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THE ARGUS, TIIUKSDAY. SEPTEMBER 5, 1907.
sunie control of their own state gov
ernment. They can do it only througn
the democratic party.
OUR AMERICAN PRESIDENTS.
Published Dally and Weekly at 1624
Second avenue. Rock Island, I1L En
tered at the postofflce as second-class
A Town Without Taxes.
The town of Faleide, Norway, im
By THE J. W. POTTER CO.
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over fictitious signatures.
Correspondence solicited from every
township in Rock Island county.
poses no taxes on us lucky inhabi
tants," says the London, England, By
stander. "During the last o0 years
the authorities at Faleide have sold
over $."i,tMHUM)0 worth of trees: an 1.
by judicious replanting, have provided
for a similar income every 'M years.
In consequence of this source of com
mercial wealth, there are no taxes ir
Faleide, and local railways and tele
phones are free, as well as education
and drinks upon the king's birthday!"
Thursday, September 5, 1907.
President Roosevelt proixjscs in the
Pacific const uaval maneuvers to siri
plant older commanders with young r
officers, thus relegating to the rear
many of the heroes of the Spanish-
American war. Hut the nation will
not forget, nor can it forget. Dewey,
Evans, Schley and Clark, who bore
the brunt of real fighting.
United States District Attorney E!
win W. Sims of Chicago, who secured
the conviction before Judge Land is of
the Standard Oil corporation, declines
to adhere to the national administra
tion's instructions for granting immun
ity to the Chicago & Alton railway in
the same connection. District Attor
ney Sims is evidently a new man wh')
must be shown.
A newspaper may boom a town
through its editorial and news column.;
but a critical investor looks to tlio
advertising columns for substantial
evidence of push and life. To him
they are thermometers measuring the
intensity of public warmth; they are
tile pulse which indicates the health;
Condition of the collective body of the
people; they tell him whether or mt ready became an unsightly waste of
I low Utopian the suggestion, at first
blush, of a "town without taxes!"
Think of it. people of Rock Island an
Rock sland county and state of Illi
nois, who annually step up to the
treasurer's office and unload a year's
savings to keep the' wheels of local
government moving! Yet the explana
tion is simple. Instead of permitting
all of its forest lands to become pri
vate property, to be cut over, burned
over or converted into a source of ir-
come in other ways to private indi
viduals or corporations, this Norway
town has simply retained an area for
its own use and has administered the
forests thereon for the benefit of th J
whole people of the town. In eonse
quenee the community enjoys a pe
nianent income from a permanent es
tate, an income, furthermore, suffi
ciently large to render taxation tinner
There still remains some of the pub
lie domain in this country and some )i
-Natures gifts to mankind in Illinois.
Portions of these are occupied by oar
national forests. Other lM.ntions an
occupied by coal lands. Shall we bj
wise in Lino and secure these coal
lands, by wise laws, for the benefit of
the whole people, or shall we permit
them, too, to pass into the hands of
trusts, which, when another coal fam
ine conies, may charge us what the
traffic will bear? The experience of
this Norway town, above related, elo
quently presages the possibilities of
our national forests, as timber slaugh
ter on privatelv owned forests contin
ues and the price of lumber and ail
lumber products soars aloft like th-3
Fourth of July balloon.
During a recent visit to northern
Michigan, the writer saw hundreds of
thousands acres of denuded pine bear
ing lands-, the second growth, instead
of being conserved and preserved, a!-
i W3W? N f ft
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The seventeenth president of the United States was born at Raleigh, N. C,
In 1st is. lie served in both houses of congress and as governor of Tennessee,
lie 'was elected vice president on the ticket with Lincoln in 1,-1 and suc
ceeded to the presidency upon the death of ihe latter, April l.", 1SiIT.
The president was impeached in lNW after a long w ries of disagreements
with congress, escaping conviction by a single vote In the senate. The ac
quittal of Joh'.ison is now generally approved. He was elected to the senate
from Tennessee in 1S73 and died in olliee a few months later.
the community is up to the times in
The people of Chicago are also up ic
arms against the proposed Iiell tc'"
phone franchise, which apparently c
tains many of the same class of jokers
that it was sought to cram down the
necks of the people of Rock Island.
Should Chicago fail to give the mo
nopoly all that it wants the com
pany will probably do just as it did
in Rock Island get real spiteful and
fiee how naughty it can be in its deal
ings with the people.
HOW THE CHICKEN
The tour Governor Hughes has
been making of country fairs in New
York is described as "triumphal,"
and it is said he is "hailed every when;
as the next president of the Tinted
States." Perhaps, however, there may
be contingencies even after New York
and Ohio have triumphantly decided
on what will suit them. This is a
more or less triumphal country, with
the triumphal habit likely to break
out at times in unexpected quarters.
Every month this year has been in
erring wanderer from the normal and
August, was no exception to the ru'",
although the average temperature wa-i
not far from the mean for the month.
But August can usually be relied upoa
to be clear and dry especially after
such a June and July as was recorded
this year. The weather prophets, who
had been far from Ihe mark for the
year trusted August would rehabilitate
their battered reputations and so they
confidently staked themselves on a drv
month. Hut. again they guessed badly
blackened ruins from forest fires; an 1
further saw the mills scattered over
that section working day and night
cutting into boards the hemlock and
the hard woods that still are to be
found in large tracts. No effort appar
ently is made to save the growing tim
ber or renew that cut down and de
stroyed. Through the same reckless inatten
tion of the public to its own interests
hundreds of thousands of acres of coal
lands in Illinois, are being acquired b '
speculating corporations for private
gain. The coal beneath these acres is
being held out of market to be mined
as may seem most profitable to tho-;e
who are securing the "title" to it.
Is it in this way that the God of
Nature intended his beneficent provi
sions of timber and ot coal to be ex
ploited? Is it too late to inaugurate ::i
this count rv methods bv which com
munities and states shall become tax
less through the generosity of tin;
eator to His creatures? The United
States forestry department and the
American Forestry association are
doing something, at least, to conserve
our natural heritage for the benefit
of all the people throughout all tini"-
but the work cannot 1h; advanced as
it should be until every community,
very county, every state shall join
m taking measures lor saving me
woods and the coal veins from the
hand of monopolistic corporations and
u bless speculators.
I 'or a I'iglit in Illinois.
St. Iniis Republic: Republican
bosses and ringsters at the foot o
Lake Michigan, and generally in th
state which fronts Missouri on the
opposite side of the river, display po
litical acumen in getting busy t3
brace their fences with party harmony
There will not bo 175,000 stay-at
home democratic voters in next year's
election in Illinois. Restored demo
cratic harmony and democratic activ
ity of organization mean nothing else
than that the party or Jefferson, of
Jackson and of Pryan is preparing for
an onset in full force upon both the
republican machines which, after sup
pressing representative government in
the state of Lincoln, have had time
more than enough, for quarreling with
"Federal interference in Illinois pol
itics," which Yates could not shake
is now to meet the assaults of a more
powerful adversary. The ChicagJ
gangsters who, operating under direct
tlon of the federal officeholders' rin
have been dictating republican policy
in all parts of the state, will not b
left in pea.ee to have things all the!
The democrats of Illinois will next
year assert with all their might the
principle that the state must no longe
be controlled by any officeholders' ma
chine, whether it gets Its Inspiration
from Washington or Springfield. Th
people ot Illinois are minded to rev
How the People Are Iiiineoed.
The exposure of one of the methods
adopted by the late Mark llanua, in
the campaign of 1900 to defeat Bryan
and Stevenson, given by the anthracite
coal trust, confirms what the demo
cratic party has always claimed, that
there is a partnership between the
trusts and the republican party ma l-
Mark Hanna appealed to the co':l
trust to save McKinley and Rooseve't
from defeat by increasing the cost c.f
its product to prevent a general coai
strike. The coal trust was alarmed at
the probability of the election of Hr.--
an. To prevent that calamity to th-j
trusts of the country, it acceded in
Hanna's demand and proceeded to "re
coup itself by levying the increased
cost upon the cou sumer of coal
Hanna, of course, knew that this tax
upon the consumer would be levit:
Probably agreed to protect the coal
trust from prosecution for violating
the law. Put what cared the republi
can boss or his partner, the coal trust
what it cost the people so that Mr
Kinley and Roosevelt might be eleele
and Bryan and Stevenson defeated?
The republican party is dependent
upon trust support, and the trusts are
dependent, upon the republican party
What care either of these partners
what their deeds cost the public it
the one can or.ly be given immunity
from punishment for illegal acts and
the other can continue to control tho
policies of the government?
The wayfaring man can see ho .v
this combination or partnership works.
It's a "you tickle me and I'll tickle
you" sort of an arrangement. This is
the way the people are buncoed an i
unfortunately for the people they seem
to like it
At one tiniL' during the civil war
while we were campaigning in Virginia
our brigade became separated from the
main army, and we were in such a
posiiiou between the Confederate
forces that if they could have acted in
concert they might bae captured us.
But neither one knew of the other's
proximity that is, we inferred they
did not, for they made no move against
us. But even if both knew of the oth
er's presence they could not communi
cate with a view to making a concert
ed attack without sending a messenger
through our lines.
One morning when I was in charge
of a picket post a young girl came into
the lines with a basket of butter on
one arm and a basket of eggs on the
other. She said she hud come lroui a
small plantation just without our lines
and would liiie to sell us her produce.
Since our rations had for some time
been largely composed of salt pork
and hard tack my mouth watered for
her wares. I tasted the butter and
found it delicious. As to the eggs,
they looked tempting enough; but,
yielding to an old habit when buying
eggs, I held a number of them up to
the light to make sure they were fresh
All transmitted a portion of the light
except one, which transmitted none
It seemed to be of exactly the same
weight, size and shape as the others
but, looking through it, I could not see
a ray of light.
"There's a chicken In that one," I
remarked to the girl.
If there is, I don't see. how it got
in. I'll take it out. 1 think the rest
are all right."
She took the egg out of my hands. I
selected half a dozen of the others and
a pound package of the butter all I
could take care of while on duty in
tending tlieui for our company liics.c
The girl went on In toward the camp.
and I saw no more of her. We did
not refuse citizens admittance within
our lines. We reserved our refusal till
they asked to go out. And we espe
cially objected to their going out on
.the opposite side from which they
came in. It was passed down among
us from headquarters that we were
between two tires and no person what
ever should be permitted to pass
through our lines.
We enjoyed our fresh eggs and but
ter immensely and wished all the dairy
men in Virginia would come in with
their produce. Several officers asked
where we got them, and when I told
them that a country girl had come into
camp to sell them one of them went
off to find her. This was in the even
ing after supper. The inclosure with
in the picket circle was not very large,
and he might easily have come upon
her if she had been in camp. Either
she was not in camp or she was hid
ing. Some one suggested that she had
gone through the lines. As our safety
depended upon no one in the Confed
erate Interest getting through the lines,
this excited attention. I set out with
several others on a still hunt, but we
all came back with the report that no
girl of the description given was in
camp. I felt it my duty to report ihi
matter to the general, only mentioning
the girl and my having bought some
of her butter and eggs. The general
swore a good deal when he heard it,
eince he had given strict orders as to
the departure of any-citizen.from our
lines. Every officer of the picket was
questioned, and all avowed that no one
had gone out during the day. The
only way I could account for the girl's
disiDpearance was that she had stoleu
out between two pickets alter lusu.
The next morning a Hag of trace
was seen coming, ami v.iu'm u .hur-u
the officer in command presented a de
mand for the sum ndir of the brigade,
stating that they had us surrounded.
The general sent them back with a
proposition which debiyed matters till
after nightfall. Then li" ordered the
four regiments coiiipo-in:; the brigade
to cut their way out i:i f. ur differe.it
directions, each fighting on its own
That was a terrible night. I shall
never forget it. Our regiment took to
1 wo d. where we upon several
regiments, aim m me ii-'m one uau
were captured, the ;ivr half getting
through and away. 1 v. as with those
who were captured. Two of the other
egiments were tnkca entire, and a
third had the good t Ttune to strike
an unguarded opening and marched
The next niornrig I with the other
prisoners was undergoing an inspec
tion by the general who had captured
us when one of the officers with him.
a beardless boy, rode up to me and
put out his hand.
How are you. capt linr' he said.
"I owe iu.v life to vour stupidity. If
you'd been smart 1 wo.ild have
swung within a few hours after you
passed me into your lines."
"Who are youV" I asked. pu".7.1ed by
a resemblance I could not explain.
'I'm the country girl who sold you
butter and eggs. My neck being in a
halter. I got nervous and left the
wrong egg In the basket. That egg
you couldn't see through was lilll with
sand and a message from my general
to General B. here, arranging for a
concerted plan to capture you Yanks.
Of course you couldn't see through
it. There was a chi ken in it, as you
.'.aid, and the chicken has been
When. I was exchanged the war was
over. I was glad of it. for I had n
heart to continue in the service after
the fearful results of my stupidity.
From that day to this I have never
been able to bear the sight of an egg
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the newest and choicest fabrics.
2 I liHp to select your t?uit if
you say so.
3 I nin t lie vminRrst merchant
tailor In Kc.ek island.
, 4 And am In constant touch
with the younger lenient.
r I make; pood clothes, cheap;
not cheap clothes.
C I arn a graduate from the
best cutting school in the country.
7 I've had the experience: the
result is a thorough knowledge.
S I am on export in fabrics,
and can detect cotton in woolen
9 I employ skilled help.
10 I want to see you and tell
you more; about my fabrics and
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, the Harper House.
mm'iiim in turn itvt
To See the
And to Buy
Tonight and Up to
Noon Friday at the?
Exhibition Tonight at 8:15