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THE ROCK ISLATTD ARGTJS, TTEDNESDAY, FEBRUART 23, 1910.
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"j-Atownship in Rock Island county.
Wednesday, February 23, 1910i
Push the Belt line.
Let the town grow.
How do you Hie these spring-like
v The thing for all to do, Is to pull to-
.rrygether for a Greater Bock Island.
i After our City Attorney "Witter re
jected the noo-day lunch requirement
tot the Tri-Clty Railway company.
'A prison expert now proposes to
-d teach convicts farming. In other
4 J words, they are to raise ; money on
-i green-goods to quite another way.
tTt-To the benevolent personality of
rMr. Taft It looks like a cinch for the
sparty to go before tho people on the
ftthree popular Issues of Aldrich, Can
Karon and tho Payne bilL.
; It is suggested that City Attorney
--..hWJtter might descend from his perch
jonce- more and require that the Tri
"'City-Railway company assume the
troublesome toll bridges.
The Rockford Star says "and yet
,',George "Washington was not much of
'a lion killer." Is that so? The gen
jeral impression Is that "he was as far
"ias the continent is concerned.
A burglar stole diamonds worth
', $300,000 from a woman's room in a
!New York hotel. We shall probably
hear now how he overlooked $S0,00O,
00,000 in cash which was lying on the
' Newspaper dreamers who are trying
to pry the state of Illinois oft its foun
dation with the parole law decision,
and who are entertaining the whole
sale Jail delivery hallucination, have
Dannq Dreamer and Little Nemo
backed Into oblivion.
' Mr. Roosevelt having been so long
Isolated from civilization, the Terre
Haute Star (rep.) says he still ha3 the
; pleasure before him of learning how
terribly organized privilege and pred
atory wealth were swatted by his old
chums, Aldrich and Cannon, in the
Rock Island is not by any means the
only city In Illinois that Is earnestly
considering, the commission form of
municipal government. Peoria, Spring
field, Qumcy, Iecatur, Bloomington,
Galesburg, Joliet, Rockford, Danville,
East St. Louis and Cairo are all eager
to give it a trial. And there are others
throughout the state. Legislation per
mitting the adoption of the commis
eion form Is now In force. in Iowa, Wis
consin, ancnigan, California, Massachu
"setts, Kansas, Texas and South Da
saved it Is to be saved by the insur
gents, whom Speaker Cannon has
been trying to read out of the organ
ization." Of which tho Qulncy Journal sagely
asks: But why lay It all on Mr. Can
non? "What about Mr. Taft? Is he
not trying to drive the Insurgents
out of the republican party? Is it
not about time that republicans rec
ognize that Aldrichlsm and Canncn
lsm are as thoroughly Intrenched In
the White house as in the capltol
The College Hen.
Presupposing the veracity of the
press reports, the Cornell hen has
achieved merit by laying eggs of the
regulation Cornell colors r-red and
white. Likewise she has acquired
pink feet, which la delicate, compli
ment to the fair students of Sage col
lege. Now comes Dr. Riddle of the
University of Chicago claiming that
he has surreptitiously Inserted aniline
dye stuffs In hens' food and caused
them to present him with eggs the
yolks of which were tinted a delicate
purple. He thus begins a desperate
controversy with the Cornell labora
tory for priority of discovery.
The situation may yet call for fed
eral investigation at the hands of a
committee. A revision of the rules
must be had. Suggestions being In
order, we desire to state the case:
1. Can tho hen bird be trained to
lay eggs of any desired color?
2. Can this be done by auto-sug
gestion or only by the Interpolation of
extraneous articles such as alazarin.
rosanalin, nlgrozin or basic black?
3. Is the hen bird a proper vehicle
for experiment under the direction of
the agricultural department or the In
4. Judging by the recent high price
of eggs, should these experiments not
be conducted under the treasury de
5. Have the hen- birds recently
shown a deficit? If so, should hens
be investigated by Secretary Hitch
C Should experiments with the
duck bird and the goose bird be con
ducted by the secretary of the navy?
7. As the Cornell hen has shown
her college spirit, is she not a proper
subject for investigation by the presi
dent himself, that she may be taught
to lay eggs of Yale blue?
8. As the robin h?.s from most
ancient times and with a curious lack
of individuality been laying Yale-blue
eggs, should not the robin be appoint
ed the national bird In place of the
eagle, the color of whose eggs is no
It 13 to be regretted that the tennis
cabinet is so deplorably disorganized.
The rules of the egg game call for re
vision at the hands of the eminent
Tartarin and his aforetime associates.
The annual egg-rolling contests on the
"White house grounds at Easter are j
conducted under safe and sane rules.
This new game is threatening danger
and some hen Is liable to get hurt un
less something is done.
PERU AND ECUADOR ARE PREPARING FOR WAR
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LIMA, PEltU. War between Pera
and Ecuador now seems almost in
evitable, though there Is still some
hope among the foreign merchants
that the United States will Intervene.
Both countries are actively preparing
for hostilities and there Is great ex
citement among the people. The trou
ble results from the dispute over the
international boundary. Peru's war
strength Is estimated at about 14,009
men, but a much larger number can
be put In the field if necessary. The
army of Ecuador numbers 6,000.
Getting at the Root of the Saloon
."Permit the sale of liquor after
-,March 1 in, no saloon where women
;Thls order posted this week in po
; lice headquarters in Chicago will. If
It is enforced, prove a body blow at
tho greatest evil in connection with
- the liquor traffic. It means, if car
Tied into, effect, the elimination of the
; wine room, which as The Argus has
, all. along contended constitutes the
most degrading auxiliary to the saloon
The city officials of Chicago have
.set ah example in this respect worthy
the adoption of every city in the state
where women are" harbored in saloons
' and where street walkers thrive.
"Permit the sale of liquor in no sa
loon where women congregate" should
be posted in the police stations and
back of the bar in all cities and enforced.
r "What a Republican Says.
E. M. Hlggins, a Taft elector from
Ohio, returned from a visit to Wash
ington a few days ago and gave his
Impressions to the Ohio State Journal
"I have seen m the concrete In
Washington what I have always
! known in the abstract, and that is
Cannonism and" Aldrichlsm in control
of the legislative machinery of the
-national government, directing the
: party's policy, suppressing reforma
tive, measures, blocking the president
j'ifi'his program, insolent with power,
defying public opinion, celebrating
itheir successful exploitation of the
DeoDle and planning further to serve
j'the special Interests of which Cannon
Ism and Aldrichlsm are the agents.
;fam a republican. All these evils
i-are-done in the name of the repub
lican ' party. If these forces of cor
ruption and deplorable political
-'.methods are not dislodged the repub
lican party will collapse by the very
weight of them. . The issue is be
Ecoming more a moral than a political
'4 .The Kansas City Times, (republi
.Tcah remarks as to the above :
j "All of which means, in a word,
f that If the republican party is to be
Wilson Is Called.
Secretary Wilson of the department
of agriculture, who blames the corner
grocer for the increased cost of living,
has been "called" by Representative
Charles H. Weisse of Wisconsin.
Mr. Weisse declares "Uncle Jim" is
badly mistaken, cites figures and facts
to prove it. Weisse is not only one
of the leaders on his side of the house,
but is an operator of large tanneries
in the Badger state. Therefore he is
especially qualified to discuss the issue
as to whether the retail butcher or
the beef trust is to blame.
"Secretary "Wilson is wrong, dead
wrong. In his statements to the effect
that the high cost of food products is
due to the immense profits of the little
dealer," says Representative Weisse.
"What the secretary is trying to do is
as plain as a bright, summer, sunshiny
day. He is trying to take the load oft
the packers and trusts and shift it" on
the small dealers. If he would stop
to figure a minute he would find in
13,400 failures that we htd in 1909.
there were 12,300 failures of firms
rated below $5,0O0, only one that was
rated $500,000 and one a $1,000,000.
This is according to Bradstreets' re
ports on failures in 1909. This is argu
ment enough to settle th question
that It is the large packers and trusts
that are robbing the little consumer
"Now, if the secretary will also tako
Bradstreets for January he will find
that the price of live hogs in 1S9C, in
Chicago, was $3.40 a hundred, whila
dressed hogs sold for $3.87 a hundred.
which left a profit of 47 cents to the
packers for dressing. If he will look
over the same report he will find the
price of live hogs In January, 1910, in
Chicago, was $8.50 a hundred, while
the price of dressed hogs was $1L50,
which left $2.90 a hundred to the pack
ers for dressing, which 13 about six
times, as much as the packers received
"If the secretary will ponder over
the cost of articles of food as set out
authoritatively in Bradstreets he will
find that it Is not the little fellow, or
the 'measly little trusts, &a he dubbed
the retailers, that Is making the
money out of these extremely high
prices. Under the inflated system of
currency maintained by the present
administration, and with the excessive
import duties adding to the cost of
everything, it costs the retailer a
great deal more to do business than
It did 10 years ago. The purchasing
power of his dollar 13 almost cut in
"The protectionists are trying to put
the blame on the retailer. The white
wash scheme may work for some time,
but I believe that the people will take
advantage of the articles on the free
list in the Payne bill, one being tar
and the other feathers, which were
reduced 15 per cent. A good coating
of this at this time, to some of these
Cannon and Aldrich and 'system fol- j
lowers, would be a good remedy for
the present high-protection evij-"
The Argus Daily Short Story
. Her Chauffeur. By F. A. Mitchel.
Copyrighted. 1910. by Associated Literary Press.
"Cab!" callod a young girl standing
on a curb on F street, Washington.
A chauSfcur sittiug In an auto on
the other side of the street caught her
eye. She was very stylishly dressed,
very pretty, and, although attractive
the chauffeur looked at her for a mo
ment without replying to her sum
mons, then, as If obeying an impulse;
drove his auto to the curb on which
the young lady was standing.
'"Are you engaged?" she asked.
"I thought you wore from your not
answering my call at once." Sbe step
ped into the auto. "Take me to
Formerly all the unfortunate love af
fairs and misalliances with manserv
ants occurred between the pretty
daughter of the house and the family
coachman. In these days of motors
the conchnian has given place to the
chauiTeur. From tho moment Sliss J'lo
ra Deuton, the daughter of a rich con
gressman who had recently, been elect
ed from the middle west, set eyes- on
the chauffeur there was trouble in
store for her.
"I presume you know all about
Washington," she said, leaning for
ward on her seat. "I don't know my
way anywhere. We came only yester
day." "I'm pretty familiar with the streets.
I have to be to drive an auto."
"What a rich, deep voleel" said Miss
Denton to herself, then aloud: "I want
some one I can trust to take me about
If you will tell me where I can call on
you I'll have you regular'y."
The chauffeur did not reply at once.
When he did he said:
"Call up telephone No. GS12."
Miss Denton took a pocketbook from
a little bag hanging to her wrist, from
which she drew a card and on the
card wrote the telephone number.
"Who shall I ask for?" she said. "I
suppose there are other autos there."
"Say you would like to speak .to
"Very well; here we are the dark
stone house over there. What's the
fare?" she added as she alighted.
"If I'm to drive you regularly you
might pay at the end of the month,"
replied the obliging chauffeur.
"That'll do very well, if you're sat
isfied. Perhaps you'd better come to
morrow afternoon at 3 o'clock to take
me for a ride."
"All right, ma'am."
When 3 o'clock the next afternoon
came Miss Denton was at a front win
dow in auto costume, drawing on her
gloves while waiting for the chauf
feur. He drove up punctually and,
net knowing that the lady was looking
at him, stepped out of his machine
and, walking up to the door, rang.
"Well. I never!" exclaimed Miss Den
ton, "ne walks like a ramrod. I be
lieve he was a soldier before he be
came a cab driver. Just look at those
shoulders! It's a wonder they don't
pull him over backward."
She met him at the door with a smile,
but suddenly repressed It, remember
ing his station. She asked him to take
her across the Potomac. He did so,
and once away from the city they spun
along merrily. Reaching an old bridge
over a shallow creek, he said:
"If I could trust that bridge I would
take you back by way of Arlington."
"Cross it I'll" take the risk."
"I doubt if it will hold under the
weight of this machine. It's off the
main road and not Intended for gen
T think I'd better 00
Miss Denton sniffed the air. "I had
an idea that you were a soldier before
you became a chauffeur. I'm surpris
ed at your timidity."
He made a dash at the bridge, hop
ing for safety in speed. They had
got nearly over when It broke under
them and down they went.
Fortunately the distance to faH was
not great, and the machine remained
right 6ide up. But a falling beam
struck the chauffeur on the head, and
when Miss Denton, who had scram
bled out on to dry land, turned to
look at him he was sitting in his seat
unconscious, with blood streaming
down over his face.
At the moment there came the honk
of an auto horn, and Miss Denton ran
he was srrrivo rv his seat, ttncon
1 to the main road and signaled for the
driver to stop, and two men who were
In the machine came to her assist
ance. They got the chauffeur out,
brought him back to consciousness
and kindly offered to tke both back
to the city. As for the auto, it was
not to be moved at once.
When they reached the city the
chauffeur was about to tell them where
to take him when he was forestalled
by Miss Denton, who Insisted that, the
accident having bpen her own fault,
he should go to her own home. He
demurred at this, saying they would
go there first; then he wished to be
left at his room. When they reached
Massachusetts avenue the lady's
father, seeing from a window that
somethins. was. wrong, went out and
No effcer article of humsn food
lias ever received such em
phatic commendation for
parity, usefulness and whole
sameness from the most'
when informed of the facts directed
that the chauffeur come Inside, at any
rate temporarily. So the man walked
in, refusing support, and was placed
In an easy chair and given a stimu
lant. IJe declined to have a physician
A week later Mr. Denton said to his
daughter: "Pussy, I think it's time
that your chauffeur go back to his
garage. lie's all right and by bang
ing around here is losing money every
day. I bad his auto sent for, and It
has been put in order. The bill will
come to me."
Miss Denton told the chauffeur what
her father had said, softening the In
vitation to depart as well as 6he could.
The young' man bade her goodby, look
ing longingly Into ber eyes, while her
hand lingered in his, and said:
. "If I weren't only a chauffeur!"
He stopped and, turning away, left
The father of Miss Flora Denton, be
lng a shrewd observer of what was
going on about him, saw very plainly
that his daughter was In danger of a
complication that would wreck the
peace and comfort of the family, ne
gave her orders that when she wished
an auto she should call him up on the
telephone and ho would send her one.
The girl must either obey or admit
that she was desirous of riding with
an especial chauffeur, which" would be
giving away her case. She longed for
a spin with the. driver of her choice
and since she could not ride with him
would not ride at all. But sbe went
often to the business portion of the
city and kept a sharp eye open for a
familiar' face belonging to her own
Then came the first Important social
function since Congressman Denton
had taken his seat in the house of rep
resentatives. The president was to
give a reception, and the Denton fami
ly were to attend. Mrs. Denton, who
wa3 greatly worried about the chauf
feur episode, was anxious that her
daughter should go about, hoping that
the impression made by a common cab
driver might be eradicated by some
young man of prominence. Washing
ton was full of officials, some of whom
were quite young enough for her
daughter to marry, and the place liter
ally swarmed with army and navy offi
cers. Mrs. Denton, therefore, got out
Miss Flora's most becoming costume
and endeavored to excite an Interest
on the part of her daughter In this her
first appearance In Washington public
Cut the girl was languid and listless.
In vain her mother told her of the
great people she would meet young
men some of whom were already po
litical leaders, the generals, the admi
rals and the junior officers near her
own age. Flora made no objection to
going among all these people, but there
was none of .that enthusiasm to be ex
pected in a young girl on whom for
tune bad bestowed such advantages.
Finally the motbw, losing patience, ex
ploded: "I do believe you're gone on that cab
This was the feather that broke the
camel's back. Flora burst Into tears
and, going to her room, locked herself
However, when the time came to
dress for .the president's reception she
permitted her maid, her mother super
vising, to arrange her costume, and it
must be confessed that she looked
ravishing. Even the tinge of melan
choly In her eyes was becoming.
A throng of people in evening dress
were at the White House waiting the
entrance of the president. There were
members of the cabinet, senators, gen
erals and admirals Indeed, the govern
mental magnates of the nation. Their
wives and daughters, dressed in silks
and satins, in laces and feathers, stood
with them, forming lines on either side
of a passageway along which the
president was to proceed to the posi
tion in which he would receive his
guests. Congressman Denton, his wife
and daughter stood among the rest
Presently there was a flourish of mu
sical Instruments, and two young army
officers marching abreast led the pro
cession escorting the chief magistrate.
"Pussy," said Mr. Denton, "that of
ficer ou the right looks for all the
world like your chauffeur."
Feeling his daughter's hand clutch
ing his arm.- he turned and saw her in
a fever of excitement. "When she
could cafch her breath and articulate
"Oh, papa, he is my chauffeur!"
"He isn't," protested Mrs. Denton
who had noticed the young man and
overheard what her husband and
daughter had said.
But when the young man passed
R-itbin a few feet of them and gave
them a smile In which was expressed
his satisfaction at having duped them
there was no further doubt as to his
Identity. When a few rpluutes later
he joined them and Flora asked re
proachfully, "Why did yoTi do it?" he
replied, "I didn't; you took me fr a
cabman, and I didn't tell you I wnn't
one." . '
Mrs. Lieutenant Drake Of the ar
tllery is now stationed at one of the
Tr WiCAJt M. SMITH '
JT Is not sufficleut that you be bright
but you have to keep working at
being bright if you waDt to score.
Now is the time for all good vege
tarians to come to the aid of the pub
Thrre are many people who can't be
good simply because they aren't built
along those lines.
While we are
trying to save our
money old Father
Time comes along
and takes away all
the reason we bare
for wanting mon
ey. The worst thing
about mediocrity is
that it generally
Tbe work of a confidence man, like
beauty, is only skin deep.
There la this about a bad habit you
can take it out and give It to a friend
and It will torment you more than
An optimist is one who gets himself
Invited out to dinner while the pessi
mist Is roaring about the price of sir
loin. The money that a man burns doesn't
drive away tbe chills of apprehension
that come later.
It yon can't get what you need, take
what your enemy needs.
A bill In your pocket la much more
comforting than a Jack In a box.
Being able to draw upon the Imagi
nation and have Imagination honor toe
draft Is what helps fatten tbe bank
Success is a thing that often comes
unexpectedly and leaves without notice.
The office boy ha tia a way
That does not make a bit
'With visitors who come and ( -
And through the office flit.
He meets a man of dlg-Qlty
And with a fishy eye
Abruptly says, "Pass In your card
And 1 may let you by."
Althougrh be does not own the works.
This self Important kid.
Or pay the men who make it go.
He acta as though be did.
He shows It In bis style ot talk.
His manners and his face '
Should the occasion but arise
That he could run the place.
No one from presidents on down
To millionaires can ballc
The steadfast purpose of this lad.
No odds how loud they talk.
No one, though he may own a sank
And In an auto ride.
Is half as big as Is the one
Who holds the desk Inside.
It useless Is to threaten, bribe
Or try to call him down.
No compliment will make him wilt.
No more than wlll a frown.
He knows he's there to stem the tide
And snoo tbe bores away.
And no one can get past the rail
Without his big O. K.
Feb. 23 in American
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Koal fess always received the iiloliest award when M
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1S70 Anson Burlinganie. diplomatist
who; negotiated the Burlinganie
treaty with China, died; born ISiO.
1004 The canal treaty with the repub
lic of Panama ratified by the Unit
The only high'
'J If HaTlTIt i . .f
ier sold at ; ;
"You always have to kiss a girl
against her will."
"Well, I can tell you one thing."
"You never kiss her against - her
Cf No Use.
"With that scheme you ought to be
able to kill two birds with one stone."
"It would do me no good if I did."
"It would be Just my luck to have
them both English sparrows." ,
"What is the cause of high living?"
"The trusts, cenfound 'em! They
ought to be busted."
"Why don't you go out and bust a
"They won't let me."
"ITe has a large income."
"From his father?"
"Certainly not; earns it himself.
"With his nerve and his Imagina
tion." Only Explanation.
"I didn't know that IJrown had lost
"Well. I bear that he is working for
Improvement Over Nature.
"Moonlight was iade for courting."
"1 prefer gaslight."
"That Is queer tasle."
"You can't turn moonlight down."
Answered the Description.
"I think I will n-r!' a book."
"Why don't you?"
"I can't think of anything to say.'
"Oh, Just a popular novel."
No Mad Rush.
"In tropical countries, you know.
they rest in the middle cf the day."
"And what do they do after that?"
"Tbeu tbey rest some more."
An attack of the rrlp Is often .'j;-
lowed by a persistent cough, which to
many proves a great annoyance.
Chamberlain's Cough Remedy has
been extensively ufcod and with good
success for the relief and cure of this
cough. Many caees have been cured
after all other remedies had failed.
Sold by all druggists. . ,