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EVENING BULLETIN, HONOLULU, T. H., SATURDAY, JULY 8, 1911.
By FRANCIS LYNDE
Copyright, IOIO. by Street O Smith
"Fin not nkely to get tlio chance
Tery soon," ho returned. "Just nt pres
ent 1 nm still n U'gul resident of tho
good old commonwealth of Mnssnehu
ctts aud a member of Its litir, eligible
to office thcro mid now hero else."
"You'd he n citizen of this stnto by
the time you could got elected to nil
olllco In It." suggested tlio senator.
"1 know tho required term of resi
dence hero Is ridiculously short. Hut
jou forget that I nm ns unknown in
thu sagebrush hills ns you nro well
known. I couldn't get n nomination
for tho olllco of poundkeeper."
I)ald Mount was chuckling softly.
"Sounds right funny to hear you talk
that way, son," bo commented. "Mighty
near everybody will tell you that tho
slate hangs tip behlud tho doornt Wnr
trace, and I don't know but some peo
ple would say that old Sagebrush Dave
himself does most of tho writing on It.
Anyhow, there's ono plnco on It that
is still needing a name, mid I guosr
yours would Ot It ns well ns any
body's." Tho young, man, w ho was so lately
out of tho well considering east,
"Henvens!" ho ejaculated. "You're
jot considering mo ns n possibility on
the statu ticket before I've been twenty-four
hours on tho ground, nre jou?"
"No, not exactly ns n possibility, son.
We'll cull It n huro 'thing If jou want
to. It's this way: We're mcdlug n
politluil lioiisuciennlng pretty bnd this
year. Wo lmu good enough laws, I
guess, but they're winked nt nny day
la the week w'hen somebody comes
along with n barrel. Thu light Is up
between the people of this stnto and
the corporntlous. It was up two jenrs
ago, and the peoplo got tho laws nil
right, but forgot to elect men who
would curry them out. This tlmo I
think the voters haro got their knives
abarpencd. We've been n little slow
catching step, but the marching orders
have gono out. We're going to clean
house this fall."
"Not If the slate hnngs behind your
door or nny man's door, fnther," was
tho theorist's graie reminder, "He
form doesn't como In by that road."
' "Hold on, son; steady go ensy's tho
word. Iteform comes In by nny old
"TOU'nB JEST A LITTLE BIT LONO ON
trail It can find mostly nud thanks Its
lucky stan if It doesn't run up ngulust
any bridges gono or any uiudholes too
S deep to ford. We've got a good man
for governor not nny too broad, may
be, but good church good; he's a min
ister of tho gospel and tho president
bf a church unlcrslty. No man has
ever said he'd taku a bribe, but ho
Isn't heavy enough to sit on tho lid
and hold It down. Alec Gordon, the
Wun who Is going to succeed him next
fall. Is nil the things that tho present
governor Isn't, so that Is fixed."
"How 'fixed V" queried tho young
man, who, though hu was not from
Missouri, was beginning to fear that
he would constantly bavo to bo
l "In the samo way that everything
has to be fixed, If we're going to get
' results," was ,the calm reply. "After
the governor the man upon whom thu
tnost depends is tho nttoruey general.
Thoj present Incumbent, Dortseher, is
one of tlio candidates, but wu'vo cross
ed his nanio olT. Tlio next man wo
considered was Jim Itanklu. In somo
ways bo's fit; lie's n hard tighter, and
the man doesn't llro who enn bluff
him. Hut he's poor, and bo wants to
be rich, and I guess that lets him out."
All this wus directly subversive of
Evan mount's ideas of tho conduct of
affairs political in n free country, but
lie wus willing to hear more. "Well?"
"What wo want this tlmo Is ono of
your 'how to the lino' men, son. Keck
on you'd llko to try it?"
The y.ougg juun who jyu8lesathau a
WoTT HH.'iy ITumrriie" iiliuusiiicro'"ot
the law school and Its theories was
fairly aghast. That Ills father should
be cooll) proposing him for n high of
lice in the state to which ho was as
hew as the newest emigrant seemed
blnnkly incredible, tlut when the In
credibility began to subside the despot
ism of n machine which could proviso
nnd enrry out such unheard of things
"I'm nfrnld wo arc n good ninny
miles apart, father," he snlil. uncon
sciously using ono of tits father's fa
vorite speech forms, when the pio
posul hid been given time to sink In.
"America Is supposed to bo n freo
country with n representative govern
ment. Do Jou mean to say that joi
nud n fow of your friends can set
ssldo the will of the people so far that
jou enn nominate and elect nnjbody
you please to any olllco In the state"
Tho fnrseelng ejes wero twinkling
again. "Oh, I don't know nbout our
being so far npnrt," was the depreca
tory protest. "You'ro Jut n little bit
long on theory, Hint's nil, son. When
It comes down to tho real thing some
ody lias to head tlio stampede nnd
turn It, nnd if we ilou't do It tho other
"What other bunch?"
"In this case It's tho corporations
tho timber people, the lrrlgntlon com
panies nnd, most of nil. the rnllroniR"
"(nntry seems to think that tho rail
road's nro persecuted, or his railroad at
Tho senator pulled his horse down
to n still slower walk. "Whoro did
you seo Dick Gantry?" ho domnnded.
Evnn told of the meeting on the
veranda of the club, adding tho fur
ther fact of tho college friendship.
'Vust happened so, did it," queried
tho senator, "that getting together last
"Why, yes; I suppose so. Dick
knew I was In lloston, nnd ho said ho
had menut to look mo up."
"I reckon he did," wns tho quiet
comment; "yes, I reckon ho did. Aud
ho filled you up chock full of Hard
wick McVIckar's notions, of course. I
guess that's nbout what he was told to
do. Hut wu won't full npnrt on that,
sou. Tomorrow we'll go down to tho
city, nnd ou cun look the ground over
for yourself. I want you to draw
your own conclusions nud then coinu
nud tell mo what you'd llko to do.
Shall we leave It that way?"
lllouut acquiesced, quite without
prejudice to a llrui conviction that bis
opinion when formed wns going to bo
based on the merits of tho ense, Uion
a fair nnd Judicial summing up of tho
pros and cons.
lie felt thnt It would bo striking nt
the very root of thu treo of good gov
ernment to nllow himself to bo the
enndtdnto of the machine. Hut, on
tho other hand, ho saw Instnntly what
a power n fearless public prosecutor
could bo in n misguided common
wealth where tho lack was not of
good laws, but of men strung enough
and courageous enough to administer
Ho would sec. If tho good to bo ac
complished wns great enough to over
balance the oi 11 It was u temptation
to compromise, n sharp temptation,
nnd ho found himself longing for I'n
trlcln, for her clear sighted comment,
which, he felt sure, would go straight
to the henrt of tho tangle.
It was that thought of Patricia nnd
his need for her that made him dis
trait nnd nbsontmlndcd nt thu War
traco Hall dinner table that evening,
nnd tho father, looking on, suspected
thnt Evan's taciturnity wns nn ex
pression of his prejudlco ngulust tho
woman who bnd taken bis mother's
place, nnd when tho sou, pleading
weariness, retreated enrly to ills room
the suspicion wns confirmed.
"You'll have to bo patient with tho
boy.'llttle woman," said tho master of
Wnr traco w'hen Evan lind disappeared.
"I shouldn't wonder it lloston bnd put
roiuo right queer notions Into his head."
The little lady looked up from her
embroidery frnmo with n whimsical
nmllo wreathing itself nt the corners
of the sensitive mouth. "Ho Is a dear
boy," she said, "and ho Is trying aw
fully hard to hate me. Hut I shan't
let lilm, David."
OX THE W'INO Or OCCASIONS.
FltOM tlio Ume it was heralded
In tho mammoth Now Year's
edition of tho rinlusmnu ns
"tho newest, tho finest mid the
most luxurious hostelry west of tho
Missouri" tho Iuter-Mouutnlu hotel In
tho Sagebrush capital had been tho
gathering pluco of tho political clans.
After tho solid costliness of Wnr
traco Hall and tho tbhty nillo spin In a
high powered roadster, which wus only
one of tho three high priced motor
carrlagos In tho Wnrtraco garage, Evan
lllouut wns not surprised to Hud his
father registered In permnneuco for
ono of thu piivutu dlulug room suits
at tho luter-Mouiitiitu.
It was very evident that tho simple
llfu which had been thu rillo of tho
Circle llnr ranch household had bo
enmo n thing of the past, nud, though
ho charged tho new and extravagant
older of things to tlio ambition of Ills
father's wife, ho could uot cavil at it,
since lib wus himself a sharer In Its
comforts nnd luxuries.
Tor tho llrst fuw dnjs hu wns left
almost wholly to his own devices. Hu
j olid giving 111 tn a good many Intro
Mictions ns tho opportunities for thcui
camo In tho semlpubllc llfu ot tho ho
tel his father made fun- demands ywn
him, ami they met only nt luncheon
nud dinner, tho llrst of which wus
usually tuned lu their suit, whllu for
tho latter they went to tho cufe. Hut
Gantry wns back, and hu was nlwujn
Almost before ho realized It lllouut
had been put lu touch with thu busy,
breezy life of thu' city uud was ox-
cIinngnig""nwTs"oF" handshakings with
I more people than ho lnul ever, known
l lu C'nmbrldgu or lloston.
I "Pretty good llttlo old town, Isn't
It?" laughed Gantry ono day when ho
hud tolled lllouut nway from the In-
iter-Mouutntu luncheon to share a tablo
with him lu thu Hallway club. "Get
ting so jou feci n llttlo more nt homo
"If I'm not It Isn't your fault, Dick,
or tho fault of your friends. Nnturully
I expected some sort of wclcouio us
David mount's eon, but that doesn't
seem to cut nny figure nt all."
Gantry's smile was lnscrutnble.
"The people with whom It cuts the
largest llguro will never let you know
anything nbout It. Just the same. It's
cutting a good bit of Ice. I hnvo met
n dozen men, more or less, within tho
past day or bo who hnie discovered
that you arc the brainiest thing that
oxer escaped from tho law school."
"Tomtit rot!" derided Illount
"It's n fact. And they nro prophesy
ing nil sorts of n future for jou." And
ngnln Gantry's smile wns brondly sly.
"I.lko what?" scoffed tho listener.
"Well, for ono thing, they nru say
ing that you are pretty sure to run for
attorney general this fall. It's all
oxer town. Everybody's talking about
lt-tnlklng n lot nnd guessing a good
lllouut was balancing n ppoon on tho
edge of his claret glass and frowning
abstractedly. It was tho first llttlo
discord In the filial harmony nltnost
n blench of confidence. Without con
sulting his wishes, without waiting for
his decision, his father had commit
ted him "taken snap Judgment upon
him," was tho way ho phrnsed It.
"Dick, will you believe mc If I say
that I bin en't authorized any such talk
ns this you've been hearing?" bo
This tlmo Gantry's smllo was n grin.
"Tho honorable senator took It out
of your hands, did ho? You'll under
stand that I don't mean nny disrespect
when I sny it's Just like him. If he
has slated )ou, you nro booked to run,
and If hu runs you you'll bo elected.
Thosu nro two of thu things that say
thetUhclves in tho Sagebrush State."
lllouut wan Indignant "Justly Indig
nant," hu called It.
"If that Is the case, Dick, It Is high
time that sumo ono should break tho
charm. I haven't said that I would
accept tho nomination, nud L am not
at nil sura that I shall say so. And If
1 don't sny so that settles It."
Gantry was plainly shocked. "You
don't mean to sny that you've got
nerve enough to buck tho old m your
father, I meant Why, great cnts,
Kvnn, you don't know what that
stands for In the greasewobd hlllsl"
"And I don't care, Dick. Dp to this
present moment I am a free moral
agent I haven't surrendered uny right
of teclslon to nny ono so far us I urn
Ouutry'a eyes dropped to bis pinto,
and his rejoinder wns not altogether
freu from guile."
"Will you authorize mo to contradict
the talk as I can?" be asked quickly.
Illount was still warm enough to bo
peremptory. "Yes; you niuy contra
dict It You may say that it Is wholly
unauthorized." Then be remembered
tho claims of friendship. "I'll be frank
with j ou. Gantry. This thing has been
mentioned to mo once, but nothing wns
decided, absolutely nothing. I didn't
even promise to tako It under advise
Among thoso who know him exter
nally Mr. Itichard Gantry hnd tho rep
utation of owning n looso tongue. Hut
nono know better than tho reaL Itich
ard Gantry when to mako tho looso
tongue wng nwny from the subject
which hns reached Its nicely adjusted
Almost beforo ho know It Evnn
Blount wns gossiping with his tnblo
companion over a social function two
dnys old. A llttlo later tho waiter
brought tho cigars, and tho danger
point, If any thoro were, was safely
It was when tho two young men
wore on their way to tho club smok
ing room that some ono stopped Gan
try to talk business with him.
Blount strolled on by himself and,
finding tho smoking room, went to
loungo in a lazy chair, whoso .chief at
traction was that It stood half hidden
In a llttlo nlcovo lined wltb bookcases.
He craved solitude nnd a chance to
think things over fairly and without
A fow minutes later Gantry looked
In and, apparently missing the half
concealed ensy chair nnd Its occupant
In thu bookcaso alcove, went his way.
Ho wus scarcely gono before two
men entered, coming down thu corri
dor from thu grill room.
Illount suw them, uud ho made sure
thnt they saw him. But when they
hud taken chairs on tho other sldo of
tho room ho wns suddenly assured that
they had not secu him. They wero
talking qutto freely of him nud of his
t "Well, thu Honorable Sagebrush has
got McVlckur dead to rights this
lime," said the elder of the two. a full
faced man. to whom lllouut had been
Introduced on his llrst day In thu eapl
tal, but whoso name and station he
could not recall.' "This scheme of put
ting his son up for nttoruey general Is
the foxiest thing tho senator has evei
iut across. You cun bet the air wus
blue In the Ttiinstoutlucutiil Chicago
offices when the news got there."
"What do )ou suppose MuViekar
will do?" usKiil the oilier.
"Ho will do mi) thing tho seimtoi
wauls him to do. Minimi U laud hiiu
pry, nliil 1 l liess he'll lake II few limn
siclloipi of the railroad mesa hind )in
iter the lit-iirwuit'i' dltih. That was
what he did tun eurs ago, when Me
Vlckur wuutid the light of wuy foi
the branch thtoiigh Cuinadluu cuuu
""Don't you bcllevo he's going to
take any little Christmas gift this
time," wns tho rasping reply. "He'll
sell the railroad something nnd take
good hard money for it! it's n cinch.
Tho railroad can't afford to have tho
courts against It, nnd McVlcknr will
bo inado to swent blood. You watch
thu wheels go round when McVlckar
comes out here."
Evnn Blount found himself turning
sick lit heart Could It bu his fnther
whom they were thus calmly accusing
of graft and trickery and blackmail
His first Impulse wns to faco tho
two men, to demand proofs, to do and
any what n loyal son should. But tho
sickening conviction thnt they were
discussing only well assured nnd well
known facts crushed him bnck Into
his chair, nnd nfter thnt ha wns nux
lous for only one thing that they
might finish their cigars nnd go away
without discovering him.
Kate wns kind to lilm thus fnr. After
a little further tnlk, in which tho ac
cepted point of view of tho onlooker
wns mndo still moro painfully evident,
tho younger ot tho two men spoke of
an engagement, nnd they both went
One clenr thought, nnd only one,
enmo to Evnu out of tho sorrowful
confusion. Not for nny Inducement
thnt could be offered would ho now
lend himself to tho furtherance of his
Beyond this he did not go In the mis
erable hour wrought out In tho quiet
of tho club smoking room.
But when bo roso to go another
prompting wns forcing Its wny to tho
front a prompting to throw himself
boldly Into tho scale ngnlnst graft nnd
eh'cnncry, to redeem by whntsoevcr
means might offer tho good old name
that bad been so shamefully dragged
In the mire.
He did not know Just how It was to
bo done, but ho would find a way.
That It would bo full of thorns ho
could not doubt, since every step In It
would open nnd widen the breach be
tween him nnd ills father. Hut, though
It should lead him (o the bar of Justlco
as that father's accuser, bo must walk
In It no said to himself In n fresh
access of determination that, though
bo might have to blush for his father,
ratrlcla should not bo mode nsbamed
for ber lover.
Upon lenvlng tho club he hesitated
long enough on tho steps to remember
that bo lias lu no fit frnmo ot mind to
risk an Immediate, meeting with his fa
ther. To avoid tho chance he crossed
the street nnd, passing through the
capitol grounds, strolled aimlessly out
ono of the residence streets until he
come to tlio open country.
It wns quite Into In tho afternoon
when ho re-entered tho city by another
street nnd boarded a trolley car for
the downtown center. Tho long nfter
noon tramp nnd tlio conclusions It bnd
bred made It Imperative for him to see
Gantry before Ihu traffic manager
should bavo left bis office for tho day.
His business with tho railroad man
was purely personal. Ho meant to
nsk Gantry a fow pointed questions,
requiring such answers as friendship
may demand. If Gantry's answers
were what ho feared they would be ho
would seek bis father and como at
onco to n plain understanding with
Tho trolley car dropped htm within
a square of tho railway stntion, on tbo
second floor of which Gantry had bis
office. Tho shortest way to tho Sierra
avenue end of the station building wns
through tbo great train shed.
Halfway up tho block-long platform
Blount met tbo. Incoming overland
steaming In from tho east At tho
Sierra avenue crossing tho ynrd crow
was cutting off a prtvnto cnr. Blount
saw the number on tho medallion,
".008," and noted half absently tho
rich window hangings and the polish
ed brass platform fallings.
A car Inspector In greasy overalls
and Jumer wns tapping tho wheels
with his long handled hammer.
"Whoso car is this?" asked Blount
"Tls Misthcr McVIckar's, sorr-tbe
vice prisidint nv tho'coompnny," said
Blount turned away, saying some
thing which the hammer man mistook
for n word of thanks. So tho vlco
president had come, hastening upon
the wing of occasions, It seemed, nnd
in tho light of the overheard conversa
tion lu tho club smoking room It wns
only too ensy to guoss bis errand In
tho Sagebrush capital. Ho hud como
to' mako such terms ns ho could with
tho man who wns going to hold
A BATTLE Of L'OUTnANCE.
BLOUNT bud been halting be
tween two opinions. Tbo light
ing blood In him prompted him
to stuy nnd set up thu stand
ard of honesty and fair dealing in tbo
Illount name, to -gather a few men of
llko convictions around lilm nnd to en
ter thu political conlllct at the bend of
a movement designed at onco aud for
ever to abolish machine dictatorship
In his nativu stnto.
Hut, ou tho other bnnd, the claims of
blood could not bu altoguther Ignored.
Tho campaign for political cleanliness
would Inevitably Involve his father
would, If successful, defeat and dis
grace lilm. Cleurly It wns thu pnrt of
llllal duty to husltuto before ho should
ct his hand to this particular plow of
reform. Would It uot bo better for
him to drop out quietly, leaving tho
political houseeleaulng for some oue
vvho would not Innu to pay such a
costly prlco for the leadership?
Thus tho two promptings clamored
each for its hearing. Hut, nfter all, it
was chance and thu swift current of
tho occasion that duc!dedfor him and
swoptTiim aTohgT'fnto ttio vortex of
Before bo hnd gone ten steps toward
Gantry's office some one In the throng
of debarking overland passengers call
ed bis tiame. When ho turned ho was
facing n white haired old gentleman
with a scholarly face nnd an Irascible
twist to his thin lips, a man nnd a
straight figured maiden with level eyes
nnd a face In
which tho Inherit
ed trnlts wero sof
tened Into Hues of
nuss nnd serenity,
"Why, bless my
soul, of all the
lucky things I"
young innu, who
but an Instant be
foro had boon
two opinions. "You
don't mean to tell
mo thnt tills Is tho
Why, uless iiy west to which ou
SOUL, Of ALL Tilt:
suld you wore
"It is, and you'ro, to blame, young
man," snapped the fnther of tbo peer
less maid. "If you've been telling mo
fibs nbout those mcgnlosnurldao which
you said could be dug out of your sage
brush hills you'll pny our fare back
homo ngnln understand? Now show
us to tho best hotel In this mushroom
city of yours, and do It quickly."
Having n definite thing to do, Blount
forgot his problem nnd bestirred him
Though it was only three squares to
tho Inter-Mountnln,. lie chartered the
best looking auto ho could And in the
hack rank, put his charges Into It and
went with tbcm to do the honors at
tho hotel, thereby missing two things
which might have had nn important
bearing on the temporarily forgotten
If ho bnd gono directly to tbe office
of tbe traffic manager on tho second
floor of tho station building be could
hardly bavo missed mectiug n tall, full
faced mnn coming out of Gantry's pri
vate room, nnd ho might hnvo over
hen rd the visitor's parting word to
Gantry: "Ob, yes; be fell for It all
right. If you'd seen his face ,'rheu
Luckner nnd I enme nwny you'd "uve
said thcro were battle, murder und
sudden death In It fur somebody."
"But. seo here, Bradbury," Gantry
held his visitor to say, "it wasn't in
tho gntnp that you wero to All him up
with a lot of lies. I won't stand for
that, you know. He Is too good a fel
low nnd too good a friend of mine."
It wns at this conjuncture that
Blount, .If he had been present and
Invisible, would bavo seen a sour smile
wrinklo upon tbo full faco of tbo club
"It wasn't necessary. If be or tbe
senator wanted to suo us for libel we
could provo every word that was said.
And It got him got him right In tbe
solar plexus. If you don't see some
fireworks within the next few days I
miss my guess and loso my ante."
On .the, other bund, If Evan bad lin
gered a fow minutes longer on tbe sta
tion platform bo would bavo marked
Vice President McVlckar crossing to
tbe carrlago stand, followed by tbe
prlvato car porter bearing impedi
menta. At the carrlago rank tbe vlco
president climbed heavily Into the
senator's roadster, which seemed to
have been arranged for in advance,
and was whirled stormlly up to tbe
Intcr-Mountaln, where bo traced bis
illegible nnmo in tho great guest book
two minutes nfter Blount, still anx
ious for tlie comfort of Professor An
ners and tho screno eyed maid, bad
gono up In tbo elevator wltb tbem to
see that tbo rooms to which they bad
been assigned were nil that they
Coming down a few minutes later to
give tlio several luggago checks to tbe
hotel 'porter, Blount missed another
Incident which might bavo sont him
bnck suddenly to bis problem and Its
unsettled condition. When Mr. Mc
Vlckar turned away from tbe clerk's
desk It wns to shake hands perfunc
torily with the owner of tho fast road
"Well, senator," bo said, with a cer
tnln dogged cmphnBls, "I'm here. Let's
find n place where we can flail It out"
And together they entered an elevator,
which, as cbunco would bavo It pass
ed. In ascending, tho car In which tbe
younger Blount was comlug down.
It wus to tbe senator's suit tbat tbo
two opposing 'field commanders mndo
their wuy when their car reached tbe
fourth floor. In the senator's sitting
room .McVlcknr dragged a chair over
to ouo of tho windows wbtcb com
manded n view of the Lost Itlver
mountains nnd dropped Into It mas
sively, ' "I suppose wo may cut out tho pre
liminaries and como to the point at
onco," be began. "Ackerton wired me
tbat you had definitely auuouiiced your
son as n cnudlduto for thu attorney
generalship. Have you?"
The senator was opening a box of
cigars, and his reply savored of good
"Tho primaries do tho nominating In
this state, Hardwlck. Didn't you know
thnt?" ho asked mildly.
"flco here, Hlouut, I'vo come 8,000
miles to thrash this thing "out with
you, and I'm not lu tho bumor to spur
for nn opening. Do you mean to run
your sou or. not? That is a plain ques
tion, nnd I'd llko n plain answer."
"I told you two weeks ago what I
meant to do, McVlckar, but you
wouldn't believe mo. I'll say It again
if you want to hear it"
"And 1 told you two weeks ago that
wu couldn't stund for It; that you
might uumu your own prlco for an al
"Yes, and 1 told ou my price. If
you happen to remember."
"1 know. Vmi said you wanted us
to turn everything filer to the reform
ers nnd take our chances ou a elenii
administration. Naturally we are not
going to do nny mi.Ii iitnplan thing.
What I want to I. now now Is what It
Is going to cost us In j: t ,voiir consent
to do tho practlc.l u..d possible thing."
"Wont to buy i..e 1 ul.-Ight this time,
do youV" until ill.' I1.11.'. still smiling
gently. v '
"Wo" McVlokur v. as going to. sny,
"wo bought u before," but be
changed It to a leu iifYcnslte furm
"We have had tin dlllUulty lu arriving
nt some sensible nnd practical conclu
sions In the past, Illount, and up
shouldn't bavo now. We can't let )ou
hale your sou for nttoruey general..
That's but of tho question. If yuu put
your Bon lu ns public prosecutor ou
can bavo but one object In 1 lew yon
mean to squeeze us till tho blood inns.
We're willing to discount that object
beforo the fact."
"So you bavo said licfore a number
of times nnd In n ntfmbcr of different
ways." wns Hie inlld counter sugges
tion. "I shan't sny It many more tlines.J
David. You're pushing me too fnr."
"What w III ) ou sny then?"
"Just this If you won't meet me
halfway, If you Insist upon n fight, I'll
fight you with any weapons I can get
"You'vo said that In other cam
paigns, Hnrdwlck, nnd in the end
you've nlwnys been like the possum
thnt offered to Come down out of tho
tree If the mnn wouldn't shoot."
"I'll hnnd you another proverb to go
with thnt one," snapped the mnn In
the chair by tho window. "The pitch
er thnt goes often to tbo well Is sura
to bo broken at last You've got a
Joint In your armor now, Blonnt
You've 'ulwuyB ueeu able to laugh at
publicity before. Can yuu stand It
"I reekou I'll hnvo to stand It If
you buy up a few newspapers, as you
Usually do," wits the half quizzical K
ply. then for .1111 added flick of the
whip, "You nnd.yonr folks riin't palul
luo much blacker than you linVu al
ways pnlnlcd mc, Ilnuhvlvk',
"Mil bo not, but this tluio'we'ro go
Iuk to live Inn u chuiice to start 11
Vw libel Milts-lf you think you enn
Iford to nppeur in the courts. We've
nt till the evidence In black nud
lilte. We liilt.ht iKiHsIlily make jour
vil state (00 hot In hold am. Have
nil llmuhbr of (hut?"
"On nliei.d and tiy It," wns the In-
'I ut that Isn't nil," the man lu the
iilnvv 1 hair '.wiit on remorselessly
our fellow illlrtliM bete know yuu
- i ai ily what vmi nn Hlouut. You
e tin m with 11 rod uf lion, but thai
'i 1 11 be broken. When It Is bru-
I you'll ie looked Upon as a crlml
. Ill our last talk together yuu hud
nothing to say tn me aliout uur not
In- ilp v.it'i Ihu ihanpe in public
itliui i:t. It Ins i hanged changed so
' til?! Il I. mining to d.'innud the
ilsiii'ieut of the in at odVudiTH us
I .IH the Jil.liu "f the little' ones.
we viitit tn puh this light hard
ii;;h It Is nut Impossible Unit you
y Und join .elf a brokiu mnn at Ihe
d of It. Pnvld."
"I'm Inking nil Ikorhnnees," was the
II I. Mud le.lolmter.
Hilt time Is line ( Iinnee I am Mire
.1 liuvtn't ionsldu-.il- tlii 1 Hon of
ills! I 1 iinvv as lull ll llbllllt til 111 us
it do u.uli, elli:ii-. fur I li.ivo
ken more pains In keep tub 011 li'm
r thu past few yutrs than ,nu have.
e Is ileal) uud sli.ilghl. lllouut it
in for rny mail to be piniid ot. if
hnl is the n-i.l ti'iiMiu why we me
I'l'.ild In have lilm Insllmtlng the
laud JmliM of this Mlnle It Is also
uur bi si Walton fnr Lit plug (he past
liiently under inver. What will you
my tu lilm when tho tievvspapets open
up mi uu? Add what will, he say to
von? Had you ihnught or that?"
For the llrst lime slum the begin
ning of the one sided conference the
senator laid I1I1 cigar nsldo and sat
thoughtfully tugging at thu drooping
"Yuu'il set the house ntlro over my
heud, would you, Unrilwiek?" lie
quelled, with the gray u.ves lighting
llue.ileulugly.;; (hens "The last tlmo
wu talked ycju potted your detl; noiv
I'll post mine. Yuu go nheiid and do'
your worst. The boy nud I will try to
seo that you don't halo till thu fun. I
won't kay that you mightn't turn htm
If yon went ut It light. Hut you won't
go nt It tight, uud us matters staud
now well, blood Is thicker than wa
ter, and If ini bit me you hit him.
And I leckou between us we'll man
age tu glvu ou us good lis you send.
That's nil," rising to lean heavily upon
the table, "all but one thing. You
tight fulr, lluidvviek. guy uuythlug
"TOD'D SET TOE ItOCRE AFIRE OVM MY
11 E A II, WOULD YOU, IIAHDWICK? "
you like about me, but If that boy has
anything lu his past that I don't know
abuut, that he wouldn't want to see
published, you let It nlouc nud keep
your newspaper reiwrters off It,"
Thu vice president laughed. He was
ot those 'Who regain equanimity In ex
act proportion ns nn opiionciit loses It,
"You needn't let the boy's record
trouble Jiiu," he nverred. "It's ns
clenu ns n houud's tooth. That Is one
of tbe things I'm bnukbig on, David.
I'm going to have tbat young fellow
lighting on 'our side before we're
At this tbe gray eyes under the pent
houso brows flamed fiercely, nud tbe
senator took the two Btrldes needful to
place lilm before the man In tbe chair.
"Don't you do thnt, McVlcknr. I
give you fair warning!" he said, bis
deep toned voice rumbling like the
bur of grinding wheels. "There's only
oue way you could do It"
The lice prcsldeut stood up and put
on his bat. "And you'll take precious
good care that I don't get a chance to
try tbat way, you were going tu shy.
All right, David, You tell' me to do
my worst, and I'll band that back to
you too. You do tbe same, aud well
seo who comes out ahead."
It wus some five minutes later wben
the lice president bad made bis leisure
ly wuy down to the lobby. Tho elec
tric lights blazed out, and the great
gathering place was beginning to take
ou Its evening air of stir nud activity.
Mr. McVlcknr pushed bis way to the
desk, and a row pf lately arrived guests
waited when be asked his question.
"Where will I lie most likely to find
Mr. Evan Blount.at this tlmo of day?"
was tho question' lie wished to have an
swered,' nnd the obliging clerk made
the line wait still longer while be sum
moned 11 bellboy nnd sent 1 him scurry
ing across to ono of the writing tables. I
"This is Mr. Evnn Blount," he said I
to the railroad magnate, Indicating tbe j
young man who camo up wltb tbe bvll
boy. ".Mr. Blount, this is Mr. Hard
wlck McVlckar, llrst lice president of
the Tniuscoutlneutul Ituilvvay con-
There wns no traco of the receut bat
tle lu Mr. McVIckar's lolce or manner
when he turned nud shook hands cor
dially with the sou of the man who'
hud defied him.
"Your father and I were Just holding
a little euufereucu over your future
prospects, Mr. Blount," be said, going
straight to bis point. "Supimso yuu
como down to tbo cur with me for a
little private talk on the legal situa
tion. I'm nut sure, but we shall wish
tu retain you in a cuusu that Is com
ing up in September, (luutry tells me
that you are pretty well up In corpora
tion law. Cun you spare mo u half
hour or so?"
Evan Blount glanced at bis watch.
Patricia had told lilm tbat she and ber
fattier Wnillfl llllia In l.a nafu fr 7
and that there would bo room at tbelr
tablo for lilm nnd for ibis father, If
me ex-senntor would so far houor a
puor college professor. (There was an
hour to spare, and If the Vice president
of the Transcontinental c'ouipauy were
nut tlio king ho wus ut least n greut
man whose Imitation was lu some
sense a command.
It was ut the precise moment wben
the butterlly doors of the lobby en
trance wero winging to their closing
behind Mr. McVUkiir nnd bis qunrry
thnt the house telephone' called tho
'registry clerk. A sad fnced tourist
who was wultlug, peu In bnnd, for his
room assignment heard only the an
swer to the quest lou which camo over
the wires from one of the upper floors.
"No, senator," the clerk wus saying;
"he has Just this moment gono out
with Mr. McVickur! Could I over
take him? I'll try. But I don't know
where they were going. I'll aeud a
boy right away, though."
THE qUEEN'a OAKBIT,. .
WHEN tho news weut'ont' to
tho dwellers In tbo sage
brush hills tbat Boss Du-'
rid's son bad accepted a
place on tho railroad's legal staff the
first wave of nstoundment wns' follow
ed by many guesses 'as to what young
Blount's action portended.
The Vlalnsmnn, tbe principal daily
und the leading orgau of the reform
ers, wns the llrst to nud nu ulterior
motive In Evan Blount's uppolutuieut
aud Its iieeeptiince. Tho editor took
uMuilf column in which to point out
lu emphatic uud vigorous phrase the
danger that threatened tbo common
wealth lu this very evident coalition of
tho railroad und the muchlue.
Tho Lost Ither Miner, ou tbo other
himd, was unwilling tn bcllevo tbut the
younger Illount wus acting altogether
lu his father's Interest In taking the
place provided for him by Ihe railway.
Hluts theie were In this editor's com
ment of a disagreement between fa
ther and son, of differences of opinion
which might later ou lead to a pitched
The Dally Capital, however thu rail
road orguu-covertly Insinuated that
nothing for nothing was tbo accepted
rulo lu polities; that If the railroad
hud mndo a place fur tbe son It was
only a Justifiable deduction that the
father was not us lulmlcnl to the rnll
road Interest iih the opposition press
was willing to have the public belleie.
Elsewhere lu the state press com
ment was divided as tbe mnlders of
public opiuluu happened to read party
loss or gulu lu the iipK)lutmeut of the
new legal dcptutiueut heud. But ou
tho whole the Bcuutor's sou wns given
the benefit of tho doubt uud it chance
to prove up. 'lime would tell.
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