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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. TUESDAY. SEFTK3ICER 9, 1913.
Published daily at 1614 Second ave
tiue. Rock Island. III.' (Entered at the
postofflce as second-class matter.)
Rock Inlaad Member of the Aaxorlated
BY THE J. W. POTTER CO.
what was paid for It unimproved nine
years ago. If the property hasdoubled
in value in the past nine years, why
will it not double again in the. next
few years when the city makes it
over into an athletic field and play
ground as well as a ball park?
TpRMB Ten cents per week by car
rier, in Rock Island.
Complaints of delivery service should
be made to the circulation department,
which should alno be notified in every
Instance where it is desired to have
paper discontinued, as carriers have no
authority in the premises.
All communications of argumentative
character, political or religious, must
have real name attached for publica
tion. Xo such articles will be printed
over fictitious eig-natures.
Telephones In all departments. Cen
, tra.1 X'nlon, Rock I-iand 143. 1145 and
Tuesday, September 9, 1313.
The question has been raised of
why the city has not raised the saloon
license to $1,000 per annum and why
may it not yet raise.it to that amount
and thus take care of the proposed
improvement and avoid the neces
sity of an additional tax levy. To the
suggestion, the answer is simple. In
the first place the people have on two
specific occasions voted down propo
sitions to increase the saloon license
to $1,000, and in the second place
there will be no additional tax levy If
the bond propositions carry.
BY CLYDE H. TAVENNEE
Congressman from the Fourteenth District.
The Projects to Be
Following are the propositions to be
voted for at the special election Sept.
'11, Which separately and collectively
promise for Rock Island's improve
ment, development and expansion, and
every one of which is entitled to the
approval of the voters:
Purchase of Island City baseball
park, 11 acres, $20,000; 10 year
Construction of elevated tank at
reservoir station, $22,000; 10-year
. Flooring of Rock river bridges
with concrete, 55,000; five-year
Installation of police alarm tys
tern, $10,000; 10-year bonds.
Extension of water mains alorg
Eighteenth avenue from Twenty
fourth to Fifteenth street, and in
newly annexed territory, $17,000;
Erection of new fire station in
newly annexed territory and ex
tension of fire alarm system in
that district, 16,000; eight-year
Annexation of a further strip of
territory in South Rock Island,
running from the city limits ta
Brashar street, south, and from
Twelfth street west to the Missis
sippi river, exclusive of the tract
already made a part of the city-
Bear in mind that the bends for
waterworks extensions, including ele
vated tank on the bluff as well as the
mains on Eighteenth avenue and out
Into the newly annexed territory, ag
gregating $39,000, all told, are not to
be paid by general taxation, but out of
the earnings of the waterworks ce
Sulzer's impeachment will cost
from a quarter of a million to a mil
lion dollars. "
Mayor Gaynor of New York may
hate Tammany, but his candidacy is
making possible another overwhelm
ing Tammany victory just the same.
Those who went away to play have
returned to mingle with those who
remained and bore the heat and some
of the burdens of the days, and in a
little while even an expert will not be
able to pick them out.
Contemplating the statement that
the chairman of the Mate live stock
commission has teen engaged in sell
ing "cholera hogs" to Illinois dealers
does not add to the pleasure one has
from eating fresh pork.
COAMDER THE JITCATIOX FAIRLY.
A misinformed, and consequently a
misdirected, public opinion to the con
trary, notwithstanding, Rock Island is
In A 1 financial condition. It is doubt
ful if there is another city in the stae
cf Illinois that is in better shape, and
few in as good shape. Where is there
a city that is comparatively out cf
debt; that is away below the limit of
bonded indebtedness required by law.
, and still bas an asset of a million or
more in a waterworks plant of its own?
J.Ioline, for instance, that has always
been referred to in disparaging com
ment, so far as our own municipal
finances are concerned, is half a mil
lion in the hole, and nevertheless is
pluckily going ahead and pushing for
more improvements. w ltnsn a lew
years it has bonded itself for. a new
high school, a n?w city hall, and $160,
OC'O in waterworks improvements. In
addition to this, it is paying more for
rjivirg, asphalt and brick, than is
Rock Island, and recently contracts
for extended street paving improve
ment found no bidders even at higher
fguro3 than Rock Island property
holders ar? paying.
Do yon see any con racts in Rock
Island going begging, even at less figures?
What better evidence do yon want
cf the city's financial standing and
Davenport, too, tha.1 is often refer
red to in comparison and which is
universally regarded as an extremely
conservative city, is $1,0(10,000 in debt.
with no tangible asset behind the ma
nicipal credit such as Rock Island
possesses, and is still plodding ahead,
annexing territory, putting in more
improvements in paving, etc. and
Rock Island is now "presented with
a series of propositons. every one of
which is essential to the ci'y's growth,
and while they involve public bond is
sues aggregating $90,000, of this $39,
0i)O is to be charged to the cred't of
the waterworks department and paid
out of the revenues of that department,
the remaining $51,000 will be taken up
during the peiiod of years of which
they are extended without an addition
al tax levy to meet them.
So where is the reason for opposi
tion? People have a rich to differences
of opinion in the face of any proposi
tion that may It- put up to them for
approval or disapproval. There is al
ways a difference of opinion under
such circumstances, and all that it is
fair to ask of the people is that they
te not swayed either by misinforma
tion or prejudice. There are two sides
I to most questions, and if the people
J will take the pains to ascertain all the
I facts in any proposition that confronts
them, and then act as an unselfish
unbiased judgment dictates, they will
always be right.
Consider Thursday's propositions in
I '-. i
(Special Corresaondence of The Argus.)
Washington. D. C, Sept. 7. Cost of
the overcapitalization of one Ameri
can railroad 21 human lives. That
is the story of the
recent New Haven
wreck in a nut
shell. In 1904 the total
ness of the New
In 1911 it was
crease in capitali
zation, 243 ' per
Now aa to the
earnings. In 1904
they were J4S.282,
909; in 1911, $62,
in earnings 30 per
for dividends Increased 243 per cent;
the annual yield of greenback fodder
increased but30 per cent Now what
happens when this condition appears?
The overcapitalized railroad neglects
its equipment so as to turn every
possible penny into the profit account;
and this is the point most often em
phasized by the investigators, whose
attention is attracted by the wooden
cars, the worn rails, the insufficient
But it does another more signifi
cant thing. It does its work with the
SMALLEST POSSIBLE EQUIPMENT.
In the case of the New Haven,
sT CLYDE H.
which is a railroad monopoly in New
England, its smallest possible equip
ment fo handling its enormous traffic
is Its entire equipment. Instead of
spending money for increased track
age, which it badly needs, it save3
this money to make a dividend show
ing on its watered stock.
The result Is that the road is jammed
to the limit with traffic. And when
you have that condition, with fast
trains following one another with only
a five-minute headway, you are bound
to have accidents; and safety devices
won't prevent them, nor will steel
coaches or perfect roadbed, although
these things would greatly lessen the
number of fatalities. And remember,
whatever ether remedial measures are
adopted by the New Haven railroad.
it must still respond to the urge of
its stockholders, and do its work with
the smallest possible equipment.
For that condition I offer a solution,
I do not expect it to get a serious
hearing yet. Government utility pro
ijects are still characterised by that
awful word, socialistic. But this is my
Why not parallel the New Haven
railroad with a government built, own
ed and operated rival road?
There is nothing confiscatory about
this plan, nothing unconstitutional that
I know of. It does not propose con
demnatidn proceedings or anything of
that sort. It merely proposes to di
vide traffic with a railroad monopoly
which insists (and cannot now help
insisting) upon maintaining a traffic
congestion that is a menace to every
person who rides on one of its pas
War Would Show Shortage in Shells
(Washington, D. C, Times.)
Should the United States become in
volved in war with Mexico or any oth
er power the uter weakness of the
war department with respect to an
adequate supply of shells and ammuni
tion for field artillery wduld be imme
This fact has come out in connection
with the introduction into the house
of a series of six bills by Congressman
Tavenner, the purpose of which is to
enlarge the plant at the Rock Island
arsenal at Rock Island, HI., so that the
government may manufacture its own
field artillery equipment and ammuni
tion and small arms cartridges.
Senator Lewis of Illinois has assured
Mr. Tavenner that he will press for
the same legislation in the senate.
General Crosier ,long chief of ordnance,
is for the legislation and especially so
for the reason it would make it possi
ble for the government to provide
itself with an adequate supply of field
The shortage of the government on
ammunition for the field artillery is
Indicated by the fact that the program
of the war department calls for $20,-
000.000 worth of field artillery ammu
nition. "I believe the government could save
$5,000,000 on this order alone," said
Army officers are not inclined to em
phasize 'he weaknesses of the military
arm, but the weakness of the field ar-
The Daily Story
SILAS FINDLEBURY'S GHOST BY REBECCA STEVENS.
Cipyrlgnted. ,13. by Asaoclatel Literary Bureati
Goodsole's brow Is high and broad;
In the murmur of the brook
He can hear the voice of God.
When he lifts his gaze to look
At the gleaming stars he sees
Other worlds where man may know
Things that still are mysteries
To us rropers here below;
He regards each fragrant rose
Aa a miracle: he hears
Music when the west wind blows
Through the rushes: he reveres
Every little blade of grass
As a wonder work, but men
8ee no greatness in him when
They, by chance, behold him pass-
He can't make money.
Alida Loyd panted heavily as she
came into her cunt's kitchen, for she
was very fat and quivered like a raoi.l : I,0!-'an to Cct supper
4 11 vt hArin nor
of jelly when she moved. She was an
idle, shallow minded woman, much
given to gossip of a harmless sort. and.
as might- be expected, she was a poor
housekeeper. Her husband. Finr.ey
"It, can't be explained," muttered
Betsey Fir.dlebury as she arose and
things in heaven and earth than I ve
forgotten the rest bist I guess it means
there's more queer hnppenings than we
ponr mortals can explain."
After supper she went out to feed
the chickens. On her way back she '
Loyd, was a little wisp of a man who ; looked up at the roof of the old house.
did odd jobs around the shipyard.
"Well, Aunt Betsey," said Alida in j
her slow drawl, "any news?"
The two wide mouthed chimneys need
ed repainting, nnd if Silas had been
olive she knew that he would have
News of what?"" snapped Betsey j painted the bricks a fresh red, with
MAdt n-mtft c- t ri iiac aut in ntr Tnn nil n -
urnb i ulic I'll 1 1 viiinuiuh -
The United States diplomatic repre
sentative at Madrid is to be raised to
the rank of ambassador. The Ameri
can people are Rlad to cultivate
friendly relations with Spain and wish
it peaceful times and increasing prosperity.
tillery branch is impossible to conceal,
It is admitted by army officers that it
is a fact. Members of congress who
have taken the pains to inquire into
the situation know it. Congressman
Tavenner understands it, and that is
one of the reasons why he is urging
the legislation he proposes.
Not only is the army of the United
States far behind the armies of Europ
with respect to the number of field
guns which could be marshaled for
service in case of war, but when it
came to the ammunition supply the
batteries would be unable to carry on
a prolonged campaign for lack of am
The introduction of the bills has call
ed attentioa to the extravagant policy
of the government for years in the
matter of providing army and navy
materials. A sample of the extrava
gance in respect to ammunition is
cited by Mr. Tavenner in connection
with making shrapnel. Mr. Tavenner
"The government is paying $25 for
4." inch shrapnel, the character, of am
munition used ia heavy field guns, and
at the same 'time it has been manufac
turing at Frankford arsenal, Philadel
phia, a portion of its supply for $12.52,
all overhead charges included.".
The total appropriations provided for
by Mr. Tavenner are $1,030,000 to en
large the Rock Island plant. If this
were done, Mr. Tavenner calculates the
saving to the government would be
Bruntaworth knows the sky la there.
But he doesn't question why.
And, in fact, he doesn't care;
In the water flowing by
He sees power, nothing more:
Flowers he regards as things
To be bought and sold: the roar
Of the tempest never brings
Wonder to his ssul: he eees
In the grass blades muyire hay.
Not soul-sttrrlng mysteries:
If the stars were golden, they
Might enchaat him with their gleama;
Where he passes, people bow
For the reason that somehow
Everything he touches seems
To turn to money.
It always tickles a woman to be
able to send word down to callers that
she is in her bath.
When a girl asks a widower if she it
the only one he ever loved she' doesn't
necessarily call his honor into ques
tion. Frequently it is Just her nerve.
If men were always as great as their
reputations the world wouldn't be big
enough to hold half of us.
which reported its findings late yes
terday to District Judge Bert Fesler.
The jury had been deliberating on the
case for the last, three days.
In a test of 12-inch mortars that I
guard Lone Island sound :;o shots with
1,000-pound projectiles hit the mark,'
every time. With such marksmanship j
assured, a compnratively small forca j
would count for
trained host. .
more than an ill-
Evelyn Nesbit Thaw hag a very re-
TIIH IM'OMR TAX.
Senator Lewis of Illinois stood on
very substantial ground when he dis
puted with Senator Root the latter's
statement that unless the income tax i
was reduced to $1,000 it would hurt
only "my people of New York."
The New York World very perti-
j "Whatever basis of Justice there Is
to Senator Root's plea for reducing
! the income tax exemption from $4,000
J to $1,000, his argument Is not strength-
ened by his charge that the bill in ef-
feet is leg:siation by the south and J
west against the east.
"No doubt an exemption of only
$1,000 would 'tend to perpetuate pat
riotism and loyalty to the government
by requiring a slight sacrifice in re
turn for citizenship." But only In a
sourceful press agent. He worked to j figurative seuee Is it true that the
a frazzle fhe story that Evelyn was j n,eagure in its existing form thrusts
afraid that Harry would appear any ; 'the burden of taxation on a few east
mrttnont and perforate her with hul- j ern states. The great fortunes of
lets. Now he is sending out that Eve-, New york are not New York fortunes
lyn i crazy to see Harry. We trust j !n ,he mcaning that they are the ac
he will not finally sugsest that sue go cumulations of New York commerce
to Mfttteawan too. i .nd New York industry. They are
national fortunes, the sources of
which are the mines and mills and oil
wells and railways as well as the cot
ton and wheat fields of other states.
The Rockefeller and Carnegie and
Frick fortunes were not amassed in
New York, and of thousands of lesser j
fortunes It is equally true that they j
are New York fortunes only in the (
sense that this city has bectome their
place of distribution by the preference
of their possessors for residence here.
"Taxing incomes from such accumu
lations is not discriminatory merely
because the tax Is paid in New York
or Boston. It is an equitable tax on
wealth the origin of which in the ag
gregate Is national and as such prop
erty subject to taxation for na'tional
McAlpine Slain, Jury Holds.
Duluth. Minn., Sept. John Ma
Alpine, the wea'.thy Duluth lumber
man recently found dead in the base
ment of hie home, was murdered, but
Publisher and Aid Fined.
Boston, Mass., Sept. 9. Herbert
Myrick of Springfield, Mass., publish
er of the Orange Judd. Northwest
Farmstead, and Jameg M. Cunning
ham, circulation manager, were fined
$1,000 each in the United States dis
trict court today for conspiracy to
defraud the government in an at
tempt to secure second class mailing
privileges for the publication.
The Young Lady Across the Way
Clara What's the matter,
You look worried.
Marie Oh, it's such a dreadful
thing: I went to Chiggero, the great
palmist, yesterday, and he told me
that I would be married twice.
Clara Goodness! That isn't what's
worrying you, is it?- I should think
you'd be tickled half to death if he
had given you reasonable assurances
that you were to be married even
"Oh, anything," was Alida's rerly,
but her little eyes narrowed watch
fully as she swayed to and fro In the
"No news" Mrs. Findlebury clipped
her words sharply, as she always did
when speaking- to her niece.
For the past six months Alida had
carried much news from Betsey Fin
dlebury's neat white house.
"Haven't you heard a word from
Uncle Silas?" asked Alida. -
"I can't communicate with the
dead," persisted Alida.
"Of course," and Betsey's lips shut
"Then Mrs. Moore was wondering1
why you don't wear black for him or
lavender," went on Alida.
"Mamie Moore's always wondering
about something," retorted Betsey
dryly. "Once she wondered what Fin
ney Loyd ever saw about you that
was wuth. falling In love -with."
Alida's fnt cheeks reddened dully.
"Mamie Moore's always been jealous
of me marrying Finney," she said with
: some difficulty.
! "Hum. Sdeing's she gave Finney
I the mitten two vears before vou kent
company with him, I don't see how
she's got anything to complain of,"
nodded Aunt Betsey. "Now. you was
talking about your Uncle Silas, Alida." j
Mrs. Loyd glared resentfully at the
quiet little white haired woman knit
ting so serenely by the west window.
"I ain't the only one Mamie Moore
talks about," she muttered as she got
upon her feet. "She says, says she, 'I
hear that Silas Flndlebury's ghost is
walking again,' and, being as he was
my own uncle, I felt it a duty to my
self, me having been a Findlebury, to
come over and find out about it."
Betsey's soft Hps settled into a
straight line, and for a woment she
made no reply. Then:
"Your Uncle Silas was drownded off
the White Rock six months ago to
be exact, on the 17th day of February.
Leastways, we think he was drownded,
and now we're surehe was drownded
because he never came home, and the
empty boat, all stove in amidships,
came ashore one day. You know all
that I know, Alida." Betsey was quite
pale when she finished.
Alida stared at her with round eyes.
"WellHumbolt Pedrlck declared be
saw Uncle Silas plowing the south field
in April." she said boldly, "at night"
"Fiddle!" snapped Betsey crossly. ,
"Well, who plowed it then?" demand- I
ed Alida triumphantly. "Humbolt says
he's asked every man in Little River,
and there ain't one that done it. Who
did it, Aunt Betsey?"
"Goodby, Alida," said Mrs. Findle
bury coldly. "I'm sorry you're in such
a hurry, but It's most supper time, and
I expect your dinner dishes ain't wash
ed up yet, and it might be that your
beds ain't made. I saw a pillow hang
ing out of Finney's winder just now."
She smiled grimly as the door slammed
after Mrs. Loyd's bulky form.
When she wns alone her sweet face
grew suddenly pinched as if with men
tal suffering. She hid her face in her
Marie But he told me also that my
second husband would have red hair. ! worn hands aad rocke(l Bent,y to ani
and they say red-headed people are
likely to be quick-tempered. I have
such an impetuous disposition too,
Strange how a rumor Is usually so
much worse than the fact. Press dis
patches the other morning said the
whole town of Ocracoke. S. C, was
wiped out and 400 were drowned. Be
fore the newspapers could get action
on the tale it was found that no harm
whatever had come to Ocracoke. since
the unfortunate day it was named.
Brought down to hard, cold facts,
and regardless cf all arguments- or
reasons, it is up to the people to say
whether they desire to cut themselves
out of an athletic field and playground
and incidentally professional baseball
next year by letting Island City ball
park go on the market for lots, or hav
ing the city save it. while it may.
Ttat is all there is to it.
As an argument against the pur
chase of the tract of land of which
Island City ball park Is a part, it i
contended by some that the owner:
are asking too much in view of the -j -- j
facthat the land is now held at twice ot the St Louis county grand jury,
I a-I. V. 7, 3V II I I I I I I It
i iii ui i tf ti a
"I am thinking," she said, "of writ
ing a novel. How would you advise
me to begin? Would It be better to i
have the plot all worked out before t
I start the story, or let it develop as
I go along?"
"Oh," he replied, "I wouldn't bother
with minor details of that kind. First
get a publisher who fan sell 100,000
copies before you bpgia writing. The
rest'll come easy." ,
He prayed for light with all his might,
Upon h'.s bonded knee:
His supplication was for light
That he might plainly see.
In pious toaes he prayed, snd then
Got up alack, alaa!
And swore like any trooper when
He caw his bill for gas.
We asked the young lady across the way if she had ever given any
thought to auto-intoxication and she said she used to worry some about it
but they had a new chauffeur now who didn't drink at alL
"What's that?" exclaimed
young wife in sudden alarm.
you say Nemesis was a woman?"
"Yes," the "mother replied, "of
course. I thought you knew that be
fore." "Oh, heaven! And Georoge told me.
when he left this morning that she
had been after him all day yesterday!"
Whererer she appears the men
All flock 'around and wait
To win her smile or strive to 'please
Her with their compliments, for she's
The one their wives all hate.
"She claims that she is still young."
"Young! Why, that woman is old
enough to remember when James
O'Neil first began playing 'Monte Cris
The Lessen of Experience.
Ill bet that that bridal couple have
been married before."
"They've been living Id the flat
above us for two weeks now, and they
haven't started to quarrel about escb
other relatives yet" Detroit Free
"I wonder I wonder who did it,"
she murmured over and over again.
She wondered what Alida and her
inquisitive frjends would say if they
knew that Silas Findlebury had quar
reled bitterly with his wife the day
before he disappeared.
No one but herself knew of that qunr
rel. 4ho outgrowth of Silas' desire to
build a new bnrn on the place. They
had been snving money for two years
to pay off the little mortgage remaining
on the farm. The $500, together with
$18 for the six months' interest, would
build the barn that Silas declared he
needed for the proper housing of his
Betsey believed that the old barn
would do for awhile longer. She was
eager to remove the last encumbrance
from her home. They bad quarreled
for the first time during their happy
The very next day Silas had announc
ed his intention of going fishing, and
that was the last Betsey had seen of
him. The money had been in his pock
ets, for Silas placed no f.'iitb in banks.
Early in April Mrs. Findlebury
awoke one morning to f nd her south
field plowed and harrowed, ready for
the corn. It had been Silas' habit to
have his corn in before the 10th. The
field was plowed on the 7th, and Bet
sey planted the corn herself on the 8th
and 0th. t
Ilumbolt .Pedriek declared that he
saw iMias tinuienury driving two
white horses before a white plow,
plowing his own cornfield nt tnidnisht.
He also ss!d that Silas was dresten In
white robes and that a cold wind blew
over the field as be watched. Sudden
ly be was stricken with the truth. It
was the ghost of Silas plowing his
Betsey Findlebury fetew very white
when she heard what the gossips were
saying, but she said nothing.
If she only knew whether Silns but
what else could have happened to a
middle aged man of bis sober habits?
The sound bad been rough that day,
and the sea was quite bigb. aud uear
the mouth of the river there was a
strong tide, and White rock was a dan
Well, there was the empty boat float
ing bottom upward. The oars were
missing, and there was the broken
tar. A big locust tree overhung tue .
house nnd trailed drooping branches
along the ridgepole. .
"That limb needs rrppintr off." sighed
Betsey as she went indoors.
At 12 o'clock that night Betsey Fin
dlebury awoke suddenly and sat up ia
What was tb.it sound? She listened
intently. It wns n gentle pattering "
overhead nnd occasionally a heavy
Betsey Findlebury slipred from net
bed and weut to the garret stairs.
Again she harkened. Now the sounds
were plainer, and they appeared ta
come ftom the roof.
What could it be? She sniffed tha
In five minutes Betsey had dressed
herself in the dark and noiselessly
gone down stairs. The front door
opened and closed, and Betsey tiptoed
out to the porch, down the steps and
on to the grass of the front yard.
When she had reached the shadow of
a tall shrub she peered up at the root
of her house, and her nervous fingers
clutched her throat.
Silhouetted against the midnight sky,
in the radiance of the full moon, was
a man's tall, white clad form. Betsey
saw him stepping carefully to and fro,
bending now and then. His arm went
back and forth, back and forth, and,
although the shrill chorus of the katy
dids drowned any sounds he might
have made, Betsey imagined she could
hear the pat pat-pat of a paint brush
passing over the bricks of the shabby
Betsey stole into the house and
went to the kitchen, where, with
shades carefully drawn, she lighted
the oil stove and put coffee on to boll.
Theu she stepped from rantry to tabl
until she had a tablecloth laid ' and
places set for two. When everything
was in readiness she went out into tb
front yard and looked up at the roof.
The midnight painter was quietly
letting himself down Into the branches
of the locust. By the time he had
slipped down to the ground beside th
back porch Betsey had flung wido th
kitchen door and was saying in a
cheery voice that she tried to hold
"nnrry up. Silas. Your breakfast ia
waiting for you. Seems to uie you've
been a powerful long while over there
For nn Instant there was silence.
Theu the tall form, clothed in painter's
overalls, stepped forward on to th
Silas Findlebury appeared worn and
hugsard and very tired. His eyes look
ed anxiously at Betsey's face, beautiful
with its tender, tremulous smile.
"Betsey, Betsey, do you want me?"
he whispered brokenly,
"Silas Findlebury, you'll ketch your
death a-standing out there!" scolded
Betsey, nnd so, drawing her lest hus
band within the house, Betsey Findle
bury once and forever laid his ghost.
Over thnt midnight meal Silas Fln
dlcbury told how he had gone fishing
that February day, how the wind and
tide had enrried him off shore nnd Into
the path of a sound steamer and how a
deck band had flung him a rope and
pulled him alionrd.
He told of their arrival in New York
and of his sudden Inspiration to spec
ulate with the $51S contained In his
pocket, if he could return home with
double that amount of money they
could pay oft the mortgage and build
the new barn ns well.
Silas speculated and lost. Then he
went to Millton. where his brother
lived, and obtained work there in one
of the mills. little by little he wns
savins money, trying to moke up tho
sum he h:id lost. At different times he
had walked the ten miles to Little Riv
er to do something on his own farm,
to help Betsey, to catch a glimpse of
her sittfng hefeide her lonely lamp. To
night he had come to paint the chim
neys. They had worried him. he said.
Here Betsey's arms around him stop
ped bis narrative.
It mattered not that he had saved
only a paitry $25 of the neefed
amount; it mattered nothing to Betsey
that It would take two more years of
snving to acquire another amount suf
ficient to pay off the mortgage. Silas
had come home, they were together,
and his ghost wonid walk no more.
And Betsey wns so hippy that she
gave the glnd news to Finney Loyd's
wife so" that I.ida could huve the pleas
ure 'of spreading the tidings from one
end of Little Liver to the other.
Sept. 9 in American
ISoO California admitted to the Union
as a state.
1SG3 General J. M. Sliackleford's Fed.
era! cavalry captured General J.
W. Frazcr's Confederate brigade
at Cumberland Gap. Tenn.
1900 Edward Henry Harriman. finan
cier and railroad builder, died nt
Ard';n. Orange county. N. Y.; born
1S4.8. General Edward M. BIcCook,
civil war veteran, one of the "fight
In? MfCooks" of Ohio, died In Chi
ago: lKirn 1S.'J3.
All tha cews all tie time Ths