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AUTHOR of |THE MISSISSIPPI
ILLUSTRATIONS by Ra
COPYRIGHT 1912 BY EMERSO!
CHAPTER I-John Rawn It born ta
Texas. Early In life he shows signs of
masterfulness and Inordinate selfishness.
CHAPTER II?He marries Laura Johnson.
He is a clerk In a St. Louis railway
office when his daughter Grace is born.
Tears later he hears Grace's loyef- a
young engineer named cnanes riai*?7r
peak of a scheme to utilize the lost current
of electricity. With his usual un crupulousness
he appropriates the Idea
la his own and induces Halsey to perfect
An experimental machine. He forms a
company, with himself as president, at a
alary of |100,000 a year, and Halsey as
uperintendent of the work* at a salary
CHAPTER >21?Rawn takes cht**ge of '
the office In Chicago. Virginia Delaware, I
A beautiful, capable and ambitious young
woman. Is assigned as his stenographer, j
fihe assists in picking the furniture and |
decoration for the princely mansion j
Rawn has erected. Mrs. Rawn feels out J
of place In the new surroundings.
r*TT A -PTTTT? W?TTbIcov mpa to New
York with Rawn and Miss Delaware to
explain delays in perfecting the new motor
to impatient directors. He gets a
message that a deformed daughter has
been bora to his wife, Grace Rawn. He
returns to Chicago.
CTTA;yiER V? Rawn Bargains with M!ss
Delaware to wear his Jewelry and appear
In public with him, as * means to Kelp
1dm in a business way.
CHAPTER VT-Rawn la fortunate In
narket speculations, piles up wealth and
CHAPTER Vn?He frets because his
fcrife does not rise with him in a sociaj
way. He gives her a million dollars to
*TER IX?Grace moves to Graynail,
and Halsey continues to live
in the cottage near the works.
CHAPTER X? Halsey's machine proves
fc success, but be keeps the fact a se
CHAPTE A XI?Vtrgfnla Delaware beeome?
more ?.na more lndispensible to
JRawn. He takes her to New York on a
business trip. Idle talk prompts him to
offer her marriage.
CHAPTER XII?They are married.
Through Virginia's tact and ability they
Bake a place for themselves In the sociaJ
CHAPTER xm?Halsey threatens to
get a divorce because his wife refuses to
return to him. He tells Rawn that he has
broken up all the machines after proving
the success of the Invention. Rawn, in a
great rage, threatens to kill him.
CHAPTER XIV?Halsey declares he
will never build another machine foi
w ~ ' "*ri Dorrn
iiawn ana siaps nis iJice. vugima *?
intercepts Halsey as he ii leaving the
house and, with arms about his neck, implores
him to reconsider, because his decision
will ruin them all.
CHAPTER XV?Halsey tells Virginia
that he has abandoned his invention because
It would put a great power in the
hands of a few to the detriment of the
* "You see?I couldn't tell our directorate,"
he went on; "but there was
always something lacking which I
couldn't handle myself. We need him,
and we've got to have him! You can
get him, I know you can. Yoh can do
onrthintr vnn like. You're wonder
She sat and looked at him, her lips
?till parted in the same enigmatic j
smile which he did not like to see, but i
she made no answer. i
"What's wrong with him?" he went;
on immediately. "What does he say is
the trouble, anyway? And is it the
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"He Will Wait a Little While."
truth that h-.'s 01 overhead current?" !
She nodded. ' Cf course, I kno'. j
something about it from my work in j
the office. Yes, he told me that he |
had done what you have all been trying
to do so long. He said he came
over under power from the overhead? j
just as he told you."
"He may be lying, for all we know.!
v>m no n't InnV nr a rar and tell where i
Its charge came from. Electricity is j
electricity, to all intents and purposes. I
What 1 want to know is, what he's got
against us, anyhow, Jennie?"
"Well, for one thing, he seemed
troubled because Grace would not go
back with him. He seemed to think
that you and the lifo you could give
her had been the reason for her abandoning
"Why, w^at. nons<-n-fN'
abandoned him! And 1 'vly go?- r
over here because I wr:i*'d her my
self?before- -wen,. Derore we were
married. Who was to take care ol
me, I'd like to know? And you say at;
somplcins of thut!"
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"But Orac# would go back? She'6
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and I have taken charge here. She'd
go back to Charley tomorrow if he
asked her?why, I'd make him take
care of her, of course. The trouble
with him is, he values his own personal
affairs too much. That's no way to
b*>gin in the business world. A man
has to lend everything to the one pur|
pose of success. Look at me, for inofonoa
She did look at him, calmly, coldly,
without the tremor of an eyelid, without
raising her hand to touch him as
i he stood close by, without indeed making
any verbal answer. A slight
shudder passed over her, visible in
the twitch of her shoulders.
"It's getting cooler!" he exclaimed.
"I'll fetch a wrap for you." And so
hastened away, obsequious, uxorious,
as he always was with her.
"But Charley never would take any
counsel from anybody," resumed ne i
presently. "He's always been tract-'
able enough, that's true; never raised
much of a disturbance until tonight?I
don't see why he cut up so ugiy now.
He's not crazy over Grace, and if the
truth be told, Grace isn't the sort of
girl that a man would get crazy over.
You're that sort."
"Perhaps not," she smiled faintly.
"Just the same, Grace's attitude may
have started him to thinking. When
he began thinking he seemed to conclude
that all the world was wrong."
"And he's starting in to set it right!
He's going in for the uplift stunt, eh?
That's tho wav with a lot of these re
formers! They want to set the world
right according to their own ideas.
They don't pay any attention to the
men who keep them from starving. I
made that boy?what he's got he owes
"Indeed! How singular! He says
that it's Just the other way about;
that what you have you took from
mm! Jtie says you want w iaa.e
more?more than your share?from
things that belong to everybody."
"What's that! What's that! Well,
now, of all the insane idiocy I ever
heard! Good God, what next! Him,
Charles Halsey, the man I brought up
A'ith me! Jennie, I never heard the
like of that in all my time."
"But if that's the way he feels,
now's not the time to argue that with
"But, good God, the effrontery?"
"All the world is full of effrontery,
Mr. Rawn," she said?continuing to j
nHdross him formally, as she alwavs
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did. . "It's buy and sell. Everything j
we get we pay for in one way or j
another. Even if we took power out I
of the air by our oterhead motors,
we'd pay for that, one way of another
?nothing comes from nothing?we
pay, we pay all the time, Mr. Rawn!"
"You don't need to go into theories
and generalizations," said he testily.
"Wo'vo bad PTious-h of that from ilim.
We are both practical. You simply get
that man and bring him-back into the
fold, that's all! Do your share."
"My share? It's easy, isn't it?" She
smiled at him again annoyingly.
"But you can do it"
"Yes, I can do it. But I can't evade
the truth I just told you. I'd have to
pay. You'd have to pay."
"We're beggars, and can't choose,"
said John Rawn savagely. "Besides,
there's no harm done?I'm not asking '
you to do anything improper, anything
to compromise yourself?but get him, I
that's all! And fvhen we've got him in j
hand?when 1 Know wnat i want 10
know?I'll wring him dry and throw
him on the scrap heap. That's what
I'll do with him!" j
''Yes, I think you would," she said.
"It's the only right thing to do," j
Rawn fumed. "He'll get what's coming
to him. He's been throwing down
his one best friend."
"Are there any best friends in business,
Mr. Rawn?" she asked.
"Of course there are. Haven't I been
a friend to him; haven't I got a lot
of friends of my own?"
"What would they do for you tomor-:
row, Mr. Rawn?"
"Well, that's a different matter; they
might take care of themselves?I
would take care of myself. But this
fool here that I'm asking you to handle
isn't taking care of himself or anyone
else. He's crazy, that's all about
him! Did he hand you out any of this
talk about the rights of man? I
more than half suspect him of sympathizing
with these labor unions. He's
a Socialist at heart, that's what he
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She nodded her head a little,
j "Names, don't make much difference in
isn't it a runny thing, he rejoined,
turning to her in his walk, "that the
very men who have failed, the very
ones who most need help themselves,
are the ones who are out to help
everybody else! The blind always
want to lead the blind! These labor
unions depend on us for their daily
bread and butter, yet they want to
fight us all the time. There's no trust
in this country so big as the labor
trust, and there's no ingratitude in the
*1- ^ tv, ]ofccrjng man's,
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uic & . iiiy This y.iiy
month I was going to put fifty thousand
dollars more into my co-operative
| farm in the south, a thing I have been
working out for the benefit of my laboring
people. I'm going to do more
than old Carnegie has done! You and
j I ought to have set up some kind of
prizps, medals?start some sort of hero
competition. Helping colleges is old,
and so are libraries old. T don't place
myself ary station back of Rockefeller
himself. The Rockefeller Foundatian
wfs a great idea. Just wait! I'll
raise him out of the game! When I
get all my plans made, they'll speak of
John Rawn when they mention philanthropy!
"And just to think, Jennie,H he went
nn PxHtprflv "thnt nil our>>i hit* nlona
for the good of humanity, should come
to nothing! To be held up and handicapped
by the folly of a man who has
never been able to do anything for
himself or anyone else! It makes me
sick to think of It. He claims to be a
friend of the laboring people, and here
he's tying the hands of the greatest
friend of the laboring men in this
town today?myself, John Rawn, standing
here! Why, if I'd hand this country
the John Rawn Foundation for
industrial assistance, all thought out,
all financed, all ready to go to work
tomorrow, that crazy fool there, with
his Socialist ideas, would block it all.
He's going to block it all.
"Now, it's up to you. You're the
only one that can keep him from doing
that very thing. Don't you see, it
isn't just you and me he's ruining. It
isn't himself he's ruining. He's going
to hurt the whole country. Jennie,
there's considerable responsibility on
you to-night. Where he is wrong is
in thinking that the weak can help
the weak. It's the other way about?
it's the strong that can help?Power!
?that's what counts! It's for you
to show him that Jennie, girl?it's
not on mim'h mvcolf 'R'Jif fViint r\f
"Yes," she nodded, "that's precisely
"But he didn't affect you In the
least, Jennie?he didn't get you going
with that kind of foolishness."
"I never heard any one talk just as
he did, before," said she slowly. "You
see, I hadn't thought of these things
myself, for I'm only a woman. He
said that all this power, taken from
the hills and the forests and the air
and the rivers, belongs to everybody?
to all the world?
"But he didn't impress you with that
"He said things?I told him that I'd
never thought of lifa just that way.
And I haven't, Mr. Rawn. I told him,
as I admit to you, that I hadn't thought
of anybody much but myself?I just
tried to climb. I think all women do."
"It's right they should, it's the only
way. Selfishness is the one great
cause of the world's progress, my
"Well, I told him that his way of
thinking was so new to me, that I
needed time to think it over."
"But you didn't believe a word he
said?you never would!"
"Mr. Rawn," said she, looking him
full in the face, "we've both of us
'climbed pretty fast. I always put my
family out of memory all I could. But
somehow I seem to recollect that my
father used to talk of things a good
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deal as ivir. na.xst:y uuca. i ucgm iu
realize what I told you a while ago?
no matter how or where we climb, we
pay for what we get, sometime, somewhere,
"But listen," she leaned toward him
with some sudden access of emotion.
"I can do this much! I'll agree to
bring in Charley Halsey, bound hand
and foot! You can throw him and
me, too, on the scrap heap when the
time comes! It's a game. I'll play
It. I'll take my chance." She half
rose, thrilling, vibrant.
"I knew you would, Jennie."
"Yes, but you'll have to pay."
"Have I ever said I wouldn't? Didn't
I just get done telling him I'd make
him rich the minute he said the
"It doesn't seem to be money he
wants. I?don't?believe?that's what
the pay would have to be."
"What do you mean? You're getting
too deep for me now. I'm only a plain
man, my girl!"
She smiled at him, still enigmatic,
still cool and calm, still almost insolent,
as she often was with him. "He's
been talking all sorts of folly about
getting things i; g grnvi
tation in tune v/r ; .ui sorts o:
abstractions. \\ ei you see. i.'
I got in tune with I >ons, I might
be able 10 influence
Rawn grew cold an hr.rd "There's
i one thing we car/1 <. -ennie. saic
i he "We can't sic.e -villi any of his
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| SOCiailStlC t&lK. VV lid. I lie vvanto tu
j do is to give to the people of this
| country for nothing what this Internaj
tional Power Company is planning to
! sell them for ever. What we want is
monopoly! I've been gambling everyj
thing I've got on the certainty of that
| monopoly. I'm in soak, in hock, up
i to my eyes on the market, this min!
ute. I'm margined to the full extent
I of my credit. The biggest men of
; America are back of me. I'll be rich
| if this tfcing goes through?one of the
! richest men in America. But I'd alI
most rather lose it all than to see you
1 side in with him, or listen for five min1
utes to his rotten talk about the
! 'rights of man.' There are no rights
1 of man except what each man can take
! for himself! As for him, I'd kill hi-m.
j cr get him killed, if I knew first how
ve got that current through the rc'
mo that anrl T'll ]pf t'lf*
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! them a thing or two!
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