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TELE ARGUS. SATURDAY. Pi; J. 25 1891.
PnMlfhed Daily asd Weeklr at ICt S-rad At
csae. Bock icUad, 11L
J. W. POTTER.
Th Daily, 60c per month; Weekly, $3.00
All eommenlearior. of a critical or anromeflta-
por.v.cai or rei;oa. tnut ne
-- ,w-u":" paoixaon ;.- ca erti
ncle will be printe4 orer icti-iona iinare
ABHBTanwl PAmmnnfMvfnM . .
Crmraonderiee wlieited from every towneaip
Satchdat. April 25. 1S9I.
It it bow learned tbat Birnum desired
to be cremated after hia death, but bis
wife penuided him to abandon the idea
M destructive to ber peace of mind.
New Yobk World: The republican
cluba do not eem to recognize the ralid
ity of President Harrison'! morteaee cn
the text nomination of his party for
president. They are qaite hilariously for
"Blaiae Blaine James O. B:iee."
J. S. Clahesox, formerly editor of the
Dea Moinea Register, baa developed into
ft fullfledged professional politician. He
wis elected president of the national
orfcanizition of republican leagues, and
will hereafter make psrty politics bis
Evansville Courier: Even the re
publicans are advocating free trade now,
but they want an exclusive article free
trade, for instance, with iju'.b America.
Bat the democracy stand for a broader
principle free trvle with ail the world,
restricted only by the necessity of rev
enue for government purposes .
Ale do Democrat: Already republican
newspapers are beginning to quote Carter
Harrison and democrats are willing they
should. As Carter has vividly shown
that be is a suitable compound of dupli
city and rascality to serve them, republi
cans will welcome him as they did Col.
Mosby, and forgive all if be will kneel
down in bis traitorous pollution and help
beat the democrats.
As erroneocs impression prevails in
the idea that the birth of a nation is con
cealed in the recent federatio n of the
Australian colonies into one common
wealth. So far as can be seen the grip
of England is just as strong upon the
newly federated commonweshh as it was
upon the several colonies, when each held
independent relations with the mother
country, and there is no good reason for
believing that the Australians wish it to
flarrln Kelt lit Hpreche.
The president' "swinging around the
circle" tour for renomi nation is admira
bly arranged. Not only does Mr. Harri-.
on so dispoM matters that on ail im
portant occasions be can bave an oppor
tunity to prepare bis "impromptu" ad
dresses hours in advance of their delivery,
but he was shrewd enough or Private
Secretary II 1 ford was shrewd enough in
his behalf to establish a censorship of
the press that is comprehensive and suc
cessful. Nothing goes out to the news
pipers from the presidential train that
has not first been revised and sec
tioned by the president h:mself.
Only three newspaper men are aboard
the train, and the president insisted
they Loiild go as his guests or not
at all. Hence they are bound by
the laws of hospitality, if b no others,
to fix up thir reports to suit ibe presi
dent's wishes. Bat they are under a
more definite pledge than lliit involved
in the relationship of guest to host. Mr.
Halford distinctly made it one of ibe
conditions precedent to the presence of
newspaper men on the train that their
reports were to be open to reviMoD. Eich
of the correspondents was pledged to
send out nothing but the authorized re
ports. Whenever the president has time
to write out his speech Stenographer Tib
bitts makes copies for the u-e of the
newspaper men. When he makes an im
promptu speech, which be doesn't when
be can avoid it. Stenographer Tibhe-tts
makes the shorthand report, transcribes
it on the typewriter, and submits it to the
president for revision, addition, or ex
purgation After the president has fixed
it up to suit himself the newspaper men
get a chance at it. Chicago Herald.
Com for liutif: lion.
Merchant The postal service is in a
Friend Never noticed it.
"Well, I have. During lust month I sent
out one hundred and fifty HtHtements of
account, with rwjtiets for immediate pay
ment, and, no fur im I can learn, not more
than two of my customer received their
The hardy Finns today ha-e their sweat
houge in every village, where the weekly
or mini-weekly bath is taken, till the bather
reeks with perspiration, and the men rush
out and throw themselves in the snow tor
relief. They find by experience (hat such
alternations enable them to bear the rigors
of their winters, urid centuries would have
shown their error if they were mistaken.
An Egyptian scythe is exhibited among
the antiquities in the private museum of
Flinders Petrie in London. The shaft of
tbb instrument is wood, supporting a row
of flint saws, which are securely cemented
into it. This sets at rest the speculations
which have been made as to how the crops
of the land were gathered in the flint and
early copper age.
There are about 2,800 counties in the
Union, with an average size of about 1,00
square miles, but tliisnverage is enormous
ly exceeded in many instances, mid is also
frequently fallen below. Leaving out the
great unsettled counties of the west, tiie
average county would I about 500 square
miles in extent.
It la said of Charles I that he sent from
prison locks of his own hair to such of the
gentry as were favorable to bis cause, that
the ladies of their households, when em
broidering the royal portraiture' iu col
ored silks, might with deft needle weaving
put upon the heud the genuine article.
By H. & P KEPLER,
Tre ben lockln' fcryoa long tcaOe."
Just below where Deer creek empties
into the Yazoo river the latter stream
skim the northern edje of the Walnut
hills, a lino of low lyin? bluffs, which
bisect the state from Yicksburg in a
northeasterly direction. But a little
way below i3 Haine's bluff, which John
ston, in his memorable dispatch to Pem
berton. after the latter had fallen back
npon Vickibnrsr before the vigorous on
slaught of McClernand, referred to: "If
Haines bluff be untenable Vicksburg is
of no value and cacnot be held. If,
therefore, yon are invested in Vicksbnrg
you must ultimately surrender." But
Pembertvn )md already been encom
passed in the Llu5 city, and the cvns of
Porter's fleet on May 16 drove the few
defenders away from the historic toint
at Haine's bluff and opened the way of
the federal fleet to Yazoo City.
Zeb had drawn up Iris skiff on the
bank and prepared to camp. If he had
been older and wiser, perhaps bi3 mind
would bave been busy with the thought
of those heroic days when the shifting
scenes of war made the nation's heart
throb with each message that the light
ning bore from the narrowing battle
field. He could have almost looked
across to the opening of .Steele'3 and
Chickasaw bayous, whose very names
thrill us with the memory of the invinci
ble valor of our arms; but a little way
below was what was once the celebrated
plantation of Albert Sidney Johnston,
who fell at Siiiloh; not far from the very
cove in which Zeb drew up hi3 skiff the
Confederate ram Arkansas had made
ber bold dash through the Federal fleet
sent to find and capture her, and after fol
lowing in hot pursuit of the Carondolet,
Tyler and Queen ef the West, ran away
under the very nose of gallant old Far
ragut, who chafed because his vessels
did not bave steam up, and thus denied
him the pursuit
All about here the picket lines had
wavered in the game and storm of war,
now advancing, now retreating, as the
band of bavoneted steel was drawn
closer about the doomed citv. Th
thunder of the great guns from the mor
tar fleet and from th rivf-r Kaftrioo r.r
Delta point had once echoed in hollow
diapason along these serried ridges and
across the dreary marshes, onlv to be.
answered by the reverberant "boomr
"bom:" "boom!" of the bitr trans cn th
embattled bluffs. Fortnnar.pl v. or nrr.
fortunately, Zeb knew none of these
things, and as he looked out through the
catherinsr doom he cared hs P.nt
stealing across the water from away up
the stream carne the rosy glow of a far
off tramp fire.
It had a strange fascination for the
rivennan. He was used to seeing camn
fires on the river. Sometimes tbev wer
kindled by colored "movers" waiting for
a boat, or bv woodsmen and fisher folk.
but off-nest by those uneasv emitranta
who drift down from nowhere to some
where Alwavs from the land of rmfnl-
filled reality to the Eden of abundant
anticipation, lie am not know whether
it was a listless j-ntf'-rextt. rr wmi y
wonted premonition or foreboding that
had possession of him. but he started
toward this far o? fire, making his way
as best he could through the tangled un
derbrush and drifted logs that covered
the ground in the black and solemn
woods. He kept close to the river's
bank, so that he could occasionally come
out upon it and keep the firelight in
It was slow and tedious work, but his
muscles were inured to such strain, and
in an hour he was looking through a cur
tain of dry muscadire vines that swung
like a veil from the trees upon a little
camp. He saw a piece of brown and
patched canvas thrown over alow hang
ins limb, with its edges fastened to the
ground, forming a meager shelter tent
to keep off the certain dew or the possi
ble rain; before this was a fire and a man
waa standing over it watching the con
tents of x;n iron pot in which some savory
stew of rabbit or squirrel was boiling.
As the fire leaped up and threw a warm
glow over the scene Zeb's pulse beat fast
and then seemed to stop bearing alto
gether, for by the light he saw the face
of the man. And it was the same he had
seen behind the bar of the saloon on
Lookout point. It was the deep lined,
brutal face of the man who had robbed
him of Cordia, and who had struck him
down when he had sought her rescue.
Zeb drew his musket to his shoulder and
looked down along its rusty barrel, where
on the light played redly, and across the
eight at the end to a point on the breast
of the man beneath which he knew the
A long time he held the gun there so
long and so steadily that he and it seemed
like a part of the still woods. The night
had not a voice except the far off hoot
of a screech owl that called mournfully
from the forest on the far bank to its lost
mate. The man at the fire, unconscious
of the swift death that waited but the
message of a finger touch, did not move.
One minute! two minutest almost three
then the long barrel dropped lower and
Zeb Posey, letting it fall till he grasped
the barrel in his hand, broke through the
network of interlacing vines and stalked
into the circle of the rosy flame.
The man at the fire looked up and
c ught the blaze of tha riverman's eves
ai d he shrank back as though the fire
hi d put out one of its red fingers and
scorched his seared and blackened soul
"What do you want of me?" he asked
dc ggedly enough.
Tve ben lookin' fer yo a long while "
replied Zeb; "but Td thought that bime
by Td run up on't yo. Tve cum to fin
out where Cordia ber
It was a dramatic picture, wherein
th e two men were the central figures,
in the moments when Zeb was waiting
to hear the fate of Cordia. The Yazoo
flowed past the camp, wide and black.
It was too early for the moon to 6hed a
single silvery splinter upon its placid
suiface, but the fire threw distorted half
ligit3 across the black waste. The big
trees reached their leafless arms out
act oss the troubled men in silent bene
diction, and the withered vines swung a
pei.dulou3 and fretted veil all about,
sht tting in the light and building a wall
agt inst the outer darkness.
I dunno who you are," said Cordia's
abe.uctor, making a strenuous effort to
apt ear unconcerned.
Zeb took off the torn felt hat he wore
and bending his head a little pulled the
ma rted hair away from a long scar that
ran across his temple as he replied:
"Fhaps yo' don't call to mind the man
yo hit with yer gun up to Lookout
pohit when be were tryin' tu git his sis
ter what yo'd dun tuk away fram him?"
"I ain't no coward to crawl in a hole
an hide my head when it thunder "
said the man doggedly. "An' I don't
den r that I know you. What 'e r you
goii.' to do about it?"
Zrb looked at him a long time before
he i lade answer:
"Stranger, 1 cud bev killed yo ef I'd
watted to, 'fore yo' ever sot eyes cn me.
I he 1 this yere gun drawed on ye a long
whi e 'fore I cum through the bushes
yander. 1 cum nigh pullin' the trigger,
but 1 cudn't do it. It warn't 'cause yo'
hit tae ez I cared, but 'cause yo tuk Cor
dia way. But I've looked fer her high
an' f ir fur a middlin' long time, an' ef I'd
kille 1 yo' I dunno ez I'd ever heard "bout
her agin, so I didn't shoot. I don't car"
tu trk yer life. I want to know Tont
Zea spoke very slowly and hesitating
ly, as though there was upon his heart
such a load that he feared to unburden
it all at once lest it break. But when he ;
said,- 'I want to know 1out Cordia,"
there were tears in his eyes, and a 6ob
that welled up broke his utterance and
shoo): the thin frame even as a strong
wind bends and makes tremulous the
slender 6apling on the storm chastised
hillsi le. His anguish seemed to touch
even the rough man before him, for he
made answer more gently than was his
"111 be fair with you, pardner. I took
your sister, an' she's been with me right
along up to a couple of weeks ago 1
took ?ood care of her too, an' treated her
as kind as 1 knowed how, but she hank
ered for home all the time, and when we
were at Rolling Fork, coming down
from the upper country, 6he left me, an'
I gue she must have got on the train
goin' down to Vicksburg. I hung about
there a while looking for her an' then '
started down in my skiff."
" Y r lyin' now," said Zeb, looking him '
steadily in the eye.
"If the truth, an' I hope to be burned !
upwizh the lightning ef it isn't." was
"Tl en how wnz it 1 didn't 6ee yo" on j
the w.iy?" asked Zeb suspiciously. j
"I vas camped in amon? the
just a-Toss the creek from you when you
pulled in there." replied the abductor,
"an' course 1 didn't want to see you.
That night 1 rowed across through the
bayou to the Little Sunflower an' came
on dov.-n it. thinkin' I'd get out ahead of
"la low I dunno how a man cud be so
tnery i-z you've ben," said Zeb. "Yo tuk
a little gal as bed never dun yo no harm
way V.-am her hum an' tried to make
her ez bad ez yerself. An' now she's out
driftin 'bout sumwhar in this great
big world, an' the Lord only knows what
harm's cum to her or where she be."
'Tve been sorry for what I done often
when I saw how she took on about it
and how she hated me. I thought
p'haps i he'd cum to like me after a while,
but 6he didn't and I had to keep away
from tie settlement for fear she'd leave
me or give me over to the officers."
"Tell me suthin' 'bout her," said Zeb.
his brother heart yearning to learn of
the chil 1 even from the lips of the man
who had done her such grievous wrong.
"Wh.it can I tell you," was the re
sponse, " cept that she's growed taller
and purttier? She'd never talk much,
but when she did it was about the things
she'd re d in the Scripters or else, about
you. i-he talked about you and hei
home most all the time, an' when she
was sick an' pretty near dying onct I
promised ber if 6he died Td tell you all
about it, for she said, 'Ef yo' tell him I
sed to ft rgive you. Zeb won't do yo no
Thet uz jess lilie Cordia," softly in
terrupted Zeb. "Pore little critter! she
hed sich a tender heart she cudn't bear
to see i othin' suffer. I 'member onct 1
shot a buzzard fer fish bait when she
were 1c ng with me. It were a long
shot an' I jess broke its wing. It cum
floppin' down inter the bushes an' I
cudn't fi i it fer nigh an hour, an' Cordia
tuk on orful. an' crried an' wanted to tie
its wing up so's it cud fly agin."
So, standing on opposite sides of the
fire, the men talked thus for a long time
until Cordia's abductor said:
Highest of all in Leavening Power.
'Tve used von meaner than a dog,
Zeb Posey, and there ain't nothin' you
can do to get even with me. Tve played
my hand in this world and I haven't held
no trumps. I haven't alwavs plaved fair,
but the other fellers always got the
tncks and raked in the stakes at the end.
We're here all alone and you're got yer
gun, and if you want to you can kail me,
I s'pose, for the hurt I've done you and
-P'haps I mought kill yo'. stranger, an'
no one nd know it. but Zeb Posey ud
know it It wudn t do, nohow.
"member Cordia readin' suthin' frum
the Bible "bout he una up ther jedg
in' us sinful critters, an' I haint got
no mission tu interfere with he uns.
low I cum purty near it when I fust
laid eyes on yo, but I cudn't do it now.
Yo' must wuk it out sum other way an'
Zeb Posey musn't bev no blood on bis
hands when he do find little Cordia."
The man looked at him a minute or
two und then said:
"I never met up with no man like you
before. Perhaps if I had Td a been bet
ter. But yon look tired and nigh 6ick.
Before yon go take a drink: I've got a
little whisky in a bottle there under the
".Nope," replied the fisherman, "I can't
drink with yo'. I've sed I didn't fin' it
in my heart to kill yo', but I cudn't tek
no eat or no drink long with yo'. I'm
agoin' tu look fer Cordia. I ve heerd
tell thet all these little creeks an' run?
an' bayous run into the Mississippi, an'
gits into th ocean together arter awhile.
P'haps we uns is like thet, an' even ef
we tek difFrent ways we'll wind nr to
gethor suinwhere bimeby. Ef so I mav
meet r.p with yo' there, an' then p'haps
1 won t nev no ugly feehn in mv heart
an' kin tek yo'r ban' and fergive yo' fer
what vo did bv Cordia.
Without further words Zeb turned and
walked away into the forest, never pan
ing or turning about to see what the de
stroyer of his peace might be doing
The man at the fire looked after him a
long while, and then taking the pot
rrom the dying embers set it aside with
out touching the contents, and crawl
ing under tae shelter of the old tent lay
wearily down upon his blanket3.
.. r,j i SI' ( i- WJ
Zeb gathered her into hu arms.
It was almost dusk
night when a skiff slowly rounded the
oroau saingty Deacu or Jxing s Point, and
skirting the gray little sandbars below
pulled into the narrow opening of West
Pass. It was Zeb Posey, and he had come
to Vicksburg again to look for Cordia.
The mighty current of the Mississippi
once flowed in stately majesty past the
famous old town. Delta Point from the
Louisiana shore pushed out and up in
front of Vicksburg a long, narrow pen
insula, for all the world like a crooked
index finger placed there to fret and dam
the impetuous flood. This peninsula
forced the river to double hafc nmn
itself, aud swinging about to pour its
full volume down by the city. Delta
Point was a narrow, insecure barrier
into which the turbulent stream set its
teeth at each period of overflow.
When Grant's investing arnjy encom
passed the place his engineers conceived
the plan of digging a canal across this
narrow arm of Louisiana, and thus leav
ing the impotent town inland. But the
stubborn river, which often eagerly lays
claim to a furrow and scours it out until
it it gulfs a province, refused to be so
6et aside or led away. The treasure and
lives spent upon the work were lost, but
that which science and bloodshed could
not do was wrcsgkt in one night in the
year 1ST6. Amid the tumult of a sum
mer storm the river threw off its yoke of
bondage, and cutting the meager penin
sula hurled its swirling yellow, foam
ing mass through the new channel, leav
ing Vicksburg with a sand diked lake in
front of it.
The lake called Centennial to com
memorate the year of its creation is
bidden behind a great bar of dreary
sand whereon a crop of scrub cotton
woods and willows wave in seasons of
low water, and across which steamers
ply to their rotting and long deserted
docks in times of overflow. The lake is
connected with the river by one narrow
channel called West Pass, and up this
gorge like estuary, with its high and
perpendicular mna Danis, Zeb rowed to
an anchorage. He wished to avoid the
motley and iniquitous crew who swarm
and fester by the repulsive fish docks and
coal barges and cabin boats clustered in
the hollow cove near the landing.
When the night had grown dark and
the lights glimmered out in broken rows
upon the populous terraces of the steep
bluffs Zeb crept up toward the town and
wandered uneasily over the place. Now
TJ. S. Gov't Report, Aug. 17, 1889.
J. B. ZIMMER,
-THE WELL KJJOWN-
Stab Block, Opposite Harper Hottse.
ha purchased for the
Spring and Summer of 1891,
A lanjtr sed finer flock thn err. Tbese rood will arriTe in a few day. Wait and see tba.
H. SIEMON & SON,
toves and Tinware,
liPTTIMIIFS, IST-A-IILS, &C,
Baxter Banner Cooking and Heating Stoves end the Geneseo Cooking Stoves.
Tin, Copper and Sheet Iron Work;
1508 SECOND AVE., ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
Calf Goodyear Welt Shoes?
The best Kec'i Cceehoe in the city for the
Ser-and nd Uarrison Sts.
J". ZK. CHBISTY,
Steam Cracker Bakery,
BAHtTACTD&IR 07 CBACXZXS ARB BISCUITS.
Ask jour Grocer for them. They are best,
-fipeelaltl The CVriity "OTSTJB" and the fArtetj "W&TX&."
ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
SEIVERS & ANDERSON,
Contractors and Builders,
ALL KIND 8 OF OABPEUTXE WORK DOITS.
"General Jobbing done on short notice and attraction piaranteed.
Office and Shop 1412 Fourth Avenue. ROCK ISLAND ILL.
Agency for Excelsior Roofing Company.
i i ?X.-.. ?.,- iVSSKj ..hi-y-:
Cheaphr than Shingles.
Seod for circular. Telephone
GEORGE SCIUFER, Proprietor.
1601 Second Avenue. Corner of Bixteenth Stree - Oppcite Harper' Theatre.
The choicest Wines, Liquors.
Ff T.TlTirh Vvtrw Thaw
B. R DeGEAR,
Office and t?bop Corner Seventeenth St.
- AU . of carpenter wora .cialt,
ST. JAMES HOTEL,
corner i wentj-third atreet and Fourth avenue
J. T. RYAN,
Thii home ba. Brt''y'ygst.ed
Manufacturer of all kinds of
-BOOTS AND SHOES-
a .h!T,' Ffa 8he' "peC",tT- RoPW6.on. neatl, and promptly.
A ahare of y ocr patronage retpectf nUy solicited.
1618 Second Avenue. Rok Island, IH.
CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER,
. 8hP COer ffieer Beeidenc. W
U ""P"1 to - and do all kind, of Carpenter work. Gie him a trial.
STABY, BERGER & SNELL,
T. H. ELLIS, Rock Island. 111.
1036.' Cor. Fonrfcenth St- and Second Av,
Beer and Cigars always on Hand
Sandwiches Fnrnlahed on Short No
Pi.n.j -debate. for a, k5ca. of buUdin
BOCK ISLAND, ILL.
a ibI.m?i.h'tlotL' c ' fltet-t1"