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By Alton Edwards.
Nobody except the Governor knew
that he had a double not even the
Governor's wife, who knew him,
perhaps, better than anybody else.
The two men resembled each other
bo completely that it would have been
impossible for their most intimate
acquaintances to distinguish them. If
there was any distinction, it was hat
the expression of character and sin
cerity upon the face of the state's
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"I've Finished With You."
chief executive was replaced, upon
the face of the other man, by a cer
tain furtive cunning.
From his earliest years Governor
Haines had been engaged in. a con
stant fight against this man. He had
intruded into his hfe, had placed him
in invidious positions, had, in gen
eral, committed actions which had
needed all the governor's ability to
nullify. And he had followed him
even to the executive chamber, black
mailing him, offering compromises,
The executive mansion was totally
unguarded. In that sleepy little cap
ital town formalities had not come
into favor. The double strolled quiet
ly across the lawn, entered the man
sion and made his way to the Gov
ernor's office. His secretary, nod
ding at his desk, bowed to him, un
conscious that this could be anybody
but the Governor Haines he knew.
"Mr. Searles has telephoned that
he will be here in half an hour, sir,"
said the secretary. The double
nodded, passed into the executive
chamber and sat down at his desk.
That he had an intimate knowl
edge of all the Governor's business
was evident, for he began scrutiniz
ing papers and emptying pigeon holes
and reading memoranda. But he was
awaitmg the arrival of Searles, the
state boss with ill-concealed impa
tience. He knew that the man was
interested in the proposed street rail
road franchise, that he had been pes
tering Governor Haines for weeks to
sign the bill now awaiting his de
cision. And he had not omitted to
threaten. E meant the Governor's
political future, the decision which
I was impending.
The secretary looked in. "Mr.
Searles is waiting to see you, sir," he
The state boss entered. He was
.evidently ill at ease, for he held his
hat tightly and sat down nervously
in the chair which the double offered
him. The double swung round in his
own chair and faced his visitor.
"You have called with regard to
that railroad franchise bill?" he
Searles cleared his throat and nod
ded. Then, placing his hat down on
the Governor's desk, he began:
"Now, Governor Haines, we have
threshed this matter out, among
others, for a long time. I have tried
to ally you with the better interests
of the state, but I have failed. I have
pointed out to you that I may speak