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THE BOCK ISLAND AEGTTS, SATTJRDAV, XOTKHBEK 0, 1909.
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THE OPAL RING
By Augusta liuiell Seaman
KATHLEEN VAN BRUNT returned to her
place at Miss IIollisLer's school, after the jum
per vacation, the happiest girl to be found
"Look, look, Viola!" she cried, snatching off her
clove, after she had srreeted her roommate. And Viola's
! big blue eye opened -wide with wonder and envy as she
! closely examined the beautiful ring. A large fire-opal
of changing lights and colors was set between two small
i but finely cut diamonds.
"Oh, Kathiel How lovely!" sighed Viola. "Come
to Edna's room and show it to the rest of the girls."
! . Kathie was soon the center of an admiring group,
f The ring was passed from hand to hand, and many were
the comments on it. Only one girl, however, had any-.
' thing to say against it.
"It's very, very pretty,'' remarked EUse Qiartronj
i 'but opals are unlucky, and wouldn't wear one for
Kathie'a face fell, and Viola noticed it Hotry and
loyally, she replied, " I den't believe a word of that
; My mother has worn an opal for years and every one
.'fays she's a very lucky woman I "
"The misfortune will come some day," prophesied
Elise gloomily, as the group broke op.
j Several months passed, and Viola's s dmiration for the
j ling grew daily more intense. Frequently Kathie would
i let her wear it for an hocr or two. And, then a dread
i f ul tiling happened. Kathie woke one morning to find
' the ring gone from her finger. Viola was still slep
j ing peacefully, fcft. giving her arm a jerk, Kathie waked
'her. " V
"What's te' matter?" she grumbled sleepily. "Has '
1 fre rising bell rung?"
"Oh, Viola!" gasped her companion, I can't find it
p my ring I lastantly Viola sat up in bed.
"Let's strip the bed," she suggested, and, jumping
, Bp, shook the pillow-slip, 6heets and blanket, and even
turned the mattress. But it was all in vain.
Til havr to tell Miss Hcliister," said Kathie, "and
bsk her to allow me an hour from study to hunt for it.
Perhaps shell let ycu help." Permission having beea
granted, the two girls searched every nook and corner
Of tli ek room, but all to no purpose. The ring had
yanLibed and left net a trace behind.
I,Iis3 Hollister's face grew grave when she heard fho
result, and she questioned the two girls closely. Kathie
had worn the ring when she went to bed that was cer
tain and had not waked during the night, though her
sleep had been troubled, and she had dreamed , uncom
fortably. Viola had not had the ring since the after
Mis3 Hollister was purzled, and began to fear that
suspicion could only rest on little Viola, whose manner
that morning seemed strange. She trembled violently,
her eyes were wide and frightened, and her little un
steady hands plucked constantly at her 6kirt. Remem
bering, however, that Viola was a nervous, excitable,
high-strung child. Miss Hollister wisely decided to say
jiothing, ror a tirue at least, so the matter was dropped.
But that night Viola developed a high fever, and by
morn!i she was much worse. H?r mother was hastily
sent for, and when the arrived decided to take her
home. Before she was taken away, Kathie crept into
the room, and throwing her arms around Viola whis
pered : " I'll never believe anything wrong of you, dear,
never, never I I love you so much, and I cion't care if
awe never find the old ring !
But Viola only stared at her with great, unseeing eyes,
and muttered! "The ring the ring I didn't, couldn't
take it "
Two weeks had passed smce Viola had left. Kathleen
missed her cheery little roommate, sadly and grieved be
cause she would never come back to the school again,
as a letter received from Viola's modier stated.
" And all because of my opal I " she whispered to her
Eelt "It must have been tmlucky, after all."
yhen came the first snowfall of the season. I sun
pose I'll have to wear my arctics," thought Kathleen,
preparing for the afternoon walk. " How I hate them I
She put the first one on without diiEcnlty. As ber
foot slipped into the toe of the second, she felt eome
: thing there. Drawing it off, she shook it impatiently
A moment later, white and breathless, she rushed into
the private office of Miss Hollister.
" Look ! do look ! " she cried, waving an arctfc In one
tana, and a ring her long-lost opal in the other, " In
jay arctic ! " she panted.
'Kathleen,1' commanded the principal, "sit down
quietly and explain this to me."
But hovr did your ring come to be- hidden ia such
Suddenly the girl exclaimed! "I have It I I know
How just what I must have done. I got up hi my sleep
and put it there myself during the night I remember
now, I was restless and troubled. Mother says I used to
: valk in my sleep when I was a little girL Oh, do let us
tell Viola at once ! " ...
' Twenty-four hours later Kathleen was kneeling by
"And, Viola," added Kathleen, Tra not going to
Wrear the ring again for a year. You know I'll graduate
next spring, and then it will be time enough to wear it
liut I want vou to nave an opat, too, so see wnar xve
brought for "you. I bought it with my own pocket-,
monev at Bertani's."
With thnt she clasped about Viola's neck a slender
chain, cn which hung a tiny gold locket, set m the cen
tar with a single, small, but perfect opaL
Anna M. Garey to Charles W. Kurtz
and others, undivided one-fifth of north
40 feet lot 6, south 20 ftet lot 7, Mo
ling, on bluff, (500.
Fay R. Harper et al. to Irwin S.
White, lots S and 6,, block 2, Henry
Krell'g addition, Rock Island, 1 1,500.
RECORD OF COURT HOUSE
Real Estate Transfers.
Kitty Benkert to Anton E. Froyd,
Iract In north half, northwest quarter,
; lection S3, 18, Iw. $4,700.
Y TREWS WATERS
By GEORGIANA HOME
HE Roman moon was at its full as a group of
merry folk came from oui an olden doorway and
fell into file on the bordering walk. '
Luggage had been labeled and strapped 'for
the morning start, and now, true to tradition,
these out-bound travelers were bent on emptying their
pockets of pennies into Trevi. For the time-worn legend,
tells that-he who love Rome but leaves it, must make
pilgrimage to the fountain of Trevi on the evening be
fore he departs,, and cast into the waiting water a coin
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vrhieli f supposed to guarantee that on some happy fu
ture day he will return to Rome.
Down somber streets they went where the star-shine
was shut out by palaces that almost met overhead, around
shadowy corners, fearsome of nights and black with his
tory. Then Into the moon-swept square and, here, on the
Boundless midnight, fell the clear splash of Trevi's
White and serene the fountain stood like a waiting
altar, and, for a moment, laughter and chatting were
hushed -as all gathered about the marble brim.
Then "splash I splash!" went the pennies or the
"centeslmi" amid much merriment
But one there was who was far from merry a girl
In her early teens.
She had dipped Into her rocket with the rest and had
drawn forth a silken purse which she had forgotten to
empty. A goodly sum and the glint of gold shone
through the meshes so closely clasped m her unwilling
"What, all this!" and the little American tightened
her hold. .
The geat sculptured Neptune looked down from his
height at the maiden, whose upturned face was as fair
and pouting as a sea nymph's, but she felt no awe of the
Sea-King's trident She was peering into a possible fu
ture which might hold for her no enchanting Rome with
Its sparkling fountains where the waters always played,
and where life was brimful of wonders.
Many of the visitors around her drank of the sweet
water, touched by the thought that even two thousand
years before men had quenched their thirst at its gen-
Charles A. Lattig to W. C Maucker,
lota 42 and 43, South Rock Island ad
dition. South Rock Island, $2,500.
-Charles B.' Boenitr to August -N.
MalmhofE, part Iota 11 end 12, block 3
Stewart's addition, Mollno, f 350.
Wilton "White to Mary P, Lambert-
trous sprlnaf. And then they threw their pennies into the
Shutting her eyes that she might rot behold the sac
rifice, the young American girl threw purse and treasure
into the large basin. A ripple, and it was hers no more.
The loss was nearer than the. joyous return to Rome
which ft foretold, and the following morning, as the
train carried her northward, who shall say that in the
sunshine, she did not repent?
On that same morning, the dawn saw its Usual eager
THS fURSE AND HU&B.TSO IIOMa"
erowd of street boys fishing away at the sacred spot for
the pennies of Trevi.
One was a lad of fourteen, ragged as the rest, dark
eyed and sunny-faced and he it was who captured the
He opened it, and when there shone into his amazed
eyes the glitter of gold, he clutched his treasure and
scampered away to a spot where he could safely examine
this marvel. The most secret of nooks it must be, or
he might lose it all.
No gems of story were as dazzling as these gleaming
coins, as, one by one, they rolled into his hand.. Like the
mythical gold of the Rhine, this heap sent its rich glow
upward into the heart of the ragged boy and he sang
for joy. ,
It was a key that opened to him an unknown world,
and he wa wild with glee.
Carefully he tucked away the purse and hurried home.
For he had a home without father, mother, brother or
sister, but not lacking in affection. In -this lowest story
of a medieval palace lived a kindly woman who had tatken
the boy when he was left alone, and had found room in
heart and household for one more. To this home he ran
in glad hajte.
In a sunny corner, rot far from his home, sat a slender
girl, dark-haired and of gentlebeauty. Large. dark eyes
she had, too, wide open but sadfor no joy could enter
them from the world without. She was blind. . .
"O,': little sister, s what thinkst thou? I have gold.
Hark!" And the boy jingled it merrily.
Startled," the listener said : "Where didst thou get it,
Filippino? Tell me quickly."
son, lot 8, Can doe's subdivision, outlot
3, Candee Grove, Moline, J1.700.
Paulina It. Brown to - Arman. J.
Brown, lot 8, O. M. Bell's subdivision,
nilmae Moody to J. W. Simon son;
cmtlot 15, northwest fractional quarter.
"In Trevi. Just think! it is ours, ours!"
"Thine, dear Filippo, for, listen, thou shouldst not
part with what may help thee to skill in workmanship.
So shalt thou gain more gold and become a great man."
This was a new outlook and the lad grew grave. The
thought was sweet With money earned, he could
brighten life for this dear friend and beloved playmate.
Suddenly a. great gladness broke over his earnest face
and his eyes filled with, tears, as he leaped to her side.
"Little sister, little sister, thou shalt see! This shall
buy thee back thine eyes ! " The joy of the face upturned
to his in its listening way made the boy's heart throb.
Then with sudden sadness came the answer: "It can
never be, Filippo. Only the good God can give me back
"Yes, it can be. Here is gold, so much, a heap! It
will pay the doctors who can do wonderful tilings ; and,
O little sister, when thou canst see again " and a sob,
manly and heartfelt, choked the loving words.
And so the mother found them, trembling with a new
hope. TheMrnpetuous boy ran to her. " See, see how
much is here I Will it not bring back her dear eyes ? "
She had no thought of refusing his noble gift' From
his great leve had come the generous impulse and it was
Th- story was told, and the three sat close, while the
mother's heart beat as warmly f?r the orphaned lad as
for her own.
Filippo's faith found fulfilment Light was given back
to the tender eyes by patient skill and merciful time.
And when the physicians heard of the wonderful gold,
they refused to take it, and said that it was clear as
Trevi's own shinjng pool that some far-seeing lover of
childhood had furnished it aa the golden keystone for
Filippo's own fortune.
All this made a pretty story to be tctd and retold in
Rome, and it lingered as a twilight tale for travelers.
And in a far-after time ti.e American girl who had
paid such heavy toll to Trevi, stood again by its waters.
They rippled In the breeze and their sun-laden laughter
seemed the liquid glint of ber golden coins rising to wel
come her back to Rome.
She smiled at the fancy. But it was not, indeed, the
gladsome spirit of the gold that danced before her in the
dawn, rejoicing that love had widened its ways into such
It was the hour of morning devotion, and, even as she
. stood there, a whispered blessing bound her to two who
knelt together in grateful happiness before their humble
And above them hung an empty silken purse, which
she recognized as the one she had thrown into the foun
tain. But she did not know that its meshes were heavy
with prayers purer than any gold.
By Silas A. Lottkidge.
THE woodchuck i3 well known among the
farmer boys and girls throughout the Middle
and Eastern States, for he is as much a part of
the farm as the brook or the orchard.
In form he is far from graceful, especially in the
latter part of the summer, when the body becomes very
fat and pouchy. The color of the fur varies from a
reddish brown to a grizxled gray, or, occasionally, black.
The teeth, like those of the squirrel and prairie dog, are
strong and well adapted for cutting.
His summer home is sometimes in a burrow, and
sometimes in a wall or stone-heap. The woodchuck of
the present day is rather inclined to desert the old home
in the woods, where he fed upon tender bark and roots
of various kinds, and become a dweller near the clover
patch in the field. For this reason he has become a spe
cial object of persecution by the farmers, and a con
tinual warfare is waged against Lim from early spring
until fall; some are trapped, many are shot, and not a
few are destroyed by the farm dogs.
The trap is set at the entrance of the burrow, being
made fast to a stake which is driven into the ground.
The woodebucks are more easily trapped in May or
June than later in the season. Old ones frequently be
come very shy, especially those living in meadows re
mote from the house and having their burrows in the
edge of the woods or bushes near by. Sometimes one
of these woodchucks will spring a tra? day after day
without being caught ; or even dig around the trap, much
to the disgust of the farmer-boy, who is usually paid a
bounty of ten cents for each "chuck" caught Occa
sionally the farm dog develops considerable ability in
There is no animal that exerts less energy in the
course of a year than the woodchuck. He feeds upon
the best in the meadow and occasionally in the garden,
being very fond of the juicy peas and beans and tender
lettuce. Then as winter comes on he forgets all care
and worry, crawls fnto his burrow, and, like the bear,
falls asleep, not to awaken till rpring.
The cubs usually number four or five, and the date of
their birth is not far from the tenth of May. The snug
little chamber in which they are born is located two or
three feet under the ground and contains a small bed cf
dry crass gathered the fall before.
The woodchuck family best known to me was the one
that lived by the old rail fence just bnck of the orchird
on my father's farm. The mother introduced herself
one mornitw: in the latter part of May. just as old Rover
and I had started out for a day's fishinsr. As she fled
at our approach. Rover followed and disclosed to me the
burrow into which she had fled.
More' than one day's snort I rot out of that 1 urrow.
I took care that Rover didn't go with me when I made
my visits, and, instead of digging out the inmates boy
fashion. I waited for them to come ort of thrir own ac
cord. Several times the old woodchuck appeared ; but
feeling . sure that there were "more to follow." I pa
tiently watched and waited. Finally mv patience was
rewarded., for, one fine morning, five little cubs came
Bectlon 38, 19,le, $G00.
' J. W, Bimonson to lsaae Young, out
lot -15, rorthwest fractional quarter,
Bectlon 36, 19, lc. '
.William J. Father , to, J. W. Simon
sen, east half west half, outlot. 18, Slg
worth & Belcher's addltidu, Port By-
baufch & Charles, lot
First addition. Pleasant
fntnhUnfr Tnnf the narrow cassage atter tneir mother
to the entrance of the burrow and looked with their
great, beautiful brown eyes upon the outside world.
What a marvelous surprise it must have been to them to
view the green grass and the beautiful flowers I -
When satisfied that there was no danger lurking m
the immediate vicinity, the mother led the way into the
grass, follow-d by the cubs, which tumbled a.ong in
haste to keep close to her. They tried to imitate her
in everything; and when ?he nibbled a clover-leaf thev
followed her example and soon the sharp Utt.e teeth
had learned to cut the juicy leaves.
The real object of their first outing was soon accom
plishedthat of filling their stomachs ; and then they
began plaving about in the grass, very much like pup
pies, but the mother was careful not to let them wander
far from the entrance of their home, for it her trained
e?.r caught the sound of something approacim, she
would hustle the little ones into the burrow. Once the
cubs had traveled only a part of the passage be tore they
heard the deep breathing of the dog at the mouth of the
timnel. The exertion and excitement must nave made
their little hearts beat fast, and for the first time in their
lives they learned what it was to be frightened.
This was only the beginning of their education; for
day after day they came out of the burrow, and when
they scrambled back something had been added to their
little stock of woodchuck knowledge. A part of this
knowledgs was obtained by copying their mother, but by
far the greater part came through instinct and experi
ences of their own. . .
Some attention was given to the art of chmbirg trees
and fences, for from elevated positions they could com
mand a much more extended view of meadow and wood
land. Yes, woodchucks really climb fences and small
trees, though their first attempts are very clumsy. Never
a day pased-that the little woodchucks did not receive
a lesson in danger-signals. They soon learned to distin
guish among the many sounds that came to the-.r ears
those that threatened harm from those that meant no
harm at alL They learned that a dog is not a danger
ous f Je, as hi, presence is usually made known while he
is some distance off; but they learned to be very wary
when a f x was in the vicinity.
I once knew a dog, however, that was a famous wood-chuck-hunter.
After locating a woodchuck, Shep would
watch his movements for a little time ; then, while the
woodchuck was feeding, he would move directly toward
it, keeping hi3 body close to the ground, but would stop
instantly and lie very still whenever the woodchuck
raised itself on its haunches to look about for danger.
When Shep believed himself to be near enough o the
entrar.ee cf the burrow, he would make a dash f-r it,
and if he reached it first, there was sure to be one lest
wood-huck to feed upon the clover.
When the early autumn came, the little cubs were
pretty nearly grown up ; and 60on they settled down to
the s"- ous business of life, either finding a deserved bur
row cr dicing one for themselves. Within a space of
. three days the old burrow had but one occupant, tba
Usually each woedchuck has a burrow by hself, but
occssionally a pair will live together through the winter.
I cai..; upon such a pair, not far from the summer home
which had so interested me, and I pleased myself by.
imagining they were two of my old friends. The spot
they had selected for their burrow was on a gentle sunny
since :n nnc corner of the meadow. Thev had evidently
been working little by little on the new burrow beiore
they k'fr the old one, but now they made a regular busi
ness cf it, and worked with a wilL They mae rapid
progress, for the feet are armed with powerft:! daws
and there is a web between the toes, a combination which
makes an excellent pick and shovel. The fore feet are
u?ed principally for digging, and the hind on foe
throwing backward the loosened earth and stones.
Fo- Mine distance from the entrance their burrow :t
clinci downward quite sharply, and then turned slightly
upward and continued along beneath the surface lor a
dista-ee of fifteen feet. There was a small side tunnel,
four fet long, which ended in an exit ; the main burrow t
ended 1:1 a chamber of considerable sire, in which thsro
was a quantity of fine grass for bedding.
When the woodchucks had completed their home they
had nothing to do but to cat and doze about in the un.
With i few weeks of this sort of life there came a won
dcrf .i! change in their appearance ; their cheeks were dis
tende ', their fur was glossy, and their skins v era
stretrhed wi'h fatness.
Wl.en September was well advanced they could cat no
more, and had only to wait and doze away the time until
abour the first week in October, when Mother Nature
woull send them to sleep for the winter. The blood be-
gan to flow more slowly through their veins, a drowsi
ness which they could not resist gradually crept over
them, and finally they curled themselves irto balls of
fur, sie'e by side in their snr.g retreat, and fell asiei-p.
Warm autumn days followed with their mellow light?
Ini'iian summer came and went, but the slumber ni the
woodchucks was unbroken; and thus the ccld, bleak
winter passed in one long dream of summer.
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Henry L. Bullen to John D. Wil- Dt n. west 20 fee', lot 3, block 12. Srn
Hams, uorth 10 acres, nsaossor's jfut t & Case's addition, Tiock Island, $9H
21, section. 617,-1 w, $1,000. J j CC0.
Sherman A. Caxtwright to RhoX-n-1 Julius H. M. Volhrran to Emma E.
5, Arenschlrdd s Knutzen. part ! 1 3, River View Place,
View, $7371. o'tb Mollr.c, $1,900.