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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1909.
Published Dally and Weekly at 1624
S'.-cond avenue. Rock Island. III. En
tered at the postoJUce as second-class
matter. . .
BY THE J. W. POTTER CO.
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eharacter. political or religious, must
have real name attached for publica
tion. No such articles will be printed
'over fictitious signatures.
' Correspondence solicited from every
township in Rock Island county.
Monday, November 22, 1909.
Boost the belt line.
Bring In the InterurbanB.
Pull for the new factory project.
Let as hope that Margaret niington's
biscuits will be much admired by her
King Manuel of Portugal is looking
for a wife to help him keep hia throne
While locating the blame for the dis
aster, remember that the orphan chil
dren mnst be fed.
.The Philadelphia North American
cays: "A few more exhibitions and it
will bo necessary to write his name
Joke Cannon.' "
The faderal court has taken another
6wlpe at the oil trust. Said oil trust,
Iiowever, Is not evincing the slightest
eviienco of alarm.
The Keokuk Gate City says that now
the hookworm Is receiving the atten
tion it deserves, it is clearly In order
to do. something for the fish worm dis
ease. The latter is also a prolific pro
moter of laalncss.
Cannon, Ixnirr.er, Dencen and Yates
are a!l tak'ng a hand In the congres
sional campaign In the Sixth district
In Chicago, but It is unnecessary to
state that tfcey are not to bo found to
gether on the same platform on the
" There i3 to bo a total eclipse of the
moou about 2 or 3 o'clock" Saturday
morning-, Nov. 27. Those who contem
plate attending the exhibition will have
time between now and the advertised
date to aakn up their minda whether
they will sit up lato or get up early.
Women Opposing Female Suffrage.
It I surprising that the aggres
sive m. advocated in this country
by rrs. ..;muar3t ana tno soiau min
ority of A::.erlccn euffrasists who seem
disposed to approve of the po'ley of the
British "suffragettes" should have
aroused oieanJAjd opposition among
the won:, n cf Philadelphia. There is
soinethl::g peculiarly repellaut to the
temper of typical American woman
hood la the Idea of smashing windows,
fighting! with police ofHcers, and ve
hemently interrupting speakers at pub
lic meetings in order to advance the
caus' of fominluo suffrage.
Tho vital weakness In this propa
ganda lies In the fact that it does not
command anything like actual approval
among tho great body of intelligent
women. If it3 champions want to
make- headway they need to address
their appeals not to the men, but to
their own sex.
And if they expect to inspire a grow
ing sentiment among women favorable
to the Idea which they preach they
should stop depicting violence and law
broaklng as admirable. It by no means
follows that this policy, so far as the
present generation is concerned, will
bring them very much nearer to their
desired goal. But it is certain that at
tempts to array one sex in hostility
toward the other in the United States
will result In utter failure.
The Impossible Cannon.
Anything quite so humorous as
3peaker Cannon's charge that Herman
Riddar offered him tho presidency, on
& silver platter, with the compliments
Df the metropolitan newspapers, if he
would repeal the duty on print paper,
we have not read this many a day.
lays tho New York Post. Mr. Ridder
Is an estimable and useful gentleman,
whose services to tho nowspaper in
Irving to obtain decent treatment from
congress were deserving of high praise.
vVo havo yet to learn, however, that ho
has become a candidate for bedlam,
and such he must be if he made any
Bach offer to Mr. Cannon. Of course,
be did not; his word on that point
would suffice even if every probability
were not on his side. Mr. Bidder has
seen every newspaper In New York
try to defeat a given candidate for the
mayoralty in vain. He knows, more
over, that no ono can "deliver the
newspapers of this city; it Is only by
accident that they ever pull together
Dn any Important proposition.
But, more than that, unless Mr. Rid
der was suffering from a complete men
tal aberration, he must have known
that if all the city newspapers of the
country were to band together they
could not elect Mr. Cannon to the pres
idency. So foul-mouthed, so coarse, so
selfish a politician, utterly out of sym
pathy with the wishes and spirit of
the people of the United States, has
never entered the White house, and
cerer will. . '
Oat door Schools.
The National Tuberculosis associa
tion has arrived at the conclusion that,
at the very least, $7500,000 is expend
ed yearly by the old school system on
children that aro carried off by con
sumption beroro their 18th year. It is
to Etop that waste of life and money,
a3 well as to prevent contagion, that
that the out-door or "open air" school
has been brought to this country from
Germany, according to Edwin Bjork
man in the December Van Nordea Mag
azine. Providence, It. I., which established
the first special school for deficient or
"backward" children " In this coiihtry,
was also the first city to test and prove
the value of the open-air school. Two
woman physicians, Dr. Ellen A. Stone
and Dr. Mary S. Packard, took the in
itiative, and they gained without diffi
culty the approval and active coopera
tion of the school and health authori
ties of the city, as well as the full sup
port of the Providence League for the
Suppression of Tuberculosis. That
first school was opened two years ago.
Boston came next, less than a year
ago, and was followed by New York,
Chicago, Pittsburg; Brookllne, Mass.;
Hartford, Conn.,and Asheville, N. C.
Charleston, Mass., was the first city
known to have a special "open-air
class" for the delicate children in one
of its schools. At present Baltimore;
Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Phil
adelphia, and Detroit are preparing
for open-air schools, while Boston is
planning to enlarge the one It has, and
Chicago is talking of adding three new
ones to the one already in use.
Ship . cidy.
Washington dispatches make it plain
that the republicans are determined to
pass a ship subsidy bill at the ap
proaching session of congress in a pro
fessed effort to solve the problem of
reestablishing American shipping and
It is altogether probable that Presi
dent Taft will recommend and urge a
ship subsidy law in his annual mes
sage. While the problem should be solved,
the proposed ship subsidy will not
solve it, but will only aggravate the
disease, from which the country is suf
fering. The time to solve it was when
the tariff was being reversed, and the
way by placing shipbuilding materials
in the free list and revising the gen
eral tariff downward. Such a solution
woulJ not cost, the general government
a penny, and could not injure anyone
or anything, save possibly the monopo
ly of the American shipbuilding trust.
President Taft's plan is to donate to
private ship owners from fC.C00.000 to
$S,000,000 a year to start with. Once
given root, a ship subsidy is like a
tariff; it grows and grows and grows.
Germany, although maintaining a
high protection policy, does not permit
a cent of import duty to be levied on
shipbuilding materials. Even the mem
bers of the British parliament who are
endeavoring to saddle England with
protection adrait that freo shipbuild
ing materials are desirable, and that
should they be successful they would
not think of taxing materials that are
used in shipbuilding.
Note tho comparative progress on
British and American shipping, which
we find in an exchange, one under free
trade and tho other under protection:
Million tons. MilMontons
1SG0 4.G 2.5
1S70 5.C 1.5
1SS0 5.5 1.3
1S90 7.9 .9
1900 9.3 .3
100C 11.2 .0
There was a time in the 50's and 60s
when the United States had a healthy
merchant marine, and it was not cod
dled on subsidies, either. We lost oiir
hold on the peas throuch raising the
tariff on materials used in the con
struction of ships. It now costs 49 per
cent more to build a ship in the United
States than it does in England. The
result' Is practically no ships aro being
built here for the foreign trade. If
revision upward ruined our maritime
industries, we see no reason why we
may not concludo suitable revision
downward coupled with the repeal of
certain barbarous and antiquated navi
gation laws would not restore them.
The American people are not In a
mood for a ship subsidy. President
Taft and the Aldrlches and the Can
nons and the Smoots should stop and
meditate. Their sins are already great
Owing to republican extravagance the
deficit in the national finances for the
fiscal year ending June 30, 1909, was
the staggering sum of $89,811,156. Then
there was a tariff revision that was no
torious as a fraud and a fake. A ship
subsidy may be like the straw that
broke the camel's back.
The Miners Organization.
One of the most Impressive evidences
of the good which is accomplished by
the great organization of coal miners
is the systematic, business-like manner
In which that great body turned its
tender and loving attention to the
wants of the suffering widows and chil
dren of those men who met such an
awful fate in the doomed St. Paul mine
at Cherry, 111.
The moment the reports of the disas
ter were heard the miners through
their organization set to work to has
ten the emergency work which might
save the lives of thoso imprisoned in
the mine. Through those awful hours
of suspense the miners' organization
was at work doing all that could be
done In the emergency.
Then, when the awful realization
dawned that there was no hope for the
rescue of the doomed miners, as the
rescuers had been beaten back by
gases and smoke and fire, the represen
tatives of the miners' union, turned
with characteristic tenderness, sympa
thy and love to those hundreds of
wives made widows, and thousands of
little children rendered fatherless.
No one feels quite as keenly,' quite
as deeply the full meaning of this ca
lamity as 'the miner himself especi
ally the miner wiih a family who3e
heroic bosom heave3 with love when
he hisses his wife and chiidren good
bye and crosses his tjireshhold to has
ten to his dangerous work.
Tens of thousands of big, magnani
mous coal miner hearts are today
bursting with sympathy for the suffer
ing, sorrowing women and children at
Cherry. And they have not confined
their sympathy to sentiment, but have
promptly met conditions as they are
and planned an effective, material re
lief work which is already in progress.
This closely woven brotherhood as
exemplified in the coal miners' union
is indeed commendable, and, as the
sympathy of the general public goes
out especially to the sufferers at
Cherry, there Is ample reason to gen
erally commend the miners and their
union for the heroic and humanitarian
manner in which they meet great
LONG LIVED OLIVE TREES.
Groves That Have Been Productive For
The longevity of olive trees is extraor
dinary. In Syria have been found some
remarkably ancient olive trees whose
ages are established beyond question.
A trust deed exists which relates to an
orchard coveriug 490 trees near Tripoli,
Syria, the trust deed having been Li
sued in the year 1410.
Though the trees look aged, they still
bear fruit of fine quality in abundance
and are likely to maintain their pro
ductiveness for many hundreds of
years. An 'olive grove near Beirut
is admitted to be the third largest
olive farm in the world. Syrian fruit
farmers are extending olive culture
with much zeal and effect.
Under European systems of culture
the Syrians make the olive tree bear
each season, while In the old days one
crop in three years was thought to be
all that the trees could produce. The
low cropping capacity of the trees was
due to the native' method cf thrashing
the fruits from the branches with
sticks, which seriously injured them.
The methods of grinding the olive
for oil and picking the fruit are pecul
iar. Neither the grinders nor pickers
receive wages, but are paid ou per
centage. The pickers receive " per
cent of the actual fruit picked, and the
grinders get 10 per cent of the fruit
ground. Dundee Advertiser.
How Whitman He:ped Ch-Jds.
Tile poet Walt Whitman was, as is
well known, dependent during most of
his life upon the kindness of his frieuds
and admirers for support. A few years
before Ills death one of these friends
called upou hiui in bis little house in
"Well, Walt." he said, "how goes it
this winter? Any subscription needed
for Christ mas V"
No," said Whitman: "no. I'm at
work now. I'm in the employ of
George Guilds. lie pays me $30 a
"You at work! Slay I ask what If
your occupation V"
"Why. I ride in the street cars. 1
fall into talk with the drivers and con
ductors and find out which of them
have no overcoats and guess at their
size and notify Childs, and then he
sends the overcoats. It's not hard
work," said the poet thoughtfully.
"And theu, you know, it helps Childs
The trolley car stopped In the mid
die of a stretch of country read. Both
motorman and conductor tried in vain
to find out what the trouble was. At
last they gave it up. and the conductor
sfu'ed down the track to the nearest
"What do you suppose Is the trou
ble:" inquired a passeuger of his seat
"Why, I don't know much about
electricity," said the other, "but 1
should say It was the ohms. You see.
they get into the wires every little
while and make an awful fuss there.
Technically, 1 believe, it Is called re
sistance, but all It amounts to is stop
pagelike eels in water pipe, you
know. I never saw an ohm myself.
They're miscroscopic, you know."
Central Trust &
II. E. CASTEEL, President.
M. S. HEAGV, Vice-President.
H. B. SIMMON, Cashier.
The First Step Counts
especially when you - are saving
money. If you are a married man,
It is doubly Important that you give
this question of saving your most
earnest consideration. Abandon the
corele.-.s attitude of the easy optim
ist, who expects everything ; to be
well tomorrow simply because it Is
well today. Adapt that belief in
provision for the. future which Is
Incumbent on every man with a
wife and children. Start a savings
account at our bank. One dollar
will do. ' ; - ; .
Per Cent Paid on Deposits
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The Argus Daily Short Story
A Mess of Pottage By H. S. Frank.
Copyrighted. 1909, by Associated Literary Press.
The lilacs were in bloom, and above
them upon the limb of the big elm an
oriole had hung her nest, and every
day in the sunshine her troubadour
mate sang to her of love and compan
ionship and airy journeyings. From
across the fields came the odor of
freshly plowed ground and the breezy
calls of men to their horses. In the
barnyard were the cacklings of hens
and the peeping of many chickens,
while from the pasture below came the
lowing of cows to their calves. It
was mid-May, and the wheat beads
were still green with their thriftiest
glowing, and the fence corners and
roadsides were cheery with their gold
en offerings of dandelions.
Elsie came to the kitchen door and
looked out. The orioles were singing,
aud she ran lichtly down the tc
MOTHER TOLD ME THERE WAS TO EE A
PABTZ OVER AT HULLS'."
and round the house to the front yard,
her sleeves rolled above her plump
elbows and her cheeks flushed with
the exercise of dishwashing. Her
eyes were bright with sympathy for
the perfect day and the surroundings,
and as she looked up at the oriole her
Hps parted in a rippling little song
which she was to sing with her grad
uating class at the high school a few
But at the" front gate the song drop
ped to a lower key and then stopped
altogether as a gayly dressed youn-j
man threw himself from his horse and
came jauntily toward her. with hat in
"Good morning, Elsie," he began. l
take the 10 p'clock train, but I bad to
come round and say goodby to you. I
haven't much time, you know, but
you'lwrite. won't you? And I'll write
and tell you how I get along.. Every
thing Ml be fine tip there."
"Yes, I suppose so," Elsie answered
slowly, "and.. I'll write." Her eyes
.bad grown softer at his approach; now
they looked troubled. They always
looked troubled lately after a few min
utes talk with Fred. lie was chang
ing so. Ills people bad taken summer
boarders, and Fred was aping their
manners. ' Ilo wore cheap kid gloves
and tried to imitate their way of -walking
and used as many of their phrases
as he could in his conversation.
"Yes. 1'U write." she repeated, "and
tell you about everything going on
here. But they'll be doll letters, for
I'm Just .a farm girl and like farm
ways. I wish I could be ambitious
like you. but the country Is so beauti
ful. I feel about it like the oriole sing
ing up in the tree. I'm afraid you'll
think we 'are dull, Fred, and grow
away from us." -
She watched him down the road to
the corner, of the next field, where he
stopped for a moment to speak with
Hank Bortfn. . j
. When shs went-in her father was
standlng;on the kitchen steps, lighting
his tirve. ? - .".'' "
COeVRICHT CUMCOtNST. WASH.
of the Currency.
"Who was that fellow, El." be asked
"I thought so. Come to say gcollby.
didn't he? Well, I'm sorry for oldiman
Taggart. lie sets the world by that
boy.- An' 'tis a pity too. Fred wafl the
smartest fellow round here at ; one
time for a young chap an' seemeil to
have the makin of something uncom
mon. But the smartness has all llraz
zled out now in kid gloves an squk
in' boots, an he's goln up to the -Mty
to work for $6 a week when his fa
ther's got the finest farm round Mre,
an' Fred could have the mnnln' af it
in a few years if he'd stay. Well,
well! Fools ain't all dead yet. But
here comes Ilauk. Guess he wnnti to
see you. El."
Elsie hod been slipping Into ,tue
house with heightened color, but turn
ed back. Hank was the son of t:eir
nearest neighbor and was a gdod.
whole souled fellow, with clear tsid
and energetic habits, but woefully nlSl
dent and slow of speech. Elsie lii.ed
him, but had never cared to analyze
what Hank's feelings might be tovitrd
As he approached thm the yong
man nodded to her rather, who V-'as
moving away toward the baru, and
then turned to her expectantly, wlitli
the color rising slowly to the roots of
his hair. But not until her father was
out of hearing did he speak.
"Elsie," lie begau then bashfully,
"Fred just said goodby to me. I&1I
be gone a long time."
"Yes?" tentatively. "He said god
by to me."
"There's tho rehearsal tonight Sat
urday night, you know, Elsie," he
went oil "It's quite a long walk, ami
aud you'll bo needing somebody to go
w 1th you. I thought I'd better nan
over before any of the other boys g.ot
"I can go alone Just as well as nt,
Hank. It's bright moonlight."
"Yes, yes; I know 'tis," desperately.
"But there's rehearsals next week, smd
church tomorrow night, and itaid
there's all summer long and all ufcxt
winter. It won't be moonlight all tile
time. You'll need somebody to wnik
with you. Of course 1 ain't askirg
yon to keep company with me," hur
riedly, "only only you'll need som?
body till Fred gets back, and Itn
"I'm not engaged to Fred." proudly.
"No, of course not. I know that er
thought so. But he 6ort of kept com
pany with you, and and I'm handles!.
Elsie, and you'll be sure to need some
body, and and you and I will understand."
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She looked at him thoughtfully.
"Yes, you and I would understand.
Hank." she agreed, "and maybe 1 will
need somebody sometimes. 1 yes, you
may come for me."
" The rest came'about naturally. Hauli
became Elsie's "steady company," as
the neighboring young people said, but
Ilank and Elsie themselves under
stood. And Fred when he returned
home for a few days at CUristmas un
derstood, too, and he wrung Hank's
hand and called him a good fellow for
protecting his girl from the other
Before the end of the next year
there was a rumor that Fred's father
was not quite satisfied. The firm had
not advanced Fred as it should have.
Ue was still receiving $0 a week, and
money had to be sent from home to
pay for bis clothes. Then bis letters
were filled with theaters and the prop
er things In high life, with nothing
about his work.
Then one day Fred suddenly appear
ed among them. Jaunty as evefi and
home for good, as he said. The city
was too crowded and unsatisfying,
and. besides, his father needed him to
manage the farm. And all he brought
for his two years' work and the money
6ent him were a large diamoud, which
flashed upon one of his fingers, and
The very night of his arrival he
dressed himself with all the elaborate
ness of his city knowledge and went
across to Elsie's home. She received
him in the parlor in the pretty white
dress which he remembered she was
having made for her graduation. As
she entered the room something In her
bright, winsome beauty so different
from the chalky complexions of the
shopgirls he had become acquainted
with made him step forward im
pulsively. "Why, you're beautiful. Elsie!" he
exclaimed. "I bad no idea. It's fins
to be home again. Ain't you glad to
"Yes, Indeed. I am. Fred," she an
swered frankly as she gave him both
her hands. "It will be nice to have
you with us again."
Fred laughed complacently and set
tled himself comfortably 4n the easiest
chair in the room.
"How do you like city life?" asked
"Oh. I like the city, but there's no
chance for a fellow there. I wish there
was. The amusements to be had in the
city are infinitely superior to those we
have in the country. I used to go to
the opera nearly every night In the
season.' Of course I always went In
evening dress. No man goes to the
opera in the city as he would go to one
of our country parties. Everything
seems very crude to me now I've got
"Ob. by the way, Elsie," he said
presently, "mother told me there was
to be a party over at Hulls Wednes
day night. Shall we go? I haven't
got any Invitation yet. but It'll come
soon s they bear I'm home."
"Yes. you'll get it all right." Elsie
agreed. "But I can't go with you.
Fred. I've promised Hank. He's got
a cousin staying at his house, though
a nice girl. Suppose you ask her."
"No, thank you," smilingly. "I
would rather have you. It'll be all
right about Hank. I'll see him myself
and tell him he's 'off duty.' "
The color deepened a little in Elsie's
"I don't believe Dank will agree to
that. Fred." she said demurely. "We
are to be married at Christmas, and
he doesn't seem to want me out of his
sight a single evening. But he'll be
here in a few minutes now. You can
ask him and see."
Tbey looked out of the window, and
there came Ilank, walking as if be
hind the plow, but with as honest a
face as the sun ever shone upon. Frei
glared at him, but said nothing.
"Fred will be at our wedding.
Hank." said Elsie.
"We'll be glad to see him," replied
"I I'm afraid I shall have to deny
myself the pleasure," stammered Fred.
"I've found, after all. I've become so
much attached to city life that I can't
stand the country any more. I'm go
That's too bad." from Elsie.
The wedding came off at the ap
pointed time, even though Fred was
not th?re to give it eclat in a swallow
tall coct. '
To Cure a Ccld in One Day
Take Laxative Bromo Quinine Tablets.
Druggists refund money If It fails to
cure. E. W. Grove's signature Is on
each box. 25 cents.
Humor and ?
Philosophy d v
or dvcaa m. smith
OOME men are so obtuse that you
have to show them the door when
they are looking right at It
It doesn't fol
low that because
a man continual
ly ma ken thought
less remarks hm
A thick Kkia Is
not beautiful, but
It Is often com
fortable. There ar m
kinds of women
as there are wo
men. Nobody is going out of his way to
carry a barrel of flattery to you Jugt
from love of you or because be is
needing exercise. Remember that
You may be rich without being hap
py, but you can't be happy without be
Speak well of your friends. Their
enemies will do all the knocking neces
sary. George Washington was tempted to
go fishing, but be always remembered I
that he had a reputation to present.
Don't listen to the rolce of trouble, ,
for trouble is apt to be a liar anyhow.
No fireworks to light the aklea
And natch bora barns to burs.
No shooting crackers while you wait
And everywhere you turn.
No shouting; In the publlo streets
Nor spoutlne in a hall.
On this deilirhtful, festive day
Just eating; that is all.
No presents that you have to buy.
Although you may be broke.
For nieces, nephews, neighbors' kids
And all the other folk:
No heavy packages to mall.
No janitors to treat
Just coming home to see the folks
And sitting down to eat.
Not even postal cards to aend
To comrades far away
Or mottoes wishing them returns
Of this auspicioua day.
No pranks to play on any one.
No jokes, refined or crude
Just simply drawing up a cbalr
And dallying wttb food.
Yes. only on Thanksgiving day
Of all the festive Gates
On which the world puts by Its work
And gsyly celebrates
Is there the single, central theme
That make this day the best.
Just bring along your sppetites.
The cook will do the rest.
On His Guard.
"What did the old man
you asked him for his
"He asked me If I bad aoy money."
"I suppose you showed him jour
"No; I evaded the question. 1 don't
know what will happen after 1 am
married, but be Isn't going to make
a touch on me before that."
"He told his wife tbat be was going
out with tbe boys and wocldn't be
home much before morning,"
"Right to ber facer
"How was It?"
"Over the telephone.
-Why is It that all widows know bow
to manage men?"
"Can't you see at a glance?'
"The man Is dead that was ber hus
band." "What has that to do with It?"
"Simply the survival of tbe flttest."
Happiness Is free to ah.
Uo not be so glum.
And. to know you'll be delighted
That tt Is not copyrlgnted.
IJetp yourself to some.
Neither Is It patented.
you should undervtand.
On a claim at once be tiling.
You cannot be pinched for smiling
in this happy land.
Can I have the last word?" said the
tenacious bushnr.d to his wife.
"The last word?"
"Whnt will you do with It?"
"Yes; you can bare It If It will be a
promise of $10."
"Riches have wings."
"Certainly. That's tbe fun of It.
"But they get away from you."
' "Bui not till you have flown
"He Is a good quarter borse."
"All of thnt."
"Better make it 15 cents and call it
Stating It Differently.
"Think the dog bas any tinman
"I don't know. I have seen men al
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