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THE ARGUS. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1891.
rnbllohcrt Daily anil ilily lt Second Ats
bue, Kock Island, 111.
J. W. Potter.
Tmrms-Unity. ftOc per month; Weekly, $3.00
All communications of a critical or argumenta
Ive character, political or relUriona. must bare
'real name at' ached for publication No anch arti
liclea wilt n printed over nctitiona aignatares
Anonymous coiumanloatlon not not'Cea.
Correspondence aoliclted from every township
1 a Kock Island comity.
Wkdnesdat, Februabt 25 1891
Paluku still bus the pole in the Illinois
senatorial r ice.
The ancient Greeks believed tbe sun
was only about thirty miles distant.
The enl of the century is not far. off.
The young men of today will be the bus
iness men at the beginning of the next
Tne newspaper at Moberly, Mo., is in
a state ;' txultation because a colored
dance tMs-td the other night without the
use of razors.
Akkughbor of Streeter's writes to
Senator flank Eitas tbtrt Streeter was a
"blatant copperhead during the war."
And yet surti truculent demagogues as
"Old Quani" Buy they prefer bira to the
gallant sol Her, Ptlrrnr. ou account of
the latttr's war record
The republican programme at Spring
field thU wf-ek will be to drop Streeter
and take up either Cicero Lindley or
Dr. Moore, '.to. F. M. B. A. member, but
the latter says he will not allow his name
to be used unlets he is given positive as
surance tliHt the full 100 republican votes
will be c .st for bim.
Tue ippo n merit of ex-Governor Fos
ter, of Obio, as secretary of the treasury,
meets the aprrovttl of administration re
publicar.8, and insures President Harri
son another warm supporter for the re
nomination. Foster is a politician in
every setsa of the word, and has nevtr
displayed nny particular qualification for
tbe importmt position of secretary of the
treasury. He is closely identified with
the Standard oil combination and is a
favorite with monopolists and trust ad
vocates tie wil be a valuable man for
Mr. Hairis u iu a political sense, at least,
no matter what his management of the
What A Hlentiug It In.
The National Democrat, published aj
Washington, D. C , is keeping a weekly
record of tbe reductions marie by pro
tected American manufacturers in the
waes of their employes since the pas
sage of the McKinley bill. The job is a
big one and tbe Democrat is having its
hands full, but it is struggling along
biayely with the task.
Here is the list given in the last issue of
Hopt-rlstle Fabric mill, Hopedale, Mass.
waces of weavers reduced 2J cens a
Silk mid at Warehouse Point, Conn.,
WageH ..f winders and doubters reduced
from Si. 3? n $1 per day.
Sturieviint Blower works, Jamaica
Plain, M .!.. reduction of from 10 to 30
Pott -town Iron company, Pjttstown,
Pa , r. duotion of about 7 per cent.
Bethlehem Iron company, Bjthlehem.
Pa., reduction of 10 per cent.
Penmjlviioia Steel company, SteelMn,
Pa., reduction o' from 8 to 10 per cent.
Lac'-ta v inn i Iron and Cal company
Bcranton. Pi., an averigs reduction of
20 cents a d y.
Homestead Stent works, Carneigie,
PhiDp fe Co., 19 oer cent by agreement.
OlU Iro i and Steel company, Cleve
land. O , reduction of 30 per cent.
Coal mines, Duquion, III., reduction
from 69 to 60 cents per ton.
RiM.r. r.envers in Patterson, N. J.,
reduction of 15 per cent.
Coal reines near Leavenworth, Kan ,
ieduction of 11 per cent.
CocIhco M-mufaotoring company, wages
of wen vers reduced 4 per cent.
Saxouy Knitting mill. Lit le Falls, N.
Y., reduction of about 20 per cent.
A cut of 10 per cent in wages by the
S milium Steel company, Chattanoos!;,
In addition to this gruesome list the
We mentioned the fact last week that
the employes of the Buckeye Mower and
Reaper winks. Akron, O., were to be al
lowed to earn their present wages only
on condition of working a good man
hours more than they have been work
ing. On the same time schedule the cuts
in wsg;-!. ratige from 30 to 60 per cent
In Tennv'd hat shop in Metbuen, Mass ,
tbe employes .have h id their wages cut
21 per rent.
Sixteen thousand coke workers in
Pennsylvania are now on a strike, partly
against a cut of 10 per cent, in wages aud
partly in an effort to pet an increase of
12 per cent. The strike of the sanitary
ware pressers in Trenton continues, and
the employers have made a public state
ment of their reasons for reducing wages
about 20 j:t-f cent.
Aa an offset to these and to show that
the high taxers did not lie outright when
they cl limed that the new tariff law
would benefit the common workingman,
the Democrat notes that the w avers in
the Atlantic Cotton mills, Lawrence,
Mass., have had their wages increased
from 5 to 10 per cent.
The record is for one week only be it
lememuerd. Multiplied by fifty-two and
the grand total "benefit" the laboring
men of the United States will receive from
the blessed high tax system in the cjuise
of a year is given.
IN ARUT PORTIA.
By 03AELES KING, TJ. S. A.,
A uthorof "'Die ColoncVt Daughter," "The
Dmcrter," "From the Ranks," "Dun
raven Ranch," "Two Soldiers."
(Copyright, 1R0O, by J. B. Llpplncotl Company,
Philadelphia, and published by special arrange
ment with tl. 'in 1
"Hello! hello! what's Oil?" he said.
In the soft, June like weather of that
memorable week at Ryan tue ladies
ipent but little of their waking moments
fndoors, and even the broad verandas of
the colonel's quarters on the north 6ide
were no more popular or populous than
thosa of Capt. Laue at the southwest
corner. Mrs. Lane and Miss Marshall
attributed this to the fact that the sun
on its westward way passed behind their
cozy home and left the front piazza cool
and shaded, -whereas even the canvas
hangings in front of the Morrises' could
not quite shut out the glare. But Mrs.
Morris laughingly declared that since
their coming into the society of Fort
Ryan Bhe had become "a decided back
Whether the theory of the colonel's
wife was true or not, it must le s;iid
to her credit that she accepted the situ
ation with charming grace, and was
quite as frequent a visitor at the Lanes'
as many of the younger women. Her
own guests had departed, leaving her
somewhat lonely, she said; and while she
thought it by no means a proper or con
ventional thing that she should be so
constantly visiting people who so seldom
honored her she could not but have ocular
proof at all hours of the day that Mrs.
Lane and her fair friend, Miss Marshall,
could not sally forth to make calls except
at the price of leaving a number of call
ers in the lurch. There were other young
ladies in garrison just then Miss Whar
ton visiting her brother and Miss McCrea
staying at the Burnhams'. There were
several pretty girls in the neighboring
town who frequently came out and spent
a few days with the families at the post,
and all these of course, as well as the
young married ladies, were the recipients
of much attention on the part of the of
ficers, young and old. It is a fact well
understood in army circles that few offi
cers are too old to tender such attentions
and no woman too old to receive them.
And Mrs. Lane was rejoicing in the
success of her projects for the benefit of
Georgia Marshall. Her friend was a
pronounced success from the day of her
arrival; and yet it was somewhat diffi
cult to say why. She was not a beauty,
despite her lovely eyes; she had none of
those flattering, soothing, half caressing
ways some women use with such telling
effect on almost every man they seek to
impress. She was not chatty. She was
anything but confidential. She was
rather silent and decidedly reserved,
yet a most attentive listener withal; and
then she had the courage of her opin
ions, ner prompt Jind prominent part
in the littlo drama enacted the night of
her arrival had made her famous in the
garrison; hor frauk, unaffected, hut gra
cious ways Lid done much to make her
The statement that she was an orphan
and poor, combined with the fact, which
the other women bo speedily determined,
that she was not pretty, had removed
her, presumably, from the range of
jealousy. The other girls found her
very entertaining, since she let them do
much of the talking, and were willing
to accord to hor a certain quiet style of
her own. Tho men wore glad to be civil
to any friend of Mrs. Lano'.s. And yet
Georgia Marshall had not born there a
week before, as Maliel confidently pre
dicted, she was having in abundance
tetes-a-tete of hor own.
It was the third morniug after the es
cape of tho prisoner Goss, an 1 for forty
eight hours nothing else had been talked
of among the soldiers, and nothing had
excited so much comment among the
families at the post. Up to this moment
not a trace had b;?eu found. The two
iron slats in front of his window had
been cut through swiftly and noiselessly
from within with watch spring saws, and
the tallow and iron filings lay about the
Btony window sill. lie had lieen thor
oughly searched before being put in that
cell, and it was absolutely certain that
neither files nor tallow were then in his
possession. The guard swore that no
man had had access to liim afterward.
A wire netting prevented anything from
being thrown to him from the outside,
and this had been f jrcad upward and
outward after the bars were cut.
The sergeant of the guard was sure
that no man had touched or even spoken
to him, except when he himself had
seen his dinner and supper handed in.
There could have been uo collusion on
the part of the sentries, for the men on
No. 1 all through the day and night
were of the infantry, and warm friends
of Brent, who would have lost no chance
of putting a bullet through the supposed
assailant in the event of his attempting
to escape The blacksmith said it would
take several hours at least five to file
through those two bars, and the man
must have worked with the patience of
a beaver. It was a drop of only seven
feet to the ground without, for the win
dow overlooked the uphill slope back of
the guard house; and yet, as he proba
bly had to come through headfirst, that
Was quite a fall. The prints of his out
spread hands were found in the dust
heap, and it looked as though he must
have lain there some moments before
The sentry far down by the wood
yards, No. 8, stated that just as he was
calling off and standing faced to the
east so that his voice might carry to the
gin-.vd house, ha heard a sudden stumble
behind him; a man tripped over a log
bet ween him a id the road, then ran like
mad down toward the old station. It
was too dark to recognize who it could
be. The officer of tho guard had stopped
to interrogate the sentry on reaching
his post, but Mr. Hearn.had pushed
ahead, and dovn at the foot of the hill
had plainly heard a horse's hoofs and
the light rumb o of wheels crossing the
bridge and going at a spanking trot;
yet soldiers returning from pass, relia
ble men, had neither seen nor heard
l.otsf or wagon anywhere on the flats
!.!o; .; which lay the road to town. An
iff.'; i. had been made to trail the wheel
tracks from the bridge, but, though a
ll;uo was fom d among the trees near
thf old station where n horse and buggy
Lad evidently stood for two or three
hours, it was impossible to determine
which way they had gone after crossing
the stream, for the farm wagons com
itiir from every by road in the morning
had totally cbl'terateu the tracks.
( ioss" escape while under charges of
such grave cii; racter was regarded as
tantamount to admission of his guilt.
Meanwhile Corp. Brent's case seemed
to have taken ti turn for the letter, and,
though there was still danger, there was
hop". What struck many inquirers was
the fact that t he doctor seemed ill at
ease, and invariably evaded the ques
tion, when pressed as to the nature of
Brent's delirium. This, of course, sim
ply served to whet public curiosity; and
the youug soldier became, all uncon
sciously, an object of greater interest
than ever. Th-i ladies of the infantry,
who had known him by 6ight some time,
were certain th it from the very first he
had borne all the outward appearance of
a gentleman, and in every word and
pasture had "given the world assurance
of a man" of birth and breeding. Their
sisters of the cavalry, who had but re
cently reached Fort Ryan, were not slow
in accepting their theories.
.Such things were by no means un
common in the service; and wouldn't it
! delicious, now, to have a romance in
the ranks at Ilyan? Only fancy, Mrs.
Burnham, Mrs. Brodie, and, above all,
Mrs. Graves, wore quite ready to go to
the hospital at any time the doctor would
permit and become the nurse of the
young corporal; but the medical man
almost bluntly declined the services of
two of these ladies, and with positive
insolence, said the third, had told her
she could much better devote her minis
trations to her own children. "Jnst as
if I didn't know best what my children
needed:-' said the offended matron.
And it was about Dr. Ingersoll that
Mrs. Graves was discoursing this very
nioming on Mrs. Lane's piazza, while
her own olive branches were clambering
the fences and having a battle roj-al
with the progeny of Mrs. Sergt. Flynn
at the other end of the garrison. And,
as luck would have it, who should come
along the gravel walk but the major
and the doctor, arm in arm. at which
sight Miss Marshall's expressive eves.
brimming with merriment, sought the
half vexed featv.res of Capt. Lane, who
had been fidgeting uneasily in his chair
during hor ladyship's exordium. Like
many another excellent soldier, thi
practised trooper had no weapon with
which to silence si woman s tongue.
"You'll find I'm right. Mrs. Lane.
See if you don't,"' proceeded Mrs. Graves,
all unconscious of the coming pair.
"You found I wasn't mistaken alxmt
Maj. Keuyon; and they are just as like
as two peas in a pod both of them."
Then, recalled to the possibilities of
the situation by the mirthful gloatn in
Miss Marshall'- eye and the audible
chuckles of Mr. Lee, she whirled about
and caught tight of the object of her
"Oh, it's you they're laughing at, is
it.- she hailed. "I was just talking
about you. '.
"Then how could you find the heart
to laugh, Mrs. Lane?" said the major,
raising his cap villi simulated reproach
of mien. "Does it amuse yon to see
fellow mortals flayed alive? Is it not
bad enough that , like Sir Peter Teazle, I
am never out of Mrs. Graves' sight but
that I know I've left mv character be
hind me? The Toctor and I were won
dering whether 1 here was a vestige loft
of the good impression we strove to
make upon Miss Marshall."
"I'm sure you ruined all possibility of
that throe u.y3 ago, major, when you
MioweU her what a cynical old partv
you wen.'. Xo wonder the young officers
in our regiment lose all love for their
profession iftvr hearing you talk. If I
were Col. Morris I wouldn't have you
contaminating ihe lieutenants of "the
Eleventh tiie way yon were trying it on
Mr. Ilearu tho o-her dav .
"Where is Mr. Hearu, by the way?"
asked Mrs. Lane, eager to put an end to
such an .nnproht lble controversy. "He
hasn't been iu Ik ro for nearly two days.
Come, major rime, doctor, walk in and
6it awliile. We want to hear how Corp.
Brent is, too."
"Brent seems oasier. Mrs. Lane, thank
you." answered t he surgeon. "I cannot
Highest of all in Leavening Power.
t)ic. to? A.t
6top just now; we came over to-meet the
mail, for the orderly seems to have an
unusually big load this morning. Here
come the youngsters np from the post
And as he spoke perhaps half a dozen
young cavalrymen, 6till in their riding
boots and spurs, as though they had but
just returned from drill, came slowly up
the slope. Wharton had an open news
paper which he was reading aloud: the
others were hanging about him, evident
ly listening with absorbed attention, to
the neglect of their own letters.
"What's the matter with the boys?
asked Kenyon, whimsically, as they ap
proached. "They look as solemn aa
Naturally all eyes were drawn toward
the coming party. Lane, bending for
ward, saw that Hearn'a face was pale.
even under the coat of tan and sunburn.
He would have passed them by, simply
lifting his cap, as Wharton half folded
the paper when the group filed in through
the main gate, but again Kenyon spoke:
"What makes you look bo like a pack
of mutes, lads? What's gone wrong? Is
congress sailing into us again
"Maj. Kenyon, said Martin, deliber
ately, halting in front of the gate, "1
mid some disparaging thiugs about your
emarks here the other day. I beg your
pardon, sir. You were right; I wns
wrong. Hold on, Hearn; don't go now
ind brood over this thing. Stay here
with tho crowd, and well take it all to
gether." Lane had half risen, anxiety deepen
ing in his dark gray eyos:
"What is it, Hearn? Come in here,
;ome in. all of vou."
And Georgia Marshall, glancing from
one face to another, noted the silence
and gravity that had fallen on each.
Some looked full of surppressed wrath,
others simply perplexed and annoyed.
Without a word to any one Hearn
stepped in and stood beside her chair.
You best know your own papers,
major; you read this aloud," said Martin.
And Kenyon, looking about in mo
mentary surprise, unfolded the great
pages of the Chicago daily. His eyes
gleamed ns they caught the heavy head
lines at the top of the sheet.
"Hello! hello! what's this?" he said.
"Army Brutality. Outrageous Treat
ment of Private Soldiers. Civilians In
sulted and Abused. A Thug in Shoulder
Straps. Lieut. Hearn a Cowardly Bully.
Special Dispatch to The Palladium.
Central City, May 3. For years past the
citizens of this thriving frontier town
have had frequent cause for complaint
as to the swaggeringnnd insolent Ix'arinjr
of the officers of the armv stationed
at th" neighlmrirrg post of Fort Ryan;
but of late the feeling has reached fever
heat, due to recent occurrences which
attracted widespread attention. Acting
under instructions, your correspondent
reached this city five days .ago, and has
made a thorough, impartial, and ex
haustive investigation into the matter;
has talked with many, if not nil, of the
prominent citizens; has personally
visited the post and conversed with a
number of intelligent enlisted men; and,
its a result of his painstaking observa
tions, he is enabled to send you the fol
lowing account, for the absolute accu
racy of every detail of which he vouches
"So far as the enlisted men are con
cerned, the people have no complaint to
make. It is, indeed, the contemplation
of their wrongs and sufferings that has
roused the iopnlar clamor against their
aristocratic and overbearing taskmasters.
Just why it is that the instant a young
man escapes from the hotled of flunkey
ism and snoblwry. West Point, and dons
tli straps of a second lieutenant, he
should imagine that he owns the earth
and that the nations should lw down to
him, is something no intelligent mind
cau understand. But to become con
vinced that it is so leyond peradventnre,
one has only to visit this representative
army post, garrisoned as it is by large
detachments of so called distinguished
regiments; though, from all accounts,
the distinction they have earned seems
chiefly to le connected with drinking
Knits and gambling tables.
"On every side it was declared to your
correspondent that civilians who ven
tured out to the fort were treated with
contumely and insult; that the officers
rudely ordered them off the reservation
and forbade them to enter the sacred pre
cincts of the barracks, and even caused
their ejection from the public store and
saloon, kept at the post by one Stone,
who truckles, of course, to his official
neighbors and obtains in return the
mandate that the soldiers must sjK'tid
their money with him at swindling
prices and the proh.il i M m against, their
liaving anv dealit: 's v ') the retuitable
n( n l-.i'tits in th-
t ;i the othr
hand, ti- merchant -t who have levn so
tmf.rtu:!:.:e as t trust the officers are
not able to collect their bills at all. aud
arv absokitt y for' -i 'meii to enter t lie gar
rison v, he:i t'l'.'j" ri'tk to press their claims.
'"Ileiv is the brief history of one day's
experience. In company with one of the
oldest, wealthiest and most respected
ousmors iticu or tius section your cor
respondent drove to Fort Ryan this
morning to see for himself how Jar the
facts would justify the allegations, and
if a lingering doubt remained it was at
once and forever rud-.-ly dispelled. A
cave of particular hardship had lx-on
brought to our attention and w desired
to see Trooper Welsh in jiersou. He was
ou sick roport. excused from drill by
reason ot tne treatment that h:d leen
accorded him by the rotnmatidiiitr officer
U. S. Gov't Report, Aug. 17, 1SS9.
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February 2d to
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