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THE ROCK ISLAXD ARGUS, MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1910.
Published Daily and WeoWy at 1624
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BY THE J. W. POTTER CO.
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character, political or religious, must
-have real name attached for publica-
tion. No such articles will be printed
i, over fictitious signatures.
Correspondence solicited from every
township in Rock Island county.
l: Monday, December 19, 1910.
Bought a package of Red Cross holl-
day stamps yet?
Cheer up! The price of Christmas
turkey can't be much higher.
't It is not necessary to wear cotton
v whiskers in order to play Santa
By the way, there is just a whole
l, week in which to do your Christmas
Oakland. Cal., Duluth and Xorwark,
; Conn., adopted the commission form
last week. This makes an even hun
t. dred commission form cities.
Rock Island is bound to keep right
along with the other big cities. There
was an explosion here this morning,
and another in New York, both due to
.'" unusual circumstances.
The first jury of women that ever
eat in a court in Olympia, Wash., gave
a man a verdict in a damage suit. We
reckon the cause of woman's rights
has gained one more advocate.
With eggs at present prices, the
danger of putting them all in one bas-
ket is apparent. It would seem the
part of caution to send each one home
by a separate special messenger.
A crisis is on in the cabinet between
President Taft ant! his secretary of
war. But whr.t docs that amount to
compared with the crisis that is said to
have developed in the smart set at the
Only scientific institutions or learn -
ed cheni:.?ts will lie permitted to buy
radi:ir;T. As it is $;.oiiii.oon a pountl,
fne can readily see what hardship thi-s
. arbitrary rgtilation is going to work
. among tl o 5iPne:ul public, seeking
, radium bargains.
: . .
The I.cavt of Tliee.
On another nage of today's issue of
The Argus appears a reproduction of
a half tone iilus'ration from Leslie's
Weekly, of a Christmas eve scene in
New York taken from real life by a
reporter's camera a year ago. As stat
ed in connection with the picture, it is
not fanciful; it is a reality. It tells its
own story in form more pathetic than
words. The Christmas ideal has ben
stamped upon the hearts of the neg
lected tots living in roverty in a gar
ret. In their minds they have longed
for a Christmas tree such as they have
learned the more fortunate children
have to celebrate Christmas. In their
own way and without older hands to
direct them they have made the near
est approach to one that the means at
their command would allow.
And in the midst of their denriva- i
tion they seem content with their lot
TRADES (ffiT) COUNCIL S 20
f- That is the saddest part of it.
' The picture tells a wonderful heart
-. story. It shows just what happens all j
u.ci iauu l Luis iiiut? ui y t?:ir. it
- furnishes a mute appeal to those who
have the human impulse. Poverty
and distress in those hardened by
"i years of unrequited struggle cannot
T always be alleviated. Charity as broad
as the universe may for the time re-
lieve suffering but it cannot remove
1 the lot of all the unfortunate. It can
but do its beet, especially at this time
t of year, but no more.
' But "the good fellow" spirit which
; The Argus has been fostering the past
J two years, and which was attended by
5 such marked success a year ago that
t so far as known not a child in Rock
Island escaped without some remem-
brance of Christinas, may be made to
x leave its impression upon the helpless,
hapless little people. It does not cost
. much, hut through the organized syste-
matic movement developed in The Ar-
i gus Santa Claus fund proposition, ev-
C, ery child in the city is remembered in
true Santa Claus style Christmas eve.
The "method by which this is accom-
j: pllshed is familiar to Argus readers.
The response that has attended the
announcement of the plan and accom-
r panying appeal is best evidence that
j.Rock Island is not without the kindly
spirit and the holier impulse of the
Christmas tide. Scores of people have
i filled out the blanks appearing daily
in The Argus and asked for the names
f and locations of children, to whom
5' they desire to play In person the part
of iSanta Claus. Others have sett cash
contributions to the general Santa
Claus fund, which Is to be disbursed
v by The Argus committee composed
i of Miss Dina Ramser and Miss Mar-
Z garet Giles.
v If the mere statement of the purpose
J of the project can bring such a re-
aponae as attended The Argus' efforts
J of a yar go and is again attending
f those same efforts this year, what
V would fce the result if the good people
; of Bock Island, knew as The Argus
4 baa learned from its own investiga
tions,, of tbft depths of dire distress
nd desctuOou - and. oepxivauoa - ui ,
which so many children right here in
Rock Island are living, and which is
but a tearful reflection of the condi
tion existing in the largest cities, so
vividly and truly illustrated in the
picture appearing elsewhere in The
Tavenner Aga:n on the Job.
Clyde H. Tavenner, whose name is
familiar to the people of the Four
teenth congressional district through
his candidacy for congress on the dem
ocratic ticket in the recent election. s
back on the job for The Argus as spe
cial correspondent at Washington, and
his letters, the resumption of which
was recently started by The Argus will
continue at regular intervals.
Tavenner became known all over the
country as "the man who told tHe
truth about the tariff when the Payne
Aldrich bill was being framed. He
had studied the tariff question in var
ious countries of Kurope. knew from
first-hand investigation what the cost
of production abroad really was, and
was therefore in a position to show by
actual figures that the republicans
were not revising the tariff on the
basis of equalization of cost of produc
tion at home and abroad, as promised.
Tavenner. a Rock Island county boy,
was given the congressional nomina
tion in this district, in the recent elec
tion, in recognition of his vigorous
espousal of the cause of the people as
a newspaper correspondent in Wash
Frauds in the British Flections.
Those Americans who are so fond of
citing the British elections and elec
toral system as a "model" of all thati
is correct and -undented need to give
attention to the reports of frauds which ;
have come over the water from Lon- j
don in the course of the past few days, j
For example, dispatches from the !
British metropolis declare that "never j
before in an election has such a cry j
of fraud gone up as in the present j
voting." adding, furthermore, that both j
the liberals and the conservatives are ;
charging e:i:!i other "with the grossest
padding of their polls."
White Uie reports may have become I
: magnified in the heat of election ex-
citement. yet the very fact that the
word "fraud" is mentioned is discon
certing to the type of "reformer" in
this country v.-ho is forever harping
on the "puritv of the English ballot."
; tiie "splendid workings of the Encljsli
j corrupt practices act." and so forth.
Such critics either wilfully or r.ncon
! sciously overlook the plain fact that
I the people of the groat English cities
' and towns arr
I different from
after all. not so far
those who popular?
j American municipalities, pnd that th
unscrupulous politicians among them
j are ever rpady to play sharp tricks on
i their opponents in registrations and
j campaigning. The practices tray be
"beasily" and rr-prrhensible to devnt
Engli'-hiiT-n, ns tliy are to decent
;' Americans, bin it will not do to as- j
j sume that they do not exist there. j
lust ice Van Devniiter.
I Democra's and progressive republi-j
: cans alike regarc the appointment of j
Judge Van Devanier to the Vnifed
States supreme bench with favor. In
a decision understood to have been j
written by Justice Van Devanter in'
the southwestern cattle rate case about
two years ago, growing out of an or-!
der by the interstate commerce com
mission directing a reduction of rates,
which order the railroads enjoined, it
"I'pon the evidence submitted, we
find that it tends in no inconsiderable
' degree to sustain some of the conten
tions of the railway companies upon
I subordinate questions of fact, and that
ii tends, in a !?sp-er degree, to sustain
j other contentions, but that it is clearly.
i -!in, nvr it. t hat rprtaiTifv fnllrtoeia
, . . . I . '
. be, and is, essential to overcome the
j force of the commission's findings or
'determination, upon which the order
. . .
The railroads have all along sought
to have the courts assume power to
pass on the facts as well as the ques
tions of law.
Judge Van Devanter first went to
Washington as assistant attorney gen
eral for the interior department, under
President McKlnley. When he assum
ed his duties the work of his office
was four years behind, and when he
left, two years later, on his appoint
ment to the circuit bench of the Eighth
district, it was up to date.
As a circuit judge, he has sat in the
circuit in which the department of jus
tice has preferred to bring its impor
tant cases under the Sherman law, be
cause of the belief that it was the most
radical bench in any circuit. Justice
Van Devanter sat on this bench when
the Northern Securities case was tried,
and the circuit bench was unanimously
In favor of the government.
He also sat on the same bench when
the Standard Oil dissolution case was
decided in favor of the government.
Dec. 19 in American
1814 Edwin McMasters Stanton, war
secretary under Lincoln, born; died
1879 Bayard" Taylor, traveler and au
thor, died; born 1S25.
1S99 General Henry Ware Lawton,
U. S. A., a veteran of the civil war
and of the regular army, killed at
San Mateo, Luzon; born 1S43.
1901 Mrs. D. G. Croly (Jennie June),
noted journalist and founder of
Soiosis, died: horn 1831.
A Sure Method.
Landlord Here, now, you needn't be
afraid you will overslet-p. And if .the
alarm clock should by any chance fail
to awaken you Just give the little
hammer a poke with yonr finger, then
ahttU so off. Heitere Welt-.
IMany Important Changes to Be Made
In United States Diplomatic Circles
WSJiSSVS ssrcrissjr rrs&wr i " 7Z. STRZrATAr
A general shakeup in the diplomatic service is said to be scheduled for Feb. 1. It As statei that President Taft
has decided to leave all diplomatic selections save one to Secretary Knox and his departmental advisers. The one
personal appointment which the president will make is that of J. ;. Sehmidlapp of Cincinnati to le ambassador to
Russia. to succeed William Woodvilie Ro khill. Mr. Schmidlftpp, who is prominent banker and a man of great
wealth, is a warm personal friend of President Taft. Huntington Wilson, assistant secretary of state, will be made
ambassador to Turkey, according to the report. Thomas J. O'Brien of Michigan, ambassador to Japan, will be trans
ferred from Tokyo to one of the Important European posts. Former Vice President Fairbanks of Indiana will gar
ner one of the ambassadorial plums and may be named as the successor of Mr. O'Brien, although it is understood
that he prefers to g to Europe. Senator Bcveridge of Indiana, who is one of the more prominent sonatoiial lame
ducks as a result of the recent election, is talked of for a diplomatic appointment, but it is understood that the pres
ident has not waxed enthusiastic at the suggestion, and it is altogether Improbable that more than one ambassador
ship would be given to Indiana.
awry iiokis i,Sj
Annual Meeting. j
Rock Island observatory No. 63. j
North Star Benefit association, held j
its annual meeting at the residence!
of John Paulsen, in South Rock Is
land, and elected the following of
Astronomer T. .1. Ellinwood.
Assistant Astronomer Julia W.
Recorder-treasurer F. O
Conductor -Dora Paulsen.
Board of Directors T. C
ley (three years).
Delegates W. N. Phillips, II
tlavrin Anrtrfw- Paulsen altor-
nates. T. J. Ellinwood, F. O. Canedy!OI1P- "u cannot be used reproacufu
and J. J. Paulsen. j 'F?"
The Commission Plan
Inasmuch as voters here are to ex -
press themselves either for or against
the new plan of municipal government
on Tuesday, Jan. 3, it is interesting to ! fol m of government was defeated by
note how widespread the Interest in j a majority of 747.
the commission plan is, and notes from j Enid, Okla. For more than ten
other cities are here given: months the affairs of the city of Enid
Beverly, Mass. Great interest cen-jhave been administered by a mayor
tered in the vote cast for the new j and three commissioners under the
charter, which was adopted by a vote charter providing for commission form
of 1677 to lOfil, creating a one-board!of government. During that time
government for this city and abolish-' tne test of efficiency has been
ing the present council of both
boards. The victory was the result
of a hot campaign waged by those in
terested in the success of the form
of government now in force in Haver
hill and other cities.
Mount Vernon, N. Y. For the sec
ond time citizens have voted to re
quest the legislature to pass legisla
tion allowing Mt. Vernon to adopt a
commission form of government.
Port Huron, Mich. Commission
government was adopted at a special
election, Nov. 7. by a large majority.
The officers elected at the regular elec
tion the day following will not take
office, unless the courts should de
clare the charter unconstitutional.
Another election will be held in Decem
ber and the new officers then will be
installed in January.
El Reno, Okla. The charter under
commission form of government has
been adopted by a majority of about
four to one.
Newport, Ky. The commission
form of government has been adopted
by a majority of 200.
St. Catherines, Ont. Government
by a paid commission is to be tried
by the city of St. Catherines. At the
city council meeting last week notice
was given of a motion to abolish the
city council and water commission
and to substitute therefor a salaried
expert commissioner. Th yiiema is
ii lit" i f m
The Argus Daily Short Story
An Illusion Bl Albert Tucker Kenyon.
Copyrighted. 1910. by Associated Liter ry Pre;.
"Do you see that lady over there?"
asked Ben Hollister at a social gath
ering. j "Yes. What about her?"
j "Though she has never been mar-Can-
j rled. she is known its Mrs. Warbur-
i "Indeed!" I remarked. looking at her
i again. There was nothing In uer ap
j per.rance to indicate a scandal. On
the contrary, there was that to refute
popular, and it is expected that it
I will be iln effect in January.
I Lexington, Ky. The commission'
severely applied. The city executives
entered their offices at a time when
the affairs of Enid were in some con-.
. . . " ,
cap they have placed the city on a !
. . , . ... ;
business basis. W arrants that were ,
formerly discounted heavily are now!
or iace vaiue. Aiercuanis no iorraer-
ly were unwilling to furnish the city j
with supplies on account of trouble in
getting their money now seek the pa
tronage of the city, knowing that
when the article is delivered it will
hav"e been paid for in less than a
Haverhill, Mass. With two months!
.ua.us .u me- muu.c.pai j ear,
there remains in the city treasury a
balance of 297.018.o8. and the expen-1
ditures for all city Departments in
the next two months w 11 tell the
story of foO.000 odd balance which
. i . , i . i
"La-' yJl JJUBa"' 1 "uu'lu" iiupcn IW
close the year with. This balance is
the largest in many years, and If his
estimates are within $10,000 of whal
the actual expenditures will total, he
will be a forecaster of repute. He
doesn't claim that there will be $50,
000 in the treasury at the end of the
year; he makes allowances ancl
claims only from $25,000 to $40,000,
but his figures shew that he thinks
there will be something like $57,000
left over when the year's bills have
"Certainly not. She applies it to
hftrself," replied Hollister.
"How do you know all this?" I
".She is my cousin. I know her
story well. She is going out of the
room. Observe her."
I did so. and as she walked she
peeme.l to be looking up. as if at some
I one beside her. And yet there was no
"She believes," added my compan
ion, "that the man whom she consid
ers her husband is attending her. He
comes and goes. Whether his being
cr not being with her has anything to
do with a greater or less degree of
mental deflection I don't know. In
society she Is never seen without him.
On nil other subjects I consider her
perfectly rational. She is respected
and beloved and received everywhere.
No one has told ber that other people
do not see her attendant and that she
suffers uud.er a hallucination. Never
theless she knows others do not see
him. Still, it is Impossible for Iter to
believe that she does not see him her
self. "This is her story: She Is Mtes Ma
rlon Beale. When the Spanish-American
war broke out she was engaged to
Sam Warburton. a captain in the th
United States infantry. She was very
much ia love with him, and the part
ing with him quite brcke her down.
TTrt TT" O a TT- 1 l lifa T nininn, In nil !i
fighting that occurred from the time
, . . . . .
the American troops lnndd till the
,est phot flre(, , on?
f ibe ,ast shofa that kmed Mm
It seems that when he went to the
war his betrothed had a presentiment
: that he would never come back to her.
j She scanned nil the reports of the
j fighting, always dreading to see bis
name. There were a good many hot
I fights in that war. besides a lot of dis-
! ease. Miss Beale suffered from the
j last. News came that the Spanish
forcog at Santicso had surrendered
and the woa OTer The ,e of
j the UnItP(1 s;nt wc,.e reJolclng nt tho
J T,(, am, h,.udreds wllose relnl.TtiS
j ,n th had 1(Pon fa
Irtr.L lr.o- f,-.. ,.,1 .Mil, ,1i:l.
their return. Miss Beale shared lu
j cd report tnat her Iover wag kiM(Kl at
the very last. She withdrew from the
social world for a time, and when she
reappeared was observed to act as If
attended by Captain -Warburton."
"And bow do you know that he is
not attending her?" I asked.
Hollister looked at m as if ha had
been suddenly struck with the belief
that I was as daft as the. lady. '
2ovr. 1 am a. physician, and a physl-
clan of the newest school. In other
word, I believe In autosuggestion,
vrhich means that people suffering
from certain ailments, especially of the
so called nervous order, are producing
the trouble themselves on themselves
by believing they have the ailment in
question. I was very much struck
with the personnel of Miss Beale and
was reized with a desire to cure her
of her hallucination. I wished Hollis
ter to tell her that lie knew a man
who A not share the opinion of most
people that 6he suffered from halluci
nation, but that such a thing as the
real presence of Captain Warbuiton
was possible. My ultimate object was
to gain her entire confidence.
"Do you really mean," asked nollls
ter. "that you have aDy idea whatever
that.a wraith is attending ber?"
"My reply Is the question I have Just
asked. How do you know there is not?"
"I don't know It. but I'll bet you $10
to 10 cents there isn't."
"What use In betting? Neither of us
could win. since neither of us could
prove his position. However. I wish
you to introduce me to your cousin "
I received the introduction. I made
no mention of what Hollister had told
me, chatting on trivial subjects. I
asked permission to call upon the lady
and received It. When I called I saw
at once by my reception that Hollister
had told her what I had said to him.
In me she had found some one to sym
pathize with her. We had not been to
gether long before she regretted that
Captain Warburton had gone out to his
club, the Army and Navy, else she
would have been pleased to have me
make his acquaintance.
My theory was that Miss Scale's
irouble was mental and had come from
a shock; also that she would have re
covered from that shock by natural
process, or rather had recovered, but
was keeping up the hallucination by
autosuggestion. In other words, she
made herself think that Captain War
Irarton was with her by believing he
was with her. The problem before me
as I saw it was to kill Captain Vv'ar
burtou. lie was dead to all other ier-
j sous, and it was my business to kill
him in her mentality. How was I to
One evening when calling on Miss
Beale I said to her, "By the bye, I was
introduced iuto the Army and Navy
' IllV 111. UlUCl UUJ BUU iiiCL v-i'I'iaiii
I saw that the mention of him seemed
to disturb her that a pained expres
sion passed across her face. So I made
but one more remark about him a re
mark conveying something I especially
wished to convey. "He is not looking
very well." Then, without waiting for
a reply, I turned the subject.
Once or twice after that I mentioned
having met Captain Warburton nnd
never failed to remark that he seemed
to be ill. My process or, rather, at
tempted process of cure was neces
Fnrily a slow one, and by hurrying I
feared to spoil all. Indeed, I was not
wl'.iiusr to take any risk by haste on
niy own account as well as the iaay s.
When I began my course of treatment
I simply desired to enable her to get
rid of the imaize she was creating of
her former lover. Before I had known
her a month I hoped to put myself In
As soon as I dared act decidedly I
wrote her a note stating that I bad a
very important communication to
make to her and I hoped she would
nerve herself to endure a separation.
I would call the same evening.
I called and found her anxiously ex
"Mrs. Warburton." I began at once,
"your husband yesterday called at my
office to consult me on the matter of
his bealth. I found him suffering from
j a heart trouble which, should he re
ceive the slightest shock, might carry
him off. I have told him that absolute
quiet is essential and have advised
him to go away from the city, from
every one he knows or who knows
him, and to live absolutely alone, not
communicatiug with any one. He bas
taken my advice and asked me to im
part the news to you."
By this act I gave my patient a tem
porary backset, but this I expected. I
saw that she was going through the
strain she had suffered at receiving
the news of Warburton's death. I did
all I could to comfcrt her, but would
not say that I believed the course I
Pecommcnded would restore her hus
band to health. I left her. promising
to return the next evening and give
her more news.
When I saw her again she told me
that the captain had been to see her
before his departure that he looked
very badly, nnd she. was very much
troubled about him. This was nn un
welcome surprise to me, for I feared
the wraith would see her occasionally
(Continued on l'uee Kttfht.j
BY HASH. Ft S.
The Golden Rule Is the best knowl
edge that can be learned in any home
or any school; it's the measure for all
right living and proper conduct.
Knowledge is the sequence of tilings
learned by experience; it is common
Man gets more knowledge by think
ing about what he doesn't know than by
knowing. what other men have thought
about knowledee comes through ex
perience, but learning comes from
It is through man's work that he
pets his best knowledge; experience
as the teacher drives home its lessons
taught so they can not be easily drop
ped from your daily thought.
Brag about your knowledge and show
your own ignorance.
You can't charm other men with
your superficial knowledge; if you but
build yonr every fancy Into yonr fa-
! vorite whim you will find that you
sink while others swim ia the great
sea of life.
9r DVflCAJ M. SMITH
VVTIUTI is the greater bore the wo
man who never has anything as
good as other jieople's things or the
man who thinks his possessions per
fect? Your opinion of the worth of a ttlng
depends a great deal upon whether
you have the bujer's or the seller'
end of the deal.
The man who employs n first class
lawyer to defend his case Isn't of tho
opinion that talk is cheap.
If you wear your old clothes with
sufficient nonchalance people will
think you have better odcs.
Never go back on a friend. You may
run for office some day.
Some people are so tactless that they
are capable of handing n pamphlet on
the beauty of snowy cleanliness to a
Too many would rather be in styls
than out of debt.
A man Is seldom In politics for his
health, but a woman is often in ths
uplift movement for glory.
It Isn't so much the thing you do for
others as the way you do it that wins
you a legacy in your wife's cousin's
You can gauge a man's feelings for
a girl when he has to choose between
a box of cigars and a box of candy.
The elirns that blaze along- the way,
The woes by fllpe produced.
The bills the debtor has to py.
The chlcke that come to rooet.
Al point a warnlnr utron. aa do
The booka upon the aheif.
But mill the young- man papains' throurb
SIut learn It for ilmlf.
He will not take it secondhand.
Nor trut another's word.
Nor try his best to understand
From things that h has heard.
In childhood he has read about
The law of thinr that are.
But ptlM he has to try th"m out
And fall for every jar.
Hla father counsels him In vain.
His mother heaves a sl&h,
HI teacher tries to make It plain
VIth precepts double ply.
But with a rareleFS unconcern
Into the flame he Jumps.
nd with experience to burn
He has to take the bumps.
But that's the way It Is In life.
A man mut pay the price.
In picking- horses o' a wife
He will not take advice.
And It is very often that
His Jiidfrment flics the track.
But when he wins he has to psit
Himself rpon the back.
Always a Pessimist.
"You don't look happy."
"Well, but cheer up, anyway. ITere's
the annual holiday season coming on,
when everybody forgets his trouble
or tries to and pretends he's happy."
"Man. you know not what you say."
"Why, what's the matter?"
"I am the only slmon pure original
man who doesn't like cold turkey."
She Was the Trouble. r
"I have a lot of trouble."
"Why don't you dramatize It?"
"Yes. That is what everybody Is do
"Oh, but my wife ould never go
on the stage."
"Every man should learn how to
-Do you think so?" k
"I certainly do."
"So he can teach his wife."
Missed the Rub
bish. "There was a
burglary In this
nlKht and the
i apers say that
a man's scour
ing. I don't see
but what It looks
dirty as ever."
Easy to Talk About.
"I hear your son has Just com
"Yes; been away four years."
"Did you k!ll the fatted calf?"
"Do you take mo for a millionaire?"
"He is very busy."
"Yes; he dod .jo enough 'ork to tire
a laboring ir.nn."
The Hair of the Dog.
"Vli the world loves n l iver."
"I dn't know n Ik-. tit that, but I no
tice that nil the wi r'.d knocks a
V.'ays That Are Dark.
I.Mre whiten, the bivkj- fl:-i!nir John
Has bad n icrvous hr3l:(lnn.
To stylf'h whiles lie rafhs on
If it Is tiot a tpke-ilown.
Now. as to Jol n-o-i cnmt-ie- back
And all the kuvs iTprli:ii.
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A sprained ankle will usually disable
the kijured person for three or four
weks. This is due to lack of proper
trea'.-nent. When Chamberlain's lini
ment Is applied a cure may be effected
In th'ee or four days. This liniment
Is oae ot the host and most remark
able preparations In use. Sold by all
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