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THF, ATiaTTS. SATURDAY. DECEMBER 23, 11)0
Pufcllshed Dally and Weekly at 1114
Second arenue. Rock Island. 111. En
terad at the postofflce aa second-class
By THE J. W. POTTER CO.
TERMS Dally, 10 cent par week.
Weekly, tl per year In advance. t
All eommanlcatlona at arrnmantatlT
character, political or rclldooa, moat
have real nam attacked for publica
tion. No auch articlea will ba printed
orar fictitious aig-naturea.
Correependence solicited from erer
township In Rock Ialand eeonty.
Saturday, Dec. 23, 1905.
let you forget, we hay it yet: A
It Ih only the starving wolf that
howls at this season of the year.
MIc Archer, the daughter and heir
k of the late Fred Archer, the fa
inous English jockey, has come of age
and enters into possession of her for
tune of about Wo.ooo.
The present pope is the first inrntiff
of the Roman Catholic church to in
finite in cigars, his predecessors, nota
bly I'Jus IX. and Leo XIII.. having con
tented themselves with snuff.
The game for the senatorship in Il
linois is Mich au interesting one that
itH n wonder pome democrat doesn't
g t Juto it. Yates seems to be in to
May, but the defeat of Cullom does not
necessarily mean the success of Yates.
Albeit McC'ollister, aged St:, is dead
after 32 years' service a.s ixstmaster in
Ohio and Illinois. Possibly his long
service was due to meritorious rec
ord. Possibly, also, his offices were
too small to excite the cupidity of pow
erful patronage traders.
Boston Transcript: It is calculated
that in London alone about 4.0no per
sons regularly make a living by beg
ging; that the average income for each
amounts to $7.5u a week, or together
over tl.oiMHMi.i a jear. Last year
about 2,oo persons were arrested for
begging In the strtets of lymdon. and
many of them were possessed of con
siderable sums of money and even of
bunk books showing handsome deposit.
Thi la the season when the more
fortunate should be a provideuce, not
o those who are cared lor, but to the
iare-lxwed elders to whom the great
est of holidays brings no suggestions
of the Joyousuvss fur which it stands,
.nd to the little tots to whom life,
through its uneven way. is a bitter
-Marah. Is if thoce whose natures may
be sweetened and gladdened by kindly
remembrance that those upon whom
liaveti has smiled should have u
thought through a benefaction that will
l or be missed. In cause it will cling
in never ending recompense.
The fate that has befallen Robert
Kitzsiiiiruoiis again serves to remind
them that grow old. Once the best
man in the world of any weight, he
now must surrender to middleweight.
The gladiator is trying to go some ten
ai after his time aud 15 years after
the time of another man. It is too
much for evtu Bob. and he is forced
to bid farewell to the laurels. He says
that he will not right an more. We
can not be sure about this. He taid
that whtn he was n a state of collapse
l olio wing the too rapid pace they set
lor an old man. Hut along some time
i.ext week he will get a return of his
wind, and the week after ho will begia
to feel good. Thn the remembrance
of the giorlts of the younger days will
pn.-s through his mind, after which he
will begin to dream that he is still th
best man of all of them. While in that
humor r.ud state of testacy he will
take on another tight.
We need an age handicap or t la.-;-lication
in fighting, aud this is for he
bvuettt f Bob. It is announced in Ids
behalf that he can lick any man in the
world of his years. If we are crowded
in this, five years will be allowed any
oilur man by Kitzsimuiotis. People
may not be wlilling to pay their money
to see old mn right, but it is neces
sary to arrange this matter si that
Rebut will have fotne sort of show.
The Grrateac or Holiday a.
Ail the nations in the civilUcd world
have their national fetes and holidays
that occur at iutcrvals throughout the
j car. S.une of these are set apart to
ctlebra'e a great or decisive victory
of blood and rapine. Another day is
dedicated to the commemoration of
some lo'ig ago dead hero. Many of the
regular holidays are to a greater or
It s t steuf connected with the reli
g'.oi: helif that Is innate with every
race of people, w hether Jew or Gentile.
IMgau or idolater.
Wlti o"r own race and people thtre
id no day to h.ghly regarded as Christ
ma, it ia a day of feasting, of joy.
ousnes and festivity. It is a day that
opens the heart of th xuoM morose
and cynical of mankind a day In
which we f Low our love aud regard for
friends and relatives by giving to then
suitable presents. Who anions us i
there, that having reached the age of
man or womanhood, does not remem
ber the time, the tenderest fondness
with which the day's coming has al
ways been associated.
To the Christian believer the day is
one which underlies the whole struc
ture of belief. The birth of the Savior
who was to atone for the sins of man
kind in bloody sweat and torturing tra
vail in betrayal and crucifixion is cel
ebrated on Christmas. On the silver
mantled plain of Judea he sees "with
the eye of historic faith the persistent
Magi following a star till they reach
the babe of Bethlehem. He hears ce
lestial chorus chanting melodies from
calm midnight skies proclaiming a
new- gospel that of peace and brother
ly love. No other Christian festival
has been honored with such universal
observance: no shadow of creeds bars
its wide acceptance; the animosities
of Catholic. Roundhead and Cavalier
have been softened by lime, and the
bond of universal brotherhood grows
firmer as the years glide on with ev
ery recurring Christmas.
Indeed, Tiiere la a Santa Claus.
Crusty, crabbed and soured men and
women o uncertain age tell us there is
no Santa Claus. Of course, Santa Claus
never visited them, nor would the'
have appreciated the coming of the
grandest of grand men. Every man
whose heart is in the right place, ev
ery woman who is fit to be loved, every
man who has let the sun into his soul,
every woman who has ever been kiss
ed by a child, knows there is a Santa
Claus. A few years before his death
Charles A. Dana, that brilliant and
deeply learned editor of the New York
Sun. received a letter from a little
girl named Virginia, asking if there is
a Santa Claus. Mr. Dana's answer haj
been published in The Argus before.
but it is worthy of reproduction:
"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa
Claus. He exists as certainly as love
and generosity and devotion exist, and
you know that they abound and give
to your life its highest beauty and joy.
Alas! how dreary would be the world
if there was no Santa Claus. It would
be as dreary as if there were no Vir
ginias. There would be no childlike
faith then, no poetry, no romance to
make tolerable their existence. We
should have no enjoyment except in
sense and right. The eternal light
with which childhood fills the world
would be extinguished.
"You may tear apart the baby's
rattle and see what makes the noise
inside, but there is a veil covering the
unseen world which not the strongest
man. nor even the united strength of
nil the strongest men that ever lived,
could tear apart. Only faith, fancy,
Mctry. love, romance, can push aside
that curtain and view and picture the
supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is
it all real? Ah. Virginia, in all this
world there is nothing else real and
"No Santa Claus! Thank God! lie
lives, and he lives forever. A thous
and years from now, Virginia, nay. ten
times ten thousand years from now, he
will continue to make glad the heart
Here is w hat the Rockford Star says
upon the subject: "Iconoclasts hav.
told us William Tell did not shoot an
apple from nis son's head. Washington
did not cut down bis father's cherry
tree, magna charta was not wrestev.
from King John at Ruuymede, and the
same 'grouchy' people have robbed us
of other life joys. Rut they should
leave Santa Claus to the children. Let
them spare the children's patron saint."
Don't Forget Hostetter'a Almanac.
The edition of Hosteller's Almanac
for jyuG is now at your druggists for
free distribution, and as the supply is
limited we urge you to stop in and get
ono today before they ere all gone.
You'll find it very entertaining and in
structive, and besides the up-to-date
jokes, statistics, etc.. it also contains
much interesting reading in regard to
your health. Then there are many con
vincing testimonials from persons who
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and strengthened by taking it every
month. For sale by all druggists.
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DAILY SHORT STORY
LEONARD HUTT'S VOW.
Leonard Ilutt was a very conscien
tious young man. Had he been born
2"0 years agtf be would have been an
anchorite of the most austere type.
Leonard lived iu a small village witn
bis widovvsl mother, to wboui be was
devoted, having little or nothing to do
with the softer sex. Since be w.u a
fine looking fellow and bad lhe reputa
tion of being intellectual aud a strong
character, hi seclusion was very an
noying to the girls of the place, most
of whom would have leen very glad of
his slightest attention.
During the shooting season Ilutt
weut off into the woods to get a bird
for bis mother, whose health and appe
tite were delicate. He came back
vviihout the bird, but with a very dis
tressed mind. What bad happened no
oue knew, but the news was soon
spread over the village that Leonard
Ilutt was doing some sort of penance.
He bad sworu to taste nothing but
bread and water, not to intend any
sort of amusement and not to sjicak.
How long this self imposed deprivation
was to last was not known.
Now, if Mr. Ilutt bad only known It
the real penaiu-e he bad taken upon
himself was of far greater moment
than the one he bad intended. Then
were not less tbau ten unmarried girls
iu the village, and every girl was at
once seized with a desire to compel
the itenitentiary to speak to her. Not
one of them but would have regarded
the' effort of any other to make hliu
break bis vow as an unpardonable sin.
Lacb considered that in her ovvu case
there were exceptional reasons except
Kebec-a Gordon, who had no con
science iu the matter and who began
laying traps from the uiomeut she
heard of the vow.
One afternoon Leonard was walking
along a road when be was startled by
a cry and a short distance before bim
saw u woman lying on the ground. He
hurric-d up to her and saw Rebecca
Gordon helpless with a sprained ankle.
"Oh. Mr. Hutt," she wailed, "what
shall I do':"
Ilutt asked w ith bis eyes as express
ively as possible what was the matter.
"I've either broken or sprained my
ankle," she said.
Ieonard looked very much embar
rassed and put bis lingers to bis lips to
indicate that they were sealed. Rebec
ca's pretense not to understand his
motion was all the more embarrassing
to bim, but be held to bis silence ami at
last by pantomime Indicated that he
would carry her home in bis arms. To
this she objected for awhile, hoping by
eomplicat ing matters to force bim to
sjteak. But at last she gave in, be took
her up and carried her home. He had
110 sooner turned bis back on the house
than she dauced to the window, shook
her list at him ami declared that she
would yet break down bis resolution.
No sooner bad auother of the girls.
Alice Waters, heard of the young man's
vow than she legan assiduously to cul
tivate bis mother with a view to effect
ing an entrance to the bouse and laying
siege to bitu. Wbeu Leonard reached
home after bis adventure with Miss
Gordon be went into his library and.
tired and fretted, threw himself on a
lounge. A cough admonished bim that
some one was in the room. and. looking
about bim. be saw Miss Waters sitting
by a window. She bad leen sewing,
but bad dropped her work and looked
"I didn't mean to Intrude, Mr. Ilutt."
she said ruefully. "Your mother said
you wouldn't be at home for anoiber
hour, and I just came In for a moment
to get the light through this window."
Ilutt stool looking so much embar
rassed that be could not say auytlug
pleasant, while the girl waited. Then
she begun to pout.
"I didn't suppose," she said, "that
you would mind."
A happy thought occurred to the per
scouted man. He went for his mother,
who did his talking for bim, and Miss
Waters retired discomfited.
For two months Ieonard Hutt walk
ed Into pitfalls set for bim by a lot of
girls, none of whom confessed to an
other what she was doing. Rebecca
Gordon followed up her attack with
the most persistauce. She tried every
salve known to druggists for her pre
tended sprained ankle and sent for
Hutt to ask bis opinion of each oue of
"Mr. Hutt." she said at one of these
visits she was lying on a coueb dress
ed in a becoming wrapier "if you'll
tell me why yoa made your vow I'll
never ask you another question."
Ilutt groaned and said nothing.
Tell me." she pleaded with her red
lips as well as ber eloquent eyes.
Hntt's eyes were on a clock that
stood on the mantel. In a few minutes
the clock struck 12. Hutt heaved a
long drawn sigb of relief.
-My time Is np." be said. "Two
months ago I was shooting in the
woods. Seeing a movement in the
bushes I fired and was shocked to bear
a human cry. Throwing down my gun,
I ran to the spot and found that I had
wounded a young girl. I carried ber
to her home and called a doctor, who
said that she would recover, but roust
remain in bed for two months. I did
not consider It right that one who suf
fered by my fault should suffer alone.
I made a vow to last while she was
Miss Gordon threw off an afghan and
stood on her feet.
"And you're going to marry this
wounded girl." she said angrily.
"How did yoa know tbatr asked
Rett, astonished both at her rising and
the knowledge she showed.
Without reply she marched out of the
room. EUXICE .WIN SO R.
Jut the Talaar For Saebodr. '
A cake In a pretty !ox s a weiome
! gift to send to a friend who cannot g't
home cookery, n girt or Iwy at college
' or to some aciaiutance who lives in a
boarding bouse. Cover the box with
plain white paper first, then a covering
of white crape paper, having scarlet
blossoms over it. is laid 011 and glued
neatly. The inside Is lined with glace,
paper. A rich white or black fruit or
A CHKISTMAS SURPRISE.
a poundcake makes a toothsome arti
cle. Ice in white, mark for slicing and
decorate with scarlet sugar plums,
glace almonds and scarlet - bonbons.
Fine tissue paper is used for packing
and a bit of holly Is placed inshle.
Across the top of the box cover are fas
tened scarlet ribbon and bow. n bit of
holly tucked here also. Wrap in wfcfte
paper, tie with, narrow scarlet ribV.n,
and If to be sent out of town incire in
a strong box and wrapping pup'f. -Exchange.
Christmas Tree TrlutmiuK.
Bags cut In the shape of hearts, cres
cent moons or stockings are made of
double pieces of tarlaton buttonholed
around the edge with colored worsted ;
and filled with small apples, candies '
and tiny gifts for the Christmas tree.
Red apples will look pretty suspend
ed from the tree. Popcorn should be
dipped for u few moments into colored
dye after popping and strung on tho
tree in garlands. Cranberries also can
be strung and used in the same man
ner. Date Salad.
Wash thoroughly half a pound of
dates. Remove the stones and stuff
with cream cheese. Place on lettuce
leaves and serve very cold with mayon
Closing Out Sale
The budding now occupied by
me has been sold and I will have
to give up the building to the
purchaser. As I have a large
stock that must be disposed of,
will make some interesting
New $15.ot Oak
New $13.oo oak
heaters . '. 510.C0
New $11.00 oak
New $20.00 cook
stove $15.0 J
20 PER CENT REDUCTIONS
ON IRON BEDS.
bed ..: $12.00
for $ 8.00
table $ 6.00
$9.00 glass door
cupboard $ 7.C0
Second hand cook stoves and
in fact everything in my store
will bs sold at astonishingly low
J. P. AMENT,
1622 Second Avenue.
All the news all the time The Argus.
YOU KNOW US FOR THE FINEST
MOST STYLISH PROPER TOUCH
TO EVERYTHING CHRISTMASLIKE.
JARDINI ERS IN GRECIAN WARE,
GOLD MEDAL AT PORTLAND FAIR.
OLD PHONE 712K. NEW PHONE 5638
Bring this Ad. It is Worth 5c on a Dollar.
330 Twentieth Street.
To Exchange. Sell or Buy
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Mystic Cure for rheumatism and
neuralgia radically cures in 1 to 3
days. Its action on the system Is re
markable and mysterious. It removes
at once the cause and the disease im
mediately disappears. The first dose
greatly benefits. 75c and $1. Sold by
Otto Grotjan, 1501, Second avenue,
Rock Island; Gustave Schlegel & Son,
220 West Second street, Davenport.
You are not "held up" when you buy Calumet
BaKing Powder. It is not made by the trust.
Tru t bakiag powder sell for 43 or 50c per pound, and may be identified by this
exorbitant price, bich is an imposition on the customer and earichea the trust.
ALL GIVEN AWAY AT YOUR OWN PRICE.
COME AND SEE.
J. W. JONES. 1623 2d Ave.
Second Hand Store. Rock Island. 111.
In effect Dec. 22, 23, 24, 2, 30, 31, and Jan. 1. Return
limit Jan. 4.
Fare and a third for round trip between all points on
Rock Island lines, and to points on other lines within a
certain boundary. For full information calf on
F. H. Plummer, t
C. P. A.
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THE GROWING APPRECIATI
STORE THE MOST DESIRABLE AS
FURNITURE HAS BECOME THE M
STORE WILL PROVE MORE CONC
HEADQUARTERS FOR THIS PART
READILY CHOSEN FROM OUR EXT
ON OF FURNITURE FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS HAS BROUGHT TO THIS
SORTMENT OF SUITABLE PIECES WE HAVE EVER SHOWN. AS
OST WORTHY AND USEFUL ARTICLE FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS. THIS
LUSIVELY THAN EVER THE MOST SATISFACTORY CHRISTMAS
OF THE COUNTRY. GIFTS OF CHARACTER AND WORTH MAY BE
ENSIVE, VARIED ASSORTMENTS AT ANY INTENDED EXPENDITURE.
FOR MAKING SELECTIONS AT MODERATE PRICE8 ARE OFFERED IN
Trie finest line of Rockers of all kinds
we have evtr shown; prices
from $05 down to SI. 00
We are agent3 for the famous Imperial
Automatic Morris Chairs; the largest
line of Morris Chairs in the tri-citiea;
prices, from $25 down
A beautiful line of Buffets, in golden
oak, fumed oak, early English and
mahogany; prices down
ff0m -V $75.00
BUY NOW WHILE THE STOCK IS COMPLETE, AND HAVE THEM SET ASIDE FOR CHRISTMAS.
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CORNER SECOND AVENUE AND SIXTEENTH STREET, ROCK ISLAND, ILL,
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