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THE ARGUS, FRIDAY. NOVEkBER 8, 1907.
THE SINGLE TAXFINALLY
Port Byron, Iir., Nov. 2, Edito
Argus: As so much Is said and writ
ten on this subject it seems proper, by
way. of closing the debate, to set forth
some obvious objections. These ob
jections are not altogether products of
my own imagination or exhibitions of
my Ignorance; they are founded on
representations of the single tax pub
licly made by its champions. I claim
the right to use my own judgement a-;
to the probable outcome of any policy
proposed. . x
The single tax is objectionable 'be
cause it is deceptive. It is deceptive
in- that it promises t.i furnish land to
the landless, and thus give to ull uu
equal opportunity to enjoy the g'ol
gifts of the Creator. Bjeaue o t.ii.-s
promise it wins adherents.- lint if w?
look n little we find that it furnishes
land only to thoe who arc able and
willing to meet the conditions. It in
deed assumes that the charge will be
trifling, but consider, out of the pro
eeeds all pubic expenditures, '.uuionai.
state and local, must bo met, inclndin.;
all contingiuicis of national defense
whenever threaten ?d by foreign aggie
ston, all cost of public administration
of every kind and nature, all cost of
education, vf public improvements such
as buildings, roads and waYerways, anJ
these expenses are rapidly increasin ?
and all are to be thrown upon laud
values. Does that lo:k like free land?
Moreover the assertion that the tax
will be insignificant does not agree
very well with the claim to be consid
ered later of its effect upon nonopuli-'s
and other forni3 of accumulated wealth
I make no attempt to explain the dis
crepancy. . , '
. Consider als; the affairs of improve
ments. ''Improvements, according t.i law of supplv and demand. Thus th
the single tax. do not belong to the amount of the tax, which equals th'
land but to him who makes them. Wj rental values of the land, will be as
have not data at hand for exact state-' certained l that, rental value in th
ments, but 'will assume, a case qu't.e open market. This differs from 'Mi
within the limits of probability. A plot Shearman's "land auction scheme" ou'.v
of ground in thp bu.-iivcss center of ,in that it is a private bargain in whic!:
Chicago rents for a long t,erni of years J the shrewd operator has a decided a.l
at $10,000 per year. Upon the la. I j vantage, while Mr. Shearman's - is .-.
thus leased the lease -holder erects a .public transaction wherein there ca.
building costing $l,nno,tf00., The single be fair, free and open competition. But
men. In either case great public in
convenience and damage must result.
The single tax is deceptive in that it
professes to provide the poor man a
home. Not for all the world would we
place the smallest obstacle in the way
of him who hasa ijesire to possess1 ?
home. But it is not less cruel to awak
en hopes for which there Is no possi
bility of realization, or to awaken hope
without putting into motion machinery
that will render realization probable.
Industry, energy and frugality antim
bers which the poor man must build in
to his home. The single tax. if it
should do all that is claimed for it, can
not supply these.
The single tax is objectionable like
wise, because of the uncertainties thai
attend its administration.
According to the statements o"T Hr.
friends, it has never been reduced to
practice en any largo scale in a com
plex society. A few partial attempts
to applv it in isolated cases and in ex
ccptiornl conditions cannot possibly
demonstrate its universal utility.
Its adrecates are not at all agreed
as to the methods of working it. One
authority says the amount of the tax
will be determined as it now is by thi
assessors. But in the next breath we
are told that the farmers are now pay
ing two and one half or three times
more than their fair share of tax. If
the same assessors continue to deter-
and even increase, since with person.01
property and improvements exempt the
amount to be raised and ths inequality
multiplied in the same ratio.
Another authority says the amoun:
of" the tax will be determined auto
matically, almost unconsciously, by th
mine thei amount of the tax this in
equality niay bo expected to continue
the United States own their homes.
The single tax makes every family a
tenant. " Its-' advocates ; indeed" assert
that It will disturb no one in his- pres
ent possession, but this assertion is
absolutely incompatible with the!
claims made for it as a revolutionized
of social and industrial conditions.
These contradictory claims are enough
to destroy our confidence in it as .an I
economic or governmental system and
also in the sagacity or the honesty of I
Thanking the Argus for its kindness
and the reader for his patience I make
my little bow and disappear behind the I
J. G. OSBORN.
NEWS OF THE NEIGHBORS.
tax is put into effect. The ground rer.:
is $10,000 payable to govt: in
stead of to a private owner. But the
building? It belongs to the man wh.)
built it and he who takes possession
under the single tax must pay for th'?
improvement. One of tyo things must
happen, lie ha takes pa-session muse
pay just as he now pays in purchasing
either leasehold, or an "esUUe in fee
simple. Or, no one will care to assume
the condition, and the present occupant
will retain possession and pay. no tax.
Ia, either case, access to land Hvcv
far from,, , being improved and "the
word of promise -made to the ear is
broken to the. hope." .
"'Again, the single tax is deceptive in
that it promises to break up monopolies
that oppress and rob the public.;, These
luojti'opoliecv whether of transportation
of heating 'arid lighting plants, ot.'yrai
cr, supply,' of .fJIumi-ivating fluid used it:
a million homes, cannot exist without
lantl on . which to operate. The single
tax proposes to place upon the land 1
tax so heavy that the monopolies can
not pay it and must go out of business.
But these monopolies perforin a neces
sary public function without which
society cannot exist. Whoever takes
the place of the present monopolist
must, in justice, be subject to the saino
tax, and with the same result. Nor i
it possible to construct other systems
. to -serve .the same necesary purposes.
The money and the labor is not avail
able.: Or, if , the present managers
should abandon their plants, the tax
will ttll hold against the land with the.
added disadvantage of having to en
trust; the, business to inexperienced
many uncertainites attend even thic
method. Thus, in the'ease of the 2C
foot lot in the city more valuable thav
any acre farm, the demand must b-1
limited to those who are able and wil
ling to put up the value of the improve
ments in addition to the tax. So that
a few capitalists by mutual consent re
fusing to bid, at public or private sale
makes little ,difference, could control
the situation in a large city,' and pre
vent tle collection of any tax on these
most "valuable lands. The1 "government
evidently ..-mtist. jnterfre.'aiid fix by
assessors or otherwise" a "' definite
amount . of rental value ' kr tax, arid
evict those who, refuse to nay. This
will avail little in the way of revenue
since only men of wealth can meet the
conditions resting on these . valuable
lands. And now the single taxers pro-
lpsa,at;a .'stroke, of the pti to abolish
all: kinds -of fictitious wealth; sa-called
stoclts- bonds, notes, mortgages, credits
etc., with all accumulated wealth or
surplus capital wiped out of, existence.
Very few -wonld be able to assume any
financial obligation. Tffc resulting con
ditions can perhaps be imagined, but
cannot very well be described.
The single tax is objectionable, fin
ally, because its uncertain tenure wars
directly against domestic happiness,
and individual and national prosperity'.
Upon a tenancy, from year to year,
which is the best the' single tax can be
said to amount to, 'it is difficult to
build ui) a happy home, to establish a
successful industry, or a prosperous'
business., " At a rough estimate some
thing less than half of the families in
(Continued from Tage Two.)
Dcvinney and family; who have moved
in from the country and become resi
nts of the village. v ,
Mrs. Eugene Smith" and daughter.
Blanche, and Mrs. Jane Kunkle,-who
reside near Silvls, were here' Sunday
calling on relatives. .
Mr. and Mm Gus Wilken enterta!"
ed Mr. 'and Mrs.- Ferdinand Ingret o!
Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Odell. who were
recently married were visited one even
ing last week' by a party of ladies ahr"
after music (?) by the jolly crowd Mr.
and Mrs. Odell were asked to go to
the home of Mr. and Mrs. 3". Er Max
well where festivities were continued
and supper was served.
A business meeting of the Hampton
Methodist Toadies' Aid society wa-
held Thursday afternoon at the M. E.
Miss Mabel Hohr. who has been
spending a few days with Molin-.
riends. was a guest at a Hallowe'en
)arty at the home of Miss Mabel An
Mrs. Jane Wright is. in .'Moline and
.vill remain there this winter with her
.liece, 'Mrs. S: S. Crompton. ,
.Tht Wnrtl! tenement" flvveltintr v:i-
2ated by Fred Herford some time
-inco is now occupied by .Mr. Bylau
ler and family; "who came' from the
?ast. A. somewhat, unusual thing, re-
jarding the Byiander family is th
fact that among its menil)ersi aw two
pairs of twins.
Mrs. Hiram Whitehead of Rock Is
land was a guest of relatives in the
Mrs. Anna Adams and daughter;
Mrs. Clara Holland, entertained Mar
guerite Silvis of Rock Island Sunday
Silas Baker, who with his famii
will move to Moline has begun to mo e
Mr. and Mrs. William Edelman and
family visited Ed Rohren at Barstow
Wednesday,-. Mr. Rohren has been '
a trip to N'ebr.aska;
. : .ZUMA.
' Miss Edna JPtmne-lI'. Is'IscVercly 1 Hi
with, scar let. fever. i i:
Somb of'thb ladies and gentlemen' of
uma gathtTed.' at ;lu '7ii:i"chn'i(,h
last Thursday. The ladies cleanwd the
bastunent; .and "the geath UMm t,riinw:td
the trees and set hitching1 posts.. ' '
i Pearl Mttfiimd! e,xpc.cii fij'.'spend '. '$
winter in Moline. . '
Great interest has been taken in tha
medicine show at Josliu the last week
by some of the people of this vicinity,
The Mr. and Mrs. Rolla Trait and
Mr. and Mrs. Will Pratt returned to
their home in Iowa after having spent
two weeks with friends and relatives
in, this vicinty
A Hallowe'en sociable was held at
the home of J. F. Frels last Thursday
i William Cox hauled telephones from
Hillsdale last, week
' Mr. and. Airs. John Wainwright and
family moved into their new home last
week. -. - ; i .. . : ,
-George wainwright is buiuting a
?OR. YO URN EXT 5 U IT OR C OAT
1 ' Sliould riot bo cbuftc(lVibli thevo olt'er you valuosi,haLt cannot ls-dup-.
"'li:6ate(l iacasl brosj.wi a'l' tlie benefits or? a liberal cb.ar, system that enalSlejj yoit toeeure-aU ::i
' . ...
rriHE present financial crisis has created a general lack of
A confidence. The New York banks refuse accomoda
: tion even to people whose reliability was never ques
tioned. Several of the largest and well established manufac
turers who have had heavy obligations to meet found them
selves face to face with a proposition of either being declared
bank nipt oir to turnJnto cash the stock on hand.
Worth of the finest and best iax-to-date garments for men and
women has been secured at twenty per cent less than they
could be produced in our factories. These high class garments
are now being distributed amongst bur long chain of stores
and will be on sale tomorrow.
Garments worth j$2o 00 v a 1 u e s 0 jr;irnientss30.00 values
Qir Dignified Credit System
THE PEOPLE'S CREDIT CLOTHING CO.
's' Largest and Most Popular Retail Clothiers Conducting Branch Stores Every where.
Rocl:;IsianSfi5re, 3191 ititti Si. Qoz Moline Store 524 15th Sux
Look for the electric sign ''Credit." r , : ' '
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1 iil : v-
GREW THIS HAIR
AMD WE CAM
MISS MARMAKA HENBT,
1 5036 Forretville Ave, CHICAGO.
Miss Henry Bays: "Before I bottin tialn? Danderine
my hair was falling- out in rreat handftil. ami I am
pleased to say tliat Damlerine not oiil v stopped it at
once, but has made my hair crow more than twice
as ion; a ii ever was.
. Mrs. Elolse Atherton. TJttln RivV Art onca- Tt
in surely rtmarkablo the way Dandcrine improves
the hair. It has made my hair prow tt-n inches lons-
cr in five months and it is celling thicker and longer
fell the time. I believe in (rivlns praise where it is
due, and you can use my aaiuo as reference if you
cfirn crib for Alvin Fi on l is farm '
AVilliam Cox is hauling corn to Mo
line this week.
John Wainwright is ill with rheu
Clyde Demmik'rim is helping on th-i
telephone-line, this week..
Mr, and Mrs; s. S. Jsea! nUKUti
home lat week from X-sn-aik. Oho,
where 'tn'e fiavc been vi.t.'iis. .their
tlatighter; Mes. .Sadie Anthonv .-
Mr. and Mrs. George Wake returned
Saturday .evening fitter having spent-a
few days in Moline and Rock ,, Island
visiting their nieces, Mrs. Carl Col-
grovc and Mrs. Charles Robinsun," ; .
the care of. Dr. Tyler at the hospital
in Muscatine for several weeks has
returned to his home.
Miss Maude Brisbine closed her fall
term of school at Pine Bluff Monday.
John Wray, Jr., and D. A. Kleis;
began Thursday to rebuild the telo
phone lines from Foster to Illinois
- Mr,' and Mrs. .T. R. Spiller and sons,
Holden- and Horace, of Marston, 111.;
passed v through- Foster- Thursday oa
.their way t,o. Muscatine.
. FLOilCC KPSSELL,
Age 6 years,
S15 Mohawk Street, CHICAGO.
: Since It has bpoomi? prnerally known
that Dandertne causes hnir to frrnw Just
aa abundantly on the heads of children as
it does on tliosctof matured persona, many .
truly marvelous eases are comin? to our
HISS SELMA HASbELt,
273S Nortli 42d Court, ' CHICAGO.
Miss Eassel say: "My hair wonld not
reach below my waist when I began using-
your Dandcrine. It was also faded and split-
tin? at tho ends. . Now It ia ever 3H feet
longer than It ever was and it has regained
Its original rich blond color, l used the tonic
about tour months all tofetheP."
notice. Little Miss HuHSell. whose photo
graph aptettrs above, is certainly one of
the remarkable ones. Her beautiful hair
is over thirty inches 'on? and her mother -siys
that "DAUDEEINii GilEW EVEBV
hit ns TT
' ' DANDEtUNE is to the hair what fresh 6howers of rain and sunshine are to vegetation. It roea riRht to the
roots, invigorates and strengthens them. Its exhilarating, fertilizing and life-producing properties cause the hair to.
grow abundantly long.strongand beautiful. IT IS THE NATURAL FOOD OF THE HAIR, SCIENTIFICALLY
CHARGED WITH NEW AND GENUINE LIFE-PRODUCING ESSENCES UMHEARD OF BY OTHER
MAKERS OF HAIR TONIC. NO Wat all druggists in three sizes, 25 cents, SO cents and $1.QO per bottle. C
FHFF T2w,i?w nwi"cWy Oandor-Jnsi. we win "send alarso sample frpe by rettnnmtlt toanyon& who send this:adverUement
t llbkl W ina Knowltoa IauderineCo,,Cuicu -v ,.
A.- C. Holtman, who has been yisjt-'
ing for the past three weeks at the
I). A. Kleist home, departed Friday for
Omaha and Lincoln, Neb. He will also
visit, at Blue Rapids. Kan., before re
turning to his home at Walsbtirg, Kan.
Joe Watson and sister, Miss Pearl
Wr.tson, spent Sunday at the home of
their sister, Mrs. Raymond Rickett of
Frank Vanatta- is building a double
"Miss Florence Ripley. of Foster re
turned home Friday after spending the
past four weeks at Creslon, Iowa,
i Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Ripley of Wray
ylHe returned to their home -Friday
after spending; several' weeks at Cres
tcn and other places in Iowa.
Several of the young folks from
this vicinity attended services at nii-
licis City Sunday "evening.
; Mrs. Martin Stinson, who has been
sick for several' weeks, was removed
to the hospital iu Muscatine Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. O. Shirkey of Pine
Bluff and' Miss Sarah Shirkey of th's
place' visited a, few days last week
with, relatives near Joy, 111. '
.,Miss Nellie TWray closed the fall
term of school at the Foster school
Wednesday. Miss Wray and - sister
Miss Gertrude expect to leave in a few
ays for South Dakota where they
will spend the winter at the home oi
their, aunt, Mrs. Kate Clifford.
- -Mrs. Martin -Slinson who was re
moved to the hospital in Muscatine
Saturday was operated on Monday. At
last reports she was doing as well aa
could be expected. '- '
Mrs. T. Wat.vyj- spent Wednesday at
the uonio o4i'eV: daughter,. Mrs, R
Ricketi,.efPJife'. Blnff. , ...
I i ;Will;aiii "iijllvr who. Las ibeen uudo-
' V' V - . -
.'. Jljiss Lillie-Marsh was a RocJc Island
Miss Anna Iakj of Chicago arrived
here Friday night of last week to vU'--
her father, Graham Lee, whose health
is failing." - ' ' ' .
Charles Krueger and family of Wray-
ville visited Saturday night and Sun
day at 'the home of Mrs. Mary Di
Borde. . -''iUl
Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Tidball visited
with relatives in Davenport Thursday
and Friday of last week.
Mrs, Barbara Hartman is able to be
about-the house again after au illness.
Misses Winnie and Millie Boyles vis
ited Saturday night and Sunday at thi
home of Willard Elliott.
Mrs.James Kennedy gave a llallow
e'on larty' at her home last Thursday
eyeuing. . The evening was spent in
playing ' games Refreshments were
Ross Kennedy .was tranRacting busi
ness ii Muscatine Thursday.
..Mrs. Ateh; Reed, who has been scri-
ously..jU for two- months is slowly ; im
proving. -- ' ' " '
Mr. and Mrs. Charles " Kruger and
.M15S RO H
family visited Saturday and Sunday
with relatives at Hamlet.
The farmers are all busy husking
corn. The crop is about average m
DeWitt's Little Early Risers are the
best pills made. ' Sold by all druggists.
" ."When a woman suffering from '
female trouble is told that an oper
ation is necessary, it, of course,
" . The very thought of the hospital,
the operating table and the knife
strikes terror to her heart. -
It is quite true that these troub
les may reach a stage where an ope
ration is the only resource, but a
great many women have been cured
by Lydia E. Pinkham'S Vegetable
Compound after an operation has
been decided upon as the only cure.
The Btroncrest and most erateful
statements possible tomake come from women who by taking I
Lydia E. Pinkham s Vegetable Compound g
made from native roots and herbs, have escaped serious operations, as
evidenced by Miss Rose Moore'scase, of 307 W. 26th St., K.Y. She writes:
. Dear Mrs. Pinkham:-"Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound has
cured me of the very worst form of iemale trouble and I wish to express
to you my deepest gratitude. I suffered intensely for two years so that
I was unable to attend to my duties and was a burden to my family. I
doctored and doctored with only temporary relief and constantly objecting
to an operation which I was advised to undergo, I decided to try Lydia
E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound; it cured me of the terrible trouble
and I am now in better health than I have been for many years."
This and other such cases should encourace everv woman to trv Ly
dia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound before she submits to an operation.
Mrs. Pinkham's Standing Invitation to Women
Women suffer! dc from an v form of female weakness are invited to
promptly communicate with Mrs. Pinkham. at Lynti, Mass. ' From the
symptoms given, the trouble may be located and the quickest and surest
.Wftv ff rmtvArv oA vatA . . A. '--: ,
ter is com-
inpr : : :
It Don't Hurt a Bit.
Dr. Martin, '
1715 Second1 Avenue. '
:.. . Over tfce Ladoa.