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THJ2 ABGU8. TUESDAY. P.i L i4 1891.
PaMlfbed M1I7 aid Wffkly at 1C24 Second A
eeoe. Bock Ilaad, JIL
J; w. Potter.
Tsnw Dil7, toe per moot; Weekly, 12.00
All coumnicatiosa of a critical or aryumeBt
Ut etaracter. poiiticai or relic.oa. bom haT
real aaaa attached for pcblleatioa No rack arU
ttclra will b printed over tetitioae eicnaiarea
Anoaraoa eoaamaaicatioaa not noticed.
Correvpondence oiicUed froa mrj loamaMfc
l Bock lalaa eouty.
Tcxsdat. April 14. 1801.
Bow the truth makes the Union writhe.
It contortions this morning were truly
That was rather aa snfecling act of
the major last night appointing two
democratic aldermen on the committee to
can ran the election retarnt.
Th Indian call colored toldiera "bnfo
falo soldiers," referring to their woolly
hair, and nothing wo aid induce the m to
take the tcalp cf a colored man. as it is
considered "bad medicine" to do to.
The telephone line between New Tor k
andBuffa'.o.a distance of 40 miies, which
has worked admirab.j for a long time, is
built of copper wire, weighing about 125
pounds to the mile.
It has been officially determined that
the republican ticket was elected on Tues
day last. There was no suspense or in
terest attached to the official count, how
ever. The democrats conceded the point
earl j Tuesday eTening.
Mr. Gladstone has three bats and
three only. One is Clack and very old;
the second is white, and is used only in
cummer; the third is a soft felt and his
constant traveling companion. Its age
is unknown, but is many years old.
Miss Mamis Desii.es keeps a lonely
sort of a school on Mark Island, Maine
Ber pupils are exclusively children of the
light-house keeper there. The winter
winds howl and blow over the spot, and
for weeks at a time it is impossible to get
from the rock bound isle.
Aledo Democrat: Justice A. M.
Craig, cf the Illinois supreme court, was
in Aledo between trains Wednesday. The
judge has decided to again make the race
for the supreme bench, and bis announce
mentas a candidate anneara in thiananer. I
Be was first elected eighteen years ago as
the farmer's candidate, and again in 13S3
as an independent, the farmers and labor
ing people voting for him generally. Bis
supporters have never had occasion to
regret that they gave him a seat on the
suprtxre bench, as he is the same friend
of this class as he has ever been in the
past. Be will make the race again as an
independent, and the people in tbtir wis
dom will elect him.
New Yore World: Italy is barely out
of her affair with America tre she has
another on hand with Germany. It is
not the Mafia this time, but the moikey.s
An Italian at Bofen, on the SwisQer
man border, crossed over into Germany
with a hand organ and monkey, acd not
having a passpoit was arrested. While
in prison his monkey bit a child and was
killed. The Italian was released and
sent back over the frontier, where he has
remained for several days, shouting abuse
and menaces at the German sentry oppo -site.
Be demands compensation for the
monkey, and the Swiss decline to silence
the man because he is doing no particu
lar barm and has a grievance. The mat-
ter has not yet been carried to Rome,
but when it is Di Rudini. remembericg
recent experiences, should think twice
before requiring his minister at Berlin to
band in his letter of recall.
P. T. Barnum, the great showman,
owed bit great success, fame and wealth,
more to his keen appreciation of the
value of bold, laudatory, and above all,
plentiful advertising, than to any other
cause. During the illness preceding his
death be one day granted an interview to
a New York World reporter. In the
course of the conversation Mr: Barnum
was asked, "What is the secret or suc
cess V In reply he said:
Advertising advertisingnothing else.
That is the sum and substance of the
whole thing I put advertising ahead of
pluck, perseverance and economy. Get
younelf talked of and written about.tven
if you are abused and traduced, if you
hope for success in this world. I remem
ber when I got Tom Tbusb and Lavina
Warren married in Grace church ah I
what a piece of advertising that was!
There was. of course, considerable oppo
sition on the part of many church people,
and a few days af.er a woman came to
me with an accouit she had written of
the affair. She waa a blackmailer, and
told me I had better buy the manuscript
outright, as it was a terrible attack on
me. "My dear madam," I said. "I don't
care what you have said about me. If
you have stated that I stole the com
munion service from Grace church so
much the better. Say anything you like;
only, for heaven's sake, say something."
She decided that trying to blackmail me
was not a success. No man need to ex
pect to succeed without advertising.
What was good for Mr. Barnum i
equally advantageous to any other busi
ness mm. Judicious advertising is the
best invests ent a business man can make.
A WORD TO PHYLLIS.
Though years in one unbroken lio -
Paw on their silent way.
Remember di. fair mwtresa min s.
Lore know no yeeterday.
l yesterday when first we met.
When first I saw thy smile:
1 yesterday a aad rearit
Shut out the son awhile.
Doubt captured Cupid's citadel.
And held the god at bay;
Then came the ctooda. thy tears &stfe&
All that waa yesterday.
Kow doods and frowns and rain 1 f tears
Have rone their silent way.
Bnt in the naming-of the years
Lore knows no yesterday.
FUttI Scott Mines in Harper's :3azax.
THE MAN WHO WAS LOST.
U. Scipion Desruelles kept a smiiil shop
in the Rue de Seine, Paris. He bad a wife.
but no children.
lie was a small tradesman, and his wife
a large, coarse looking woman, qui -jt capa
blfjof taking rare of shop and Scipi in.
scipton s past I lie had been sin gularlr
One single circumstance had ru Bed it.
and that he used often to relate to his gos
sips in proof that a hero was spoiled in
the making when Scipion became a shop
keeper. One) night, ten years before the time of
his introduction to the reader, Scipion bad
gone to the theatre, and after the jerfonn
ance had taken roadame to a relauratt
and treated her to a little supper. Return
ing home, after he was in bed Scipic n heard
a noise in the shop. He armed himself
with a bootjack, went down and, rith the
assistance of the hastily summone 1 police,
captured a burglar.
The man. who said he was as Italian
named Vedoa, disclaimed earnestly all
felonious intentions but could .rive no
good account of himself. Scipio 1 prose
cuted him rigorously, and he was con
victed and sent to Brest.
Two years Liter Scipion met Vedova, in a
cafe and bad him arrested as an escaped
In the early part of 1S52 Scipion received
official notification from Martiniqi e that a
bachelor cousin of his on the islan.I, whose
name was Pache. was dead and had left
him heir to all his property, which .was
large, and included a valuable sugar
plantation. Desruelles was fur her in
formed by the notary at St. Jean that it
would be necessary for him to con e out in
person and administer on the estate in or
der to save himself great loss and incon
venience and many delays.
The bourgeois of Paris is not a t raveling
character, but neither is he willing to lose
money if he can- help it. Scipion bought
himself a trunk, committed the lile bou
tique in the Rue de Seine to nr.adame's
charge she was quite as competent to take
care of it as he made a deed of all his
property in Paris to madame as a prevent
ive of accidents, and then bidding her the
most tender adieu sailed for Ma -tiniaue.
via Bordeaux, in a brig which took out a
cargo of claret and oil for the Fn-nch isl
ands and New Orleans.
Wten Desruelies reached Mt.rtinioue
and went to St. Jean, he was simp y struck
uuuiv uuu un njusiu oiitc auu -veil aou
all the notarial papers he had reoj ived for
There was nothing for him to d 1 but go
The brig was to sail in a day for Xew
ur leans, ana cipion determine 1 to go
thither in her. take the cars to Ni-w York,
and the steamer thence to Havre, in order
to get home again as speedily as possible.
He was burning to send the police in searrh
of the rascals who bad hoaxed aim and
made him spend his money and st ffer sea-
sickness in a wua goose chase. He was
armed with aH the preliminary depositions
and statements necessary to open the case,
duplicates of which were to be forwarded
by the authorities from Martinique.
Arrived in New Orleans, Sc pion de
termined to spend a day or two it. the city
before taking the cars for New Y irk. He
put up at a boarding bcuse in tb- French
quarter, and devoted himself to sightseeing
with great assiduity.
one at orraklast the second morning
after his arrival he was warmly jr-eted by
a stranger who took his hand anc said. "I
am truly delighted to see you, Monsieur
Quentiseaul When did you arriv?"
Scipion gently informed the maa that he
was not Quentineau, but Scirion Des
ruelles. The stranger with great viol nee said
that tbe dodge wouldn't go dovu there!
Next thing he'd want to repnd ate that
bill of T3j he owed Marais & Hughes.
Scipion said he had only been it the city
a day. Lad never seen the stranger before,
nor knew he who or what Marais tz Hughes
were consequently could not possibly owe
them or anybody else anything.
An bonr later Scipion was amsted on a
warrant taken mt by Marais & Hughes,
liquor dealers in Canal street, against
Pierre Quentineau, an absconding debtor.
Scipion Desruelles. alias Qumtiueau.
was cast into prison. He found a lawyer,
and with great difficulty and at taecost of
half his money proved that be was not
Quentineau, but Scipion Desruel es, a pas
senger aboard the trig Brapami, of Bor
deaux. But for the captain he won Id have
been convicted, for several witnesses swore
that he was Qnentineau.
As soon as Scipion was release" I he went
to tbe levee and embarked on u steamer
for Memphis, intending to matt- his way
thence by rail to New York.
At Memphis be was misdirected, en
ticed into a low groggery under t he bluffs
and robbed of every cent be bad left.
Scipion found his way to the maj or of tbe
city, who promised to write to th? French
consul at New Orleans about it and to
send the police in searoh of tbe tL ieves.
Scipion meantime wrote to Par s to mad
ame for a remittance, and went about in
search of a situation. A cotton broker
gave him some correspondeice with
Louisiana Creole plauters to look if ter, aud
he was thus enabled to earn enough to eat
but 110 answer nor remittance cime from
madame, and our poor exile could no:
make money enough to take him borne. At
last he wrote to his cousin in Martinique
stating his circumstances, and received
shortly after in reply a draft for 2,500
Scipion immediately bought himself some
clothes and necessaries, took tht; cars and
started for New York.
Here while waiting for the saili ug of tbe
Havre steamer be was again a Tested as
being Pierre Quentineau, a fugi ive from
justice and a boud forger.
By tbe merest good luck tie cotton
broker in whose employ be had been in
Memphis happened to be in the city, and
Scipion was able to establish an t libi. His
passport was stolen from him on the Mem
phis steamer, and he bad to gi t another
one la New York, being thus lelayed a
Finally, to his ftienso joy, he was, out
side Sandy Hook on bis return v. lyage.
Arrived at Havre he was accos ed on the
quay by a, customs officer witt "Indeed!
Monsieur Qaenrineau! What have you to
declare at this timer
"Sac re bete de Quentineaur1 cried the
exasperated boutiquier. "I am Scipion
Desruelles, shop keeper, nnmero 79 bis rue
Then, sir, you must be detained," said
While be was waiting in the customs
office a man came behind him. slipped
something in his hand and whispered:
Don t be afraid, Quentineau! Thev have
nothing whatever against you! Here's
what I owe you!"
Desnielies turned quickly, but the man
who had spoken to him waa already loot in
the crowd, and Scioion fonnd eight gold
Napoleons in his hand. Mechanically he
put tbe money in his pocket, cursing this
Quentineau whom everybody persisted in
mistaking him for.
Ills baggage proving all right and his
passport not objectionable, Scipion was
after some delay permitted to start for
Pans, but stiil under the suspicion of the
authorities that he was not Desruelles, but
Quentineau. At Rouen, in the railroad
restaurant, he changed a Napoleon to boy
a bottle of wine and half a chicken. As
soon as he reached Pans he took a fiacre
and drove to numero 79 Rue de Seine. His
modest sign was no longer there, but in
stead of it one of:
"Lamballe, hairdresser and perfumer."
Astounded, he rushed into the little shop.
Mme. Desruelles," he said, "where is
The attendant answered. "In America.
It is four months since she went; at the
summons of her husband:"
"At the summons of me!" cried Scipion,
sitting down abruptly. "This is all a
Before he could say another word a ser
geant de ville entered the shop aud laid
hands upon him. "You are wanted, Quen
"I am not Quentineau I am Desruelles
shouted tbe unhappy man, but the officer
of the law was incredulous, and bore Scip
ion off to prison.
He was examined on a charge of coining
and of passing counterfeit Napoleons upon
tbe cashier of tbe railroad restaurant at
Rouen, and fully committed for trial as
Quentineau, alias Desruelles, faussaire.
Desruelles employed an able advocate
and laid all tbe facts before bim. "It is a
mere question bf mistaken identitv," said
the lawyer, "and of course there will be no
difficulty in proving who you really an
boutiquier of the Rue de Seine, of twenty
But the advocate reckoned rather too
hastily. One of tbe most interesting trials
that ever came off in Paris now ensued.
The advocate employed by Desruelles waa
thoroughly persuaded of his client's inno
cence and good character. But the Pro-
cureur Imperial was of a different opinion.
The case was sent before the court d'assises,
and was tried by tbe president. A great
number of witnesses were called, and the
whole question turned upon the identity
of the prisoner by the mutual agreement
of parties, for the reasou that if the ac
cused were Desruelles his account of how
he received the gold Napoleons (admitted
to be counterfeit) was probable; but if he
were Quentineau no defense was possible.
Quentineau was established to be a des
perate character, who had been several
times convicteA of minor offenses, such as
smuggling, and was more than suspected
of being a criminal of much deeper dye a
counterfeiter and a forger.
The testimony of the customs officers at
Havre and of the dame du comptoir at
Rouen was first taken, and then a mass of
police testimony to prove that Desruelles
was unquestionably Quentineau. This
was chiefly from the provinces, Quentineau
having apparently operated very little in
the capital. At the outset tbe defense ex
perienced an unexpected difficulty. There
were some hundreds of witnesses willing
to swear that they knew Desruelles per
fectly well, but not nearly so many, who
were satisfied that the prisoner was that
person. His hardships, his voyages, his
poverty had told upon Desruelles. He was
deeply sunbur-. his hair was crizzled
his hand was1 rd, his manner nervous
and excited as' little like as possible to the
placid shopkeeper of the Rue de Seine.
Unquestionably the accused resembled
Desruelles remarkably, and knew as much
about that person's antecedents as if he
were really himself, but then In short,
Desruelles' neighbors were exceedingly
conscientious, atd the police exceedingly
positive, and the unfortunate shopkeeper
was convicted of being not himself at ail,
but Pierre Quentineau, counterfeiter.
Tbe rebutting testimony adduced by the
advocate general not only convinced tbe
jury but overwhelmed Desnielies. It waa
a letter which one of his neighbors.
woman, testified she had received from
Desruelles' wife, from New York, that she
and her Scipion were happily accommo
dated Tith a shop and a thriving custom
in Broadway in that great city! Des
ruelles admitted that the handwriting was
his wife s, but tbe statement impossible,
for the reason that he was in the Palais de
Justice, and consequently could not be in
Pierre Quentineau, calling himself Sci
pion Desruelles, was sentenced to ten
years' close imprisonment.
Tbe unhappy convict was moved by bis
sense of injustice to carry himself with un
expected dignity. He shed no tears, but
said he felt certain that time would re
move tbe evils that now bore upon bim so
heavily. He was sent to Brest, and set to
learn tbe trade of shoemaking. He was
one of the most tractable prisoners ever
confined at tbe ba cries.
When Scipion had served out three years
of his sentence an unexpected episode oc
curred in his history. isitors were an
nount-ed to Quentineau. He went to the
office r.f the prison and found his Mar
tinique couiiti. Pache, and his wife! He
attempted to throw himself into the arms
of the latter, but was repulsed with severe
'"We know you are not Quentineau. but
Desruelies," she said; but there are crimes
charged agaiust Desruelles.'"
Scipion demanded an explanation and
his -release, but madame was inexorable.
M. Pache then told him to wait. Through
influence and the facts presented by the
Martinique couBin, the court of cassation
had consented to re-examine the question
as to his identity. "Of course you are Des
ruelles," said M. Pache, confidently, "and
Highest of all in Leavening Power.
I Y jTV
mean to prove it, if it costs me a mUlionl
After you are shown to he not Quentineau
but Desruelles. it will be time enough to
go into madame's grievances.
Desruelles was now brought oat it to
Paris, and M. Pache set to work to estab
lish his cousin's identity.
The notary he employed suggested that
M. Jules Favre be retained as advocate
and that eminent lawyer consented to take
tbe case, but two days later sent a note de-
lininiuc to serve ou account of the pressure
of uncontrollable circumstances. M. Plon
goulm was consequently retained.
After various delays the case of Des
ruelles or Quentineau was again called up,
this time not before a jury, but before the
first president of the court of cassation.
The array of witnesses was formidable,
aud tbe testimony of the most conflicting
haracter. For the procure ur'a aide
great number of witnesses were brought
who positively identified Desruelles as
Quentineau. In addition to this substan
tial proof was brought to the fact that
Desruelles himself was dead. One of the
sailors of the brig Bragansa was produced,
who had made the Martinique voyage with
Desruelles. This man testifled that after
cargo was discharged at New Orleans the
brig took on cotton and was towed down
the river on her return voyage.
Off Chandeleur bar the brig was boarded
by a tug from Lake Bargne, and Desruelles
came aboard from her. Three days out
Desruelles was taken with yellow fever
and died just as tbe brig dropped anchor in
the harbor of liaise Terre, Gaudeloupe. He
was buried on the extreme eastern point of
tbe island after n considerable difficult v
with the authorities, who deeply resented
the brio's anchoring attbeislaud witb6uch
a fatal disease aboard. The loir of the lira
ganza, and the burial record frora (jaude
loupe were presented in court in corrobo
ration of tbe sailor's testimony, which
made a deep impression.
For the side of tbe defense Mme. Des
ruelles positively identified ber husband,
naming marks and peculiarities upon his
person which were found to be singularly
identical with those on the prisoner's per
son. An amusing colloquy between ber
and the prisoner was permitted, in which
both were seen to be mutually so intimate
with all the details of a domestic Ufa to
gether of twenty years' standing that noth
ing short of a miracle could suppose the
privity of a third party. The books of the
shop were produced, and the two went over
them together, witnesses being called to
corroborate these minuthe whenever they
concerned a third party, and it was thus
shown by a mass of particulars that if the
prisoner were really Quentineau he must
likewise be Desruelles. Having gone so
far, the ingenious advocate proved bv an
accumulatiou of circumstance that Des
ruelles could not be Quentmeaif
Tbe president of tbe court, who seemed
to take a great interest in the problem on
trial before him, questioned Mme. Des
ruelles as to the cause of ber sudden trip
to New York.
She pointed to Desruelles with a scornful
linger. She cried: "He had a mistress;
lie wished to abandon me; he called me
Cosaque: lie appointed to meet her in
New iork after settling up his cousin's
estate. I determined to make his amours
uncomfortable. I pursued the woman to
New York. I pulled her hair; I boxed her
cars; I made her flee in dismay to Cali
fornia; then, my missiou performed, I re
turned to Paris."
The unhappy Scipiou, in utter prostra
tion of astonished protest, lifted his help
less hands and denied the mistress, the as
His wife turned away with an in
credulous, scornful shrug.
I have your letters, monsieur. I com
pelled the creature to surrender them to
The president ordered Mme. Desruelles
to produce the letters, and while the huis
sier was gone examined M. I "ache.
The latter gentleman testified as to the
facts of Desruelies' visit to Martinique, the
false will, etc., and positively identified
"Have you ever seeu that will?" asked
"No," said Pache.
"I have it here," said the president. "It
is duly authenticated, signed and sealed.
book at it!"
Mon dieu! that is mv own signature.
and that notarial signature I would swear
to as Alphonse Domairon's:"
At this moment the huissier came into
court with the package of letters, which
he handed to the president. That officer
looked over them, with Pache still upon
"M. Pache," said the president, handing
a letter to the witness, do you identify
"I do. It is undoubtedly Desruelles ."
"'Be kind enough to read that letter aloud
to the court."
M. Pache, adjusting his eyeglasses, read:
"My Mignon The will is all perfect. The
Cosaque totally deceived. I sail for Mar
tinique to-morrow, aud will make short
work of my stumbling block of a cousin!"
He turned severely upon Desruelles:
"Atrocious wretch! You plotted to poison
me, then! I abandon the case."
Desruelles fell back fainting. Mme. Des
ruelles eagerly came forward. "I swear,
judge, that letter was not in the parcel I
received from Mile. Tolly! I never saw it
Tbe president turned from her coldly.
"Tbe handwriting is precisely the same."
The prisoner, reviving, stared around him
with a ghastly face, and the president
looked down upon him gloomily.
"The court," he said, "is not able to de
termine with satisfaction whether the
prisoner is Desruelles or Quentineau. The
evidence preponderates in favor of Des
ruelleri. But, so far as the ends of justice
are concerned, it does not matter. Quen
tineau was a bad man, but Desruelles is
evidently a man much worse. The prisoner
is remanded to serve out his sentence, aud
at the expiration of his full term is doomed
to transportation to New Caledonia for fif
Desruelles fainted once more and was re
moved. That afternoon, waiting wearily
in the salle des gardes, a man came and
stood before him, looking at him fixedly,
then turning away. Everybody paid him
tbe utmost respect. Desruelles asked tbe
sergeant by his side who that personage
TJ. S. Gov't Report, Aug. 17, 1889.
J. B. ZIMMER,
fHB WELL KKOW5-
Star Block, Opposite Habpxe Housz.
bar psrehared for the
Spring and Summer of 1891,
A largt r acd Seer stock than ever. Tfaere goods will arrive In a few daye. Wail and tee the
H. SIEMON & SON,
Baxter Banner Cooking and Ileatiai Stove and the Geaeseo Cocking Stovtg
Tin, Copper and Sheet Ifon 'Aork.
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Calf Goodyear Welt Shoes?
Thebes'. Jeec'a Cneetoe in tie c:ty for :te price.
STABY, BURGER & SNELL,
SerDud and Harrison Sts. Darenpor.
J JUL. aSTIRIST-ST,
Steam Cracker Bakery,
XAirOTACTraxB 0? CXACXXB1 AHD BISCUITS.
Ask jour Grocer for them. They are best.
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SEIVERS & ANDERSON,
Contractors and. Builders,
ALL KINDS OF CABPXNTKB WORK DOKX.
19 General Jobbtng done oa short do tie and satisfaction guaranteed.
Office and Shop 1412 Fourth Avenue. ROCK ISLAND ILL.
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Ths choicest Wines, Liquors. Beer and Cigars always on Hand
Free Lancb Brerj Day .... 3andw5cbea Forcisbed on Sbor: No
B. F. DeGEAR,
Contractor and Builder,
Offlc- o f?hoo Corner Seventeenth St. . T Tel on1
K2 i -r-oUi Avenue, : ' KOCK ISlanO
aj! a-,nr s of carpenter work a specla'.ty. Plana and estimates for all kinds of bni'.dino
rnrmrb4 an application .
ST. JAMES HOTEL,
Corner Twenty-third atreet and Fourth avenue.
J. T. RYAN, Proprietor.
Thiatooie has tut been refitted throogbont and U now in A No. 1 condition. It ! a ln:-c'.v
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Manufacturer of aU kinds of
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Shop corner Twenty-second atreet and Ninth arenne. Beaidence 3S5
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