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(THE ARGUS. SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 13, 1909..
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Correspondence solicited from every
township In Rock Island county.
Saturday,' February 13, 1909.
If Lincoln had lived during the pres
ent generation, would we now have
It is plain that murder is odious in
Georgia, where a man was fined $150
for killing his mother.
Rockefeller says he made his money
driving turkeys. He made the most of
it out of lame ducks.
It's all right to hope for the be3t,
but If you spend all your time in hop
Ing you'll never get it.
Chicago will forget all about Lincoln
today. Frank L. Chance is due to ar
rive in the windy city.
The next great national events will
be Washington's birthday and the
welcome home of the fleet.
Kentncky gave Abraham Lincoln lo
Illinois, Illinois gave him to the na
tion, and the nation gave him to the
If the state of Illinois keeps Lincoln
in mind it will seize the very next op
portunity to retire Senator Hopkins to
Certain congressmen are writing
poetry, and the New York World says
the. man who is driving them to this
will get a dollar a word for just
The New York World says that some
of the sad consequences of the panic
are revealed in the 31,000 cases of wife
desertion and failure to support in
New York last year.
Oddly enough. Congressman Glass,
the Virginia representative, would have
his state "dry." This looks like an at
tempt to secure the empty glass, per
haps as a companion to the "full din
The supreme court of New York in
an interesting decision recently hand
ed down overruled a trial court on the
matter of admitting telephone conver
sations as testimony in the trial of an
action. The court held that a con
versation overheard between two pa;
ties whose voices are recoguizab!
may be established as evidence in
action and that the recognition of
voices over a telephone is'just as good
as conversation between parties who
are face to face, so long as the hearer
recognizes the voices and can made
oath as to the fact.
Dr. Irving Fischer, professor in Yale,
and head of the committee of On
Hundred on National Health, declared
before the Association of Life Insur
ance presidents of New York that
"well known and entirely practicabl
hygenic reforms would result In length
ing the average human life in Amer
ica one-third, or 15 years." An insur
ance officer, said that his company
would have $2,000,000 a year by the eli
mination of preventable diseases.
With wider recognition of the fact that
observance of hygenic laws will min
imize physical ills, there will.be bet
ter general state of health. Pliny sa;'3
that 2.C0O years ago Rome for a cen
tury never had need of a physician'.!
services, so well understood and ho
generally observed were the laws
TeHtlniony by Telephone.
The supreme court of New York
state has just rendered a decision that
may constitute a far-reaching prece
dent in all states where proof of a tel
ephone conversation Is offered In the
trial of a cause. In the New York
case, a wife, acting for her husband,
gave certain orders to his brokers. The
defendants sought to offer the testi
mony of a witness who had listened to
' the telephone conversation over an ex
tension wire. This evidence was ex
cluded in the lower court as well as all
proof tending to corroborate the con
versation . because the witness had
heard the conversation on another in
strument and in another, room than
that occupied by the representatives of
the brokers. The supreme court has
overruled the decision of the lower
court and decided that a conversation
overheard between two parties whose
voices are recognizable may be estab
lished as evidence in an action and
that the recognition of voices over a
telephone is just as good as conversa
t Inn fai in tana cn Intiir o a v& hAn
icwsuura ius vuicea ana can maKe
If the higher court, sustain this de-
clsion. there is apparently no limit to
TWADES UKgy COUHClQ
r u 'VL lue "vww iuigauon.tjme a -gentleman" , was presumed to
The Judge rendering the decision 6tat-' do BO work, and he dressed to show
ed that the defendants could have
proved, had their testimony been ad
mitted, that the proposed witnessjbao.
been so placed as to be able to hear
everything that passed over the tele
phone wire; and, if so, his testimony
should have been admitted as compe
tent and relevant to the issue. ". The
general acceptance by the courts of
this rule may make the telephone a
valuable factor in assailing or defends
ing the rights of future litigants. Par
ticularly cautious persons will be -disposed
to add to the old "don't write'-'
admonition the further warning, "or
According to Professor Meyer of
the railroad commission of Wisconsin,
one of the chief aims' of a public utili
ties commission should be to bring
about a hearty co-operation between
the cities and the utilities companies
which serve them, the ultimate pur
pose being to, secure for the consumer
the best service at the lowest price
compatiable with a fair return upon
the capital invested. According to his
view the commission is not merely
on the one hand to protect companies
from the open attacks of demagogues
and the insidious attacks of grafters,
and on the other to protect cities from
the rapacity of corporations whose
motto is, "Charge all the traffic will
stand." It is beyond and above this
to bring the two parties to a fran
chise agreement Into a spirit of cor
dial and intelligent co-operation.
Agitators tell us that the interests
of the corporation and of its customers
are necessarily antagonistic. That is
not true; and any city or corporation
which acts upon that false assumption
does so at its peril. Every day it is
becoming clearer that a corporation
that has a monopoly is no exception to
the general rule that no business caa
afford to antagonize its customers, an.i
that good service is a better guaran
tee of permanence than a long con
tract. On the other hand a city that
demands the impossible is likely to
get half-hearted . service, and to in
volve itself in vexatious litigation and
experiments. Professor Meyer re
minds corporations and cities alike
that it is time to abandon childis.i
squables, and puerile efforts to ob
tain petty advantages over each other
which can only be temporary and
to approach the solution of the great
problems which confront them in a
large and manly spirit, with open
minds, and. if necessary, open books.
That this is no day dream is proved
by the. increasing number of cities,
large and -small, where mutual sus
picion and hostility have given place
to confidence and co-operation.
The President's Message.
This time it is on country life.' It
follows aptly after the presidential
cook book and helpful hints for horaa
We are pleased to note that "the
farmer should realize that the nersjn
who most needs consideration on tho
farm is his wife." Hereafter, ob
serves the Chicago Journal, Ephraim
will arise in the dark before the
dawn and make a rousing fire. Eliza
will luxuriate between the blankets
until breakfast is ready.
No more splitting kindlings or
milking the cows. No more picking
potato bug3 or digging the gardea.
Life will be one grand sweet song,
and the ideal existence will be as help
mate to th .honest agriculturist.
Yet yet had the message beep
directed to reduction of the tariff on
the farmer's clothes, his plow, his
spade, hig sugar, his watch and the
wire for his fences thus increasing
his yearly income some 45 per cent
perhaps he might find it of even better
Miss Lucia Robbins has gone to
Chicago for a short visit.
Mr. and Mrs. James O'Connor will
leave tomorrow for New Orleans, where
they will spend a week or so visiting.
They will take In theMardi Gras.
R. E. Reeves, who was formerly a
resident of Rock Island, was in the city
today. Mr. Reeves was until recently
cashier for the Rock Island at Good
land. Kan., and he has been promoted
and transferred to thej position of
division agent of the claims depar
ment with headquarters at Colorado
NEW RECORD ON THE BRIDGE
Island Road Handles
1,400 Cars in Day.
The Rock Island road is doing an
unusually heavy freight business and
the capacity of the Rock Island bridge
has been taxed of late as seldom be
fore. One day the present week nearly
1.400 freight cars passed over that
structure, setting a new record.
Roosevelt Back at Washington.
Washington, Feb. 13. President
Roosevelt and party arrived in Wash
ington at 2 p. m. today. The presi
dent expressed himself much pleased
with his trip to Kentucky.
' The Pedigree of the Shirt.
Why docs the being we call a "gen
tleman" wear around his neck a band
of spotless whiteness and unbearable
stiffness, at his wrists similar Instru
ments of torture and before his' chest
a rigidly starched linen plate? No one
outside of a madhouse would call
these articles of apparel asreeable.
' mt , . --
I There is for the custom no reason at
I all itrnnm m I
ehoat o( a dcad reM Qnce upon a
this by putting on these visible rigns"
that he never soiled his hands, sweat
ed hIS neck or bent- hlsnoble bock. It
matters not that we no longer relieve
in tills definition of a zrentlemau. We
did believe once. Its ghost rules on.
No man is bold enough to appear In so-
clerv without this impossible harness.
Only a professional humorist like Mark
Twain or some one who wishes to
pose as a1 mild lunatic dares rebel.
Addison said that the man who would
clothe himself according' to common
sense would find himself In Jail with
in a week. Frank Crane In Atlantic.
PRIMARY ELECTION NOTICE.
Notice is hereby given that on Tues
day, the 23rd day of February, A. D.
1909, in the 'city of Rock Island, 111.,
a primary election will be held, in pur
suance of and subject to the provisions
of the act entitled, "An act to provide
for holding of primary elections by po
litical parties," for the purpose of nom
inating candidates of the republican
party, democratic party, and socialist
party, for the following offices: .
One mayor for two years.
One city clerk for two. years..
One city attorney for two years.
One city treasurer for two years.
One police magistrate for four years.
One alderman in First ward for two
years. ' , " ; "
One alderman In Second ward for
two years. . . ; i
One alderman in Third ward for two
years. . . , ,
One alderman In . Fourth ward for
two years. '
One alderman In Fifth ward for two
One alderman in Sixth ward for two
One alderman in Seventh ward for
VVhleh primary election will be open
ed at C o'clock in the morning and con
tinue open until 5 in the afternoon of
The colors of the ballots will be as
Republican party White.
Democratic party Green.
Socialist party Pink.
PLACES OF VOTING WILL BE AS
First ward, first precinct 413 Fourth
First ward, second precinct 600 Sev
Second ward, first precinct 1014
Second ward, second precinct 919
Third ward, first precinct County
jail building. Third avenue and Four
Third ward, second precinct 1422
Third ward, third precinct 1101 Fif
teenth street. '
Fourth ward, first precinct 1914
Fourth ward, second precinct M
Levy s carriage house. Nineteenth
street, between Sixth and Seventh ave
nues. '" '
Fifth ward, first precinct Hose
house on Twenty-second street.
Fifth ward, second precinct Schmld's
grocery, 823 Twentieth street.
Sixth ward, first precinct
house on Twenty-sixth street.
Sixth ward, second precinct A. J.
Relss' barn, 709 Twenty-seventh street.
Seventh ward, first precinct 3110
Seventh ward, second precinct Pe
terson's carpenter shop, 510 Forty-fifth
Seventh ward, third precinct Gan-
non's paint shop, Fourteenth avenue,
between Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth
Rock Island, 111., Feb. 8, 1909.
M. T. RUDGREN, City Clerk.
In the Heat of Battle.
There had been a hotly contested
football game between the Steam' Roll
ers of the Benjamin Franklin school
and the Avalanches of the George
Washington school. It was won by
the Avalanches. After the game was
over and the contestants had returned
to their various homes one of the he
roes of the winning team complained
of a feeling of soreness in the lower
part of his neck. N
"I didn't feel it until Just now," he
said, r'but It hurts like sixty !"
His father examined it. It began to
swell and was very sore to the touch.
"I believe your collar bone Is broken.
my boy," said his father.
A surgeon was hastily summoned
and made an examination.
"Yes," he said, "the bone Is frac
tured. "How did it happen, Walter?
Do you remember anything about it?"
"Why, yes," answered the boy. "I
remember that , when I tackled Skinny
Morgan I fell on top of him, and I
heard something crack, but I thought
ir was hia cellar bone."
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"THERE'S A REASON. V
Humor aQ Philosophy;
By DUNCAN M. SMITH
PERT . PARAGRAPHS.
It Is hard to make some people nn
flerstand that your time is not all their
owu and still keep any semblance of .
politeness. ' : , , ,
Ow- W -
" The brand of .
" courage that a
man gets out of a
bottle is too apt
to ooze from his
finger tips In a
, time of need.
WfAK . tS
If - our mental
capacity grew In
proportion to our
own estimate of
it, geniuses would
be so thick that
we should step
ou them when we
stroll abroad in
Sometimes wisdom comes with years
and sometimes with tears.
They are really and truly our friends
who will smile and look interested the
tenth time we tell our stock of anec
dotes to them.
A woman does hate to pay for fancy
groceries when she has her eye on a
swell bit of millinery down street.
The greatest compliment that you
can pay your friends is to assume that
hey need no defense. .
Something of a Snap.
Now come to think the matter o'er.
It really was too bad.
For UranJpa Adam didn't know
How large a snap he had.
He neve." did hi all his years
Know just what he was worth
In real estate and other things, '
. For Adam owned the earth.
No rival offered to dispute
Possession of the ball
O! made a threat to Jump his claim
His title covered ali
tor every ample continent
And island of the sea.
With lakes and rivers In between.
Was his In simple fee.
No tax collector came around
To say to him: "I fear
That you are settlnp off too cheap.
We'll raise the rate next year."
And no surveyor kicked about
The fences on hia line
And said he'd have to move them in
Or there would be a fine.
The gentlemen' who toll and strive
To own tl.w earth today.
Althous they partially succeed.
Don't have things all their way.
How they would toss their caps In air,
Turn handsprings and be Glad
If they could just be guaranteed .
The snap that Adam had!
. , Poor .Woman.
"IIow Is your wife?"
I "On the mend.'. . '
i "Why.'l heard she'.was worse."
"So she Is.- hat bM said the stock
ings Just had to e darned,' anyway. If
she died for it."
.' Too True. . -
"There are lots of women lecturers.'
."Now, T wohde"r why yon said it that
"Ho' fcluer ' -' "'
"There are lots of women."
The Modern Way.
"I suppose they killed the fatted calf
on his return?" '.
"No; they Just opened a new can of
Casting Shadows. .
The weather's acting very queer:
Some days are dar and some are
Sometimes the atmosphere is clear;
Sometimes the fog fills up the air.
Today's a smile, the next's a frown.
It's hard to tell what to expect.
The mercury plays up and down
Until Its tube Is almost wrecked.'
Perhaps the woodchuck might explain
And tell us why the weather changes.
No doubt his dreams are full of pain .
As In and out his fancy ranges.
And, soundly sleeping. "Shade or shine.
Which shall it be?" his visions vary.
Which, shade or shine? What por
Oh, fateful day of February?"
That Perplexed Look.
The perplexed look so often seen
upon the faces of women Is undoubted
ly due to their struggles to keep tip
their dignity and to cinch a bargain at
the same time.
At Her Trade.
"I had to fire the nurse." .
"What forr "
"What Is she doing jiowt .
"Nursing a grievance."
" I IS THAT n
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The Argus Daily Short Story
THE UNTOLD HALF BY
Copyrighted, 1908, by
There Is no particular excitement
when one of the lumbering fruit boats
of the Yellow Star" line conies Into
port. There was no particular stir
along the water front that Mting. fos
gy morning In December when the
Admiral Dart came wheezing up tl
harbor, swung Into her berth at the
Yellow Star doe'es wih the aid of n
couple of tugs for the tide was run
ning Ktrously shot out Lcr gangplank
and disembarked the four passengers
She IoO disembarked Dolbv S'.nck-
lett. But Bobby Shacklett did not
come to the wharf by way of the
gangplank. While the fassy little
donkey engines fci the sheds were
puHing valiantly and swinging briskly
out of the Admiral Dart's hold the
many bunches of green bananas Bcl-
..y ..acLic.t. very mm. very paie ami j
ery mucu unwasuca. came up from
tue stoke room, took a lung breath o?
tho misty air. shivered a bit fcr his
clothes were painfully thin and shab
by and then climbed over the rail
and dropped unostentatiously to the
A couple of carriages bearln3 the,
steamers iaie passe n gen wnisuea l
past him. ' Three rumbling tlrays went
shouting Impolitely to Bobby to get to
somewhere out of the wav.
Bobby grinned. It was not a pleas
ant'. ,vrin. - Ho was thinking oZ hU
homecoming aa he had planned It and
as it had actually turned out. and
comparisons, which are always odious
things, were particularly so in this
case. ' "
lie thrust- his hand Into the pocket
of bis ragged trousers, drew out afew
pieces of silver, grinned once more,
shivered again and made his way to
A solitary hansom was drawu up to
the curb, walling for a chance fare.
Bobby stepped over to it. The cabby
surveyed him scowlingiy, but Bobby.
quite oblivious apparently to the dubi
ous glances cast iu his direction, climb
ed calmly iu.
He guve an address on a certain con
servative street uptown. f The driver
stared at him. Bobby smiled.
"Don't blame me. old chap." he said.
noting the other's hesitation. "But I
want to go there, strange us it may
eeeni and incompatible us it may bo
with my present appearance. What's
the row? Afraid I won't be good for
the fare? Here you go."
He passed up the handful of silver
through the trap. "Now. then, drive
on.' he eomuiaiKlou.
The whiplash sang through the air;
the- shambling horse lurched into a
trot; the hansom rocked, and away
they went through the dingy, noisy
They drew up finally before an im
posing house on the conservative up
town street Bobby climbed from the
hansom, and while the latter turned
and went clattering away he shut his
teeth grimly and mounted the brown
stone steps with u light of determina
tion In his eyes.
In response to his vigorous tug at
the bell the floor was opened by a
statucsfue butler, whose dignity stood
out obtrusively all over him. lie look
ed at the figure on the stoop and closed
the door halfway.
"Weill" he said, and the manner In J
which be said It plainly bade the vis
itor begone. '
"Is Miss Wadsworth In?" said Bob
by quietly. ' .
"Hi think not, sir. In fact, HI am
very sure she Isn't," the butler replied.
A look came Into Bobby's gray eyes
a look that had made ' better men
than the butler quail many times be-
fore now. ' ' ' ,
"I rather think you are mistaken,'
cafd he. "I'm sure she Is home, and,
what Is more, I am sure she will be
glad to receive me. If you don't be
lieve It, Just tell her, if you will, that
the general manager of the Colona In
tercoast railway would like a word
with her. I'd advise you to do as 1
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The butler hesitated but a second
longer. The inn a on the stoop .was
looking at him with a most disconcert
ing determination iu hia bearing. The
butler, unwilling. It Is true, opened the
Step in. sir," said he. "Ill will Bee."
A lire crackled cheerfully iu a big
fircph'.oe at one end of the warm, dark
hall. Ik:!by drew a chair close to it
and. sitting Cov.n. held out his stiff
ened fillers to the urateful bhie.
Up the wUe stairs creaked the but-
Npr with as much haste as his ubiqui
tous dignity allowed. Voices mounded
above. There wa:;.a little ga::p. a cry,
the swiuh of skirls, the palter of light
footsteps !:i:nyi:! down the stairs.
Bobby nrose from his clnlr just as
Mary Wadsworth, more railiant. more
beautiful, than ever, came running- to
"Bobby!" she cried, both her hands
1 lirM rtiit tti Ittni "l,ilj,v I I tfnil'f- Via-
t.ve Ul.u t s rw.. V(;1 nnJ thtlt you
are back! I'm glad-oh. so glad I can't
rell you prcpnly!"
Bobbr had stiTeneJ.
Ills face was
"Mary., please sit down ror a mo
ment." said he. "I shan't keep yott
long. .7ust a word of explanation, nnd
Yierlmris rwi tlm i nnt iiivVImI " hi
atMwi wUh a ,ujrabrtoas glance at his
tattered raiment "I must nn-ilnri
for coming Here this way, but stoking
on a milt steamer raises tbe very
deuce with one's anpaarance."
She was about to say something, but
he beid out his hand.
k "Please let me talk first." said be
must ten you before you say
word or else I shan't have the courage
to. You see, it's all off railroad gone
up. contracts unfulfilled, and the for
tune I wTnt down there to stow away
in my jeans some one else has walked
off with. That's about all. except that
I came back In the fruit steamer to tell
you that I'm the largest, most Inex
cusable fizzle extant.
"That is all?" she asked suddenly.
"Are you sure tha,t Is all? Do you
mean to say In those few sentences
you have told me evervthin??"
"All that ycu should know, said he,
She looked at him steadily, and a
sedden light leaped to her eyes.
,"You are telling me only half, she
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He was silsnt.
"Why don't you tell me the other
half?" she demanded.
"It it wouldu't Interest you," he
She leaned toward him. T know
the other half without your telling it,
you great big. generous boy, said she.
"Eh? What? What is it you know
or, rather, think you know?" ho asked.
"I know it all tbe whole story," she
declared. "I know why you are here
as you are. I know it was because
you shielded my brother when he
when he wasn't straight, when the
gambling houses down there had done
their worst for him. I know that you
you, dear; lcyal Bobby Shack'.ett
threw everything into the balance
opportunities, contracts, everything, to
save him and that now ycu have come
back to me with your llr-s sealed.
claiming that you have failed and of
fering no excuses for it."
Shacklett reddened. He smiled rath
er vaguely nnd locked decidedly em
barrassed. Twice he essayed to speak
and cai-h time got no further than the
Initial word. The girl was watching
It it doesn't change things any,
even If all you have said Is true, and
I haven't admitted yet that It Is true,"
he said at last. "I've lost my money,
and you see that"
"You have gained gained something
else." she whispered.
The butler was telling the pretty
second girl about It below stairs.
"'Is h'srni was around her." said he
disgustedly. ''Think of It! Aud 'Im
nothing but a common tramp!"
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