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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. TUESDAY, DECEMBEK 19, 1911.
COPYftlGHT 1911 VY AMERICAN PBXSS ASSOCIATION-
BWAS one of the Marshall heirs, ez-
pectlng a fortune and weakly
waiting for the contest of the
will to be compromised, Mean
wblle I was a pedes of errand boy
for Oliver Garland, who seemed to be
some sort of capitalist. I neTer bad
the faintest comprehension of 'ils busi
ness. I met him first at the Harvard crab
one evening, and we took a fancy to
ciui berto tbttaixt trx IAst.
each other, though he was very much
older. That evening, as he informed
me, was the twentieth anniversary of
his wedding- Ills wife was long In ber
grave. Id return for this confidence
1 told blin that I had spent all my
money and must go to work. The
result was that I became bis errand
boy. though he treated me like a friend.
This relation continued for months.
One day toward the middle of Decem
ber be told me a queer tale about hav
ing sent money to some poor relations
on the Maine coast for a year and a
half. They were his cousin's widow
and her son and daughter. Recently
be had received a letter from the son
which led liltn to believe tbnt none of
this money had been received, where
tipn be hnd sent a check-t-the other
remittances having boon In currency
which also seemed to have gone astray.
He showed uie the stub marked "Cells
K. Garlund. Nov. V!7. X7. fliTiO."
I could not understand this story In
f"t. I never expected to understand
any story of his. for he always omit
ted all the etnentlul particulars but J
agreed to go to Easterly Harbor and
see what was the matter. It was ar
ranged thnt on the next day after my
departure be should mall another letter
1: it pink enveloi of unusual shape
nod 1 should watch for It. I was to
say nothing to snybody and conceal
the fact that I came from him. But at
the last I was to play Santa Claus for
this family In munificent fashion, for
which purpose be gave roe some checks
signed In blank and a letter to a bank
er named Manning In Belfast, aa old
friend of Garland.
On Saturday. Dec. 14. I arrived at
Easterly Harbor and found my way to
the Garland bouse, where It was be
lieved that I could secure board. 1
wns. In fact, welcomed with the most
And here I received a surprise quite
characteristic of Oarlnnd and bis er
rands. The .household consisted of
the mother, whose name was Lucy; a
cousin of about her own age. who was
called Aunt Kate; the boy, Frank, and
the most beautiful blue eyed, golden
haired girt who ever existed. And she
was Cell a!
Surely nobody but Garland would
have failed to tell me that be bad sent
bis benefactions to the (laughter and
not the mother and why be bad done
It was possible, of course, that at
the time when he began to send the
money Mrs. Garland may have been
prostrated by ber recent bereavement.
In which case Celta would have been
the natural head of the family, for
Aunt Kate seemed not quite of sound
bind, her great affliction tempered by
God's ro prey and ber own lovely na
ture Into a gentle, dreamlike detach
ment from the world's realities.
It required no detective skill to dis
cover that this family waa in very
narrow circumstances and that Gar
land's remittances had gone astray.
I waited with great interest, there
fore, for the test letter, or, rather, for
the day set for its arrival. The truth
Is that I had no expectation of seeing
It, having made tip my mind that the
whole aerlea of letters bad been stolen
tn the Easterly Barber postofflce.
Bat the letter came. I saw Frank
take It from the box at the postofflce.
Right at the foot ef the steps he
met bis sister.
"Nothing for yon, sis." aald be.
This was dire. I bad not for an
Instant dreamed of theft by a member
Dt the family. What should I do?
After some hard thinking I decided to
state the facts to Garland tn the mild
est possible maimer, not condemning
the boy vnheard, bat merely asking
for authority to-queitloa him. A re
ply by mall coold sot be expected be
fore the fifth day, and meanwhile 1
might observe Frank and try to solve
the riddle of his conduct
He seemed a good boy, but some
what secretive and mysterious. He
had built a little bouse for himself
at the rear edge of the garden, and
though be lacked any direct Instruction
In carpentry the work bad a distinct
professional finish. There be spent
most of bis leisure, working with tools
and often making salable articles, bat
chiefly occupied with some invention,
his sister told me.
Frank wonld admit me to this house,
but not to its secrets. ' An end of Its
single room was always screened off.
I became more and more firmly con
vinced that the solution of the whole
mystery lay behind that screen.
There was no way to get Into the
. Jttle bouse unobserved In the daytime.
and at last I resolved upon a burglari
ous midnight entry.
Upon the evening which I bad select
ed for my amateur burglary Cella and
2 sat a little later than usual by the
fire, and it was some while past 12
when I crept out of the silent house
and across the back garden and broke
into Frank's den.
The first object that met my eye
when I had removed the screen com
pletely staggered me. It was an up
right piano covered In the usual way
for shipment, but absolutely unmls
takable. A placard was attached, and.
bending forward with my candle.
read the words. "Cella, from Uncle
There were several smaller objects
whose shape did not disclose their
nature, and I saw that Frank's own
name was upon one of them. The boy
must have played Santa Claus with
bis ancle's money. But how had he
managed to buy the things and to
"I READ TUB WOKD 'CILIA.'
have them carted to that bouse with
out his mother's knowledge?
May 1 Inquire." said a voice, "what
you are doing here?"
1 turned like a flash, and there was
Cella. Before I could answer her she
had seen the outlines of the piano.
'What U that." she cried, "and who
re you? liave you come from Mr.
There was no help for it now. I bad
to tell the story, dealing with Frank's
unbelievable conduct in the most gen
erous and light hearted spirit as a
mere freak of youthful folly.
'But these things can't have cost all
that money T' exclaimed Cells, horrified
and heartbroken, "lie must have
stolen the rest."
'Pianos are expensive." said I. "and
we don t yet know what the other
things are. Let's have a peep at this,
wbicb seems to be Intended for you
It looked like some sort of chair.
and so It was the most dilapidated.
the most pathetic, the most laughable
wreck of a chair that ever was seen.
A card fastened upon it bore this let-Urtng:
COU ST H I.TTCTr
GENUINE ANTIQUE. GUARANTEED
BT. COUSIN OLIVER.
That chair has been In our attic for
forty years," said Cella.
I turned to the piano and lifted aa
end. It came up like a balloon. The
thing was a framework of wood,
cleverly built and protected by a cover
borrowed from a citizen of the Harbor
who had recently received a real
"These merry Jests." said I. "acquit
your brother. If he had touched that
money he certainty would not Joke
We stood dumb with utter perplexity.
"You are sure the money was sent
So me?" said Cella at last. "I can't
nderstand. Oh." she cried suddenly,
"was ft Cella K. Garland?"
"lea. Isn't that your
No: Us Auct Kate. Cer first name
Is Cella. No donbt Mr. Garland need
to call her by that name."
They were friends in youth?" I
"I suppose eo." aba replied. "Aunt
Kate, of course, waa not always aa
she Is now."
"She lives In a gentle dream," said
L "What waa It that disturbed her
I never knew," answered Cella.
and after a moment's pause, "Let as
go back to the boose."
Cells lighted the sitting room lamp
and bade me wait. She was gone only
few minutes and returned with an
enameled box, which she placed on the
"I took this from her room while she
slept" said she. "la it right?"
"Yea," said L "It seems right to
She opened the box, which contained
only some trifling keepsakes and
package of letters tied with a faded
bine ribbon. At the top was the pink
envelope, at the bottom a letter post
marked more than twenty years ago.
upon the day of Oliver Garland's wed
ding. The others had been received
within a year and a half, perhaps
dozen in al None bad been opened,
It was the wedding date which
solved the riddle for me, revealing the
old. long hidden, sad romance. Gar
land had broken this woman's heart
and dethroned her mind. I already
knew that the man had married an
His attempt to make Aunt Kate his
almoner was a clumsy effort to as
suage his conscience. Upon her side
the gap of years waa nothing. She had
laid the new letters with the old. un
I sat down that night and wrote to
Garland the mere facts, without my
explanation. Next day I began the
execution of a counter Joke npon Master
Frank. I went across to Belfast, cashed
a check, bought a piano and some other
things as near as possible to the line
of the boy's Christmas Jests and had
them shipped across to me at the Har
bor, but not sent to the house. I wrote
an account of this matter to Garland,
from whom I had had no word.
The days slipped by. On Dec. 23
I received notification from the local
telephone office that some one wished
to speak with me. It proved to be
Manning, the Belfast banker.
'That check has come back no good,"
Tor heaven's sake, why?" I de
manded. "It cost me $18 to telephone tolls to
find out," said be, "but I know now.
Garland has gone to smash and has
skipped. Present whereabouts un
known. I look to you to make good."
"All right." said L "I'll see yoa to
I returned at once to the. bouse and
told Cella the whole troth. The girl
They can put yoo in prison." she
"No, they can't" said I. "Nobody can
do an tricks with me any more. It Is
my turn. I came here as Oliver Gar
land's errand boy to help yoo. and this
is the end of it Give me the right to
do It In my own proper character. Cella.
If yoa will put your hand In mine and
trust In me if yon can do it If your
heart prompts yoa 1 will be a weak
man no longer. I will fight this world
to Its knees."
It seemed a long time that we stood
quite still, looking into each other's
eyes. Then I felt her hand in mine.
The rest was easy. I saw Manning
next day and made him take my note.
I crammed It down bis throat.
Then I went to New York, and for
about a week I raged around among
"i took this no an boom.
the Marshall heirs like a mad boll
until they were all so frightened that
they didn't dare to stay alone In tbe
dark. Then the strongest of us got
together and forced an equitable settle
ment over the heads of the lawyers, in
February I returned to Easterly Har
bor a rich man. with a reasonable self
respect under my waistcoat.
Oliver Garland's letters still lie la
the enameled box. So they shall lie
antn Aunt Kate la gone. Then Cella
hall open them, bestow tbe money la
charity and born the letters unread.
When you Draw Aside the Curtains
Wouldn't you be Pleased with
a Room Furnished like This ?
Our facilities enable tis to provide furniture that not only com
mands unusual attention, but ads to the refinement of home
associations, lor it is above the ordinary both in quality and
design. Looking carefully at our extensive displays you will be
impressed with still another truth, namely, that the best is the
cheapest in the end. And our leadership as "home makers," in
all that the words imply, is clearly shown by the great volume
of business daily passing through the store, , It cannot , be
Fine Furniture Wields a Strung Influence on Home Life
nstmas is a
to add to the furnishings of your home. The Davenport or Couch, the
Buffet or China Closet, the Library Table or Hall Clock that you intend to
buy next spring will make a fine Christmas present NOW. Here there. and
everywhere we have Novelties that while quite inexpensive are vet splendicr
things for a woman, a man, a boy or a girl; 'even' -for the tots there is some-:
thing that is sure to please. -
The dual virtues of artistic beauty and usefulness
possessed by furniture should appeal to you
.... strongly they certainly will to HER or to HIM
Do Your Christmas Shopping Early and Do It Here
posed as a witch and boasted she caus
ed his father, Edward Pallissard, a
wealthy farmer, to commit suicide.
Rtnriea of secret automobile rides are
alleged. Cruelty is charged on both
sices, and the husbana cnarges un
faithfulness. The first wife of Pallis
sard obtained a divorce because of hie.
employment of a stenographer who as
serted she used occult arts in influenc
ing the verdict for him in the Sayler
murder trial two years ago.
BROWN'S BUSINESS COLLEGE
ROCK ISLAND. ILL.
': NEW TERM OPENS JANUARY 2ND.
FULL PAKTICIXARS VPOX REQUEST.
Charges Wife Posed as Witch.
' Watseka, Dec. 19. A story of love
and the my t tic arts la to be told in the
divorce suit brought by a stenographer,
"Klfe, against State's Attorney John P.
ralllssard, yesterday. Mr. Pallissard
charges in his cross bill that hia wife
The Straggle Discourages Many a
Citizen of Rock Island.
Around all day with an achm
Can't rest at night;
Enough to make any one "give
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Here ia Rock Island proof that this
Is so: -
Miea Hilda W. Olson, 410 Ninth
street. Rock Island, 111., says: "I was
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my kidneys and my back was very
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Harper House pharmacy' and began
taking them. Tbe first few doses
gave me relief and after I had used
the contents of three boxes my con
dition had improved in every way.
I consider Dean's - Kidney Pills an
ci."iit preparation for trouble
caused by weak kidneys."
For sale by all dealers. Price 50
cents. Foster-M'lburn company, Buf
falo, N. Y., sole agents for tbe
Remember the name Dean's
and tae no other.
and up. We have tbe
only machine in the three
cities for cleaning chaff
and dirt out of coffee.
We do it before yonr
eyes. See our window.
I TEA CO.
Tea and Coffee Specialists
225-227 Eighteenth St.
A well established and nonular custom Is to onen Savings arv I
counts at 4 per cent interest with this bank and present them to
children, relatives and friends as
In order to add a holiday appearance to the gifts, we place tbe
bank books in special envelopes and if so requested, we will mall
them with your cards to any addresses furnished, co that they will
be received on Christmas morning.- ' '
Deposits of Cne Dollar and upwards solicited.
4 Interest on Savings
STATE BANK OF ROCK ISLAND
' Second Avenue and Seventeenth Street.
Capita $200,000.00 Surplus $100,000.00
PHIL MITCHELL, President. I. 8. WHITE. Vice President.
K. 1. AXDERaOK. Cashier. C. 9. CIIAXNOX. Assistant Cashier.
. - COURTEOUS ATIK.NTIOX TO ALL. . . ......