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THE ARGUS, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1902.
THE AEG US.
Published Dally and Weekly at 1824 Second
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Correspondence solicited from every town
ship In Bock Island county.
Tuesday, November 25.
"Truth loses some battles, but never
any wars." Tom Johnson.
The testimony as developed so far
before the anthracite coal strike com
mission fiirnishes palpable reasons
why the operators were so violently
opposed to arbitration. -
The Chicago Chronicle gives warn
ing that Secretary Shaw will do well
to sleep in his clothes with a gripsack
full of currency beside the bed. The
Xapoleon.s of finance are "hitting er
up" again in Wall street and there is
likely to be another loud and perem
tory howl for the secretary's aid at
any hour of the day or night.
The death of Alfred Krupp removes
a picturesque figure from activity.
JIi;s assiduity in perfecting his guns
and the great charities which he
maintained combined to make him a
success in every sense of the word.
It is said that the greater the power
of arms to destroy the smaller chance
there is of war. - If that be true,
Krnpp did the world a serviee.
According to the Doston Commer
cial Itulletin, Wall street arithmetic is
10 mills make one trust,
10 trusts make one combine.
10 combines make one merger.
10 mergers make one magnate.
1 magnate makes all the money.
The lSulletin failed to complete the
table. What makes a tariff schedule'.
asks the St. Louis Ilepublic.
Kmperor William recently ordered
that the army chaplains deliver peri
odical lectures in the evening for the
benefit of private soldiers. Attend
ance is usually small, not being com
pulsory, but one reverend gentleman
found that his lecture room was filled
every evening. He was much pleased
and to the commanding tnicer ex
preyed his pleasure at the religious
awakening. "Rubbish," said the un
compromising colonel, "I have merely
discovered that compulsory attend
ance at vour sermons is excellent
piiiii.-hinent for trivial offenses."
' John Mitchell thus faithfully por
trays what the miners are fighting
for. Whose heart this shall not touch
has yet to learn the meaning of right:
"Our little bovs should not be forced
into the mines and breakers so early
in life. Our little girls should not be
compelled to work in the mills and
factories at an age when they should
be in school. These children are the
future citizens of our nation. Their
parents should be enabled to earn
wages sufficiently high to give them
at least a common school education
so as to equip them to bear the grave
responsibilities that will ultimately
devolve upon them. The wealth and
the future-of the nation re not to be
measured by its palaces and million
aires, but rather by the enlightened
contentment and prosperity of its
millions of citizens who constitute
the bone and sinew of our land."
, . The Judiciary and Politics.
Ilufu.s W. Peckham was active in
New York politics before he became
one of the justices' of the United
States supreme court. Since then he
has refrained irom taking any part
whatever in political affairs. Here are
his reasons when asked if a judge
fchould be in politics:
"Decidedly not, I should say. It
would be in degradation of the dignity
and responsibility of the office he
holds for him to engage in politics
The "primary requirement of a judge
is that he shall, so far as in him
lies, be absolutely impartial. He is
but a man, subject to the influence
of prejudices and opinions, albeit un
consciously, none the less certainly.
, "The ieople look upon the judicia
'branch of the government-as the last
redoubt not yet captured by jjolitics.
as the' ultimate decider of laws, and
they demand integrity and impartial
ity on the part of the judges. So for
the 'permanence and security of the
present order it is almost as impor
tant that there shall be the appear
ance of integrity and impartiality
as that these shall really be the
characteristics of the judges." t
And Judge Peckham is right. The
place for a judge is on,, the bench and
while there he should forget that he
is a partisan.
lllsk Their Lives- Tor Little Pay.
It is natural t-hat the coal barons
shrink from a further public investi-
'gatkm' of the coal strike. The testi
mony that lias." been heard by the
strike conrmission .which has just ad
journed has been-wholly "disastrous
to the attitude of the barons and has
justified each and every 'claim made
y Thp. strikers. That the" hearing
thus far has been vholly"n-victory
for the strikers is ' .responsible no
doubt, for the fact ' that the barons
are willing1 to fettle' the. strike out
side the commission.
It has been shown by the invest iga
ion as far as it 'went that mining coal
s one of the most unhealthy and most
dangerous of occupations. More than
OS per cent of the men who Work in
mines are anaemic and nearly that
same percentage of them suffer from
rheumatism, lumbago, asthma and
sciatica. T5ad air, coal dust and pow
der smoke are said to cause' so many
ases of asthma among the miners.
That mining coal is a most danger-
Mis occupation was shown by the tes-
mony to the effect that the per
centage of fatalities among miners is
greater than among railroad men.
And can we say that "It is not just
hat these men who face these dan
gers and fairly die to live should not
have living wages? Is not human life
o be more hig-hly valued? "'
The coal barons have placed less
alue upon human life than they have.
upon the coal. They have kept the
wages of the miners to a minimum
and have established the prices "of
oal at the maximum.
UNCLE JOE CANNON, THE
NEXT SPEAKER OF HOUSE
Danville, 111., Nov. 23. Congress
man Joseph (5. Cannon, the acknowl
edged favorite in the race for the
speakership, has lived in his old red
brick mansion on Vermilion street.
his city, for a quarter of a century.
The h:use, with its large, rough lawn
HON. JOSEPH O. CAXNON.
and huge trees, has been a mecca for
the republicans" of the Eighteenth
congressional district for the same
length of time.
The master of the house is Of! years
old. His appearnnce and dress be
sneak his Ouaker antecedents. ins
speech is tinged with mild but pictur
esque profanity. His invariable era
vat is a black string tie. His usual
coat is a lonsr black frock. He wears
an overcoat almost never, but almost
alwavs carries one. It drags from
his arm to the sidewalk and he trips
on it as he walks. Ilis linen is spot
When at home "I'ncle Joe" practie
illy lives in his library. The rest of
his house is really sumptuous in its
furnishings, with massive carved fur
niture, rich hangings and numerous
pictures and bric-a-brac. The library
is furnished almost exclusively in
bookcases. Thev are all full of all
kinds of books, as is a basement di
rectly beneath. At the roll-top desk
stands the old, ca ne-bottomed, revolv
ing chair, in which he sat for. years
in congress. When the hall of the
house of representatives was refur
nished Cannon bought the old chair
and brought it home. That was
about the only bit of sentiment he
was ever known to exhibit.
"I'ncle Joe" believes desks and ta
bles were- made to put feet on and
shoulder-blades to sit on. He prac
tices both arts. They constitute his
attitude while receiving visitors. The
ensemble is completed by spectacles
resting, amidships on his nose and a
cigar stump clamped in the corner of
his mouth. He, is an all-day smoker.
and no cigars are too good for him
He also "chews." He borrows from
street laborers ami strangers he
meets. The formula is: "Friend,
srimme a chaw o lobacker." Tf he has
a plug of hi own he never takes n
bite without proffering it to everyone
present. That is the etiquette of the
Cannon was born bn Guilford, X. C,
in lSSG. When he was four years old
his parents moved to Bloomingdale,
Ind. Both were Quakers and officers
of the Friends church. The father
was a country doctor and was drown
ed in crossing a swollen stream to
visit a ypatient. Joseph got little
schooling, but read much and studied
law in Terre Haute and Cincinnat
He began practicing at Shelby ville
HI., but joined his mother and brother
at Tuscola. -There he met Miss Mary
Reed, who. became Mrs. Cannon. She
died some years ago, and" Miss Helen
Cannon, the congressman's only un
married danghter, has since been his
Cannon broke into politics in ,1861
when he ran for state's attorney
against Ytard It. Lamon, at one time
Abraham Lincoln's law partner. Can-
non was unknown and was picked to
lose, but he made a house-to-house
canvass, renewed his acquaintance
with the Quakers, of whom there
were many in the district, arid won in
a walk. He kept the office until 1868
In 1872 he was elected to the 43rd con
gress. Since then he has been a mem
NiaM. iYcXt TVs
ber of every congress but one, the
32nd. His one .defeat. was only one of
many the republicans suffered in the
"billion-dollar congress" campaign.
Cannon's long suit as-a politician is
an unfailing memory and a remarka-
ble. ability to get favors for his con
stituents. The pensions and govern
ment jobs he has landed are count
less. Jn making a speech his voice
rises ami falls like those of the Qua
ker elders he sat under when a boy.
He wiggles all over and his arms work
like flails. His oratory lacks polish,
but has earnestness and "common
sense." His idea of statecraft is a
tight hold on the nation's purse
strings. The same trait in private
life has made him well-to-do, though
not wealthy In debate he has a gift
fori vaustic rejoinder, as witness his
reply to William Sulzer some years
ago. When the latter had finished an
eloquent stump speech in the house,
"I'ncle Joe" got up and began: "And
now let us proceed to the public bus
iness and fool the people some more."
DAILY SHORT STORY
Copyright. 1902, by C. B. Lewis.
"When the conductor of the U. P. train
came back to the parlor ears and said
that the train was stopped by a snow
drift twenty feet high and half a mile
long and that it might be three days
before we were dug out, there were
considerable swearing among the male
passengers and weeping and lament
ing among the women and children.
Night came down with a wild wailing
of wind and everybody kicking and
ready for a quarrel, and then the Chi
cago drummer showed what kind of a
man he was. In a quiet, gentle way
he drove the passengers into the last
coach, kissed all the- children, smiled
at all the women and bowed to the
men as he began:
"Ladies and gentlemen, this is a
simple incident of railroad travel In
the winter. In a few hours we shall
be steaming on our way again, and this
detention will be remembered only as
a pleasant adventure. Three years ago
business called me to Manitoba. It be
gan snowing one day, and in the
course of three bourn our train had
come to a standstill. We were caught
between stations twenty miles apart.
and within ten hours engine and cars
were buried out of sight: There was
only food enough for one meal,1 and by
noon next day the fuel had-given out.
There were more than a hundred of us,
and death by freezing and starvation
stared us In the face."
"Seems to me I heard of that Inci
dent," said the redheaded man from
"Of course you did of course,", re
plied the drummer, "as the details
were published far and wide. We
were In that drift for sixtecu days. I
have always felt sorry for the ten little
children, but tinder such circumstances
what can you do? It is a case of the
survival of the fittest. Yes, the
children had to go. There came a day
when we had eaten the last of our
shoes and gloves, and we had to begin
on the children."
"You don't mean that you turned
cannibal!" exclaimed the mother of a
four-year-old boy. . .
"Ah, madam, when meu ore dying of
hunger they have uo sentiment," re
plied the drummer. "The last of the
children. had disappeared when we
were rescued. I am sorry, deeply
sorry, but I feel myself blameless. I
had eaten' my shoes, gloves, hat and
the velvet collar of my overcoat first.
I bad even tried to eat the plush cover
of the seats, but the stuff got tangled
in my teeth and wouldn't go down. I
knew that there were ten fat children
aboard, ranging in age from one to
seven years, but I was not the first to
propose it. No, believe me, I was not.
I had intended to keep right on and
starve to death, but the others were
fierce to live, and live they did. The
first child selected was a beautiful little
boy. Ah, I remember"
The drummer wiped tears from his
eyes with his knuckles and was over
come for a moment. When he could
control bis voice again, he said:
"I cannot go on. I refer you to the
papers of that date for further particu
lars. I brought up the incident for its
moral effect alone. Always remember,
my friends, that no matter how bad
things are they might be worse."
Most of us had mentally set him
down as a bold faced, liar, but forgave
him on the ground that he was . lying in
our Interests, when he cleared his
throat and resumed:
"I was In the Blank hotel in St.
Louis when that terrible conflagration
broke out. As I am a Chicago man.
and as there Is a bitter Jealousy be
tween the two cities, I was stuck away
up on the ninth floor in a small room.
It was midnight, and I was sleepln
like a babe when the smoke and flame
and confusion aroused me. Hastily
throwing on my clothes, I dashed out
into the hall. From a window at the
back end dangled a rone a single
rope. There was just time for one per
eon to slide down before the rope
would be burned in twain and rendered
useless, while there were forty women
and myself to be saved. In this emer
"You Baved tho forty women, of
course," Interrupted an old maid from
"No, ma'am; I am happy to say
didn't," replied the drummer. "With
their shrieks and screams ringing in
my ears, I caught the rope and de
scended In safety, and every one of
"But that was worse than cowardly
on your part. A man who would do
.. "I. acted .for the. best.. I assure you.
ma'am. Those ladies were delegates
to a Christian Endeavor convention.'
They had attended a meeting that day.
They were readr to go. On the con
trary, I was at that time a sinful man
and needed at least two years to even
stop swearing. There has never been
the slightest doubt in my mind where
the forty went to, but If I hadn't
escaped by the rope my whereabouts
to this day would be a subject of
anxiety to my friends. The moral le.s-
pon I seek to convey is that none cf us
should ever stand in the way of some
body else getting hold of a good thing."
Two or three of the men said some
thing about punching some one's head,
and three or four, of the women looked
npon the drummer as a.tnonsttT. Oth
ers looked horrified, and some tried to
smile In a doubtful way, ami it was a
palnrul pause as the druiumt'r limited
in his vest pocket for a troche. As he
dropped It iuto his mouth he said:
'I tell you the story because of the
moral lesson conveyed. There are
worse things than betnz snowed nn
here. For Instance, we nilnht be
straneled in our beds." M. QUA !.
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E. H. Gutbk. Complainant-.' Solicitor
Fstate of Julius Goetz, deceased.
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ministrator of the estatn of Julius Goetz,
tate oc the county of Rock Island, state
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