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KVtNINQ BULLETIN, HONOLULU, T. M., 8ATURDAY, JAN. 6, 1912.
By HENRY RUSSELL
Copyrliht, 1910 by Hobbi Mer.
DATJIj flKMINUTON Impntlently
flmil: aside the honk In. nnd
1 been trying to rent It w,,, i
8iindn.v. nud to Paul the Mist
Jay of tlio neck wns alwats dlstlnetU I
"IfB no use. This day has pit on i
my nerves. The time when mvelt 1
nnd my dreams were nil the compnnv
1 needed Is cone. I haven't seen her
for two days, nnd I enn't wnlt another
day, nnother hour, nnothcr minute."
A hnlf hour Inter Paul wns ushered
Into the Snngcr drawing room. Klca
nor not appearing nt once, he wan
dercd through nn open door Into the
music room, nt one cud of which had
liccn Installed n small pipe own
And Paul of the many talents, with
out being n great musician, knew how
to make the orpin respond to lilt soul's
mood. He seated himself and began
to piny. Ills Idle lingering gradually
took form In n passionate, florid uut
of melody that filled the big house
Then tho stormy mood died away, nnd
the orfcnn sang n weird minor refrain
Klennor, entering unobsemd by the
player, stood leaning ngalnst a chair
near hi in. regarding him wllh nn odd
look In which admiration and pity, per
haps n shade of contempt, mingled.
At last, without turning or ceasing
Ills playing, he spoke "I can't see ,
you. hut I know a ou are there"
"Ijiwycr. politician, oralor, musi
cian tho gods have been good lo jou,"
she murmured quizzically.
"Vex," he answered, wllh n trace of
bitterness. "Jack of all trades and mas
ter of none, but first nnd above all
Mrs. Gilbert's most sincere devotee.
I'm constant In nt least one thing- Hut
ymi won't let me spcik of that. Today
I'm possessed of a thousand devils,
He opened n sheet of music before
him nml struck Into the ncconuwnl-
ment. and Kleanor, standing where alio
Klennor fillhert rould sing, nnd that
afternoon she sang ns aho had never
sung before, for In her singing that
day she found expression for what she
hnd never quite dared to put Into
words the longing for something high
er nnd better than had jef come Into ,
her life to fulfill the ultimate woman's I
mission, a longing which of late had j
Iwen growing more and more poignant
within her. As she sang her heart I
flooded with kindliness toward the
handsome, romantic young man before
"I wish," she thought once when nt
the end of a erse the organ took up
the refrain "I wish I were your moth
er 1 wonder ran this be the begin
ning of Inrn nnd for you?"
Song followed song until nt length
Paul turned from Hie organ nnd faced
'Thank jou," h hiM tlmply.
Hhe rested her elbows on the back
of the rhilr. fo'dliu her hands nnd
dropping her rh n on ihem.
"How are lhoi. devils now?"
"tJoiie. eery one uf iln-ru You're
tbu most eminently satlsfaitorv per-
son In the world. I camo here rest-
less, morbid, tilled with dlsmnl fore
bodings. You sing-Hie demons flee."
lie folded his arras contentedly
,"Hy the way. when nre you going to i The beautiful sympathy nnd simplicity
let me propose?" of the Duuiiieade household, by their
' "Must ever let you?"" I very contrast recalling her own unhap
J "It Is Inovltiible Hint I shall propose I py marriage, made her life seem unlit
sooner or Inter, whether you consent ternblyempty. The afternoon of her sec
or not Hut I piefer to do it under
tlio most propitious circumstances."
"They say jou can Judge of love by
,b? sacrifices It Is willing to make
What would you give up for me?"
j. "What would I give up? Kvery
Hilng." "Kvcrythlng Is n big word, my
friend," she answered skeptically.
"Let's come down lo facts, ns Henry
would sny. Prlends?"
In covered his faco with his hands,
n She pressed him nlniost fiercely.
"Prlends? Kven your friend Me
Adoo?" i "I'or Ood's sake, don't!"
"What!" she said mockingly. "Then
,, 'every tiling' doesn't mean everything?"
Slowly his hands fell to hi nldo.
Ills face was u-ry white, his eyes un
"No; 'everything' doesn t menn every.
thing. When he nsked me to give
yiu up I refused. If you should do-
uiund Hint I glte him up I must make
tlie.snmo answer; otherwise I must
be utterly contemptible. 1 forced my
friendship on lilm against bis will,
Jf It means anything to him uow I
can't tnko It iiwny from him."
"My dear friend." she said aloud
gently, "I'm uot tempting you, because
I have nothing to offer you In exchange
for the sacrifice. I'm only showing you
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wha It means to caro for an Into .so-
ly HHlflsh womnn. And I-I should like
to care for you, but I dnro not. I'm
ton much like Mr. MeAdoo. I cnu nev
er let myself love nny man with whom
1 nni not first And he hates mo. It
iliites from a day eleven years ngo
.wncii no saveu ...y u.o- m .uUu
up. nstoumled. "tie has hated the
pieuiocKJit me everjlnee, I think. If
I I TimiTlPil jriiii. sooner or Inter we
i ntionltl conic tn I tic plnce where you
I must hurt lilru or inc. Tlint would
menu misery for us both I enn nctcr
tlilnl: seriously of caring for you until
lie withdraws hl objections to mo- or
I until you nrc willing to give lilin up
I lie inndi? no answer Sho went close
to lilm and Inld n hnnd gently on his
"Don't you see?"
Itc rnught her hind closely In Initli
of his "Do you think," ho demanded
fiercely "do jon think you could otcr
come to care for me?"
"I wish j ou could make me," Impnl
"Then" he snld. with sudden deter
mlnntlon 'when yon do e will t.vich
hi in what n wonderful woman you are.
i nnd he will approve."
I "And tin would he the only wny
t lo'uld he. I I hi ii k. for you could
nctcr cast lilm aside, and I could nev
er nsk you m net it in ton.
sl"" withdrew her hnnd gently from
hi nnlctit clasp
"A"'' w." '"' nl'l brightly. "HI"
nn nlr of dismissing the topic, "did
.vo" klmn' ,linl 1"" "'' lo ,1,no """
"r"T "n" """ '""
ivnrd you nrc to tnke me to church
The preacher I vcrj dull, lull nt least
listening to him will serve ns n sort of
peiiance for our sins."
After dinner, while Klennor irm out
f the room. Sanger for the second
"n10 ",ok ,nul "I1 lmo n. I'1" ""T
tain and showed unto him till the
kingdoms of the earth. These ho In-
tlmated might tiecome Paul's If only
the hitter would help him (Snngcri to
drlte the mulish, hot headed foes of
Industrial progress Into utter and un
ending olillrlou. Paul laughingly do- ;
cllncd the honor. In the exalted mood '
following his conversation with i:iea
nor to resist temptation was easy
"It comes too high." he laughed
"Pte got to stick to MeAdoo."
"tiring hi in along hy nil means, lie
would he a welcome addition to our
goodly company. I've mentioned the
Mutter to him myself, but he refused.
owing to nn unfortunate inlsnpprcheii
slon of my motives. Perhaps he
might bo persuaded to reconsider his
Paul shook his bead. "You don't
know MeAdoo." I
The preacher protcd to be ns dull '
as Klennor had predicted. I'or a few 1
minutes Paul dutifully tried to fix his
intention on the discourse, but he soon
' R'' er ht' l'n"rt nml fpl1 " watch-
higher. He noticed her looking queer-
I ly toward a retired corner In one of
" galleries, lie followed the line of
"er g7.e nml gasped in nstonlsnuient
Ye gods, Kathleen has brought Hob
"Is Miss I'llun with liluir ahe wills
peicl "Which oneV
"To tho right. I'll let you lulo n
secret. Kathleen Is In love with Itou."
,'lndeedl" she said Indifferently.
Hut seeral times during the service
she caught her gaze straying from the
pulpit to the mail In the gallery nnd
tho Hwcct faced woman beside him.
As he was lenlng her Kleauor snld
"Will you take mo tu cull on Miss
, "Olndlyl I'm aure you nnd sho will
becomo good friends." i
Por the next few days Paul saw
Kleauor dally She was very kind to
him. and he w-ns therefore lifted Into I
the seventh henen. He took Klennor
to cnll on Kathleen early In the week j
His prophecy that they would become
good frlenda. was not fufllled. nt least ,
Immediately. Kathleen, with a self
consciousness foreign lo her. snw In I
Kleanor'a honest efforts to please her
only patronage, and Klennor, chilled,
was convinced that tho older woninn
dUllked her. Kathleen returned the
cnll a few diya Inter, but at that time
' T-leanor had left the city lo spend the
I w"1' "'n(1 with her cousin. Mrs. Dun
Twenty-four hours In tbo got ernor's
mansion made Kleanor regret her visit
oud uny nt the cnpltol slie.hnd gone lo
Mrs. Diinnieade's sitting room nnd li.id
surprised tho governor there romping
with the children while Ids wife looked
Kleanor, unnoticed nnd feeling her
presence In the pretty little group n
profanation, tiptoed hack lo her room,
where she brooded disconsolately on
her loneliness. Not until the gover
nor's footsteps sounded nlong Hie hall
way did sho venturo to return to Mrs.
Dunmende. The youngest child, a lit
tle boy Just learning to walk, wns rub
blug Ids eyes sleepily, nnd Klennor,
taking lilm Into her arms, crooned a
slumber song to him while Mrs. Dun-
I mo. iilo sewed.
I "I always mako tbo little ones'
i clothes myself," Mrs. Dunmendo ex
plained. Klennor nodded understnndlngly. "I
kuow. 1 would myself If 1 bad babies
' of my own. nnd I wouldn't lenve them
I to n nurse." She held the llttlo sleep-
er closer. "I imderslnnd now how
'you could lenve your beautiful homo
i nnd nil your old friends to come here."
I "It wns a little hnrd at first." Mrs.
' Dunmendo said softly, so ns not to
I disturb the bnby's slumber, "but I
soon got over that. We've been here
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I 'ar,1l,0lw- n,ml ' h"'" ,;lfn"
lit. I vo had Juhu and the children
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u .v- W..V.. UV ..'.....
too, wo meet very Interesting people.
Ily tho way, we aro to huvo one such
for dinner this evening, one of your
city's politicians, Itobert MeAdoo,"
Klennor ultnost dropped the child In
ne. llli,0lHmu,.ul. -Hubert McAilool'
"Yiih know him. thvur Mrs. Dun
1IllMlK.s .jm-atlou louMctcd Her of du
ImTihT. s'iiicc 7'iufi Ttciiiinglttn bad i
wiltteii her, (.onlldlng to her n Utile
of his trouble.
The ihlld stirred uneasily, nnd Klen
nor hummed u few bars of the slum-
her song before she nnswereiL
"Yes. I've met lilm threo times In
my life. And lie hales me." I
Later In the nflcrnoon the governor
rnme In, accompanied hy Miirchcll,
who hnd left the municipal campaign
In Ailclphln to tie nt n conferciuo with
Dusk had fallen when the llttlo
group broke up to dress for dinner.
Mrs. Duniiiende went with Klennor to
the Inttcr's room.
"How pretty mny we look tonight?"
Klennor nsked smilingly. !
Our very prettiest," Mrs. Dun- I
meiidc smiled back.
"Hut won't Mr. MeAdoo"
Mrs. Dunmcnde Interrupted laugh
ingly. "My dear, you don't know the (
Aincrlcnn man. If you've never seen i
Itobert MeAdoo in the evening I prom '
ise you it surprise. You'll forget tho
mill hnnd nnd tough politician." I
"Then he Is u tough politician?" '
"Judge for yourself tonight." And '
Mrs Dunmcnde with a twinkle In her
e.cs left Kleauor alone The Intterj
proceeded lo make u very enreful toilet
When she descended to the library
'he found Miirchcll there alone. He
greeted her with n courtly bow.
"Will you nltow an old man tn sny ,
that you nre u ery beautiful young'
Indy. Mrs. (lllbert?" I
She dropped him n courtesy. "1 as
sure you, I'm not half so good ns I'm
good to look at."
"Hul I expect J on tn be You mustn't
She shook her head, laughing, nnd
promptly chnuged the subject.
"Who nre these dignified gentlemrn
looking down on us? (lovernors?"
"Yes that Is" And beginning with
the Hirtrult of the state's first gov
ernor, a distinguished Itevolutlonnry
soldier and statesman, he guided
Klennor around the room, telling her
briefly what each man had dune or
failed to do It was not always an
honorable talc. The Inst, hung in nn
obscure corner, wns Dunmrnde's.
painted nnd hung during Ids first term
Klennor studied It In silence for n few
"He's n good man. Isn't ho?" sho nsk
ed at Inst
Murchell answered with deep feeling
"The best 1 know nnd tho most mis
understood" Tho governor nnd his wife entered.
"Is It n secret?" the latter nsked
gayly. .Mrs. Dunmcnde was very hap
py that evening.
"Mr. Mtirrhcll has been telling mo
nbout our governors." Klennor answer
ed, cnncenllng her disappointment over
the Interruption. "I wonder whoso pic
tuie will be hung there next"
She saw a quick, meaning glnnco
pass between Slurchell and the govern
or's wife. Rut for nnswer Mrs Dun
mende merely laughed and snld eva
slvely. "Oh. one never knows what a .
day may bring forth In imllllcs" '
They were chatting before the gov j
ernor's portrait when the tinkle of the
doorbell was heard. Kleanor. wllh
ninused expectancy, stepped back Into I
the corner nhero ahe could not he seen
by nh nt once. I
He entered, and Kleanor, warned as'
she had been by .Mrs. Duuiiieade. could I
hardly repress n Mart of surprise. Ills '
manner as he met their cordial wel-1
come wns neither repelling nor eager.,
hut rather the quiet dignity of n man i
who was sure of his footing Klennor
found herself rejoicing that sho had
not attempted to pntronlr.e hint dur
ing his call.
"I believe you have met Mrs fill
bert," Mrs. Dunmcnde said when the
first greetings were over.
BOH whirled shnrply. As he faced
her the blood rushed to his
cheek and his eyes glinted In
nngry surprise. In nn Instnnt.
however, ho answered wllh perfect
"Twice. I bolleve. I hardly expected
to meet you here. Mrs. tillhert."
"Three times. I'rti sure." she said
pleasuntly. "It's very stupid, but really
all I can think of Is tlint trite old
saying (hat the world Is very small,
Dob's sense of humor rnmo to his
aid as he looked at the woman to cast
whom mid her Influence out of his life
be had come tu find a weapon. He
"I should say the world's sire de
pends upon whether jou urc Irjlng to
find or avoid a person."
Her fnee 'lighted up mirthfully
"Come. Mr. MeAdoo We are under
the wlilto ling here. I appeal to the
governor. Cousin, to my rescue, for
j the sake of your household's peace.
i Mr. MeAdoo and I always quarrel "
"1 hen I solemnly declare n truce,"
Inughed the got ernor "Hut I doubt
her need of my protection I fancy this
young In dy Is quite capnble of caring
for herself, eb, Mr MeAdoo?"
'That's very generous," she smiled
"It speaks well for n successful truce.
I hope?" And she held out her hand
with pretended hesitation.
1 1 in hesitation was genuine; but.
yielding to the necessity, lie took her
slender white hand Into his big strong
one the bund, ns It Unshod across her
mind, that bad once snatched her from
a hideous death. Perhaps her smile
became more kindly than she intended,
for he dropped her hand as though It
hod been u hot coal
"And now," Mrs Dminicudu snld
promptly, "peace having been estab
lished all around, let us go In to din
ner." Sho look Hob's mm and led the
way Into the diiilug loom.
At dinner Hob sal npHiHlte Kleauor,
to his considerable dKomfoit nt first.
l'erhnps "Mrit. Dunmcuu'e'knw' this. Tor
she guided o talk to subjects which
allowed lilm to be the nudleiice. And
after nwhlle his discomfort wns for
gotten In his Interest In tho conversa
tion nnd In his covert study of Klen
nor, especially In his study of Klen
nor, Ho watched her critically that
ho might learn. If possible, the secret
of her Influence over Paul. Ills study
forced him to ndmlt very grudgingly
that any man might And It hard to
resist her charm.
"Any man of Paul's temperament,
that Is." be corrected himself hnsilly.
And ho began to doubt tho success of
his mission to tho cnpltnt In its ulti
Finally Mr. Dunmrndo turned to
nob. "Tell us, bow Is your campaign
"There Is considerable opposition."
"If your friends' good wishes count
for anything." she said kindly, "you
will win We'ro nil nuxluiis to see you
elected " '
"One good Indication." Murchell add
ed. "Is the vlclousness of the news
paper nttneks. They overstep all
bounds. Tlint courthouse story, for
Instance I personally know that you
hnd nothing to do with It."
"No: I had nothing to do with It."
"Surely there must bo some wny to '
top siiih stories," snld Klennor
"What business Is It of yours?" Hob
wanted to say roughly. Instead he
said grimly: "Yes. Ilrlbe the owu
ere." "Who nre the owners of the paper
that published the courthouse story?
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she nsked not seeing or not nuJer-
standing the danger signals flashed
across to her by Mrs. Dunmcnde.
-. ,.....t -n. ..n i, i
Hob wns tempted. To tell her the I
truth, to shame nnd hurt her befont j
her friends, would hntv been nn In
cense of sweet snvor to his hostility.
nut bo caught Mrs. Dunnicadc's plead- '
"Tho opposition." he snld carelessly, i
lie wns repaid by a grateful look from ,
"How do you nrouso n people. Mr.
MeAdoo?" Kleanor Inquired quizzical- .
"Denounce tho other side." he snld
"Then In politics ono depends for
success on tho faults of tho other side der my control nnd to put me nt tho
rather than on one's own virtues?" . head of the new stnte organization,
"Precisely." subject to certnln limitations, of
"No, no," the governor protested course,
kindly. "Mr. MeAdoo Isn't Just to "I told lilm that I proposed lo line
himself. Tho truth Is nhllo he has up with you." Hob paused, looking nt
been nt the head of tho Steel City or- thi others Inquiringly,
ganlrntlon" "I suppose you didn't leavo your cam-
"Is Hint n polite namo for boss?" pngn merely to tell us this," Murchell
Klennor Interrupted. snld.
Tni afraid It Is." the governor re- ..N-0- As i Mli snnger. I choose to
turned plensuntly, "I wns going to I JoIn T0 ppope. nut. of course, tnv
say that under Mr. McAdoo'a leader- i l1olnK 0 lWpomU porl ccrfnln condl
ship the district attorney's olllce n ! )ong- , ,,, nanp tho , onM(I,
your county has been most clllclcntly dao for KOVernor ,5oi, ,,, ,!,,.
and honestly conducted and the pres- ..Thnti.. Murcneu Rn,,i decidedly, "we
ent city mlnitnlstrutlou Is the cleanest. cnn.t con,cnt , ,,, candidate
most economics! the city has ever mp(,f .,, onr npirorn. ,Iine ro
"ovv"' ... some one In particular In mind?"
."W,,. 1r? "" "." ."llre B "Yes; Itemlngton."
clecfedr Klennor nskH , ..,.,,,.. Dunmendo ex
"Ilecause 1 play the better game. , ,
Suddenly Munhell. who had taken cMmf ' ' u.pot.lea - He
little mrt In the conversation, leaned n!1Uspo"-
forward nnd leveled nn accusing On- ' "m, "mbltlon must fly high,' Mur
eer lit Hob
That's not true." he snld sternly.
It'll false to II,.. l.nnlo of vonr cltV
and to yourself. You're the shrewd-
est nnd Inildest politician In this state.
Hut your knowlclge of tho game nlone
would neer make you mayor of your
city, nor will It be due to the fact
that you urn n boss with nil Ironclad
machine at your back. You're more
than a boss. You have made yourself
the leader of the peoplo In their light
against Hie railroad-steel trust There-
for., you will win. Not the master
iiolltlclan or the boss of a machine
will lit, ,.!! ml but rtnlmrt .MeAdoo.
lender of tho people. Tho responslbll
lty will be yours, but It will not bo
your victory, but the victory of the
cause you represent, tho victory of the
"Tho force?" Hob and Klennor ex
Murcbell's hand dropped to the ta
hln Mia Innn hnr.,.,1 r,l fneft llinirnl n
red spot In eneli cheek. "Yes, the
great social force In whoso grip wo all
are; the force tlint tnnkes tho man,
tin. soelnl unit, tlnd his hnnnlness. Ills
welfare. In the happiness and welfare
of his brethren, of society; the force
that has given John Dunmcnde
strength to struggle. Illieled and mis-
understood, against those who defy ' Mm.' Hob said, meeting Murcliells
tills principle of tho universe. The glnrco stendlly. "And-l know Idm
force Hint has placed In you-forglvo better than you do-lf I think there
my liluutness-Hie crnssost egoist 1 i over Is or can be the least doubt ns to
have ever known, the spirit to defy his good faith or nervo I will with
nnd fight the same enemy of your draw my request "
brethren. Tho force that makes you The governor reached his band
and John Diiumende. by grnco of n across tho table to Hob. "Your word
common enemy, necessary to each Is good enough for me."
other, nnd makes you both necessary Por an hour they discussed the mat
to the people of this stnte The force i ler In detnll. Hob remaining very firm
Hint will give you the victory." In bis demand. At last Murchell's
The old K.lltl(ian stopped, his black consent was won.
eyes gleaming fiercely nt Hob through "Then It's settled." he said. "I.et us
the shnggy eyebrows. Of what was hope we never regret It."
going on within lilm Hob's maskllke "You will never regret It. Mr. Mur
expression gave no hint ns he mot Mur-' chell." Hob replied earnestly. "If I
chell's gme tnipnsslvely. He shifted i should chnngo my mind nbout Iteming
his glnnee to the others and found ton I'll support whomever you choose."
that he. not Murchell. was the target "Do you really believe there Is nny
for their eyes. Upon Dunmende's gen- chnnce of your rhnnglng your mind?"
tie face was written tho exaltation of "I hope not." nob answered quickly,
the rc-rlyr who sees Into the beyond "In the meantime, gentlemen, be so
and holds his triumph; upon his kind ns to keep this quiet for the pres
wife's countenance, both triumph nnd ent. I prefer that nemtngton shouldn't
understanding Kleanor was looking hear of It at once."
st him with an expression Bob could I "You have no objections to my wife
not understand, though be knew that uowlnB' "pe." snld Dunmeade. "I
for oncu It was not hostile. He turn-
1 ed ngaln to Murchell, an ugly glitter In
"Do you ndd tho forco that led you.
I the first of the school of corporation
I politicians, to create the very condl
: tlons we nie lighting?"
ecu of h .. who ."..., .l powet in ii
lielefnre I hale been the gie-ile
l-linlllil of lf ii.tv I ni'il the foi'i
lull will 'nil iiii two In lepnlr the
I. lunge I lime dole'."
Hull's mouth twistnl Into Ills sir
Ionic gr'n "It's ii hope ess theory. Mr
Muivlic)t You make us all blind nil
tniualoiis You tnke nwny finui me
ttle i rnssesl egoist you Irive evrr
known-ir.y liidlWdunllly, my reason
for existence, my self, nnd you give me
In exchange n specie of sublimated
"Yes," Murchell said quietly, "thr
soclnllsm of Christ when he command
Pd 'Iive thy neighbor as thyself.'"
"Your force Is as Inexorable ns Oodl"
"The forrn Is Hod," Murchell an
"Yes," Mrs. Dunmendo said gently,
"for Hod Hi love."
Hob turned to her, nnd the sneer
fnded from his mouth. "Whnt does
the force give us In exchange for our
selfishness? Whnt have I, reduced to
nn nutomnton, to make life, nnd action
"The happiness of seeing your fel
lows happier." sho replied, "nnd love."
He broke Into n rasping, mirthless
Inugh. "Pardon me," lie said, recov
ering himself. "I'm not laughing nt
fn. nf vmii ttrtn lull nl n Inlfn I hnd
f)) wn ,ntrodllcol, to yolIr
I force two months ngo."
"No, my friend," Murchell snld, "at
When the men wero nlono Hob pro
cceded to explain his visit.
"Now that we have reached a verdict
convicting mo of conspiring to uplift
lull, l IIIIK lllv 1I K.linilll JliM Mr u 'tin
"vie arc ready.
Tho other day."
Pob went on, "I
hnd an Interview with Henry Sanger,
Jr. The Interview wns at his request.
He Is backlngllnrlnnd. Harlnnd doesn't
know It, but there's no doubt nbout It.
Sanger was very frank. Ho Informed
me that he nnd his 'fellow Investors'
Intend to break with you openly nnd
finally and lo select the next governor,
leglslnture nnd senator. He enme to
propose that I Join with them. He
held out big Inducements He offered
to contribute to my campaign- fund;
also to plnce the nett governorship un
I cueil snia, loouing in noil in Mirpnse
"No. He knows nothing of the oh
J1-" ol mis visi,. . ..on i s..,.,,o. .,.-
i ''n even tho'iRlit of himself hi con
I """ "'" ",e "",7'"'
I V nn nm I ncAtuirful fits lint anrrnj.
"Can he be elected?"
"Ho stnnds ns good a cbnnce as nny
ono wo could pick. He's the most
i popular man In the Steel City, lie
I '""' clc"" Personal record. He's well
I nna favorably Known over tno state
' ha spoken In every county. He's
' " Eoort campaigner, and his youth Is
I" his favor.'
'Then enn we trust lilm?" Murchell
demnnded. looking ill Hob keenly.
"Yes," Hon nusweied llrmly, almost
too firmly, Murchell thought.
"Well," Murchell said slowly, "you
mny bo right; but, frankly, while I
like nnd admire Itemlngton. 1 haven't
nlwoluto confidence In lilm. He's brll-
Hailt anil entllllSlnsllC. Illlt 110 IrtCUS
stability of chnrncter. nnd I doubt If
be really has a high conception of po
lltlcal responsibility. The next gov-
P"""- will have need of these quail-
He, as the present governor has hid
tieeil of them." He Inld his hand
, kindly on Diinnieade's arm.
"If wo choose lilm I'll be hack of
i ""'" "" p" '"' '"'"' mr' '"" "uow
"No Hot please see to It that Mrs.
Gilbert knows nothing nbout It espe
cially Mrs. Gilbert," Hob added em
, UN.MKADi: looked nt Hob curi
ously, but usked' no questions
loitniuiy jour wishes snail lie
respected," ho snld courteously.
Ileroso Jrom jlio Juble Jlob reluo
Inriliy nccohipanlul the olhers Into the
library. As they walked through the
hallway they heard shouts of childish
merriment. At tho door of the library
they halted to watch n pretty little
group, Kleanor sitting on tho floor
romping with the three children, con
sldernbly to the dlsnrrnngcment of hair
and gown, while Mrs. Dunmendo nnd
a maid looked laughingly on. Klennor,
flushing slightly, hurriedly rose to her
feet, holding tho bnby. Now, n bentitl
fill womnn never appeals so strongly
to n man na when sho has n little child
In her arms.
"Co:ne. you children." Mrs. Dun
mende commanded with mock sever
lty, "to bed with you. Tlieo young
sters, Mr. MeAdoo, hnve the run of the
house, yon sec."
Hut before tho child wns turned over
to the wnltlng maid Kleanor, conscious
shall wc confess It? of the chnrmlng
picture site made, must take lilm tn
his fnther to receive the pood night sa
lute. Next Murchell must pay his
homngc. Then she looked, hesitating,
toward Hob, who stood In the bnck
ground. As he rend her Intent In her
audacious smile be felt the blood rise
uncomfortably to his fnce.
"Come." she declared gayly; "you
shan't lie neglected, .Mr. MeAdoo."
She carried the child tu Ilol. nnd
beld lilm up. Hob. with awkward un
fnmlllnrlty, extended Ills big hand to
ward the mite nt humanity Hut the
little oue refused to accept the nil
vnnccs, clinging tightly to Kleanor's
neck and regarding the big stranger
with frightened eyes.
"Do you know whnt they say of
children's instincts?" she whispered
softly, that tlio others might not bear
Uob flushed even more deeply.
It wns n little thing, but It ndded
fuel to the flume of his nngry resent
ment against her.
She gave tho child river to the mnld
"Children nre denrs, even If they nrc
bard on one's hair," she laughed ns
with the Inimitable grace which a
woman Imparts to the operation she
replaced the wisps of bnlr disordered
by the youngster's Irreverent hands.
When the damage had been repnlred
Mrs. Dunmeade suggested. "Won't you
sing for us?"
"Yes," Kleanor replied without re
luctance, renl or affected.
An her voice rose nnd fell In some
simple song, chosen, had Hob only
known It. to fit his own limited com
prehension, his eyes fixed their gaze
Hlrrnly on the singer. Ills arms were
folded across his chest, each hand
gripping Its fellow's biceps, ns he bid
sat through the contention when
Paul's Impassioned voice, appealing to
something higher In the audience than
the orator himself felt, had found a
lodgment where least expected The
ensy unconcern with which he hnd tak
en his place among these people fell
from htm. Here In the somber old libra
ry. fragrant with memories. In the pres
pr.ee of the gentle nonled Dnnmendes.
listening to the beautiful, cultured,
well poised womnn who was slnglng
here was no place for lilm! "I.et me
get tiack to my heelers nnd my fight
Ing, where I belong!"
Murchell rose to leave. First ho held
nut his hand tn Hob.
"No life coming wllh me. Your train
isn't due for twcliom-s ret. My friend,
you won't regret tonight. You'll hear
from me In a dny or two."
To Klennor he snld: "Thnnk you for
your singing. It hns done me great
good -and to know jou too. I repent,
jou nre n very beautiful young Indy
nnd as good ns you are good to look
at, I'm sine My dear. I'm an old
mail"- And he bent over to kiss her
A very becoming flush came to hor
"You two can take cure of each oth
er for n few minutes, can't yon?" Mrs
Diiumende snld to Kleanor nnd Hob
"We never lente this dear friend until
he has passed the door." So Robert
MeAdoo nnd Klennor Gilbert were
lone together once more.
"Weil, i r Khali we say the
fnrrcV-MiT.is lo mke an Intimate tn
Iciest In our iiffnlrs. The last time we
niel we both determined lieter to se
euch other again, and now"-sho waved
her hand In nil expressive gesturo
"suppose you come over here by the
piano, it's awkward trying to talk
across a big room like this."
Ho crossed the room and stood by
tbo piano, looking dowu on her.
"Aren't they tho dear, good peoplo?"
sbo said earnestly. "And don't they
mnke you feel mean and small? They
nlways do mo, 1 know. Or," she ndd
ed, with tho Irritating uplift of her
brow, "do you over feel small aud
"I ndmlt their goodness."
She. saw Hint for sorao reason his
temper wns slipping Its leash. She
took a keen delight In her power to
anger lilm. Daringly she tried to tor
ment him further. "Do you know,"
sho leaned forward on Hie music rack,
resting her chin on her folded hands
nnd smiling up at him. "I'm almost
tempted uever to quarrel wllh you
"I don't want penco with you!" ho
"No." sho Inughed. "1 know you
J don't. That's one good reason why I
should yield to temptation, nut i m
not sure that 1 want to quarrel with
you, nsldo from that. Tho last twen
tyifour hours I've learned a good
many things. I begin to tblnlc you're
not halt so black as you havo been
painted, Mr. MeAdoo."
"I don't wnut your good opinion.
Stick to the old one. I'm all you
thought mo nnd more."
"Then do you dislike mo merely bo
cnuso Mr. Itemlngton en res, or thinks
ho cures, for me, or do you really hate
mil for myself?"
"Mrs. Gilbert, I really hate you for
"1 knew It " Amusement wns not
written qtille so plainly on her fnce ns
If had I i "Why?"
"That's Hie Irony of It." he exclaim
ed bitterly. "I hate you because you
nre beautiful, because jou nto witty,
because yon have courage, because
you nre the only person I have ever
met that I'm not n mutch for. because
you have foiled me to chnnge my
plnlis. I hated you when I first saw
you nnd sntisl j-iuir life. Mrs. (lllbert.
I hale jou so thoroughly that I hnve
come to this decision- either Paul
Itemlngton gives you up or he gives
me tip. If he marries jou he goes
out of my life once nnd for all. Now
you may gloat." he sneered. "I de
serve lo have yon know the truth
It's my Just punishment for not being
able tit bent a woinnti,"
"How jou must hute me! I don't
understand It. What you sny almost
makes you rnntomptlble. Surely you
cnn;t mean tlint merely because jour
petty, childish vnnlty Is hurt yon nre
willing to snciiflce not only my possl
bje happiness, which, of course, does
not count, but nlso the happiness of n
man you have called friend. Surely
you're not so small nnd weak a
Then Ills nnger slipped Its leash en
tirely. The red veil that bad come
before his eyes when he fought Hag
gin fell ngnln. He wns obsessed by a
suvnge lust to hurt the womnn before
lilm. lo deal her n blow that she would
feel to the uttermost. Ills words fell
slowly, cuttingly, with cmcl distinct
ness. "Oh. for Hint I have nil the Just!
flint Ion 1 need. You're not to be trust
ed wllh him. You're beautiful. You're
the sort that has power over men
You bnvo power over me. Seeing you
sets me on fire with wild. Insnno long
ings. I have to keep my hale boiling
or tgood God, what nm I saying?
It's truel or love yon!" Ho laughed
harshly, wildly. "And tho weaker tin.
man the greater your power. 1 know
jour hIJtory. Mrs Gilbert. You had
one weakling under your Influence and
you let lilm go to hell without lifting
a finger tu save lilm."
Kven In his snvnge nnger Hob wns
startled by the effect of his cruel
words. She turned white nnd shrank
bnck ns from n heavy physical blow
She drew n long, shuddering breath
"Oh." she gasped " didn't belle'e
j-ou could be hi cruel. I didn't believe
j-ou could be so cruel."
Slowly, unable to take her eyes from
Ills, she rose nnd started uncertainly to
ward the door She stumbled over n
chair and would have fallen had he
not cnught her1 She pushed herself
I wny fiom him, shuddering.
"Don't touch me; don't touch me!"
He watched her, hardly able tn rom
prebend the completeness of his bnl
Inllty's triumph or the stn riling rlinnge
In tin' woman who hnd mocked hint so
often until she pnssl out of the loom
iicl as she went from his sight the
.TlncNs of Ills savage Joy turned to
bllleiuess III Ills nftiuih left hlin tn
face tlio supreme fact of his life
A minute later. mechanically,
ashamed and liuiiibl"d by Ills own i-ru
city, he followed her Into tho hall Hut
he hnd gone upstairs lo her room
Selrlng his hni mid coat, without
waiting tn put them mi or lo sny good
by to Diintneade. he strode out Into
The innnslon lincl been some lime
rtink In the inldnUht quiet when Mrs
Dunmeade. troubled bv Kleanor's lion
nppearance. tlp'ocd mfily nlong the
hnll in her guest's bedc lianiber. Klea
nnr wan In bed her bright hnlr slrny
Ing loosely over Hie pillow. She wns
stnrlng hopelesslv at the flickering gns
Jet Mrs Duniueede saw no trnien of
She sealed lierelf on the bedside
"My dear." she snld gontlr. leatiln
over tn stroke the iiretty hair, "wl1
yon' tell me whnt I" tn"A matter?"
Eleanor restively moved her henil
awn,. i. . 'In. ii i
me, xln -. 1 1 Id lent- "I in Hoi a
child, tint ii i in n.'tiily twenty Nov
ell jeais old, who tits Just been hiiil
she Ii responsible l"i ihe Mliniiiefill III"
and death of li.-i Ini-lniid"
"Oh," Mrs t miii ii..-.i .li-1 lied IiihIuh-:
ed Hiirprlr..., "ilio lie iiiiint jou un
Hut? My dear, itmi i tnl.e It to hem
We nil know jnu who the one slum
sgnlnst." "Ye.. that wns one nf mj pietty f.n
rlos, too." Kli-iuor said In lhe sain
bitter tone, "until uuilulii. when n
ueiied my etc What lie said tvu
true. Thill's tthj It hurt I let I.eon
.in! Gllberl (- In hell mid didn't lift
I finger li. bat.- hl-u Only." Klie niMei
wearily. "1 would ml tier have beaut l
from any one but hlin."
"It Is unking n good deal lo nsk jo
to forglte lilm: Inn. dear, I llilt. I; li
Is suTerlng from miiiin cause Sotn
day be will lie wiri'v llu Is a inn
who h isn't jet found lilnn-olf," sli
concluded gentlj, "Cut when lie doe
tlud liluiM'lf lie will In. ii tiistl.t dlffi'i
out man. ami he r. Ill bring liupplncf
Klennor shook her head listless!
"Hul not to me lie despises me, an
be will neter releul Hul I hate u
resentment." The wlnw Hush crept hit
her cheeks, anil sin- put her 'inn ot.
her ejes Hint .Mis Duiinicnde iiilgh
not look Into them
Mrs, Diiumenil ' bent over Impulslt'
ly and put her aims around her. "M
dear child," she whispered iiuder.iiiiiul
Ingly, "has It conn io you at last-an
Klennor suffered the caress for i
minute nnd then gently released bet
self "Won't you please go nwn.tV
would rather be by myself," she sal
Yenis before a young girl, bruise
under III" ruthless heel of Hub l'
Adoo, bad wntrhed the night out. Tlint
night In the goteinor'n mansion his
tory icpealed Itself.
(Continued Nest Saturday)