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THE ROCK ISCAXD ARGTJS. THURSDAY, MAY 9, 1912. THE ARGUS. Published Deny and Weekly at Its Bee on fl avenue. Rock Islaao. Ill fBat tared at tie soetoffloe a eecoaa-claa Btttr.J tack lalaaa Mnafcer C tk BY THE J. W. POTTER CO. TERM. Dally. 10 cant par week. Weakly, tl par year la advance. Coaiplalnta of delivery aarrlca should ba mad to ta olreulatlon aepartmaBt, which bo aid also ba aotlflad In every Instance where It la desired to have paper dlaeoattiraad. a carrlara nave so authority la tha premises. All eomouoloatlona of mr gumentatlve character, political or religion, unuat have real nam attached for publica tion. No such article will ba printed ovat fictitious irtgnaturee. Telephones In all department: Central Union. Wast 14S and 1146; Union Eleo trlo, 114. Thursday, May 6, 1912. A modern political platform a liar:" "you re Do not -worry. be rip. Cherry pie will soon If at flrat you don't succeed, swat, swat again the fly. Somethi-g b'-Fidfs T.!"s is going to be swatted In Chicago and Baltimore next month. Now It Is propos-d to hare a nation al fathers' 1ay. Why not make it a fathers" eight? A nfBfnn Hofffir enumerates a rtnz- en causes of sprint? fevrr. But he fails to mention car,,eM,eating. Rembrandt's "Old Woman Plucking a Fowl'' brcmrht f!1.:i0 in Pari. But some of the plucking done in Wall utrcet brings mre than that. One of the most Inspiring features etf the day's news in the sil-nce of Captain Hol.w.n concerning the- Japan- cse concern on Mad lena Bay. - . - , . inK nas r,ero . bia r.nfii.-n in a ,eW York Kch-n!. TIl v ouht to extend it so as to include boys under H years of age. An American has been arrested In London for throwing money away in the street? Kvl'l'i.tly the hotel em-, ploy s' union there lias home Influ ence with the authorities. The Judge business seems to have fallen upon evil days. First came the tecall of JuilKea. then a rei nll of judi cial decisions. Now a movement hag ieen started to compel judges and lawyers to write th.lr decision, and I pleHdlngs in plain English. If "Argus l;-ader" will muster up the courage of his couvietiuna sufficiently to append Ms signature to Jiis com munication on Theodore Roosevelt, his tiews will l.e iublisli-d. and answered. Times out of numti.-r The Arus has raid that It d.icn not puMish anoii moils communications, or at Wast coui niunicaiioua the author of which it does not know. No self respecting pa per makes a practice of shooting Into the air by answering unknown people, and almost daily communications by the core go into the waste paper bas ket on this ai count. The one on Roos evelt, however, evinces some pains on the part of the author, ho teems real ly in seai-cli of Information. He can have it hy complying with the rules. WIIY "THE FASHIONABLE t'Hl'KUH?". The Pittsburgh Sun asks if It lan't about time that these persons who make a specialty of "playing to the popular mind'' ceiue their references to uch an Institution as the "fashion able church?" Iyet us look at this aquarely in the face. Did you ever enter a church to attend services where there was any indication, either by word or sign, that you were not welcome)? Did yoi ever at any time feel uncomfortable or out of place in . . . a church simply because of its ele-1 .,.....,,. o. k....- ..... a church Is a handsome one, built in nil i ii-uiu li ui 1. in 1 tuu 1 Ul 11 1 r lien wiui .... 1 . A . . . ; . v. . J ,1 ... . . corresponding good taste, and also be- 1. . . ... catise jit happen that some of those uo tiieuii 11 are uresseei in a niyusa manner, is that any reason why in Elnuating remarks should be made about it? There Is not a church in Pittsburgh humble, but prides ,. tt .,t today, rtylish or itself In the fact that It is attended by the poor as well as the rich and you know tt. We all know It, and that's why we are losing patience with those individ uals who are so far behind the times 1 that they are U11 trying to make cap ital of the clase spirit. Wake up. The people have out grown such ideas. ' MOKE TRADE WITH CANADA. Even without reciprocity this coun try continues to make remarkable ains In its trade with Canada. The dominion is moving ahead at a great jace and the lion's share of Canadian growth In foreign commerce faUa to the American eagle. Great Britain is aided by preferen tial duties intended expressly to in t;ase the share of the United King C :n in the import of the great coun ti. in North America which flies the Union Jack, but te wtLt lciwl Ci ttaj- or portion of the gains In Canada's Import trad) go to the Tnlted States. This tendency was never more marked than It is now. The Canadian mar ket was never before so profitable to the manufacturers and merchant of the United States. In t8e year ended with February the trade of the dominion with, the United Kingdom increased $18,342,000, or not quite 8 per cent. In the same period the Canadian trade with the I'nlted State was augmented by $63, 52,240, or about 15 per cent. The American gam was three and o tie-half times as large as the British. In that fiscal year the total Imports of the dominion increased about $81, 820,000, and this country got all of the gain except $12,0n0,0o0. In the same time the total trade of Canada with the United StAtes was over $453,000, 000. With the British Isles it was $260,000,000. Nothing will stop this gradual com ing tocther of the two countries which have a frontier about 3,000 miles long and have much in common in their vital interests. Language, insti tutions, products, methods of business. books and periodicals, unceasing trav el across the boundary and other agen cies drawing them Into closer rela tions will prove much stronger than any possible Interference in the form of legislation or politics. Nature has made It impossible for any other coun try to compete successfully with the I'nited States for the foremost place in the trade of Canada, SEES A DIFFERENT BRTAJf. In the days when William Jennings Bryan was seeking the presidency, the Baltimore Sun was his most bitter critic. Here is the way it speaks of him now: "William Jennings Bryan will de liver a lecture in this city on 'The blgns of the Times.' No one is better qualified to discuss that subject. We know Mr. Bryan today much Ju )ra.iB ago. Aua . ikn ri wn Imn : - ' "c "",JW we Me mm. e Know now that he is not a uitrr rn-iuncian. not a wna-eyea lopulist, not a quack doetor vending a fake cure-all all of which a good many of us once thought him. Much water has passed under the bridge t-ince lSC, and we are in position to day to note what it has accomplished. We fcan see now, with fairly clear 'VCS. that Mr, lirvan lias hu.n n. fhe (.hlef instrumenU ,n tne crearion of the vastly ,mprove(1 pubHc entl. ment that rules our politics today as pnmpareti with that which suffered mw.h Pvi a few Tearg aRO We Fee ,n him a man who has accepted Kleieat manfuiiv n.i in tt., ... ... v i v t i. uao r .v -1 - clsed and still exercises an influence ! which few (other men the world over can command. We see in him a great many of those finalities which we like " to call 'typical American,' and which J include honesty and simplicity and courage. Even the representatives of 'big business' are sneakingly proud of him today. "So we will welcome him to Balti more. We shall ho plad to learn wit he considers the signs of the times. .way nis luck In future ho am muh pre.ater than his deserts a in the past it has been less!" THE TIM E DITCHER. The University of Illinois has sent out a bulletin by Stephen A. Forbes, state entytnologist. in which he pro- ! ,Pms aaini 'tie present foolish habit or trimming trees bv sawine off their 'ops. He says: "When it is necessary to trim a tree, superfluous branches should be cut or sawed smoothly away at their very beginning. To cut or hack them off Irregularly, leaving projecting stubs to dry up and oecay. is simply to invite the attacks of borers by offering them a favorable place of deposit for their egs. Fof the same reason dead, dy ing or badly Injured limbs should be promptly cut out and burned." This is as go-id a place as any to enter an emphatic protest aqalnst the practice of topping or pollarding trees like jthe elm, not only because their natural beauty is forever destrnvrf hv lne process, but also because the tree : is peculiarly exposed by it to fatal ! infestation (by its most destructive in ; sect enemies. i Attention has often been called to ithis very evil. The elm Is not the only i sufferer. People eem to take an es pecial spite against the soft maple. An ignorant man is dispatched w ith Faw and hatchet to mutilate the tops. The 'idea Ctf thoKO fplTrtta-a la . : - 1 . J ' ,, , . """V" 10 stroy as rnuch of the tro jl nnscihi. and leave a bare and unsightly etump. 10 ,hrow 0,,t a fpw twigs and then to gradually die of the Jr.jurv caused hv the mutilation. Some cities have nro- f ., i-f . .w.. . - I it,., vim lij bq orainance nn. lr ,h 0 . J ,. ' nn lrii lne lnen who thus destrov the ; fh!iie treeg 8 07 lne ju some cases it may be necessarr to nmove some of the lower limbs where they are in the way of pedes trians and carriages, but if left to itself ?""1T i ,he Prorer ner. and a tree thus allow ed to take Its own way Is a thing of beauty and a Joy forever. Accused in $20,000 Robbery. Springfield, May 9. A requisition was issued by Governor Deneen on the governor of Missouri yesterday for the return to Chicago of Daniel Callahan, alias Calhoun, who li charged with participating in the, ii;rn oi .v.ue'u rrom tne jewelry Ftore of Edward Albert!, April 26, 1911. The robbery was committed by four men, who drove up in an automobile and bound and gagged Mr. Albert! and Samuel Smith, only occupants of the store. Spaulding Coal Mine Bums. Springfield. May 9. The Spauld- jnS coal mite, north of Riverton tail I ILLINOIS NEWS II&TjYDU THL BIGHT TO BE MARRIED? "" PeCTOr cTWTlK fi mil ,:( :"( I; iieVw.'.'' : is: - .i.K. o . ... .5rW" w" Dean Pumner, Chicago: "Henceforth no marrtagre ceremony will be solera nixed in this church unless the contracting- parties bring a certificate of good health." Splendnd. But how far will a de mand of this kind make for a finer race if the double code of morals ez- istsr The man was begging the woman he loved to marry him. He told her he ad mired her enough to be as square with her as he would be with a man. "Do you come to me as clean moral ly as I do to you?" the woman asked. "No,"' he answered. "All men be lieve in the double code, all 'red-blooded' men." "Then you don't think the clear mountain torrent as forceful as the sluggish rivers? It makes the machin ery go round, you know." "Ah, but it's the big, dirty stream that carries the rich-laden boats to sea," be said. "All right, then," cried the woman, quickly. "If it's no choice but the muddy river, me for one of the biggest boats." Only an unclean man, no matter how far she sought! Yet the very man who enlightened her would ex CAPITAL BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER. (Special Correspondence of The Argus.) Washington, May 7. The United States senate, which !s still dominated by republicans, has cheated the sur viving old soldiers of the Ciril w ,ir out of what the demo cratic house defin ed as just compen sation for the hard ships and losses they suffered In the war, r.am'ly: collnx-a-day pen sion. The Sher wood bill, passed by the house, and urged with a z-al and sincerity ncv- tr excelled in con- gress. was reject- j cd by the genate, and in it.-- s'ead th-? subs' itup bill offered by Senator Smoot of Utah, who is friendly to no class of Amerl- CLYDE H TAVENNER lean citizens except Mormons and those millionaires who own the tatiff trusts, was adopted. TieFident Taft. who frequently express d a friendship for the old soldiers when he was a can - didate for office, aid who ran on a nlat- form which declared for liht ral pen- ' slons, was silent while the Sherwood bll wa? t;nder discussion in the senate, with the result that the reel friendo of the old soldier pot no aid what ever from him. It has been announced by the senate reaetionarics. who al - ways 6eem to know in advance Just what the president will do. that he will sign the Smoot bill when it reaches him. MOOT nn. I. n TFS. The rates carried by the Smoot bill, which was resisted to the last in the nouse, ana agret-a to only alter it was apparent that it would be the Smoot bill or nothing, are as follows: Age, 2 years. Service, 90 days, $13; county, burned Tuesday. The top I " m works were bet on fire, it is said, his tlcket and therj gpent all except from sparks from a railroad locorno- , , .. . . . i.. Tl , ... i $2.6o in preparation for the trip. Dr. tive. The mine was to have resum- I ed operations today after a shut-1 -Mikkelaon'8 tr'P la the result of a down of some time. Nine rnen were ; wager. Under the conditions he must at work in the mine preparing for, visit Copenhagen, London, Paris and the resumption of operations. They Berlin, enter a medical institute at escaped through the IUverton mine i Vienna and return with a certificate No. 1, which is connected with the! that he has passed the final exam Spaulding mine. The Illinois Nar Nation. He must not beg or bor tional bank of this city, owns the row. Whatever he earns and what mine. The loss is about $50,000. he spends he must keep account of. , If he is successful two physicians at 647 Fires In State in April. his hospital in Chicago will pay him Springfield, May 9. The report cf ;as mnch aa he earns an(1 speri(g and State Fire Marshal Doyle for the $i00 each besides. month of April shows a total of 547 j fires in the state, entailing a los3 of j Adjourns Court for Planting. $775,356. Fires outside the city of I Jerseyville. May 9. The spring Chicago totaled 296, with an aggre- term of the county court was post gate loss of $458, 5S6. There were poned yesterday to permit members a total 01 1 nres in Chicago, wnn an aggregate loss or iJie.ebO to buildings and contents. Stricken In Church; Diet. Fargo, N. D., May 9. Dr. J. P. Richmond, a Congregational mlnis- ter. formerly of Danville ! fainted while attendinz 111., who a revival meeting here Monday night and ws1 carrled from the church, died yee - terday. Dr. Richmond had been in Fargo but a few days. Chicagoan Sails on Wager. New York. May 9. Dr. Jorge Mlkkelson, of the Norwegian Luth eran Deaconees hospital of Chicago, left New Tork Tuesday in the steer age or the North German Lloyd 1 steamship Kaiser Wilheim II. He claim about "our fine American girls selling themselves" if she forsook him for wealth. And he would be right For one deg radation does not excuse another. If you intend to marry you must look this question squarely in the face. There is p. cure for an this high-hand ed "red-blood" belief. Men and wom en who really think do not believe in any double code. But the trouble la to get them to think. Yes. That "women was intention al. For how many mothers of your ac quaintance feel the same sorrow, the same unforgiving anger if their 6ons "sow a few wild oats" that they do if their daughters "go wrong?" Mothers pay a prodigal son's debts. They allow him to sit by his sister, es cort her. fight for her. They lavish on him every endearment. Why! By what process of reasoning do they come to the belief that one child has "red blood" while the other has some other kind? Don't they just take the easiest way? O. Henry told the pitiful story of the woman, who as a little girl went In to the streets because her father was "too tired to play with her." Many have told It. But who bothers about what happens to the little boy whose father and mother will not play with him. What the boys need is more stress on their "gray matter" and less on their "red blood." Their brains and bodies are as closely connected as a girl's. Is It fair not to give them a (.fiance to develop as much strength of character as their sisters? There is no sex in cleanliness. Men descend to types lower than the Simian ape from which they say they ascended. Women make 6ewers of their bodies. Yet what person with any mind will not turn from It all with horror when once the emetic of dis gust is awakened by a little real thought? COMMENT six months, $13.50; one year, $14; one and-one-half years, $14.50; two years $15; two-and-one-half years, $15.50; three years, $16. Age, C6 years. Service, 90 days, $15; six months, $15.50; one year, $16; one- and-one-half years, 816.50; two years $17; two-and-one -half years, $18; three years, $19 Age, 70 years. Service, 90 days, $18; six months, $19; one year, $20; one- and-one-half years, $21.50; two years $J3; two-and-one-half years, $24; three j ears, $25. Age, 76 years. Service, 90 days, $21; 6ix months. $22.50; one year, $24; one- and-one-half years, $27; all over two years, $30 This bill, while it fails, in the onln , Ion of democratic members of con lrfss. to meet the requirements of the situation, was the best that could be obtained, in view cf the attitude of the senate and the president. Some of the ahlest democrats in the sen ate, including Senator Kern of Indiana, who all along showed himself to be a real friend of the old soldier, did all they could do to convince the republi : cnn senators of the Justice of the Sher I wcofl nM1- ana urged Its passage jus "3 11 came irom the nouse. It was i pointed out that the old soldiers are ' dying at the rate of KiO a day, and i tnat the increased draft on the treas ury would be only temporary and of l.ttle consequence. In no instance did the democrats support the Sherwood bill for other than the reason tha it proposed to pay the old soldiers what was their just due. The Justice ian" r'ht f tbe bill were urged con tantly. T1IK SHERWOOD BILL. The Sherwood bill, had it passed would have ended pension legislation in congress for years to come. Spec ial pension bills, which now take up a large part of the time of each ses sion, would have heen done awav with i wherea. u:ider the Smoot arrange ment, it is questionable whether there will be any lessening of special pen sion bill legislation. I ; reached Hoboken with $100, bought ,0f the Jury panel to plant corn Nashville The infant death roll in Richmond, New Orleans, Birmingham, Atlanta, Memphis and Charleston In 1910 was double the toll of the Titanic disaster, but there was no congression- . ai inquiry, according to a paper read ; before the southern sociological con gross b Miss Gertrude Knipn secre- tary of the American Association for the Study and Prevention of Infant Mortality. The paper asserted that 44 per cent of the infant death list was due to "bad air" end "bad food diseaa- I es. Victoria, B. C. British sloop of war Abrerine left Esquimau for Mexico to j succor subjects of King George'in in- surrectionary districts, Humor and Philosophy Sjr -OVtCAJ M.-SMITH PROLIFIC SUBJECT. TTS rotas to be a dandy year A From everything that I can hear For thoae who like to whittle stick And alt round talking politic. There'll be so much to talk about The subject never will run out. They cannot talk it all away; There will be plenty, left next day. What with one eeetloti standing pat, Another talking through lta hat. Insurgents met at every turn. There will be topics yes, to bum. 80m at the tariff law will scoff And show It where It must get off. " While others In an angry tone Will say, "Let good enough alone.' The candidates In language free Ripped op from every side will be. And be win be a dandy who Unbruised that gantlet can go through. For men at that Impartial board To speak up freely can afford. Unbiased are the lot and much. Untainted by the payroll touch. Te, It will be a year of talk. Of betting money, marbles, chalk; Fine for the fellow who enjoys Most every kind and class of noise. , The Varieties. "You notice that the master of a boat Is al ways called, the honest skipper. There must be something about the sea that brings out the sterling, rugged qualities In men." "It is quite different with the kind of a skipper that yon meet on land, ne Is usually a skipper because be has skipped a board bill." On tha Ground Floor. "It Is bound to be the greatest scheme of the century." "Is it?" asked the wary man. "Yes, indeed," replied the enthusi astic promoter. "Yes, indeed. We are going to bnild a line of airships, and on some hot day when the ice trust thinks it has a sure grip on the throat of the world we will come along with a cargo from the north pole." "It sounds well." "Oh, it is a world beater." "But how about the financial end?" "A million shares at a cent a share! They are bound to go to par in thirty days." "They ought to. that's Mire." "Ahem! Could I interest you In about a nickel's worth?" An Economical Resolution. "Had you noticed that Minnie is not so extravagant as she used to be?" "Yes, indeed! Why, she is almost a tightwad these days." "I fancy her father must have given her a geod going over." "Not on your life! She's Just made up her mind to marry young Griggs and live on $15 a week." Strenuous. "She thinks too much." "Really!" "Yes; brain fag." "What is her mental occupation?" "Trying to find a new remedy for thin eyelashes." Neither Can Soma Others. 'TIow are things around here?" "Dead." "Why don't you start something?" "I couldn't start an automobile." Hi Opportunity. No chance for him to turn the trick If wise reformers will but stick. But If In chunks thf-y split their vote The boss'll 6t-t the people's goat. PERT PARAGRAPHS. Not having an imagination to help them to realize their misery, a lot of people don't know vvhut it is to be in a bad way. Intuition is a thing that a man blames when his wife makes a mis take. Self overestlmatlon has much less to do with failure than tbe lack of it has. Emotion is a thing that some people mask, others parade and ull make capital of. If the people we know only will amuse us we don't care so much how they exploit us. If tbe world would only run on our schedule what a mighty fine, happy and progressive world this would be! Tbe unsuccessful man thinks it is shameless partiality to refuse to let him smash tiling up again Just to prove that he can. There are people so murderously in clined that if there Is nothing else for them to meddle with they kill time. Every man has his prl?e. but some prices are so intiniteslmally small that U doesn't seem worth while paying them. Getting even with your n'eiahbor maybe satisfying until you come to pay tbe bill. Easy Prediction. "I have often predicted that my wife's hair would be nice and curly at night." said the clever one. "How &a I know? Why, I saw it in the morn ing papers. " i; very man ha a right to Judge ae Individual only, and that Is himself. TTie Argus The Eoad Agents By Sarah L. Oldfield. Copyrighted. 1911. by Aseomated Literary Bureau. A good many yean ago, when I was r a girl Just graduated from the normal j school, the principal told me that be bad received calls for teachers in Colo rado, where the country was new and Instructors were not easy to get I accepted one of these position and started west soon afterward, I went as far as the Union Pacific was then built, Laramie, where I took a stage coach to my destination in the moun tains. I was obliged to stop over one night in Laramie, then a city of dance bouses and gambling dens, for the coach did not leave till the next morn ing. When I awoke and looked at toy watch I discovered that I had jat time to dress, swallow a cup of coffee and get to tbe express, office, from which the coach started. I found the agent directing the shipment of boxes, which, though not large, appeared to be heavy, while the passengers, men and women, were getting Into the coach. On the box sat the driver, a fine looking, well made young man, whose rough clothes could not conceal a certain appearance of refinement there was In him. I was about to get tnto tbe coach when the agent stopped me. "Ton can't go on this coach,' he said. "It's fulL" I was never more distressed In my life. Stopping tn that horrid town even for a few hours was horrible to think of, and the agent told me that another coach ' would not leave till the next morning. A tear trickled down my cheek, and, looking up, I saw tbe handsome young driver looking at me pityingly and with admiration. The driver called the agent to him, and the two had a long conversation. "TOU'LI. KKD IT TS THE BOOT," 6 AID TH IjIUVEK. which I felt sure was about me. The driver was trying to persuade the agent to agree with him about the matter, but the agent kept shaking his head and saying, "It won't do at alL" But finally the latter gave in and the driv er, beckoning to me, told me 1 might get up and take the vacant seat beside him. Giving me a hand, he lifted me up. Tbe morning was delightful, and the mountains toward which we were driving with their patches of snow and the dark fihadowg resting here and there on their sides, though the sky was cloudless, were beautiful. I told the driver I wished the mountains were farther away so that we could enjoy the prospect longer, whereupon he told me they were sixty miles' distant nml we could not reach them till the middle of tbe ufternoon. He said tbe rarity of the atmosphere made them look near. I asked him the cause of the shadows on the mountains, there being no clonds to cast tbem, and be Raid tbe phenomenon hud not been ex plained. I passed a very pleasant morning. I was not surprised that the driver could tell me a good deal about the country end even the geological formation, for In those days a etage driver was quite an Important personage, but I was 'more surprised when he told me he was a college graduate who bad come out to Colorado on a venture, bad got stranded and temporarily taken up stage driving. While we were rolling along my new fonnd friend told me that there bad I been a number of holdups of coaches recently, and if one occurred I would better sit perfectly still and await de velopments. If there should be any firing I must get down nnder the seat, where 1 would be in a measure pro tected. What surprised me was that he seemed very innch concerned about the matter of my being exposed to any shooting there might be, saying that be bad persuaded tbe agent to let me go on the coach in the seat beside blm. and if any barm came to me be i would never forgive himself. I asked j him if be expected we wonld be at- tacked, and he replied that the chances were we would. We had treasure box i es aboard, and these shipment were j constantly reported to road agent. who knew exactly what coaches to at ! tack. f j It seemed singular to me that the express company should send out a treasure that they expected tbe road ugents would take away from tbem, and 1 told tbe driver so. but be said the company was obliged to take risks or they costs cot do esy business. This did not satisfy me or make me feel any more comfortable. We bad changed horses several times and were approaching tbe foot hills of the mountains when, passing between a rise In tbe ground on each side of the road, a man rose up from Daily Story behind a rock in front of ns and put up his band as a signal for ns to stop. I was surprised that tbe driver obeyed the order Instantly since the man showed no weapon, but I soon learned the cause. Tbe driver knew full well that rifles were pointed at him from men in concealment As soon as tbe coach came to a standstill four other men sprang np from behind tbe rise tn tbe ground and advanced toward us. "You'll find it In the boot," said the driver quietly, and they went back and. unstrapping tbe cover, took out the boxes and placed them beside tbe road, while two robbers stood on each side of the coach with rifles in their hands ready for ose at the slightest Indication of resistance. But so great were the expressions of terror from the passengers that they soon lowered their guns, and two of them dropped their rifles and went to the assistance of the man who was unloading the treasure, So far I dldnt feel much afraid, for It looked as though the road agents wonld relieve the express company of the treasure and let as .go en. Besides, the expressions of terror of those In side the coach excited my contempt. Strong men were begging the robbers to spare their lives, while shrieks came from the women. It did aot seem to me that they were In any danger so long as they did' not offer resistance, bat that they had lost their heads through cowardice. My friend tbe driver sat quieting the horses by a word now and then for tbey seemed to know what was going on and were very restive but be seem ed anxious about me. Why 1 couldn't understand, because I bad no Idea of resistance, end I didn't believe tbe rob bers wonld molest a woman. I did not even believe that tbey would collect the valuables of tbe passengers since tbey had seven or eight boxes of bul lion to take care of. Tbe boxes were unloaded and piled on one another beside the road. Two of the men who bad laid their rifles down and helped to carry tbe treasure were about to pick them up; tbe other armed man held his weapon, muzxle down, in the hollow of bis arm, and the fourth armed man was looking with satisfac tion at the fine haul be had made when tbe driver said to me In a quick sharp voice: "Get down!" Before I could obey I beard the crackling of rifles inside the coach and saw two of the road agents topple over. None of the others had their bands on their weapons, and before tbey could get them every one was laid low. It wus all done in less than a quarter of a minute, and I saw that getting down nnder the seat was unnecessary. But whence came the firing? Surely not from the cowardly passengers.' I looked at the driver for au explanation, bnt he was bnsy with the horses, who 'were rearing and plungiug, and it was no time for the satisfaction of my curi osity. The robbers were all dead or dylog, and the passengers were getting out of tbe coach. Tbe women tore off theJr dresses and exposed men's clothes. Every one was armed to tbe teeth, though tbe weapons were concealed. "Why didn't you get down when I told you to? By Jove, I'm glad you're all right!" The explanation of tbe affair came to me piecemeal. Tbe coach bad been sent ont as a decoy. All inside were men with concealed weapons. The boxes were loaded with stones or sund. Tbe agent had contrived to have It re I tor ted to the road agents that a treas ure would go by that couch with a view to an ambush. When I came up at tbe starting and asked to be allow ed to go on the coach the agent nat urally demurred to take on a woman under the circumstances. The driver, wishing to have my company, argued that at the springing of the trap I could get down where no stray bullet would be likely to hit me. Nevertheless be was much worried on my account and much relieved when it was all over. Leaving some of the passengers tbey were all in the service of tbe ex press company with the dead and wounded robbers, we drove on to the next relay station and sent a wagon back for tbe wounded. But so fur as I wa concerned tbe adventure wat ended. And yet it cannot be tab! to have ended, because in It 1 found my fate. My drubbing tbe three It'a into children's beads did not last very long. My acquaintance with the stage driver was enduring, and after a lirie-f court ship of a month rather lengthy for that country nt that time I married hlra. Ills stage driving did not last long. Receiving some capital from the east, be entered Into the business of mlnli:? machinery and supplies and prospered. And now that tbe region in which we j live ha grown populous and civilized j we enjoy a beautiful home, in which i we are very happy, surrounded by nu J merou children and grandchildren. May 9 in American History. 1775 Jacob Drown, noted general in tbe war of 1812, born; diesd lSli. ISi'j IJattle of Itesaca di; la I'alma, Mexico; Amwicacs vlctoiloua. ISO The Coi,sti;utlonal Union party, which put the Bell and Everett ticket In the Held tgaitiHt Lincoln, organi.'-'l at Baltimore. 1SC-Confederate. vacuMa Norfolk, Va. 1000 Augusta Evans Wilson, author of "Uenlah." "St. Elmo." "Vashti" and other itopuliir lovcIh of south ern life, died: born is;i. 1311 Colonel Thomas Wentworth Ilig glnson, author, historian and Fed eral soldier in tbe civil war. died at Cambridge, Mass; bora Uiive . - Dec. 23. 1SC3.