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"That brought lilm back to tne let
ter. 'Can you tell me just what 1
have done for this man, Miss New
ton?' he asked.
"I read the letter, whidh came from
an old soldier out west somewhere.
'I shall always include you in my
prayers,' it read. 'You .have kept me
from being a tax on my home com
munity in my old age. You have en
abled me to look into the future
without encountering the hungry
eyes of starvation. You have made
one old soldier happy for'his few re
" 'You introduced this pension bill,
Honorable' I called him Honorable
" 'When did I do it? I don't re
" 'Well, it is not supposed that you
would, Honorable,' I answered, 'as all
you had to do with it was to place it
folded in the basket I myself and
I dropped him a little curtsey fram
ed the bill most carefully.'
"Congressman Smith's worried
and weary eyes lighted up. 'I think I
must have the best little secretary in
the house,' he said.
" 'But, my dear boss, that is one of
my regular duties,' I answered. Just
then one of the other congressmen,
a man I never liked, came in and
gruffly said: 'I want to see you,
" 'Well, you are looking at me,
aren't you, Brown?' said the boss
with a smile, but the smile, I noticed,
had a tightening of the lips and a
narrowing of the eyes.
" 'Well, you know I can't talk be
fore a woman,' was the somewhat
aggressive declaration of Congress
" 'You will have to talk before this
one,' answered Mr. Smith.
" Tm not a woman, I'm a secre
tary,' I interrupted in a low voice to
" 'Well, I don't approve of these
women secretaries anyway,' said
Brown as he lighted a long black
cigar and blew the smoke directly in
"I went behind the screen and be
gan to work at my typewriter. I had
not become very proficient at it as
yet, but I was doing better every day
and was much encouraged. x
" 'You can have anything you want
in this world,' I kept saying to my
self, Margie, 'if you want it badly
I could not help smiling at Paula
as she said this. "Why are you smil
ing?" she asked.
"Because I have said that same
thing so often," I answered.
"Well, haven't you found I am
right?" she asked briskly.
"I don't know, dear Paula. I have
often missed the best things in life
things I thought that I wanted
enough, and I inveighed against fate
because I did not get them."
"Look back on them now, Margie,"
said Paula, "and I am sureyou will
find that however much you thought
you wanted them, you wanted some
thing else more.
"Congressman Smith thought he
wanted political honors, but the thing
he wanted most was the love of that
horrid little bit of selfishness he call
ed wife, I soon found from the words
that were passing between those two
men that day that Congressman
Smith had already bartered his hon
or that he might minister to the van
ity of that little vampire.
" 'But you've got to vote against
it, Smith you've got to speak
against it If that bill goes through
it means that the entire district goes
" 'I know it,' said the boss, 'and I
think it a good thing.'
" 'What about those whisky bonds
t sold you the other day at thirty?'
" 'Take them back, Brown. I don't
want them I'll not vote against the
" 'Then I'll ruin you,' shouted
" 'You can't do that I'm ruined
now,' said the boss with a sigh."
(To Be Continued)