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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS FRIDAY. MARCH 22, 1912.
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l Uaa. !o such articles will ba printed
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! Tlphone In an departments: Central
i Caion. Wnt 141 and IUI; Union lUae-
i trio. 1141.
"Attempt of the men to organize
unions have been made impossible
through a system of espionage. The
6teel workers do not dare openly ex
press their convictions. They do not
dare to gather and talk over affairs of
mutual Interest, for there is always the
fear of spies. Everywhere, even among
the intelligent, there Is this suspicion.
Thus the smashing of the anions, and
the manning of the works with Slavs
and Magyars on the one hand, and the
control of the tariff on the other, have
given the trust complete domination.
"In the tariff schedules the trust has
placed many little Jokers through the
aid of which it finds protection and
opportunity to raise prices without fear
of competition. If you go through the
schedules you will find some little
adroitly worded phrase which is lining
somebody's pocket with money."
The national democratic party ia
pledged to remove the duty on steeL
Friday, March 22, 191Z
North Dakota does (not believe In
the recall of the colonel.
Suppose Mars, where winter contin
'. ues 730 days, had one of our winters?
The worst has at last happened. An
English editor now calls the suffra
I gets "uff."
i A recall for the mayor of the city
i of Marshalltown, Iowa, has failed be-
cause the recall did not get in on time.
Before the courts can get action on it
the mayor's term will have expired
V.'ltbout comments on the merits or
demerits of the recall, it seems it is
like an action for divorce It should
be the last resort after all other meas
ures have failed.
t A reward of 1100 Is offered for the
: man who struck Adam Bowman, the
chairman of a convention at Greenville,
. Teon. The guilty culprit so far has
not been discovered. It may take a
' long time to find him. The old-time
question of who struck Billy Patterson
has been unanswered for something
like 100 years, and it may be that long
' before they can find the man who
; struck Chairman Bowman.
SEEKERS OF THE WBOXQ GOAT
Mrs. Beeckman Lorlllard, whose hus
band is a multi-millionaire, hanged
herself in a New York hotel the other
William C. Selpp, a millionaire Chi
cago brewer, committed suicide in
Mrs. Blanche Carson of San Fran
cisco, a rich widow, accused of smug
gling $20,000 worth of jewelry, commit
ted suicide this week by hanging her
self from an eight-story window of a
New York hotel.
If money could have bought happl
ness for Mrs. Lorlllard or William C
Selpp or Mrs. Carson, they would have
Money can't buy off the hounds of
retribution nor absolve the flesh from
. It cannot remove the cloud from con
science, turn iback the wheels of time,
or recall the word that should never
have been spoken.
The thing of greatest value in life is
peace, as the old know and the young
find out. And that peace one pays for,
as one pays for everything one gets,
whether of good or evil, and no one
gets something for nothing, however
strongly It may appear that something
may be had for nothing.
The price of peace is observance of
the golden rule. And observance of
ibis rule calls for sacrifice.
The dove of peace favors not the
I U awrAI flTAT I All
1 iVS " ' tJ5
It beat all what some girls will;
go through to get married," said the
little blond In the red hat.
I went to the wedding of a girl
I knew last night and. 1 declare, be
fore it was over I had nervous pros
"I didn't want to go. but I've
known her such a long time and she
sent over to say she particularly
wanted me to come and help her get
ready. So of course I went.
"She's a good deal older than 1
am, and I know positively that she
is about 14 years older than the man
she married. I know, too, that
twice before she had got everything
ready for a wedding and had the min
ister and her family and friends on
hand, when the bridegroom failed to
show up. I was there on both occa
sions and that's why I didn't want to
go this time. It waa so embarrassing.
"The second time he didn't come,
I remember, he sent word that be!
was just starting off on a hunting
trip and he didn't want to interrupt
it by getting married!"
"And she was still willing to mar
ry a fellow like that?" exclaimed the
brown-haired girl in the blue beaver.
"I'd have seen him in Halifax first!"
"So would I," agreed the blond.
"But there she was, perfectly willing
to make the third attempt, and wear
ing a wedding dress that was made
over a year ago.
"The wedding was to be at 8
o clock in the evening. I was there
eorly, helped her dress and pack her
trunk they wero going away after
the ceremony and the nearer the
time got to 8 o'clock the more ner
vous I was. I was so afraid he
wouldn't come, you know
"Well, he didn.'t come. The clock
struck 9, then 10 and I was Just
about having hysterics. But the bride
didn't seem to mind particularly. She
seemed to be more concerned about
the thing3 that went into her trunk
than anything else. And she laughed
r 7VMCAJ M. SMITH
The Argus Daily Story
His Matrimonial Spurs By F. A. MitcheL
Copyrighted. Hit by Associated Literary Bureau.
THK COMMISSION' FOIIM.
Keokuk is enthusiastic over the ef
ficiency of the commission form of gov
ernment as a means of administering
the affairs of a city. The Gate city
from time to time reflects the satisfac
tion which the people of that city feel
over the change from the aldermanic
to the commission form of government.
In a recent editorial concerning the
practical working of the form of gov
ernment there, the Gate city says:
"Keokuk has now had almost two
year' experience with tie commission
plan, and that experience has been
wholly confirmatory of the expecta
tions that were entertained concerning
it. Mistakes have been made, of course,
but they were mistakes of administra
tion, due to Inexperience, minor In
character and easily remedied. Noth
ing that has been done amiss reflects
in the slightest degree upon the value
of the plan itself. It has vindicated
itself signally and fairly earned con
tinued existence and Increased public
confidence as the best means to the
best ends in municipal government.
The most Important step Keokuk ever
took a a municipality was taken on
that day something over two years ago
when an overwhelming vote was regis
' tered la favor of substituting the com
mission plan for the ward aldermanic
system then In vogue.
"Keokuk did well when It adopted
the commission form of government.
Two years' experience has fully con
firmed the wisdom of its judgment in
making the change."
castle of the rich more than the cot
tage of the poor. It goes where dwell and chattered as if everything was
those who would rather be wronged j J-erfectly lovely and everybody wasn't
than do wrong; who would rather fore-1 eitting on pins and needles. She
go the apparent gain from wrong- j stcuied to be perfectly confident that
doing than chance loss of the reward , ho w-ould come, too.
of right doing.
Virtue moves in lowly ways, for one
of the attributes of virtue Is humility.
and humility shuns the garish.
" 'You see,' she said, 'he has to
come from Chicago and the train
may be late.'
"He arrived at 11 p. m. And when
cense notices the next day 1 saw her
age given as 24 and his 23. She's
38 if she's a day."
"That reminds me of a girl I
knew," said the brown-haired girl.
"One of my classmates was a very
pretty girl and the boys were gen
erally craxy over her. But none of
them stayed devoted very long. Their
attachments were short and violent.
"She never seemea to worry over
it very much, though, and was just
as ready to moon around with the
"Well, her engagement was an
nounced and a big wedding arranged.
It was a church affair and everybody
"The bridegroom never appeared
and everybody went home pitying the
poor, pretty little bride.
"Not long after her engagement
was announced again to a different
man. More preparations for a big
wedding. Everything seemed to be
going smoothly. Her fiance was de
voted and we saw them together ev
erywhere. But almost at the last
moment he disappeared and the in
vltatlons were recalled.
"You'd think she had hid enough.
wouldn't you? But I guess she
thought her luck would change with
the third attempt So soon her en
gagement to still another man. was
announced, with the wedding to fol
"It was a home affair and I was
one of the bridesmaids. The house
was beautifully decorated and Emily
was a perfect dream in her wedding
gown. There were a lot of guests,
but nobody felt very easy unless It
was the bride. She was having
perfectly lovely time. She told jokes
end teased us and invited us all her
"We waited three hours for the
bridegroom. Then the minister went
home and the guests followed. Em
ily's mother was crying and the
bildesmaids sniffing and I felt like I
don't know what.
" 'Well, are they all gone?' asked
Emily, as soon as the guests had de
parted. " 'Yes. and oh, what will they
think of us?' sobbed her mother.
"'Well, if they're all gone. said
Emily, 'let's go downstairs and eat
the wedding supper. Come on, girls;
I'm nearly starved!'
You'd think she would have been
rnJiB useful things I learned In school
1 wonder where are they.
For most of them have. I'm afraid.
Been spirited away. '
Tha teacher tried so patiently
To pound them In my head. t
And but the faintest trace of them
Remains, as I have said.
Sufficient dates I used to know
To fill about a jeck.
When battles had been lost and woa
And tyrants held ia check.
But now when I have told the year
Columbus made his hit
And when tha U. S. A. waa bora
Thsf s where I have to quit
The many complicated sums ,
I worried through my brain.
Tha rules of grammar I absorbed
Alas. 1 fear. In vain!
And where tha rivers had their source,
What mountain peaks were high
I couldn't tell one-half of them
Just now wero 1 to try.
Stm. an of them their uses had.
I venture to assert.
And If they didn't do ma good
At least they didn't hurt.
And from the mass I have preserved
The facta that served me best.
And really what's tha difference, thee
If I have lost the rest?
Bringing Up Remembrances.
"It Is so satisfying to meet an old
Mend. When I was a child I used to
father eggs on my father's farm."
"What has that to do with it?"
"I met one of those eggs in a restau
The shores of Lake Leman. common
ly cal'd elsewhere Lake Geneva, are
thick with, historical incidents. The
city of Geneva was the home of Cal
vin. Rousseau, Voltaire, Mme. de Staei
and other celebrities. At Cbillon is
the castle where Bonlvard was so long
a prisoner, as related to Byron's poem.
At Vevey. on a hillside some distance
back and above the town and partly
hidden by the trees surrounding it, is
the old castle of Blonay. There is a
story a true story with which this
castle Is connected dating away back
to the twelfth century. Those were
the days of feudalism, and the Blonays,
who built and owned the castle were
feudal followers of the counts of Sa
voy. They seem to have been in fa
vor with their sovereigns, for they fill
ed various offices of. trust under" them.
The Blonays came across the lake from
Challais and built the castle in 1175.
One day a number of knights of
Turin, the capital of Savoy, were
wrangling over the question whether
marriage made a man more efficient as
a soldier or less so. The married
knights claimed that a wedded soldier
would not only be sensitive to bis repu
tation for bravery on bis own account.
but also on account of bis wife and chil
dren. The unmarried knights declared
that they were more efficient because
they had only themselves to live for,
whereas having a lovely wife and lit
tle ones the dread of separation from
them by death would sap their courage.
The dispute between the knights of
Turin waxed hot, and, since the ques
tion could be settled only by being put
to the test, challenges began to fly be
tween the benedicts and the bachelors,
and it looked as If many families would
be made fatherless and many young
men well fitted to become progenitors
would bite the dust
Perhaps it was that the reigning
Count of Savoy, fearing to lose so
Fools give over their lives to the; I saw him I wa3 actually ashamed mortified to death!" exclaimed the
quest of money and in their age count
their lives Ill-spent.
The most remarkable feature of this
rentarkable age Is the spectacle pre-e-nted
by ultra-rich men giving fran
tically of their store back to those from
whom they took immorally when not
The world is full of the lamenta-
little blond. "That's Just the kind
of thing that makes a girl want to
elope, so nobody will know it if
of that girl for standing around and
waiting on a thrlmp like that.
"He wasn't anything but a piniply-
raced kid one of the smarty kind, things go wrong."
you know. What he really needed! "Oh, I don't know," mused the
was mothers slipper where it would brown-haired girl. "If I couldn't de-
do the most good. The bride could pend on a man any more than that 1
l. rl n . 3 v. I ... ' . ... .... ... -
ic nuuiui-u iiiui ior ner son wun ajwouian t want mm. When I marry
fecod deal more propriety than taking I want to know that I can trust my
tioiiB of those w ho. if they had served -m ,or a husband. But she married over-and and if I could get him only
una, mougn ne complained tliat helbv taking him on the Jump when he
had to stop sinoi;in? cigarets long! happened to be in the mood for it, I
their God with but half the zeal they
served themselves, would not in their
age be left with gall and wormwood.
Life as it is presented to passing
view offers lessonB for those" to read
THK DEMOCRATS WILL STOP
Edward Porritt an English writer,
has written an article for the Quar
terly Review of London on the Ameri
can Steel corporation, in which he
deals specifically with the attitude of
the trust toward the labor it employs
"Like the other big business lnter
' eats of the United States, he writes,
"the steel trust is amaslngly vigilant
la th Interest of labor when the tariff
Is being revised. So persistently vigil
; ant Is the trust in behalf of labor that
' any one attending the hearings before
the ways and means committee would
'.' be apt to go away with the impression
' that the one great and sustaining joy
In life for the trust was Its sympathetic
' devotion to the Interests of its working
; Mr. Porritt then goes on to say that
the trust agents at Washington always
'try to make It plain before the ways
' and means committee that they want a
tariff solely that they may be able to
."protect their workmen against the
' pauper labor of Europe," and that if
' they are to be expected to pay the
""American standard of wages," they
must have tariff protection. Having
got the tariff for which It asked, the
writer then tells how the trust makes
good on its promises to "protect" Its
workmen, and save them from competi
tion with the "pauper labor of Eur
"We find that the proportion of skill
ed labor In the Industry ha decreased
since 1902." he ear. "In 1910 less than
40 per cent of the workers received
over $2 a day, and only 4 per cent
earned over $5 a day. The English
peak Inj laborers have been complete
ly displaced by Slavs and Magyars
'Hunkies' and 'Guineas.' a they are
called at the mill and American men
hive come to regard It as degrading to
enpfte with the foreigners for a Job.
T.ule unionism, strong until 1S3I, has
THE SWEET NEIGHBORLY SPIKIT.
When the members of a committee
of the Davenport Commercial club
were informed by an official of the
Rock Island lines, who visited them
yesterday, that the company's deter
mination to move the division head
quarter from Davenport to Des
Moines was unalterably fixed
as a , matter of expediency
and policy, they Immediately asked
that official if he would not then en
deavor to have the division offices
moved from Rock Island to Davenport.
"Then go across the river and bring
us what is established in Rock Island.
Help us out some wsy, even if you rob
our neighbor to do it" This is the
substance of the Davenport plea, made
to the official of the Rock Island road.
What a sweet, neighborly spirit
But it is the Davenport nature, ever
manifest toward Rock Island. Envy,
hatred and malice have characterized
the disposition there since the two
cities were incorporated. Now comes
covetousness. The dominant traits have
always been apparent They were
shown in the location of the Hennepin
canal; they cropped out anew last
winter when the baseball association
in that city threw Rock Island down
at the annual meeting of the Three
Eye league, and thus started the trou
ble which resulted in the disfranchise
ment of Rock Island as a member of
that league. Malice and envy were at
the bottom of that proceeding.
Throughout the history of the league
Rock Island had been able to best
Davenport honorably, and in the sports
manlike manner, season after season,
and had won two pennants into the bar
gain, whereas Davenport had not cap
tured the flag pnee. Eventually Dav
enport abandoned Its franchise, and af
ter two years sought to return to the
fold. It was Rock Island that went to
the front and helped its neighboring
city recover its membership. But
when the time came to choose between
Rock Island and Tearney and Kinsella,
Davenport preferred to stand with the
element that disrupted the league and so
cast Its lot with the south end combin
ation, instead of sticking to Rock Is
land. That waa gratitude and appre
ciation but It was characteristic.
Now Davenport haa lost the advan
tage of the division headquarters of
the Rock Island lines, a misfortune
thst Rock Island feels as surely as a
neighboring city can, and had It been
In the power of Rock' Island to help
Davenport In retaining those offices.
Rock Island would cheerfully have
But what dos Davenport do? It
enough to go through the ceremony
. When I see a woman make her
self as cheap as that I wonder how
she's built anyway. There must be
something wrong with her mentally.
And oh, ye3 in the marriage li-
Ccn't think I'd care to have him at
"Well," declared the blond, "I'd at
least want him to show me that he's
Just as anxious to marry me as I'm
w illing to marry him."
BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER.
(Special Correspondence to The Argus.)
Washington, March 20. Since the
first of January 11 fast trains have
been wrecked, and in most of these
mishaps a broken or defective rail
has been the cause. The number of
persons killed fin these wrecks has
been small, due largely to the fact
that heavy steel cars resisted blows
which, would have caused many fatal
ities had the coaches been of wood.
Notwithstanding the fact that within
the last few years the weight of rail
road rolling stock has been greatly In
creased, the weight of the rails turned
out by the steel trust has been only
moderately increased, while the quali
ty of these rails has actually deterior
ated. This latter fact has been prov
en beyond dispute by experts employ
ed by the Interstate Commerce com
mission. This has been due partly to
the demands of the Tallroads for a
harder rail, which would last longer,
and partly due to the methods employ
ed by the steel trust in maklnj rails.
The railroads have asked for and re
ceived a harder, and consequently a
mere brittle rail, and the steel trust
has been spared the necessity of in
UJiins? machinery for m ruariufac
tude of a larger and softer rail of the
sort which the experts say would in
PLACING THE WRECK SLAVE.
Whenever there is a wreck the rail
roads blame the rallmakers, and the
railmakers, in turn, blame the rail
roads. The roads contend that the
trust runs its rails through the mills
Taking It Seriously.
"This Is awful!" said the pathetic
Mexican, burying bis face In bis bands
and sending up an occasional groan In
mixed Spanish that sounded as though
the town pump was trying to do Its
duty, though sadly in need of repairs.
"What's the matter?" asked the sym
"We were having a nice, orderly rev
olution, were not blighting any crops
or scaring colts and were only shoot
ing up a town occasionally when the
government sent out a man who shot
ne of us. It is getting so a man can't
have any liberties at all in this coun
Why do the gentle poets knock
November In their rime'
When March has beaten by a block
November every time?
They ought to save their saucy chat
For something well' worth scolding at.
c Ma. ' '
"I guess Maude Green and young
Bikes will be married soon."
"Is she taking cooking lessons?"
"No, but her father told me that he
thought his expenses wouldn't be so
high after this."
"He evidently doesn't know young
at too high a temperature, and that
not enough of the upper end, or
"bloom" of the rail is cut off, it is
here that the "pipes" occur in the rail,
and these cause a crumbling under the
weight of heavy trains. It is also sig
nificant that the men who Inspect the
rails for the steel trust also are re
quired to (report on the tonnage out
put per day, and it is charged by the
railroads that these inspectors often
are more Interested in the tonnage
than they ere in the structure of the
In England and Germany, where biz
rail wrecks are almost a curiosity, the
roads use hard wood ties, and the rails
are fastened first to tie plates and then
to the tie with screws and bolts. As
a result the number of wrecks de
BCT IT'S MORE EXPENSIVE.
But this sort of railroad construc
tion is more expensive, hence it is not
used in this country. In these trust
ridden and tariff burdened United
States it is cheaper for the roads to
murder their patrons, and then beat
down damage claims through shady
legal methods. The steel trust, having
no competitors, and being free of any
authority capable of forcing the manu
facture of safe rails, turns out any sort
of product It pleases.
Competition would force the trut to
make a better rail, but under the high
protection of the tariff this competi
tion is lacking, therefore wrecks will
continue and Innocent passengers will
give up their lives In order that tariff
schedules may remain as they are.
"I never have any opportunity.'
"Why don't you go Into the busi
"All the world's a stage."
"Tea, and most of the plays are farce
comedies that fall."
Building a Republic.
Tha Chinese have to labor yet
To bring their plans about.
There is some work on hand, you bet,
To get it laundered out
petitions the Rock Island road to take
from this city what if already has and
which there is no occasion for moving,
and switch it over to Davenport The
fact that the division offices are an as
set to the road i shown In the fact
that Davenport covets them.
And it Is on this account, because
of their value, that Rock Island should
resist to the limit their unnecessary
removal and fight to retain them.
Site for University Armory.
Champaign, March 22. University
of Illinois trustees, in session yester
day, determined on a site for the new
armory, the largest building of its kind
in the United State. It will be on
the south university grounds at the
end of Fifth street. Additional schol
arships to students who pass the ex
amination for state certificates and to
all graduates of normal schools in
June who expect to teach were grant
ed. An assistant professorship of ag
riculture was established. The s lu
nation of Prof. Hugh Baker, who was
to have held the new chair of forestry,
was accepted. W. L. Abbott of Chics
go was reelected president of the
board. C McConn registrar and secre
tary, and 8. W. Shattnck controller.
The executive committee will be made
up of the following: F. L. HaUh of
Spring Grove. A. P. Grout of Winches
ter, and President James,
s PERT PARAGRAPHS.
Some of ns are so busy making fail
ures that we don't make any friends.
It is hard for us ever to find the time
to do a thing that we don't like to do.
Instead of waiting for a dead man's
hoes It seems more sensible to turn to
and make a pair for oneself.
It is easy to make mistakes, but any
f our friends can tell ns how to rectify
The race may not be to the swift.
nor the battle to the strong, but either
U a good bet
The roan who doesn't tell bis trou
bles Is popularly supposed to have
none at all
The man who isn't on time doesn't
lose it waiting.
It Is said that we deserve what we
get bnt most of u can't see bow it
When w get to thinking that the
world can't get on without as we are
Cue to get a jar.
If what we'd like te do were the
sasis upon which our deserts were
reckoned, what a windfall we'd get
Plenty of Purpose. '
"I have here a poem."
"Is It a poem of any serious pur
pose?" inquired the editor of the High
"It is. air. It was written to pay my
board bill with." Kansas City Jour
ABISE, SIR KNIGHT,
many of his best officers to no purpose,
interfered. Perhaps some women who
feared to be made widows or young
girls who dreaded to lose their lovers
objected. At any rate, the married and
single knights met in conclave and de
cided to settle the rantter by champion
ship. A few on each side were ap
pointed to arrange the terms and select
the champion. Those agreed upou
were these: A married man was to
meetea single man in contest. If the
married knight were defeated he should
go to Mademoiselle of Savoy and all
other marriageable women of her
house, as well as another lady to be
ua tried by the victor, and on his bend
ed knees cry mercy. The bachelor
knight, if defeated, should humiliate
liimself to ail the married ladles of the
ducal bouse and especially the wife of
A gay scene marked the trial of this
important question. Today contests
between married and single men are
unprofessional and usually burlesque.
Not so this tournament All knights
were fighters, and he who was consid
ered the best married knight was pit
led against the best single kntgut. Si
mon de Blonay was to represent the
married side, while Corsant de Bressu
defended the cause of the bachelors.
There were ladies present headed by
Mademoiselle de Savoy, the ancestress
of one of the most beloved women of
royal blood C the present day, the
dowager Queen Margaret of Italy and
others of the ducal bouse and the
nebility. But whether they were unan
imous or divided in their sympathies
between the two sides ban not been
banded down through the centuries.
Naturally the good wlnbes of the maid
ens would be with the bachelor, but
as all women are in favor of marriage,
or were at that time, they should nil
have prayed for the success of the
married knight for would not his
victory prove that a married man is a
better one than a single man and the
result be conducive to matrimony?
Be this as it may. when all were
seated in the IncloKure where the fight
was to take place, amid a waving' of
fans and bonnets and a flourish of
'trumpets, the two champions, armored
and armed, rode out to the field. De '
Blonay heavier, filled out in wabit and
Chest, and De Brese tall and slen
der, no superfluous fat mingled with
bis hard muscles. At the signal the
two. poising tbelr lances, made a dash
at each other.
At this first onset neither was un
horsed, neither wounded. Again and
again their lances came together, and
at last In one of these encounters De
Bresse's lance was. shivered, and he
was left defenseless. The married
knight bad won.
the knee to the wife of bis conqueror.
Now, in those days there were no
telephones or telesrraphs in that land.
Indeed, there were no regular mails.
One afternoon Mme. de Blonay, who
was ignorant of the tournament was
sitting on her castle terrace with her
baby on her lap, looking out on the
placid waters of Lake Leman. A mail
ed horseman ascended the hill and.
dismounting below where the lady sat
came up on to the terrace and, bending
the knee, said:
"Mme. de Blonay. I cry you mercy."
"You cry me mercy!" exclaimed the
astonished woman. "You. an armed
knight cry mercy of me, not only with
out weapons, but incumbered with my
"Yes, madam. I am Corsant de
Bresse. I have met your husband in
battle, he the champion of the married
knights of Turin, 1 representing the
single knights. I have been conquered
by him, and by the terms of the tour
nament I have come to cry mercy from
As soon as Mme. de Elonay under
stood the situation, recognizing the
fact that her husband had won a vic
tory for marriage, she conceived the
idea of winning a second victory, not
with lance or battleax, but with wo
man's own weapons.
"Arise, Sir Knight" she aald. "I
grant yon mercy on one condition."
"Name It, good lady."
"That you be my guest at a feast
which I shall give In your honor with
the nobles living around about"
"Thanks, madame, that you accom
pany your mercy with a boon instead
of a penance. 1 will be your guest
Immediately Mme. de Blonay .dis
patched messengers to 'those to be in
vited to the feast including her young
and beautiful cousin, l'olanda de Vll
lette. When all were assembled Mme.
de Blonay placed Tolande beside her,
seating Corsant de Bresse where he
could feast bis eyes on ber beauty.
There was a clinking of glasses and
many a word of good natnred derision
fired at the bachelor cause In the re
"Alas!" he said. "Would that I had
a wife to defend me against this rail
lery!" He accompanied the words with a
look of appeal at Yolande, who blush
ed and lowered her eyes.
Cries of "Deserter!" "Renegade!"
and the like were hurled at him from
the bachelors present while "Come
over!" "Welcome to our ranks!" and
similar badinage came from the mar
After the guests were gone De
Bresse declnred to Mme. de Blonay
that be bad had enough of the unmar
ried side and, since he had become
smitten with her niece, begged that
she would Intercede for him with Yo
lande. "How, now, Sir Knight" said the
lady. "Having been beaten at feats
of arms by a married man, do you
now beg the assistance of a married
"By my spurs,, madame! I am more
afraid of the girl than of either you
or your husband."
"Well, then, you . must either win
your matrimonial spurs as you have
already won those of knighthood or
remain a craven."
With that she opened a door and
ushered him Into a room with Yo
lande. What took place there has not
been banded down, except that after
awhile De Bresse came out, strutting
like a peacock, and Informed his host
ess that he had won this fight far
more easily than her husband had
vanquished him in the tourney.
After a brief courtship the young
fiance rode back to Turin. lie bore a
scrap of paper from Mine. Blonay to
ber husband, on which she had writ
ten: "You have conquered with man's.
I have gained a victory for the same
cause with woman's weapons. You
fenced with an Insensible lance, I with
a beautiful girl."
Corsant de Bresse. returning an af
fianced husband, excited a great deal
of-merriment in Turin. The married
knights welcomed him among their
number, and the single knichts talked
of another tournament In which thr
renecade should defend bli newly
chosen side against one of their num
ber, who should punish him for his de
sertion. But the Count of Savoy for
bade any further fiRhtlnit. and. there
being demoralization among the bach
elors both on account of their defeat
and De Bresse's joining the enemy's
ranks, many more deserted, and many
mnldens gained noble husbands.
And you who visit northern Italy
take a Little steamer plying around the
lake and among other siplits viewed
from the boat look at Cnstle Blonay.
You can fancy a good woman sitting
on the terrace 700 years ago with a
baby on her lap and a plumed knight
riding up the slope to cry her mercy.
And, remembering bow be rode again
down that same slope an engaged man.
having turned his back inglorlously on
the side for whleh be had ko recently
fought yoo will say to yourself. "Ver
ily, a woman's wit is mightier than the
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Corsant de Bresse rode up before 190ft Dr. Bobert Ojrden Doremns. well
the queen. dismonnteL - knelt and
with banging head cried for mercy.
Be repeated the ceremony to the other
ladles to whom the terms of tbe tour
ney compelled him to subject himself
x4 then rode away to Vevay to bead
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