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THE ARGUS. MONDAY. JUNE 8, 1908.
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TRADES IiTrpi J COUNCIL M
Monday, June 8, 1908.'
Is the land of the free and the home
of the brave ruled by the crooked cam
paign contribution? . 1
Mexico lias a 13,000,000 defalcation.
The rapid Americanization of Mexico
is one of the signs of the times.
It would have been a perfect shame
for the "allied" republican presidential
candidates to carry, to the convention
a fight against a little fellow like Taft.
Mrs. Ruth Bryan Leavitt Is a dele
gate to' the national-convention from
Colorado, and wants to nominate her
father for president. The people have
done that long ago.
Even if Mr. Roosevelt wants to
shake off the third term Idea and hunt
in the African jungles after March 4,
1909, Uncle Sam will not be at all sur
prised if he sends a, special message
home every week.
It is finally agreed after some de
mur that Senator Hopkins, the noto
rious spoilsmonger of Illinois, shall
have tho - privilege of reading the
republican national platform at Chi
cago. But care will be taken that
he has as small a share as possible
in making the. platform.
The selection of Senator Aldrich as
the president of the national mone
tary commission and the predatory
shaping given thereto in the selection
of its membership furnish a forewarn
ing of what may be expected as a "re
sult of its deliberations if it shall ever
take the trouble to make a report.
When the people of a republican
state like Oregon pick out a democrat
who has served them as governor to
be their next tnlted States senator, it
-,is a pleasant augury for next fall.
'States Hke "Oregon land 'Minnesota that
elect democratic governors-may vote
for. a democrat . for president. The
habit is- liable to grow on them,
Senator Piatt has been invited to
resign on account of his youthful in
discretions.' but .he can't afford to; he
needs the salary. ... If cost him' $75,000
and a country estate to buy off a di
vorce suit and $10,000 at least, and
probably - more, to settle- a breach of
promise case, and the old man has got
to have some resources that they can't
touch: . ''.'- '- .
In another column of today's Argus
appears a handsome testimonial to
State's Attorney J. K. Scott, endorsed
by representative citizens of Rock Is
land, irrespective of political affilia
tions, and who have adopted this
means of commending Mr. Scott as a
fearless public official in the face of
attack and slander by elements whose
' dictations he has seen, fit to disregard
The communication represents an act
of simple justice, and as such it is
published in The Argus.
Hopeless aa at Present Const ita ted
It is announced through the Associa
ted Press dispatcheafrom Washington
that should Bryan be elected In No
vember,. President Roosevelt will call
a special session of congress to assem
ble immediately after the election and
revise the tariff.
This will be joyous news to the
trusts, but tidings of. no ' comfort ,to
tho peoplel No matter how the elec
tion m(y go In congressional districts
this fall, the house which will be call
ed to order in November will be the
old Joe Cannon outfit, whose gfeatest
efficiency lies In the promotion of
trusts. ... .,'.-. .
The kind of tarff revision to be ex
pected front, that bunch may be ac
curately . foretold In the report of the
speaker's special committee which re
ported against disturbing the tariff on
paper pulp,: although the newspaper
publishers of the country had spent
.weeks on the witness stand proving a
conspiracy - s .
... This Week In Politics.
;Tbe near approach of the republican1
national' convention will cause the par
,ty leaders to turn, their attention . to
ward Chicago this week, where the ar
rangements for the' gathering will be
completed during. the .week and head
quarters opened In. the interest of the
various presidential aspirants. .Toward
the end of the week the advance guard
of delegates and visitors will put In an
appearance and the Jre-convention ac
tivity will commence in earnest '.
During the' week democratic state
. conventions to select delegates to Den
ver will be held In Virginia, Utah, Or
egon; Kentucky and Montana. Bryan
is expected to dominate atf of these
conventions, though there - Is . talk of.
possible attempts to block iustructienb
in Virginia and , Montana. " '
The fight between Senator Alfred B.
Kittredge and Governor Coe I. Craw
ford for the seat of the former in the
United States 'senate will be settled at
the general primary, to be held tomor
row in South Dakota. . At the same
time nominations will be made for all
state offices. -
The Panama Canal.
The attention of the American pub
lic has been so occupied with, the Bins
of omission and commission of con
gress and with the coming national
election that it has lost sight of the
Panama canal, an, enterprise, never
theless, in which it is deeply inter
ested. ; ' ' - '
Secretary Taft. it is true,-wont to
the isthmus the other day, but it was
only a flying trip and he did not re
ri'ain long enough' to . complete the
Out of the fund of $185,000,000 for
the construction of the canal, $141,787,
000 has been, spent and $43,213,000 re
mains to . prosecute the work, with
Uncle Sam's unlimited credit for what
more may be needed. Of the.$14lj
7S7.000 expended, only $91,787,000 has
gone into construction work, the sum
of $40.(K)0.000 having been used to
purchase the rights of the French com
pany connected with the De Lesseps
fiasco, and $10,000,000 having been
given to the republic of Panama.
A great number of men and a vast
quantity of "machinery are now being
employed at Panama in digging the
big ditch. There are 6,000 American
employes, who are. the bosses of 30,-
000 workers who are not Americans.
There are 284 locomotives, 2,250 cars,
181 steam and air drills, 63 steam
6hovels and 12 piledrivers. The aver
age amount excavated is about 2,000,-
000 yards a month.
The engineers seem' to be of the
Insects That Are
, Clover and Alfalfa Are Discussed
(Prepared by Arthur J. Bill for Illinois
Dr. J. T. Folsom of the University
of Illinois spoke at the 1908 meeting
of the Illinois Farmers' institute upon
Insects Injurious to Clover and Al
falfa." The following lteni3 are taken
from his talk:
The Clover Leaf Weevil. The first
injury from the clover leaf weevil is
seen the latter part of March in the
form of little round holes in. the
clover leaves. On the ground under
the rubbish you will find little green
grubs curled head to tail; at night
they crawl to the plant and do the
damage. In June these Erubs turn to
beetles and do more damage by strip
ping the leaves. This insect con
stantly threatens the plant but rarely
does serious - damage. ' In -1 moist
weather a fungus disease sweeps it
off like magic. If the grubs are pres
ent in alarming numbers in " the
spring, cut the clover early, . or pas
ture it a little, or clip it back in Maj
or early June.
The Clover Louse and the Remedy.
The clover aphid is a big long
legged plant louse which often liter
ally crowds the clover plants late in
June or early in July, sucking the sap
from the clover. They multiply with
fabulous rapidity, if the plants get
rain they often survive. This aphid
has killed hundreds of acres of clover
In Illinois. They are found on . both
the first and second crops of clover.
Their effect is a reduction of tne vi
tality of the plant as a whole. When
the plants' are loaded with these lice
a single heavy rain will wash them
to the ground, kill nearly all of them.
and save the plants. .
The lady bird beetles, and their ac
tive, bright-colored " grubs, the lace
winged fly, the "sweat bees," and a
fungus disease are effective enemies
of the clover louse: If, from the num
bers of the insect any damage is an
ticipated, it is best to cut the clover
early. If you wait until July and the
clover ! loaded with lice the chances
are there will be. no second growth,
especially if drouth occurs. The
speaker saw 80 acres of clover thus
destroyed in DeKalb county In Au
gust, 1903. "The insects are killed by
starvation; they are unable to go far
elsewhere for food when the clover
dies. . ,
The Seed Midge Defeated by Early
Harvesting. The worst of the seed
pesti is the seed midge, a fly -so small
that you may not have seen it. They
are abundant about May 24, when
the young' green . clover heads are
most numerousand again late in July
and early in August. The eggs, bare
ly visible to the naked eye,- are laid
on the green lover heads. The egg3
hatch in three days and the grub de
vours the semi-fluid contents of the
ovary before the flower has been fer
tilized. r :
AH you need to do to saveyour
seed from the midge is to cuj the hay
crop a little earlier than usual, in this
latitude just before the 17th of June
You can even wait until part of the
clover is fresh in bloom, but you
should not wait until many of the
beads haye turned brown. You catch
these grubs in the, clover heads and
they are killed as the clover dies.
Furthermore you hasten the maturity
of the second crop of heads and by
the time the second brood of midges
is n the wing. the heads are '? ripe
for them to lay their egg3 in. A dtf
ference of two weeks. in cutting may
mean the difference between immun
ity on the one hand and complete in
festation, by thet midge on the other
band. - . ... .;
'' DeKalb Field Demonstrates Reme-
S dy. The value ' of this early cuttin
opinion Jhat. a lock canal . (there are
to be 12 locks),' can " be completed for
$250,000,000; but If it is finally decided
to. make it a sea-level , canal, it may
cost as much as half a billion. To
complete the locks and dams, it is
said, wlll jake about five years.
Certainly the work ought, to be
pnshed as rapidly as possible.
Foraker's Call to Arms.
' Walter Wellman in the Chicaso
Record-Herald says: .
'"Last week the republican leaders
were feeling very good over what they
thought their clever tactics In dispos
ing of the negro soldier Issue., By in
ducing Foraker. to let the resolution
go over till next winter they believed
they had sidetracked the whole thing
till after election. They had become
alarmed over what they called "the
razors" that were out for them at Chi
cago, and feared If the agitation of
thei right of the colored brother con
tinued the same brother would get an
idea he was absolutely Indispensable
to the party, and for that reason make
ail the more trouble. . But just as they
were flattering themselves their adroit
tactics had -removed the dagger up
hobs Foraker-with ' this'' note of defi
ance. It i3 also a call to arms. It is
an appeal to the colored brother to
flash his razor some more, all to the
end that, if possible. Senator Foraker
may extort from Taft or the Taft man
agers a promise that he shall come
back-to the senate. Most republicans
think Foraker would not dare c?.rry
on the fight to the bitter end, and that
before election, even if his tactics do
not win as to his senatorial seat, he
will subside and try to remain a mem
ber m good standing of the republican
party. Others say it little . matters
now what he docs, that the damage is
done, and the republican party has a
somewhat formidable negro revolt on
was seen in a DeKalb county field in
1903. In 20 acres of clover giving
promise of five bushels of seed per
acre, only two midges and no eggs
were found. This field was cut June
25, while just across the road was an
other field of clover sown at the same
time and grown under the same condi
tions, except that it was not harvested
until July 7. This field swarmed with
midges Aug. 19.
Chalcid That Does Unseen Damage.
The seed chalcid does an immense
amount of unseen damage to the seed;
you simply get a small yieid of seed
without knowing why. The grub lives
inside the ripening seed and eats it
out, leaving only a shell. The adult is
a minute, black, fly-like insect found
in abundance on clover heads about
June 12 ' and . again. -in ;lhe middle '.of
August The eggs are laid in the seeds.
If you want to get rid of these, har
vest the clover before any of the heads
have turned black, or pasture or clip it
back in May or June.
The Clover Hay Worm. Occurs in
stacked or stored clover. It .is active
in winter, working at the bottom of
the hay where it is warmer, and
moister. These worms eat the hay
and web together the rest of it with
silk intermingled with black particles
like grains of gunpowder. The hap
appears as if mildewed and the stock
refuse to eat it. If there is much
moisture a fungus is present also. To
get rid of this worm the old, refuse
hay should be cleaned out and burned.
A good preventative In the outdoor
stack is to build the stack on a plat
form of logs or rails, giving It ventil
ation underneath. Another good meth
od is to salt the stack for two or three
feet from the bottom, a half gallon to
the ton. This worm is injurious in
proportion to the warmth and moisture
and it will not bother perfectly dry
Summary of Remedies. Just remem
ber that cutting the hay crop when !t
has just begun to bloom, and as much
earlier than that as possible, or else
pasturing or clipping back the growth
still earlier in the season, will circjim
vent the work of the Insects injurious
to the seed crop. - Another thing-
many of these insects enter -the field
in the latter part of the first year of
the clover growth and lie over until
the following spring; so it is a wise
practice to clip the clover late in its
first, season, removing especially the
premature heads that are present. You
must cut early enough to allow the
plant to recover itself before frost, say
two or three weeks after oat harvest.
Destroy the voluntary clover, as it
carries over, many insects to the next
season, and do not allow clover to run
more than. two years. -
Alfalfa insects are essentially those
of clover, though only the seed chalcid,
the leaf weevil, and the root borer
have as yet been reported upon alfalfa.
Camel Post Service. '
la the new postal service across the
Sahara the messengers are mounted
on camels. . - .
C lolling I
The onlr high gra ' aja"fc
Bakina Powder (old . -
' t a moderate price. ""L. '
Humor and Philosophy
' !-';: By DUNCAN M. SMITH .
THE: ANNUAL QUERY.
Aska the poet - "
".- Who is earnestly seeking '
At first liana, . r.
Is bo rare as a day In JuneT'
That looks easy.
June days may be rare.
Or very late In the fall.
But there are other
II one starts out
With a search warrant ' '
- Or a pmch of salt .
Looking for them. '
The man "
Who, recognizing his owa
Allows his wife
To have the last word -Without
Being mean 'about it; 4
The woman -
Who can look pleased
And feel it .
When a rival steps forth
With a twenty-eight dollar hat
To match her own modest
Two forty-eight lid;
The small boy
Who tells the truth
And stays ut work (.
When a lio
Would get him
Into the ball game;
The minor clerk '
Who doesn't know more than the
The woman who knows
. The difference
Between an lnshoot and a horns
The list Is so large
That We wonder at the poet
For asking the question.
Has to Chase Them.
"Do you golf?"
"No; don't need to."
"What do you do for exercise?"
"I have a garden."
"Does that give you the right kind
"Well, my neighbor keeps chickens."
"Don't you feel
the call of the
wild In the
' "1 ? can't- say
that I do.- Near
est I come to ex
periencing it is
in the call of the
collector. lie: is
f. .wild enough
when I don't
"I am going to quit my place," said
the man of all wjork.
"What's the matter ?'? asked the sym
pathetic friend. "Don't you like the
brand of cigars the boss smokes?"
"Yea, but he keeps them locked."
"Why Is Chester moping about so?
"Disappointed in love."
Thinks the girl he can't get is the
only one in the world, I suppose?" '
"So; it isn't that so much, but he
spent $4 on her in, ice, cream sodas."
Ready to Please.
"When are you going to pay that
"I am .afraid tomorrow wlH never
VThen call around yesterday."
Couldn't Fill the Bill.
"Are you the man who advertised
for a dog?" -"Yes."
4,What kind of a dog did you want?"
"No use going into that You wouldn't
do." t .
Predicting weather far ahead
Looks good, but they will find
v Tls easier to dope it oft
A week or mo behind.
Truth telling is an exact science, but
lying is a fine art.
The man who is with the majority
doesn't see the need of reform.
Some men are horn poor, some attain
poverty and others meet up with the
gold brick man. -
Sometimes a man mistakes rapidity
for progression. ' .
When- trouble takes a whack at xm
it is surprising to discover how many
of our friends, just knew It was going
to happen., :
It Isn't safe . to "invite in another
pretty girl if you have, a valued regu
lar caller.:; . ,
" . '. Vj ' - '.' '' .
One way . to look pleasant Is to Im
agine that your salary is doubled. ,
Riches take wings , when the flying
machine man can get a backer.
A wise Irishman says the way to get
rich is to save-what you .spend "and
work all the time you are resting.
fflteffrgus Daily Short Story
"The Falling of Lucy ."-By Clarissa Mackie.
Copyrighted, 1908. by Associated Literary Press.
El wood craued his neck as the train
drew in at the little station. Yes, here
was the low, red brick structure, from
either end of which the road wound
away letween the young oaks, now
showing a faint misty brownr' in the
late April sunshine.
With a sudden impulse he a row and
grasped his hat and grip. In another
instaut he stood before the station
house,' while the train screamed away
through the wooded tunnel of oaks.
He looked around at the familiar
scene, siightly bewildered at the result
of his impulsive action. He had left
New York with the intention of spend
ing the week end with friends, at
Shrimp Cove, but the familiar scenes
through which the train had sped and
which .marked milestones in bis mem
ory had roused" within him depths of
feeling that he thought could not now
Evading the . puzzled glance of the
station agent, he turned down the
right hand road. Ultimately it. would
take him to the village hostelry. Inci
dentally it would lead him over old
paths and permit his fancy to revel in
.He plodded through the thick yel
low Baud with eager eyes on the bud
ding hedges. Gratefully he inhaled the
delicate spring odors that seemed to
emanate from the golden afternoon
He paused, once beside a foamtn
spring where sweetflag was shooting
green blades from the black, oozy
mud, and again in the Honey spot road.
where arbutus cluug to the steep
banks and the pink pouch of the moc
casin flower sprang from the lichened
tree stumps. Each time he removed
his hat and stood vlth painfully kuit
ted brow and reflective eyes Then he
The village hotel was under new
management, and he passed unchal
lenged by old acquaintances.- He
strolled down the irregular street after
the evening meal was over and In the
spring twilight revisited old haunts
and revived old memories until his
mind was a chaos of rage with him
self and grief for the unattainable.
The next morning when clamoring
bells rang out from the white painted
churches and the quiet- streets were
gay with the Easter finery of the vil
lage belles "El wood made his way to a
quaint old edifice tucked away on the
shore road, so that when he was seated
in a familiar place he could seethe
white sails in the harbor and the thin
drift of smoke from passing steamers
on the sound. -.'
The gathering congregation looked
curiously at the dignified, middle aged
stranger who Bat in the old Elwood
pew, but he maintained an attitude of
motionless rigidity, with, eyes fixed
steadily on the rippling water beyond
the window. He was listening with
painful eagerness for a light step. V
. It came. He heard the swish of Bilk
and the soft slip of her feet as she
ascended the steps of the chancel and
took her place among the assembled
choir. In his eyes mind he could see
her, cool and pale, with flaxen hair and
dark blue eyes.
There would be little change in her
appearance after fifteen years. Her
fair, akin might have faded a little.
and her sllmness might have become
angularity, but there would be no oth
er visible alteration.. . Still, he could
not look. ... . ...r' V .
Two women rustled into the seat be
hind him and conversed In hissing
whispers that reached his ear with an
"Lucy Clifford's got on her blue fou
lard silk, ain't she?" -"Yes!
I wonder if she's going to sing
-m -ffi&ffl More fun than a
"1 suppose so. Mr. Lark in said it
would be the last year she bould sing
in the choir."
"Her voife is getting terrible thin,
and once in awhile it gives out. She
ain't sung for two or three weeks now.
r guess she was saving it so's she
could sing today."
"Lucy's getting to be a regular old
maid. Now that she's left alone down
to the old place, I guess she wishes
she'd taken up with young Elwood
"I hope her voice don't fail today,"
remarked one of the women as the low
tones of the organ rumbled , through
Elwood turned his head. Yes; there
she sat, her pale, pure profile outlined
against the red and purple of the chan
She looked as his memory hnd limned
her save that she was not angular;
she still retained her youthful sllm
ness. There was a pathetic droop to
her once proudly lifted bead and a
wistfuiness In the full lidded eyes af
she turned toward the congregation.
The organ ceased, the white robed
minister entered and knelt In prayer,
and then with a triumphant burst of
music the choir arose and the notes of
the anthem ,.E:ing through the little
church. Elwood pressed a hand across
his stinging eyes as the familiar melo
dy proceeded. It seemed but j'esterday
that he had tood beside Lucy Clifford
In the choir and lifted his strong young
voice iu that same strain. .
ne heard the high notes of her thin
soprano above the reedy tenor and tho
rumble of alto and bass, and there was
an uncertain quality in It that caused
his aeort to leat a little faster in the
fear that her voice might fall altogeth
er.' Anxiously he followed her through
the anthem and sighed with relief
when the final "Amen" died away in
the rustle of the kneeling people.
The service proceeded as it had pro
ceeded fifteen years ago. There was
another minister and, save for Lucy
Clifford, other voices In the choir.
There were strangely familiar faces in
the congregation, and his eyes eluded
many a glance of recognition. It was
enough for him that he could look
upon Lucy Clifford's sweet face once
again. In the morning he would go
When the long sermon was finished
the organ commenced a well known
prelude, two gray haired wardens
creaked up the aisle and received the
oaken contribution boxes, while the
choir arose to slug the offertory.
"Christ the Lord la risen today. Al-le-lu-iar
- . ' , -
That was Lucy's voice rising high
above the other singers and again El
wood felt that tender apprehension
lest she should fail. When the second
stanza was begun her tones were
strained and tremulous.
"She's going to break down!" whis
pered one of the women in the seat be
hind him. ... '
"Lo, our sun's eclipse is o'er" .-'.'
It had happeurd, ..With a discordant
Universally acknowledged to be '
The Dest Natural LaxativeVater
glass in the - morning can be relied on -to
relieve CONSTIPATION and all bowel and
stomach disorders. v ' ' 1
"i In, full bottle and, splits
' f - t.
wall like The "breaking of 'a Violin
string Lncy Clifford's' voice' died out
The startled choir paused for an in
stant and then from the congregation
burst a man's strong voice, "Al-le-lu-ia!"
To a triumphant conclusion he car
ried the fine old melody, bis rich tenor
supporting the. wavering voices of the
agitated choir. - He bad seen the white,
frightened face of Lucy Clifford turned
in his direction, and he threw all the
vigor and force of his nature Into the
third stanza. . . ,
Almost unconsciously her tremulous
voice took -up the refrain, and once
more their tones were united. It see til
ed as though her weak utterance rest
ed on the assured strength of his, and .
he carried it up up to an exultant
close until their voices blended in final
Joyous "Al-le-lu-Ia!" ;
Lucy Clifford sank back in her seat
with trembling bands and a flickering
color in her pale cheeks. She did not
ghiuce at Allen Elwood. It was suffi
cient for her that he was preseut and
that in the hour-f her distress "he bad
come to her rescue. .
It was like him to have done that It
was strange that she had permitted
that escapade of his youth to blind her
to bis many noble qualities. Welk It
was too late. now, but she. could re
member this day. It would be a pleas
ant memory to be stored away against
a dreary future.
, When thei serriee was . concluded,
Lucy Clifford: slipped Ihfough the side
door Into the churchyard and thence
toward the opening In the stone wall
that led to the homeward path across
lots.' . " ;. ' '
Elwood did not follow her. It would
lie of no use.- ne was. too much of a
black sheep. But when the dusk fell
be walked slowly along the shore road
nntil he came. to the old Clifford place.
It was a long, low, brown bouse fac
ing the harbor. Tall cherry trees over,
shadowed its gabled roof, and thick
hedges of pungent box bordered the
winding paths. A wind swept up from
the bay, and a shower of blossoms fell
about him. A ' whipporwill throbbed
from the ttough of an apple tree. It
was like another night that was past
There was a light step on the grav
eled path, a startled exclamation, and
he was holding Lucy's unrestottes;
hands In his own.
"I have come to ask yeur forgive
ness, Lucy," he began tenderly,
. "Nay," she. murmured tremulously;
"it Is I who should ask yours for my
narrow minded prejudices. But that la
past I I tried to steel" my heart and
failed and the years have been . so
long. Alien" Her voice broke. , .
"I know," be said slowly, "but the
years that are to come will be long
and sweet, God willing!" , : -
The . . whipjiorwlll whirred away
through the darkness,. while again the
cherry trees swayed In the breeze and
sent a shower of bridal whiteness over
the lovers at the gate.
Bucklen's Arnica Salve Wins.
Tom Moore of Rural Route 1. Coch
ran Ga., writes: "I had a, bad sore
come on the instep of my' foot and
could find nothing that would heal: it
until I applied Bucklen's Arnica Salve.
Less than half of a 25 cent box won
the day for me by affecting a perfect
cure. - Sold under guarantee at all
druggists. :' - "
I today?". '
4 ' "