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ly these great heaps were set on fire
and burned to ashes to get rid of
Robert went to the persons hav
ing the matter in charge and was
given free license to cart away all hjs
wanted of the ties, which accumu
lated daily. Then Robert set his pro
ject in full operation. Winter was
coming on, the hard season for the
poor. Robert had purchased a ha'lf
dozen teams. There was a large sta
ble in the coal yard and an old house.
He fixed these up in good shape,
moved into the house, furnished it up
comfortably and used one of its
rooms as an ofnc6.
Then Robert made it known in the
district that there was permanent or
temporary work for the worthy un
employed in the vicinity. It re
quired a dozen men to drive and load
the wagons which transported the
ties to the yard, hostlers as well, and
a large number to saw and split the
wood. Within a month the business
was reduced to a system.
It proved a blessing to the poor, to
whom, Robert sold the wood at a fair
low price. Coal was delivered by the
bushel or the ton. Credit was given
where it was deserved. At the end
of the) first season Robert "broke
even" and was content.
Only a .few times did Wardell and
his wife visit their old-time friends.
They were so utterly out of their cir
cle that they practically dropped the
The following summer Robert
rented a vacant hall, fitted it up as a
neighborhood clubroom, put in a li--brary
and it became the social meet
ing place of the district. In all this
work, aided by his wife, he did a
great deal of hejpful good to the
striving poor. The next season the
business paid a liberal return. By
the fourth year general trade had ex
tended and the yard brought in a
Those we're blessed, happy years
for man and wife. Many a strug
gling man out of work they lifted out
of a hard place in his experience.
Many a poor girl they assisted to re
spectability. There was one worth
less, druken idler, David Warfield,
whom they reformed and who be
came a steady worker., They were
duly gratified when the man, who
was naturally smart and ambitious,
became foreman of a factory in Mil
ton township, a remote part of the
county, and wrote to them blessing
them for the new start in life they
had giVen him.
The name of Robert Russell had
become a household word in the dis
trict indeed, through the whole
city. Within five years he had made
a record for practical philanthropy
that had become widespread.
"They wish me to become candi
date for county commissioner,"
Robert told his wife one day.
"You will accept?" inquired Alice.
"I have done so already," replied
Robert. "I am not particularly at
tracted to political preferment, but
the position places the incumbent in
close touch with the charitable or
ganizations of the city."
Lois was very proud of what she
considered a deserved distinction for
her husband. There was no doubt
of his popularity. When election day
came on, however, the returns from
the polls showed that the ticket he
was on was badly defeated. Robert,
however, had run far ahead of the
others and at midnight all returns
except one remote country precinct
left him only twenty-two votes' be
hind the lowest candidate on the op
Robert was about to leave head
quarters, conceding defeat in his
philosophical, good-natured way,
when the tally qlerk, who had just
opened a belated telegram, waved his
hand to him excitedly.
"Hold on, Mr. Russell," he saflg
out, "here's something tljat will in
terest you the final returns of Mil
"Does it change the results?"
asked Robert '