The Grafters

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The Grafters by Francis Lynde

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If Mr. Lynde sometimes falters in his lovemaking and sometimes seems to fail to understand women, he never fails in the delineation of the characters of his men. They are not gods or demigods; they are not even heroes; they are men fighting for what they want, not caring a jot whether their actions or their motives are ethically right or wrong so long as in the end it brings to them what all true Americans worship--money.

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ll. You must have the whole weight of public sentiment against you in any railroad litigation."

"I do," said Kent, simply. "If every complainant against us had the right to pack his own jury, we couldn't fare worse."

"What is at the bottom of it? Is it our pricking of the Gaston bubble by building on to the capital?"

"Oh, no; it's much more personal to these shouters. As you may, or may not, know, our line--like every other western railroad with no competition--has for its motto, 'All the tariff the traffic will stand,' and it bleeds the country accordingly. But we are forgetting your train. Shall we go and see how late it is?"

II

A MAN OF THE PEOPLE

Train Number Three, the Western Flyer, was late, as Kent had predicted--just how late the operator could not tell; and pending the chalking-up of its arriving time on the bulletin board, the two men sat on an empty baggage truck and smoked in companionable silence.

While they waited, Loring's thoughts were bus

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