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THE ARGUS, FRIDAY. JANUARY 24. 1908.
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TRADES Mm COUNCIL
Friday, January 24, 1908.
The republicans have solemnly prom
ised tariff revision in VJV'J.
The fellow who blows' only his own
horn, invariably conies out at the little
end of it. Make a note of this.
It is at last announced that Gover
nor Charles Evans Hughes of New
York woultl accept a presidential nom
ination. How astonishing! '
The appropriation committees are
trying to cut down the department
estimates as a deficit is feared. The
republican panic has struck congress
There is always a day of reckoning
for the bully, the blackguard and the
blackmailer. Justice, like hope, is
sometimes long deferred, but it is as
sure as the stars.
The Pennsylvania supreme court has
knocked the 2-cent railroad passenger
rate law. Another ruling of Judge
Technicality with the hot end of the
poker left in the hands of the people.
How closely the administration has
nestled up to the Wall street financiers
Is indicated by the reported offer of
Morgan to Cortelyou of the presidency
of the reorganized Knickerbocker
It is announced from New York that
Leslie M. Shaw is mentioned in
same breath for president, for vice
president and United States senator.
And yet they- say the standard of
American statesmanship is looking up.
At St. Joseph, Mo., a preacher has
abandoned the pulpit for a job as con
ductor on a rapid transit road, claim
ing that there is more money in the
latter avocation. You will never see
Hilly Sunday ringing up fares in a
Tiie proposed railroad from Miama.
Fla., to Key West will, when com
pleted, be one of the most remarkable
pieces of engineering ever accomplish
ed. For 81 miles the railroad tracks
will rest on concrete arches, whose
base will bo the bed of the ocean.
Trains will travel above water all the
time, the only land being the liitle
coral keys which dot the waters of
that portion of the Gulf of Mexico.
There are approximately, 100,000
words in the English language. CO.noO
being of Teutonic origin. Do.OuO from
the Greek and Uitin, and lo.OiV) picked
up from other sources. Out of this
number of words the average man
Uses less than 1,01)0 in writing and
speaking. Milton used about S.O00 Tn
composing his "Paradise Lost."
Shakespeare, who possessed the
copious vocabularly known, wrote all
of his great plays with less than a
third of the words in the dictionary.
The person after whom you inquire
that is to say, the person who knew
all the words of the English language
never existed. The head big enough
to carry within itself the whole Eng
lish language is yet to be found.
Federal Power in Party PolUic-s.
The criticism of the" president for
using the United States government
as an engine for pushing Secretary
Taft's candiddcy finds pointed expres
sion in Moorfield Storey's letter. As
suming the facts to be as the presi
dent's critics state them. and all the
available evidence indicates that Mr.
Taft is the "administration candidate"
in an exceptional sense, the force of
Mr. Storey's observations cannot easily
be nullified by anything that may be
said to excuse Mr. Roosevelt's perfor
mance, says the Springfield (Mass.)
It Is not only absurd, but mischiev
ous, to judge the president by a moral
standard different from the one by
which other presidents and other pub
lic men have been judged. Mr. Roose
velt's high ideals in public life are not
for use on some occasions and merely
for spectacular show the rest of the
time. If they are intended for the
guidance of his conduct, then his con
duct should be guided by them and
guided all the more consistently and
constantly because these ideals have
been so heavily capitalized by his ad
mirers for his benefit, in urging his
claims upon the people for their whole
hearted support. If such a. man adopts
methods which have been sharply con
demned In the past, when presidents
making far less pretension than Mr.
Roosevelt to a loftly public virtue have
used them, it is idle to seek an explan
ation creditable to his actions or to ex-
nlore his emotional usvcholocv for a
justification that would "excite merri
ment in the case of any of his con
It is easv to hold a man whose ideals
have been tremendously advertised to
a standard even higher than that by
which ordinary politicians are indied.
It is not necessary, however, to insist
upon that. Let Mr. Roosevelt be judg
ed as other men are. And so judged.
what must the verdict be In the matter
of his use of the United States govern
ment, in so far as he controls it, for
the purpose of malting a member of his
cabinet the next president Here again,
let us not insist upon the impossible.
Let us not be extreme in our demands.
Let us acknowledge that even if ex
treme claims have been made for Mr.
Roosevelt as a statesman of the loft
iest motives and the rarest kind of
moral courage, he is indeed very hum
an in reality. His temptation is great,
for undoubtedly the one desire of his
soul today is that his successor should
be thoroughly in sympathy with his
Rut having made every allowance
the use of federal patronage, the mob
pmi officeholders, the
wholesale round-up of southern dele
gates in the support of the administra
tion candidate are no less open to crit
icism when President Roosevelt does
these things in behalf of his secre
tary of war than they were sixteen
years ago when President Harrison,
flesiiinc a second term, did them tor
himself. It is a specious plea that a
president is also a citizen, and as a
citizen, may be concerned in the selec
tion of the next president. To be sure,
but no citizen, as a citizen, may em
ploy the power of the United States,
which is properly the attribute or the
possession of no individual, but rather
the sovereign expression of the author
ity of the whole people, to promote his
personal aims within a political party.
Such a course is a mock of democracy.
The fault of Mr. Roosevelt as of all
predecessors who have been open to
the same crticism, is that he uses the
iower of the office of president, which
is not his personal asset, to thwart and
nullify opposition to his personal win
and to force upon his party's conven
tion the ratification of his personal de
It is understood that Mr. Roosevelt
denies that he is open to these criti
cisms, but Mr. Roosevelt has never yet
admitted that he has done anything
Questionable or wrong. Yet his pres
idencv has embraced not a few chap
ters which were distinguished by the
use of questionable means to attain
desired ends. A generous view may
fairly be taken of the president's incon
sistencies and lapses, but they cannot
be dismissed as the negligible by-product
The State Treasury,
The legislature has passed a law
requiring the state treasurer to turn
over the interest on the state funds
n his hands to the state, and in lieu
of this his salary is increased mate
rially. The new salary is to be $10,
ooo per year, while the former salary
was $:.5ft(, but it is confidently as
serted that the treasurer easily clean
ed up ?lfWMK) out of the perquisites
of the office. While this figure is
probably too high, yet the responsi
bility assumed by the treasurer in de
positing the state funds is no small
The amount of nioney passing
through his hands in a year is? a very
large sum, and the state takes no risk
whatever in its care, his bond being
sufficient to make the commonwealth
safe in ..case of loss, as it generally
aggregate, some $lo,o-an,noO. At least,
the people will know what a man gets
for being state treasurer, anyhow.
l-'oul Play SiiKpM;tel.
Relative to the Oglesby primary bill,
ihe Chicago Tribune says it was
"rocked to sleep."
The Danville Democrat r says it
"looks to us like knock-out drops"
The Springfield Register says, "the
fact of the matter is, the infant bill
was thrown into the hopper of the po
litical machine by a, bunch of boss
governed legislators, and the child was
thus ground to death."
The voters of Illinois should "pre
pare to sit on the jury next fall at the
trial of the republican party respon
sible for this primary bill crime, i
"And is Willie Yanfeller really study
"Yes, and lie's getting on famously.
He told me yesterday I was looking
well, and, by Jove, I was!" Harper's
The Lecturer Did you see that fel
low walk out in the middle of my lec
ture? Committeeman Oh, yes. He
walks in his sleep, you know. Lr
ceumite nnd Talent.
Industry is fortune's right hand and
frugality her left. German Fioverb.
ij, tl.000 00 will be Rlrra for MaW
Phanyubrtn injariotwto TjjL
, health found in Calumet. a
SMrgus Daily gljort Story
"Nor Any Other Creature."
.(Copyright, 1907, by
Looking up. from a long drawn reverie boln K0ing because you, said you
before the unfinished picture on my t w-0uld."
easel, I saw Iolanthe beaming at me I ..j WOuld do anything or go nny
from the doorway. I w here to please you. little girl," I
"Come on!" she cried. "Put up your, answered with so much meaning that
num ouu wtuc " "- t
I believe you don't even know It i
ly day. TJon't you remember 'the
month of May." when the air Is so full
of sweetness and love that even one
shaving begins to feel an affection for
another shaving? Come, let us a May
"I can't," I answered. "I'm up
against it. I'm crowded to the wall.
Iolanthe laughed the sweetest sound
in this wise old world.
"I had an intuition so. but that
doesn't matter. This is my treat. You
see, Isabel Dory took me to dinner yes
terday, so I have enough to take us pic
nicking today. Come, brave knight,
put on thy helmet and hasten."
I hastened. ' No one could resist Io
lanthe. I took her little covered bas
ket, and we Went along the hall and
down the stairs, with mock-doleful
messages following us from our fellow
workers, who were not going out Into
the blosoming May day world.
"What car are we going to take?"
I asked as we reached the street.
Iolanthe blushed deliciously.
"We are not going to take a car. You
see, I got so interested in buying a
'scrumptious lunch that I forgot about
the car, and"
"I see," I said gravely. "And you
don't know how glad I am that we are
to walk. It is so much healthier.
Then we won't have to mingle with
the plebeians on a common car. When
rich aristocrats like us
Slolanthe glanced up at me rather
sharply, I thought. It couldn't be that
she knew of course she couldn't know.
Xo one knew but my uncle's lawyer
and myself, and maybe my uncle. I
wondered If my uncle did know in
that unknown country he had lately
entered. By and by I should tell Iolan
the that, when the preliminaries were
over, I should have enough money to
buy her everything she wanted, even
if on this blithe day. I had not a pen-
WE ATE OUB "SCKfcMFnOUS" LUXCH.
uy, and all due to a never known rich
old uncle, now dead. But Iolanthe was
proud, so first I would win her prom
isewin it while she believed me poor
Purity and courage and. gentleness
and beauty that was my Iolanthe.
Mine? Ah, when our May day was
over, should I be calling her mine?
"Who are you today?" she asked,
stopping to till her Jungs with the
We had a habit of playing we were
other folks when we went on these ex
cursionschildish no doubt, but we
were never going to grow old, we said,
so it was best to be children a long
"Why, I am King Cophetua," I an
swered promptly, with a great inflat
ing of my kingly chest and throwing
back- of my kingly head as we walk
"Her arms across her breast she laid;
She was more fair than words can sajr.
In robe and crown the king stept down
To meet and greet her on her way."
"Who are you today, Iolanthe?"
"It's a pretty story," she mused, not
answering my question, "but suppose
it were turned around. Suppose that
it were Queen Cophetua and the beg
gar man. Would be be good and let
her love him? And would be be will
lng to sit on the throne with her?"
"Oh, that's different!" I said. "Of
course a man could not take favors
from a woman. The beggar man
would have to go out into the world
and win bis fortune. He couldn't take
It from his queen. You know he
couldn't, don't you, Iolanthe?"
"No, I don't know anything about
it," she said a bit crossly. But Iolanthe
never could stay cross long enough to
make it pay, so in a moment she was
talking merrily again.
Tresently we reached the spot ve
were bound for, a spot of sun and
Bhade and ; running water and new
spring flowers. We ate our "scrump
tious" lunch, and then we sang and
talked and had long spells of social
6llence, and all the while I was won
dering how I should make her say
"yes" if at first she' happened tosay
"I am going to tell you a pretty
tory," she remarked after one of
these silences. "It's a true one too. I
am invited and so are you, and you'll
go, won't you?"
"Oh, sure!" I answered recklessly.
"A reception tomorrow evening to
meet the richest girl you ever saw.
She has so much money she doesn't
know what to do with it all. but folks
have just found it out She has pre
tended .to be poor for reasons, We're
By Ina Wright Hanson.
C. II. Sutcliffe.)
joiuiuue nusneu anu ner uear eves
wavered lefore my gaze. 1
quite how it happened, but
but suddenly 1
had my dream in my arms my unre
sisting, perfect, red lipped dream aud
I was quitoCmad with delight.
Then presently she cried out that I
must never let anything come between
" 'N'or height nor depth nor any other
creature,' " I said reverently.
" 'Nor any other creature,' " she re
peated after ine and made me say it
every little while all the rest of that
wonderful day. and I did not tell her
about my fortune after all. though 1
had intended to. When you come to
think of it. money is a sordid thing to
discuss when two folks are quaffing
nectar and nibbling ambrosia.
The next evening I went to the re
ception and was presented to the lady
of riches. It seemed to me that all the
room hushed its breath and waited
while we two went through what was
required of us. It seemed to me that I
lived an eon before we were free from
the great eye of the room and in some
place where there were a splash of
water and quiet and heavy perfume of
flowers. There in the dim light she
stood, slender as an English laburnum
tree, swaying in her yellow silken robes
toward me. Her hands, weighted with
jewels, were held out to me. Her
mouth that I had kissed was smiling
at me was saying:
" 'Nor any other creature!' "
I stood there staring r.t this wonder
ful new Iolanthe. and all I could think
of aud all I said was:
"Barefooted came the becrprar maid.
Before the king Cophetua!"
Which, considering the circum
stances, could hardly have been morp
Iolanthe's laugh rang out; then she
came closer to me, and her eyes grew
"Dearest," she whispered. "I was too
rich to be happy, and so I ran awayljj
rrom everybody anil went to work in
the studio. I wanted to nccoinnlish
something. I wanted folks to say. 'She '
is a great painter,' not 'She is the rich-'
est girl In the country.' Then I found
you, and and I didn't care any more
for fame, because I wanted something
greater, love your love and you said
'Nor any other creature,' you know
"And meant it. too, my angel!" I ex
claimed, coming out of my trance nnd
taking her hands" in mine. "You shall i
give me all the money you think I
need, and I will sit on the throne with
you like a good little man."
"I am so glad you are going to be
sensible!" she said fervently.
And then I had to explain to her
why I was laughing.
lit Field of Literature
Success Magazine for February.
Success Magazine for February con
tains Robert Maekay's account of the
struggle between the" two great opera
houses of New York city. The work
ings of Galveston's new form of gov
ernment are described by H. S. Cooper.
Frank Fayant continues to lay bare
the stock operations of Thomas v.
Lawson, and Samuel Merwin. the
opium curse of China. "From the
Press Gallery," by O. O. Sealey. con
tains anecdotes of well known men at
Washington. The fiction consists of
"How It Happened," by Porter Emer
son Browne; "The Bear and the
Bomb," by Louis August in; "Mulhol
land's Victory," by William Hamilton
Osborne, and "Lentala," by W. C.
Morrow. .1. c. Leyendecker contributes
the cover design.
What's In McCIure's? For variety
of interest the February McCIure's is
in the lead. Miss Milmine resumes
her "Life of Mrs. Fddv." erivinir tho
history of the schism in the early'
church, professor William James of! Q
HarirQrl r. .... .1 .1 . 1 .... 1 . . . . 1 , iW
nuuuua a uauiL-vi j uj me col
leges in his article, "The Social Value
of the College-Bred;" George Kibbe'
Turner's article, "The Men Who!
Learned to Fly," describes the experi-j
ments of inventors who have made
better wings than a bird's and are of-1
fering for sale an aerial war ship; ;
William F. Hornaday, director of the
New York Zoological gardens, cour-j
ageously enters the arena with an ar-
tide on "The Psychology of Wild Ani-!
mals;" Ellen Terry continues the ab-!
sorbing story of her interesting life.
To. all these good things is added the
spice and flavor of fiction. Mary
Stewart Cutting's serial novel. "The
Wayfarers," continues its delightful
course. . "Wilkinson's Wife" is an
amusing tale by May Sinclair, author
of "The Divide Fire." "The Twisted
Cord" is a remarkable story of adven
ture by Edith Macvane. "Mrs. Mc
Clanahan, the Chinese Iaundry, and
Beller." by Mary Heaton Vorse; "A
Pair of Diamonds," by Will Adams;
"The Night Nan Grew Up." by Marion
'Hill; "A Book for Mothers." another
ofLucy Pratt's Ezekiel stories;" "The
Forts? of Example." by Frances Bent
Dillingham, and "Tne Pomp and Pano
ply of Var," by Frederick Walworth,
complete he entertainment. There
are poems by Willa Sibert Cather,
Theodosia Garrison and Homer E.
Woodbridge and pictures by Alice Bar
ber Stephens, Eric Pape, Frederic Dorr
Steel and others, the .cover design
is "Henry Reuterdahl's.
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William Morris In Court.
In one of the London police courts
over which Mr. Newton presided the
Thames, I think Morris protested
against" the magistrate's senteuce on
his comrade and called out "Shame'."
In court and, being roughly hustled by
the police, resisted then? and was in
stantly arrested nnd placed in the
dock. The magistrate, in entire ignorance-of
the identity of the unusual
looking prisoner, asked Morris who ho
was. nnd lie replied, "I am William
Morris, artist and poet; pretty well
known throughout Kurope. I believe."
This bad the effect of bringing about
his Immediate release, but Morris said
afterward that it was the only time ho
bad had to bounce about himself, and
be would never do it again. Walter
Didn't Matter Much.
Would IV Passenger (out of breath
from running) When does the hatf
past T train leave?
Torter Five thirty.
Passenger Well, the church clock is
twenty-seven minutes past, the post
office clock is twenty-five minutes past,
and your clock is t.hlrty-two minutes.
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"Yes," replied the self confessed hu
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mother-in-law jokes." Chicago News.
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Salmon, pink, tall cans 10
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o pounds 25(
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Parsnips, home grown,
per peck 20
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THE BASIS OF A MEAL.
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odor that makes one hungry,
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