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I the street franchises, the depart
ments of the city government. We
are advocating the form of govern
ment by commission. And by heck!
as Smith say, we are going to win."
Certainly the appearance of the
new weekly created a prodigious sen
sation in a town of 100,000 inhabi
tants. Together Smith and Allan as
sailed the boss with horsewhips of
invective. What had he gotten for
the traction franchise? Why was a
By H. M. Egbert
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
When Alan Gray walked out of the
office of Smith's Weekly, after hav
ing applied successfully in response
to an advertisement for an assistant,
he thought that his future was as
sured. Twenty-four, just out of col
lege, with all the enthusiasm of a
young man facing the struggle of
life, he appealed to Smith, although
for different reasons than those
which Smith outlined.
"We're here to fight corruption in
Bender," said the middle-aged editor
and proprietor, thumping his fist
down on the table. "And we're go
ing to clean up the rottenest town
in the whole state. That is my pur
pose and that's what we are going to
do together, Mr. Gray."
There was a girl in Allan Gray's
life. Her name was Mildred and she
was twenty-two. She was earning a
living in the metropolis two hundred
miles away. Each of them was put
ting by money toward the day the
great day when Allen would be able
to earn an income for both of them.
At the end of his first month of
service Gray's salary was raised from
fifteen dollars to twenty-five. Smith
was rapidly handing over to him the
charge of the Weekly. The young
man's stinging editorials in particu
lar aroused the editor's approbation.
"Give it to 'em hot!" said Smith.
"Well done, young man! I see I made
no mistake in taking you."
With more sophistication Allan
might have suspected that something
was wrong. Actually he was delight
ed. He detailed the entire situation
to his sweetheart in his twice-a-week
"It's this way, dear," he wrote.
"We are putting hot shot into old
Gregory, who has been boss of Ben
der for the last twenty years and has
every one in his power. We are ex
posing his graft in connection with i
"I've Cot a Lunch Appointment."
convict manager of the water works
department? Who got the contract
for the roads, and why? On the day
following the appearance of the first
issue a deputation of local merchants
made their appearanec and an
nounced that Smith need look for no
advertisements from them. Smith
was not counting on advertisements.
He laughed them out of his office.
When the circulation ran up to 30,000
he guffawed. Smith's Weekly was 3