Nor was there, except mud and Gibbs’ voluble views upon
The Honourable Adam's face stiffened.
"And I meant it," Mr. Vane interrupted. "I was never pledged to your candidacy, as a citizen. I've been thinking over my situation some, this summer, and I'll tell you in so many plain words what it is. I guess you know--I guess everybody knows who's thought about it. I deceived myself for a long time by believing that I earned my living as the attorney for the Northeastern Railroads. I've drawn up some pretty good papers for them, and I've won some pretty difficult suits. I'm not proud of 'em all, but let that go. Do you know what I am?"
The Honourable Adam was capable only of a startled ejaculation. Was Hilary Vane in his right senses?
"I'm merely their paid political tool," Mr. Vane continued, in the same tone. "I've sold them my brain, and my right of opinion as a citizen. I wanted to make this clear to you first of all. Not that you didn't know it, but I wished you to know that I know it. When Mr. Flint said that you were to be the Republican nominee, my business was to work to get you elected, which I did. And when it became apparent that you couldn't be nominated--"
"Hold on!" cried the Honourable Adam.
"Please wait until I have finished. When it became apparent that you couldn't be nominated, Mr. Flint sent me to try to get you to withdraw, and he decreed that the new candidate should pay your expenses up to date. I failed in that mission."
"I don't blame you, Hilary," exclaimed Mr. Hunt. "I told you so at the time. But I guess I'll soon be in a position where I can make Flint walk the tracks--his own tracks."
"Adam," said Mr. Vane, "it is because I deserve as much of the blame as Mr. Flint that I am here."
- the ray of light from Max's lamp impinged upon the opening
- her. Everything that she said in that fashion, looking
- for you just the same. I'm not the man to lose my prey.
- his instinct—when he was going off on the very day he
- moving westward. Then, one day, he announced that half
- Instantly d'Estreicher abandoned his search and looked
- going to set your mind at rest about the matter, for there's
- Dorothy followed its phases with alternating fear and hope,
- reason to believe her dead, and that it was because of
- comic to him; and Dorothy was quite aware that his oath
- one trifling fact which rendered their chances of victory
- If you've made a mistake, darling, all the worse for you.
- The other he ordered straight westward with orders to halt
- sang over his head. His hands went up. His confederates
- the other on the expedition and was waiting below, was
- Dorothy, who was almost out of sight, for she had slipped
- in water. He just managed to get in under the sluice gate
- collar, and ran his fingers along the nail-studded leather
- From the points chosen by the young girl two more guns
- metal plate, on which his name is engraved, a pocket, forming
- or that other infinitely more beautiful flower who wandered
- about him with an air of panic. Two other shouts rang out:
- You must give every one to understand that I left the
- this supreme effort to snatch a last delay could not fail.
- the moving ray. Inhaling sibilantly, Max leaped after her.
- seconds from the fire of the servants on the wall. He took
- at the end of his patience. He was beside himself at the
- The threat, terrible as it was, did not effect Dorothy.
- Into the disc of light, leaped, fantastic, the witch figure
- young girl had taken the admirable precaution of instructing
- Since you know, you're going to tell, my dear. If not——
- A partnership between us? Never! A sharing of the treasure
- On went the Eurasian, up to her waist in the flood, with
- were leveled at him, and the men who aimed, aimed straight
- her. But she was quite as clearly aware of his confusion
- detest you. But an agreement for a few moments? Perhaps.
- the leadership of each to men whom he believed that he
- minutes, decisive minutes perhaps, a painful and costly
- possible incident with grim tenacity. She felt strongly
- Four times it cracked. Three bullets went wide. The fourth
- To his host he explained that he was moving his safari
- of ideas and of her power over him. He hadn't the strength
- I whistle, bucket off to the entrance to the caves. I'll
- of it than she, knew that all her actions were based on
- and the girl's mind was in such a turmoil that she had
- by two men whom Dorothy did not know, but who must be the
- under the dog's thick coat. His fingers found the buckle.
- At this moment an incident occurred which appeared to excite
- In the afternoon we paid our respects to the governor —
- from the hillocks, crossed the bridge, and ran towards