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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. FRIDAY. JULY 14, 1911.
IS STRANGE LIFE
Hermit Is Secluded for 30
Years in the Boom of
New York Hotel.
fcays He la Xot Afraid to THe and
Refuses the Services of a
The "hermit of Broadway is dying
a little, old. wrinkled, grizzled Span
ish gentleman named Manuel Marti
nez, who for thirty years has lived in
the Broadway Central hotel. New
York, cloaking himself in a self creat
ed solitude mot odd and astonishing,
considering that be has passed all
those years in a neighborhood teem
iDg with human activity. In the
course of every day more than 500.000
persons a foot, in the cars, in taxicabs
pass the old man's abode.
B-at if Mr. Martinez hid chosen in
stead a cave in a lonely mountain he
could not have achieved a more com
plete isolation than that in which he
has lived for thirty years. For months
running he would not quit his room,
lie has been known not to descend to
the hotel office once In a year.
rt was not that he fell Into mental
inertia, not that he iermitted himself
to degenerate into slothful habits. Ilia
room is a miniature library. lie slept
little, read and studied incessantly.
Although secluded In his room, he has
never abandoned a certain fastidious
ness of dress characteristic of Spanish
gentlemen. His linen has been fine
and soft, and the other appointments
of his attire and toilet have been in
lie chose his apartment deliberately
with tli' id:i or shutting himself ofT !
from tu. world. It Is high up in the !
l.utei .'ind tar in the rear. He never
- i lie crcat crowded thoroughfare .
..;!!. 'it: tiie clang of the trolley cars ;
:ies not jiass his threshold- j
in nil tli thirty years he has lived j
i! i hi- ..niy uest he ever haw enter- j
v. Mliiu his retreat is bis nepnew,
i i :v i; :iiii.er.
!;i I in 1 1 !"- ing gown and reclining
,ri .ir '-.iy chair, the hermit of
I; :dv .ii . new eighty-eight years old,
it. J why lie bad chosen so queerly to
if r.lotie in the very heart of a great,
noiyy. crowded section of a big city.
In the main his explanation was that
an antipathy toward religion, which
nppears to have developed Into an ob
session, drove him out of association
with his fellow man.
"Before I drew away from the worlo
I bad traveled much. As a minor a
little fellow of sixteen I left my home
In Granada and began my travels. I
was but a little boy. but already I
knew the writings of Voltaire, Rous
seau. Plato. Aristotle. And I would
see the world.
I went to Austria, to Germany,
France, Russia. England and to Rome.
And everywhere I found the people
blindly ruled and oppressed by religion.
I visited the Holy Land of the New and
the Old Testament. I grew no more
friendly toward religion. I became an
atheist, and I tried to escape from re
ligious atmosphere in America In
Mexico, Canada. Cuba. It was the
same. I became disgusted with the
childishness of the faith and beliefs
and superstitions I found In men.
"I came to New York thirty-five rears
More Men are Gaining
Clearance Sale Affords
e v ame economies 1 nis
They realize that clothes as fine as this store sells
are very unusual values at prices as low as these
Choice of any fancy suit in the store 25 off
1500 pairs of fine trousers; probably one or
two pairs of a pattern left, but a scale of sizes
to fit anvbodv.
A larger sale not only in point of value, but in breadth of assortment; more suits, i Pants that sold at $6.50 now $4.85
more styles, more fabrics, more patterns, more colors, all of them of the very finest Lpants that sold at $5.00 now $3.88
order. I Pants that sold at $4.00 and $4.50. now. .$3.38
Pants that sold at $8.50 and $4.00 now. .$2.95
Pants that sold at $300 and $3.50 now. .$2.50
Pants that sold at $2.25 and $2.50 now. .$1.95
Pants that sold at $1.95 now $1.50
Ten per cent off on Blue and Staple worsteds.
$32,50 Suits now $24.38
$30.00 Suits now $22.50
$23.00 Suits now $21.00
$25.00 Suits now $18.75
$22.50 Suits now $16.88
$20.00 Suits now $15.00
$18.00 Suits now $13.50
$15.00 Suits now $11.25
$12.50 Suits now $ 9.37
Straw Hats 25 off
Here's a sale of Men's
Shirts, well worth
made with turn back
cuffs and separate
soft collars. $1.00
See front window
Other good values at
$2.50 and $3.00 Shirts
$1.10 for $1.50 Shirts
59c for 75c Shirts
35c for 50c Shirts
$3.00 Athletic pure linen $2.70
$3.50 Imported Bon Bon $2.90
$3.00 Lisle, drop seat 2.50
$2.00 Roxford Bal .$1.50
$1.00 Ritesize 89c
85c Mesh - 79c
TJ $1.00 Japanese Silk 79c
rr rfrf i 50 b. v. d $i.o
5c Athletics 60e
8 for $1
Night gowns with or without
collars, shirts, collars attach
ed or separate, underwear,
mesh, balbritrgan and athlet
ic all 50c articles
S for $1
CHILDREN'S APPAEEL REDUCED
Cur. 2nd & Harrison
Neckwear and Hose Reduced
50c Silk and Linen Wash Ties, 35c.
50c Silk Four in Hands, ....35c.
Silk Four in Hands 17c.
and 35c Wash Ties, 19c.
50c Hose, imported lisle, 35c.
Lisle Hose 17c.
Three fur $1.00
Three for $1.00
Three fur $ .50
Three for S .50
Three for $ .50
Three for $ .50
ago. assuming a banking business left j
by a brother. But after five years, my
disgust against religion having ia
creased rather than waned. I decided
that I would withdraw as nearly us
possible from all contact with men. I
filled my room with the precious books
of truth aDd philosophy aiul have had
them only for my companions, aug
menting my library from time to time
as I learned of new works through the
"I bave resisted learning 1-ugiish the
better to Leep my solitude. Of course
I have maintained my courtesy toward
those whom it was absolutely necessary
for me to meet from time to time.
But, save for the attendants who come
silently daily to my room. I have pass
ed months nt a time in the solitude
of my chamber. Aud I am not imbit
tered. I have leen content."
Martinez has absolutely refused to be
attended by a physician.
"It would be useless." he said "1
am about to die. 1 am very old. I
am worn out. It Is natural that now
I rhould be dying. I am not afraid '"
ROAD IMPROVEMENT PLANS
The interest of the I'nited States
government in everything relating to
highway improvement will be shown
in a unique manner, when within th;
licxt fortnight the offict- of public roads
will cooperate with the touring club
of America in a practical ioad inspec
tion tour. This will be the fust time
in the history of aiHomobiHng in 'his
c!intry in vhiih a motoring organi
zation will have the active aid of th
government in effective work for road
improvement. This tour will start
from Washington with Richmond as
the objective point, the trip being rnadi"
t by one of the touring club's official
The I'nited States office of public
roads will be represented by Assistant
Director Paul P. Sargeanr, formerly
: state highway commissioner of Maine;
: P. St. Julian Wilson, state highway
'commissioner of Virginia; J. K.
Pennybrck r. secretary American Asso
ciation fcr Highway Improvement; Col.
Henry McXair, editor of the official
! automobile blue l.-cok and F. H. Kllio't,
I secretary of the Touting Club of Airier
I The main object of the trip is to
study highway conditions between
Washington and the capitol of Vir
ginia. At various points State High
way Commissioner Wilson and Assis
tant Director Sargent will meet the
local authorities and offer suggestions
for road maintenance so that by the
latter part of October the highways
may be in the best possible condition
foi motor travel. In this month a car
avan of automobile tourists from many
northern cities will travel to Rich
men d to attend the first American
road congress to be held in that ti;v
under the auspices of the American
Association for Highway Improvement
with the cooperation of the Touring
Club of America.
The Touring club which will have
charge of the. organization of tours
throughout the I'uiied States to Rich
mond, is taking early action to inter
st the highway officials, not only in
Virginia but other states with a view
in having the roads in much better
condition in the fall.
It is expected that similar tours of
instruction will be conducted by the
Touring club officials in other states,
especially along the trunk lines of
travel, seeking to hae these thoro
fares ail repaired and in such condi
tion that detours will not be nceessarv
!) fore the start for Richmond con
fess. In this work the Touring club has
ihe endorsement of I.oan Waller Page,
diiector of the I'nited States office of
public fi'oads and president of th
American Association for Highwav
Improvement who expects to go on
some of the tours when It is itossiblo
for him to leave the national capital.
Automobile tourists will evident 'v
appreciate the energetic action on be
half of the Touring club to place thp
i roads in a satisfactory condition and
to have all repairs completed, there,
by eliminating many detours at tip
earliest possible dale.
From present indications the lr-i
j American road congress to be held .t
Richmond will be the most extensive
land important meeting of road experts
New Corn Cure
Gtrta-lt" Gets It; Frt Time Proves It.
Mora Corn Core That FH I.Ike
Rents them all. the new corn curt that
rorn-pestrfl people have been looklnf?
?ir ever mtn.ee the ajte of slioof. Does
t really do th.- work? Well. Just one
trial will prove it
The name "f this biff aurpnse is
"JtrrS-IT." b-:ii.-e It net It. You
rton t have to w rap your toes tu bantt
Kvs. There are :io planters, no salves.
What is more. "HETS-IT" will never
xbsolutely can't, hurt or make raw the ,
true flesh as many other corn thtnfts" i
do If It i. ts on the skin. It won't.!
;-;ui't hurt or Injure the flesh. Apply it ;
in two sect-Tuls Its Kuurai. il ,or ;
our money refunded. j
Your druKKTst sells "UKTS-IT."
cents per bottle. r direct, if you wish. I
from K. Lawrence & "o . Oil'-aico. Ul
Fold in Rui k Island by B. Orotjen at;d !
t '. Speldel.
SHDES FOLLOW STORK.
Worn by 250 Babies, They Are Now
Sent to Kentucky Family.
Following the stork for more than
20.000 miles, a pair of b.aby shoes, made
of calfskin In 1783. arrived in Lexiug
ton. Ky, from Missouri. They were
consigned to Colonel C E. Merrill, a
In the same mall arrived a letter
from the Merrill family In Missouri
The missive stated that the shoes had
been worn br more than 2rvo infants
In all parts of the United States, and
as Colonel Merrill Is the head of a
large family It was the desire of the
sender that the purpose of the shoes
be continued until the Merrill family
becomes extinct or until the shoes are
WILL CONTINUE TOMORROW AND MONDAY,
TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY OF NEXT WEEK
HOW TO BECOME INVISIBLE.
AUTOS, TRUCKS AND
Washed and Polished.
PHILBROOK & WHITE
2 to 4 passengers $1.00
5 to 8 passengers $1.50
Phone XV. 119 IX
Office, 934 Fottrternth-nd--iurdf
A Sample of the Mummery Used In
Some curious formulas of ancient
witchcraft are given In Mr. A. .
Wnite's "Book of Ceremonial Magic"
Here Is a recipe for becoming Invis
ible: "Begin this operation on a Wednes
day before the sun rises, being fur
nished with seven black beans. Take
next the bead of a dead man. Place
one of the beans In bis mouth, two in
bis eyes and two In his ears. Then
make upon the bead the character of
the figure which here follows. (Omit
ted. This done. Inter the head with
the face toward heaven, and every da?
before sunrise for the space of nine
days water It with excellent brandy.
"On the eighth day yon will Bnd the
cited spirit, who will say onto you:
What doest thouT Tou shall reply: 'I
am watering my plant.' lie will then
say: "Give me that bottle; I will water
It myself. Too will answer by refus
ing, and be will again ask you. but
you will persist In declining until be
shall stretch forth bis band and show
you the same figure which you bave
traced upon the bead suspended from
the tlpa of bis lingers. In this case
you may be assured that It Is really
the spirit of the bead, because another
might take you unawares, wbicb
would bring you evil. and. further,
your operation would be unfruitful.
When you nave given hiui your rial
be will water the head and depart.
On the morrow, which Is the ninth
day. you shall return and shall find
your beans ripe. Take them, place
one In your mouth and then look at
yourself in a glass. If you cannot see
yourself It Is good. Do the same with
the rest or they mar be tested In the
mouth of a child."
With the big task of moving stocks into the three new upper
floors ahead of us, we are anxious to reduce stocks as much as
possible in order to have less to handle, therefore we are contin
uing this sale several days longer than we had originally planned.
Every day the full importance of
this sale and the strength of its econo
mies are impressed upon more people.
One mother bought outfits for her
three children. She paid $14.50, or
dinarily the same vould have cost
her around $18.
A man bought several shirts, neck
ties and some underwear. He said
the saving, made it worth while to
A housewife who had been long
ing for a certain Madeira hand em
broidered tablecloth in our linen de
partment was able to buy it because
of the large saving.
A mother with her daughter, who
is to be an August bride, bought the
complete trousseau, figuring that the
money saved would go far toward
other things the new home will ned.
These are typical instances of how
people are taking advantage of this
sale. They are buying things they
need in their homes, and the things
they require for personal use.
Surely there are many things you
will want during the coming months,
and the saving of 20 merits your
planning ahead and buying them now.
Tomorrow is the last Saturday dur
ing the course of this sale and those
who must do their shopping during
the evening should aim to do their
All prices are marked in plain fig
ures and the discount is taken off the
total amount of your purchase.
NO GOODS CHARGED AT 20 DISCOUNT