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THE ARGUS, MONIlSiiXANUARY G. 1908.
GREW INTO A FAD
New- Yorkers who Talked
Through Chest in Telephone
Were Thought Crazy.
ONE USES SOLE OF FOOT
Man Who Called Up With Scientific
Explanation Had a Novel
, After New York at breakfast the
other tiny had read of the new way of
telephoning developed in t. Louis an
experimental era in Manhattan set in,
says the New York Times.
The two young women of St. Louis
who were the exponents of the new
method found that you eon Id telephone
through your client almost as well as it
you talked directly into the transmit
ter. In fact, almost any part of the
ltody would answer. It remained, how
ever, for an elderly man in an office
downtown to disclose the fact that if
you laid the transmitter tightly against
the sole of your foot you could make
the man at the other, end of the line
hear. ' ,..
This mau, like many others, bad
read the news on the way downtown.
Once in his otuVe he went to his tele
phone. Putting the transmitter against
his chest, he gave central the number
of his brokers. He was much surprised
and delighted when the connection was
made. Shifting the transmitter to his
head, he called:
"Buy me 200 West Shore fours."
The ma a at the other end repeated
Then the position of the transmitter
"Pick up not over 5,000 Inter-Met.
common," he said.
Then he held the transmitter against
the sole of bis foot.
"You might buy me some Knicker
bocker trust,',' he said.
"How much?";came back over the
Then the elderly operator, secure In
the joy that he had made a -discovery,
canceled his orders, placing thetrana
mitter to his lips this time that there
might be no mistake.
While he had been conducting these
experiments, however, he had left the
. door of his inner office open. A clerk
had seen him and pointed out the sight
to other employees.
"I knew that the old man was wor
ried," said the clerk; "now you see."
This, explains.why. a rumor of the
serKTus mhess of '"the old man" .-got out
into the financial district
Another of the experimenters called
up his wife on the telephone. . -
"How are . you? It's Jim,' he said
through his chest.
The wife, whom he hadn't called, up
In at least three years except to say
that he wouldn't be home for dinner,
was surprised and pleased till her hus
band's next remark" spoiled the effect
"I am talking through my chest,", he
said. . ' .
' "What do you mean?".
"Now I am talking through my
"And now I am talking through my
"Jim," she said, "have you been
Then he told her about the article In
a New York newspaper on the new
system of telephoning, but she wouldn't
listen to more.
"I shall smell your breath when you
come home tonight," she said and rang
Frraka In the Hotels.
In some of the Broadway hotels the
attendants didn't understand at first
what had come over the people. In
one hotel a man came out of the bar
and entered a booth. A few moments
later a page went to the clerk's desk
with the information:
"You'd better call a policeman.
There's a man drunk or crazy in No! S
In such cases explanations, if backed
with copies of the paper containing the
article on telephoning, were accepted.
Perhaps the most skeptical persons
in towu were such of the telephone
girls who hadn't seen the story.
"Hello, girlie'. Urn talking to you
through my chest," said one man at a
nlckel-in-the-slot machine In a drug
"Number, please," said the gfrr with
erlngly. He hesitated.
"Aw, go and talk through your chest
some more:" she told him and then
cut him off without his nickel.
At last the central girls became con
vinced that there really was something
in it. One or two of them experiment
ed and told the others, but after a timt
the subject became tiresome. Every
thing grows old in New York in a very
short time, so the remark of the sub
scriber that he was talking through,
his foot or head was answered with:
"Aw, that's an old one. Did you Just
get on to it?"
i ..The telephone officials didn't see any.
thing startling in the new mode.
"Its'Jost a little fad in Manhattan.'
an officer ot the ponipany said. "It is
not new. In fstct,.!. .think some foreign
engineer invented a'.iransmitter which
took its vibrations from, the outside of
I the throat It really shows" jhat a sen
' sitive instrument the telephone la. The
USING HEW MOTOR
OUT OF MUSCATINE
Rock Island Road Experimenting, on
Wilton Stub This City is -.
Interested in Result
The steam motor car that the Rock
Island has been experimenting with
for some time has been placed on the
stub line between Muscatine and Wil
ton and is being run regularly in place
of the regular train. A number of
officials made the first trip on it Sat
urday and the townspeople turned out
in large numbers to see the start.
Rock Island is particularly interest
ed in the success of the car because
if it is eventually adopted for regular
use the ' company can find no more
promising field for it than on the
Mercer county branch of the line run
ning into this city. When the coal
mines are exhausted . the principal
item in traffic will be lost and it stands
the company hi hand to begin at an
early date to develop other business
to take its place. This the motor car
alone can do.
stamps- or -iolu. "-.Needless to say, the
calendar is worth many: times , the
price asked for it.
Wrtling With Engljsh In Japan. ,
According -to a foreign paper, the
following example of Japanese profi
ciency in the use of the English lan
guage was found in an advertisement
In a-case of towels received in Can
ton: "I know you are -acknowledge the
Towel made lu Japan are more con
venience in' using, and longer, in exist
ence than the Towel . in Europe. Late
ly, however, .the crafty merchants
cheats" the customers by making it
change from light and coarse texture
to heavy and line by iiFlng paste, In
deed these are most audacious manne
I was strike on Ihls. point, therefore
for the sake of avoiding the small in
terests, and wishing to continue the
pale for ever I endeavored to select the
materials, to deduce the prices, and the
dyes not to fail till the Towel get bro
ken. Wishing the reputation should be
mised like the height of the momt
Fuji. I named it 'fugi' brand. Lastly 1
beg humbly that ladies and gentlemen
should buy it at everywhere liewaring
oi tne traue mark '.Mount l-ugi
transmitter contains, in an air chamber
a diaphragm which vibrates with the
vibrations of the voice. This action of
the" diaphragm modulates an electric
current flowing through the circuit.
which modulations are heard as sound
at the other end. The transmitter is
sensitive enough to react to vibrations
coming through the chet or through
any part of the body where vibrations
may be felt."
LESS FOR MONEY
School Statistics Show Differ
ence Between the Country
and City Systems.
PER CAPITA COST HERE
Each Pupil in Graded Rooms Requires
. $15 a Year In the Ungraded
Cost Is but S2 Less.
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An Excellent Waitress.
Nurses In training bar many hard
ships, to bear, but perhaps none Is
worse than having to apiear cheerful
under all conditions. A sense of hu
mor, is perhaps as great an asset as a
nurse can have, for it will help her
over many a difficulty,..
The daughter of a wealthy man be
came Imbued with the desire to know
how to earn ber. own living, and to
that end she entered one of the large
New York hospitals as a nurse. The
work was to her liking, and as she
looked on the bright side of everything
she was generally in a happy frame of
mind. Her particular "pet" was an
old and Illiterate sea captain who was
in the surgical ward with a broken
arm which would not knit. He was a
cheerful old fellow, and his droll re
marks gained for him the good will of
everybody. One day when the nurse
had paid him some little attention he
said, with an appreciative smile:
"Miss L. is the best waitress I ever
had:"-New York Times.
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Educational men throughout the
country are pointing to the deficiencies
in the rural school system, and in the
last published Illinois school report
are given a few very interesting fig
urea relative to this question in the
schools of Rock Island county. The
reports show a comparison between
the graded and ungraded schools, the
latter term applying to all schools of
but one room. Graded schools are
those of two or more rooms, and In
clude the high schools.
' In Til In Count-.
The report shows that in Rock Is
land county the enrollment in the
graded schools of the county was
10,Q1G, compared to 1.81C in the ungraded-schools.
The cost for the
graded schools is given at $150,090.51,
and that of the ungraded schools at
A computation shows that tost for a
year's education for each pupil in th?
graded schools to be $15, while that in
ungraded schools is but $2 a year less.
On the other hand the average salary
Cor a teacher in the graded school is
$544.32, while that for the teacher in
the ungraded school is less than half
as much,' $205.40. The salary of the
teacher of, the ungraded schools is the
amount paid for teaching only, aud
does, not take into consideration the
other work thrust on these teachers.
Two Rock Island school men-, in dis
cussing these comparisons yesterday,
expressed themselves as impressed
with the showing of the false economy
on the part of the country school au
thorities. One said, "The country peo
ple seemingly are saving a consider
able amount in the cost of education,
from the figures of the average salar
ies. But the showing of the per capita
cost of education for the pupils annu
ally shows a different state of affairs
the cost in the country schools being
within $2 a year as much as that of
the graded or city schools, and this in
view of the fact that the figures lor
the graded schools ta';- in the cost in
the high school, while in the ungraded
lit "h!SA ' "J L
rvj m "inn. '.w i
We are the people,
Our demands should be respected.
(jive us good homes, plenty to eat and comfortable clothes.
Give us education, training and good society.
Give us good fathers and mothers. t
Give us Chamberlain's Cough Remedy when we have
coughs, colds or whooping cough. We are entitled
to the best and should have it.
Wo are to inherit tre earth.
Prepare us for this great responsibility by giving us what
we demand, and we will become honest, industrious,
upright citizens, proud cf our ancestrv and loyal to
schools nothing m re than a common
school education is provided. The fig
ures show conclusively that the rural
school system is wrong."
Continuing, he spoke of one of the
faults of the system, the low require
ment for teachers, in the cty schools
a high school graduation and norma:
school experience is required, while in
the ungraded schools nothing more
than a common school graduation and
the Uachers certificate for passage of
an examination is required as a rule.
Thus in the ungraded school ( oi?ly
common school work is undertaken,
and then by common school teachers.
The horizon of teachers are too narrow."
These matters are constantly being
brought before the public in various
ways, and educational men hope that
the near future will see marked chan
ges in the rural school administration.
NCLE JOE, please tell us the
story of Mr. Lamb," was
"Why, your Mama
ought to know that," answered Uncle
"She does. She's told it to us
lots of times. But she says she doesn't
know the true story, and that you
do. And we want to hear the true
atory," came In pleading' reply,
"Please, Uncle Joe."
"Well, in' the first place," began
Uncle Joe leisurely, "My mother
told me the story and I believed it
true, because she learned it from
her Uncle Harvey Harrison; and she
believed it true, bccnur.e he learned
who was one of the men who went
with Mr. Lamb. And if anybody
said in his absence Old Tippecanoe
was a liar they had to fight Uncle
Harvey. If Tippecanoe was thee,
he could attend to his own fighting.
Still, It Isn't on record that Uncle
Harvey had to ,do much fighting on
Tippecanoe's part, because it wasn't
particularly healthy In 'those days
and parts to press ' things too far
with any Harrison.
"Well," began te Story Teller.
"Once there was a man. And his
name was Mr. Lamb. And his fath
er fought in the Revolutionary War
and got killed. And he was ' only
a little bit of a boy then. But, af
ter awhile,, he grew up Into a man
and got married and had two. chil
dren, both boys. But they were only
little bits of boys when. Mr. Lamb
moved away out to Northern Ohio,
where there were still lots of real
live Indians at the time. And folks
never knew when they were safe,
Cause, In tho days you couldn't
depend much on Indians, any more
than you can nowadays. But, of
courre, nowadays you don't have to
depend on Indians as mucTh as then
Cause nowadays there am t but. a
few Indians left, and all the white
folks, if they had to depend upon
Indians, would be In a pretty bad
"But. anyway, when Mr. Lamb
moved away out Into Northern Ohio,
folks either had to depend a good
deal upon Indians, or else fight 'em!
And when folks fought . Indians In
thofcs days somebody on both sides
usually got killed.. So, you see, . it
meant something to be a pioneer In
thoso days. Jt meant life or death.
"So, after Mr. Lamb's- wife died,
he didn't know hardly what to do.
Cause, he lived away off far from
town. Of course, it wasn't, much of
a town; cause, there .wasn't much
"But,anyhow, Mr. Lamb had tak
en up his piece of ground and had
planted it and had cultivated it and
had lived there going on two years,
when one day the word came that
the Indians were, on the warpath;
cause, their corn hadn't grown good
that year and game was short and
they had to get a living some way,
and they didn't care how; cause
they'd just as well be killed as starve
to death, and if they could get food
any place, they were going to do it.
"Mr. Lamb's wife was a mighty
good woman, let me tell you. And
Mr. Lamb was a mighty good man.
He worked hard all the time. And
though, as I say, the year was one
of famine, by working hard all the
time and not going to town, Mr.
Lamb managed to get together
enough provisions to last him
through the winter,, as he thought
providing, of course, the winter
didn't last top long. And just about
that time Mrs. Lamb up and died.
And, of course, that up and left Mr.
Lamb's two little boys without a
mother. And then Mr. Lamb Jiad to
be mother and father, too, to those
"But the winter was a long one.
And every day Mr. Lamb saw his
provisions getting lower and lower.
Until, at last, come along one day
when. Mr. Lamb didn't, like to risk
getting through the winter any
more on what was in sight to eat
So he took a pile of pelts, all he
could carry and started off for the
faraway town, to exchange them for
"But, Mr. Lamb .had. only gonev
few miles, when up came a snow-,
storm; and . Mr. Lamb didn't, know
whether it was going to be bliz
zard or not. So he just knelt down
for a moment and prayed for hi&
children's safety in case It should
turn out? a blizzard. And then , he
kept on. . -
"And that's pretty neaur all. only
that-it turned out a . real blizzard,
and Mr. Lamb wandered about in it
for two days and two nights and had
to keep going all the., time. to. keep
from being, frozen, and finally wound
up by chance In town, which, when
he reached, he sank down exhaust
ed there right at the feet of old Tip
pecanoe .himself In the store.
; "And Old Tippecanoe picked him
up and said, 'Somebody, fetch the
brandy!' So they fetched, the bran
dy and they forced it. down between
Mr.. Lamb's teeth, cause Mr.. Lamb
wasn't a drinking man.. And final
ly they brought him to. And the
first thing Mr. Lamb said was, O, my
poor children!', 'And somebody said,
'What about your children?' An I
Mr. Lamb told them how he had left
, ( .
ah bow he had been lost for two
days iid two nights in the storm
and how. f raid he was that his two
little boys vJght be dead by that
In the way cf towns around there his two little boys at home and had
It from his cousin. Old Tippecanoe, at that time.
started for town to get provisions.
"But Old Tippe'Cioioe told Mr.
Lamb to theerr up. 'd that they
would make up a rescp '.party,
which they did, and Old Tippecanoe
"It took them a long time to eer
get to Mr. Lamb's house, cause li
was a long ways away. But, any-Y
how, finally they got there.- It took
them till pretty near dark. And
when they got pretty near there,
they f.aw there wasr.'t any light.
And Mr. Lamb said, 'O, my God!'
and fell right down in the deep
snow. But they picked him up and
made, him keep right on. And fin
ally they got to the house, and
there wasn't anybody there.
"Well, anyhow, nex' morning,
and somehow, Mr. Lamb couldn't
sleep much that night, they all
started out. And. after hunting all
around and around they came to a
lump in the snow just bcTore the
entrance to a great big cave. And
the man that gave the lump the
kick , hurt his toe, cause the lump
was hard and stiff.- And just then
up came Old Tippecanoe, and he said,
'Let me see what's there!' And he
uncovered the. lump, and there was
a poor little Indian girl, frozen to
death. And my mother's .Vncle Har
vey's cousin, said 'Let me investi
gate,' which he . did. And pretty
soon he saw. signs of tracks leading
down . Into . the cave, and they all
went down ou, and in. And when
they got there,, what do you think
they found? '
"Why, they found a Are. Not
much pfl- a . fire.. Just. only, a.' little
bit; of a speck. But, there were
Mr. Lamb's two little boys. And
they'd been there all the time. And
they 'were Just as fat and sassy as
they had. been when their papa had
started to town. And when Mr.
Lamb taw his children, again," he
Just fell right down' and said "Thank
God..' He was. that glad.
"And. "so Mr.' Lamb grabbed them
In his .twp arms, while everybody
stood around, and this is what they
told him. .
r "They .said that after he left for
town, just as. the big storm was com
Ing up, the little Indian girl came
to their-house' and --knocked ?on the
door.. And., when 'they opened the
door and let her Jn she told them
they had better,cotne. with her, cause
there was going to be a heap big
know. And so they went. And at
last they, reached the cave. And af
ter they got to .tie .cave, the little
Indian girl made a fire out of sticks.
And then, she gave them some bear's
tongue to eat and melted some snow
In her hands for them to drink. And
after that- they went to sleep. Cause
it was pretty warm in t: cave.'.
"And next .morning the little In
dian girl gave them, some.- more
bear's, tongue; but she enly ate a
little bit herself. . And then awhile
"after she gave them some more bear's
: tongue. "And. she didn't cat hardly
.any herself that time. And then
they all went to sleep again, after
the little Indian girl had melted
some more snow in her hands for
them to drink. And next 'morning
the little Indian girl gave. them just
a . little bear's tongue, and didn't eat
any at all herself that timw Cause
there wasn't any more. '
. "So the little. Indian girl said to
Mr. Lamb's two little, boys, "I go
trv get some more. Maybe can dfc
Maybe no can do. Anyhow can tryi
Cause, before juf-t now too many
mv nrnnlA hpn h'in?rrr. anil von
mama give me corn. I must not- for
get. I go."
"And she went. And she wa
found in the snow.
"And that's the story of Mr.
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