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THE AKGTJS, JflUDAY.-'MAT 8, 1903
Published Dally and Weekly at lfflM Sec
ond avenue. Rock Island, I1L Entered at
the postofflce as Second-class matter.
BY THE J. W. PUTTER CO.
TERMS Dally, 10 cents per week. Weekly,
It 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
Correspondence solicited from every town
ship In Rock Island oounty.
Friday, May 8.
The coal magnates and the post
office department dislike publicity.
Since King Edward has planted the
ehestnut tree Paris is ready to wel
come Chauncey Depew as the Ameri
can ambassadorial joker.
Is Gov. Yates groin? to make as mis
erable a spectacle of himself in the
matter of the Mueller bill as Speaker
Miller did when it came up to him to
(Jen. Miles offense is greatly pal
liated by reason of the fact that he
did not overlook the opportunity to
fire one more good hot shot at em
The home circulation of the New
York public library was in the month
of March 273.540 a rate over 3.000.000
a year. The branch system it is said
under the Carnegie gift is advancing
The best possible proof that could
be offered of the utter weakness of
Gov. Yates in the face of stern duty
is presented in his - procrastination
apropos of the Mueller bill. Great as
the governor must realize is the de
sire on the part of the city of Chicago
for this measure, yet the governor
hesitates to append his signature, and
asks the legislature to give him more
time. This proposition having been
declined by the senate, it is up to the
governor to act, and he is before the
people tf the state much in the light
of a man who stands between duty to
the people and duty to his political
President Roosevelt, in his political
swing around the circle, talks a great
deal about honesty and courage, but
says not a word concerning the post
office crookedness which demands a
thorough investigation. That has be
come apparent to the whole country.
The public is led to believe from what
little has been gleaned that if the veil
fully lifted it will reveal such crook
edness, jobbery and favoritism that
will shock the moral sense of the na
tion as it has not been shocked since
the exposure of the star route frauds.
Ilemember. "words are good when
backed up by deeds, and only so," Mr.
Some surprise has been expressed
at the courtesy shown Roosevelt in
Colorado, and the enthusiasm. There
is nothing surprising about that. Colo
rado's voters though democratic are
gentlemen and are always ready to
hear and cheer the president what
ever his political creed. To be sure
Uoosevelt was mistreated on the oc
casion of his last visit to Denver, and
no ecuse can be made on the out
rage, but. he was there then as a
politician and office seeker pure and
simple. Now, regardless of his mis
sion he is traveling as president of the
United States, and is respected as
such, as he should be.
The Philadelphia North American
points out that Baer has furnished a
clew. While much irritation has been
caused bv President Baer's defiant an
nouncement that he controls the price
of coal and purposes to advance the
price to dealers to $3 a ton, it should
not be overlooked that he has render
ed a distinct service to the public.
His remarks have cleared the atmos
phere. Mystery and speculation are
at an end. The price of coal is arbi
trarily fixed by one group of men,
and they admit it. From this point
it ought to be possible to work back
ward and discover whether the arbi
trary price named by them is or is
Reward for Duty.
Prominent business men at St.
Louis, headed by X. W. McLeod and
E. S. Lewis, wholesale merchants,
have tendered Circuit Attorney Folk
a house worth $15,000 as an expres
sion of their appreciation of his work
in unearthing municipal corruption.
When the comittee called upon At
torney Folk to make the tender of
this home, he said he did not believe
that he should accept the gift,
that he had merely done his duty.
' Duty," ah there it is. Corruption,
politics as practiced today, pandering
to 1h"s faction and that, groveling at
the feet of cliques, lack of individu
ality, flunkeyisra and many other evils
drive officials of this day and age
from performance of their duty. Cir
cuit Attorney Folk says he has merely
tried to do his duty. For that he de
serves great reward. He is an ex
ample for other officials.
Surely the tender of this reward for
trying to do his duty must mean more
to Circuit Attorney Folk than all the
ill-gotten thousands can ever mean
to the officials who have accepted
bribes to neglect their duty. Would
that, there were more manly men like
Circuit Attorney Folk in our munici
pal offices. How great and good would
be our cities if their interests were
guided by officials who tried to do
Though America is great today un
der present conditions it would rise
to an altitude of greatness and pro
gress hitherto undreamed of. Officials
who would try it will find that the
performance of duty is its own reward.
A Tariff Session.
A Minneapolis business house Is
scattering broadcast -the following:
"If there was no duty to be paid
on imported plate glass, based on to
day's market, an ordinary store front
would cost $100, f. o. b., Minneapolis.
The same store front, with the pres
ent tariff added costs $275. the con
sumer being obliged to pay $175 ex
tra for duty, which is the "protec
tion" given to the trusts. As plate
glass is manufactured entirely by ma
chines, no skilled labor entering there
in, (and machines are operated about
as cheap in America as in Europe), it
must be clear to any one that the
trust is not entitled to sure enormous
and unreasonable "protection" as it
has at present at the expense of the
consumers of plate glass."
The Minneapolis business house
could have found many similar com
plaints against the Dingley bill. From
beginning to end it taxes the people
to enable the trusts to sell goods
abroad at or below cost.
DITCH WILL COST A
LARGE SUM OF MONEY
W. W. Cole, of Geneseo, a member
of the committee recently appointed
to proceed with the organization of a
drainage district for the purpose of
straightening Green river through a
portion of Henry and Bureau coun
ties, has begun the work of establish
ing the boundaries.
It was found necessary to do this
work before a petition could be cir
culated which would be effective un
der the law. The district will com
prise .10.000 acres of land and is some
thing more than ' twenty miles in
length. In addition to the lands in
cluded in the new district as propos
ed, there are other districts taxable
as districts because of the improved
outlet which will be furnished by the
straightening of Green river from Bu
reau county to a point north of Gen
eseo near the west bridge. The cost
of the proposed ditch is computed
at $200,000 or $300,000 and would re
quire two or three vears for comple
tion. ' : K
It now remains for the land hold
ers within the proposed district to
sign the petition which will effect the
organization of the district and make
inhabitable and productive a vast
area of land which is at present with
out value for these purposes; it will
increase also the value of ail lands
within the district and would, have a
sanitary effect which would be de
cidedly beneficial to the district and
MAT USE NEW SIGNAL
ON THE BOCK ISLAND
Rock Island officials are contem
plating the introduction on the C, II.
T. & P. system of a new danger sig
nal which has been patented and im
proved so that it becomes of practical
value. The new signal has been ex
perimented with on some of the east
ern roads and has given satisfaction.
It consists of nothing more nor less
than a small white electric light in
the engine cab which changes to red
upon the approach of danger. The
contrivance is so arranged that at a
certain distance in front of the mov
ing train any connection of the rails,
such as trucks and wheels would
make, any obstruction lying across
the track or any splitting of the
rails would cause the light in the ap
proaching engine to shift soon enough
to enable the engineer to put on the
It is thought the new contrivance
will revolutionize the system of rail
way signals employed at present.
Line. 8 a.m. 24hrs.
Feet. Feet. Feet.
Dang'r Hgt. Change
St. Faul 14 7.1 0.1
Bed Wing 14 8.1 ...
Reed's Landing .. 12 7.4 0.1
La Crosse 12 9.4 - 0.1
Pr. du Chien 18 9.5 0.5
Dubuque 15 9.4 0.2
Le Claire 10 5.4 ...
Davenport 15 7.2 ...
Des Moines Rpds.. .. 4.4
Keokuk 15 7.8 0.2
St. Louis 30 16.8 0.2
Kansas City 21 10.6
River forecast for 48 hours ending 8
a. m., Sunday, May 10, 1903: The Mis
sissippi river will rise slowly between
Dubuque and Davenport.
The W. J. Young, Jr., Capt. Walter
Blair's packet that has been running
between here and Burlington since
the beginning of the season, will May
24 begin the practice of former sea
sons of running to Muscatine on a
short trip, going down Sunday even
ings and returning Monday morn
ings. Boats down: Park Bluff, Glenmonit
with 32 brails ot logs, Winona. Boats
up: Ruth, Winona.
Stage of water at 6 a. m., 7.15; at
12 m., 7.15. Temperature at noon, 1G.
subscribe lor-ine Argus. j
DAILY SHORT STORY
The Holdup of Mary Ashton.
Mary Ashton had a remarkable tal
ent for all games. Mary's father went
to Colorado with his family and en
gaged in banting before the days when
railroads carried, people everywhere.
Mary showed as much aptitude at
western sports, shooting, riding, skat
lag, as she had shown at other games.
A natural fearlessness was a great help
to her in these more manly sports.
That was the time Redhand Bill, as
he was called, was masquerading as a
road agent. lie was one of the gentle
manly rascals who Invite men to hand
over their purses in true Robin Hood
style and was especially gallant to the
women he robbed. One day Mr. Ash
ton had occasion to send $3,000 to a
neighboring town, and there was no
one at hand by whom to send it. He
was complaining at home of his want
of n messenger when his daughter
Mary sioke up:
"I'll take it, father."
"You? Suppose Redhand Bill were
to hold you up. What would you do?"
"They say he is very gallant to wom
en." "Yes, but he always takes their val
uables." Mary persevered, and her father,
thinking there would be no trouble, or,
if there were, a woman would fare no
worse than a man, consented. The,
next day, Mary left with the money,
which she chose to carry in her grip
sack. The coach had traversed most
of the route when a man stepped into
the road, leveled a rifle at the driver'B
head and called on him to draw rein.
This done, the agent Invited the pas
sengers to alight ami line up in the usu
al way. He relieved them of their
funds no great haul but when he
came to Mary Ashton's bag his eyes
stood out with delight.
"Good morning. Bill," said Mary.
"Good morning, beauty," replied Bill,
good natured at his find, while a tre
mor ran through the line at the girl's
temerity. "How did you know my
"Oh, I've often heard of Redhand
Bill and wanted to meet him. They
say you are a fine euchre player. I've
always wanted to see how you played
your hands. Can't we have a game?"
Bill stood looking at her in as great
astonishment as the passengers.
"Certainly. Got any cards?"
"I always carry . them to pass the
time, on a journey."
Mary produced a pack of cards,, and
Bill, after disarming the passengers,
permitted them to lower their hands,
and he and Mary sat down to a game.
"I'm Banker Ashton's daughter. If I
had a blank check, I'd fill it in for a
The road agent always carried blank
checks, for he frequently compelled, his
victims to sign them. He divexl into
his hip pocket, took one out and hand
ed it to Mary, with a fountain pen
which he found as available as the
blanks. Mary filled it in for $1,000,
pledging her word that it would be
good. "Now for the best two in three
games for $1,000," she said. ...
Bill staked ten $100 bills against it,
and the game proceeded. He won the
first and Mary won the next two
games. Bill laughed a short, nervous
laugh and put up another thousand.
Mary won the first and the last game
of this rubber. The next rubber Mary
lost and asked Bill if he would play
one more, "double or quits." He gal
lantly consented, and Mary won two
"Put up," she said, raking in the
"Put up? I'm busted! Shut up, you
mean, and so I do. You're the pluck
iest woman and the best euchre player,
man or woman, I ever met. If you'll
give me just one kiss, I'll call this Job
off "and let you nnd the whole kit go
scot free, with all the stuff."
Mary was so delighted with her suc
cess, especially with respect to her fel
low passengers, that she threw her
arms about the robber's neck and gave
him a hearty smack. Then, taking a
twenty dollar bill from the money she
had saved, she said:
"Take that and drink my health with
it, and if ever you decide to leave this
life come to me, and I'll get my father
to help you."
"I won't take your money," said Bill,
"but some day I may accept your of
Some years later a prospector named
Stone appeared in the town where the
Ashtons lived, and after his departure
was "grub staked" by Mr. Ashton till
he struck a fairly valuable property,
upon which Mr. Ashton organized a
gold mining company. This led to
other discoveries, and at last the man
became rich. Then there was a great
scandal. Tle wealthy Stone was ar
rested and charged with being the re
doubtable Redhand Bill, who years be
fore had terrorized the country. When
his trial came, Mary Ashton, whose ad
venture with Bill had been long and
widely kuown, was called upon to iden
"Stand up!" said the prosecuting at
torney to the prisoner. Then, to the
witness, "Were you in a coach some
years ago that was robbed?"
"Was this the man that robbed it?"
Mary and the prisoner were looking
straight Into each other's eyes.
This virtually ended the trial. A
cloud passed over the face of the pre
siding judge. He sat. thinking for a
few moments, then, turning to the
prisoner, said: t
"You are discharged."
Soon after his release Stone left the
country nnd never has returned. Mary
Ashton is a spinster.
CIIARLOTVE A. BARBOUR.
Meat Ma at the
LADIES' MUSLIN UNDERWEAR
Saturday from 9 to 11 a. m.
Ladles white muslin skirts. 5(nch
flounce, good length and width, for
these two hours only, r
. . Saturday from 2to 5 p. m.
Ladies' muslin drawers made of
good quality muslin with 3 tucks,
ail sizes, for these two 1 fl-
hours only, per pair 1UL
SATURDAY ALL DAY.
Children's white skirts, made of
good quality cambric muslin, 4
inch flounce,. t A.
Saturday special 1UL
SATURDAY MAY 9, 1903.
600 pairs ladies fast black seamless
hose, regular sizes. 8Ms to 10, (not
the thin cheap kind) but full length
double sole, sold everywhere 18c
to 20c, Saturday, C(i
4 pair for DUC
720 pairs misses and children's
black lxl ribbed hose, full, regular
made, ith double knee. 1 J
ail sizes. 5 to 9, choice ... Aw) Is
Ladles' black lace hose, full 1
seamless. 8',i to 10, choice.
Infants' kid mocossins, assorted
colors, 1 A
Just received another shipment of
Pings and Pinners kid gloves, we
guarantee and fit them J QQ
25c buys a genuine 2 clasp guaran
teed French kid glove, black and
colors, all sizes.
SATURDAY MAY 9,
Ladies hemstitched all linen A
Ladies' wrist bags,- 1 O-
with chain C
Ladies' new turn over emb.
stock collars, choice OC
15c buys one of those fine emb.
credit houses ask you 25c lor.
turn over stock collars that credit
houses ask you 25c for.
40 dozen ladles' Richelieu ribbed
vests, with taped neck, J
. all day. all sizes C
Complete line of misses and child
ren's and ladies' summer under
wear, 1 nowready. , Our specially
is ladies' bleached ribbed A-
vests at ,;t. ...SUC
23 dozen ladies cambric corset cov
ers, with four rows l" "e i- -i-n-
with lace finished neck and . arm
holes, 50c garment,
ail day -
1723, 1725, 1727 Second
Chicago, May 8 Following; are tne open
ing, nlgnest, lowest and closing quotations
In today's markets:
July, ?l?: 72U : 71S:T2V .
Sept., 6W?i: 0; 69; TO.
May, 43S: tfS: 43H:
July. 44S: 44J : 444- 44.
Sept,, 44 ; 44,; 444: 44H.
May. 34- Zl: 84 - 84V
Julv. 3!r 31i .124.
Sept.. 2iH : ; 29; 297.
May, IS. 50; 18 50: 18 B0: 18 50
July. 17.25: 17.ST: 17 15: 17 15
Sept , 18.b0; 10.82; 16.65; ltl.Gj.
May. 9.03; 9 02: 8 90; 8 BO
July, SI 15: 9.1. V Oil: 9.00.
Sept.. 9.20; 9.22; 9 li; 9.12.
May. 9 30: 9 30: 9.30; 9.30.
July. 9.35; 9.40: 9.35:9.35.
Sept.. 9.32; 9 35: 9.30; 9 30.
Rye, May 9H. July ; flax, cash, N. W..
1.15; S. W. l.ll. May l.U, July 1.14: bar
Receipts today; Wbeat 81, corn 22s. oats
1 IK; dors 17,000; cattle 10.000, sneep 4.(uo.
Hog market opened strong.
Light, ie 4(Ka,rt.80: mixed and butch
era. e oOtftu 90; good heavy. I6.60&7.00. rougo
heavy, a 03s6.75.
Cattle market opened strong
Sheep market opened steauv. ,
Hogs at Kansas City 7.000. cattle 1.U00.
hogs at Omaha 500, cattle 2.W0.
Union stock yards 8:40 a. m.
Hog market steady to strong.
Light. W. 4(xa8 80; mixed and butchers. 10 60
ff? 45: good heavy, tti85&7 00; rough heavy,
Uattie market strong t3 loc tlgtier.
Beeves II 00&5 so, cows and heifers 1.G0&
4.90, Texas steers 3 0054 40, stockers and
feeders Ki tw5.00.
Sheep market steady.
Hog market closed strong.
Light, t6.4ut82: mixed and bntchers. 6.55
ti.wi: good heavy. 6.60&7.00; rough beayy.
Cattle market closed quiet and steady.
Sheep market closed steady.
Estimated receipts Saturday: Wheat 6T,
corn 200, oats 125, hogs 12.000.
Mew York Stocks.
New York, May 8. The following are the
closing quotations on the New York stock
So. Paciflc 55. sugar 136.C.& A.com. 30.
gas 104. Henna. 131. H, AO. 9t. C. R. I. &
P. com44:,.C. M. & St. P 161 V. Manhattan I42S.
Paciflc Mail 32H- Atchison com.. 804. W. U.
Tel. Co N. Y. Central 13IS.L. A N.
I1H. B., R. T. 664. Rdg. com. Kx. leather
00m. 144, copper 674. Atchison ntd. 97. U.
S. Steel ptd 84. U. S. Steej common 3S,
Missouri Paciflc 111. Union Pacittc common
90 coal and Iron 63. Erie common 35H;
W abash ptd 47H. Can Pacific 132.1. Republic
Steel common ... Republic Steel pfd ,
M. K. & T. common S64. American Car
Foundry common 40; C. & G. W. S3
LOCAL MARKET COMDITIOKS.
Today's Quotations on Provisions. Live
Stock. Feed and FneL
Rock Island, May 8. Following are the
quotations on the local market:
Butter Creamery 2 23c dairy l&20c
Live poultry Spring chickens 4 per
dozen hens 9c per pound, ducks 12HC, tur
keys 12Hr, geese 9HC
.Vegetables Potatoes. 25c to 3oc.
Cattle Steers 83.50 to 14.75. cows and
betters 12. 00 to 84.50. calves 84.W to 86.00.
Hogs Mixed and butchers I0.25 to I7.C0
Sheep Yearlings or over, per -wt. I i. 00 to
85 50, Lambs per head 84.50 to 7." 0.
Our great success In our millinery
department, this season Is the
beauty, fascinating colors, light
weight, strength, durability and
exclusive styles that can't be co
pied by side street shops. We can
save you at least 50 per cent on
Our Big Day. We will offer 4 com
binations of. elegantly varnished
gilt wall paper, regular 15c and 20c
for this day only, 1 Or
per roll XUl
Wall paper A.
MENS' FURNISHING GOODS
DEPT. HAT SALE.
We will place on sale one large lot
of men's fine negligee shirts, all
new spring styles, in woven and
printed cambric, extra fine AQf
quality, Saturday HOC
We will place on sale another large
lot of Monarch, Acorn and Stag
brand shirts, in all the newest col
ors and patterns, also plain white
stripes and figures and polka dots.
All in one lot, AA
for Saturday at each .... liUU
We have on hand about fifty dozen
men's black and tan hose, all sizes
good weight and quality, worth ten
ceuts per pair, 7 g
Saturday Special C
We have a large lot of lion's fpnov
silk embroidered and drop stitch
lace hose, also solid black and
b'ack with white foot, all In one
lot. Saturday's choice, r
per pair .
New is your time to look up your
supply of summer underwear. We
hr-ve a large stock of extra fine
quajity balbriggan shirts and draw
er in all sizes. Saturday
si ial. Dor garment
Aye. . Rock Island, III.
H. J. TOHER.
A. L. ANDERSON.
H. J. Toher & Co.,
To New York
No. 109 Main st
IT CONTAINS A LARGE PER CENT
Get il'IOCOil CEREAL COFFEE
MOCOX IS A NEKYE SUPPORTER AND A TISSUE P.UILDER.
rr IS CHEAPER THAN' COFFEE, OK CEREAL TAPLE DRINK.
THE PACKAGE COSTS THE SAME AS OTHER CEREALS AND LASTS A THIRD LONGER.
IF YOUR GROCER DOES NOT CARRY MOCON GET HIM TO ORDER IT FOR YOU.
ORDER MOCON TODAY AND YOU WILL FEEL P.ETTER AND LIVE LONGER.
A Cup Free fo Everybody at L S. fclcCabe
81 J 8 s8lJ8JjS)(
For quality, fit and vork
manshipin high-class hand
and at the right prices. We
lead them all no last sea
sons numbers shown in
t GustaT son 5c Mayes,
The New Clothing Store
1705 Second Ave,
P. J. LEE,
IT'S UP TO YOU
To come and see what bargains we are offering in all kinds of unredeemed
goodn, watches, jewelry, diamonds etc., that are going at a great sacrifice
at Siegel's Pawn Shop." 320 Twectieth street; 'phone 0C3 brown. Money
loaned on evrything.
CENTRAL CITY CEREAL CO.,
: 1714 Second Avenue.
is the woman with a desire to make
the home beautiful. If it was not
for her the manufacturers of wall
paper would not employ high
priced artists to make new designs.
There would be little demand for
pretty things. As it is, new de
signs are produced almost daily.
.Nut all, of course, but a great
many of the best of these are
found in my assortment of
14291431 Second Avenue,
Opposite Court House.
of Your Grocer
& Co's. Saturday.