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THE ROCK ISIAJfD ARGUS. MONDAY, MARCH 11, 1912.
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Monday, March 11, 1912.
. After a 10-days' trial March has
been unable to shake off the Medicine
' Hat habit.
Secretary Stlmson has come to real
ize T. R. sees no difference between
an old friend and the Ananias club.
A letter signed by Chauncey Depew
brought fiTe cents the other day. You
see Chauncey is no longer a senator.
President Taft'a phrase, "hot air" as
applied to the Roosevelt mouthlngs is
not original, but It Is extremely apro
Make much of your possibilities Is
an old maxim. The coal mine owners
accept It by raising the price of coal
fl a ton on the possibility that there
will be a strike.
A nan down In Oklahoma has got a
nog that can count twenty without
stopping. We do not know about
counting, but there are some dogs In
Springfield that can bark 2.000 times
without counting or even stopping, If
they can find anybody to lie awake
and listen to them.
IT men s hearts are where their
treasure Is there la some sincere in
terest In religion over in New York,
for It Is computed that the amount
to be spent this spring and summer
In church building. Including some en
largements or extensive renovations,
will run up to $10,000,000. Architects
and builders say there has been no
such protpeet for work on churches
fc- several years as there is at this
Galesburg Is in some trouble to
know whether It has a legal mayor or
not The late mayor of that city died
a short time ago. and the council elect
ed a successor. This election Is said
to be illegal, and It Is averred that the
city is without a mayor at the present
time. It is said of office holders none
ever resign and few die. The mayor
of Galetburg was one of the few and
has left the state of affairs in Gales
burg on a somewhat uncertain basis.
According to the London Dally Tel
egraph, plans of British shipping inter
est, in connection with business by
way of the Panama canal, have taken
form in orders for the building of a
cry large number of steamships es
pecially for that trade.
"The orders for these vessels," says
the Telegraph, "have been placed very
quietly, and In many cases It Is not yet
known for which particular branch of
the Pacific trade they are Intended."
The writer assumes that similar con
ditions prevail in connection with con
tinental shipping Interests.
It is evident that European trade Is
preparing to take every possible ad
vantage of the new water route.
"Are we to go through the tortures
of another Cook-Peary controversy?"
asks the Qulncy Journal. "Are we to
have the great south pole hoax just as
we did over the discovery of the north
One day last week the world was
commending the generosity of Captain
Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer,
who was reported to have telegraphed
to civilization that Captain Robert
Scott, his famous British rival, had
won the race to the i,ole. Hie action
was contrasted with that of Dr. Cook,
who tried to deprive Explorer Peary of
his waJ-won laurels. Then followed
the famous charges which resulted. In
tha discrediting of Dr. Cook and the
exposing of one of the most gigantic
hoaxes of an history. Last week we
thought Amundsen was different He
telgraphed that his rival had beaten
But, alas! what news do the wires
bring now? Captain Amundsen an-
nounoea that he himself has been vic
torious. He and not Captain Scott has
gained the pole.
Let the controversy begin.
Something about the work of discov
ering poles seems to stir up the spirit
of controversy. We have had the
north pole light.
We may aa well get ready for the
battle for the honors over the discov
ery of the south pole.
THE CASE OF JOHN 3IJTCHELL.
The federal Judge before whom John
Mitchell, with hla two associate, .has
been heard, wants the labor leader to
promise that he will hereafter not dis
regard judicial decisions that are
made. In ether words, the Judge wants
Mitchell to apologize for his past
course for -which he has been adjudged
In contempt of court. Mitchell says
that compliance with the request of
the Judge would imply that he has
been guilty of the offense which be de
nies he has committed. Evidently the
Judge does not wish to sentence a man
of the high character of John Mitchell
to Imprisonment, but wishes to humil
iate him. The labor leader prefers
prison to such humiliation.
It would te a great hardship for
such a man to go to prison, hut hard
er still for him to make a hypocritical
confession to save himself from the
enforcement of his sentence. The fact
in this whole contempt of court busi
ness is an assumption of judicial au
thority which ought not to exist. Such
an Injunction as that issued by the
federal court in this Instance as In
many other cases, Is In contravention
of personal liberty and the sooner the
power to issue such orders is taken
away, the better it will be for the
THE VICTORY FOR THE ARSENAL
The knocking out of the Taylor sys
tem by the epecial committee of the
national house of representatives ap
pointed by Speaker Clark at the in
stance of the employes of Rock Island
arsenal, as forecasted by the special
dispatch to The Argus of Saturday by
Clyde H. Tavenner, the special corre
spondent of The Argus at Washington,
is a vindication of the arsenal men in
their contentions and protest against
the proposed inauguration of the sys
tem by the war department.
The action of the committee not only
sustains the opinion that Mr. Tavenner
has steadfastly adhered to In his let
ters and dispatches to The Argus from
time to time, but it confirms the evi
dence of close touch he has had with
the situation from the start, as was
emphasized In his special dispatch to
The Argus of Saturday, presenting
what the report to be filed later In the !
day would contain.
In Mr. Tavenner the arsenal men
have had a useful and influential
friend at Washington from the time
the first committee went to the capital
In their behalf. It was he who furnish
ed them advantageous headquarters
there, brought them into prompt com
munication with Speaker Clark and
Congressman Pepper of the Davenport
district, and aided them in other ways
in furthering their campaign against
the adoption of the system. During
the past 10 days. Mr. Tavenner has
been writing for The Argus and other
papers which he serves, a series of in
teresting and intelligent letters expos
ing the features of the Taylor system
and in support of the position taken by
the arsenal men. The last of these
letters will appear during the coming
It ie with some sense of gratifica
tion that Tbe Argus, realizing Its own
position during the entire agitation of
the Taylor system, has been, as tbe
circumstances have proved, the only
paper in the tri-cities that has taken a
positive position In behalf of the ar
senal employes In their stand, and in
this connection the reproduction of a
review of the case appearing in the
columns of The Argus some time ago,
which was afterward copied through
out the west, may be opportune. Here
is what The Argus said an the sub
ject at that time. In view of the fact
that the language of the committee's
"In all justice to the arsenal men,
it must be said that they are not
to blame for viewing with suspi
cion the adoption of a scheme for
the regulation of their labor against
which the voice of labor every
where has gone up in emphatic
protest. The arsenal men are not
looking for an opportunity to pick
a flpht with the government. They
do not object to a full day's work
for a full day's pay. They are stand
ing not 60 much in fear of imme
diate reduction In wagea as they
are of the tendency, and, as they
believe, the purpose of the Taylor
system to place them in bondage.
"They maintain that, regardless
of what may be the tendency of out
side employers, the government
should take a higher ground and
set the pace for private employers.
And they believe that such a pace
should be American and humane In
its aims as well as in methods of
fixing the wage scale. The men
feel that the government should as
sume that they are honest men,
willing and anxious to prove wor
thy of their hire, and that, as self
respecting citizens, they have a
right to protest against rules and
regulations which will place them
in a certain form of slavery. They
declare that where a man cannot
top to get a drink of water, or
brush back the hair from his eyes,
or blow his nose, without account
ing for the instant thus taken from
his task, he becomes a slave.
"They don't see why they should
be thus humiliated by such re
stricting and exacting regulations,
and for that reason they oppose the
system that the secretary of war
is seeking to Impose, not only
upon them, but upon labor In gen
eral." ILLINOIS NEWS
To Contest $1,000,000 Will.
Mllford. March 1L One set of blue
china dishes, hla share of an estate val
ued at $1,000,000, does not satisfy Ed
ward C Sumner of Mllford, and he has
filed suit In the Benton county circuit
court to break the wlU of Mrs. Jennie
E. Caldwell of Earl Park, who died
recently, leaving a fortune consisting
of 6,100 acres of land In Benton coun
ty, Ind, and tracts In Iroquois and
other central Illinois counties. Sum-
rr claims his grandfather, Edward
Sumner, who died In 1882. amasaad
the bulk of the fortune. Mrs. Cald-
"This strike of the English miners
reminds me of an occurrence among
them several years ago when I was
living in England," said a white-haired
Englishman, aa we sat about his tan
ner table the other evening.
"At that time the miners were being
considerably better paid than they
have been recently. In fact, they
didn't know what to do witn men-
money, and used to spend it in rather
One miner I knew about bougnt a
picture. It was an immense affair, ana
he paid 600 pounds for it I don't
know why he spent that much money
on the picture, for he wasn't what
you might call a connoisseur, by any
means. Possibly, however, the same
germ that stirs a good many Ameri
can multimillionaires to invest in old
masters had bitten this miner who
didn't know what to do with his
"Like the rest of his fellows, he lived
in a brick row of houses owned by the
company. His house was a very mod
est, dingy affair, with two rooms up
stairs and two downstairs. He wanted
to put the picture In his house, but
the picture was too large to get
through the door.
"The miner obtained permission
from the company to tear out the
front wall to admit the picture. This
was done. But when he tried to set
up the picture inside he found that
it was too long for the room. There
fore, he had to tear out part of the
partition between the living room and
kitchen. And so the picture was
placed, part of it extending into the
"He eoon got tired of the picture and
sold It at a great loss, going through
the same process of tearing down and
rebuilding the front wall of his dwell
"These miners undoubtedly are not
paid enough now to live as they
should," continued our host "Their
wages have been lowered while their
living cost has soared. I believe it
Is true that they do not have suffi
cient to eat High prices have invaded
even free trade England. But when I
was last in England and it was not
so very many years ago food was in
deed cheap, and it seemed that even
the poorest paid working people would
be able to buy enough to eat At that"
time one could buy in London a whole
chicken, dressed and cooked, ready to
put on the table for a chilling (in
English money). These chickens were
imported from France, at that."
"We used to get a good dressed
chicken for 23 cents here," remarked
a guest, "and I remember when we
raid 10 cents a dozen for eggs and
thought it plenty."
"Butter at 12 cents wasn't consid
BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER.
(Special Correspondence of The Argua.)
Washington, March 9. That the
cheap foreign labor" of Europe,
which the American trusts hold up as
a bugaboo to frighten the workers of
this country whenever tariff legisla
tion is pending, Is really better paid
than the workmen in the highly pro
tected trust factories 1b shown by a
comparison of the wage scales in the
cloth mills of the United States aud
"Cheap foreign labor" is the con
stant wail of the trusts. "We must
have protection against this cheaper
labor in order to pay our workmen
American wages," they argue, and
then, as soon as they get the protec
tion they Immediately begin Jo gouge
the consumer, and at the same time
push their own wage scie down be
low that of the foreign mills with
which they were In such frantic fear
of competition. The following table
will show what spinners are paid In
the trust mills here and in the mills
of free trade England:
IX EXGLAND, FTJLL TIME, PES WEEK.
Spinners $9.50 $12.00
Weavers (two looms) 6.50
Weavers (four looms) 6.60
Big piecers 5.00
Adults (average) $5.00
Girls (average) 3.75
I! LAWRE-KCR, FCLL TIME, PER
Spinners $5.10$ 7.70
well's will created great dissatisfac
tion among some of the heirs on the
Sumner side of the family. The prin
cipal legatee is Miss Grace B. Mollans
bee of 4029 Indiana avenue, Chicago, a
niece of Mrs. Caldwell, who Is allowed
an income of $416 a month. After va
rious bequests are provided for two
thirds of tbe balance of the income is
to be used for the maintenance of a
home for 111 and helpless mothers and
their babies, the mansion at Earl Park
to be utilized for this purpose. The
other one-third is to go to a sister-in-law,
Mrs. Katheryn Sumner of Earl
Candidate Late, Seeka Place.
Springfield. March 11. Reuben R.
Tiffany of Free port, who desires to be
come a candidate for lieutenant gover
nor on the republican ticket and did
not present his petition until after 11
o'clock last night has engaged local
our k r--v
ered cheap when I was 10 years
younger," declared another.
"We used to buy bacon at 8 and 10
cents a pound," said a third.
"Yesterday I went down to the mar
ket to get a beef heart," spoke the
hostess. "The butchers used to almost
give them away when we first came
to live here. Nobody cared about beef
hearts then. But at the market I had
to pay 25 cents for quite a small one."
"Speaking of eggs," chimed in the
little fat matron who sat beside the
host, "I must say the present system
has its advantages. When eggs were
one-priced and Just eggs, without any
guaranty as to 'strictly fresh,' you al
ways opened an egg in fear and trem
bling. When you bought a dozen eggs
you didn't know whether you were
getting egg of chicken or. something
in between. More than once I ve
broken an egg and, before I could
catch it in time, would get some of
its overripe contents into my, cake bat
ter. And more than once, when we've
had soft boiled eggs for breakfast
we eat them European fashion, in the
shell the whole family has had to
hold its nose while some unfortunate
member hurried away from the- table
with the cause of our olfactory dis
"At least, these days, you get
'strictly fresh' when you pay for them,
and while I don't like the high prices
any better than you do, I believe I'd
rather pay for 'strictly fresh' today
than to risk the old plan."
"I thought we had reached the limit
when I had to pay 20 cents a pound
for prunes the other day," quoth an
other housewife. "Prunes! Notorious
boarding house dish because so cheap
and fillin'. That's one reason I got
them, for my family is voracious. But
prunes at 20 cents a pound are a lux
ury. So I decided I would Judiciously
mix them with dried apples they are
really very good that way.
"Will you believe it people? those
dried apples came done up in a sealed
package, and I had to pay 15 cents a
pound for them common dried ap
ples, that we used to turn up our
noses at when the grocer dug them
out of a barrel with a ecoop and
weighed them on the scale at 3 to 5
cents a pound. We wouldn't eat them
as long as we could get anything
"According to present indications,"
sighed our host, as he helped us to
more roast beef, "I do not think any
of us will follow in the steps of the
English miners when they didn't
know how to spend the money they
earned. We now know only one way
of spending our hard earned dollars.
When we working people finish buy
ing food, we haven't enough money
left to frivol away."
Carders 6.00 8.00
Combers 6.10 7.70
Drawers 6.00 7.70
Cop spinners 5.10 7.70
Twisters 5.00 6.10
Mule spinners 5.00 14.60
Weavers (12 looms) 10.00
Combers (adults) $5.10
Drawers (adults) 6.00
Cop spinners 6.10
Warp spoolers (girls) 5.50
Different systems are used in the
two countries, but where a direct
parallel can be drawn the rate of pay
Is shown to bo in favor of the English
workman. The American woolen trust
pays its weavers by the piece, and
this makes his average for attending
looms about 83 cents per loom, where
as in England the same sort of work
man, for attending two looms, receives
$5.50 per week, or $2.75 per loom.
WOOI.EX TRl'ST PROTECTED.
The woolen trust is the most highly
protected of all the trusts. It has
shouted this cry of "cheap foreign
labor" so long that many people have
come to think that the workers in
American mills, working under what
the trusts call the "American stand
ard," are magnates besides their low
paid English brethren. The reverse
la true. The woolen trust wanta pro
tection for the sole reason that
through protection it is saved from
foreign competition, and thus left free
to gouge the American consumer at
will. The workmen in the trust mills,
meanwhile, are given no share of
these enormous profits which the trust
takes from the people.
attorneys to attempt to induce Secre
tary of 8tate Rose to place) his name
on the ballot.
Seed Com In Illinois Is Poor.
Bloomlngton, March 11. With the
approach of the corn planting season.
tbe seed situation grows more alarm
ing, Apparently unless a supply of seed
can be obtained from other states, Il
linois farmers will have a small crop
this year. One farmer of this county.
who tested 2,000 grains of seed corn,
found that not one-half would germin
ate. Similar tests conducted In other
portions of central Illinois, showed
equally unsatisfactory results.
"Knockout Drop" Prove Fatal.
Harrisburg. March 11. H. L, Whit-
ling of Bradford. Pa, a widely known
oil man, who was crazed by "knockout
drops" administered at Terra Haute,
r 9VJICAM M. SMITH
rprLL you have stolen kleaee
Tou never know what bllaa la.
And I am told that this is
A crime both prime and sweat
Although this form of plunder
Dear mamma's ban la under.
To mlaa It la a blunder;
To anatch It la a treat
The man who boldly rushea,
Aside objection bruihes,
May cause some lovely blushes
Upon the cheek to flame;
But, though the airi, protesting.
May hint at hla arreatlnf.
Ha knows that aha la Jesting
And taking- part tha blame.
This pleasure sublimated
Is not as hae been atated.
For one whoae nerve la rated
At something- leas than par.
Tha fellow who Is lacking
In fear of alapa or eackins
la he who plcka tha amacklns;
From out the cherry Jar.
Willing to Begin Right.
"Run down to the bakery and bring
me a loaf of bread."
"Gimme a dime?"
"Shame oh you I You should not
ask to be paid for it"
"But I heard yon tell Mrs. Brown
that yon hoped that I wouldn't grow
op good for nothing.'
ciering. "I hear you are
going to get an
"How can you
agreed to go with
out butter for a
His Businasa to Hide Tnem.
"The court appears to be prejniced
against my client," exclaimed the law
yer with some heat
"In what particular, may I ask?" in
quired the Judge, looking over his spec
tacles. "Oh, It is plain enough," replied the
agitated counsel. "Didn't you say just
a moment ago that you wanted to get
at the facts In the case?"
"Mr. Sinks la making a lot of money,
John. Why can't you make as mucM
as he does?"
"I haven't the knack of saving that
"How does he save?"
"He buys all his wife's clothes."
"How can I Increase my vocabu
lary?" "How have you been trying?"
"Reading the dictionary."
"Humph! Buy a second band auto
mobile." On True.
"I trust that I am a person of Intel
ligence." "Ah. I seer
. "What an elevating thing faith most
Not For Himaelf Alone,
"Had any leap year proposals?"
"Can't say that I have."
"My auto has received a couple."
Prog re aa,
O woman, with the ballot
To help produce your curves
We (ear you'U use the mallet
Where now tha hammer aervea!
A man feels cheap when he Is sold,
no matter what the price.
It helps a lot to be able to recognize
good fortune when you see it-
After all, it is wiser to meet under
the rose than under suspicious ctrcu in
When a man sees his finish he Is
hardly ever pleased with it
Self respect la a fine thing to have
handy, but never to give away.
When women vote will tbe trading
stamp Industry invade the field of poll
Hope and faith are two good assets,
but they won't take them as collateral
at the bank.
If we all obeyed the laws probably
the counselors at law would get such
conduct pronounced criminal.
Tbe waiting game Is played agree
bly and acceptably only by a lazy man
Half the world doesn't know when
tbe other half lives and doesn't see
A fool and his money are soon start
Riaht In His Line.
"Why &on you have a sponge to
moisten your stamps?" queried the
man from across the street who bad
dropped In to use tbe lawyer's tele
"Good Idea." answered tbe disciple
of Blackstone. "Do you want the
tob?" Chicago News.
The Mystery of Fitz Roy House By F. A. Mitchel.
Copyrighted, ltlt by Aaaoclatad Literary Bureau.
Leonard Pits Roy was sitting In his
club In London when he was called to
the telephone, and a master workman
who was tearing down a structure Pits
Roy owned in the vicinity of the Pad
dlngton railway station asked him if he
would come to tbe building as soon as
possible. Fitz Roy asked why he waa
wanted, but the man told him he would
rather be would come and see for him
self. The bailding being razed bad once
been the home of the Fits Roys, sit
uated at the time It was built in the
country near the city of London. Dur
ing the war between the parliament
and the sovereign the Fits Roys were
ardent supporters of the king. At tbe
triumph of the latter the property had
been confiscated, but returned at the
restoration of Charles II. Tbe family
FTTZ BOX WAS GREATLY INTERESTED.
had occupied it till the neighborhood
was built up for commercial purposes,
when they left it for a more congenial
location. Now it was being eliminated
to make way for a structure, more in
keeping with its surroundings.
Fitz Roy called a cab and drove to
the home of his ancestors. Work had
been suspended on a certain portion of
the building, and there the foreman
led him. Removing material from
above, the workman had opened a com
partment about 2 by 3 feet, supposed
to have originally been one of those
large chimneys built In former times,
and exposed a human head, or, rather,
skull. They had reported the find to
their boss, who ordered the work stop
ped and telephoned for the owner.
Fitz Roy was greatly interested. He
ordered the walla inclosing tbe space
lowered with every care. It widened
at the shoulders of the figure, assum
ing the proportions of an old time fire
place, the opening of which had been
Inclosed by a sliding panel four feet
in height, the outer side of which had
been painted to represent oak. The
panel hung on a steel crosspiece and
was moved by a steel spring. A brick
wall had been built at the opening,
covering the panel.
What few hairs remained on the
skull were quite long, and around the
neck was a lace collar of the time of
Charles I. The costume was of that
period. In the fireplace were arms of
the same time, so that there was only
standing room for the figure. About
its waist was buckled a rapier on tbe
blade of which were stains Indicating
that It had been last sheathed with
blood on it
The work of demolition proceeded
slowly, Fitz Roy noting every particu
lar. The least disturbance of the skele
ton caused parts of tbe clothing to fall
away. The lace collar crumbled first.
then the doublet The most surprising
feature in the case wuauat. while tbe
costume was that of a cavalier of tbe
seventeenth century, the pelvis indicat
ed the wearer to have been a woman.
When a sufficient opening had been
made to remove the figure without
shaking It apart Fitz Roy sent for a
casket and had the remains removed
to the family vault There It was put
In one of the vacant niches and mark
ed: "Caroline Eleanor Fitz Roy. Disap
peared 16. Body found 19."
The discovery of this skeleton forms
the complement of an unfinished story.
Indeed a story the whole of which was
known only to Caroline Eleanor Fitz
Roy herself. Leonard Fitz Roy was
familiar with all of It that was on rec
ord and. using such light aa was
thrown on It by the discovery of tbe
skeleton, completed a romance that had
been Incomplete for between two and
three hundred years.
During the war between the king and
the parliament Fitz Roy house was tbe
scene of exciting events. But a few
miles from London, its occupants were
interested and were cognizant of tbe
opposition of tbe lawmakers to the roy
al authority and were greatly incensed
This Caroline Eleanor Fitz Roy was
at that time a beautiful girl about twen
ty years old. noted equally for her at
tractive personality and her loyalty to
the king. Many of tbe young bloods
of ber time were in love with her. and
roung Roundheads would doubtless
have been equally llshl had abe been
accessible to them. There was ess
Roundhead, however, whom she bad
long known. He was Ricbard Poln
dexter, tbe sob of a gentleman who on
account of some Injustice be conceived
the king had done him bad Joined tbe
parliamentary side. Ricbard up to the
time he and bis family had taken part
against the king was tbe favored one
of all Caroline's suitors. Women are
apt to be more violent In tbelr advo
cacy of a cause than men. and from
the moment she learned that Richard
bad turned Roundhead ber love for him
seemed to have turned to bate. Just
before marching from London with bis
command to meet tbe forces of Prince
Rupert be rode to Fits Roy house to
bid her goodby.
There Is little or no record of the In
terview that took place at that time,
but other data Indicate that she scorn
ed the young man who had espoused
the cause she condemned. A fragment
of a letter says: "Ricbard was hero
today to see Caroline. He rode away
sorrowful, while Caroline came upstairs
with her cheeks hot her eyes flashing,
and shut herself . In ber room." That
she did not see him again till after
the execution of the king is mentioned
In the family archives: also that she
spurned him as a regicide, accusing
him of being equally responsible with
the regicides for tbe king's death. This
time when Ricbard left her be was
more angered than sorrowful and told
her that be would never see ber again.
The loss of ber cause, the execution
of the king an event appalling to a
headstrong girl who considered the
person of her sovereign sacred tha
fact of her lover having Joined those
she considered ber enemies, seemed to
madden this loyal maiden. Doubtless
the chief cause of ber wrath was the
loss of her lover. There is no evi
dence that she bad ceased to love him
notwithstanding that she seemed to
bate him. More likely, what appeared
to be hate came from the very inten
sity of her love and the fact that it'
had been turned to bitterness.
About the time that Cromwell was'
proclaimed lord protector of England
Richard Poindextera regiment prepar-'
atory to being disbanded waa encamp
ed on vacant ground a short distance
from Fitz Roy house. One afternoon
some officers riding Into camp met a
man rapidly approaching them. He did
not see them till he was upon them,
then looked up at them wildly- They
rode on a few hundred yards, when
they struck a wood and one of them
noticed a body lying near their path.,
Dismounting, they found one of their,
own regiment who had been pierced
I by a rapier. He was unconscious, but
Suspecting that the man they had
met had caused the trouble, two of
the party started in pursuit They
soon caught sight of him and saw him i
turn into the grounds of Pita Royi
house. Following him there, theyj
came upon his horse. Dismounting,
they entered the house and searched
every nook and cranny. No one was
there except two old women and the
servants, none of whom showed any.
excitement Sure that the fugitive wag
on the premises, they were reluctant to
give up the chase, but sipce It was
impossible to find him they went back:
and reported the fact to those who had
remained with the wounded man.
He had revived and asked eagerly It
they had found his enemy. When they
said that they had not a look of In
tense relief passed over his face.
A conveyance was sent from tha
camp. He was conveyed to hla tent and
placed on his cot where he remained
for some time recovering from hla
wound. When he was able to bo about
again he left the parliamentary serv
ice and, going abroad, entered that of
the king of France. He declined to tell
who had stabbed him.
One afternoon Caroline Fits Roy's
horse was noticed nibbling the grass
in the grounds of Fits Roy house.
She had not been at home for a day or
two, and It was supposed she had re
turned. But she did not appear. A
search waa made for her In and about
the house, but she was not found.
That was more than 200 years aa-o.
Polndexter remained a number of
years In France. His family in Eng
land besought him to return, but he
Finally the story that Caroline
FiU Roy bad long been missing
brought him home. He seemed greatly
distressed at tbe mystery, but If he
bad anything to do with the girl's dis
appearance be never told In a letter
written when he was an old man, la
which he referred to the matter, he as
sumed that she had gone to a foreign
country, where .she must have died
One thing about tbe panel In the
demolished house that Leonard Fitz
Roy carefully investigated was wheth
er there was any way of opening It
from the inside. He found that there
was not He succeeded in supplying
sufficient parts of the story to lead blm
to infer that Caroline Fitz Roy. fol
lowing some plan or moved by some
cause that did not appear, went dress
ed as a man to seek ber lover at or
near his camp. They met and she kill
ed him. When pursued by bis brother
officers she dismounted and entered
the bouse without being seen by eny
one of the household and. knowing of
the secret space, went Into It to hide.
Tbe panel closed with a spring, and
she was unable to open it
Among subsequent alterations tbe
fireplace waa bricked up. Quite pos
sibly at tbe time of her imprisonment
she was tbe only one who knew of tbe
secret space and tbe panel by which It
Tbe story of this girl, sealed for two
centuries. Is a forcenble Illustration of
those lines in Colerldge'a poem "Cbriit
For to be wroth with one we love
Doth work Ilka madaeea on tha bra J a.
March 11 in American
1820 Benjamin West noted portrait
and historical painter, died; born
1874 Charles Sumner, statesman of
the anti-slavery era, died In Wash
ington; born In Boston Jan. 6, 1811.
Senator Sumner held a seat In the
United States senate from 1850 to
1874. He acted as a confidential
adviser of President Lincoln, and
from 1861 to 1870 served as chair
man of the committee on foreign
1893 General William Starke Rose
crans, noted Federal commander,
died; born 182L