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The Colonel's Last Campaign
By BRAND WHITLOCK
AUTHOR OF "TIE TUlRTEE1T DISTRICT." "ER UrWIE VARTT."
"TEE rBA! AVERAGE." "'TE TURN OF TIE BALARCE," ETC.. ETC.
OuprLgbI by The Bobb.-Marrll Wampanr
LL day long Colonel Tal
bott sat in his leathe,"
chair in the lobby of the
Grand, twiddling his
cane, smoking his cigar,
and talking politics. Un
der the broad brim of
his black slouch hat his hair
fell in silver wisps almost to his
shoulders, and the long mustache,
drooping like a Georgian's at the cor
ners of his mouth, was as white as
his hair, save at the spot where his
cigar had tinged it yellow.
There was not a politician of either
party between Dunleith and Cairo
who was not proud to bend over the
old fellow's chair, take his thin hand
and say: "Hello, Colonel, what's new
in politics " The colonel had an in
variable reply: "I'm out of politics,
and don't know anything. What do
you hear?" Sometimes, if the passing
politician happened to be of the old
day, the colonel would take him by
the arm, and they would saunter away
to the bar. If the politician came from
northern Illinois, the colonel would
would take rye; if from southern 11
\ linois the colonel would take bour
bon; such was his idea of etiquette.
Though never would he take a drink
before breakfast, for a drink before
breakfast, he told Carroll. was a
back log in the fire that would burn
the livelong day.
Carroll was the staff of the colonel's
old age. The two would sit by the
hour, while the old man talked of the
Nineteenth Illinois cavalry, of Lin
coln and Douglas, of David Davis and
Elish Haines, of state and national
conventions, in the days when he had
made and unmade congressmen, gov
ernors and senators, ruling his party
in the state, Carroll shrewdly thought,
with a discipline as rigid as that with
which he had welded the Nineteenth
Illinois into a fighting regiment.
Tq those who knew the veteran's
sasmory, his love for the boy was
touching. The story is too long to
tell now, but its essential motif must
always be the ingratitude of Si War
re,. The colonel had picked Warren
up in the old Fifteenth district, sent
him to congress, and finally made a
United States senator of him. War
rea, developing quickly as a politician,
bhad turned around, defeated the col
emsl for reelection as chairman of the
tate exeoutive committee, a posi
tion he had held for sixteen years,
had frosen him out of the Arisona
deal, and somehow caused the colo
rl's only son to go wrong out there
i Thson. The boy's mother had
S ke aS abroken heart, they said.
.in- ten a decade had passed, a
ded which the colonel had spent in
the grim lsesemmeess of a crowded
beai He neer mentioned Warren's
a s he heard it. he clenched his
hbe hs as tightly th the knuckles
*shWes whit. Os a year, perhaps,
o the spnstlme, whoa the state
do lml emmlMqe met, be get out his
- wboe mtaiest and was invited up to
bO eeulnary to make a speech on the
:at4the parety, and ence a year, in
nsenertiLe, rhe attended a re
rg his omen t,. now decimated
Saeoadrea of tottering old men,
,~the olemel called "boys."
S ig ame, rllinag up from the
, y Ohio, showering its apple blos
APO n the orchards of Egypt,
Sinklg writh prple flowers the
giles of entral Illnols, and fnally
,:ig with tardy sunshine the cold
of Lak Michigan. It was the
the legilature that chose War
successor In the senate was to
elated, and when the senator
home from Washington he found
MAes in sad repair. The Silas
ofa the parlor suitto In a lake
hotel was not the Si Warren
ilo olonel Talbott had rescued
'I the dusty little law oice down
. ne iteen ryeas beforeo. The
N .eao f that time were faded by the
n wh c he loafed all day on the
pt dese corner, whereas the clothes
I thIsd spris morna s bespoke a New
Was alter and a valet,
rwas oppoiti to hs re
Z , and while his machine 1
iut, sat wMIle Georgeo . Baldwin,
a the legslatue, aid It was
I aradle temtstratlon o sore
at mbe inds lakbor sates,
e wes s i n the pietnreeue
a llum, wepn, salt alike a
Keb lah aehaenfl. whsos the
atl revent had bet bhas
-a in Megges, the matnerst'
IMip, mm al e ma to pm
i itead li il o t the
, M the eoleal Mhi Wf.
It as the soIasma who war
de i on CIcag to ec
r the ather chaiEr, the oe
hea wenid dmr1 swa rf am
'e alo send i at man we i
.a mnof phcleso o
a- ll had et coaceive the
a aI e a. perhwapo tk
Weald hav remained out of
t th. hem, attr a weak at
seea, itdsed him to haep
usotimg p yet w u ama hoer
A I grr mamee ia theeaidSel
H #s Leamed with the
$:p"- ity a law
the senatorial nomination in the First
When Warren learned of the cole
nel's new interest in the campaign, he
cunningly decided to utilize it by
throwing his strength to Carroll in
the First, provided the colonel would
withdraw his opposition. He prided
himself on being a man who harbored
no resentments. So he sent Dan
Ford. his private secretary, to open
negotiations for peace.
The colonel had recognized the
coming of the heat by donning his
suit of linen, with a red tie at his
throat to give the touch of color he
always loved, and he had got out his
broad-leavr d Panama hat for its
fifteenth season. Ford found him
seated in the leather chair, swinging
one thin leg over the other, his white
hose wrinkling over his low shoes,
telling Carroll how Grant came to
Springfield from Galena seeking a
commission in the army. Ford diplo
nmatically broached the subject of a
conference between the colonel and
the senator. The colonel heard him
to the end, but said nothing. His
mustache simply lifted a little with
the curl of his lip. Fora was evident
"Have you any reply?" he asked, "or
"Yes," said the colonel, and his
gray eyes flashed under his shaggy
brows. "Present my compliments to
Senator Warren, and tell him that if
he ever presumes to speak to me
again in all his life, I'll slap his face,
and if he resents it. I'll kill him."
Ford turned to bow, and the colonel,
turning to Carroll, said:
"As I was saying, General Palmer
happened to go into the adjutant-gen
eral's office and saw Grant smoking
a corn-cob pipe and working away on
muster rolls at a broken table
propped up in one corner of the room.
The old forage cap he had worn in
the Mexican war was lying on the
table. It was the only hat he had in
The next morning an interview
with Warren appeared in all the pa
"I would prefer," the senator was
reported as saying, "to retire to pri
vate life and resume my interrupted
1kw practice, if I were not compelled
to seek vindication by the bushwack
ing of this doting old ingrate, who,
disappointed in his attempts to
monopolise patronage that belongs to
patriotic party workers, now skulks
behind the sympathy his years and
infirmities ecite, to wage a guerrilla
The colonel read the interview at
breakfast. He sat at the table with
one paper propped up before him and
four others beside his plate, his eye
glasses on his nose, and ate his oat
meal and his beefsteak and his boiled
eggs Just as he did on every morning
of the year. Then he drank the half
cup at cofee that he always reserved,
with its cream slowly coagulating at
the surface, for the end of his meal,
because it was cooler then, laid his
napkin down and shuffled slowly out.
Half an hour later a man stoppd
by his chair in the lobby and said
something to the 'colonel that made
him drop his paper, and look up over
his eyeglasses with a scowl. The
man was known as Birdy Quinn, and
he had lost his Job in the water omce
the week before, because Warren
wished to make room for a fellow who
could deliver more votes at the com
ing es than Birdy could.
you sure?" the colonel asked.
ure! Isn't it all over the ward
"You're sure that Pat Gibbons con
sented to run as Warren's candidate
for state senator in the First dis
trict against Carroll--after promising
me-me?" He bent his brows angrily
and pointed with a long forefinger at
his own brast.
"Well, bell's bells!" said Quinn
"Wasn't Baldwin workinag with him
balf the night?'
The colonel took his ulasses from
his nose and swinnlag them by their
heavy cord, blinked with his old eyes
at the square of snlight blasing n
the Clark street entrance, acroes
which, as on a vividly llumlnated
screen, the crowds ea the sidewalk
Ilitted Ike trembllng agres in a
klnetoseepe. Presutly be Itted him
self heavily free his chair and ga-t
ered up his nwupape and his stiek
"Well, Blrdy," he s:'4 wearily, "
oguess re got oee more flht left in
Most men thught it was Warro's
intervew that emeed the micel to
Ssent siLt to nlead the copeste
agsPa him, then sQome sad it -wa
In faseiatien of polUties, whib
Is lik th fa~cnation o the sea, so
that a ma who follows tt duo must
ollow it till he die.
"I never thought I'd lve to ms the
day wham rd he glstad to End the old
man's elhr empty," aidt ipL Htark
em ot Masoupla that aessoee. He
had eome up from CarItn itn re
spines to a telegram from the colossi,
and hvirt rektres . and gsa his
ha andB lie daste to a bell-ba,
wa removin his ig felt hat to mop
his wet brow.
"m afraitd Mhe woat be able to
stand the strain a a acampagn," said
"Stand the strain! Hi? ea
slamel Harknms. "Why, hol' bhe
alive ad drawiasg pr whea they're
rssrring to 8 Warrea as 9 stl"
"I hate to have them ay mmean
thins about him" Carrel peslated
thIlda eo the iterviews.
"r they tlak tle kda sam ya
i ho abin 'est him thm he bin
hint of regret, was lost on Carroll.
who had not known the colonel in the
For a month the colonel did not go
out of the hotel. He was up early
and at work, his cigar in his mouth,
dictating letters, sending telegrams,
t, t- iving callers. When he slept, no
<r knew. He never had his hat off.
rt i ate his meals from a tray in his
-; ' m, after the food had grown cold.
1!, headquarters recalled pathetically
the old days when his power and su
premacy were unquestioned. They
were crowded day and night with the
back-numbers and the soreheads
Baldwin had talked about, who came
with their grievances, their impossi
ble schemes, their paltry ambitions.
Of such stuff the colonel had to make
The night before the primaries a
crowd, foul with the reek of tobacco,
alcohol and perspiration, was shuf
fling about in the hall and anterooms
of the colonel's headquarters. The
crowd was noisy, profane and confi
dent. But inside, the steering com
mittee was assembled, and it was
very sobAt. Garwood. at the littered
table, had been scratching his head
over political equations.
Convections had been held in all
the thirty-six outside districts, and
sixty-nine candidates had been nomi
nated, fifty-five representatives and
fourteen Fenators. Of these they
could depend upon twenty-nine. It
requires fifty-two to control a legis
lative caucus, when the party has a
bare majority on joint ballot, so they
would have to nominate at least twen
try-three of their candidates in Cook
county to get a caucus majority, as
suming the ultimate election of them
all. Fifty-seven candidates were to
be selected in Cook county on the
morrow. Of them, they should name
at least thirty-five to be entirely safe.
In other words, they must carry Cook
"Is that countin' hold-over sen
ators?" asked Mosely, when Garwood
"Yes, counting the hold-overs
Warren claims fourteen out of the
"Josh Badger neverll vote for him,"
"He gives us Josh," Garwood re
plied. "Bates and Halliday are uncer
"Not so damned uncertain," said
Mosely. "They're only waitin' to be
"Warren'll get them easy enough,"
"Yes, they're cheap," Mosely as
sented, spitting across the room at an
iron cuspidor. "'Bout eight dollars
apiece, I'd guess 'em off at," he added,
with a poor man's contempt for low
"Well, that only makes it worse,"
replied Garwood. "But leave them out
entirely. With sixty-two votes War
ren can control the caucaus-"
"Providin' al'ays, howevqr," sug
gested Mosely, in statutory language.
"Oh, course," assented Garwood,
petulant from the heat and the situa
i GuL5S I'vL co, 1103
mI1 LU? mnc.
tion. "they won't ill be elected. That's
why he'll work like hell to carry Cook.
He Iles when be says he doesn't give
a damn how she goes tomorrow."
"He always does that." said the col
oade, from his bed.
Carroll, to whom political calcula
tions savored always of the mystery
of higther mathematics, saa:
"Seems to ma yee could gure It'
better thea that."
"Well, y try it," said Garwood.
dropgpl his peadl and tilting back in
There was set much hope. ad the
reberees deepeded. After a while
there was a Iaoek on the door, and a
phaveas head was thrust n.
"rhem lit'ry gays Is out here" said
the -bares hbeea "Any Igur's to -.e
"Figur'?Y" eried Meos. "We've
got th oet5e 'veto!"
And Garwee. taking his ppens
reom the table went out aad sad to
"Caivestkfes have been held In a
the semateulal diltets down the
state. and t e eadidates are
already nominated. Of these sixty
nine, we have beyond ay questioa"
-he consulted his paper, as If to
make sure of the nubew-"we have
Aty-three, and that doesn't naclde
the tine holdover senators who ae
with us. We ean lose ten of them
at the polls and still have enouga to
control the caces. In Cook couwty
tomorrow. wll earry the FIrst,
Third, artt, altl, NbIth 3weneth
-seeaseath, Namet ath. Tweaty
a~et TwatSa thr t nd the oaetry
towse-the aveMh-gveag u thirty
ba mem ednts, or ierstmevn
n aL. Ts s a easarvative eat
t and res the doebtf disbetr
Se n lose Qoek to
claims they have you whipped to a
"They're welcome over there to any
comfort they can get out of the situ
ation," said Garwood in a superior
It rained on the day of the pri
maries. All morning politicians, big
and little, stamped into Senator War
ren's hotel on Michigan avenue, or
stamped in the Grand. tracking with
greasy mud the muslin that had been
stretched over the carpet in Colonel
It was a wicked battle they fought
out at the polls that day. The War
ren men had control of the party
organization and named the judges
and clerks. inmates of lodging
houses, and Lake Front hoboes, their
rags steaming in the warm rain, were
hauled from poll to poll in big moving
vans. and voted wherever Warren
needed votes and as often as he
At 7 o'clock the polls closed. War
ren carried some of the districts, the
opposition others. lioth claimed the
victory. It was left for the conven
tion to decide.
The colonel, for some reason, pre
ferred not to get up the next morn
ing, but opened his mail, read his pa
pers, ate his breakfast, and finally
held his morning levee, the last of
the campaign, in bed. The politicians
who had been waiting outside for an
hour, grumbled at such indolence,
and, when they were finally admitted
to their leader's presence, suspected
him of imitating the undemocratic
luxuriousness of Senator Warren, who
received his callers in bed every morn
ing. But by 9 o'clock they had re
ceived their final instructions and
scattered to the conventions, and
when Mosely and Garwood sauntered
in from the breakfast-room, they found
only a few stragglers, who lingered
on in the hope of beer money, at
least, for their imaginary services on
this decisive day. Malachi Nolan, in
black garments and white cravat,
came presently, his big diamond flash
ing, his face shining and red from
his dull razor, and then Carroll, at
the sound of whose young step and
ftesh laugh the colonel succeeded in
evoking a wan, tired smile.
"Just lazy, that's all," he declared
reassuringly, seeing Carroll halt in
surprise. He reared himself on his
elbow, and as he raised his head, its
white hair,all tangled, Carroll saw
how haggard he was. He never had
seen him look so old, so white, so
"I was waiting for you," said the
colonel, 'indicating Nolan with a
finger that was like a claw. "I've
fixed everything but the First dis
trict." He paused for breath. "The
First ward's solid, isn't it? Well, all
right. But watch Donahue. I'm sorry
we ever let him get on the delegation.
And then, let's see"-he pressed his
brow in a troubled effort to steady
his senses-"oh, yes. See McGlynn
and have him lay down on Hardy, and
tell Reinhold that if he wants that
job from the South Park board he'd
better get In line, and as to Wright
his brother's a conductor on the Cot
tage Grove line, and you can get at
him through Harlow. Tell him I
sent you. That'll give you thirty-fve
votes on the frst ballot, and-"
Carroll, who had turned to reply to
some Jest of Mosely's heard a groan.
Instantly he looked back at the colo
nel. The old politician, his face livd,
was struggling as if he wished to get
out of bed. He writhed a momeat,
then hs head nodded, his chis dop
ped to his breast nd be collapsed ln
a heap, among the tumbled bed
clothes. Carrol paled with a sudde
"He's ftaated." said Garwood,
fumbling at the throat of the colonel's
shirt. Malach Nelan brought a c-p
of water, Meely bunted Imptieatly
for a Lask od wha, and when they
had straightened Mim st upon his
pillows, Carti l ran fee the hotel
ph-ctlatn The colonl recoved
cone o esa bfore the physu-isa
came and glanced around with an e
preson of mbamssment.
"Damn such a heart, anyway," he
said. Then yag Doctor Lambert
came with his new stethoecope. When
the doctor had finished his ausculta
tion, the colonel said:
"Malachi, vote your delegatlon solld
every time-don't give complimentary
votes-it's dangerous. And remembe
-- don't care what happens so
as Carroll's omlnated, trade any
thing for that. snd send me word-"
But they hushed him.
At noon Doctor lPorder, the sap
"AA, Lambert." be said, scowling
about him asr e et down his trmen
does leather valise, big with the myn
terous eonatrlvaess of modern enuo
aery, plaed ds is Sgoes, sad with
Ms eutsk preaseslesl treand stepped
to s )sesb He amposemd tLt oe*
dre*It rl bines a denst.
listened silently a long time to the
cardiac murmurs, he rolled under his
fingers the superficial vessels of the
temples, the forearms, the wrists, the
knees, he counted the pulse; and he
looked long at the old man's finger
nails. When he paused, the colonel
Doctor Foerder had retreated from
the bedside and was writing his di
rections precisely, logically, as an of
ficial draws up a report, beginning
each paragraph with a Roman numer
al. He did not answer the colonel.
Foerder briefly consulted with
Lambert. that is, repeated the direc
tions he had already written out, and
began to buckle his big valise.
"And as to a nurse?" asked Doctor
"I'll send one of my own," said
Foerder, hastily lighting a Russian
cigarette. He could not remain long
in one place. He had patients to see
and a lecture to deliver over at Rush
Medical college and his man was
waiting with his high-hooded phaeton
down in Jackson boulevard.
The nurse, diffusing a faint odor of
antiseptics, came from Doctor Foer
der's private hospital, laid aside her
bonnet and veil and pausing an in
stant to give a woman's touch to her
hair, quietly and deftly set the room
All that afternoon the colonel lay
in his darkened bedroom, fighting the
battle of his life. He lay so still the
nurse almost fancied him asleep, so
regular was his breathing. Once he
broke the silence by asking the time.
"Twenty minutes after three." the
nurse responded, glancing at her lit
"Some of the conventions, then,"
the colonel said, "are over. I won
der why they don't send me word."
The nurse did not notice his speech,
and he added:
"Par n me, you doubtless are not
interes L politics."
The talkk ~ght on a spasm of
dyspnoea, and o~~ nel struggled
so painfully for hlsi ~ that the
nurse had to prop him up ith pillows
in a sitting posture, as those who are
afflicted with asthma pass their
nights, finding it easier thus to
breathe. The colonel begged the
nurse's pardon, as if he had commit
ted some indelicacy.
About this time news was brought
from the Fifth district convention in
Arlington hall and from the Sixth in
Jung's hall, that the Warren men had
carried both districts. The colonel,
hearing the hoarse whispering be
tween the messengers and Mosely in
the room outside, demanded informa
tion, and Doctor Lambert had to tell
him. The colonel wished to see Mose
ly, he had some new plan for the
West Side to offset their loss; and he
saw Mosely and the plan was put in
execution. Then the colonel seemed
once more to sleep. When he opened
his eyes he asked if he could not have
a cigar-"seegar," he pronounced it
assuring the nurse that he,felt much
better, but she said, as one might
say to the whim of a child to whom
explanations are not vouchsafed:
"Not Just now."
And there was silence again, and
the ticking of the nurse's little watch.
By 4 o'clock the colonel became
restless once more, and asked if
there were any news. When the nurse
said no, he insisted that there must
be some message, some letter, some
telegram. He did not know that his
followers, vindicating all history, were
now standing afar of. He worried
and grew incoherent. He seemed to
confuse Carroll with the boy who was
sleeping under the stars far away in
Doctor Foerder returned at 4
o'clock. He had not been expected be
fore evening, but he was interested
in the case. He had mentioned it in
his lecture that day. He had com
mented on the wonderful display of
vitality on the patient's part, and
spoken of * the value in such cases
of moral treatment, of encouraging
words and a confident manner. He
read the nurse's chart, counted the
colonel'a pulse for fifteen seconds and
calculated the rate of multiplication,
drew down the old man's eyelids, not
ing the senile are that was whitening
the periphery of the cornea, and he ex
amined the finger-nalls; then the per
cussion and the auscultation. When
he raised his black head, the colonel
"You're doing well."
"Aw!" said the colonel impatiently,
"I don't mean that-any news from
Poerder hesitated, as if half re
luctant to display interest in anything
so human, but said:
"What?" asid the colonel eagerly,
his eyes br htnkm with a light
that alarmed the doetor
"They say you've carried sae di
trirts on the North 81de."
"Which ones?" asked the coloadL
"Wp, they say Warmer has carried
some Nm 8J1 dtstriC too--and
some West 8e districts."
"ell, whatever his ame is"
Thean arder was dilet, and the
colonel lay a leng time thikli.
"Did yo learn how it's golag i the
Ninth, or the Scond, or the Seve
S"They say It's about an even break
"And how's the FIlrst?" The colonel
put this question in a whisper, as if
he feared the answer. The doctor did
not know. Then the silence agala,
and the colonel's labored breathing,
and the ticking of the nurse's little
"What district do you live in, Doc
tor?" the colonel asked later.
"I?" replied the medical man in
"I-why, I don't know," he sai.
The colonel faintly smilred. "Where
do you live, then?"
"In Drexel Boulevard."
"That's the Fifth." the colonel said.
"Warren carried that"
"Did bet" The doctor looked as i
he were ashamed. "We masn't talk
an more ust now."
sarer rmned mntl aeeing,
-ml the emoma.s hi b hanie
took a turn in the long, dall, so!tly
carpeted hall. to smoke a cigarette
At times some politician w\ onld caome
with a scare'd face and ilqulire- about
the colonel, and the dlctor a:waycs de
manded news of the battle. before he
answered the questions. Tihe rteports
brought by the politicians \were not
encouraging. and they hurried outside
again. Their visits, in the afternoon
waned, became fewer. Even .Mosely
and Garwood had been glad of the ex
citing excuse offered by the First dis
trict convlention in Italia hall down
('lark street to escape Itrin the shad
owed headquarters. At 6 o'clock
110o one had been there for an hour
save sonie symlpathetic h ell-boys and
porters front downstairs, and Carroll.
of course-he came every half hour
from the convention, disheveled,
bathed in perspiration, his eyes burn
ing with excitement and suspense.
Foerder would not allow hill to see
the colonel, who lay behind the whilte
door, his eyes half closed, too weak
any longer to whisper.
At 7 o'clock the reporters canme. and
Itoctor Foerder, as they put it. issued
"lie's alive," the doctor said, "'pulse
1210 to 124, respiration "2 to 26. tio,
perature Ihl. Ilis renmarkable nerve
alone sustains himn lie's akit.g the
most magnificent fight I ever saw in
all my life-have oin heard anything
from the convention?"
"They're all over but the one in
the First district." one of the report
ers said, while they scribbled down
the physician's figures. "It all depends
now upon what that does, It's the
worst fight ever known in Chicago.
They say Warren has spent twenty
five thousand today."
"Does it look as if he could he
elected there-in the First, you
The reporters smiled and winked
one at another.
The colonel lay like one asleep, un
tit far along in the evening. Once or
twice he opened his eyes and looked
an inquiry into the doctor's eyes, but
Foerder could only shake his head.
And once or twice he muttered some
thing about Baldwin, and was trou
bled that they could not understand.
Then he sank into a state of coma,
and the news for which all were wait
ing would not come.
Doctor Foerder was forever glanc
ing at his watch and asking Lambert
how he thought the First district
convention would turn out. Lambert
had no idea.
"I hope we'll win," Foerder would
say. Finally he sent Lambert down
for news. Lambert hurried back.
They had taken forty-six ballots, he
said, and the vote was tied. At ten
o'clock Doctor Foerder examined the
colonel again, examined his eyes, his
finger-nails, drummed on his chest.
listened to his heart.
"You're magnificent!" he could not
refrain from whispering, but his pa
tient did not answer or look, or even
smile this time. He was growing very
weak. His -breathing was faint, he in
haled the air through livid lips. He
did not arouse from his stupor.
Doctor Foerder got very impatient.
"We can't wait much longer," he said.
"It's all we can do, now," said Lam
Foerder went outside. The ante
room was deserted. The politicians
came no more. He would sit down,
then instantly get up, walk back and
forth; his eyebrows knitting in his
scowl, his lips twitching in that mirth
less smile. And he smoked cigarette
after cigarette. He did this for an
Along toward midnight he heard a
step. Flying to the door, he saw Car
roll, dragging down the hall with the
step of defeat and exhaustion. The
boy's hair was matted under his hat,
his eyes were dull, sunken, black as
"Licked," he said, waving his hands
with a gesture of despair, as if the
world had come to an end. Foerder
went Inside, leaving Carroll to sink
into the first chair. But a moment
later the physician opened the white
door, and beckoned with his head.
The motion was conclusive, final. He
held thle door ajar, and Carroll en
tered. The useless drugs had been
pushed aside. The room was filled
with the strange silence, the odor of
death. Lambert stood at the win
dow, looking out, into the darkness.
The nurse stood by the bed, waiting
to perform her last ofce for the dy
Carroll timidly approached and
looked down at the long form, scarce
ly outlined by the sheet, at the rigid
head, at the great, waxen brow, at the
little blue spheres formed by the
closed eyelids, at the mouth slightly
open beneath ,the white mustache
with its ttinge of yellow. Doctor
Fberder was pressing his Lngers to
the iolonel's wrist. The breathing had
losat all human quality, it was but a
series of automatie gasps, which, it.
seemed, would never end. PFInally
they grew shorter, at last they ceased,
there wadJ one faint laspiration, and
Doctor Poerder, laying the thin old
hand down upon the ealoael's breast,
"It's all Over."
There was silence for a whole min
ate. Then Doctor Lambert tosed up
the window, and Carroll heard in the
street helow, a crowd shufllng over
the sidewalk, a crowd coming, as he
knew, from the convention in Italt
hall. And suddenly from the crowd
arobe a raucous. drunken yell:
"Hurrah for Warren!"
BlaSek a Yellow Easiest to Read
The Preach publicatlon Le Courrtnr
du Lvre reports on some interesting
experiments which have been made
regarding the most favorable color
combhinations for reading at a dis
It was found that the most legible
alnt was black upon yellow back
round. The order of merit obtained
fbr different combinastlons is some
what surprising, and is as follows:
(1) Black on yellow; (2) green on
white; (3) red on white; (4) blue on
white; (5) white on blue; 46) black
on white; (7) yellow on black;
(8) white -on red; (9) white on
green; (10) white on black; (11) red
on yellow; (11) green on red; (181
red on green.
It will he notled, amoang other
thide, that the catemary eomman
Us.. Z . .loe us whideo as ah
IS MEDIEVAL CITY
ArchitectTre in Danzig Is of the
West Prussian Town Is a Perfect
Architectural Type of Ancient
Period and Its Newest Buildings
Conform to This Character.
lerlin.--lanzig, 'West I'russia. is the
perfect architectural type of :at ni
dieval city, showing a historic tni' grity
with which the, storm} faite. of many
centurims have dalt most kitlll Even
its newest buildillns are nl.t. to ) con
formt to this chiaracttr so) c not to dis
turb the timlpri r ion of unity. I ti. fteels
the prithl which th se en:git.. ';e and
lrosperous burghers of the thlirt.-i.th
and foIurteentlh c(tntury had in ill the
appointments anI d a iralngemniits of
their famous town.
We hear of It first in 997, \9n n a
Bohemian archbishop sailed from here
to preach to the heathen Prussians
farther east, a long time before the
more direct evangelistic methods of
the Teutonic order were applied. Its
political allegiance was often shifted,
and one feels sure that no merely ideal
considerations of loyalty were ever al
lowed to stand in the way of the inter
ests of its trade.
After the rise of the Teutonic order
Danzig became a part of its great ter
ritory, though reserving a large share
9f self-government; it was at the same
time an ,independent member of the
po*erful Hansa league-that supreme
example of civic and commercial pow
er. It joined its sister cities of the
league very effectively in fighting for
eign nations and pirates against its
commerce. When it tired of subjeo
tion to the waning Teutonic order, It
entered into a sort of protectorate un
der the kinpgs of Poland, who annexed
it in 1569. Only as late as 1793 was it
taken into Prussia, and it is now the
capital of the west Prussian region.
The town is very compact and prac
tical in its plan, making an almost per
fect oval fretted by many waterways,
so as to have distinctly Venetian fea
tures. It reaches to the Vistula and is
traversed by several branches of the
River Motilau, while the little stream
Radaune makes a useful canal in a
long half circle through the city. ' One
large island is given up entirely to
grain elevators, affectionately named
'"Vesta," "The Red One" and so on.
Opposite this Island is the swarming
'Long bridge"-not a bridge at all, bat
a dock, where freights are landed.
sand from ",hich the smartest of steam
ers are leaving at all hours for adja
3ent points on the Baltic, particularly
for the popular bathing beaches of
Zoppot and Hela. In the moving
panorama of this water front one gets
the best epitome of the life of the city.
All around its edge. Danzig is a
citadel rather than a town. Mohntain
>us grass *,oveled modern forts rise
nn the west, and on the east the oval
Is continuously fringed by Yadiating
bastions, completely bordered by deep
double moats filled from the waters of
the Mottlan. Each of these bastions
has its own personal name-"the
brown horse," "the unicorn," "Cer
trude." "the rabbit," "jumpout."
LAND THAT WON'T STAY PUT
Queer Freaks of Formation Noted by
a Forester In the State of
* Olympia, Wash.-State Forester 3.
W. Ferris, who has just returned from
Shamanta count. reports peauliar
geoloic changes in the country
"In this piece of state land alterqMe
risings and depressions have made the
trees all crisscross until they look
like they were trying to do a spUlit,"
said the forester. "But in the country
in the vicinity there are even more
"in one case a watercourse has bees
raised suddenly so that one end of the
stream bed was left twasty feet in the
air In another a piece of a mountain,
trees and all, apparently has dropped
fist into the ground leaving 4 bare
cliff where there was a gradual slope.
There are deep cracks appearing it
the bedrock and In some eases of
these depressions boulders and trees
are split right through the middle, the
two parts being feet apart.
"A Mr. Bowles connected his house
with a water tank and in two years
the house and tank "hunched" togeth
er so that it was necessary, three
times, to remove a length of ppe. J.
W. Shaw of Vancouver told r6e he
owned a lake in the neighborbood and
that on driving out to it one day he
scarcely recognized it because p big
Island had appeared in the center.
Meantime an altogether new lake had
appeared a few miles away where
there never had been water before."
The changes noticed have all oe
curred within the last two years.
As a Man Eats. So Is He.
Paris.-Elle Dautrin, writing in lPt
s is, arms Preach young women to
wasb their yag men eat. warnla
them tht his L the best test al the
mia maw. .