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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1912.
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Tuesday, February 27, 1912.
Aa a rule tha man whose hat pre
cedes him In the ring- respects the
Boise, Idaho, has also adopted the
commission form. Come on in.
Boise, the water's fine.
Colombia invites Secretary Knox
to come but hopes it will rain cats
and dogs when he lands.
Mexico can now sympathize with
the republican party in the United
States revolution all the time.
Speaker Champ Clark says Roose
velt will and should eventually be sent
to St. Helena, an end devoutly to be
wished by every lover of American In
If Teddy possessed ordinary hu
man Judgment, to say nothing of
other good qualities, he would have
accompanied his family to Panama,
instead of staying home to fight his
As was expected, Roosevelt now
says be meant three consecutive terms
when he took position against a three
time president. Such an excuse, in
view of the language he employed, is
merely another Insult to American in
telligence. Some fate has checked the flight of
very leader in the world's history
who has permitted ambition to lead
blm to attempt dizzy heights where
man had not perched before. The
crash Is coming to Roosevelt, and it
should come and what a fall it will
be, my countrymen.
Here is the way Congressman Wil
liam McKinley comments on the latest
escapade of the national pest: "Mr.
Roosevelt himself has urged the most
powerful objection to a third term, and
only a few mouths ago, in a letter to
Fjlmr Monro nt Pitlihurch elstut
that he would regard his nomination
for a third term as nothing short of a
! 'national calamity"
F.I.ECTKK'lTY AM) UKK.
The Dletltlc and Hygienic Ga
zette discusses in an editorial the in
fluence of electricity upon life. After
promising that probably some of the
claims made for It in this respect
have been extravagant, it is admit
ted that these have a foundation on
which to rest. The successful ex
periments undertaken at Gloucester
red later at Eveshani, England, un
der the supervision of Sir Oliver
Lodge, are referred to.
By the use of electric currents
wheat was made to yield a crop both
in quality and quantity superior to
that grown under ordinary condi
tions. The remarkable experiments
of Professor Silas Wentworth of Los
' Gatos, Cal., are also described. By
the utllitatlon of electric currents
Profefcsor Wentworth claims to have
more than doubled the yield of wool
as well as the production of lambs
among a flock of 1,000 ewes, as com
pared with a flock of similar size
- and breed under normal conditions.
Whils deprecating exaggerated
claims as to the influence of elec
tricity on life. It Is pointed out that
: we may be on the eve of a gTeat sci
STRANGE NEW INVENTIONS.
A new electrical soldering iron is
stationary, articles to be soldered be
ing held against It.
A series of toothed wheels revolve
and chop up the clinkers in an ash
shifter Invented by a New York man.
I timing current from a magneto
. or batteries, an Inventor baa brought
cut an electrically heated steering
- wheel for automobiles.
The under sides of the lids of a
trunk that a Florida man has In
vented are padded and open out to
form a bed for use In emergencies.
Suspending a feed bag from a
bracket on a horse's collar Instead of
by straps from its head, an Illinois
; Inventor believes less feed will be
wasted and an animal will have more
freedom of motion.
An attachment for a gas Jet that
will cook almost anything as well as
a gas range would do it has been in
vented by an Englishman.
One of the newest vacuum clean
ers for use in houses where electric
l ower is cot available has a bellows
vhlch straps upon a person's back
f r.J is operated by a handle at one
t; !e to provide the suction.
Two Italian engineers living in
Tr.rk have designed a parachute
t- !.ft aa Aviator fro a a falling
aeroplane and lover him to earth
THE COMMERCE COURT.
Senator Poindexter's bill abolish
ing the court of commerce will be
passed by congress and vetoed by
President Taft, according to the pre
diction of John Callan O'Laughlln,
Washington correspondent of the
Chicago Tribune. That the court
serves only the purpose of hamper
ing Justice between railroads and
the shippers, he says, is the accepted
view In congress, but Mr. Taft, hav
ing been the chief advocate of ite
creation in the first place, is deter
mined to continue its existence.
"When the court was created,
the Sioux City Tribune says, "it was
Intended to be an appellate court to
pass merely upon Questions of law
involved in cases coming before the
Interstate commerce commission. It
has gone far beyond the purpose for
which It was created and assumed
functions not usually assumed by
any other appellate tribunal.
"The complaint, backed by a large
number of specifications, is that the
court has asserted the right to Judge
not only of the law, but of the facts
in rate cases. It is in reality a sec
ond interstate commerce commission,
unfortunately clad with the power of
nullifying any act which the real
commission may do.
"The railroads of course, will
fight to continue the existence of the
court. They have found it a refuge
from the decisions of the commis
sion in favor of the shiprtsrs. A ma
jority of the court's decisions have
favored the railroads, and these de
risions have been rendered not only
in minor cases, but in the most im
portant ones to come before the
court, including the 'long and short
haul' clause of the Wlckersham bill.
"Opponents of the court are arm
ed with an Immense array of facts
to Justify its abolishment. Should
con Kress decide to do so. It will be
unfortunate for Mr. Taft himself and
for the country as well If he vetoes
SATISFIED WITH COMMISSION
The city of Burlington, Iowa, has
given the commission form of gov-
ernment a fair test and finds it very!
satisfactory. Rock Island is always
interested in noting what other cit
ies are doing under the plan of gov
ernment which is proving successful
in many Illinois cities.
The Burlington Hawkeye 6ays:
"Not quite two years have elapsed
since the Inauguration of the im
proved system, but in that brief
period the advantages of the new or
der of things have been clearly dem
onstrated. Revenues have been in
creased, expenses lowered, the tax
levy reduced, the city debt cut down,
the floating debt funded at a lower
rate of interest, interest obtained on
bank deposits, bills paid on presen
tation, discounted for cash, many
economies of administration effected
and more business-like methods of
transaction of city affairs have been
"Other notable Improvements
have been inaugurated as described
in Borne detail in the official review
of the work done a report which
was due the taxpayers and the voters
generally. The objections raised
against the commission form of cky
government in the campaign preced
ing its adoption have been melted in
the crucible of actual experience and
have passed away in vapors. The
criticisms and fears were unfounded;
the predictions are unfulfilled. Bur
lington has tried the commission
plan and knows something of its ad
vantages. Such defects as it has, if
any, are minor, and easily remedied.
We have the substance and are not
worried about the shadows. There
Is no apparent disposition upon the
part of our citizens to go back to
the old ward system. Burlington is
marching forward, not backward. It
is making great progress in the
placing of municipal affairs upon a
business basis. And that Is a tan
gible inspiration in the upbuilding
of our material Interests In every
department of industries, manufac
tures, trade and commerce.
"Enhanced municipal credit; hon
esty of administration; absence of
anything like graft: public scrutiny
of every official act; prudent econo
mics; a progressive and public-spirited
policy; due regard for the moral
well-being of the community
these are factors that are real cap
ital and a real power In the upbuild
ing of any city. Burlington now
realizes that the commission plan
fosters these potential influences
as was sot possible, or at least
never was attained, under the Irre
sponsible ward system with lta In
evitable temptations to barter and
trade. Intrigue and corruption. The
commission plan, of course, can be
rippled, or even wrecked, by dis
honesty and Inefficiency of officials;
but In such cases the primary re
sponsibility always rests with the
voters. Even the constitution of the
United States will not avail If the
voters neglect their duty, but it is a
great bulwark of public safety; and
in like manner the commission plan
for rifles Is a favoring environ
ment. Says Train Exceeded Legal Speed.
Sterling, Feb. 17. A coroner's jury
Investigating the death of former State
Senator Virgil Ferguson, killed Feb.
S3 by a Northwestern train, brought in
a verdict declaring that the train was
exceeding the legal speed limit when
It killed him.
Los Angeles F. Ira Bender, third
man brought to trial aa a result of the
alleged attempt to dynamite the coun
ty hall cf records, was discharged by
order of Judge Cabaniss. The assist
ant district attorney said testimony on
which the state depended had proved
"Needlework Is a soothing and com
fortable occupation for those who have
no need to do it."
Dear Mrs. Thompson: Would you
not advise a married woman with two
little boys (even though she does not
love her husband) to stay at home and
take care of her family rather than
pass her time with a young man whose
delight is to say things that he knows
hurt her feelings, and then repeat the
stories to friends for his own amuse
ment? Would It not be for her own
good and the good of her children to
scorn the young man instead of letting
him flatter her in the belief that he
cares for herT HUSBAND.
You are entirely right. A married
woman with children has reached a
deplorable state when she spends her
time with another man. The honeyed
words that fall from the lips of such a
man mean worse than nothing:. Any
day he may turn from her and forget
it all, while she will carry the stain on
her reputation and character through
Dear Mrs. Thompson: CI) Should a
young lady arise upon being intro
duced to a person of her own age? (2)
I have been corresponding with a young
man for about two years. Occasionally
he sends me little things. Is is proper
to thank him every time? This gets
rather monotonous. GERTIE.
(1) No. (2) You should be courte
ous enough to acknowledge each gift
and thank the donor.
Dear Mrs. Thompson: (1) Are pow
der and prepared cream injurious?
How can one obtain a beautiful com
plexion? (2) Can freckle be removed
permanently? (3) How can a goitre
BY ARTHUR WEST. '
(Special Correspondence of The Argus.)
Washington, Feb. 24. President
Taft has demonstrated his remarkable
ability for appointing Judges who are
notorious for their decisions against
the people and in favor of the vested
Hardly had the president returned
from New York, where he branded the
advocates of a judicial recall as "neu
rotics," when he named for the vacant
place on the supreme court bench ono
of that very type of judges who have
created the demand for the recall. As
a result of this appointment, Mahlon
Pitney, of New Jersey, who has tima
and again written judicial decisions in
favor of property rights and against
human rights, will sit in the place
once occupied by John M. Harlan, the
best friend the common people ever
had in the supreme court.
AST INTERESTING CAREER.
Judge Pitney has had an interesting
career, and he also had an interesting
father. His father was a Judge before
him, and as an indication of the kind
of judge he was it will be recalled that
in one case, where a little girl was
crushed while playing about some
building material that had been unlaw
fully left in the street, he ruled that
the girl's legal states was exactly the
same as a thief's would have been had
he been injured in a similar manner.
The little girl, of course, was unable
to recover damages.
Manlon Pitney was once a congress
man, but he resigned that office in or
der, to accept a state senatorship, an
obscure office by comparison with the
one he relinquished. The reason for
this remarkable change was soon ap-
SIMPLY A CRAZY SUGGESTION
In his Columbus speech Col. Roose
velt declared in favor of sending court
decisions to a popular referendum. If
any considerable cumber of people
feel that a decision is in defiance of
justice, he says "they should be given
the right by petition to bring before
the voters at some subsequent election
special or otherwise as might be de
cided, and after the fullest opportuni
ty for deliberation and debate, the
question of whether or not the Judges'
interpretation of the constitution is
to be sustained. If It Is sustained,
well land good. If not then the popu
lar verdict is to be treated as final, the
decision is to be treated as reversed.
and the construction of the constitu
tion definitely decided subject only
to action bw the supreme court of the
United States." ,
How vould this Roosevelt'an idea
work in Illinois?
The state supreme court has just
decided that certain legislation was
not adopted as provided by the consti
tution. The question was brought to
the attention of the court by the
homeopaths. Suppose the allopaths
felt aggrieved at the decision and de
manded a referendum. If a majority
of the people vote not to sustain the
decision, according to the Roosevelt
way the court would be reversed.
What would become of the stability
of our courts If their decisions could
be reversed by popular vote? Would
not their Interpretations of the law
become mere farces? Would not It
be a virtual abandonment of the con
This is the craziest suggestion that
ever cams from mortal lips. It Is
the sorriest blow ever dealt at judicial
procedure. It vaUy out-Bryan Bry
be removed? (4) When entertaining
gentlemen from out of town, is It prop
er for them to remain at your home
over night? EMILY
(1) There are cold creams on the
market which are not injurious, but it
is better not to use powder, aa it stops
up the pores of your skin, thus prevent
ing the natural flow of the oil f rom the
sebaceous glands. The most satisfac
tory and lasting way to have a good
complexion is to keep the face perfect
ly clean by using pure soap and occa
sionally a little cold cream or skin
food. . (2) Freckles are very hard to
remove. There are many remedies, but
none will banish them entirely. (S) A
goitre should be treated by a physi
cian. (4) No, they should stop at a
Dear Mrs. Thompson: (1) Please tell
me what to do for my teeth, on some
of which there are black spots. (2)
Please tell me what kind of tooth pow
der to use. (3)1 have very heavy hair.
It is not becoming to me fixed the way
you suggested to one girl. Would it be
all right to fix it low on the neck in
two coils? (4) Please tell me how to
clean soft gun metal shoes.
(1) You should visit a dentist. These
spots may be places that are starting
to decay or they may be tartar which,
after It becomes firmly embedded in
the enamel, can be removed only by
the dentist. (2) He will aleo recom
mend a tooth powder or paste. (8) You
should wear your hair in two braids.
You are young enough to wear it braid
ed for three or four years. (4) Wipe
off the mud. Put a few drops of ammo
nia in a half pint of water. Rub the
soiled spots lightly with a cloth wet in
this water and let dry.
parent, however, for It quickly became
known that Pitney was the spokesman.
In the New Jersey senate, of the iden
tical interests that were represented,
until recently, by John Kean in the
After his term in the state senate
Pitney was chosen chancellor of New
Jersey, and in that position he quickly
won fame as an enemy of labor un
ions. In the case of the George Jonas
Glass company, which obtained an in
junction against its striking employes
from picketing, Pitney wrote a deci
sion In which he held that it was un
lawful for the union men "to restrain.
either by coercion or persuasion, those
who desired to continue in the employ
ment of the glass company. "This
decision was based on the assumption,
by Pitney, that the relation between
the company and the union men was
what he called a "sen-ice at will.'
BLOW TO FREE SPEECH.
Judge Minturn, of the same bench,
wrote a dissenting opinion in this
case in which he branded the Pitney
decision as a "blow at every man's
constitutional right of free speech.
Judge Pitney held that the union
men could not use persuasion in their
efforts to get others to Join them. It
was unlawful, he held, for one man
quietly to talk to another on the
street if the subject of their conver-
sation was about the strike. This, he
held, would be annoyance to the
Every Judge that President Taft has
named for the supreme court is known
to be an enemy of the unions, with
the possible exception of Hughes, and
he is a sworn enemy of the income tax.
But If you complain, you are a "neu
an And makes La Toilette appear like
an ultra conservative. Such a sne-
gestion ehows that Roosevelt is a
dangerously unsafe leader. He would
enact a law that would make Ameri
can courts of Justice the puniest in
the world and judges mere farceurs.
He would give to the people, who are
not lawyers, the power to reverse deci
sions of courts composed of lawyers.
Has demagogy ever gone to greater
SAY HE DESIGNED
H- S Hockln, who succeeded John
J. Mc.amara as secretary-treasuret
or the International Association of
Bridge and Structural imr.-xn.i...
and who is under arrest in the gov-
fl!?fy- declared by federal agents
h,LaeZlsnt? ,he c,ock mechan
ism used by- the McXamara broth-
-eiurg on their dynamite
m ' a " -"Its i t
n tit mi m mi kmmimi
9r 9VICAM M. SMITH
TON"T let the task at which you work
Possess your body. ,soul and mind.
Forget It when you quit at right;
Lock up and leave it all behind.
Doubt not but what it win be there.
Where all the nighttime it has lain.
When in the morning you return.
All ready for your hand and brain.
There are some other things in life
Quito worth your effort and your time
Far from the office or the shoD.
With reason tinctured end with Thymo
ma sman arrairs aDout the house.
Tour neighbors, topics of the day,
The candidate who wants your vote
And eke quite frequently the play.
That at some later pleasant date
Tou may from grime and toll bo free
Tou grind away without a rest
For the reward that is to be-
Not for the Joy of work Itself,
Though that is part throughout the day.
But for the time that is ahead
When you can drop it all for play.
That era when your pile is made
Looks rosy as you glance ahead.
When you wDl live and take your ease
unless, perchance, you turn ud dead.
This is the lesson, then, for you;
This is the moral clear and strong:
Take of the pleasure that's to be
A portion as you go along.
i5e is your tailor, tent her
"HT'ever again after the wav he insnlt-
"Asked you to pay your bill?"
"Worse than that Made me pay it"
Well Rid of It.
BaTflwmaVvsw v h'm 4-lSo aa enAAn.
uviuwu bwtu uuu t,aj ex v dcvvuu-
Bland automobile was as good aa a
new one provided he got one that
wasn't worn out and that he could
save half the purchase price, so that
jwas the kind he got
p?It ran beautifully while he stayed
arouna town, ana ne Kept tninarag
how much smarter he was than other
men. Then he ventured into the coun
try, and when he had arrived at thirty
miles from nowhere the engine stop
ped running. After fooling with it an
hour he dropped his wrench and, mop
ping his brow, exclaimed: "I wish I
could see the man who sold me this
old rattletrap. I would give it to him."
"What", asked a sarcastic friend;
"Naw; he wouldn't take that as a
"He Is connected by blood with al
most everybody in town."
'It is nice for him to have so many
"Oh, I don't know."
"It leaves him hardly anybody to bor
row money of."
"I hate a flatterer."
"What do you see?"
"A flatterer is one who says nice
things to the other girls.'
"My son, a hundred cents make a
"Not a hundred of mine, dad. They
never get together to that extent"
"Has Brown real faith in his cause?"
"Certainly. He has real money in
It Is Safer.
A cat upon a king may gaze
And not have fits or spasms throw.
And one who not a cent can raise
May wander through an auto show.
One way of being popular is to knock
the town grouch.
You need to know what a' young
man's outgo la as well as what his in
come is In order to get s line on hiin.
Being In love is as unsettling as an
April snowstornTin July.
It is never too late to mend, but some
times It is too expensive.
When a woman makes a specialty of
being clever it is a sign that she is
either homely or out of tbe matrimo
Tbe man's work is likely to be pnnk
who prefaces it with a long line of
It is as uncomfortable to be ahead of
the times as it is to bo behind the
times, but not so hopeless.
Some persons are so methodical and
inelastic that it worries them if their
hens lay more eggs than tbey have fig
A stitch in time often saves a bitch
Id the proceedings.
An attack of 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 cases have been
cured after all other remedies had
failed. Sold by all druggists.
A Veteran of the Light Brigade By F. A. MitcheL
Copyrighted. 1811. by Associated Literary Bureau.
During the war between the states 1
sn Englishman named Larklns, who
had been a sergeant in the British
army, came over to America to seek
service with the Federal army. If he
railed he would try the Confederacy.
A soldier of fortune, be had no prefer
ences, though in England the people
were overwhelmingly in favor of the
Larklns had papers to prove his
British citizenship, which enabled him
to sojourn either In the north or In
the south, as he pleased. He came
over In a blockade runner to Charles
ton, S. C, and, going to Richmond,
Vs., made application for a commis
sion. He was offered one, but by this
time exhaustion had begun to show it
self in the Confederacy, especially In
a financial way, and Larklns was not
pleased with the want of prospect of
emolument In Its service. So he con
cluded to try for a commission in the
Having declined the southern offer,
he asked for a pass to go through the
lines to Washington, telling the au
thorities in Richmond that he had been
called home to England. It was fur
nished htm, and he left for the Army
of Northern Virginia, at that time en
camped between the two capitals, in
tending, after having been passed
through the lines, to work his way
northward. The route he desired to
take lay through Fredericksburg, and
encamped upon the road was a divi
sion commanded by a general whom
I will call Beaumont When Larklns
presented his pass to the officer, telling
him at the same time that he was a
British subject he was treated with
consideration for the reason that the
southerners were constantly hoping
that the British government would In
terfere In their behalf, and they were
always ready to show attention to such
English persons as came among them.
General Beaumont showed great in
terest In John Larklns, regretting that
his recall to England had deprived the
south of his services. The general told
him that if he would remain and ac
cept a commission he would appoint
him to a position on his staff. The
Englishman was tempted; but know
ing that he must take his pay in depre
ciated Confederate currency, he ad
hered to his resolution, assuring the
general that his recall was imperative.
A number of officers were introduced
to Larklns, who looked upon him with
considerable interest This he attrib
uted to the fact that he had told the
general that he had fought in the
Crimean war and took part In the cele
brated charge of the Light brigade, of
which he gave a vivid description.
Whatever the cause, the ex-British sol
dier was much pleased with his treat
ment, and when he was urged not to
hurry away he felt disposed to linger
in his pleasant surroundings. Every
one had beard of the charge that bad
thrilled the world and had been com
memorated by the British poet laureate
Alfred Tennyson, so that one who had
taken part In it was especially inter
esting to soldiers.
Larklns had reached General Beau
mont's headquarters in time for lunch
eon and was invited by the general to
lunch with him and his staff. During
the afternoon Beaumont invited the
Englishman to ride with him on a tour
of inspection of his division, and In the
evening the chief of staff, Captain Car
ter, asked the visitor if he would not
like to call upon a southern family liv
ing in the vicinity. Larklns was not
what would be considered in England
a gentleman and demurred at the In
vitation, but the general urged him to
make the acquaintapce of at least one
household of southern ladies while in
America, and he consented.
Larklns that evening met Caroline
Fletcher, a captivating southern girl,
who had only to smile upon him to
make him fancy that she had been
smitten with him. When he told her
that he was simply passing through
the lines and would go north the next
day she pouted and Insisted on a prom
ise that he would call upon her the
next evening. Gallantry led Larklns
to promise, and he left her not quite
knowing whether he was standing on
his heels or his head.
The next day he was shown more at
tentions by tbe officers and in the
evening called on Miss Fletcher. She
received him on a veranda rich with
the perfume of flowers. She was care
fully attired and looked bewitching.
She flirted with Larklns for awhile,
then began to ask him on which side
of the American conflict his sympa
thies were enlisted, ne assured her
that he had no preference, whereupon
she coquettishly asked blm if he would
do her a service. Having declared that
he would be glad to accommodate her,
she told him that she belonged to a
Union family and was bound up in the
success of tbe Union arms. She -confided
to blm that she was sending in-
I formation to Washington and ended
by asking blm if he would carry a
written communication for ber to Pres
Larklns knew well tbnt If caught by
the Confederates with such Informa
tion on his person his British citizen
ship would not save him from tbe gal
lows. He declined to be tbe bearer
of the message. The lady looked much
disappointed, but forebore to press the
matter and begged that he would not
betray her. Larklns promised, an
that ended the episode.
The next day tbe Britisher said he
would take his departure. He was in
formed that he must be sent through
tbe lines with a flag of truce, and tbe
eituation was not just then fitted for
the dispatching of such a flag. The
enemy was restless, snd there might
be fighting at any moment. So Lar
kins was obliged to content himself at
headquarters, w hich were not so agree
able as before the attentions that had
been showered on him were discon
tinuedthat Is to say, he did not seem
to excite the same interest as formerly.
During that day one of the officers
brought up to him a citizen whom he
Introduced, expatiating on the ex-sergeant's
experience in the Crimea. The
man looked at htm closely, made some
commonplace remarks and withdrew.
From that time Larklns began to real
ize that he was under surveillance.
He had been furnished with a tent
which he occupied alone, and daring
the night was awakened by men talk
ing outside. Curious to know what
was going on, he got oft his cot and
looked out Several privates were sit
ting on the ground close by his tent,
smoking. He was surely under guard.
What could it mean?
He lay awake the greater part of the
night wondering what object the gen- '
eral could possibly have In treating
him, a British subject as a guest, but
really depriving him of his liberty.
Tbe next morning when he awoke
the men had gone. An officer came In
and told htm that a breakfast would
be sent in to him. During the day he
noticed that this same officer never
lost sight of him. To kill time he
thought he would go and call on Miss
"Where are you going?" asked his
"I'm going to pay a visit at the
Fletchers'. I expect to be going as
soon as the general will send me
through, and I think I'll say goodby to
"Yon won't find the Fletchers at
This was said In a half commanding
tone, as if meaning, "Stay where you
are." Larklns said nothing, but turned
and retraced his steps.
He was sitting In a camp chair that
afternoon near General Beaumont's
tent when an officer rode up, threw
himself from his horse and went In to
see the general. There being nothing
but canvas to Intercept the sound.
Larklns could bear a part of what
was said. After some talk that be
could not make out:
"He's the man," the Inferior officer
"Are yon sure?" asked the general.
"Yes, general; the same fellow, play
ing a different game."
"When will he be here?
"Within an hour.
"Very welL We'll be ready for
This was Greek to Larklns, but the
treatment he had received and the
fact of his being under surveillance,
taken with the words "playing the
same game," made him uneasy. As v
soon as the officer had left the general
Larklns went into his tent and said:
"See here, general, I wish to go"
through the lines at once. If I am
purposely detained I desire to know
"M send you through tomorrow
morning," said the general, speaking
In a tone to indicate that he meant to
do what he said.
"Am I detained In your camp?"
"No. Go where you like."
"Very well, I'll wait till tomorrow.
If I am detained longer I shall tele
graph the British consul at Richmond
to come out here at once."
"You'll not be detained that Is, un
less a battle opens."
The next morning at daylight Lar
klns was awakened by General Beau
mont's orderly, who said that the gen
eral would like to see him In his tent
Still uneasy, he arose and went to the
general. An officer was there waiting.
"This is Major Clayton, Mr. Larklns.
If you will go with him he will show
you something to explain our recep
tion and treatment of you since you
have been with us. On your return I
will be pleased to have you breakfast
with me, and a flag of truce Is order
ed for 10 o'clock to escort you through
Larklns went with Major Clayton,
walking down the road till they came
to a clearing. A file of soldiers were
standing, resting on their arms. See
ing the major approach, an officer
went to a tent surrounded by a guard,
led forth a man pale as death In citi
zen's dress and placed him before the
He looked enough like Larklns to be
The Britisher knew at once that a
spy was to be executed. Turning, he
walked back to the general's headquar
ters. "Permit me to offer my apologies,"
said the latter. "The man yon saw
taken out for execution Is a northern
man who was spying on us under cov
er of forged papers of British citizen
ship This coincidence and the fact
that he resembles you caused us to be
lieve we had got one we have been
looking for. Our catching him Is a
blessing to you. for we had about made
up our minds to try you by drumhead
! court martial and shoot you.'
. Larklns now saw through all that
had occurred. Tbe mo.t mortifying
circumstance was bU realization that
the southern beauty had been nt upon
him to endeavor to tempt him to be
tray hlmt-elf as a spy If he really was
one. Satisfied with his experlen''e. he
returned to England without pervlce
In either the Federal or Confederate
Feb. 27 in American
1S07 Henry Wadsworth .Longfellow,
poet born; died 1S2.
19CKJ Profewsor Samuel Plerpont Lar.g
ley, secretary of the Smithsonian.
Institution and a scientist of world
wide reputation, died; born 1S34.
Paris The court of cassation has
banded down an important decision
bearing on diplomatic immunity. Re
cently the appeal court decided that
charges made in 1909 against Chris
topher J. King, American consular
agent at Lille, in connection with the
sale of shares In a Mexican mine,
must be abandoned.