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THE ARGUS. TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 2. 1909.
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Correspondence solicited from every
township in -Rock Island county.
Tuesday, February 2, 1909.
Now. they are trying to get up one
.1 I ... In
oi muse lugruwmg wr .suica uui m
It is charged- that the American peo
ple, axe wasteful with matches. But
the match trust is not. .
Any man has' a right to run for of
fice, but a good many who run make
poor excuse for so doing. "
Davenport managed to'piill off an
other murder last night. Davenport h
really becoming quite Chicagofied.
Sneaking of : names once more, Mr.
Selzer has been elected president oftof
the Nebraska Bottlers' association.
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Now it is said by eminent scientific
authority that we shall soon see Mare
and know all about it.
war! . . r .
Ye gods of
. This legislature would perform a
great service if it will elect a United
States senator to whom Illinois could
point with pride.
In New York "Salome" is barred on
the Bowery at 50 cents a head, but
boomed at the Manhattan opera house
at $5 per capita. Such is the way of
the world. 1
What fine-haired distinction does a
member of the legislature make be
tween being bribed by promise of of
fice, or accepting " a cash tonsidera
tion? Where is the difference? (
Illinois is getting ready to build a
link in the lakes-to-gulf deep channel.
Uncle Sam, the sovereign authority
over the rivers, should made due.ae
Vnowledeemenf of what Chicago and ,
Illinois have done in a great enterprise, 1
says the St. Louis Globe.
' . ... The . Recall.
The citizens of Los Angeles, Cal.,
have started a movement for an elec
'tion to recall the mayor of that city.
In California they have a law for the
government of cities which gives the
voters a right to recall an official who'
has failed to ' discharge his duties or
Is guilty of any malfeasance in office.
A law proVidihg for the "recall" of
an unfaithful official i3 a good one and
should be incorporated in the proposed
optional commission : government bill
to be introduced In the Illinois legis
lature. . Like the Initiative and refer
endum, which should also be incor
porated In the bill, it Is "a good thing
to have in the house," even if it should
never oe uaeu. Aa uuiuu V"v The February Atlantic In the At-
he can be "recalled" will be more apt
"to attend to his knitting" than if he,lantlc Monthly for. February the first
has a term that cannot be disturbed
until its time expires.
All the newspapers in cities agitat
ing the question of the commission
plan of municipal government, favor
the Des Moines plan, which embodies
in it the recall, and the initiative and
referendum. Among other journals,
the Lincoln Courier is earnestly in
Des Moines attachments. It says:
"The commission plan of govern
ment snch as is enforced in Des
Moines, Iowa, puts the control of the
cities in the hands' of the best ele
ment and from the information which
we have received it has given satis
faction to the people.'5
. S. J. Dillon, one of the authors of
the Des Moines system for the govern
ment of cities in explaining some of
the salient features of the law and its
successful operati6n in the city of Des
Moines,, says: v
"We believe that it is the ideal form
. of government because people have it
.in their power to exercise", if they
wish, all the duties ca'rried on by your
administration. ; It affords them the
opportunityof ' directing-their own af-
fairs and at.the.same ilme It places
the whole power and cbntrol of muni
cipal. officers1 in iheir hands. Every
ordinance may be-submitted to them.
They may Initiate any ordinance and
may recall eny official,' These provis
ions make the law the most democrat
ic form of government, and when we
criticise the apathy which usually ex
ists; on the ;part of our citizenship, I
think it la only fair to say that that J
apathy exists because"; people " have,
never oeiore: naa tnese rigtits, have
never been, able to exrcise any right
In their ..city government. The general
sentiment in Des Moines today is that
wf have a better : eovemmpnt nnti T
- - . o . - gtrc.iiguuicco iu me numuer
Know there Is a public interest aroused J Fanny Kemble Johnson's pretty "Evey
out there' such ; as has never before: and Her Happiness." "The Company of
existed." ' - , - , V jthe Marjolalrie." by John Buchan. and!
Under the Des Moines system an
unfit , commissioner placed at the head
Iof any one of the departments can be
recalled. Thai places the remedy for
.slack or unfaithful administration in
hands of the people. . .When we
elect an alderman in Rock Island he
is independent of the citizens and for
two years can do as he pleases and
laugh at those who complain. The
mayor is also Independent of the' peo
ple, and there Is no help for it if he
abuses his" power. .
. , Not a Political Iasue.
The information has come to The
Argus from more than one source of
an attempt to commit the democratic
party in the coming municipal cam
paign to an anti-thousand-dollar license
move. It ought hot to be necessary to
say that any line of policy that per
tains to the proper regulation of the li
quor traffic in Rock Island cannot be suc
cessfully made a strictly partisan issue.
In local elections there are questions par
amount to political welfare or to parti
san alignment. That of public morals
is one of them, and that of civic pride
is another. The raising of the saloon
license from $500 to $1,000 ought not
to be and cannot be successfully
construed as a partisan pleasure, and
the party that undertakes to make- it
so would be confessing a weakness
that would spell Its doom.
The Argus' position on the thousand
dollar license proposition has been so
often stated-and is so well defined that
it cannot be misunderstood, nor will it
under any circumstances be altered.
The- Argus has "declared in favor of
me si.uuu license ror me Dest interests
the city, and there it "stands
'ways content to sustain, to the best
that it possesses, democratic measures
and candidates, and seeking at no
time to dictate to its party, it would.
nevertheless, regret to see its party
lead where it could not consistently
follow on a moral issue.
No party can afford to permit inter
ests of a purely selfish nature to pre
pare its principles, and any pqj ty that
would consent to the control of such
Influences would invite rebuke at the
hands of the people. .
Keep the saloon question and the
liquor interests out of partisan politics.
Farmers and Bugs.
During the year just passed the in
sects of the country cost the farmers
more money that the nation expended
on Its army and navv, in paying all
the claims on its mountainous pension
roll, and in all expenditures on the
Panama canal. C. L. Bartlett, assist
ant entomologist in charge of experi
mental field work has .worked out the
above statement; and as the value of
the crop of the past season approxl
mated eight billion dollars, he esti
mates ravages of the myriad insects at
about eight hundred million dollars.
That sum does not Include the loss to
cereals and forage crops in storage,
nor to natural forests and forest pro
ducts; the losses from those two sour
ces, at $100,000,000 each, "bringing the
annual rural insect tax to an even bil
In his statement Mr. Marlott says:
"This estimate is based on the farm
price of the crop actually harvested,
and does not take into account the
possible reduction value, which would
follow the marketing of the larger
crop. Prices of products must, there
fore," be considered . when estimating
the. losses by insects." .'
In The Field of Literature
installment of the ' Diary of Gideon
Welles, Lincoln's secretary of the navy,
gives the reader a striking picture of
the president's serenity amidst the
constant bickerings of his cabinet and
tells the facts of the cabinet intrigue
headed by Chase and Stanton for the
ousting of McClellan ' from the com-
mand of the army of the Potomac. A
paper by J. O. Fagan, the railroad sig
nalman whose "Confessions" have giv
en the public a real knowledge of rail
road problems, deals with the neces
sity of educating the labor unions in
the knowledge of their employers' bus
iness. W. Cameron Forbes, vice gov
ernor of the Philippines, reviews a
decade of American rule in the islands,
giving facts and figures for the consid
eration of anti-imperialists. "An Ex
periment in Population," by Walter
Weyl, shows the French argument for
investing in bonds rather than in ba
bles, while the subject of education
never neglected by the Atlantic, Is
represented by an article on the im
practicality of "practical" education
by Dean Birge of the University of
Wisconsin, and by delightful memories
of Agasslz's teaching by the late Pro-
feasor Shaler. Redfern Mason con
tributes an article on "Musical Sugges
tion" which will delight all those mu-
sically inclined, while 'for those who!
love literature Mrs. Mynell s paper on
the country of Edmund Spenser, and
William Garrott Browifs "The Beaten
Track" will prove among the most al
luring articles this month. . Rollin
iyne "Hant s "Dime Museum" may
arouse some comment among old-time
readers of the Atlantic, but there will
be few who will not laugh over it
"Tbe Food of the City : Worker," by
Holli8' Godfrey, discusses a question
now uppermost in men's minds, Three
I cfno. ni,. i ' .
'The Guitar Maker," by'BL H. Thomn-1
son An exceptionally full Contribu-.
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From the latest photograph of
tage at Augusta, Ga.
tors Clljb gives extra good measure of
lightness 7and humorto the issue.
Charles Mcllugh is in Kansas City,
Abe Rosenfiehl of Chicago is visiting
in the 'City. t
E. Phillipson of Dowagiac Mich., is
visiting his niece, Mrs. Sol Levi.
Sidney Loeb of Chicago arrived in
the city yesterday for a short visit.
Mr. and Mrs. D, E. Diltz left thla
morning for Hot Springs, Ark., tn
spend the remainder of the winter.
. Postmaster W. F. Eastman of Mo
line,, who has been iir.for some tims,
was removed to the hospital today.
His condition is regarded as critical.
George H. Duffield left, today to
Chicago, where he will take up work for
the National Electrical Contractors'
association. . His work will take hiui
all over the state.
O. L. Bruner went to Taylor Ridge
on the early train this morning. He
is a charter member of the Taylo1
Rif!ge Ground Hog society, which hoM
forth at that place today.
Mrs. I. Huber and Miss Lily Huber,
her daughter, who were severely burn-;
ed in the automobile accident Sunday I
evening, are reported today as doing!
as well as could be expected under the.
circumstances and recovering nicely.
Ben Gest and Albert Todd, students
of the University "of Illinois, are home
for a few days. The examinations for
the close of the first half of the year
are now in progress and it. was their,
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guuu luiiuue io nave iiieirs aji come
in the first two days, giving them the
rest of the week at home.
HAVE SMOKER AND LUNCH
Boat Club Members Enjoy a Social
Session. at the Club House.
A score of the members of the Island
Uty Boating association held a social
gathering at the club house last even-
ing and enjoyed themselves so thor-'
oughly that each one decided that If
he failed to show up for the next one,
he would submit to a court martial and
be shot at sunrise without a word of
reproach. The gathering was to pro
mote fellowship among the members.
and it was very successful. The time
was devoted to a program of phono
graph music and a lunch consisting of
sandwiches and coffee. ' Clay pines
were furnished to all who cared to
smoke, tt was decided to hold a meet
ing every Monday evening andas many
of the members of the club as wish to
may join the. social organization. C. L.
Beardsley, appointed by the club," will
have charge of the meetings and see
that entertainment is provided each
Suffering and Dollars Saved.
E. S. Loper of Marllla, N. Y.. says:
"I am a carpenter and have had many
severe cuts healer by Bucklen's Ar
nica Salve. It has saved me suffering
and dollars. It Is by far the:best heal
ing salve I have ever found." Heals
burns, sores, ulcers, fever , sores,
eczema and piles. 25 cents at all
The Man with Dandruff .
Can now be cured. He .should buy a
bottle of Zemo today. Zemo destroys
the germ that causes the disease. 'Its
use Btops itching Instantly, prevents
falling hair and leaves the scalp in a
clean healthy condition. For sale at
Harper House pharmacy.
Pebmary in to Sth, Quaker Out Week. ,
This is the week of good .
breakfasts "Quaker Oats
Week," observed all over
the United States. Do your
part; eat no other cereal
this week. ." K
' , The best of all cereal foods.
President - elect Taft and his family, taken
. ' ' "
The Argus Daily Short Story
SEEING BENTLEY OFF--BY ETHEL SEVERO.
; Copyrighted, 1908, by. Associated Literary Press.
. Amyt Sheldon, leaning idly over the
steamer's rail, watched the crowd o:i
the- piur and wished, just for a mo
ment, that there bad 1een an oppor
tunity to. get word to some of the peo
ple she coiild trust.
This was all so different from hex
last sailing, and it brought more sharp
ly to lnr nieniory the scene of two
days before when she had given Dick
Nesbit hi.4 ring and had declared that
she hated, the very sight of his face.
She had last sailed in Juue. and the
pier had been crowded, but until the
very last she had seen Dick's smiling
face framed in an Indistinct blur of
other faces. Now she would look. in
fain, if, indeed, she looked at all.
She had about decided to go to her
stateroom until the" boat should swing
Into the stream.
She half twined to suggest to her
aunt that course of action when she
f'aug,!t M vt 1)1(k making bis way
thw"'Sh H crowd alyut the gangway.
an1 pivsently he came on board with
a heavy suit case that seemed to argue
his determination to take passuge on
Amy half turned back to the rail;
then she turned again and made her
to . the lower d,'ck, where s.he
knew thnt the parser' office was lo
.Passing rapidly through the gang
way, she saw that it really was Dick.
though he was in earnest conversa
tion with a man in blue and brass, and
he did not ste her. '.'IT-'
He had his pocket book in his hand,
and with Cashl; eyes Amy made her
; way back to the upper dor k, -where her
aunt still sat In the winter sunshine
enjoying the bustle that preceded th"
One of the most admirable things
about Aunt Molly was her willingness
to do what her tempestuous little niece1
wished to do, but even the usually
placid Aunt Molly demurred when Amy
stormed up and demanded that they
leave the ship at once. .
."But I've raid gondby to the Brookes
and Mrs. Brooke in going to send all
our mail in enre of the London agent."
protested , the little old lady.- "We
can't go .back home after telling the
Brooke.? that we were to be 'gone until
fall. She will tMI all her friends and"
"And that's just the trouble." fiter
ruptod Amy, with a stamp of 'her little
f:-f. "Mrs. Brooke has been talking
n trendy. She must" have gone to the
telephone the moment we " left last
night and told everybody she ever
"But what will Dick think if you
start and then turn back?" reminded
Aunt Molly, determined not to give up
a spring in the south of France. with
out cshnusting every argument.
"That's just the trouble," explained
Amy. "That horrid MrsBrooke must
have called lilm up. last night -after
promising that the would not tell a
soul. He's on board. I just saw him
in the purser's ofli e buying his ticket..
, "I thought that they boughtvtheni at
the dock,'!, objected "Aunt Molly, but
Amy shook her head.
"You can buy tickets on board at the
last moment. I suppose' that Dick I
mean Mr. Jsesblt had to wait until he
could settle' about his practice being
looked after not that there Is so much
to the practice,' she added spitefully,
"I don't believe that he's been In court
"Is he altogether to blame for that?"
asked "Aunt. Molly, fencing for time in
which to marshal other arguments.
"And suppose that I did let him
waste a lot of time with mo!" retorted
A-my. "I've been telling him for the
last month, that I was tired of seeing
him about and that our engagement'
was all a mistake." v I
"Then I. don't (Link that he is fol
lowing 'you." advanced Aunt Molly.
"Pick is not the sort of man to follow
when li5;ig-oot wanted. ! Jf Jie is on
board It.Js because he ba K tttfii
on the steps of the Terrett cot-
Eurt.pe b- t'.ie fir't steamer, and he
won't lothor us iu the least."
'Because I shan't give him a chance,'
explained Amy promptly. "I am going
down- to 'the stateroom to have the
steward take oi!r steamer trunks back
to the dock. It is lucky that we ar-i
ranged to have our other baggage fol
"But ,v.-hst .vill people say?" de
manded Aunt Molly as she rose and,
prepared to follow her energetic niei-e.
It v.a.-: pla!:i!y to be seen that the trip
was off. cr at least postponed, and Aunt
Molly know the si -tus well enough -to
realine when resistance was useless.
Amy. by !int of liberal tipping, man
aged to collect her things on the dock
just as the. .final warning sour.ded. Fcr
the moment it was useless to .try to
leave the dock.
The port captain stood beside tho re
maining gangway ready to superin
tend the lowering of the last connec
ficn between shin and shore, and a
line was stretched to keep back "those
who had not gone to the end of the
pier to wave a last farewell. .
The sides of thd ship were lined wiih
eager faces, some smiling, some be
dewed with tears. Aunt Mtlly stoeJd
guard over their belongings and looked
1:-tf'.:lly at the fortunate ones on the
decks. ' .
Just rs the signal was given to
hoist, ' Dick Nesbit ; appeared at the
head of the gangplank and dashed
down, his feet not touching the dock
before the upper end cf the plank was
hoisted clear, of the ship's side.
IJe sprang lightly aside to escape the
swaying edge of the chute and in do
ing so almost bumped into Aunt Mol
ly, who wa making a brave endeavor
not to look disappointed.' v
The black bulk moved slowly past
the open r-ectlon f the Phed, but Aunt
Molly did not ree it now. She was
busy watching Amy and Dick.
Kesbit, after a single glance at the
frowning girl, devoted bis conversa
tion to Aunt Molly, with whom he was
a favorit5. ,
"Did yen get afraid -of seasickness
at the last moment?" he demanded
gayly. "I didn't even know that you
were thinking-of going abroad or I
should have sent some flowers." .
Aunt Molly glanced triumphantly at
Amy, but that crimson cheeked young
weraan gave mi. sign that she had
heard the disclaimer.
"I came precious close to taking the
trip myself." continued 1 Dick. "You
know what a pest Fred Bcntley al
ways is when.thoxe is a wedding. He
alv.ars wants to decorate the trunk
AhtnluM JROT virapes
Pure Jsy the chief
f .mm- . .
the active principle,
and healthf ulness, to
ICW I,AIII A
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Insures wholesome and deli
in every home
and do all those things that aggravate
the bridal pair. - , ' v
"When it -came to '"getting married
hlmf-elf be was scared-stiff.-for he
knew cf a dczeu chaps who had it In
fcr him. He married Belle very quiet
ly last night and came aboard; this
mcrnlng befcre daylight. Some re
porter asked Ben Houghton about U,
and we found that Fred was locked In
hta rtatcroom. " '
"Trlnmiln?,' the purser on this ship.
Is a jolly sort of chap. I've crossed
with him fhro-3 times, and I know him
very well. ,T!:? r . fat me to hustle
down here with a ut rf jr.nk in a suit
case. I gave Trlmmlns some money to
tip : Fred's 'cabin nntl saloon stewards,
and Fred's going to get a daily hint
from his vlcttrcs. I was so busy ex
plaining that Trimmins had fairly te
fire me down the gangplank."
. "And yon were not sailing yourself ?"
asked Aunt Molly.
"I only wish that I could to see the
fun," declared Dick, with- twinkling
eyes. "If it hadn't been that I caught
a big case last night I think I should
have done so. I bet Fred's sorry by
this time tomorrow, that he ever heard
of white ribbons and old shoes as deco
rations for trunks and hacks." '" -
Amy was watching the' steamer
swinging Into midstream with the aid
of two bustling little tuga, but from
the corner cf hen eye Aunt Molly saw
that the girl heard. V
"Aad, speaking of hacks," ran on
Dick, "shall I get ycu one?"
Without waiting for an answer he
tore off up the dock to retain one of
the few waiting hacks, then hurried
back to escort Aunt Molly and the
It was not until he had helped Aunt
Molly Into the cab and had turned to
show a similar courtesy to Amy that
she spoke. .
"I thought that Mrs. Brooke told you
we were leaving on this steamer and
that you were following me," she said
hurriedly. "I am sorry that I was so
silly, and yet-I am glad, because I
know now that it was just because I
was tired and silly that I broke the en
gagement. Will you come over tonight.
Dick and bring back the ring?"..
"Will I?" he echoed jubilantly. "I
should say that I would. And, do you
know, I am almost sorry that I put up
that job on Fred."
'Don't be afraid," reassured Amy
smilingly. "That case will be over and
we ii tie on our own noneymoou oeiore
... . . r
he gets back to play tricks on us. If
you had not played the trick I should
have sailed, and you"
"Would not be the happiest man in
town," completed Dick. "I guess Fred
was of some use, after all." . 1
.. The Surprisers Surprised.
It Was quite an infoi riial little even
ing gathering Mr. and Mrs. Candor,
hojrts, and Mr. aud Mrs. Funplman
guests. The program consisted of a
little chat, a little supper and a little
whist, of -which the little that Mr.
Candor not yet back from the office
has just begun. ; -- ,
"There!" exclaimed delightful Mr,
Funniman. "If that's not Candor's
step in the passage I'm not Funniman!
Let's play a trick on him. My wife
and I will hide behind the. curtains
here, ar.d you must tell him that your
expected guests have not arrived.
Then we'll step out and surprise him.
Ha, ha!" ' . - -
No sooner said than done. The skit
tish pair dived behind the curtains
just as old Candor entered the room.
"Where are the Funnlmans?" he ex
claimed. "I'm afraid, John, they have disap
pointed us," pretended Mrs. Candor.
"I had a wire not half an. hour ago."
"Right-ho!" chimed Mr, Candor.
"And jolly glad I am about it! I
never did like 'em! Let's have some
dinner!" London Scraps.
' The Jumping Off Place.
"Consumption had me in its grasp;
and I had almost re'achedthe jumping
off place when I was advised to try
Dr. King's New Discovery; and I want
to say right now, it saved my life.
Improvement began with the first bot
tle, and after taking one dozen bottle3
I was a well and happy man again, '
says George Moore of Grimesland, N.
C. As a remedy for coughs and colds
and healer of weak, sore lungs and for
preventing pneumonia New Discovery
is supreme. 50 cents and $1 at all
'druggists. Trial bottle free.
Humor cnS Philosophy
- Bi DUNCAN M. SMITH '
HIS LESSON. ; ' ;
Mr, F. Augustus Dubbe
. Ventured in a women's club
One (Ine tvinter day; .
Started out to blaadly tell
How the ladies might excel
If they would for just a spell '
Do all things his way.
Underneath liis manly, vest
Swelled a large, protruding. chest.
And he felt the glow
Of the pride that to a man'
Comes the moment that he can
Outline for the ones a plan
Wlio.aro down below.
But. alas, and pity sake, -Pride
a tumble has to take.
Dignity gets stung-. .
When the ladies ttarted In
Showing where his talk was thin.
Then his head began to spin.
Hooted was his tongue. v
Showed him that mere man 'was not - -Such
a proposition hot. ,
And that women were
On to him and all his tricks,
Larger than a ton -of bricks;
That he was a child of six
Or a good sized blur.
Satan isn't- ""essarily fond of idle
people. His specialty is iu getting Idle
people busy. - -
'There are a lot of things that I
Would like to know."
"Yes." ' .
"My case Is worse than that"
"What is itr
;"There a lot of things that I do
know that I want not to know."
Just a Scow.
"Was the rest of the ticket defeated
with you?" . s ''
"Yes; we went down together."
- "Then you are all in the same boat"
"Yes. and it Isn't a lifeboat either."
-"Still, It may do nicely for Salt river
navigation." '. - 1
"Why are we all so selfish?"
"Because we can't help ourselves."
"Xo; because It Is when we do help
ourselves that we are accused of it."
"Are yon a good little boy, my son 2
"Naw." . .
"I ain't almin' to be no suicide."
Eats Them Alive.
"Is he a vegetarian?"
"No: he is a Wall street broker.'
"What's that got to do with it?"
"His favorite diet is lamb,"
'You are foqd of bright children.
aren t you?"
"Oh, yes; 1 always like my own."
Being optimistic on a good salary
isn't half bad. but when he Is np
against it right an optimistic man has
to hare the real thing, to keep prac
ticing optimism. :
From vour - own noint of view the
other fellow ftisn't a thing to look at.
If you are shrewd enough to save
yourself from, your friends, your ene
mies- won't stand much show with you.
Marrying is often a question o
money, and, come to think of It, what
Nobody ever got a good reputation
by taking away somebody else's. - -
A man who Is kept busy preaching
undoubtedly,, expects to be excused
from practice. ."
. one reason
common sense is
so ' seldom 1 met
1 with is because it
is rather, portico-
lar about it com
pany." '.; .
Ther arc lot
. ctj.. people who
. have a great hab
it of taking re
shunting it upon
1 Being able to recognize the psyco
I logical moment is evidence of tom
? genius or else of your nerve. , : ,r
Being just a little less foolish than
the majority passes for wisdom In this
gray old world of ura, . I -V
COM FINISH I