Makers of Madness eBook

Hermann Hagedorn
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 33 pages of information about Makers of Madness.

No.

[Taking up the card.

Who wants him?

[He whistles softly.

Harradan!  No, son, Senator Taney is not here.

[Exit PAGE, left.

GROSVENOR

[Excitedly.

Harradan’s smelling a rat.  He’s getting after Taney!

POLLEN

[Quietly.

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.

TANEY

Hello, Pollen.  Hello, Conroy.  Well, Grosvenor, Cottrell is as jumpy as you are.

GROSVENOR

Have you seen Harradan?

TANEY

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.

[Ruefully.

To see him you wouldn’t connect him with the word “peace.”

GROSVENOR

He’s in the club.  He’s asked for you.

CONROY

Come on, Grosvenor.  This is no place for an honest business-man to be found conversing with a Senator.

GROSVENOR

[Nervously.

Quite right.

TANEY

[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.

POLLEN

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.

HARRADAN

Good evening, gentlemen.

[Pause.

I seem to have tumbled into headquarters.

TANEY

Hello, Harradan.  Looking for me?

HARRADAN

Yes.

TANEY

You know these gentlemen?

HARRADAN

[Coolly.

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