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THE ABGUS. WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 1891.
Pabliabed Daly and Wet-klv at 1624 Second Av
enue, Hock Irland. 11L
J. w. Potter.
Taas Dally, Wc pet month; Weekly, 14.00
All eommanlattloof of a critical or ammenta
ttve character, political or rellanous. man bare
real name attached for publication. No f aeh arti
ticlee will be pitntad OTer fictitioQs signatures -Anonymons
commaoieation not noticed.
Correspondence solicited from every losrnthip
la Rock Island county.
Wedsesdat, Mat 27. 1691.
The world's indebtedness amounts to
Accokdiho to Senator Peffer there are
9,000,000 mortgaged homes in America.
Keokce Constitutioa Democrat: J.
Ellen Foater is dead certain tbat probi
bition prohibits, bnt the prohibition
mayor of Des Moines can testify from
actual experience tbat it does not.
At a wedding In Aictds. Fla. , the
other day, the bride was married to ber
ninth husband, and four of the former
husbands were present at the ceremony.
They probably attended to offer their
sympathy to No. 9.
At Cincinnati )at week Master Work
man Powderlj. ot the K. of L, told a
reporter tbat in Pennsylvania on election
days the employing corporations tike
newly natural. zed citizens to the pol.s
and Tote them by numbers. Un able to
read or speak the Eoglith language and
haying no conception of the importance
of the elective franchise, the men vote
just as they are told.
Prof. Wiggins is on deck aeain. and
this time he stys we are to have a dry
summer, attributing it to the increased
use of electricity in towns, and the use
of wire fences in the country, thus keep
ing away tbe storms. If it should bap
pen to be a "wet" summer the professor
will have to put it wire fence around
himself to keep off the storm of indign a
tion frrm hotel-keepers who are counting
on tbis prediction for a proSlble sum
mer. The judieiil elections tbrouehont the
state occur ces: Monday. N interest is
attached to the election in this district
there being no opposition to Judges
Pleasants, Glen a and Smith.- It would
have been mire satisfactory and in keep
ing with the spirit, ir not the letter of tbe
constitution, however, bai they been
placed in nomination by a non-partisan
convention Besides tbe political ticket
the voters of Warren county will ballot
for a circuit clerk, a vacancy having been
created by tbe appointment of tbe pres
ent incumbent as postmaster.
The rumor tbat P. O'Sullivan. th e :a
man, is about to make full confession cf
tbe details of tbe Cronin murder is re
newtd. It is said tbat he is now only
awaiting the final decision cf the supreme
court, when he will tell all he knows
about the tragedy . Rumor also has it
that Dan Coughlin will make a clean
breast of the affair, anticipating O'Sulli
van. It would not be strange if these
men should implicate some others who
were participants in tbe conspiracy to
The practice of putting manacles up
on prisoners and sending them out' to
work upon the streets is in vogue in De s
Moines. Though tbis practice is regarded
as a relic of barbarism by many, still
those who are aware of the habits of
many of tbe old timers in Rock Island
county who spend half of tbe year living
off tbe county and enjoy all tbe ease of
life without its elegance, would not ob
ject to seeing them subjected td some
such mortification. It m;gbt have a good
frepu'Hlen by Klertrlrlty.
The history of electricity as a motive
power for street cars is so short, having
been in general use only abo ut six years,
that it is difficult to form any correct es
timate of tbe relative cost of operation as
compared to cable and horse power. A
recent census bulletin, however, treats of
the question to a great extent, upon sta
tistics gathered from 50 miles of railway,
10 operated by cable, 10 by tlectricitv
and 30 by horse power. The length of
each line is given, cost of road and
equipment, grades, number of passen
gers carried, and cot of operation ptr
mile and per passenger curried. The
maximum cost of operation was as fol
lows: Per rar mile Ijr pnenrer
f'nbli- :J1.!(1 c-nt 4cent
Electric :ti 04 cents 1 1. M cento
HnriM: UT .02 cent 4.U! cents
The average operat'ng expenses were:
Per car mile Per p'np r
Catle 14 1!1 ci-nt Ulcenn
Electric i:CJlcent K M ctnl
Horse IS lti cent 8 67 ceiiti
From these figures it would be seen
that the electric roads lead with tbe car
mile expenses, but are far behind in econ
omy for passengers carried. It would be
difficult to form any full idea of the rel
ative costs and economy of the three sys
tems without a close study of the com
plete tables given in Ibe bulletin, so many
local conditions being considered, but
the above showing is very encouraging
for tbe future of electricity as a street
car power, it is safe to say that with con
stant improvements wiil come a corre
sponding reduction in cos', of mainten
ance and operation.
Slubet, the fallen of tbe sons of song
Wlose praise is England's crowing prtJse,
AH glories else that crown her. sweet and string
As England, clothed with light and Civ of
And girt with might of passion, thought und
Stands here in spirit: sleeps not here in dost.
Marlowe, a star too sovereign, too superb
To fade when heaven took fire from Shake
A sool that knew bat song's triumphal curb
And love's triumphant bondage, holds of
His pride of place, who flrt in place and tirie
Made England's voice as England's heart s lb
lime. Marlowe bade England live in living song;
The life he lifted up lit Shakespeare's way:
He sae. and life sprang forth In mosic. strc ng
As lire or lightning, sweet as dawn of day
Bong wasadream where day took night to wi fe:
Lt there be life." he said, and there was life.
Marlowe of all onr fathers first beheld
Beyond the tidal ebb and flow of things.
The titleless depth and height of souls, i n
pelled By thought or passion, borne on waves or
Beyond all flight or sight but songs; and he
First gave our song a sound that matched oar
Algernon Charles Swinburne.
1 was struck by his appearance. His w.-m
Ine of thoe intrepid heads, stamped with
Hie seal of war, upon whose brows a-e
written the (tattle of Napoleon. Alioi t
this old soldier was a certain air of frank
ness anil of gayety which always wins rcy
He .was doubtless one of those old troo;
ers whni nothing can surprise: who fin 1
food for laughter in the dyini; spasms of a
comrade: who gayly bury and despoil hin :
who challenge bullets with indifference
though their arsruments are short enough
and who would hob-nob with the devil.
In a few moments we had struck up at
acquaintance, aud went to dine at the first
restaurant at hand. At dessert a bottle of
champacne completely cleared the mem
ory of this straiife-e old soldier. He told
During the expedition undertaken i;i
Upper Ksypt by General Daix, a Pro
vencal soldier, who had fallen into Un
hands of the Maugrabins. was taken by
the- Arabs into the desert beyond the cat
aracts of the Nile. In order to put 1
tween tbem and the French army a dis
tance to assure their safety, the Mau-gr.tbin-i
made a forced march and did not
halt tiil night.
They then camped by the side of a well,
snrroendt-d by a clump of palm trees,
where they had liefore buried some pro
visions. Never dreaming that their pris
oner woui.l think of flight, they mert-lv
oonnu Ms nanus, and all of tbem, after
eating a few dates and giving barley to
their horses, went to sleep.
When the bold Provencal saw his ene
mies tumble of watching him, he picked
up a scimetar with his teeth, and then,
with the blade fixed bc-tween lus knees,
cut the ccnl that lashed his wri-sts, and
found himself at lilierty.
He at once seized a carbine and a dag
ger, provided himself with some dry dates
and a small bag of barley, powder and
balls, girded on the scimetar, sprang on a
horse and pressed forward in the direction
where he fancied the French army must
be founii. Impatient to gain the bivouac,
he so urged tue weary horse that the poor
beast fell dead, its sides torn with the
spurs, leaving the Frenchman alone in the
midst of the elegit.
After wandering for some time amid
the sand with the desperate courage of an
escaping convict the soldier was forced to
stop. Night was closing in. Despite the
beauty of the eastern night he had not
strength sufficient to go on. Fortunately
he had reached a height on the top of
which were palm trees, whose leaves, for
some time visible far off, had awakened in
his heart a hope of safety. He was so
weary that he lay down on a granite stone,
oddly shaped like a camp bed, and went to
sleep, without taking the precaution to
protect himself in his slumber.
He was awakened by the sun, whose piti
less rays falling vertically upon the granite
made it intolerably hot.
Far away the horizon was marked off, as
on a summer day at sea, by a line of light
as bright aud narrow as a saber's edge.
The Provencal was twenty-two years old.
He went down in the direction opposite
to that which he had taken when he had
climbed the hill the night before. Great
was his joy on discovering a kind of grotto,
naturally cut out of the enormous frag
ments of grauite that formed the bottom of
the bill. The remnants of a mat showed
that this retreat had once been inhabited.
Then, a few steps farther, he saw palm trees
with a load of dates.
At length, wearied by the heat, he fell
asleep beneath the red roof of his murky
In th'? middle of the night he was dis
turbed by a strange noise. He sat np. In
the profound silence he conld hear a
creature breathing a savage respiration
which resembled nothing human. Terror,
intensified by darkness, silence and the
fancies of one suddenly awakened, froze his
He felt the sharp contraction of his
scalp when, as the pupils of bis eyes di
lated, h saw in the shadow two faint and
yellow lights. At first he thought these
lights were some reflation of his eyeballs,
but so-u, the clear brightness of the night
helping him to distinguish objects in the
grotto, he saw lyini: at two paces from
him an enormous U-;it.
Was it. a lion, a tiger, a crocodile The
Provencal was not sufficiently educate) 1 to
know t he species of his enemy, hut his ter
ror was nil the greater, since his ignorance
assisted his imagination. He iKire the
cruel torture of listening, of marking the
caprices of this awful breathing, without
losing a sound of it or venturing to make
tbe slightest movement.
Presently the moon, now sinking, lighted
up the den, and in the moon rays gradu
ally shone out a panther's spotted skin.
The lion uf Kgypt was sleeping, curled
up like a great dog who is the peaceable
possessor of a sumptuous kennel at a man
sion door; its eyes, which had been opened
for one moment, were now closed Again.
Its face was turned toward tbe French
man. A thousand troubled thoughts passed
through the rnind of the panther's prison
er. At first he thought of shooting it, but
there was not enough room between them
to adjust his guu; the barrel would have
reached lieyond the animal. 'And what if
he awoke it! This supposition made him
motionless. Listening in tbe silence to
the beating of his heart, he cursed the loud
pulsations, fearing to disturb the bleep
tbat gave him time to seek some means o'
safety. Twice he placed his hand upon
bis scimetar with the intention of cutting
off tbe head of his enemy, but tbe difficulty
of cutting through the short, strong fur
compelled him to abandon the idea. To
taiT was certain death. He preferred the
odds of conflict and determined to await
the daybreak. And daylight was not long
in coming. The Frenchman was able to
examine that panther. Its muzzle was
stained with blood.
"It has eaten plenty," he reflected, with
out conjecturing that tbe feast might have
been composed of human flesh; "it will
not be hungry when it wakes."
It was a female. The fur upon her breast
and thighs shone with whiteness. A num
ber of little spots like velvet looked like
charming bracelets around her paws. The
muscular tail was also white, bnt tipped
with black rings. The upper part of her
coat, yellow as old gold, but very soft and
smooth, bore those characteristic marks,
shaded into the form of roses, which serve
to distinguish the panther from the other
species of the genus Feiis.
This fearful visitor was snoring tran
quilly in an attitude as graceful as that of
a kitten lying on the cushions of an otto
man. Her sinewy, blood stained paws,
with powerful claws, were spread beyond
her head, which rested on tbem, and from
which stood out the thin, straight whisk
ers with a gleam like silver wire.
Acting as men do who, driven to ex
tremities, at last defy their fate, and nerve
themselves to meet their doom, he saw a
tragedy in this adventure, and resolved to
play his part in it with honor to the last.
Considering himself as good as dead he
waited bravely, yet with restless curiosity,
for the awakening of his enemy.
When the sun shone out the panther
opened her eyes suddenly; then she spread
out her paws forcibly, as if to stretch them
ami ret rid of cramp. Then she yawned,
showing an alarming set of teeth and an
indented, rasplike tongue.
"She is like a dainty lady," thought the
Freuchma-.i, as he saw her rolling over with
a gentle and cmjuettish movement.
She licked off the blond that stained her
paws and mouth, and rubbed ber head with
movements full of charm.
"That's it: Just beautify yourself a lit
tle!" the Frenchman said, his gayety re
turning with his courage. "Then wttnut
say good morning."
And he took up the short dagger of which
he had relieved the Maugrabins.
At this moment the panther turned her
head toward the Frenchman and looked
at him fixedly, without advancing. The
rigidity of those metallic eyes anil their in
supportable brightness made the Provencal
The beast began to move toward him.
He looked at her caressingly, and, fixing
her eyes as if to magnetize her, he let her
come close up to him; then, with a soft
and gentlo gesture, he passed his hand
along her Ixwly from head to tail, scratch
ing with his nails the flexible vertebra;
that divide a panther's yellow back.
The beast put up her tail with pleasure,
her eyes grew softer; and when for the
third time the Frenchman accomplished
this self interested piece of flattery she
broke into a purring like a cat.
Hut this purr proceeded from a throat so
deep and powerful that it re-echoed through
the grotto like the peals of a cathedral or
gan. The Provencal, realizing the success of
his caresses, redoubled tbem, until the im
perious beauty was completely soothed and
When he felt sure that he had perfectly
subdued the ferocity of his capricious com
panion, whose hunger had been satislied so
cruelly the night before, he got up to leave
the grotto. The panther let him go, but
when he had climbed the hill she came
bounding after him with the lightness of a
sparrow hopring from branch to branch,
and rubbed herself against the soldier's leg,
arching her back after the fashion of a cat.
Then looking at her guest with eyes whose
brightness had grown less inflexible, she
uttered that savage cry which naturalists
have compared to the sound of a saw.
"What an exacting lieauty!" cried the
Frenchman, smiling. He set himself to
play with her ears, to caress her lody and
to scratch her head hard with his nails.
Then, growing bolder with success, he
tickled her skull with the point of his dag
ger, watching for the spot to strike her.
But the hardness of the bones made him
afraid of failing.
The sultana of the desert approved the
action of her slave by raising her head,
stretching her neck and showing her de
light by the quietness of her attitude. The
Frenchman suddenly reflected that in order
to assassinate this fierce princess with one
blow he need only stab ber in the neck.
He had just raised his knife for the attempt
when the panther, with a graceful action,
threw herself upon the ground before his
feet, casting on him from time to time a
look in which, in spite of its ferocity of
nature, there was a gleam of tenderness.
The poor Provencal, with his back
against a palm tree, ate his dates, while
he cast inquiring glances, now toward tbe
desert for deliverers, now upon his terrible
companion, to keep an eye upon her du
bious clemency. Kvery time he threw
away a date stone the panther fixed her
eyes upon the spot with inconceivable mis
trust. She scrutinized the Frenchman
with a businesslike attention, bnt the ex
amination seemed favorable, for when he
finished his poor meal she licked his boots,
and -with her rough, Strang tongue re
moved the dust incrusted in their creases.
"But when she becomes hungry"
thought the Provencal.
Despite the shudder this idea caused him,
1 he soldier began examining with curiosity
ihe proportions of the panther, certainly
one of the most beautiful specimens of ber
kind. She was thn- feet high and four
leet long, without the tail. This powerful
weapon, as round as a club, was nearly
t lire feet long. The head us lame as that
t a lioness was distinguished by an ex
J ression i.f rare delicacy; true, the cold
cruelty of the ticer dominated, but there
vas also a resemblance to the features of a
v.-ily wonu.n. In a word, the countenance
c f the solitary queen wore at this moment
an expression of fierce gayety, like that of
'ero flushed with wine: she had quenched
her thirst in blood and ndw desired to play.
The soldier tried to come and go, and the
pinther let him, content to follow him
w ith her. eyes, but less after the manner oT
a faithful dog than of a great Angora cat,
suspicious even of the movements of its
n aster. When he turned round he saw
b"side the fountain the carcass of- his
Highest of all in Leavening Power.
horse; the panther had dragged the body
all that distance. About two-thirds had
been devoured. This sight reassured the
Frenchman. He was thus easily able to
explain tbe absence of the panther, and
the respect which she had shown for him
while be was sleeping.
The first piece of luck emboldened him
about the future. He conceived the mad
idea of setting up a pleasant household
life together with the panther, neglecting
no means of pacifying her and of conciliat
ing her good graces. He returned to her,
and saw to his delight that she moved her
tail with an almost imperceptible motion.
Then he sat down beside her without
fear and began to play with her. He
grasped her paws, her muzzle, pulled her
ears, threw her over on her back and vigor
ously scratched her warm and silky sides.
She let him have bis way, and when the
soldier tried to smooth the fur upon her
paws sh carefully drew in her claws, which
had the curve cf a Damascus blade.
The Frenchman, who keptone hand noon
his dagger, was still thinking of plunging
it into the body of the too confiding pan
ther, but he feared less she should strangle
him in her last convulsions. And, besides,
within his heart there was a movement of
remorse that warned him to respect an in
offensive creature. It seemed to him that
he had found a friend in this vast desert.
Involuntarily he called to mind a woman
whom he once had loved, whom he sarcas
tically had nicknamed "Mignonne," from
her jealousy, which was so fierce that dur
ing the whole time of their acquaintance
he went in fear that she would stab him.
This memory of his youth suggested the
idea of calling the young pint her by this
name, whose lithe agility and grace he now
admired with less terror.
Toward evening be had become so far
accustomed to his perilous position that
he almost liked the hazard of it. At last
his companion had got into the habit of
looking at him when he called in a falsetto
At sundown Mignonne uttered several
times a deep and melancholy cry.
"She has been proierly brought up,"
thought the light hearted soldier; "she
says her prayers!" But it was no doubt
her peaceful attitude which, brought the
jest into his mind.
"All right, my little jiet; I will let you
get to sleep first," he said, relying on his
legs to get away as soon as she was sleep
ing, and to seek some other shelter for the
The soldier waited with patience 'for the
hour of flight, and when it came set out
full speed in the direction of the Nile. But
he had only gone a quarter of a league
across the sand when he heard the panther
boundmg after him, uttering at intervals
that sawlike cry, more terrible even than
the thudding of ber leaps.
"Well:" he said to himself, "she must
have taken a fancy to me. Perhaps she
has never yet met any one. Iis flattering
to be her first love!"
At this moment . Frenchman fell into
a shifting quicksand, so dangerous to the
traveler in the dessert, escape from which is
hopeless. He felt that he was sinking; he
gave a cry of terror. The iant her seized
him by the collar with her teeth, and
springing backward with stupendous vig
or, drew him from the gulf as if by magic.
"Ah, Mignonne!" cned the soldier, en
thusiastically caressing her, "we are friends
now for life and death; bnt no tricks, eh?'
and he retraced his steps.
Henceforth the desert was as though it
had been peopled. It contained a being
with whom he could converse, and whose
ferocity had been softened for him, with
out his being abl to explain so strange a
However great was his desire to keep
awake and on his guard he fell asleep. On
awakening Mignonne was no longer to be
seen. He climbed the hill, and then per
ceived her afar off, coming along by leaps
and liounds, according to the nature of
these creatnres. the extreme flexibility of
whose v rtebra prevents their running'.
Mignonne came up, her jaws liesmeared
with blood. She received the caresses of
her companion with deep purrs of satis
faction. Her eyes, now full of softness,
were turned, with even greater tenderness
than the night before, to the Provencal,
who spoke to her as to a pet.
"Ah, Beauty! you are a respectable
young woman, are you not? You like
petting, don't you Are you not ashamed
of yourself? You have been eating a Mau
grabin! Well, they're animals, as yon are;
but don't you go and gobble up a French
man. If you do 1 shall not love you."
She played as a young pup plays with its
master, letting him roll her over, beat and
pet her, and sometimes she would coax
him to caress her with a movement of en
treaty. A few days passed thus. The companion
ship revealed to the Provencal the sublime
beauties of tbe desert. From the moment
when he found within it hours of fear and
yet of calm, a sufficiency of food, and a liv
ing creature who absorbed his thoughts,
his soul was stirred by new emotions. It
was a life of contrasts.
Solitude revealed to him ber secrets and
involved him in her charm. He discovered
in the rising and the setting of the sun a
splendor hidden from the world of men.
His frame quivered when he heard above
his head the soft whirr of a bird's wings
rare wayfarer, or when he saw the clouds
those changeful, many colored voyagers
mingled in the depth of heaven.
In the dead of night be studied tbe effects
of the moon upon the sea of sand which the
simoon drove in ever changing undulations.
He lived with the oriental day; he mar
veled at its pomp and glory; and often,
aftei having watched the grandeur of a
tempest in tbe plain, in which the sands
were wnirled in dry red mists of deadly
vaiMjr, Be oeneia, wuo ecstacy, tbe coming
on of night.for then there fell upon him the
benignaut coolness of the stars.
He heard imaginary music in the sky.
Solitude taught him all the bliss of reverie.
He spent whole hours in calling trifles to
remembrance, in comparing his past life
with his strange present. To his panther
he grew passionately attached, for he re
quired an object of affection. Whether by
a strong effort of his will he had really
changed the character of his companion,
or whether, thanks to the constant warfare
of the deserts she found sufficient food, she
showed no disposition to attack him. and
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