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He thought you were one of them dynamiters--how could you blame him? " But still Peter wouldn't yield. He was afraid of the rat-faced McGivney, and his heart was thumping fast, but he stood his ground. "I think I ought to see that money," he said, doggedly. " demanded the detective. " cried Peter. " "Sure, and we want you to go on working for us. This ain't the last secret we'll get from you, and you'll find we play straight with our people--how'd we ever get anywheres otherwise? " He spoke with conviction, and Peter was partly persuaded.

You get sorry for them, and the first thing you know, you're listening to their arguments. " The rat-faced man was watching Peter, and saw Peter flush with pleasure. Yes, he continued, Peter had a future before him, he would make all kinds of money, he would be given responsibility, a permanent position. But he might throw it all away if he got to fooling with these Red doctrines. And also, he ought to understand, he could never fool McGivney; because 100%: The Story of a Patriot 41 McGivney had spies on him!

They were bait to catch suckers; and there is a continual competition between the suckers, who of course don't want to be caught, and those people of superior wits who want to catch them, and therefore are continually inventing new and more plausible and alluring kinds of bait. Peter had by now heard enough of the jargon of the "comrades" to realize that theirs was an especially effective kind; and here was poor little Jennie, stuck fast on the hook, and what could Peter do about it? Yet, this was Peter's first love, and when he was deeply thrilled, he understood the truth of Guffey's saying that a man in love wants to tell the truth.

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