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TITS ARGUS, MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, 190G.
THE , ARGUS,
Published Dally and "Weekly at 1624
Second avenue. Rock Island, IU. En
tered at the postofflce as second-class
By THE J. W. POTTER CO.
TERMS Dally, 10 cents per week.
Weekly, $1 per year In advance.
All communications of argumentative
character, political or religious, must
have real name attached for publlca
tion. No such articles will be printed
over fictitious signatures.
Correspondence solicited from every
township in Rock Island county.
Monday, Dec. 24, 1906.
A merry Christmas to all.
Get to bed early, little people.
Claus comes tonight.
Improved track facilities will im
prove the factory district.
True Christmas joy and the real
Christmas spirit lies in making some
one else happy.
It has just been discovered that
Gashavant G. Pandit, a very wealthy
high caste Hindu and a protege of the
gaekwar of Baroda, is working as a
common laborer in an acid factory at
Roscoe, N. D. Pandit, though said to
be worth millions, works and lives as
the other laborers do. Industrial con
ditions in India are in a deplorable
state, he declares, and it is his inten
tion to take part in the task of revoiu
tionizing them in his native land.
eign born population. Only 44 out of
100 of its citizens are native born" of
native parents. Its percentage of illit
erate Is nearly the same as that of Illi
nois. There is no reason at all on the
ground of intelligence why a system
that works in Massachusetts should
not work here.
Mr. Dana's investigation shows that
the time taken in marking the Massa
chusetts ballot does not prevent the
entire vote being taken and finished at
the usual time. The returns show' that
the total votes increase with the popu
lation and importance of the election,
just as it did before, and embraces as
large a proportion of the possible legal
voters as the old system ever did. Mas
sachusetts requires that its voters shall
read and write, but to write one's own
name is sufficient, and to read the first
few words in the state constitution an
swers, so that the educational test is
not a serious one. One must be very
illiterate indeed to be disfranchised in
Massachusetts, and the Australian bal
lot has not diminished the vote in the
towns and wards where the foreign
born and supposed illiterates are most
The single tangible objection to the
Massachusetts ballot that must be ad
mitted is that it encourages independ
ent voting. That is why machines dis
like it. The single party circle is their
stronghold. People split their tickets
and vote independently because they
prefer to. Why should not a ballot be
so framed as to facilitate the express
ion of the will of the people.
The Australian ballot was first in
tended to do that very thing.
Lord Northcliffe, formerly Sir Alfred
Harmsworth of England, may be en
titled the greatest newspaper magnate
of the world. He owns and actively di
rects some forty prosperous dailies and
other periodicals. Lord Northcliffe has
lately secured, for his publications the
services of Pomeroy Burton, one of the
efficient young editors, who have won
a reputation in the United States. Mr.
Burton is to receive in his new position
the salary of $20,000 a year.
Considerable amusement was once
caused by a slip of Emperor Nicholas'
pen in accepting the officers of sev
eral companies of Siberian militia who
volunteered for service at the front
The petition read: "We humbly lay
at your majesty's feet our desire to be
permitted to fight and die for the fath
erland." The emperor, in accepting,
wrote on the margin of the petition
in his own hand: "I thank you sin
cerely and hope. your wishes may be
Governor Hoch of Kansas never took
any stock in the rainmakers who in
years past picked up a good deal of
money from farmers in the Sunflower
sttte. At one time the residents of
Marion were subscribing to pay for
some rainmaking experiments. Mr.
Hoch declined to chip in and an elderly
deacon quoted feelingly: "The Lord
loveth a cheerful giver," Hoch replied.
"I recognize the quotation, but let me
remind you of another: 'A fool and his
money are soon parted.' Don't forget
that" "Where do you find that in the
scriptures?" asked the deacon. "Why,
in Bartholomew, 3:5," answered Hoch,
moving away. The deacon and his
friends hunted up a bible and not for
some time did they discover that there
was no such book in the scriptures.
The Art of Advertising.
The Fond du Lac Reporter In a re
cent issue says:
"It costs more money to run a mod
ern paper than advertisers and read
ers realize. No publisher can con
tinue to furnish his advertisers with a
medium that produces results unless
he insists upon being paid a fair price
for his work. It has always been the
policy of the Reporter to insist that
the people who read the paper pay for
it. Therefore, there are no deadheads
on the Reporter circulation books. Its
readers are good customers: they pay
for the paper in which they see the
merchant's announcement and they
pay the merchant for what they buy of
him. The merchant who advertises In
the Reporter sends his announcement
into the homes of the substantial peo
pie of the city the people who buy
and pay for what they get.
"An advertisement, in other words,
carried to 100 people who can pay for
what they want and whose wants are
widened by their habits and opportuni
ties is certainly worth more than
carried to 10,000 in the slums, or to the
shiftless, to those whose earnings are
limited to the expenditures for the bar
est necessities of life. What boosts it
to make offerings to numberless thous
ands if these thousands can earn only
enough for a meager living? Circu
Iation number alone if the slenderes
claim to profitable advertising. That
circulation is an advantage goes with
out saying, but it must not be mere
numbers. A wholesale distribution in
back alleys or In districts whose inhab
itants have no surplus to spend is
valueless to the advertiser.. - Advertis
ing to produce results mustof course,
be read by those who can buy. It is
vastly more valuable to the advertiser
to know that such readers are reached
than to know how many. When to this
quality is added quantity of circulation,
then we have the ideal situation of the
ine Argus, it may be remarked in
this connection, has not only the ad
iiuiage tu a great circulation, but a
legitimate and paid circulation.
What a joyous Christmas will it be
to the liberated miner, Lindsay B
Hicks, who for over two weeks has
been suffering a living death hemmed
in in the California mine, and who is
thus brought back from the tomb. Un
til Saturday night, when the brave and
tireless band succeeded in digging him
out he patiently bore his lot of alter
nating hope and fear, though always
cheerful in his communication with his
rescuers. The Incident, indeed, gives
to the world two lessons, one in the
patience of the entombed miner during
all his weary wait which has proved
the true hero, and the other In the de
termination of the men, who, undaunt
ed by seemingly insurmountable obsta
cles. did not cease their work for the
saving of a human life.
The Party Circle.
Massachusetts has the Australian
ballot system In its purity. It refused
to follow the example of most of the
states and allow a double system of
marking ballots. The names of candi
dates for office appear on the official
ballot alphabetically those for each
office making a separate group, and the
voter makes a cross opposite the name
of each candidate he desires to vote
for. There i no party circle; a single
mark is a vote for one man only.
It is claimed that though this system
of single marking is very good for such
a highly intellectual state as Massachu
setts, it would not do in states in
which the foreign population was large.
This plea is certainly not flattering to
our commonwealth. .The National Mu
nicipal league publishes a paper pre
pared -by Richard H. Dana of Boston,
showing how little force there is in the
various objections urged to the Aus
tralian ballot as used in Massachu
setts. That state also has a large for-
Dec. 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31,
and Jan. 1 the Rock Island will sell
round trip tickets at rate of fare and
one-third to the following territory:
All points in Arkansas, Indian Territory,
lowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ne
braska, New Mexico, - North Dakota.
Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wis
consin, nearly all points in Illinois and
to certain points in Colorado, Ken
tucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Tennessee
and Wyoming. Return limit, Jan. 7,
inclusive. In order to avoid delay at
depot, it is suggested that those who
can should purchase tickets at city
C, M. & St. P. Excursion Rates.
Homeseekers' tickets on sale the
first and third Tuesday in each month
to points in Iowa, Minnesota, fcorth
and South Dakota and to other home
seekers territory. For further infor
mation phone or call at any C., M. &
St. P. office.
The C, M. & St. P. offers first class
train service to Chicago and Kansas
City, from the tri-cities, sleeping car
reservations made to any point de
91000.00 will b g Iran tot
an? nibatanc injuries to
hatiUh fuuml iu CmIbbmI.
When the Entwhistle family congre-.
gated at breakfast it was to greet the
husband and father, who had arrived
during the night from a long absence
abroad. There were Mrs. Entwhistle;
Joe, aged twenty-two; Clara, aged
twenty, and Benny, aged ten. The
meeting Involved a great deal of hug
ging and kissing between the father
and his children, the greetings between
husband and wife having taken place
the night before. When the excitement
had subsided and all were seated at
the table Joe Entwhistle said:
"But, father, why In the world did
you make so much noise coming in last
night? Any one would have supposed
you were tackling a burglar."
"I was tackling a burglar."
"A burglar!" exclaimed all the young
sters at once.
"Yes, a real live burglar."
"Did he get away?" asked Joseph
"He did not. lie made a great ef
fort to do so, but I held him."
"What time of night was It?" asked
"One o'clock. The steamer reached
the dock at 12, and I got home an hour
later. Leaving the carriage, I ran up
the steps, pulling out my night key I
have kept it on my ring since I've been
away put it in the keyhole and open
ed the door. As I did so a man at
tempted to push by me and go out
Considering the hour and bis frantic
efforts, I surmised that something was
wrong and, gathering all my strength,
pushed him back into the vestibule."
"And came out alive!" exclaimed Jo
seph. "Father, you were lucky. It's a
wonder he didn't kill you. I tell you
it's no safe job to tackle a burglar."
"Now that it's all over I fancy he
must have been more of a sneak thief
than a regular housebreaker."
"What did you do?"
"I took him by the collar and march
ed him down on to the (sidewalk and
half a block up the street, where fortu
nately I met a policeman and gave him
in charge." !
"What kind of a looking thing was
he?" asked Clara.
"His appearance favored the theory
that he was a sneak thief. He was
well dressed, though his face was bad.
He looked like one of those respectable
appearing persons who call at people's
bouses ostensibly to see some one, but
really to pick up an overcoat in the
"Poor fellow!" mused Clara. "And
is he In prison?"
"Indeed he Is. and I must be at the
police office at 10 o'clock to appear
against him. But enough of this. Tell
me what has taken place while I've,
"Clara's" Benny was beginning
when his mother said "Hush!"
Then followed an account of the re-J
turn voyage and the perils of the sea '
to which Mr. Entwhistle had been sub
jected In a big storm. ' When the
breakfast was finished he arose, re-j
marking that he must go at once to the .
police court. lie was anxious to know
if any plunder had been found on the
burglar, though nothing was missed.
"If there hasn't, will you let him go,
papa?" asked the sympathetic Clara.
"I've a mind to go with you to see that
After some discussion the young lady
was permitted to accompany her fa
ther downtown, stopping at the police
office by the way. Her father took
her into the office, and after an Inter
view with the man at the desk the
prisoner was brought out for inspec
tion. He had no sooner appeared than
Miss Clara fell on the floor iu a dead
faint, ner father picked her up, and
a policeman ran for water, which was
sprinkled in her face. When she open
ed her eyes and saw the anxious group
about her she looked wildly at the pris
oner and gasped: j
Mr. Entwhistle turned to the man
"There's been a mistake." said the
bunrlar ruefully. "Last night I was
calling on your daughter. When I left
I shut the Inner door and couldn't open
the outer one. I was penned in be
tween the two."
Good gracious!" exclaimed the fa
"Oh, Alec," moaned the daughter, "I
thought you must be a thief!"
"Why the dickens didn't you pound
on the doorr' asked tne xatner angrily.
I spent half an hour trying to pick
the lock, and" by that time every one
had gone to bed. I couldn't make up
my mind to rouse them. It was too
ridiculous, you know. When you open
ed the door I thought I'd better make
an effort to get out and away without
But why didn't you speak before
you were run In?"
"Well, I knew you were expected
and supposed you were Clara's father.
I thought I'd. explain it to the police.
But they didn't believe me."
"Some one call a carriage," cried Mr.
Ten minutes later Mr. Entwhistle,
Clara and the burglar were at the Ent
whistle home. Mr. Entwhistle went
upstairs to explain matters to Mrs.
Entwhistle. After awhile the two de
scended and found the burglar and
Clara In the drawing room.
"John," said Mrs. Entwhistle, "this Is
Alec Chesterton, who during ' your
absence has become engaged to Cla
ra." The expression on Mr. Entwhistle's
face as he advanced and took the j
young man s hand was a study ror a
painter. ELINOR J. BOYD.
Late - Late
Biv HIS Xmas Gift Mere and
Truly Be a.
Late ' Late
SURELY NOTHING FOR MOTHER, FATHER, SISTER, SWEETHEART, OR FRIEND
WILL SERVE SO WELL AS A LASTING REMEMBRANCE AS A WELL CHOSEN PIECE
OF FURNITURE. AND THE EXPENSE NEED NOT NECESSARILY BE GREAT. WE HAVE
MANY ATTRACTIVE AND SERVICEABLE NOVELTIES AT SMALL COST. INCLUDE OUR
STORE IN YOUR NEXT SHOPPING EXPEDITION. YOU'LL BE SURPRISED AT THE VA
RIETY OF OUR OFFERINGS AND THE REASONABLENESS OF OUR PRICES YOU ARE
AS WELCOME TO LOOK AS TO BUY. FOLLOWING ARE A FEW SUGGESTIONS-
Our line of Christmas Rockers, is tho
best that has ever been shown in tho
tri-cities. We have a beautiful Rock
er, handsomely carved, in either oak or
We have others as high
A beautiful Morris Chair; has spring
Beat and back, and covered in a good
grade of imitation leather,
for only S5.75
We also sell the Automatic Morris
Chairs, prices up
Never before have, we had fsueh a flno
line of Roman Chairs and Rockers as
now. We have a beautiful line rang
ing in price down
.HEMANM: . SALZMANN
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