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THE ARGUS, FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 20. 1007.
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Friday, September 20, 1907.
And now we are going to got a frost
-ualesH the weather man is still off.
An exchange says: "The prison yawns
for the Standard Oil company." They
will gape twice or thrice before the
long, tiresome wait is over.
George Aile says that he is making
money faster than he can spend it.
Now if George could "Ade" some of the
rest of us to secure the recipe, we
would Vote him a place in the hall of
Press reports tell of a fashionable
wedding in which the bride was array
ed in "a gleaming white satin gown,
trimmed with rare old lace." The
bride, by the way, was a Miss Overalls.
There's a combination for you.
All that is needed to make Rock Is.
and one of the foremost cities of Illi
nois in population as well as in other
things is to keep the spirit of push
and progress that has accomplished
so much in the past six mouths alive.
The New York World says that the
plan matured .at Oyster Hay in rela
tion to Ohio politics is said to be:
Longworth for mayor of Cincinnati.
If it works there will arise no open
question of what to do with an ex
Based on the disclosures of the New
York investigation, John D. Rockefel
ler's income amounts to $27,82S a day,
or Jl.lfjtt an hour, or $19 a minute.
And yet tlure are those who attribute
this in-pouring of other people's money
to the survival of the fittest.
The Mississippi is very low just now,
and if it continues to fall the president
may be compelled to abandon his river
trip from Keokuk to Memphis. It would
never do for Roosevelt to run the risk
of being marooned on a sandbar until
after the elections are over.
With a million and a half people
who have adopted a constitution es
tablishing democratic institutions un
der a republican form of governmcn:.
Oklahoma has voted itself into the
Union and run up the flag of the union
to :loat forever over its rights as aa
state. "Who will pull it down?"
It is given out from Washington
President Roosevelt's forth-coming
message will he the longest ever set
to congress. Sure! Teddy has been
full and boiling over so long that he
mu:;t give vent to his feelings. And
whitt set of men deserve to be pun
ished more than . congressmen. Go it
mountains, bears no relation to the
cost of roads like the Rock Island,
running fcr the most part throug'i
level prairie regions. Mr. Cochrane
has, nevertheless, gone to great pains
to arrive at something like a generil
average cost per mile of railroad con
struction in this country. Poor's
Manual, also a high . authority, places
the average cost of construction at
$C9,413 per mile, but this includes the
cost of rolling stock ar.d terminal in
vestments, which can hardly be in
cluded in construction cost. Mr.
Cochrane, taking sections of all the
leading railroads in the country, se
lecting those whose cost varied great
est, concludes that the average cost of
railroad construction is $49,000 per
The Cochrane statistics show that
typical railroad can be constructed
through a rolling prairie country it
$21.ono a mile, and he declares that
$15,ooo a mile will cover the cost In
the level prairie regions, where moat
of the new railroads are being pushed.
The conclusion is forced, from Poor's,
figures and those prepared by Mr.
Cochrane, that the railroad managers
are in fanciful mood when they insist
that the construction cost of Ameri
can railroads legitimately exceeds
$125,000 per mile.
A logical Criticism.
In the. early stages of Mr. Roose
velt's noisy attacks upon the trusts a
momentary confidence in the sincerity
of his opposition was produced. That
confidence soon wore away, however.
and was finally supplanted by the
rankest suspicion. Even abroad. fnv:i
whence the most unprejudiced view is
to ba. had, the favorable impression has
been removed. The Iondon Standard.
for instance, is of the opinion that
President Roosevelt's latest deliver
ance concerning the trusts and the pol
icy he contemplates has been receive I
with a complacency that indicates a
comfortable incredulty among the evil
doers whom he wants to "punish."
That paper, in concluding its criticism.
"Nobody will say that the president
has described the manipulators ir
trusts in terms too harsh; or that his
determination to put an end to a sys
tem which might, if it were allowed
to continue, some day hold all tha
producers and consumers in the United
States in complete and helpless bond
age, and reduce legislators and judges
to the position of paid servants, is
either unjustified or altogether un
timely. He means to discriminate
among those who originated the trust
system and those who unwillingly or
unconsciously have been drawn into
it; between those who have seized the
ion's share of the spoils and those
who have worked for odds and ends
of the booty. How he is to apply a
moral test to questions of business, or
where he will draw his line in regard
to profits, is not easy to understand.
It must be remembered that, in un
dertaking this anti-trust campaign the
government of the United States is in
the position of a man who has turned
virtuous after many years of notor
ious laxity. The trust system is not
the growth of a day; it has been
developing for many years; successive
governments have watched it develop
and cover the land,' and, far from
ifting a restraining voice, have taken
When Secretary Ixeb shows strong
Indignation in denying that he ordered
coci tails for himself and the president
he does not say that they always drin:
Fairbanks buttermilk. lie does se
cret ly assume, however, that if h
shovs enough indignation it will bi
unnecessary to say so. This is what
they call "pussy-footed politics" in
It rnav suit the campaign purposes
of the republican national machine
managers to prevent the issuance of
the proclamation which announces the
action of Oklahoma in lawfully entei
ine the union. Rut no such action
will "veto" the lawful and constitu
tional authority of the new state, as?
it has lawfully proclaimed its entrance
to the union at the ballot box.
Cent of Railroad Construction.
Charles II. Cochrane, a construct
ing engineer, recognized as a high
authority in his profession, has com
piled some interesting statistics relat
ing to the cost of railway construe
tion. Railway managers do not agree
upon this proposition, the claims that
are made of the physical cost of rail
' roads varying to such an extent as 10
make the figures usually offered ab
solutely worthless in an effort to strike
an average approximate cost.
There can be no fixed rule for tho
.mileage cost of railroads. The cost
of the Denver & Rio Grande, much of
which was bored through granite
Are you fond of cut glass? An
odd piece now and then; a beau
tiful vase, a set of tumblers, a
nappy, a pretty bowl, a cologne
bottle, a puff box so many
things in our new stoc' which
we are sure will please you.
Gracefully fashioned in charm
ing forms, they certainly com
bine most strikingly the useful
and the beautiful.
The largest stock of fine cut
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Old Teter Burnham was in his time
one of the shrewdest of Indian agents.
For many years he labored with
and made promises to the Indians, ar
gued with the whites and made repre
sentations, to the great father at Wash
ington. Since the Indians were not
the aggressors the whites would not
desist, and, the great father at Wash
ington being too busy to pay attention
to the 1 agent's communications, the
trouble went on.
Slowly the Indians began to prepare
for revenge and resistance. They did
not do so openly, but P.nrnhaiu could
see that, to use a nautical expression,
they were "clearing the decks for ac
tion." Then one night a settler's shack
was burned and the settler and his
family murdered. The Indians were
called upon to produce the culprits,
but avowed that they did not know
them. A few days later another set
tler was murdered, then another and
another. Burnham report ed the mat
ter to Washington, with the result that
a small number of troops nil that
could be spared from the then meager
United States army were sent to "pac
ify" the Indians.
All this happened when an Indian
war was a serious matter. The troops
sent to conquer the redskins were a
mere drop in the bucket of what were
squired. Burnham knew that if the
war opened In earnest the government
would have to send a dozen times
their number, and even then, owing to
the nature of the country, it would be
a long while lefore the Indians were
reduced to olnfdience. He wrote out
an agreement on the part of the gov
ernment to redress the wrongs that
had been inflicted, which he designed
to submit to the chiefs, but he had so
long put them off with promises he
was not jerniitted to fulfill that he
had no hope of persuading them to
nccept the proffered terms.
The railroad was then being laid
across the continent and ran some
fifty miles north of the scene of these
troubles. Burnham had occasion to
go to the terminal for supplies, one of
those wild west places where there are
gambling and dancing and all manner
of shows. He stopped lefore one of
these shows and viewed the perform
ers, among whom were a ventriloquist
and a conjurer. As lie looked a plan
occurred to him of keeping the peace
with the Indians. He made the ven
triloquist and the conjurer a liberal
proposition to go back with him, and
As soon as he had returned he an
nounced to the chiefs that he had a
proposition from the great father at
Washington to make to them and in
vited them to a conference. At the
appointed hour they appeared at the
place designated, an open space in
closed by tiniler, and In order to le
prepared for treachery brought an
ample number of warriors. 'When they
were nil seated cross legged Burnham
announced that the great father had
sent two of his sous to give them evi
dence of his power and introduced the
Then followed wonders such as the
simple Indians bad never conceived of.
The conjurer took Biirnhain's watch,
rammed It into the mouth of a blunder
buss and fired It at a target, where
it hung in perfect order suspended by
n hoolc Then he bred rabbi's so fast
that they tumbled over one another
trying to get out of the basket where
they "were born. These marvels were
continued for some time, when the per
former took a hat, set it on a box be
fore him and proceeded to extract
from it munitions of war ad libitum.
Pistols, cartridges, cannon balls fol
lowed one another In endless profusion.
By this time the Indians were duly
impressed with the great father's mar
velous powers, and Burnham concluded
to give them a talk-wonder that would
Include some good advice. The ven
triloquist stepped forth and sat on a
camp stool, holding on his knee an
image that he introduced as the great
father's grandson. The process was
necessarily slow, since the performer
was obliged to speak through an In
terpreter, but there was not much to
interpret, and that was to the point.
"What has the great father to say to
the chiefs?" asked the ventriloquist of
"To have confidence in the promises
of his servant, the agent: The great
father will see that his promises are
"And what will the great father do
If his red children put on the war
"He will send his son to make pow
der and ball for the soldiers."
"nas the great father any other mes
sage for his red children?"
"No. The great father does not talk;
This ended the show and the con
ferenee as well. The Indians had
been struck dumb by the marvelous
powers for making destructives dis
played by the great father's son, and
the words of his grandson had deeply
Impressed them. They signed a new
treaty then and there. They asked to
be shown more wonders done by the
great father's offspring, but Burnham,
fearing familiarity would breed con
tempt, refused them.
Meanwhile the great father remained
at Washington weighed down by the
cares of state and ignorant of the posi
tion be bad been made to occupy be
fore his red children.
But some time after the conference
Teter Burnham went to Washington,
saw the president and told him how
he had saved the nation a great In
dian war. The peacemaker was re
warded by one of the fattest offices
la the gift of the government.
j EUGENE HOLMES BURT.
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KEY TO GOLD CAVE
FOUND IN ILLINOIS
Dr. Wilcoxson of Freeport Stumbles oi
What Appears to Be Lost
Freeport, 111.. Sent. 2D. Dr. George
Dent Wilcoxson of Freeport, while ai
Hot Springs. Ark., discovered a for
gotten trail to the cave where an In
dian tribe is said to have secreted ail
its gold and jewels, ile also found a
stone bearing directions to the cave
in Indian hieroglyphics, which he i:
deciphering. So certain is Wilcoxson
of having located the repository that
his uncle, the Rev. Dr. Proctor of Hot
Springs, has purchased the entirj
tract of ISO acres surrounding the
cave, and it is there that Wilcoxson
s ferreting out the secret.
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