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THE CITIZEN, FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 1913.
By Henry Russell Miller,
"The Man Higher Up"
Copyright, 1911, by the Bobbs-Merrlll
Senator Murchell, leader of the state
machine, and Sheehan, local boss of New
Chelsea, offer the nomination for district
attorney to John Dunmeade. Dunmeade
to independent In his political Ideas.
Dunmeade will accept the nomination.
m father, a partisan judge, congratu
lates him. His Aunt Roberta urges John
to call on Katherlno Hampden, daughter
ef a capitalist.
Katherine Hampden Is a worshiper of
success. She and John aro friends. Jere
Mjr Applegate, a political dependent, cam
patens for John and the state ticket
In""New' Cnelsea'llvos VfXmn Blake, a
model young bank cashier, connected with
Hampden In "high finance." They try
without success for John's aid.
The rottenness of politics In his state
and party as revealed in his campaign dls
JcL H mils upon Katherine.
Katherine's peril In a runaway re
veals to her and John their unspoken
olve. John publicly "turns down"
the machine of his party.
John will not compromise with his
conscience even for the sake of win
ning Katherine, and the two part.
The course of his son is disapproved by
Judge Dunmeade. John is elected and
puts Sheehan on trial for political corrup
tion. Sheehan Is convicted and (lees. John
meets Haig, a novelist, who ts introduced
to him by Warren Blake.
Haig and John visit the Hampdcns.
Blake proposes to Katherine and is re
jected. Ho praises John to her. Murchell
has a visitor.
The visitor is Sackett, head of the
Atlantic railroad, trying to keep the
Michigan out of the Steel City. He
wants Murchell to retire. The lat
ter cannot Induce John to stop his
attacks on the machine. John and
Bho still thinks John a follower of Im
possible Ideals. He loses In his light for
cleanliness in state politics and fall3 ill.
Murchell offers financial aid to the Dun
meades. John recovers and continues his fight,
aided by Haig. In the Steel City he meets
Katherine, who is courted by Gregg, a
financially successful man.
Murchell loses control of the machine to
Sherrod and retires nominally from poli
tics. Sherrod gets drunk, and a messen
ger Is sent to Murchell for aid.
Sherrod has embezzled (900,000 of state
money. Murchell resumes control after
aiding his foe to conceal the crime and
Th'rougn" She'elmn's plea for mercy John
learns that Hampden and Blake have been
carrying worthless political notes as part
of tho Farmers' bank "assets."
The bank is in peril. John loses in the
primaries. Hampden loses his fortune In
stock speculation and fears exposure of
tho bank deals.
John and Haig, Investigating the bank,
aro there with Murchell and Hampden
when Blake shoots himself. Only John'R
silence can save Hampden. Murchell will
save tho bank.
ICatherino appeals to Dunmeado for clem
ency for her father. Haig suggests to
Murchell tho political expediency of nom
inating John for governor to savo the
state for the party.
Before tho convention Murchell comes
out for John. He is opposed by Sherrod
and his followers, and Murchell threatens
to tell the convention about Sherrod's em
bezzlement. Sherrod weakens, and the nomination
goes to John. Haig advises his friend to
adopt practical measures If he wishes to
realize his Ideals.
John meets Katherino on a hill where
ho met her long before. Sho will stand
by his side In his fight for righteousness.
HE next day John's office was
besieged by a stream of
neighbors, calling with a new
born diffidence to say In per
son whnt they had said In mass the
evening before. No one doubted that
ho would receive an enormous major
ity. It was not until tho middle of the
afternoon that Haig found htm alone.
"Welt, Cato," ho grinned, "they tell
mo they're a little exercised down Car
John smiled faintly. "Not much, I
suspect. I've been thinking of Cnto.
I'm not even u relative. Poor Jerry
"Great guns! You can 'think of liltn?
Guess you haven't read his Interview."
"Yes, I have."
They alluded to Brent's comment on
tho convention, In which ho made nu
merous sarcastic references to the
"lofty souled upllfler who had sold out
to the gang for nn office."
"It's the cry of u bitterly disappoint
ed man. Brent's chance of a lifetime Is
gone. He kows ho can't beat you, and
he's sore. I wouldn't mind It."
"I don't. Tin sorry for htm. Ho could
have beaten Sherrod, I really believe."
"Look here, old man! I think I un
derstand how you'ro feeling over this.
You're not very happy because you
think it Isn't your victory that you
have it only by blackmailing a man
"I don't dlsllko Murchell person
ally." "At least you don't approve of him
politically. Down at the bottom of your
heart you're .a. Uttlojjeovlslubccauso n
ttt of trickery has got what your tne
ory of fighting wouldn't win. And you
feel that In sacrificing, for merely per
sonal considerations, what you conceive
to bo n duty to the general scheme of
things you have boon weak. Well,
you're right. You have been weak.
And I'm glad of it. It will help you to
understand that no cold, abstract ideal
of duty that Ignores tho primitive self
ish instincts in men enn attract, much
less impel, them. Tho truly good in
spires no sympathy. The point of this
innttcr is, out of your weakness has
come nothing but good. The bank
will eventually become a sound insti
tution, nnd you 1 suppose you'll ad
mit that you'll mako a better governor
than Sherrod or Brent?"
"I hope so. But that has come about
only through nn nccldent over which t
have had no control."
"Itemomber another tiling." Haig
continued. "Three weeks ago this
county cast you aside. Now it Is yell
ing its fool head off for you. Thfi
American people worship the great
god Success. Keep successful. You've
been promoted from a lofty souled
upllf ter to a practical politician for the
glory of God. Accept the promotion."
He was relieved to note that John
could laugh. "And hero," he grinned,
"endeth the reading of my last lesson.
It's ono thing to share my vast store
of wisdom with John Dunmeade, the
visionary reformer, and quite another
to lecturo the next governor. Funny
thing what a difference a prospective
office makes In one's attitude toward
John smiled absently, no was think
ing. "Haig," ho said abruptly, "I sup
pose I'm an obstinate prig. But, hon
estly, I'd give all I hope to possess to
bo able to answer you. If only they'd
renominated me as district attorney!
I'd earned that Or If I could believe
that the present hullabaloo were not
Even while he spoke footsteps sound
ed In the outer offlco, and there was n
knock. John opened the door to admit
"Good afternoon!" was the latter's
"Won't you come in and sit down?"
Murchell accepted the Invitation.
There was a moment of uncertainty.
Then Haig reached for his hat.
"You needn't go on my account,"
Murchell answered the move. "In
fact, I'd like you to stay."
Haig resumed his seat no and John
kept tho silence of surprise.
But the senator recognized no occa
sion for constraint.
"I see," ho said, glancing around,
"you keep the old office just tho same.
I remember when your grandfather
built it. Ho was n man who accom
"And I am not. Is that your point?"
"Havo you the right to bo bitter?"
Murchell asked quietly. "When a man
still young has in six years so Im
pressed himself and his ideals on 7,
000,000 people that they demand him
for governor, and demand with an en
thusiasm I have rarely seen"
"Manufactured by you!"
"Stimulated," Murchell corrected
briefly and continued. "And through
him aro beglunlng to realize, even
vaguely, their political responsibility
ho has something to his credit, I think,
A good many men who think well of
themselves reach old age without ac
complishing so much. There aro two
ways of serving a reform. One Is as
the preacher, the dreamer. He is use
ful because ho points out tho way we
shall go. The other Is as the construc
tive leader, the man who takes tho
forces ho finds ready to hand nnd uses
their power to change conditions as
tho people aro prepared for change.
"You," he turned to John, "have got
to decide now which you will be. You
aro going to hold a great office. Pub
lic office I think you've found this out
already isn't as simple as it seems to
those who haven't held It. The man
who would fill it with unfailing wis
dom and justice, with exact honesty
and still be usefuj must be as stern
and unyielding as tho forces of nature,
and as strong."
"And I am not that." But the bit
terness was lacking now.
"No man is," Murchell said gently.
"I've got you the nomination through
methods you won't consider clean. I've
made promises you won't like, but that
you must keep, or we'll both bo de
Without excusing or concealing a
single maneuver he narrated tho story
of the campaign and the convention.
The shullling of feet In the outer
room gave John the excuse to leave.
He was heard dismissing the visitor.
But many minutes flew by beforo ho
It was littlo enough time for what ho
had to decide.
A marvel had been wrought. To
Murchell had been glvpn a new pur
pose. But Murchell, tho workmnn,
could never change; he was too old.
nis lack of respect for tho people and
popular Impulse, tho habit of judging
means by the end, fixed through a
lifetime, would persist. And ho was
tho stronger man, his tho greater gen
ius. The instinct for mastery must
bo served. Who Joined him did so as
a follower, to bo dominated by the
leader's Ideal and philosophy.
"If only I could answer him!" John
cried within himself.
But his experience, silencing Inspira
tion, had not taught him that answer.
Thcro was but ono wny for him to
decide. Tho trap of circumstance,
sprung by his own weakness, held him
fast. Having accepted advancement
at tho hands of that which ho believed
to bo wrong, bo might no longer open
ly fight against it As an enemy to
tho machine, whoso beneficiary he had
become, ho would bo discredited, un
convincing. niB only hope for useful
ness Jay Jn Jie.nroifejei.AlHanco. In
Murchelf b new purpose.
For a littlo nnlg sat In the unwonted
silence of embarrassment Then he
"Senator Murchell, I'd like to apolo
gise if you will let me."
"For telling the truth? It Isn't nec
"No. for believing my impertinent,
thentrlc Intervention responsible for
"You don't believe that now?"
"I do not. And" naig hesitated
In tho masculine awkwardness beforo
sentiment "And I know Dunmeade
enn trust your offer."
Soon John returned. Ho held out his
hand to William Murchell.
"I haven't tho right to refuse."
Ho was no longer a voice, ne hud
passed from the wilderness to the
haunts of men, where action, not
preachments achievements, not proph
ecyare tho currency of life.
Was he weak, the theory of life and
growth he accepted wrong? To this
day John Dunmeade often nsks tho
question. Sometimes he doubts. But
then, looking back over what has been
dono and foreseeing a fuller triumph,
ho puts away tho question. For tho
compact, that day struck, held. Under
Murchell's tutelage he learned to com
promise, to substituto craft and In
trigue for the honorable, open methods
he loved. But ho has never lost sight
of his purpose and, though there have
been hnlts and detours and even re
treats, tho general direction has been
forward. When his time came William
Murchell died, not greatly honored by
a cynical world that looked for no good
thing from Nazareth, but content in
the belief that tho forces by him set
in motion would in the end undo his
evil. As for Dunmeade, he is still a
compromiser, but still fighting, an able
lieutenant in a new movement whose
end is not yet. He is glad to believe
that upon his foundation other men
shall bo able to build with clean hands.
And ho found ono source of happi
ness over which no cloud has hovered.
AVhen Murchell and Haig left him
that afternoon, to escape kindly in
truders ho went out into tho country.
Ho walked for two miles or more and
then, turning, went swiftly homeward.
But as he skirted tho foot of tho
knob ho was brought to an abrupt
halt. For there, tethered to a bush,
stood a horse that ho recognized Cru
sader, less fiery than of yore, but
sleek as over and with many a fast
gallop left in his sturdy muscles.
For a moment John looked, hesitant,
at the path up which she doubtless had
climbed. Then In sudden resolution
ho went up.
She was standing by the big bowlder
looking away at the hills that rose,
rank upon rank, until the last, become
mountains, were lost In the blue haze.
But he saw not tho hills, only her, tho
strong, supple figure lined against the
sky, her hair red gold under tho slant
ing sunshine. He caught his breath
at sight of her, sense of all else ob
literated. She seemed to feel his nearness and
turned. For an instant, without greet
ing, they looked at each other, these
two whoso romance was almost as old
as life Itself. But to them It was
unique, nil their own. To him the
love had been one ardor that had not
burned out In tho years of failure. To
her It had been a growing thing that
could not bo killed, reaching out Its
tendrils until It possessed her wholly,
casting out vanity and fear, making
He Saw Not the Hills, Only Her.
her his through weakness and strength,
in victory and defeat Shaken, they
looked away quickly; on tho face of
each had been written what tho other
most desired to see.
Sho waited for him to speak, but tho
tongue that had held thousands silent
under its spell stubbornly refused to
bo eloquent at this supremo moment,
"I saw Crusader," he said lamely,
"and I camo up."
"Obviously!" Sho laughed nervous
ly. "I came up hero because It Is tho
highest point in tho county; but, of
course, you know that, and you can
seo so far. It gives ono a faint Idea
of tho Immensity of things and of
one's own insignificance. It is very
good for the soul, I assure you.
needed it, feeling so Important becauso
I had been working"
"Does tho notion seem so absurd?"
Sho tossed her heat! girlishly. "I think
it fine. I didn't know time could pass
bo aulckly and happily. Qoly.mxJ:ask
was very simple and unimportant, I
fear, helping father straighten out
some of his papers. This morning,
you know, he turned the bank over to
tho new cashier, and tomorrow ho be
comes manager of tho coal company.
Our affairs aro all settled. The ridge
house is sold and next week wo movo
Into tho old one. Wo aro to llvo hero
always. It seems like coming home.
"See!" she went on breathlessly, as
though to hold back the flood of words
that sho knew was gathering on his
lips. She held up a hand, two pink
fingertips of which were sadly ink
stained. "My badge of honor! It isn't
very tidy, Is it? But then I had to
hurry into my riding things. We work
ers haven't time to make elaborate
toilets you aren't listening!"
And she who, unasked, had twice
dared to avow her love now trembled
violently before that of which she
was not afraid. While she was look
ing at the hills before he came she
had been doubting a last faint doubt
raised by words of ills own. But his
coming had banished that. She held
her eyes bravely to his.
"That Sunday I Bald you couldn't
love a man who had been weak, .even
for your sate. It isn't, true, is it?"
His voice wns hoarso with anxiety.
"Are you sure you want me in
"In splto of everything I want you
above all things else."
"Ah! no. It can't It mustn't be
that You nro not your own. And I
can be content with much less than
Ho would have taken her in his
arms, but she held him off, even while
quivering with tho longing to be
caught, as once before he had held
her, in a rough, close embrace.
"Are you sure I'd not be a drag, a
continual reminder of something you'd
rather forget? And that I could help
you? I I'd havo to help"
"Onco I wanted you now I need
you. I havo just been asking, have I
gone down hill? I do not know. But
if I have, I need you who can under
Then she knew for a certainty that
the doubt was gone forever. With
love's keen perception sho saw that
already from him had gone a little of
that fine beauty and courage of man'
hood which had been before her during
the years of separation, but which the
dreamer must lose to become a "prac
tical man." But her love rose strong
est when tho need of it was greatest.
In quick desire to shield his loss from
him sho stretched forth her hands to
'Ah! I will always understand. 1
do not believe you have gone down.
But if you havo let us go back up
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