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Saturday, December 12. 1903.
The next annual meeting of the Illi
nois Press association will be held at
Galesburg Feb. 16-18.
The philosophical freak who declar
ed that people lose all their brains in
the bath tub, need not explain where
he lost his.
Tom Piatt and his bride have been
snubbed, by Washington society. It's
plain that Washington society doesn't
expect to run for onice in .New lork
A bill has been introduced in con
gress to give the interstate commerce
commission power to enforce its rul
insrs. The railroads needn't worry so
long- as the commission retains the
power to make the rulings.
According to the liufl'alo Express
there may be something doing. It is
announced that Chile has sold to Great
Britain two large battleships which
were being built on the Clvde. Manu
facturing nations do not usually buy
warships unless there seems a pros
pect that the3- may be needed in a
hurry. Possibly" there are events go
ing on in European cabinets which
the public little appreciates.
Wages in Jtalv arc verv low. accord
ing to report of the United States
consul at Turin. He quotes the wages
of boy laborers at 20 to ''.O cents a
day; of men laborers at 40 to ."rt
cents: laborers in the employ of the
city, 40 to 60 cents. Bricklayers re
ceive SO cents to $1 per day; stone
cutters and carpenters, 60 to 70 cents;
painters and frescoers. CO to 70 cents;
experts. 60 to 73 cents. No wonder the
immigration to the United States from
Italy is large.
Gen. Edward F. Jones, formerly
lieutenant governor of New York
state, has made an offer to the school
board of Birmingham to pay for the
examination of the eyes of pupils in
all the public schools of the city, to
furnish glasses where they are found
to be necessary or to furnish treat
ment for the eyes, of poor children
that may be found necessary. Several
years ago Gen. Jones began to lose
his sight, and in spite of the efforts of
the most eminent oculists he has be
come totally blind.
There is a feud between Senator
Mitchell and Secretary Hitchcock.
Saturday the president said to some
friends: '"You must excuse me now,
for Senator Mitchell is waiting in the
other office to tell me what he thinks
of the honorable the secretary of the
interior. Later I expect that Secre
tary Hitchcock will tell me what he
thinks of the honorable the senaror
from Oregon." "Why don't you get
them up here together?" somebody
asked. "My dear sir," the president
answered. "I hate peace as much as
anv man. but I cannot go as far a
"Pope Pius is giving constant remind
ers of the fact that he intends to be
master in his own house, even though
by doing so he upsets precedent. The
other day he announced that he in
tended -to have his sisters to lunch
with him in the Vatican. An attend
ing, dignitary pointed out in guarded
language ;that such a thing had not
occurred in the annals of the papacy
since the change in regime of the
Italian government. His holiness re
plied in the past that he had always
entertained whom he pleased in his
own apartments, and he saw no rea
son to change his habits. According
ly his sisters lunched with him at the
New Orleans Times-Democrat: Head
lines in the various newspapers over
the country at this time would indi
cate that the subject of "graft" was
the main question in manj- of the mu
nicipalities. Joe Folk, the energetic
circuit attorney of St. Lours, seems to
have stampeded the country, and all
kinds of investigations are being
made in, a 11 parts of the United States,
and even in some of the insular posses
sions like the Hawaiian Islands, for
instance. Here are some of the char
acteristic headlines: "Rascals Held Up
to View." "City Deep in Boodle." "Al
leges Bribery." "Bristow Tells of
Grafting." "Talks of Graft." "Six
B sellers Eager to Tell Their Story."
"Graft Committee Gets Evidence."
"Gisme rf Graft."
The newest thing in politics at the
capiial shows that private secretaries
re among the most important func
tionaries in our system of govern
ment, says- the Pittsburg- Dispatch.
This is brought out by the explana
tion of those unfortunate appearances
of congressmen's names in the Bris
tow report in connection with nego
tiations between postal department
grafters and crooked contractors.
The way these innocent congressmen
got mixed up in it was all the fault of
ttyeir unscrupulous private secretar
ies. The private secretaries had been
trusted to go about the department
to say what their superiors wanted
and they abused this trust by for
warding the postal jobs. Some con
fiding congressmen gave their private
secretaries fac similes of their signa
tures, which shows how it was possi
ble for those signatures to get at the
bottom of a letter showing a peculiar
interest in this or that jobbing con
Ex-Senator Henrj- G. Davis, of West
Virgina, began his railroad career as
a conductor on the Baltimore & Ohio
railroad, says Success. One day John
M. Garrett, president of the road, and
a party of friends were on Davis
train making an inspection of what is
known as the "second division;" that
is, from Martinsburg to Cumberland.
Garrett asked the conductor some
questions about the villages and the
country through which the train pass
ed. The answers surprised the great
railroad man. Davis not only told
about the villages, but also made sug
gestions as to how the traffic of the
road could be increased by reaching
into the timber and mining lands
near, and how expenses could be cut
down by changes in the freight sched
ules. He grew eloquent on the sub
ject and showed that he had given it
thorough study. Finally Garrett said:
"Is there anything you don't know
about the road and the country
throiigh which it passes?" "I don t
think there is." Davis modestly re
plied. Garrett laughed, but a week
later Davis got his first promotion,
and, within a few years, he was an
officer, of the road. His knowledge of
West Virginia's resources made him a
Technicality and Justice.
The decision of the Missouri su
preme court reversing the lower
courts which had found "Boss" But
ler, of St. Louis, guilty of attempted
bribery and sentenced him to three
years in the penitentiary, is one of
the most interesting in the St. Louis
boodle cases. In brief, it orders the
notorious lobbyist discharged and de
clares that the board of health has
no legal right to make a garbage con
tract and therefore a member of the
board could not be bribed in the sense
of the law. to make such a contract.
The affair is summed up in the word
technicality." The reversal is based
on a "technicality." Such is the pre
rogative and power of the supreme
court. It is useless to question the
justice of the-reversal.
However, it is a disappointment to
the people who are so interested in
law and the adminstration of justice.
In the lower courts, where Butler was
tried, where voluminous and detailed
evidence was heard, where the verdict
of guilty was returned based upon un
deniable evidence, ami where Butler
was sentenced to serve three years in
the state prison it is a disappoint
ment, as the Springfield Register puts
it. that the entire case has been turn
ed in an unexpected and undesirable
way by a technicality. Mightj- is the
lower court; more mighty is the su
perior court; far more mighty is the
It cannot be denied that this re
versal will prove an encouragement to
boodlers. Boodlers who persist in vi
olation of the law and in the perver
sion and a prostitution of justice, have
taken a systematic schooling in the
study of technicalities. So well versed
are the boodlers and their attorneys
in the wielding of the power of the
"technicality" that it is almost an im
possibility to prevent the professional
boodler who has influence and money
from escaping justice even if indict
ed, eonvieted and sentenced. The in
dictment of the boodler is difficult
enough to obtain. The conviction is
far more difficult. The meting out of
punishment is almost an impossibility.
But . boodle and official corruption
are becoming a great political issue.
The people, courts, politicians and
pulpit recognize this. There is some
satisfaction in knowing that indict
ments are being returned. There ,is
more satisfaction in the fact that con
vicfions are being obtained. With the
issue of boodle so paramount, it is
reasonable to believe that the people
will bring such pressure to bear either
at the ballot box or in some other
such effective manner, that the bood
ler will not only be indicted and con
victed, but be punished.
The day will come with this issue so
paramount that men against whom
absolute evidence of bribery and cor
ruption is obtained and submitted to
our courts, will land in our prisons
and penitentiaries . and be sub
jected to the punishment which they
deserve as violators of law and anni
hilators of justice.
Week at College.
Following is a bulletin of events at
Augustana college for the coming
Sunday, Dec. 13. Mission class, lec
ture by Dr. Foss, 4 p. m.; sermon, Dr.
Forsander. 7:30 p. m.
Monday, Dec. 14. Committee on ab
sences. 5 p. m.; board of control, 5
Tuesday, Dec. 15. College faculty,
4 p. m.; Gladstone Debating society,
4 p. m.; Webster Debating society, 4
Wednesday, Dec. 16. Conservatory
faculty. 4 p. m.; prayer meeting, 7
Thursday. Dec. 17. Concert by lyce
um, 8 p. m.; Christmas vacation in the
theological, college,, aeademie and
business departments begins at 5 p.m.
Services in fche various churches
will be held as follows tomorrow:
Emanuel Baptist church, 447 Forty-
fourfh street, Rev. II. W. Beed, pas
tor. Sunday school a t 2: HO p. in.
Swedish Baptist, corner of Twenty-
first street and Fifth avenue. Preach
ing at 10:45 a. m.
First Baptist, corner Third avenue
and Fifteenth street, Rev. II. W. Reed,
pastor. Sunday school at 9:30.
B. Y. P. U. at 6:30 p. m. Services at
10:30 a. m. and 7:30 p. in.
McKinley Baptist, Sixth avenue and
Tenth street. Services at 11 a. m. and
7:30 p. m. Sunday school at 2:30 p. m.
German Lutheran, corner of Twen
tieth street and Fifth avenue, Bev. C.
A. Mennicke, pastor. Services at 10
a. m. and 7:30 p. m.
Grace English Lutheran, corner of
Fort3'-fourth street and Seventh eve
nue, Bev. C. E. Hoffsten, pastor. Serv
ices at 10:30 a. in. and 7:30 p. m.
Swedish Lutheran, corner of Four
teenth street and Fourth avenue.
Rev. J. A. Nywall, pastor. Services
at 10:30 a. m. and 7:30 p. m.
Zion Swedish Lutheran. 4525 Sev
enth avenue, Rev. J. G. Dahlberg, pas
tor. Services at 10:45 a. m. and 7:30
p. m. Sunday school at 9:30 a. m.
German Evangelical, Ninth street,
between Fifth and Sixth avenues.
Ser ices at 10::!) a. in. and 7:30 p. m.
First Church of Ciirist, Sei?ntis.,
Twentj'-third street, between Seventh
and Ninth avenues. Services at
10:45 a. m. Sunday school fol
lows morning service. Reading
rooms in London building on Second
avenue open daily except Sunday
from 12 m. to 5 p. m. Sunday's sub
ject, "Is tli Universe, including Man.
Evolved by Atomic Force?"
First Methodist, corner of Fifth av
enue and Nineteenth street, Rev. R B.
Williams, pastor. Services at 10:45 a.
m. and 7:30 p. m. Sunday school at
at 6:30 p. m. Mrtrning subject. "He
Found Them Sleeping." Evening serv
ices in charge of Rev. J. V. Berry, ed
itor of the Epwcrth Herald.
Spencer Memorial Methodist church,
corner of Forty-third street and Sev
enth avenue; Rev. .1. B. Rutter, pas
tor. Services at 10:45 a. m. and 7:30
Wayman A. M. E. Mission, Thir
teenth street and Fifth avenue; Rev.
D. W. Brown, pastor. Services at
10:45 a.' m. and 7:30 p. m. Sunday
school at 1 p. m.
German .Methodist, corner of Sixth
avenue and. Fourteenth street, Rev. F.
L. Litzrodt, pastor. Services at 10:45
a. m. and 7:30 p. m. Sunday school at
9:15 a. m J. J. Helg, superintendent.
Epworth League at 7. Junior League
at 2 p.m.
Free Swedish Mission, corner of
Eleventh street and Fifth avenue.
Sur.day school at 3 p. m. Services at
3:30 p. m. Prayer meeting Wednes
day at 8 p. m.
Central Presbyterian, Second ave
nue, between Fourteenth and Fif
teenth streets, Rev. William Torrance
pastor. Sunday school at 9:30 a. m.
Young People's meeting at 6:45 p. m.
Services at 10:45 a. m. and 7:30 p. m.
Morning subject, "God Revealed in
Christ." Evening, "The Making of a
Broadway Presbyterian, corner of
Twenty-third street and Seventh ave
r.ue, Bev. W. S Marquis, pastor.
Services at i0:45 a. ni. and 7:30 p.' m.
Sunday school at 9:15 a. m. Young
People's meeting at 6:45 p. m. Morn
ing subject, "The Westminster Abbey
of Old Testament Saints." Evening,
"The Love of Christ."
United Presbyterian, Third avenue
and Fourteenth street; Bev. D. L. Me-
Narv, pastor. Sunday school at. 9:45
a. m. Young People's meeting at 6:45
p. m. Preaching in morning by Rev.
F. I. Moffat, of Davenport.
South Park Chape!. Presbyterian.
Elm street and Fifteenth avenue. Rev.
W. SMarquis, pastor. Sunday school
New York American.
at. 2:30 p. m. Holy communion at 7
Aiken Street Union Chapel, South
Rock Island. Sunday school at 3 p
ni. Services every Tuesday at 7:30
Bethel Presbyterian Chapel, corner
Twelfth street and Eleventh avenue.
Sunday school at 3 p. in.
Trinity Episcopal church, corner
Nineteenth street and Sixth avenue.;
Rev. R. F. Sweet. S. T. D.. rector (not
officiating); Bev. Frederick A. Heisley,
priest in charge. Third Sunday in Ad
vent. Holy communion at 7:30 a. m
At this service the Brotherhood of St
Andrew will make its aunual eorpor
ale communion. Sunday school at
9:15 a. in. Morning subject and ser
mon at 10:45 a. in. Even song and
sermon at 7:30 p. in. Morning sub
ject. "The Human Ministers of a Di
vine Person." Evening, "The Man,
Christ Jesus." Wednesday and Fri
day (Ember clays), service at 10 a. m
Saturday (also Ember day), service at
1 p. in.
Trinity chapel. ' corner of Seventh
street and Fourth avenue; in charge
of clergy of Trinity church. Sundays.
even song, address and Sunday school
at 3 j). m. Wednesdays, evening pray
er and sermon at 7:30 p. in. -
Memorial Christian, corner of Third
avenue and Fifteenth street, Rev. O.
W. Lawrence, pastor. Services at
10:45 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. Sunday
school at 9:45 a. m. Y. P. S. C. E. at
6:45 p. in. Morning subject, "Wor
ship." Evening. "Christ in Revela
St. Joseph's Roman Catholic, cor
ner oi aeeonu avenue ami rourieentn
street; Rev. Thomas Mackin, dean and
pastor. Mass at 8 a. m. and 10:30 a.
m. espers at 3 p. m. Sunday school
at 2 p. m.
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic,
Twenty-eighth street and Fifth ave
nue; nev.-.i. r. JA)cicney, pastor. ..Mass
at 8 and 10:30 a. m. Sunday school
at 2 p. m. Vespers at 7:30 p. m.
St. Mary's German Catholic, corner
of Fourth avenue and Twenty-second
street; Bev. F. J. Poettkin, pastor.
Mass at 8 and 10:30 a. in. Vespers at
3 p. m. Sunday- school at 230 p. m.
Mass and sermon at 9 a. in. for the
Y. M. C. A. building, corner of Third
avenue and Nineteenth street. Boys'
meeting at 2:30 p. m.; men's meeting
at 3:30; bible classes at 4:45, and
lunciieon at 5:30.
Salvation Army barracks, 1509 Sec
ond avenue. Services as follows:
Knee drill at 7 a. m.; holiness meeting
at 10:30 a. m.; christians' meeting at
3 p. m.; salvation meeting at 8 p. m.
Notloa of Awarding of Contract.
Notice is hereby given that the con
tract for the excavation, curbing and
paving of Twenty-ninth street, in this
city, from the south line of Seventh
avenue to the north line of Ninth av
enue, was awarded by this board at
its meeting, held Nov. 24, to the Tri
City Construction company, the com
pany being the lowest bidder for the
work proposed in said improvement.
The amount of its said bid i $6.
520. Rock Island. 111., this 5th day of
WILLIAM M CONOCHIE,
President Board of Local Improve
The Economy- grocery will be open
ed at 1515 Second avenue Monday, Dec.
14, with a full line of staple and fancy
groceries. Care has been taken in the
selection of stock and an eTTort will
be made to give our patrons the best
goods at the most reasonable prices.
"Economy" is our motto and the pub
lic w ill find that we will live up to it
in all respects. A list of positive bar
gains will be published in Saturday's
issue of The Argus. j
DAILY SHORT STORY
A Random Shot.
While acting as aa Independent de
tective at Chicago one night about 10
o'clock a scrap of paper was left at nay
door on which was written in a wom
an's hand. "Barney Redfield, who rob
bed the th National bank of Denver,
will be at No. It avenue tonight."
I had never seen Redfield or his pic
ture and knew nothing about him ex
cept that there was a reward of $3,000
offered for his capture. I knew noth
ing' of the house iu 11 avenue. All I
could do was to go there and be guided
I found the house brilliantly lighted
and guests entering under an awning.
I walked in with the rest. Though I
was not in evening dress I had on an
overcoat, so this did not matter for the
entrance. I was shown up to the gen
tlemen's dressing room, where I re
mained without taking off my overcoat
till the others had gone down. Then I
resolved to look about me for apparel
suitable to the occasion. Going to the
floor above, which was deserted, I ran
sacked closets and drawers, finding
nothing till I came to a room in which
a dress suit, shirt, collar, cuffs and a
pair of black silk stockings were spread
out on the bed. while a pair of low
shoes were on the floor. Evidently
some one was expected for whom they
had been made ready. I put them on
and went downstairs.
I ran a great risk. for. though I could
prove I was a detective. I had actually
stolen a suit of clothes and was prom
enading In them, it would be Inferred,
to steal other things. Going down a
winding staircase and seeing the host
and hostess receiving guests in the
drawing room, I turned into the li
brary. I strolled about, keeping an eye
on every one I met. but saw no inkling
to lead me on. A young lady who prov
ed to be the da tighter of the host sat
for a long while in a window seat with
a handsome young fellow with a very
restless eye, but plenty of people have
restless eyes, and Barney Redfield
would be more likely to spend his time
looking for jewelry or silverware than
spooning. After spending an hour
dodging the members of the family I
concluded to go upstairs, when I heard
a gentleman say:
"There's been a robbery. Frank's
clothes were laid out for him upstairs,
and when he arrived just now he found
they were gone.
For a moment my heart stood still,
but, regaining my assurance' and re
membering that if Barney Redfield
were in the house and knew that the
family were alarmed he would imme
diatelj' make an egress. I said to the
"I would suggest, sir. that the exits
be watched to prevent the thief's es
cape." "You are right." he replied and de
parted to see that my suggestion was
It was soon evident that the matter
of the loss of the dress clothes of Frank,
whoever he might be, had got out
among the guests, and had it not been
that I was absorbed in watching for
some man to show some anxiety, there
by indicating that he was vulnerable,
I would have felt the unpleasantness of
my position. As it was. I was not dis
concerted till I saw the host coming
toward me. his gaze fixed upon me
with no pleasant expression. He was
followed by several others, all men.
"I beg pardon, sir." he said, "but I
do not recognize you."
I was cornered. What should I say?
What should I do? I stared at him
"If you cannot give a reason for your
being here, I shall send for the po
lice." "Don't stop for him to Invent an ex
cuse," said a guest, the man who had
been attentive to the host's daughter.
"The fact that be is unknown to you
and a suit has been stolen should be
sufficient. Here's Frank."
"Frank," in business clothes, stepped
up to me and after scrutinizing me took
hold of the lapel of the dress coat I
wore, turned it up and displayed a
pearl stick pin.
"That's my suit," he said. "I got
that stick pin as a cotillon favor last
week and put it In there."
Now, while this had been going on
my observing faculties had been work
ing. I took especial notice of the mo
tions and expression of the young man
I had seen with the young lady. He
seemed unduly excited, casting hur
ried glances at me, as if to make sure
he had never seen me before. I must
decide upon a plan for at least tem
porary use. Turning to the host. I said
"May I ask a private interview? You
don't wish a disturbance. I'm sure."
"Don't go off alone with him." said
the young man of whom I have been
"Would you do me the favor to come
with us?" I said to him politely.
The host led us to a small room and
shut the door. The young man's nerv
ousness increased. I don't know what
put it into my head, but I resolved to
screen myself by accusing him.
"I came here to arrest Barney Red-
field," I said.
The man clutched at a chair.
"And," I continued, "having found
my man" I drew a pair of bracelets
I have accomplished my work."
"Great heavens!" exclaimed the host.
"My daughter's affianced husband!"
I had lired at random and brought
down the game I wanted. Redfield
was born a gentleman in England.
drifted to Australia and found no diffi
culty in keeping up the part in Amer
ica. I got my reward from the Denver
bank and a few thousand more from
the man whom I bad saved from a
robber son-in-law. My Informant was
a girl Redfield was proposing to throw
off for his new love.
WILLIAM B. KNIGHT.
Tlie man who insists on clothing that's
up to the minute in style, and. that llts
and. looks like high class custom work,
and yet won't tax your purse very heav
ily.JIn fact, the harder you are to please
the better we Jike it,for the more closely
you examine our clothing the more
favorably will you he impressed with
its superior merits.
Men's Suits from $7.50 Up. -Men's
Overcoats from $6.00 Up.
Nothing Better Shown for this Money.
The New Clothing Store
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