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THE ROCK- ISLAND ARGUS. MONDAY, MAT 9, 1910.
Published Dally and Weekly it .MM
Second arenue, Rock Island. 111. En
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COUNCIL -9 i
Monday, May 9, 1910.
American typewriters control the
trade In London.
. if the weather we have been having
Is to be repeated many more times the
people will become so peevish they
will forget all about that lovely March.
William Frederick, -Jr., a traveling
salesman from Duluth, claims to be
the only man in the country who has
committed the bible to memory. It
took him 18 years to do it.
The funniest political suggestion we
hav-3 heard in many moons is the one
promulgated by seme unnamed person
to the effect that Mr. Roosevelt might
be "shelved" by electing him to the
United States senate!
The United States senate is said to
desire William Lorimer's resignation
because of the revelations Involving
his election. In that event, how many
of his colleagues will become conscious-stricken
and follow suit?
The learned divine who argues now
that Halley's, comet was the original
star of Bethlehem belongs in the class
with the eminent philosopher who 10
years ago declared that the garden of
Eden to have been in the Philippines.
Never mind, dear reader, it will be
but & few days until our touring Theodore-gets
back in the full'glare of the
spot light. Kings may die, the earth
may shake, mine disasters may claim
their toll and corruption may be dis
covered in high places; even the comet
may shine for once in a century, but
Teddy will not abandon ths front of
the world'3 stage. He'll be back.
A man who has had experience with
all kinds of advertising mediums, and
finally pitched upon the live daily
newspaper as the most profitable of
the lot, says in Newspaperdom : "If
a concern has something to sell that
has merit, and its price is right, and
if this concern, through newspaper ad
vertising day after day, with a liberal
amount of space, tells the people a
straight, unvarnished tale of good
goods, good service and low prices,
that concern is bound to get business."
Has Roosevelt Realized a Mistake?
At Christiana ex-President Roose
veTt spoke in favor of the limitation
He spoke of the need of "putting an
end to the present costly and growing
extravagance of expenditure on naval
While president of the United States
Mr. Roosevelt took just the opposite
"To provide for but one or two bat
tleships a year," said Mr. Roosevelt
in a special message while chief ex
ecutive of the nation, "is to provide
that this nation, 'instead of advancing,
shall go backward. I earnest
ly advise that congress now provide
four battleships of the most advanced
type." (Each battleship costs $10,
000.000.) In the eight years from 1S91 to 1898
the total naval appropriations of the
United States amounted to $220,634,-
403, an, average annual appropriation
of only $27,589,300.
By contrast, for the eight, years
from 1903 to 1910, for which appropria
tions were made while Mr. Roosevelt
was president, the naval appropriation
amounted to the enormous sum of
$819,224,237, or an average annual ap
propriation of $102,403,029.
For 1S98 the naval appropriation
was $33,003,234; for 1910, the last year
provided for under Roosevelt, it reach
As a result of Roosevelt's continual
agitation for a greater navy, the ap
propriation for the fiscal year 1910 ex
ceeded that for 1898 by one hundred
three millions of dollars
This gigantic sum comes from the
people of this country; not from the
rich, but largely from the working men
Militarism has wrecked more than
one republic. .
Roosevelt's plea for limitation of
-armaments is belated, but if congress
will only heed it, the people may be
fpared a further increase of their al
ready heavy burden of taxation.
Our Juel With the Hted Rat,
Of all warm-blooded creatures, there
are just two that are really dominant,
successful,-increasing in numbers and
range and able to maintain themselves
any' where in ' the world against all
rivals. These two are man and the
rats, according to' an article by, W. E.
DuPuy and E. T. Brewster in Mo
Clure's. The genus homo and the
genus 'man must go everywhere and
eat everything. They are the two
creatures 'that dwell in houses and
travel in ships. Each drives its other
rivals to the wall; but neither,, except
locally and for brief p'eriods, nas ever
come v near exterminating the other.
Civilfzed man has fought the common
rat for 200 years and 4he battle Is still
The causis' belli Is of course that
men and rats like the same things to
eat, . We plant our rice fields and the
rats swim out and bite off the young
sprigs. We try grain and they dig up
the seeds, eat the tender shoots, bite
off the ears, Invade orlbs. granaries,
mills, elevators, warehouses. There
are barns where the rats and mice eat
and spoil as much fodder as reaches
the stock; and yet the farmer wonders
why farming does not pay. They kill
fruit trees by burrowing underneath
and gnawing the roots. They strip
currants from the bushes and ripe
cherries from the trees. They invade
the coffee plantations of Central Amer
ica, and they have nearly put an end
to the attempt to raise dates in 'Ari
zona. They devour chickens, squab,
geese, ducks, partridges and the like,
slaying them in spite of their size,
with one deft bite through the neck.
They injure horses, dogs and elephants
by biting the skin. tit the base of their
nails. They eat the cobbler's leather
and gnaw Into valuable Ivory for the
sake of an especially toothsome gela
tin It contains. .
The loss from these different sources
is largely a matter of guess work. A
reasonable and semi-official estimate,
however, gives for Denmark, $3,000,000
annually; to France, $40,000,000; for
Germany, $50,000,000; for Great Brit
ain, $73,000,000, and for the United
States at least $100,000,000, of which
$15,000,000 is from fires. Fifteen dol
lars a month Is a loss reported from
a single farm. No wonder the United
States department of agriculture in this
country, in Europe IAssociation Inter
nationale pour la Destruction Ration
nelle des Rats, and a similar society
In England are trying to arouse the
public to an appreciation of the gravity
of this problem.
The Week's Xews.
President Taft will go to Xew York
to attend the opening - of the great
Actors' Fund fair in that city this af
ternoon. In commemoration of the
occasion the president will be given a
handsome gold medal. William H
Crane, the dean of American actors,
will make the presentation speech.
The 3,000,000 Poles who have chosen
the United States for their adoptive
country are . looking forward with
eagerness to the celebration to be held
in Washington Wednesday, when stat
ues of Generals Thaddeus Koeeiuszko
and Casimlr Pulaski are to be unveiled.
The monument to Pulaski has been
erected by the federal government as
a token of the appreciation which is
felt for his services under General
Washington, while the companion
statue is a gift to the people of the
United States from the Polish National
alliance. The unveiling of the memo
rials will be made the occasion for
impressive ceremonies in which Presi
dent Taft,- the secretary of war and
other notables will take part.
If his other engagements permit
President Taft will probably take an
other hurried trip to New York to at
tend the launching of the battleship
Florida 'at the Brooklyn navy yard
Thursday. The Florida is one of the
super-Dreadnoughts of the navy and
will have a displacement of 21,000
tons. It is the first big) ship built in a
government yard since the 16,000-ton
Connecticut was turned out at Brook
lyn. Important court cases scheduled for
the week include the trial of the Ward
law sisters at Newark, Indicted for
murder in connection with the death
of Ocey M. Snead, who was found dead
in a bathtub in East Orange, N. J.,
Tomorrow is the date set for tho
trial to begin in New York of
Charles R. Heike, former secretary of
the American Sugar Refining company,
and five other former employes of the
company on charges of conspiracy in
connection with underwelghing of
At Cairo the trial Is to be held of 12
men indicted for participating in the
nttack of the jail there last February
during which one man in the mob was
killed and several Injured by the sher
iff's special deputies.
May 9 in American
itiu t-. . .. ... v-avutoniie,
abolitionist, boru at Torriagton.
Conn.; hanged at Charlestown, Va.,
Dec. 2. 1859.
1S4G Battle of Resaca de la Palma,
Mexico; Americans victorious.
18G0 The Constitutional Union party,
which put the Bell and Everett
ticket In the field against Lincoln,
organized at Baltimore.
1909 Ausrusta Evans Wilson, anthor
of "Beulah,- "St. Elmo," "Vnshti
and other popular novels of south
ern life, died; born 1835.
CATHOLIC SOCIETIES MEET
More Than 200 Delegates Attend the
Convention at LaSalle, 111."
" LaSalle, 111., May 9. Two hun
dred and fifty delegates were in at
tendance at the 18th annual conven
tion of the German Catholic socie
ties of Illinois, which opened yes
terday Delegates yesterday attend
ed pontifical high mass at St. Jo
seph's church, with BJshop John
Janssen, Belleville, 111., in charge.
Hundreds of members of German
Catholic societies in this vicinity par
ticipated in a big parade in the after
noon.. As a feature of the afternoon
program Rev. Joseph Schlarmann of
Bellvi!le spoke on socialism aa the
disrupter of society. German Catho
lics of Tern were In charge of the
program in the evening. The con
vention proper opened today and
CENSUS FORCE AT WORK
Washington Bureau to Tabulate
Cities Count First.
Washington, May 9. Like a vast
warship, the census .bureau here has
tit rji :--- : " -
!i n ; .R:r -; . fit f
cleared Its decks for action." In ad
dition to the main building of the
bureau, two others have been leased
toaccominodate the perrnanent cen
sus cltrks and the temporary force
of 3,000 employes whose services
will be required during the coming
summer only. The enumerators
schedules have begun to arrive, but
it will be several weeks before offi
cial announcement is made of the
total population of any city in the
country. The population of the cities
will be the first tabulated, after
which the states and minor civil di
visions will be completed. The first
farm census information probably
will not be published before Sept. 15.
HEAVY INSURANCE ON
LIFE OF KING EDWARD
Several Million rounds Sterling Will
Be Paid by Ijloyds and Others
to Business Men.
London, May 9. Several million
pound sterling of insurance on the life
of King Edward will be paid by Lloyds
and other companies. When the late
monarch was operated upon for ap
pendicitis the insurance companies de
manded 80 guineas per cent.
The promoters of many exhibitions
and merchants who are likely to incur
loss through the death of the king,
make a practice of carrying an insur
ance upon his life.
Defeats Commission Form.
Oklahoma City, Okla., May 9. A new
city charter providing for a commis
sion form of government was defeated
by 59 votes in an election here Satur
day. The many uses of
If you were to use for
each kind of washing",
cleaning, scouring" and
scrubbing, one of 4the so
called special prepara
tions which are made,
you would have an im
posing and expensive
array of chemicals, wash
ing compounds, cleaning
There is one cleaner
that can take the place
of them all, and without
the need of borax, am-
m o n l a ,
II J. w ? ;: d
i . fcr v y
TO BE EMPEROR WILLIAM'S GUEST
1 ' -
The Argus Daily Short Story
Compulsory Marriage By F. A. Mitchel.
Copyrighted. 1910, by Associated Utwary Press.
The population of Dalmaria bad been
running down for years. The marriage
licenses, wbicb formerly bad been Is
sued by the city government at the
rate of about a hundred a week, had
diminished to ten or a dozen a month.
To remedy the evil the government
passed a ldw that all men should be
married by their twenty-first birthday
and do girl should refuse an offer un
less she could prove the proposer to be
a man of bad character or that be was
not able to support her.
There was consternation among the
unmarried of both sexes at the pas
sage of this law. Single men began
to bestir themselves to secure as some
of tbem expressed it the least unde
sirable girl in cbe town. A woman
who had received a proposition was
given a week to esamine into her pro
poser's fitness and come to-a decision.
But at the end of the week a new pro
poser might be accepted. Consequently
the girl was not necessarily compelled
to marry the first proposer unless no
one else entered a claim. This was
considered a very wise expedient since
it admitted of competition. Neverthe
less It resulted in considerable litiga
tion. Girls finding 'themselves unable
to decide between several applicants
would defer decision till the limit of
time had passed. Sometimes a young
man within a few days of his twenty
first birthday would be put off till he
bad brokeu the law.
That which has been called the Dora
bleton case has come down to us as a
cause celebre of this city of compul
sory marriages. Irene Dumbleton was
what is now called a flirt. It is said
that she once met a man at a ball and
so twisted his brain that within a cou
ple of days be lay down to an eternal
sleep on the bottom of a river. An
other within a week after meeting her
Is reported to have climbed out of the
sixth story window of a building and
dived to the sidewalk below. Irene
Dumbleton could do anything she liked
with a man. either reduce bim to
dough or bake him so bard that she
could kill an elephant with him. Nev
ertheless the Instances mentioned were
When the marriage statute became a
Jaw Miss Dumbleton saw that she
must marry some man who might pro
pose to her. She did not intend that
the wrong proposer should come with
in the limits of the law. She did not
mean to wait for a proposition. She
made it her object to draw into her
net within a week after her first offer
as many proposers as possible in order
that she might choose between them.
The morning after the law bad gone
into effect Miss Dumbleton received a
basketful of proposals. Some of the
proposers were desirable, some were
undesirable and some midway between
the two. She wrote all the names of
men she considered available on cards
and laid them ta a row in order of
their desirability. The next day
brought an accession to the list with
a consequent Introduction of new
names and a rearrangement of the or
der of value. The second and subse
quent days brought still larger acces
sions, until at the last day of grace
three-quarters of the eligible bachelors
of her class had proposed to ber.
One would think that with. PA Eiinv i
ERLIN. Emperor William in
tends to break two precedents la
connection with the visit of ex
President .Theodore Roosevelt
next week. In the first place, when
the distinguished American arrives at
the Stetttner station In Berlin at 9: OS
o'clock In the morning, the emperor
himself, clad in the undress uniform of
a Prussian general, will be there to
greet him. In the second place, the
colonel for two days will be the per
sonal guest of William In the royel pal
ace. Thess are honors hitherto re
served for ;rowned heads, not being
bestowed even on royal princes or
grand dukes, and the upper strata of
Berlin life have been considerably ex
ercised over the kaiser's plans to treat
his visitor in such a distinguished
manner. From the palace Mr. Roose
velt will go to the American embassy
to be the guest of Mr. Hill, where
there will be several luncheons and
receptions. May 12 the colonel lec
tures at the University of Berlin, and
May 15 he starts for England.
to choose from Miss'Dumbleton might
find one all the law allowed to fill
the position of husband. The truth is
that the one she really desired, one
whom she bad previously declined, had
not sent in bis name as a candidate for
When Miss Dumbleton discovered
that the proposal of Egbert Wbitmarsh
had not been sent in she was seized
with a sudden apprehension. If seven
days should pass without his having
spoken again she would be obliged to
choose between humiliating herself be
fore the mau she wanted or going to
Miss Dumbleton lay awake all nlgbt
thrashing ber pillow like one in a
fever over this alternative. At one
moment sbe vowed that she would
marry one of the men who had pro
posed to her. thus showing Mr. Whit
marsh that be was not wanted. At
the next she decided to break the law
and go to jail. Finally it occurred to
ber that Mr. Whitmarsh was not sup
posed to know of hor change of heart.
She concluded to make a virtue of
necessity and inform bim of that
That day the last but one of those
left ber to comply with the law she
spent three hours writing letters to
"My Dear Mr. Whifmarsh." "My Dear
Egbert." "My Dear Friend," "Hon
ored Sir." but she neither came to a
decision as to which of these modes
of address sbe would, use. nor did any
of the letters she wrote please her.
Finally sbe threw them all in the
wastebasket. went out. bought a few
forgetmenots and, putting one of them
into an envelope with her card, sent
it to Mr. Whitmarsh.
The reply came back to her: "You
indicate that you would wish me not
to forget you. This Is heaping on me
a sorrow s crown. If you realized my
sufferings on your account you would
wish me to forget you as soon as'pos
ible." "Fool: csclaimed Miss Dumbletoo.
"Must 1 tell liltn that I have changed
my mind with regard to him? Yes!
No! What shall 1 do? I have but till
tomorrow at noon."
She dashed off the words. "I have
changed my mind," and. placing the
message in the hands of her servant,
told bim to take it at once to Mr.
The reply was. to say the least, an
noying: "To me who have loved you
from the first moment I laid eyes oc
you your message Is unintelligible.
How can one change one's mind so
quickly In a matter of love? Love is
not an opinion; It is a mingling of
"Great heavens!" exclaimed Miss
Dumbleton. "Only fifteen hours left,
and this stupid man will either force
me to m::rry one I don't wish and
whom be doesn't wlh me to marry or
be will send me to Jail!"
Miss Dnmbietoo was In despair.
Could Mr. Whitmarsh hare changed
his mind? Were she assured, of this,
though to marry another would be to
blight her life, she could bring herself
to do so. 'But to give up a man she
loved and whom sbe could not con
vince that she loved was maddening.
She execrated the law that bad forced
her Into such a position." After wildly
debating what she should do next fbe
sent Mr. Whltuiiir.su the folio wiug mes
sage: "Have you not heard that then?
are times when a woman suys 'No'
meaning Yes?" "
The reply that came back to this
was. "Does a woman who says 'Yes
mean 'No? "
Miss Dumbleton stamped her foot;
she moaned; she did everything except
tear her hair. That she would have
done had It not been her crowning
beauty. Then when she had recovered
a bit of calmness sbe determined to
make one more appeal. She wrote:
"The law compels me to accept by
tomorrow one of m number of offers I
To this the reply came: "You fill me
with grief. How buppy would I be to
save you if only you loved roe, But a
marriage of convenience impossible!
To marry one 1 devotedly love merely
to convey upon her a favor would pro
fane my most sucred feellugK."
When Miss Dumbleton received this
message a suspicion came to her that
Mr: Whitmarsh was not such a fool
after all. Indeed. It occurred to her
that he was playing with ber. Was It
in revenge for the treatment be had
himself received at ber Lands, or did
be propose t,o puuisb ber for what she
bad inflicted on his sex? At any rate,
she could go no further. She consid
ered the plan of inviting him to come
to see her with a view to determin
ing by observation what was his real
attitude toward her. but she felt thai
she had already demeaned herself to
the utmost, and she could not bring
herself to do so any further. f
On the morning she must accept one
of ber suitors or violate the law a
basket of beautiful cut flowers came
to her with Mr. Whitmarsh's name at
tached. For .a few moments she was
overjoyed. Could it be possible that
he would relent? She waited awhile,
but received no further word from him
and abandoued herself to despair.
"The state against Dumbleton!"
called the clerk of the court.
Miss Dumbleton stepped to the front.
"Irene Dumbleton." 6aid the judge,
"you are charged by the matrimonial
bureau with a violation of the mar
riage laws in that you have refused to
marry Alfred Trimmlngham. first of
fifty-four proposers, and you made no
claim that ne is of bad character or
that he cannot Bupport you. Do you
plead guilty or not guilty?"
"Guilty, your honor."
"How comes it." rejoined the judge,
"that with so many suitors to choose
from you cannot find one to please
The lady stood silently looking at the
"This, your honor," said the prose
cuting attorney of" the matrimonial bu
reau, "is the most flagrant case we
have had. This woman ever since she
came of a matrimonial age has drawn
suitors to her. keeping the-m from pro
posing to other women and refusing to
marry any one of them herself. And
now we have all these bachelors who
claim that they have complied with
the law in proposing to her to encum
ber the calendar with their cases. I
trust that 3-our honor will inflict upon
her the heaviest penalty the law al
lows." "Once more. Irene Dumbleton." said
the judge, "1 nsk you to choose one
from among the fifty-four men who
are willing to marry you. I would re
mind you that the law does not permit
a woman to change her mind and br
released from the penalty after sen
tence has been Imposed, though sho
may do so before she has received ber
sentence. The extreme penalty that
I can impose upon a woman refusing
to marry is ten years Imprisonment,
with the addition of one year for every
man who has made her a proposition.
It will therefore be my duty to send
you to prison for sixty-four years, and
when you are again free to marry, you
"Eighty-four, your honor."
"you will not lied a matrimonial
market equal to that of today, Wiii
The woman remained silent.
"Then. Irene Dumbleton. I sen
tence" "Hold, your honor!" cried a voice.
Egbert Whitmarsh advanced,
pose for the hand of this
woman Irene', will you marry me?"
"In the feminine vocabulary, your
honor. I am told 'No' menus 'Yen."
said Whitmarsh. and. taking Mitts
Dumbleton's band, he drew It under
his arm and led her out of court.
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I IPftllosopliy 5
X Ty TtVfCAjV M. SMITH
rpO get the dKijreeable truth about
yourself linten lo the undercurrent
that goes with the compliments of your
A wise man makes good while the
making is good.
The Idiot who prefers to bear tb
consequeuces of his Idiocy is not all a
It takes a lot of
nerve to go to a
dentist, and much
nerve is left there.
To err is human,
and no also Is It
human to get even
with the erring
A joke is a good thing, but. like all
good things, apt to be overlooked.
It takes a lot of nerve to go to a
dentist, and much nerve Js left there.
A stingy man suffers a dollar's worth
every time be thinks about giving a
Some perpons can get more fun out
of a dollar than others can out of a
It doesn't advance the matrimonial
game any to have mamma around
when she is fat and frivolous and tbe
daughter, though never so slim, resem
To err is human, and o also Is It hu
man to get even with f be erring one.
It is commendable to do one's duty,
and also It Is dull, monotonous and on
Interesting. On Installments.
In Newport town there lives a man
Who went on the installment plan.
H alwoys saved his matches, pard.
And soon he had a lumberyard.
To bur an auto he applied
That he might have a car to ride.
He said. "A dollar down I'll pjr."
The salesman turned and said. "Go,
He never did a Jeed so rash
As paying for a thin In cash.
If he could tay a ntcttel down
He'd buy up everything- In town.
He asked a lady for her hand.
But claimed he didn't understand
Anii to complete the deal was loath.
When she said. "Honey, take them both."
Of clocks and books and desks and chairs
And carments that a tellow wears
Or anything that they would chars
He had an ample stock and larse.
In eatinff meals he looped the loop.
In one place he would go for soup
And to another one close by
For meat and to a third for pie.
And when at last, by doubts oppressed.
He laid down to his final rest
To payment mike on nature's debt
He died by inches, you can bet.
"Whnt is (he difference between a
trained Durse and one that isn't train
"A trained nurse Is one who receives
attention, and a tnirce that Isn't train
ed is one that gives attention.
"What do you know about this case,
"Not h in.-:."
"Then what are you doing In the
"I was .ut here by a lawyer that
doesn't know any more than I do."
"Do you know what will cure rher
"Cut If out."
"I understand you have governmert
ty shotgun here."
"That is a bas blander."
"1 beard it that way."
"Well, it ain't so. There aln"t a tnsn
Id town got a thing larger than a sis
"Why dresn't Hiirke t-rnie around?
"He Is very buy thin morning."
"What in he doing?"
"1 couldn't make up my mlud whei
I saw hlui last whether he whs fixing
Lin typewriter or enriching tbe Ian-
Easy Whon You Know How.
"I hear your son Is an amateur
"Ye: he can predict comets now."
"Marvelous! How does he do It?"
"I!y looking In the almanac."
Water on the Brain.
"He knows a lot."
"Well. I think It must be whmrrtMi."
"I attended a liuinesH nieetln
tbe womMj"n club."
"Did ihey all talk at onoe?"
"No: not more thnn lbre at a tiro?,
A Man Wants to Die
only when a lazy liver and sluggish
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