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THE ROCK: ISIIAND AltGTJS. FRIDAY. MARCH 11, 1910.
THE -ARGUS. :
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ttered at the postofflo a oond-ctaa
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township In Rock Ialand county.
. Friday, March 11, 1910.
r- Industry will bring industry. Get
r Busy. ... , i
The holdup game never, helped any-
jjbody attempting it. . .
U. Build up the town commercially as
fcwell as industrially.
- 'I Platinum has' gone' up" to $710 a
pound. This makes a pound' of steak
, look pretty cheap after all.:
The idea of putting in meters to
'measure telephone talk is good, but
" ;&wiU it be possible to devlsa meters
J that will stand the strain 7
Rock Ialand is the best town on the
tinap, but it will suffer -unless' it gets
?. the invigorating, influence of the loyal
S boosting of its citisens. Put out the
'- ilad hand all around.
. Witt J MV j , . m .. " "
fcTJnrt ti-nnt t fe-lt.h wtntr In lemma with.
. ?insurgents" and hence unworthy of
.vtrict attorney for the Springfield dis
' itrict. Wonder how Billv Lorimer
fcwould have succeeded in attaining his
. i present seat IT it naa not oeen Tor
V" J? Are the home merchants prepared
, to meet the competition, constantly
.f growing more attractive to the un
thinking, of those alluring spring
: -catalogues from the metropolitan de-
part meat stores? Of course the bar-
tgalns at home are hotter wnen you
Consider that the home merchant gives
' you personal attention and" the chance
i to return goods that are not what was
represented. But the public forgets
ithls. trade has to be drummed, and
vthe.only efficient, drummer for the
. . . . . t . .
nome mercnant is xne local newspaper.
Still in Evidence.
fr Former United States Senator Henry
iGassaway Davis was a visitor to St.
. Louis the other day. This recalls the
fact that Uncle Henry was the run
ning mate of Judge Alton B. Parker in
the 1904 presidential campaign. He
; was 71 vears old then and many ob
ectel to his candidacy because they
- bellejred that he would not live out his
Many much younger men who at
, leaded the nominating convention at
Jbt. Louis have passed away, but Mr.
.Davis is still hearty and active, as
" much so as men who have nearly at-
t allied four-score can hope to be. Mr,
. J Daris was traveling by special train
!and was on his way to Hot Springs to
take the baths. He spent three . hours
tin St. Louis "seeing the city" with R.
C. Kerens, recently appointed ambas
sador to Austria and a former business
partner of Mr. Davis.
i : Ship Subsidy Scheme.
; f.That a lobby of tremendous power is
i working for the passage of ship sub
I feVfy legislation at Washington is not
i Lit the prospective beneficiaries of
1 this proposed phip subsidy steal can
not get votes in a legitimate way, it is
toot , unlikely that they will pursue
With millions of dollars in subsidies
j at-stake all possible cunning and eon-
: niying to get tins legislation may De
I expected. The methods employed are
., t on- a level with the legislation itself
J -Every public-spirited legislator in
J, Washington should take a positive
stand in opposition to this ship sub
i sidy steal.
t At any time It would be outrageous
I to enact such legislation, but it would
. I ba unspeakably outrageous to do so
t now with the people already bearing
such a great burden of taxation, with
ithe . prices of . many things sky-high,
fend with the tyranny of monopoly and
greed already too much to bear.
i t-. Fear of the Comet.
i , .There are many persons even now
ii"oja uneasy state of mind in consa-
' t frnftrice of pnmo of th onntaoturc!
, t Speculations and predictions v pub-
- llshed in regard to what may result
jtojthe earth from contact with Hal-
ley's comet. .
vfSuch persons should consider that
i comets are parts of the universal sys
; tem, subject to the laws that govern
- J the whole tnlveT8e Comets have ap
, I peared and disappeared as long as
v I thU planet has existed and there is
no? evidence that they ever did the
"earth any harm.
? JIalley's comet within the , historic
I period, has come, illuminated the noc
s, turnal sky for weeks and gradually
; cone back into the depths of space
i Without any injurious effects, except
those caused by foolish fright.
t i In a few months the comet will have
-come and gone, as It has come and
gone so many times In the history of
i the world, and then those who have
I Lseri disturbed by fears of a ; great
eH4astrophe from a collision with the
$ comet, will see how irrational and un-
founded were their apprehensions of
danger. There is enuji of real dan
ger and of real evi to. fear in this
world without conjuring np dangers
and evils. .
, Horse Holds Its Own.
According to the crop reporting ex
perts of the department of agriculture,
the number of horses in the United
States at the begninnlng of the year
was larger by 400,000 than it was 12
months ago, says, the Cleveland Plain
Dealer. That means an Increase of
about 2 per cent. In the same year
the Hse in the market value of all the
horses in the country was estimated
at about $302,311,000, which means a
gain of more than 12 per cent. At the
end of 1909 the total value of the
horses in the United States was calcu
lated at almost the aggregate value of
the swine, the sheep and the cattle
It was five times as great as the value
of the hogs, 10 times the value of the
sheep, and more than $500,000,000 in
excess of the market price of all cat
tle, including milch cows.
. These facts show more than the gen
eral rise in prices. They furnish proof
that the horse market Is exceptionally
strong and that the Increase in the
number of horses, although it has been
about equal in the rate per cent to the
growth of the population, has not been
sunfeient to prevent a sharp rise in the
average market value of horses in all
sections of the country. As long as
the value of the horses in the United
States can Increase more than $300,
000,000 In a year, the farmers and
others who raise horses for the market
will trouble themselves very little
about the competition of automobiles
and all other rivals of the horse In
any of the fields where he has been
The horselgss vehicle is a great suc
cess. So is the trolley railroad, and
so are 1 traction engines and steam
plows, in certain fields, but the world
evidently needs the horse as much as
ever. The modern inventions which,
have seemed to threaten his banish
ment have only widened the use of
vehicles and Increased travel and
March 1 1 in American
1731 Robert Treat Paine, "signer,"
r born; died 1814.
1820 Benjamin West, opted portrait
and historical painter, died; born
1S74 Charles Sumner, statesman of
the anti-slavery era, died; born
1898 General William Starke Rose-
crans, noted Federal commander,.
Ued; born 1821.
Notice of Democratic Primaries and
Notice is hereby given that primary
elections for democratic voteT in the
city of Rock Island will be held In the
several wards of the city of Rock Is
land between the hours of 7 p.m. and
9 p. m., Saturday, March 12, 1910, for
the following purposes: To nominate
a candidate for .alderman for a term
of two years in each of the wards; to
select delegates tb the city-township
convention,' and to select ward com
mitteemen, two from each precinct.
The places of holding said primaries
will he as follows:
First ward Southeast corner Sev
enth avenue and Sixth street.
Second ward City . barn. Sixth ave
nue, between Ninth and Tenth streets.
Third ward 1422 Seventh avenue.
Fourth ward Frick's livery stable.
Fifth ward Hose house. Twenty-
second street, between Fifth and Sixth
Sixth ward Hose house. Twenty-
sixth street, between . Sixth and'Sev
Seventh ward Thiesen's shop, 4431
The ratio of representation will be
one delegate for every 25 votes or
major fraction thereof cast for W. J.
Bryan for president in 190S, which en
titles the various wards to delegates
First, ward ' ..... ........ 11 delegates
Second ward 13 delegates
Third ward 17 delegates
Fourth ward 8 delegates
Fifth ward 10 delegates
Sixth ward 12 delegates
Seventh ward 10 delegates
The delegates selected will meet at
Turner hall Wednesday, March 16, at
S p. m., for the purpose of nominating
candidates for township offices, as fol
lows: One assessor for one year, one
collector for one year, one supervisor
for two years, three assistant super
visors for two years, and two consta
bles for three years to fill vacancy.
Also to select a chairman of the city.
township committee, and to transact
such other business as may properly
come before said convention.
BERT CORKEN, Chairman.
GOVERNMENT WILL ACCEPT
Department of Justice Glad to Get
Gam-en's Beef Evidence.
Washington, March II. The depart-
ment of justice will accept thef offer
made by Pierre Garven, proseevtor of
Hudson county. New Jersey.yto'furnish
the. government evidence le has on
hand in the beef trust caseainnd has
asked him to forward to Washington
copies of the indictments Recently
found there and also the names of the
Indicted organizations or Individuals.
Careful consideration will be giien to
what Mr. Garven may send to Vash
RATE INJUNCTION , REPDY
Attorney General Says the Two-Cenq!
Kate is -Not Confiscatory.
Springfield. 111.. March 11. The ans
wer of the attorney general to the re
ply of Receivers Ramsey and Merriam
of the Chicago, Peoria & St. Louis
Railroad company in the case involv-
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MINETT-TWO people were burled in the most disastrous snowsllde ever known on the line of the Canadian
Pacific railroad. The terrible avalanche occurred la Bearer creek canyon in the Selkirk mountains.
The canyon leads to Rogers pass from the east. Beyond tne pass a few miles the track meets the Ille
clllewaet river. In Beaver creek canyon the mountains rise to many hundred feet above the track.
Through Rogers pass, and west of the divide the road passes through several miles of snow sheds, but on
the east slope there are practically no sheds for the protection of trains.
tag the 2-cent rate law, in which Judge
Humphrey issued a temporary injunc
tion restraining the attorney general
and state's attorneys from proceed
ing against the railroad company for
charging 3 cents per mile, has been
filed in the United States circuit court.
The receivers alleged that they were
not making money on their passenger
business, but that, on the contrary.
there had been a deficit under the op
eration, of the 2-cent law.
The'attorney general alleges that the
receivers cannot prosecute the case on
the ground that the 2-cent rate is con
fiscatory and in violation of the consti
tution of the United States. -
TO BE SEPARATED?
British Premier Does Not Live Hap
pily With Wife Expected to
. ,, Resign Office.
London, March 11. "Judicial separ
ation" of Prime Minister Herbert As-
quith and his wife was yesterday the
favorite topic of conversation in Lon
don society. The affair is no longer
regarded as a mere rumor, but has ar
rived at the stage where actual pro
ceedings are believed near at hand.
Although news of an actual breaK
was a surprise to many, the Asquiths
long have been known not to live hap
pily together. Many thought, how
ever, "that for reasons of policy they
would not invite the publicity of court
It Is now almost certain that Mr.
Asquith will resign the leadership of
the liberal party and retire as prime
minister. He will be made a peer by
King Edward If the present program
is carried out, and find a scope for his
ability In other channels.
Within two weeks the premier i3
said to havo offended King Edward
by appearing before him too soon
after having lunched ' well, but not
wisely. He came to ask a pledge from
the king that he would sustain the
government's hand In the matter of
abolishing the veto of the house of
"I will give you no pledge," said the
king tartly, "but I advise you, sir, to
Fully nine out of very ten cases of
rheumatism is simply rheumatism of
the muscles due to coTd or damp, or
chronic rheumatism, neither of which
require any internal treatment. All
that Is needed to afford relief Is the
free application of Chamberlain's
Liniment. Give it a trial. Tou are
certain to be pleased with the quick
relief which it affords. Sold by all
Is so distinctly pleasing
that it has won the liking
of both young and old who v
never before cared much
for cereal food of any
"The Memory Lingers"
Packages 10c and 15c
Postnm Cereal Company, Ltd.,
uatue creeK, mien.
-Ezg&S -Ski :
The Argus Daily Short Story
The Bandit Chief
Copyrighted. 1910. by
The government of Mexico is today,
very different from what it was when
that state shared 'in . the revolutions
still common in Central America. A
time was when there was no safety
for any one in that then turbulent
country. That was when the bandits
At this time lived Cortina, the great
est bandit that Mexico has ever known.
While factions were fighting for the
presidency the country was in a state
of chaos, and Cortina met no obstacle
in his wild career. He rode through
Mexico like a cyclone, murdering and
pillaging by the way. What he did
with the wealth he took was not gen
erally known. He certainly did not
carry it about with him. He spent a
great deal when in a position to use
money, which was not often, but even
tMs would not account for the enor
mous amounts he should have accumu
Some supposed that he had hiding
places in the mountains and that even
tually be would buy Immunity of the
government for his crimes, make some
restitution and still have a vast treas
ure left. . But Cortina never "gave evi
dence of having such treasire. There
came a time when he could have used
wealth if he had had it to save his
life. Either he did not attempt to use
it thus or it was refused. The latter
supposition Is not to be entertained.
There must have been some hidden
reason why Cortina was permitted to
plunder apd why he did not grow rich.
There have been many theories, but
only one that fulfills the conditions.
A ceriaiu man was aspirant for the
presidency of Mexico, To perpetrate
a Mexican revolution money is re
THB MAN WAS COBTTSA.
quired. This man, whose purpose it
was to overthrow the existing gov
ernment, bad no means. It was sup
posed that he had an agreement with
Cortina by which the bandit was to
furnish the required sum. In other
words, so the story goes, Cortina was
to be permitted to pillage the country
on condition that the lion's share of
the plunder be turned over to the pres
idential aspirant for the purpose of
attaining his ambition.
When the revolution was accom
plished It was supposed that an effort
would be made to capture Cortina and
punish him for his crimes. But the
tfjvernment did not appear to be in
any hnrry to do so. Cortina still swept
over the Mexican, plateau, perpetrating
bis lawless deeds. There came a time,
however, when the people began to
murmur, and many unpleasant rea
sons were given why the bandit was
permitted -to continue his devastations.
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By Walter Maillard.
Associated Literary Frea.
Then at last a body of mounted sol
diers went out to where he was oper
ating, captured him and brought him
to the capital.
s Everybody was surprised at the ease
with which the capture was accom
plished. It had been supposed, ex
cept by those who pretended to know,
that the robber chief would make a
splendid fight. Instead he surrender
ed inglorioualy. The wise ones looked
wiser still and whispered that slnco
Cortina had furnished the money
which had established the existing
government there would naturally be
an understanding between him and
that government. He bad permitted
himself to be captured. Would he
suffer the penalty, of his crimes?
Those who knew most thought
Nevertheless Cortina was tried, con
victed and sentenced to death. The
date of execution was reserved for the
government to fix. Meanwhile the
criminal was confined in prison at the
capital. Several weeks after the sen
tence the day had not been named.
As many months elapsed, and Cortina
was Still living. Then came ;r.j order
from the government to liH Jailer
that he should be permitted to go out
on parole each day. After that Cor
tina went where he liked about the
city on his promise to return to prison
There have been criminals from
time immemorial who have won the
sympathy and admiration of men. Thi j
is due to their touching some choi
that responds to the human heart.
From this point Cortina won the
sympathy of many first, from a stand
ard of honor which he set up for him
self and, second, because his heart
was given to a woman. His word
was passed that be would return every
evening to his Jail, and every evening
Was this because he respected his
promise or because he knew the gov
ernment could recapture him if he
broke his parole and would then be
likely to fix a date for his execution?
It 6eems more likely that the govern
ment," for reasons iest kiiown to it
self, preferred that he should take
himself away and relieve it of the
necessity of his execution. There
were doubtless secrets in their con
nection with the bandit that they
would not care to have him reveal and
which may account for their leniency.
But to some who knew nothing about
this Cortina .was considered (paradox
ically) the soul of honor.
But in the case of the bandit's love
there were no such reasons for. with
holding sympathy. There was no
cause for his loving nothing to gain.
It was simply a product of nature
that pertains alike to the good and
the bad. After he had been permit
ted to go about at his pleasure for
more than a year there came to the
capital a beautiful woman from the
Caribbean coast. Cortina met this
woman and, though he was a convict,
a murderer and a robber, she permit
ted him to become acquainted with
her. From becoming acquainted the
two' became companions. They were
frequently seen together in the streets,
and Cortina visited her In her apart
ments. People wondered when tbey met the
strange couple if this were not a case
of genuine love, underfthe influence
of which a C?nd incarnate wonld be.
transformed into a lovable and loving
man. Soldiers who were responsible
for the man's keeping observed, but
said nothing. Tbey had their orders
from the government and obeyed
tbem. Iudeed. all tbat pertsined to
this man to whom cities bad given up
their gold and silver, before whom
whole towns had disappeared, by
whom the streets of both cities and
towns pad been made to run Wood
and who was now permitted to go
where he liked upon his word of,bor
orf-his every .movement wasobserved.
and yet no one openly made any com
ment or criticism.
But underneath the people marveled
to see one who was ostensibly wait
ing for the government to fix a day
when the garrotte should end bis ca
reer forever, giving himself up to the
pleasure of loving and being loved,
without an effort to avert the final
tragedy. Why did he not steal away,
which he might easily have done with
the womau he loved, and In some for
eign land live a life of atonement for
his crimes? But would she go with
him? Would she share bis exile, al
ways in dread wherever they might
make a home, that he should become
known as the bandit Cortina? Of this
no one knew. They could only wonder.
And still the man under sentence and
the Caribbean beauty appeared to
gether on the thoroughfares, and
through her open windows came their
voices, sometimes mingled with laugh
ter or the strains from her guitar.
One night Cortina's jailers met with,
a surprise. The sunset and the pris
oner had not returned. Perhaps he
had been belated. The twilight faded,
and yet nothing was seen of the pris
oner. At dark he was still absent, and
the guard was turned out. Whether
it was called out under a pretense
or whether the orders were that they
should make an effort to find the pris
oner and return him to jail doesn't
matter. This man of so much unrecog
nized importance to the government
was missing, and It behooved the au
thorities to show zeal In looking for
The guard was about to start from
the prison yard when a man staggered
np to the gate,' threw up his bands
and fell upon his face. Lifting him
up, they threw back his jacket, and
there up against bis breast waa the
hilt of a stiletto. .
The man was Cortina.
"Yes, I am late," he said feebly, "but
I came. Love lured me to death, I
bad been with ber all the afternoon.
Then when it waa time for me to
return here she begged me to stay
longer with her. When X came away
the night had-fallen. We walked to
gether to tho door. I kissed ber good
by. It was dark. I felt the point of
a knife as it slipped into my vitals.
I drew the pistol you havo permitted
me to carry, but she bad vanished In
Cortina gasped, and his bead fell
upon his breast. He was dead.
The beautiful Caribbean was not
again seen la the capital. The next
day the story of Cortina's death was
told among the people, but no one ven
tured upon an explanation. Some sup
posed that the woman who killed him
was one on whom be bad inflicted
misfortune during the period of bis
crimes. Perhaps be might have mur
dered some one dear to ber -might
have robbed her of a fortune. Others
who were nearer the truth kept their
suppositions to themselves. The sti
letto was a convenient method at the
time for silencing people who talked
But gradually Cortina, his singular
treatment by the government, the
manner of his taking off, ceased to be
the wonder of the day, giving place to
new sensations. Some' years after,
when a new president came into pow
er, many acts of wickedness ef bis
predecessor came to light. It then be
came known that the government
dared not openly execute Cortina be
cause of his threats and those of his
former companions In crime to reveal
the government's complicity In their
robberies. The beautiful Caribbean
had been paid a large sum to become
COURT HOUSE RECORD
Real Estate Transfers.
Edward Schaeffer to Fred Loomis,
part lot 13, southeast section 2-17-2w,
Alfred D. Elliott to N. G. Elliott,
westv40 acres southwest section 15,
southeast quarter section 16-16-3w, Jl.
Childs D. Wheaton to Emil F. Erbst,
lot 15, block 3, L. Mosenfelder place,
Rock Island, $433.
Sarah Y. Medlll to John Derricks,
lot 10, block 3, town of Milan, $1,100.
Cyrus Miller to Joe Brussel, south
east southeast section 7-16-2w, $6,800
AH the news all the time The Argus.
Facts About the
GoMD ust Twins
The Gold Dust Twins are car
tooned more than any other trade
mark in the world. Life, Puck and
other comic papers have given up
their front pages to them." The
N. Y. Herald, Chicago Record Her
ald, N. Y. World and hundreds of
other not-to-be-bought dailies have
cartooned the Gold Dust Twins
prominently. Why? Simply be
cause the Gold Dust Twins are pop
ular and known everywhere where
the English language is spoken
' This is significant when you stop
to think of it. The Gold Dust
Twins are simply the trade-marked
picture of Gold Dust the greatest
cleansing powder the world has ever
known. Everybody knows it
nearly everybody uses it.
Ifyou are not using Gold Dust
to wash your clothes, wash your
dishes, clean your pots and pans.
doors, you are
housework ia a
Try Gold Dust
press and care
ful home folk.
JT Isn't sufficient that every cloud
. should have a silvery lining. The
lining should be well furnished with
pockets which should contain a goodly
number of golden shekels.
At least a good kicker prevents stag
nation. It la a curious tact that the philoso
phy that a man works out by which
be measures other men never applies
Being able to beast often detract
from a man's ability to get there.
The Grand Old Easy Mark,
Tb ultimate consumers f.
Must b a hardy let
Or ion a o they would have bea
To aa4 to sraee tha plot. '
Tbey drift supinely wltb the stroata
Nor try tho tld to torn,
And evory ono In pasBtna takes
crack or two at tboin.
They so into tho batcher shop
To puTChoio thlnca to oat.
Tho butcnor says bonaath his breath,
"Ah, hero's our ar meat!
Ho loads thorn down wttfa second cuts
Billed as tho nrat and boat
And say a, "Deposit what roe have.
And you can owe the rest. j
Tho grocer grins In g-hollsb glee
As In him store they oome.
The coal man looks at them and amy a, '
"Hello, my sugar plum!"
The milkman ootnes before tho dawa
And starts for them the day. .
The gas man has It fixed at night J?
Bo be will get his pay.
Tho ultimate consumer muit
Be vigilant and etrong
To keep the wheel of commerce grueaed
And running light along.
Old Atlas uaed to bold the world
in place secure and trim.
The ultimate consumer ands
Tho job Is up to him.
Hard to Pleaee.
"Money is a good thing to have
"Yes. Indeed, under certain circum
stances." "Circumstances! Why, 1 should nev
er think of qualifying the conditions
of possessing it."
"Oh. yes! It Is necessary to have
plenty of it or it Is merely an exas
"No matter what your troubles are.
always look on the bright side of
"But my trouble bas no bright aide.''
"What is It 7
"Sure she bas tbe side you look at
wben she is hurrying to catch tb
"He thinks he Is very witty."
"He truly does.?
"And bag be good reason to think
"Well, be bas been told so by him
self Innumerable times."
fie hadn't any appetite
When things were low In price.
Jrst milk and cracker he could eat. ,
That was tb doc' advice.
But now that everything 1 high
And price ar a crime I ?
Be nod hi blooming appetite
1 working overtime.
Tim to Burn.
"Nothing Is worih while."
Teel tbat way
"Because while Is worth nothing."
Tears come and tbey go."
- "Dou't you think so T
"Certainly not. Tbey come, but they
stay with us till we get too many of
"What ia a priiteOgbtr
"Yes." ' m
"A gentlemanly talking match-"
Woe of the Wealthy.
"What is his occupation?"
Ho Got It.
"Did tbey gire you anything tbe last
place you were In?"
"Yessum thirty days."
' Stubborn ag Mules "
are Ilrer and bowels sometimes;
seem to balk without cause. 'Then
there's trouble loss of appetite, ln
dlgegtlon, nervoccr-s-s. despondency,
headache. But such troubles fly be
fore Dr. King's New Life Pills, the
world's best stomach and liver reme
dy. So easy. 25 cents at all druggist.