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scheme of things as trivial as the dan- cause, if a good man is put up for our delions that were beginning to star the party, he'll poll a good many votes from fields she rode through. It was enough the Democrats. Their man, you see, is for the moment just to live and enjoy, a renegade from the Roman Church, and to let the sun reawaken all that the win- so Leigh has a hope of that vote.' ter of her discontent had felt die within 'I do hope he'll win out,' Linda said. her; enough to let this clean wind fresh- 'He's exactly the type of man who en the habitation of her mind and make ought to go in for politics in this counit fit for the Linda Mainwaring who was try at a time like this. I must leave you preparing to abide there.

here,' she added, “as I'm going home Her thoughts were distracted from through the woods. It's been awfully herself by a chance meeting with a nice to see you.' neighbor, a man too closely connected She nodded and turned her horse, with the old order of her existence to starting off briskly through the sunrender him entirely welcome. He was dappled path, glad to be alone again. the husband of a woman who had once She had lunch with the little girls been a boon companion of the Main- and their governess. When the clock warings; and though Linda had often struck twice, as they finished, it ocfelt that he did not entirely endorse curred to her that their father was her, he apparently was making an ef- already the husband of another woman. fort to be cordial to-day, probably be- As the two younger girls left the dincause he approved of Harry still less. ing-room with Mademoiselle, Philippa As he was riding for exercise, he joined dawdled behind, apparently eager to her, making civil remarks about the converse with her mother. She waitweather. It was obviously difficult for ed, with the intuitive tact that children him to bring his conversation down to sometimes display, until they were any local topic for fear of wounding her alone in the room, before she put the susceptibilities; but at last he ventured question which had been troubling her to mention a mutual friend who was not ever since she had overhead a contoo closely connected with the some- versation between the servants that what unsavory memories they shared morning. in common.

• Mother,' she said, 'how can Daddy 'I see that your friend Leigh Vane is marry somebody else? Caroline told slated for great things,' he said. “If Hermence this morning it was a wonder they run him for governor and he does you felt like riding horseback at the pull it off, at his age, there's no telling very hour of your husband's wedding.' where he'll end up.'

Linda had been expecting some such She was interested at once.

question, but it found her with no ready 'Are they considering running him, answer. She was almost tempted to then? I have n't seen Leigh for ages; evade it, to chide Philippa for listening and while I knew he was always dab- to the servants' gossip; but she knew bling in politics, I had no idea they that would in no way check the ideas really took him as seriously as that.' forming in the busy little head.

'He is very well thought of in the 'I am sorry you heard Caroline,' she state to-day,' the neighbor told her. said at last. 'I had hoped you need 'He did a big thing in keeping out of the know nothing about it until you were congressional election last year, and the older, when of course I should have expowers that be are n't always ungrate- plained it to you myself. You knew ful. He ought to have a chance, be- that Daddy did n't live here with us any more because Daddy and I are not that Daddy will be very happy, too, married any longer.'

won't we?' 'Is n't he our father any more?' asked She tried to smile and started to rise Philippa.

from her chair, hoping that her rather “Yes, he's your father still, and be lame explanation had satisfied the child; cause he's your father you must always but Philippa had one more question. love him and believe the best of him. *Then will you marry somebody, You see, when he and I were married, too?' we loved each other very much, so it This time Linda was able to laugh. was right for us to be married and have ‘Oh, dear, no,' she said. “I don't you and Tiny and Nancy for children;

want to marry anybody. We shall all but after we found we did n't care, it be very contented here just as we albecame wrong to live together the way ways have been. Run along now, my people do who love each other.'

darling, and remember that mother has *Did you get unmarried?' queried been telling you things she does n't Philippa.

want you to talk about with anyone, 'So we got unmarried,' answered her not even Mademoiselle or the little mother. 'Only it's called getting di- girls. If there's anything you don't vorced, and that left Daddy free to understand, you're to ask me.' marry again, someone whom he did love.'

III 'How do you get di- divorced?' the child asked. 'Is it like a wedding? Do They left the dining-room together, you go to church and have music and Philippa to prepare for her afternoon flowers and wear a white dress like drive in the pony-cart, and Linda to Aunt Tina's?'

read up on any political news she cculd 'It is n't like a wedding at all, dear. find before Vane should appear. She When people are married, it is a very discovered, however, that it was almost happy time; but there is nothing happy impossible to keep her mind on the about a divorce. It is very sad when printed pages, so often did her thoughts two people, who planned to live all their revert to her conversation with Philiplives together, find they don't love each pa. She had not meant to make light other enough to make it possible.' to the child of the sanctity of marriage; 'Are you very sad, mother?'

yet

seemed impossible to explain the She wished she could answer truth- enormity of the step she and Harry fully that she was. It seemed so ter- had taken, and she doubted whether rible to have to explain the sordid trag- Philippa's psychology would not be edy of divorce, and to admit that it had more affected if she found her parents left her almost untouched. All the ar- in a position which they themselves guments which she had used a few questioned. months before in justifying the course But her pleasure in the day had she had determined to pursue appeared gone, and Vane found her as he very so futile in the face of Philippa's be- possibly expected to find her when he wildered gaze.

had chosen this particular time to prove 'I'm not very sad any longer,' she his friendship. It would have surprised answered at last. “You see, I have you and probably shocked him had he disthree girls to make me happy; and if I covered Linda in her mood of the mornhad never married Daddy, I should ing. As it was, he had the satisfaction never have had you. And we will hope of drawing her out of herself by talking to her openly of his own prospects. He you that it is true, if it is only in the had a delightful personality, and as he way I look at the things which I acalways took it for granted that women cepted so lightly a few months ago. are no less interested in the broader While I find myself happier to-day than topics of life than men, he took the same I have been since I outgrew my infatuapains to talk well to them.

tion for Harry and have seen him with When he had broken down the bar- the eyes of all the people, yourself inriers of her reserve, and they were again cluded, who begged me not to marry on their old footing, he began to ques- him, I realize more than ever before the tion her about herself. He approved tragedy that has occurred, and I would her attitude: she had been dignified rather go back to the hell which made and yet she had won the sympathy of up my life until six months ago than everyone, simply by making no bid for have had to make the explanation which it. He found her distinctly improved, I made to Philippa to-day. So there is and told her so.

no need, Leigh, for your kindly little *You've grown up,' he told her; 'not warning about second mistakes.' old, you understand, because, as a mat- 'My dear Linda,' he said, quite as ter of fact, you look younger than ever, serious as she, 'I don't want you to but you strike one now as an intelli- think that I, of all people, have taken gent adult being.'

this step of yours as anything but the 'I'd like to strike you as an adult very best way out of an intolerable being,' she answered, making a little situation, and I trust with all my heart face at him; but she was not displeased that it is one which will prove to be for to be again talking personalities with a the happiness of everyone concerned; man who was interested in her. She although I understand you perfectly told him how keen she was to make up when you say that to-day you feel that for all the time she had lost on things happiness is hardly an essential comwhich had proved so deplorably worth- pared to your children's belief in the less, and how eager she felt to recon- sanctity of marriage. Forgive me if I struct her life on more rugged lines. have offended by too great frankness in

‘One part of life is so entirely over,' stating that I can't believe that life is she said, “and that's the only part I over for anyone who has developed unknow anything about. It's rather hard der it as magnificently as you.' to know where to begin afresh.'

Compliments from Leigh were few 'Meaning, I suppose,'Vane answered, and far between, and Linda treasured that your career as a wife is closed? them correspondingly. She took his My dear Linda, you have only just proffered hand. learned how to be a wife for a man; not ‘You will help me to go on, 'won't a boy, you understand, but a grown-up you?' she said. 'I am depending on man who wants a grown-up woman. you to keep me in touch with lots of Not,' he added, 'that your present big things, which are all around you and frame of mind is n't a very healthy one quite out of reach of a lone woman.' until the right man comes along. You ‘As a start, I'll send you some books can't afford a second mistake.'

which may be of interest,' he promised. This was going a little far, even for ‘At least, I hope they'll prove so inLeigh. Linda became intensely serious. volved you'll have to let me come often

'I wish you would try to appreciate to explain them.' the situation,' she said. “You say I In a few moments he took his departseem to have grown up, and I assure ure, conscious that he felt more intense

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sympathy for this old friend than he self. The state had suffered through a had in all the miserable years which had considerable period from a Democratic followed her rash disregard of his ad- governor, who had been sustained in vice and the advice of all the people office by the labor vote and the Roman who had known both Linda and Main- Church, of which he was a member. He waring. To him, divorce was a very had pushed representatives of that inhideous thing; and the fact that it had stitution on every state board which become so to her made her more ap- had hitherto kept clear of sectarian difpealing than she had been before she ferences; and he had been very much to had experienced it. Linda, on her side, the fore in advocating parochial schools felt that her friendship with Leigh had to be supported by the unredeemed but been put through the acid test and come tax-paying public. out pure gold.

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the Governor, his policies did not awak

en enough antagonism in the country She began to pick up the broken districts, where the Republicans must threads again, and in the next few look for their strength, to defeat him, months, although she became intimate unless some defalcation should split his with no one, she resumed a normal in- own ranks. Suddenly, when his enetercourse with the people who had been mies were despairing, he not only threw lifelong friends and neighbors. But be- ammunition into their hands, but caushind her outer life she continued to ex- ed an explosion among his own adherpand and develop within herself. The ents. Whether it was a question of real books which Leigh sent her she not conviction, or pressure brought to bear only read, but studied; and soon he was by some political magnate who was in coming, not only to expound their matrimonial difficulties, could not be meanings, but to discuss and argue ascertained; but without warning to them with her. That summer they went the leaders of his party or his Church, deep into a comprehension of Socialism, the Governor announced himself in and, strangely enough, it made a strong favor of more uniform and lenient diappeal both to the woman who had vorce laws. The present laws, he was spent her whole life among the frivolous quoted as saying, entailed suffering by-productsof capitalism and to theman only on the poor, while the rich evaded who was running for governor, the them by taking up residence in some choice of serious capitalists. As the other state. It was preposterous, if a work of his campaign grew more en- person could obtain divorce from a grossing, he found tremendous inspira criminal, that one could not from a lution in Linda's freshly awakened men- natic; and if religious conviction made tal responsiveness; and in meeting the divorce and remarriage possible for one demands of her eager mind for more cause, it should do as much for several and ever more facts and explanations, causes. He added that the state laws he developed a knowledge of the psy- could not affect people to whom the chology of the people whom he wanted Church denied divorce; that personalfor his constituents.

ly, as a Catholic, he deplored divorce, It happened that year that there was but as governor of a people of varying no dearth of gubernatorial material for creeds, he invoked justice. the Republicans to choose from, and This last, which was obviously inthe nomination of a candidate promised tended as a sop to his Church, failed to a more bitter fight than the election it abate the antagonism that his position

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aroused; and even the weight of such Fabian was one of the largest eman influential politician as Mr. Henry ployers of labor in the state; he was a McFarland was unable to crush the op- self-made man, who had worked his position which threatened to break the way up in one of the woolen mills that Democratic strength. The fact that he now controlled. McFarland's wife had been confined in Joyce was the more usual type. He an institution for the hopelessly insane had been through the political mill, and earned for that gentleman the oppro- had given up a profitable law practice brium of Henry the Eighth; and it was to enter politics. hinted, not only that the Governor Though not a capitalist like Fabian, had broken faith with his Church, but Vane came of people who had always that his political honor was not above belonged to the moneyed class. They suspicion.

were also people who had served their It was felt by Republican leaders country in various branches.

His that a crisis had presented itself which grandfather had held the rank of cologave their party a chance for reinstate- nel in the Civil War, where his name ment; for while McFarland and his col- was still remembered in the homes of leagues were strong enough to keep a men who had composed his regiment. fresh candidate from acquiring control His son, Leigh's father, was concluding in their own party, they were unable to his useful if not brilliant term as United influence a number of individuals who States Senator at the time of his death. loudly acclaimed their disapproval of Leigh himself had been brought up in the present Governor's pretension to the traditions of Republicanism, and another term. It therefore seemed not several of the big men of the party had only possible, but highly probable that, been his personal friends from childshould the Republican nominee prove hood. But his present strength lay far popular personally, he would stand an less in these affiliations than in the excellent chance.

esteem in which the influential men of To men like Leigh Vane, the present his own state held him. Orphaned and opportunity led to a hope, not only that well-to-do, he had chosen a life of rigorhis party would win the coming elec- ous work on a newspaper, where he had tion, but that a man of ideals and vision never attempted to score personally, could do much more than hold down the but had given freely of himself to the office he could lead the state back to good of the cause. A year before, he had the Republican majority which a fairly been requested to contest the Congresrecent invasion of foreign labor had sional seat of his district, and for a while temporarily overthrown. But it would he had been greatly tempted; but he need a man who firmly believed in his had proved himself big enough not to party to accomplish this,

not a mere risk splitting the slim Republican maopportunist, — and it would take a jority; and he had done such excellent man of great personal integrity and sin- work in upholding the man who might cerity, quite apart from his political have been his rival, that he was hencepersuasion, to induce the wavering ele- forth considered a definite political ment to come over to his side. Of the factor. present aspirants to the nomination, Linda had made a point of meeting three names stood out more and more both Fabian and Joyce, and assured prominently as the date for decision ap- herself that, quite apart from her afproached. These were Bernard Fabian, fection for him, Leigh was far better Edward Joyce, and Leigh Vane. qualified for the office than either of the

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