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THE ARGUS. SATUKDAY. FEBllUAtt Y 13, 189:2
OUT OF TUNE.
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V'He ill lUIH'U U'"C wuum ' snrek luusiw
. .... in. smile to itreet the IuukIuqk spring.
' vWii t lo Join iu summer's tide of sonij.
u from tne roresi s ayinif spienuor tanes
My b-arl it1' hymn, and fuller sympathy
-;,.. wiih 111'' liurrk-aue November wakes
To tear Us triDuie irum ncu n"'""4 net.
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U'lllli' uil 111 worm in Krim irri ivitunucD,
;;puv tliirii the siiowtlukes Ken tie pull
Wt it not sweet to mmiMr hi eurm urrusi.
iivr ihe mud scene lo pun luc curiam uown,
SVwrt" I'-vi ai;aill liu urnir hhti
lif tvifflru love or uniiumie'i renown
i,,. wurima of p:itient work uncrowned.
Id,, bitter nu 'licine of hope destroyed.
, ..tier '" ('-ire. tin- tliiiiu dexired found
V.ii'l of enjoj meiit w bin lit hvt enjoyed?
ii- vr. ii"t now, not yet! li t the slow years
fuiliM olllcn. t til. HI close 01 naj,
i.-u-u'i-iiti ninireitll beautiful appears,
Ki-n-il ii'i" k indues hy the siiiim-i ray.
. Jivk-r.ijc sorrow takes a tenderer line.
nine can liinre I lie memory of pain;
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wine day. sweet, we'll situ; them all
- R. Warwick Bond in Relravia.
was forty-five years of aire1, and one
'the most piiinstakiiiii students of his
me of life to be found in lVkinp.
For the past thirty yours he had regtilar-
V entered his name in t l:e yreiit civil nerv-
examinat ionsw liii h take placet hroucjh-
ut thecmiiire. Hard indeed luul hestriven
) riualUy himself for t lie honor of ofiicial
midoyiiient; hut he was, alas, by nature
it her dull, and year after year he was un-
Kiiceessiui. i or awn lie ne never ox out
of the last thousand of the t.'-n or twelve
thousand candidates w ho aspired as he as-
Time went on, however, and by the help
ni'.he most untiriim assiduity he began,
t.'irard the middle of his life, to le rejjaril
ni .-is a proinisini; student. If he contin
:i. '1 to progress in the same ratio, there
yet Mime likelihood th;;t ere lie was
;l:.y he milit meet with his reward.
jvtu was the more st imul.ited to perse-v-re.
inasmuch as he w;;s not at ea.se i:i
I. - home circle. His father was dead.
Ki mother was blind au.l of an mi.nniable
.li.Kiiou. I in I 'i I . she was more than
M.nial.le: by some ilierr.it ion of heat t
she ln-."ii to scotV at her son ami upbraid
r his dciicicm-y of intellect, tsi
;i'.o h. Laved very badly indeed to
i i ;o.'cr-in-law. the student's ife.
Herein Seno i-.ppears to have shown
!:'! ittiiiscret ion. He married a girl with
!: I.e.! I it.i: teeth and eyes but next to 1:0
I ::tr.;s. 'I I. is v. as a manifest contravention
: the t.'ituriil law. which impels a dull
i ..in to eek a clever wife and au intcl
1" t:;:.l niau a meiv il ii! of a j;irl for a he'p
l). Il would have inatteretl less i wa
t had riot been a positive convenience
- n it M:;e. Scu tits we w ill call tl.e
tA I.'o;. . !;:r's mot hen become much i:i
::!i':wii:t:isl by her blindness. As it was,
-'.. lie-::-,. ; damrhter in - whom sue
"' " ' '-I'-'H to do everything counect
"1 ':;!. the house, from lmyinu rice, to
e i-'.'.il: ;:,e dotm-tic cdioies. as Vi. as to
!e ueuteiy patietit and lotiu; sufJeriii'
-lei- the alnise and c en blows which she
! t bestow upon subordinates.
:.- wife, however, was not such a
"'!:' -'d Seiio, and Setig suited
I !. .eist. he was at ail times fairly ci il
t v. ,.r .; her. Site took t he greatest pos.si
h:e i e e! her teeth and daily wasiied her
v,.:h a cell bn::ed perfuiii"d water
y i-r.etc! to preserve their bi lightness.
t .r t!u- rest. Mir was content so she could
' eid L t mot her iiidaw's voice and the
''ii-w.fli whii !i, latterly, in her old uye,
i ...:ul woman was otu u wont to tmi-sue
a.n v a- it for Setui, iu res.mnse to
' hci'sconii.haiits. toiiole foith moral
i:.;vii:is tor Lis wife's improvement. The
e pi h.,,k phrases were excellent ly spoken,
l' they feil on unfertile soil. And. more
"''er, when SeiiK perceived thmugh his
s-'t:ules huw snow white were his
S'ousr s jin tty teeth, and with what an ut-:-i
;:vf ltiMer her eyes spartled toward
t il., i vei, lK. w ;tSj ni()rt. ft,.i, than not,
1 ed to c;,re-.s when he meant to scold.
1 .lussort of t hiii': exasperated the niother
Mii.eiLsurubly. 1 jitterly she beciime
y hitter, and would run utuuck about
tin- le.i.-e with the cane iu her hand, beat
tlits way and that, and calling her
';" h''v many oi).robrious names,
e t;rl wmsM stand in an alcove and
n I- h tie old Motuau's proce'diuis finite
'lid without either the wish or the
of taunting her. lint, when the
: he c ane approached iu her direc
wi.iil.l jo-nily steji through the
1 ' lie ideove, not forettini; even
i Horn the outside, lest an accident
happen. The old woman would
In r mali-vt lent rushes to and fro
' was exhausted. Then Sena's
!d return, and, with soothing
i lo Ussiinge the poor blind crea
ii.inosity jvtiinst her; and when
ti ore than commonly exhausted
el '.oke !ier u pi ii. her knee as if .she
"he. Miel rock her until her strength
-'ti.it ioa had recovered themselves.
- eiies as these became very comic-
house. They moved poor Seng
more than once, and he ruiyht
ti heard muttering to himself a
i precepts enjoining the duty of
' mid foriiearance under all cir
e i s. Hut there can be no doubt
a-'ilaUon at home affected his
the examinations HLsdenres-
.is something terrible when the lists
l'1'.ar.ii, and he realized that he hud
cu:i,d uu uround or as good as none
vk" tl'e 'revious twelve months.
h.-n s.j. rea,.ieij tne rjpg aRe of forty
mother died. This was a sad blow to the
r" in iu. xt tnat he would have been
"'-"iisolablc. for his mother's loss in itself,
an '.', 1,1 hooled himself into the assur
st that Bhe had long exhausted the pleas
fiTt f t'3tistent,e- Iiut. as matter of
hm , ';h tor vanhihedthe means of the
thi V r'1? suPPort. It was an iniquitous
Ljj f 'le oic ''''Oman, from mere spite,
.. J'siUeathed such estate as the had to
o u'-uils of a certain pagoda on a hiU
! aitaitLst her house. They were to build
J hue tomb, with a south aspect, on an
w ueighboring hill, to keep her memory
oa for a period.
TeT thetB 8HBh hani 811(1 eitri4-
hat aUilmity- It was of a kind, too,
sauote poor Seng in his tenderest part.
ev f" had msulted Mm forerer and
au?t iUe bad aM had confidence in him
eniu lot the sacred law which
im a son to do all tt oaa for bia parents,
reoTer, how was he to know that th
natTiral feeling. wMoh had prompt-
ed this cruel ulversit n of the family estate
would not perpetua e itself to his detri
ment in the spiritual world In other
words, the awful thojght came to him that
his mother's ghostly part would oppose
him in his literary efforts, and also do its
best to make him completely miserable in
all the concerns of his life.
"And this evil," he moaned, "is to come
npon one who nevi r failed to kow tow
night and morning t your venerable feet,
O aiy mother!"
In the fervor of hi i grief the poor fellow
actually forgot himself so far as to weep,
with his head bent on his wife's shoulder,
she tenderly strok it g his brow the while
and whispering words of comfort about the
"You will become a high and mighty offi
cial." she said. "I -.visa to prophesy it."
Hearing this Seng braced himself, and
with the light of 1 eroic endeavor in his
eyes poor eyes, weakened by his incessant
studies he clasped his wife to his breast
and began an eloquent oration, in which
much was said aboii t the priceless value of
unwearying application und the virtues
the virtues that a: ise in the heart after
twenty years of literary exercises.
"I will forget the past. I will be young
forever, until I su need, and when these
sad hours are gone w e shall look back upon
them as salutary ii ids to that, eternal con
tentment which shall abide with us as the
result of a competence!"'
Thus, urged by necessity and his own
fading ambitions, S .nr- threw himself into
the strife of the examinations with a con
suming heartiness. He was never without
slips in his hand, ai d even in his sleep he
reiK-atiil his phrases wit hout knowing it.
So enthralling gn-w his passion for print
that if in walking t !ie sticcts he saw upon
the ground but a morsel of paper with the
lharaeter upon it h ; would fall into a no
ble passion. Havit g picked it up and ex
ecrated the careless person who had cast it
aside., he would then bear it reverently to
the corner of the st fet, and with an ejacu
latory sentence frofi Confucius or one of
the Five Ancient C lassics, deposit in the
receptacle there pn pared for such precious
In spite of Sciil's labors, however, year
after year went I y. with failure ever in
their train. The thought of his mother,
and the possi1 ility that she was still work
ing mischief for him. often depressed him
immeasurably. But he struggled on brave
ly, and at length r-'iilly made substantial
progress in the list s.
A compassionat.; mandarin employed
him in the meant ii le as a sort of tilth ;ate
clerk. The wage was ridiculous, but Seng
r.nd his wife made ;t snili. e. They trusted
to the future to rci ompense them.
This brings us to Seng's forty-sixth year,
w hich found him it iVkiugamiii hot favor
ite tor the honors of the examination that
was impending. The mandarin in whose
service he w.-.s ha 1 intrusted him with. i
commixvjon of s.in.e de!ie: y. lie was to
brilv a superior as u.-i utely as possible for
n Cfttaiu purpose. It was by no means a
task to our frieti i s t.ista. but be sighed
and fulfilled it, s, ,kiiituily indeed that he
gained the regard of the sinner; and then
he turned himself to his slips and moral
exercises w ith the .eal and spright liuess of
''It shall be this ye;:r or never," he said
to himself. He s; id it also to his tutor,
who had great confidence in him. and who
did not isci uji',-. over iiinmin ruble cups of
tea, to wiiispi r it ; bn-id that Piseng was
as sure of a p'ace this year as man could be.
Now I'jseng was our friend's lull name,
but for brevity's sake he was generally
known by the ordinal' iiitme of Seng. In
the schools, however, he was of course en
tered in full, and the prel'.x "i'i" gave him
A certain disiiu. t ion which the multitude
of other candidates, with names js com
mon as our "Saiitfr.-' "Hrowu."' "itobiu
soii," "Jonas," ( lr ly no meat:. enjoyed.
As the time came on for the great exam
inations to begin, the influx .f students
into the imperial -it y made a perceptible
difference in the p ipulat ion of the streets.
It also caused p 'oportionate exe'tement
among the siudetr s themselves, their kin
ilreil and the various proprietors of the lot
teries, who were now to reap their annual
harvest of ca-sh an 1 taels frum the specula
tive inhabitants o ' this city.
And this is one i f the many odd features
of life in the far east as contrasted with
life among ourselves.
In the south of Ku rope the lotteries are
concerned with inanimate numbers. You
invest your money on these iu a series, and
thus you lose it--niuch more often than
not. With us hoi se racing seems on a par
with the lotteries. But the exalted China
man is not content with such methods of
profit and loss. t the time of the great
examination he backs candidates in a se
ries, even as the Italian with a spare half
franc backs the numtiers his superstition
and the latest p ipular dream Ijook urge
him to favor with his stiff rages.
And so it happ"ned that, as the fame of
Seng's indefatigs ble industry and mop?
than usually strenuous efforts at his stud
ies became noised abroad in t ho parlors of
professors and th ; back streets of Peking,
the public began t o fancy him as a winning
Great, then, win the run upon the series
in which the nam : of I'iseng appeared.
Word of th-s was, of course, soon brought
to our friend, w ho abode with his wife in a
small house i'i a mean part of the city.
"They shall mt be disappointed," said
Seng, with ill concealed elation. "There
are virtues of diflerent kinds, but of these
the pre-eminent o ies are as follows."
All day long he gave himself over to his
labors. His wi.' was as anxious as he
was. For the tine she thought less about
her lovely almond shaped eyes and white
teeth than about the issue of the dreaded
examination. Indeed, the result of this
seemed to her almost of more consequence
thijn the flat brov.-ed little boy babe which
she bore upon hi r lap, uud which had sig
nalized the past year by coming into the
world to bless her.
It was absurd that they should starve
as underlings in a mandarin's household
when Seng had the ability at length lo be
come, maybe, a mandarin himself.
People took to stopping Seng iu the
streets and paying him wonderful compli
ments. They alsj implored him, of his in
finite courtesy, to oblige them by succeed
ing as a candidate. They were interested
in his success or failure to the extent of
an indefinite number of taels.
This was of co trse exceedingly pleasant
from one point of view. It was the kind
of thing that cou Id not fail to encourage a
sanguine student . But, on the other band,
though at first Seng took it as a high
honor and would blush when his virtues
and application were so elaborately ex
toled to his fac ), by and by he began to
feel that there as a responsibility about
his position whit h affected his nerves.
"It is dreadful, my peacock eye," he said
to his wife one day, when he felt very ten
derly toward her. "it is dreadful to under
stand that upon tnj own unaided achieve
ments depenus tlie happiness or the disap
pointment of ao many of my fellow crea
tures." "Bat why need it be? Is it not their own
affair f You do not ask them to believe
you are so sure of a place," urged the girl.
"Xo, I do not. But you perceive it to the
same thing, A- you not? or you would If
your intelligence were of the masculine or
der. And is it not written in the fifth
section of the third chapter of the eighth
mm iweuiieio volume ot tne great master
that that but upon the whole I need not
perplex my mind with the memory of un
necessary learning. It is rare indeed that
this part of the great master's collected
writings are made use of in the schools."
"I cannot see that you are to blame in
any way I"
"Nor are you asked to interest yourself
so deeply in what is, prechance, beyond you.
Behold, the beginning and the end for
which thou wast created!"
With these words Seng pointed to the
child of which he was the father. There
was no answering so forcible a rejoinder.
In his heart our friend was, however, in
very much doubt after alls to his ability
to win for his unknown friends the money
they had invested upon him. He felt that
his learning was of a halt and lame kind,
and he knew only too well that unless the
conditions were all in his favor he should
not show at his best. With advancing
years, certain bodily distresses hail come
upon him. That leaden dragon, indiges
tion, in particular, harassed him, and tied
up the mouth of his wallet of memory only
"I pray that I may succeed, but 1 cannot
tell, I cannot tell. As a person of priceless
wisdom said in the reign of in the reign
of It was during the Ming dynasty,
but I cannot recollect t he venerable indi
vidual's name, nor his exact words', though
I have a diamond clear sense of their sig
So the days crept on until it was the eve
of the opening of the great competition.
Peking palpitated with the sound of re
peated phrases and with the throbbing of
the hearts of the thousands of expectant
Seng was washing his face preparatory
to eating his frugal supper, when a visitor
of distinction was announced. Countless
were the olx'isanees the visitor's servant
offered to Seng and Seng requited them to
the visitor himself.
The latter then expressed his wish to see
our friend by himself, and to say some
thing fir his private ear. It was easily ar
ranged. And immediately, without pre
amble, the visitor stated that he had come
to do his utmost to induce Seng to with
draw from the examination.
"I am able, most learned sir, to propose
to you the sum of lO.tKW taels as a com pen
sat im for your obliging sacrifice."
"Ten thous;md taels:'' exclaimed Seng,
with natural surprise.
"It, is true. I need not disguise it from
a person of your perspicacity. The public
have backed you pardon the uuscholarly
phrase, I entreat have backed you to such
nn extent that rather than pay up your
series, most respected I'iseng, we will eu
dow you with this stupendous sum. You
do not surely think it too little, by the side
of the beggarly !itX) taels of income which
may he the reward of your intellect-breaking
"(Mi, no." said Seng. "It is indeed a
great dcaf money, but"
"And by no means a dishonest proposal,
most virtuous sir, to whom all the injunc
tions of our most sapient and excellent an
cestors are as familiar as your wife's fact-,
if I may lie pardoned for mentioning it for
the sake of the simile."
"It Ls not very honest," demurred the
perplexed Seng; "but still 1 have heard of
more unpardonable deeds."
"iiiitnitely more unpardonable deeds are
daily committed in the kingdom, and not
so much as one house fly says, 'You nre to
biamo,' to the persons who are guilty of
I hem. Hut how far removed from the bo."
derland of guilt is the action 1 nm em
powered to suggest to you, oh, long suffer
ing sir You are to sacrifice yourself.
Piseng, for the good of others. Instead of
reaping honor and a certain position (much
overestimated though this assuredly is),
you bow your head to some destitute
youth who is your inferior in mind power,
and you say to him with a heart over
crowded with generosity: 'Take, my
brother, the reward that would have been
mine. I give it freely to you and retire
into private life to enjoy the fruits of my
life long acquaintance with virtue and
noble sentences.' "
"The ten thousand taels will be in cash.
I presume, not in land?" asked Seng, hesi
tantly, and with a hurried look round
"In the most undoubted of papers, great
sir. They shall be turned into "ilver, if so
it please you. Then your self renunciatory
mind has decided?"'
Seng thought earnestly for a minute. By
accepting this proiosal he would be saved
anxiety for the rest of his life. Even as an
official there would be no end but death to
the harassments and future examinations
before him. Then there was his child, so
pink and white, and likely to have a large
Besides, it was such a huge sum. ne
might even begin with it and become a
millionaire. This was a terribly mean am
bition for his exalted mind to entertain.
Nevertheless, entertain it he did, and espe
cially in connection with the very grave be
lief within him that he was far from being
in such candidate form as the public sup
posed. If he failed the people would have
.ts much cause to be angry with him as if
betook this step which secured him from
penury for life.
"I will receive the 10,000 taels," said
Seng, "and having them, I will quit Pe
king at once. It shall suffice for me hence
forward that I pursue the three happi
nesses of long life, wealth and a family of
sous. My constitution, though impaired,
may yet suffice for the first and last of
these desirable ends. As for the wealth,
your esteemed consideration and my own
Stflf sacrifice in the present matter may
serve as a stepping stone to it. I have said."
"Most discreet Piseng," wxs the other's
reply, and after a few more words he with
drew, promising that the money should be
sent that night.
In effect, it was sent aud received, and
the following morning, instead of sitting
down to a tiresome desk, our friend, with
his wife and child, and the money in porta
ble form, set out for Canton, where he pro
posed to begin a new life, devoted to com
merce instead of official honor.
This desertion of literature for commerce
was a sad drop in the world for our poor
friend. As a student of the character and
a disciple of the great Confucius and Men
cius he was an aristocrat of the Flowery
I And, though poor as a harbor coolie or a
chair porter. But in taking to trade he
degraded himself below the unlettered
worker ia the fields. The worst of it was
that he ascribed this perversion of his bet
ter nature not to his own unrighteous and
lazy instincts, but to his mother's untiring
and discontented spirit.
He proposed, however, to assuage the
ghost's malignancy by paying a nice little
sum to one of the must learned doctors of
Feng-Shin (or ghost lore) in the country.
If it were necessary to move the old lady's
bones even, that also should be done,
though the cost might be great.
It need hardly be added that the backers
of the Piseng series ia the examinations
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Will sell for the next 30 days all Lis ovt-rcoatings at 15
pr cent less than the regular prices.
Star Blocr, Opposite Harprr Hotjsk.
B. F. THOMAS & CO.,
Elm Street Meat Market
All kinds of Fresh and Salt Meats always on IiukI. Game,
Fish and Oysters In the sea" on.
Reynolds' Block, Moiisk Ave., FOOT OF ELM ST.
Telephone 1098. 231 Twentieth street.
SEIVERS & ANDERSON,
CONTRACTORS and BUILDERS.
All Kinds .01 Carpenter Work Done.
Gfncral Jolbicg done on fhort aotice and satiafactlcn fcnarante'd.
Office and Shoo 1412 Fourth Avenue. ROCK ISLAND.
Billiard Parlor Sample Room,
No. 117 Eighteenth Street.
JAMES T. O'CONNOR, Proprietors. WK H. CATTON.
J. Ma CHRISTY,
C. J. W. S CHREINER,
Contractor arid Builder,
1131 and 1123 Fourth avenue. Beidrcce 1119 Fourth ayecne.
Plane and "pcciCcatlon" famished on all class of work : also ape nt cf WHJer't Patent In !oe
SUdibg Blinds, something new. stylish and desirable.
Wont TST.AVT. ILT.
axroas -o inta uaiau. or rrjund the murug. Circular free, t iirefcfl Acrvc awd t o., Mcuao, 111.
For sale in Rock island by Hartz & Bahnsen. 3d Ave. and 90th street
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THE POSITIVE CURE.
I ELY BBUTHFR Warns
Q) avert port Business College,
COMPLETE IN ALL. DEPARTMENTS.
FOR CATALOGTJI8 ADDRIS9
J. C. DUNCAN. Davenport.la
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Afk Totr ffrorer for Them.
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The Christy "Oytih" aid Chritty "TViria."
is FALL AND WINTER STOCK
of Goods received by
CUf-Call and Examine.
te aroarante to cure all nervous dlseasox. such as Wi-nk. Memory,
lAt-tul Brain Power, Headache. WakPtulness.Loat Manhood. XnrhtiT Emis
sion. NerTousncs.. LaMl tide, all Urainit and losa of power of tos (xuneracive
Organs In pitlier sex eau-e I hy over exertion, youthful erro-s. or excewive
uimsoI tobacru. opium or sUmulants wblchrfooci lead to lnflroultv. C'onsump.
) tion and Insanity. iut np convenient K carry In vet pork-t. st 1 t.er ra'-
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