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DAILY GATE CITY
THE GATE CITY COMPANY
18 North Sixth 6treat-
QAVE CITY—Established 1864.
Consolidated March 28, lfSS.
Consolidated September 22, 1892.
GATE CITY and CONSTITUTION-DEMOCRAT—
Consolidated April 3, ISlfl.
C. V. Skfrvin General Manager
C. E. Warwick Business Manager
Entered at the poetofllce at Keokuk as second-class
Dally, by mall, outside city, year
Daily, :n Keokuk, per week
Daily, except Sunday.
There ia a rank due to the United States among na
tions which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the
reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we
must be able to repel it If we desire to secure peace, one
of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity.
It must be known that we are at all times ready for war.
To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means
of preserving peace. A free people ought not only to be
armed, but disciplined to which end a uniform and well
digested plan is requisite."—George Washington.
TODAY'S BIT OF VER5E
THE ARROW AND THE SONG.
1 sbot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth. I know not where.
For so swiftly it flew the sight
Could not follow in its flight.
I breathed a song into the air.
Jt fell to* earth. 1 know not where.
For who has sight so keen and strong
That it can follow the flight of song*
Long, long afterward In an oak
I found the arrow, still uobroke,
And the song from beginning to end
I found in the heart of a friend.
—Henry W. Longfellow.
Blow wind, swell billow, and swim bark!
The storm ia up, and all is on the hazard
company a disposition to penalize that corpora
tion to the limit of taxation, and it is further ap
parent that this disposition arises more as a re
sult of personal feeling and prejudice than from
a desire to see exact and equal justice done as
between the city of Keokuk, the county of Lec
and the corporation that seeks to put Keokuk in
the front rank of prosperity.
The measure of prejudice and grievance is
ever overflowing in some quarters when "Big
Business" is subject to attack, and there are
followers of sounding brass who invariably de
light in manifestation of acclaim wh™ any cor- f)
poration matter ,t it be ot Rood character!
leads to bickering and tin placing of a stone in
the path of progress.
There is, and it is admitted
abide l\ the letter of the law
araU"K a cause ol atllon and fundamental .!'•*
means so much to Keokuk? Penalizing the
jMississ'ppi River Power company, with an ad
mitted financial deficit of more than $100,000, is
turning back the wheels of progyess. Whoever
is behind the movement that seeks to punish,
under cover of law, should at least adopt a rea
sonable attitude even though they feel like re
pudiating the exemption agreement.
WATCH THE BONFIRES.-
This is the season of the year when bonfires
are cMinnion. Kvery bonfire is a hazard to the
surrounding property. Fire in one dwelling
may be curried to another and still anotlie un
til a whole neighborhood will be in flames, says
the Des Moines ('apital.
Property loss due to fire in the Tinted States
and Canada last year amounted to nearly $200,
000,000. The year is starting out to beat
that record. For .January and February it
amounted to $4C»,000,000 as compared to $33,
000,000 last year in the same months.
In two days last week three southern cities
Buffered a total loss now estimated at $15,000
Kvery fire has the same beginning, a tiny
flame started through carelessness or allowed
to grow for the same reason.
Des Moines spends one-fifth of its taxes in
fire prevention every year, but all that will
PENALIZING THE POWER COMPANY.
It is evident, from speech of people in the
crowd, that there is in the present sixteen-mil- The Gate City for putting you wise to a man
lion-dollar raid on the Mississippi River
and help!til in the upbuilding ol a city, is
marked for unfair condemnation. This is an
unfortunate condition of affairs and alway».4VeorlMrfy ha» Wn told by tbe anoy ot ealam-
Kiv..r I Wcr company ac-
exemption Irom city tuxation in good}
ari ansciii'-nt was entered into
avail nothing without individual
Keokuk has not had a big fire in years, and that
lis the very reason*we should double our cau
I tion. A close watch of the bonfires during the
spring cleanup is a good way to begin.
BE GLAD YOU'RE LIVING.
the eastern horizon there is diffused
glow which bespeaks the coming of day.
I The stars of night pale at the advent of the
sun. The air is stirred into a gentle zephyr be
fore which the curtain flaps against the open
window. A robin trills a rippling lay outside
and wakes the drowsy ones of humankind who
sleep within. A patter of rain splashes through
the waving trees and buds peek forth from
their bursting shells and smile and receive a
welcome from the others of their kind. The
morn, breaking into day* slinks back to dark
ness as a black cloud from which rolls thunder
and the crack of lightning spills out a deluge.
The storm passes and the sky glistens and re
fleets back the rays of the orb of light.
And nature laughs and dances, sparkling
with the rainbow giobtries, like a cherub emerg
ing from his bath of silver nectar. All growing
things lilt in a harmony of song. They know
that it is time to rise from the winter's period
of repose. With a thick white blanket they
have been protected in their warm bed of earth.
jThey know that in this favored place where
they have their being now they need have no
fear for their delicate organisms.
The plowboy goes out whistling to his task
of turning over the fertile soil that later fields
of grain may be ready for the harvest.
And all is well in this most beautiful land of
plenty, this garden valley of the world.
It is springtime in Iowa.
So buck up and realize that it is great just to
be alive. Happy day, happy day! Billy Emer
son used to sing it in the long ago when our
fathers were devoted to minstrelsy—
"I feel just as happy as a big sunflower
That nods and bends in the breezes
And my heart is as light as the wind that blows
The leaves from off the treeses."
It is a magnificent, joyous spring, especially
BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.
Everett P. Wheeler. Ever hear of him* If
not, please make his acquaintance and thank
whose spirit of optimism overflows these en-
tire United States. Everett P. is a New York
lawyer, which fact should not count in his dis
favor. But listen. This is what he says:
Loose talk from half-baked people who
say that our country is a failure fairly
disgusts me and makes me weary. I ad
mit that we have our faults, but I insist
that this is the best country of the whole
world in which to live. I can enjoy a good
cake even if it have a small hole in it.
What must be thought of a man who
only does not despair of the Republic,
thinks it the best in the world? Such optimism
has a refreshing ring and will only draw dis
sent from professional prophets of woe.
,a ",K It is not onlv a failure within, but it is threat-
one,j addert rl,in from
publicity. At I" time of its consn.mnation with otl.er nations it has
there was no ctlort at concealment by fitli"''|
wll0,|v lost its spnsc of ahatnc.
partv. .So, whv this assault now upon an or- ,, ,,
.. Somehow, in spite of all these shortcomings,
crani/ation, the continued prosperitv or which'.,
I a a a a a
servers with its greatness and wonderful de
velopment. Some unthinking citizens even feel
entirely satisfied with it. And these unthink
ing ones may take heart from the pronounce
ment of Everett P. Wheeler, lawyer and optim
ist, whose home address is New York City, Em
The commissioner of accounts of New York
City has just completed a report in which he
shows how $3,280,000 could he saved each year
by eliminating useless departments, practicing
economy in others and reorganizing the gov
ernment along certain lines. Every city in the
country has a chance to save money if it will
but conduct its affairs as a private concern.
Duplication of effort, unnecessary jobs and
overpaid employes are the rocks around tin
neck of an efficient municipal government.
The man of limited means who applies ben
zine to the spot on his clothing is doing some
thing commendable in the way of fitting ob
servance of "Dress TTp" weak.
Governor Major of Missouri is an avowed
candidate for the Democratic nomination for
the vice presidency. Blessed is the man mod
est enough to aspire only to second placc.
h(jar o(her sjde now that tb„
inglv, listening to the tales of woe set forth by
mourners at the grave of Bright Future. As
ity-howlers, the country has been going to the
dogs ever since Tom Jefferson and John llan-
occlc signed the Declaration of Independence.
a f#n it3 rai)roa,ls and indusi.
,,1 tries are failures its educational system
I fa iu jts
THE DAILY GATE CITY
Off to school, full
of Vim and "Pep",
Don't cram their little
"tummies" with greasy
meats, starchy potatoes or
other indigestible foods. One
or two Shredded Wheat
Biscuits with hot milk make
a warm, nourishing meal
that supplies all the mater
ial needed for their grow
ing bodies. The perfect
food to study on, to grow
on, to play on. The crisp
ness of the shreds encour
ages thorough chewing,
which developes sound teeth
and healthy gums. Being
ready-cooked it is so easy
to prepare a warm, nour
ishing meal with Shredded
Wheat in a few moments
—no kitchen worry or work.
vgtem haB broken down
Cottage prayer meeting 10 o'clock
Tuesday morning at the home of Mrs.
L. H. Ayer Jr., 310 North seventh
Cottage prayer meeting will be held
at the home of Mrs. Carr, 1928 Timea
A prayer meeting will be held at the
home of Mrs. L. F. Linquiat, 806 Blon
deau St., Tuesday morning at 10
Cottage prayer meeting with Mrs. C.
E. Ailing, 518 North Jfifth, 9 A. M.,
—A large plate glass window in the
Kruse notion store at 608 Main street,
was broken in some manner last night.
This morning a small hole was discov-
Miss Harriet Wright, who has been
visiting her sister, Mrs. Chas. Scho
fleld. of Alton, Ills., for the past two
months, has returned home.
Daily Stock Letter.
NEW YORK. April 3—The New
York Evening Sun financial review
today said: There was no apparent
change in the conditions governing taking protlts.
the speculative market over the Sur*
day and business continued highly
professional on the resumption of
dealings in Wall street today. The
Mexican news, however, was not up
to Saturday's expectations, in-as-much
as Villa appears to have eluded his
pursuers for the time being and is
reported to be In no danger of im
mediate capture. This influenced
pronounced reactions in Mexican
Petroleum and American 'Smelting and
Refining, but specialties elsewhere
were better in the initial trading, and
as the session progressed, issue like
crucible Steel, American Locomotive,
Industrial Alcohol, American Car and
Foundry, Baldwin Locomotive and
the like advanced sharply.
There was little or no enlargement
of public buyin. The submarine situa
tion and the success of the German as
sault upon the French positions in
the yicinity of Verdun continue as
restraining influences upon the out
side interest, but speculative senti
ment seemed more hopefully disposed
and the trading element united with
the pools in working for higher
Bonds were fairly active and gen
erally well maintained, the feature
being further advanced in Anglo
bonds, 96 for round amounts, the
highest price since Jan. 8. Wheat ad
vanced excitedly on continued unfav
orable crop estimates, the May, July
and September options selling from
4 to 4^4 cents higher.
Further weakness in francs which
declined to 5.98%, against Saturday's
closing at 5.97^4 for checks, was the
feature of the exchange market.
Rates improved a trifle in the later
SPRINGFIELD, 111., April 3.—Gov
ernor Dunne today commuted the
sentence of Willis Herron, now serv
ing one year in the house of Correc
tion at Chicago to expire today.
The recommendation was made to
the governor by the state board of
pardons. Herron turned state's evi
dence against Harry Classberry, a
Pullman porter convicted of stealing
$1,000 worth of diamonds from a lady
riding on his car.
Will Move to 519 Main Street in Build
ing Occupied by Automatic
BUILDING AN ADDITION
New Structure in Rear of the Pres
ent Structure to be Used as
Shop All Three Floors
to be Used.
The King Plumbing company on
May 1 will remove from its present
location at 420-422 Blondeau street,
to 519 Main 'street into the building
now being vacated by the automatic
According te Hoy H. King, secre
tary of the King Plumbing company,
the shop will be one of the most up
to date and finest in the state of
Iowa. All three floors of the present
building and the basement will be
In addition to this floor space, a
new addition fifty feet in length will
be built at the rear of the building.
This addition will be of brick, one
story high, and will be used as a
shop. Work on the foundations be
The building will be newly painted
and decorated on the inside. The
front forty feet of the present struc
ture will be given over to a display
room and a retail store. A glass
partition will divide the two. The
display room will be lined with mir
rors and will contain electric appa
ratus of all kinds. The retail trad6
will be taken care of on the. other
the finishings of
There will oe no Chicago session
of the room,
cred near the lower part of the window which will be in white enamel.
with several long cracks radiating The second forty feet of the first
torn it. From appearances, a bullet floor will be used as a stock room,
might have been sent through it, but and the addition as the shop On
the ball could not be found on the in- the second and third floors of the
side of the building. Mr. Kruse is of building will be displays of various
the opinion that the hole was made kinds. Parts of the floors will also
by a stick. 'he used for stock. An electric eleva
—Both C. H. Hennemf.nn, new city tor will be installed.
marshal and Patrick Tigue, Jr., street
supervisor were busy today completing
their qualifications for office. The for
mer has a bend of 55,000 to put up
and the latter $1,000.
—George F. Priug for painting and
paperhanging. Competent workmen.
1127 Main St.. Phone 837.
I Long Commission Co., Grain Letter
I [Furnished by Long Commission Co.,
403 Main. Telephone No. 100.]
of the board of trade tomorrow on ac- .time. This suggests a crop of 490 mil-j
count of election. I Hon bushels on the basis or the plant
__Chsrles H. Hennemann. the new ed acreage, which will probably be re
city marshal completed his quallflca- duced by damage. Experts in the
tion this afternoon shortly before fields also sent bullish reports from
three o'clock and went to work immed. soft winter wheat territory. Outside
iately I markets were strong and Minneapolis
feature of wheat this morning was the
report by Statistician Snow, showing
!the condition of winter wheat at 78.8
'as compared with SS.5 last year at this
I reports 1 cent premium advance,
cj 250^00 bushels sold there late Satur-
jrlliJfcvteOiN A-Life. id&y by shippers to go east, and mills
'are good buyers there today. The
C. A. Halbeck has gone to Excelsior character of damage reports seems to
Springs, Mb., for a few weeks sojourn, (indicate loss from poor seed fully as
Mrs. Josephine Walker of Des much as from winter killing, anj it is
Moines left last evening for Cedar, therefore doubtful If the crop will
Rapids after a brief visit with her 'chow as much improvements as exrect
brother, V. B. Holl'.day. ed with the advent of growing weather
Dr. J. B. Howd returned Sunday corn—Strength in wheat and fur
morning from Augusta, 111., after iither reports of liberal sales of cash
visit witn relatives. Mrs. Howd hag 'corn at Kansas City were factors in an
gone to Burnside to visit. |advancing market. Pressure was light
Father Gil'^-apie went to Burl in?-1 and mostly from resting orders. The
ton last evening. He will return visible supply showed a decrease of
494,000 bushels, and the total is now
520,000 bushels less than last year.
Weather conditions continue to point
to a late spring.
Oats—Oats wore strong with other
grains and on account of delayed seed
ing and reports of reduced acreage
from Canada. The market was also
helped by purchases of oats against
sales of corn by spreaders who were
Apprehension is being
felt on account of the scarcity of poor
New York Stocks.
American Beet Sugar 72%
American Can, com 65%
American Car & Foundry 70%
American IxKomotive 81%
American Smelter com 102%
American Tel. and Telg. Co 127%
Brooklyn Rapid Transit 85%
Butte & Superior 92
Canadian Pacific 167
Chesapeake & Ohio 61%
Chicago Great Western, com 12%
Chicago Great Western, pfd 37%
Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul.. 93%
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific. 17%
Colorado Fuel & Iron 40
Crucible Steel 95%
Erie, com 36%
Great Northern, pfd 121%
Inspiration Copper 48%
I^ehigh Valley 77
Missouri Pacific 4%
National Iead 67
New York Central 104%
Abrthern Pacific .\ 113^s
Coffee, 8pot 9%
Cotton—May, 1189 July, 1200 bid.
IDABEL, Okla., April
Martin, negro arrested last Wednes
day at BiRmark, charged with crimi
nal assault upon a thirteen year old
white girl, and placed in Jail here,
was taken out of the court room to
day and lynched.
Martin had been taken to court for
MONDAY, APRrr. .•!,
The Caller Says:
"Why, my dear, what good crackers these are!*.
Everybody likes crackers when the crackers are
Your grocer has
Soda Midgets or
will get them for
you if you ask
Crisp and Fresh
And SODA MIDGETS are not only appetizing,
but they are also decidedly healthful and nour
ishing for everybody to eat.
Food authorities find by analysis that SODA
MIDGETS contain 30 to 40 per cent more of
the elements that build strength and produce
bodily heat and energy than white bread,
biscuit, rolls and cakes.
The Big Yellow
THE BANK HABIT
of our Depositors' Weekly Savings Club. OUR WEEKLY SAVinw*
CLUB is always open to beginners.
State Central Savings Bank!
Corner of Sixth Bud 84ro*ts.
KEOKUK NATIONAL BANK
affords every facility for do
ing your banking business
that any bank can.
Wholotm/e Grooers and Coffoo Roasters
Distributors for the Mart Brand of
Ray Consolidated Copper 24% dispersed. There have been no ar-
Republic Iron & Steel com 52
Southern Pacific 98
Southern Railway 20%
Texas Oil 196
Union Pacific 132%
United States Steel, com ..,
United States Steel, pfd 116%
Utah Copper 83%
Western Union 90%
Peoples Gas 104%
Fruits and Vegetables
BUCK-REINER CO., y,g?^lATLo1«j
positive identification by the victim,
a number of men in tne room quietlv
arose, disarmed the officers, placed a
rope about the negro's neck and
pushed him from a back platform of
the court room. After firing two
shots into the negro's body, the mob
Rofcfced of $700.
CHICAGO, April 3.—A runaway
norse dragging a wagon, a&shed
through down town crowded streets
here today for several blocks before
ponce finally caught it.
In the wagon, the police found
Thomas Layden, a grocer, with his
skull crushed and one eye gouged out.
Layden said he had been attacked by
three men who beat him with'an Iron
crowbar and robbed him of $700 which
he was taking to a bank. He is not
expected to live.
Ship Struck the Rocks.
TOKIO, April 3.—Seventy-six pas
sengers and twenty members of the
crew of the small coast steamer Wak
stsu Maru, are missing and believed to
have perished, following the sinking
of the vessel near Nagasaki
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