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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1912.
Copyright. 1011. by
The Parting of tha Way.
THE two wwki which followed
the Divem hall were the
happiest Harriet Woodman
bad known since Nan'a
shadow had fallen across ber life.
Every moment wan crowded with the
work of preparing for her trip, escept
the bourn abe could Dot refuse Stuart,
who had suddenly wnl;ed to the fact
that something beautiful was going
out of bin life.
naniet wnt-hed him with keen Joy
and deep In her hwirt a net-ret hope
becnn to irrow slowly
The duy Bhe Bulled he refused to go
with her to the pier
"Wby, Jim. you tnut come with
me:" she protested.
"No. 1 can t, little pnt. Ooodby."
He watched the cab roll down Fourth
atreet toward the pier while a great
wave of loneliness overwhelmed him.
At nltrlit the doctor was not at home.
"Stuart nipped on his door neit morn
ing and Kot no unswer Tbe trlrl said
be had xwnt Hie iilht out she didn't
. kuow where.
Aa Stuiirt was nhout to leave for his
office the doctor entered. Ills bloodshot
eyes were sunkeii deep behind bla
brows, bla face biipurd and his
shoulders drooped. Stunrt knew be
bud tramped tbe streets all night In a
stupor of hopeless misery.
Stuart took bis outstretched hand
and led him Into the library. "I
know why you tramped the streets: the
Id bouse la very louely."
"1 never knew what loneliness meant
beforer The big hand fell In a
gesture of despair.
Stuart pressed bis hand.
"I understand. I'm younger than you.
doctor, but I. too. have walked that
way alone. You're all In; you must go
to bed and sleep."
When Stuart returned early from bis
work In tbe afternoon he found a
group of forlorn women and children
standing beside tbe stoop. A pale, elf
ish looking boy of ten. whose face ap
peared to be five years older, sat on tbe
lower step crying.
"What's the matter, kiddle?" be ask
"I wants de doctor me mudder'a
sick. She'll croak before mornln' ef be
don't come dey all wants him." He
waved bis dirty little band toward the
others. "He ain't come around no more
for a week. Tbe Roll Hays we cun t bee
him he's asleep."
"I'll tell him you're here. The doc
tor's been 111 himself."
He urged tbe doctor to co at once to
see bis patients. Tbe work be loved
would restore his spirits. He was dum
founded at the answer he received.
"No.' no! I'm In no mood to work. I
couldn't help them. I'd poison and kill
them all. feeling as I do today. A phy
sician can't beal the sick unless there's
beallng la his own soul. I'd bring
death, not life. Into their homes. Tell
them to go away!"
Stuart emptied his pockets of all the
money be had In a desperate effort to
break their dlsapixilntinent.
"The doctor's tto 111 to see you now."
he explulued. "He sent this money for
you and hopes It will help you over the
worst until he can come."
He divided the money among them,
and they looked at It with dull disap
pointment. They were glnd to get it.
but what they needed more tban mon
ey was tbe hope and strength of their
You d.d whatf-
"Doctor." Stuart began gently. T"vt
known you for about fifteen years,
lou're the only father I've bad In this
big town, and you've been a good one.
Tou've been acting strangely ' for the
past two weeks. Ton 're In trouble."
"Tbe greatest trouble that can cove
to any human soul." was the bitter an
swer, "nut." be paused, and bis eyes
stared at tbe ceiling as be groaned.
Tve got to bear It. What's the use to
Stuart stepped close and slipped his
arm about the stalwart figure. His
Tolce was tender.
"Come, doctor; you're not fooling me.
I've known you too long. There's only
one man on earth for whom I'd do as
much as I would for you my own
gray haired father down south. Come
now; tell me what's the trouble?"
Stuart could feel tbe big form sway
and tremble under the stress of over
vi helming emotion, and his arm pressed
a little closer. Ana men me tension
Tbe doctor sank Into a chair and
looked op with a helpless stare.
"Yes. Jim. I wtll. l'11-tell you."
And be related bis exreriences In the
Bivens mansion, ending with:
"I stole a case of Jewels'"
Stuart sprang to bis feet, with an ex
clamation of horror.
"Yes." the doctor went on hoarsely.
"I stole a case of his Jewels and ent
my girl alroad. I'm coins to plead
guilty now and go to prison. I shall
never agaiu lift my head in the haunts
Stuart sobbed In anguish.
"You see. boy. I failed when put to
the test. It doesn't make any differ
ence about my reputation. Character
only counts, and I'm a thief."
"Shut up!" Stuart cried fiercely, seiz
ing his arm. "Don't say that again
and don't talk so loudly. Whatever
you did you were Insane when you did
"Maybe it was a mistake. I don't
know. I couldn't think then. I ouly
know now that life Is Impossible any
more, and I'm ready to go. You can
send me to prison at once. Jim. I'm
glad you are the district attorney."
"But I'm not. I resigned my office
to go Into bus!iyis for
1 bad only another u...uth to
serve. You're not going to prison If 1
can help it."
"But I don't want you to help '.t
It's the ouly place to go now-you see.
boy. I can't live with myself any more!
Besides I'm old and played out: tbe
world don't need me any longer."
"Well, i need you." Stuart broke In.
"and you're not going to give up this
flgbt as lomr as I'm here."
"I'm a failure; It's no use."
"But you've forgotten some things,"
the younger man said tenderly.
"You've beljied to make my life what
It Is you haven't failed in that. You
gave your blood to your country when
she needed it you dldu't fail In that.
You have forgotten tbe thousands you
have heled. tbe hope and cheer and
inspiration that passed Into -their lives
through yours. We'll go to Bivens
house tonight. We'll tell him tbe truth.
We'll return tbe value of bis Jewels.
I'll get the money to make good what
you owe him' His voice broke. "Oh.
why. why. why didn't you let me
know? I've Influence with Bivens. He
wtll drop the matter end no one on
earth will know save we three."
"But you don't understand, Jim." the
broken man protested, feebly. "I tell
you Tve given up. 1 can't take your
money. I can't pay. I tell yon I've
given np. I can't take your money. 1
can't pay It back."
"You can pay it back. too. if yon like.
narrtet will be earning thousands of
dollars In a few years. Her success Is
A faint smile lighted the father's
"Her success is sure. Isn't It?" he
asked with the eagerness of a child.
And then the smile slowly faded.
"But I shall not be here to see If
"Yes, you will. I'm running your af
fairs now, and you've got to do what
I say. Get ready. We are going to
Bivens refused point blank at first
to see Woodman and ordered his serv
ant to pnt him out of the bouse and
ask Stuart to remain for a conference.
Stnart drew from his case a card
and wrote a message to Nan:
Imperative that 1 Cat at once to tba
presence of my friend on a matter of
jrrmv Importance. Plea send bloi down.
Ha k stubborn.
Bivena came In a few ruinates, shook
bands cordially with Stuart and Ig
"I want to see yon alone with the'
doctor." tbe young lawyer began,
Twbere we cannot possibly be over
heard." "I have nothing to say to this man.
but for your sake all right Come op
to tbe library."
Once In tbe room and the door clos
ed the doctor sank listlessly Into a
chair, seeing nothing, bearing nothing.
His deep, sunken, bloodshot eyes were
turned within The outer world no
longer made any Impression
"Cal, you and I have been friends
since boyhood. I'm going to ask my
first favor of yoo tonight"
1 .."For yourself, all right You've got
the answer before yon ask It "If
you've come to ask me to settle with
old Woodman for any Imaginary claim
he has. you're wasting your breath. I
won't bear it So cut It!"
"I'm not asking yon to settle any old
Imnginary claim." the young lawyer
went on rapidly, "but a new one that
can only appeal to the best that's In
yon. Let It be enough to say tiat the
torture you Inflicted on Woodman
and the sights he saw In your house
drove him insane. Hungry, wretched.
In despair over his misfortunes and
the promise he had given his daughter,
whom he loved better than life. In a
moment of madness he took a case of
"He took that case of Jewels?" Biv
ens cried with excitement.
The little financier broke into a peal
of laughter, walked over to tbe chair
where the doctor sat thrust his hands
into his pockets and continued to
"So that's what you meant by laugh
ing and sneering In my face as yon
left that night yon hypocrite!"
Stuart suddenly gripped Bivens and
spun him around In his tracks.
"That will do now! The doctor Is 1
ray friend. I won't stnnd for this."
Stnart faced the little dark man with
a dangerous gleam In his eye.
"Well, what did you come for? To
ask me to give him a pension for rob
bing me of a case of jewels? I've ac
cused every drunken servant in the
house of the act"
"1 only ask that you allow me to re
turn the value of your Jewels and drop
the whole affair."
"Can the district attorney of the
county of New York compound a
"I resigned my office this morning."
Bivens tried to seize Stuart's hand,
forgetting for a moment the Jewels
In the bigger announcement which
meant the acceptance of his offer.
Stuart waved aside the extended
band with a gesture of annoyance.
"You'll drop this case, of course, at
Bivens looked at the bowed figure
and replied quicUlv:
"I will not."
"I told you I'd make good the
nmount tomorrow morning."
"What the devil do you suppose I
want with your money? Five thousand
dollars is no more to me than 5 cents
to the average man."
He paused, laughed and again
stared at the bowed figure.
"I've waited a long time, old man.
but I've got you now."
The doctor never lifted his head or
moved a muscle.
"You are not going to prosecute
him?" Stuart asked incredulously.
"As soon as I can telephone for an
"Look here. Cal. you've Just asked
me to share yonr affairs."
"Not this one."
"Then to bell with you and all your
affairs! I'll fight you to the last
Bivens looked at him In amazement.
"What! For this old fool you'd re
ject my offer?"
"It's a Joke! I see you doing it.
Defend blm if you like. I'll have good
lawyers. I'll enjoy tbe little sent p. A
fight between us in public Just now
will be all tbe better for my first big
plans. I'll send him to Sing Sing If
It costs me a million!"
Stuart lifted the doctor from his
seat and faced Bivens with n look of
defiance. "You needn't trouble for a
warrant He pleads guilty. Your
lawyers can fix the day for his sen
tence and I want yo'i to be there."
"I'll be there, don't you worry!"
A Plea For Justice.
TDART was not surprised to re
ceive notice from Bivena" law
yers that they would demand
sentence on Woodman within
two days. Tbe financier was present
with two great lawyers who smiling
ly assured him that be need have no
fear as to the result Yet the little
man was uneasy. He fidgeted in his
sent and watched Stuart's calm, serious
face with dread.
"Don't worry." the senior counsel as
sured him with confidence. "Tbe old
Judge is a terror to every criminal In
In spite of all assurance. Bivens'
nervousness increased as tbe hour
drew near for tbe case to be called. He
looked at bis watch, fuming over tbe
fact that Nan was lata He wished her
to see Stuart and find out what he had
np bis sleeve. A woman could do such
tricks better tban a man. He looked
out the window anxiously and saw the
flash of bis big French limousine
rounding the corner. He hurried to
the steps to meet his wife.
"Nan, for heaven's sake see Jim be
fore this case Is called and find out
what he's going to say to that judge."
"I'll do my best I'll send my card
In and ask blm to see me at once."
"Good. When be returns to the court
room wait and I'll come out"
Bivena went back to his seat beside
his lawyers and watched the court of-
(fleer apeak to Stuart
He frowned and hesitated, roso and
slowly followed tbe man.
Nan seized bis band.
"Ob. Jim, I'm so worried. Cal says
you are going to make a desperate fight
.against him this morning."
"I'm going to make tbe usual plea
ifor mercy for an old broken man my
friend. I'm going to fight for bis life
as I would for my own."
"Please don't do or say anything to
day to cause a break. 1 couldn't en
dure It You don't know bow much
jyour friendship means to me. Yonr
(visits are the brightest spots in my
!life. What are you going to say? Are
you going to attack Cal? You don't
'have to do that. Jim. Promise me yoo
won't for my sake."
"I'm going to do my level best for
'my old friend. Nan." be answered with
idogged determination. "You needn't
'worry about yonr husband. He has
the hide of a rhinoceros, and nothing
1 ran say will get under his skin."
' "If any other man said it no. but
.from you it will cut deeper than yon
can realize. You are the one man who
ican hurt blm beyond forgiveness, be
cause you're the one man on earth for
whom he really cares."
I "I'm sorry. I'm fighting for my old
friend's life. He wouldn't live In a
'prison a year. And I'm fighting for
'the life of his little girl, who loves
and believes in blm as she believes In
the goodness of God. If her father Is
.branded a felon It will kill ber."
He turned abruptly and left ber. In
a moment Bivens came out and led
his wife to a seat which had been re-
served near his.
One of the things which t A Increas
ed Bivens" nervousness was the fact
.that the judge ignored his presence In
the courtroom. He had been accus-
itomed to deference from judges. This
'Judge was a man with red blood In
his veins, a man of intense personal
Jlkes and dislikes and a fearless dis
penser of what he believed to be even
.banded justice under the law.
; The young lawyer sat in silence be
side tbe bowed form, awaiting bis case
'which the Judge, at his request, had
(placed last. As tbe moment drew near
;for the plea his nerve tension grew in
tense. Waves of passionate emotion
Jswept his heart. He waked from his
jday dream with n start to hear the
clerk read in quick tones:
"The people against Henry Wood
The judge looked at the dazed pris
oner and said:
"What have you to say. Henry Wood
man. why sentence should not be im
posed upon you for the crime of which
vou stand convicted by your own
i With a quick movement of his tall
figure Stuart was on his feet every
nerve and muscle strung to the high
est tension. Only the deep, tremulous
notes of his voice betrayed his emotion,
i "May it please your honor," he slowly
(began. "I wish to establish to the court
.before I sny anything in behalf of my
iclient the important fact that he of
fered to make full restitution of the
property taken, that he did this volun
tarily before he was even suspected of
the crime and that his offer was re
fused." ' The Judge lifted his gray eyebrows in
surprise, and settled back into his seat
with a low grunt
"1 make the fnir inference therefore
in the beginning." Stnart went on
"Two men ara on trial, not one."
'evenly, "that the prosecutor In the
case Is actuated solely by a desire for
Stuart paused and Bivens moved un
'easily in his seat.
I "1 speak today, your honor. In behalf
!of tbe man who crouches by my side
overwhelmed with shame and grief
land conscious dishonor because he took
a paltry package of Jewelry from a
man who has never added one penny
to tbe wealth of the world and yet has
somehow gotten possession of one bun
idred million dollars from those who
could not defend themselves from his
"strength and cunning. This man stands
before you now with no shame in his
soul, no tears on his cheeks, and with
brazen effrontery demands vengeance
on a weaker brother.
"Two men are on trial, not one. The
majesty of the law has already been
vindicated in the tear stained plea
that has been entered. Between these
two men the court must decide.
"This millionaire who demands
vengeance against this broken roan tot
day baa an income greater than tbe
combined crowned heads of Europe
and wields' a scepter mightier than
csar or emperor. Why? He levies
each year millions of taxes without
consulting this court, the legislature
or any -man who walks the earth. He
does this by a machine for printing
paper tokens of value called stocks.
The essence of theft Is to take tbe
property of another without giving a
return. A green goods man sells
printed paper for money. This mighty
man also sells printed paper for
money. What is tbe difference?
Neither the green goods nor the bogu
capital called watered stock represents
a dollar in real value.
"This modern marauder whom we
have enthroned as our ruler every
where, from every one, seizes, tears
and despoils tbe fruits of toil, has
never added a penny to the wealth of
humanity. And what do we find him
doing? In the midst of poverty that
means hunger and nakedness, disease
and death, we have the shameless
flaunting of insane luxury. And to
what purpose? To challenge the envy
of tbe vain and tbe foolish, to dazzle
tbe minds of the poor and Inflame
the lusts of the criminal. '
"Do we believe that such things are
the decrees of a Just and loving God
who created this world? These things
are not the result of bis law. but tbe
results of the violation of law."
The speaker paused, drew close to
the judge and then in low. impassioned
tones told aa If be were talking to a
I 1 ' ,
father the story of 'Woodman's life and '
the events which drove him to madness
on tbe fatal night of his crime. In
flashes of vivid eloquence he described
the magnificent ball and drew in som
ber, heartbreaking contrast the desola
tion and despair of a proud and sensi
tive man made desperate by want and
ruin, the man who had given his blood
to bis country and his dally life in an
unselfish ministry to the homeless and
"I do not ask of your honor." he
cried in Tinging tones, "the repeal of
the law against theft thou shalt not
steal! 1 only ask the suspension of
its penalty on this heartbroken man
nntll we can extend it to bis oppressors
as well, until its thnnder shall also
echo through the palaces of the rich
tkou shalt not steal!
"Tbe man who baa fallen was weak
and poor. The man who demands his
life Is rich and powerful. I ask for a
heartbroken man another chance. I
ask this court to suspend all sentence
against the poor bruised and bleeding
spirit that lies In tears at our feet
Tbe Judge wheeled in his armchair,
cleared his throat and looked out of tbe
window to hide from the crowd a
tear that bad stolen down his furrowed
He turned at length to Bivens' law
yers and quietly asked:
"The state insists on the enforcement
of sentence without mercy?"
"Absolutely," was the sharp answer.
"This Is your desire, Mr. Bivens?"
the judge asked with, some severity.
"Yes," the financier fiercely replied.
"And yet you say that you are a
Christian. "Well, see to It Your Mas
"'He that salth I love God and
hnteth his brother is a liar. Henry
Woodman, stand up! The Judgment
of this court Is that sentence In your
case be suspended so long as you obey
And I may say to you. Henry
Woodman, that my faith is profound
that you will never appear In this
court again. And If you ever need the
help of a friend you'll find one if you
come to me. You are a free man."
Stuart hurried the doctor out of the
crowd. He had Important work yet
to do. He determined that no story
of the scene should ever be printed in
a New York paper. He would save
Harriet that too.
As the court adjourned Bivens curs
ed his lawyers In a paroxysm of help
less rage. Then he suddenly threw
bis hand to his forehead, staggered
and sank to the floor.
A doctor who was near rushed to his
side and lifted his bead into his wife's
What is it? Has he fainted, doc
tor?" she whispered, glancing toward
tbe door through which Stuart had
He has bad a stroke of paralysis.
madam. I fear," was the answer.
Stuart's appeal to the New York pa
pers In behalf of Harriet was success
ful. For a week he bought every
morning and evening edition and read
them eagerly. Not a line appeared to
darken the life of his little pal.
Bivens' illness shook the financial
world. The men who had professed
their friendship most loudly to his face
now sharpened their knives for his
wounded body. Every stock with
which his name was linked was the
target of the most savage attacks.
The tumbling of values In his securl
ties carried down the whole market
from five to six points In a single day.
The great palace that had a few
nights before blazed with lights and
echoed with music, laughter, song
and dance and clinking glasses, stood
dark and silent behind its bristling
Within the darkened palace the
doctors were supreme. In his great
library they held consultation after
consultation and secretly smiled when
they thought of the figures they would
write on bis bills. They disagreed In
details, but all agreed on the main
conclusion that the only hope was
that be should quit work and play for
When they made this solemn an
nouncement to Bivens. he smiled for
tbe first time. It was too good a
Joke. How could he play? He knew
but one game, the big game of the
man hunt! He told his doctors be
would go to Enrope and see if there
were' doctors over " there who knew
The shaking, miserable little figure
staggered up the gangplank of a
steamer. He made a brave show of
strength to the reporters who
swarmed about him for an Interview
and collapsed in the arms of his wife
on reaching his staterooms.
He bad forgotten bis resentment on
account of Woodman in tbe presence
of the Great Terror, whose shadow
had suddenly darkened the world.
Tbe young lawyer had said goodby
to Nan with a sense of profound re
lief. From tbe bottom of his 6oul be
thanked God she was going (war.
(To be Continued.!
BENT BACK THE RULE.
Whir Sauce For the Goose Was Not
Saues For the Gander.
In the early days of a certain club
of New York, when it was rather
harder sledding for the club than it is
at tbe present time, in a meeting of
the couucil tbe question came up as
to tbe arrears of members dues, and
the treasurer reported that one man
was particularly recreant In this regard.
It was In tbe winter, and tbe club was
then maintaining throughout the day
and evening beautifully heated and
lighted quarters. At this time the
only person In tbe club who fre
quented It every day was this de
linquent, who. In addition to doing a
large portion of his writing there, was
accustomed to make considerable in
roads upon tbe stationery of the clnb
for home consumption.
At the meeting of tbe council re
ferred to there was protest Against
this state of affairs, and a determina
tion was manifest lo put an end to it.
and after discussion tbe secretary was
instructed to notify the member In
Question tbut his name had been
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dropped from the rolls of the club.
The question then arose whether
there was anybody else who was in ar
rears, whereupon the treasurer report
ed that this was true of another mem
ber. "Who can that be? Let us make aa
example of them both.' remarked one
member, bringing his fist down on
the table for emphasis. The reply
was that It was Mr. X.. the poet.
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. Whereupon tha resolution was than
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