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THE ROCK ISLAXD ARGUS, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1912.
I i THE ARGUS, ) Published Da.Ur at 1(14 Second ave r. tut, Rock Island, TIL (Entered at th . postofflco as second -class matter.) J tek lilul afeaefcev mt tW imriitH BY THE J. W. POTTER CO. TFJR.M8 Ten cent per week, by car rier. In Rock U and. Complaint of delivery service should J te made to the circulation department, V which ennuld alio be notified In every i Instance wbera It I desired to hare paper discontinued, as carriers have no authority In the premises. 6 All communications of artam en tatlve ? character, politic', or religious, roust have real name attached for publtca.- tlorv. No aucfc articles will be printed oyer Dctltloua el gestures, r, Telephones In all departments: Cen - trul Union. West 145. 1145 and S14I: Union Electric. S14K. gfp APES K$N COUNCIL Tuesday, October 8, 1912. This facing botii-ways proposition is becoming exceedingly serious for one C. J. Searle. Taft thinks he should be elected be eause of the abundant harvest. Yet b raised nothing but standpatters. Stockholm uses more telephones, ' the sixties to save the union, meet according to population, than any city j the cost of a home-coming on his In the world, four to each inhabitant, j pension, as he used to do? i ., 1 And if not, why? In Sweden, according to Professor j Ah- There's the rut). Fisher of Yale, life is longest, tho ! Christmas is coming, too. But how denth rate lowest and good heaita ; ,c the heal ot family who is re most general. ; etlving $12 a week, and paying $15 i lo f 20 a month house rent, to All the If JudgeOimstedlihoulcJ be elected children's stockings and make merry circuit ludae. It would cost the county ! at the Christmas board, as he used of Rock Is'.and $6,000 to elect his sue-1 cessor as county Judge. Are the peo ple ready for such a tax? The question Involved In the Judl-; rial election Is simply this: Can the , people of Rock Island county afford to promote County Judge R. B. Olmsted : to the circuit bench at a cost to tAem j of $6,000? President Taft, In the course of an Interview, speaking pathetically of Roosevelt at "My former friend," says Roosevelt is acTually convinced a benevolent despotism is demanded by the country and he alone is fitted to head It. If the president never be lore raid anything true, he hit the nail squarely on the head that time. Tho corporations and the Wall street 'wolvi-s are not contributing as liber ally an in days pttst to the campaigns of the republicans. They don't want to throw away their money. They are supplying large sums of their dirty dollars, however, to the third tertn rampalrn an a sort of forlorn hope of keeping up the "In vitriol" government." But their hope Is vain. The people aro going to win with Wilson, and are fur nishing his campaign committees with the mn-y to pay legitimate exponsfs. Of course. Mr. Kioaevelt. when presi dent, "never" solicited contributions from corporations and trusts. Mr. Roosevelt is "a practical man'' as was Mr. liurrlinun. He left all those little details to George Cortrlyou, who was tho members of his cablinet and was the head of the department of w hich the corporation bureau Is a part, Koose yelt made Cortelyou chairman of bis national committee. Roosevelt merely pushed the button. Ceorge did the rest. CIIAHLKH II. MAItMl AM, THE MAX Hll t'l JtC I 1 T J I' IMJ K. Than Charles B. Marshall, It is doubt ful If lther party In any of the coun ties of the Fourteenth Judicial circuit could have selected a better equipr.cd or (tuore competent man for the ex-1 isting vacancy. i Standing in the front rank of the 1 Rock Island county Bar r.sbociatlon, I he is regarded as one of the iost I learned and experienced attorneys In ' tho district and In ability and temper- auient possesses a distinct advantage in the Judicial election. KOO.SEVEI.rSMXK-SACKll-lCIXU HU M I KKIKMS. Despite the fact that we live iu a sordid age, there are as many pat- rictlc moo. noble, self sacrificing men i ever, perhaps more. Here is Hie! proof. P'erpont Morgan, under oa'ii. tie Clare he gave $100,000 to the cause of Uooccveltism in 1SU4. He exp-c cd lit thing In return. He was tuAy anxious to serve his couutry. ,Mr. Mor gan, It will be remembered, with the aid of George W. Perkins, organized toe ouiiod collar steel trust for which tbey received the princely sum of si'SO.OOO.COO. So It will be seen that Mr. Morgan got his before he gave up the $100,000. The steel trust, by the! way, was crganiied by Messrs. Mor gan and Perkins In ucn a way that the law could not reach it. It was or ganized to defy and evade the law and defies It and evades the law jet. So It will be seen that Morgan and Perkins earned that $260,000,000. Another patriot and lover of his couutry Is Bill Flinn. the notorious Pittsburgh boss, who gave $144,000 to reform Pennsylvania, who. admits he signed an obligation tbat he did not irtend to keep but signed It with the Intention of gold tricking the other sir ner. Another man who la willing to sac r'flc himself for his country is Henry t Frlck. who also gave $100,000 to fc'd Roosevelt in 1904. Frlck is a steel tiurt man. Tou surely haven't forgot tc: him? He is the man who em ployed Pinkerton detectives to over- awe the workmen at Hemstead la 4X5 2. They not only overawed them but hot them down. Another patriot who would gladly die for hiB country Is George Gould, who also contributed 1100,000. Gould Is part of the interests. He Inherited stolen millions. And George W. Perkins must not be slighted. He gave $57,000 In a lump "and as often," campaign man aged Dixon says, "as we needed money." Mr. Perkins is the head of the in surance trust. As such he subscribed $48,000 in 1904. The money belonged to widows and orphans and be had no right to take it But he took it and not a penny was returned. In this campaign Mr. Perkins lores the workingman. Vet as a steel trust di rector he aided in passing a resolu tion shutting union labor from the steel trust's plants. These are all patriots. But hon estly, are they not a precious lot of rascals? SUBJECTS OF HCMAS INTEREST. A leading trade paper, In Its latest issue has articles headed as follows: "Butter Goes Higher," "Cantaloupe Prices Up," "Texas Turkey Crop Short," and others quite as disheart- These are all subjects of human in terest and add to the gaiety of the family circle. Thanksgiving Is approaching and most of the things referred to are nec- essary ir the old fashioned "home coming" is to be kept up. Can the gi ay-haired grandfather, who fought in t0 do It is natural that the 'veteran sol dier and the man with $12 a week salary should inquire why these things are so? The subjects suggested by the head ings of articles in the trade paper are subjects of human interest to millions of American citizens. Is there not a cause somewhere aid what, has made it possible? Can the problems involved be sclved? FLOWERS OF' THE NIGHT. They Are Usually Pure White With Peculiar Glow. As we all know, there are both day blooming and night blooming flowers. The former are generally decked la red. blue, yellow or purple and have lines, spots or' markings on their petals which often act as guides to the nec taries whtch are visited by the bees and butterflies. The night blooming flowers, on the other hand. Invite the visits of moths or other night flying Insects and there fore hnve recourse to something like the tasks of the fireflies and the glow worms. They are usually pure white and hare such a peculiar texture that they seem to glow with internal light lu the dim shades of evening. At times you might almost fancy that they were stained by nature with some forerunner of luminous pnint. so clearly do they reflect every risible ray of the faint twilight. Tbey tbuS suc ceed In catching the eyes of the moths, which, of course, are modified espe cially for icrcelvlng and recelvlyc the slisht stimulus of the dusk and gloam ing. Rut the nocturnal flowers hare no lines or spots. Iecause these last could never lie x?rcelved Id the dim gloom of the evenlug. They tunke up for It. however, by Mtib very heavily scent ed. Indeed, almost nil the strong white flowers, which are such favor ites with florists, such as jasmine. tulerose. gardenia, stephanotts. screws mid syrlnca. whirli lielong to the nlgbt blnssorcin;; plants, are especially adspt e to attract the senses of wioged noc turnal Insects. Sl Louis Glohe-Iemo-crot. HELP THAT HELPS. Lincoln's Response to Hia Brothers Request For Loan. i Abraham l.iucoln's good aeuse is witnessed by almost every net of bis life. II is sound views on Indi-k-rlail liiite charity mid the best means of i encouraging thrift snd Industry are shown by the following letter to one of hL, brothers: "Dear Johnson -Tour request for ,so 1 do Dot tblnk It best to comply "itb now. At tbe various times when I have helped you a little you ti.nv said to me. 'We can get along very well now,' but in a very short time I ttnd you In the same difficulty ngulu. Now. this can only happen by some defvt-t lu your conduct what that defect is I think I know; you are uot lury. and still you are an Idler. "You are now In need of some rendl ; money, snd what I prop. is that yon sbouid gu to work, tooth aud njiL, for somebody who will give you money for It and then to secure you a fair rewnrd for your labor I now promise you tbat for every dollar you will between this and tbe first of next May get for your labor I will then give you one other dollar. Yoa have always been klryi to in and 1 do not mean to be unkind to you. On the contrary. If you will follow my advk-e'you will end It worth more tbun eight times $30 to you. Affec tionately your brother. ' -A. LINCOLN." Youth's Companion. The Way to Win. A boat the oo!y way to get things coming your way is a long battle against their going the other way. Atcblaon Globe. To live long It to necessary to tlva) I'owly. Ocero. I , , ' y hi II V ' I ERTTHIVG'S rP BIT THE COTf- scmer. I "Butter's up. meat's up, eggs are up, milk's up; everything's up but the poor consumer, and he's pretty near down and out," sighed the city housewife, who was regarding the few pennies left In her hand after the morning's marketing. "If I could see any good excuse for It all," she went on. "like war time or famine, I wouldn't feel so Injured about It, but it's been a prosperous year in crops and in business, and prices ought to be slantidg down in stead of soaring. "The big firms say its the produc ers who are raising prices. Now, there's milk. Because the farmer de mands more money for his milk the big city milk dealer raises the price to the public to pay the additional amount to the farmer. "All investigations show that the farmer never got enough for his milk; in fact, was forced to sell it most of the time without profit But now the farmers are learning a lesson from the city dealers. They are organizing, and, through the strength of their standing together, are getting their demands. "Of course I suppose it is unreason able of the consumer to expect that CURRENT BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER. (Special Correspondence of The Argus.) Cordova, Oct. 7. Some republican office holder, fearful of losing his Job by the election of Wilson, has issued ! a picture postal card replete "with misleading sugges tions as to what w-ill happen to the old soldiers should the democrats win ' the presidency. ' ! The picture shows a long line of old soldiers be ing turned away from the pension office by a pension examiner who says: "You .are fit for manual la bor." On the wall is a picture of Wilson and below is printed the fol lowing mass of false and mis CLYDE H. TAVENNER leading matter: "Under the last democratic admlnv istration, 40,000 pensioners were dropped from the rolls. Tens of thous ands more had their pensions reduc ed. All pensioners were sorely dis turbed. A democratic president spent more than $2,000,000 in covering the land with spies upon the pensioners. Do you want this to happen again under Wilson?" ABSOI I TE LACK OF TRUTH. The mendacity of the card is only equalled by its absolute fack of truth. Of course 40,000 were dropped from the pension rolls during the last dem ocratic administration severai times 40,000. Neither democrats nor rt pub licans can keep old soldiers from dy ing, but the democrats came more nearly furbishing a remedy in the Sherwood pension bill than the re publicans ever did. But a republican senate refused the remedy. Other causes for removal from the rolls are remarriage, limitation as to min ors, failure to claim, fraud and a transfer from one class to another. Following is a table showing the 1 i ILLINOIS iSprlngfield Record.) We are proud to be designated aa a state, but truly we are an empire. And an empire such as well might rejoice tbe heart of the greatest states man that ever lived, or the sublimest poet that ever sang sweet and sway ing songs. A mighty empire whose northern.; grasses feel the sting of the wintry blasts while yet it is summer at its southern borders! An empire whose brow is touched by the icy kisses of Wisconsin and whose feet are swarthed in the warm blue grasses of good, old Kentucky! The stateliest empire in all the world, an empire tbat takes care not only of its own sons and daughters, but, out of its largess, sends bounty to all humanity! Illinois grows the finest corn grown anywhere on earth. . It grows the richest wheat. And the sweetest fruit. Hogs Die of Cholera. Sterling. I1U Oct. 8. The ravages of hog cholera which devastated the herds of northern Illinois last year are being felt again this fall and the animals are being attacked by the dread disease with more deadly re- the city milk dealer should stand any less because he must pay a higher price to the producer. The milk re tailer of the city must make the same profits for himself, -no matter what he pays the farmer. It wouldn't do at all to ask the city dealer to curtail his expenses or dividends. If anybody is to curtail expenses its the consum er. The consumer doesn't have to live in style and ridt in a limousine. So, naturally, whatever extra the city dealer's pay must come out of th consumer. ' e "And it Isn't only the big dealers who soak us," mourned the housewife, as she carefully placed In her purse the change from her marketing money. "The small producer wno sella at retail follows their shining ex ample. "For instance, a woman has been bringing me eggs from her little farm all summer. She sold them at two cents under the top price of the high est toned down town store. "The other day she said to me: 'I see eggs are going to be five cents apiece this winter. "It that is so It will be the store price for strictly fresh eggs, I told her.' "Yesterday she came to the house, as usual, bringing a basket of grapes I had ordered, but no eggs. "Where are my eggs? I asked. "She shook her head am? dropped her eyes slyly. 'No eggs,' she an swered. " 'Why, the chickens around here are laying I declared. "But she insisted she had no eggs. "The fact is that she is- storing all her eggs with a vision of getting five cents a piece for them later on. ue u bring them to me as strictly fresh eggs and demand the highest price asked by the exclusive stores, though she hasn't the store's excuse 0T heavy expenses to pay, such as rent, clerk hire, delivering, etc." COMMENT i number dropped from the rolls for 10 years, including the last democratic administration, 1893-1897, together with the number dropped for death. and the total number for other causes: For Other Total No. Year. Death. Causes. Dropped. -1893 25,005 8,685 33,960 1894 28,070 9,881 87.951 1895 27,816 14,395 42,211 1896 23,393 14,700 44,093 1897 31,960 9,162 41,122 1898 33,691 12,960 , 46,651 1899 34,345 :' 8,841 43,186 1900 35,809 7,525 ' 43,334 1901 33,353 - 6,433 43.686 1S02 37,145 14,312 51,457 KrnjBRR op PENSIONERS. The following table shows the aver age number of pensioners on the .roll for six administrations, 1881-1905, to gether with the average increase for each. I will be seen that the great est increase occurred during the last democratic administration, 1893-1897: Average Average. Administration. Ro".l. Increase. Garfleld-Arthur, 1881-1885 "295,235 ' Cleveland's first, 1885-1889 392,368 97,133 Harrison's, 1889-1893 645,124 252,756 Cleveland's second, 1893-1897 971.439 326,315 McKinley.s, 1897-1901 988,719 17.2S0 McKinley-Roosevelt, 1901-1905 997,122 8,413 The average disbursement for pen-; sions under Harrison was $127, 300, 000; under Cleveland, $1.37,900,000; under McKinley, $139,900,000; uader Roosevelt's first, $139,300,00.0. No greater amount was spent for inspection under a democratic presi dent than under republican presidents. The foregoing figurec show that there was no unrest among the immense army of honest, pensioners on the rolls and no cause for it whatever. A dem ocratic congress passed the Sherwood service pension bill giving old sol diers a dol'.ar a day, which was muti lated and reduced by a republican senate. And the fairest flowers. An empire tbat produces coal erough to run the factories of all the universe! An empire that quarries stone i enough to build a million cities! An empire that sends its manufac tures to the remotest corners of the earth! Third in population, second in wealth, first in learning and intelli gence of all the states in all tbe sister hood of stars! A land overflowing not only with milk and honey, but with ambrosia and a thousand other nectars of the gods! A state to be a citizen of which is privilege indeed! This is Illinois! Tbe state which has given more great men to our nation than any ether commonwealth in all the nnion! And, above all. a state of healthful, contented, thriving, optimistic men and women! Eults than a year ago. From Malta, Kirkland. Shabbona, Dekalb, Hinck ley and all of the country contiguous to Sterling for 40 miles, come Ue re- , ports of fanners whose herds have'alon?" been cleaned up at the rate of thous - an da of dollars dally, .1. Humor and. Philosophy av zvreAr m. smrm MIDNIGHT' ATTACK. QFT in the stilly night w When the cats begin to flht On the fence behind the lot Then I form a little plot As the window wide I throw And the yard I knee deep sow With a lot of brlc-a-brao That waa resting on the rack. Do the cata In wild alarm , Run lest I should do them harm? Do they let the concert slide And proceed In haste to hide? No; they do not seem to know As 1 throw and throw and throw That a single thing la wrong - With their piercing midnight song. Then I heave a pair of shoes That I wouldn't care to loae. And I throw a kttchea chair. Followed by my wife'a false hair, - Books and tablea. sofa, rugs. Pots and kettles, pans and mugs. Writing pads, my rubber stamp. The piano and the lamp. Then the bedding and the bed ' From the tall piece to the head All are hurled Into the gloom Till there's nothing In the room. But the cats are good as new On the job when 1 am through. Nor do they a moment pause. Tbey regard It aa applause.- Soma Luck. "Did you hear about Mrs. Brown V "No." "She's the lucki est woman." "Tell me about it" "The man her jewel of a maid was to marry got killed, her uncle died, and her aunt sent Mrs. Brown several Paris gowns she can't use herself because she's go ing Into mourn ing, and her mother-in-law has married again.' Still at It "O Liberty." said the small boy, reading from his French history. "what crimes are committed in thy name! Pa," he added, "are any crimes still committed In the name of Lib erty r "I should say so." "What are they?" "Mostly campaign oratory." Waiting Awhile. "Hello, Tim. How comes it that yon aren't eating at home these days?" "Thought I'd better keep out of the way awhile." "Why?" "Dad has promised Mary a new piano If she will learn to cook." Heard It Herself. "What is tbe matter, lover' "No use for you to try to explain." "But, my dear" "Don't 'my dear me. I heard yon say that you were going to buy a new ribbon for your typewriter." She Was Pleased. ".Maude has bad some new pictures taken; did you know?" "Do they flatter her?" "1 suppose so. Sbe sent one to Jack.' Contrary. "I have'Mary in my black book." "Why?" "Because I have caught her In so many white lies." They Are Doomed. The candidate crop is never lost Until It hits November's frost. PERT PARAGRAPHS. Tbis Is the season when tbe scream ing of the eagle Is more the fashion than the cooing of tbe dove of peace. The man who has a proper respect for fresh table linen is a jewel of great price. The women In the no suffrage states ought to be thnnkful that tbe men have saved them from tbe worry of saving the country this fall. It is bard on the populace that tbe open season for baseball and politi cians sbouid come at tbe same time. Tending tbe furnace seems almost as easy in summer as keeping the lawn Id order appears wben murcury . is hunting the zero mark. The early bird doesn't catch tbe hook worm. Tbe man who is going some won't be likely to come back. Overconfidence is a good thing In business provided tbe confidence is tbe other fellow's. There's a good streak In every man, but ln.many of them the assay Is so low that it doesn't pay for tbe C06t of mining. An ability to cry on sight bas got many a woman through the world easily. "Try. try again." isn't a good motto for tbe man who invests in get rick qaick schemes. Business Principle. Dolly 8o Slmpklns. the cashier of tbe bank, proponed to yon last night? Polly Yea, and 1 promised to marry 1. 1 , UIIU. Old be ask yoar father's permls- J "Yes: be said he would ask papa to 1 tndorse my promissory note." TTie Argus The Angel O' Mercy By F. A. Mitchel. Copyrlarhfed. 1912. by Associated Literary Bureau. At the Sailors' Snug Harbor a num-! ber of old fellows, the youngest of ' whom could not have been less than seventy-live, were crowded around a j fireplace endeavoring to brace them- j selves against the despondency of coming winter. Now and again a j thin smoke would emerge from be- j tween a pair of shriveled lips, slowly j make Its way to the chimney and dis- pear up the flue. . ! "Some un spin a yarn, and let It be about 8aillu in a warm climate." saidi one oi tne men. noiuiug tne palms of his bony hands to the dame to warm them. "We don't want no more o' them arctic yarns that cooled us off durin' the hot wave. We want sumpin about the banana trade or the guano country. These yere winters Is gittin colder and colder with every birthday. Somehow the blood don't run as warm as it did when we was XT LOOKED AS IF WHOrVKR GOT THAT KNIFE WOULD LIVI. cllmbln' the ratlin's. Tom, give us that un about your adventure on tbe coast o Afrlcy." The end of a plug of tobacco was produced from the pocket of one pres ent Tom bit off a chaw, tucked it back in his mouth where it wouldn't Interfere with his narrative and be gan to mumble, every listener with his hand to his ear. "It's only us old duffers that kin re alize that as late as 1855 the slave trade was flourishin'. In 1852 I ship ped in the Angel p' Mercy, brig rigged and pertendin' to carry a cargo o' Bi bles to the coast o' Afrlcy. She fitted at Boston, and the day we put out o' the harbor a number o' lean, long hair ed, hungry lookin' men was walkln' the deck. They was supposed by them that seen 'em to be missionaries. "I thort it was all square till we got out to sea, when the missionaries throwed off their pious outfit and ap peared as or'nnry men. They was the owners goln' out to Africy. true enough, but for a cargo o' slaves In stead o' a cargo o' souls, for by that time there was some prejudice agin the slave trnde. and I dunno but that the law didn't allow it." "Never mind the pious part of the yarn, mate," interrupted a grim old salt. "Git under way with the flghtln'y" "Waal, we nep-ded for tbe Kongo country, that's nigh on to the equator, and the sun stood right over our heads, pourln' down heat like the fiery fur nace that the prophet Daniel walked in." There was a perceptible change at this point in the appearance of the audience. They pushed back from the fire, and one man unbuttoned his coat. "One night." the speaker continued, "we was lyln' at anchor in the Kongc river. The captain and most o' the crew and tbe owners had gone ashore to make a corral of blacks to bring aboard as slaves. Missionaries bad been there before, and the owners put on the same clothes they wore the day we sailed, and each man took a P.ible under his arm to make the uiergers le lieve they was goin- to teach em Unit ed States religion. Durin' the voyage I'd been made third mate and was left on the ship In charge of six men to keep watch and see tbat no natives . come aboard to loot the vessel. "The mixin was full and the night was hot. I sat out on deck In a wicker chair In my birthday togs, swingln' a big palm leaf fan." There was evident satisfaction on the part of the audience at this part of the narrative, and the speaker was In terrupted by such remarks as "Wish I was there now." "That's the climste for me." and "I feel like takin' off ny coat." Wben. quiet was restored tbe narrative was continued. "Piirty soon I saw a black spot on the wntr and flashes Id the moon light. I knew tbe black spot was a canoe and the flashes were oars lifted cut o tbe water. Some one was row in snd wi headln for the Angel o' Mercy. When he came up I leaned over the gun'ale and asked him what he wanted. He was a nigger and told me In broken lingo that he bad decoy ed a dozen of his friends to' tbe bank and if I'd send a few armed white men with bim be could turn 'em al over. v "I was young and ambitious to do sompin noble, so I puts tbe ship's guard into a boat and sent 'em to bring toe niggers aboard. Of course I took a risk in lcavin tbe ship with only my own protection., but young fellers is all pluck and no sense, and I waa one o' thern kind. "Tbe boat haun t got out o sight be fore I saw a canoe put out from tbe snore and make straight for the Angai Daily Story o' Mercy. There was six strnppln blacks in ber, and every one had a padflle. I saw at once that a game had been played on us that instead of niggers beln' decoyed my men was decoyed away from the ship to give the niggers a chance to loot her. "There was a small gun on the port and another on tho starboard bow, both kept loaded In case the ongrate ful niggers, not appreciatln' the bless In's brought 'em by the Angel o' Mercy, should show their teeth. I -sized up the time it would take for the canoe to reach me and, seeln' I had a few minutes,' made one jump for the companionway and another down it. Gatherin' firearms, 1 got back with 'em as quick as I went down and carried 'em to the little four pounder on tbe port bow. The niggers acted as if they wasn't sure how many men there was aboard. They had seen a boatload leavln tbe ship, but hadn't spoke the nigger that had got 'em away. So they didn't know how many was left. I yelled to 'em to keep off, and they stopped paddlin' and looked up enr'us llke. "I don't reckon they spoke any United States lingo. Anyway they didn't say anything; but, seeln' only one man on the ship, they commenced pad dlin' ag'ln, makln' straight for me. They bad at least one gun they might have taken from some kind white man who had come all the way from a civ ilized land to buy Ivory of 'em or. tench 'em the gospel, for one of 'em sent a bullet slngtn' by my ear. I hadn't time to use the four pounder, which would have Bunk their canoe if I could 'a hit It. so I picked up a musket and. takln' straight aim for the hull of 'em they all beln' in line fired. I dropped one man anil saw a paddle fly out of the hand of another, so I reckoned I'd put two of 'em out o' the fight. But I saw that It was too late to sink 'em with the cannon and I must shoot as many as I could before they reached the ship's side. I fired a couple more o' the muskets, droppln' another man, but in them days there was no repeat ers, and I had no time to reload. "The gangway had been raised, and they could only climb to the deck either by the anchor or bowsprit chains. This helped me, 'cause I didn't have to defend moro'n one position. If I . had they'd have taken me in rear. By quick firl3' and sure aim I got rid of four out o' the six before they got any hold. 'Then I shot an other comin' up tbe anchor chain and dropped him in the water. But one ugly black devil reached the bowsprit tind I'd emptied my last gun. "I tuk the barrel o' the musket I had last fired In my two hands and waited for the nigger to come for me, lntendln' to brain bim with the stock. Hut he tuk care to spring for me when a rope wns in my way, and tho rope caught the blow Instead of the nigger. In the clash the guu fell out o' ruy bands. "We was two men, a black and a white, both stripped to the skin, that bad to settle the dispute with & wrastle. Tim only thing on deck I could use was a dirk kuife I'd picked up wheu I went below for arms, and tbat was back near the fo'castle com panionway. The nigger gripped me. P aud I gripped the ulgger, but I saw at once thnt he had the udvantage of roe, for be bad oiled himself all over. "I was mighty strong in them days, and I intended to git my arms around his middle and throw him overboard. I could 'a' done it If it hadn't been for his oiled skin. Howsomever; ho wriggled like a lamper eel and got out o' my clutches. As bad luck would have It, the moonlight glittered on the knife lyln' on tbe deck, and he saw It. I saw bim go for It. I mado after bim. caught bim round tbe waist Just as he got hi fingers on It and pulled him away from it. "It looked now as If whoever got that knife would live and the other .feller wouldn't. He wasn't as strong as I was. but the oil on bim made him tbe better man. I succeeded In git tin' between him and the knife and put my foot on it. "I could never dlsremember that nigger as he stood off. his greasy face shlnin In the moonlight, lookin' at me like a jungle tiser. Jut there's an other thing I don't wnnt to disremem ber the sound of oars. The nigger and I both tlsteiied and beard a qulcc stroke, growlp louder with every stroke. Tbe nigger turned and run like a hound for the side o. the ship. I picked up the knife, and just as h Jumped over the gun'Hle I threw it and saw It stick into his side. "What became of him I don't know, but in a few minutes the boat I bal sent away reached me and the men came aboard. They had heard the flrin. suspected treachery and pulled back as quick as they could." "How long did your fight last?" asked a listener. "From the first shot till I threw tbe knife about five minutes." "Some un tel us another such ysrn." re masked nn oc-tngenarl.in. "This one I has warmed mo up like bot grog." Oct. 8 in American History. 18G2 Battle at Perry vllle, Ky. Gen eral Braxton Brnsg's Confederate army wax repulsed In a derfperate attack Uhi General BuelTs forces. Buell's loss was over 4.000; Bragg's 2,500. The action practically put an end to Bragg's Invasion of the state. 18fZ Franklin Pierce, fourteenth pres ident of tbe United States, died; lorn 1S()4 1 872 Fire disaster at PesbtJgo, Wis.; over VX) deaths. ' 1008 A treaty of nrbltration'witb Chi na signed In Washington. O