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THE ARGU b. S ATU1I UAY, MAY 9,' 1891.
Published laily and Weekly at 1624 Second Av
enue, Rock Island, J 11.
J. W. Potter,
Twms Daily. 50c per month; Weekly, $3.00
per aim am.
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tive character, political or religious, man have
real name attached for publication. No anch arti
tlclea will be punted over fictitious signatures -Anonymous
communications not noticed.
Correspondence solicited from every township
la Rock Island county.
Saturday, Mat 9, 1891.
Tite absence of Boss Wells from the
post office today is said to be accounted
for by the fact that he is writing seme
political verbrige fcr the morning Union.
New York World: The game of pol
itics just now in administration circles
consists solely of devices for "forcing
Blaine's hand." Mr. Biaine is himself
fairly familiar with the rules of the game,
JosErn Jefferson, Jr., youngest eon
of the distinguished comedian, will be
married in June to Miss Blanche Bender,
a. professional. Ex-FresiJent Cleveland
and wife are expected to witness the cer
Senator Stanford, of California, is
about to begJn the "manufacture of
American cbamp&cne" on his great vine
yard in Tehama cou-ty, and he
promises to make it "eou&l to the best
The Washington Post remarks that
Gov. Boies' political future will be pass
ed on by the Iowa voters in November.
True, says the Burlington Gazette, and
the verdict will be one which will warm
the cockla of the gran d old man'
From the frequent effasions of Po it
master Wells on political matters, it is to
be inferred that it is one of the duties
of all postmasters under the Harrison
regime to use the subsidized republican
press to boom the man with the big hat,
and defend the restrictive po'.icy cf Mc-Kinlevism.
The new tine of British steamships be
tween Hong Kong and Vancouver will
not carry the American mails to or from
Asiatic and Fac'.fi: ports. There are
American steamships that run from San
Francisco to ports in China and Japan,
and in Australia, and to the main ports
in the various groups of Polynesian
islands. These steamships make very fair
time in their voyages, and they carry the
Macomb Eagle: Maj. McClaughry,
noted only for the active part he took in
the Marsh-McClaughry contest for th e
republican nomination for congress in
this district some few years ago, has been
appointed by Mayor Washburne chief cf
police of Ciiicago . This will be highly
gratifying to the friends of Col. Marsh in
in this section, even to the colonel him
self. Just why Chicago's mjyo: seould
send to Pennsylvania for a chief of police
is not easily explained.
The Macomb Eagle, that pioneer expo
nent of democratic doctrine, is evincing
gratifying eviJence of prosperity to an
extent that it is enlarging and improvicp;
its conditions and surroundings at a won
derful rate. A new 33x46 Babcoct
printing press, and a six horse engine and
boiler, will be shipped by the time
the Eagle enters its new building in Ma
comb, and as the paper says "qui'.e an
amount of other material, which added
to the new machinery recently put in will
make the Eacle second to none in central
Illinois. I: is the intention to enlarge
the Eagle to an eight page and oil column
quarto, and print the entire paper at
home, and tbas be enabled to give our
readers more loial and tome news, and
at the same time keep the miscellaneous
and general news up to the highest point."
We congratulate the E tg'e on its ad
vancement and express the hops that
each year will find it still more prosper
ous, useful and happy than before.
Nm t Alrrk Well.
In his labored attempt to te funny in
yesterday's Union, Bo?s Wells makes
an attack cpoa Congressman Cable as
unwarranted as it is vicious and false.
The boss first wails over the demise of
bis late lamented benefactor and then he
makes a contemptibly "vindictive assault
upon Mr. Cable, speaking cf him as "a
resident of France and a man only inter
ested in railroads, and his only work in
Washington will be to advance the inter
ests of such corporations." The people
of this congressional district
had a chance to choose between
Mr. Cable and the man whom
they had tried for four years and they
spoke their sentiments in a manner not
to be misunderstood. Farther than this
all that the boss can say, desperately and
viciously as be may labor, cannot
remove the many instances in which Mr.
Cable has shown his love for his home
city, and his consideration of the inter
ests of. its people. The beautiful mem
orial fountain in Spencer square ard the
still more to be prized fountain of life at
the waterworks, stand as monumental
testimony to this assertion. If Mr.
Wells were to devote less time to political
letter writing and more to his duties as
postmaster, he would serve the public
better and appear lees of a smart aleck.
By JITO. GUMTVR SPEED.
Copyright by American Preen Association.
"T- L-"- 'Su
ndered him a model of sturdy manhood.
Hi ambition at that time was to save
mough money to enable him to go to
one of the law schools and qualify him
self for the practice of the law. In this
he had her warm sympathy and she did
all that she could to make his work
pleasant. Late one afternoon in mid
winter, when darkness settles down long
before supper time, a man called on the
colonel and paid to him $2,000 in gold.
The money was in a canvas bag, origi
nally made for holding shot, and the
colonel, after putting the money away
and giving a receipt for it, called John
Carlisle and instructed him to make the
proper entry in the books. He then
closed up the strong box, put on his fur
coat and went home, leaving Carlisle to
close the store before supper.
T?ic colonel, jnttting the money array and
givino a receipt, called John Carlisle.
In a very quiet village in the hills of
New Jersey Dr. William Curtis, of New
York, has made a summer home for him
self and his family, which is increasing j
in a way unhappily out of fashion now, !
when a man with two or three children 1
thinks he has a quiver full and is con
tent with that number instead of the
baker's dozen of youngsters which as a I
rule in the olden time came to make the I
homes glad and left no room at the fire
sides for pampered poodles and snarlinjr
pugs. I found the doctor sitting on his
lawn the other day, and as his children
played about him in the grass he sucked
contentedly upon an old German pipe
and hioked very little like the precise
Dr. Curtis whose brougham is to be seen
all winter long hurrying through Fifth
and Madison avenues in the neighbor
hood known as Murray Hill.
When I have met Dr. Curtis in New
York, on the streets or at the club his
manner has always seemed to me very
formal and cold, and I was most agree
ably surprised at his genial cordiality
when I found him in the country. He
was bred in the country, and I am sat
isfied now that his formality in town
and seeming coldness are but the manner
of a very busy man, who is more ir less
Xreoccnpied with the affairs which crowd
his time. All this is thrown off in the
country, and in manner he is as differ
ent as in appearauce. The countryman,
suppressed in town, reasserts himself
with country surroundings, and there is
not a simpler hospitality to be found at
any farmhouse in the neighborhood than
is dispensed by the busy and prosperous
city physician in his village cottage.
'I am glad to hear that you have come
to Nearbye to live. Come in," was the
doctor's greeting, as he rose from his
easy chair and took off his broad
brimmed straw hat Shortly after I had
taken my seat I heard the very musical
bell of a clock strike five times, and the
exceptional clearness and mellowness of
the tone moved me to remark it.
"Ah. yon must see that clock," said
the doctor with evident pride, "it lias
just been set up here. It is a Bitten
house, and there is a most interesting
t story connected with it."
The old clock was in one corner of the
dining room, the low ceiling of which
barely gave room for the handsome ma
hogany case in which was housed the
skillfully constructed handiwork of the
great clockmaker of Piiiladelpliia. , The
date on the dial was 1751, and this clock
must therefore have been one of the ear
liest made by that master of the craft
This was certainly a splendid specimen
of cabinet work, too, and the rich colors
glistened with mellow luster, and the
brass trimmings and eagle clawfeet
shone in brilliant harmony. The full,
round face at the top indicated the har
vest moon, which was then making the
summer evenings glorious with a flood
of silver light
That 'clock was made for my great
grandfather said Dr. Curtis and for
one hundred and thirty-nine years it has
been in the family doing continuous
service. It was first set up in my great
grandfather's house in Germantown.
near Philadelphia, and there it staid
till his death, when his eldest son, my
grandfather, took it to his place in north
ern New York. There it staid till I
brought it here a few weeks ago.
The two most interesting events of its
history hapjened he continued about
sixty years ago, and then again while
my wife ana myself were sjiending our
honeymoon at my grandfather's place
about ten years since. My grandfather
had a large estate, and resides leiug en
gaged in converting his vast forests into
lumber lie had a general store, in which
was kept a very miscellaneous stock, suit
able for the needs of the primitive people
who dwelt thereabouts. To them he
sold his goods, but much of the trade
was in barter. Sugar and coffee he ex
changed for furs and skins, and so on.
He was also something of a banker, and
in the old counting room, which occu
pied the back part of the store, from
which it was separated by a partition,
the most notable objects were this old
clock and a strong box made of heavy
oak and strongly bound with iron straps.
This box was neither fire nor burglar
proof, but it answered the pui-pune in
the absence of anything better, and in it
were kept money and valuable papers.
In 1850 continued Dr. Curtis my
grandfather had in his employ a young
Scotchman, John Carlisle, who had been
in America three or four years, and dur
ing all of that time in the service of Col.
Curtis. Carlisle was a man of good edu
cation, having studied in the University
of Edinburgh, but he was entirely with
out fortune. He had come to America
to make his way and was studying law
while earning his living as clerk and
bookkeeper for my grandfather. He
lived in the family of his employer and
was treated with much kindness and
consideration. He was a particular fa
vorite with my grandmother, who con
A day or. two after this the colonel
was to take a trip in a sleigh to Albany,
the business center of that section, and
he meant to take several thousand dollars
to deposit in the bank. At the break
fast by candle light the colonel directed
Carlisle to get out of the strong box the
bags containing the gold he was to car
ry to Albany, and among the sums indi
cated was that in the bag he had recent
ly received. Carlisle did not return to
the house at once, as he was expected to
do, and the colonel went over to the
store to see what detained him. He
found Carlisle on his knees before the
strong box with the books and papers all
removed from it. and nervously search
ing for something. His face was pale,
and his hands trembled.
"What's the matter, John?" the colo
''Wlntt'f the matter, John the colonel
"I I can't find the i2,000 you got
1 rom Joshua Jones," stammered Carlisle
in a scared way.
"What, what's that?" exclaimed the
"I've looked everywhere, said Carlisle
"You need not look everywhere, young
laan, for I put it just here," said the
t olonel sternly, as he indicated a certain
c ompartmcnt with his finger.
"These," said John Carlisle, spreading
lis hands and pointing to the books,
I apers and bags of coin on the floor in
front of the strong box, "are all that I
f jond in the box when I opened it this
morning, and Joshua- Jones' bag is not
"Let's see, let's see," said the colonel:
"get the cash book."
The two men went to work at the
bxks, verifying the entries and addi
tions. It only took half an hour to sat
isfy the colonel that everything was all
r ght, with the exception of the Joshua
J nes bag, which contained 2,000.
"This looks bad, John," the colonel
"My God, yes!" said Carlisle desper
aiely; "it looks bad; damnably bad for
rxe. CoL Curtis, could you not have
placed the bag somewhere else?"
"Oh, no; I placed it there; there can
be no doubt of that"
There was a little pause and the colonel
"John, I shall not go to Albany tnis
m Dining. I shall go and have the horses
pi t away. While I am gone you make
at other search and see if you can't find
The colonel left the store. He an
nc unced to his wife tliat his visit to Al
bany was postponed for a little while,
and he sat down lefore the generous log
fir j in the dining room and 6inoked three
pies of tobacco lefore returning to the
store. He has told me that he could not
br ng himself to believe that Carlisle had
sttlen the money, but he could see no
other way out of it He staid away
frcin the store a long time, so that if
Carlisle had taken the money he would
ha re a chance to replace it. He had a
ge:mine liking for the young Scotchman,
and it hurt him dreadfully to think that
the young fellow was dishonest At
length he went back to the store, in
which were now the other clerks behind
th long counter and several country
men about the big Dutch stove. He
wa ked through the store into the count
ing room. John Carlisle, pale as a ghost,
knelt before the strong box still search
ing in the empty compartments for the
unl ucky bag of gold.
"I can't find it, sir," said he, as he
ro from his knees and faced his em
ployer. " That is unfortunate," my grandfather
rep" ied with curt severity.
"It is evident, sir," said Carlisle,
straightening himself to his full six feet
and for the first time looking unexcited
and calm, "that yon suspect me of
having robbed you."
"Have your legal Btudies. sir, taught
you that it is a wise thing for a man to
be bis own accuser?" asked Col. Curtis.
"I do not accuse myself, sir," said
Carlisle with dignity; "the circum
stances do that, and your manner be
trays your suspicion."
"There is no use for xr, s to quibble over
anything at this time. I have trusted
you implicitly. This money was paid to
me, and I placed it in the strong box.
You and I are the only persons who have
access to the box. The box has not been
broken open and the money is gone.
Those are the facts,"
"And they tell against me most damn
ably, sir; I grant all that. But, sir, I
feel that it is due to myself and to the
confidence that you have- always placed
in me to say that I have not taken the
money. For the past two hours I have
been trying to livo over in my mind the
wholo of the interval between Josh
Jones' visit and now, and I think I can
recall every little circumstance, but I
cannot recall ever to have seen the bag
"Possibly Jones did not pay me the
money?" said the colonel, with stern sar
casm. "I intimate nothing of that kind, sir;
all I know is that I never stole your
money, and I don't believe I ever saw
the bag that held it."
"These nice questions had better be
discussed by less interested persons than
you and I," said the colonel sternly.
"Very good, sir," responded Carlisle.
My grandfather continued Dr. Curtis,
when he had filled and lighted his Ger
man pipe returned to his house in much
trouble. He wished to consult his wife
about the missing money. Ho found
her in the sitting room, waiting tti hear
why the visit to Albany had been post
poned. He told her about it, and she,
too, saw that he suspected that John
Carlisle had stolen the money.
"William," she said very gravely, "I
don't for an instant believe that John
Carlisle took that money!"
"I certainly don't like to believe it
myself, but I can't help it How can I
get around believing it? Why don't yon
"I don't know why, but I feetthat he
did not do it; I am sure that he could
not do it; I know he did not do it."
'How do you know it?"
"Because he said he did not, and then
no man with an eye like bis could be a
"Well, Maria," said the colonel, "your
intuitions are usually pretty accurate,
and have great weight with me; what
shall I do? I can't keep John around
here with such a suspicion hanging over
"I don't know, I am sure; I shall go
and talk to John about it"
And my grandmother, who was a
young woman then, threw a shawl over
her head and shoulders, and went over
to the store. She staid in the counting
room for two hours with Carlisle, and
they came out together and went to the
house. John Carlisle went to his room,
and she joined her husband in the sitting
"Well?" asked the colonel.
"John did not take that money, Will
iam." "How do you know?'
"He has told me so."
"William, your suspicions do a good
man a great wrong. I am perfectly sure
that he is as innocent as a babe un
born." "Well, Maria, it may" be as vou sav,
but I don't see how I can feel the same
toward John and have him about here
when I have not the same faith in the
inexplicable as you have."
"No, I would not have him stay here
either, it would not be just to him; but
he does not like to go away with such a
suspicion hanging over him. I have
come to ask you to ratify a proposition I
have made to John for him to go to Al
bany and finish his law course as best he
can. He will only go, however, on con
dition that he shall be upon parole and
report regularly so that ho may learn if
the money ever be found, or be in reach
if you should ever wish to prosecute
"So you wish to make such an ar
rangement?" asked the colonel, with a
suspicion of sarcasm in Ids tone.
"Don't you think well of it?"
"I don't know that it is not my duty
to have that young man arrested at once
and prosecuted," said the colonel, "but 1
shall do as you suggest, for, Maria, I
never knew your intuition to be at fault,
just as I never knew you to be able to
give the reason for the faith that is in
you," and the colonel smiled on his
comely young wife, and seemed glad to
dismiss from his mind all responsibility
for the disagreeable incidents of the
(To be continned.)
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