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" THE ARGUS.
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Correspondence solicited from every
township In Rock Island county.
Wednesday, November 17, 1909.
Encourage the interurbans.
Take up the slack in the belt line.
"Uncle Joe" has lost his head. But
he still holds the gavel.
No man can know until he tries
what good it does to advertise.
Speaking of names, Miss Olive Branch
is a "fighting suffragette" in St. Louis.
The king of Portugal is traveling
for his health. It might be a healthy
thing for the king of Spain to do.
Champ Clark says Joe Cannon Is a
good democratic issue. Uncle Jog,
however, thinks he is a republican
Jury fixing has been assigned asono
of the causes of the Cairo lynchings.
"Unfortunately," remarks the Chicago
Keccrd-Herald, "the jury fixers were
not cmocs those lynched."
Cold weather in the Dakotas and else
where in the northwest Is sending the
wild ducks scurrying toward a milder
climate. There Bhor.ld be good shoot
ing tlong the Illinois river pretty soon.
Joe Cannon dared the Chicago Trib
une to print his speech. It was real
biave cf C'.nncn to take tho risk of
having the- dare accepted. The Trib
ute made gecd. The smokes are on
Why should Captain Amundsen
phino iiito tb 3 Arctic regions with
provisions for s?vcn years? The pole
has been reached, am taat i3 all that
any one wants of it. Amundsen hlm
eo!f .iisrevered the Xorthv. pst Passage,
end it o" r.o uso. . What lure do3
tie frozen north still possess?
' The Gztzzlti Year Book for 193Q.
just issued. trivc3 the eTipira a popula
tion of e::.SSS,00. This i3 en incr?aa
of 3,2rO.0'JO in three and one-half years.
Sin-c-r- IS71 tho count has increased by
23,0CO,Cv0. It 13 healthy growth, the
excess chiefly of births over deaths
and a decreasing emigration
A St. Louis woman has applied for
divorce on the ground that her hus
band, who represented himself to be
a French count, turned out to be a
'cook. A contemporary suggests that
If a man should marry a woman ha
took to be a countess and she should
turn out to be a cook, he would be
tickled nearly to death.
This promises to bo an Interesting
year- astronomically. Halloy's comost
has been seen. Mars is snuggling up
to the earth and is many millions of
miles nearer than ordinarily and now
a big hole ha3 been discovered on the
eurface of the sun. Can it be that the
polar ruction has created excitement
among all the heavenly bodies?
Governor Deneen has issued an ap
peal for contributions for the relief of
the survivors of the mine disaster at
Cherry. It is the most terrible calam
ity that has befallen, the people of this
state. It is certain the 300 entombed
miners are dead. Their wives and
children are bereft of support and are
penniless. It is the duty of all to help
these stricken widows and orphans.
That Governor Deneen has issued an
appeal for aid snows that the need ia
The Philadelphia North American
(republican) editorially sums up the
Glavis charges against Secretary Bal
linger and the secretary's response,
and.giveB it as Its opinion that Ballin
ger "is condemned out of his own
mouth and by his own hand" In his
answer to Glavis. It says:
"Richard Achilles Ballinger as secre
tary of the interior is a blot upon the
Taft administration. No one accuses
him of any form of criminality. He
does stand not only accused but con
vlcted of unfitness to represent the
American people In any capacity. His
appointment as a cabinet officer was
a deplorable mistake. Longer reten
tion of him by President Taft would
come perilously near to constituting a
disgrace and inviting a public scan
The North American's verdict will be
approved by an impartial and candid
Tho Christmas Burden.
It is only a few weeks now until
Christmas, and It Is high time that the
I people who desire to celebrate this
i chief holiday of the year should get a
move on them.
It is not only Important that peoplo
should do their shopping early, but also
jthat they should do It rightly.
; In order to do the purchasing and
distributing of souvenirs of the day
rightly the right spirit should prevail,
f As Bome one has said, Christmas la
the time when ve ought to take
thought of the other nan.
And one way we can serve our fel
low man In these days precedin3
Christmas Is not to take undue advan
tage of him In the matter of time.
"When it comes to the hurry days
and they will begin soon, if they are
not already here it will be an eaBy
matter to take advantage of tho3e who
serve us, and not so easy to avoid; and
while to vaold it may add a little to
our burden, it will help the other man.
Therefore, don't overwork your em
ployes. Don't overwork the shop peo
ple by delaying your shopping until
the rush days Just preceding Christ
mas. Don't throw useless burdens upon
your friend3 or your servants just for
the purpose of easing up a little on
yourself. They will have enough to do.
Be good-natured. Be courteous.
And, remember, that what you do
now, if you do it rightly, will help in
making a merry Christmas for yourself.
The Mine Disaster.
The enactment of laws, tho naming
of commissions, the examination and
appointment cf officials, rigid inspec
tion by Qualified inspectors all these
and other precautions against mine ac
cidents in Illinois failed to prevent
that horror at Cherry.
The worst mine disaster in the his
tory of the state and one of the worst
in the history of the nation has occur
red just when those most concerned
were congratulating themselves that
the coal miners at work in Illinois were
safe from any such disaster.
Argue as you may. consider this ac
cident as you will, official or otherwise,
the fact that conditions in an Illinois
mine were such as to make it possible
for such a horror to occur, proves that
legal and other safeguards are yet far
Amid the cries of distress from sob
bing wives made widows, and tears of
anguish of children rendered fatherless
by an accident which has sent a shud
der through the masses of the nation
and brought a response of sympathy
from the heart3 of millions who inter
est themselves in conditions of em
ployment, there appears the need of
more positive, more effective legisla
tion to protect the miner whose toil
takes him into the depths of the earth
and places him at the mercy of those
whose duty It is to provide for his
Illinois, with her 75,000 men tolling
in the bor.el3 of the earth, is the na
tion's greatest bituminous coal mining
state. With such a vast number of
lives and homes and wives and chil
dren to protect, this state bears a vast
The list of fatalities in Illinois mines
since 1S9G follows:
1907 i ICS
Not until the number of deaths shows
a material decrease each succeeding
year can Illinois be justified in boast
ing of much progress made in. Improv
ing mining conditions.
During the last fiscal year 183 men
were killed and 800 Injured In Illinois
mine accidents. The next fiscal year
may show a heavier fatal list than that.
There's something radically wrong.
FIELD OF LITERATURE,
Peary's Story in Hampton's.
Hampton's Magazine has closed a con
tract with Commander Robert E. Peary
for the exclusive periodical rights to
his own story of the discovery of the
north pole. The commander was un
willing to make any business arrange
ments of any kind until his claims of
discovery bftd been passed upon by tho
National Geographic society, the high
est authority in America. He submit
ted all of his proofs to this organiza
tion and on Nov. 3 they were formally
accepted and Peary was voted a gold
medal. This left him free to choose
from the many offers that had been
made him by the magazine publishers
and book publishers.
The competition between magazine
editors to obtain the exclusive rights
to Commander Peary's story of the dis
covery of the north pole has been the
keenest in the history of periodical
publication. It Is the first feature that
has ever been bid for by every maga
zine of the first class in the world.
Realizing the demand there would be
for it, the offers from the start were
higher than had ever before been made
for any magazine feature.
Hampton's bid higher than any other
magazine because its editor is con
vinced that this is the greatest fact
story that has ever been possible to
offer to the public. It Is really the last
of the great earth-stories. It is not
only history, hot from the forge of
life; it is character-building material
because Peary's achievement was
purely a triumph of Bplrit over mat
ter, a remarkable demonstration of the
power of will.
Commander Peary has already be
gun the writing of his story for
Hampton's Magazine. All of the facts
taat will set at rest the Peary-Cook
controversy will first become known
through ' this series of articles, and
will afterward be put into permanent
book -form by Frederick A. Stokes
company, the New York publishers,
who have secured the exclusive rights
for publishing Commander Peary's
book. The price paid by Frederick A.
Stokes company is also the highest
price that any publisher has ever pail
for the rights to a single book.
Commander Peary's story in Hamp
ton's Magazine will be unusually fully
illustrated by tho pick from the 1,500
photographs taken on hls expedition.
Hampton's has the exclusive right to
the use of all of-tb.335 photographs.
He tad an expert photographer with
him and his work was carefully super
vised, any defective photographs that
were made being speedily detected
and destroyed and perfect ones made
to replace them. This photographic
history of Peary's trip to the pole is
really a remarkable achievement, as
will be shown by the reproduction in
The pictures will tell in a more
striking manner than anything that
could possibly be written the awful
hardships and seemingly Insurmounta
ble difficulties encountered on that his
tory making trip. Coupled with the
story of adventure told In Peary's de
lightful and forceful style, this will
make a really wonderful magazine fea
ture. The December Hampton's has
a very illuminating article on "Peary
the Man and His Work," and the north
pole expedition articles by Commander
Peary himself will begin in the Janu
ary number and continue for eight
months or more.
WILL MEET TO DISCUSS
Illinois Association Will Hold Its An
nual Session at IJloomiiigton
The Illinois Outdoor Improvement
association will hold its first annual
meeting at Bloomington, Nov. 18 and
19. President Edmund J. James of the
University of Illinois, chairman of the
organization committee, announces an
attractive program to include State
School Superintendent F. G. Blair,
Rev. Florence Buck of Kenosha, Wis.,
W. F. Rocheleau of the Chicago His
torical society, Mrs. E. S. Walker of
Springfield Women's club, Mrs.
Amalie Hofer Jerome, O. C- Simonus
and Jens Jensen landscape men, and
Architect E. H. Bennett of Chicago,
School Superintendent H. B. Wilson
and John A. Montgomery of Decatur.
Special subjects are to be freely dis
cussed by all. Home problems will be
talkod Thursday afternoon; topics for
teachers that night and municipal
problems Friday afternoon. Plans for
the coming year will be discussed
These subjects interest all, In country
or city, and all are invited. There
should be representatives present
from every community In the state.
Prominent and earnest men and
women from all over the stata have
been attracted. The object is educa
tion literature, lectures, ideas, facts,
to help in neighborhood and larger
outdoor iproven-.ent, and to cooperate
with local clubs.
Special Taxation Notice.
Notice Is hereby given to all persons
interested that the city council of the
city of Rock Island, state of Illinoi3,
having ordered that a local improve
ment be made by the paving of Ninth
avenue from Twenty-seventh street to
Twenty-eighth street, the ordinance
for the same being on file in the office
of the city clerk, having applied to
th county court of the county of Rock
Island for an assessment of the costs
of said improvement, according to
frontage, and an assessment therefor
having been made and returned to
said court, the final hearing thereon
will be had on the 2d day of Decem
ber, A. D. 1909, or as soon thereafter
as the business of the court will per
mit. All persons desiring may file ob
jections In said court before said day,
nnd may appear on the hearing and
make their defense. Said assessment
Is payable in ten Installments, and all
installments except the first shall bear
interest from and after date of the
first voucher issued on account cf
work done until paid, at a rate of 5
per cent per annum,
Official appointed to make said as
sessment. Dated Nov. 1G, 1909.
Youna Girls Are Victims
of headache, as well as older women.
but all get quick relief and prompt
cure from Dr. King's New Life Pill 3,
the world's best remedy for sick and
nervous headaches. They make pure
blood, and strong nerves and build up
your health. Try them. 25c at all
Is in the
'There's a Reason"
Postum Cereal Company, Ltd.,
Battle Creek. Mich.
7m- vs" w-tTtfmztrm
Mr. Tittman is superintendent of the United States Coast and Geodet
ic survey and one of the members of the committee which recently pass
ed on Commander Peary's Arctic records.
The Argus Daily Short Story
Tirzy and Her Wooers By Frank H. Sweet.
Copyrighted. 1909, by Associated Literary Press.
The last rays of the sun softeued the
girl's red hair into a golden halo as she
Fat upon the log. her bnre feet showing
beneath the hem of her cheap print.
Ou the log beside her was a sunbon
net, and pressing against the sunbon
net wns the helve of an ax such as
only a very strong man was accustom
ed to wield.
The girl was evidently resting after
a day of hard labor, for deep around
her were scattered the 6till odorous
pine chips, and on the ether r;do of the
log rose a hu.e pile of wood cut into
two feet chunks to fit the regulation
fireplace of the mountain leg and mud
A handsome, powerfully built man
had come down the mouutaiu path
barefoot and, as he seemed to think.
"TP THERE TUB MTN FOTjKS LOOK OUT
FOB THE WOMEN.1'
unnoticed, for lie stopped a few yards
away and regarded the girl for some
time with an lr of admiring owner
ship. The man was at least six feet tall,
and his sunburned arms, projecting
from the short sleeves of his faded
blue shirt, were large and muscular,
fully in proportion to his other im
pressive dimensions. The muscles of
his forearms ran down to bis wrists
like steel bands, and bis shoulders
seemed ever so slightly bent owinjr
to the muscular development that
caused his shoulder blades to project.
His very movements bespoke his great
power, but the expression In his face,
in his eyes and the drooping lower
Jaw were evidences to the keen ob
server thnt the newcomer was not par
ticularly ambitious. And his clothes
confirmed this statement. Not only
were they cheap and worn that would
have been to no man's advantage but
the knees of his trousers needed patch
ing and brushing, and. furthermore,
his ragged, uncut hair gave him u gen
eral appearance of unkemptuess. Like
practically all of the mountaineers and
woodsmen of the vicinity, he wore no
shoes, and years of barefoot exist
ence bad made the soles of bis feet
almost as tough as leather, so that he
could walk or run over stony ronds
and mountain paths without the
slightest inconvenience or pain.
The girl was leaning forward wearily,
her chin in ber bands.
In the sunlight her hair was beauti
ful, and her form, even in its dejected
attitude, was graceful and pleasing.
The only appearance of feminine or
namentation was a pitiful attempt at
a rude on the sunbonuet.
In spite of the arduous nature of ber
existence, which, of course, hnd not
contributed to ber physical advantage
or dAvalftuioAJQi. f ha oirl . wa vuuIa-
nlably pretty, and she bad a certain
grace in her movements which was
decidedly uncommon in the poverty
stricken region where she had spent
"Don't stand there frawkln all day,
Hoke." at last called the girl pettishly,
but without turning or raising ber
head. "You ain't no scared rabbit to
putter along over the leaves' and stop
with one paw up. and 1 ain't no great
to look at. How's all?"
"Tolerable." answered the man as
he came forward sheepishly. "But I
wa'n't scared, and you needn't say you
ain't no great to look at. Tirzy. for
'tain't so. I've come clear from Fear
Lick to ask you what 1 asked last
week. When are you golnc to marry
"Don't know as ever," shortly.
"But your daddy's dead." earnestly,
"and your cabin's plumb two mile
frosn any other. Ton can't live here
all by yourself. Tirzy. 'Tain't proper."
"And why not?" .lifting her bead de
fiantly. "Ain't 1 got a bigger truck
patch than any man on the mountain?
And ain't I kept it worked better?
And didn't I help father build the cab
In. cutting and toting- the logs anfi
tnlxlng the mud myself? And did any
man on the mountain ever cut more
fireplace wood In one day than that?"
rising suddenly to her feet and fling
ing out one hand toward the day's
Hoke surveyed the wood critically,
"N-no, I don't reckon I ever did see
so much cut In one day, Tirzy." be
acknowledged, "though 1 ain't sayin'
but lots of men could If they set cue"
"Yes. that's jest it," scorn fuilj. "if
they set out. But men folks round
here don't set out to do nothing but
hunt coons and drink still whisky and
smoke corncob pipes. It's the women
who work truck patches and chop
wood and milk cows and do every
thing else that's sure enough work.
"But what's the use talking." drop
ping ber arms again listlessly. "There's
no difference between you men folks.
I think a heap of you. Hoke, like 1
said last week. You're big an' good
natured and the handsomest man
round, but all you've got in the world
Is a rifle and four dogs and a tumble
down cabin that's scarcely fit to live
In. and I've heard you say yourself
that you could drink more corn whlsty
than any man on the mountain and
not show it.
"And you go barefoot, too, Hoke.
Maybe I'll have to marry somebody
sometime, but I .used to say when a
Now. is the Time to Plan
For Your Winter Trip
No matter where you are goln g, whether to California on one
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to Florida, to tho Mediterranean, across the Pacific or. around
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if I haven't the folders and printed matter you want X will get
them for you.
girl that I'd never marry a man who
didn't wear shoes."
Hoke looked down at bis feet reflec
tively. "I don't reckon there's but one man
on the mountain who wears shoos
steady," be observed sarcastically.
"Maybe be'd marry you if you asked
"You mean Ground nog!" flashed
back the girl instantly. "Well, he ask
ed me Iat Tuesday, and I told him.
like I did you. I'd study It over a
Hoke looked at her Incredulously for
a moment, then threw back bis bead
la a roar of laughter that echoed
through the forest.
Told him you'd study It over,"
be ejaculated between his bursts of
merriment "told Ground Hog thatl
Ho, bo! I'll sure have to let all the
boys know!" Then Instantly he be
came sober. Wby. Tirzy," he remon
strated. "It's scandalous! You're the
handsomest and peartest girl on the
mountain and the best worker. Any
man would be glad to have you.
"And he," contemptuously, "he's Just
an outside onstepper, coming here and
fencing in land and digging In the dirt
the whole enduring day, and he totes
his truck stuff down into the valley ou
his own back and peddles It round.
Huh! He couldn't bit a bear ten foot
off with a shotgun, and he don't chew
and don't know the taste of whisky.
Why, I 'low one spoonful would set
him plumb crazy. But he does wear
g-b-o-e-s." prolonging the word deri
sively. "And you're going to study
"Yes. I am," quietly. "He knows
how to work and ain't scared of It.
And up where he comes from women
folks don't milk and cut replace wood
up there the men folks look out fot
the women. If Ground Hog I mean
Mr. Allen marries me, it won't be Just
because be alms to be more comforta
ble. But h'sb, here be comes now."
A man bad suddenly emerged from
tbe woods and was approaching them
rapidly. Hoke was still standing sev
eral yards away.
As the stranger came to about the
same distance an Idea seemed to strike
the girl, for she raised her hand warn
lngly. "Don't come any closer, either of
you." sbe called. "I was down to
Back creek yesterday."
"Back creek r echoed Hoke, recoiling
a few steps. "Why, that's where they
have tbe smallpox, and they do Ray
ifs terrible this season everybody
catches It that goes near."
"YesrI've heard so," calmly.
"Oh. Tirzy, how could you?" And
Hoke made a few more Involuntary
"I was .obliged to, Hoke. I heard a
girl 1 used to know was down there,
and I wanted to find out for sure."
The stranger was now at ber side,
and Tirzy bad noticed with an odd
look in ber eyes that be bad cot shown
the least hesitation at ber startling an
nouncement. "Well. I'll see you again. Tirzy."
Hoke called from a still greater dis
tance. "I hope you won't catch it. but
I'm mighty afraid for you."
"I don't reckon there's much danger,
Hoke." the girl retorted, "for I didn't
go across tbe creek. I just called, and
a woman answered that 'twa'n't the
girl I knew at nil."
Hoke paused abruptly and was turn
ing to come back when something in
tbe attitude of tbe two. who were now
seated upon the log. made him grind
out a few words between his teeth and
swing savagely Into tbe woods.
SPECIAL EXCURSION FARES
Via Grand Trunk Railway System,
Summer, 1909, Chicago to
Montreal and return $20.00
Quebec and return 24.00
Temasr.Tst and return 21.60
Po-.land and return 27.35
Old Orchard and return 27.35
Boston and return 25.60
New York and return.... 25.50
Atlantic City and return 25.70
Asbury Park and return 25.35
Corresponding fares to over one
hundred other places in Canada, New
England and ou Jersey coao'. Tickets
good thirty (?.0) days. Liberal Ftop-
over arrangements. St. Lawrence rlv
er and rapids Included at slightly
higher fares. Time tables, descriptive
literature, etc., can be obtained by
icil from W. S. Cookson, A. G. P. A.,
13: Adams street, Chicago.
Lame back comes on suddenly and
is extremely painful. It is caused by
rheumatism of the muscles. Quick re
lief Is afforded by applying Chamber
lain's Liniment. Sold by all druggists.
F. A. RIDDELL, Agent,
C B. & Q. R. K.
Old Phone West 680. Ntw 6170
A r OV;CA K. SMITH A
best temperance sermon is the
one wrenched by tlia hend that
keeps Itself so persistently In the fore-,
ground the morning after.
An empty purse
chirity than- a
if tbe pocketbook
empty too long.
Ik'lng good Is so
muc h a matter of
perarnent and ed
ucation that It is
best to go giow
If kindness cuts
no ice it thaws
out a lot.
The man with a life sized bunch of,
common sense never Cuds It nsary i
to call attention to It. '
A hot herded man is often confront
ed by conditions brought on by his
own impetuosity that are calculated to
give him cold feet.
We hear much about burning
thoughts, but do not m'et very -many)
individuals who have thought to us9
There Is no accounting for tnstes
and no accounting with some of them
Tho Reason Why.
Tho harvest has bfen gathered.
And jilftnty sv.-eetly reigns
Along the eastern stretcnes
And on tho boundless r laina,
It may havo been tha tan!T
On that wo are not clnor .
But somuthinfj's cn and done It '
Aa suru as you are here.
Wben everything la booming
And strictly to the good
Tou notice that tho reason
Is alvT.ys understoxl.
The credit go-s to Fomethlng
That lias as much to do
"With maklnsc crops and prices
As rierpont Morgan'! shoe.
And even for the weather.
When It Is fine and bright,
A presidential credit
Is marked for that all right,
Cut all cyclones and bllzzurds
And windfalls of that sort
That also need explaining
Don't set In the report.
We credit up the tariff
If we are fond of It
When everything Is lovely
And all the tliins are fit.
But If tho times ure crosswise
And round of woe are heard
As to t.io cause or reason
We never say a word.
How Chs Succeeds.
"These are the days of fads and
claltles. Miss Elizabeth."
"Yes; I have noticed that myself."
"And what do you do to Le dit'i
ent?" "Different T
"Yes to specialize."
Got In by Accident.
"lie is one of the most Inconseuucw
tlal men I have ever met."
"So subdued and unolisfnislve."
"It surprises mo that the baby c.r
rlnpe doesn't run over Liin."
"On the square. I don't see how le
happened to be Invited to his owj
"Percy Is devotb a itself so far
Ethel Is concerned.'"
"Yes; Fhe says kIio quite loves blm." '
"Why do you finy tb.it?"
"I see she inonna to refuse him."
Not to Thouol-.t Of.
"They are nlv.-yn quarreling.
"Wonder why they en n't agree.
"It would be " f.;r;J."
"Fatal: To wli.ii'" '.
"Their constitutional contrariety." !
"I. have found tlx fourth dimi
"Where did yen find it?"
"In a fat niiliioinlre length, bread 'it
thickDes.s and tightness."
Ho ptood on tho bridtre at midnight.
The rein came down like Fin.
lie hod looked on tho wine
When Its eolnr was fine.
Bo the copper ran blm In.
Ail Lit Up.
"ITe urcd to think housekeeping
Inexpensive, but he has seen a great
"What was it?"
"ills gas b;::.
Some people lore ti clr ratlve bind.
Tou know tn tt thi Is so.
For when they Ic.ive It lurk they send
Lech year to k t the dougii.
Powor cf Mat it.
"I noticed Miss .Tn!u; bnocked In
fiea.l of rit!i!rfr tin ber!n H "
"Too bad s:; Ii n pretty ;;irl f h-.nili
be such a knocker."
H t!: it you -.re- KMK-'-irgT"
m good ten cent ;". r."
rum: What lid it cost you?"
Croup Is n:ort rrrvalcnt during tbe
dry coll vea'her cf the early winter I
months. Parei.ts f yoi:n children
should be prepared for It. All that is i
needed 13 a bottl-- of Chatu'jerlaln'3 j
Cough Reriiooy. Many mo! hers are
nover without It in their hurn--3 and '
it has never disappointed them. Sold
by all druggists.