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THJE ARGUS. WEDNESDAY. MARCH, 4. ib91.
THE AUG US.
J. W. Potter.
All commanictiotis ot a critical or artrnraenta
tlve character, political or religion. Uve
An? 1 '"eJ over fictition. ihature
Anonymoui coiomunicationn not no. ced
In Kock lland county.
Wednesday Marcii 4 1891
SdNATon Collom is suffering frcm the
It seems Ioduna is uot satisfied with
having the prt-ci lent art! a meruber of
tbe ciihioet. She also claims thecentr
St Louis Republic: When John
"M. Palmer is defeated with 101 democrat
ic votes cast for Lim on tbe last ballot.
Illinois will be demooritic by 50.000
An eminently pructicl Germm sritn
ti&t is said to have applied a mild current
of electricity to a swarm of bees, quickly
causing thm to fall to the ground in a
etupefied coudition. The bets could be
safely handled wcile in ttiis condition,
and if the el ctricsl current was not too
.strong no injury was done tbem.
The reciprocity treaty with Brszil hss
not yet been ratified by the latter and may
never be. Indeed, it i9 asserted that as
soon as the republican constitution has
treaty wi'l be rejected. Thus far recip
rocity hasn't reciprocated. Much praise
has been lavished upon Secretary Blaine,
but his plan no more than HcEinley'a has
yet opened a foreign market for another
bushel of American wheat or another bar
xtl of American pork.
TJcbcque Telegraph: The senate and
house of the Wiscocsin legislature have
adopted a resolution instructing the Un
ited Statfs senators aiid requesting the
representrtives of that state to oppose
free silver coinage. The resolution was
doubtless passed to please Senator-elect
Vilas, who was Cleveland's postmaster
general, and who therefore does not wish
to iutij.yS z i u8 former chief on the sil
ver U-tt does iLe r-v:unon re
fleet the sect ront of a mj rity of tbe
citizens of Wisconsin? Most prohatly
not. for the present legislature was chosen
to repeal the Bennett lw and without
any thought on the part of the electors
tiiat it woukl undertake the task of com
milting the stale to or against free siN
Deputy i-HERiFF Gko.hoxg, of Sn
Francisco, had occasion to strip a bur
glar the other day for the purpose of as
certain'ng what marks were on bis boiy,
which information was desired for the
"ruCi e-.'.i j" Tin; CoUiicl Lcatl o
laugh as he proceeded to obey, aud the
reason wis soon apparent. When be
hid romoved all the ordinarv'clothing that
a man wears uk stood arrayed in an ex
pensive suit of ladies' underwear aDd a
pair of corsets. Groshong was amszed.
"Wb on earth do you wear those
things for?" he akd. Oh. you fellows
ain't on,'' the prisoner exclaimed. "You
see, when I go into a house at night the
first thing I do is to take off all my
clothes except these, then if anybody
happens to catch a glimpse of me while
I'm prowling through the house, they'll
think I'm one ot the women belonging
there and I wont be molested."
Mtrretrr and II in Pl-dg. a.
Chicago Herald: Members of the Illi-Boi-
! ti-l-t.jif w,o he aided A J
Streeter in his efforts to break into the
United States senate may be interested in
the perusal cf a li tier written by him dur
ing tbe Morrison-Logan contest in 1835.
When, in 18S4 Mr Streeter was seeking
the nomination for rtate senator from the
district composed of Hancock, Mercer
acd Henderson counties he at-ked C. H.
Whitaker the week before the conven
tion to go to Hancock county and do a
little campaign work. He protested be
had always been a democrat, and would,
if sent to the senate, act with the di mo
crats. During tbe stnatorial contest,
however, Streeter refused to vote for
Ci-lor.el Morrison, the rinmrcratic Domi
nee. Tncn Mr. Wbitak r wrote to him
reminding him of his solemn pledges and
accusing him of acting unfairly. Tbe
following letter was received in reply,
dated Springfield, March 20. 1835:
In answer to your favor of the 16'b.
will Bay I have dela eJ my answenin t'.e
cx ectaion thtt somettrnj; would happen
to better explain this whole matter, and
my position and feelings. I don t want
to writ knotMnu rV.f poh ira'in, but
Lave baiii I was willing, if it can be done,
to give Vorrison he full vote, with the
uoders nnding that if he was not then
elected he should step down and out. I
htve bolted no nomination, inasmuch as
I was not in the caucus that nomina ed
Colonel MorriNon. M peculiar situation
to as mnde ii impnsiM for me to pliase
all. I Bin the friend of the democratic
p-r . (! hav believed and still believe,
that I will be of more benefit to tbe pnr'j
if they wi'.l bear with me. I was quite
sick vesterday and am very nervous to
day, and will ask vu o excuse m from
writing more at this tim Hon W. H
Neece can - peak of tuia matter more fully
-to you. Yours Very Truly.
A. J. Stbketbc.
IN AllAiY PORTIA.
By chaeles ma, u. a a.,
Authorot "The Cnlnutl's Daughter," "The
Drmrur" "From the Hink" "Dun
raven Hunch," "Two Soldiers."
fCo; s-rt-ht. 1. by J. B. Llppineoct Company,
Phklail'-iphit. anJ published by seciKl an-auo-nwnt
with t'.. :i '
"I tnoit ymt trifl nt make it nrrrstt(iry
)or me to be more imperative."
The afternoon was lovely and fnll cf
nnnshine. Thnnks to the 8trtlimr and
Bensatiocal disclosures in The Palladiruu,
the post had lecome an objfK-t of unusual
tntere-t to t surrounding populace, ami,
fts the hour for dress parade approached,
vehicles of every description came stream
ing across the bridge, and Ixfore tlie
trumpet sounded -first call" the road in
front of the officers quarters was well
filled with carriages, buggies, carryalls
and light wagons, while some enterpris
ing livery stable keeper had fitted up a
few opeu stages and placarded them with
inscriptions setting forth that "To the
fort and back only a quarter," va,a lux
ury now within the reach of everybody.
The populace was beginning to gather
as the cavalry officers came sauntering
back from the stables, and Mr. Abrams,
of Chicago, again alighted trom his bug
gy with an air that fully conveyed his
appreciation of the fact that he was the
popular hero of the-moment the daring
journalist who had Warded the lion ia
his den, hid publicly de-uonnce.1 the
brutality of these arrogant wearers of
st?ps iv.v.rd;, aal had oven brought
to the bar of justice one of th-ir num
ber. There was the utmost curiosity to
see the representative of The Palladium,
and that eminent journalist, true to his
principles of conforming with tht views
and wishes of the public, graciouly ac
corded every opportunity.
It was ia passing this gentleman, sur
rounded by a raping party of Central
citizens, that the colonel somewhat os
tentatiously called out. "Unltly. give
my compliments to the adjutant, and
say that, in view of the presence of so
many gcni.leiu.en and la Ji?s from town,
I desire him to have the band ordered
out at once." and went on his way
amid such audible evidence of popular
approvnl as "Ah! that's business!"
"Ain't he a Ji-n Dandy?" "That's my
candidate for brigadier!"' "He ain't no
stuck up second lieutenant!" And the
poor devils cf bandsmen, jist seating
themselves at their supper of ho, potato
stew and coffee, were compelled to drop
the savory bowls, and hastily button
their full uniforms over their anything
but full stomachs and march forth upon
the parade to entertain the populace
until the rost of the show was ready.
If but now jra apoplectic stroke were to
create a vacancy among the brigadiers,
Morris's star might indeed be in the
It had been tbe custom of the ladies at
Capt. Lane's to appear on the piazza
about the times that the officers came up
from evening stables, and, re-enforced by
the Whartons, next door, and sometimes
by other fair ones, to serve a fragrant
cap of tea to such, of their regimental
friends as had time to drop in. Today,
too, the cojy little tables had been 6et
upon the veranda, but the close prox
imity of the southwest gate, through
which all the teams came driving in, and
the rude stores of the occupants of the
various vehicles speedily drove the ladies
away; and Sam Ling, the Chinaman, an
old retainer of Lane's, was busily carry
ing the pretty china within doors again
and lamenting in voluble "rid.gin" the
coating of dust which had been received,
when the captain walked by with Hearn
at his side. In vain Mrs. Lane called to
hiia from the' doorway to brinj, in any
one who would come. He shook his head
and walked on, talking gravely and
earnestly with his younger friend.
Miss Marshall, standing at the win
dow, noted the inexpressible sadness and
distress in Hearn's once buoyant, hand
some face. He had grown years older
in one day. she thought; all the color
had fled f roni his sun tanned cheeks and
the light from his "brave blue eyes; yet
there was a gleam in them, as he bent
his head to talk with his friend, the cap
tain, that spoke of the smouldering fire
within. She had thought him grossly
wronged in the occurrences of the pre
vious day, but it was the coming of The
Palladium on the noon train that capped
the climax. Omitting all the ingenious
and alluring head bines, condensing the
sensational details in which the corre
spondent, had worked up the case, Lieut.
Hearn stood accused before the whole
United States of having forcibly ejected
from the reservation a highly respecta
ble business man who had vainly im
portuned him to pay the sum he for
years had owed the estate of the former
post trader, "most of it borrowed money
to help him out of gambling scrapes,"
and had at last ventured to press his
claim in person, only to be met with
outrage and insult. There could be no
doubt of the truth, said the correspond
ent; the books were open to the whole
world, if need be, and the sum involved
exceeded five hundred dollars.
Georgia Marshall, gazing at the pair
from the lace draped window, clasped
her shapely white hands in deep perplex
ity. The slander, the scandal, the wrong,
was spread world wide: a refutation
con id never overtaka it. even with the
proofs i.f utter innocence at baud, and
where were they?
It was comfort r.t least that he should
lool: up. a:i 1. as though in search of one
trie xlly f;:ce. search the window with
his sa l lj.ie , ws. lie should feel that,
no Matter what the press might say and
the Jews migl:t t wear to. more than one
aui( ng his friend believed in him
thn ugh thick and thin. Her dark eyes
wer full of sorrow and sympathy, and
yet flashing with scorn of his defamer.
Ann it was his pieture of her face,
fraraed by those shimmering curtains
and by the trailing, twining tendrils of
smilax that, hung thickly about the win
dow, that suddenly met his troubled
gaze, and that he carried in his memory
day and uight long, long after.
H.lf an hour later the orderly came
hunying to Capt. Lane's quarters with
a nolo, and then ran on down to the
"This will settle the question for you.
Mabel." said Lane, who was getting into
parade uniform. "Col. Lawler comes
on the sunset train, and Col. Morris
writ s to know whether we cannot ex
cuse him, or whether, perchance, there
should be rooin for one more."
"Oh, Fml. and we've got to say yes,
for Mr. Hearn won't tome," answered
Mrs. Malxd. with grief in her eyes.
"YVt've got to say, 'Bring him by all
means:" and yet how i hate to have onr
prett v dinner t-jxaled! If the train could
only lie late!"
That would spoil it still more, Ma
bel, lor then your Oh!" aid the cap
tain, suddenly recollecting himself, and
turning back to his particular little
shaving mirror, bef ore which he began
busily arranging the loop of his gold
"For then?" exclaimed pretty Mrs.
Lane, speeding across the space between
her toilet table and iier liege lord's shav
ing c rner. and laying her white hands
ujH.n his shoulder knots and gazing up
into his half averted face with sparkling
eyes "For then, you dear old You
haven't sent east for flowers?
"P. rhais it was some other fellow
then."' said the captain, dubiously.
"O i. Fred, you darling! I hadn't
hoiti for anything half so lovely. Will
they ".Hj here on this train, really? That's
why you didn't want dinner served niitU
so lat?, was it? Georgia and I were Ray
ing jnt now if we only had a few flowers
the t;.He would le j-rf-ct. I mn-t run
and tell her." And impulsively she
raised her soft lips to his face and kissed
him enthusiastically. "You are so
"V.-ry." he responded, with much
gravis f inieu. "Aud that's what
prom ;rted me to suggest to your ladyship
the p. i priety of throwing a wrapper over
those snowy shoulders. The orderly has
left tile hall door open, and all Central
City seems out here to-night. There goes
the 'assembly,' and your train should be
here in fifteen minutes. I suppose I can
tell the colonel as he drives pact on the
way down to meet him?"
On": airily the announcement of the
adver t of some such high f unctionary as
the jt.dge advocate of th division would
have been ijuite snmcent to induce the
.olonel to turn over the command at pa
rade 1 1 Maj. Kenyon and to go forth
with t j meet the coming man. I3ut here
was tl e elite of Central City, as well as !
a streiig delegation of the ma.s.-es, gath
ered to se-? the garrison, and Morris par
ticularly prided Lim.self upon the sol
iierly grace and style with which he
presiu d at the most stately ceremony
Df the military day. If h were to fail
to appear at the head of bis troops, if all
that line of officers were to inarch to the
front nnd 6alnte Maj. Kenyon instead of
him, reople might really get the idea
that it was the infantry field officer who
was the post commander, not himself.
No. In all the yellow radiance of his
cavalry plumage Morris strode forth
from Lis veranda and stood revealed in
the rays of the westering 6un. His or
derly hastened through the groups on
the graveled road in front, and. halting,
raised his hand in picturesque salute,
the eys of Central City looking on:
"Th clonel's messages are delivered,
and the carriage will be at the station."
"Very well, Crooks. Now you your
self go down aad ba on the lookout for
CoL Lawler, a tall, sandy haired, sandy
bearded man. rather slender, nearly CO
years c f age; report to him and get his
baggage into the wagonett and bring
him hue to my quarters, and'say that I
would have met bim but was detained
Aga: n the orderly sainted, then faced
about and strode away through the
swarm of curious eyes which followed
him a moment, then turned once more
upon the gorgeous and gleaming propor-;
tion3 of the warrior putting on his white
leather gloves and buttoning them at the
wrist with .much deliberation. Mrs.
Morris being in her own room, arraying
herself for the Lane dinner party, and
the veiunda being vacant, he then called
to bis a d jutant, who came along the path
way at the moment, a vision of floating
yellow plume and brilliant aiguillette,
and after a moment's conversation with
bis chief that young gentleman made bis
way to where a couple of town carriages
were drawn up along the edge of the
parade and presented tlie colonel's com
pliments to the occuiiants, the ladies of
the postmaster's and leading banker's
households, inviting them to bring their
friends and come and sit on his piazza.
Mr. Abrams, of Chicago, who was at
the moment the center of a knot of men,
yonng and old. quitted their sixiety. and
with his customary deliberation saun
tered over, opened the colonel's gate and
with careless e:ise of manner accosted
that official. "Fine evening, colonel,"
and then lowered himself into the near
est chair jast as tho oiOcer, with a face
that flushed Unmistakably, exensed him
self. p:issed him by and hastened down
the steps to greet the entering ladies,
while the aljutant. hurrying on to
where his sergeant major was awaiting
him at the edge of the greeusward, sig
naled the band, and the stirring notes of
"adjutant's call," followed by the burst
of martial strains in swinging six-eight
time, heralded the coining of the troops
of the whole command.
Company after company, the cavalry
from the west, the infantry from the
east end of the quadrangle, came march
ing forth upon tho level gre?n carpet,
seemingly intermingling in confusion as
they neared the center, yet unerringly
and unhesitatingly marching onward,
until presently, with tho solid blue and
white battalion in the center, and with
the yellow plumed helmets of the cav
alry parading afoot on both flanks, the
long statuosquo line stretched nearly
half way across the longest axis of the
quadrangle. Company after company,
the white gloved hands clasped in front
of each man as its commauder ordered
"Parade rest." and Col. Morris himself,
who had with much deliberate dignity
of manner marched out in front of thw
center, now stood in solitary state with
folded arms aud glanced quickly along
the motionless line, while back of him
some thirty yards, all along the edge of
the parade, in buggies, carryalls, 'busses,
in long somber rank afoot. Central City
looked admiringly on. For a moment
the main interest seemed to center on
Lient. Hearn, and fingers could be seen
pointed, and voices heard announcing,
"That's him." as ho stood tall and erect
in front of the troop he was commanding
in old Blauvelt's absence.
With flourish of trumpets and three re
sounding ruffles the band swept out from
the right f ront.and then all eyes were sud
denly greeted by an unaccustomed sight
On the troops, long schooled in military
etiquetto, the effect was not at the time
apparent neither by word nor sign was
there indication that anything unusual
had occurred: but in the jiopulace. long
accustomed to individual visits to the
fort anil to observation of its militarv re
qniremoiits. "Keep odf tiie grass." "and
by no means intrude upon the space re
served for military exercises, the sensa
tion was immediate. El lw wing his way
through the crowd standing at the edge
of the parade ground, with cigar tip
tilted in iiii mouth, his light spring over
coat thrown back, with the same cool
delileratio:i that characterized all his
movements, the representative of The
Palladium sauntered forth upon the
sacred precincts, and never hesitating
until he ha 1 almot reached the com
manding officer, presently came to a
siec.ies of "paraJe rest" of his own, half
sitting ou the backs of his hands, which
were supported on the knob of his mas
sive cane, and there coolly surveyed the
proceedings from the very spot reserved
for the adjutant, one yard t the rear
and tiUVO. to lic left of tne colli. ua.idiug
Some of the soldiers ia rank, unable
to repre. tiu ir merriment at the tight
of so unu.vo.il a breaeh of etiquette,
could not refrain from tittering. The
voices of the file closers coul 1 almost lie
heard in stern, low tone! reproach.
"Stop that laughing. Murphy!" "Quiet,
there. Duffy!" Morris himself conld see
that something unusual was going on.
but, totally unconscious that his own
official precincts were the cene of the
solecism, never change 1 hi position,
but stood there statuesque, so! lierly and
precise, all unconscious of his self ap
pointed oUijE ohicer slouching behind
him. As for Mr. Abrams. happy in the
conviction that the people couid not but
ok on and envy the proud prominence
f the representative of the press, be ap
peared to have no other care than thai
f the criticism dne the publ'c cf the
nartial exercises now taking place,
rhat it was probably the colonel's inten
tion to make a speech of some kind to
his men Mr. Abrams did not doubt, and
that The Palladium should have 'very
word of it he fully intended.
The band by this time was hammering
half way down the line, and the officer
of the day. coming suddenly in the north
west gate from a visit to tho guard, be
came aware that something was exciting
the merriment of the few men on the
verandas of the cavalry quarters, and
then caught sight of this strange figure
out on the parade, ne looked hurriedly
about ia search of the colonel's orderly,
but Erooks, as we have eecn. had al
ready gone on his mission to the station.
Not a soul was there to whom he could
intrust the duty, yet he knew he could
not allow such a breach of military pro
priety to occur right under his eyes.
There seemed no help for it; he had to
go himself; and, by no means liking bis
duty, Capt. Cross, of the infantry, has
tened out on the parade, and with the
eyes of both lines npon bim. though the
heads of the troops remained scrupu
lously fixed to the front, he stepped up
to Mr. " Abrams, tapped bim on the
shoulder, and civilly said:
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