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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, THURSDAY. 5IAT 1, T0T3. TIIF, ARGUS. '" PuMUhetl dally at HI 4 Second -e. Rock Ir,lnl. Hi (Entered at tbe Ktofflo aa second-clsss Baatter.) ek Islam KnWr rf tfce A Pi BY THE J. W. POTTER CO. f TETtMS Ten cents per wee, by ear ner, la lock Island. Complaint nt delivery service should te made to tho circulation department, which rhould also be notified In every fontanel where t I deelred te have rape diar-ontlnu n... .. h. n authority In the premises. Al! eonnnunleatt-sns of a r-a m en t tt f'taracter. political or religiona, mast hrve real na-ni attacked for publics Hon. nurh articles will be printed trir fictitious signatures. Telenhones In all departments: Cet Iral I'nlon. West 14S. 1145 and 214S. Thursday, May 1, 1913. The nation wide stir over rice may have its hysterical aspects, though it U nevertheless timely and needed. Western Kansas has had a drench ing rain. Rather far away, 'tis true, though it will come home to you in the price of your flour. The increased demand for low priced amusements indicates a pos sible overcharge for high priced ones In the past, and for more frequent attendance at the shows at a lesser eost READY FOR THE BATTLE An stria-Hungary, aa empire with 48,161,766 people, raises her band to heaven and vows that, alone and un aided, she is willing to brave the ter rors of war with Montenegro, whose population is about 250,000. Such re markable herotsm has not been aeon aince the world-encircling British em pire nerved itself to attack the Boer republics. In spite of Austria's belligerent dis position, the chances are slightly in favor of police in the Balkans. It U ad but true that European diplomats i care little for human rights; and, re duced to material terms, the points at issue betwet-a Austria and Monte begro are not worth a fight. But even if she succeeds in bully ing the little slate which has half as many in habitants as Austria has reg ular soldiers, the empire of Francis Joseph has won nothing but the hat red of the I'.ulkan peoples. The day may come when that hatred will de ride a general Kuropean war. MiorKHTV INCKKASI-Jg. Two lots in tlie heart of Chicago lniHineSM district now valued at over rH.000.Ouu crn bought 60 years ago lor about $3,000, according to a re rtort of a special committee which inearthed a lot of similar deals that have rcxuiled in fortunes tJ the pur I hnnem lu IS43 liutkner S. Morns purchased from the Hlate for $1.1:66.6" a corner .'t at Slate and Madison street, and II yciirs later he bought the next lot : r J1.S0O. That land now Is valued $.".) a square ford. In July. DOG. Hiram Pearson, after turds governor of luwa, evldenred l:ls faith in the future of Chiflugo by purchailiig from the government, for the until of J410. a piece of land In .hat then may have been regarded the extreme outh end of town. This lartirnlar piece of land lies south of lurkson boulevard and west of State treet. extending to Van Buren street imd to Plymouth Place one city li'.ock. Evidently he bought this land with a view to profit, and he quickly eall::d his ambition, for he sold It i days later for fl9 more than he paid. Who would then have dared to Jreaui that this name piece of land would bo valued at $12,000,000 and more? ft that Is the value which it i-. luudt, ii iei:T-ui uuuHaciiocs in !lie Mock are taken as a criterion. George W. Snow, w ho bought of governor Pi-arsou, fared better still, 1 (or that deal made a fortune for him- 1 r'f and his heirs, and a pretty penny ! ould have been added to the millions Til Investment produced. If he had ! rv t traded ;"i0 fort of the frontage at' t'.ic southwest corner of State street itud Juekson boulevard for five acres a Lake View. nXAMI.Mi THE FARMER. The need for financing the farmers vf America better, which has become necessary to put agriculture in the corn belt on a better footing, has caused an Inquiry into the Credit Fonder of Australia, through which l lie savings may be loaned to farmers under a government guarantee. "Un der that system," a report states, "the commissioners of savings banks will fcrant loans in amounts of from $250 to $10,000, with interest at the rate of 4 la per cent per annum. In addi ton to paying the Interest, the bor rower must ray half-yearly install ments on account of the principal, which, with the interest, make the total payment equal to 6 per cent per annum, and these pay off the loan in XI and ooe-half years. The success of the movement is hown by the fact that considerably over $10,000,000 has already been ad vanced. The economic charges, and the system of a sinking fund which automatically liquidates the liability over a long term of years, with the t pUon of paying off the whole or any I' rt at the end of any half year, arc very attractive features. The pur ine in the adoption of this plan by V!C'.-!;i. iu Australia. i that the rap i! ..".lenient of hundreds of thou-.-. tv- of aTe of new land, and the i.;iuiy iucriusiug resuitast products, c .j. i making the want of agricultural la borers of both sexes keenly felt If such a system were adopted In the United States, It would not only keep our own people at home, but it would Induce- new settlers to come here. IN IHK SPIRIT OF FA I UN ESS. The Illinois rice committee which is so busy unearthing and exposing things, is tackling a very serious problem. While much good may and doubtless will result and some shock ing practices may be disclosed and -dispelled, there Is need tor extreme caution that there be no unfair treatment of employers or employes. The commission cannot afford to lis ten to the harrowing stories of some young girl, and, without giving the other side a bearing, jump to the con clusion that a great wrong has been done and drastic measures for relief must be taken. No girl should be underpaid, and we all know there are hundreds who are receiving but a pittance for long hours and elope, confining work. On the other hand, it Is not fair to create a feeling of dissension and dissatis faction on the part of unskilled ap prentices by making them think they are entitled to as large pay as work ers of experience and skill gained by years of practice. The commission should diligently study to avoid treaty ing any prejudices between employers and employes and between either of these parties and the public. Above all, both sides should have a full and Impartial hearing. It Is so very easy, after listening to disclosures that seem roost shameful on the face of them, to pass speedy judgment and fall to wait for an explanation from the condemned. It an employer of woman's labor is shown to pay an average wage approximating what is a fair minimum wage, the isolated statement of some apprentice or new employe should not be allowed by the commission to be given suci cred ence as to sow the seeds of discon tent and incite the incompetents to stir up strife, or the public to hasty condemnation. As an evidence of bow easy it is to misjudge when but one side is heard, a case brought out at Spring field last week might be cited. A young girl came before the commis sion and aroused their strong indig nation by telling how she worked long hours for the meager pay of $2 a week. Tbe employer, when called, placed very different light on the matter. He said: "This girl's sister was employed by me, receiving $4.30 per week. She came to me and said she was anxious to get something for her sister to do. The sister was the girl who testified today. I told her I had no place for her sister at that time, but she in sisted there were reasons why, her folks were anxious to give her some thing to occupy her time and give her opportunity to loam sorxtethlng. 1 did not need her, but made a place temporarily in the pattern depart nent. w here she had an opportunity to I learn from ar excellent girl who is getting $10 a week. After she had been in this place some time I found : reasons why I should not retain her ! and I a.-tked for and accepted her res ignation." Now there Is a cae where serious Injustice would have been done to the eciploser had the investigation stopped with the girl's story. All of which should impress the commission with the knowledge ttat they have a hard problem and that they should by no means allow prejudice to take the place of fairness to all concerned. CHILD WEDDINGS IN INDIA. Candy Kept the Baby Partnera Quiet During the Ceremony. Four hundred niu mages were per formed siinultaueons'.v at tbe last wed ding celebration nt Surat among mem bers of the Lewa Kunbl caste. None of tbe brides was more tbau twelve year of age. the mnjority be ing from one to seven years old. while the bridesrKms varied from three to nine. Most of the coutracting parties sat or lay on the laps of their parents inHng ,oe.4Wmonw allo j ,w,et, to kp4,p t,ln ))jie, were given et j The caste only celebrates every ten or i tw-elve years. These baby brides, of course, do not join their husbands when they are married. They wait until they reach tbe ape of ten or eleven, when there is n second marriage. Should a baby bride's husband die before she reaches the age for tbe second marriage she becomes a widow and tins to remain so all her life. In such case tbe widow at once iones caste Her orna ments are taken off ber. and she be come a sort of outcast, hardly treat ed, looked down upon and generally made a household drudge. Tbe husband, on tbe other hand, should bis baby bride die before tbe second marriage, may marry again. In fact, be l expected to do so within a few months of the death of tbe bride. Bombay Cor. Philadelphia Ledger. Ears of Animals. The ears of the tigers, foxes, wolvea. eats and other beasts of prey bend for ward, while the ears of animals of flight sucb aa bares, rabbits, deer, etc bend backward. This is becanse tbe ears of beasts of prey are designed for the purpose of collecting sounds in tbe direction taken by tbe animal In pur suit of its prey. The ears of an ani mal of flight, by mining backyard, en able it to bear tbe. sounds made by a pursuer. Washington An earthquake shock, apparently outside tbe 5. 000-mile tone from Washington, was recorded on the seismograph at Georgetown university yesterday. The main displacement was east and west The shock felt Monday night throughout northern New York and lower Canada was the most severe since the Champaign earthquake of 16fi3. reports Professor George Halpert Chadwick of St Law- rence university. The Genial Cynic BY CHA&LXS OKAITT MTT.T.TiB THRIFT. T HRIFT is a composite quality. of the great virtues. It involves industry, prudence, forethought, self-denial. It certainly has no relation to "niggardliness or meanness. Some men would let their grandmothers starve for the sake of a few I dollars. Such actions cannot be called becomes a vice and is no longer a virtue. Thrift that does not take into partnership honesty of character de velops into covetousness and avarice. Thrift Is the opposite of thriftlessness, prodigality, improvidence and waste. Thrift means better homes and better food, more comfort and enjoy ment, less waste and less anxiety. It is possible that a large proportion of people have earnings so small that saving seems impossible. But this is no reason for their being un thrifty. On the contrary, it Is reason for making the best and the most of the little they have for their health, comfort, and true happtness. A few dollars In a home, or a savings bank, or any safe investment, is as good seed as ever was sown. Out of it grow confidence, quickened energies, firmer courage, more stalwart thought and hope, more orderly citizenship, education for the chil dren and the independence and self-respect that lift aimless, hoplesa drudges up to the true manhood that aspires and achieves. WOOD ALCOHOLPOISON In spite of numerous warnings much ignorance is still displayed re garding the danger of methyl or wood alcohol. This lack of knowledge is shown in some quarters In which it ought to be least expected. For exam ple, the New York board of health a few months ago passed tbe following ordinance: "No preparation or mix ture containing methyl alcohol intend ed for external use by man, or so used, shall, when offered for sale, sold or used, be especially labeled, as fol lows: 'This preparation contains me thyl (wood) alcohol.'" If the forego ing means anything it permits a viru lent poison to be sold to the ignorant public without a specific notice of its toxic quality. The sanitary code of New York, adopted in January, 1912, Includes the following section: "No person or corporation shall offer for sale any food or drink which contains methyl alcohol (commonly known as wood alcohol), or any preparation or mixture of any kind whatever con taining the same intended either for internal or external use by man; nor shall methyl or wood alcohol or any preparation or mixture containing the same be used on or applied to the person or body of another." This or dinance was certainly based on what we definitely know of the poisonous characters of wood alcohol, Columbi WIFE OF BRITAIN'S RICHEST PEER WANTS DIVORCE; SPICY REVELATIONS EXPECTED j, y -?rA- -. , - A V V 4 -' -v si A j f ifh v (tW' 'l ' ' I & if V rs-Jp; ' .'rfL fAv-1' . - -"h &s ' ..A...vfcw..? ..... iiiai,iiiiir'!-, " t .Tho Duchess o London. Revelations of life in London high society of rather a spicy character are expected when the di vorce case of the Duke and Duchess of "Westminster is heard this summer. The duchess started the proceedings and makes sensational charges. The duke is the richest peer in Eng land. At the age of 20 he came into pessbssion of his title and his im mense estates, which are valued at many millions. Since then (he Is now 34) be has spent his whole life In the pursuit of pleasure. In 1900 be became engaged to the beautiful Miss Ehelagh West daugh ter of the Colonel and Mrs. Cornwal-lis-West Then he went to the Boer war, and once there lost no time in becoming entangled with a notorious charmer. Miss West hearing of this, the engagement seemed in a fair way to be broken. However, differences were patched up and the wedding oc curred in 1S01. Getting married didn't Interfere In the least with the duke's "pleasures' and he was soon forming attachments with women of the stage. He was i particularly enthusiastic over Miss I Gertie Miller, one of the lively stars lot the Gaiety theatre. It embraces within itself nearly all thrifty. A virtue carried to excess an spirits, etc. As to the danger of this product, attention has already been called to the death of 71 muni cipal lodgers in a Berlin aeylum from drinking cheap schnapps made with what corresponds in Atnerica to Co lumbian spirits, the so-called "deodor ised" wood alcohol. Later, in another German town, seven deaths and the usual accompaniment of blindness followed the ingestion of a cheap drink compounded from a "deodor ized" wood alcohol sold by a local druggist under the trade name of "Spirltogen" a sort of Teutonic Co lumbian spirits. The crime having been committed in Gelsenklrchen in stead of New York (1) the culplit was baled into court at once, (2) the trial lasted seven days, at the end of which (3) the poisoner was sentenc ed to two years' imprisonment, and (4) the sentence was carried into ef feet. For the safety of our citizens, says the Journal of the American Medical Association, the sale of every form of "deodorized" methyl alcohol should be prohibited. Although many states and municipalities have made legal provisions for the former contingen cy, these laws are frequently dead letters. Denatured alcohol answers every legitimate purpose of Col urn blan spirits, and is eVen cheaper than that toxic agent. Westminster, During the last three years the duke has made no pretense of caring about his wife. He has wandered over Eu rope in pursuit of a good time. So she is going to get a divorce, and in getting It will let the court know something about the dissolute life of tbe man whose name she bears. The Problem Was Clearly Untenable. Dorothy, a little first grader In tbe city schools, baa a small brother wbo Is considered aa angel child by no one bot mamma, so when teacher gave Dorothy this problem. "If your mother should give you 5 cents for keeping Jack while she goes to market on Saturday bow much would you ears in six weeks?" she readily replied, "Why. Miss Hudson. I wouldn't keen that naughty boy If aaaauma cava aie a quarter." Kansas City Star. A New Experience. "Dropped a little at roulette while) I was abroad." remarked tbe k ma a. "Can't beat that game." said th coal man. "Tasn't trying to. I Just wanted to see how it feels to loe money." Louisville. Courier-Journal. rSeE.KI3Er5 Real Trouble He sighed because It was his fate To earn the blessings he received; Because he was compelled to wait For opportunttiea he grieved. Ke mourned because he could not claim A certain lady for his own; He sadly sighed because his name In many quarters was unknown. He thought his fate was hard to bear Because he seldom got a rest: When he began to lose hla hair A bitter sadness filled his breast. But when he lest his appetite And when good health was his no more He sadly wondered day and night Why he had ever grieved before. As to Fiery Steeds. "Yea." he said, as he went on hunt, ing for tbe place where his automobile was broken, "the day of the fiery steed is past. It's a bad thing for the poets, but we can't stay the march of prog ress for the purpose of looking after the needs of the bards. Poetry with out the fiery steed will not be poetry, especially where it refers to such mat ters as the ride from Ghent to Aix, Paul Revere's little trip and that hur- ried movement in which Sheridan played so important a part The fiery steed has passed from the scene forev " Just then his fingers happened to form a connection between the ends j of a broken wire, and with a yell he came back to a realization of the fact that tbe fiery Bleed was still In evi dence by a large and active majority, Another Rule With Exceptions. "Do you believe," asked the young woman who had started upon a liter ary career, "that success is In store for everyone who keeps honestly try ing?" "Well," replied the gray-haired au thor, "I am sometimes disposed to doubt it. I have been honestly trying for thirty-three years to get my wife to take an interest in what I write, but success seems to be as far away as ever." NOT GUILTY. Attorney Now, Pat please tell us what was the an imus of your as sault upon this man. Pat I didn't have any animus. All I hit him wld was me flshts. Not the One for Him. He I was born on the 13th of the month and it happened to be on Fri day, too. She Is that the reason you have never thought it worth while trying to be anybody? He decided then and there that it would be necessary to look elsewhere) for his affinity. : Social Progress. "What a slashing fine woman that Mrs. Sharpleigh is." "Tea, she certainly is a clipper.- But it's only natural that she should cut quite a dash." "Why?" "Her husband got his start as a barber." What's In a Name "Ton say you would not wed with me because my first name is Pet el. Ah, but what's in a name, after all?" "Not much sometimes. A man named Drinkwater was fined for getting drunk in New York the other day." Disillusion. He thought she was the sweetest. Daintiest thing in all the world Till the morning that be saw her Before her hair was curled. Of Course. Sne "flThich half of the world do you suppose it is that doesn't know how the other half Uvea? He The masculine. The Plot "What is the plot of this play?" ak ed the manager. "It isn't complete," replied tho au thor. "Tbe plot is to get a lot of peo ple to pay S2 each to see it and I think well do it if you will come in on the conspiracy." Washinston Star. The Daily Story THE STRANGER BY DOROTHEA HALE. Copyna-ntea 1913. Ty aasnriefed Literary Bureau. 1 -Tickets r The conductor stood by a man with his hat over his eyes, apparently asleep. He made no res pen se to the demand, and the conductor poked him. Tbe passenger woke up. blinked his eyes at tbe conductor, then began to feel for his pocket book. It was not In his hip pocket, where he first looked if or it and ke begaa a series of sudden Thrusts in all bis other pockets, i "Conductor," he said, not having found it. "some pickpocket has reliev ed me of my tickets and $90 in cash." "Ticket!" repeated tbe conductor, ap parently oblivious ts this ingenuous ex cuse. j "I tell you I've been robbed of my ticket. Pass me to tbe end of tbe road and I wilt see that you get one as sooa as 1 can cash a draft" ; "Give me either a ticket or the mon ey for your faro or you'll have to get off the train." j "What in all this rain?" I "Yes. in all this rain. In the first place, you were net asleep at all when I came round, but pretended to be. In tbe second place, you can't beat your way on this road, and. In tbe third, fork over or Til put you off." : Other passengers were by this time Interested in the debate. They saw the man look at the conductor with a pe culiar expression. In which surprise and condemnation were mingled. Though young, bis face had In it tbe look of one who was accustomed to command. Ills clothes were covered with the dust of travel, but were not 'shabby. As be looked at the conduc tor his countenance hardened; then he said quietly: ; "Put me "off." : The conductor sicxed the bell cord, ipnlled it vigorously, and the train came to a stop between two fields. ; The road was ditched oa both sides. and tbe passenger bad difficulty In i finding a footing. The train started on. He stood staring at it foe. a few moments, then looked about him for shelter. There was but ose boose In eight, and that was fully two miles away. The rain beat down, wetting tbe ejected passenger to the skin, and a cold northeast wind intensified its chill. Taking a glance at tbe probable best ronte by which to reach the bouse mentioned, he started toward it. lie wss an hour reaching It facing as he did the storm and several times having to retrace his steps. On ar riving be found It to be far better than tbe averasre farmhouse and was re- ; oeived hr kind hearted, hospitable per- ; eons. Fie begged shelter and some dry clothing, which was given him. but a chill warned him that be bad better go to bed at once. nis hosts, the IJ vet-more family, con ! sisted of the father, mother and their j daughter. Jennie. Tbe father hnd been obliged on account of ill health to take np his residence In the conn-try and was trying to make a living by farm ing. Though h had become well again, he found city life bad not ! given him the experience a farmer i needs, and be was rapidly running In j debt. Nevertheless the family was a?l kindness to the stranger. His chill i was succeeded by a fever, and in less "than a week be was at the point of ! death. Then he rallied and In a short time was convalescent. During bis illness Mrs. Livermore was hi chief attendant, but when be was gettirijr well she turned him over to ber .daopbter. Tbe weather was becoming warm, and Jennie placed a big chair on the porch for bim and covered him with blankets. There be sat roost of tbe day in the sunshine. From the porch he could look down on the railroad and tbe place where he was ejected In that pitiless storm. "It's a 8bnrae." said his little nurse Jennie, "that you should have been forced to risk your life as yon were. How much would it cost to soe tbe ! company?" j "Why do you ask?" Tbe Invalid looked at the girl's indignant features with interest "Because I had a legacy of $200 left me not lonir ago. and if that would do I think I would let you have It." Tbe stranger regarded ber with an amused expression. Such unthinking generosity was refreshing. "Will yon give it to me for the pur pose of securing justice?" be asked, i She sat turning the matter over In her mind for n few minutes, and at Jast frenerosiry won. i "Yes," she said resolutely. "I will, fraly you mustn't say anything to fa ther or mother about the matter, for they might not approve." i "Probably not." replied the stranger sententiously. "I may accept your offer. Keep yonr money where you can have It ready whenever I call for It." ' The stranger sent for funds, which he received during bis convalescence and paid his physician. He begged to be permitted to pay for at least his keeping. But this was refused bim. ' ne bad written tbe auditor of the railroad company by which be bad saf fered. stating his cafe and asking what Indemnity would be paid, if any. Tbe reply was that the company admitted no lecafllabillty whatever, but If ba wouia state trie lowest sum ne worrm take in settlement his claim would be contfidefed. When the stranger read this he was sitting on the porch and Jennie was attending bim. He smiled, and Jennie asked him at wbat he was smiling. "1 will name a very low sum the amount you propose to lend me to trf tbe case After that I shall bear noth ing more from .the auditor." "Why not? "Because his object is to Induce me to name a aum that I will accept for my claim. He will file my reply, and If tbe case ever comes to trial be will show It as evidence that S-'OO was all I had asked in settlement." "How do you know so much about the? matters?" . "Kindly give me writing materials." replied the stranger without answering her question, "and I will prove to you that I am right." He wrote a letter offering to accept $200 Tn settlement for his claims, ask ing an Immediate reply since he was . about to leave tbe place from which his offer was made. Though he re mained there two weeks longer, no an swer came. "I wonder how In the wide world you knew all that?" remarked Jennie. But tbe stranger did not seem in clined to explain things. When he was strong enough he went away, giv ing heartfelt thanks to all his bene factors and bidding Jennie a tender goodby. "Now. remember," he said at parting with her, "if I send to you for that $200 you won't go back on me. will you?" "But didn't that offer yon made spoil it all?" she asked. "Tea: It worked in that way, but there are other ways." Jennie's confidence in this young man, who seemed to know so much about railroad methods, was perfect and she promised to send the money when called for. Then tbe stranger went away, and they beard no more of him for months. Spring passed into summer, and the early autumn came. Then Jennie received a letter from the stranger, saying that he was using her legacy without really having It in bis possession. He explained that ha was deing it on the credit system, which made it Just as valuable to him as cash. This was all Greek to Jen nie, but she remembered bow he had foretold what tbe auditor of the rail road would do, and she wrote back that It was all right She was glad he was getting tbe benefit of ber money and hoped he would make the railroad company pay at least his dorter's bill. During tbe summer the stock of tbe said company began- to go up and down, sometimes jumping five points at a time, then sinking ten points. Sometimes it would remain at a fixed price for weeks, then gradually settle. Within a few months, passing through these changes, it sank from par to halt that value. Everybody wondered what was going on "behind the scenes" to cause such fluctuations and such a re cession of price. But nobody seemed to know. After awhile It began to rise and went Uu-k to'par. AVben the annual meeting of tbe di rectors came around an unknown man walked into tho room where it was held and showed certificates to the amount of 53 per cent of the capital stock. He presented tbe names of a new board and. holding a majority of the stock, elected every one of them. Most of his votes were by proxy. "You are" asked the astonished president of the man wbo beld theaa. "I am vice president ef the R. T. and G. lirje, on the Pacific coast Last spring I came east on business for my road. I was robbed of my pockerbook on entering a train on your road and, having neither money ner tickets, was put off In a storm by your conductor. I contracted pneumonia and came very near dying. Subsequently I offered to accept $200 for my chiim against your company, but no reply was made to my offer. On my recovery I made a study of your road and formed a plan to unite It with its feeder. I Interest ed my backers on the Pacific coast and obtained from them tbe necessary financial equipment. As chairman of the new board I call upon the officers of the compnny for their resignations." Not a person present had ever beard of the $200 claim for damages. The president said that If be bad known of it he won Id gladly bave settled the claim, paying a just amount The chairman of the new board said be wns glad the president did not know of it, since tbe investment under the new scheme promised to De a very profitable one. A few days after these developments Jennie Livermore saw the stranger coming up tbe walk. She ran out to meet him. "I've won my suit against the rail road company," be said. "You don't mean It!" "Tes. and I must pay yon for the use of your legacy, which helped me to win It" "now much did yon get?" "Your share is in this check.' ne handed her a check for $(1,040. She failed utterly to grasp what it meant. Then the others of the fainllj cam out to welcome him. and be told tbem how he had secured Indemnity from tbe road for having been put off a train and made ill in consequence. There were additions to the story which interested tbem far more than the recital thus far. He bad also de posited with bis broker a check for wbat he deemed the payment for hla stay with tbem while he was sick $1,000 and had bought and sold with it tbe stock of tbe railroad company be was manipulating. That fund now mounted to over $30,000. The stranger made another visit to his benefactors, and when be went away he took with bim Jennie Liver more. May 1 in American History. 1813 The British nnder Colonel Proc tor laid siege to Fort Meigs, on Maumee river, which was held by 2,000 United States troops com manded by General W. II. Harri son. 1863-Battle at Port Gibson, Miss.; first engagement in Grant's Vicksburg campaign. General Hooker placed, his army ou the defensive at Clian cellorsville. Va. 1910 Bear Admiral Philip HJchborn. TJ. 8. N.. retired, noted naval con structor, died: bora 1S30. All the news all the time Tne Argus.