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Ever inaugurated in Hock Island.
Since baying our immense Line of Holiday Goods the
owners of Postofl.ee Block have decided to bnild and there
being no vacant stores suitable to onr business, we are com
pelled to close ont onr entire stock at a great reduction.
ItockiiiK Horses, Stirrups V SailiHe, 5i)c
Shoe Ely Rockers - 55c
Two Wheeled Carts, - - e
Colored Willow Doll Carriages - 20c
Boys' Tool Chests from Cc up to $2.00
o a .a -
J3 "
? s s s
China Dolls.
loch 2c
Other all prices. He. UK;. Sf. 2 V.
U'C Slid Up.
Bisque Dolls.
Wt hav I be finest line of Bifqiie Poll
ever shown and to start them we Kill
tnak special prices:
2") 0 loch Risque 60
200 SI inch Blue. klj body K7c
300 IS inch, jointed t8c
Colored dolls, Bshy dolls, I,re doll,
Small dolls, Ta.lk.lnir dolls, Kicking
doll, etc.
Kitchen SU mac entirely of Tin.
Lotto Sc.
Baildicg Blocks.
100 Boxes at...
... 5c
. .. luc
... 25c
McoUlSlock from 111 cent up to
I. 00.
Crandall Boa 20c and 40c.
Oans from 0
"k, Frnro ISo am up.
' ' nil " i ll
-nv..':'. I ill
This Black Baard 45c j
Spice Cabinets 80c.
"Water Sets
From 5Sc up to f 3 0(1.
Tumblers ' 2C
Hetvy Tumblers 50
UoblcU, Fruit dishes. Sauce dinbes lflc s
dozen; others too numerous to men
China Ware.
Cups snd Saucers from 10c up to f 1.50
each; Fruit Pistes 8c, ltlc. 23c sod
81c; Mush and Milk sets, C03. 7."c and
Dolls' High Chair 2)j
Skin Horses all prices.
Blca yOo.
cant up.
The "FAIR,"
PosTomc Block, Bock Island.
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INQ loadry, O
mjr aoul.
A mb toth
til ROOdftMa.
frae and
lore extol.
And (or faia
msr e I
CTpoa tee ai the
humds roll,
Olre thanks is glad
For on this happy
A star rron heaTea
wae lorn.
To I laxon oat the
biimlile way
To wlHve our Lord
wan born.
And rhawra earth's
twiUifht cokl and
To uplriliial mora.
Rfjotoo, tny emit, and know
That Chrwl la bora aorw,
rim rrve new mvk im dally show.
Urn works our work Imhue;
And to the world his words outgo
In enillewi hire and true.
Wuua E. S. Kilix
MMTy Christnia:" ring It out
All ye bappy teMal briK
Tl 1 n hijc b the aweet mafruolia frnv.
Krotea nioora, or snow beapi'd ft'lA
Carols rue, and yule Area glow,
Hprayn of silTrr nilmletoe
Shine from out tbe dark (rreen pine.
Yule lid peace and Joy be thinel
-Bkwed ChrUtnuuir" rlnj it out.
All ye tuneful feats. bell!,
I'n'o cheerlena hearta. wherein
Neither hope nor frlailnewi dwells
1 leavenii ffniite, and atari shine out
All our yule iletked hiniea aliout;
Aneebi Maml within Hie dtior
I'ltiieintas tt'le ta eutue once more!
-li.-W-n Chu-m.
Copyright, I'M, by American freM Amuciution.)
WONDER what you'll
like at hit ire." hhi1 trill.
4irf lam Merrttt anirrily to km
J... aw Albert, one iy meinor-
U?" able iu the lives of Imtu.
William Merritt was what
!,L jvj the people callwl "a hard
tJf:. I inaa to pet along with." He
J a was hard, just, sin-ere ami
severe, lie begun mature life as a 1'iatUwt
captain, aud finished his tnlniii(; as ulierill of
an Indiana county. A lom ruler, at 50 years
of age he knew abeolutly notiiiii of any
methods save Rtm command and force ready
for instant application. To this he added a
habit of perpetual fault finding.
He bad lieen going over tbe hoary harangue,
with which sonie old psople have insulted
young ones since the da;s of Homer, about
the gorxl boys and the industrious young men
of his early life and the degenerate sons of
them days, when Albert's satirical humor
"You're mighty little account now," said
the father. "What '11 you be at my agef
"I suppose," said Albert, unconsciously
imitating his father's sneer, "I'll do like other
old men sit and tell lies about the big things
I did when I was a boy."
It was one of those insults which some men
consider "the first blow," and the second fell
promptly. Raising his broad, right hand,
and foaming with rage, the father brought it
down flat across tbe son's mouth. The blood
flew from Albert's nose as he staggered back.
He rallied, gazed an Instant on the father,
then turned away with clinched teeth and
set purpose.
He sought his confidant, Sam McCorkle,
tbe drunken shoemaker's boy near by. who
was of the same age as Albert, but knew
Of ty times as much of tbe tricks and devices
of the oppressed. At 10 years riam was an
expert in evasive tricks; at 18 he wa simply
a prodigy.
These two had met and conferred often
the sad, cynical skeptic, whose father was
among tbe well-tonlo farmers of the commu
nity, and tbe finished trickster, whose father
was the outcast; they often laid out wonder
ful plans of life in distant regions; but soon
a fair young face rose before Albert Menitt's
eyes, aud be could not make up his mind to
(o. It wwtkafM. i wni y
rrw years before bia schoolmate. But now
Albert was resolved. If Helen thought of
him as often as he did of ber, she would wait
for him to return, and if she were worth the
winning she would respect bim more for
leaving the discomforts of bis present life.
Thus he reasoned.
Late that night two lads with small bun
dles might have been seen, but took care not
to be, on tbe river road, and it was soon
known to all the community that they had
left the place.
Of farewells the boys had said none.
Albert bad Indeed written a brief note to
his mother, in which he bad bidden her a
good-by full of clumsily worded tenderness,
and auother to Helen, which he had formally
begun "Miss Helen Blake," and in which he
had as formally expressed the hope that,
though absent perhaps for years, he would
not be furgotten. These epistles be took with
him in his Might, and a day or two later en
trusted them to Sam McCurkle to post, but
that Individual, fearful that the route of de
parture would be guessed by the postmark,
calmly destroyed them, although be eulemn
ly declared to All-rt that be had deposited
them in tiie pnstoltlre of a considerable town
through which they jMi-neyl. And so the
two boys were qui to cut off from tbe old
world of semi-servitude.
That a fattier should ! sorry for the flight
of a aim Is but natural; that be sh-d, while
a spark of pride or aug.T remains; tell any
one of his sorrow would Iw contrary to all
recorded preced-ntn in such cases. William
Merritt was not the man to violate prece
dents of discipline. He bold himself stiffly,
waved away the subject complacently, and
said when he spoke at all: "Oh, hell sooo get
sick of his flirt be'U be glad enough tocooie
hack." But late summer yielded to autnmn,
and autumn gave place to winter, and a sad
Christmas day had come, fur AlberAJlerritt
bad made no sign.
M ben Helen Blake was told that Albert
Merritt was a "runaway boy" she merely
said, '.'Ah, indeed," and bent very low over
her work; but she knew why he had gone
knew it, indeed, alsiut as well as he did.'
Ere king slie and Mrs. Merritt seemed to
have a gKxl deal to any to each other. They
seldom if ever mentioned Albert, but it al
ways seemed that the mother Waa much
cheered after a visit from Helen. In her own
desponding beart the motuer said : "He will
uever come bock, is too much like bis
father,'' a favorite delusion with mothers,
by tbe way. And so, on this sad Christmas
day, the two sorrowful women exchanged
deep sympathies without exchanging a word
on the subject nearest their hearts, and the
mot bar felt that night as if volumes bad
been spoken on tbe subject, when in fact it
had not been mentioned. And thereafter
Helen oame oftener and ofteoer, and some
how after each visit the mother felt an as
surance that all would be right, and felt it
just tbe same whether .Albert's name was
mentioned or not. "
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Xow, after tlu first shock was iwissed,
Helen Blake nev r felt a doubt ill hiT bosom
that slie would 11 goisl time receive some
word from Alls rt Merritt, and she would
have riskel mud on her conviction that she
would bear bef ire eitlicr of his parents,
though slie could not have told you why, ami
probably would l ot if she cuul.l, for the beet
farm in Jackson township. Vet she knew it
all the same, and visited the Merritts often,
and at each vis t it somehow fell out that
something rather singular bappeiieiL
On ne s-ca.-i.in she grew quite hilarious in
reminivenivs of a cerlniu school exhibition,
and told how the taucher bnd photographs of
the w hole class ti ken, a set for all, and how
rhildLsh the pict ires looked now, and how
everybody had 1 han.sl, th.nigh it was but
six years ao, a id tlien she brought out the
photographs rh-ap, tawdry things tliey
were, but among them w as one of a tall, fair
laiy, with all the glow of da- leadership in
his eye, and light hair rurlin around a bold
f jrrltead, and uis er it, in round U.visli m-ript,
was the autogne h, "Allsrt Merritt."
A pang shot .brough the father's heart,
and lie longed for her to talk of his boy; but
slie rattled on i.boiit Tom and Jennie and
Muttie, aud so.n hastened home.
But the inotbT uotk-ed tiiat Heli-n "had
forgotten her p ctures," and so they lay on
the l.aiking glohs stand for many a day,
where the fullier ofteu saw the presentiment
of bis bor, but hi never touched it, aud they
lay there till I lei i came again.
This time she I rought a "story paper'' for
Mrs. Merritt, say ing that the main story in
it had interested her very much; and after
she was gone WJIiam Merritt picked it up
and pisliel and psliawisl aud ridiculed the
pictures, but he read the story. It was a
commoiiplui-e no- elette of a sou, who had fled
from a harsh fat ler and eulisted in the Fed
eral army, and who was sick almost unto
death in a sonthe-n hospital, and how in de
lirium he Imbhleo of home, and how a Sister
of Charily wroto to the father, who came
ami patiently nursed his boy back to life and
love and forgivei ess. A commonplace story
sine of ten thousand war stories of the time
but the father'-, hand trembled as he read,
and he rushed to the field and drove b is work
w ith unusual eue-gy aud shouted louder than
ever at his team, and at night was stem and
silent and solemi to a degree tliat surprised
even his long suCering wife.
The other chili ren would occasionally ven
ture a reference to Allsrt, and now w hen
Helen came the lather would blame the run
away; but she oi ly listened quietly and ask
ed if they had evar heard of him, and turned
the talk to their school days. And so two
years passed awny and the third Christmas
came, lu celel ration of the day the Mer
ritts were to Is? t le guests of the Hlakes, and
when they gathe -ed in the big room of the
great farm lions, it happened that all the
young people pi esent w ere of that last day
class at the head of which Allsrt Merritt bail
stoo.L Of coursi Helen Itlnke never thought
of alluding to sui b a fact "it. just happened
so," her parent, thought but there were
plenty in a class if eight youu ssiple who
could talk us fas as ti.-v could think, and
usually diil it, bsi. And so the conversation
rattled on about that glorious day, and the
father, whose lit art a- 111. Tally pounding
aguiust his ribs, mil w hose internal strug
gles were such that be could not tell whether
be was eutiug turkey or oak chips, talked
loudly and aggn-ssively to those at his end
of the table, and quite overbore Mr. Blake
on politics, and lually offered to bet "the
pick of bis horse agin' a yearlin' calf" that
his candidate for the presidency would have
5UMKI0 majority iver any man the other side
could put up nexi year.
N"ow Helen w quite satisfied in her own
mind that the little surprise had done its
work, but that e ening her brother brought
borne the weekly mail, and in it, after all ber
weary waiting, a little surprise fur her. It
was a ropy of The Tekeewah (Kan.) Bugle,
and great was tb wonder in the family as to
the why and wherefore of it coming; but
Helen knew. Tlnre wasn't mark of any
klud on tbe print d sheet, so she set herself
resolutely to read every line. Never had far
western published in the most heated cam
paign a more di voted reader, and at last,
In a leaded artxle In the page headed
"Local Intelligence," she found a list of
members of a ner fire company, and among
tbe names waa ".Vlhert Merritt." A writer
In the "County Correspondence" of tbe
next issue of Tl County Democrat told of
"our fair ladies who charmed the audience
with their music' at a certain Christmas eve
church festival, i.n.l, by request conveyed in
a note inclosing t ne stamps, the publisher di
rected a copy tc "A. Merritt, Esq., Tekee
wah, Kan." And this sort of thing went on
for eight montht more, and the golden au
tumn set in at d the country was most
mightily stirred Jver the presidential elec
tion, and the Bla ts and tbe Merritt began
to look forward v-ith strangely mingled feel
ings to another Cliristmas.
William Merritt was the same and yet not
tbe sauie. His hidr, which was just streaked
with gray when lis son Albert had left him,
was now whitening visibly. His broad, bur
ly shoulders bad begun to stoop. Mm hard
eyes bad hast somewhat of their ateadineas,
and occasionally there were lines denoting
mental pain viable in his austere counte
nance. His voio', too. sometime quavered
in a way that ast sjiisbed no one more than
himself. And one day just after the sorrel
colt a wild, vk'H as beast, be was breaking to
the saddle had a imost thrown him on tbe
way to town, be 1 tad caught himself audibly
wishiug that Aloert, who must be a foil
grown, stmnir ma 1 by this time, were there to
help subjugate tb animal.
An su woen aen next paid the Merritt
homestead a visit she found the fortress of the
old man's heart 1 ady to yield. She had the
day before reoeiv id a copy of The Tekeewah
Bugle, in which oho fuund the following
paragraph half -say down a crudely written
account of a fire n that enterprising town: '
'"We should ut terry foil in our duty to onr
readers if we om tted to take more than pass
ing note of tbe b a-oic conduct of on of oar
L Jllli"Y
youuz townsmen, a prominent and eflicient
memlKT of Avalanche Engine company No.
I. Of course we refer to Mr. Albert Merritt,
than w hom a braver man never drew breath.
No sooner bad it tiecome known that a child
was in the burning building than, at the risk
of his own life. Mr. Merritt rushed into the
smoke and flames, dashed up tlie stairs almost
at a bound, and, groping about in the stifling
heat, found the infant, fought bis way through
t he tire to tiie w mdow, for by this time tbe
stairway was burning, ami jumsd So the
ground with his precious burden safe on his
arms. He was greeted w ith such a cheer as
only Tekeewah throats can give. We regret
to be obliged to add that Mr. Merritt suffered
a immfiil, though not uecowarilv dangerous,
injury in the lreaking of an arm, which waa
struck by a falling timber. He was also
rather severely lei rue. I. It is hoped, how
ever, that he w ill s.um be himself again."
This p.i-r Helen brought with her but
carefully hidden. She bad determined, if
need Is, to show it to the stern father, but
she promised to hold it for the last resis t.
But her manner (for, though ordinarily calm,
slie was now much excited) betrayed ber,
on.l as soon as William Merritt .sked into
her face he knew that she knew something of
Albert; and her unwonted agitation, as he
gazed fixedly at her, convinced him that
somethiug was amiss with his son. Mrs.
Merritt was alxuit to sjieak w hen her hus
band interrupted her iu strained, quivering
"Helen Bsake," he saiJ, "is Albert dead!
Tell me the truth!"
There was a world of paternal love in the
old man's voice now. Hut for a moment
Helen said nothing, for she felt that were she
to speak she would instantly and completely
lose her self control. So with a deprecatory
gesture and a white face she walked to the
window to compose herself, while the father
and mother waited in suspense. After a lit
tle she turned again to them, and, with a re
assuring look toward Mrs. Blake, who sat
w itii clasis'il hands and parted lips, she took
the paper from her pocket.
"1 would like to read to you an article from
Tho 1ekeewr.l1 tKausas) Bugle," she said, in
as steady a voice a she could command. And
then she read the account of the fire, from
headlines to dash, w ithout a break, and with
out hacking up. When she had done she
raised her eyex. Mrs. Blake was cryiug qui
etly mid tlie oU man was quite broken down.
"Helen," he said, reaching out both hands
to tbe girl, "it's no use. I can't be a hard
ened old fool no longer. Cant we get Albert
back bete with usf Hadn't 1 better go ont to
Kansas and get liunf Poor Ik'V, may lie he's
hurt worse tbuti it says" And then the old
man let the trs flow unconcealed.
That night a letter was mailed to Tekee
wah, Kan. It was written by Helen, though
unsigned, and here is a copy:
Mr Albert Merritt:
Tbe account of the recent Ore In Tekeewah and
the lira very displayed by yourself on that occa
sion has worked a great chanfe of opinion in
certain quarters, a chance which would have
come soon, however, in the natural course of
tbinps. Your father is very much broken and
anxious to see you. A FaiEXD.
When Albert Merritt received this letter
he was convalescent, lying on the bed of the
ls?st room in the Tekeewah tavern, while Sam
McCorkle was standing iu the ceutcr of tbe
floor telling some admiring friends for the
thousandth time bow "my pard here saved
that gal baby." "I tell you," he said, "it
takes the boys from old ludianny to do things.
Now, I mind me one time before 1 came rent
of how little Jimmy Junes fell into the river,
'11' I jumped right in without stopping to
peel a bit" And then be reeled off a
wholly imaginary yarn of his own bravery,
while Allien smiled and the rest listened opeu
mouthed. When Albert had read bia letter
he said, quietly:
"Sam, I'm going home for Cliristmas. I
shall start as soon as I ran du it safely."
Sam was astounded, but be did not remon
strate, and ftnolly natslntol ro, too, "Just
to take care of Al," be explained to the boys.
But secretly he w as glad of the excuse.
The next issue of The Tekeewah Bugle con
tained this paragraph:
"Our well known towusman, Mr. Albert
Merritt, is about to visit his old home in In
diana, where he will probably spend the holi
days. He is very nearly well of tbe injuries
sustained at the recent fire. He will lie ac
companied by his fast friend, Mr. Bam Mc
Corkle, the well known lightning rod agent."
The stage was due to pass William Merritt 's
house at 4:30 o'clock on Christmas eve, but
the roads wore bad and it Was quite dark
when, with a sweeping curve, it swerved to
tbe side of the pike and stopped in front of
the bouse, in the open front doorway of which,
in strong silhouette against the flood of light
within, stood tbe burly form of William
Merritt, his hands outstretched with trem
bling hopefulness.
"Come along, Sim," said one of the young
men who dismounted from tbe lack seat of
the high stage, "I need you yet."
There was a cry, in which recognition, wel
come and forgiveness were all blended from
tbe figure in tbe . d. sjrway. and an answer
from tbe taller ut tbe travelers, who still car
ried one arm in a sling. And a moment later
William Merritt led this one into bis bouse.
"Mother," be said, "our boy has come
In the ecstatic Joy of meeting his mother,
Albert had forgotten Sam McCorkle, and
when be looked for bim that Individual bad
disappeared. As he afterward explained, be
"didn't feel like he was any use w hen folks
was all a-cryin' and a-weepin' and fallin' on
each other's necks, so be just sloped."
But Albert did not look for Bain very long.
He had much to tell of bis new life in tbe
west, where he had been fairly ncceaxful, and
his father and mother and brothers and sis
ters bad quite a much to tell him.
t -. r "vr. m 1 1; jw
SSl wawr-- s pj
r'-t-,-i I ft :,
tam was a car. -' ' ''
Th next day there was. such s Christmas
gathering at William Merritt's house a bast
never been there before. Such roast turkey
with crsjuerry sanos, sad sacs fiicy tr'-xi
rnOEMBER 24, 1889.
. ' Asud nch mealy potatoes, and such One?
whive home wjade bread, and such good things
to eat generally si they who sat down st tha
dinner table partook of have never been ex
celled. All tbe BleJtes were there, and to
were all the members of that class of eight,
whose photograph wore the first weapon
Helen had employed in storming William
Merritt's flinty old heart . '
And Sam McCorkle, too, the drunken shoe
maker's son, full of far western dash and his
torian of the time "Al rescued tiie baby."
He wa "Mr McCorkle,n an honored guest,
and no one received greater respect than he.
But. he did not rise to the height of his glory
till evening, for at the dinner table Albert
would not suffer bit own praise to be .sung
In too high a key. ' But when Albert, seem
ing to have sWething particular to say to
Helen, whose great, brown eyes sparkled na- -wontedly
and whose cheeks persisted in
blushing furiously, led her, away with him
Into quiet corner and left the field to Bam,
that Individual chanted bis hero's deeds to
his heart's content aud everybody else's de-'
light, though be did not let slip the oppor
tunities to tell of some things he bad himself
accomplished in the west. -
The close of this veracious history may be
clipped from The Tekeewah Bugle of March
15, I860: .
. . "Mr. Sam nel McCorkle, the gentlemanly
and enterprising agent for Flash & Hittem'
justly celebrated lightning rods, has returned
from Indiana healthy and happy. His friend
and our former townsman, Mr. Albert Mer
ritt, has concluded to remain east, where he
will settle down upon his fathers ertensivs
farms. A little bird has whispered that the
blind god had something to. do with Mr.
Merritt' decision to forego s share in th
golden future sure to come to Tekeewah.
Those who are curious In this matter are di
rected to the notice in the marriage column
on another page headed 'Merritt-Bloke.' "
Hi.vbt Dawson.
., There wa not very much on the table in
fact, it wasnt very much of a table, being
made of a dry goods box stood on it aide.
Tb room belonged to the grocer, but he bad
told them they could have the use of it for
Christina night. In the corner there was a
little, cracked stove, which was so hot that it
hone like s big lump of Christmas cheer in
tbe semi-darkneea.
Pretty soon "Swipesy" came In out of tbe
roar of the city street. Be bad a few unsold
paper under one arm and a small a very
small bundle under the other. With him
was hit sister Suza They were orphans try
ing to make their own way. She bad bad
good luck and had sold all ber papers. She
took what was left of Swipesy's stock and
spread a nice clean paper over the dry goods
box. Then he unrolled his bundle.
"Oh, Swipesy!" said the girL
There was a can of cooked corn beef and a
little box of figs.
Pretty soon the others began to come in.
There was "Mickey" with a little packet of
coffee, some sugar, and (what luck!) some
cabbage that the apple woman on the corner
bad cooked and given bim with big tears In
her honest, Irish eyes when he told her about
the diuner.
"It aint much, Mickey," slie said, "but
may the good saints make it taste as relishin'
as if twos as big as a barn and cooked in a
gowld skillet."
There were five charter nienilsrs of the
dinner party, so to speak. "Rocks" (so
named from his manner of defending himself
in his frequent "scraps") came into the room
next. He too had a little burnl le w hich was
undone with due ceremony. When "Piper"
came in he stopped a minute just inside the
threshold, and held the door open while be
beckoned to some one on tbe outside.
"Cmon in," said he. "The fellers '11 be
glad ter see yer."
Then there entered a little fellow not more
than tS years old. He was very much em
barrassed, and held bis finger to his lips.
Piper, by way of introduction, said:
"Fellers and Sure this 'ere little cove"
(Piper himself was a big cove, having seen
thirteen years, and lieing the oldest member
of the dinner party) "is comin' to our Cris
musa. He's just gone into the paper eelliu'
biz, an' be ain't got no boodle. I'm a takin'
care o' him till be gite started. Seel"
For a minute an embarrassed silence hung
over the little group. Then the little people
opened their hearts to the newcomer (and
they were big hearts for such very small
bodies, and be was one of tbe dinner party.
Piis-r explained to him:
"You see," said Piper, 'we fellers and
Suze bad heard a lot 'bout Crismuss. We
don' know 'gzac'ly what it is, but w e do know
that everyliody, wot is anybody, has a Cris
muss dinner. So wo jes' chipped in, and
and" (waving bis hand around the room)
"bere y' are."
"But I aint chipped in," said tbe new
comer. " Well, wot if y' ain't. V can nex' time."
So that w as settled.
Suze in tlie meantime had produced a pail
from somewhere, and an old stew pan from
somewhere else, and some broken crockery
from still another place.
"Vouz'U make the coffee and warrm the
cabbage and meat, darlint," said Mickey.
"Yet are the only woman here."
So Suze w ent at it.
It wasn't long before everything was
ready, and they gathered around the box.
Th savory odor from the coffee pot and
stew pan hod tickled the twelve little nostrils.
and the six mouths were as eager to taste the
poor little dinner as ever yours was to pick
your succulent Christmas turkey bones.
They fell to at once.
"I'm Y raid tbe coffee aint very good," said
Suze. But she smiled the satisfied smile that
every housewife smiles while decrying ber
own daiuties, and was as pleased as you ever
were, my one may, in similar circumstances,
when Rocks exclaimed in answer:
"Finer'n Delmo. ico'a, I'll bet."
Before very long tbe dinner had been
eaten. They sat around and talked for
awhile, and the little 0-year-old fell asleep
with hit bead on Suze's knees, and her fingers
passed lovingly over the little fellow's dirty
forehead, and by-and-by she leaned over and
kissed him.
Tha tallow candle burned low in its green
bottle candlestick, and srben Piper roas and
"Well, fellers and Suze has we bad a
merry CrisuiussP A fervent "You bet I"
went from tbe mouths of every one but the
ft-year-old, and he smiled in his sleep.
Tbe dinner party was over. I). E. M.
The Iirumstk-k.
Behold my rotund wealth of meat.
With all lu Juices, rich and sweet)
How firm, how ouliu, are my part,
And how I go straight to the heart
Of children, with distended Jawa,
In wait to hide me In their mawa.
Ah : how 1 lore to lie instate
I'poo tbe table, while you wait
With eager eyes and teeth that burn,
Cntil It comes to be your turn.
How crisp my skin, and, oh : how brown.
And how I tickle going down;
And. then, toy booe. oh ! what delight.
To pick It till It clean and white.
How would you like, on Christmas Day,
To tramp till noon and then, we'll say.
To come back home, well almost starved.
And find me waiting, nicely carved?
Between your finger and your thumb
You hold me up, thus (yum, yum, yum ')
1 tickle every nerve, I thrlU
Your stomachs, and I fill the but
And with an men I nothing lock
In fact, I have the inside track I
Tun Massox.
" 1 merry Christmas!" far and wi.le !
Kings out this wish on every band,
A rroMing glad thai Chrtsttnasti(li
Se-erholns' thronrh aM the land. i
SoaWBinR for th lew Tear. - i
The world renowned success of Uostet
ter's Stomach Bitter, and their con
tinued popularity for oyer s third ut s
century a s tomachic is scarcely mors
wonderfol than tbe welcome that greet
tbe annual appearance of Ilostetter'a Al
manac. This valuable medical treatise is
published by the Hoatetter company,
Pittsburg. Pa., under their own immed
isle supervision, employing 60 band in
that departmtnt. Tbey are running
about 11 moDtba m tbe year on this work,
and the issue or tame for 1890 will not be
lets than ten toillioos, printed in toe
English. German. French, Welsh. Nor
wegian. Swedish, Holland. Bohemian and
Spanish languages, liefer to s copy of it
for valuable and interesting reading cons
cerning health, and numerous testimon
ial a to tbe efficacy of Hoatetter' Stom
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chronological item, etc , which nan be
depended on for eorrectnet. The Al
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Intelligence Column.
provemeat on Elevators. New in oneratlon at
Star finishing Works 83Sf, HamUton StHiilsds.
Pa; preserves life snd limh; for fall pottlcolsrs
spplyto ROBT I. WALKS K, Inventor.
traveling; big pay, steady work; stork war
ranted ; qnick selling specialties: ontflt free: ex
perience nnnecessary. JAMES K. WHITNEY.'
nov - - NnreerTnian.'oohester. M. Y.
our well-known Nursery: good wsre paid
every week ; permanent employment gnartnteed.
Write al once, before territory taken. ataUng age.
W CI1ASB BROS' CO.. Chicago, IU.
mission. for the Lubricating oil trade: ad
dress to The DietcrichsOlt Co., SS West Wsh.
Ington St., Chicago. 111.
eling salesmen; positions remanent; spec
ial inducements now; fast selling specialties.
Dont delay; salary from the start.
BROW N BROS., Nnrserymon. Chicago, IU.
Kock IsLasoCocirrr, (
In the Circuit Court of said connty to the Jaonsrr
Term, Jssw.
Catherine Moore, Samnel W. Lincoln, M. V.
Kichsrds, Hans Lspe, M. W. Woodford, L. 1.
Bengtston, Burton Malcolm, James V. Mont
gomery. Martha Thomas. Kosilie ( orvn,
Desire Coryn and Mary J. Macbeth.
W. B. Bnitleld, Renben Wells, The Unknown
Heirs-at-lsw of Joel Wells, deceased, llennis
W arren, William A. Nonrso, Laura A. Noar-e
Jane M. Wratherhrad, Eliza Bahcuck. Ennice
L. Mill. Louisa J. Bryant and ntouette Henry
In Chancery.
Affidavit of the non-residenoc of the said W. B.
Bnrneld, Ren hen Weils and Lnnisa J. Bryant, and
that Ih heirs at law of Joel Wells, dereased. are
unknown and made parties as the unknown ht4rs
at law of Joel We. Is, dereased, havins been Hied
in the clerk's office of Ihe circuit court of Kock
Island connty, state of Illinois. notice is therefore
hereby given to the said nnn-nsirietit defendants
that the complainants sled their hill of romp aint
in said coort a the chancery s de thereof on the
xTih day of November, ISWi. and that thereupon
summons issned ont of said court, wherein said
sail is row pending, returnable on the first Mon
day in the month of Jannary next, as is by lsw
Now. unless yon, the said non-resident defen
dants above named, and tlie nnknown h irs at law
of Joel Wells, dcrrased, shall iwreonally be snd
appear before said circuit court on the first day
of the next May term thereof, to be bolden at Rnrk
Island in and for said conrtv. on the first Mon
day in May next, and plead, answer or de
mur to the said enmplainsm's bill of complaint
and the same and the matters and things there
in charged and slated will be taken as con
fessed, and a decree entered against yon accord
inc to Ihe prayer of said hill.
Rock Island, 111.. December. IS. 1SSS.
Cletk of Circuit Conrt.
W. R.MwmudGctii &SWKSKST,Soliciiors
fur Complainants.
New Advertisements.
For Sale by Leadlns; Deal era.
rfi Sololy ty VT3L BASS, Trsj.E.I
J. JI. Itt AItnSLET,
ATTORNEY AT LAW Office with J. T. Kon
worthy, 17 Second Arena.
ITTCRNKY AT hKW. Office Rock Isatad
National Bank Building, Roc Island, DL
a. n. e srsii. a. a. '
Office la Bsngston's block. Rock Island, IB.
TTORNET'S AT LAW Loan money on eood
Jl security, make collections. Reference, Mitch
ell A Lynde, bankers. Cflice in Pottofhre block.
News Stand, rive arm per copy.
S Wl 'MITKf-r ivnnimtviffvnws w.
Aoffiee tnr.nra:tl, Ohio: Branch office ovwt
rirst national bank, Kock Island. fu ly
0 THIRD AYENCK, between Tenth aa
WM, 0. KULP, D. D. S.
Rooms , SI. TS and M,
Taks Elevator. DAYESrOBT, Li.
2205 FOUR Til AVE.,
Opposite the Catholic church, ha a
full line of
-Prayer Books-
Christmas Candles, Toys,
of every description, cheap.
Christmas Trees, Decora
tions, Etc
-Genu Grocery-
and ha removed
Third Ave., and Tenth St.
IS He solicits the trade long enjoyed
by his predecessor snd as many new
customer as wish to favor him with
their orders.
The fltat coal ahlnrv! (nin ti.
ri .. ot.iv uivact
from Mercer county waa from the mines
of It. B. Ellis in tbe fall of 1888, and
hence given the name it still bears. It i
well known to be the lxt ani.i i- .u-
market, and other merchant bar adon-
tui i. . . i
m ana oaertng an in
ferior article for the ownnln r s.
deceired. but buy tbe genuine celebrated
" county coai ot T. IL Ellbj, on
Second avenue. onnn.it a t ....
church. The office has not been removed,
- w ua is toe only place In
tha market aellino- tK '..I
article. Telephone 1038..
AIJ. TjKAnntTvrtnwa
rrossoUj sad neatly xeoaied by the 4am Job
( 3m sWOTtWpatat Ccataierelal ask
- ' ' - .
Oar estabushment is getting too small for our rapidly
'"growing business and we have decided to
give up onr
Blanket Department
to gain room, and will commence on Wednesday. Nov.
20th to sell out our entire stock of
at and below cost. This is not a sham-sale but a bona
fide Bale, as we will not carry any more Blank
ets in the future. For particulars
see local page.
The Pioneer Clothier, Batter and Gent's Furnisher,
115 and 117 West Second St., DAVENPORT, I A.
Merchant Tailor,
Star Block, " ; - Opp. Harper House.
Spring and Summer Goods,
of the latest patterns. Call and examine them and remem
ber that he makes his suits up In the latest styles.
r'iTl $,fXc3
T mi
Davis Block,
Moline, Illinois,
Taltpbon !0M.
Adams Wall Paper Co.,
300 Patterns of New Styles in Wall Paper.
fiTPainting, Graining and Paper Hanging.
t)I MICK BLOCK, Twentieth Street, T3 T1.,J III
near Third Avenue. KOCR Island, III.
F. C. Hoppe,
INTo. 1808 Second Ave., .
Kock Island, 111.
All kind of Carpenter work done. General Jobbing done on abort
notice and satisfaction guaranteed.
Office and shop 1412 Fourth ave., ROCK ISLAM D, ILL.
, Pbopsiktoh op
Second Avenue, opposite Harper House. The choicest Imported
Imported and Key West Cigars, a ipeclaltr.
Steam Oraclier Bakery,
iivrAOTtiu n nxnMu An iictiTt.
Ak your Grocer for tkesv tv. k.
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Just received another Invoice of FALL OAnna . .. XT ,
llshment, and will an 9!L.ZTT Y0008 U New Tailoring ettab
thecltT CaU ,5d.ntcwttM7 merchant tailor in -ue
raty. Call and examine the stock before purchuinK
elsewhere. B
. " ' .- 30 Brady Street, Davenport, I
N B2.00 A. DOZEN.
Photos on a Toboggan Slide.
M tin uu l. i.. . ... '
aad hav soai. of tha ut
v nMw m too asaeoB.
Krt 1ytM Q- a HAKELU3R, Proprietor and ArtUU
No. 1722, Second ave.. Gayford's old atudin. McCabe's.
Contractor and RniiHor
Shop Corner Seventeenth Ba.
t3TAU ktaa of Artlstie work a
Steam Fitters.
A complete stock of ,
Pipe, Brass Goods, Packing, v
Hose, Fire Brick, Etc.
Sole Agents for
W ' esntee every ore perfect, snd will send Cut,
Twenty day's trial, to reaponslble parties.
Safety Heating Doilers and Contractors for
furnishing and laying Water, and
Sewer Pipe.
1712 First Ate ,
Rock Island, Illinois.
Telephone 1148. Retlde. ce 1 elephone 100.
and Builders,
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No. 1707 Second aveuuo, Rock Island.
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; A; - t.OClC Island.
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