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speaker was lifted. He saw and heard hall of legislation, “I ask for the the representative of his political mas- privilege of the floor for a few moments ter. "The gentleman from Swenton!” to speak upon a matter somewhat perhe exclaimed.
sonal and which, therefore, none the For a moment the tumult subsided. less than because of the nature of the
"I move that, in conformity with the motion which I understand to be now report of the State Returning Board," before the house, is hardly in order, bellowed the Gentleman for Swenton, except through the indulgence of the "that the seat of the Representative members." from the Town of Stonestead be de The Speaker, himself, had stepped clared vacant."
from his place into the coat-room, at In vain the speaker belabored his the call of the towering individual who inoffensive desk with his mallet, and had come from his desk in the Sheriff's the officials of peace strode stern-faced office to be near to the scene of conand warningly up and down. Mem- flict, and an administration member bers of the opposition grew red-faced had been called temporarily to the and, bent in contortions, demanded to chair. Amid the bewildering confube heard upon the motion; the gallery sion the new presiding officer was unwas in an uproar, the voice of the equal to the unexpected emergency and seconder of the motion and the voice of "the Gentleman from Stonestead" was the speaker putting the motion to vote recognized. was drowned completely. Cries of A complete stillness fell upon the "fraud" met and blended with cries of assemblage and even the Speaker, "good, put him out”; demands for roll hurrying in with perturbed face to call mingled with loud presentments carry out his new orders and stem the of substitute motions and amendments, tide of opposition, tiptoed to his place and the general uproar was punctuated on the platform. by shrill whistles, cat-calls and cries "I recognize," Glen continued, bowof mingled approval and derision. ing to the Speaker in appreciation of
A messenger plowed his way through his privilege and smiling faintly, “the the central aisle to Glen's desk, where right of this house to expel from his "the Gentleman from Stonestead" sat, sitting any member and to declare pale, but calm-faced, surrounded by a elections void
elections void upon conclusive eviscore of impassioned friends.
dence. I do not propose to presume "A special engine had gone to Man- upon your accorded privilege of the chester to get Judge Wakefield's sig- floor to argue that phase of the situanature,” he exclaimed over Glen's tion. I should, however, feel I had shoulder. “Hold 'em as long as you can been sadly remiss of duty, not only to and we may get the ruling in time. my townspeople but to myself, if I The Major is on the special and will did not here and now endeavor to wire you from the other end."
state publicly the convictions which Tall, graceful, and his young form animate me and to place myself squareand stern-set features commanding, ly before this chamber upon the even in such a seething caldron of hu- matter in issue.” man emotion, Glen rose from his desk Cries of "good, go on," sounded from and stood looking over the sea of up- the gallery, and the Speaker fidgeted turned faces.
in his chair. One member on the adThe commotion ceased, ebbing away ministration side attempted to interinto the furthest corners, where loud rupt with an objection but was silenced talking for a few moments continued. by a clamor of disapproval.
"In all fundamental principles," CHAPTER XXVIII.
Glen went on, his voice strengthen"Mr. Speaker," Glen was saying, in a ing as he proceeded, “I am of the strong, even voice that carried his party of my fathers; that glowords to the furthest part of the great rious party of Webster, Lincoln,
and Adams, whose for this high office. I am asked to glorious history is the history of the cast that vote, given to
me under nation in its most imperishable parts. solemn pledges, for a man whom I here But, Sir, while my allegiance to that charge, as I and others have heretofore party is deep-rooted, I feel we have charged him, with being a trafficer in a greater, a holier duty to serve-a votes, a despoiler of free suffrage and duty and fealty to our State, to her an aider and abettor of a system of interests and her hallowed soil in which spoilage which has here grown up and is enshrined all our loftiest hopes and which threatens the fair name of our most precious memories. I deem it,
I deem it, State with debasement. This I am Sir, a duty to myself to state, that asked to do, and in default of complyupon this question which now agitates ing, I am to be punished. us, I believe it of transcending im “Sir," and Glen's straight young portance that the man who next repre form seemed to heighten and broaden sents our State in the Senate of the and his face to take a compelling look United States should be chosen solely of honest sincerity, "rather would I upon his knowledge of State needs, take that punishment an hundred fold, upon his ability to present them ur and be driven from this chamber disgently, and upon his inborn loyalty to credited by an overwhelming boughten the grand old Commonwealth which vote, than be so untrue to my better shall move him, in spite of all opposi- impulses, my State and my friends as tion, to vote right upon the issues now for one instant to entertain the perso vitally affecting the people of the fidious thought of casting my vote for country. These qualities, Sir, I believe such a candidate." to be more important in our next The opposition members at this, toSenator than that he shall be accredited gether with the large majority of the to any party or fraction of party." on-lookers in the gallery who were in
Deafening applause from the gallery sympathy with the young man, rose to and the opposition side of the chamber their feet and brandished hats and obliged the speaker to pause for a papers, cheering him to the echo. The moment, and he could not resist a Speaker, in desperation, pounded his fleeting smile of pleasure at this token marred desk anew and administration of approval. He had not addressed a spokesmen clamored for the original formal assemblage since his school question. But "the Gentleman from days, when he used to take part in Stonestead," now aroused thoroughly, lyceum debate. His delivery was, in had the bit in his teeth, as the saying consequence of that early training, a goes, and without heeding the call to trifle too oratorical, perhaps; his order, went on. phraseology too academic; but they "Sir," he exclaimed, and his strong suited very well the occasion and the young voice quelled the tumult of his temper of the attendant crowd.
admirers, “the gaze of a nation to-day "I am asked," Glen continued, taking is upon this gathering. Shall we, as a little pardonable license from the chosen representatives of the people friendly attitude of his hearers,“to cast of this State, advertise to the world the vote with which I have been en that the contumelious inuendoes which trusted for a man who, notoriously, enemies have leveled at our fame are has and can have no real sympathy true? That men of riches may come with nor understanding of the prime here and buy political preferment? needs of the State which he aspires to "Our State has suffered, grievously represent; a man who has constantly and long, at the hands of men who have refused to answer the pertinent ques no higher aim than personal gain and tions I and my friends courteously ad- aggrandizement. She needs, Sir-desdressed to him during the campaign, perately needs—the good offices of which, if answered, would have placed loyal sons to represent her here and him in his true light as a candidate elsewhere, as one of the foremost,
noblest States of all the whole grand As to the particular question at isSisterhood. She shall be no rich man's sue, he said that the State needed as plaything—this State of ours; her hal- her representative in the highest lowed soil shall not be apportioned branch of national government, a man out as idle playgrounds for idle people, who intimately knew the needs of the and, Sir, if the American spirit of in- plain people of the State; one who dependence stil survives, which, please had the courage of his convictions and God, it does and shall, and if love of who would lead a crusade for restrichome still finds a place in the hearts of tion of that undesirable immigration absent sons and daughters, neither which is pouring into the country to shall this soil, in which repose the undermine the opportunities of native forms of those who gave their all to sons, forcing them through unfair comits redemption, pass over into alien petition into menial positions and loss hands, to be the citadel of non-Amer- of their heritages. A large and inican institutions."
creasing number of these immigrants, The pity of it was that dear old he urged, now bring with them from Major Terrill had not been present to the scenes of political and social conhear "his boy" lay down the principles flict in Europe, tendencies adverse to he had so often tried to inculcate. Un- the principles of American civilization. heeding all save his determination to At more than one point, he cited, set himself aright before the question there have been disturbances arising and to carry out the injunction im- from just this source, and he asked if posed upon him to delay a vote to the the republic could feel secure that at last extremity, Glen refused to give any critical moment calling for military way to other speakers, but continued or other action in defence of public forcibly to have out his say in detail: order or national honor, these Euro
He told his hearers that that spirit pean substitutes for the "embattled of independence on which our fore- farmers" of old would respond loyally fathers founded this great nation was at every cost. With the average Amerdegenerating; that men had come to ican deteriorating physically in the feel that they were not expected to stilling cities, and the farming speak out what they think; that there sections, nurseries formerly of nobleare better and higher aims than those men and heroes of conflict, turned of commercialism, and he urged the over to a foreign people imbued with young men especially to rise and keep no deep or heroic sense of patriotism, alive the flame of liberty of speech, the he thought, he said, that it was time individuality and the ideas of morality to call a halt and put only such men and character of the men who made on guard as would strive to alter and the nation. He said that when a better the conditions. nation stands for commercialism and The speaker referred, briefly, to the material gain, ordinarily known as suc- inpouring of Asiatic tribes to the cess, at the expense of individual in- Pacific coast states to the number of dependence, then the day of decadence nearly a thousand every month, who had set in.
were gradually moving eastward across Reverting to State issues, he urged the country. With such a stream of upon distant sons and daughters the yellow hordes poured upon our western imperative need to themselves and to coast and over a million of immigrant the State for their return to the home aliens dumped upon our eastern seaof their childhood, the reclaiming of the board within
was it soil from alien hands and the rearing not incumbent upon the native Amerhere again of American families to ican, the speaker asked, for him to make impossible, by their votes and stop and ponder what his position presence, the further abuse of the State would soon be between the upper and by unprincipled politicians.
nether millstones? (To be continued)
R. H. STEARNS
earliest presidents of the CongregaThe death on August 16th of Mr. tional Club of Boston and a member R. H. Stearns, the Boston merchant, for a long time. He was also deeply makes a wide gap in many walks of interested in and a generous contribulife.
tor to the Boston city missionary Mr. Stearns was born in Ashburn- society, and a liberal giver to many ham, Dec. 25, 1824. He began his other philanthropies, although as a business career in Boston at the age of general thing his charities were of a twenty-one, when he accepted employ- quiet character and unknown to the ment with R. C. Burr at a salary of public. $150 a year. After two years he en
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the Spanish War the Massachusetts
and displayed a Loan and Trust Company.
strong aptitude for public life. SomeIn religious affiliations Mr. Stearns thing of his style of thought and was a Congregationalist and was prom- literary manner may be gathered from inently connected with many of the ac the following brief quotation from his tivities of that denomination. He was
poem, “Death":a member of the Old South church, where he served for many years as
He said: "The refuge of defeat is rest; , " tendent of the Sunday school, a posi- “A soul's dishonor is the price of peace ! tion afterward held by his son, Richard “From star to star the flight shall never H. Stearns, Jr. He was also one of the cease;
"The Truth, perforce, is long and last troduce the exciting element of unand best;
certainty. But in lawn tennis the "Thro' life and death, with bruised, de- chances are always in favor of the fenceless breast,
maintenance of established leadership. "We seek the sunrise of the soul's re That this is so is clear evidence that it lease!"
is a game which upbuilds rather than And so he lived and almost died, and exhausts the physique. The fact that died:
its champions are able to maintain the The night, the silence and the solitude highest standard of fitness year after Left him magnificent and unsubdued, year, puts the game in the not-too-large And we, who kept the vigil by his side, class of athletic recreations which are Saw, when at last the door was opened tonic and helpful. No game that we wide.
know of possesses less of trickery and
develops a more cordial feeling of MILITARY MANEUVRES AND GOOD friendship between opponents. In setROADS
ting, in spirit, in action, it is the game Inasmuch as a military expert is fol- beautiful. lowing the militia maneuvres about Boston as a special representative of A SHARP HALT CALLED The New ENGLAND MAGAZINE, and we
The Public Service Commission, of will publish a richly illustrated and New York, has denied the application of comprehensive account of them in our the Central New England Railway Comnext issue, we will refrain from other comment at this time than to call at- pany for consent to execute a morttention to the need that has already the basis of which some twelve millions
gage of twenty millions of dollars upon been revealed, although we are now of dollars in bonds were to have been writing at the close of the first day of issued, largely for the cancellation of active operations. In the more techni- old interest deficits. This was a part cally military discussions that will oc- of the re-organization scheme planned cupy the minds of experts the need of by the New Haven Railroad. Among good roads may be overlooked. But other reasons for denying the applicait is a very obvious and pressing one. tion the decision of the Commission The heavy traffic of military supplies
says that: “No sufficient reason is and sight-seeing automobiles literally shown why unpaid interest should be tore the roads into ploughed fields. made a capital obligation of the appliWithout good roads the automobile as
cant." a military adjunct may be practically Such a decision is to be hailed with eliminated. Good roads are a military the utmost satisfaction by the comnecessity of the first order, and money munity of small stock owners whose expended for them is as beneficial in holdings are so often rendered valuepeace as in war.
less by the short-sighted policy that
has so overloaded our American railLAWN TENNIS AGAIN POPULAR roads and other “financed” enterprises The 29th Annual Newport Lawn Ten- with an artificial capital debt. nis Tournament opened Tuesday, August 17th, with the largest number of entries in its history. Among the 164
(2 drawings are champions and ex-champions, whose well-known names will do much to ensure a large attendance. The beautiful courts in the Casino af
THE GOOSE GIRL ford an ideal opportunity for watching Another fairy tale by Grimm for the games, and the great number of grown-up American readers would be young and unknown players will in a proper subtitle for Harold Mac