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township in Rock Island county.
Tuesday, April 17, 1906.
Municipal elections are on in nu
merous cities in the state today.
Yes, It does look as if the dive would
have to go-likewise, the grafter.
Information could be had for the ask
ing, and so the matter ended then.
A short time ago, as the renult of two
raids made by the sheriff, one of which
the mayor attempted to st in on after
the county officials were well along
with their work, the mayor's bluff was
effectually and officially called.
Last night the council emphasized
once more, effectually and officially.
too, the manner In which the bluff had
been called, by responding to the peti
tions of half the saloon keepers to
eliminate the evils complained of and
now not only shown but acknowledged
It was both a rebuke to the obstrep
erous mayor and a notice to the pub
lic that the dive not only are here,
but must be driven out.
It is growing more and more appar
ent each day that the present mayor
of Rock Island is getting some very
bad advice from somewhere.
The dive, the most disreputable ad
junct to all saloons must go. The
council has so ordered and the people
are back of the council in that attitude.
President Castro of Venezuela has
resigned, and it is reported that he in
tends to go to Paris. Wonder if he
has any Intention of whipping France
The city council has struck the first
blow at the dives. It was a telling
one, too. likewise, it was something
of a hot one for his importance, the
The rout of the saloon dive by the
council may be regarded as the afford
ing the first glimpse of the awakening
that is coming. The full realization
will come, all in good time.
The council has taken its stand
against the dive. That is the first
hard crack at the grafter. Now let the
people take a stand against the justice
shop evil and that will mean the graft
er's complete undoing.
The man with the hoe has not been
much In evidence for several years, al
though ap, once created as much dis
cussion as the man with the muck rake
is arousing now. How soon we pass
from one form of excitement to another.
When Senator Bailey was making
his speech on his amendment of the
Hepburn bill a party of New York
sightseers sat in one of the galleries.
They listened to the Texan for a time
and then one of them whispered to
their Washington friend who was
showing them around: "Where are the
New York senators? We want to see
them." "They are not here," was the
reply. "Depew Is in a sanitarium and
Piatt is too feeble to sit here for a long
time . and listen to anyone talk."
"Wouldn't New York be lucky if she
could trade off Piatt and Depew for
Another Stinging Kntmke lor the
The stinging rebuke which the city
council administered to Mayor Mc
Caskrin last evening was two-fold iu
its significance. First of all. it was
the second evidence, unmistakable in
iu meaning, within a short space of
time, of the council's absolute lack or
confidence in the executive and its
unhesitating disposition to make
known that feeling of distrust, and of
disapprobation of his shortcomings.
A few ' weeks ago. the council de
nounced the riotous acV. of the mayor
and his shotgun bodyguard, Justice.
Haverfiehl. in destroying railroad prop
erty on the river front.
That was a rebuke for commission.
Last night the council denounced the
major for permitting evils so glaring
in their nature as to call forth prayer
from decent saloons for relief.
T-hat was a rebuke for omission.
The act on the part or the council
last night was significant in one other
respect, and that was as it pertains to
The Argus. Little only need be said
on this point, the facts are so well
known. For it may be readily recalled
that last fall, smarting under The
Argus' exposure of his course in a
gambling house Incident and its "criti
cism of his vindictive policy of radical
ism in reference to the saloons, the
mayor sent forth a cheap challenge to
The Argus. In this he was willing to
wage certain sums of money that evi
dence could not he produced of the ex
istence in Rock Island of disreputable
places such as it was contended by The
Argus were causing more destruction
to public morals in Rock Island than
the decent saloon, even though its
doo73 might be open seven days In the
-week. The mayor pretended to de
man " T"-oof and feigned to desire
The Argus to lay the same before the
state's attorney as ground for his im
peachment. The Argus, however, not
playing the part of Informant, merely
reiterated the allegations it had form
erly made, advised the mayor that tho
An HlinoU Laiul Grant.
Governor Deneen's claim against the
Illinois Central railroad explodes tho
fiction that the expenses of the state
government of Illinois are largely paid
by the contributions made to the rev
enue by the railroad under the 7-percent
clause of its charter.
In proportion to the total revenues
of the state this contribution is small.
Some 20 years ago it was only about
half a million dollars a year. It is
doubtless more now, though the Spring
field correspondents seem not to have
paid much attention to it.
The controversy between Governor
Deeneen and the railroad turns upon
interpretation of the charter, the road
claiming that it is not required to pay
this tax upon any but its main line
from Chicago to Cairo and to Galena.
The case brings up an interesting
chapter in the history of land grants to
railroads. Since 1SG2 such grants have
been made by congress direct to the
roads. Prior to that; the grants wen
made to the several states to be used
in aid of corporations. It was also tho
custom to give to each new state upon
its admission 5 per cent of the land
within it upon condition that the rest
be exempt from slate taxation.
The Illinoin Central was one of the
first of the land grant railroads. In
1S50 congress made a special grant .f
several millions of acres of land to the
state of Illinois for the promotion of
railroad bitilding. When the road was
chartered under the laws of Illinois,
a provision of which thelate Colonel
Don Morrison, then a member of the
Illinois legislature, was said to have
been the author, was inserted in the
charter requiring the road to pay to
the state 7 per cent of its receipts in
consideration of the land granted.
To what extent, if any, the road has
been delinquent in paying this tax re
mains to be determined when the re
sults of Governor Deneen's investiga
tions have been published and sifted in
the court a.
The case i interesting in that It
arises upon one of the instances
in which the public land has been
given in aid of railroad building with a
string tied to it. ,
Alivaya Trnst the People.
While some of the members of the
Illinois legislature are doubting the
wisdom of passing a primary election
law, a committee of the federal house
of representatives has decided in fnvor
of reporting n bill providing for the
election f United States senators by
direct vote of the people.
This, of course can only be accom
plished by an amendment to the con
stitution. If the people are given a
chance to vote on the proposition there
ig no sort of doubt but that they will
amend the constitution to the end that
the senators come direct from the peo
ple. The election of senators by leg
islatures i nol beneficial. It results
in the choice of too many Depews, Al
driches. Klkins. and other friends of
Not one of the railroad senators who
are today more interested in sugar and
Standard Oil than the welfare of the
people could be elected by a direct
vote. They can .control legislatures but
cannot control the people.
A primary law is demanded by the
people of the state and they also de
mand that senators be chosen by di
rect vote. The latter is an Illinois
measure, the late John Palmer be
ing the pioneer in the movement to
give the people this power. You can
not give too much power to the peo
ple. By enlarging their sphere of se
f ulness you shear the party boss or
power to do harm.
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A DARING SMUGGLER.
Whea Captain Geuernl Tacon as
sumed the government of Cuba he
found the revenue laws everywhere
annulled. The smugglers were oryaa
iued by one Marti, who was u sort of
kingtamong them. lie was a tall, UuA
man, with Spanish, ereole and mulatto
blood in hi veins, possessing great
physical strength, courage, shrewdness
and business tact.
Tho captain general endeavored to
huutnlowii tlie smugglers, but they al
ways eluded 1dm. Then he offeretl a
large reward to any one of them who
would, desert hk comrades and pilot
the government ships to their lairs. A
double rewnrd was offered for Marti,
dead or al&ve. This plan also fa Med.
Either liouoa uuioug thieves or u fear
of punishment by their fellows pre
vented any betrayal. Four months
parsed and no one came forward to
give tire information and claim tho re
ward. One dark night two sentinels were
pacing back and forth before the cap
tain general's palace in Havana. The
Plaza d'Armas, on which the palace
stands,, was deserted. Just before the
eJock struck 32 a tall figure wrapped
iu. a mOitary cloak stood watching the
sentriess from behind the statue; of
Ferdlmmd. They met at the entrance,
then weilked away from en eh other,
turning again at the end of their beats.
The watcher was evidently waiting for
an opportunity to dart between' them
when their backs were turned and just
before they faced about. At last he
put his design Into practice and. with
lightndug speed, passed the portal.
Mounting the staircase, assuming the
bearing of one who belonged there, be
returned the salute of a sentinel stand
ing near the captain general's door and
entered. Tacon sat alone at a large
table writing, lie looked up at the in
truder rvid asked sternly who he was
that thus entered unannounced.
"Ou who has important information
to Impart to the government."
"How did you pass the guard?"
"That vas not ditlicult.
"What Is your business with meV"
"You have offered n reward for in
formation concerning the smugglers."
"Ah! That Is jour business V
"You have offeretl a pardon to him
who will guide your ships to the smug
glers biding places."
"And a special reward for the cap
ture of their leader, Marti."
"I have come to give you the Infor
mation you desire."
"Well, I am ready to hear it."
"First, have I your word that you
will give me a free pardon?"
"I will." '
"But my crimes iu the eye of the law
are great. lo j-ou still promise?"
"If you perform your part, I will per
"Even if I am a leader among the
"Yes." said Tacon after a moment's
thought; "even if you are a leader."
"Excellency, I know that you are a
man of honor. Had I not felt perfect
confidence In your word I should not
have ventured to thus come here."
"You can trust me."
"Well, then, I will not further iklay.
The man for whom yu have offered
the double reward is here."
At the mention of this dreaded name
Tacon cast his eyes upon a brace of
pistols lyin on his desk. Marti drew
a pair of similar weapons and, step
ping forward, laid them on the desk.
"I have no further use for these," he
"Very well," said the governor, "I
will keep my word, but for the present
you iuuit renin iu under guard."
"I am willing, your excellency."
The next day a Spanish warship of
light draft steamed out of the har
bor. Marti was on board to pilot the
government officers to the rendezvous
of the smugglers. But the smugglers
were already warned. Not one of them
was captured. Nevertheless, the con
trabandist organization was broken up,
which was, after all, the main object.
Marti returned In the ship and was
summoned before the governor, who
said to him:
"Siuce you have performed your part
of the agreement 1 will perform mine.
Here Is a pardon for all past offenses.
And here Is an order on the treasurer
"The reward I do not claim," said the
ex-smuggler, putting up his hand depre
eatingly. "What do you mean?" asked the as
tonished governor. 1
"I will make you a proposition. The
treasury Is ioor, while 1 am rich. In
place of the reward give me the ex
clusive right to fish on the coast of
Cuba. I will at my own expense build
a market which shall be a credit to the
city of Havana and which at the end
of twenty-five years shall revert to the
The governor took time to consider
the proposition and finally accepted it
Marti at once entered upon the work
ing of his privilege. Sending for his
old associates, he employed them all,
and they made more money under the
law than they had made while con
stantly taking great risks, besides be
ing paid for any losses they sustained
while Marti was leading the govern
ment to their haunts. Marti knew
where the best fish wre to Ik caught
and supplied the city of Havana well
and with great profit to himself. He
built the market, as he had agreed, and
at the expiration of twenty-five years
It reverted to the government.
Marti who grew very rich, obtained
special theatrical privileges In Havana,
and built the Tacon theater.
.... . MABK ANDERSON.
DAVENPORT TAILORS AT WORK
Gain Wages for Which They Struck
But Lose Closed Shop Contention.
A settlement was effected between
the striking tailors of Davenport, 2b
of whom went out three weeks ago.
and their 'employers eo that the men
returned to work today. The union
gets the wage scale desired, but the
open shop rule will hold, the agree
ment being in the nature of a compromise.
ABOVE USUAL TEMPERATURE
Weather In Illinois Warm Last Week
State Bulletin Shows.
The summary of the weekly weather
bulletin for Illinois issued by the cli
matological service of the United
States weather bureau follows:
.' The mean temperature for the state
averaged over2 degrees above nor
mal. The first part of the week was
warm. The highest temperatures were
registered on the 12th. when maxima
of SO degrees and more, were record
ed in the contral and southern districts.
The highest temperature, S7 degrees.
occurred at New Burneide on the 12:h;
a high temperature of S3 degrees was
recorded at Mt. Vernon! The week
ended cold, the temperature reactioi:
beginning on the evening of the 13th.
At the close of the week killing frosts
were reported in the northern district ;
heavy frosts in the central district;
and light frosts in the southern dis
trict. For the week ending the ICth. tho
rainfall was below normal, but heavy
measurements of an inch or more, not
fully covered in the previous report,
occurred on the 8th, in all districts.
Showers occurred on four days, the
rainfall on the 12th-13th being genera!
over the state.
Clear weather with considerable
bright sunshine obtained from the 10th
to 12th inclusive.
The following table shows the mean
temperature and precipitation, with
departures from the normal, of select
ed weather bureau stations, and typi
fies the prevailing weather conditions
of the state for the past week:
Highest Lowest Mean from
RIVER RIP LETS
The Mississippi river is now open
for navigation from St. Paul to the
Gulf of Mexico. Saturday the last of
the ice which was clinging to the shore
of Lake Pepin disappeared and the
Lizzie Gardner,, which was lying on
the Wisconsin shore at the foot of the
lake continued her journey to Stillwa
ter for a raft of logs for a down river
Notice has been sent out by Coai
mander W. B. Caperton, inspector of
the Fifteenth light house district, that
the beacons on the Mississippi between
Cap Au Grls, Mo., and Canton, Mo.,
will be lighted April 21.
The stage of water in the Mississippi
has reached a point where cellars of
some of the First street buildings in
Davenport are beginning to fill. Two
feet more will rwach the danger point
Main Cause of Sicknes
Steadily increasing stages in the
Mississippi will continue from below
Dubuque to Muscatine.
J. M. SHERIER, Local Forecaster.
Danger H'ght Ch'ge
line 7 am. 24 hrs.
Peoria . .
St. Louis 80
Red Wing ...
P. du Chion
Rock Island .
Des Moines Rap
Keokuk . . .
Sr. Louis . .
WENNERBERG CHORUS GOES
On Concert Tour Through Iowa and
The Wennerberg chorus of Augus
tana college left yesterday over the
Rock Island for a concert tour, the
itinerary including Gowry, Wakefield,
Wausau. Omaha. Red Oak, and Char
lton. The return will be made in a
special over the Burlington, the chorus
reaching Rock Island next Sunday at
7:15 in the evening.
Chicago . .
La Salle .
St. Ixmis 0.G0
Devil's Island Torture
Is no worse than the terrible caie of
piles that afflicted me 10 years. Then
I was advised to apply Bucklen's Ar
nica Salve, and less than a box perma
nently cured me, writes L. S. Napier
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burns and sores like magic. 23 cents,
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Bodily pain loses its terror If you've
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burns, cuts, sprains, accidents of any
Chicago, April 17. Following are the
market quotations today:
May, 79, S0, Vs. 0.
July. 78, 79, 78. 79.
September, 77. 7S. 77, 78.
May. 4G. 47. 4f,. 4G.
July, 4G, 4G, 40, 4G.
September, 4G, 4G, 4G, 4G.
May, 31-, 31, 31. 31.
July, 30. 30. 30. 30.
September. 29;4, 29, 29, 29.
May, 1G.20. 1G.25. 1G.15. 1G.20.
July, fi'Ao. 10.17. 10.32, 10.35.
September, 1G.37, , , 1G.37.
May, 8.S2. 8.S2, 8.72. 8.75.
July. 8.95, 8.97. S.85. S.90.
September, 9.07, 9.07, 8.97, 9.00.
May, S.S2, 8.82. 8.75. 8.73.
July, S.95, S.97, 8.85. S.S5.
September. 9.00, 9.00, S.87, 8.90.
Receipts today Wheat 9. com 19.
oats ISO, hogs 10,000, cattle 3,500, sheen
Hog market opened strong to 5c
higher. Hogs left over 2.G00. Light
G.50C.73. good heavy G.30f?6.S0, mix
ed ami butchers G.50& G.77, rough heavy
Ijt is a well known fact that nearly jry
human ill springs either directly or indiilly
from the stomach, as a result of impropjh
gestion. This explains why many remediero
claimed to be cure-alls, in that tkeyact dijly
on the digestive organs. One of the mosun
mon and dangerous of human ills is COTI
PATION, the direct outcome of undid
food which clogs the bowels, rendering jm.
sluggish from overwork, and intavle in tir
weakened condition to perform their ces
regularly. This clogging generates jgs
which permeate the whole system, and a
menace to good health. Impurities wkish gr
ate poisons" should be promptly removed. 10
way to do this thoroughly and efrectiveljto
take Beecliam's Pills at the first sign oie
They are a gentle and safe laxativr
old and young, which tone tho stomach, sio
the membranes and quickly establish a nal
and healthful condition. Always use I
it y llil
The Mainstay of Heai
SOLO EVERYWHERE IN BOXeS tOe AND 26i
Cattle market opemd steady.
Sheep market opened strong.
.Hogs at Omaha ll.ono. cattle 5.5oo.
Hogs at Kansas City In.OnO, cattle 13,
000. U. S. Yards. S:40 a. m- Hog market
strong to 5c higher. Light G.50rt(i.77,
mixed and butchers C.50?ifi.80, good
heavy G.35(TrG.S2, rough heavy G.35fi
Cattle market steady. Reeves 4.00
(fiG.30, cows and heifers l.CO 4.75,
stockcrs and feeders 2.83 ?i 4.75.
Hog market closed shade lower.
L;gar G.50.75, mixed and butchers
G.80, good heavy G.35'3G.S0,
rojgh heavy G.3tfi'G.5.j.
Cattle market closed steady.
Sheep market strong, 10c to 13c
New York Stocks.
New York. April 17. Gas 94A. U. P.
157. U. S. Steel preferred 108, U.
S. Steel common 434. Reading 137.
Rock Island preferred CG, Rock Is
land common 27. O. & W. 51, South
ern Pacific G9. N. Y. Central 144.
Missouri Pacific QGV4. Metropolitan
117, L. & N. 150. Smelters 1G1, C.
F. I. 62 . Canadian Pacific 174, Illi
nois Central 175, Pcnna 142, Krie
45' ,. C. & O. 59. B. R. T. 87. B. &
O. ,112, Atchison 93J2. Locomotive
GCVi. Sugar 141. St. Paul 177'4. Cop
per 114, Republic Steel preferred
102. Republic Steel common 31,
Southern Ry. 40.
LOCAL MARKET COONS.
Today's Quotations on Pom, Live
Stock, Feed and
Rock Island, April 17.-viugare
Le wholesale quotation today't
Provisions and Pi
Butter Dairy, 20c to 2
Lard 8c 10c. I
Live Poultry Spring inn, 25
to 33c apiece; hens, per to 11c;
ducks, per lb. 11c; turkej lb .ISo
to 15c. Geese, per pourt
Vegetables Potatoes, ;'70.
Eggs Fresh, 13c to H
Feed and Fu
Grain Corn, 47 to r 1 to
prairie, $95$12; cloverd 'J
$10; straw, $53 $6. !
Wood Hard, per loadVSO.
Coal Lump, bushel, lCk, per
bushel, 10 to 12c.
Hogs Mixed $3.75 to
Sheep Yearlings or oO0$f;
Cattle Steers, $3.60a and
heifers, $2 $1.50; calve 7.
Scrofula, salt rhoum, as and
other distressing cruiitieasoH
yield quickly and pcrmtto the
cleansing, purifying powurdock
All the news all the tin Argug.
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Our stock of all kinds of
Carpets and Rugs for this
spring is larger and better
Do not fail to see them.
We guarantee to save