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THE BmLINOTOX FIiEE PRESS AND TIMES: 1 !I ( umDAv, MAY (5, TUU'J. A Gentleman From Mississippi "By Thomas A. Wise Novelized From the Pity by Frederick R. Toomba Copyrlgtn, IMS, by Thomas A. Wise. CHAPTTni IV. "JCST THE MAN WE NEED." S Bud Haines returned from f young Langdon's room, where I he had left the latter In bed, towel filled with cracked Ice nrounfllils head, he saw two familiar flgure standing In a secluded corner of the lobby. They were talking ear nestly In a low voice. "Whew!" whistled the newspaper man. "It must bo something Impor tant that brings both the boss of the senate and Stevens of Mississippi here." "Good afternoon, Haines. How are you'" Senator Stevens said cordially, as, looking up, ho saw the newspaper man approaching. "Senator Peabody, you know Haines, don't you? The brightest young correspondent In Washington." Senator Peabody of Pennsylvania, the leading power In the upper house, was a man of commanding character and of strong personality. Tho fact ho used these attributes to advance In tho senate tho financial Interests of himself, of Standard Steel and other commercial organizations met with .very little protest in Washington. That he deserved the title frequently used In referring to him, "boss of the sen ate," none would deny who had knowl edge of the inner workings of the sen ate and the various committees. Senator Peabody was very affable to the reporters, especially to those of Haines' stamp, who had never accept ed any favors from him and who op posed his methods. He aimed to win the friendship of these opponents by diplomacy as he had found that re porters of the Haines sort could not be Influenced by money. Ho consid ered a reporter who would take a bribe as a constructive, conservative member of society and frequently regretted that so many of the correspondents sent to Washington could not be bought nor had bills they wanted pass ed or defeated. He extended his hand to Haines as Stevens concluded and aald warmly "Of course I know the representative of the Morning Star! How do you do, Haines?" "I wonder If we're not nil here on the same errand," suggested the news paper man. Senator Peabody appeared to be all candor. "We enmo to call on Senator Lang don, Senator Stevens' new colleague," he said. Bud Haines opened his eyes wide. "By Jove, I.angdon stock is going up when the chairman of the naval com mittee drops in to welcome him." "You see, Langdon went In on a naval base platform." explained Ste vens. "Our section of the south is red hot in favor of the government spending its naval base appropriation right there." "Certainly," interrupted Haines, "but" "And, there being a vacancy on the committee on naval affairs," continued Stevens, whose dignity was offended by the reporter's Interruption, "the friends of Senator Lnngdon arc work ing to have him appointed on that committee, because ho comes from the state where the naval base will be located and will, like myself, be more familiar with tho availability of tho Tarlous sites suggested than a man from another state." Haines nodded. "Yes, of course. What town's going to cet it. senator?" Senator Stevens paused Judiciously. "Well," he said, "Altacoola and C.ulf City are the chief candidates. I sup pose you had better talk to Langdon about It." The reporter smiled. "That's Just what I came for, sen tor, but I have to go up to the war department now. When Senator Lang don comes will you bo kind enough to tell hlrn I want to interview him?" Stevens bowed cordially. "Inijeed I shall. I'll tell him he's In luck to have the smartest young man In Washington on the Job." "All right," laughed Bud, "only don't make it so strong that he won't recog nize me when he sees me. Good day." And he hnrrled away to keep a belated appointment. "Clever boy," said Stevens as the Mwspapcr man disappeared. The boss of the senate agreed. "Yes, only I'm not sure It's a good thing for a newspaper man to be too tleTer. Spoils his usefulness. Makes him nsk too many confounded ques tions." Stevens acquiesced, for It would never do to disagree with the boss. "It's very kind of you, senator," he began, changing the subject, "to como tvjth me to welcome tho new senator from my state, my old friend and col league." An Inscrutable smile a smile, yet a cold one accompanied Peabody's an swer. "1 hnve always found, Stevens," he said, "thnt a llttlo attention like this to a new man Is never wasted, and I make It n rule not to overlook oppor tunities." AgaUj the senior senator from Mis sissippi acquiesced, nnd he laughed BOOK BINDING AND PRINTING It will cost you nothing to Ret prices nnd we have been able to j,'nin and satisfy so ninny uun customers that u-; feel Ktiro thnt you also will find our print shop anil bindery able to serve you to your conipleto satisfaction. Tim fit Kit i'iK mtixTiMi in OurllnKlun, V- heartily at l'eaboay s Keen Insight Into human nature. "I think you'll like Langdon," Ste vens remarked nfter a pause, "and you'll find him easy to deal with. Just put up any measure for the benefit of the south nnd I.angdon will go the limit on it. Even a Repub 1 i c a n majority doesn't mind a little Democratic support, you know. I think he's just the man you can use In this gulf naval base bill." "You can swing him?" asked Pea body sharply. Stevens drew closer to Pea body. 'Then lou avarantrc Mmf" snapped the boss. "I elected htm, and he knows it," he chuckled. The boss nodded. "And it's likely that n man like Langdon, new to politics a simple i gentleman of the old school, as you do- i scrlbo him might have considerable j Influence on opinion throughout the country." Lnngdon's colleague grasped the arm of tho senatorial dictator. "He's just tho man we want, sena tor. He's one of those old fellows you just havQ.to believe when he talks. He'll do'$hat I suggest, and he can make the public believe what we think." "Then you guarantee him?" snapped the boss. "Unreservedly, senator." "All right," said Peabody. "He goes on the naval committee. That ought to be enough honor for a man who a year ago was growing cotton on an old plantation miles nway from civili sation." "We hnve control now of all the land about Altacoola that can be used," said Stevens. "I have had Norton, the con gressman from Lnngdon's district, working on It. There Isn't a foot of land there which we do not now con trol under options, and." he added, with a chuckle, "the options were dirt cheap." Peabody grunted approvingly. "There won't be any New York for tune in it, but it ought to be a pretty tidy bit." he said. "Now, If we could only get Langdon interested, directly or indirectly, In a financial way, that would clinch everything." The senior senator from Mississippi shook bis head. "It's too risky. He's old fashioned, you know ba.i about as much Idea about practical politics as well, as we have ofthe Golden Rule. Fact is, he Senator Pcjbodj, "boss o the senate." rather lives by that antiquated stand ard. That's where we get him. lie owes everything to me, you see, fo naturally he'll do anything I want him to. By the way, there's Norton now. Perhaps ho can tell us something." "Call him over," said Peabody. Norton had been strolling about the lobby, hoping to be noticed. The flame had lured the moth, and it liked the manner of the singeing. The con gressman 'hurried precipitately across nt Stevens' summons "I've been wanting to speak to you, gentlemen," said Norton, full of the good trick he had turned, "but I didn't like to Interrupt you. I think I've done n big stroke for Altacoola to day." Even Peabody pricked up his ears. "Yes," said both senators together. With a keen sense of the dramatic, the congressman let his next words drawl out with full effect. "I've got Senator Lungdon interested financially Interested," he said. His two hearers exchanged a signifi cant glance. "How?" asked Peabody sharply. Norton smiled shrewdly. "Well, I Just let his son Invest $50, 000 of the senator's money In Alta coola land. That ought to help some." Stevens stared In amazement at his congressman, bis eyes threatening to bulge out of bis head. "What!" ho gasped. "You got Lang Con's money In Altacoola, through his son ?" "I sure have, senator," chuckled Nor ton. "He's In to tho extent of fifty thousand, and I've promised that the fifty shall make a hundred by spring." "It'll make three hundred thousand at least," snapped Peabody, "Norton, you've done a good day's work. By the way, a New York client of mine has a little business thnt I cannot at tend to handily. Doesn't Involve much work, and a young, hustling lawyer like you ought to take charge of It easily. The fee, I should say, would be about $10,000. Have you the time to undertake It?" The congressman drew a long breath. Ills eyes beamed with gratitude. "I Hhould say I have, senator. Of cnurso It won't Interfere with any of my duties ris a congressman." . Peabody twilled. "Of course not, Norton, I nee that your poneo of humor In Improving. If niuvenleiit, run over to New York the lift of the week. I'll give you n card. My client's office Is nt 10 Broadway." The ruler of tho senate nodded u curt Ihmlssal. "Thank you, senator: thank you very mich."' And Norton bowed and left, p.lolclng, I'r.'ihciiy turned to Stevens, "You see. even a cnnernj.sir.sin nan 9 bo useful sometimes," remarked Ste vens dryly. "Keep your eye on that young man, Stevens. Hc'n the most valuable con gressman we've had from your state In n long while. Does Just what ho Is told and doesn't nsk any fool ques tions. This wnn good work. Lnng don's on tho naval committee now sure. Come. Stevens: let's go to some quiet corner In the smoking room. I mini iu tutu iu ,i uu iiiiuui Miiiieiiuiii; else the Standard has on hand for you to do." Hnrdly had they departed from tho lobby when resounding commotion at the entrance, followed by the rushing of porters nnd bellboys nnd nn expect ant pose on the part of the clerk, Indi cated that the new senator from Mis sissippi had arrived. CHAPTER V. ran noss ov the snv.Tr. ixsr-ECTS A NEW MEMBER, AN actor playing the role of a high type of southern planter would score a decided success by pie L turlug the character exactly i nfter the fashion of Senator William H. Langdon ns he strode to the de.sk of tho International hotel. A wide brim med black hat thrust bad; on his head, ! a long black perfecto In his mouth, j coattnlls spreading out behind ns he wnlked, nnd the "Big Bill" I.angdon j Btnlle on his face that carried sunshine j nnd good will wherever he went, he J was good to look on, an Inspiration, , particularly lit Washington. Following the senntor were Miss Langdon nnd Hope Georgia, leading a retinue of hotel ntter.dants staggering under a large assortment of luggage. Both beautiful glvls, they caused a sensation nil of their own. Carolina, a different type from the younger, had au austere loveliness denoting pride and birth, a brunette of the quality that has contributed so much to tho fame of southern women. Hope Geor gia, more girlish and a vivacious bloud, was the especial pet of her father nnd usually succeeded in doing with him what she chose. A real senator nnd two such young women handsomely gowned seemed to take tho old hotel back a score of years back to the times when such sights were of dally occurrence. Tho ancient greatness of the now dingy Internatlonnl lived again. "How are you, senator? Glad to welcome you, sir," was tho clerk's greeting. Tho genial senntor held out his hand Everybody was bin friend. "Glad to meet you, sir; glad to meet you." ho exclaimed. "Must make you acquainted with my doughters. This is Miss Carolina Langdon, this Miss Hope Georgia Langdon." The two girls, with their father's Idea of courtesy, shook hands with the clerk, who was not at nil taken aback by the unexpected honor. Hope Georgia was thoroughly de lighted with everything, but Carolina looked nt the worn nnd faded walls and furnishings with evident distaste. "Oh. this is Washington." murmured Hope Georgia ecstatically, clasping her hands and gazing at a vista of arti ficial palms In n corridor." "Ah. this Is Washington," sighed the new senator contentedly as he gazed across a hall at the biggest and most gorgeous cigar stand he hud ever seen or ever hop-d to see the only new thing added to the hotel since Grant was president. "Truly magnificent establishment you have here, sir; magnificent!" he ex claimed as an Imitation ble col umn came within his p v. "I re member my friend Senator Moseley (speaking to me of It thirty years ago. Are our rooms ready?" Tho clerk, hugely pleased, hastened to assure him that everything was in first class order, waiting. "You better go up, girls, while I look around a bit and sort of get the hang of things." "Yes, I think we had better look around a bit, too, before we decide, father," said Carolina diplomatically. Her father patted her affectionately on the nrm. "Now, dn't you worry, Carolina. I see you think this place too expensive from its l'joks too good for us. But I tell you the best, even this, isn't too good for you girls and your dad. Run away, and I'll come up and see you soon." The new senator leaned his elbow n the desk, surveying the place. "I understand this is a favorite haunt for tho big men of Washington," ho laid. The clerk eagerly agreed. "Yes, indeed, senator; we have them all. Senator Peabody nnd Senntor Stevens were here just a moment ago. Boy, find Senator Peabody and Senntor Ste vensnnd tell them Senator Langdon is here." Thetwosenators camp quickly. "Pin glad to see you, Langdon; glad to see you," exclaimed Ste rol, nnd Scnntnn ves. wltl an ns" Pcub'idu and ate- sumption of cf- rew," fuslveness. "I want to Introduce you to Senator Pea body of Pennsylvania." Peabody bowed, and Langdon held out his hand. "I'm delighted to meet you, senator. This Is n proud day for me. sir." Peabody had put on his smoothest and most polished manner. "1 came especially to meet you, Sen ntor Langdon," he said, "Although we nro on different sides we may be Interested In the same things. I hopo wo Khali see a great deal of each other." Langdon chuckled. "That's ml.'jhty good of you. senator. I'm depending on you experienced fel lows! to put i no through. Don't know much about thN lawmaking business, you know. liaising cotton, arguing the government and bossing nigger have been ubout the extent o" my oc cupation for the last forty years, so I reckon I'm not much of a practical lawmaker" "Oh. you'll learn; you'll lenrn quick ly." assured Peabody. "With Stevens, here, for a guide you can't go wrong. We all look up to Stevens. He's cne of the powers on jour s'.di. He'i an able. man. la Stevens." The new senator from Mississippi gladly corroborated this. "You're right, sir. A great man! I tell you. when he told that legislature what they ought to do, Senntor Pea body, they did It. If It wasn't for Ste vens I wouldn't be here now." In mock protest the senior senator from Mississippi raised his hands. "Now, now, Langdon, don't say that. Your worth, your Integrity, your char acter nnd our old friendship got you the scnntorshlp." The old plnnter laughed gleefully. "Sure, Stevens. I have the character and the Integrity, but I reckon tho character nnd integrity wouldn't have done much business if you hadn't had the legislature." Clearly delighted, Penbody consider ed It certain that this new senator knew just tho way he should go nnd would cnttse no difficulty. His keen nenso of gratitude made him appreciate how he had been elected. Peabody literally beamed on Langdon. "I hopo we shall be nble to work a good deal together, senator," he said. "I have the Interests ofhe south nt heart, particularly with regard to this new naval base. Perhaps wo may be nble to get you on the naval commit tee." "Me!" laughed Langdon. "Well, that would be going strong! But 1 tell you I'm for the naval base." "For Altacoola?" suggested Stevens. Lnngdon hesitated. Peabody and Stevens watched him ns eagles watch their prey from the mountain crag. "Well, It looks to me like Altacoola ought to be a fine site. But the actual place Isn't so lm- porta nt to me. I lell you. gentle men." he said in Impressive seri ousness that rang wlthsturdy Amer ican manhood"! tell you that what is important It that the great, sweeping curve ot the gulf shall holu 6 o m o of those white Rhlns of v 5. ours to watcli"For';"In"0M?"say. over the Indies Vtcd Stevens. nnd the canal and to keep an eye on South America. "And right there on our own south ern coast I want these ships built and equipped and tho guns cast and tho men found to man them. I want the south to have her part In tho nation's defense. I want her to have this great naval city ns the living proof that there is again Just one country the United States and the north and the south both have forgiven." Senator Peabody clapped tho new member on the back. "Good!" he exclaimed. "You've got to make some speeches like that. We'll have you ns the orator for the naval base." Langdou'8 eyes opened wide. "Orator!" he gasped. "Me! An ora tor!" "Why, that was oratory, good ora tory." exclaimed Stevens, with enthu siasm. "Huh!" grunted the plnnter. "You call that oratory. Why, that was only the truth." "We'll see that you do some more of It, then," laughed Peabody. "Remem ber, we count on you for the naval base." "For rural simplicity he's perfec tion." whispered Peabody to Stevens as they left the planter. "He's a liv ing picture of innocence. We'll push him forward and let him do the talk ing for the naval affairs committee. T-rt.lt..,. i . i.t... i . t nmniK uL-uiuu nun, we couiu pui through almost any kind of a proposi tion." Once more did the senior senator from Mississippi acquiesce. CHAPTER VI. NEW TOinSUS AND AN OLP ENEMY. LVNGDON gazed at the two depart ing senators with varied emo tions, lie sat down to think I over what they had said aud to carefully consider what manner of man was Peabody, who showed such an In terest in liim. lie realized that he would have considerable intercourse with Peabody in the processes of legis lation and finally had to admit to him self that he did not like the senator from Pennsylvania. Just what it was Langdon could not at this time make certain, but ho was mystified by traces of contradictions In the senator's char acterslight traces, true, but traces nevertheless. Peabody's cordiality nnd . sympathy were to Lnngdon's mind partly genuine and partly false. Just what was the cause of or the necessitj for tho alloy in the true metal he could not fathom. His talk with these famous lawmak ers was unsatisfactory also in that li had conveyed to Langdon the sugges tion that the senate was cot primarily a great forum for the general nnd ac tive consideration of weighty meas ures and of national policies. It had been his Idea that the senate was pri marily such a forum, but the attitude of Peabody and Stevens had hinted tc him that there were matters of indlv unl interest that outweighed public ot national considerations. For Instance "Come along, colonel! i'o' can't sit henh all day." they were anxious that Altacoola ahould harp the naval btifce regardless of the claims or merits of any other section. That was unusual, puzr.llug to LausUou. Moreoer, It was poor business, yet there wero tblc business men lu tho senate. Not ono of them would, for Instance, think of buying u sito for a factory until ho had investi gated many possible location:! and then selected tho most fuvorablo one. Why was It, he pondered, that the business of tho great United States of America was not conducted on business lines? Ho must study tho whole question In telligently; that was Imperative. He must have advice, help. To whom was ho to go for it? Stevens? Yes, his old friend, who knew all "tho ropes." Yet even Stevens seemed different in Wash ington than Stevens In Mississippi. Hero he played "second fiddle." Ho was even obsequious, Langdon had ob served, to Peabody. In Mississippi ho was a leader, and a strong ono too. But Senator Langdon had not yet learned of tho many founts from which polit ical strength and political leadership mav bo gained. What ho finally decided on wns tho engaging of a secretary, but ho must bo one with knowledge of political op erations, one who combined wisdom with honesty. Such nn nld could pre vent Lnngdon from making the many mistakes that invariably mark the new man In politics, and ho could point out j the most effective modes of procedure under given circumstances. It might prove difficult, to find a man of the nec essary qualifications who was not nl ready employed, but In the meantime Langdon would watch tho playing of the game blrnseK and make his own deductions ns best he could. The senator started toward the hotel desk to ask regarding the whereabouts of his son Randolph when his atten tion wns caught by the sight of three powerful negro porters endeavoring to thrust outdoors n threadbare old man. The victim's flowing white hair, white mustache nnd military bearing receiv ed short shrift. "Come along, colonel! Yo' can't sit heah all day. Them chairs Is for tho guests In the hotel," the head porter was urging as he jerked the old man ' toward the door. The Mississippi's fighting blood was instantly aroused at such treat ment of a respectable old white man by negroes, nis lips tightly compress ed ns ho hurried to the rescue. He cried sharply. "Take ycur hands off that gentle man! What do you mean by touching a friend of mine." The negroes stepped back amazed. "Scuse me. senator, Is this gent'man a friend of yours," the head porter gasped npologetlcally. Langdon looked at him. "You heard what I said," he drawled In the slow way-Jiatural to some men of tho south when trouble threatens. "I'd like to havo you'down in Missis sippi for about ten minutes." The hend porter turned quickly on his assistants and drove them away, shouting at the top of his voice: "Get about yo' wuk. How dare yo' lntehfcre wid a friend of do senator's? I'll teach yo' to be putting yoh nose In where It ain't got no business." Tho old man. astonished at the turn of events, came forward hesitatingly to Langdon. "I'm very much obliged to you, sir," he said. "I'm Colonel Stonemnn, nn old soldier." Tho MIssisslppian stretched forth his hnnd. "My name Is Langdon. sir Senator Lnngdon of Mississippi. I am an old soldier too." "Delighted, senator." exclaimed the seedy looking old man, taking the of fered hand gratefully. Langdon's easy method of making frionds was well illustrated ns he clapped his new companion on the back. Everybody he met was the Mis slsslppinn's friend until he had proved himself the contrary. That had been lib rule through life. "Come right over, colonel; have a cigar, sir." Then, as they lighted their cigars, ho Inquired, "What army corps were you with, colonel?" "I was under Grant along the Ten nessee," replied the oliLG. A. R. man Familiarity with a senntor was something new for him, and already he was straightening up nnd becom ing more of n man every moment. Langdon was thoroughly interested. "I was along tho Tennessee under Beauregard," he said. "Great generals, sir! Great gener als!" exclaimed Colonel Stonemnn. "And great fighting, I reckon!" ech oed the Confederate. "You remember tho battle of Crawfonlsvllle?" The old Federal smiled with joyous recollection. "Do I? Well, I should cay i uia: Were you there, senator?" "Was I there? Why. I remember every shot that was fired. I was un der Kirby. who turned your left wing." Tho attitude of the northern soldier changed Instantly. He drew himself up with cold dlgulty. Plainly be felt that ho had the honor of his nnny to sustain. "Our left wing wns never turned, 6lr!" he exelnlmcd with dignity. Lnngdon stnred nt him with amaze ment. This wns a point of view the Confederate had never heard before. "Never turned!" he gasped. "Don't tell mo that! I was there, nnd. besides, I've fought this battle on an average of twice n week ever since '05 down In Mississippi, and In all these years 1 never heard such a foolish statement." "What rank wero you, sir?" asked the Union aoldier haughtily. "I was a captain that morning," con fessed tho southerner. His old enemy smiled with superi orly. "As a colonel I've probably got morp accurate Information," he said. "I was a colonel that evening," came the dry retort. "But In an Inferior army. Wo licked you, air!" cried Stoneman hotly. The MIssisslppian drew himself up with all the dignity common to the old Confederate soldier explaining tho war. "The south was never whipped, r.lr. I We honorably surrendered, sir. We surrendered to save the country, sir, but we were never whipped," "Did you not run nt Kenyon IUII?" taunted Stonemnn. Langdon brought down his fist In the palm of the other hand violently. "Yes, sir; we ran nt ycu. I ought to romember. I got my wound there. You remember that bug lane"- He pulled off his hat nnd threw it on the floor. Indicating It with one hand "Here was the. Second Alabama." Tlu ha ot the old Federal dropped on tho floor op posite the lint of the Confederate. "And here the Eighth Illinois," exelnlmed Stone mnn, Lnngdon cxclt- AM Ua mm 2 l4T & V mlnntlve bellboy passing ny nnu plnntcd him alongside his hat. "Stay there a "A tid here the 1'J'jhlh moment, sonny," Hltnolal" ho cried. "You nro the Fourth Virginia." The newspaper Stoneman was carry ing enmo down opposite the startled bellboy, who was trying not to ap pear frightened. "This Is the clump of cedars," ho exclaimed. Both, In their eagerness, wero bend ing down over their improvised battle plan, their heads close together. "And here a farmhouse beside your cedars," cried Langdon. "That's where tho rebels charged us," echoed the Union man. Lnngdon brought down his fist again witli emphatic gesture. "You bet we charged you! The Third Mississippi charged you! I charged you, sir!" Stonemnn nodded. "I remember a young fool of n John nie reb dashing up the hill fifty yard nhend of his men, waving Ifls sword nnd yelling like a wild Indian." The southerner straightened up. "Well, where In thundcrntlon would you expect mo to be, sir?" he exclaim ed. "Behind them? I got my wound there. Laid me up for three m-xtbs; like to have killed me." Then a new Idea struck him. "Why, colonel. It must have been a bullet from one of your men from your reg iment, sir!" The old northerner pushed bis fin gers through hi-, hair and shook his head apologetically. "Why. senator, I'm afraid It was," he hesitated. Langdon's eyes were big with tho tfterglow of a fighter discussing the mighty struggle"! of the past, those most precious of all the Jewels In tho treasure store of a soldier's memory. "Why, It might have been n bullet fired by you, sir," lie cried, "it might be that you were the man who almost killed tin. Why, confound you, sir, I'm glad to meet you!" Each old veteran of tragic days gone by had quite unconsciously awaken ed a responsive chord in the heart of the other. A senator and a penniless old "down and outer" nre very much the snoio in tho human scale that takes note of the inside and not the outside of a man. And they fell into ench other's nrms then and there, for what strong fighter does not respect another of his kind? There they stood, arms around each other, clapping each other on the back, "TJcrc uas the Second Alabama.'' actually chortling in tho pure ecstasy of comradeship, now serious, again laughing, when on the scene appeared Bud Haines, tho correspondent, who had returned to interview the new sen ator from Mississippi, "Great heavens!" ejaculated the newspaper man. "A senator, a United States senator, hugging a broken dowu old 'has been!' What Is the world com ing to?" Haines suddenly paused. "1 wonder if it can be a pose merely for effect. It's getting harder every day to tell what's genuine and what lsu't In this town." CHAPTER VII. LA.NCDON LEAKN.i or THINGS UNTLEAS ANT. HAINES quickly walked over aud touched the southerner on tho arm. "Well, my boy, what can 1 do for you?" asked the new senator, turning, with u pleasant smile. "My name Is Haines. Senator Ste vens was to speak to you about me. I'm thu first of the newspaper corre spondents come to interview you." Langdon's familiar smile broadened. "Well, you don't look ns though you'd bite. Reckon I can staud for It. Is It very painful?" "1 hope It won't be, senator," Haines said, feeling Instinctively that he was going to like this big. hearty citizen. "All right, Mr. Haines, just as soo.i ns I've said good by to my old friend, Colonel Stoneiuan, I'll be with you." And to his continued amazement Haines saw the senator walk away with the old Union colonel, slap him ou the back, cheer him up and finally bid him good by after extending a cor dial Invitation to come around to din ner, meet his daughters and talk over old times. The antlquatPd Federal soldier march ed away more erect, more brisk, than in years, completely restored to favor In the eyes of the hotel people. Lang don turtle J to the reporter. "All right, Mr. Haines; my bands are tip. Do your worst. Senator Stevens tpuke to me about you; said you wcro the smartest young newspaper man in Washington You must come from the south." Bud shook his head. "No. Just New York." he paid. "WelL thut's u promising town," 0 drawled tho southerner. "They tell mt that'll tho Vlcksburg of the north." "I suppose you haven't been to New York of late, senntor?" suggested the newspaper man. "Well, I started up there with Gen eral Lee once," responded Langdon rcmlnlsccntly, "but wo changed our minds and came back. You may havo heard about that trip." Unities admitted that ho had. "Since that time," went on Lang don, "I've confined my travels to New Orlenns and Vlcksburg. Ever been in New Orleans about Mardl Gras time, Mr. Haines?" "Sorry, but I don't believe I have," confessed the reporter reluctantly. The senator seemed surprised. "Well, sir, you have something to llvo for. I'll make It my special busi ness to personally conduct you through one Mnrdl Gras, with a special under , standing, of course, that you don't print anything in the paper. I'm a vestryman In my church, but since 1 misfortune has come upon our state I havo to be en refill." Hnlnes searched his brain, no knew ' of no grave calamity that had hap pened recently In Mississippi. "Misfortune?" he questioned. Senntor Langdon nodded, J "Yes, sir, the great old state of Mis i Blsslppl went prohibition at the last I election. I don't know how it hap ' pened. We haven't found anybody In the state that says he voted for it, but the fact Is a fact. I assure you. Mr. I Haines, that prohibition stops at my front door, in Mississippi. So I've been living a quiet life down on my planta tion." ! "This new life will be a great change ! for you, then?" suggested the reporter. "Change! It's revolutionary, sir! When you've expected to spend your old days peacefully In tho country, Mr. Haines, suddenly to find that your state has elled on yon" I A flavor of sarcasm came into Haines' reply. The office seeking the man He Was could not help the slight sneer. a man never to admit that he had Bought the office? Haines knew only too well of the arduous work neces sary to secure nominations for high of fice in conventions and to win an elec tion to the senate from a state legis lature. In almost every case, he knew, the candidate must make a dozen dif ferent "deals" to secure votes, might promise the same office to two or three different leaders, force others into line by threats, send a trusted agent to an other with a roll of bnnk bills the re cipient of which would Immediately conclude that this candidate was tho only man In the state who could savo tho nation from destruction. Had not Haines seen men who had sold tbclr unsuspecting delegates for cash to the highest bidder rise in tho convention hall and In Impassioned, dramatic voice exclaim In praise of the buyer, "Gentlemen, It would be a crying shame, a crime against civilization, if the chosen representatives of our grind old state of did not go on record In favor of such a man, such a true citizen, such nn Inspired patriot, as be whose name I am about to men tion!" So tho reporter may be forgiv en for the ironical tinge In his hasty Interruption of the new senator's re marks. Lnngdon could not suppress a chuc kle nt the doubting note in Haines' at titude. "I think the man would be pretty small potatoes who wouldn't seek the office of United States senator, Mr. Haines," he said, "If he could get it. When I was a young man, sir, polttici in the south was n career for a gentle man, and I still can't see how he could be better engaged than in the service of his state or ills country." "That's right," agreed the reporter, further impressed by the frank sinceri ty of tho MIssisslppian. "The only condition In my mind, Mr. Haines, is that the man should ask himself searchlngly whether or not he's competent to give the service. But I seem to bo talking a good deal. Suppose we get to the interview. Ex pect your time is short. We'd better begin." "I thought we were in the Inter view?" smiled the correspondent. "In it!" exclaimed Langdon. "Well, if this is it, it Isn't so bad. I see you use a painless method. When I was down In Vlcksburg a reporter backed me up in a corner, slipped his hand in bis hip pocket nnd pulled out a list of questions Just threo feet four Inches long. "He wanted to know what I thought concerning the tariff on aluminium hy drates and how I stood about the open Ins of the Tento Pu reservation of tho Comanche Indians, and what were my Ideas about the differential rate of hauls from tho Missouri river. "Ke was a wonder, that fellow! Kinder out of place on a Mississippi paper. I started to offer him a Job, but he was so proud 1 was afraid he wouldn't accept it. However, it gives you my idea of a reporter." "If you've been against that, I ought to thank you for talking to me," laugh ed Haines. "Then you don't want to know any thing about that sort of stuff?" said Langdon, with a hugh sigh of relief. "No, senator," was the amused re ply. "I think genernMy If 1 know what sort of a man a man Is I can tell a great deal about what he will think on various Questions." (To hi- continued.) rorvrux ir.x at i'rke imiem. tiii: Rxcot ii ci:i rnxsuMF.n. Wo arc now at llii point of licRlnnin? Iti tl.o recognition of the principle th.it I he consumer lins com' rlplits In nuv iiumlng of tatllTn nnil flxliiK of costs We hail prnrtleally reached the snmo print, wlipn President McKlnley deliver ed his memorable nddnss nt Hufralo, M-veii yenrs iiko. Tho events which fol lowed, In plctiirrsqno variety, the 8ml omilns; of McKlnley' life, have nnd dlf ft icnt meanings for different mind. Hut i pon ono point nil are aKived, No step 'uis liccn taken until now toward lijrlit en'nc the burden of the American con miner. Purine these seven years of ve hement preaching of the square ileal tho pror consumer has been the prey of every tcrlff-fed combination that eould set It.s cl.iws on him. It will probably be a long time yet before he comes fully Into his own; but tho thought the his rluhts nie being even considered at Washing ton Is enough to give him hope anil r ourase. roixTAix ruxs at puke r?"".