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The Lieutenant-Governor A Novel   By: (1873-1904)

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THE

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

A NOVEL

BY

GUY WETMORE CARRYL

[Illustration: Publishers symbol]

BOSTON AND NEW YORK HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY The Riverside Press, Cambridge 1903

Copyright, 1902 BY THE ESS ESS PUBLISHING CO.

Copyright, 1903 BY GUY WETMORE CARRYL

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Published March, 1903

TO

M. R. B.

IN MEMORY OF THE RESCUE OF A MAN AT SEA

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. THE FLY ON THE WHEEL 1

II. THE ODDS AGAINST YOUNG NISBET 21

III. A FACE IN THE CROWD 40

IV. AS BETWEEN FRIENDS 60

V. A BRAND FROM THE BURNING 80

VI. MCGRATH LAUGHS 98

VII. THE MIRAGE OF POWER 117

VIII. THE GOVERNOR UNMASKS 137

IX. THE NINTH PASSES IN REVIEW 156

X. A QUESTION AND AN ANSWER 177

XI. YOUNG NISBET FINDS HIS TONGUE 196

XII. DIOGENES 215

XIII. THE INSTRUMENT OF FATE 234

XIV. THE VOICE OF ALLEGHENIA 252

THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

I

THE FLY ON THE WHEEL

The offices of the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor adjoined. Each had its ante room, in which a private secretary wrote eternally at a roll top desk, an excessively plain featured stenographer rattled the keys of his typewriter, and a smug faced page yawned over a newspaper, or scanned the cards of visitors with the air of an official censor. At intervals, an electric bell whirred once, twice, or three times; and, according to the signal, one of the trio disappeared into the presence of the august personage within.

A door connected the office of the chief executive with that of his lieutenant, but this was rarely opened by either, and then only after a formal tap and permission to enter had been given. It was a matter of general knowledge that the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor were not in sympathy; but few, even among the intimates of either, were aware how deep, and wide, and hopelessly impassable was the gulf which lay between them. This was due not alone to disparity in age, though twenty eight years separated the white haired Governor from his handsome subordinate, who had been nominated to this, his first public office, on his thirtieth birthday; nor was it wholly a difference between the experience of the one and the inexperience of the other. The point of view of the veteran is, naturally, not that of the novice, particularly in politics. That the enthusiasms of Lieutenant Governor Barclay should have been the disillusions of Governor Abbott, and his pitfalls his senior's stepping stones, this was to be expected. The root of their dissimilarity lay deeper. It was nothing less than mutual distrust which kept the connecting door closed day after day, and clogged the channel of coöperation with the sharp pointed boulders of antagonism.

The convention which nominated the successful ticket of the preceding year had been a veritable chaos of contending factions. The labor delegates, encouraged by the unexpected strength of their representation, were not content with such nominal plums as had fallen to their share in former conventions. Led by Michael McGrath, an agitator whose native Irish eloquence, made keener and more persuasive by practice in bar room forensics, brought him naturally to the fore, they threatened, at one stage of the proceedings, to carry all before them. The more conservative faction, its strength sapped by the formation, in its very ranks, of a reform party determined upon the fall of the "machine," was forced to yield ground. The reformers themselves, young men for the most part, distinguished by great ideals but small ability, were too few to impose their individual will upon their opponents, yet sufficiently numerous to make their support necessary to the success of either party... Continue reading book >>




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