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THE AKGTIS. TUESDAY. ".MARCH 31, 1908.
-. Published Daily and Weekly at 1624
Second avenue. Rock Island, 111. En
tered at the poatofflce as ' second-class
BY THE J. W. POTTER CO.
TERMS Dally, 10 cents per week.
Weekly, $1 per year in advance,
, All communication of argumentative
character, political or religious, must
have real name attached for publica
tion. No aucn articles will be printed
over fictitious signatures. ,
Correspondence solicited from every
township in Rock Island county.
TW APES I""? I COUHCIL
Tuesday, March 31, 1908.
Having been nominated as candidate
for alderman of the Third ward on the
democratic ticket, I ask the support of
the voters of the ward at the approach
lug election, April 7. 1908.
CHARLES J. SMITH.
Vote for territorial annexation.
Vote for a Greater Rock Island.
the democratic aldermanic
Vote the democratic city-township
Walter Wellman has after all been
forced to admit that Bryan is on top.
Congressman Dalzell says the tariff
has saved the country. Carnegie also
admits it saved him.
Texas republicans are planning to
hold a banquet. They will all occupy
one table six feet long. '
John Sharp Williams is thoroughly
justified in his determination to force
the republicans of the house to make
headway with legislation. The repub
licans are holding back for; campaign
purposes. This is an invitation to
democrats to show what they are there
for. ' i
"People ought to be ashamed that
they do not live to be 10O or 120 years
old in this age," said Bishop Samuel
Fallows to a Chicago " congregation.
Just a wee bit too general, bishop!
There are some citizens of this coun
try who ought to be ashamed that
they did not die in infancy.
The democratic students' of Harvard
have organized a democratic club and
have established an official organ, the
Harvard Democrat The Democrat re
prints the Nebraska platform and re
fers to it as "a clear statement of Jhe
principles of the party." - These Har
vard democrats are democratic ' and
The Proposed Telephone Adjustment,
The local telephone situation prom
ises to be cleared up in accordance
with Mayor Schaffer's program as
heretofore detailed from, time to time
In' The Argus. Legal authorities state
the binding force of the uniform os
dlnances depends upon the manner in
which they are accepted by the re
spective corporations. The indepen
dent company has made known its
disposition to sign the ordinance and
get busy. The Bell company has not
yet revealed its position.
In the meantime the public has an
opportunity to study the proposed
course of action, and incidentally all
the various phases of the much dis
cussed question, involved.
The Paper Trust,
Herman Ridder, president of the
American Newspaper Publishers' as
sociation, has furnished Attorney
General Bonaparte evidence of the
unlawful combination in the pape.r
trade, a combination that has added
fGO.000,000 per year to the burdens
Mr. Ridder says that seven groups
of paper makers , have held a meet
ing In New York within the last fort
night These groups, he says, include
pulp makers, makers of boards, tissue
br-k papers, news print paper, writing
- rnanila and wrapping paper. He con
tinues: . .
All of those -are sub-divisions of
the American Paper and Pulp associa
tion, a national organization, that has
its headquarters and address at 300
Broadway, New York city. From a
merely statistical body with a restrict
ed purpose of discussion and inter
change of ideas, It has become a cen
ter for seven divisions of paper mak
ers, who have undertaken to cooper
ate through it in a general restriction
of production, a regulation of output
and an advance in prices, through
' combinations so solidly organized as
to control the market arbitrarily by
pool agreements and penalties and re
strictions. ' The paper making busi
ness is so Interdependent between
these groups that the actions of many
of them . have contributed materially
toward producing an artificial scar
city in news print paper and an ab-
" normal and utterly unjustifiable In- that hln tribunal should, decide tna
crease In the price of news printithe entire enactment ig Illegal? ,
paper and book and other paper. j
Speaking for the publishers Mr.'
Ridder Informs the attorney" general, the middle man, otherwise the conser
that they will furnish evldtmce that', vative man, ; who ' will settle the
contracts and orders, were nlfted be- election. The solution- depends upon
tween- mills . located east f and west ' the voter who reasons without pre Ju
- without knowledge or consent of the dice; who. while yet a student of the
newspapers, and that thi. occurred
between mils that . ha no known
"News print paper mills that are
not entirely modern," says Mr. Rid
der, "are now making paper at figures
that show a profit of more than $20
per ton on. the paper prices just an
nounced by the International Parer
company ($52.5. per ton); In other
words, for paper, say, ""delivered in
New York," up-to-date mills are mak
ing a profit of more than CO per cent."
The Mission of t he Middle Man.
Rock Island voters should, settle
whether they wish the city to adopt
prohibition by reasoning matters out
for themselves. They should hold all
appeals to prejudice and all efTorts to
create a stampede by cither side at
exactly what they are worth. There
are already too many evidences that
the popular mind Is becoming confus
ed, by the conflicting statements and
arguments that are being used so free
ly on both sides, and, as The Argus
has said before, there Is danger that
in many cases something irrelevant
will determine the verdict at the polls
of many a voter.
It should - be' remembered that the
campaign being waged has taken on
all the phases of a political fight, with
each side straining to the utmost to
gain the vantage ground by appealing
to popular feeling and seeking to
arouse a state of mind that will at
least last until election day passes.
Stump speakers, many of them paid.
have been introduced. Press bureaus
have been established to divert the
trend of thought along opposing lines.
It is to the interest Of the
speakers on . both sides to make their
arguments as convincing as possible
and to back them with what appear
at least to be formidable arrays of fig
ures and authorities, for effectiveness.
Therefore, to arrive at the truth, It is
necessary to make allowances in near
ly every instance.
In Rock Island there is every" rea
son to believe that it is the voter who
takes middle ground and carefully
weighs the issue who will decide
whether virtual prohibition shall be
attempted. Those whose principles, or
prejudices, or whose j self-inter
est, as the case may be.
hold them to one side or the
other so firmly that no line of reason
ing can move them, seem sufficiently
balanced for and against, to place the
responsibility for the popular verdict
upon those who are honestly trying
to reason out their course. There are
men who, while considering the ideal,
are , reasoning with the practical.
These , should keep in view the ulti
mate welfare of Rock Island and its
people they should weigh the after
math as well as the immediate aim. .
' From the prohibition standpoint,
local option in Rock Island will not be
half the battle,
Prohibition adonted. I
but not enforced, is a public calamity.
aa hn h,n r,-ni.on r,w r,,i
aeain. Havtmr reached dlrW -!
election time; the reformatory ener
gies of the community may be expect
ed to fail off to, or even below, a nor-
mal state of activity. Then the-
den of enforcing a drastic prohibitory
law will be left in the hands of
an administration machinery that
has shown" itself too weak to property
apply the laws that already exist, and
which, If diligently carried into effect,'..
it is conceded would remove much, if
not all, the agitation for the annihila
tion of the liquor traffic. .
And as tcythe aftermath. The advo
cates of local option are acting
under a law that seeks pro
hibition only in its temporary
state with the hope of fasten
ing it permanently on the territory
within which the proposition Is to be
voted upon. Realizing that under the
law the question may be opened up
again,. regardless of which way it goes
now, local option supporters ask
merely the opportunity to try it
on. They want the experiment.
And therein, to The Argus' view of the
case, reposes the most objectionable
feature of the entire issue now pend
ing. While prohibition in Its applica
tion has proven a farce and a fizzle
everywhere, and Is objected to by tem
perance people all over the land, both
from the standpoint of principle and
its effectiveness as a means of regula
tion, permanent prohibition, if it could
be made logically effective, would be
vastly preferable to temporary prohi
bition, with the endless uncertainty
and constantly existing activity of
thqse who honestly oppose it, to shake
it off at the first opportunity,
And the immediate effect In the
event of prohibition carrying? A con
test. A contest of the election. The
existence of this means-of testing the
legality of thes original petition after
the election, furnished one of
the elements in the reasoning
of the court in denying the writ 'of
prohibition prayed for in the Rock Is
land county circuit court. There was
no' occasion for court interference as
long as the remedy existed for a test
Beyond this inevitable consequence
of the success of the local optionist
should they be successful is the more
far-reaching consideration of the ques
tion of constitutionality of the whole
)nra 1 . nnMnn .low raw - Knfv..
pfeme court. of the state. What if
. These facts are enumerated merely
to bear out the assumption -that it is
- ideal, . and prayerfully hoping for a
stable adjustment of the question in
a way that will permanently remove
abominable , conditions, anticipates that
out of a healthful-agitation in which
both extremes; have been developed,
will come action that will be lasting.
No great, reform ever came without
agitation; no real good end without
controversy. The popular mind may
be swayed back and forth, but it
eventually reaches the equilibrium.
The danger "only . lies In pushing tne
pendulum too far.
The harder it is pushed, the farther
It will swlng.back.
A Million 'Unemployed.
, The,' New 'York World of .Sunday,
March 22, says that more than a mil
lion men have been thrown out of em
ployment n account of the industrial
depression, and that of these at least
250,000 idlers are residents of New
York city alone. The World has col
lected its information "from correspon
dents In all sections, and claims that
its information is accurate. In tut
tabular statement printed, Illinois un
employed are given as 200,000, of
which 90,000 are in Chicago. While
all figures given in the tabular state
ment are not official the World says
those that are not have been collected
with such care as to give them the
stamp of authority. It will be noticed
nearly one-half of the men thrown out
of employment are in New York city
and Illinois, and this is because the
industries most affected are largely
carried on in localities in New York
and Illinois, principally by the rail
roads. Figures for Pittsburg are not
given, but Philadelphia reports 100,000
unemployed. Iowa is the least affect
ed of any state, but 2,000 unemployed
being reported from this state. New
Hampshire comes next with 2,500.
while Kansas reports 10.000, Missouri
45,000, Nebraska reports 9,000, and
Texas only 3,000.
The aggregate number more than
1,000,000 idle through the industrial
depression furnishes a startling com
mentary on present conditions largely
brought about by the gambling and
trust methods of the frenzied flnan
ciers. . And for the conditions that ex
ist and the causes that brought them
about republican policies are to a
great extent responsible.
The Chain Newspaper.
Chicago Record Herald: If the only
functions of newspapers were the gath
ering and publication of news and the
publication of able articles on scien
tific and literary subjects, Mr. Mun-
sey's ardent advocacy of combination
in the journalistic field would be quite
convincing. But is there not a rather
large omission in his catalogue of
benefits and Improvements? What of
the newspaper's duty to "present the
news properly, us inuuence as uiier
Preter. defender of the public, advocate
oi justice ana iair dealing : now wouiu
the' great reading public regard com
meats on men, issues, political and
legal events, struggles of interests and
social groups if such comments were
bur-ia,wavs to De dictated by a corpora
tion manager living far away?
Questions constantly arise in which
the strength, of the paper In propor
tioned to its intimate knowledge of
local conditions, its direct interest in
the welfare of the "sphere" affected
its responsibility, fairness and inde
pendence. Franchises, traction, liquor
and police standards are good illustra
tions of the need of these qualities.
And since it is Impossible to govern
all places and communities with a few
maxims, since circumstances alter
cases, and what is safe and necessary
in one city may be premature and
dangerous in another, how would one
centralized management adapt itself to
varying situations? It would have to
depend on local editors, and thus in
some very Important directions the
central control principle would be ser
iously qualified. And would not fre
quent disputes be likely between the
$200,000 editor at the center and the
local editors on matters of policy?
Could New York, say, understand the
west on questions of stock specula
tion, batking. or corporate control?
These by no means minor aspects
of the question of consolidated and
centralized journalism receive little at
tention from the critics of excessive
individualism" in newspaper editing.
This is the Ticket to
Vote Election Day. ,
DEMOCRATIC TOWNSHIP NOMINEES.
Supervisor c M. Gmos.
Assistant Supervisors I N. Sourdean,
Mark W. Glj-nn, S. A. LaVanwar.
AmfMOf J. V. A old.
Collector M. M, Brlags.
First ward F. WV Blorhllager.
Second ward William A. Eckrrmaan.
Third ward C. J. Smith.
Fourth ward Charles L. Thompson.
Fifth ward William I). Cochran.
Sixth- ward Frank Lawler. '
Seventh ward John ' A. HilL
'" No Use to Die. '
"I have found out that there is no
use to die of lung trouble as long as
you can get Dr. King's New Discov
ery," says Mrs. J. P. White of Rush
boro, Pa. "I would not be alive today
only for that wonderful medicine. It
loosens up a cough "quicker than any
thing else, and cures lung disease even
after the case Is pronounced helpless."
This most reliable f em edy for coughs
unu MU3, iasp, asmma, Droncnms
and hoarseness, is. sold under guaran-(
tee at all druggists. SO cents and $1.1
Trial bottle free.' v - t 1
u. - , . ....
Humor and Philosophy
By DUNCAN M. SMITH
Popularity depends npon being all
things to all men and some women.
I When marriage Is a grand sweet
song, it is necessarily , a dnet never a
solo. ' ; " '
The advent of
low soon makes
a young man
make -up his
mind- - whether
be Is really in
love or only
, It ' often hap
pens that it Is
when tvc don't
think what we
say that we say
what we really
It always seems by some strange
perversion of nature that the things
that we don't want are mostly J.he kind
that we are habitually getting.
'As long as there Is a bit of unex
plored territory ofl the face of the earth
fairyland is not entirely an Impossi
If some of us did not feel great pride
in our imperfections we would have
small chance of ever feeling proud.
Give a man rope enough and he will
hang himself, but give him plenty of
water and he will seldom jump in.
A scolding woman is certainly very
trying, but it often happens that she
scolds because she has a husband who
The reason why some of ua wear
such a haggard and heartbroken look
is because we are striving so hard t
do what the rising generation expects
The attitude of the rising generation
seems to be that If the earth was not
made for them it would better be made
over at once.
The Only Game.
Clear the deck for action.
Wipe the diamond dry.
Give the rooters notice
That the time Is nigh.
Dust the grand stand benches.
For the message strident,
Play ball!"-! --,
.- . t
Every dingy office '
: i -Feels the cowing thrill. .
' Men who wielf the homer.
Men who push the quill.
Men who count their millions.
Men with incomes small,
Listen for the signal,
. "Play ball!"
Schoolboys in their jumpers.
Youngsters scarce of age.
Business men of forty,
Grandslres gray and sage, '
Stand around in bunches
Waiting for the call
From the umpire haughty,
i "Play ball!"
80 let business prosper
Or be dull and slow.
Let the politicians
Run their three ring show.
Let the war clouds rumble
And let empires "fall
While we watch the terrors
"Does he play any musical instru
"Just the bucksaw."
. . Children.
A dog or a cat
Or a little red hen
If you tell them of that
It will make you of men
The loveliest quite
In the empire of youth.
Their eyes will shine bright, '
And their tongues without ruth
A story will claim
Whene'er they see you.
And they'll give you a name
That, in faith, you will rue.
For enough's not enough
In the mind of a child.
And they'll clamor for stuff
' Till your brain will go wild.
"Perpetual motion la regarded by all
dentists as an Impossible dream."
la that so?" -1
"Yes; the patent office will not even
consider Inventions on that order. .
I "Bet yon 10 cents there is a patent
on me gas meter."
' Possible Horror.
"He 'has Jeen sentenced to
days on bread and water."
"It might be worse."
"Tea; they might have, made It
For Defense Sake.
If Harry Thaw had dodged the law
And left his past still haxy, .
The wrist he'd slap of any chap
- WhTo'd say that he was crasy. .
' For Her 8ako.
"Here Is a new invention.
a man would haTe thought of It
what is It?
" noMrr-t in a Rtoektna."
0AM LIKE BEEP, TASTE
LIKE BEEP, BUT ARE NOT
Beverages Seized in Muscatine Raids
Low in Alcohol But Are Never
"Golden - foam," "Hoffbrew" ana
'Jack Frost," the beverages which
foam like beer, smell like beer and
taste like beer which were seized in
large quantities when a number of
so-called "dried up" saloons were
raided a couple of weeks ago, are
found to contain less than the per
centage of alcohol classifying them as
beer, but the magistrate before whom
the cases were brought, in the ab
sence of any defense, decided thev
ere liable to confiscation just the
same. All were found by Iowa unH
versity students, who conducted the
analysis, to contain small quantities
In the Field of Literature
The April Housekeeper. It has
been said that there has never been
novel written which has given a
real portrait of a mother. However,
beginning in The Housekeeper, for
April, there is a serial by Elizabeth
Knight Tompkins, entitled. "A Close
Corporation," which utterly refutes
the impossibility. While it is a home
story, beautifully fold, nevertheless it
of absorbing interest. "An Off
Day with the Button System." is an
exceedingly comical story by Frances
Greeman. There are other capital
stories by Emily Ruth Calvin and
Adele Ferguson Knight. Spring fash
ions and millinery make attractive
pages for women readers and the
household pages are many and varied.
The Housekeeper Corporation, Minne-
BOTH SIDES OF THE PROHI
Oklahoma Cities Feeling
Pinch of Prohibition.
BY PRESS COMMITTEE OF THE
That Oklahoma's troubles from the
adoption of a prohibition policy are
just beginning is brought out in the
following editorial in a recent issue
of the Shawnee (Okla.) Herald:
"Our neighboring cities of Oklahoma
City and Guthrie are face to face with
the unpleasant proposition of an occu
pation tax, and the temper of the bus
iness interests affected thereby Is any
thing but cheerful and optimistic. We
do not blame the .merchant or profes
sional man for objecting to this 'special
tax on enterprise and Jndustry,. for
the levy of an onerous burden of this
character is not only an unjust dis
crimination against the activity, en
ergy and progressive business spirit
of the town and in favor of the non
resident property holder, corporations,
office holders, the Idle rich and the
shiftless poor, but it is a flat confes
sion of failure on the part of cities to
govern themselves under the present
extravagant system of administration."
Had the cities in question the pow
er to raise a revenue from the saloons,
there would be, no need to resort to
an occupation tax, and it ' is certain
that no more liquor would have been
sold than is now without paying any
license, and that in a clandestine form
and of an inferior and adulterated
quality. The cities have nothing 'to
gain by adopting prohibition, and in
variably stand to lose. It is the pen
alty of violating the principle of home
rule and of the fruitless attempt to
govern them from outside authority."
The time will assuredly come' that a
reaction of feeling will set In and the
people of the cities will endeavor to
throw off the yoke imposed by rural
Anomalous State of Affairs.
It is a curious fact that, notwith
standing the great flourish of trum
pets by the anti-saloonists as to their
victories, up to the present time there
has been no falling off in the revenue
derived from the manufacture of dis
tilled spirits and fermented liquors.
On the other hand, the receipts from
these sources were larger during the
last fiscal year than ever before. The
total government receipts for the year
were $605,306,134, of which $198,976,
287 was the tax collected . from dis
tilled spirits and fermented liquore.
This can be accounted for only on the
hypothesis that these facts confirm
mat prohibition does not prohibit.
The Prohibition Party in Politic
The New York Times ot Oct. 3 had
an editorial entitled New Light on
Prohibition." and quoted M. H. Steven-
son, the prohibition candidate forjr
state treasurer in Pennsylvania, as
oaring mal uie pruuiuiuun parijr is
not a church or a total abstinence so
'CS:? tWa (energy).;
ner of such bodies. - I Tn.-.- ..".1 1 1 r: 1
ciety, but a
after the manner of such bodies,
we agree with Mr. Stevenson m the'
statement that his party should recog
nize as a member in full party stand
ing any drinking man or even any
drunkard who votes the prohibition
ticket in the hope of freeing himself JjJe Jj
from temptation, wc doubt the accur-v ; .... . . '
acy of his assertion that there- are Washburfl'
many euch men. ' For they are tAe -men
who know better than anybody-
else that, whether real prohibition is,CO :
anywhere' attainable or not, it never . -
has been obtained except in narrowly
limited areas, and that the state of
affairs which the thing called prohibl-'For Sale
tion usually brings about makes larger : by Grocers
rather than smaller temptations fori
f - - :-
"His Idcal."-By Desta E. Brown Woods.
0' (Copyrighted, 196S, by Jessie Morgan.) " - :
"Now, Harry, honestly you don't be- j
"Tes, . I do. A true woman Is al
ways a coward. Brave Is a masculine
adjective, incapable of being used with
a feminine noun." ..
"Oh, bosh! You are o:d fashioned,
"I grant you mediaeval, in fact
but neither Joan of Arc nor Boadicea
stirs my heart like a certain little girl
who faints when she pricks her finger
with a pin." .'
"That's what it Is to be In love.
Your Ideal Is based on what you think
to be Miss Osborne's character. Now,
for my part, I believe that young lady
capable of heroism."
"And I tell you, George Evans, that
the very thought of physical pain turns
her cheek pale, but In the matter of
moral courage well, I could stake my
life on her there. She has such a high
Ideal of truth and honor. She is so"
"Oh, yes, yes! Spare me! Remem
ber I am not in love." .
An hour later be was sitting with bis
fiancee, a puzzled, pained expression on
"I don't think I understand you," he
said slowly. "You don't mean that
you told your father the money was
for charity when you were spending It
on this silly speculation?" .
Jessie Osborne's pretty cheeks were
"Well, I thought It a good invest
ment, and father never lets me try
"But, Jepsle, you have been deceiv
ing him for. months."
The Farmers and the Saloons.
BY THE PRESS COMMITTEE OF THE
LOCAL OPTION LEAGUE. .
The liquor dealers have made great
efforts to claim the farmers for their
side. They have mailed every farmer
in Rock Island county literature, and
hung up their flaming placards warn
ing them how the success of local op
tion will destroy the market for corn
Nevertheless, the farmers are against
them. We have at Local Option head
quarters signed letters, from 105 Rock
Island county farmers saying "I would
be glad to see the saloons of the coun
ty closed."- These letters are arriving
by every mail, and show that the farm
er will not vote for the saloon.
They know that it takes thrifty peo
ple to buy their produce and crops.
and that saloons do not create thrift.
They know that they are taxed for
the pauperism and the crime which the
saloons of the city create, and they
do not get any of the license money.
They know that many a farmer's
boy has been ruined in Rock Island's
saloons, and for this reason they are
going, wherever possible, to help vote
out the saloon.
LOCAL. OPTION PRESS COMMIT
TEE. those in most danger f excessive in
dulgence. "Where prohibition can be enforced,
its enforcement is unnecessary, and
where it can't be, the man who goes
to a lot of trouble to get one drink is
sure to take more than one before he
moves from out of touch, with the
source of supply."
PRESS COMMITTEE ANTI-PROHI
VOTE FOR TERRITORIAL AN
NEXATION. IT IS AN ESSENTIAL
ELEMENT IN ROCK ISLAND'S
. Beer That Is Beer.
If you want to drink good beer, ordet
the Davenport Malting company's pale
export Delivered anywhere in Rock
Island. Both phones, north 169.
1 - n . r,n r - v. - v.. ur i
I . C uuyo UC VKCS HIS
miCTOSCOpe the Department
; jOlQ, JVlCQSLi XTlOlll
8TTOy rations. .
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Daily Sort Story
A pair of little white hands flew to
hide the pluk cheeks. '.-' '
"Oh. I'm . sorry! I'm miserable,, and
you don't care," came in broken sobs. -
There, there." be said soothingly as .
he took the slight form in bis arms, "I
didn't mean to 'be cross; but my dar
ling, we must be honest - -We must
help each other to be true and morally
brave." - ' ',- V . .
"Of course," he mused on; the way
home, "her father must have known
from the first what she was doing a ad
simply meant to give her a lesson hf
allowing her. to . proceeds Poor lithe
girl, she didn't mean any barm, hut I
am disappointed. I didn't think her ca
pable of the slightest deception."
As he turned the corner, leading to
bis boarding house the light streamed
out from Dr. Gordon's office, and. be
aroppea in ror a moment s cnat.
I . say, Nell, you don't look well.
What's the, matter?" . the doctor in
"Oh, I believe I. have nerves, and I
haven't slept well lately." .
You bad better let me give you a
sleeping draft and then take a week's
The sleeping draft had the desired
effect, and scarcely bad Harry's bead
touched the pillow when be was wrap
ped in deep slumber. After a time be
was dimly conscious of a bum of
voices in the street below. The room
was hot. and he tossed off some of the
bedclothes. His throat, smarted- and
nio bead ached. Tnere was a strange
roaring In bis ears. He struggled to
rouse himself, but it was too great an
effort and he lay dreamily listening to
the voices below. .
I tell you. Evans, Neil is in . his
room!" came in terrified tones from Dr.
Gordon. "I gave him a dope, and the
noise has never wakened him."
We must take a rope to him." said
Evans. -And Harry wondered vaguely
at the unaccustomed ring in his
friend's voice. .
"But how?" Again it was Dr. Gor
don's voice. "The front verandas are
all in flames."
"Could we reach him by means f
the new building? That beam runs
parallel with his room.".
"It would be madness." exclaimed
Mr. Osborne. "The beam wouldn't hold
your weight See! It has burned
through at the end next the Nelson
Was it all a nightmare, Harry won
dered, or was It an awful reality? But
the next words which reached him
cleared the vapors from bis brain and
made him spring from his bed with .
bound. ' . . '
,"The beam won't hold s you heavy
men, but I can go. I weigh pnly nine
ty pounds, .111 take the rope," came
In Jessie's well loved voice.
Nell rushed to the window and hur
riedly sized up the situation. His room
was in the corner of the third flat
with two windows one at the front of
the bouse and one at the side. From
the front window he could see the fire
men at work. The verandas and whole
face of the house were a mass of fire
and smoke. " - Water from the . hose
played on the blaze, bnt the crackling
of the flames came like the laughter of
a victorious fiend.
He ran to the side window. A new
building was in process of. construc
tion, but the skeleton structure had al
ready caught fire.
The smoke cleared for an instant
and the crowd below caught sight .of
him. He recognised the white faces ot
Mr. Osborne. Gi:-ge Evans nd Dr.
Gordon. Life was sweet Was there
no escape? And again be scanned
the new building.
Some one was coming to him a girl
in a Jersey waist and short tweed
skirt, carrying in her hand a coil of
rope. Her face was upraised for a
moment and he recognized Jessie Os
borne. Frail, timid. little Jessie amid
the fire and smoke! She must not
come farther, and, placing his hand on
the window ledge, he prepared to de
"Stop, you fool!" came from below. .
"Neil, for any sake, don't put your
foot on that beam or it Is death for
you botbr shouted Evans.
Convinced that Evans was.ngni, ne
paused and watched the girl below.
Light and agile as a kitten, she climb
ed from beam to brace and from brace
to beam. -
A few hours before he bad boasted
of his strength and bravery, yet here
be was forced to stand with folded
arms while this mite of a girl brought
him succor. The beat was Intense and
every nerve was strained to the utmost
as he watched the approaching figure.
One wrong step meant death.
Awed silence fell upon the watching
crowd, but Jessie reached the second
story to safety and then advanced caa
tiously until .third was gained. She
placed het foot , carefully onthe last
beam and then slowly transrerrea ner
weight to It There, was a skkenlng
crack.- then "a sudden --larch,' which.
caused Harry "to '-cover bis eyes with
his hands. Bot a shoot from George
Evans made him look again. The beam
had only sagged, and Jessie was wmlk
ing steadily toward him..- - -
He leaned over the- window ledge
with outstretched arms. . A moment's
awf nl suspense, and then, with a little
cry, she sprang to her lover's embrace.
As her toot left the h m the bugs
skeleton gave wayw but Jessie and ber
precious - rope -were safe - in Harry's
grasp. - -: VJ.-. .
To fasten -. the rope and lower his
preserver to the firemen below was the
work of a -moment; then, band over
hand. Harry descended the Improvised
fire escape. He felt himself seized and
carried away from the heat, Heheard
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