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TIIE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1910.
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TRADES n?nyj COUNCIL 20
Saturday, December 24, 1910.
The consumer hopes for. a bumper
May it be the best Christmas you
have ever had and the worst you will
' ever have.
Kemember if you have taken upon
yourself an obligation to play
Sana, Claus tonight, that you will
break hearts if you fail.
A Xew York minister says the people-,
are galloping away from the
churches. The auto trade must be
bad in New York considering the
sudden, .increase in galloping.
Nicholas Robins of Chicago was
putting up a stove pipe at his home,
. slipped.' fell on the pipe and nearly
severed his jugular vein. When the
Robins nest again.it is likely to be in
a steam heated flat.
Oratory in congress is on the
wane, thinks Hon. Champ Clark; Tor
two reasons, probably: congress is
overwhelmed with it, and the consti
tuency will no longer read anything
in : the; papers more than a column
arid'a' half long.
The Persians have a different
name for every day in the month.
.That's peculiar. "Hut then what fe!
'lows here are liable to call the day,
''when tfiey.'re awakened some morn
ing 'after a pleasant night ' before,
"wouT'd' last a patient Persian a cou
. pie of ' years.
, : I
The Centralis ((In.) Courier de-
.serves a vote of thanks from ths ad-
8vocatca of women suffrage and equal-(tco to comnlend his course. In
oty,of the sexiis. It tells of one wo- ,loiu ,hjs it beli,,ves it uut voices the
rman who raised S.imio bushels of sentiraeIlts of the ...pat bodv of the
rorn.00.. bushels of oats 10. wagon; botn of Ro(.u Island oiiy and
loads ot pumkpins. nine clnld. en and ; is g,n.
a shiftless husband on so acres, of, , tUe 1U.V h(1 nas adopfcd. that
' The Argils joins with the hosts of
"friends In ' general of Rod; Island's
distinguished citizen,' Frederick C
'"DenkmTinn. in extending greetings and
""froh'gratalatiohs on tiie honor that has
'bcehL paid him by King Gtistavus V.,
""ot Sweden in conferring upon him the
rare honor of Knight of the Order of
Yasa." It is a well merited recognition of j bulged in no raids, nor grana
?lhegenerosity and public spirit exhii-iS'an(1 l)lav and in no man
ited by the Denkmann family in pre-1 11 f r susceptible of const ruction as mere
. seniing to Augustana college and ! ,v kicking up the dust for effect. He
Theological seminary Denkmann Mem-' has summoned the gamblers before
orial library. In this same connection !
Thf -Argus wishes Knight Denkmann a !
Mrry' Christmas and a
' Holdings in the Sugar Trut.
.The American Sugar Refining
company, the sugar trust, has issued
a list showing the number of stock
holders, and their holdings in the
various states and in foreign coun
trie.4 ..Massachusetts investors hold more
of the 'Stock than-the Investors of
J- any otner state, with 489,924 shares
'of" common and preferred. Xew
York Investors are next with a total
-Gf2Sf7, 593 shares and Pennsylvania
1 investors third, with 4 8,511 shares.
The statement of the company, made
under the provisions of the corpora
tion tax . law, shows a loss on last
year's business, accounted for by the
payment of . $3, 500, 000 " assessed
a'gainst .the company for the weigh
ing 'frauds, and in judgments obtained-under
the anti-trust law.
There Is pending now in Court a
bill filed by the federal government
for 'the dissolution ,-of the company
as in. violation of the Sherman-law,
and the supreme court of the Unit
ed States,' in a decision handed down
..... . i
a rortnignt ago, ruiea mat me com
pany's ffenss 'were continuous and
that if dsecution of the officers and
directors was not barred by the
statute of limitations.
It is generally considered that the
trust, accounted the most rapacious
lthajtYever was formed, is finally at
oay, -ana-in-a ngnt ior n me.
The Argus Santa Clans Fond.
Xo labor that The 'Argus has ever
undertaken, for, public happiness or
g welfare has been attended by more
successful or more gratifying results
S than the "Santa Claus fund and" ac
C companying Good Fellow enterprise,
inaugurated a ,year ago and repeated
ft this yearwith an even greater "degree
S of popularity than attended me nrsi en
deavor. . .
' "One. of the niost pleasing features of
the novel proposition is that the peo
ple have made It their cause. This
was shown this year by, the great num
ber who, responding to the Good Fel
low "part of it, filled out the blanks
appearing in ;The.;Argu$ -from day to
day and -received the names of poor
children to whom they will have the
satisfaction, of playing the role of Santa
Ctaua $Otdght. It was shown by the cash
subscriptions that, poured in all unsolic
ited to the general fund out of which ,
tire-regtfla'3Atus" Sattta' Claus .Furidj
committee composed of Miss Din a
Ramser and Miss Margaret Giles will
purchase presents and distribute the
same among the children mot other
wise provided for this afternoon and
tonight. These voluntary contribu
tions came in sums of from $50 to $1,
and in many cases were anonymous.
There were several ?5 bills and cash
contributions of smaller denominations
the names of the donors of which were
withheld. "Keep up the Santa Claus
mystery' wrote one, "even in the
source of revenue. "
This is a beautiful sentiment and in
keeping with the spirit of the giving
and the purpose, but The Argus and
the committee would have been better
pleased to know to whom to send re
ceipts for the donations. Under the
circumstances all that could be done
was to make duplicate lists of all sub
scriptions from whatever source and
presenting one to the committee re
tain one for file an The Argus office,
so that they may be checked up or
compared at any time.
It is the spirit that has made The
Argus Santa Claus fund a success and
given it permanency. And thus it will
be continued each year with the hope
that through it the joys of the Christ-
I mas tide may enter homes where deso-
latIon and misery would otherwise
j make it a mockery instead of an ob-
servance of the holiest, happiest day
Hn sacred history.
In the course of a discussion of the
outcome .immediately following the
election of O. L,. Bruner to the office of
sheriff of. Rock Island county, last
month. The Argus said: "Now that
Mr. Bruner has been elected. The Ar
gus does not hesitate to say that noth
ing would please it more than to have
him demonstrate that he has been mis
judged and none will he quicker than
The Argus to recognize that fact if tin;
occasion arises. That he has an op
portunity such as does not fall to every
man is generally admitted. The Argus
hopes he will make good. It hopes he
will prove that his office will be dom
inated only by those influences that
speak for the highest moral betterment
and the proper respect for the law.
The wish of The Argus is that Sheriff
Burner may make a creditable record,
and if he- does this he will have no
stronger supporter than The Argus, for
it is a much easier and much more
pk-asant task for any newspaper to
commend than to criticise."'
By his at of yesterday in formally
and firmly noiifying the gambling ele-
i ment that Rock Island will harbor it
no longer. Sheriff Bruner indicates n
determination to make good, and The
A reus is more lhan alad to make good.
liberation. and that, in a word, what
he has said to the gamblers, goes, not
only as it applies to the present, but
for the entire term of his administra
tion of the office of sheriff.
Mr. Bruner has gone about his task
in a business-like manner that chal
lenges confidence. He lias in-
Ulnl ancl Qmtiy. out with sumcient
emphasis, informed them That his duty j
I riUll t 3 l 1 1 1 1 1 1 l V f l - : ' V'JI 1 1 1 HI 11 .1 1 ' 1 ;
to quit town, that the law- is to be en- j
forced, and that the new ordr of ;
things pertains, not to the present)
alone, but for the entire period of his
incumbency of the office to which the j
people have elected him.
Briefly summed up, Mr. Bruner indi- i
cates that he is to be sheriff, and that I
Beacon Hill! The very name
ries, Boston with it and pictures fine
old homes with handsome doorways
and brass knockers and purple win -
dow glasses. with glimpses of mahog-
any beyond. Part and parcel of con-
servative Boston is tieacon tun, a
tie neighborhood which still .holds to
some of the traditiona cf a century
back and is rightfully proud of its j way of the Christ child should be light
name, 'ed with candles on Christmas eve ac-
Now, if you should happen to be a
late shopper on Christmas eve and
should be crunching across the snowy
common witi your arms full of bundles
and your ears just about frozen off,
you might, perhaps, stop in astonish
ment if you happened to glance to
wards "the Hill".; for you would see
glimmering candle lights in almost ev
ery window. and there in front of an
ex'governor's home you would notice
a group of half a hundred men and
boys. A strange time for the governor
to be making a speech, you think, and
then you see that gentleman step out
into his doorway and, instead of a po
litical address, you hear the voices of
the men and boys floating over the
frosty common. They are singing a
Christmas carol, and you take a frersh
grip on your slippery bundles and
climb the hill in time to. hear the sing
ers shout a "Merry Christmas" to the
All along Beacon street the windows
are aglow with candle lights. The lit
tle company, headed by a boy holding
aloft a cross, moves to the .next house,
stops and sings another Christmas car
ol. Down a cross street you crunch
through the snow to the candle-lighted
home of a "shut-in," where the singers
shout a "Merry Christmas," and an
swer a hand wave with a verse from
Saint Martin's hymn.
"Oh, we sing all over the Hill mid
night," said the boy with the cross
and then you think that your bundles
must be put into,., waiting stockings
long. befora -then, and . so you hurry,
May Your Christmas Tree Be Filled to
Overflowing and Good Cheer Prevail.
Mmmmfvwwmmif, mpmdkg ymmM:'
is what the people want him to be.
They will sustain the sheriff who does
It takes a neighbor to disentangle a
man from a handsome setting. A good
many years ago, when Wordsworth
was poet laureate of England, a
worthy Cumberland yeoman walked
many miles, in response to widely scat
tered notices, to hear the poet lau
reate address a meeting. When he
discovered who held the high sounding
title he left the hall in indignation.
'"Twas nobbut old Wadsworth O
Rydal. efter aw!" he said scornfully
on his return to his family.
Her Thres Husbands. j
"Yes, she has had three husbands,
and she alludes to them as the three '
rs. The first Mas such a fine fellow,
she called him a paragon." j
"Yes, and the second was such a !
model she called him a paradigm." j
"And the third was so difficult to un- j
derstaml and acted so different from
the others she called him a paradox."-.
on Beacon Hill
car-'along for your car and forget all about
the bad temper which you picked up
an hour before in the crowded store,
1 Fifty years ago, the rector "of the
church of the Advent inaugurated the
J "choir Christmas eve," which has since
in.-iif.07 been renewed and adopted aa a
regular custom by the Beacon HiH
neighbors. An old tradition that the
counts for the wavering lights that fill
the windows on the Hill. TO the
home's where candles burn the singers
go regardless of religious denomina
tion or belief and. echo a "Merry Christ
mas," and sing a carol. Those of the
parish who are shut in are sure of a
visit, and the singers are always as
sure of a welcome as they were back
in 1859, when the late Bishop Hunting
ton, (at that time a Professor in Har
vard college,) was serenaded by the
Christmas eve singers. He tells the
story in his "Memoirs and Letters";
"After the house had become still,
about 10:30, as I was sitting in the
study preparing for the holy duties of
the day, suddenly most delightful
music in youthful voices burst under
my window. I raised the curtain and
there stood a picturesque group of
singers, mostly young boys, with lan
terns, under the sparkling sky In the
frosty night, pouring out Christmas an
thems genuine old English carols, in
music and words wholly picturesque."
"Christmas celebrations are chang
ing," said Dr. William x H. Van Allan,
the rector of the Church of the Advent,
"and this 'choir Christmas eve' marks
a distinct return to the religious cele
bration of the day. There is a good
Christmas feeling wherever we go
and a proper kind of sectional spirit
is being developed."
Is Beacon Hill conservative? What
would some of the good old Puritan
stock of 100 years back think of the
Merry Christmas eve celebration of
The Argus Daily Short Story
All Within Three Hours By Elsie B, Matteson.
Copyrighted. 1910, by Associated Literary Fresr.
The tide served at 2 o'clock.
Now, this may be considered a sin
gular beginning for a story. What
difference whether the hour was "J or 4
or 1 or G? This difference that had it
not jieen '2 there would have beeu no
Young Mrs. Tedford, who had been
married at eighteen, two years before,
and divorced at ninetern. one year be
fore, owned a house that hud been
given her at the time of her wedding.
On the day the tide served nt 2 o'clock,
not knowing any mere than the reader
that it made any difference to her at
what hour the tide was nt the flood,
she took a train at 0 o'clock in the
morning from her mother's suburban
residence at Elmwond to go to the
city. She had found It both lonely
and inconvenient to live alone in her , havIng a tin. abIe of tides, I know
own house, and she was going into tn.lt ls t)lo j10ur."
town to arrange for a permanent stay J It"won-t t!lUe but a minute. Be
with her mother. Not that she wish- pldos, jt-s not n yot you naV(, three
ed to live in the country indeed, she I hmiro
detested living there
but she could
not well help herself.
Mrs. Tedford visited a
agent and left an order to rent her
house, furnished, then went to the
house to get a few things that she
needed for immediate use, put them
In a bag and was going downstairs to
take the 11:15 train for Elmwood j
when there was a ring nt the doorbell, i
T l 1 .1 t. l I 1
luu.v s Miiiu-wimt uuiieu,
xui me uuusc nore rufieure uu me
outside of being unoccupied. ,The
postman never called, nor were there
supplies to be delivered.
"I wonder who it can be!" said Mrs.
Tedford, pausing on the staircase.
She shrank from opening the door
while alone in the house; btjt, being a
curious woman, she opened it.
The occasion of Mrs. Tedford's ex
clamation was sering her diTorced
"WHEKE IS THAT ENVELOPE I GAVE IOC?'1
husband standing there, poking an
envelope at her. He, too, was some
what taken aback.
"What's become of your servant?"
"I ITN-en'ta servant. I don't live
here. I'm at mother's. 1 was just
going out when the bell rang.''
"Here's your alimony cheek. I sail
nt 2 and came near forgetting it. I
was taking it to the postoffice and.
passing the house, concluded' to leave
it. I supposed a servant would take
He handed her the envelope contain
ing the check and turned to go away.
"Where shall I send the receipt?"
"Oh, you can send it to the hotel.
"If you will come in 111 write a re
ceiptnow." "I haven't time: the ship sails at 2.
At least that's the hour the tide serves.
I failed to get the sailing hour, but.
, IIe i,rssitatc. She turned and went
i Into the library, where stood n desk
! . y,n,i ,,. .i ,ici- it fiinn-! hnr
and stood looking about him at fa
miliar objects. There was the easy
chair in which he used to read his
paper and smoke after dinner, and
i there were the smoking paraphernalia
she had given him and the pipes he
had left the night they quarreled and
; Rpparatwi. she opened the desk and
sitting down, wrote the receipt and
handed it to him. lie folded It, put
! It in his pocketbook and turned to go.
: "If you hadn't behaved so badly,"
I she said, "I might have been going on
I this trip with you. You know of our
proposed outing and how I had set my
j heart on it."
! "Why don't you go with your bosom
j Now, the cause of the trouble be
i tween these two lird been one of those
j infatuations of a woman for another
j woman which on occasion are as much
i to be dreaded as a wife's infatuation
for another man than her husband.
"Your foolish Jealousy was largely
responsible for my losing one who
loved me dearly."
"I didn't come here to talk over that
matter. It. was settled in court. I
came here to leave you your alimony."
"The court settled our case," she re
torted. "You settled the matter be
tween me nnj Amy."
"What do yoa mean? Have you got
tired of her?"
"Not that. We could never feel the
same toward each other after you
made her a cause for separation."
"Fity you both hadn't foreseen
"It wasn't necessary that we should
foresee it had you not"
He started to go. but she called him
back to ask him some question as to
property, they owned together. Then
he started again, saying not unkindly:
"How long do you propose to be
"Till I get tired."
"That's the way I'd like to make a
trip abroad set no time for return.
What places do you Intend to visit?'.
"I 6haII first run down to Nice In
order to get rid of the rest of the win
ter." "That will be delightful. Elniwood
is awful in winter."
Not receiving any comment on the
desolation of the place where she
would pass the winter, Mrs. Tedford
"I suppose I shall never see those
lands I hare always so iouged to see.
There's Dresden, with its Slstine Ma
donna; Munich, with the best mod
ern paintings in the world. Then
there is Venice, a picture in Itself of
a dead past and the only one of its
kind. Oh, how I wish I wre going'."
He went to her and attempted to put
au arm about her. She drew back, but
only in pretense. He encircled her
with both arms.
"Why not go with me, Nell?"
"There Isn't lime."
"There's more than two hours.
"At what hour does the 6teamer
"At 2. I haTe a stateroom all to mv
self." "But be?;id?s my packing we'd have
to be married."
"If there isn't time for a marriage
before we sail we can be married on
"What will mother think?"
"Never mind that. You throw what
you can't get on without into a trunk.
I'll go out and telephone your mother
and order a carriage."
"Do you really think we can make
"Certainly. Don't take much cloth
ing. You'll wish to get a lot of things
"I didn't think of that."
She flew upstairs, and he hurried out.
He soon returned with a carriage
and announced that he had had an in
terview over the telephone with Mrs.
Corkle, Mrs. Tedford's mother, an
nouncing what hud occurred. Mrs.
Corkle had said that she might catch
a traiu that would take her to the city
in time to reach the steamer before it
sailed and say good by, but it would
be a close call.
The floor was covered with clothing
that Mrs. Tedford was heaping into a
trunk. Mr. Tedford stood over her
with watch in band, every ten minutes
informing her of the hour and how
much time she had. Then she informed
him somewhat Impatiently not to be a
fool, but put the house in better shape
to leave and write certain necessary
letters for her. doing down to the
lihrarj-. he wrote the letters, then went
about locking certain windows and
nailing others. Having finished his Job,
he want upwlairs again, to find Mrs.
Tedford trying to close and lock a
trunk that he had stuffed so full she
couldn't get the lid down. He sat on
It and the deed was accomplished.
Then the coachman whs called. He
shouldered the trunk and took it down
stairs and put it on the box.
Now. it happened that Tarn Maloney,
alimony clerk, saw Mr. Tedford get
ting Into a carriage wilh a lady and
heard him tell the coachman to drive
to an ocean liner. Maloney knew that
Tedford had not paid his last install
ment of alimony and. thinking to make
something out of getting it for the de
serted wife, took another carriage and
t followed. It was then half past 1
I o'clock and several miles to go. The
i Tedford carriage was moving lickety
f:p!it when it turned Into the dock
house, and up the street appeared Ma
loney's rig coming at the same gait.
Just behind Maloney's came another
coach evidently In a hurry. It con
tained Mrs. Corkle.
"Stop that man!" shouted Maloney to
a policeman. "He's going abroad
without paying the alimony due his
Mr. and Mrs. Tedford were stopped
at the gangway. Maloney jumped out
and confronted them.
"Fork over that alimony," be said,
"or I step your going."
Men began to remove the gancplank.
"There's no time to lose in explana
tion. Nell," said Tedford. "He'd swear
we were eloping or something. What
did you do with the envelope I gave
(Continued on rage Nine.)
The man who prays that he may be
good because it pays in dollars and
cents, must pay a penalty as a re
compense. Piety must be more than a picture of
the good; the merchant must know its
meaning as well as the monk.
A prayer: The sins I see. confess I
to thee; the sins of omission and com
mission take, thou. Father, from me;
take away sorrow and may I no trouble
borrow, that I may be free.
Man's piety is good or bad d'-pend-ing
upon the results it gives; if it lifts
him to the level of good men it s "sure
enough" piety, but if it drags pood
men to hiB own level its the sham
You will hardly be able to shout
yourself into the "kingdom come"
when your neighbors are wishing that
you had never been born.
Dec. 24 in American
1737 Silas Deane, diplomatist of tiie
Revolutionary era. born; died 179.
1743 Benjamin Hush, "signer." colo
nial congressman and eminent
medical practitioner, born; died
1S11 Burning of the Hicbmorid thea
ter, Richmond. Va.; 70 persons lost
their lives, including the governor
of the state.
1814 Treaty of peace between the
United States and (,'ie;t Britain
signed at Ghnt.
1903 Rear Admiral i:dvln Yli. U.
S. N., died; born 1343.
Br WtCJift M. S ft ITU .
r ANY a man's ambition is to Seep
his young son from finding out
that his father doesn't know it all. but
sooner or later the boy calls the bluff.
When a woman wants to drive her
husband to frenzy she tells hiin what
a good provider her father was.
When a young man asks his sister
why she doesn't dress her hair a cer
tain way It doesn't take the girl long to
discover the object of his latest fancy.
To the small boy with a pair of netr
skates winter'is a long time coming.
What can a poor man do but go to
the cigar store for a more appreciative
audience when his wife can't see the
point of his Joke?
Some men marry with the Impres
sion that they can support a wife eas
ier than they can pay their laundress.
Those "eggs Just from the farm" may
be some that Bidr'y has striven for
a long while to keep from freezing.
The boy who has to chop wood for
two heaters and a cooking stove doesn't
care how soon our forests are swept
Those who wait for tomorrow never
tried to catch birds by sprinkling salt
on their tails.
There is pleasure in saving a dollar,
but there Is undoubtedly more In e
ccring it and not saving it
The young fellow with a top buggy
was the country girl's ideal In our
mother's days, but now the roan bat
to come round with bis auto.
"A sense of humor is a splendid
thing to have."
"Yes, but there are times when It
refuses to work."
"When ls that?" ;
"When the joke is on yourself."
T never would marry
"Why? A factory girl ls Just as good
as any other."
"Do you think so?"
"I know it."
"It may be. but I always prefer
No Good. . .
"Cupid is a good marksman." '
"Yes, when he goes gunning he get
what he goes after."
"That may be, but it sometimes seems
to me that he is a bad Judge of game."'
"What can you say for the obedience
of this dog?"
"lie ls a well trained dog, sir.
"And his oledience?"
"Is perfect disobedience."
Probably Not "V
"lie will make an ideal husband."
"I know it"
"Well, maybe, but I'll bet a nickel
that he won't stay ideal."
"Brown ls pretty sick."
"Yes: be need n rest, so the doctor
nas sent his wife on a vacation."
. The New Leaf.
U"hn yon hr the Joy b!l rlnr
Do yon think of anything
New Year's day?
Welt. I fhouM r.y!
IC the rejtul.it Ion At
When w e wipe tlilnjfa from the alata
CloarlnB up the tangled mesh,
r-tartlnjr over rkan and freah.
Jiesolutions ptrnng and bright
With a uteady hand we write.
And liecauee - .
Of many flams '
In our 1 It"-? anil dally war
There Is need to use the chalk.
Need to wrestle with our case
And to look It In thu face.
In the pant we have, I ejuess.
Found that plnnlna; hrlna-s distress..
Found that there Is nothing; to
Ilnlf tho bauble we pursue.
When you journeyed down the line,
Happy over foil and wine.
That the furies wild were loosed
And the rhleks came home to roost.
It Is useless to repent
Over money that la spent. ,
Over moments worse than wasted
As of folly's cup you tasted.
Jt I unless i
From the pa"t you can extract ,
Iessona on the way to act
Udpful h!ntn to make you strong;
As the momenta Tit alonjr.
Ways and means you may engag
Keepijn; clean the spotless page
That w'.th trcmbllns; and concern
On the firt you plan to turn.
What tho-:s;h In the years Rone by
You have r.lven the thlnn a try
And have found the pajte so white
In it fortnight v.-.is a tight.
ThouKh your efforts did not laat.
All th-? practice of the post
Helps to lolster t;p your pluck.
Try It cn'-e af-nln for li:ek.
If yen, are suffering from un!ousne6
cons'.pation, indigestion, chronic head
achy invest one cent' in a postal card,
send to Chamberlain Medicine Co,
Dos Moines, Iowa, with your namn
and address plainly on the back, and
they .vlll forward you a free sample of
Chanuerlain's stomach and liver -tab-lets.
Sold by all druggists.