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T1TE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1910.
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Monday, October 17, 1910.
Everyone is fond of achievement and
'wishes good luck to the adventurer.
Therefore we are all pulling for Wal
ter fWellman m his airship ride.
The republicans of Michigan adop
ted a "harmony' platform with Roose
velt left out. Such harmony may
breed trouble in the future.
An 84-year-old father appeared in a
police court as complainant against
his 62-year-old son. Fathers ought to
be more lenient. Boys will be boys.
The Republican state convention of
Massachusetts endorsed Taft and the
Aldrlcb-Payne tariff law, but said noth
ing about the colonel, either good, bad
Cannonism Is the paramount issue
In the Fourteenth congressional dis
trict fight. Mr. McKlnney is on record
for Cannonism and Mr. Tavenner Is on
record against K.
Will Senator Bob Taylor be able to
"fiddle" away the objections of the in
surgent democrats in Tennessee who
were opposed to Governor Patterson?
Here's praying for strength to his
By the single vote j of J. Plerpont
Morgan the Eriscopal church failed to
change its name. Not content with be
ing the dictator of all things here be
low !th means of grace must also be
in line with the ideas of the New York
Western insurgents are said to be
annoying the colonel with repeated in
quiries as to his part In the making
of the New York republican platform.
They want him to say frankly wheth
er he alms primarily at a lower tariff
or a higher Roosevelt.
John A. Dix has certified to the sec
retary of state that It cost him noth
ing to be nominated for governor of
New York. It did not cost Mr. Dix
even the good will of other candidates,
and he begins his campaign with a
united party behind him and with the
approval of the independent voters of
Once more twelve apostles of the
Mormon church, of which United
States Senator Smoot is one, announce
that polygamy must cease. Why don't
they quit it themselves instead of mak
ing political bargains with the repub
lican bosses that they are not to be
Interfered with if they "deliver the
goods" in the shape of the electoral
votes of Utah, Idaho and other states
where the Mormons hold the balance
As a newspaper man hi Washington,
Clyde H. Tavenner was always on the
Job for the Interests of the people, pro
testing against legislation which would
have the effect of Increasing the cost
of living and exposing corruption and
the underhanded work of the lobbies.
If he is elected to congress he will
continue to do the same kind of work.
He Is by temperament and training a
friend of the people, and would make
a desirable representative of the Four
teenth congressional district.
The late Senator Jonathan P. Dol
llver of Iowa came as' near being presi
dent of the United States perhaps as
any man in the history of the country,
who narrowly escaped the goal of hu
man ambition. At the Philadelphia
convention that renominated President
McKinley, Senator Dolliver was all
but nominated for vice president. He
was the undisputed choice of the con
vention until Tom Piatt forced the
nomination of Theodore Roosevelt In the
hopes of putting an end to the latter's po
litical aspirations. And bo Roosevelt
v.as nominated; McKinley died by the
assassin's hand soon after the election
and Roosevelt went to the White
house. Of coure if the Roosevelt
luck had not had the chance, the pres
ident might not have perished, but
"Ifs" don't count in the face of fate
and fact. We are talking of possibil
ities. I Teddy's Flareback.
It Is reported from Constantinople
that the khedive of Egypt has resigned
his throne because of the political ef
fect of Colonel Roosevelt's two speech
es in that country. The colonel plead
ed for the strengthening of English
rule, which so aroused the nationalist
party In their fight for freedom from
British tyranny that the speeches had
the reverse effect from what the
colonel Intended. And yet a good
laany people think that Teddy is a
emart politician, and some few even
ay that he is a statesman. Irish re
publicans in New York should note
ifiat Roosevelt is for the English,
'don't yer know," and that his candi
ate for governor says "me, too," to
whatever Teddy says.
Later: The colonel has wired the
'iedlve to hold on and beat the ca
tlonallsts to a frazzle; "do you note, I
said 'frazzle-' "
Jonathan P. Dolliver, Greater Than
v United States Senator Jonathan P.
Dolliver, who died at his home at
Fort Dodge, Iowa, Saturday evening,
was although a republican throughout
his public life, and a man who from
every viewpoint might well be looked
upon with pride by all his supporters,
whether partisan or otherwise, grew to
be greater than his party. Recogniz
ing the worth of his party just so far
as -It was worthy, he refused to go far
ther than was worthy. He believed
that occasions arise when there are
principles at stake In the welfare of
the people of this nation which are
paramount to party affiliation or con
sideration. He dared to stand up for
conviction and right, and to oppose
the things that are without principle,
and wrong. It was thus he became great
er than the political influences that
created his public life. He had grown
to be one of the foremost men of his
time, and no man can say what the
future might have held out to him,
had his days not been numbered by
reason of over-exertion for the pauses
he regarded as Just.
A brilliant orator, a giant in intel
lectual power, he was such a man as
can 111 be spared in this day of crisis
in the affairs of men in America.
llow Dare Mr. Tavenner Run for
From the nature of things as they
appear, the uninitiated might be led to
imagine that Clyde H. Tavenner had
committed a mortal sin In contesting
the seat of Mr. McKlnney for congress
in the Fourteenth district. Notwith
standing that Mr. Tavenner has dis
avowed any intention to indulge in
personalities either as they may per
tain to Mr. McKlnney or to the benefi
ciaries of Speaker Cannon's regime,
and has made it reasonably plain that
he proposes to confine himself to the
stewardship rather than the man, it
would seem that by the mere act of
entering the field he has fallen so far
from grace as not to be tolerated.
That he, an ordinary newspaper man,
whose financial resources may be lim
ited, Bhould measure his worth to the
people of the Fourteenth district with
a president of the Illinois State
Bankers' association is a presumption
without parallel, a species of Impu
dence that cannot be contemplated
Mr. Tavenner has spoken of his per
sonal respect for Congressman McKln
ney and of his purpose to confine him
self to a discussion of his record as
a representative of the people. That he
so limit his opportunities has been the
wish of his friends. But-if the doors
are to be opened to a wide range of
possibilities Involving personalities
where there is not warrant or occasion,
Mr. Tavenner will, if he is obliged to.
probably be equal to that occasion,
Until such an unhappy contingency
arises The Argus will maintain that
this should be a campaign of whole
some, intelligent discussion of Issues
such as bear upon the problems of life.
without purpose or desire to travel
outside of public record, rather than
the Indulgence in sputter and person
There is a schema on foot in the
west, that may have ramifications In
the east, to place the national guard
on the army salary list at rates of
from 5 to 25 per cent of the regular
wages. To that end a conference of
national guard officers hag just been
held at St. Louis. General Leonard
Wood was present and declared: "I
would out-German the Germans by in
stituting compulsory military educa
tion in all of the schools. Every boy
13 years of age or more should be com
pelled to learn the use of a rifle as a
part of his school course." This mil
itarism " is the natural result of the
large increase of the army under re
publican legislation, and it Is time to
nip in the bud any further increase
unless we . would be a nation of sol
diers and saddled with the support of
an army that would exceed even that
of Germany. But General Wood was
not satisfied with turning all the boys
of the country Into soldiers, for he' fur
ther declared: "Our standing army of
80,000 men is far too small, and con
gress should provide for its increase to
at least 140,000 men."
Who wants to see the United States
an armed camp? Wrhat service or
help to the people would such an army
be? Who would it fight? Consider
It now costs $101,195,885 for the sup
port of the present army, and it is
proposed to more than double that
enormous sum, if the scheme to pay
the officers and men of the national
guard is added to the cost of nearly
doubling the army.
It Is time for the mothers and fath
ers of the United States to decide
whether they want their boys to be
enlisted in the army without their con
sent, and that of course means their
being subject to the call for- service.
It ia unlikely that the ranking major
general of the army would . publicly
advance this army program unless the
president and the war department
were back of It.
Just fancy the people of the United
States voluntarily doubling their tax
burdens and giving all their sons as
possible food for powder to satisfy the
craze of army officers and republican
officials for militarism. Once installed
here, militarism would endure, and, as
in Europe, about exery taxpayer would
have a soldier on his back booted and
spurred to force the taxes out of him.
The people of the United States can
do themselves better service by strik
ing a blow at militarism whenever or
wherever it raises its hideous head.
1 nm ifiim 1 it-iti rtinii amw
PANAMA. Visitors to the Isthmian canal, who are especially numerous at this time of the year, never tire
of expressing their wonder at the immense cranes that are used at the Pedro Miguel locks in the erection of
the great walls. The hoisting and placing of building material is done with the utmost ease and rapidity by
these gigantic machines. In general the work on the canal is progressing most satisfactorily this autumn.
Proctor truly said: "Soldiers always
live in idleness or peril; both are bad."
Clyde II. Tavenner, Rock Island
FOR THE LEGISLATURE.
State Senator Peter Rungdahl, Mer
Representative Henry L. AVheelan,
Rock Island county.
For County J ndg Albert Ilnber,
For County Clerk W. U. Hall, Port
For Probate Judge Dudley Marshall,
For Probate Clerk Thomas E. Cole,
For County Treasurer Edward Co
For Sheriff Cornelia Donovan, South
For County Superintendent of Schools
Melsjs Hays, Andalusia.
Oct. 17 in American
1777 tiun fiiucr ut tciit'ral liurgoyne's
army (British to General Horatio
Gates (Colonial) at Saratoga, a de
cisive event in the Revolution.
1SC3 President Lincoln called for
1S91 James Purton. noted American
sketch writer, biographer and his
torian, died; born 1S22.
1S93 Lucy Stone Blackwell. one of
the original and most noted woman
suffrage advocates, died; born 181 S.
1S97 Charles A. Dana, editor of the
New York Sun, died; born 1S19.
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The Argus Daily Short Story
Copyrighted. 1910. by
Amy Wallace slammed the gate of
the chicken yard and came down the
path with tragedy written on her
stormy countenance and in the very
pose of her outstretched band from
which dangled the lifeless remains of
a promising youus broiler.
"Another one?" queried her sister
disconsolately. "That makes let me
soe seventy-two chickens killed In the
lust six weeks. At a dollar a pair those
broilers would have fetched $36!"
"It Is an outrage," sputtered Amy,
flinging the defunct chicken far from
her sight. "That cat must be killed
at once I"
"Did you send Mrs. Beemer a bill
for the cliir-Uens?"' asked Louise, Intent
on her us'tul'ework.
Amy n-diUd. "Sent It Monday."
"Heard from her today?"
"Did she say she was a soldier's
widow and that the gray cat was her
only solace?" Louise smiled mischiev
ously. "Word for word. Laugh, if you
must, young woman," went on Amy
gloomily, "but remember, please, that
I am not a talented female artist who
can earn the price of a gown with a
few daubs of paint. I am a mere,
commonplace plodder, and I haven't
a talent in the world save for poultry
raising, and now I begin to doubt my
ability to succeed at that."
"I'll see Mrs. Beemer myself," an
nounced Louise, arising and folding
her work with an air of. decision. "She
must either pay you $36 and promise
immunity from further annoyance
from the cat or she must kill the
"She won't do either," mourned Amy
from the piazza as Louise passed out
of the gate and crossed the street to
the abode of the Widow Beemer.
Louise Wallace found the Widow
Beemer seated on the back stoop in
the act of placing a saucer of milk
before the huge gray cat, Ephraim.
"Evening. Louey," remarked the
widow amiably. "It's some warmer
"It is," agreed Louise coldly. "Mrs.
Beemer, that cat has got to go."
"You mean Lphralm?" quavered the
"I'm a soldier's widow" began
Ann Eoemer In the melancholy tone
she reserved for that oft repeated
statement, but Louise lifted a slim
"And Ephraim is your only solace,"
added the girl dryly. "We know all
that, Mrs. Beemer, and we are very
sorry, but you must see that we can't
continue to lose chickens at this rate.
It's preposterous Ephraim seems to
kill Just for the mere pleasure of the
deed. He's a cold blooded old mur
derer." The pale gray Ephraim turned a
light yellow eye in her direction, and
a faint sneer lifted his black lip. Then
his red velvet tongue darted in and
out of the milk, and his eyes were
Ann Beemer 6lghed. "Very well."
she sniffed tearfully. "I'll have to
give him up, I guess. He's the only
comfort I've got now. But you can
just lake him away and kill him,
Louey. I'll kiss .him goodby if you
"If you will put the cat In a bag,
Mrs. Beemer, I'll find somebody to dis
pose of him," interposed Louise im
patiently. With a hard little glitter la her black
eyes, Ann Beemer brought a covered
basket and thrust the scratching, spit
ting Ephraim within. She tied the
cover securely and gave 'the basket
Into Louise's hands. Then 6he threw
her checked-apron over her bead and
rocked mournfully to and fro.
Louise paused at the gate and, look
ing backward, felt a pang of pity for
the old woman. Then she thought of
the mournful Amy across the street
and Ephraim's , bad reputation in the
community as a chicken slayer and
passed through the gate.
"I'll run around to Latimer's and see
if one of the boys won't chloroform the
cat Amy will be relieved. Indeed,
wiwn. IrjBtiica nAtll Jouos thai; uh-
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fafm has gone to join his forefathers."
It was no light task to carry the
shaking brisket within which the big
gray cat fought tigerishly for escape.
Her bands were quite sore when she
reached the Latimer place and found
herself in the midnt of a curious group
of boys and girls at the back door.
Mrs. Latimer came out and joined
"I want somebody to chloroform a
cat," said Louise. "It's Ephraim, you
know; he's been killing "ff our broil
ers. I thought one of the boys might.
Ill give a dollar."
Mrs. Latimer shook her head. "I
don't want any of my folks to kill a
cat. Miss Wallnce; it's awful bad luck,
you know. Perhaps Peter Swanson'a
folks will do it for you. Swedes don't
believe in luck and such things."
"Very well," said Louise wearily.
"Will you let Billy carry the basket
for me? Ephraim's very heavy."
"I guess there .won't be any harm in
that and he was wishing this morn
ing that he corild earn a quarter," in
sinuated Billy's shrewd mother.
"I'll see that he gets a quarter for
the Job." smiled Louise. And then, fol
lowed by the curious Billy and trailed
by the remaining Larimers, they sought
Peter Swanson. the blacksmith.
"I couldn't kill no cat. miss," said
Peter apologetically, when Louise had
told her story. "They tell me it brings
bad luck. Yust now I can't afford no
bad times. Maybe the Eyetalians in
the Holler might"
Louise sought the Italian settlement
in the Hollow. Pletro Boncag'ia
averred (hat Ephraim possessed the
evil eye and crossed his brown lingers
shudderlngly. Even the rattling crisp
ness of greenbacks failed to break his
Old Abraham Johnson's black face
expressed mingled greed and alarm
when approached by Louise and her
funereal train. He gnzed longingly at
the money and (lien clutched the voo
doo charm that hung about his throat.
"I hate to tiis'pint vo. Miss Louey,
honey, but it am pow'ful bad luck to
kill a cat. De bery dcbhil's in dat
Ephraim. Folks say he's de recar
nival ob olo Eph Beemer. hissclf! I
need de money right bud. too, mis
t'ank you, honey."
These were examples of the various
Interviews that Louise held that morn
ing. Noon time found her at hor own
gate tugging the heavy basket con
taining the still active Ephraim. Her
sister drew forward a rocking chair
In the porch and Louise fell into its
"What is In the basket?" asked Amv.
"Tell me about It do," crowed Amy.
Louise told her. "I can't find a per
son who will make way with that cat
for love or money, and I believe Mrs.
Beemer knew I couldn't she gave
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Ephraim into my hands almost too
willingly," she ended plaintively. "I
didn't realize that intelligent people
could be so silly and superstitious."
"We must dispose of the cat our
selves, then." said Amy firmly. "Vfe
are not superstitious."
"No, we ure not. but it's horrible to
kill anything like that, you know. I'll
go out this afternoon and see If I can't
find some boy who will do it They
can't all be fools."
At that instant the basket containing
the doomed cat swayed violently on
the grass where Louise had dropped
her burden; then the cover (Jew up.
and with a spiteful hiss Ephraim dash
ed out and scrambled up the black
walnut tree over their astonished
"That impish Tommy Latimer must
have untied the. cords," said Louise
bitterly. "I saw him quarreling with
Billy over the basket and I gave them
60 cents too."
Amy had picked up a large stone and
weighed it in her hand. "I believe I
could hit that cat," she said viciously.
"If I can it will stuu him perhaps kill
him." She shuddered slightly, aimed
the missile carefully at the crouching
Ephraim, threw the stone and turned
her back. Louise had closed her eyes
They heard the stone crash through
the branches and then there followed
a slight groan. After that, silence.
"I believe I killed him," moaned
"You certainly came very near It,"
said an exasperated masculine voice,
and the sisters turned to view the in
dignant countenance of Mr. Rupert
Ames. That young gentleman clutch
ed one shoulder as if in pain.
Over his head Ephraim croucied,
spitting angrily and sharpening bia
claws on the rough branch to which
"Did I strike yon, Rupert?" demand
ed Amy penitently. "I was trying to
hit the cat. you see."
"You must be very fond of him," ob
servd Mr. Ames, drawing near to them.
"I'm very sorry. I hope yon are not
badly hurt. Fetch the witch hazel,
please, Louise." Amy let her hand
rest in Rupert's close clasp longer than
be had dared hope. "We hardly ex
pected to see you," she added pointed
ly. "I felt that you needed me," lied Mr.
Ames cheerfully. "My Inner conscious
ness told me you were in trouble of
some sort and required masculine as
sistance. What can I do for you?"
When Louis returned with the lo
tion they told the story of Ephraim
and the slain broilers. "Will you kill
the cat, Rupert?" they pleaded tear
fully. Mr. Ames shook bis head. "I
couldn't" he said regretfully. "Yon
see, I'm superstitious, too, I am," he
asserted in the face of their incredu
lous looks. "I know if I killed that
cat and every one of his nine lives
were extinguished why, I'd never
have a chance of marrying Amy after
Louise smiled, and the swift color
came to Amy's cheeks. "That waa all
settled six months ago." she said cold
ly. "I'm going to be nn independent
buisness woman and"
"Very gocd," said Mr. Ames crisply.
"I must be running along, now. My
motor's down the road a piece h.sl a
breakdown, you know, and Juet
thought I'd drop in au l see you. Hope
you get the l;evt of Ephraim."
Louise disappear: d into the hnMo.
and Amy's face lovf its co'or. "Tlier.
you won't kill Ephraim?" she faltered
"I cannr.t. Amy.' but 111 tell you lion
you can ret rid of him. Just marrj
me and give up this notion of poultrj
raising. Loui'o i-; !., 'ir; to get back t
town. a:il I want you I neo;l you. Lr
Ephraim si ift for himself."
"Yon merely happened in here. Yov
had a breakdown." suid Amy severely
"My resolution net to see you broU
down." confessed Rupert, drawing he:
nto bis arms. "For my part, it's great
good luck not to kill a cat. eh. Eph
But the cat, taking advantage of
lovers' meeting, was merely a pale gray
streak headed for the welcoming arms
Of the Widow Beemer.
All the news -11 the time The Argus.
frs Easy Way to Clssn Greasy Pots
Gearing the pots and pans and kettles
is usually a most disagreeable piece of
work, but like everything else there is
an easier way to do it if one knows how.
As soon as the food is removed, pour
in water and dissolve in it Gold Dust in
the proporticfti of one tablespoonful to
a gallon of water. Leave to soak while
washing the dishes, then pour off the wa
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same way. If particles of food still ad
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pot-rings for removing them.
for the Bear
a Humor and ' X
I Ptxilosophy J
A Sr nvicui rt. SMITH A
yyrnEN a politician starts to mend
ing hla fences be frequently find
that material comes high.
There is always room st the top, bat
the top never has elevator service.
In the Interest of realism breakfast
food people should have Excelsior for
A bachelor is a lonely man. lie has
no children to take to the circus no
wife for whom to gather gossip.
There are tricks In all trades except
yoor own. Thafs why your own
Get the saving habit The results
will come handy to yoor relatives.
The ability to forget unpleasant
things is more comforting to the soul
than an Ice cream soda on ft hot 67.
Some persons believe firmly In the
power of the stars over their desti
nies. It offers such a soothing expla
nation of tbeir own failures.
Put not your faith In kings,
opponent may hold sees.
Opportunity often goes unrecognized
because it wears the guise of bard
Many a woman prides herself cpoa
her charity becauae she believes only
part of the gossip about her dearest
A fancy 1e'.ng. Indistinct,
About my head is floftttor
It deems to me I heard a wort
Or two concerning- voting.
And that remind me. I must tskst
My rifle and so running
For several special candidates
Who fancy they are running.
Ah. whan we amble to the polls
To drop our solemn ballot
For pen with which to njake the mart
We often um a mail!
Instead of striving; for the best
And for our country planning.
We look for names we do not like
And only think of canning-.
Some man who didn't ask our wife
When Ms wlfo ;av a party
We will remember, you can bet.
And scratch him good and baarty.
And any one who kicked our dog
Or said our varae was rouen
Will know when listening o returns
Ilia acts were not f org men.
The rood that men can do may cut
A f.gura In the voting.
But other things may enter In,
As I Jt:st here am noting.
L'pon the noble and the great
We may dollzht In gazing.
But still we never can forget
Our enemies need hazing.
The Best of It,
"My dad's a rich man," boasted th
freckled faced boy. "
"Is that eo?" gibed the redheaded
"Mine Is richer than that."
"Flow could he be?"
" 'Cause he's as rich as a hnndreTX
"Oh, I know all about that,"
"Yes; is adorned the most.
"Not on your life:"
"No;, is due to run a large monthly
Jack propose V
"Some one point
ed out that I will
look like mamma
And H Could De It.
"She married a count." A
"Mercy! I wonder how she could do
"Oh, she wanted some one to count
her dad's tnlllioux."
Couldn't Penatrate It.
"Iid that hired girl I sent up reach
you?" ' telephoned the employment
"Yor; she got here some time ago."
"She Is an angel in disguise."
"Oh, what a perfect disguise!"
"There 1 a foolish streak In all of
"No. In some It Is Jut' a streak
that isn't foolish."
Like a Prizefighter.
"Lightning never strikes twice In the
"Maybe It can't come back."
Its Quiet Way.
There Isn't any scandal.
Good people do not frown
Or call It simply awful
. When nutumn paints th to1
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