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Pleat. "You would simply lay
down your present office forth
with and step into your new one
during- the course of a day or two.
Of course your successor would
take over all your duties."
Hewett knew what was com
ing. "For instance, you would prob
ably be willing to recall your re
port of ye'sterday upon the sur
vey of White street, which will
not be acted on officially until the
next meeting of the survey
Hewett rose up.
'"You can't buyme ttiat way or
any other way, Mr. Pleat," he an
swered, taking his hat, and he
saw Pleat's face grow pUrple. For
a moment the financier hesitated.
Then he came forward with the
agility of a boy. He was trem
. "For $20,000 he whispered,
and began plucking at his sleeve.
"Come here! It's in my desk!
Don't be a fool and cut yotir own
throat, young man. Who's back
ing you in this? My Godx it will
cost me a quartenof a million if
that report goes through. Your
last chance! and Til make it
$30,000, $40,000, any price within
reason. Look here! It's all in
bills and gold. Come and let me
show you !"
SdmehpwHewett escaped from
the room. His last view was of
the bid man standing before his
desk and tossing great bundles of
bills hither and thither like an in
Men came to see Hewett that
afternoon and the next day and
tlie next, and, in guarded lan-r
guage, unioiaea various proposi
tions to the effect that he should r
make peace with Pleat. Hewett,
showed them to the door,. On the J
third day the indemnity com
pany served him with a fore-
closure notice. Then he told
P You have- done right, dear,' r
she said. "You couldn't have
done otherwise. And I'm proud,
of you. I couldn't live here hap-1
pily if you had sold your soul to
Pleat. We'll make another home
somewhere but one can never
make honor of dishonor."
They packed their things and
engaged a couple of rooms in. a
poorer part of the city. Hewett
knew that his occupation was
gone. He did not even go down
to his office But that afternoon, 1
going to the convention from his i
new abode, with the reek of new
paint in his nostrils and his heart
weighed down with bitterness, he
made his last speech for Benton. '
It was the last day of the ses
sion and the nomination would ;
be made that afternoon. As Hew- '
ett mounted the platform he be- ,
came aware that there was an in
definable, unrest in the air. The
delegates were watching him and
whispering together; something "
was brewing, someone had moot- -ed
something everyone in the
hall knew it except Hewett.
He did not know how bitterly
he spoke) nor the impassioned na
ture of his plea for purer politics,
a cleaner civic spirit. He thought
that he was urging Benton's elec- ,
tioh on these grounds, but in real-