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living by cartooning your political op
ponents Only, let me tell you that my
husband has -never done a dishonest
thing in the whole course of his life."
With that she flounced out of the
jjoom, if such an expression can be
applied to the angry swish of an an-
"- ,57 woman's gown. Brainerd smiled
"Hiding behind a woman's skirt"
he said to bimseuV"Won't t trounce
him tomorrow!" X
Then Jones came in at the door.
Brainerd had seen the boss at a dis
tance. He knew thathe was a very
ordinary-looking citizen, with a good
natured aspect and a tendency to
avoirdupois. He had .never dreamed
to see the haggard-looking man who
stood before him.
"You are Mr. 'Brainerd?" inquired
the boss. 'jSit down. I have asked
you to come here with reference to
your cartoon-in yesterday's Eagle."
"Yes," anBwered Brainerd, think
ing that .his fun was just going to
" "How much?" inquired Saul Joke's,
sinking into "a chair and restifijg his
chin on one hand. His-searchingeyes
were fixed penetratingly upon the
Brainerd rose up. "I was expecting
that question, Mr. Jones," he answer
ed. "L take it that you are offering
me a sum of money to cease cartoon
. ing you. Let me telL you that I am
not to be bought, sir, for "all the
money in Lawrencetown."
How he was enjoying himself J He
told me so himself. Everybody IJkes
to play the virtuous man when he
has the chance to. v
As J3rainerd was going toward the
door the boss sprang from his chair
and caught him by the arm.
"I'm not asking you, to stop attack
ing me," he said huskily. 'Tve been
attacked pretty well all through my
public life, and I have managed to
survive it. I ask you how much ypu,
f will take,, Mr. Brainerd, not to betray
what you have discovered? Come, a
lump sum and for the rest you can
attack me every minute of your
"Ah, you young men!" he resumed.
"It is so easy to crush your enemy,
isn't it? But wljen you have lived
as long as I have you will have come
to see that magnanimity pays yes,
sirr pays, because you never know
what is going to come into your own
life, or what you will do under temp
tation, Mr. Brainerd.
"You saw my wife? 1 sent her in
to you, so that you should be able to
judge'She knows nothing about it
She 'thinks I am the best -man in the
world. And it is thirty years ago
my God! I didn't think anybody
would have found that out against
"I was a young fellow of twenty
two. It was niy first and only crime.
I put my employer's name on a check.
They gave me six months in state's
prison for it. And I escaped like a
fool, I escaped, wearing the stripes,
toq, and 1 had only three months to
serve. I have been a harried and
hounded man all my life in conse
quence." The boss sunk his head upon his
hands, and Brainerd, amazed at this
confession, stood still, not knowing
what to do. It was quite a few min
utes before he realized what had
happened. Jones had connected the
cartoon with the secret in his past
life, and he read in it a threat of ex
posure which Brainerd had never
meant, and for a crime of which the
artist had been entirely ignorant.
"Well?" asked the boss, raising his
head. "Are you going to break up
my home and ruin, my life, young,
man, to gratify your hate; or are you
going to let bygones be bygones and
That was where, Brainerd did the
right thing. If he had told Jones that
he had not known about that episode,
Tie would hav left the man crushed
and humiliated by his folly In betray
ing It. He stretched his hand out and
grasped the bogs'.
"Mr. Jones," he said, "I was a