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Thursday. Sbftbmbkb (. 1892.
ukhodratic satioxal ticket.
For President .GROYKR CLBVELAKD
For Vice Preldent....ADUAl B. 8TEVKSSON
For Governor JOHS . P ALTGKLD
For Oonjrressman at larve.... ..JOHN C. BLACK
ForCongressmanatlarge.ASDRKW J. HUNTER
For Lieutenant Governor JOSB.PH B GILL
For Secretary of State.... WM H HINRIOHHSKN
For Auditor.. DAVID GORS
ForTreasarer . BUFUS N. RAM8KY
For Attorney General .M. T. MALOSKY
For Elector, lllh Diet J H HANI BY
For State's Attorney M. J. McSNIRY
For Circuit Clerk... PETKR FKKY
For Coroner WISSLOW HOWARD
Democratic Senatorial Convention:
The eonntirs of Rock Island and Henry, com
prising the Twenty-first senatorial district are.
requested to send delegates to a convention to be
heid at the court house in the eity of Hock Isl
ON TUESDAY, SEPT, . 199
at 2-80 p. m., for the purpose of nominating a
candidate for representative, appoiating a sena
torial committee and t? ansacting snch other busi
ness as may properiy come before the convention.
The basis ef representative will be one dele
gate for every 800 votes or fraction thereof of 100
or over of votes cast for democratic presidential
electors in 1888, as follows:
Rock Island county 8,844 rotes 18 delegates.
Henry county S.3 " 1
L. C. BLiWDIHO,
L. F. Dim mick.
Bock Islahq, In., Aug. 18, 1892.
These sneers at Altgeld's war record
are in exceedingly bad taste. Be enlisted
as a private when 16 years old and served
some months. It is true that he did not
slaughter many people or receive much
rebe 1 lead in his body, but that is not bis
fault. He went where he was sent and
demonstrated his patiotism and his will
ingness to be shot at. Could any man do
more? Doubtless had the rebellion con
tinued young Altgeld would have distin
guished himself in war as be has since in
civil life. However, the matter is more
or less irrelevant. Unlike his competitor.
Jadge Altfced is not seeking votes upon
war issues, but upon the live questions of
the present day.
Gen. John C. Black, at Bloomington,
aid: "The three sources of national
prosperity are the trinity of agriculture,
manufactories and commerce. The dem -ocratic
doctrine is to treat each of these
with exact fairness; that no tax should
be laid upon the masses for the benefit
of the favored few. The cardinal divis
ions of this theory are: (1) That all
taxation should be evenly distributed
no class to escape or be overtaxed; (2)
that the needs of the government are the
only excuse for taxation; and (3) that
nothing can justify the taking of property
from one man or class and bestowing it
upon another. Summing all these into
one we have the great democratic doc
trine a tariff for revenue only."
Royal families are expensive. The
old lady who so comfortably fills the
large sized chair of state in England re
ceives fl.S25.000 annually from the
British treasury, the Empress Frederick,
of Germany, the queen's eldest daughter,
$40,000; the Prince of Wales, S 200.000;
Princess of Wales, tSO.OOO; the Duke of
Edinburgh. $!25.000: Princess Christian,
930,000; Princess Louis, the March'o
ness of Lome, 30.000; the Duke of
Connaugh, $125,000; the Duchess of Al
bany. $30,000; the Princess Henry of
Battenberg. $30,000; the children of the
Prince of Wales, $180,000; the Duchess
of Mecklenburg Strelitz. of the Cam
bridge line. $15,000; the Duke of Cam
bridge, 160.000, and the Princess of
The republican convention in Wiscon
sin which nominated ex-Senator Spooner
for governor said in substance:
1. In 1890 we were wrong and the
democrats were right on the school issue.
Please consider us as content with the
democratic triumph upon that question.
2. That in 1890 the democrats were
right and we were wrong on the interest
question. Please consider us entirely
satisfied witn the democratic triumph
upon that point.
8. The democrats have made an ap
portionment of the state, following sub
stantially our own method of doing it
We dt-em it expedient in this campaign
to condemn oar own method by con
demning thatof the democrats.
4 We have been two years out of of
fice, and we don't like it. Please return
5. The result of 1890 has taught us to
be more politic, but in all other respects
we are the same old crowd.
What the Hon. George G. Vest says in
regard to tbe superiority of the Hirsch
berg's diamond aod non-changeable spec
"I am using glasses which I purchased
from Prof. Hirscbberg and they are the
best I ever tried; it affords me great
pleasure to recommend Prof. Hirscbberg
as an excellent optician, and his glasses
are simply unequalled Irm experience.
These spectacle are for sale by T. H.
Thomas, agent for Rock Island.
Success depends upon the liberal p
crnage of printing offices." As tor.
A SEA BLACKBIRD.
THE FATE OF A SLAVE SHIP IN
THE GULF OF GUINEA.
Drifting; for Day Within Easy Reach of
Cargo of Keproes and Obliged to Sup
ply Them with Water Saved by m
Copyright, 1892, by Charles 3. Lewis.
It was in the fifties, before steamers had
superseded the great Australian liners
and the big ships plying between England
and India. I was a midshipman on board
an India packet called the Sea King. The
difference between a midshipman, bo
called, and an apprentice lay In the fact
that the former were petty officers and
learned navigation and seamanship from
the quarter deck, while the latter were
fo'cantle hands and helped to perform the
actual work. Our Bbip carried three mid
shipmen, and our respective fathers had
to pay a smart sum to place us where we
At that time the running of slave car
goes from the coast of Africa was confined
solely to the Arabs and the Cubans, with
now and then a cargo for some South
American port. We left Calcutta with
about 170 passengers, and of this number
there were about fifty army officers. Some
had resigned on account of wounds or ill
health; others were on furlough, and others
still had been exchanged Into home regi
ments. There was also a party of five
sportsmen who had been "doing" the jun
gles of India for two or three years. At
Cape Town we took on board thirty more
passengers, and among them was another
party of sportsmen who had been up In
the lion country. We must have had a
full hundred men among the passengers
when we left the cape.
Nothing out of the routine occurred
until we were well above St. Paul de Lo
an da and half way across the Gulf of
Guinea. Then we raised a sail dead ahead,
which was standing to the west, having
evidently come out from the coast. We
were within four miles of her when the
breeze, which had been light all the morn
ing, died flat out and left both craft
heaving on a glassy sea. Our officers had
given the stranger a sharp looking over,
and it was the unanimous opinion that she
was a suspicious character. She was a
topsail schooner, painted a grayish white
and having a great spread of canvas, and
when Mr. Grayson, the chief officer, came
down from aloft, after a long inspection
through the glass, he said to Captain
"I've seen twenty of the Cuban 'black
birds in my time, and if she's not loaded
with slaves, then I'm a blind man."
The captain agreed that she was a slaver.
England, as you perhaps know, did
more to snp press the slave trade than all
other nations combined. She had five
cruisers to one off the African coast, and
she overhauled five times as many craft
as any other nation. But for her efforts
very little would have been accomplished
at sea. As soon as the strange craft was
pronounced a slaver there was great in
dignation among our passengers, a major
ity of the men being anxious to go off in
the small boats and capture her. This
project did not meet with the views of our
captain at alL While he would like to
have seen her a prize to a cruiser, he had
no notion of interfering with her move
ments. I heard hint say to a Major
Shaw, who was anxious to lead an expedi
tion, that the schooner was doubtless armed
with cannon and carried a large crew, and
that any Interference with her would be a
se riot 13 matter.
Kolmdy dreamed of the calm which was
to follow, although our position was close
to the equator. It was summer time in
those latitudes, but not oppressively hot.
Not the slightest movement of air was
felt for the rest of the day, and as passed
the day so passed the night. Next morn
ing it was seen that the two crafts were
nearer together by half a mile or more.
There are writers who call this movement
of becalmed vessels magnetism. Tt Is sim
ply their drift. The larger one drifts the
fastest, and had we been to the north of
the schooner the distance would have been
increased by half a mile, as both of ns were
drifting to tbe north in an ocean current.
After breakfast Major Shaw wanted to
pull off to the unknown on some sort of
errand and thus settle her Identity, but
Captain Ilobson was firm in his refusal.
Indeed, as he surveyed the horizon and con
sulted the glass and satisfied himself that
the calm was to continue, he grew nneaey.
All day the Sea King rose and fell on the
glassy ground swells with the regularity
of a pendulum, and when night came we
were within a couple of miles of the
schooner. The glasses brought her bo near
that every detail could be noted. Every
thing about her showed that she was built
and fitted out for speed. Only nine or ten
men could be counted for her crew, and
they lounged about as honest sailors
would under the circumstances. That she
had a Long Tom gun amidships we did not
doubt, although it was covered in from
actual sight. There were also good rea
sons to believe that she carried other
metal a well, and that the number of men
seen on her decks did not half represent
her crew. On tbe evening of the second
day the captain and mate held a long con
sultation, and a a result passenger after
passenger was invited into the captain's
room, and he said to each one in turn:
"The strange craft is a slaver and has a
cargo aboard. In order to carry as many
negroes as possible they figure close on fresh
water. If this calm continues another day
we shall have a visit from him. lean spare
him a couple of casks, but not more. Those
may do him; if not he will attempt to take
a supply by force. We have no cannon,
but we can raise at least 100 firearms
among us, and I propose to fight him off."
When daylight came the drift of the ships
had shortened the distance again. The
slaver did not look to be over half a mile
away, but her actual distance was three
times that figure. The sentinels had heard
queer noises from her direction after mid
night, and our people figured that they had
had gangs of negroes on deck at intervals,
and had sluiced water over those iu the
hold to save them as much as possible. If
there had been any doubt of her calling, the
odor which came to ns about sunrise would
have dispelled it. Many could not detect
it, but there were at least twenty aboard
who got the smell, though not the slightest
breath of air was stirriug. The odor of a
cargo of blacks is something horrible. On
one occasion, after the capture of an Arab
dhow by a British cruiser, I was on a ship
which crossed their wake fire miles astern,
and yet we got the odor so strong that
some of the men were made sick.
After breakfast the captain requested
all passengers to promenade the decks,
knowing that the slarer was inspecting us
through his glasses and desiring to present
a bold front to hint. It was to be another
day without a puff of air and much hotter
than the preceding ones. It was 10 o'clock
wheat we saw theiu lower a small boat
from tbe stern of the schooner and four
men enter ber. Bne came puuing at a
smart pace and stopped a few yards away
off our starboard quarter.
"Hello! the Bbip!" called tbe man in the
stern sheets as he stood up.
"Hello! the boat!" replied Captain Hob
son. "We are short of water in the schooner
and hope yon can spare ns a few casks.
"What's yonr cargo?"
"Gold dust, palm oil, ivory and furs.
We have been up the Niger for several
months on a trading voyage. We are
bound for the United States."
The speaker was certainly an American,
but the three men with him were Span
iards, and as villainous a trio as you ever
set eyes on. They brought the odor with
them so strong that every nose could now
detect it. Captain Ilobson was a blunt
spoken man. After a bit of thinking he
"I am satisfied that your schooner is a
Cuban slaver and that she has a cargo
aboard of her now. It's a villainous trade
you are engaged in, and I'd like to see ev
ery mother's son of you swinging at the
yardarml However, out of pity for the
poor blacks I'll spare you three casks. I
can't do more. Go back to your craft and
I'll hoist them out and tow them half
"And about the pay?"
"Your money is accursed and I won't
The man forced a laugh, waved his hat
as a salute and his boat returned to the
schooner. We got over the casks, lowered
a boat and towed them half a mile away,
and before noon they had been hoisted In
on the schooner's deck.
"It isn't a quart apiece for the thirsty
people aboard of her," I heard the captain
say to Mayor Shaw, "and if this calm holds
we are bound to have a row with that fel
low." The fourth day of the calm passed quietly
away. When night came it was figured
that we had decreased our distance by a
quarter of a mile. That night, to keep up
appearances of a bold front, there was music
and dancing on the deck, but while some
danced others peered into the darkness and
guarded against a surprise.
The fifth morning dawned without a
cloud or a breath of air. and we were now
within less than a mile of the schooner.
The current was setting us both to the
northeast, or upon the coast. As I said
before, being the larger body we were
drifting the fastest, and in a couple of
days more must overtake the schooner.
On this day, just before noon, the slaver
began drawing water and sluicing down
his cargo, and we could plainly hear the
shouts and yells of the negroes. At 2
o'clock in the afternoon he allowed them
to come on deck in gangs, and we knew
that we should shortly hear from him
again. His situation had become so desper
ate as to oblige him to throw off all reserve.
It was about 5 o'clock in the afternoon
when the same boat and the same officer
approached us as before.
"You see what our cargo is, captain,"
said the man as he stood up and pointed
to his craft. "The schooner is a 'black
bird' and has 820 niggers aboard. Not
one has died yet, but there isn't a drop of
water left for them. You must spare us
more water, or not one of them will ever
Our captain was about to reply that not
another pint could be spared, but the pas
sengers appealed to his sympathies and a
sort of public meeting was held. We had
wines, rum, brandy, beer, and could cer
tainly spare more water without stinting
ourselves. Sooner than see the blacks sac
rificed everybody was willing to go on half
allowance. The result was that we made
up about 250 gallons of a mixture of rum
and water, and the slaver towed the casks
away. As soon as dtcness came the deep
aea lead was cast anu oottum was found at
190 fiH-t. Hawsers were bent to a couple of
small anchors, and we soon had the satis
faction of knowing that our drift was
The dawn of the sixth day showed the
schooner not more than a mile away. The
fellows had got on to our trick nd adopted
it very promptly. The day passed quietly
away, the slaver sluicing his between decks
and parading his gangs as before.
At daybreak on the morning of the 7th
the barometer indicated a change, but sky
and sea gave no evidence of it. About sun
rise the blacks could be heard raising a
row, probably demanding water, and an
hour later the pivot gun, whose presence
we had suspected, was uncovered and
loaded and pointed at us. At the same
time three ports were opened and the muz
zles of three smaller cannon run out and
trained on our ship. The slaver's crew
also increased from ten to twenty-five men,
and we realized that a climax was at hand.
They proposed to save their own cargo at
any risk. The officer who had visited us
twice before now appeared for the third
time, having the same three villains at the
oars. He said they were again out of wa
ter and must have a supply. He did not
ask if any more could be spared, but com
manded Captain Ilobson to hoist out ten
casks on penalty of being fired into. To
the surprise of everybody, the captain hum
bly agreed and called out to the fellow:
"Send all the men you can spare and
make a sho-t job of it, but I want none of
The boat returned to the schooner, and
half an hour later three boats, each con
taining five men, were lying off our quar
ter. We had meanwhile been pretending
to be very busy. The pretense was main
tained after their arrival. One cask was
hoisted out and drifted clear, and they
were looking for a second when the sun
was suddenly blotted out of sight. Night
seemed to come again, and a white squall
broke with the scream of a thousand loco
motives. It was the forerunner of a hur
ricanej which swept ns up to Cape Vera
and 500 miles beyond. Not one of the boats
reached the schooner. The craft herself
flew away before us into the thickness, but
half an hour later, when the sky cleared
before the hurricane, not an eye could dis
cover her. She had gone down with all on
WITH THE WAGON TRAIN.
Am Incident of Indian Life a Told bjr a
Twenty army wagons and their drivers
fifty cavalrymen from Troop E a pull
of ninety miles across the Indian country.
Yes, we shall be attacked by the hoe tiles.
They would not let such an opportunity
pass. They can muster four to one, even
if we counted in the teamsters. Colonel
Blank, at the new post to which we were
bound, had written to Captain White, who
was to command the train:
"My wife is to come out with you. See
that my prerioas litstractions are carried
out. She knows what they are."
And we had not marched an hour when
Captain White sent for me and saldi
"Corporal, you will act as a special guard
over the third wagon."
"Very well, sir."
"Tbe colonel's wife is in that wagon, as
you probably know."
"Ia oase tbe Indiana are too strong for
ns they must not find her alive. That's
I rode back to the third wagon and
placed my horse at the nigh fore wheel,
and lifted the cap to the lady, who had
been provided with a comfortable seat by
herself. She was a little bit of a woman,
not over twenty-five years old, and married
to the colonel only two years before. She
looked at me out of her big blue eyes and
smiled, but Bhe could not steady her voice
as Bhe leaned forward and inquired:
"Corporal, do you you think we shall
"Quite likely, ma'am, but we may
"And if attacked, and you can't beat
the Indians off, you"
"I have the captain's orders, ma'am!"
"Yes; very welL"
We both understood. I had been spe
cially detailed to kill her if I saw that we
were to be wiped out! The thought of it
made me dizzy as I rode along. Now and
then I glanced up at her to find her face
white and her eyes anxiously searching
the horizon. I had my orders and was
there to obey them, but could I do It? If
I was the last living man of that train,
could I raise my carbine and become her
At 2 o'clock on the afternoon of the sec
ond day out we saw a dozen mounted In
dians on a ridge to the right and closed up
the train. To the left were a succession of
ridges, and if there was any force of hostiles
about they were hidden behind them. The
colonel's wife was one of the first to dis
cover the Indians at the right. She was
looking at me as I glanced up.
"We shall be attacked?" she queried.
"Within ten minutes, ma'am."
"Well, you you"
"Yes'm. but I hope we shall beat them
The redskins on the right now began to
ride to and fro and whoop and yell and seek
to draw our attention and force the train to
halt. Orders had been given the day be
fore to keep moving in case of attack. In
closing up the wagons had doubled the
line, moving two abreast. The horsemen
fell into their places at once twenty on a
side, five in front and five in rear. Some
of the teamsters had carbines, while all had
revolvers. Half a mile beyond where we
had seen the first Indian the attack was
made, and it was a bold one. As we came
opposite a valley running back Into the
ridges a hundred or more mounted Indians
came charging down on us. The valley
was just about as wide as the train was
long, and therefore the twenty of us on
that side had a chance at the reds as they
came on in a mob shooting, shouting and
seemingly determined to ride over us.
It was the voice of the colonel's wife, just
as we were preparing to fire.
"Yes'm, I remember," I replied aa I
lowered my carbine to look up at her.
We poured the fire of our carbines into
the charging mass and checked its rush.
The Indians then passed to our front and
rear, so as to assail us on all sides. There
were fully 800 of them, and had the train
halted but for a minute they would have
had us wiped out. A part of them had
been ordered to fire only at the mules at
tached to the wagons. As they were kept
moving only three or four were struck and
none d isabled.
There was fighting on front and rear and
both sides, and the bullets were flying
about us in a spiteful way. No less than
five had passed through the cover of the
wagon beside mr.
It was the colonel's wife calling to me.
I looked up into her white face and she
"Corporal, are you going to to"
"Not yet we are holding our own!" I re
plied as I turned to open fire again.
We were gradually getting out of the
trap. Farther on the ground was open
and to our advantage. The Indian always
does his beat fighting at the start. Here
and there we had a man wounded, but there
was no confusion no halting. Whenever
they gathered as if to charge we opened fire
on the spot and scattered them. Our fire
was rapid and well sustained, and at the
end of a quarter of an hour we had them
beaten. We were just drawing clear of the
ridge when a bullet struck the third wagon
teamster in the shoulder and he fell for
ward on his saddle. It happened right un
der the eyes of the colonel's wife and she
called to me:
"Corporal, obey your orders!"
She had her hands over her face so that
she might not see me as I raised my gun.
The next few seconds must have been ter
rible to her.
"Beg pardon, ma'am, but the reds are
drawing off and the victory is ours."
Sfie dropped her hands and stared at me
for a minute as if she could not compre
hend. Then she fell back in a dead faint,
and it was a long half hour before her blue
eyes opened to the sunshine again. A
week later, at the new post, Colonel Blank
called me in one day and asked:
"Corporal, weren't you ordered to shoot
"Then why didn't you do it?" he Bternly
"I I was going to, but"
"But what, sir? It was gross disobedi
ence of orders, and you are no longer a
But that was the old martinet's way of
promoting me to a sergeantcy.
Water as a Solid.
We usually think of minerals as solid
things, such as metals and rocks and
jewels and various chemical salts. But
when we consider the matter a little we
see that all these things if melted by
strong heat are minerals still,, only they
are now in a fluid instead of a solid state.
The difference between these minerals and
water is that water gets fluid at a lower
temperature than they do, and, like quick
silver, stays melted at ordinary living
heat. But in those old ice ages, which,
one after another, have swept now over
the northern and now over the southern
hemisphere, bringing ruin and desolation,
the natural and common condition of
water was that of a solid ice as it largely
is today out of doors in winter when not
kept fused by the stored up heat of the
soil and rocks, or melted by the sun. T.
Mitchell Prudden in Harper's.
Don't Jabber, Talk Sense.
Girls, be sure you are well informed on
any topic before you attempt to discuss it.
Words without knowledge only lead to
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concise manner, right to tbe point, which
will leave no room to doubt that you know
what you are talking about.
Avoid slang, do not exaggerate, a
show that you can discuss topics other
than dress, flirtations and gossip. It is as
great an accomplishment to be a good
talker as any other art you may try studi
ously to acquire. Wit you may never
possess, but any woman who tries can be
come a sensible, pleasing talker, to whom
any one would be glad to listen. New
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