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THE ROCK ISI7AKT) AKGUS. " SATURDAY. . MAT 20. 1911.
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Saturday, May 20, 1911.
The Illinois legislature 5s out of
business likewise the fool killer.
Now will some real thoughtful per
son , please see to It that Speaker
Charley Adkins head is bathed?
It this Mexican trouble stirs up any
new heroes we'll at least have some
names for new brands of cigars.
Was it Mr. Dickinson's lore of
peace in the official family whict
made him give up the portfolio of
The Chicagoan who succeeded In sul-
Hn as aw 4-tri t thMta t vr- r. a v a
u evidently determined to get sway with
" it or die In the attempt.
Shakespeare says "Uneasy lies the
head that wears a crown." We all
agree that a straw hat or a yachting
cap would be preferable this hot
weather and our sympathy is er
tended to poor King George.
The way the press censorship bill
went through the state senate yester
day shows about how mu'h a'.eution
the fool legislature of Illinois pays 'o
Important matters in which members
have no special or peculiar interest.
The supreme ccurt says that re
straint of trade Is not particularly
objectionable as long as It is not un
due and committed with intent. The
court will still have to t
Judge of the facts, -because how are
we to know?
James Hamilton Lewis is a eandi-
date for "Oom" Shelby's seat in the
"- United States senate. How can so
polite a man as J. Ham cause the ven
erable senator pain by suggesting that
he may remain forever in the most
dignified deliberative body on earth?
The United States Steel company
knows how to interpret the recent
Standard OH tieeisions by the supreme
court of the United States. The Stand
ard Oil decision is haided down, and
United States Steel stock takes a
boom. Why shouldn't It? That deci
sion Is as good a thing as big business
' could ask for. If the attorneys of bi
. business could have written tL de
cision themselves, Ihey could not have
done better. That decision 11 the
hearts of predatory 'corporations with
joy aad the hearts of 'the common peo
ple with dismay
Horse Slums and Memorial Day.
Old soldiers at Chicago object to
holding their Memorial day parade in
conjunction with a parade of work
horses, and there are few who honor
the old veterans as they should be
honored who do not agree with them
in their view of the case.
It will be only a few years until the
annual parade of the men who fought
for their country in the great conflict
will be of the past, because they all
v wiil have Joined their comrades whom
)f they honor at this time In the great
Memorial day is a day especially
i dedicated to the old soldiers. It be
I longs to them primarily and nothing
.; ought to be allowed to intrude upon or
? desecrate It. For some years past a
good part of the day has been given
up to athletic and sporting events en
; tirely at variance with the spirit of
the day, but as a rule these have been
postponed until after the usual parad-3
; of the grand army veterans. It is not
hard to understand why the old sol
diers protest against any effort to com
mercialize or belittle what to them is
a sacred and solemn ceremony.
It would seem that all men should
be willing at least one day in the year
to take off their hats to the men to
whom they owe such a debt of grati
tude as they do to the men who went
to the front in the greet civil war to
preserve for us a free government and
a united nation.
As k Injunctions.
There is nothing In the decision of
the United States supreme court ia
the esse of Gompers and others that
can be construed as an invitation to
anybody to break the law. It is haiied
in certain quarters as a victory for
union labor, because it would seem
" that in the technical points involved
the court decided that the men were
not guilty of a criminal contempt of
court In a purely civil case. In other
words they were not guilty of such
contempt as should be punished with
confinement in prison, but if guilty
should be punished merely by a fine.
fit holds them not guilty of criminal
contempt, but it does not hold them
gui itiess. It changes the law in no
'particular. It does not modify or
change the decision of the court in the
famous Debs case in May, 1S95, when
It refused to liberate Debs from Jail
where he had been seat for contempt,
Z Jor dees it repeal tie decision in the
Danbury hat case that the Sherman
law ran against labor as well as cap-i"-al
where the law In regard to con
blnatlons In restraint of trade la vio
lated. In other words, it simply says
that in the Bucks Store and Range
ease, where the injunction is alleged
to hare been violated by Oompers and
his companions, the remedy should be
by civil suit, because the ease was a
ciTll case. In this case the prohibi
tion was against the continuance of a
boycott against the flefendant com
pany by placing them on what Is call
ed the "unfair list.- This, unless fol
lowed or supported by actual vio
lence, it Is easy to see is not an of
fense against the criminal law, but a
question to be settled rn a civil ac
tion for damages. The court has not
withdrawn the injunction. It still
The abuse of the injunction is re
garded as one of the weak places In
the practice of the courts nowadays.
but up to this time the United States
supreme court Is regarded as the tri
bcnal of last resort on all questions of
law and what it says must be accepted
Good and Bad Points of the Publicity
Among the acta passed in the
haste of the closing day of the Illi
nois legislature was Representative
CheBter Church's bill, which prohib
its publication of detailed state
naenta or descriptions of crimes and
execution of criminals which "went
through the senate without being
noticed. The bill was called up by
Senator Barr. Without waiting for
an explanation of the bill the pre
siding officer ordered the roll called,
and the bill carried through by a
rote of 29 to 0. It had already pass
ed the house.
The full text of the Church bill
is as follows:
Section 1. Be it enacted by the
people of the state of Illinois, repre
sented in the general assembly, that
no person, association or corporation
shall publish and no proprietor, man
ager or editor shall permit to be pub
lished, in any book, newspaper, mag
azine or any other written or printed
publication, circulated wholly or In
part in this state:
(a) Any detailed statement or de
scription of the execution of any per
son convicted of crime.
(b) Any detailed statement of any
evidence of indecent or obscene acts
given In any trial or proceeding or
any such statement In regard to such
acts of any person charged with im
(c) Any detailed statement or de
scription of the commission or at
tempted commission of the crime of
Section 2. Any person who shall i
le found guilty of violating the pre
visions of this act shall be confined
in the county Jail not less than six
months or shall be fined not more
than $1,000 for each offense, or may
suffer both such fine and imprison
ment for each offense.
The new law starts out all right,
but like many other forms of legis
lation it goes too far. The first two
sections are designed simply to put
a 6top to yellow journalism and no
respectable paper will object to their
enforcement if it can be done with
out discrimination. The first provi
sion will. If uniformly respected, ac
complish a two-fold purpose. It will
eliminate the publication of such de
tails in connection with public exe
cutions as appeal only to the mor
bid. In the second place,. it will ef
fectually check the practice of hero
worshipping In connection with
criminals condemned to pay the ex
treme penalty. The second section
is obviously proper.
The third section is open to dlet
pute. There are details In connec
tion with the commission of the
crime of murder that the public has
a right to know, not that there
should be any disposition to print
harrowing or horrible details, but
for instance Mayor Gaynor of New
York was the victim of attempted as
sassination on board ship last sum
mer Just as he was starting for
Europe. The mere announcement
that an attempt was made on the
life of Mayor Gaynor that day would
hardly satisfy the public. The same
would be true in the event of the
assassination or attempted assasina
tlon of the president or other high
official. In such cases, as indeed in
many others, the public has a right
to know the details, or at least a rea
sonable statement of the circum
stances attending the crime or at
The objectionable phase of the
law, taken as a whole, from the view
point of the publisher, is that its
effect would be to throttle the news
papers and other publications print
ed In the state while publications
outside the jurisdiction of the state
might readily escape the penalties of
the law and thus put the Illinois
publications at a decided disadvan
tage. Furthermore, It is doubtful on
general principles, if the law i c-n-stitutional.
lasnranc Against Poverty.
It is a very interesting scheme of
insurance against property that has
been brought forward by the British
government in the shape of a hill
which has been introduced in parlia
ment by Mr. Lloyd-George, chancel
lor of the exchequer. It is based
upon a plan which Germany has
adopted and it follows the enactment
of the old age pension law which is
now In force.
s It provides for two classes of In
surance, one against sickness and
the other against unemployment.
Compulsory contributions to the
sickness Insurance fund are provid
ed for in cases where the employe is
earning less than $800 a year and
payments are to be made from the
fund to cover losses of wages doe to i
President of the
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At a recent meeting of tlie National Association of Manufacturers President John Kirby, Jr., made a bitter at
tack on trades unionists, with particular reference to the Los Angeles Times dynamiting outrage. General Harrison
Gray Otis, owner of that newspaper, declared that the disaster Iteelf was unimportant beside the great cause at
stake in his war against unionism. By way of retaliation President Samuel Gompers of the American Federa
tion of Labor issued an open challenge to the manufacturers' organization to make public its financial statement for
the past fire years. Gompers declared that the figures would show that $1,500,000 had been expended to war on un
ion labor and for Jutt such purposes as "the Loa Angeles frame-np." in order to cast an odium on the federation.
Gompers added that to this end the manufacturers carried on their payroll a large corps of detectives, lawyers and
sickness. The weekly contributions
in this class are to be four cents
from the state, six cents from the
employer eight cents from men em
ployes and six -cents from women.
It is estimated that the number of
those Insured in this class will bo
t,200,000 men and 3,900,000 wc-
Teachers and the army and navy
are included In a plan of voluntary
contributions to the insurance fund
at the rate of 14 cents a week for
men and 12 cents for women. The
number of beneficiaries in this class
is estimated at 600,000 men and
200, 0S0 women.
Only the engineering and building
trades are included in the unemploy
ment insurance and no benefits will
be paid from the fund in. case of
strikes or lockouts. To this fund
the employe and the employer will
each contribute 5 cents a week and
the Btate will pay one-quarter of the
The plan Includes the construction
by the local authorities of hospitals
for the treatment of tuberculosis for
which the state is to appropriate
While there has been criticism of
the details of the plan, it has been
received as a whole with favor, both
in parliament and by the press.
Some fear Is expressed that the esti
mates of cost are too low. The old
age pension system calls for an an
nual state expenditure cf $65,000,
000 and the insurance scheme will
increase this to $95,500,000.
The misery and poverty which em
bitters life for many thousands of
men women and children of England
Is unknown In this country except
ing In very restricted areas in which
public or private charity stands
ready to Intervene. The success or
failure of the plans now being car
ried out in Great Britain and some
of its colonies for the alleviation of
suffering and a more even distribu
tion of the means of life will be not
ed with interest, however, in view
of the possibility that within the In
crease of population similar legisla
tion may one day be needed here.
BUT THE EATING
Why spend these days In the
kitchen baking bread when we
bake nice fresh bread and de
liver It at your door every
Is jut as nice as can be, la
fact it is just the same as horn Q
made with the half days' work Q
preparing - it out out. Fresh b
cakes of all kinds are always &
found at our place. O
1716-171S Second Arena.
Try some of ear fruit wafers
and fruit bon bous, 20c and
25c the pound.
American Federation of Labor
of That Organization's Bitterest Foes.
The Argus Daily Short Story
If the Dead May Return By F. A. Mitchel.
Copyriglited, 1911, by Associated Literary Press.
In one of the old colonial manor
bouses, for which Virginia Is famous,
a man lay dying. On the walls of his
chamber bung a sword and sash, belt
and pistol that had been placed there
a dozen years before, when the south
ern Confederates had gone home to
return to work and to save what they
could from the wreck of war. There
was no one In the house except some
negroes, and they were bowed down
with grief. Presently one of them en
tered the sick man's chamber and Eaid
"She's comin'. Mars Colonel."
The melancholy eye lighted, but not
with pleasure. There was a hopeless
look in it indicating that the invalid
was preparing for au ordeal. Then
came the sound of wheels on the drive
way without, and in a few moments a
woman, twenty years of age, perhaps,
burst into the room and, rushing to the
bed, fell on her knees beside It, clasp
ing the figure in her arms.
"Oh, father!" she moaned.
"I have sent fo' yo'," the man said,
speaking with difficulty, "to say that
at last I have ceased to blame yo'. lie
did It all. I have not been able to find
him, and now I must go from here.
But if yo' know where he is tell him
thnt if the dead may return he shall
he3r from me."'
"Father, leave him to Him who shall
Judge us all at last"
There was no reply. The effort the
man had made had taken the little
strength left In him. Slower and
slower came his breath; there was a
rattle in his throat, and he was dead.
"Can yo' tell me, suh. if there is a
taan in this town named Lawrence
Edga' Lawrence, fo'me'ly from Geo'
The man addressed turned to the
speaker and, on meeting his gaze, re
treated a step or two. He saw a tall
man about fifty, whose erect figure
rELXi mi if to nun imi' ww-
and shoulders thrown back suggested
that ae might hare been a soldier. His
hair and beard were grizzly gray aad
there was a singular glitter In his eye.
"Tea. sir," replied the man questioned,
ther6 ia a man by that name be re."
"Can you tell me where I can find
"He's generally In the Empire saloon
at thfn time of day."
"Very much obliged to yo', suh."
And the stranger walked away toward
the Empire saloon.
"I'll bet my bat," said the observer
to himself, "that man was in the late
unpleasantness between the north and
the south. These soldier men never
get over their training. They speak
as If they were giving or receiving
orders and walk as if they were keep
ing step to music. lie's a queer look
ing old cbap and no mistake. I
shouldn't have told him where to find
Lawrence. Gone to settle a difficulty
with him! He'll go through the mat
ter formally, aad before he's really
started in he'll get a bullet in his
brain. I'll follow bim."
The evening sun hung quite low
and cast the stranger's shadow very
long. While he walked on with the
same measured tread as if trudging
with soldiers, the observer's attention
was turned from him to this elongated
shadow. There was something gro
tesque about it, as such shadows often
are. Both body and legs were drawn
out strangely and the legs triangulated
like a pair of compasses. Tho stranger,
reaching the saloon, turned iu, and the
man who was following was close be
Men were standing at the bar 4r!nk
ing, while others were seated at table
gambling. The strsnger was standing
straight as an arrow looking about
him. Presently a man rose from one
of the tables, an-1, passing the newcom
er, the latter asked:
"Can you tell me, suh, If Edga'
Lawrence is present?"
"That's Edgar Lawrence sitting at
that table over there."
"Which oner '
"The man Just dealln' the cards."
The speaker referred to a tab!
where five men were playing cards,
with piles of coins before them. The
stranger triangulated over to the
group and, standing behind the dealer,
touched him lightly on his shoulder
with the tip of his finger.
The man Jumped as if he had been
stung. From force of habit, perhaps,
bis right band went to bis hip as he
quickly turned and looked up into the
face bent down to his. For some
moments the tableau was unchanged,
then the stranger eald:
"Pa'don me, suh, fo Interrupting yo
game, but I should be obleeged if yo'
would tell me If yo' name is- Edga'
"Tes, sir," said the man addressed,
making an effort to speak in bis usual
"I regret, suh, to disturb you. Gentle
men, I trust yo' will excuse ma fo' in
terrupting yo In you' amusement, but
I have a difficulty to settle with one
of you' numb'. Captain Lawrence."
Every face at the table was turned
upward; every eye fixed on the speak
er. No such subdued gentleman-like
tones bad aver been heard before in
that sinkhole cf Iniquity. A difficul
ty to settle with LawrenceCaptain
Lawrence! No one bad ever beard of
Lawrence having a military title be
fore. And why didnl Lawrence shoot
him dead I Lawrence's hand was on
bis pistol, and the stranger's band
Was not near a weapon. His close
Citing coat buttoned tight to the throat
aowea no ouige where a weapon
should be. Nevertheless. Lawrence
did not draw his pistol.
3e!ng a strange among you gentle
men," continued the speaker, "I would
be obleeged to yo' If one of yo nnmbe'
would act fo Captain Lawrence and
one fo' me. The sun has not yet set,
and the twilight will be plenty long
enough for us to settle cu difficulty
Every man gaped at the speaker till
one of them broke the spell by rising
and offering his services to hiaa. Then
another Bald to Lawrence:'
"Come. Ed; you'll l.ave to gratify
tl:e old fellow, and you'd better not
try any of your games. He's evident
ly captivated the boys, and if you
choulun't treat him fair you might get
into trouble. Tou've done too many
wiefced things already."
Lawrence rose withoct a word. He
steadied himself by resting his hand
on the table. He was very pale.
"What's the matter with you? Who
Is the old man?"
"Tve never seen Um before." was
the only reply.
The six of them walked out of the
saloon and down the road to a patch
of level ground which had been re
cently cleared. The sun, a blood red
ball, stood near tho horizon, casting
fantastic 1 shadows of all the party.
Not a word was spoken by any one.
Though the day had been warm, the
air was pervaded by a chill. All no
ticed that Lawrence seemed to feel it
especially, for he was shivering.
"What distance do you prefer, sir?"
asked the stranger's second of him.
"That, suh, is immaterial. Leave
the terms entirely with Captain Law
"Make it what you like," said Law
rence, whose teeth were chattering,
much to the surprise of the rest.
The seconds measured the ground
for thirty paces, then approached the
principals to relieve them of their
weapons and give them others. The
stranger bowed and said that he had
no weapon; he never went armed.
Lawrence's ristol was taken from
Mm, and both he and his antagonist
were given weapons borrowed from
among those present. Then they were
stood opposite each other.
It seemed to those in attendance
that Lawrence was unable to with
stand the gaze of his antagonist The
two men were placed at either end of
the thirty paces, and the man who
was acting for Lawrence stood ready
to drop a handkerchief, at which the
principals were to advance, firing. Be
fore giving the signal he 6aid:
"Perhaps one of you gentlemen
would give up the cause of this diffi
culty." lie turned to the stranger, who made
no reply. His eye rested on his enemy.
The speaker turned to Lawrence and
asked him if he had anything to say
by way of explanation. Lawrence
paid no heed to him.
"Geqtlemen. are you ready?"
There was no reply from either of the
"Fire.1" and the handkerchief floated
to the ground.
A bullet from Lawrence's pistol went
high In the air. The stranger, without
firing, dropped his pistol and strode
unarmed toward his antagonist, hla
eyes, flaring like two great stars, fixed
on Lawrence. As he passed him Law
rence was heard to laugh. There was
something so uncanny about his laugh
ter that it froze the blood of those
looking on. Tho stranger passed right
by his antagonist. Lawrence gave a
shriek and, springing Into the air as
If he had been shot, fell back into the
arms of his second.
Forgetting the stranger In the weird
scene, every man rushed toward Law
rence and bent over bini. When they
looked up the former had disappeared.
All this happened many years ago.
Edgar Lawrence has long been an in
'mate of a lunatic asylum, and his case
has from the time of his entry there
been considered hopeless. There am
in Virginia two graves side by side,
the one of a father, the other of his
daughter. The lot where they are
placed is all of the old manor house
ground that remains unchanged. The
mansion stands out grand and gloomy,
while the grounds are divided into
little patches, worked by hundreds of
negroes. And, singular enough, not a
man who witiiessed that duel but died
a violent death. The only one of the
party living I Edgar Lawrence, who
is a ravint. maniac.
May 20 in American
ibos Christopher Columbus, discover
er of America, died at Valladolid.
Kpaia. aged about seventy.
1775 Mecklenburg resolutions of
American independence adopted at
Charlotte, N. C.
1834 Marquis de Lafayette, noble
French ally of the American Iievo
JutlOBists, died; born 1737.
18C2 Treaty ratified In London by rep
resentatives of American and Brit
ish governments for suppression of
African slave 'trade.
1902 E. L. Gcdkln. noted editor and
critic, died: born 1831.
Is a right which you have no
right to deny your children. If,
through a Jellyfish inclination
you are willing to take any
thing, you'll wake up some day
with a start and realize that
there's something more to
healthful heat than a feed
dcor and a smoke pipe. An
investigation will be to your
SCHMIDT & ROBINSON,"
SHEET MfcTAL WORKS
21C7 Third Ave.
XV TitCAJ if. SMITH
TT Is easy enough to have a hand in
a good thing if you can get close
enough to It to touch it
When you let your' tongue run awny
with you, jou often find difficulty in
A man may hate to make hla own
living, but he doesn't bate to live It.
Some people are too careful of what
they say ever to say anything.
When we think Fortune is about to
smile on us she just grins and passes
on the other side.
Take care of today if you expect to
morrow to take care of you.
Imitation la often the cheapest flat
tery. It is often easier for a pretty girl te
draw attention than it U for her to
Intuition Is the thing that fella you
when to stay at home In the Interest
Sometimes an Imitation makes much
greater display than the real thing.
The less a man Is certain of the more
he is apt to Indulge in vapid utter
ances. Many of us are too busy wita wbet
we have to do to have the blues.
The women that flatter men's vanity
are the ones that have the best time.
Are w happy la the knowledge
That around us microbes 11
Loaded down with trans' diseases
That on call they can supply.
Each one fighting for position.
For a chance to make a date.
With his little bag of symptoms
To attack you while you waltf
In the days that have departed.
In the time that long has flown
With the microbes undiscovered
And their names and works unknown.
When men drove away diseases
Wttna tin pan and a stick.
It was Just as great a pleasure
If not greater, to be sick.
Kow one always must be guardeel
And must ever have a care.
For the microbes dog our footstep
And attack us In the air.
They pursue us unrelenting.
Keep the trail- through thick an4 this)
And In legions are found lurking
In the whiskers on our chin.
From the publio drinking fountain
We can never take a sip
Lent about a million microbes
Should And lodgment on our lip.
Shaking hands is out of quesflon.
Klasing might mean sudden death.
Tou will see that we are lucky
If allowed to draw our breath.
"Relatives never die and leave you
"Then what are they for, anyway?"
"Good gracious, man I Think howi
egotistic and conceited you'd be If they
didn't dress you down every week or
Just Like Woman.
"Flip never means what she says.'
"Mercy! Then bow can you tell wbnr
"Ily what she doesn't say."
What Helped Him.
"Jones is mighty absentmlnded."
"lie forgot be was married the other
".yy. It must have been a mighty In
teresting ball game."
"Did you Bay
he has nervous
"Too bad. What
"Trying to look
Not From Him.
"That Iceman U too considerate."
'What U the matter uow?"
"Twenty-five pound of Ice for a fif
ty pound ticket Kay, he ougLt to try
to give us a chilly deaL"
8tarted a Street Fight
'What is the manor with Sullivan?
"lie tried to drown bis troubles."
"In forty rod?"
"No; in the roar of the multitude.'
T met an old friend today."
"Then can you pay me back tbae
The Mil was long since overdue.
The poet owned that tt was true,
lie said the man would gt his pay
If he would call around next day.
The people crowded close, all right
Although they didn't say It.
They thought it was a wondrous Sight
To tea the .poet (.ay It.
It 8tartled the World
when the atoun;ili:g8 claims wen
r.'iadc for Buckk-n's Arnica Salve
but 40 years of wonderful cures hav
proved them true, and everywhere ot
earth for burns, bo!la, scalds, sores
cuts, bruises, sprains, swellings, ecze
ma, chapped hands, fever sores an(
piles. Only 25 cents at all druggists.