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JTHE ROCK ISIjaND ARGUS, TDj...,
NEAR TAIL OF
Within 24 Hours We Shall
Enow Worst That Can Hap
pen in 75 Years.
SCIENTISTS NOT AFRAID
agreed That Collision Is Impossible
and That Tail Is Little to Be
Taunton, Mass., May 17. The tail
of the comet now extends considerably
beyond- the earth's orbit and the earth
will certainly pass through it tomor
row night, is the conclusion of Rev.
Mr. Metcalf, the' well known astron
omer of this city, whose observations
have been accepted by officials of Har
If Halley's comet misses us tomorrow
It will not have a chance to bump into
ns for another 75 years and how
many of us are worrying now over
what may happen then?
Even if the two bodies come to
gether, why should we feel concerned?
We should all go together, and the trip
k might therefore be expected to have
many advantages over the solitary ex
pedition that ia usually the fate of
mankind. Even if our dearest enemies
are in the bunch with the rest, the
chances are they would let us alone
while in transit, and we, of course, do
not anticipate that they would wind
up at the same destination.
philosophically considered, however,
there is no occasion for dread, nothing
to be gained by dread, any more than
there would be in threatened seismic
disturbances, cyclones or tornadoes, or
thunder or lightning, or frost, or any
thing that Is beyond the power of man
to forbid or prevent.
Of course, there would be drawbacks.
We should not see the ball team for
some time, and we are not sure that
Dick Kinsella would be able to pass
the big gate. In that case, there would
be no Springfield team, and that would
, break up the league.
The legislative bribery case would be
left unfinished. King Edward would re
main unburied, and Roosevelt would
nave to forego the welcome on hia
return to America, Incidentally, also
Richard Ballinger would go unvindl
cated, and the tariff would be left in
a terrible fix.
However, these would all be minor
matters if Halley's comet should hit
the earth. j
Agrree It Ia Impossible.
According to the- view that the
scientists take of it, the possibility of
a collision is very remote variously
estimated at from 2,000,000 to 14,000,
000 miles away, at the very inside.
The comet and earth are that far apart
today, and are not moving, toward each
otljer, either. Tomorrow they will pass,
with the comet going between this little
orb and the sun. After tomorrow they
will be steadily moving apart, and by
the middle of the next century they
will be 3,276,000,000 miles apart as
many miles as there are dollars in
Rockefeller's reputed fortune. Just
think of that !
Leaving the scientists out of it al
together, common sense tells us that,
with the old earth on the job first, and
attending to its own business for
these millions of years since
time was, it is not likely that
it would suffer any homeless tramp to
come along and knock it completely
out of the running. History tells of a
score or more of visits the comet has
made without being able to get within
Astronomers, much as their figures
differ, agree that a collision Is impossl- j
ble. They only differ as to a few I
minor details as to distance, time and
velocity under this head. The only
point of any moment upon which they
differ is what the effect will be during
the passage of the tail. This is sched
uled for some time tomorrow after
noon or tomorrow night. Never were
the skygazers so well prepared to take
observations as they are now. All
over the world they will be watching.
Now Obscnred by Light.
Observations are made difficult by
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the fact that the comet is now nearly
between the earth and the sun, the
light of the latter throwing the former
into practical obscurity. The moon,
too. Is approaching the, full and her
light will greatly Interfere with the
work of the astronomers. Locally, the
prospect Is that the sky will be cloud
less, and the smoke from the forest
fires present in such quantities a few
days ago has now disappeared, so thaf
there ought to be as good a chance
here as anywhere to see whatever phe
nomena there is.
The comet tomorrow morning will
rise practically with the sun, which
will appear at 4:36 a. m. The tail of
the formerj which sweeps always away
from the latter. Is visible for double
the distance between the earth and
the comet, so that this sphere will
pa ss ' through .the middle of it. By
Thursday morning the comet will have
passed the sun and gone into the even
ing sky, setting half an hour after the
solar orb. The tail will extend up into
the sky in the evening and will prob
ably be visible a day' or two before the
main body can be distinguished.
"What Scientist Predicted.
In advance of the passage through
the tail of the comet by the earth the
astronomers have made various pre
dictions. Here are some of them:
Probably there will be a shower
of meteorites. Professor Asaph
Hall of the naval observatory at
I don't expect that we will know
we are in it. Professor E. E. Bar-,
nard of Yerkes observatory.
" I look for light effects In the
night from the luminous tall ' of
the comet. Professor E. B. Frost
The atmosphere will be darken
ed. Professor Robert H. Wilson
A terrific explosion may result
from the passage of the earth
through the tail. Professor D. J.
McAdam of Washington and -Jefferson
The whole tail could be packed.
In a suit case. Professor Perclval
. Lowell of Lowell observatory, at
May be some explosions In the
upper atmosphere when the gas
eous molecules of the comet's tail
strike the earth's atmosphere.
Professor Daniel McHugh of De
The tail is too rare and diffuse
to produce any effect at all. Pro
fessor S. A. Mitchell of Columbia'
French Savant's Dread Prediction.
And most terrific of all, the predic
tion which has set the superstitious
of the world agog with terror Is that
of the French savant, Camille Flam-
"The population of the earth face
the possibility of laughing themselves
to death when the incalculable mass of
cyanogen gases sweep down upon
To which authorities on this side of
the earth reply:
Meanwhile the United States weath
er bureau has notified all its offices to
be on the lookout for gegenscheins,
zodiacal light, halos, meteoric trails,
auroras, and other celestial phenom
ena. RUNAWAY NARROWLY
MISSES STORE WINDOW
Lutes & Bay Delivery Horse Gives
Spectacular Performance on
Billy Bay of the Lutes & Bay news
depot firm made a record delivery of
papers this morning. His horse and
wagon were tied outside of the Bijou
and the driver was inside w.hen an
press wagon drove up alongside of the
newspaper cart. The horse became
frightened and tore loose from its fas
tenlngs and went' up the street at a
50-mile an hour clip. Newspapers
were scattered for two blocks before
the horse brought up against the elde
of the Hub clothing store, narrowly
missing the plate glass windows. For
tunately no damage was done, but a
number of customers- looked In vain
for their papers this morning.
Bits of Corn
Ready to serve from the
With cream or fruit it is
a delightful food for old
Women of Episcopal Diocese
of Qnincy Have Convention
50 DELEGATES PRESENT
Twenty-one Branches of OrganizationJ
Are Taking Part in Proceedings
i Officers Elected.
The annual meeting of the Wo
man's auxiliary of the diocese of
Qulncy of the Episcopal church was
opened this morning at 9 o'clock at
Christ church, Moline, at which hour
holy communion was celebrated. Rt.
Rev. M. E. Fawcett, bishop of the
Qulncy diocese, presided at the meet
ing. The 'election of officers was
held this morning at 10 o'clock. ' The
officers elected are as follows:
Honorary president Mrs. M. E.
Fawcett, Quiney. ,
President Mrs. H. J. Woodward,
Secretary Mrs. George Zeller, Pe
Treasurer Mrs. George Estes,
United offering custodian Miss
Vice president of Galesburg dean
ery Mrs. E. R. Everett.
Vice president of Rock Island dean
ery Mrs. H. H. Chase.
' Vice president of Quincy deanery
Mrs. M. C. Pringle.
Vice president of Peoria deanery
Miss Alice Hedding.
Junior auxiliary secretary Miss
Grace Lawton, Peoria.
Addresses Are Heard.
Twenty-one branches of the Wo
man's auxiliary are represented at
the meeting in Moline, with about
50 delegates In attendance. Luncheon
was served this noon at parish hall by
the ladles of the church. Addresses
for this afternoon were announced
as follows: "The Philippines," Dea
coness Rutledge; "The Diocese of
Quincy," Bishop Fawcett. Rev. H.
H. 'Perclval of Peoria will speak this
Frederick W. Herges Hands in
Resignation as Police De
partment Sergeant. "
BENNETT IS HIS SUCCESSOR
Mayor Promotes Officer Who Has
Been on Force Several Years
Night Captaincy Vacant.
Frederick W. Herges, who has been
desk sergeant at the police station
since Mayor G. W. McCaskrin came
into office the second time, left the
police service yesterday to engage In
the insurance business. Mr. Herges
was in charge of the police station
during the day time. He handed in his
resignation some time ago, and it was
accepted, but not made public until it
went into effect last night.
Officer Dennis Bennett, who has been
on the force several years, has been
placed in charge of the desk and raised
to the rank of sergeant. His service
has rendered him thoroughly familiar
with the duties of his new position and
he is competent to handle them.
Giles Leaves Also.
The police force is at present with
out a chief other than the mayor him
self, and without a night captain, W.
A. Giles, who filled that position, hav
ing resigned and left the service sev
eral weeks ago.
ANOTHER NEW FACTORY
Velie Motor Vehicle Company to
Build at Twenty-fifth Street, Moline.
The Moline city council, at a meet
ing last evening, vacated a street and
alley just east of Twenty-fifth street
to make way for another new factory.
The factory Is to be built of the Velie
Motor Vehicle company. The Velie
company, since it began business, has
been purchasing most of the parts
used in the construction of Its automo
biles. The new factory will be for
the purpose of building motors, and
will be built during the present sum
mer. OBITUARY RECORD.
Ochlel DeJaeger died shortly before
noon today at St. Anthony's hospital
after an illness of 10 days with typhoid
fever. Deceased, was 26 years of age
and was a native of Belgium. He had
been in this country only six weeks.
He roomed at 1551 Forty-second street.
He was employed In one of the Moline
factories. He Is survived by two
brothers, Emll and Henry, living in
Moline, hia mother and father, a
brother and three sisters, residing in
Belgium. The remains were removed
to the O'Malley & Bachmann undertak
The funeral of Mrs. Hannah Mc
Carthy, 209 Seventh street, was held
this morning at 9 o'clock from St Jo
seph's church. The services were con
ducted by Dean J. J. Quinn, rector of
the church. The pallbearers were Hen
ry Van Hecke, Anthony DeVoe, Val
entine Nold, Christ Schuett, Joe Doer
ing and N. O'ConnelL Burial was In
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Helpenstell mourn
the death of their Infant daughter,
Marie, the child Dassuuc away jester-
day afternoon at 5 o'clock at the fam
ily residence, 1036 Twentieth street,
after a brief Illness. The funeral to
morrow will be, private, and burial
will be in Chippiannock cemetery.
Fojrmer Resident Dies.
Word was received here today of the
death of Henry Guest, a former resi
dent of Rock Island and for many
years an employe of the Rock Island
road. He passed away Sunday at the
home of his son, Sheldon, In Blue Isl
and, where be had lived for several
years. Mr. Guest was 87 years of age.
Besides the son, one- daughter, Mrs.
James Ewing of Peoria, survives. The
remains will be Interred at Peoria.
DRAWS A RAZOR IN
Milton Howard, Negro, Threatens to
Annihilate "White Trash"
During a- Row.
Milton Howard, a negro, was arrest
ed last evening after he had engaged
in a row with several white people
whom he met in the alley on Seven-,
teenth street between Second and
Third avenues. During the argument
he drew a razor and threatened to
drive all the "white trash' into the
river. The complainants did not care
to deal harshly with him and the
charge was made disorderly conduct,
and he was fined $10 and costs, which
John Joseph, who has conducted a
shoe shining stand in the alley at Sec
ond avenue between Eighteenth and
Nineteenth streets, was arrested yes
terday afternoon after he had resisted
a warrant being served on him by
Constable P. J. Heverling.- The Coin
brothers had secured a lease on the
stand, but Joseph refused to surrender,
and a warrant was eecured against
blm to force him to leave. He refused
to do so and Constable Heverling
called upon the police, who soon re
moved him and turned the keys over
to the constable. Joseph's bearing
was set for this afternoon.
PERSONAL POINTS. '
W. O. Negus left last night for a
business trip in Chicago.
Charles Montgomery is home from
Ames university for a brief visit.
C. C. Coulter left this morning for a
business trip to Washington, D. C.
Stewart Marquis arrived here last
night from Lake Forest college to at
tend the funeral of his grandmother,
Mrs. Mary Marquis.
Mr. and Mrs. August Heimbeck
and family left this morning for Ur-
bana to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Heim
beck's son, Walter, who graduates
f re m the university of Illinois hls
Mayor George W. McCaskrin ' will
attend the convention of Illinois
mayors at Cairo, tomorrow and
Thursday. The local executive or
ganized the Illinois Mayors' league,
the first meeting having been held
in this city in 1907. There has been
a convention each year since, Bloom
ington, La Salle and Elgin having
been visited in turn. This will make
the fifth annual convention.
S H"E R R4 RD GRADUATION
Superintendent H. B. Hayden to Ad
dress Class at Tonight's Exercises.
Eleven young people will be grad
uated by the Sherrard high school this
evening, the exercises to be held at the
opera house. H. B. Hayden, superin
tendent of the Rock Island schools,
will give the address to the class. The
Blanche M. Haddick, Mamie E. Kolk,
Esther C. Stevens, Florence E. Samuel
son, Martha E. Engle, Hannah A. Grear,
Anna B. Williams, Bessie E. Farrow,
Ithiel G. Morgan, Joseph F.Tregp and
Lester M. Allely.
STILL ANOTHER FRfJST DUE
Third Time This Month Prediction
Has Been Made.
For the" third time this month the
weather bureau today Issued a frost
warning. Tonight, if the clouds dis-
appear, there is expected to be a light
freeze. It is not likely to do much
damage, but may affect the more ten
der plants. Frost as late as the 18th
of May is unusual, but not unprece
dented so that the comet should not
be blamed too severely.
ONLY 7 HAPPY MARRIED
COUPLES IN THE CITY
Peculiar Data Presented Regarding
Paris Which Is Just Pub
lished. Paris, May 17. Paris, the gayest
city in the world,, has only seven
married couples who really are hap-
This information is given In statis
tics just published which concern he
relative Btate of conjugal felicity In
There are 1,362 wives who have
left their husbands for others, and
2,371 husbands who have run away
from their wives; 4,120 couples have
separated amicably; while no fewer
than 191,023 "menages" live at war
fare under the same roof.
The number of those who, "hating
one another cordially, mask In pub
lic ferocious ,enmity beneath appear
ances of assured politeness," is
large, amounting to 162,230, while
the record in the list Is held by cou
ples who are visibly indifferent to one
another namely 61132.
Furtfcer, 1,102 coujJes ar wron
ly thought ST be happily married,
while there are 135 "menages" hap
py in comparison with others more
news aU the time The
WILL DIVIDES A
Carl J. Carlson Apportions
Wealth Among Relatives
$1,000 TO AUGUSTAN A
Zion Lutheran Congregation Be
queathed $500 Andover Or
The will of the late Carl J. Carlson of
Rock Island was admitted to probate
yesterday afternoon by Judge R. W.
Olmsted in the county court. The in
strument, dated Nov. 27, 1909, involves
the division of an estate valued at
A bequest of $1,000 is left to Augus-
tana college and other hoquests are
a3 follows: Andover Evangelical Lu
theran church, $500; Orphans home
of Andover church, $500; Zion Evan'
gellcal Lutheran church, Rock Island
$500; Hedda Fritshof, a sister living
in Sweden. $2,000; Carrie Friborg,
sister, living at' Wakefield, Neb., $2,
000; William Peterson, a nephew, $2,-
00O; Andrew Anderson, a nephew of
his deceased wife, living at Osco, 111.,
$1,000; Sophia Tropp, Moline, $1,000,
and Fred Quick, Rock Island, $500
The latter two were given their be
quests on account of kindnesses shown
the deceased during Ms life.
Gifts to Housekeeper.
Provision was. also made for giving
$500 ta whosoever was serving the de
ceased in the capacity of housekeeper
at the time of his death provided one
were careful and faithful In the per
formance of the necessary duties. The
remainder of the estate is to be di
vided among the relatives whose
names appear above. Axel Sorting
and Gus A. Shallberg of Moline were
named as the executors of the will.
Mr. Carlson died suddenly of heart
failure at his home in the east part of
the city a few months ago. He was
conversing with his housekeeper when
seized by the fatal attack. He was an
extensive land owner in Henry county,
where he farmed many years previous
to his retirement.
BECAUSE OF STRIKE
Street Improvement. In East Moline
Tied Up by Galesburg Labor
Street paving work In East Moline
has been tied up by the strike at
the Purlngton brick factory. Gales
burg. Under the contract with the
McCarthy Improvement company,
Davenport, Purlngton brick is speci
fied. The company was engaged in
paving First avenue. First to Twelfth
streets. When Seventh street was
reached today the supply of brick had
been exhausted. There is brick stor-
it the Purington yards, but it is
impossible to move It because of the
lack of labor. The McCarthy Im
provement company, to protect it
self, dispatched a force of men to
Galesburg to, load brick at the yards
into cars for shipment to East Mo
line,, but the strikers persuaded the
men from here not to obey their em
COMET SEEN BY
Illustration of It Appears on Back
Page of The Argus Today Rises
at 7 a, m. Each Day.
The comet illustrated on page 10 ol
today's paper was first seen in Rock
Island Saturday, March 19, 1910,, and
has become more prominent each day
until' every one in and around the trl-
cities has become familiarized with it.
This comet does not bring to those
who see it the thought that the world
is coming to an end, but tells where
they may spend money to the best ad
vantage in buying clothes. This comet
rises each day at 7 a. m. and can be
seen plainly rain or shine until 6 p. in..
except Wednesday and Saturday, when
its light may be seen until 11 o'clock.
New Rooming House Opens.
The second and third floors of the
Kellerstrass building, 1809 Second ave
nue, have been remodeled and con
verted into a rooming house by J. A.
Waddell, who has taken a lease on the
property. There are 26 rooms, all of
which have been neatly furnished and
The cement with
J3mrq9tt$ Ctment Mfg. s
Aj Sotu. in. -
Chicago Offlct: Martimttf 1dg.
Handled by all representa-
Home-made cakes and Sweet cream that will
pies at our cafe, third whip at our cafe, third
Stockings for the "Whole
We have often given Moline special sales on hosiery;
and we know how freely Moline responds always. But
this is the biggest, most complete hosiery sale we have
.ever offered. It is the result of six months' special buy
ing six months' careful gathering together of every cut
price lot of stockings our buyers have found. And now,
beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, May 18, these lots go
on sale . Bargains in hosiery for men, for women, for
children, unheard of in the magnitude of the quantities,
the excellence of the stockings, price considered, and the
unusual variety in colorings and weaves.
There are over 1,600 pairs of stockings in this lot; 600
in the 6-cent Ibt; 600 pairs in the 10c lot; and so on.
Come in and see. It's a rare chance to get hosiery under
We divide this great hosiery into just four price lots,
At 6c a Pair:
Six hundred pairs, and more,
men's black and tan socks;
women's stockings, blacks and
colors; children's black stock
ings, nearly all large sizes; and
so on. Not a pair in this lot
worth less than 10 cents, take
your pick, beginning tomor
row, Wednesday, morning and
while they last, for six cents a
At 15c a Pair:
Men's 25c black mercerized
socks, linen heel and toe; men's
colored 25c socks in all sizes;
ladles' hose in colors and
blacks, spilt soles and plain;
boys' and girls 25c stout rib
bed school stockings In all
sizes. , Take what you want
while 600 pairs last, at 15c
a pair; not 25c, but 15c.
The Very Best
Skirt Bargain of
We have never seen anything
go like these $5.00 skirts do.
Two more lots of 26 skirts Just
arrived and will go on sale as
before, every one of them
worth 7.50 and $8.50 for
$5.00 each. We have been not
ified that we can have no more;
this is all. Be prompt; to see
them means to want one.
You'll not get so good a chance
again; $7.50 and $8.50 latest
style panama skirtB for $5.00.
Moline, May 1 7
Peoples Power Company Secures Pro
fessor C. E. Drapet for Four
TO GIVE INSTRUCTION
Expert Is to Teach Economical Cook.-
ing Prizes to Be Awarded
The Peoples Power company has ar
ranged a series of gas stove demon
strations for Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday and Saturday that promise
great things for the users of gas. The
demonstrations win be given in the
portion of the Peoples National bonk
building recently vacated by the M.
& K. company and the store room Is
being attractively arranged for the
The demonstrations are to be given
by Professor C. E. Draper, gaa stove
expert. There will be morning and
afternoon demonstrations, the morning
sessions' opening at 9 o'clock and con
tinuing til noon, and the afternoon
session opening at 3 o'clock and con
tinuing till 5 o'clock.
In the morning Professor Draper will
devote the session to private instruc
tion along the line of economical
cooking. In this time of investigation
of the high cost of Hvlng. and the ways
of reducing the cost, the lecture should
be of exceptional interest.
At the afternoon sessions. Professor
Draper will give public demonstrations
during which he will cook various ar
ticles on a platform in full view of the
Will Give Prizes.
The demonstrations are to be entire
ly free, and the company urges that
all who are interested take advantage
of the opportunity to see the demon
strations by Professor Draper. To
make the series even more attractive,
arrangements have been made to give
many a priss ec'a day. Tickets wilj
be furnished at the door, Btltling th
holder to admission and to participate
In the drawing of prizes each day. No
charge whatever Is made in connec
tion with the demonstration or the
awarding of prizes.
Wednesday morning from U to 12,
At 10c a Pair:
Over 600 pairs of 15c hosiery
go into this price division,
choice for 10 cents. At least
300 pairs ladies' good black
15c full fashioned garter top
hose; over 185 pairs children's
stockings, sizes 6 to 84
black, and a good many colors;
as many more men's socks, col
ors and black, all sizes; any
and all beginning Wednesday
go for 10c a pair, 10c.
At 25c a Pair:
Here's a chance at 35c and
50c hosiery for a quarter.
Boys' "Bulldog" school stock
ings, 6izes 7 to 8; ladies' fancy
black lisle hose; ladies' "out
sizes" in black, split soles; any
of them, while they last, for
Genuine Uneeda Biscuit, three
packages for 10c.
Spaghetti. 10c packages; two
Charter Oak corn starch, three
Citadel flour, sack $1,29.
Sound, firm Minnesota pota
toes, not the kind called "old
potatoes" but as good as if
freshly dug. 50c a bushel.
Red Salmon in half-pound
cans 9 c.
K.Xciirie Boston Store J
angel food cakes will be the subject of
the lesson, and in the afternoon Pro
fessor Draper will give instruction in
the baking of bread and rolls, and
during the session the preparation of
these foods will be demonstrated.
Should Prove Benefit.
Professor Draper comes to Rock Isl
and highly recommended as an expert
in gas cooking, and his services have
been secured by the Peoples Power
company at a large expense. It is
horjed that the users of gas will take
advantage of the opportunity afford-'
cd, and benefit by tho lectures and
Elsewhere appears an announce
ment of the company, with a statement
of the prizes which will be given dur
ing the scries of demonstrations, and
further information regarding Prores
Sauerkraut Day In Lennox, 8. D.
The Commercial club and residents
of Lennox, S. D.. In general as the re
sult of a mass meeting bare decided to
hold on June l." what will be per
haps the oddest celebration this year
In the northwest. The date selected
will bo known as "sauerkraut day."
and one of Ihe features of the day will
lie a dinner at which several thousand
people will be provided, at the expeno
of the people of Lennox, with all the
sauerkraut they can eat. together with
the other thins which go with It.
Other features will be provided for the
entertainment of th large number of
visitors who will be In the town on.
NEVIS FAILS TO RFORE
GRAY HAIR TO ITS K jIIAL
COLOR AND BEAUTY.
No matter how old and
faded youi fimir look, or how
i Ions you bav been fray, it
will woik wooden (at you,
keep you looking young, pro
mote a luxuriant growth ot
fcaahky hair, atop it falling
Will not toil skin or linen. Wul sot injurs
your baW. Is Not Dye.
HEFUSF A IX SUBSTITUTES
Sl.CO and 60c. Bottles, at DruispV
Phllo Hay &pcc.CoQc-wmritJ4-Jti.aL.
T. 11. Thomas Co. and W. T. llart