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his political opponents Dennis had
gotten ther worst of it They had
beaten him up terribly. For a week
he lay in bed, mending up, in discom
fort and pain, but by no means peni
tent or forgiving.
"I'm just waiting to get back my
strength to pay off the gang that
downed me," he told his wife. "I'll
Dennis came home the next night,
uproaripus. A disorderly crowd com
posed of his adherents followed him
to the door. They cheered him and
made a great hurrah. Dennis made
a maudlin speech in reply to their
Mrs. Foley, peering timorously from
behind a curtain, discerned that the
occasion memorized some signal ac
tion against his enemies on the part
of her husband.
She gathered from the exultant re
marks of the crowd that the new wa
ter department superintendent had
"put it over" on his adversaries. They
chuckled, they gloated, and left their
political leader to stagger into then
house with the braggadocio of some
triumphant war hero.
He was too muddled to give a co
herent explanation to his wife of the
doings of the night Early the next
morning, however, a neighbor came
over with the morning paper.
There it was all in type the mad
frolic of her helpmeet It appeared
that he had braced himself up with
drinks innumerable. Then he and his
cohorts had started 6ut on a wild
campaign of retribution against their
What Dennis had done was to fully
assume the authority of the city
water department He had supplied,
himself with the official water shut
off rod. One after the other, wheth-
er delinquent in the payment of their
water tax or not, he had proceeded
lq turn off the hydrant supply from
So drastic had been his action that
one entire end of the ward Had no
water for twelve hours. The parched,
indignant victims of this official froHo
had at once sent a committee of pro
test to the mayor. It was after mid
night when they reached that func
tionary. His action was summary.
The newspaper announced the dis
missal of the new water department
superintendent from his official du
ties and Dennis was out of a Job.
Then Dennis Foley went to pieces.
He became an idler, spending his
time pestering his former political
sponsors, haranguing crowds in his
favorite saloon on the ingratitude of
an unappreciative municipality. He
neglected his family. A shrewd,
tricky crowd involved him in a flag
rant political conspiracy and all
hands were sent to the house of cor
rection for a year.
Mary visited him there weekly, but
she had little to tell him that was
comforting. Their little property had
been foreclosed on. Sidney had mar
ried Nora and they had removed to a
bustling little Interior town where
Sidney had secured a position. Too
proud to live on them, Mrs. Foley
was sustaining herself by working as
janitress In an office building.
The day that Dennis was released
from prison, he was amazed and em
barrassed to have his son-in-law ap
pear as the first one to greet him at
the steps of the reformatory.
"Well, father," he said in a friendly
way, "I hope you've seen the folly of
"When you see me back at pickax
and shovel," observed Dennis, "be
lieve me that I have!"
"Oh, I fancy you won't have to go
way back to those rudlmentals,"
smiled Sdlney, slapping his contrite
relative briskly on the shoulder. "If
there's to be no more drinking "
"Try me and see'" muttered Den
nis between his set teeth.
"Then Nora and I have blocked out
a fine future for you. They have ap
pointed me business agent of the
town where we live. They are going
to put in water and gas and pave the
streets. See here, you're an expert
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