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THE ARGUS, WEDNESDAY, MAY 20. 'l 908.
Many of the White House Winners Were of Distinguished Ap--1
pearanceA. Majority Fought For Their Country, - ami -i.
Nearly All Have Been Lawyers-Spiritually Moraiiy
and Intellectually the Whole Body Compares
Most Favorably With Any Equal CoJ- -,
lection of Sovereign Rulers. . .v ;
By JAMES A. fcUCERTON.'
THEUI5 is no'subjeet in which the
uverage 'American takes more
lute rest tuau in the personality
of that presidents. Kspecially is
this true In a presidential year. Tin
CD let magistrate Is the sj-mlol or na
tional unity. He Is the rcprsiritativ
of every man. woman and -llld.' H
lias one or more point or contact with
all citizeut. Kltlur the citizen lielongx
to the same party with the uatinn's
head, hails from I he uunn stato. tins
heard a presidential speech, Ims shnkeu
a presidential hand, has Ix-helcl u presi
dential form u the rear platform ,f
a disappearing train or In some way
has struck up an acquaintance that en
ables him to call the occupant of the
.White House "Orovcr." Den." "liiH"
... . J n.ll. Ill 111 Ill,, If 011 ii.- unit
known that personage familiarly nil
his life. No actual personal contact,
however. Is necessary to prod-ice tltis
degree of Intimacy. ,A few newspaper
Stories and pictures are tititiicient. Kv
eryltody reads of the president, 'every
body sees his picture, everybody feels
that he hllnself would like to lie either
the president or the president's wife,
and everybody feels that he, bad some
Chare In making the lucky man. .
The president represents nil of us.
Whatever his party or religion or the
color of his whiskers. In his iersornil
Ity he epitotnir.es the national life. lie
Is placed before the world us I lie em
bodiment of American Ideals tind aspi
rations. His achievements Individually
tieloug to us collectively. Why should
,ve not be Interested In him? He la
a proper subject for our pride or ceti-
'nure, We have n right to dissect him.
to know if he shaves himself and if
lie swears under his breath when the
razor pulls. We have a right to talk
alxmt his family and to feel such con
cern In him and his affairs as becomes
fcoort Americans. .We have udopled
him ns the temporary head of the fam
ily. He must'expect us to discuss our
own household affairs.
Yet how many can name nil the
presidents In their order and give the
, ealieut features regarding eachV' ;The
list Is not loug, containing but little
more than a score of names. Taken
altogether.lt is a respectable collection j
7 of personalities and In spots interest
ing. It is not remarkable for genius
perhaps. Rut is imide up or steady go
ing, well lialaiu-ed tnen of good henrts,
good heads and good souls. Spiritual
ly, morally and intellectually It will
compare most favorably with any
equal aggregation of kings oi. emperors
In the world's history. . '
Mr. Koosevelt Is the twenty tifth of
the line. Officially he is railed the
twenty-sixth, but that is arrived at by
- counting Grover Cleveland twice, a
numerical pre-eminence to which he Is
not entitled. This jiecuHnr- method of
numbering was not arrived at by
iweight or because of the fact that
Cleveland waslso different In his sec
" bnd term from what he had been in
Ills first, but is purely an arbitrary
counting due to tly fact that an inter
nal occurred .between his two terms.
Jt is not fair. lf neither Washington
nor Lincoln can - be counted twice.
Cleveland shall not be Actually Then-
the twenty -sixth, president. ' ;
.(. Cobbler's Dire ' Prophecy.
I :This recalls the fact that a German
cobbler many years ago predicted that
our twenty-tifth president would ; lie
ur last After btm something disa:
ereeable would hannen: 1 do not re-
'tnember exactly what.' Perhaps we
are all to become strenuous and show
our teeth. Any way r according to this
prophecy, we are to have a general
imashup of some sort. ' The cobbler
wlxwi not busy pegging on half sole
foretold several other things. I can
- not remember - just what they Were.
liut have been told that some of them
j.can.e to pass. . However." this is not
' Burprising. as even the weather proph
ets hit It occasionally. t ' ,v. t
I Despite the fuc-t that we are a peace
pPTiP I " Ihe White House I
George Washington - -'
'- The White House I Theodore Roosevelt
ha : .ff;
" i Ui K-Ul i Tsmg&s rvv
tgSfa ft i m f, w m& tr f Am sfj&w
loving people, or say we are, a major
ity of our presidents, have Ix-en sol
diers, and the tendency to elect soldier
presidents has increased with years.
Cleveland is the only chief magistrate
without a military record since Buch
anan. Even ' Cleveland hired a sub
stitute, which made him a vicarious
military man, or a soldier by proxy.
Few Orators Among Them.
With the exception of Washington.
Taylor and Grant, all the presidents
have been speakers, though few of
them could be classed as orators. It Is
n somewhat astonishing. fact that, as
iihkIi friyen to orating as we are reput
ed to be. our Henrys. ' Websters and
days have failed to reach the White
House. Jn Bryan lias found diffi
culties In that direction. The only
presidents who could really be classed
as orators at all were the Adamses.
Lincoln and (JarfieJd. The rest who
talked at hII were ou common- or
garden speakers. -
Nearly all our chief executives havi
lxeu lawyers, yet they are all reputed
to hav'e been nice men. Some charac
ters are of such good stock, ore natu
rally so big of soul- and are so devoted
t principle that it is impossible to
The presidents have been of all sorts
of linear dimensions. Washington, Jef
ferson. Jionroe. Jackson. Lincoln. Gar
field and some others were quite tall.
Many of tbcui were of imposing and
distinguished appearance, though none
was exactly n fashion plate. Franklin
Pierce was probably the most hand
some man in the bunch. He ueeded
something to distinguish him..
Record of Their Births.
People whp dabble In astrology will
be Interested In knowing that only two
of the presidents were born In tbe sum
mer mouths. There were eight liorn in
the autumn, seven in the winter and
eight In the spring. The record by
months Is as follows: ' "" ." ;
January, two, Fillmore and MeKln
ley; February,, three, Washington. W.
11. Harrison and Lincoln; March." four,
Madison, Jackson, Tyler and Cleve
land; April, four. Jefferson. Monroe.
Uucliauau and Grant; May and Jun.
none; July, one, J. Q. Adams; August,
one, B. Harrison; Septerntier, one.' Tay
lor; Octolier. four, John Adams. Hayes.
Arthur and Roosevelt; November, three.
Polk, Pierce and Garfield; December,
two, Van Buren and Johnson. I do
not know what all this amounts to
per haps nothing at all yet many peo
ple liud a fascination tn this sort of
thlog. 1 myself confess to mind
trivial enough to take Interest In these
odds and ends. Emerson admitted that
he was a victim of miscellany. Some
of tbe rest of us are victims of the odd
and curious. Even that is better than
taking ourselves too seriously-. : -
Of the twenty-five presidents twenty
one were elected by the people. tb
other four succeeding to the office from
the vice presidency. Only one. Roose
velt, succeeded from tbe v!r presi
dency and was afterward - elected In
bis own right. He has also broken
some other precedents. . V
Tbe average age of the presidents on
assuming the office was fifty-four years
and nine months. The oldest at the
time of entering the White House was
Witliam t Henry Harrison, sixty-eight;
the youngest. Theodore, Roosevelt for
ty-three. The tendency 1n recent years
has been to lower the age. Though we
are Increasing In longevity, the young
man Absalom is taking things Into bis
own bands. . ; ,
Five Died : In Office..
OnIyv seven jot. tbe presidents held
office eight years Washington, Jeffer
son. Madison. Monroe.; Jackson, Grant
and Cleveland. Three have held office
more than four and less than eight
years Lincoln: MeKlnley" and Roose
velt. Eight have served exactly four
years the two Adamses. Van Buren
Polk. Pier.ce. xBuchanan, ' Hayes and
Benjamin narrlson. - Six have served
;!ess than four years the elder Ha'rrl'
'eon, Tyler. Taylor, Fillmore Johnson.
Garfield and Arthur.- The shortest oc-.
cupancy of the office was that of Wil
liam Henry Harrison only a trifle over
one month. Five presidents hare died
' In office; three of whom were assassl
nated Lincoln, Garfield and MeKlnley.
-Lincoln and McKintey, were. both war
' nreRllent nnd were both "-at the be-
l oiniilnirn tVlr cof-niut terms. There
i v- -
tare fwv other points fit resemblance.
however, and. oh, what a difference In
their successors! . ";- : ; ;
. With the close of the present term
the. fength .of life of the " American
presidency will have extended over 120
pars. an Average of four years and
trifle less than ten months to each oc
cupant. . '
As to the nativity of our chief exeeti-
fives.' all started out by obeying the
constitution, having been born in this
country Some of them
not so mindful of the instrument after-
i-ard. Six were born in Virginia, five
in Ohio.- three each In New York and led to this 'H1 be a large number from
North Carolina, two In Massachusetts! the country and also parents and
and one each in Kentucky. New Harap-
shire. New Jersey. Pennsylvania and
Vermont. At the time of election, how. I
' er. they were distributed as follows:
w York ond Virginia, a tie. each
'ivlag furnished five of the number.
Of these, however; one from Virginia,
Tyler, and two from New York. Fill
more and Arthur, were elected by the
people only to the vice presidency.
Next to thee states come Ohio, with
four: Tennessee, with three, one of
them, Johnson, a vice president; Illi
nois and Massachusetts, each two, and
one each for Indiana. Louisiana, New
Hampshire and Pennsylvania.
In politics two were Federalists, five
were Whigs (if John Qulncy Adams
can be so classed), nine were' Demo
crats, and nine were Republicans.
Few Were Bald. '
The presidents have been long on
neither whiskers nor names. Only
ght of them Indulged in hirsute con
cealment. . Of these Lincoln went
smooth faced nearly all of his life, but
had a partial beard while In the White
House Only four. Grant. Hayes. .Gar
field and Harrison, had full beards
The courtly Arthur supported a side
whisker, while Cleveland and Hoose-
veH are content with a mustache. It
is worthy of note that but few of the
number have been bald.
The names of the presidents furnish
a rather interesting study. The nn-
merotis Smith, Jones and Brown fami
lies have not been represented at all.
.N' early all the namefc have been rather
unusual. Ten of them ended In "n."
Most of them are rather courtly and
euphonious in sound, all but four. Polk,
Pierce. Grant and Hayes, having two
syllables rtr more. , - ,
Only seven of the presidents had a
middle name, the second Adams, the
nrsM iiarrison, i-oiK, rani, wayes,
Garfield and Arthur. 'All the rest were
burdened with but one Christian name
Qf the eutire number James leads,
with five; John follows, with three;
Andrew and '..William have two each,
and George, Thomas, Martin, Zachary,
Millard, Franklin, Abraham. Ulysses.
Kutherford. Chester, Grovec, Benja
min and Theodore have each, its one.
All of which reminds you that If you
want your son to lie presideut don't
load hitn down with initials. '-
Following the law of averages, the
chief executive elected next November
should answer to the following de-
senption: He should live east of the
Mississippi and probably In the north.
the most likely ground being the states
of New York and Ohi'. He should be
a Unit fifty-four years of age. He
should nave a rather unusual ' name
and probably only one Christian name.
He should have little or no beard. He
should be a lawyer .and a sneaker.
though not an orator. He should have
seen military service. All these and
many other conclusions of no possible
value will the unfortunate reach who
tries to predict the next president by
making a composite photograph of
those that have gone before. .
Many Near Presidents.
Who fills the bill? Judson Harmon
wo-il'l tit nil these specifications ex-
cent hat. of age. He Is slxty-twoj
Robert M. La Koilette perhaps comesT
closer than any other candidate, but
be has had no military service. Hut
neither has any other of the candidates
except Foraker and Bryan. Foraker
nts me oescriptlou with some degree
or accuracy; but is sixty-two. As to
Bryan, he Is out of the ordinary pres
idential xone eeoEranbieallv. Is onlv
forty-eight years old and is un orator.
Barring military Bervlce, George Gray
and Joseph G. Cannon would come
near the mark were It not that one is
sixty-eight and the other seventy-two.
And so it goes. Hughes fits several
specifications, but needs a commission
to explain away or otherwise get rid
of his whiskers. Tuft is short on mili
tary service; also Is overweight ' and
under age. John A. Johnsou is not a
lawyer, is pushed over toward the
edge of the map .geographically, and,
besides, Bryan has the delegates. Cor-
telyou, Joe Folk and Cbanler are ail
under fiftv. and none of them tins nnv
votes. As fot Cortelyou.-somebody
tore uown tne third term ambush, and
It is hard to1 bag delegates in tbe open.
Fairbanks Is well Disced ffeosranhio
ally,' and his age Is right, but be haa
an . impossible, presidential whisker,
and Iced cock tails are going out of
fttyle. Knox is fifty-five and fills the
bill in every way except for bis ex
treme brevity. -He is short in stature.
short In -military glory short in ad
ministration .support and short Id
votes. And so it goes. There are
many ' near, presidents, but nobody
quite rings the bell.. .'
: A Practical View of it.
"Do you think that dreamers are also
"They may he If they are also som-
lambullsts." Baltimore American.
TO BE BIG EVENT
Plans for Sunday School Rally
Are Rapidly Being Com
pleted by Committees.
IS A COUNTY GATHERING
Expected That Fully 5,000 Pupils and
Parents Will Spend the Day ir V
Rock Island Aug. 13. ,
flans are maturing for the county
Sunday school rally to be held at Long
view park . Aug. 13. Approximately
5,000 Sunday school pupils will attend
Krom kock island and Moline, and add-
jfrlends of the pupils. Plans are being
made to secure a special train on the
Milwaukee to bear the upper end pic-
nickers to the rally. The train, it is
planned, will start at Cordova. At
Port Byron It will be boarded not only
by those from that city, but by many
from Hillsdale and Joslin who will
drive across. Further stops will be
made at Rapids City, Hampton, Wa
ter town and East Moline. The follow
ing committee chairmen are directing
Park and Refreshments E. B. Mc-
Speakers H. E. Van Duzer.
Reception Dr. J. W. Stewart.
Parade Rev. F. E. Shult.
Entertainment J. H. Hauberg.
Arrange for MunIv.
Committees are also arranging for
music and for prizes. At least two
bands will be hired, and it is expected
that there will be many volunteer mu
sicians from various parts of the coun
try. Prizes will be given for the larg
est delegation, for the best looking
delegation, and for other points of dis-
The picnickers will gather in Rock
Island, probably at the court house,
about 10 in the morning. The commit
tee on reception will have a squad of
deputies busy looking after the incom
ing delegations. The parade, which
promises to be a monster, will be
through the principal business streets
of Rock Island, ending at Long View
park. Louis Hauberg of the upper end
and Thomas Watson of the lower end
will assist Mr. Shult in the marshaling
of the paraders.
The remainder of the dav will be
passed at the Dark. Mr. Van Duzer.
who is in charge of the speakers, is
laQ,.nrin . o,, o.,
day school orators from various parts
of the country. For those who prefer
lighter amusement there will be a long
list of games, contests-and other ex
citement producers. JJz. .Hauberg, who
is in charge of this department, is al
ready forming his plans. 8
Purpme Two-Fold. .
The picnic will break up In time for
the participants to secure supper else-
I where than at the park.
I The purpose of the rally is two-fold
It will afford a pleasant day's outing
for the children and older folks and
will allow Sunday school workers and
pupils from all over the county to meet
each other; and, also, it will, by the
parade, especially, impress on people
at large the numerical strength of the
county's Snnday school interests.
City Council Room, Rock Island, 111.,
May 19, 1908. The council met in ad
journed regular session at 2 o'clock
p. m.. Mayor Schaffer, presiding and
all the aldermen present.
Alderman Utke moved that the coun
cil take a recess to examine proposed
changes in the C, R. 1. & P. Railway
company tracks. Carried.
On reassembling Alderman Utke
moved that the ordinance. granting the
C, R. I. & P Railway company the
I right to alter location of certain tracks
I be referred to the ordinance and street
land alley committees, to report at the
next regular meeting. Carried.
Alderman Frick moved the adoption
of ordinance for construction of sewer
in blocks 1 and 10, Spencer and Case's
addition. Adopted by unanimous vote.
Alderman McNealy moved that arch
itect complete plans, as per sketches,
for remodeling main portion of city
hall, also prepare sketches for propos
ed changes in armory. Carried.
The clerk presented bill for "$89.40
for costs in ; Schnell-Tappendorf case
in supreme court.
Alderman McNealy moved bill be al
lowed. Adopted by unanimous vote.
Adjourned on motion of Alderman
Carse. " M. T. RUDGREN.
r City Clerk.
LAST WEEK WELL OYER
AVERAGE IN TEMPERATURE
Average 14 Degrees Above One Just
Preceding or 7, Above Normal
' for Season.
.The weather bulletin summary for
the week ending May 18 follows:
- The temperature averaged ' 14 : de
grees, higher than that of the previous
week, or 7 degree's in excess of the
seasonal average. The extremes were
90 and 44 degrees. V - .
Showers' rand - thbncerstorms were
general on four days.- The avera
rainfall for the entire state was 1.52
inches. . It was, excessive in the north
ern and central counties. Thunder-
squalls occurred at several stations on
II II ' -
to .tuy a
t ' -
the 11th. Some damage by wind was
reported in Livingston and Morgan
counties. A tornado occurred in Mer
cer county in the afternoon of the 11th.
Great damage was done In the town
of Millersburg. where eight or . ten
buildings were destroyed or badly dam
There was plenty of sunshine during
the week, the average being about 70
per cent of the possible.
To Edit Galva News.
Peoria, 111., May 20. Carroll Ragan.
formerly connected with the Herald
Transcript here, has secured control
of the Galva. (111.) Weekly News and
will be its editor and publisher. ,
NATURAL LAXATIVE WATER'!
That should be ;
of. Just a fewi
more days to I
dies, etc., at less
This stock must
be sold by June"
1. Would be
pleased to re
ceive bids for
Fryer . Co.,
2223 Fourth Avenue.
TRADE - MARKS
Send for my free book. "How ta flat
Them." Invent something' uxcfuL There
is money In practical Inventions, wheth
er large or smalt Send description -for
tree opinion as to paieniaoillty. , -JOSHUA
R. H. POTTS. Lawytr,
.- 80 Dearborn St, Chirac. '
j; 80C Ninth Bt Washington.
1 128 Chestnut St Philadelphia
I if ; 11:1 IP. Y'-2nd- St'
SvurxtKm the best wuanaa
stylisk tailored suit
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At Tie Beet Hike Suit Sale
if you Lave 'not yet bought that new auit there are icv
eral good reasons why you should be Interested in this sale.
T? ' . Because the prices
to one-balf off tbe
Vl Because we guarantee tbe fit: and work
OlXl" til manebip witbout any cbarges for alterations
Suits That Sold Up
- to $10.00
Suits That Sold. Up
;. to $25.00
Suits That Sold fp
Suits That Sold Up
Builds up muscular flesh, healthy,
tissue, rich, red blood., clears the
stomach, kidneys and liver. That's
Fire Insurance Agency
Property owners who are ; In need of fire insurance should look
carefully into the financial standing of the companies represented by
the various local agents before placing their Insurance, as the com
pany's financial standing is as Important as that of your banker; also
investigate as to the standing of the agent, as his influence with the
companies he represents may save you many a dollar in case of loss.
Such an agency is that of Mr. Maucker, who represents tbe most -reliable
companies in the business, and Is pleased to state that in the
eight years he has been in tha business not one customer of his haa
needed th services of an attorney to secure justice in getting a set
tlement for a fire loss,
The following standing 'of companies represented by him Is taken
from the report of the insurance commissioner of Illinois. '
Aachen and Munich Ins. Co. of Germany 1,778,258
Commercial Union Assurance Ca, England 1861 6,744,997
Franklin Insurance Co., Philadelphia 1829 2,509,477
. Fire Association of Philadelphia 1817 7,840,675
"German American Insurance Co. of New York 1872 13.508,038
Hanover Insurance Co. of New York .....1852 . 4,114,104
Hartford Fire Ins. Co. of Connecticut 1810 1,920,604
Insurance Co. of North America of Philadelphia ...1792 11.268,104
Niagara Fire Insurance Co. of New York ..1850 4,326,789
North British and Mercantile Ins. Co.. England ....1809 6,832,710
Pennsylvania Fire Insurance Co. of Philadelphia ...1825 6,462,117
Phenix Insurance Co. of New York .1853 8,719,795
Phoenix Insurance Co. of Connecticut' .......... ..1854 7,965,453
.United Firemens Insurance Co. of Philadelphia ...1860 1,995,419
London Assurance Corporation, England 1720 2,435,172
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CONSULT DR. WALSH , FIRST.
Be la the old reliable specialist, established In Davenport 11 years. Dur
ing that time over fifty specialists have come here and remained trots a '
- few weeks to a few years. They took your money, and left nothlns; but
broken promises. Dr. Walsh has remained here Ions enough to prove tils
eures are permanent, for the people he cured IS years ago have remained
DOKT waste your time trying; others, for yon cannot get our treatment
-. at any other place, as most of our appliances : and treatments are the -results
of oar own study and Invention, and you cannot get the same re-
- suits without them. - i
: SEK our new gigantic Static X-Ray machine. It. Is a wonder. We ase atl
forms of electricity, vibration and violet rays. Call and see a thoroughly
equipped . Institute. ConsulUWon. nspectlon and explanation free and
cheerfully given. . . . . -. . r . v- 1
: HEMKMBEK, onr treatment Is the aest and the, cheapest. Don't pay your
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go where you can get the best for our-, money If you are not sure, ln-
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pation, neuralgia, palpitation of the heart, or any other disease peculiar
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'perience. . - - ' . .
-fats, we cure blood disease, skin diseases, urinary and bladder diseases,
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, and t to 8:1 p.. m- Sundays from to it a. an. . . f
, . - ,:-i t.
are so very low, onetbird
Because every wanted style and color is
bere, all tbe newest, correct mod els.
tailored suit in tbe store is
and all colors.
Suits That Sold l'p
to 916.00 -i
Snits That Sold Up
... to 50.00 .
what Hollister's Rocky Mountain Tea
will do. 35 cents, Tea or Tablets.
Harper House pharmacy.
YOU CANOT CET A 8URB CURE
PLACE ELSE. -
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