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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS.-SATURDAY.' .DECEMBER 24, 1910.
IB j CHORDS AND DISCORDS B
DR. CROOK CONFESSES!
Much Misunderstood Explorer
Tells Story Exclusively for
Our Millions of Readers.
BY DOCK CROOK, K. A. K. E.
(Copyrighted in East Moline, Water
town, Alpha, Bowlesburg and
There has come over me, since a
consultation with my publishers, a
feeling that it is time that I spoke
to my people. I have a faint recol
lection of having made some public
utterances several months ago, but
they having taken temporarily only,
after getting my second wind, I have
decided to attempt to put myself
right with those who are willing to
listen to me. Doubtless I will be
accused now of having commercial
ized my confession. Farbeitfrom. I
have been hounded for months by
magazine editors, all seeking to pre
vail upon me to tell my story at
so much per. I see where my friend,
Theodore, has been pulling down 40
cents a word for his African "con
fession." And he made his trip
without having any fuel expenses.
i However, I had concluded months
ago to narrate my experiences in
the regions farthest north, but I
hesitated in approaching any of the
sources through which I might send
my message. Finally, I have clos
ed an arrangement whereby I am en
couraged to proceed in the full as
surance that at least 200,000 read
ers will be forced to see my story
each publication day, whether they
like my kind of dope or not. And.
furthermore, I have the check in my
inside corduroys, and to those who
will not hear me to the end, all I
have ,to say is ha! ha!
I went "after the pole because I
knew there was one. In faet, J
knew there were two. My first im
pulse was to set out for the south
ern extreme, but two of my worthy
sidekicks protested on the grounds
that the beer would not keep and
that there was no fishing after
Buenos Ayres was passed. I thought
the boys were trying to have fool
ishness with me. and I wrote an
uncle of mine who had been linger
ing in Buenos Ayres for a number
of years. He got into an argument
with a cab driver one night visiting
ia that city. The cabbie called him
some name that uncle did not under
rtand and uncle whipped out his
trusty and did murder. He drew
10 years. That is why he is still
There. At any rate, he corroborat
ed the claim that the fishing was
very poor in those parts. There
From ths Argus Files of 18S5.
Dec. 18 Rock Island camp No. 29,
Modern Woodmen of America, held its
annual election of officers last night.
Spencer Mattison now heads the list
of officers of the camp.
Kahlke Brothers have received the
contract for the building of the wood
work of the hull of the new rafter. Sam
Atlee, which is to be completed in
The Rock Island presbytery met in
ihe United Presbyterian church yester
day afternoon. Routine business was
transacted at the session.
Dec. 19 The ladies auxiliary of the
Young Men's Christian association, in
tend keeping open house New Years
day. It is proposed to serve refresh
ments to all young men of the city who
will call at the rooms from 12 noon till
9 o'clock in the evening. This plan
of receiving young men is in vogue
in all of the larger associations of fhe
country, and is a god one.
Dec. 20 At the United Presbyter
Ian church last night. Rev. J. H. Brown
D. D., was installed as pastor in the
presence of a large congregation.
Those who are in atendence at tthe
meeting of the Rock Island presbytery
assisted at the installation services.
Charles Truesdale left last night for
Minneapolis, where he will spend
Dec. 22 Charles and Rudolph Wey-
1 . ' lS(SaMSSMSf II
Capital $200,000.00 Surplus $100,000.00.
The First Step
toward a successful business career is the establishing"
of a safe, conservative banking connection.
The State Bank
points with satisfaction to the many prosperous busi
ness men in our community that it has helped to start
on the road to success.
Let it help you as it has helped othsrs.
State Bank of Rock Island
uuccessor to Mitchell & Lynde.
2d Ave. and 1 7th St.
" Courteous attention accorded to all.
Capital $200,000.00 Surplus $100,000.00. ;
were other objections against the
southern expedition. Emil Frozeup
sky, one of my trusty Esquimaux,
said he could not wear his furs when
the thermometer was above zero.
Neither could Dimitry Moskoweler,
his companion. I suggested affecting
lighter apparel, and I nearly got in
serious trouble. .
It is hardly necessary for me to
enter into details as to the fitting
up of our expedition. We spent five
weeks in getting ready. The going
was beautiful at the beginning. The
first night in the arctic I froze the
little finger of my left hand, having
been so thoughtless as to sleep in
my kid gloves. For several days
afterward there was danger that I
would have to sacrifice the nail of
the frozen finger. As we traveled
northward, it was growing so cold
that I gave orders to go into camp
for a time to give my finger a
chance to heal. We landed at a nice
quiet spot, nosing our ship in where
the wind' would not strike us. On
two sides of us there were monster
icicles. I used to sit in my cabin
at night and marvel at these frigid
works of the elements. More than
once I began to pen" poems on the
beauties of the icicle but the frozen
finger pained me so I gave up in
disgust before I had proceeded far
enough to get a rhyme. Each after
noon and evening we played poker.
But my finger bothered me at cards
also. It was indeed very annoying.
We played penny ante at the start,
but the first night the limit went to
two dollars. We all had money.
There was no place to blow our
selves after we got out of the civil
ziation zone, and when one of us
lost heavily he knew that the win
ner could not sneak to bank with
his ill-gotten gains. When I was
satisfied that my finger was to be
saved in whole, we lifted anchor,
and resumed our journey on to, as I
firmly believed, the coveted pole.
(To be continued.)
SCOOPS OS OI R CORRESPONDENTS.
We pilfer the following news items
from neighboring newspapers this
Hazel McDonald met with quite a
surprise Monday morning when she
came to school and found the floor
cleaned and a new stove had been
James McN'ight is further improving
his farm here by erecting a double
corn crib thereon.
J. W. Knapp sold his farm horse
An unknown and suspicious looking
character was put off the I. & I. car
yesterday near Princeton.
Charles Stewart had the misfortune
to cut his hand and arm while catch
erhauser and Fred Denkmann have
left their studies at Andover long
enough to spend the Christmas holi
days at home.
Alderman Charles ,T. Larkin left last
night for Denver, Col., where he will
visit for a few days.
A. I). Huesing has moved into his
elegent new house on Twentieth street
between Kighth and Ninth avenues. It
is a beautiful home frame, two stor
ies high, and provided with all modern
The ire started out at 2 o'clock this
morning, leaving a clear channel be
hind it, stretching from the Iowa shore
nearly across to the Illinois side. The
ice clogged on the island, below the
city, but will probably move on to
night, and tomorrow will see the ferry
out again. It is a great hardship for
the people to have to walk the bridge
every day, and they will all welcome
the boat, which when the channel is
clear plies between the two shores.
Dec. 23 This is the last day of ser
vice for the January law term of the
circuit court which convenes one week
from next Monday. There will be a
heavy docket list for the term.
Dec. 24 A new arrangement goes
into effect next Monday morning on
the Moline and Rock Island street
horde railroad, when cars will make
regular trips every ten minutes. No
stops will be made between streets and
horses will be changed every trip.
ing turkeys, one of them flying through
the window, the glass cutting his arm.
Delbert Willard had several teeth
WHAT HAS BECOME OP THEM T
(With apologies to Ed Howe of Atchi
What has become of the old-fashioned
folks who used to ask for meat for
the dog when they made their daily
purchases at the market?
What has become of the old-fashioned
young man who used to "keep com
pany" with his sister at church and
What has become of the old-fashioned
politician who used to say "I told
you so" after the election votes had
What has become of the $18 per
week coryphee who used to lose her
$10,000 brooch every time she landed
a new engagement?
What has become of the old-fashioned
young man' who couldn't buy an
overcoat or a suit of clothes unless ma
or pa went along?
FROM THE VALLEY CLARION.
Miss Bernyce Reidmiller wishes us
to deny the rumor that has been put
in circulation by the gossips of our oth
erwise peaceful town that she has been
forced to withdraw as a member of the
Busy Bee Sewing circle. Miss Reid
miller explains that she left the circle
for good reasons. She prefers not to
give them, wholly through charitable
impulses, she informs us, for if she
told all she knew it might hurt, some
of her neighbors' feelings. The circle
had a Christmas donation party last
week. The goodly sum of $3.85 was
raised. The members took a vote as
to the manner in which the money
should be apportioned, but they were
unable to agree. The money is still in
the hands of the treasurer as we go to
press. We would suggest as a happy
solution of the difficulty that three an
nual subscriptions of the Clarion be
paid for and have the paper sent to
some poor and deserving families. We
will agree to furnish the names.
Doc Tillman hag been out of the
city a week. He expressed surprise on
his return to find all of his patients
Amos Duncan, our detective, drove
over to Orion to take a survey of the
safe-blowing in that town. He had a
conference with the sheriff. Mr. Dun
can tells us confidentially that it was
the work of hands that had operated
in this section of the country before.
He says the case could be easily work
ed out if a cool head, having knowl
edge of the intricate and mysterious
ways of this class of crooks, were on
the trail. He says that the men he
declares tlere Wfie three of them
ought to be behind the bars in 24
hours. During the holidays Mr. Dun
can is assisting our barber, Elmer Jin
kins. Amos relieves Elmer at th?
neon and supper hours. Elmer says
if business keeps up he expects to put
! "i a second chair. He lias promised
j the job to Mr. Duncan,
OUR WEEKLY STORY.
j n ti. A. THiELER.
Maurice Horan was taken clown
I with smallpox. The family physi
jcian, Dr. Alphonze McCormick. or
i dered him removed to the pest
j "You have get to die." said doc,
breaking the news as gently as he
i knew how.
"I do?" and Horan rose from his
j bed in horror. "How soon?"
I "Tonight, perhaps."
j "Well, so be it." sighed Horan.
"Hadn't I better call your priest?"
i suggested the doctor.
"Never," replied Horan indignant
ly. Summon the rabbi."
"What will your family and
friends think?" asked the doctor.
L,et them think what they will.
I know what I am doing, even if I
am getting ready for my last trip."
But, Horan, you must not die
without the rites of jour church,"
said the physician.
"Now, doctor, listen to me," and
Horan rose again and pointed his
finger at the physician to emphasize
his position. "Do you suppose I
would have the heart to expose any
good priest to this horrible dis
ease?" OCR OWN LAlllA LAXB .JIRBKV.
To my girls and boys: Greetings
at this happy season. I only wish
I could send you all something for
your Christmas stockings, but as
picking has been rather poor this
j sna(in In mv lino snH na T hnva nUo
of my own children to buy presents
for, I will have to pass you up with
a few kind words. Many of you
lve opened your hearts to me dur
ing the year, but I took particular
notice that none of you slipped me
any of the brazen coin for the ad
vice, you expected me to give and
which I supplied cheerfully. How
ever, you will visit a fortune teller
and pass over a slmoleon before you
ever get your hand held. I am not
complaining, dear children: I am
merely pointing to a condition that
does not strike me as being exactly
Just. Juet the same, I will con
tinue during the coming year dis
pensing comfort and advice to you
as I have in the past. Lovingly,
LAURA LANE JIBBEY.
Dear Miss Jlbbey: I am a young
girl of 29. I am frank to say that
I am deeply in love. He Is big and
handsome, and he acts as though
he thought a great deal of me; I
am a big girl. too. My weight is
225 pounds. I planned long before
I began my Christmas gift buying for
him. I presented him some lovely
things. Among them was "a pair of
gloves, a safety razor, three pairs
of silk stockings and a union suit.
Today a messenger came to the
house and left three bottles of flesh
reducer. One of his cards, on which
there were wishes for a merry
Christmas, was attached. That was
all. It is possible he is not a union
man and took the union suit as a
slam? Please tell me something to
comfort me. ANNABELLE. D..
Dearest: I refrain from calling you
little one in view of your confessed
avoirdupois. It's manifest that your
ideal does not love a fat girl. Get
busy on the reduction dope. If this
doesn't help, roll down stairs every
morning. You may be fortunate
enough to sprain an ankle. This
will also aid in making you thin,
and then it might win you . a little
sympathy from the man you hope
some day to land. Let me hear from
you again in the next four or five
IS A MODEL LINE
Traction "System" Between
Cottonwood Falls and
Strong City, Kan.
BUT TWO MILES OF TRACK
Four Horses Do Work and Though
Passengers Are Few Good
Dividends Are Paid.
For towns of less than 1.500 popula
tion the intercity transportation facili
ties between Cottonwood Falls and.
Strong City. Kan., probably are the
most efficient in the world.
" When the age, traditions and history
of the company are considered in con
nection with the dignified atmosphere
which permeates the official title of
this public utility, 5 cents is a Tery
small tariff to charge for its services.
With such a name as the Consolidated
Street Railways company it would be
consistent to expect a more remuner
ative tariff than a nickel. The aver
age visitor to the "twin Tillages" hav
ing an ever open eye to bargains Im
mediately decides that here is a chance
to practice economy of the kind that
GROl'MJ FLOOR, SO TO SPEAK.
More than twenty-five years ago the
system was built by men who had con-
j fideuce In the ultimate development of
the two towns. Some day. they rea
soned, the individuality of Cottonwood
Falls and Strong City will be lost in
the growth of a big city. The conclu
sion at which they arrived is obvious.
Their track would the first laid:
their franchise would have premier
privileges over that of any rival com
pany. The total expense of building
! tlvn mUw ft trfifLr n-.ls thnn $$tV
I No expensive electrical apparatus
( was necessary. A cable with its at
tendant perplexities likewise was
avoided. The power system adopted
i by the Consolidateci Street Railways
! company was similiar In all the major
j and minor details to that employed by
I the ordinary farmer in plowing a corn
! field. Well fed horses furnished the
motive power then, and the dynamo
has never been remodeled. It suffices
for all the problems that have so far
confronted the company's administra
tion. The car U small, the platform small
er. But the seats are comfortable, and
seldom are there auy strap hangers on
the line. The honor system of cash
payment is operated by the company.
A small glass covered box. in the top
of which is an opening targe enough
for a nickel to slip through, is fastened
at the front of the car.
HALF IIOIR OK (.It A R.
The passengers board the car and.
after conversing on the topics of the
day, institute a sort of pilgrimage to
the little glass box. It takes a half
hour to make the trip between the
towns, and there Is ample time for
each passenger to deposit his nickel
The combined equipment of the
Consolidated Street Railways com
pany consists of two cars, four horses,
a barn, a small pasture and a half
dozen large crowbars which make up
the wrecking crew. Three drivers are
employed by the company, two reguiar
conductors and a relief man. who cares
for the horses and drives for the other
meu at mealtime. A regular schedule
Is maintained between 7 a. m. and
10 p. m., and seldom does a car carry
less than eight or ten passengers.
Some months ago a motorcar was
given a test trial on the line, but it
was too heavy for the light rails, and
the motor itself gave considerable
trouble. For several days the service
was crippled, and when the real horse
power was restored a sigh of satis
faction was heard In both towns.
PAYS IJIVIDEXnS REGI LARLY.
Accidents are unknown to the Con
solidated company. Never in Its his
tory has a horse ran away or a car
turned over. Lawyers who prey with
suits against public service corpora
tions would starve in the twin villages.
And probably the absence of accidents,
lawsuit and the like is a large factor
in the financial success of the com
pany, for the Consolidated Street Rail
ways company pays regular and fat
dividends, the small populations of the
towns it connects notwithstanding:.
In strict conformity to the Kansas
state laws regulating transportation
companies .no free passes are Issued
by the company. However, family
passes can be bought. The company
provided for a long expressed demand
when it announced the sale of yearly
and lifetime pass books. One member
or all of a family can ride on the car
by presenting the pass. The plan has
been very successful and highly pop
ular with the company's patrons.
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal,
sometimes claims to have been found
ed by Ulysses in the course of his
wanderings. But. according to the
London Chronicle, there Is no doubt
that TJlysslppo Is only a fanciful ver
sion jof Olisipo. the most ancient name
Natives of West Africa Clash With
French Troops; Hundreds Slaughtered.
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Paris Is excited over the fact that Kronen troops nave wen m
of West Africa. During November. ac-cordio to cable retorts, the Fn-nHi bad three bitter tlacbt. or battle re
suklne in the kilMng of i!00 natives and the killing and wounding of many Fr.-n h niMi.-rs. Several garrlns are
reported surronrKled by tribes. The war department in Paris has cabled for complete .wtails. but no . answer !, ex
pected before the last of December. In the meantime more troops are beinc sr-nf to Africa. H' w"r
partment hns about concluded that a strong force must be sent to the scene of the long drawn out conflicts and the
natives, who have ohjected to French rule, brought to terms once and for all.
of what was probably at first a Phoe
nician city. Wheu the Romans ab
sorbed and municipalized Olisipo it be
came Felicitas Julia, but in the hands
of the Moslems it slipped back to
Lasbbuna. Pyron's line in "Childe
Ilarold," "What beauties does Lisboa
first unfold!" gives the Portuguese
spelling of the name today.
DAILY SHORT STORY.
.Continued From Page Four.l
"It's here iu my bag."
Opening a little bag she carried on
I her arm. she took out the check Ted-
ford had given her three hours before
and gave it to Maloney. At that mo
ment Mrs. Corkle sprang from her car
riage, embraced her daughter and
kissed Tedford. The pair then went
The closing scene of this comedy was
Mr. and Mrs. Tedford leaning over the
rail waving to Mrs. Corkle, tears run
ning down the cheeks of both mother
and daughter. As for Tedford, he
looked as of he had been awakened
from a dream.
The same evening the couple were re
married by a clergyman passenger, but
there is nothing dramatic in that.
Banks On Sure Thing Now.
"I'll never be without Dr. King's New
Life Pills again," writes A. Schingeck,
C41 Kim street, Buffalo, N. Y. "They
cured me of chronic constipation when
all others failed." Unequaled for bil
iousness, jaundice, indigestion, head
ache, chills, malaria and debility. 25c
at all druggists.
A sprained ankle will usually disable
the injured person for three or four
wek. This Is due to lack of proper
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tract in northwest cjuarter, section 2,
17. 2w. $1.
Frank E. Lutidquist to Daniel Kleisf,
lois .1. 4. 5, 6, 7 and G, block S, Anda
Norman G. Griffiths to O. G. Cooling,
part lots 14 and 15. block Barth &
Babcock's Twentieth street addition,
Rock Island, $1,700.
E. 11 . Guyer to E. &. T. Fairbanks
company, part outlot 15, city of East
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