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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1909.
Published Daily and Weekly at 1624
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tion. No such articles will be printed
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Correspondence solicited from every
township in Rock Island county.
Saturday, November 13, 1909.
Bring ia the interurbans. Get them
Has Ben Tillman got the laugh oa
Help make Rock iBland a better and
a cleaner city.
Mob law la a disgrace, although
cone wiu aouDt the provocation at
Boost for every nroJect that means
Rock Island's commercial and Indus
"Cummins makes target of Cannon.'
says a headline. What a strange re
versal of the order of things.
, The Sunny Jims get more out bf life
than the Grouchy Gusses, sagely re-
marKs an optimistic exchange..
Senator Cummins' speech epitomized
means, "I love you g. o. p., but oh you
uuwnwara tana: revision."
On Thanksgiving President Taft is
to be presented with the largest mince
pie on record. Here is a fine chance
for him to Invite his enemies to din
Ia Japan the mikado interfered with
the plans of a man who was arranz
lug a corner in rice. The mikado Is
more powerful than our own secretary
Mr, Fairbanks cut oft his beard
while in the far east, doubtless hav
ing heard of the typhoons that oco
sionaiiy blow 135 miles an hour in
Because he dreamed of a revolution
a bishop of Servia is to be tried for
high treason. This will teach the
people of Servia to be careful how
Does any one questioning the com
mission form dare question that the
people of a city have a right to vote
upon, the question? This is the funda
mental ' question involved.
In advising that schools be kept
jopen throughout the year. Professor
' Rose of the University of Wisconsin
indicates that he is the one living man
iwho never was a boy.
! And when that cold, snowy, slushv,
; disagreeable weather does come you
jwlll &ay: "My goodness me, how I lo
wish I had done my Christmas shop
ping early when The Argus first ad
A Chicago girl bet her hand on a
football game, lost, and as a result
must marry a millionaire. With th3
hand she has left she will or cour3e
make the customary touch- down on
the million plunks.
Chardon, Ohio. Record: When the
tongue of trade la quoted, wisn the
eyes and limbs of the clerk are dull
and languid, when the raging fever
tackles the empty yitala of the till,
when the spider roosts in the empty
cash box, and bouquets: of decay are
on the chandeliers. It is conclusive
that the advertising doctor has not
Barbarous and horrible almost be
yond belief, as were the acts of the
mob at Cairo which destroyed the
black fiend murderer and likewise th9
whit prisoner who was also guilty of
Inhuman crime, yet no one has yet
said that either. of the victims of the
mob wrath got more than his due.
Tardy justice in all too many cases,
interrupted in so many Instances by
technical obstructions destined both
to delay and defeat the ends of law,
are the causes of mob rule. When the
people lose confidence in the compe
tency of the courts to administer
speedy and exact Justice woe betide
Speaker Cannon and Baseball.
Chicago Tribune: When the wealthy
brother of the president of he United
Stat oa can find pleasure in baseball
and profit from his interest in the Chi
cago National league club, It is not
surprising to learn that Speaker Can
non has followed bis lead and purchas
ed a controlling Interest in the Dan
ville team club. He proposes, it is
said, to. buy outright the South Bend
(Ind.) team and bring It to his home
town. Impressed, evidently, with what
Mr. Murphy recently told the associa
tion of ' commerce in this city about
the importance of a good baseball team
to the progress of a town, Mr. Cannon
proposes to utilize the Danville club
to advertise that city.
Politics and baseball have often been
closely related. Besides Mr. Taft,
Hon. "Andy" Freeman of Tammany
hall was one of the chief owners of
the New York club. The late Mr. Pul
llam was deeply interested in Ken
.uciy politics. "Garry" Hermann of
Cincinnati divides bis interest between
politics and the other national game,
and in Chicago we need only mention
Cap Anson to prove how often tho
two go hand in hand.
But Mr. Cannon and Mr. Murphy are
right. A town like Danville can be
greatly helped by a well managed ball
club, and if the speaker does not apply
his house rules too stringently we may
expect to see the Danville team occupy
a prominent place in the minor league.
Aldrich Then and Now.
Senator Aldrich is learning some
thing on his tour of the west. He has
discovered that although Providence
is in Rhode Island the hand of the Al
mighty has also been a creative force
beyond the Rhode Island border. But
he still has much to learn and he con
fesses himself not a careful observer.
He says that when he saw Kansas in
1S81 he would not have given 60 cents
for all the country west of the Mis
souri river. It was all the great Amer
ican desert to him. But he admits
now that Kansas and Nebraska are
peopled with capitalists and that In
stead of borrowing money from tho
east at 12 per cent interest, they are
themselves ia the money lending
A man who could not evince more
faith and better judgment in the west
of 1S81 than was manifested by Aid
rich at that time should not be the
dictator of the tariff and financial poli
cies of a nation of which the west fs
so large a part.
Beef Exports and Prices.
The statement that a ship's cargo of
Australian chilled fresh beef has just
arrived in the English market is co
incident with the prediction that meat
prices will undergo still another ma
terial Increase before the winter is
over. Hitherto, though Australian mut
ton has been sent to Great Britain in
considerable quantities, some difficulty
has been found in transporting beef
from tho antipodes; but is reported
that the shipload which has reached
London is in excellent condition, and
that British dealers are expressing
their pleasure at the prospect of more
aggressive competition with the Amer
ican "beet trust."
It has long been a standing joke that
the "roast beef of old England" was
largely furnished from American farms
While the export trade in meats,
chiefly handled by the western pack
ers, has been an important and profit
able branch of our foreign commerce,
the apparent lessening of the domestic
supply, in relation to the growth of
the home population, has aroused quer
ies as to whether the country could
afford to continue sending so much of
this staple food product across the
If the Britons can get more of their
beef from territories within the wide
circle of their own empire, it is possi
ble that the demand among them for
American beef will decrease. Such a
development might not re luce prices
here in the United States; but It is
conceivable that it would operate to
check their rising tendency. That is
a consummation devoutly wished for
in a good many thousand American
The Boston New Charter.
The Argus has referred to the fact
that Boston, Mass., had adopted a city
charter at the recent election which.
while not exactly the commission plan,
approaches it in some of its features.
Tho plan adopted by the electorate
of Boston reorganizes the entire city
government with the idea of making
city politics 30 simple that popular
sentiment will be in complete control.
The old charter called for the elec
tion of 97 men in the city government.
The new charter reduces the number
to 15, of which not more than five or
six will be elected in any one year.
The old charter made it necessary
for popular sentiment to be thoroughly
organized in every district, requiring,
in fact, a full-fledged standing organiz
ation or machine in order to mako tho
full list of nominations. Under the
new charter an effective organization
can be formed over night and make its
appeal to the people by advertising
and public meetings.
Tho ballot will be non-partisan, so
that there will be no opportunity for
party tickets. Each voter will make
his little "X" marks opposite the five
namos of his choice.
It is expected that this city charter
will be "politician-proof." It will be
so easy for public sentiment to control
the simple mechanism that each can
didate will owe his election to the
people, with whom he can, if he
chooses, conduct all his negotiations
direct, over the heads of the politi
Under the old charter, to wear the
party label was more.rltal than actual
merit to most of the candidates. Under
the new charter, with no party label,
and every candidate standing In the
full limelight, the triumphant nominee
will be under obligations to no one but
the people of the whole city.
The Inherent Qualities of True
Many a man who has realized his
highest ambition who has attained
fame, achieved greatness whether by
his own endeavors or otherwise, or
has in other respects made a success
of life, has utterly failed in the pos
session of the real qualities of success
and of greatness. Men have sat upon
thrones; men have conquered nations;
men have held exalted stations In our
own land through the force of political
circumstances; men have won renown
in the field of invention, of conquest,
of science, of literature and of art, and
yet have failed absolutely in those at
tributes that are essential to true man
The late R. R. Cable was a success
ful man in every sense of the word.
He accomplished what he started out
in life to do. He rose to the top In the
three great pursuits which contribute
to a nation' material . progress
and prosperity commerce, trans
portation and bance. He proved
not only a moving spirit, but a great
and acknowledged factor In what ia
known as the business world. Mr.
Cable was a man of great brain power
and of surpassing energy. He did
well what he had to do and thus he
Personally ho was a man of mild
temperament, kindly of heart, and ot
noble Impulse. Few men have been
so modest. He shrank from public
attention, end perhaps no better evi
dence of this dominant trait In hia
character could have been presented
than the fact that he left no published
biography, despite the prominence
that had naturally attached to his
name. He had never been "written
up," with his consent. Such 'records
of his life, as were to be found in con
temporaneous history, were meager
and incomplete, and it was with difll
culty that the story of his life could
bo corrjetly written. The facts had
to be gleaned from old friends,
Much that he did for tho betterment
of others and for tho enjoyment of
others will never bo known.
He loved old associations and he
loved old friends. And he did what
he could and did it well.
IS 240 MILES LONG
Territory Embraced in the Work
of the Y. M. C. A. in Los
700 CAMPS FOR WORKMEN
Secretary Induces Opening of 200
Bank Accounts During the
Los Angeles, Cal., has started on a
monumental piece of work to furnish
water for the city. An aqueduct 230
miles long is being constructed to
bridge water from the Owens river.
The enterprise will cost 23,000,000,
and it is to take five years to complete
it. The handling of the great force
of men at work on the job is no small
matter, but the officials in charge have
shown wisdom in the start they have
General Adna R. Chaffee 13 chairman
of the aqueduct commission. One of
the first things thl3 commission did
was to vote $5,000 to pay for work by
the Young Men's Christian association
among the men on the aqueduct.
In Dreary Country.
A dreary country, with hard work
for eight hours a day, and 1G hours a
day with nothing to do but 6leep, make
a good combination to develop the
worst there is in men. The aqueduct
department of the Los Angeles asso
ciation was organized to beat this com
bination, and It is doing it. Thi3 aque
duct department is unique for two rea
sons, in that it is an association 240
milo3 long, and It Is the first one in
history to be supported by city funds.
The superintendents of construction
are already expressing their pleasure
at the results.
The secretary, J. E. Berry, reports
some of his work during one month,
as follows: Miles traveled, 700; camps
visited, 40; magazines distributed, 1,
000 pounds; enter! alnments held, 7;
gospel services, 7; number of men
who have had the benefit of the work
on the aqueduct, 2,000.
IJumlroI Ilanlt Account.
- In that same month Mr. Berry open
ed a hundred bank accounts for the
men and deposited $7,000 of their earn
ings. It is safe to say that more mon
ey from Cow canyon and Jawbone di
vision went to far-off homes and less
to dissipation than ever before. And
so this 240-ra:le long association Is
helping to make life worth living to
hundreds of men who, without it,
would find the road to clean lives a
hard one to follow.
H. E. CASTEEIi, President.
M. S. HEAGV, Vice-President.
XI. B. SLWMON, Cashier.
It Never Rains But It Pours
is true of the bills that pour in
when your pay envelope stops be
cause you are disabled. The
butcher, the grocer, the landlord,
the clothier, all want their money
and you need it for doctors bills
' and medicine. Of course you may
not expect accident or sickness at
present; but it is prudent to be
prepared for what may come by
taking a little each week from
your income and deposit It to
your savings account at our bank.
Decide to do It on your next pay
Per. Cent Paid on Deposits
Former Captain Kossuth Niles, Who
The Argus Daily Short Story
The Prefect of Police
Copyrighted. 1909, by
It was on board the steamer Atlan
tic, sailing from New York to South
America, that we first became ac
quainted with Jim O'Rorke, a young
fellow of twenty-five, who had Just
enough blarney and brogue in his talk
to be true to bis name. However, he
was an expert in his line and at the
time was on bis way to Brazil to buy
diamonds for a New York firm.
Tom Hargraves and I had planned
to spend the winter months in the
tropics, so when the steamer reached
Tanatna we said goodby to our friend
O'Rorke and went ashore, but the tor
rid heat of the day and the cold nights
made the climate disagreeable, so we
soon went on southward, and the fol
lowing month we reached Chile.
Late one afternoon we arrived at
Valparaiso, the capital of the country
and a city of well kept streets and
many parks, but with such poor hotels
that we decided to go out to Vina del
Mar, a noted suburb and seaside re
sort Here we found good accommo
dations at the Hotel Pasaje, whose in
viting porches gave a beautiful out
look over the bay.
Hargraves and I put on cool white
suits, such as are worn in South Amer
ican countries, and went down to the
late evening meal, the fashionable one
of the day at Chilean hotels.
As a waiter bowed us to a table we
unexpectedly came on our old friend
O'Rorke, who was dining with another
American. When he caught 6lght of
us his good natured Irish face broad
ened into a smile.
"Hello, fellows!" he cried, shaking
bands cordially. "I'm certainly glad
to find you here."
"I thought you were in the wilds of
Brazil," I said, laughing.
"I was for awhile," he answered,
"but I'm going home now. I came
over to Valparaiso to see my friend
here, the consul." And, turning to his
companion at tho table, who had risen,
be introduced us.
"Mr. Cuthbert, two friends of mine
from the States Mr. Hargraves and
The consul greeted us heartily, and
the waller arranged places for us at
the same table.
During the meal O'Rorke told us of
his travels in Brazil, and Hargraves
and I recounted our adventures In
Panama. The consul also proved very
entertaining and was in the midst of
describing a trip down the coast when
a messenger appeared and handed him
"I have little time of my own," said
the consul, rising, aud, excusing him
self, he left the room.
Through a nearby window the even
ing air came in with delightful cool
ness after the heat of the day, and In
the gay surroundings the meal passed
happily. Here and there in the roorii
was a tourist rrotn toe Mates, due me
majority of the tables were surround
ed by wealthy natives, and the chat
ter of the Spanish language sounded
Many of the women wore Jewels,
and as we passed out our attention
was attracted especially to a corner
table near the door, where a man in
uniform sat with one of the most beau
tiful Spanish women I had ever seen.
I think her beauty first attracted me.
though all noted the elegant necklace
that encircled her throat and the large
diamond that formed its central orna
ment. In a moment we had passed on,
and a screen separated us from the
couple at the table. V .
"Did you see that woman?" exclaim
"Yes," I repllcds "and her diamond
MI got only a glimpse of it." said
O'Rorke, "but It was a beauty." ,
We stopped in the doorway, and as
a waiter approached O'Rorke motioned
toward the screen and asked, "Who is
the lady at the first tble?"
The servant replied in broken Eng
lish. "Senora " Garcias, the owner of
the Pasaje." - - t . ?
"And the gentleman?" O'Rorke pur
The waiter lotted surprised at the
msro mch. new ton.
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question. "The prefect of police," he
said in an awed whisper.
Our conversation must have reached
the ears of the couple in question, for
at that instant the uniformed prefect
appeared around the edge of the screen.
aDd. bowing in 6arsasm"t0 O'Rorke, fce
asked iaugutily, "Can I be of service
to the senor?" The tone was insulting,
and for a moment we stood speechless.
O'Rorke, however, was equal to the
occasion, and. Imitating the bow of the
prefect, he returned with equal flavor,
"Not that I know of."
The officer glared at ns for an In
stant, then turned on bla heel and dis
appeared behind the screen. We stared
at each other nonplused. Finally Jim
burst out laughing, and vre continued
our vay to the porch.
Soon the stars shone in clusters in
the clear sky, such as only tropical
climates permit, and gay throngs filled
the porches and promenaded on the
walks near the hotel. From some
where came the silver notes W'a man
dolin and the sound of distant singing.
We sat on the veranda smoking nntil
It was late. Then Jim remembered a
stiletto be had bought ns a souvenir
and went up to his room to get It.
A few minutes later a disturbance
came from within. A woman stream
ed, and a man's voice called out in
Hargraves and I rushed In with the
other guests that bad heard the noise,
and at the foot of the stairs a strange
sight met our eyes. Lying prostrate
on the floor was the beautiful Senora
Garcias. with eyes closed and hair
disheveled, while around her neck was
a red band, almost bleeding, as though
the necklace had been snatched off
with violence. Up on the stairs the
prefect grappled with O'Rorke, and as
they swayed back and forth with un
certain footing the light gleamed from
a stiletto in the Intter's band.
It was the prefect that had called
for help, and before we could reach
them to assist O'Rorke a half .dozen
vl the hotel servants appeared, and
Jim was overpowered. The prefect
disengaged himself with difficulty from
Jim's embrace aud stcod panting.
"Lock this fellow up until police
come from the city," he ordered. But
Hargraves and I interposed.
"What's the trouble, Jim?" I called
The prefect tried to keep him from
replying, but Jim cried: "He stole the
senora'8 necklace. It's in his pocket."
At this the prefect turned on blm
with a string of oaths. "Villain r he
hissed. "You took the necklace, and
if it bad ..not ..been for me the senora
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might have fared worse. Thank heav
en. I arrived in time to save her from
The retainers wrenched the knife
from O'Rorke'a band, and the crowd
surged up hissing, for nothing excites
the Latin mind like the sight of naked
weapons. The affair was becoming des
perate for O'Rorke. but luckily at this
moment Mr. Cuthbert pushed through
the crowd, which fell back sulleLly as
they recognized the consul.
"Hold on there!" he called as the
waiters tried tp drag 'Jim away.
"There must be some mistake, prefect.
I know Mr. O'Rorke quite well, and
no doubt we can settle this affair in a
The'prefect interrupted angrily, but
the consul turned his back on blm and
asked Jim to explain wbat had hap
pened. "I had gone up to my room for this
stiletto, a curio which ' I wished to
show my friends on the porch," Jim
explained, "and on my return from the
head of the stairs I saw the senora in
the hands of a man who held her by
the throat. I shouted to him to let
go and was surprised to see it was the
prefect, who by that time had wrench
ed loose her neckluce and slipped it
into his pocket Then, realizing that be
was caught, be rushed at me as though
I was the culprit."
The prefect stamped his foot and
6honted "Liar!" But the consul held
the floor, and Jim In proof of bis hon
esty turned his pockets inside out As
be emptied bis right band pocket a
glimmering gold chain fell from it, at
the sight of which he staggered as
though be bad been struck. It was
the diamond necklace.
An exclamation broke from the on
lookers, and the prefect, catching sight
of the Jewel, sprang down the stairs.
With a malicious shout of triumph he
held it up before the view of all.
But "he who laughs last laughs
best." The prefect had overreached
himself, for entangled in tbe meshes
of the chain was his police whistle,
engraved with his own name, "Pedro
Menendos." Unknown to blm, it bad
clung to tbe necklace during the scuf
fle when, in order to throw tbe blame
on O'Rorke, be had transferred it to
the latter's pocket
Hargraves and I could not restrain
a cheer, and some of the crowd in the
hallway joined with us, though others
sided with their countryman. The face
of the prefect blanched, but be fell
back on the dignity of his office.
"This proves nothing," he said
"It proves the necklace was In your
pocket!" Hargraves called out, and
what might have been a general riot
was at this moment prevented by Se
nora Garclns regaining consciousness.
For an instant she swept the crowd
with a bewildered glance; then as her
eyes fell on the prefect she realized
the situation and, with a cry of auger,
snatched her necklace from bis bands.
"Oh, you ingrate!" she exclaimed.
"You pretended to love me, but it was
only for my Jewels. I owe my life no
doubt to this young man." And she
turned to O'Rorke. "He arrived Just
In time to save me." Then as her
hands caught the police whistle she
disentangled it from the chain and
hurled it in the prefect's face.
"It is a lie!" be reiterated.
The crowd, however, easily swayed
from one decision to another, closed ia
on the guilty officer and forced him
up on tbe stairs. In that elevated po
sition be became the target for vari
ous missiles that chanced to be handy
until, drawing the dress sword that
hung at his side, he brandished it in
a circle at arm's length. In this man
ner he fought his way through lh
crowd and made his escape by a rear
Later nargraves and I laughingly
suggested that Jim might supplant the
prefect in the senora's affections, but
he declared he had enough of South
American dealings, and we left tho
next morning on a Pacific steamer.
The Silent Bell.
Mr. Bluffen What! Hasn't the land
lord sent anybody here yet to fix tbat
front door bell? I'll go right dowu acd
Mrs. Bluffen Don't bother about It.
John. Walt a week or so. It's about
time for the Installment collector to be
coming around. Catholic Standard and
Lame back comes on suddenly and
Is extremely painful. It is cnused ty
rheumatism of the muscles. Quick re
lief is afforded by applying Chamber
lain's Liniment. Sold by all drug
fe 4 G
AND SATURDAY NIGHTS
Sr OVACAW M. SMITH
ITS TO VEEP.
Sad and aolena
Tbo melancholy day
- And we wonder
We will ever
Make the raise
For the thins
We will be needing ,
In the line
Of clothes an coJ
And wo tear j
That our finances
Will be eadly
In the hole.
It Is fierce
That a fellow
Has to buy
Of the winter
And the sky!
There are ahoe
For half a dozen
If he's overblessed
And the women
Of the family
In winter lid.
While he Is abla
Right and left
Hard cash he pays, f-'
That's the reason
Tbe melancholy flays.
Not Able to 8uttaln lb
"Why don't you marry?"
"Can't afford it."
"Why, It seems to me that your in
come Is surely large enough to marry
"It probably Is large enough to marry
-I greatly fear It Isn't equal to stay
No Mora Passes.
"It always makes me sick to ride on
"Once it didn't affect me tbat way,
but It does now.
You bet. I Just hate It" '
"Getting old, eh?"
"Not much have to pay fare.-
Cot Them Free.
"Speaking of stealing a kiss,"
the reckless youth.
"What is that?" asked the man from
"I said stealing a kiss. I supposa .
you don't know what that Is."
"No, I don't. To hum they are a 1
drug on the market."
Not What He Married.
"Tie married a woman with money."
"Rut why Is he asking for divorcer"
"She no longer has money."
"Brown la such a pessimist"
"Why, I thought he was very happy
wllh his large family of children."
"That's tbe trouble. Ills children
are all girls and his wife is a suf
fragette." Chance to Shine.
"Think I would make a good actor?"
"You might do if placed under bond."
"In what position?"
"Taking tickets at the door."
Chance to Escape.
Thrice welcome. Wrlsht end others!
To fly we will prepare.
Thotirrh millionaires may fence the earth,
Thoy cannot fenco tho atr.
A man Cuds it bnrd to run things
to suit himself exactly end be marrlctS'
at the same time.
One reason why their own talking
doesn't drive some women to distrac
tion is because they ran talk along
without listening to themselves.
It is seldom tbat the man who has
nothing to say and consistently says
It gets into trouble.
The gambler believes In luck if it is
nothing but bad luck.
If at first you don't succeed the bosi
seldom gives you a chance to try, try
Do not Ur up a dadbeat. no may
not be as dead as he looks.
When a man steps into an empty
elevator shaft he soon tumbles to the
fact that it is empty.
Croup I3 most prevalent during the
dry cold weather of the early winter
months. Parents of young children
should bo prepared for It. All that is
needed is a bottle of Chamberlain's
Cough Remedy. Many mothers are
covtr without it in their homos and
it has never disappointed them. Sold
by all druggists.