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THE ARGUS, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1908.
LONG FIGHT ENDS
Lester D. Mudge, Prominent
Citizen, Dies of Paralysis.
A SUFFERER MANY MONTHS
Was Director of Two Local Banks, and
Vice President of One Funeral
Lester D. Mudge, a prominent and
beloved cilizen and business man of
Rock Island, passed away at his home,
'tot Seventeenth street, at 11:30 last
night, death being due to paralysis.
The end came after a Ions suffering
with the affliction Mr. Mudge having
been ailing for a year and a half, and
having been confined to his home for
several weeks, lie became uncon
scious Thursday, and remained in that
state till the end, recognizing no one.
Tiirough last summer and autumn he
was able to leave his home quite fre
quently, but not without assistance,
the paralysis affecting his arms and
shoulders and permitting only partial
use of them.
onneeleri with IliinkM.
Mr. Mudge was prominent in bank
ing circles in the city, holding the
office of vice president of the Central
Trust & Savings bank for a number
of years, and being a member of the
board of directors of both the Central
Trust & Savings bank and the Rock
Island National bank, holding these of
fices at the time of his death. He took
a lively interest in public enterprises,
was a patron of legitimate sports, a
stockholder in the Rock Island Base
Removing here from Taylor Ridge
eight years ago last Septtmhcr, after
disposing of his commercial interests
in Taylor Ridge, Mr. Mudge took up
his residence on Twentieth street, and
later purchased his late homo ou Sev
enteenth street. During his eight
Years fu ;h citv ho wrm liv hiw parnrst
friendship and genial personality nu-'
nierous friends among both rich and
poor, all of whom over regarded him
as a respected friend. Through all
tin? period of his suffering he maintain
ed his pleasing personality and held
up bravely and without complaint till
the last. His death is mourned by all
who iver had occasion to meet him.
He was an ideal citizen.
Mr. Mudge was born in Chenango
county. New York, April 2S, IS 15, an 1
had he lived two months longer, would
have passed his fil'rd year. His father.
Kdson Mudge, was a prominent New
York state farmer, and his mother was
also a native of the state, her maiden
name being Miss Angcline Burroughs.
His mother came west when he was
11 years old, and settled in Kdgington
Mr. Mudge received his education
in the public schools, and at the age
of 15 began work as a clerk in the
mercantile establishment of . Rufusj
"Walker at Edgington. He was mar
ried Sept. 10, 1X(;7, Mrs. Mudge hav
ing been Miss Ella Johnson of Edging
ton. After his marriage he made his
home in Kdgington and conducted a
farm for a time. He again, took up
work as u clerk in R. B. Olmsted's
Reynolds store, i nd in July, 1S78, pur
chased the store belonging to Mr.
Walker at Taylor Ridge and started
the business in partnership with his
brother, Clark' E. Mudge. The firm
handled general merchandise and agri
cultural implements. Mr. Mudge was
also station agent at Taylor Ridge. He
held a number of public offices of Edg
ington townsh!'), being a strong demo
crat politically. Ho remained at Tay
lor Ridgo for 22 years.
Ho is survived by his wife and one
son, John S. Mudge of this city.
The funeral will be held tomorrow
morning. Brief services will be held
at the homo at 8:41, after which the
body will ne taken to Reynolds and
burial will take place at the Reynolds
cemetery at 11 o'clock. A funeral
coach will be attached to the 9:30
train of the Rock Island. Rev. II. W.
Reed of this city will conduct the ser
vices at tho home and at the cemetery.
It is requested by the family that to
flowers be sent.
H. E. Casteel, H. B. Simmon, Mich
ael O'Connor, W. S. Parks; D. S.
Montgomery, and O. L. Bruner will act
as pall bearers
Ilaiikn to Ho fluxed.
Both the Rock Island National nnd
Central Trust and Savings banks will
be closed tomorrow morning till 10
o'clock, out of respect for the former
cflicer. Samuel lilylhe.
Samuel BIythe died at 10 o'clock
last night at his home, 1212 Third av
enue, from heart trouble, which follow
ed an attack of pneumonia. Mr.
BIythe, who was employed at the
Rock Island Blow shops, caught a cold
while at work last Friday and a severe
case of pneumonia immediately devel
oped. He was a native of Nova
Scotia, Canada, where he was born
March 17, 1838. He went to Boston
at the close of the civil war, and came
to Rock Island 31 years ago. He was
.wicc married, the second time in this
city. Besides his wife, he is survived
by two brothers, William in Nova Sco
tia, and Owen in Vermont; and a sis
ter Anna iit Brooklyn, N. Y.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30
tomorrow at the home and will be
private. Rev. G. H. Sherwood will bo
in charge. Burial will take place at
USED A KNIFE IN
FIGHT; FACES CHARGE
Encounter on Street Results in Ar
rert of Participant; Cripple '
Smashes a Window.
As the result of an encounter be
tween Trcphious Dc Smyttier and Gus
CoUdens on Fifth avenue near Eighth
street last night, the former is held to
the grand jury under $300 bond, on a
charge of assault With a deadly wea
pon. He is charged with wielding a
knife in the fracas, and inflicting a
slight wound on his antagonist.
I'eiry Leonard, a cripple, smashed a
window at Louis Ortell's saloon, and
was arrested for malicious mischief.
He was held muW $2K bond to the
grand jury. He is a cripple, having
lost one arm.
Camiel Mor'ier was arrested for
drunkenness, ard was brought before
Magistrate Elliott on this charge. He
took a change ol venue to Justice G.
Albert Johnson. He claimed an at
tempt had been made to rob him. He
had $r4.1 on hi person when taken in
charge" by the police. The case was
dismissed thij. afternoon.
One Cent Postal Rate.
One cent postal rate on letters is
again being agitated and one of the
high officials i.f that department de
clares that universal postage at one
cent is sure to come in the near future.
The experience of all countries is that
a reduction in postage increases the
volume of bus'ness so much that the
loss of revenue id more than made up.
The experience of the thousands of
sickly men and women who have used
Hostettors Stxmach Bitters has al
ways brought, the same results im
proved health, perfect digestion and
steady nerves. Our fit years' record
of cures should be sufficient to con
vince you of its merit, hut try one
bottle today and test it for your own
satisfaction. It cures dyspepsia, indi
Igestion, costiveness. colds, grippe, fe
male ills and lr.alaria.
Anti-Prohibitionists Form O:
ganiz3tionto Oppose Pres
PRINCIPLES 'ARE STATED
Hold for Strict Control of
with Elimination of All II
Skin Disease of 20 Years' Standing
I want you to know how much
Chamberlain's Salve has done for me.
It has cured my face of a skin disease
of almost 20 years' standing. I have
been treated by several as smart phy
sicians as we have in this conntrv and
, they did me no good, but two boxes
' of this salve have cured me. Mrs. Fan.
nie Griffin, Troy, Ala. Chamberlain'?
Salve is for sale by all druggists.
Ask your doctor to tell you, honestly and
frankly just what he thinks of Ayer's
Cherry Pectoral. Then do as he says.
Ayers Cherry Pectoral
Often a single dose of Ayer's Cherry Pectoral at
bedtime will completely control the night coughs
E f .k!Un Tr Ic tt ctrnnor mrlirin a rlntnt-'c
medicine, entirely free from alcohol. Made only
for diseases of the throat, bronchial tubes, and lungs.
Pull fnrmnla nn each label.
JLWAAAWAAAAMaw w wm
Free from Alcohol I
J. C. AYER CO., B
The Anti Prohibition League of Rock I
Island County was formally organized
at a meeting of citizens of Rack Is
land, Moline and the rural districts of i
the county he'd last evening at the
Harper house. Officers having been
elected at a previous meeting, last
night the declaration of principles arid
a constitution v ere adopted, which set
forth the aims of the new organization.
An active campaign for membership
will be conducted in the nexf few
weeks fcr the purpose of defeating the
local option or, the prohibition move
The new organization will have ijs
permanent headquarters at the Har
per house, from which its campaign
will be conducted. The organization
meets every Monday evening. ' Mem
bership cards are now in circulation.
Following is an outline of the pre
amble and declaration of principles:
"In view of tne present agitation to
make this lo -ality anti-saloon terri
tory, thereby enforcing absolute pro
hibition upon the people of the same,
we feel it incumbent upon us to ex
press our views concerning this move
ment. "We feel that the question of en
forcing prohibition and abolishing the
liquor traffic enrirely, is one of most
vital importance to the people and
government of this country, and must
be dealt with courageously, and at the
same time, in the spirit of fairness,
free from prejudice and passion.
"As citizens of the county of Rock
Island, including the prosperous and
progressive cities of Rock Island and
Moline, where ;1I our interests are lo
cated, and where our homes are, and
to the up-building of which we have
proportionately contributed, we have
its interest, welfare, and advancement
as much at heart, and have as much at
stake as our opponents.
Merniif to IttiMlficNM.
"Accordingly we submit to the calm
judgment of our fellow citizens, with
abiding faith in their common sense
and their desire to do what is manly
snd fair to all, that the present pro
hibition agitation is
"A menace to business interests:
"A blow aimed at the growth and ad
vancement of this whole locality:
"An attack upon the liberty of the in
"A misdirected effort to correct
abuses which the laws heretofore exist
ing are ample to correct, if they are
"We condemn this agitation as det
rimental and ruinous, the more so. us
e are convinced that it will not and
cannot, have the Falutary results which
re expected from it by its promoters
Justified by former experience, and by
our observation of the practical opera-
ion of prohibitory laws and votes, it.
s our opinion that prohibition does not
prohibit, that prohibition does not
mean temperance, and that said laws
do not accomplis-h the end sought, to
be obtained; t hut on the contrary they
induce greater intemiwrar.ee, and that
they needlessly abridge the personal
wishes, rights and liberties of manv.
ngendering hatred and resentment;
hat they foster a general disregard for
law. and make law-breakers of manv
who are otherwise law abiding; that
they furnish precedent for further in
fringing upon the wishes, rights and
liberties of the people, respecting ap
petite, apparel, worship and recreation
the whole a situation greatly to be
deplored, to be viewed with alarm,
and which should interest and con
cern every good citizen.
'With the experience of many years
before us of othr cities and states we
believe that prchibition is a deterrent
to advancement, that it depreciates
and even dest-ovs property values and
increases taxation, that it takes from
the community the revenue derived
from the liquor business, drives away
many citizens, and deters others from
locating, throws many out of employ
ment, and discourages investments by
ncreasmg ordinary timidity of capital.
"Accordingly we believe that the so
lution' of the great problem is to be
had in wise legislation, looking not to
the prohibition, tut to the proper regu
iation of the liquor business, and that
the constant fear that at any moment
a business, established and built up un
der existing laws may be destroved
and the accumulation of long years be
dissipated, should be permanently re
moved rroro tnote engaged in such
A Deelnrsillon of Principle.
"In conformity with these views we
irake tne following declaration of
"Saloons beinj public of general re
sort, should be under strict control
supervision and regulation, and we fa
vor such and insist that all immoral
and Illegal accessories of the saloon
business should be absolutely divorced
"We do not believe that a majority
of men, no matter how great, have the
moral right to force upon a minority
such legislation as will result in op
pression and tyranny, and in the de-
"We believe in the greatest personal I
liberty consistent with public good,
and that the public good does not and
should not require men to sacrifice
their individuality, or their business
and property interests through restrict
ive governmental process.
"We believe that 'life, liberty and
the pursuit of happiness.' as declared
by the founders of our national govern
ment, belong dv right to all our people,
and that upon ti e maintaining of our
civil, religious and political liberties
rests the future security, progress and,
prosperity of the government.
"We believe that true liberty con
sists in the privilege of enjoying one's
own rights, lot in the destruction of
the rights of others.
"We believe that 'equal and exact
justice to all. -special privileges to
none," should be the bais of all law
enactments, and their application.
"Believing that benefits from the ap
plication of ihs principles herein de
fined, can be more readily obtained
and retained through wise and conser
vative legislation, where such legisla
tion is now lacking, we hereby pledge
our suppojt to measures and men that
sustain such principles, and we call
upon all citizens who have at Tart
the future welfare, happiness, growth
and prosperity of this community, to
jciu with us in this pledge, and to dis
countenance this prohibitory movement.
For the purpose carrying into effect
the principles above set forth a consti
tution is adopted Avhich fixes the name
as the Anti-Prohibition League of Rock
Island County, and prescribes that any
voter of Rock Inland county of good
character may to a member. Among
the stauding committees authorized
are one on publicity, one on law and
another on promotion, the duty of the
last named being: to extend the work.
Harry M. McCaskriu returned last
evening from a month's combined
pleasure and business trip to the Pa
cific coast and the south.
II. Chandler Egan of Chicago, the
golf champion, was in the city yester
day. Mr. Ega.i, who has at one time
or another won nearly every golf hon
or ooen to amateurs, will without
doubt be a competitor in the tourna
ment of the Western association at
Rock Island arsenal next July.
Cosmetics injure the complexion.
The highest type?, of complexion beau
tv comes through the blood. Hollis-
ter's Rocky Mountain Tea makes rich
red blood, gives you that clear, healthy
complexion, which will wash but not
rub off. 35 centsitea or tablets.
Harper House pharmacy.
IS UNIQUE STORE
Sperry & Hutchinson Roorrs
Are Filled with Merchan
dise to bs Given Away
N EXCHANGE t OS STAMfS,
Advent of Company to Three Cities is;
Welcomed by Citizens Business
of Large Importance.
news all the time THE
friends across the
river. We have
always given you
the very best of
goods and con
tinue to. Many
customers cling to
the old firm and
cross the river to
207 W. 2d Street,
It Is too large for the average per
son to have, any conception of," was
the response of a representative of
the Sperry & Hutchinson company,
when asked as to the amount of busi
ness represented by the green trading
stamps turned into the company's 257
American stores in a year. What the
trading stamp business amounts to is
indicated by the fact that the Sperry
& Hutchinson company, which has op
ened store rooms in the new Safety
Deposit company building on Eigh
teenth street and Third avenue, annu
ally turns over stock amounting io
Not II New
The trading stamp is not a new idea.
In fact the Sperry & Hutchinson com
pany has been doing "business iir
about 20 years. After conquering tne
cast with the idea, the company ex
tended its field of operations to the
western part of the country, and it
now has a chain of stores extending
from coast to coast and located in 257
of the most prosperous cities of the
country. The company is now capi
talized at $1,000,000.
The company is permanently locat
ed here. It has" a three year lease on
its quarters in the Safety building, and
endeavored to secure a five year lease. ,0
The company has a suite of three
store rooms. The business here for
the present is in the hands of A. .T.
Dillman, western manager, and J. D.
Davis, advertising representative.
Ih a Ilevelntton.
The company has invited public in
spection of its store rooms, and people t
call there at all hours of the day to
examine the articles which the com
pany offers as premiums to redeem the I
green trading stamps which are is
sued by the merchants who have con
tracts with it. One of the purposes
in making a special effort to induce
the ladies to visit the rooms was to
di.el the idea of cheapness or triv
iality which is often associated with
the words "premium" or "trading
stamp." Merely to look at the stock
which is on display lu the Sperry &
Hutchinson rooms completely dispels
from the mind any such idea, for the
place is stocked with a display of fine
furniture, house fnYn'iSh'ihg's,'" glass
ware, silverware and everything need
ed to furnish as fine a home as any
in Rock Island.
Ilenutifnl nnd Vnrfiil.
The stock is a happy combination of
the beautiful and, the useful. The peo
ple of taste who visited the new dis
play found there a harmonious ar
rangement of materials and colors, and
the merely useful was not allowed to
dominate over the artistic. On the
other hand, those who sought the prac
tical, found in the goods displayed for
their inspection an intrinsic value aris-j
ing from quality and make that in
spired what is the real aim in all bus
iness, the wish to acquire that which
As one veteran merchant has said:
If you would experience a thrill of
genuine pleasure and enthusiasm, visit
these parlors." On the walls hang
Choice pictures, the work of those who
are skilled in depictions of nature's
finest moods; handsome and luxurious
furnishings are placed attractively, ar
ticles of furniture for the office or the
home, fine cut glass, bright and mas
sive silverware, Italian marbles, and
fancy and ornamental articles Of rich
est description draw the attention
gradually from one valuable object to
another with that indefinable attrac
tion which is the soul of the artistic
no matter in what line displayed.
In Hertcoiiiinjr Stamp.
The Sperry & Hutchinson company
does not enter into competition with
any merchant of the city. It merely
cooperates with the merchants, sell
ing the business men tho trading
stamps, and redeeming these stamps
when they are presented by the cus
tomers of the merchants
All callers at the display rooms are
given a stamp book, with full instruc
tions at to their collection and re
demption. The store has many callers
daily, some going there to examine the
stock through a delight in merely
looking? at fine furniture, .pictures, sil
verware, cut glass, and the like, and
others for the purpose of being in
formed as to the company's plan of
Help the Merchant.
A number of merchants have already
entered into contracts with the S. &
II. company, and are distributing the
green trading stamps with their goods
The giving of trading stamps, it i
claimed, will help the merchant in in
creased cash sates, and will prove a3
well a benefit to the customer, because
of the probability of securing premi
urns of value for the stamps. Already
the merchants who have Issued the
stamps are finding the results gratify
ing, and the customers of the stores
are enthusiastic over the establish
ment of the premium rooms here.
The Sperry & Hutchinson company
promises to be a valuable addition to
lithe city's commercial life, and its com
Tho fintrer of time rests liirhtiv nn ih.
face of tho woman who earlv In lifo ho.
pins tho tiro of ALMOND BLOSSOM r-nw.
FLEXION CKKAM. Hulls back th va,-. .
the face of the woman whore time hn ninuHo
set his mark. Madame Yal hersolf Is a veritable
"llVillir WitnrSS" Of the VOUth-mtalnlnn
this truly wonderful skin food. Any woman can find
the secret of her
l MlHtS BLOSSOM '-OM- c.
ItHISItt-' FLEXION CP.EAM. OHTOU
Madame Tale says:
"A lltMp of the cream should be nrilied every time the
face Is washed. It removes the dust. soot, (crime, smut
and smudge from the interstices of the skin and makes
tho Furface rniooth as elvet." An exquisite, natural
beaut Ifier thnt cleanses, softens, purifies and whitens
tho skin and by self masrase removes wrinkles and
rrow s-ieei ana restores contour. Protects the skin
from cuttins winds, prevents nnd cures abnormal red
ness of the nose or fare, also chapping, chafing.
iroiu nyiea, juver uiisiers ana all skin Irritations.
for burns: takes
i . ,
-J lire out quickly
XHpNl anil prevents
Regular large Jtl.CO Ue.
' ihiN week.
fa; the 50c v..
Ask for a free
copy of M mo
given away free
at our Toilet
Goods Dept. Mailed
free to those living
out of town. Write
for a copy.
There is no difference between
rt-nti::K money and in renting a
house, u farm, or a carriage. You pay
your liouso rent, or your farm rent, or
you p;iy your liveryman for the use of
his property, and think nothing of it,
and many people thlnK it's a great
tiling to be able to rent money in the
faint' 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 much rent we charge for the use
of our money. AVe'll treat you right,
and the price will be right, loo, or you
won't have to take the money.
Your furniture, piano, horses, wagons,
fixtures and other personal property
wiil be security for the money we rent
you. and they are lert :n your posses
sion. Kcpay us h small sum weekly or
monthly and you'll have the loan re
paid. A fair, square deal with a reliable-
concern anil at the best rates and
most liberal terms in the city. Private,
too. and quick. Call, write or phone us.
MlTf'lIKM. & l.YNDK IU.OCK,
iltoom Iturk Island. -
Otllre hours. S n. in. to (I p. in., nnd
Saturday ecvningM. Telephone west 514;
ne iv telephone tinil.
tfl- ill I
811 1 1
ing has been welcomed It was at
tracted here by the iMissibiiiiios of the
business in the three cifits, and the
evident progress of tlu community.
The central location of the three cit
ies, the magnitude of its business an 1
merchandising enterprises, and the
readiness of local merchants to take
up the trading stamp proposition, were
influences in bringing the branch store
of the S. & H. company to the city.
The Sperry & Hutchinson company
stock, being purchased as it is direct
fronj the manufacturers and imported
from foreign countries direct by the
company, is as fine as may be purchas
ed in any store in the country. The
company operates not alone in the
United States, but in South America.
Germany. Australia, and other coun
Bert Barber of Elton, "Wis., says:
"I have only taken four doses of your
Kidney and Bladder pills and they
have done more for me than any oth
er medicine has ever done." Mr. Bar
ber refers to DeW'itt's Kidney and
Bladder pills. They aro sold by all
Neglected Colds Threaten Life.
(From the Chicago Tribune.)
' 'Don't trine with a cold.' is good
advice for prudent men and women.
It may bo" vital in the case of a child.
Proper food, good ventilation, and dry,
warm clothing are the proper safe
guards against colds. If they are main-
aintd through tho changeable weather
of autumn, winter and spring, the
chances of a surprise from ordinary
colds will bo slight. But the ordinarv
ight cold will become severe if nrsr-
ected, and a well established ripe i
cold is to the germs of diphtheria what
honey is to the bee. The greatest
menace to child life at this season of
the year is the neglected cold."
Whether it is a child or adult, the cold
slight or severe, the very best treat
ment that can be adopted is to give
Chamberlain's Cough Remedy. It is
safe- and sure. The great popularity
and immense sale of this preparation
has been attained by its remarkable
cures of this ailment A cold never
results in pneumonia'when it is given.
For sale by all druggists.
news all the time THE
1707 J AVI
There is an element in our
store that has paved the way to
whatever success we are able to
acclaim business truth. We
make no lavish display of it,
yet it is the integral part of ev
And it's a glorious reflection
to ts that in our advertising and
behind th counter there's never
been a deviation from this poli
cy. The pursuit of such a store
and the avoidance of the other
kind is well worth careful study.
1707 2 AVI
Rock Island. Iu.
A Confidential Talk
With me may save your teeth; and
'.'It Don't Hurt a Bit."
1715 Second Avenue.