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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 1912.
DELAY BUT SLIGHT
BY NEW MAIL LAW
Daily United States Weather Map
The Honors of the- Bio Snows
U. S. Department of Agriculture.
WILLIS L MOORE. Chief.
Little Inconvenience Expected
Prom Enle Prohibiting Sun
X LL tbat spring and mmmer Jan
ZA spent In the thick cariboo
swamps and low ridge moon
tains along the Barrens. It
wns two months before he appeared at
th pout a pa In, and then he remained
only long enough to patch himself up
and sec tire fresh supplier
.Melixse had suffered qnletly during
these two months, a grief and loneli
ness filllnir ber beart which none knew
but-herself. Even from Iowaka she
kept her unbappiness a secret, and
yet when the gloom had settled heavi
est upon her she was still buoyed tip
by a persistent hope. Until Jan's last
rlslt to Lac Bain this hope nerer quite
The first evening after his arrival
from the swamps to the west be came
to the cabin. Ills beard had grown
aaln. Ills hair was long and shaggy
aud fell In shining dlshevelment upon
his shoulders. The sensitive beauty of
his grent eyes, once responsive to ev
ery passing humor in Mel Use, flashing
fun at her laughter, glowing softly In
their devotion, was gone.
This time Mellsse knew that there
was left not even the last comforting
spark of hope within her bosom. Jan
had gone out of her life forever, leav
ing to ber as a haunting ghost of what
they two had once been to each other
the old violin on the cabin wall.
After be went away again the violin
lieoanie mrfrt- and more te her what It
had once been to htm. She played It
ns he had played It, sobblDg her loneli
ness and ber heart break through its
strings. In lone hours clasping It to her
brenst and speaking to It as Jan had
talked to It In years gone by.
Once during the autumn Jan came In
for supplies nnd traps and his dogs and
sledsre. He was planning to spend the
winter 200 miles to the west. In the
country of the Athnhnsca. He was at
Ijc Bnln for a week, and during this
time a mall runner came In from Fort
The runner brought s new experience
Into the life of Mellsse her first letter.
It was frm young Dlion twenty or
more c lowly written paces of It, In
which he Informed her thnt be was
going to upend a part of the approach-
winter at Ijic Bnln.
She was reading the last page when
Jnn on me into the cabin. Her cheeks
were slightly flushed by this new ex
citement, which was reflected in her
eyes a ihe looked at Jan.
"A letter!" she cried, holding out her
two hands filled with the pages. "A
letter to me, Jan, all the way from
"Who In the world" be began,
smiling at her, and stopped.
"It's from Mr. Dixon," she said, the
flush deepening In her cheeks. "He's
going to spend part of the winter
Tni glad of that. Mellsse." said Jan
quietly. "I like him aud would like to
ktiow him letter."
He did not see her ngnln until six
months later, when he came In to the
caribou rosst with his furs. Then he
learned that another letter had come
to Mellsse and that IMxon had gone to
.London lnstend of coming to I.ac Bain.
The day after the carnival he went
back Into the country of the Athabas
ca. Spring did not see him at Lac
Bnln. Karly summer brought no news
rf him. In the floods Jean went by
the waterway to the Athabasca and
found Thoreau's cabin abandoned.
There had not been life In It for a
long time. The Indians said that
since the melting snows they bad not
seen Jan. A halfhreed whom Jean
met at Fond du I.ac said that he had
found the tiones of a white man on
(he Beaver with a Hudson's bay gun
itnd n horn handled knife beside them
Jean came back to Lac Bain heavy
"There Is no doubt that he Is dead,"
be told Iowaka. "I do not believe tbat
it will hurt very nvi'li If you tell Me
itie day early In Ptvfember a lone
fzttre can:e Into the post at noon
when the company people were at din
ner. He carried a pick, arid six d.-gs
trailed at bis heels. Il was Jan Tno-
"I have len down to- civilization,"
was his explanation. "I have return'
e l to spvud this winter at Lac Bain."
tn the first i,now cam? young IMxon
from Fort Churchill. Jean de Gravoia
net lil in on the trail near Ledoq's.
"Bless me. If It isn't my old friend
Jenu"' he cried. "I was Just thinking
if von. Ciravols. and how yon trim
med me to. a finish two winters ago,
I've learned a lot alxtut you people up
here In the snows since then, and I'll
r.ecr do anything like tbat again.
How Is Mrs. Gravels and the little
iravoU abd Melinse?" be added be'
fore Jean ha.l upoken.
"All well. M'seur L'.xon." replied
,I'an. "Only the little Gravols have
u!ust trown Into a man and woman."
An hour or so later he said to Io
wka: "I can't help liking this man Dixon.
nd yet I don't want to. Why is it, do
jou suppose T' '
"U it liecauwe you are afraid that
Me!le will like himT' asked kit wife.
Mulling over her shoulder.
"Blessed saints, I believe that la ItT
said Jean frankly. I hate foreigners
and Mellsne belongs to Jan."
" woman will not wit erwmjs,"
rr '. l lowakm softly. ''Jan Theresa has
wj'.u-d too kmgT'
A wofk. later as fhey stood together
la front of their door they saw Dixon
nnd Mellsse walktug slowly In the edge
f the forest. The wouian laughed
l.Ao Jean' face. .
Copurlabt. 1911. bg the Bobbs
HITCHCOCK IN STATEMENT
"Did I not say that Jan had waited
Jean's face was black with disappro
bation. He was angered at the cool
ness with which Jan accepted the situ
Deep down In his soul Jan knew tbat
each day was bringing the end of It
all much nearer for him. He did not
tell Mellsse that be had returned to
Lac Bain to be near ber once more,
nor did be confide In Jean. Day after
day he saw Mellsse and the Engllbh
inan together, and, while they awak
ened In blm none of the fiery Jealousy
which might have rankled In the bos
om of Jean de Gravols, the knowledge
that the girl was at last passing from
him forever added a deeper grief to
that which was already eating at his
Dixon made no effort to conceal bla
feelings. lie loved Mellsse. Frankly
he told this to Jean one day when they
were on the Churchill trail. In his
honest way he said Jhlngs which broke
down the' last of Jean's hereditary
"I like him," he said to himself,
"and yet I would rather see him In the
blessed hereafter than have him take
Mellsse from Jan!"
Tne iig snow deckled. It came
early In December. Dixon had set out
alone for Ledoq's early in the morn
ing. By noon the sky was a leaden
black, and a little later one could not
see a dozen paces ahead of him for the
snow. The Englishman did not return
tbat day. The next day he was still
gone, and Gravols drove along the top
of the mountain ridge until he came
to the Frenchman's, where he found
that Dixon had started for Lac Bain
the preceding afternoon. He brought
word back to the post Then he went
"It Is as good as death to go out In
search of him," he said. "We can nJ
longer use the dogs. Snowshoes will
sink like leaden bullets by morning,
and to go ten miles from the post
means that there will be bones to be
picked by the foxes when the crust !
It was dark when Jnn came Into the
cabin. Mellsse started to her feet with
a little cry when he entered, covered
white wltu the snow. A light pack
waa strapped to his back, and he car
ried his rifle in his band.'"
T am going to hunt for him." he
said softly. "If he is alive I will bring
hltn back to you."
She came to blm slowly, and the
beating of Jan's beart sounded to blm
like the distant thrumming of par
tridge wings. Ah. would he ever for
get that look? The old glory was In
her eyes, her arms were reaching out
her Hps parted. lie saw her face so
near to him that be felt the touch of
her sweet breath, and he knew that
one of his rough hands was clasped In
both of her own and that after a mo
ment It was crushed tightly against
"Jan. my hero"
. He struggled back, almost sobbing,
as he plunred out Into the night again.
He heard her voice crying after him.
but the wild walling of the spruce and
the storm in his brain drowned her
words.- He bad seen the glorious light
of love In her eyes her love for Dixon!
And he would find him! -
ne went to Ledoq'a now. following
the top of the mountain, and reached
his cabin In the late dawn. The French
man stared at blm In amazement when
be learned that he was about to set
out on a search for Dixon.
"Ton will not find him." he said slow
ly In French, "bnt If you are determin
ed to go I will hunt with you. It Is a
big chsnce that we will not come back."
"I don't want you to go," objected
Jan. "One will do as mnch as two un
less we search alone. I came your way
to find If It had begun to snow before
"An honr after be had gone you could
not see your hand before your face,"
replied Ledoq. preparing his pack.
"There Is no doubt but that he circled
aut over Lac Bain. We will go that
Par together and then search alone."
They went back over the mountain
and stopped when Instinct told them
that they were opposite the spruce for
ests of the lake. There they separated.
Jan going as nearly as he could guess
Into the northwest Ledoq trailing slow
ly and hopelessly Into the south.
It was nogret sacrifice for Jar. this ;
aapp'lness of Mellsse. What it waa to
Ledoq no man ever guessed or knew,
for It was not until the lata spring
snows had gone that the people at Lac
Bain found what the foxes and the
wolves bad left of aim far to the south.
Fearlessly Jan plunged into the white
world of the lake. There was neither
rock nor tree to guide him, for every1'
where was the heavy ghost raiment of
the Indian god. Day came, only a lit
tle lighter than the night He creased
the lake, his snowshoes sinking ankle
deep at every step, and once each half
hour he fired a single shot from his
rifle. He heard shots to the south and
knew that It was Ledoq, each report
coming to him more faintly than the
last until they had died away entirely.
Across the lake he struck the forest
again, and his shouts echoed In futile
Inquiry In Its weird depths. At noon
Jan stopped and ate his lunch; then he
went on, carrying his rifle always upon
his right shoulder, so that the steps of
his right leg would be shortened and he
would travel In a circle, as he believed
Dixon bad done.
The storm thickened with the falling
of night and he burrowed himself a
great hole in the soft snow and filled
it with balsam boughs for a bed.
When he awakened, hours later, he
stood up and thrust out bis bead and
found himself burled te the armpits.
With the aid of his broad snowshoes
he drew himself out until he stood
knee deep In the surface.
He lifted his pack. As he swung It
before 'him, one arm thrust through a
strap, he gave a startled cry. Half of
one side of the pack was eaten away!
A thin trickle of flour ran through his
fingers upon the snow. He pulled out
a gnawed pound of bacon, a little tea
and that was all. '
Frantically he ripped the rent wider
In bis search, and when he stood up bis
wild face staring into the chaos about
him, he held only the bit of bacon In
his hand. In it were the Imprints of
tiny teeth sharp little razor edged
teeth that told blm what bad happen
ed. While be had slept a mink had
robbed him of his food! .
With one of bis shoes he began dig
ging furiously In the snow. He tore
his balsam bed to pieces. Somewhere
somewhere not very far away the
little animal must have cached Its
theft He dug down until he came to
the frozen earth. For an hour he
worked aud found nothing.
Then he stopped. Over a small fire
be melted snow for tea and broiled a
slice of the bacon, which be ate with
the few biscuit crumbs be found in
the pack. Every particle of flour that
be could find he scraped up with bis
knife and put Into one of the deep
pockets of his caribou coat After that
he set out In the direction in which he
thought be would find Lac Bain.
- Still he shouted for Dixon and fired
an occasional shot from bis rifle. By
noon he should have struck the lake.
' Noon came and passed; the gloom of
a second night fell upon him. He
built himself a fire and ate two-thirds
of what remained of the bacon. The
handful of flour In his pocket be did
It was still night when be broke his
rest and struggled on. His first fears
were gone. In place of them there
filled blm now a grim sort of pleasure.
A second time he was battling with
death for Mellsse. And this, after all.
was not a very hard fight for him.
When be ate the last bit of ills bacon
be made up his mind what be would
do when the end came. In the stock
of his rifle he would scratch a few
last words to Mellsse. He even ar
ranged the words In his brain four of
them "Melisse, I love 'you." He re
peated them to himself as he stagger
ed on, and thnt night beside the fire
he built he began by carving her name.
Tomorrow," he said softly, "I will
do the rest"
He was growing very hungry, but he
did not touch the flour. For six hours
he slept and then drank his fill of hot
"We will travel until day, JanTbo
reau," he Informed himself, "and then.
If nothing turns up. we will build our
last camp and eat the flour. It will be
the last of us, for there will be no
meat above this snow for days."
Ills snowshoes were an Impediment
now, and he left them behind along
with one of his two blankets, which
had grown to be like lead upon his
shoulders. He counted his cartridges
ten of them. One of these be fired
Into the air.
Was that an echo he heard?
A sudden thrill shot through him.
He strained his ears to catch a repeti
tion of the sound. In a moment it
came again clearly no echo this time.
The shot came from Just over the
mportant Matter, Such as That for
Hotels and Newspapers, to Be
Xo serious effect upon the handling
of important mail matter will result
from the administration of the new
law prohibiting the delivery of mail
Holders of lock boxes at first and
second class postofnees will have ac
cess to them as usual, although no
mail deliveries will be made by car
riers on the street or at postoffice win
Mall for hotel guests and newspa
pers will be delivered to them
through their lock boxes by a simple
arrangement of having that mail sort
ed oh the railway mail cars before it
reaches Its destination. . Such mall
will be regarded as "transit matter"
and will be distributed immediately
upon its arrival at the offices of des
tination, thus practically insuring
speedier delivery to the addresses
than heretofore has been the case.
Plans were perfected by Postmaster
General Hitchcock at Washington yes
terday for the administration of the
new law. Under the present scheme
the mail distribution which will be
permitted will require a minimum of
Sunday work. Distribution of other
mail received on Sunday will be made
after midnight on Sunday, so that it
may be delivered by the carriers on
their first tour on Monday.
STATEMENT BY HITCHCOCK.
The postmaster general issued
statement explanatory of the new law,
setting at rest the rumors that the
postal system was to be "shut down'
on Sunday and assuring the business
public that there will be no embar
rassment. Mr. Hitchcock said in part:
"There appears to be some misap
prehension as regards the provision
in the postal bill relating to the de
livery of mail on Sundays. This pro
vision does not require the closing of
postoflices on Sundays, which would
would be quite impossible, owing to
the fact that the transit mail has to
be sorted and also the mail collected
In cities for dispatch to other destl
nations. To stop the movement of
this mail would mean a serious clog
ging of the whole system of mall
transportation and consequent incon
venience to the public.
MONDAY MORNING'S MAIL.
"At present most of the mail receiv
ed on Sunday for delivery by carrier
Monday morning is worked after mid
night on Sunday, and therefore the
law will not affect this mail. It will
be delivered as promptly as hitherto
Mail received up to midnight on Sat
urday for lock boxes will be distrib
uted to the boxes.
"As the purpose of the law, which
was clearly enacted in the interest of
employes, is to reduce as far as prac
ticable the amount of Sunday labor,
the work of distributing Sunday mail
to lock-boxes will be limited to cer
tain classes of mail that cannot be
held until Monday morning without
serious Inconvenience to the address
es. This mail will include that for
newspapers and hotel guests."
FOR LIBERAL. CONSTRl'CTION.
"The latter Is peculiarly transient
in character and should hot be delay
ed. This mail, like the special deliv
ery mail, will be sorted out at the of
fices of dispatch and on the railway
mail trains in order to simplify the
work of distributing it in the postof-
fices on Sundays. As practically all
business houses now are closed
Sunday they do not object to the plan,
which has boen In force a year, of
holding their mail until Monday morn
ing, realizing the benefit thus confer
red upon postal employes who are
thereby relieved from Sunday labor.
In order to give the new provl
sion as liberal construction as possi
ble, postmasters will be Instructed on
application to have their employes
sort out in emergency cases on Sun
day letters of special importance,
This will supplement the present pri
ilege of having all mail delivered on
Sunday that carries a special delivery
WORKED ON TRAINS.
"By the proposed changes in the
method of putting up- mail in the of
fices of origin and In Its handling on
the trains. It is believed that a satis
factory distribution can be made In
postoffices on. Sunday with far less
work than now is required.
"Thus the law can be made to con
fer great benefits on postal employes
without Inconvenience to the public.
(To be Continued.)
Rochester. N. T. Exhibits of old
coins at the annual convention of the
American Numismatists' association
here are valued at 12,000,000.
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fthl llHAIt. -. - -
isoaASi (oonUnnom lines) pan through Dolnts
of juU Mt preare. Isoth Ess. (dotted ffnes?
?ah Pintof equnl temperature" drawn
onlf for zero. froelg. 900. nd 100.
O oter: O partly cloudy: 6 clondi-
rain; (D snow: (fXl mnnrt mini..
Arrowi fly wtta U. wind. First figures lowest
ofWof P"' Hhours: -cond SrectpludoV
mZ wdvreEXtor 'M hOCn,: m,Xl-
Aud xt. 11 a.
FORKCAST FOK ROCK ISLAND. DAVENPORT. MOUNE AXD V1C1NITV.
Probably showers this afternoon. Generally fair tonight and Thursday. Cooler tonight.
Scattered showers in the territory
from the north Pacific coast and the
Rocky mountain region to the upper
Mississippi valley and the upper lakes
have resulted from yesterday's north
western low which has moved from
Montana to southeastern Minnesota,
and from a secondary disturbance
which Is central over Utah. Increas
ing pressures and lower temperatures
are this morning reported from the
northern Rocky mountain states and
the eastern Rocky mountain slope,
though the barometers are highest on
the Pacific and middle and south At
lantic coasts. The eastward movement
of these' conditions will probably be
attended by showers In this vicinity
fair weather tonight and Thursday and
by cooler tonight
Winnipeg 60 52
Yellowstone Park .. . 43
Atlantic City 82
Rock Island 79
Kansas City 96
New Orleans 84
New York 76
St. Louis 80
St. Paul 76
San Diego 72
San Francisco 66
this afternoon, followed by generally Seattle 62.
Flood. Height. Chug.
St Paul 14 1.5 0.0
Red Wing 14 2.7 0.1
Reed's Landing ....12 2.5 0.3
La Crosse 12 3.6 0.2
Lansing 18 4.0 0.2
Prairie du Chlen ...IS 5.1 0.1
Dubuque 18 6.0 0.2
Le Claire 10 S.2 0.3
Rock Island 15 6.4 0.5
Slowly falling stages in the Missis
sippi will continue from below Dm
buque to Muscatine.
J. M. SHER1ER, Local Forecaster.
Today's Market Quotations
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You, also, should give ap
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your liver stimulated; your
digestion so improved by
struggle with the big snows tor fM imjiTIuT
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Grain. Provisions, Stocks and Cotton.
Local offices at Rock Island house. Rock
Island. 111. Chicago office. 98--10U,
Board of Trad. Local telephones. No.
BOARD OF TRADE TRANSACTIONS.
September, 94, 95, 94Vi, 94.
December, 94y2, 95, 94Vi. 94.
May, 98, 99, 98, 98.
September, 73, 744, 73Vi, 73.
December, 55, 55, 54, 55V.
May, 54, 54, .53, 53.
September, 32. 33, 32, 32.
December, 33, 33. 32. 33.
May, 35V, 35, 35, 35.
September, 17.75, 17.87, 17.70, 17.75.
October. 17.95, 18.00, 17.85, 17.90.
January. 19.15, 19.20, 19.05, 19.12.
September, 10.92, 10.97, 10.S7, 10.95.
October, 11.02, 11.07, 10.97, 11.02.
September. 10.90, 10.95, 10.85, 10.90.
October, 10.95, 10.97, 10.91, 10.95.
THE GRAIN MARKET.
Chicago Cash Grain.
Wheat No. 2 r 105Vi106Vi. N'o. 3
r 95Vi10.r, No. 2 h 90Ti97V2. No. 3 h
94 S 96, No. 1 ns 9C99. No. 2 ns 94
97. No. 3 ns 9190. No. 2 s 911i37,
No. 3 s 92 95, No. 4 s 86 94.
Corn No. 2 SO'iSUi. No. 2 wi
82Vi?83, No.' 2 y SI 81, No. 3 80
81, No. 3 w 82fi82, No. 3 y SO'i
81" VI. No. 4 79fjSf",;, No. 4 w 80 Vi
8iy4. No. 4 y 80-fiSl.
Oats No. 2 32W32VJ, No. 2 w 35 1?
35, No. 3 w 33ViTi34V4. No. 3 301fc
31, No. 3 31V4'5 32. No. 4 w 32'ili33,
Wheat opened to Vi up; closed
Corn opened Vi to up; closed
Wheat 269 166
Corn 208 79
Oats 416 48
To- Last Last
day Week. Year
Minneapolis 2S5 1S4 259
Duluth 74 15
Winnipeg 44 78
Chicago Estimates Tomorrow,
8.S0; good, 8.158.80; rough, 7.95
8.15; Yorkers, 8.858.95.
Cattle steady to strong. Beeves. 5.85
10.C0; stockers, 4.307.40; Texans,
o.OO!7T6.80; cows, 2.7508.20; westerns,
6.259.50; calves, 6.5010.50.
Sheep, steady. Natives, 3.254.40;
lambs, 4.50 7.15; westerns, 3.25
4.50; western lambs, 4.507.25.
Close of Market.
Hogs closed slow. Light, 8.30(g 8.95;
bulk, 8.308.75; mixed, 8.10 8.95;
heavy, 7.958.80; rough, 7.958.15.
Cattle, steady. Top, 10.60.
Sheep, steady. Top, 4.50. Lambs,
steady. Top, 7.25.
Chicago Estimates Tomorrow.
Hogs. Cattle. Sheep.
Chicago 16,000 5,000 27,000
NEW YORK STOCKS.
New York, Aug. 2S. Following are
the quotations on the market today:
Union Pacific 171
U. S. Steel preferred 113
U. S. Steel common . 74
Reading v 170
Rock Island preferred 52
Rock Island common 26
Southern Pacific 112
New York Central 11G
Missouri Pacific 3S )
Croat Northern ...139 j
Northern Pacific ... : '. . . 128
Louisville & Nashville 167 j
Smelters 87 Vi I
Colorado Fuel & Iron 33 1
Canadian Pacific 277
Lead 60 V4
Chesapeake & Ohio 82 '4!
Hrooklj n Rapid Transit 91 ;
Baltimore & Ohio 107 j
St. Paul 106 Vi
Lehigh Valley 170
LOCAL MARKET CONDITIONS.
Aug. 28. Following are the whole
sale quotations on the local market
Butter Dairy, 27c; creamery, 30c
Eggs, 22 c.
Potatoes, 11.40 to $1.C0.
Clover hay. $15 to $16.
Cabbage, 5c head.
Onions, 30c peck.
Feed and Fuel.
Forage Timothy hay, $15 to $18.
Wild hay, $14 to $15.
Corn, 60c to 65c.
Coal Lump, per bushel, 15c; slack,
Rock Island Transfer
Storage S Coal Co.
Office, 1714 Third Avenue.
Coal Ycrd 2109-13 Third Avenue
Springfield lump coal.
Sherman lump coal.
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Year ago ...
Corn today ..
Year ago ...
LIVE STOCK MARKET.
Opening of Market.
Hogs, 20,000; left over, 5.176; 5c
lower. Light. 8.308.95; mixed, 8.10
8.95; heavy, 7.95 8.80; rough, 7.93
Cattle, 12,000; strong to 10c up.
Sheep, 30,000; steady.
Nine O'clock Market.
Hogs steady to shade lower. Light,
llo 'Z oecond Avenue 8.ios.95; pigs, 5.50 8.15; heavy, 7.95'
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