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DAILY SHORT STORY
The Brotherhood of Man.
The darkness was complete.
tThe coid'was intense. The candi
date gripped the handles of a
nrtwprfnl plprtrir hnttrv. The
Mow hum of the alternating cur
rent was all that .broke the stul
ness of the darkened cell. Then
- there came to his ears the slow,
measured accent of the exarniner:
I "You are now in the presence
c of death. The pressing of a but
ton would precipitate several tons
of metal upon your head. The
touching on another button
- would mean death by electrocu
s don. Still another would flood
I the chamber with water, and you
' would dfown like a 'rat. A safe
method of making away with
. your body is at our disposal.
. You have expressed a desire to
sjjecome a member of this secret
organization. You are about to
identify yourself with an organ
ization which believes in promot
. ing happiness ' -and equality
r .among men, even at the expense
.of its individual members. Are
you ready for the oath?"
The candidate's "- drawn lips
murmu'red an assent. The heavy
door of the secret-chamber swung
outward. A firm hand grasped
him by the arm-and he was led
forth. He took a few steps and
stood in the center of a brilliantly
lighted room. Seated about the
room were many prominent men
whose faces he at once recog
nized. "Mr. Brown?' continued the
guide, "you are a preacher of the
gospel. It is peculiarly fitting
that you come to us at this time.
Our order subscribes to all the
ethics which you teach. It goes
a step farther. It makes obliga
tory the lessons which are taught.
Social conditions are ever, chang
ing. In recent years there has
been a growing inequality be
tween the rich and poor.
All men do not possess, either
by nature or opportunity, the
same power for the accumulation
of wealth. Two men may be
equally industrious, yet the one
may possess dollars like wheat in
jak elevator, while the other lacks
the essentials of livelihood.
To right this inequality ,is the
purpose of this , j organization.
Your incofhe for the succeeding
year will be that of the one whose
ticket you draw from the wheel."
Dr. Brown stepped to the
wheel and drew a ticket bearing
the number 99,999. A name also
appeared, on the card. Tie name
was John Stein, a one-armed man
who ran the elevator in the court
As the name, was read off
a laugbrwent round the room, and
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