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EVENING BULLETIN, HONOLULU., T. H, SATURDAY, JULY 22, 1911.
w rr -r TaJB 1.r Vh3fMDHtRa
By FRANCIS , LYNDE
Copyright, 1910, by Street O Smith
Jlrro Gantry's coming put nn end
to tho-prlvnte conference, nnd llio pres
ident of the Twin lluttea compnny
went his wny.
It Was not until they had served out
tbetr full fentenco lit Mrs. Weather
ford's crush nnd were back In the prl
'rate dining room milt at the Inter'
Mountnln, to lib Miss Aimers safely
behind the closed door of her own
npnrtment. thnt I he small conspirator
passed the word of Rood hope ou to
""It la working beautifully," sho ex
pltcd. "He will go to see Evnn day
Utter tomorrow and nftcr that the del
uge." CHAPTElt XL
F'Brsn niount had been anticipat
ing an unfriendly reception nt the
great mining camp In the Carnn
dine hills ho was agreeably ills
appointed. A committee of prominent
citizens, headed by Jasper 81 eiich field,
the reform chairman for Ciiruadlue
ounty, met hltn at tho train, escorted
him to the hotel nnd durliiR the nfter '
noon, which was at his disposal. Rie
him Joyously and hilariously tho free
torn of the camp.
The political meetliiR. which was
held In tho Cnrnadlno Mining com
pany's electric llRhted oro shed, was
parked with an enthusiastic nudlcnce,
nnd there were prolonged cheers nnd
handclnpplngs when the railroad rep
rerentntive took his seat on tho Im
provided platform Bs tho guest of tho
lAter. when .TudRO Trow ley, tho re
form cnmllrtnte for the Mate senate,
bad opened the Joint debate with a
bnrp arraignment of the railroad's
methods, not only In Its dealings with
Its patrons as n common carrier, but
also In thu pertinacity with which It
Invaded the political field, thero was
fnrtmltuous npplnnsc. Hut It Was no
heartier than that which erected
Blount when ho rose to present tho
rnllroad's side of tho argument.
, Purine tho Journey from the capital,
whlf-h had consumed the night nnd the
eTeatcr portion' of tho forenoon, he
ha,d prepared his speech. Ills nrjni
rent tho one unanswerable nrRiinient,
as It seemed to him was the existence!
of, a law which presumed to limit tho
earnings of n private or nt most u
?itasl public corporation, without milk
ng a corresponding regulation limit
ing tho cost of such a corporation
sen Ice. Upon this foundation he was
able to build a very fair structure of
The Judge, his opponent, wns n rath
er turgid inun, whoso speech abounded
In flights of spread eagle eloquence
and whoso appeal was to (he emotions
and the Impulses of his audience.
5 Blount, on the other hand, made n
typical' lawyer's speech, calmly deliv
ered, logical In every syllogism nnd
appealing frankly to llio Intelligence
of his heaters. In every period of It
bo "Was greeted with generous ap
plause, nnd at the closo of tho meet
ing bt hnd'what the editor of tho local
paper balled' In his Issue of the follow
ing day "an ovation."
-TBtcuehfleld nnd his fellow commit
, teemen escorted him to tho midnight
train, and no ono In tho crowd of con
fNirotators was more enthusiastic than
the opposition chairman.
"That was a great speech, Mr
Blount," he said nt parting. "If jou
can go all over 'tho state making as
good talks as you have made here to
night you'll tie us all up In n hard
knot. But McVlckar won't let you do
It, not by a long shot."
, Blount laughed. "Thero nro no
' strings tied to me, Mr. Stcuchflcld," he
declared. "This Is ainew deal, nnd I
am the stealer. Come down to the
capital and let roe convince you that
we are out for open publicity nnd a
Vjuare deal for every man, Including
(he railroad man."
4 "All right," was tho cordial, reply!
l'll be down along soma 'of these,
lays, and If you can show rau that
McVlckar Isn't going luto politics liny
further tnttf you have gono herd to
a)fght I'll promise jou to, coruo hack
lero.and tiell tno boys that tho Jig 1
4 Flvo'oilnutcn in(or tho branch train
pulled' out, and 'tho chairman and his
fellow committeemen gnvo""tho depart
;Jng Jolftt'dibater tln-6o -cheers and 'an-
Htbef. ''When rne red tall lights of tlio
Iraluhsd disappeared nroand the first
; turvft'TReuctirleld turned to his fellow
"Wsll, Jxya," he Bald, with a grin
that went from ear to ear, "I guess
we did It up nil rigbt mid uccorillug ti
rdera. I don't know' wlml sou of
fcauie 'tho Uon. Dao 'Pnfeelirusli ft
flaying this time, but whatever he
iays, goonnnd Ifeckon wogavo tho
young. ."ifn k right pfoasaht tlmb.
Jkpyway, bo seemed to think so,"
t Illount did not reach his olllce In the
Capital jmfll thr- afternoon of tho hiv
ud day. (flli 4lrst caro was to rail
Upthe nter-Mountiilu, und when llm
ctrVjUsaprmlnleil Winty teTHneJifin
tliaf liTs fnriler. vi'. iilmliil miriiien
guest had gone nut to Wattiuie tlnl
ho tunli(l It ns one incuo iippnrtuull)
tnlrscil ami t 1 1 It'll dnwii In business.
I'll si In the mi luninililn on his desk
was n sti-nogmplicr' note asking him
to imke mi nppnliiln ent Willi iiue S
I'. IInllilwn, whine nddrrss wns the
Inter Mouiilnlii lintel. Sim e llio hole
n.rs init-kisl "linpiiitaiit" he told the
Jerk lo c.ill up the hotel nt imct'.'nnd
In due time the gentleman, who. the
stfnnriiplier Raid, liul railed scleral
times 'during the d.iy. made his np
imtnimu nt tho dour of the prlwite of
It was a mutual sho;k. Illount roc
ognlrrd Itistnntly his Cotnpnnlou of the
Oiniihn-Aielns I'ullmtm smoking com
lMirtment mid the-mati who had doubt
less sent the three highbinders nfter
him ou the night of mjsterles and who
had been' the prime inow-r In tho sc
ries of singular Incidents ending In the
inldnlghl houn-comlng to Wnrtrnce
On the other hind, the piesldent saw
before him the supiwsod agent of tho
forestry am lie.
"Well, I'll be hnngedl" he ejaculat
ed, dropping Into the mnrest chnlr.
"You needn't le," laughed Illount
wislly. "I'll ndnilt that It was partly
my fault, Mr Hathaway. What enn
I do for jou twin)?"
Ilv this time the lumber king had ro-
eo ered his breath and somo tneus'Ure
of bis (oiupoHiire.
"Orent Jicott!" he said. "If you had
given me half n hint that you were
lime mount's son, but jou didn't, you
know, nnd now 1 nm lnndlcnppcd Just
at the time when I oughtn't to be. I
hnvc emtio to talk business with you
today. Mr. Illount, nnd ou'c got mo
going when I ought to ho coming. I've
liecn glen to understand that j-on are
handling the political end for tho
rnllroad coiupnnj In this campaign, Mr.
rtlount. Is that rlghtf"
"It Is and It Isn't," wns the qukk
reply. "The inllroad rompany Is not
In politics 'in (his campaign as n kS'
lltlcnl factor, I mean. Whnt e aro
trjlng to do to hut wo mean to do Is
to lay the entire matter plainly and
fairly Wore Iho peoplo with n plen
for a Kipinrc deal."
"H'ni. jes," slid the trust president,
who was evidently suffering from n
fresh nttnek of embarrassment. "Hut
theic are cirtnln little business mat
ters which lmo to enter Into cuTy
campaign, nnd jour rompnny, like my
Awn, Is obliged to take cognizance of
them. Two j ears ago the railroad
people found It advisable and profit
able to-r-mnko n little arrangement
with us which was to our mutual nil
inutage, and I called to sco It it could
hot bo rnado again."
Illount sat tmck In bis chair, nnd the
couilllntory statin disappeared. "Stnto
tho facts. If you please, Mr. Hatha
way," ho Bald curtly. v
'"Well. It'waB like this. As you know,
T.-e have a great many stwmllls scat
tered around In different places In tho
State, and wo employ a good many
men. Wbllo our employees are resi
dents of the state, they are not citi
zens In tho fccnsc that they take any
nctlve Interest In state politics. They
may be hero this year u nil' up among
tho Oregon redwoods next year and
somewhere else tho jenr following.,
That lielng the case, when they voto
nt nil they naturallj' nsk us bow wo
would llko to have them vote."
"Oo on," said lllouut.
"Well, ns I say, such ifclng the case,
we are able to control at least four
mil probably Iho of the leglslatlvo
dlslrlits In this state. Tbo control Is
worth something to jour people, nnd
In tho last election that fact wns rcc
ognlrcd. Since tho Twin Iluttcs Lum
ber company Is practically the only
heavy lumber shipper In this region. It
was' given a preferential rate on Its
products, not nt nil as a quid pro quo,
jou understand, but merely In friend
ly recognition of our help In tho last
"lioallj". It wns not such a great
thing that wns done for us, Mr.
Blount. If jou aro familiar with lum
ber rates 'In this territory you will
know thnt the special tariff mado for
us Is all that enables us to live. With
out It wo would go luto bankruptcy
Insldo ol n jenr."
lllouut had opened his penknife mid
was absently sharpening n pencil.
This special rnte you speak of, Mr.
Hathaway," ho said, speaking slowly
"1 Imagine It Is not confined to this
"Well cr no," was tho hesitating
reply. "To meet competition It has
been mado to apply also on through
"And It Is covered' by rebates, I sup
"N'-'not exactly," to as the reluctant
admission. "Tbo (Transcontinental
company Is n heavypurchaser of lum
ber, nnd tho grentcr'"part of tho differ
ence between tho preferential nnd the
rcgnlar tariff rate Ik taken up In oar
Mils for ctock sold lo tho railroad." "
"Let mo be quite clear upon that
point, Mr. Hathaway. You mean that
you nro allowed Tochnrgo tho railroad
company taoro than the tnnrkct prhJo
on the lumber It buys!" P
Tho president of the lumber trust
nodded. "Yea j that's practically tho
way of tt,'"ho admitted. Thou ho
onco moro pressed tho 'tlmo Worn ar
gument: "IVn tho only wny wo cu'ii
live and do business nowadays, Mr.
lllouut. Mko 'every -other largo cor
poration, wo have n small army of
llttlo shareholders widows, orphaus,
ch.iritnlilij Institutions and trustee's'
nciounts. I have brought a list of
our stockholders, and VA llko to bare
you look It over." t
lirmmt took tho reaper mechanically
and qulto as inerhanlcnlly ran his eyo
doVn tho list bf uaineH. At tho bot
tom of It, written In tolth a pen, was
itionamo ot ralrlela'ajfatber, j-tth Ids
resideiiio mrtrwcirp-iftimrmitsi out hi
While Y.mi was staring nt the pen
written name Hathaway went on elo
quently einphnslrltig the disastrous re
sults that would fnll tion Hie people
for whom he wns In the largest sense
the trustee, Iho disaster hanging ilium
the withdrawal of tho ptefcrctitlat
Illount broke blm lu tho midst of
tho special pleadings. "I sec jou have
recoil! ly ndded ono new name to this
list, that ot 1'rofessor Aimers."
"Yes," Interrupted Iho Twin Iluttcs
president, "and ho Is n good example
of our stockholders. Those llko An
ners college professors, preachers nnd
the like buy stocks when they buy
'em nt nil for nn investment nnd pay
for 'em out of their hard earned sav
ings." "1 know," said Illount, frowning.
The fact that Patricia's father was In
voked added n fresh nnd exasperating
complication, but he must come to
somo decision. "Let ns get down to
tho present fact," he went on brusque
ly. "Whnt Is It that you wnht me to
do, Mr. Hathaway ("
"I want jou to set tho machinery In
motion 'so that wc can hnvo our rale
continued for another two jears on
the same terms ns before. You nro.
going to need ceTy ''ote you can get
this year, Mr. Blount, 'find jou in n't
afford to tnrn us d&wn."
Blount returned the printed list of
stockholders and fell back uxn tho
pencil sharpening. "Is It iosslbto that
you -tion't rccognlro tho bald criminal
ity of such transaction, Mr. Hntb
away?" he asked quietly.
"Of course I don't," was Iho rendy
reply. "It Is the nnlversnl rule of the
business world everywhere. You du
something for me nnd I do something
for jou. You make It possible for us
to the and do business In lumber, nnd
wo will do whnt wo can to make It
possible for you to get jour squaie
deal from tho people of this slate.
Thai's the whole thing In n nutshell,
"Ono question," snapped Blount,
trying to fix the roving gnrc of tho
hawklike ejes. "With whom did Jim
make this arrangement two sears
"With Mr. McVlckar himself."
"And you think you can do It
"I know- I can, bnt 1 don't want to
go over your head. They all tell me
that you arc handling this end of It
for the railroad company, and I'm not
going around hunting a chance to
mnko enemies. There's no hurry.
Take your own tlmo to think It over
and to communicate with Mr. Mc
Vlckar 'If Vou vnnt to. When you get
things fixed you can wlro me Just ono
word to Arutns. Just say 'Yes' and
sign your namo to It, and thrit will U
For a full half hour after tho presi
dent of the lumlier trust bad closed
tbo door of the private ofllco In the
Tetnpla court building behind him
Blount sat rocking gently In his Pivot
cfialr. fighting onco more with tbc
soul nausea which was threatening to
So Vice President McVlckar had de
ceived him nftcr nil, nnd he was mere
ly n fence put np to screen the chican
ery and trickery which were going on
Just the snnio ns before. More, the
vice president had let him stultify
himself in n thousand ways. All his
bravo talk about openness nnd fair
dealing would be set down ns mero
dust throwing to conceal tho workings
of n corrnpt and criminal machine,
grinding away In the background.
And his father how did he figure
In this desplcablo business? Had bn
plotted with McVlckar to bring bis
own son to shame merely" becnuso that
son -had refused to bo a tool In tho
hands of tho great machine,? It wns
grossly Incredible, nnd jet Knn
Blount remembered that thus far bis
father hhd snld no wool opposing tho
course ho had taken. Could It be pos.
slblo that n father could become so
much Iho boss ns to forget the com
mon ties of'klndred? ,
Blount's mlmi but nioro thnn his
nrlnd, tils heart went groping out In
Tain reaching for n confidant nudum
adviser. Theresas no one to whom
he coqld turn, no ono whoso conscience
was not poured nnd distorted In tho
flrcs-Of political partisanship. No one,
did n say? Yes; thero wns one, Pn
trlclat would know and understand.
He "must find her and tell her. nut lu
the Intcnal ,
Ho got up nnd shut Ms desk w Ith n
slam, The stenographer heard and
came to tho door of the anteroom,
notebook and pencil In band. "Any
thing to glvo mo beforo you go nway,
Mr. Blount?" bo naked.
"No!" said Blount almost savage
ly. Then ho reconsidered. "Yes, thero
Is. You may tnko a messago to Mr.
McVlckar. Arc yon ready?"
The stenographer nodded.''
"All right; tnko this:
"Pending another Interview with you, I
shall elose my offices in Toniple court anil
confine rnyielf strictly to the routine treat
buslneis of the company, In the mran-
limp my icDiKimuuu is in uur nanus 11
you wtih to appoint a new division coun
sel. "Wrlto that out and send It nt once,"
bo said to tho clerk. "I shall bo nt
the hotel If you want to reach mo
between now and closing time."
A WELU9PRIK0 UN THE DtSmt.
IN the telephone station nt tho ho
tel Blount tried sceral times,
and always Ineffectually, to get n
long dlstanco connection with
Wnrrraco Hall. Falling In this, ho
called up 'Oantry to ask If tho trntlle
manager knew anj thing ubout tbc pm
poses nnd movements of his father.
Ouutry did not know, but- be knew
something else a thing which prowd
tbo leaklness of tho telegraph depatt-
"Como down hero and tell mo what
you mean by sending Incendiary telo-'
grams to tho tlco president," he com
manded, with Jesting severity, over
Oantry wns busy with the stenogra
pher when Kvnn entered, but the traf
fic manager Immediately postponed
the business of the moment and dis
missed tho clerk.
There Is nothing to tell more than
yon seem nlrcady to know," said
Blount morosely In answer to Gantry's
quest. "I bare wired my resignation;
that is nil."
"But why?" persisted Onntry.
"Because I am not going to be nn
accissory cither beforo or nflcr tho
fact not If I Vuowr it," Was tho
"An accessory To what?" .
"To a crlmtnnl disregard for tho
laws of-this state and of the nation.
Oantry, If yon' nnd some others hnd'
yonr Just deserts yon would be break-
Iftffstolie In the penitentiary this bless
ed irittinte." "
"Suffering Jehu," laughed iho traf
fic malinger; "somebody must hno
been' liltllng jou pretty hard! "Who
Was Iti Hvnn?"
Al another time Illount might have
been less migrj' nnd more discreet.
'It was Mr. Simon P. Hathaway,
president of the Twin llutles Lumber
company," ho said.
Onntry drew a long breath, which
ended lu n low whistle.
"So that's what jou wcro let In for,
wns If?" bo exclaimed. And Ihen lie
clicckod himself abruptly and went
littck to the principal contention: "But
you're, not going to quit, Kvan. You f
can't nffonl to do that."
"Why enn't 1?"
'"Becnuso juu have committed your
self right nnd left No man can walk
out bf tho ninks on the oac of a bat
tle. You don't stop to consider tho
construction that will be ppt upon
such hnsty nctlon on jour part."
"I don't atoji to consider anything,
nick, except tho fact that I wns evi
dently exected to eonnhe nt a crim
inal contempt for tin law of the land,
tho lnw which, ns u member of the
bar, I hnio sworn to uphold. That
Wjw enough for me."
"But It won't be enough for Mr. Mc
Vlckar." Oantry Interposed. "If you
can nfford to drop ouk he enn't afford
to le j on." .Then, with sudden grav
ity, "Hadn't you better let me hold up
that telegram of yours for a few
liours, Evan, until you'vo had time to
think It over?"
Blount sprang from bis chair In
"Do jou mean to tell mo that you
nro .already holding It up?" ho de
manded. "1 took the liberty temporarily," said
tho truffle man coolly. "Thero la no
harm douc. Mr; McVlckar Is on bla
way west' 110 w, nnd be will be hero In
a day or two. Why not Itlli the mes
sage and hnvo It, out with hltn In per
son when no comes r-
But Blount was not to be nppensod.''
""I won't hao my communications
frthipcred wltb.' he raged, "if you
bnvc given an order to havo that tele
gram held out jou can give another to
hae It sent Immediately."
"All right." said Onutry, "Just ns
you saj-." And 'bo tuudo no effort to
detain tho enraged one wlieu 'Illount
turned his Lick nnd strode nway. But
nfter the self discharged political man
ager was gauo tho traffic man chuc
kled quietly and turned up a faced
down paper which bad been lying on
his desk during the short and bellig
"Humph!" ho mused, rending tho
typewritten lines over again. "The
little lady was too fly for you this
time, Kvan. my boy.. She was Just
prophetess enough to guess wbcro and
bow .you would go off tho hnndlo
Groat ..little woman that I believe
she figures out moro than half of the
fine moes In tho honorable seimtor'H
Evan Blount walked a hntf dozen
blocks hejond tho Inter-Mountnlu ho
tel beforo he had cooled' down suffi
ciently to determine what to do next.
As It chnnccd. the cooling down mo
ment found him at tho entrance of the
"I WON'T H4VK MY OOlTirCNIOATIOXB TAM
public garago patronized by bis father.
Acting upon tho Impulse of thu mo
ment, he went In and asked If nny of
Senator mount's cars xvcro In tho city,
Tho gnrngo manager replied that the
big louilstcr was In, nnd Blouut's de
cision wns taken upon tho spur of tho
A few minutes Inter Ire was behind
Iho steeling tolled of tho fast machine,
picking his way out of town,
Blount reached tbo entranco to tho
cottouwood shaded nu'imo nt Wnr
trace Just befoio tho dinner hour, unci
ho wns no far recoiered fipm the ut
tncl; of tlglittous Indlgiinlioii that ho
wns ublo to meet his futher nnd tho
others with a falr'degrco of equanim
ity. IU'tlnbackpart,ofbi3mlnd, bow-
' .i y9 '
ever, Tiohciu I lie lighting uttluniinnTni,
At tho dinner tnhlo tho professor
held forth dletatorlally upon matters
pertnlnlng solely to tho pliocene ago
nnd neer onco suffered the tnblo con-'
vftrsntlon to coma within several mil
lions of j ears of the twentieth cen
tury, nnd nt tbo dispersal only there
wns no dispersal It was his father
who led tho way to the drawing room
nnd persuaded Patricia to go to the
Tho youhg man with the fighting
determination in iho back part of his
brijln was willing enough to listen to
Urteg hud Brahms as interpreted by
Patricia, but the greater' matter Was
still outweighing tho lesser. Later,
when Miss Anncrs had 'played herself
out, tbc talk went back to tbo dino
saurs nnd the pterodactyls, nnd when'
Evan Blonut finally went hwny to
smoke ho did It nlone.
The Wnrtrnce den was an annex to
tho dlnlug room, and throtigh the
looped baik portieres ho could hear
tho animated hum of tho prehistoric
conversation, In which Patricia tind
now Jolued, nsnlojal daughter should.
Hoping against 'hope that the pro
fessor 'would some tlmo go to bed nnd
'thnt 'his father would Como to the den
Tor his hedtlmo tibltf nt tho long
stemmed pipe, Blount 'amoVcd "nnd
waited. When bis patience was finally
'rewarded It was not tbo honorable
senator who drew tho portieres usfde
nnd entered ibd cozy smoklug room. J
It wns Pamela, nnd she wns alone.
"thought perhaps 1 should find you
here," sbo Bald calmly, taking tbo ency
cbalr at the opposite corner ot the
hearth.' 'Dld wo toro"you to 'extinc
tion?" ' "
'Not quite." ho laughed. "But since
I hadn't got mjsclf born 0,000,000
years ago I can't somehow seem to
garVahtso h Very ncttvo interest In tbo
dead had buried'pcrlods." i"
"Nor I," she confessed franltlj-.
"though for papa's sako I do try to.
Bnt'for ns whonre living today thero
'Are so' thany problems of really' vital
Importance problems that tho ptcro
dactyls nover ltnow anything ahout."
"I kuow," snld thu Joung mnu, half
nbsentlj. "I nm up ngntust ono of
them tight now. nnd t 'don't Imow' how
to meet It"
"Will It t)fnr,Ttplltie;S" she asked.
And he hoped thnt tho sympntby In
her- tone was -personal rather than
' nt tolll not only bear telling; It do-
tnnnus to bo told to some ono whose
sense of right nnd wrong has'notbeeh
drawn and quartered and flayed alive
until It has no longer llfo or breath
left with which to protest"
Thereupon he told her all that had
happened to blm sluco tho evening ho
had left tho sleeping car at Arctas,
concluding Almost shamefacedly with
tbc story of tho lumber magnate's at
teiniit at corruption, .of" which ho sup
pressed nothing mx the fact that the
professor's name appeared In Mr.
Hathatoay's list of shareholders.
When be mado an end her eyes were
shining, cither with quickened sympa
thy or Indignation ho could uot do
term Ino which.
"Whnt did you do?" she asked, re
ferring to tho Incident of tbo aftcr
"I didn't do half enough," bo fumed.
"I oni nfratd I let Halhawny get hwny
without my telling htm plainly enough
to bnt u liopelessly lrrcclulmablo scoun
drel he Is. I made a mistake Id not
Ihroto'lug him out bodily."
""You 'made j-our greatest mistake' In
Ihb very beginning, Evan," Bho said
decisively. "Yon should hno made n
confidant of jour father."
'.'I did try to at first." be protested.
"But the gamo Is everything, and
everybody plays It my father, his
nlfo, the rnllroad officials and tho pol
iticians. Surely you wouldn't saythat
I should havo let my father put mo on
the stnto ticket as a candidate?" '
"Certainty not," was tbo quick reply,
"not unless vou wcro convinced of tho
purity of his -motive. Bui If you havo
liecn telling mo tho truth ana all the
truth It would seem that you didn't
stop to Inquire what that motlo might
"What was tbo uso of inquiring?
He is tbo boss ot tho machine. He
would have used the tuachluo to put
mo Into olllco as attorney general. In
other words, I should hnvo owed my
election not to the will of tbo people,
but the will of one man, and that
man my nearest kinsman. Under such
clrcumstunces would 1t havo been pos
slblo for me to administer the office
without fear or favor?''
"I don't know why not sho return
ed. "Your 'nearest kinsman,' ns you
cull lilm, would have been the' last
man to Interfere. Wasn't that tbo
very ri'asoii he gave for wanting to
put you on the ticket?"
"1 know," said Blount whose mind
was beginning o cloud ngatn. "But
tiicre are so many other mysteries. I
am not suro lit this blessed moment
that my father 'hasn't conspired with
Mr. ilcVlcknr to put tno Just'xvhero I
Her smllo wns gently reproachful.
"It Is my poor opinion. Evan, that jou
don't half appreciate your father," sho
snld. "Worso that) that, you don't
kuow him. But that is bvsldo tbo pres
ent mark, at all events. What aro you
going to do?" '
"1 have already done. it. 1 have
wired my resignation to Mr, McVlckar,
and ho will doubtliss accept it,"
Hho was looking hint fairly In tho
eyes. "Thnt is tho secoud unwise
thing jou havo douo. Evan, jou arc
sadly In need of a bntnuco to heel."
"I know that n good wbllo, agu," bo
rejoined. "I applied for one, nnd It
wns refused when you, snld 'No,'"
Sho blushed very prettily, "I can
help you now," sho said, halt hesi
tatingly, '1f,only,yon -won't try; to -drag
mo over into tho field of sentiment. It
wns fust n fill of Iwrish rage yortr
sending that irlrgrnm tl Mr. McVlck
ar. Can't you recall It?"
"Not now ; no."
"Then you must do the nett best
thing tell him j-ou have "reconsidered."
"Hut 1 enn't ft lie lni.ds with the
corruption llr t Is giilm; mi nil around
me," he ohjecli' ' Irhllnltilly.
"Of course yii i s s.irt. and you
mustn't, lint thii tntr1 reformer Knot
mailo ont of ihe nun v. hydrops things
and inns' nvvnj. in'i must stay In and
flghl llithl Irniiler than jon ever have
before. Evuti: If not fur the snke of
the larger right, then for yonr own
sake. Can't jon see the wldo door
tint Is open before jon?"
"1 ran seo nnd hear nnd feel when
the door Is klnlntned In my face." lie
siunlllleil. "How can I go on preach
ing the gospel of cleanliness and fair
dealing when t know Hint ull this cor
ruption mid irlekerj' are going on be
hind my bnk? Whnt will the people
of this stale say to mo and about iuo
when the corruption Is exposcd7"
"Ah." she snld. "thnt Is 'Jifst wbcro
jou begin to grow one sided. You
must go on preaching the gospel, but
Hint Is tonly half of your duty. The
other half Is lb 'try to mnko the thing
Itself ngreu with the gospel. 'l fully
nnd flrmly believe tha yon lost your
liest helper when you refused to Join
hands with jour father. But that Is
over and done, nnd now you must
make tho best of tho' opportunities you
hate choscta." . i . .
'- "Patricia, you nro an Inspiration. If
I could only bnva you beside mo to
Sire tne nmy Tmttle "Word I 'shouldn't
mind the odd against tno."
"Now you are tempting me," sbo
wid slowly, "and it" Isn't fair. Yon
know my weakness and passion to
help. You mustn't tempt me, Evan."
Whnt bo would have said, with what
passionate pleadings bo would have
pressed tbo advantago gained by his
upiwal for tbc larger help, she was not
U know, for nt that moment tho por
tieres vv ere drawn aside, and the small
bouse mistress appeared In the door
way of the smoking den.
"You two!'' sho scolded, with light
hearted austcrllj. and then to Evau:
"Don't jou know that we keep coun
try hours here nt Wnrtrace? Tho pro
fessor will he up and calling for the
enr nt (I o'clock, nnd it's past' mid
night. Shanic ou you! Run nway and
get your beauty sleep, both of you!"
CUAPTEIl XIII. 5
BLOUNT drove himself back to
the capital tbo following
morning lu the big roadster,
und there wns no opportanlty
for further confidential speech with
Patricia beforo he left. But with tho
new day bad como a new dctcrmlna--Hon:
To the best ot his ability, he
would try to tire up to the high
standard set" for 'him by tho 'woman
ho loved, uot only preaching the gos
pel ot political righteousness, but do
ing bis utmost to try to make It ef
fective. With this high purpose In view he
drovo on past the city garage and
made an early call upon Oantry."
"Hello, old maul Como back to row
me somo more about that telegram?"
was his greeting.
Blount shook bis bead. "No. If
you baVo sent It well nnd good; it
you haven't you mny pitch it Into tho
wnatcbnskcL I camo to talk about
"Good, sound, sensible second
thought," snld Gantry, laughing. Then
he took out hrs pockctbook nnd passed
tbo suppressed telegram ncross to
Blount "Hero It is. You can do tbo
waitcbnsket net yourself. I couldn't
let you commit hnmklrl without at
least trying to get the cutting' tool ont
ot your hands. What Is tho other
thing you've got on your mind this
early in tbo morning?"
"It's this. Pick. You know what
Pvo been doing whot I supposed I
wits hired to do assuring everybody,
right and loft that wo wcro going
Into this campaign with clean hands?"
' "I know," 'admitted tho traffic man
ager, developing a sudden Interest In
the figures of tbo rug at bis feet
"I have been doing this in n business
way at my office uptown in season nnd
out ot season, and night beforo last at
Ophlr I did it publicly. As tho cam
paign progresses I shall doubtless put
myself on record many times to the
"Good man!" applauded Gantry,
Btrivlng to drag tbo talk down to somo
less portentous altitude. "I'm sure wo
need all tbo whitewashing anjbody
can glvo us."
"That Is Just tbo point" Blount went
on gravely. "It mustn't bo merely a
coat of whitewash, Dick. It) has got
to bo the real thing this time. I be
gan by firing tbo 'llttlo brothers,' as
you called them, but I mean to go
higher up It I am compelled to. I am
hero this morning to nsk jou to glvo
me your word ns n gentleman and my
friend Hint jou will not, directly orln-dlrectlj-,
do or cnuso to bo douo any
thing Hint will mnko me stand forth
as n self convicted liar beforo tho peo
plo of hls stato. 1 vvant you to prom
Iso tuc that jou will cut out all tbo
deals, all tho briberies, all tbo bargain
ings, all tho"
"Oh, sny, seo here,' protested tho
matt udder fire; '"yoh'vo got the wrong
pig .by1 tho 'ear, Evan. I'm not the
Transcontinental Ballwny company."
"I know you ' rlro nbt. But to a
gt eater degrpo thnu nnjotlicr official
In tho management you havo Mr. Me
Vickar's confidence. If you don't feel
competent to bnndlo this thing on your
own responsibility "pass it up to thoso
who eau anil hnvo it unilci stood tint
thero must bo nn compromise."
"Groat ScottV murmured Gantry.
"And j'ou're tn the pay sheets the
game na'the rest of us! . But candidly.
ns man lo man. Kvan. the thing can!
bo done. We've got to play tho gnmtj
They'll cat us nllvb'lf Wo don't. Yon
needn't flguro In It. It wns n mlslnk
letting Sim Hathaway go to you, nnd
snld n nt Hie time. But your-cr--
the powers Hint bo said it bad to be
that way, nnd I had to let him go ntm
ball you nil up. It shan't happen
again. I can promise you that much,
Blount cnugh't quickly at tbe hesi
"Who wero 'tho powers that be' 'In
Hnthawny's cose, Dick?" ho demand
ed. "I enn't toll you that; honestly 1
can't, Evan." was tho anxious refusal
'Don't nsk me."
"All right; then I shall assume that
Mr. McVlckar wns restionslble." ssld
Illount calmly, thus proving that be
had not taken his degree in the law
school fof nothing.
"Oh, hold on; jou mustn't do thnt,
cither," protested the unwilling occu
pnnt of tho witness stnnd.
"Thank you," said tbo tiostgraduatc,
with the truo Blount smite. "Now I
know thnt It was my father. No; don't
deny It. But wo are wnndcrlng from
tho real Issue. I've asked you for a
promise, Dick. Will jou give It?"
"I 1 can't give It, Evan, and that's
"No; It isn't. But that wns aboil
whnt I expected .vou to say.- Now
henr my side of It. It you don't clean
house you and the other officials ot
Iho company I shall not only resign: 1
shall taku the field on tbe other side nnd'
ten wuni i Know.
1 hnvo been tell
in g everybody
that this Is to bo
a campaign ot
publicity. I shall
feep my word."
"Ob. yon would
not do that!"
know too much
a great denl tno
Illount cot nn
"YOU l!.1WtM , MWrf ,,,
MUCH A OtllUT . " ...
iikai. too veen!" cnr wllh a
"from the trnfflc manager's desk 'box.'
"lt'ii tip tu jon." be said, with his
hand on the doorknob. "Get Into com
munication with nlintever powers
Timt tiy tn-re nre that win -giro tns
neoessarj- irdcTS and "see to It thnt the
order are eh en und thnt they aro put
In the way uf being carried out Dick,
I menn what I say. It's a lenn sheet
or an exposure that will make lot
of you wish that jou had never been
"Hold "ou one question before you
go, Evan," pleaded Oantry, "and glv
men straight answer. Is this another
move of the honorable of your fa
ther's?" Blount's smile was ns grim a any
that Gantry had ever seen on tbe face
of the Honorable TJav Id. ,
"My father Is much moro likely to
take sides, with j-ou. 1 am sorry to
say. No, Dick; you've got only one
tnnn to fight, but yovi mustn't forget
that bis name-also Is Blount. Oo to
It ilnd send me word and let the first
word lie that yon have scotched' the
head ot this lumber company snake.
That's all for tiwlnj-. Gooaby."
Ileturnlng to his ofilce In Temple
court. Blount found Hint the morn
Ing mall hail been busy with him also
There wrre three Invitations from
widely xovnmtcd llles In tho stnte. nil
bused upon Iho iiownpnpor reports of
his Ophlr nirwli. nnd the nfrernoon
mall brought thriv nmre.
It was ev lib ut lh.it the campaign of
cduuitliin hnd stnuk a popular chord,
and the joung iullllru manager saw
whnt a mlraiulniis opportunity was
opening for the railroad If only the
"powers" Hint Onqtry had refused to
name miild be broad enough nnd high
minded enoui.li to scire It.
'After that fur three week's Blount
scflfeoly saw his office In the capital.
One appointment followed another In
Topfd succession, nnd everywhere thero
wns ii repetition of the welcome ex
tended by the Ophlr miners n cordial
welcome, gt ilorhus iipplimse nndklnd
lj.hwpltitllty nt every tprn.
It wns not until ho was deep Into tho
fourth "week of the ImrrylniJa to nnd'
fru'tlml he hegliu to ndmlt n suspicion
Which grew like n Juggler's rose when
he had 'once given It place. These In
vltntlotis. willed were now coming
from nil parts, of HteTurote could It be
possible thnt they wero nil sponrnne
ous? And If they were not.
If they were no many subtle moves
In the groat game he could boo no pos
i.jhleenil, to he t-nhscrv ed by "them sine
ono ihey were effectually keeping
him nwny from tho capital, which was
thu nucleus and center of tbo cam
Wns thero something going ou nt
headquarters ilrat "the power" did
nut wish lilm to find out? Of one
thing he wns fairly well nssured
Onntry was dodging him. was ftp
pironlly k-ooplug nn accurate record
of his Iii6vethent8, for whenever the
burrj ings to ami frn permitted n fly
ing visit to lire vapltal Oantry wns ul,
vvnjs out of ton n.
With the awakening suspicion came
n rapid ruining together of two nnd
two. Wherever bo went there wns al
ways tho snnio pressing hospitality.
vlth iiuiuy urglugs to delay his going
At Iho Mime time It became evident In
luiitiy little vvnjs Jhiit ho wus In u-.ill
ty ineirly 'sk'lmnilug over He surface
jn.hls iiiiupnlgn woik.
That u'lint'pollfVnl fight was gnlmi
ou nil utnuni hm ho could not doubt
Tbo lie w snipers weio full of 'It, nnd in
.wny hectlotiN of the stAte Hie light
ll.iil In-come ncrniiiti!nuskjinil bltlei
IHU. mthongh he watf Vnrrrftwrt to 1
In the tight, U Is-gsm vii im nppnivnl
that ho was llttlo more than nu mi
looker to hen Ytvatne to tho really vital
struggle of Iho moment. ,
(Continued Next Saturday)' ,
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