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A FAMILY AFFAIR
By James P. Graham.
(Copyright, 1916,"VV.G. Chapman.)
John Lancaster thought Helen
Wade was the most beautiful girl
that he had ever seen. It was his first
experience of the world of men; he
had only lived in Harvard two years,
and here he was dining with Jim
Wade of the Southwestern Inter
state and a score of other railroad
magnates and financiers and their
"Be nice to him, Helen," her father
had pleaded, and Helen obeyed to the
letter. The truth was that she felt
herself attracted by the clean-looking,
well-poised, alert young lawyer.
And John sat almost silent through
the dinner; he felt like a criminal to
have come there and accepted Wade's
hospitality when he must tell him
what he had to tell. He did not know
that Wade had sized him up already.
The test came after dinner. As if
by agreement the other men fell to
talking among themselves, leaving
John and his host together in one
corner of the dining room.
"I confess I was surprised when I
saw you, Lancaster," said the mag
nate, clapping the young fellow on the
shoulder in the friendliest way. "But
I thought in fact, I realized at first
that you were the only man who
could handle our claim against the
city successfully. "It would take a
year for any man to master that mass
of statistics and figures that you have
at your fingers' ends."
John Lancaster was not insensible
to the flattery, and Wade had intend
ed that he should not be.
"Your father was our chief reli
nce in this case," continued Wade.
'Naturally, his sudden death was a
great blow to us. But when we con
sidered that you had been in his of
fice two years, and knew the case
from A to Izzard "
"Mr. Wade, I can't take your case,"
said John, brutly, - -
Wade sat studying him. "Why
not?" he demanded, presently.
"It isn't right. And I am only going
to take cases that I believe in," an
"You mean we can't get those
thousand acres from the city?"
"I mean that, morally, you have no
right to them."
"My dear fellow ! A city, please re
member. They will be worth mil
lions to us as freight terminals, while
Wade Sat Studying Him
now they are nothing but a public
John looked the other squarely in
"I don't know whether you can win
on a technicality," he answered, "but
you have no right to that land. You
would deprive the children of the poor
of their only open-air space within a
radius of a mile. No, I can't take the
"I suppose," said Wade, thoughtful
ly, "that we can find another man
and begin over again, with two years'
delay But what -corporation 4o you,