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THE ARGUS, FRIDAY, JTJXE 18, 1909.
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Friday, June 18, 1909.
It ,has again come to pass that one
of the primary needs of Illinois is a
The'Terre Haute Star says that Mr.
Aldrich will need a good hard rest this
summer more than usual.
If you have any doubt about Rock
Island real estate being on the move,
take a glance through the pages of
this Issue of The Argus.
Would Taft have been persuaded to
change his mind about the desirability
and constitutionality of an income tax
it Teddy had been here?
Now that the board" of supervisors
has adjourned. Sheriff Kittilsen might
once more turn his attention to that
self-iin posed task of cleaning up the
town and keeping it clean.
A casual paragraph in the report of
the tariff proceedings in the senate
says that "Aldrich moved that radium
be placed on the tree list." This is
believed to be the Rhode Island sena
tor's first contribution to the non
dutiable schedule. With radium re
duced to $500,000 a pound, he is con
tent to let in the pauper radium of
Europe duty free. When the tariff
discussion is closed and the republican
majority is, hooped and barreled up by
the oil and sugar trusts. Senator Aid
rich can point with pride to the fact
that he made radium duty free to the
Kane Fourth for Chicago.
Spurred by America's record of 5,023
Fourth of July casualties in 190S, 4,413
in 1907, and 5.4CC in 190C, Mayor Busse
has officially declared for a sane
"Fourth" for Chicago, but the suburb
of LaGrange has outdone that, having
taken the lead in trying music as a
substitute for firecrackers ! in celebra
ting Independence day. Band concerts,
orchestra concerts and chorus singing
are to be pittPd against the sound of
powder. The deadly work of the giant
cracker and toy pistol, as summarized
by the Journal of the American Medi
cal association, shows S50 deaths upon
the last five Fourths, 370 being from
tetanus lockjaw. Twenty-five thous
and casualties of various kinds is the
total for five years of pyrotechnical,
Chicago's rules will attempt to bar
cannon crackers, toy pistols, any fire
works containing explosives more vio
lent than black powder, and dealers
lound selling or keeping the tabooed
noise-makers are threatened with fines
and tho revocation of their licenses.
The limits of the Fourth are strictly
prescribed and fireworks or noise-mak
era of any kind are under ban except
on the one day when the dog hides in
the basement and the parents vainly
long . for peace and quiet. All the
whr iIooIa ami rr-tfiil Huilnre fn tha
city have been informed concerning
the exact provisions of the ordinance,
and the police have been instructed to
be on the lookout for the display or
sale in any store of the prohibited
varieties of explosives.
The appearance of any of these ex-
plosives in the hands of any persons
will be the signal for a police investi
gation and the arrest of offending cit
izens and dealers.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch has
been making a collection of cases
which criminals have been grantei
new trials on grounds so trivial that
the ordinary man is astounded at th
way in which villains are allowed to
go unwhipped of justice. The courts
are never weary in uleadine for a re
spect for law. Judges are continually
poing out of their way to lectu
juries against anarchy, and to il
clare that the foundation of society
depends upon obedience to law. And
jet the various judges will errant new
trials upon the smallest pretext, and
allow criminals with money to
defiance to the verdicts which honest
juries have rendered. When cour
respect the law, the ieople will folio
In the case of a Missouri murderer,
the conviction was set aside and ne
trial ordered because the foreman .
the jury spelled "first" "fist."
Another murder ca;e was ordered
new trial because the word "breas.
In tho indictment wa3 spelled "brest
Another murderer cot a new tri
because, in the indictment. It was
s'ated that the victim "did . instantly
die," the phrase in vogue being "did
then and there die."
A mau convicted of murder was
present at Ills own trial, but, as the
lecurd fulled to state the fact, a new
trial was ordered.
In the state vs. Jones (20 Mo. 58),
the adjectives "deliberate" and "pre
meditated" were used, instead of the
corresponding adverbs, in describing
an assault' which ended in marde-.
Conviction wrs set aside. j
A case was recently dismissed by
the Kansas City court of appeals be-j
cause the printed abstract did not set
fortU that a certified copy of the
judgment had been filed. This, al
though the copy was in the court's
possession at the time.
In Taylor vs. State (5 Tex. App. 91),
verdict declaring a defendant
guilty" was held bad on account of
the misspelling. But in a similar ca?e
the word "guilty" was allowed to pass
as good enough. .
Ia another murder case the indict
ment precisely stated that the ac
cused "did feloniously, purposely and
witb premeditated malice kill' ilu
victim "by firing a Colt's revolver,"
but because it di.l not state at who. a
it was aimed, the court indulged m
a long and whimsical argument that
t miht have been fired iu the air, or
that the victim might have died of
A St. Louis boodler was fred
through a reversal of his ca3e be
cause the article "the" had been
omitted from the time worn phra.-.e.
'peace of the state." It should have
ben correctly written, "the peace 'f
the state," the mere "peace of the
state" meaning nothing, so it is al
leged, in an indictment.
Up to the People Again.
There have been rumors for several
months that the supreme court would
declare the primary law unconstitu
tional, and the decision handed down
Wednesday was not unexpected. It
seems a very difficult matter to frame
a primary law in this state that will
stand the test of the higher court,
though a similar law exists in other
The' people of the state of Illinois
want a direct primary law. There is
no doubt of that. Governor Deneen
listened to public opinion when he
forced an unwilling legislature to pass
uch a law. The supreme court has
twice annulled the law. but the gov
ernor will call the legislature in extra
session and demand the passage of a
law that will meet the court's objec
That a primary law will be fought
by the politicians is apparent. They
fought it in the past and will oppose
it more bitterly in the future.
If the people want such a law they
must assert themselves.
The old system of cut and dried cau
cuses and boss made and boss controll
ed state conventions are the ideals the
political bosses seek. They can manip
ulate the caucus and run conventions
by deals and bargains. They do not
want direct power lodged with the
people. The primary law took power
from the professional politicians and
the supreme court gave it - back to
The issue, however, is a live one, and
will be pushed forward. The result
remains with the voters. They can
compel the legislature to pass a fair
primary law. and the indications are
that they will demand their rights.
That Spurious Cleveland Article.
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat was
among the republican newspapers tint
made what political capital they could
during the campaign last fall out of
the forged article which one Branden
burg palmed off on a New York pub
lisher as a G rover Cleveland produc
tion. Now the St. Louis sheet says:
"The literary pirate, Brandenburg,
will be convicted not of misrepre
senting the sentiments of Mr. Cleve
land toward Mr. Bryan, but of forging
the signature of Mr. Cleveland to those
sentiments. This makes a difference
judicially, but none politically or prac
'his . comment is disingenuous.
While the offense with which the of
fender is charged Is forgery and not
misrepresenting Mr. Cleveland's views,
the article did misrepresent Mr. Cleve
land's views, and made him say what
he never said and never would have
said, had he lived. Democrats who
admired Mr. Cleveland-and democrats
who had severely criticised many of
his: utterances and acts, were satisfied
that the article was a fraud and f-o
characterized it. Democratic journals
genf rally, denounced it as a fabrica
tion from the internal evidence which
The Globe-Democrat's attempt to
minimize the wrong of using the
fraudulent article to gain votes for the
republican party among admirers ;f
G rover Cleveland is in keeping with
the original scheme to publish the ar
ticle, for such a purpose.
A REAL ESTATE EXPERT.
Mis Right to the Title Not Shaken by
The late Mr. N. J. Bradlee was sum
moned to appear as an expert on real
estate In Boston some years ago- In a
lawsuit over the value of certain prop
erty. The lawyer on the other side,
not knowing Mr. Bradlee. undertook
to counteract his testimony. In the
cross examination the questions and
answers were somewhat as follows:
"AVhat did you say your business
was. Mr. Bradlee?" began the lawyer
"Well, I have charge of a good many
trusts,, mostly real estate," said Mr.
Bradlee. "How much real estate have
you ever bad charge of at one time?"
"Well, I don't think I can say exactly." ,
"But ben? much should you guess?"
"I couldn't even guess."' "Well, iir."
would yon say It was "$5,000 worth';"
"I should put ft as high as that, cer-.
talnly." "Would you put It as high as I
510.000?" "Yes." "Fifteen thousand 7'
"Yes." "Twenty-five thousand?" "Yes."
"Fifty thousand?" "Yes." "A hun
dred thousand?" "Yes." "Five him
dred thousand?" "Yes." "A million?"
"Yes." "AVell. how many millions?"
roared the astonished lawyer, who
only dow began to discover that he j
naa rnugbt a tartar. "Weil, said
Mr. Bradlee very coolly. "I told you at
the start 1 couldn't say, but since you
insist on It I will roughly estimate It
at say a hundred mi'lions." "You
may stand down." said the attorney,
who was soon nonsuited. Argonaut
Those In Portugal Have Been Cut Up
Into Very Small Portions.
The Portuguese are an extremely
conservative people. Every one fol
lows rigidly the methods employed by
his father and forefathers. In very
many parts of the country the old
wooden plows are still used.
When a man dies. Instead of ore of
tbv heirs taking the whole property
and paying the remaining heirs for
their parts, the whole properts is di
vided 4to as nittiiy parts as there are
heira. More than this, each ..separate
part of the property is thus divided.
Thus, if a property consisted of ten
acres of pasture land, eighty of vine
yard and ten of grain land and there
were ten heirs, each heir would receive
one acre each of grain and pasture
land and eight acres of vineyard. This
process has been going on for a very
long time, so that now in the most fer
tile part of Portugal the land Is di
vided into Incredibly small portions.
The Immediate result of this, accord
ing to the United States consular re
ports. Is that the product of the land
13 barely sufficient at best to sustain
Its owners. South of the river Tagus,
on the other band, there are enormous
tracts of excellent land lying unused,
but it has been found Impossible to in
duce the farmers of the north to move
into this region and take up large
"I entertained some friends at din
ner the other night at a well known
hotel In Boston." said a New Yorker,
Just returned from the Hub. "and
was served by an ebony giant on
whom lampblack would make a white
mark. It Is the custom at that par
ticular hostelry Tor the waiters to
write their own orders. Upon receiv
ing my bill f could scarcely check the
Items. The rpelli'ig bore no similarity
toany other under the sun.
'Sam,' I said, 'this is the worst
spelling I ever saw,' and added face
tiously, 'where did you learn to spell?"
"Without moving a muscle Sam re
plied courteously, 'I reckon, boss, I
must have inherited it from my ances
tors.' . (
"The laugh being on me, Sam got an
extra tip." New York Times. -
D'Auber is a big, healthy, bearded
man who looks as though be could lift
half hundredweights in each hand as
easily as he picks up his palette.
An elderly rustic, who had been
standing watching him painting by the
roadside, approached him.
"No offenge. sir." he began, "but Is
there anything the matter w' yer?"
"No." answered D'Auber. "What
rakcs you ask?"
"Yer hain't lame, are yer?"
"Lame! Good gracious, no!"
"Yer hain't 'ad a misfortune In any
way the ciaticar or lumbager that's
kind o' laid yer by?"
"No. I'm as well as I have always
The rustic drew himself up and
gazed scornfully at the artist
"An' yer call yerself a man an' can
sit thcer n-doln o' that?" he said,
"Well. I'm blest!"-Exchange.
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course of study for the concert stage.
The Argus Daily Short Story
3ii!-ii2a.3'-S A Story with -Teeth By M. Quad.
"opyrlghted. 1909, by Associated Literary Press.
The village of I'.rlukly was and U
today a place of cboitt 1,200 inhabit
ants, and the country is thickly set
tled with farmers for seven mile-;
around before coming to another vil
lage, but only one dentfst has ever
made it pay there since the place was
founded. lie didn't stay but a couple
of months, but he carried away a roll
of money as large as a log.
It w uiWn't l;e oolite to say that the
villager and the, farmer do not give
proper attention to their teeth, but
they are never In a great hurry about
it. They bate to part with the old
roots and kii.ijzs and keep putting off
the evil day when tliey have got to
get into the executioner's chair. It
might have been said of Brinkly and
the surrounding cowotry that not an
adult bad a good soTof teeth and that
up to a certain day n one was giving
dentistry any "jterioiJa "thought. Then
on a Moiulay mon Jig a change took
place. A traveling dentist who bad
his office i;i a . van drove Into town
and opened shop. Fr two days no
one went nar- him, although be hung
out a sign of the most painless kind
of painful dentistry.
Then a strange woman arrived. She
was dark complex ioned, dre.-sod like
a' gypsy and passed for one. She was
a mysterious woman on a mysterious
errand. She had come to that locality
to search for a great buried treasure.
She couldn't search for It by her lone
some, is the fpirlts guarding it had
put a ban on her, but the gold was to
be found through some one ele. That
some one else must have a tooth drawn
to propitiate the spirits. Then ho
wouid be led to the treasure and would
whack up with her. The hours for
finding the treasure were between mid
night and 2 o'clock In the morning,
and the searcher must on no consid
eration any a word to any one about
what he was after. If not finding tho
THE11E WF.RK A XELli AND A KUSIL
treasure the first night he must have
a second tooth pulled. He might bave
to lose three, but that would be the
Had the woman gone about among
the women tilling this yarn she would
bave boon laughed out of their houses.
She dirt exactly the contrary. She in
terviewed the inen. Her very first
victim was known as the hardest head
ed old chap for fifteen miles around.
He was so stingy and mean that when
he hud the mumps he refused. to. let
COPrPlT. MT CLINEOIMST. WASH
any" or hi. neighbors catch Ibeui frets
of cost. He bit at once. If there was
anv buried treasure itroimd thorp be
wanted his half of It. Indeed, bo m-nt po f:ir as to sPa,,e P oacu th
wanted It all if he could get it. He 1 ,,r's P1- " ts three days before
bad beard about the traveling dentist. th- frian h the excitement
and within two hours of Ids talk with 1!rrt awaJ' aml t,lon tl,e bnmboozled
the woman he was at the van. It was ,,p"nn tn tMnz of thoir teeth though.
r,0 cents a pull, and the dentist se- j pf ""-'J' onough. they did net connect
lectcd a front tooth that might have lho "' wom;in the loss of
continued business for several years
longer. The pulling hurt like blazes,
t ut as the man carried the molar away
In his pocket he felt that the treasure
was his. On a Sunday night, which
was a week ahead, he was to stand
alongside of an elm tree and watch
for the flash of a firefly. Two fee
under ground beneath the flash tho
box of gold wou'd be found.
The next day the dentist pulled teeth
for no less than live different men.
Pome of them met each other at the
van an made all sorts of excuses for
being there. Deacon Spooner said he
had been thinking of parting with a
tooth for the last fifteen years, and
Flder Tompkins said that he bad a
loose tooth that had prevented hint
from eating boiled dinners ever since
he became a widower. Each had a
slight suspicion of the other, but tried
to act carelessly and gave no Informa
tion. Tho dentist numbered farmers
r.s well as villagers among the callers,
and when Saturday night came he
?onld figure that he had performed on
forty-eight men. On Sunday night be
tween the hours named those forty
eight men were looking for elm trees
and fireflies. The village was pretty
well sbnded by elms, but there wero
not enoutrh to go round. In some ln
stanc two men fou:d themselves un
der the same elm. Then they lie! to
each other like trooxrs as they
watched for fireflies. The firefly is
seen only on a certain night when
the weather has some quality alnmt It
that calls them out. and this was one
of the months when they are never
seen at all. None of the searchers ttiok
Better Shoes for Less Money
Here's an opportunity to save money on women's, misses' and chil
Here's a chance to get shoes which are far better than ordinary shoes,
yet cost less than most of them.
You will lose at least a dollar on your next shoe purchase, unless you
investigate our values before buying. ,
. For Women, Misses and Children
give at least a dollar's worth more wear than any other $2.00 or $2.50 shoe
on the market. They combine style, comfort and wearing qualities. They
please the particular and suit the saving.
Write for name of nearest dealer handling our line. He can show
you many values in Gun Metals, Kids and Patents, in Blucher, Lace
and Button effects. Also Oxfords, Slippers and Sandals in many styles.
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thfs r.to (oiisIdcraT.Jn. nut wairv-d and
watched and grew nervous as they
thought of the treasure.
Befcre 10 o'clock Monday forenoon
the dentist "had men waiting while
others were leing served. There were
Ferae among thera that had come to
lore their first tooth and others to lose
their second. The fellow was a light
ning puller, but there were two or
three patients left over when darkness
fell and he closed his van. The new
ones on this day had been told by the
woman to stand under beech trees.
There w:'.3jnst big a crowd on
Tuesday, ami It nas not fairly dis
posed of until Thursday. Of course it
had got noised around the village that
there was something up. but not a
man peachod.Tbere was something
more than suspicion among them
now, ar.d the only way was to He to
each other. They did lie. Men who
had always scorned Ihe slightest eva
rlon now came out and lied as easily
as if tliey bad always made It a busi
ness. They lied to each other and to
their wives, ami some of them had
three teeth drawn all at once, so as
to have the bulge on the oue and two
Half a mlla west of the village was
a bee h grove. Outside of that there
warn't a Ix-e'-h tree within two miles.
On Punday night more than 100 men
were in that grove before the clocks
wore through striking miduight. They
rubbed elbows and they crowded each
other. Some protended that they were
walking in their sleep and others that
they were looking for stray bogs or
cows. When an hour had gone by
rome one saw or thought he saw a
light moving about beyond the creek
that skirted one side of the grove.
There were a yell and a rush. As men
ran they punched and kicked each
other. They even jumped upon each
other's back. Fifty men fell into the
creek and fiftymore on top of them.
It was n grand battle royal, from which
no one escaped scathless. Next day
rome of the crowd wanted to consult
the woman and get closer particulars;
but, though they drove all over the
country, she was not to be found.
And then arose another complication.
Fifty men, disregarding Sunday nights
and elm ar.d beech trees, began a day-
lime bunt for the treasure. Thev even
1 them. Hie dentist was readv. lie
conld replace tcelh as well as displace
them. He sent for an assistant and
had all the work he conld do for two
months. nt;d his prices were just dou
ble those rhargod In the city. He
didn't get qul'e nil he had operated on
before, but it is still contended In
Trinkly that he went to Europe,
lionght an old castle and Is ;till revel
ing In power and luxury. Now and
then in the firefly season a man goes
out at midnight and leans against an
elm or lec h tree, hut if guided to
any certain spot the most he finds by
digging Is an old oyster can or the
skull of a dead and gone horse.
Thinks It Saved His Life.
Lester M. Nelson of Naples, Maine,
says in a recent letter: "I have used
Dr. King's New Discovery many yean
for coughs and colds, and I think ii
saved my life. I have found it a re
liable remedy for throat and luiife
complaints, and would no more be
without a bottle than I would be
without food." For nearly 4 0 yean
New Discovery has sloou at the head
of throat and lung remedies. As a
preventive of pneumonia, and healei
of weak lungs it has no equal. Solii
under guarantee at all druggists. He
cents and $1.00. Trial bottle free.
If you would enjoy tomorrow, takt
Chamberlain's Stomach and Liver Tab
(1Ms tonight. They produce an agree
ab,e laxative effect, clear the head
an1 cleanse the stomach. Price, 2fi
cents. Samples free at all druggists.
VV h fYr
sir wjtcAt m. sMtra
When a woman feels It ber duty to.
make calls her gown la new and har
hat the latest model. '
It only takes an ounce of pluck to.
pound a bully.
It is man's nature where be can't
comfortably avoid a pernicious tbinfl
to conclude that it Is for bis good.
The average train of thought carries
It Is easy to believe In luck when
thlugs go crosswise, but when rbey
run smoothly it is easy to he seen tkat
oneself Is on the Job.
One is sometimes tempted to think
that the food of certain acquaintances
must be baled hay.
Having a steam yacht Is really-no
evldeuce of intelligence, but there cau
be no question that every Intelligent
person ought to bave one.
Beauty Is skin deep, and sometimes;
It Is a skin game too.
No sane man Is Impudent to bis boss
unless be has bis next job cinched.
If others could see us as we see our
selves perhaps they would embarrass
us so that we would be compelled to
change our views.
Pleasantly and quite at ease '
Ixjwn the stream of life w slide. .'
With the meadows and the woods i
Lying fair on either side.
As we view the shifting scene
And we hear the robins call 1
'We are quite inclined to say ' ,
it's a good world, after all.
There' are snags along the way.
Drifting wood and Moating ice.
And an eddy here and there
Just to give the journey spice
Anil come email excitement lend.
So the voyage will not pall, .
But we master them and say .'.
It's a good world, after alL
Sometimes there are toll and sweat.
Labored pulling at the oar.
Bringing as their sole reward
Aching bOnes and muscles sore.
But the rest that comes is swet.
The respite at evenfall. '
And we fold our arms and say
It's a good world, after all.
Bo In sunshine and in shade
Slowly down the stream we float, '
Toiling for a space and then
Listening to the wild bird's note.
Drifting through the balmy spring,
Summer'u suns and mellow fall.
And we close our eyes and say -
It's a good world, after all.'
Cured. . ,
Mr. Johnson Is different from other
"In what way?"
"He dtesn't believe be would be
success on the stage." i
"That Is strange."
"No; be has tried it."
Jones Old Oilricb bought an auto
Brown Take him long to learn? '
Jones Yes: one month to run the
machine and two months to pronounce
the word "chauffeur" properly.
Any On Would
"Can't you find a place for him la
"I am afraid not."
"Is there nothing he can do?"
"WelL be might make a congressr
man. . . '
How He Knew.
"She Is a beautiful girl."
"Didn't know you ever met the fam
'Oh, yes; looked them uo In Dun's
and Bradstreet's. t
"Why so glum?"
"The doctor ordered me not to
"What are you going to do about itf
The More You Beat 'Em.
"I don't think Charlie really loves
me," said the young wife.
"Why?" said her confidant
"He never - has made me feel bad
Don't purchase Iter
a soda red, .
A sundae or a
Just buy- your girl
: a loaf tf bread
And see bow she
Didn't Have It .
"He ' doesn't know enough to come
ta when It rains." v,v v
. "I notice be knows enough to twtpa
"What are you looking fori
"Next house, then."