The Iron Heel eBook

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Ernest always overworked.  His wonderful constitution kept him up; but even that constitution could not keep the tired look out of his eyes.  His dear, tired eyes!  He never slept more than four and one-half hours a night; yet he never found time to do all the work he wanted to do.  He never ceased from his activities as a propagandist, and was always scheduled long in advance for lectures to workingmen’s organizations.  Then there was the campaign.  He did a man’s full work in that alone.  With the suppression of the socialist publishing houses, his meagre royalties ceased, and he was hard-put to make a living; for he had to make a living in addition to all his other labor.  He did a great deal of translating for the magazines on scientific and philosophic subjects; and, coming home late at night, worn out from the strain of the campaign, he would plunge into his translating and toil on well into the morning hours.  And in addition to everything, there was his studying.  To the day of his death he kept up his studies, and he studied prodigiously.

And yet he found time in which to love me and make me happy.  But this was accomplished only through my merging my life completely into his.  I learned shorthand and typewriting, and became his secretary.  He insisted that I succeeded in cutting his work in half; and so it was that I schooled myself to understand his work.  Our interests became mutual, and we worked together and played together.

And then there were our sweet stolen moments in the midst of our work—­just a word, or caress, or flash of love-light; and our moments were sweeter for being stolen.  For we lived on the heights, where the air was keen and sparkling, where the toil was for humanity, and where sordidness and selfishness never entered.  We loved love, and our love was never smirched by anything less than the best.  And this out of all remains:  I did not fail.  I gave him rest—­he who worked so hard for others, my dear, tired-eyed mortalist.

CHAPTER XII

THE BISHOP

It was after my marriage that I chanced upon Bishop Morehouse.  But I must give the events in their proper sequence.  After his outbreak at the I. P. H. Convention, the Bishop, being a gentle soul, had yielded to the friendly pressure brought to bear upon him, and had gone away on a vacation.  But he returned more fixed than ever in his determination to preach the message of the Church.  To the consternation of his congregation, his first sermon was quite similar to the address he had given before the Convention.  Again he said, and at length and with distressing detail, that the Church had wandered away from the Master’s teaching, and that Mammon had been instated in the place of Christ.

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