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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 1912.
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Tuesday, January 23, 1912.
Sun Tat Sen will be counted one of
the world's big men If he makes his
And still we don't hear from the
governor about the political job he
will ask for next time.
Well, this weather may be passed
along as the January thaw anyway
Inasmuch as It is getting late In the
- The Philadelphia doctor who says
that acetylmethylenediscallcylic acid is
an infallible cure for rheumatism
should try it first on stutterers.
Before one of the McXamara Jobs
was pulled off, it is said, certain per
sons were told to look out for a big
noise. It was Indeed a noise heard
around the world.
The abdi' atlon of tli" Imperial throne
of China by Pu-Yl. the 5 year-old figure-head.
Is pathetic. As the puppet
of the Manchu princes, he served thefr
purpose for a few years, but they are
unable to make use of him longer.
Congress, it U said, will not adjourn
before August. But It is likely that
the people long before that time will
become so interested in the political
game being played out of congress in
stead tf in it, that the lawmakers will
feel themselves n'glected and will quit
and go home.
The fact that Senator La Follette
Is already accusing Senator Cummins
of treachery In coming out for the
republican presidential nomination
does not promise well for an amalga
mation of the progressive forces
epalnft President Taft In the national
convention and perhaps such a turn
cf events was nnt In the mind of Mr.
Cummins when be hhied his castor.
Protecting American tabor.
Whenever the steel trust has ask
ed for a high tariff fax it has based
Its plea on the benevolent excuse
that its first wish was to "protect
the American workinRtnan." Always,
when the republicans fixed a high
tariff tax on steel their orators and
leaders shouted th.it it was done to
protect tne American workinir
Louis D. Brandels, citing figures
from the federal bureau of statistics,
says: 'Tndor the guise of protect
ing American worklngmen J. P. Mor
gan and the owners of the ateel trust
have subjected the laborer to grossly
excessive toll, and deprived him of
his liberty. In England steel labor
ers work only 53 hours a week, while
In this country they average 72 hours
a week. About a third work more
than 72 hours and a fourth work 12
hours a day and seven days a week,
with an occasional 24-hour day when
the shift is made. To work men this
way not only makes them 'old at 4 0
but necessarily degenerates the race,
mentally, morally and physically."
Every republican who will ask for
otes next summer will base his re
quest on the plea that he wants to
"protect the American worklngman."
No Shaking the Box.
The Cincinnati Enquirer fears that
the old traditions are falling when
shaking the festive dice is put under
the ban in that celebrated city of Jo
vial companionship. Says the En
quirer: "Not exactly like lightning out of a
dear aky. but still with startling ef
: feet, baa come the announcement that
the festive reveler is no longer to be
- permitted to shake the box. Shades
of Palmedas, and hag it come to this
. that In Cincinnati there shall be no
more rattling of the dice; that In this
matter we are to resume the yoke
placed upon England and upon us as
; lt colonies in the shape of laws en
forced under the first Georges prohib
iting nse of the merry cubes except
upon the backgammon board?
"The amazement of the thing! No
longer to be permitted to rest the
foot on the railing of one's favorite
" bar, or some other bar, and in com
pany of friends invoke the goddess of
'fortune la the matter of the treat!
rWhy It's a horse on all of us. come
'po think of ltl
"No longer may the baxkeep pro
'duca from its accustomed nook the
y creasy, hand worn and time honored
- cylinder of sole leather, with Its
': bones or Ivories spotted, from 1 to 6,
exactly as they were a far back at
least aa the year Bw G.2244 In Greece.
No longer win there cheerful refer
' eace to horse and horse and the re-
Hewed activity of the -spinning -blocis
as they settle for the fateful deter
mination of the Issue. At any mo
ment the faithful copper, with ear
keenly alert to suspicious sounds,
might be attracted to the very scene
of such an Infraction of the ordi
nances. "Yes, the shaking of the box for the
drinks or for the cigars is a form of
gambling a game of chance, that
must go. The ruins of Thebes have
surrendered to the archaeologist dice
of the very same size, shape and num
bering as those with which we have
been wont to while away the leisure
moments in Invocation of chance.
There Is no longer reverence for age
or for custom."
The Human Lot.
The dreadful disaster on the 1111
nois Central at Klnmundy, 111., early
yesterday morning which took the
lives of four distinguished railroad
chiefs, and of which catastrophe a
four-fold Investigation is now in
progress, emphasizes again the sad
reality that accidents are unavoid
able despite all that human ingenuity
and caution and ability can do to
Either through the strange and
unaccountable decrees of fate or
through carelessness there comes a
time when the fatal slip occurs.
Then all that is left to do is to in
vestigate, fix the cause and blame
and adopt such a course as may pre
vent a recurrence. But that does
not bring back the lives that have
been sacrificed. Death has claimed
its toll. It has been a dearly bought
lesson, and it may serve to prevent a
When it is considered the speed
at which railroad trains sweep
through the country In this day and
age, the wonder is that there are
not more mishaps. The wonder is
indeed, that such a degree of per-
fection in rapid transportation could
have been attained by man based
upon man's brain and experience.
The success of sending a train of
human freight at a rate of a mile at
minute over hundreds of miles of
territory does not depend upon one
man or one man's mind. There is a
directing head, but the human agen
cies that enter Into the accomplish
ment are manifold. The man at the
throttle, the conductor, the man at
the key, the man in the tower, and
not least the man with the lantern
and the flag on the rear end, each
muBt do his duty faithfully and per
fectly If the trip is to be made with
out accident and on time.
And beyond all this is the physical
condition; of rail and equipment
and a multitude of other things
of which man does not always have
knowledge and over which be has no
It is human to err and so it will
be while the race endures. Some
body will fail, somebody will falter,
somebody neglect and then the hor
ror, the remorse and the rebuke
when it is too late.
The great heart of humankind
bleeds for those who mourn in the
hour of such a terrible visitation.
The men who direct and operate the
great railway systems are not im
mune from the dangers that lurk in
the path of the lightning express.
The people are in a hurry for
time is brief and life is short.
And the world moves on.
C'ullum vs. Magill.
The neck and neck race between
United States Senator Cullom and
State Senator Magill lor the filing of
petitions for Cnttei States senator,
and in which Cullom claims to have
won by a nose, seems to be especially
interesting in Springfield, as that city
Is Cullom s home and wag formerly
Mr. Maglll s home. The Register
"While there may be some who will
say Springfield should be especially
considerate of Mr. Cullom because this
ig his home, it was also the home of
Mr. Magill, who did excellent work in
Springfield as an educator, and who
Mas born in this county.
"Senator Magill first saw the light
of day and incidentally inhaled San
gamon county air as his first breath
in this county 43 years ago. He at
tended the common schools in Sanga
mon county and Wesleyan university,
Bloomington, from which institution
he received the degree of A. B. Dur
ing several years of teaching he spe
cialized in the study and teaching of
economics and political science. He
wag assistant principal of the Spring
field high school four years, and prin
cipal of the Princeton (111.) high
school seven years. While at college
he won first prize in the Illinois inter
collegiate oratorical contest, and has
since distinguished himself as a po
litical speaker and Chautauqua lec
turer. He was elected to the state
senate in 1910. This was hl first
"It is quite true that Senator Cul
lom has held office so long the mem
ory of man runneth not to the con
trary. Sangamon county has more
than discharged Its obligations to
Cullom. It la our opinion that the
state of Illinois has done likewise.
Just what Senator Cullom did during
the last of his endleBs series of terms
of office to make him think he de
serves reelection we cannot imagine,
unless it be his vote for the retention
of Lorlmer, following the first sena
torial investigation which revealed
wholesale corruption Incident to the
Lorlmer election. As a reason lor
the reelection this doesn't appear for
midable to the State Register, but ob
viously some of his job holding fol
lowers take a different view of it. It
should defeat him.
"As to the statesmanship of Sena
tor MagllL his friends and neighbors
of Sangamon county have no word to
offer In criticism. He is a republican,
and he Is an an tl-Lo rimer republican.
Sangamon county applauds him for It.
"Cullom's successor should, how
ever, be a democrat."
"The Important thing In any great
matter Is not to emphasize differ
ences, but to dwell on points of agree
ment." Dear Mrs. Thompson People say I
have too much energy and should rest
more. If I rested during the day, I'm
afraid I would think I was getting
lazy. Please tell me what you think
about this. MRS. J.
Madam Cavalier! says that what
the American woman most needs is
rest. She also says: "There is
scarcely a lazy woman in the country.
This fact, however, tends to make
women nervous and because of this
nervousness they tend to grow old
She says the cat is a great physical
culture teacher and tells us to study
the rest habits of the house cat.
"The cat stretches at full length or
In a cozy, loose ball, while she sleeps,"
she says. "Imitate the way she un
curls all the hard, tight little knots
into which she has gathered her mus
cles end nerves while she was play
ing cr mousing or dodging her ene
mies. When she awakes, she stretches
and stretches and stretches. And
what a luxury that stretching is!
Raise your arms above your head.
Yawn and stretch and stretch and
stretch, and what delicious ease and
Dear Mrs. Thompson My daughter,
Comment From Capital
BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER.
(Special Correspondence of The Argus.)
Washington, Jan. 20. Driven from
pillar to post for explanations to jus
tify the Payne-Aldrich tariff tax, stand
pat protectionists long ago waived the
theory that the foreigner pays the tar
iff, and now stand on the assurance to
the people that a prohibitive tariff is
for the protection of "American" work
lngmen. When schedule K, which places a
heavy tax on every article of woolen
clothing worn by every man, woman
and child in the nation, was up for
discussion, Aldrlch, Lodge, Smoot and
other special privilege servers of the
house and senate declared their prin
ciple motive in levying a tax on thess
articles was to "protect" the "Amer
ican" workingmen in the woolen in
dustry. EFFECT OF SCHEDULE K.
Schedule K became a law, the prices
of all kinds of clothing, made wholly
of wool or partly of wool, have advanc
ed, and the combinations of manufac
turers who contributed heavily to the
republican party to have schedule K
framed and passed, have made mil
lions. But how have the "American"
workingmen been "protected?"
The strike of 15,000 textile workers
at Lawrence, Maes., one of the many
similar illustrations which might be
given, throws some light on the sub
ject. It puts the lie to the statement
that schedule K protects the "Ameri
can" workman, because the informa
tion shows there are scarcely any
"American" workers in the woolen
manufacturing industry to protect.
The mill owners have "protected" the
"American" workingmen by driving
STRENGTHENING THE POLICY
The convention of the Modern
Woodmen of America, which opens
in Chicago today, calls attention to
the movement toward placing frater
nal Insurance on a sounder actuarial
foundation. The fact that 16 states
already have passed a model act,
drafted by the national insurance
commissioners' convention, has
brought home to the leaders of fra
ternal Insurance the imminent neces
sity of bringing their rates up to the
standard that is not only safe but
is likely to be required by law.
Naturally the rank and file of fra
ternal society members do not like
the Idea of higher rates, and there
is heavy pressure brought upon the
directing officers against it. These
men, having the welfare of their so
cieties at heart, are compelled, there
fore, to resort to a vigorous campaign
It is to be hoped this will succeed
in checking loss of membership.
(St Louis Republic.)
It appears from Mr. Carnegie's testi
mony that he recommended Philander
C. Knox to President McKlnley for the
position of attorney general. The ap
pointment was made in 1901, and Mr.
Knox served in that capacity until the
end of Mr. Roosevelt's first term.
Everybody knew that Mr. Knox was
borrowed from the steel trust's legal
department for cabinet purposes at
Washington, but the fact that he was
selected at Mr. Carnegie's request and
that during all his service as attorney
for the steel trust he never once ad
vised his clients on the subject of the
an tl-trust law, Is news, Indeed.
Mr. Knox Is now assisting a third
republican president as secretary of
state, in which, place he has develop-
IS, wants to get married. I have no
objection at all to the young man, but
I am apprehensive about the marriage
because my daughter Is a frivolous
girl and I have found It hard indeed
to get her to settle down to any kind
of routine work. Ought I to dissuade
her from marrying? MOTHER.
Do not ask your daughter to give
up the young man, but try to per
suade her to wait at least three years.
No girl ought to marry before she
knows how to keep house. She ought
to prove her worth just as the man
ought to prove his. There are so
many things a woman can do which
most of them do not do. Most women
don't realize what It is to be born a
woman and be able to help a man
work out his destiny she wants him
to do all the work. She is thinking
of automobiles and theatre parties,
diamond necklaces and fine clothes,
when she ought to be helping her hns
band get ahead in the world. Real
marriage means much love, much
sympathy, much consideration.
them from their employment wth low
wages and unbearable working condi
tions, and by filling their places with
contract laborers from the south of
Europe. Fifty-two different national'
ities are represented by the strikers
at Lawrence, and 45 languages are
Bayonets and decreased wages for
the men, women and children workers,
instead of the worker's paradise pic
tured by Aldrich, Lodge and Smoot,
Is the definition of schedule K that the
mill workers at Lawrence" are learn
ing by actual experience.
BRINGING IS CHEAP LABOR.
In view of the strike of textile work-
ere at Lawrence, Mass, It is interest
ing to know how the woolen mill own
ers attract cheap labor to their mills.
Congressman A. P. Gardner of Massa
chusetts while speaking one day in the
house on the subject of Immigration,
contributed some valuable information
to the subject. Mr. Gardner is a stand
pat protectionist of the Aldrich school,
"For example," said Mr. Gardner, "sup
pose I am a Syrian conducting a Syr
ian boarding house in the city of Low
ell, Mass. Perhaps some mill sends
down to me for hands. I furnish them
at a somewhat "lower rate of wages
than is expected by ordinary citizen
help. I advance the money for Syrian
emigrants to come over. I tell them
that if they do not pay me back the
money I advanced I will have them ar
rested; that they must hand over the
full wages that they get in the mill.
They are held in terror of the police
Meanwhile I take all their wages while
I feed them and keep them alive just
as I would feed and keep a horse alive
that I had imported for use in a liv
Twenty-two of the fraternal societies
have called conferences like this of
the Woodmen to discuss the situation
and take measures to meet it.
There are estimated to be 8,000,000
memDers oi fraternal insurance so
cieties in America. Besides provld
ing cheap insurance, they achieve a
great service socially throughout the
country. The lodge brings men to
gether under excellent moral circum
stances and supplies In many com
munities the chief and the best social
opportunities. Because oi this, un
questionably these societies accom
plish the insurance of hundreds of
thousands who would not make pro
vision in the old Una companies.
Young men, especially, are dispose
to neglect this, but the social attrac
tions of the societies bring them in
This Is a splendid work to do, and
it Is. therefore. In the interest of the
whole nation that the fraternal asso
ciations be strengthened and support
ed in every legitimate way.
ed what is known as dollar diplomacy.
The republican party has been very
good to Mr. Carnegie. It gave him a
tariff on Iron and steel that enabled
him to retire with several hundreds of
millions and it placed his lawyer at the
head of the department of justice,
where he was quite certain to keep
right on ignoring the anti-trust law.
We wonder what Mr. Carnegie did
for the republican party In the boodle
campaigns of 1896, 1900 and 1904.
Lets Voter Use Pencils.
8pringfleld. Jan. 23. Lead pencil sig
natures to primary election petitions
are valid, according to a ruling issued
by Attorney General Stead. He sug
gested, however, that signers oueht to
nse pen and ink,
r WICAJ M. SMITH
THE PEACE ERA.
Jones and Neighbor
Why should you live In strife?
You know that method's not the way
To make the most of life.
The odds about a brlndle calf,
A line fence or a hen
Should not detract you all your Uvea
Go patch them up like men.
We miss so many happy days
It by the laws of hate
We let our lives be ruled and run.
If we on ven seance wait.
It we are always looking for
A chance to throw a brick
At some one who has done us wrong
Or played a low down trick.
It is a never ending chain.
This setting- back at one
Who may deserve It, true enough.
For deeds that he has done.
But that does not the matter end.
Another round is due.
For after you have dona your worst
Ha must get back at you.
It costs an effort, to be sure.
To let a trifle slide.
Although the trifle may be large
Enough a barn to hide.
But It will pay a big per cent.
As you will learn some day.
A slight or wrong to overlook
And calmly go your way.
Consideration For Hsr.
"Refuse to marry me, Mabel, and I
Will shoot myself."
"Honest, will you?"
"You hear the words of a desperate
"Won't that be great? But, say, you
couldn't refuse me one thing, that" a
dear boy, a sort of last request, you
"What Is ltr
"That you wait until I hare a new
picture taken. Of course the papers
will all want to print It, and I haven't
one in which I don't look a fright"
"Did yon have a
pleasant time last
night, Helen V
"Oh, a perfectly
"And yon ex
pected to be bored
by those scientific
chaps. What did
they talk about T'
"I really don't re
member." "Don't remem
ber? Why, I
thought you said
you had a good
"I did. Ton see,
I was the only wo
man there who
had a new gown."
"Shall I play for you?"
"Oh, don't trouble."
"Aren't yon fond of music?"
"Then why don't you want me
play for you?"
That's the reason." - x
High Cost of Living.
"She was as slender as a princess."
"Are all princesses slender?"
"I confess I do not know, but Is
these latter days the princess business
isn't what it used to be, and perhaps
the poor girls do not get enough to
No Need For It
"Did you ever hear the still, small
voice of conscience In the dark night?"
"I never did."
'Terhaps you have no conscience."
"Sir, I am a fruit tree peddler."
A Good Guess.
"After all, give me, for good, solid
comfort, home in vacation time."
"I told you that horse would lose.
Some stock in ourselves we are taking
To find. If we can, what's to pay..
The process Is known aa muckraking.
But what's in a name, by the way T
The worst thing about having your
own way is that you so often want to
disown it after you get it
We wouldn't mind other people's hap
piness so much If they wouldn't bring
it around when we are grouchy.
A wild comet In Its transit doesn't
cause half so much palpitation of the
hearts as does a new young man in
Give a high financier an ell and he
will absorb an entire transportation
system before you can start a reform
It Is easy to forgive our enemies, but
a real friend will not expect forgive
ness. When a man has a piece of good for
tune and goes about telling his friends
that be did not deserve it he Is always
nettled if they agree with him.
Just because a man has a motorcar
don't be sure that be has had a raise
in salary. Maybe some one who had
grudge against him gave it to him.
When a married man cannot meet
his Mils he can always charge the de
ficiency to his family, but a bachelor
has to bear the charge of extrava
Have you a weak throat? If so, you
cannot be too carefuL Tou cannot
begin treatment too early. Each cold
makes you more liable to another and
the last is always the harder to cure.
If you will take Chamberlain's Cough
Remedy at the outset you will be
saved much trouble. Sold by all drug-Tista.
A Fortune for a Dance By Henrietta Deering.
Copyrighted. 1911. by Associated Literary Bureau.
During the first half of the nine
teenth century, when the patriarchal
or plantation system existed in the
southern states, there were three dis-
L tinct classes the planters, the poor
whites and the negro slaves. It is
questionable if the negro's condition
was not preferable to that of the poor
Colonel Richard Runlet of Virginia
was kind to his slaves, and both he and
all his family were greatly interested
A neighboring planter, Oliver Des
borougb. having had bad luck for
several years In succession with his
tobacco crop, found himself in pecuni
ary difficulties. Colonel Runlet assist
ed him, and when Desborough was
sold out under foreclosure of mort
gage the colonel bought his plantation
and his negroes, paying for them a
higher price than he was compelled
to pay. But when he discovered that
there was a love affair between Des
borough's only son, Lawrence, and his
own daughter, Constance, he gave the
young girl to understand that no union,
could take place between the two
families on account of the Desbor
oughs' Impoverished condition.
Constance was but seventeen and
Lawrence twenty. She was too young
to defy ber father, and ber lover had
little on which to live, to say noth
ing of taking care of a wife. Besides,
he was an ambitious young man and
scorned the idea of remaining in a re
gion where the wealth was inherited,
not made, and where he must inevi
tably be always considered a "poor
white." It nearly broke his and the
girl's hearts to part, but part they did,
he going north to carve out a career.
Lawrence Desborough disappeared
from the south In the middle of the
century. Out of the wreck of the fam
ily fortune his father gave him $1,000,
saying: "My boy, you are young and
strong and smart Use thla money to
advantage, and some day when you
have succeeded come back here and
buy back the plantation and those ne
groes who may not have left it" Law
rence bade his parents goodby, and It
was a long while before he saw his
Colonel Runlet was one of the few
planters who emerged from the war
with their plantations Intact though a
number of his slaves had drifted else
where. The majority, however, re
mained to work for him for what he
could afford to give them. The old
plantation life had passed away, and
even the colonel, though better off than
most of his neighbors, found It difficult
to maintain himself. His former gifts
to charity could not be continued, but
the women of his family worked for
the benefit of the poor id those ways
to which their 6ex is peculiarly adapt
ed, getting up fairs and amusements
for the purpose of raising money. Con
stance, now twenty-seven years old
and very attractive, was foremost in
all such efforts and was worshiped
not only by those whom she assisted,
but by those who worked with her.
During the winter after the close of
the war there was bo much misery not
only among the lower classes, but
among many who lived in affluence,
that Constance asked her father's per-
mission to give a masked ball for char
ity. He consented at once, and every
preparation was made to give eclat to
the occasion. Since the work to be
done was far beyond Constance's sin
gle powers she invited a number of
her friends to become her assistants.
The staff was divided into committees,
one of which was to search for unique
customs which might be introduced
at the ball.
Among the recommendations made
by this committee was one that one of
the members had read of in a Spanish
book. In Granada there was or had
been a custom at balls given for the
purpose of raising money wherein the
privilege of the first dance with any
lady was sold to the man who would
pay the highest price for it The com
mittee arranged that those ladies who
would permit the privilege of this
dance with them to be sold should be
auctioned off before the dancing be
gan. About a dozen prominent young
ladies consented, among them the host
ess, Constance Runlet.
The costumes were of home manu
facture, for there was no money with
which to buy them. But such labor
tends to make the object for which it
is undertaken the more enjoyable.
Antebellum wardrobes were ransacked,
and every available bit of finery thai
had been stowed away in the south's
halcyon period was brought out to be
turned into dresses for queens, prin
cesses and other historical characters
for the women, and kings and noble
men for the men. When the influx of
guests had ceased there was a flourish
by the orchestra (Improvised negro mu
sicians), and the throng made its way
to the dancing hail, where the auction
for partners was to take place. Colo
nel Runlet's house was one of those
colonial Virginia mansions in which a
ballroom was Indispensable. In this
;ase the whole of the top story was
levoted to It. At one end was a dais,
an which stood the auctioneer. The
ladies whosp partnership for tb open
ing dance was to be auctioned mmgiea
with the crowd.
The committee bad desired to make a
first sale of the hand of Constance
Runlet, but Constance would only con
sent that her turn should be the last
instead of first This was considered
a mistake by the committee, for they
believed that much of the money to be
devoted to the purpose would hare
been spent and since Constance was
considered the prize of the evening if
they began with her they thought they
could excite a Lidding that would draw
forth a goodly sum.
Every young man of that region of
the slightest means had been invited,
and all were present. There were no
northerners, for this was too near to
the war toe dm! t of fraternization with
the enemy, but every southern man of
respectability within fifty miles, rich
or poor, had assembled, some of them
suitors for one of the young ladies to
be auctioned, not only for the dance,
but In marriage.
When the hand of Constance was
put up some one started it at $50. A
man dressed as Mephistopheles made
a second bid of n hundred dollars. A
third person offered a hundred and
fifty. Mephistopheles astonished every
one now by bidding $500. Here the
bidding cessed for awhile, but the
auctioneer did not make the sale. It
had been arranged that a number of
married men. in order to be ready to
stimulate the bidding in Miss Run
let's case, should form a pool to be put
In one man's hands to be used for this
purpose. Presently a man In Louis
XV. costume raised the last bid to
$700. Mephistopheles made it a thoo
Now a wealthy widower was In the
pool, who had long wished to marry
Constance, and the bidding of the fund
had been placed In his hands. He
doubled Mephistopheles bid. The lat
ter raised his a thousand, making the
amount offered $3,000. Louis XV. and
Mephistopheles from this point con
tinued to bid against each other till
finally the latter offered $10,000.
By this time the bidders interested"
everybody; but being masked, no on
knew who they were. Cries of "Un
mask!" were raised, and finally, after
consultation with others who had
made up the pool, Louis XV. raised!
his mask. Mephistopheles remained
concealed. This only tended to In-'
crease the excitement
Louis XV. was recognized as Gen-,
eral Bernard, who had distinguished
himself on the Confederate side dur-'.
Ing the war. He was fifty years oldJ
well off and considered a desirable
partner for a woman over twenty-flvw
years old. He had been spoken of ta
connection with Constance, and hisj
appearing la this role waa received)
with Intense interest Since Mephis
topheles continued to bid the gen
eral did the same. Finally, when the)
amount offered reached $20,000, after
a conference among the members or
the pool Colonel Runlet approachedrj
Mephistopheles and asked him whiff
"Incognito," replied the other. j
"I must request yon, air; to give somaS
evidence of your ability to make good)
your bid in case yon are accorded the;'
privilege f orwhlch. yon are contending'.' j
Mephistopheles thrust his hand Into
a pocket of his doublet and took out
a certified check for $100,000 on a bank
in the nearest city. The colonel with
drew and reported what he had seen.
Then the bidding continued.
General Bernard continued to raise
his bid $1,000 at every offer, and
Mephistopheles continued to go a thou
sand higher. Since the latter seemed
determined to win at any cost the gen
eral kept raising him till Mephistophe
les had bid $50,000. Then the general
nodded to the auctioneer, signifying
that he did not care to go any further
in egging on his opponent The amount
he had gained for the poor was quite
enough and bad not cost him a cent
Then a cry arose for Mephistopheles
"Not without Miss Runlet's order,"
Constance advanced and requested
him to make himself known.
ne threw off his cape, then his doub
let revealing the uniform of a United
States army officer, with the silver leaf
of lieutenant colonel on his shoulders.
Then, casting aside his mask, he stood
revealed to all as a middle aged stran
ger whom no guest recognized. Con
stance gave a cry of Joy, and he took
ber in his arms.
Lawrence Desborough had gone norta
and hud become a northern man. The
Colorado gold fever at that time oc
cupied the attention of the nation, and,
putting his money into what miners
needed, he sailed around the Horn and
sold bis stock at an enormous profit.
As a commission merchant he bad ac
cumulated capital which be Invested In
mining property. When the war broke
out he volunteered In the Federal army.
Before the surrender one of his mines
bad made him very rich. As soon aa
he learned of this he came to claim bis
His appearance in United States uni
form produced a commotion. Many
felt bitter toward him as a south
erner who had fought against the
south, but he had given $50,000 to the
poor in and about his former home,
and this tended to alleviate the preju
dice against him.
The music struck up for the first
dance, a quadrille, and Lawrence Des
borough and Constance Runlet danced
it together, be displaying on his shoul
ders the Insignia of a Federal officer,
the only such present.
In time be bought back the planta
tion of his ancestors and established in
It bis parents, who were now old per
sons. He married Cplonel Runlet's
daughter, but since be had become
northernized be took ber to the more
active field to be found in the northern
Jan. 23 in American
1S13 Oeorge Clymer, "signer" for
Pennsylvania, died; born 1735.
1ST2 Severe storm In the territories
caused a railroad blockade lasting;
1S03 Rev. Phillips Brooks, Episcopal
bishop, died: born 1835.
1910 Ezra Kendall, popular comedian,
died at Martinsville. Ind.; born
ISfll. John It. Walsh, convicted
Chicago banker, began a five year
sentence in the federal prison at
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