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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. TUESDAY, APRIL, 11, 1911.
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Copyright, t9io. by Street 2. Smith
Evan mount, son of "Boss" Dan
Blount ('Senator Paprebrush"). has be-a
reject-d by P2 trivia A r. tiers. Dick Gan
try offers him a position with the Trans
continental rajirejr, which la fightins his
fathrr. VcVI-kar. head of the railroad.
na moss iiiouni juarr?i.
Th boss demands that th railroad trj. I
the ne of crooked methods. Ooing- west !
to Tn'-t his fathr, hTan meets a man
who tak- him for a forestry employee.
Kvan 1 kWrapfd by a band of men. evi
dently laml ur;iration agents, and Is
taken at nlrht to a mansion aeemlng-ly
presitled ovrr l y a woman.
The house 1b V artrace Hail. Senator
Blount's home, arnl the woman is Evan's
t'prr.othpr. whom he had never met.
Th- senator purports running Evan for
attorney RTieral despite the young man's
recent arrival !n the state. Evan ob
jects. He hears Lis father called a po
ll tlraj trickster.
I eompe tent to band!" this thing on your
own responsibility pass it up to tnose
who can and have it understood that
there must be no compromise."
"Great Scott!" murtanred Gantry.
"And you're on the pay sheets the
same as the rest of us! Bat candidly,
as man to man. Evan, the thins can't
be done. We've got to play the fame.
They'll eat us alive if we don't. You
needn't figure in it- It was a mistake
letting Sim Hathaway go to you, and
I paid so at the time. Eat your er
the powers that be said it had to be
that way, and I had to let him go and
Knll fill nn Tt oJnn't iar.on
again. I can promise you that much,
Blount caught quietly at the hesi
"Who were 'the powers that be" in
natha way's case, Dick ?" he. demand
ed. "I can't tell you that; honestly I
can't. Kvan," was the anxious refusal.
' Don't ask me."
"All right; then I shall assume that
Mr. McVickar was responsible," said
Blount calmly, thus proving that he
bad not taken his degree In the law
school for nothing. .
"Oh, hold on: you mustn't do that.
T.OtW'T drove himself back to j either." protested the unwilling- occu
tlie capital the following i r.ant of the witnss stand.
"Thank you," said the postgraduate,
with the true Blount smile. "Now I
know that it was my father. Xo: don't
deny It. But we are wandering from
the real is.sue. I've asked you fur a
promise, Dick. Will you give it?"
"I I can't give it, Evan, end that's
"No; it isn't. But that was nbo'.n
what I expected you to soy. New
hear my side of it. If you don't clean
house you and the other officials of
the company-I shall not only resign; I
shall take the field on the other side and
tell what I know.
morning ia the Lig roadster,
and then was no opportunity
f,r further confidential speech with
I'atri ia before lie left. But with the
now day had come a new determina
tion. To the best of his ability he
would try to live up to the high
standard set for liira by the woman
he loved, not only preaching the gos
pel f politico! righteousness, but do-lu-
his utmost to try to make it ef-!-ctive.
With this high purpose in view he
drove on past the city garage and
made an early cr.U upon G.mtry.
"Hello, old man! Come back to row
me some mere about-that telegram?"
wax his greeting.
Blount shook his head. "No. If
you have sent 'it. well and good; If
you haven't, you may pitch it into the
wastel..- I c.-ii'ie to talk alout
"Good. pound. sensible second J
thought." said Gantry, laughing. Then
he took out his pocket!ook :;nd passed
the suppressed telegram n-Toss to
Blou.it. "Here it is. Yon c:m do the
wastebnsket act yourself. I couldn't
let you commit harak.'rl without at
bust trying to get the curing tool out
of your hands. What is he other
thing you've put on your uiind this
early iu the morning?"
"It's this. Dick. You know what
I've been doing what I supposed I
was hired to d
right and left, that we were going
into this campaign with clean hands?''
"I know." admitted the traffic man
ager, developing a sudden interest in
the figures of the rug iU his feet.
"I have been doing this in a business
way at my office uptown in season and
out of season, and night before last at
Ouhir I did i: publicly. As the cam-
T O U K X O W TOO
JIT'CII A OKEAT
LEAL TOO iSfCHi"
from the traffic manager's desk bos.
"It's up to you," be said, with his
hand on the doorknob. "Got into com-
asuring everybody, j mtinicatioa with whatever owers
that be there are that -. give ti
necessary orders and see .. it that the
orders are given and that Uiey are put
in the way cf being carried out Dick,
I laeau what I say. It's a clean sheet
or an exiwsure that will make a lot
of you wish that you had liever been
"Hold on one question before you
palgn progresses I shall d.ubtless p-it I go' Evan" rleaded Gantry, "and give
mvself on record many times to the u oi JUL -er. is ims anoiuer
; move or tne uouoruuie or your fa
Blount's smile was as grim as any
same effect. "
"Good man!" npplanded Gantry,
striving to drag the talk down to some
less portentous altitude. "I'm sure we
need all the whitewashing anybody
can give as."
"That Is Just the point." Blount went
ou gravely. "It mustn't be merely a
coat of whitewash. Dick. It has got
to be the real thing this time. I be
gan by firing the 'little brothers, as
you called them, but I nieaa to go
higher cp If I am compelled to. I am
here this morning to ask you to give
me your word as a gentleman and my
friend that you will not. directly or in
directly, do or cause to be done any
thing that will make me stand forth
as a self convicted siar !eforo the poo-
that Gantry had ever seen on the face
of the Honorable David.
"My father is much more likely to
take sides with you. I am sorry to
say. Xo. Pick; you've got only one
man to fight, but you mustn't forget
that his name also is Blount. Go to
it and send me word and let the first
not wish mm to nnd out7 or one
thing he was fairly well assured
Gantry was dodging him. was ap
parently keeping an accurate record
of his movements, for whenever the
j hurrylngs to and fro permitted a fly
ing visit to the capital Gantry was al
ways out of town.
With the awakening suspicion came
a rapid putting together cf two and
two. Wherever be went there was al
ways the same pressing hospitality,
with many urgings to delay his going.
At the same time It became evident in
many little waya that he waa In reali
ty merely skimming over the surface
j in his campaign work,
i That a hot political fight was going
! on all around him he could not doubt
! The nc wspapers were full of it and in
j many sections of the state the fight
had become acrimonious and bitter,
uut. aitnough he was supposed to be
in the fight it -began to be apparent
that be was little more than an on
looker when it came to the really vital
struggle of the moment
It was as if everything had been
carefully prearranged, like a sort of
triumphal procession. None the less
the Invisible barrier, the barrier which
was shutting him out from the Inner
workings of the campaign, was there,
and he could neither surmount it nor
push it aside.
Xot withstanding the hard work and
the hard traveling he was doing he
did not let the missionary effort out
weigh the sturdier purpose, which was
to hold his principals rigidly up to the
mirror of a vigilant watchfulness.
Arguing that the opposition newspa
pers wouid be quick to seize upon nny
charge of corruption involving the rail
road company, he read theui faithful
ly. As yet there had been nothing
more than spiteful innuendoes and a
raking over of past misdeeds, though
many of the editors were charging a
secret alliance between his father and
McVickar and warning their readers
to look out for startling developments
Xot content with mere watchfulness,
however, Blount got his finger upon
the pulse cf occasions whenever he
could. On his brief stopovers in the
capital be kept his eyes and ears open
for the earliest hint of any charge of
chicanery, and. though he was un
able to get hold of Gantry personally,
he kept up a steady Ere of letters and
aiegrams. all pointing to the same
end absolute and utter good faith
and the upholding of his hands in the
public plea for a square deal.
To these the traffic manager replied
guardedly, but optimistically. The
management was delighted with the
good work done and doing by the Dew
division counsel; public opinion was
slowly but surely changing; it would
be a landslide election, and Blount
could take credit for his due.
In all this Blount did not fail to re
fcnrfc that there was never anything
said about the Hathaway bargain, and
the omission rnde him the more
watchful. A little investigation un
rorthed other and similar bargains
made fn the past.
For example, there was a practical
and very effective irrigation trust, an
alliance,, offensive and defensive, of
the big irrigation companies. Coutrol-
i linp- th wfitpr miflor r.ronrietflrv
pretested Gnntry, j risbts as m03t of th?m di(J tbese
now thoroughly j ,j
! among the beneficiary farmers. Land
j deals in the past with the railroad
j company had been the basis for cor
; mption here, and, with the electric
power people, preferential freight
j rates had been traded for the votes of
employees, as with Hathaway.
Some of these special rates were
still in force, us the quiet investigation
on the ground developed, whereupon
Blount's coajmunications to Gantry
took on a more emphatic tone. The
tariffs must be revised and one of two
things must be done either the prefer
ential of the favored corporations must
be withdrawn or the public rates most
be leveled down to meet the specials.
It was on a second speechmaking
visit to Ophir that Blount had his first
face to face chance at the traffic man
ager after the opening of the corre
A meeting of the Mine Owners' as
sociation, moving for a readjustment
of the classification on copper matte
and bullion at a time when the rail
road company might be supposed to be
on the giving hand, took Gantry to
the great camp in the Carnadine hills.
j and the first man he met at the hotel
was the new dictator of policies for
the Transcontinental company.
"Made a mistake, didn't you. Dick.
eommg wnue i was nerer said t'ie '
I hve leeu tell
In g ; .everybody
that this is to be
a campaign of
publicity. I shall
keep' my word."
"Oh, you would
n o t do that!"
alarmed. "Y o u t
know too much
a great deal too
Blount got up
and relighted his
cigar with a
r-w- . . ? 1... .,... . . . . 1 - I
iu ..llUeu ,ue reformer, with a very lifelike replica;
head of tl is luicbcr company snake. o his fniler.s prim sm!le ..x suppose j
Thr.ts all for today. Goodby." ,.,.-,- tmm.,t I
to somewhere or see somebody." j
Returning to his office in Tetople 1
court. Blount found that the mora- j
ir.g mail had been busy with him also, i
There were three invitations from i
wlle!y separated cities in thi state, all '
based ujvin the newspaper reports of
pie of this state. I want you to prom- J lli I'hir speech, and the afternoon
lse me that you will ctit out all the
deals, all the briberies, all the bargain
ings, all the"
"Oh. say. b;v here." protested the
iuuh under Cre; "you've ot the wrong i
pig by the ear. Evan. I'm not the i
Transcontinental Fiailway company."
"I know jou ore not. But to, a
greater degree than any other oT.c!al
in I lie mana
mail brought three more
j It was evident that the campaign of
j education had struck a popular chord.
! and the young political manager saw
! what a miraculous opportunity was
: admission. Nay, l-.van. you are pet-
ting to be a perfect nightmare with '
I your letters and telegrams. You've got ,
me so I'm afraid to open iy desk. !
j Yhy can't you let well enough alone? !
; You haven't heard cf any skuldudde-ry ;
I lately, have you?" j
"Xothing new, no. But a houseclean-
lr.g is supposed to take down all the j
1 old cohwelts Thnsw nrrferontlal f.ir
opening for tuo railroad If only the J fnited Electric and the Siwash Land!
powers test cantry Lad refused to j alld improvement"
i "Heavens and earth! Yoa call your
j self a lawyer, and yet you ask us to
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ni.-iuM.rcessjon.sr.a ever.vwr.ere tncre P.n't , n. Kvnn that's all rhr i
to It; it can't be done." i
'Can't' goes out of the window J
when 'must comes in at the door. Dick.
I've been digging into the record, and
I have evidence enough to turn the i
a mob that i
f will tear up your tracks If I should j
"tiac l teu you we can c witnarsw
the spechils. you wild, eyed fanatic"'
"All right; then level down the pub
lic's rate to t them. And do it quick
ly. Pick. The time Is growing fear
fully short, and my patience isn't what
It ued to be."
"Anybody would think you owned
the Transcontinental, lock, stock and
barrel: Where under heaven did you
gel your nerve, Evan? Blest If I don't
brieve you co-'d outb'nfC the old er
Aft EAST AKU HARMLESS YVhT : n repetition of the welcome ex-
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- . i welcome, gcnern.jji applrun and kind-
VHx ioes not know ef 'tie valua of ' bospitr.Mty t every turn,
as s aad saplur for keeping th hair. It ws not until he was deep into the
o.-.rt. Mt, glossy ana m oou coooiuon toarrn wek or tha hurrj'l-gs to and , people of tills state Into
a monri u. mn. r-juu- - 1 1' niai jip wpja to c.mi: a suspicion
ei.-s-.Mst of Lair, and a doiicisney of it ; vtlcil llkc a ccclcr-a rosfll whcn
1 ?? H h 7, be fcaJ on These !-
cixl.stM to be ooanectei with loss of . . ,
color and vitUty of the hair. Cbqo- ' V.o'. which were now coming
tioi-.fij'y. there is no better rc-nedy for ! fron Cl1 1nrt of the 'te could It be
ta-r ard ealp trcabl-'a, epecUHy prema- j ro-lb'.o that fhfy were all spontane-
tur? grayncas, than nce and saljanr. If ', ousz And I? they were not
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Cipany. 74 Cortlandt St, New Xcrtc ;.a the great came he could see no pos-
:e m-y r. re- t'-'cetusi! v Lr- ;
V.'.in aw; from thcaiital. which wan
the Eur'rii! end comer of the cau-TZ-'-T
Ws there scmp-aing g-v!r.g on
darters that "tt. powers" did .fool acitoa .iaui your bead that" It
was your duty to try."
This time Biount's smile was rather
sorrowful, and be shook bis head.
"Come and hear me speak tonight
If you're staying over that long.
Then you'll know why I must have the
solid rock of good faith under my feet.
Gantry. You spoke of ray father Just
now. I bear the naaie, tco. Dick. Don't
you see that I've got to make good?"
It was during this hardworking "in
terval that Blount saw. with keen re
gret, the gradual widening of the
breach between him and Li3 father.
That the long arm of the machine of
which Lis father was the acknowl
edged head was reaching out Into all
corners of the state there was ample
evidence, and that the machine cam
paign was a thing to be reckoned with
end fought against was a , cardinal
principle with the youn? reformer.
. Bat it Is hard to light in the dark.
The organization was so ierfect that
its very existence s-emoJ mythical at
times a mere bugbear set up to be
knocked down by the honest voter at
the polls on election day.
Yet Blouut knew that It vsres co
myth. Sometime ho fancied that it
wua It? natUce v liich waa iatencs-
lng the invisible barrier beyond which
he was not permitted to pass. With
that thoupht came the old doubts atid
fears that his father and McVickar
had consulted together to make him
the fence behi:l which all the trickery
of a venal campaign could be safely
acreeced. But while this thought vis
ibly widened the growing breach it
made him only more determined t
fight to the bitter end. What one maa
could do to herald the dawn of a new
political epoch for his native state
should 1 done.
It was on one of his short stopovera
in the capital city that Blount fouad
himself tea ted opposite his father at a
table for two in the Inter-Mountain
cafe. The meeting was purely acci
dental, as most of their meetings had
come to be. Inquiring for his father
at the desk, Blount bad been told that
the senator was out of town. Bnt an
hour later, when he had taken his sea;
at the dinner table, the supposed ab
sentee had walked in to take the op
For a time their talk was of the do-inz-
.".t TVarTTJie Hail, of the rrofes-
( Continued on Page lea.)
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The census returns showed that in I a man to the square mile.
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