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THE ARGUS. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER G. 1908.
Published Dally and Weekly at 1624
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Friday, November 6, 1908.
Political predictions were a drug on
the market. 1
1 Really, now, how do you think
Two weeks ago they knew just how
it would go in Vermont.
It looks as if Missouri had actually
gone to the bad completely.
In other words, the democrats are
defeated, but not dismayed.
It does not require much mental ef
fort to be a howling partisan.
Tom Watson was only sorry he
couldn't be more of a thorn in the side
Unless a man is a particularly good
guesser the election returns will not
match his predictions.
The country should pray for the
health and life of William -Howard
Taft. Jim Sherman is to be vice pres
ident. There ought to be some sort of cheer
oineter for measuring the volume of
cheers. Length of time doesn't always
Now that the election is over, we
may look for the publication of the re
publican campaign contributions most
Bryan and Kern both in the United
States senate, and possibly Tom John
son of Ohio, too? It seems too good
to be true.
It is proper to exercise one's right of
: franchise. It needs the exercise. But
the recent Persian rug size of ballot
A causes an undue strain. " .
Archbold, Sibley and the rest rejoice
that the campaign is ended. They
never did pine for publicity of the kind
that has been thrust upon them. .
A thief is operating in a dress suit.
However, there is no danger that -he
will lose caste with his fellows, as he
wears it only during business hours.
If perchance Bryan had won the
appointment of a receiver for the in
dependent telephone company, he
would of- course have been promptly
charged up to that fact.
Quincy Herald: Democracy is a
party of picturesque grandeur. It
thrives on hope and fattens on despair.
It rises unruffled from the turmoil of
defeat and faces the future with sub
lime serenity and calm content.
Miss Jeanette L. Gilder, for 26 years
editor of the Critic, and recently con
nected with Putnam's, has had an op
oration performed that will bring back
health to her to the delight of her
friends in all parts of the country.
Germany is said to be apprehensive
lest the new form of government of
Turkey should break down under the
strain of organizing and establishing
itself, and thus complicate tue prob
lem of the settlement of the Balkan
Mrs. Leslie Carter, who is taking
part in some bankruptcy proceedings.
was unable to attend a meeting of her
creditors because of an accident to
her automobile. It never rains, but it
pours. Probably the poor machine also
Justice Elkius of. the Pennsylvania
supreme court, "who received $20,000
from the Standard Oil, says he con
tributed it all to the campaign fund,
but there lingers a query why should
he ever have had It at all to give to
the campaign fund.
Political progress is the fashion now
. in Asia. -Japan has a constitutional
government. China has been prom
ised constitutional government on tho
installment plan, to be completed in
3919. Persia has a constitution
when the shah is not bombarding the
parliament Turkey has a constitution
now a little more than three months
old. And on the 50th anniversary of
tne assumption of, the direct rule of
" India by the British crown King Ed
ward has promised the people of India
a larger participation In . their own
government... . S '
Mr. Bryan's Respect for the Sabbath.
Said a Chicago paper last Tuesday
; morning: "Chicago ministers today
united in praise of .William J. Bryan's
refusal to take part in Sunday political
meetings following his arrival In Chi
cago after midnight on Sunday. Com
mendation of hl3 action in deciding to
make no attempt to carry out his Sat
urday program upset by the delay of
his train was voiced at the Monday
meetings of ministers throughout the
"In every instance it was declared
that Mr. Bryan's stand against the po
litical demonstrations on Sunday show
ed him to be a strong type of a Chris
tian gentleman and highly qualified for
president. Many ministers in praising
Mr. Bryan deplored the fact that so lit
tle respect was paid the Sabbath by
politicians at large, and expressed the
hope that Mr. Bryan's stand might be
an inspiration to others."
The virtue of Mr. Bryan's respect
for the fourth commandment may have
been recorded in heaven, but he got no
credit for it beyond words so far as is
known on earth.
Do the People Rule?
Moline. 111., Nov. 5. Editor Argus:
Throughout the campaign you carried
persistently at the head of your na
lional democratic ticket on your edi
torial page, the uuery: "Shall the peo
ple Rule if the coined phrase of one Wil
liam Jennings Rryan. It struck me as
a silly Idea from the first to even con
ceive of such a suggestion in a gov
ernment founded on the principle that
the people shall always rule. But the
object of this brief communication is
simply to ask of you if the question
for which you stood sponsor has not
been answered rather emphatically in
The Argus had hoped to be privileged
to suspend, for the time being at least,
the discussion of campaign topics with
the election, for to the injured, though
still alive.thepost mortem is not a pleas
ant experience. But inasmuch as the wri
ter of the communication has done
The Argus the honor to enclose his
name in commence, and has thus
proven worthy of an answer to his
question, is seems but polite that he
should receive the attention he courts.
The statement that this is a gov
ernment based on the principle that
the people shall rule, is undeniably
correct, but whether or not the actual
impulses of the people fouud expres
sion in the verdict pronounced at the
poltfe in Tuesday's election is quite
another thing. Down deep' in their
hearts. The Argus believes, the Amer
ican people, are for Bryan. Millions of
them have through a period of 12 years
stood by him in a spirit of devotion
not before known in the history of
the nation.- Take, for Instance, the
events of the campaign just clos
ed, where the crowds that gathered to
hear Bryan numbered two to one to
those who turned out to greet Taft.
And, measure for measure, the enthusi
asm shown was in like proportion.
i ase it. rigm nere in nociv isiana
a republican stronghold where Bryan,
speaking at the Island City ball park
on a chilly night, was greeted and
cheered by twice the number of tri-
city people who " were present in the
same place on a balmy afternoon the
same week when Sherman and' Long-
worth were the attractions, and twice
as many as received Taft in Davenport
on a bright warm morning with tne
factories closed the weefc before.
No man is nearer to the
people today than W. J. Bryan,
and had the majority of the people the
country over been free to express
themselves unhampered he would prob
ably have been elected. This is not
a haphazard statement, but an honest
conviction. But the same un-American
bulldozing tactics, that were worked
successfully in 1896 were applied in
the closing weeks of the late campaign.
Coercion and intimidation were the im
plements employedV Men were told
that their bread and butter depended
upon the outcome of the election. All
sorts and forms of dread disaster were
predicted and threatened in the event
of Taft's defeat. Orders were given
for immense bills of goods conditional
upon Bryan's defeat. Numerous fac
tories either informed their employes
direct, or posted notices which, while
calling their attention to the fact that
they were to be allowed time off for
the privilege of voting, also contained
the further statement that in the event
of republican victory they were to con
tinue to be employed, leaving to the
employe his own conjecture as to what
might happen in the event of Bryan's
election. A Moline factory gave out
notice that the company had a great
amount of manufactured goods to turn
out in the next 90 days contingent upon
the continuation of the republican par
ty in power, and "it was expected that
there would be better times after the
election." Were the people left free to
rule in the face of such a representa
tion of conditions as this, when it was
put squarely up to the working man to
decide whether he would vote as he
pleased or according to the dictates of
his employer? Is there a student of
politics in all this land who will ven
ture to say that the laboring people as
a class were not with Bryan in the
late campaign; or, on the other hand,
is there a reasonably Inclined politi
cian who will assert that the man
who works for a IJving and sup
ports a family would vote according to
the wishes of John D. Rockefeller and
AndrewCarnegie, if he knew it, unless
his very existence and the existence
of his family depended upon it? And
the working people did know, almost
(from the very lips of Rockefeller and
iarnegia memseives now tnose two
oppressors of the people wanted the
election to go.
Since the issue has been put square
ly, has the question "Shall the People
Rule?" not been answered In the affirm
ative, It may at least be well to await
developments for the final answer.
True, a majority of the electorate has
cast Its vote for SCaft and it. will re- J
main for the next four years to dis
close whether the trusts or the people
still rule. The vote went as the trusts
dictated. How the president-elect will
construe the outcome remains for him
I3ut that ''Bryan was defeated does
not mean that the masses of the people
loved or trusted him less, but that fear
no,not fear, but the power of fear
held sway over them, or at least a large
enough percentage of them, to settle
Governor Hughes' Triumph.
One of . the1 pleasantest reflections
of the election is found in the endorse
ment of Governor Hughes in New
York, not as a republican, but as a vin
dication of fearless enforcement ofl
law. Possibly " more than any other
candidate he stood out distinctly ,'on a
moral Issue, for the most arrogant
claim of his opponents was that he
dareJ to stop race track gambling.
There were other forms of wrong
which had felt the force of his power,
though this one appeared to be the
particular nub on which the opposi
tion fastened its claws.
For a time it seemed that the great
state of New York would actually re
pudiate a governor who had the cour
age to take from the mass the levy
of the gamblers, in Illinois that action
was taken by our legislature several
years ago, though in New York, and
especially in New York city which has
more of the spirit of Babylon than
any other, it was. stated with emphasU
that Hughes would be beaten.
It is reassuring to know that the bet
ter element of the state still rules, as
it should in every state, and that a
cry raised against a man of the moral
statjure of Governor Hughes, still
serves to rally to his standard self re
sporting, serious minded voters; and
this despite the fact that Hughes had
an able, worthy and deserving oppon
ent in Chanler.
Political campaigns are of no value
unless they throw light on the future
and the defeat of a fair and square
moral issue such as anti-gambling
would have been a national calamity.
Politicians are always eager to giv?
the people the kind of government
they ask for and, by that reasoning
the Warwicks of the future in New
york and elsewhere, may well refer
to the reelection of Hughes as a faith
President During Good Behavior.
In the constitutional convention of
1787 the proposal had considerable support-that
the president of the United
States be elected to hold office during
good behavior. But it was objected
that there could. never be any certainty
of what constituted bad enough be
havior to justify ejection from the of
fice, and the result would be an in
variable life tenure, ending in mon
archy. This was sufficient to shelve
the good behavior proposal. The found
ers of the government could easily see
the possibility of a president who
would so lower the dignity of the office
and subvert It to partisan ends as to
outrage the national sense of what is
proper, without going far enough to
support impeachment charges of "high
crimes and misdemeanors."
So a short and definite elective term
was finally agreed upon, by which the
people could protect themselves in
measure against all such contingen
cies; but even this cannot, of course
avail agaitrst temporary embarrass
ments of the kind.
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Argus Daily Short Story
FOUND IN THE W00DS7BY GRANT PACKARD.
1 Copyrighted, 1908, by Associated Literary Press .
Overnight the street corner had bios-!
aomed out with unpainted pine chest
nut stands, topped . by the roaster,
which sent out the fragrance of the
A crisp taug In the air sent the end
less procession of workers along at a
smarter pace. Only an occasional dere
lict sauntered along at a laggard's
gait. Overhead a thlu haze veiled the
sky, changing the blue of the cloud
less firmament to a. softer tint, and
through this a yellow sun burned
l'aui wcsiroru as be uurnea rowaru
the office sniffed the odor of the roast
ing chestnuts aud smiled remlnlsceut
ly. Of course chestnuts roasted iu a
pan over a charcoal fire could not be
as good as when they were gathered
in the wood and, roasted in a fire
It took two to roast chestnuts prop
erly, two in a cozy parlor, with an
open fire for the only illustration.'
He knew all about roasting chest
nuts. It was while they were roasting
chestnuts that Carol Ryder had prom
ised to be his wife; Ever since that
night the perfume of the chestnut
stands had reminded' him of the girl
he had loved and lost.
The course of true love had run with
its ctlstoinry irregularity, so it befell
that during one of their misunderstand
ings John Ryder, Carol's father, bad
fallen upou evil times. His invest
ments were threatened for" lack of
ready money. Another man bad come
to Ryder's aid and had claimed Carol
as his reward.
The girl had married him in the mis
taken belief that she owed it to her
father to obey bis wishes, aud when
Paul sought reconciliation he hail
found that it was too late.
ne had tome to the city that he
might not be reminded daily of his
loss and had prospered greatly. He
had found engrossment If not forget-
Yet always the smell of roasting
chestnuts brought back to him that
night In the Ryder parlor, and he could
feel again that thrill of joy when he
heard the whispered "Yes."
Today it came back to him more
strongly than over, and on the pages
of the letters be opened he could see
the picture of the woods about Carris-
ville, rioting with color under the au
tumn sun. .", .- , .
He had uever gone back to the town
since his first de parturp, He bad never
wanted to see the place. But today he
heard the country call him. and the
ealttwas not to be denied, ne arrang
ed with his' chief clerk to look after
affairs for a few days, and that night
he left on the sleeier for Cnrrisvill
IT. M - , 'i. . -
He found tuo town was sadlv
changed. Paul arrived iu the early
hours, wheu few were stirring, and a.-
a sleepy hackman drove t. sleepier
horse through the silent street Paul
felt a lump rise in his throat as when
one greets an old friend and finds him
that friend no longer, but even more
foreign than an actual stranger.
The old briek schoolbouse hod grown
into a stone structure several stories
in height. There was a new Methodist
church, and many of the old houses
had been replaced by more imposing
structures, while in the business sec
tion the store fronts had been altered
to present a metropolitan aspect. .
It was not until after lunch and Taul
had started ont into the country that
he begau to feel at home, ne had
looked up none of his old friends, fear
ing to find them as sadly changed as
the village Itself.
There was a trolley now to take him
to the outskirts of the town, but he
dropped off when the canal bridge
came in sight and the trolley turned
'on the road to the river. The bridge
fwas not changed.
s It was the same low. white structure
from which he had dropped many n
time to the deck of some passing canal
boat to ride down to the lock and beg
a ride back. -
Beyond the bridge, too, the road
looked the same. The trend of prog
ress had been along the line of the
trolley, and on this side of the eannl
the farmhouses were unchanged.
They had not even mended ihe break
In the fence where he formerly slipped.
through for the short cut to the marsh
Here the largest frogs were always to
be caught mud Paul was tempted to
push through just to see if he still was
It was a 'sharp climb up the hill, and
Paul was glad to pause and rest for a
moment when he gained the crest. Be
low, the canal wound Its way between
grassy banks, the towpath, dotted with
toiling mules, showing white against
tthe green. j
Farther yet the river flowed placidly
on to the churning foam of the rapids
ibelow, and between lay the level acres
inow yellow with stubble. In the vnl
jley, the autumn tint were not yet pro
nounced, but at his back, on the
heights, the woods were glorious with
red and gold. , ,
' Paul started out at a brisk pace for
jthe chestnut grove where the nubJ
iwere always biggest and best. On the
(Saturday holiday the woods would be
dotted with the nutplckere, but today
h had the place to himself. He wan
jon familiar ground now, and be head
jed straight for the grove. .
i There were few nuts on the ground,
but Paul was not content with these,
and, slipping off his coat and rest, he
awung up Into the , biggest tree to
(shake some down.
He felt an odd sense, of elation as he
found he could climb as well as ever,
In spite of city life and elevators.
and he. determined to climb to the very
top ot tne tree. It was from tills same
tree that he Imd h:id mauv a fall In his
knicKerbocker days. and he wanted to
show his mastery of bis old eneuiv.
The pride that goeth before a fall
was his. and the inevitable tumble
came. He v.-as nearly back to the bot
tom "limb when, wllh an ominous
crackle, one of the yellow branches by
which he was .steadying himself gave
way, he lost his balance and fell heav
ily to the ground.
For a moment he lay, half, stunned,
then a burning pain in his ankle rous
ed him. Dragging himself to a filling
posture, lie cut the laco: of the boot
and with his handkerchief lmur.d the
sprained ankle as tightly as he could.
Then, by slow degrees, he made hi.
way to his coat and slipped it ou t
prevent a cold.
Holding to the trunk of the tree h?
sought to rise, but h.? sank to th?
ground again and rested for a moment
until the sharp pain ceased.
There was no stick In sight ithnt
could Ik? used as a cane, and without
sucb an aid there was small chance of
being able to make his way to the edge
of the wood, where he might be able
to attract tite attention of some pedes
trian, on the road b-.dow. Yet he
would crawl on his bauds and knees
rather than pass the night In the open.
He was still considering the pitua
tion when he spied a flash of brown
and scarlet between the trees, and a
girl came slowly toward him. As she
came more clearly nito view Paul
gasped and rubbed hi eyes.
Coming toward him was Carol Ry
der, not as he expected to find her wih
the weight of added years., but as
young aid girlish as on Xbr.t day
when they two bi'.d gathered chestnuts
and taken them home to roast.
It seemed that it must be some vi
sion, for he had wn a late picture of
Carol, and tiie girlishness had given
place to a matronly dignity that sat
oddly on her young face. This was
the girl of the olden day his Carol
and as she approached he struggled to
rise and fell. She came hurrying to
"Yon have hurt your ankle." she
asked in a voice thr.t surely must be
Carol's. "I will try and find a stick for
you to use u; a cane. Don't try to riee
until I bring you one."
She hurried away "and presently re
appeared with a stout branch.
"You will have to trim It down a lit
tle with your knife," she explained.
'"It was the best I could find. Is It
Taul West ford?" she added as. for the
first time, site studied his face.
"It's raul West ford," he assented,
"but you eanflot be Carol?"
"I'm her sister Kdith," she explain
ed with n light laugh. "I was just at
tho awkward age when you left, and,
anyhow, you never bad cyc.3 for any
oue bu.t ??.rol."
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Soak them an hour or more in Peosta Suds, (to release the
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5. The whiteness of clothes greati? depends upon thorough
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Put Yourself in His Place
Place yourseif in your credltots' position. Would you consider that
you were being justly and fairly treated if your patrons were slow in
playing or allowed their bills tc drag? .(
Hundreds of people who owel their grocer, butcher, landlord or
doctor borrowed the money from us and paid them, now they have
nothing to worry them, can use and enjoy their earnings and make a
payment each payday of their entire indebtedness. ", ,
Come in today and talk the matter over with us you'll And us
pleasant, courteous and easy do business with. ,
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You lot;!; very l!T:c fc"r." 1 cr.1.1
quietly pr. he rrre by rl! . t!j? T.np.' (
'So every cne te.:- waa-tn?
girl's careless c!u:nent. "You had bet
ter take try ar.i too. It will I ? rafcr.
Do you thi-:"; you can i wiw i'?"
"Easily," hr agreed ns lie accented
her ' suggestion and rested hfa' free
hard lightly t'.jMm her rm.
Slowly they made their way to the
clearing, and not until they left the
woods liehind did Edith Ftop with a
little cry of dipmay.
"Yon never got the nut.-'.'" she ciid.
"and you came all the way from town
to get themr' -
"I enme in search of . old memories,
said Paul softly as ho looked down
Into the cagi r frice upturned to hi.-. "1
thought tmv were dead memories, and
I find that they still live."
The color flooded the girl's face a
she turned it aside, but not till eyes
had ppokeii to eyes, and Paul knew
that be bad found his ma;.-.
Ons Thing Wse Certain.
When Carol was nearly four years
old her parents had occasion to move
into another part of town, and one
morning when a 'strange little girl
wandered into the yard Carol, who is
an ouly child.' was delighted with the
idea of a playfellow.
"Good morning, little girl," she called
out brightly. "Did you tome to play
The little girl, who was older and
larger than Carol, stared and was
"What's your name, little girl?" Carol
"Are yon five?"
Still no answer.
"Are you six?"
The child fidgeted and grinned, but
remained silent, with her finger In her
Carol surveyed her calmly a moment
and then remarket! emphatically, "Well,
I don't know your name aud I don't
know how old you are. but I do know
yon aren't very smart for your age'."
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Humor and Philosophy
By DUNCAN M. SMITH
Although we cannot lay a brick
Or juggle with a maul.
Still palaces we may construct
Or prisons srim and tall
And make our residence thereto
I'nfettered or confined
According as we mold and forn
These buildings of the mind.
IllRh in the regions of the air
Are Fplcndid corner lots.
With pplendld prospects all around
And other buildin? spots.
Though on them castles we construct
Or palaces of mirth.
We have to stay below and live
In those we build on earth.
Stone walls do not a prison make.
Said one who knew a lot.
And iron bars are not a cage
If we insist they're not.
And, on the other calloused hand.
A mansion grand may be
A prison unto one within
Unless the mind is free.
The home is what we make tlie same.
Though humble, poor and low
Or high and gilded to the dome
And up in Haughty row.
In village or metropolis.
In mansion or hi flat.
We make or mar it In our mind.
Did you ever think of that?
Must Have Been.
"Why didn't Jones e'orae?"
"lie is at home cutting his hair."
"Cutting his hair?"
"He must be doing tha't. He told
me over the .phone that he was up to
his ears iu work."
"What kind of a speech did he mat
"He was not ou the programme, so -he
didn't make any!"
"But I thought he had made ar
rangements to beat that game and get
even with those jealous ones who bad
left him off."
He thought he had. but unfortu-
nately the populace whom lie had
hired to call for him went out to get a
drink at a critical moment."
"So the book agent didn't win her."
. "Xo. She turned him down."
T thought his prospects there were
"They were for awhile, but when be
came to propose he forgot the speech
he had learned for the occasion and
got switched to a description of ft new
encyclopedia lie was selling, and sue
wouldn't stand for It."
"I hare a bright Idea."
"Well, don't take it over to Brown'a
"His sour disposition might corrode
"You have rend Frowning?"
"Yes, forward and backward.
"With the vague hope that I might
find some urcauiug in It"'
r-D LIKE TO StEj
"I would like to
see more of you."
"There if '.no
more of me now.
You will have to
wait until I put
on more flesh."
PERT PARAGRAPHS. '
The most difficult task ever set for
some children seems to be to feel satis
fied with, the behavior of their parents.
It is wise to depend upon your owu
' Judgment if you are self reliant, but
you should be cartful how you pubs It
rlitge, but be learns to know better
after he has been Married awhile.
Some people are stupid because they
were born so and others are just so to
A dollar is seldom as big as dad
thinks it is and rarely as small as sou
considers it. ; '-,-
It is well to think long over a prop
osition where a great amount of per
suasion is dsemed necessary by the