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THE AKGUS, SATURDAY. JANUARY 12, 1007.
Published Daily and Weekly at 1624
Second avenue. Rock Island, 111. En
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By THE J. W. POTTER CO.
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R APES W fflj C 0 U N C I L
Saturday, Jan. 12, 1907.
Break the track niononoly in the
west end anl encourage new railroads
and new factories.
Kindly Nature did the appropriate
thing last night in spreading a beau
tiful white mantle over the scene of
Explorer Peary's visit.
struct I ve to Know just what the pres
ident's interest was, and is, mi insurance
salaries of more than $50,000 which he
desired to protect by applying the pres-
sure of presidential influence to the
The president of the United States,
as the St. Louis Republic well says, is
supposed, and is expected, to work
above ground in all matters except
those in which secrecy may be neces
sary in our relations with foreign na
tions. Were his wishes communicated
to the state superintendents "confiden
tially" on the principle that wrong
doers hate the light, or because he
wanted to exert upon the state govern
ments the pressure of executive influ
ence which he knew would be resented
if attempted openly?
The incident is one of the most ex
traordinary; in the history of American
presidents. But it is thoroughly char
acteristic of the reigning executive who
in the administration of his office al
most habitually, of laky-wanders from
the paths of law precedent" and pro
AS TO EXPRESSIONS.
(HOW THE REDOUBT WAS TAKEN,
Circuit Attorney Sager of St. I.ouii?
'intimates that girl telephone operators
are tattlers. No doubt the girls over
hear so many secrets that the novelty
of repeating them has worn off.
The treasurer of Pennsylvania re
cently received $100 for the con
science fund. Now if the republican
capital grafters democrats as well if
there are any would get conscience
stricken the treasury would burst.
The many friends of Hon. Douglas
Pattison will be pleased to learn that
he has been chosen leader of the
democratic side of the house of rep
resentatives at Springfield. The po
sition is not only an honor hut a very
responsible one. We believe Mr. Pat-
tiscn will fill the place with credit to
the party and himself.
All the demurrers of the Standard
Oil company to the charges again
the corporation have been overruled
by Judge Landis of the United State
court in Chicago, it must now answe
once more for violation of the laws
against rebates. Thus John D. Rocke
feller is threatened with a fine of
few thousand dollars. But this will
not reduce his hourly income as the
people will pay the cost in the price o
In the course of the recent sojourn
of King George of Greece in Paris a
long article was published in a news
paper of that city dealing with th
conditions in the island of Crete. The
article bore the signature of one of the
editors, but it has been learned that
the signature was fictitious and that
its true author was the king. Kin
Georse is not the first monarch to
avail himself of an opportunity to pub
lish his views on a pending question
of the day.
One of the most popular of all the
royal princesses in Germany is th
duchess of Sachsen Coburg-Gotha. The
story is now told that in company with
one of her ladies in waiting she recent
ly shopped at a public market and mad
purchases for the royal kitchen. At
the meat market, when she was to!d
of the present high price of meat, she
declared: "This is inconceivable. How-
can the wife of a workman make end
meet? I must tell my husband about
it." The duchess every day is in tne
royal kitchen and even peels potatoes.
An immediate and all important
question is not why railway wrecks
are so destructive as why they should
be allowed to occur in the first place,
Steel cars, of course, are better than
wooden, hut there would be no com
plaint if the number of wrecks could
be reduced in this country to what ex
perience abroad shows to be the un
avoidable minimum. The mere pros
pect of collision-proof cars in the dim
future will hardly divert public at ten
tion from the task in hand, which is
to prevent the consequences of col
lision by abolishing collisions.
Another Rash Break.
President Roosevelt's undergroun 1
Fuggestions to state officers and legis
latures in the matter of insurance sa'
aries afford, another evidence that he
is wholly deficient in appreciation of
the functions of the puesidency. If he
has violated no law, since his sugges
tions and recommendations were not
communicated over the presidential
signature, no right-minded person will
deny that he has commuted a gross
ethically ana morally. Tie has no
right to use the prestige of his office
to influence the course of state officers
and the action of state legislatures. A
former senator of the United States is
cow in piison for using his senatorial
influence in behair or a client. By us
ing his presidential influence in b half
of certain highly paid insurancp offi
cials, has not President Roosevelt, done
an act morally not less reprehensible?
By making his wishes known to the
state superintendents of insurance
through an official of the District of
Columbia, the president seems to have
come very near doing something call
ins for investigation by congress,
which is responsible for the govern
ment of the district. It would be in-
One I ran Ownership.
It is not surprising that the exposure
of the methods of the group of finan
cial grand dukes controlling the so-
called Harriman roads should take the
breath away from Wall street and
from stock speculators and gamblers
generally. Whatever else may have
been uncovered. he facts demonstrate
the existence of a concentrated finan
cial power which, so far as the specu
lative market is concerned, is practic
ally irresistible and the manner of
whose employment cannot be foreseen.
Proof is at hand that this combine
has within six months purchased in
the name of the Union Pacific alone,
stocks of other raihoads to the value
of over $120,(MiO,ooO. having for such
transactions absolute control over the
vast resources wielded as a unit of
half a dozen of the greatest and rich
est railroad and steamship corpora
tions in the world. But even these
forces are but a fraction of the stu
pendous influence of this unprecedent
ed cabal, whose members dominate the
copper, oil and other industries as
veil as great banks and trust com
panies and the funds of some of the
life insurance concerns. How the Illi
nois Central, itself one of the big his
toric transportation systems of the
country, succumbed to this power is a
matter of recent record.
But here is a factor whose purposes
are tuidiscoverable except in retrospect
that is capable at any moment of con
trolling the stock market, and, indeed,
all markets and industries to no small
extent. In concentration of iwwerand
secrecy of counsel and action, it is
ominous to every Interest, but most of
all to the great body of stock gamblers
who usually imagine they are placing
th ir stakes vith at least a chance to
make a winning.
The Peary Ijectnre.
The Tri City Press club, which, dur
ing its existence has gained well merit
ed distinction by presenting to the
people of the three cities a rare treat
each year, scored another triumph last
evening in bringing here Commander
Robert E. Peary, U. S. X., fresh from
his latest explorative expedition to thi
polar regions, and who succeeded in
this latest trip in placing the flag of
the republic fnrtherest north and near
est the pole of any explorer in historv
The intrepid commander was greeted
at the Burtis opera house by one of
the largest, most intelligent, and most
appreciative audiences that has ever
gathered in the tri-cities on such an oc
casion, and those who were fortunate
enough to be present, were abundantly
repaid. Commander Peary, who is a
pleasing speaker, told in simple lan
guage, accompanied by comprehensive
views taken during the progress of his
latest expedition, the story of planning
and struggle and the peril and hard
ship that marked his recent dash for
the pole. The r.O stereopticon slides of
regions never before visited or seen by
a human being added a graphic realism
to the message the American explor
er brought of hardihood and daring and
achievement. While stripped of all
sense of boasting but rather breathing
feeling of disappointment that the
goal had not been accomplished, the
lecture was not only entertaining in
the highest sense, but in most instan
The beauty of the great..explorers
position was that he was content not
so much In what he had done, but in
the aid he had given to science and to
those who might come after him in the
struggle to complete the discovery of
what the greatest explorers since the
ime of Columbus have sought to at-ain.
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"Here comes old Paddock," said one
of half a dozen men sitting around a
country store stove, "die's the only
hero I ever knew who didn't know he
was a iiero. Anyway, he thinks his
comrades believe he ought to have
been shot for desertion. To get his
story you must make him mad. How
dy, Mr. Paddock!" And the speaker in
troduced the comer to his friends.
How is it, Mr. Paddock." he con
tinned, "that all your comrades in the
civil war got some sort of promotion
and you weren't even made a cor
poral? They say you came pretty
near leing shot for desertion."
"I can't never get rid o' that mis
take." said Paddock ruefully, "for
that's what it was, a mistake. You ee,
'twas this way. We was down there In
Virginny buckiu up ag'in a long line
of fortifications at the base of the
mountains. One night I got a hanker
In' JotIo some scoutin' on my own ac
count. Jf'reykoned the redoubt our bri
gade was tryln' to take wasn't well
connected with tTie one next to it. I
had purty sharp eyes in them elays,
and I thought I seen a way to git In
between 'era. Stealin along" n ravine.
I managed to git by the pickets 6 both
armies, climbed the mountains and
looked right down into the fort we was
a-tryin' to take. What d'ye suppose I
seen? There wasn't twenty men in it
and fully half the guns was Quakur.
"I couldn't understand bow our gin
eral could be weeks buckin' up ag'in
this measly showin', but he'd wrote a
lot o hooks on the science o war. and
I supposed he knowed all about it
Anyway. I thought I'd go back and
tell him what I'd seen. I got down to
the ravine when I was halted by a
rebel picket and taken prisoner.
"The Johnnies kep me three days,
when, seein' the discipline o' the guard
mighty lax they was all tirid out
fightin' I stole away one night, climb
ed up the mountain an circled around
the Johnnies' left flank an our right
flank. I was walkin' into camp one
mornin' thinkin' bow I'd like some real
United States coffee when I met some
o' our men. The officer in command
arrested me for a deserter. I tole him
where I'd been and what I'd seen, but
be didn't believe me.
"Waal, d'y' know, they court mar
tialed nie for desertion yes, they did
an', wo'se, they sentenced me to be
shot. The only bit o luck I had was
a raid o rebel cavalry that shook us all
up and in t erf e reel with my shoot in.
The hubbub breke the line In our front
too. I was mad. The idea o gettin'
shot for diseoverln that there wan't
no strength in the redoubt! It wan't
right nohow. Waal, takiu' advantage
o the confusion, pickin' up a musket
I walked right up through the ravine
an' the path I'd found on the mountain
side till I got to the spot where I'd
looked down on the Johnnies In the
redoubt. There wan't as many of 'em
as there was afore. I knowed 1113 ad
vantage, bein in their rear, and how I
could scare 'cm, so I yelled at the top
of my voice:
"Y never see such a f rightened lot in
your life. One or two of 'em fired at
me. I fired back, an the rest skedad
dled. It happened that a young ofli
cer on our picket line was cur'us to
know what the firin meant, thinkin'
likely that the robs were ligbtln' among
theirselves, an' he come cautiously
with a dozen o the picket, up the slope.
I seen him an' hollered to him to come
on; the redoubt was our'n. He keni, an
it wan't long afore the United States
flag was a-llutterin over them Quaker
"Waal, I'll be gol darned!' said the
officer. 'We've been three weeks
try in' to take this fortification, and
you've tuk it all alone! And our giu-
eral one o the fust strategists in the
"He's all right." says I. "Them in-
giueerin' books o' his hain't got nothin'
in 'em 'bout Quaker guns,' I says.
IIow d'y' expect him to know what
bis books don't teach V
I went down the slope and met the
gineral rldia' up with bis staff. He'd
seen the United States flag a-flyin' over
the redoubt and didn't know what it
meant. He stopped me and asked me
who I was and where I'd come from.
I told him I was the man that was to
have been shot for desertion when the
raiders come down on us ind spoiled
my execution. I was gain on to tell
the rest when bf rode on, orderin one
o' his staff to put me in arrest. The
aid went back with me to the guard
"Waal, there I was ag'in."
The speaker was Interrupted by n
burst of laughter from his listeners.
"'Tain't no laughin' matter. How'd
I know they wasn't goin to carry out
the sentence o' the court martial? I
ddn't. And I don't know to this day
why they didn't. After awhile my
cap'n he come and tuk me out the
guard tent, and he says, 'Paddock,'
says he, you Jest go about yer busi
ness. The gineral isn't goin' to shoot
ye, but yer wanderin' around without
leave is prejudicial to good order and
military discipline. Anyway, this yere
brigade Is supposed to be commanded
by one o' the most scientific warriors
in the army, besides bein backed by
six United States senators and twenty
congressmen, and it wouldn't do for
it to git out how the redoubt waa
"That made me madder 'n ever I waa
afore, and I said: .
Cap'n, says I, you go tell the gin
eral If he wants any more redoubts tak
en he kin take 'em hisself. I'll never
take another one so long as goddle-
mity lives.' " F. A. MITCH EL.
Mr. Jones' face, which has such a blank expression when he is dozing-
-becomes quite intelligent when he is roused.
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She: "Wall, aren't we? Don't we both wish we were single again?"
He: "What makes a man always give a woman a diamond engagement
6ha; "Tha woman." '
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Divorced for the third and last time, not from my wife but from
my money, which is worse. From now on I quit all my bad habits, turn
over a new leaf and pay all my attention to the spot that cuts every
body's prices square in two. Don't laugh now for I am here to show
you. JONES, the meanest man in our old town. But not in Daven
port. What kind -of business is he in? Everything! Is that co? Has
he been here long? Yes; over twenty years. I think. They 6ay his
money never runs out, when it comes to buying your household goods.
Household goods sold on payments. Also loans made on household
goods, pianos, diamonds, jewelry, guns, bikes, musical instruments,
hardware, clothing, furs, si!ks, horses, wagons, buggies. Small loans
on houses and lots, say from $25 to $300 and payments to suit. We
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heaters, all guaranteed. Now then, if you don't like to come into my
store just call me up by phone as we have both, and order me around
to suit yourself. It wi!l be all ri;ht with Johnny. All things are pri
vate. Household goods sold on payments. Open every evening. Good
prices paid for old gold and silver.
Will buy notes snd mortgagss. Once more on the stove business
if you can't make a better trade or buy the same stove cheaper from
me than any other place in the three cities then cut me off your list.
Goods sold on commission. Household goods stored. Remember, I
don't bar anybody out of my store, so good by. I wish you all well.
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