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.THE ARGUS, MONDAY. MARCH 2, 1908.
Published Dally and Weekly at 1621
Second avenue. Rock Island, 111. En
tered at the postofflce as second-class
BY THE J. W. POTTER CO.
TER'MS Dally, 10 cents per week.
Weekly, $1 per year In advance.
All communications of argumentative
character, political or religious, must
Jiave real name attached for publica
tion. No sucn articles will be printed
f'ver fictitious signatures. (
Correspondence solicited from every
township In Rock Island county.
Monday, March 2, 1908.
If March did come in as a lamb it
M ill probably go out as a sheep never
mind what -the old adage says.
Taffs boomers say that they have
496 votes in sight for Taft in the na
tional convention. But claims are per
A Chinamen in New York kissed a
white woman in public. Then he
took his cue and departed before the
mob could get him.
While the cost of living may go
"down the weary householder is afraid
it will take a distressingly long time
to pass a given point.
An Arizona man claims to have
sheared 30 sheep in nine hours. And
the Keokuk Gate City says that is al
most as rapidly as they shear lambs
in Wall street.
The four democrats in the Kentucky
legislature who betrayed their party
by deserting Beckham for Bradley
proved unworthy of the positions they
enjoy, as well as undeserving of honor
at the hands of the public.
A teacher of the blind says that
stenography is good employment for
the sightless, and that the number of
blind stenographers is increasing.
Perhaps this accounts for some of
the spelling in the letters that you
the democratic party can enter upon a
vigorous campaign with splendid pros
pects of success. Will the rank and
tile undertake the work and thus pnvc
the way for victory?".
A Lesson for Advertisers.
As an instance of the, value of news
paper advertising to increase or force
trade, the following facts are remarka
ble. During December the orders re
ceived by the Douglas Boot and Shoe
company of Brockton, Mass., fell off
in consequence of the business depres
sion following the panic. The adver
tising manager of that large concern
mentioned the matter to Governor
Douglas, and asked his advice, wheth
er under the circumstances they
should place the usual amount of ad
vertising during January and Febru
ary, which are 'usually the slowest
months in the year in the shoe busi
ness. Governor Douglas at once or
dered an increase of 30 per cent in the
amount appropriated for advert isin
declaring that sucn an increase would
help to overcome the unfavorable busi
ness outlook. There was considerable
skepticism about the result among the
principal employes of the Douglas com
pany. But the result showed almost an
immediate improvement in business,
which is now averaging more than last
year during these unusually dull
Thus the business sr.gacity of Gov
ernor Douglas has overcome the hard
times, and his optimism has .proven an
antidote to the republican panic.
The advertising manager of Gover
nor Douglas explains the phenomenon
of increased sales, when by all the
rules of business there should have
been a decrease, as entirely produced
by the increased advertising. Other
advertisers of rhoes were drawing-in
their horns and many of their former
customers were induced to patronize
the Douglas shoe because it was more
than ever brought to their notice.
It seems that persistent advertising
pays, for last year nearly 8.000 news
pppers carried the Douglas advertise
ment, and the profits of the business
were larger than ever. The business
managers of newspapers should point
out these facts to those who decrease
or decline to advertise to ail when bus
iness is drooping and show them that
persjstent advertising pays and that
increased advertising pays better, and
that the newspaper is the best "adver- j
Shakespeare's Wild 'Animals.
Shakespeai'e makes use of no fewer
than twenty species of British wild
animals. Of these the badger, the otter
and the water rat are once each em
ployed by name merely as . terms of
abuse. The polecat and hedgehog are
also terms of abuse, but are so far
"described" as to ,be called respective
ly "stinking" and "thorny." The dor
mouse andferret are each used once
as adjectives for "sleepy" and "fierce."
The shrew gives its name to a play,
but is never mentioned as an animal.
The mole is mentioned twice as being
"blind," the wildcat once as "sleeping
by day," the cony as "struggling in the
net" and "dwelling where she is kin
dled" and the squirrel as "the fairies'
coachmaker" and as having already
hoarded that year's nuts on May day.
The rat and the mouse, being only
the M. domesticus, required no "ob
servation" by the poet, so that the
above represents the total of Shake
speare's natural history with regard to
all but six of his British quadrupeds.
The poet's only "original" references
to the weasel are blunders. Thelat Is
mentioned three times as an actual an
imal once wrongly, as a migrant, like
the swallow, pursuing summer; ojjee
fancifully, as the "rereniouse." out of
whose "leathern" wings Titania's elves
made their coats, and once, finely, "eve
the bnt hath flown his cloistered
flight' as fixing the hour of Duncau
The fox of course affords endless op
portunities for metaphor and simile,
and Shakespeare's description of It as
the fox of fable and tradition copld
not be surpassed. London Saturday
SljeTIrgus Daily Short Story
"Fair Means or Foul." By Jane Lee.
(Copyrighted, 1908, M. M. Cunningham.)
' Speaker Edward D. Shurtleff of the
Illinois house has ceased to be a can
didate for the republican gubernatorial
nomination in favor of former Gov
ernor Richard Yates. Did Mr. Shurt
leff ever imagine that he was a candidate?
With reference to E. H. Harriman's
candidacy for delegate to the republi
can national convention, the Topeka
Captlal suggests that New York send
H. H. Rogers, John D. Rockefeller and
Chancellor Day as the rest of its "Big
Governor Cummins of Iowa has de
feated the Allison-Shaw combine, and
will control the delegates to the na
tional convention. Congressmen Qous
ins and Birdsall, both standpatters.
have fallen by the wayside, and now
announce they will not be candidates
for renomination. The "Iowa idea"
that the tariff fosters trusts is evi
dently coming to the front again.
Hew to tlie Lino.
The following from the Commoner
prints the entire approbation of the
Bryan democrats, and lo commended
to the democrats of Illinois for earnest
1. "Be on guard lest the party be
crippled by an organization out of
harmony with the party's purpose."
2. "Let every aspirant or a position
in the party organization be scrutl
nized. If his present position or his
past record is open to objection let
him stand aside. The party has more
important work than apologizing for
its representatives, and no representa
tive ougl.t to deeire to make himself
. 3. "The corporations will attempt to
control the organization, and they will
have candidates for every vacancy
from precinct committeemen to the
top of the organization. The people
must have their candidates, and it is
well to begin at once to look out for
the right man for each place and have
4. "What the party now needs is to
prove to the people that it can be
trusted to carry out the desired re
forms, and this confidence can only be
established by rooting out of the clem
ocratlc organization every member
whose business connections are such
as to bias him in favor of the corpor
ations which have been securing priv
ileges and favors against the people
5. "Each community has a right to
Instruct its delegates, for the delegat
Is the representative not of himself
alone, but of those who elect him. The
voters have a right to Instruct and the
representative is in duty bound to
obey. And while it is generally safe
to trust a man to oey instructions,
even when he doejf mot agree with
them, it Is better jto select? delegates
who are in symrhy with instructions.
It is best to iytruct, and it is safest
to put the lntructions in the hands of
Kites and Kites.
Mr. riunkett, a famous Irish barris
ter, had great wit Before Lord Chan
cellor of Ireland Redesdale Plunkett
had occasion to use the word "kites"
very frequently as designating fraudu
lent bills and promissory notes.
"I don't quite understand your mean
ing. Mr. riunkett," said the lord chan
cellor. "In England kites are paper
playthings used by boys. In Ireland
they seem to mean sAne species of
monetary transaction." .
"There is another difference, my
lord," Mr. Plunkett replied. "In Eng
land the wind raises the kites; In Ire
land the kites raise the wind."
THE LOCAL PROHIBITION
Alcoholism in the French
DY THE PRESS COMMITTEE OF THE
LOCAL. OPTION COMMITTEE.
Advocates of the saloon are fond of
calling attention to the alleged fact
that in the old world the drinking of
intoxicants is universal and that no
evil effects ensue. Glowing pictures
are painted of the contentment and
happiness of the people who get their
outlook on life through the bottom of
a beer glass and float down the stream
of time "thinking of nothing at all."
It is well known, however, that the
publics" are the bane of Great Brit-
am, and the cause of much of the
pauperism and crime for which that
tight little island is noted. Emperor
William of Germany has taken steps
recently to check the ravages of drink
in that country, greatly, no doubt, to
the disgust of the Anti-Prohibition
league of Rock Island. An article en
titled "Alcoholism in the French
Army" appearing in the Review of
Reviews for March 190S just published,
shows that the same evil is being rec
ognized and combatted in France. The
article in substance is as follows:
"Alcoholism is one of the most ter
rible scourges of France. It is a dan
ger of incalculably appalling force, a
danger which menaces the individual.
the family, and society, says an edi
torial in a recent number of the Petit
Journal (Paris). The danger to the
individual is both moral and physical.
"Alcohol gradually demoralizes and
decays the stomach, liver, kidneys and
lungs. A disease easily curable in a
man who docs not drink is fatal to
the drinking man. The drunkard's
face shows the ravages of his vice.
According to his temperament he
bloats, yellows or becomes livid; his
breath exhales the poison that has
steeped his organism; his health, like
his intellect, decays; he loses all sense
of manly dignity. Morally he falls to
a point where self denial 'is impos
sioie; co ine point wnere ne is con
scious of nothing but animal appe
"But he Is piteous; he is helpless;
his disease makes its own conditions.
The pain that he inflicts, the terror,
the anguish, are the results of his
weakness ; he is not responsible for his
acts. An honest man may commit the
worst of crimes when under the in
fluence of drink.
"Knowing this fact (a fact well
known and recognized by medical ex
perts) the officers' of the army of
France have opened a course of lec
tures intended to schcol the troops
against the fatal consequences of
drink. In aa address delivered recent
ly. Captain Remain, of the artillery,
said to the men of his battery.
'You have -seen drunkards often
enough to know what a man is like
at such 3l time. A drunkard civilian
is bad enough; a drunkard soldier is
doubly guilty. The military code does
commits a crime when he is drunk is
punished twice as severely as he would
be should he commit the same crime
when he is sober; because the fact of
his drunkenness constitutes a crime
1 "Alcoholism is the curse of fami
lies in France as elsewhere.
"Alcoholism is the peril that men
aces the state, the seed-sower of nat
ional degeneracy. The alcoholism of
France diminishes the number of
births; first by augmenting mortality
and by aggravating depopulation;
next by destroying the energy and the
intellect of the individual and by
spreading the two great scourges, tub
erculosis and insanity. Alcoholism
propagates tuberculosis, an evil more
to be dreaded than black death.
"It destroys the bodily organs; its
victim is a living corpse,, a walkin
corpse, contaminating the air that he
breathes. Insanity is the inevitable
doom of the drunkard who livetto die
a natural death. Of all countries
France ought to be the first able to
give her opinion of alcoholism, because
her increase in crime is directly due
LOCAL OPTION PRESS COMMIT
Do Not Crowd the Season. .
The first warm days of spring bring
with them a desire to get out and
enjoy the sunshine. Children that
have- been housed up all winter are
brought out and you wonder where
they all came from. The heavy winter
clothing is thrown aside and many
shed their flannels. Then a cold wave
comes and people say that grip is epi
demic. Colds at this season are even
more dangerous than in mid-winter, as
there is much more danger of pneu
monia. Take Chamberlain's Cough
Remedy, however, and you will have
nothing to fear. It always cure, an
we have never known a cold to re
sult in pneumonia when it is used. It
is pleasant and safe to take. Childreu
like it. For sale by all druggists.
There may have been a time when About 8" o'clock a maid announced to
the rain came down in greater quantl-.Miss Merrill that
ties, but certainly not within tbe mem- called- saying he had found a purse
ory of the shoppers on Broadway onP. a. would like to have her identify It
dav early in February Helen ran down tbe stairs' deliShted a
aay eariy m uary. I the thought of finding her lost treasure.
Some few without the saving grace Iu front of the Qpen fire st0Qd c,ayt0Q
'i'"1 "uai irciauciuvu iucur .viatsuau. warming nis nanus.
selves that a second flood was immi
nent, while others plodded through, the
slushy rivers in gutters too wide to be
jumped with no feeling save dumb
i The wind blew with such velocity
that It was Impossible to hold an um
brella, and broken ones had been
thrown into the gutters, giving the ap-
pcarance of a fleet of black ships as
they whirled and finally stopped at the
corner sewer. Women who were forced
by circumstances to be out held their
skirts with one hand and took a firm
grip on their hats with the other.
Among the few stragglers the police
man noticed the figure of a young girl
who had passed him several times now
peering overthe curb as if fascinated
by the ebb and flow of the stream.
Her clothes were of a good cut and
material. Her curly locks were much
bedraggled, and a tiny green stream
was running down one cheek, thanks
to the combination of rain and green
ribbon upon her hat. The man in uni
form and brass buttons stepped to her
side as she hesitated at a rather peril
"Bad day., miss," said he as he offer
ed to help her across the street.
Bad? I should say it was! And in
more ways than one! You see, I have
lost my purse, and I am visiting in
Bayville. I have not even money
enough to get back to the house," ex
plained the girl as she looked up help
lessly at the policeman.
He eyed her suspiciously. To his
ears such stories were not uncommon.
"That's a good story, all right! Sure
it's true, are you?" he said.
Just then the tall figure of a man
with his hat pulled down well over his
eyes, passed them. The girl brightened
as she saw him.
"Oh, call that man, please do," she
cried as the tall figure strode on. 'Tie's
from Bayville too."
The policeman ran over and touched
the man on the shoulder.
"Lady over there wants you, sir."
The man glanced back, and then
with one agile leap across the gutter.
he was at her side. , -
"Miss Merrill, can-it be you? What
on earth are you doing out in this pour
lng rain?" The, questions fell thick
and fast and without pause for answer.
"Let us step into this drug store, and
do tell me what I enn do for you."
They entered the store, and a friend
ly clerk offered them chairs and then
politely retired to the rear of the store.
Helen Merrill tried to adjust a stray
lock and turned her blue eyes to meet
her companion's interested gaze.
"It was awfully good of you to say
you knew me. That policeman was
horrid, and I thought you'd remember
having seen me in uncle's trap."
"How could I fall to see you ?" mused
the man, and the girl blushed as she
resumed her story.
I came in town to do some shopping,
and I've lost my purse. It was only
snowing this morning, and I could not
foresee this awful wind and rain storm.
I dropped my purse as I was crossing
the street, and, though I've looked and
looked the whole length of that dirty
gutter, I cannot find it" she explained
to him. He offered no response, ne
was apparently lost in studying the
depths of the blue eyes before him.
"Oh, won't you send me back home.
Mr. Marshall? I know Uncle John
will consider It a neighborly courtesy."
Clayton Marshall smiled and glanced
at his watch.
''I am awfully sorry to hear about
your plight. Miss Merrill, and of course
I will take you home at once. We
have just time to catch the 2:30 train
that is, unless you would rather have
a bite to eat first."
"Eat!" she cried. "I feel like a
drowned rat and must look like one.
No restaurant would admit me. Hun
gry as I am, I, fear that home is the
place for me," Helen replied. "But,1
she continued, "if you will put me on
the train it will be quite sufficient.
Purely your office is not closed so
those who gree with the voters as to
whatJJks'best to do.
157" With a platform that is really not consider a man V lack of mnmi
democratic, with candidates who really j consciousness an excuse for reprehen
represent the platform and witlT an ' sible vaction ; in the eyes of the law
organization that is realiv in sympathy ( his -.ment.it condition 1 an aggava
wlth the platform-and" te .candidates, lion of his guilt; and a soldier who
Your Hot Pipes
Uf HEN the heater nWput
hot pipes through the
house in place of stoves he
thought it was something
new. But nature put hot pipes
all through our bodies to keep
us warm long, long ago.
sends heat and rich nourish
ment through the blood all
over the body. It does its -work
through the blood. H
gives vigor to the tissues and
is a powerful flesh-producer. ,
.AnDraasfetoB0cMdS1.00. . '"'
"Mr. Marshall," exclaimed Helen,
with the pretty blush that was one of
her girlish charms, "the maid said
there was-a man here who had found
my purse, but I guess he must be out
"Not at all. Miss Merrill. I am the
man who has tbe purse." and he drew
forth from the depths of his pocket the
missing trinket Helen's cry of delight
did not seem to be contagious, for Mar-"
shall assumed rather a depressed air.
Mr. Marshall, you are surely a fairy
prince! Yesterday you seemed like a
second Noah escorting me in your mod
ern ark up to my home," said Helen
ayly. "Today you come I ike, a Santa
Claus, giving me back my purse. How
cau I ever thank you enough?" she
"I want to tell you something, if 1
may." said Marshall as they seated
themselves in comfortable chairs. "I
saw you talking to that policeman yes
terday long before you saw me," he
continued. "Again and again I have
asked, your precious" old uncle to intro
duce me to you. but he always put ie
off, saying. 'What awhile, young man;
I got so I hated the sight of him
more and more, and I determined to
meet you in some other way. , but no
opportunity seemed to come until yes
terday. As I was about to cross Broad
way I saw this mass of shining gold
whirling past me, and as I stopped to
pick it up I heard you talking to the
policeman. I went on, slipping the purse
in my pocket, feeling quite sure' that
you would call me- back. You did.
and, well you know the rest!"
"Such a deceitful man!" mused Hel
en. "And all the time that I was catch
ing pneumonia you hnd that purse in
your pocket Oh. how could you?"
"That is just what's bothering me,"
said Marshall. "How could I?" But
his eyes twinkled. "But if you were
very, very much in love with a man
and wanted to know him would you
hesitate to steal a purse in order to
accomplish that end? Now, honest,1
he pleaded as he drew bis chair to a I
more confidential angle.
Helen Merrill's eyes began to dance.
"Men are such stupid, simple mind
ed creatures!" she began. "Imagine
asking a woman for an honest answer!
Why, the thing is almost absurd. Yet
I'm going to be honest; but, mind yoA,
only just this once," she said as she
leaned forward, almost whispering.
"Just this once," said Marshall, and
the space between them was shorten
ed by several inches.
"I could have got home yesterday
without your help," she confided. "All
I had to do was to go across the street
to the First National bank and write
my check. But I saw you coming, and
well, whenever I asked Uncle John
why he didn't have you to dinner like
some of the other men he'd say, 'Walt
awhile, young lady; wait awhile.' And
and I thought I had waited long
enough and you know the rest."
"Now that we have both been so ter
ribly honest with each vother," said
Marshall as he rose and stood beside
the chair which held the second cul
prit, "suppose we go together to Uncle
John and make a clean breast of it to
"Not at all. You know, I only prom
ised to be honest 'just once,' and that
would make twice," argued Helen.
"There's luck in odd numbers," said
Marshall. "You were honest to me
just now. That's once. Let's go and
be honest with Uncle John, and that's
twice. And then once more I want
you to be honest and answer a ques
tion. That's three, the odd number.'
They were in the ball by this time
on the way to the library and Uncle
John. Marshall leaned very close to her
as he asked her the third. No one ever
heard it save Helen, but after that It
really did not matter what Uncle John
No Use to Die.
"I have found out that there is no
use to die of lung trouble as long as
you can get Dr. King's New Discov-
Marshall nrotostert nnd finally won'ery." says Mrs. J. P. White of Rush-
the day. .-Hecalled a hansom, and to-, boro, Pa. "I would not be alive today
gether they took the train for Bayville. (only for that wonderful medicine. It
They telephoned in advance, and the loosens up a cough quicker than any-
family carriage was at the depot to thing else, and cures lung disease even
meet Helen. after the case-is pronounced helpless."
"Uncle John can thank you better This most reliable femedy for coughs
Out of Date Plumbing is Unhealthy
Plumbing fixtures and systems as made and
installed some years aeo were verv efficient
j m w , j .
at that time, but so many improvements have been made recently
in sanitation that an old plumbing system" is not only unsanitary,
but is a menace to the health of the occupants of the house in -which
it is still in use.
Is Your, Plumbing Out of Date?
If so, the members
of your household arc
constantly risking their
gases which pollute the
atmosphere and cannot
help but be breathed by
the occupants. Sewer
gas is dangerous and the
cannot long withstand
its ill effects.
Let us examine the condition of your plumbing, in order to
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be healthy and more c"mbrtable. Ask for booklet Modern
Home Plumbing." '
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What those who know
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that make it wonderfully responsive to artistic demands."
"Combines with great volume of tone rare sympathetic
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"My expectations as to the Knabc Pianos were
even surpassed by the reality."
"A pianist having such a wonderful instrument under his
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"Their sound and touch are more sympathetic to my eari
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Beyond question they are
The World's Best Piano today.
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1726-28 Second Avenue,
Rock Island, III.
than I," she said as they parted.
"Think so?" asked Marshall. And
then they both laughed.
The leading papers the nest morn
ing'contained a large and conspicuous
advertisement: "Lost, a gold mesh
purse, containing bills, gold peucll and
family commutation ticket between
Bayville and New York
ward if returned to M iss Heleil Mer
rill, Bayville. N. Y.
and colds, lagrlp, asthma, bfonchitis
and hoarseness, is sold under guaran
tee at all druggists. 50 cents and $1.
Trial bottle free.
Chamberlain's Cough Remedy is Both
Agreeable and Effective.
Chamberlain's Cough Remedy has no
Liberal re- superior for coughs, colds and croup,
and the fact that it is pleasant to take
and rnntnins nothinir In anv wav in-
Helen Merrill was visiting in one of jur,0U8 ha8 made ,t a favorite with
those richly appointed suburban homes mothers. W. S. Pelham. a merchant
GHDCK M lltjt
of Kirksville, Iowa, says: "For morel
than 20 years Cnamberlain's Cough
Remedy has been my leading remedy
for all throat troubles. It is especially
now frequently seen on the outskirts
of a large city.
Her Uncle John, a retired stock
broker and bachelor, hated town life
nnd lfviw? In Ttmn-nu tha vonr rminrl
He loved to have his pretty niece visit successful in cases of croup. Children"
him, while she was eager to leave her It and my customers who have
simple southern home and be his guest sed it will not take any other." For
for weeks at a time, though her uncle sale fay a11 druggists.
W, Sn9Chaper011- , Kodol is today the best known rem-
The .doorbell rang several times dur- dsordere of the stomach,
?Tattfl,0?ew e,Wi as dyspepsia, heart burn, sour
did not appear until late that evening. ... . .
though Helen listened eagerly for the . druggists
coreted sumjapns. . . re au an,glsts'
So Is TEDDY, and so will you
-be-if . . .' ,. -
Does Your Dental Work.
"It Don't Hurt a Bit"
115 Second, ave., London Bldg.