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Correspondence solicited from every
township in Kock Island county.
Wednesday, September 23, 1904.
The letters of Roosevelt and Parker
Illustrate the difference between as
sertion and argument.
The Iowa idea now is to get cam
paign contributions from the civil ser
vice to build shelters for monopoly.
It is intimated that the Philippine
government may have to go into the
opium business. That is one of the
little thines one has to accept alonj;
with imperial rule. People who do
not like opium selling and slavery and
polygamy, and similar irregularities
should istay at home and let "some
stronger, manlier race" assume their
share of the white man's burden.
According to the Railway Ape, Tex
as has usurped the place Ions held
by Illinois in railroad mileage. The
latter state is now credited with 11,517
miles of steam railway track, including
the elevated roads in Chicago, while
the former has 11,oS2 miles. Now that
Texas has' attained first place in this
respect, she will undoubtedly maintain
it, as her great area and rapid devel
opment give her an advantage not pos
sessed by any other Mate.
The New York World says the re
publican executive committee in King:
county has adopted the American flag
as the party emblem. This impudent
and unpatriotic attempt to degrade the
national standard into the symbol of
a faction is unfortunately not new
iti republican politics. Similar out
rages on the (lag have been committed
in every recent campaign. They ought
to be suppressed by such laws as in
several states protect the stars and
stripes from the desecration of advertisements.
holders of the waterworks. The alder
men are the directors. The aldermen
and the tax payers are backing them up
have asked the superintendent of
waterworks to explain certain things.
The superintendent has ignored these
requirements. A majority of the ald
ermen have recorded themselves in
favor of clearing up the charges that
have been made. The aldermen who
are opposed to. such a course give as
an excuse that they do not know how
to get. at the facts, and hence assert
the matter should drop. An alderman
who would make such an admission is
incapable of serving the city and
If there is nothing in the present
conduct of the waterworks to explain,
the mayor and superintendent of water
works have made a mistake in their
faiinre to come forward and show that
such is the case.
At a future meeting of the council
this may be done. Until it is the pub
lic will not be satisfied.
The charge having been made in
the mining districts of Indiana that
Henry !. Davis had been a party to
the eviction of miners by the Davis
t'oal & Coke company and also to in
junction proceedings against the men
the democratic candidate for vice pres
ident lias vindicated himself in a char
actertstic manner. He wrote to Presi
dent F. S. Landstreet of the company
asking him as he knew the facts to
state them. In reply Mr. I.andstreet
writes that the company only once,
evicted any men from its premises
and that during his term as president
no labor troubles occurred. Further
than that. Mr. La ml street says that
when he and some other officials want
ed to apply for an injunction Mr. Dav
is refused his consent, and the pro
ceedings were dropped. The only
time, hi- adds, that union men were
discharged by the company was more
than a year after Mr. Davis had dis
posed of all his holdings in it. and that
the candidate hail always evinced a
great interest in the welfare of his em
Tho Ti-payera' Uight.
The more the attempt is made on
the part of those identified with the
city government to either ignore the
demands for an investigation of the
waterworks department or to suppress
the facts relative thereto. tli- more
determined becomes the public to have
an understanding of the actual situa
tion. The natural supposition is that
where there is smoke there is lire.
In the present instance what has the
appearance of smoke may be vapor,
but whatever it may be there is cer
tainly a cause for it. This cause is
what the public wants to know about,
and should know about. There has
been an accusation. There should be
a judgment if a vindication so much
the better. But there can be no
The administrative and the legis
lative branches of the municipal gov
ernment are held jointly accountable
for the proper conduct of municipal
affairs and municipal institutions. It
is the duty of one of these branches,
no less than the other to see that pub
lic service is faithfully performed. The
superintendent of waterworks is the
custodian of a public institution. It
he held the same sort or a position
under a private corporation he would
be required to give an account of his
stewardship, and to satisfactorily ex
plain all things that pertained to his
management. If he saw fit to decline
to respect the requirements of those
SCiviug him employment, even though
a superior olScer might countenance
such action, as the mayor appears to
be doing in this case, directors repre
senting stockholders would very
quickly assert themselves. The fax
payers cf Rock Island are the stock-
Prosperity to Order.
There- is a great controversy going on
between the nonpartisan statisticians
in private life ami those v.l;o are em
ployed in the government service as to
the relative cost of living and the
wages paid for the past ten years. The
government statisticians ate getting
considerably the worst of the argu
ment, for their figures are shown to be
totally unreliable in many Important
matters. In fact, the government fig
ures have been disproved by the vat
difference between those furnished by
two different departments on the same
subject. For instance, according to the
agricultural department figures there
are over lli.Mio.ooo more sheep in the
I'nilcil SUites than the census figures
show for the same 3-ear to wit, 1S;'..
The figure; for the hay crop were even
farther apart. The bureau of statistics
publishes Dun's index figures showing
the cost of living to have increased 40
per cent. The bureau of labor pub
lishes figures to show the increase has
been only 10 per cent. There is no doubt
that the bureau of labor tries to bolster
up protection by a scientific plan of ad
dition or subtraction or division.
Secretary Shaw in a speech the other
day promised that figures from the
highest authority were forthcoming
that would prove that the rise in wages
had more than kept up with the in
creased cost of living. Carroll I . "Wright
and the expert statisticians of the bu
reau of labor are now at work on these
figures and will doubtless prove what
Secret a ry Shaw and the Republican
leaders desire to have proven. A gov
ernment statistician that cannot prove
13- his figures what the politicians want
to show would soon find his salar3' re
Gticcii or nts prace given to anotner. It
is safe to predict that these coming
statistics will show that those who are
earning w.-ies are getting more each
daj- in proportion to the cost of living
than they have in the past that is,
that after paying all the bills for ne
cessities there is more left for luxuries
or to put into the savings bank.
Now, Mr. Wright and his bureau cf
labor may prove the increase on iviper,
but those who earn the wages and ex
pend them can give more accurate sta
tistics than all the statisticians that are
in the employ of the government.
Kvcry one who has to rely on a limit
ed income is feeling the pinch of high
prices, for there is scarcely an article
of necessity, from beef to cotlins, that
Is not controlled by trusts and the
price of which has not been increased
enormously. Indeed. Dun's index fig
ures, mentioned above, which are ac
knowledged to be the most fair and re
liable of any published, show that the
cost of living has advanced since IS'.)!
40 per cent. Have wages increased in
like manner, or more, as Secretary
SShaw claim to have shown by the
"highest authority';" The surplus left
after paving necessary expenses is the
test of prosperity-, anil that can only be
settled by each individual or family.
If there is a surplus, then you have rea
sonable prosperity. If you are scrimp
ing and buying the cheapest and poor
est and can then only just make both
ends meet, all the Shaws and Wrights
cannot make you feel you are prosperous.
When the Republican spellbinders
flash these wonderful figures as from
Aladdin's lamp at you this fall you may
feel prosperous for awhile under the
spell of their oratory, but after the
dance is over, the lights are out and
you think it all over, that fleeting view
of prosperity has flown, as with the
owner of the beautiful lamp when he
had lost it, as told in the "Arabian
.Nights. then, as you lie upon your
husk mattress, if you are poor, or your
luxurious couch. If you are rich, you de
clde upon the ticket you will vote and
your chances of being most comfortable
with Roosevelt high prices and prom
ises or Parker and reasonable prices
and true prosperity.
MAKES NO CHANGE IN LEADERS
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen
Reelect All the Old Officers.
Buffalo. Sept. 2S. The entire roster
of grand officers of the Brotherhood of
Ixjcomotive Firemen was reelected at
yesterday's session of the convention.
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too large or the quality too rich, sour
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weakened by constipation. Eat slow
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food. Masticate the food thoroughly.
Let five hours elapse between meals,
and when you feel a fullness and
weight in the region of the stomach
after eating, take Chamberlain's Stom
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AT THE POPULAR PLAY.
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The Hero: "Take that and that, villain!"
Villain (aside): "Oh, Theodore, stop it! You're tickling me so! '
Cleveland Plain Dealer.
) DAILY SHORT STORY
During the early part of the last cen
tury many families were emigrating
from Virginia to Kentucky. Their usu
al route was down the Ohio river by
means of i!atlo.-it.
Among the emigrants of that day
was Colonel Aian MacMihn of Scutch
Irish descent. His Uatlo::t 1 .-nl con
sisted, besides stores, uf his wife and
daughter and three men and two wo
men nero slaves. The colonel's right
band man w;:s an enormously strong
negro whose strength bad won him the
name of Titan, though he was familiar
ly called 'l ite.
The Ohio and Mississippi rivers were
Infested in those days by some very
rough people. Piracy was not uncom
mon, and there were no government
officers to check it. One day when the
emigrant party were Hearing a settle
ment which is now the city of Louis
ville they saw a boat put off from
the short: and head directly for them.
As soon as it drew near it was plain
its occupants were bent on no good.
They were a hard featured lot, dressed
in coon skin caps and buckskin clothes,
and were all armed with rifles and pis
tols. However, the settlers were often
thus dressed, and Colonel MacMinn was
not sure of these men until they had
boarded his boat. Then they at once
took possession and ordered him and
his family below, where they were
placed under guard. The neuro men
they required to work the boat.
Tite made it appear that he was de
lighted with the capture, since- by
serving the pirates he might earn his
freedom. This surprised his fell w
slaves, but as soon as be was able he
told them that this was to prevent
suspicion, and he would watch for an
opportunity to recapture the boat.
The pirates, seven in iininl-r, soon
after taking their prize found them
selves in what are called the falls of
the Ohio, a part of the river whet' tin
current is very rapid. It was night
and a very dark night. Their captain
was somewhat anxious as to the safety
of the property he had become possess
ed of, though he cared nothing for hu
man life. Among the stores on the
boat was a barrel of rum, which his
men appropriated. Tite watched then,
hoping that they would get stupid,
but they stood an enormous quantity
of liquor and were rather inclined to
dance and sing on deck. Their cap
tain cursed them for idiots, then ignor
ed them, trusting to Tite and the two
negroes to navigate the boat. Tite
stood at the bii; Mcering oar secured to
the boat by a wooden pin. while bis
fellow slaves were dodging the drunk
en pirates, who were amusing them
selves burling whatever they coJlld
find at them. The captain was at the
front of the boat peering down the
Tite passed the word to his fellow
slaves that he was about to attack
the pirates, and they promised to help
liini. Since the blacks were without
any arms whatever, the attempt was
hazardous and if unsuccessful would
result in their death and possibly that
of the family. When Tite spoke the
pirates were separated, but before be
could act two of them had Joined the
captain. However, Tite made up his
mind to proceed. He left the three
pirates to his three men ami went for
ward. Approaching the captain as if to
make a suggestion, he seized biui
around the 1-o.iy. The other two men,
quickly taking warning, sprang for
Tite and endeavored to pull him off.
One of them drew a pistol, hut dropped
it on the deck. While he was looking
for it Tile succeeded ill kicking bis
comrade In the stomach, which para
lyzed his efforts, and the negro, putting
forth all his gigantic strength, raised
the captain in hK'arins and threvV hou
into the river. Then, inking up the man
Le had ki'-k-d. he servd him like
wise. By this time the man looking
for bis pistol found it. but Tite seized
it and shot him dead.
Meanwhile the other two t:egrcs,
v.ose enemies were separated, ran to
the nearst pirate, seized hiiu .-md
threw him overboard. The other two.
freeing danger, got together and were
attacked by the two blacks. One of the
Hacks was wounded by a shot, and
the other was getting the worst of it
when Tite cutne up and. seizing first
one pirate, then the other, threw both
overboard. At the moment a m:m on
gu::rd below, having heard the scuf
fling, came out and was served in the
All this Lad scarcely b-eu nccom
pllshed w hen the captain was discor- j
ereJ climbing over the stern, but Tite j
pusLi Jiijn, L&ck. h.totbe rjver. Twa
iu last t!
O1.11YS ' Tif li!e i
) j cii::.b aboard, bat
f 1 the same manner,
' was free.
T'.-e col. ;.!, being left u:r-:ll.i;-ded.
now came up from below, expecting
that I In- pi..!tcs h -id c Ui l.l i .1 t lutir
t'.cr the party an 1 had commenced with
the i.egr.ics. When h- fjind ihat the
boat was in possession of Ms faithful
siaes, that the lives of himself and
his familv had b u saved, his grati-
the f at ore.
Tite and his assistants successfully
navigated the !-: t t Lo.:i.sviiie, and
the c"! :v.i h who had had ciM'.rJi of the
river and its dangers, co-ie'.uded to
stop there. The family went ashore,
the stores were unloaded and the fiat
boat broken up :iud used to imild a
dwelling. Colonel MacMinn had free
papers made our f r the negroes who
had saved the party, but the slaves
tore them up. Their master was au
especially kind mini, and tiny had
knotf n no other home than in his fam
ily, so they concluded that freedom
would be of no use to them.
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