ght,lmaglno
thnt you are trying to bribe, me." .
"That's all right. BlounL We(,un
derstaud each other. Nothing fqr
nothing is tho accepted rule In this
w-orld of ours, and we all recogntzo
It. You are figuring on something. I
know you nre. Name It. U It In any
thing loss than a mortgage ou tho
earth and one or two of tho planets
I'll get It for you."
"I am afraid wo are more than ft
mile or two apart yet," said the man
who was nut smoking after a long
"a Tntnn tarty Miafrr ijiaoink tiIat
you auk Tiirjso to nntnn lit"
minute. "Let's go bnck to tho begin
ning nnd start over again. I said that
Gordon Is going to bo tho next gov
"I know you did, nnd I said ho
wouldn't be, not If wo can b6lp 4u"
said tho railway magnate, With equal
"The methods you will tako to do
feat him will Insure his election, Mc
Viekar. You fellows nro mighty slow
to learn your lesson. You don't knbw
nny thing hut bribery. Tho times have
ebnuged, and you hnvo not changed
withtheni. I say Gonlon will bo tho
next -vol eruor."
Again there was a strained silence.
It was tho vlco president who broko
"If wo hnd
Jorlty In tho
tho safest kind pf ma
legislature wo couldn't
bo suro of accomplishing anything
with Gordon In tho governor's office,"
ho asserted. "You don't need to be
told lhaL" t
"Oh, I don't know," wos tbo calm
rejoinder. "Gordon Is an honest mrfn
nnd n fair man. If yon could go to
him wllh clean hands, but you could
not do that, McViekar., You're too
badly out of practice."
"You are not pulling It qulio fnlrly,
Kcmtor. We, nr" too badly whipped
to take nny chances."
"I know. That Is what you always
bay, and you hnc said It so, much,
j-ou and your fellow railroad , man
ager?, that you havo lost the straight
forward combination. You don't know
how to make n clean (Wlit. nud It's
j-opr own fault."
Oih-o more the man with tho squiro
aw tool; (lino to consider. .,
"Your'ro sparring with me, Blount."
ho snld finally, "Yuu aro talklpg to
no us jou might talk to it committee
of the Good (lou-rmiiont league, Le.t's
get together. You control tho polltirnl
bltimllon, aud we recognize that fact.
Meet mo halfway nud tell mo what
"I want n squnrp deal nil nromnl.
Hurdwick; that's all. And you'i-j got
to mal.o n clean tight this time If jou
want mo with jou. A new day has
dawned lu American pollttis,. J uud
my kind recognize It, nnd yuu nud
your 1.1ml don't worn to recognize It
That Is the difference between us. hi
tho present case It cornea ilowp to
this; You are going In tlg'it for a lall
road mnjoiliy lu the legislature, and
jou want llcynolds for the head f
the ticket because you know thnt '"'
cnu-leHiil upon his veto If ynu don't
get j-oiir innjoilty. You are not going to
get Itryiiolds or the majority either
without thu help of tho party org-in
"Wo can put It simpler (ban that."
said the r.tlltoad ui'ii, "We get noth
ing without jour help us the head of
the party orgntilxiitlnii. ThHt Is why I
nsked jou hero to dinner with nip' to
night." "I bao been wondering for tho liist
half hour If jou i rally bellete that
yoi need me, McViekar. When I gave
you fair warning two jonrs ngn you
wouldn't thko It, nud wo did yoiuup
A"re you sure you u'rp ready now to
Once nu'.iln the tice president re
fused to be hiinlcd Into tu.iMug nu
admission When he pukc It wns ns
the fighting corporation commander.
Tkero Is a limit to alt tblugs, seus
tor, aud you aro pushing us pretty
well up to It. I suppose you can swing
the legislature, und you can have it
nnd be hanged! We'll have our gov
ernor and our attorney general."
"You are tiettlut nn thnt. ntc you?"
smiled the t'iih I'l l!, ' opposite choir.
"Is that jour deel.'fitKui of war?"
"Call It rn'-tl ! t Jou like. We nre
not going tu I ."rl-'ated off the map
if we can help I' llrong ns your ma
chtno is, jou f.;u't nwlug Gordon In
against ilejuo'dx If wo put up the
right kind of light, nnd when It
comes to ltnnkln for attorney general
you simply hmen't another man lit
tho party to put up ugalnst him."
"You'vo settled this deflnUs-'y In
your.own mind, havo you, Hantwlck?"
was tie quiet question. "I'm sorry.
I've been hoping you had learned1 your
lesson you and your tribe. 1 ca'tue
here tills evening prepnred (o show
you a decent way out of your trou
bles, so far as this stnto Is concern
ed." Again (he railroad magnate put his
elbows on the table edge. 'Wiiat was
your 'decent way,' major?" he asked,
using for tbo first tfmo tbo courtesy
tltlo by which the1 cx-s6nator was best
known In his borne country.
"I don't mind telling you, though
you will call It an old man's foolish
ness. I have n grown sou, McVlcknr.
Did you know that?''
"Ho is a lawyer, and a pretty bright
one, they tell, me. As I hnpn-n to
know, ho Is well up pu the corporation
side of tho argument, nnd I hare been
afraid ho would marry and settle
down somewhere In the cast. I'm
gctlng old, Hnrdwick, and I'd like to
have him with me. Out of that no
tion grew another, I said to myself
this: If McViekar could havo n good,
clean cut young man representing his
rnurona, aman wnn not only Knew IDs
business In tbo courts, hut might nlso
know how to, plead hls'cllent's case
before tho public If McVlcknr cquld
havo such n man as that for his cor
poration counsel nnd would ngree to
live somewhere within nhoutlng dis
tance of'sucb a youngyuan's Ideals
we might all be persuaded to bury
the hatchet nnd llro in penco nud am
ity." A slow smllo sprend Itself over the
strong faco of tho railway mngnnte.
"Why didn't you say In the beginning
thnt you wanted a placo for your
"I'm not saying It now," wns the
sober retort. "You forget that you
have Just been telling mo thnt you
don't Intend o comply with the con
dition." "What condition?"
"That you turn over n now leaf nnd
meet tho people of this stato half
way.'' "There Isn't nny hnlfwny pnlnt In
a fight for life. You know that as
well as I do. But woil glvo your son
tho placo gladly."
The man who had onco been hts own
foreman of roundups straightened him
self in his chair and smoto tho tablo
with his (1st.
"No, by thunder, you won't not in
n thousand years, McVickur! Maybe
Jou could buy jne maybe you hove
bought m6 In times past but you can't
buy that boyl Llskjn and I'll tell you
what I'm going to do. I telegraphed
him this afternoon, telling him to
throw up his Job In Boston nnd come
out here. If ho comes pretty soon ho
will be legally a citizen of tho state
before election. You said wo didn't
hnvo nnybody but ltnnkln to run for
attorney general. I'll show you If wo
Mr. HariWIck McViekar was not of
thoso who fight ns men beating the
wind. What time the deft waiter was
clearing .the table nnd serving tho
spiall coffees he kept silence, but when
die' Utile wns hilly rlpo ho said what
there' was to be said.
"You've got us by the nape of the
neck, ns' usual, Blount," ho snld
"Nome your terms,"
"I have nnmeil them. Get In line
with the new plibllc opinion, nnd we'll
do what we can for jou "
Me Icl.ai' hnd anticipated the thing
which wrs nbout tn Imppeti, not pre
clsely hi lis prosehj form, perhaps, hut
In somv form which would Iniohe the
providing of a place for tio i-onatorV
cor), and he smiled Inwaidly when he
rentciubcrril that he hud ghen Gantry.
the illusion trnlUe mnnager of the
Transcontinental, iustructlous tu look
up ono Evan Illount. a yutug lawjer.
op his next visit tn Huston.
By all odds It would be better to wait
for Gantry's report before taking nny
decided steps lu tho batgalnlng with
Kwiu Ulount's fnther, hut unhappily
thu crisis had united, and quite piub
ubly It could not be postponed. None
the less the j Itu president tried for the
"You're asking a good ilenl, Illouut,
nud you don't teem, to realize It. If
wo should agi'eu to meet the pcoplo of
this state halfwaj', us yuu suggest,
what guaranty have we that we won't
bo' compelled to go all the way?"
. Tho tine lined wrinkles were appear
ing ngaln nt the comers of the h'eted
Itary mount oyes.
"You can't quite Uo to thu occasion,
enn jou, HardwhkV" smlln! he boss.
"You'd like lo Ifo gi(d. of cijuise, hut
ou vtunt (o tie cocksure beforehand
tliat, it isn't going tu cost toj iimili."
"I'm onfj asking for tTllltle time In
Which to consider It." was the vice
president' flnAI. win'il,
"Yon hnie n'lj tiie tlmo there li be
tween now and election. I'vb told ymt
ivhat I am going to do."
"You know joty writ tint wp can't
allow yen lo'il'o what you propose.
Wllh im unfriendly attorney g. not it!
wo might ns Well pi nut uf business
first ns last."
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