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Published Daily and Weekly at 1634 Second
Avenne, Rock Island. Ill
J. W. POTTER,
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Correspondence sollciiud from every township
In Rock Island countv.
Monday, June 13, 1892.
DDMOlRAIIC M1ATK lit K! I
For Governor JOHN P AI.TGELD
For Longrissnian h! large JOHN C BL.CK
For Congress-man at large .ANDKK J HI'S TKK
For Lieutenant Oovi rnor JOSEPH B (JILL
For Secretary of State WM Jl UlMil 'iisKN
For Auditor DAVID GOK8
rormeaaorer Kl'FUS N KAMsKY
iiiey Ot neral. . .
...It T MALONKY
Tlt- I'. oile for 1 ab:e.
The Rock Islander, the Rock Island
labor paper winch supported Cable in
1890, seems to have soured on the butter
fly coDRressman . Bushnell Record.
Replying to the above misguiding par
Sgraph, toe Aledo Democrat says:
The Rock Islander has changed hards.
It is no longer worthy to be called a la
bor paper. It has endorsed the repub
lican platform as adopted at Springfield
and it prints the republican ticket tm ry
week But the attempt to turn the la
boring men, especially of Rock Island
county, against Cable will not be succe-s-ful.
Nearly every laboring man in Rock
Island knows Ben Cable personally, aud
they not only know him but they will
vote for him as they did two years ago.
Work That IV in-.
Judge Altgeld, the uemocrat'C candi
date for governor of Il'inois, is i 'lowing
no grass to grow under his feet. The
campaign will not begin formally for
several months, but he is out among the
people scraping up acquaintance with
them in their own bumes. Lie h 8 at
ready canvassed from house to house
several ot the counties near Chicago and
intends to keep up this kind of work un
til the time for large meetings arrives.
Whether or not this kind of campaign
ing accomplishes great results is almost
wholly due to the genera' character of the
man who makes it. There are those
whose manners and personalities are so
repellant that contract with them is a dis
advantage. Everybody has known in
stances in their own experience where
they have thought well of men whom
they have known only from reputatioo,
bat the good opinion has vanished upon
personal acquaintance. There are others
the touch ot whose band or the sound of
Whose voice has a kind of magic in it that
awakens an immediate interest or even -tachment
Judge Altgeld may not be en
dowed with the personal magnetism of
this latter cla s, i ul t is said that he has
the faculty of impressin i upon everyone
who comes in his way, his gieat s ncer
ity and practical sense. He shows the
fnrmers and laborers that he sympathizes
with them in their struggle for a liveli
hood, as be undoubtedly does, for s
own experience covers ull the vie s-itudes
in the life of a self -made man from bnt
work to high honors.
Judge Altgeid evident, y has confidence
that be can be elected governor of Illi
nois. Men do not work as he is work
ing if they look upon a party nomination
as a barren honor.
Klalne'n IIMnr al
The Washington correspondent of the
New York Press says there is much spec
ulation at the national capiital as to who
will succeed Mr. Blaine . There are yet
nine months, in any event, for whoever
is appointed to strve as secretary of state.
The position is such that it requires more
than an ordinary politician out of a job
to fill it, and at tnis time especially, with
the Chilian negotiations in progress, the
Renting sea arbitration in prospect, vari
ous reciprocity agreements in hand
and other delicate and complex questions
constantly arising, the position is one
charged with grave responsibility, requir
ing a trained diplomat to fill it. Because
of this state of affairs a number of excel
lent men, who would otherwise be con
sidered available, are incontinently cast
aside in the public estimation as unavail
able at the present time. J r. Wharton,
the assistant secretary of state, is undei
stood to have congressional aspirations,
and hae indicated his desire to retire from
the state department and enter the more
active field of politics Be has favorably
impressed the president with his ability,
bnt it is not at all probable that so
young a man would be selected to be
placed over the heads of much older and
more prominent men. The names of
Cnauncey M. Depew, Secretary Tracy,
Representative Hitt and General J. W.
Foster have been favorably mentioned,
and it is probable that one of these five
men will be selected. It is readily seen
how the nomination at Minneapolis may
have a bearing on ex-Secretary Blaine's
successor. If not renominatad the po
sition would not usually be considered so
important nor so desirable to occupy,
and without the prospect of remaining
in the cabinet four years, the same meas
ure of ability could not probably be ob
tained for a pal'ry nine months In the
latter view of the case, without going
into the contingencies, but taking a man
familiar alike with the business of the
department, having the experience of
years of service in the diplomatic corps
abroad, cognizint of Mr. Blaine's meth
ods and possessing the confidence of the
president, the public view, so far as it is
reflected in Washington, points to Gen.
J. W. Foster as the most likely successor
to Mr. Blaine.
A prudent man is like a pin. his head
prevents him from going to far. To
prevent a cough from going too tar, we
should say : l:se Dr. Boll's Cougb 8 - rjp.
CAFTUKED AT SEA.
HOW 1 Etv FRENCH CONVICTS TOOK
POSSESSION OF A BRIG.
Sailing I'iv Hundred Miles w ith a Gang
of lllood hirsty Villains ami a Narrow
cape fi om Death r.t the Knl of the
Copyrig it. 1SP-. by Charles B. Lewis.l
The brig i i which I shipped to make a
voyage from Jamaica to Pernnmlmco and
return, call og at Georgetown en route,
was called Tb Little Queen. She was a
trim, new e aft, just out from England,
and veils con manded by one of the oldest
mariners I a, er saw in. active service. His
name was kothsay. an Englishman, and
he was hale and hearty at seventy-two
years of age. It may be recorded a ft curi
ous thing tli it he was the only BngUsh
man ntionnl of an Knglish craft. Both
mates, cook md all foremast hands were
Americans, a ul three of the men were Cape
Coddera, Tin explanation was that we
had been WM keil in a sugar vessel in the
Caribbeaa set and picked up and carried
to Jamaica b.-a British steamer. There
were nine of i s all told as the brig left the
Georgetown e.s you will see by the map.
is ,m the nortii coast of Brazil, in the state
or province of Suiana. A strip e,f territory
800 miles long by 600 brand is divided tip
among the British, Dutch and French, and
the two latter have established penal colo
nics there. We reached Georgetown in
due time ami discharged a pari of our
cargo, and ju t as we were ready to sail
we were notified that ten convicts from
the French penal settlement of Cayenne
had got away to sea in the yawl of a French
merchantman. Little attention was paid
to this notice, as such escapes were by no
means rare, ai d when we began our run
down the coast the incident passed out of
our minds. One Liy at noon, when we
were to the sot th of Cayenne and about
forty mflea off the coast, a man aloft dis
covered a ship's boat about two miles
away and heading down across our coarse.
As she was stai ding in from seaward our
first Impression was that she carried n
shipwrecked crew, 1 had just come on
watch when the boat was reported. As
soon as I leveled the glass at her i detected
the clothing of French convicts an.l counted
an even ten men. The craft was under
sail, but the brv -ze was light and the sea
smooth. She was on our port quarter, and
if we held on sin would intercept us.
As soon as tl e captain was notified of
the discovery he ordered the brig kept off
four or live points, and then called the
crew- nft and not Bed them that if the con
victs aboard they would not hesitate
at murder. Hal: a dozen muskets would
have given us a powerful advantage, but
there was uot even a single barreled pis
tol in the brig. If it, came to a fight we
could only arm ourselves with cap-tan
Kirs ami K-layii g pins. We had hopes,
however, of getting off without coming to
close quarters. While the wind was light.
we had all sail on the brig, and there was
no question but that we could outsail the
yawl. As soon a- we shifted our helm the.
yawl raised a signal of distress nndthe
convicts shouted in choru-. We paid no
attention of course, and she swung into
our wake about a quarter of a mile astern.
They must have realized that we had es
tablished their Identity, for halt' adozen
Of them sprang Op and shook their fists at
us and roared like wild beasts. I got a
plain view of the visages of three or four
of the lot under ibe glass, and more vil
lainous eonntenai ces I never saw. We
were rapidly leaving them behind and con
gratulating ottrsel "ea on the fact, when the
breeze began to puff and die. and in the
course of a quarter of an hour it fell fiat.
When this occurred we heard a faint
cheer from the convicts, and they shortly
doused their sail ni d pat over two pairs of
"It seems that we have got to fight for
it after all," observed the captain altera
look through the glass. "Mr. Lenox, you
will arm the crew and hold them up to
their work. The boat can only board OS at
the bows. See that the COok has a supply
of hot water read . Give every man to
understand that he must fight for his life."
A quarter of an hnttr later the yawl lay
off our port quarter within speaking dis
tance. Every man of the ten looked the
villain. Only despi rate men could have
attacked and overpi wered the guard and
escaped as they did. There was neither a
yorog nor an old face among them, but all
were middle nseil men. Some were in
full convict Uniform, while others bad
thrown away their jackets. Their leader
was a short, stout man. so dark com
plexioued that he sei med to be a Spaniard,
and as the boat drew near he stood up in
the stern sheets nnd called out:
"Hello, captainl Why you run sway
from poor, shipwrecked sailormen Our
ship go down off hert to the east yester
"I know you!" shouted Captain Rothsay
in reply. "Ton are escaped convicts from
Cayenne. If you ntti mpt to board us yon
will find us well prepared!"
They could not know how well or how
poorly armed we wer'-.-and we were nine
to their ten.
"Yea, captain, you s leak truly," said the
leader after a brief consultation with his
men. "We, are conv cts from Cayenne,
but we are ifflBoceut men. We do not wish
to board yolk We have neither food nor
drink, and wensk jou in the name of
humanity to supply ut "
The captain consulted with me in regard
to it. They mustcomt alongside in order
to receive supplies a id when they had
once hooked on whcc uld say what they
might attempt? Ileffids. we had little or
nothing to snare. Th ff had been afloat
five or six days and none of their faces ex
hibited evidences of su Tering.
"I have nothing tosp.ire, and I warn you
to keep olT!" shouted th-: captain in answer
to the request.
We had seen no arm i among them, and
had supposed them to be without weapons
of any sort. To our treat surprise five
muskets, tuken from th guard when they
escaped, were suddenly lifted into view,
while four oars dropped into the water and
the yawl made for our b iws. There was a
fierce yell from every :onvict, nnd those
with muskets opened fire. Captain Roth
say was killed and these -ond mate wound
ed even before they had hooked on. We
scalded them with bo ling water and
fought them with whatever we could lay
hold of, but within five uinutes the brig
was captured. We had a foremast hand
killed in the fight on deck, and none of us
escaped injury. As an offset, we killed
two of the convicts while they were trying
to board. They had bavonets to their
muskets, nnd it was either surrender or be
killed. It is but justice o the fellows to
nay that they were not pi rticularly blood
thirsty, and that as soon as they were in
possession of the brigtheii attitude became
almost friendly. As cbi-'f officer I was
asked about our cargoand destination, and
on the other hand the leader informed me
that they were sorry to in errupt our voy
age, but intended to use ths brig tc make
good their escape.
The first thing was to get rid of the dead
bodies. They allowed vis to sew them in
canvas before they went overlwfird, and
then our wounded man was made comfort
able. I fully expected that the lot of us
would be turned adrift in their boat, but
they had other plans. There was not a
sailor among them, and they were com
pelled to keep us to navigate the brig. Af
ter the burial the leader said to us:
"We mean you no harm. We are des
perate men and mean to make our escape.
After we have been landed in some safe
place you may sail away with your brig.
If you try to deceive us we will show you no
I was further informed that 1 must act
as captain and navigate the brig, nnd I
was allowed to choose a mate from among
my men. After that a council was held
aiming the eight as to what place should
be steered for. I brought them the charts
from the cabin, aud after a long debate it
was decided to run for the Amazon river,
The brig hail only a week's supply of water
and provisions for so many men, or they
would perhaps have decided on the Ameri
can ceiast. At 4 o'clock, just as they had
reached a decision, the wind breezed up,
the yawl was taken alxiard and I set the
course for the big river, aliout fteWi miles
aw ay. Just at sunset we rase a British
man-of-war going up the coast. The con
victs identified her nt once, and as we
would pass each other within a mile there
was cause for excitement. They had helped
themselves to our spare clothing and
thrown away their own suits, but there
were too many men on our decks fur a
small brig. AH but 'three were sent be
low, and the leader of the gang said to me
as he surveyed the approaching craft:
"You will show our colors and salute
her. If she should hail us you know what
to answer. You can betray us, but I will
kill you if you lo!"
The man-of-war crossed our course a
mile away, and I dipped the ensign to her.
We were only a peaceful trader in her eyes,
and no one aboard gave us a second look or
"You did well," said the convict, who
was called Moran by his companions.
"Deal honestly by us and we will by you."
From the very first I had hoped that we
might retake the brig, but the convicts
Would only trust us so far. The watches
were so divided by order of Moran that our
men were divided, and two of the convicts
were kept under arms to act as sentries.
Moran and the second mate bail quarters
aft with me, while all others berthed for
ward. All of us were under constant sur
veillance, though decently treated, and no
two of us were ever left alone together. If
I had planned to run the brig into the port
of Parnahyla. down the ceiast. or beaded
up for Cayenne, they would have been too
sharp for me. While none of them could
take the wheel, they kept constant watch
on the compass. They knew the course
was mth by west, anil if the brig broke
off n jioint they were quick to detect it.
The winds were tight and variable, and
it was the sixth day after our capture be-
torewedrew in with the coast. Moran'a
orders were to avoid Para by entering the
north mouth, and when we were fairly in
the river he told me t heir plans. I was to
take them in the brig up as far as the
mouth of the XingU river, and they would
then pull up the stream in the yawl and
make fur the diamond district. We were
not above thirty miles into the river when
we were obliged to come to anchor for the
want of a breeze. I knew nothing what
ever of the navigation of the stream, and
had no chart of it. but Moran Insisted that
we should not take a pilot. About the
time we anchored, the demeanor of the con
victs seemed to change for the worse.
They were very lordly in giving orders,
and swaggered around in a fashion entirely
new to them. It appeared also as if three
or four of them were anxious to pick a
quarrel with our men. That evening the
Second mate found opportunity to say
"Depend upon it, Mr. Lenox, they
never meant to stand to the bargain. I
shouldn't le surprised if they were plan
ning to cut our throats ami scuttle the
I strongly suspected them of some evil
intention, but nothing came of it that
night. Next morning we bad wind and
tide in our favor, and at noon, when we
anchored again, we had made twenty-five
miles. Another twenty-five would" take
us to the mouth of the Xingu. Right away
after dinner the yawl was lowered, and
Moran lx?gan to outfit her. His manner to
me was very brusque ami quarrelsome,
and I avoided him ns much as possible.
Whatever they thought could le made
useful was placed in the boat, and they
were rummaging about the whole after
noon. At about 6 o'clock Moran ordered
all the old crew of the brig into the cabin.
Every man of us at once realized that the
climax was at hand, and acting in concert
we made a sudden and furious attack. We
got possession of two of the muskets and
were making a good fight of it, though
lound to be beaten in the end, when a
Brazilian gunboat which was on her way
up the river sheered alongside of us and
had grappled on before some of ns saw her.
Her presence put an end to the fight, of
course. We had two men wounded, while
WO had killed one convict and wounded a
Our captors were neatly trapped, but
they no sooner realized it than they claim
ed to be the real crew of the vessel" aud de
nounced us ns convicts. They were so
earnest aud emphatic in their declarations
that the commander of the gunboat was
almost convinced. I destroyed their case,
however, when I asked t hem for the cap
tain's name, our port of hail, the names
of the different ropes and sails, etc. They
were ironed and taken alioard the gun
boat to be conveyed to Cayenne, while the
brig was towed down to Para to be put
through the legal forms necessary in such
cases. The last time I saw Moran he said
"Do you think we would have been such
fools as to let you sail away with the brigf
I meaut to lock all of you in the cabin and
then cut away her masts and scuttle her!"
Bow h Battletleld Appeu-a to One of
The beginning of a battle, unless brought
on by accident, as it were, reminds one of
mourners standing about an open grave in
a cemetery waiting for the clods of earth
to fall upon the coffin. The cool, deliberate
way in which troops are moved and bat
teries placed in position tries your nerve.
Men speak to each other in subdued voices,
and the commands of the officers are low
and stern. A regiment is but a cog in one
of the wheels: a division one of the dozen
wheels of the great machine. Vou may
now aDd then catch sight of the enemy as
he also moves to the right or left or ad
vances, or you may not see anything of
him for an hour after the battle opens.
Your brigade la in battle lint and has
been waiting for an hour. There is a line
of skirmishers down along the bush fringed
creek, but von know it only becaaaa you
saw tbem go down across the field. X die-
:ant cheer comes floating over the wheat
Sell Is. Some commander has been address
ing his troops. Five minutes later there is
a pop! pop! pop! all along the skirmish
line. The enemy is moving forward in
battle line. The skirmishers are the gnats
stinging the elephant. They kill and
wound, but of what result is the death or
disabling of fifty men out of a division?
Now the field pieces open one after an
other. They are to the right on the hills,
but you feel the earth trembling where you
stand, and the crackle of musketry is "ab
sorbed In the roar of the rifled guns. Yon
are pale faced) your chin quivers; your
legs are strangely weak. You shout with
relief as the enemy suddenly appears on
the slope and you get the command to fire.
The coming of night may end a battle
which has raged along a front of ten miles
from early morn. The enemy may have
been beaten ami drawn off. We may have
been driven. If the going down of the sun
and the coming of night has left victory
undecided, there is a gradual dying away
of the roar of the larger guns. The spite
ful fl and 0 pounders keep to their work
for half an hour longer. Then you hear
only the lioom of a single gun, and the fire
of muskets, which has been a continuous
roar for long hours, slackens off ami dies
out until there is only a sullen sputter, as
from the wick of a candle touched with
water. Tiie night will not be entirely
quiet. Here aud there the pickets will
fire into the darkness at intervals, and
guns and troops will be moved to new po
sitions. But it is only after the battle after both
armies have abandoned the field that you
realize the horror of a struggle w here 900,000
men have been engaged. From right to left
flank is a distance of, say. nine miles. Both
flanks were held by cavalry. The line ran
through meadows, over flower fields, across
woodlands and through the orchards sur
rounding farmhouses. Everywhere along
this front are dead and wounded men.
dead and wounded horses, dismounted
guns, salH-rs, swords, muskets and ac
COUtennenta Here in this hazel thicket
a deizen mortally wounded men crawled
away to die. Under the wild plum tree
shading the Waters of the brook are a score
of wounded men, some of whom left trails
of blood as they drew themselves along
inch by inch to reach the water for which
they thirsted as never before. There are
dead men among the ripening wheat, on
the sterile hillsidee, in the clover over
which the honey liees are hovering, among
the red and white hfillyhooks of the farm
The field is left to the hospital corps and
the brigade detailerl for burial duty. Field
hospitals are erected here and there, and
the wounded are gathered in. Blood drips
from their wounds as tiny are carried
along blood on the gra-s. on the rocks
and leaves and bushes blood until yon
turn your eyes to the blue sky to forget its
color. Men are carried past you who seem
to lie dead; others groan in agony; others
still cry out and curse at the Samaritans
of the battlefield.
And of the dead? Right here where
they lie iu w inrows. some across each other
a brigade tried to drive itself into our ccn
ter as a wedge, and was almost wipe'rout
of existence by grnpeshot. canister and
bullet. Farther to the left we find t hem
only at intervals and not so near our lines.
Over the hill and on each side of the dusty
highway we come upon them by scores
again. Here we had a battery, and half a
brigade CO arged out of the WOOdstOtake
it! Standing here you can see dead men
dotting the ground to the very edge of the
forest, Tiie guns were turned upon them
as soon as they appeared, and the fire was
murderous. Here is where they wire
checked and shattered ami driven back by
the volleys of the infantry in support of
the guns. If there wire any wounded
among the dead they have crawled away.
And here, just in the edge of ttieon bard
the earth Is almost hidden by thedcid and
wounded. Men have carried water fn in
the cool, deep well to the wounded the
dead await burial alone. Here was a : a
to-hand fight over two licldpic.es. Wen
they worth 900 lives? And as the guns
Umbered up and dashed off to a new po
sition the iron shod feet of the excited
horses were planted on the faces of dead
men on the breasts of men crying :;t
with their wounds and the heavy wheels
followed after to grind human flesh into
And now the long nnd shallow trenches
have been dug on the hillside overlooked
by peach trees, and we gather up the dead
on the section assigned to us and place
them side by side. There is only a brief
search after identity never a eu log' or a
prayer over one. Friends in these trenches,
foes in those over there. So let them tie
covered into sleep until the last trumpet
calls. Known or unknown, what matters
it to them? M. Quad.
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