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THE CITIZEN, FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 1913.
By Henry Russell Miller,
"The Man Higher Up"
Copyright, 1911, by the Bobbs-Merrlll
Senator Murchell, leader of the state
machine, and Sheehan, local boss of New
Chelsea, offer the nomination for district
ttorney to John Dunmeade. Dunmeade
la Independent In his political ideas.
Dunmeade will accept the nomination.
His father, a partisan judge, congratu
lates him. Ills Aunt Roberta urges John
to call on Katherlne Hampden, daughter
f a capitalist.
Katherlne Hampden Is a worshiper of
success. She and John nro friends. Jere
my Applegate, a political dependent, cam
Dolsns for John aad the state ticket.
In'tfew' Cfielsea" lives Win-en Blake, a
model young bank cashier, connected with
Hampden In "high finance." They try
'Without success for John's aid.
The rottenness of politics in his state
and party as revealed In his campaign dls
r H calls upon Katherlne.
Katherlne's peril In a runaway re
veals to her and John their unspoken
olve. John publicly "turns down"
the machine of his party.
John will not compromise with his
conscience even for the sake of win
ning Katherlne, and the two part.
The course of his son Is disapproved by
Judge Dunmeade. John Is elected and
puts Sheehan on trial for political corrup
tion. Sheehan Is convicted and flees. Joh'n
meets Halg, a novelist, who Is Introduced
to him by Warren Blake.
Hale and John visit tho Hampdens.
Blako proposes to Katherlne and is re
jected. Ho praises John to her. Murchell
has a visitor.
The visitor Is Sackett, head of the
Atlantic railroad, trying to keep the
Michigan out of the Steel City. He
"wants Murchell to retire. The lat
ter cannot Induce John to stop his
attacks on the machine. John and
Locusts and Wild Honey.
SON of tho old regime return
ing to Now Chelsea after four
E(&1 years would have found vast
Igggyi?! improvements wrought. Nor
was tho prosperity thus attested mere
ly the crumbs from tho table of thriv
ing Plumville. It was all New Chel
sea's own, and It had come by the ave
nue of Stephen Hampden's specula
tion, io r the coal company, despite tho
rules of the game, was a success for
all concerned. Already it was paying
But a great deal more than a "boom"
can happen in four years. That num
ber of cycles saw William Murchell's
power shaken, totter and crash to the
earth. Most people credited this to
the craft of Mark Sherrod, state treas
urer and the new minister, and his
able lieutenant, Governor Parrott.
Murchell would have placed the credit
or blame elsewhere. Had ho had the
habit of discussing his mistakes he
would have added a year to our calcu
lation and said that tho initial blow
had been struck at his power when on
a certain June day, in company with
Jim Sheehan, he had sought to press
a bright faced young man into his
If It was your good fortune to bo a
resident of New Chelsea nt that time
you will remember how John Dun
meade appeared when ho was thirty
five a grave, quiet man, looking older
than his years, as carelessly dressed as
men nro apt to bo who are dreaming
of big things. His hair was beginuing
to thin at the temples. lie walked
with a slight stoop and with less
spring tho long, slow stride of a man
who thinks much on his feet.
no made It a point, however un
happily his cause was progressing,
never to seem downcast. You would
leave him, probably thinking it a pity
that such an attractive man should
bo so unpractical and tho object, of so
many bitter and powerful enmities. If
the truth must bo told. Now Chelsea
was more than a little disappointed
In John Dunmeade.
nis health was not always good.
IIo had suffered a serious illness dur
ing one winter and, between tho duties
of oflice, tho cares of a growing pri
vate practice and tho incessant labors
of politics, his body had been sadly
overtaxed. IIo was still district at
torney, last trophy of tho reform wave
that had swept over tho shattered
machine. Under the leadership of
Greene, an ox-gambler and former lieu
tenant of Sheehan, less obviously the
bruto nnd far shrewder than the de
posed boss, tho Vluniville organization
had risen from its nshes. Ho had re
captured all tho county offices, except
when John, a candldato for re-election,
had won through personal popularity
and by a scant margin.
Politics is a hard taskmaster. John
found poor compensation In tho fact
that ho had become well known
throughout the stato. Tho year after
tho Benton county reform ho had join
cd himself to tho causo of Judgo Gray,
an honest nnd capablo lawyer who
dared to ask tho old party nomina
tion for governor against tho oreaniza-
OS CnoiCO. With do 1ii(i.n JTnhr.
made a vigorous stumping campaign
in every county of the state. Ho was
new, ho was enthusiastic, .ho was
daring. ePople listened. Parrott
was nominated easily according to
Judge Dunmeade was not nomi
nated to the supreme court that year
hence the breach of a lifelong friend
ship, increased bitterness against his
son and many I-told-you-sos from
But John preached on. He did
more than attack. He devised and
proffered remedies with a naive dis
regard of the conservative habit of
the American mind that incited In
some, apprehension in others and
in still others. It is not necessary here
to enumerate his remedies. They have
since become respectable.
He learned In. common with other
young iconoclasts something of the ex
istence and character and aims of the
personal government which lay behind
tfce formal and of the marvelously
woven system by which the dominant
personalities twisted tho form of gov
ernment to their purpose. Being a
young man who thought himself in
spired, he was aghast and the more de
termined to destroy that system. Not
wholly lacking a sense of proportion,
ho realized the temerity of him who
undertook such wholesale destruction.
But his youthful optimism and faith
in the people had not failed. His task
was to expound tho machine to the
people of his state. Always he saw
victory just one year ahead.
In those days to bo exact, three j
years after tho destruction of the
Sheehan machine there was strife In
the organizations of both parties. Upon
tho devoted heads of Murchell and
Duffy, tho respective bosses, hurtled
abuse from strange quarters. Anxious
cries rang from the deck of the ship
Murchell had steered so long. Then
the storm burst.
Tho biennial election of a state treas
urer was at hand. There appeared to
John one day a plausible gentleman
who discussed tho troubled waters. He
was in a state of righteous indignation.
Murchell's domination had continued
too long! Patience with his tyrannical
ways has ceased to be a virtue. His
uuiltness had been proved by his
breach of contract to let Sherrod suc
ceed Beck. And he, the messenger,
was glad to say, in confidence, that
those able and distinguished patriots
and leaders, Mark Sherrod and Phi
lander Parrott, were organizing n re
volt and proposed to make the treas
urershlp nomination a test of strength.
And they had commissioned him to
urge that othor able, etc., John Dun
meade, the man who had "licked
Murchell in his own back yard," to
join the reform. IIo was deeply hurt
when John refused.
Ilaig, who also had made New Chel
sea his legal residence, Invented sun
dry lurid epithets to describe John's
folly and urged reconsideration. John
shook his head.
"But I thought you wanted to put
Murchell out of business?"
"Not Murchell. I've grown past
that. I'm rather sorry for him Just
now. And I'd rather have him run
things than Sherrod. It's tho in
stitution we've got to destroy as ho
told mo himself once. Nothing's gained
if wo substitute one boss for another."
"Then what are you going to do, my
"Try to slip in between them, I
think put up an independent candi
date." John made his campaign. When the
primaries had been held, he was him
self astonished to discover that nearly
a quarter of tho delegates chosen were
pledged to his Independent candidate.
But before daylight on the night be
fore the convention John learned that
he had been used to draw delegates
from Murchell for Sherrod's purpose;
ho saw his band dwindle to n faithful
When tho convention mot, Sherrod
was in control. After the preliminaries
John, answering to the roll call of
counties, placed his candidate in nomi
nation in n speech that could hardly
be heard for jeers and catcalls. It
was brought to nn abrupt conclusion
by a yell from tho gallery, "Sit down,
sonny. Only money talks in this con
vention!" Even the delegates joined
in the roar of laughter. And then tho
coup was accomplished. Tho Parrott
Shorrod candidate was withdrawn and
Sherrod himself substituted. Amid
confusion that amounted almost to n
riot he was nominated.
A nonpartisan candidate was put up
that fall. John and Jerry Brent were
most active in his support. They made
what was said to bo n remarkablo
campaign, nnd in every county they
were mot with tremendous cnthusl
asm. Teoplo Hocked by thousands to
hear them and cheered themselves
hoarse as the young orators excoriated
tho bosses. But on election day1 tho
peoplo marched to tho polls, voted as
they had always done and elected tho
old party ticket by a majority of
more than 100,000.
Tho campaign fixed John's place
firmly In tho public mind. This place.
ono that a practical man would have
thought twice before seeking, was won
nt the cost of much of his buoynnt
optimism. It almost cost him his life
also. A heavy cold contracted during
the last days of tho campaign eventu
ally settled into a stubborn case of
pneumonia. There were many anxious
days In tho Dunmeade home. Nor was
Miss Roberta's nnxiety unshared.
Through threo consecutive nights
Hugh Dunraeado never sought his
couch, but kept a constant vigil by his
son's bedside, listening to tho painful
breathing and, without protest, to tho
reproaches of an Inner voice. When
tho Christmas holidays arrived John
was still confined to bis room.
That winter Senator Murchell varied
his program by spending tho congres
sional reCeSS nt Ills loirnl rflBUIanna
na one aunany morning ho came
face to face with tho judgo nnd Miss
Roberta in the vestibule of the Prcsby.
terlan church. It was tho first meet
ing in more than two years.
"Tho doctor tolls mo John ought to
go south and won't. If it's on nccount
of or money matters," the senator
looked cnrcfully out Into tho street
"I'll be glad to help out."
"No, sir." the judge put In stiffly
"If John needs money It is my rigbi
to provide it." It had not occurred c
him before to jxcrciso tho right.
"Stuff!" said the senator. "I kno-
now you're fixed, Hugh. You enn't nr
ford it. I can."
"We Dunmeades, Senator Murchell,
don't nccept charity from our political
"Our political enemies! Have you
turned reformer, judge?" Murchell in
quired innocently. "I thought you
didn't believe in agitation."
"At least my son is an honorable
gentleman," tho judge retorted. "Ho
doesn't go about deceiving his friends
with promises he has no intention of
keeping." Here tho judgo certainly
"John," declared the judgo later to
Roberta with ill concealed pride,
"doesn't need charity from me or any
one else. Only justice. He's an honest
but misguided man."
Others than Senator Murchell over
stepped a custom to spend the Yuletldo
in New Chelsea. To John, by way of
Halg and Miss Roberta, came rumors of
a very gay house party on tho ridge
that had been led by some strange
whim to experience the novelty of a
"Aunt Roberta," he said, "you're tho
worst fraud in Christendom."
country Christmas. Ouo day Miss
Roberta brought to him an armful of
roses sent by Katherlne.
"I went to call," she explained, "on
Katheriuo Hampden. They were ask
ing about you and somebody suggested
sending flowers. So that little Miss
Haines went over the house and got
together all they had. Katherlne help
ed her," she added. "She suggested it."
"That was very good of her."
"John, she isn't engaged yet. Why?"
"Is that a conundrum? Probably, I
should say, because she hasn't found
any ono with the required combination
of talents nnd possessions. Or it may
bo she has found him and he let us
not be too ungallant doesn't know It."
"John, it isn't too late for you."
"It isn't too why, my gracious!
Aunt Roberta, she likes nice, sleek,
prosperous gentlemen. Honestly now,
you could never fit that description to
me, could you?" IIo laughed very
Sho looked at him keenly, rose to
her feet and went downstairs to pro
cure a vase for tho flowers. When she
returned, he was staring oddly at
them. What she read in his expres
sion was not at all mirth.
"Suppose," he said abruptly, "you
take tho flowers downstairs. They
tho odor is a little too heavy."
"I thought," sho said quietly, "your
laugh was overdone. John, how much
had your politics to do with it?"
"A little. She thinks I am a fool.
I've found," ho ndded, "that that opiu
lon Isn't peculiar to her."
"John," sho pleaded wistfully, "why
won't you quit? You've done enough."
"Down In your heart, do you want
mo to quit, Aunt Roberta?"
"Politics has been the ruination of
our family. Wo Dunmeades are all
" 'Wo Dunmeades!' You know you
never did a foolish thing in your life,
Aunt Roberta," ho smiled.
"Yes, I did," sho answered grimly.
"I I llko your kind of foolishness."
"Aunt Roberta," ho said, with a flash
of tho boyishness bo had almost lost,
"you'ro the worst humbug In Christen
dom. You think you're crabbed and
crnnky and practical, when really
you're just a generous, great hearted,
romantic old dear. You think you've
missed something big and wonderful
and you'ro nfrald I'm missing It, too.
Maybe you have. Maybo I am. But
there are more ways than ono of find
ing romanco and happiness. I am not
nn unhappy man."
"Aro you telling tho truth?" sho
Tho flash of boyishness subsldqd. "I
think I nm," ho answered gravely.
But afterward, when sho had gone,
he carefully gathered up tho fallen
petals and tossed them Into the fire,
ne watched them quickly shrivel and
E3 went south. Tho doctor had
prescribed threo months' rest..
John was back In New Chel'
sea in one, preparing with
dogged energy to begin a now cnmpalgn
against the stato machine.
The campaign that followed was but
a weary repetition of other years, with
out the stimulus of hope. Tho spasm
of enthusiasm past, tho people hatf
sunk back into habitual lack of inter
est. The only notable political feature
of that year was the quiet contest
within the organization between the
old boss and tho new, a struggle iu
which Murchell was forced to yield.
When a man sees the best years of
his life slipping away with no accom
plishment, when ho has suffered not
only denunciation and misrepresenta
tion, which aro not easy to bear, but
also treachery and ridicule, which aro
harder, and misunderstanding and in
difference from the people he Is trying
to serve, which are hardest of all, he
cannot be greatly blamed for wanting
sometimes to "chuck tho game," as
Halg put it to John ono evening in
early winter. Tho bantering friend
ship between them, grown deeper at
tho years passed, had been worth more
to John than he quite realized.
"Why don't you chuck tho gnme?
You're further back than you were four
years ago. Tho novelty's worn off; the
dear pee-pul's tired of hearing you, and
they believe that somehow you're worse
than an nnarchlst. And you're even
going to bo kicked out of oflice hers
next spring. Do you know that?
You'ro breaking down your health.
You're doing the work of three mca
and a small boy for nothing. This
county is growing. There's going to be
plenty of law business. A.nd you could
be the biggest lawyer around here,
You are that now in point of ability,
though tho Lord knows where you And
time to study your cases. Why don't
you chuck it? Serving the peoplo is the
most worthless, thankless job in tho
"You besotted cynic!" John laughed.
"What if we don't get any farther for
ward? We can't let 'em have the statt
by default, can we? And it isn't alto
gether thankless. Once in n while I
run into men like Cranshawe or Cris-
woll or Sykes. When I see how they
depend on mo, I I have to stick it out.
It isn't necessarily worthless, cither.
I've generally found that if you bold
on to the breaking point and then hold
on a little longer, tilings get easier all
of a sudden."
"Sunday school aphorisms. What's
to bo the next slaughter of tho inno
"We elect a governor next year."
"And whore'll you And a candidate?"
"Well," said John cheerfully, "I
could run myself, you know."
"And offer 'cm more bread pills
eh?" naig was trying to decide
whether ho was a Socialist or not,
hence was critical of all remedies and
"I suppose you are thinking of your
brotherhood ns a substitute?"
"Not my brotherhood!" Ilnig snort
ed . "I wouldn't have the dolts yon
call the peoplo as my brothers. They're
interesting to mo only as a study in
aslnlnlty. What can you expect of a
peoplo whose very ideal is concentrat
"But the people don't understand
"Not understand! You can say that:
Do you suppose there's an intelligent
man In tho stato who doesn't know that
you have as much brains and capacity
for government, and far more charac
ter, than either Murchell or Sherrod or
any of their tribe? Yet they turn you
down for them every time. Why? He
cause the Hurcliclls and the Sherrods rep
resent the people. You don't. Ninety-
nine out of a hundred men, all over
tho nation, have a pretty clear notion
of what's going on in politics and gov
crnment, and they have a rudimentary
social instinct that tells them It is
wrong. Sometimes that incipient sense
gets them interested in a reform, but
tho interest lasts only for about one
campaign. Just as you have found it
We don't really care. We don't want
"Here, I have the floor. Things are
rotteu yes! There's a stink iu every
plane of our national life. You thlnli
you have a purpose in Hfo to clean
up this state. Well, then play the
game as you find it, make of yourself n
despot. And when you have you
power, use it to win compromises from
the other strong ones, nnd to give the
peoplo just as much as they aro able
to use and enjoy. Among n selfish
peoplo only n supreme, practical egoist
Halg sat back, relighting his pipe
"Gosh!" ho grinned. "Reminds mo of
mv college debating society. But I
mean It," he ndded earnestly.
John smiled faintly. Ho leaned for
ward and caught up tho poker, absent
ly jabbing tho coals iu tho stove. He
was thinking of another time when
out of her Ignorance, a young woman
had stumbled, far less cleverly, upon
tho same theory, no said:
"Ono must build from the bottom up
ward. Tho nation can be saved from
Its sins neither by strong individuals
nor by mechanical systems. Only by
tho aroused moral senso of tho people
a realization and ncceptnnco of political
responsibility, and a man can't very
successfully preach political morality
unless ho practices it. Ho has to serv
in tho way for which he's best fitted
I don't think I'm cut out for a boss,
Halg growled again. "Service who
wants your service? What you need
is some woman to come along and
marry you out of hand and teach you
common sense. Why didn't you marry
Katherlne Hampden when you had the
I never really naa t&4 e&ancc," John
"Oh, go to tho dovill" And with
characteristic abruptness Halg rose
nnd walked out of tho office.
A minute later ho reappeared to de
mand, "Do you still want to?"
"Want to what?" said John so blank
ly that Halg again recommended the
devil as his ultlmato destination and
Out in tho street ho stopped long
enough to look back through the win
dow. John was still absently Jabbing
the coals. Halg shook his head and
passed on, muttering to tho snowy
"I have Boon a miracle a man who
has testod, yet believes in tho peoplo
and who has loved the same woman
through Ave years. I wonder how
long his courage will hold out?"
John drew up to tho desk and began
a letter. It did not progress rapidly.
His pen had gone as far as "Replying
to your favor of tho 20th inst," when
it fell unnoticed from his Angers. He
returned to his contemplation of tho
He was thinking of Katherlne nainp-
den. Ho had been thinking of her a
great deal lately, after a long period
in which ho had kept the remembrance
of her In the secret, rarely opened
chamber of his Innermost conscious
ness. It had been the easier to bury, if not
completely to forget, tho past, because
Katherlne's life and his had not often
crossed. Tho Incident of tho Aowers
has been told. Ono day, a week be
fore the conversation Just narrated,
they had accidentally met.
He was in the Steel City to deliver
his lecture on "Civic Responsibility"
before one of the reform bodies that
discussed, but did nothing to alleviate
the city's Ills. For early luncheon he
went Into n restaurant where elab
orate trappings and service enabled
the patron to ignore the moderately
well cooked food and Immoderately
As ho was passing through tho
foyer ho came face to face with Kath
erlne nampden and another lady,
whoso attire proclaimed her ono of
fashion's elect. There was a moment's
hesitation, and then Impulsively Kath
erlne held out her hand. Mutual In
quiries concerning each other's health
followed, were satisfactorily answered,
nnd Katherlne introduced him to her
companion. Mrs. Deland nodded dis
tantly, ns from a great height, down
upon tho rather countrified looking
man who carried tho queer, black
'This is the Mr. Dunmeade," Kath
"Oh, indeed!" was the murmured an
swer, nccompanled by n vacuous smile.
Mrs. Dclnnd, it was clear, had never
heard of "the Mr. Dunmeade." Just
then another group entered the foyer
nnd witli scant ceremony she escaped
to join them. Katherlne said:
"There isn't any reason why wo
shouldn't have a nice, chummy little
chat, Is there? I am waiting for Mr.
Gregg, who is always late. Shall wo
sit down somewhere?"
no assented, and they ensconced
themselves on a luxurious davenport
with which tho foyer was equipped.
"Ho is still faithful, you see," she
laughed. Obviously she referred to
Gregg. "They aro preparing to lay
me on tho shelf. I am almost twen
ty-nine, you may remember. And they
are beginning to put me on boards and
committees and things already! It
is suspected in some quarters that I
IIo smiled his skepticism.
"No, I don't, though no doubt I'll
come to it in time. About yourself. You
have had some very interesting experi
ences, haven't you? I keep tab on you
through tho newspapers. I heard a
man pay you a very fine compliment.
Ought I to toll you, I wonder? Or do
you receive so many that ono more
"It Is when wo get few that a com
pliment Is dangerous. I'm not sure,
but I'll risk It," he said idly.
"ne said, 'A man can't keep on
preaching decency ns earnestly and
bravely as Dunmeade does unless he's
a pretty decent sort of chap himself.'
I don't mind telling you it was Mr.
Gregg who said that." Sho did not add
that Gregg had qualified his compli
ment with, "Of course he's n crank."
"That was kind of Gregg."
"Ho often speaks of you. He ad
mires you and is very much Interested
iu your career. Wo may call it that,
"If you can't think of a bettor word."
IIo wished it were not uecessary to
bring Gregg's name so often Into tho
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