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Everything Save Absolute Proof
Points to Freeport Man as
William Rockefeller
AGENT SAYS 80NS VISITED HIM
Widow Refuses to Discuss Identity of
Man Known as William Levingston
—Pictures of Levingston Are Those
•f William Rockefeller Widow is
In Poor Circumstance!.
^Chicago, Feb. 4.—"Dr. Levingston is
dead. There is no need for resurrect
ing his (memory. Let his sleep be
peaceful. If any information regard
ing Mr. Rockefeller, Sr., Js to be given
«Jut let It came from the Rockefellers.
will remain a true Avoma.n the few
remaining years of my life, I refuse
to either confirm or deny."
With these words Mrs. Margaret Al
ien Levingston, widow of William Av
ery Rockefeller, father of all D.
Rockefeller, tlie world's richest man,
answered inquiries regarding her kite
Ausband. That Or. William Leving
ston, who di^d in Freeport, in 190G,
•was In reality William A. Rockefeller,
•has been indicated by many facts,
small In themselves, but assuming im
portance when massed together. The
greatest of these is his .widows one
refusal to deny that her husband was
William Rockefeller.
Since investigation was first directed
this way by an article in McClure's
Magazine, containing a photograph of
William A. Rockefeller, link after link
Jias been dug up, the last in the chain
the discovery that a ranch at Park
River, N. D., which Levingston farm
ed for twenty years, was held by him
tin the na.me of William Avery Rocke
feller, arid that under tills name ho
deeded the land to Plerson W. Briggs,
•who is known to have- married a
daughter of Wdlliam Avery Rocke
feller, of Cleveland. These facts are
shown by the official records of Walsh
county, ax Grafton, the county seat.
In the parlor of the Levingston home
In Freeport, which is a modest two
etory structure, handsomely and com
fortably proportioned, hangs am en
larged picture of'William Rockefeller,
or .Dr. trevingston, as he calls him
self, which is made from identically tho
same photograph whioh Miss Tarbell
secured from Rockefeller's sons. When
S^T4- the two pictures are held side by side
*$£ it can b'S readily seen that they are
J&Y, from th«( safme negative, altho Mrs.
Levigstoii professes to see no similar
ity. For years all photographs of the
old man have been studiously sup
pressed.
That John D. Rockefeller spent a
night in Freeport and out of his pri
vate car Is vouched1 for by Agent J. B.
Sweat, of the Chicago, Milwaukee &
St. Paul railroad. A night visitor,
stylinr himself the keeper of Dr. Liv
ingston's ranch, Is given a description
by a nurse that exactly fits Frank
Rockefeller.
Visits from the sons of Rockefeller
are understood to have been made to
Dr. Levingston, but regarding all these
Mrs. Levingston avers that "if any
member of the Rockefeller family ever
came into this house I don't know it."
William Levingston sold his quarter
section of land near Park River, N. D.,
to BriggiS, director of the Standard Oil
Company, a number of years ago, and
it was .-subsequently transferred to
William Rockefeller. When Leving
ston was on his death bed his family,
which included his wife, his wife's
niece, Miss Margaret Lossing, and a
maid, hardly knew where the next
meal was coming from.
Too proud to ask aid of John D.
Rockefeller or any other member of the
family, Mrs. Levingston Is living with
the strictest economy, according to
some of her intimate friends, while oth
ers state she has plenty. She owns
the homestead, which was purchased in
1872 by William Levingston, and trans
ferred to her a number of years later
and pays taxes on $6,000 worth of
mortgages.
When old Rockefeller transferred his
Quarter section in North Dakota to
his son-in-law* he did so without his
wife's name being signed to the deed,
and described himself in the document
as a widower. That was after the
death of Mrs. Davison Rockefeller,
mother of Johh D. Rockefeller, and
While he was still living with Mrs. Al
len Levingston Rockefeller. It is pos
sible that Mrs. Levingston, whose at
tention has recently been drawn to
that fact, will endeavor to have the
transfer declared illegal, as it is as
aerted that she was a lawful wife at
the time. She expressed herself, hdw
ever, as very much against such a line
of action.
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TO BUCK SUGAR TRUST,
Texas Going in Cane Growing and
Refining on Extensive Scale.
San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 4.—Texas
is preparing to buck the sugar trust
by going into the growing of sugar
cane and refining of sugar on a large
scale. The penitentiary board has rec
ifC ommended and the governor has ap
proved a plan to purchase two of the
':i largest sugar plantations in this state.
These consist of the Cunningham
plantation, known as Sugarland, and
the Riddick Plantation, both in Port
Bend county. When this deal is con
summated the state of Texas will, be
the largest single sugar producer in
the southwest.
l"his proposed action grows 'Out of
the fact that since slavery was abol
ished, the cane sugar Industry has been
largely carried on by convict labor by
means of a system of leases. This sys
tem has long been a sore spot in Tex
as, and persistent rumors have gone up
and down the state about the treat
ment of the convicts so leased. Under
the new arrangement the handling of
the convict labor will be done directly
by the state, and its regulation will
be entirely under control of the state
legislature.
The Sugarland plantation Is one of
the finest of the kind in the south. It
consists of 15,000 acres, of 'which 12,
#00 are under cultivation.
1
oiglit tliousiind are in sugar and the
remainder in corn, cntlon ami fodder
crops. Some tliirtien or fourteen
hundred acres arc under Irrigation
from the l-irazos rlvir.
Oddity in the News
Alarm Clock Feeds Horses.
Alton, 111.—When George Miller, a
local coal dealer, gets up in the morn
ing his horses have been fed and are
ready to work, tho not by the hand of
man. It is all done by a device of his
own invention, and is the talk of the
town among men who like to take
forty more winks these cold morn
ings.
An a'larm clock feeds Miller's horses.
He hasi connected the timepiece with
olectric wires in such a manner tli^t at
staled hours hay, corn or oats are
poured into the troughs and a sup
ply of water is turned on to iuench
the thirst of the animals.
Girl Nabs Mate on Poor Farm.
Aurora, Mo.—Perhaps the most
unique leap year marriage recorded is
that of Miss Johanna Thieme. of How
ell county, who found her affinity at
the poor t'arifl near West l'laine. and
twenty-five minutes after she met him
they were man and wife.
Young William Mitchell, temporar
ily embarrassed financially, had sought
the refuge of the county charity in
stitution. Miss Thieme visited the
farm and at 6:45 p. m. met him. At
6:53 she proposed to him. At 7: 1 the
Rev. I). I... Sottleineyer performed the
ceremony. Mrs. Mitchell is the owner
of a tine farm.
Last Kiss in Coffin Saves Life.
Aspen, Col.—Just before the coffin
lid was to be fastened the mother of
John Classic, ged IS. pressed the last
kiss on his brow and saw a faint
twitch of Ills eyelids. She creamed
for help. Physicians soon restored
him to consciousness and are hope
ful of a complete restoration to health.
Odd Charges in Gem Swindle.
Paris.—Henri Lemoine. charged
with obtaining money from Sir Julius
Charles Wernher In an alleged diamond
swindle vesterd'iy, swore in court that
the diamonds exhibited by Wernher as
having been sold to him were substi
tutes and not those that Lemoine had
manufactured. Lemoine announced
that he would prosecute Wernher in
the English courts for swindling.
$20,000 for Being Soldier.
New York.—"You've the proper
spirit my lad, and J" 11 show you how
I admire a youth who jumps to 'the de
fense of his country when she needs
•him," said Charles Stephens of Cedar
Rapids, Iowa, as he bade his nephew,
Stephen H. Oarroll of Jersey lty,
farewell when he went south with the
outbreak of the
Young Carroll took 'the first train
west to claim 'his fortune.
Telephone Girls Wed Quickly.
Wenatchee, Wash. ''Wanted—The
name and location of some old maids'
home."
This advertisement has not yet ap
peared in the newspapers, but it soon
will, if the directors of the Farmers'
Telephone system here do not find
enough girls to operate the lines.
The company has been having trou
ble getting girls and keeping them for
over two years. Most of the people iu
this vicinity are newcomers, and girls
of the right age are scarce.
In two years thirty-one girls brought
to Wenatchee have left the company,
after staying from three weeks to four
months, all of them getting married.
The inducement to become the wives
of ranch owners was too great.
Then .the company offered a prize to
all who would stay a year. A dozen
girls started in 'the race, and one was
left at the end of a year. She got her
prize and then resigned to get mar
ried.
Now- .the managers suggest that the
company find an old maids' home and
make a raid on it. They want to run
a telephone line and not a matrimon
ial bureau.
Obscenity in the Pulpit.
'Cartersville, Ga, The Rev. Walt
Hoilcombe of the Sam Jones Taber
nacle church, was indicted by the
grand jury on a charge of using ob
scene language in the presence of
women, speaking from the pulpit.
A number of women attended a
meeting for men only, and Holcombe
•asked the women to leave before 'the
sermon began. Owing to the ra.in the
women were slow in leaving and Hol
combe, it is alleged, began to shame
them for wanting to hear the "men
only" talk.
Married an Even Century.
Budapest.—So notable was the cel
ebration by Jan Szathmani and liis
wife Marie of the one hundredth an
niversary of their wedding day. in the
village of Isoubolgi, that the Emperor
Francis Joseph sent them a telegram of
congratulation and asked to be sup
plied with details of their life.
They are respectively 120 and llfi
years of age. and they have 712 living
descendants. Altho almost blind, they
retain their other faculties. It is one
of their boasts that they never have
left the village where they were born.
By Its- Works.
New Reporter (handing in his copy)
—"There seems to be something the
matter with that typewriting machine."
City Editor (reading the manuscript)
—"Yes it seems to need some other
man to operate it."
Simple Remedy for La Grippe.
La grippe coughs are dangerous as
they frequently develop into pneumon
ia. Foley's Honey and Tar not only
stops the cough but heals and strength
ens the lungs so that no serious re
sults need be feared.' The genuine
Foley's Honey and Tar contains no
harmful drugs and is in a yellow pack
age. Refuse substitutes. McBrlde &
Some six or Will Drug Co.
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Spanish-American
war.
That was many years ago, and
young Carroll, who is now a clerk in
the county clerk's office, had almost
forgotten the words of his wealthy rel
ative. He was recently married and
received a valuable present from his
uncle.
Today a letter readied him from
Cedar Rapids, saying that Ills uncle,
had died and bequeathed him $i!0.000.
The will read:
"To my nephew, who gallantly rush
ed to the defense of his country at her
call, I leave $20,000."
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Intimate Character Study of
Man Who lias Twite Led
Democratic Tarty
BRYAN NOT A SIDESTEPPER
Has Long Been in Public Life—First
Gained Distinction as an Orator—Be­
came a Congressman at Age of 30—
"Delight of the Chautauquas," The
Orator of Lincoln.
By JAMES A. EDGISRTON.
IFStates
William Jennings Bryan never
becomes pmsideut of the United
it will not be due to lack of
perseverance. He is surely the
most persevering presidential candi
date that ever came down the political
pike. It Is uot related of him that, like
Robert Bruce, he got his "If at first you
don't succeed try, try agalu" ideas from
watching a spider. Mr. Bryan needs
no such extraneous helps. He has a
wellspriug of persistence within hliu
as big as a mountain freshet iu Juue.
He believes the American people want
him for chief magistrate, anil If they
don't get him It will uot be through
lack of opportunity. Mere defeats will
never prevent him from giving the de
luded voters still another chauee to
retrieve their past mistakes and de
part from the error of their ways. It
will uot be his fault if they still re
fuse to be saved from their political
sins.
It has been reported from various
points at which the Nebraskan has re
cently spoken that he believes not only
that he will be renominated this year,
but that he will be elected. At Dan
ville, III., he stated this conviction In
substance and gave it out that his op
ponent would be your Uncle Joe Can
non. who walks the streets of Dan
ville when he is not treadihg on the
necks of prostrate congressmen. If tlie
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MR. AND MRS. W.
prediction proves true," ttiis la'n3 of tlie
free aud home of the trusts Is In for
the most spectacular, oratorical aud
gosticulatory campaign iu the history
of the world.
Mr. Bryan has accused President
Roosevelt of stealing his clothes, but
he would have no complaint of that
6ort to make of Speaker Cannou it
that gentleman happens to uncle his
way into the Republican nomination.
The sage of Danville would be so busy
trying to get his opponent's scalp that
he would have no time to bother about
the Bryan wardrobe. Speaking of the
theft of the Commoner's garments, It
may explain one thing. The celebrated
alpaca coat in which the "cross of
gold" speech was made, and which con
stituted the most notable part of the
Nebraskau's armor during "the first
battle," has uot been seen for many
years. Was that also made away with
during the president's sartorial raid?
Tom Watson says that even if Bry
an's political duds were stolen it Is
but a case of the biter bitten, as the
peerless had already purloined them
from the Populists. Watson, however,
has a habit of rubbing salt into the
wounds of his former comrade in arms.
A Result of His Tour.
Since his tour around the world Wil
liam J. Bryan Is one of the four most
celebrated Americans, the other three
being Theodore Iioosevelt, Mark Twain
and John D. Rockefeller. Roosevelt Is
famous for what he does. Twain for
what he says, Rockefeller for what he
has and Bryan for what he tried to
get and didn't. The country only
wishes that the Nebraskan's title to
distinction also applied to John D. but,
so far as known, the oil king never at
tempted to get anything and failed, ex
cept hair. Rockefeller may find .it dif
ficult to count his dollars, but he has
no such trouble in numbering tie hairs
on his head. This of course applies
to hairs made by nature and not by
the wigmaker.
There are 7,000,000 or 8,000,000
American voters who would like to
see Mr. Bryau president and who will
never say die. These are fond of
quoting au old aud familiar motto,
fondly known of all boys, which runs
to the effect that "the third time is the
charm." His^enemies regard this as
the merest •SL.-lrstition and unfeeling
ly respond with an adage equally cele
brated, derived from the American
game, "three strikes and out"
A«ide from all badinage, William J.
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Tiinc2-vlcnuliltcatt ^HarshaliLixcv, fauro, rtliruutjj 4 I'JOj
Ilryan of Nebraska, not of Florida,
has about the most charmlug person
ality of any public man In America.
Maguetlc, witty, transparently sin
cere, without a grain of malice In his
makeup, unpretentious ami democrat
ic, uever giving way to anger and
withal absolutely clean In his private
and public life, he Is as a man an
honor .to ttjit Americanism of which
he Is so typical a product. One of th:
most admirable things about blrn Is
that he meets defeat without bitter
ness and bearH abuse without resent
ment. It Is the same quality in him
that makes him so thoroughly enjoy a
JoUe at Ills own expense.
This Bryan the man apart from tha
politician -enjoys the esteem of all
Americans. Even when they abuse his
policies or ridicule his "paramount"
Issues they yet feel a certain secret
pride In his genius and his character.
1
Fortunately mere party lines mean
less and less In this country aud man
hood means more and more. Bryan
has manhood, and of a high type at
that, a fact which all other real men
are ready cheerfully to affirm. Wheth-.
er he Is ever president or not, he has
won a place In the world's heart. Aft
er ail, that may be a better and more
enduring title to fame than the holding
of any office whatsoever.
The Orator of Lincoln.
Bryan's enemies—and they are al
most, wholly political, not personal—'
charge that he Is superficial that
he talks too much that he runs for
office too often. They alliteratlvely al
lude to him as the peerless, the peri
patetic and the perennial. But they
never have said that he lacks slncer
lty, candor or honesty. They assert h»
is failure at everything he ever un
dertook, but he certainly is not a fail
ure In gaining the affectionate regards
of millions of his own countrymen aud
other millions the world around. Meas
ured merely by the world's standards
of winning place or dollars, most phi-1
losophers and orators—and all poets—
have been failures. Yet tbey shaped
the thoughts aud gladdened the hearts
of the uges. LTyau tuny not quite
measure up to the school of the penni
less Immortals, for oue thing because
he is far from being penniless himself,
yet he has some of the qualities that
wear well with the. future. Liberty.
democracy, righteousness, are waxing,
not waning, and Bryan has never fail-1
efl to strike these chords. Peace aud
brotherhood are very endurable senti
ments, and he has lost no opportunity
to extol both. The doctrines of the
gentle Nazareue are about the most
permanent things in this world, and
the Nebraskan's voice has never been
silent in their pc&lse. The "man abov«
the dollar1' slogan Is bound to grow
more popular as the world becomes
more humanitarian, and the orator of
Lincoln has seldom neglected to lift
his voice In that behalf.
Not a Sidestepper.
There is little heard any more of
Bryan being a demagogue. Ameri
cans are fair minded, and they have
seen that charge to be untrue. To
this people truth Is more than fac
tional difference, a square deal is high
er than partlsanism. Selfishness ever
charges altruism with being a dema
gogue. It merely measures a senti
ment it does not understand by one
that it does. It is hard to convince a
grafter that there Is such a thing as
disinterested public spirit. There are
even corrupHonists who say that every
man has his price. They are llbelers
of humanity. Every man has not his
price, at least in the goods that buy
the people who make this lying charge.
The fellows who indulge in such cheap
cynicism should join the swelling
ranks of the Ananias club.
Whatever Bryan may be, the world
now knows that he Is not a dema
gogue. That term does not go with
his makeup. He may be a bit theatric,
he may like to keep iu the limelight,
he may even be something of an un
conscious poseur, but he must at least
be given credit for belieying what ho
says. As for the taunt that he is su
perficial, perhaps that may be said of
all orators. It is no more true of Mr.
Bryan than of others. He has shown
the ability to grasp fundamentals and
to state them in an effective and sim
ple manner. He surely has the cour
age to say what he thiuks, a virtue not
possessed by all politicians. He Is not
afraid of the interviewer and never
sidesteps an honest question. Nor has
he that cheap aud despicable habit
found in some public men of talking
for publication and then denying his
statements, to the ruin of some poor
scribe. Bryan has always been popu
lar with newspaper men. Without re
gard to party, they have rated him at
his worth, and their judgment Is by no
Baeaus to be despised. Vour average
.'•/,:v5
reporter Is expert In detecting shams
he meets so many of them.
As for the nccusation that Mr. Bryan
ruus for office too much, he could
doubtless respond that the American
people can get rid of this tendency by
electing him. Just as some girls free
themselves from the Importunities of
a too ardent suitor by saying "Yes."
An Early Title.
Still another of the early characterize
tlous of "tho Commoner" has gone out
of fashion, lie is no longer called the
"Boy Orator of the Platte." Oue reason
Is that he docs uot live ou the Platte,
but on Salt creek, the suggestive name
by whU the stream that flows through
Lincoln Is kuown. A second cause of
the change Is that It Is hard to refer
to a man who has lost most of his hair
as Juvenile.
One more fond delusion regarding
the Nebruskau Is likewise disappear
ing. lie no longer is regarded as ex
cessively radical. Bryan blmseif has
always insisted that he is a conserva
tive and has often said that some day
his opponents would be forced to t'omo
to him to save them from the actual
radicals they themselves had reared
up—not entirely a bad prophecy iu the
light of some recent events, for most
or the people of this country have uot
only advanced to the ground occupied
by Bryan, but some of them have gone
far beyond him.
There is one charge that the rea1
radicals make against Mr. Bryan with
some consistency—that, despite his
great will power aud undoubted cour
age, he has proved vacillating. They
aver, for example, that he changed
frout on his support of Parker aud ou
the government ownership of rail
roads. They say be has had too many
"paramount" Issues, only to cast them
aside when they appeared unpopular.
Is this the Achilles heel that will prove
his ultimate undoing?
Congressman at Thirty.
Mr. Bryan was born the year of Lin
coln's first election. 1800. He was vale
dictorian of his college class, studied
law with Lyman Trumbull, went to
congress at tho uge of thirty, sprang
Into national fame by a speech on the
tariff aud won his lirst nomination to
the presidency at the age of thirty-six
by a speech on free silver. lie has
been lawyer, editor, politician and lec
turer. Once he narrowly missed lelhg
a preacher, and even now he says he
would rather talk religion than poll
tics. He was even a baseball pitcher,
and a fairly good one. That was In his
salad days, when he wore a beard to
make blm look older.
Oue of the notable characteristics of
tho Democratic leader Is the lightning
like rapidity with which he makes de
cisions. He can say "No" as quickly
aud decisively as any man In public
life. Ills fighting nose and jaw aud
his wide, thin lipped mouth are uot
false alarms.
"Delight of the Chautauquas."
Bryan's forms of recreation are farm
ing—by proxy—shooting ducks and
making speeches. His regular occupa
tions are solicltlug subscriptions for
the Commoner and running for presi
dent. He tells good stories and has a
new stock from his trip around the
world. As the Emperor Titus was
called "the delight of mankind," Mr.
Bryan could be called "the delight of
the Chautauquas."
Everybody knows, of course, about
the Bryan country home. His farm ou
the outskirts of Lincoln is almost as
famous as Horace's Sabine farm. The
only difference is that Horace, raised
poetry on his place, while Bryan raises
"aristocratic" hens.
Bryan's- great antetype in history
was Brutus—both orators and both de
feated! Both also wrote about their
travels, but Brutus' stuff was so plati
tudinous and commonplace that it has
not survived.
Mrs. Bryan was a cla§smate of her
husband, and to help him she studied
law and was admitted to the bar. She
is that rare and delightful combina
tion, an intellectual woman who is
thoroughly domestic. One of the beau
ties of American civilization Is the
Ideal home lives of our public men,
and In this regard Bryan is near the
summit.
This much can be said of William J.
Bryau with truth: He is actually a
great man. He is one of the first, if
not the very first, of living orators,
lie is a potent moral force. He took
advanced ground and has seen the
country come to his principles. Those
wao are nearest to him know him to
be white ail through—brilliant, gener
ous, kindly, manly and likable in every
way.
But, as to whether he Is ever to be
president or not, that remains to be
determined by fate, the Democratic
party and the American electorate.
Being in such hands, he is entitled to
the pious prayer of the judge In deliv
ering sentence, "And may God have
mercy on his soul."
TEST OF GAS-ELECTRIC CAR.
Power House, Transmission Lines and
Substation on Wheels.
Seventy-five miles of hard running
over all kinds of railroads the other
day showed that the new type of gas
electric car made by a big electric
company Is a decided success, and it
promises to revolutionize railroading
on short lines, says a Schenectady
(N. Y.) special dispatch to the New
York World. The test of the car was
an official one. A speed of sixty miles
an hour was made. Perfect control of
the speed was possible at all times.
In a space of 8 by 9 feet this car
combines the power house, transmis
sion lines, substations and all the ben
efits of electric traction without the
costly and cumbersome effects of the
trolley. One man can operate and con
trol the whole.
Two electric motors of sixty horse
power each drive- the car, and these
are furnished current by a 120 horse
power direct current generator, which
in turn Is driven by an eight cylinder
gas engine, which consumes gasoline.
Not even the exhausted gases are
wasted, for these are driven through
pipes to heat the car.
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The Fighting
Chance.
Obpyrleht, 1906, by the Curtis Publishing Company.
Copyright, 180«, by Kobort W. Cnambera.
CHAPTER
EIGHT
Ek
January the complex social
mechanism of the metropolis
1 was whirling smoothly again.
The last ultra fashlonaRle De
cern Ier lingerer had returned from the
country. Those of the same caste out
ward bound for a southern or exotic
winter had departed, and tiie glittering
machine, every part assembled, refur
bished, repollshed and connected, hav
ing Imcu given preliminary speed tests
at the horse show aud a tunkig up at
the opera, was now running under full
velocity, and Its steady, subdued whir
quitkened the clattering pulse of the
city, keying it to a sublimely synco
pated ragtime.
It was au open winter In New York
and financially a prosperous one, aud
tha: meant a brilliant social season.
Three phenomena particularly charac
terized that metropolitan winter—the
reckless rage for private gambling
through the mediums of bridge and
roulette the incorporation of a com
pany known as the Intercounty Elec
tric company, capitalized at a figure
calculated to disturb nobody and so far
without any avowed specific policy oth
er than that which served to decorate
a portion of its charter which other
wise might have remained ornately
and comparatively blank the third
phenomenon was the retirement from
active affairs of Stanley S. Quarrier,
the father of Howard Quarrier, and
the election of the son to the presiden
cy of the great Algonquin Loan and
Trust company, with Its network sys
ten:. of dependent, subsidiary and allied
corporations.
The day that the" newspapers gave
this Interesting information to the west
ern world Leroy Mortimer, ou being
bluntly notified that he had overdrawn
his account with the Algonquin Loan
and TruBt, began telephoning In every
direction until he located Beverly
Plank at the Saddle club, an organiza
tion of wealthy meu and sufficiently
exclusive not to compromise Plank's
possible chances for something better.
Mortimer crawled out of his hansom,
saying that the desk clerk would pay,
and entered the reading room, where
Plank snt writing a letter.
Beverly Plank hnd grown stouter
since he had returned to town from
Black Fells, but the increase of weight
was evenly distributed over his six
feet odd, which made him only a trifle
more ponderous and not abdominally
fat. But Mortimer had become enor
mous. Rolls of ilesh crowded his mot
tled ear lobes outward and bulged
above his collar. Cushions of it pad
ded the backs of his hands and fin
gers. Shaving left his heavy, distend
ed face congested and unpleasantly
shiny. But he was as minutely groom
ed as ever, aud he wore that satiated
air of prosperity which had always
been one of hi» most important assets.
The social campaign inaugurated by
Leila Mortimer in behalf of Beverly
Plank had so far received no serious
reverses. His box at the horse show,
of course, produced merely negative
results. His box at the opera might
mean something some day. His name
was up at the Lenox and the Patroons.
He had -endowed a ward In the new
pavilion of St. Berold's hospital. He
had presented a fine Gainsborough.
"The Countess of Wythe," to the Met
ropolitan museum, and it was rumored
that he had consulted several bishops
concerning a new chapel for that huge
bastion of the citadel of faith looming
above the metropolitan wilderness in
the north.
Meanwhile he was doggedly docile.
His huge house, facing the wintry park
midway between the squat palaces of
tlie wealthy pioneers and the outer
hundreds, remained magnificently emp
ty save for certain afternoon confer
ences of very solemn men, fellow di
rectors and associates in business and
financial matters—save for the peri
odical presence of the Mortimers.
"Things are moving all the same,"
sf.id Mortimer as he entered the read
ing room of the Saddle club. "Quarrier
and Belwether have listened more re
spectfully to me since they read that
column about you and the bishops and
ttat chapel business."
Plank turned his heavy head, with a
disturbed glance .around .the room.
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Tan'tyou be carefur?'rhe'sal9. "There
was a man here a moment ago." He
picked up his unfinished l»*ter, folded
nud pocketed it, touched an electric
lell, and when a servant came, "Take
Mr. Mortimer's order," he said, sup
porting his massive head on his huge
hands and resting his elbow on the
writing desk.
"I've got to cut out this morning
bracer," said Mortimer, eying the serv
ant with Indecision, but he gave his
order nevertheless and later accepted
a cigar, and when the servant had re
turned and again retired he half emp
tied his tall glass, refilled It with min
eral water and, settling back In the
padded armchair, said: "If I manage
this thing as it ought to be managed
you'll go through by April. What do
you think of that?"
Plank's phlegmatic features flushed.
"I'm more obliged to you than I can
say," he began, but Mortimer silenced
him with a gesture. "Don't interrupt.
I'm going to put you through the Pa
troons club by April. That's thirty
yards through
the center. D'ye
see, you dunder
beaded Dutch
man? It's solid
gain, and it's
our ball. The
Lenox will take
longer. They're
a 'holier-than
thou' bunch of
nincompoops,
and it always
horrifies them
to have any man
"fm
more obliged to
elected, no mat- y0u than 1 can say."
ter who he is."
Plank looked out of the window, his
shrewd blue eyes closing In retrospec
tion.
"Another thing." continued Mortimer
thickly, "the Kemp Ferralls are dis
posed to be decent. I don't mean In
asking you to meet some Intellectual
second "raters, but In doing it hand
somely."
"I want to say," began Plank, speak
ing the more slowly because- he was
deeply in earnest, "that all this you
are doing for me is very handsome of
you, Mortimer. I'd like to say, to con
vey to you something of how I feel
about the way you ahd Mrs. Morti
mer"—
"Oh. Leila has done it all."
"Mrs. Mortimer Is very kind, and
you have been so too. I—I wish there
was something, some way to—to"—
"To what?" asked Mortimer so blunt
ly that Plank flushed up and stam
mered:
"To be—to do a—to show my grati
tude."
"How? You're scarcely in a position
to do anything for us," said Mortimer,
brutally staring him out of counte
nance.
"I know it," said Plank, the painful
flush deepening.
Mortimer, fussing and growling over
his cigar, was nevertheless stealthily
intent on the game which had so long
absorbed him. His wits, clogged, dull
ed by excesses, were now aroused to a
sort of gross activity through the men
ace of necessity. At last Plank had
given him an opening. He recognized
his chance.
"There's one thing,"
he
mind to drop the whole cursed busi
ness! I've every Inclination to drop it!
If you haven't horse sense enough—if
you haven't Innate delicacy sufficient
to keep you from making such a
break"—
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jolly people out this
said deliber­
ately, "that I won't stand for, and
that's any vulgar misconception on
your part of my friendship for yon.
Do you follow me?"
"I don't misunderstand It," protested
Plank, angry and astonished. "I
don't"—
"An though," continued Mortimer
menacingly, "I were one of those
needy social tipsters, one of those shab
by, pandering touts who"—
"For heaven's.sake, Mortimer, don't
talk like that! I had no Intention"—
"-r-one of those contemptlbfe, para
sitic leeches," persisted Mortimer, get
ting redder and hoarser, "who live on
men like you. Confound you, Plank,
what the devil do you mean by It?"
"Mortimer, are you crazy to talk to
me like that?"
"No, I'm not, but you must be! I've
a
:W 3
mer. woulii.. have litiri yoft"—
"You did hurt me! How can I feel
the same again I never imagined you
thought' I was that sort of a social
mercenary. Why, so little did I dream
that you looked on our friendship In
that light that I was—on my word of
honor—I was Just now on the point of
asking you for $3,000 or $4,000 to carry
me to the month's end and square my
bridge balance."
"Mortimer, you must take it! You
are a fool to think I meant anything
by saying I wanted to show my grati
tude. Look here be decent and fair
with me. I wouldn't offer you an af
front—would I—even if I were a cad?
I wouldn't do it now Jutf when you're
getting things into shape for me. I'm
not a fool anyway. This is in deadly
earnest, I tell you, Mortimer, and I'm
getting angry about It. You've got to
show your confidence in me. You've
got to take what you want from me as
you would from any friend."
There was a pause. A curious and
Unaccustomed sensation had silenced
Mortimer, something almost akin to
shame. It astonished him a little. He
did not quite understand why in the
very moment of success over this
stolid, shrewd young man and his
thrifty Dutch instincts he should feel
uncomfortable. Were not his services
worth something? Had he not earned
at least the right to borrow from this
rich man who could afford to pay for'
what was done for him? Why should
he feel ashamed? He had not been
treacherous he really liked the fellow.
Why shouldn't be take his money?
"See here, old man," said Plank, ex
tending a huge highly colored hand,
"Is all square between us now?"
"I think so," mattered Mortimer.
But Plank would not relinquish hi*
band.
"Then tell me how to draw that
check! Great heaven, Mortimer, what
Is friendship, anyhow, if it doesn't in
clude little matters like this—little mis
understandings like this? I'm the man
to be sensitive, not you. You hay6
been very good to me, Mortimer. I
could almost wish you In'a position
where the only thing I possess might
square something of my debt to you."
A few minutes later while he was
filling In the check a dusty youth in
riding clothes and spurs came in and
found a seat by one of tho windows.
Into which he dropped, and then looked'
about him for a servant
"Hello, Fleetwood!"' said Mortimer,,
glancing over his shoulder to see
whose spurs were ringing on the pol-,
lshed floor.
Fleetwood saluted amiably with his
riding crop, including Plank, whom
he did not know, in a more formal sa-.
lute.
"Will you Join us?"
asked
'Is
fH
1
Mortl-'
mer, taking the check which Plank of
fered and carelessly pocketing it with
out even a nod of thanks. "You know
Beverly Plank, of course? Whfct! I
thought everybody knew Beverly
Plank."
Mr. Fleetwood and Mr. Plank shook,
hands and resumed their
seats.
"Rippipg
weather!" observed
wood, replacing his
ing the glove which
to
Fleet-,
hat and
re
button­
be had removed'
shake hands with
Plank. "Lot
ofj
morning. 1
Mortimer, do you want that
er of mine you looked
wants him if you
ssty,
roan
hunt­
over?
King Dermid, because
I mean
Marlon
Page
don't. She was
this morning, and she
out,
spoke of It
again."
Mortimer, lifting a replenished glass,
shook his head and' drink thirstily in
silence. -v^-
(To Be Concluded.)
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