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THE ROCK ISIIAND ARGUS, FRIDAY, JTJXE 9, 1011.
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Friday, June 9, 1911.
A Nevada baseball umpire has
been sentenced to be hanged, bat not
for any rank decision.
Lots of joy riders realize after the
accident that they would have got
there quicker by slow freight.
For the benefit of the picnickers
let us remark that sand In the food
Is not necessarily unheal thful.
It Is difficult to Imagine any trust
being half as eager to be good as
the steel corporation professes to be.
E. H. Gary is pleading for a substi
tute anti-trust law which Is a pretty
good boost for the present plan of pro
cedure. The "snake" skirt has made its
appearance in Philadelphia. It is
likely that freak apparel will soon
be relegated to the class, which now
Includes the "dlreetolre" and the
A Missouri poultry fancier who
has succeeded In breeding chickens
without wln?s, announces that he In
tends to produce a breed of roosters
that will not crow. Let us hope he
will not stop his good work until he
has developed a species of chickens
that will not scratch in the gardens.
To bold down a $250 seat In the
grandstand as the coronation parade
moves by may be a great privilege,
but for less refined amusement It
would be a goodiy treat to be allow
ed to sit on the bleachers and listen
to Cl. Bernard Bhaw toss off sarcastic
remarks about royalty. He will un
doubtedly uncork a fresh vial for
Denman Thompson used to love to
tell why he was afraid "The Old
Homestead" would never be a popu
lar success. Actors who taw it at
rehearsals were moved to tears and
to laughter just as thousands of theatre-goers
have been moved. It Is
a well known stage superstition that
when actors like a play at rehearsal
the public will not like it when of
fered for regular performances.
"The Old Homestead" was a great
exception tQ the rule.
Ambassador Kerens at the court
of Vienna has succeeded in creating
a sensation. He gave a "court ball
on a small scale" the other night
and "a particularly striking feature."
according to th cabled news, "was
the red, white and blue livery of the
embassy servants." The description
will strike the averaze American as
suggesting why Kerens ought to De ,
returned to Missouri and a man if
taste and tact and Intelligence sent
to Austria instead. Colors which
symbolize American rights and liber
ties are not colors for livery.
Frances Jane Van Alstyne. known
to the world as Fanny Crosby, the
blind hymn writer, deppjte her 91
years, recently went from her home
in Bridgeport to New York, where
she was the central figure on the
stage of Carnepie hail at' the open
ing of the meeting of the evange
listic committee of New York city.
: She doe not want to vote and pays
:women are fretting quite needlessly.
. "I expect to live to be 103," she de
clared, "and I expect to do my best j
work yet." Pince she began writing
she has produced between 6.000 and
7.000 hymns, more than 4M of which
are in constant use in all parts of the
Ijist of the Saw Mill.
The decision of the Standard Lum
ber company to shut down Its saw
mill at Dubuque marks the Passage
oi tne last or trie large saw mills ; demand among the diggers and thirsty
on the upper Mississippi river. Its! denizens of Kimberly. He was la
operation covered a period of more j partnership with two other men. one
than 40 years and the foresight of:cf "carried the water, and the
its owners in assuring a timber sup-jc?llr distributed the ice cream to the
jly for future years enabled them to j community. Money came in. All at
sratifv their amhitfnn to kon th'once a thunderstorm broke over Kim-
mill goinrf after every other big mill j berly. and the diamond pit was flood
in the valler cuttine white cine tim-:cd. The 'demand for ices ceased, but
ber had been closed.
With the passin? of the saw mills
have Kone most of the raft boats.
uniu tne .M:ss.ssipr' cas reccme a '
rr-aam n,..t!i.r. -1 l
)' I OI 1 1 l I ,J niLfWUb v t i ; . 1 11 1 i it
to Justify the expenditure for its
keep. The decline has been gradual
and cities along the way, seeing cer-:
tain forecast of future needs have
been building upen other indus-'mine
Wearing Away of Mother Karth.
The United States Geological Sur
Tey declares that if the erosive action
cf all the rivers of the United State
tad been concentrated oa the Isthmus !
rn Panama at the time of An.erlcaa j fortune; the rest is known. With
Occupation it would have excavated ; wealth came the wish to win more
the prism for an S 5-foot level canal in!wealta. One by one the obstacle
&bout seventy-five days.
t The surface of the country, the sur
yey computes, is fcfcln removed atrthe!
average rate of about one-Inch, in 760
Though this amount seems trivial
when spread over the surface of the
country, it becomes stupendous when
considered aa a total, or even In sep
arate drainage baelns. Mississippi
river, for instance, carries annually
to the sea 138,400,000 tons of dissolved
matter and 340,500,000 tons of sus
pended matter, and of this total Ohio
river carries 13,850,000 tons and Mis
souri river con tributes more than
twice as much. Colorado river, which
has built up for itself a vast delta,
brings down more suspended matter
than 'any other river in the United
States', delivering annually 8S7 tons
for each square' mile of Its drainage
basin, or a total of 100,740000 tons.
The rivers of the United States car
ry to tidewater every year 270,000,000
tons of dissolved matter and 513,000,
000 tons of suspended matter. This
total of 783,000,000 tons represents
more, than 350,000,000 cubic yards of
rock or 610,000,00 cubic yards o:
No Use for Snobs.
President Taft has no sympathy
for the army snob and has plainly
told Colonel Joseph Garrard how to
be an American. A private soldier
named Bloom took the examination
for promotion and this is what Gar
rard wrote on his papers: "The
young man is undoubtedly honest
and upright, ambitious and probably
deserving, but for the reasons stated
I would not desire him in my com'
mand as an officer and a social and
"The reasons stated" are that
Bloom Is the son of Jewish parents.
his father, being the post tailor. He
Is capable and worthy but the fact
that he Is of Jewish extraction is
enough for Garrard. Being a Jew
and poor were offenses the snob
could not overlook.
President Taft not only admonish'
ed this snob, who was educated at
the expense of Jew and Gentile, but
he ordered that young Bloom be
promoted to a lieutenancy.
Not long ago a snob at the An
napolis naval academy objected to
the presence of a governess at a
function. There is too much of this
snobbery In the army and navy and
the president has taken steps to
break up this codfish aristocracy.
This Is not Russia. This is "Amer
lea, the land of the free," where
there is known no caste or station.
The only tests In this country are
merit and respectability.
He Is a poor Jew, Indeed, who is
I not the superior of snobs like Colo
The Field of Literature
Lieutenant-General, the Rt. Hon. "U".
F. Butler, G. C. B., throws a strong
light on the part Cecil Rhodes played
in the iDception of the South African
war. No man was more familiar with
the origin ot that war than Sir W. F.
Butler, for not long after the James
on raid he was made the military com
mander in Fouth Africa, and for thrc
months, during the absence of
Alfred Milner, he held the civil com
mand as well. Though he stood alone
in his idea of the situation until the
war had actually begun, and though
his repeated warnings to the war of
fice and the state department were
disregarded, he. was ultimately ack
nowledged as the one man who und'r-
stood the political force which result
ed In war, and the great military prob
lems which the conquest of South Af
rica would present. The pages df h'a
autobiography relating to these mat
ters are full of talk about. Rhodes'
control and the Rhodes' agenfs. Yet
the general otiiy saw Cecil Rhodes
once, and In this manner:
"Almost on the last day of the old
year." says General Butler, "I went, to
the docks to see some friends away bv
the outgoing mail steamer to England
Mr. Rhodes and many of his intimaie
friends were passengers by this
steamer. As I was leaving the vessel
I passed Mr. Rhodes near the gang
way. Our eyes met for an instant. He
was speaking to somebody in what
seemed to me a sharp falsetto tone oi
voice. The expression of his face
struck me as one of peculiar menlai
pain. I seemed to have seen it once
General Butler give this admirable
characteristic of Cecil Rhodes: "116
was a man of vast energy and long
foresight. He soon had the diamoud
business at his finder ends. He spec
ulated, bought and sold. One of hi3
earliest ventures was in a small
steam engine of six horse-power,
which he had brought by wagon from
i Port FMzaheth He imeil 1t for mat.-.
i!ng Iceream. a delicacy in prodigious
Ith P11 DaI to be pumped out, and
j there was only one engine to do Ik
! Rhodes took the contract. It was for
suuie hiuumuuj m yuuuus. inevo
Came anil Bum Tflk a rtra nrwmt that
i . .
up-jater; If you have not a secure place
jinto which to pump it, it will run back
into the mine.' A clause was Inserted
in the contract, stipulating that the
management was to be respon-
fsible for storing the water when It
was pumped o-ut. Just as the last
buckets were up, the dam of the tem
porary reservoir burst, and the whcie
volume ran back icto the pit again.
Another contract to pump followed, at
twice the amount of the first. That
was he beginning of Mr. Rhodes'
were bought off, or beaten off. He
was a bitter enemy and a generous
friend. Every man bad his. price, Ls
John Bigelow, Who is Seriously 111 at Highland
Falls, N. Y., and His Pretty Granddaughter
.o 't.-. .".-: x--. .
- - A X - :T
John Bigelow was born in Ulster county, ST. Y., on Nov. 25, 1817. He achieved fame as a litterateur and diplo
mat and wJTs once United States minister to France. For many years he took an active interest In New Tork insti
tutions, being a trustee of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, president of the Lenox, Astor and Tllden
foundations, a member of the art commission of the city of New York and an honorary member of the New York
chamber of commerce. He was the first president of the New York Law school. At the recent dedication of the
New York Public library President Taft referred to him as "one of the grandest old men of the age." This picture
of Mr. Bigelow and his granddaughter. Miss Lucy Dodge?, was taken on that occasion.
thought, and if he was worth buying,
he was bought."
Among the brilliant men who figure
in the pages of IJeutenant-General
Sir W. F. Butler's Autobiography,
("Sir William Butler: An Autobic
grahy," Charles Scribner's Sons) Is
Parneil. The writer tells of visiting
him on his estate in Ireland during
the shooting season, and gives this
summary of his character:
"Parneil was quite unlike any other
man that I ever met. Tall and strik
ingly handsome, there was in him
something beyond definition or de
scription. It was the power utterly
careless of its possession, seemingly
unconscious of its own strength, with
out one touch of haughtiness. He wa3
usually silent, but saying what he
wanted to say In the straightest
words; never offensive, always fair;
always thinking, but never absorbed
In his thoughts; thoughtful of others;
alive to everything around him; en
tirely without pose or pretense; even
in temper; showing breeding to nil
finger tips. You say ali these things,
and you might say fifty other thln3
about him, and yet you are conscious
that you have aid nothing; and the
reason Is this, that you might just aa
well attempt to describe the flight or
passage of a Marconi telegram
through space as to set down in words
th secrets of this man's preemi
nence." Net Guilty.
Mrs. Leeder Norah. do you ever re
peat anything you hear my husband
and myself say to each other when we
have a slight difference of opinion?
Domestic Th saints forbid, mem.
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The Argus Daily Short Story
An Old Time Fourth
Copyrighted, 1911, by
A number of children were playing
about the grounds of a country bouse;
a white headed old man was sitting on
a porch reading a newspaper. The
children were looking forward to the
morrow the anniversary of American
Independence. Finally they gathered
In a knot, discussing with evident In
terest some (to. them) Important prob
lem, casting occasional glances at the
old man on the porch.
"Yon ask him, Lucy." raid one of
the boys to a girl of seven. "He'll do
anything for yon.
-Yes," chimed in the others, "Lacy
Is the one to do It. She'll get more
than any of us."
Lucy, thns urged, started for the
porch, evidently losing courage as she
proceeded, for the nearer ebe approach
ed the old man the more she seemed
disposed to bang back.
"What Is it. Lucy?" be asked, look
Ing aside at her from the newspaper.
"Please, grandpa, won't yon give us
some money, for the Fourth; of July."
Grandpa put bis band In bis pocket,
drew forth several silver joins and
gave them to ber. t She was going away
without a word when be asked:
"Don't you think I should nave a
kiss for thatr
She went to him, put up her lips,
kissed him and ran away to the chil
dren. A consultation took place among
them as to bow they should the next
day burn the meaey they bad received,
after which one of the older ones sug
gested that they thank grandpa for the
gift. So they moved In a body to the
porch, and their spokesman offered the ,
"You're " welcome, children." he re
1 piled. "Your sending Lucy to me took
j me back to when I was a kid and my
brothers and sisters sent me on a slm
! liar errand to my father."
"Did you have as good times on the
Fourth then as we have sow, grand
pa?" asked one of the boys.
Tm Indued to think we bad bet
ter times. We were not so far then
as we are new from that Declaration
of Independence which But sit down
and 111 tell you about It"
The children gathered round, some
sitting In wicker chairs, some en the
steps, while Lucy, perched berself on
the arm of grandpa's rocker. When
tbey were all comfortably settled be
"We always bad processions in those
days, and In our processions we bad
something that we don't bare now
several carriage loads of white beaded
eld men who bad fought in the war
that brought about the independence
we are to celebrate tomorrow. I re
member Just bow they looked and
with what' veneration we regarded
them. Next came the veterans of the
war et 1812. There were more of
them, and they were younger then the
Revolutionary soldiers. Bat today we
hi Man to keep us In touch with the
By Esther B. Hawthorne.
Associated Literary Pres.
"We children usually took part In
the processions, the boys marching as
soldiers, the girls making up groups
on floats decorated with flowers. 1 re
member marching myself with a dozen
boys, all of us In white shirts and
white duck trousers, drawing a little
cannon. One of the boys marched at
our head beating aloft the stars and
stripes. When we were tired we turn
ed out of the line. Our standard bear
er, not being notified, went proudly
on with the flag till laughter among
the spectators caused him to look be
hind him, when be discovered that he
was marching alone. When he re
joined us he was the maddest boy I
"In that procession we marched be
hind a bay wagon that bad been fitted
up for a float It was covered with
white sheets and both the body and
the wheels decorated with flowers,
while the harness was covered with a
profusion of red, white and blue
rosettes and streamers. In the center
on a raised dais stood a girl personat
ing the Goddess of Liberty. The rest
of the wagon was covered with little
girls from six' to twelve or thirteen
years Old. I was one of two front
boys who held the rope attached to
our cannon, and I noticed especially
one of the girls on the rear of the float
Her golden hair hung over ber shoul
ders, and her eyes were great big blue
ones. I straightway picked her out to
fall in love with.
"Hate any of you boys ever been in
There was no reply to this, and the
"A boy's love, as I remember It. Is
very funny. He Is seized with a de
sire to sbow off before the girl to
whom be Is attracted. When I saw
the girl on the float looking at me I
walked as if I was stepping on springs,
holding my bead up In the air as
though X was mighty proud of myself.
I must have marched an hour behind
the float on which the blue eyed girl
sat When we left the procession I i
looked back at ber. but girls of ber
age are apt to be offish with boys, and
she turned ber glance away. X sup
posed abe bad no use for me."
"She didn't make a face at you, did i
ebe?" remarked one of the boy a I
"Ob, no, she didn't do that! But to
proceed with my story of course we 1
were Just like boys nowadays firing !
our crackers and our cannon, keeping 1
up an Incessant din all the afternoon.
We couldn't wait till dark to set oS
our fireworks any more than you boys
will be able to wait tomorrow night
When the last piece bad been burned
and we bad eaten a watermelon or
some ice cream we went to bed mourn
ing that a whole year must pass be
fore another Fourth ot July .would
"Of course as we grew older our
way ot spending the day changed.
When we reached the youth period we
would get together at the country
home or some one of oar set of young
fellows and girls. I remember that
when X was eighteen years old X was
Invited to one of these Fourth of July
parties composed of youngsters about
my own age. 1 met there for the first
time a girl about sixteen. 8be was
called by a nickname which had been
given her by ber father when she was
a baby. It was Tctde. The moment 1
looked at ber I felt sure that 1 bad
seen her somewhere before. But when
I saw that she didn't appear to regard
me as a former acquaintance I made
up my mind that I must have been
mistaken. Of course we were now too
old, the boys to fire crackers and can
nons, the girls torpedoes, and we were
obliged to find other means of amuse
ments. The place where we were
spending the day was partly a country
home and partly a farm. Our boats,
who were the sons and daughters of
the owner, got out a wagon used for
carrying gram, and, covering its bed
with straw, took us all on the after
noon ot Independence day for a long
"We sang songs and shouted and
laughed loudly at the poorest Jokes,
Just as boys and girls of that age
have always done on such occasions
and will always do to the end of time.
But there was no harm in It, for the
Fourth Is a day devoted to noise, and
we bad the open country in which to
do our singing and shouting. At every
farmhouse we passed urchins who
waved little flsgs at us, and we waved
a return with our own flags and band
kerchiefs. "Men off berer cried the driver as
we came to a steep ascent, and we
Jumped from all parts ot the wagon
like startled frogs from a log. I was
trudging along with the others behind
the wagon, the girl they called Tottle
being one of those at its rear end.
- "I hope you're not going to be as
disagreeable as you were once,' she
said to me, with a spark of mischief
In ber eyes.
"What do you mean? I asked.
"'Oh, I saw you do a very mean
" 'When? Where?
" 1 was sitting Just as I am now
on the rear of a wagon and you were
" 'Do you mean to say that you have
seen me before?
"Of course I do.'
"'And what Is the mean thing I
"Yon didn't do it alone. Others
did it too.'
- Tell me.'
You were one of a Juvenile artil
lery company dragging a small can
non In a Fourth ot July parade. You
all turned out of the line without no
tifying your standard bearer, who
marched on alone, exciting a laugh
from those who saw him, especially
ns girls on the float'
"I fixed my eyes on Tottle and kept
them on ber while she spoke. Grad
ually in the features ot the girl of
sixteen I brought back those of the
girl whom I had fallen in love with
at ten. ' Six years don't count for
much after twenty, but between ten
and sixteen the change in a boy or a
girl Is considerable.
"Just think of It children; she had
remembered me perfectly for yearsl"
"But I thought you said, grandpa.'
put In Lucy, "that when you turned
out of the procession she didn't look
"Yes, but I said girls of that age are
apt to be offish."
"Go on," said one of the older girls.
"I thought it queer that I should
have so long considered this girl a sort
of sweetheart and then did not know
her when I saw her again. But the
fact that I had so considered her made
me feel very differently toward her
now that I bad met ber again. And
another thing made a lot of difference
to me the fact that she bad remem
bered me so long and recognized me
notwithstanding that I had grown as
tall as I am now. When we men got
on to the wagon ngntn I took a scat
beside Tottle, and we talked over that
procession how proud we boys felt
dragging our cannon.
"Well, when we came In from onr
ride, hungry as boys aud girls are
bound to be after an outing, we sat
down to tea, and I took especial polns
to secure a seat beside Tottle, and we
kept on talking about that procession
in which we bad first met till the other
boys and girls asked if that was the
only Fourth of July procession we
had ever takaa part in. In the even
ing when the others were setting off
the fireworks Tottle and I stole away
tog"ther and were so engaged with
each other that we didn't see any fire
works at alL That's the end of the
"What became of Tottle?" asked the
"Oh, Tottie and I concluded to go
through life together. We've never
"You don't mean to say grandma Is
"Yes. she Is."
"H'tnT said the oldest girl. "I knew
that all the time."
June 9 in American
1778 British army under General Clin
ton landed on Long Island.
1792 John Howard Payne, dramatist
and author of "Home, Sweet
Home," bom; died 1S52.
1902 Celebration at West Toint com
memorating the centenary of the
National Military academy.
1910 Princeton university accepted
$500,000 gift of William Cooper
Procter, terminating graduato
school site controversy.
D. F. EMERICK
K)5 Tenth Street.
Excavating and Grading
Concrete and brick walks laid and
CaU West 1333-Y.
Humor and - J r
9r PIACAA M. SMITH
A 8 long as smoking tobacco holds out
most men will manage to live,
whether women get the baflot or not j
He certainly is an optimist who
would be willing to live his life over
Eternity Is a long time, but tt would
probably take all ot it for some of uv
to learn wisdom.
The Industry of a lary man receded!
to the vanishing point about the time
of bis birth.
Trouble Isn't more easily found than)
a chance to do good, and the latter is'
a lot more satisfactory.
A prize Is something you work bard.
for and want unless you get It
Never tell a man be tins made a mis-!
take. Perhaps he la paying out money;
to keep the fact concealed. j
Be respectful to a man even if be Is
small. Ha may have large sized
Every man would like to be a little
tin god in bis household, but be does
bate to be expected to live up to tt
A man may secretly doubt bis own
cleverness, but be easily believes in
bis good looks.
Going Backward. a
Where ar too sonr of ytirrae
Otrr mothers used to atnir
About the simple joys ot Ufa.
The roses and the rtssT
Th ragtime lays they warble now
Without remorse or fsar
The limit, are and arrowtna worse,
Aa he who will may hear. .
A spasm and a fit - 1
That's what there Is to tt
It's "Honey, now you quit v j
Or I'll ret your tss." v .
It's all a tune ot teasing-, .
Of huerrlns and ot squeezing
And things about aa pleaslna.
This ragtime Jar-
They used to slnr of cotton fields
Or of the nightingale.
The cows that leisurely cam borne.
The milkmaid and her pall.
But now they slnr about the stare
Or of the allly glance v
And call the twists a dance JJc,
They alnr about the flirt,
A creature bold and cert
Who flings about her skirt
And lets her shoulders sas
The r'rl who Isn't mlsslnr .
A single chance for klsalnr. -It's
time we were dlsmlasl&S
This ragtime Jag.
"Is that soT
"Why don't you punch It In tin
"With a pick in the stone pile.
"Flow do you want your eggs, subl"
"Yes, suh. How do you want them
"Soft boiled or scrambled. It's im
material to me. Or would you prefei
to fry them buked?"
"Love makes the world go round." ,
"Well. I wish that Cupid would slow
up a little, ttin. for the world Is going
entirely too fast for me."
"I am Just era'
ry about Helen
"Are you? 1
"For my pert,
my dear girls, I
muHt say that I
don't care for ei
ther." "What. Jackl
Ton! Why don't
"M e r e I y be
caune I prefei
"Ton fought bled and died for youi
"Well. I didn't die."
"Couldn't have thought much of
Tie Is a dead ws!l."
"When did he die?"
"When I presented his bllL"
"I wonder why she married blnV
"Well. I tnn tell you. It was because
he asked ber."
A Cash Basis.
8lng a on of sixpence
Or If yo-j have time
And the Inclination
Htng It for a dime.
Or. to cut It shorter,
8!nf It for a quarter.
etill. If that's too many
B!nr It for a rnny.
If you must b flcX!e,
Hlnr It for a nlckM.
Pear, horn- you would holler
For a half a dollar!
Vere It for a twenty
You would make It plnnty.
ame shoulder Is almost Invariably
caused by rheumatism of the muscles
nd yields quickly to the free appll-
cation of Chamberlain's Llalment.
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