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THJE ARGUS. SAT UK DAY, FEBRUARY 25. 1891.
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Satukd February 28
Acoom is reported in the oil and gas
districts of West Virginia.
Queen Victoria's family now num
bers nn U-ss than fifty living d?scecd-ants.
Something like 1,800 miles of wire
were added to the network of British Iq
dian lelegr-tphic communication last
George Bascrft published a book
of poems in his youth and later io his
life bought up every copy of the work he
could lay his hands on.
Babies nod young cbilirea dressed in
white are thought by medical men to be
more sut-cnpiibls to colds and infectious
diseases than those clad in dark, warm
Mrs Cleveland has declined a check
for 5500, which was inclosed ia a note
from a lealinj magazine requesting an
article on "Personal Reminiscences of the
The electric light of 20 000.000 cindle
power in the light house at Haustholm
coast off Jutlatd, on the North sea, said
to be the most powerful io the world, is
now lighted for service.
By the accumulation of a fortune of
$23,000,000 during hi dozen years term
of office resident Burillas, of Gati
mala, has proved himself an economist
well worthy of im'tttion by American al
A wealthy Atchison (Kss.) woman
made her wi 1 recently, and she says in it
that at the end of five years all her for
tune is to be givtn t her husband if he
can prove that he hs visited her grave
ten times ia that !rth of time.
A knowing exchange says that there is
more j y ia a n wspiper ofH;e over a let
ter containiug cah, thin over the ninety
and nine th.it contain only circulars and
complimentaries to exhibitions which the
editor has not the time nor the inclination
If Mrs. Lease, i.f Kansas, wants ' free
love," and can secure the ma'e for her
purposes, tbtra is nothing in the consti
tution or laws of any state in ihe union
to justify her in protesting tint she is
oppressed in the premises. Nevertheless
she appears to be violent' y moved by the
spirit or reform or something.
One of the aspirants for Senator Hearst'
seat in concress is Major Bonebroke, of
Los Angeles. He is known us the Beau
Brutnmell of Southern California, and is
a man of curious and picturesque ways.
He hts tv'fn known to wear a fur over
coat in summer, and never goes out with
out a pair of rubber overshoes
No democrat of the 101 instructed for
Palmer as the nominee of the people can
talk of "withdrawing" him without im
peaching his own honesty. The democrat
who would violate his instructions as a
senatorial elector and bolt his party to do
itwoull not have to descend lowtr to
take a republican bribe.
The Stielbyville Leader forcibly says
that John M. Palmer is the people's choice
for United S'.ates Benator, and if he is de
feated by a combination based on barter
and boodle, the people will know the
reason why, and politic-iUy speaking, will
wipe the whole boodle crowd from the
face of the earth the first chance they get
to do so.
In view of the situation at Wathin.t n
as found by Oliver O'.son it dots not look
as if after all the boasts thst have bee n
made about what Mr. Gent has done for
Rock Island arsenal and for the viaduct
at Washington, that the peopie of this city
and community need smite their con
science for being as chirked, ungrateful,
to the retiring con gressman. In the most
candid light possible it does look as if
Mr. Gest had not only done nothing, but
bad permitted what other people had
done to be knocked out, while be stood
silently by and did not even so much as
sound a warning to friends here of the
A Kansas editor began the year by
the following orthodox and optimistic an
nouncement: "We believe in tke Chris
tian religion and in i s great text book,
the bible, the whale story and all; we be
lieve that Moses was a great deal wiser
and better than Lawyer Bob Ingersoll
and never talked 'or revenge only; we
believe that nearly all men are honest and
that a genuine dead beat is a rare speci
men of genus homo; we believe that the
purification of politics is not an irides
cent dream, and the man who thinks it is
is not fit for a public place." It is evi
dent that all the editor's aubecribers have
AN ARMY PORTIA.
By CZAELES ZING, U. S. A,
A uihorof "The Colonel's Daughter," "The
Deserter," "From the Ranks," "Ihtn
raven Ranch," "Two Soldiers."
ICopyrtht. 1300, by J. B. Lippincott Company,
Philadelphia, and published by special arrange
ment uith ti. -m 1
With all his soldierly qualifications.
Col. Morris, like most of his 6ex, had
certain defects of character. He was a
tireless worker as a regimental com
mander, and had done a great deal to
bring up tho "tone" of the Eleventh,
which had suffered vastly during the
reign of old Riggs, his predecessor. He
had won a good name as a young officer
in the war days, and had borne himself
well in the more trying and hazardous
campaigns of the far frontier. But
Morris, both during the war and 6ince,
had seen staff duty that had brought
mm into social and tolitical circles in
Washington; had learned there the
lesson that an ounce of influence is worth
a pound of pure record; that in most
matters affecting army legislation it was
the men who were tha farthest away
from tho army whoso opinions congress
lought; that ia all appointments to the
itaff departments personal and profes
rioual excellence might ple&l in vain un
less backed by senators by the score;
ind that while judicious use of the gifts
ihat God had pat in his way in the shape
)f the public press might result in the
jradual rearing of a monument of popu
lar esteem, a single unguarded word or
petulant expression would tumble the
whole fabric about his ears.
. ne had seen the highest names in legis
lative, financial and sotial circles dragged
'ji the dust; the head of the house of
representatives dethroned; a Wall street
monarch execrated; a gallant soldier,
maimed in battle, ridiculed. In com
bined and resistless assault the press had
overwhelmed the record of years. Mor
ris had faced death in a dozen fields
without a flinch, but he trembled in the
presence of a reporter.
Nervous, irritable, and unstrung, he
called his officers about him on the fol
lowing day. Guard mounting was still
in progress; the band was playing
sweetly on the grassy parade; the ring
ing voice of the soldierly young adjutant
swung the column around in its jaunty
march in review. One after another the
troop and company officers came quietly
in, bade their flushed commander a
couileous good morning, and took their
seats. He was pacing the floor, tugging
at his mustache, another telegram in his
"Where's Dr. Ingersoll?" he asked,
suddenly stopping in his walk.
"Here, colonel," said the post surgeon,
stepping within the office from the brick
pavement outside. "I was waiting a
moment to see the steward, to give some
Jirections as to Brent's case."
"Ah, yes. He's better, I believe. Now,
I see you have marked Welsh for duty,
and the man tells me he couldn't sleep
all night because of pains and chills."
"Welsh is as well as I am, Col. Morris,
or if ill has only himself to blame. He
knows as well as I do that he has no
business to go to the store and drink
when under treatment and taking medi
cine. It is my firm conviction, sir, that
that man is simply trying to shirk."
"Col. Morris, I presume."
"Well, well. Dr. Ingersoll. it ia a mat
ter in which we cannot be too carefuL
You haven't the faintest conception, sir,
to what this most unfortunate affair may
lead. It is infinitely better that we
Ehould be imposed upon by u shirk than
that the public should get to look upon
us as this man's persecutors. The Pal
ladium that came yesterday was bad
enough, in all conscience, but here's an
other telegram from department head
quarters demanding immediate investi
gation and report upon the allegations
contained in tho second day's issue of
the series. How many are there to be.
in heaven's name? Mr. Hearn, have you
submitted your explanation?" said the
colonel, turning abruptly upon the young
lieutenant, who was sitting in pained
silence by Capt. Lane.
"It is in the hands of the adjutant,
sir," answered Hearn, rising.
"I have not seen it I have not seen it
I hope you hare been full and explicit.
The lieutenant's pale face flushed with
a sudden Bense of indignation:
"I have never yet been accused of any
attempt at concealment of my actions,
OoL Morris. Grentlemen present who
have known me nearly six years will tell
"Tra not accusing you of anything.
Mr. Hearn. Pray keep )-ocr temper, sir.
Bat you do not seem to appreciate in the
leaet the very trying and unpleasant po
sition in which you have, however un
wittingly, placed every officer at this
poet, especially me, on whom tha bur
den of responsibility must fall. If
had known four days ago that you had
used violence or at least force ia eject
ing that soldier from the barroom, 1
should certainly have discountenanced
his f irther punishment. This Bort f
thing cannot be tolerated, Mr. Hearn.
And, gentlemen, I say it to you one and
all, this sort of thing cannot be allowed.
It creates a wrong impression among the
peopl;. It gives the press au opportu
nity to criticise our methods of discip
line. It makes a martyr of the man in
the eyes of the public, and we can't
stand it. I have felt compelled to re
lease him from confinement and to di
rect t ae quyhing of the charges against
The re was a moment of dead silence.
Hearn was struggling to control himself
and t protest that he had used neither
violet ce nor any force worth speaking
of. I hit Capt. Brodie took the floor:
"I must ask your pardon. Col. Morris,
but I was witness to that transaction
from beginning to end, and I myself or
dered Welbh taken to the guard house.
It was after that, not before, that force
was used. Welsh cursed and resisted
the cfrporal of the guard"
"Never mind, Capt. Brodie. What
seems to have infuriated the uiaa, and
what has given rise to all tlna uproar of
the in ess, is the fact that Mr. Heara, as
they say. dragged him out. Of course
that may le exaggerated."
"It's a d d lie," muttered Id Ken
yon, und(jr his breath. "But all the
more A goes."
-I do not wish to be unjust to Mr.
fleam in this matter." continued the
.olonel. Cut 1 cannot too strongly de
plore the consequences of his of his
u-tion. And then in threatening to ex
lel civilians from the garrison! What
?arthi..- right had yoa. Mr. Hearn, to
irrogate to yourself the faculties of com
manding officer? I am the only man to
ay who shall and who fchall not bo kept
:.n or t ff the reservation. And now, of
til me i on earth that you young gentle
;neu should have been particularly care
ful not to antagonize, it turns out that
one of them is a representative of the
And, in the full realization of a cir
cumstance so calamitous, the colonel
sank into liis chair. Hearn would have
explained that he had made no personal
threat.', but Lane's restraining hand was
laid on his knee.
"Patience, lad!" he whispered. "Say
nothin g now. It will all come right in
"I'm sure I took the utmost pains to
le civil to the a gentlemen," drawled
Martin, with his innocent eyes on the
vacancy of the opposite walls. "I im
plored Stone not to eject them. I had
to beg off drinking with the a Israel
itish piirty because I had to shoot Of
course, colonel, if I had known that the
i other gentleman was so highly connect-
. i .i . . , . i . .
i-u, mere a uu raying io wnai lengxa 1
wouldn't have gone to attain the eleva
tion they had already reached one of
them at least. A dozen drinks, I think,
might have done it."
"This is no occasion for theexerciseof
your sijeastic powers, Mr. Martin," said
the colonel severely. "It is to be hoped
your civility was less transparent a sham
than your present remarks."
"Pardon me. colonel," interposed
Lieut. Lee, whose seat was near the win
dow. "Here comes the gentleman him
self." Surely enough, a buggy drew up in
front of the office, a bulky form slowly
descended, and with much deliberation
of manner Mr. Abrams. of Chicago,
looked about him. then proceeded to tie
his hor. to a young maple ut the edsre
of the walk. The orderly sprang for
ward: "Beg pardon, sir. but it's against or
ders to tie horses to the trees. The horse
posts are across the road."
"Against whose orders?" sa d the gen
tleman from Chicago, with slow and im
pressive movement, turning upon the
"The colonel's orders, sir. Even the
officers can't leave their horses in front
of headquarters, sir."
"My !od! Here! this will nt-ver do!"
fidgeted the colonel, springing to his
feet. "Mr. Adjutant, send a man out
"Shall 1 take care of the gentleman's
horse?' said Martin with grave humility
of mien, rising slowly to his feet, as the
colonel strode to the door. But Morris
was too hurried to hear him, or even to
rebuke i he titter with which the words
were greeted By this time, paying no
attention to the orderly, the representa
tive of The Palladium had reached the
doorway and was brought face to face
with the post commander-
"Col. Morris. 1 presume, i am the
bearer of an order to you from depart
"Col. Morris, sir. at your sen-ice." re
plied tlie post commander with much
suavity. "A letter. I presume. Walk
in Mr. Mr. Take a chair, sir."
Severe 1 of the officers nearest the door
had risen promptly, as though in readi
ness to receive with due honors the colo
nel's guest. Others slowly followed
their example. Some remained 6eated
and continued a low toned chat. All
gradually resumed tlu-ir seats, and, while
some wiih evident curiosity studied the
appearance of the stranger. Brodie and
Lee looted at him with eyes that plainly
spoke their resentment, while Beam's
hands were clinched and his lips com
pressed No word was sjioken to the new
arrival li:wever fie. vrith entire in
differencf of manner as to all the rest,
fixed Lit- gaze upon the commanding
officer, n hn rapidly read The note was
short an! to t!: point Mom had reason
tobethankfnl i.-r n.!piluiua tic training.
I am greatly p'leased to give yoa wel
come, Mr. Abrams," he said, extending
his hand with much apparent cordiality
of manner. "This, while by no means
necessary, of course adds to the readi
ness with which we open our doors to
you. Had I known you were here and
desirous of visiting the post for any
purpose in the interests of your paper, 1
should have found means to welcome
you before, and am only sorry yoa did
not make your presence known to me."
Maj. Kenyon had risen as the colonel
was speaking, and now in low tone and
with much respect of manner accosted
"By your leave, colonel, if there be
nothing further in the way of business.
may I request your permission to retire?"
"Certainly, Maj. Kenyon. And, gen
tlemen, there were some matters to
which I desired to call your attention.
but it is so near time for 'boots and sad
dles, we will defer the matter until to
morrow. I will not detain yoa further.'
There were one or two among the
score of officers present who desired to
see the colonel on some routine matters;
these contented themselves with going
over to the adjutant s desk, as he entered,
and whispering their requests to him;
the others promptly took their leave and
sauntered out into the suushme. Mr.
a l . - 1 1 ...
a. u rams noiea me occurrence witn a
quiet but suggestive smile.
For a moment no one among the little
group seemed to find anything to say.
It was Mr. Lee who gave tho tht ex
pression to lorsoual rpiniou He burst
out into a fit of laughter.
"I'm blessed if 1 can see anything to
laugh about iu this affair, Mr. Leo,"
said the major, whoso face was a shade
moodier than ever. "If anything was
needed to confirm what I have hitherto
said on the subject, here you have it.
Perhaps it pleases you to seo a comrade
vilified by the press and theu bulldozed
by his commanding officer, who well
knows the paper lied, but daren't stand
up for one of his subalterns. And then
to think of the fellow impudence, an
nouncing himself as the bearer of an
order from headquarters! If I had been
in command , I should have told hiui
u-ders were never sent by the hand of
vail into the paper if you like. Maj.
Kenyon, but leave the colonel alone;
that's purely our business," was the
prompt reply. "Capt. Lane, may I ask
If the colonel has requested an invitation
to r.ir.iuT to-night for his friend Mr. Ab
rnins. of Chicago? I understand that
Mrs. Morris and tho chief are among
;: r guests."
He hasn't yet, L?e. and if lip s'.io.ill
. quartrrnia&tcr will have to knock
down a partition, f.".- my dining room
can only hold twelve or fourteen by se
"Captain,"' said nearn. aj they walked
away. "I'm going to ask you to excuse
me to-night. I wor.M only be a cloud
:;: your ferut. and r.f;cr what has passed
I dot; t fo.l a3 t.:on r.i I could sit at din-
n : v. Iih the colon?!."
. ;ir:i. my boy, yon mast com?. We
;:ro not rjuin to l.t yo.i crawl into a cor
ner now and brool over this. It is the
'. : y lime when wo want to Maud by you
;;r.d snow how ranch we bold you in
"ies. was tho latter replv. "ves. my
colonel has given a glorious exhibition
of what constitutes esprit do corps in
tho Eleventh. No. captain. I would do
anything for yo:i or Mrs. Lane, but I
can think, speak, dream of nothing now
but the wrong that has been done me.
and I would onlv bo a drag. You will
exc use me, won't you?"
"Come in. come into the house.
naru." answered Lane they reached
the gate. "Come in and talk it over
with Mrs. Lane and Miss Marshall: thev
will do you good. They are both full of
sympathy. Come; it's quarter of an
hour before drill.
But Hearn shook hi head and drew
"I cannot." he said; "I must go;
there a my home letter yet unwritten.
And so, with Lane's anxious eves fol
lowing h:.m. he 6trode rapidly away to
his quarters. Thera Jim allace joined
him at the gate.
Three hours later, however, with drill
over and the mail in. the question of din
ner became of minor importance. Marked
copies of The. Palladium had lieen re
ceiver! by several officers, and the faces
of the group on Capt. Lane's piazz.- were
"Did the orderly take one to him, do
you know?" asked Mr. Lee. with a world
of ent up indignation in his tone.
"One!" answered the major; "one! the
insult wouldn't l complete without it, I
think there were a dozen pnpers. marked
copies, in Lis name."
"Has no one gone t i so- him?" asked
Mrs. Lane, ii r sweet f.i?e full of sorrow.
"The captain was there when the mail
came, so was Mr. Wallace." answered
Miss 3Li::-hall in low tones. "II seemed
to anti..'.; le toiuething of the kind."
"Thiswiil have a tendency to make
Hearn rather homesick. I fancy." drawled
Martin after a solemn pause. "I never
quite uppreci&tp.l the lw?n?fit of southern
"Sick. Iudnut sick at heart, sick of
Ids cherished profession, perhaps; but
why homesick. Martin?" queried the
"Oh. only lcaufe down south they
rhoot u man who publishes : outrage
ous (dander like that, and the jury
brings in a verdict of justifiable houii-
(To b Motioned.)
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