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THE ARGUS, TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 23, 1909.
J treasury shortage for the present fiscal
'year is thus far $80,000,000, and before
. , Published Dally and Weekly at Ut4 the end of June 30, the end of the
econd .7taua Roek Ialana, XIL En-'fiscal year, the deficit will amount to.
lered at the ooitofflce as second-class ' not less than S130.000.000. This fact
BY THE J. W. POTTER CO.
TERMS Dally, 10 cents per week.
Weekly, $1 per year In advance.
will have to be taken into considera
tion by the special congress.
The tariff commission convention.
which assembled in Indianapolis the
o n rtiH that tht nnn pr&c c vaa Anmnncail
All eommunlcatlona of argumentative 0f men who novr next to nothing about
character, political or religious, amt'the tariff. It is true that their scien
have real name attached for publlca-j tiflc knowledge of this subject is ex-'
Uon. ?o such articles will be printed ceedingly meager, but it is no smaller
than was the information of the con-'
orer fictitious signatures.
Correspondence solicited from every
township in Rock Island county.
Tuesday, February 23, 1909.
gress which framed the McKinley and
the Dingley measures. The schedules
of these bills were dictated by the in
dustrial and commercial magnates of
the country,' the congressional commit
tees simply recording their wishes, ad
Justing the demands of the different
kinds of trade, industry and transpor
tation so as to make a sort of harmo
nious whole of the composite, complex
Strawberries are in the market at a structure. The same thing will be
cent for (lone inis time. We are assured that
A Baltimore paper says San Fran-
there will be some reduction of the'
tariff on most of the imports, and that, '
at least, is desirable, although there
ought to be very large reductions, and,
Cisco is worse than Pittsburg, and time, there could be a gradual aboli
Pitlsburg hastens to regard this as aition of the whole, system with benefit
vindication. . . . i to tnev people.
As it will cost something to raise
the Maine, the people may have to oe
satisfied with simply remembering it.
That costs nothing.
Taft was made a Mason without be
ing compelled to ride the goat. It
may not be out of place to extend con
gratulations to the goat.
Margaret Illington declares that she
would rather darn socks than act.
What a blessing it would be if some
of the actresses who can't act feit
that way. . ,
For All Republicans to Consider. '
: Chicago Inter-Ocean (Rep.): The
i president of the United States has pro
cured indictments for criminal libel
against five of the proprietors and edi
tors of the New York World and the
( Indianapolis News. Theodore Roose
velt. William H. Tart. Elihu Root, J.
Pierpont Morgan. Charles p. Taft,
Douglas Robinson and W. N. Crom
well are named as complaining wit
nesses. Not one of these gentlemen has
Senator James Alexande r Hemen
way of Indiana whom President-elect'
Taft had selected for his cabinet, but
against which action President Roose
velt entered a degree of prohibition,
was admitted to membership in the
Ananias club yesterday by Roose
come forward personally as a citizen
to complain to the court of the alleg
ed injury." Mr. Robinson was invited
to do so by the public prosecutor in
the -district where , he lives. He pre
ferred to let Jiis brother-in-law speak
for him, not as a man and a citizen,
but officially as president.
It is assumed, because Mr. Roose
velt so orders as president, that a
public Injury has been done to the
United States by newspaper articles
suggesting that the president's brother-in-law
profited by the Panama pur
chase Unless the defendants renounce the
defenses that are obviously theirs it
will be impossible to bring them to
trial until Mr. Roosevelt is out of of
fice and Mr. Taft is in. Thus a ques
tion is raised for Mr. Taft and for
every loyal republican to consider.
". 'Can the republican party can Mr.
Taft for the republican party as its
titular head afford to shoulder kthe
load of these prosecutions?
; The federalist party 110 years ago
was in' much the position of the re
publican party today. It was exhibit
ing the same centralizing tendencies,
it was making similar extreme asser
tion of executive power. We all know
what happened to the federalist party
when it tried to do even with congres
sional sanction exactly what Mr.
Roosevelt is trying to do with execu
tive power alone.
Mr. Taft, when he has the power,
as he will have in a few days, could
not more distinctly mark the change
from a government of hysteria to a
government of sober sense than by di
recting the whole business to be drop
ped than by abandoning an enter
prise of personal resentment that
would be simply silly did it not also
constitute a menace to American lib
DR! HARVEY W. WILEY.
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COPYRIGHT HARRIS EWINO. WASH. '
The government food expert and chief c hemist. Dr. Wiley's contention
that benzoate of soda is a harmful food preservative has been overruled by
the referee board appointed by President Roosevelt.
Humble Railroad Tie as a Factor
in the Development of the Country
Washington, Feb. 23. That the I woods naturally vary with different
humble railroad tie is a most import
ant factor in the material development
of the country is a great truth that is
little understood by people outside of
Government experiments may solve lailroad circles. The puffing engine
the problem of preventing explosions that speeds at the rate of a mile or
in coal mines. If human care and more a minute over the country is a
forethought will only cooperate with slave to the two steel rails that in
sure a smooth and safe road, and
these rails in turn depend on the old-
science in the great art of prevention,
unavoidable accidents will be reduced
to an appreciable minimum. But the ! fashioned wooden
first element of the combination is the , holds them in place.
one on which least reliance can be
placed. The , tendency of human na
ture, remarks the Boston Herald, to
take chances rather than to take trou
ble Is the hardest obstacle which pre-
Lawyers . and physicians In New
York are trying to bring about legis-l
la t Ion which will do away with or at
least minimize the evils of so-called
"expert" testimony at trials. Experi-
Yankee invention has not yet found
a substitute which has induced the
railroads to give up wood, although ex
perts say that the day will surely
come when the country's forests will
no longer be called upon to supply the
demand fsr ties. Up to the present
time it seems that no other material
has been found which has the resil
iency of wood and which at the same
' time causes less wear and tear on
j the rails, fastenings and roadbed.
v u- ""- .last two or three years use 110.000.000
n,ra uu uiuC1 c..u tQ 150ooo.000 of sawed and hewn tie
man i iiupeue J" ami - vpar The Irionl tio timhPr Is whit
lays at once useless and expensive to k wMch combines the quaiities of
n.c vavc, umu durability, hardness, strength and
"experts to give diametrically oppo
site testimony, until the practice has
become a legal nuisance, if not some
thing of a scandal in the administra
tion of justice.
sections of the country, but is most
cases they lack the two essential quali
ties found in white oak, namely, resist
ance to., mechanical wear and to d?
cay. Experience proves that wear can
be successfully retarded by the use of
tie plates and other mechanical de
vices, and decay can be postponed by
the application of proper preserva
tives. The new conditions have mad
it necessary for many railroad com
panies to meet the problem of preser
vation by establishing treating plants
at central points of distribution along
The Argus Daily Short Story
THE PICTURE AND THE LOVERBY LESTER GREY.
Copyrighted, 1S08, by Associated Literary Press.
The Joliet News, speaking of ' the
ovations that were given to William J. '
Bryan at Springfield on Lincoln's cen
. tennial anniversary, both at the taber
: nacle meeting in the afternoon and at
the banquet in the evening, says:
. linn i tx .1 a iL I.. i 1 T I
wily 13 u mat wns. muipic, jjiaiu
man : from Nebraska has such a hold
. on the hearts of the people? Is it be
cause of his splendid voice and orator
ical abilities? Others have been equal
"Is it because of his nomination for
the 'presidency? Others have been
nominated and had no such hold.
"Is it because he has been the leader
of a great political party?
"Other party leaders have gone down
to oblivion with their defeats.
"It is none of these wherein the se
cret of Bryan's strength is to be found.
Rather it is in the fact that the Ameri
can people know in their hearts that
Mr. Bryan is a man, honest in both
private and public life, pure in his re
lations and conduct, a man - who be
lieves in the principles of Christianity
and puts them Into practice above all,
a man of courage, always ready to
battle for the right as he sees it and
who is not afraid of stating his con
Tarllf Legislation. r
President-elect Taft has announced
that he will call a special session of
congress for March 16 in order to con
sider revision of the tariff. This sub
ject is one of especial importance now,
because at the present time business
interests are somewhat affected by the
uncertainty as to the extent of the re
vision which congress will make on the
duties on numerous Imports.
How ylong the session will last no
body can tell. The Dingley bill was
passed by a congress which assembled
March 15 and completed its work July
24 The revision of the present Ding
ley law ought to be accomplished by
mid-summer, although the work of ad
justing the tariff so as to meet the
large deficits by.' providing revenues
for the country, and at the same time
meeting the requirements of the peo
ple, from the standpoint of the revis
ionists, Is very " considerable.-: The
close grain. It is not only excellent
for ties, but is widely used In shi;j
building, .for general construction, in
cooperage, in the manufacture of car
riages, for agricultural implements, in
terior finish of houses and for furni
ture. On account of this wide use.
the supply has been greatly reduced
and some of the railroads have been
forced to pay almost prohibitive
prices for ties, or to substitute other
and cheaper woods to replace the
white oak ties rapidly disappearing
from their lines.
Over 40 per cent of the ties recently
purchased by the railroads of the coun
try are oak, according to latest statis
tics of United States forest service
Cross-ties of southern pine formed
somewhat less than 25 per cent.
Douglas fir ties ranked third, with ap
proximately 10 per cent of the total.
Naturally the proportion of these two
timbers will increase as the supply of
oak dwindles. This is also true of
cedar, chestnut, cypress, western pine,
tamarack, hemlock and other tree
which are coming into the market as
tie timbers. ' "
Cedar, which is very durable, ha?
been extensively used to take the
place of white oak for ties, but it li
eo soft that it is readily cut by the
rails. This necessitates the use of tie
plates and other protective devices
when cedar ties are used. As the sup
ply of cedar is also running short, it
is necessary for the railroads to seek
further for new tie timber. One of
the woods which has all the requisites
of a good tie, with the exception of
durability, is the beech.
A beech tie generally consists large
ly of sapwood,' which partly account?
for its lack of durability, but, on the
other hand, allows a thorough and
easy preservative treatment. In Ger
many and France, beech ties have
been successfully preserved from de
cay, and are used very extensively.
Beech is found widely distributed
throughout the eastern part of ' the
United States, and at the present time
is comparatively cheap and abundan
If, therefore, the railroads whose lines
are located in the regions where, beech
is abundant can make use of this wood
treated with some suitable preserva'
tive, another source of "supply, of tie
timber will be opened up. .
Stumpage 'values have been increas
ing: so- rapidly during the last few
vears that many railroads have found
it-necessary to modify their timber
policy, and they yearly apply preserva
tives to a greater number, of ties and
to more kinds of wood. - Substitute
Chasing the Polar Bear.
A polar bear chase is not very dan
gerous if oue has coolness of mind and
a good gun. Taking everything into
aeconut. It is easier properly to vouca
a bear than to catch a rabbit between
hedges, because in spite of his ferocity
the bear knows very little about de
fending himself against man. armed as
man is nowadays. Besides, Hhe arctic
bear does not recognize man as such
and takes him. for the most part, for
a seal. The pilot among the hunters.
perched In his crow's nest on the mast
of the vessel and provided with a huge
telescope, can distinguish In clear
weather a bear five kilometers off or
farther, so the hunter has time to
vatch his prey and to prepare his plan
of attack. One can have splendid
hunts on the icebergs as well. Some
times the bear takes to the water to
escape. In this case he Is lost, for he
cannot swim as quickly as a boat can
follow, and the hunter can kill him al
most without running any risks. It is
a fact worthy of remark that one ball
will do it if well placed that Is to say,
placed In the bead. Many bears after
being , shot in the heart have swam
100 or20O meters.
Tour taes, real and personal, are
now due. You can pay the same at
my office, with' Schriver & Schriver
attorneys, 1712 Second avenue. Of
fice hours, 9 to 12 a. m., and 2 to 5 p.
m. Open Wednesday and Saturday ev'
enings from 7 to 9 o'clock.
J. B. JOHNSON. Collector.
Please bring last year's tax receipt
MAKE NO MISTAKE
"The Title Market" is a
splendid novel. , ,
If you lose money on stocks
if you care enough about love
to read about it if you like to
laugh if you take any interest
in progress or if you are a
woman get this month's
EVERYBODY'S a single
story will repay you.
, For sale by McCabe's, Bijou,
s the best strip. No friction.
All work Installed by expert me
chanics. Ask to see It.
" W. GEORGE HEIDER,
Phone east 1012-K. Moline. .
To begin with, she was not a moth-'
er, but it bad pleased the young artist
to give the picture that uauie because
It was his Ideal of what his mother
would have beeu if she bad lived.
Iu real life she was a quiet little
person, just over the brow of the high
way of years, journeying softly. plat-Idly
dowu the smooth path, for the win
ter of existence lay hidden beyond
turns in the road, and she bad not
glimpsed it yet.
It was not one of the large cap
vases of the " exhibition, nor was it
hung in the most desirable lights re
served for the great, yet it was well
placed, for Dean Carroll, though
young, bad in a measure been recog
nized, and there were people of dis
cernment who looked for bis work.
Tbe composition had bceu cleverly
conceived. It showed a veranda cor
ner of what was .evidently an old ruin
of a country house of half a century
ago. The big French window, the
half of an old coloniul pillar and a
general air f shabby gentility ninde a
fitting frame for the sweet faced wo
man who sat in the modern wicker
porch chair, a magazine on her lap.
and who looked straight out of the
To one content" to revel in the de
light of It all it showed a happy moth
er speaking to some stalwart son who
had brought her good news or per
haps just himself with a hearty greet
ing of love.
To the critic who sought to know
why it pleaml hi:n the greatest charm
'seamed to be In the eyes. Carroll had
done wonders there, and they seemed
to carry message cf n mother love
that had known no anxieties, no sleep
less nights of wondering where some
wandering boy was resting and pray
Ing that God might watch over him.
They were big. brown, expressive
eyes, with the slightest suggestion tf
wrinkled corners, a hint of age fur
ther carried out here and there in the
hair by a toftcu of time's silver strands
showing through the soft hued brown.
It attracted some attention from the
writers, aud friends told Carroll it
was distinctly good. Otherwise it ere
ated no stir. It was one of half a
hundred others equally creditable to the
artists aud would probably bring a de
cent euough sum when placed on sale.
Yet Komehow Carroll liked to look at
it. probably because It brought back to
him memories of that Virginia sum
mer when he feared he was close to
death and of the gentle spinster who
had nursed hlra past the crisis and
mothered him through a happy conva
His own mother had died when he
was very young, and as he lay en his
bed of illness watching her sweet face
as 6be moved about the room it gave
him Joy to pretend that ho was really
her son, and it grieved him to think
that perhaps years to come might be
both lonely to her and full of trouble.
One afternoon when he stood half in
a reverie of remembrance before the
picture he was conscious that an eld
erly man near him was evincing more
than usual Interest.
He fumbled for bi3 glasses, turned
the leaves of the catalogue until he
came to the number; then the eager
ness died out of his face.' and he turn
ed away. But he came back and again
looked upon it with no concealment t
The stranger noticed Carroll when he
started away the second time and
stopped to ask him:
"Do you know anything about the
"Why. yes. naturally. I painted It."
"Yon are Mr. Carroll, then. I was
going to hunt you up. Is it for sale?"
the older man Inquired.
"Well, yon know we artlstsbave tp'
live. Few of us paint for fame alone.
so It !s like the rest. Only I hope It r
it The circumstances 'of Its painting
are dear memories."
'Are vou are you her son? Tell
me: And tne questioner put a trem
bling hand on the artist's shoulders.
'No." replied Carroll. "I wish I was.
or. rather, if my own mother had lived
I think she would have been like her.
"Can you spare me the time to tell
me the circumstances you speafc of
that Is. If you will? Thank you. but
not here. Let us go to my house,
live ne;ir. And be led the way out
'It isn't much of a story except iu its
personal appeal to me." began Carroll
a few moments later. Tut I presume
It reminds you of some one. and if the
two women are alike I know you un
derstand how fond I am of her.
"Last spring. I was threatened with
woman l - have ever known. I was
only two when my mother died.
That's about aU, I think." " '
"Mr. Carroll," his host began, "I have
never met you. but am perhaps known
to you. I am Judge Johnson Lee Car
ter, and I am from Virginia. When I
was a hotheaded young man I was in
love with a girl who Is probably the
double of the lady In your picture. I
loved her devotedly, madly, sir, and
she loved me. But I was headstrong,
sir, and I quarreled with her one night
and came north.
"AH my life tv- years have been
loveless except my jovp for her. Three,
four, five years passed, and I knew she
was probably married, so I have never
inquired, but the picture, sir, brought
It all back to me, all the years I have
missed that might have been crowded
with happiness, for they would, have
been happy ones.' Mr. Carroll, sir, she
was the finest lady on earth. 'Now
you know why 1 want to buy your
"Judge Carter, there can be no talk
of buying and selling that picture after
what you have told me. There, there:
no one else will get it. The exhibition
will last another month. You can gel
back -from Albemarle county before
"What are you saying, boy? Albe
marle county? Why, that's where I
lived. Is it Ruth? Is she a widow?
Is she free, and Is it"
"Ruth Cresslcy. and she is not a
widow," said Carroll quietly. "She
has never married."
"Ilonest. boy? Honest? Forgive me,
forgive me, Mr. CarrolL Then she
"She is the sort who love once for
always, I think." and Carroll extended
"And the picture?" asked the judge.
"Will be my wedding present."
"God bless you, sir; God bless you,'
and there were tears in his eyes as he
showed Carroll to the door.
Carroll Js famous now and a few
years older. Ask him the best thing
he ever did and he will tell you
"Mother." Ferhaps you won't under
stand him, but Judge Carter knows.
and Mrs. Johnson Lee Carter shares
Humor end Philosophy
By DUNCAN M. SMITH '.
TWO OF A KIND.
X wonder If thAt two by six .
Bill Buttin. whom, it seems to
No human could adore.
Opinions holds concerning; me
Much as I put him down.
Regarding roe "another" and
Tbe biggest bore In town.
Ferhaps I do not care a cent-
No. really: cross my heart
And say I rather hope he does.
"Twill keep us tar apart.
But if I thought he thought of me
As 1 or him, forsooth. -
It wouldn't be so pleasant quite
To own up to the truth.
I wouldn't like It if I thought
As 1 went passing by
Folks shrugged their shoulders, lookef
And winked the other eye.
Or softly whispered to themselves.
"1 m glad he didn t stop.
Or feel that if I did mix in
The temperatc would drop.
Ah. well, we' must make a hit
With every one we meet!
Not every person In the towa .
Will worship at our feet.
And if we will pursue our way
Without display or show
We may not be so big a bore -As
some we chance to know.
Advice From the Cynic.
"I hear you are going to get mar
'I would, but I can't choose between
two girls. What would you do?'
'Well, If you are bound to throw
away your liberty, look them over
carefully aud, between two evils,
choose the least."
The Ordinary Man.
Alma Tadema. the artist, did not
achieve fame at a single bound. He
had a few ups to many downs before
he was Anally recognized as a painter
of ability. In his student days one of
his unsuccessful pictures was returned
unsold by the committee of the Brus
sels exhibition of 1S59. The subject
was a bouse on .fire, says the Asso
ciated Sunday Magazine.
Instead of a tirade against the stu
pidity or favoritism of the committee
the artist asked his fellow students
into his studio and invited them to
jump through the canvas, ne led the
way by leaping head first through the
A second unsuccessful effort was a
large sized square picture that came
back again and again to its creator's
easel until at last he. revenged him
self upon it in a novel way by cutting
the picture out of its frame and giving
it to an old woman to use as a table
There was some one at last to ap
preciate its excellence. The next time
Alma Tadema saw tbe old woman she
told him that it was "much better
than those common oilcloth things.
They always let the water through,'
she explained, "but that one of yours
is a good thick one, with plenty of
paint on it,"
I WANT THAT
The difference between the ordinary
man and other people could usually be
amicably settled if tbe ordinary man
had the niouey.
hate to be considered
Well, that Is the kind of people that
quote you now, isn't it?" ;
all tbe fools would be
Mrs. K D. Charles of Harbor, Maine,
speaking of Electric Bitters, says: "It
is a neighborhood favoritn here with
us." It deserves to be a favorite tempted to go away and die out of
everywhere. It gives quick relief in
They say he is a rapid writer."
"He keeps three typewriters going at
"How can he do It with but two
'One Is going or coming from tbe re
It is just as respectable to be just a
common person as it is to be a howl
ing genius, and a lot more comforta
People who know it all most be
"DO tcU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE
revcr and was told to get out of the
city. I found a quiet .place owned by
the original of the portrait, and she
took me in. Unfortunately I did not
escape soon enough; and the fever
caught me. There was no one with
her but an old servant, and I asked to
be moved into the nearest town.
"She would not hear of It and
nursed me on a Journey to death's door
and back again to the sunshine to the
trees and the birds and life. It is
something that one cannot explain
her tenderness, her motherllness and
the sense of comfort, of love even, for
a stranger that she gave to me.
"Her entrance would light up my
sickroom; her presence . was better
than all the medicine in the world.
Frankly,, she is the dearest.- sweetest
dyspepsia, liver complaint, kidney de
rangement, malnutrition, nervousness,
weakness and general debility. Its ac
tion on the blood, as a thorough puri
fier makes it especially useful as a
spring medicine. This grand alterna
tive tonic is sold under guarantee at
Many Sleepless Nigts, Owing to a Per
sistent Cough Relief Found
"For several winters past my wife
has been troubled with a most persist
ent and disagreeable cough, which in
variably extended over a period of
several weeks and caused her many
sleepless nights," writes Will J. Hay-
ner, editor of the Burley, Colo., Bul
letin. "Various remedies were tried
each year, with no beneficial results.
In November last the cough again put
in an appearance and my wife, acting
on the suggestion of a friend, pur
chased a- bottle of Chamberlain's
Cough Remedy. 'The result was, in
deed, marvelous. After three doses
the cough entirely disappeared and
has not manifested itself since." This
remedy is for sale by all druggists.
It Is better to be a live cabbage head
than a dead beat.
When the lion and the lamb He down
together the lion has a contented ex
pression1, while that of the lamb Is
feeling out of sight. v "
A rich man may find it bard to en
tcr heaven. On the other band, it is
equally hard to keep him in jail. .
While a young man finds a girl di
verting, be should be careful that he
doesn't find her father animadvert
weuu- HIKE GOE
FAT N ANHOW
' Absolutely Ture
food more wholesome and su
perior in lightness and -flavor. ,
. The only baking' powder
Royal Grape Cream of Tartar.
sues to some one who., will, appreciate j
Trying to keep out of difficulty M
sometimes a grave difficulty Itself.
A messenger boy never decs a rosb-
ing business unless., the tip 1 yet tt
come. -. '.
It is easy to make some people madj
but rather hard to get them to tay
ibat way. ;- f , ... '