IN A WINTER CITY. 139
" The only remedy wiU be Time," he answered
her. " Corruption has eaten too deeply into the
heart of this nation to be easily eradicated. The
knife of war has not cut it out; we can only
hope for what the medicines of education and ol
open discussion may do; the greatest danger lies
in the inertia of the people; they are angry often,
but they do not move------"
" Neither do you move, though you are angry."
He smiled a Uttle sadly.
" If I were a rich man I would do so. Poor as
I am I could not embrace pubUc life without seem¬
ing to seek my own private ends from office. A
man without wealth has no influence, and his
motives wiU always be suspected—at least here."
" But one should, be above suspicion------"
" Were one certain to do good—yes."
" But why should you despair ? You have a
country of boundless resources, a people affec¬
tionate, impressionable, infinitely engaging, and
much more inteUigent naturally than any other
populace, a soU that scarce needs touchuig
to yield the richest abundance, and in nearly
every smaU town or obscure city some legacy