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THE ARGUS, FRIDAY. MAY 24, 1007.
AMERICA'S GRAND OLD WOMAN, WHO IS STILL YOUNG
Writer of Famous Battle Poem Frequently Wrote Verses In
the Dark Woman of Unusual Culture, Ever Optimistic
and Still Active True Love of Life the Secret of Her
Longevity Strong Peace Advocate and a
Decided Figure of the Present.
By ROBERTUS LOVE. j
MKS. .HLI.V YVAKD HOWE Is,
America's tJrnnd OKI Womau. j
May marks the completion
of Iht eighty-eighth year.
Eighteen years ago her youngest .
daughter, Mrs. Maud Howe Kliiott, in
a letter Inviting Ir. Oliver Wendell '.
Who remembers any of tlie society wo
men of her t i nit V
Julia Ward was Iioru in Now York
city and is therefore a Yankee only by
adoption. It was truly 'Millie old New
York" when she. was horn, for in 1SJ9
the social center was
treine southern end
almost at the cx
f Manhattan Is-
Ilolnies to attend her mother's
day party stated that Mrs.
would he "seventy years vomit:.'
phrase has heeoiue incrcasimrly
lar from year 1o year, and hy tin
a house- near Howlim; (Ireeu.
birth- ; land. Her rieh hanker father occupied
token Mrs. Howe has heeu growing
younger and younger.
1 Hiring the past year or two several
of our most noted men have lice. hup
seventy years young. They have
reached the ago limit set hy the psalm
ist, the perilous point at v. hi h aspir
ins poets throw sonnets at them, con
gratulations in fourteen lines accord
ing to the lloyle of poetic science.
Anions these are Mark Twain, drover
Cleveland. William Iiean Ifowells,
Henry M. Ahlen and Thomas l.ailry
Aldrich, the latter already passed on.
Hut hero Is Mrs. Howe, born nearly a
wore of yours before any of them, a
beautiful and hrilliant hello In little
old New York long before Sammy
When .lulia Ward was about six
years old her father moved a few
bltxks farther uptown and built a
great house at I'ond street and P.road
way. In this house the gill grew up
and became a social leader in the city.
She was one of the first women in
America who enjoyed the advantages
of a thorough education. She learned
several languages so that she could em
ploy them without apologies. Her old
er brother, the celebrated Sam Ward
of throo-ipiarters of a century ago,
came home from a student career
abroad, rich in his acquisition of Mer
man metaphysics and poetry, which la;
shared obligingly with his sister.
Proficient Player and Singer.
The Ward house was lined with
books and pictures. There were mu-
BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC.
Mine eyes have seen the glory cf the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored)
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword,
His truth is marching on.
I have seen him in the watchfires of a hundred circling camps;
They have builded him an altar in the evening dews and damps
I can read the righteous sentence by tho dim and flaring lamps,
His day is marching on.
ii iTnlfl '-'JMf
r- - :
AT 4 YEARS 5
i r "
Julia, Wwrvi flowe
At 83 Years of Age
At 40 YearsI
I have read a fiery gospel, writ in burnished rows of steel:
"As ye deal With my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal
Let the hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on!"
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreatl
He is sifting out the hearts of men before his judgment seat
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer him! Be jubilant, my feetl
Our God is marching on.
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me;
As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.
Clemens was whitewashing by diplo
macy that famous fence in Hannibal,
Mo., here she is. really younger than
iny of those old boys, and celebrating
her eighteenth birthday after passing
the limit-a young lady just come of
oge for the second time.
Why, her "Rattle Hymn of the Re
public," u national treasure of inter
national renown, is nearly forty-six
years old. for it was written in ISt'd.
Mrs. Howe was a mature woman of
forty-two when slip gave to the nation
and the world that splendid lyric, one
of the flowers of poesy which cannot
fade. Those twenty lines of inspira
tion furnish Julia Ward Howe's chief
clnhn to immortality on earth, but the
grand old woman has done many other
things which have contributed to her
renown. Her gospel of optimism and
her creed of activity have kept her
young. Two years ago she said on her
"One should never be too old to love
thp pure and the true things of life. I
still find great pleasure in writing and
In speaking. I am interested in the
affairs of today. You know oik? never
grows old in spirit if the true lore of
life remains within one."
Why She Will Be Remembered.
Atid perhaps tho true love of life Is
the secret of her longevity. A few
years ago when asked to define her ;
Ideal of life she said, "To learn, to
tench, to serve and to enjoy." . There
are many women who pass their live?
In trying to enjoy in society. Mrs.
Howe, as Miss Julia Ward, had much j
opportunity of that sort, but she de
veloped a higher idenl of enjoyment.
That Is tvhy she will bo remembered.
sie;i! instruments and instructors. Miss
Ward became p;flie:cut as player and
singer. One day somebody urged her
to cultivate her singing voice to tho
exclusion of every other ambition, but
the young girl had a mind as well as a
voice. Musiealos and receptions in tin;
Ward home brought her in contact
witli Washington Irving, ritz-Creene
Hailed-: and the visiting celebrities
l rot n M'v i.ngiani!. Wiicn she. was
twenty-two years old and in the mid
.. i ..... . . , n . .
op ;i iirtiiwniL career as a iiene .miss
Ward spent a summer in Iloston.
Longfellow and Charles Sumner, I'm
erson and lr. Holmes in fact, every-
uony oi literary or political conse
quence in that day met and admired
the pretty young Novr Yorker.
I'.ut a man not yet mentioned by
name, one who at the time was the
most noted of them all, was to per
form the greatest part in molding the
career of the New York girl. Tin-
case of Laura Ih'idgman. the deaf,
dumb and blind girl whose mind had
been developed through the marvel
ous efforts of a great teacher, was
then the chief topic of talk in intel
lectual circles. Laura I'.ridgiuan was
the Helen Keller of her time. The
man who had educated her was fa
mous both in Lurope and America
Ibis man was r. Samuel tiridley
One day Miss Wud and a party. In
eluding Charles Sumner, visited the
Perkins institution for the blind, of
which Ir. Howe was the head. Look
ing out at a window. Sunnier said:
"Here conies Howe en a Mae'
Julia Ward looked out and beheld
as she has written, "a noble rider on
a noble steed." It was her future hus
band. Dr. Howe and Julia Ward were
married in 1S-13. He was about twen
ty years her senior. As a young mar
he had gone to (Jreece and aided hi
the war for independence, as Lord
IJyron also did. He was the lirst per
son in America to devote himself to
improving the condition of the blind.
Throughout his long life he was a phi
lanthropist, a friend of the poor, the
unfortunate, the outcast. "In the
World as ho would have had It," said
Mrs. Howe after her husband's deatii
in 1S7C, "there should have beeu nei
ther paupers nor outcasls."
I That both lr. Ih.we and Julia Ward
were fortunate in their marriage is not
to be disputed, lir. Howe found a wife
of unusual culture, capable of sympa-
i thizing with his splendid work in be
half of tin fortunate humanity. Miss
Ward found a husband capable of
turning her young mind into the chan
nels of noble ideals. Ir. Howe was a
hater of slavery in every form. Mrs.
Howe came to share his views. 1 iv
those days abolitionism was the reli
gion of intellectual Hoston. and the
Howes espoused tne creed. They knew
Intimately William Lloyd Oarrison.
Wended rhillips. Whittle!'. Lowell and
the other anti-slavery leaders. Kvcn
John r.rown of Ossav.atomie called to
see Mrs. Howe. She opened t'.ie door
wit'.i her own hand, she says, and
found him in appear;: nee "a Puritan of
Wrote Verses In the Dark.
Living in this atmosphere for twenty
years, it was not surprising that when
Mrs. Howe visited Washington in ISil-i
and saw the soldiers "in a hundred cir
cling c imps" her thoughts liowed
I'long the lines of the "itattie Hymn of
the Kepublie." With her husband anil
others she had ridden out a few miles
to witness a review of the troops. The
review was interrupted by a sudden
attack of the enemy, and Mrs. Howe
saw the rapid inarching of ry-enforce-i.ienls
and heard the tiring. Uidii:g
back to the capital, she begau singing
I the Jehu P.rown song, in which thou
! saints of ihe soldiers joined. Th;;t
night Mrs. Howe conceived till! idea of
dignified poem to tit the famous tune.
She arose from her bed, for.iul pen an I
paper and wrote the lines in the dark.
She had written verses frequently 1 t
this manner while occupying a room
with one of Iier children, r.'frainii'i
fiom making a light in her care not t.
ilsturb the child. I
"l'.e.t I always found." said Mrs. I
Howe, "that if I did not transcribe my
verses within twenty-four hours 1
couiiiu t read what I had written."
Naturally there was adverse criti
cism ot this poem in the south during
the war. but now the opposition has
died away. When Mrs. Howe was in
liarge of the women's work ut the
New Orleans exposition she visitel
Ikiton It-juge. La., and was nstouishe l
but (leased to hear her poem sung at
Mrs. Howe's lirst volume of poems
was called "Passion Flowers," though
of course it contained nothing what
ever even faintly suggesting ellawheel
crisin. That was in is."4. Tivo or
three years later Mrs. Howe published
book of pjems entitled "Words For
the Hour," chiefly of sociological in
terest, revealing her serious trend. She
became a leader in ltaston club lift,
founding tin Now Lngland Woman's
lub, of which she was president for
a quarter ol a century. Mrs. Howe
also took an active part in organ i.in z
the Association For the Advancement
f Women, of which she served as
presnjent tor many years. Her wor.t
for the cause of woman suffrage, which
she espoused about forty years ago.
is well known. She is also a strong
Mrs. Howe useil to spend her sum
mers at Newport. 1 nat was when
there was "an intellectual set" nt the
hodo Island resort. Mrs. Howe's
home was the hendouarters of this set.
When the millionaire class overran the
town the Howes retreated to a beach
some miles away.
Her Children Carefully Reared.
Y'hile indisputably an advanced wo
man, Mrs. Howe has not neglected
family responsibilities. Her sou and
daughters wre i-arefuilv reared, and
thr. e of the daughters have won dis
tinction as writers. Tliev are Mrs.
Florence Howe HjI!, Mrs. Laura E.
Kichards and Mrs. Maud Howe Klli
ott. The son. Professor Henry M.
Howe, is a distinguished metallurgist.
Mrs. Howe his a well developed hu
morous vein. Once when driving past
the Charita' le Fre and Far infirmary
in I tost on her eye caught the name of
the institution as painted on the build
ing. She remarked very drvlv:
vigorous men and
women in the
United Slates p.re
raised on good, old
mind vhat the others
ou want zu be well.
D A V
Say things to the man who tries
to switch you from Arbuckles
to coffee that pays him big
profits at the expense of your
Complin with all requirement! of the National Pure
Food Law. Guarantee No. 2041 . filed at Washington.
"" dn"f see tin; good of that place."
''Why?" inquired her companion in
astonishment, knowing Mrs. Howe's
well. I dain t know ttiere was a
charitable eye or ear in Hoston," re
plied the venerable lady.
- t anotlier time Mrs. Howe was vis
iting a Newport woman. The hostess
took her out on the beautiful veranda
in tin; moonlight in tho hope of getting
a line sentiinewt out of her. I'inallv
the woman demanded:
"Mrs. Howe, do say something lovely
about my piazza."
In her highly cultivated voice Mrs.
T think it is a bully piaz."
Sotnelwdy accused Mrs. Howe of be
ing "ohstinately optimistic' all tier
life. Looking back across the gulf of
seventy years to lier girlhood in New
York, sh" said:
.My tieart s young desire was to as
sist the efforts of those who sought for
!t helpful philosophy of life."
Her own helpful philosophy no doubt
has upheld her obstinate optimism, so
that today she is by no means a person
of an age that is past, but i-s decidedlv
a figure of the p'vsetit. for she is a-
ueepiy interested in uie ii'iiiussion or
Oklahoma as she was in a like event
fifty years ago.
Make this Decoration Day one long to be remembered,
mike it a truly gala day.
Celebrate it in royal style by installing a modern Gas
Range. The Range will cost from ten dollars up the Gas a
dollar a thousand feet; we will install the Range free.
Mr. PIan free your wife from a hot kitchen, sooty walls
and all the worry that goes with a coal stove. Let her cook in
comfort, in a clean, cool kitchen in half the time. Ruy her a
Gas Range. You'll find Gas to be a very economical fuel.
The Gas Man
People's Power Co.,
100 East Seventeenth Street.
ELECTRICAL ROUTE FOR HIM. 3
Maine Man Says That 12,000 Volts
Like "Sailing, Sailino."
"If I was born to be killed it's the
lightning route fir mine every time.
said Michael bsliani. a rooter, after
he had rubbed against a live wire car
rying FJ.l(!i volts, rolled off a pitch
roof, bumn'ed on a tiat ro.if and lauded i
oa his head on liie ground badly bat
tered, but still in the union, says a
Ilangor (Me.) special t the New York
hs'.iam and a teiiow workman were
recent lv repairing some slates ou the
gashoiise at lkingor. flishani knew
the wires were there and also that ins
partner was a bit caret, ss and so t ok
the risk himself. He made a slip and
barely touched the wires. That was
about all that he remembers until he
woke up i,i the Kii!":'goney hospita
with his hands bandaged.
"Take it lrom me. u .-; the easy way.
said riishain. "there was a buz-z-z-z,
like a planing mill. Then a dreamy.
don't you can? kind of fe: ling -sailing.
sailing like, and that was abo-it all.
If tho dose I got was anything like the
real thing they serve up in the electric
chair it's the slickest route to the great
Loss of Power
To Digest Food.
The most Important function of the
organs of the body is the digestion and
assimilation of food, and in this pro
cess is consumed an enormous quantity
of nervous energy.
As tho result the moment disorders
of the nerves arise, digestion is impair
ed, and the very source of health,
strength and vitality interfered with.
To prevent physical bankruptcy the
nervous system must be built up by
outside aid such as the use of Dr. A. W.
Chase's Nerve Tills, a preparation coin
posed of the very elements of Nature
which go to form new blood and nerve
Besides this restorative influence on
the wholj system. Dr. A. W. Chase's
Nerve Pills have an immediate and di
rect effect on the digestive system. They
stimulate the nerves of taste and in
duce a good flow of saliva to aid diges
tion. They excite the glapds of the stor.:-
ach and produce a plentiful supply of
gastric dipestive fluids. Dr. A. "V
Chase's Nerve Tills, 50 rts a box. at ail
dealers, or Dr. A. W. Chase Medicine
Co., Buffalo, N. Y. .
HARPER HOUSE PHARMACY.
Popularity of Submarine Boats.
Within a year Kngiand will have (it
ty-two submarine boats, while France
will have eighty-two. Russia has twen
ty-nine and Japan ten.
To Kina Alfonso.
Congratulations. Mt: I'd like to shako
May blessings fall unon the jioople of
May every peasant's heart bo touched
with love today'
For her and him and yon long may you
live to sway,
And may she long be spared to bless you
moro and more.
And may you never be compelled to walk
We smashed 5-our navy. Alf; but tt
was years aKJ
And Je.st an Incident of cruel war, y
So let's be friends again; in truth
wish you Joy,
For you n cheer and six fur her and I
May happiness for all your subjects
And may you never be compelled to wall:
us roll and foemcn
still has power to
Though seas between
we have been.
The touch of nature
make us kin:
Oh, may the little band so freplle and
Ne'er strike a blow to bring a tear to any
May she who brlns you Joy keep bring-
tnpt more and nyre.
And may you never be. comnoll-d to walk
S. K. Kiser in Chicago Record-Herald.
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WHY? liccause tiny are so 1
as compared with rates cli -where.
They are as low as they
can lie made considering the ser
vice we aim to give our cus
tomers. They are lower, be
cause we an: able to charge lc s
tin account of our large business
and largo capital.
by dealing vi:li us. Our pas;
record and our satisfied cits
miners ai'e our guarantees f--the
future. Our whole basilic;;
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You are assured of cottco'is
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fair dealings if you place your
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ROCK ISLAND TROPICAL
g Large Resources and Immediate Returns
SUREST AND MOST PROFITABLE LINE OF AGRICULTURE
g ON EARTH.
PRODUCTS IN UNIVERSAL DEMAND AND EASILY SHIPPED
j TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.
THE MOST STAPLE PRODUCT IS RUBBER, WHICH YIELDS
C! FROM $2C0 TO MORE THAN $1,000 PER ACRE ANNUALLY.
O Kor immediate returns, however, the company depends principally
g upon the valuable hardwood forest now growing upon lis lands.
O Kcprescniatives of the company have counted more than ll!0 trees
to the acre white the timber is apparently of uniform density. These
trees will average more than 2,wn feet of lumber pt r tree. This would
indicate LM11.0O11 fm per acre. One-fourth as much as that would still
give a total of more than 7oo,ooo,0tl(i feet.
If the company will realize ? 1 2.50 per thousand, which is only one
fourth of what it should realize, this will still yield a prt fit of $S.7j0.
(mio, which is equal to ?72:.lo on each and every share of stock in the
company, or sufficient to pay an annual dividend of 'M:. per cent for
ONLY TEN CENTS PER DAY.
If you lay aside 10 cents from each day's wages, and at the end of
each month invest the amount (52.uu with us, in less than live years
you will have paid for one share of stock, representing an acre of the
plantation, fully developed. During the time you are accumulating this
capital yon will receive large interest on the money paid in, and the
capital will have increased to several times the original amount.
A FULLY DEVELOPED RUBBER PLANTATION IN MEXICO IS
WORTH MORE THAN $1,000 PER ACRE.
The Kspcranza plantation, trees aveiaging six years of age, was sold
last fall to the I. S. Rubber company for STiin per acre.
Tho manager or the Del Corte plantation, almost adjoining our laud,
rejected an offer of more than $l,0i0 per acre.
Juan Jiminez. a native Mexican, owning a forest of cultivated rub
ber trees averaging a years of age, advertised the same for sale at
$ LOiMl per acre.
IN THE ORIENT.
In Ceylon and the Malay states are hundreds of European com
panies capitalized at from jr.nu -o $2.mn per acre. These companies
are already furnishing a considerable portion of the world's supply of
rubber, and their stocks are quoted by London brokers at more than
six times their par value.
We can show you the quotations.
It will surely pay you to investigate. Write at once for particulars.
A Narrow Escape.
G. WT. Cloyd, a merchant of Think
Mo., had a narrow escape four years
ago, when he ran a jinuon burr into
his thumb. He says: "The doctor
wanted to amputate it. but I would not
cr.nsent. I bought n box of IbiPklen'
Arnica Salve and that cured the dan
gerous wound." 25 cents at W. T.
$2.00 frattco'&rman Rin
ROCK ISLAND TROPICAL PLANTATION CO.
302 Bcngston Block, Rock Island, 111.
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Money Refunded If It fatte.
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RAMSER, Jeweler and Optician,
Opposite Harper House.
in . y?M
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Cleanliness of person is one of the
most distinguishinK marks of refinement, and
commands at all times the highest respect.
1 o promote cleanliness, install in your
sleeping apartment or dressing 100m a snowy
white, one-piece "tanasf Porcelain Enam
eled Lavatory, provided with an abundant flow
of hot and cold running water.
Our plumbers arc skilled mechanic and do
satisfactory work. Let us quote you prices.
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112 West Seventeenth St. Both phones.