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In Bock Island countv.
Monday, June 20, 1892.
democratic static ticket.
For Governor JOHN P ALTGELD
For Conri ssman at large JOHN 0 BLACK
ForComressman at large.. ANDREW J HUNTKK
For Lieutenant Govirnor JOSEPH B GILL
For Secretary of Slate H H HINRICHSEN
Por Auditor DAVID UOKE
For Treasurer BUFDS N RAMSEY
For Attorney General M T MALONKY
The democratic club of Ann Arbor
University was Friday evening addressed
on the subject of the tariff by Congress
man Bryan. The address was an effect
ive reply to the one recently delivered in
the same institution by Goytrnor McKin
ley, and made a BtroDg and lasting im
pression. Qtjincy Herald: The brewers of Chica
l0,. owners of the beer gardea?, etc , have
raised a fund of $100,000, says the Inter
Ocean, which will be donated to the Ex
position company, if they a croc- not to
open the fair on Sunday. It does look a
little odd to see the brewers and beer
garden people and the churches workicg
arduously for the same thing.
Alkdo Democrat: The republican
newspapers of the Eleventh district have
been pleased to refer to the Hon. Ben. T.
Cable as "Congressman Cable, of France,''
We will probably hear no more of this
now since their own party has named for
ice president, Mr. Whitelaw Reid of
France . Cable spent last summer there
for the benefit of his wife's health, while
Reid has chosen to reside there for the
last three years as minister from this
"A ConrMion to Labor
Dr. Chauncey Depew, president of the
New York Central Railway company, is a
witty man . His witty remarks have been
quoted again and again all over this
country. But flippancy is not wit; some
times it is disgusting, sometimes brutal,
and disgustitg. Dr. Depew will proba
bly appreciate this when in the course of
the cominR campaign he hears from his
newest bit of sarcasm:
"The nomination of Mr. Whitelaw Rei.l
was a concession to labor."
That is not the first concession to labor
in which Dr. Depew has taken a prom
inent part. Two years ago
employed by the New Yi rk
railway struck on account
injustice put upon them bv
pew management; and while Pinkerton
detectives were taking an active part of
the suppression of the strike, Dr. Chaun
cey Depew sailed to Europe on a pleasure
trip. The president of the New York
Central did not wish to mix up in the
matter. That was bis "concession to
At present Dr. Depew's railway is build
ing a new line in the mountains of Njw
Yorkstate. The men at work construc
ting this line are cheap foreigners, hired
in New York on pretense of good wages,
but kept as slaves, worked as slaves,
guarded as slaves, and treated worse than
slaves. By a peculiar system of book
keeping, these men are brought iu debt
to the company as soon as tbey are put to
work. They are not allowed to leave
the camps. They ere but units in a
great slave trade carried on by Dr. De
pew. This again is a "concession to
The Reading coal deal, out of which
Mr. Wansmaker made half a million d )1
lars. is another "concession to labor,'
since the manipulators have reduced wa
ges and have thrown out of employment
several thousand workmen to beg, starve
or tramp as thev prefer.
Dr. Dei ew will have much cause to re
member his iest about the "corcession
to labor." The Burchard ot this cam
paign has bloomed in June.
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Bo many people avoid crowds and larc i
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Ti. ke's on sale June 16, 20, 21, 22
and 23, gcod to return until June VJ .
See any ticket agent of the Great Rock
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Jno. Picbastian, G. T. & P. A.
Worth Hundreds or Dollars.
Mv wife used only two bottle of
"Mother's Friend" before her third con
finement. Says she would not be with
out it for hundreds of dollars. Had not
half as much trouble as before. Dock
Milks, Lincoln Parish, La. Sold by
Har'z & Bahnsen.
"Isn't she beautiful!" occasionally one
bears this expression, as a lady with a
strikingly loyely complexion passes along
the street. Certainly! she uses the fa
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Miss Flora A. Jones, South Bend. Ind.
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THE THRILLING ADVENTURE OF AN
ENGLISH SPECIALTY MAN.
A Trap Wna Laid for II im, but lie Got
Out of It Just in Time, Only to lie
Nearly Mafchsd One - Again.
Copyright. MM, ly harks 13. Lewis.)
The house of Laird, Williamson & Co.,
diamond merchants at d w holesale and re
tail jewelers, of Loi don, employed no
traveling agents. The learest approach to
it was what is called 'a specialty man."
In other words, he was an employee of the
house trusted almost at much nsoueof the
partners, but under bi nds so heavy that
the house need not wony about him if he
did not turn up at the hour he was due.
It happened very often that titled people
and those who had gr nvn rich in trade
could not make it eoi venient to come to
town to deal with the h mse personally for
ire gems, while other; were in want of
special designs for birt Inlay gifts, souvenirs
and the like. Such peoj le stated their de
sire by let ter, and the "a tecdalty man" was
sent to take their order r make a sale.
I had served the housi four years with
out loss and scarcely w thout adventure,
when I was started off f r Morpeth, a town
In the north, of England. The firm had re
ceiviil a letter from n wealthy and well
known public man living in the suburbs
Df that town to the effect that his wife had
broken a limb and was in t able tolie about,
but wanted several speci il things in jew
elry as soon as they eonld be made for
presents to fiTemis. Sin would also look
at some gems, particularly adiamond neck
lace, but nothing conn ion was wanted.
The story was current that this gentle
man's daughter was soon to be married,
and it was anticipated that I would re
ceive a very fair order. The value of the
jewels packed up for me for that trip was
something like 7,000. From my very first
trip I had always traveled after a certain
fashion the fashion of a commercial trav
eler. Many of the fraternity honestly be
lieved that I was a genu ne member. In
my grip I carried about a dozen small bot
tles of dyes, and it was supposed that I
was traveling with that line. The jewelry
case was placed in the gri ), and I left the
affair knocking about with such apparent
can lessness that no one could entertain a
suspicion of its value.
There was only one odd thing about the
letter from Morpeth, an 1 that was not
commented on until after my adventure.
It mentioned day and dat 8 and hour when
my arrival would Im? expected, and I left
London to hit the exact time. Had this
matter been brought up In-forehand we
should have said that the gentleman was
probably going to leave home later in the
day. It was in the month of October, and
I was timed to reach the t wn at 10 o'clock
in the forenoon. The letter said that a
carriage would le in waiting for me to
drive at once to the manor The train was
on time to a minute, and I got off in com
pany with two traveling salesmen. I found
the carriage after a bit. There were two
men on the lox, and they St first seemed
to question that 1 was t ie right party.
Their doubts probably arose from the fact
that I was plainly dressed and was in the
company of the salesmen. One of them
asked if I was the jewelry man Sir Blank
was expecting, and I replie 1 that 1 wanted
to see the gentleman whether expected or
not. They hesitated about lriving off, but
as no one else appeared we finallv made a
I tell you honestly that I had no sooner
entered the carriage than I hail queer
feelings. The outfit was oo common to
be owned and publicly used by such a man
as Sir Blank, and the two men didn't ap
pear at all like se rvants. 1 had never been
in Morpeth before, and Was therefore ig
norant of t lie direction we night to take
or the distance to !e tn reled. After
getting away from the dt pot a bit we
turned to the west, the Ins sib going at a
sharp trot and the men holding conversa
tion in low tones. We passed plenty of
houses ami vehicles and pedestrians, and
as we left the town lchiml 1 looked ahead
for sight of Sir Blank's great house and
well kept grounds. Perhaps the pair oli
served my anxiety, for one oi them turned
"It's a bit over five miles out to the
That satisfied me only for a moment.
The more I looked at the men and the
closer 1 scanned the outfit the stronger
grew my suspicions that enmnthtng was
amiss. Three miles to the west of Mor
peth is a hill from which one can survey
the country for miles aro ind As we
reached the crest of this hill 1 saw only
small farms and plain farm louses before
me. If Sir Blank's mansion was on that
road it was leyond my vision and still a
good ten miles away.
"See here!" I called as we began to de
scend the hill. "I think then is a mistake.
I think I have got Sir Blank mixed up
with Sir Bash. Is it Sir I lank who is
financially interested in a gre it cotton fac
tory at Manchester "
"He may be, but I dunno," said the man
who was driving as he pulled lp his horses.
"If he isn't it won't do me any good to
see him. You see (getting oti some of the
bottles) I wanted to show him some of
these new dyes for fruits."
"Is that your line, sir?"
"Yes. Here are ten new colors just out.
I am sorry for my bluuder. b it I'm will
ing" "Then you travels with dyes, does you?"
gruffly demanded the other.
"As you see."
"Then wot the bloody blazes does you
get into this turnout for?"
"To see Sir Blank, of com se. I got it
into my bead that"
"Oh, blow your :ead and yoir 'eels, tool
Jim, turn h'about h'and drive the bloomiu
L 'ass back to town!"
"I'll be shot if I doesl" replitd Jim. "He
can get right h'out 'ere h'and take 'isself
back on 'ish'own blasted legs--blast 'im!"
"Sorry for the mistake, and here's some
thing to drink my health," 1 said, as I
tossed him a coin and descende 1 from the
vehicle and walked hurriedly sway.
When I reached town I wen : to a hotel.
Inside of fifteen minutes I had learned that
Sir Blank lived north of th town, and
only a mile away. Likewise that there
had been no accident to his wife. Fur
ther, that the gentleman and b is wife had
been in Scotland for several we fks. It did
not take me long to figure it out to my
perfect satisfaction. It was a put up job
to rob the house through me, ind it had
been put up with the aid of ome one at
Sir Blank's house. The lett r had his
monogram stamped on the eorrer, and the
paper must have been taken frjm his
library. The writing showed i fair busi
ness hand, and had not attract! remark.
The country to the west of the hill where
I had left the carriage afforded opportuni
ties for desperate men to co nmit rob
bery, even in broad daylight, an 1 I had no
doubt that I was being driven t o some ap
pointed spot when their progr imme was
interfered with. It was a case for the po
lice, but I was by no means green enough
to take it to them. The house of Laird,
Williamson & Co. would have stood to
pay a thousand pounds rather than have
the public informed through the press that
there had been a conspiracy to rob their
"special man." While I made many in
quiries, I gave nothing away. I ascer
tained that the two men with the vehicle
were strangers In Morpeth, anil the w hole
plot was pretty plain to me.
I had intended to leave on my return to
London at 5 in the afternoon, but an acci
dent on the line detained me till 7. The
night came on dark and stormy, and there
were but few passengers from Morpeth.
Four of us who got on were ushered into
the same compartment. There were two
plain women ticketed to Durham, and the
third was a man about forty years old. of
pleasing address and genteel appearance.
As soon as we fell into conversation hegave
me to understand that be lived at Beverly,
a town above a hundred miles down the
line, and from certain words let fall I gath
ered that he was a prominent public official
of the place. I didn't exactly reply that 1
was in the dye line, but he probably in
ferred as mucii from what I said. I was
glad of his company. He was a fair talker,
well posted and 1 enjoyed his society.
The women got out at Durham and left
us alone. We passed Darlington and were
still the sole occupants of the compart
ment. Mr. Arnold, as he had given his
name, had been sitting opposite me for an
hour. As the train cleared Darlington he
yawned and rose up and said:
"I am sleepy, and yet I can never get a
wins; of sleep on the train. By the way, I
found a curious coin on the street at Mor
peth today. Can you place it?"
He had a coin in his lingers as he stepped
over to me. I reached out my hand to re
ceive it when he seized me by the throat
with both hands and had me on my back
in a second,, I was no match for him in
strength. He gripped my throat so fierce
ly that I had no iower of resistance. Bend
ing over me. with his knee on my chest, ho
finally let up on his clutch and said:
"Don't be foolish, now; I know you, and
I'm after those diamonds! If I can get
them without killing you, all right; if I
can't I'll slit your weasand good and deep!"
"You you mean to rob me?" I gasped.
"Certainly, and you'll show good sense
by keeping quiet. Excuse me, but I've got
to do this job shipshape and Bristol fash
He drew a wicked looking knife and held
it in his teeth as he used his hands to tie
me with some stout cords taken from his
parcel. He turned me over, toi.k the pis
tol from my hip pocket and tied my arms
behind me. Then he tied my ankles ami
rolled me on my side. Why didn't I resist?
Simply because his clutch on my throat
had almost paralysed me.
"Now for the sparklers!" he said, as he
took down my bag, searched me for the
key and opened it.
He laughed as he brought out the bottles
of dye and tossed them aside, nnd be
laughed again as he held up the jewel
"A deuced fine lay out, 'pon honor!" he
chuckled, as he inspected the contents.
"The house of Laird, Williamson & Co.
carries only the best. What's the cash
value, may I ask?"
"But you are a cool one!" I said in reply.
"Only fairly so only fairly. I should
say 6,000 wouldn't be far out of the way.
A very pretty haul and no risk attending
lie placed the jewel case in his parcel,
lighted a cigar anil pleasantly remarked:
"Take it easy, my buy. The next stop is
North Allerton. In about ten minutes I'll
tie under the necessity of gagging you.
Five minutes after that I hope to leave the
train. You'll be discovered at Leeds, and
perhaps SOOiier. The house really ought to
stand the loss, as it is no fault of your.
You rather tumbled to the game at Mor
I was so mad and my throat hurt me so
that I made no reply, and he was about to
continue his remarks wheu the train sud
denly slackened speed and a minute later
came to a standstill. We had been ordered
to make a special stop at a small station
to let an up train pass.
"What in tophet's name does this mean?"
growled the robber as he looked from the
window. "Special stop, is it? My friend,
I'm about to gag you. Utter one shout
and I'll do for you with the knife!"
He'd taken a gag from his parrel when
he got the cords. He was bending over
me with it in his hand when the guard un
locked the door to admit two passengers
changing from an overcrowded one.
"He's a robber) He's robbed me! Don't
let him escape!" I shouted the instant the
"Out of the way I'm armed I'll do
murder!" yelled the robber, as he made a
He would have gotten off temporarily
but for an accident. Ashe went through
the door he caught his foot and fell heavily
on the platform, and the three men bad
pluck enough to seize and disarm him.
And who do you suppose he proved to be f
No other than that prince of criminals
known to Scotland Yard as "Duke Goff,"
and a ninn then "wanted" in half a
dozen different cities. He put up the
job. The letter paper, as was proved,
was procured for him by a female
sen-ant in the house of Sir Blank. The
two men with the carriage were ruffians
from Liverpool, who had hired the rig at
Gateshead and driven it to Morpeth. Both
were nabtied, and both peached on the
"Duke," and all three got heavy sentences
THE FIR TREES.
Proved That After
Had a Heart.
On the hill above our camp, just where
the trail from Red Dog Diggings came
winding down to cross the creek, stood
three fir trees. They were close together,
with the largest iu the center. In those
days we had a name for everything, and as
those trees were a sort of landmark we
named them "Mother and Children."
No doubt every miner of us looked
rough, and no doubt we fell intoevil ways.
In our camp somebody was shot every week
or two, and at least once a month we had to
hang some one in the interests of public
safety. For all that, however, we had all
come from the east, most of us had wives
and children waiting our return, and the
roughness did not reach down to the heart.
Many a time I have seen a miner who'd
shoot you offhand on the slightest provo
cation sit down of an evening with tears on
his cheeks as he thought of home and his
The toughest man in the lot was a
chap we all called "Bully Ben." He
seemed to go about seeking quarrels, and
he had no fear of any living man. Twice
we warned him to leave White Horse creek
or pay the penalty with his life, but he did
not go. Once the vigilance committee
started out to hunt him up and hang him.
They found him. He had his back to a
bowlder and a gun iu each hand, and he
defied them. We hated to admit that we
were afraid of "Bully Ben," but it was a
fact that we were, and he knew it. We
could have downed him had the whole
crowd made a move, tm; when every one
oi us realized that it would cost four or
five lives there was a lack of enthusiasm
to begin operations.
I used .sometimes to wonder what tff
past had been if he hail a heart like other
men if there was a better nature deep
down which none of us had ever seen?
Sometimes I caught him looking steadily
into the camp fire, as if the flames were
weaving a picture for him. Then the hard
lines of his face would soften, the evil look
fade out of his eyes and "Bully Ben"
would appear tube a straugerto our camp.
One day he got caught in a cavein on his
claim and was terribly injured. When the
fact was reported almost every man re
joiced over it. It was at first expected that
he would pull through after a bit, but it
was soon discovered that he was hurt in
ternally and that it was only a question of
hours when the end would come.
It was an unwritten law with us that
when a miner got hurt or fell sick, the one
whose claim was next to him on the right
should attend him. 1 was next to Ben,
and so it fell to me to nurse him as best i
could. From the first he had no com
plaints to make and no questions to ask
It was almost sundown one afternoon, and
the mark of death had been plainly
stamped on bis face, when he quietly said
"l ast night I dreamed of Mary and the
children. I saw them coming over the
hill, and they kissed me before I died.
Poor Mary poor children!"
1 looked down into his face, and there
was such n change that I could hardly
credit it It had grown soft and gentle,
and the eyes might have belonged to a
woman. There was something to touch
the heart in his voice as he turned his eyes
to tin- open doorand continued:
"Yes, Mary and the children. She was
leading them and they had come to see me
die. Do you think they will be here in
I soothed him as best I knew how M
pretty soon he seemed to fall asleep. Jut
ness had baldly come before the great full
moon lifted herself above the hills and
poured such a Hood of light down upon
our camp that it was like day again. I sat
at the door looking out upon the glorious
sight when "Bully Ben" aroused from his
lethargy and said:
".Mary and the children are coming ovm
the trail! I must watch for them as they
come over 1 he hill! Draw me to the door
and let me be the first to see them!"
I moved his cot into the doorway and
propped him up that he might face the
hill. The blindness of death had already
come to his eyes, but after a minute or
two his vision seemed to grow clearer,
and he pointed to the fir trees and called
"I knew they would come! It is Mary
and the children, and they will kiss me be
fore I die!"
I looked up at thethree trees "Mother
and Children" and for a time I believed
them to be human beings pausing there a
moment to look down upon our camp. I
bad never seen the moonlight bring them
out in such a way before.
"May children 1 knew!"
I had turned my bead away. I heard
him gasping, and when I looked down
upon his face again he was dead. I left
him lying there in the moonlight for the
men to look upon as they tiled past. They
wondered at the smile on bis face, and
when I told them of Mary and the children
and of his vision they said:
" Then he had a heart, alter all. and to
morrow we will lay him away in a grave
under the Or trees." M. QOAS,
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are simply unequalled in mv experience.
G G. Vest "
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