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TH.T5 'ARGHS. SATURDAY. DECEMBER' v. 1003.
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township In Rock Island ceunty.
Saturday, Dec. 9. 1905.
Congress vviil probably g t together
nil right in !inu- for Christmas ad
journment. Senator Klkins would favor th r fil
ial ion of th- railroads. if he can iJo
The president requested his cabinet
ministers to make their reports as con
ie a ijsih! and set t htm a noble
Afur l' !ays of the smnuous lift-,
t ht boy mayor must have worked off
some of his surplus neri;y so as to be
about normal awaiti.
No that (he mayor has regained, to
soiii txtcnt at least, his composure,
let . vervone in the community tiptoe
softly and no one be guilty of ee
The outlook for tariff revision, at
this season of congress, is wholly in
different. There certainly is less ap
parent hope of revision than there was
at this time 1 2 months rgo. and then
there was not much.
Come to liiiak of it. with the excep
tion of the west, and the south, and
New KriKlanJ. and New York, and
JVnnsyl vania and middle states, the
people outs ide of Missouri don't know
much about Cov. Folk.
They'll nud voting machines instead
of ballots at the next election in Cook
county. There ate lso offices r to be
lllled and for some of tlum the.-e will
be k!x tickets in the field. The ballot
wJII look like a roll of wall paper.
Congress will begin appropriating
fr the Panama canal right, away.
:-U:n immediately k quired jm r-
ucy punCM; Im inn $1 il.inni.uen. That
will make $7;.t!MUMM for I'umiiua up
to date. Atid there is not much te
how for it eithtr. I5ut don't you dare
crit i ize.
Kit a period of r: jears not a person
sentenced to death in Vermont, lias
b-en refused cfemency until ii came to
a (itiiiiii, and yet Cuv. IU II declares
lliat had he intervened further to save
Mr.-.. ICogt rs' life it would have placed
him as chief of the commonwealth, ami
its laws in a ridiculous light. Ilrave.
gallant governor of a state that has
prcselind to the World tile mm etaele of
lie of (he moot barbarous acts of the
cent ui .
Smith Itoh risen, a resident of Miti
i.esota. i ;ej vears old. and xp-. cts to
round out the century. Nearly every
day he take a smart ; ix mile walk,
puts in a couple of hours sawing and
spittitur firewood, am! in siuuuier looks
after his garde n and big lawn. Thirty
veins ago he took up the study of phy
sical cultuie. and has exercised regu
larly ver since. It is his emphatically
declared opinion that "nine pHple rust
out where tine wears out."
Progress la Kducation.
That the I'nited States is making
Heady progress in ix.pular education is
amply attested by statistics, yet it is a
fact, as shown by a late bulletin ef the
ce-nsiis bureau, that several European
countries have a better record in this
respect limn we have, which is ex
plainable by ilie circmtiMancc that of
our negro population nearly one-half
aie illiterate. So tar as the white pop
ulation is concerned, the edueat ioua I
conditions here compare favorably
with those of any foreign country, and
are iiprir to most of ilieiu. Accord
ing to the bulletin, of our native whi'e
population only 4i out of very l.i"
or liwtr than 1 to 2. are unable ti
write While1 ef the forcicn lKru whiiesl
the number L- 12 out of every l.ooo.
and of the negriKa -Mi out of e very
l.uon are illiterate'. Uut these figures
when compared with those of the cen
sus of lv.uj. bbow a decided progress in
popular education, which is reassuring
for the future. They give promise that
within another decade the percentage
tif illiteracy will bo greatly reduced,
not only as concerns the white popula
lion, but also the negroc.
This will iie-ce ssarily come from the
stead.lv increasing facilities for eniuca
i.e: the enlarge tl opportunities afford
ed by the public schools and state uni
versices and the incentives to educa
tion tL.:t ure everywhere prevalent. At
no previous time has there been so
jtreu? au effort for the promotion of el
iicaiioti as tl.eie Is at present. Tbs
r-ubl'.r school ostein of tic eo'zctrvi
as never before sr &o'idouI - cart 4
for. the state universities never more
liberally provided for. while millions
are annually given to private institu
tions of learning for enlarging their
scope and usefulness. In many of the
states there are laws compelling the
attendance of children i:p to a certain
age at the public shools. and very gen
erally this is strictly enforced. In every
practicable way the youth of America
are being iniprt sed wvi, iae necessity
:A obtaining at least a common school
education, and the effect of this be
come more and more pronounced from
year to year.
Among the noteworthy facts in the
census bureau bulletin is the statement
that the female sex is more illiterate
than the male, but the former has been
gaining, and may be expected to catch
up with the males in the not remote
uture. Anoiher and by no means sur
prising fact is that illiteracy among
children is much greater in the country
than in the cities, but a change in this
respect will come with increased edu
cational facilities in the rural commun
ities. Of course illiteracy is in genem!
greater in the south than in the north
and this is likely to continue to be to
lor an indefinite time, though then
should be a steady diminution in the
While i he showing made by the cen
sus bureau is not nil fat could be d.'
sired, yet it is by no means such as to
discourage the friends of educational
progress. As remarked in the bulletin,
' there is ground for satisfaction in tho
statistical evidence that Illiteracy is
steat'ily being reducul."
Politic and Goir.
The past day or two, while Great
I'ritan and a good par. of the rest t
ttie world ha v.; been taiKing of little
but the crisis in the i!..ifoiii ministry,
l'rcmier I'alTcur has p! nel j,olf. and
tntrefore the part o' a , l.'iosnpher.
The cares of state ha v.- .ruUuled him
liiti;. or not at all. vml? he las been
on the links. Nothing beyond the game
itself troubles one who is as fond of it
as is Mr. Ilalfour. He is ranked as
very f;ur amateur player, as he lias a
right to be from the system and per
sistence with which he went abou
learning the sport.
It is said, indeed, that when he first
'ook it up he spi nt weeks in a bunktr
practicing the stroke to gt t out. He is
particularly opuar a mom! the cad
dies, and it is related of him that on
one occasion when about to engage in
a foursome he recognized the caddy of
an oppon nt as a boy who had once
carrinl his own clubs and nodded ;o
him kindly, whereupon the pleased cad
die, turning to one of his com pan-
Ions, remarked: "Ye see hoo we con
servatives ken a ne anithet!"
Mr. Ilalfour's conservatives do not
seem to he quite so sure just now that
they ken ane nnither so well. but. what
ever the turn in his political fortunes.
Mr. IJalfour has plenty to live for.
He has his golf, and many a goo I
course at hand to play it on.
IN FIELD OF LITERATURE
The Hecember number of the North
American Kevievv is a particularly
strong and interesting number. Henry
.lames contributes "New York and tl."
Hudson: a Spring Impression." Lieut.
i'tvu. von Alien, of the German army,
discusses ihe situations and prosptcts
of "The Powers in Asia." Dr. Isidore
Singer describes the "Condition of the
Jews in the Past and Present." Alice'
Meynell w rite's charmingly of "The
English Women Humorists." Alberts.
Holies, lecturer on commercial law in
Haverfortl college, points out the " Dif
ficult its and Dangers of Governmental
Rate-Making " Gen. Rush C. Hawkins
expounds "The Why ,,f Rural Free De
live ry." W. D. Howells continues his
comments on "English Idiosyncrasies.'
Theodore' Morrison explains the signifi
cance of "The Indian Tour of the
Prince of Wales." Frank A. Vander
lip urges the social and economic im
Miitanee of e-stablishiiig a system of
"Insurance for Weirkingmen." after thj
German fashion. Senator Francis G.
New lands records the impressions
which, as "A DetiKK-rat in the Philip
lines." he received during his recent
visi' to our far eastern dependency
with the so-called "Taft party." In the
department of world politics are com
munications from lAindon. St. Peters
burg, lit rlin and Washington.
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DAILY SHORT STORY
WHO SAW THE SIGNAL?
At sunset coming to a raurh tve turn
ed in anl were invited to spend the
night at the house Tr Manuel l'ardo.
the owner. There were, a numlier of
men la the yard, all Jingltos spurs, and
one of them was pointed out to me as
a trailer. His name was Saucho. and
my informant told me thai if he were
dropped down anywhere within fifty
miles tf the ranch on the darkest erf
dark nights he would feel the bushes
and tell within a thousand yards of
where he was. These trailers wereial
ways rare aud are now well nighicx
tinct. I only saw one wouein altout- the
house. I'rado's daughter, atioiit sixteen
years old. She was as pretty as a lit
tle picture. Her black Isiir seemed to
Indicate a trace of Indian Hood., aud in
the center of her lrevvu cheek 4 was a
dab of vermilliou. At 8iipir she hand
ed us coffee and during the evening
entertained us with songs, ae-coiupany-Ing
herself on the guitar.
After a good sleep I arose and threw
ojieu my window. The yard was full
of men. plainly iu u state of excite
ment. I'rado was theTe swearing like
a pirate, occasionally stopping togiv
cu order. Sancho was leanlng.fi gainst
the port h. apparently the nly'aincon-cerue-d
maa of the lot. Pradoe-emery,
now and again would go up toiMxfiC&nd
say Homelhing. to which Sancho "vronlJ
invariably shake his head. Meanwhile
saddle horses were being led from the
Dressing hastily, I went down to
learn that during the night some fifty
horses had been driven away from
their range. A party was being made
up for .pursuit. We were invited to
join and. after a hasty breakfast,
niouuieni our horse. When all were
ready I was surprised to see Sancho
sitting on the porch, evielently not go
ing. Frado went up to him and said
something we could not hear, but It
was like electrifying a corpse. Sancho
jumped up and ran back to the stables.
When he returned he was splendidly
mounted. On his head was a sombrero,
from under which fell long black In
dian hair; around him was a gaudy
blanket; under his right knee his Win-cht)ste-r.
I'rado gave the word, and
we were off. Looking back, 1 saw
something white waved from an upper
window. If any of the party except
me saw It, they paid no attention to it.
Nevertheless I believed it was an
"adieu" to some one of our number and
that some one saw it. but would not
admit the fact. Which one of the wild
gang it was intended fr was a well
The stolen beirses had left a broad
trail, which Sancho. riding iu front, fol
lowed. On we rode mile after mile,
keeping the steady ranch horse trot.
The horse thieves had nearly twelve
hours the start of us. and we were
obliged to go faster than they could
drive the horses. At noon we rested
for im r)tir. then started on and rode
till night was coming on. when the
broad trail suddenly disappeared. San
cho said that they had scattered the
We ate a supper of bacon and hard
tack, then started on under the light of
a full moon. Sam bo still kept the lead.
leaning far forward in his saddle,
watching what was now a single track.
Sancho gave a grunt of satisfaction,
lie fore us again stretches the wide
track made by lite fugitives. Midnight
comes and passes. A faint streak iu
the east broadens, and before it the
face of the moon in the west grows
ashen. Then the suu rises, and we take
1 few hours' rest.
A cup of coffee, and we were off ou
our relentless pursuit. We had gone
but a few miles when the broad trail
gave place to a single one, then disap
peared altogether. Sancho was puz
"I'gh." be said presently, "they have
tlriven wild cattle across their trail."
The next sign was a heavy cloud of
smoke. Sancho said that they were
burning the dry grass through which
iheir trail lay. hoping to destroy it.
Prado. now realizing that the horse'
thieve-s we're near, gave the order to
push 011 more rapidly, and in another
hour we e-ame up with them. There
were the herd of I'rado s horses, nib
bling at the grass, unconcernedly as
if they had wandered away of their
own accord. Soiue of our party push
ed n. hoping to catch the thieves, but
after several hours' hunt returned with
out having even gjt a glimpse of them.
Then, after half a day's rest, we made
our way slowly back to the ranch,
driving the heirse before us.
When we rode up to the ranch boute
there again for a moment flashed some
thing white. We were all facing It. and
I looked from one to the other for some
IHltale color on the cheek or flash in the
eye to indicate that it was for him. I
looked In vain. We dismounted in the
yard and all wpnt In to supper, which
was the first square meal we had had
since we started.
The next afternoon we prepared to
continue our journey, when Prado beg
ged us to delay.
"We are to have a wedding tonight."
he said, ' and we would like to hare
"A wedding!" I exclaimed, and at
tnce the white signal I Lad seen at the
window came back to me.
"Yes, my daughter. She is to be mar
ried." The old man wiped a tear away
with his coat sleeve. "I would not
give her up till I lost my borses.
Sancho Las wanted her for some time.
I refuseel him, but when the thieves
drove away fifty of my best horses I
must either consent or lose my stock.,
for Sancho is the only one hereabout
wto could follow the trail and he re-;
fifed to do so unless I wou!d give tin
my d'-igtter." HAROLD OTIS.
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Our prices for hanging are as low as the lowest and good
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