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By HENRY RUSSELL
Copyright. 1910 by Bobbi Mer
BOH returned to treat the city to
n whirl nihil emiipulgu such as
It hud never known.
No detail of the inmpaljni was
too tnslgiilflcuut to receive bis atten
tion it was Hob's changed ui.ituier
townrd men that niniircd lluggln.
"Dashed If Jou ain't geltlu tn bo a
reginr mixer." be grinned one morn
ing as ltob and he walked home from
headquarters together "You pit Paul
skinned now. What's pot Into you?"
"Gud knows'" Hob answered with
n hard laugh.
"Well, mebby ho does." Ilaggtn said
Philosophically. "What I know Is
you're goln' to give Mne the all tired
est llcklu' he ever got."
Could It hae been Hob who made
the Dinner? "No. no, Tom! You and
1 hne deluded oursehes with Hint no-
tlon long enough Not 1. but the peo-
pie. are going to whip Mael'licr-oui "
Hnggln snorted m profound disgust
"Aw. g'wnn! You talk like Puul In
his speeches. They're goln' to do It
fer you. One" that means you're do
In' It." .
Why should they do It for
Ilaggln's brow puckered over the
problem. "I know, but I iliinno how
to say It. If the people's doln' It nil.
what are you workln' so hard fer. half
klllln' .tourself? I'teii you can't stnnd
the pine you're set tin' "
"You cun't uiiderslund," Hob growl
ed helplessly. "I'p got tn "
It was ipilte true what Haggln sug
gested The strain was telling een
on Hob's strength. Hut feverish activ
ity was n necessity to hlni to deaden
nil thought of the thing Hint haunted
him the fnco of a womnn whom be
hnd brutally struck down In his wild
Hut his work told. The city was In
n turmoil of political excitement. The
press retcled In the opportunity, bris
tling ulth charges unci countercharges.
Innuendo nud recrimination. At the
club, out lunch counters, by the fire
side, men and women, too discussed
nud took sides over the campaign. The
children ou the streets became bitter
To tho Hteel City the Issues took con
crete form In the person nnd name of
one man. Hob McAdou Klther jou
were for or you were against Hob Mc
Adoo; mostly you were for him.
One noonday not two weeks before
the elc-ctlou-llol) Icaued back In his
ebiilr with nu nlr of fatigue that sat
strangely on his stalwart flguro and
let Ids eyes stare tiicnntly Into space.
While he sat thus abstractedly Paul
entered Hob nodded mechanically.
Paul addressed n remark to hltn.
which did not pierce the abstraction.
Hob made no answer. Then Paul no
ticed the ab'ent manner lie repeat
ed the remark iimi loudly. Hob came
to himself with it start.
"IJh?" ho exclaimed "Oh. It's you.
Tail I "
1 Paul Innkpd rt him curiously.
"What's tl'e matter with jou mi bow?
1 suld Pic It tip ou Cuusollduted
"Which nay?" Hob asked, without
"All right. Sell "
"No," Paul said eagerly. "This Is a
good tip. I got It from Brown. Hart
ley's broker Hartley, you know, la a
dlnvlor. Next week they're going to
deebiru n 4 per cent Increase In divi
dends." 1 "Humph! The broker who will dou
ble cioss bis client will do tho some to
"Hut I tell ou It's a good tip," nnd
Paul pounded the table In his earnest
ness. "and I want to raise jr,,(HK) or Jerkily nnd wllh no attempt nt nra
so for It. 1 can tteble the money in a torlcul flourish. Hut his audience IIh
week." toned Intently, proudly. In less than
Hob smiled tolerantly, ns though
Paul had been a child nsklug tor an
eipenslko but useless toy. "Whut do
jou want with so much money?"
"Oh, I'm kerlous about this, Iloh.
Will you lent; me the money?"
' Hob did not answer ut once. In tho
giny hollows Hie ted lidded eyes
gleamed with u hot, tierce llgtit.
"Why not? Why not add ono more
.link to Hie ihuju ot obligations by
'wbh h he would break the hold of"
J be noonday sun was streaming In
Ihioiigu tho shaileless windows, yet
Hob was seeing ngalti the face of the
Ktrlckt-u woman as he hud sleeplessly
looked upon It through the small
i hours of Unit morulnir. accusing, fenr
lng. appealing. When he spoke Puul
baldly know the voice, so cuustrulned
j ami querulous wus It.
; "I enn't do 'it."
liob's words came uncertainly. "I
, can't afford It. I need every cent that
, tis'u't tied up for the .campaign."
' "You could go ou my paper."
Hob shook his head. "No. not on nn
(Paul suld nothing. Then he rose.
Idriiwlng u lou whistling breath nud
without unother word went out.
SL"Hob stared In troubled perplexity nt
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tie uuor, wnicu rum ou ui-bic.cci.-u t
close. Ilo dlil not know Hint ho spoke
nloiiit In the same constrained, qneru- I
lows voho. '
'What Is It? I can't me the wea
pons I bnve. Tbu game has p.ised ,
out of my bunds. And he's nut ninth I
tlie Irouhlo ho culises He's not worth
what I offer. He's not worth-her. i
I'm not worth-her" I
Paul went out Into the streets dls.in- i
pointed, hurt, nlmmt hitter ngnlnst
Hub Poor I'nul' lie eould not know i
that ltob. svvnjed lij II new brn
shame mill Keif distrust- es, self dls-ttiKt-b.id
refused the loan only tli.it
he might never be teinited tn ue the j
obllgutlun as n club.
And that day fate Mtirrln-ll would
have snld the f One-busily luteiested I
In u ,-toitni- tllfin Pillll. list II 1 111 llltll
dangerous paths I'or when he teach
cd the streets his aimless tramping
guided 111 in past the I'lrst National
bank, which, as all the city knows. Is
miilrallisl by the Sanger Inteiests.
And fate must at that wry moment
lulim Iti-nri SmiL'i.r. .Ir's. aiitiiuiolille
ton step In" float of the bank. Sanger
stepped out and. teeing I'nul. pnti-wl ,
long enough Tor a genial word and
handshake before he cnicicd the bank
Paul nall.id a few blocks farther be
fine the rivollei Hon of a certain prom
ise brought him to a sudden halt "If
ever 1 can do an thing for you pel sun
nily let me know
Saucer bad said
So he walked line:
to the bank nnd
Into the director's room, where sat
Sanger Sanger greeted Paul with a
pleased surprise Noiy fluttering to our
n.vthliig I cjii di for you. Itemlng
ton? Sorry, but l'v got to leuu In a
"Well." I'nul answered hesltntlngly.
"If It's uene of my business any so 1
got n tip hist night to buy Consolldnt-
ed Glass. What do you think of II?
Hunger smoked rellectlvely for a uiln-
utu "Can I depend ou ou to let what
I say go u further?"
"It's n good tip. o la on It to tho
1 limit You're safe."
I Puul laughed rather slinniefncedl
t "I'm ..film lit hut iiiv limit Isn't erv
blg-nbout twenty lle hundred "
"Why don't oii borrow unci plunge?"
Paul laughed again, this time slmrit
ly. "My credit doesn't seem tery good
I tried It In one place 1 thought w;is
sure, but It did no good."
Sanger sent three beautiful smoke
rings Into the nlr thoughtfully. Puul
bad nut said whom be bad asked for
the loan, but Sanger thought lie could
guess Then he whirled sharply In Ids
"How much did you want?"
"I asked for twenty-live thousand.1"
"Absurd on a detil like this. Make
It fifty." Sanger said heartily.
"Do you mean" Paul In-gnn delight
edly. "Certainly I mean It." Sanger re
sponded energetically. "I'm going to
Instruct my broker to buy n.000 shares
for you Leave It to me." he added
smilingly, "and If you're not ennslder
ilily richer n week from today you
don't owe me n cent. I appreciate your I
coming to nip Drop In nnd see me I
any time timid afternoon " And hi- I
held out n ecrdlal hand to Paul, wbe
took It and weut out, thinking bitter
ly: "It seems that nn enemy enn be more
generous than a friend sometimes."
That night Hob was scheduled to
sjeuk In the Kourth ward. And all
lrlshtonu had made ready. Well Hatf
glu knew that no mere Hchoolhoiise
auditorium would be ample for this oc
casion. Ho n great, bare ball wns
hired. Plugs and bunting galore hud
been secured at Haggln's expense and
hung around the walls and celling
more profusely, perhaps, than nitlstlc
ally. The meeting was notable. Hrst, be
cause Paul Itemlngton mude the poor
est speech of his career. After Paul,
Mill tin spoke. After them cumo Hob
Hob had been cheered before and
slnio then lio has leeclved "ovations"
fiom greater ulid moio select Mull
ein es. Hut neither lief Am nor since
has ho been greeted With tho spon
taneous, thunderous welcome which
Irlshtowu gave blm that night. When
tho tumult died down Hob began.
It wus not much of u speech. Ills
voice was lionise. The words fell
ten minutes he closed with these
"You nro my kind of people. Pve
Ihc-il most of my life among you. I
know you nnd you know me. There
are more dollars ngutust me In this
light than you can grasp the inclining
of. Hut tho fight won't end until 1
die. 1 want you to stand by me."
! Tho shout Unit met bis appeal was a
Hours afterward Kathleen for the
i third night In succession was nwiiken
j cd by tho sound of a steady pacing tc
unci fro In tho room iiIhiio her. Bhe
uroso nnd hastily dressing went up
ittulis. Knocking, bIio entered nud
went up to Hob.
"Hob," slm snld directly, "there's
been something wrong lately,"
"Alwnjs, Kathleen," he answered In
a tiled olce.
"Can't 1 help j mi with It?" sho ubIc
He shook his bend hopelessly. "No
one can belli mo- It's only Hint I'm
nshnmed. Oo back to bed nnd ipilt
bothering nbout me, Kuthleeu, I'm
not worth It."
Homethlng In bis voice uud huggurd
face caused tbu tears to start to her
eyes. She turned awuy and left blm.
The iiiountnuoUH pacing to and Ilo be
WHEN l'leunor loft
convinced that nil
IIKN l'leunor loft tbo Dun
il she wan
lie did not
care put again Id seo the
grimy, bny Steel City. Therefore she
wont In New Yoik, ostensibly to visit
n friend of her school day. In reality
(lint she might think out tbo now
prob'em confronting her.
There was one thing that she made
no olfort In disguise from herself.
livery day she dispatched n servant
to get the Steel City papers. When
they were brought to her she spent
long hours poring over tbetn. On
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(1 Ul.it e. the first she had ever seen of
him. Ills eyes looked straight out at
the reader. At hist'shn came to n res ,
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n iiiwiiiiir.iiiTi nr im, iii.iiiiiiiif'fiii fitu-
I will go bnek," the declared to her- i
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self, "nnd tonight." Calling n maid,
she had her trunk packed at once.
Nor could nil the arguments
P'cns in uer uosics uissuiiup hit.
She reached the Ity early next
morning. At noon her brother came
home to luncheon, much to her stir
prl"c. It was his custom to lunch at
one of his clubs. At Its conclulon bo
made no moe tn return to his otllce.
nnd Sanger was a busy man.
"Well?" she I'uorled, with n smile.
"Out with It. What did you come
'""'lie to tell me?"
'llleauor, why don't you mnrry I'nul
"He Is tn love with you. Ilo Is n
charming fellow. 1 have taken an In
terest In him. lie Is a rising man or
can rise under favorable conditions,
which I urn ready to Insure. And, for
give me, my dear, but thirty is coin
ing'!" She smiled pleasantly. "I'm not
nfrnld of thirty."
"I'm serious In tills. I'lennor," ho
went on evenly. Tinier ceitnln con
ditions ho bus n cliiiuce for tho next
"What do you know of Mr. McAdnn's
plans?" she asked, surprised.
"McAdoo" Sanger began nltnost
venomously. Then lie went on calm
ly: "McAdoo doesn't nivessarlly have
the last word In these things. After
the governorship there Is no reason
why Itcintugtnn shouldn't go to Wush
lugton. I think I'll take you Into my
confidence. You're u Sanger through
mid tin ouch. You'll understand it.
With me It's n question of how I am
to apply my nblllly. Pin only forty
live years old and tn perfect health.
We Hangers nien't Idler's. I could go
and get tiigether u tremendous fortune
o big that I'd be a slue to It. Hut
nil cudy I'm vorlb nbout fifty mil
lions" "1 didn't, know you were so rich!"
"Very few even suspect It," lie re
turned calmly. "Two ears from now
this state will choose it new senator.
The choice, I think, will full upon Hen
ry Sanger. Jr. And the minute I take
the oath of office"
"If you do."
"When I do I become n national pow
er. My ntllco multiplied by my money
nnd my backing. The senate Is the
most powerful body In, our govern
ment. Hehlnd mo will be tho Influence
of the principal flunuclal combinations
III thu country. Only one man In the
setialu has the backing 1 shall have,
and ho Is nn old innn, Soon he uuiit
die or ictlre, nnd his leadership will
full to me. I shall control the senate,
which controls all national legislation."
fiunger's eyes began to glitter.
"I'm not talking wildly. Tor some
time I have been working solely to
this end. I'm not the sort to waste
energy. What I suggest Is now n cer
tnluty-but for one thing. Hetween
me and wy ambition thero Is but one
obstacle ono man, Hubert McAdoo."
Hanget's serenity was slowly giving
wuy to his Inward excltemeut. "Here
U whero ltciulugtou comes In. As It
looks now McAdoo Is sure to win, He
has got n grip on this city that I can't
understand. It Is tontmry to all po
litical precedents. Nothing Unit we
have tried mi far money, orgunUullon.
r.lennor started. "Henry! Do you
own tho (iiizotte?"
"Yes. Whut of It?'
"Then you are responsible for the
(landers against Mr. McAdoo?"
"Nonsense! You hno been listening
to tho Dunuiondes. We have publish
ed nothing that hasn't been essentially
true. Hut we bine ono card left that,
I think. Will M'tllo fileud McAdoo If
pluyed at the right time, nnd by. the
Ilo paused. "He bus been posing as
a sort of reformer. What do yon think
the people, who nro shouting them
selves hoarse over blm today, will
think when they hear that tho dele
gates whose votes nominated blm were
bribed with his inoneyV"
"Alio! bur Ho?"
"I suggest tho use of another word.
If you please," be snld Icily. "This
1 1 true. I already have Inlf n doen
nmdnvlls from delegules who took his
"Then why haven't you published
"Hecntlso they won't bo effectUe.
The testimony of nn accomplice Is nev
er more than half bellcwd. The ex
posure must conio fiom il different
source. I wunt Paul Itemlngton to
mako tint revelation. Think! The
whole slate Is watching McAdoo XIc-
Aduo, Hie reformed and reformer. In
tho hist hours of tho campaign tho mini
wlio for ycirs has been known lis his
only close personal friend suddenly
breaks isllli hlui and exposes tho to
former us a candidate who won his
nomination by tint, incontestable In lb
eryl Thete Isn't a man living who
could w-lthsluiid the reactlou.
"And tlini." he emicludodT'is why 1
want .you to marry Itemlngton."
8ln looked nt him curiously. "I see.
You want tn use mo as n bribe to buy
Mr. ItcmliiKtnn'H betrayal of his
"Ilahl Don't be , melodramatic.
There's no treachery here, no moral
wrong. I offer Itemlngton n thousand
times mnro than McAdou could ever
give him. As my fellow senator from
this slato be will Imvo an Influence
and Importance second only to mine. I
offer you n future jou can never Iinvo
otherwise. A brainy woman In Wash
ington can do n great deal to help me.
You would bo my partner. As my sis.
ter and Senator llemlngton's wife you
would bo welcomed wherever yon
chose to go. And this Is offered you
merely for the public telling of the
truth about n man who Is morally nnd
legally n criminal,"
"I seem to remember," oho said
ipiletly, "that ho was driven to buy tho i
I iioiognies n,v iieineu.Mij iiiiiim,i.
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Hunger assumed an nlr of hurt re
proach. "My dear sister, you re un
fair You defend hlui on the ground
that he was driven to dishonesty to
mnet similar tactics, but for the same
nctloti you criticise me. One would al
most believe this demagogue Is some
thing to Jim."
"Henry, jou are too crafty by fur. I
shan't Inllkt ou with Ji Merloni re
proaches. I reallre theio has lieen
nothing In my life nothing jou ore
aware of, nt least to lead ou to be
lieve our proposal distasteful to me.
Hut really. 1 must decline. Of course
I quite understntiii It would be useless
for me to try to dissuade jou from nt
tncklng Mr. McAdoo iiufulily. al
though It might be more to your credit
to cease." She spoke Indifferently.
Sanger rested his folded arms on the
tnblo nnd looked at her steadily. When
ho answered thero wns mi edge to his
volie she bad never beard before.
"You're quite correct. If It takes j
twenty years I Intend to crush that j
man. Whatever means are neiessury
I shall use. The end Justifies them.
Hut that Is neither here nor there. I I
give you the chance to better both i
yourself nnd the man you love. I
hope you won't bo bo foolish us to re
Left nlone, Hlenuor went up to her
sitting room. She threw heiself on n
couch in profound disgust.
"And that man Is my brother! He's
a thousand times more leleutless than
than the other. And the shameful
part of It Is," she crlidJn bitter self
accusation, "that two weeks ugo his
offer would huvo tempted me. No wou
der Mr. .McAdoo hutes us."
When Hanger reached bis office be
telephoned to Paul, asking hlui to call
ou blm ut some convenient time. Paul,
who had eagerly perusisl the morning's
i,toek market reK,rts. appeared vijth
exemplury promptness. Hunger met
"I merely wanted tho pleasure of giv
ing you this inw.elf." Ami ho bunded
Puul a check.
Paul took It una Jtnred nt It ns
though fusclnnted. Then Ills fnco
broke Into a boyish, gleeful smile.
"Mr. Sanger," he laughed, "this Is the
finest lilt of literature ever written.
You enn't know whut It means to me.
I don't know bow to thank you. I can
never repay you."
"Nonsense! I charged you l.iteresl
for the margin money. You owe me
nothing but a box of cigars." lie
pushed a box across thu desk townrd
Paul. "Here's tho brand I Hiiioko.
He choso a cigar for himself ami
minted It itcrcmplurlly at Paul.
"ltciulugtou, I like jou. I don't giro
n personal Interest to many people.
I'm not sentimental; I'm us uuiumuu
tic us u cold In tho head. Hut you're
an exception. That was why I con
firmed Hrovvn's tip. It wns my only
reason. I want you to understand
that It had no connection with what
I'm going to say. I expect ou to ac
cept or refuse my pioposal' without
considering this stock transaction. I
don't know what you think of mo
probably that I'm it mere money grub
ber unci that my political Interest Is
purely flmiiiclal. That Is wrong. I
want to bo thu next seuutor from Hits
"Senator!" Paul exclaimed In uu
"Yes, Iteiuiiigton. Twice I have ask
ed you to help ine. Twice you huvo
refused. Will jou tell mo frankly
"You have yourself charged mo with
being a friend of the people," Paul
parried, trjlug to speak Jocularly.
Hanger leveled uu licensing linger at
Paul, his face twitching mirthfully.
"Itemlngton, I'm not a fool. You
don't euro a twopenny d for the peo
ple." "Still thero are honor nud loyalty,
you know." Paul t-ah! gravely.
"Honor? Whose honor?"
"To tho man vv ho has mudo mo polit
ically viilutiiilo to ou-tn McAdoo."
"Why should jmi be loyal to blm?"
"Ill-cause ho has been loyal to me."
"Honor! Loudly!' McAdoo! Ha!"
Sanger's snort, u depurluie from his
usual suave manner, expressed the
very depth of dlsgiM.
"Mr. Hanger, your tone"
"If my tone doesn't speak the high
est regard for you." Sanger Interrupt
ed forcefully, "1 express myself poor
ly. I nduilre your loyalty and tespect
you fir It. You're tho victim of base
Ingratitude-treachery, I caM It. You
may not know how htroiig I am In
slate politics. Take my word for It,
I urn so Htnuig I could t'o to McAdoo,
ns I did, uud olTcr to make blm boss
of tho .state, but ho infused. When il
iiiuu like It m tefuv'i'4 itie ehaiiie le
realize his ft anililtloii he tan't l.i..
It to uobli' Ideals. 1 1 tin s lower III"
lives. Ills inuthe In 'this tare Isn't
hard to llud. He b-iles me and I'lJ
sister." Tho lust winds were a i haute
shot. Paul nth ml uneasily In hi'
"Ves. he hates ou and Mrs. (Ill
'That Hn't till. Part of my ofTer was
to miil.ii jou the next goxernor"
"What! .Me .-owtuor! It Is mote
than I inve dated to drcun of so
"Hut not more than you're worthy
of. IIoweer. theie's no use dK'tissIng
that, since It was Included In his re
fusal. He placed Ills hate of me and
III sister higher than his loyalty to
"Man, don't" The cry told Hanger
that he bad at last penetrated n Joint
In Paul's armor. "Mr. Sanger. I -I
.'PR of jou"
iJfi n.ii. ui.rq
Sanger sprang to his feet, bis An
ger leveled nt I'nul "Itemlngton.
wnltl You talk nf honor. Is It honor
that lets yon be pla.ved Hie fool by a
man who uses you to lift himself to
political heights, hut refuses to curry
ou up with lilm? You talk of loyalty.
Loyalty Is a Hue thing when mutual.
Hut what Is If when the man to whom
you give It nnd fiom whom you have
famed It Won't Ignore a petty hatred
when by doing so he could make" you
governor of this state?"
A pen which Paul had been fumbling
snnpied suddenly. ".Mr Hanger," be
cried pleadingly, "I must ask you to
"lteuilngtoii, you shall hear me out.
Oh. be lias played n pretty giimel He
snys, 'Let us be friends of Hie people,
hecntlso It's going to pny some day.'
He teat lies you to lie a hypocrite Mice
himself. Hut w hat." Sanger conclud
ed dramatically "what do you tlilsk
the people the deur. dear people will
think of your friend next Monday
I when they 'earn that the greut ri
' former won his nomination by bribing
the delegates of the couventlou?"
Paul roue iiiiccrlalnly to his feet,
staring wildly nt Sanger. "My Uodl
No: that cuu't lie true."
"And do you think," Hanger Insisted
triumphantly, "that you, his chief sup
porter, can, clear your skirts of the
"Mr. Hanger, what proof have you
"Head that, nnd that, mid that, mid
these." Hanger caught up uud tossed
to Paul il sheaf or documents. They
were ntllduvlts of delegates, setting
forth the facts of their bribing.
"Good Clod!" Paul groaned, covering
his face with his hands. "Good God!"
"It's hard ou you, I know," Hunger
suld gently, "nnd It udds to my deter-luluutlon-to
crush the man who seeks
tO drug ou Into bis disgrace. Item
lngton, twice you have refusul to
come with me. 1 ask you ngulu uud
for the last time. The offer I mudo to
McAdoo I lepeat to you. and when
your term us governor Is ended you
uud I will work together us senators
from the greatest state In the Union
All I ask Is that you publicly cut loose
from McAdoo, dluvowlug your own
connection or knowledge of his cor
rupt practices. Hole Is your leasou."
He tapped the sheaf of allldavlls.
Paul's hand diopped to the table,
nud he looked up ut Hunger, n hunted
look In his eyes. "Huvo ou no mor
cyr Sanger suddenly leuued over nnd
grasped htm by thu iirui. "1 usk you
nothing wrong, only whut Is your
duty to tho people, who have been de
ceived, nud to yourself. And" he
hosltuted "and I have mote teasons
Hum ouo for liking jou. 1 hope soon
to know you In u closer relntlou"
He paused urtlstlcully.
Puul shook Ids beud despondently.
"No, I fenr there's no hope for me."
Hunger shook Ids iirui vigorously.
"For shame, man! Paint heart, you
know And my own opinion Is thnt
you huvo no reason to be faint of
Paul turned white; his heart gave a
great throb. ' liven Hanger wns touch
ed by the passionate JoJ' that flashed
ncross Pnul's face.
"Do you really believe" Paul began
to stammer Incredulously.
"I'm sure of It," Sanger said quiet
ly. "And I'm glad of It. Come, burn
your bridges." Ho tuin-d the sheaf
of afllduvlts ngnln. "You know best
whether she wiints you to do It or not."
The Joy faded from Paul's face; he
unsworn! In a despairing crys "Clod
help me! Nothing seems right. Noth
ing Is clear, I must Maud by him, I
can't do what you ask, and 1 can't say
He turned nud fled from tho tempta
tion us though pursued by nu over
whelming enemy, us Indeed he wus.
Hunger watched Ids exit with nar
rowed eyes. "Hut be didn't return the
check," he thought cynlcully unci hope
fully. ClIAPTUlt XX.
.iI12 Hnturduy afternoon before
election day found Hob In tils
office, pacing buck and forth as
rapidly us the testilcted quar
ters would ullovv. Ho wns ou tbo
verge of u physical breakdown, al
though bis luck of experience of bodily
(lis bid tho fact from him. He wus be
set by a weiirlug restlessness thut did
not permit of physlcul Inucllou.
Puul entered the outer office. Hob
nodded through the open door.
"Good afternoon," Paul unswered,
with cold formality, and passed Into
his own office, cure-fully closing the
door behind hlui. Hob hesitated.
Then be weut to Itemlugton's dour.
Ho wus on the point of entering with
out warning, ns hud always been their
custom, but liu puiibcd abruptly uud
"come!" wns the curt answer.
Hob entered. He stood waiting for
the invitation to sit down. As It wus
not furthcoming bo calmly snt down
without It. Neither spoko nt tlrst.
At Inst Paul dropped his papers and
glanced coldly at ltob.
"Well, you'vo come for something, 1
Hob watched the curling smoke n
moment before answering.
"I see our tip was good, after nlL
Did jou go In on It?"
Kor answer Paul opened n drawer
of Ids desk nnd drew out the check
which Hunger had given blm nnd
which bo had not yet deposited. He
handed It ncross the table. Hob read
It over twice before he looked nt Puul.
"That's a good den I of money." he
said quietly, "more than the average
man earns In n lifetime. Who staked
Paul's head went up n tiltle detl
"1 gave j-ou the clinnce first."
"Hut Hunger's nu enemy. It's bnd
policy to get under obligations: to n
man j-ou'vo got to light," Hob answer
"Your enemy, you menu," Paul
sneered, "not mine, ns this check
Tvldentl'." Hob looked out of the
Ayiother silence, again broken by
Paul. "Hee here. McAdoo!"
Hob turned slowly at the name.
"Yes? You've upset tho Ink"-he paus
ed "Paul." ' Thero was a slight em
phasis on the name, which Paul did
not heed. The bitter spired n blotting
pud mid Impatiently mopped up the
Ink. Then he turned ngulu to Hob.
"There are some things you and I've
got to come to mi understanding ubout.
Why did you take me up?"
"You've asked me that before."
"Don't tcmporl7e. I nsk It ngnln."
Hob smiled. "You seem to have put
mo on the witness stnnd. ITowevcr,
I'm not bound to answer."
"Aren't you?" Paul snld with tin
ugly laugh. "Maybe I can answer for
you. It strikes me jou took me up
to make usu of me mid to keep me
1ovvn where I could never demand
what I've earned. That's true, Isn't
"It strikes jou thnt way? A few
'tioiisand dollars put n different light
ou n good many things, don't the?"
Hub Inquired with suspicious gentle
"Have your Insults for your hired
heelers." Paul stiuclc tho table migrl
.y. "I'm not out' of them."
"Is there anything elsu Hanger jour
friend Suiiger-iniggcsted to ou?"
"Yes." Puul declared Willi mury ve
heilieiiie, "he Is my friend. I wunt
that understood. I've learned from
him what jou didn't dale tell me-tliat
he nllc-tc-il to help make me governor,
and j on refused."
"Well, what of It? You wouldn't
have mo take up that offer, would
"I -might refer you to a certain
speech of jours for reaRons."
''Il-ih!" Paul threw out his arms In
a gesturo of suprpuui disgust. "Don't
try to coma that slush on inc. The
role of sunctlmonlous Pharisee doesn't
suit you, McAdoo. We're In this game
to help ourselves. He decent enough
to admit that to j-ourself. even If you
are fooling the silly public."
"So jou class us nil together, you
and Hanger mid me liars, hypocrites,
bunko steerers? Proceed with the In
dictment. There me other counts, I
"You seem to take it nil ns n Joke."
Paul exclaimed bitterly. "Hut I sup
pose you have a right Jo consider me
n Joke after the way I've plujed the
fool for you."
Hob heurd this outburst impassively
to all outward seeming. "What do you
'expect? Kentlmeiilnl piotestntlons?
You'd hnvo the right to take me ns n
Joke If I did that. Proceed."
"Very well," Paul continued shnrii
ly, piesslng his lips together tightly.
"My next count conllrms what t said
nbout your untltness for the virtuous
"One moment!" Hob raised a depre
cating build. "Don't you think It
would bo wiser nt lenst more churlta
ble to moderate J'our expressions n
"No. I proposo to call things by
their proper names for once. Oh. I
admit I was fooled with tho rest. I
supposed that McAdoo had reformed
his met hods, nt least, If not Ids Ideals,
until I was Informed that you bribed
the delegates whoso votes nominated
"You get this from Sanger?"
"Yes. liven your enemies know of
It, You're at their mercy now."
"I see," Iloh nodded thoughtfully
"Rome of Malassey's work, 1 suspect,"
"You mean to suy It Isn't true?" Paul
"No. The delegutes were bribed, nil
right. Banger thiough Ids agents bad
already bribed them the other way. I
supposed you know that."
Hut Puul, rather heavily lot down
though he was by this phuse of the
mutter, was too far gone In his mood
"No," ho snld surlily. "I duu't know
It. Whnt's to hlndcV me from Raring
my reputation by disclosing the whole
transaction to the public? I can do It,
now you've confessed your guilt."
"Nothing In tho world to hinder,"
Hob icpllcd. Only the fall of his ci
gar bitten through Indicated any feel
tug. "Is there anything more?" Ho
cnrefully flicked the ashes from his
"Yes!" Paul went on Impetuously,
his mood gutherlhg momentum.
"There's one thing more. It It con
cerns Mrs. (illheit. 1 cotillded to jmi
my tcwiid fr. her. You took It upon
vourself to object to If. You even went
in fnr ns to call upon her."
"And you gave her tn understand,
how dlnistly I enn only Imagine, thut
you opincd our Intimacy?"
"You carried your Interference so fnr
that Mrs. Gilbert ha refused to mar
ry me un!e.s jmi withdraw jour op
position I wish you to undei stand
that 1 inn-tiler your nctloti an tin
warranted Intrusion Into my private
affairs I don't propose to endure your
meddling. You understand." uls voice
rose, "I won't stnnd It."
"You mnko jourself entirely clear.
1 think." Hob snld evenly.
"I-'urthennore, since you'vo lntiud.cn
j'our oppodtlon, I expect j'ou to with
draw It finally and absolutely. Other
wise" Ills puuso wns ominous.
"That's hardly nocessury. You're
not u minor, nor urn I your guardian,
that my consent Is necessary. You
will be able to persuade Mrs. Gllbelt
to lake that view, 1 think, uud threats
do no good."
Hob mude nn effort to smile. It was
not a smile you would care to se,
more than once, the smile of u strong
man trjlug to conceal bitterest suffet
lng mid humiliation. Ity u trick of
fuiiey Pnul's nngry, hnndsoiuo fnco
M-vuied to fucle iiwny nnd til Its stead
Hob siiw the fuce of a stricken woman
llotb knew that they had come to the
parting of the ways. Words had been
spoken thut neither could forget.
I think thut even then Paul would
have rctimicd Ids wolds bud Hob or
feied blm mi opening. He had not
planned the conversation, but when
It wus begun Hub's comHisure hud
goaded hlui to reckless lengths. Ilo
broke thu silence with what was al
most uu uuueiti.
iiuit o. .m through the rest of the
day Hob hardly knew. In the even
lug there was the llnnl rally, to which
linked thousands mid from whl. h
hundreds more were tennis! iiwuy for
luck of loom. Hob limile n speech, but
bis iccolleitlon of Hint effort Is huzy.
When he rose In speak the waves of
applause cumo to his curs us the far
away thunder of the sen. When Ids
spi-e h wns concluded uud the lust
outburst of enthusiasm bnd dleduvvny
he quietly left the meeting uud went
In his room Hob threw himself
wearily lulu a chair by bis desk uud
brooded h ipelesslj-. He went over
nnd over the evens of the past few
weeks, listening ngulu uud ngulu to
Paul's hitter words ttf the afternoon.
He relentlessly tore ut Ids wounds un
til they gaped. Inking u kind of sav
age Joy In Ids self cnstlgalloii.
".Iiitt ulie thing' more Is ueeded," be
said to himself bitterly. "I will get
out of Ills wuy -out of her way."
He seized ii smi and began painfully
Then his oes fell upon the telephone
ut Ids elbow. He dropped the pen mid
.openiil the directory.
At Inst he roused himself nud suv
ngely Jeiked the receiver from Us
"Highland thirty thirty. Yes. Is
that Illrhluml thirty thlity? Will you
call' Mrs. Gilbert to the lelepl.sine'i
llobert McAdoo "
There was a long wait, during which
ull his will wns needed to keep hint
ut the telephone.
"This Is Mrs Gilbert." eiimo the uu
sner ut last. She need not b.ive
mimed herself, lie recognized her
"I mil llobert McAdoo."
"Yes. Mr. McAdoo."
"Mrs. Gllbelt" lb' words wete forc
ed out painfully "-mine time ago I
culled ou ou nbout n eeitubi mutter.
You may reliii-niber';"
"At that lime I oblected to n course
of action which jou had pluunrd"-
" Which jou stippost-d hud pliium-d,
Mr. McAdoo," i-iiuie the quick coiicc
"It makes no illjl'ereuce. In ellln
case what I said was un uuuiirr.iiite
liitcrfeience In mutters Hint did no
concern me. Are jou still there?"
"I mil still lieie."
"I wish tn s.iy" he drugged lb
words out slowl.v-'i wish to sa.v
withdraw my opposition tin. illy uud :il.
"Tint Is not necesary. Mr. McAdoo
"I realise Hint my opposition won .
nut Influence jon"-
"Th.it Is not wlia! I meant"
"but I owe It In jou and to- I'
Paul lleinlugti u to uiiike the will
druwnl. I wish to suy thill I do tin
of my own free will, not hectiuse o
liny threnls made to me, Ale J oil sti
lliete. .Mrs. Gilbert?"
"Tlieie Is unother mutter. I un
said a brutal a louieiupllble thing P
jou. You will remember that. I '
bud no light to suy that to you in
"You hud no right. Mr. McAdoo"
"I-I ililogle, Mrs. ailheit. i h '
"Mr. McAdoo! ("uu you beur m
plainly? I dint duio to speak vei.
"Mr. McAdou, there Is a pl'it i
shameful trick. H iinicerns your ele
Hon -nud posslblv Mr. P.euilnglon. I
feel it in duly to warn uii"
"Yes. I I vv" '
"I inn sine you ciuinot know of tbl
Ihut I speak ii.'
"Yes. Mis Gl'beli. I know of It.
You have done sour duty. You ni'iy
now enjoy watching the plot vvoik out.
It will suecivd. In my opinion. Thnt
Is nil "
"Hut. Mr MeAiloo"-
He bung up Hie receiver nnd slouch
d back Into bis cliiilr His bend
throbbed vicih-ullv A ronr. like tbo
'nr uwny lliuiicicr of the sea was In
Ids ears Ilo vvus very tiled
BB -,: -
(Continued Kett Saturday)
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