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! - , 1 If- it A TOUGH TENDERFOOT. How a Greenhorn Got the Best . of a Wild Westerner. EE 5EATLT TTE5ED THE TABLES. Initiated Assld Popplag Took a Mak at the Mat of a Oaa Tbm Tmnm His Idfmwjr to Take Another A Unl; Young mm who go wort nowadays in March of adventure usually find that they are on a very cold trail, for the genuine old tlmo article in scarce. But it was only matter of a dozen yean ago when cow boy ralils and hold tips were as thick as blackberries and the tenderfoot from ' the emit led a life that was literally stuffed . With eicitjmiAnt 1 blinw aWtn M. n- T went west near that time and, being of a pnnuaure turn, stata there several years to see whether I would lire on or get kill ad. It was my luck to hang on and win out, though I have always regarded the performance a 20 to 1 shot. As a tenderf no T .uffwiwl Vaanto Kn aot for long. My promotion to the ranks a umj iiiiuacca was swus. l won my spurs at a single Joust and wore them janglingly thereafter. Here Is how it'eame about : It . was early In the eighties. I was in charge of a government surveying party. At a point a few miles south of tiolcdod pass In New Mexico we had taken up the fifth cor rection line south and carried it across bar ren plalM and alkali flats apd over the Hreclnltntl flnnilnlnnA ninnntnin. A Pecos river, in the southeastern part of the wrniory. in order to carry the line to its proper connection with the Texas bound ary, It would be necessary to cross the deso late Staked plain, where sand and wind abonnd, bat water Is unknown. Mo VfSfl ftHrirt nf v.tn Iron, .nil mi supply of provisions hod dwindled to a - - a . .. . . ow puiuHja m iiour anu one smaii strip oi bacon. These tidings the cook Imparted tA Bill With Hullwiu T M-n !... - -... v.ma vuuK JU out of my teens and the .responsibilities . - t.i . , . ... tit j puuuuu urgnu io weign on me. we had lmiMffHfc m. llfvhf. hnnn .lfl 41... mountains and expected to be met at the river oj inn inuniona oi provisions sent down from 1m Vegas. 800 miles north. by to my mother and friends' and stopped over the threshold. Immediately I was seized by both shoulders and the back and lammed against a bar or counter, I have j never bees able to tell which, while these words and noises filled tne air: ( vome in nere, you i Bang, bang, bang! "Who the are yon" bang! "anyway? " "Shoot the" bang, bang! "tenderfoot! Fill 'em full ' boles!" Bang, bang! The room was full of smoke as well as noise, and there was only one window, so it took me a full minute to get even a blinking view of jfty surroundings. What I could see, besidrtfca inflamed eyes of the drunken cowboys who held me, was a lit tle old man with thin; gray whiskers, who was dodging about behind the counter, handing over decanters and glasses in an swer to demands for drink and occasion ally ducking clear out of sight to avoid some particularly reckless pistol shot. This was old Cap Sansome, whom I after ward came to know well. How he ever lived to be old in an air so full of flying bullets was one of the charming mysteries of his history. Every now and then a hot ball would ping into a full tomato can right by his head. As he moved to fill an other order a pot of preserves crashed just back of where he had stood. . Perhaps you have guessed, that I was cared. If so, guess no more. It is a bulls eye. I lost my mind stood there a driv elling idiot for a full minute and came to when the youngest cowboy in the lot, a mere youth of my own age, placed the cold nose of a six shooter to my forehead and said, "Take a drink, you before I blow your head off !" I then discovered that the other fellows had released me from their grasp and had joined tne rest of the roisterers to watch this youngster while he had fun with me. I also noticed that Cap Sansome had poured out a glass full of wicked looking stun; ana pushed it toward me. "That's right. Kid, dose him, him!" "Round him up, Kid!" came the encour aging yells from the young cowboy's pals. "Look here, yon tenderfoot, are you going to throw that into you, you?" he demanded of me again. I was scared and mod and humiliated, but I am no hand to argue, so I snid I would, and I did. It tasted like the Juice of old harness and tobacco soaked in car bolic acid. I didn't have to swallow it It just burned a hole and fell through. j.ne young ucvil still Kept his "gun" on me. "F1U her up ag'in, cap. Now drink an- ' : 1 w ra d "NOW DRINK ANOTHER, YOU BLASTED TENDERFOOT.- But the team had not come, and there we were. Not a ranch nor a human being had come into our range of vision since the tart two months Ix'forc. There were plenty of cattle grazing around, but these animals are unhappy until they have put SO or 80 miles lietween them and their rightful homes, and so it was not worth while to follow their trails up and down tho river in the expectation of finding a ranch. One of the lys, who was profune and hungry, cried out to a large, inquisitive steer which came near our camp and demanded to know whero in blazes he camn from anyhow. But the beast walked off, twisting his tail indiffer ently, as if he said: "Don't worry about us. Wedon'tllveanywhcre in particular." But there was a place on the map mark- . ed Seven Klvers which I made out to be omo 15 miles up the river. Amlsncarly on the following morning I started out on a rapid walk, telling tho men to pull up takes a 'id follow after. I was determined that we should not be kept on half rations another dny longer. I figured that Seven Rivers must be little town, and that at some of the stores I could find what I wanted. I put In about three honrs of hard walking before I icgan to hope for a sight of tho plnrr. After that I walked and hoped and gaxed and walked until half the afternoon wore away. I had evidently miscalculated the distance. Just as I was . about to give up and wait for my ramp outfit, whirh was traveling slowly five or six miles behind, I came squarely upon Seven Klvers. But It wasn't a town at all It was only one low, heavy set adohe bouse, with half a dozen gravestones behind It and a horse rack in front of It, to which 13 or 15 horses were tethered. It was on ' tho barest knoll you ever saw. and the plain all around was bare. The Pecos was a by, running between low dirt banks, bat one would almost stumble Into it be ta be discovered it was there. Not a tree . waa In sight. It was a place of house, gravestones and horses, nothing else. Walt there was something else a sound of muffled popping, as of pistol shots, miles way. I heard this noise as I trudged up to the door of the house, wondering what It could he. I found out instantly. I opened he door and knew more in a mln wis than I could have guessed In years. Tba firing waa going on inside that thick walled adobe. As an instance of the liber ality of youth 1 will state that, poor boy , aa I was, I would willing!? have donated to soma ui an table object year s salary If Z could have got that door shut again and myaeu mvMloiy to parts ro- Bnt that waa lmwMsihlA. A mAna toot held It open; then a mighty hand i. WKM, ana a wiia pandemonium of pistol shots, yells, aoogs and curses Mandcd into tar ran. I I mM nnS retreat, aa I thought a few words of good- HUSHING UP SCANDALS How English Officials Unite to Protect Titled Criminals. . SKELETONS KEPT OUT OF SIGHT. Pab- Fseoadilles of Great Men Kept Hetty 1st Order to Psotsettta rto Fran Contempt 81 and His Dangerous Bee lets. The recent suit for criminal libel brought by Earl Russell against his mother-in-law, Selina, Lady Scott, which resulted in her being sentenced to eight months' deten tion in the same prison in which the dow ager Duchess of Sutherland waa confined other, you blasted tenderfoot!" The latter part of the sentence was addressed to me, 1 followed directions, but it was the hard est job of my life to get that second diabol leal draft down my throat. ,. r"y . v i . v . hi; uu- plcaannt muzzle of his six shooter from my head, and then I took my turn. Five min utes before I had been the meekest and worst soured greenhorn that ever wore i IKMb. AOW 1 WJ1S A U'tlri InH in Tl, tln " (HUIIWI. ill. 1 1 1 - nor had done its work. I reached bock and urcw out my revolver, whic h heretofore nou not unrcd to toueh, and jamming it uiuv wo ncou or my intermediator I curseu mm in language, strange even to myself and ordered him to drink. no orncr eowinrs yelled with delight mm miu. jjuuy jor me tenderfoot V "That's lisht! Kwn It. n nn .-I- ...... mull etc. It was rough on the young braggart but he had to tnkn Mi i iwi.iiiv. x JIUU1U him drink three glasses and then, still rm?v lint wir.h ti.ni t w i,it.i t.i -i . " ' .u..ivi tllllfc i iuiu mr iirss i nun piiysieally, 1 dared him to fight without his six shooter. He wanted to get out of this, but the others wouldn't allow it. Our wealpons were tak en awav from nn. And n-o mt ..v other tooth and nail. The lad was game. but my strength overcame him. After awhile he miimnl W p&wv ui t ions bite floor, shook hand, and thon all drank once in ore oi ronmnie a rancorous mm. I cannot nov vvn In im ! i - -su vs U1C years, estimate the exhilaration of that luUM A 1 . ... . .. uvu. . jiij inuuiin. ah x Knew was tnat from belnir a ill0inml.w1 nf n - wu.uH.fc c rc-u- derfoot I had become a howling swell in iiw envicu ranss oi the cowbovs. They wore I was the "cuter card," the "reg'lar stuff" and "the boos maverick of the range." And what more could a youth of my aspirations desirer A him Mw a In the very center of these manufactured savages, now ling uxe the rest and shooting holes through enough canned goods and Inoffensive canvased hams to have sup plied my outfit for a month. For days thereafter I carried a weak and VMntWflll tnrta'ri fun t tti n mm f aa linj USUIXJri J n III W triumph modified the bitterness of thetaste - . ChoAlac PswUsda Kxtravagasm. In Oreeee, in the third century B. C, the wearing at nlk wax fwhlil.lra en, tho husbands of those who violated this aw Dnng neaviiy nnea, on the theorv that a hasband ought to be able to control hi wife's taste for finery. . A Boys ratal Esporlaseat, Tile leading a cow to water at Denton Tille, Kan., a boy tied the rope to the bit of a bridle which he was carrying and slip ped tho bridle over his bead The cow ran away, and be waa dragged and fatally injured. SIR CE0EOE 1EWIS. for a period of six months a few years ago, has served to bring once more into prom inence Sir George lewis, who, although not a member of the bar, but merely what Is known in England as a solicitor, is by far the most distinguished criminal lawyer of the present day in Great Britain. It is no exaggeration to assert that there has been no sensational case brought into court during the lost five and thirty years In which Sir George has not figured, usual ly on the winning side, while, as for the cases which this shrewd and discreet knight has kept out of court, they are sim ply legion in number. Indeed it may safely be taken for grant ed that not more than one-third, perhaps not even one-quarter, of the scandals affect ing prominent people . in Great Britain ever reach the knowedge of the public, for, with all its faults, English society pos sesses an esprit de corps that is not to be found in that of New York. When any one of its members happens to wander from the highroad of honesty and honor which is very broad and spacious in these modern times into the byways of crime, all the members of his class, not alone In his Interests, but also In their own, unite in an effort to hush the matter up. And in this they invariably enjoy the invaluable assistance of Sir George Lewis, who is popularly declared to know enough to hang half a dozen of the biggest men in the city of London and to possess a suffi cient number of dangerous secrets of peo ple of rank to suffice, if they should ever be divulged, to shatter the entire social fabric of Great Britain. One curious drawback to the celebrity of this extraordinary little Jew is the fact that his presence in court on behalf of a client is in nine coses out of ten regarded aa a kind of admission of the latter's guilt, for Sir George enjoys such fame for his ability to get his clients ont of the most disgraceful situations that he is certain to be applied to for assistance whenever a man of any prominence finds himself in the mire. Indeed the worse tho case and the higher the rank of the personage in criminated the more certain it is that ap plication will be made to Ely Place for professional assistance. It is only fair, however, to say that, no matter how terri ble the straits in which his client may have Involved himself, Sir George can usually find a means of issue. If his client's guilt is sufficiently assured to admit of no defense or excuse, Sir George usually pos sesses the knowledge of some skeleton in the cupboard of the other side of the case, and so brings about an abandonment of the prosecution. There are few people ei ther in society or in business who are not cursed with some skeleton, the existence of which they are eager at all costs to keep rrom Deconung Known. When the Duke of Orleans became In volved in a scandal that threatened to en tail his appearance in the divorce court, he applied lor advice to the Prince of Wales, and the latter at once took him off to Ely Place, with the result that nothing more was ever heard of the matter. The cases in which Sir George has been employed in keeping out of court are so numerous that it is difficult to conceive how he can have BUOLTOn- CTTFK, CEOWJf PROBECTTOR. found time t ttAtk iotiM. . . . . , . , j ii m tne trial of the director of the great Overend uurwj mu wno tailed for 960,000 000: in the oreat Rnm nmAhi.i. .' the prosecution of that professional beau- acnei oi uond street, who made so manv dune amnnv iw - . e miwi ey; in the Parnell case, in which Sir jreorg" appeared on Dcnair or the great Irish leader; In the baccarat case, which ll'Pllllratrgl In n md m M I - - wm. iimii ui oir itiiam Gordon-Cummlng, while In most of the ; gainst mt. ltuou ; ehcre be baa appeared for the cynical and ; Sarcastic defendant Much diversity of opinion prevails as to the tmlicT Of hnshin 1-1.. a whereas here In the United States there PBrsH oe an impression that publicity Is the best aaf nrturri the old world, where there are so much uuuaureness ana reverence on the TT f Utttdam that any thine ealcnlated a Imn,. ti 1, latter la the eyes of the people is held ID iyitll1 til nil m A !. . eoneealment and oblivion are regarded aa preferable. In Europe the people of the middle and the lower grades of society how such a readiness and anxiety to fol low blindly in the lead of those whom they regard as their superiors in rank, not alone in dress, manner and speech, but oven in conduct, that it Is argued even by crimi nologists exercising magisterial and judi cial authority that any publicity accorded to the misdeeds of a person of rank and so cial position affects injuriously the moral tone of the masses and becomes not only a cause, but also an incitement to crime. It is on the strength of these arguments that Sir George. Lewis and not only dis tinguished lawyers like himself, but like wise tlte officials intrusted with the ad ministration of justice, and even the royal arbiters of the great world of London, unite in an endeavor to hush np crime to an extent of which the people in this country- have little conception. It is a member of the aristocracy, the Hon. Ham ilton Onffe, younger brother and heir to the Earl of Desart, who holds the impor tant office of crown prosecutor. This func tionary is charged with the duty of decid ing what cases shall be prosecuted in be half of the people a duty analogous to that of the district attorney of New York -and it depends upon him to a great ex tent whether a criminal of high degree es capes or receives the punishment of his crime. .In a number of instances no pro ceedings for prosecution have been insti tuted nntil the offender waa well beyond the reach of the authorities, and this prac tice Is even carried to such a point that in some notable instances the police have actually warned titled criminals that war rants hod been issued for their arrest, which would be held back for 24 hours In order to enable them to get ont of the coun try. Many coses of this kind could be cited. But it is only fair to add that in acting thus the judicial, the magisterial and tho police officials concerned are prompted entirely by considerations of puDiio weal and morality, and that not even the most bitter onnonents of the na. tem have ever imputed to any of them dis honesty, corruption, or even family con- Biuentuuns in tne matter. WITH A HOT POKER. Bow m Pennsylvania Blacksmith Vaaqniah- When tnrnlncr m. cnrlfnfi f 4-Dltn T few days ago, a Lehigh Valley railroad unucmaa nunica marcs was attacked Dy a bear which lenneH nut. rmvn tHfolrafc The bmlcamsin niul nn mnivin pocketknife. With this he defended him- seu as oest ne couiu, yeiung lustuy all the BRrnr, brakeman asd blacksmith. time to a blacksmith named McCauley, wno was at worn in his little shop near by. McCauley rushed to the brakeman's as sistance. The bear hod overpowered the brakeman, but McCauley thrust a redhot iron into the bear's side, and it soon roll ed over and died. 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