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THE ROCK ISIxAND ARGUS. WEDXESDAY, 3iAKCH 29, 1911.
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toTDiMp In Rock Island county.
Wednesday, March 29, 1911.
Study the candidates, make up your
mind for whom yon will vote and
tick to It.
This weather may be unreasonable,
bat It ia not unusual. Remember It
snowed on the 23rd of April last year.
Umantour ia the boss diplomatist
cf his day. He told the Mexican cabi
net where to get off. and they got off.
The action of the national baeeball
commission In disposing promptly
and Intelligently yesterday of an Im
portant question, involving the life of
a league, affords another argument
(or the commission form.
In Kansas bandits who rob trains go
away In automobiles. Next we shall
hear of the lone bandit who uses an
Qulncy Journal: According to an
eminent New York doctor, 60 per cent
of the headaches come from the eyes.
What might be called a form of see
slckness Is Florida they have found a man 6
feet 9 Inches tall and weighing 238
pounds. Before trying hie flats upon
the colored champion's skull we would
suggest that the Florida giant practice
by punching holes through armor plate.
William EL Curtis says Texas could
bold 100,000,000 people without being
as crowded as Massachusetts is at
present. So it appears that there is
plenty of room for the army to maneu
ver in the Lone Star state without run
ning over people.
The battleship Texas, which was
used as a target tn the late gun prac
tice in Chesapeake bay. for building
and repairs cost the government 4,
411.000. It Is 16 years since It was put
In commission, and it Is now practic
ally out-dated and worthless. Sixteen
years hence the $6,000,000 monsters
whose guns battered the Texas to
pieces) will be equally worthless.
. Editorial in Boston Journal, (rep.):
"When Colonel Bryan paid his first
visit to Boston he was regarded by the
east tn general as a dangerous agita
tor. Now he la welcomed as a leader
of a movement which to a large ex
tent has abolished party lines and
done away with the ultra-coneerva-tiam
which brooked no concessions to
liberal Ideas. He has not been suc
cessful as a candidate for the presi
dency, but he has seen the movement
which he did so much to start become
the dominant force In American poli
tics," The Injustice of the Ordnance Ruling.
From all parts of Rock Island pro
tests are going forth against the
ruling of the ordnance department of
th army depriving C. C. Wilson and
A. W. Johnson, mechanics at Rock Is
land arsenal, of their means of liveli
hood simply because they were candi
dates for commissioners before the
last primary election. Regardless of
the requirements of the civil service
law, regardless of how far it may in
trude upon the rights of the govern
ment employes to serve the people in
a public capacity, the enforcement of
a mandate as It applies to Messrs. Wil
son and Johnson, who were not avow
ed candidates until their friends
had circulated petitions in their be
half, who had not yet taken any public
offloe and who were not candidates for
any political office as the term applies
to pernicious activity. Is generally
property regaruea aa mue less
than an outrage.
Conceding that the government of
the United States has the first right
to any man's time, and that he should
not engage In any other public calling
which might either conflict with his
duties to th government or his com
pliance with the strict letter of the
civil service, he ought not to be re
moved until he assumes some other
occupation. Had Mr. Wilson and Mr.
Johnson been elected to the office of
commissioners of the city of Rock Is
land they would necessarily have
been obliged to give up their posi
tions at the arsenal, but the mere fact
of a man being a candidate, and as
mbbt happen very readily to be the
case, without his own consent, separ
ating Mm from the government em
ploy strikes the average citizen as a
little far fetched and a great injus
tice. It Is a shame.
The First Iuty.
John T. McCutcheon had a striking
cartoon In the Chicago Tribune of re
cent date In which te pictured as one
of the most undesirable citizen, the
man who falls to exercise his right to
rote on aQ occasions. To the com
plete success of any election two
things are aeoeesary. One la that v.
ery dtiswi who has a right to vote
should vote and the other Is that no
one should be allowed to vote who
has no right to. These two requisites
fulfilled, the election cannot go wrong.
The people have thus been beard,
heard fully and heard honestly. The
result must be right.
The Etay-at-hoxne voter la the men
ace to good government. local or na
tional. Every man ought to be able to ex
press himself on one side or the other of
every proposition. And every clti
en should prize the privilege
that la bestowed upon him by the re
publican form of government. If he
does not he aids In the theory that
government by the people la a failure.
Apathy at election time is the bane of
good government. It is the duty of ev
ery citizen in Rock Island to vote next
Tuesday, regardless of how he votes.
It la the duty of every voter to make
a choice for mayor and to make a
choice of four of the eight candidates
The commission form of municipal
government can be successfully inaug
urated only by bringing out the vote of
every citizen who has a right to vote.
Let everybody vote.
That is the first daty.
Committee Rule in Congress.
As the opening of the special ses
sion of congress drawa near, the re
publican editors grow more hysterical
in their predictions of the direful
things that are to happen to the min
ority from the rule of the "Fourteen
Czars," they are pleased to call the
members of the democratic wars and
means committee. And yet these
same editors were spectators of the
things that happened under the rule
of such men as Reed and Canunon.
The fact Is that the republican editors
and politicians are unable to under
stand so amicable and beneficent an
arrangement as has been agreed up
on between Speaker Champ Clark and
his democratic confreres. If any re
pressive measures fhould become nes-
essary during the session they would
come with better grace if they were
backed by the agreement of a number
of men selected for their ability and
fairmmdedness rather than If they
were pounded Into the face of the
house with the gavel in the hands of
one man who might be accused of un
Mr. Cannon and his republican
friends and followers are Invited tc
watch the new plan and eee how it
Effect of Postal Savings Banks.
Not less than $200,000,000, much of
which la now hoarded away In obscure
hiding places and withdrawn from use
ful circulation, is the estimated
amount that will be on deposit with
the government at the end of one year
If postal savings banks should be es
tablished In all money order offices.
The estimate Is based on the busi
ness transacted at the 48 small post
offices at which postal banks are now
In use. in the 48 offices, between Jan.
3, 1911, and Feb. 28, 1811. 3923 ac
counts were opened and 6,861 separ
ate deposits were made.
In the same period only 259 ac
counts were closed by the drawing out
of the deposits, the total number of
open accounts on February 28 being
The net amount of deposit after two
months of operation was $133,869. If
the same ratio of deposits and with
drawals la maintained for a year, the
amount on deposit at the end of the
year would be $803,214.
The aggregate population of all the
48 citiea, in which postal savings
banks have thus far been established,
Is approximately 370,000.
If the postal savings system should
be patronized In the same proportion
when it is established at all money-order
postofflces, the total amount on
deposit after one year's operation
would be about $200,000,000.
Postmaster General Hitchcock and
some bankers have learned that no
noticeable harm has been done to the
statu quo of banks or business or even
to stock-gambling by the existence of
48 postal savings banks.
However, the Hitchcock plan Is to
start a new bank only here and there,
occasionally. As a matter of fact the
patrons of every money order postof
flce In the United States are entitled
to a postal bank, by virtue of an act
of congress but It Is extremely doubt
ful If a comprehensive system of pos
tal banks will come into existence as
long as the republicans remain in
charge of the postal department.
Postal banks are in use In nearly
every country on earth. British pos
tal savings banks have over 11,000,009
depositors roughly, one to four of
the population with $800,000,000 to
their credit. F"rnrh
5.000.000 depositors, with about $300,-!
ooo.ooo to their credit. They are oper
ated at a profit. Out of 40.000,000 de
positors In the world's postal banks,
only 3,664 reside in the United States.
Many thousands of American citi
zens would be glad to open an account
with Uncle Sam if Postmaster General
Hitchcock would permit them to do
Do Not Forget These
Ifc-roocratlc Townahlp Nomina
tions. For Assistant Supervisors John Mc
Shane, Andrew Math. S. J. Stader
Frank Meecan. Joseph Lerch. WUifaxi
For Constable Frank King.
"Yon go around borrowing money aT
the time and yet you seem to be pros
perous." "1 am."
"How do yon manage It?"
"My motto is. 'Always nut off tfll to
morrow those you have done today." "
President Taft's Letter to Dr. Booker T.
Washington Expressing Confidence In Him.
Upon the occasion of the recent assault upon Dr. Booker T. Washington in New York city by a man who ac
cused him of being a "peeping Tom" a number of prominent men hastened to assure the noted negro educator of their
Implicit faith In his protestations of Innocence. President Tnft took occasion to pen a letter in which he declared
that It would be "a nation's loss" if the incident Impaired Washington's great powers for good and addsd that he
was proud to subscribe himself as "friend." Th letter is reproduced herewith.
Notice is hereby given, that on
Tuesday, the 4th day of April, A. D.,
1911, an election will be held in the
city of Rock Island, 111., for the fol
lowing officers, to wit:
One mayor for four years.
Four commissioners fo four
Six assistant supervisors.
One town clerk.
Places for registration and voting
will be as follows:
First ward, first precinct 413
First ward, second precinct 628
Second ward, first precinct 1014
Second ward, second precinct
919 Sixth avenue.
Third ward, first precinct County
jail building, Third avenue and Four
Third ward, second precinct
143 4 Seventh avenue.
Third ward, third precinct 1101
Fourth ward, first precinct 1914
Fourth ward, second precinct
Trinity church vestry, rear of 1818
Fifth ward, first precinct Hose
house on Twenty-second street.
Fifth ward, second precinct
Schmid'a grocery store, 823 Twen
Sixth ward, first precinct Hose
house on Twenty-sixth street.
Sixth ward, second precinct
rear of 2700 Seventh avenue.
Seventh ward, first precinct
3110 Fifth avenue.
Seventh ward, second precinct
Peterson's carpenter shop, 510 Forty-fifth
Seventh ward, third precinct
Gannon's paint shop, Fourteenth
avenue between Thirty-eighth, and
M. T. RUDGREN,
City and Town Clerk.
Rock Island. 111.. March 14, 1911.
THC WHTI housi
The Argus Daily Short Story
The Collector's Wife
Copyrighted, 1911. by
News came that cholera had over
stepped the boundary between Asia
and Europe and bad gained a foothold
In Italy. Orders were Issued to the
medical officers along the American
coast to quarantine every ship arriv
ing from Mediterranean ports and to
permit no Rick person to enter the
country without submitting the patient
to a thorough test for the dreaded dis
ease. One autumn day, when a storm was
sweeping the coast of New Hampshire,
Jeremiah Whipple, newly appointed
collector of a little port of New Hamp
shire, opened the window of his bed
room to more clearly examine a vessel
that had Just cast anchor in the har
bor. She was a small steamer, and at
her peak was the United States flag,
upside down, which Whipple knew to
be a signal of distress. Taking up a
spyglass, be brought It to bear on the
vessel and saw a group of persona
standing amidships uncovered.
Then suddenly the group scattered.
several of them going to a boat that
hung on Its davits, lowering It and I
manning it The next move was the
lowering of an oblong box Into the
boat, where It was reverently received
by the crew. Lastly, a man. evidently
an officer, took hln nlare In the stern
and the boat moved away from the
"Patience," said the collector to his
wife. "I guess t bey's got the cholera
on board that vessel. Tbey's put up
a distress signal, and there, too, goes
up a yellow sick flag."
"You're not going to let any of 'em
land, be yon?" asked the wife, blanch
ing. "Not till a medical officer comes.
They were to send one today."
The boat pointed straight for the
shore, at one moment Its bow shooting
up toward the sky, the next diving
down toward the bottom of the bay.
When it came within half a mile of!
the shore. Whipple, armed with hla i
badge of authority, went down to the
dock to warn them to keep off. He j
had never before been in a position of j
trust, and be fait that the keeping out I
of an epidemic which might sweep j
away thousands of his countrymen
rested upon bis shoulders,
the party came within
As soon ss ;
hearing he J
"You can't land bereT ;
A tall, thin man rope In the bow of
the boat, took out a b&ndanna band-j
kerchief, wiped his ejis and said: t
"We do not desire to remain ashore 1
longer than to bury the body con-;
talned In this box. My wife was taken '
down with cholera six days out of '
Naples. Fearing that she would die, I
she exacted from me u promise that I J
would not permit her to be buried at
sea. Both the oCcers and crew of tfcaj
hip have respected her wish, and I ;
now beg that you will permit me to
Inter the remains here on the shore." !
Even if the collector had been more
familiar with the dude of hlv officii
It Is ;ue$tioG&ble if be would have'
felt any certainty with regard to the
disposition of this case. He felt a
dreed of cbora and was anxious to
get rid of the party as mod as pos-
sibie. There could be no violation, so j
far ss he could see. In either the reve-
cue or Quarantine laws. The party i
By Elinor Stewart Caton.
Associated Literary Presa.
need not be searched since none of
them asked to be permitted to remain
ashore. It was possible that If allowed
to land tCey might make a break for
the Interior, but this in the case of a
burial party wss not to be considered.
"I guess you can bury It np on that
little knoll there." said Jeremiah, "if
you'll be quick about It."
The thin man wept tears of thank
fulness at the permission, the party
brought the box ashore and. bearing It
to the designated spot, dug a grave.
Then, all standing uncovered. It was
lowered to Its last resting place, after
which the party filed back to the dock,
where the mourner again tearfully
thanked the collector for Ms kindness
and, waving a last farewell to the
grave on the knoll, was pulled away
to the ship.
During the scene Patience Whipple
was looking out of the window watch
ing the landing, the burial and the de
parture of the party. When Jeremiah
returned to the house be eat down be
fore the fire, feeling a sad comfort In
having permitted a fellow being to
carry out a promise to his dying wife.
Patience was doing her mornlug du
ties and made no comment on what
had passed. Then Jeremiah went to
his little custom house on the dock,
where be sat reading a newspaper, for
since few, If any, goods ever came into
the port he had no great weight on his
shoulders. When he returned to bis
home for the noon meal his wife said
"Jerry, If these men had been smug-1
giers ana naa run away rrora tne
coast with diamonds in their pockets
and the government found it out, what
would they do with youT"
"Give me the grand bounce."
"And what would they do with you
If you'd let In the cholera T
"It would 'a' been the same grand
"You took a risk out o' the kindness
of your heart, didn't you?"
"With nothin' to gain and an to'
"But suppose yon'd 'a caught 'em,
with something valuable en 'em." .
"The goods would have been con-)
fl seated by the government"
"And yon wouldn't get any ef ItT"
"That's a kind of a beads I lose,
talis you win business. Isn't it?"
That night Patience Whipple said
that little Billy seemed croupy and
she would sleep with him In a room
by themselves, while the father slept
in the room with the little girt. Jere
miah awoke In the morning, evidently
feeling very comfortable. ii
"Wife." be said, "how good It makes
a man feel to d6 a kind act. I went to
sleep last night thlnkln' o that poor
felier that I let bury his wife, and I
was thankful that I'd taken the risk
and given him the sstlsfaction o' keep
In his promise."
"Yon surely took a bis risk, Jerry,"
replied the wife with s yawn.
"Didn't you sleep well last nights
"Not very. Billy was ores thin' hard,
and coughln all night." j
"Sorry," remarked the husband sym
pathetically, i j
After break f.: ?t, when Jerry went'i
down to his office, he noticed some
loose earth on the knoll where the
burial had taken place the day before.
He went np there and discovered thst'
the grave was open to its very bottom
and the box had been removed. Turn
ing to the harbor, be discovered that
the ship which had been anchored
there the evening before bad also de
parted. He went In to his wife and
"By gum. Patience, those fellows
"What makes yon think so 7" asked
"The grave has been robbed. It was
a trick. Like enough the box had no
corpse In it. but was full of dutiable
goods. Some confederate has taken It
"Well." said Patience, wiping a dish,
"mebby after you've been a collector
tor a spell you won't get taken In so
"Nobody but yon and me knows sny
thlng about it." rejoined Jerry thought
fully. "1 must go right out and fill
cp the grave. I wouldn't have the se
cret get out for a thousand dollars."
Taking a shovel, be went out to the
knoll, glanced about to see If any one
was looking and, feeling satisfied that
be was not observed, filled np the
"By gum." he said to himself as he
walked beck to his house, "that was
the slickest trick I ever heard of. X
wonder Patience didn't get on to It
She is generally pretty wide awake,
but this time they caught her nappin'
as well as me."
"Patience." he said, "I wish we'd 'a'
got on to thoee fellers. X might 'a' got
"I guess that's all you'd a got. Yon
wouldn't 'a got any of the goods."
Whipple looked more disturbed over
the matter than his wife. His salary
as collector was Infinitely small, and
there was not much comfort for him
In life, bis wife having a hard time to
clothe and educate the children and
make ends meet Besides, the govern
ment might be Informed of what had
been done and he would lose bis posi
tion. On the whole, he was ss much
depressed over the result as he had
been elated at having done a good ac
tion. On day Patience told her husband
that she must go to a neighboring city
to visit a dentist Tie groaned, not
knowing where the necessary funds
were to come from. But Patience
kiased him goodby cheerily and took
her departure, leaving blm to take care
of the children for a whole day.
The next morning Whipple received
a document with the United States
treasury department's official stamp,
dismissing him from his oiSce.
"I knew It!" he moaned. "Somebody
saw the whole thing and reported It."
His wife sat down on his lap and
put her arms around his neck.
"I reported it; Jerry." j
"I saw through that snlvelln' mourn
er at once. He overdid his ery In'." As
soon as yon were In bed that night I
went out with a spade and dug up the
box. It was so light that I knew it
dldnt contain a body. I carried It to
the old boathouse and bid It up In one
of the rottln' boats. The next day I
went and opened It and found It full
of laces and Jewels. I wrote a letter
to the government under an assumed
name, tellln them that I knew where
smuggled goods were hidden and
would tell them If they would give me
half. They agreed, and I met tbem
yesterday and took tbem to the goods.
They valued them at over $SO.0OO and'
offered me $30,000 down to settle. I
took It, and here's the check."
She held a United States treasury
check before his astonished eyes.
When be had recovered something of
his equanimity. Patience continued:
"Two things would show that the
goods had been smuggled in past you
th e place where they were hidden and
my real name, which must be disclos
ed. But before I gave either I secured
a promise that nothin' more than dis
missal should be visited on you. I. not
beln the collector, could sell the secret
to whom I pleased or keep the goods,
ss I liked. They- acknowledged that
they bad no cane against me and
didn't know who I was until all wss
"By gum. Patience, you're a brick!"
Mr. Whipple, having capital, went to
the city, became a politician and Is
now collector of a large port. He hns
eliminated all trickery among . smug
piers In his department. But It la ua
derstortd that credit for this happy
State of affairs Is doa to hla wife.
M. r. 29 in American
the Uniiil States. Nrri; !ied 1W1J
1810 Alexander AkkshIz. notod nat
uralist mid of the celebrated I,o!il
Agasslz of Harvard university,
died at sea; born 183T.
Have your suit and over
coat steam cleaned and press
ed for 11.25. We have Just
installed the latest devised
it&am a"d French dry cleaner.
Suits pressed while you
We do not call for or de
liver goods, for this reason we
offer low prices and best work.
Hats Cleaned and Blocked
C. D. HERAS
ii?2H Fourth Avenue
Old Phone 7i 1-Y.
SLr SVACAAf M. SMITH
TT Is more blessed to give than to re
ceive unless yon have nothing to
give' and all to receive.
It isn't hard to differentiate between
the people who have brains and those
who have something Just as good.
The man who Is continually punish
ing himself goes through the world ex
pecting others to pardon him.
Satan himself Is apt to love those
who love themselves too much.
People who prate about their great
love for the truth often know so little
There may be no rose without r ;
thorn until the clippers are applied.
People who have no backbone are ;
frequently found with a large wish- J
bone in active operation, 1
Some men wouldn't- be told to get j
ont so often if they could cash In of- j
Money talks, and talk ts ckaap. so it j
doesn't seem as If It Is so hard to get ,
In touch with It does it? vj
An Empty Title, " "
An a-nt comes and aaym asps tie. .
The head o' th' house I want to asa."
Mr wlfs sh points ma out and. wall.
Tou oufht to h tba war X swall
Until I almost bust In two.
I nay, "What kin I do fer tout
I know who's head, dsn't yoa suppose.
But can't a fellow sometlmas posaT
It may ba there tn white and black
That I'm the haad of this bare shack.
But what's tha rood. I'd Ilka to know.
For saying; doesn't maka It so.
It's like an ofTca without pay,
Tha honor's thars In mock display.
Or Ilka a captain a1vln thanks - -For
not a private In tha ranks.
A pleasant fiction ft mar ba
But what doea It aocrue to rot
My wife pretends that Tin the cheese.
But doea whatever sha may please.
As for the charming; children, they
Believe Tra hers tha bills to pay.
Should I correct those klJs. you bet
A calling; down la what I'd cat
Tou'd think to hear their Una of talk
I made them dance and walk tha chalk
That for a fact I was Inclined
To bite them If they didn't mind.
Whereas In truth I hardly dare
To pick tha necktie I must wear
Or make suggestions to my wife.
But I'm the boss, you bet your life I
Their Little Way.
"Doctors disagree, tbey say."
"I wonder why."
"That's easy." .
"So that tbey can call in a third who
will give an expert opinion at an ex
"She has a lot of common sense."
"And doesn't she see the chance of
"What do you mean?"
"I should think she could dispose of
a quantity at good prices among ber
She'll Ba a Woman Some Day.
"What Is It?"
"Make George qolt"
"What's he doing?"
"I dunno, but 1 want you te inaka
blm quit anyway."
Just the Difference.
"My husband has one night
"With your consent?"
"Certainly. Doesn't your husband V
"I allow mine one nigbt home."
Her Job Slighted.
must le out of
"Do I look spe
"Xo, but your
sho4i ure not
"What a beautiful woman!"
"She baa a great busiuetts head too."
"Its, she keeps her divorce lawyer
on a salary."
"Others borrow money on theirs."
"And so be is going to marry.'
"Bo I bear."
"For about a million."
"What a distressed look that womau
"Yes. Sue was born tongue tied."
By tha Detective.
Little 3o Peep baa lost her sheep
i.n'l dor.'t know where to find thera.
If n will look
In the vi'Bt butcher ehop
I thirk thera wlU be something- dolnc
Are yoo frequently hoarse Do
you have tfcat annoying tickling ta
your throat? Does your cough an
noy you at night sad do you raise
muccus ia the morning? Do yon
want rellrf ? !f so. take Cbamber
ta'n's Cojgh Remedy and you will be
t,U:&3ed. Fold by all druggists.