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der and theft that had given him
He was coming back to America,
he said. Would she take him in spite
of his record of crime? In the hot
tropics his sense of right had become
atrophied. He wanted to start a new
life hereafter. Would she take him
as he was?
No answer came. Myers did not
even know whether Connie had re
ceived his letter, but when he reached
America she was married.
Then he set to work to amass
wealth. He, too, had married, and
gradually he had forgotten Connie.
He had been happy, after a fashion.
He had convinced himself that he
had only acted as white men ac in
the tropics. He felt a little remorse
and he had been a good husband and
Now, out of the past, this man had
confronted; him with that forgotten
President Myers saw the triumph
in his visitor's eyes.
"You understand what 'thisr
means," ne sam to Myers, "if i were
to take this letter into any news
paper office I could get five huridred
for it They'd jump at the chance of
downing you. You ain't popular
not exactly, in this town. I guess
you've passed as a good citizen, but
the folks don't love you. Well, then,
I Offer it to you for five hundred first
I don't want to blackmail. I'm driven
"Nobody ever blackmailed me,"
Hanbury laughed and opened the
letter. He began to read
"And so, Connie, dearest, I am tell
ing you all my past I have done
enough to hang twenty men, if they
had been whites instead of Kanakas.
There isn't any government here, but
if Uncle Sam got hold of men he
could get me in his penitentiary for
the balance of my life. And though
you will be horrified, I cannot ask
you to be my wife without telling you
"Horrified?" he asked. "Say, ypn
didn't know my wife. What right had
you to Buppose that a good woman
would marry such a blackguard as
you? I tell you, she nearly went mad
over that cowardly letter. I had been
courting her for a year, and it gavel
me my chance. She never regretted r
it, either. But she didn't know I got
the letter. I thought it might prove
useful some day. And it will Well,
sir, will you buy it for five hundred
or shall I sell it to the Star?"
"Nobody ever blackmailed me," an
swered Myers. "But I tell you .what
I'll do. I'll give you an order on the
cashier for five hundred if you hand
over that letter and envelope to me."
t "I'll get the money first," said
Hanbury. "Write: 'Please pay bear
er five hundred dollars in cash in re
turn for valuable trade information,
of which I have to have exclusive
possession.' Finished? Good! Now
we'll go to the desk and draw."
Five minutes later the two men
were back in the president's office.
Hanbury handed Myers the letter.
"Well," said Myers. "I told you no
body ever blackmailed me. You think
I paid you five hundred for the let
ter?" "Sure," grinned the other.
"Well, you're wrong," said Myers
quietly. "That letter was written
from Kanakaland when its short
lived government was in power. What
I bought was the stamp, Hanbury.
That's worth a thousand anywhere.
There are only five in existence and
the other four are imperfect Good
day!" He touched the bell and Jenkins
"It's all right, Jenkins," said Myers.
"Just show this gentleman to the
door, please, and see that he doesja't
Hanbury, looking like a man un
certain whether he was scored a vic
tory or suffered a crushing defeat
retreated at the side of the secre
tary. His last impression of Myers
was of the president seated at his