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THE ROCK ISEAND ARGUS. TUESDAY, 'APRHMl, 1911.
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DEPICTS REAL LIFE.
Drama to be of value must be of
some benefit to mankind either to en
tertain or instruct, and "Ben Hur",
with Its picturesque garb and group
ings, thrilling climaxes and oriental
atmosphere, both entertains and in
structs. To be valuable as a means
of learning the habits and customs of
our ancestors the story must be true
to life, or rather describe similar char
acters. "Ben Hur" is by far the great
est religious play that has ever been
staged In America and we seem to
live In its very atmosphere. Its ac-
Effect on One Bottle.
Crandall. Tex. "After my last
apell of sickness," writes Mrs. Belle
Teal of this city. "I remained very
111 and stayed in bed for eight weeks.
I couldn't get up, all this time, and
though my doctor raice to see me
every day. he didn't do me any good.
I bad taken but ote bottle of Car
dul. when I was up, going every
where and soon I was doing all my
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tlon moves steadily and impressively,
and unlike so many dramatized nov
els, the auditor follows the characters
and plot. "Ben Hur" depicts real, hu
man men and women; yes, going
deeper, it transfers their pulse beats
to the eager auditors so true to life
are they and the auditors are at once
in sympathy with them. "Ben Hur'
is the big success of the decade. It
is a drama the locale of which is Ju
dea during Christs earth life, spec
tacular in the main, but it is the kind
of play admirers of the spectacular
enjoy seeing, and such admirers are
numerous, in fact, playgoers who do
not like to watch a rousing dramatic
presentment of a good story liberally
spiced with heroics, to dip into the
past and learn what was customary
and true to nature in the days gone
by, are exceedingly few. Now in its
twelfth year and still at the head of
all dramatic spectacles is a tribute
which but mildly implies the wonder
ful possibilities of the Wallara ro
mance and its universal appeal. "Ben
nur win be given four performances
at the Illinois theatre' next Thursdas",
Friday, and Saturday evenines. and at
a special matinee on Saturday.
AT THE MAJESTIC.
Especially appropriate at this time
of the year axe the passion play pic
tures on view at the Majestic for the
first half of this week. The films are
beautifully colored and are easily the
prettiest shown in the city for a long
time. The sacred character of the
subject make them especially timely
during this week. They should be seen
by ereryone. Francis Murphy the
"German Senator" presents one of
Cliff Gordon's famous political mono
logues and does it 'so well that he is
liked a great deal by the audience.
Newhopp and Pheljrs in a bootblack
and newsgirl act, sing and dance very
well. Emil Hoch and company com
prising three good performers present
"M'l'.e Ricci" an old favorite sketch.
The pictures are in three parts and
open and close the show.
MINSTRELS IN REHEARSAL
Large CTioros Feature of Y. 3L C. A.
Last evening in the Y. M. C. A. a
number of young men who are to
take part in the minstrel show which
is to be presented May 5 under the
auspices of the Y. M. C. A. gathered
for the first rehearsal. Arrange
ments were made for the assembling
ef the chorus Thursday evening at
7:30 and today notices were sent to
50 members of the association who
are to assist in the chorus work un
der the direction of Professor E. L.
CREATING A VIOLIN.
No Hard and Fast Rules to Guidt the
Violins are the most delicate and
uncertain of musical Instruments to
make. There are no bard and fast
rules to follow. It Is like making a
human voice. The quality differs ac
cording to the wood, the seasoning and
the construction of the few parts In it.
The violin contains the fewest parts
of any musical Instrument Invented,
and It seems like the simplest of them
all to make. But. alas. It defies the
expert, the practical mechanic and the
musician! Anybody .can make a vio
lin, but few can make a good one.
So, with the exception of compara
tively few factory violins, most of
them are produced by individual in
strument makers, who spend more
loving care over them than a mother
does over her first child.
A violin maker Is an artist me
chanic, a sort of anomaly In this age
of machinery. With a pot of glue, a
few sharp tools, a cabinetmaker's
Bench and a few sticks of wood he
will labor diligently in the creation of
an instrument that may give forth the
sweetest, the wildest, the weirdest and
the strangest musical notes. He will
glue his instrument together and then
take it apart twenty times to adjust,
the fraction of an Inch, the bass bar
or the sounding pest. A creator of a
violin muy spend weeks on a single
instrument and then find, to bis dis
gust, that it does not satisfy. The ex
act point where the sounding post a
stick of wood only a little larger than
a match should be placed- can never
be determined In advance. It is a
mystery that ever recurs In each new
Then the wood is of so much impor
tance to the violin maker none of
your fresh timber nor kiln dried stuff!
It must be seasoned by years, even by
decades and centuries. Every time a
century old house is demolished some
musical maker is likely to appear on
tbe scene and make a quiet bid for
some of the thin old rafters. To the
, novice they may seem worthless, but
the violin maker may find in this cen
tury old timber just the wood for his
beloved instruments. Chicago Record
Herald. PATRICK HENRY.
Thomas Jefferson's Opinion of the Ora
tor and Patriot.
When William Wirt was engaged in
writing the memoirs of Patrick Henry
be turned for information to Thomas
Jefferson, who bad been associated
with tbe orator for many years, ask
ing bis aid in furnishing biographical
material for tbe work. The correspond
ence between Wirt and Jefferson, pub
lished in tbe Pennsylvania Magazine
of History and Biography, from the
manuscript collection of John Gribbel.
has a decidedly Interesting passage
showing the opinion Jefferson held
about bis famous colleague. In answer
to Wirt's first request Jefferson re
plies with an assent and adds a gen
eral and unfavorable summary of
"lie was certainly tbe man who gave
tbe first impulse to tbe ball of revolu
tion., were I to give his character Jn
general terms, it would be of mixed
aspect. I think he was tbe best
humored man in society I almost ever
knew, and the greatest orator that
ever lived, he had a consumate knol-
edge of the human heart, which dl
rectlng tbe efforts of bis eloquence
enabled him to attain a degree of pop
ularity with tbe people at large never
perhaps equalled, bis judgment la
other matters was inaccurate, in nut
ters of law It was not worth a copper
he was avaricious & rotten hearted.
his two great passions were the love
of money & of fame; but when these
came Into competition tbe former pre
dominated. If tbe work you propose Is
not destined to corns out speedily I
will endeavor to recollect what may be
of use to it."
Saved His Mothers Life.
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writes Mrs. Laura Gaines of Avoca,
La., "and my children and all my
friends were looking for me to die,
when my son Insisted that I use Elec
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Predicts Early Earthquakes
PORT BYRON METEOROLOGIST TELLS SECRETARY
OF AGRICULTURE ABOUT HIS DISCOVERY.
S. C. B. de la Coralla, a humble
scientist of Port Byron, has writ
ten a letter to Secretary of Agricul
ture James Wilson in which, among
other things, he declares that begin
ning 4 8 hours after today earth
quakes will be felt, beginning with
only moderate intensity and grad
ually increasing until a "highly de
structive earthquake, with volcanic
activity will occur."
The writer also claims to have a
discovery that will enable him -to
predict weather conditions for
months or years ahead, with reason
able accuracy. His interesting let
ter to the secretary of agriculture is
Hon. James Wilson, secretary of
agriculture, Washington, D. C. Sir:
The leading meteorologists of the
world confess their ignorance of the
causes which produce intense bar
ometric depressions over wide ex
tent of territory and because of this
ignorance they are unable to predict
the condition of the weather 24
hours In advance, except with tbe
aid cf mechanical appliances in
steady working crder. That this
want of knowledge is profound and
First Three Days of Holy Week
The Passion Play
A Truly Wonderful Reproduction in
Beautiful Xew Motion Pictures
Mrs. Mae Richards-Casey
Singing "The Holy City."
FOUR OTHER BIG ACTS
Old phone 1665.
Theatre, Rock Island.
Three nights matinee Saturday
April 13, 14, 15
Klaw & Erlangsr's Greater
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Eight Horses in Race Scene,
Prices Lower floor and first
two. rows balcony $2.00; rows
2, 4, 5 and 9, balcony $1.60;
remainder balcony $1.00; gal
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n -nHTi---n"-l-lii mrh ll-Miin n ' I
world-wide Is clearly established by
the incompetency shown very fre
quently by the wild guesses of the
United States weather bureau chief
and the experts of the weather bu
reau of other countries. This ig
norance of essential, fundamental
meteorological laws receives further
evidences from the shabby super
ficial knowledge and paucity of
learning prominently exhibited and
intrusively paraded by the world's
great treasure house of learning
the Cambridge university edition cf
the Encyclopedia Britannica.
The writer has devoted the best
years of a long life to the study of
seismology and meteorology and uow
takes pleasure in informing you thet
the great problems of the above sci
ences, which have engaged the at
tention of the most active, philos
ophical minds in every age and clime
are unmistakably and absolutely
solved. I he... the key to their sec
rets in the hollow of my hand. I am
ready, on short notice, to surrender
that key to a committee in the in-
J terest of science, composed of the
following gentlemen, assembled in
New York or Washington, namely:
Hon. S. M. Cullom, United States
senator, the present father of wise
and judicious legislation in con
gress; J. Plerpont Morgan, lover of
art, learning, science "and his fel
lowman; Hon. James Wilson, Unit
ed States secretary of agriculture;
Andrew Carnegie of ererywhere, and
also a scIontlSc "sharp" from the
Carnegie institution in Washington
to scrutinize and examine my claims
I have no terms to impose; I am not
a professional, mercenary hireling of
science, nor am I seeking a government
"job" of four or five hours a day, fori
I have been accustomed for many long
years to work from 13 to 15 hours a
day, and I have grown fat and healthy
thereat, in my humble, private enter
prise as a scientific Investigator in the
byways and deserted paths of science.
My claims, which I desire to present
for examination, are: The ability to
predict and locate the passage of baro
metric "lows" without the present aid
of telegraphic reports (which are cer
tainly a valuable aid); tbe ability to
construct dally weather maps for a
month or years ahead, showing the po
sitions of the lows with a close approx
imation to accuracy; tbe ability to ac
count very satisfactorily, under tbe
guidance of the same fundamental laws
for the occurrence of all the great tem
pests of history for the past 100 years,
including the tempest of Taft's inaug
uration day, on which the chief of tbe
United States weather bureau made
his famous fiasco by sending a mes
sage to President-elect Taft at 8 o'clock
on the evening before the inaugura
tion day, announcing "clear and cold
for March 4, 1909.
As the supreme, crucial test of any
theory Is the ability to produce results
consonant with that theory, I advance
the following predictions:
At present there is" a remarkable ab
sence of earthquake activity; it is.
however, only the ominous lull which
precedes the storm, for we are Just
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and Molfne, ill.
entering an earthquake which will last
for five weeks from now. Seismic en
ergy will develop within 48 hours of
April 6, 1911, with shocks of only mod
erate energy; the seismic forces will
increase in energy toward the last
week In April and the -first week in
May. It is very probable that the cul
minating period will be reached be
tween the 10th and 15th of May, in
which a highly destructive earthquake,
with volcanic activity, will occur. Close
to the same time sympathetic, allied
phenomena will probably be exhibited'
in more remote regions, such aa heavy
gales in western Europe, and later in
the West Indies and gulf states.
A barometor of unusually low pres
sure will probably prevail ever a vast
extent of ocean in subtropical areas
from the 14th to the 20th of May.
It would afford me much pleasure
to Invite Chief of the Weather Bureau
Willis A. Moore to a discussion of the
merits of our respective meteorologi
cal systems before a discriminating
scientific audience under the auspices
of some learned society In New York,
Washington, or in England. Perma
nent benefits to science and the pub
lic welfare would bo sure to follow.
Unlike the two, Marathon racers
toward the wandering' north po!
who proved themseHes over-modebt
in exhibiting their proofs and evi
dence of reaching their goal, I fliall
jnot be bashful or retiring, in the
j least. In advancing my claims and
proofs and seel unions on which they
rest, with abundant tests for future
Once upon a time a wise and bene
volent candidate for the gubernatorial I
honors of the state of Massachusetts,
after several previous failures, waa
denounced by the Puritan press for
bis persiatent Intrti&ive efforts to
again attempt to secure the elusive
honors, declared that he was "no coy
maiden of sweet 6. but that he was
rather a ripe and mellow, merry
widow who knew what was wanted,
and was not afraid to ask for it." And
he got what he wanted, for "Barkis
Of Fruits, Grasses, Grains and Vegetables
' From the Famous Districts of
OREGON and MONTANA
Everybody, farmers In particular, invited to visit the Great .Northern fill-
Free Exhibit Car which will stand on the C, E. & Q. a. It. sidetrack
near depot at
Rock Island, two days, April 13 and 14.
With free stereoptlcon lecture April 14 at 7:30 p. m. at the Y. M. C. A.
This is one of the finest exhibit cars ever sent out; the exhibit Includes
samples of the finest quality of all the varieties of corn, grain, graces,
fruit and vegetables grown In these famous districts, and Is of Inter
est to both men and women.
We have no land for sale, but Just want to tell you about the grmt
opportunities for farmers, fruit growers and hcmefcfclers In Minnesota
and the great northwest.
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was willing," and ever afterward uu
appreciatlve Puritan historians dub
bed him. "Widow Butler."
I seek and ask for a conference
with thoughtful, representative men
of ripe judgment, who are Interested
in the advancement of science along
the fines of public welfare and use
fulness. I beg to assure you, at the
risk of being considered an enthus
iast, that you will never spend a more
profitable hour In the Interest of sci
ence and humanity. My discover
ies, with clear, convincing, abundant
super-abundant proofs, will mako
the world of science totter and shake
on its superficial, unstable founda
tions, but it will soon again an -qulli-briuni
which it never before attained.
My discoveries are far-reaching In
their conclusions and lead directly to
'':er rich, tempting fleidB of science
ior new laws are involved but my
labors are nearly ended, and younger,
and better scientifically trained men
will follow In my footsteps and glean
the fruits of a promising ripe harvest.
I beg to remain, sir with considera
tions of high esteem, your humble,
S. C. n. de la CORALLA-
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