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THE ROCK ISLTAXD ARGUS, FRIDAY", JULY 7, I91T.
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Friday, July 7, 1911.
Do not worry about permitting that
Word "weather" to slip your mind for
the time being. You will think of it
again, all tight, before long.
A Columbus, Ind., man has, bjr feed
ing them mulberries, induced his hens
to lay purple eggs. Hop he will not
attempt to save them for Easter.
A Syracuse lady has celebrated her
81 st birthday by skipping the rope 21
times. We are glad to be able to re- j
has used tobacco and strong liquor all
Lord Strath cona, Canadian high com
missioner in London, resigns his placo
because he is 92 years old. His lord
ship does not feel the burden of his
years, but wanted to give another old
man a chance.
The ink on the old declaration cf
independence is fading, but thanks tc
the "art preservative of all arts" there
re enough true copies in existence to
seed the message thundering down the
ages to the end of time.
Major Marriott, the astronomer, pre
dicts warmer winters as a result of the
"diminishing obliquity of the earth's
axis." If he would only find a way to
turn the axis and give us cooler sum
mers, our cup of Joy would be running
Every day his presence in the Unit
ed States senate becomes more and
more a national shame. New York
Press. If the editor of the New York
Press, after making this observation,
will look carefully he may discover
that detectives are shadowing him.
That RxpreM Investigation.
The express companies have at
tempted to ' 'take time by the forelock"
in the matter of reducing rates fol
lowing the news that they are to be
Investigated by the interstate coni-
In some instances their reductions
amount to 50 per cent.
Their action will likely not be ef
fective as againet the investigation
that has been called.
; For many years past the express
companies have enjoyed legislative
favor and protection.
i It is time that they should bo
' brought into the open as the rail
road companies have been and made
to show something of the principles
f- that have controlled them in the past
; and which have led to a vast inter-
f locking system which, it is said, has
! been "skimming the cream" from the
postal business for years past as
. well as taking large part of the
v freight business of the railroads.
Is the action of the express com
f panies in reducing rates a plea of
confession and avoidance?
It is a question that is worth In
i veetigating in Justice to the express
companies aa well as the general
Invaokm From Above.
It was S45 years ago that William
the Norman swooped down npon the
coast of England, defeated Harold, the
last of the Saxons, in the bloody battle
of Hastings and set up a new regime
in the British Isles.
This week there was a new inva
slon from France when eleven aero
planes headed from Calais to Dover,
alighted on English soil.
It waa a peaceful invasion, but i
was a realization of the dream that
has been the song of the poet and the
hope of the Inventor In the past.
The feat of the 11 aviators who suc
cessfully made the passage over the
channel may well revive fear of a fut
ure Invasion when the object shall be
otherwise than peaceful.
Win England be prepared for it?
"Will a 1 nations be prepared for
a like invasion.
rt is a good gmss that the military
expwta are looking ahead for Just such
a contingency as this.
When torpedo boats were invented
the next thing was to invent torpedo
Human ingenuity wiy now concen
trate Itself upon the problem of how
to meet and combat the predatory air
ship. A Timely Protes From Pick little.
Dick Little, the well known Chicago
newspaper man. war correspondent
and humorist, has attacked the idiotic
custom of haxlng a newly married cou
ple. He heads a petition for reform
with a choice collection of incidents to
Illustrate the antics of modern civiliz
ation. One waa under date of Rollo,
JIT June 22. 1911: "After the cere-
mony Mrs. Dab was seized by her
bridesmaids and a beautiful bird in
three colors was tattooed on her fore
bead. Mr. Pubb waa seized by his
friends auid relatives, and, after being
tarred and feathered, waa ridden oat of
; town on a rail behind the Justly famous
RoUo Silver Cornet band. The event
was one of the most amusing and de
lightful weddings that ever took place
is our little Tillage." Another imagin
ative bit follows: "Blahaville, Ind.
Miss Truly Lovely was married here
today to Mr. John De Smythera of Chi
cago. Some of the fan-loving rela
tives of the bride set fire to the Meth
odist church Just as the contracting
parties were walking down the aisle.
De Smythers rescued his bride from
the flames with some difficulty and
then repaired to the home of the bride
and attempted to have the ceremony
on the veranda. The groom's best man,
however, exploded a charge of dyna
mite under the veranda Just as the
bride was about to say 1 will and the
ceremony was naturally interrupted."
For emphasis, Little gives the sport
ive results of a Chicago wedding party :
"Mr. and Mrs. Sweetleigh had escapeJ
in disguise from the bridal party and
taken a train for the west, intending
to spend the honeymoon at the groom's
ranch in Colorado. Dispatches were
promptly sent ahead to a brace of well
known train bandits and the train was
derailed at Chuckee Junction. Outside
of a broken arm and a few minor cuts
the bride was unhurt and the groom
escaped with nothing worse than two
or three contusions and a dislocated
"The casualties attending other pas
sengers on the train will be found in
the full account of the wreck in an-
! other column
Cuban Government Proposed
to Do Away With Capita!
WILL REFORM CRIMINALS
Manner of Imposing Heath in Island
Republic Most Cruel Why
Gomez Is Opposed.
Cuba is to abolish cepital punish
ment. Dr. Manuel Serades. consulting
attorney of the interior department of
Cuba, is studying the modern prisons
in this country. Cuba Is to have up
to date prisons too.
There are fourteen murderers in
Principe penitentiary now, Tut they
probnbly never will be executed. So
far President Gomez has followed the
plan used by Kansas governors for
years when dodging the carrying out
of the death penalty he simply refuses
to set the date on which a condemned
man shall die. Governor Magoon did
the same thing when he was in charpq
of the island, arguing that if Cubanf
were to be executed it was up to t!i
Cubans to do it.
With the abolishment of capital pun
ishment in Cuba the western hemi
sphexe will be rid of one of the most
cruel death dealing devices ever made
by man the gtirrote. introduced into
Cuba by the Spaniards. In demand
ing a penalty the Spaniards asked mure
than the life of n man, aud the gar
rote, with its flow torture preceding
death, answered their purpose.
THE (JARROTU DESC'RIflCD.
The mechanism i-i simple. Ture is
an upright iost. lu fnmt of which is a
stool, ou which the m.m about to be
executed sits. Attached to the upright
is a wooden collar re-enforced by iron
strips made to jidjust around a per
son's neck. After th? collar is put on
the executioner, or verdugo, twists a
long wooden bar. The effect is a tight
ening of the collar on the victim's
neck. The pressure is continued until
the neck is broken. This plan of bring
ing dath sometimes takes fifteen mi p.
President Talma didn't entertain the
same scruples about capital punish
ment that his successor has. and thirty
men were put to death during his four
The verdupo always is a murdere4,
who has been sentenced to death. For
his work in killiDg others he receives
time off, the same as for good be
havior, and also $17 for every Job. The
verdugo is a privileged character too.
He has an apartment in the prison for
himself alone, enjoys better food and
on the whole is at. important function
ary of the government.
One Spanish executioner named Jose
was kept so busy that he obtained bis
release within seveu years. He had
put seventy persons to death. With j
the f!7 he received for each execution!
Jose left the prison with enough money
to get a start in the world. He spent
his money freely and loasted of bis j
record as an executioner. His good j
time was not to last long, however, for
on the third day of his liberty he was
stabbed to death.
There is a little inside story regard
ing the opposition of President Gomez j
to capital punishment. . During the in
terior disturbance in Cuba in 1903 Go-
mez was a political prisoner. It so
happened that his cot in Trincfpe
prison was within a few feet of the
room in which the garrote is kept.
Over the black curtains that hid from
view the death device was a sign in
big lettering, "Garrote." Gomez saw it
and chills went up his back. He tossed
on his cot, for he couldn't sleep, and
every time he opened his eyes bis gaze
seemed to rest on the sign. lie told
his friends that he had experienced
terrible dreams and he was much im
pressed. Friends say that his experi
ence that night is what figures now in
the president's objection to the death
SAYS HE "MADE GOOD.'
That's Hew His Passport to Heaven
Reads, Saya Peary.
Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary de
livered a long address at the com
mencement exercises of Rensselaer
Polytechnic institute, at Troy, N. Y.,
in which be reviewed the attempts
made since 1520 to discover the north j
pole and his own success In 1909 in 1
attaining . "the gaunt frozen apex of
American Duchess Conspicuous at the Leading
Social Event of the British Coronation Season.
The Duchess of Manchester, who was Miss Helen Zimmerman of Cincinnati, took a leading part in the Shake
speare ball, which will go down in history as one of the memorable social events of the recent British coronation
seasqp. The function was suggested by Mrs. George Cornwallls-West, a former American. All the dancers were
in costumes of Shakespearean character. In the picture the Duchess of Manchester is seen at the extreme right
of those -standing.
the' earth." He went into .much detail
about his experiences In the twenty
three years he was working on h!s
"dream" and in closing said:
"Were I a ragged begcrar in the
streets today, without a friend in the
world. I could hug my dream to my
self and feed and warm and clothe
myself with the thought, 'I have made
"And when the end comes I can
knock at the gates on the other side
and. with head eroct, ofFer as my pass
port, 'I have made good.' "
PRIEST TO SAY MASS
WITH ARTIFICIAL HAND.
Pope Grants Dispensation Will Use
Two Gold Fingers.
A dispensation granted by the pope
has made the IJev. John Kruszeynski
of Chicago happy. Through a special
favor of the pontiff he will be permit
ted to continue to celebrate mass.
This performance on his part had been
prohibited because he lost bis right
hand In an accident.
By a remarkable mechanical con
trivance lu the way of an artificial
right hand he will be able to use the
two fingers necessary in the ceremony.
They will be of gold.
The Rev. Father Kruszeynski Is of
the Insurrectionist congregation and
for years was rector of the t. Stanis
laus college. His hand was lopped off
a year ago by a corn sheller on the
farm of the order to which he belongs.
It was necessary to satisfy the pope
that the priest will be able to main
tain all the reverence and respect for
which the mass calls.
Got Hia Dose Later.
Mr. Courtney (flatteringly) I hod the
blues awfully when I came here to
night. Miss Fisher, but they are all
gone now. You are as good as medi
cine. Miss Fisher's Little Brother
Yes; father himself says she'll be a
ireg on the mnrket If she doesn't catch
on to some fellow soon.
TF you want a
in soaps, ask your
grocer about the
laundry soap that
"gets the dirt, and
spares the clothes"
You can't get more work
out of any soap, no mat
ter what its cost, or repu
tation. "The Easiest Way"
All live grocers sell Peosta
all wise housewives should
The Argus Daily Short Story
Ansel Peever's Fortune By Clarissa Mackie.
Copyrighted, 1911. by Associated Literary Fresa.
Everybody in Little River declared
that Lucy Mellen would be tired of
waiting for Ansel Peever.
"Walt until I coiae back from Cali
fornia, dearest." Ansel had whispered.
"Then I will have such a home and
such acres of greenhouses that I will
not be ashamed to ask you to give up
your splendid home on the hill."
Of course Lucy's heart prompted her
to tell him to remain with her. What
cared she for the promised wealth of
the golden west when the solid reality
of Ansel's thrifty little flower business
was ready nnd waiting for them both?
But Ansel looked so downhearted an'l
disappointed at her answer that Lucy
availed herself of the feminine privi
lege and changed her mind.
"You'd better go, Ansel." she urged
him. "I will wait for you if you should
be gone a hundred years," she added
So it was arranged as Ansel's pride
prompted him, and Lucy stayed in her
father's comfortable home on the hill
top and watched the black smoke from
ADsel's train dissolve in the May sun
6hine even s her hopes and happiness
dissolved in a burst of grief.
A hundred days went by, and Ansel's
letters were full of homesickness and
enthusiasm. A hundred weeks passed,
and the letters contained less hope
fulness and the same strain of longing
for home. Lucy wrote and urged him
to come home. "Let the old fortune
go." she wrote hastily. "There is
plenty to do in Little Kiver, and Ste
phen Tuttle will be glad to sell the
greenhouses back to you."
But Ansel was obstinate as well as
proud, and he did not come home In
answer to Lucy's appeal. A hundred
months went by eight long years and
four months and Lucy's Aunt Rebec
ca Prentice repeated the words she
had dinned into her niece's pretty ears:
"He's never coming back again,
Lucy. You might as well have mar
ried Leonard Deane or the minister
and had a family growing up around
yon instead of wasting your life wait
ing for a man who has forgotten you."
"I don't believe Ansel has forsvtten
me, Aunt Rebecca," Lucy 6a id patient
ly. "It baa taken longer for him to
make a fortune than be expected
One April morning Lucy Mellen
found herself quite alone in the world.
Her parents had died shortly after An
sel went away, and now Aunt Rebec
ca had succumbed to pneumonia, and
the big empty bouse on the hill seem
ed bigger rod emptier than ever. At
the end of a year Lucy had managed
to almost beggar herself by several
foolish Investments, and there came a
day when the red flag swung to the
breeze above the Mellen place.
"What are you going to do now,
Lucy Mellen?" demanded her next
door neighbor, Mrs. Hall. "II ere
you've got all your furniture crated up
as If you waa going away, and you
ain't said a word to nobody!"
"I'm going to California," said Lucy
calmly, though her pale cteeks flushed.
"Ansel has sent for me to come out
there and be married. You see, he's so
busy he can't get away Just now."
"We!!, of all things.- cried Mrs. Hall
excitedly. "You don't mean that you,
a single woman, are going away out
there all alone to get married?"
"I'm thirty-five," said Lucy obstl
iiiteix, "and Ansel's folia an out I
there, you know."
Mrs. Hall suid no more, but twisted
the shawl tighter around her thin face
und fairly flew down the street to be
the first one to transmit the startling
news to Little River.
Lucy's friends were at the station to
bid her pod by wheu she started on
her Ions journey. Ilei household goods
had gone on a week before, and when
the last moment came there were
many tears and good wishes and lots
of rice and old shoes flying af"? her.
Lucy looked strangely pale and silent
for a bride to te. but she had been that
way for so many years now that her
friends quite forgot what a merry, light
hearted girl she had been when Ansel
Srst wooed her.
Then the train thundered away to
ward New York, nnd Lucy loaned her
pale face against the window and
closed her frightened eyes. She hud
never taken such a long Journey, nnd
6he was quite unused to traveling, but
that was not the worst of it. She
hud told a number of downright lies
AnsiM Peever had not sent for her; he
did not know she was coming out
there, and she had not heard from him
for two months.
It was this knowledge that made
Lucy Mellen so miserable as her train
flew westward. Kvery mile that
brought her nearer to Ansel also made
her heart beat faster until at last
when she reached San Francisco and
changed cars for the little town in
Hnnta Barbara county she was almost
sick with remorse and shame ut her
At last it was time for her to get
off. She saw her trunks dumpfrl on
the station platform at RedcliT. and
then the trairJ rolled away among the
vineyards and orange groves, whlio
she was left In the soft, bnimy atmos
phere of the land of flowers.
"Ansel Peever's phice?' repeated the
station agent. "It's three miles down
the valley. I'll have Uawkes carry
you there. It'll cost you four bits,
"Four what?" repeated puzzled
"Four bits HO cents. I suppose
you're from the east," smiled the man
goud raturedly, and Lucy said that
she was, and she thanked him prettily
for attending to her trunks.
Seated la the buckboard with her
trunks, lashed on behind, the two lean
roan horses clattered over the road
much faster than Lucy cared to have
The roans slowed down, and
Uawkes pointed a whip around a
curve of the road. "Peever's place is
Just around that bend," he said.
"Stop here, please V panted Lucy,
with sudden alarm. "Please wait i
here while I go on and speak to
Lucy fluttered away around the j
bend of the road, looking very pale i
and fragile in her gray traveling dress j
with a gray chiffon veil tied about her
bat and framing her delicate face (
with Its soft folds. Her heavy golden
hair lay in rippiing waves under the ;
veil, and the occasional silver threads
that time had woven were quite hid
den from view. If Lucy's cheeks had
been pink she would have looked very
much like the Lucy of old.
The pink came fast enough when
she found herself hesitating at a pret- j
tjr runllc till sttex. in an everjzreuL
hedge. Beyond was a small cottage
set in the midst of flowers. Away to
the west there stretched a thriving
vineyard, and beyond to the south
there was another cottage, newer and
freshly painted, and all around this
cottage as far aa the eye could see
were orange groves. Lucy conld smell
the odor of the waxen blossoms, and
she could see the gold of the ripened
fruit as she made ber way up the
path to Ansel's house.
Her first doubt of Ansel Peever
came when she nw a woman on the
porch eying her curiously. Around
the woman's skirts there clung a lit
tle child. Lucy's heart almost stopped
beating. Aunt Rebecca waa right
after all Ansel was married, and this
was his wife and child. No wonder
he bad never come for her! What
would they think? What would Little
All these things passed through her
mind before she reached the porch.
There she stopped aud looked at the
woman with appealing eyes.
"I am looking for, Ansel Peever's
house." she said.
"This Is it, but my husband Is away
Just at present. 1 expect him back In
about an hour. Won't you come in
and rest awhile?" The woman smiled
pleasantly, but she was evidently cu
rious about Lucy's unexpected ap
pearance. "I'll rest a little while," hesitated
Lucy, "but I must go back presently.
There's a carriage waiting fvr me
around the bend."
Lucy sat down in a rocking chair
and looked so white and wan that Mrs.
Peever fetched a glass of ice cold milk
and made her drink it After awhile
Lucy was able to sit up and smile back
at the little laughing girl who clung
to her knee.
"I cannot wait to see 'Arsol Mr.
Peever. Perhaps I will come again
some time," said Lucy at !:&-; as she
prepared to leave. v--"--
"You are from the east, I am sure,'
said the woman bluntly. "If you are
one of Ansel's folks from Little River
he'll be mighty disappointed if you
don't stay or leave your name any
way." "Yon may tell him that Lucy Mellen
called to see him," said Lr.cy as she
bent down to kiss the little girl. Then,
with a murmured word of thanks to
Mrs. Teever, she hurried down the
Then Mrs. Peever found voice. "Lucy
Mellen, Lucy Mellen! Come back
here!" Bhe called imperatively.
Lucy turned. "What do you want?"
"Wait a minute," called the other,
and she came running down the path
and laid a hand on Lucy's shrinking
shoulder. "I thought you wanted to
see my husband," she panted, "but it's
yo'uug Ansel you're looking for, I
guess. Won't he be surprised to see
you. though!" She laughed merrily.
"Young Ansel!'' repeated Lucy daz
edly. "My husband's nephew. They're
both named Ansel Peever. I'm Mr.
Peever's second wife and sort of stop
aunt to your Ansel. That's his house
noxt door all ready for you just fin
ishedand Ansel inside there rigging
himself up to go east after you this
very minute. I'll run over and fetch
him. You wait here, Lucy."
Mrs. Peever run fleetly across the
lawn, while Lucy sank weakly down
on a gardea seat. Happy tears filled
her tired eyes, and the little girl, who
was not Ansel's after all, came and
honied roses in her lap.
Then Ansel himself stood before her,
thlr.uer, browner, older, but the same
Ansel save that the youthful pride nod
arrogance had been hammered out of
him by the foundry of experience.
"Lacy Lucy!" said Ansel brokenly.
"I was getting ready to come after
you. I haven't made a fortune and I
never will have one. but I've got a
cottage and an orange grove, and now
I've jjot you. I didn't realize in leav
ing you. dear, that I was leaving iuy
fortune behind me. I was ashamed to
go l.jick to Little Rivc-r until I had
done something big. Tbcn I beard
from somebody that you'd lost tvi v-
thing through some rascality. riK
I made up my mind to go afl:. yo l.
Can you forgive me, Lucy, dear ;". -
Of course Lucy forgave him. :r."3
they were married the very next :-y
in the new cottage, and they wont to
Little River on their honeymoon.
July 7 in American
1S07 Hon. William Slocomb Oroes
beck, distinguished Ohio congress
man, died; born lSlfi.
1008 The battleship fleet sailed from
San Francisco for tbeforient.
1910 Dr. Wiliam James Rolfe, edu
cator and Shakespearean scholar,
4lie.d; bora 1S27.
He Why does a woman always
think sbe ought to wear a smaller shoe
than she can? She Why does a man
always think be ought to wear a larger
hat than be can? Yonkern Statesman.
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OPEN DAY V NIGHT
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9 OVACAA M. SMITH
rrtriERE are some things that yon
don't want to know, and yon al
ways meet some eager Idiot who la
aists on telling them to you.
A man may look wise, and yon can't
prove be Isn't as long as be does noth
ing but look so.
There are people who grt Into trouble! '
Joining the don't worry club.
A perfectly good" husband may b
spoiled by roasting htm too much.
Politeness Is the shield with which
we protect ourselves from our overfa-
miliar acquaints rfecs.
Most men have more nse for food for
vanity than they have for reflection,
Some people would rather wol than
not; others would rather not.
A tolerant mind makes a good diges
tion. Some men .are laty becanao they
know that being so is the only thing
they do welL
When people begin to knock you It'
la evidence that you are cutttnf aomo
One of the most amusing things la to
see a man make a bluff and thea not
know what to do with It. .
Soon wm depart the hobble eklrt.
And they will have In stock
A garment for my lady'a wear
That covers half a block.
They always run from on extreme
Clear to the other view.
Bo that each dame to be in atyls
Must purchase something new.
Cast back your eyes ftlonjr th Una
And think of other ttylea '
That now upon parading ground
Wouli force a rnrry emlle.
They used to monkey with tb wals
Each line so briefly stayed
That quite bewildered wrna the ssatt '
Who tried to bus the maid.
Once, yon recall, the hoop aklrt raged,
Enraging every one
And making alender ones appear
As though they weighed a ton.
And then the elghtly bustle cams
Her figure to befriend.
And later or before that ttma
They had the Grecian bend.
Tes, they will losx the bobble sktrV
And fashion's later whim
tVUl wrap their dainty ankles la
A gown lees trig and trim.
What it w1!l be we cannot tell.
But they will charge the map
To maka the ecant Bklrts disappear
And put them In the scrap.
"There Is no rose w knout a thorn.
You must remember that when yoo
feel like criticising me."
"Just what do you mean by that ex
"I was Just tbinklng that therea
many a thorn without a rose."
"Johnny, your mother Is calling."
"Johnny (louder), your mother la call
"flow do you suppose I can hear yon
when I can t near nerr
Tuva nf m Kincf.
"If I were ns mean us you, do yoo
know what would do?"
"No. but I have a guess."
"And what Is your guess?
"You would say to yourself, How I
have improved.' "
A bird In the hand is worth two la tb
A child rnlnht that truth understand
.ut rot if tt: bird in the hand la a crow
And you have a gun In the band.
"She is engaged to three rrn at
"How does she manage?"
"No; to g t sleep enough."
"Are you getting a good man. Ma a
dy?" asked the lady of ber colored
maid, who bad announced her lnten
tion of getting married.
"fciure I's gutting a good man."
"Cud he support you? What baa ha
"What has be ever done? Bay. da!
man has been In Jail five times fo'
"Is Brown married?"
"Mrs. Brown 1 easily pleased."
"How do you know?"
"By looking at Iirown."
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