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THE ARGUS, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2p, 1907.
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? TR ADESjffigfl COUNCIL
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1907.
Everybody for Rock Island and Hock
Inland for everybody.
Do npt let that intt rnrbaii get away.
Encourage it to the fullest extent pus-bible.
Senator Depew says lie heard a new
joke in Europe. Perhaps it was th?
rumor about his resignation.
depth of six feet in the channel, at
The beneficial effect of this improve
ment of the upper river will be ap.
parent in reduced freight charges, r
lief from congestion of traffic on the
railroads, and greater certainty ,.f
navigation throughout the entire open
season. The association is entitled t".
much credit for its good work.
Many conventions have been held
in pant years, to organize and carry
out plans for Improving the Mississip
pi river, but their efforts seem to have
ceased with adjournment. It has re
mained for the Upper Mississippi River
Improvement association to aceoni
plish that which its predecessors failed
This influential association of repre
sentative business men in the upper
valley has worked faithfully and per
sistently, and has secured an appro
priation of $2,onO,citi) dollars from
congress, thus enabling the engineers
to commence work on the project in
tended to secure permanent depth of
six feet, at low water.
The amount appropriated is only a
starter, as it will require about $20,
(mh).o(M) to carry the work through '
its ultimate ends, which contemplate-!
the improvement of the upper river
from Minneapolis to the mouth of th-2
The active members of congress
from the five states bordering upon
the upper river, will see to it th?
amounts required are appropriated i-i
THE AD. VS. SUPERSTITION.
Now we know why the battleship;
are to be sent to the Pacific coajt.
Tillman Is to lecture in San Francisco.
The Standard Oil corporation is an
innocent corporation. It doesn't make
very much money. It just lays it away.
The movement for an S-hour day for
wives has been laid ou the table until
after fall housecleaning and dusting of
Mr. Carnegie complains that his taxes
are loo high. There are plenty who
would like Jo have as much, reason for
The railroads are combining to re
lieve themselves of the tramp evil. We
should think any good . working ar
rangement would answer.
President Castro of Venezuela is
also a trust-buster, lie has fined the
asphalt trust $.i,eln,ooo for damages;
and a committee of experts is to as
sess other fines for damages and in
juries to the nation. It would he queer
if we have to use "the big stick" to
prevent Venezuela from publishing in
The republican financiers have dis
covered that there is a scarcity of
money, yet there is a much greater
amount per capita in circulation every
year. Can it be iiossihle that many
people are so afraid of the bad effect
or the present republican prosperity
that they are locking up their money
for fear of hard times?
Simon (Siiggenheiincr senator ele.-t
from Colorado, will have all he can
do when congress meets to tell about
the advantage of the smelter trust,
which the trust-busting experts are in
vestigating. I5y scratching a goil
many republican senators' backs you
will find the hidden brand of souio
trust or combine or railroad.
St. Louis Post Dispatch: In the first
case to be tried under New York's nuv
adultery law, the mother of the young
woman wlio was arrested for having a
married "affinity" pleaded that he:
daughter's happiness justified the ra
lationship. It is easy to see from
whom the daughter derived her morals.
It is likewise easy to perceive the ne
cessity for iolice and judicial reg'i
hit ion of that brand.
All A it Interested.
President Roosevelt has never under
taken a more patriotic move than that
of inspecting the great Mississippi
river, lie is acting in line with th
demands of the people of the interio"
and requirements or interstate com
nierce. It is an epoch in thus having
a president of the United States make
so extended a tour of inspection of thj
liver, as It will be on his voyage.
The great stream is a servitor of
the most prosperous people in the
world. It drains a territory as vast
as an empire in extent and population
It draws its source of supply from th
greatest granary of the world. Every
interest is conserved by it; inanufa
ttiri.ig. mining, agriculture, forestry
and. all branches of Industry.
We are a commercial nation, an
the president gives that high standing
to commerce which is due from th
highest representative of the people
In viewing the greatest artery of con
merce in the world, and studying the
untold possibilities involved in th
improvement of the Mississippi rive
As. a result of the persistent effort
of the Upper Mississippi River Im
provement association, congress has
appropriated $2,000,000 with which
Mayor Tom L. Johnson of Cleveland
Ohio, has been renominated for the
fourth term by the democratic city
convention. Now begins one of the
greatest and best municipal fights in
the nation's history. It is great be
cause Tom L. Johnson is great and
his policies greater. It is great be
cause it is essentially a light of pop
ular interests against private snap, it
is the fight of men and measures
against corporations and cliques. It
is the people's fight that Tom L. John
son is making.
It is to be one of the best fights
because it has taken on national scope.
Cleveland is now the hot-bed ot good
government. It has been made so by
Tom L. Johnson. He, as mayor of
that city, has rolled up his sleeves and
waded into the political rings, monop
olistic, franchise-grabbing, contract
snatching gangs, and started a battle
in belm!f of the people that has. made
cities all over the United States sit
up and take notice. Toledo is right up
in the procession. Many other mu
nicipalities are stirring up the vital
questions involved in the. Cleveland
Now there has formed a iowerfil J
cl:quc to try to stop Tom L. Jotmsui
and to endeavor to prevent his re
election. So powerful are the influ
ences at work to effect Cleveland's un
doing and Tom L. Johnson's political
undoing, that no less a personage thai
Congressman Rurton has been return
ed to Cleveland, and a tremendous ef
fort put forth to elect him mayor over
om L. Johnson.
Whatever may be the result of this
ght, American cities all of them
hould watch this struggle. It will be
an educator m municipal issues.
Following his nomination Maynr
Cleveland has attracted the atten
tion of other cities because it has gone
further towards the solution of its
problems. In Cleveland the question
'Shall we have a monopoly ownel
by the city or shall we have a city
owned by monopoly :
For that is the question which un
derlies all others. Cleveland is not
lighting for tl-eent faro a'.one. Cleve
land is fighting to bq free; Clcvelan 1
is fighting for self-government.
We are not making war upon men.
We are not making war upon wealth.
We are making war upon privatelv
owned monopoly which is a menace
to free instituthrns.
It is the question of government, by
the" people or government by private?
Mr. Rurton has already begun to
hedge." He is trying to play "bof'i
ends against the middle, and to com
promise with both sides, but Johnso'i
is taking up the fight as radically as
ever, as determined in antagonism to
monopoly as ever.
Brand Whitlock. mayor of Toledo,
in speaking ot tne magnincent im
provement in Cleveland's government,
tells of the kind of .men there em
ployed, of the character of the work
done, of the system of government
adopted, and concludes:
lint behind and above all thes-3
personalities looms another personality
a tremendous, dynamic, magnetic
personality, the friend, the leader of
them all, the organizer of this im
mense American victory. That per
sonality is Tom L. Johnson, who has
been designated as 'the best mayor of
the best-governed city In the United
States.' First of all, though by birth
an aristocrat and now possessed oi a
fortune. Mayor Johnson is fundamen
tally a democrat, a lover of people, i
believer in people, with cultured sym
pathies for the aspirations of the
mass, not for a class of mankind."
Now watch this mayoralty contest
In Cleveland. Whether Tom U John
son wins or not, he wins or loses as
principle wins or loses, and such re
sult Is victory.
This story Illustrates two points'
that truth is stranger than fiction and J
that superstitious evidence Is bad. It;
hapieued at the lieginnlng of the last j
century. If given as fiction the author
would be considered to have exhausted '
hia powers of inventing reasonable,
happenings, and as fact it Is liable to,
1m piit down as a tissue of lies. I
In 1SJ2 the then little village of Man-j
Chester, Vt., was shocked at the disap
pearance of one of its citizens, Russell
Colviu. Two young men, Stephen and
Jesse Bourn, were suspected of the
murder. Just before the disapiear-;
a nee Stephen and Colvin bad quarreled,
and Stephen had knocked Colvin down
with a club. This had leen seen by j
persons who were ready to testify to
the fact. I
But so long as Colvin had not been
killed, not even seriously Injured, this
was not sufficient evidence for bis eon- J
viction, the Bourns were not arrested,
and the excitement gradually died j
away. Seven years passed, and thej
mystery of Colvin's disappearance came '
to be regarded as one of those riddles!
that would never be solved. Then one
night in 1S10 an uncle of Stephen aud
Jesse Bourn dreamed that the ghost of
Colviu appeared to him, denounced the;
two Bourn boys as his murderers ami!
said they had buried the body in the,
cellar. The uncle gave the ghostly1
testimony to the authorities. j
A century ago dreams were supposed
to be reliable sources of information,:
and ghosts denouncing their murderers
was not unusual. Now we know that
dreams are nothing more than the
working of the brain In sleep, and. as
for ghosts, they are principally Interest
ing to societies for psychical research.
Nevertheless the cellar floor was dug
up, and a knife and buttons were
found that were identified as bavin;'
belonged to the missing Colvin. The
Bourn brothers were arrested.
In time Jesse Bourn, exhorted by his
spiritual adviser, confessed that he
and his brother Stephen and their fa
ther, after Stephen bad knocked Col
vin down, bad carried him to the cellar
and cut his throat with a jaekknife.
The next year they managed to remove
most of the remains of their victim.
The confession of one man may turn
out to be false, but there was another
confession in this case that precluded
any doubt whatever that the first was
genuine. Stephen Bourn after a time
admitted that what his brother bad
said was true. The father and the two
sons were convicted and sentenced to
be hanged on the 28th of January,
Despite the double confession there
were iersous . so obstinate, in th
OPENING EXHIBIT OF
Lost and Found.
Lost, between 9.S0 p. m., yesterday
and noon today, a bilious attach, wp.h
nausea and sick headache. This loss
was occasioned by finding at TV. T.
loiHartz's drug store a box of Dr. King's
commence the work upon a project! New Life Pills. Guaranteed for hi!-
oplnions"a's to Iiolif 'that'lTie men 'were j
inmx-ent. and some so hard headed as!
to doubt even that Colvin was dead.1
Some of these took it upon themselves'
to Insert advertisements in a number;
of paper for the missing man. Then
came another of these chapters of
events. A letter dated Shrewsbury.
N. J., Dee. !, 181!), aud signed by a
Mrs. Chadwiek appeared in the New
York Evening Post, stating that a de
ranged man named Kussell Colvin had
leeu there five years before.. The let
ter was considered a hoax.
In the Colviu case it was different.
James Whelpley of New York, who
had known Colvin, resolved to follow
up this clew. He tracked the man
who had been seen at Shrewsbury to
Dover, N. J., fifty miles away. Mr.
Whelpley went there and found his
old acquaintance, Russell Colvin. He
had been there ever since 1813.
The evidence that had determined
Colvin to have been murdered and the
process by which he was discovered is
a singular illustration of the blending
of the superstition of the century with
the more enlightened methods of the
eighteenth century. He had Ietn
pronounced dead by a ghost seen In a
dream. Those he accused were placed
under that Inquisitorial process In
vogue during the two previous ceii
turies. The clergy were still a power,
and a clergyman exhorted the accused
to confess, as those accused of witch
craft had leen exhorted to confess.
men conies m the dawn or a more
enlightened age ' the little newspaper
of that period, n candle compared with
the searchlight of today, to cast Irs
feeble rays upon the victim aud lights
np the truth.
Mr. Whelpley took the murdered
man with him to New York, and the
city council gave him money to go to
Manchester, where he arrived alout a
month liefore liis murderers were to
hnve been hanged. Of course his
coming had been announced by mail.
i The prisoners were released, the be
lievers in dreams chimed in with those
who had believed in the Bourns' in-
j nocence, and the whole town, wild
, with excitement, re-euforccd by dele
gations from the surrounding country,
prepared to welcome the man called
back from the 'dead. A salute was
fired from a cannon and small arms,
Stephen Bourn firing the first piece.
I Since that day the enrly newspaper,
issued occasionally when the printer
had nothing lietter to do has grown
, from a size no bigger than the letter
sheet then used to its hundreds of
pages daily. It has continued to lay
bare the secrets of the world. It
lights np dark corners where skele
, tons would otherwise rot: it brings to
. gether parents and children, brothers
' amd sisters, lovers, who have lost one
another; it tells the world of useful
articles that save labor and that con
tinually add to our comfort. But it Is
questionable if it has ever done a bet
ter thine than to save the lives of
three men by finding a third, as was
done by Its diminutive ancestor of
''it fit 4
Sept. 25 and 26.
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DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHIEFTAINS ARE ABLE MEN
were struggling for a IteUerment of
Mieir conditions. Mr. Taft thinks that
ihe attaek on government by injunc
tion should ! an attaek open the
abuse of the
right of injunction.'
i.Spccial Washington Oirrcspiinib-iico
ne of the best feal
cratie Mit'atiou tm!.:
he lenders of that
many men well
o.hro ot picrnlent
on: v oiii
ures .f J he I enx
y K that anions
i.:;riv there are
jlK.iillnl to fill the
or to beeome audi
r that oliiie. A party with
man to lead it is not a party;
it i.-i merely a mob wi:li
Today the I;c:norrntr
its possible candidaies
iiciicy not inereiv .Mr.
party has as
l'"i" the presi
intended to secure and maintain a Jousness, malaria and Jaundice. 25c.'jsi9. EDWARD S. SPINNEY,
popularity arnoiig the volers e:;eeeds
that of any other aspirant, but it has
ik.:;.!or 'i-Ilicrson of Texas, link--;
Smith of Cei.iia. .lu.lge ;ray of Dela
ware, .Itidsou liar:., on of Ohio. Sena
tor Daniel of Yiiyini.i. (governor Folk
of Missouri. Jovcriior Johnson of Min
nesota, Lieutenant Oivernor (.'hauler
of New York and perhaps some others
whose names lo not at the moment
occur. It is true that of these poten
tial candidates Oovernor l'oik has de-ch-red
that he would not be a candi
date if Mr. rirynn sought the nomina
tion, and Governor Johnson lias em
phatically i!nno'U'(d that he will not
be a ea nil i dale under any circum
stances whatsoever. Scnaior Daniel in
persona! conversation with me has
said that he did not regard the men
tion of his name seriously. Senator
Culberson, who. like- Daniel, is one of
the loyal, hard fiirhtiirr Democrats, haa
expressed a like opinion. Today, in
my judgment, the only candidacy like
ly to lie pressed seriously airainst that
of r.ryan Is the Cianler candidacy.
Lieutenant Governor Chanler's Can
Let us make no mistake about Chan-
ler. He is a fine fellow, r.orn to ereat
wealth, he has nevertheless worked
hard in the service of the people. He
i the American prototype of the ln
Msh meinlMT of parliament a man
Wlio. having means which he inher
ited and was not obliged to earn, uses
the leisure which these means give to
him In aiding to lesrDlate for the ad
vantage- of less fortunate peopje. If
Mr. Chattier lived In England, he would
lie a member of parliament. As a
matter of fact, he did not come very
far from living in England. He Is a
graduate of Oxford and was a notable
member of the debating society in that
great university, which aies. the man
ner.-: of parliament and discusses tin
issues which parliament is at the mo
ment considering. Mr. ("hauler wa
so mueli interested in the affairs ol
tircat r.rilain that, while tin American
citieii, he made speeches in Ireland in
behalf of the Land League, somethiie.
very much to his credit. Since his re
turn to tills country be has been n
force for'good in local polities in New
York city end in Dutchess county
where his estate is located. In state
politics he appeared tirst as a candi
dale upon Mr. Hearst's Indvtf endene
League ticket, lie was elected, though
the bead of his ticket, Mr. Hearst, was
defeated by more than 57,000 votes.
Mr. Chanler's Friends.
Really every one who knows Mr.
'hauler admires him. His political
career has been as straightforward and
as clean as that of any man in publk
life, but today bejs in dau-rer of s -
Indications of .
sometime appear when least
expected. Acute indigestion,
flatulence, nausea, sick head
ache, biliousness, sour eructa
tions are a few signals which
should not pass unheeded. Any
of these conditions indicate
some disturbing element which
needs to be calmed and removed.
Possibly so. Lilt be, together with the
somewhat notorious Judge Woods. laid
foundations uion which this abuse has
iH'en built. As each court has gone
a little beyond the earlier precedents
there has been built up a volume o.
judge made law that has made it al-
luost impossible for working people to
conduct their only fenn of campaign
ainst unjust conditions of employ
mentnamely, the strike. Dut Mr.
Taft goes further. Applauding in care
fully chosen phrase the injunction
which aids the employer, he denounce:;
the boycott, whicli Is the last weapon
left to the workingman. He condemns
the bill introduced at the ropiest of
Mr. Ootnpcrs of the Federation of La
bor lH'cause It legalizes the lyeott.
(Continued on I'age mlit.)
and vou will safelv weather all
these storms of sickness.
Their benisrn and healthful in
fluence is felt at once. They
soothe, tone aud invigorate the
organs of digestion, regulate
the bMe, dispel the blues and
create a settled condition of
stomach health. Buy a box at
the nearest drug store and keep
them on hand for emergencies.
Make all the
ering from the mctlfods of some of Ihm
fool friends. Of course he Is not alone
in this. K very man In public life must
have a multitude of so called friends
ind is apt to suffer from their indis
cretions. There never was a maxim
more applicable to political life today
or wiser wiicii properly siuuicu xuau
that of the arch politician of France,
Talleyrand, "Above all. no zeal." Some
zealous friends are likely now to make
lilliculty for Mr. Chanler.
Not long ago I received some cir
culars sent out by a concern calling it-
elf the Cosmographlc. The office of
this organization is at 1 1'roadway,
New York, which is known to New
Yorkers as the Washington building
and one of the most expensive olhce
buildings in the whole city.
The letters of the ("osmographic are
sent to newspajers gratis. Somebody
pays the man who writes them, some
body pays the postage necessary to
forward them, some one must put up
the money for stationery and clerical
help, but any newspaper desiring them
can have them free.
The letter that I received was clever
ly written. It talked somewhat about
Hughes aud much about Koosovclt.
but In the end it showed Its true pur
pose. I learned with interest that
'Democratic politicians in the F.mpiw
State are greatly pleased with the fa
vorable comment made throughout the
country on the candidacy of Lieuten
ant Governor Chanler for the presi
dency." I further learned from this
same letter that sentiment tn behalf
of Sir. Chanler has taken a firm hold
on '"the practical field of polities." This
13 a pity, because he is one of the
ablest and most promising young men
in the Democratic party. If he al
lows himself to Income the tool of the
reactionaries or the corruptionists. his
disappearance w-ill be as prompt as his
Mr. "Taffs Last Shot.
As Secretary Taft was passing out
of Tuget sound into the Facitic ocean
on his way to Manila he reluctantly
unlKMit long enough to give a corre
spondent an interview a column long
on what he thinks about government
by" injunction. The interview was
rather long, but if, as is entirely Im
probable, Mr. Taft should be the Re
publican nominee for the presidency
he will have to say much more on
that subject, than lie yet has, for as
a reueral judge lie was one or tiie lirst mtetaVo v,rt r,mtwr the name-.
to utilize what he calls the "right" of j Swamp-Root, Dr. Kilmer's Swamp-Root,
injunction to break down strikes and , and the address, Binguamton, N. Y., on
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