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THE ARGUS, TBLUKS DAY, DECEMBER J4 1891.
published Daily and Weekly at 1424 Secoad Av
enue, Bock Island, 111.
J. w. Potter.
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Tuesday, Dkcembkb 24 , 1891.
The Argus wishes all a merry Christ
mas. War with Cbili is again being persist
ently talked up by naval citfkers. These
would-be heroes are asserting with much
positiveness that if the government of
Chili has not given a satisfactory answer
to the demand of this government by the
time congress comes together after the
Christmas recess. Mr. Harrison will send
a special message to congress reciting the
facts and recommending that war be do
clared in order to enforce our de
mands. The source from which this
sort of talk emanates, raises the suspi
cion that the administration is "feeling
the pulse" of the tmhlic on this subject
The Mou lt tor Kprmcrr.
A dispatch from New Oi leans shows
the sentiment in the south on Mr
Springer's proptr position to be is fol
The sentiment in Kentucky, Tennis tee.
Mississippi and Louisiana is strong for
Springer for chairman of the ways and
means committee, said a prominent po'i
tician and journalist, who has been mik
ing a tour of that part of the country
since the speakership election. Iotbe
portions of the south mentioned, Crisp's
victory is not regarded as having any
anti-Cleveland significance. They rec
ognize in the first place Crisp's
superiority over Mills in those
qualities which are essential for
the proper conduct of the high office to
which he has been elected; they take into
consideration the Georgian's personal
popularity and in the light of Mill's ureal
following, both in the bouse and the
country, regard the election of Crisp as
something in the nature of an accident,
occasioned bv the unwise antagonism of
Springer by Mr. Miils.
While the south is heartily opposed to
the McKinlev bill and in favor of the
Mills' bill, they think the policy outlined
by Crisp in bis speech of acceptance,
when te pronounced himself as good a
tariff reformer as any one, a good
one, and believe it wou'd not
be wise on the eve of a presidential cam
paign to let Mills or anyone else iatro
duce another sweeping bill. They think
the democratic party bad better go be
fore the country on the general principle
of tariff reform, able to show specific
Instances of disaster as a result of the
McKinley bill, while on their side the re
publicans could only decry the general
principle of tariff reform and could not
point out baneful instances.
As Springer is the same kind of a tar
iff reformer as Crisp, and as the latter
owes bis election to the gentlemen from
Illinois, the south thinks he is entitled to
the most important committee position.
The south, too. is indorsing the silver
views of the speaker.
Today's Washington dispatches show
that the distinguished Ilinoisinn
has received the recognition he
deserves at the hands of Speak
er Crisp, and it is gratifying
to note that all sections of the coun
try will rejoice heartily and siLcerely in
Palmer an si fo-bliity.
New York World.
The statement from Washington that
the Illinois Democrats have taken ud
in earnest the matter of Senator Palmer's
nomination for the presidency may or
may not be true, but this veteran states
man has been, ever since his election to
the senate, a presidential possibility.
One of the congressmen said that he
"would like to vote for Mr. Cleveland,"
but that "owing to the complications in
the east it duet, not look as though he
could be nominated, and in this event
the nomination must come west, and the
strongest man in the party to-day is the
Illinois man. Senator Palmer."
This is of course the natural view of
the Illinois democrat, as it would be of
an Iowa democrat, with the name of
Gov. Boies substituted. Bat putting
aside considerations of state pride it is
worth remembering that Senator Palmer
is one of the ablest and most experi -enced
public men of the west, and
that he has a splendid running record. As
a soldier, governor and statesman his
success has been marked. The splendid
campaign of last year, which resulted in
the choice of a legislature that elected
Gen. Palmer senator, also secured the
election of a democratic state treasurer
by a plurality of 9 847 and reversed the
standing of the Illinois delegation in
congress, giving the 14 democrats elected
out of 20 a plurality of 3 1.000.
These results scarcely render Illinois a
doubtful state tcough it m'ght become
such with Senator Palmer a caidi.'at: for
president but they show the high regard
in which be is held by the people. Noth
ing but his age be will be 75 next year
will prevent him from commanding serious
attention as a hopeful candidate in the
national convention, should the matter
be, as it probably will be, an open one
when the convention meets.
It will not do for New York to claim
that the candidate must be taken from
this state. It may appear next spring
that sone man outside the state would be
more sure of carrying it than any New
Yorker could be. Or If the wes'ern
plrit should be thoroughly aroused New
York's claims might be overruled, as
they have been in other important mat
ters in recent years.
It will be a condition of politics, not a
theory of economics of finance, nor a
question of personal preference, which
will confront and control the national
democratic convention next year. And
it Senator Palmer shall be in vigorous
health he will very likely have consider
ble support for the nomination.
RING, CHRISTMAS E ELLS I
Within tlie hroad eternal sky
Tho Ka-st Sti r waits to glorify
Kaoh timid, sunlit, rosy ray
That uhers in t he eoniintc dayl
While N'm-ht in tenderness yet dwells
Anear the til n. rim; soft, ye liells
And slow y. wcU-nniint; Christ mas bcllal
(low yet afar, thou heavenly Rem
And holy star of Bethlehem;
Celestial hos 9 have bmuirht tlie morn.
And unto us is Jesus born!
Immauuel. h s name eicels
All else of pe icel rinu loud, ye bells
And long ye Joyful Christmas bells!
With fuller I eht o'er flowering lands
And polar seia and desert sauds
The gun jhtsi ades ita Kentlest plow.
That so each oill the (lay may knon 1
From Mne to zone the story swells
In flight of no in! clang on. 5 0 bells
And peal triirnphant, Chrtstnia-s Iwllsl
At hnmhle do rs and stately pates
With patient raoe the Christ it. is waits
It each lioni" blossom, Joy ret rns!
Wreathe holly where tho hcartu lire burns;
In lowly iruine the flay foretellh
Its feast ami i heer! S ins swift, ve bells
Ye Rind, exult int Christ mas bells!"
For Joyless hearts that acheatid mourn.
F'or livt-s with burthens ovcrliorue.
For w anderers coueoad nstruy.
And all who f: 11 beside the way
At stroke of sorrow's deathful kneils.
May some peai e be! Kim; on. kind bells
Ve irently sltih' nj; ChrUttnas bel!s!
Let all rejoice n caroling
That sanctify ach one who sinirs:
IUiik out the ti lines far and w ide
Ve templed bel s the ClirislmaKtida
Hath come nu'ain. the C:hrist child dwells
In every heart! Chime on. ye bells
In prayers and praise, ye Christmas bells!
llAKK LT MAXWF.I.I-CUN VEKAE.
S. GLAUS' LETTEIJ
BT AXXIi: ISAI'KL WILLIS.
(Copyriuht. 189 . All rlRhts reserved. 1
O L A V 9
sat in his
11 p point
came a tloo) of
ed hy reflecl ion
from d a r. 7. 1 i n K
btiow outside. Xot
wax a sad look in
his blue eyes. Presently he roused him
self and began opening a pile of letters
that lay near. They were variously ad
dressed: "Simon Claus, Esq.," "Mr. Simon
Claus," "Hon. Sim n Cluus," and so forth.
Finally he took u, one which bore in a
boyish hand the words "Mr. S. Claus,
Esq.," and the name of the city.
The letter ran thus:
Deer Mr. S. Claus Kitty Is an fie bad.
this Is to tell you so y m wood briuK her a Rood
Chrlsnmss. Ifyouci ld bring snmethini; that
wood make her wel. Id like it if not brine
something she kin p ay with toforgit laying
still. There's a mat kin cure her. He cures
spinel people. A bo:' told me. he lives on
ward St. Im ffoina loearnenuff to pay hiui.
Joe Won ifi.i, Gunnison alley.
Mr. Simon Clans' preoccupation was
only slightly interrupted by the quaint
letter, decidedly unusual in his business
mail. "I'll see what the little woman says
about it," was his pimsing t bought. Then
be straightway forgot it. as he had the rest
of his mail.
Jus, then "the lift e woman" came softly
in. She was a complete contrast to her
big, fair haired, blue eyed Saxon husband,
being petite and gnu ef til, 'with a head that
sat like a lily on her slender neck, and ten
der brown eyes that were, like her litis
baud's, full of sorrow. She placed herself
on the arm of his chair, while his eyes
aought hers with an inspoken question.
"The doctors haie gone," she said.
"They will le back this afternoon."
"How is she?" the man asked.
"Just the same. I wanted you to know.
She is very ill, Simon I believe they have
"1 was cowardly to come off here," he
aaid huskily, "but I could not bear It. Oh,
my baby! My only cl ildl If money could
make you well!"
"We cannot depend on money now," aaid
7 o(tnytrna.' A? Jong
lUK?jtor lony ago war '
Awlf ( Wm chorur iW
rtildw riq to day, mcHonf
" J too.
(till tU cMW love to lw t k
(hint they now 0.5 Angely cH&ntd
Cnovtinq jc&ceon.Ilrtk-yoo(l win
O to men.
the wife very sweet ly and solemnly "1 n
is but one place to luiik for help."
There was a short silence, and then tlx
lady's waudt ring eyes caught sij.'lu of im
soiled pajwr lying in front ot her husband
She took it up and read it mechanic-ill .
"That's a singular letter," he sa.d. as m
saw her reading. "I don't understand it."
Her woman's wit did.
"He was writing to thechildren's pat run
saint of Christmas, riou't yon see," s.ie
aaid "Santa Claus? I wonder, now I think
of it, that you have never iefore had let
ters intended for him. Probably liccane
the dears wi'O write them throw them into
the chimney place or do not put good
stamps on them. I will see to this, but
come; let lis go up stairs to Margaret.
Ami," she added, leaning over to kiss him
before she r..se. "let us have mighty hope
and faith for the result of the consulta
tion!" The room which they entered was tu ex
quisite set ting for tlie jewel it held, the
most precious one in the wealthy mer
chant's se.ssion his only child. She
lay like a flower among the rose colored
hangings and furnishings, but no reflec
tion of t heir hue could bring color into t he
pale face lighted by large brown eyes and
short go In cut Is.
Three of iter ten years had lieen spent in
pain, which instead of tusking her selfish
had done the very opposite, and she was
eager and loving with the little services
she could render, especially to the poor
whom her mother helped.
"Mamma," she called, as the parents
entered, "are ail the things ordered for
"How long is it till Christmas, mamma'"
the little voire continued.
"A week, Margaret."
"I'm so glad it's near." she said, with a
"Here is a new person to help," toe
mother said, thinking to divert her. She
read Joe Worrell's letter.
Margaret at once deeply interested,
and tegan to plan what they should send
toil Gunnison alley.
"I'm so glad I can play Santa Claus,
mamma," she said happily. "Don't you
reniemlier 1 used to think we were some
relation to him? I wish some more letters
After she hail decided what to send Joe
and Kitty, her thoughts reverted to the
"I'apa, can't I have the doctor that the
boy told alwul?'' she asked suddenly.
"Why do you want him?" the father
asked. "The fellow didn't say that he was
a doctor 1 wouldn't think of it now,
"Yes, yes," she persisted. "I want him.
Will you a-k him to come?" And he, to
soothe the child, promised.
SHE LAY LIKE A FLOWER.
That afternoon the physicians returned
In say they could do no more for the child.
The spinal trouble must, sooner or later,
end her life, for there was no remedy known
to them. The family physician went up
to aay Rood afternoon to his little patient.
"Goodby, Dr. Montague," aaid Margaret.
"Will you care very much if I have an
other doctor? I'm going to (ret a new one,
and he will cure me." The parents started
at ber confident words, and Mr. Claua fed-
-s.L- .."' irsr SI w
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lowed the pnsiciati outside to tell him
how it was. "I had to promise, in order to
quiet Margate!. If she forgets, I shall not
remind her," he said.
"She will probably not forget," replied
Dr. Montague; "and, my friend, if I were
you, I'd do whatever she asKs, Only keep
"When did you send the letter, Joe?"
"Two days ago, Kitty."
"Dill you put a real true stamp on it?"
"Yes, and dropped it in the post lox.
It'll go all right, Kitty. Don't worry or
you'll make your head ache."
"Well, I won't," said the child patiently.
"1 have to go out now," cotitiuued the
boy. "It's time for my route."
They kissed each other, and then the
twelve-year-old departed to sell evening
paers, while the afflicted eight-year-old
tried to go to sleep to pass away the time
until the older sister and head of the fam
ily should come.
Xiimher ft ti'innison alley was always
Ladies evening slippers. The
toe on sale.
! cheerless In cold weather, ana toe top noor
back was especially cheerless, for Mary
Worrell was out sewing every day, and
bad to do her own housework at night.
There was little fire in the stove this after
noon; the stove needed blacking and soma
ashes had fallen out over the hearth. The
principal article of the scanty furniture
was the bedstead on which Kitty had laiu
for f wo years.
Kitty couldn't remember a time when
they had not been poor at the best, but
since they had been orphans they had
fallen gradually down, down iu the mat
ter of comforts, and even necessities.
Soon after Joe went, Kitty heard a knock
"Who's there?" she called.
The visitor, no other than Mr. Simon
Claus, replied: "A friend. Do Joe and
Kitty Worrell live here?"
"Yes, but the key is iu Mrs. Mullins'
room at the end of the hall. I'm locked
When Mr. Claus had let himself in she
looked up at him without fear, the excite
ment of a guest making her cheeks flush.
"So you're keeping house alone today,"
"es. I do every day, most, and they
jock me iu because I can't get up and walk.
Thty're afraid somebody might come iu
"Why can't you walk?" he asked.
"Well, you see, my back aches all the
time and my feet don't go right. Once I
fell, and most ever since I have had a lame
back. But Joe knows some one that cau
. "Ah, yes; I came esjee!ally to see Joe.
Where is he?"
"Out selling papers. He'll come by and
by. He's awful good to nie and Mary.
Mary's my big sister. She's out to work.
Joe's going to save all the money he can to
get that doctor. And I guess I'll tell you
a secret," she went on. "Joe wrote to Santa
Claus and askyl him to bring me some
thing for Christmas. That isn't auy harm,
is it? Dou't you believe lie's glad to hear
of little girls that want presents?"
"Yes; I know he is," replied Kitty's
guest, greatly touched.
When Mary Worrell returned the stran
ger told her quietly what his errand was,
received the needed direction and departed,
first putting into Kitty's thin hand a purse
that Margaret had sent. She could not
wait until Christmas to begin playing
The benign face of a middle aged man
waa bending over a child who lay pros
trate in a sumptuous room. She whs look
ing up at him as he touched her body gent'
ly, a world of faith in her great brown
eyes. It was little wonder his mild yet
stronj. countenance inspired her confi
dence. The face was all she saw, but
her w a'xhf al parents had begun to hojie
that lure was a helier indeed, for they
noted the vcieniific way iu which the firm
hands did tieit'vork and the keen ques
tions which showed his complete knowl
edge of the disease to lie treated. And yet,
when Mr. Claus found him, the man bad
said: "I am tiCT. a physician, but . only a
physiciau's aid. I help those whose bodies
are helpless merely by giving them out
The group in t hat lovely room .u
picture, and the growiug hope in the par
ents' faces became joy as they heard him
say presently, "I believe she can be cured;
but it will take a long time, and I will
only act in conuection with your regular
The child's look was triumphant.
"Didn't I tell you so, mamma? Aud Le
must cure Kitty too."
Then she told the gentleman of Kitty,
and how the poor child's iliuess had been
the means of their hearing about him, and
he agreed to go at once to Gunnison alley
to examine Kitty, as Mr. Claus requested
him to do.
"It is Christmas eve," cried Margaret.
"Tell her you came from Santa Claus, for
you realiy do, you know, liecause I am
playing Santa Claus this year. But"
her voice grew very tender "it isn't truly
Satita Claus at all; it's the Christ-child,
he puts it into our hearts, you see, and I
want you to tell Kitty about him, will
you? Because I can't go. I don't think
she's so weil acquainted with him as she
is with Santa Claus. They have the Christ
child in Germany on Christmas, aud I like
it better than Santa Claus."
Well, "Dr. Good," as Margaret chose to
call him, though he wasn't a doctor aud
his name wis plain Mr. Goodsell, went to
9 Gunnison alley aud made a favorable re
port of Kitty's case also. And so touched
was he by Margaret's request that he did
not forget to tell his new patient about her
and the story of the Christ-child.
After he had gone another knock sur
prised the Worrells. This time a colored
man came "with Mr. Santa Claus' compli
for Holiday Goods in the way of
Try a pair of E.
P. Reed & Co.s
fine shoes and
ments, and i1P..
accept these, wh ..' ' ,JUt iu4
Particular love l() ih an ,
"These" Moved XK'""
can be des,ri,leil ; ,fc
some wonderfu tov, , 'r'V Cou
afghan and dow n iii , K'.u-V.
another purse, Ht ,.iV , . 1 1
strange gentle,,,,,, ,!l;lt
quite as well iiii,,. her,
angel found t:me to l.ri.'J'. "l
weary, happy Kittv. si,H 'JT, '''m tg
Claus-b.it 1 ,!"..,'aw-i...t
. , , ,, ' '" mil c 11M ,, 1
A year pis, ,;. i- W l ,.
mm i ,1 a ,..1 . 1
. ,,-,,. was .llr , ,
iiuuceaoie 11, .laiv and ,!
they luuveil ah..., it ti,,.),
Kitty was ton en-rossi-.l ;i, ,
to see 11. M,e s.n 11, ,-.
Claus and his wife luol s
make her comfort
bie lUi'i w
,i tt,f ..1 t , '.
v on never Iiearl t n- 1 ;
Joe left the room and went
if needed. There wa a -,,
iiiiouiug me stairs; a v;.,,,,, ,,f
wuti goiuen hair framul in i.,
v miming learners anl ii..w ,.v (
a rosy iace-1 maid placet a cj:,j , ,.. . -door
and stepped to one :.!,. J,' 1'
from tiie other and gave a iV' ", "" 'T'
Itwaspartof the plan that wl,..:,
Kittv should Sep T10 one K : t At .
friend and benefactor, who ln-i'LXwr'
to go out and was coin.. , , ,.7, r , '
first time. ' "ru
.Mary tnrew tue ,,,; ,
smiling. Margaret sttpp.-.j j,.n
hands full of packa'-t-.. The !';-
cnair 100KC11 up, ;itit ti'M r ti .,
slight limp and bent back. resii'.;"f ,7
disease which time wo::: 1 t "'"
"It is my dream, my ('Lristti,.-,. ,1. ,,, .
she said. "It is the Chri-t child." "
"No, dear, it is Marsi.i-','' s.j.t y..r
g-ntly, with tears in her ews. ' '
"I saw it just as plaiti.'" K;;tv we-o-"and
I never forgot how it i... Z
you sure this is Margaret -"
A merry laugh fr..tn ti c , ; ; 1
settleit the question, m,.1 t. . ..
friends went straight to work t.. ; v.
Bcquainted over the contents ..f -;u::v
Fine young turkevs. ducks, cepte k
chickens, oysters in enn or tiuik. c:s;
berries, sweet cider and fruits of :.
kinds, at W. A. Ehleh's.
: Shirt Factory:
"We are now prepared to take
your measure and make
GUARANTEED. Prices as Low as the I.c -t.
All kinds of Repair-xj: iloi.e.
Also agent lor Rockford Clothing r I : :
Fine custom-made pints from S' '
1609 Second Avenue, E-'tk h.:.
Over LooMey'p Crockirv stnri-.
xne spirit of Chri-Mi...
the air that ,,WI, fr ' Wrir.,
ous gift umki,,, inn, "'""'f
in of Christ,ns U r;,:,
steeples and -,.''' , .'" "r r,A