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THE ROCK ISX,ANI AUGTJS, FKlftAY, AI7GT7ST T2, 1910.
. THE ARGUS.
Published Dally and Weekly at 161
Second annua, Bock Island. HL l En
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BY THE J. W. POTTER CO.
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have real name attached for public-
tioa. No such articles wlti be printed
oyer fictitious signatures.
Correspondence solicited from every
township in Rook Island county.
Friday, August 12, 1910.
I hereby announce myself as a can
didate for the democratic nomination
for minority representative in the Thlr-
; r ty-thlrd senatorial district, and ask the
I support of all democrats who deem me
worthy. J. a 6LOAN.
The third great Rock Island exposi
tion opens one month from today.
Complete the democratic county
ticket. The chances for success were
Senator Aldrich In attempting to de
fend the rubber tariff, had to stretch
it considerably as a. matter of course.
Over In Joplln, Mo., more than 100
cases of ptomaine poisoninig have de
veloped in a week. The campaign
egaicst the house fly has been ne
jdcted and the slogan of the town now
Because a man with only $18,000 a
Tar thought himself rich his wife is
going to send him to. a lunatic asylum.
All the matter with the poor fellow is
that he hasn't kept track of the in
creased cost of living. ,
Jack Barrymore, the actor, was.in
Bued against marriage by Lloyds of
London to the tune of $50,000. Now his
ei agement is announced. What 13
'there about Barrymore that caused
Lloyds to gamble that no woman would
have him within a year?
The federal grand Jury in Judge
Kenesaw Mountain Landis court In
Ch?cago is said to have reached the
gates of the barons in the beef investi
gation. It is hoped those jurors will
not wait on ceremony, but will raise
the latch and walk right in.
The fact that Attorney General
Wirkershnm and Secretary of Com
meice and Labor Nagel are in
Alaska together causes one to won
der whether they are there in the
interest .of the government or on
behalf of Secretary of the Interior
Gamblers in Gay Gotham.
The elegantly furnished apartment
is beautifully adorned and brilliantly
Illuminated. The flash of diamonds
is hardly more dazzling than the gor
geous costumes worn by beautiful
women of the very exclusive set.
Well groomed gentlemen in evening
dress mingle with the ladies. But
why that strange expression in their
faces? And what is the game which
holds them in its wierd and fascinat
ing grasp? Ah, it is roulette, the
fastest of all modern separators; ca
pable of making a miraculously lucky
poor man rich in a little while, and
of making most people who play it
poor in a much les3 time. Briefly
stated, it is a short road to ruin and
one of the most seductively Infamous
of gambling games.
The gay "joint" Was raided. The
raiding officials are now being im
portuned to please not make public
the names of the "ladles and gentle
men" of the exclusive 99 who were
caught in the raid.
Probably the New York authorities
will not heed the suggestion, but
; make the names public. Continue
the raids and make the. names of all
the gamblers public. These society
- gamblers are no better in the eyes of
, the law than the common gambler
I who wears a phony stud in his shirt
bosom as big as a baseball, and rakes
in the lucre contributed by a group
of common "pikers."
. There can be no difference be
tween one set of gamblers and an-
other set. There may he a distinc
tion, but not a difference under the
Give them all the same impartial
publicity and the same impartial and
New Homestead Opportunities.
a Whether so intended or not, the
announcement of the thousands of
acres of unappropriated lands elim-
, inated from the forest reserves re
;. cently are to be thrown open to set-
tlement will go far toward meeting
i the objection that conservation, as it
1 is at present understood among the
.most ardent of its friends, tends to
V retard development. It was on the
; strong recommendation of Secretary
I Wilson that a vast acreage included
j in the forest reserve has been restor
ed to the public domain, and approv-
al of his course has not been cor
i dial in" conservation circles. Yet Sec-f-
retary Wilson had the full confidence
of President Roosevelt with regard
to conservation as well as all other
matters. - His position is that the
i jands. in question will prove far more
-valuable for agricultural than for
I forestry purposes
j. . However this may be the decision
j to open these lands to settlement
! elves great satisfaction in the west.
The farms to be alloted are located
In Colorado, New Mexico, Washing
ton Oregon, .Utah, Idaho, and Wy- i
oming, and - the land is reported to
be far above the average in quality,
some of it having been withdrawn
largely for this very reason.,
The opening of vast areas of public
land In the west will have the effect
of strengthening the better tendency.
Its educational value alone 'will be
great, since the rush of settlers can
not fail to impress the whole coun
try once more with the fact that no
matter how Indifferent the great ma
jority of Americans may be, or seem
to be, the class which recognizes the
growing scarcity of bargains in good
lands is large and active.
The Small Kill.
Of course we're ready to take bills
of any size. It was such a simple
discovery, for on it the first com
nent which any person is likely to
make Is: "Why didn't somebody
thinK of it before?" The said dis
covery is that by cutting down the
size of our bank bills one-third in
area. $600,000 a year will be saved
to the government- in the cost of
paper alone. There was a time, it
may be, when such a. saving would
not have been possible by such a
means. Now we have come upon
times when paper is paper, and if its
present rate of rise keeps on much
longer it will become too expensive
a material to be properly used for
fiat money. The paper on which bills
are printed is about as expensive as
they make 'em. The statement of
the saving which the practical Mr.
McClung will make is not difficult to
No one will object. So long as a
dollar will buy a dollar's worth of
sugar it won't matter materially
whether the superficial area of that
bill is 15 or only 10 square Inches.
The treasurer might even cut the
size down to that of the old "shin
plasters" without creating any
mighty furore. It is &V the dimin
ishing size of what the dollar will
buy that we are kicking, not about
the diminishing size of the dollar.
Why doesn't "the treasurer, indeed,
cut the dollar down one-half while
he is about it and save us $1,200,000
instead of $600,000.
Aug. 12 in American
1tn i . ...
moi:s Indian warrior
Mount Hope. 11. 1. '
1S42 End of the Seminole war.
1S40 Albert Gallatin, statesman and
financier, died: born 17G1.
1S91 James Russell Lowell died; born
1S9S Peace protocol formally signed
at Washington by American and
Spanish commissioners. ,
INDIANS AND BULLETS.
A Sample of the Strenuous Life In
Kentucky Ir. 1777.
In 1777. while riarrodsburg, Ky.,
was so beset with Indians that the
inhabitants were In straits for daily
bread, a young man. only sixteen years
old, made himself extremely useful by
venturing out of the fort before day
break and returning with a load of
game after nightfall. This intrepid
youth was James Ray, afterward Gen
One day In the year just mentioned
Ray and another young man were
shooting at a mark near the fort, when
the Becond man was suddenly shot
down by the Indians. Ray looked in
the direction whence the shot had
come, saw the enemy and was on the
point of raising his rifle when he was
set upon by another band who had
crept near him unseen.
He took to bis heels and, being a
quick runner, reached the fort amid a
shower of bullets, but the gates were
shut, and the men inside were so
frightened that they dared not open
them. Finding himself shut out. Ray
threw himself flat on the ground In
the rear of a stump, and here, perhaps
seven steps from the fort and within
eight of his mother, he lay for four
hours, while the bullets of the Indians
tore up the ground on either side of
At last he grew impatient and called
out to the garrison:
"For heaven's sake, dig a hole under
the cabin wall and take me in!"
The men inside set to work imme
diately, and the brave young hunter
was speedily safe inside the fort.
- FORTUNE ISLAND.-
The Story of the Buried Prize of an
An English buccaneer, having looted
and fired a rich prize, found himself
pursued in turn by a Spanish pirate,
and in order to save his treasure sought
some isolated shore on which to bury
it until the time came to divide the
spoils with his followers. So be ran
into theN Bahama group, and, landing onJ
a low lying strip of sand and palm
trees, cached his plunder and. naming
the place Fortune island, sailed away,
ife lft a number of negro slaves be
hind to guard the buried treasure, and
the present inhabitants are said to be
descended from these slaves. The For
tune islanders believe the old sea rover
never returned for his chest and that
it is still hidden somewhere near the
tide level. It is no uncommon sight
for tourists on the rare occasions when
a steamer stops there to see some half
naked black man digging In the sand,
probably in obedience to a dream or
The natives are half civilized, exceed
ingly superstitious and very poor and
live mostly on fish and fruit. They
do not attempt to plant vegetables, pre
ferlng to rely on the bounty of nature,
as the fierce hurricanes that sweep the
Bahamas soon uproot and destroy gar
dens. The little colony Is huddled to
gether In a collection of squalid huts
that are blown clear, away in nearlf
every storm and have to be built anew
The island, is nine "miles long and t
mile wide at the broadest part and lie
110 miles northeast of Cuba. New
WAR ON PORCUPINE
Biological Survey Is Seeking to
Solve Forest Devastation
in' the West.
THOUSANDS OF TREES DIE
Government Experts Visit Colorado
Reserves to Study Extermina
tion of Field Mice,
The latest enemy of the national for
ests on whom war has been declared
by the forestry service is the fretful
porcupine. The quill armored rodents
are destroying hundreds of fine trees,
and the biological survey has sent ex
perts to Colorado from Washington to
study and devise some way to exter
minate the pests.
The destruction of timber by porcu
pines ia worse in the Routt national
forest than any other place iu Colorado
at present. The animals are herbivor
ous, their diet consisting principally of
grass, shrubs and roots, but the heavy
snows .in the mountains cover all. this
substance, compelling them 'to seek
Gnaw Trees to Death.
As a consequence they go to higher
altitudes and eat the bark from the
Englcmann spruce and lodgepole pine,
circling the trees with their sharp teeth
and eventually causing them to die.
No statistics have been gathered as
to the total destruction caused by por
cupines, but it has been approximated
that many thousands of trees are an
nually destroyed by them. The fact
that a reconnoissance party In the
Routt forest recently killed twenty-one
porcupines in two days in a compara
tively, small area will give an idea of
the large number of the animals there.
Experts will also study the ravages
made by field mice, chipmunks and
other 1 rodents in the reforestation
areas recently sown with seed. Be
cause of the depredations of tbee ro
dents the method of sewing pine seed
broadcast has proved practically a
failure, the animals eating all that are
scattered on the ground. Even where
the seed Is put in the ground with
corn planter the animals dig them up
unless they are planted at a depth so
great as to prevent germination
Poisonsd Seed Fails.
The service has tried experiments of
poisoning the seed before It is planted,
but these methods have proved prac
tically Ineffective because of the great
damage done by the rodents before
they expire, and also because the poi
son is applied to the outer surface of
the seed, which is removed by the ani
mals before eating the kernel.
Experiments will be tried of ridding
the area to be seeded of rodents by
first scattering poisoned grain, which
the field mice and chipmunks eat read
ily. The ground will then be planted
with pine seed. It Is believed that this
plan will be successful because of the
limited area, only about an acre, which
the average field mouse or chipmunk
Surprises In Chinese.
"Some people." said an American
consul to China, "live as long as
twenty years in China acd never learn
more than a dozen Chinese expres
sions. But not so my little girl. She
used to meet me each evening with
some new Chinese expression which
she had learned during the day. Now,
the Chinese language, like the Japan
ese. is full of henoriflcs, and I fondly
imagined one evening, when my little
girl greeted me with some entirely
new expressions, that she was saying
something like this: "Here comes the
honorable' personage, my father.'
"To verify my guess I asked a little
Chinese boy to translate. At first he
was rather backward, but I urged him
until he finally said:
" 'Your excellency, your daughter
says. "Here comes that old -wooden
headed bottle." ' Yes, there are some
surprises in Chinese."
That a clean, nice, fragrant com
pound like Bucklen's Arnica Salve
will instantly relieve a bad burn, cut,
scald, wound or piles, staggers skep
tics. But- great cures prove its a
wonderful healer of the worst sores,
ulcers, boils, felons, eczema, skin
eruptions, as also chapped hands,
sprains and corns. Try it, 25 cents
at all druggists.
The cement with the
Marquette Cement Mfg. Co.
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Handled by all representa
A MASS OF EVIDENCE
SEE PAPERS AUG. 16
. and take up
No longer does" the world send fortK its call
For men .to strive and suffer all adona
To stand for faitn, eund fall o.s martyrs fall'
-Beneath the bitter blows of stone on stone -No
longer but the neighbor at your side
' Wrto greets you every day with smile all fair.
Would cause you to looK at him open-eyed
Did you Know what marKs his shoulders bear.
And they who spend their strength tn mill and mart,
' Who swing the sledge or bend above the boons,
Or in the world's great tash. do their one part '
In vinfrecruented, hidden, dusty nooKsi
Who in high places rule, and they who serve
And often see their gold has turned to dross,
. Who pay the toll of strength and soul and nerve
Upon their shoulders is the chafing cross.
And we need but looK bach adown the years
i To those old days now shadowed in our dreams
Until we find the one who changed our tears '
To smiles that glowed in laughter's brightest gleams.
And see the mother, patient, hopeful, fond.
Who. gave us of herself by day and night
And looKed to the- tomorrow's far beyond
Yet she would ' say her cross was ever light.
And each and all, today, tomorrow yes,
Through all the endless avenue of time
We bear our cross in pleasure or distress.
Though on the way we falter as we climb.
No longer have we martyrs? Nay, but then
It boots not if we garner gain or loss.
There is no one of all the sons of men 1
Whose shoulders show no mar Kings of the cross.
(Conrrtsht. It 10.
The Argus Daily Short Story
A Quicksand. By Esther Vandeveer.
Copyrighted, 1910, by Associated Literary Tress.
When Helen White went abroad she
bade adieu to her betrothed in these
"If anything happens to me, Joe, so
that I never return I suppose you'll
have another girrwithin six months."
"Oh, that's too long; make it three."
"You'll never be serious about any
thing." "There are some things I don't wish
to be serious about. It isn't best to go
through the world thinking about what
may happen. The happenings come
"have Ton stood thb test V
soon enough without looking ahead iot
them. Besides, those we expect are
opt not to come. It is those we don't
look for that do come."
"You ion't look ahead enough. 1
prefer "before putting my foot down
to see that I don't put it on a quick
sand." "And while you are looking for a
safe place to step some one else will
get ahead of yon."
Helen started. It seemed there was
something in these last words that had
an especial meaning for her. They
were standing near the gangway of an
ocean liner among a ''fcrowd of those
who were going on the ship and those
who were going ashore. - ffoe Baxter
held ber band in his for a moment,
pressed it, looked feelingly .into her
eyes, turned and went ashore.
"I wish." she said to herself. "I
hadn't undertaken It. But since I have
I will not give it up."
Helen bad been abroad a month
when her letters to those at borne, in
cluding ber betrothed, suddenly ceased
The last one received was from Borne.
hie cross daily." Luke ix, 23.
by W. O. ChApman)
She was an orphan with ni very near
relatives. Joe Baxter was far nearer
to her than any other living person.
and wh?n a suspicion arose that 6he
had been made away with he went
abroad to look for her.
This, besides suffering the natural
anxiety of a lover, was a hardship.
He was without-means acd endeavor
ing to ionke a place for himself in his
profession. He could neither afford
, the time nor the money to make the
trip. Nevertheless he used both, feel
ing it is duty as well as impelled by.
his feelings to go.
Helen had accused him of not look
ing ahead. Before sailing he showed
the Injustice of the accusation. He
looked into her affairs. It might be
necessnry for him to spend consider
able money on her account For In
stance, suppose she bad been captured
by bandits and a ransom was demand
ed. He found that she possessed prop
erty producing a fair income, but before
leaving she had made no provision
whatever, so'far as he could learn, in
case of her death, fihp had simply
directed hor bankers to send her the
income as it was pnid to them as her
agents. It. would therefore be impos
sible for Baxter to raise any funds
for her use.
Thirteen days must elapse before he
could reach the place where she had
been last seen. On the steamer he
made the acquaintance of an elderly
American gentleman, to whom he told
the object of his visit to Italy. This
gentleman. Mr. Alexander, realizing
that Baxter needed to have his mind
diverted from his trouble. Introduced
him to his wife and daughter, a girl
of twenty. Mr. Alexander also of
fered in case a sum of money larger
than Baxter could command was
needed for purioses of investigation
or ransom to advance the amount,
looking p nelen White's estate for re
imbursemehr. The Alexanders took a deep interest
In Baxter's mission and when tbey
reached Rore and be began his In
quiries were eager to hear what he
learned. He found the hotel where
Helen had stopped and her trunk,
which she had left locked, and it had
remained locked. She bad gone alone
one morning to Frascatl. on the bills
some dozen miles from Home. There
she was seen in the Aldo Brandini
gardens, formerly the residence of
Pope- Clement . VIII. Later she wa
reported walkinc on the hill back of
tnis place. Xiiere was uo trace of her
The police informed Baxter that
some distance back of Frascatl there
is a village consisting of 500 people,
450 of whom hud been in jail for one
offense or another When persons are
seen on the hill, especially foreigners,
the Italian mounted police, riding two
together, usually keep them in view,
that tbey may not be attacked by some
of these jailbirds. The police assumed
that since Helen White bad been up
there alone and had either been mur
t - r
dered for what valuables she bad
about her or bad . been captured for
ransom. No ransom boring been de
manded, there couid be do doubt that
she had been murdered. ,
Indeed, there was no other alterna
tive. It Is seldom that the mystery oi
a disappearance Is so satisfactorily
solved. Baxter wqg obliged to be con
tent with it. and tbe Alexanders, who
had come to take'a strong sympathet
ic interest iu bim. persuaded him to
divert his mind by making a brief tour
with thenj. This, under the circum
stances, was the best thing he could
do. Together tbey visited Florence.
Venice and the lakes of northern Italy.
These localities, new to Baxter, were
admirably calculated to withdraw his
miud from the borror under which ho
suffered. The quaint, mediaeval town
on the Arno. with its treasures of art;
tbe cjry of water streets on the Adri
atic, where under tbe moonlight hun
dreds of gondolas filled with pleasure
seeking people congregate in sight of
the doge's palace and the lion of St
Mark's to listen to music, were surely
calculated to draw the poison of sor
row and, restore a normal condition.
""Usually a man who has lost a mate
feels that something bas been taken
away which be Is eager to replace. To
supply this need Baxter turned to
Alice Alexander. Prawn to him
through sympathy, a girl of a kind
heart and high principle, she felt con
strained by both to do all In ber power
to cause him to forget the. tragedy of
his lost love.
Later one evening while seated In a
boat on Lake Maggiori Baxter asked
Miss Alexander to fill tbe void that
bad been made vacant and become bis
wife. She accepted, and their be
trothal was approved by the girl's par
ents. Then after a fortnight's ocean
trip together the couple reached noma
and again took up the thread of or
Just three months after Helen White
had sailed JTor Europe Baxter, who
had but recently returned, received a
letter from her saying that shewould
be due to arrive on the day be would
receive her letter.
. It would be impossible to describe
tbe sensation of a man in his position.
After taking -time to right himself
from tbe effect of tbe squall that bad
struck him he resolved to hear Helen's
story, then be guided by It in fcls fu
When Helen White reached port and
did not find Joe Baxter on the deck to
receive ber. her heart sank. She re
membered that when she had accused
bim in case of ber loss of replacing
her within six months be bad respond
ed banteringly. "better make It three."
She, too. remembered that it was Just
three months since her departure.
On the evening of her arrival Joe
called. He did not exhibit the relief
to be expected in one who bad lost
and regained a love; be did not take
ber in bis arms, bestowing caresses In
place of words checked by emotion.
He stood looking at ber as if she bad
returned from tbe spirit world.
Ob. Joe!" she exclaimed.
"Have you stood the test?
"Joe, dear, what I went away for
was to test you. You know I always
liked to be certain of everything and I
wished especially to be certain of the
man I would marry. I intended to
disappear tbajt you might show your
constancy. O, Joe. do tell me that you
have been true."
Baxter continued to gaze at her, but
there was nothing in his expression
from which she could derive any com
fort. Presently he said:
"What became of you after you were
last seen at Frascatl?"
"I had a disguise with me which I
put on, and. returning to Rome, took a
train northward. I have since been in
a small village in Switzerland."
Suddenly the bard look he wore dis
appeared and was replaced by one of
"You lrave made an awful mistake!"
She whitened and waited for bim to
"You remember I told you that while
waiting to find a secure place on
which to step some one would get
ahead of you?"
She sank in a chair and covered her
face with her hands. Then suddenly
starting up and facing bim, she said:
"Tell me all!"
Baxter told her of his agony on
learning of her disappearance. Know
ing tbe reputation of the Italians of
southern Italy, he believed she had
met with foul play, but hoped 6he had
been kidnaped rather than murdered.
ne told ber of his trip, the sympathy
and kindness of tbe Alexander family.
of bis bunt for traces of her, his con
clusions, bis tour with his newly made
friends, his engagement.
"And now?" sfie moaned.
"And now I am placed as a Judge on
the bench. I .have .no right to be
moved by aught except Justice. While
you were supposed to be dead another
took your place. If 'I were a chattel
she could not make good ber claim
against yours. But a man Is not prop
erty. My decision Is this: In order to
be certaia you took a risk and lost."
He walked away from her. but at
tbe door turned and threw her a kiss.
It was tbe only one she ever after that
received from a man.
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"Br TMCAJ M. SMITH
IN the early fall.
When the gTaea is tall
And Vie vines crawl higb
On the garden wall .
And the pollen files
On the hazy skies
As It makes a target
Of your eyes.
Do you wheeze
As the paaslns breeze
Bears upon its wings
That fell disease.
If you do, RTeat Scott,
Then I envy not
As I view your moist
Though it be the style.
It is not worth while
Nor a, pleasant way
To the time beguUe.
When it gets a start
For at least my part
, I'd prefer to have
A broken heart.
Though it makes my doss)
As a work of art.
Bo we hike away
And our money pay
To the big hotel
Where the breeses play.
From the land of dust
It's a case of must
We must fl to a northern
Crime or bust. s
Get away from where
It Is In the air
To a place It's not
On the bill of fare.
It Is useless to abuse ft.
We must peck and git.
To the seaside flit.
For there's bo other way
To lose it.
"1 beard be bad a bad accident
"Yes, be went by where carpenter!
were atxwork and the staging fell ot
"Is he dead?"
No, only stage truck.'
'Ton seemed not to bav mad
"It appears that way."
"You have tried hard?"
"To spending so much of my valu
able time being Interviewed by plain
Protection From Below.
"I noticed bim going along tbe street
holding his umbrella wide open, but
upside down. Is be crazy?"
"Xo; that Is Just from fore ol
"But where did he get such a habit T.
"Riding on the water wagon. H
was trying to protect himself from bo
low as much as possible."
"What -will you do if he tells th
truth on you?"
"What will I do?"
If be tells the truth I'll beat It,"
"What are you studying?"
"How are you progressing?"
"Very fine. I can eat the ban an
now in its native language."
"Isn't It sweet to be engaged, Bess?"
"Rather; till, I never did care mucli
Used to It.
When comes the baby number one
The father's smile Is broad and wl4e,
But when along comes number ten
lie sort of softens dowrr bis pride.
The fellow who laughs laat often
doesn't have any one to be tbe specta
tor of his hilarity.
Teople who have money to burn
usually create a sensational conflagra
During the season of high prices ar
rangements looking to keeping out of
debt appear like a starvation proposi
tion. , '
Kind treatment Is the kind we al
ways prefer for home consumption,
although we may have qulto a differ
ent sort 'in cold storage to present to
a select few. '
No matter bow kind and considerate
we may be. most of us have a little
special act of selfishness that we In
variably indulge in.
You can tell much about a woman's
sound. sense and Judgment by ber abil
ity to band out assorted language.
fto"m peopl are able lo make their
own living and others merely able t
tUe that of others.
A Mass of Evidence
, Pouring in.
Sec Papers Aug. 16
1 APPEARANCE OhJ fZFs