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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 21, 1912, Image 20

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.would at least withhold the dis
covery for a few weeks, unti
Pleat had carried the municipa
and state tickets to victory. Ther
the ordinance would either be re
pealed or never acted on, and
Hewett's report would be so
much waste paper. Hewett could
either take his discovery to Pleat
himself or send it in or withhold
it. Nobody was thinking of any
thing but the approaching elec
tion. In the end he decided to do
his simple duty. He sent his re
port over to the chief surveyor,
calling attention briefly to the
discovery, and went home.
He had hardly reached his of
fice the next morning before the
telephone rang. Hewett took
down the receiver. Pleat was at
ithe other end.
"O, Mr. Hewett," he said,
""would you be so kind as to step
over to my office at once?" The
tones were suave and bland too
suave for one of Pleat's overbear
ing disposition, the surveyor
thought. Hewett stood consider
ing. "I'll be over in five minutes,'
he answered, after a moment's
pause. "You can see me at once."
"At once and alone," Pleat an
swered. 'He was as good as his word,
'desDite his manifold interests, for
Hewett was agreeably conscious
of being ushered past a dozen or
more men of all kinds, financial
magnates, poltical leaders, busi
ness men, into Pleat's fine office
with its mahogany fittings and
oriental rugs. Pleat rose and ex
tended his hand.
"Sit down, Mr. Hewett," lie
.aid. ''The indemnity company
las, I understand, advanced you
4,000 on a mortgage upon your
lome at 79 K street?"
"Yes, Mr. Pleat," the surveyor
-eplied.
"And you have applied for an
increase of $1,000. The matter
Aras only brought to my attention
yesterday. I have expressed the
wish that this be granted, mat
ing the amount $5,000, with inter
est at 4 per cent, instead of 4.
But, Mr. Hewett, pardon my
question, but how do you propose
to pay this sum? The iridemnity
company does not like to fore
close. Have you any work in
view after your present 'task is
completed?"
"No, sir," said Hewett, looking
full at the smiling visage of the
financier.
"Too bad!" sighed Pleat. "Of
course, your unfortunate affilia
tion with the opposing party
would preclude me, if I should
win the electipn, from consider
ing your interests. If you were
offered the nomination as state
surveyor, now you wouldn't
change your coat? No, of course
not. But, Mr. Hewett, I under
stand Mr. Blake is resigning from
the water commission, a strictly
non-par.tisan body. Suppose you
were appointed to succeed him at
once by Governor Briggs ?"
Hewett's heart leaped. The sal
ary was $5,000 a year!
"That would involve no sacri-,
fice of principle on my part?" he
asked, moistening his dry lips.
"None whatever' answered

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