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THE ARGX7S WEPSsiSXY; AHGUST' ' ; " )O0g.
A Phantasy of
"I'gh! Heap.t'ool! Firewater go
fine wet night like this. Ugh! Heap
frenze! Paleface highball touch
spot." grunted Black Hawk as he
" drew the folds of his war blanket
around his Apollo TJelvidere figure
and gazed down at the dew-sprinkled
bPd of scarlet flowers af the base of
'This no like warm tepee," he sad-
- ly murmured with si shiver that set
the eagle quills quivering in his bar-
barie headdress. "Paleface ungrate
ful. Forget great chief. l,eAve out
all night. I'gh, heap freeze" And
as if in sympathy, a gentle warm
zephyr, one of summer's last, rustled
through the maples of the park and
kissed the stolid face of the redskin.
"Gee. I'm tired." he -grunted,
changing weight from one moccasin
ed foot to the other. '.'No cinch.
Bum job being statue. Heap big
backache ugh ! "
It was midnight in the little park
that by daytime glows" like a" jewel
of green, scarlet and gold amid the
sordid business district of the city.
Spencer square lay xinder the spell
of silvery moonlight and glistening
dewdrops. Looking down the flower
girt pathways towards the tinkling
fountain with its gleaming statues
and slumbering lions, one could half
close his eyes and dream of the beau
tiful Taj Mahal and its wonderful
East Indian gardens. KairJ- music
seemed to' float on the breeze from
pome' invisible orchestra of turban-
; ned minstrels. The kiosk in the cen
ter of the park looked strangely like
. rrTili lkt oxt tin iri
THE 31ASSAC1IE OF THE
HE Memlooks of Egypt were firt organ
ized in the 13th century by Fakh-ed-Deen,
Sultan of Egypt, from Turkish slaves;
thev were designed tis a
Ihe iMiltan, upon whose fidelity he could depend, and as they were quartered
in a palace on he island of Er Rodah. situated in the Nile, they were known
a the- K:.hrw Memlooks. It was inevitable that in time the military guards
of the Sultan, a favored and pampered body, should become the masters of the
palace, and in time they seized the Sultanate and established a Memlook
These Turkish Memlooks in turn introduced and organized Circassian
' TMemlooks, who garrisoned towns and castles and were known as Burgee Mein-
looks, from the Arabic word for castle. They were prominent in all things
, end they in time destroyed the Turkish dynasty and established a Circassian
Sultanate. " '
'-' The invasion and occupation of Egypt by the trench under Napoleon in
I7g8 brought about the" downfall of the Sultanate, and at the battle of the
-Pyramids the Memlooks. who affected to despise the French and their tactics,
. were almost wiped out. The destruction of the French fleet by the Eng
: lish in the bay of Aboukir led to the evacuation of Egypt and to internecine
warfare between the Egyptians and the governors appointed by the Sultan of
. Turkey, in which British troops were mixed up with disaster to themselves
rnd no benefit to "distracted Egypt.
In all these wars the Memlooks and their beys were the intractable ele
ment: some of them sided with the British and some with the Pasha, hoping
to attain the supreme pow-r at some time: but of this wasteful and destruc-
tive war the P.ritish grew weary, since their army gained little honor and irnany
sufferings, and they finally wirh Gen.Frazer. the British commander, evacuated
.. the country and left the warring elements to fight it out among themselves.
In the civil war which continued from the coming of the French in 1708
to the going of the British in 181 1, one man. an Albanian named Mehemet Ali,
emerged from the conflict as the strongest man. He was born in the Albanian
seaport Cavalla. in 1760. and early became distinguished for his bravery, prow
ess and audacity, and his marriage gave him influence at Constantinople, which
sent him with a Turkish expedition to Egypt, and in the wars and contentions
following he was able to hold his Albanians together and keep on the success
ful side until he and his fellows dictated who should rule. In time Mehemet
Ali was appointed Governor of Egypt : but he had to light to make his author
ity respected outside of Cairo. The Memlooks were the flies in his butter and
he determined to destroy them root and branch. , His first attempt on them was
1 tn August, 1805. when, through his subordinates supposed to be mutineers
!he Memlooks were invited to enter Cairo and capture it while Mehemet AH
was out of the city. They entered and were trapped in the city, and while
-'many were slain, others captured and tortured, many escaped, and the work.
. was not done to Mehemet's satisfaction.
Six years later, preparatory to sending an expedition against the Wahha
bees in Arabia, the Memlooks were invited to be present at the ceremony of
investing Mehemet Ali's favorite son, Toosoon. with the command, and they
fell into the trap. They were courteously received and they formed in proces
sion, preceded and fallowed by the Pasha's troops, and marched to the citadel.
' '-and when they entered the gates were closed: and from the heights and house--
:tops the Pasha's ! troopj opened fire on the penned-in Memlooks. There was
no way of escape; those who fought their way to the citadel heights simply
found a crueler death, and soon the roads and courts were littered with dead
! Memlooks.' chiefs, men and grooms and their horses. Of the 470 who entered
the citadel few escaped: their slaughter" was a' signal for a -massacre all over
. Egypt of Memlooks. whose houses were sacked and whose harems we're out
"raged; and when the work was done, only a remnant was left to flee into
" Nubia, where they were subsequently scattered and destroyed.
The Memlooks were brave, warlike and ambitious: their quarrels and
' ambitions kept Egypt in a turmoil and the country poor and distracted": their
4. massacre was a piece of treachery that left a dark stain on the reputation of
' Mehemet Ali; but their destruction not only made the Pasha supreme in
Egypt, but brought peace to the Land of the Nile, at least such peace as a Mos-
lem country can expect. Thus passed from history a famous military clan,
-'which born in the necessities of irresponsible tyranny, exalted itself by the
C rword from military slavery to the rule of empire.
In the" final analysis the soldier and the sword have decided all questions
, iijn Mahommedan lands; the Memlooks made and unmade Sultans in Egypt,
:l' ma as the Janizaries made and unmade rulers in Turkey; and today we pb
serve that while the people and Parliament of the Turkish empire may play
j with reforms and constitution it is the decision of the soldier that is finaL
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some Moorish mosque as it lay bath
ed in a flood of molten silver. Ev
erywhere the beautiful flowers trem
bled and gleamed like priceless Jew
els in the enchanted glow of fair
Luna as she sailed high over the tree
tops like a crescent of pale gold in
a sky of velvet blue.
Black Hawk's granite blanket stir
red and slipped to his waist. He
stretched out his arms, and' yawning,
cautiously peered to right and left
through the trees and deliberately
squatted down in Indian fashion on
his pedestal and began to smoke his
pipestone bowl of fragnant Virginia
leaf while he solemnly took In (the
"This is the limit." came u guttur
al ovice from back of him. It was
the stag the noble monarch of the
glen who spoke.
"Who speaks?" said Black Hawk
turning his head.
"I did," answered the stag as he
jumped into view and began to nib
ble a pale orange gladiola bud. "Say
Black Hawk. I'm tired of this job.
I'm sick of living on nasturtiums and
hothouse lilies year in and year out.
If the gent that plays Marie Antoin
ette to this Petite Trianon would on
ly bring around a mess of snowballs
and Iceland moss once in aw.hile, I
wouldn't feel so grouchy, but a
steady diet of these horticultural
wonders is putting my stag tummy
on the pazaz."
"You're on old scout." grinned one
of the lions shaking out his mane
and waking his sleeping mate with
body guard of
a love tap on her ear from one of
his hind paws. "It's time we all
kicked and bard too. I'm taking
morphine pills now so I'll He still
all day while the kids sit all oyer
me and amuse themselves "poking
peanut shells in my ears. Wish I was
back in Africa where Teddy is and
could play htde-and-seek In the jun
gles. I'm plumb disgusted with this
park Job too." "
"Leo, dear," spoke up Mrs. Lion
from the edge of the fountain, where
she was anxiously inspecting her re
flection in' the rippling water as she
coyly stuck a red pomegranate flower
in her blond pompadour. "I say, Leo,
don't give way to your nerves again.
Let's stroll over to the other side of
the park and inspect Lincoln's cabin.
Maybe if the rent's not - too high,
they'll let us go to housekeeping
some day. I'm tired of having 'you
so near me all day and yet so far
away. I'm really a domestic lioness
"Ugh! Everything lonesome,"
grunted Black Hawk as they" loped
up the pathway on their nightly tour
of inspection, the only solace for
their hard Tate of forever adoring
each other and yet kept apart by
12 feet of adamant pavement. ,
"I. wish I had a girl." sighed the
monarch of the glen as he wandered
over to the little Tyrolean boy who
sat 'with crossed legs under the sil
very birch tree and softly played
his little flute.
"Quit tickling.", piped the lad as
the stag kicked his ear. "Why don't
yeu tell your troubles to the main
squeeze, maybe ?he'U get the park
commissioners " to buy a stagess or
a coy gazelle with gum drop eyes for
The monarch of the glen slunk
away and choked down his chagrin
with a mouthful of rose-colored
blooms in the geranium bed.
Tinkle, tinkle, drip. drip, fell the
shower of crystal drops from over
head into the fountain basin, like
a rain of sparkling diamonds. A
lonely birdling in its nest in the
pomegranate tree nearby, chirped an
answer to the fountain's sweet mu
sic. "Heap sad," sighed Black Hawk,
watching the smoke curl and rise
from his pipe like a blue spiral.
"Stone Injun job no fun. Too much
public gaze in job. Rather hunt,
flsh and scalp paleface. Ugh!"
"Oee, but you're the spiteful copper-faced'
kid," rang out a girlish
voice on the clear air.
'Huh, who speaKs?
Black Hawk, turning his eagle eye
towards' the fountain.
"I did, Salome," called back the
sylphlike figure perched on Its high
est point. "You've got 'em bad to
night Blackie. Better slip over and
watch me do the last movement to
this wiggle dance, I've been 10 years
in executing. You need a tonic. Bet
ter take a parquet seat. Here I've
been , waving this 29 cents a yard
piece of chiffon for ages until - my
arms and back are nearly broken.
I'm all in, Blackie, and cold too.
You've got a blanket and a pipe, but
I'm expected to keep up this ever
lasting stage smile and stand on one
toe while this fountain throws an
ice cold shower bath up and down
my spine." '
"Poor paleface squaw." answered
the mighty chief rising to his feet.
"Heap sorry.- Nice girl. Minnehaha
back number, you warm baby."
Salome smiled coyly and patted
one of the little fat cupids at her
feet. "Glad you think I'm the candy
kid. Blackie. I'm . not much stuck
on this new antique jvory. skin treat
ment they gave me last month, al
though it's the latest wrinkle in the
enameling line in gay Paree. Hon
est, I think I looked better last year
in that silver outfit. Of course my
figure is really the strong point, her
od thought so in his day and it's
only natural that a great chief like
yourself should agree on that score."
"Yep. Heap fine figure," grunted
Black Hawk. "But only smile no
buckskin or beads no like."
"There you go again," protested
Salome drawing her veil over her
dimpled shoulders while the moon
light glittered on the falling water
"I'm high art." she laughed as she
stepped down into the basin and
leaned forward towards ,the spot
w here the .great Indian chief stood
calmly surveying her chaste charms.
"The trouble with you. Blackie, is
that you are too unappreciative and
terribly slow. Here I've been mak
ing violent love to you all these
years and you're just as cold a prop
osition today as the first time 1 saw
you placed on that pedestal. If you'd
only been, a statue of Hiawatha or
John Paul Jones. I'd. never have been
here tonignt we'd have eloped years
ago. As an icy proposition, you have
lemon sherbet beat to a frazzle."
Black Hawk straightened up quickly,
his pride was stung to the quick.
"Huh! Paleface Salome mad! I
show you!" he . ejaculated quickly
and gingerly swinging one leg over
the side of his granite pedestal, slid
like a panther down to the flower
Salome clapped her hands in glee.
"Bully for you. Blackie! I didn't
think it was in you." she called down
to him- and dropping on her knees
in the dripping basin leaned far out
with a radiant smile on her pretty
"Looks like a big night tonight."
whispered the lioness to her mate,
as they strolled up just in time to
see Black Hawk leap across the foun
tain basin and start" to climb up over
the startled cupids and swans to
wards the fair enchantress ' f who
stretched out her gleaming arms
down to hint through, the spray. Just
then- the monarch of the glen dashed
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Illinois Members of Congress
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into view with a snort and kick.
"Hustle up you two! Old Sol's
coming np in. the east." he snorted
excitedly. "It'll be all off if you
don't get a wiggle on." .
"I m tired of wiggling." cried Sa
lome. "I've wiggled for the last 10
years on the top of this fountain and
there's nothing in it. I'm going to
quit right off. ' Blackie and I are go
ing to elope."
"Heap true," grunted Black Hawk
puffing hard and grasping the slimy
rim of the- dripping basin above him
"Big' Injun In love'. Quit park job.
Go with,; patefaoti . squaw to tepee.
Have heap pappoose." ,
Little did the policeman on his
lonely beat suspect what a romance
was going on.. right under his nose
in Spencer square. The shadows lay
deep and long-on the dew sprinkled
grass. The wild sweet perfume of
oleanders hung on. the air. Every
where the glorious moonlight filtered
through the ' trees" on flowers and
shrubs. The little Tyrolean boys'
music tinkled out on the langerous
breeze and joined the chorus of the
spurting fountain. The spell of en
chantment lay deep over the little
park. Hurry, noble redskin, and
bear away your willing captive!
Suddenly a hush fell over every
thing. The1 leaves of the tall chest
nut stopped in their gentle fluttering
as if invisible fingers arrested - their
The music of the winds died away
into silence. Nature seemed to
pause in ' her wondermaking. The
monarch of the glen paused, hesi
tated ' and daintily stepped into' the
center of a flowerbed and raised his
magnificent antlers Jn'.lhe old expect
The king' of 'the jungle and his
tawney mate," slunk to their accus
tomed places on ' each side of the
fountain and slowly' buried their cold
noses between their paws and waited.
A sparrow twitted from out the
pomegranate tree, and while a huge
night moth fluttered away on wings
of irrld.escent copper..
"Be quick!" cried Salome with a
little shudder as the fountain sent
up a fresh shower of diamonds into
the moonlit night.. "Hurry, my copper-colored
prince! i I've loved yon
all these long ears as only a Salome
can love.- Hurry and take rue" away
before the spell breaks and it is too
late. Oh, be quick my darling
brave!" : '';- ; ' ''''
Suddenly the moonlight turned to
a ghastly color. The trees shudder
ed, and seem.ed to, moan. The lions
raised their shaggy .. heads - towards
the east and gPowled threateningly.
"Hury. Blackie, the charm's break
ing. 'Oh.-hury, my-prince!"
;"Ugh!. Heap, punk climb." grunts
ed the lithe redskin,, as he drew him
self ' up to the edge of the dripping
basing and - touched ..the flushed face
of the crouching Salome.
One , thrijl ,of eestacy shook them
both and their lips met in a long
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"Heap big love for paleface," he
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strained her to his heaving bosom,
"Big Injun happy now. No more park ,
job,, no more ." He stopped sud
denly and with a wild cry they both
gazed into the east where the first
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moment the trees shook and trem
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"Too late." came the sobbing cry
from Salome as her savage lover un
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over the edge to the ground and took
a flying leap to the top of his ped
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"Black Hawk. ,' noble , chief of, the
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