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The Sturdy Oak
A composite Novel of American Politics by fourteen American authors

written by "Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968"
...he wires. Display it just as prominently as you can, won't you?... Thanks. That's fine! Good-by." He ran back upstairs. But shortly he appeared, wearing the distrait, exalted expression of the genius who has just passed through the creative act. He looked very tall and strong as he stood before the mantel, receiving the congratulations of Mrs. Brewster-Smith and the timid admiration of Cousin Emelene. His few words were well chosen and were uttered with dignity. "And now, dear Mr. Remington, I'm sure I don't need to ask you if you are taking the right stand on suffrage." This from Mrs. Brewster-Smith. The candidate smiled tolerantly. "If unequivocal opposition is 'right'——" "Oh, you dear man! I was sure we could count on you. Isn't it splendid, Genevive!" The reporters came. It was a busy evening for the young couple. There were relatives for dinner. Other relatives and an old friend or two came later. Throughout, George wore that quietly exalted expression, and carried himself with the new dignity. To the adoring Genevieve his chin had never appeared so long and strong, his thought had never seemed so elevated, his quiet self-respect had never been so commanding. He was no longer merely her George, he was now a public figure. Soon he would be district attorney; then, very likely, Governor; then—well, Senator; and finally—it was possible—some one had to be—President of the United States. He had begun, this day, by making a great decision, by stepping boldly out on principle, on moral principle, and announcing himself a defender of the home, of the right. At midnight, the last guest departed. George and Genevieve stepped out into the summer moonlight and strolled arm in arm down the walk. Waddling up the street appeared a very fat boy. "Why, Pudge," cried Genevive, "what on earth are you doing out at this time of night!" "I'm going home, I tell...

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