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A foolish young tenderfoot becomes
TtiBclnutod with the bold, artful wlfo of a
drunken prospector In a western mlnlnir
town. Tlioy prepare to elopo In a blind
ing bilMard but nro confronted by tho
tnnudlln husband. I In Is shot by tho
wire, but tho chlvnlrous boy pins n
note to tho body taking tho crlmo
upon himself. In their flight to tho
railroad station the woman's horse
'. ehaustl! tho youth puts her
on his own and follows hanging to the
""up strap. Seeing ho Is an Impedi
ment, thn woman thrusts her escort Into
Rsnow drift and rides on. ltnlf-froicn
stutnblos Into tho railroad stntlon Just
the trnln bears the woman nway.
Twenty-flve yearn later, this man, Oeorgo
Qormly, Is n multl-mllllonalro In New
J0":.- '. meats Eleanor Haldann. a
beautiful and wealthy settlement worker,
and ro-opcratea with her In her work.
JJormly becomes owner of a steamship
line und finds himself frustrated In plsr
and track extension plans by grafting al
dermen, backed by the Gotham Traction
ropafly. An automobile accident brings
tne Haitians to his country home. Qorm
announces that he will bo mayor of
w xork and rodeem tho city from cor
ruption. The political declaration of the
merchant Prince produced a tremondous
sensation. The whole machinery of tho
city's detective force Is to be used to dig
up something damaging to dormly. The
f nerotofore unanimously favorable
0 "".merchant candidate, under pres
sure, divides and tho campaign waxes
warm. A resolution la Introduced grant
IP a gratuitous renewal of the traction
ifranchise. Qormly offors ten million dol
1.. vr the i franchise. Miss Haldann con
f"Jte Qormly on what she terms a
aew Doclaratlon of Independence, and he
makes an unexpected doclaratlon of love.
'He la shocked by the confirmation of his
suspicions that her, father la the head
552Lbc,cbo.n.e..0' tn notorious traction
sompasy which he Is attempting to ovor
5"fw. Young Haldano discovers his
father's connection with tho Gotham
Traction company, and Is Incensed. In
n Interview between Qormly and Hal
S?J!".t.r"J '.ttt,er Practlrnlly offors his
2S1K1 t,r ,i?nd M a brl,m for Qormly to
7ii-diwu fie""' refuse In an Inter
Jie7.Jryh.ua,?rnl,y MM Haldane learns
iii?ir. 't"'s baseness though Qormly
V&?2yJ&'0 )Ma " Members of the
Sili!!nd t,ho woman for whose nakn
S2fiS!iridcStar,Ml.,5,,nHe,f tt murderer and
.i?5i.? ,orcB ,,!,n to withdraw undor
KJtf Pr,f'ootitlon. The chief of pollen
?'" P0,!'' who makes a full confes-
h -.;,.'iT. "J'iV- ?.unK iiaidnno runs
iJjJ!."".1 1L tha P0"00 nnd tarries tho
SoJl newspapers for pubtlca-
It Bcemcd thnt no further humiliation
could bo brought upon her,
"Mnybo," she said at last, forcing
herself to apeak with trembling lips
nnd sinking heart, "he won't care
"Don't bo a fool, sis!" said her
brother roughly, yet not unkindly. "Ho
cares more for you now than any
thing on earth except hln election,
and I don't know but that he would
even let that slide " n
"He wouldn't!" was the answer.
"That day at Loulso Stewart's, fathor
offered me to him If he would not
publish that matter about tho Trac
tion company, and "
"And he refusedr
"Great Qod! I didn't think the old
man could sink so low."
"That Isn't all either," she went on
dreamily'; "for I repeated the offer."
"What!" cried her brother.
"Yes. I asked him if I said I would
marry him, whether he would stop
"And he refused you?"
"Qod! that's a man If ever there
"Yes," was the answer, "and that is
why I am taking this step now. If
ho had accepted mo, I should have
despised him. Ho would havo sunk,"
tho said bitterly, "to our family level."
"Never you mind about our lovol,
sis," said the man gently. "There
nro few pcoplo on earth that aro as
high as your level; and if Qormly
over docs get you, he'll bo mighty
"Thank you," said the girl simply.
"Now, I want you to help mo with
what I have to write."
Haldnne spatcd himself by her sldo,
He sat down at his desk, took the
pnper up again, scanned It carefully
"Look here," he said. "There Is some
thing concealed about this."
"What Is It?" asked the subordinate.
"Well, In the first place It doesn't
eay who shot the man."
"Why, ho saya he wrote a confes
sion." "Yes, I know. I bollevo the woman
fired tho shot, and that he's trying to
save hert If wo could only settle
that question, It would, be something
to soften the revelation."
"By Jove!" cried the night editor,
"that reminds me!" He picked up
tho letter. "Camp Kill Devil, Wyo.!
One of the cub reporters got a story
the other day about some western ad
ventures from a certain Bill Hamil
ton, an old Montana mine owner, and
If I'm not mistaken Camp Kill Devil
"Whoro is the story?"
"I killed It."
"Whero Is the reporter? I hope
you didn't kill him."
"No," was the answer. He tapped
a bell on his desk. "Send Mr. Ab
bott to me If he's outside," he said to
Fortune was in a complacont mood.
Abbott had Just come In from an as
signment Ho was preparing to go
home when the summons reached
him. Instantly he presented himself,
nervous and trembling, and wonder
ing what was up, before the two
deml-gods who decided upon the des
tinies of the paper, and Incidentally
upon the fate of the reporters, cub
"Mr. Abbott," said the night editor
sharply, "you brought a story In here
the other day from a certain Bill Ham
ilton In which a Wyoming mining
camp called Kill Devil, or some such
name, was mentioned. Do you re
"I killed the story," said the night
editor. "It was no good. But now
we want very much to got hold of
the man who gave it to you. Do you
know where ho Is to be found?"
"Yes, sir. Ho's staying at the Wal
dorf." "Go up and get him at once!" cut
In the chief curtly. "My machine Is
down In the street. Get him up here
if you have to kidnap him. Tell him
wo want to boo him about Georgo
Gormly. We'vo got a story In which
we think ho would bo Interested."
llll Hamilton Playa His Lone
( Young Haldane's first duty was to
.distribute manifestos to the newspa
pers as rar as Ills copies permitted.
Having discharged Ills nrrnnrl with
the one copy which ho had reserved
ror nimseir, he headed for homo, hit
ting up a tremendous nam im
raced along the almost deserted
Beforo he had left to warn Gormly,
he had In a few hasty words given
his sister an Inkling of what was
bout to happen. He know that she
would bo awaiting the result of hi
Interview with an anxiety not to bo
measured. In a short tlmo, thorofore,
he placed tho confession in her
hands. With straining eyes and throb
bing heart tho girl devoured tho type
Her feelings were a singular com
pound of varying emotions. For ono
thing, thoro woh rollof that it was no
worse; for nnother, thoro was ad
miration at tho boldness and courago
with which tho man had grappled with
a desperato situation, tho dexterity
and resource with which In porfoct
honor and dignity ho had extricated
himself from tha dilemma in which
the opposition had sought to plunge
him, tho magnificent audacity with
which he had faced tho crisis and
dominated tho interview; lastly, there
was a keen, terrible pang of jealousy
and bitterness toward that other wom
an. It was this last emotion that was
Eleanor Haldane knew now that
ahe loved this man. She realized in
this unveiling of her heart that prob
ably she had loved him all the time;
that the other feelings and emotions
which he had stirred In her heart and
he had sought to characterize by dif
ferent words were now blended Into
passion as great as his own.
Sho sat quite silently, stnrlngat
the paper, reading tho lines ovor and
ever again, thinking her thoughts, un
til her brothor, who had absented him
self for a brief space, came back Into
V'Well," he said, "what are you go
ing to do?"
"Will you tako a note to him to
night?" sho asked.
"Not now," was the answer. "It's
too late. I begged him to go to bed
and try to get some rest. HeswlU
seed all his strength tomorrow."
"But this night"
"I don't care what it is, you can't
get lt to blm tonight. Besides that
isn't the best way."
The girl sat down at her desk,
picked up a pon and drew a sheet of
paper toward her. She divined what
was In her brother's mind. Sho know
what would be the best way after all
aa well as he. Well, she would do It'
"What will father say?" she asked
"He will have enough to do explain
ing his part In this transaction to say
anything about anything else."
"You don't think that be"
"I am sorry to say it," answered
young Haldane gravely; "but It was
father who gave me the clue, you
know, and I am dead certain that tho
whole ring' have put the chief of po
lice up to his dirty work,"
He turned away as he spoke and
hung bis head In shame, Eleanor
Haldane had already gone through
the fires, and to her overwrought soul
"Gormly Took the Blame on Himself to Shield the Woman."
and tho two heads were soon busily
bent over tho desk.
Whllo all this waa happening up
town, mattera were stirring down
town,. The editor-ln-chlef of The
Planet, bolated at a dinner, happened
to come In for a final Inspection Just
as the night editor finished reading
tho first copy of Gormly 'a communica
tion. "What do you think of that?" he
said, tossing It over.
A fow momenta sufficed to put the
editor, who was one of the coolest
and most self contained of men, in
possession of the contents. He shook
"It'B bad business," ho remarked,
handing it back.
"Will It beat hlmr
"I don't know," waa the answer. "I
think not It ever a man did atone
for criminal folly or carelessness by
his life, Gormly has. He seems to
have been mora sinned against than
sinning, anyway. People generally
like a man who tries to braco up and
do the square thing, and If they had
a few daya to think It over, I believe
It would do him mora good than harm;
but you see, the election comes," ne
looked at bis watch. It was after ono
o'clock in the morning, "tomorrow."
"Of course, we will want to say
something editorially about it"
"Certainly," waa the answer. "I
wUl do it myself."
"Yes, sir," returned Abbott.
He did not wait for any further In
structions. Ho darted out of tho room
and In a few moments was whirling
up the avenue.
Col. Bill Hamilton had gone to bed.
Tho office forco made some demur
about awakening him; but when Ab
bott disclosed vh he was, what he
represented, and what Interests .vere
Involved, they sent him up. Natural
ly Colonel Bill was aomewhat an
noyed at being disturbed; but as soon
as Abbott mentioned tho name of
Gormly he was Instantly on the alort.
"What Is lt?" he aBked, peering
through the open door.
"It's about Georgo Goruly. The
editor-ln-chlef of The Planet Is at the
office. He wants to see you Imme
diately. It the biggest thing that
has ever come off In New York. Hw
thinks that maybe you know some
thing about lt and can throw some
light on lt I have a big car down
here waiting for you."
"I'll be down In a minute," camo
the prompt answer.
"Please hurry, Colonel Hamilton!
We're holding the presses, waiting
for you. Don't atop for anything."
"Set right down there, young man,"
said Colonel Bill, closing the door,
"and see how quick one of tho old
die-wlth-their-bootson crowd can get
into his duds,"
Colonel Hamilton was aa good al
his word. He did not wait for any un
due physical adornment In an In
credibly short space of time he came
out sufficiently clad for decency, and
grabbing the young man by the arm
ho fairly ran down the corridor to
ward tho elevator. Tho late diners
were astonished as Colonel Bill and
the young cub forced their way
through the crowded hall to the auto
mobile outside. The colonel had not
forgotten the munitions of war, and
ho carried a tin box In his hand which
ho had snatched from his table as ho
left his bed room.
"Get us down to the offlco In double
quick time," said tho cub reporter to
the chauffeur. "Never mind about
fines. Bust up the machine, If neces
sary; but get us thoro! That's tho
old man's orders. Wo haven't got any
tlmo to sparo," ho yolled, as the big
"This way, sir," said tho cub re
porter, piloting him Into the elevator
at once. "Here you are!" ho ex
claimed after a wild sweep upward.
Ho led him through a couple of
doors and ushered him into a big
brightly lighted room whoro two men
"Col. Bill Hamilton, sir," said Ab
bott breathlessly. Ho almost felt like
saluting and saying, "Come aboard,
"Thlrty-two minutes," said the night
editor, looking at his watch. "Verv
"Mr. Abbott, you may remain here.
If you wish," said the editor to the
cub. "it will be Interesting for you
"Thank you, air," aald the delighted
young reporter, making himself small
and inconsiderable In a corner whence
he could hear and see everything.
"You must excuse me," said the ed
itor, "for having brought you down
hero so summarily at this hour of tho
night, but affairs of great moment"
"You want to know about Gormly?"
"Well, what Is It?"
"Read this," said the editor.
Colonol Bill fished a pair of spec
tacles out of his side pocket and Me
llberntoly perched them aatrldo of his
nose. He read the letter through very
slowly. Tho night editor was In a
fever of Impatience. Even tho Imper
turbable editor-ln-chlef was consider
ably more agitated than usual.
The night editor groaned over the
long wlndedness of the frontiersman.
"What's the matter, aonny?" asked
Colonel BIU solicitously. "Ain't sick
"No, no," was the answer.
"But go on, please, Colonel Hamil
ton," said the editor; "and will you be
as explicit as possible. We are hold
ing up the paper In the hope that you
may be able to throw some light on
this matter, and time Is of the great
"I see," was the reply. "Well, then,
all that's written in that paper's true
enough; but he ain't told all tho
"Would you mind telling us what
has been suppressed or left out?"
"Tho man's wife was run away with
aa Gormly, or Fordyce as I knowed
blm, says on that night he indicates,
tm( the woman's husband was left
dyin on tho cabin floor."
"Nex' mornln', some of us, suspi
cion' that there mlght've been somo
trouble, after the storm diod out, got
up n crowd and went over to the
man's shuck. We found him there"
"Dead?" asked the editor.
"Not yet but mighty nigh gone."
Colonel Bill drew from his pocket a
key and unlocked tho tin box. From
a worn envelope he drow forth a worn
plcco of paper, on which was written
In pencil that was very much faded,
but still sufficiently legible, a brief
message. Colonel Bill unfolded the
paper, yellow with ago, and handed It
to the editor, who seized it, turned to
the light, and road:
"I killed blm, but lt was In self de
"That's the first bit of evidence,"
The editor nodded. "That settles
"No, lt don't," was the reply. "For
when we got there, as I said, be warn't
dead, and we managed to revive him
with a good drink of liquor, which
Pete Breeden that was bis name
always would respond to," he Inter
polated. "And he managed to say a
"What were they?"
"He said that his wife shot htm and
run off with Fordyce."
"Then he died."
"I see," said tho editor. "Gormly
took the blame upon himself to shield
"It will be Colonel Hamilton's un
supported statement against this writ
ten confession, though," interposed the
"Well, as it happens," was the re
ply, "the statement ain't unsupport
ed." "What more?" asked the editor.
Colonel Bill from the same tin box
fished out another object wrapped In
a pleco of papor. He unrolled the
paper and exhibited a flattened loaden
"This come from a thirty-two cali
ber revolver. Doc Johnson, who waa
the only medical shark we had In
them days, he performed an autopsy,
or somethln' like that, on the body of
Breeden, and ho got this from it No
man In the territory ever carried a
thirty-two. Forty-five's the usual
weapon for a gent out thore, and this
come from the woman's gun. I'd often
seen her use lt, and she could shoot
most aa straight as a man could, that
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