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March 23, 1907

A Victorious Defeat. The Story of a Franchise.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(12):1055. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520380071026

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Although this is a story by a practicing physician of Columbus, Ohio, the author has avoided talking shop, as does the average doctor who for the first time essays light literature. There is nothing medical in the story, and the only thing in it of special interest to the doctor is the fact that a doctor wrote it. The hero is a young attorney, highminded, honorable, courageous, etc. He becomes interested in politics, takes up the people's side in some franchise question, and leads in a fight against a grasping street-car company. Love becomes sadly mixed with politics. The hero is in love with the only daughter of the leading lawyer of the town, whose enmity he gets first by opposing him for Congress and afterward by appearing on the other side in some important lawsuits. All this, however, because he can not do otherwise and remain true to his

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