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Fpriksfield Register: The election
of any other man than John M. Palcrer
to the United Stares senate would be a
't,ac eye" for the people of Illinois.
Sekator Uuay denies that he will
shortly make a speech in the senile des
rendicg him lf against the New York
World s charges. The senator does not
belkve in wasting words.
Fbodb Iblajto is a little eUte. but her
governor's message required ten columns
of small t j pe to print. But they havn't
had a democratic governor for a very
long fme you know.
A bet of 500 on the next presidential
election has already been mado in Balti
more. The one betting that the next
presnknt will be a democrat, and the
other betUng that he wi!l be a republican.
ralaner sad the rriarit.Ie.
St. Log is Republic.
When all political parties in the United
8ta:e$ ar forced to bring their candidates
for the Uoited States senate before the
people, the purchase ct the senatorship
will no k -ntr be so disgracefully common
as it Las been under the caucus auction
system. It is true that it wi.l be possib e
in some cases to bay the senatorial nomi
nation from the party convention, but in
every cae the people will review the ac
tioa of all party conventions and by their
ballots at the polls ncminate the tnas
whom thf-y themselves regard as fittest;
wheteax from the auction in caucus they
have to srpeal not even to the bribery
laws, as the caucus having no legal exis
tence, there is no legal punishment for
selliD votes in it, thouch votes so sold
send the purchaser to the United States
As senitorih:? after senatorship has
thus been disposed of. year after year: as
the disgrace, corruption and oppression
of the svstem hive gone from bad to
worse, all patrirtic people who desire the
perpctufion of American liberty came to
see clearly that there mast be a change
for the tetter or popular confidence in
our system of government would be
destroyed. Although the evil was every,
where n cognized, no adequate remedy
was proposed until the democrats of Iili
Doi9, in state convention. bolJlv declared
against the caucus auction, and standing
on the principle of the right of the people
to choose their senators, went to the nn'.la
with John M. Palmer as a cand date far
the senate subject to the will of the peo
ple, to be declared by their votes.
Not daring to deny openly the right of
the people to choose, the republicans tac
itly refused to acknowlegde popular jur
isdiction and held to the caucus auction.
Ttie farmers' organizations named no
candid ite before the people, butformilly
indorsed the principle of poputar choice,
of which Oen. Palmer was already before
the people as a representative.
So the case stands today before the leg
islature of Illinoia. Messrs. Moore and
Cockrell were elected as independents on
a platform indorsing the principle of pop
ular choice against the caucus auction,
and they are to decide by their votes
whether the principle is to triumph or to
Let tbem decide without further delay.
The republican at temps to control them
with money have failed, and Mr. Quay's
corruption fund is understood to be out
of the fight. The only hope the caucus
auctionists have of winning now is
through a tiade of some kind which will
secure the votes of Messrs. Cockrell and
Moore for somebody, anybody to beat the
principle of popular choice involved in
the candidacy of Gen. Palmer as the reg
ular nominee of the people of Illinois.
TV democrats cannot trade . They are
bound to cast every vote on every ballot
for the principle of popular choice and
for the man nominated by the people
themselves to represent it.
No matter how good a man Mr. Street
er i3, be is not the nominee cf the peo
ple. Ue did not go before the people
and submit his candidacy to their decis
ion. Tterefure, no democrat can vote
for him now. To do so would be to deny
the right of the people to choose.
The democrats have nothing to offer
Messrs. Moore and Cockrell except this
principle a principle which will change
the whole course of American history as
soon as it is made the practice of our
politics; a principle that will put a check
on the reign of bribery and corruption;
that will say to the plutocracy, "so far
and no farther;" that will give the con
trol of the Unites States senate to the
people; but only a principle, which as a
man and an American you take or leave
on jour own responsibility, with no trad
ing to persuade you for or against it.
The great reform begun in Illinois by
the action of the people in November
cannot be defeated. The principle they
then indorsed has an enduring vitality in
it, and it will succeed. But its success
may be delayed. Iu first great triumph
may be rendered fruitless. It may be
made necessary to do over again under
greater difficulties all that has been done
alrealy. And this Messrs. Moor and
Cockrell can bring about. The decision
is with them. Let tbem decide. They
know their own minds. If they are for
a trade, the republicans will trade with
them. If they are for the principle of
popular choice of United States senator,
let them vote with the people, for the
people and by the people in giving their
votes for John M. Palmer, the nominee
ef the peopte.
When a man tells you that he is per
fectly contented he means, in nine cases
out of ten, that after thinking the mat
ter all OTer be does not see bow he can
get anything more.
Tba man who can't sing and
bftby la to usually made to sing
THS LIFE FOR WHICH -1 LONG.
Whea oo my day of light the uijrbt is faCia.
And in the winds from unstained spaa blows,
I hear far vokve oat of darkness calling
Ky feet to paths unknown.
Tha who hast made my home of life ao pleasant.
Leave nit its tenant when its valla decay;
0 love divine, O Helper ever preaeat.
Be thou my bWp and stay!
Be near me when all eLw is from me drifting.
Earth, sty. tome's pictore, days of shade and
And kindly faces to my own srplifting
The lore which answers mine.
1 hare but thee, O Father! IX thy spirit
Be with me, then, to comfort aad BpaeM;
No rate of pearl, no branch of palm I merit,
Nor street of shining gold.
Suffice it if, my pood aad HI tmreekomd.
And both forgiven throogh thy 'bounding
I And myself by hands familiar bsc&ooed
Unto my fitting place
Some hnmble dor among thy assay nansoo.
Some sheltering shade where sia and striving
And flows forever through beared green expan
sions The river of thy peace.
There, from the mosic round about me stealing,
I fain would team the new and haly song,
And find at Ust, beneath thy trees of beating.
The Lfe for which I long.
John O. Whiuier.
SLEEP NO MORE
Basest of all men is ha who betrays a
Nothing could be urged in the defense of
Edgar Most yn; not youth, not lack of ex
perience, not hastiness of action, not
temptation from others and as far as one
might jade not passion. No man stand
ing between good and evil ever had better
reasons than he for following the right
path, and experience would not suffer him
to go wrong by mistake. Yet he sinned
and t he sin was at once great and con
temptible. When Bail Kedstock Lad l-eea married
about a rear business made it necessary
that he should leave Lis wife and Lome for
several months. There were some mines
to be looked after in a wild district where
be could not take Eva. A maiden aunt,
old, deaf, stupid, came to the house to
stay, and several of Eva's companions
were expected. Bnt there ought to be a
man about to scare away burglars. Basil's
best friend was Edgar Mostyn, a bachelor
and a man of the world, vet one whose re
served speech and upright conduct had al
ways repelled tne breath of scandal.
"He is a man," sAid Basil and Mostyn
knew that he Lad said it "to whom 1
would, without hesitation, intrust every
dollar I had ia the world my own g.-.od
bo Mostyn came to live ia the hoi:e nf
his friend on his friend's reouest tint, he
should guard and protect his wife.
At lrst Eva w hs never without tbe com
pany of gin friends. Presently they ceased
u come; rrr;aps it was accidental, per
haps she was less urgent ia her invita
tions. During the last month, she and the
old aunt and Edgar Ma-tyn were alone
much of tLe time. The aunt would grow
sleepy iu tlie c-vtnings, besides she' was
TT-i. r- .. .
nen ija-s.i r-eusrocK returned, Mostvn,
who was a man of perfect self control, wel
comed him with cordial smiles and hearty
speech. But the weak woman, sick with
terror, scarcely knew what she said and di.l
Basil was not suspicions by nature yet
he was not a fool.
Oa the evening of the third day after the
nusoand s return, as Mostyn sat alone in
his bachelor quarters, a note was brought
to him. It had ln left at the door by a
woman, in tne trembling, illegible scrawl,
he with dirYicul; y recognized the handwrit
ing of Eva Redstock. The nolo read thus:
"What have I done! I cannot tell how it
has happened; but he knows all. He said
he would kill me if I did not confess, and I
was almost crazy. He means to shoot you,
I know, for he took his revolver and went
away. I wish he bail killed me I wish I
Mostyn stared blankly at the paper for
some moments after he had finished read
ing its message. Here was catastrophe in
a form that he had not foreseen; for such
weakness was quite out of the pale of his
understanding. At last he tore the note
to fragments and tossed it into the fire.
"Well," he said with a savage -cowI, "it
isascrape a bad one, So he means
to shoot, eh?"
Presently Mostyn arose and opened a
drawer in his desk. He took out a revolver
not a toy article, but one of the sort that
can be made to shoot straight and to kill
and began to turu it over in his hni. A
touch on a half concealed spring, aud the
chamljtrs rolled out. From the same drawer
he brought a piece of cloth, a small bottle
of oil and some cartridges.
It took a little time to clean, oil and load
the weapon. While he was thus engaged,
Mostyn thought the situation over after
"He does not know how to shoot, and if
I meet him on the street and he draws I
can safely risk his first fire. I know that
reTolver of his; before he is ready for a sec
ond I can h'm, it would be bad business
If I should the whole thing is going to
come out anyway, if be tries the shooting
business. Ruin me, of course; but I don't
care to give my life just because a woman
is a fool. God! what a fool the was! If
she had only denied it that would have
been something but to confess all! Yet
how if he should come on me from behind?
Well, that is not like Basil Redstock. He
ia a chivalrous fellow, and I imagine will
not shoot without warning."
When the pistol was loaded and iu pdr
feet order Mostyn clipped it into a leather
sheath and left it upon the desk. Then he
sat down by the re and thought not of
the immediate danger for he was ready
now to meet that but of tbe man and the
woman who had that day lived a tragedy
on his account. Such thoughts were sorely
not pleasant; yet he remained an hour be
yond the time when he usually retired,
Btaring into tbe names.
The living apartments of Mr. Edgar
Mostyn were two rooms in the second story
of a Large renxleiice building. The parlor
was in front and looked out over tbe street.
The neighborhood was quiet, although not
far distant from a populous thoroughfare.
When be was ready to go to bed, Mostyn,
as was his custom, threw wide open one of
the front windows. Ue stood for a moment
gazing upon the street, which was brightly
lighted by the moon and empty of people.
Then he closed the blinds and went into
the inner room.
There was in the lower hall of the house
a large clock which tstruck the hours.
Shortly after Mostyn stepped into Led mid
night sounded. He lay very still for a
time and thought of Eva. Then be turned
over into another part of the bed and
thought about BasiL And presently he
heard the clock strike 1.
Then he became restless and tossed about.
It was a bad scrape, and it worried him.
Kven if he saved his life be most expect ts
part with his reputation, for the affair
won Id mat e a homble uproar. What a
tool that itou was what an unspeak
The bed had become disagreeably warm,
and he raised himself on his elbow that
the cool air might come under the clothes.
The attituc e made him think of the way
actors die on the stage. Would a man
who was shot take this position He won
dered how t would be with himself if that
first ballet from Basil Redstock's weapon
should take effect. Pooh! it was a toy af
fair, incapable of hitting a mark ten feet
away. Thre was no chance of coarse
there WHS a chance, merolv a rlnnm ITa
dropped bo. ;k in bed. Then he began to
see picture oi waat might happen. He is
walking down the street Basil comes up
from behind calls ont to him shoots he
falls into U e imtter. He is ntminir mil nl
the front door of the house someone calls
to him it is Basil Redstock a shot he
falls forwaid on his face on the steps. He
is at his des k in the office a noise of some
one FDeakir e he l.xk nn it i HaiI Kl.
stock a rejwrt flash of light smoke he
orops out oi me chair in a heap on the
floor Moot! On tte Mimet: Vnirlhniri.
urea began to follow one another more
rapiuiy. ue was whirled along through
the various places where business or pleas
ure inicht take him in the course nt thit
day: alwayv it was the same a sudden cry
Basil RLstock a shot Mostyn falls
blood. As they came faster the detail
grew dimmer nntil at l.xr. th irknU
seemed an indistinct basse, in the midbt of
wiucn he could see only Basil Redstock,
with arm upraised, and he himself f:
He was learinir sieeo. One mnmont
more and h would have been free from
the tormeut. of consciousness.
But in th it instant he heard a cry from
I'.ie street, 1 -ud and clear, the voice uf Basil
"Mostyn! Coward! Come nut Ami lw
lie sprang up in bed stunned into ter
ror. After the l.ut word was ktvApi
there was soilness stillness in ti:ih.v.u
and in the street stillness so pnmni..f
that it roan-d in his ears.
There wai no chance to think ii ilrcm
for, on hea-ing his name called, Mostyn
had instantly shaken oH Lis drowsiness,
and was thjroushly awake to what fol
lowed. Thi re could be no question either
ahout the origin of the cry; Basil Red-
siock craaxi, perhaps stood in the street
in the middle of the street before the
house, and wa- calling to him to t ome out.
Evidently hi was armed, and the instant
-Mostyn snoma appear would liegin to
Mostyn c imbed slowly and noiselessly
out of r-d, and groped his way into the
front room. He had no distinct plan of
action, but when, by the moonlight that
struggled throng the chinks of the blinds
he saw the revolver lying on the desk, he
took it out of its sheath and went toward
the window that overl.ioked the street.
Here he em! J s?e plainly, yet not Leseen.
There was no one in the "street. It was
empty and silpnt, as when Mostyn hail
looked down u;on it a few hours N-fore.
Where i as Redstoc k? Had he gone
away or was Le hiding in the dark shad
ows? Most strained his eyes, but could
see no sign f him.
Suddenly he remembered that tbe cry
must have been heard by others in the
house, and for that matter in &.1 the neigh
borhood a r r.t, for it had rung out loud
and shrill in the quiet night. He listened,
expecting tc hear the sound of people mov
ing about. Bnt silence continue.!. Min
utes passed -two cr three five ten hut
no sight of Basil Redstock in the street
no sound in the house.
So he turned and put the revolver on
the desk and went back to bed. Now he
began to think it all over anew.
The weak less and folly of Eva Redstock
had been af-urprise, but. in the name of
heaven, whi t possessed Basil? Was he in
sane or drunk or had he actually
thought th;rt Mostyn would respond to
such a challenge and "come out and be
shot?" Reslly, it was quite incomprehen
sible. But it was none the less a disgrace
disgust in t, damnable
And 4 sonaded from the chirk.
"Four in t he morning, and not a wink of
sleep yet! Three must have struck when I
was only ha f conscious. Ia an hour more
and it will 1 daylight. I must get to sleep
or I shall t e a wreck to-morrow a wreck
"Mostyn! Coward! Come out and be
The words struck into the man, half
dozing in his warm bed, with a sudden and
icy chilL 1 hey sounded very loud, as if
Redstock ware within a few feet of the
hooae on tie sidewalk or the steps. There
was no longer question but the cry must
have been bard, at least by those who oc
cupied room 4 in the front part of tbe dwell
ing; and M( styn waited breathlessly for
something to happen. But the stillness
which followed the cry remained unbroken.
At hist he sprang from the bed, shivering
like a man w ith the ague, and peeped again
through the blinds of the front windows.
There was no one to le seen. The moon
light had given way to tbe first streaks of
dawn, and w he stood looking out the
clock below utruck the hour of 5.
To attempt sleep now was idle, and he
slowly begat to dress. The cry was not
When Mostyn was ready to leave the
room he put the sheathed revolver into his
pocket. He stood for a moment in the
front doorway snd looked searchingly
across and along the street, before he vent
ured ont up n the steps. On his way down
town, be slai kened Lis pace at every cor
ner and glansed aboat, right and Itft and
behind, in tbe stealthy manner of a man
who is af ra d of his owu fears. Several
times he imagined that he mw Redstock
coming, and he stepped into a doorway and
waited with his hand on his hip pocket,
until tbe suspected person came near
enough to show that he was not the man.
"I did not know that I was such a cow
ard." he add; "lam not a coward. A night
without sleep has made me nervous. Be
sides, if I am not always on my guard, I
may be taken unawares."
Ke went t Lis office, and lighting a Bre
besran to turn over the work which be had
planned for rtje day. The place was de
serted and still. A sudden rapid tep ap
proach! z;- hi door brought him to his feet
with his han ! behind him. It was only the
newsboy, wljo, as he tossed the pap?r
through tLc half opeu door, cargbt a
glimpse of ti e white faci and staring eyes
of Mostyn, and thought that the man mnnt
be struggling with the latter end of a de
bauch. "This will not do,"6aidM ;styn, niech:u
Ically taking up the paper; "I must control
myself better or people will begin to sus
pect" He unfohle 1 the sheet and began to read,
his eyes runr ing hastily across the row of
headlines. Suddenly he cried out with a
word that "was between an oath and a
prayer, and then grew so still that one
might have t bought him changed to stone.
Basil Redstock was dead, He had ahot
himself aotidentaily the paper said
through the heart.
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