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THE ARGUS, SATURPAX, NOVEMBER 20, 1902
RECOLLECTIONS OF PIONEER
Historical Incidents That Have Been Crowded Into the Re
markable Life of A. C. Fulton.
" 'I established a general store nt
the hamlet and almost immediately
joined William Bennett and Mr. Lam
bert, to be a half owner of a water
power created by the Wapsipinicon
. Falls, in Buchanan county. Mr. Ben
nett had created a log house with two
rooms and a shed roofed kitchen, I he
tirst white man's habitation ever
erected in that county. ,
" We, with great hardship and la-,
bor, dammed the Wapsijrrieon river
and created an ordinary f rcAiiier grist
mill, built a warehouse and black
smith shop. We had to haul our saw
ed lumber from Dubuque, but the
bulk of all our luniber, even the floor
ing of dwellings, had to be procured
from the forest with an axe. Oh, my,
the task to make a world!
'"We fondly hoped to plant the
metropolis of the great west at Quas
queton."' On Aug. 4. 1S42, the entire
population of Buchanan county num
bered 15, self included.
"'In the spring of 1843. the Buchan
an -county lands were sold at uuetion
in "itiii town of Marion, saml repur
chased, and in February, 1S44, sold the
town of Quasqueton to William W.
llnddin for a mere bagatelle, as the
county records now witness.
" 1 did not cease mill-building, but
in 1847 erected the two first steam
merchant mills in Scott county, one
of them costing $14,000.
'Time brought 1S34 around and
the presidency of the state senate
caused a deadlock for many days,
to the great injury of the state. I, a
free-soil republican, broke from my
moorings anil placed Hon. M. J.,.
Fisher, of Clayton county, an avow
ed pro-slavery democrat, in the presi
dent's chair, for which act I received
the censure of many.
"'During the extra session of 18."G
a grant of public land for railroad
purposes was accepted by the state
and our railroad laws were enacted
and are now amongst the laws that
exist in their original form. Sailor I
had the honor to originate and draft
those laws, and act as their guardian.
" 'During the session of 1853, when
the mam- question was Nebraska or
anti-Nebraska, or the extension of
slavery, the party lines were strained,
the supposed candidate for United
States senator was a friend and a citi
. zenof my district and who would be
ope of. the arbitrators. But, as I had
when under trying circumstances at
sea. pledged myself ever to battle
against human slaverj-, I had to diso
bey the almost unanimous petition of
' my constituents to abandon James
Harlan, notwithstanding he had re
. ceived but four votes at the previous
" count. But I stood by and saw him
""'elected to make Iowa known at home
' and in distant .lands. To have with
drawn would decree his defeat.
" I leave the rejection or the con
firmation of this momentus history
with Hon. James Harlan.
" 'Kcspectf ully yours.
"Vi. C. FULTON.'"
"Another good act of Senator Ful
ton merits mention and preservation,
as it was an act of lasting and vital
importance to the people of the state
"The senate-proceedings of Dec. 10,
1854, now before us, says:
"'Senator Coop, by leave, introduc
ed a bill defining a standard weight
per bushel for stone coal, and making
that weight 70 pounds per bushel.
'"Senator Fulton moved to strike
out '70 and insert 80. which, after
debate, was adopted. "
On the 9th of August. 1894, when
the tyrant strike was in power and
was wielding its blighting and de
structive sceptre to cripple and de
stroy all and every 'enterprise, a Dav
enport journal published as follows:
"With the memory so fresh of the
late Pullman sympathetic strikes,
with the horrors of human life lost,
immense destruction of property and
disastrous effects on business and
commerce, many seem to forget that
we have ever before suffered- from
anything so terrible, and probably
equally unjustifiable in their origin.
The Tribune recently awakened the
memory of some of its older readers
lo the strikes of 1875, which far sur
passed those of this year in the loss
of life over 10O persons in a single
night and immeasurably greater de
struction of property. In 1S83 there
were strikes of coal miners, rail":i
employes, telegraph operator", etc.,
more disturbing to greo. ;:iainess in
terests than those "f today. They
were so serious m.J widespread as to
fall the atir.i.iton of congress, and
re'Rcd in the appointment of a sen
ate committee to investigate the
causes and, if possible, to recommend
such legislation as might prevent the.
recurrence of such calamities. This
committee was composed at nine
senators, representing as many
states, but Iowa was not one of them.
In the same way, at the, practical
close of the. strikes of S94, has the
attention of congress been given to
these disturbances, and the president,
authorized to appoint, which has been
done, a committee to thoroughly in
vestigate the strikes, the causes of
them, the accompaniments of vio
lence, etc., and finally to make its
recommendations or suggestions for
legislative action, to provide for such
security in future as may be obtained,
by arbitration or otherwise.
"The senate committee of 1883 call
ed before it Jay Gould, railroad pres-
ident; Powderly, the head of the K.
of L., nd lesser lights in labor or
ganizations, with a multitude of oth
ers, and received hundreds of : com
munications by mail- from both the
invited and uninvited. In 1885 the
committee published what was one
of the most elaborate alid exhaustive
reports ever made to the United
States senate. It vas in five large
volumes, containing altogether over
3.000 pages. The report comprised a
full discussion of the labor and cap
ital question then, just as it is now,
attracting so much" attention, with
many facts bearing on the subject.
The present committee would do well
lo'examine this report, with its facts
and figures, before proceeding to col
late their own. It can obtain both in
formation and useful suggestions for
its own work.
"But this voluminous report gave
singular credit or faid a high com
pliment to a citizen of Davenport
A. C. Fulton. Aug. 1. '.i8S:i. in the
midst of the strike excitement, the
old Gazette, a paper probably un
known to any member of he com
mitted, opened a parliament in its
columns, where every citizen who had
anything to write on the strikes, or
labor and capital questions, in con
nection, should he free to express his
opinions, and the communications in
response were numerous, and some
of (Hem peppery. At that time Mr.
Fulton was confined to bed from the
effects of an old wound, and his phy
sician was canvassing the necessity
of amputating a limit, awd even so
licitous about saving his patient's life.
Mr. Fulton, however, was so interest
ed in the parliament discussions that
he determined to take a hand in it.
In his diversified and really remark
able life he. had worked for $1G a
month and cut wood at 50 cents a
cord, and. to use his own expression,
'had made money out of it, so he
probably thought he could write from
his own experience with some intelli
gence on the labor and capital ques
tion, although short on the capital
end. At all events, lying on his back,
he wrote two letters for the (Jazette
covering this question. Here comes
in the singular fact that, in all the
huge volumes of the senate commit
tee report, these two letters were the
only ones extracted from newspapers
and given in full from among the
thousands of letters and articles that
were published by the press on the
capital and labor question. They Mil
be found in volume 2, pages SitU-lOC';.
It is strange and complimentary to
Mr. Fulton that his letters should
thus have been selected from all oth
ers, written by a very sick man, and
published in a little Iowa paper, com
paratively obscure from its influence,
and, located in a small city so far
away. from the nation's capital. Yet,
they are plain, practical articles.
written from a" man's own experience
in pa ft. and with no rhetorical flour
ish, but the gist, the boiled-down sub
stance of what a more fluent writer
might have occupied columns in say
ing with less effect. They were, per
haps, precisely what the committee
wanted as materially assisting their
work in solving the capital and labor
"In giving these facts relating to
Mr. Fulton's receiving a distinguished
honor in this way, we only give sig
nificance at this late day to what has
been published before, yet is well to
be known as a tribute to a citizen of
Davenport who yet lives with us."
The Democrat of Nov. 12, 1S93, pul
lishcs the follows:
"Mr. Fulton recalls one experience
t;f the winter of '42 that still makes
him shiver and want a heavier coat
whenever he thinks of it. He can
bring on a chill in midsummer by
reviving its memories.
"On this memorial occasion he
was driving across the unmarked
prairies of interior Iowa in a cutter,
drawn by a team of horses. He was
out in the neighborhood of Inde
pendence, and had gone there to look
up practicable . water powers, with
the idea of building a mill somewhere
in that neighborhood for the manu
facture of the wheat that was then
so plentifully grown by the few farm
ers who had opened farms in that
region. He was on his way home,
on Sundaj', Feb. 26, following an un
marked course towards his next stop
ping poinl, for there were no roads
out Mirio then. A snow storm came
orj The term blizzard had not then
been given to such phenomena by
the Dakota sufferers, but this was a
blizzard of undoubted authority and
genuineness. The snow came whirl
ing down as it can do in such a storm,
hurried along by Arctic blast's that
were enough to pierce the thickest
overcoat and overcome the stoute.-t
heart. In a little while the horizon
line was lost. Earth could not be
told from skj Direction was undis
tinguishable. The instinct of the
horses was as much baffled as the
skill of their driver. They were, lost
on the prairie.
"Mr. Fulton says he was clad then
about as he is now in his comings
and goings in this fine fall weather,
which is to say that while he was
clothed for comfort at this time of
the year he was in fine trim, for an
early death by freezing in such a
storm. He had a buffalo robe; and
it was about all the protection he had
that was worth naming. It was use
less to stand still. There was no ref
uge within many miles, and it -was
hafdly to be hoped that man or team
could live to reach it; but the horses
plodded on, while the storm held on
and the snow whirled past them.
. "The day passed into the night,
and still they made their way ahead,
the direction of the wind being .their
only guide. They could be sure it;
was from the northwest, and they
held it to their backs and made tracks
as fast as they could towards the
comforts of civilization. Morning
came and still the storm held. All
through Monday, the horses, unfed
and unwatered and unrested, held
their way. The man in the sleigh
was so stiffened in his-buffalo robe
wrappings that he could not have
cared for them if he had found a
place to alight. Monday night came
on, and with it no sign of shelter.
Monday night passed and Tuesday
morning dawned, and still the cold
was intense, and there was no trace
of human habitation or possible place
if refuge. Tuesday dragged its slow
length along, but by this time, tire
some and torturing as they were, the
hours did not move slower than the
worn-out horses. They had almost
reached the limit of their endurance
and strength, but they moved for
ward at a pace compared with which
the gate of the average funeral train
would have seemed a vcloiiic burst
of qeed. It could scarcely be called
"H.was with feelings of the deepest
despair that Mr. Fulton saw the light
begin, to fade on Tuesday afternoon.
Thfl situation was as hopeless then as
it had been before, save from the
fact the homes of settlers were a
good many mile nearer, but with his
fagged team a mile might mean
death. -Ueseue could not be much
longer delayed if .it was worth, being
accepted. In a short time the end
would surely come. Cold and hunger
were doing their work. The frozen
fingers and the well-nigh frozen arms
could no longer guide the tottering
steps of the poor half-dead animals,
and they moved, what little they did
move, without a master's hand. And
in this helpless, pit less condition the
niiseraLle party of two horses and
their master were as night again
settled over the white prairies, so
black with the abandonment of hope
that it was no longer wort h... while
to think of living.
"If Ihe reader can bring himself to
imagine this case fully and complete
ly, he may be able to understand
what a tumult of emotions was
aroused in Mr. Fulton's breast when
he caught for a faint, tliikering in
stant the dimmest kind of a gleam
of light through the blackness which
rimmed the horizon. It was- just a
gleam that was speedily extinguish
ed, and it was too faint nn.l far away
to found hope upon; but it shone
again, un.l clearer. That light meant
warmth and food and life, with all
that life means; but it was so far
away, so dim and distant, and the
half-dead team was so ne-ir its last
strained effort that it also meant the
saddest of all deaths death within
sight iif escape and safety.
"The hor.-es were dragged toward
that star of hope, and they dragged,
dragged themselves forward so slow
ly and painfully that they seemed to
stand still. The hours had-been lung
with monotonous despair before, but
now they were lung with the agf.ny
of fear that the way of escape. would
be barred at the last steps of the re
treat. But the hordes were still alive,
though barely so, and barely able to
move, and they did make progress,
though' it was so slow and distress
ful. Little by little the light grew
plainer. What if it should go out?
It hail been hours since dark fell, and
the settlers were all men of steady
habits, who went early to bed. What
could keep this particular light
burning, and how soon might It dis
appear and leave the wanderer in
darkness to miss the window from
which it shone? ... .
(To be Continued.) . .
The llet Remedy for Cronp
From the Atchison (Kans.) Daily
Globe: This is the season when the
woman who knows the best remedies
for croup is in demand in every
neighborhood. One of the most terri
ble things in the world is to be awak
ened in the middle of the night by a
whoop from one of the children. The
croup remedies are almost as sure to
be lost, in case of croup, as a revolver
is sure to be lost in case of burglars.
There used to . be .an . old-fashioned
remedy for croup, known as hive syr
up and tolu, but some modern moth
ers saj' that Chamberlain's Cough
Kemedy is better, and does not cost
so much. It causes the patient to
"throw up the phlegm" quicker, and
gives relief in a shorter time. Give
this remedy as soon as the eroupy
cough appears and it will prevent the
attack. It never fails and is pleasant
and safe to take. For sale by all
Cored of Piles After Forty Tears.
C. llaney, of Geneva, Ohio, had
the piles for forty years. Doctors
and dollars could do him no lasting
good. DeWitt's Witch Hazel Salve
cured him permanently. Invaluable
for cuts, burns, bruises, sprains, la
cerations, eczema, tetter, salt rheum,
and all other skin diseases. ' Look for
the name DeWitt on the package
all others are cheap, worthless coun
Harper House Tharmacy, A. J.
Riess drug store, corner Seventh Ave
nue and Twenty-seventh street. '
Some of the most anxious hours of
a mother's life are those when the
little ones of the household have the
croup. There is no other medicine so
effective in this terrible malady as
Foley's Honey and Tar. It is a house
hold favorite for throat and lung
troubles, and as it contains no opia-
ates 6r other poisons it can be safely.
given. All druggists.
.r Tear JLIdMys f
Dr. IIobba'8pamirnsP1UenreaU kidney tils. Bam
FOR THE CHILDREN
' How One Man, Claooaes Boys.
A gentleman who has "charge of 200
boys in a large department store loves
to talk about boys.
"How do you choose your boys?" was
"My first question Is, 'Where is the
boy? You see, it all depends upon the
boy himself. You can judge the boy
better from his appearance, his man
ner, his dress and the way he cornea
Into an office than from any descrip
tion of hiin. Character shows forth in
little things; you can't hide it. I take
boys by what you might almost term
first impressions.' I have "sized him up
before he enters the office, the respect
ful and self respectful way in which
he meets my look and questions giv
ing me an Idea of his bringing up
and the stuff that is In him. As to ap
pearance, I look nt once for these
things: Polished shot's, clean clothes
and clean linger nails. Good clothes
are not requtsltef. A loy's clothes may
be ragged, his sh mh may have holes In
them, yet his appearance may still give
evidence of a desire to he neat. I will
not employ a cigarette smoker if I
know It. As for reference, a boy's
teacher is the best reference that he
can have. The recommendation which
a good boy in our employ gives a boy
applying for a position always receives
"A cash boy's tirst advance is to
stock loy, office boy or cadet. A stock
boy attends to the work in whatever
stock he Is in. A cadet is a general
utility lKy. An ollh-e loy works around
some one of the offices of the house.
We promote according to merit, length
of service or combined. Whenever pos
sible we try to give our oldest employ
ees preference, but if another boy who
has not been here as long as another
shows greater fitness for a vacancy lu
Justice to the house anil the boy he
gets It. A cash boy gets a week;
when he has lecn here three months
$IS. or if he has shown marked ability
Xlnle and Thoronahbred Ilorve.
A fable. 1
A thoroughbred Arab horse? and a
mule were lodged together for a uight
In the same stable. The mule could do
nothing but com plain of everything.
"How stupid these stablemen are he
exclaimed. "What a wretched building,
this Is, and what rotten straw to lie
upon! And the fodder, too why. it Is
not tit for asses."
Thus he went on finding fault with
one thing and theu another, while his
couiiuinion. the thoroughbred steed,
uttered not a murmur or complaint, but
seemed quite content with what had
falleu to his lot.
Moral. Mark ye, my friends, among
mankind as well as animals, true gen
tility is ever content and noble, lie as
sured that we may always recognize
the traits of an ill bred person if such
a one is constantly grumbling and dis
coutented with his.' lot. II. Berkeley
Score in Chatterbox.
Don't Overdo Pleasure.
It seems iuiMtssihIc to Impress it uion
the average small boy and girl that
there Is actually more enjoyment In
eating slowly and taking small moiith
fuls than in gulping down food in enor
mous "chunks" and omitting as far as
possible the process of mastication,
that there Is more pleasure in playing
ball at the rate of one game or two
oath day than in playing all day long
for a week or two, going to bed cross
,anI exhausted every night and weary
ing, of the sport before the vacation Is
half gone, and that; there is, generally
.peaking, more solid "fun" in not over
dolng a pleasure than there is in rush
ing into it at such a rate that the young
rioters "tear it to tatters" and them
selves, too, in a painfully short time. 1
New York Times.
The Sons of the Fire
Now, hush, pretty flames, anil leap no
For the winter's day at last is o'er.
The children are fast asleep in bed;
Then Bink to a rosy, glowinK red.
With never on upward ppark to fly
From the silent embers that fade and die.
Tour work la done, so put out your light;
Sleep well, little flames; Rood night, good
Hush! The world U all asleep.
And the little stars that peep
Down the chimneypot to see
Where the little sparks can be
Twinkle softly In the sky.
Whispering a lullaby.
Constance M. Lowe.
Kamea of Japanese Girls.
Many of the pretty and suggestive
little words that serve as names for
Japanese girls are as charming in Eng
lish as in Japanese. It is not uncom
mon for a Jap girl to bear the name of
a flower. On the other hand, however,
many girls in Japan boar the names of
some domestic utensils, as frying pan
or dustbrush. Doubtless this results
from the custom common among some
people of naming n child for the first
object that strikes the eye after the
little one has come into the world.
The New Doll.
There was trouble In the nursery.
Little Nellie had broken her doll and
would not be comforted. That night
there was a new arrival in the house,
and next day, after many Injunctions
to be quiet, little Nellie was taken to
see her new baby brother. She stood
for a minute and gazed in wonder on
the little bundle In nurse's arms. Then,
toddling around to her mother and
Btroking her face tenderly, she said:
"Me won't break your dollie, muv
verr Hot a Good Needle.
"IIow do you spell needle. Bobby?"
asked the teacher. "X-e-I-d-l-e, needle,
was the reply. "Wrong." said the
teacher, "there is no 'i' in needle.
"Well, then, 'taln't n good needle."
Little Chronicle, .
WON ON HIS RECORD.
Latest Addition to Connecticut's List
of Labor Mayors.
Trade union mayors are becoming
common in Connecticut towns. The
latest is George P. Sullivan, who L
also the youngest. 'At the recent elec
tion Mr. Sullivan was chosen mayor of
Derby over one of the most prominent
business men of that city by a plurali
ty of 205 votes.
Mr. Sullivan is a member of tea
plumbers' union and influential in the
Derby Central Labor union body. Last
GlIOKGF. I KCM.IVAN.
year the labor clement elected Mr.
Sullivan alderman. He gained such
prominence for his honesty and de
termination as alderman that this yer.r
he was made the candidate for mayor,
although it was not thought possible
to overcome the large Republican ma
jority In this city. He won with ease.
Mr. Sullivan is a native of Derby
and is but twenty-eight years old. He
received his education iu' the common
CLEVER MISS HOWELLS.
KanionM Xovelixt'n Danxliter In Iler-Kt-lf
Miss Mildred Hovvells. whose engage-
. ment to lrcfissor David Falrvhild. en-
j tomoloirlst of the Smithsonian Institu
tion, has -just been unuour.cpd. Is the
only daughter of Wiiliam Dean How
ells, the famous novelist.
Miss Ilowiils is the clever daughter
of a clever lather. Ten or twelve
yi-ars ago Mr. IIowclls wrote the intro
duction and comment for a book of
sketches called "A Little Girl Among
HISS MILDRED HOXt,LS.t
the Old Masters." The little girl was
his daughter Mildred, then but twelve
years old. who made the sketches
without instruction, v.ithaut sugges
tion from any oueand quite without
help or criticism. Miss Mildred has
also written some poems, but of late
years has devoted her time aud talent
to her pencil and bru.hes.
MONUMENT TO TRADE.
Magnificent Sew Home of the Sen
York Chamber of Commerce.
After a successful career of 104
years the chamber of commerce of New
York has just taken formal possession
of a building siecially constructed for
it. It is the first home the eminent
mercantile organization ever owned
and was built by subscription. It cost
This magnificent temple dedicated to
commerce is built of marble and is
most Imposing and beautiful. It is
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BtTLDnja, NEW
situated In Liberty street, in lower
New York. The facade is ornamented
by six big marble columns, surmount
ed by carved capitals.
The decorative effects of the vast
meeting room, which occupies the
whole second floor, are supplemented
by 117 portraits of the merchants who
have given New York its place in the
commercial world. Altogether the New
York Chamber of Commerce building
Is a noble- monument to the work -of
"Moving day" loses its hardships if for
lunch you have biscuit prepared from
Calumet Baking Powder.
Calumet Baking Powder complies with the pure food laws of ellstates.
You can take it anywhere.
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SIMON LEWIS' RETAIL LIQUOR STORE.
Market Square, Corner Seventeenth Street and Third Avenue.
I ROCK ISLAND SAVINGS BANK
BOCK ISLAND, ILL.
Incorporated Under the State L,aw. 3J Per Cent
' ' Interest Paid on Deposits.
Money Loaned on Personal C ollateral or Ileal Kstafe Security.
J J. ?I. Ihiford, President.
dohn Cruhaugh. Vice President.
P. (Jreenawalt, Cashier.
l!egan the business .lulv 2. isin.
"J and occupying S. K. corner of
Mitchell it Lvnde's new building.
. LOW RATES
Eat Turkey With the
"Old Folks at Home."
On Nov. 2(i and 27, round trip tick
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on-the "P.ig Four Kou.e" snl D. & U.
K. II. (within a radius of 150 miles of
starting joint): alo to many points
on connecting lines in Central Passen
ger association territory within same
radius, at very low rates.
Ticket XV ill H Good for IK" torn
to and Including Xov. 2S. l&Ot.
For full information and particu
lars as to rates, tickets, limits, etc.,
call on agents Big Four Koute," or
address the undersigned.
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t P. DEPPK,
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ALLEN M. NYE, T. P. A, Peoria, 111.
Big Four Routs
The best in fact, is one that coo's
the stomach without doing any in
jury. There's nothing like line Kapior
to take Jell sting out of col 1 water,
l-'or the choicest f everything on the
list call on us. We please, surprise
and satisfy all.
To Wall Paper Buyers
We have decided to close out the
balance of our spring stock at a sac
rifice, aud for the next 30 days you
can buy good, new Wall Papers (no
shelf wort; goods) at special values
all the way from c per roll up. We
have a large force of practical paper
hangers and painters and all work
intrusted to us is given our personal
attention, l'rices the lowest in the
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The West. .
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' South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado,
Utah, and many other States at
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On the same days we will sell One
Way tickets at practically half the
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Southwest Miasonri, New Mer.ieo, Okla
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