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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1912.
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Saturday. December 14, 1912.
Help take Santa Claua to the poor
children. Be a good fellow.
Doesn't a Ited Cross Seal brighten
up an envelope? Tried it yet?
A new field of employment will be
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opened to women Dec. 13 next, when i
they will become
eligible as wireless
if wiiim"w.,, t ... .i
iuwn nuwura mil were iu re-
sJity to exchange occupations with I
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woodrow Wilson and become a college
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professor. It would not be so bad. EacJi
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ought to be amply qualified for the oth-I
er's shoes f
Roosevelt wanVs to change'his attack
from the republican to the democratic
party. In other words, he wants to be !
the chronic and covrtous critic of the 1
party in power, Just as was predic ed
would be the cose.
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iiiui lHumuuia couDiy man woo
raises skunks so tame that they eat
Out of his hand can have a monopoly
of his peculiar industry without the
least fear of prosecution under the'
SLerman anti-trust law. I
Roosevelt, spends $10 in postage
stamps daily aud King George spends
$10,000 on telegraphing yearly. The
only difference is the colonel pays
for the stamps and George saddles his
telegraph bills on his loyal subjects.
Governor Blease of South Carolina
has gone back to his junpes. He will
next appear in the federal senate, if
he carries out bis threat, when he
may have to explain his contempt for
the constitution before he was sworn
Kv-rywhere in the s'a-e is received
with sorrow, the news of the sudden
Hiid alarming illness of Justice Johu
I. Hand of the Illinois supreme court.
Judge Hand resides in Cambridge in
the neighboring county of Henry, and
prior to his elevatiou to the highetu
tribunal in the state be was county
Judge of Henry county. He wa first
elected from the Fifth supreme cour
division In 19i0 and was reelected In
19i'9, his present term running until
WHAT vt a;kkki to.
Rule, 1, Article II of the Hay
Pauncefote treaty runs as follows:
"The canal shall be free and open.
In time "of war as in time of peace,
to the vessels of commerce and war
of all nations, on terms of entire
equality, so that there shall be no
discrimination against any nation or (
its citizens or subjects in respect of j
the conditions or charges of traffic, i
or otherwise." j
This is tbaHay-Fauncefote treaty
which this country solemnly agreed!
to keep. It is also the provision of
the treaty upon the enforcement of
which England insists.
And, by the way. doesn't the Brit-1
ish premier seem to have the treaty
A VICTORY FOR I'KltklNS.
The decision of tne progressive
petty leaders, who conferred in Chi
caro tnis week to establish their head
quarters in New York, is interpreted
as a victory for George W. Perkins,
whe protests his progressiveness de
spite his ansoelation with J. P. Mor
gan and the International Harvester
Perkins was much in the limelight
at the conference. His progressive
reps was criticised and he and Roose
Wlt proclaimed Perkins the most pro
giesstve Roman of them all.
Not to speak disparagingly of pro
giesslves who are genuine or to deny
that Perkins is an ideal progressive
arcordlng to Roofevelt's conception,
bul if this gentleman from Wall street
is Indeed a real progressive at heart,
hf- Is Indeed a Wall Cower, or. more
pacifically, the flower of the flock. So
n.uch for Roosevelt's missionary work.
THE INCOMK TAX.
Thirty-four states have already rat
ified the income tax amendment, only
two more being needed to give the nec
essary majority. The belief generally
prevails among those who favor the
amendment that agreeable action by
the democratic legislatures of New Jer
sey and Virginia during the winter is a
foregone conclusion, not to mention the
probability of a similar acion- by one
or more of the 12 remaining states.
Washington correspondents say that
democrats will be ready to act when
the ratification is complete; that they
ba-e already begun the preparation of
a general income tax law, which will be
rnaited early in the Wilson adminis
tration, if present plans do not undergo
a (uaxge. The bill will, it is sta'c-d, tax
every dollar of income, earned or un
earned. In the United States, over a
personal exemption of approximately
$500. The scheme now under consid
eration is to make the rate higher on
unearned incomes, such as that from
the Astor estate or Andrew Carnegie'
1300,000,000 United States steel bonds,
than on earned incomes, which would
embrace salaries. v
Of course all all of this is speculative
and In advance of the real event, which
is the complete ratification itself. Any
way, it will not be practicable to fix
upon the rate of the income taxntil
it has been definitely determined how
much revenue -will be lost by the re
duction of the general customs tariff.
PUT THIS UNDER VOCR HAT.
Dr. Henry Silbermin of Chicago is a J
philanthropist. He wishes to aid his
fellow man and to bring Joy to a class
who need sympathy. It Is not always
those who are vitally afflicted that have
the hardest times, that worry most,
that despair and grieve and bear the
heavies burdens. Sympathy does
much to soften, but who ever gives any ;
sjmpathy to a buld-headed man, espe-!ail happiness, and that is Life,
rially if his dome is as bare and round-1 It is tne Hve housekeeper today who
ed as the top of -a park lamp and like it j 8its nile she prepares vegetables ln
shlnes and glistens. I stead 6f stooDine over the average ta-
These landmark-men suffer because I
of the savage sense of fun of the long
haired part of the world. They are
Joshed and derided; they are staples of
fun, like the mother-in-law, old maids,
and squally, impudent kids. If they
suddenly blossomed into hair, the pro
fessional funny men would grow bald
thr.muolipQ cnrMtrhlnc their rtnlla for
; was th(n charitabe, sympathetic.
.endearing, of Dr. Silbermin to begin the
study of baldbeadedm-ss.
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But now, that he could be such a noble
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soul, he baiks at the critical moment.
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In an address m ( hicago a few days
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ago. Dr. Silbermin spoke feelingly on
the subject. He spoke prophetically as
Th,re was 1,0 reed for lne bald:
ad' hf ,n. time- t,here wou'd
b n baldheads. if man lived as he
8nould- T,e trub P WOUld be 'Ped
; away ny aiet. taung. ana ngni tai-
; ing, was the preventive and the cure.
I There he shopped. He didn't tell
what to vat and when and how 'much.
There is an old proverb about the bird
that will not sing. In like manner the
doctor who will not talk should be
made to talk.
Men, when s'lrred, forget nice points
of ethics. It might be well to call Dr.
Sbermin's attention to this and cas
ually speak nf the frenzy to which an
angry and determined mob might be
Mix May Boland.
Mits May Uoland, r-'enographer in
the office of the Marion Coal company;
at Scranton, Pa., is in Washington to
tesi'fy bfor the seuate in the Arch-!
laid impeachment trial. When she
noes on the stand she will be the
second woman to testify before the,
senate in the bihtory of the country. !
The other instance was a so in an im-;
peaebmeut trial that of Judge
ALASKA'S "SILENT CITY
Wonderful Mirage That la Said
Have Been Photographed.
One of tbe best stories regarding a
mirage is that tuid in Alaska concern
ing the apiearjuce of a city in tbe sky.
This "sileut city" is said fo have (ac
tually been photographed, and. though
there arc skeptics, enough people claim
to have seen it to make the story Inter
esting. The first account of this "city of al
ienee" was' told by a prospector named
Willoughby. He was a miner In Cali
fornia and went to Alaska, where be
settled in the vicinity of Muir glacier.
In fact, it was Willoujrhby who pilot
ed Professor Muir when be ascended
the immense ice field which now bears
the scientist's name. Willoughby al-
I wtJ told the 5tor-f of tDls 0117 whcl1
sppearea in uie t-j wuu mum rw
neatness, and be carried a photograph
which he said be took after several
visits to the spot whence tbe vlsioo
could be seen.
When Willoughby first went to Alas
ka natives told him that at certain
times of the year when the days were
longest aud the atmospheric conditions
right they saw suspended la tbe heav
ens a town with streets, booses and
many different kinds of buildings. So
impressed was be that be engaged tbe
Indians to take htm to the place where
the city could be seen, and In their ca
noes traveled to the spot
After several attempts WHIoogboy
,t eDgth saw this "silent dry." as tbe
; natives called it. He said that the st-
mospbere was so clear tbnt mountains
many miles away seemed near and
tg t g he .cazed. the outline of a dtr
I at Z 4L2 J
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It all sounds very logical and reason
able when we hear men talk of conserv
ing our forests, fish, game, farm lands
and all the rest of our natural resourc
es, but were we to say to a woman:
Conserve your energy, she either does
not, or will not, understand that only
though this does the reach the health
ble or sink; 8he sits while drying dish
es or she pours hot water over them
and puts them in a rack to dry; she
sits while ironing many of the plainer
clothes or she has found she can con
serve energy for more important things
while she shakes out and folds such ar
ticles as wash cloths, tea, bath and
hand towels, etc., and only perhaps
pressing the hems with a gas or elec
tric Iron. x
A woman once told me that she al
most bated me when she heard me say
in a lecture, "Learn to love to do things
you hate to do; until you do that you
have not learned to live." Perhaps if I
had said the same thing in a different
way "Be modern, do your drudging
easily, so that you can enjoy your lels-
ure happily," this same woman might
i have understood more quickly my keen
desire to help her la conserving her
I "Make your head save your heels" is
an old quotation, but a very trite one.
We take hundreds of useless, aimless
i steps every day in going aoout our
work ; and if we go upstairs we pull the
weight of ourselves up every step and
(New- York World.)
An indignant mother complains that
in reply to an advertisement her son in
search of work had put In the worm,
he received a circular from tbe United
States marine corps soliciting enlist
ment. The mother argues that the cir
cular is an enticement to boys to leave
home. The recruiting sergeant defends
it on the ground that the government
needs good men and that he is trying i
to get them. As it appears that up
ward of 100,000 such circulars are sent
cut every week, the issue merits con
sideration. The circular complained of opens
with a general disparagement of the
chCes of obtaining employment and
securing independence in civil life, and
hen makes the appeal: "Let me tell
you that the service of today is a fine
place for a live young man, and there is
gradually assumed shape, and build
ing, after buikliug came to view. He
distinctly s:iw tall office buildings,
churches aud spires, houses and ev
ery indication thnt the city was in
habited; but. tboujtb be saw It several
times, be could never detect a human
being. A hnlo of light seemed to cov
er all. As he gazed tbe vision faded
and gradually recetied. So convinced
was he that he was looklnj; at the
mirage of an actual city that be made
records to show that be had been on
the exact snot whence the picture in
tbe sky could be seen.
Wllloushby's photograph was crude,
but enough could be discerned to lead
persons to assert that It was a view
of Bristol. England, many thousand
miles awnv. Wl'.lousbby told bis story
n icca nr tiioma limits Kince then sev- I
11, V, nil I...'"- .--
eral rcrsnns have said that they saw
the mirage. In every instance tbe
mlraire was surrounded by a balo of
light which poured u soft glow on roor
end walls. New York Sun.
Jenny Lind Hated Us.
Jenny Llnd hated the American.
She abhorred the very name of Bsr
nnm. who. she said, "exhibited me
Just as he did the big giant or any
other of his monstrosities."
"But." said I. "you must not forget
how you were idolized and appreciated
In America. Even as a child I can re
member how they worshiped Jenny
-Worshiped or not." she answered
sharply. "I was nothing more than a
show in a shovman's bands, i can
never forget that." From Tbe Court
f Memory," by Mme. Llndenerone.
The young man entered the presi
dent's office and stood first on one foot
and then on the other. He dropped
his hat. handkerchief and umbrella.
Altogether he was in a highly devel
oped state of nervousness.
"Well, well!" said the employer.
"Out with It!"
"I have come, sir." said the young
man. and then bean to stammer.
"Well, speak np! Have you come to
ask for the band of my daughter or a
raise In salary?"
"If you please, sir," stammered the
yonng man, "it's both.'' Exchange.
Dead or Alive.
Two Irishmen were working on the
roof of a building one day when one
made a misstep and fell to tbe ground.
Tbe other leaned over and called. "Are
yex dead or alive. JUlke?"
"Oi'm alive." said Mike feebly.
"Sure yon're such a liar Ol don't
know whether to belave yes or not."
"Well. then. Oi most be dead." said
Mike, ."for. jeswoald .peyer dare to
sometimes, too, with the help of the
banister, lift your feet, bend your knees
and spring up the steps as lightly as
though you were skipping the rope or
dancing. Then you will climb these
steps with the same amount of pleas
ure as skipping or dancing and have no
energy wasted when the top is reached.
Best of all relax. I know just what you
are going to say. "It is easy enough to
tell some one to relax, but I Juet can't
do it." Yes, you can. Try It once, try
It twice. Keep on trying it, letting go
of things with mind and body; shake
your whole body loose if you please
and make your mind a blank. If you
perslt, even though at first there
seems to be no perceptible change, it is
surely there, and with this frequent re
laxation work .will be easier, more en
joyable and it will Quickly show in the
face and figure. We frequently say, "A
girl of 16 Is not to blame for her face,
but a woman of 40 is." It only reflects
what has come from within.
Do not overwork. It Is a clever mind
that has grasped the fact, that some
things may be left over and no harm
done and much health and happiness
gained for ourselves and the family. It
takes a woman of good sense, great
poise, balance and fine spirit and met
tle to compass this daily round of du
ties successfully; but it is a splendid
thing and makes for freedom when ac
complished, and only through conserv
ing of energy can the highest type of
housekeeping be reached. Kate. Dou
glas Wiggins has ealA, "Every house
keeper can be clean without being
'p'ison neat,' energetic without being a
'bustler,' a good cook without being too
extravagant; hospitable, yet keeping
strength for her own family such a
woman is as much an inspiration to the
community as to her own household."
Keep this thought during the Christ
mas shopping and holiday entertaining,
in the home, and when the clerk in the
6hop is asked to wait upon you, go to
her with poise, balance, definite desires
or wants, and both her energy and
youTs will be conserved.
no uncertainty. It offers many oppor
tunities for advancement, and besides
the easy and congenial employment you
would have, everything is furnished
free." This recalls the richly colored
pictures displayed at recruiting stations
in the parks, showing vistas of fairy
land with groups of handsome officers
and orderlies brilliantly dressed enjoy
ing the scene, and conveying intima-
Hons that recruits will have equal op
portunlties to see the world and enjoy
How different these enticements are
from the realities of service in the
ranks of the army or of the navy ip
well known. Were similar advertise
ments put out by a private labor agency
they would probably be excluded from
the mailn. A government that forbids
fake advertising should not itself be
guilty of i
call me a liar if Ol wor alolve." Phil
A MEETING WITH TURNER.
Artist Simply Enraged the Man
Who Longed to See Him.
A printshop in London, kept by a
man who thoroughly understood and
appreciated tbe wares in which he
dealt, once displayed in its window
a fine but much stained and damaged
engraving one of a set from Turner's
pictures. Turner chanced- to pass and
notice It and promptly bounced into
tbe shop and began to abuse tbe dealer.
"It's a confounded shame to treat an
engraving like that!" he blustered.
"What can you be thinking about to go
and destroy a good thing? For it is a
good thing, mind you I"
"I destroy it!" responded the dealer
hotly. 'What do you mean by saying
I destroyed it? And who the mischief
are you. I should like to know? You
j don' look as If you could understand
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a good print when you see one. I de
stroy it! Bless my heart. I bought it
Just as it is, and I would rather keep
it till doomsday than sell it to you!
And why you should put yourself out
about it I can't think 1"
"Why. I did It!" said Turner.
"Did what? Did you spoil it? If
you did you deserve"
"No, no. man; my name's Turner, and
I did tbe drawing and engraved the
plate from It."
"Bless my heart!" ejaculated the
print seller In a changed tone. "Is It
possible you are the great Turner?"
Then bis temper rose again. "Well,
sir." he added, "I have long desired to
see you, and now that I have seen you
I hone I shall never see you again, for
a more disagreeable person I have sel
Tbe French were first mentioned as
the Franks, a tribe of warlike Ger
mans in tbe northwestern part of the,
region now knowu as Prussia. Tbey
came into notice about 4) A. D. and
with other German tribes invaded the
Roman empire in the fifth century and
settled in the country now known as
France. The word Frank, or Frank
man, means freeman. After their
conquest of Gaul they named tbe coun
try Frankenrtck. o& Frank's kingdom.
Doctoring a Doctor.
"I say. doctor, did yon ever doctor
"Well, tell me this. Does a doctor
doctor a doctor bu way tbe doctored
doctor wants to be doctored, or does
tbe doctor doins tbe doetoriijjr doctor
tbe other doctor In bis own way'"
Kansas City Journal.
rT DIOWT GET TO HIM.
"Did yon like tlte football game as
well as you like baaeb&ll, Mr. lo- j
"No; it didn't get to me at an." J
"Whyf Did you consider It too
"It wasn't that. I couldnt feel a :
Twrmnal inrArpar In anv nf i Ha tilav.
ers. While I sat there watching them
I was unable to forget that Instead of
flghtln' for the glory of our city to put
It high np In the list, mebby above
some of the rotten towns that claim a
bigger population than we have,
based on the latest directory esti
mates, they were merely struggUn tn
behalf of their alma mater, whatever
Explanation A fairy story for
Picnic A specie of entertainment
heartily enjoyed by those who miss
Domestic Tyrant A man who
spends 16 hours of the 21 at Ma place :
Coo kine; School A substitute for
the out-of-date patrimonial agency.
Friend One who never aeks for a
Rival A young man used by your
best girl to expedite your proposal.
ON THE ICE,
Dinks (trying to teach Winks the
backward roll) Come, it's easy. Don't
be afraid to throw your "whole body
well over. AH you've got to do is to go
Winks And sit down. Tea, I can
do that, but it hurts.
The men who say
Hard worl: Is Bwnct,
Are those who live
On Easy street.
"We roused the audience to greal
enthuiasm," said Mr. Stormingtos
"Did they give you an ovation?"
"They did more than that. Thej
got so interested that tbey insisted
in breaking in with original dialogue, 1
and some cf them even tried to climo ,
on the stage and take part in the bat
Mother Goose In Business.
It is reported that the following o
curred in a small poultry store kept
by the widow of the deceased
"I should like to see a nice fat
goose," said a customer entering the
"Yes, sir," replied the boy. "moth
er will be down directly." Roman's
"Let's see, when was the emancip!
tion proclamation signed?"
"A year ago this month, why?
wny, i tnougbt surely the elavei
were declared free prior to the break -
lng out of the war between the
"Oh, that! I thought you were re
ferrlng to my divorce."
HAD TOUCHED HIM.
Her father Maybe so; but he haa a
marvelous sense of touch.
A Sordid Motive.
A poet sang of wiid recr.-t
And how true love demtans.
But all tbe time his heart was set
Upoa a. dish of beaaa.
The Daughter Ah ! papa, love la
His Avenger By Christopher Arnold.
Copyrlrbted. lfll. vy Associated Literary Bureau.
When I was in college I formed the
acquaintance of a young Cuban, with
whom I became chummy. His name
was Enrique MjOiina. He was a "member
of the class ahead of mine, butthlSdld
not make any difference in our Inti
macy. There was a manliness about
Enrique tor Henry) Molina that 1 ad
mired aud a gentleness that drew me
to him. At that time Cuba was In a
state of discontent with Spanish rule
which had become chronic, and my
chum was greatly interested In the
cause of the -ronilng revolution. It
seemed to me that if bis countrymen
j should make an effort to throw off the
I yoke of Spain he would be an active
participant When we parted after
graduation Molina exacted a promise
from me to visit him. and the next
winter I determined to do so. I bad
some nronertv and thoticht 1 mlcht
find in Cuba an opportunity to invest
in a way to Increase it This idea was
vainie. hut m v desire to sea mi old
1 found Molina living on his father's
The premonitions of a se-
rious conflict between the revolution
ists and tbe Spanish government were
HENUT MOLINA WAS IK THEIR MIDST.
much more clearly defined than when
wo were in college, and Henry's In
terest in it bad also become Intensified.
But I was surprised to find that he
was not openly advocating tbe Cuban
cause. Whether the interest of his
family, fearing destruction or confis
cation of the estate, prevented him
from doing so, I did not know. 1 Judg
ed (hat tbe daughter ef a neighboring
&ut,nr planter had something to do
with his failure to come out as an ad
vocate of throwing off Spanish rule.
This young Indy, Concla Sierra, was
the gentlest little body In the world.
She must have carried northern blood
i in her veins, for she bad not the dark
eoinnlexion of a Cuban. Indeed, she
., rentable blond, with licht hair
and blue eyes. It occurred to me that
she would restrain the man she loved
from taking risks, and tbnt she loved
Molina was evident to me the moment
I saw them together.
1 soon found that there was another
I force drawing Henry In the opposite
' direction. This was Ines de la Barra,
I one of a fnmlly whose members, all
except herself, supported the Spanish
cause. Inez was outer tn ner aavoca-
; cy of tne Cuban cause. Unlike the
Molinas. the La Barras bad little or
nothing to lose by Spanish antagonism,
for they lived on a small estate and
were poor, though jn Spain they had
formerly been grandees. It was this
latter fact that kept them loyal to
Spain. .Why Inez sympathized with
the Cuban cause I conld not under
Notwithstanding our intimacy Hen
i rv Molino did not give me bis con 11
i dence in these matters. Evidently
; there wns a rivalry for bim between
I the two girls. Tbe one drew bim by
i silken cords, the other by glistening
j chains. Inez de la Barra was entirely
i Spanish. Her complexion was olive,
i her hair jet black, while over her dark
i eyes waved the long lashes of a Span-
1 while I was In Cuba General Weyler
besan his efforts to strangle the reroln-
tion by n vigorous prosecution of those
! who aided and abetted It Though t
knew tbnt Henry Molina was one of
Its advocates, outwardly he remained
neutral. Whether hi family or Concla
Sierra restrained htm I did not know,
though I fr.ncled that Senorlta Sierra
was tbe chief cause or bis remaining
Inactive. Nevertheless he was much
with her rival, and whenever I saw
' him and Inez together I noticed that
i they conversed with a -rreat deal of In
tensity mid usually In a low tune.
These were dangerous times lu Cubs.
General Weyler bad carte blanche
from tbe Spanish government to Im
prison or execute as he liked, and I felt
uneasy for a Oibiiii who ixissexHed my
fdendshlp. Though protected by my
United States citizenship. I would have
left Cuba bad It not been for this little
drama in which my chum was playing
the principal part. Many on both sides
were looking to see for which cause
be wonld declare, and both sides
One night as I was going to bed Hen
ry followed me into my room, shut
the door and said:
"I uiiiiit leave you here to be enter
tained by others of my family, for
at daylight In the morning 1 go to put
in operation a scheme for which 1
have been preparing. I have secret
In forma tion of a force of Spanish
trooi who are about to make a descent
upon a number of prominent Cuban
patriots and gather them In for. tbe
bloodthirsty Weyler. Joined by some
of my neighbors and those they con
trol, we are to oppose the passage of
this Spanish force till our friends can
arrange either to get away or prepare
While be spoke I was thinking of
tbe two Influences thnt had been draw
ing bim. tbe gentle Concla and tbe ag
gressive Inez. ,
"Where did you gef your Informa
tion as to this move of tbe Spaniards?"
A singular look came over his face.
a look in which I fancied 1 saw some
thing of doubt, of pain, as be replied:
"I have the right to tell you anything
that concerns only myself. 1 have no
right to implicate another." -
"Well," 1 added, "you have taken
slde at last I hope you have decided
for tbe best."
"That remains to be seen."
We parted with a firm hand grip.
I went to bed. but not to sleep.
There was a faint glimmer of dawn
at the wludows when I heard sounds
without the tread of horses' hoofs. ..
men talking. Then there was a loud
rnp on the main door below. It was
not auswered and was followed by a
kick. Then a window wns shattered.
I arose, threw on a double gown and
went downstairs. Tbe ball was light
ed and. filled with Spanish soldiers.
Henry Molina was In their' midst,
dressed, and as I looked was marched
away. It was plain to me what bad
happened. The wily governor had
through his spies learned of his con
templated move, nipped It In the bnd
and possessed himself of Its leader.
My view of Henry Molina passing
out of his home to go to prison ended
my Immediate cognizance of what was
leading np to a tragedy. If I could
have got my friend out of the clutches
of General Weyler I would have taken
some chances to do so. It seemed
wiser for me to depart and leave the
struggle going on In Culm to those di
rectly interested. So I sailed away
from Havana and felt that I could
draw a free breath as Boon as I was
out of the harbor.
But tbe blowing up of the Maine
gave our people an Interest In the Cu
ban struggle for Independence that led
to Its attainment, and I was one of
those who went to the island for tbe
purpose. It was not till it was all
over and I had been mustered out of
tbe United States service that I return
ed to Cuba with a view to learning
what bad become of Henry Molina.
I gathered the story gradually. The
first part of It I heard was that nenry
had been taken to Morro castle at Ha
vana and had been condemned to
death, but bad escaped the day before
be was to have been executed. How
be escaped I did not learn, but It was
reported that a boy some seventeen or
eighteen years old had visited his pris
on and managed to convey to him saws
with which to remove a bar in his win
dow. He had Joined tbe revolutionary
forces, but had done more for the
cause in other ways than as a com
mander. This I could understand, re
membering bis education at an Ameri
The next chapter In the story was
that Inez de a Barra had been found
on the grounds of her home with a
bullet bole In her left breast and in a
dying condition. She bnd been assassi
nated, but could not or would not tell
who had lnen her assassin. It was
' well known, however, that she had
been a spy of General Weyler, and; tbe
Molina plantation having been confis
cated by the Spanish government she
had received a large sum of money.
Lastly. 1 heard that my chum had re
gained possessionof bis estate, his fa
ther having died, and the son bad Just
been married to Concla Sierra.
Naturally I put these facts together
and filled out the story in my own way.
but I could not tell bow far 1 was
right or how far wrong. I lost no time
in going to tbe Molina plantation,
where 1 found its owner recovering
from the privations he had endured
since 1 bac parted with him. He was
rejoiced to see me. and, after I bad
been received by bis wife; be took me
apart and told me that Inez de la Bar
ra bad entrapped bim and caused bis
arrest. He gave me a surprise when
he said lhat Coutia had been the
means of his escape from Morro cas
tle, haying gone there disguised and
bribed n guard to give ber secret ac
cess (o ber lover.
All this Interested me. but the cli
max to the drama, the assassination
of Senorit.i de la Barra. was what I
wished to have explained.
""Who killed the woman who betray
ed you?" I asked.
A singular expression came over Hen
ry's face In whjc-b 1 fancied there was
something of pain. He turned his eyes
away from me and did not reply.
"One question." I added, "and I will
ask no more. Surely you did not do
"No." he replied. "I did not."
I made my own Inference as to who
had nvenged bim: but. since I may lie
mistaken and do not wtsh to name the
wrong person. I leave my reader to
make his or her own Inference.
Dec. 14 in American
ITiW General Anthony Wayne. Revolu
tionary hero, died; born 1745.
General George Washington, first
president of the United States, died
at Mount Vernon. Va.; born 1732.
18C2 The Federal army recrossed the
Rappahannock river at Fredericks
burg, ending the campaign.
19G4 Arbitration treaty concluded be
tween the United State and Italy.
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