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THE NEWS-HERALD, HILL3BORO, OHIO, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1913
By HENRY RUSSELL MILLER,
The Man Higher Up"
Copyright. Wll. by the Bobba-Merrltl
He Blouehed back In tits chair, half
closing his eyes ns though he were
very tired. He sat for several min
utes without speaking, forgetting thnt
Sackctt's time was precious. Saekett.
too. seemed to have forgotten thts Im
portant fact He was wrinkling tils
brow over the problem, what means
to devise to induce an old. pigheaded,
betrayed minister to remain In the
service In a minor rapacity. lie was
too shrewd to argue Tor many years
ho had had intimate knowledge of
"I'll tell yon what I'll do." he began
at last. "I'll see Slierrnd nnd"-
Senator Murchol! looked up sharply,
as though he had forgotten the other's
presence. "I'm through. I've earned a
rest, and my health's gone back on me
I'm going back to the farm to raise po
tatoes the farmer vote crop has peter
ed out. And If I ever do come back
Into politics I'll make my own terms."
He nodded n careless good by and
went slowly out of the office. Appar
ently he had forgotten to "hake hands
Saekett did not remind him of tic
omission. He remained with the lm-
presslon of having beheld
hence harmless, old man
T was characteristic of Mur
chell to give t lie world no Ink
ling of his Illness. He was
suppuseu iu lie siiimiib u.u.
his defeat Not until after the fact did
the surgeons, unable to refuse the op
portunity for self advertisement, an
nounce that a critical operation had
been performed from wlih-li there were
hopes of a partial recovcrj . Interest in
his condition persisted -estraordlnarily.
considering that he was out of politics
When his convalescence permitted it
he was removed to New Chelsea. That
community, as you may believe, was
properly excited, Intrusively interested
unu somewuai appreiieusivu iesi ue t,me vol ,,,. i)WUt,n thought you
pass unseasonably Into the beyond and were 0IH. ,, voll ,eft vour ,.t.plut
rob it of the distinction of being his uefore c.nyshuig, but I cscused vou
"legal residence." John Dunuieaile. J 0 ,,le lIwt ,,,.,, t, lu,wlllll UMI .
as a collaborator In this disaster, was ' nollle to0, ll( 1)0 jier ,lt,.,
made to feel a sudden atmospheric tu sentence was eloipient.
frigidity and wns led into further sor-; Qls astonslmu.m Wllft Winiine. "Bi.
rowful reflections on the llckieness of , beU.vcd ym ,m,IK lne a bad mu
the public. Murchell in very uilgra- y01) OUK,lt t( ,. p,n(1 , W)l8 beaten."
clous fashion kept himself secluded , ..j,t Jolln S1,V3 ro,rn. bimer lnn
from bis neighbors and the stienni of (Uan herrod "
pilgrims that knocked at his gates' "Oniy," Mtlrchel! amended, shrewdly
Their plaints were divers. Sherrod J guessns. ..ne p, (t that Sherrod is a
.was too arbitrary, he was too lax. he , worse nan tllIllI , lllu (1Ian-, l)(.?
permitted himself and his friends to Uou.t believe ym coward. A few
shake the plum trees of the cities so , ng ilp0 j ,ii(1 intend to u.ult-1 was
vigorously as to court failure of the , very ttrej am mv sickness was coin
crop, ho greedily refused to divide the i lnR 011 nt now-lioberta, can you
"plums. From which it will appear that -eCp a rretV"
Sherrod, even thus early in his minis-1 ...ve e)t me for foriy y0ars.
try, showed an incomplete mastery of , ..So you lwve. WeM le otller lay t
the subtle science of suiting the word got tnv ,octor to tPn ,ue the things I
to the man. Murchell was urged to in-1 must cat nl ,1)1st t eat to keep
torvene, to resist, to destroy. For one nve ua ou as possible and then told
and all he had only the Irritable re- nIni t0 B0 t0 tbe ,ievji rtoberta. It was
Iteration, "I am out of politics." But tne (lrst tme rve sworn since I joined
the pilgrimages continued. ' the church."
lu the midst of this uncertainly the lMisg rtoberta kept her smiles for rare
Michigan railroad began secretly to occasjolls, .sh I could have heard
uudermine the Steel City, that hither- y0n," Which conce's-slou she Imme
to impregnable fortress of the rival dlntely negatived by adding. "1 sup
.monarch. And John Duutneade's an- p0!,e you're going to do the same kind
uouncement was made that, whether 0f thing over again."
renominated as district attorney or not ' "Roberta, you're the most consistent
lie would be u candidate, antl-Sherrod )y inconsistent person in the world,
and antl-Murchell. for the gubema- y0u mean am I going to turn reform
torial nomination. Jerry Drent was al- er? Vou can't teach au old dog new
ready well into a campaign for the op- tricks."
position nomination, theretofore re- "Not lf be doesn't want to learn. 1
garded as an empty bourn-, expect"
We may not go so far as to declare She rose to go. He followed her ex
that Miss Uoberta turned the course ample, though urglug her to remain,
of history. But It Is certain that she She went a few steps toward tbe door,
was first to foresee, though not with then suddenly turned and walked back
her bones, the fork of the road. So to face him.
touching were the pictures presented "Why don't you help John?"
to her of Murchell's illness that at, it was his turn to stiffen angrily,
length, after a protracted struggle with "You ask that alter the way he at
herself, her heart relented- She filled tacked me and created a sentiment
a basket with homemade comestibles against me that paved the way ror
designed to tempt the appetite of the Sherrod to heat me 7 Ue's responsible
most Jaded invnlid This basket on for Sherrod's getting on top. do you
her arm, she set out, oil a day when know that? 1 gave him a chance five
tho March wind blustered anil stung years ago. and he wouldn't take It I
her face, toward Mnrchell's home. i will do nothing for him.
She found Murchell reading before "And besides." he added more mild
an open fire, his cheeks slightly pale ? ""- wouldn't let me help him In the
and sunken, but his eyes clear and OD,y way ' could."
bright He rose, with an ease that I "1 wasn't thinking of him nedoesnt
did not betoken annroaehlnir dlssolu-
tlon, to relieve her of the basket shak
lng hands warmly.
"I'm very glad to see you. Roberta.
Take a chair"
She seated herself primly. "You don't
look ns bad as they say." She observ
ed him suspiciously.
"Roberta." he said lugubriously,
"tho doctors tell me that even with
the best of care I can live only a few
years and that's thanks to my good
"A few years!" she sniffed. "What
did you expect at your time of life?"
He thought it wise to change the
subject and hurriedly leaned over,
raised tho napkin and peered into the
"Why! Did you bring nil these for
roe, Itoberta? That was very thought
ful of you."
"I guess you don't need them. Pre
tending to lie sick to get people's sym
pathy because you've been beaten."
He smiled, not in amusement, at her
asperity, "it's into you to cover up
a kind net with sharp words. What
nn escape the men had that you
"There weren't any to escape."
"Yes, there were. 1 reineiulver that.
You were what they call n beauty,
weren't you? Why." he jisked In riml
den curiosity, "didn't yoi marry some
one of them?"
"Hucnuse." die said simply, "you
) KnEmT If I
3) Br If
"Did you bring all these for me, Rob
erta?" were too busy being In love with Anne
Duuinoade to notice me."
"Kb? l-wbj. ltubett:i!" He stared at
her blankly. Then his manner ipilckly
softened. She eieeHed the change
ml diew herself up ewn more Mill!
lf ...... ,M1ssiiii,. II,..- tins m.mi-ih
,.,.,, , M.vte ,, ,lle
"You needn't be miit,v for mo I
have been glad I escaped. eer since
I found out the kind ot man .ton were
I'd have made a man out of you "
"I guess." he smiled grimlj, "you'd
have found it a hard job. as yon .seem
to measure mcu. Hut I guess you
could have. If any one i-oi.ld."
She turned on him in a little line
pected gust or tieiveness. "Hut not
the kind ot iiinn you are! Not a cow
ard to unit lighting the very llr.st
neeu Fou- ,,,u ,M-"L'U ",ul-
I His astonishment was genuine as she
left lie went to a window where lie
could watch her. still stiOly upright as
a grenadier, breasting the March gale
He tried to recall how sho had ap
peared when she was young, for she,
too. all unknown to him. must nave
marked a phase In the life of the young I
man who once bad been. When she I when they had reacheuVthe Steel City
had parsed out of sight he returned to'ana- ,, changed cars for the capltnl
His hook was forgotten.
TIlP IlllO. li Washington JenUlllS had
been of thei faithful at a time when
heresy was profitable; hence his tall,
Lincoln-like figure wns one of tho few!
that were not turned Inhospitably away
from Murchell'a door.
He was In New Chelsea n few days
after Miss Roberta's neighborly errand.
"Wash." asked the senator abruptly.'
"bow'd you like to be n candidate for
"I'd like It." said Wash honestly.
"Suppose," Murchell suggested, "you
- f-i'r--r iwginiirTiiWMwwMrrrMMm
begin n campaign for delegates. We
could use the delegates, even If wo
couldn't use you." he added thought
fully. The congressman smiled faintly.
They discussed the matter at length.
As Jenkins was leaving, his host re
marked earnestly, "Hereafter consult
only with Greene. Don't onine uere.
I'm out of politics."
Neither gentleuinn smiled.
When the Honorable Jenkins re
turned to Washington, he reluctantly
admitted to nn Interrogative reporter:
"No. I'm afraid the senator is in u
bad way. I don't think he'll ever go
! back Into politics."
Of John Heath you have never
heard. Dnhonored nnd unsung until
this hour, he has remnlncd in that
shadowy obRcurlty for which he was
designed. And no man ever saw
It wns at a crucial time for those
whom this chronicle concerns when
Jerry Brent nnd John Dunmeade were
marching from Dan to Beersheba and
back nnd laboring, with a patience
worthy of larger' results, to rally tin-
slender hosts of reform; when Stephen
Hampden wns risking his all in on
wild throw for vnst fortune nnd War
ren Blake was following that darlni;
' example: when the Consolidated t'oin
company was making many happy bv
declaring n dividend of 7 per cent
In the kingdom things were nwn
The rival monarch was thundering at
the gates Worse still, there was dis
affection In the very source ot
dominion. In the army. And tbe mln
Ister In power chose this hour to get
drunk! Anxious glances were being
cast toward the deposed minister lu
his self exacted exile Royal messi.n
gers.wore being sent galloping post
haste to him to urge him. with tine
unconscious Irony, for the sake of pn'
favor. Jo speak the word that would re
store concord among tho mutinous
regiments. But tbe ominous silence
At such a juncture, we say, John
Heath stepped In to deflect the course
Came to the exile, not many days aft
er Miss Itoberta, a messenger not un
dor royal seal. Secretary, we may call
him, to the new minister, having cur
ried favor by desertion of tbe old.
He was visibly perturbed and would
not desist from his Importunities un
til admitted to the presence of the
exile. Even then, such was bis fever
ish haste, he did not notice in his
host as Miss Roberta had done, a
vigor inconsistent with certain rumors
rife. He plunged at once Into the mat
ter In hand.
"We've got Sherrod locked up In a
room at the hotel. He's drunk as a
lord and threatens to throw himself
Into tie river!"
"Well-let him!" said .Murchell. grim
"But" cried the messenger. "It may
be something to bring on a revolution
that will sweep us nil Sherrod. Par
rott. me you off tbe face of the
"I," responded Murchell calmly, "am
out of politics and don't care. What
do you want me to do?"
"Come with me to the capital, find
what's wrong nnd straighten It out."
"Go to Pnrrott."
"Parrott's a fourfiusher. This Is
"I won't do it. It's trouble of your
own making. Get yourselves out of it"
The messenger sprang to his feet
and began to pace the floor swiftly.
He assumed to Instruct a master
With wild gesticulation and passion
ate phrase he sketched the Impending
calamity. The times were ripe for a
revolution. These unutterable fools,
Dunmeade nnd Brent with their inces
sant clack about bosses and graft
were getting the people stirred up
There was trouble in the air he, tbe
speaker, could feel It. The organiza
tion was falling to pieces.
"Do you think." Murchell inquired
calmly. "Sherrod's short In his ac
counts?" "I don't know. There are books I
enn't see without exciting suspicion.
And I can't get nothing out of him."
The swift pacing ceased abruptly.
The messenger confronted Murchell.
"Who." he demanded. "Is John
"I don't know." answered Murchell
"Within less than two years he has
received from the state moro'n nine
hundred thousand dollars for speclnl
"Nine hundred thousand dollars'.
What Is John Heath?"
"I don't know. But I think he may
The messenger flopped into his chair,
helping himself, uninvited, to a cigar.
Murchell. ns though taking up a task
that the other had left unfinished, rose
and in his turn began to pace the floor.
After n few minutes he went out of
tho room, still without speaking. He
did not renppear for almost a quarter
of an hour. But then he wore a hat
and an overcoat nnd was carrying a
light leather grip.
"Come along." be commanded. "The
The guest went along with alacrity.
train Murchell went to their stateroom
and was soon, to all outward appear
nnnnu cnnnil nnlnon
At tnnt mystle hour which we are
t0,j js tilt dnrkest of nil two men were
sitting In n hotel room. One. Wntklns.
sat stretched out before tbe dying fire,
yawning wistfully for the sleep pf
w?Ieh twenty-four hours' guard duty
had robbed him. A litter of uewspa
nerB on tile fl00r around him showed
how ue no(j beguiled the slow vigil.
The other. Sherrod. wns slouched lu a
rocker by the table, head drooped for
war(i on ng breast arid bands hanging
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Inertly at his sides. The red rimmed
eyeballs were half closed. Drunk evi
dently, nnd more than that. Occasion
ally bis lips moved; senseless mutter
lngs came from them.
Steps along the hall, and there wns a
guarded knock at the door. He opened
a cautious crack, peeped out and then
threw it open eagerly. Murchell and
the messenger entered. Watkin3 seized
Murchell's hand joyfully.
"Thank the Lord!" he exclaimed. "I
couldn't have stood It much longer."
Sherrod seemed to bear the voice.
He opened his eyes and stared at the
newcomers glasslly. Then a lightning
flash of Intelligence seemed to pene
trate bis stupor.
He managed to stngger to his feet
Then a last wave of drunkenness swept
over him. ne fell, sprawling, uncon
scious on the floor.
"He ought," said Murchell, "to have
a Turkish bath."
John Heath Makes Restitution.
-1KN hours later Sherrod opened
I I his eyes. He started up. with
a groan, and beheld the man
who sat by the window. The
man Murchell heard the movement
nnd came to the bedside. He' stood
looking down pitilessly at tbe half re
cumbent sick man. Sherrod stnred
back, with bewildered, fearful eyes, for
t moment. Then, with another groan,
be fell back. His parched lips tried to
frame a question, but nothing came of
the effort save u dry. croaking sound
Then Murchell spoke. "Who." be de
manded, "Is John Henth?"
A spasm of fear even more acute con
tracted Sherrod's face.
"Wh-whut do you know?"
"Who." Murchell repeated, still In
the pitiless tone "who Is John Heath?"
"He Is the political account"
"Or which you're the receiving tuar
Sherrod's lips formed a soundless
"How much are you short?"
"Nine hundred thousand dollars."
"What have you got to show for It?'
"Somo securities oil stocks."
"Three hundred thousand about 1
on't know exactly."
"Where are they?"
(To be Continued)
Feb. 24, 1013.
Mrs. H. L. Sanders and Mrs. Burton
Vance spent Wednesday with D. E.
Vance and family.
Mrs. J. O. Harris entertained with
a nice dinner Wednesday, the narris
burg sewing circle.
Mrs. D. U. Emery, of Jacktown, Is
waiting on her sister, Mrs. T. A. Mal
com, here at her mothers.
Wm. Carrier and Geo. Hetherington,
of New Market, transacted business
Mrs. T. A. Malcom is better.
Mrs. Walter namllton and children
were the guests ot her parents at
Dunn's Chape), Saturday and Sunday.
U. D. narris and wife were the
guests of J. O. Harris and wife,' last
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Feb. 24, 1913.
Rev. McMurray and famiiv. of Ken
tucky, moved Into Mrs M. A. Rich
ardson's property, last Saturday.
S. B. Wilkin visited at Burch Mc
Kamey's, In Chillicothe, yesterday C
EarlChaney and famiiv. of Hills-
boro, were guests at Oscar Bennett's,
Mrs. B. G. Combs and little son.
and Miss Mario Selfert, of Norwood,
have returned home after a short visit
at the home of Mrs. E. E. Edwards.
Turner Hart and wife were called to
the bedside of her father, Robert Bar-
nett, at Allensburcr. a few davs airo.
lie Is still In a very critical condition.
Jack Ludwick was a business caller
one day last week in our village.
Mrs. Ben Wilkin visited her parents,
Robert McKamey and wife, near Iloag
Lee Steele and family were guests
at Ulrlc Stockwell's, Sunday.
Mrs. James Brewer and Mrs. Ulrlc
Carpenter were visitors at Ervin
noush's one day last week.
Rev. Dresch filled Ills repula.r an.
pointment here yesterday afternoon.
Fred Granger and family visited at
the home of O. F. Pulse, a few days
Boys in the high school at McComb
City, Miss., earn $12 to $18 a month
regularly while attending school. A
plan of co operation has been drawn
up between the high school and the
Illinois Central Railroad whereby the
boys attend school one day and work in
the railroad shops the next.
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