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THE ARGUS, WjEPIESPAY, MARCH 25, 1903.
Published Daily and Weekly at 1624 Sec
ond avenue. Roclt Island, III Entered at
the postofflce as Second-claws matter.
BY THE J. W. POTTER CO.
TERMS Dally, 10 cents per week. Weekly,
tl per year in advance.
All communications of political or argu
mentative character, political or religious,
must have real name attached for publica
tion. No such articles will be printed over
Coirespondence solicited from every town
ship in Koch island county.
Wednesday, March 25.
On account of the coming- exposi
tion St. lxniis is trying1 to get both re
publican and democratic national
conventions next year. These make
a pretty good show in themselves.
Whittaker Wright, the man who
got $1.-)0,000,000 out of other people,
is said to be suffering from insomnia
in New York prison, where he is held
awaiting the extradition papers.
Strange that a man with such a col
lossal gall should lose even his sleep
The Cuban reciprocity treaty has
been ratified, but lias been so maimed
by amendments that it may- not be
accepted at all. The beet sugar
crowd succeeded in practically de
stroying its effectiveness, and beside
it will not go in operation as includ
ing this year's crop, therefore can
not afford any of the immediate re
lief so much desired.
Mark Hanna once gave a banquet
in Ohio to 50 farmers. The dessert
whs to be 2." watermelons. So the
day before the dinner Mr. Hanna' had
them plugged ami poured a pint of
iT per Heid.-ieck wine into each melon,
then placed them on ice. After the
dinner each farmer was given a half
of a melon. They all began tasting
them, winked at each other, looked
wise, and before the affair was over
every farmer was slipping the seeds
in his vet pocket.
The spoilsmen of the Illinois legis
lature have the civil service reform
bill in a pretty tight place. It is a
natural consequence of letting such
unscrupulous political lords boss nud
control the legislature. This legisla
tive travesty is a natural consequence
?f such long protracted republican
control in our state legislature. No
one can reasonably expect measures
of public interests to pass. Who can
anticipate that much good can be ac
complished: Pay day and private in
terests are the paramount issues
with this boss controlled legislature.
which cares as little about public in
tcrests as it does about the religious
convictions of the race that is said
to populate Mars.
In the entire history of the United
States senate there has never been a
rule restricting debate. The freedom
that is "-ranted the majority was or-
riginally designed to give the minor
ity party in politics a reasonable
chance to be heard and so far as pos
sible to prevent pernicious legislation
that might be of a purely political
character. Whether this motive still
actuates the senate is not so clear,
but it is a fact that the oldest and
most experienced statesmen are least
favorable to any form of closure.
When a restrictive rule is brought
forward it is almost invariably pro
posed by a young member and sup
ported by the younger crowd.
The Morgan Jaw.
The New York Sun presents statis
tics to show that Shakespeare used
only S50.00O words in all his plays.
poems and sonnets. Gibbon's life
work. "The Decline and Fall of the
Koman Empire," contains only 1,02.3,
000 words, while Senator John T. Mor
gan, during the last three years alone,
has produced 1.367,900 words on the
subject of the trans-isthmian canal,
and was just getting into this subject
when the senate ratified the treaty.
While we agree with the Sun that
Senator Morgan has talked much, we
cannot agree that he "has talked
surprisingly well throughout." If the
senator, during the last three years,
however, had had a thoughtful man
aging editor and a careful copy read
er, he would have produced fewer
words, and the finished product
would have been more nearly worthy
of the patriotic spirit of the producer.
Clever Ideas of Sir Thomas Lipton.
Sir Thomas Lipton, the English
yachtsman, who will compete again
lor the America cup. has suggested
to the St. Ixuis Louisiana Purchase
exposition management that a feat
ure of the world's fair be an old-fashioned
steamboat race on the Missis
sippi river. lie believes that it would
prove a strong drawing card. The
i 'ea. wrote Sir Thomas, grows out of
the thrilling descriptions of these
races as' they used to take place in
the early steamboating days on the
"1 read these descriptions when a
boy about the" fire belching out of the
chimneys and the vessels going for
ward at a rate which, at that time,
seemed almost terrific,", satd. Sir
The yachting knight also asks
about arrangements for rowing races
or matches during the exposition,
lie especially desires to learn wheth
er the Mississippi lends itself to this
sort of sport. Coining, as it does,
from so distinguished a personage as
Sir Thomas Upton, the suggestion
for a steamboat race will receive the
consideration of the exposition man
agement'. Sir Thomas Upton's proposition
should meet with hearty response on
the part of a large percentage of the
people of this country.
The Alleged Origin of Wireless
Just to take the sparkle off Mar
coni's triumph in wireless telegraphy
the London correspondent of the
New York Tribune furnishes that
journal with a two column account
of James Lindsay, of Dundee, Scot
land, who as long ago as 1844 "suc
ceeded in telegraphing messages
across ponds without wirse." In 185'.)
Lindsay read a paper before the ISrit
ish association on the possibilities of
How much of the truly prophetic
vision this brilliant Scotchman must
have had is shown by the fact that as
early as 18.11 he was delivering lec-rtn-es-
in which he predicted that with
in a few years houses and cities
would be lighted by electricity in
stead of g-as and heated by it instead
of coal; and he also demonstrated the
facility with which wheels could be
turned and pulleys raised by electric
pwer and forecast the substitution
of electricity for steam as a motor
Marconi himself, we are informed,
in an address delivered at Dundee,
has lone full justice to the memory
of the Scotch pioneer as the "first
man who thoroughly believed in the
possibility and the utility of long dis
tance wireless telegraphy."
Wireless telegraphy is thirty years
old according to one record. How
much older it may be no one can tell
January 10, 1S73, the United States
senate passed a bill incorporating the
Loomis Aerial Telegraph company,
and the act was signed by President
Grant Jan. 21 of that year. It appears
from the debates that Dr. . Mahlou
Loomis, of West Virginia, was the in
ventor, and proposed to establish a
system of wireless telegraphy. The
bill was championed by Senator An
thony, of Ithode Island, and there was
a disposition to make fun of it, as well
as the entire scheme, and the word
"laughter" frequently occurs showing
that senators regarded the matter as
a freak. Senator Thurman, of Ohio,
while somewhat incredulous, was giv
ing the bill his support. "Now," said
he, "I want to perfect 'the measure
as well as I can, which. I am assured
by the promoter of it, the discoverer
of some new mode of telegraphing.
will enable him to telegraph all
around the world without any wires
at all, with not the slightest neces
sity for cable or anything of the kind
I have not the least objection to his
doing it, if so great a feat can be
One section of the bill provided
"that ihe business and objects of said
corporation shall be to develop ami
utilize the principles of the powers
of natural electricity to be used in
telegraphing, generating light, heat.
and motive power, and otherwise
make and operate any machinery run
by electricity for any purpose." In
ferring to this provision, Senator
Morrill, of Vermont, asked: "I desire
to know- whether the chairman of the
committee on commerce has thor
oughly studied this subject so that
he has confidence in the results?"
In the course of a reply Senator
(handler, of Michigan, who had re
ported the bill adversely, said: "
understand that when you only have
to get up fourteen or fifteen thousand
feet above the earth, when you can
commence telegraphing if you have
the instruments, but the precise
method of getting up I have never ar
rived at." ' .
"Senator Anthony remarked that
"It is very common to laugh down
great inventions, but all great inven
tions have been illusions to begin
with. Dr. Loomis thinks he can tele
graph without wires, and thinks he
has nitide experiments to prove it.
if he can get persons to contribute
money to test the question."
Senator Thurman was still incredu
lous, and asked if Loomis had ever
telegraphed without wires one hun
dred miles or one hundred yards.
The bill passed more as a compli
ment to Senator Anthony than any
thing else, and because it did not
commit the government to anything
or involve an appropriation. Senator
Stewart is the only man in the senate
then who is now there and he voted
for it. Among others still living who
voted the sam?'way were Corbet t, of
Oregon; Davis, of West Virginia; Ed
munds, of Vermont; Ramsey, of Min
nesota; and Hansom, of North Caro
lina. Well-known men who voted for
the bill, but have joined the majority
were Anthony, of Rhode Island; Si
mon Cameron, of Pennsylvania; Zach
Chandler and Ferry, Michigan; rhil
etus Sawyer. Wisconsin; and Sher
man. Ohio. Here also are some well-
known men who voted in the nega
tive: Hamlin and Morrill, of Ver
mont; Saulsbury, of Delaware and
Trumbull, of Illinois..
The Loomis wireless telegraphy was
recalled by resolutions introduced by
Senator Ioar. extending to Signor
Marconi the thanks of congress for
the invention of wireless telegraphy.
Upon reading this E. W. Whitaker
wrote a letter, to Senator Elkins
claiming thata man from the sena
tor's state had invented -wireless tele
graphy more than thirty years ago.
He said that a foreigner had taken
and "perfected the ideas of a poor ,
man through the failure of his coun
trymen to recognize his genius." Mr.
Whitaker, an exchange states, was
the attorney of Dr. Loomis when the
bill was passed and also aided in se
curing patents for him.
DAILY SHORT STORY
A Swift Repentance.
I -was cashier of Scott's state Dane,
and Mr! Scott and the public had every
confidence in me. Nevertheless I de
termined to avail myself of my oppor
tunities to rifle the safe and skip out.
Between the 4th and 11th of Septem
ber I arranged the details for my flight
and concluded to work them out ou the
night of the 13th. On that evening
at half past 5 the night watchman no
tified me that his wife had died. I ex
cused him from watching that night.
At 7 o'clock I went to the bank,
pulled down the shades, lighted the
feas and in the course of twenty min
utes had packed every dollar in the
vaults Into a satchel provided for the
purpose. This satcliel I placed on a
chair outside the railing and had sat
down for a smoke when there was a
rap at the door. I knew it was one of
our force, but hardly expected to see
the president himself.
"I expected It was you," he said as
he entered; "always the lust to go.
You are working too hard and must
take a rest. At a meeting of the board
today it was decided "to give you a
month's leave and a gift of $500 cash."
I don't remember what I said in re
ply, but I do remember that something
like horror seized upon me at the idea
of my own baseness. Right here with
in reach of his hand was the money I
intended to flee with, and yet he was
lavish in his praise of my integrity.
He remained only a brief time, and
soon after his departure I went outside
to walk about and plan a little. I
hadn't given up the Idea of robbery
and flight, but a still, small voive was
whispering to uie when a hand was
laid on my arm, and I turned to con
front the leading merchant of the town.
"Look here." he said as we walked
along arm in arm. "I've always done
business with Glenson because I found
everything all right, but I'm going to
begin with you tomorrow. Gleason is
as good as gold himself, but I don't
fancy his new cashier. He's a high
roller, I hear, and some day he may
turn up missing with all the boodle he
can carry. No fear of that in your
And I had $107,000 all packed up and
was only waiting for train time to be
come a robber. i
"Everybody is speaking in your
praise." he continued, "and you de
serve all that Is said. Just keep a level
head and you'll find tb? road to honor
when he left me, I had. to lean
against a dead wall for support. Tho
sound of his footsteps was still in my
ears when I suddenly felt that I was
saved. There had been a terrible strug
gle of conscience, but right had tri
umphed at last. I was pulling myself
together to return to the bank when a
woman accosted me by name and said:
"How lucky I happened to see you.
I was on my way down to Black's to
see if he wouldn't take charge of this
package till tomorrow. It's money I
got only two hours ago $2,000."
"Come In here, and I'll give you a
-"Never mind that. We all know you
and trust you."
Her parting words gave me a shiver.
How little they knew me. I had one
more trial to undergo. Almost at the
door of the bank I met two business
men of high standing who were hold
ing an animated conversation.
"Heard the news?" queried one as I
"What is it?"
"You remember the clerk in my
brother's office in Philadelphia who
skipped out two years ago with $30,
000? Well, he's been overhauled. He
went to Peru, no doubt expecting to
have grand times. It seems that every
body soon knew lie was a thief, and he
was an object of contempt.' He wan
dered about, always a marked man,
and at last was so overcome with
shame and degradation that he asked
to be arrested and sent back. lie was
despised. Insulted and plundered, and
he did not have one hour's solid com
fort out of his funds. He will go to
prison for ten or fifteen years, and he
might as well die then. Say, isn't-it a
curious thing that men will so destroy
"Take your own case," added the oth
er as he placed a hand on my shoulder.
"You are young, but respected, trusted
and honored and on the sure road to
wealth. You might crib $100,000 from
the bank and get away, but would that
compensate you for the sacrifice? No.
Even a million wouldn't. I tell you, the
man who has got to outlaw himself to
enjoy his plunder must see days when
he would almost give his life to be 6et
back in the position he once held."
I passed on into the bank and care
fully locked the door behind me. My
knees were so weak that I had to rest
for a good twenty minutes. Even my
hair was sopping wet with perspira-
ll(Vhen I felt strong enough. I carried
the satchel to the vaalt, opeued the
doors and replaced the money, and it
was not until the iron doors were
locked again that I felt sure I had won.
There would be no watchman that
night. I had planned it so. I took off
my coat, kicked off my shoes and made
myself comfortable in an armchair. I
did not feel sleepy, but when the day
porter came at 7 in the morning to re
lieve the watchman I was sound asleep.
It had got to the ears of the officers
that I had sacrificed my night because
of the doath of the watchman's wife.
and the president feelingly said:
"Bless the dear boy! He's a man out
of a million!"
Am I still cashier? Well, never mind
about that. I am still regarded as an
honest man, and I doubt if you could
make any of my business friends be
lieve that I had ever been tempted for
an Instant M. QUAD.
Chicago, March 25 Following are the open
ing, highest, lowest and dosing quotations
In today's markets:
May, 72 72 : 71 X: 72'
July, 697 ; 70!; 097i; 70'.
May, 42 : 43': 4254:
July. 43H; 43?.
Mav. 3-2 ; 32'6.
July, S0H ; 30.y;30;30!.
May. 17.75; 17 85: 17.(55: 17 95
July, 17.05; 17.15; 16.95; 17.15
May. 9 95; 10 10: 10.90: 10.10s.
July, 9.70 9.fi; 9.70; 9.82s.
May, 9 77; 9 82: 9.72: 9.82 s
July, 9.47; 9.50-; 9.42:8.50.
Receipts today: Wheat 15. corn 58, oats
174: noes CT.nuu; cattle s-i.uki. sneep 15.xki.
Hogs at Kansas City S.ooo, cattle 6,000;
nogs atuniana n.uuu. came &,&'.
Hog marfcet opened 5c lower.
Hogs left over 4 ooo.
L,1kql. I7.3ja7.50: mixed and butch
ers. 7 207.75; good heavy, $.3o7.80; rough
Cattle market opened 10c lower.
Sheep market opened steady .
VJ ulon stock yards 8:40 a. m.
Hoe market slow, cenerallv 15c lower.
Light, I7.ir&7.50; mixed and butchers, 17.15
7 15; good heavy, I7.207.70; rough heavy,
Cattle ma net weak. 10 to 15c lower.
Beeves tM.7u&5 55, cows and nelters 1 50i
4.65, Texas steers (3.KX&4.50, stockers and
leeaers n .wai.w.
tsheep market slow and steady.
Uoe market closed active at decline.
Light, (7.00&7.50: mixed and Duicliem, 7.10
7 u: rood heavy, 7.20S7.70; rough heavy
Cattle market closed slow, generally 10 to
tttieep market closed weak.
Kstimated receipts Thursday: Wheat 15.
corn to, oats iso, nogs 34 ixu.
Rve. Mav 4'i: flax, cash, N. W.. 1.13
S. W. 1.10b. May 1.13, timothy, March 3.42H;
oar.-ey, caan ixso.
New York Stocks.
New York. March 25 The following are the
closing quotations on the New York stock
So. Pacific 63, sugar 124'4, C. & A. com. 32.
ras 102. 1enna. 141H.B. & O. 8l?i. C. R. I. &
P. com 433. C. M. & St. tr 164, Manhattan MS?
Pacillc Mail ... Atchison com . tsi, W. U
Tel. Co. K N. Y. Central 135. L. & N.
120. B.. It. T. 6.V4-. Rdg. com. leather
00m. 12. copper vs. Aicnisoa pia. u
S. Steel pld frCH. U. S Steel common 36Si.
Missouri lJaciHc 1074, Union Pacific cominoo
90. coal and iron 6.W. Erie common 35;
Wabash pld '.),. Can Paciflc 120S. Republic
steel common ia3i. Republic steel diu. f
M. K. & T. common 2bi, American Car
f oundry common 40; c sc u. w. -l a-
LOCAL MARKET OOXDITIOg.
Today's Quotations on Provisions, Live
Stock. Feed and FueL
Rock Island, March 25. Following are the
quotations on the local market:
Butter Creamery 25c, dairy 20c.
Kegs Fresh 15c.
Live poultry- Chickens 10c per pound
hens 1'c ier pound, ducks 12Hc, turkeys 13c,
Vegetables Potatoes, 35c to 40c.
1723-1725-1727 Second Avenue.
THUIiSDAY, MARCH 20, we will have a special display of Suits and Skirts comprised of the new
Spring Styles which -we are ri'tw showing1 in profusion. At the same time we have placed on sale in
our dress g-oods department some very attraetie prices which will be a feature worth your consider
ation. W'e never have shown a lartrer or more elaborate assortment of stylish, perfect fittimr suits
and coats for women than we are showing- at this time. In this department, where we carry a large
and complete stock, we can meet the demands of those wishing inexpensive garments or those who
wish elaborate costumes.
Collajrless blouse suits, stole front, large cape over shoulder?, capes and sleeves with fancy cuffs,
front trimmed with silk mohair braid, also fancy ornaments, tucked, postillion back, 7-gored
a.. .a -a a at.. a. 1 11 . & kt C I 1 H 1
SKirt, trimmed hip.s ana down iront, wide nare, a suit oounu to sen at j.-jl, m oiach. vuiy .
Novelty blouse suit of finest quality serge, taffetta lined jacket, two capes over shoulders, stitched
taffetta trimming around neck and down front and silk cuffs, postillion back, nine-gored skirt,
fancy taffetta trimming around lottom, regular $25 suit
Fancy wool crash suit, round collar of same material, fancy lapels edged with satin, fancy buttons,
tue.ked sleeves and cuffs, postillions, cults, belt and postillions also trimmed in satin, nine
gored skirt also trimmed, wide flare, lined, regular value $20, our price
SPECIAL Four new styles in serges and Venetian cloths, blouse jackets with pepliras and postil
lions, buttons and ornaments for trimming, new wide flaring skirts, trimmed and plain, styles
which were made lo sell at $14, in blacks and colors
Taffetta silk coat, collarless, trimmed with fancy silk braid, double capes, tucked sleeves with fancy
flaring cuffs, trimmed down back with material of same, stitched and finished with ornaments
Black Cheviot Coat lined throughout, wide flaring sleeves with cuffs, collaress wide satin bands as
trimmings, ornaments and fancy buttons, a beiuty at
Our Skirt department has always been popular with those who apprecia'e a combination of price
and quality with perfecion of style, always having the newest, best and up-to-date skirts for
ladies and misses.
Fine nine-gored Cheviot skirt, bell flare, each gore having ribbon trimming, also three rows gradu
ating front to back around the bottom, unlined, bound with same material
Sven-gored skirt of Etamine, wide flare, three tabs of Silk, Taffeta bands on each gore ami bottom,
in blacks only
Ladies' nine-gored walking skirt, fancy tucks around hips, bell Hare, straps, fancy stitch material on
each gore, finished at bottom with ornaments, in blacks, blues and grays, special
All the newest and nobby styles in Misses1 Skirts, from 8 to 16 years, from $5.'J8 to $2 2o, about 25
different styles tdtchoose from.
BLACK DRESS GOODS.
46 incli Itlacl. liright. Lustrous liiillhuithics. rejrular 38c value. 39c
fcale price, per arcl..... .-
Priestley's Black Ktaniine, Viiile ami Mistral Clotli.l inches, in a very line sltcet weave, regular QRp
$1.39 value, sale price per yard, only wUw
KI KI SILKS
1.800 yards of Wash Silks, in all th c new, dainty stripes and colorings,
sale price per yard -
$1.23 Heavy lSlaek Taffetta Silk, 27 inehes. wear guaranteed,
sale price, per yard
CTT f-TTfc Kentucky Blue Grass seed 12c per pound. Onion Sets, per quart, 5c. All sizes in Step
H V " 1 9 Tj Ladders, 36c and up. Agents for Heath & Milligan's Taints. Full line of Garden Tools,
Bakes, Hoes, Spades, etc.
XJU A T TT A TDYTTO For Thursday only. Gilt Wall Paper 5c per roll. Just re
WW Jtk.asLi JTiir H reived a new line of "Varnished Tile Paper for kitchens and bath
rooms. Today -we will offer in our Wall Paper department ten combinations of Wall Paper at 4c per
roll regular 6 and 8c grades. ,
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It's that easy-
feeling that oyeir-
takes the man
who trys on one
G. & M.
special make of ?
Suits, the best
h a n d -1 ailored t
clothing ready to
wear in the city.
Sold only by
Gustafson Sc Hayes,
The New Clothing Store : 1714 Second Avenue. r
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r V m l V A 4T 1 V aP F m 4 W T 4 W
to ik)L'.si:ki:iui:i:s is oli: sy.sti-:m of sfllixc; okockkiks.
hhmiest ql'auty and lowest 1'kict.s. with pkomit de
LIVERY SERVICE MAKE IT AX OBJECT FOR VOL TO TRADE
WITH US. READ THE FOLLOWING:
Ktrg plums. 2 cans
jKorn Krisp. 2 pkjrs ..
frX. Y. buckwheat, per
2 Rye meal, per sack ..
Rye tlonr. per ' saek ..
2(irnhnm flour, per mic
Corn meal, per sack
jSjDriod apricots. '1 lbs. ..
Dried peaches, 'i lis. ...
,j.Yeavt foam, pkr
(Onion ets. per quart ..
!ranulnted susrar, 20 lbs
Rolled oats, is lbs. for ..
. 1 ;.c
Fine peabcrry colue. ( 1 1 is.
(loud Santos eotTec. 10 lbs.
XXXX eolTee, per lb
Santa Clans oap. s bars ..
"Swift's Pride" soap, s liar:
Oold Dust, per pkir
Sapolio. 8c pkjr.. 2 for
Larire Ivory soap. 2 for ....
Tomatoes, per can
Kid-nry beans. 3 cans
Corn, 2 cans Lie, per duz...,
Salmon, tall cans
Table peael-.es, 2 cans
. . 1.00
. . 10c
. . 2."c
. . Lie?
. . 2.1e
MAUCKER SL TONN,
$ Cash Grocers, Cor. Seventeenth St, 6 Fourth Ave
2 Old Phone, West 1301. New Phone oiSd
WE HAVE A STANDARD
vNvr umaaaii nr i win a i n iiaiai
Iy which we gauge every bit of
plumbing 'work we do. That
standard is excellence, and our
man' satisfied patrons attest the
full measure of merit and adher
ence to our standard. We don't
do inferior work at any time, but
charge no more for the superior
CHANNON, PERRY CO.,
Davis Block. 'Phone 1148.
Ill West Seventeenth St.
I TWENTY PER CEHT DISC01T,
" To open the season we have decided to make a dis-
count of 20 per cent on any paper in the store for the v
next two weeks, beginning Wednesday, farch 4. All new
spring goods and a large assortment to select from. Call
on us and see if we can't save you money. J
PAR.IDON (EL SON,
T Thones Old Union 213; new 5213. 419 Seventeenth St.
t H. E. CASTEEL, L. D. MUDGE, H. D. SIMMON,
Central Trust and Savings Bank
ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
INCORPORATED UNDER STATE LAW.
Capital Stock. lOO.OOO- Fear Per Cent Iotret Paid on Deposit
. Estates and property of all kinds are managed by this depart
ment, which is kept entirely separate from the banking business of
the company. We act as. executor of and trustee under Wills, Ad
ministrator, Guardian and Conservator of Estates.
Receiver and assignee of insolvent estates. General financial
agSUtf or "non-residents? Women, invalids and others.