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J- W. Potter. -
Tbi-Dh1j. 60e per avnith; Weekly. $3.00
All toKroaications of a critical or arraBeiita
twe efcaracfer. political or relurioae. mar have
tJ iuBirbJ foi pabbeaUoa Ho toch ru
ttete will be nated eer teouoo nnttuei
Atvjojtbo' coufnameation m aotieea.
f'orrmoftdce aoiicUed froa every township
Rork I )nd cooaty.
WkDXESDVF. JaJUlCABT 4, 1861.
Ths i educations point s'roasly to Gn.
Palmer s elation this week.
A mgxttj f:om bow one W. H. Gett
wil! pack Lis grip at Washington and
torn bis fare homeward.
Prbpidknt Hak.riox is tmb!y dis
gusted over the failure of the fores bill
almost us iftuch so aa the coantrj would
hate betn at is success.
Ills, election to conereaa has to sti-Crtl
Lim np jth pride. crimf roTed his credit,
that it U now authoritie!j reported from
Kansas that the Hon. Jeremiah tsmpMiB
bu doand a new pair of sacks.
The New York World rpeake of the
kite orj'amenttd Icpalls as ' 'an intellectual
fraud, a phrasemonger without princi
ples, and a rtviitr"of what is best in Lis
country's r lltics." This seenss uncrate
hA when wa recll the fact that Ingalls
ptrm'ttnj timfelf to be icsianticeouslj
photcpra;Liolj interviewed by the
World ol!j a few td months ag.
From a few words dropped at the birth
day surprise party tendered John Ohl
weiler Jlonday tvenicg, some of his
friends evidently propose to boom him
f;r the mayoralty. There is no more
popular resident of Rock Island than
John Ohlweiler, and should be conclude
to bo a candidate and secure the demo
cratic mmioition, he would knock all the
republican mayoralty schemes into a
The tt v. gtmi law went into effect
Saturday and herefter for this sea3ta it
wi!l be a m'.s lenceanor to kill, bay or ge'l
prairie Cuicteos. grouse, quail, turkeys
and veniijjn. Soms of these varieties
have been cut of Cin for some weeks
under the Illinois Kw, but there is a pro
vision that a'.lows game killed in other
fcUV.s to be nirktted in this state until
Feb. 1 . There wi:i be vigorous pressure
brought to ber on the game wwdea to
induce him to enforce the Uw to the let
ter. Literary ate.
"Vick's Floral Guide," for 1891; is a
remarkably handsome number of this old
and reliable friend of fi?ri3ta and horU
culturalists. It contains many colored
plates of flowers and vegetables, some of
which are new and all Interesting. Pub
lished by James Vick. Rochester, If. Y.
Kueene Field will publish next siting
a new volume of verse. The edition, (a
privste one.) will be limited to 100 copies,
numbered, will have a portrait of the au
thor and will be printed in two colors on
Japanese paper. Mr. Field's "Little Book
of Western Verse," and Lis "Little Book
of Profltable Tables." published by the
Scnbners, are now in their fifth editions
a fact which shows that Americans know
good books when they see them.
Scribner's Magazine for February
contains rich illustrations in very differ
ent manners from the snow scenes of
Mount Washington in winter to Mr.
Blum's exquisite Japanese drawings.
There is a series of interesting portraits
of African explorers (geveral of them from
the private collection of John Murray,
Esq , the London publisher, and never be
fore engraved), and artistic reproductions
of paintinc9 and sculpture of the Neapol
itan school. The number is notable for
such cont ibutors as Sir Edwin Arnold,
J. Bcott Keltie, the librarian of the Roy
al Geographical society, Frank R. Stock
ton and Richard Henry Stoddard.
The State Democrat, published at Ab
erdeen, South Dakota, after duly consid
ering the claims and qualifications of the
various democratic aspirants for the
speakership of the Fifty-second congress
editorially pronounces in favor of Hon.
Win. M. Springer, of Springfield, as fol
lows: Of the several distinguished gentlemen
mentioned for speaker of the Fif ty-sec
ond congress, the State Democrat believes
the north and northwest should support
Hon. Wm. M. Springer, He has been
elected nine times by bis constituents of
the Springfield, 111., district. His long
service connected with his proven abil
ities ought certainly to speak loud for his
praise. He has for years been one of the
recognized parliamentary leaders of the
democracy on the floor. Always inde
fatigable in his industry, untiring and
persevering, he has been the author of
much valuable legislation. Frequently
called to the chair in the absence of tne
speaker, be has presided with becoming
dignity, impartiality and sound judgment.
Though having teen such a long term of
eerf Ice, where opportunities are daily pre
sented a man of mark and influence to
make money by barter, his fortune dis
tinctly affirms his uprightness and honesty.
While chairman of the committee on ter
ritories in the last congress, he champ
ioned the omnibus bill, which made four
new states, and succeeded in bringing in
to the union this large family of states
against the most strenou9 opposition.
Though he opposed the division of
Dakota (in which many good people
thought he was right then, and do now)
we should thank him for what he did for
us. His southern party associates in
sisted on New Mexico being admitted, but
his interest in the northwest would not
permit farther delay in statehood for us,
even though Dakota was made two.
AN ARMY PORTIA.
Ej CZASLE3 XING, U. a A,
A uThorof Th Cobnut m Daugfittr," TKt
DrrrUT,n "From the BanJM," Tfiin
raven Ranch," "Two Soldiers."
CCofyrvrht, 2 CO, fcy J. B. Upranoot Company.
PhLadeiphia. ao1 pobfcfced hy special arrange
ment wiih xl-i-ia
The crah of a rifle., a hfivv fall, a moan.
T Ken ttinux.
It niril hare been nearly midnight
The lights in the barracks and at the
old hospital beyond had long since been
extin.E-aished, and only here and there
alons the row of officers' quarters and at
the gnanl house, enggetivfly planted
half way down the slope toward the post
trader's store, was there sign of wakeful
life. One or two tapper windows gave
forth a feetde gleam, and there was quite
a jovial plow ponring from the open
doorway of the colonel's bi;j house across
the dark roctanla It fcl upon the tall
white Cags-taJI and displayed it from
base to crosstrees, a solitary, ghost like
shaft, and then, with gradually dimin
ishing power, illnnainfd the graveled
pathway that bisected the parade and
led from the broad flight of steps in front
of the commanding officer's to the ma
jor's on the southern gid-j. Overhead
the stars were glittering in an absolutely
cloudless fiky. Not a breath of air was
stirring the forest down in the black
depths of the vulley to tho konth. Soft
ened by distance, the rush of the river
over its rocky bea f cil uiwn the ear like
Ten minutes earlier the sottd 1 of sil
very laughter and cheery roes had
come floating across the garrison, and
half a dozen little groups Lai strolled
away from the colonel's gate, some tnrn
in? to ricrht and left, others crossing in
the broad rtreum of light from his open j
portals. One by ons the doors of the j
various quarters Lad opened to admit
their occupants, a few lingering good
nights had been exchanged between gal
lant yonng bachelors and some dainty
form enwrapped in fleecy bnrnons, and
then even those night owls "the yonn?
sters" had betaken themselves to their
domiciles. One after another doors were
closed, lights popped np in the second
floor windows, curtains were drawn, the
lights enshrouded, and finally a silence
aa of solitude spread its mantle over the
parade, and the corporal of the guard,
leaning against the gate post at the
southwestern entrance, bethought him
bow expressive was the sign the Indians
made for night
He waa of medium height, but an ath
letic, well bnilt young fellow, as anyone
might have seen as the corporal t tood
under the big lamp at the guardhouse
but a few moments before. He had a
handsome, clear tut face, with a good
deal of soldier bronze about the cheeks
and jaws: he wore his natty undress
uniform with an easy grace, and carried
the long: Springfield as though it were a
toy. The crossed rifles on his forage
cap, the buckle of his cartridge belt,
even the copper cartridges themselves,
gleamed in the lamplight. The chev
rons on his Elecve, the narrow stripe
along the seam of bus trousers, the Ber
lin gloves he wore, were all epotlesoly
white, and Corp. Brent wa3 what the
men were wont to call "a dandy Jack,"
though there was not a man in the troop
barracks at the western end of the pa
rade who cared more than once to put
on the gloves with the "dandy." Brent
had speedily demonstrated the fact that
he could ontspar any man in the cavalry
portion of the garrison, and that only
Ssrgt. Connors, of C company, was able
to beat him in a bont.
In the little battalion of infantry
Brent was a popular man; bo, too, had
he been in the csvvalry command that re
cently occupied the post; but these fel
lows of the Eleventh, who had but late
ly marchal in. seemed rather slow to
discover Lis many good traits. Very
possibly they did not like the apparent
ease with which he had defeated the
champions they had so confidently sent
against him. Still it was a good natured,
not vindictive, sort of jealousy that
soldierly rivalry between the two corps
that seems irrepressible and that really
does no great harm and Brent had be
gun to win friends among the troopers,
who liked the frank, laughing way he
had, when an order was suddenly issued
by the new post commander, the en
forcement of which stirred np a row.
As the last visitor left the colonel's
gate and he closed his door, thereby
shutting out the broad gleam that, al
most like that of the headlight of a loco
motive, had shot athwart the parade,
Corp. Brent was pondering over this very
Col. ilorris was a man who hated ir
regularity of any kind, and aa the grass
began to sprout in the spring he noted
that it failed to grow along what was
evidently a short cut between the south
west gate, the way to town and the in
fantry barracks at the eastern end. The
former i08t commander, a cavalryman
like himself, had nut paid much atten
tion to this sort of thing, and the in
fantry had grown to look upon the short
cut as a sort of thorouglifare sacred to
their uses; no officer ever had occasion
to go that way. When, therefore, the
beaten pnthway wa3 plowed up and re-
ru!rll nrifl an order was ianel t)i:it rl
men must confine themselves to the I
gravel paiu ur luauwoj mere were just
a few old foot soldi era who saw fit to
gram tie, and some of them, ret ami ng
late at night from a visit on pas to the
Height oring town, made sarcastic allu
sions t the new order as they trudged
homevanl under the windows of the
officers ' qn&rters on the south side.
Others still, trusting to darkness and
a theory that all officers should be abed
at that hour, proceeded to wear a parallel
path, and these two transgressions be
ing occasionally repeated and the officer
of the day having twice come cpon the
transgressors without having captured
one of their number, for the "dough
boys" were fleet of foot, a second order
was is-"tiedt requiring all enlisted men
returning to the post between tattoo and
reveille to enter their barracks from the
rear, aid not to cross the quadrangle
bounded by the fence. There was a road
all arot.nd in the rear of the barracks
and qtarters, but in the wet spring
weather it was often deep with mud and
generally dark as Erebus. What won
der, therefore, that many parties still
managed to slip in, not exactly in defi
ance of the order, but because the enlist
ed men had a fine appreciation of that
princip e of international law which pro
vides ti at a mere paper blockade is not
entitled to respect? Then it was that
the "old man," as the soLliers called the
colonel, ordered out his blockaders. An
extra sentinel's pot was established, a
sentry was ordered stationed at the
southw.t gate from tattoo until reveille,
and as all the cavalry were barracked
cn the vet side near their stables, and
as the infantry were manifestly the of
fenders ;o argned the colonel), the three
additiijiid sentries required were ordered
taken from among their number.
This -rder ma ie guard duty a trifle
harder and the infantrymen a trifle
madder. Oat of sheer mischief some of
them t-.ok to passing np the r- wd be
tween ti:e guard bouse ami the trader's,
entering the northwest gits and stalking
across the parade in stealthy column of
files fr$:a that direction, facetiously dec
orating their trail with empty beer bot
tles, whisky fA?ks or sardine boxes, over
which the Toliee sergeant spent some
time an 1 blasphemy after reveille next
morning. Then the colonel ordered the
northwest gate locked at tattoo, and the
laughing rascals climbed the fence. He
would T t order out more fentries, bat
he gave the officer of the day directions
to have ;. T'itrr.l ia readiness at the flag
fctaff bet ween 11 anl 1 that night, and
then soue fine foot racing resulted, in
which tie patrol came out second best.
The colonel ordered the five infantry
men who happened to le on pass arrested
and brocght to trial before a garrison
court, aud the court promptly acquitted
every in; n. It was eitabli.-h-d that they
had all obediently gone arc-end the gar
rison: th-y had even taken the trouble
to call the attention of the sentry on No.
4 to that fact; and then it dawned upon
the comnanding officer that some of
those infantry scamps were, as they
would ha ve expressed it, "putting np a
job" at his expense, and that Lalf a
dozen of the fleetest footed among them
were just for a lark slipping out of quar
ters after 11 o'clock and around to the
northwest gate, vaulting the fence with
the agility of monkeys, and then play
ing the uli game of "Tom, Tom, pull
away" w: th his patroL They had not
had so roach fun ia a year.
CoL M jrris had sense enough to know
that if be lost Lis temper and got to
blusterin ? the men would regard it as a
victory, ne issned no new orders. Sus
picion ha 1 fallen on a sqnad of rollick
ing young Irishmen in Company F, all
of whom were members of the battalion
baseball nine. A match game was to
come eff two days later with the club
from For; Lawrence, and local interest
and bets were running high. Alas!
when the morning of the eventful day
came arcund, four of the fleetest base
runners i i the liifle nine languished in
the guard hon.-e, arrested at reveille by
order of their own captain for absence
from quarters at midnight. The colo
nel had limply let theau get out, then
ordered cl eck roll call, with doors barred,
and they stood self exiled. Fancy the
consternation among tdie lovers of the
national game! Even the cavalry had
backed the local nine against that from
Lawrence, and well knew that if substi
tutes had to be put in there was no
earthly chance of their winning.
Manifestly, said the battalion, there's
no man but Corp. Brent to get ns out of
the scrap?. He was captain and short
stop of the nine, and on him they rallied
forthwith. "Give me your word, men,
that there's to bono more of this monkey
business, s nd Til go to the colonel my
self. Ref use, and the game goes to Fort
Lawrence, nino to nothing, for we cant
play without Lynch and Cooney on the
bases." It was a case of unconditional
The colonel had kindly received the
young corjwral, had listened to the tale
of woe, and sat silently pondering a mo
ment. Then lie looked up. "Yon say
the game must go against you without
these four men?" he asked.
"Yes, 6ir. Indeed I would not play
without, them. We would far better let
the game ;jo by default than have the
record published, as it assuredly would
be, in the army as well as the local pa
pers, with all the errors scored against
us. This ni ne of ours has not been beaten
by any tea m in the department as yet,
and it would be an unearned victory for
Colonel Morris sat keenly studying
the yonng soldier's face. He made no
answer for a moment, and when he
spoke it vas of an utterly ir.fclevant
"Have yc u not served somewhere under
my command before this, corporal?"
The color sprang to Brent's face. There
was an instant of hesitation, then a firm
bnt respectful answer:
"Nowhere, sir. I have been in the
army only -.wo years, and this is my first
station since leaving the depot at David's
island." Then, as though eager to get
back to a n ore pressing matter, "If the
colonel will not consider me as propos
ing a compioniise, and will take it a? it
is meant. I can promise, I think, that
there will be no more of this night
prowling across the parade, on the part
of our men at least."
iCo.ita.Bad on Fl.h page )
fit Cttit Srrrl-j f Fraix-e.
The form r-f rdn.;nil rasi n ia the repuV
lic i tin sadc a llu.t r.f tbe empire.
Nothiot: ha Irf-ea ;erej in iu organiza
tion; vry Kttle ri,x,ii.''? ka wa inAue in
it persounL (ur !.uirtionri? are cer
Linlytoo nnratruus they are too poorly
p;.id; they Are inc-rntd to routine. thy do
not alway. show the pa'oiic that kimlnes
aud iht4.ns-s whscu they should look
upon at a intr. Cut their ;vtra U
stronicly et'.a'ished; their pv-r and du
ties nre clearly d?5aed; the! ajtitade ia
remarkable; tr.i-ir probity i beyond all
pn.ie. Tiior pr.sA.-v in the h!?het decree
tee feeliog of professional honor. This
country, aose f;nit is a -wish always to
innovate, lac.s traditir.ns ia frorornraent,
br.t haa excellent oars ia its administra
tion. Tbe l:it?r corrects th' former. This
strontj oncaniz-uiou of the pubiic service
enables it to without too sreat damage
through the :rrtt crises. This may
bare leen observed at t be periods of revo
lution. At such times, when ererrthicn
is in comtkiotion. the coarse of pr.blic busi
ness loes iiut sunVr evo a momentary in
terruption. The adni2ciraU'-n n:.ivr on
alone in the n-t perilous crisis; hen a
new povernmeiit is in power, it is reasiy to
serve that as it served the fallen one, a;id
to preserve neweo.iurs as much a. possi
ble from the ineoa-f niencr o inixperi-ec.-es.
The republic is tLer?for very well
served I y ;t civil oif.cers, .v the era: ire
was before it, JuU Sini.n ia Toreui.
The importance of proper tm protection
has not been always rvo.r.:.ed. For a
titre Franr bnilt ships in which the heavy
guns ami their crews were protected with
thin shields oa'y, while the ;iter line was
heavily armored. Now, many French writ
ers are iu f.ivor of removing the water liae
armor entirely. France was not alone ia
following the form of construction men
tioned, bat she is the most striking eian
ple. Ali rntioss hive at time co:t rccted
vessels with weak'y armored i-stttriM.
"The liie of the ship ratis-t l-e preserved,"
Lasbeentliewatchword.bat if wLatus
a vessel can be whose chief rr.ea.ucf tt
fecse is destroyed is not very apparent.
New York. Uerald.
Mechanical Tiaoe rUjinj.
Sterndale Bonnet said: "Now&iays j; is
not worth any otie's while to take tp pub
lic performance as a profession; :Lics are
so different fro si what they were when I
was a by. Then no one ever ti.oa-t of
pirins himself entirely to it, na'esi be Lad
a natural and most unmistakable gift fr
the p:.inof irt, I a the present clay the ai
vance in the mechatia! sic i'tLe meau
whi-.h hrit. cce to a certain p.-int. is to
great that i.umbers ol c';ever people who
have but :i:tie natural talent for n.-usic
come j.;.. v: rs tLrouga a system of admira
ble tr.--.:.;:. u." Mrlc-ii lispi-jiitoc-s.
I 'j-e of 5--ren G.V ' LJrh
1. .:L 1 II 4wtl.orne maJe fm-ns, ia
till t- e. n en Turner r?et, Salem,
Mxs.s. I: vv.ls built ia l12, but received
cr.r.r r.l:.-r.-t-i,)n iv irj suscetaivtt cri.-ers.
it t---me t'.:e curio-: s-r-:-:T!r?
whie-i attracted H:torEe'
I 3-, r.t one tim. tts Lrtir.
E. E. Parmenter, attorney ai law.
Makes collections, loans moaej aai will
a "tend t any lecal business intrusted to
fcirn. OSce, posioce block. Rock Isl
and, Ids. diiwlT
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SOFT AND HARD
Oflite H31 Second avenoe. corner Fifuientli it.
Telephone Vo. 1039.
Great Clearing Sale
February 2d to
vr ill cJie oat a lce lite of Bed Rj acd Tr 'or itu ml cot, a crt rr . r r Oca
Chairs a ke Mia ckep.
Do net fail to miss this opportunity.
No. 103, 105 a a 1 107 East Scod St.,
H. SIEMON & SON,
toves and Xinware,
PUMPS, ISTLILS, &o.
Buter Baaacr Corkirj ani H-saLn: Store aad tic Geaeo Cooking 6::r-.
Tin, Copper 2nd Sheet Iron Work.
1308 SECOND AVE., ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
J. B. ZIMMER,
THK WXLL KXOTf
tas Block, Opposite Haepke IIorsE.
ku r arrbafi f jr 1
Spring and Summer of 1891,
A !rj rind i-rr stock thin r-rr. Th ; ood w.: fr.wt ia ifcfil.f. Ti.: tni tin a
icoa!jaaTZD C3forB Tax te ftltk uw.
Roek Island Savings Bank,
EOCK ISLAND, ILL.,
Opa :.-om f a 3- to 4 p m., ml vtarlafTe&la( froa Jul a'cca.
Five per cent iaterast paid on Deposits. Moner loaned oa Personal. Col
lateral or Real Estate Security
. P. ESTSOIOH. P-sa. r C. DISKKAJTS. TlePrw. i. X. BTPOKO. Cwirf.
F. L. Kltche'.' t P. Reranida. F. C. Dtukvaaa. Jba Cnkaara. C. F. Ija it,
J. J. Rerarr. L. 8tmoa. K. W. Earn. J. at. BVora.
i Acaaoa Hnn, &uicnon.
MTWinixfji battne July S, I8, aad wl cz?j baakit nob w.ta atckeC M Ljti
nnul sew baas u ctaij'.e'ed.
ST. JAMES HOTEL,
Corner Tr-nty-ta:rd .rt aad Foarta aveaar.
J. T. RYAN, Proprietor.
Tbia boa aa jaa:bca retned throoboat and ia aow ia A 1 eaai usa. I: i i C
91 0 or dy boi aad a derrable fa:) aoi'.
Steam Cracker Bakery,
KA.svrACT?ixs or csaczxxs aid B:srmrs-
Aok jour Oroor for loem Thej are belt.
-8peelalti Tie CaMty "OTrTXB" aad Uc Cbrlarf "WATX-"
ROCK ISLAM). ILL.
SEIVERS & ANDERSON,
Contractors and Builders,
ALL KIJTDs OF CARPXHTKS WEK DOSTX.
aVOeaeral Jobtita? don o0 aebc aad a.c'actioa (aaraatta.
Office and Shop 1413 Tounh ATeaue BOCK ISLAND ILL-
K. I Foorth A'raw, Vtmltr In
Confectionery, Cigars and Toys,
School Bookf, 8hool gopp'.if. TbU-l. Etc Exc,
CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER,
Shop corner Tweaty-aacetd ilmt aad Niaia aea. BeUace tS
HTim prepared to atake eiUaiki aal do an klndi of Carpea'ar work. 0. aia trial.
EX"K tSLA"I. Hi-