[Taking up the card.
Who wants him?
[He whistles softly.
Harradan! No, son, Senator Taney is not here.
[Exit PAGE, left.
Harradan’s smelling a rat. He’s getting after Taney!
Don’t you worry. I can finish Harradan up in black-faced letters tomorrow morning. He’ll think he’s reading his own tombstone.
[TANEY enters, right.
Hello, Pollen. Hello, Conroy. Well, Grosvenor, Cottrell is as jumpy as you are.
Have you seen Harradan?
Have I seen Harradan? I should say I had! He’s leading the peace party in the Senate. Fighting like a fiend.
[Clearing his throat.
That man has nearly cost me my vocal chords.
To see him you wouldn’t connect him with the word “peace.”
He’s in the club. He’s asked for you.
Come on, Grosvenor. This is no place for an honest business-man to be found conversing with a Senator.
[With a grin.
Well, Maynard, they don’t seem to think we’re safe company for good little boys. Suppose we get back on the job?
[They move toward the right. POLLEN remains standing, calm and imperturbable, by the window.
You people act as though you had a bad conscience. I don’t think I’d let a mere Senator interfere with the freedom of my movements, if I were you.
[SENATOR HARRADAN enters, left. He is a soldierly-looking man in the seventies.
Good evening, gentlemen.
I seem to have tumbled into headquarters.
Hello, Harradan. Looking for me?
You know these gentlemen?