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,THE ARGUS, THURSDAY; FEBRUARY27 1908.
1 Hopkins Adams
atlief (bo to a JJeiitist '
fjy McClore. Phillips 4 Co.
SyttHlN f Preceding Chapter.
' , ; j :,TTER - I. The officers of the
V -rd States ship Wolverine, cruising
i he ' Pacific, aro mystified by a
: i :u;ga radiance which appears sud
. i'ti the face of the sea and van
is a a suddenly. The officers discuss
sTrar.Re disappearance, two years
'i'lriMiy. of .the schooner Laughing
, MinrtcredV by -)r- Schermerhorn,
-ief.tlst. ', -' I
OHiTlSR'II. The Wolerine picks
up tiu; iaustyng Lass, with everything
!. ipsbe-p aaethat tlit-re is no living
. ' C.UA'PrfEU III Ensign Edwards is
t tt!j;r .tie LaUKiiing Lass with a
if. -.. cr-w.- v
' M'TKKjiV. The Wolverine sees
' ti:-; i :'.-rti Tlht attain. In a volcanic
,. r:; iinv- roughing Law drifts away
, fuiil li fouiia again with no one on
' t.;ird and her boats untouched.
; OH A ITER V. A -second prize crew
'r'l.ta -uprft .aboard the schooner. The mys-'T-rlm3
iight is Seen acrain. ami (he
. V.'ulverlne discovers a volcano hi full
' 'i :nlon. Thq Laughing Lass vanishes
, iiyr in.
i.'ifAPTER VT The Wolverine picks
. 'r a dory belonging to the Laughing
. . '.(.-. Jt contains Ralph Sln.de, a jour
. r.i.-iist known to have been witli Scher-
. nttrj-orn. and the corpse of the Wolver-
lvfs bo's'n's mate, who hud gone with
; ,.4dwarda. Slade is in very bad condl
iioii from fever, thirst and exhaustion.
CHAPTER VII Klade recovers and
lif?K.-ts the Wolverine's course toward
the volcanic island, on which he di
. '-'res a man named Darrow is maroon
' i. Slade begins to tell his story to
.' .tti Officers of the Wolverine.
, i-UAPTKR VIII Slade's story. lie
Rhlp under the name Kagen, as mate
hli'jard the Laughing Lass, Captain Kel
ovir, commandtT. after the schooler
i-:id been engaged by Scherinerhorn for
t wo' years, her destination being un
known. The doctor displays extraor
dinary care in taking aboard a heavy
i.ii" -s bound chest.
CHAPTER IX. Slade makes the ac
c, niintance of Handy Solomon, a piratl
i il, looking seaman with a steel hook
. in place of a riglit hand, and his four
mates. The crew show an unusual in
terest In a book on alchemy. The Laugh
ing Lass leaves San Francisco.
. CHAPTER X. Slade discovers a col
lection of arms in the captain's cabin.
.Both. Captain Selover and Harrow,
j-jcliermerhorn's assistant, are ignorant
t-t the schooner's destination.
CHAPTER XI. The crew believes
'. .tjtat the doctor is in search of treas
. --ure. -
V.v CHAPTER Nil. Captain Selover
:, overawes the crew. Slade and a negro
: Bailor overhear Scherrnerhorn tell Dar
row he has the secret of the transmuta
tion, of metals locked up in his brass
!"md chest. The negro tells the crew.
im Selover is indifferent to the
.clotting, but gives Slade a re-
fpTER XIII. Landing is made on
Jiarted island, with a volcano in
action. The wreck of the Uold
n is discovered. Darrow picks
nail valley In which he and the
r are to stav.
TERS XIV. and XV. A labora
uarded by a stockade,' is built
e professor. The captain puts
w to work cleaning ship and
g the wreck in order to keep
rt'mployed. After seven weeks
Tere Is nothing left for them to do.
ind he becomes afraid of them.
CHAPTER XVI. A herd of wild
sheep is found and hunted. The crew
Bees Darrow engaged in a chemical ex
peritnent at a miniature volcanic cra-
?-- ter. '
CHAPTER XVII. One of the sailors
mutinies, and Slade fails in an attempt
ItiJ overawe the men. The mastery of
the ' situation passes to Handy Solo
mon. CHAPTER XVIIT. Idleness makes
the crew surly and quarrelsome, until
Iiarrow sets them to hunting senls for
.the animals' whiskers, etc. Selover,
-who has Uiken to drink, remains aboard
the Laughing Lass.
CHAPTER XIX. The crew, made
bloodthirsty by the slaughter of the
seals, murder Captain Selover, when he
CHAPTER XX. Slade is seized and
bound, but escapes.
. CHAPTE XXI. Slade observes one
Tesult of the doctor's experiments in a
Minding light that illuminates for a
short time the valley of tho laboratory.
He Is recaptured, but manages to warn
Harrow, who conies to tell the sailors
- that the time to leave the island has
CHAPTER XXII. The sailors try to
kill Darrow and succeed in wounding
liim. but he escaped. The volcano be
gin:! to erupt violently as Schermer
hni'ti, carrying the chest, is seen ap
proaching the sailors camp.
I K h.vsM". I . ever, nvuled
i;p1.'. ( ti.ei'i.' was no wiv-d
at :ii:. Yo Is: y for over two
!'.!;: mxliT the weird lizlit.
rpr".tiju.(i l .y the vo- lirown e!::i:d.
-' .wML1 t lie explosions shook th fum!:i-
tions of the. world.. Nobody ventured
' Itpjov. The sails llap;ed !dly f;-oiu the
' Hifists: the hliK-ks and sikii- creaked;
..the three cornered wave roxe straight
tip and fell itpiln as though, reaching
from tho deep.
" V.'hea the men first hegr.n to sweat.
the sails up, evidently id preparation
for an immediate departure, I objected
"Yoti aren't poing to leave him on the
Island!" I cried. "He'll die of starva
: " They did not answer me. hut after n
little more, when my expostulations
liod ljecome more positive, Handy Solo
moa dropped the halliard and drew me
(fto one side.
' 'ok here, you," he snarled, "you'd
better stow your gab! You're lucky to
lie here., yourself, let alone botheriu'
your thick head about anybody else,
and you can kiss the book on that! Do
you know why you ain't with them car-
r, rion?" lie jerked his thumb toward
tho beach. "It's because Solomon An
derson's your friend. Thrackles would
fiave killed you In a minute 'count of
Lis bit hand. I got you your chance.
i ftow, uon i oe a rooi, tor i hiu i goui
f t i stand between you and them an
. other time. Besides, he won't last long
If that volcano keeps at it."
r lie left me. Whatever truth lay In
I his assumption of friendship, and I
Z doubted there existed much of either
truth or friendship in him, 'I saw the
common sense of his advice. I was in
no position to dictate a course of ac
tion. - -
After the sails were on her we gathr
ered at the starboard rail to watch the
chore. - There the hills ran into inky
blackness, as the horizon sometimes
merges into a thunder squalk' A dense
white steam canie from the creek lied
.tbiu the arroyo. The surges beat 6a
the short? louder than the ordinary, an;l
the foam even in these day hours
seemed to throw up a faint phosphor
escence. Frequent earthquakes oscil
lated the landscape. We watched, I do
uot know for what, our eyes straining
into the murk of the island. Nobody
thought of the ciest, which lay on the
cabin table aft. I contributed mali
ciously my bit to their fear.
"These volcanic islands sometimes
sink entirely," I suggested, "and in
that case we'd be carried dowu by
It was intended merely to increase
their uneasiness, but, straugely enough,
after a few moments it ended by im
posing itself on my own fears. I be
gan to lie afraid the island would sink,
began to watch for it, began to share
the fascinated terror of these men.
The suspense after a time became
unbearable, for while the portent
whether physical or . moral we were
too "far under its Influence to distin
guish grew momentarily, our own
souls did not expand, in due corre
spondence. We talked of towing, of
kedging out, of going to any extreme,
even to small boats. Then just as we
were about to move toward some ac
complishment a new phenomenon
chained our attention to the shore.
In the mouth of the arroyo appeared
a red glow. A-moment later a wave
of lava, white hot, red. Iridescent, cool
ing to a black crust cracked in. incan
descence, rolled majestically out over
the grassy plain. Each instant it grew
in volume until the ravine must have
been flowing half full.
Before its scorching the grasses even
at the edge of the sea were smoking,
and our camp had already burst Into
flames. We had to shield our faces
against the heat, and the wooden rail
ing under our hands Vaa growing
Fulz turned an ashy countenance to
. "My God," he screamed, "what's go
ing to happen when she hits the sea?"
She hit the sea. and immediately a
great cloud of steam arose and the
hissing as of a thousand serpents. We
felt the strong suction under our keel
and staggered under the jerk of the
ship's cable as she swung toward the
beach. The paint was beginning to
crackle along the rail. We could see
nothing for the scalding white veil that
enveloped us. We could hear nothing
for the roar of steam, the bombard
ment of explosions and the crash of
thunder, but our nostrils were assault
ed by a most unearthly medley of
We were clinging hard ns the ship
reeled. Iluga surges were racing in
from seaward, growing larger with
each successive billow.
Handy Solomon raised his head, lis
tened intently and struck his forehead.
"Wind I" he screamed at the top of
his voice and jumped for the halliards.
Thrackles followed him, but no one
else moved. In an instant the two were
Lack, strfking and kicking savagely,
rousing their companions to the dan
ger. We all laid into the canvas like
mad, and In no time had snugged
down to a staysail and the peak of
our mainsail. Thrackles drew his knife
and jumped for the cable, whWt Han
dy Solomon, his eyes snapping, seized
the wheel. .
We finished just in time. I waa turn
ing away after tying the last gasket on
the foresail when the deck up ended
and tipped -one .headforemost into the
Brookf ApplUoc. la .
new (cleatiac discovery
with .atom.tle air ensh
lom that dr.wi the broken
parts together and bind
tbem as yon would a bro
ken limb. It absolutely
bolds flraily and comfort
ably and never slips;
always light and cool and
conforms to every move
ment of the body without
chsflng or boning. I make
It to your measure and send It to you on a strict guar
antee of satisfaction or money refunded and I nave
put my price so low tbst anybody, rich or poor, can
bay It. Remember, I make It to your order send tt
to you you wear It and if It doesn't satisfy you, you
send It bacc to me and I win refund your money.
The banks or any responslLle citizen In MarsbaU will
tell you tbat Is the way I do business always abso
lutely on the square and I have sold to tbousandsof
people thfs way for the past Ave years. Remember.
I use do salves, no harness, no lies, no fakes. I Just
give you a straight business deal at a reasonable price.
C. E. BROOKS, iS2 Brook BUg., Marshall, Uich.
Than have my picture taken. Yes, but it would cost you more, hurt you
worse and still you would have nothing to give to your friends. Why not
have your picture taken while you can get a large one suitable for framing
free with every dozen $5 Cabinets. We make photographs from $2.50 per
dozen up and guarantee satisfaction.
starboard scupper. At the same time
a smother of salt water blew over the
port rail, now far above me, to dreuch
me as thoroughly as though I had fall
en overboard. I brushed out my eyes
to find ' the ship smack on her beam
ends and the wind howling by from
I had company enough in the scup
pers. Only Handy Solomon clung des
perately to the wheel, jamming his
weight to port In the hope she might
pay up. Thrackles. too. his eye squint
ed along some bearing of his own, was
waiting for her to drag. Presently it
lecame evident that she was doiug so.
whereupon he drew his knife across
' "My (iod," chattered Pulz at my ear,
"if we go ashore"
He did not need to finish. Unless the
Laughing I.ass could recover before the
squall had driven her to leeward a
scant half mile we should lie cooked
alive in the boiliug caldron at the
For an interminable time, as it seem
ed to me, we lay absolutely motionless.
The scene Is stamped Indelibly on my
memory the bullwarks high above me,
the steep, sleek deck, the piratical fig
ure tense at the wheel, the snarllug
water racing from beneath us. the lurid
glow to landward crawling up on us
inch by Inch, like a hungry wild beast.
Then almost imperceptibly the brave
schooner righted. The strained lines
on Handy Solomon's carven features
relaxed little by little. Thrackles, star
lug over the side, ret out a mighty roar.
"Steerage way!" he shouted and ex
ecuted an awkward clog dauce on the
She moved forward, there was no
doubt of that, for gradually we were
eating toward the wind, but we made
considerable leeway as well, Haudy
Solomon, taut as the weather rigging.
took his little advantages one by one
like precious gifts. Light there was
none. The land was blotted out by the
steam and murk which had crept to
sea and now was hurled back by the
wind. All we could do was to hang
there, tasting the copper of excitement,
waiting for these different forces to ad
just themselves. Inch by inch we crept
forward; foot by foot we made lee
way. The Intensest of the lava glow
worked its way from directly abeam
of the quarter. By this we knew we
must be nearly opposite the cove. At
once a new doubt sprang up in our
A moment ago all the energy of our
desires had gone up in the ambition to
avoid being cast on the beach. Now we
saw that that was not enough. It was
necessary to squeeze around the point
where lay the Golden Horn in order to
avoid the fate that had overtaken her.
Handy Solomon yelled something at
us. We could not hear, but our own
knowledge told us what it must be,
and with one accord we turned to
on the foresail. With the peak of it
hoisted we moved a trifle faster, though
the schooner lay . over at a perilous
angle. .A moment later the fogs parted
to show ns the cliffs looming startllng
Iy near. There were the donkey engine
and the works we had constructed for
wrecking, and there beside them,
watching us reflectively, stood Percy
For ten minutes we stared at him
fascinated, during which time the
ship labored against the staggering
winds, gained and lost in its buffeting
with the great surges. The breakers
hurling themselves In wild abandon
against the rocks sent their backwash
of tumbling peaks to our very bilges.
The few remains of the Golden Horn,
alternately drenched and draining,
seemed to picture to us our Inevitable
I think we bad all selected the same
two points for our "bearings," a rock
and a drop of the cliff bolder than the
ordinary. . If the rock opened from the
cliff to eastward, we were lost; if It
remained stationary, we were at least? sight of San Salvador I did not doubt,
holding our own; if It opened out to 'That I would never enter the harbor I
Westward, we were saved. We watch-1 as absolutely certain. The choice of
ed with a strained eagerness impos-' fered me was practically whether I
slble to describe. At each momentary ' preferred being thrown overboard now
gain or rebuff we ottered ejaculations
The nigger mumbled charms. Every
once in awhile one of us would snatch
a glance to leeward at the cruel white
waters, the whirl of eddies where the
sea was beaten, only to hurry back to
the rock and tha point of the cliff
whence our message of safety or de -
struction was to. be. flung.. Once I
210 1-2 Brady Street, Davenport.
looked up. Percy Harrow was leuuiug
gracefully against a stanchion, watch
ing. His soft hat was pulled over his
eyes. He stroked softly his little
mustache. I caught the white puff of
his cigarette. Iiuring the moment ot
my Inattention something happened.
A wild shout burst, from the men. I
whirled and saw to my great joy a
strip of sky westward . between the
cliff and the rock. And at that very
instant a billow larger than the or
dinary rolled lieueath us, and in the
back suction of its passage I could
dimly make out cruel, dangerous rocks
lying almost under our keel.
Slowly we crept away... Our progress
seemed inlinitestimali and yet it was
real. In awhile we had gained sea
room; in awhile more we were fairly
under sailing way and the cliffs had
begun to drop from our quarter. With
one accord we looked back. Percy
Darrow waved his hand In an inde
scribably graceful and ironic gesture,
then turned square on his heel and
sauntered away to the north alley, out
of the course of the lava. That was
the last I ever saw of him.
As we made our way from beneath
the island the weight of the wind
seemed to lessen. ';We got the foresail
on her. then a staudiiig jib: finally, lit
tle by little, all her ordinary working
canvas. 'Before we knew it we were
lM)wling along under a stiff breeze, and
the island was dropping astern.
From a distance It presented a truly
Imposing sight. Th' center shot inter
mittent blasts of ruddy light: explo
sions, deadened by distance, still rever
berated strongly; the broad canopy of
brown red, split with lightnings, spread
out like a huge umbrella. The lurid
gloom tbat had enveloped us in the at
mosphere apparently of a nether world
had given place to li'twllight. Abrupt
ly 'we passed from It to a sun kissed,
Fparkling sea. The breeze blew sweet
and strong: the waves ran untortured
ia their natural long courses.
At once the men seemed to throw off
the superstitious terror that had cowed
them. Pulz and Thrackles went to
bail the extra dory alongside, which
by a miracle had escaped swamping.
The nigger disappeared in the galley.
Perdosa relieved Handy Solomon at
the wheel, and Handy Solomon came
directly over to me.
ANDY SOLOMON' approached
me with a confidence tbat pro
claimed the new leader. A
brace of revolvers swung from
his belt: the tatters of his blood stain
ed garments hung about him.
"Well, here we are," he remarked. -
I nodded, waiting for what he had to
"Aud lucky for you that you're here.
at all. say I," he continued. "And now
that you're here w'at are you going to
do? That's the question w'at are you
going to do?" He cocked his head side
wise and looked at me speculatively ns
a cat might look at a rather largo
mouse. "We been a little rough," he
went on after a moment, "and some
folks Is straitlaced. There might be
trouble. Aud you know a heap too
"What do you want of me?" I de
"it's just this," he returned briskly:
"If you'll lay us our course to San
Salvador, we'll let you go as oue of us
and no questions asked."
"If not?" I inquired.
He shrugged his shoulders. "I leave
it to yon."
"There's always the sea," I sug
gested. "And it's deep," he agreed.
We looked out to the horizon in a
diplomatic silence. I did uot know
whether to be angry, amused or alarm
ed that the man estimated my clever
ness so slightly. Why. the hook was
barely concealed and the bait of the
coarsest. That I would go safe to a
or several hundred miles to southeast
I thought rapidly. It might be possi
ble to announce a daily false reckon
' 1S to the crew, to sail the ship within
rowing distance of 4ome coast and then
to escape while the men believed them-
' selves many hundred miles at sea. It
would take nice .calculation to .prevent1
suspicion. - but as it whs the only
chauce I resolved upon it Immediately.
"That's all very well," I said firmly,
"but you can't get anywhere without
me, and I'm not going to put in two
years and then keep my mouth shut
for nothing. I want a share in the
swag an even share with the rest of
"Oh. that'll be all right." he cried.
"You can have it."
If anything was needed to convince
me of the man's sinister intentions,
this too ready acquiescence would have
been enough. I knew him too well. If
he had had the slightest intention of
permitting me to go free, he would
The nigger called us to mess. We
ate In the after cabin. The chst was
locked, and tlie men Had as yet been
unable to break Into it. Pulz profess
ed some skill in locksmithiug aud
promised to experiment later. After
mess we went on deck again. The Is
land had dropped dowu to the horizon
and showed as a brilliant glow under
a dark canopy. I leaned over the rail,
looking at it. Below me the extra
dory bumped along. The idea came
to me that If I could escape that night
I could row back to Percy Darrow.
The two of us could make shift to live
on lish aud shellfish aud mutton. The
plan rapidly defined itself In my brain.
From1 the remains of the Golden Horn
we could construct some kind of a
craft In which to run free to the sum
mer trades. Thus we might In time
reach some one or another of the
Sandwich Islands, whence a passing
trader could take us back to civiliza
tlon. There were many elements of
uncertainty in the scheme, but it seem
ed to me less desperate than trusting to '
the caprices of these men, especially ;
since they now had free access to the
While I leaned over the rail engross
ed in these thoughts one of the black
thunderclouds that had been gather
ing and dissipating over the Island dur
ing the entire afternoon suddenly glow
ed overhead with a strange white In
candescence startingly akin to Har
row's so called "devil fires." Strange
ly enough, this illumination, uuiike the
volcanic glows, appeared to be cast on
the clouds from without rather than
shot through them from within, as
were the ' other volcanic emanations.
At the same instant I experienced a
sharp iuterior revulsion of some sort,
most briefly momentary, but of a char
acter that shook me from head to toe.
I had no time to analyze these vari
ous impressions, however, for my at
tention was almost instantly distract
ed. From the cabin came the sound
of a sharp fall; then a man cried out.
and on the heels of it Pulz darted from
the cabin, screaming horribly. We
were all on deck, and as the little man
rushed toward the stern Handy Solo
mon twisted him deftly from his feet.
"What is it?" he cried as be pinned
the sufferer to the deck.
But Pulz could not answer. He shiv
ered, stiffened and lay rigid, his eyes
"Fits." remarked Thrackles Impa
tiently. The excitement died. Hum was forc
ed between the victim's lips. After a
little he recovered, but could tell us
Tinthlnir of Ma spfoiirA
After the dishes had been swept
aside from supper Handy Solomon an.
nmmxnl a Rwonil nttAinnt tn nnon tha
"Pancho. here, says he's been a me-!
chanic." said he, "I right well know
he's been a housebreaker, so he's got
the sabe for the Job. and you can kiss
the book on thati'
rerdosa, with a grin, leaned over the
cover from behind and began to pick
away at the lock with a long crooked
wire. The others drew close about.- I
slipped nearer the door. Imagining that
In their riveted Interest I saw my op
portunity. To my surprise I caught
a glimpse of legs disappearing up the
companion. I took stock. Pulz had
gone on deck.
This surprised tne, for I should have
thought every man Interested enough
In the supposed treasure to wish to be
present at its uncovering, and it an
noyed me still more. The success of
my plan demanded a clear deck. How
ever, there was nothing for it now. but
1 j. .1 . . ...... i- ..
10 irub "uiz aa wisnea to visit
tb forecastle and that I might find the
afterworks empty. . .
I parseYl :'t the foot of the companion
and looked back. A breathlessness of
excitement held the pirates in a vise.
From abov the hanging lamp threw
strong shadows across their faces.
bringing or.t the deep lines, accentuat
ing the dominant passions. With their
rags and blood, their unshaven faces,
their firearms, their filth, they showed
in violent antithesis to the immaculate
white of Old Scrubs' cabin, its glitter
ing brass and its shining leather. 1
darted up the steps.
The contrast of the starry night with
the glare of the cabin lamp dazzled my
eyes. I stood stock still for a moment,
durlug which the ouly souuds audible
were the singing of the winds through j
the rigging, the wash or the sea and
the small, sharp click of Perdosa's in
strument as he worked at the chest. ;
Presently I could see better. 1 look
ed forward and aft for Pulz, but could
see nothing of him and had Just about
concluded that he had gone forward
when I happened to glance aloft
There, to my astonishment, I made
him out huddled in silhouette against
the stars close to the main truck.
What he was doing there 1 could not
imagine. However, I did not have
time to bother my head about him
further than to rejoice that be could
not obstruct me.
I should very much have liked to get
hold of a rifle and ammunition or at
least to lay in biscuit aud water, but
for this there was uo time. It was
uot absolutely essential. The dull gl6w
of :the Island was still visible. I 'had
my pillar of fire and smoke to guide
me. Without further delay I jerked
loose the painter and drew the extra
1 had proceeded just so far in my
movements when the most extraordi
nary thing happened. I shall try to
tell you of it as accurately as possible
and in the exact order of its occur
rence. First a long, straight shaft of
white light shot straight up through
the cabin roof to a great height. It
shone through the wooden planks as
an ordinary light shines through glass.
By contrast the surrounding blackness
was thrown into a deeper shade, and
yet the shaft itself was so brilliant as
almost to scotch the sight. Curiously
enough, it was defined accurately, be
ing exactly in shape like oue of the
rectangular tin air shafts you see so
often in city hotels. At the instant of
Its appearance the wind fell quite
Almost immediately the rectangle on
the roof through which the light made
its passage began to splay out like
lighted oI17 although the column retain
ed still the integrity of its outline.
The fire, if 6ucb it could be called ran
with incredible rapidity along the 1
seams between the planks forward and
aft until the entire deck was sketched
like a pyrotechnic display in thin, viv
id lines of incandescence. From each
of these Hues then the fire began again
to spread, as though soaking through
All took place practically in an In
stant of time. I had no, opportunity
to move or to cry out. Indeed, my
perceptions were inadequate to the
task of mere observation. Up to now
here had been no sound. The wind
had fallen. The waters passed unno
ticed. A stillness of death seemed to
av,e descended on the ship. It was
broken by a sharp double report, one
as of tne fN metallic Substance,
ithe other caused by the body of Pulz,
which. shaken loose from the truck
b a heavy rolI smashed against the
"u ? the shlP and splashed over-
uoa"1- . Bome one cnea oai ""arpiy,
An instant later the entire crew strug-
8led out from the companionway, rush
ed in grim silence to the side of the
vessel and threw themselves into the
My own Ideas were somewhat con
fused. The fire had practically envel
op the ship. I thought to feel It,
and yet my skin was cool to the touch.
The ship's outlines became blurred. A
dizziness overtook me, and then all at
once a great desire seized and shook
my very soul. I cannot telKyou the J Williamsburg Ins. Co New York
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madness. .Nothing could stand in the. Northern Ins. Co........ .New York
way of its gratification. Whatever Security Ins. Co....!New Haven. Conn.
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not thirst nor yet a purpose to allay
1 -ot t.ll 1
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wh,chJ was n?wlm conscious. but
a craving for the liquid itself as some-
thing apart from aud unconnected with
anything else. Without hesitation and
as though it were the most natural
thing in the world I vaulted the rail
to cast myself into the ocean. I dimly
remember n last Uylnjf impression of a
furnace of light, then a great shock
thudded through me, and I lost consciousness.
(To be Continued).
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take. Sold by all druggists.
We submit to the calm judgment of
our fellow citizen.s, with abiding- faith
111 meir common sense ana iiieir desire
to do what is manly and fair for all, that
the present prohibition agitation Is
A menace to business interests.
A blow aimed at the growth and ad
vancement of this whole locality.
An attack upon the liberty of the
A misdirected effort to correct abuses
which the laws heretofore existing are
ample to correct if they are properly
DeelHratloD of Principle..
Saloons being public places of gen
eral resort, should be under strict con
trol, supervision and regulation, and
we favor such, and insist that all Im
moral and illegal accessories of the sa
loon business be absolutely divorced
We do not believe that a majority of
men, no matter how great, have the
moral right to force upon a minority
such legislation as will result In op
pression and tyranny, and In the de
struction of liberty-and property.
We believe in the greatest personal
liberty consistent with public good, and
that the public good does not and
should not require men to sacrifice their
Individuality, or their business and
property interests, through restrictive
We believe that "life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness," as declared by
the founders of our national govem
ment, belong by right to aii our people,
and that upon the maintaining of our
civil, religious and political liberties
rests the future security, progress and
prosperity of the government.
We believe that true liberty consists
in the privilege of enjoying- one's own
rights, not in the destruction of tho
rights of others.
We believe that "equal and exact
justice to all. special privileges to
none" should be the basis of all law
enactments and their application.
Believing that benefits from the ap
plication of the principles herein de
fined can be more readily obtained and
retained through wise and conservative
legislation, where such legislation i
now lacking, we hereby pledge our sup
port to measures and men. that -sustain
such principles, and we call upon all
citizens who have at heart the future,
welfare, happiness, growth and pros
perity of this community to join with
us in this pledge, and to discountenance
this prohibitory movement.'
League headquarters, room 94, Har
per house. Rook Island. Old phone 840
west: new phone 5921.
,11. J. TOIIER
A. L. ANDERSON
3EL'Jo TMEE & COD
PRIVATE WIRES TO NEW TOltK
109 MAIN STREET.
PHONE WEST 407.
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