Author: Thomas A. Wise
Release Date: January 28, 2004 [EBook #10844]
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*** Start of this project gutenberg EBOOK A gentleman from Mississippi ***
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[Illustration: The senator and “Bud” Haines.]
Founded on the popular play of the same title
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“From new York, eh? The Vicksburg of the North”
“Strange, how the Langdon’s treat him as A friend”
THE LANGDON FAMILY
“You’ll have to take your medicine like A man”
“To-morrow, at 12.30”
“After I have finished, I dare one of you to deny A word”
Here is a story of an epoch-making battle of right against wrong, of honesty against corruption, of simplicity and sincerity against deceit, bribery and intrigue. It is the story of to-day in this country. It vitally concerns every man, woman and child in the United States, so far-reaching is its influence.
The warfare is now going on—the warfare of honest men against corrupt political machines.
The story tells the “inside” of the political maneuvers in Washington and of the workings of bosses there and elsewhere—how they shape men and women to their ends, how their cunning intrigues extend into the very social life of the nation’s capital. You will find inspiration in the career of the honest old Southern planter elected to the United States Senate and the young newspaper reporter who becomes his private secretary and political pilot. Your heart will beat in sympathy with the love of the secretary and the Senator’s youngest daughter.
You will read of the lobbyists and find that not all of them are men. You will see how avarice causes a daughter to conspire against her father. You will hear the note of a gripping national tragedy in the words of Peabody, the “boss of the Senate.” But cause for laughter as well will not be found lacking in this truly many-sided narrative._