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THE HUMAN ELEMENT
By Frank Cobb.
Punsters had called Brainerd the
brains of the campaign against Saul
Jones, the boss of Lawrencgtown. His
cartoons created a nation-wide sen
sation, and did much to turn the tide
of public opinion against the man
who had for sp long been supreme In
the city. The one which made the
M 'fM "n
Never Dreamed to See the Haggard
Looking Man Who Stood
sensation of the week depicted Jones
in convict garb, ascending the wall
of a building marked "Public Effi
ciency." The idea was not startling,
but it was the expression on the boss'
face that did the work.
And Jones won the election. Four J
weeks before it occurred Brainerd
seemed to lose his grip True he
drew cartoons as of yore; but they
were milk and milk-like in compari-
son with his vitriolic contributions to
the Eagle during precedmg issues.
After the election it got known that
Jones had seen Brainerd at his house,
the day following the appearance of
the convict cartoon. The word went
round that Brainerd had been
"fixed." He lost his post, of course,
and no other newspaper would em
ploy him. That is, with the excep
tion of Jones' sheet, the Clarion
Democrat. Brainerd refused the offer,
packed up, and left Lawrencetown.
I happen to know what occurred,
because Brainerd told me. He told
me two nights before he left. He had
come to ask the loan of $00 to take
him to New York. He is doing well
there; but that doesn't look as if he
had been paid 4very much for drop
ping his attack on Jones, does it?
Brainerd was heart and soul in his"
work. He was all for reform and good
government. The night the convict
cartoon came out was one of the hap
piest of his life. He went home to
sleep, after planning a new one that
would pulverize all that remained of
He got a telephone message in the
"This is Saul Jones, Mr. Brainerd,"
said the voice. "I want to see you
very much. Can you come to my
house before going on to your of-'
If Brainerd had been wise he would
have declined. But he was 'human
enough to enjoy the anticipation of
meeting Jones face to face, and re
fusing the bribe which he had no
doubt Jones meant to offer him.
Jones had a nice house in a good
district, and Brainerd was surprised
at the good taste it showed inside. He
wa's more surprised at the quiet, lady
like woman who Came in to him as he
waited in the library and" announced
herself as Mrs. Jones.
"My husband will be down in a
minute," she said. ,(1 know who you
are, Mr. Brainerd, and you cant ex
pect me to feel very kindly toward
you. However, I suppose you get your