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THE AEGTJS, TUJ2SDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1902
Published Daily and Weekly at 18M Second
Arenue, Bock Island, 111. Entered at the
Poatofflce as Second-class matter. .
BT THE J. "W. POTTER CX.
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such articles will be printed over fictitious
Correspondence solicited from every town
ship in Bock Island county.
Tuesday, December 2il.
Horace I.. Hotchkiss. who was .lay
(iould's broker, lias retired from Wall
street after 4" vear of ivork there.
If it is Irue, as tohl to President
INiosevelt. that there- are 40,000 bears
in Wyoming, 1 rouble is "bruin" for
liven the other trusts are crying
"down with the coal trust." They
know how it is to be without coal
The people are paying another mil
lion dollars to Chicago university.
Rockefeller has just subscribed that
sum and raised- the price of coal oil.
Having concluded from a.-study of
his record that Admiral Dewey knows
something about sea ' fighting, the
powers have consented arbitration.
The Monroe doctrine has been tie-
fended by our precedents, not by our
.Many of the republican leaders tell
Us now that "prosperity cannot con
tinue without abatement." Wbv not?
If the republican party can make
prosperity why cannot it continue
the prosperity without abatement as
long as it remains in power?
Secretary of State Hose has the
thanks of The Argus for a pamphlet
giving the official vote of the state of
Illinois cast at the general election
.Nov. 4 last. It also shows the vote
cast for president and governor in
1900 and iswi. and the vote for state
officers in 19S and 1S'.)4. and is a valu
able book of reference.
A movement is on foot to merge
Illinois college at Jacksonville and the
Jacksonville Female academy, making
it a co-educational institution under
the name of Illinois college. The col
lege was founded in IS'.Mi and the
academy in istil. If Illinois college is
able to increase its endowment $-00.-(HtO
by Jan. I the deal will be closed.
Of the sum needed all except $:!0.000
has already been raised.
There would be more willingness to
admit several of the territories as
states if there was more of a disposi
tion on the part of the people of the
territories to meet the ordinary rules
of business and American civilization
in fairness anil good faith. Spring
Which in ordinary rules of business
anil American civilization in fairness
and good faith, from the narrow view
point of the present congress, would
repose in absolute assurance of up
holding the republican party, right or
h'. A. Delano, general manager of
the Chicago. I'.ni lington & Ojitncy
railway, gave an address at the uni
versity of Illinois, the other day, on
"American Railways." The lecture
dealt with the economic and engineer
ing problems that have been en
countered during the development of
railways in this country and with the
causes which have brought about the
differences between American and
foreign roads. The lecture was given
under the auspices of the Mechanical
and Kleclrical Engineering society of
What our own country needs is
rest, says the .ew York Herald rest
from the manufacture of new securi
ties, from flare-ups fn Wall street, and
from corners in Chicago, and a
chance to pull itself . together; . find
out where it is at; pay off its foreign
debts and readjust credits at home
after the several years of speculative
debauch through which it has passed.
This must be done if we are to avoid a
crash in financing and speculative cir
cles, which would react to the injury
of the legitimate industrial and mer
cantile interests, which are now so
prosperous. This is no timefor fire
works. The Operators' Side of the Strike.
The coal barons are now having
their inning in the coal strike hear
ing. The witnesses for their side have
taken the stand it was surmised they
would, and- make an effort to show
that many of the strikers were law
less characters and irresponsible per
sons. Such testimony will not be
given much credence by the Ameri
can people who have much confidence
in labor. Of the 43,000 men who were
on a strike in- the anthracite fields
there were of course some reckless,
lawless4 and even irresponsible men;
But, that the amount of lawlessness
and bloodshed ws so limited as it
was in this strike is evidence indis
putable that the overwhelming ma
jority of the hard coal miners are
good, upright, law-abiding citizens.
I'esides. a few lawless- instances,
much as. they are to be deprecated,
are but natural, while the suffering,
starvation and want endured by
thousands of miners, miners wives
and miners children, widows and or
phans is unnatural. Those are un
natural conditions brought on by the
oppression by the barons. In their
greed for gold the operators have
seized all the. wealth produced in the
great' anthracite fields, and the mi
ners have been, given but n paltry pit
tance. It is true that the miners have
their faults, and they are guilty of
wrongs, but their wrongs are as noth
ing compared with the cruel oppres
sion and greed of the coal barons.
The unquestioned testimony given
before the anthracite commission as
to the conditions in the mines of the
Markel and Cotwe collieries is on the.
other hand even horrible. The treat
ment of the miners, in many cases as
the stories are told, brought, tears in
the eyes of nearly every one in the
court room. One cannot find more
disgraceful inhumanity in any coun
try in the -world, civilized or uncivil
ized, and yet it is to be remembered
that this is only a few steps beyond
the injustice and wrong peret rated
on those unfortunates in the other
mines. The reorts state that two
check weighmen produced1 figures
showing that, at the Deleware and
Hudson collieries the miners pro
duced 11U.K39 tons of coal more than
they were paid for.
The miners must bring up .1.i::t
pounds of coal and dirt to make a
ton of 2,'J40 Himds of pure coal. -ami
the union claims that the company
gets more than 2.240 pounds of coal
out of each "miner's" ton of :i,l5ti
and produced official figures to prove
Here is patriotism for you with a
vengeance. Here is a sample of the
effects of the concentration of power
which we are told is necessary to the
commercial supremacy of this coun
try. We must allow such eople as
these coal barons to defy the laws
and do as they, please, in order that
their employes and all the rest of us
may enjoy "prosperity." We claim to
have advanced greatly in civilization,
but there are plenty of people still
who want only the opportunity to be
as inhuman as any "monster of the
Men of a Hundred Years.
The census reports a total if 4.000
centenarians in this country to a po-
ulation of 7t.000,(MM. (iermnny has 77S
out of 5.-,0O0,000 people, France 2 in in
40.000.000. England only 146 in ::2.(MM.-
000 and Scotland 40 in 4.0OO.00O. Ser-
via. with but 2.2."0.tMK eople has ."7."
The year 1902 has been rich in hu
man century plants, a condition quite
in keeping with the recent declara
tions of .scientific authorities that the
average age time is advancing. Im
proved hygiene, better d-ietary under
standing and the advance of physical
culture, are among the. i-nfluences
which are removing century-old men
from the lists of Wonders.
BY A MISSISSIPPI PEARL
The following is a Washington. I).
('.. sH'cial under date of Saturday:
"Mississippi river pearls have taken
a boom since the arrival in Washing
ton of W. 15. Anthony, of Camanche,
Iowa, bearing with him a specimen
of what fowa produces in the way of
"The gem in question is one of the
largest ever taken from Ihe Mississip
pi, having been found in a mussel a
few miles up the river from Daven-
wrt. The pearl i of a pinkish white
tint, perfectly fiirmed and weighs si
trifle over 47 grains.
"Mr. Anthony was- in Xew York the
first part of the week exhibiting the
gem and experts declared it to be- one
of the finest specimens ever seen in
the metropolis. Mr. Anthony has had
the pear! 'placed, in a satin-lined case.
surrounded bv a dozen small dia
monds producing a marvelously stun
ning effect. He wa-s offered $1,500 for
the pearl, but declined to sell, believ
ing the gem to be. worth a much
larger amount. Mr. Anthony has
handled many . fine learls from the
Mississippi, acting in the capacity of
broker for the recoveries of the
"To Cars Cold In flnn Daw
Take Laxative Bromo Quinine Tab
lets. All druggists refund the money
if it fails to cure. E. W. Grove's sig
nature is on each box. 25 cents.
Ladles Caa Wear Shoes
one size smaller after using Allen's
Foot-Ease, a powder to be shaken in
to. the shoes. It makes tight or new
shoes feel easy; gives instant relief
to corns and bunions. It's the great
est comfort discovery of the age.
Cures and prevents swollen feet,
blisters, callus and sore spots. Al
len's Foot-Ease is a certain cure for
sweating, hot, aching feet. At all
druggists and shoe, stores. Trial
package free by mail. Address, Allen
S. Olmsted, Xe Roy, N. Y.
A Timely Topic.
At this season of coughs and colds
it is well to know that Foley's Honey
and Tar is the greatest throat and
lung remedy. It cures quickly and
prevents serious results from a cold.
BdoeaMToa Bowels With Caaearets.
fluid casrtte. euro constitution forever.
tQo.8fc i (U'cC.faU, druggist rJund moaej.
DAILY SHORT STORY
The Wrong Jackson.
Copyright, 1902, by John Hayden.l
Lorenzo Jackson shot and .wounded
a man In self defense. Then he skip
ped out. One day thirteen months aft
er this I entered the town. 4
"Hello, Jncknon!" said the landlord
of my hotel. "Back again? Glad to
When I came to register, I put down
my own name, of course.
"Had It changed since you went
t away?" queried the landlord.
"I never had any other. It seems
that I resemble a man named Jackson,
who used to live here." . .
P' ."irauiiinhla ' V1I h mnn rmfht ir rf-
' senible himself. I take it."
"See here," I replied, "my name Is
not Jacksou. 1 was never in this town
before. I don't know a soul In the
"Well, by thunder!" bluntly ex
claimed the man when I finished.
"I.ook here, Jackson, what sort of a
game is this you are playing? Are you
jass enough lo think a year has
changed you so no , one( here would
know you? There's no occasion for any
skulking. Jim never made a complaint
on the shooting."
t "And who Is Jim?"
1 "Are you sane enough " to sign your
name to. a receipt?" he asked after a
"I hope so."
"Then sign this one. I sold a horse
for you for $150 and was to keep $25
of it as commission."
He opened a wallet and counted
down ij125 and handed out n receipt
for me to sigu.
That money belongs to Mr. Jackson,
and of course I can't take it," 1 said.
The man turned pale as he picked up
the notes and walked out of the room.
He had made the discovery that I was
Insane, and he probably feared 1 would
become violent lief ore he could make
his escape. He went downstairs and
reported his discovery, and half nu
hour later when I descended to the
office 1 found myself an object of curi
osity. While there was a humorous
side to the case, it was on the whole
very annoying and embarrassing.
When it was decided that I was "harm
less," a dozen or more persons ad
dressed me as Jackson. I selected four
of the most intelligent, among whom
was a lawyer.xadded the landlord and
asked them to a conference, in my
room. When we had reached there, I
"Gentlemen, there seems to be some
thing very" queer alujut all this. 1 may
resemble a man named Jackson, but it
is only resemblance."
"Now. see here, Jackson." said the
landlord as he saw that I was losing
my temper, "you are. among friends.
Some of 'em think you're a little off hi
the top story, but 1 can't see any signs
of it. Come, now, tell us all about it."
"I have nothing to tell you. except
that you are mistaken. IHd this Jack
sou have any relatives here ?'
They canvassed the matter over and
decided that he had not. Then I asked
where he iMiarded, and they gave me
the name of a widow.
"Very well, gentlemen," I said. "I
will go with you to the house of this
widow, and we'll hear what she has to
say. She ought to remember a man
who boarded with her for two years."
It was decided that the lawyer and
I should go together, and I felt certain
that the woman would instantly solve
the mystery. She had no sooner opened
the door and caught sight of me than
her face was covered with smiles, and
she cried out:
"For the land's sake, but if here
isn't Mr. Jackson, looking as natural
as an old shoe! Where on earth have
you been, and why didn't you write to
say I might expect you?"
To say that I was amazed is draw
ing it mild. 1 was knocked out and
sat down in a sort of dr;am. While I
was in this dazed state the lawyer
asked her if I had changed much and
if she would have known me in a
crowd and a lot of other questions in
tended to establish my identity beyond
a- doubt. Then he took me by the arm
and walked me out. Not a word was
said until we reached my room, where
the men were waiting. Then he stated
that the woman had positively identi
"Gentlemen," I said, after observing
a look of sympathy on each one's faee.
"it may be .possible, that my name is
Jacksou, and that I have been out of
my mind for a year lHtst. The more I
think of it the more I believe I'm
Jacksou. If everybody says I'm Jack
sou, then I iuust be."
"Of course you're Jackson right
enough," replied the landlord.
"See here!" I suddenly shouted as I
was about to give up my Identity. "This
Jacksou had a tailor here?"
"And a shoemaker?"
"Well, now let us go to the tailor
first. He has my measure if I'm Jack
son." "That's so. dome on."
As we entered the shop the tailor
shook hands with me as Jackson, but
it wasn't ten minutes before I had won
my case. He had scarcely put his tape
line on my body before he said a mis
take had been made. In no single
point did I measure the same as Jack-,
oon, while his anus were three Inches
the longer. At the bootmaker's he1
took an eight and I a seven, with a.
difference in other measurements.
When these things had been settled,
people began to note other disccepan
cies, and In the course of twenty-four
hours everybody was ready to pro
nounce it a marvelous coincidence. So
It was, and It went beyond that. While
I was In town Ixreuzo Jackson re
turned. The resemblance could not
have been closer had we been born
twins Instead of In different years and
2,000 miles apart. It was a curious
case because It stood so many tests.
u The Perfect Food 10
Perfect health, sound, restful sleep,
clear complexion, bright eyes, clean
white teeth, sweet breath; these are
the blessings that follow a diet of
MaltaVita is justly entitled to
be styled "The Perfect Food" for old
and young, sick or well.
Being' perfectly cooked, pleasant
to taste, easily digested and assimilated,
Malta-Vita is an ideal food. Lead
ing grocers everywhere.
MALTA-VITA PURE FOOD CO.
BATTLE CREEK, MICH., AND TORONTO, CANADA.
HIUi-LAlStBS. 'LI g. !' i'. jJ ' JIJ 'SSl
JOHN E. BERGSTROM.
CONIKACTOK AMU DUILUKK.
Specialty in hard wood finishing and veneer flooring. Jobbing
will be "done promptly. Work guaranteed satisfactory.
Shop Thirty-second Street and Fourteenth Avenne. Phone 1579 West
our us at Mam
But you still can make a lino selection here. Although our Christmas trade was tremen
dous and. beyond our expectations, still we have put upon the floor our immense stock
which had in reserve in our warehouses, making it possible for you to find, whatever
you are searching for without "shopping" elsewhere. You will not only have the bene
fit of selecting from a larger stock, but you will also find that OUR PRICES ARE AT
LEAST 10 PER CENT LOWER.
Our "Davenport1 will fill all re
quirements both as to quality and
Crice if you want an extra tine
avenpoft we can supply you at a
cost of $ 12." and they range from
Why not buy father and mother
one of our quarter sawed oak dining
room tables ? The finest ones come
at $40, while the least 'X 7 C
expensive are only . . . .
Round Dining Room Tables (the
latest out.) Just what you want at
from $50 down 6 00
X The Best Furniture House in the Tri-Cities .
Articles Appropriate for Christmas Presents.
High Back Dining Room Chairs
more than you have seen before in
your life ranging in price
up from each WW
Sideboards We have the size j"ou
want and at the price you want to
pay. Some as hih as $00, others
very nice and neat. JiCI
at only H-
Verv pretty china closets
Others as fine as eoidd be desired.
Parlor Cabinets The very latest on
the market and the finest we could
buy from the manufacturers. We
sell them at 10 per cent less than
any other house in the tri-cities.
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f The New Clothing Store
SIMON LEWIS. R.ETAIL LIQUOR STORE
Market Square, Corner Seventeenth Street and Third Avenue.
(If you haven't one of
those geius of solid com
fort you better come to our
store at once and "make
your selection.) We" have
over 100 styles in stock.
Beautiful Leather Coucbes
as . .
Xobby Pressing- Tables Genuine
Polished Mahogany finished.
Beautiful two-piece solid mahoganv
colonial parlor suits, bought espe
cially for holiday trade, and just
unpacked this week. Upholstered
with figured hair cloth. Others
would charge more, but we will sell
rnspect our Xepotian Bedroom
Suites, made of solid mahogany and
also of natural birch. You willsav
they are the finest you
have ever seen at
Cor. 2nd Avenue and 16tK St.
To those who have
put -off buying till
late in the season a
is offered in Men's
and Boys" Clothing.
S6.50. S7.50 t
NothiDg like them
elsewhere for the
1714 Second Avenue.
The Christmas Feast
Is not. i-omplete witlmut SOMK
( HOK I-: WINK. Our wines an.l
t-ortiials will top off any feast, and
our reputation for pure liquors is
a jj-uarantee that you will yet the
best . You cannot match our "oods
at our prices anywhere in the
city, so lon"t- delay, but come
risrht to the store that has the
Victor Extension Tables from $9
IFancv Kockers Every style
shape, and any kind of wood j-ou
desire, at prices from C
$38 down to B JC
Nice Center Tables In all the lat
est woods and styles. We have
them at any price you care to pay
down from $20 to as
Hall Trees Nothing more appropri
ate for Xmas, take your choice at
any price you want. Nice O
hall trees at vJJO
Cheaper ones as low as $4,
and fine ones
up to i