Newspaper Page Text
THE ARGUS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1902.
RECOLLECTIONS OF PIONEER
Historical Incidents That Have Been Crowded Into the Ke
markable Life of A. C. Fulton.
"Key West has a vvorlil-vvide repu
tation for eiar manufactories, and
here is where three-fourths of your
Havana cigars are made, by an army
of nearly 3.000 cijrarniakers, one linn
employing 700 hands; and lately two
of the largest, firms undertook to
monopolize the C ubau tobacco crop,
but. went under. This has thrown
over 1.000 hands out of employment
and affected the business of the whole
"The city of Havana, Cuba, lies on
the banks of a spacious bay, about
ti2. miles' sail from New Orleans. I
find the change during the past 50
years within the then old city to be
very trifling. A large portion of the
buildings, and the same streets "JO to
V,0 feet wide, their two to three feet
sidewalks remain just the same, but
square stone blocks imported from
New York have taken the place of the
then earth roadways. Those narrow
streets are only of sufficient width
tor two teams to pass without collid
ing, yet a vast amount of business is
transacted on them. In the more
modern portions of the city the width
of both streets and walks has been
increased, and their roadways are
"The city contains 250.0O0 inhabi
tants. 95 per cent of whom are Span
iards. There are six journals publish
ed in the city, all in the Spanish lan
guage. The city is lighted by gas
manufactured from Knglish coal, and
is supplied with an abundance of pure
water from vast springs in tlieimuiii-'
tains, a chain of which runs through
the island. The altitude of a portion
of it rises 5.000 feet above the sea.
Many of the coffee estates are on the
mountain sides. The city has street
railroads and many expensive and
massive hotels and public buildings.
"No building, public or private, has
chimneys, except kitchens, heat not
being used at all. Hotel beds, even in
the best hotels, charging $4 a day,
consist of an elevated iron or wooden
frame called a cot, over which a
piece of canvas is stretched; some
have fine woven wire instead of can
vas; none have mattresses; a single
sheet, blanket, and pillow is a full
outfit, and many do not possess
even these, as they are considered
an tin necessary luxury.
"The sugar crop of the island
amounts to $50,000,000 annually, and
tlit- tobacco, raw and manufactured,
over $5.(M)O.U(io. logwood, braselete
wood, mahogany and fruit swell the
exports to over .5-o.Ooo.ooo. and not
over one-half of the island is under
cultivation; and without doitbt the
sun does not shine on a more pro
ductive land. Kighty per cent of this
vast crop is produced through slave
labor, but there is a gradual emanci
pation act now in force.
"I observed more native Africans
here than were to be seen in Louisi
ana in my day. They are mostly of
o 1 or middle age. as ery few have
been imported from Africa during
the past fifteen years. The island
varies in width Irom 40 to 140 miles,
and is 700 miles in length and has
over ssoo miles of railroad.
"The autocrat governor general
procures from the Spanish crown,
through taxation of the people of the
island, over $:UM0.OOO annually. The
debt created through the late rebel
lion is all charged to the rebellious
island, and has to be paid by it
through taxation on her products,
not by the nation at large. Spain's
program differs slightly from that
of I'ncle Sam's; the tax-paying na
tives, being feared, are seldom if ever
permitted to hold otlice.
"All religions have been tolerated
for the past three years through
out Spain and her provinces, but
there are no congregations or
churches then- except Catholic. There
congregations are principally com
posed of women ami children, with a
few old men who expect to die
soon. The government builds and
supports its churches and pays its
preachers. Missionaries of various
creeds occassionally hold services at
"We foreigners on landing here, do
not inquire where the voting is go
ing on. that we wish to help our
friends at the polls in carrying the
personal liberty ticket, or in elect
ing .lackson, as has been done on
I'ncle Sam's side of the gulf. The law
permits no man to vote even at a
city election, who does not pay a
tax of $25. and no man can vote for a
member of the cortes or congress
who does not pav a tax of $'-!0.
"Jf you desire to visit Cuba you
must get a passport from a Spanish
consul, for which you pay $4. No
vessel will carry you, nor can you
land without one, and before you de
part you must go to the Palace (irand,
pay 25 cents for a stamp, and 50 cents
to cancel it; without this you cannot
purchase a ticket to go with, and an
officer boards the vessel to see that
"No vessel is permitted to come to
the shore, but must anchor off and
land and receive her freight and pas
sengers by lighter and. smaller boats.
When you anchor a police officer and
two customhouse officers board your
ship and remain with yon, feasting at
your table free of cost until you
weigh anchor to depart.
"Should you violate or defy the law
or attempt to depart, there stanl at
the bay's entrance the Morro and
Tilaneo castles, with their open and
vapacious-mouthed cannon prepared.
to belch forth their iron hail and
mimic the thunders of heaven.
-'"If we foreigners complain of the
Spanish laws or their formalities, we
are told, and no doubt rightly, that
if the sitiiatic.ii is not agreeable to to
keep away; that we did not come
into the country to benefit Spain or
the Spaniards, but ourselves.
"Yours, A. C. FIXTOX."
I. II. Camp, president of the Scott
County Fremont club, published the
acts of that association. I will there
fore name a portion of President
Camp's report to the ancient pio
neers, as it embraces more recent
Fremont years. '1 he Fremont sup
porters in session assembled to give
the union trusty rulers, William Me
Kinley and Theodore IJoosevelt. Mr.
Camp, in his publication, says:
"On Oct. ',, l!)oo. a call was issued
to the republicans of Scott county,
who were among the organizers of
the' republican party, to a meeting to
be held at the republican headquar
ters of the Scott county central com
mittee in the McManus building Oct.
0. l'.too, at which meeting the follow
ing persons were present:
"Col. Henry F.gbert, Col. A. I.. Mit
chell, Hon. A. C. Fulton, (J. F. Kuost-
man. Kobert Osborn. K. P. Sackett,
11. I. Fish. D. A. Ihirrows, .1. 11.
Camp. Yal. Laux, II. .1. Flint, II. P.
Wheeler an 1 W. W. Webster.
"The meeting was called to order
by J. JI. Camp and a temporary or
ganization was formed, of which 15.
F. Knostman was elected temporary
chairman ami L. T. Kads secretary.
Several speeches were made. Twenty
seven members were admitted and
much enthusiasm was displayed. The
meeting adjourned to' meet at the
snnie place the following Saturday at
2 p. m., and at that date a large and
enthusiastic meeting was called to
order by the chairman, i. F. Kubst
man. A motion was made and unani
mously adopted to make the organiz
ation permanent, and the following
officers were then elected for one
year: President, .1. II. Camp; vice
president, tl. F. Knostman: secretary,
L. T. Fads; treasurer, Yal. Laux. A
moth n was adopted that a committee
of ' three lie appointed by the chair
to draft resolutions expressing the
sentiments of the meeting and also
to draft a constitution, by-laws and
rules of order. The following mem
bers were then appointed as such
committee: lion. A. C. Fulton. Ucv.
F. I. Moflatt and L. T. Kads. who re
ported some excellent resolutions,
and also a constitution, by-laws and
rules of order, which were, on motion,
unanimously adopted. At this meet
ing 2S members were admitted and a
number of short addresses made.
The meeting then adjourned to meet
on Saturday, Oct. 20, inst., at the same
"The club met according to ad
journment, the president, .1. 11. Camp,
in the chair. Oreat enthusiasm was
displayed, the regular order of busi
ness was gone through, speeches were
called for and the following members
rescinded, viz.: Col. Add II. Sanders,
Hon. A. C. Fulton, Kev. F. 1 Moffatt.
Thomas Winkk'ss and many others,
('apt. Lon I: rvH'n of the county re
publican county central committee
being present was called on by the
president 1 address the meeting and
he. responded with a ine address
which was warmly rcccixed as were
the remarks of the others who sxkc.
Thirty-four members were enrolled,
and the meeting adjourned to Satur
day. Oct. 27, inst.
"The regular annual meeting in Sep
tember, 1!)01, was called to order by
the president with quite a large num
ber in attendance. After regular or
dir of business had been gone
through, the election of officers for
the ensuing year was taken up and
on mot ion all the otlieers were re
elected. Hon. A. C. Fulton was elec
ted second vice president. .The sec
retary then r. ad a letter from Mrs.
Fremont at Los Angeles, Cat., in ans
wer to one written by him. thanking
the tdub for the interest taken by our
association to perpetuate the honor
and name of lier late husband, the
great Pathfinder, and the first nomi
nee of the republican party,
which was on motion placed on tile.
Many short and interesting speeches
were made by members of the club.
Harry Peacoel,. one of Fremont's
body guard, being present, was called
on by the president and gave tin- club
a very interesting address, relating
many incidents in his connection with
the services of the hodv guard of
Oen. John C. Fremont and battles
fought under Ziargonia. A motion
was then made and carried that the
club attend in ;i lwidy 1he republican
meeting to be addressed by lion. A. IS.
Cummins, the nominee for governor.
Nov. 1, at the opera house
rotary was instructed to keep a mor
tuary list of all deceased members.
The meeting then adjourned until the
next regular annual meeting, or at
the call of the pre.-idenl.
"l'ursiinnt to the call of the presi
dent a large number of the members
met and m;nil..l in a body headed
by the president to the opera house
to welcome our candilalc for gover
nor, A. I!. Cummins. Special seats
were reserved for the club.'
The population of Scott county, by
the last I'nited States census, was 51.
550 persons, as follows:
Allen tiroxe township T'.7
I : I tic Crass town-hip, including
Cuffalo towns). rp, including liuf-
fahi low u
I'.utfalo tow n
Cut Icr township
Hickory Orovc township
I.e Claire township, including I.e
I,"e Claire tow n
Pleasant Yalley township
Princeton township, including
Sheridan township. including
I'ldridge tow n
Davenport City township, coex
tensive with Davenport city...:;
". t L
4 t 5
Second ward 0.270
Third ward 7.i:;o
Fourth ward G.:;72
Fifth ward (1.557
Sixth ward . .'. 5.iios
(To be Continued.)
How to Prevent Croup,
It will be good news to the mothers
of small children to learn that croup
can be prevented. The first sign of
croup is hoarseness. A day or two be
fore the attack the child becomes
hoarse. This is soon followed by a
peculiar rough cough. Cive Chamber
Iain's Couglf Comedy as soon as the
child becomes hoarse, or even after
the rough cough appears, and it will
dispel all symptoms of croup. In this
way all danger and anxiety may bo
avoided. This remedy is used by
many thousands of mothers and has
never been known to fail. It is, in
fact, the only remedy that can always
be depended upon and that is pleas
ant and safe to take. Fur sale by all
To Assimilate Food
sec that your stomach and
liver are in proper condition.
To do it easily and pleasant
Fold Everywhere. In boxes 10c and 23a,
WIlHt'lt 111 M Nuinc?
Kverything is in the name when it
comes to Witch Ha,:ol Salve. F. C. Do
Wilt : Co.. of thicago, discovered,
some years ago, how to make a salve
from witch ha.el that is a specific for
piles. For blind, bleeding, itching and
protruding piles, eczema, cuts, burns, .
bruises am! all skin diseases DeWilt's
Salve has no equal. This has given j
rise to numerous worthless counter
feits. Ask for DeWilt's the genuine.
Harper House pharmacy; A. .1.
Ciess drug store, corner Seventh ave
nue and Twent v-seventh street.
Searle & Marshall aid M. E. Sweeney, Attor
neys. Sta-e of Illinois, i
Hock Island County f-
In ike Circuit Court of 5 aid county. In
Cbauncry Foreclosure No 5108.
E.U K. I (axon, Samuel R. Daxon. F. H. Cald
well. Jiin s Jiiw. li K Godfrev a signee
eriiM .1 Huytrtt.Ua.til T Ll-.e..l. It llurk
tia t I'nl F Zoin, .1. 11. (iiilmorc. W. C
M..uclt r and Hiula Hu knurl
Noiict- is Lt:rer; uiven thai by virtue cf a
decrei ul s:d Court, enteri d 1' the above en
titled cause, on the Firt.eer.lh dy of I eto
oer. a I I'.jv- I snail, on -a'.urdiy. the Tblr
teruth day of Dt-cen ber A. D. at the hour of
two o'clock In the afternoon. at the east door of
the Court Hons: in the City of Kack l&lacd in
villi County of Kock Islind. to satis
fy said decree, sei! at public vendi e
t tin: h:chest bidJcr for cash n
nand. tl.ose t-trtam paree s t f land bituitc 'a
the County cf Hook I!ar,d acd state of llii-n-j:s.
known "nd described a, fuliows. lo- it:
Lots No ikk-Oi and lour i ) in block No.
lifty-seven Yin' bicaoor lower addition to
the Ci'vof Kvck I-land
!.. d at Molir.e, lilr,ois, th's eleventh day
Of Novu0er. A. Li. l.VM
'.VAI.TKK J r.NTUlKIS.
Mastt-r In Chancery. Itock lsianu count). IU.
SjEAKUK .V MaIv.-IIAI.I .
M. K S eiskt, EefeLdants' Solicitor.
news all the tinier The
Iron Bed, brass rnilei, bow foot
or green, any size,
DON'T WASTE, TIME OR MONEY. DON'T SHOP AT THE EXPENSE. OF
STRENGTH AND COMFORT. 4 COME. TO HEADQUARTERS
Mort is Chnir. massive 3rsign, solid oak.
vveil made, loose reversable
cushions, like cut
GET SOMETHING SUBSTANTIAL AND USEFUL NOTHING MORE DESIRABLE THAN FURNITURE
X'li ' I
Massive Si''"boar'1, like cvt. solid
oak. polish finish, large I'lfinh
bevt-I mirror, swell I "7 tZt
top drawers f i ,oll
I.:i r- ressinP" ( "rise, solid
oak. full swell front draw
er. La ret? French bevel
like c ; ....
;. H:in.1 r 13'"- ;
' f';iK i.iul i lr-r-l. ".i:i--.ion
s wed O-i . poll li
finish French I'.'-v i
Mirror l!Ve cut.
hioi. i a i veu
fcj Kanflsome 8-piece pnrlor suit In iiol-
k" : , l nV.AAnn, Antch wo mb rl-hlu
isiiru inn in ign y union, a-....
carved. coverlnK of fine silk
damask. Just Ilk cut
like cut ..
er. rich polden
Remember When I Say Like
Cut, I Mean It
Mnnsive Rvicoco Couch. 32 inch
heivy frame of oak or mahogany,
with steel construction
spring- just like cut
wood seat. lik
Fine Ladies' Desk, made
of quarter snivel oak and
Center Table, solid oak
polish finish, 24x21 inch
top, iYench shaped legs.
Klesrnnt Iarpe Turkish Ro. ker. penulne leather fill
ed in hair, best tempered steel springs. OQ M
Just like cut . LU))
A lare var
iety in genuine
m a h o g any,
a very pretty
Our asso r t-
tnont of Ta
woi th your at
tention. In all
very similar to
like cut . . .
sawed oak or ma
M-; ,,-. u ft
Fancy Rocker. Just liko cut.
Q:;u'tor sawed, golden oak pfI-
is!i hnish, very comfortalile
made . . .
Folid Oak Quarter Sawed Library Ta
ble, French shaped legs, highly pol-
i ir-Mifi iimh ii ni iib
I ,"'--'-y :yi
Kleprnnt large Arm Rock
er, golden oak finish, high
Cant be beat
ITandsome Pivnn, hlffhly pol
ished mahogany finish, sprln?
seat, upholstered in a variety of
covering just like
V V I.
China Closets, solid oak
bent glass ends, large glass
door, hand pol:sh finish.
, "tc-'.".t- c'r-l-vr5-rfSt-J
XL ti"f -V 'v-SS:-' ; -' . " V4 "-c 3
La r? -omfortable Rattan Rork
or similar to O QQ
.' r w "
Remember When I Say Lifee Cut, I Mean it
Extension Table, solid golden oak pol
ish finish, legs of rope twisted pattern
and extends 7 9
1 0 9 AND 111
E. SEC'D ST.
YOU WILL BE AMPLY REPAID BY A THOROUGH INSPECTION OF OUR STOCK
AND PRICES BEFORE DECIDING ON YOUR HOLIDAY PURCHASES
Beautiful Parlor Corner Chaliv trom
mahogany finlah. with coverings f
neb silk damaer, tapes- f" ov
try or velour
mi wiijhi n,m