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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 20, 1913, Image 19

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'iSurely," answered the. double,
smiling, and something in the dou
ble's expression sent new hope into
Searles heart. Hitherto he had al
ways been up against an imperme
able barrier of character and recti
- tude. Now this man seemed almost
to cringe 'before him. Searles had
nnf vtt1o1 man frt. J5r rAtro frm
W nothing. He knew that this was the
moment to terrorize to bully. These
means would succeed where others
had failed.
"You got my letter, Governor?"
he asked, his lips parting in a wolfish
smile. "Well, it amounts to this. If
you don't sign that bill you won't
have the renomination next year.
That, of course, goes without saying.
"But I'm going to do more than that.
I'm going to drive you out of public
life altogether. Twenty-five years
ago, when you were a young man,
you were involved in a scandal. You
know what I mean. The people of
this state won't stand for anything qt
that kind in their chief magistrate.
Will you sign the bill or will you be
exposed?"
"The man who was involved in
that scandal was not I. It was a dou
ble of mine," thought the double; but
of course it was not to his interest to
betray himself. He merely looked at
Searles with a faint smile. And
Searles understood that smile.
"Let us come to the point, Gover
nor," he said, "It's no use shilly
shallying or beating about the bush."
He drew a paper 'from his pocket
bearing the Governor's- signature.
"This is your obligation for five thou
sand dollars," he said. "May I tear
this into pieces and throw them into
your waste-basket?"
It was strange, the extraordinary
revulsion that come over"the double.
He had his enemy at his mercy, this
Governor Haines who had hated him
since their boyhood, and on whom he
could now take effective revenge.
Suddenly he felt that his whole men
tal attitude was changing. He
thought of the man, bravely and
silently gfctJng down the. scandal ok
his past life, of his uncompromising'
battle for purer politics. He stretch
ed out his hand impulsively and took
his pen, and in large letters wrote atf j
the bottom of the bill "vetoed." Heg
held it out toward Searles.
Searles seemed completely non-p
plussed. For a whole minute he,a
stared at the vetoed bill. Then he
got up and stretched out his hand. a
"Governor Haines," he said, "Iy
think the world of you. You havefj
won the fight and I am man enough
to recognize it. You'll have the peo
ple on your side now and I don't
kick against the pricks. You've best
ed me and you'll have the entire
Searles organization with you when
we offer you the nomination."
He shook Haines by the hand and
walked slowly out of the office, shak
ing his head. The double at the desk,
however, was even more disconcerted
than Searles. Why had he done this
thing, he whose whole life hadvbri
dominated by hatred of his.-enEihy?
He must have dozed, for some min
utes later, whence lookednip. he- saw
his enemy before him. Governor
Haines was Ioejdng steadily at him,
but he evinced no surprise.
'.'Let's fight this thing out right
now," he said. "I've finished with
you. I shall never temporize with
you again. I have compromised and
feared you, henceforward it is war
between us forever."
"If you had told me that twenty
five years ago I should never have
troubled you at all," answered the,
double, humbly, rising. j
Governor Haines did not answer
him, but watched him leave the room.
The sleepy secretary outside did notj
notice him pass. .Nor would he have3
seen him even had he loolted for him.,j
Each man has his double, his worse t
nature. But when he has conquer-9
ed him the double becomes, a harm-T
less wraith, transparent as a breath T
of marsh air that is dispersed in the 9
sunlight i
(Copyright by W. G, Chapman.) j
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