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THE AIIGUS, THURSDAY. MARCH 2G, 1908.
Published Dally and Weekly at 1624
Second avenue. Rock Island, 111. En
N, tered at the postofflce as second-class
matter. ' ' , "
BY THE J..W. POTTER CO.
TERMS Dally, 10 cents per week.
Weekly, $1 per year in advance.
All communications of argumentative
character, political or religious, must
have real name attached for publica
tion. No sucn articles will be printed
over fictitious signatures. . ,
Correspondence solicited from every
township In Rock Island countyl
Thursday, March 26, 1903.
Having been nominated as candidate
for alderman of the Third ward on the
democratic ticket, I ask the support ot
the voters of the ward at the approach
ing election, April 7, 1908.
CHARLES J. SMITH.
There is something doing at Spring
field today but it will not cut much
figure later on.
The Rock Island county democracy
is not only for Bryan, but for Bryan
methods all the way through.
Save the Union Electric .Telephone
company from being strangled and
by so doing save Rock Island from
the clutches of monopoly.
Four of the grafters m the Pennsyl
vania capitol scandal have, been con
victed. three of whom were former
republican officials. There are others.
Another congressional scandal, and
a republican senator declares that "the
corridors of this capitol are infected
with slick and slimy individuals."
Turn the rascals out.
former Governor Yates appears
to be making great inroads into the
Deneen camp. Prejty soon Governor
Deneen will be in the right position
to take up his camp stool and walk.
If .Dr. David Jayne Hill, the pro
posed American ambassador to Ger
many, is personally objectionable to
the kaiser, his nomination should be
speedily withdrawn. And let that set
The Cannon that is commanding all
that is in front of the fort at Spring
field may be a trifle rusty and little
bit squeaky. But the republicans
stand in wonderful awe and fear of it,
The contract puzzle is being inves
tigated by investigators into the con
ditions obtaining in the state chari
table institutions. Pretty soon it may
develop that some money went astray
The republicans are waking up to
the situation that something must
be- done by the national congress in
order to make a good showing before
the people. It takes a national elec
tlon and an empty dinner pail to
wake up the republicans in order that
they may attempt to keep their loaf
ers in power.
The Springfield Register rises to re
mark that the baseball league of
which Rock Island Is a member has
had all three eyes blackened in the
past few days. But it might be said in
reply it is still in the ring. However,
the Register remarks that it is time
to quit playing politics and play ball
which is The Argus' position exactly
Tlic Scope of the Railroad Killing.
There is a prospect that for a time
the decision of the United States su
preme court in the Minnesota railroad
rate case will be misunderstood. The
decision is that the federal courts have
jurisdiction in that matter and that is
all there' is in the opinion
. Perhaps that is enough; this Is the
opinion of at least one of the supreme
court-justices. A stockholder of the
Northern Pacific, living outside Mlnne
sota, filed a bill for injunction ' in a
federal district court in Minnesota,
asking that a case starting in the state
courts by the attorney general of Min
nesota to enforce the rate law be
stopped, the ground of the petition be
ing that the law the state was about
to enforce was confiscatory. The in
junction was granted; Attorney Gen
era! Young of Minnesota paid no at
tention to It, but went ahead with his
state court case. . The federal district
ccurt fined him $100 for contempt, and
he appealed that fine case to.the Unit
ea States supreme court, alleging that
the district federal court did not have
jurisdiction of the subject matter. The
Eupreme court holds that the district
court did have jurisdiction
The question of whether or not the
Minnesota law is confiscatory is not
decided by the United States supreme
court in this case, In fact that question
h not argued before that body- Min
nesota still has the privilege of going
into court and showing that its rate
legislation is reasonable. It must be
assumed that if it can do that it will
get a fair deal from the federal courts,
When it is seen this canno be got,
. then the position of the federal courts
will become a serious matter. But up
TR APES KTSy COUNCIL
will become a serious matter. But upmunity,
to this time it is hard to see that an) j This "yellow artist's" tomfoolery i
principle has been
The Democratic State Central Com-
As a general result of yesterday's
meeting of the democratic state cen-
tral committee in Chicago it is
tional with the respective county com-
mittees throughput the state how del-
egaies to the state convention may be
selected. Bryan, who received the en
thusiastic endorsement of the commit
tee for " the presidential nomination,
though his spokesman in the commit
tee membership, Hon. Truman Plaritz
of Warsaw, favored the selection by
county conventions. The predominant
tone of the meeting was against such
a course, but it was finally left to the
counties to proceed as they saw fit,
the committee selection " idea, how
ever, being favored, the committee by
a vote of 20 to 9 deciding to allow the
arious county committees to choose
their own manner of selecting dele
One man alone opposed the indorse
ment of the Nebraskan. He was J.
H. Donahue of East St. Louis. When
the resolution was introduced by
Mayor Fred Kern of Belleville, Chair
man Boeschenstein put the motion to
adopt to a viva voce vote. There was
one dissenting voice.- Boeschenstein
appeared surprised, then looked at
Roger Sullivan." . The latter gave a
ignal. Boeschenstein declared that
It seemed to be the sense of the com
mittee that a roll call be had. The
significance of the, statement caught
the committee arid all eyes were
turned on Sullivan. The national
committeeman evidently wanted it un
derstood that it was not he who cast
the dissenting vote. The roll call
ent on. Sullivan voted "aye." The
dissenting vote came from the East
St. Louis man. The man who intro
duced the Bryan indorsement resolu
tion was Mayor Fred Kern of Belle
ville, who is not a member of the
committee but attended through the
influence of a proxy of Mark L. Sul-
ivan, brother of the national commit
teeman. The resolution is as follows:
'Recognizing the broad statesman
ship of our great leader,, the Hon.
William J. Bryan, and with confidence
in his marvelous ability to lead the
masses of this American country
along right lines of Just principle and
cound policy, in admiration of his
spotless integrity and his matchle
and untiring efforts put forth for the
tiiumph of real democracy, we hereby
send to him the sincere and hearty
greetings of this, the democratic state
committee of Illinois, emphatically in
dorse his candidacy for the presiden
cy of the United States, and hereby
pledge to him our collective and in
dividual support before and after the
coming Denver democratic convei
The opposition to leaving the se
lection of national delegates to the
county committees was led by Tru
man Plantz of Hancock county, rep
resenting Millard F. Dunlap of Jack
sonville. Mr. Plantz declared the
adoption of a resolution leaving the
selection of delegates to the county
committees would work untold barm.
He pointed to the example set by the
republicans, declaring that, though the
people of Illinois favored Taft. the
convention at Springfield would in
dorse Cannon, delegates having been
selected by the county committees
with that purpose in view.
Mr. Sullivan took occasion to make
speech at this juncture. He de
clared that there had been too much
quibbling and too much criticism by
certain elements, which he did not
take the pains to designate. He de
clared that he and his friends on the
committee favored selection of dele
gates by county conventions, and that
he hoped the gathering would see fit
to order the delegates selected in that
But Sullivan's words evidently fell
on unheeding ears, for Mr. Plantz's
resolution to adopt the convention
method was supported only by him
self. J. H. De Wolf, A. L. White, C. J.
Mulliken, Frauk Orr, A. W. Crawford,
C. M. La Crone, Louis Fitzhenry arid
H N, Wheeler. Mr. Dunlap, who is
riot a member of the state central
committee, heard the disappointing re
sult and left the room.
By unanimous vote :it was decided
to hold the state convention at Spring
field April 23. George A. Cooke of
Aledo, Mercer county, was selected
secretary of the committee to fill the
unexpired term of the late Denis J.
Hogan, mayor of Geneva.
Gossip developed the news that
James Hamilton Lewis, considered a
candidate for governor, is likely to
leave the fight for the nomination be
tween John P. McGoorty and Douglass
Pattison and seek the nomination for
state's attorney of Cook county against
Jacob J. Kern.
Following the meeting of the state
central committee iormer Mayor nar-
rison, Millard F. Dunlap and . other
members of the Illinois Federation of
Bryan clubs met in the office of former
Mayor Dunne, and decided to launch
a movement to force every county in
the state-to can a convention io se-
lect delegates to the state convention,
They favor the county convention Idea
which Is the Bryan idea.
That War With Japan.
St. Louis Globe-Democrat. A paper
published at Nome, Alaska, at 25 cents
a copy, la wunuug a nvu uc,u ui
own. in recent -issues it announces
that a Japanese fleet ' is hovering,
around Hawaii and that : war is near
between Great Britain and Japan.
This yellow artist should wisely time
his departure from a frontier com-
just as' true and just as wise as much
lof the serious Thomas Rot that was
(published In the States during the
last year or so, by the 1 yellow press,
aboura war with Japan. And this
1 jdioc talk h" be!? " Wlckd a8 11
,1ms heen frvilish What ran he more
preposterous than tnls pretepse that
op-;japan nas warx design upon the
United States? ' To make such a
charge as that against Mexico would
be almost as sensible.
The Work of Congress.
A Washington dispatch says that
the present congress will break the
record for bills, that representatives
and senators are pouring in bills for
the relief of the country at an amaz
ing rate; that in the house, what
Speaker Cannon calls the "hopper,"
is . full of unground legislation most
of the time. It Is fed with bills of
every conceivable subject. In the
senate the number of bills is more
moderate, but it is unusually large.
Since the 60th congress opened
last December up to March 18 there
have, been no Jess than 19,642 bills
introduced in the house, together
with enough house joint resolutions,
house reports and house documents
to bring the total up to 22,136.
In the same time 6.191 senate bills
have been introduced, and enough
joint resolutions, simple resolutions,
concurrent resolutions, reports and
documents to bring the total up to
7,216. There have been 29,352 bills,
resolutions, reports and documents in
troduced in both houses of congress
since the session opened.
What will become of these bills?
Instead of going on the statute books
they will be pigeon-holed.
The first session of the Sixtieth
congress is more than half finished,
and there has been no single measure
of public interest passed by the two
houses and sent to the president for
his approval. There have been some
private pension bills, some joint reso
lutions,, some matters of individual
importance enacted into law, but ab
solutely not one single public measure
has passed both houses. It might be
said that this is not a matter to be
charged against any political party
That however can only be said by
people who do not understand present
congressional procedure. The house
of representatives is dominated by
Speaker Cannon and Messrs. Dalzell,
Payne and Hepburn. They can put
legislationthrqugh in 48 hours or they
can delay it definitely. What they
are doing now is to fight for delay.
In the senate the republican majority
is dominant and can do what it will.
The rules there do provide for free.
dom of debate, but at the same time
majority rule very t properly is ac
But neither in the house nor in the
senate has the republican congress
succeeded at the present moment ;in
enacting one public law. It might
be worth while for the newspapers
of the country to demand some ex
planation of this singular lethargy.
But Roosevelt is going to send an
other message to congress and we
are told some important legislation
is to be urged. And then what?
NOON HOUR MEETINGS
SUCCESSFUL IN CHICAGO
Pastor Dixon of Moody Church Con
ducting Interesting Series at
Great Northern Theater.
. Chicago, March 26. The Monday
noon meetings in the Great Northern
theater by A. C. Dixon, pastor of the
Moody church, have attracted large
and interested audiences. Promptly
at 12 o'clock the meeting opens with
a stirring gospel srng led by Dr. D,
B. Towner or Professor Trowbridge
of the Moody Bible Institute; then
chorus of young .Tien, followed by a
ouartet or solo. Bv 12:30 the nlat
form, the boxes, the ground Floor and
the first gallery are full, while some
must be content with . standing, or
climb to the top gallery.
Dr. Dixon makes a 20 minute gos
pel address and dismisses the audi
ence , about eight minutes before
o'clock with the request that all whose
business will permit, remain for
season of inquiry, testimony and
prayer. This after-meeting lasts about
15 minutes during which there are re
quests for prayer and all present are
urged to "get right with God" by ac
cepting Jesus Christ as Saviour and
Lord. Several hundred people usually
remain and the after-meeting is some
times more interesting than the main
Beginning the first Monday in April
Dr. Dixon will give a series of ad
dresses on "Epochs in the Life of
1. ."The Birth of Jesus; the Incar
nation of Deity."
2. "Th Temnlatlon: the Test of
the Inra atl n ..
.Th Transfiguration- the Un
vein of tne incarnation."
4. "The Cross; the Glory of the In
5. 1The Resurrection; the Seal of
i C. "The Second Coming; the Con
summation of the Incarnation
The Lucky Quarter.
Is the one you pay out for a box of j confesa when they are using their so
Dr. King's New Life Pills. They bring clety dialect that they have me guess-
you tne neaun mats more precious
than jewels. Try them for headache
bllionspe88t con8tlpation and malaria.
Aisnnnntnt von thfi nrice Will
be cheerfully refunded at all druggists
J , Kodol is a scientific preparation of
Tegetfble acids vith patural digestants
and contains the same juices found in
a healthy stomach. : . Each dose will
digest more than 3.000 grains of good
j food. ; Sold by all druggists.
Humor and Philosophy
By DUNCAN N. SMITH
Theories jire much more enticing
than facts because they leave so much
to the imagination.
Some bachelors are romantic, but
most of them are more antic than any
The devil continues to do 'business
at the old stand whether we are will
ing to give him his due or not
If you are foolish enough to ask for
advice take it,- else pay for It and let
There Is one thing that it is Impos
sible to exactly duplicate, and that is
a man of good common sense.
A well dressed man is always a
credit to his wife and frequently to his
tailor and too often remains so.
It Is an extremely clever homely girl
who always looks pretty.
It Is often very hard work to keep
Idle, but many people succeed in it
There is no use in having the blues,
but then there is no use having a lot
of other things that we treasure.
"Giving up anything during Lent?"
"Yes; my salary."
Our Sacrifices. "
The gentlemen who bear for us
The burden of the day.
Who monkey with the government
And beard the powers that prey, ...
May not be for their toil and pains
But still they draw a salary,
And that may. help a sight.
They let "their private business slide.
Their happy homes desert
And Journey down to Washington
With useful laws to flirt:
They watch around with sleepless eye
Like faithful Old Dog Tray.
And only get for all their work
The honor arid' the pay.
While we sit pleasantly at home.
Enjoying more' or less
Our grand and gracious government.
Removed from, all distress.
Our statesmen, sternly standing pat
On some fine, who'esome law.
Work twenty-six lo..g hours a day
And only one pay draw.
We ought to treat these noble ones
As though they were our friends
Instead of pelting them with names.
Tin cans and odds and ends.
Bee all the things they do for us
And all the things they dare
And only draw three times the pay
They could command elsewhere."
1 Thought So Too.
"There Is young Fuffup, tremendous
ly stuck on himself. He thinks any
woman he might ask would marry
"I didn't know he bad bad as much
experience as that," softly replied the
"That fellow doesn't know much."
"Then you can gamble on one thing,
"What he does know he knows awful
"Is your child
fond of cats?"
When the pussy's on the willow
, And the balm is in the air,
Somehow have to press the pillow
Or sit lollin in the chair.
Don't want nothtn to disturb us,
Ain't got nothin" to resent:
Then a two-year-old could curb us
, If we was on trouble bent.
When the bullfrog in the medder
Gits a-callln to his mate
Just before ho takes a header
Down where she Is wont to wait.
Then there ain't no use in wishin'
That we didn't have to work.
Just, have got to eo a-flshin' "
Down where bass and bullfrogs lurk.
"You claim to understand women?"
"I do when they are talking natural,
Ha rayly strummed the light guitar.
And then he heard a shout.
It was her father from above
Who hollered, -Cut it out!"
"I Bller a married man?"
-I guess not He told me his wants
w few tud ln,nlp "
Notice Is hereby given that on Tues
day, the seventh day of April, A. D.
3908, In the city of Rock Island Illi
nois, an election will be held for the
following officers tcwlt:
Jj . City Officers.
One alderman in the First ward for
One alderman In the Second ward
for two years.
One alderman . in the Third ward
for two years.
One alderman in the Fourth ward
for two years.
One alderman in the Fifth ward for
two years. ' -
One alderman in the Sixth ward
for two years.
One alderman in the Seventh ward
for two years.
One assessor for one year.
One collector for one year.
One supervisor for two years.
Three assistant supervisors for two
One constable to -fill vacancy.
Qurallona of Public Policy.
Shall this city become anti-saloon
Proposition as to the annexation to
the city of Rock Island, III, of a por
tion of South Rock Island.
Which election will be open at 7
clock in the morning and continue
open until 5 o'clock in the afternoon
of that day.
Places of registration and voting
will be as follows:
First ward, first precinct No. 413
First ward, second precinct No. 600
Second ward, first precinct No. 1014
Second ward, second precinct
Barn, No. 919 Sixth avenue.
Third ward, first precinct County
jail. Third avenuo and Fourteenth
Third ward, second precinct, 1422
Third ward, third precinct, Ullemey
er's drug store, corner Eleventh ave
nue and Fifteenth street.
Fourth ward, first precinct Frick's
livery, No. 1914 Third avenue.
Fourth ward, second precinct M
Levy's carriage house, Nineteenth
street, between Sixth and Seventh av
Fifth ward, first precinct Hose
house on Twenty-second street.
Fifth ward, second precinct
Schmidt's grocery. No. 823 Twentieth
Sixth ward, first precinct Hose
house on Twenty-sixth street. '
Sixth ward, second precinct A. J.
Reiss' barn, No. 709 Twenty-seventh
Seventh ward, first precinct No.
2110 Fifth avenue. ,
Seventh ward, second precinct Pe
terson's carpenter shop, No. 510 Forty-fifth
Seventh ward, third precinct Al
bert Olson's barn, Forty-fourth street,
between Seventh and Eighth avenues.
M. T. RUDGREN,
City and Town Clerk..
Rock Island, 111, March 7, 1908.
This is the Ticket to
Vote Election Day
DEMOCRATIC TOWNSHIP NOMINEES.
Supervisor C. M. Gaaion,
AMlntant Snpervlaors L. N. Bourdcpu,
Mack W. Glynn, S. A: l.aYnnvray.
Anneanoi-J. C. Anld.
Collector M. M. Brlgs-ii.
Klrat vmnl F. W. Blnrhllnger.
Met-ond ward William A. Eckerniann.
Third ward C. J. Smith.
Fourth ward Charlra I Thompnon.
Fifth ward William D. Cochran.
Sixth ward Frank I.awlrr.
Seventh ward John A. Hill.
THE LOCAL PROHIBITION
United Lutheran Church and
the Liquor Traffic.
(BY THE PRESS COMMITTEE OF THE
LOCAL. OPTION LEAGUE.) .
The semi-annual convention of the
Chicago district of the United Nor
wegian Lutheran church, in session at
Morris, adopted the following resolu
tions: Resolution in Regard to Saloon Traffic.
1. The Chicago district of the Nor
wegian Lutheran church in meeting
assembled at Morris, 111, Feb. 25-27,
hereby declares its unalterable oppo
sition to the legal sanction of the
liquor saloon, and we stamp the sa
loons as an unmitigated evil, which
exerts a cursed influence upon . the
home, the state and the church. 1
2. The conference, therefore, ex
horts all of its members and the mem
bers of Its churches scrupulously to
We can tell you either a new or slightly ned
Steinway lor very little more than the price
ol an ordinary instrument. Let us Quote yon
figures and teU yon why It is, beyond all
question, to your interest to purcbas- one of
these magnificent pianos. We will gladly
arrange easy monthly payments and still
give yon the benefit of our lowest cash prices.
A handsome catalog and interesting litera
ture mailed free. '
LYOX & KEALY, 30 AiamjJL,Cbictjo
Slje Ygu& Daily Sljort Story
Benjy, racing down the 6treet
brought himself up with a jerk as a
goug sounded out Its brazen alarm.
Then be hurried toward the building
with the great wide doors in the mid
dle of the block.
The gong was still rounding, and
now could be beard the trample of feet
and boefs, the jingle of metal work
on the harness, the cries of the men.
Then came the lesser note of the "re
peat" bell and a hoarse cry- of "All
right!" from the captain, followed by
the trample of hoofs, sounding hollow
upon the wooden floor as the fire horses
returned to their stalls.
Benjy's face fell. Somewhere in the
city horses were dashing madly over
the pavements In their race to answer
an alarm, but here the great green
doors would remain closed. It was
only a practice hitch for Thirteen com
In the summer time practice hitches
were the-Jjest fun, for the doors stood
wide open, and he could watch the
men as they put the harness trip in
order again and lifted the great straps
off the three big grays. Then, too, the
firemen lounged In front of the house,
and be could bear them talking about
the fires they had gone to, brave tales
of valorous fights that lost nothing in
Benjy trotted down the street again
to his own doorstep and carefully
backed him'self Into the vestibule. His
shrill treble rose in imitation of the
clangor of the big gong, and with
many a screech and shout he dashed
off In the direction of the hydrant on
the corner, pretending that he was
Thirteen company answering an alarm.
As he nearcd the fire house a second
time the gong sounded again, and this
time the number was followed by three
"yOU'BB DEAD SLOW, DICK EXCEPT WfiES
yOC'ltB AT A FIRE."
strokes, thrice repeated. Thirteen com
pany made a quick hitch. A third
alarm following bo closely npon the
first meant a fire well worth hurrying
to. They went out on the third alarm
from that station, and Lieutenant Cur
ley sprang to the big doors and threw
them open just as Benjy, running up.
slipped on the pavement and fell full
leugth in the path of the excited
There was no holding back the grays,
but Quinn, the driver, forced them
over to the left while Curley sprang
forward and caught the child by the
arm, throwing him to one side just as
the tender came up to the door and the
wheels of -the steamer almost grazed
Curley's . arm. Then he sprang to. . the
refrain from visiting or patronizing
3. As American citizens it is our
duty to seek the welfare of the state,
and by expedient methods, not con
trary to God's word, to work together
to the end that the abominable saloon
traffic may be utterly abolished.
4. We urge upon the state legisla
ture to incorporate the county feature
into our present local option law.
5. The conference urges upon all
citizens, resident In the town xjf Mor
ris, at the spring election to cast their
ballots in favor of the banishment of
the. saloon from the town of Morris.
JENS C. ROSLLAND,
L. A. VIGNESS,
GEORGE T. RYGH.
A carload of coal miners were riding
out of Danville a" few "days ago on
their way to work, when some one
suggested that a poll be taken as to
their attitude towards the saloons,
and it was suggested that all who would
vote to put the saloons out of Dan
ville In the spring arise,; and every
man in the car rose to his feet. This
is an indication that the . miners
central Illinois will do for the saloon
on April 7 what' the miners of south
ern Illinois did on Nov. 5. ,
LOCAL OPTION PRESS COMMIT
DeWitt's LitUe Early Risers. Email,
safe, snre little liver pills. Sold by all
-By Henry Rossmorel
by P. C. EastmenL)
tender steps. ancT they "were turning
the corner before Benjy found his
Bessie Borden, who bad seen the in
cident from the 6teps where she had
come in search of Benjy, hurried to
him, and presently she was bearing the
sobbing chl!d in her ' arms and min
gling with his tears of terror her own
tears of gratitude. Beyond a barked
knee Benjy was none ihe worse for his
That night Benjy's father went down
to the fire house to discover the name
of the man who bad saved the boy.
and after that Lieutenant Curley was
a frequent visitor at the Borden home.
Mrs. Borden could not do enough for
him, and it was at her suggestion that '
he boarded with them, taking his meals
there in his three "swings' and spend
ing the remainder of his liberty with
Bessie Borden, while Benjy gazed sol
emnly and admiringly at bis hero.
Curley's days off. too, were devoted
to Bessie. lie had neither kith nor kin
in the city, and he was glad indeed to
find so pleasant a way of .spending his
time. As regularly as his day of lib
erty came around it was a vaudeville
performance in the afternoon with a
melodrama In the evening except in
Summer, when the delights of the sub
urban resorts proved more tempting.
But Bessie was not minded to be so
easily won. In the fall, when the danc
ing classes opened and Dick Curley
had begun to put en airs of owner
ship. Pete Bracy came to trouble the
hitherto smoothly running course of
Dancing classes, as Fete and Bemie
understood such things, were balls
without the refreshments and without
ttie necessity for such elaborate dress..
Before the weather grew so cool that
l the doors of the fire bouse were snut
Fete used to escort Bessie past the
bouse in the hope, that they would
meet Curley. Often" they did. but he
scarcely gave heed to them as be
went about his work. lie would not
let Bessie see how hurt be was. and
she, womanlike, was the more demon
strative toward Pete because Curley
would not show bis anger or regret ,
Dick Curley gritted his teeth and
tried to meet his disappointment like a
man, but there were nights when be
lay awake in quarters and longed for
the call that would take him out to a
fire where he could forget his own
troubles in the fierce battle with the
flames. The ride on the tender through
the cool uigbt air always steadied his
nerves, and bis unrest found ease in
So he lay one night trying to forget
that a couple of hours earlier he had
6een Pete and Bessie pass the house
on their way to a dance.. It had been a
hard day for Thirteen, and the men
bad turned In early, most of them
praying that they would be able to
sleep undisturbed. But the clock had
just struck, the half hour after it)
when the big gong began to count out
its dread signal.
In an instant the room was in order
ly confusion. The men sprang" from
their beds into their night boots, pull
ing their trousers up over the legs of
the boots as they ran toward ttie poles.
The man on the desk and one or two
others who had not yet turned in had
the horses hitched, and as the great
doors swung back and Qulnn grasped
the trip to release the harness bangers
the captain called out:
"Make It In a butry, he shouted.
"That's the box nearest the Orpheum.
If the fire is there"
The rest was drowned In the clang
of the tender bell as it followed the
steamer from the house.
The dancr hall was aflame. Some of
the hangings had caught fire when the
electric plant had failed and recourse
was had to gas. Before the engine
could cover the three short blocks the
flames were bursting through the win
dows and mounting to the roof.
The owners of the place reported
that all bad left the building before
the fire had become serious, but even
as they- spoke a woman's form was
silhouetted against the background of
angry red flame, and a dash was made
to the truck for the longest ladder:
Almost before It was against the
building Curley had shoved aside the
ladder man, who stood ready to mount
and pushed up the ladder ahead of
him. lie bad recognized Bessie.
The ladder was short by a dozen
feet but Dick snapped his hook into
the topmost rung and called to the
girl to drop Into bis arms.
"I'm afraid." was the trembling re
ply, but Dick callediagaln.
"It's me." lie assured eagerly. "Don't
be afraid, Bess; I won't let yon drop."
"Dick! It is your' - There were re
lief and hope in the tones, and Curley
braced himself for the shock of her
Slowly Bessie edged to the sill and
for a moment stood there; then she
shot downward into the waiting arms,
and, slipping his hook, Curley began
the descent. ' '
"This is one thing Pete cannot do,"
be said as he slowly descended.
"Pete's "only good for taking me to
dancing class," said Bess contemptu
ously. "There's a whole lot of things
he can't do." . ;,
"Like, what for Instance T demand
"He can't, make me say Tes when
ot!ne ags me to marry him." exDlalned
Dick's arm tightened about her.
"Can ir he asked. -
"You haven't asked tne yet," remind
ed Bess.' - ' . - - - :
"I'm asking you now," Insisted Dick.
"Yes" said Bess softly. "You're dead
slow, Dick-except when you're at a
are," - - v