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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY. MAY 15, 1900.
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Saturday, May 15, 1909.
Another week has parsed and noth
ing doing on the Seventeenth stre'.-t
"Why kill a
"Prosperity," sigh Mr. Rockefeller,
"is oftimes a burden." Lot him lay
some more ofr that burden down.
Time to begin asking yourself the
solemn momentous question; Where
am I going to spend my vacation this
An admiring biographer of Aldrich
says he was a poor boy when he went
to Providence. It appears, however,
that lie quickly outgrew it.
It is not surprising that Arkansas
has abolished ihe toy pistol. Nothing
but the real pistol has any respect
able standing in Arkansas.
Where is Senator Cullom? We
have not ven heard his name men
tioned, either for or against an
honest revision of the tariff.
In Philadelphia recently a ma:i
made a wager of $1 that he could
drink two quarts of whisky in an hour.
His heirs have not decided as yet what
they will do with the money.
The Kansas magazine mournfully
says that it'J per cent of the poetry
it receives is "intolerably bad." It
would be interesting to know what
percentage of the poetry it receives it
A Chinamen has become a justice
of the peace in Boston. Loving cou
ples who desire to g'u notoriety mav,
instead of getting married in balloons
this summer) become joined in holy
wedlock by Boston's celestial justice..
If the Denver gentlemau who ex
pi eased surprise at being robbed twio-?
in eight days by the sa-.ne man, would
stop to think, he would realize that a
republican tariff can accomplish the
same feat of tenor in much less time.
The figure of actuaries, it is stated
enow mat people uo not live to 1
greater age than in past ages, but that
more people survive the diseases of
childhood and youth therefore, the
sum of years is increased. This is due
to improved sanitary conditions and
better knowledge as to the treatment
The republican representatives of
the trusts in congress are talking of
sitting on Senator Cummins of Iowa
and smothering him at once. Mr.
Cuiiiniins is used to being sat upon
by such people and managed to get
from under them. Nearly all the big
guns in Iowa have tried to sot on
him, but never fully succeeded, though
many thought they had. Senator
i : - i , , .
vuimui:i win win in me senate as
he did in Iowa sooner or later.
The Vundei bilt Residence.
ine eiuer anclerbilt is about to
build a house in New York which is
to cost :,(( i.ooo for the bare walls
floors, and roof, and he has already
expended all of the gray matter in
his brain in devising something en
rirejy new. The house is a steel
irame or 10 floors, two below the
street and eight above. It is to em
trace three city lots, 75 feet front
and 105 deep. The sub-basement is
to be used as an engine room and
store room. The upper basement will
contain the kitchen and garage. Au
tos will go down to the garage by an
incline from the porte cochere of the
house, which is lined with white
on the hrst floor "the plans call
for a great entrance hall, and ellipti
cai onuarci room 4 0 feet long and
off that another room which look
very much as if It were to be fitted
with refrigerator and bar. All sorts
of cubby holes and cozy corners are
called for in the plans. The build
ing department saysthat no stranger
designs ever were registered in this
city. The floor above has a tretnen
dous reception room and the dining
room Is exactly the shape of the bil
on, another floor is a complete
Russian or Turkish bath plant. There
are all sizes of bed rooms, all con
nected with ba,th rooms. There are
three elevator shafts. One is to con
tain an elevator for freight, another
for servants and the third a large
passenger elevator. It will be so ar
ranged that patrons of the bath es
tablishment may be conveyed to
glazed sunning room on the roof
There are to be rooms for 44 ser-
vants on the two top floors, it is
understood that Mr. Vanderbilt has
stripped a number of ancient French
mansions of their carved woodwork
and other fittings, which will be built
into his new house.
No one has rendered more val
uable service to the country in pro
moting friendly relations with the
southern republics of v this hemi-
phere than did Secretary Root when
secretary of state. The able ISew
York senator has now an opportunity
of greatly enhancing this valuable
service by exposing the crafty device
of the Aldrich bill - for levying a
duty of 5 cents a pound on nearly
the whole of the country's consump
tion of coffee under cover of pun
ishing the republic of Brazil for "un
duly discriminating" against Ameri
can commerce in its export duty on
coffees. As the senator knows full
well, nothing can be more false and
absurd than this pretense of undue
discrimination on the part of Brazil,
when the same export duty is levied
on all its imports of coffee, no matter
who may be the cosujner.
But the real object of this device
n the maximum and minimum pro
vision of the Aldrich tariff is to levy
a duty on coffee by cunning indirec
tion. The natural effect of the duty
ou the berry of Brazil would be to
enhance the cost of the entire Amer
ican consumption of coffee.
Tlie lluty on Window Glass.
Senator Root asked Aldrich last
Tuesday what need there was for such
high duties on all kinds of window
glass when it had been shown tint
there was, under these high rates, con
tinually increasing revenue. The rates
are so high as to be practically pro
hibitive, so that the government de-
ives hardly any revenue whatever
from such imports at the customs
houses. And yet, Senator Aldrich and
his gang want the duties on window
lass kept up to the highest point, to
liable the manufacturers here to es
cape competition with those abroad.
Thus it is evident that the senate
committee is not trying to Irame a bi'.l
to increase the government's revenues, :
so much needed, but to nrotect the
manufacturing interests at the expense
of the millions of consumers.
The protest of Senator Root, who.
on account of his unusual ability and
ligli leputation, is a power in the
senate, had the effect to cause Aid
ich to consent to a modification of j
ne glass schedules in wnicn mere s
to be considerable reductions of
the duties on the various kinds of ,
window glass, and, perhaps, on many
other kinds of glass.
It is now thought that the bill, i.s
it will go to the president, mav have
petroleum, hides, coal and irou ore
on the iree list. Or. if not. at least.
with very small duties. The duty on
lumber in the Dingley bill will be
vided. The increased duties on hos -
iery and gloves, it is believed, will be
taken out. And there is likely to be
considerable reduction of the duties,
on window class, as indicated above,
I here will be no special tax items
or any sort, l here will be no income
and no inheiitance tax clauses, since
the framers of the bill and the ma
jority of the republican party are di
posed to make an experiment of the
tariff law without adding anv snecial
features for the taxation of wealth.
Taft will be consulted before the bill
is sent to him for his signature, and
such changes as he absolutely insists
upon, which will be comparatively few
and slight are likely to be conceed.nl
by the czar of the senate, who seems
to have things almost his own nv
His despotic will and shrewd general
ship, backed up by ttie vv.si financial
nteiests of the trusts and corpora
tions, will finally carry through a
measure that will be but little if any
improvement on the Dingley bill, and
it will be mainly designed for the bene
fit of the manufacturers, as was the
present tariff law.
This is the sort of revision that we
are going to get. That it will secure
to the government the needed revenue
i.s improbable, and in the end there
is likely to be such modifications as
shall be necessary to make it more cf
a revenue producer. Meanwhile, the
democrats are looking forward to the
congressional elections in which they
and some of the insurgent republicans
possibly expect results that will change
the complexion of congress and render
possible a real revision of the tariff,
such as the republican leader prom
ised during the late preslUeniial
CHAMP CLARK FOR
PRESIDENT IN 1912
(Continued from Page One.)
one of the plainest men, and one of
the frankest, in American politics.
Ahlrlfh Kept DoIdrn Secret.
When Senator Aldrich's finance com
mittee of the United States senate ex
amined witnesses for tariff data the
doors of the committee room were lock
ed to the public, newspaper men, and
even democratic members of the com
Testimony developed at the "star
chamber" sessions was suppressed.
Seme of the data m possession of the
committee, which was obviously ignor
ed, today leaked out. It shows that
the cost of commodities on wh'ich there
was no duty at all, or only a moderate
duty, decreased in the last 15 years,
while the cost of commodities on which
high duties we're levied was almost
doubled to the consumer.
For instance, in 1907 the domestic
refined sugar was $4.35 per hundred
weight; the export price of this same
sugar was $3.20 to $4.40 per hundred
a considerable difference between the
price at home and abroad! The aver
age price of sugar In foreign countries
was $2.11. For 18 years, under high
protection rates, the price of sugar in
this country, has not decreased.
Now take the articles of the Ameri
can breakfast table on which there is
no duty. The price of coffee in 1891
was 18 cents per pound; in 1907, 8.85
cents. This is a fair sample of the ef
fect of no duty, and is- believed by
many to explain why Senator Aldrich
was so sensitive about keeping the sen
ate committee tariff hearings free of
Tea in 1891 was 17 cents per pound;
in 1907. 1C.11 cents. Tea is admitted
The per capita consumption of sugar
in the United States is about 77 pounds.
The difference in cost at home and
abroad is $2.51 per .hundred, which
nakes it easy for the consumer to fig
ure out the amount of tariff tribute he
pays to the trust. Experts not in the
employ of the senate committee or the
sugar trust declare that a 15 per cent
reduction of the duty on sugar, as rec
ommended by Minority Leader Champ
Clark, would not mean less revenue
for the government, but it would mean
a less price to the consumer. (It is
conceded, however, the revenue to the
government, even under decreased
rates of duty, would depend largely
whether the trust would weigh the su
gar with or without steel springs!)
The cost to the consumer of tea and
coffee, without protection, decreased to
the consumer. What about clothing,
which had high protection?
The index price of clothing in 1S91
was 10.501; in 1S97 it was 20.9S, an in
crease of 25 per cent.
l lie price of cut nails in J 891 was
2.04 cents per pound; in 19i7. 2.1S.
The export price of nails in 1907 was
2 cents per pound, all under high rates
Steel billets were worth $25.33 per
ton in 1S91; $29.25 in 1907. The ex
port price in the latter year was $25
all under a hij
into tne making ot wire lence, or wincli
every tanner in the land makes use.
and the increased cost of steel billets
explains the increased cost of wire
Iron I p In I'rioe.
Rolled bar iron sold for $42.5G per
ton in 1S91; for $47.30 in 1907.
The price of pig iron was $17.52 per
ton in 1891, and in 1907 it was $23.S9;
price, $19.10 more than $10
per ton less to the foreign buyer under
nigli rates of protection, but a con
stantly increasing price to the domes
tic consumer. And so it is throughout
the whole of the iron and steel sched
ule. Was it tlie difference in the cost
of labor "at home and abroad" that
'justifies these high rates of duty? Let
di-lus see. Sixty per cent of the employes
in the Pittsburg district receive less
than $2 per day, working 12 hours
Not more than 4 per cent receive more
than $5. These are tne skilled work
men More than ir finn nf f he enn,i,1v..
in the Carnegie plant are imported from
l ne statistical abstract tor 1U07, in
the tables of index numbers, show that
the relative retail prices of food for
the years 1890 and 19u(i were 102.4 for
the former year and 115.2 for the lat
ter. For the same yeai the avera
cost of food for the workingman's fani
ny was uis.u, as against 3j9.o3; on
dothing. 113.5, against 120; on metal
and implements it was 119.2, against
135.2; on lumber and building material
it was 111.8. against 140.1. The rela
live wholesale price of all commodities
was 112.9, against 122.4.
Ihe bill of the republican party
about to pass provides a higher rate o
increase for the future, because the
rates of duty all along the line are
substantial advance over the tariff
rates which caused the increases noted
j CENTRAL TRUST & SAV
KOCK ISLAM), ILL.
11. K. CASTKKL, Pres.; M. S.
I1K.WJV, V. I 'res.; II. II. SIMMON',
HOW DOLLARS GROW.
Seeds never grow until planted.
Dollars do not increase unless ttioy
ire set to work earning Interest.' If
you wish to have a fortune grow, you
should set your dollars to work by
opening a savings account at our
bank. Backed by a bank book, you
ire independent of the whole world.
You need ask favors of nobody if
von have a comfortable sum in the
bank Resolve to make yourself in
lependent by ptnrting a savings ac
count now A dollar or two will do.
CENTRAL TRUST. & SAV
4 Per Cent Paid on Deposits
SD RY FANNIE
LADY HEPJRY SOMERSET
A Leader in British Philanthropic Work
Lady Henry Somerset, president of the British Temperance Women's
Association, and a leader in a I philanthropic and social reform work. Is a
mighty influence for good, and has consecrated herself and her fortune to the
service of humanity. She was born in England, the daughter of Earl Somers
for thirty years a member of the Hoars of I orcls and a man of nohle charac
ter, who cared litt'.a for rociety, but spent his time in travel and scientific
research. Rurkin, Garibaldi and Kazzi.ii were his closest Mends. He fell in
love with the lady who became his wife through a portrait by Watts ex
hibited in London. It appealed to hini as no living or pictured woman evei
had; he sought the original, and after a romantic courtship, married her.
Lady Isabel, later Lady Somerset, was born in 1851. and even in the days
of her girlhood found in social questions a thni3 of deep interest and wa
greatly influenced by the works of John Stuart Mill. After her presentation
at Court she was caught in tha social whirl and for years was a lady oj
fashion and pleasure, from which the present earnest, -self-denying and en
thusiastic worker for humanity was evolved in the day3 of sorrow, suffer
ing and unhappincss through which she was soon to pass.
When she was twenty-one she '-33 manied to Lord Henry Somerset,
second son of the Duke of Beaufort. The serious side of an unfortunate mar
ried life turned her mind to higher things; she be'pen those who needed it
and was an angel of nrcy and inspiration. She was Interested in BibKeal
criticism, and in the maze of disputes and sophistries of many writers. One
day while walking and thinking in her garden, she even doubted the exist
ence of God. Then it seemed to her as if the heard an actual voice speaking
to her very soul: "Act as if I were, and thou sha't know that I am."
. Vividly impressed she went to her room, read her Bible, and in the
morning told her friends she was going to retire from the world for a time.
Taking her boy she went to Eastnor Castle, a beautiful place in the Malvern
Hills, zs fought out her battle with the Bible, realized her destiny, and con
scious of tne sins, Ehams and shallows of society, determined to give her
"strength to helping the world. With the roor at her own gates she started
a temperance society, and gave an address in the school-room. Later she
held Bible meetings in the billiard-room of the Castle, and thus began an
unselfish work for good that has literally encircled the world in its Influence
' Copyright iqoS, bv Wm. C. Mack.
The Argus Daily Short Story
Love, Tomatoes and Finance By Estelle Clayton.
Cupyrlgliti-d, 1909, by Associated Literary Press.
The big man of the town of Strongs
Tille was Jacob Strong. First, bis
grandfather hud founded the town;
second, he bad been a justice of the
peace for some years; third, ho bad
received almost votes enough once to
send him to the legislature, and. lastly,
he was worth about $:W,00.
Mr. Strong felt bis bigness and ex
acted respect accordingly. He did his
bent to make his son Horace unci bis
daughter Maude feel their superiority
over all other human beings iu and
around Strongsville. He succeeded
admirably with the daughter, but the
conduct of his son gave him no little
One morning he said to the latter:
"Horace. 1 urn pained and humiliat
ed to learn that for month. past you
have been paying attention to the
daughter of Scribner. the carpenter.
You have been riding with her. and
you have frequently called at the
house. What does it mean?"
Miss Scribner is a nice young wom
an, sir. was the reply. She Is as
well educated us our Maude unci nas
as good manners."
"Tut. tut. sir! Make no such com
parisons. If yc.u forget who imd what
I am. you ought to be ashamed of
yourself. Heing the son of a man of
position and wealth, with more wealth
and social prestige coining, you must
look higher, sir, far higher."
It was true that Miss Nettie Scrib
ner was the daughter of a carpenter,
but as the favorite of her Aunt Hilda
riascomb. a rich old spinster, the girl
had been sent to a seminary and en
joyed exceptional opportunities. In
all but wealth she was the peer of any
girl in the county.
j As a matter of fact the couple were
engaged, but keeping it a secret,
j Horace had hopes that when the time
came to announce the fact to his
father It would be received at least In
a reasonable way, but the conversa
tion of the morning showed him the
What Mr. Strong meant when be re
ferred to mor wealth and social pres
tige coming was the fact that he had
i organized the Strongsville Cannery
. company. The cannery building was
j already under way. It was a fertile
. farming country around the town, but
with poor facilities for shipping fruits
j and vegetables, and he had conceived
- and entered on the idea of a tomato
He had investigated until be was
certain that the profits would be large.
He put in almost all the mouey and
controlled things, and what few other
stockholders there were did not belong
to Strongsville. !
As president of a tomato cannery
Jacob Strong felt himself to be a tan
gible object. He was right there and
all there In his pomposity. He didn't
propose to have any of his neighbors
ieel that as stockholders they seed
ne t nave urn iiiiii-u nvve r nun.
:f i-ntn-se the magnate's sou iu
formed the carpenter's daughter of the
si;u:iiiiin of affairs. Young Horace
was determined to disobey bis father
at any cost; but. fortunately. Aunt III!
da arrived on her annual visit. She
didn't exactly believe that all people
were equal, but she bowed to none.
If a carpenter and n blacksmith were
honest and respectable men they were
just as 'good in her eyes as magnates.
The Scribners attempted to keep tho
secret from her, but she hadn't leen
In the house a day when she turned
on her sister and said:
"Mary, there's something going on
here, and I want to know all about
it. I fltal Nettie looking piqued and
sorrowful, and she hasn't eaten enough
at three meals to keep a bird alive,
No use trying to - keep It from me.
What's the matter?"
She was told, and when she had the
particulars she set her Jaw and nod
ded her be:;d. which showed that she
The only Baking Powder
Royal Grape Cream of Tartar
Alum baking powders arc tne greatest
menacers to health of the present day
I bad ma rp nor mlr.cT. Just what It
was didu't say that evening, nor
did she tell It next morning when she
put ;:i her rusty old bonnet and sal
lied out She raid merely that she
hud a business matter to attend to.
Mr. .Magnate Strong had a business
office In the town, or course Aunt
Hilda made a straight course for it
aud plunged herself down In a chair
in front of the great man to sajp
Jacob Strong, my niece and your
boy were attracted toward each other,
and they have fallen In love aud are
engaged. 1 understand that you op
pose the contemplated marriage."
"With all my soul, and if you are
here to say anything in favor of It you
may as well save your breath. I won
der that you had the Impudence to ap
pear at all."
"And what are your objections?"
quietly asked Aunt Hilda as she got a
strong hold of her temper.
"You have no right to ask!" he shout
ed at her. "But I will tell you at least
one objection. No son of mine can
mate with the daughter of a common
"Xo? Jacob Strong, how long did
your father get a skinny living off a
mighty poor thirty acres of ground in
Michigan and what did he amount to
as a man? How far back Is it since
you were running an old sawmill on
Ten Mile creek in the same state? Mr.
Scribner Is a carpenter, but his pedi
gree Is as good as yours."
"If you were a man I'd throw yon
out of the office!" shouted Jacob Strong.
"Hut. being I'm a woman. I'll walk
ant as fast as T can. t Iwst called to
let you know, Jarob, that I have ar
rived in town. Please keep a little
trac'k of me for the next two weeks,
Ihe aunt readied home smiling and
chuckling. She laid a band ou Nettie's
bead and said soothingly:
I talked up to old Strong today. It
was right that I should. But 1 haven't
spoiled anything. Give me two weeks
and I'll have him here begging you to
marry his son. You tell the youug
man to remain quiet and do nothing
rasli. Hilda Bascoml) is managing this
affair. Which will be one of finance
from now on. and if she' makes n fail
ure it will be for the first time. Now
I've got to go back downtown and see
a lawyer, and then 1 11 have some rid
ing around the country to do. Oh. but
won't I make old Strong jump before
I am through it!i him!"
In planning for the cannery Mr.
Strong had called upon most of the
farmers and had Informed them pom
pously that thereafter he would buy
their tomatoes at the market price.
He had made no definite agreement
with them, however, for he bad de
termined to pay a mighty low price
when the time came.
Miss Hilda IJascomb saw , lawyers
and had contracts drawn up. With a
lwy to drive her, she covered most of
the county the week after the Inter
view with the magnate?. Contracts
were signed right and left, and some
thing was added for secrecy among
Meanwhile the tomato cannery was
hurried along, and the fixtures ar
rived to lie put in place, in her walks
about the town the spinster met Mr
Strong several times face to face.
Kvery tinu be scowled and she chuc
kled. There was anxiety at the Scrib
ners to learn what was afoot, but the
only explanation they could get was
"1 am simply doing a ltl financier
ing to help Cupid and the tomato
market along. When It's time to ex
plode the torpedo you'll all hear the
She had been in Strongsville almost
a month when the racket was heard.
The cannery was ready for business,
and the farmers had lx'en notified to
begin delivery on a certain date. The
date came, but there were no toma
A messenger was dispatched with a
horse and buggy. He had been back
about half an hour when Miss Bas
comb entered Mr. Strong's office for
the second time and plumped herself
(Continued on Page Ten.)
r VACAA M. SMITH
THE FAD FIEND.
We find a fad and follow It.
Convinced, you may be aura.
That e have run across at last
For every ill a cure.
And. be It laying on of bands
Or eating once a day
Or only basking In the sun.
It carries us away. ,
The truth at last, the final word
That leaves no more to say.
Is now securely in our grasp.
We own it. come what may.
If It Is chewing every bite
A thousand times or so.
We know. Indeed, we must be light;
Because we know we know.
And how we pity simple souls
Who have not found the light.
Who struggle in the ancient way
And cannot get things right!
And so we wash our face with bran
Or have a skiminilk feast.
Though others may In bondage be.
Our set Is free at least.
And so we follow up our fad.
So happy In the rind.
Until another one appears,
nd then we change our mind.
And we desert the one for which
Forsworn we were to die.
From blue grass switch to breakfast
And never blink an eye.
Might Alter Judgment.
"Is he what you would call a drink
"Depends on who was doing the call
ing." "What difference would that make?"
"He might want to borrow money
from the fellow."
"Yes. sir." said the eminent hunter,
"I know African lions like a book. You
rnn't tell tne anytbiug about them."
"How Intimately do you kuow
them?" yawned his friend.
"Well, one ate me up ouce."
Judging From th
"I see England
is goiug to build
noughts." "What is that
"Sounds to me
more like the
uame of a dime
The Spirit cf the Season.
Comes the May with gentle lingers.
Softly touches slit our hearts,
Houses what of love there lingers.
Soothes the pains and heals the smarts.
Springs the tlost-oms to the branches.
Jiursts the leaves from out the buds.
Drops the petals, avalanches.
Pours the perfumes out In floods.
Sing the birds in ringing chorus.
Wave the gleaming polished blades,
Wl-'.Ktle now tlie wild winds o'er us.
Blowing toward the grassy glades.
Comes the May with soft Insistence,
Hearing tlin in both her hands.
Creaking down our harsh resistance,
iiindiug us with subtle bands.
"Isn't this a beautiful photograph?
"Do you like it?"
"Yes. Whose is it?"
"Yours? Who sat for it?"
Suspecting as he stands alone
In every friend a plotter.
Ti e sultan sizes up bis throne
And plainly sees it totter.
. PERT PARAGRAPHS.
It is sometimes bard to understand
how some people exist and still hard
er to understand why.
Not being able to see the point has
saved many n man's self conceit plen
ty of hard jolts anyway.
Alwut the only thing that ignorance
has to regret is itself.
The man she didn't get is a paragon
lik the eyes of a married woman and
a wretch in the eyes of a maiden
P.eing strenuous may hare Its com
pensntions, and it certainly does need
Wouldn't It be
nice to have what
we like and Just
keep on liking it?
A woman who
keeps a man com
fort able and well
fed lias tone
thing worth while
to her credit,
even if she will
Occupation, situation, position, ar
all high sounding, respectable words,
but it is good old work with wages la
its train that buys the baby shoes.
Some people would rather be com
fortable than smart. Happy Is the
man who is both.
The reason a man never marries, a
woman to reform her Is because he
r refer to be the subject.