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JTHE -ARGUS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1904.
Pabllshe Daily and Wtckly at 114
Bscond trrane, Rock Island, 111. En
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over fictltlons sicnatarea..
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Friday, December 23, 1904.
It is fortunate that David B. Hill
ha chosen Sunday as the day on which
he will retire from politics. "The bet
ter the day the better the deed."
Twenty-three royal dukes of Russia
draw $1 0.350.000 out of the national
trpasurey every year Just for being
duk-. Who wouldn't be a duke.
Official statistics show that the con
sumption of oats In the United States
baa Increased four-fold in 40 years, and
that since 1850 the consumption of
wheat has increased from 4.30 to 6.23
bushels per capita. This is not because
the present generation requires more
food than did the last, but because it
has been educated, largely by break
fast food concerns, to eat more cereals.
The CT11 of fare of the country has
been amended by newspaper advertising.
William W. rtockhill. choeu to suc
ceed Mr. Conger as minister to China.
Is noted as an orientalist. He has ex
plored the greater portion of China and
Thibet and speaks and writes in Chi
nese, Thibetan and Sanskrit as readily
as In English. His fitness for the posi
tion he has been called upon to fill was
demonstrated when he was American
commissioner to China while Mr. Con
ger was in this country recuperating
from the effects of the siege by "box
ers" in 1900.
Someone has "discovered how John
Philip Sousa got his same. The story
comes from Washington, where the
musician was born and educated. Orig
inally, it is said, bis name was John
Philip So. When he entered the em
ploy of -the government as leader of
the marine band he proudly appended
the Initials "V. S. A." for I'nited
States army. that his full signature
read -John Philip So. V. S. A." A
stranger, congratulating him upon a
performance of the band, addressed
him as "Mr. John Philip Sousa." and
bis name has been Sousa ever since.
Am to Santa Clans.
One of the first tragedies of life is
when the child begins to doubt the ex
istence of Santa Claus. A child's day
dreams are the stars of his destiny.
The child who has his dreams may in
after years dream of some of the great
things that make the world better and
happier. The dreams of one genera
tion become the realities of the next
It is becoming popular for preachers
and writers to argue that it is wrong
to mislead the children about Santa
Claus. even for the sake of cultivating
their imaginations. It would be a loss
of time to argue with them, for their
cold logic brooks no resistance and
they can quote all the human and di
vine authority against you. Yet if we
'take from childhood the fancies that
belong to It we rob it of its real hap
piness. A strictly matter-of-fact child
Is one of the most pitiful things on
earth. Thoe who would discount
Santa Claus utterly underestimate the
value of Christmas and the character
of its patron saint. We are the heirs
of the ages, and what we do and what
we think and what we have are but
the result of evolution running through
Not long before his death Charles A
Dana, the famous editor of the New
York Sun. published in the editorial
pages of hi paper the appended com
munication and answer to it:
"Dear Kditor: I am 8 years old.
Some of my little friends say there is
no Santa Claus. Papa says. 'If you
see It la the Sun. it's so. Please tell
me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?
-115 West Ninety-fifth St."
-Virginia. our little friends are
wrong. They have been affected by
the skepticism of a skeptical age.
They do not believe except they see.
They think nothing can be which is
not comprehensible by their little
minds. All minds. Virginia, whether
they be men's or children's, are little.
la this great universe of ours man is
a mere insect, an ant. In his intellect,
as compared with the boundless world
about him. as measured by the intel
ligence capable of grasping the whole
of truth and knowledge.
-Yes. Virginia, there is a Santa
Claus. He exists as certainly as love
and generosity and devotion exist, and
you krow that they abound and give
to your Me the highest beauty and Joy.
Alas! how dreary mould be the world
If there v t i no Santa Claus! It
would be as dreary as if there were no
Virginias. -.There would be no child
like faith then, no poetry, no romance,
to make tolerable existence. We should
have no enjoyment except in sense and
sight. The eternal light with whicn
childhood fills the world would -be extinguished.
"Not believe in Santa Claus? You
might as well not believe in fairies!
You might get your papa to hire men
to watch in all the chimneys on Christ
mas eve to catch Santa Claus; but
even if they did not see Santa Claus
coming down, what would that prove?
Not everybody sees Santa Claus; but
that Is no sign that there is no Santa
Claus. The most real things in the
world are those that neither children
not men can see. Did you ever see
fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course
not; but that's no proof that they are
not there. Nobody can conceive or im
agine all the wonders that are unseen
and unseeable in the world.
"You may tear apart the baby's rat
tle and see what makes the noise in
side, but there is a veil covering the
unseen world which not the strongest
men that ever lived could tear apart.
Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, ro
mance, can push aside that curtain and
view and picture the supernatural
beauty and glory beyond. Is it all
real? Ah. Virginia, in all this world
there is nothing else real and abiding.
"No Santa Claus! Thank God! he
lives, and be lives forever. A thous
and years from now, Virginia, nay.
ten times ten thousand years from now,
be will continue to make glad the heart
And Dana was right. There is phi
losophy in such sentiment as that.
While this is a world of progress, and
Christian progress, it is the treasured
ideals that awaken all the holier as
well as the happier impulses. Origi
nally, the span of time which has be
come the Christmastide was a pagan
feast, with pagan observances. It took
ages to lift it from its debasement. We
have come to the stage where the mere
act of weish accumulation cannot be
considered the noblest purpose in life
We have sensible men and women who
estimate their usefulness by what they
give and not by what they keep, and
the most practical church is the one
from which radiates the most enter
prise of charity and benevolence and
All such tendencies and achieve
ments may be traced back to these
fancies and kindnesses which we throw
around childhood and the greatest
prince of all his goodness is Santa
While Sauta Claus is illogical, of
course, and he exists only as Uncle
Sam and John Bull exist, yet he is in
far greater reality to millions who look
to him for remembrances and favors.
He enriches us by impoverishing us
He takes our money, but he gives us
back a lot of things that money cannot
buy good fellowship, love of family,
the smiles of children, toleration, good
cheer, good humor, goodliving. the real
home. He destroys all the laws of
science by taking sunshine into homes
which the sunshine cannot enter.
To ileny the existence or the useful
ness of such a saint is to commit a
crime against the most precious joys
of life, to draw clouds over childhood
and to rob the unfortunate of the only
pleasures that come to them in the
An Honor for Gen. Warner.
Gen. Vespasian Warner, soon to re
tire as member of congress from Illi
nois, has been handsomely compli
mented by the minority members of
the house of representatives. Lm.
Warner, who is a republican, is an ap
plicant for the position of peusion
commissioner. John Sharp Williams,
the minority leader, has written a
strong letter to the president urging
Warner's appointment, and this letter
will be signed by every democrat in the
bouse. The action of the minority has
Among the democratic members who
have asked the president to appoint
Gen. Warner are over twenty who serv
ed in the confederate army. It is not
only a compliment to the former union
general, but effectually proves that the
wearers of the blue and gray are as
firm friends in peace as they were en
emies in war.
John Sharp Williams and his demo
cratic colleagues deserve praise. They
play politics in a campaign, but do not
let their prejudices prevail against a
worthy man though he be a political
foe. That they request a republican
president to honor an active republican
is a good sign.
Campaign Fnad Publicity.
Representative Corkrau has present
ed the Issue of campaign eorruption
funds squarely lefore the Republican
majority in congress.
One bill which be introduced pro
vides for a commission to investigate
the cuniaign expenditures of both
parties at all election for president
from to 19U4 Inclusive. The other
bill provides for making public all con
tributions in en-ess of $oU to campaign
funds for the election of representa
tives and presidential electors and also
for making public the expenditure of
Regardless of President Iloosevelt'a
great majorities, the issue of money In
politics remains where it wns before.
The people have a right to know who
is contributing Urge sums to campaign
funds to elect representatives and elect
ors and how this money Is expended.
Will the Republican majority pass
Mr. Covkran's bill for publicity, or will
it confess that the partnership between
its campaign committees and the vgreat
corporations is too valuable an a suet to
submit to public Inspection? 'New
Children eat. sleep and grow after
taking Hollister's Rocky Mountain
Tea. Brings roi;y checks, laughing
eye, good healih and strength. A
tonic for sickly children. 35 cents, tea
or tablets. T. IL Thomas' pharmacy.
DAILY SHORT STORY
A CHRISTMAS EPISODE.
It waa December in Louisiana. A
light snow rested on the moss hanging
from the trees, and there was thin ice
on the pools. A young girl driving a
pony cart was coming down a road
and stopped before a cabin. A negro
woman, followed by a pickaninny four
years old, came out to where the cart
Clarisse. said the girl, "has your
missis said anything about what she
Is going to do for you in the way of a
"No, Missie Alice, she hain't said
nothin' 'bout dat. But me and my ole
man don keer 'bout no Christmas din
ner. We got a heap o' trouble." She
drew near the cart and spoke low,
while tears filled her eyes. "Mars'
goln to sell Bobby."
"Sell Bobby! Separate you from him?
Surely, Clarisse, tmcb a thing hasn't
been done about here since" She stop
ped. She was about to say "since a
slave mother bad killed herself after
separation from her child."
Miss Alice Sinclair made an effort to
comfort the mother, but there was no
comfort. She knew that old Dufour,
who owned this family, would sacrifice
them to bis own interest.
'Good by, Clarisse," she said, touch
ing ber Kny with the whip. "God help
On Christmas morning a servant
from the Dufour mansion -came to
Clarisse' s cabin with an order for her
and her husband to come up to the
house and bring Bobby. As soon as
Clarisse heard the message she fell
over iu a swoon. Jeff, her husband,
caught her lu his arms.
"Don, honey; don' do dat. We got
ea b udder, and mebbe Bobby won'
hab to go out o' de state. Wake up,
Clarisse revived, but only to clasp
her loy, vowing that she and be should
die rather tban lie separated. But ber
good man finally prevailed and she
consented to go to their master. At
the bouse, assembled in the great hall
way, were a number of the planters
aud members of their families, includ
ing Colonel Sinclair and his daughter
Alice. Dufour stood with his buck to
the fireplace, while apart sat an un
attractive man a trader. Even those
who used a dealer in negroes looked
down upon him.
"Tomorrow ." said Dufour iu u surly
tone, "I have a note to pay of $ioo.
Mr. Millikin, here from Savannah, of
fers me the amount of my note for the
boy. If any one present can afford
to buy the whole family I'll sell them
chier than I would separate, or to a
There was no response. It would
have required letveen $'J,000 and
$2.B00 to buy the family, and the plant
ers lu the parish were all struggling
against a slump in the price of sugar.
"Well, my friends," contiuued Du
four, "since you don't come forward
I see no way but to carry out the sale
of the child. Mr. Millikin. your offer
"One moment, please."
The words came from Colonel Sin
clair, an elderly gentleman of benign
countenance, who rose as be spoke.
"My friends," he said, "my daughter
Informed me of this sale, and I notified
you. This is Christmas morning,
There are two ways of celebrating the
birth of him who brought 'peace on
earth and good will to men' one in our
own families, the other In the families
of the needy. We have already this
morning been occupied with the first.
Here Is an opportunity to engage in the
second. I propose that we buy this
child and give him as a Christmas
present to his parents. I will head a
subscription for the purpose with $50.
-Colonel Sinclair." said a gentleman
sitting next to him, "I will subscribe
an equal amount."
The slave parents caught the drift of
the situation and listened eagerly for
every word. There were no more fifty
dollar subscriptions, but the smaller
ones, including $25 from Alice Sinclair
given ont of her pin money, finally
raised the amount subscribed to $360.
Every one present felt that he bad sub
scribed more than he could afford. Du
four, who regarded the whole affair as
an Interference with bis rights, stood
grimly waiting; the negro trader was
fumbling with bis hat; the father and
mother of the child, who were uncon
scions of bis and their peri', looked on
with an agonized suspense. Then A!
ice Sinclair spoke:
"Mr. Dnfour, will you not give some
Dufour scowled. "I most have $400
tomorrow. 1a-h will not serve." he
Then the negro trader arose and
spoke: "I know notbln is expected
from me. a nigger trader. I'm used to
buyln into families, and I've nothin
to do with other families as long as I
must take care of my own. It's my
own family that moves me now. Last
summer me and my wife had a buy. We
hain't got him now. We hain't got any
children at all. 1 come away from
borne on this trip a-purpose to git rid
of Christmas. I wouldn't be there for
no money, seein my boy can't be there
too. I tell you what I'm goln' to do.
Mj boy that s gone to heaven gives $50
to make up the amount to buy the
Alice Sinclair went to the speaker
and put out her band. She waa fol
lowed by very one present except Du
four. Then the papers passed, and
Bobby was a free pickaninny. His
mother bad him clasped doss to her
fcresst, while his father looked on.
tears streaming down bis black cm
"Too sea, papa." said AJJca Sinclair
on their way bona, "the lnfluanes of
the Christ child bora more than eight
en centuries ago can effect oven a
bo trader." . F. A. XUX&TXI
TOMORROW THEN CHRISTMAS.
FROM NOW ON, NOSTONE WILL
BE LEFT UNTURNED EVERY EN-
EROY WILL BE DIRECTED TO-
WARD THE CLOSING OUT OF ALL
HOLIDAY GOODS OURS TODAY.
YOURS TOMORROW. ANY PRICE
NOW IT'S SIMPLY A MATTER OF
Last appearance of the Katzenjam-
mers and the other old favorites at
7:30 this evening.
Santa Claus farewell appearance
from roof of our toy store at 2: CO Sat
urday. The children will all want to
see him and hear his farewell remarks,
and note his reminders.
You'll not forget that what toys,
books, games, dolls, etc., are left be
hind will be almost given away Satur
McCabe's will be the mecca for every
boy and girl in this locality, and the
grown people will be after he bargains
they know they will find here.
Our jewelry store is jam full of the
most beautiful Christmas suggestions.
Your selection here may be a jewel of
great price or the inexpensive yet ele
gant trifle or the humble fork or
spoon. A watch, a clock, or some of
the rare pieces of sterling silver, a
haf or scarf pin is here, as well as dia
mond set rings and brooches, candel
abra, shaving sets, gold or silver
mounted pipes, brushes, jewel boxes,
cipar jars, all. all. all ;ire here and the
prices are never too high at this store.
Then our china and cut glass stocks
stij are in splendid assortment.
Then the furniture department, with
its beautiful collection of fine easy
clialrn and rockers, music cabinets and
ladies desks in fact, the entire floor
is full of choice articles, selected es
pecially for the holiday selling. We
most certainly can be of great assist
ance to you here only don't come so
late Saturday that it will be impossible
for us to make delivery at the desired
It's Now Up to
You -We have
L. S. McCabe & Co.
P. S. Store Closed all day
Up Agin" a Good Thing
a man when he eommencea to
patroniie the American Steam
Laundry. "The best laundry I ever
struck is what those who Indulge
in a little slang would say. But
entre nous If you want your linen
as faultless as when you first
bought it, In color and finish, we
will guarantee to do it to your sat
isfaction every time. Careful hand
ling and artistic work are among
our up-to-date methods.
AMERICAN feTEAM LAUNDRY.
Twelfth Street mm FiftBs Avmm.
n J. y I Frontal in.
U 1 Back 3 in.
mTjfi"fr without a
A Speaking, living portrait in
makes the most pleasing
and appropriate gift
1823 Third Avenue. Telephone
NEVER BEFORE HAS SUCH A NEW, CLEAN STOCK
. - r- h 1
OF MEN'S, BOYS' AND CHILDREN'S CLOTHING BEEN
PUT ON SALE IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER AT
SUCH A LARCE DISCOUNT AS FROM
With 50 cents worth of
TEA or COFFEE
at Store only.
1818-1820 Third Ave
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t THE NEW CARP CAME
Tl itn '
Mmzhttz wan : 1 1 m a
NOT LIKE ANY OTHER
For Sale By
It. CRAMrTOX & CO.
PerCent Off on
iKe Dollar. 3
REMEMBER, THIS IS ALL THIS SEASON'S GOODS
AND THE VERY LATEST CUT PATTERNS AND
STYLES, AND NO ACCUMULATION OF OLD CLOTH
ING, BUT EVERY GARMENT IS NEW AND UP-TO-DATE.
DONT MISS OUT.
IF YOU NEED ANY MONEY RIGHT QUICK
You'll find it here. We also have great bargains in Watches, Diamonds,
Jewelry. Musical Instruments. Suit Cases, Trunks, C!othin and unre
deemed goods of all kinds. If you are looking for bargains, call on us.
SIEGEL'S LOAN OFFICE, 01dpho?e.V816?f our rings.-!
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THERE'S REAL DELIGHT AND A FULL MEASURE OF SATISFACTION IN A PURE WINE OR SOME
S GOOD OLD WHISKY. THEY ARE THE ESSENCE OF PURITY IF BOUGHT FROM FUCH'S BROS,
iftt WE CARRY A COMPLETE LINE OF WINES AND LIQUORS. WE HAVE PURCHASED FOR CASH
WE CAR.RY . . e- u;u.ru iaao enpren to rfli TO CLOSE UP AN ES-
PROM AN OLD KcTIKirMu LIUUUn nuuji., . wi . . . w . .w
TATE A LOT OF OLD KENTUCKY WHISKIES AND CALIFORNIA WINES AT A PRICE THAT EN
ABLES US TO UNDERSELL ANY OF OUR COMPETITORS. HERE WE LIST A FEW OF THEM.
ExtrLor diaaur y Bargains
On Wines and Bev rages that
Lre Pure For CKristmas 5 9
RYE AND BOURBON WHISKIES
Maryland pure rye. seven years old,
regular price $2.50 per 1 TftJ
gallon, special price Wm m J
Kentucky 3oarhon. t eight years old.
regular price $.3.50 per 2 OO
gallon, special price mm-mMJ
Hackley Bourbon, ten years old, reg
ular price $3.75 per 2 JO
gallon, special price muJJ
Guckenheimer. twelve years old. reg
ular price, $4 per ' 2 75
gallon, special price
Sherwood, the finest whisky in the
United States, 12 years
old, four full quarts ...
Gutedel Riesling, six years old, regular
price $1.25 per gallon,
Claret, six years old. Regular price
$1.50 per gallon,
Catawba, seven years old, regular
price $1.75 per gallon,
Port, seven years old, regular price
$1.75 per gallon,
Sherry, eight years old, regular
price $1.75 per gallon,
Sole Agents for th,e celebrated Pennsylvania White Rye Regular
Price $4. Reduced to $2.75 Per Gallon
FREE TO PUR.CHASER.S.
WITH EVERY GALLON OF THE $2.50 GOODS OR OVER WE WILL GIVE YOU FREE YOUR CHOICE
OF A BOTTLE OF THE ABOVE WINES, OR BLACKBERRY BRANDY, OR A PINT BOTTLE OF FINE
IMPORTED JAMAICA RUM FOR HOT PUNCHES. NO BR ON THE PREMISES. WE PARTICULAR
LY INVITE THE LADIES. ORDERS BY 'PHONE GIVEN PROMPT ATTENTION. OLD 'PHONE
WEST 1055. WE SELL NO LESS THAN ONE GALLON LOTS.
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