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THE "ARGUS",' "TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1904.
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PRISON FOR ROSS
Choice of Three Months' Term or
Payment of 9150 ,
FOR ABANDONING HIS WIFE
Walter Searcy, Who Steals Gift for
Mother is. Let. Off.
'As a penalty for the abandonment
of his wife, Harry O. Ross, of .Moline,
has the choice of working at the coun
ty jail for three months or liquidating a
fine of $150 and costs, imposed in tht
county court this morning by Judge
E. EL Parmenter. Ross will probable
serve out tbe fine.
Ross pleaded guilty to. the inform
tion filed against him on Dec. 22, but
judgement was withheld until tht
court-could obtain proof on some if
the assertions made by the defendant
as to the causes leading up to tht
estrangement of himself and his wife
Ross declared it was a case of inter
ference from the maternal side of hit
wife's household, but the latter, who
was supported by other members ot
the family, told Judge Parmenter thai
Ross had been relating untruths, and
that he bad no provocation for tbe de
sertion of his wife, to whom he was
united in this city on Thanksglvinf
Ross was employed in tbe harness
department at Rock Inland arsenal
Ills wife is of the belief that tb. re is
another woman in the case, and that
the Infatuation of Ross for the lait
was the real cause for Ms flight. Rs.
wrote his wife from Peoria a few
days after .his departure that lie was
gone forever. He was arrested a
Cerro Gordo, 111.
Waller Svarrjr I'lard.
Walter Searcy, the colored boy who
stole goods from the New York
store. Moline. where he was employe'
as elevator conductor, was permitted
to plead to an Information charging
petty larceny, the firm being dispose'
to deal leniently with the young mar
? I nee it was his first offense so far
known. All the property taken by th
boy was recovered. Gods valued a
$10 were found in his room. Hi:
arrest followed his theft of a si",1
klrt of the value of $fi.30. He ha'
prepared for shipment to his niothet
at Cedar Rapids as a Christmas r
membraace. THE THEATRE.
Dec 27 Broadway Burlcsqucrs.
Dec. 2S Sergeant Kitty.
Dec. 30 -San Toy.
Jan. 1 Arizona.
Jan. 2 An American Gentleman.
Jan. 8 On the Bridge at Midnight
Jan. 9 Winninger Bros., week.
Jan. 13 The Smart SeL
Jan. 17. Dolly Varden.
, Jan. 22 The Heart of Chicago.
Jan. 23 Innocent Maids.
Jan. 25 Mason and Mason.
Jan. 28 Babes in Toyland.
Jan. 29 A Break for Liberty.
Dec. 30. Maloney's Wedding.
Jan. 1. An American Gentleman.
Pretty Oriental Story.
"San Toy a most picturesque story
of the orient, set to charming music,
will be the attraction here Friday even
ing. The engagement is of much im
Iortance for the reason that it will sig
nalize the first appearance in this c!ty
for several year of James T. Powers,
admitted on all sides to be the most
original and successful funmakcr on
the native stage. Ixcal playgoers have
heard much of Mr. Powers' success
since he made his debut as the princi
pal comedian of the Austin Daly Music
al company some years ago. and In the
production of "San Toy will see him
in what bas been conceded to be his
best role. He plays the part of an up-to-date
and not altogether too honest
Chinaman, and the part gives free rein
to his natural ability and inventive
faculties. John Fisher, who is the
proprietor of "San Toy. has surround
: r SooluteIy Pure
ed Mr. Powers with a company that has
eterywnere' gtven'sptendid satisfaction.
Tbe principal members are Geofge K.
Fort escue, Margaret McKinney. Charles
Arling, .John iPeachey, Nagle JBarry,
losephine Newman, W. L. Romaine,
Florence F. Smith and Fred W. Hunt
ley. There is a chorus of 50 that Is
said to be one of the best voiced aux
liary forces on the road this season,
and in addition Mr. Fisher bas provided
special orchestra and an equipment
of scenery that will transform the
itage into a veritable corner of .China.
The costumes were all imported direct
from Shanghai andPeking through the
9rm of Sun Kim Lung & Co., of New
Sergeant Kitty's Visit.
It has clearly been evidenced by the
general theatregoing public that the
orm of theatrical amusement most in
favor today is comic opera. At the
same time the public has grown critical
md now demand the very best that it is
jossible to present in that form of
mtertainraent. George R. White, who
jtIII tomorrow present the comic opera,
'Sergeant Kitty," has studied the pub
Ic wishes for years and has always
succeeded in supplying what, was de
sired. In the production of "Sergeant
Kitty" he bas spared neither money,
pa!ns nor labor in an effort to give the
.heatregoing public what will please
L In the cast are Helen Byron,
Charles Wayne, Edith Blair, Sylvain
'anglois. Virginia Palmer, Wheeler
Earl. Frederick Knights, Lillian Seville,
lames Furey, Tom Hadaway, Myrtle
Lorimer. Clara Sterling, George Pearce,
George Lloyd and Joseph Chaillee.
Burlesque For Tonight.
Two sketches and a number of vau
leville stunts make up the show of the
3 road way Burlesquers. who are to ap
ear at the Illinois tonight.
Hopper as Tragedian.
DcWolf Hopper, who is touring the
country with his revival of "Wang."
vas asked at one time if comic opera
satisfied his ambition. "Why, yes and
io," he replied. "It has Its com pen sa
ions. I will relate an incident. Some
vears ago there was an actors fund
wneflt in Chicago. Before the
performance I was rehearsing
he burlesque balcony scene from
Romeo and Juliet. when to my horror,
' notieed Signor Salvini looking on
rrom the wings, and I called Juliet's
ittention to the Incident. 1 thought the
treat tragedian would be horrified at
ur desecration of Shakespeare, hut
o ny surprise, he began to laugh as
nam as it dawned upon him what we
vcre about, and he laughed until the
ears ran down his cheeks. Shortly af
erward Salvini went on to act the
irciia scene from 'The Gladiator. It
was the greatest acting I had ever seen,
ind I was nearly eboked with emotion.
s representative of the actors fund
t was incumbent on me to thank Sal
vini for appearing nt the benefit. This
I did as be came off the stage, before
I had time to control my feelings. As
hespoke very little English I tried to
express myself In Italian. The great
actor noticing my emotion, broke In
with 'Your tears speak so much better
than your Italian you also caused the
tears to flow only in a different way.
When I went on to sing my topical
song at the regular performance that
evening I could not help contrasting
the triviality of my work with that of
the great Italian actor, and I almost
felt ashamed of my calling."
FREIGHT BREAKS IN TWO
Several Cars Telescoped Traffic o.i
Illinois Division Blockaded.
A small wreck at Bureau tied up
the Rock Island railway's Illinois di
vision passenger and mail trains this
morning, and the mail due in Rock Isl
and at 7 o'clock did not arrive until
after 10 o'clock. This train brings
the Chicago dailies lo Rock Island.
A long freight train broke in two when
a few miles this side of Bureau, and
the two sections came together with
such force that several cars ware tel
escoped. No one was injured.
Ail of the westbound trains into
Rock Island were late this morning,
the bad weather which prevailed yes
terday and today having caused de
lays on all of the western lines.
Brings bright, shining, merry eyes,
rich, red blood, good health. That's
what Hollister's Rocky Mountain Tea
will do.. 35 cents, tea or .tablets. T.
H. Thomas pharmacy.
home in ozarks
Will Crittenden Thornton Issues
a Weekly Paper on His
LIFE READS LIKE ROMANCE
Boyhood Partly Spend in Rock Island
County strikes' Out For
Himself at 13.
Will Crittenden Thornton, whose
childhood was partly spent in Rock Isl
and county, who ran away trom home
at 13. began teaching school at 18, and
entered tbe field of newspaperdom two
years later, has blossomed out as an
editor and publisher. The People's
Banner is his property. It is printed
at Belleview. Mo., and is In its first
year. It Is a four-page weekly. Thorn
ton tells his own story better than
can anyone else. Here is the part that
most interests readers of The Argus:
This Issue of the People's Banner
goes forth from our own shanty on our
own farm in the delightful Ozarks.
As a result of building and. moving a
couple of issues of the paper have been
missed, for we found it necessary to do
the work ourselves: and when I say
"ourselves" I mean Mrs. Thornton and
We started dUt to put up a log cabin.
I was to chop the trees down and Mrs.
Thornton was to trim them up with a
hatchet. But she was soon thrown out
of employment by a shut-down ' at the
other end of the works. I went on a
strike. Conditions didn't suit me; the
trees were tough, and the ax got dull,
and my shoulders got to aching, and
my hands got so covered with blisters
that there was not room enough for
another one and those that were there
were demanding extra space. A week
had been passed and the cabin was just
three logs high and it is no higher
DaildlsK Complete l-t.
We then changed our plans, got a
thousand feet of oak lumber, which
cost us 10 delivered from the saw mill
two miles distant, 75 cents worth of
nails -end hinges, and 75 cents. wort1!
of window glass and proceeded to put
us up a temporary place of abode' at a
cost of $11.50. This gave us a room
SxlS feet, which for the winter will
serve as residence, library, and print
ing office; and it is a comfortable, even
cozy place. To make doubly secure
from rain. snow, and zero atrjosphere,
and add to the l.'ght. wo have stretched
white muslin over head, the expense of
which added to the original cost will
make the building complete cost $11.
The sides are thickly lined with news
papers: The library,' -consisting of sev
eral hundred volumes, is perched over
head. Thus we have a warm, dry, sub
stantial, comfortable, and cheerful com
bination house, library, and print shep
at a total expenditure of $14.
(rand Vlw of Noantalaib
In selecting a building site we chose
a narrow pine-clad hill nearly In the
center of the farm which enables us to
see almost the entire farm, a quarter
mile wide and mile long, at a glance,
and affords a grand view of mountains
and valleys for many miles. Surround
ing the house are a number of quaint
boulders which will add to the beauty
of the pine-shaded lawn in the .spring
On the hillside near the house is a
bounteous spring, and there are some
five or six of these on the farm.
Wood is over abundant. We can't
burn It up fast enough to keep It from
rotting on the ground. It is not a legal
tender on subscription at this office
and this seems like a dream to me after
all the long years I have spent waiting
for a subscription to come In so that
I could buy a five-cent basket of coal;
but these chilly days are past, and we
revel in a haven of oak. and hickory,
and pine, and the glorious pine knot
the heat from which would chase the
devil out of his den and melt the fur
nace if he happened to forget himself
and poke in two knots at a time.
I may be foolish about pines. But of
all the species of forest .they are my
C.reea Boaicba a lanplpotioM.
I cut the other timber and preserve
the pines. These evergreen boughs are
an inspiration to me every day of the
year and especially Is it a joy to glance
up through them from my window in
midwinter. . It may be that my own
verdancy impels me to admire the ver
dant pine, but that thought does not
lessen the admiration. I would prosecute
any person who would be reckless
enough to destroy one of my coniferous
From this time on The People's Ban
ner will be issued regularly, from its
farm-home In the Ozarks. two miles
from po6tofllce or store, and a half mile
from the nearest neighbor. I will have
plenty of time for study and investiga
tion, no serious business cares or an
noyances, out-of-door -.exercise which
promotes health, and appetite, and you
may rest assured that The Banner will
be found doing its utmost for tbe ad
vancement of the Interests of those
who like itself were born In the house
of Want and by the Injustice of our eco
nomic system forced to pay tithes to
those of the house of Have for the privi
lege of staying on earth. -Bra
la Parvcrl r-
Born in poverty, left an orphan in
infancy among rich relatives who never
gave me so much as a kindly look. I
know full well the woes of poverty, its
discouragements and its temptations;
and the privations an orphan pauper
boy must endure in order to get a fair
education. The Thorntons of colonial
days were full cousins of George Wash
ington and were Inclined to boast of
royal blood.' being direct descendants
of the royal Stuaxts.My grandfather.
Samuel .Thornton, married a sister of
Dr. William Bowles, founder of the
French Lick Springs, and one of the
most notorious "copperheads" of Indi
ana. I was partly raised by a sister of
"Col." Bowles dear, good Aunt Con
stance Comfort Liston. on a farm near
Port Byron,'" Rock Island county. Illi
nois. My grandfather, Samuel Thorn
ton, took a boat load of horses to New
Orleans and forever disappeared.
Early FlUkt I'rrdlrtrd.
My father, William Addison Thorn
ton, came to Illinois and after a reck
les career as an old-time raftsman and
"river rat" died in JUfjr 1859, four
months after I was born. I was a puny
babe. The old ladies of LeClalre all
predicted my early flight to the realms
above, but I proved a stayer.
At the age of two years I left Le
Claire to live . with Uncle John and
Aunt Constance Liston who "took me
to raise" to keep me from being sent
to the poorhouse. At 13 I ran away.
At 18 I began teaching school. At 20
I began a stormy newspaper career,
experiences of which will be related in
Murphy and Nelson Friends.
San Francisco. Cal., Dec. 27. The
friends of Ted Murphy claim the boy
manager did not intend to decamp with
Battling Nelson's money when he
stepped out Thursday night with $9,
000. They say Murphy had had much
trouble with Nelson to keep him from
association with a woman of the town
known as Mary Glennon. The woman
haunted Nelson's training quarters and
it was over her that Murphy and Nel
son had their last falling out. Murphy
"bounced" the woman and this made
Nelson wild. Murphy, however, kept
peace because it was vital that Nelson
should do his' last training thoroughly.
When the fight was over Nelson at
once set about blowing in money on
the woman. To prevent this, Murphy's
friends cla.Ti. he bought Nelson a tick
et and left him only $100, thinking this
would force Nelson to leave the city
and thus break off the attachment
which Murphy thinks will hurt the
Dane's advancement. Nelson was at a
dinner given last night in his honor by
Ted Murphy and there the hatchet was
Walsh Knocks Out Englishman.
Salem, Mass.. Dec. 27. Jimmy Walsh,
of Boston, knocked out Harry Brodi
gan, of London, after two minutes and
:!0 seconds of fighting at the Apollo
Athletic club yesterday. The men met
for a 10-round bout, and for a couple of
minutes they appeared on even terms.
Then Walsh caught Brodigan on the
jaw with a terrific right-hander. The
Englishman collapsed and was counted
Tame Fight in Baltimore.
Baltimore, Md., Dec. 27. Young
Peter Jackson and the "Dixie Kid'
fought a 15-round bout before the Eu
reka Athletic club last night. The bout
was rather tame and ended in a draw.
Jenkins and Carkeek Matched.
San Francisco, Cal., Dec. 27. Tom
Jenkins has been matched to meet
Jack Carkeek on the mat at Wood
ward's pavilion Jan. 10. The men will
work for the best two falls out of
three, catch-as-catch-can rules to gov
ern. The conditions will be the same
as' those under which Jenkins and
Buzayell met, excepting as to style.
Would Accommodate Jeffries.
Minneapolis. Dec. 27. "If Jeffries is
looking for a fight he need not go very
far. I believe I could give him a hard
battle and I would be willing to meet
him again for the championship of the
world," said James J. Corbett. who be
gan a week's theatrical engagement in
this city yesterday, i The former cham
pion had been asked if he -believed
there was a fighter in the country who
would have a chance to beat the boiler
maker, and the foregoing came as a
reply. "Jeffries Is a great fighter, and
I admire him as such," said Corbett.
"Of course, it is the rule for a person
beaten in a contest to offer some ex
cuses. It seems to be second nature
with us. but none will ay that I was
not entitled to something better in my
two contests with the Californian. The
story of my first fight 'Will show that
I stood up and. foughf; him on even
terms till a'wild blow put me out. In
my second battle a crazy 'poke, whic.i
caught me on a floating rib, was what
lost the fight. I received this blow in
the second round. It greatly weakened
me and accounts for the shortness of
the fight. I don't know of any other
man who could make a better showing
than I against Jeffries. I will fight
him if he is looking for someone to mi
against, and I will guarantee to bring
turn the biggest crowd that ever wit
nessed a r'ng battle."
A Costly Mistake.
Blunders are sometimes very expen
sive. Occasionally life itself is the
price of a mistake, but j'ou'Il never le
wrong if you take Dr. King's New Life
Pills for dyspepsia, dizziness, head
ache, liver or bowel troubles. They
are gentle yet thorough. 25 cents at
Harts &. Ullemeyer's drug store.
Beware of Counterfeits.
"DeWitt's Is the only genuine Witch
Hazel Salve," writes J. L. Tucker, of
Centre, Ala. "I have used it in my
family for pjles. cuts and burns for
years and can recommend it to be
the best salve on the market. Every
family should keep it, as it is. inval
uable household remedy, and should
always be kept on hand for immediate
use." Sold by all druggists.
A SOLID WEEK OF
Great Unloading of
We do not intend to invoice
them. If LOW PRICES
are an object Now's
Buy your Furs at
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Tell me where you wish to goj I
will tell you what the trip will
cost, what the train service will
be. and how long you can remain.
F. A. RIDDELL. Agt.
IS THE ONE MOST
Cen'l Agent A.
Scenery and service
will please you.
Chair cars are
ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
TAKE THE CALIFORNIA LIMITED VIA SANTA FE FOR
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likes Harvey's dining car
The Pullmans are