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THH CITIZKft, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1912.
By Henry Russell Miller,
"The Man Higher Up"
Copyright, 1911, by the Dobbs-McrrlU
Senator Murchell, loader of the state
machine, and Shcehan. local boss of New
Chelsea, offer the nomination for district
attorney to John Dunmemlo. Dunmeade
la Independent In hli political Ideas.
Dunmcade. will accept the nomination.
Ilia father, n partisan Judce, connratu
Utes him. His Aunt Roberta urses John
to call on Kathrrlne Hampden, dauchter
of a capitalist
Kathcrlno IIampdn Is a worshiper of
success. She and John are friends. Jere
my Applofrate, a political dependent, cam
patens for John d the state ticket.
"Lot's see if I got yon right Tou
take tli options In yxrur ottu name
agreeing to pay for tho coal In stoct
of your company. Then yon agree to
tarn the properties over to the com
pany for a little more than twlc this
consideration, out of which you pay the
farmer. This glvts yon control of the
company that owns tha coal and It
hasn't coat yon a cent. The money for
development and operating you lend
the company, taking as security first
mortgage bonds." He hesitated, look-
"I'm sorry, but I can't do it."
Ing directly at Ilampden. "That hard
ly give the fanners a Btjuaro deal,
The pupils of Hampden's eyes con
tracted suddenly. "Certainly It does,"
ho answered with some emphasis,
"Blnce It converts properties that have
been eating themsolves up In taxes into
a producing proposition. I didn't say,"
he added carelessly, "that your fee
ought, in my opinion, to be about 510,-000-ln
"Worth how much?"
"Worth par," Ilampden amiwred
with conviction. "Eventually."
"Phew! You haven't Impressed me
as a man who would pay city prices
" 7 j I
for couutry butter, Mr. Ilampden,"
John replied thoughtfully. "Just why
"You will le expected to earn It,"
said Hampden dryly. "Are you In the
habit of questioning fees because they
"I'm not In the habit of getting large
zees. Only I'm not quite clt-Hr bow
you expect me to earn a fee of $10,000
In stock worth par eventually."
"The usual legal matters charter,
organization, conveyances and so on.
And," casually, "helping us to slgu up
the Deer township properties."
"They don't like the proposition?"
"They're the only ouej who haven't
accepted It They seem to be holding
out under the ad rice of this fellow
Cranbhawe, Is It?" Warren nodded.
"We think you can swing them Into
"I sec," said John thoughtfully. Ills
brow wrinkled In a troubled fashion as
he gazed reflectively out at the clerks
sweltering behind the cage, Hampden
and Warren waited patiently for his
At last he raised his eyes to Hamp
den's. "I'm sorry, but I can't do It"
"Why not?" Ilampden demanded.
"This fellow Cranshawe happens to
be 0 good deal of a man, lie and his
neighbors are clients of mine In a small
Tray and friends also, I think. They
do me the honor to trust me. 1 shouldn't
care to advlso them In this matter."
, "Why not?" ilampden demanded
"Let us say," John unfiled, "that I
am In politics and don't want to com
plicate ray voto getting."
"That Isn't your reason."
"Well," John said regretfully, "if
you will have It It Isn't a proposition
that 1 can conscientiously recommend."
"You Impeach my honesty?"
"1 do not go bo far, eir. Honesty la a
matter f Intent T Ihlnk I UBdehitand
ysur point of view that yon will con
vert the-lr Idle coal, as yu say, lato an
Income- property and by starting a nw
Industry will Indirectly benefit the
whole- valley, which Is probably true.
But the point Is that tbs coal, the one
Indispensable element In the situation.
Is theirs, and In return for It tbey
should at least have control."
"The coal has always been there
We furnish the Initiative and the
brains and the money to make It use
"I see that. too. Out don't yon think
Initiative of this sort Is sometimes er
"Do you know of any capital that
will offer better terms than 1 dor'
"1 do not" John confessed. "And It
strikes me." he added gravely, "that
you are taking advuntage of that fact
to gouge" the word slipped out: he
corrected himself hastily "to drive a
close bargain with the farmers."
Hampden abruptly straightened op
In his chair. "Tou may stick to
'gouge.' Do I understand that you re
fuse the Job?"
"I have been trying to explain my
"I'm not deeply concerned with your
reasons." nanipden remarked shortly.
He picked up a document and pointed
ly began to peruse It Observing that
John did not at once take the hint ha
looked up. nodding carelessly. "Oh!
John rose, flushed nnder the etui dis
missal and went out of the bank.
"I told you so." Warren said.
"Can't you say anything more origi
nal than that?" Harapdea exclaimed
Impatiently. Warren couldn't so be
held his pence.
"Wnat I'd like to know," Hampden
added reflectively, dropping the docu
ment "Is why Murchell let him be
nominated. A young lawyer who re
fuses a big fee for sentimental reasons
has no place In Murchell's machine."
He was talking to himself rather than
But this was attacking what had al
most attained the sanctity of a tradi
tion, an Institution proudly cherished
by New Chelsea! "Murchell Is a smart
man," Warren was moved to protest
"and he likes Dunmcade. And tnaybe
John Is smart enough to guess that
the stock may be worth nothing eventually."
nnrnpden looked nt him sharply, but
Warren's face was as expressionless
as that of the soldiers' monument.
"Well." the capitalist remarked phllo
eophlcnlly, "It's Murchell's business,
That evening Kntherlne was to be
found on the terrace. She was looking
particularly well, a fact of which she
was not altogether unconscious. Hut
she was restless and wandered aim
lessly Into the library where she found
her father busy nt his desk on which
lay a profusion of papers and blue
prints, ne nodded abstractedly.
"Still at work, dad? Don't yon ever
get tired of It?"
"I guess It's the only thing 1 know
how to do My generation was never
taught to take pleasure seriously. You
needn't complain, though." ne leaned
back In his chair nnd surveyed her ap
provingly. "Where nre the swains?"
She yawned. "There seems to have
been a devastating epidemic. You will
kindly proceed to amuse me."
"All this gorgeousncss wasted!"
She yawned again. "I was rather
looklug for John Dunmeade this even
ing." "Hence that gown and that stunning
new arrangement of the hair? You're
not going to fall In love with an Incom
petent one horse country lawyer, are
"It Is not beyond the bounds of pos
sibility," she laughed. "But Is John an
Incompetent? I don't believe It"
"ne Is. He proved It today. I gave
him the chance to make some money,
more than he is likely to make In Ova
fears, and he turned It down for senti
mental reasons! And the worse of it
Is he didn't turn It down regretfully,
but bluntly, quite as though It didn't
matter. That sort of man won't go
"He told me once that he didn't care
mnch for money. I thought then be
"And." Hnmpden continued the In
dictment, "ho vlrtunlly called me a
"Are you?" And she added quickly,
seeing his look of uggrleved astonish
mont "Hut of course I know you
"I am not," he snid emphatically. "1
bnvo always kept my operations strict
ly within tho law, nnd that Is more
than a good many men who aren't call
ed crooks can soy. Of course," he
went on. "I know perfectly well I'll
not be consulted when you come to
marry. You will choose your husband
according to your own tastes"
"I have tho right," she Interrupted,
"since I 6hall bnvo to live with him."
"Unless I have to support him!"
"You wouldn't have to," she said
positively, "even If he were poor. I
can do without luxury."
"You think you can," be nnswercd
"You've never bad to try. Hut even If
you could do without It you couldn't
bo content with mediocrity. You'd
want to bo In the thick of things, with
a husband who'd wear a No. 8 hat
who'd have big wants and would put
up n big fight to get what he wanted.
And If you ever took tho bit in your
mouth. Lord pity you nnd your hus
"Do you know," sho said thought
fully, "I'vo been thinking Just that
Still, John Dunmeade we're still dls
russlng him, aren't we? Isn't exactly
commonplace. He really has brains
and bo In attractive. In olltica"
"He would be out of place. You know
netlTlriir or rentlca. He'd havo less
chance there than In business."
"We are really anticipating the
event He hasn't asked mo to marry
him. and he doesn't Intend to. I think.
He strongly disapproves of me, even
while ha likes mo."
EFOItE the real leaders la the
warfare ngnlnst prlvlli'jse,
cool headed, farscelng, com
bining cantlon and courage
came forward to give form and direc
tion to the uprising certain lonely prot
ectants hnd appeared young men
mostly, audacious egotlsta who. the
people said, thought they wero wiser
nnd better than other men, dared to
criticise what their neighbors accepted
and presumed to Instruct tlrlr elders.
In the end they were broken, silenced
-sadly unaware that In the subcon
scious memory of men the echo of
their protest was still ringing. They
are forgotten now.
John Dunmeade was a normally In
telligent vounjc man. healthy of mind
and roniwlence. who hnd never been
tempted, hence never tested. He hod
heard the protectants of his day. of
course, hut they dealt with problems
so remote from his own simple exist
ence that he had cart'essly accepted
his elders' upprnlsrment of them He
had an Ingenuous belief in the great
ness and goodness of men who attained
high position In life, such men as
Despite his charity nnd credulity, he
was. Then occasion presented Itself
qnlck to see the fundamental verities
of the case as Stephen Hampden hnd
He was not unambitious, although
the spark had smoldered until, appar
ently from nowhere In particular, hnd
come the suggestion of his noralnntlon
When he perceived tho distinct approv
al with which his neighbors received
the suggestion his heart leaped within
him. They wero a good, kind people
If he should prove a faithful servant
In little perhaps with unaffected mo
desty ho contemplated the prospect
to htm might be committed service of
The conceded fact that his nomlna
tlon came solely by graco of Muii-hell's
and Sbeehnn's decreo caused him
vague misgivings. Jeremy Applegnte's
plnlnt startled him. Hampden's ofTer
did not tempt It revolted him. What
troubled him most was thot these
things were dons In the light of day
and that no one Jeremy did not
count the victim would naturally pro
test seemed to care.
After careful consideration of his un
imposing bank account John Invested
a part of it lu a horse despite the teas
Ing of Aunt Roberta, who nccused lilm
of "Joining the cavalry" to wit War
ren Hlnke and the troop of undergrndu
ates that clattered over the roads at
Crusader's heels. Ho was not a thor
oughbred, blue ribbon winner, like Cru
sader, but Just plain horse that, with
buggy nttaclH'd. could trot a mile In
something less than Ave minutes or If
you weren't particular as to gait would
bear you in the saddle all dny with
equal willingness. He was a big. raw
boned beast with a Roman nose and
eyes continually showlug white, which
quite belled his placid temper, and
John called him Lightning. So John
and l.l"litnlng. two Industrious cam
palgm ' between whom a perfect uu
derstuudlng existed, went about their
business of getting votes and learn
Lightning's duties generally co .Istcd
In standing under the shade of souiu
tree, while John, a volunteer who nt
least earned his dinner, worked with
the farmers in the fields. And over tin
dinner tablo or when the dnv's work
was done John chatted with the farm
eis. The labor was good for his mus
cles and digestion, and the chat was
good for his soul.
Often he found that Jeremy Apple
gate or one of Jeremy's fellow scouts
had blazed the trull for him Rut some
times he found skeptics who asked per
"Whv should I vote for ye?" asked
Dan Crlswell, u citizen of Hold win
township, one evening.
John began to patter the stock party
artruments. which cnrrled conviction
neither to the skeptical Crlswell nor
of a sudden to himself. He broke off
abruptly In the middle of a sentence.
"As you suy." he laughed uncomfort
ably. "Why should you voto for mo?"
"Docs Kound kind o' foolish, don't it?
Reckon ye won't have uothin' to do
with the tariff or the single gold stand
ard ner prosperity nWther. The hull
party won't make ye git nfter the law
breakers if ye're cheek by Jowl with
Jim Shechun nn' ho don't want It
What 1 want to know Is nre ye honest
or will ye take orders?"
"That sounds loglcnl," John assented.
"it's common sense. Only most can
didates think we're too simple to think
on't An' I don't know as they're far
wrong," he added thoughtfully.
When John left, however. Crlswell
shook hands with him cordially. "I
guess I'll vote for ye this time. I
can't swnllcr tbo hull ticket though
stomach wouldn't stand it Yo look
like ye'd be ycr own man. Leastways,
I'll chance it"
And John replied, troubled, "I won't
regard that as a promise. I'm not
sure that you ought to vote for me."
Another day ho met ono Sykes, n htll
fnriner, a llttlo, wizened fellow who
looked as though be had worn himself
out in tho strugglo to wring a living
out of the steep slopes.
"1 nln't voting," ho said.
"Weil." John laughed cheerfully, "If
I can't get a voto I'll be content with
information. Will you tell me why
you won't vote?"
"Well. If yo will have It Jim Sheehun
nominated ye. If yo'd been tho right
kind o' man he wouldn't 'a' bad nothln
to do'wItlTye. AnylWdJ he's ror, I'm
against I ree'lect when ho come to
Plumvllle, nothln' but a drlnkin' bum.
An' now ho'a got rich, hulldln' bad
streets an' roads an' tnxln' mo heavy
to pay for It while It keeps mo scratch'
In to get tho Intrust on my mortgnge.
now do I know he's crooked? 1 don't
know I feel It. An' I know thnt no
one gets the nomination loss'n he snys
so Or Murchell nn' they're tnrred
with the same stick."
John's fare was gravo "Then yon
ought te vote the opposition ticket I'd
rather you'd do thnt than not vote nt
The momentnry flicker of passion
died down. "What's the use?" wns the
reply, dully given. "However I vote
some feller like Shcehan gits on top"
John sought counsel from his father.
Hut to the Judge Caesar's wife that Is
to say. his party and nil things thereto
appertaining was above suspicion; not
so the motives of him who raised n
question. So he took his trouble to
'Rl Cranshawe. the otllce visitor to
whom John's deference had attracted
Sbeohan's nttcntlon. a big man. kindly,
shrewd, with wisdom In tho raw. He
listened sympathetically as John
poured out his talo
"It's like what Sylces says. It ain't
what we know-it's what we feel
When Jim Sheehan gits a public con
tract, we feel there's somethln' crook
ed about It When a man gits a nomi
nation, we feel that he's made some
kind o' denl with Sheehan When we
put up a innD on our own hook, an'
he'H nominated which ain't often we
II nd he's gone over to Shcehan. An'
that ain't feel. It's know. Jim Shoe
hnn's represented: wo ain't. It ain't
"Then why don't you get together
"We've got to live," Cranshawe ans
wcred simply. "We don't lay by money
fast enough to keep us without work
In'. Wo ain't got the time ner the
tralnln' to make a good tight against
him. We've got no leader." His eyes,
through the bushy brows, rested with
an nlmost wistful light on tho trou
bled countennnce before him. "An
It'd take a large sized man for the
John Just then felt very small.
ne went to Plumvllle. an ugly,
grimy, bustling, growing hlvo of work
ers, with its drones too. He had the
key to Interpret what ho saw. He
was permitted to go through the mills
nnd meet the men; he came out with
hands blackened from much contact
with their hands and lu tho smut he
felt a sort of pride. What ho had read
on the farmers' brown faces he saw I
on their red. scorched ones the dull
ejed suspicion of those used to flattery
before election and neglect afterward
Dnder the careful clceronage of Shee
ban's Heutcuautfi he wns led Into po
lltloal club and saloon, whero he shook
hands with many more men, who guz
zled vast quantities of liquor and
sneered openly at his abstinence. He
was told that here he would meet
"men who counted;" ho did meet such
men brutish things, moral Idiots,
chluless creatures bound together by
the cohesive force of common Interest
-plunder. This nrtny never slept,
could always bo relied upon.
"What a self centered beast 1 have
been!" he cried within himself. "All
this rottenness under my nose, and I
have never perceived it!" A great fenr
came upon him fear of the responsi
bility of that Into which he felt him
self being carried.
And there was another thing thnt
deepened thoso twin creases botween
One morning a very sleek, high step
ping cob drawing a very elegant trap
halted before his olllce, a circumstance
of which you may be sure New Chel
sen took prompt nnd Interested notice
"Why, hello!" he exclaimed, extend
Ing his hand to the visitor. "This is
She observed him hesitatingly. "It
Is Mr Dunmeade. Isn't It? Yet I thiuk
I should havo recognized you any
where. You haven't changed much,
though It has been a long time since 1
ast saw you. Aren't you ashamed of
invlng neglected me so long?" she con
"Well, you see. Kntherlne." he grin
ned, lamely explanatory, "I've been out
"You might at least have come to re
port your progress to an Interested
constituent Are you aware that you
and I aro going over to Inspect the
new houso this aftcmoou? It's com
pleted, nnd you've never seen It yet"
"But I ought to see some men"
"Do you think," sho interrupted him
again, "that I'vo set all tho tongues In
New Chelsea clucking for nothing?
Your campaign can wait Wo shall
start at 2,"
He hesitated, then surrendered. "Oh,
hung It nil! I'vo earned a holiday. I'll
She beamed brightly on ulra. "That's
ulco of you. And wo shall ride. I
want to race Crusader against that
new steed I'vo beard so much about"
"Oh. nol" ho protested. "Tho nrlsto
cratlc Crusader would probably snub
him, and Lightning Is very seusltlvo
about such things."
"It Is time." sho Insisted firmly,
"that Crusader acquired a moro demo
cratic spirit At 2, remember!"
A few minutes before tho appointed
hour New Chelsea saw Lightning
curried as never before in his life am
bio In his own peculiar fashion up
Main street to tho opening In Hamp
den's hedge, whence he soon emerged
In the company of the satiny Crusader.
They camo after a half hour's ride to
n long, straight avenue, once tho rain
washed lano to a farmhouse, newly
graded and grnveled and flanked by
precise rows of towering poplars.
"It was for tho trees we took this
place," sho told blm. "And for tho
view. Do yon wondoc?"
Tney"toppod and looked down Into
the valley lying silent beforo them like
somo vast, deserted nmphlthcatcr of
tho gods. Tho town, seen through tho
thin, bluish hnzo of Scptcmbor, seem
ed sleepier than over, half hidden by
Its trees: the spires of tha churches
and schoolhouse standing up llko ex
aggerated exclamation points. "Which
JM jmOLS k V 1 f VYl)jsaVaVaVaVjlahiam
Lightning Soon Emerged In the Com
pany of Crusader.
Is perfectly abBUrd," she flouted his
fancy, "since New Chelsea 13 nothing
Inside, tho decorators not from New
Chelsea wero putting tho finishing
touches on tho last room, nnd most of
the furnishings wero In place, ne
found that tho Globo bad done the
bouse gravo Injustice It was not at
all "palatial." but planned with an
cyo to comfort and harmony "livable
ness," Katherlno called It and mark
ed by extreme simplicity of the expen
sive sort however..
Under Kntherlne'd guidance John 1
was shown the wholo house from gar j
ret to cellar. At least half of his ad
miration he gave to his guide. He had
never beforo known her as sho was
that afternoon, girlish, enthusiastic.
absorbed In her woman's task of home
making, never so alluring. Afterward
they rested on tha shady eastern ter
race. "Do you know," she said, "you
haven't exclaimed once. Not a single
'Fine!' or even a 'Bullyl' You're a
very satisfactory person In some
ways. Do you like it?"
"Very much," he answered with such
evident sincerity that she wns content
"But why this air of permanence?"
"Because this Is to be homo. Of
course we shall bo In tho Steel city dur
Ing tho winter, with a month in New
York for the opera. But this Is home
It seems lonely nnd out of tho way
now. I suppose, but that won't last
long. The Snngers have bought the
placo next to this. Tho Flicks, nnd
maybe the nnwes, are coming. We'll
soon have our own little colony."
"And the siege of New York?"
"A foolish expedition from which we
havo discreetly retreated." Her laugh
did not ring quite so freo as usual.
She continued: "It was humiliating,
toadying to pcoplo who despise you for
your presumption." The crimson rush
ed resentfully to her checks. He said
"Thank you for not asking ques
tlous. It's foolish for me to be so sensl
tlvo about It but" sho shrugged ''or
shoulders "our experience wa-- t
pleasant. I llko the new rich. I like
to meet men who are doing things who
nre moklng their own conquests, not
living on tho fruits of others' con
quests." ne sat silent To win. always to
win. wns the sum of this girl's philoso
phy, with no thought of its cruelty or
reallcation that for every victor there
must be many losers. And wealth,
power, the things a man had. were the
badge of his victory.
Sho was laughing at him. "What do
you think when you retire Into yourself
so rudoly? Anything profitublo or In
teresting?" "I'm afraid not Do you think win
nlng Is all of life?"
"No." ho cried. "Thero Is tho use of
strength, if ono Is strong, to support
tho weak" Ho paused abruptly, con
scious of tho triteness nnd futility of
his words, with tho shyness of tho man
who, self conscious without coucelt
fears to uncover his ideals beforo un
"Oh, John Dunmeado," sho replied
impatiently, "you're so disappointing,
with your schoolboy platitudes."
Ho made no answer; the quick red
rushed to his face. And why should
sho Interest herself In his Ideals? A
long, troubled sllenco fell between
"John," sho sold suddenly, "was it
necessary for you to crltlclso and quar
rel with my father?"
"I did not criticise him," ho respond
ed quickly, "nnd thero is no quarrel
that I am aware of. Wo ineroly dif
fered In opinion on a business matter,
each believing ho was right"
"Will you tell mo why you think him
Ho found his Hps sealed. "I haven't
criticised him," he said gravely, "and
I can't begin now, especially to his
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