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THE GOVERNOR'S DILEMMA
By Harold Carter
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
The governor was not playing the
game as it should be played. That
much was common talk at the cap
itol. it was all very well for him tc
take up an attitude of opposition to
Boss Lloyd, but why had he run for
governor under Lloyd's auspices? He
must have known Lloyd was not giv
ing away something for nothing.
There were some who justified the
governor in claiming that a man can
not get into political life at all un
less he is willing to accept some
shady backing. But Governor Pet
ers had swung around the minute he
took the oath of office, announced
that he meant to be the "people's
governor," and fought Lloyd tooth
and nail and fought him to a stand
still Peters had been Boss Lloyd's law
yer in the old days. He knew the
secret tragedy of his life. Peters'
wife had left him a few years after
their marriage, taking with her then
only child, a boy. Lloyd, with all his
influence, had never heard of her
again, had never set eyes on her
since that day. Peters had still been
trying to discover her when Lloyd
nominated him for office.
Peters had been a very quiet man.
Few knew him; it was not until the
papers were full of the life story of
the new governor that it was known
he was a married man, with a son at
the state university. Lloyd, in par
ticular, had not known. When he
knew he set to work to get Peters jn
leading strings. And he had him.
He exulted as he walked up the hill
toward the executive offices. He did
not wince when Governor Peters
kept him waiting half an hour while
he chatted with an old negro nurse,
though other men would not have
kept him waiting at all and would
have broken off any other interview
At last Lloyd was admitted to the
governor's office. He sat down, tri
umph upon his face. Peters looked
at' him inquiringly. "Well, sir?" he
"It ain't often I come here now,
Mr. Peters," Lloyd began.
"Often enough for my require
ments," answered the governor.
"Your requirements? Good Lord!"
said the boss, breathing hard. "Ain't
I made you, Mr. Petersv? Do you
"He's Yours, Lloyd,
suppose you'll stand anywhere when
your term is through? I could have
sent you to the White House."
"What-is the purpose of your vis
it?" demanded Governor Peters.
"I'm coming to that," answered
Lloyd. "But I want to ask you, gov
ernor, do you thinkyou have treated
me right since you've been in office?"
"I think so. Don't you?" asked
"No, sir!" Lloyd's fist thumped on