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ABGTJS. FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 1912.
thing behind the scenes of which we
haven't been advised.
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Telephones In all departments: Central
Onion. West 145 and 111B; Union nee-
The state senate of MJ stiffs Ippl has
passed resolutions demanding the lm-
mediate resignation .otS .jtted States
Senator Loroy PercT., . T wonder at
It with a name like ,
aa.ix uu ms
The Springfield Ri
suggests to Hon.
withdrawal from the
more to bring about
been than all his sp
T - M
e wonld do far
A law suit in
nit 1 defeat of D
peVfrf are doing.
AS AXCTEXT FAKE.
An old-time fake Is still going on Its
rounds. The Fresno, CaL, Morning Re
publican has a long notice of the Ul
ster County Gazette printed at the
time of the funeral of George Wash
ington. If all the copies of the Ulster
Gazette In existence were genuine, it
would Indicate that that very worthy
old paper, published more than a hun
dred years ago, had more circulation
than any paper in the United States
at the present time.
Thousands and thousands of copies
of this old paper bare been printed.
re-printed and faked off as being gen
uine relics. The fraud has been go
ing on for nearly halt a century and
every now and then some person
comes Into a newspaper office with a
copy of this old paper banded down
by bis or her father or grandfather.
The average editor hasn't the heart
to tell them that they are only keeping
alive an old-time fake.
There is another paper somewhat of
the same nature and that Is the paper
issued by the soldiers when Vicksburg
fell, and which was printed on wall
paper. ' Thousands of fraudulent cop
ies of this paper are laid away as re
leg of the great war. It was only a few
years ago that a man In the city of
Springfield bought about all the out-
of-date wall paper In the city and bad
thousands of copies of this old paper
printed, which were scattered broad
cast as an advertising scheme. These
papers will be kept by the people In
whose hands they fall and be handed
down from generation to generation
as genuine articles.
But few of them are genuine, as only
a few copies, comparatively speaking,
of tbe genuine Issue were printed at
the time of Vickeburg's surrender,
light the fact that a number of false
teeth valued at 15,000 In September
are now estimated to be worth 17.000.
Another proof of the Increased cost of
From the number of special ambas
sadors of gubernatorial candidates
wbo are traveling up and down the
state. It would seem that tbe railroads
and hotels are the special beneficiaries
of the primary law.
It may be reasonably anticipated
that tba Deneen press bureau will now
get busy with the announcement that
the governor spoke from the same
platform with John Mitchell before a
labor meeting in Rock Island.
Tbe Invention of a telephone which
operates not by sound, but by light,
for the benefit of tbe deaf and dump,
may eventually come Into play for
other folks that wish to do long dis
tance talking without being overheard.
Former Senator William E. Chandler
gives a list of presidential preferences,
running from Senator La Follette to
former Vice President Fairbanks. This
covers the entire field from India's
coral strand to Greenland's icy mountain.
Attorney General Wlckersham
makes merry over the congress com
mittee's discovery of a sugar trust
seven months after be began to prose
cute It. But the committee finds that
tba antitrust law has a prison
penalty, and has he yet made that
Now that England has apparently
discovered the point farthest south
and the United States already has the
glory of locating the pole at tbe other
end through the achievement of Ad
mlral Peary, the other nations will
doubtless continue to scrap over what
Is In between.
THE BOOSTER KPIKIT 19
The booster spirit, which be it said
with gratification and enthusiasm,
Rock Island is partaking of with re
newed ferver, is the broadening spirit
It Is tbe spirit which overlooks petty
Jealousies, petty spites and the small
things of life that vex rather than
harmonize the elements of difference
The booster spirit means enthusi
asm, local pride, local ambition, local
determination and local loyalty.
And It means 'some other things.
It means the subordination of all
else to the town's highest and best
good. It means the elimination of
selfishness and senseless irritation.
It means good will, broadmlndedness
in all that pertains to the best town
on the map.
And that best town Is always our
Broadening out in sentiment and
pulling together In spirit and in act
that Is what will make the town move.
That is the real booster spirit.
EXPERIENCE AT FIRST BAND.
The wonders of surgery are beyond
the grasp of the layman. A man must
be a trained surgeon to comprehend
me marvelous delicacy and skill re
quired In handling the scalpel The
other day in San Francisco Dr. Ber
trand F. Alden, chief surgeon of the
French local hospital, operated upon
himself to remove his appendix. In
accomplishing this sensational surgery
Dr. Alden fulfilled a threat he made
eight years ago, and his success In the
operating sustains two contentions he
has made In tbe face of the opposition
of his colleagues. It proves be be
lieves that the special anaesthesia
used In his own operations does sot
completely dull the senses, and that
a skillful surgeon can perform unaid
ed such an operation upon himself
without fatal consequences. The oper
ation was performed m the presence
of two of Dr. Alden's colleagues, with
the usual quota of nurses and attend
ants in the operating room. Dr. Alden
had the operation almost finished
when one of the attending physicians,
fearing the experiment might end in a
tragedy, threatened to leave the room
unless Dr. Alden desisted and permit
ted them to complete the operation.
"I know, however, I could have fin
ished the operation as I began, with
out any aid," said Dr. Alden. "The
anaesthesia did not numb me entirely
nor did It render me uncertain in my
movements. For my part I felt that
the operation was of immense value
to me. It gave me a vivid sense of
tbe action of the special anaesthesia
and valuable knowledge of the sen
sations undergone by appendicitis pa
tients under the knife."
The general public, which has a
mortal dread of appendicitis opera
tions, may well be amazed at Dr.
Alden's experiment. It would be hard
to make the public believe that If phy
sicians operated upon themselves more
frequently there would be such a
readiness on their part to resort to
surgory frequently in cases of intes
tinal pain. But this opinion is based
upon an ignorant assumption that phy
sicians perform operations when they
are unnecessary, for pure delight or
for the experience to be gained.
It is not true that surgeons often
cut their patients open merely to see
what's Inside of them
This here bridge game sure geta
me!" exclaimed a rotund paterfamilias
about half an hour after his late ar
rival at tbe office one particular morn
"It aura gets me," he repeated.
"Now, Just listen to what happened to
me last night.
There's a family living next door
to us that's bridge crazy. Well, they
had a gathering over there last night
and my wife was one of those Invited.
She's the one and only expert bridge
player in our family. But last even
ing she was down and out with a head
1 simply cant go, 6he wailed.
"You'll have to take my place, Billy.'
Now, believe me, what I know
about bridge you could put on the end
of a lamb's taiL But nothing would
do; I had to put on my white front
and sally forth.
"I told em right away when I got
there that I didn't know anything about
the game; said I was willing to take
a band at poker or pedro or anything
like that, if they wanted me to sit In;
but when It came to bridge I'd have
to be educated.
"They said they'd explain It to me.
and half a dozen did, all at once, so
I got something about no trump' and
'bridge It' and 'pray do,' but without
getting any clear connections.
"Well, they set me there at the head
of a table and I tried to look wise to
the game. Believe me, I was cautious.
I didn't make a move. Once in a while
I muttered 'no trumps,' Just to be po
lite, but I didn't make a move through
that entire performance.
"Now here's where the queer part of
this here bridge game comfs in. I
told you I didn't do a thing, and I
didn't. But didn't they come along
and hand me the first prize? They
did. Hero it Is look at it? Isn't it
about the handsomest little old cigaret
case you ever saw? Well,, that's what
I got for sitting tight and doing noth
ing, playing my first game of bridge.
It's some game that bridge! But I
wish I knew the answer. I'm plum
puzzled as to the kinks that made me
We don't tell you his name. He's
noted for bis absent minded ness. Yes
lmost as absent minded as a pro
The other day, Just as he was start
ing borne from his office, this city
official was called to tbe telephone.
"Henry," said the voice of his wife,
when you pass the grocer's on your
way borne, stop In and get half a dozen
lemons. Now don't forget.
All right, m' dear." quoth Henry,
And for a wonder he didn't
Now the grocer know Henry's
trait of absent mindedness. So, when
the request for half a dozen lemons
was stated by the dutiful husband, the
grocer winked at the cashier and
"Which kind do you wish sweet or
"Ah er ah Give me the kind my
wife usually gets," stammered Henry,
"By the way." remarked a follower
of Mrs. Pankburst, who resides here
abouts, "I don't think they can use
that old argument any more about us
women not being able to go to war and
fight for our country, aB Incapacitat
ing women for the vote.
"Nope they can't use. that argument
any more since the London euffragets
started that merry little war of their
own over there the other day. See
what they did? Smashed everything
in sight Fired off real guns, kept 6
000 police and mounted troops busy,
Got knocked down and thrown Into
jail, and gave the whole town Just
taste of what women could do If they
wanted to do some real fighting.
"Of course, I don't approve of It at
alL But it Just goes to show what an
empty argument that is about our not
being made of the stuff that could go
to war if we had to. Say if two hos
tile armies met, with women as sol
diers in both of 'em, I'll wager
would make the war correspondents
"Still, that won't ever happen,
women have anything to say about it
In spite of the London suffragets, if
peace we women want peace and
plenty and decency and a chance for
9r 9VTCAJ M. SMITH
A TRUE FRIEND.
A BOOK I And a constant friend
That manners does not lack.
For, though perhaps wo disagree,
It never saaaea back.
It doesn't rant and saw the air
Or lay the law down flat.
But quietly It states Its case
And leta it go at that
Weary with the carea of Ufa
And heartsick with the strife,
I ait down with a book and take
A taste of quiet life.
Suppose that from Its friendly pa re
My thoughts should take the train
To soma unnamed and distant clime.
The book doea not complain.
Neglected though It Ilea around
For months and maybe years.
The same old friend when opened up
It Instantly appears.
It doea not pout or make a fuss
And say It will not play.
But cheerfully It comes to meet
My manner grave or gay.
It offers me the best advlca
The sages ever penned;
It shows me how to live my life
And how my ways to mend.
One drawback, only one. It has
I hate to mention that
It cannot loan me thirty cents
When I am busted flat
The Argus Daily Story
Almost a Tragedy By Horace S. Gould.
Copyrighted. 1911. by Associated Literary Bureau.
A merry house party was assembled
In the country residence of Arnold
Bidgeway. They were all people wbo
moved In what are called the upper cir
cles, and many, of them were rich.
Among tbe guests were an engaged
couple Langdon Field and Louise
Dana. Field, so far as means were
concerned, was a self made man.
Born In a wealthy fsmily, he, had
Ecarcely emerged from childhood when
a crash came In his family affairs. In
stead of going to college he bad at sev
enteen taken a position In a mercan
tile house, determined to restore the
family fortune. At twenty-two he had
set up for himself and at thirty was
considered rich. Then came trouble
In his business affairs, and it was a
question if all he bad striven for would
not be lost to him and he would have
to begin all over again.
While matters were well with him
be had become engaged to Miss Dana.
When they were Invited to Rldgeway's
bouse party be had told his fiancee
that he was needed at bis business
and must decline it She told him that
he was working too bard and should
break away for a brief recreation. Aft
er much persuasion she prevailed upon
him to accept the Invitation, he being
largely influenced by the fact that a
regret from him would either involve
one from her or If she went without
him ber pleasure would be marred.
It seemed impossible for Field to
throw off bla anxiety about his busi
ness. At any rate, be did not show
that abandon to pleasure to be expect
ed from every one of such a party.
Louise, noticing this and that he seem
ed nervous and worried, did everything
In ber power to turn his mind Into
"Don't you find It very lonesome in
the city? You didn't know a soul
when you went there, and city folks
are not like villagers. They are not
much on the dropping In, I have
"No, Indeed; we have many callers."
"What, so soon?"
"Well, you see we bought our furni
ture and fixings from about a dozen
different Installment houses."
The Field of Literature
BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER.
(Special Correspondence of The Argus.)
Washington, March 6. There is ev
ery indication that former President
Roosevelt, in his effort to wrest the
nomination from President Taft, in
tends to avoid the tariff Issue. The
best evidence of this intention is con
tained in a recent statement from
Colonel Roosevelt's headquarters in
New York to the effect that he would
"rest his case with the people on the
issues he raised In his Columbus
The "issues"' raised in Columbus by
the former president were: "The re
call of judges and judicial decisions,"
and "the right of the people to rule
Just how Colonel Roosevelt pro
poses, on that platform, to relieve the
people from paying tribute to the
trusts on practically everything they
buy, and at the same time bring about
an Improvement in the shameful wages
paid the workers in the woolen and
steel and other trust factories and
mills, is a mystery for which the for
mer president has offered no explanation.
THE OXE BIO ISSIE.
Democratic leaders in congress have
declared over and over again that the
tariff Is the one big issue before tbe
people today. They are agreed on this
I point, and while they realize that the
tariff is a momentous question, and
one fraught with many difficulties,
they are willing to face it squarely.
18 TX'RNEV GAINING?
There is inquiry to learn tbe
wherefore of all this subsequent si
lence on the part of Governor Joseph
M. Carey of Wyoming. He is one of
the "seven little governors" who
came out for the colonel as soon as
the curtain went up In the first act.
The point that Is beginning to get
attention is that Carey baa said
nothing since that first announce
ment. The other six governors have
since then yelled themselves hoarse
up and down the line, but Carey Isn't
helping along with the needed noise.
lie doesn't amount to anything as a
rooter at this Important stage of the
What has happened to Carey? Why
should be be the only silent one in
the lot? There isn't anything in the
constitution of Wyoming or the
makeup of Its people that forbids
Carey to get out and whoop up a
nr ise it be feela so inclined.
And still Carey seems to have noth
Ins further to aay.
It isn't like the man and isn't like
Jtc state he serves. There is some-
Congressman James T. Lloyd, chair
man of the national democratic con
gressional committee, declared in a re
cent speech before the Democratic club
of Philadelphia that the question had
resolved itself Into one of good faith
between the two parties.
"In the last presidential campaign,"
said Mr. Lloyd, "both parties declared
for downward revision. This declara
tion, from both sides, was unequivocal
and without qualifications. The repub
licans won in the presidential contest,
and straightway the tariff taxes were
increased, in direct violation of the
party pledge. Two years later the
democrats carried the house, and im
mediately bills were framed and passed
which, had they not been vetoed,
would have given the country down
ward revision, exactly as the demo
crats of the nation promised. The
present issue, therefore, is perfectly
plain. The people know how well the
parties kept their faith."
COLONEL'S EFFORT FUTILE.
Other speakers at the same meeting
emphasized this point, and in congress
many similar speeches have been
made. The tariff is the issue, and
Colonel Roosevelt's effort to sidetrack
it in favor of the "recall" and "rule
by the people" will not go, these
They contend that the greatest ob
stacle in the way of real rule by the
people is rule by the trusts, and this,
in turn, cannot be destroyed without
first destroying the high tariff wall.
Cartoona. In the March number o(
the new magazine, "Cartoons." is ef
fectively kept the promise of the edi
tors to include the timeliest, bright
est and wittiest cartoons on tbe news
of the last few weeks, from all over
the world. Subject after subject ap
pears in this number summarized by
some cartoonist with a perception of
values that could not be expressed In
columns of type. A full page portrait
of C U Bartholomew, the "Bart" of
the Minneapolis Journal, whose car
toons axe widely copied, and some fine
examples of his style are features of
this number. Without stinting space
for American subjects and cartoonists.
there being about 100 American car
toonists represented, this number goes
more fully thsn the two earlier ones
into the gTeat field of foreign cartoons,
selecting especially the most amusing
and the subjects most likely to be ap
preciated In the United States.
An Odd Superstition.
A strange superstition Is that of an
otherwise perfectly normal western
man who as a buyer for a very large
department store of the country has
had marvelous success. His talent
seems to He In reading the hidden
thoughts of men and In that way se
curing bargains few others can ever
seem to get To a few of his Intimates.
not bis trade friends, he gives a weird
explanation of this power: Wherever
he can tie says be drinks water from
the same rlas as the person with
whom he Is about to do business, tat
lng care to drink after him. There Is
not a doubt In bis mind that there la
truth in the old belief that If two
drink witter out of one glass the last
to drink wiU.know the other's secrets.
"They say that contentment Is better
than great riches. I wonder who
knows about it?"
"Lots of people.
"How Is that?"
"There are more people who can get
the contentment than can get the
Easiest Thing You Know.
"You simply can't persuade some
"It's a fact Some of them are the
contrariest things alive."
"Did you ever try to persuade them
that they are smart and handsome?
The Practical Part
"He had a scheme to make a mil
"Then why did you break away bo
"I wanted to escape before he bor
rowed a dime."
"Think for yourself."
"You don't think I am fool enough to
think for anybody else. I hope!"
Different From Others.
"I don't like him. He doesn't know
"Well, you see, he knows it, and that
makes him bearable."
The motor's feed of oats Is short,
Baled hay la no delight.
But do not think from that, old sport
It haa no appetite.
T. R. and tile Third Term
The colonel has at last flatly an
nounced his candidacy. He has been
a candidate all the while, but evidently
hoped to have the nomination come ap
parently unsolicited, by way of conven
tion stampede, or some such spectacu
lar manner, but the 6teady progress of
Mr. Taft in picking up delegates made
the latter's nomination on first ballot
loom large, hence T. R. has taken off
his mask and followed his lid into the
ring. He calls it a great public duty,
which is no bigger joke than the aver
age declaration of the average candi
date who tries to make the people be
lieve be seeks the job because he loves
Colonel Roosevelt breaks Caesar's
record for having most often refused
the crown before 'taking it, and it
should be borne in mind that Caesar
had the organization, all the postmas
ters and gaugers and countless other
officials being for him. Caesar and Na
poleon mere like T. R. militant pro
gressives who rough-rode and gun-fired
themselves Into the hearts of their
countrymen, but neither of those early
heroes had the temerity to declare
himself on the throne until he had
everything set in the way of backing.
The third term l6sue will not be
squarely tried out unless the colonel
succeeds in getting tbe nomination. In
1SS0 General Grant sought a third term
and was so strong in the republican
party that the convention was dead
locked for days, but fortunately for
the reputation of the great commander,
he was not nominated, and therefore
escaped the humiliation of defeat at
the polls. It is not likely that the colo
nel will come anywhere near Grant's
strength in the convention, for candor
compels the admission that while Grant
was the big hero of the greatest war in
the world's history, the colonel did his
fighting in a comic opera war in Cuba.
This is not the colonel's fault, but his
The unwritten law of no third term
has probably been one of the most
potent factors in the preservation of a
republican form of government ana
however much thoughtful republicans
may desire to correct certain economic
evils, they are not going to open the
doors for a possible dictatorship.
At all events this man "say a the test
never fail. Mew York Sun.
Indict Politician as Slayer.
Morris, March 8. Frank Kelpel, for
mer mayor of Morris, and for years a
political power in Grundy county, waa
indicted on the charge of murdering
Ole Thompson, a Kendall county farm
er and horseman. The indictment was
returned by the Grundy county grand
jury. Kelpel shot Thompson in a Mor
ris saloon last September in a quarrel
over a horse race.
Only a great "mind can feel charity
for those who don't appreciate its
We forgive our friends their success
as long as we feel that we can beat
them at the game.
A woman's objection to tobacco
smoke depends less ou the brand of to
bacco than on the brand of man.
The greatest foe to contentment that
a man can have is an ambitious wife.
We are all willing to bsttle for the
right The trouble is that right seems
to be all things to all people.
Some people are like some books
the best thing about them is tbe binding.
The only drawback to owning books
Is that some Idiot is sure to insist on
boring you about them.
Some people never tell all they knon
because they prefer to choose subjects
upon which they can talk longer.
Every woman expects to have gray
hair, but stoutness is the last lndigulty
of a malicious fate.
When we ask for bread we have a
sneaking hope that somebody will
have a streak of generosity and give
Learning ma set a young" men rm
perate. Is the comfort of old age.
standing for wealth with poverty as
serving -as an ornament to riches.--Cicero,
"Cut glass for company and cblpcrtd
china for the family" U not the best of
rules for making a home attractive.
XHB STEPS WENT TO TH? DRESS EB.
other channels, devoting herself so far
as she might to him exclusively. She
kept him up fairly well during the term
of the festivities, but as the end ap
proached be seemed eager to get back
to tbe city and his business.
The night before the party broke up
a dance was given by tbe hosts, and a
number of youn people were Invited
from the city for that occasion espe
cially. Naturally this took up all the
available room, but by doubling up and
other expedients it was found possible
to accommodate the additional guests.
Loui.se Dana had brought with her
some valuable family jewels that she
bad inherited. On tbe evening of the
ball, noticing that her fiance seemed
depressed, she dressed early, putting
on her Jewels, and, seeking Field,
sought to dispel his gloom before the
festivities began. When he noticed her
jewels bis expression changed, and he
"You are not going to wear those
gems tonight, ore you?"
"Of course. Why not?"
"Do you think it appropriate to wear
such valuable Jewelry except on a
"If I wait for a grand occasion I may
wait some time. I have never yet
worn them, and I have long been anx
ious to do so for the first time,"
"For my sake."
There was something In his expres
sion that puzzled her. She was silent
for a few moments, then said:
"Very well. Since you desire it I'll
leave them off."
Louise went to her room, took off ber
Jewels and put them away. Coming
out into tbe hall, she met Mrs. Ridge-
"What have you done with your Jew
els?" asked tbe latter.
"Taken them off."
"On second thonght it seemed to me
that tbey are fitted only for state occa
sions." "My dear, go and put them on again
1 wish the other guests to see and ad
The hostess hurried away, and Lou
ise, not wishing to offend ber. return
ed to ber room aod put tbe jewels on
again. Meeting Field below, tbe mo
ment be saw tbem that same singular
pained, almost frightened, expression
came again In bis face.. She was about
to explain why she bad failed to hu
mor bitn In the matter when some on
accosted ber. and when she vaa again
at liberty Field had (hissed into an
The dance passed off merrily", being
kept up till 2 o'clock la the morning.
Tbe gayety grew from start to finish,
aod. as usual on such occasions, all
were loath to break np. When at
last those who were tired oat began
to break away a conference took place
as to tbe rooming of the guests.
On the grounds was a pavilion, one
room cf wbicb was equipped for a
bedroom, and it bad been arranged
that one of the young men. wbo bad
come up especially for the dance,
should sieep there. He was rallied
by some girls d sleeping In such a
lonely place, to wbicb. rn1iad that
It would not trouble blm at all to
spend the night there, but be didn't
believe there was a girl of the party
who would dare do so.
Now, Louise Dana was just the kind
of girl to take up with such a propo
sition. A lot of chaff followed, at the
end of which she offered for a pound
of candy, to be given by the bachelors
to each and every girl of tbe party, to
sleep In the pavilion. Her proposition
was accepted. Going upstairs, she se
cured the articles of toilet she requir
ed. At first she thought she would
leave the Jewels In her room, but on
second thought preferred to take them
with ber and put them under her pil
low. Going downstairs, the party
were waiting for her. Her lover took
ber aside and begged her not to carry
out ber intention. He appeared so
troubled about her doing so that she
would have refrained bad she not
gone so far that ber pride would have
suffered at a withdrawal. She en
deavored to reassure him. saying that
tbe pavilion was as safe as the house.
She was escorted to her sleeping
place by a crowd of young people.
Field would not be of the party. She
was rallied on tbe spooks that would
visit her during the night and the
burglars. But It was all banter, for
the pavilion was not 100 yards from
the main building, and no one dream
ed of any danger. Finally they left
ber alone, returning to the house with
shouts and laughter.
There was a dresser opposite the
door. Before this dresser Louise stood
and took off her jewels, laying them on
it till she should go to bed, then began
to disrobe. While doing so she saw
peering through the transom reflected
In the mirror something that chilled
the marrow in her bones. It was a
face, a human face, yet the face of a
It waa there but a moment Never
theless Louise knew or believed that It
had not departed. Gradually she re
covered ber equanimity sufficiently to
play such a part as would save ber.
njavlng her Jewels on the dresser,
she got into bed. Her heart was wild
ly beating, and sleep, of course, was
impossible. Wishing to have the ordeal
over as soon as possible, she purposely
breathed hard as If in slumber. It was
not long after this that she heard a
faint click from the door 6he had pur
posely left It unlocked and some one
stealthily passing over the floor. She
kept her eyes closed, but could distin
guish that there was a light in thd
The steps went to the dresser, and
Louise could hear the Jewels being tak
en off it Then the light came to
ward ber, and he who carried It held
it closer and closer to her face. It was
all she could do to refrain from start
ing up with a wild shriek. But she
maintained herself, keeping ber eyes
closed so thoroughly that she saw noth
ing, though she knew that the light
was held down almost against her
eyes, for she could feel its heat Every
moment she expected to feel a weapon
crashing down upon her. Yet she knew
her only hope was to convince the rob
ber she slept so soundly that she was
unconscious of his presence.
Then when she felt that he was mov
ing away and the danger had passed
how could she refrain from betraying
herself by some expression of relief?
Still controlling herself, she lay per
fectly quiet until she heard a creak at
the door and knew the robber and her
jewels had passed away from her.
And now with the reaction came a
frightful bitterness. It was not thac
she had been robbed of her Jewels.
This was nothing compared with an
other deprivation. The love she had
felt for Langdon Field was turned to
horror. In the face she bad seen re
flected from the transom she had rec
ognized the man wbo was soon to have
been her .husband.
What next? Should she stay where
she was till daylight or get up and
give an alarm? In the latter case. If
she met her visitor, it would be sure
death. Doubtless be bad fled. She
waited as long as she could repress a
desire to go elsewhere, then, arising,
put on wbat clothes she needed and
went out All was still, the late revel
ers being in bed. In one of tbe win
dows she saw a light Throwing soma
gravel from tbe walk against the pane,
tbe summons was answered by a young
man who was smoking with others snd
talking over the dance. When tbe door
was opened Louis fell on tbe floor In
Langdon Field, whose mind had been
for some time giving way under hi
reverses, bad at last broken down.
Being unbalanced, be bad conceived
tbe idea that if be possessed bis fian
cee's jewels be could save himself
from financial ruin. He was captured
in the city aDd sent to an asylum. In
sane as be was. be was conscious of
wbat he bad done and told bis physi
cian that be bad held the light down
close to Louise's eyes to make sure
that she was asleep. Had she shown
the slightest evidence of being awake
be would have killed her.
March 8 - in American
1799 Simon Cameron, statesman, Lin
coln's first war secretary, bora;
18C3 Sensational naval encounter in
Hampton Roads. Tbe Confederate
Ironclad ram Merrlmac played hav
oc with the Federal wooden fleet
1S87 James Buchanan Eads, construc
tor of the first Federal Ironclad
fleet, died; born 1820.
18S8-Genera! D. II. Strother, civil
war veteran, and author known; as
"Porte Crayon." died; born 1816.
1889 John Ericsson, builder of tbe fa
mous ironclad Monitor, died; born
1903 General W. B. Franklin, noted
Federal veteran of the civil war,
died; born 1823.