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By Jessie Ethel Sherwin
!$ "Mavor. state reDresentative. con-
L'a gressman natural, sequence, hey?"
cnirpea sen Driscoll, pouucal man
ager of the district, and he slapped
the dignified favorite candidate on
the shoulder in his free and easy way.
Hon. Waldron Morrison did not re
sent the familiarity of his visitor. He
was used to all sorts and conditions
of men since public favor had begun,
five years previous, to thrust its re
wards upon him for championing m
the courts a series of improvements
that had made of Lisle, a struggling
village, a fine, thriving inland city.
"Congressman?" he repeated with
a quizzical smile. "Pretty strong op
position, isn't there? Frankly, Dris
coll, I don't expect to be elected. The
enemy is fighting hard."
"Rubbish!" commented Driscoll
vigorously, "you will beat Worden
two to one. We have got that fixed.
Their last hope is some kind of a
roorback and where will they find
one against you, I should like to
Waldron Morrison winced, but he
hid his momentary discomfiture from
his visitor. Driscoll swung from the
office, aggressive, self-assertive,
proud of being the champion of a
clean and powerful candidate, as he
put it to his cohorts.
Morrison sat at his desk statue
like for some moments. Then he got
up, locked the office door, reseated
himself and leaned his head on his
hand. His face grew serious and
thoughtful His glance was fixed on
a stray ray of sunlight glinting into
the room. It seemed to Illuminate a
dark, hidden corridor in his mind that
held long past memories.
"Mayor, state representative, con
gressman," he repeated softly. "Yes,
and before that. If they knew " and
then he checked himself and arose
to his feet and paced the room in a
feverish, disturbed way.
Waldron Morrison had come to
Lisle five years previously. No one
asked whence he came no one
asked, for at that time a heated cam
paign was on as to the choice of
Lisle and another town as the met
ropolitan center of the district At
a critical juncture Morrison made a
legal -sugegstion that won the victory
for Lisle. Its grateful people remem
bered it Honors were thrust upon
him and riches, but he was a lonely
How lonely none knew except him
self, and the secret he hid in the
He Arose to His Feet Trembling.
most sacred recesses of his sorrow
ful souL He was softened, his heart
nigh melted under the "influence of
his tense emotions, then his lips set
firmly, he drew himself up to his full
majestic height. He was iron once
more. Hollow as were to him the
promises of aggrandizement, he re
solved to remain staunch and active
in a field where there was at least
surcease from memory.
Then Morrison became involved in