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THE ROCK ISHAXD ARGUS, FRIDAY, APRFC 20, 1912.
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BY THE J. W. POTTER CO.
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paper dlaeoatlnoed. as carriers' bare no
authority ta the premises,
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character, political or religiose, nrost
bar real nee) a attached for publica
tion. No such articles will bo printed
over fictitious sls-naturea.
Telephones ta all departments: Central
Union. West lit and 114S; Union Elec
Friday, April 26, -.912.
Nothing tile matter with some of the
samples of spring the weather man
has sent along.
Perhaps the Mexicans will get to
gether if Uncle Sam applies his cow.
hide boot to both factions.
The . tailor who has discovered that
automobiltng enlarges the cbeBt evi
dently forgot to measure the head.
Politely expressed. President Taft
regards Roosevelt as a falsifier, an
ingrate. a fourflusher and a hypo
trite. "Pittsburgh 2ias'i20 divorce cases
on its court docket." Didn't know
there were that many Pittsburgh mil
lionaires. New York 1b to have a new 4,300,- 1
oftfi candle power harbor light. Still
the lights on Hroadwav will attract
A man who was once a railroad
president is now a beggar In New
York. Couldn't he get a job as a pal
ace car porter?
England's drink bill in l&ll waal",ed the rl" Bu5 theJr cant do
$Slo.0(M..Win. the heaviest on record.
No wonder John Hull thought he saw
a German Invasion.
It Is said that General Orozco, the
Mexican rebel leader, never smiles.
Perhaps he is raving them up for the
time when he hopes to have the pleas
ure ! tying the can on .Madero.
According to official figures, a baby
is born in New York every three min
utes. As a sucker is said to he born
every minute. It is apparent that New
York Ik not living up to its possibil
ities. If this strain keeps up much longer
some genial joker may snck in'o Col
onel Bryan's editorial sanctum d'irin-4
bis absence and nail the banner or
Uncle Jud Harmon to the Commoner's
One good thing about this presl- , ,lfiirie3S of wnch , evMent, thrlv. ovr which lneIr chain of monopolies
dent a I rampaiK.1 exci emc.t u that U j Just to what ex(ent toJ otbe tends. tnese ,3 men are daily grow
hiiH .taken the mind of the rountrv oft; i,i.-i , . . . . .- .
tb sorrow of be-irj; compelled booh to
do without the ollkial services of Sen
Next to the information that the
Dutch have taken Holland, the an
nouncement that Underwood has cap
tured the Alabama delegation is the
moat stirring news that has come
across iu a long time.
ALSUHl I.KIt IX THE I IGllT.
Samuel Alscauler has written to
Judge Dunne to say: "I was beaten
fairly and squarely and now as a
democrat I have a duty to perform.
It Is to offer you all the service lnf living
til v nntt-or Tli,r.if ..... 1 Hnc-'
There's a manly letter for you and
it bears the signature of a manly man.
Samuel Alscbuler will not sulk lnifc"d other luxuries should not grum-
ptit win be in the hottest,'16 because they have to pay hieh
part of the fray.
, That's the Bort of a man Sam Al
CHAMP CXAKK'S XAVTE.
James Beauchamp (pronounced
Beecham) Clark, was known in his
early life as James B. Clark, says
Krank Parker Stockbridge, in the May
World's Work. Soon alter leaving
law school he found that a J. B. Clark
was getting mail at nearly every post
offlce in the country. Sometimes they
got his letters and sent them back to
"I tried lopping off the 'James' and
traveling as plain 'Beauchamp Clark.
but my friends Insisted upon pronounc
ing it 'Bo-champ.' or abbreviated it to
Bo Clark,' " said the speaker, telling
me how he made the change. "I
thought I would save them trouble by
abbreviating It myself, and began to
write it "Champ Clark It has been a
good asset. It Is short enough to be
usually printed In full. Look at any
list of those present' In the papers.
Others are mentioned by surnames on
ly, but my name is printed 'Champ
A 1JTTLK GARDF.N.
The time is ripe for the planting of
a little garden. This seems a very
mall matter, but if you ever studied
1 vman nature, and ever noticed how
i. If satisfied the successful backyard
fardener is, how proud he is of those
few radishes and that little bed of
U'.c-re, you win at once appreciate
the Importance of a little garden of
It U not the Intrinsic value of the
small quantity of vegetable which
this little garden will produce, but
the unparalleled satisfaction of know
ing you have done it yourself (with
nature's aid, of course) and that
when yon rather the radishes, the
lettuce and the onions, or whatever
else yon may see fit to plant, you
have them nice and fresh and crisp.
Incidentally the exeretae. the recre
ation and the exhilaration of doing
a Utile manual labor are worth far
rrore than the vegetables produced.
If you are going to take advantage
of your opportunities to get all these
things at little cost and with so many
obvious benefits, now Is the time to
TOO MA NT OFFICERS.
Roekford Star: Heeding the gen
eral demand for a shorter ballot. Sen
ator Walter Clyde Jones will Intro
duce a measure calling for the ap
pointment of a number of officers now
elected. Ke would have the secre
tary of state, attorney general, audit
or, treasurer and superintendent of
public instruction appointed by the
governor, the board of equalization
abolished and a board of assessors ap
pointed in its place.
The Jones bill calls for the elec
tion of three county commissioners
who shall name the sheriff, county
clerk, recorder, coroner and surveyor.
Senator Jones is on the right track.
We elect so many officers as to lead
to unintelligent voting. The secre
tary of state, treasurer and auditor
are clerical positions, the attorney
general is the legal officer of the
state. Why should they be elected
since their duties are not adminis
trative? None of the county officials
hold administrative offices. They
formulate no policies
Many local officers now elective,
should be appointive, for instance the
city clerk, city attorney, treasurer,
town assessor, collector and highway
j The people will not vote for all the
I candidates on a long ballot. They
vote for only a few. Hence we have
indiscriminate, unintelligent voting,
method of selection is rude and
rrude- Jt needs to be refined and
made more business-like.
i It was not more than a few years
ago that Americans boasted with some
(degree of truth that their country
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. Z ' l"OUBn P"S
"f fo'1 roducts 8ti11 neatly exceed
Jast February 2,500,000 bushels of
potatoes were imported from Europe.
During the eight months ending with
February the United States imported
breadstuffs to the amount of $10,
000,000 The value of the meats,
dairy products and food animals im
ported during the same period was
000.000. The value of the meats,
amounted to $26,500,000. As com
I&red with the same period ten years
before the increase was heavy, in
some cases amounting to more than
1 00 per cent,
i This country ought not to be in
( Fiich a position that the importing of
I potatoes could be profitable. As to
(the imported brtadstuffs, dairy prod
Ivcts, meats and fruits, a certain part
or them are the luxuries commonly
I "ii'o ni' iuu' u 111 lilt? 115"
ji:res given is not plain. But the fact
that potatoes are being Imported is
Is not some light afforded here
upon the problem of the high cost of
j living? Would not the price of po
tatoes be lower if enough of them
jwere grown in this country to supply
the home market instead of making
recourse to the European supply nec
essary, with the added burden of pay
ing, tariff and freight charges? And
granting that the imported foods in
which there has been such a heavy
Increase consist almost entirely of
Cf licacies, is not support given the as
sertion that one cause of the high cost
is "the cost of high liv-
i The sure way to reduce the cost of
j common foods is to produce more of
j tberh. Those whe desire imported
Mrs. Isador Straus
To the record of the heroism of
Astor, of Straus, of Butt, of Millet, of
Futrelle and the "rest, must be added
the story of that noble woman of per
fect devotion, Mrs. Isador Straus, and
the others who refused to take pas
sago on the boats when to do so they
must leave the sides of their loved
hut-bands and brothers. Here is cour
age quite every whit equal to that of
the men who stood to their man's
duty to die bravely. New York MalL
In her all womanhood is lifted up,
and the nobleness of the sex is embla
soned with refined glory. Whenever,
in after time, woman's devotion shall
be sung, the verse will hark back to
her wifely act, "as emblematic of a
nobler age." Mobile Register.
This noble-hearted woman enacted
In life the beautiful vow we read of in
the scriptural story of Ruth his God
was her God, his people were her peo
ple, and his resting place U her rest
For centuries the Jewish people
fcave been celebrated for the strength
of their home ties, for the sanctity of
their home life. .
The behavior of Mrs. Straus In an
awful moment when much distraction
is to be forgiven .a a further Justiflca
tian of the high reputation of Israel in
this regard; perhaps the most eloquent
Bride stories are apropos Just now,
Well, here's one.
A certain angular old maid (we
suppose we ought to kindly call her
a bachelor girl, hut she was past that
possibility) made up her mind to get
By certain strategems we wot not
of. a certain "old bach" of her ac
quaintance 'was Induced to think that
two could live cheaper than one and
that he needed somebody to soothe his
The lady was tall and angular and
bossy. The gentleman was short ana
fiabbv-stout and mild. He was also
of a nervous temperament.
Without waiting for the formality
of announcing the engagement in the
society column, or for any bridal show
ers, or even for any lapse of time
whatever between the engagement
and the wedding, the newly engaged
pair set forth for the nearest minis
ter, who happened also to be their
Arrived at the parsonage, the bride
groom's nervousness increased to an
alarming degree. If the bride had not
kept a tender, but firm, hold of his
arm, he would have bolted at the par
His tongue was affected by his nerv
ousness, and the bride bad to do the
necessary talking in order that the
minister might understand what was
The minister brought In his family
as witnesses. Meanwhile he observed
the nervousness of the bridegroom.
In order to give the unhappy man time
BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER.
(Special Correspondence of The Arg-us.)
Washington, April 24. Twenty-three
men, officers and directors of the
Unite States steel trust, are in abso
lute control of
resenting a capi
talization of $35,
pause and think
over the fact that
the total wealth
of this nation is
only a little over
three times thia
sum, and then
this means. It
means that a
men 23 in num-1
V CLYDE K
because of their unlimited power to
charge the public whatever price they
' 11Jft duj 1 hv-Uti iiiuu la'- j t; ecu
now, while 90,000,000 people are daily
: becoming poorer. In other words, the
strangle hold these 23 men bold over
90,000,000 people enables them, by the
simple process of tightening the
screws, to charge any price they may
desire up to the ability of the people
Senator La Follette asserts that 70
per cnt of this capitalization is water.
Conceding that only 25 per cent of it
is water, the answer is that the public
is being forced to pay in excessive
charges for the things that are nec
essary to live, dividends on a capitali
zation of JS8,802,K57.52 that is abso
lutely nothing more than thin air.
Thus the public is forced to pay an
nually to a small group of men mil
lions upon millions of dollars, not for
service or goods, but as tribute to
their absolute domination of the coun
try's industrial combinations.
THE 23 FOR STEF.L TBIST.
Here is a list of the 23 men who
in addition to being officers and direc
tors of the billion dollar steel trust,
virtually control, through interlocking
boards of directors, all the great rail
road systems, street railways, express
companies, telegraph companies,
steamship companies, the large indus
trial corporations, a system of power
ful banks and trust companies and
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the great Insurance companies. The is steel trust money that Is now meet
figures show the total valuation of I ing the expenses of the Roosevelt cam
the various classes of financial insti-1 palgn.
and striking in a long history. New
But surely the most magnificent of
all was an old woman, Mrs. Istdor
Straus, clinging to her aged husband
to the end and refusing to accept
safety which he did not share. When
the whole story has been told and the
individual heroisms are recorded, the
incident above all others the most
touching is that of the noble-hearted
old woman who would not be parted
from her husband In death. Philadel
Lock Bartender in Ice Box.
Ottawa, 111., April 26. The Lyric
buffet was the scene of a bold holdup
Wednesday night, the bartender be
ing locked in the ice box by men who
pointed revolvers at him. The cash
register was rifled. Three alleged
robbers were pursued by the police
In an automobile and captured. They
are Charles Burns, Kansas City; Rob-
to calm down, the minister suggested
that first the little gathering should
sing a hymn.
"Oh, let's have the operation first,'
demanded the bride.
And they did. So that now he who
was one Is now only half, and not
the better half at that
e e e
Sorry for her This other Isn't ex
actly a bride story, but It Is related
distantly to brides, since It concerns
marriage, et cetera.
A certain woman of whom we are
told has numerous disagreements with
her husband. Occasionally these dis
agreements end up with fist and rol
ling-pin accompaniment, and it Is not
exactly seldom that the wife emerges
with one or two blackened optics.
Physically the husband and wife are
pretty well matched, but not long ago
In an excess of zeal the husband beat
up his spouae to such a degree that
she was temporarily put out of the
The husband, In his contrition.
called both a doctor and a nurse. The
doctor prescribed a few days in bed
and plenty of liniment. The nurse
remained for a couple of days, more
to chat with the patient, it seemed.
than to attend to professional duties,
Among other things the patient
asked her nurse:
"And ar-re ye married, me dear?'
The nurse answered In the negative,
"And haven't ye ever-r-r been mar
ried, me dear?" queried the patient
"Never," answered the nurse.
"Oh!" pityingly exclaimed the beat-en-up
epouse of the strenuous husband,
"oh, you poor thing!"
tutions which they help to direct:
Industj-ial corporations, rail
road, telegraph and steam
ship companies, and banks,
Insurance and trust
P. Morgan ....
' P. Morgan, Jr.,
. W. Perkins ..
IE. C. Converse ...
G. F. Baker
E. H. Gary
C. A. Griscom
W. H. Moore
' Samuel Mather . .
G. M. Lane
J. A. Farrell .....
Henry Fhlpps . ,
N. B. Ream .
r. Kooerts. jr..
ber are in con- J. H. Reld 1, 69,169,504
trol of more J- H. Reid 1,689,169,504
wtalth than 30 Henry Walters 2,345,038,142
million peoplelP. A. B. Widener 2,100.815,926
Robert Windsor 1,557,585,925
W. E. Corey 1.464,935,467
Henry C. Frick 3,991,825,345
This is the first time these figures
have been made public, having just
been compiled by special investigators
of the Stanley committee. The steel
tnist tried its utmost, first to prevent
and then to sidetrack, the investiga
tion which resulted in the above ac
curate state of affairs from becoming
public. Great credit is due Congress
man A. O. Stanley of Kentucky, the
chairman of the committee, who ' re
fused to be coerced or frightened into
abandoning the investigation at its
critical stage. He resisted the strong
est kind of pressure.
ALL DIED I COMMITTEE.
It should be remembered that under
the Roosevelt and Taft administra
tions all resolutions or bills having for
their object the investigation of the
steel trust died in committee. Nor did
President Roosevelt ever protest. The
steel trust was in the saddle in Wash
ington when Mr. Roosevelt was In the
White house, and not only with his
consent, but with his cooperation.
The Stanley committee developed
the fact that while Frank Kellogg, the
great much-heralded trust-buster, was
receiving money for the alleged pur
pose of breaking up trusts, he was
at that very time also receiving money
as attorney for one of the subsidiary
companies of the trust. It was Mr.
Roosevelt who permitted the steel
trust to absorb its principal rival, the
Tennessee Coal and Iron company, In
direct violation of the law. And it
ert Roach, Streator, and' Guy Hough
ton, Streator. A grocery store and
residence were also burglarized.
Grain Man Sues for $25,000.
Springfield. 111.. April 26. George
H. Gray, formerly secretary of the
Ftrmers' Grain company of Illinois?
has sued Edward Baker for $25,000
damages. He alleged that Baker, a
director of the company, maliciously
gave testimony that led to Gray's in
dictment on a charge of embezzle
ment. The Indictment was dismissed
' Legislator Weds In Secret.
Bloomington. 111., April 26. A. P.
Tourtillott of Dixon, a member of the
legislature from the 35th district.
and Mrs. Ella L. Rhoton of Los An
geles were married here secretly and
then went to Springfield.
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AH the news all the time The
Humor and '
Br bvtca ft. sntru
YTHEN ,equal suffrage is an accom-
pusuea imng mere win De a lot or
unemployed orators thrown pon the
A woman hater is a man who needs
a 8pedflc for Inflamed vanity.
A woman doesnt make a food of a
man; she merely points him the way.
It Is easier to injure a man than to
forgive him afterward for being so
weak as to let us do so.
When we feel that It is not worth
while to deceive our friends any long
er we are beginning to cease to care
Our idea of futility Is a little man
going about telling lies.
Most any girl would like to have a
house of her own, but she is often
hard to suit as to -the sort of man she
wants to put in it
Getting what you want isn't half so
hard as to keep right on wanting it
after you ge it
A girl's idea of improving her mind
Is to read a historical novel while she
masticates a plate of fudge.
Some men's idea of keeping a good
resolution is putting it away and nev
er thinking any more about it.
Lost to the World.
They say the bayseed is no more t
The man who graced the comic stage
With whiskers like s. shoving- brush
And tossed oft Jokes that were of age.
He ably served his day and la
No longer working at his trade.
The reaper cut his whiskers down.
And now his clothes are tailor made.
Be was a dandy In his day.
Ke chawed and spit and said "By heck!"
And tucked his whiskers In his h1rt
Or wrapped them twice about his neck.
And as he slowly wandered out
Behind the lights you had a thrill
And said as he began to act
"For all the world It s Uncle Bill!"
But evolution caught him up
And ran hln gayly through the mill,
Reclothed him In the latest style
And sent him, you can bet, the bill.
He's bought himself a motorcar.
And should he In among you drop
Tou couldn't tell him from the man
Who runs a Wall street broker shop.
Tes, he is gone, that grand old man.
The farmer of the comic page.
Who as the butt of ancient Jokes
Was one time very much the rage.
He has departed, boots and hat,
And something '-om our life Is missed.
Oh, we feel very sure he's gone.
Because he never did exist!
Maintaining His Position.
"Why Is he growling and stamping
around the house all of the time? He
seems to be a pleasant enough chap
"You notice nobody pays any atten
tion to It."
"I have noticed that."
"His wife is president of the Wom
an's club, and he Is trying all of the
time to prove that he is boss."
Suffered For a Cause.
"What are you limping about?"
"There is a tack in my shoe."
"Why don't you have the shoemaker
take It out?" .
"Oh, no! I am wearing a pair of
socks warranted for six months, and I
expect to get a new pair through that
"Pa, what Is
tion?" "That is what
they teach In col
leges." "And lower ed
that be dancing
and learning to
"Don't let him give yon any back
"There isn't any."
"I said there is none, ne never Is
In arrears with language."
"I have absolutely nothing to wear."
' "What Is your idea of nothing to
"Any amount of old clothes."
Ton say he Is an odd chap."
"He Is." .
"That Is why I can't get even with
What Could Hrw
He left his umbrella home,
A. line one. spick and new.
The rain caiae down like cats and dogs,
So what was rfe to do?
He wasn't much of a rustler, if yoa have
to ask that question.
Happiness when at a distance ap
pears ao great as to touch the sky
When It enters our door it so dwin
dles that very often we no longer rec
Temptation rarely cornea In working
boar. It Is In their leisure time that
men are made or marred.
The Dragon's Tail By Clarissa Mackie.
Copyrighted. 1S11. by Asaoerated Literary Bureau.
"Once more I warn you, Deering. t
It's no joke to meddle in these Asiatic !
squabbles." Fleetman looked anxious- j
ly at his young friend. "Take my ad-1
vice. You know that I've lived here
twenty years, and I'm speaking from
"I promised Lung I'd help him out,"
declared the other obstinately.
"Of course it's none of my business,
but 'as long as you've told me some
thing about it I can hazard a guess
that you've got to put up some money."
"I can afford' it It's sport to me to
dip Into these things."
"That may be true. No doubt it
looks like a sporting proposition to
you, Paul, but remember this much,
my lad, if you are successful you will
be the only one to reap reward wheth
er In enjoyment of the sport and ad
venture or financially. On the other
hand. If yon fall and fall into their
hands you will most certainly expect
that your country will protect her citi
zens you embroil the United States
In your personal matters."
No, I'll not," retorted Panl quickly.
"I'll do this trick as a man without a
country. If I fail, all rlght-o."
"Pigheaded obstinacy!" groaned
Fleetman. "I feel like a criminal in
helping you thus far on your way,
Paul. Take my advice aud do not step
on the dragon's tall."
Paul Deering laughed uneasily. The
dragon's tail is a good distance from
his Jaws, old man. There'll be time
enough to run away before I'm snap
"The dragon's tall Is as poverfnl as
his head, and it will toss yoa into the
dragon's jaws. This Is the last word.
PauL Will you give It up?"
Tm sorry to say that I've gone too
far I can't be a piker!"
"Better be a live piker than a dead
fool!" growled Fleetman rudely.
A red flush stained Deerlng's skin,
but he said nothing. He had confided
in Fleetman, and he was not sorry for
it, although he might regret having en
tered Into the negotiation at all. Paul
was practically a newcomer In China.
He was the son of a very rich man
and he had plenty of money to spend.
If he chose to spend It In helping a
dissolute mandarin flee the country to
escape punishment for a great crime
it was nobody's business.
Paul had told Fleetman that he was
to receive valuable concessions In re
turn for the favor. The mandarin,
Lung, possessed much land In his own
province that was rich In copper ore,
and it was this land that he was con
ceding to the rich young American In
return for his help. Lung had been a
revolutionist, but had betrayed his
cause to the Imperialist party. There
was a price upon his sleek head, for
the rebels wanted to punish him for
From Paul's point of view, and he
had only heard smatterings of the
truth mixed with much falsehood from
Lung's own lips, the mandarin had
been badly used by both parties. Lung
wanted to leave the country, but he
could only do so in a disguise of some
sort, and he could not rely upon any
of his own people to help blru out, for
be had been a bard master when In
The upshot of the matter was that
the Impulsive young American had
promised that Lung should accompany
him back to the United States under
guise of his personal servant. Paul
had taken passage on a steamer which
would sail two days later, and he had
confided the plan to Fleetman under
promise of strictest secrecy. Some
one had to know In case anything did
hapen to Paul, and Fleetman seemed
to think that the chances were good
for something to happen to somebody
In the matter.-
"It's such a futile undertaking," he
ended his protestations. "If It was go
ing to benefit anybody to have thnt
rascal got out of his own country I'd
help you out on it or at least applaud
your courage. But, by Jove, if any
man ever deserved a good hanging It la
that same Lung."
"I'm sorry, but I've promised," said
Taul firmly and so the subject was
dropped for the time.
They sped up the Yangtze for a few
miles and then turned down its swift
ly flowing yellow stream and made
for the mouth. There they could cross
to the Huangpu and run up that little
tidal river to Shanghai.
Little was said between the two men
as the launch scudded back to Shang
hai, but when they reached the Jetty
and Fleetman turned the craft over to
the enre of his Chinese boatman he re
ferred once more to the matter.
"When are you going aboard the
"At dusk tomorrow," was Taul's re
ply. "When does "your man Join yon?"
"As soon after sunset as possible.
I've already furnished him with tho
necessary clothing for disguising him
self. He's been biding In a half rainel
I temple up there and is starved almost
j to a skeleton. Tbat in itseif is a dis
i guise, for he was a pretty sleek look
: Ing old customer before they got after
him so I've teen told."
J "I'll see you tomorrow. Pbu!. Iv
I some cumsbas (gifts) for your father
and mother. If you do get Into any
difficulty remember you can call upon
me to the limit to help you out."
"Thank you, Fleetman. Tbat remark i
makes me sorry I entered Into the con
founded business. I don't want to in
volve you In anything." Paul spoke
with real regret.
"Never mind. As long as you've en
tered into- It go slow, and If you do
come a cropper I'll do whet I cr.n."
The neit day was a busy one for
Paul Deering. He had already pur
chased tickets fur himself and serv
ant. Van K;iij, and completed the nec-
essary form.-i titles to get a native out
of the country. If he could manage founding of Jamestown. Va., open
the rest of it with as much dispatch, J ,ed President liooaevelj.
there was no doubt that the "mandarin.
Lung, would disappear from his native
heath forever without leaving a clew
to the manner of his departure.-
But Paul Deering reckoned with
out his host In other words, he bad
stepped" on the dragon's tail, and the
Jaws of the monster were not far away
even as Fleetwood hud prophesied.
The day drew to a stormy close. It
rained heavily, and darkness set In ear
ly. All this boded good the further
ance of Paul's scheme, although Lung
might have a hard time of it rocking
down the Yangtze in his frail sampan.
Paul waited at Punderson's Jetty for
Lang's arrival. The slanting rala beat
heavily on his rubber clothing, and a
raw wind came out of the east and 1
tried to discourage his waiting.
At last a small shadow took shape
out of the dull grayness of the river,
grew larger as it neared the Jetty,
something bumped softly against the
steps. In a few minutes a tall, slight
form loomed out of the gloom of the
flight of steps, aud the mandarin. Lung,
stood before his deliverer. From a
lamppost near by a stream of light fell
on Lung's figure and displayed a dis
guise that was admirable, for the man
darin had so changed his appearance
with various chalks and chemicals that
few would have recognized in the mel
ancholy, cadaverous cheeked China
man, garbed In a straw rain suit, tha
once fat and prosperous mandarin.
Paul hurried him to the tng which
was puffing to and fro between the
Java and the wharf In Shanghai, and
they were soon speeding down the river
to where the Java lay in the mouth of
Their arrival at night was timely.
Paul took to his bed as a seasick pas
senger, and his valet was In close at
tendance upon him for days.
As they neared th coast of America
Paul recovered rapidly, and as he was
actually slckeulng for fresh air and
exercise be spent the remainder of
the voyage on deck, whlie Lung kept
out of the way as much as his dutlea
would permit. Paul was glad they.j
were nearly there, nia responsibility!
for Lung's safety would be ended when
they docked in San Francisco. He,
would be glad to have saved the life
of one poor devil, but he decided not
to try it again. There was something
about Lung that aroused his antipathy.
The more he saw of hint the less he
He hoped that Lung's escape would
not be discovered until after the Java
docked. It would give the fellow a
chance. He hardly thought it likely,
they would discover the escape of the
mandarin from China, although they
might suspect it later. Lung bad been
in hiding for months, and bis appear-
J ance had greatly changed. Unless his
enemies had held him under surveil
lance, even In bis hiding place, know-.
Ing that they could pounce upon hlra
any time tbey wanted him, he would
not be misseil from the country fur a
long while not until that country had
been thoroughly combed.
The Java steamed through the Gold
en Gate before dawn aud warped into
her dock in a pale gray light There
were a few people gathered there on
the wharf, but to the busy passengers
on the great steamer they were a blur
of unfamiliar faces and forms. The
Java was several hours ahead of the
expected time of her arrival.
"You are u stranger here. Can I d
anything to help you?" asked Taul of
his valet as they parted iu the state
room. Lung shook his bead. He was very
nervous, and his black, beady eye
darted suspiciously here and there ns
If seeking out bidden enemies. 'I
know where I go a cousin meets me,"
he said in the laborious Uni'llsti tbat
he had acquired from a missionary.
He expressed bis thiniks to bis de
liverer and said that ba would have
Ihe copper lands transferred to him.
Then be melted away from Paul's side
with a flat soft felt hat pulled down
over bis fuce ami bis worldly go.xl
tied In n bij,- bundle in his band. Iu
the other baud bis passport was tight
Paul saw him again once, but he
never forgot the scene. Juht n Paul
was leaving the guu'pluuk he saw
Lung's spare form ahead of him uu
the wharf. The mandarin v.-as hesi
tating, perhaps looking for the cousin
who would meet hi in there In the new
country. As Paul looked and as Luus
hesi'ateil there was a rush of blue
bloused Chinamen from behind a pllo
of cask-i on the dock. There came a
scream of awful fear from Lung u
they closed about him.
An instant Inter the blue clad China
men melted away before the comlryj
of a policeman and several stevedores.
Tbey disappeared like rats in some In
visible holes, but they left something
behind on the dor-k.
Pun drew near and shuddered. The
disguised mandarin. Lung, lay dead
fiem n dozen knife thrusts. Ilia etf-ape
from China bad been in vain.
They had stepped on the dragon's
al! In A'-da. and its Jaws had snapped
! n its victim In farawav America.
April 26 in American
1S03 John Wilkes Booth, assassin or
Lincoln, killed at Port Royal Va.,
' by Boston Corbett, a Federal fcol
dier, who shot Booth iu disobedi
ence of orders.
ISO Spanish steamer Panama cap
tured off Havana by the United
Stales lighthouse tender Mangrove;
Erst hostile act of the war. Lug-
land proclaimed neutrality.
1907 Exposition commemorating the
mretf nauureofn annivermirv at inn