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fitock. They've been buyinr it up ou
the quiet for months. I begin to see a
lot of funny little lights that make this
thing clearer. Gibbs is buy in' Borough
stock. He's Wainwvight's chum. Hor
rigan and Wainwright frame up your
nomination then the minute you come
Into power this Borough franchise bill
is flashed on you by Ilorrigan, and
Wainwright begs you to sign it. Take
my tip—Wainwright owns the Borough
road as well the City Surface, and Hor
rlgan's gettin' a fat wad of stock for
arrangin' the franchise. Oh, they've
got your honor all tied up in ribbons,
like you was a measly bookay. You
and me ought to get together and fight
this thing out side by side, and when
once I get the Indian sign on Dick Hor
"But I've no personal quarrel with
"You've got the same quarrel with
him that the pigeon has with the musk
rat. If you don't use your wings you'll
be swallowed. Let me put you on to a
few of the little jokers in that bill of
his. You see"—
"I see move about that bill than you
think," interposed Bennett. "I've work
ed over it night after night, with my
lawyer. Don't you get the idea I've been
asleep just be
cause I haven't
"I think," ob
slowly, "I think
He held out his hand,
I'm beginnin' to
get a new line
on you and un
better. If it's
any joy to you
to know it. Jim
my I' he 1 a
says, 'You're all
He held out his
hand, and Bennett gripped it cordially.
"I'm glad we had this tails, alder
man," said he. "We are fighting from
different points of view, but our main
object is the same. I think we can
pull together on this matter."
*We sure can!" agreed Phelan. "An'
as for Horrigan, when I'm done with
him he'll be rolled up in a nice bundle,
an' I'll print on it in big letters, 'Use
all the hooks you like.'
"Mrs. Bennett, sir," said Ingram.
"I thought you was single!" exclaim
"It's my mother. Show her in."
From the musty antechamber came
the rustle of feminine attire, and Mrs.
Bennett came in. Devoted as he was
to his mother. Alwyn now had no eyes
for her, for over her shoulder he had
caught a glimpse of another face.
ALL AS!" cried Bennett, ob
livious of his surroundings—
of everything except that
the girl he had so long miss
ed and who had inspired him to all he
had achieved—that she was standing
It was Dallas herself' who brought
tiim to a sense of the other's presence,
for as he sprang forward to meet her
and eagerly grasped both her out
stretched hands the girl bowed in
mock reverence and answered his ar
dent greeting with a demure:
"Good afternoon, your honor!"
"Don't!' he begged half in jest. "It's
so good t© see you again that I"—
"I sent word that I had a surprise
for you, Alwyn," interrupted his moth
er. "I knew it would please you. But,"
with a glance at the alderman, "you're
busy? Perhaps we"—
"Not at all. mother. May I present
"Alderman Phelan? Miss Wainwright,
"Alderman Thelan of the Eighth,"
amended the politician, thoroughly ill
at ease in the presence of the visitors.
"I must be goin' nowT, your honor. I"—
But Dallas had come forward with
a smile that melted the speaker's em
barrassment in an instant.
"The Alderman Phelan who gives
turkeys to all those poor people at
Christmas?*' she asked in genuine in
terest. "I've often read about"—
"The same, ma'am, at your service,"
assented the delighted Phelan. "I fill
'em with turkey an' coal in winter
an' I take their wives an' kids on
outings in summer. Ever been to one
of the Jarnes Q. Phelan outings, miss?"
"No." replied Dallas, with a perfect
ly grave face. "I'm sorry to say I
haven't. Tell me about them, won't
"They've got to be seen to be under
stood. A thousand poor tired wives
.an' white faced, spindly kids turned
out into the country for the only
glimpse of green grass an' shady trees
they ever get all year. A thousand
mothi rs an' children out In a cool
grove with nothing to do but roll
the soft grass an' play an'
the fancy grub they can bold,
miss, it wouldn't mean a lot to
ut if you'd been workin' an'
an' sleepin' an* staryin' for
months in a stuffy, dark, smelly
nement room, toilin' like a slave
food an' clothes betwixt the
n' starvation, an' was barely
keep body an' soul together—
rnybe then you'd understand
em outlnes an' +qirfr7 foata nr'
"T had a surprise for you, Alwyn in
terrupted his mother.
loads of coal means to the poor. And
they won't turn down Jimmy Phelan
at Horrigan's orders."
"I do understand," cried Dallas, her
big eyes bright with tears. "I under
stand, and, in behalf of all women and
children, I thank you with my whole
"You're all right, miss," muttered the
delighted, embarrassed Phelan, at once
at a loss for words. "You're—you're all
right! I'll leave it to his honor if"—
"Indeed she is!" broke in a suave
voice at whose sound the little spell of
sentiment was broken and which caus
ed Phelan and Bennett to turn in an
noyance toward the door.
Scott Gibbs, bland, well groomed,
quite ignoring the other men's lack of
welcome, stood bowing on the thresh
"Oh, I forgot to tell you, Alwyn,"
whispered Mrs. Bennett in a hurried
aside to her son as the latter summon
ed up sufficient civility to greet the
newcomer. "I forgot to tell you. Mr.
Gibbs was calling on Dallas when I
stopped for her, and he asked leave to
come along. I'm sorry, but"—
"How are you, Bennett?" Gibbs was
saying. "And—Mr. Phelan, too, isn't
it? Alderman, I'm glad to see you
again. You remember me? Scott
Gibbs? I met"—
"Yes," said Phelan, "I remember you,
all right. You was up to W'ainwright's
last summer—that day me an' Horri
gan sent the dove of peace screechin'
up a tree. I didn't know you visited
the city hall too."
"I don't, as a rule," answered Gibbs.
"I came here with Mrs. Bennett and
Miss Wainwright. I wanted a glimpse
of the man who can make one pen
stroke that will send Borough Street
railway stock up to 100 or down to 10."
"Do you mean," broke in Dallas,
"that Mr. Bennett can really have such
an effect on the stock market?"
"That and more," Gibbs assured her.
"Why, the mere rumor that he meant
to veto the Borough's franchise bill has
sent the stock tumbling eight points
since the market opened today."
"What power for one man!" ex
claimed the girl, turning to Bennett in
surprise. "And are you going to veto
"Office secrets," reproved Alwyn jest
ingly. "Hands off!"
"Veto it?" echoed Gibbs, with a
faugh. "Of course he isn't It would
be too hard upon his friends—unfair
and unkind, to say the least"
"But why?" queried Dallas, forestall
ing Alwyn, who was about to speak.
"Because," cut in Gibbs before Ben
nett could Interfere, "the men who are
backing the Borough bill are the men
who made him mayor. It wouldn't be
square for him to turn his new power
against the very men who gave him
that power. Nov.-, wou'd it?"
'By 'the men who are f-'ackimr th?
bill' whom do you menr. TVm
I just spoke in generalities.
& matter of fact, the break in Oe
'An' your firm's doin' most of the
buyin', I'm told," interpolated Phelan.
"We have a great deal of the stock,
I admit," said Gibbs "so you see, Ben
nett, you can make me or break me. I
place myself in your hands."
'I see you are taking a most unfair
advantage of me, Mr. Gibbs," retorted
Alwyn, with some heat. "You have no
right to thrisst this information on me
and to appeal"—
"But I was only"—
"You were trying to influence my ac
tlon toward the Borough bill. You can
not do it"
"Why, I didn't think you'd be angry
"I'm not Let's drop the subject,
"I only answered Miss Wainwrighfs
"We'll leave Miss Wainwrighfs name
out of the matter, please," replied Ben
"Qertalnly. If yon like," assented
Gibbs, with a shrug of his broad shoul
ders. "I am afraid my time is up.
Good day, Bennett. I'm sorry you mis
"I didn't. Good day."
"I'll be on my way, too," announced
Phelan, breaking the awkward pause
that followed Gibbs' exit. "Ladies,
I'm proud to have met you. If either
of you knows a poor woman needin' a
turkey or a family wantin' an outing,
just drop me a line, an' I'll see they
get It An' they needn't come from my
"That's bad politics, alderman!"
"It's good humanity, though. There's
two things I love to do—first, to down
the man who's me enemy, an', second,
to give good times to folks who's Stran
gers to fun. Goodby, your honor. I'll
be in ag'in now I've found my way,
"Alwyn," said Mrs. Bennett as the
alderman bowed himself out with
many flourishes, "I want to see Cyn
thia. Can I go into her office now, or
is she too busy? I'll be back in a few
minutes, Dallas, and bring her with
me. I know how anxious she is to see
"I wonder what Phelan would think
of that for 'raw' work," thought Al
wyn as the old lady bustled into the
inner room, leaving Dallas and himself
alone. Perhaps Dallas, too, under
stood, for her manner was less assured
than usual as her eyes met his.
"It is so good—so good to see you
again!" he said. "It seems years in
stead of months since you went away."
"But how splendidly you've filled the
time! And what a' magnificent fight
you made! I was so proud of you.
"Really? I remember you once said
I was a mere idler—a rich man's son—
and that you weren't at all proud of
"That is past We must forget it.
You are awake now."
"Forget it? Not for worlds. I owe
all my success to you, Dallas. It was
your face that strengthened me when
there seemed no hope. It was the
memory of your words that kept me
brave and made me resolve to win
against all odds. You were my In
spiration, the light in my darkness. At
each step I thought 'Dallas would be
glad' or 'Dallas would not approve of
this.' And I steered my course ac-.
cordingly to victory-"
"No, no!" murmured the girl. "It
was your own courage, your strength"—
"Not mine. It was your faith in jpe.
Do you know, I think no man ever ac
complishes anything by himself. There
is always a woman, I think, behind
every great achievement. The world
at large does not see her—does not
know of her existence—but she's in the
heart of the man who is making the
fight He battles in her name as did
the knights of old, and the triumph Is
hers, not his. Whether his reward is
the crown of love or the crown of
thorns, she is the inspiration."
"Then if I had a share in your suc
cess I am very happy, Alwyn, for your
name is in every mouth. You are the
man of the hour, even as you were in
the olden days on the football field.
Oh, I am proud of you—very, very
proud! There is a glorious future be
"That all rests in your dear hands,"
"Future or present, Dallas, it's all
the same. If only you"—
'Say, Bennett," roared a deep voice
as the door from the outer office was
banged open and
faced and angry,
burst in, "I un
you've— Oh, I
didn't know you
had a lady call
ing on you," he
"Well, I have,"
furious at the
I n. "Ingram
should have told
you that at the
"I don't stop to
hear what folks
tell me at doors.
"Don't trouble to wait. Goodby."
"You can bet I'll trouble to wait,"
snarled Horrigan. "There's something
you and I have got to settle today.
Understand? I'll be outside. Don't
fceep me waiting long!"
"Don't keep me wait
ing long," said
I'll wait outside till
HAT a strange man!" ex
claimed Dallas Wainwright
in wonder, as the anteroom
door slammed behind the
boss. "And what utterly abominable
manners! Who is he, Alwyn?"
"Richard Horrigan, the"—
"The boss. Yes. He has a pleasing
way of stamping Into this office un
asked, as if he owned It and as If I
.were his clerk. But today's behavior
.was the worst yet. It's got to stop!"
"But don't do or say anything reck
less, Alwyn. Promise me. Remember
how strong he is!"
"There's no danger of his letting me
forget his power," said Bennett, with
a bitter smile. "He"—
"But you'll be careful, won't you?
Please do, for my sake. And you
mustn't keep him waiting. If there's
a way out through Cynthia's office
we'll go by that. Goodby. I'll explain
to your mother. No you must let us
go now. Office business must come
first. Won't you call this evening? I'll
be home and alone."
Despite Bennett's remonstrances she
was firm, and it was in uo pleasant
frame of mind that the mayor threw
himself into a seat when he was left
alone in the room. That the talk with
Dallas, which had promised so much
for him, should be thus rudely inter
rupted. That— Horrigan flang open
the door and stamped in. The boss'
anger had by no means subsided in
the few moments of delay, but had.
rather, grown until it vibrated in his
every word and gesture. He wasted
no time in formalities, but came to
the point with all the tender grace and
tact of a pile driver.
"Look here, Bennett," he rumbled,
menace underlying tone and look, "I'm
told Phelan's been here this afternoon.
What did he want?"
"To see me," answered Bennett calm
ly, the effort at self control visible
only in the whitening of the knuckles
that gripped the desk edge.
"What did he want to see you about?"
"A business matter."
"What business matter?"
"Yours, eh?" sneered Horrigan.
"Well, young man, I want you to un
derstand here and now that no one
can be chummy with Jim Phelan and
be my man at the same time. Got that
through your head?"
"Yes," assented Bennett "I think I
have. And while we're speaking plain
ly I want you to understand Mere and
now that no one can bully me, either
here or elsewhere, and that I'm no
man's man. Have you got that through
Horrigan stared in savage amaze
ment He doubted if his ears had not
played him false. Bennett had always
treated the boss with uniform cour
tesy, and Horrigan belonged to the
too numerous class who do not under
stand until too late the difference be
tween gentle breeding and weak cow
ardice. That a man should speak to
him courteously and not interlard his
talk with oaths, obscenity or rough
ness seemed to Horrigan, as it does to
many another boor, an evidence of ti
midity and lack of virility. A Damas
cus blade is a far more harmless look
ing weapon than a bludgeon, yet it is
capable when the necessity arises of
far deadlier work.
It is only the man whose gentleness
has not granite strength as its founda
tion who deserves the newly popular
term of "mollycoddle."
Had Horrigan's large experience
with men been extended to embrace
this fact he would probably never have
picked out Alwyn Bennett in the first
place as candidate for mayor nor
deemed the younger man a fit tool for
the organization's crooked work. The
French nobles of the old regime, whose
polish of manner was the envy of the
world, fought like devils on occasion
and went to death on the scaffold with
a smile and a jest on their lips, while
many a brutal demagogue in the same
circumstances broke down and scream
ed for mercy. However, Horrigan
chanced to be more familiar with the
history of the organization than with
that of France hence, deeming Ben
nett's reply a mere sporadic flash of
defiance from a properly cowed spirit,
he resolved to crush the rebellion at a
"Don't give me any insolence!" he
roared. "I won't stand for it, and"—
"Moreover," quietly continued Ben
nett, as though the boss had not
spoken, "I shall be very much obliged
if in future you will knock at my door
instead of bursting in on me. This is
my private office, not yours."
"Do you mean to"—
"I've explained as clearly as I can
just what I mean. If you dont under
stand me I can't supply you with in
"Bemiett" said the boss, his burn
ing rage steadied down to a white
heat, far more dangerous, but less in
coherent, "you and me are talking too
much and saying too little. We've got
to come to a showdown. You're a clev
er boy and you made a rattling good
fight and you're on the right side of
the public and of the press too. You're
the best material we've got, and if you
try and do the right thing there's no
limit to what you can rise to—but only
If you do the right thing."
The right thing,'" echoed Bennett.
"What do you mean by the right
"I mean you've got to do the right
thing by the men who put you where
you are today."
"That's fair. But who 'put me where
I am today
did—I, Dick Horrigan. Who ever
heard of you till I took you up? No
body. "If I didn't make you mayor,
who did, I'd like to know?"
"The voters. The people of this
"The voters," scoffed Horrigan. "The
deuce they did! Who had you nomi
(To be continued)
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