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THE ARGUS; THURSDAY NOVEMBER 23, 190.V
SPLIT LOG DRAG
An Inexpensive Implement Every
Farmer is Vitally In
HOW TO MAKE AND USE
Costs But a Few Cents and
Hours' Time to Build and
Results Are Wonderful.
The I). Ward King split Ion road
lrag. of which the accompanying cut
taken from a photograph is a good like
ness, is one of the simplest over de
vied, and it has proved itself to be
the most effective In its line. Anyone
who has a timber lot, an ax, augur and
mechanical ingenuity anywhere near
tlpt of the average mortal, can make
.ne that will do good work. It need
durability and to help move the dirt
After a road has been worked six
months to a year It is best to have an
ircn strip aloug the entire length of
Chala fr Hitch.
For a hitch a chain as shown in the
engraving is best, for this enables the
operator to attach, the doubletrees at
any point, and thus secure any angle
that may be desired. Two horses draw
the drag with ease, even when the
driver puts a board across the top and
stands on it. as is usually done.
To the uninitiated the drag has the
appearance of being a very poor de
vise with which to grade roads. It
does not sem possible to move much
dirt with it. Nor can there be, and
herein lies the value of the split log
drag. It moves the dirt In small quan
tities, and It does not grade a road to
an objectionable steepness.
Building a good dirt road is like
building many other things of perma
nent value, it requires time. And af
ter it is built, again like all things that
are worth keeping, it requires care,
nut this is not a valid objection, in
D. WARD KING'S SPLIT LOG DRAG.
not cost him a cent in actual cash.
Again, it can be made out of other
material and cost perhaps a couple of
dollars without impairing its effective
ness. Made of timber, as it comes from the
forest, the split halves of a log ten
inches to a foot la diameter and eight
to ten feet long are used, being placed
n edge, split sideH, facing the same
way and firmly connected two or three
lVrt apart, as shown in the cut. The
illustration shows a piece of strap iron
.'i tt ached at the point to give greater
view of the fat that the material does
not cost anything.
One cannot take the split log drag
out on a ror.d and permanently im
prove it at once. There are only cer
tain times when it Is worth while to
use the drag, and that is when the
ground is drying after rains. Then the
drag pushes up the earth that has been
loosened by hoofs and wheels and
moves It toward the center of the way.
At the same time it moves the dirt It
packs it. so that mere of the next rain
runs off, the ground is moistened to
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at the S. r L.
S. 6- L. "Bargain Fridays" have proved such a success
in th pasl that we have decided to give extraordinary
money-saving opportunities each succeeding Friday
from now on. The rojter for tomorrow follows:
CO A A Friday only, for Double-breasted Suits
OsCeUl for boys 8 to 16. Itrowij plaid
cheviot with extra trousers. You'd readily pay
$.1.50 for these suits. They're one of the new
fall styles and we're offering them, with an ex
tra pair of pants, mind you, for $2. Only one
suit to eaeh customer.
CO CA Friday only, for Hussian Overcoats
3t)U for bovs 11 to 9. Good big values at
jjs'J.SO and .". These are small lots of broken
sizes, some carried over from last year. Your
choirc at 2.00 for Fridav onlv.
Fridav onlv, for Hows Fancv Sweat-
rs. hlegant 1.;0 and .2 values, sizes
2t to o4. No mercerized cotton. The unadul
terated article. Pure Wool. Your choice at $1
for Fridav onlv.
Friday for Knit Toques, worth 25e.
We'll sell them that dav two for 25e.
for Hoys 10; Suspenders," Friday only.
Fridav onlv, for Bovs' Heavv Woolen Mit-tens.
FOR MEN AND YOUNG MEN
CI A A Friday only, for men's and young
) IUU men's wool Pants, worth $2. One
pair to a customer.
CO AC Friday only, for young men's Suits,
00JJ worth $3 and ti.50. Double and single-breasted,
with long trousers, ages 13 to 20.
CI A A Friday only, for men's plush lined
JIlU wool Underwear, worth $1.50.
OQp Friday only, for heavy 50c work shirts.
001 Aladc of good quality chambray with re
info reed front. Sizes 14 Y-i t
QCp Friday only, for men's Sanitary Fleeced
03 L Underwear in fancy colors. Mostly
shirts from three different lots, some drawers.
Full 65c vlaucs.
1 7p Friday only for a choice lot of men's Sus
1 1 1 penders, worth 23c.
9p Friday for men's 15r Merino Hose. Colors
oxford and tan.
a less depth, and the work cf the drag
is easier the next time. By the time
che dras is used a year or two when
ever it can be with good effect the
highway Is rounded up to about the
right shape to drain water effectively,
and there is a hard packed crust sever
al inches In depth that the water will
not penetrate, even in long rainy
spells. Not only this, but the frost
does not affect it as it does the aver
age road, for it 1 too djy to be loos
ened. GMd Vmr Aroenrf.
It has been shown that a section of
road treated with the split log drag is
good the year round, provided there
Is good surface drainage at the side.
Ponds must not be allowed to stand
along the side of the path. It is also
best to have a string or two of tile
beneath where the ground Is inclined
to be wet, but this Is not essential If
the surface drainage Is perfect.
Everybody knows that during the
greater part of the year the average
country roads are as good or better
for the needs of those who use them
than though they were Improved with
expensive material. Therein lies the
secret of the failure of the good roads
movement, as it has generally been ad
vocated. People are not anxious to pay
large sums of money for highway im
provement when they are as well off
without it except during a small part
of the year. During the muddy season
the good roads propaganda usually be
comes popular, but it Is a back num
ber as soon as the wind and sun have
done their work.
If dirt roads are not allowed to be
come rutty and cut up, water is readily
diained from the surface and the trav
eling is always good. This is precisely
what the split log drag accomplishes.
Not only Is the surface kept smooth.
but the drag itself and travel constant
ly hardens it and the labor of main
tenance become less.
Everyone who has had any experi
ence with dirt roads knows the differ
ence it makes when they are graded
by the usual method in the spring or
in the late summer or autumn. If the
work Is done early In the season the
travel of the summer hardens the sur
face and helps keep the road good dur
ing the entire year. If it Is done late
In the season the soil has not time to
settle before the fall rains, and it is
saturated to a great depth, so that
the freezing and thawing of the win
ter render the condition the worst possible.
Krpt la Krpalr.
There are townships not far from
Rock Island where it has been the
practice for years of going over the
roads whenever they become rutty
with a grader or other cutting imple
ment. This has accomplished won
ders, but the principle is at fault. The
cutting helps to keep the surface loose
and In condition to hold a small
amount of water, which is Increased
a large amount, according to the
ength of the wet spell, and the amount
travel to cut the surface. The drag
never loosens, but always packs the
surface harder and harder.
D. Ward King, inventor of the split
log drag, asserts that It will work in
all kinds of soil except the very sandy,
where it Is Impossible to pack a solid
surface, and in the sandy soil there Is
never any mud, anyway. This fact
has been pretty well demonstrated by
Mr. King himself, and by others to
whom he has introduced his invention.
Mr. King has traveled widely, dem
onstrating the value of his simple road
making device, which by the way he
has never patented or attempted to re
alize any pecuniary gain from, to far
mers of the central west. He has pre
pared the following catechism, cover
ing many points about which there is
O... Would It not be better to plow
the road before dragging?
A. No. Plowing gives a soft founda
tion. Plowing the middle of the road
Is a relic of the old dump-scraper days.
Q. What do you do when there are
deep ruts in the road
A. Drag them. If you drag when
the surface is quite loose and soft, you
will be surprised how soon the ruts dis
Q. How do you get the dirt to the
middle of the road?
A. By hauling the drag slantwise with
the end that is toward the confer of the
road a little to the rear of the other
Q. But suppose the road is too nar
A. First drag the wheel tracks. Af
ter three or four rains or wet spells.
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SNEAK IN ON YOU
THAT COLD WINTER WEATHER IS DUE ANY TIME. AND PONT LET IT CATCH YOU NAPPING.
IF YOU HAVE DELAYED GETTING THAT OVERCOAT. "OUR ADVICE IS TO DO SO AT ONCE. OF
COURSE IN BUYING A COAT YOU'LL WANT THE BEST A COAT THAT MEETS EVERY RE
QUIREMENT OF THE MOST CRITICAL AND EXACTING. THE BEST COAT MAKERS OF THE
COUNTRY HAVE CONTRIBUTED THEIR BEST SKILL IN MAKING OUR COATS, AND WE ARE
CERTAIN THAT EVEN A HURRIED INSPECTION OF OUR LINE WILL SHOW YOU THAT
THESE OVERCOATS ARE
FROM THE ORDINARY COATS, IN FACT. THEY ARE AS NEARLY PERFECT AS IT IS POSSI
BLE TO MAKE A READY-TO-SLIP-ON COAT. WE ARE SATISFIED THAT IF YOU WILL COME AND
LOOK. YOU WILL DECIDE THAT WE HAVE THE COAT .YOU NEED. MAY WE SEE YOU SOONT
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1812 2nd ave . Rock Island
Nerves on Edge?
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The Neuralzyline Co.
plow a shallow furrow just outside the
dragged part. Spread this over the
road with a drag. Only plow one fur
row. You may plow another after the
next rain. At each plowing you widen
the roadbed two feet.
Q. How many horses do you use?
A. Two, generally; three If it i.-
just as handy; four when breaking
colts a good solid team, in the center
and a colt on each side; two men on
the drag one to drive, the orher to
control the colts.
Q. How do you drain the road?
A. If the earth Is pushed in the mid
dle of the road continually, the road
will drain itself.
Q. Why not make the drag out of
A. You can. and do good work. But
the split log is best. The plank drag
is not so stiff.
Q. Why not make the drag of heavy
A. Because drags so made have a
tendency to slip over the bumps.
Q. " Don't you grade up the road
A. No. The grading is done with
the drag, gradually. By so doing, the
road is solid all the time and is buile
on a solid foundation.
Q. What does it cost to drag a mile
of road a year
A. The cost is variously estimated
at from $1 to $3.
Q. How do keep the drag from dodg
ing around side wise?
A. By not loading it too heavily. If
a drag dodges around the earth you are
moving, it is because it is overloaded.
Q. Will the dragged road stand
A. Yes and no. A dragged road will
stand more heavy hauling than an un
(I ragged road, but not so much as a
macadamized or well-kept gravel road.
Q. Will a drag help a sand road?
A. A sand road is a very different
proposition from the black soil, clay or
Kumbo. An entirely different method
must be adopted. Three things may
be done to a sand road to make It bet
ter: First, keep it wet; second, haul
ciay on to it: third, sprinkle It with
crude oil, as they do in California and
in some parts of Southern Kansas and
Texas. The drag will be beneficial in
keeping the sand road perfectly flat so
that It will absorb moisture and retain
it a long time.
To this catechism he adds the follow
ing "Don'ts": Don't drive too fast.
Don't walk; gtt on the drag and ride.
Don't be particular about material; al
most any log will do. Don't try to
drag with only one piece; use two.
Rock Island county needs first practi
cal demonstrations of what the split
loe draer will do. Highway commission
ers are not usually in position to do
much experimenting. It must be done
privately and when the people are fully
convinced of the benefit to be derived
they will find a way to adopt the drag
generally as an implement to take th.
place largely of the big horse killing
steel graders. Mr. King believes the
best results can be obtained through
private endeavor, at least in the begin
ning. He says each farmer should
have a drag and his motto should bo
"from your own front gate to your
neighbor's front gate toward town."
Split log drag road making he has
found to be "catching." Where one
person In a community takes up the
work and keeps consistently at it the
results attained always interest his
neighbors. Road dragging becomes a
Tad and a permanently useful one.
The split log drag will be a specia.
topic of discussion at the meeting of
the Rock Island county farmers' Insti
tute at Port Byron Dec. 13-14, W. S.
McCulIoch. of Taylor Ridge having a
paper on the subject.
INDICT OWNERS OF HOUSES
Do not be deceived by counterfeits
when you buy Witch Hazel Salve. The
name or E. C. DeWitt 6 Co. is on er
ery box of the genuine. Piles in theix
worst form will soon pass away If yo
will apply DeWitt's Witch Hazel Salv
night and morning. Best for cuts
burns, bolls, tetter, eczema, etc. Sold
by all druggists.
Peorians Trying a New Plan to Regu
late the Social Evil.
Indictment of the owners of houses
In the tenderloin district for leasing
their property to be used for immoral
purposes is the method the Peoria law
abiding clement has taken to check
the social evil. Six well known Peo
rtans, are mentioned in bill brought
!n by the grand jury yesterday.
Friday is Fish Day at
the H. & H.
Each day the fish and oyster
business continues to grow at
the big market. Bear In mind
those extra fancy line-caught
Rockaway mackerel. Try one
for your breakfast. Our large
oyster business is due to the fact
that we receive them direct from
packers at Baltimore. No re
handling cr doctoring up by mid
Suggestions for Fish
Fresh Spanish mackerel, fresh
lake trout, fresh river croppies,
fresh lake white fish, fresh pick
erel, fresh Columbia river sal
mon, salt Rockaway mackerel,
salt deep sea bloaters, salt Hol
land herring, genuine Milkner
Holland herring, spiced herring,
smoked herring, smoked stur
geon, smoked halibut, fresh
shrimp in bulk, fresh oysters la
bulkt fresh oysters canned.
Nice fresh Milwaukee sausag
es of all kinds. Iowa farm sau
sages, pickled pigs feet, boiled
ham, smoked dried beef, smoked
tongues, dressed poultry of all
kinds, etc., etc.
Special Prices for
Fresh lake trout.
Ier lb 12'2C
Fresh river croppies,
Per lb 10
Royal salad dressing, large bot
tles, Friday only 15i
Broncho parlor matches, one
package to a customer, one
dozen boxes In package 5c
Remember the big .seven day
sale is still in full blast, and will
continue till Saturday night, with
all its 50 or more special low
prices, quoted in our big bills.
Supply your wants now for some
days ahead, as these specials
are away down below regular
prices, and will not be matched
at other stores.
TWO DAYS YET. Hustle in
your orders to be sure of getting
your staple supplies in during
Harris & Hess
Grocery Co .
Eighteenth St. and Third Ave.
Four Trunk Line Phonea.
Hew 'Pbmra 844 mmd S825 I4
'Fboaro 4S mm 437.
For tho Plumbing of Your New House See
Let's think about somebody and talk about them. All
right, who will It bet I know who. Why Jones, the sec
ond hand and loan man. How is It that he does such
a large business? Well, I'll tell you Of course, he Is a
crank. But what do I or anybody else care. Lock at those
big dollars you save by doing business with him for he Is
certainly more reliable and the Beet By Every Test.
The Meanest Man in Town.
GOODS ON PAYMENT WITHOUT EXTRA CHARGE.
Old 'Phone West 706-L. 1623 Second Avenue,
1 i, .I I
J3 Between Daven- j
'3t5 port and Clinton L
Illinois Trd?y: T'
25, ond Sunday
Railway. Nov. 26. j
Miles of Wall Paper
to go at low prices not because there is anything wrong
with it. The patterns are good, the colors harmonious;
but we must clean our shelves for the new season's stock.
Our prices for hanging are as low as the lowest and good
workmanship will permit.
PARIDON WALL PAPER CO., 1
PRACTICAL. WALL PAPER HANGERS. -