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THE ARGUS. SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 2 J, 1S91.
Published Daily and Weekly at 1W4 Second Are
na, Rock IeUnd, 1U.
J. W. POTTER.
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real name attached for publication N o each artt
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Correspondence solicited from every township
In Hock Island coanty.
8aiukdiy, February 21, 1891.
Mo Anosynons YUlfler.
Skulking behind toe patriotic no a de
plume cf the "O'.d Guard," a writer to
the Union yesterday morning makes a
acurriloui attack upon Oen. John M.
Palmer, and slanders the 101 gentlemen
who are displaying true loyalty in their
support of him for United States senator.
After charging Oen. Palmer with being
disloyal to the flag, during the rebellion
and also of heiaj? a tyrannical governor,
"Old Guard' rages as follows: "The 101
patriots and heroes, Vinton the hero
and patriot, v. Bill Payne and Crawford.
We venture the assertion that 73 of the
101 were either copperheads duriog the
war, the sons of copperheads, or saloon
keepere. No wonder the writer of the above
chose to lemaiu anonymous. Such utter
ances could only emana'e from a self
confessed coward and libeler. Any re
putalle man would be ashamed to stand
sponsor for such a contemptible and un
truthful statement. If The Arocs cared
to ascertain thi individuality of "Old
Guard," it could do so without much
trouble, but ihe falsity and venality of
his mouthings suggest at least that the
first word of bis signature shou d be
changed to black. That cognomen would
harmonize better with his opinions, and
would undoubtedly more correctly re
flect the natural instincts of the
writer. Besides it would remove the
obloquy now cast cn a reppec table
and valorous contingent who served
faithfully in the army, while the
Union correspondent evidently be
longs to that chivalrous crowd who were
generally found well to the rear when
any danger threatened, and whose fight
ing has been confined to the years Jnter
yening since the close of the war.
The criticism upon Gen. Palmer's loy
alty is on a par with the attack upon the
- character of the democratic assemblymen.
No baser charge was evei made. There
is no blemish on the soldier record of
Gen. Palmer. It stands out bright and
conspicuous, supplemented by a term as
chief executive, an honorable career as a
distinguished citizen of the state of
Illinois and one upon whose life-work no
aspersion can be cist.
But this vain-glorious patriot and war
hero, prefers Streeter to Palmer. May
we a3k what is Stre eter's war record? His
tory establiflhes the fact that John M.
Palmer was at the front battling for hi3
country, and if "Old Guard" wants the
senatorial contest settled upon the bssis
of eyenta happening over 23 years ago.
we invite him to produce Streeter's claims
for recognition. It would be interesting
reading just about this time.
Up to and including his term as gover
nor cf tte state, which Ligh office Gen.
Palmer held through the courtesy of the
republican party, he was regarded by all
republicans as the embodiment of
loyalty, courage and pat:iotism.
But in 1872 G:n. Palmer expert
enced a change of heart, politic illy, and
evtr since that time his valorous deeds
on the battlefield have grewn less and
less vivid in the minds of radical pmi
sans, until now such nondescripts as
"Old Gaard," charge him with shirking
his duty as a soldier and commander.
With the same distorted and malicious
interpretation all democrats are termed
"rebels" and "copperheads." or, as 'Old
Ouard" further designates, "sons of cop
perheads. He says that at least "75 cf the
101 democrats are either copperheads,
sons of copperheads or saloonkeepers."'
As the listed vocation of the different
members shows only one saloonkeeper
in the genertl assembly, it is fair to as
sume that the remaining 74 are cori er
hends and sons of copperheads, according
to the Bdj warped views of "Old
Guard." provided, of course, that the sol
itary saloonkeeper is a democrat. We
have grave doubts, however, whether the
ratio of copperheads is as high as that of
the Biloonkeepers, which is shown to be
1 to 204. All together "Old Guard V de
ductions are unsupported by fac's. and
place him in the light of an erratic, mis
guided and malevolent individual, i i
whose cranium sense and equability
find no lodgement. ,
Where, oh where! are the democratic
voles which Streeter said he could secure
if the republicans gave him a complimen
tary votcT Reports from Springfield still
show the gallant 101 for Palmer with no
indications of a break. It Is a source of
gratification to The Abgus to know that
Representatives Meyers and Edmunds,
- democrats from Streeter's own senatorial
district, remain undeflled and loyal to the
principles of the people. If Streeter
- could secure any democratic votes at all,
it would be natural to suppose that they
would come from the two gentlemen
Above named, but to their credit be It
- said, they evidently have no more use for
w Streeter than other democrats have.
AN ARMY PORTIA.
By CZASLES KING, U. S. A.,
Aulhorof "Tttc Colonel's Daughter," "The
Drwrter." "From the Ranks," "Dun
raven Ranch," "Two Soldiers."
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Ptiuadelphia, and published by special arrange
ment with ti. hi
"M u God! those papers are gone."
"Fred, what did Maj. Kenyon mean
by his reference to Mr. Hearn aud some
story about him?' asked Mrs. Laue that
evening as the captain was locking up
after their guests hal departed. Miss
Marshall, who was glancing over a pho
tograph album, closed it and rose na
though to leave the parlor.
"No, don't go," said Capt. Lane
promptly. "I was sorry that Kenyon
made any referenco to the matter, but
since he did I want you both indeed 1
think Hearn told mo because he wanted
you both to know all about the affair.
He had never mentioned it to me, nor to
any one, 1 fancy, before, because there
was no need. It was all settled some
time ago, but of course he felt sensitive
about it. He was a green young lieu
tenant when he joined here six years
ago. This Jew Schonberg was clerk at
the sutler's. The officers dealt very
largely with him then, for town was not
as accessible as it is now.
"The former post trader was a jovial,
kindly 6ort of fellow, who was much
liked by everybody, but lie left his
books and his business in the hands of
Schonberg. I have often heard how
open handed he was with his money,
and how officers, and men too, never
had to go to any banker or scalper if
they needed money for an emergency.
Anything a friend of his wanted was at
his service. Hearn began as a good
many boys of his genial temperament
are apt to do at a big and expensive post
got in debt, for everybody wants to
give credit to young officers just start
ing, and then the bills come in all at one
swoop afterward. 'Old Cheery,' as they
used to call Braine, saw Hearn's trouble,
and insisted on lending him money out
of his own pocket. It wasn't a 6tore
matter at all; it wasn't entered on
Hearn's account. He paid it back in in
stallments to the old man himself, or
was doing it when he received his pro
motion and had to make the long and
expensive journey to Arizona.
"Except cadets when first joiuing, offi
cers are not paid advance mileage. They
must raise the money as best they can,
and it is mighty hard on a young lieuten
ant. 'Old Cheery, of course, advanced
Hearn another two hundred dollars. The
first was paid, all but fifty of it, and he
told the boy when he left that he had
taken a big liking to him, and that he
could just return that at his conven
ience; but Hearn never lost a day after
getting to his new post and obtaining
his mileage, but bought a draft for two
hundred dollars and sent it to the old
man at once, and said in his letter that
he would remit the balance of the ac
count and his store bill just as soon as
possible. 'Old Cheery' was a man who
never wrote letters, but Hearn got a line
from his wife 6aying that Mr. Braine
had received his pleasant letter with its
inclosure, and 6eut his best wishes.
"A few months afterward the oil man
suddenly died; the widow moved to
town; a new trader came and took the
store.and when Hearn sent his nest remit
tance of fifty dollars to the widow he was
surprised in the course of a low months
afterward to receive what purported to
be a statement of hi -account with the
;state of Thomas Braine, deceased a
itore bill tmounting to over a hundred
lollars, avid no less than five hundred
iollars in borrowed money. He wrote
instantly to a friend ct Fort Ryan to see
Ihe widow and have thing3 straightened
out. He protested that his store bill
:onld not be more than forty or fifty
dollars; that old Braine had lent him
two hundred dollara at one time, which
he had paid back to him all but fifty,
and two hundred more when he went to
Arizona, which he had instantly repaid,
so that the total amount of his indebt
edness could not exceed one hundred
dollars. But the widow said she didn't
know anything about it.
"Mr. Schonberg had kindly taken
charge of all her affairs, and he had the
books and everything and all the cor
respondence and knew all about it.
Hearn, of course, refused to pay any
thing but the hundred dollars. Then
they threatened him with legal proceed
ings, and next they importuned him
through the war department, which, just
as old Kenyon Bays, believed the black
guard and called on Hearn for an ex
planation. It nearly drove the young
fellow mad. He was proud and sensi
tive. He couldn't bear to think of the
publicity and scandal. He had never
given Braine any receipt for the money
obtained from him; never had asked any
for the money repaid. He was too hon
orable to deny the fact of having bor
rowed the money, yet had nothing to
6how. the old man being dead, for the
money that he had returned. I had
heard something of his trouble, but was
ordered east on recruiting service just
then, and began to get into troubles of
my own, for it was there I met this
young woman." And the captain, with
eyc3 th.'it belied his words, turned fondly
to his wife.
"The next thing 1 heard of Hearn the
matter had all baen most fortunately
settled thanks to ou? of our old cap
tains, who. it seems, had known both
SchonlxT2 an 1 the widow Braine! He
took the iu;itter ny and the Jew was
glad to drop it. Even nearn does not
know what hold he had on them, but it
was st-tiled then and th;re. Hearn paid
a hundred dollars, and Schonberg, I am
told, had to pay the. lawyer whom he
had wiiployed. I ofteu think, thongh,
how hrd would have been the young
fellow's fate if there had been no one to
come to the rescue. There isn't a better
or bra vi r officer in the Eleventh today
than Ht arn. and i.-t jnst as steady as
a ftK'k; bat wddiers as good as he have
been driven out of the army for lack of
some stich friend as came to him in his
"Yon wonld have helped him, Fred
dear," s dd Mrs. Lane, fondly, crossing
over to the captain and stroking the
grizzled stnbbli about his brows as
though it were the loveliest hair in the
world. Iuie possessed himself of the
soft whit hand and threw his arm about
her shai ely waist.
"I woal'l certainly had I kuown, but
nine out of ten do not happen to be able
to help even when our inclinations
would 1 ad. And then, however much
we believed in Hearn's story and Schon
berg' s rascality, who could prove it?"
"Who did prove it?" asked Miss Mar
shall, af :er a pause.
"Well , no one that I know of. All we
know is th.it Schonberg was glad to drop
the matter three years? ago when Capt.
Rawlins first tackled the case. Hearn
says he has never alluded to it from that
time to 1 his until the fellow's language
today; I ut that was only eome vague
"But if, on the contrary, it should
prove th it he meant to make more trou
ble for Mr. Hearn," asked Miss Marshall,
"is Capt. Rawlins here?"
"By Jove!" exclaimed the captain,
starting suddenly to his feet, his face
growing as suddenly grave and sad,
"that possibly explains the letter that
came to me yesterday morning I was
reading it us you came down to break
fast a low. anonymous thing, and I
burned it. Now I wish I had kept that."
"About Mr. Hearn. was it?" asked
Mrs. Lane anxiously.
"Yes; and now I can begin to under
stand it, too. Miss Marshall," said he,
turning impressively toward her, "your
question goes to the very bottom of this
case. The friend who blocked their
game tkree years ago is gone; Rawlins
was kill?d in the last campaign in Ari
"Oh, Fred:" cried Mrs. Lane. "And
wa3 there no one else who had helped
"No one but our old Rawlins, Mabel;
and of all men to help him now he would
have been the most valuable here with
our new colonel, for he and Morris had
been devoted and intimate friends in war
days, and I am told the colonel was deeply
cut up by the news of Rawlins death.
There was something romantic about
their eatly friendship. Capt. Rawlins
was a widower whose wife had died
within a few years of her marriage, and
I have h.'ard that both he and Morris
when yoi.ng officers were in love with
her, but that she had chosen Rawlins."
"But. ( apt. Lane," said Miss Marshall,
whose th u;hts seemed less fixed upon
the romantic than upon the practical
6ide of the case, "6urely Mr. Hearn has
receipts in fall for this amount?"
"I isO understood him. Miss Marshall;
aud yet I do not know the nature of the
papers to which he refers. I think he
said that he had her letter: but that is of
less valne now."
"And v hy?" asked Miss Marshall.
"Because the widow married Schon
" 'Then must the Jew be merciful. "
quoted M iss Marshall.
And for a few moments not another
word was spoken. It was that young
lady hersf If who broke the 6ilence:
"Perhais you think me unduly appre
hensive, ('apt. Lane. That man's face
made a jowerfnl impression upon me
when I ea w mm today, and perhaps Ma
bel has to" d you something of my own
experience m trying to retrieve my fa
ther's fallen fortunes when he wai too
old and bi oken to do anything for him
self. I learned then the worthlessness
of spoken words, and that nothing but
written contracts and receipt? were bind
mg." She had hardly ceased tpealri ; when
.he gate wjis heard to swing oa its rusty
linges, a rt solute ste-p creaked across the
?iazza. and somobody was fumbling at
:he l)ell ku b.
"Who can that be v.t this hour of the
sight?" asked Mrs. Lane, as the captain
went to the door. The bolts were drawn
back and a rush of cold night wind
wept in. erasing the lamps to suddenly
Hare and siaoke.
- "Please, sir, is the doctor here?" a
voice was 1 card to ask.
"No," answered Lane. "What's want
ed? He left here about twenty minutes
ago. Have you been to his quarters?"
Highest of all in Leavening Power.
Li v sgmm
"Yes, 6ir; and they told me he was
here, at Capt. Lane's. Corp. Brent is
took worse, sir, and the steward thinks
the doctor ought to 6ee him. He's wild
like and raving."
"Mabel dear, I'll be back in a mo
ment," said Lane, reappearing at the
parlor door. "Don't wait for me: I'm
going to 6ee if the doctor is at Hearn's.
They went away together. Corp. Brent
is reported worse."
Throwing his cavalry "circular over
his shoulders Lano stepped forth into
the night. It was moonless and pitchy
dark. The lamps around the quad
rangle were burning brightly, but hard
ly sufficed to illumine more than s
small sphere in the surrounding gloom.
Across the wide valley a distant ruddy
spark showed where some farm home
stead was still alive; and far away to
the westward the electric lights, swing
ing high over the thoroughfares of the
thriving town, shone with keeu, cold
luster, and were mirrored in sonio deep,
unruffled pool of the stream. Turning
his back on these the captain trudged
briskly down the walk, the hospital at
tendant following, and opened the little
gate some fifty yards from his own. As
he surmised, the doctor was here, for his
voice, and Kenyon's, too, could be heard
before Lane tapped at the door.
Come in, shouted nearn in answer
to the signal, and the captain entered.
"ou are asked for at th? hospital.
doctor. They say Brent is delirious."
At this the medical man dropped the
cigar he had but half smoked and left
the room. Lane was for going with
him, bnt Hearn begged him to star:
"No rime like the present, captain, and
I want yon to see the papers in the cele
brated case of Braine vs. Ileani while
Maj. Kenyon is here. I'll Mrs.
Lane's pardon in tho morning, and n.t
detain you more than a minute."
Standing against the wall in the midst
of what had boon old Blauvelt's itting
room was a plain woodtn table with a
pigeonholed desk up n it, the lid of
which, turned down, made the writing
shelf. In the pigeonholes were numer
ous folded pa)ers, well filled envelopes,
packages of tobacco, a brier mot pipe,
pair of shonlderxtraps, several pairs of
gloves, some fishing tackle, some carte-de-visite
sized photographs, a damaged
saberknut and the inevitable accumula
tion of odds and end- with which a
subaltern's field desk is apt to be lit
tered. But the pigeonholes had Ikh-ii
quite systematically lalteled. There
were compartments bearing the legends
"letters unanswered." "lei tors an
swered." "personals." "bills paid." "bills
unpaid" 0oth impartially occupied),
"pay accounts." "maps." "field notes."
"I never l:n?w the necessity of having
some sort of system about these matters
until after the experience I have been
telling you of. captain, and I am in
debted to dear old Rawlins for it. Yon
never met him, did 3-011. Maj. Kenyon?"
"No, except just for a moment in the
Shenandoah valley during the war. He
was commanding his regiment then."
"Yes, and lived to b? shot down in
cold blood by a lot of ambuscading
Apaches nearly a quarter of a century
after, and nothing but a captain of cav
alry." "He had some little property . here in
town at one time," said Kenyon. "That
was nearly ten years ago though, and it
went at a sacrifice, Tra told. Perhaps it
was while he was a local taxpayer that
he got to know your Hebrew friend of
"He never told me what he knew of
him. beyond the mere fact that he w.-is
dishonest and a born mischief maker.
But the moment he took that case np
for me Schonberg dropped it. For some
reason the Jew was afraid of the old
man, as every one called Rawlins."
Hearn was turning over in his hand
as he spoke a package of folded papers
held together by elastic snaps. Remov
ing the upper band, he began looking
over the docketing at the top of each
"Rawlins himself indorsed this par
ticular packet for me and showed me
how it Bhould be done," he said. "I've
often thought that if we could drop out
a little 6lice of the mathematical course
at the Point, and have some coaching in
this sort of thing, how much better
fitted we should bo for the every day
duties of life. Now, I Why, this
is odd. I certainly had those papers in
this very packet not three weeks ago. I
saw them the day I moved in here. 1
remember overhauling this very desk at
Nervously he ran '.trough the package
again, his fingers rapidly turning the
folded pages, his face paling with sud
"There was a letter here from Capt.
Rawlins, two receipts of Schonberg's
and the letter from Mrs. Braine. all
bundled tin together, and the indorse
ment of each in Rawlins' handwriting.
Then he threw down the packet and
began pulling out the papers in other
pigeonholes. Kenyon and Lane standing
silently bv. In vain he searched. Not
a vestigo of the desired proofs could be
found. It wa3 with a white face and
eyes that were full of trouble that he
tnrued upon his seniors:
"My ilod! those papers are gonef
"Look in your trunk, man," said Lane
kindlv: "don't give up yet;" while Ken
yon himself began a search cn his own
account in the now disordered desk.
"Was this always kept locked when
-ou went out, Hearn?" a.-.ked the major.
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