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THE ARGUS. SATURDAY, APRIi: 21, 190G.
VESUVIUS. TIE CHIMNEY OF
Tr"Xr THEN a mountain goes to roar
Ing and bellowing, splitting
' y y its sides, blowing its top off
and destroying all the cities
and towns in its vicinity inere man
takes to tbe woods. Ordinary catas
trophes he may receive with criticisms,
with reviling, even with blasphemy,
but when the earth goes to doing
things he has not a word to say. That
Is too appalling for comment. Cy
clones, floods, tires, famines and pesti
lences are everyday afflictions. Vhen
man is assailed by them he is not en
tirely swept oft his feet. He can show
fight. Hat when the earth quivers with
pain or howls with agony there is noth
ing left for the human animal but to
He down and die or slide for the tall
timlKr. Talk is entirely outclassed. It
Is not at home in the volcanic atmos
phere. If the voi-e is used at all it Is
only for inartU-nlate sounds. Words
are too artificial for such elemental
Vesuvius has leen called "the chim
ney of the world," likewise "nature's
ash heap," also several other names
that fall a million miles short of being
as horrible as the thing they seek to
descrile. There is no word or com
bination of words that comes within
peaking distance of that. All of them
r not only inadequate, but in legal
phraseology are "immaterial, incom
petent, irrelevant and have no bear
ins on the case." After tJoetlie had
been to see Vesuvius he said some
thing alout hell hanging over para
dise, which as a description of the con
trast between the old mountain demon
and sunny Italy round alwmt is per
haps as near to the thing as human
language can come: so it is just as
well to let it go at that.
If seven battles and seventeen thun
derstorms could be combined in one
the resultant noise would l some
thing like that of Vesuvius when
working." It howls, whistles, screams,
thunder, toots, bellows ami rips up
the universe generally. In other words,
it makes a noise like tbe day of judg
ment. If you have never heard a
mountain whoop and carry on when it
gets ready to shoot up the town and
country also then get your life insur
ed and go to Vesuvius. It will be
worth the money. If you get back
alive you will be able to say, as did
Artemus Ward after visiting the tomb
of Shakespeare, "It was a success."
Over I.Simi years ao Vesuvius came
Timber, April 19. Ruth Andrews
and Chester Schulte are improving
after a very bad attack of measles.
S. E. Roberts and wife, Mrs. D. L.
Parmenter and sons. Lawrence and
Myron and Everett. Hayes, spent
Easter Sunday at Clarence Roberts' at
W. F. Piper and Thomas Hayes were
in Rock Island Wednesday.
W. E. Parmenter left Sunday after
noon for Gilman. Iowa, to see his son.
Ray, who had his face and neck cut
very severely on barbed wire last Fri
day morning. '
Mrs.' Thomas Dopes returned Wed
nesday from Sheldon. III.
Mrs. Irwin Tompkins spent a few
days last week at her sisters'. Mrs.
Henry Perry of Andalusia.
Mrs. W. H. Robeson spent Monday
her sister. Mrs. D. L.
Zuma. April 19. Mrs. Johnson of
Barstow visited with relatives in this
vicinity one day last week.
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Into existence, it was in the year 79,
and the young Titus was ou the
throne of Rome, then .practically the
throne of the -world. There is no rec
ord of a Vesuvius before that year,
though Mount Somma, the smaller
mountain beside it, was well known.
Tradition has It that the larger peak
actually was brought into being in that
most disastrous of all eruptions when
Pompeii, Herculanenm, Stablae and
smaller towns were swallowed up al
most Instantly and forever. In Italy
folk still speak of that as the time
"when Vesuvius was born and rotBpell
Since then there have been many
eruptions, seme of them severe. Na
ples has been frequently sprinkled with
a6hes, Torre del Jreco has been swal
lowed up a half dozu times or more,
other towns have Iteeu threatened and
nearly buried with ashes, lava has been
poured all over the mountain and down
into the sea. new craters have leen
formed, only in turn to le obliterated,
while other yawning mouths were
made, and over and over again from
out of the demon heart of the volcano
has been belched an infernal torrent to
overwhelm the peaceful land below.
Rarely Entirely at Rest.
The mountain is seldom entirely at
rest. It may be but a thin wisp of
steam that arises from it, just a re
minder to the world that it is not dead.
All the while lava will be pushed up
Into the crater, where It will harden
and form a sort of stopper. Then ei
ther the cork must be blown out or
the lottle broken. Sometimes both
things happen at once. Even the neck
has been blown entirely oft at times.
In the present eruption the whole
mountain top. nearly 000 feet of it,
was demolished. Often the great sugar
loaf of a hill is split, rent and battered
out of all semblance to its former
self. Great masses of. rock weighing
thousands of tons are borne upward
by the tremendous pressure of the
guses. at first slowly, but with ever
accelerated speed, finally to be tossed
high above the mountain top and crash
back upon the slopes with an earth
quake shock. One such giant bowlder
was thrown out of the crater that it
was estimated would require over half
a million horsepower to lift.
Ashes and steam are blown through
the opening with such force that they
take the form of an Immense pine
tree, as descrilied by the j-ounger Pliny
D. W. Miimma was in Moline and
Rock Island last week in the interest
of the new telephone directory he is
Miss Edna Wainwright spent a few
days with Ella Schafer last week.
Frank Schafer was a caller in Moline
one day last week.
Charles Mead is sick this week.
Farmers commenced sowing their
oats this week.
William Filbert will erect a large
barn this spring. Work will com
mence as soon as possible.
The Zuma W. C.'T. U. held a meet
ing with Mrs. D. W. Munna last
Thursday afternoon to elect delegates
to attend the convention at Milan next
week. The following delegates will
go: Mrs. Lackey. Mrs. W. H. H. Dow.
Mrs. Charles Walthers, and Mrs. S. S
Mrs. William Cox was called to Mo
line last week to the bedside of her
sister. Mrs. Peterson, who was very
low with appendicitis. She underwent
an operation at the Moline hospital
last week. She rallied from the opera
tion, but took a relapse and passed
away Saturday. The funeral was held
at Hampton Monday afternoon at
o'clock and interment was made at
Mr. and Mrs. John O'Hara visited with
their son. Frank, a few days last week
They will go north soon on a pleasure
Jimmie Berry of Port Byron, ha
commenced work with Sylvester Dai
S. S. Dailey had the misfortune of
losing two valuable milch cows last
Rollie Whiteside was a Moline caller
Zuma school commenced last Mon
day with Miss Edna Munna as teacher.
Abrah Searle is sick.
Mrs. Ben Schafer was in the tri-cities
shopping last week.
Mrs. John Noah of Moline is visit
ing with relatives in this community.
Ned Wells is working for Will Smith
in South Moline.
A few from here attended the K. of
P. lodge Saturday night at Port Byron
The Easter exercises at Zuma
church Sunday morning were well at
tended. The program rendered by the
children and choir pleased the audi
ence very much.
Mr. and Mrs. Marion Walker visited
with their daughter, Mamie, one day
last week. c
Saturday was the last day of the sea
son to hunt ducks and a good many
hunters were out. but not many ducks
Mr. and Mrs. John Snyder visited
their daughter, Mrs. Fred Frels near
Hillsdale over Sunday.
F. M. Taulbee. the assessor..has been
at work the past week.
Ross Wainwright of Watertown,
spent Sunday with his parents.
Edward Schafer and Justin Smith
spent Saturday and Sunday in Moline.
Miss Lillie Walthers of Moline spent
Sunday with her parents.
William Criffin will erect a large
In his letters to Tacitus.
Red Snakes That Dart .and Hiss.
Vesuvius is tbe sort, of workshop In.
which chaos is made, where world
stuff is tossed about ad a blacksmith
tosses about horseshoes." 'All that it
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does is titanic, it speans with a great
voice. It seuds its smoke clouds nearly
five miles high. Its at-hes have leen
known to fall in the streets of Con
stantinople, fully S00 miles distant as
the crow flies, and from Its top it sends
barn this summer. The foundation is
almost completed, and the lumber is
on the ground ready to begin work.
Ralph Beal, who has been quite sick
with the measles, is able to be out
Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Ekstrom were
in the tri-cities last Tuesday.
Ben Rah and Jack Schaue of Water
town were in this community Monday
buying horses. They depart this week
for South Dakota.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bensonberg
and daughter, Ruby, of Watertown,
spent Sunday with Grant Miller.
John Devinney of Rapids City, who
has been quite sick all winter, is able
to be around again. He visited with
James Searl Monday.
Jesse Nicholson spent Sunday in
Rock Island with his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. William Nicholson.
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Coder of Bar-
stow visited in this community last
A few from here attended the W. C.
T. IT. meeting at Port Byron Sunday
Mrs. Eunice Luce is visiting this
week with Mrs. James McRoberts of
Foster, April 18. Thomas Watson,
J. H. Foster and Allen Shirkey were
business callers in Rock Island Wed
Rev. J. R. Spiller filled his appoint
ment at Andalusia Sunday, baptizing
10 young people in the afternoon. He
reports the roads between here and An
dalusia fairly good. ' .
Mrs. F. P. Gillett and daughter, Bes
sie, attended Easter services in Mus
Ethel Foster is spending a few days
with her sister. Mrs. Joe Bowser near
Andalusia. April 20. Aleck Irwin
spent Sunday "at home.
Mrs. Daniel Roe is very ill.
Mrs. John Parks spent one day last
week with her mother Mrs. Davis.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Skinner of
Rock Island were recent visitors at
Mrs. Celestia Huntley of Reynolds
spent a few days last week with her
Miss Emma Kuhn of Buffalo visited
Sunday with her cousin Miss Maude
Mrs. Gustav Bull of Buffalo Prairie
spent Sunday with her parents Mr. and
Mrs. John Kane. i
Mrs. Dolph Dunlap has moved here
from Rock Island. Mr. Dunlap has
gone to Dakota for the summer.
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Roberts enter
tained Mr. and Mrs. Simeon Roberts
and Mrs. Dan Parmenter and children
of Timber Sunday.
Miss Josephine Strohmeier and Miss
Miller of Rock Island spent Sunday
with the former's parents. Mr. and Mrs.
Mrs. Otto Glazier and daughter Ha
zel are visiting with Mrs. Glazier's par
ents. Mr. and, Mrs. R. P. Roth.
Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Thompson enter
tained at dinner Sunday Mr. and Mrs.
B. Roberts, Mrs. O. R. Schutte and
down long, red snakes that dart and
hiss snake miles in length, 300 feet
in width and sometimes 100 in depth
snakes that creep on irresistibly, wip
ing out huts, trees, vineyards and
towns as they move and finally plung
ing with a great hissipg into the sea.
The "chimney of the world" not only
covers all the, country round about
with a thick pall of smoke, but sifts
dowu ashes over the land till the crops
and vine9 are destroyed, over the roofs
till they fall of the weight and .crush
two daughters and Mrs. Beulah Wood
Mr. and Mrs. George Herbert and
children of Reynolds are spending the
week with Mrs. Herbert's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. G. R. Spickler. Mr. Herbert
is repairing the old Westbay property
and expects to move soon.
Those baptized in the river Sunday
by Rev. J. R. Spiller were: Bernhardt
Hienze, Mary and Eflie Oldham. Otto
Hienze. Chat tie Thompson. Benjamen
Stropes. Jennie Johnson. Nellie and
Ivy Oldham and Floyd Wenks.
Benjamin Beaumont is improving his
property by adding a porch and pantry
to the east side of the kitchen.
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cold from the system, relieves coughs,
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the inmates beneath, over the roads
and streets till vehicles are foundered
and people fleeing ou foot fall exhaust
ed and are unable to rise again; then
as they lie half buried in the ashen
waste the volcanic snow sifts softly
over them until they are buried from
sight forever. In the ruins of Pomieii
figures were found where they had
been overcome nearly twenty centu
ries ago, mothers and little cblMren to
gether, men aud women clasping each
other in love. Rather the molds In the
ashes were found, for the bodies long
since bad crumbled away. And as they
fell so others fell but yesterday.
Even If one escapes the ashes and
the lava he may yet be suffocated by
the poisonous gases, for these, too, roll
out of the great chimney and scatter
dentil about the country side. The
groaning and reverlerating hill is an
outpost of death, aud many forms have
the forces of destruction that Issue to
do its commands. It is a section of the
inferno whose actual horrors almost
equal those of Dante's imagination. It
is a fountain of lire playing upward
from the central court of hades. It Is
Vesuvius, for there is no figure of
speech that conveys so dire a meaning
as its own dread name.
Thousands of Victims.
No one can tell the numbers of its
dead. There is no exact record of
those who perished at Herculaneum
and Pompeii nor in the centuries since.
It is impossible even to number those
who fell In the last fearful eruption,
the greatest that the mountain has
given forth sin-e that Initial one in
the days of Titus. Thousands of tour
ists have lost their lives seeking only
to look upon Vesuvius in its quieter
moods. Hundreds of thousands have
paid the penalty for daring to till its
fertile slopes. One city, Torre del Gre-
.co, has been swallowed up over ami
over again, and each time a new town
has arisen on the lava and ashes that
had buried the old, thus making a sort
of municipal layer cake, as it were.
When an earthquake once opened a
seam through the town a man descend
ing into the chasm found himself in
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It Is a saying in the Vesuvian region
that "Naples sins and Torre del Greco
pays the penalty." The smaller city
is a sort of a buffer against the divine
wrath. Yet through the ages has per
sisted a prophecy that at last Naples
would have to pay her own debts, for
sue nerseit would rail a victim to the
ire of the mountain.
Millions Lost la Money.
The great loss from the recent erup
tion, the total -destruction of Bosco
trecase, a city of nearly 10,000; the
partial destruction of Ottajauo, Sarno
and many other cities and villages,
the wiping out of little farms and
vineyards, the hundreds killed and tbe
tens of thousands driven from their
homes, the terrors and discomforts of
the half million people living in the
vicinity of these things it Is impossi
ble for cold tyie to tell. The money
loss alone is estimated at over $20,000,
000. There are over r0,000 homeless.
The falling of the roof of the great
market at Naples, killing or injuring
nearly 200 people, caused the citizens
to shovel the ashes from tbeir roofs to
prevent other like catastrophes. As
the ashes sifted down the necks of the
pedestrians the language grew quite
as lurid and volcanic as the mountain
itself. The fights that resulted rather
relieved the tense strain.
There have beeu few greater exam
ples of modern heroism than that of
Professor Mattuccl. In charge of the
observatory of Mount Vesuvius. The
loss 'of life would undoubtedly have
been much greater had it not been for
the timely warnings sent out by this
soldier of science. Through all the
frightful duys of the eruption he re
mained at his post dispatching mes
sages of cheer to the distracted in
habitants, taking records aud observ
ing the phenomena of the terrifying
upheaval that constantly threatened
his own life. Associated with Profess
or Mattuccl Is an American, Frank A.
Perret. formerlr of BrookLvn.
Vesuvius has been in a state of more
than wanted agitation for a year, but
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without doing any especial damage, ex
cept to the railroad that leads to the
cone. It Is as though the ancient moun
tain was not entirely devoid of sym-
, pathy for the buuaD aut8 that swarm
about its base aud had given a long
warning of the disaster to come. The
ants failed to heed the sign, however,
having grown fumlliur with the Im
Where Poets Seek Inspiration. "
A few weeks ago the Neapolitan dis
trict was glowing into all the loveli
ness of a southern Italian spring.
Grass was growing green, bud were
swelling to leaf, the earlier flowers
were In blossom, birds and bees filled
the air with music, and over all arched
the soft, blue sky of Italy. Nature
there puts ou so fair a seeming that
for over 2,K0 years this region has
given birth to some of the world's
sweetest songs. Even the poets of
England and America go to Italy for
inspiration. And why not? For in
that clime nature heTself Is a poem
that only needs to le translated Into
the music of words. No country of the
earth has leen so hallowed In poetry
and romance, and of nil Italy no sec
tion is more entrancing than that sur
rounding the sparkling bay of Naples.
Today that earthly paradise Is a vast
Sahara desert. Over all the region as
far as the breath of the monster could
reach there is left no green thing.
The villas are swallowed up. the
cities tre dead, the smiling valleys and
plains are a desolation, the vineyard i,
bowers and gardens are waste places.
In all the march of science and prog
ress Nature comes to remind us of our
weakness. While we boast of our
mastery over her, she overwhelms us;
while vaunting ourselves that we have
learned her secrets, she presents to us
her ancient mystery, and while sitting
secure In our little happiness she swal
lows it all In one red night of earth
quake and destruction.
Yet In the end it Is we who triumph,
for after ber night there comes another
morning, and we arise and rebuild our
J. A. EDGERTON.
"You Know Us"
EXCLUSIVE AGENT HERE.