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tHe Argus, Saturday, December m, iSoi.
JULY AND DECEMBER.
She is atamding in the twilight.
With her plighted hand in his.
And the darkness falls upon them;
Ah, they need no light, I wis.
Oh, but they twain love so fondly.
Other loves and lives may die.
But their troth shall be eternal!
Crickets" chirp 'tis in July.
Orange blossoms shed their perfume.
Holly decks the chanoel walls,
Oently now the swelling mosio
In melodious rhythm falls.
Fashion's throngs crowd nave and tran
sept. Softl Her wedding dayl December:
Bat another's wooed and won her.
8nowflakea fall. Does she remember?
J. W. Shwartx in New York World.
A CAPE HORN INCIDENT.
On a December morning, in the year
1883, a mail steamer, homeward bound
from a New Zealand port, was approaching
the meridian of the Horn, bat on a parallel
more southerly than it Is now the custom
of steamships to take in rounding that
stormy, ice girt, desolate and most inhos
pitable of all headlands.
December in those distant regions is
midsummer, and the weather of that
morning was as fair and still as a breeze
less April day in this country; but the
well of the vast tract of ocean ran
ceaselessly reminiscent respirations of a
giantess whose conflict with the heavens is
eternal and whose breathing pauses are
very few and far between indeed. Over
thl long, dark blue, westerly swell the
great metal fabric went sweeping in long,
floating, launching curtseys, whitening
the water astern of her with a mile of milk
The frosty sun, whose beams in that sea
have something of the silvery brilliance of
the electric light, flashed a score of con
stellations out of the gilt and glass and
brass about the steamer's bows and quar
ters and decks. A number of passeugers
were pacing the long hurricane platform.
Far away on the starboard beam, poised
starlike upon the keen blue rim of the
ocean, was an iceberg a dash of crystal
line light against the airy sky that out
there, low down, wore the delicate hue of
the opaL Otherwise the ocean swept
naked to its confines, a plain of rich, deep
blue, with the heave of the swell shoulder
ing the morning glory under the sua as it
ran, and makiug that part of the deep
magnificent with flowing light.
The chief officer was on the bridge; the
first breakfast bell had rung and the cap
tain, smart as a naval officer, in buttons
and lace trimmings, quitted the chartroom
and joined the mate to take a look around
before going below. This skipper was a
man of eagle sight, and instantly on di
recting his eyes over the ship's bow he ex
claimed: "What is that black object yonder?"
The chief mate peered, and the captain
leveled a telescope.
"A ship's boat," said he, '-and seemingly
full of people."
The boat, when sighted, was some three
or four miles distant, and the speed of the
steamer was about thirteen knots. In a
few minutes the alarm in the engine room
rang its reverberatory warning, sending a
little thrill of wonder throughout the ship,
so rarely is that telegraph handled on the
"I count eight men, sir," cried the chief
mate, with a binocular glass at his eye.
Again the engine room alarm rang out;
the pulaing that for days had been cease
lessly throbbing through the long fabric
languished, and in a few minutes, to an
other summons of the metal tongue below,
ceased and the great steamer floated along
to her own impetus slowly, and yet more
slowly, till the boat was within the toss of
a biscuit off the bow, with the passengers
crowding to the side to look, and sailors
and waiters and steerage folk blackening
the rail forward.
The occupants of the boat consisted of
eight wild, hairy, veritable scarecrows of
men, dressed in divers fashions Scotch
caps, yellow sou'westers, sea boots, toil
worn monkey jackets and the like.
"Boat ahoy!" hailed the captain as she
slowly washed alongside. "What is wrong
A fellow standing up in the stern sheets
cried back in a strong Yankee accent:
"For God's sake, sir, take us aboard!
Our water's almost given out, and there's
nothing left to eat."
"Look out for the end of a line," bawled
the captain. "Are you strong enough to
get aboard without help?"
"Ay. sir, we'll manage it."
A rope was thrown, and one after an
other the fellows came swinging and scrap
ing and scrambling up the clean side of
the steamer. The passengers crowded
around and gazed at tbem with curiosity
and pity. Their sympathetic eyes seemed
to And famine painfully expressed in the
leathern countenances that stared back
through mats of hair.
"We must let your boat go," said the
"Can't help it, sir; thankful enough to
be here, I reckon," answered the fellow
who had called from the stern sheets and
who acted as spokesman.
"Anything belonging to you to come out
"Nothing, by the Etarnal! Let her go,
ir. If sailors' sea blessings can freight a
craft, she ain't going to float long."
The boat was sent adrift, the engine bell
rang out, once more the great mail steamer
was thrashing over the long, tall heave of
the Cape Hom swell.
"How came you into this mess?" in
quired the captain.
The man who had before spoken made
"We're all that's left of the crew of the
Boston bark George Washington. She was
whaler, a hundred and eighty-four days !
out. it were lour days ago. I was the
first to smell fire some while arter 2 o'clock
in the middle watch."
"It wanted ten minutes to six bells," ex
claimed a iran, and a general, emphatic,
hairy nod fc 'lowing the interruption.
"I was the first to smell fire," continued
the other, "wall it what hour ye like. I
gave the alarm, and all handB turned to
' with hoses and buckets. But there was a
deal of oil in the hold, and the ship's
planks was thick with grease besides, and
that gave us no chance. By 10 o'clock iu
the morning the flames had bursted
through and was shooting up mast high,
and then we calculated it was time to look
to the boats."
The others stood listening with hard,
olid, leathery faces, generally gazing with
steadfast eyes at the speaker, but some
times glancing askant at the captain and
the crowd of others which stood round.
"There was a tarnation ugly sea ran
king," the man went on, "and the wheel
being desarted the ship had fallen off and
lay in the trough, and the lowering of the
tern boats, whalemen though they was
who had the handling of 'em, cost our
company of twenty-eight souls the loss of
all bands saving them as stand afore ye."
"A bad job! a measly, oruei, bad job!"
brow a id eyes were almost concealed by a
quant;; y of coarse red hair.
"Weil, us eight nun got away in the
boat," proceeded the spokesman, "bring
ing along with nonothin but a small bag
of breed and abut six gallons of fresh
water. We're been a-washing about since
Tuesday, and now, the Lord be praised.
here w be with a chance of getting some
thing t eat, and what's more pleasurable
still to our feelings, the opportunity of
comfortably taming in."
A murmur of pity ran among the pas
sengers several of whom were ladies, and
there was more tlian one somewhat loud
whispei to the etTectthat the captain ought
really to semi the poor .creatures forward
at once to get some breakfast instead of
holding them, starving and dry with thirst,
iutalk. The eagle eyed skipper, however,
asked several questions before dismissing
"Sinco by tlieir own confession, the fire
, gave them plenty of time to esenix; from
i the bnrl , how was it they had left her so
111 provisioned as they represented?
This vas most satisfactorily accounted
for. Ot'ier inquiries of a like nature were
responded to with alacrity and intelligence.
Every s ntence that one or another of
them let fall was corroiiorated by the rest.
Their ta e of siiffcViiig indeed in t he open
boat was almost harrowing, mid I l.e cap
tain, with the first note of sympathy that
his voice had taken, ordered them to go
forward, adding, that after a good hot
meal hal leeii served them they might
turn in mil sleep for the rest of the day
whereve they could make a lied.
At the breakfast in the saloon nothing
was talk hI about but the American whaler
that had been consumed by lire, the dread
ful drow liug of some two-thirds of her
crew, and the miraculous deliverance of
the survivors from the inexpressible perils
ana uorr rs ot an opeu boat in the solitude
of the H'ormiest part of ocean the wide
worm over. A benevolent gentleman pro
posed a s ibscription. Before t he luncheon
bell was -ungasmnof thirty pounds had
been collated. The incident was a break
in t he m notony, and when the eight men
reappeared on deck during the afternoon
they were promptly approached by the
passengers, who obliged them to recite
again am yet again their melancholy story
of mariti ne di-asicr.
On the morning of the third d.tv, follow
ing the date of this rescue, a ship was
sighted almost directly in a line with the
vessel's ct urse. As she was nerired she was
seen to be rigged with stump or Cape Horn
topgallant masts; she was also under very
easy canv is, which gave her a lnrt handed
look in that quiet sea. Great wooden d.iv
itsoverhnng her sides, from which dangled
a number of Umts. She presented a very
grimy, worn aspect, and had manifestly
kept the sea for months. It was olserved
by the chief officer, standing on the bridge
of the stei mer, that the eight rescued nieri,
who were looking at the sail ahead along
with soin-sof the crew and steerage paa
sengers, discovered several symptom of
uneasiness and even of agitation. Sudden!)-the
stripes and stars, with the stars
inverted, were run aloft, to the peak end
a signal .if distress: The engines were
"slowed" uid the steamer's head put so as
to pass ti e vessel within easy bailing dis
tance. A I lan aloard the hark stood in the
mizzen rit giug.
"Steamt r ahoy!" he roared through his
"I have !ost a boat and eight of my men.
Have you een anything of her?"
The captain, who had gained the bridge,
lifted his I and.
"Bark t hoy!" he cried. "What bark is
"The G ?orge Washington, whaler, of
Boston, ISi days out."
The captain of the steamer controled a
"How came you to lose your boat and
"They stole her one middle watch and
sneaked away from the ship."
The cap'ain of the steamer uttered a
"We ha.-e your ineu safe here," he
shouted; ";,dad to learn that you are not
burned doiv-u to the water's edge, and that
the rest of your crew look brisk consider
ing that t'iL-y are drowned men. Send a
boat and you shall have your sailors."
Twenty minutes later the eight whalemen
were being conveyed to their bark in one
of their own boats, most of t hem grinning
as they looked up at the line of beads
which deco-ated the steamer's sides; and
indeed the-e was some excuse for their
smiles, fori.mong them they were carrying
away the t lirty pounds which had been
subscribed :'or them. It would lie interest
ing to know what their skipper said when
he learned that they had lost a fine boat
for him; bu ocean mail liners have to keep
time, and the steamer could not wait to
send a representative on loard the whaler
to report the many elegancies of Boston
sea dialect which we may reasonably as
sume emljellished her skipier's rhetoric
W. Clark Busscll in Wit and Wisdom.
The Film In Glaaaware.
The intenstiug fact has been developed
in the case .f table glass that the much ad
mired iridei-cent film is slightly soluble iu
water, and what is left of it easily yields to
the solvent action of caustic soda, while it
is not affecti-d by the action of strong hy
drochloric acid. When the solutions in
water and in caustic soda are examined it
is found thai these solvents have taken up
souium, suipuuric acid and carbonic acid,
and the port ion of the film that is insol
uble iu the acid can only lie silica, even
the spectres' qe failing to reveal the pres
ence of lime.
The iridescent film is also said to lie ubu
alIa.nocjat -d with one side only of the
glass, and must lie formed during the final
heating of tie ware, being probably caused
by the acliot of the sulphurous acid which
exists in tl e burning gases, this action
upon the surface of the glass, forming so
disulphate and silicate. The latter is after
ward decomposed, when free silica sepa
rates out in amorphous form, and this
is that portir n of the film which resists, as
above mentioned, the action of the hydro
chloric acid s ud is dissolved by the caustic
soda. Philadelphia Ledger.
ISIntfdliouiiflM In Texas.
The bloodhounds in this county and all
parts of Texas are doing the greatest
amount of gcod imaginable. How readily
the housebr ,-aker, the petty midnight
thief, the prowler, the eavesdropjier, the
murderer, tm incendiary, the burglar and
all others be it on malicious mischief to
person and I roerty can lie trailed up by
the slenthho tnd. Let all beware who
contemplate raids on poultry houses, melon
patches, corplields and unprotected homes,
etc. The tho tght of the bloodhounds pre,
vents many a theft and other depredations
upon persona property. The assassin, the
thief bent on malicious mischief may well
take a second thought on the fact that be
can be traced to his hiding. The blood
hound is an excellent institution and he is
here to stay. Every good citizen is willing
to be taxed to keep a fine pack for the nse
, a... . ,! V 1 1 TT. f .
When looking for Xmtts gifts, don't
fail to stop in at
and inspect bis line of holiday goods
which is always the largest and best in
me city. While some competitors blow
and bluster, bear in mind that J. Kamaer
never misleads the public by sensational
advertisements, but has the goods, both
inqnantlty, quality and endless variety
to show the public at prices that are risrht.
and puzzle competitors. His line of gold
spectacles and optical goods is immense
Clocks in endless varieties; solid silver
and plated ware in innumerable styles
and designs; more fancy stcne rings than
all the other stocks in the city put to
gether. His stock of diamonds, com
prising rings, pendants and brooches, ic
UDSurp88sable. His line of watches, in
eluding diamond studed. fancy vr
ieeated, raised gold, ornamented and
olain. 13 THE LARGEST IN THE
THREE CITIES. Call and be con
vinced. Remember the place,
1827 Second Avenue. Rock Island
Our Fali an 1 Winter Ort-r
coats will bear the closest in
spection, and the gentleman in
the picture says he can find no
fault with them, not even with
the button Ivies; they are all
wool aud as wid as you care to
have them; artistically trimmed
and in poiu.t of style and tit
they are not excelled, not even
by the merchant tailor. Our
prices are always low enough.
quality taken into consideration.
Snide goods we refuse to
handle at any price. It's al
ways safe to trade at the
SAM ARNDT, Manager.
1728 Second avt-nne
'When Found Make a Note Of,'
Whrn th professor r trite'
the key his apt pupils win
make a note of it with no un
certain sound. Music:ans
would do well to make a note
of this address 1726 Second
Avenue where is located the
musical emporium of D. Roy
: Shirt Factory
We are now prepared to' take
your measure and make
GU i RANTEED
Prices ae Lew an tbi Lowett.
AT Wind.-of Ki pairing done,
Alfo aent fur Kixkford C'otMng Compiiny.
Fiiieui-toai-niade pants from S3 to $10.
lttfW j-eeoml Avenue, Hock Inland.
Over lOh'eV Crockery ftore.
The Rock Island
Is the best medium through
which to reach the country trade.
Advertisers should have their
announcements ready by Thurs
day morning to insure insertion
in the current week's issue.
Leave Your Orders for
J. Lei nip's,
Tomer Eleventh Mroet nd Tenth avenue.
Teh i.hone No. liOO.
H. F. LAMP Manager.
John Volk Sc Co.,
Sush Door Blinds. SirliriL'. Flooring
and all kind? of -wood work for (milder.
SlKtateenth St.. hct. Thlr.1 and Fonrth avc.
TO THE AFFLICTED !
9S par tup1 fopp to quirk wlion thf bos.
tfVa irv.nnwru can in nun lor rvan
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yfv TJ1 iron prv-w n;'Kmt Ir. Will
wvnu tii.11 ntirt .-mi li.i.iitv
MIDDLE-AGED HEN illU1Vlin1-rt f hoir vftir K 1.1
nry nnrt Ulntldrr trmjMns, or.. riil find oiir Mt'tiiud
FMtVAI PKTII I KxjH.rifnr.M'n.vthattn
JLIflihAL TAO HLLLO, u-mM m.Mii-mp ma? wil
nticun'ihoaivortiinHt. Ur.W .iln.ni
wno iwisfrivon 'MTiut ntt. ;;; n to ihom
nal lnM.iIIM wturii art riiroi-tiv nr.m th.
diHtttuMH organs, ami rtston v ic-.i Ktti
mnn tom:tl AUnticim. a tUr 'in no'
clinnirM lythoi::isi ric jiiier anil niiuir.n
win w itn i Htk.it i imm t.tto' .Mays
'i:n from &viu t tift.mi, uvd Mh tin
" '" fin ait pr:utHf. t.tve lln-ni a tr;,il.
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l LUII IU lij.d recent tom-d in one to t.mr da
wii-iiMik. Lvnui u:u l-vmnv enklie-ii. etc.
i'ull or writ forcatnioirue and liiinrri.nti.tti tM.fr
Cousulunir olhpr. A'ltl-n
... ... THE pERO CHEMICAL CO.,
189 tfiSroMsm Street MOVAUKEE. W
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bj SMlnilntnK-rltis ICr. Iluiuea
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withB'ath0tbeeri' jcup ol co"p or 'c. or in loo'd,
. , ni.wwi;urui nu: iniir-iu. n ifi atK.L Ully
"Im T- ?.nd Wl" eHM" Permanent ami Meedv
2"r". wnether tlie pnnent Ik a moderate drinker or
an aleeholi wrnea. Jt tiu been itiv.n in thonHand.
Ol eaan, au J in every initanee a p-necl cure tins lol
.'J "J""' 1 a''"- Thenyatem onoe impreenat
. ne aPso.it beoomesan uller impoasiuiliti
tor the tiauor appetite to exist.
"lD I:ri l;ro., elepro,,rirlm
w pc book of rtionkiri Ujc To be hart of
For Pale bv MarHhall A F
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tlnll.lvWwitm.. 1 I tl 1
trie nnnutiinil . j
niialal m........f j .i
i laivuigcasn in men auu me
lebilitatini? wenknm T.,iii,f
I to women. Jt cures in a few
aaya without the aid or
I'uuucny oi a a or tor.
Che Evans Chemical G
R ct r. n i r r f m r & r u
CIICC eiiar r.r rcuirj.t imum..
UR1NSR7 TROUBUSV. toUKO,
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W-JCWRO ti-iy rli u. ,.r-. .. iu v'i lioure.
C NTIRE B
New arrivals in Irur
One lot black muffs- not
e are fast opening our
holiday handkerchiefs hand
somer than ever.
i lot ladies' and children's
I lot c.
And on up to Si.
Special values in ladies' and
gents' silk handkerchiefs and
All Wo,, ,lr, ,
doul.le f.,1.1 "annel
- ' I V I ,
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1 lot r:;'s. n,-w stvK i
than marked prircs.
We have too many.
Just received new U of
celebrated Capital Citv a''
wool blankets in " "
Hcst values for tho pric6
named of any blankets ths
we have been able to fin,!
People know a -oodthin,
when they see it. That's the
reason our sales have dnvl,!
on these blankets over any
Examine our white blanks
Rock Island. Illinois.
INCORPOKATSD CTiDKB THB BTATB LAW.
Roek Island Savings Bank,
BOOK ISLAND, ILL.,
Open dally from 9 i. m. to 4 p m., and Saturday eTcclnss from 7 to 8 o'c'.rwl.
Five per cent Interest pa'.d on Deposits Mone v loaned on Personal, Col
lateral, or Real Estate Security
. P. RSTXOLDS. Pre. r C. DBNKAfANN. Vlce-Prea. J. M. BUPORD, Ctebiet
P. L. Mitchell, a! P. Reynolds, F. C. Dentmann. John Cmhaneh. H. P Ha'I
Phil.Mitchell, L. Slraon, K. W. Burst, i. M . Bnford.
Jacksom A Hcmt, 8olfcltorv
3PBcpan hnsiness July 8. ISiO, atd ocenny the ontheaet corner cf Mitchell 4 Lvndtt
J. B. ZIMMER,
Will sell for the next 30 days all his overcoatings at 15
per cent less than the regular prices.
Star Block, Opposite Harper House.
POCKET KNIVES and SCISSORS took the highest premium
for quality. If you want a good knife try one.
One need not be told what a nice present aD elegant Carving
aet liise those 1 have to show will be. Also those
Gold Medal Carpet Sweepers.
Everv woman that. Vppna Tionso wnnts one. Wrongb1 Iron
finish Fire Sets and Irons. Acorn Stoves and Ranges are the
Acorn Stoves and Ranges
are the 1prWs m.r!a in Tllinnin for nnr soft coal - and every one
guaranteed, 'ihese are all good things to buy at Christmas-'
any other time. Come in and see how mncn i nave io
that is useful aid novel in housekeeping goods.
JOHN T. NOFTSKER,
Cor. Ihird Ave. and Twentieth Street, Rock Idand
Billiard Parlor Sample Room,
JNo. 117 Eighteenth Street.
JAJMES T. C'CdNNOR, Proprietors. , WM. H. CATTU
Of the old reliable aatil 10c store, 1814 Third avenue, offera a splendid el)
Including ploU (tooda of I ery dcucrifUon. DoIIp and tnyn, tLcetap' '
vT , , a n-hird AVe.
ttvatoieatofi trial bj r4urti mull fnr SI. 'Jirrirar fre.
at . TKE ERU Dnoc CO..
oleagta.fortheU 8 l8PllS.ST,.iiAIaIt Wl
aajra Otok m a loa jayed
MRS, C. miTSUUO, io-.