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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY. MARCH 13, 1909.
; Published Dally and Weekly t 1114
Cacond 4Tbt, Reek Island, S3. IEn
tored at the poitofflce aa second-class
the policy of levying a tax at a specific somebody who does not treat us, with -
aie tor scnooi purposes wag auanu- rwnat we can proper, respect.
DY THE J. W. POTTER CO.
TERMS Dally, 10. cents per week.
ICVeekly, $1 per year in advance. -
All communications of argumentative
Character, political or religious, must
' have real name attached for publica
tion. No such articles will fee printed
over fictitious signatures.
.;! Correspondence , solicited from every
township in Rock Island county.
TRADES (yggy) COUNcTl -
Saturday, March 13, 1909.
Rockefeller evidently considers the
machinery of justice well oiled.
: The latest gown for milady contain
BOO buttons, and hub is expected to
button them every cold morning.
The New York Sim summed up its
Idea of Roosevelt in the shortest edi
torial ever written. Its title was
: Carrie Nation says she likes Eng
land, and will stay there. Nov we are
getting even with John Bull for fitting
out those privateers.
France is preparing to tax incomes.
A week in Paris has long been taxa
tlon amounling to confiscation of the
; average American income.
. No matter how high prices of bricks
may be boosted by a combine of nianu
facturers, it is not probable that (he
practice of throwing them will be ren
dered less popular.
The Indiana legislature has finished
its business and adjourned. The llli
nois legislature has just begun. There's
a reason. The Indiana legislature is
democratic the Illinois legislature is
It is the irony of fate1 that the New
York legislature has delayed measures
for, the relief of stranded actors tinti
now, when shoes are expected to be
come cheaper by reason of a revised
tariff on leather.
oned and instead the lump sum of
1,G00,(MM) a yearwas set aside. !t
was the intention that this amount
should grow as the state grew in pop
ulation and wealth. The annual ap
propriation for school purposes Is still
J1.O00.C00 a year, thouga t".ie wealth
of the state has ' quadrupled since
1S73 and its population has doubled.
A continuation of the tax rate for,
school purposes which was in effect
up to 1873 would give at the present
time a school revenue of over $2,500,-
000 a year. The rate in effect in 1825
would give now an annual revenue of
$25,000,000. In other words, this "com
monwealth- in the days of the early
settlers did more in proportion to its
means to assist education than it does
at the present time.
All progressive communities recog
nize that education is not a matter of
local concern Only, that 'the state
should encourage and strengthen the
public school system by direct grants
of money, fn this way it can help to
set the standard for backward dU
tiicts that are especially in need of
outside stimulus. Of the money ex
pended on the public school system of
Illinois the state supplies only 3 per
cent. The proportion in other states
is much higher. In New York it is
41 per cent; in Wisconsin it is 20 per
cent and in Indiana it is 21 per cent
The state education commission is
rendering useful service in bringin
these facts prominently before the
. If we cannot boast . that the sun
never sets on the American flag, we
can boast that the sun never sets on
If one of these foreign .. mission
schools. sends out one" great teacher,1 it j
will' be worth all the money the col
leges' cost. - -
There are nd self-made men. We are
what we arejnade by others. .
If I can touch one human heart for
good, I have, not spoken'ln vain.
(-The man who stops to calculate how
much good will come to him out of the
good he does," will never do any good.
A noble life ' cannot be built upon
You cannot ; escape difficulties by
Man has a mind and soul, and the!
mind is greater than the man and the
souHs greater than the mind.
Love and peace accomplish far more
Mystery doesn't bother us in the
dining room, it is only In the church.
People who worry most about what
they can . not understand spend -the
least time living up to what they can
not help but understand.
,c BY FANNIE M LOTHROP Sk
lt is not quite clear whether it was
-the Missouri rate law that was con
fiscatory or the computations of the
railroads. However, any investor who
Isn't getting per cent will feel at lib
erty now. to call on the courts for re
' . Klngdon Gould, age 22, has .been
made a director of one of his father's
railroads at the start, thereby avoid
ing the obnoxious publicity given to
sons of transportation magnates who
begin as engine wipers or $G-a-wei?k
clerks, and perhaps spend all of two
years working their way up from the
How . Federal Employes Earn Their
The Chicago Record-Herald thus re
bukes the Illinois federal machine that
is putting in time, for which the gov
ernment pays, laboring for Hopkins:
"Following is a list of federal office
holders who have shown a lively in
terest In the senatorial contest at
-"Daniel A. Campbell, postmaster.
John C. Ames, collector of customs,
"Edwin W. Sims,- United States dis
trlct attorney, Chicago.
J. H. Wilkerson, assistant United
States district attorney, Chicago.
: "Luman T. Hoy, United States mar
i Charles P. Hitch, .'United States
marshal, eastern district.
- imam E. Trautmann, United
States district attorney, eastern dis
. "William A. Northcott, United States
district attorney, southern district.
, ioren . li.. w heeler, postmaster,
"F. L. Smith, internal revenue col
."Percy G. Bennich, internal revenue
"The activity of these gentlemen is
. of the pernicious sort, no matter what
candidates they have supported or may
support. '.. . '
"They are paid for their time and
labor, not by the candidate, but by the
United States government, which is to
say, the people of the United States.
"The presence of these federal office
holders at Springfield every time a
'crisis' occurs in the senatorial ballot
ing constitutes a national scandal.
: "President Taft cannot too soon in
dicate to them that they are paid to
work for the United States govern
ment and that It is no part of the
.bnslness of the United States govern
ment to select a senator for Illinois."
An Opportunity, Worth Considering,
The proposition of W. C. Lawson of
Chicago to bring a new railroad into
Rock Island, possessing all the advan
tages of interurban communication
between this city and the territory in
the lower end of Rock Island county.
and the towns and cities in the ad
joining county of Mercer, is one wor
thy of serious consideration and co
operation on the part both of the coun
cil and the representatives of the In
dustrial commission and the Booster
club, already enlisted in the enter
prise, as well as business men and
citizens generally. -
What is sought, now is to secure a
feasible route, one that will be accept
able both to the citizens of Rock Is
land and the promoters of the railroad
project. The difficulty, as it presents
itself at the present moment, is not in
determining' an entrance Into the city
that will be agreeable to Mr. Lawson's
enterprise, but one that the citizens
may be inclined to offer him by which
he may reach the junction of First av
enue ana seventeenth street. "It
makes no difference to me how Iget
to this point," Mr. Lawson has ' re
peatedly said "so that I get there.
The shortest route will, of course, be
the most desirable." :
The right of way outlined In the
ordinance which was laid before the
council ;last Monday night, was, as
heretofore stated in The Argus, not
one of Mr. Lawson's choosing, but one
that was suggested by a number of
business men who have been working
with him to bring his road into Rock
Island, and who were anxious to direct
the interurban into the business part
of town. When Mr. Lawson first dis
cussed his plans with The Argus, he
spoke only of the First avenue route,
and when later the line over Fifth av
enue and down Seventeenth street was
mapped out, The Argus expressed its
doubts to him of such a proposition
embracing the privilege of carrying
freight meeting with approval; but
it was suggested that there would be
no harm In putting it up to the prop
erty holders, making plain all that the
ne,w franchise would mean, and then
seeing what they would say about it.
It went up to the property holders in
its formal presentation to the council,
and met with serious objection, solely
on the . freight carrying part of the
The' property holders protesting
made it plain that they were not ap
pearing in the light of obstructionists,
or as opponents of the road, but mere
ly as opposing the transportation of
freight cars in trains on Seventeenth
street. In this stand they appear to be
In two respects the proposed line
promises to supply what for years has
been the chief essential to Rock Is
land's advancement -competitive track
facilities In the new manufacturing
district in the west end and railroad
communication with the south on the
Rock Island side of the river.
-It is therefore up to the respective
committees of the council and the rep
resentative bodies of the city to en
deavor to find a route that may be
practicable to - bring the new road,
which undoubtedly means much for
the business and industrial develop
ment of Rock Island, into the city.
The funeral of little Myrtle Donlin.
the th res-year-old daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. E. M. Donlin. 221SeconJ avenue,
Moline, was held Thursday afternoon
from the home. The. services were
conducted by Rev. F. E. Schult of thj
Spencer Memorial church. Several
musical numbers were rendered by
Miss Sadie Dillon and Mrs. Leverlen
Burial took place at Chippiannock cem
etery. The pall bearers were little
friends of the child. Lena Tropp,
Mamie Bohman. Hazel Roadstrom and
Funeral of Mr. Moran.
The funeral of James M. Moran was
held yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock
from Yhe St. Joseph church. The ser
vices were conducted by 'Dean J. J.
Quinn. Burial took place at St. Mary's
cemetery in Davenport. The pall
bearers were Edward Shields, John
McSlmne Daniel Lawler. John An-
thonv. Phillin Schikan and Frank
Funeral cf Miss Runge.
The funeral of Miss Elizabeth Runge
of Milan was held this morning at the
Sacred Heart church in this city, the
services being conducted by Rev. .1. F.
Lockney. Burial took place at Chip
PllOtO bv Klldoluh Eiclu-nwu, Tr
GERTRUDE ATHERTON Hewviu
TTr T IfpOI,T c, ...... w.
ONE of the most successful of American women novelists is Gertrude Ather
ton. Her work has strength, individuality, life and color; the work ol
one who has lived intensely and studied the world. Dr. Nicoll, the eminent
English critic, whose specialty is discovering the greatness of writers befor
the general public wakes up to the angels it has been entertaining unawares,
says of her: "Mrs. Atherton is, in my judgment, the ablest woman writer ol
fiction now living.
Gertrude Atherton was born in San Francisco, the eldest daughter ot
Thomas L. Horn and Gertrude Franklin who was greatgrand-niece of Benja
min Franklin. When a mere child at school, she planned her life and
dreamed of the days when she would be a great author. It absorbed her
whole thought; she wrote stories and even ventured upon a play and shortly
after her marriage, which was when she was but a young girl.-sne published
her first novel, "What Dreams May Come." She now asserts it was trash and
It would be generous courtesy to dispute this estimate. .Trashy, too, was her
next book "Hermia Suydam"; but both revealed evidences of talent, rough.
raw and rudimentary; but the untrained struggling toward expression of ona
who had not yet come to herself. ' -
She has dealt courageously and fearlessly with social topics in her novels
and they reveal a vitality and purpose that"is unusual in current fiction.
Like many of our best American writers Mrs. Atherton won recognition in
England before the real value of her work was justly appreciated here. She
is a lover of travel, finding the restrictions of conUnued life in one place
irritating.. Her novel "Senator North" was written in ten weeks, though the
story was a-orking itself out in her mind for more than a year. Every day
for three months she sat in the Senate Chamber, listening to the debates.
studying character and growing familiar with legislative routine. She even
waded heriocally through many months of the Congressional Record, the
dryest periodical printed in the English language.
Of the dozen or more books written by Mrs. Atherton her favorite is
"The Conqueror" In which Alexander Hamilton proudly holds the centre of
the stage, and In the writing of which Mrs. Atherton made an exhaustive
Btudy of all that had been written of her hero and also spent much time in
personal researches, making the book in reality an historic biography seen
through the roseate glow of fiction.
CwnliH trUKfcma to Wjb. C HmcX. xooS,
Miss Augusta Storr has gone
Chicago for a ylsit of two weeks.
Miss Maude Bourne will leave Mon
day for Peoria, where she will make
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Clarke of Rey
nolds will leave tomorrow for Los An
geles on a visit.
Rev. Frank Bruner of Chicago is in
the city for a week's visit with rela
tives and friends.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. McRoberts of
Port Byron have gone to Butte and
Deer Lodge Mont., on a visit.
M. Bollman left this noon for Chi
cago to attend the state laundrymen's
convention, to be held there next
Rev. D. H. Leland of the Edgewooc
Baptist church will leave this evening
for Eau Claire, Wis., called there . ij
the serious illness of his mother.
Announcement of Millinery Opening.
- Miss Charlotte Rosenfield win op
en her splendid new millinery estab
lishment on next Wednesday and
Thursday, March 17 and. IS, at 117
East Second street, Davenport, Iowa.
Miss Rosenfield, formerly of Gales-
burg, where she was a member of the
firm of Delaney, Rosenfield & Co., is
recognized by the ladies of the tri
ckles as a beautiful .designer, having
few equals in the west. She has crea
tive Ideas that brings her into greater
favor among the wearers of fashion
able millinery, as her patrons come so
know her better.
She has spared no trouble nor ex
pense to make this millinery store the
leading, one in the tri-clties, and has
a wide circle of friends In this vicin
ity, who will wish her success In he
Besides a large stock of Parisian
models. Gage hats and other up-to-date
styles, she has an able body of assist
ants, who are, ready to execute exclu
sive original designs, under her direc
tion. ; ;
I Mrs. Fannie Spencer of this city will
assist her in the sales department
Mrs. Spencer, from the fact of her con
nection with the Brandenburg estab
lishment of Rock Island and later with
Harned & Von. Maur of Davenport, is
thoroughly fitted for this work, and
would be pleased to see, all her old
friends and customers.
A Plaguo of Rats
..Whore Illinois Is Backward. ' :
Chicago- News: in the matter of
assistance rendered to the cause -of
uiicutun ..Illinois, must rank as a
backward state, proof of .this has been
gathered and, ma Je public by Profes
sor; I.:. W. Howerth, secretary of ths
strife education commission. ' .
1 In the early days Illinois mad ith.
eral appropriations of state money for
xue support or public schools. In 1873
. Bryan Epigrams.
'The Denver News prints the follow
ing epigrams from William J. Bryan's
speeches delivered In Denver:
Love is the weapon for which there
is no shield. ' ,
v A man can live up to the teachings
of Confucius and not reach 'a very
hih . plane. - ' -
, ;U'a:man waits until he himself is Everybody Sboold Join la Fight
periect beiore Helping . others he-will I $ ,-.i;:UlO. toe Pests.
never iln nnvhnrtv . ...; 4 ' l! ': ." -
ttVi,0n wKnn wr'' t. ' i Kstg hive ffTowo rtTj numerous 6t Ute.beinsr
W r help ourselves when we help wren indoors by the oold weather. od this has
otners. - J. - , . . , resulted in attacks on children and la some iu-
MiBslOnaries are less HfeeTv tn mt n on grown persons.
Into trouble w th nothing to give but ,ETerTbod h0tt,iv,0,j? aertoy,n 55
IniL. ih.. ' ' , . Ungerous pests. .The best way to vet rid of
love than the commercial man,,' who ibem is with Steams' Electrio Rat and Roach
gets what he can and is not scrupulous Pute. which drives them out of he house to
about how he gets it '.' ; . ? Bd ta bt1 reliable. n .v -
If we. tench r-hria onA il "Stearns Eleetrle Paste is sold everywhere; or
11, C 3t and peace to for- xmt rxvrn, prepaid on receipt of price, s os. box
pie can protect, ourselves ,. w os. box tun.
far better than threatening- to whip Stearns.' Xleetrto Paste Co, Chicago. IU.
The Argus Daily Short Story
NATURAL GAS AND MIRANDA-BY MARY AiDINE.
Copyrighted, 1908, by Associated Literary Press.
we're ' got a
nre .rein? to
Mr. Samuel I'crLIu.-. a.;- L;trd by tw;
Italians, all with their xat.i av.d ve;:t
off and perspiring profusely, was lrr
lng an artesian well 0:1 his farm.
Suddenly the drill wns forced out cl
(he ground. There followed a prcat
puff of vapor that had the cdor cf bud
eggs and sulphur ndscd together. Mr
I'crklns had struct a nutural ens vv-cll.
A month Inter Mrs. Toi-kins was say
ing to him: r
'Samuel, remember tht we spell
our nume r-a-r-k-l-n-s: aljo th:it n
month hence' we sail for Europe.
We ve got money, and
daughter Miranda. We
give her a chance."
"A chance for what?" asked the bus
band, who was try ins: t- got used to
wearing a collar and a coat arcund the
'To get polished up and to marry
some one worthy of her. You necdirt
sit there thinking that a. few weeks
ago Miranda was hanging out the
clothes. We've struck natural gas.
and that makes a difference. We sail
in four weeks."
'I did kinder think we might go to
Niagara Falls for a week or 130" be
gan Samuel as he rubbed hi?, chin.
'What's Niagara Falls to people with
money? What are they to Miranda?
Samuel Tarklns. can't you realize that
you struck gas?"
"I know 1 did.
"We are climbing for the top of the
ladder. We can't be kept down.
Haven't you got it through your head
yet? It's Europe and polish. It's Eu
rope nnd a husband for Miranda. If
them Chicago butchers can take their j
daughters to Europe and marry them
off to lords and dukes, why can't we?
'Isn't natural gas Just us high toned
as pork chops? You keep a cent on
and your shoes black and get used to .
looking like somebody and leave the
rest, tome." 'I
Mr.jTarkins would rather have sat'
on the steps of the village and related :
for' the five hundredth time what his
emotions were when he struck ga3,
but he was dragged off to Europe. ' , :
; Miranda betrayed a surprising lack
of Interest, but Mrs. Parkins did the
!thlng with all her might She had na
tive wit and observation. By sitting
in a corner most of the time and hav
ing as little as possible to say the hus
band and father made out" after a fash
ion. : "-.. -.
In due; time he even became Inter
ested in things. - lie tjeeanie so inter
ested that .one evening after they had
been In London for a fortnight he ask
ed his wife: " .
I "MaiTf are we hitting the pike all
right T' . . . w
"Hitting the piker she repeated In
scornful tones. "Samuel, cut the pike
land other things out. Miranda and me
are watching ourselves every minute,
.and you want to do the same. Don't
brou lea the sjX.on4a the cuo.-wben
you drink your co.Tce. nn-.l don't tuck
your table napkin clear up under your
.ears. If yu hioII Miranda's chancers
I'll never fcrglvo you." . ..
"But what I want to know is has
any feller come arour.d yet':'" persist
ed the husband. '
"No, not exactly. . But I've noticed
different ones looking at her and sorter
edging around. You leave that part of
lit to us, and you tend to yours. .When
ever you can, you just drop ia a word
about natural gas and millions."
"Oh. I won't spoil nobody's chances.
I dida't want to come at first, but
,uow that I've got over here I raythcr
like it. Makes a feller feel as if lie
was somebody to have a boy ready at
every turn to brush ofT his coat.
"I guess I'd be pror.d to hare a lord
or a duke for a son-iiHaw. " That's Mi
randa lowest figger, hain't It? She
hain't coming over here and then take
up -with no h:yseed?''
It was Parjs after jfour ..wf-eks in
iLondon, and there was n continual lui
.provcyieiit iu 1 the family. Miranda
and her mother picked up aa much as
one I'renr-h word n day. and the husband-
an J father left his fecrs behind
'hi in and assumed a little swagger and
a palror.Iziiig air that sat well o'n him.
He ,hnd struck natural gas at home
Elns'ply ly aocideri. He reasoned that
he mteht strike a husband for Miranda
abroad In tin same way. Therefore
whenever l:e '-nme across any one who
would listen to him and' who could
ppeak En."!!'-h he Introduced gas wells
into the conversation.
It was always In the plnral. It wa
never one ga well, but half a dozen,
He nlfo tried his best to mate -ths
head waiter understand the pas quos
tlon, afld if lie did not succeed entirely
he sit lrast elicited the exclamation:.
"Gas from the ground, mou dion
And each well $1,000,000! How you
must suffer with' so much money!' .
"Yes. a heap of suffering, but I grit
my tfeth and stand it."
When Mrs. rYrklns annomccd that
they were to leave Taris for a resort
in the Alps, Mr. farklns had his op
portunity to ask:
"Anr feller In sl?ht vet?"
"Samuel, hain't yon got no polish In
these last two months?" demanded the
' "Of course I have." .
Then phow some of It. No gentle
man would epeak in that brutal man
ner. I'm glad Miranda was not hers.
"Well, has any lord or duke been
making up to lier?" .
" "Making up! Making up! DTumph!
Mr. rarkinr, are you In -Europe- or
flTexas? My daughter MUracda cannot
be made up to. I catch your mean
i lng, however, and in order that you
may not use any more such expres
sions let me eay that I'm ilot worry
'-. lng.' v
"You mean"- .
'I mean that wo are gcing to Swit
zerland to ttop fcr a mouth or more at
the rame hotel vrltli a lord."
"By Oec-rge. but you don't mean it!"
exclaimed the husbar.d. "How In
thuucZcr did you Lring It about?"
"Yc. tut t!?at'a a cute triple cf yours.
You'!l have him per.ntid rlpbt up."
"Piinmel rv.rkh'.s!" cried the wife as
she flushed up.
"Oh. well. I won't say nothing more.
You'n Miranda go rlrrht rhesd. and I'll
bnck you with natural gas enough to
run all Fract-e. 1 guess it hain't for
me to mix in."
Just hew Mrs. Tarklns located the
Icrd doesn't matter. For a five franc
piece I'r.rislan chambermaids have
beca known to lipnte a wboln duke.
He wasn't registered as a lord, but
that wasn't expected. He wculd be
lr.;o?. Mr. I'arkir..-, toe!: it that any
of the fory men' r.rmir.d tho hoteL
mhfht be hh lordship, but the wife,
wUh the keener Intuition of her sex,
spotted the right man within twenty
four hours. -
Then Mr. Parkins came to the front
like a man. He introduced himself to
the victim r.nd talked of America and
gas weils and dollars. There was en
thusiasm In bis voire as he talked of
the gas that would continue to pour
out of the earth for ceaturic; to come,
and he worked up considerable pathos
over the admission that . he hadn't
tnausb wells to supply over half the
United States. Mr. Parkins had done
his full share. The rest devolved upon
A day or two later his lordship
strolled up a mountain path by him
self. A little later Mm. Parkins find
Miranda strolled up the same" path,
nis lordshjp was overtaken just In
time to rescue Miranda from walking
out on an overhanging rock that would
have surely jjiven way with her weight
and dropped her into the valley a mile
The half fainting girl and the shat
tered mother were assisted down the
path to the hotel, and Mr. Parkins
found them In bod to recover from the
shock. He heard the. story and then
rushed downstairs. .WJ'.cn be.amred
Humor and Philosophy
By DUNCAN N. SMITI ',
WORTH , TH PRICE, fj
One thing; la free.
And that's advice.
Tou need not pay
For It a price.
It meets you. turn
Most any way.
And not a cent . '
You have to pay.
And bread and meat
To drink and eat
The bill conies In.
'No item free.
And oft they send
It C. O. D. . .
Not so with hints
- About the way
Tou should conduct
Tour work or play.
Advice that's free
Will never fall
By word of mouth
v And oft by mail.
Tou may go!
And do you take ltf
Oh. no, no! -Tou
chuck it and
To others hand
Tour own self made
And patent brand.
YOU have WHAT A1 i 1
vVhen some people are good they
rrant the entire community to throw
lwuquf.ts, but when they go . wrong
they resent the scrutiny of one lone
"Why don't you answer my 16116?
"What letters '
"Those 1 meant to write you,,
"Oh. 1 did."
"Yes." ' . T
"Whenr ' i-
"When I received them.
"Why are some men such fools?
"Because It Is their turn."
Recognized the Name.
"Are you going to. hear tne celebrate
ed Irish pianist?"
"Irish pianist r
"Yes; Paddy Boosky." .
(Continued on Page Ten.)
If You Can.
When trouble . comes trooping - like t.rs
through the town.
t she whom you love goes around with
a frown, .
It's easy to Bay, v
, . But it's harder to do.
With mischief .to pay
And your temperature blue,
But still, for all that.
It's the wise thing to do
Voting yourself the whole thing
doesn't elect unless yon also control a
majority of the votes.
We always think that we are entitled
to our 8 ha re ot even handed Justice
whether there Is enough to go round
Why a man with a load voice and
blustering manner isn't the most effi
cient man on the job Is bard for him
Judging from the grownups, there
must have '.been a tremendous crop of
babies during the year of the big wind.
The only Baking Powder
I made from , '
Royal Grape Cream of Tartar
I i alttnu
1 Altim haJfezpo7dtts ate the (pcatcst j
I menacs tip bcalth of the ptcszat day-
- . -. . . ..." ,' .
" Other' people have prejudices; wt
lave convictions and opinions.
When yon send good money, aftet
bad It never catches np. "
' If we could have what we v want, no
doabtedly. a great dlfflculry woald
arise In wanting.