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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. SATURDAY, MARCH I, 1913.
THE ARGUS. Publisher, dally at 124 Second r nue. Rock IMand. 111. (Entered at the poitoflc a aeccynd-class matter.) Hack lalaaa MWr f the AmcWH BY THE J. W. POTTER CO. TERMS Ttfi r.nt. .r week ej- ! liar. In Rock Island. Complaints of delivery eerrlee should be made to the circulation department, which should alio be notified In every Instance where it ! dealred to have paper discontinued, aa carriers have no authority In the premises. All communication of argumentative character, political or rollfioua. muat have real name attacked for publica tion. So such artlolea will be printed -rr flctltioua Irrthturea. Telephones In all departments: Cen tral Union. West 141. 1145 and S14t; Union Electric SMI. tTR ApgS 17jCOJHCIL Saturday, Mareh 1. 1913. Meanwhile fha ahnrt farm In United States senate Is growing dally shorter. Illinois, usually quite sedate, man- j ages to stir tip a rumpus every time a senator Is to be elected The Princeton tiger next week will '. indeed be the grandest tiger in the . jungle i A big maple syrup crop is predicted tion to oppress the many, in some sugarbush counties. Score 'n this readjustment the imposi one more good start for the young tion of a general income tax must year. ! of necessity receive the closest aUen- i tion. There can be no relief oT the At least President Huerta isn't ln people from the exactions of favored any doubt as to what will happen to interests, no reduction ln the cost of him ln case he falls into the hands of , living, no sharp separation of bust the opposition. ! DeBB anj government, unless federal . - taxation, new by design confined More cabinet troubles in Japan, chiefly to the necessaries, shall be There's no room for doubt now about wisely transferred to wealth, to prop the thoroughness of the modernizing erty, to e&rn'ugB. of that country. - , The new congress will not meet , for four weeks aftsr inauguration. It Is generally conceded that Wood- but these four weeks mav be well row Wilson is to make an unprecedent- j ed president. That Is why the people elected him. The suffragists now wish to abolish the title "Miss." Still, the young wo men nre accomplishing a good deal in that direction already. At least .Malero cannot be accused of shortslKhtr.es?. H!s lat dispatch to War.liiriKton caiil In "expected defi- nite results very soon General Felix I)iaz says he does not wont any office which is not the first time he hi matiifestfil marked sinn of human Intelligence. Great Britain needn't mtike any Kcornful remarks about the Ijik police, man of the w'ei n ht n.ijp'.u re. There's Turkej. you know. The I'ujo it;- e.itlKi'linx committee sees the existei.'e of ;i iroi'.ey trjut. an ell the people have peeu for a considerable ii!'n:lcr of v. '.is. One of the women appearing in the Washington suffragist parade will wear it IihII mid chain as a symbol of her m im-idae. Wo .:! '1 n't a bobbin skirt answer the name ;,tir;'se? One of Geo.;e Washingt'-Mi's letters bss brought $1.2."i) in London, but r. communication from any mere states man will ever 1,11V- n:.Y:i;.tK tie bringing ca;i;ity :' tuns.- Archbolri "Pear Senator'' l. ,teis. A further iuo". e 'o eliminate mili tarism from th Moy Si-outs of Amer ica was taken at the third unnr.al meeting. An order was issued to scoutmasters directing them to elimi nate military method and ideas and to keep only such drills as are needed to teach the boys to move promptly and in an orderly manner from one place to another. The staves should not be used In any way as dummy mus kets. The leaders of the Boy Scouts of America wish to encourage the boys in peace scouting It seeins altogether likely that the senate wtll pass ln favorable form the bouse bill for the physical valua tion of railroads Senator LaFollette has not encountered aa much difficul ty as naturally would be expected to beset bis way and has secured amend ment of the bouse measure in several important particulars. How rapid Is the progress being made ln govern mental affairs may be Judged from the fact that a few years ago the rail roads frothed at the mouth and threw fits, figuratively speaking, at every mention of the proposal to value them on a physical basis. .i or himself retire. Other departments Since those days we have listened Notwithstanding the greater area of CRn largely be left to their heads. ,to the orations of impassioned speak "dry" territory, from July to February The state department must be in- ers on every Fourth of July. We have the nation consumed 6.UOO.0OO gallons j .-,.. P(1 fo thf, n.8ident without oues-lheard from their lips that we are liv- of whisky more than during the corre - spondlng period of the year before, or , er nations. and he alone represents our the face of the globe. They have re a total of M.000.000 gallons. The con- own natjon t0 other nations. The sec-: counted its boundless resources, its sumption of cigarettes increased by rtArT 0f eUte apeaks for the presl-1 mines rich in ores and its fields fer x billion, of cigars 250.000.000. and dent !tite m projuct. of smoking and chewing tobacco. 12.-, They have flattered us with the state- 000.000 pounds. 1 ne consumption oi beer for the first seven months of the present year as compared with tbe corresponding months of the year preceding Increased by 1,150,000 bar rels. ONE FgaTVnS OF RECIPROCITY. On objeotloa raised to the recipro city treaty witn Canada proposed by President Taft was that it opened the way to the Importation here of Cana dian eggs and the consequent pauper ization of the American ben. This dire prediction was made ln the face of official American figures showing the following ei ports of eggs from the United States to Canada dur- '. ing the last five fiscal years, ending June 3u: 1908 1.159.626 dozen, value $218,275; 1909866,609 dozen, va:ue 1211.644; 1910868.454 dozen, value $202,844; 13112.457.188 dozen, value ; $474,350; 1912 8,697.568 dozen, value : $1,982,975. The average value per , dozen was 18.8 cents, 24.4 cents. 23.3 ! cents, 19.3 cents, and 22.2 cents for thee b&a rt. respectively. Retail prices of eggs In Canada now are between 40 and 60 cents. Here they are low-er than they have been In years. We leave It to some defender of the American hen to prove that the, free entry of Canadian eggs is goin; to put all the American henB In ths( boiling pot. THE EXTKA SESSION. Stating his purpose to call the Sixty-third congress in extra session April 1, President-elect Wilson rec ognizes a popular demand and a diffi cult situation. President Wilson and his party are charged with the duty not oniy of revising the tariff downward but of reforming the whole scheme of na tional taxation. They are to address themselves to wrotigs that are almds Institutional. They are to assume a task in finance and economy greater than was ever before imposed upon !" Ainericaa admlnl.tritlon Their problem Is the shifting of the j burdens of government from those Ieast b,e t0 r em to the ele-! monts wnich in the past have carried few of them. It is to distribute taxa- tion Justly. It Is to do away so far 88 lB P"sible with the whole scheme : of Privilege by means of which power-! '"1 interests, escaping taxation them- i , selves, have used the power of taxa- spent by the committees in prepara tion for a reform that once begun should V'f'f. never rest until it is com- " - - Mlt. Bl'.vivs lnKlAKTION. Those, who for one reason or anoth- mr r v !!. , , ,, . ' 'B. oppose W. J. Bryan, are sure he has not the preparation to fill the office of secretary of state. The Brooklyn KuRle. timer ery friendly to Bryan, happily H!:t.ers these critics; Mr. Bry;n lias uriderfxore some possibly educational experience Tiiiiiius KfCl el U"ies did r.o Mr. Bryan has seen more of the world than Theodore KooRevelt. I If has heel) clc3i .ii'otind I'. ile liiih con sulted with more muiiiiivhs and elin .irr!ti:r'i t- and statesmen pud !! fl-irs tb"ii Mr. Roosevelt or Hamilton Kisli. or Secretary Ray art", or Krc .;!!. sen. or Bliine. oi Olney. or .John Hay. or Henry f'hiy. or .lohn ('. Calhoun, or even Kllhu Boot ever tlio.ifilit of do!njt. And eveiyhere .Mr. Bryan went he was well received, ever. I y the pope and the rar, aM by Tolstoi. Mr. Boost vol; 's eprince wit.: the suprefiit- p-jntivT heirn drastic, and w'fh Mr. AH'ju!th even more so Xo American lias been so fur and conferred 'Ith so many of the great in power, in knowifje and !n Influence as Mr. Bryan, except Presidcr. Tuft And the la'ter h.'.f paid to Mr. Brjim in the While house more honor than he has 'o Mr Roosevelt fv r sine he c!:-rtvered the ex president has for him 'he enmity cgotiMF have for tro- they have soegth to in jure without cause. The fg is dit- rsed to subject th( tfiRte of the Wilpon pudding to the test of the national eating. Sw-d d'd les ?-r l To!p t--l Brvan has done for Wilson, snd Lincoln nude Seward secretary of state, teaching him his place when he made a mistake about his exact, dimensions. Bryan lies done more with democracy for Wilson t!nn Wilson has had a chance to do for him. Often reciprocity is the best foiiv. The Karle thinks that Mr. ' Wilson will be .lustifled ln taking his chnuces with Mr. Bryan, and feels certain that Mr. Bryan will not be unwilling to take his with Mr. Wilson. And "if he Roes in" he will have to take It whether he would or not. or will relish the consequences or not. Incidentally, too. the state depart ment 1 the'nnlv on a resident of any s'reneth keeps and must keep in his own hands and which the secre- tary of state has to permit such a resident to keep in his own hands : tlon jt r?preBents this nation to oth - - MlBn.e,p0il8pat Crowe, the man whom the police of many western clt- ies were accused of being afraid to . such a people as are we, the liberty trv to arrest after the kidnaping of i loving people of the Cnited States of young Eddie Cudahy in Omaha sever al years ago, was arrested ln Minne- spoils on the lowly charge of being intoxicated. Washington Captain A. H. Rostron, who as commander of the steamship Carpathia directed the rescue of sur - rivors of the Titanic disaster, has reached here to receive at the hands our religious tendency as a people, by j cf the Scott memorial fund to com of President Taft the gold medal voted j noting that in addition to the school j memorate the death of Captain Rob by congress In recognition of his hero- house on every hill-top, there was alert F. Scott and his associates in the ic services. I church in the valley between. antarctic. CAPITAL COMMENT BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER. The country first came to know him congressman-elect from the j as a conservationist when the report FOURTEENTH district. of the democratic minority on the Bal- (Speclal Correspondence of The Arg-ua.) linger-Pinchot committee was publlsh Waehington. Feb. 27. One of the led. That report was written by Judge most acute questions confronting the next congress Is that of conserva tion. Already the lines are being tightly drawn in both senate and house, and some very interesting problems are likely to come up in the beginning of the extra session. Much is being said here now both pro and con as to the right of the fed eral government in th controlling of water rights, pow er sites and forest CLYDE M. " " TAVENNER . ?' Question ana involves things that are requiring the careful atten tion of the best minds in congress. On of the foremost conservationist ln tbe democratic party, and one who iB Qualified in every way to give the Question the consideration it deserves r "lul ul Springfield, 111., district. He is shrewd, ' caref ul painstaking. Being a law- f u i auowienge oi we Phae ' subject. His fine analytical mind is capable of giving the matter the thorough consideration it deserves. For the past two years he has been ranking member on the pub lic lands committee and is familiar with many of the most difficult situa tions of conservation. m vy WeX. - v: ' HOW POLK BROUGHT ON WAR (Kansas city star.) i Conditions on the Mexican frontier, I with the mobilization of American ' troops at Galveston, recall the events 1 1 n that f ..... t J tn iCiC 1 . 1 3 . ,u nm.. iru iu war. Under the constitution congress has the sole power to declare war. But President Polk showed that an aggressive chief executive through 'his power as commander-in-chief can involve the nation in an encounter out of wnicn war is certain to develop, 'rtle Mexican war followed a mes- sage from the president calling on congress to act since American troons had been attacked on American soil and war existed by the action of Mex- ico. But it became known a few years ago when Polk's diary was published that the president had determined on war is-respettive of the action o' the .!xie;in troops, and that the encoun- ter proved merely a convenient pre- 1 text. When Tov.s was annexed there was a dispute over iis boundary line. Te,- as claimed i ho FJio Grande. Mexico the Nueces, u hundred miles to the north, Into ibis disputed territory Polk h;id M iit G.-iieral Tr.ylor early in 1S40, ex- '. pectiiit that the presence tin re of Ainerioau troops tnijjht brin;? on an etn ounter sor. with Mexico as the aggres- Meanwhile the president was hop-. TAVENNER ANSWERS CHILDREN i .!'. 1 t.) The Aram.) W ele. s;hinuton, March 1. C'or.gressman t'iyde ti Tavenner has made r.n a.-'ree-i 1. ( :.t with the ooys and piris o! ''oofteoiuii it: nois dis'r that as as he sits in the halls W congress 1 !. will be a triend of the birds it happened this way: The o'her day Mr. Taventier received a letter sip-'el by 13 hoys and girls of Carbon Cliff. 111., one of the small towns in his dis trict. It started out: "Our Dear Con- prFsman." and Tavenner's first I written it is probable I would never tho-.'ght was that it was another appli- Ihave thought of the birds. But now, if caticn for a postoffice, of which he has j anything concerning birds, or the pro received scores. But all the letter ! tection cf them, ever comes up ln the s::i I was: "Please protect the birds j halls of congress for discussion, I will God has jriven us." ; immediately become an eager and in- The new congressman felt so reliev ed, he was inspired to dictate the fol- URGING THE SOLDIERS' MONUMENT Rock Island. Feb. 28. Editor The m I Argus: I am pleased that effort Is j being made to erect a soldiers' monu- met in Bock Island. Surely we of thls generation have not rorgotten the anxious days from '60 to '65. Neither have we forgotten the brave boys who donned the blue and responded to our country s call and went forth to do anl Je needs be that the union might be preserved. ! Ing in one of the grandest countries on meet, so dear to the ears of an Ameri- i can, that in no other country are there America. By our applause we have endorsed the sentiment, snd in our hearts, at I least, we admitted that we were a great, a generous, and a noble-minded I people. v j Then, when the orator told of our ' intelligence and referred to the school , house on every hill-top, he also praised Graham ADVANCE IDEAS PRESENTED. A report submitted at the beginning of this congress by the committee on expenditures in the interior depart ment, of which he is chairman, and which he wrote, shows that he has some advance ideas of the matter. The report deals with the lands in Alaska and the harbor of Controller bay. In speaking of the control of the vast areas of coal and mineral lands there, the following suggestions were made to congress, and the report urg ed that early action be taken: "Your committee would therefore re spectfully suggest that for the better development of Alaska, as well aa for the general good, congress should at an early day take action, PROTECTING ALASKAN LANDS. "1. That will reserve to the govern ment in perpetuity the title to all coal iland and mineral land in Alaska, the title to which has not already passed to others or in which no vested rights obtain. "2. That a similar course be fol lowed as to all land containing petro leum or natural gas. "3. That all future land patents, deeds or conveyances of the fee. In whatever form, shall contain provis ions saving and reserving to the gov ernment all coal, minerals, petroleum, and natural gas, on or under public lands, with the right to remove the same. "4. That fair and even liberal leases be made by the government to proper parties, providing carefully for the con tinuous development of the lands so leased." ing that he might arrange to buy the Mexican territory that geographically ought to belong to the United States. He appointed John Slidell to negoti- : ctA anfhnrlTif htm t-.fTnr e A A1 ' v" ' 1 noo, with the United States assuming the payment of several million dollars in claims due from Mexico. When the Mexican authorities refused to receive Slidell, Polk felt that the time for ac- tion had come. He called a cabinet meeting on a Saturday in May, 1846, and told the members he had deter- mined to send a message to congress on Monday urging war on the ground that Mexico had failed to Dav iust claims or even to negotiate concern- ing them. Kvery member except George Ban- croft, secretary of the navy, voted in j iavor of the message. That night the j news reached Washington that a de-j tachment of Taylor's dragoons had! been attacked by a Mexican force in j April. !n his diary Polk records how ' he stayed at home ail day Sunday re-j writing his message, and changing the ground on w hich war was to be de- j c lared The a s.irre.-sion against Amer;-! can troops he I'eit was a stronger basis : for litihiin;, than The unpaid claims. CoiiKress responded promptly with; ar, appropriation of $10.oeii.oiio. and i tiie autbori ''utiou for a call for Sft.OuO ; volunteers. Uvt the war was directly; due to the initiative of the president. lowing letter to his little friends: ! "Your letter was only eight words in ; length. But it has made a deeper ini- ! pressio'i o:i rn" than many letters have received on o'her matter:, which are Mm words in length. All you say 's: -Please protect the birds God has given us.' "Your plea is a noble one. I agree with you. The birds God has given us should be protected. "I am glad you wrote. If you hadn't terested listener. Then I will cast my vote on the side of the birds." But high-sounding words may be sim ply vin-glorious utterances, eif we do not live np to our testimony. If we appreciate this great country of ours, then not only we alone must not for get Its brave defenders, but we must also see to It that by act and example we impress the fact of such apprecia tion upon the minds of the young of this and of future generations. In ,no more fitting way than by the erection of monuments can this be done. The word of the orator is the testimony for a day the granite mon ument will stand as an impressive ex- ample of a liberty-loving people for jears. I am glad to add a word of com mendation for the effort now being put forth to provide funds for a sol diers' monument, to be erected in beautiful Chippiannock cemetery, or in one of the city's beautiful parks, but cannot believe these words are neces sary, for surely we in Rock Island I will take pleasure In doing what we can to further your unselfish efforts in behalf of our honored soldier dead. F. O. VAN GALDER. New York Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary, the discoverer of the north pole, heads a list of a few subscribers who have started an American branch ftomknee I have a cousin twice removed who lacks a Jaunty air; Ha Uvea at Turnlpopolia and is a leader there; Here in th rltv he would stand back in some safe retreat ! And look with bulging eyes and be afraid I to cross the street; Ha moves with very little grace, his clothes are cheaply made. But he has money In a bank and all his debts are paid. He lives at Turnlpopolls, where daily, wet ' or dry, j The people of the town turn out to watch j the train bv: Ik Hi' ivss w And there at times wfien flaga are raised I and there was only the dark walls of and thrilling songs are sung, i the cave ,T1S m 1 TX7 J?11 10 thS 1 But fm hi Patrick found old and to tbe young; ; He Is the leading citizen, he strokes the j happiness. V hile feeding my herd children's curls j upon the mountain." he says. "I pray- And proudly claims a leader's right to i kiss the pretty girls. I sometimes wonfler If It pays to toll and moll and fret Where virtue is so very cheap and life Is cheaper yet; Where thousands come and thousands go, unnoticed and unknown. Where, lacking room a man may still be friendless and ulnno I sometimes wonder If It pays to merely live for this When each might be a leadtr'in some Turnip-' pol:s. "When ny wife l'?s down her hair she can sit on it." "When my wife let1; hers clown tha kitten cm play with it." Narrow f-scspc.1 I , There w-as a n:an in our tow n, About a giant's size, Who nearly starved to death because He wouldn't advertise. And when he weighed but forty pounds. He grasped his trusty pen, And wrote an ad. and published it. And now he's fat again! 8a J Part. "Oh, dear!" said Eve, after she had secured all the best fig leaves there were to be had, "I'm eo unhappy." "Come, dear, cheer up," replied Adam. "Things might be worse than they are. We still have each other." "Yes, but now that I've got to wearing clothes there's no other wo man with whom I can talk about them." He Did. "Don't you ever pant for freedom?" asked the kind lady, addressing a pale convict who had turned to look curiously at her after the gside had passed. "Yes," he replied, "but I have look ed ln vain for breaches in these walls." How He Did It. "How," asked the young lady as she looked with admiration at the rug- gsd nonogecarian. "have you managed to live so long and preserve your health so well?" "By regularly declining to practice what my friends nave preached," he candidly replied. The Main Question. 'Tf you will be mine 1 11 put rings on your fingers and bells on your toes." "Ah, but will you book, my dress in tbe back 7" Self Confidence. "Do you believe in all the views you advocate?" "Yes." replied Senator Sorghum, after some hesitation. 'I do. but I doubt whether a less skillful reasotier than myself would tie able to convince me of tbe correctDe3 of some of tbxm." Washington Star. Thl El R HAIR. i The Daily Story THE LEGEND OF ST. PATRICK BY TIMOTHY CAHILL. Copyrighted. ISIS, by Associated Literary Bureau. The story of the man who convert ea ! Ireland from tbe religion of tbe drulda to Christianity dates back so far that we are dependent for It upon legend banded down through fifteen centuries-One night in tbe early part of tbe fifth century when the good people of the little town of Bononia, on the coast of Gaul (France), were asleep ln the rude dwellings of that day there sud denly came from the shore a shooting and the clatter of arms. Tbe dttcens, composing a Roman colony, knew that some enemy was upon them and sprang from their beds and seised their swords and shields to make a defense. But they were soon overpowered by pirates. Bononia was destroyed and its people either massacred or sold Into slavery. Among the killed were a Briton who belonged to the Roman army, bis wife (a beautiful Gallic woman, who bad been a slave, but who had been freed by the Briton in order that be might marry her) and all their children, ex cept a son, a youth, who was taken aboard the pirate ship. He was car ried to Ireland and sold Into slavery ln what is now the county of Ulster and was set to work attending the pigs on his master's estate. We first bear of tbe young sjave by the name of Patrick, but whether this was his original Roman or Gaelic name we do not know. Bis dress was a goatskin, hls'sbelter a cave, his food oats mixed in warm water. Adversity is the most potent canse to turn men to religion. Patrick pray ed long and earnestly. Being the son of a Roman, it is probable that from his father be derived the religion of Rome. Tbe announcement that was made to St Patrick that he was marked for divine favor was made to him one night when be was asleep. He heard strains of music. A soft light lllomlu- j ea ms cave, a young man tiugea witn celestial brightness holding a harp bent over him. "I am the angel of .viftory," he snld. "and I bring you con solation." Then the angel vanished. e(j a ionir time ere dawn. Snow miebt cover the earth, rain fall, the frost freeze my limbs, no ill I felt or numb ness. The spirit warmed me. I heard spirits singing within me." The an gel of victory often nppenrWl to blm and one day said to him: "Hitherto thou hast wept only for thy- self When thou weepest for others thou shalt behold the sun of everlast- ins lite." Tbe wretched state of those about him. tbe poverty, the slavery of the people, had n marked effect on St. Pat rick He, was moved to rid Ireland of their siuial and. religious thraldom, the hitter beinK in the keepln:; of the druUls But when he considered that lie was liothins but a slave and a swineherd he knew that he could ac I'tmi! dish nothing except with divine iissist-inee This is bow he became convinced t that such assistance would be given j him- One evening while lie slept he saw .!cmis walking before him Ills j fit: u re was radiant, and a beam of light shot from his heart and filled Bat- I r: I':- with heavenly joy When the! yoiitli a vi!;e be was aware of Ills' mission "At last.'' be exclaimed. "I ' have tieu-xl Iiim with my eyes I have j received n : in into my Heart. It Is he j The Christ has come to my aid. I am ! free, and 1 will make my brethren , free." : But there is H bre.-.U i:i the legend ' be!'. Me be et about the work. Being j by the sen, he saw a ship, with sailors j :i hoard, w iio were about to set sail for j his oid home in ;:iul He persuaded tiiem in take linn with them. On the voyage he was recaptured by pirates ' and this time was sold into slavery In i;au! Uaiisomed by friends, he retired ! to a monastery. But be did not forget the sorrows of the Irish people and while in the monastery was prepnrlng for the ;;reat work of his life their liberation Then, when he was ready, be went bnck a free man to Ireland The British isles were at that time subject in religious faith to the druids At Storiebeiw. in ICnpl.-ind. there re main today immense rocks, some stand ing upright on one enn. some a nai stone supported by others, like " table, which are supposed to be connected with druid worship Whnt these huge inoijo'iths meant has passed awnj with ihe noting of the centuries sines the primitive worshipers adored their pods and made their sacrifices within the sorrrber forests of Britain and Ire land It was the mission of St. Pat rick to place 1 ri their stead the em blem of the cross. This work he ac complished as n preacher and a leacb- j er Ie wf,rl0'I "lon the lower classes. 1 v,,mn- children, outlaws, the lesser ! grade of chiefs, nil listened to him. j The legend goes on to any that one ' dy. St Pal rick met two daughters of ; King Lnegalr. washing their wedding ! robes In a poof, and he converted ihem i to Christianity Their father was the 1 thief roier of Ireland, and his palace stood overlooking t plain of Tars. Frerv third year ar tlie vernal eo,iitnos i a pyre corerr'i Howars was bnr.t upon the te.-race. The king and five subordinate sovereigns with the druids at niidniffht aat frt in flio nvro i n i tha plain below the chiefs, with their ' 1 e.at.oi. or tbe cionu-s sue. arm.es assembled, witnessed the reli-1 cw5wl ;- glous ceremony with acclamations. "L?1"1 " ''atl t'xlMe,1 M:,y The fire was extinguished and other LA, 'TI.''t' , ,, . - ii. i,. . n i . , 194 Wlllit m Jenkins Worth, general fires lighted all over Ireland, marking! . . . ,, ,t. 1.-;,,.,. ; "In Mexican war. bom: died IMi, At one of these ceremonies, when the druid high priest. Dubtak. w:ri about to set fire to the pyre, the king no ticed a white light In a field where slaves were buried. He asked the dru id what It meant. "It is the light cf the man with the crooked staff whose coming we liave predicted." replied the priest, "Do not permit him to come nere or ne win have dominion over us all." Then the king directed St. Patrick to be forcibly brought before him. The holy man appeared bearing a taper, at-. tended by his disciples holding torches, and when the king angrily asked him what these lights meant he replied: "Thy pyre means idolatry and hatred We Christians, who worship the trun God. carry wax torches on the night of our Lord Jeans Christ's resurrection. " "Why do yon come Into my king dom?" asked the king. "I call God and the angels to wit ness that I have no other aim than that of proclaiming the gospel and Its divine promises la returning to the land where I was a slave. Who forced me to come? Is It not through love and pity for this nation that I labor?" St Patrick's words and influence cre ated a division among the chiefs, some siding witn him, while others sided with the drnid priests. Nevertheless King Laegalre concluded to born hlra to death. Now, the drold priest, Dubtak, bad a daughter, Bridget, who was ased to accompany her father at religious cere monies, playing upon the harp and singing the deeds of the heroes, as American Indians were wont to sing of their own deeds. When the pyre that was to born St Patrick was ready Bridget aald to her father: "I know the flower of Joy (the ver bena) which Joins hearts, I know tbe flower of gold (tbe lelago) which opens tbe eyes and the mind to tbe future, but this man possesses a mysterious flower which saveth from death the flower of everlasting life. If yon burn bin) let me be burned with him, for I have seen bis crucified God. He hath overpowered me with his sorrow; he bath thunder stricken me with bis glory." The people were convinced that Brid get was a prophetess and saw with di vine eyes. But King Laegalre was not minded to give up the religion of his forefathers. "Wilt thou suffer." be said to Dubtak, "this wizard to seduce the souls of our daughters? Go tbon and wrestle with him on the Eagle's mountain and let our god9 overthrow him." So the saint and the druid nscended tbe mountain, and the latter command ed the engles. which whirled about the bend of tbe Christian, tmrloklng and threatening, to teHr him. But they were not able to get near enough to him to do bo. Then a tempest arose, tbe rocks of the mountain were cloven. phantoms of dead heroes appeared and Rlred. while U.ibtnk called upon them to "put the man of evil omen to flight ' But St. Patrick put forth b's hand and a ray of light darted from e:n b linger and the thumb. Then the tempest and the phantoms vanished, giving place to a warm, starlight night. A perfume emu tinted from the mountain, a tlocl; of white doves flew py. and a great star appeared in the heavens "Is yonder world Inhabited !' thy God?" asked Hubtak "It is the throne whence lie descend ed." replied St. Patrick. "It is Ihe star of the Mngl drawing the world after it. It showed the divine fi-hild to the wise men of the east and the west." The druid could not draw his eyes nway from the star, so bright had it become, and he confessed that the god of the Christian was mightier than the god of (he druids Si. Patrick there upon asked him if he would be bap tized, tun before he would con.se it lie asked what would become of the he roes, hi nuec"-tors where would Klnn and Ossian dwell? St. Patrick told lilui that they would remain In hell, where upon Imbliik declared that he would have nothing to do with the suiut or his god. but would abide Willi Ills friends With this be left the saint and was never seen again. With the departure of the most faith ful of the druids the religion tell Into decay, being superseded liy the more vital faith of Christianity. . . One day Bridget, who became an In defatigaIe worker in the cause of the new leligioti, saw St Patrick coming toward her. an old man "I have converted I rein ml." he saUl. "and my work is lii.ishcd. My limba tremble: my eyesight is dim Take thy harp. Bridget, so that in thy song 1 may once more tlnd a ray of light tie fore I tiuil the sun that never shall tii darkened." Ami Bridget said: "I have sung loni enough. Thousands of my sisters Iimvh I liberated, hut no more does my burp give rn" i-ol.ifort. My soul Is sad. for thou hast doomed my father. Itubtak. and the old herocy sleeping under the sacred stones to the everlasting shades " To this St. Pftrick snld sadly: "The time Is come. I must go my way unto them. Farewell, my daughter." St. Patrick left no trace other than a spiritual one on Ireland Ills grave even is unknown. Bridget in n dream shw Mm sitting beside her father in a hark, while Ossian and l inn surround ed them. The angel of victory was thu helmsman. Then the bark spread 111 sails like n great bird and sped away After seeing this vision Bridget died comfort ed. March 1 in American History. 1010 Snowi-lides in the mountain of Washington caued the Ions of over 100 lives His Conclusion. 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