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THE AHGUS, FRIDAY. MAY 7. 1009.
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Friday, May 7, 1909.
Cheer up. tlie buds are beginning to
Iowa lias reason to be proud of
both its senators. Hut how about Illi
nois? Will this republic endure. Sure,
Aldrich and Cannon won't live for
ever. A Boston man says he saw a rain
bow 'ipside down, and Boston isn't
That little decline in temperature
name just in time to set the straw
hat back a day or two.
Senator A. B. Cummins of Iowa is
another of the modern statesmen
whose heart beats with the people.
Would not the women have swe-l
revenge if fashion this year were to
hand men something particularly ugly
in si raw hats?
Germany is much alarmed over Ms
financial situation. That is the correct
answer to its tremendous army and
There may be method in giving out
the Canugie medals so early in the
season that the man who rocks the
boat wijl not feel slighted because he
doesn't get one.
Woikintc for Peace.
The National leace congress hi'h
has just concluded its session in Chi
cago, is t.n educational movement,
which, if consistently pursutd i des
tined to exert a wide influence on
world alfairs. Similar associations
are organized in other nations, all
striving to the same end. the educa
tion of public sentiment to a point
which will make war impossible.
Whatever we may believe as to erad
icating war completely, all will agree
that education along right lines can
exercise a restraining influence upon
nations as well as upon individuals
and in this way minimize the danger
of international conflicts.
HokV many wars have been averted
by the growth of the arbitration idea
can be only estimated, but many dis
agreements which a century ago
would have resulted in armed clashes
have thus been settled and the waste
and horrors of war avoided. It is
by cultivating this sentiment of give
and take that nations can make this
agency for the world's progress still
more effective. The growth of repre
sentative government has largely put
it beyond the power of the individual
ruler of a nation to plunge his coun
try into war at his own caprice and
the conflicts of the recent past and
those of .the future have been and
wiB be because the people of the na
tion demanded it. our own struggle
with Spain being a case in point.
Enlightened public sentiment is
not likely to push a nation into a
needless or wanton war, but more
likely to count the cost and clearly
understand the necessity before re
sorting to the final arbitrament of
Wrestling With the Tariff.
The tariff tight now being waged m
Washington is increasing in intensity
and interest with every day that pass
es. The representatives of great cor
porations and trusts that want a law
amounting to a license to plunder the
American people are there on the
ground demanding the highest tariff
that was ever known to this country.
Unfortunately the 0,00i!,oo con
suriiers have no agents to represent
About 200 years ago the French no
bles secured the passage of laws ex
empting them from taxation, so that
the burdens of the government fell on
the middie and lower peasant classes,
which caused a revolution in that
country. The "American nobles" are
trying to do Ihe very same thing. One
of the things that frightens the repub
lican senators most is the proposed' in
come tax 'which President Taft ' favor
ed so much in his campaign last fa!l,
and which would do more toward plac
ing the proper share of the burdens of
the government on the wealthy and
prosperous than any measure that was
The leading republican senators that
detest the income tax are crying out
that this is a democratic doctrine and
are endeavoring to have it squelched
by raising this kind of a partisan cry,
This charge is nothing less than an in
famous lie. " The first income tax law
was passed by a republican congress
and signed by the lamented Lincoln
and yielded millions of dollars cf rev
enue during the war times of 1SG1 to
CTrTADEShUlYgi C0UNC1L M
1SC3. We have now conic to the point
where more revenue must be raised,
and nothing is more just than that a
tax shall be levied on the enormous
incomes that a few men in this coun
Senator Aldrich, whose daughter is
the wife of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.,
which of course makes him closely akin
to the Standard Oil and Rockefellers,
Is horrified at the idea of an income
tax, and says that if we have an in
come tax it will mean the abolition of
tariffs and consequently the abolition
of protection. This is one of his trick
arguments. The government at the
present time is failing to raise revenue
for its necessary expenses by about
f 100.000,000 per annum, and an income
tax which would yield about $30,000,
000 to $50,000,000 "would still be inad
equate even with the tariff to raising
the necessary revenue for. running the
Senator Aldrich is working overtime
to convince his fellow senators that
the revenue from an income tax will
not be needed, and so tenderly does he
feel for the millionaires of the country
that he is deliberately trying to de
ceive the country into believing this
untruth, which he knows too well to
This wily old senator denies that the
country was promised a reduction of
the tariff; he claims that a "revision"
is all that was promised; and while he
knows the country understood that
both pariies promised to "reduce," he
holds that revision means a raising
as much as lowering, and raising is
what he insists, as long as it enables
the monopolists to gouge deeper and
deeper into the pockets of the common
people, which Abraham Lincoln said
Cod must have loved or Ho would not
have made so many of them.
QUEST OF SCIENTISTS.
I'vperts Seeking Antidote "for Bite of
A series of experiments which have
for their object the discovery of an
antitoxin remedy for rattlesnake bite
are now beinjj conducted at the Rock
efeller Institute of Medical Research
in New York city. Already the tests
are well on their way to completion.
While a serum for snake bite is now
manufactured in the Pasteur Institute
at Lille. France. It is believed by the
Rockefeller institute experimenters
that this can be materially improved
on for the specific use In eases of rat
tlesnake bite. They began the experi
ments on the principle that a specific
serum or antitoxin would prove more
effective than a general one, for the
antitoxin made at the Pasteur insti
tute is not specific, but is designed 'for
lire- in the case of any poisouous snake
bite cobra, viper, asp or any other of
the deadly reptiles.
Those who have been carrying on
the exeriiiionts to obtain an infallible
antidote for rattlesnake bite argue
that nature provides a specific remedy
for specific diseases and that this
should always lie used If possible. It
is nr.zud that in the case of smallpox
the patient after recovery Is immune
to another attack of that malignant
disease, but is not immune to measles
or other kindred maladies. Thus In
the case of smallpox nature provides
immunation for that spocliie disease.
Acting on this principle. Pr. Ilideyo
Noguchi. a Japanese scientist attached
to the Rockefeller Institute of Medical
Research, began the experiments with
rattlesnake venom which are expected
to result in a cure for the bite. Med
ical men say that more persons die
from rattlesnake bite in the United
States than from the bite cf any other
serpent Especially In the south and
west and southwest is this true. Al
though there are many who champion
whisky as an almost sure cure for
rattlesnake bite, many medical men
are skeptical on that point.
Observation of the effect of the Pas
teur Institute serum on persons who
have been bitten by cobras in India
led Dr. Noguchi and his fellow experi
menters to believe that by using the
venom of a rattlesnake exclusively In
the making of a serum the best re
sults could be obtained. It is said that
the scrum made by the Pasteur insti
tute Is obtained by mixing the venom
of several different kinds of poisonous
reptiles. In so doing it Is asserted
that the scrum attains a wider ranje
of effectiveness and can be used for
almost any venomous bite.
In obtaining snake bite scrum the
Pasteur institute scientists use some
times a goat, but more frequently a
horse or mule. The animals are In
oculated with a small quantity cf
venom taken from a cobra, viper cr
other snake and allowed to rest for
several days. Then another and
slightly larger dose of venom is In
jected. Again a rest, then a still lar
ger dose until the animal is nble to
withstand .an injection of venom
which would kill several men. It
would also kill the aulmal were such
a quantity. Injected at the first stage
of the inoculation. But gradually the
animal under treatment becomes im
mune. When a certain stage of Iin-.
muulty to snake bite is reached the
serum is taken from the animal. This
Is sea'ed hi air tight tubes.
The rattlesnake venom which Is be
ing used In the Rockefeller institute
experiments was extracted from the
big rattler3 in the Bronx park zoo.
Several of the diamond backed rat
tlers from the southwest have been
tapped for venom during the last few
weeks. The reptile house is a prolific
source of reptile venom these days, for
there are several dozen rattlers and
other deadly poisonous snakes In cap
tivity there. The rattlers which have
given up their venom in the Interests
of science were drained by Raymond
L. Dltmars, curator of the reptile
house. ... . ... ... . .
Mr. Ditmars is taking a keen Inter
est in tnc icocKcreiier msimr:e errerl
mcnt3. He has kept on hand a stock
of the Pasteur Institute snake bite an
titoxin for several years, although he "
has never had occasion to use it. He
said the other day that should the ex
periments of Ir. Noguchi and his co
workers produce the expected result it
will be a most valuable acquisition to
medical science. ' J
I "It is a sound principle on which
they are working," said Mr. Ditmars. '
j"It is a law of nature to provide im
munation for a repetition of certain
'specific diseases. In trying to obtain
an antidote for the bite of a rattle
snake the Rockefeller scientists are
only npplying a principle of nature.
"The death rate In India has been
materially lowered by the use of the
antitoxin made by the Pasteur insti
tute, for in India the cobras are deadly
and numerous. The natives go around
with bare legs and fall easy victims
Id the bite. But in recent years the an
titoxin is to be had all over India, and
its use has saved thousands of lives.'
"Now that most parts of the south
are going dry and whisky Is getting
harder to obtain it is likely that the
rattlesnake antitoxin which the Rocke
feller Institute will doubtless soon give
to the world will prove a great safe
guard against loss of human life by
rattlesnake bite." New York Times.
.Odd Luck at Cards.
There was an extraordinary illustra
tion of beginner's luck given recent! j
by a youug man who had been enticed
into a poker game by three "experts."
The latter were not professional card
sharps, but, well acquainted with the
game, had no scruples against fleecing
an easy mark. Having very diplomat
ically induced the youth to enter the
game and having explained the car
dinal principles to him. the play be
gan. Things went quietly for awhile,
but finally the excitement started. One
"expert" opened the jack pot with
three aces, one of the others came in
on a pair, while the "easy mark" drew
four cards. The man with the three
aces started the betting, but the "easy
mark" came right back at him. The
"expert." having taken note of the
four card draw, concluded that the
youth was betting on little or nothing
and played his three aces far more
strongly than he would have done bad
his oppouent been well up in the game.
Finally, when the table was piled hiirb
with money, the "expert" called. The
"easy mark" laid down five .spades, not
one of them higher than the uine.
"P.ut you drew four cards!" exclaimed
the "expert" in dismay. "Which one did
you hold?" "I held the two of spades."
replied the youth. "But why uuder the
sun did you hold the two of spades?"
"That was the only spado I had." said
the "easy mark" innoeeutly. ai:d that
was the only reason he could give. He
played the whole evening in just such
luck, and when a halt was finally
called the "experts" were far behind
the game. Philadelphia Record.
Cure For Old Age.
The cure for hurry is the cure for
old age to take time every day may
be several times a day. to become
again as a little child, interested in one
thing at a time as If that were the
only thing. Instead of whirling all
the time dizzily on the rim of life, we
uust take frequent times to get back
to the center again for our bearings
back to the silent center whence we
came. At that silent center we find
all our child faculties waiting to be
recognized and appropriated.
Many cases of failing memory are
mistaken ones, due to unreasonable
How many grownups forget as many
times a day as any child does!
The trouble is we expect or try to
compel ourselves to remember a great
burden of inconsequent and irrelevant
things that the brightest child on earth
could not remember, and we are so
preoccupied trying to carry these
things In mind that our minds are
half absent, at least from the new
things that are happening now and
that ought to have our full attention,
as they would have a child's full at
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"The firmament showeth his handiwork." Psalm, xix., L
When night h.er sable veil has flung
Far out, until It shrouds the world,
We marvel how each mesh is hung
With stars, and how each fold is pearled
With strands of living fire whose glow
Comes faintly through the outer mist
Where subtle colors ebb and flow
From ebony to amethyst.
Then man looKs in the Jeweled shy
Where patiently the planets climb.
And there is held before his eye
The unsolved mystery of time.
He traces all the wanderings
Of restless universe and world.
But where the hand that onward flings
The stars with such precision hurled?
What is the all-explaining word
Writ with the stars for man to heed?
Why is it in its grandeur blurred
That straining eyes may never read?
Why. when our sight has found the place)
Wherein the farthest star is set
Do unhnown fingers swiftly trace
A. constellation farther yet?
Each star that sends it laughing light
Has that deep secret long possessed
It trembles on the lips of Night
The Knowledge hidden in her breast.
Yet man repeats his What and Why,
And frets for that he never sees
How that the stars have made reply
Through God's unnumbered centuries.
Tlie Argus Daily Short Story
The Suitors of Serena
, ' ' Copyrighted, 1909. by
Tr-thing could exceed the enmity Mr.
Ferris fi-lt f.ir.Mr. Davis unless it was
the hatred Mr. Davis harbored toward
Until the occupancy of the long un
tenanted house across the street by Se
rena Fairlie and her mother these two
men had been close and constant
friends. Each night Mr. Ferris went
io the house-of Mr. Davis or Mr. Da
vis went to the house of Mr. Ferris to
smoke and conversationally regulate
the affairs of the nation.
Not even the fact that each of these
boasted a particularly well kept lawn
in front of his residence was sufficient
:o cause jealousy between them. So
ihe late bellicose condition was the
more deplorable by reason of their for
Mr. Ferris' was a straight, stately
and ascetic looking bachelor of forty
eight. His dark brown hair was
streaked with gray. His nose was
iquiline. His eyes were like blue steel.
.V sparse mustache drooped over thin
ind melancholy lips. He was known
to have a competence, although he oc
cupied himself with the conduct of a
real estate olHce. He lived alone save
for the presence of a deaf old aunt and
a still more deaf old servant.
The house was furnished with refer
ence to what was then considered the
artistic standard. Mr. Ferris himselt
was accredited with a pretty taste in
poetry and was given to quoting ex
tracts on occasiou.
Mr. Davis was a jolly widower of
tlfty winters that had been, however,
like those of Adam, "frosty, but kind
ly." lie was snort of stature, round,
rosy, amiable, fair haired and bland.
Ills children were married and gone.
He bowed to the sway of a housekeep
er who had seen better days and who
was not averse to frequently proclaim
ing the fact. Ills tastes, while less
aesthetic than those of his neighbor,
were decidedly more conducive to per
In fact, he and Ferris were in every
wnv sufficiently unlike to have-jrot on
admirably together were it not that
with the advent of the Fairlies both
began to cast covetous eyes upon one
j bright particular star.
! And their mutual dread each that
the other might win the favor of Miss
Serena was the real root of the ani
mosity which inspired Mr. Ferris and
animated Mr. Davis.
Not that up to the time that the
black curtain of silent wrath descend
ed between I hem either had made con
fidential, mention of his hopes, but cer
tain it - was that, the morning after
Miss Fairlie had attended the concert
with Mr. Ferris, Mr. Davis resented
the presence of the dog of Mr. Ferris
on his .Trout lawn and sent word to
by W. O. Cbapuian.)
By Amelia S. Chapman.
Associated Literary Press.
that gentleman to keep his curs at
Equally certain it is that, subse
quent to the occasion when Miss Fair
lie danced twice with Mr. Davis, Mr.
Ferris scut due warning that if his
neighbor's liens again intruded upon
his property they would be promptly
Then the deaf aunt and the deafer
servant of Mr. Ferris and the house
keeper, of Mr. D.avls who had seen
bettor days took up the feud, and s
from the little acorn of rivalry sprang
a lofty and far brauching tree.
Perhaps there was no one who stood
so absolutely within tlie shadow east
by this tree as Frank Heatherly, who
was the nephew of Mr. Davis and whs
clerk In the real estate office of Mr.
He was a well set up young fellow
of about thirty, who had a wonderful
knack of knowing what not to say and
when not to say it, for both men
confided in him. and after it became
known that Miss Fairlie had fallen
heir to a snug legacy each announced
to Frank his decision to bring his mat
rimonial campaign to a climax.
"The money has nothing to do with
my resolution." Mr. Ferris declared.
'Apart from this business I possess
shocks and other property. What are
you smiling at?"
"Did I Hinile. sir?"
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"I rtnVrnro a emu rer lier money!"
Mr.-Davis Informed his nephew.' - "My
rents bring me In quite a sum yearly.
What are yon grinning flbout';'
"I shall ask her the night of the
spring dam." Mr. Ferri decided,
"Xo girl In her senses would consider
that fat old widower when she might
have me:" i
"That skinny old bachelor hasn't the!
rhost of a show!" Mr. Davis assured'
Frank.. "J'll ask her the night of the,
spring dance!" .
Tlie eventful night came a resplen
dent night. The elite of the town
streamed into the ul. house. Lights
shone from every winuo.v. Merry
waltz music set young feet tapping.
The sound of joyous voices was every
where. And Serena Fairlie, graceful, gra
cious, good to look upon, her brown
gold hair shining in the light, her eyes
gleaming like topazes, her shimmer
ing gown of black Just flecked with
glowing orange, was In herself an en
Mr. Ferris secured the first dance.
Mr. Davis, puffing up belated, eagerly
appropriated the second. The rest
were already blurred out by cabalistic
"I call this unkind discrimination V
panted Mr. Davis. But Serena Fairlie
only laughed. Mr. Ferris whisked her
away, and there was a sardonic gleam
In his eyes as they rested on the lugu
brious countenance of Mr. Davis.
The dance done, Mr. Ferris promptly
led his parlner to the conservatory.
"Dear Miss Serena." began Mr. Fer
ris fervently. "I hare long admired
that noble sentiment. 'Once to every
man and nation comes the moment to
"Isn't it warm?" asked Miss Serena,
moving toward the window.
"Ai:d." continued Ferris, following.
"I've always admired that exquisite
sentiment. 'Two souls with but a sin
Serena gave him a smile of exquisite
leniency and looked out at the span
glpd sky. Ah. sweet was comprehen
sion and sympathy! nis lyrle Instinct
soared once more.
"I'm leading up to an avowal, dear
Miss Serena. I prefer to let the g-r-eat
poets speak for me. It is Owen Mere
dith who sings:
"But I will marry my own first love.
With her blush rose face, for old things
"If you only knew," murmured Se
rena, with sweetest reproach, "how
much I object to being referred to as
-an old thin;'"
There was a fusillade of panic
"Miss Serena, our dance. I believe."
And Mr. Davis triumphantly led Miss
I-an lie out iipn tlie iMtlished floor. As
the dance ended he spoke with a dl
reetness that almost startled Serena:
"Maybe Frank told you I was going
to ask you to marry me. Well. I was
I do I am. I can't sling poetry like
Ferris, but If you'll say the word"
Miss Fairlie smiled sweetly. "I'm
flattered." she said, "but I can't, you
see. for I'm going to marry Frank."
That young man came hurrying up.
His eager eyes were bent on Serena.
His audacious arm encircled her waist.
He spoke with ardor.
"Our waltz, dearest." he said.
As Davis started blankly after thera
a hand gently touched his arm.
"Come home." couuseied Ferris.
"Frank has told me just now that he
was engaged to the girl before the
Fairlies came here to live. I've somefine
madeira In my cellar can't be boat."
Davis met the extended hand and
gripped it hard.
"Good boy! You smoke the same
mixture, I dare say. Got a lot from
town this morning. O Lord, what a
pair of old fools we've been!"
They glanced back as they descend
ed the steps. The illuminated hall
was a kaleidoscope of whirling figures.
Ferris spoke, his voice not a little
'Tlie dear young fools!" he said.
"God bless them!" said Davis.
Grinoo Songs In '49.
In the gringo days, the days of old.
the days of gold, the days of '49.
amusements and recreation in Califor
nia could only be found In the mlninjr
towns when a strolling singer made
an appearance in some saloon, the ad
mission fee paid by frequent visits to
the bar. The words were set to weil
known ballad tunes, and If the singer
"caught on" he or she was rewarded
by small nuggets thrown on the im
provised table stage. As the old record
says, they were "sung with great ap
plause," to which was added the land-
loru s warning can, "Come, come,
gents, don't let the barkeeper go to
sleep." "Out West."
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Some people would rather be right
than auythiug else because It ta hu
than nature to yearn after the unfit
finable. -1 . . 7'
: Some gallant gentlemen are willing
to give their ballot to the ladles if
that will help any.
It might be harsh to say that a
woman's brain Is In Inverse ratio to
Being obedient is almost a lost art,
being practiced only by some old fash
ioned children and a few modern hus
Some people seem to regard divorce
as a sort of. Illustrated supplement to
Many people believe In economy, but
they don't all seem to be wise In the
way they economize.
Just why women seem to think that
men do not need much to eat during
the stress of housecleanlng time has
never been made quite clear.
Anybody has plenty of money who
has enough to keep the fun going.
When your purse and conscience are
fairly elastic you can sure have a good
It Is really too much to expect a man
to keep his promise when he Is ad
dicted to giving It all the time.
When a man argues with a woman
he doesn't. Neither does she.
Those marriages that weren't mad
are sure failures.
"She Is familiar with every modern
"Oh, is she?"
"You betr v
"I tried her on baseball language
this afternoon, and she was up In the
air for a good half hour."
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"What are you
doing for It?"
' n "
Chug, chug:, chug.
The song the auto sings
As on the breeze defiantly
A challenge wide It flings.
"Look spry, mere man." It signal.
"Or by my steering wheel
I'll chew you up as though you were
A pleasant evening meal."
Chug, chug, chuR.
Man hears its warning call.
Ana if he's wise then instantly
lie hikes to timber talL
He knows what It will do to blnj
Unless he climbs a tree.
Or if he's not exactly sure
He doesn't wait to see.
Chug, chug, chug.
It seems to proudly say,
"I'm better than the rest of you
So please keep out the way."
And if the statement to dispute
A fellow Is inclined
He'll wake up in the hospital
With something on his mind.
Chug. chug. chug.
Tlie soug the auto sings
As down the long and open road
It files as though on wings.
The wjse and the discerning
Who see it passing by.
And of its habits knowing.
They take the bint and fly.
"ner conceit Is monumental."
"Has to be."
"She Is a large lady, yon know."
Well, what of it?"
"It Is her main support."
"I hear tthel Is going to get mar
"Yes. to a coal dealer."
"How did she come to catch him?"
"I guess be Is a soft coal dealer."
"Going camping this year will ba
much simpllfled." .
"How do you make that ontT
"We are going to use my wife's new
hat for a summer cottage, for on
Hard luck has landed with both feet
Good tto'ies can come to you no more.
And you can't see how you're a-golng to
When you ain't sot credit at the rre
cery store. -