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living by cartooning your political op- j attaok me every minute of your
wuriun MUIUB. .
"Ah, you young man!" he resumed. "
"It Is so easy to crush, your enemy, s
Isn't it? But when you nave Hred
as long as I have you will have come
to s,ee that magnanimity pays yes, rf
sir,-pays, because you never jdipw r
what is going to come into your own 7
life, or what you will do under temp-
"You saw my wife? I sent her in. v,
ponents. Only, let me tell you that my
husband has sever done a dishonest
vthing in the whole course of his life."
With that she flounced out of the
oin. if such an expression can be
applied to the art gry swish of an an
gry woman's gown. "Brainerd smiled
rather bitterly. '
"Hiding behind a woman's skirt,"
he said to himself. "Won't I trounce
Brainerd' had seen the boss at a dis
tance. He knew that he was a very
ordinary-looking citizen, -with a good
natured aspect and7, a tendency to
avolrdupoisv He had never dreamed
to see the haggard-looking man whp
Btodd before him, t
"You are Mr, Brainerd?'' inquired
the bop. "Sit down. I have asked
you to' come here with reference to
your cartoon "in yesterday's Eagle. '
"Yes' answered Brainerd, think
ing tnat ms iun was just going to
."How much?" inquired Saul Jones,
linking into a chair and resting his
chin on one hand. His searching eyes
were fixed penetratingly upon the
Brainerd rose up. "I was expecting
that question, Mr. Jones," he answer
ed. "Intake 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! -He
'told me so himself. Everybodylikes
to play the virtuous man when he
has the chance to.
As 'Brainerd was going toward the
door the boss sprang from his chair
and caught him by the arm.
"rm not asking you: to stop attack
ing me," he said huskily. "I've been
attacked pretty well all through my
public life, and I have managed ta
survive it I ask you how much you
will tae, Mr. Brainerd, not to betray
wfcat you hare disco wed? Gome, a
lump sum and for the rest you can
Then Jqnes came in at the door. I to you, so that you should be ahle 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 feltow of twenty
two. It was my first and only crime.
I put my employers name on a chec
L They gaye me six months in
prison for It And I escaped like
fool, I Becaped, wearing the s,tripe,
too, and I had only three mpnths-to
serve. I have been a harried and
hounded man all my life in conse
The boss sunk his "head upon his
hands, and Brainerd, amazed at this
confession, stood still, not knowing
what to dp. It was quite & few min
utes before tte- realized what had
happened. Jonejj had connected the
cartoon with the seeret in his past
Hf e, and he read in It a threat of ex
posure which Brainerd had never
meant and for a crime of which th
artist had been entirely ignorant.
"Well?" asked the boss., raising hig 1
.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
take 5,000?"' ri
That was where Brainerd did the '
right thiqg. If he had told Jonea that
he had not known about that episode, 4
he would have left the man crushed lt
and humiliated by his folly in betray
ing it He stretched his hand out aad
grasped the boss', ,
"Mr. Jones," he said, "1 was a. '