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THE ROCK ISIIAND ARGUS. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1912.
PahBshed Dally end WHtl; at Ml
Second avenue. Rock Island. Ill Em
tared at the postoSo as second-class
Reek Ulm4 Hnktf ! tfce Aaw latest
Is auch as to arouse the wrath of the
nation - against the crlmtnal Indiffer
ence and the otter heartlessness ol the
bog-fat beads of the steel industry In
the treatment of their employes.
BY THE 4. W. POTTER Ca
TgRMg, DeBy. 10 Miti pw wi
Weekly, II par year In advanoei.
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character, political or rellgioaa. most
have real name attached for publica
tion. No each articles wfil be printed
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Friday, February 16, 1912.
Listen for the first robin,
berries are In the market.
The opera bouffe wars In Mexico
are playing protracted engagements.
Mexico's border Is artistically
hemmed with United States troops.
Senator Stephenson makes Quite a
splash as he falls into the white
It hardly Is In evidence that poor
business conditions are affecting the
supply of candidates.
It must be conceded that none of the
present state officials of Illinois ap
pears to be of a retiring disposition.
The Free Seed Farce.
The Peoria Herald-Transcript says
at the best the free seed distribu
tion Is a Joke. At 1U worst it is a
graft. If the department of agricul
ture were serioesly considering en
deavoring to boost the farmer's b u si
ne sa it should let np on the pump
kin seeds for awhile and begin ship
ping him free bulls and stallions in
order to Improve the breed of farm
The free seed custom surely Is a
huge joke. The old customs become
fastened npon the ship of state like
barnacles, and the great boat will
have to be hauled np Into the dry
dock of public sentiment before they
can be scraped off and the ship be
given a renewal of patriotic safe
The way to get these barnacles off
the ship of state is to get busy now
and plant the free seed of principle
such as will guarantee a big crop of
ballots at the coming primary and In
the fall election Insure the election
of aggressive, public-spirited, patri
otic men to office.
What the farmers and the people
of the nation need now Is not a few
free nasturtium and watermelon
seeds, but a government of, by and
for the people.
Plant your seed with the demo
cratic party and as ye sow even so
shall ye reap victory for principle.
sfl s--. " - saaji w
oar . ,
Recent visitors to Oyster Bay re-
' port that Colonel Roosevelt is huge,
ly enjoying the present political situation.
Secretary WiUoa unfortunately
has a penchant for being on the
wrong aide of all the scandals that
develop in his department.
If It is true a democratic Roose
velt club has been organized in Bal
timore we may expect the democratic
convention there to nominate him if
the -fiery "colonels" slay all their
Roosevelt and the Tariff.
Once In his life Theodore Roosevelt
almost expressed an opinion on the
tariff question. In a preliminary draft
of one of bis messages, aa it came from
the printer. was tliia sentence:
"In a later message I shall discuss
Senators Aid rich aud lxdge and
Speaker Cannon aw that preguaut sen
tence, and immediately they rushed to
the White house. Presto! When the
message was Anally submitted to con
gress there was no reference to the
Aside from that, no living man can
point to any written or spoken opinion
that Mr. Roosevelt ever expressed on
the tariff quesUou.
Haner Heads Stock Breeders.
Bloomlngton, Feb. 16. Scientific
perk producing, dairying and raising
of horses were three topics which oc
cupied the attention of the Illinois
Live Stock Breeders' association yes
terday. Prominent authorities led
the discussion upon these questions,
kbe University of Illinois being rep
resented by Professors J. L. Ed
monds and W. C. Coffey. Resolu
tions were adopted favoring Improve
ment of public roads and also for the
establishment of a live stock board
ct Springfield, which will work for
improvement of cattle and hogs. New
efllcers were elected as follows:
President P. S. Haner, Taylor
vllle. Vice Presidents C. D. Ford, Gen-
eseo; A. L. Duncan, Seaton, and J.
C. Chapman, Vienna.
Secretary S. B. Smith, Spring
Treasurer C. W. Taylor, Wll-
A Standpatter's Wail.
The senate was discussing the bill
for the establishment ot a children's
bureau In the department of commerce
and labor. Senator Borah, the author
of the bill, had gone to great'lengths
to explain how the hupe corporations
were exploiting little children, crushing
them, with hard toll, while they were
yet of tender yesis. He explained that
the bill contemplated no interference
with the propr relation of parents to
ward their children, and that its pur
pose was merely to provide for the
collection of statistics and Information
on which the separate states and mu
nicipalities might base a solution of
the problem of child welfare.
"In the grvat cities," said Senator
Borah. "little children fester and swel
ter and steal and starve and die.
This bill Is designed to aid them."
By this time Senator Heyburn was
tearing his hair. When Mr. Borah fin
ished he rose in his place and for two
hours complained of "unconstitution
ality" of the bill. His final srgument
was that Abraham Lincoln was a poor
The Protect ion" of Labor.
In Pittsburgh, the steel city, the
Associated Charities ha just conclud
ed an Investigation Into conditions of
It ascertained that the minimum
cost of living for the average family of
five Is greater than the earnings of
CS per cent of the employes of the
In other words, working seven days
a week and 13 hours a day the unskill
ed laborers comprising, as has been
said, 65 per cent of all the steel work
ersare not able to earn enough for a
Judge Gary, executive head of the
steel trcst Is, however, able to pre
sent his wife with a 1500,000 pearl
necklace; J. Plerpont Morgan Is able
to aoquire the art treasures of the
world with his $62,000,000 promotion
fee and bis dividends; Mr. Carnegie Is
able to write his name In libraries In
numerable; Mr. Corey Is able to buy
chateaus In France; Mr. Schwab is
able to build a million dollar mansion
on Fifth avenue, New York; and a lot
other millionaires and multi-mlllion-alres
are able to produce a condlt'on
of extravagance inspiring the informed
and thoughtful to fear for the parallel
here with conditions In Rome at the
beginning of her decline.
The cruel irony of a tariff system
"for the protection of American labor"
Read Is Responsible. .
Springfield, Feb. 16. Railroad com
panies are responsible for the negli
gence of sleeping car conductors, ac
cording to a decision of the supreme
court yesterday. The ruling was hand
ed down by Judge Vickers, who denied
a writ of certiorari to the Chicago,
Hock Island and Pacific railroad in the
case of Dr. Barney Welty of Chicago,
Dr. Welty was taking a Rock Island
train at Englewood for Oklahoma. As
he was about to enter the sleeping car
the Pullman conductor told him that
it was not his train and he must take
the next one. Dr. Welty insisted that
it was his train. The Pullman con
ductor told him he must see his ticket,
which Dr. Welty showed. On exam
ining the ticket the conductor said
that the train was the one on which
Dr. Welty was to go and told him to
climb on. By this time the train was
ftartinfc and the conductor jumped on
first, with Dr. Welty's suitcase and
ticket. The passenger attempted to
get on, missed his hold and was Injur
ed. Dr. Welty recovered $3,500 dam
ages In the circuit court of Cook coun
ty, which judgment the appellate court
affirmed. The iRork Island then tried
to get the case into the Supreme court
on a writ of certiorari.
May Retain Orphanage Head.
Champaign, Feb. 16. William A,
Davis, superintendent of the Cunning
ham home of Vrbana, a Methodist or
phanage, probably will be retained by
the board of women managers, which
held an Investigation yesterday of
charges against him. The principal
accusations were cruelty to children
and strenuous methods of discipline
used by subordinates, including the
pasting shut of children's mouths with
adhesive plaster. Rev. Charles Vlrden,
state visitation agent of the state
board of administration, whose Inves
tigation recently resulted in an order
by the state board to have Davis dis
missed, did not appear. Superinten
dent Davis charged that Rev. Mr. Vlrden
was drunk on his visit to the home.
A former governor of North Carolina '
advocate a curfew law for husbands.
"The man twho stays away from his
family at night Is the most contempti
ble creature on earth." he is reported
to have said. "We need a curfew law
that will make every frusband stay at
home from 8 p. m. to 6 the next morn
ing. A man's place la at home with his
wife, helping to train the children In
the way they should go."
All very welL But it wouldn't woru
out to the advantage of a good many
people If a law compelled every hus
band to stay home every night be
tween the hours of 8 p. m. and 6 a. m.
A ood deal of business is done be
tween a good many men, around the
hour of 8 p. Tjo.
Take the Ireal estate man, for in
stance. About the only time he can
find his "prospect'' for a good com
fortable chat, is In the evening. More
over, when a home Is in question, the
real estate man likes to have the wife
there to talk things over.
Of course it's hard on the real es
tate man's own wife, but she knows It
means bread and butter for her and
the kiddles, and so she bears It as
pleasantly as her nature will allow.
The insurance man, too, Isn't always
welcome (during office or shop hours.
Whenever he can he makes an evening
appointment with the "risk" he has in
In fact, a great many men and their
families would be seriously inconven
ienced if auch a law were possible
which it isn't
Of course, there are men who would
be benefited by a curfew law, it goes
without saying. But If there was such
a curfew, it wouldn't be long, let me
tell you, before the heroine of "Curfew
Shall Not Ring Tonight" would be
supplanted by many, many ardent he
roes all willing to endanger their pre
cious lives to still the tones of the un
About the oply people who would
welcome the ex-governor's curfew are
those mortals who are seen sleepily
wendlne their way at the early hours
of and 5:30 a. m. for the car that
takes them to their work, and the wo
men who must arise at the alarm
clock's clang fend prepare a hearty
breakfast for the wage-earners.'
There's a homesick man traveling in
India (he goes by the name of Saund
ers and hails from Cleaveland so
maybe you can guess whojie is) whose
wife permitted me to read extracts
from a long, long letter which she re
ceived the other day. (She didn't let
me read the loverlike parts, of course,
but I saw that it was addressed to "the
same nice girl.") Even that small por
tion of the letter which I read (gQing
to show that most of It was loverlike
; Humor and
TTie Argus Daily Story
The Spotted Death By F. A. MitcheL
Copyrighted. 1111. by Associate Literary Boreas.
as at should be) proved the home
sickness, and M a few ot the travel
er's remarks appreciative of his own
dear land, may lead us homefolk to
appreciate better what we have, I have
the permission to publish them, and
here they are:
"I saw a sunrise this morning
which, for intensity of brilliant color
ings surpassed anything I have ever
before seen in a sunrise. I have seen
some of wondrous beauty in Italy,
Egypt, Arabia, India and Burma, but
nothing with such perfect riot of color
as the one this morning over the Bay
"I see many things I want very much
to have you see. I also see .many
sights I am glad you do not have to
witness among other things the pri
vation, want, suffering and filth among
certain classes of 'caste' In India.
The natives are dying by thousands
npon thousands of consumption because
of their dense ignorance ot the laws ot
health. Never a night in Bombay or
Calcutta but my sleep was broken,
sometimes made impossible for hours
at a time, by the dreadful consump
tive coughing of the poor mortals who
were trying to sleep (on the . side
walks) under my windows.
"I ehall be glad to be out of India.
It is a nightmare to me. Truly we do
not fully appreciate the advantages
and blessings of our own good land. It
seems to me now that I will never
want to leave It again."
"Apparently the board of health in
Calcutta Is not like ours," said "the
same nice girl." They have probably
never even thought of the menace of
roller towels and the common drink
WHERE'S BASHTO WOMAXT
"Once upon a time," said the stocky
young man In the jgray overcoat, "a
man could sit In a hotel lobby and feel
that he was perfectly safe from femin
."Even five years ago," he went on,
with an injured air, "hotel lobbies
were comparatively free from women.
A fellow could lounge around there
about as he liked, keep his hat on and
smoke and foregather with the other
fellows. ' '
But them good old days ' Is past.
There's fretty near as many women
In the lobbies now as men. They come
and go as unconcernedly as if it was,
perfectly natural to them, and as if
they weren't usurping man's Inalien
able right to sole possession.
"Time was that a woman fought shy
of a hotel lobby like the pest. She
was scared at the thought of even
walking up to the clerk's desk and
signing the register. If she had to
pass through, she hurried and she kept
her eyes on the ground.
"But now oh lordy. Where've all
the bashful women gone to?"
YyUttX a man doesn't know what to
do next he asks his wife and then
doesn't do It. f
The close of leap year probably will
show Just as many old maids as the
beginning. Time makes a new Bupply.
If every man were as good and smart
as his mother knows he Is the millen
nium would indeed be here.
The man who can make two exenses
go where only one went before is
smoothing his road to something
Some men have to hustle hard to get
money to pay a lawyer to keep some
one else from taking the products of
their labor from them. .
Be tare yon are right and then
pound into the rest of the world.
The people who think before they
speak seldom get the floor.
Keep np your courage, bnt remember
that yon can't do It by hiring some one
else and putting him on the job.
Never mind about yesterday; fix your
mind on tomorrow and go to it
It is amusing to his friends when a
cocksure man gets turned into a hen
(Pekln Times.) i mlrably adapted for the growth of
Are the children of the United mind and body and the development
States worth one-eighth as much as! of sturdy American men and women,
the bugs? Hon. Andrew J. Peters, a
member of congress from Massachu
setts, asked this rather startling
question at Louisville last Sunday at
mass meeting on child labor. Mr.
Feters showed that the bureau- of an
imal industry costs the country $1,-
64,750 a year and that the bureau
! plant industry costs $2,051,686.
The proposed children s bureau
would cost $29,440 and would inves
tigate child labor, infant mortality to labor with and where it pleases
and other important phases of child
conservation. It is being opposed, of
course, by 6ome manufacturers who
want to employ babies in cotton
mills, coal mines and other places ad-
Plan Railway to Kankakee.
Springfield, Feb. 16. The secretary
of state yesterday Issued a license to
incorporate to the Chicago and Inter-
uroan iraciion company. The pur
pose is to construct an electric rail
way from Chicago through the coun
ties of Cook, -Will and Kankakee to
000,000. The incorporators and first
000,000, the Incorporators and first
board of directors are Warner H. Rob
inson.. Charles R. Moore, Edgar H.
Pank. 'William W. Crawford and
Charles 1L Ireland, all of Chicago.
Knox College In Celebration.
Galesburg, Feb. 16. A three days'
celebration of the 75th anniversary of
the founding ot Knox college was be
gun yesterday. The atory of the
founding was told by Ray M. Arnold
and reminiscences were given by
Dean T. R. Wlllard of the faculty, who,
with this year's work, will sever his
40 years of service with the college.
At the founders' day banquet last
night Dr. Ozora 8. Davis of the Chi
cago theological seminary and Henry
Churchill King, president of Grlnnell
college, were the principal speakers.
The Worth of Children
In some quarters the investigation of
child labor is regarded as an un
warranted invasion of personal lib
erty. -Certainly! Public schools
were so regarded in their early days.
The Journal of the American Med
ical association says that no doubt
we shall soon have a national league
for juvenile freedom secretly financ
ed by the coal and cotton barons and
demanding for the child the right
The cynio blossoms everywhere;
Around the world he fllnga
Opinions broadcast and bizarre
On persons and on things.
His pose la always to oppose.
And It la quite the style
For him to ask In sneering tones,
"la anything- worth while?"
He questions motives right "and left.
Nor will he ever own
That any one la on the equate
And not for self alone.
No rood he aeea in those who work
To help mankind along.
They cannot have a purpose high,
Blnce everything Is wrong.
The cynio takes the platform ease
And rips him up the back.
Be finds the poet Is a man
Whose trolley's off the track.
And, oh, the poor philanthropist
Who tries to do hla best!
He hammers him in forty waya
And even galley westj
The cynic Is an egotist
Who feeds on woe and pies.
He ought to change his breakfast fooa
And take some exercise.
Then he might see things aa they are,
With clearer, keener scent.
And not aa they appear to be.
All twisted, warped and bent.
Found Use For It.
"It Is strange how language ever
came to be invented."
"It was In response to a universal
"Yes; I suppose that primitive man,
when he dropped a stone hammer on
his toe, felt that be just had to say
Too Good to Be True. I
'How is his Scotch dialect? j
"It is abominable."
"Perhaps he has -had no chance to
"No, poor fellow; he was raised in
Tears ago in the little town of Fre-
Jus, France the same Frejus at
which Napoleon I. landed when he es
caped from Elba located on the shore
of the Mediterranean sea, there lived
In adjoining places a veritable Paul
and Virginia. The young man, Edouard
Le Fevre. at eighteen was rather of
the northern than the southern type,
having a profusion of light curly hair
and blue eyes, Helens Boucicault
was at seventeen a tall, slender girl
with hair and eyes contrasting with
those ot her lover. Both were strik
ingly handsome, and when together
the difference In type rendered them
Then, too, they delighted to climb to
the heights behind heir homes, where
tbey could look down npon the long
tortuous line ot foam extending north
ward and southward, fringing the sea
a deep blue, a pale green or liquid sil
ver. Their companionship grew Into
love without their being conscious of
the transition. Loving was like breath
ing, and, not having been sensible of
Its beginning, they took no thought
of Its ending.
When the break came it was a great
shock to both. Edouard was sent to
Paris to complete bis education and
study a profession. For some time be
fore his departure there was scarcely
an hour that the two lovers were not
together. It Is usually the man who
encourages the woman, but in this
case It was the woman who encourag
ed the man. though of the two it Is
probable she suffered the more. She
held up before him pictures of his re
turn at vacation time and finally, after
he had acquired his profession their
In the meantime, if congress thinks
the baby crop, is worth as much or
one-tenth as much as the fruit crop,
a children's bureau should be estab
lished without delay.
SWEEPING THE WALKS
The Pantagraph has condemned
the practice of sweeping walks in
front of business houses and resi
dences in this 'city so as to scatter
much of the dust and dirt Into the
air we breathe, instead of gathering
it up so that it may be carried off.
A good deal of what should go to the
cart to be dumped outside the city
limits finds its way into the mouths
and throats and lungs of the peo
ple, to the direct detriment of health
and comfort. The Boston Transcript
takes this view of it and suggests
that the organizations and Individ
uals interested in the suppression of
tuberculosis could directly promote
their cause by appealing to the mer
chants in the retail districts not to
permit their sidewalks to be swept at
a late hour in the morning, when
"dirt befouls the clothing and fills
tho lungs ot throngs of passers-by."
The Transcript says that one ener
getic small boy with a broom might
in this way do more harm than a
dozen doctors could counteract and
Insists there is no reason why such
germ distributions should not be con
fined to the hours before 8 o'clock.
And with proper sprinkling of the
walks there is no reason why there
should be germ distribution at any
hour. It is strange that while we
attempt to prohibit spitting on the
walks we permit the worse evil of
sending the-foul duet of the walks
into the air when It easily could be
"I am looking
for a patent med
icine that will
"W o u 1 d you
"That is where
you would make
a mistake. You
ought to sell it"
An Old Trick It Has. .
"In some progressive schools they
are teaching history by means of the
"Just another case of history repeat
Reault ef Expeotaney.
"You are always looking for some
thing. Ton find it too."
"What doj find 7
PROF. FISK AT 70 TAKES
BRIDE OF HALF HIS AGE
Chicago, Feb. 16. Dr. Herbert
Franklin Fisk. professor of education
at the Northwestern university, who
is past his 70th year, yesterday took
a bride scarcely more .than half his
own age. The marriage ceremony
was performed for Dr. Fisk and Miss
Carta Fern Sargent by Rev. Dr. T. P.
Frost, pastor of the First Methodist
Episcopal church ot Evanston. It
was performed at the home of the
bride, 1625 Judson avenue, and only
the most Intimate friends of the con
pie were present The acquaintance
cf Dr. Fisk and Miss Sargent is an
old one. When she was an under
graduate at the Evanston: academy,
Dr, FlaX waa jnrinclnai, Ha tu atlll
principal of the academy when Miss
Sargent having completed her pre
paratory i education, became an in
structor there. Dr. Fisk is consider
ed one of the ablest thinkers along
pedagogical and educational lines.
and his opinion Is frequently sought
by eminent men of other universities.
As a writer, although he has confin
ed himself to text books relating to
his special subjects, be has brought
Seattle R. H. McWhorter of Ta
coma, secretary-treasurer of the
Washington Orchard Irrigation and
Fruit company, surrendered himself
to the federal authorities Thursday
cn complaint of a postofBce Inspec
tor, charging him with using the
mails to defraud, v
Knew About It
"I see your finish."
"I hope it is a fine one."
"It is. I am about to polish it off
myself." , .
Resenting the Implication.
"Some things that are ugly are really
blessings In disguise."
"Quit knocking my wife."
"She wants a divorce."
"Because she is married."
"Xever marry a man to reform him."
"I never do unless there Is some oth
The Able Fire Starter.
He truly Is a hero
Who'a first to leave his--cot
When It la minus icrir
And warm the bouse and lot.
An attack ot the grip la often fol
lowed by a persistent cough, which
to many proves a great annoyance.
Chamberlain's Cough Remedy has
been extensively used and with good
success for the relief and cure of
this cough. Many case have been
cured after all ether remedies had
Sal4 ksr mSX Araggiat '
"I AM THE SPOTTED DEATH 1" 8RK SAID.
home together in Marseilles or some of
the larger places on the French Medi
terranean coast But Edouard seemed
to have a foreboding that these pic
tures would never be realized.
The lovers counted the days between
vacations, and as one vacation after
another brought a realization of II e
lene's prediction Edouard's forebod
ings seemed likely to have been merely
the result of some physical depression.
He ' completed bis academic studies,
then began a course to fit him for the
law. A brilliant Bcholar and promi
nent In other respects, he was marked
by his fellow students one day to take
an active part In the political doings
One evening when young Le Fevre
was dining with some of his associates
in a cafe a man entered and sat at a
table near them. As soon as he ap
peared the conversation among the stu
dents .was hushed, while they cast
covert glances at the newcomer.
"Who is he?" ssked Edouard.
"The spotted death!" whispered one
of the party.
"Why Is he called that?"
"The name is given him from the
Asiatic plague, which occasionally finds
Its way Into Europe and kills every
person It attacks. , Fie has fought
many duels and has never failed to
kill his man."
"Does he seek quarrels?"
"Yes; he delights in them. Dpn't
talk so loud. If be should bear you
speak ill of blm be Would call you out
and kill you."
! "Why has no one undertaken to put
j him out of the way? He should be
shot down like a dog."
The spotted death's eye flashed. He
bad overheard Le Fevre's words. He
had ordered a bottle of wine and bad
poured out a glass. Rising with It in
bis band, be advanced a few steps to
ward Edouard and threw Its contents
in his face.
Every member of the party of stu
dents was horror stricken. Le Fevre
saw the position In which he was
placed and, though be regretted his
j rashness, did what was expected of
him. He asked one of his friends to
go to the man who bad Insulted him
and secure his address, then, without
waiting for a reply, arose with the
others and left the cafe.
In Le Fevre's rooms a consultation
of his friends was held to determine
.what was to be done. . Considering the
sentiment prevalent at that time. It
was determined that if Edouard did
not meet the spotted death be might
as well give up his career so far aa his
native country was concerned, and
there was then no civilized land where
a man w.ia excused from resenting as
insult Edouard resigned himself to
his fate. He sent a challenge,' and the
meeting was arranged for the. follow
ing morning at sunrise. r
That night Edouard wrote a letter
to Helena couched la the term of one
who expected to die within a few
hours. He bad no skill at any weapon
and knew he was to be murdered. The
main trouble that occupied hi mind
was the suffering his murder would
occasion her. He begged her to aa all
in her power to forget him.
As was to have been expected, the
spotted death the next morning made
short work of bis antagonist running
him through the heart with ease. The
student expired immediately. His
comrades regretted the want of cau
tion that led to his death, and in a
short time he was forgotten.
One night at a' masked ball a ngnre
entered the kail on whose mask wss
painted the spotted death. Evidently
an artist had designed the mask, for
nothing could be more horrible, repre
senting, as it did, a man dying with
the dreaded Asiatic disease. The spots
had been so artistically painted as to
appear those of the veritable infliction.
Every one shrank from the loath- -some
looking masker, who gazed about
the room till his eye fell on a man
dressed as a Spanish grandee, then
walked across the floor,' every one
withdrawing before him with a shud
der, till, reaching the Spanish gentle
man, he stood very close to blm and
spat In his face.
"Ladles and gentlemen." said the ag
gressor, "we two I and this man are
twin brothers. We are both the spot
ted death. I wear my colors on my
person, his are In his nam"
At receiving the Insult the Spaniard
recoiled for a moment then, recover
ing himself,' tore off his mask and re
vealed the features of the duelist who
had killed Edouard Le Fevre.
"Unma3k as I have done and let me
know who you are." he said to the
man who had spat upon him.
"That is unnecessary. I am the spot
ted death, the person of your twelve
victims. The thirteenth is about to
"And he to?" k
Whether It was the confident tone In
which the word was spoken or the liv
id agony expressed in the mask the
duelist could not repress a slight start
"Enough of this:" he said. "Your
coming -here to disturb these festivi
ties shall be punished. I will send a
friend to any address you name."
. "Pardon me; but lest the Insult I
have given yon should not be sufficient '
I will duplicate It."
Bending forward quick as lightning
the speaker struck the duelist on the
cheek with the palm of his hand. A
drop of blood followed the blow. Tbe
duelist did not notice It at once, but
in a moment, putting up his hand, he
wiped it away.
"Your address!" he cried. Irritated at
this second Insult
"You shall have it in time. Messieurs,
and mesdames, pardon for Interrupt
ing your festivities. On with the
dance! It is now 10 o'clock. By mid
night or within an hour later my twin
brother shall huve my address. I de
sire to accord him a few hours of mer
riment before I embrace him!"
The duelist with difficulty maintained
At midnight the revelers unmasked.
'The duelist, who after the altercation
had resumed his face covering, on
taking it off a second time was seen
to be suffering. He attempted to leave
the hall, but staggered, and before
reaching tbe floor fell. It was no
ticed by those who went to bis as
sistance that his face was covered
with spots such as were painted on
the mask of tbe man who bad insult
"The spotted death!" some one ex
claimed. Then his enemy, still masked, ap
peared on the scene and, bending over
"I embrace you. my brother."
Then, tearing off bis own mask. In
stead of a man's a woman's face was
revealed a woman whose rare beaa
ty had been marred "by suffering.
"You will not need my address," she
said. "When I slapped your cheek,
In my pttlm was a needle on whose
point was the virus of the spotted
death. Your victims, including Edou
ard Le Fevre. are avenged."
While she spoke tbe spot on the
man's face grew stronger and Its ex
pression like the mask she had worn.
There was something startling In bis
own expression at seeing tbe change
when she unmasked from the hideous
apparition to tbe features of a deli
cate woman who hung over him like
an avenging angel. The disease with
which she had inoculated him works
quickly, and the man was already dy
ing. She continued to gaze upon blm
while his breath grew shorter till at
last he fell back dead in the arms of
one supporting him.
Helene Boucicault returned simul
taneously to her native town with tbe
news of her avenging act Paris was
glad- to get rid of the man whom all
dreaded, and she was never called to
account for her act Dow she tracked
her lover's murderer, prepared to her
fork, she never told, for she never
poke of tbe tragedy In any part. She
dved many years, some asserting that
she had become demented by being
robbed of ber lover, other claiming
that she was mentally aound
Feb. 16 in American
1SC3 "Unconditional surrender" of the
Confederate Fort Donelson to Gen
eral D. S. Grant
1905 General Lew Wallace, soldier,
diplomat and author, died; born
1310 George Holland, once a popular
actor, died In Philadelphia; born
1S48. General St. Clan: Mulbolland,
noted veteran of the civil war, died
In Philadelphia: born 1839.
1911-Rear Admiral W. S. Bogert, TJ.
i. 8. N-, retired, died; bora 1837.
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