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THE ARGUS, MONDAY. FEBRUARY 17, 1908.
Slaw, the Iowa Wit
Quaint Personality of the Treasury's Former Secretary Who
Aspires to the PresidencyHard Worker, Cutter
of Red Tape and Ready Story Teller.
By JAMES A. EDGERTON.
OBODY has ever been able to
.tell why former Secretary of
the Treasury Shaw, the latest
candidate for the presidency.
was named Leslie. He certainly is not
a Leslie kiud o man. The appella
tion does not fit, but neither do his
clothes. There are those who iutimnut
that even his presidential aspirations
are several sizes too largo for him, inti
mating that there is a misfit all around.
;In politics people are liablo to say al
most anything. Politics is as conducive
to libel as a pink tea is to gossip.
The advent of Shaw inakes nine Re
publican entries for the nomination
Taft. Hughes, C.'ortelyou, Foraker,
Knox, Fairbanks, Cannon and La Fol
lette being the other eight. How many
of these will drop out before the con
tention meets and how many new ones
,.wlll be added it remains for time and
the politicians to determine. Whoever
else is eliminated, it is safe to say that
Shaw will remain. He says he Jias re
ceived four or five foolish letters ask
ing him to run and such a demand is
not to be ignored. Governor Cummins
iwas probably uot one of these corre
spondents, but as Cummins is running
for the senate he can be depended on
to keep hands off.
Full of Epigrams.
If Shaw should be elected president.
he would be the first secretary of the
treasury to attain that distinction; also
the first man west of the Mississippi.
'Little things like these do not deter a
man of Shaw's makeup, however. He
MU. AND MRS.
thinks that Taft is being pushed too
much by Roosevelt and that Hughes is j
too lukewarm in his candidacy, so
there ought to be some chance for a
man who is running on his own feet
and who wants the job. Moreover,
Shaw got his start in politics by an
swering Bryan, which ought to be a
good omen if the Nebraskan is named
by the Democrats. What more logical
than that the Iowa man should be
given a larger field in which to do bat
tle with "the peerless?" Shaw can tell
etories almost as fast as Uncle Joe
Cannon and is full of epigrams and
undelivered speeches. If any Repub
lican candidate could keep in talking
distance of the orator of the Tlatte, it
would be Shaw. x
Since he resigned as president of the
Carnegio Trust company It has been
nnnounced not only that the former
secretary of the treasury would run
for the presidency of the United States,
Thnt he would also run for the vice
That he would become president of
the Knickerbocker Trust company.
That ho would run for governor of
That he would take charge of the
National Bank of Commerce of Kansas
That he would reorganize and con
solidate ' the United States Mortgage
and Trust company and the Windsor
and Empire Trust companies of New
"I have answered all these reports In
the affirmative, apd I shall accept every
place," laughingly remarked Shaw to
a group of newspaper men.
Some years ago one of the Des
Moines papers kept this standing line
at the top of Its editorial columns:
"Keep Your Eye on Shaw:"
While this motto was still being run
Mr. Shaw was made secretary of the
treasury. A wag suggested that the
editor ought to take the line down or
the public might conclude that the new
head of the finance portfolio needed
watching V keep him from making
away with the treasury surplus.
If Speaker Cannon has been called
the "David Harum of politics," Shaw
was dubbed the "David Harum of the
cabinet." This designation was sug
gested by their quaint sayings and
their stock of good stories rather than
by their ability as political horse trad
ers. There are getting to be so many
David Harums of this, that and the
other that they should organize them
selves into a political party. They
might not elect a president, but they
would at least make it exceedingly In
teresting for the other parties.
This is something like the suggestion
that a Johnson party be organized,
with John A. Johnson or Minnesota for
president and Tom L. Johnson of Ohio
for vice president. Flatform Get all
you can for 3 cents. Keep it in the
Samples of His Stories.
All the stories told by Mr. Shaw are
not new, but he at least is not such
au antiquarian research humorist as
Chauncey M. Depew.
Senator Depew, by the way, is the
man who convulsed a London audieuce
by reciting a poem written by Shaw:
"Go aslc papa," the maiden said.
Ha knew that her papa was dead.
He also knew the life he'd led
And understood her when she said,
"Go ask papa."
Think of a Sunday school superln-
LKSLIH M. SHAW.
tendent like Secretary Shaw making a
girl tell her wooer to go to hades!
When he was governor of Iowa Mr.
Shaw was one day making a speech in
which he was frequently interrupted
by a certain man. The fellow butted
in onco too often. In an unhappy mo
ment he broke in with "Pardon me,
Before he could finish the governor
replied, "Well, I've pardoned lots worse
fellows than you in my time, and I
presume it would be unjust to draw
the line here."
There were no more Interruptions.
When asked the difference between
a statesman and a politician Mr. Shaw
defined it as the "difference between a
young man seeking a position and a
boy looking for a job."
A reporter once asked Secretary Shaw
If he intended investigating the cus
toms frauds In New York.
"I knew a fellow once," said Shaw,
"who hunted foxes with a brass band.
A long and embarrassing pause while
he went on signing his mail. He
didn't get any foxes."
Wall street dubbed Shaw "the farm
er," which is not at all a bad card
among the real farmers, whose feeling
for Wall street would sour fresh milk.
The friends of the ex-secretary ought
to uee that. Shaw showed the high
financiers, however, that you cannot
always tell a farmer by the cut of his
clothes. When he first went to New
York they gathered around him to
know what be Intended io do. In re
ply he told a story. Out In Shaw's
town of Denlson a wealthy man once
announced that he Intended putting up
a $750,000 building. As he owned real
estate all over the place there was a
great deal of excitement as to where
the town's biggest structure was to be
located. Finally curiosity reached
such a pitch that a committee waited
on the man and asked him point blank.
Alter an embarrassing pause he rc-
plied, "Now," when "any body comes ti
yon to ask you where I am going t
put that $750,000 building you tel
him yoa have seen me, and then yon
tell him that you don't know." Th't
financiers saw the point and dejectedlj
wended their way back to the Stock
Secretary Shaw was seen one daj
backed up against an Iron stanchion In
front of the Arlington.
The late Senator Flatt of Counecticul
happened by and hailed him.
"Hello," Shaw!" said he. "What art
you trying to do with that iron post?"
"Grafting in a backbone," was th
quick reply. "This treasury business
Is a good deal tougher than Iowa poll
When the treasury portfolio was of
fered to Shaw his friends were In a
quandary whether or not he would ac
cept. He resolved their doubts by a
Two bovs. Bill and Bob, were at the
dinner table. Some time before the
end of the meal the pie was passed.
Bill declined to take any, saying he
was not ready for dessert. Bob helped
himself to the largest piece and, turn
Ing to the other, remarked, "Bill, alius
take pie when pie is passiu'."
Paid a Clerk's Debt.
Mr. Shaw fouud that one of the
treasury clerks was in arrears to the
doctor. Calling the man before him, he
asked kindly as to the reason for the
"Pairs," answered the clerk.
"Pairs of what?"
"Twins. I kept my head above wa
ter when the first pair came, but when
the third pair arrived a few weeks ago
I just naturally ran behind."
Secretary Shaw looked his astonish
ment, but asked how much the last set
cost When the clerk had told him.
Shaw reached in his pocket and said
he would pay for that pair himself.
Like Russell Sage, Mr. Shaw novel
takes a vacation. He tried it once and
went to the Yellowstone. "I didn't
like it," he said. "I got to feeling
queer. Two days of it was enough."
A friend of the family spoke of the
kindness of Mrs. Shaw.
"Kind?" repeated her husband, "tin.
Shaw would be kind to her own ex
ecutioner." While Shaw was governor, but tem
porarily away, a letter arrived at the
Des Moines postoffice addressed:
The Best Woman In the World
"The letter," said Mrs. Shaw in de
light, "was delivered to me without
question, as the postmaster knew the
Mrs. Shaw herself is not without a
well developed sense of humor, as the
following retort shows:
A friend propounded the query:
"What could be more dreadful than
for a woman after mending her hus
band's coat to find iu one of the pock
ets a love letter from another woman?"
"Fortunately," said Mrs. Shaw, "that
could never happen.- The woman would
find the letter first, and then she would
not mend the coat."
When Secretary Shaw reached Denl
son late one night he found the driver
of the only carriage asleep Inside.
Rather than awake the man, whom he
kuew well, the cabinet officer climbed
on the seat and drove himself. When
he reached his destination he aroused
the astonished jehu and gave him his
fare with an extra tip. i
Leslie Mortier Shaw was born in
Veni'ont sixty years ago. He worked
his way through a college at Mount
Vernon, la., by sawing wood and sell
lag fruit trees. He took a course in
the Iowa College of Law and began
practice at Denlson. In 1877 he mar
ried Miss Alice Crawshaw of Clinton
county. In time he prospered to such
an extent that he organized a bank
and afterward added a branch. He
was prominent in the Methodist
church, a delegate to its general con
ference and for years superintendent
of its local Sunday school.
Mr. Shaw became politically proml
neut In 1S0G by answering a speech
made by Hon. William J. Bryan. He
afterward campaigned all over Iowa
and was so effective that the next year
he was elected governor. Two years
later lie was re-elected by an Increased
majority and was forced to decline a
third term. In 1902 he was made sec
retary of the treasury, which he re
signed about a year ago to become
president of the Carnegie Trust com
pany of New York.
Shaw's associates in the Carnegie
Trust recently announced his resigna
tion and said he made the move to
give him time to nurse his presidential
boom. The ex-secretary's business
shrewdness was shown by the ..fact
that he cleaned tip $75,000 in the deal.
Cutter of Red Tape.
In the treasury department he was
noted for his long hours, hard work,
common sense, humor and the cutting
of red tape. .
He takes little recreation, but Is a
eklllful horseman, as a number of
Washington officials found to their dis
comfiture. The Washington men, like
those of Wall street, took the secretary
for a farmer and therefore determined
to show him some tricks In riding. It
was a case of the biter bitten, for the
Iowa man led his would be Instructors
such a merry chase over steep bridle
paths and other steep places where
there were no paths at all that, they
never repeated the experiment. (
From several of his public utterances
Mr. Shaw has made it plain that he Is
not in entire accord with all the Roose
velt policies and therefore is usually re
garded as an antladminlstratlon can
didate. One phase of his political nht-
losophy is summed up In this sentence.
delivered to a Methodist conference:
"I am an organization politician. A
machine politician is not as great a
nuisance' as a fool reformer." ' .
MADE TO PRODUCE
Significance of Restoration of
Government Land at Gar
den City, Kan.
TO TAP HIDDEN STREAMS
If Federal Project Is Successful Other
Sections of Arid Plains' May Be
The exporiisieiital 'application of au
Irrigation project' of the government
reclamation service one which, should
it prove its v.nrih in the one instance,
will be of importance to the rich, but
as yet unfertile valleys of the groat
plains will be possible near Garden
City, Kan., next spring, according to
the estimates of the engineers iu
charge of the work, i;ays a Garden
City correspondent of the Kansas City
To reclaim the abundant acreage of
this section of Kansas, unproductive
through the lack of water at the very
seaon when moisture is most essential
to the raising of the crops, the govern
ment Is now arranging for tho installa
tion of a complex system of pumps and
wells destined to supply from subter
ranean springs and streams iu excess
Of lO.COO.COO.diiO gallons of water for
the- irrigation of tho adjacent country
Since the early days of Kansas this
western section had been considered
nc:ct to worthless aud barren because
of this very lack of water, which It is
now planned to overcome by tapping
tha supply which is found in the grav
el deposits under the great plains at
no great depth. The original settlors
of the lands in Kansas found that they
had taken up clnbus not worth their
pains. They returned east or south
whence they had come. Their mort
gages lapsed, and small and largs cap
italists as far away ns New England
found themselves interested in arid
Kansas prairie which held forth not
even the most vague promise of fu
ture fecundity. The land had lain in
disuse and disrepute through decades
until the development of the sugar
beet industry with the aid of irriga
tion, some years ago, again drew at
tention to tho practically deserted sec
Now the government purposes, by
tapping these hidden streams of much
needed moisture, pumping It to the sur
face and spreading out over groat
areas, to transform what was discard
ed of the first settlors into a new land
of desire for the farmer of the west.
Naturally a good deal of public inter
est in mauy sections of the country
attaches Itself to the success or failure
of the projected, work, more so In view
of tho eastern held mortgages and the
probability of the application of similar
methods in other localities In the event
of the successful operation of the Gar-
I'lan Arc I'nique.
The reclamation service plans to
utilize some of the water in the Ar
kansas valley, and its plans are unique
and unusual. To bring the water to
the surface a series of wells has lcen
bored, the aggregate length of which Is
more than four miles, and pumps
which were purchased from Buffalo
are to be installed. The project will
have 230 wells, varying in depth
from 40 to 300 foot and sunk In groups
o? ton wells, with one pump installed
for each group. These wells vary from
twelve to fifteen inches in diameter,
and it Is estimated that each group
will yield 0,580 gallons per minute un
der a fifteen foot head. Each pump
ing station is counected by suction
pipes to a No. 9 vortical centrifugal
pump driven by a twenty-five horse
power vertical motor. The twenty
three stations will In? operated from a
central power plant, run by electricity,
generated by steam power.
During the irrigation season this
pumping system will lift 30,000 acre
feet, or 10,775,000,000 gallons.
The big ditch which Is to carry the
vast supply of water to the district to
be Irrigated is, along with other de
tails of the arrangement, under pres
ent process of construction. From
this main channel the hundreds N of
branch lines which will in turn feed
the Individual ditches are to go forth.
The government's work has already
proved a stimulus to the settlement of
the district and to private enterprise
in Garden City. There has
been a jump in land values since the
inauguration of the w.ork. . and uros-
Will the .Tank
with gasolene if you want the
motor-car to go. The oil sup
plies the power that makes the
wheels turn round.
The human machine is set in
motion in the same way by
Folks are like motor-cars. At
times, they get run down.
Scorn Emulsion is full of power.
It not only produces flesh but
gives new power to weakbodies.
AH DragcUU; 50c and $1.00.
iect3 arc that the eastern money In
vested in the original mortgages will
yet bring a fair return. .-
BED FOR AUTO VICTIMS.
New Hospital In Philadelphia to Have
The Garretson hospital, recently
opened In Philadelphia, will be the
first in the United States to have an
endowed bed reserved for the use of
victims of automobile accidents. Mon
ey for the purpose is being raised by
members of the Quaker City Ladies'
A stipulation of their deed of gift
will be that victims of their own cars
will have a prior right to the bed.
after which others who may be in
jured by reckless or careless motorists
will have a chance to use It If it be
unoccupied at the time.
A Historic Settlement.
Tho first purely American settlement
west of the Mississippi river was Cape
Girardeau, Mo. Its first settlor, how
ever, was Ensign Glrardot. a French
trader and for some time an officer In
tho Frencli army, who located on the
rocky mountain promontory just north
of the present town. From Girardot
tho county was named. Tho first per
manent settlor at Cape Girardeau was
Louis Lorimior, a French-Canadian,
who in 1782 came from the Miami val
ley, west of tho Mississippi. His wife
was a half brood .Shawnee woman, and
through hor groat influence with tho
Shawneos ho was given a large grant
of land in 1795 by the governor of tho
territory. Shortly thereafter the Span
ish government, deeming it wise to
populate upper Louisiana, offered free
lands exempted from taxation to set
tlors. Because these settlers came from
Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina
almost entirely Capo Girardeau claim
ed the honor of being tho first Ameri
can settlement. Previous settlements
had boon largely Spanish or French.
Lorimior was counted as tho father of
the town, which dates in organization
from 1S0G. He died iu 1812. having
survived his Indian wife four years.
He was buried by her side iu Cape
Girardeau on a tree crowned hill over
looking the western Mississippi. Kan
sas City Star.
A Decoration From Victoria.
Tho queen, with one of the princesses
and a lady in waiting, received me in
a small room. She stood with hor back
to the window, wearing a long white
veil which against the light made an
aureoie around her. Addressing a few
kind words to me, to whk-h In my em
barrassment I made some inaudible an
swer, she proceeded to pin the order
(the Order of the Crown of India) on
my left shoulder. I remember that my
black velvet dress was thickly em
broidered with Jet, so mucli so that the
pin could find no hold, and unwittingly
the queen stuck it straight into me.
lthough. like the Spartan boy. I tried
to hide what I felt, I suppose I gave a
start, and the queen, realizing what
she had done, was much concerned.
Eventually the pin was put rtaht, aud !
I courtosiod myself out of tho royal
presence. As I reached the door hor ma J- i
esty suddenly stepped forward, sav- i
ing. with a smile, "Oh, you have for-
otten the case," holdirg it out to me I
at the same time. This little touch of
nature relieved an otherwise somewhat
formal ceremony. Remarking after- j
ward to tho lady in waiting that I was !
afraid i had boon awkward and nerv- '
ous, "You need not be trembled." sh !
answered; "I know tho queen feit I
more shy than you." Lady Randolph
Churchill iu Century.
Teople speak about their ryes being '
tired, moaning that the retina, or see- J
Ing portion, of the eye is fatigued, but
such is not the case, as tho retina hard
ly ever gets tired. The fatigue is in
the inner and outer muscle attached to
the eyeball and the muscle of accom
modation which surrounds the lens of
the eye. When a near object is to be
looked at this muscle relaxes and al
lows the lens to thicken, Increasing Its
refractive power. The inner and outer
muscles are used in covering the eye I
on the object to be looked at, the Inner !
one boiug especially used when a near
object Is looked at It is in the three
muscles mentioned that the fatigue Is
felt, arid relief is secured temporarily
by closing the eyes or gazing at far
distant objects. The usual indication
of strain is a redness of the rim of the
eyelid, "betokening a congested state of
the inner surface, accompanied with
some pain. Sometimes this weariness
indicates the need" of glasses rightly
adapted to the person, and In other
cases the true remedy is to massage
the eye and its surroundings as far as
may be with the hand wet in cold
Home For "Forty-niners."
Blanche Bates, the star of "The Girl
of the Golden West," Is agitating a
project for the establishment of a
home for needy "forty-niners." Miss
Bates is an ardent student of the his
tory of her native state and believes
the work of development In California
Is directly due to the early gold seek
ers. In return for their efforts of a
half century ago she believes those
that require It should be rewarded to
the extent of furnishing them a refuse
In their old age. The actress Is now In
communication with the various con
gressional representatives from Cali
fornia with a view to learning how
much she may depend upon them for
aid In the movement.
Keeping Open House.
Everybody Is welcome when we feel
good; and we feel that way only when
our digestive organs are working
properly. Dr. King's New Life Pills
regulate the action of stomach, liver
and bowels w perfectly one can't help
feeling good when h uses these pills.
25 cents at all druggists.
Pon't Bake Beans
With all your trouble you can't get
anything half so good as Van Camp's
It isn't your fault, but you lack the facilities.
It requires a fierce heat to break down the fibre of beans,
and you cannot apply it.
That is why home-cooked beans are hard to digest.
That is why youregard them as heavy food. i
Beans, above all foods, need to be factory cooked.
Our ovens are heated to 245 degrees
That's why our beans are digestible
And we bake in live steam, so all are baked well without
browning or breaking. That's why they are mealy, yet nutty.
They are baked in the cans the beans, the tomato sauce
and the pork all together. Thus their . delicious blend.
You can't do as we do, because you lack the facilities. "
Why bother to try it? Let us cook forjrou. :
Van Camp's pork and beans . .
baked vith tomato sauce
We use Michigan beans, picked over by hand from the
choicest part of the crop.
Only the whitest, the plumpest, the fullest-grown.
Our tomatoes are not picked green and ripened in ship
ment, but ripened in full on the vines.
That gives to our sauce its superlative zest.
We could buy beans for one -seventh,
and sauce for one -fifth what we pay
We pay $2.10 per bushel for our beans, though beans are
sold as low as thirty cents.
We could buy tomato sauce, ready made, for exactly
one-fifth what we spend to make it.
No wonder if some brands sell cheaper than ours. But
you will never accept them after you once try Van Camp's.
10, 15 and 20, per can.
Van Camp Packing Company, Indianapolis, Ind.
THE POPULAR PRICED
Grocery and Meat Market
On Seventeenth street and Fourth avenue (Maucker building), has
made a great hit. Good meat at reasonable prices is certainly what
the people want, as is evidenced by the way trade is increasing daily.
Note the Prices:
V MEATS. GROCERIES.
Best rib roasts, per lb.. 12Ac Santa Claus soap, S bars
Shoulder and pot roasts, r 25c
per lb 10c Hock Island soap, 10 bars
Sirloin steak, per lb for 25c
Best porterhouse steak. Sugar, 20 lbs. for $1.00
per lb 12'2C Yeast foam, 3 pkgs. for.... 10c
Round steaks, per lb 12'ic Hour, every sack guaran-
Shouldcr steaks, per lb. .. 10c tcei!" T'cr sack $155
.,. . ,, c Corn meal, ppr sack 18c
Boiling meat, per lb 6c . .
1 Cranberries, per quart 10c
Hamburger, per lb 10c Potatoes, per bushel 75c
Pork shoulder roasts, Best crackers, 2 lbs. for... 15c
l'er lD- - 8c Tomatoes, per can 10c
Pork ham roasts, per lb 10c Peas, per can 10c
Tork loin roasts, per lb... 10c Corn, 4 cans for ..25c
Pork steak of all kinds, Prunes, per lb 5c
per lb. 10c Home made saner 'kraut.
Sausage, per lb 10c per quart 5c
Kettle rendered lard 10c Salt herring, per dozen. .... .25c
All telephone orders will be promptly filled and delivered by com
W. C. MAUCKER, Prop.
Tli-re i no dinVivncc b-iv.-i'ii
renting nimioy and in renting a
liousf, a farm, or a carriage. You pay
your house rent, or your farm rent, or
you pay your liveryman for the use of
Iii.s property, and tliink nothing of it,
an.l many people think it's a great
tliinif to be able to rent money in the
same way. Do you get the idea? It's
a business proposition, pure and simple.
If you need some money to help you
out of a temporary embarrassment.
come in and see us and let us tell you
how muoh rent we charge for the usu
of our money. We'll treat you risrht,
and the price will be riK'nt, too, or you
won't have to take the money.
Your furniture, piano, horses, wagons,
Hxtures and other personal property
will be security for the money we rent
yftu. and they are lert in your posses
sion. Repay us a small sum weekly or
monthly and you'll have the loan re
paid. A fair, square deal with a relia
ble concern and at the best rates and
most liberal terms in the city. Private,
too, and quick. Call, write or phone us.
MITCH KM. A LY.XDI' BLOCK, '
Room 3N, Rock Inland.
Ofllre konrm, 8 a. m. to 6 p. m and
Saturday retain km. Trlcphone vret "ill;
. new telephone (1011.-