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A Gentleman
"By Thomas A. Wise
Novelized From the Pity
by Frederick R. Toomba
Copyrlgtn, IMS, by Thomas A. Wise.
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
"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
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,
"I wonder If we're not nil here on
the same errand," suggested the news
paper man.
Senator Peabody appeared to be all
"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,
"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
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
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
"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
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
"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
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
"Thank you, senator: thank you very
mich."' And Norton bowed and left,
I'r.'ihciiy turned to Stevens,
"You see. even a cnnernj.sir.sin nan
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.
ran noss ov the snv.Tr. ixsr-ECTS A
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
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
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
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."
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
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
"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
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
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
"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.
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
"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
"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
"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
"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-
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
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."
ANT. HAINES quickly walked over aud
touched the southerner on tho
"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
Bud shook his head.
"No. Just New York." he paid.
"WelL thut's u promising town,"
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
could not help the slight sneer.
a man never to admit that he
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
"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
"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?"".

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