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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26. 1908.
IHE ARGUS. '
Published Dally and Weekly at 1624
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Correspondence solicited from every
township in Rock Island county.
Saturday, December 26, 1908.
The only break in eggs apparent
these days is in the kitchen.
The Chicago Medical society wants
a new name for milk. How would
near milk do?
That Missouri woman who never told
a lie would better not brag about it
until after March 4.
The United States is the only coun
try where one is a majority .and he is
the speaker of the house.
Pennsylvania is the banner republi
can stale, and whether significant or
not, it is the banner "grafter" state.
Former Secretary Long says Roose
velt was not the whole navy at the
outbreak 'of the Spanish war, but he
can't make Roosevelt believe it.
Some strange things are happening
these days. From Carnegie's present
mental trend it would not be surpris
ing if he comes out for Bryan.
Carnegie says he favors taking the
tariff off of steel. But maybe he has
designs on the society of humorists
of which Rockefeller has become a
It wouldn't have taken more than 10
lines to inform the discharged colored
soldiers that if they would own up, to
guilty knowledge of the Brownsville
hold-up they would be reinstated in the
army. But that isn't the Roosevelt
A crank put his arms around the
neck of the president of France and
pulled the old gentleman's whiskers.
Suppose some one had played a sim
ilar trick on the president of the
United States and tickled his chin?
The New- York World propounds a
conundrum. It says if it takes 15 min
utes to move $570,000,000 from the
old Standard Oil bank building to the
new, how long will it take to move
$29,000,000 from the Standard Oil
vaults to the United States treasury?
The advertiser who, after starting,
steps to await results, is like the fool
ish farmer who would tear out his
seed from the soil to see whether it
is growing. It takes time for a crop
to grow. Of course, there is more
temptation to stop and await results
if the advertiser use a slow medium
than if he invest in space iu a publica
tion which- brings quick action. Re
turns from good advertising in a good
daily newspaper are practically instan
taneous and continuous.
Washington dispatches indicate that
Whitelaw Reid will be retired by Mr.
Taft as American -ambassador to the
court of St. James. Mr. Reid has
maintained his. London establishment
at an annual outlay said to approxi
mate $1,000,000. Of course no man
not immensely rich could stand that
drain, and with the need of spendin
as much or a tenth'as much a year, no
man in moderate circumstances could
afford to accept the post. John Ad
ams, as the first American minister
to England, established a reputation
for republican simplicity which ought
to be adhered to as nearly as reason
able conventions admit.
The Reformation of Andrew Carne
Andrew Carnegie was , a highly in
teresting witness before the ways and
means committee. Chairman Payne
having whispered to Mr. Dalzell and
declined to repeat his remark aloud,
the greatest steel maker in the world
said: "I should Eay that your words
were, 'The jig is up.' "
The jig is up with a spoilatory tar
iff. A revenue tariff we must have,
and It will afford quite as much protec
tion as any manufacturer really needs
The country will not put up with any
more tariffs of the McKinley and the
; Dftigley variety. -
Mr. Carnegie made merry over the
statement of Mr. Gary that the steel
corporation could get along without
protection, but the smaller concerns
could not. He understands that the
smaller concerns none are really
small are just as well able to stand
nlnrtn 99 iha immpriRft cnmhinaMnn
He warned the committee against pay-
ing much, attention to the statements
to whom the ways and means commit-
tee has been in the habitof paying at
Payne wanted, Mr. Carnegie said:
"The more figures -you get the more
you will be befogged. I don't judge
by figures given by Interested parties;
I judge by results."- The results are
vast exports of iron and steel and oth-
er manufactured goods, and they are
far more conclusive than alleged costs
of production given by tariff benefl-1 The International Live Stock exposi
ciaries. I tlou was established primarily for the
Pensioii8 for Old Kmployes.
One of the great meat packing firms
of Chicago is reported to have evolved
a pension scheme for the benefit of
its ten thousand employes, based on
the foundation of joint action by those
workers and the concern itself. While
the firm is to make a specified yearly
contribution to the pension fund, those
wage earners who wish to share in its
advantages are to contribute three per
cent of their pay. Out of the money
thus accomplished, annuities are to be
granted to employes who have served
20 years or more, and have reached
an age of 55, the amount depending
on the previous salary drawn. Those
who remain in service longer will get
larger pensions on their retirement.
The plan is notable as another illus
tration of the tendency toward the
systematic pensioning of employes on
the part of large corporations. Many
important railroad companies have
adopted this method," and it is said
work well in practice, inspiring the
men to keener interest on their task,
making them feel that their positions
have a substantial value that is in
creasing, and relieving them of the
fear of destitution in their old age.
When the project, is designed on co
operative lines, by which each em
ploye himself pays part of his future
pension, the inoitement to thrift and
sobriety, should be all the stronger.
There are. many indications that this
movement, in one form or another, is
destined to spread widely. One of its
aspects is. seen in the system under
which life insurance and annuities are
provided at cost by Massachusetts sav
ings banks. Great Britain has under
taken the scheme of national pensions
by wholesale for the poor and aged.
American methods, so far. are dis
tinctly preferable to this.
Don't Liike lioosevelt.
The manner in which the 2Cth presi
dent of the United States has discredi
ted himself with the legislative branch
of the government is demonstrated
daily by incidents more than by formal
action or spoken words in either cham
ber. Last Saturday, for instance, the
assistant secretary and special messen
ger of the chief executive was kept
waiting in the senate lobby for nearly
20 minutes with a message and sundry
executive documents under his arm,
while the senate listened to the un
interesting reading of the previous
day's journal, a performance regularly
dispensed with as something abso
lutely unnecessary inasmuch as th
Congressional Record with the, bus!
ness in full detail lies on every mem
ber's desk. On this occasion, how
ever, the senate regardless of party
lines desired to record its indifference
to, if not its contempt for, executive
communications and insisted on the
dreary reading of the journal rather
than suspend proceedings in deference
to the president.
In affected solemnity Senator Cul
berson of Texas arose from his seat
as if to rebuke the senate for its lack
of respect for the head of the nation
The president's messenger." he said
"is waiting to deliver a message from
his chief. I trust that senators will in
terpose no further objection to sus
pending the reading of the journal.''
But thev did and the messenger had
to wait. Can anybody imagine a mes
senger from President McKinley or
President Cleveland or President Lin
coin being treated in that way? .
Even Andrew Jackson, unpopular as
he was with both houses of the con
gress, never failed to command the
respect due to his high office and he
never did anything in an official way
to forfeit it.
CHAMPION MILK COW.
Animal Worth $10,000 Feature of Ch
cago's Big Stock Shows.
The most notable attraction to Chi
cagoans and visitors at the national
dairy show, Colantha IV.'s Johanna
Is the champion milk cow of the
world, owned by W. J. Gillette of
Rosedale, Wis.,- who has repeatedly re
fused offers of $10,000 for this animal
and has had her Insured for $15,000.
The official record for this valuable
cow for the last year was 27,432 1
pounds of milk, containing 998.2G
pounds of fat, equivalent to 1,200
pounds of butter. With the averag
price of butter placed at 30 cents this
cow yielded $3C0, while the ordinary
milk cow rarely exceeds an average of
A herd of thirteen Kerry cows, the
smallest bovines in the world, which
were brought to the United States
from Ireland by their owner, II.
Crane, millionaire proprietor of the
Wild Rose farm, St. Charles, 111., at
traeted much attention. The largest
animal In this herd Is forty inches
high, but In spite of their diminutive
stature the cows are excellent milk
givers. They average six gallons per
day to the cow. The calves In this
herd are scarcely larger than New
"Bigger and better than ever before"
was the verdict of the tens and hun
dreds of thousands of visitors to the
S01? ve ?to?k Jl
hld th ,UnIon f0?8 J
ere flocked to the exposition.
- 7." , JzT .XT
. best In each' class were allowed to fce
; offered, have won prizes all over the
tiers, at.exnpsltlons In other.. countries.
In the exposition this year" the most ,
rigid tests , and examinations were r
made before a single animal horse,
Log, sheep or steer was given a place
In the exposition buildings.
purpose of education. This alone was
the first and only thought In the minds
of the men who originated, the plan
which developed into the international
"Students' day" was the official title
given to the Orst day of the big show
because it was given up to the con
test . of the representatives of nine
agricultural colleges for $5,000 worth
of scholarships offered by J. Ogden
Armour. The students judged cattle,
sheep, swine and horses, and except
In one instance team work and lndi-
idual skill will count. The exception i
was the case of J. G. Troutman of Man
hattan. Kan., the con of a farmer, who
pitted his farm experience against the
special training of the college men.
The cause of "higher education" in
scientific cattle breeding and Purdue
university triumphed when Fyvie
Knight, the two-year-old Aberdeen'
Angus entered at the exposition by the
Indiana university, was named chair-
plon steer. The animal was awarded
first honors by George Sinclair, the
Scotch judge who came from Edin
burgh for the express purpose of se
lecting the grand champion of the
To strengthen further the claims of
the agricultural colleges and depart
ments of the seven state universities
which sent cattle to the exposition the
third prize in the grand championship
lass was awarded to Symboleer, an
other Aberdeen-Angus, the entry of
the Kansas State Agricultural college.
Judge Sinclair awarded the reserve
hampionship honors to Roan Jim, a
half brother of Roan King, the year
ling grand champion of the 1907 ex
position. STATISTICS OF 1908 SHOW IN
Number of entries... 3.097
Value of entries ....... J2.-i30.OJ0 2,
Value of cash prizes J75.0U0
Number of prizes 2.7u0
Attendance last year 300,000
Estimated attendance this
Investment, represented in
buildings used only for
Money probably spent in
Chicago by visitors..
Seven classes of cattle...
Tvvf-lvft clilKSPS of shwn..
4 Eight classes of swine
Seven classes of horses
Two classes of Shetland po
Total $2,430,000 i.
Average price of each an-
lmal J785.00 X
Pure bred sheep from the famous
flocks of England, with records of cen
turies almost, the aristocrats of the
fleecy tribe; pure bred American steep,
the product of imported sires ?nd
danu:. bred to as high a state of per
fection as their English cousins and
dividing the prize honors with them,
utilitarian crossbred sheep and the
sheep of the great western ranges.
where the highest production of both
wool and mutton gradually is forming
a new type, were entered In the show
ing cf sheep, considered one of the
strongest features of the show.
The biggest lot of sheep sent to the
show this year came from the Cana
dians, who sent over a herd, or, rather.
several herds, numbering 230 head.
In the United States Wisconsin had
the first place, with 112 head.
Between 1.000 and 1.100 giant steeds
from America's and Europe's best
stables were entered in the draft
horse exhibit, "equine beauties" which
cost fully $10,000 to Import. In the
pony classes an unusually large num
ber of entries were, made, particularly
All records were broken in the nom
inations in the horse and cattle divi
sions of the live stock show, which
competent stockmen consider the
greatest event of the sort in the
Good Cough Medicine for Childrjn.
The season for cough3 and colds is
now at hand and too much care can
not be used to protect the children.
A child is much more likely to con
tract diphtheiia or scarlet fever when
he has a cold. The quicker you cure
his cold the less the risk. Chamber
lain's Cough Remedy is the sole re
liance of many, mothers, and few of
those who have tried it are willing to
use any othar. Mrs. F. F. Starcher, of
Ripley, W. Va., says: "I have never
used anything other than Chamber
lain's Cough Remedy for my child en
and it ha3 always given good satisfac
tion." This remedy contains no opium
or other narcotic and may be given vs
conS'lently to a child as to an adult
For sale by all druggists.
. JUST OUT
"Ihe new Everybody's starts
with a sr.ory about things that
come up out of the ground that
will make even an expert farm
er sit up and take notice. ' '
For those who like fun there's a
story'by Joseph C. Lincoln with
a lot of good laughs. Get a copy
, and see if you don't like it. .
LOOK FOE THE PATCHWORK COVfcg
For sale at the Bijou, Crramp
ton's, and Kingsbury's.
Humor end Philosophy
By DUNCAN M. SMITH
The Christmas present problem "
" Looms largely on our view.
It takes a lot of money
And judgment to pull through.
Just where to dip in gently
And where far out to reach.
Which ones to be remembered
And what to buy for each.
Before he starts to count them
A fellow wouldn't dream
There were so many children ,
That held him in esteem,
So many little nieces
And nephews on the list,
Eefore he takes a census
To see that none is missed.
And, though he is determined
To see it through or bust.
He feels to put it over
That ho should own a trust.
His present ready money
May last for half a week;
Then lie must strain his credit
Until it springs a leak.
This buying gaudy trinkets "
For Archie, Tom and Kate i
Is something of a problem.
Toull find this hint is straight.
The Christmas present burden
la on our minds today
Much like an arctic glacier
And will not fade away.
Depended on the Kind.
"Are drafts healthy?" asked the man
Who had been investigating several of
the new health fads.
"Not." respouded the boarder who
lived in a financial atmosphere, "un
less you have .the money in the bank
to meet them vh?n they come strag
Careful With It.
"And this H a river." mused the
traveler, gazing down over a dry and
glistening waste of sand.
"You're en," replied the guide. "Thi3
Is the great Ioobocbee river of which
you have heard."
"Do you .take it in when It rains,'
asked the traveler, "so that It will no
get wet and warp?"
He Felt the Need.
"I admire myself very much."
"Yes, I do." ; . . j
"Can't you see why?"
"No, I can't, and I don't see Iiow
anybody else can."
"Well, that's the reason."
Their Natural Key.
"We are going to form a newsboy
"That will be great."
"Novel at least."
"I suppose they will sius only to
"Fond of Brown?"
Christmas comes but once a year.
Which seems pretty tough.
When you're buying presents, though.
It Is quite enough.
Casually mention In the hearing of
your relatives and friends that you
might get yourself that set of beauti
ful books that you have coveted so
long if you didn't have to spend so
much In Christmas presents. It will
make them prize so much more highly
the trifle that you present them with
9-t the merry, merry YuleUde.
Mabel ought to
be satisfied with
a ribbon orna
ment. It doesn't
amount to much,
but it certainly
does make a great
show, and she
ought to be giv
ing you some
When ladies get Into a scrimmage
over the prizes at a party, could it bp
called a prize fight? -
itrA4.vA i , . "
uiui Yui is ui ways neai ana care-
ful, can save something this season by
sending those Christmaa-cards that she
received last season to her relatives
. m iew urieans.
Always give your richest relative the
nost costly present. He needs it so
i "uvu Luau Kfiij uue tlQCf BUU SOZuV
A fool and bis money very often
make a noise like a good thing.
Pay Us $20 & $25. Save the $10
ILLINOIS THEATER BUILD! HQ.
The Argus Daily Short Story
CUPID IN THE BLIZZARD -BY CECILY ALLEN.
Copyrighted. 1908, by Associated Literary Press.
The Silver-IIess wedding, the absent-1
minde:lness of Mrs. Graves and the un
precedented November blizzard work
ed together for the irncd of Roland
The Filver-IIess wedding was sched
uled for Denver. The absentuiinded
Mrs. Craves and the relentless bliz
zard met In Chicago.
Polly lles had recently moved to
Chicago, and when her brother's fian
cee wrote that the wedding would oc
cur directly before Thanksgiving day
and would she please have a dueky
frock of leaf ereen chiffon cloth to
wear as maid .of honor Polly instantly
decided that Chicago was a verv big
city and one in which a new dress
maker must be sought with discretion.
Upon Ler musings entered Mrs.
Graves, whose faculty for switching
from one topic of conversation to an
other with lightning rapidity was as
amusing to her friends as It was be
wildering to new acquaintances. Said
'Of course I can help you out. My
friend, yrs. Baxter you never did see
such clothes. By the way. didn't Mr?.
Daly lock like a frump at the' club
meeting Thursday? Now, Mrs. Baxter.
my dear did you ever hear worse
violin music than we had on that pro
gram? Her address oh, yes 072 Bou
levard. Iear child, however did you
train your lashes to curl like that?"
An hour later Koland Baxter, look
ing Into the wonderful violet eyes be
neath those same curling lashes, im
mediately decided that eyes, lashes
and the owner thereof had dropped
straight from heaven.
The Baxter maid was standing in
the private hallway of the Baxter
apartment explaining to Polly Hess
that Mrs. Baxter was not yet up.
Would Miss Hess call later in the
day? Mrs. Baxter expected to bo home
And at this Instant the eldest scion
of the house of Baxter ajdcled earnest
ly: "You'll surely find her here about 4.
Do come back. She would be sorry
to miss you."
Then by exerting all his will powei
he managed to stand perfectly still
and watch the violet eyed angel take
Polly Iless walked through the
sharp November air, feeling oddly be
'"It must have been the place, and
her name is Baxter, but I'm afraid
her prices are way beyond me. She
must be dreadfully smart, and I sup
pose she has to go out late to thea
ters and things to see the styles, but
she ought to be up by 10 o'clock.
Maybe she has a good forewoman.
Anyhow. I am coming back. Dear
me, it must be lovely to be able to
buy frocks without figuring on the
rent the dressmaker makes you help
At 3:30 Roland Baxter strolled Into
his mother's drawing room. The tea
things were arranged on a convenient
table, but" the afternoon lowered, and
guests would probably be few. Mrs
Baxter closed her magazine.
'Anything wrong at the office, Ro
land?" she Inquired. '
'No. Just thought I'd knock off.
It's a hideous afternoon downtown, .
and pretty women around a tea table ,
can make you forget the worst weath- i
ec" - . ' !
ills astute motner was ror once non- i
plused. Roland a. willing sacrifice on
the altar of her afternoon tea tablel
And then the maid announced Mis3 j
"Oh, dear!" mourned Mrs. Baxter as j
she laid down her magazine. "I won
der what charity she represents." ,
Polly Iless paused, bewildered, in
1 the doorway. Then, with a laugh
tinged with dismay and just a little
I hysteria, she cried
Oh. now.. I know .there ; Is souie
I - - - m .
i vums wtuug. x .ease, yiease xorgive i
me- I've made such a dreadful , mis-
I Mrs. Baxter stood midway betv?een
. i uer cnair ana ner nusnca guest.
I a m . 'V
"Perhaps if you would explain"
I Jtes, ao let. me explain. I was
looking for a dressmaker, and Mrs.
Do not say another
word.; I can say it for you. Mrs.
Graves admired a new frock I was
showing her yesterday. She asked me,
for the address of my dressmaker.
You asked her about
a'r.dslie gnve you my address wh
sirs t!: : he was giving you t
dressmaker's. That's just like he
The two women laughed in concert
and t!;-Mi suddenly paused. Both had
ea light the rumble t.f masculine laugh
ter and realized that Uoland hud risen
and v.i.s standing, altogether expect
ant in ittiitude and expression.
"My Mil, Mh-s Do tell me your
name an-.1, stop for a cup of tea," mur
mured Mr:-. Ba:;tcr. eager t reliete
the fiirl's :ub;irrassment. "Miss Hess?
My son. ICoinnd. light the ak-ohcl
Stove and rig for seme of that sitraw-
ocrry you io-e.
Mrs. r.-.:;t: r meant only t- undo tha
mischief wrought by !:: r voluble and
inae era'e friend, but In a few min
utes she wr. I'lf-erely Interested la
her chnnr.iiJ:' if unexpected j.-.r-est. .
They had mutual l'lier.d; in Denver,
?.nd Polly's great-grandfather and Mrs.
Baxter's invut-u:;rle had fi.r.ght I a the
same regiment during the war of 1S12.
So It happened that Koland Baxter
xas jLirt woialerittT whether the am-Uro'-ia
of the gods and s: raw berry
Jam sandwiches were Interchangeable
terms when somewhere far off a soft
chime struck live times.
With tuL' exquisite ilush which w'hs
fine of her best points Polly sprang to
"Ycu'vc been so perfectly charming.
I'rs. Baxter, that I've last all track of
time, and now fc must be quite dark."
Sirs. Baxter was bending her head
in listening attitude.
"P.olar.d, that sounds like sleeL- tt
must be storming."
Young Baxter hastened to the win
dow and uttered an exclamation of
"The worst ever. You can't think
of going out in it, Miss Ilosa."
"Oh, but I must! Please telephone
for a cub. Mother will be so anxious."
Baxter rang up the nearest cab sta
tion. "What's Jhat? .Yo;t .uldu't send a
l.'orse out i:'i this storm? "Are 5-ou run
ning an animal society or a transpor
Brief silence, then a prolonged whis
tle, and the receiver was hung up
"No venturing out for you. Miss
Hess." he remarked, with unconceale.l
satisfaction. "It's a blizzard, the sort
we usually get In February, and It's
j tying up the town while we've
'Oh. but I must. Mother will worry.
Whatever shall I do?"
Tolly's cheeks wore pale now, and
her dimples had faded.
"Do, my dear? Why, we will tele
phone your mother before the wires
arc down." interrupted Mrs. Baxter.
"J. trust your grocer and butcher beat
the blizzard, and if you will be my
guest until the storm Is over"
Impulsive Tolly sprang forward and
clasped the hand cf her hostess.
TTou are so splendid. I wish I could
say what I feel" And then, catching
the light of a pair of hazel eyes watch
ing her above the telenhone lwxk. she
AT THE BEND
Are the Finances of Many.
Christmas brings its joys and
bend? Don't let them break. S :ek our aid we'll pilot you through.
We'll- loan you money, though private methods, on your furni
ture, piano, horses, wagons, etc , without removal or disturbing the
property. '. - ' ': .'"'"- -; '. .
Private as a bank, prompt as the sun, reliable as time , itself
-thor's our service. Call, phone or write we'll call. -
Mutual Loan Company
People's Nation! Bank Building; Room 411. Old Phone Wett 122;
New 5109. Open Wednesday and Saturday Nights.
. i .-
EClrt ";n:" very suddenly and .turned
It was 11. The couple from the floor
below who had come up for a game of
whist had taken their departure. XIrs.
Baxter was making the rounds of her
apartment to be sure that all was fast
against the storm, which still raged
furiously. Polly and Uoland stood In
the round bay window looking down
the fclorm Mocked boulevard.
Vv'hat a cruel thing a big storm Isl"
Not this storm. I think it is the
finest old blizzard that ever, blizzed."
He tried hard to look Into her eyes.
"If I could just tell you what this
blizzard means to mo"
He had been drawing her toward
him with his glance, but now she drew
back and summoned all her dimples.
"Pleas:', please, not now, not here.
It is your house, ycu s--ee, and I'd have
to be polite.
Don't you want to be polite?" urged
Uoland Baxter significantly.
I don't know. Oh, you are not play
ing fair. It's so soon"
"Nothimr of the sort," interrupted
Koland recklessly. "It happened at 10
o'clock" this morning. I remember the
chimes ringing just as I looked Into
your eyes for the first time."
And again Polly Hess said 'Oh!"
whih, oddly enough, seemed to satisfy
her companion, for he dropicd the
heavy curtains, blotting out all eight
of the raging elements, and drew her
back into the circle of crimson shaded
A Paying Weakness.
For many years a certain old fellow
had been engaged by a farmer to gath
er his potatoes f.t a fixed sum jer acre;
He died, howerer. and the farmer was
obliged to pet another man. A day
or two later the farmer strolled around
to sec how the new man was progress
ing. To his surprise, at one end of
the field he found a large heap of
"Here, wot's this mean?" he de
manded. "Well, sir," responded the man in
charge of the operation. 'we thought
we'd save ye a bit of trouble next
seedtime, so whenever we finds a
stone ia the taties we Just dumps It
"Ah," remarked the farmer sadly,
"I shall never find another man like
7am. the old one."
"Oh." replied the other, rather net
tled, "why. old Sam was rather blind
an' didn't know a stone when he seen
"Mebbe he didn't, and mebbe he
did," sighed the farmer, "but he worn't
so particular about keepln' 'em out of
the taties. They weighs." London
Medicine That Is Medicine.
"I have suffered a good deal with
malaria and stomach complains, but I
have now found a remedy that keeps
me well, and that remedy is Electric
Bitters: a nredicine that is medicine
for stomaca and liver troubles, and for
run down conditions," says W." C.
Kiestler, cf Halliday, Ark. Electric
Bitters purify and enrich the blood,
tone up the nerves, and impart vigor
and energy to the weak. Your money
will be refunded if it fails to help yoo.'
50c at all druggists.
ics bills. Are your finances at the