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fTHE AUGUS, TUESDAY,. DECEMBER 24. 1907.
Published Daily and Weekly at 1624
Second avenue. Roc 1c Island, I1L En
tered at the postofflce as second-class
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By THE J. W. POTTER CO.
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Correspondence solicited from every
township in Rock Island county.
Tuesday, December 24, 1907.
Hurry up your trading.
A happy Christmas to all.
If you -are happy yourself at Christ
mas time, try to remember some one
less fortunate. .
Santa Clans is' accused of starting
Ihe fire in the Springfield shopping dis
trict. Santa Clans always was a warm
Fifteen boys, employed the year
round, care for the farm at the state
reform school at Pontine. There are
270 acres of ground owned by the
state and :140 acres are leased. The
past season, 175 acres were in com.
120 in oats. CO in hay. 21! in potatoes.
20 in sweet corn, 7 in tomatoes and
(i in onions. The yield of oats was
4.450 bushels: last year it was c.ooo
bushels. The potatoes will: make
about 100 bushels per acre. The cab
bage yield is immonse. The garden
supplies more ( than the institution
needs. They have 34 milk cows and
With this night comes the celebra
tion of the holiest event in all history,
from which dates the advent of Chris
tianity "with the birth of the Savior.
From Bethlehem to Calvary.
This is the period that marks all
there is in life.
It is well that the world should re
joice, be uplifted and inspired by all
that the lesson teaches. ,
From the babe just beginning to use
its senses to the patriarch who has
witnessed the realities of life's brief
.pan, Christmas brings equal delight
It is the day of rejoicing, the day of
gratitude far beyond the human heart
to express, the day of praise to God
andpf peace and good will among men.
There is none so poor that he may
not have joy and praise In his heart
at Christmas, none so poor that he
may not realize that to him it. is a
gift more precious than the world can
Christmas is the day of all the year
for good cheer,
liet all he cheerful.
A Merry Christmas to all.
Preventing Dusty Roads.
-Consul T. H. Norton, writing from
Chemnitz, says that a Saxon firm has
introduced a new road-binding com
position called' "Apokonin." which has
been tried on the macadamized streets
of Liepzig and other places with much
success. The material is described as
a mixture of the heaviest residual oils
contained in the distillation of coal
tar with high boiling hydrocarbons
The methods of mixing apparently in
volves a certain degree of chemical
combination, in which phenol andsim
ilar constituents play a role. The
. manufactured material is prepared for
rise by heating in iron caldrons, iden
tical with those us?d for asphalt, to
temperatures ranging from 212 to 218
degrees F. (100 o 120 degrees C.) It
Is then sprayed evenly over the sur
face of the roadway with a special
form of apparatus, and under such
high pressure that the fluid mass pen
etrates to a certain distance- into the
- upper layer of dust or dirt.
The result is the formation of a
compact lustrous black coating, whicl
meets the demand of heavy traffic, and
Is not disintegrated into dust particles
A. marked advantage of the new pro
cess over the methods hitherto em
ployed for the same purpose, and based
upon the use of ordinary tar, is the
total absence of odor after the appli
The Busy Ilee.
The New York World advances some
interesting bee statistics. The World
" says the value of $25,000 placed on
the annual output of honey puts this
farm crop only slightly behind raw
ugar cane, which had a valuation at
the refineries of $28,000,000. Compart
sons with the output of the C4 feet
sugar factories, which have a capacity
of 40,500 tons of beets daily, may
seem odious. Yet the product of this
coddled and fostered industry $45,
000,000 was less than double that of
the busy hive communities
The bee in effect pays the interest
on the public debt I24.310.32C. Shall
not the insect which Napoleon made
an Imperiam emblem have some state
recognition such . as Massachusetts
gives to the codfish in its legislativ
halls? As a matter of fact, the prod
nets of the .New England fisheries
which have been the subject of treaties
and international conventlons'and oc
casionally raised the spectre of war,
- amount in value to only half the bee:
At least fche bee deserves a share
in the national affection which is lav-
TRE COUNCIL M
ished on the hen. This industrious,
worker maintained its reputation dur-j
ing the year by giving poultry products!
a value or ?Guu,tHK,uuu, exeeeaing mar
of the wheat crop. That the -dairy
products counted for more than any
crop except corn testifies to the im
portance of another of the humbler
farm industries. The great proportions
to which the lesser agricultural pro
ducts have grown, the orchards with
their minor item of 1.754, 927 barrels
of cider, the $113,000,000 worth of mis
cellaneous' 'vegetables, the 5.000,000
tons of cottonseed, once plantation
waste but now furnishing the equival
ent in value of seven 20.0(Ki-ton battle
ships, make a nature wonder story of
Using; Ijoks Tobavco.
An official of the tobacco trust, tes
tifying before a special commissioner
in New York, made a statement, sup
ported by statistics gathered from the
company's books, tat will doubtless
cause much surprise to the general
public. According to the testimony
of this official, the use of tobacco is
rapidly decreasing in this country.
The books of the trust show that while
the business of growing tobacco has
ncreased steadily in this country, and
the manufacture of tobacco products
in various forms is growing every
ear, the American people are using
less of the weed than ever before and
the decrease in domestic consumption
s becoming more marked every year.
The profits in the business now come
from the export trade, which is grow-
The casual observer will find it diffi
cult to accept the statement of the
trust's representative, although the re
port of the commissioner of internal
revenue lends to support the state
ment. Little is heard these days
gainst the use of tobacco, although
it is not many years since the young
man who used the weed in any form
was classed just a little below the
runkard. There has been consider
able apparently deserved agitation and
legislation against the use of cigar
ettes, but smoking has become almost
universal habit among men and little
or no objection is raised to It on moral
rounds. The only explanation, there
fore, of the decrease in the use of to
bacco in the country must be placed
on the ground that it is injurious to
The production of cigars, cigarettes
and snuff in the United States last
ear was valued at $330,000,000, or a
little more than $1000.000 a day for
each working day of the year. Of
this amount goods valued at about
100.000,000 were exported, leaving the
domestic consumption about $2.50 per
capita, or a decrease of 30 per cent
in the last decade.
Sharp Retorts. -
A man who was offering gratuitous
Information at a country fair was dis
paraging the show of cattle.
Call these here prize cattle.'" he
scornfully said. "Why. they ain't notb-
ln' to what our folks raised. Yon may
not think it. but my father raised the
biggest calf of any man round our
I can very well believe It," ob
served a bystander, surveying him
from head to foot.
It is not every one who enjoys a joke
at bis own expense. The judge who
jwtinted with his cane ami exclaimed.
"There Is a great rogue at the end of
my cane." was intensely enraged when
the man looked hard at him and asked
"At which end. your honor?"
A friend of Curran's was bragging
of his attachment to the jury system
and said: '
"With trial by jury I have lived and
by the blessing of God with trial by
Jury 1 will die." :
"Oh," said Curran in' much amaze
ment, "then you've made up your mind
to be hauged, DicJc?" Loudon Tit-
In connection with the name salt a
curious fact is to be noted. Salt was
formerly regarded as a compouud re
sulting from the union of hydrochloric
(or. as It used to be called, muriatic)
acid aud soda, and hence the generic
term of salt was applied to all sub
stances produced by the combination
of a base with an acid.
Sir Ilnmphry Davy, however, show
ed that during their action on each
other both the acid and the alkali un
derwent decomposition and that, while
water is formed by the union of the
oxygen of the alkali and the hydrogen
of the acid, the sodium of the former
combines with the chlorine of "the lat-
ter4o form chloride of sodium, and
this term is the scientific designation
of salt, which, paradoxical, as i. may
seem, is not a salt At one time uear-
ly the whole of, the, salt used as food
and for industrial purposes was ob
tained from the sen, and in many coun
tries where the climate is dry and
warm aud which have a convenient
seaboard a great quantity of salt is
still obtained.. . -
The Man He Owed.
Short--! got behind with my rent this
month. Could you let me have $10?
Long Got behind with your rent
eh? hat is it owing to? -Short
Why, my landlord, of course.
For any . of the ordinary diseases of
tiie skin Chamberlain's Salve is excel
lent. It not only allays the! itching
ana smarting but effects a cure. For
sale by all druggists. -
T&kR. TteWitr -frMiu
Pills. They are' for weak back, in
muuvj auu. utauuci
aarnmaton or the bladder.' backache.
and weak kidneyS. Scud by all drug-
p$rI ritS jpUTfc, TIsxm
"By DAVIS THA.Cy.
Copyright, 1907, by C. N. Lurle.
ID you get one, John?"
Mrs. Botsford spoke eager
ly, almost hysterically.
"Yes; I sent her round to
the kitchen entinee."
"Can she cook?"
"She is neat and very nice looking."
Mr. Botsford temporized defensively.
"She .says she can do every kind of
housework from up garret to down cel
lar." "But can she cook fancy dishes, I
"She says that she had quite a repu
tation at home for plain,, wholesome
cooklug, and she is willing to learu. I
fold her what yon wanted."
Mrs. Botsford dropped upon a stool,
her eyes filling.
, "Oh.1 John," she ejaculated, "it's 11
o'clock now. and Cousin Ed ward's fian
cee is coming at o o'clock to stay until
Saturday, and she and Edward and
some of her people will be here for
Christmas dinner tomorrow, and you
know I have never seen the girl or any
of them. We must have things nlre.
The jrlrl's worth a cjearjuillioii in her
81je7Irgus Daily Sljort Story
' A Broken Vow."
"Shall 1 put this gray dress in the
trunk, Alice, or do you think it will be
This remark was addressed to a dis
consolate looking girl who sat huddled
up hi a big armchair at the window
day dreaming. Her dark, red brown
hair had not been combed, and her
dress consisted of a pink silk wrapper
carelessly tied around the waist. No
mswer was forthcoming to the ques
'Alice, do you hear me?"
Yes that is. no, auntie that is. 1
don't care. I don't want any clothes."
But, my child, yon can't go to a ho
tel without clothes.1 Come: yon must
help tye with the packing. I'll attend
to the body of the trunk, and you pack
Alice moved leisurely from her cor
ner and languidly threw some trltles
in the trunk. She went over to her
desk and scratched of a hasty note
while ''her' aunt tiuished her part of
the packing.' Finally the task was
finished.' and Alice offered to lock the
crunk. This she did, putting the key
in her purse. '
"Thauk you. auntie. I'll be ready
promptly at 2, and ask Mary to mail
this letter, please."
At about the same hour Willard
Iiean was walking the floor of his
handsome bachelor upartmeut in a
fashionable district of the city.
"I'll be darned If it was my fault,
and I'll be darned If I apologize. She
can just sulk it out, and I'll leave town
where I'll not be tempted. Perry, Per
ry!" he called, and a little Japanese
"Throw a few of my duds into a
trunk, will you? I'm off for a few
days at Hot Springs. You know what
I'll need dress suit, dinner coat and a
few togs for loafing on the piazza.
And, Perry, be quick about it, for I'm
Solug on the first train out."
Perry begau his task, bobbing in and
( out of-the room, his arms laden with
fancy vests, suits, etc. ,Whcu
i the packing was finished he asked for
ZfF'tock it" renlied his 'ma
about 2ioVlpck;-juid if-1. miss, it there
own "right. "Oh. John, why need our
conk get sick at such a time and"
Mrs. Botsford was becoming incoher
ent, but John nodded comprehcndiugly.
"But what else cduld 1 do? There's
a corner on servants, especially cooks.
Ht this season. The only suggestion of
one besides Sarah wast a ten dollar a
day chef who commences on a regular
job Monday. Of course you don't
want a chef for two days."
Mrs. Botsford sprang to her feet, ljer
face suddenly radiant.
"The very thing:" she cried. "lie
can do the art work and your cook the
plain dishes. A cbef will be so so
chic, and you know Mass Lenox has
been used to everything. He a chef
is he, isn't he, John';"
"Why, yes, I snppo-e so. That has
always been my -Impression, though I
don't suppose there is any law about
a girl filling the position. The manager
in this case only stated that a chef
could be had for two days."
"Well, it's a man. of course. Now,
hurry to the telephone, please, before
some one else gets him."
She waited until her husband re
turned from the telephone, nodding.
"Says the chef will be up at 1 o'clock
sharp, Julia. " Now I'll go downtown
and order the i'hrlstmas trimmings
At 1 o'clock sharp a cab rolled up to
the do.ir, anda girl alighted. Mrs
By Jane Ludlum Lee.
by G. 11. Sutcliffe.)
will 'lie just ci'iie' less' .lap in tUis town
Kean walked to the mautelpiece.
picked up something, threw it in the
trunk and locked the latter. He caught
the 2 o'clock train and settled himself
In his section.
Alice ami her aunt made the same
train aud were soon comfortably fixed
In the stateroom of the adjoining car.
Orders were civeu that meals., should
be served' toMheui there, while Kean
ate in the regular diner.
After a half hour of absolute silence
auntie opened the conversation.
"Alice, dear, you must pull yourself
together. Willard Kean is not the only
man in the world. We really cauuot
afford this trip, and you must try to
get some benefit from it. Hot Springs
is full of young people, and I simply
cannot have you going about with that
"I didn't want to take the trip. 1
didn't want anything except to be let
"alone. I don't want to get any benefit
aud I simply will not try to be pleas
ant to anybody, so there now."
Auntie dropped the conversation for
a time more propitious. The next day
brought them to' Hot Springs, where
they got off and drove to the hotel
The clerk assigned them to a room,
and they asked that their trunks be
sent up at once- Two truttks were soon
deliyered. and Alice stonued. In unlock
hers. The key went in rather hard, it
turned harder but finally it gave to
the strength of her hand. She o;ened
the lid, and her own photograph stared
her in the face. .- v'
VAuutie, did you put that picture in
"Certainly not, my dear. Why should
I? Besides, I have none like that."
"Auntie, this Is most peculiar. This
is not my trunk at all! Why. see. It is
full of men's shirts, vests, ties, etc.
It's all a. mistake except tb,e picture
There's no mistake about that. It
mine, all riant cnougn. tui wnai is
it doing In a strange mau's trunk?'' .
"Maybe the photographer sold it to
"Maybe he did. auntie, but look on
the back:. 'To the dearest sweetheart
in the world Alice.' That picture 1
gave to Jack just after we were en
gaged." The owner of this trunk is a
common thief, and I'll, report, him to
isotstoras countenance i -i a. htij?,
but rose as the girl opened the gate
and went toward the side entrance. It
was the cbef. though but a girl, and
tne fact of her coming In a cab and be-
iug well dressed was significant of ,10
Mrs. Botsford did not wait for the
second girl to answer the bell, but hur
ried to the side entrance. The occa
sion was too momentous for ceremony.
As she threw open the door the girl
was bending over a fine clump of late
chrysanthemums that were smiling
daringly into the very teeth of winter.
Mrs. Botsford's heart warmed toward
her instantly. A girl who could bend
over flowers with that look was not an
ordinary workman, but an artist. As
the girl smiled, nodded and came for
ward Mrs. Botsford almost caught her
In her arms.
"Ob, my dear." she cried, without
giving the chef an opportunity to
speak, "you don't kuow how glad I am
to see you: I will take you right into
the kitchen, and Sarah will show you
where everything is. I shall not make
a suggestion, for I see you are perfect
ly capable. Only do make it just as
as comprehensive as you can. Miss
Lenox is accustomed to everything,
and-and I want to make her like me
so much and to please Edward."
. Sbe had been hurrying the chef
through the hall to the kitchen. At
the door, to her surprise, the chef
pressed a light kiss upon her forehead.
"If you are as nice to Miss Lenox as
you are to me." she smiled, "I thiiik
she will like you. Now you may leave
me in charge. I will do the best 1
Mrs. Botsford returned to the draw
ing room, rubbing her forehead
"What's the matter, Julia." her hus
band asked "another headache?"
"N-no," doubtfully: "that's wYiere the
chef kissed me. I never had a girl
kiss me as soon lcfore. But I don't
care if only she diffuses her artist soul
through the cooking. She bus an art
ist soul, John. 1 saw It In her eyes.""
At 3 o'clock, she was again at the
window, but there was no carriage, in
rbzht. Two minutes later the tele
phone rang. She went to the tele
"What's that you say? Can't come?
Why, that's too bad. But you will be
here tomorrow, of course? What?
Will send note? Yes. Well, come as
early as you can."
An hour later the note came. Mrs.
Botsford read It with a perplexed face,
then passed it to her husband.
"1 didn't know she sjelled her name
that way. John." she said, "though of
course we never saw it spelled out.
I'm afraid she's not so well educated
as we thought. And of course a lover's
opinion isn't always reliable. Poor
Mr. Botsford nodded vaguely and
opened the uote, which read:
, Dear Mr. and Mrs. Botsford Sorry I
cannot come according to agreement.
Imperative summons elsewhere. Will see
you tomorrow. Falthfullv. etc..
M. LEH KNOCKS.
"Rather abrupt for good form, isn't
It?" queried Mr. Botsford. "The name
might masquerade almost any nation
ality that's foreign, but never mind.
Julia. We must be as nice to her as
wecan for Edward's sake."
At 9 o'clock that night after the
lalius and mistletoe and. holly, had
the hotel management. Help me fix
my hair, auntie. 1 am going right to
(he office and have this matter adjust
ed at once."
Kean dropped off the car at Hot
Sir;u:rs. sauntered ui to the hotel and
went to his room, where he lit his pipeUhe complaint
aud begau walking the floor. A knock
at he door interrupted bis thoughts,
and he opened it to let in the men with
"That's uot my trunk, you mutton
head! Get out of here with it!" .
"Marked with your name, sir, on the
tag. Just try your key and see if you
are sure it's wrong."
Kean took out his .key ...ring, all. the
"THIS IS UOT HT TRUNK. AT AiL !"
while talking as he fitted the key'In
"Sure it's wrong! Why, you thick
headed chump, don't a man know his'
own baggage? What is this a hotel
or a batty house?" Holy TMoses!" he
exclaimed as the key fitted and the
trunk opened upon a large photograph
of himself in a leather frame. "-'""'
,"A1I right, boys, my mistake,? ' he
added as he handed each man a dollar
bill. . - -
.Left alone, he picked tip the photo
graph and walked with Jt to the wiriw
dow, pinched, himself to see if he was
I alive, then laughed- then, swore - Ex-
fls.j ? r - .. I ' I
kAr TIvoii!17 we yrnjti
neon arranged Sarah suddenly burst
upon them with face full of consterna
tion. "The chef!" nhe gasped. "She's gone
loft entirely! 1 was at the range,
watchin the turkey, an' she coi-io in
with her hat mi an' said that every
thing was ready, so I could attend to it
now. an' she left this noie for ye."
"But why did she go?" gasped Mrs
Botsford. "I thought"
"She said everything was all ready."
Sarah repeated stolidly, "an' that I
could attend to It now. There." as a
clear car tinkle sounded outside: "that's
her car startin" now. She said she
wanted to catch the t) o'eiock."
Mrs. Botsford opened th? note with
trembling lingers. As she read she
frowned. looked mortified, langlied
nnd finally passed the uote to her hus
band, with shining eyes. "She's ail
rigut," was uer only "comment, 'lnc
Dear Mrs. Bolsfurd You really nmst
forgive mo. 1 had an errand downtown
and so callc-d at -our housw an hour
earlier than I Intended. ihinhinR Uiat J
would stop there awhile, and then per
haps you and 1 would do the errand to
CelllTX. Aci;:htof ui-I-el. ciiri sr.'i.-
amkiing the trunk, he realized it was
not his. as he had no use for silk petti
coats and lingerie dresses.
."I'll keep this, photo, all right, all
right, but the lady can have her trunk,"
he mused as he made his way to the
otlice. The clerk smiled as he made
"Come right with me, will you, Mr.
Kean? A lady just came down from
room 411 who, 1 think, can explain
this mistake and give you your right
"All I want is my trunk. I'm not
anxious to see the lady."
"Butvl'd rather you came along to
make it easier for me" aud Kean fol
lowed in silence.
The clerk's knock at the door of 411
was auswered by "Come in," and they
"Here is the gentleman whose trunk
you have and who can return yours,
Miss Buckingham, and"
Auntie seemed to have something pri
vate to say to the clerk, for she asked
him to step into the.hall for a moment
with her, thus leaving the two culprits
'Alice looked like a wilted flower, and
tears came io her eyes. What could a
man do, even if it was not his fault.
even if he had taken a solemn oath
uot to apologize? He reached out his
arms, and she slipped Into their
embrace and cried just a few happy
tears on a shoulder very dear to her.
"Please don't cry, Alice. Of course 1
was to blame. It was nasty of me to
tense you about ihat Benton girl; but,
reallj, dear, I only did it just to see
how much you cared."
"And t cared so much. But. Bi)1y.
Strecker He wi s,
PAINTS and WALiPAPER
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" .." (Formerly P. J. Lee's) i,--'-; r:
A DISCOUNT OF TWENTY-FIVE PER
CENT ON WALL PAPER TO MAKE .
ROOM FOR THE INCOMING SPRING
STOCK. ESTIMATES FURNISHED
ON PAINTING, ETC
1429-1431 2nd Ave. Phone 718K Old, 5452 New
it-j!jumsTnVT7"hie" stra'glU througlT V.:o
Kite to the ' s:U. entrance. Then, you
opened the door, and sonic way we drifted
into the kitchen before I quite realized
what 1 was doing. Then your straits
and a remer.ibrance of former triumphs
conspired to do the rest. 1 really do love
cooking ant1 liava taken a lot of courses
in special thing a 1 think 1 have excelled"
myself this time and believe you wiil be
s-itisfled with the result. Sarah and the
second girl can manage the rest very
nicely. I Ehall do my errand now and
will stay with my aunt at the Marl
borough tonight. It will ba more con
venient. You may expect us quite early
tomorrow mornin?. I.ovlnply,
In the Kitchen.
Miss Elia (the cooki Go "long, now.
Mistab. Johnsiug! How dare yo' kiss
mah ruby lips?
Mr. Johnson Fo' de Lawd, Miss
Jackslng. Ah jess couldu' ersist claiui
in" cie privilege when Ah seen dat mis
tletoe. Miss Ella What mistletoe yo' all
Mr. Johnson W'y, dat haugin f'om
de shelf -fgut 'lxve yo' Ieautiful haid.
Miss Ella Huh! Dai's nothin but a
bunch o' spinach!
uVar. how "can you explain about those
trunks? My key opened yours."
"Easy enough, darling. We bought
tho: e two trunks on that shopping ex
pedition when auntie chaperoned us in
Paris at the Bon Marche. aud evident
ly the locks were the same. We won't
have that trouble again, Alice, for the
next time we take a trip there will
only lie one trunk for lioth of us.
Where is your ring, dear Jconsigned
to tiie ocean or the ash barrel?"
"Oh, Billy, you're horrid to find me
out! Here it is around my neck. You
see, I wrote you saying the engage
ment was all o'fi, but I kept the ring
just for a day or two, you understand,
thinkiug maybe oh, don't le s
"Weil, I'll forgive you this time, but
don't take it off again until the plain
gold one goes on under it."
And she promised to do as he said.
How Diphtheria Is Contracted.
One often hears the expression, "my
child caught a severe cold which de
veloped into diphtheria," when the
truth was that the cold had simply left
the little one particularly susceptible
to the wandering diphtheria- . germ.
Wken Chamberlain's Cough Remedy is
iven it quickly cures the cold and
lessens the danger of diphtheria or
any other germ disease being contract
ed. For sale by all druggists.
It tones and vitalizes the entire sys
tem; makes" Jife worth living, no mat
ter what your - station. Hollister's
Rocky Mountain Tea is the surest pre
ventative known against disease. 3o
cents, tea or tablets. Harper House
pharmacy. - .
DeWItt's Little Early Riser Pilla are
sold by all druggists.