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THE ARGUS. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1904.
Th most popular piano of the
age. There are more of them
being used today, than of any
other make. The Kimball fac
tories, seven in number, are
more than double the size of any
other similar institution, yet
cannot keep up with the demand
for this celebrated piano. They
are used and endorsed by the
greatest artists of the world. We
have sold hundreds of them in
the three cities. We have just
received a fresh shipment ef
these pianos from the factories,
many new and handsome designs
We handle the following re
liable high grade pianos:
THE HALLET & DAVIS
. afclll- la I've.
TH E KURT2MA
KataMkbe la 1HIS.
M. SCHULZ COMPANY
IMakltobrd la lMO.
atkllalM-4 tm 1HTO.
UlrrrhaBirablr allra alaaa.
HOBART M. CABLE
l-akrld. i fcllaey aa lllaae.
W will mv you from SZlt In
Sl on m pi;inn. hi w art- rTriia
!"'' tiolttLiy piano ami -me
fiMnM whi'-li haw nevi-r b--r
antllrl hrfnrr In thiM city at
lntrolii'-tory priccii. Cull
utiQ x.m.me th- piano.
1609-1609 1-2 Second
Is the f evvorite
for a. particular
Western Flour Mill Co
Ask Your Grocer
8 Place in
To buy Good rieries cheap.
Read a few oi the many bar.
gains to be found here:
1 ran corn
1 ran early June peas c
3 cans syrup 23c
Z ikj:s. eded raisins 25c
jkcs. currants 23c
Z ikss. pancake flour 23c
2 IkK. Malta Vila 25c
2 pksr. ("ream Crisp 23c
I lbs. pkg. washing powder.. 13c
.1 cans saimon 23c
2 lbs. swdles raisins.. 23c
6 1. rice 25c
2 rans bak-l I wans 23c
2 cans tomatoes 23c
2 large bottles ketchup 25c
1 largo can baking powder.. 5c
6 rans oil sardines 25c
1 lb. package baking soda... 5c
H. P. F. NELSON,
2022 -Ah Ave. New 'Phone 6137.
Tri-City Transfer and
Hauling and moving of all
kinds. Large or small at reason
able rates. Daily wagon to
llolloe and Davenport. We also
handle the best grades of hard
and soft coal. A portion of
your patronage Is respectfully
oLtc!td. Satisfaction gnaran
teed. New 'phone 5464. old 645.
Office, 215 Twentieth Street,
Rock Island, IIL
"GO LP RIM"
Richard Newtam, President Stat
Board, Discusses Fx
INCREASE IN FEW YEARS
Permanent Blame Should Be Fixed by
Juries That Investigate
Richard Newsam. president of the
state mining board, asserts that there
has been a decided increase in the
number of mine disasters during the
past few years. He believes that the
kind of powder used in many mines is
responsible for the loss of life. I'rcs
ident Newsam says:
"What docs the average miner know
about carbonic oxid or carbon mon
oxide, or its chemical symbol, or its
density or its specific gravity or car-boa-dioxide,
its density or its specific
gravity? A miner knows when he is
working with any of these better than
the pettifoRjrcr who is mixing them
"Now I ih to say that carbonic
oxide and carbon mon-oxide and white
damp are the same, and if the pettifog
gcr would ask the miner about white
damp he would tell him how it acts,
and if he had said black damp, the
miner would !e able to tell him that
the gas is always next to the floor be
cause it is heavier than the air. He
has never heard of carbon dioxide or
carlw.nic arid gas or its symbol. He
knows that his light will not bum in
black dampness and he will keep out
of the place. But the witness and the
jury are all mixed up and we go from
bad to worse with the loss of life and
the miner is even deceived.
"Ambulance chasers, pettifoggers and
damage suits do not decrease the num
ber of widows and orphans. It only
seems to increase the loss of life, and
God knows we have had enough of
them In the last few years. Explosions
are on the increase. In the last few
year3 I hare been at several explosions
and know the cause. One at Auburn,
one at Athens and one at Sherman
have betn seen, and I was one of the
first to the point of explosions after
they have occurred. Pettifoggers and
ambulance chasers have brought suits
into court so as to get damages and a
few dollars in their pockets; they name
fire damps, dust and everything but the
"Now we have been working No. 1,
2. 2. 5. C and 7 in this state for at least
thirty years, and up to 189S you scarce
ly heard of an explosion.-Wrong state
ments do not bring back the husband,
son or father. The verdict only helps
to increase the amount of explosions. I
have all the sympathy that a man can
have for widows and orphans, but I
want to stop making widows and or
phans if it is possible, and wrong ver
dicts will not do it.
"I wish to go back only as far as
1S9H. when coal was mined under a
screen-coal basis; that is. a man got
paid for good lump coal. We had none
of these explosions, bocause a miner
did not drill dead holes, as he always
wanted to grt ltvrtp coal, and he used
his picks and got hi-i sliots in shape.
Now he Is paid just as much for slack
as h Is for lump, and with the drill he
uses in theso days he can make a five
or six-foot hole in a few rn!nufes, and
he wants the powder to do the work.
What can he expect? It is powder,
and nothing else but powder. Powder
blows up hills, forts and men-of-war,
and not one man in a thousand knows
the energy of one pound of powder.
"Our Jurors sit and listen to a case.
listen to an ambulance chaser, icfti
foggtr. He tells the Jury that he is
working for the widow. But stop until
the damage is collect ed and then you
will find how hard he worked for the
widow. The widow and orphans get a
small slice of the benefit that comes
from this suit. I have respect for a
good lawyer, and we have plenty of
them, but I have no use for one who
will misrepresent things. We want to
stop these explosions, and we never
can if they are misrepresented to a
"What does the average jury know
about a coal mine. eseclally when the
Jury Is composed of business men or
mechanics or farmers? The pettifog
ger never has worked -in a mine, but
he uses all kinds of chemical names
just to mix up the average witness and
the jury. The average miner knows
so little about chemistry that he can
not answer him.
Rrrt Mlar Disasters.
"lA?t us go down to facts. At all the
explosions I have been to every one
of them were caused by blown-out
shots, and there have been several ex
plosions where every shot showed
itself. At Auburn there bad never
been any fire damp in the mine, either
before or after the explosion, yet sev
eral men were killed aad burned 1.000
feet from the point of the explosion.
At Sherman, just of late, in a new
mine, one of the finest in the state, was
wrecked and two men killed. If there
bad been 100 men at (bat side of the
shaft at the time the aaots were fired,
all would have 'been killed. The mine
is well ventilated aad no gas seen, but
the blown-out shots were there, and I
was the first to find them. They were
about the worst I have ever seen, and
nothing but what . we may expect with
this kind of mining. The better ven
tilated the mine the greater the force
of the explosion. Taking the Athens
mine for a basis, there were three holes
fired In one entry and two in the shaft,
and the dead holes that were" left on
were 12.5 feet and the holes were 2.75
inches In diameter. . ....
"Four hundred tons of weight are
moved in one minute by one pound of
powder, and in the Athens mine there
were 31.5 pounds of powder used which
was expanded on the air current. This
would mean that one ton. was moved
2.250 feet in one minute. Think of it
for a moment and you will see the
danger we are in from this kind of
WAS FOLLOWED FROM PEORIA
Opinion of Officers Regarding Victim
of Murder at Monmouth.
Officers employed on the case are
of the opinion that Ed Keith, the C
B. & Q. detective who was shot and
killed Saturday night at Monmouth
was murdered by an enemy that had
followed him from Peoria. For the
past eight months he had spent the
greatest part of his time in the yards
of Peoria, as special detective. Last
summer he got In trouble with a man
who refused to get out of a box car
and shot him. though not injuring him
seriously. This is regarded as a possi
ble Eolutlon of the Identity of the mur
derer. It was about 10:30 In the evening
that employes in the Burlington sta
tion In Monmouth heard a revolver
shot. A b,asty investigation rcvcalel
the body of Keith leaning against the
warehouse of the H. H. Orendorff com
pany. Just across from, the railway
station. Though found within a cou
ple of minutes after the shot was
fired, the man was dead and a wound
evidently made by a 3S calibre re
volver showed how the deed had been
committed. The bullet had cntcrc.1
behind the right, ear, coming out of
the left eye.
Keith left Peoria Saturday morning
for his former home in Bushnell, . in
tending to spend Christmas with his
parents. He had been visiting friends
about town and was on his way home
when the fatal shot was fired.
Lifeboat That Cannot Upset.
A new lifeboat made of canvass and
capable of carrying 5,000 pounds was
given a test a short time ago before
government officials with most grati
fying results. The claim that it is
Impossible to capsize this unique boat
was fully substantiated. The claim
that Hostetter's Stomach Bitters is the
best remedy before the public to cure
Indigestion, dyspepsia, biliousness. con
stipation, nervousness, insomnia, liver
and kidney troubles, chills.- colds or
malaria is leing proven more conclu
sively every day. Hundreds of per
sons who had been experimenting
with various remedies, without suc-
ces. have used the Bitters and will
ingly testify that it restored them to
good health. We hope you'll try it
today for your health's sake, tor sale
by your druggist, to whom apply for
a free copy of our 1905 almanac before
the supply is exhausted.
A Pleasant Pill.
No nill is as Dleasant and positive
at DeWitt's Little Early Risers. Do
Witt's Little Early Risers are so mild
and ciTective that children, delicate
ladies and weak people enjoy their
cleansing effect, while strong people
say they are the best liver pills sold.
Soil by all druggists.
MISDIR.CCTED LETTERS SOUR.CE OF
Without doubt the general public is
not aware of the amount of labor
caused Uncle Sam's employes by th
number of misdirected letters and
packages sent daily through the post
offices of a city. Many people receive
mail directed to them by name only
and never give a second thought to
the amount of red tape that has beeu
unrolled before their letter reached its
Every mail of every day of the year
brings such letters to the Rock Island
postofllce. and it is then up to the car
riers and failing unraveling to the
general delivery clerk to try to gei
them to their destination. Sometimes
several hours a day are used In at
tempting to sort the letters and mark
ing them for delivery by the right
This trouble Is caused by careless
ness or the general-public.:; It has ex
isted ever since the postofllce depart
ment has been established, and prob
ably always will exist. That it is due
to 'carelessness rather than Ignorance
is known by the fact that good busi
ness houses sometimes send their
mail out improperly directed.
It is, also very apparent that parties
who have visited Rock Island appar;
ently think that this is such a small
burg that a letter addressed to "John
Doe. Rock Island. 111." will doubtless
reach their friend without delay. Some
residents of the city are well enough
known to permit of such liberties, but
letters for others have to go tnrougn
a process that is monotonous In its in
vest igat ion.
There is a system by which man
whether it is incoming or outgoing
is identified and usually sent to the
proper destination. When a letter
reaches Rock Island without a distinc
tive address the process for identifi
cation is a slow one. On account of the
sender failing to put on the street and
number the sorting clerk is unable to
throw the letter to the proper carrier.
It is put in a box where each carrier
has to sort the accumulated mail and
and such mail as belongs to the people
of his route. When it is finally left
after the carriers nave, finished their
search it is thrown into the general de
MEET THIS WEEK
State Legislators Gather
Springfield to Prepare
SPEAKERSHIP ABOUT SETTLED
Trautmann, of East St. Louis, Will
Be Selected, It Is
bpringncid. Dec. 27. State law
makers will come to Springfield this
week to arrange for the session of the
legislature. While there will be a
number of caucuses held, none prom
ise to be of great importance so far
as the speakership fight is concerned
Trautmann seems to bo the choice of
the members, and at this time it does
not appear that the incoming admin
istration will make an attempt to-side
track him. '
Gov.-Elect Dcceen will hold a con
ference with the members in Chicagi
today, Wednesday and Thursday of
this week, when the speakership ques
tion will come up and will be decided
upon. Politicians predict that Mr.
Deneen will throw his forces to Mr.
Trautmann, which insures his election.
Other candidates in the field at this
time are Wilfred Arnold of Galesburg,
E. H.'ShurtlefT of Marengo and Sam
uel Drew of Joliet. They claim to
have a number of followers, but as is
usually the case, the members desire
to light on a live one, and should it
appear that Mr. Trautmann has a con
trolling number of members in his
camp, the others will lose no time in
Hum tie Amois Offit-rholdrra.
Although Mr. Deneen will not as
sume charge of state affairs for two
weeks, officeholders under Gov. Yates
are attempting to fix matters. Gov.-
Elect Deneen, however, had been si
lent in regard to offices, and says this
matter will be taken up after he is in
charge. E. J. Murphy, warden of the
Joliet penitentiary, is said to be in
good standing, and will In all probabil
ity hold his position. A. L. French
of Chapin and James S. Nevill of
Bloomington will beretained as mem
bers of the railroad and warehouse
commission. The failure of the board
members to agree upon the freight
rate proposition may cause a change
when Mr. Deneen becomes head of the
executive affairs of Illinois.
There also is little doubt that W.
Scott Cowen will hold his place as
chief inspector of the state grain of
AadrewM 1m to Remain.
It is re ported, on good authority that
Charles W. Andrews, a Busse lieuten
and of the Twenty-third ward, will be
retained by State Treasurer-elect
Small as assistant treasurer. Mr.
Small was in the city Saturday, but
declined to say who would be named
to succeed Mr, Andrews. It is conced
ed ou all hands that John A. Reeves of
Decatur will succeed himself as chief
clerk of the house and that Bert Mc
Cann of Bloomington will be relccted
Gov. Deneen proposes to advise with
livery. Failing a call in this place. It is
returned to the sender if any outside
indications reveal such party's iden
tity and if not sent there kept the re
quired time and then posted to the
deal letter office.
Often mail is received in the local
postofllce that has no destination mark
ed upon It except a street number with
Ithe name. The system through which
owners receive such mail Is a slow
one. In every postofllce there is a
national directory which is one of the
most carefully compiled volumes in ex
istence. In this book is the name of
every street in every city in the United
States, and also the highest number
that marks the last house on each
street. For instance, a letter was re
ceived in the local postofllce the other
day addressed to certain firm on the
corner of two streets. Ixxking in
the national directory it was learned
that two such streets did not meet In
another city and the letter was sent
there and a proper delivery made.
The public is ever ready to find fault
when an error is made, but very few
know of the thousands of letters that
are correctly delivered, which comes
into the postofllce improperly address
ed. Thus it will be seen that the "nixie
pile" Is steadily accumulating at every
postoffice in the country.
Not a minute should be lost when a
child shows symptoms of croup. Cham
berlain's Cough Remedy given as soon
as the child becomes hoarse, will pre
vent the attack. It never fails, and
is pleasant and safe to take. For sale
by all leading druggists.
Chronic Rheumatism Cured.
Dr. II. B. Hettinger, Indianapolis,
Ind.. says: "For several months after
spraining my ankle I was severely af
flicted with rheumatism. I finally
tried De tenon's Mystic Cure for Rheu
matism, and in four days could walk
without my cane; two bottles cured
me sound and well. I take great
pleasure in recommending the Mystic
Cure to all who are afflicted with
rheumatism.' Sold by Otto Grotjan,
1501 Second avenue. Rock Island;
Gust Schlegel Sc. Son, 220 West Second
republican house, members respecting
his message to the legislature and the
'speakership. It is reported the forth
coming message will be devoted chief
ly to city charter, primary elections
and civil service reform subjects
which were made prominent in the re
publican state platform.
Ha II (-ana's fader Caver.
., If the new state executive proposes
to go after the railroads, that fact has
been kept well under cover. The gen
eral opinion is that the new governor
has written a conservative message
and will not embarrass city charter
and other state issues by espousing
new reforms. .
After conferring with members of
tne house, it is said. Mr. Deneen will
call in republican candidates for
speaker, but the information is he will
not interfere actively in behalf of any
candidate for speaker, although the
evidence is strong that he favors Mr.
Mr. Trautmann has made an effect
ive canvass and the prediction is made
that he will be selected by the house
by acclamation. This caucus will be
cal!ed by Chairman West of the repub
lican state committee and will be held
Tuesday night, Jan. 3, probably at the
Plana I 'or tnniiRurnllon,
Final arrangements for the inaugu
ration of Gov.-Ele.ct Deneen have been
practically completed. The commit
tee in charge, which is composed of
state officials, mapped out their plans
a week ago. and they are being carried
out with all possible haste.
Before the end of this week the
house of representatives and the sen
ate will take ou their familiar appear
ance. The dcslis which have been
stored away for so long a time will
be taken out and dusted, and placed
in position. No repairs have been
made in cither halls this year, but -t
is probable that a few decorations will
be added before the opening session.
HOTELS ARE SHY ON GUESTS
Drummers Head For Home to Spend
The hotels in Rock Island, and in
all other cities of this size, are suf
fering the usual slump, for the holiday
season. The hotels depend largely on
the traveling salesmen, and at this
time of year very tey of the drummers
are on the road. At Rick Island ho
tels yesterday there were not over, 15
guests aside from the regular board
ers. This condition will continue un
til after the first of the year, when
the trade will pick up very rapidly,
as the salesmen all .go out early in
January. With the exception of the
drug, grocery, and meat drummers,
very few trawling men are on the
road 52 weeks in the year, but these
lines are generally worked the year
round. In the majority of lines the
drummers are called in early in De
cember, and do not go out on the road
again till some time in January.
RECTOR OF ST. LUKE'S.
Ashburnham, Ontario, Testifies to the
Good Qualities of Chamber
lain's Cough Remedy.
Ashburnham, Ont.. April IS. 1901.
I think it Is only right that I should
tell you what a wonderful effect Cham
berlain's Cough Remedy has produced.
The day. before Easter I was so dis
tressed with a cold and cough that 1
did not think to be able to take any
duties the next day, as my voice was
almost choked by the cough. The same
day I received an order from you for a
bottle of your cough remedy. I at
once procured a sample bottle and
took about three doses of the modi
cine. To my great relief the cough
and cold had completely disappeared
and I was able to preach three times
on Easter day. I know that this rapid
and effective cure was due to your
cough remedy. I make this testimon
ial without solicitation, being thankful
to have found such a God-sent remedy
E. A. LANGFELDT. M. A.
Rector of St. Luke's Church.
This remedy is fdr sale by all lead
It sends life's blood dancing
through yotir veins; the exhiliaratin-i
feeling one fee's after using Hollis
ter's Rock Mountain Tea Is wonderful.
35 cents, tea or tablets. T. H. Thom
KEEP YOUR HEAD UNCOVERED.
The Constant Wearlaar of Hat Prp.
tea Dandruff Germa.
There are many men who wear thlr
hats -practically all the tim when awake.
and are blessed with a. heavy nhock of
hair; yet if the scalps of these same men
once became Infested with dandruff
perms, the parasites would multiply a:i
the quicker for lack of air. Baldness
would ensue aa the flnat result New.
bro's Jlerplclde kills these germs and
stimulates unhealthy hair to abundant
growth. Herpiclde Is a ploara.it hair
dressing- as well as a dandruff .-tire and
contains not an atom of injurious sub
stance. Sold by leading drugfrists. Send
10c. In stamps for sample to The Herpi
clde Co.. Detroit, alien.
T. H. Thomas, special agent.
la ail Its stages.
Eli's Creaa Bain
cleanses, aoothes and heals
the diseased membrane.
It enrea catarrh and drives
away a cold in tbe head
Cream Balm it placed into the nostril, preada
an tha membrane and is absorbed. Relief ia hri-'
mediate and a tsaMsyina yiSdajoy ,
gists or by mail
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CHANNON, PERRY & CO.,
Davis Block. Old 'Phone 1148. New 6148. 112 West Seventeenth St.
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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE SOUTH?
DO YOU ('AUK TO KNOW OK THE MARVELOUS
DEVELOPMENT NOW GOING ON IN
THE GREAT CENTRAL SOUTH?
OF INNUMEItAISLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG MEN
' OR OLD ONES TO GROW RICH?
D yo'i want t' know about rich farming lands, fcrtilo, well loralfl, on
a Trunk Lino Railroad, which will produce two, three and four crops from
the same field each year, and which can b purchased at very low prices
and on easy terms? About stock raising where the extreme of winter feed
ing is but six (G) short weeks? Of places where truck growing and fruit
raising yield enormous returns each year? Of a land where you can livo
out of doors every day in the year? Of opportunities for cHtablishlng profit
able manufacturing industries; of rich mineral locations, and splendid bus
If you want to know the details of any or all of these write inc. I will
gladly advise you fully and truthfully.
G. A. PARK, General Immigration and Industrial Agent.
LOUISVILLE & NASHVILLE RAILROAD CO.,
Wholesale Dealers In PURE
CELEBRATED COLFAX MINERAL
P Manufacturers of WINTER'8 CELEBRATED BITTERS.
Vt Ifia-icis Talr Av tap, lUefc lalaaeL
Send for us and we'll promptly
stop the leak, repair the broken
pipe, shut off the destructive
overflow and put your plumbing
In good order quickly and expert
ly - Our work and charges are
commended by so many of your
neighbors that you need not hes
itate to employ us. Sanitary
plumbing a specialty.
hat I have fouad aa
easy way o set my
money all bark aad more
with It by dola haal
mm with this mask that
does Just exactly aa he
advertises, aad prIJea
hlmaelf to have the
home of the close buy
er and buys aad aells
and trades more aecoad
hand ajooda than all the
aeeond hand dealera In
the three cities put to
gether. Juat think, over
BOO stoves for sale or ex
change from fl.OO up.
Complete Bed Springe
and Mattresses . from
B1.SO up. R'on when you
want to aell your house
hold goodi or buy house
hold aroods, or store your
household good, or aret
loan on household
sooda or on small real
estate come and see me,
the man that nobody
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merits, we will ei"l a maniple
rail, Free, fj ar.y aiic'ro.
merits, we will i"l a maniple
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