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. waB unprecedented
?&;33f the nay Eloise von
Into social favor. She
was German and
with bewitching ac
cent, to be true, and
her name began with
the small v. which
But, then, she
never had been in
troduced, so to apeak. Obviously, she
'v.-as self-supporting, after the man
cer that bare, aesthetic studios and
Indifferently done miniatures will
Anyway, she was there, was Eloise
von Gout art; there In the center of
her studio tonight, standing straight
-and '.im behind the samovar and
'poisefully passing into the hands of
Reggie Courtland a cup of coffee,
while a soft, pretty woman in a rain
bow evening gown was whispering
behind her fan to stout Mrs. Court --
land that "Reggie seemed more than
"Well, why -ot?" replied the stout
.lady brusquely, and the answer so as
tonished the rainbow personage that
she spilled a drop of coffee on the
. nebulous creation which surounded
"Just to show my ignorance, then,"
Eloise humorously gave In to the
, pleadings of a stoutly-made man who
tried to tnub Reggie, In the manner
of his address to Eloise.
The" were pleading for a madrigal,
and the man hrd Just presented her
. witn ner violin, wnicn ne nau
splcuously carried across the room
from the small piano l-st in one cor-
The cool Indifference of Eloise was
equivalent to assurance. Though she
.knew herself to be ignorant of the
technique of music she was. quite
Cylly conscious of the picture she
presented, drooping over the instru
ment, and she had given herself a
screen of water lilies for background
She knew that she possessed some
force, and that she migm express
' ment that which no one of her aud-
. , J - .kl. a A f
. lence couia or wouiu c -
cuss with any real know'.edge.
erne wonaerea now muui nss"
comprehended. With the first notes
he turned his face resolutely away
from ter and sat bow-backed and
awkward, in the small chair.
She knew how much of it the bulky
man did not understand, for his eyes
strove to explain to her plainly, when
she glanced into them once, that he.
At High School
The senior class of Rock Island high
.school held Us first meeting of the
New Year last evening ajid much im
portant business was transacted. The
class play committee consisting of the
Missis. Heimbeck. Arndt, and Cromp
ton, Will Woolin and Edward Reticker,
know what it means when we advertise a sale! It means a saving of from 20 to 50
cent less than our former prices.
Don't fail to attend this great sale of Men's, Boys' and Children's suits, overcoats, hats, caps and furnishing goods
trunks, suit cases, valises, at a clean saving of from 20 to 50 per cent. Sale prices for cash only. ,
Next door east of McCabe's second
1724- Second Avenue,
was sufficiently prosperous to allow
her to drop the artist's pcre and be
come respectably well-bred.
A sandy little ninn. who owned the
very room in which they stood and
almost the ent're block that sur
rounded, had couched behind - his
hand to make her aware cf the im
portant fact that he was there and
that he appreciated and understood.
A thin and moist-eyed lady, with
an exposed neck, who was worth mil
lions in her own right and was be
coming "ethical" in her fourth sea
son, had assumed a posture of breath
less absorption and had taken out her
handkerchief when Eloise, bringing
out a low. throbbing tone, chanced to
look her way.
All this meant bread and butter to
the girl who was playing rathrr well.
But it was an old story. She knew
herself to be a sham, and the fact had
thrust itself in upon her the more
strongly since Reggie Courtland had
asked her to be his wife.
Why this should be was quite be
yond her. for it had from the first
been a part of her plan to marry r
to make a match for herself.
Ytt now that everything was with
in the easy taking she began, for the
first time, tonight to be nauseated
with the thought of easy bread and
butter and would it be auy better
with currant Jam? O, in the good
old days of the crusts!
The madrigal was finished, but she
did not stop playing. "Her bow of it
self took up an old, half-forgotten
thing of her childhood. Her large
eyes, which had been to this as
sembled party carefully mysterious,
blazed, .and as if he felt this to be so,
Reggie Courtland turned and looked
The rainbow dropped her fan. Mrs.
Courtland jabbed a spot of lace on her
double chin and winked her eyes. The
ponderous man of self-culture clapped
Eloise dropped limply into a chair
and resumed her lock" of frank - in
"What was It?"
"No, how could it be? Bohemian, of
"Somewhat martial in character."
"No, no. a dance a gypsy dance."
"It was called, by the composer.
Courage," said Eloise.
"The coTrposfr? You knew him?"
The question rose out of something
personal and intimate in her tone.
"O. yes." she said simply. "He was
a Frenchman and played the violin :
who have been assisted by Mrs. East
i maja and others of the faculty, report
ied that after much consideration - of
j various p'ays. "She Stoops to Conquer"
j by Oliver Goldsmith was the piay
i adopted. The following cast was sub
mitted and ratified 'bv ice ci&s.
i Sir Charles Marlow e. Clarence Budelier
i Young Marloe. Will Wocdin
Hardcast:e Jonty Marsnall
Tony Lumpkia Edwin Mclntjre
THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. FRIDAV.
emember the date, Saturday, January
"The store that saves you money"
on the streets of Paris of evenings.
In the day time he bought up oM
clothes for a living. The pennies he
made c his music went to support his
little girl, who was a cripple, I be
lieve." "How interesting! Do tell us more
"O, do! In Paris. cid you say?"
came from the one person present
whom Eloise knew to be still holding
her tentatively upon the point of her
The person was a woman, young
and round and sleek, who always
managed to sit next to Mrs. Court
land and to make little affectionate
aside to her, when she was not ad
dressing Reggie with laborious play
fulness that was very entertaining to
"It is an interesting story." Eloise
began, with her face played with
aome inner excitement ana ner usuai-i
ly steady hands locked themselves to-j
His name was Franco! and that i
was all the name be had." She paused;
and smiled a steady little smile di-j
rectlv Into the face o: the plump,
round person sitting next M:z. Cturt-!
land. "I cn remember him often re-
latlng to me episodes In his life about
1 - - ' - -'--..-.;.tfi"" - - .-...i..-fti:t.... i.....,
jed to coach the play and a worthy pro
Hastings -. Harold Grove tdttCtlon may be expected.
Stingo Leon Hatch! Th n tt f rti nir. w
Diggory . . .
Miss Neville . . .
..Harry Mosenfelder i brought up at the meeting. The billi
..... William Barker jof j, Helen Ioosley of Moline for
Thad Taylorthe designs submitted was .allowed.
Catherine Heimbeck : ani one cf the designs was adopted!
Edn Eeemer-Wiln a 15ute alteration. The comm.-;
... ..Inz Crompton!tee va3 instructed to receive bids!
Mrs. Hardcsstle .
Iilancer of i-Uy,.
Miss Iva Peaxce. teacher of elocution.
Saturday JsiiniMSiry I141tHhi
the ateliers cf the Latin quarter, for,
you se. his mother w-as a raodol
and well, I do not think he had a
. Miss ven Gontart smiled ajrain, this
time sweetly at the moist-eyed lady
with the uncovered neck. There was
a slight movement among tne women,
and the fleshy man who had educated
himself looked conscious.
"Well, go on," said Mrs. Courtland,
and her voice sounded like that of a
business man on his busy day, so care
fully was all the social quality ex
tracted from It.
REGGIE WAS VERY ATTENTIVE
"For a long time this tall, ragged
bearded man, Francois, was himself
a model. He was quite a remarkable
Judas, and often figured as Ciirist as
well, hut he hoarded and starved
himself in order that the crippled
child might be made straight, if pos
sible, by the wise doctors who knew
uuw to coiieci ineir ieca.
"In time he became too starved and
pinched even to be picturesque, and
so he spent enough of the hoarded
francs to.get himself a T.aiter's suit
and to get a situation at one of the
boulevard cafes. It was about this
time that a great surgeon offered to
at Augustana college has beer secur-
. -linth ance frona local jewelers only a.vt it Is ex
. Walter Roth parted that the contract will be let,
in a few days.
(make his crooked little child straight
in a single operation.
I "lie would do it, he Laid, for 45
francs, for it had become rumored
that Francois was a miser.
"The little child, who lived in the
hack ward of a Paris public hospital,
scarcely ever saw her father, but had
grown to know him by the wail of
the violin whfrn every night at 8
o'clock floated to her ears from below
the window of the back yard. I knew
the child "
"In Paris?" asked the rounded,
sleek young person, looking signifl-
6 ,-'-T ',";
cAntly up at Mrs. Courtland.
"In Paris," i-ald Elcls. with another
soft smile. "I knew that the chi d
loved him with a worship that is
scarcely understood between parent
and child among the prosperous. Had
she known of the sacrifice that Fran
cois was 'about to make for her she
would gladly have remained a crip
ple, but the money was paid and she
recovered the use of her lhrbs, wUfh
were made straight and quite perfect.
"Soon after she began to miss the
note cf the violin ev-ry evening at 8
o'clock and about this time the moth
er nurse kindly broke the news to her
The Theadelphic Literary society of
the girls of the freshman and sopho
more classes me? last night and elect
ed officers for the next quarter as fol
lows: President Cora Emery.
Vice President Alberta Richards.
Secretary Helen Young.
Treasurer Veda. Grove.
- Doorkeeper Andora Larrison.
A short program was rendered as
Piano solo Matilda Bleuer.
Uoch Qsland, IU.
that Francois had deserted her. They
told her to forget him, for he was not
"The plot thickens!" said Reggie,
and despite his words the expression
with which he faced the story teller
defied and challenged her, he could
not say why.
"We will make the tedious story
very short. The girl would not be
lieve them. She fled from the hospital
an soon as she could walk: and at last
she found the man. He had. indeed,
deserted her, but it was only because
he thought, in his great unselfishness
that she would have a better future
without him. And she found, too,
that for her sake he had parted from
the only other thing that he loved in
the world. He had sold his violin to
pay for straightening hia little crip
ple. He had possessed only 40 francs
at the time of the great surgeon's pro
posal. "The cripple girl turned out to be
beautiful, even according to the high
ideals of artist folk. Also she had
suddenly grown to be a woman.
Beauty was an asset to the daughter
of an artist's model and the grand
daughter of an em of another."
The eyes of the self-made man
opened. "You seem to be very fa
miliar with the story of Francois, my
dear Miss ."
"Very," she cut in. "I met the two
again aft.r they had been wandering
for some time as artist-musician,
gypsy folk. I met them once more In
America, when they had settled In
New York, and the pathetic eye of
the father were beginning to mirror
the look of death. It was, however,
before he died that they discovered
the fondness of New Yorkers for the
Dutch and the German of several de
cades back. Let me see, I think It
was in the year of well, no matter
that they took the name of Von Gou
tart, and then he died and fte began
Rhe had gotten thus far before the
full significance of the story ri real
lied by the polite guests. When it
was quite understood the rainbow
lady asked In a voice of velvet: "Is It
your own atory that you have been re
lating. Miss, er "
"My own story," replied Eloise,
with that wonderfully sweet smile.
The hour was mentioned by some
one, and nMd a peculiar, talkative
embarrasmnt. as It were, the guests
departed, flushed and nervously
The roan of avoirdupois w euii
Recitation Elvira Youneert.
Recitation Helen Pollard.
BARS TIGHTS IN KANSAS
Freak Hill IVopotw to Regulate the
I-ngtii of Women's Skirts.
Topeka. Kan., Jan. 13 The first
freak bill made its appearance la the
house yesterday. It was introduced
by Representative George 'Coles of
Meade countr. to DrohJbit the wear
ing of tights on the stage or ia pub-j
the color of a lobster Just from tht
kettle. Hia speeches stemed to steura
as he bafle her a last farewell. The
sandy little fellow who ownd blocka
became punctilious at the door. With
more of the courage of her ronvlctlona
than the rest, the round womaa of Im
mature years coldly overlooked tb
hand of her enigmatically snlllaf
Mrs. Courtland said, as ah toofc
Elolse's hand in her own fat ontt
"Curious! What made ymi do It?"
"Homesickness for crusts!"
Eloise, Showing her small even teeth.
"Well, you II get 'em now'" and
Mra. Courtland looked at her with
kind of approbation.
"Good by. Reggie." said Rlolse. an4
for the first time a kind of bittern
crept Into her tone. Only she. tht
daughter of a strolling vagabond, Mra.
Courtland. who represented what was
moat real In the most eiclotlra
suburb's exclusive society, snd Reg
gie, her son. were now left together.
"Reggie baa been a '.ways known
a snob." remarked hia mother as tna
bolsh-looklng man of SO stood mis
erably agalnt the wall. "He'a sot
that exactly. He cannot afford tt
marry against my wishes that la a!l
and he never has tempted ray wrath
by taking up persons "
"I'ntll you yourself countenance
one." finished Eloise.
The man. In trying to a roll tht an
pearance of a scene, succeeded oaly fa
groaning aloud aa ha gave out, faring
both women. "1? Why. I'm aot to he
mentioned la a breath with that hero
who had the courage to ceil hia violin
and make her straight. 1 couldn't
you both know I couldn't support
myself on ha:f "
"Eloise doesn't want to be atjp
ported." Mrs. Court land remarked,
agala reminding them curiously of a
business man on his busy day. "Bhs'f
homesick for cruets."
The girl and the man stared at Br,
"Mother!" Bile heard In hia cry tht
voice of her one "child." Mra. Court
land jabbed her double chin Vt'h fl
bit of lace.
"Mra. ." began Eloise. hut tht
woman Interrupted her augrpstlveiy!
"Mother," she corrected. And thent
"Only only I think we will llva
abroad, my children.' aid they borh
locked away from the sacrifice of
hopes that waa written in her face. -
The next moment they had f'rgof
ten. for their world contilnad Juit
ffj naif ana rnrd-
lie by any womaa. It provides th?(
the skirts of all women wjx-app.i
In public must be jwt"1e than fo.tr
Inches below the knee.
Chamberlain s Cough Remedy la
not a common, every day cough mil
ture. It Is a meritorious remedy for
all the troublesome and dJuftgeroua
omplicatlons resulting from cold ia
the head, throat, chest or lungs.
Sold by all druggists.
AH the news -XI the time The Argus.