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ABGUB, MOKDAT. FEHKUAHY 29,
I FIRST ACQUAINTANCE WITH
CHICAGO'S CLASSIC POtT.
,nr at Ann Arbor and a Meeting with
Strangely Beautiful Creature with
Hanir-The Story of Kemarkable
i,-,.vr,vi.t. ISOi by Edcar V. Nye.l
k- Passant, February. We visited
n .Ulr not long ago. lhe town is
' n ,.iwp towns. The citizens are
, and reserved, with an apprehen-
. air, as if they were watciung to see
it tho students would do next.
ff 'ie college 1 Geneve to ue uiie ui me
and ready to seize upon
pompadour topknot of Time and be
first on tho gronnu 01 any m our
itrv. The students are handsome
imens of younir American manhood,
the law department has long stood
up at the top in the judgment of
juri-ts not counting myself.
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7K ' -A J
? VV.1 . $
.'f visited the D. K. E. headquarters
;i c.Hiplo of hours in the evening,
re wo were made welcome with col-
rng and salad and marmalade. I
:i 1 'iig remember our evening thero
the future judges and physicians
1 n iveniors of the Union: tho young
:i in whose hands Mr. Blaine and I
! s"'!i huvo to place the welfare of
!; t!i ' train we saw a student with
in -t phenomenal chrysanthemum
:.' tii.it 1 ever met. flis hair else-
-r- was short, and he wore the slight
li'Me silk skull cap that tuted him
;i 1- iM head, but over his brow this
'. 1 and stonn tossed bang boiled tip
tii" mot wonderful profusion and
iyed t j and fro like a bunch of straw
r-d asjviragus gone to seed.
t'-r looking him over 1 decided not
u! tiij welfare of our republic in his
:- v.t;i1 gentlemen iii the smoker were
'.in,- li'iw they had sworn off from
Min tilings tho other day. "I have
ni n:l in the matter of 'wet pool,' "
1 a traveling man.
A:i 1 what is wet pool?" the student
!i the bang and a chaperon was heard
'1 it. tii.'.
'' i ii-
Ji " I at the end of each game of
said the b.tL'man. as we call
I--v.i in Ku.dand, "the loser has to stand
I "An I what made you swear off?" came
I hir ilike voice of the boy with tho
J "W ' II. last Tlianksgiving I was sort
f: I .r.-i.'tii-iiig with the pool balls when a
'ii. thin man strolled np to tho table
i.d vk-d if I d like to play. I said
rs iin.l we played one game, which
J'" "ii liim. ami he drummed on tho
I -t with tin; hutt of his cue and asked
"r!ut it would 1. 1 told him, and
F ' h.l'l tile (irder filial if n.nt.t nn
' we III! played twenty-seven games
' t n.j.,;. i not seji anymore
"Is that week, and when I got ready
-"'at it ae-ain I found out at the hotel
that my tall, thin adversary had
"" days in his grave.
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I . 1 me game, ana tue most
f -d T. 1 th. -,. is js fl, nnfll I ..r-.fr "
1 liave sivi.rn r.fT fnim .1,,.!.:.... ;
J'"!-.' st.,r,. :1T1.. i
' '' man, who handles millinery gools
' tin- k. p,-ene circuit in Kansas. "J
u' t'i make Kansas twice a year, and
ii emirse. that there the pre
'i iness runs largely to vini
- and the frumenti sideof tho
"' '.a. One evening we gath-
I'.n'k riMitn of a drug store,
hills, who lintldlo fiver.-ill'
s- llmg grain tdevators nnd
"' - '" sample, carrying three
tii -tieet numbi.Ts on them in
'ames. ami myself. We took
lilTee tiTIUW 'irillltiil I u1irtvul
1 'yin I, because. 1 had iiroiniseu
: o !'"re 1 l,.ft homo that I would
iiuuor of any kind unless I
i to very imu i, indeed.
l.i.sv., . i,umo vjti, mo an(j Ujjg.
!il t,J another hotel at the station.
t- -t.orvd .so in his sleep that I tried
; liim np. but couldn't, so I got
Z ! i 0I,".,,tled the ico water all over
f t'! ' T,l,'n 1 poured the contents
;'' pitcher on liim aud got him
l!i i ' U' 1 8!lV0 ,lim everything I
Z '""V Val.iM! ""'lading a package of
"i.'n Lakine; soda and a mustard
l"A-t'T tle.t -
" "is a viinsmias present
. '"' w'fe. . Just as 1 got him so
7 ' ""'d walk him around the room
'''w that ho had given me a gen-
i l-a ,f what his diet had been for a
V ,',r,,Uvo-tbere was a big racket in
, " ilI"l a pounding on the door. A
'-'"'tor rushed in. and with him a
,lrnS clerk. The doctor rum--''l
around among Ellis' vitals with
winaeh pump, and finding that, bar
' a feW follicles and the everyday
", "P -Y, he not his hrpnth nnl nl1 no
tw. f':0111 was ded and if Ellis got
. 0lWi it would be due to my wonder
' ' toresight, for the clerk had given us
unum the Uvit round by mistake.
Su I get along iiow without a prescrip
tion in Kansas, ai d hope to die a natu
ral death, great ly beloved and mourned
by all who knov me, casting a great big
gloom over our quiet little community
and generally mourned on account of
my charming qualities both of mind
and heart. Eastern papers please copy."
Then the con-eraation gradually drift
ed into other c hannela, and a man who
handles trusses for the northwest got to
talking about 1 tinting. He could shoot
with unerring accuracy, he said, and
loved dearly to shoot all kinds of large
game. He pref srred elephants, I judged
from his talk, and when he scared up a
covey of these little feathered songsters
it was very seldom that any of them got
He was shooting tho Rocky mountain
sheep last year in Montana, he said, and
had bagged two or three at about 3 in
the afternoon. Ho was just eating his
frugal lunch of hot terrapin, cooked over
an alcohol sto-e which he always car
ried with him, when a bighorn weigh
ing at least 600 pounds sprang past him
and stood about 600 yards from him on
a ledge across a deep gorge in less time
than it requirt s to ejaculate the word
Seizing his tristy rifle and placing it
to his shoulder it was but the work of a
moment to aim :"or the magnificent beast,
as he had one eye already closed by a
gentleman who n ho had thoughtlessly
charged with falsehood while east.
He had not ti no to pull tho trigger,
however, beforo the alert animal had
bounded up th 3 face of the cliff, which
was at an angle of 45 degs. nt least, and
stood entirely protected by an immense
Here was a problem. He could not
cross the gorg 3. Tho animal was no
doubt safely there. Ho could calculate
exactly where 1 e stood beneath the big
and beetling cliff, though entirely out of
his range of vision.
Making a few rapid geometrical calcu
lations for he admits that he is a fine
mathematician and billiard player he
aimed for a cerain point on tho angle
of tho rock and then tired.
For a mome it tho report seemed to
deafen him, then there fell on the slop
ing rock at lea t a half bushel of warm
vitals and mutton tallow, and he knew
that his aim hail been true.
It took two di.ys to get tho animal by
a roundabout w ry, and then he found
that the flattei ed bullet, with an edge
like a razor, had completely disem
boweled the animal, these organs hav
ing been neatl cut out and dropped
down the gorge. The heart and liver
had been carefully preserved, while tho
bullet had in its flight also cut off tho
limb of a sage'msh and inserted it in
the rift of the carcass so as to prop it
opeu and cool of! the mutton in the pure,
crisp air of the mountain.
I ran across Engeno Field once more
tho other day in Chicago. The gather
ing years have dealt very generously
with Gene, anil he is growing to resem
"Yes," he sa d. in that rich, deep,
melodious voico of his, a voice that
would win the chick-a-dee-dees down
from the bushe-? "yes," ho said, color
ing npwith boyish delight, "several peo
ple have spoken of it. You do not mind
it, do you?"
"Oh, no," 1 said. "Anything that
gives you pleas ire pleases and delights
me almost to death."
It was quite a good many years ago
that Field and 1 met in Denver. I had
6ome pelts to market one spring, the
winter having been very severe on my
stock, killing t .vo out of my herd of
three cattle by ii s severity. Fearing to
trust the arduou task to other hands, 1
took tho pelts myself, together with an
article on "How to Write on an Empty
Stomach Without Pain."
I went to Tho Tribune, which has
since been swallowed np by Tho Repub
lican. It was edited by O. H. Roth
acker, since leaI, and had Charlie Ray
mond at the counter, Field where he
could be drawn on at a moment's notice
for anything from a poem on "Thought"
NYE VHITINQ GENE.
to an obituary of the Ahkoond of Swatt,
and Fred Skiff io aid and abet the oth
ers; and Tom E awson, now at Wash
ington and as f it as the thin, piping
voice of a passe i rima donna, gave dig
nity to the paper.
Mr. Field's room was entirely papered
with envelopes, e ich of which hung on
the wall by its tap, like a well merited
rebuke on the brc w of beauty when ad
ministered by my coworker in the dra
matic field, Colcnel John L. Sullivan.
This was Gene's scrapbook. He has
since secured lett rs patent on it, but is
kept busy fighting infringements. It
consists simply cf a box of manilla en
velops, each of which, when called into
use, contains the jcrap with title on out
Bide of envelope. Then the owner, with
a dexterous movement of tho damp
tongue, prepares the flap of the envelope
and deftly sticks it to the wall. When
Field required any of these envelopes he
would walk around the room, reading
the titles, till he earne to what he want
ed, and if it hat pened to be out of his
reach he would i;all Mr. Skiff, who is a
very tall man, and mounting on his
shoulders would toon have it down.
I was introduced to Field by Colonel
Williain Lightfoot Visscher, of Ken
tucky, who was then running a bright
little paper called "Hellor It was cut
off by the central office about two weeks
afterward, and folding its little tired
hands over its pale, calm face, its little
scare head fell forward on its form and
all was still save the muffled remarks of
the printers' towel or the dying echoes
of the hammer as Colonel Visscher fin
ished nailing another political lie.
Field welcomed me heartily to Den
ver, and taking his foot out of a large
hole in the wall which he had bored
with his heel a fashion he has yet while
engaged in thought he rose to his feet
and catching apprehensively at the
waistband of his trousers ere it was too
late he put his suspender back over his
shoulder again with a sigh of relief and
grasped me heartily by the hand. While
at work Mr. Field removes a great deal
of his clothing. Sometimes when a
poetess calls on him suddenly while at
work he only has time to stick his limbs
into the drawers of his desk and run his
head through a vile contemporary, al
lowing it to droop down over his shoul
ders, before some great warbler from
the tall grass of tho literary field enters
He asked me to bo seated, pointing to
tho only chair in his office, barring his
own. 1 began to remove the exchanges,
of which there were a great munlier,
but he said: "Never mind the this, that
and the other papers. Sit down on
them. Everybody else does." So I sat
down on them. I can remember it yet.
There was no seat to tho chair, and so I
pas&ed on rapidly till 1 struck the floor
with much feeling. I never saw any
one feel sadder than Field did over that,
for he never could bear to give any one
Once ho left a hotel in Denver and
went elsewhere because, as he said to
the proprietor, he had thoughtlessly,
while asleep, rolled over on several little
creatures in his bed, crushing the life
and lights and fragrance out of them,
and he would pay his bill, please, and
go elsewhere, where ho would not give
pain to the smallest or smelliest of God"s
So he went away to another place, for
Field has a t ender heart.
Mr. Stone, who used to own The News,
but who is now a banker nnd has pleas
nut relations with dividends and first
mortgage bonds and preferred stock,
said that three little boys hung around
his office once for several days, attract
ing his attention by their brightness and
their pathetic and hungry look, till at
last he inquired about them, for they
were handsome boys, and yet their poor
little blue toes stuck out of their little
red and broken shoes, while tho blast
outside seemed at times almost to out
shriek the blast that Mr. Stono was giv
ing the corrupt city government at that
Finally he called the boys to him nnd
asked them whose children they were
if they had any father. One of the lads
rublxd his purple foot against tho calf
of the other leg and said in a pathetic
child treble, while his little chin quiv
ered, "We are Mr. Fields littlo boys."
That settled it with Mr. Stone, for he
has a kind heart. "Is it possible," he
said to himself, "that we are accepting
the wonderful work of this wonderful
man, yet failing to pay him enough to
keep his family from want?"' On the
following day Gene's salary was doubled,
and patting the little boys on the head
that evening he complimented them on
the way they had "created the part,"
and he gave each of them a nice candy
cane over five feet in length.
Three years ago, on a professional trip
with Mr. Riley, and while my wife was
with me bound for the coast, we got
word at Kansas City that the children
had been attacked simultaneously with
scarlet fever, and so it was necessary to
give up tho California trip.
Our manager hated to give up the tour
entirely, and in order to make it more
impressive wired that I was ill, which
was all right for a manager, but would
not do for anybody, else. He sent th"
following message, totally uupunctuat
ed, to Field:
Kansas Crrv. April 20, 1889.
Eugene Field. News, Chicauo:
Nyu very ill west of Missouri what would
you take for sixty nights with Kiley?
Engene did not seem to understand
the telegram, I judge, for he wired back:
Chicago, April 21. 1889.
J. B. Pond, Kansas City:
I also am Kick west of tho Missouri, but do
not know what 1 would tuke.
Mr Field is an erudite scholar and a
great collector of antiqnes. I have
promised him a joke of mine to put with
a bookworm which he has in a bottle of
In his office while at work once ho
was interrupted by a very raw visitor
who wanted to see how he thought his
thoughts. "Do you think them easily?"
he asked. "Do think them between
meals, or how?"
"Oh. I nevor know when it will attack
me," Field said. "This divine racket is
liable to catch me at any moment." He
then looked far away and his symmet
rical limbs began to jerk.
"Excuse me a moment," he said; "I
must write a poem." He then put his
feet on the table, with one heel in a ven
tilator over his head, and wrote that
beautiful and pathetic little thing that
has spoken with tenderness and tears in
many lands, the story of "Littlo Boy
Bine." The visitor did not know that
Gene had already written it in his mind
aud only wanted a little leisure to put ii
on paper just as the visitor came in, but
tt happened so, and now he reports in
his home in Egypt, Ills., that Mr. Field
has times when he can no more help
writing a poem than a man can avoid
f eeling of a freshly painted letter box.
Wife How do yon like my new gown
Husband I don't think it's quite styl
ish enough, is it?
Wife Well, it ought to be. It is just
like the one our new girl has, Cloak
TttLEJJ..E.VJPIM.J JLEEL BRIGHT AND
-" " " my wumrLCAlUN IS dtTTEK,
Kt doctor Bars It acta rontiv- nn th itmn..!.
and klllllfvi and laa nlpaunt i.y.h ivi. VL J 1
Is made from hcrhg, and la prepared for use as easllr
as tea. It Is called '
All dnlRXlsts sell It at 50e. and $1.00 per package.
Buy one to day. Lane', family MedfaneimoVe.
the bowela each day. In order to be nealthy. this
to necessary. '
Dr. UraruitEvs'SPKCirics arx'scientMoally and
carefully prepared prescriptions ; used formany
years in private practice WHhsiuirt'ss.aiKl for over
thirty years used by the people. Every single Spe
cific Is a Hpectul cure for the disease named.
Thene Spec 1 ilea cure without druKghiK, purff
fngor reducing the system, and are iu fact and
deed On.' mo vc re i b n reiitt'dicsot the World.
OF PRINCn-Al. HOS. CrRES. PRICKS.
Frvrrs, I'ongtstlon. Inflammation... ,-
wortiiH, Wormrever, vorni cvilc.
'ryiiiK Colic, orTecthlugof Infants
I'liirrnra, 01 ciuiuauiT auuiia....
Dyncncery, GrlpinK, BUIo-ir Colic.
Juoicra TI or Hurt, vomiunts
'oiiKhx, t old, Bronchitis
Ncurnlif ia, Tootbnche, Faceache
Iicudoi liPH, Sk'klleaitaclie. Vertigo
lyHpepnin, liillnus stomach
Mipprt'(9Ht'd or Painful Periods.
Wuil cn, too Frofunc Periods
fro ii p. CotiKh, Plfllcult Ereatlilnn...
ull Itht'Ulu, Erysipelas, Eruptions,
kui'iitntilir in, Kh"uni!illr PiOns....
I'cvf r ami Airnr, Chills, Slalarla....
Pile, liliud or llleedlns
Catarrh, lnlluenza, C lid In the Head
Wlioopiiiir Coiitfb. Violent Coughs,
tii io rnl K. liiliii .Physical Weakness
Nervous JW'bility 1 .OO
I'rinary Weakness, WcttlnfrBed. .50
Diseases of I bt'Ileurt, Palpitation 1.00
Solu liy DmKlsts, or sent postpaid on receipt
cf price. Ijr. Hi MciiKEYs' JIanlal, (1-14 pages)
richly liound In cloth and Kold, mailed free.
HUMPHREYS' MEDICINE CO.,
Cor. Willinm and John Street, New York.
SPEC! F6 CS.
OR. ST. ABHIATO'S
Ib the Safest and SnrcHt liomeily ever discovered
for 411 Uie unnatural (lichar 8 and 1'kivate
Diskasi b op JIkn and tlie debilitatinp. weakneBS
peculiar to women. It has never failed to cure
the most oVstinato case, in men, in from 3 to 6
davs. (Nothing that makes quicker claims is
safe.) It is convenient to carry and handy to
use no hottle or spoon to annoy you. Kemem
ber, we guarantee it. Price irl.GO per box. Com
plete instructions with each box. If the drug
gist you auk for lr. Bt. Armand's French Cure
lias not Rot it, don't let Lira fool you with his
oily tonyuo by selling you something else in
stead, bu send price to us and we will forward
to you by mail, in plain, unmarked box. We
also treat patients by mail. Address THR
HAZZAHK MK.nlCINK CO., South San
eaxnon btreet, Chicago, 111.
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.
-ALL KINDS OP-
Cast Iron Work
done. A specialty of famishing al. kinds
of Stoves with Castings at S eents
A MACHINE SHOP
ass been added where all kinds of machine
work will be done first-class.
NINTH ST. AND 7th AVE.
DOWNING BROS. . Propts.
if, .1 a m
For sale by all Orst-claes Grocery dealers.
Estate of Herman Bnntenbach. deceased.
The undersigned having been appointed execu
trix of the last will and testament of Herman
Bnntenbach, late it the county of Bock Island,
state ol Illinois, deceased, hereby eives notice
that she will appear before the eonnty court of
Rock Island county, at the office of the clerk of
saia court, m tne city 01 hock teiana, ai we
April term, on the first Monday in April next,
at which time all persons hiving claims against
said estate are notified and requested to attend
for the purpose of having the same adjusted. All
persons indebted to said estate are requested to
maae immediate payment to tne nnaersiffnea.
Dated this 2flth day of January, A. D. 189.
(iKKTBCDE B(JNTNBACB. Eiecublx.
"Was ffievcsr dm&
J. B. ZIMMER,
Will sell for the next 30 daj-s all Lis overcoatings ai 15
pr cent less than the regular prices.
Stab Block, Opposite Harper House.
B. F. THOMAS & CO.,
Elm Street Meat Maiket
All kinds of Fresh and Salt Meats always on lnnd. (iame,
Fish and Oysttrs In the season.
Reynolds' Block. Mouse Ave., TOOT OF ELM ST.
Telephone 1098. 231 Twentieth street.
SEIVERS & ANDERSON,
CONTRACTORS and BUILDERS.
AU Kinds ol Carpenter Work Done.
General Jobbing done on short notice and satisfaction t'naranle d.
Office and Shon 721 Twelfth Street, ROCK ISLAND.
Billiard Parlor Sample Room,
No. 117 Eighteenth Street.
JAMES T. O'CONNOR, Proprietors. WM. H. CATTON.
J. Ma CHRISTY,
HAI0F1CTUREB Cf CRACKERS AKQ BISCUITS.
A?k Yonr Grocer for Them.
1 hey are Bost.
The Christy "Otsteb" ai.d Christy "Wapbk."
Mtrt 1t II .....
FALL AND WINTER STOCK
of Goods received bv
ISinCall and Examine.
C. J. W. SCHREINER,
Contractor and Builder,
1121 and 1123 Fourth avenue. Residence 1119 Fonrth avenne.
Plans and specifications furnished on all classes of work : also aeent of Wilier 's Patent Inside
Sliding Blinds, something new, stylith and desirable.
"out Ti.vn, tr.T.
trn tnnrantre to cure nil nrrou dtsp, mich a Won 1c Mnmnrv
liit Brain IMwpi HeiKlnotie. Wnkof ulnes. lAt MniihontS. Nightly Krniiu
iiin. NiTTnxtif', I'!um1.Hnlniiiii ;ind lo of power ! the tu'tipnilve
Omits in i.hrxca!w.. i.yorr exertion, Toothful erro-.or exr-eifltve
ii-e of tobaw. otium or t4Tnul:im nhirhMwi U-mi t.t inhm ,tv r. .
tion nnd Insanity. lut tip cn vt'tnert t curry in Tut po.-kit. i per pac k
uiwliv ini: i". for$5. With everv a rlr wo 'iWiv a ,wt .
bktoke AAD AFTEA two, or rejuwi the motuy. Circular tree. duress Acrve Seed to., hi euro. Hi.
For Bale in Rock island by Hartz & Bab n sen, 3d Ave. and 20th street.
: POSITIVE CURE.
I ELY BROTHERS. W Warren BWKnr York. PriceSOcta.9
Q)avenport Business College,
COMPLETEIIN ALL DEPARTMENTS.
FOB CATALOGUES ADDEES8
J. C. DUNCAN, Davenport. Ia
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