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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY. MAY 2. 1908.
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Saturday, May 2, 1908.
Congress is inert and verbose it
talks much and does little.
The schoolboy learns baseball
guage more easily than Latin.
What's the use of talking about the
weather, when, as the little' boy said,
it don't do no good nohow?"
With paper costing $10 more a ton,
it comes mighty hard for even repub
lican papers to apologize for Joe
Secretary Wilson says that the pub
lic cannot tell fresh eggs from stale.
fortunately tne grocers always put a
label on ibe basket.
Who are "the, demagogues, the siuis
ter, foolish socialists," of whom the
president speaks? Let hfm name
them! Else we may say, et tu brute!
The Taft boomers declare it is all
over but the shouting, but then "the
allies" claim Taft will not be nominat
ed, so there you republicans are, still
up in the air.
Republican congressmen are still
standing pat for the trusts, the univer
cal protest of the newspaper publish
ers about the tariff protecting the pa
per combine notwithstanding.
The president's latest bill is a de
roand "for" immediate action in revis
ing the tariff at the hands of the Con
gress elected next fall." This is gen
ume casuistical nocus pocus lor you
The Washington: Times states that
"powerful forces hold Speaker Cannon
responsible for the do-nothing - con
gross, ana nave determined to oust
him." The only way to defeat Cannon
is to elect a democratic congress.
The wise men will now tell us how
the frost hurt, or didn't hurt,xthe
crops. But the only sure way to tell
is to wait till the peaches are ripe
If they are ripe the fro3t did not hurt
them. If they are not ripe the frost
Finding that they can't beat Bryan's
nomination by the democrats at Den
ver, the Wall street organs, republican
and democrat, are getting up a "sec
ond election' term" movement for
Roosevelt, as the only republican who
can defeat Bryan. But even Teddy
can't do that. .
Tama (Iowa) Democrat: Quite a
number of our republican exchanges
are running Governor Johnson of Min
nesota for the nomination to be made
at Denver. Our' friends, the enemy,
are very anxious that we make no
mistake in our nominees this year.
They do want us to win! -.. .
King Edward took a half dozen
American rocking chairs, along with
r.rm S to , Biarrtiz. Sitting in one of
them, with his feet in two others, on
the hotel piazza, swaying gently back
end forth with onc-.of those $6 cigars
caressed between his .lips, he ought
to get a little comfort, even if he Is
a king. :
The democrats in congress are still
demanding the consideration of : the
campaign publicity bill; a bill to put
wood pulp and print paper on the free
list, and the anti-injunction bill
These measures-are insisted upon by
Mr. Williams, the democratic leader,
as all part of the president's legislative
A plaster cast of the diplodoccus,
a prehistoric reptile, which is one. of
the treasures of the Carnegie tnusuem
in Pittsburg, is to be sent to the em
peror of Germany. His majesty should
be assured that, despite certain stor
ies, the snakes, seen by the Pittsburg
spirits are not quite the size of this
16x70 foot creature.
It appears, according to the-complaint
of some of the stockholders of
the steel trust, that bonuses are be
ing paid to the officials over and above
their, very large salaries. Another
good reason why the tariff which pro
tects the trusts should be abolished
or diminished., u ' ' ,
- ! ' ; i Philippines. It was a great achieve-
A prominent doctor in Hungary has ment for Dewey; but whether or not
discovered that almost all modern all- ( the consequences will' prove ad van
tnents are due to the habit of sitting, tageous to the American nation,' time
He suggests that clerks and typewrit- alone will tell .
era should stand at their work, but J Ten ships of war there were that
should recline at full lengthen the flew, the flag of Spain. Dewey had
floor t or a few minutes every two tlx. The strength, the prowess of the
houtg. This would make business life 'enemy, only the test would telL " Much
much more picturesque, - Iiad been heard of their ability to
f l fight
Governor John A. Johnson of Min- v The mines at the mouth of Manila
nesota, who made two addresses ta.iay, about .which he had heard such
Rock Island and one in Moline yes-'fearsome tales, had been "damned" by
terday, all of them non-partisan, is a the American commander and feafely
of delightful personality, of pleas-
ing address, and, withal, a highly tal-
e'nted, well read,- ,well balanced citi-
zen, of whom the people of Minnesota
may well be proud. v
The St. Louis 'Times emphasizes the
advantage of improved waterways by
showing what Montreal has done. The
Canadian city is 1,000 miles from the
open sea, but has dredged a 30-foot
channel where the depth was formerly ,
10 feet, and now has , 10 miles ofi
wharves to which -inost of the ship-i
Ping of the Dominion comes. ...
Secretary Cortelyou has called oh
the national banks to pay back $45,-
000,000 more of the government de
posits. At the rate the .surplus is dis
appearing it will soon be a question of
more bonds, or more taxes, for the ap
propriations now being made for the
next - fiscal year show this stanupat
republican congress to be more extra
vagant than other congresses before it.
Republican Factional Strife the
Democratic Opportunity, v
The United States senate with its
two-thirds republican majority has
backed up the house of representatives
in refusing to follow the recommenda
tion of President Roosevelt for four
new battleships. Only nineteen repub
lican senators voted for this most ar
dent recommendation of a republican
president. That the republican lead
ers in both houses of congress are op
posed to most of the new legislation
recommended by the president, shows
the demoralization and factional dif
ference, that prevail in the counsels of
the G. O. P. There has been nothing
like it since Mr. Cleveland and con
gress disagreed over the financial is
sue. But President Cleveland was
able to force through his coinage mea
sure by the help of republican votes,
while President Roosevelt was only
backed by four democratic senators j
for his battleship program. The Roosei
velt sun seems to be setting in a cloud
of mistrust, , and disapproval of his
policies by the leaders of his party.
President Roosevelt's latest message
again recommending most important
legislation is received by congress
with cool disdain, .and Speaker Cannon
referred it tothat cemetery of Roose
velt ideas,tthe committee on the judi
ciary. John Sharp Williams, the dem
ocratic leader, protested and declared
it was the first time that a president's
message was referred to one standing
committee when it contained provi
sions that properly could only be re
ferred to the respective committees
having jurisdictjon. In the senate but
little attention was paid to the reading
of the message, nearly all the republic
an senators retiring to the cloak
This factional fight in the republican
party is the democratic opportunity.
The wheel of political fortune is evi
dently shifting, and the panic of last
year has shown the voters that the
republican party is not the advance
agent of prosperity, and that tariff pro
tection does not ensure the smiles of
fortune, or a full dinner pail.
From all former political experience
this is a democratic year.
. Bryan and the Tariff.
This paragraph from the Philadel-
phia Record deserves quotation.
Let the democrats ofthe country
soberly ask themselves, before going
to Denver and while it is yet time.
what figure they would cut before the
country and the world with a ludicrous
travesty of Jeffersonian democracy em
bodied in William J. Bryan. What
prospect would they have of digging
out tariff reform from the isms and
fads with which he would overload it,
and of making it the vital issue of the
' It might, be said that the entrance
of Mr. Bryan upon public life in a na
tional way was his speech against the
robber barons of protection in the
house of representatives. And he is
a man not in the habit of changing
his views. Mr. Bryan at that time
stood with W. L. Wilson and Grover
Cleveland. Though when another is
sue arose Mr.. Bryan and . Mr. Cleve
However, it is fair to ask about the
Record. It used to be owned by Wil
liam M. Singerly, was nominally dem
ocratic. "defended the national honor"
in 1896, became bankrupt and Its pro
prietor under most distressing circum
stances committed suicide.
; Today It is owned by the proprietor
of a republican paper in Philadelphia:
a high protectionist paper, and is ap
parently being used for the purpose
of disrupting the democratic party as
far as possible.
No editor in tho United States who
understands what . the ownership of
the Philadelphia Record, is, will serf
ously take anything it Bays concern
ing a democratic candidate. .
Ten years ago yesterday- Admiral
mewey annihilated the Asiatic fleet
I oi the Spanish navy and captured the
passed in the dark hours between mid
night and dawn. Every man was at
his post, each man eager for the fray,
.The ships w ere cleared for action and
aboard each was that perfect state of
preparedness whicn naa 1peenme ,aun
i'lonS years of discipline andtrain-
1 8 v' " . -. . .
lt only-remained for the quiet man
oa the Olympic bridge to speak the
wrds have become lmmorla1'
Thn th? battle ,was on' 't nf
TUamkU e I Tin a nocoori rrta acta of
"tirement. the act of congress, which
Pj ewey to the-rank of admtral pro-
navy's active list until such, time as he
might of his own accord retire. Ev
ery day finds him. at his desk at the
Navy Department, and, as president
of the General Board, he still renders
valuable service to the government
The residents of Washington- all know
him by sight, and when he goes abroad
he is kept busy acknowledging . their
greetings. ' Every visitor to Washing.
ton wants to see him, and the admiral
receives scores, of them . nearly every
dav at his office.
"I verily believe," and the admiral's
face grew serious, "that the hand of
God was in our war with Spain. Why,
just think of lt! Jn the two battles.
Manila Bay and Santiago, the Spanish
navy was practically wiped from the
seas, and the Spaniards had regarded
their navy as superior to our own.
And just one American life was lost
iu the two battles! Theyvwon't be
lieve it a hundred years from now.
When" the story is related a century
hence people will say, 'Oh. well, those
Yankees always were given to telling
big tales.'"' . ,
In the May McCIure's, George Ken
nan, in his article upon "Poverty and
Discontent in Russia," shows, by a ta
ble prepared by the Free Economics
society of St. Petersburg, the extreme
ly low poiaj to which thta misgovern
ed country has fallen. The table also
shows the "United States in a compar
atively affluent place in the lead.
Annual income per capita estimate
made May 2, 1907:
United States ;.' .$173.00
England :.. 136.50
Germany .:. 92.(M)
Servia and Bulgaria 50.50
It also appears that the death rate
in Russia 37.3 per thousand is high
er than any other civilized state, also
that health is more neglected than in
any, other European country: .
Franca one doctor to every 1.S00
Great Britain. one doctor to every. 1,100
Belgium.... ..one doctor to every 1,850
Norway...... one doctor to every 1,900
Austria one doctor to every 2,400
Prussia'.. ... .one doctor to every 2,000
Italy... .one doctor toevery 2,500
Hungary.. I. '.'one doctor to every 3,400
Russia one doctor to every .7,930
Mr. kennan believes the famine this
year will be as great as last and that,
as long as the bureaucracy continues
and the , promised constitutional liber
ty is deferred, conditions will steadily
Valued Same as Gold,
B. G. Stewart, a merchant of Cedaj
View, Miss., says: "I tell my custom
ers when they buy a box of Dr. King's
New Life Pills they get tho worth of
that much gold in weight, if afflicted
with constipation,- malaria or bilious
ness." Sold under guarantee at all
druggists. '25 cents.
For stomach troubles, biliousness
and constipation try Chamberlain's
Stomach and Liver Tablets. Many re
markable cures have been effected by
them. Price. 25 cents. Samples free.
For sale by all druggists.
Be n Brett's
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, ImportantIiprmaU'dn. ConcerninPasi arid"
Coming National Political Conventions.
THE FIRST REPUBLICAN CONVENTIONS.
When and where was the first Republican national convention held?
At Philadelphia, June 17, 1856,-the anniversary of the battle of
Bunker .Hill, this convention being the outcome of n preliminary con
vention held at Pittsburg on Washington's birthday, Feb. 22, 1856.
Who were nominated?
John C. Fremont of California for president and William L.
Dayton of New Jersey 'for. vice, president, both being unanimously
chosen after an informaf bailot. ,
Was a platform adopted? , ,
Yes, devoted largely to the subject of slavery.
Were these candidates elected ? . . '
Jo ; tlxey were defeated by
nated by the Democratic convention held at Cincinnati June 2, 1856.
'When and where was Lincoln nominated? .
At the second convention of the party, held at Chicago May 16,
1860. - -
, Who vas named for vice president?
Hannibal Hamlin of Maine.
Whom did Lincoln defeat?
: . Douglas, Breckinridge and Bell," Lincoln having 180 electoral
votes, Douglas 12, Breckinridge 72 and Bell 39.
SljeJIrgus Daily Short Story
"The Butterfly Girl."r By Temple Bailey,
(Copyrighted, 1908, by the Associated Literary Press.)
" The lirst rift in the. lute came whe:
Albert arrived home-one SiOnny night
and found hi.s bride in a fetching pink
gown, with her shining hair puffed into
a halo of gold, with piuk candle shades
on the coiners of the diuing table, with
pink roses in the tenter and with uoth
lng thereon to eat mit a third day's
cold roast and leftover salad.
. Albert, having kissed his wife enthu
siastically and having changed his of
fice coat for a more romial one. peered
at the planter dubiously.
"I am desperately hungry." he said,
"and there isn't much meat left."
"I am not a bit hungry." Bettina
stated. "I. was shopping downtown
and I had such a lunc h."
. "I had a sandwich." was Albert's
brief comment,, and after that he ate
TIME TO KISS
sparingly of the lamb and the tasteless
salad and sought final solace in his
after dinner cigar.
That evening Bettina found him
somewhat unresponsive. In vain she
played and saHig his favorite songs la
her little lilting voice. In vaiu she
prattled of her downtown bargains. In
vain she petted him and praised him.
Albert met all of her advances stolidly,
and the next mornhig found her at her
Aunt Betsey's in tears.
"He has ceased to love, me," she de
clared. . .
"What did you give him for dinner
last night?" Aunt Betsey demanded.
Bettina faltered out her menu.
Aunt Betsey sniffed.
"No wonder he was disagreeable,"
she said.' "Any man's affection would
be frozen out by cold meat and cold
salad and warmed over coffee.",
"Albert's love ought to be superior to
such things," Bettina said. "He used
always to quote things like 'A jug of
wine, a loaf of bread and thou beside
me, singing in the wilderness,' and last
night all of my slnglifg couldn't make
But Aunt Betsey was severely on the
"A jug of wine and a loaf of bread
mar be all rbzht" in hot climates," she
admitted, "but yesterday lt was snow
Ing, and Albert came In chilled, and
you ought to have had something fit
to eat" : . -
"Well, thank goodness my love Isn't
dependent on food," said Bettina lofti
ly. -v, fV;-v --r .-V
"What did yon have for lunch yester
day?" Aunt Betsey rrobed. "You told
me you went to MaUlard's." v-:
."We had grape fruit and rab and
qua Q, and a salad and an tee. Every
thing was deUdpqs. . MftryLqttrelI In
Buchanan and Breckinridge, nomi
vited me. with a friend of hers from
out of town." v
. "And poor Albert had a saudwich,"
Aunt Betsey reminded her.
"Oh! Oh!" Suddenly the real situa
tion seemed to dawn on the little wife.
"Ho was really, hungry. Aunt Betsey,
poor dear fellow." v-' , .
"And he had worked from 8:30 in the
morning," Aunt Betsey went on. "and
when he came home at nightt tired anrl
worn and nervous, be was' not in a
condition to appreciate lace trimmed
ruffles. Bettina, half as much as an
Bettina sighed. " v "
"W ell. It does away with the ro
5 "Dear heart." Aunt Betsey told her
"there is a Joy In service that is above
the joy of mere admiration. Try mak
ing Albert comfortable and you "will
get more solid happiness out of It than
by keeping him on the rack with your
But Bettina shrugged her shoulders.
"The way to hold n man." she de
clared, "is to play with him."
"The way to hold a man." said Aunt
Betsey, with a nod of her gray head
"is to love him. and that means to
make yourself his equal In endeavor,
Then you have his respect. Ton must
be the homemaker. just as Albert Is
the money maker." -
"But you have never married," sal 1
little Bettina. "Howtari you know.
s "The people who look on from- the
outside are the wise ones." said Aunt
Betsey, "and I have seen so many
That night Albert's footsteps lagged
a little on the stairway as be climbed
to liia little nut. ..u kucw just what
he would find at the top Bettlua.
charming in thb rosy gown: the pink
candle shades, the pink roses and cro
quettes made of the last of the beef.
Bettina always ran to big roaets. and
there yet remalued to be eaten a fifth
day's soup made of the bone.
The sound of his key in the latch
8ummoucd ' no rosy vision, however.
He passed through tb.c diuing room.
The pink candles were not lighted. In
front of his place was a copper chafing
dish, one of Ilettioa's hitherto-unused
wedding presents, and the blue flame
burning beneath set the contents bub
bling, and the air was laden with de-
"Bettina," he called, and at the sound
she came to the kitchen door. She
wore, a long apron of china blue; her
hair was ruffled about her face; her
checks were flaming. -.
"I haven't time to kiss you," she
cried gayly. "I must watch the
Albert went Into his room somewhat
disconcerted, r It was the first time
that Bettina had failed to kiss 'him. ' It
was the first time that his rooms bad
not been In a rosy glow and he miss
ed it '
But his discomfort vanished with
the serving of the dinner. ' , -
There,, were oysters in the chafing
dish, panned to perfection. There were
broiled chops, a crisp salad and a pud
ding made by Bettiaa's own fair hands.
And Albert ate and praised and won
dered. -, '-; x - '.
. "I didn't know you conld do It, Bet
tina,". lie said. . "You always seemed
such a butterfly girl,"
' Bettina laughed. - '
"Aunt Betsey showed me hovr," she
said, "and and I really like doing it.
i But her. eyes ' were a little wistful.
and presently she said, "Don't you miss
"Yes," Albert said promptly.' "1 do.
I miss the rosy gown and the rosy can
dies and you haven't kissed me ' yet
Bettina.";,-" '-? ;-;- '.V- , :
He went' around and stood at the
back of her chair. -
"1 was a bear last night, little girl,"
he .applogizetL '.'but a'.man' a aqper
crcnh:rc. r.nd I was tirtfl" 'Tie fr!(."!
his hards at unit the oval of her face
"Kiss me.'; be said rofil.v.
. And when thst rite was performed
ho asked. "Can we have the candles
and the flowrrs tomorrow?" '
But Bettina shook, her head.
,"They cost too much." she said, "and
you need the hearty food more. But on
Sundays we will make a feast of, ro
mance to offset the six days of com
mon souse." - . . .
Albert sighed. - . :
"If I were only rich". he said.
,"You are rich," his wife told him,
with her eyes sparkling. ' .
"How?" he questioned.
"Because you have me," said pretty
Bettina saucily! - . ,
The 'Scotch Pride.
"The pride or th Scotchman in hir,
native land is well .knowi. of course."
says a former, attache to our emb:is?sy
in Loudon, "and man;,' storie: have
been told of his ingenious appropria
tion of the wit and; wisdom of other
nationalities. Perhaps no more amus
ing instance of this gift' of trsuisfor
ence has ever been recounted thau o:it
that occurred at a dimicr given in the
British capital by members ofU,thc
"Shakpspeare, Milton andmany oth
er geniuses of past and present. times
were found to have the saving strain
of Scottisili ancestry, the proof offered
In . each case being ' entirely satisfac
tory to the company. :
"Finally there arose a man who
struck a still more darl&g note. .
" 'There's the Emp?ror Macrinus,'
6aid he, 'and the great philosopher
MacroL'ius. wheu you come to clear evi
dence, he added calmly. 'But why
has nobody meutioned Alexander the
Great, who, I take if, was one of the
MacEdous v.as he not? " St Taul
The girl ' bad got the young man's
purse and was about to look into it.
"Don't open it," he said warningly.
"Why, not?" she asked "Is the:
anythln? in here I should not see?"
"Therp might beJ"
"That's just why I want to open it
"Yes. but you uiustu't."
'l will." And she began to open i:
'You ought to bo afraid to do that,
he said reprovingly. ..
She tossed her head. "I am afraid o:
nothing!" she exclaimed defiantly.
'I know it," he sighed, "aud when
you see It inside that purse you'll
scared to death." London Tit-Bits.
England's Navy the -Best.
England not only possesses the bij
Sest and most powerful warships, but
aiso has afloat the fastest fleet of
destroyers in the world. They also
make the claim that they are more
nearly ready for war than any other
nation. The claim that' Hostetter's
Stomach Bitters is a wonderful remedy !
for' ailments of the stomach, liver, kid
neys and bowels is clearly proven by
record ot cures made during the
past 54 years, but it will be more
ciearly proven to you, individually, if
you will only try one bottle as soon
s you notice any symptoms of sick
headache, loss of appetite, dyspepsia.
indigestion, costivencss, biliousness.
kidney troubles, sleeplessness, female
ills, general weakness or malaria, fev
er and ague. Insist on having Hostet
ter's, and don't accept any substitute.
All druggists. ;
It's about Sherburne
Wesley Burnham,vho lives
in Chicago, and who dis
covers stars from a " cheese
box" in his back yard. Mr.
Burnham has been a . law
clerk by day and an astrpn
orner by night, taking sleep
in homeopathic, doses.
While others invented star
hams he discovered star
clusters. We dislike to call
a history "helpful," so we
call this one inspiring.
In" the same issue of
Trf e Saturday Evening
POST, Hitting the Loan
Shark, by James H. Collins ;
Trying to Live, in New
York, by Will Payne.
THE POST is now on sale.
... : . .
At the Kews-ftands, Scents. .- .
$I.S0 the 'year y nail. ' i
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TALK x WITH
Humor m& Philosophy
"' By DUNCAN M. SMITH
MOVING PICTURE MEN. '
;. ; - t
With -what dispatch'
The actors go .
W'lio grace the motion
Did they perform
As in tho plays s
In life they'd ail
' s . Get thirty days.
. They skip around
Kiko human frogs, .
Run by cogs. -
Like windmills saw .
The startled air.
Still don't get much
A nervous-bunch '
Indeed are those
Who for the moving"
At a piance
That each one haa
St.- Vitus' dance.
Tha plot may not
De very deep.
Tho moral may
Be old and 'cheap, v
But still we get
A splendid share
Of action for
Our nickel there.
A11 dese scaudlus things I heah.
exclaims the old black mammy em
phatically, "am enough to make a pus-
sou wonder what de world am comln'
What's up now," auntie?"
"Evervthiug am up. Cullud folks
gettin' most as bad as da -white folks."
"What they leeu doing now?"
"Gittin' affinities an' things like that"
"Who has been doin this your old
-'Xo, sir; he knows better. That good
fo' nothin' nigger. Jim."
"And who is his affinity?"
A watermelon ha. ha!"
A Qamaged Spring.
"Wonder why we have such wet
'Spriug. don't you know."
'Well, thaf is no reason it should
rain all the time."
"Spring has evidently sprung a leak."
I hate to go to work today.
I hear the waters swishing.
I feel I'm going to shirk today.
I want to go a-flshing.
I want to see the ripple bright
Upoh the restless river.
Where sunbeam pencils stipple light
And catch each tiny quiver.
, I want the winds to roughly blow.
. J-'ot lazily caress me.
i knotra place they'll bluffly blow
And bodily possess me.
J hate to go to work today.
1 feel the wild a-calling.
I know I'm going to shirk today.
. The Sepring ia me enthralling.
What Did He Mean?
J'Some wise man said all men are
He didn't -say anything about wo
No. They probably told him he was
handsome, and he believed them."
in Their Kind.
"What have you got there?"
"Just n bundle of dry. statistics."
"Oh figures on the prohibition vote.'
Love laughs at the locksmith and has
even been known to m giddy and silly
enough to laugh at the Jokesmlth.
The. bigger burden of hope the aver
age man carries the moat cheerful and
light footed he is. ' . ' . . .
We can aafely
-presume that the
fashion of Iwlng
candidate . ls
only a fad that
will not Jive
with many, of .
them the sum
mer through. "
The man who
has n't " - any .
friends isn't call- "
ed uikmi to lend
his last dollar
anyway. . .
In hard times there isn't much doing
In the easy money business.
Some, people just can't heln susnect-
lng a great; many things that they do
not expect -
i'sylng debtjr Is a form of activity
that Is extremely taxing to both the
temper and the constitution. ' - .
Charitable people are alwavs those
who nre not greatly interested: there
fore the charity. i
ROCK ISLfKO, ILL.