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THE. ROCK ISLAXD ARGUS. FRIDAY, , JANUARY 13, 1911.
BLACK DEATH CREEPING
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IIILE men the world over are
talking of things that make
history wars of yesterday
and rumors of wars tomcr- j
w they hare all but oTerlooked the
dnsid;o.- advance of a different sort i
Jof assailant slowly girdling the earta j
pa a historic progress. This- Is the
Jbubonle plague, the "black death," by
long odds the worst enemy in point
iof fatalities that the human family
has ever faced.
J It la not strange that the progress
of the plague sbouid be overlooked
for the moment. The disease started
from China to girdle the world la 1894,
before the Rosso-Japanese war. So
!slow are Its Invasions that fourteen
jjenrs were required once for Its ad
: ranee from China to Italy.
r forced themselves more and more Into
notice. The plague Is coming close to
Plajrne Overshadows War.
War seems L'ke child's play beside
the hrvaalons of the "black death" In
the past. The "black death" once kill
ed 10,000 persons in London in a sin
eta week. rnrlne this Invasion one
i nnnm in fvfi 11 five In Eurooe became
ja ywm. Compare the Inroads of the
ylspoe and earthquake disasters: In
tne matoncaj JL.isoon earmqaaiB oi
1531 80,000 persons wers killed. In
Baofber upheaval at the same place In
1755 60,000 persons were engulfed by
h oca. But 200,000 persons died of
only a few years ago that the doctors
learned that these vermin caused and.
spread the plague. The new preven
tive Is to destroy them.
The bacillus was found by Yersin of
the Pasteur iyistitute during a plague
epidemic In Hongkong In 1904. It was
not until five years ago In an Investi
gation by the Indian plague commis
sion that the secret of "black death'
epidemics was learned.
There are records of no less than
thirty epidemics of bubonic plague
from the eleventh to the fifteenth cen
tury. The worst occurred In the four
First Plague In 1334.
The epidemic started In China In
1334. In Europe the plague killed
5,000,000 persons, or nearly 24 per
cent of the 105,000,000 Inhabitants of
the continent. Upward of 100.000 per
ished In ' Florence alone between
March and July, 134S. Pope Clement
VI. estimated the total loss of life In
the world by this historic plague to
have been more than 42,000,000 per
sons. Visitations of God for sin, meteors,
the conjunction of planets and fiery
Bwords in the skies were all blamed
for the plague. It was noted that the
rats were 111, too; but, while the panic
stricken people killed the rodents, they
never suspected them as the real cause
of the disease.
Here Is a summarized list of the visitations:
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TmXJHTJfQ TRAVELERS TO CHECK CHOLERA IN DANUBE VILr
T.aE8 ON TUB SERYlA-ROCifANlA FRONTTER.
btttxaflu -taue tn GMna In X894, and
ljy23,O00 saecnxnbeA In India tn 1904.
ftfodMto science got a grip on the
"tAm Omar t ft leaTned the life
.fiem jind a rat. JLt was
MSB. IxwxSon was nrwtd almost as Flor
no bad beo. Dfo tn his aceount
of It tells of 10,000 deatha in a week.
1730. Th "black da&th" travalad from
Syria to MaraeUles and ktUad 88.000
n Way of Saving
aby Free to Try
Ttio mother doeo not live who would not
do all In her power to keep Ler child
healthy, but often she doea not know
how. So when a doctor of Ftandlng points
the way all can afford to lixton.
It la an accepted fact that nine out of
ten of the troubles of Infants and chil
dren is Intestinal. You notice it by the
fict that the child is constipated, it
belches, is pvlsh and cries. Don't give
a remedy that contains an oplato. because
the child will a in in the habit of needing
it. and don't become alarmed and run at
once for a doctor.
Try a scf.'ntlf.c laxative flrwt. Olve a
rmuli dose of Lr. Caldwell's Syrup Pepsin,
the remedy that is intended for the use
of children. It is cild. gcntl and non
irrlplnK. The remedy Is absolutely pure
and is ruirun'.M-J in every particular.
Mrs. Tooiney of Ejning-svlile, fa., and
Mrs. Fred Croms of Alanson. Mich,
never aiva their children anything else.
These are only a few among thousands
You can buy a fifty cent or one dollar
bottle of any nearby druggist, for they
have all sold It for a generation, but if
you want to test it on your child first
rend your addresa to Dr. Caldwell and he
will cheerfully send you a free sample
Dr. Caldwell does not feel that the
purchase of his remedy ends his obli
gation. He has specialized in stomach,
liver and bowel diseases for over forty
years and will be pleased to give the
reader any advice on the subject free
of charge. All are welcome to write
him. Whether for the medical advice
or. the free sample address him Dr.
W. B. Caldwell, 541 Caldwell building,
Two Words of Magic
Which, If spoken to your grocer, as you hand him a nickel,
will cause him to band you a loaf of the most delicious
wholesome and nourishing broad it has ?ver been your
ood fortune to taste.
ASK HIM TO SHOW YOU THE
RED. WHITE AND BLUE
By'iL Range Baking Co.
1743. Messina suffered from another visi
tation of the -plague.
1770. "Black doth" reappeared in Mos
cow and killed SO.000 and mado freah
inroads in the Balkans. Greece and
1KB. The plague broke out in Constanti
nople and cost 80.000 lives.
1S15. It again appeared In the same city
and killed 110.0W persons,
13 to 1S44. Egypt was recognized as a
plague focus, and twenty-one epidem
ics occurred thera during this period.
In 17D3 "black death" killed 2.000 men in
the French army In Egypt and Syria.
1878. Another plague epidemic occurred tn
The present visitation killed 1S0.000
persons In Canton and 12,000 In Hong
kong In 18tH. Two years later It reach
ed Bombay and spread through India.
The number of deaths In that country
crept upward from 1,704 In 1896 to
1,022,000 In 1904. then dropped to 832,
00O In 1906 as the Indian commission
carried on a campaign against the
fleas and rats. In 1907 the number of
deaths In India reached L204.194. For
the first eight months of 1908 116,996
persons died of the plague.
From India the "black death spread
to Australia, Hawaii and Japan. It
was discovered in Portugal, Italy, Aus
tria and England, where early warn
ings and prompt repressive measures
kept tt down.
Carried In Rag Bundle.
The disease was carried from Bom
bay to Marseilles in a bundle of rags
consigned to a pasteboard factory. It
has been carried across the Atlantic,
Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil, men
acing the Islands of the Spanish main
nearer the United States. In all, fifty
two countries have been reached by
the present visitation.
The disease appears In three differ
ent ways. One is made evident by a
rwelllng of the lymphatic glands, de
veloping painful rumors. The mortal
ity with this sort is about 75 per cent.
A second form Is pneumonia, Invading
the body through the lungs and respir
atory organs. It Is this which has ap
peared in England. The third enters
the blood, and the body literally rota
away In a few days. In all of the
forms hemorrhages under the skin
cause dark purple, blotches, thus giv
ing the disease Its historic name.
The plague appeared In San Fran
cisco in 1900 and became epidemic
among the 14,000 people living in Chi
natown and again after the earth
quake and fire of 1906.
For six months or more of the last
year cholera has been raging to an
alarming extent along the banks of
the Danube, the first outbreak occur
ring at Mohat. In Hungary, where it
Is stated to have been brought by
some Russian vessels. The greatest
care was taken by the countries on
both sides of the river to prevent the
spread of the dreaded scourge, and
precautionary measures on an exten
sive scale were carried out by both the
Servian and Roumanian authorities.
In Servian villages Stunted on the
banks of the Danube strangers as they
landed were met by an official carry
ing on his back a tank filled with dis
infectant and worked by compressed
clr, and one by one they" each' had" to
face a douche of the strong smelling
fluid, turning round and round until
they were well impregnated, while
suspects were compelled to undress
and allow their clothing to be baked
in a disinfecting oven.
Pinter coats, tailored suits and furs
Lively selling at new prices
Tri-City women were quick to recognize the advantages of
being able to buy Harned & Von Maur garments at reduced
prices, consequently there has been spirited buying since
these new prices went into effect Thursday morning.
Note the reductions now in effect
Suits, small, regular & stout sizes
$22.50 now at $ 9.75
30.00 now at 11.95
$95.00 suits reduced to $45.00
$40.00 now at $17.50
$65.00 now at 3L50
Serge, broadcloth, kersey coats
$ 7.50 now at $3.95
, 10.00 now at 5.95
15.00 now at 9.50
now at $12.50
now at 17.50
now at 32.50
Plush and Caracul Coats
$20.00 sale price $15.00
25.00 sale price 18.75
$37.00 sale price $28.12
30.00 sale price 22.50
Fur coats, muffs and neck pieces at Va off
We desire to emphasize that the advantage of getting furs such
as you will find at Harned & Von Maur's at the liberal saving of
14 is of such importance that intending purchasers cannot afford
to overlook it. This reduction takes in every coat, scarf, muff
and child's set now a part of our stock. 35.00 short fur coats, $10;
. a , til r, a 1 1
$50.00 ones lor ly.ou; maae 01 uesi xurs; nivimier rsauu uneu.
HEMMED IN BY LIONS.
A Bad Case of Stage Fright and a Rec
ord Stunt In Singing.
Stage fright of the sort that aflilcted
Whit Cunliffe, at one time a promi
nent singer In English music halls, is
not avoidable. Fortunately also it Is
not common. At a place where he was
engaged in Birmingham one of the at
tractions was a lion show, some of the
beasts being really wild and untamed.
Nearly the whole stage was taken up
with the "setting" the animal show.
"Just as I was going on," said Cun
liffe In telling the Incident, "I heard a
hurried rush and confused shouting,
and some one slammed an Iron gate.
I heard a voice say, 'Just In time; he
was nearly out.' Sly music was start
ing, so I bad no time to inquire. I
went on the stage.
"In a moment I heard ominous
growls and savage snarls mixed with
much whip , cracking and strenuous
breathing. I am never fond of a wild
animal show, and I felt distinctly
nervous that night. The cloth behind
me sagged and swayed, and then, tc
my horror, suddenly In the wings I
aw the huge head and front of a lion.
"I was singing a aong called 'I
Would,' which had a lot of short
verses. As I sang them, my blood
running cold, I watched the lion. It
seemed slowly to advance, and its
baneful eyes glittered In a truly horri
ble way. I could not go off that side
without passing it, so I prepared to
'exit with baste.
"Turning, I was doubly horrified to
see another lion on the ether side.
"I was caught like a mouse in a
trap. I dared not go off the stage; I
dared not show my discomfiture to the
audience. There was only one thing
for me to do sing. So I sang In des
peration, hoping that some one would
come and take those lions away. They
told me afterward that I Bang ninety
eisht verses. But I think that was un
kind. "I wondered how long It would take
those two brutes to make up their
minds to come Into the full glare of
the footlights, and I tad just prepared
to leap Into the stalls, regardless of
the consequences, when I heard the
hoarse voice of one of the stage bands
say: "Ere, Bill, these two chaps are
too far forward. Give a 'and with
them, will yer? And. coming up be
tween the two lions, they lifted them
bodily. They were papier machel
Ltvaepoera Population Increasa.
The population of Uvernool hns In
creased from 517.0M to 760.357 In the
last fifteen years, and In that tim. a .
549 dwellings have been built.
Germane Regulate Shorthand.
A commission appointed by fire of
the larger German states baa adopted
a standard system of rhorthand for
use In those states.
SIMON & LANDAUER
"SEMI-ANNUAL CLEARANCE SALE,
The Same Nifty Style
About S. & L. Clothes that attrtttts so
many "tasty fellows" in the fall does
not vanish in January.
Tomorrow you will see here fancy suits,
actually the cream of this season's show
ing, at a discount of
cornucBT ii rr
OVERCOATS Fancy Overcoats re
duced 25; Staple Overcoats reduced
Here V your chance to "fill in" on good
shirts. Most any sleeve lengths in this
$2.50 E. & WV Shirts now $1.75
$2.00 E. & W. Shirts, now $1.50
$1.50 Eagl s Shirts now ; . . . $1.10
$1.00 Shirts now ..... . . ...... .89c
75c Shirts now ... ..... . 59c
50c . Shirts now 35c
'V-V5 ' sr '
cermoirr vtin tt
Winter furnishings reduced for ijuick
Fur Gloves and Mitts 20 off
Sweater Coats 20 off
Fancy vests 20o off
Flannel Shirts .10 off
Cotton and Wool, Union and two
piece materallv reduced.
Ladies Sweater Coats
at Vi Price
Simon & Landauer
Second & Harrison Davenport, Iowa