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THE ROCK ISUAXD ARGUS. FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 1911.
By FRANCIS LYNDE
Copyright. I9IO. by Street O Smith
This story of a young man's
honest attempt to "break" the
"boss" and the power of the
"machine" is an absorbingly in
timate portrayal of the working
of the "wheels within wheels" in
a desperate political struggle of
today. The senator, strongly in
trenched behind his party "ma
chine," presents an almost in
vulnerable front, and the con
flict between father and son as
this young lawyer, single hand
edt fights for vshat he honestly
believes to be the truth and
right holds one with a tremen
dous sympathetic interest.
ErCAfSE TATKICIA SAID ".NO."
OME one ws giving a crush
dance at the Country club, and
Blount, though he was only u
week end guest of the Bever
ley ww. Ill featured enough to be re
MBtfal ,Wlat right had a gay and
frtraloos- world 'to come and thrust its
light , hearts happiness upon hiin
irbao 'Patricia had said "Nor' It was
llk bullying a cripple, h told himself j
naorowely, and when he had read the
Ingle telegram which Lad come while
be was at dinner be went out and .
found a chir in a corner of the veran
da, wbrre tLe frivolities had not as ;
I'.Un.:.: .: level eyed, square
kIio".; :' ; a of au up to
date 'iu, :. ' ",e s: -t from wtileh
he liuu .. i : . i: v. prosai'; Hint
practical r- . '.i -v jf.-etl.- n se:i-
mental. But jusi 1.0 .v lie vs u:i.-.
edously giving u very iifeli..- i::v
tlon of the disappointed kt-r t
It was tbur. and by ih.-. n
Chance, that Gantry found h.' ; .
railroad man at le;.st was uuiVTji.
"Pull up a chair," said Blount, not
too ungraciously, considering his just
cause to be more ungracious. "I was
thinking of you Just a little while
ago, Dick. I saw your name iu the :
list of transcontinental representatives ,
to the traffic meeting, and well, at the
present moment I think you are the
one man in the world I wanted most j
to meet." i
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Owing to the recent garment workers' strike in Chicago many of the large
ready-made houses, knowing that they would be unable to fill a large portion
of their spring orders, canceled much of their spring woolens. Our New York
representative bought one carload of all-wool cloth which reached us yester
day, at 33 M cents on the dollar.
Scotch Tweeds and Irish Tweeds, one hundred different styles of black and blue cloths, in
all the latest shades. Here is what the goods cost at the mill and you could not buy it one penny
cheaper if you bought ten car loads.
We had the cash. The manufacturers needed the money that is the
reason we got them. We were right there with the long green.
We have a chain of stores and can use any amount of good cloth at any time at a price like
that. A large part of this shipment is worth $4.50 and $5.00 per yard and our customers are going to get the
benefit of all this, and just at a time when you ought to be thinking of a new spring Suit and prepare for Kaster.
Come Early, the Best Will Go First,
nit of Overcoat
jiff mMm&M :;:) I
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THE FIFTEEN DOLLAR TAILORS
Rock Island, 111.
Dick Gantry, settling himself comfort- J lng globe. Its date line carried the
ably In a lazy chair and feeling in his ' name Gf the chief city lu the "grease-
nro chairs. -Rerd that." he said. j "That was hard." Gantry assented;
Gantry smoothed tbe square of yel- j then, "Your father married again."
low naner carefully and held it up to ! "Not for some years," Blount qaali-
That sounds good to me," laughed tue softened slow of the electric cell- i fled. "But for me the heavens were
fallen. I was sent away to school,
and from school I went to college, to
Europe and back here to the law
school. In all that time I've never seen
the Circle Bar or my native state;
standish Apart- ! have never been west of Omaha."
"Then the senator's your father's
political life has never touched yon?"
"It touched me on the ' sympathetic
side. Dick. I saw a large hearted,
open handed old cattle king wading
into the muddy stream of politics to
gratify an ambition that wasn't bis
pockets for a cigar. "The "effete east'
has corralled you, hasn't it, Evan? I
thoogbt maybe it would when I heard
you wera taking tbe postgraduate frills
la the Harvard law school. By the
way, .how much, longer are you in for?"
"I,an oat of the law school, if that
i .-ood country," the capital of the state,
;and the time markings sufficiently In
' dicated its late arrival:
To Evan Shelby Blount
j You have had everything" that money
i could buy you. euid j-ou owe me nothing
But an occasional atzht of your face. If
l -ftt you mean." said Blouut "out you ar BOt tied to some woman's apron
and admitted to the bar. If you get
Into trouble with the Boston police let
me know and I'll ask for a change of
venue to the greusewocd hills and
Judge Lynch's court."
"Are you ever coming back to them,
Blount? 1 believe you told me once in
the old college days that you were
I told you the truth, and until to
night I never thought much about go
ing back." was Blount's rather crypto
gram ma tic answer.
"But now you are thinking of It?"
Inquired tbe railroad man. waking up.
"Thafs good. We're needing a few
bright young lawyers mighty bad. Is
that why I'm the particular fellow you
wanted to meet?"
Blount passed tbe newly come tele
gram across the interval between the
string, why can't you come west and
(fro w up with your native state?
- DAVID BLOUNT.
It was characteristic of Gantry that
he folded the telegram in the original j own-a woman's ambition. In order
crea sings before he handed It back
"Well?" said Blount when the pause
bad grown overlong.
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"I was Just thinking." was the re
flective rejoinder. "We used to be
fsirly chummy in the old Ann Arbor
days, Evan, and yet I never knew till
this blessed minute that Senator
B!ount was yonr father."
"lie was and is." was the quiet re
ply. "I supposed everybody knew it."
"I didn't," Gantry denied, adding,
"What you don't tell people about
yourself would make a pretty big book
if it were printed. Long ago you ad
mitted to me that you were western
born, but you never told me any
"Perhaps it was because there was
so little to tell. I had a boyhood, like
other boys or, no. possibly it wasnt
quite the usual. I was born on the
Circle Bar when tbe ranch was a
hard day's drive frota the nearest
shipping corral on the railroad. At
that the woman might mix and mln-
, gle in Washington society for a brief
! minute or two he got himself elected
to fill out an unexpired term of two
; months In the United States senate
I bought it. some said. That was three
i years ago, wasn't it? But Washing
i ton hasn't forgotten. When I was
i down there last winter the 5 o'clock
tea people were still recalling Mrs.
j Blount's gowns and the wild western
naivete of 'the Hon. Senator Sage
Gantry was chuckling softly,
i "Land of love, Evan," be said,
' "you're an educated man, all right,
: but you've got a lot to learn yet
about the senator and his politics, I
mean. Great snipes, man, be Isn't in
it for the social frills and furbelows!
He never was. Iet me intimate a few
j things. Politically speaking, David
Blount is the biggest msn in bis state
I today. He can bare anything be
wants, from tbe head of the ticket
down. You spoke rather sneeringly
just now of his two months in the
senate. He might have gone back if
he had wanted to. and he actually did
a much more difficult thing named his
successor. I can tell you the situa
tion oat In the greasewood country if
you want to know it."
"Make it simple," was Blount's con
dition. "Tbe outlook for us is precisely what
It Is In a dozen other states this year
everything promising a renewal of the
bull beaded legislative fight on tbe rail
roads." said Gantry. "There is only
one issue before the people, and that
Is the TransconTineEt?.! railway. The
reformers, as they call themselves,
would like to legislate us out of exlst-
Mrs. John Drew Better.
McLeansboro. 111. "About five
years ago." says Mrs. John L. Drew
of this place, "I was afflicted with
pains and irregularity every month.
I suffered continually, was weak and
despondent and unable to do my
housework. I took Cardul and In
one month I felt like a new woman
and worked hard all summer. I am
ence. . We aha'li beat the tomtom and
do our best to slay on earth."
"Naturally." said Blount. "And my
father how does be stand?"
"The idea of your having to ask
me!" exclaimed Gantry. "But really
I wish I could tell you. There are a
good many people In oar neck of
woods who would like to know. It
will make all the difference in the
world when It comes to a showdown."
"Why will it?"
"Because, apart from the railroad
and the anti-railroad factions, there is
! a very complete and smooth running
"And my father is identified with
Again Gantry choked over tbe sin
gular lack of Information discovering
i itself In Blount's question,
j "Land of glory!" be ejaculated.
! "Where have you been bnrying your
! self, Evan? Didn't I Just tell you that
he la the biggest man in the state?
Oh, no" with heavy Irony "be isn't
identified with the machine; he merely
owns it and runs it."
"Ah," acid Blount, and a little
later, "Thank you, Dick; I am pretty
badly out of touch, as you've discov
ered." Then he changed the subject
abruptly. "How long will your traffic
"We practically finished today. An
honr or two on Monday will settle it-"
"After which you'll go west?"
"By the Monday noon train. If I can
Silence for a time until Blount broke
in upon Gantry's tapping of the dance
music rhythm with: "If I can get
raady I may go witb you, Dick. Would
"Yes; I would mind so much that
Fd willingly miss a train and worry out
Blount smiled, with
1 X I
I large iciucuue.
"No. I can't," asserted the western
er, adding: "Of course I don't know
the eastern young woman. She may
be all that is lovely and enticing"
"She is," declared Blouut. with the
air of one who had lived long enough :
"You say that as if you'd been tak- !
lng a few lessons." Gantry laughed. !
Then, with the friendly impadence '.
which only a college comradeship could 1
excuse, "Is she here tonight?"
"Tell me about her," Gantry begged. '
"I don't often read a love story, but I
like to hear em." 1
"There isn't much to tell, Dick," said j
Blount. "I've known her for a year, !
and I've loved her from the first day. j
That is chapter 1, and chapter 2 ends
the story with one small word. She j
says 'No.' " i
"The dickens she does!" said Gan- ;'
try in hearty sympathy. "Tough, isn't ;
it, old man? What's the obstacle?" j
"It is Miss Anners' career. She has I
bren studying at home and abroad in
preparation for social settlement work
in the large cities. Of course I knew
about it. But I thought I hope!-'
"You hoped it wbs only a young wo
man's fad, which it probably is," Gan
try cut in.
"Y-yes, I'm afraid that was just
what I did hope, Dick. But I couldn't !
talk against it. Confound it all, yua :
can't go about smashing id als for the ,
people you love best!"
It was quite late w hen Gantry, plead- 1
ing weariness on the score of his hard i
week's work at tbe railroad mectiug.
went to bed.
In the long talk with Gantry Blount
bad learned nia;:y things about the po-
He drew back when the little group ' trivia to come and take her place so
on tbe veranda came down the steps, : that t.n might close the door,
preceded by a club footunau, who was ! "It is you who havo the distorted
calling the number of the car. And It
was not until he was turning away
that be found himself face to face witb
a very beautiful and very clear eyed
young woman who was buttoning an
automobile dut-t coat up under her chin.
"Patricia!" ho burtt out "For pity's
sake, you don't mean to tell me that
you have been here nil the evening?"
Her quiet smile gave the Impression
not quite of frigidity perhaps, but of
that quality of serene self possession
which strangers sometimes mistook for
"Why shouldn't I be here?" she
asked. "Didn't you know that the
Crtinfords, the people who are enter
taining, were old friends of ours?"
Blount shook his bend. "No. I didn't
know it, and because I didn't I have
lost an entire evening. It was cruel
of you to deny me this last evening,
" 'TLls last evening?'" she echoed.
"Why 'last?' "
"Because I am leaving T.oston and
.ennctive. ICvan." she countered.
"Where are you goltitf?"
"I am going west day after tomor
row." "How odd!" she said. "We ar go
iiiK west, too papa and I though not
quite ku soon as Monday."
"You s re?" ho queried. "Where
abouts in the west?"
She did not tell him where. Th
car motor was whirring, the chauf
feur was swinging up to his seat be
hind the pilot wheel, and the old gen
tleman in the tonneaii was growing
quite violently Impatient.
"I shan't say good by," sbe said hasti
ly, giving him ber hand at parting,
"nor shall I tell you where we are m
Ing. It it be auf wledersehen till
we meet again."
(to b" continued)
Chamberlain's Stomach and. Liver
Tal!ets are safe, mire anl reliable,
and liave been praised by thousands
New Enand Monday. It i the only of women ho hae b n restored to
thing to do."
"I am sorry you are taking it this J
way, Evan," she deprecated in the sis- jdrujrKisH
terly tone that always made blm hot-'- ---
ly resentful. "It hurts my sense of
"Sometimes I think you haven't any
sense of proportion, r&tricla." be said
half morosely. "If you have I am sure
it is dreadfully distorted."
A white haired old gentleman In the
tonneau was calling impatiently to Pa-
health through their enrl aid and
curative properties. Sold by all
S" a)es moro than it costs
a few more of the chilly Boston hours ; )Ur-al situation in bis native stat
twelve I could rlde line. 'cut out and ! now in perfect health and recom
rope down' hke any other ranch bred I mend Cardul to all auffering wo-
youngsfer. and I bad never seen a
town bigger than Painted Hat"
"And what happened when you were
twelve?"' qceriei Gantry.
"The greatest laisfortnne that can
ever come to a half grown boy, Dick.
My mother died."
men." Every day. during the past
50 years. Cerdui has been steadily
forging ahead as a result of Its
proven value in female troubles. It
relieves headache, backache, wo
manly misery and puts fresh i
j strength Into weary bodies. Try it. j
rather than lose the chance of having
you along. Ever meet your father's
er the present Mrs. Blount, Evan?'
he asked suddenly.
"She is a fine woman," Gantry ven
tured. "So I have understood." This time
Blount's reply was icy. But now Gan
try's eyes were twinkling, and be
pressed his advantage.
"You'll have to reckon witb ber If
you go to the greasewood country,
Evan. Next to yonr father, she is tbe
court of last resort Indeed, there are
a good many who say that she la the
Blount said nothing. Nevertheless
Gantry tried once more:
"Not Interested, Evan?"
Blount turned and looked his com
panion coldly In the eye.
. "Not la tbe slightest degree. Dick.
Will yoa take that for your answer
now and remember it hereafter?"
"Sure!" laughed tbe railroad man.
"I didn't know it waa a sore spot with
things which were enlightening, if not
particularly encouraging. i
Oddly enough, he had not recognized I
in Gantry a skillful special pleader for
the railroad interests; hence he was ;
preparing to go to the new field with I
a rather strong prepossession In fuvor j
of the defendiint corporation. Gantry J
bad intimated pretty broadly that there ,
was room for an assistant corporation :
counsel for tbe railroad, with b' ad- j
quarters In the capital of his native j
state. Blount saw at oni-e that the re- I
quireinents would be political rather i
than legal, and in Ms mind's ee he !
saw himself standing firmly as the (!. j
I fender of legitimate business rights In !
j a region where popular prejudice was ,
j capable of rising to anarchistic height.
' TK rilf-tnrn raf hup r.Ti.ae..1 I . ' r n t f
would not have been a true descendant :
of the fighting Blounts of Tennessee If
the prospect of a conflict bad been :
other than inspiring.
It was after the ashes had bea j
knocked from the bedtime pipe tht '
Blount left bis chair and the secluded '
Be found a match and relighted his V"A?Z "r&Tf to f anf,
the lawn. i
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March 10 to April 10. 1011
cigar. When he began again be was
tin thing of the "apron string"
clans In the senator's telegram.
"I can't understand how any man
with western blood in his veins could
ever be content to marry and settle
down in this overctrilized neck of
woods." be d
Blount Lad Just awakened a sleepy 1
chauffeur to ask him to uncover the j
engine of a new Italian car when a
tlr at the veranda entrance toid him '
that at least a few of the danclg
meats were feavig eacjy. !
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