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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1912.
Bv Anna Katherine Green
Illustrations by C. W. Rosser
Author of "The Leavenworth Case,"
"The Filigree Ball," "The House ot
tlie Whispering Pines."
Opyricht 1311 by Street & Smith.
Orj right 1911 by Dodd, Mead Co.
to whom he was giving some final in
btxuctions. "Let us in, Slater," George begged.
"My wife feels a little faint; she has
been knocked about so by the crowd."
I no sooner 'saw the way cleared
I for our entrance that 1 made good my
I husband's words by fainting away In
When I came to. it was suddenly
ni, and with perfect recognition of my
one 1 had often visited, ana us ia-
"A remarkable man!"
I pointed to a man hurrying around j
the comer JuBt ahead of us.
"Yes, he's remarkably well built.
I noticed him when he came out of
the Clermont." This was a hotel" we
nut It'a nnt nnlv that. It's
height, hi. very strik.ng features, his ; surroundings The small rece
WDre.slon-" I stopped suddenly, j room to which I had been taken
vlr.r.nty ronrva'a arm rnnviilftfvplv In
I K he appeared to .hare. V. j miliar features did not hold my at
bad Turned the corner immediately i tlon for a moment, What I , did
,v, f w p and welcome was my husbands
uciwuu iuc "4 . - , v. A 1 1 or, A In
speaking and so had him still In full,1""' ""U'UB "7
I asked in a low
"What's he doing
The man ahead of uh, presenting In
every respect the appearance of a
gent eruan, had suddenly stooped to
the kerb end was washing bis hands
In the snow, furtively, but with a
have Bounded oddiy to those about.
"Have they told you anything about
It " I asked. "Did he"
A quick pressure on my arm si
lenced me, and then I roticed that we
were not alone. Two or three ladies
stood near, watehing me, and one had
riror &nd onmo.e which could not evidently been using some restorative.
fall to arouse the strangest conjee-. for she held a small vinaigrette in
turoa in nt rhanr onlooker 1 her hand. To this lady, George
big couches near where she fell. If
you Jike, I can give you a glimpse ot
her. She looks beautiful It s terri
ble to think that she Is dead."
"I don't know why we consented.
We were under a spelL I think. At
all event, we accepted his offer and
followed him up a narrow staircase
open to very few that night. At the
top. he turned upon us with a warning
gesture which 1 hardly think we need
ed, and led ub down a narrow hall
flanked by openings corresponding to
those we had noted from below. At
the furtherest one he paused and,
beckoning ub to his side, pointed
across the lobby Into the large writ-
ing room which occupied the better
part of the mezzanine floor.
We saw people standing in verl
ious attitudes of grief and dismay
about a couch, one end of which only
was visible to us at the moment.
The doctor has Just joined them, and
every head was turned towards him
and every body bent forward in an
xious expectation. I remember the
face of one gray haired oid man. I
shall never forget it. He was prob
ably her father. Later. I knew him
"Pilate!" escaped my lips, in a sort made haste to introduce me. and from . to be so. Miss Challoner was stretch
of nervous chuckle. But. G-orge shook ! her I presently learned the cause ot
his head at me. j the disturbance in the hotel.
"I don't like it." he muttered, wlTn ' Edith, the well known daughter of
unusual gravity. "Did you see hls: Moses Challoner, had fallen suddenly
face?" Then a the man ros ana : dfad on tne floor of tne mezzanine,
hurried awav from us down the street., She was not known to have been in
"1 Hhoiild like to follow him. I do be-, poor health, still less in danger of a
jjpvp i fatal attack, and the shock was conse-
Hut hen- we became aware ot a quent:y great to her friends, several
quick rush and sudden clamor around i of whom were in the building,
the corner we had Just left, and turn i "Was she alone when she fell?" I
It It qtiirklv, hhw Mint Homething hadjaked.
crured on Hn.iidway which was fasti "Virtually alone. Some persons sat
on the otiier side or tne room, reaainj
uniting a tumult.
"What's the- matter?" 1 cried. "What
can have huppened? l.-t's no fee,
George. Perhaps it has something to
!o wllli our man."
My liunlii'iid with a linul g'ance
down the urol at the fHHt disappear
ing flere, yielded to my importunity,
and iifbt.'hlv to mine new curiosity of
feiH own. "I'd like to stop that man ' Slater, whom
first," Haid he. " Lint what excuse have
ed out upon the couch. She was
dressed as she came from dinner, in
a gown of ivory-tinted satin, re
lieved at the breast by a large bou
quet of yellow poinsettlas. The doc
ter was polling at these poinsettlas
in horror and with awful meaning,
and though we could not hear his
words, we knew almost instinctively
both from his attitude and the cries
which burst from the lips of those
about him, that, something more than
broken petals and disordered leaves
had met his eyes; that blood was
my question to George as we made
our way down to the lobby.
"That depends. First I am going
to see you settled in a room Quite
remote from this business."
"I shall not like that"
"1 know, my dear, but it 1b best."
I could not gainsay this.
Nevertheless, after the Bret few min
utes of relief, I found it very lone
I was still struggling with this feel
ing when the door opened, and George
came In. There was news In his face
as I rushed to meet him.
"Tell me tell." I begged.
He tried to smile at my eagerness,
but the attempt was ghastly.
"I've been listening and looking,"
said he, "and this is all I have learn
ed. Misg Challoner died, not from
a stroke or from disease of any kind,
but from a. wound reaching the heart.
No one saw the attack or even the
approach or departure of the person
inflicting this wound. If she was kill
ed by a pistol shot, it was at a dis
tance, and almost over the heads of
the persons sitting at the table we saw
here. But the doctors shake their
heads at the word nistol-shot though
I thev refufu tn pvnloln ttiPmaalvPK nr
to express any opinion till the wound
has been probed. Thia they 'are going
to do at once, and when that question i
is decided, I may feel it my duty to
speak and may ask you support my
"We can never make them under
stand how he looked."
"No. I don't expect to."
"Or his manner as he fled."
"Nor that either."
"We can only describe what, we saw
"Oh, what an adventure for quiet
people like us! George, I don't be
lieve he shot her."
"He must have."
"But they would have seen have
heard the people around, I mean."
"So they say; but I have a theory
but no matter about that now. I'm
going down again to see how things
have progressed. I'll be back for you
later. Only be ready."
In a half hour or an hour I never
knew which George reappeared, only
to tell me that no conclusions had as
I ye. been reached ; an element of great
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VOL I A, "'a
FORECAST FOK KOCK ISLAM. DAVENPORT, MOMNE AXD VIcrXITT.
Increasing cloudiness tonight probably becoming unsettled Sunday. Warmer tonight with
the lowest temperature above freezing.
I? He may b notiiliiK but a crank, j f
with s'lmi- crack brained ld"a in his I ,3r 1 I "
hend. We'll foon know; fur there's ' -J- J'A7 1 4,
cert a It: I y w mt'tlutiK wrong there on yj foAWy tirX itVr
Urcnlway." WlTy 'fir'r i
"Me ctitiie out cf the CU-rniont," 1 K, " sJHri It 4 vt
at the big round table. They did not j there
even hear her fall. They say that th" : heart which for some reason had es
batid was playing unusally loud in leaped a:i eyes till now.
the mmicians' gallery." 1 MiBB Challoner was dead, not from
"Are you feeling quite well, now?" unsuspected disease, but from the
"Quite myself." 1 gratefully replied ; violent attack of some murderous
j) I rohe slowly rrom tne sola. 'weapon. As the realization of this!
In th" hall we encountered Mr. brought fresh panic and bowed the!
have before mentioned, old father's head with emotions even'
more bitter than those of grief, I
turned a questioning look up at '
George's face. j
! It was fixed with a purpose I had I
j no trouble in understanding. i
slowly oozing drops from the ! ;nVlved th rh?,,e affalr'
surf ! d
,-I kii uv. If the excitement isn't '
'here, what we've jut be'U Is simply i
u coincidence." j
It whs Mi'.- lut word he hud time to!
speck ! fore we found ourselves In,
the nr. 1st of n crowd of men and 1
woin-u, jijHilins; one another in curl-1
oslty or In the consternation follow-1
Ing a cjulrk nliirm All were looking
one wny. and. as this was towards thet
entrance of the (' Crmont, it was evl-1
(If nt noimh to n tint the ularm had'
Indeed had iis origin In the very place;
we hail anticipated. I felt my hus-
band's arm press me closer to his side!
as we worked our way towards the I
entrance, and presently caught a'
warring sound from his Hps as the
oflths and confused tries everywhere
surroundtilng us were broken here and
thero by art.iculate words and we
"Is It murder?"
"The beautiful Miss Challoner!"
"A millionairess In her own right!"
"Killed, they nay."
"No. no! biiddenly dead; that's all."
"Gecrge, what shall we do?" I man
aged to cry into my husband's ear.
"I'll tell you what I'll do," whis-
j "I Know the Man."
Yet ho made no effo.t to detain
Mr. Slater, when that gentleman, un
der this renewed excitement, has
j tily left us.
1 "I want to feel sure of myself," he
; explained. "Can j
force had been sent for. Her father,
who bad been her constant compan
ion all winter, had no, the least sug
gestion to offer in way of its solution.
To no living being, man or wom
an, could he point as possessing
any motive for such a deed. She had
been the victim of some mistake, his
lovely and ever kindly disposed
daughter, and while the loss was irre
parable he would never make it unen
durable by thinking o'herwise.
Such was the father's way of look
ing at the matter, and I own that it
made our duty a trifle hard. But
George's mind, when once made up,
was persistent to the point of ob
stinacy, and while he was yet talk- L
ing he led me out of the room and j
down the hall to the elevator. j
"Mr. Slater knows we have 6ome-
A further decrease in pressure has
occurred in the Canadian northwest
and the Missouri and upper Mississippi
valleys, wi h the greatest barometric
depression over Alberta. This disturb
ance has been uttended by precipitation
In the northern Rocky mountain sec
tions, on the north Pacific coast and in
the northeastern portion of the lake
region. It is warmer in the middle
Atlantic states and mild temperatures
continue over the remainder of the
northern portion of the observation
the thermometer has fallen to zero at I
Prince Albert. The pressure is high
est in the southern plateau sections
and in the east gulf and south Atlan
tic states, though rain has again fallen
on the east gulf coast and in northern Ifjew Orleans 44
Moriaa. ibe approacn or tne Amerta xew York 30
Rock Island 48
Kansas City 48
field east of the Rockies, except that Boston
low will be attended by increasing
cloudinesB and warmer weather In this
vicinity tonight, probably followed by
unsettled conditions Sunday.
High. Low. Prep.
Atlantic City 3C 30 .00
St. Louis 50
St. Paul .' 34
San Diego G4
San Francisco 68
Washington, D. C. ...38
Today's Mqrket Quotations
(Br wire from E. W. Wagner A CoM Ca'tle.weak! Beeves 5.7010.70, Crop Is reported up to all estimates
Grain. Provisions. Stocks and Cotton. '...... .mazon i.ni -m mvA
Loce! offices at Rock Island house. Hoc a i.hiiu i.uu, iciauo i."v u.ou, H Uv,,UB '
Island. 111. Chicago ome, JS-B8-100.
jioa.a of Trade, iocal telephone. Nu
thine to sav. and will tnannsm the
hoar the strain t in,pvi. k.nr. ,, .y, i,,
i "aniufi aiuunu a nmv lunut-r,
manner he confided to me now with
An fnrmrfl o-t n w or tl'a o n trr
"Yes. 1 can bear it. Don't you think ; to the blue reception room on the par.
I the man we saw hud something to dJ!lor floor
i wi,h this? I)c"'t you believe" Mr sl!lt ' tw anl.nrAinr ,
Hush! What are they saying over his VTomln. and after introducing us,
there? Can vo.i hear?' briefly 8tated that we had Mjae eyl.
.u. auu i c annot csar to iook. ; dence to g,ve regarding the terrible
Yet I dont want to go away. It's a:'. . occurrence whicn ha1 just takerl lace
so dreadful. jn ,he house
'It s devilish. Such a beautiful , George bowed and the chief
girl. Laura. I must leave you for a j 8poke8man-I am sure he was a po
moment. Do you mind?" llceman of some kind-asked him to
o, iio, jei tell whnf ltB
but he was gone be- . Tnen mv huBband snoke un. snd re-
word. , toted out littU exnorienre If It- rilH
Seeing us. he could not refrain from Alone, I felt, the tragedy much more : not create a sensation, it was be
cause these men were well accustomed
She Fell With the Letter Still In Her
He waB trying to maintain order while I did mind;
himself in a state, of great agitation, j fore I could take back my
whispering a few words Into my hus
"The doctor has Just gone uf her
doctor, I mean. He's simply dumb
founded. Says that she was the
healthiest woman in New York yester-
than when he was with me. I drew
back against the wall and hid my
eyes waiting feverishly for George's
He came, when he did come, in ! alnrm wa mtaoH ,
to surprises of all kinds.
"Washed his hands a gentleman
iuui iucic in me buu jubi anervue
pered George, who was as curious as ! day. I think don't mention it, that
myself. "We will try the rear door he suspects something quite differ
where there are fewer persons. Possi- ent from heart failure."
bly we can make our way in there, "What do you mean?" asked George,
and If we can. Slater will tell us all I following the assistant manager down
owuie uasie aua wim certain lliarKS "And von Kaw him .nm n..t nf tM
we want to know."
Slater was the assistant manager of
the Clermont, and one of George's old
"Thn hurry." said I. "I am being
George did hurry, and in a few min
utes we were before the rear entrance
of the great hotel. There was a mob
of. increased agitation.
"Laura," said he, "Slater says that
we may possibly be wanted and pro
poses that we stay here all night. I
have telephoned and made it all right
broad flight of stairs leading to at home. Will you come to your
the office. Then, as I pressed up close
to Mr. Slater's other side, "she was
by herse'.f, wasn't she, in the half
"Yes. and had been writing a let
ter. She fell with It still in her hand. "
"Have they carried her to her
room?" I eagerly inquired, glancing
room? This Is no place for vou
Nothing could have pleased me bet
ter. But I could not go without cast
ing another glance at the tragic scene
I was leaving. A stir was perceptible
house?" another put in,
"Yes, sir; we noticed him particu
"Can you describe him?"
It was Mr." Salter who put this ques
tion; he had less control over him
self, and considerable eagerness
could be heard in his voice.
' He was a very fine-looking man ;
unusually tall and unusually strik
! ing both In his dress and appearance.
BOARD OF TRADE TRANSACTIONS.
Dec, 84, 84- 84. 84.
Mas', 90. 90',i. 89, 89-.
July, 87, 87, 8C, 8G.
Dec, 47, 47, 47, 47.
May. 48, 48, 48. 48..
July, 49. 49, 49, 49.
Dec, 32, 32. 32 V4. 32 .
May. 33. 33. 32. 32.
July, 33, 33, :!3. 33.
Jan., 18.52, 38.52, 18.35, 18.47.
May, 18.37, 18.45, 18.35, 18.45.
Jan., 10.20, 10.20, 10.15. 10.17.
May, 10.05, 10.07, 10.05, 10.05.
Jan., 9.97. 10.00, 9.95, 9.95.
May, 9.85, 9.85, 9.82, 9.82.
After the digestion of the different
estimate I believe the Argentine sur
plus will be around 120,000,000.
Any advance In wheat today and
Monday must take Into account the
Monday visible which should Increase
two or three million.
Country now wants to sell corn and
movement should gain.
r hlcago sales of corn to east are
.- poor. Contract oats are 2 cents
at ove the May irice. More firmness
due in oats.
Man in my office Friday has cov
ered southern Illinois, southern Indi
ana, southern Ohio and parts of Ken
tucky. He reports hogs short In big
Money very firm at 6 per cent ev
erywhere and farmers feeling loss of
thtir winter wheat money which was
lost 'uy crop failure. He says corn
crop entirely over estimated in these
sections. Also winter wheat plant in
there, and I was Just in time to see j what I could see of his face was bare
its cause. A tali, angular gentleman 0f beard, and verv expressive. He
was approaching from the direction ! walked with the swimr of an athlete
gathered here also, but it u neither j fearfully up at the large semi-circular j of the musicians' gallery, and from j and only looked mean and small
so lance nor so rough as the one on I openings overlooking us from
Broadway. Yet I doubt if we should j place here she bad fallen.
have been able to work our way "Not yet. Mr. Hammond insists
through it if Slater had not. at that upon waiting for the coroner." (Mr.
very Instant, shown himself in the Hammond was the proprietor of the
doorway In company with an officer I hotel.) "She is lying on one of the
th tte manner of all present, as well as
i from the whispered comment of my
husband, I recognleed In him the spe
cial official for whom all had been
"Are you going to tell him?" was
gupplied up to the
last minute. A
good selection of de-
Odds and Ends at
L. E. WEST
1510-12 Second Ave.
Phone I. 205
when he was stopping and dabbling in
"His clothes. Describe his clothes,"
There was an odd sound in Mr. Slater's
He wore a silk hat and there was
fur on his overcoat. I think the fur
Mr. Slater stepped back, then moved
forward again with a determined air.
"I know the man," said he.
(to be continued)
Many persons find tnemselveB af
fected with a persistent cough after
an attack of influenza. As this cough
car. be promptly cured by the UBe of
Chamberlain's Cough Remedy, it
should not be allowed to run on until
it becomes troublesome. Sold by all
is usually impossible to the bilious.
But biliousness yields and head
aches, sour stomach, indigestion go
when the bowelsareregulatedand
the liver and kidneys stimulated by
la kuaa 10b. ZS
THE GRAIN MARKET.
Chicago Cash Gram.
Wheat No. 2, r, 1.02 1.04; No. 3,
r, 92 1.00; No. 2, h, 8G$tS8; No. 3, h,
8487; No. 1, ns, 87V88; No. 2, ns,
85 86; No. 3, ns, 83g85; No. 2, spr,
8486; No. 3, spr, S284; No. 4, spr,
New Corn Xo, 3, 45 40; No. 3,
w. 46 46; No. 3. y, 4546: No.
4, 44 45; No. 4, w, 4545',i; No. 4,
Old Corn No, 2, y. 56.
Oats No. 2, w, 3535Vi; No. 3, w,
33 34; No. 4, w, 3132; standard,
Wheat closed to up.
Corn closed Vi off.
Wheat 21 3
Corn ... ISC &
Oats 94 19
To- Last Last
day. week. year.
Minneapolis 551 422 254
Duluth 148 171 C3
Winnipeg 492 217 825
Chicago Estimates Tomorrow.
Wheat 1,243,000 499,000
Year ago 481,000 246,000
Corn today 893,000 3C8,0
Year ago : . . . 684.000 504,000
Western Live Stock.
Hogs. Cattle. Sheep
Kansas City 2.000 200
Estimated Chicago Tomorrow.
Hogs. Cattle. Sheep
Chicago 38,000 22.000 40,000
LIVE STOCK MARKET.
Opening of Market.
Hogs 8,00" ; strong; left over C.873.
Light 7.00 7.37'i, mixed 7.05 7.45,
heavy 7.05 7.45, rough 7.05 7.20.
Cattle 700; weak.
Sheep 2.000; steady.
Nine O'clock Market.
.Hogs steady to strong. Light 7.00
7.374, bulk 7.20 7.35. mixed 7.05
7.45. pigs 5.00 7.00, heavy 7.00 7.45,
gcod 7.20 7.45, rough 7.00 7.20, York
ers 7.20 S 7.35. , .
cows 2.85 7.C5, westerns 5.40 9.10,
calves C.T 5 '11.00.
Sheep steady. Natives 4.105.10.
lambs C.408.35, westerns 4.305.10,
' Close or Market.
Hogs slow. Light 7.007.37Vi, mix
ed 7".057.45, bulk 7.207.35, hea7
7.007.45, rough 7.007.20.
Cattle weak; top 10.70.
Sheep steady; top 5.15.
Lambs steady; top 8:35.
NEW YORK STOCKS.
New York, Dec. 14. Following are
the quotations on ths market today:
Union Pacific 155
U. S. Steel preferred 109
IT. S. Steel common 65
Rock Island common 22
Southern Pacific 108
New York Central 107 j entirely different shape to last fall
Missouri Pacific 41'4 find will not he affected by this re-
Grea'. Northern 134 j cent cold wave. Bears have clipped
Northern Pacific 119 j hegs half cent per pound. To keep up
Louisville & Nashville 139 the downward pace the hogs will have
Smelters . . .' 69 to keep coming.
Colorado Fuel & Iron 34
Canadian Pacific 256
Erie 31 4
Chesapeake & Ohio , 78
Brooklyn Rapid Transit 87
Baltimore & Ohio 103
St. Paul 110.
Lehigh Valley 1GS
, New York, Dec. 14. Clearing house
members' average: Ivcans. dtrrease
$20,358,000; specie, increase $1,151,-
Ixol;s as If we are nearing a time
wlen provisions can be bought.
Central Illinois dealers are not bear
ir.h on corn they claim the crop in
over estimated and are selling only
when cars are in sight.
MORNING STOCK LETTER.
New York, Dec. 14. The London
market this morning is a little Btrong
c than we left off last night but
there is nothing very sensational about
it The mercantile agency week end
rejiorts are all very optimistic here.
There is soma complaint from the
winter wheat district of lack of mois
ture but is early to bother about that
000; legals, increase $608,000; depos- We assume that a small market thia
it3, decrease $19,376,000; reserve, ;n- '; r-orning and Monday, pending the pos
crease $5,539,000; ac ual loans. decrease siollity supreme court decisions would
$7,735,000; specie. Increase $3,27G,0O0; rot be unnatural.
legals, increase $1,395,000; deposits, de-1 It remains to be said tnat a carerui
crease 14.519.000: reserve", increase cunvass made late yesterday p. m.
LOCAL MARKET CONDITIONS.
Dec. 14. Following are the whole
sale quotations on the local market
Butter, creamery, 36 c.
Dairy butter, 32c.
Lard, 12 c per pound.
Fresh eggs, 32c.
Storage eggs. 23c.
Cabbage, lc per pound.
Onions, 50c per busbc-l.
eed and Fuel.
Forage Timothy hay, $20.
Oats, 33c to 35c.
. Straw, $8 to $9.
Corn, new, 42c to 45c.
Coal--Lump, per ton, $2.25; slack,
r.hows that technically the market is
in better shape now than it has been
for many moons.
A sprained ai.kie will usually dis
able the injured person for three or
four weeks.' Thia is due to lack of
proper treatment. When Chamber
lain's Liniment is applied a cure may
hn effected m three or four day. This
Viiiment is one of the beet and most
remarkable preparations in use. Soid
by all druggistB. (Advertisement)
All the news
all the time The
MORNING GRAIN LETTER.
Chicago, Dec. 14. Locals are not
bullish for long pull but many believe
wheat is a purchase when prices are
Bolt. Cash wheat demand as regard
red and hard varieties Is alive and 2
hard Chicago basis figures 3 cents over i
the December price.' j
Ne ws from Minneapolis as to spring '
v. heat crop size is not bullish. j
We carry a complete
line of artistic Christ
.jSteiner's Drug Store
23rd St. and 5th Ave. s
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