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alley sentiment. They were ultimate mechanism of a field-gun, which would and serene.
be put through an indefinite number ‘Blessed are the poor,' thought Lati- of processes here at Fairview, and then mer, 'for they shall not keep up ap- would be shipped somewhere else for pearances. Neither must they read the justification, and would then go by books that are written about them.' water and part by rail somewhere else,
On the third morning of his stay at where the gun would be assembled; Fairview he was escorted through the after which the gun would be tested, Intercontinental shops by Bauer him- approved, checked up, and shipped self. Latimer had hitherto thought of somewhere else. Labor in terms of Meunier and Pen- Latimer shook with impatience at nell: of half-naked men sweating in the the deliberate, precise arm-motions of heat of blast furnaces, or strained out the man at the bench. ‘Out there," he of human semblance under enormous saw little groups of weird mannikins, in weights and masses. What he really a smear of fog and mud and blood, clawsaw in this particular factory were the ing into the sides of a crater under the long cathedral aisles of machinery. He counter-barrage of the Prussians, and heard singing wheels and the drone of praying for the guns which they had belting. And here or there was a work- outrun. But the guns were stuck fast er bending over his tool-bench in schol- in the Flanders slime, and the crew were arly contemplation of a nondescript bit breaking their backs under the wheelof metal, like Carrel over his test-tubes. hubs, and the drivers were lashing away
Latimer recalled the wonder that al- at the horses. ways possessed him at home, when he 'For God's sake, hurry!' Latimer stopped to peer down into excavations cried out in an inward agony, as the where men groped about in a crazy net
Fairview worker picked up a wad of work of mains and conduits, or when he cotton waste and studiously polished looked up to the steel girders swinging off the metal joint he was dallying with. into place on the new skyscrapers. Only One, two, three; one, two, threenow and then would he catch sight of while the sweat was on Latimer's face. a heavy sledge in play, or the heave of And then, in a moment, he undermuscles. As a rule men moved about stood that this man was working while in the tangle of cloaca as if engaged he, Latimer, was only rasping the nerve in an elaborate minuet. He saw men strings of his own soul. Why, of course: poised on the end of a steel beam go the gun crew in Flanders was probably through a graceful calisthenics, with a standing about quietly debating the measured wave of the arm, now this best way of getting the wheels out of way, now that way, thirty stories above the mud. A man was hurrying across the sidewalk. Yet the subways got fields for a plank. The second lieutenthemselves dug, and the pavements ant was simultaneously trying to estab were laid, — and torn up again, - and lish telephone communications with the skyscraper grew a couple of stories battery headquarters and to borrow a overnight. He wondered at the seren- cigarette. And this gun now in the ity of labor.
making at Fairview would be six They stopped to watch a middle- months in reaching the front. Latimer aged man in overalls filing away at a saw the machinist reach for a gauge of longish piece of steel which for the life some sort and adjust it with infinite of him Latimer could not identify. contemplation; and there came to him Bauer told him that it was part of the
a great calm.
'I am cured,' he said aloud.
the river-bank, a flat rock jutting out 'I beg pardon?' Bauer wondered. into the water, a white church steeple
'I was saying that I shall probably - they were entering Westville, to be take the night train for New York,' said Latimer. This has been supreme- 'Hartmann,' he said, 'do you mind ly instructive.
stopping for a quarter of an hour?' But as we have seen, Hartmann
pre- 'Stretch your legs, hey? All right. I vailed with him to wait till the follow- think I can recall the second verse.' ing morning, whereupon Latimer tele- "There is a sick woman here. Will graphed notice of his imminent return you look at her?' to his wife, and his excuses to sister Hartmann threw up his hands. Harriet. But to Manning and the prom- “How can I? Without being asked?' ised visit he held himself pledged. Man- “Unquestionably you can satisfy ning lay on the direct road to the city, yourself without a formal examination.
a and it would be only decent to drop in To that purpose I have devised the necfor a moment to explain.
essary fiction,' said Latimer. And from his pocket he drew a box of choco
lates which he had purchased at FairII
view. “We stop off merely to leave this Hartmann's professed lack of inter- for the little girl, with whom I am on est in the 'meganism' of the automo- established terms. You accompany me bile had no relation whatever to his reluctantly. If you need a little more ability in the driver's seat or a pretty time for consideration, we may ask for taste for eating up the road. Probably a glass of milk.' it was the rebound from the strain of They found the family around the three days' negotiations with the Fair- kitchen-steps. The woman was rinsing view Board of Health, made up exclu- clothes between two tubs. The hussively of ‘unmidigated tonkeys.' band was dreamily improvising over
Only twenty-four hours ago the nee- the repair of an intricate piece of fishdle on the speedometer would have ing-gear, with the little one at his side. caused Latimer intense anxiety. Now, The three severally responded to the in the Aush of new-found health that unexpected visitors. In the woman's was coursing in him, he was inclined to eyes there was wonder. In the little regard Hartmann as an unnecessarily one's, a bright scrutiny which searched timid driver. At intervals he burst into Latimer's person and settled with a trisong; whereat Hartmann sneered bit- umph of intuition upon the candy-box terly, until such a time as a succes- in his hand. The man saw in Hartmann sion of clear stretches of roadway per- the longed-for purchaser of this counmitted him to join in with a dreadful try home that he hated; he saw release howl which, he explained to Latimer, and town again. was the first verse of Gaudeamus. In *As we came by it occurred to me,' the course of the next two hours he said Latimer; and he developed his lie sang that first verse thirteen times, but with sufficient manfulness; neverthe he told Latimer, by no means as well less the conversation dragged. as he used to do it thirty years ago. 'The little one should be at school,'
For some time Latimer had been he said. expectantly studying the countryside, 'Teacher's sick,'announced the child and there it was: an ugly iron bridge, a gleefully. willow by the roadside not far from 'Such a school as it is,' said the
woman, with the first sign of discontent She looked back toward her husband, that Latimer recalled in her. Pause; stared down at the child, and yielded. and they all turned to watch the child "We'll be ready for you in another in her tour of exploration through the month,' Hartmann urged. candy-box.
We will come,' she said; and of her You can give us a glass of milk,' own initiative held out her hand to said Hartmann, ‘right where we are?' Latimer. "Thank you,' she said; and
"Sam,' she said. And the man, buoy- her eyelids trembled. ed up by a great hope, started off with unwonted energy toward the spring
III where the milk was cooling. His wife went into the kitchen to wipe her drip- What more natural than the warm ping arms.
afterglow of self-approval which de‘You find the symptoms?' whispered scended upon our two travelers as they Latimer, hoping against knowledge. climbed back into the car? To Lati
“The most consbicuous symptom, mer's suggestion that Hartmann now yes,' said Hartmann sullenly. He nod- “let her out,' the reply was a shrug of ded toward the man crouching over the resentment at superfluous advice, folspring. “What is one to do?'
lowed by a silent, 'Watch me!' The “There should be a regular job for motor sang like a telegraph wire in the him at Fairview,' said Latimer. 'And wind. They reconstructed the second for her, one of your new houses. They verse of Gaudeamus out of their joint could let this place. It would pay them and fragmentary memories, and shoutto abandon it.'
ed it to the flying landscape. Between “You are a disindegrating sendimen- spasms of harmony Latimer lit two talist, friend Latimer,' grumbled the cigarettes, keeping one for his own use other. 'Make the offer. I will see to it.' and inserting the other, after a few pre
But the woman shook her head. 'Sam liminary puffs, between Hartmann's is not strong enough for a factory.' lips. As the wind and the sun poured What she was thinking, of course, was
into his veins, Latimer removed his that her man was not strong enough for golf-cap and put it on again with the the temptations of town. "We came peak on the nape of his neck, like the out here because it was better for me.' pictures of Barney Oldfield in the SunAgain she was lying.
day Supplement. He was seized with a ‘Much bedder for you, a glean vast pity for the proletariat of the foursmall house with windows and a good cylinder cars whom they overtook and kitchen,' burst out Hartmann. "You passed with a swirl and an occasional should not work.'
ironic wave of the hand. He found his She shook her head, and Latimer de thoughts running to roadsters, sedans, spaired. Then an inspiration came. town cars. He pumped oil with more
* For the little one there will be an ardor than precision. ideal school, playgrounds, a swimming With this result: that, having flashed pool, games, theatricals.' He tried to by a sign-post announcing the town speak with the nonchalance of a well- limits of Greensborough and made a bred catalogue.
sudden corner, Hartmann had to throw “A good school?' she said, looking all his weight into the brakes to avert up in haste.
collision with a uniformed figure in the 'Equal to the best private schools in middle of the road waving the conventhe country,' said Hartmann.
tional open palm.
What's wrong?' said Hartmann, as haired young man, bending over a desk, innocently as a German chancellor on raised his head and smiled inquiringly, Belgium.
a little innocently, Latimer thought, “Thirty-five miles an hour's the mat- through horn-rimmed spectacles. ter,' said the constable.
'Dr. Wheeling,' said the constable, Hartmann shouted, —
with a semi-military curtness which was 'At dirty-five miles an hour I should at the same time a salute and an introhave been through your tinky liddle duction. town before I had endered it. This is Latimer hastened to explain. an oudrage!'
"We are in search of the officiating You can explain that to the jedge,' magistrate, having been apprehended said the officer. “That is, if he ain't on the absurd charge of violating the away for his dinner. Give me a lift an' traffic regulations by an official whose I'll show you where we turn in.' zeal we can commend more easily than
The subsequent colloquy was futile. his intelligence.'
Greensborough's court-house occu- Dr. Wheeling was sympathetic. pied one wing of an imposing pile of 'Justice Horner will not be back for municipal brickwork which their cap- some time, I regret to say.' tor designated as the town workhouse. 'He takes dinner at home, of course?' Granted the authentic signs of a pro- ‘To be precise, no,' replied the prigressive community spirit revealed in son doctor. "The fact is, His Honor at well-paved and cleanly streets, orna- this moment is some distance out in mental lamp-posts, plate-glass store the country inspecting a prize milchfronts on Main Street, and three mov- cow with a view to purchase.' ing-picture theatres within two blocks, “That would be Al Thomas's Jersey, it was still a wonder why so small a observed the constable. place as Greensborough should stand in ‘Exactly,' said Wheeling. ‘Won't you need of such elaborate prison facilities. be seated?'
'Now if it were a loonadic asylum, I But that is imbossible,' shouted could understand,'remarked Hartmann Hartmann; and to their captor, ‘Come with vicious intent; ‘but a chail — ' along and help us hunt up your judge.
They found the court-room deserted. I'll make it worth your while.' The 'jedge,' then, was at dinner, un- The constable hesitated, and Latiless, it occurred to the constable, the mer, to bridge the pause, did the polite jedge might be in the ‘labbertory. He thing. pronounced the word with unmistak- "You have here an admirably equipable pride in his mastery of the term ped institution,' he remarked. His tone and equal contempt for the thing it was the connoisseur's. described.
Wheeling beamed at him through his 'Laboratory?' said Hartmann. 'Lead goggles. 'It's a very decent plant for a the way.'
town of our size.' They marched through a confusion 'It is my surmise,' said Latimer, of wainscoted corridors and stopped 'that this very impressive penal estabbefore the open door of what Latimer lishment has been built around your might easily have accepted for the psy- laboratory, Dr. Wheeling, and not the chological experimentation room at his other way about.' old college, except that everything was The doctor stared in amazement. varnish-new and the sunlight came in 'How could you have guessed?' cheerily through the window. A gray- "Shall we call it intuition?' smiled Latimer. When I am in the presence Wheeling went pink with delight. of the scientific spirit I know it. My “This is generous, Mr. Latimer. I name is Latimer.'
hardly Wheeling came forth from behind 'Not at all. Shall we proceed?' the desk and shook hands.
'Immediately,' cried Wheeling. 'Al“May I suggest that your plan of low me to place your chair in the full hunting up the justice is a feasible one?' light. That's it.' he addressed Hartmann. 'In the mean From drawers and shelves he brought time, if Mr. Latimer is interested in out the simple materials of his business, our work I should be delighted - and sat down before his desk, from top
And when Hartmann and his turn- to toe the tingling professional. key were gone, ‘Your surmise, Mr. 'I trust, Mr. Latimer, that you apLatimer, as to the origin of this institu- proach this examination in the candid tion touches me particularly, because it and impersonal spirit in which it is atis largely through my efforts that the tempted,' said Wheeling. 'It is in the thing has taken form; if I may say it
interest of science, of course. A sympawithout boasting. My interests have thetic attitude on your part is essential always run in the direction of men- to the validity of the tests we are about tal research, especially of the criminal to undertake, even when these may type. I have written for the scientific seem superfluous or meaningless.' journals. It was difficult work convert- ‘Does that frequently happen?' said ing the local authorities to my plans; a Latimer, with the kindly intention of special bond issue was necessary. Even expressing interest. then, as a straight penitentiary, this But it brought up Wheeling with a plant would never have been erected; start. His formula of introduction was but as an experiment station in crim- really a sort of hypnotic chant intendinal psychology it had decided publicity ed to reduce the subject to the proper value. The argument appealed to our passive state. He looked at Latimer Chamber of Commerce. Without boast- and wondered whether it had been necing, we have put Greensborough on the essary in the present instance. map. Only - he sighed — 'the mate-'
'We will begin,' he said, 'with a simrial is not as abundant as one might ple experiment in visual observation. I wish.'
shall pick up a black piece of paper with 'Greensborough is too law-abiding,' one hand and a white piece of paper ventured Latimer.
with the other. You will tell me as soon Unfortunately, yes. Our cells are as you are certain of your facts, which often quite empty. That is why I have hand holds which. Close your eyes, been compelled to resort to volunteers. please. Now!' The great majority of our citizens have Latimer assigned the proper slip to subjected themselves to my tests, out the proper hand. of a commendable public spirit. But 'Five seconds,' said Wheeling, in a the population of Greensborough is tone of surprise, as he jotted down the limited.'
answer on a prepared form. “May I Latimer glanced about the room. ask, Mr. Latimer, whether you have
‘Strictly speaking,' he said, 'I am ever been tested for color-perception not yet within the grasp of the law. before this?' Nevertheless, until my companion's re- No,' said Latimer. "Am I at all out turn, if I can contribute to your stock of the normal?' of data
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