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THE ARGUS, TUESDAY. MAY 10. 1908.
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An old log distillery, famous through
out the country, had Just been destroyed
1)7 fire, and several men, sitting In the
courthouse, were talking about the
passing away of this landmark, dating
back to British rule, when Llmuel
Jucklin-spoke up: - "And I understand
that it's not to be rebuilt. This shows
how sentiment has grown in a certain
direction. Why, I can remember the
41ras when if a stillhouse had burned
down they would have begun to re
build it before the ground cooled off.
Every . man in the community would
have been interested. It would have
been almost like shutting off the Sup
ply of milk from a youngster. In those
days if a man hollered hello you'd
ask him to have a drink before you
Inquired the nature of his business.
That much was naturally to be in
ferred. But a good many folks will
tell you that there wan't so much
drunkenness then as there Is now. Well,
there wan't as many people. If there
.had been as many people there would
fcave been more drunkenness. The fact
4s that a good many men were about
full all the time and as no one had
ever seen them sober nobody could
tell when they were drunk."
"Then you don't believe that a dram
9s good for a man?" said the county
Judge. .. "
: "Well, If he thinks it is. mebby It
lis as long as he is Justified in thinkln'
o. . But in these days it requires
doui ail oi a man s Keenness aia
reBhness. you understand to make a
Jivln' or to push anything to success,
and a good-sized horn of liquor nearly
always takes off the wire edge. I can
recollect when the average lawyer
thought he had to be about half drunk
before he could make . a speech.
Whisky gave him a bigger flow of
words, and as whisky was the jury,
and sometimes the judge as well as
the lawyer, liquor appeared to have
pretty nigh everything its own way.
A trial wan't hardly anything but a
talkin' contest. The loudest talker
Iwas usually regarded as the smartest
nan, for of all critics in the world
rwhlsky is the worst.
. - "Whisky not only furnished the ar
gument, but very often supplied the
cause for litigation. Most of the
trials were of a criminal nature, the
cause for an ordinary lawsuit having
resulted In a fight. And I could ai
rways believe the story they told on
old Tom Marshall, one of the greatest
(lawyers of his time, I reckon. One
iday he was rather hurriedly engaged
Ito defend a feller, but as he was
jpretty far along In his cups quart
toups at that he got off on his wrong
foot and began to prosecute. He tip
toed in his wrath. - He painted - the
feller as bein' the worst scoundrel on
the earth. Just then somebody pulled
his coat tail and says: 'Tom, you're
on the wrong side. What did Tom
do apologize? v No, he Just sloshed
his liquor over on the other side and
there he was. He said; 'Such, gentle
men of the jury, is the false argument
that will be brought forward .against
this Inoffensive gentleman,' and so
forth, and then he proceeded to clear
him. The young lawyer had to drink
because the old feller set him the ex
ample. Why, In those days a man
didn't think he was, at himself until
he had about three drinks. There was
hardly any such thing as farm ma
chinery. They cut wheat with a
cradle and plowed with cast iron
thrashed grain with a flail, and " '
Here old Uncle i Ben Weatherby
spoke "Hip. "Yes, and folks were a
dinged sight better off then than now.
There wan't half as much stealin' a
'No," Llmuel admitted, "because
there wan't half as much to steal nor
half as many folks to steal it. But
when a man thinks as you do. Uncle
Ben, there ain't no use. to arguy with
hltn. Nobody can successfully arguy
with a man that's a livin' in the
past. It is of no use to dispute the
writin' on a tombstone. But I hap
pen to remember that in them good
old days I had to work on- a farm and
I know what it was. There wan't
hardly a book in the whole neighbor
hood, and a newspaper was looked on
as the agent of old Satan himself. The
result was that when a man went a
few miles from" home he was in a
strange land. There wan't a stove
anywhere, and in the winter we near
ly froze to death. But there's bo use
in recounting all of the inconveniences.
You won't acknowledge 'em, anyhow."
"Well, that's all right." said the
judge, "but with all the liquor drinkin'
folks lived longer then."
"That so? The reports of the life
Insurance companies don't say it The
faster we get out of the gcfod old days
the longer the average of life. They
say it's on account of sanitation. But
there hasn't been much of .a change in
that respect In the country. But here
the average length of life is increasin
the same as in the towns. It's liquor,
boys; just liquor. .The most impor
tant truths are the slowest ones we
learn, and it took a long time to find
out that even one drink of whisky a
day is bad. It builds up the sub
stance of trouble and gives merely
the shadow of pleasure. Of course.
I know there is no use to talk this
way to you old fellers. Your opin
ions are formed and your habits are
set, but there is a generation a comin',
and the youngsters are the ones Tm
after.- " ' . " ; : i
' "So far as liquor makln' a lawyer or
a doctor' smart, : why, there ain't; a
thought In a whole distillery not one
any more than theTe Is a truth in a
deception.- 1 There is still a good deal
of whisky mixed up In pontics, and
there is also a good bit of iOld Nick
left in the same. ' But there1 was a
time when the man that could furnish
the most whisky was the . surest of
election. I recollect once seein a
whisky keg used for a ballot box, and
I never knew of anything more appro
priate. And say, Uncle Ben, while you
are turnin . your - eyes back into the
past, see if you can find a statesman
that, was a drunkard. ' Some of , the
most entertalnln speakers got drunk
occasionally, but they wan't states
men. Now, a statesman ought to b&
able to see the comin' of a great
calamity. But not one of those men
called statesmen because they were
entertalnln could foresee the almost
never-endln' calamity of our civil war.'
On both sides they thought it would
be a muster, the flrin' of a few guns
and then a Bubsidln' of the .whole
thing. Wine helped to blow the flame,
but it never helped to put out the
"Yes, I'd like to talk to the young
fellers. There ain't no hope for the
young man that drinks. He may be
just as moral in a general way he
may be more moral than hundreds of
fellers that don't touch liquor at all
but in these days liquor on a young
man's breath offsets a thousand let
ters as to character. I notice in a
newspaper that the emperor of Ger
many says that beer Is ruinin thou
sands of his people. Temperance folks
used to hold up beer as a means of
escapin' whisky. But when a man's
drunk it doesn't make much differ
ence what put him there. I've noticed
that a right industrious man can get
drunk on beer, and when it comes to
drinkin' the average man ain't wantin'
"A good while ago, when I didn't
have quite as much jedgment as I've
got now, some one told me that I
ought to take beer as a tonic. He
took it and was the healthiest lookin
man I ever saw. Well, havin' a little
leanln' that way, anyhow, I took his
advice. I started in one day when
I'd come into town to get some barbed
wire, and the more I drank the more
I was convinced that it wouldn't make
me drunk. I fell off my horse goin'
hnma nntt as T niilrtn'l- hnYlr T
slept right where I was. And whea
I woke up nobody could have con
vinced me that "! hadn't eaten the
barbea wire. I naven t touched a
drop Bince, but it took me about ten
years to live down that day's report.
Folks would .say: 'Oh, yes, I. know
Lim Jucklln gets drunk and falls oft
his horse.' So, boys, whenever some
feller finds a good temperance drink
for you, go him a little better and
stick to water. I beg your pardon for
preachin' to you, Uncle Ben, but I
believe you needed it.
(Copyright, by Opii Read.)
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RE you dowdy?
If you are not,
'don't read this at
all, but if you are,
take my advice
and secure a full
- of yourself and
study it. What
may have escaped
your attention in
your own small
mirror ' will be
brought home to
you in a portrait.
Ask your friends
if you are dowdy,
and if they hesi
tate, even for a
moment, in an
swering you, you
out that you are
dowdy, the next thing to do is to stop
If you are married, Btop it because
your husband doesn't like it
If you are Bingle, Btop it because
the young men of your acquaintance
don't like it .-
I can't tell the difference between
a bolero and a polonaise; I am not an
expert in feminine sartorial terminolo
gy, but I can tell a dowdy woman 'a
' block off and so can every other
American man. ' -
It Is just as much an affront to
your, family to be a dowdy as it is to
serve uninteresting dinners. Let your
food be plain If need be, but let it be
something that attracts the attention
of the tongue and causes -it to tele
graph pleasant news to the stomach.
So though your clothes be plain
and inexpensive, make them interest
Ing. If you have been 'married for
some time and have always ben dow
dy, you . will be surprised to- see how
the change in your get-up will affect
your -husband. , He will begin to take
notice' and will tell you you're growing
.young again.. - -y
Get together in this, on women, and
the .dowdy will become as extinct as
the dodo. ' ' -
' (Copyright,! by James Pott St Co.)
- Pertinent, But Puzzling.
'"What I am f after,", declared the
spoils-party candidate, "Is mot so much
causes as effects."
. ."Whose effects??' shouted a man In
the cxowd. Baltimore American.
Y dear young moth-
er, will you par
. don me if I ad
dress a few words
to you on the sub
ject of Theodore?
I have noticed for
some time how
. vigilant has been
your care. for the
manly little fellow.
You will not let
him play with
. Tommy Perkins in
the . summer be
cause Tommy says
"Gosh!" You have
forbidden him to
associate v in . the
with Eddy Con
way because Eddy
and vou have
threatened to have his father chastise
him if he has anything to do with
Aleck Saunders, because Aleck swears
like a trooper in Flanders. :
You have done all these things In
order that Theodore's language may he
free from the tares that might other
wise choke it; but have you been
careful in all things? Have you seen
to .it that the records of the talking
machine that you bought for his de
lectation are up to your own high
standard of grammar and culture? I
trow not. , ,
A phonograph need not be vulgar
if its early associates are of the prop
er kind, but I notice that many of
them are "vulgar. One gets the Im
pression " that they have . copied the
speech of 'coarse - and uncultivated
men. Phonographs have, absolutely
no creative, ability,- but they are, with
in certain limitations, absolute mimics
and they , have the knack of picking
up the phrases of men whom you
would never think of admitting to
your drawing room. : ' . . .
You were horrified the other day
at the notion of letting dear Theodore
go- to one of the most respectable
of continuous shows,- but - the new
record that came to him' that after
noon had mimicked word for word
a monologue, that r never would have
been allowed upon the boards of that
theater. Hla little- friends'. I Aloyslus
and Van Sutphen and Saltonstall use
an English remarkable for . its purity
of inflection and intonation but that
phonograph record has a diction un
speakably vulgar. - It -Is 'not- alone
Now Used in Van Gamp's
For the . Beans
We told you ive paid $2.10, per bushel for beans, but the price has
advanced. You "are eating so many of Van Camp's that the finest beans
are scarce. We now must pay $2.'50 for the grade which we demand.
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the thing it says, but the nasty way it
says it that makes it a poor com
panion for Theodore.
. Pardon me. mv dear voune mother
but I can't help laughing at you just
a little. You take Theodore to the
symphony concerts that he may culti
vate nis musical taste, but I never
hear him whistling any movement
from Beethoven's, Schubert's or Schu
mann's symphonies. Yet that lnex
pressible street song that emerged
from the phonograph last week was
his in a half hour, both words and
music and . vulgarity. I believe that
Mrs. Perkins would have spanked
Tommy if he had sung it In her pres
ence, although Bhe does tolerate his
I really can't blame the talking ma
chine. It has no conscience; it has
no pride of ancestry to keep it in the
right way. It has simply a waxlike re
ceptive capacity and absolutely no
sense of selection. If it heard good
songs and refined speeches it would
undoubtedly repeat theip, but as its
associates are for the most part vul
gar it is small wonder that with its
remarkable imitative faculty it should
pick up many words, phrases, ideas,
and leit motlven that are objection
able. The fault is not with the pho
nograph; it lies with you. and it is to
me Inexpressibly droll to see you
shielding Theodore from those pesti
lent fellows. Tommy, Eddy and Aleck,
while you admit to the intimacy of
your house those records that success
fully imitate the tough whine, the
illiterate grammatical . construction
and the at times disgustingly vulgar
witticisms of the cheaper stage.
I am not standing up for Tommy
Perkins or Eddy Conway or Aleck
Saunders, but Theodore might imi
tate some of their good points at the
same time that he learned to say
"Gosh!" or to smoke corn-silk cigar
ettes. ' It is also possible to break up
a tendency to swear and one may
reason a boy out of the habit of acting
as a chimney while, incinerating corn
; But the tough accent once acquired
is almost Ineradicable, and I cannot
conceive of any good coming from
Theodore's association with the un
canny voice wblch'says: "Loidles an
gen'l'nsun, de udder day I wouldn't
have went, to de t'eater on'y I chanst
to meet a young dame on der street'
A man is known by the cylinders
(Copyright, by James Pott Co.)
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The Truth of It
"But," replied the plain citizen, "no
one can deny that Tionesty Is the best
policy.' . v-
. "It Is," replied the man with f the
crafty eye, "until you get? prominent
enough to drop policy and start play
ing the stock market" Philadelphia
Press. i - r ..
' ; The tremendous demand for Van Camp's beans has had its
effect on the bean market. , . ; .
Some beans still sell .for 30 cents per bushel.
But such beans as we use are getting: so scarce that we now
pay $2.50 per bushel. ; ' .' '..;. v
That means, in the first place, Michigan beans, crown on a
soil extremely rich in nitrogen.
Then those choice beans are picked over by hand, so we get
only the whitest, the plumpest, the fullest-grown.
Such beans now cost us' eight times what some beans cost.
Yet our prices are not advanced to you.
Our tomato sauce, too, costs us five times as much as other
sauce would cost ready-made.
But the cheap sauce is made from tomatoes picked green, and ,
ripened in shipment. Gr of scraps from a canning factory.
Ours is made solely from whole tomatoes, ripened on the
vines. Picked when the juice fairly sparkles. .T"
That superlative zest, which adds so much to our beans, is
due to this natural flavor.
These are times to be careful.
Poor beans are so cheap, and good beans are so costly, that
there is every inducement for pushing the poor ones.'
Salesmen arc paid high commissions for this purpose,
(irocers are offered special inducements.
Some charge our prices for inferior brands. Some charge
a little less, yet make a larger profit.
For this is the condition: Beans can be had for one-eighth
what we pay, and tomato sauce for one-fifth.
So you may, to protect yourself, need to insist on Van
We have shown you how good baked beans can be. But remember their
food value, too. Th$y are 84 per cent nutriment-1 as nutritious as meat.
Yet cheap and delicious, and ready-prepared. Why not serve them often?
Van Camp's have attained, this enormous demand, because
people have learned their goodness. .
You were accustomed to home-baked beans. They were
hard to digest, 'so you served them but once a week.
' You baked them in ovens not half hot enough. The particles
were not separated so the digestive juices could get to them.
' So the beans fermented, instead of digesting. And the fer
mentation formed gas.
You have now learned the difference. Van Camp's are
digestible because we heat our ovens to 245 degrees.
You added tomato sauce as a dressing. We bake it into the
beans, and get that delicious blend.
Don't treat Van Camp's like home-baked beans. "
They are hearty, yet most digestible. They are appetizing,
delicious, and all people like them. .
They should be a daily dish, not an occasional.
Your home-baked beans were mushy and broken. Crisped
on the top and half baked in the middle. ,
That was. because you baked in dry heat.
You have learned that Van Camp's arc nutty, mealy and
whole. . And Chat is the way you like them.
- Beans are Nature's choicest food. More nutritious than meat,
or eggs, or cheese. Yet see how many you get for ten cents.
The same food value in any other form costs more. So.the
more you serve the more you save.
' Then note the saving in labor the hottest of hot-weather
labor. Every can in the pantry means a meal all cooked.
You will find that your people don't tire of Van Camp's.
Let them have all they want.
Three sizes 10y 15 and 20 cents per can
Van Camp Packing Company, E,l6;w Indianapolis Indiana
SEND A BIG SAFE
HERETO BE OPENED
Wisconsin Firm, Unable to Get Strong
Box Open, Ships It by Frieght '
to Charles Fiebig.
The fame of Charles Fiebig of this
city as a, lock expert has spread to
even the northern psrts of Wisconsin
and today he received a shipment of
! a large safe from Rose Bros, of Bon-
duel. The combination of the safe
has been lost and several futile at
tempts by experts ' have been made
to open it. As' a last resort it has
been shipped bodily to Mr. Fiebig. He
has never "yet faile.d in opening a safe
and will probably have this one open
Chicago, May 19. Following are the
market quotations today:
May, 1Q0, 102. 100, 102. '
. July, 89'4. Ol'S, 89, 90. v
September. S6 87, 85, 87'4.
, . - ".Corn.. - '
May, 76, 79, 76. 78.
July, 65, 66, 65, '66.
September, 6392, 64, 63, 64.'
Oata. ' '
May, 54V5, 55, -54, 54.
Julyk 46, 37, 37, 46. : '
September, 37Yi ,47, 46. 37. '
Pork. ' : .;
May, closed 13.60.
July, 13.55, 13.75, 13.55. 13.75.
September, 13.82, 13.97, 13.82, 13.97.
May, 8.50. 8.47, $.50.
July, 8.50, 8,57, 8.47, 8.57. -
September, 8.65, 8.75, 8.65, 8.72.
- Ribs. -
May, 7.25, 7.0, : 7.25, 7.30.
July, 7,35, 7.42, 7.35, 7.42. ' r
September, 7.60, 7.65, 7.57 7.65. ;
Receipts today-i-Wheat, 46; corn,
380; pats, .300; ; hogs, 10,000; "cattle,
2,000; sheep, 10,00ft.- - i
. Wheat 17: corn. 1G0, oafs, 184; bogs,
no AAA '
I Estimated receipts Wednesday-
Hog market opened 5c higher. Hogs
left over, 7,8)0.. Light, 5.205.50;
good heavy, $5.205.50; mixed . and
butchers, $5.25(3)5.52; rough heavy,
Cattle market opened steady.
Sheep market opened weak.
. Omaha: Hogs, 8,000; cattle. 3,000.
Kansas City: Hogs, 13,000; cattle,
8,000. - ,
Hog market closed active. Light.
$o.20(!5.50; mixed and butchers, $5.25
5.52; good heavy, $5,255.50; rough
heavy, $5.155.30. , "
Cattle market closed steady. Beeves,
$4.757.25; stockers and feeders, $3.50
5.50; cows and heifers, $2.406.40.
' Sheep market closed steady.
Bradstreets worlds visible wheat de
crease, 5,189,000. Corn decrease 902,
000. ; Oats decrease. 2,326,000. -
i Minneapolis: Today, 175; last week,
109; last year. 171.
Duluth: Today,' 77; last week, 25;
last year, 211.
. New York Stocks. ;
New York, May 19. Following are
the quotations on the stock market to
day: - '-.''.' ' ' , ';-.; '
Gas 92. U. V. 148, U S. Steel
preferred' 102 , U. S. . Steel common
38, Reading 116, Rock Island ' pre
ferred 39, Rock Island common 18,
Southern Pacific 87. N. Y. Central
105. Missouri Pacific 59, L. & "N.
13G, Smelters -73. C. F. I. 28 Ca
nadian Pacific 159, Illinois Central
141, Pennsylvania 121, Erie 22.
C. & O. 43, B. R. T. 50, B. & O.
91, Atchison 82, Locomotive 50.
Sugar 129,: St. Paul i7 Copper
C7.y4, Republic Steel preferred 69,
Republic Steel common 18, Southern
Railway 18.;, .'
LOCAL MARKET CONDITIONS.
Today's Quotations on Provisions, Llvs
Stock, Fsed and Fuel.
i. Rock Island, May 19. Following are
the wholesale prices 14 the local mar
ket today: f '
-provisions and Produce.' '
Eggs Fresh, 13c to 14 '.
. Live , Poultry--Spring chickens.- 10c
per pound; hens, per pound, 9; ducks,
per pound, 9c; turkeys, per pound,
14c; geese, per pound, 9c.
Butter Dairy, 19c to 20c.
Vegetables Potatoes, 55c to 60c.
Hogs $5.00 to $5.35.
Sheep Yearlings or over, $4.00 to
$5.00; lambs, $4 50 to $6.75.
Cattle Steers, $3.00 to $6.00; cows
and heifers, $2.00 to $4.00; calves, $4.00
Feed and Fuel.
Grain Corn, 75c to 77c; oats, 50c
Forage Timothy hay, $11 to $13;
prairie, $8.00 to $10.00; clover, $10.00
to $11.00; straw, $6.00.
Coal Lump, per bushel, 14c; slack,
per bushel, 7c to 8c.
The stage of water was 9.70 at 7
a. in. and 9.65 at noon.
The Columbia was north and south.
The Marion and Ruth passed down
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