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THE AEG US, SATURDAY. DECEMBER 151900;
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McCASKKIN & McCASKRIN,
Attorneys at Law.
Rock Island and Milan. Rock I si and office
offf KreU & Math's store. Milan office o
B. C. COSSEtXT. B. l. COK5BLLT
CONNELLY & CONNELLY.
Attorneys at Law.
Money loaned. Office over Thomas' drug
i tore, corner or Second avenue and seven'
JACKSON & HURST.
Attorneys at Law.
Office In Rock Island National Bank Building.
Ill I LCDI.PB. ROBERT, ft RETNOLIjS
LUDOLPH & REYNOLDS,
A ttorneys at Law.
Money to loan. General legal business. No
tary puttee. 170a becona avenue, tsurora
E. U. KWEENET. C. I- W1LKIK
SWEENEY & WALKER,
Attorneys and Counsellors at Law.
Office In Kengston block.
C. J. ftEABLE, C. B. MARSHALL.
SEA RLE & MARSHALL,
Attorneys at Law.
Transact a general legal business
Untie .V". .M anil Mitcbel & Lynde building
McENIRY & McENIRY,
Attorneys at Law.
T-oan money on good security: make collec
tions Reference. Mitcbel) & Lynde, bankers.
Office. MucbeU a. l.yode building.
JOHN K. SCOTT.
City attorney of Hock Island.
Mitchell Lynde building.
DR. CORA EMERY REED.
Speelal attention to diseases of women and
children, also rlisfii-.es of eye. ear. nose and
th rout ifflfp hours v.J to u a. m.. I to 4 p
in. CI'-' I Sixteenth street. Hock Island.
J. H 8URKHAKT. M. I).
UHH IIAI.A M BI7RKHART. M D.
DRS. I3URKHAUT & IiURKHART,
Office Tiemann lIock. Office hours M to 12 a.
m . I to f:inl 7 to y p m. I'none No. Attn, Rock
Inland. 111. Nibt calls answered from office.
DR. S. II. MILLER,
Veterinary S-rzeon and Dentist.
All diseases of horse-; anil cattle treated on
approved principle Surgical operations per
formed in a scientific manner. Hogs treated.
All ealis promptly attended to. itesidence,
llio Fourth avenue. Telephone 40ti2. Offlce
aud iutirmary. Kru-k & Kaut s livery barn.
DR M A. HOLLINGSWORTH,
Offlep. Harner House Pharmacy. Night
calls phone 47fl.
DR II. i. TRENT,
OSIi-e Hours: k to 12; 1 to 5. Y. M. C. A
DR. C. W. (JRAFTON,
Kooms over the Hoston Shoe Store.
Office hours from C to 2 a. m. and 1 to 6 p. m
J. T. TAYLOR,
Offlce hours H:30 to i : a. m.. 1:"Mlo.V00 p. m
lies Klkhteenth street. Opposite Union offlce
telephone t xU.
DRACK & KERNS.
Architects and Superintendents.
Skinner Hlock. Second Door.
HENRY (tAETJE. Prop.
Cut Flowers and Designs of ali Kinds.
City store, l07 Second avenue. Telephone
Colon a Sand
8awed building stone,
Ashlar and Trimmings
For cheapness, durability and
beautv excelled by none. This
tonedoes not wash or color the
wall with alkali, etc. Plans sent
as for estimates will receive
careful attention and bo returned
promptly a our expense.
Quarries 12 miles from Rock
Island on the C. B. A Q. R. R.
Trains Nos. 6 and 10 will stop
and lot visitors off and on.
Bridge stone, corn crib
blocks and foundation
stone, any size desired.
Samples of Stone and Photos of
buildings can be seen at Room
No. 12. Mitchell A Lynde' build
At'THUR BURRALL. Manager
Kocc Island or Colon,
S THE HEAD
Kf By J. H. Connelly. ?
S copvhioht. ur J. a. cox.vtixr. J"f
, . .
He prsyth lx-t 1jo IcVcih bst
A.'l things 1oth grut and una!!;
Kor the Crit Cf who l.-.velh ufl.
He maJe ni lcictii ail.
When the show readied winter o,uar
ters in Cincinnati, the proprietors were
in baste to tret awa.v Mr. King to New
York find Mr. Lake to hi Michigan
farm. The former, who was "boss,"
said to me: "'I'.ill Crii;s. you've been
our head animal man only out- season.
but that's enough for me to know and
trust yon. so I'm goiuj; away with my
mind easy. leaving you in entire charge
of the menagerie. Keep the bills down,
draw on me when you want money,
I said I'd do my best and meant Jt.
The circus outfit 1 had nothing to do
with. The menagerie was well housed
liWnUv'l . f
WE HAD A LOT OF VISllORS.
In a huge liarn away out on Western
row. which seemed to have leeu built
to tit it. A good big loom was parti
tioned ff for me in one front corner
The cages wero rangx-d along the side
walls, with a runway behind them, and
in box stalls across the farther end
were the zebra, the elejihanf. t lie cam
el and the sacred cow. .V monster red-
hot stove stooil in the liu'dille. of the
central space, willi a large, bunch light
over it. Altogether it wrws as warm.
briglit, clean and cheery a place as
you'd want to see. a eveayboily said
who saw it, and we had a good many
Caged animals become restless if left
alone, and I never went out more than
an hour or two at a time, but even at
that I tool; a giod many lotig walks
lor exercise ami to see tlie city, leaving
black Sam my helper and the two
cage cleaners iur tne ammais io iook
af. Hut as time ran aloig to near
Christmas I seemed to Jose heart for
goiug out much. SomerJioig in the
air luatie me feel liiTsotr. more tnsu
ever before, :i hopelessly lonesome,
homeless total stranger.
The stores were brighter and gayer
than I had ever noticed their being
before; the streets full oi happy faced
people carrying bundles of Christmas
presents; the vt imlows of homes adorn
ed with evergreen festoons .-uid Christ
mas wreaths; ;lie shopmen' wagons
busy delivering good iliings for Christ
mas dinners and Christmas lives.
The Lord knows I didn't begrudge
anybody's happiness, but it all made
me feel unutterably sail. In all the
world I knew of no one wlLose eyes
would brighten or lips smile a welcome
for niv coming. As for sharing in the
general joy of the Christmas season. I
might as well have been that ornary
camel the meanest dispositioned least
alive, to my thinking as a mau with
a heart to feel his loneliness. Every
ther man had friends, even poor old
Aud what made it harder to bear
was that Lome and love leionged in
my past and I could not forget them.
When I came lick to New York after
a winter engagement with l"o!itlcy s
Aggregation" iu the Ye.t Indies and
South America. I found my dear wife
Lizzie had lxeii run down bv a ltroad-
way stage and killed. And what had
become of my sweet little baby girl
Jennie, only 4 years old. nobody could
tell me. That was a dozen years back.
but never since have I felt any less
heartsick aud lonely thau when my
rief was fresh, and in the winter.
along about Christmas. I always feci It
The auima!s, as I sat brooding bv the
stove, seemed to know I was in trou
ble and fee! sorry for me. They would
stand still a long time looking at me.
and the elephant. I'm sure, tried to ask,
by his little squeals, what was the mat
ter. Only thtt mean camel screwed
up his nose scornfullike, as if he didn't
care a cuss who felt bad. which he cer
Friday morning, the third Jay before
Christmas, .lack Henderson, a young
reporter, dropped in. as he often did,
and happened to remark: "It seems
hard t be imprisoned for life without
an occasional happy day to vary the
monotony. Caged animals ought to
Thut s?t me thinking after he was
gone, and I made up my mind the men
agerie under my charge should, for
once anyway, have a Christmas. I con
sidered what every bird and beast in
the lot liked best and mostly never
got, and all those things I meant they
should have on Christmas day. That
afternoon I went out buying and laugh
ed to myself when I thought I was ac
tually purchasing Christmas presents
for a lot of folks who would te sure to
1 got for the birds all sorts of choice
fruits, nice seeds, ants eggs, meal
worms, and so on, according to their
several tastes, and for the monkeys
more-fine fruit, sg paste, candy, and
Iniit kernels. For-the cat animals I
. nrn?rpl nlpnrv of tender, iuiev. fresh
beef instead of tougu old horse, their
ordinary diet. " There wasn t much to
be done for the hay eaters leyond tin
acts, -.omed oats, apples and bran
mah s. but for the elephant 1 got a
basket of line oranges and had baked a
lot of patty cakes, such as he used to
enjoy at home in India. The camel
didn't really deserve any Christmas,
but I bought a hatful of dates for him
I was getting the stuff in on Satur
day afternoon when Jack came arouud
again with a bunch of good cigars for
my Christmas, and it brought my heart
uji iu my throat that the kind follow
had thought of me so, for no one else
bad since Lizzie died. He asked what
the things were for. and 1 told him.
Maybe I saiil more than I meant to, for
my" heart was full at the time, aud I
had no iilea of his putting anything iu
the paper about the menagerie's Christ
mas, ism ho did. and really when I
read on Christinas morning the story
he got up I was surprised.
Cat animals are never fed on Sun
days and as we ht all go shy of break
fast Monday the menagerie's appetite
for a Christ. uas dinner at noon was
sure to bo good. He fore that time
came we had a lot of visitors, nice peo
ple who had seen Jade's story, and
among them were a line white headed
old gentleman who introduced himself
as Ir. Hiram Itidwell, and his adopted
daughter a splendid looking girl.
Luckily we were in good shape to re
ceive them. Sam wore a new suit I
had given him. The cage cleaners were
so washed and draped up they hardly
recoguized each other and I was got
up with as much style as a ringmaster
Precisely at noon we sprung our
glad surprise on the animals. If you
imagine those birds and beasts didu't
notice any change in their bill of fare,
you are wrong. You never saw such
joyous excitement among feathers and
fur. They jabbered, chattered, shriek
ed and roared their delight in all their
various modes of s-pecch. The mon
keys seemed half crazy, and even the
Sedate elephant danced. Happed his
ears like fans and squealed. Only
that mean camel was indifferent aud
ate his fancy dates with a sneering
twist of his nose, as if he meant to
say, "Vou can't soft sawder me."
The siiiht of the general happiness
gladdened everybody aud none more
than lr. Uidwell and his daughter,
who staid until all the other visitors
were gone, talking with me about the
animals and. as 1 afterward remem
bered, ti good deal. more about myself.
Near dark, just when 1 was thinking
of going out to a restaurant for my
dinner, lr. I'.idwell came back, aud
nothing would do but 1 must go with
him to get a glass of eggtmg.
We were not gone more than half an
hour, but by the time we returned a
transformation hail been worked in
my room. In the ecnter a big table
was set with dinner for four the best
dinner I ever saw, with wbvle tur
key, bottles of wine and all sorts of
nice tilings ami when 1 raised my
yes from it they took in a "Merry
Christmas," in evergreen letters, on the
wall, and iu a holly frame, facing me,
WHAT!" I CRIED, TAKING HF.R IX MY ARMS.
a life size painted portrait of my dear.
lost Lizzie. I'd never had the consola
tion of a likeness of her. and seeing her
face, wearing the gentle, kindly smile
I knew and loved so well, gave me
such a turn that a faintness overcame
me. and 1 dropped on a chair, trem
bling and with my eyes full of tears.
Then that splendid girl, who had
been standing behind me, put her arms
around my neck and said. "You shall
never be alone iu the world any more,
"What." I cried, taking her In my
arms, "you you. my little Jennie! Oh,
is God really and truly so good to me
It seemed impossible, but was true.
When I had growu calmer, they told
me how Dr. l.idwell. then practicing iu
New York, was with my dear wife
when she died and. nt her request, too'e
charge of her little daughter. He and
his good wife adopted her. but always
hoped to find me some time, for her
child heart never forgot or ceased to
love me. and they were too good to
wish us kept apart, and at last Jack's
story told them where I was.
Still I go my way each tenting sea
son, old as I am, for show life gets into
the blood and Irresistibly draws one
who has lived It so many years as I;
but. wherever 1 may be. never more
am I lonely or unhappy, for winter al
ways brings me back to my dear Jen
nie. And note this that none of tiiis
sreat happiness would have come to
me bad I not given the animals a
A Sort of Endless Chain.
"Christmas comes but once a year."
"Glad you think so. What with sis
ters and cousins and aunts it has come
to me four hundred and iorty-eleven
times already, with waiters, bootblacks,
barbers and office boys to hear froiu,'
DiaklsplM Tflla or Hia Chat With
the Divine Sarah.
I haf yust holdeil a short conversa- j
tioL.:ngs iidt hit olt college chump. Sa
i:ih Heartburn, on d.-r sup heok of lit-j
erary matters. e also iiscussiouei art
a compared in it der American along
side f dot vii-ii is removed from der
French py der best ptayswipers.
"Wie Khis. Sarah?" I set. visaing to
display der knowledge dot I also hat a
"Bon gre apropos de la voila tout en
semble:" set Sarah, shaking my hand
und smiling bitterly.
I vas not a French si holar. I hat a
chdu-e vuuee to dine in a French caffy
au lay restaurant, but 1 forgot abouid
id until too late, so my French ednea
tiou vas uegjectioned. Howoi'er, 1 hope
I am a ehentleman and a boti viviaut
alvays. Jt.-r glorious blood uf dis re
public runs in my weins. darefore iu
der pi esi'ti-e nf a foreign Innkvich I
hope I haf got der mauhood to dissem
".lardiuieri e de la poi tierre consomme
a la Newburg!" 1 responded, und suit
ing der action to der vords I sat down
on a box of bongbongs vieh some vuu
hat sent her. 1 eouhl see dot Sarah vas
delighted mit my ehentle manners.
"Id is such a pleasure to speak mit
dem who an con worse in a lankvich
dot I alone unterstant." set Sarah.
"Ma foi de la gowanus:" I set. rising
"Voulez trouvez tout eoinmnuipa w
set Sarah, laughing heartily.
"How d:t vou like America, now dot
you vas here on annuder vun uf dem
Keith farevell tours:" I interpolated.
'Keith's!" she shrieked softly.
Ma." I s-t. "der continuous."
Sarah laughed again, und id vas like
der ripple of silver vaters ofer a moon
light sea :.v-ar der ocean.
"Speak to me abouid your art und
jour umbiliousness," I set. "Speak to
me abouid dis LT'ggnogg und der Due
de Iti vershad '."
"Ali. voila de la blancmange! My art
e'est liien hi l'unnybone!'" set Sarah,
laughing sardonically. "liow j-oti
Americans luff m- talent! How you
lulf my genius -mit der seats tit rive a
throw! Vive la dough! You haf here
a leedle American girl playing der Iuc
de I!i vershad. bud has she got der gen-
ins to play id mit der seats ad live a
"She has der genius." 1 set. "bud she
has not got der nerve."
"Allons de la Williamsburg!" set
Sarah. "1 o you dink your leedle Ameri
can irl could pla.v I.'Kggnogg in Nor
vegian or anj- udder dead lankvich und
create fewioars like meV"
"Neiu." I set. "Ye bury our dead
lankviches ofer here. Cost twiggy
"I'oinuie de terre!" set Sarah. "I speak
iu a unrecognized lankvich ven I play
I.'I-ggnogg ofer here in America, vieh
I luff so well for der time being. Ier
audience applauds id ad der light mo
ment. Ain'd dot geniusV" Some
dimes." 1 set, Solnedimcs it is genius
und somed itues id is der ushers. You
know an usher has c keen ser.se uf ap
plause." leii you admiiatioii dis leedle
American girl bonder den meV" set
Sarah. "No. Sarah." I set. "und I hope I
am true ehentleman enough to lie to
ynii und get avay mit id."
"Soutiie de la mushrooms!" set Sarah,
rising und speaking mit a low. shrink
ing gesture. "I tare is a reason behind
all dis. Yy do you championship an
in. iler ven 1 vas here':"'
"l'ecause. Sarah," 1 set. "because I be
lief from der boddom uf my heart dot
in America vas vorih more den $3
on ids vay to France."
"Hon tout iinaille!" set Sarah.
"Iter same to you und many habby
returns: also 1mu soir. mes en tin und
l'loiuage de brie!" 1 set.
I ten ve separatioiicd. 1. 1 Mnkelspiel,
l'er George V. Hobart, in New York
OUR TRADE HELPED BY WAR.
Yl'm-keil Minrhnrim llnilwnj- Will
Ilr It e-eiiniiieI ! American.
Several million dollars" worth of Uus
sian railway construction will fall iuto
the hands of American contractors
when the Chinese troubles are over,
according to Thomas K. Smith. United
States, consul to Moscow. Mr. Smith
was visiting London recently aud said
to the correspondent of the Philadel
phia Press the other night:
"More than 7m miles oT the Man
churia u railway were wrecked durinsr
the past summer bj- the Chinese sol
diois, t igoshor with the stations, roll
ing stock, bridges and -shops.- Much of
the railway was of American origin.
As sihjIi as quiet is restored in China
Americans will be invited to re-equip it.
The matter has been closelj" kept se
cret in view of putting foreign com
petitors oil" the scent, but the Yaukee
has been improving his time and has
succeeded as usual in laudiug on the
1 acle Sam'a Clarion Tone.
Ouee more have the power and pres
tige of the United Stales among the
nations of the earth been signally dem
onstrated, says the lialtimore Herald.
Uncle Sam has called a halt in the
matter of imposing unjust and bar
baric penalties on China.
A Blind Author.
Mrs. J. C II. !crr contributes to the
Januarj Atlantic a personal sketch of
another Vermont author, the late Kow
land Kobinsou. whose charming books
of outdoor life were written in total
I'rlrnlram For China.
'hiua iii!Krtel in tbe first six months
oi i.ijo ....''.' eases or i;uss;an j
jictroleum acamst .4jM.s' cases m the
same ioriod of lSKi aud 6.1 ,' caf
of American fetroleum during the first ;
nix months of 19"J against 4,o20X"J !
cases in the same period oC tfdd,
j- .iv - - ..jvri. - v'"X'.
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Twentieth Street Jeweler.
ONLY SLVEN UUYIXG DAYS BKFOUE CHRISTMAS. The eleventh hour approaches. Tho tcat
Christmas crowds, the vast army of Holiday shoppers, will soon make trading-and the selection of
j;ifts extremely dillicult. Why wait longer!' Yourecollect the crowded condition of "Headquarters'
the few days preceding last Christmas. Come Monday while it is still possible to buy leisurely,
while assortments are complete and you are sure to find just what you want. We invite you to
visit our store before Christmas by all means and see the many useful Christmas presents we
have for you to select from, and the great number of bargains.
11.5 for a l.idic.-, (ro)il lillcil water- c;i--
antoed for twenty ye.trs. illi
an i-.igiD or waitbitni move
e 5. 25
ment, wortn 11 ., oni v .
Woman's Koid filled case L'l.araniecil for ten
years, witn an An.rican
seven jeweled wcrks wor'.'i
Fountain Fens Soliii '.Mi
ll nes i pen on the market for
tbe price, each
rearl Handlffl Vvu Si 1:1
Bold pen faney car.etl ie;ni
l.o for a I'OT
MCTJ :Cll UiT
worm ?- -to m
s -c n an silver
and set wa'ch
a; ran: ed. oli-,
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".pr - ;..;
1619 Second Avenue.
A Full Line
Prices From $5.00
Genuine Klony nail rile- tooth liru.shc- mini
cure Knives, darners, la'sre ne,
with Sterling silver tritr mint's, O I -
Uon I fail to tee o r swell lnio of nuiiiin
mens boys and isk'cs solid
'.!', rings from (lar'e om
lid mood r.ns solid gold iniin'jt;
:m a !-'oo ne stone w
fl: v on v
f.llt coxkii Faney ---rfcz, :
tie Miing to iic-oraie "r,fl
cacl. y. r
Prices and a
to you all.
Woiimu's 1Vat:h VVe h:nc a vi:i .
line I'tie I solid troli).
1,'iild tiUeit and silver
walrhes from 1-t-: Cm ft
to, cacti O.UU
Mantel clock.. H day time, cathedral
fone strike faiiy
enauiPl case, II inoli- . rz
Select your Xmas (ioiH early lnl;
our stock is complete.
!!. IVati ti -;: n met
al and ni'-kel casts
.tleu's tVaf lien - (,rr-
man nlver ras t.i