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If I Were Santa Claus.
tf only I were Santa Claus I'd travel
east and west
To every hovel where there lies a little
child at rest;
I'd drive my reindeer over roofs they'd
never trod before,
Td seek the tenements where sleep the
-babies on the floor;
Where rags are stuffed in broken panes
- to keep the wind away,
And where a warm and cozy room is
never known today.
For even there I know I'd find hung up
the stockings small
As signs that they expected me on
Christmas eve to call.
tf only I were Santa Claus, I'd pass the
And seek the cold and cheerless homes
where pale faced youngsters lie;
And as they slept I'd pause a while
and, bending low, I'd kiss
The lips of every little tot not one of
them I'd miss;
And then I'd fill their stockings full of
toys and sugar plums,
And leave them sleighs and skates and
dolls and Teddy bears and drums.
I would not pass a cottage by, but I
would try to be
A Santa Claus to every tot who still
has faith in me.
If only I were Santa Claus I'd make
the mothers glad.
The dear, hardworking mothers who at
Christmas time are sad;
The kind and patient mothers, who
rock their babes to sleep.
And through the lonely hours of night
sob bitterly and weep.
They see their precious little ones half
clad and hungry, too,
Knowing the sorrow that must come to
them when night is through;
To every mother's face I'd bring the
smiles once more, and we
Would spend a while together at her
babies" Christmas tree.
Loan rates down.
Kerlcr & Co. make rugs.
Carpenter Coa'. company
Sell coal. Fhone west 295.
Buy a home of Reidy Bros.
Tri-city Towel Supply company.
For express, call Spencer fc Trefz.
Toys at sarriticc prices at Young
Jones! Jones! Jones! for cut rates
end decent loans.
Mound City paints may cost a little
more, but! Ill & Ehlcb.
Store open tonight. Closed all day;that ..., .0i,i i, stiSHnfi if vmir
Monday. Young & McComhs
Everybody can get a loan now at
The Cut Rate. Call West 177.
Open this evening, closed all day
Monday. Young & McCombs.
Let William Johnson do your tin and
furnace work. 1316 Third av-jnue.
For an early breakfast nothing so
pood as Mrs. Austin's pancake flour.
Kindling wood, J3.50 a load,
livered. Kahlke Bros. Phone West 9.
For an early breakfast nothing sojjn this matter
good as Mrs. Austin's pancake flour
Kindling wood, $3.50 a load, de
livered. Kahlke Bros, rhone West 9.
For an early breakfast nothing so
good as Mrs. Austin's pancake flour.
Attend the Teamster's dance Sat
urday night. Dec. 24 at Turner hall.
II. T. Siemon wants your tin and
furnace work. 1526-152S Fourth ave
nue. All toys must go tonigh't. Prices
smashed to pieces. Young & Mc-!
Genuine "Keen Kutter" tool cab
inets at 111 & Ehleb's, 1609 Third
Carpenter Coal company, 123
Twentieth street, old phone West
295. We handle best grades of hard
TONIGHT AT McCABE'S
IJOWX'.CO THE HOOKS.
Parasol" former $1.15 book
Beautiful Holiday Gift
books in fancy boxes only
Kids of Many Colors,
hundreds sold at 95c, this last
75c Airship Boys 300
pages all about airships, now
Uncle Remus Stories,
most interesting reduced to
The Famous Fairy Li
brary, fascinating fairy tales,
illustrated at 37c.
The one syllable
reduced to 34 c.
authors less 20
About 100 assorted boxes of
holiday paper and envelopes at
a discount of one-third.
Rock Island. Mitroia.
Makes Unique Talk
1 - - " i
Elmore H. Stafford who. in present
ing to the veteran retiring court bail
iff, R. B. Olmsted, on behalf of friends
in the Rock Island County Bar associ
ation, a gold watch, yesterday after
noon, as alluded to in The Argus of
yesterday, made a very unique ad
dress, which follows:
"Mr. Olmsted: 1 have been desirous
for some time of having au interview
with you, but this is the first opportun
ity which has presented itself to me.
since you left the position of bailiff of
the circuit court. Perhaps, unknown to
you, your conduct has been under ob
servation during the lt years of your
service in the circuit court, and it is
with reference to that that I wish to
address you Xo doubt you know thai
it is not proper for attorneys to cri
ticise i iie conduct of other court offi
cers during their term of office, never
theless your conduct has been the sub
iject of observation during all of that
inie, and it is only since severing your
onneciion from us that the result of
ithat observation lias taken form in cx-jpn-ssiens
with reference to it.
j "It is the law, as you well know, that
i nroceedincs and trials must be con-
ducted in the presence of the accused, j chims, ana two sons, vwmam mji k.
but in this particular instance your' Ellis. S. P., and Henry Haack. The
Ifrial lias been had and the conclusions ' funeral will be held Monday afternoon
! arrived at in your absence, and it be-'at 2 o'clock from the home of Mrs.
I comes my duty by delegation from Jochims. Services will be conducted
'those who have considered your case ' by Rev. F. J. Rolf, pastor of the Ger
!to pass sentence upon you. It was man Evangelical church. Burial will
! first the conclusion that your conduct bo Chippiannock cemetery,
i had been such thai you should be
'caned, but upon a rehearing it was
urrod that the law bad long since abol-
Ushcd corporal punishment, except for
' ,1P gravest offense, and likew ise is
i cruel and unusual puni.hmont prohib
ited. After exhaustive argument and
lilnp consideration it was determined
I sentence w ere commited to a less se-
vere penalty, -with the final conclusion
that it would suffice if you were given
a lecture and that you be 'watched' for
the rest of your days. It has become
my duty therefore to carry into effect
this sentence which I now do, on be
half of your friends in the Rock Island
County Bar association, by handing
de-i;.V " " ?: .
i-j i t (to v u iiu twiii imiiin. it
you desire to appeal from the decision
you .win peneyt your
appeal in the usual course and the
court, will fix the amount of your
and soft coal. Our mctto, "Satisfied
Just like a bank to do business with.
The Cut Rate Loan company. Call
Guth's candy for Xmas, one to
! three pound boxes. Harper house
Garrett's chocolates. Leave your
order now for Xmas.
Don't niins reading or finding
Cut Rate ad. Always fair, square and! lodges of the Faglcs, Moose and Owls,
strictly on its merits. jof which deceased was a member, will
Private rooms for ladies and cents attend. Burial will be in Oakdalo
iat the Cut Rate Loan company, isnii.fc
i Second avenue. Manager J. W. Jones.!
j Don't forget the closing out sale of
toys, pictures, etc., at the Notion store,
j 515 Seventeenth street. B. F. Rhoden
! You say you got your loan from the
I Cut Rate Ixan company? How did
you find them? Why, just lovely, ex
actly as they advertised.
ASKS SEPARATE SUPPORT
Mrs. Mary Sehnert Says Husband Is
Cruel to Her.
Mrs. Mary Sehuert, who failed to
win her freedom from the hospital
for the insane at1 Watertown by
means of a writ of habeas corpus,
but who was afterwards paroled by
the authorities at the institution, has
commenced suit in the circuit court
through her next friend. Mrs. Carrie
Fennell, for separate maintenance.
The action is directed against iouis
Sehnert. husband of Mrs. Sehnert.
He is charged with extreme and re
peated cruelty towards his wife and
it is alleged that his attacks upon
her and his treatment of her were
mainly responsible for her getting
into the nervous state which caused
her committment to Watertown.
McEniry & McEniry represent the
Shoplifter Is Detected.
A man, was caught yesterday after
uoon in one of the local department
stores trying to do some shoplifting,
but aa he had Hot succeeded In getting
away with anything, he was not ar
OF WINTER; ZERO
Ice Growing Heavier and Is Now
About Right for. the Harvest
to Be Started.
This was the coldest morning of tbe
year, the temperature in the tower of
the local weather station registering
exactly zero. ,Two above was the
lowest reading up to this morning.
Preparations for harvesting ice are 1n
wrryaaa of -cariAtlB TWlt n t S ftloniT the
j Ifl cvv .in ' V
Mississippi and Rock rivers, un siacx
water the ice is now six to eight inches
in thickness and the present cold
snap will probably add a couple more
inches so that the harvest
! started in places next week.
Charles Weynorth, who resided in
this city for the past 42 years, died
this morning at 7:30 at the home oi
his sister, Mrs. Charles Peterson, 824
First avenue, after a week's illness
with complication of diseases caused
by infirmities of age. Deceased was
born in Sweden, March 4, 1833. and
12 years ago came to this country and
settled in Rock Island. For years he
had conducted a shoe repair shop at
Fifteenth street, and Fourth avenue.
His wife died in August of 10O?. Mr.
Weynorth is survived by a son, Fer
ry, in Oregon, and a daughter, Mrs.
Tillie Smart. Brooklyn. N. Y., his sis
ter, Mrs. Peterson: two brothers, liar-,
old, Brooklyn, and John, Racine, Mo. !
The funeral will be held Tuesday i
morning at in o'clock from the Peter
son home. Rev. S. G. Hagglund. pas- j
tor of the First Swedish Lutheran
church, will conduct the services, and ,
burial will be in Chippiannock cerce
Mrs. Matilda Haack. . I
Mrs. Matilda Haack died yesterday
afternoon at 5 o'clock at the home of j
her daughter, Mrs. Amelia Jochims, ,
1 1 to Fifteenth street, after a year's
illness of cancer of the stomach. She
had been ailing for a year. Mrs. Haack .
was born in llolstein. Germany. July
", 1S30. She and Frederick Haack;
were united in marriage in Germany in j
1SU2. In 1NS1 they came to this coun-!
try and directly to Rock Island. Mr. I
Haack died 13 years ago. Deceased is
survived by her daughter, Mrs. Jo-
Mrs. B. F. Snell.
Mrs. B. Frank Snell, who had
been ailing for several years with
tuberculosis, died at 4:10. Wednes
day morning at her home in Rey
nolds. Mary A. Millett. daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. John Millett, was born
April 3. 1S64, at Pittston. Penn., and
came to Illinois with her parents in
lS7o. April 3. 1SS4. she was mar
ried to B. Frank Snell, and to them
four children were born; Alfred, de
ceased: Leslie, Bryant. Miss., and
Harry and Archie, who are with
Mr. and Mrs. Snell with their chil
dren lived in Coffeeville. Miss., un
til August, 11MI9, when they moved
The funeral was held at the Bap
tist church at 10:30 yesterday morn
ing. Rev. E. C. Houck of Alexis,
preaching; the sermon. Interment
was made in the Reynolds cemetery.
Mary Blancke. infant daughter of
Mr. and IMrs. Julius Blancke, died this
morning at 7 o'clock at the family resi
dence. 2r12 Third avenue. The fu
neral was held this afternoon from
the home and burial was in Calvary
Funeral services for Otto G. W. Bin-
jder will be conducted at the home, 537
Twelfth street, tomorrow afternoon at
2 o'clock. Delegations from the local
j cemetery, Davenport.
BETHUR EM-VAN TYLE.
REV. . E. NEW LAND AT THE PAR
sonago of the First Methodist church
at 2 o'clock today united in marriage
Miss Nora Van Tyle of Millersburg,
111., and II. Rethurem also of Millers
burg. After a short wedding trip they
will reside in Millersburg.
Aged 95; Burns to Death.
St. Joseph. Mo.. Deo. 24. In a
fire that destroyed five buildings at
Union Star. Mo., today. M. II. Coch
ran, aged 95, was burned to death.
A. time saving dessert, palatable, whole
Borae and quickly prepared.
10 Cents a Package All Grocers.
in J r
AT Y. M. C. A.
Christmas Sunday will be a quiet day
at the Y. M. C. A. All meetings have
been cajled off, in order io give no ex
cuse for hoys to leave home during
the afternoon. This will be the firt
time in more than 15 months that the
B. G. M. has missed a meeting, but the
executive committee of the association
believes that it will be best for all
concerned to have this meeting omit
ted. At 9 o'clock Monday morning B. H.
Wilson will leave the building with all
who care to go for a "bird walk" on
Rock island. While this is intended es
pecially for the boys, anyone who cares
to take it in. will he welcome. This
outdoor trip will be followed up on
Thursday evening with an illustrated
talk by Mr. Wilson in the Y. M. C. A.
chapel, in which he will speak at some
length on the habits of the birds of
this region, using a number of views
and pictures to illustrate his talk.
CASES AGAIN CONTINUED
Italph King and Charles Healy
Wait IO Days in Jail.
Ralph King, who is alleged to have
broken into the Inga'ls jewelry store
several weeks ago, and Charles Healy,
charged with passing a bad check upon
a local saloonkeeper, were arraigned in
the police court this afternoon, but
their cases were continued at the re
quest of the state. Healy desires to
get-into communication with his fath
er at Ottumwa, Iowa. King's case
has already been continued several
times and he was very much incensed
when another postponement was taken
today, but it did him no good, and he
went back to jail. Both cases are set
for hearing 10 days hence.
REPAST FOR PRISONERS
Inmates of County Jail to He Re
minded of Christmas.
Jailer George Siemon has arrang
ed to give the 60 prisoners at the
county jail a sumptuous repast to
morrow in order that they may have
occasion to remember that it is
Christmas day. Mrs. Siemon has
been busy for several days getting
ready the many good things to cat.
Included in the menu is chicken,
oyster dressing, mashed potatoes and
gravy, several kinds of vegetables,
celery, cranberry sauce, pumpkin
pie. chocolate cake and coffee, with
real cream in it. The .meal will be
served at noon.
Close of Contest.
Tomorrow evening will see the close
of the seven months' contest for new
members in the senior Christian En
deavor of the Memorial Christian
church. The sides, red and white,
are participants in the contest, and
just which will win out is yet a question.
Both sides are planning a whirlwind
finish. The contest has gained many
new members for the organization and
The whispered consultations of loved ones in the home clandestine
meetings in upper hall and upon dimly lighted stairways the guarded
interviews surrounded by a piquant air of mystery all are over.
The hurry and worry and tense anxiety of eager shoppers, faring
forth in quest of those mementos wherewith friendship and love may find
some outward and material expression all are bought and are now taken
from their hiding places.
What raeans these tokens? And whelefore all this activity and ex
citement? Is it not strangely reminiscent of times that were, and are not
save in memory's treasured urn; care-free, resilient moods that punc
tuate for us the winding trail of yester-years?
All hail the Christmastide ! Thrice
making season of the year, when the
quaint, squat figure and the rosy cheeks doth make us young again 1
And thou, beloved friend, far or near, to thee we extende our heart
iest felicitations! May the Christmas festivities of this good year 1910,
for thee and thine, be even richer and better than your most eager vi
sion! May your toothsome turkey be an edition de luxe of gastionomic
delights and the cranberry sauce the ne plus ultra of saucedoml May
the presents you give be received in the spirit which prompted their giv
ing and those you receive be as practical as you dare hope! And may
the memory of this festive hohday linger and abide with you until the
cycle of the seasons bring the Yuletide of another year!
S UMMERFIELD 'S
E. Second Street : : : : : Davenport, Iowa
the average attendance at the meeting
is little less than 10.
BAD FALL FROM WHEEL
C. V. Llatlel. Grooer, Fractures Until
Hones of Ankle.
C. V. Bladel, the Twelfth strec gro
cer, is laid up at his home wiih a
badly fractured ankle, the result of a
fall on the ice w hile riding his incycie : oro found on the streets near their I
late yesterday afternoon. Earlier in.,i,0(os on Third avenue and Twen-
me aay ne ikui snppe.i on a imhn u. ty.fil-st street. Jhey disliked pay ing
ice while w alking and sprained thejr,nPS and claimed they were not
same ankle. The fracture occurred , street walkers. Helen said she was
while Mr. Bladel was on bis way home,
the wheel slipping and precipitating
him to the icy pavement. Both bous
Licensed to Wed.
Victor H. Bet huren. .. .Millersburg. 111. j jail.
MissNoiaYanTuryle.MillerslunR.Ill.i Edward Barrett was fined fl and
Willard R. Frescott Milan j costs on a charge of hainK been
Miss Alice Orr Milan Idriink and disorderly.
Earl V. McAvoy Silvia'
Miss Ethel L. Almquist . . . .Cambridge j Britain Still Beef Raiser.
Fred G. Gray I)s Angeles, Cal. ' Great Britain raises seven-eighth ot
Miss Pauline M. Dilthy ... Kansas city I the beef It consumes.
Einar E. Greko Moliue
Miss Emma Dicrks Moline
. Moline '
vfnport j I
Miss Laura Swanson Da
Woman Wants Divorce.
Mrs. Stella B. Toacock of Moline has
filed suit for divorce from her husband,
Augustus Peacock. The complainant,
who is represented by Attorney W. E.
Whiteside, alleges that her husband
deserted her Sept. 1"", 190S, and has
remaind away from her and failed to
contribute to her support since tha
date. They were married March
Hard Luck for Murphy.
Chicago, Dec. 21. President Mur
phy, of the Chicago National league
baseball club, today fell on a slippery
sidewalk and broke his right arm.
lunch tonight at Drwn
Tenth street and Third
TONIGHT AT McCABE'S
IX THE JEWELRY STOKE.
A $12.00 Watch for $8.
Young men's watches, 12 size,
thin model, 20 year guaran
teed gold filled cases plain pol
ished with monogram engrav
ed free if you like, 7 jewel
American movement. $8.00.
Ormula Gold and French
gray jewel cases silk lined,
Men's Gold and Silver
finsh dog head ash tray 77c.
TWO WOMEN ARRESTED
.r "linrj'l by I'oliro With Heine
Helen Loroy and Rose Taylor
were fined $10 and costs each this
morning by Police .Magistrate C. J.
Smith. They were charged with dis
orderly conduct. Their arrest took
, I)laf,0 parly this mornine: when they
( merely crossing the sreet from one
J house to another when she was
j picked up by the officer. Both felt
extremely bad at having to pay out
I "Cliriclnifla m n n t v " In fl nna
11-111 . ,11 I . 1 1.1 .1 -- j ... . .-.
did so rather than go to
)L PHONE W.I 77 jjj
There is no law to stop the
Cut Rote Loan Co. from mak
ing such cheap Soans on
Household Goods, Pianos,
Diamonds, etc. Open even
ings until 9. I80k 2d Ave.
Phone 177. Mgr. J. W. Jones
Wants to Help Some One.
For thirty years J. F. Boyer, of Fer
tile, Mo., ne"d d help and couldn't Cud
it. That's why ho wpnts to help son)--one
now. Suffering ho long himfccIC
he fenla for a!! distress from backacTi",
nervousness, loss of ar'P',i,. lasnitii'.'j
anil k'.dney disorders. uliows tha
Elec'ric Bitters work wonders for sik!i
troiMes. 'Five bottles," he writes
"whl y cured me and now I nm weil
and hearty." it's also positively gui
i-me'd for liver trouble, dytpeps'ia,
j b!o0(1 ,jisordei8. female complaints anl
j maiarja Try ihnn . f.oc at all drurgis's.
The pica'ej-t danger from Influenri
is of lis T' suiting In pneumonia. ThM
can b ohvi.i;-d by using Chamberlain'.-
Cough Remedy, as It not. only cures
influenza, but counteracts any tenden
cy of Hie disease toward; pneumonia.
Sold by all druggists.
Th peculiar properties of Chamber
laln'tr Cough Remedy have been thor
oughly tested during epidemics of in
flueni. and when it was taken In time
we have not heard of a slmflo case of
oneumonla. Sold by all druirgigts.