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of being "the best fellow" in his home
Then love his head dropped sor
rowfully as he thought of Hazel
Greeh. How he had loved her! How
winsome she had been but strong
drink had not then relaxed its awful
influence over him. He finally found
himself penniless. Pride, remorse
tortured him. A man who had money
and position became his rival. Hal
knew that Hazel loved him, but a bet
ter man had come between. Hal left
the town desperate and became a
With a sudden spurt of resolution
he banished the memories that so tor
mented him and arose to his feet. He
placed the five-dollar bill in his
pocket. Then he noticed some papers
the reporter had thrown aside. They
were political campaign documents
reciting the views and giving a speech
of Rodney Walton, candidate for con
gressman in the district.
These also Hal thrust into his
pocket. He proceeded to a barber
shop and thence to a store where he
purchased a hat and some collars
and a tie. Hi? clothing was not bad
and, brisked up, he would scarcely
have suggested the tramp to a casual
Long since Hal had recognized the
evil of strong drink and had elim
inated that feature of his reckless life.
The possession of money made a gen
erous meal at a restaurant a luxury.
Then he secured a cheap room at the
hotel and slept in a real bed for the
first time in months.
There was a fair at Derby, a town
sixty miles away at the extreme edge
of the district. Hal felt like playing
the gentleman while his money last
ed. He bought a ticket for that place,
the morning newspaper and selected
a comfortable seat in the train.
"Hello!" he ejaculated as he open
ed the sheet "here's my story."
There it was and next to it was a
boom for Mr. Walton, the congres
sional candidate. And then Hal Dun
can smiled broadly. The star had
made a fearful mistake. They had
got the picture of Hal over the Wal
ton article. There he posed as the
lauded candidate for congress!
The journey was a slow one and
Hal was glad to put in his time look
ing over the campaign literature he
had picked up the day previous. A
sample speech interested him. Evi
dently Mr. Walton was reaching for
the popular vote. A good many hu
mane sentiments that he enunciated
rather feebly were greatly in accord
ance with Hal's ideas.
"How I would like to set myself
loose on that subject in a genuine free
and easy way!" ruminated Hal.
When he arrived at Derby he found
the fair and a big political meeting
the attractions of the day. Posters
announced a mammoth mass meet
ing that evening to boom a certain
ticket in which Hal noticed the name
of Rodney Walton.
It was late that afternoon, just as
Hal came out of a restaurant that a
prosperous looking man stopped,
stared, at him, drew a newspaper
from his pocket, glanced at it and
then went up to Hal.
"Mr. Walton, surely?" he said. "I
wouldn't have known you only for
your picture in the paper. . Why, .you
must come at once to headquarters.
A speech from you?,will just about fill
out our program." v
At once Hal comprehended the sit
uation. A whimsical resolution seiz
ed him. He had been mistaken for
Mr. Walton. He allowed himself to
be introduced to the committee, he
was given a royal banquet. Then the
speech! Hal Duncan let loose all the
eloquence he possessed.
"Why, the crowd just went wild!"
enthused a committeeman. "Mr.
Walton, you have carried the day for
us. We wish to entertain you tomor
row " but with the morrow Hal had
The masquerader was a good deal
surprised when a month later the
Star reporter ran across him in an