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ACHE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1911.
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Saturday, September 23, 1911.
Improve the streets,
The people too. would perhaps, pre
fer to remember him as Judge Taft
rather than President Taft.
The men who rioted for bread In Vi
enna have had martial law thrown at
them In its place. But their stomach
are not equipped to digest martial law.
If Canada doeB not want to annex or
be annexed by us, why U Canada so
anxious to Induce our citizens to come
over there and help them Improve
American typewriting machines are
favorites In Slam, being used in the
government offices and the business
houses. Some of the machines are
fitted with Eiatieae types.
Mayor Schriver's broad and compre
hensive scheme of repaying the main
business Etreet is a commendable one
and it is sincerely to be hoped he will
succeed in putting it through.
A man who had the news thought
lessly broken to him that he was the
father of a boy, fainted away, and it i
took several hours to revive htm. What
would he have done if it had been a
case of twirs?
Now that Champ Clark has defined
for us the difference between a speech
and a lecture, let it be noted that ho
speaks six days in the wek and lec
tures one. There's some devotion for
Judge Orosscp wants more free
dom, and bs he feels pretty sure that
he can make more money In the prac
tice of tbe law he ses no good reason
why he shouldn't quit the bench and
take on freedom garnished with shek
els. Isn't it a pity that man Ehould not
consider himself safe to go to trial for
crlrno ia this rouvtry unless he lias at
fend him? J At us liopo that tlc Mr- i
Xamaras ct j;Inty of n.onoy and get
plenty of Justice.
Frrsiflcnt Taft at Peoria admitted
LeiriK a I'Oor politician, raying tbut his
ambition 1n life bad been to be chief
juntice rather tLau president of thei
United Staus. An honest confession
is good for the soul. Lut that
not Ltip ine country out with Judge
Tal't as the chief executive.
Several have made Inquiry to learn,
why it is that if there is an a lvauce in j
the price of supar any time in the year
It is ture to coine In the home canning
season. That is the time that increas
ed demand might be expected to boost
the price, and it is also the time when
the trust can make most money out of
These fellows in Mexico who don't
know what they want except trouble..
are breaking loose again. The ques
tion is asked what the United States
is goini? to do. If the United States
does the ri?ht thing it will treat the
warring artionj like Kilkenny cats.
Tie them together and hang them over
a clothea line and let them fight it out.
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Jwne He Talks Much.
One Walter Clyde Jenes ij traveling
around oer the tate of Illinois iLsist.
ins that aH officers are corrupt and
that representative government has
been driven from the state.
The man Jor.es was the chosen lead
er of the majority in one branch cf the
legislature in thi state at the session
lately adjourned and is sti!I that lead
er in the special session.
Why dees he not tell the people
whom he addresses who is responsible
for the departure of representative
government in this state?
Why does not Jones, who admits
that he about the only honest, legisla
tor in Illinois, tell the people that his
pcHtical party has been in power al
most continuously since 1560?
Why does not Jones tell the people
that the democratic party has had a
majority in both branches of the legis
lature only twice since 1?6''?
If representative government has
been driven from the 6tate of Illinois
it has been done by the party of which
Jones is a leading apoctle.
Let Jones be honest. Of course he
will not come any way near getting the
nomination for governor, but he can
tackle a few truths without too much
strain, and he should do eo.
Courafc of Oom Peal.
"Paul Kruger, dead, has not the high
place In the affections of the Boers j
that te occupied when he was the lead.
cr of the Boer forces in the South Afri
can war," said Captain George E. Hufc
rrrd, an ofEcer In the British army.
- r ruger, unaouoteaiy, was a wonaer- j
Xi Ic-ader a man of remajkable force
and treat peaocal. attractions, not la
flgura corrfsce, bat In his IrrestitDle
faculty of -maJrfng men follow him. Hs
had the greatest personal courage, bat
his Intellect wa not so high as that
of the present premier of United South
AXrica,, and. one- of Eraser's generals
"The latter Is a man of extraordi
nary ahinty. and is looked up by toe
Boer party in parliament as the great
est man tn that part of the world. Bat
for sheer force and courage, I doubt
If there ever was a man who could
surpass Kroger. The story of Kruger's
encounter with, a Hon tn his youth. In
which he lost a thumb. Is generally
credited, and 1b recited In the his
tories of the Boer -war and authentic
biographies of Oom PauL
This story has It that when Kroger
was a lad he was brought Into a hand
fight with a large Hon. It Is said the
beast caught the hand of Kroger In Its
Jaws. His courage, however, did not
leave him. He saw there -was no way
of escape without losing part of his
hand, and so the story goes. Kroger
whipped out his knife and deliberately
severed his thumb at the last joint. It
If, of course, well known that Krnger
was without a thumb on one of his
hands. Had Kruger lived after peace
was declared, his followers say he
never would have returned to South
But the Trusts Are Still With Us.
President Taft's assertion, in his
Detroit speech, that the "rule of rea
son" would provide a satisfactory so
lution of the trust problem would
have carried more conviction had It
not come the day following the an
nouncement of a rise in the price of
"It took 20 years to settle the
trust problem," Mr. Taft said, "but
the important thing is that it was
finally settled right. Now that the
supreme court has fixed the defini
tion of the anti-trust law tbe big cor
porations will naturally dissolve."
Mr. Taft blandly explains that the
trusts, as a result of the famous
"reasonable" decision In the tobacco
and oil trust cases, are in a state of
extinction. Of their own accord, he
says, they will melt away Just as soon
as they understand tbe spirit of the
gupreme court s decision
Thus he vindicates the supreme
court for its decision, "which will
cause the trusts to naturally dis
solve." one day after the sugar trust
calmly announced that it proposed to
take $40,000,000 more out of the!
'people's pockets during the next
year. The decision was made several
months ago, plenty of time for thei
trusts to have "naturally dissolved," I
yet it doesn't strike the president as J
being in the least curious that the'
! wicked trusts should go right on rais
ins prices as of yore.
The s'ipreme court "wiped the oil
and tobacco trusts out of existence."
I'nder Its dictum they were given six
months in which to dissolve, and Mr. !
Taft assumes that merely because the!
court told the trusts to cease their!
monopolistic practices, presto, they:
i would at once proceed to obey. In!
effect, he says to the over taxed mil-,
lions of this country: "Behold, under !
this decision only the unreasonable
trusts shall be restrained, therefore,
vhy protest longer against trusts?
Purely there can be no opposition to!
a reasonable trust." j
And in the meantime the price of!
j oil and the price of tobacco and the
price of all other trust products re
l.:v, h 1 1 h v.o
,lf C1MT, S1 tlflnHn f whth ia rnn.l
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sumed annually by each man, wo-
man and child in the country, has
practically doubled since the supreme
court handed down its decision which
Mr. Taft thinks puts an end to the
That he dees consider the problem
at an end is indicated by his words
r.t Detroit: "I am entirely opposed
to any amendment to the Sherman
law. It is now- (since the 'reasonable'
decision) a valuable government as
st. Tested by 20 years of exper-
ience. why should we imperil its use
fulness by further amendments?"
The people of the west probably
will be overjoyed to learn, as Mr.
Taft proceeds, that the days of the
trusts have passed sway.
WHERE THE DIFFERENCE
COMES BETWEEN THE
FARM AND THE CITY
C7ont!nnJ f ro Pare Out
which must be exacted In order to pay
dividends cn watered stock. The ex
press companies get theirs by reason
of the fact that one supine republican
administration after another has re
fused to wipe them out of existence,
and the food trusts get theirs by main
taining unnecessary storage houses,
through which they manipulate the
supply and create artificial "short
ages." THE MONOPOLIES GBT Ef.
Nearly all the perishable food sup
plies which go to the cities are han
dled by express companies, or by th
equally monopolistic refrigerator lines
of the food trusts, both being owned
by the railroads. Thus the consumer
must pay twice for haulage. As soon
as these products reach the elties they
are turned over to the food trusts who
put them In cold storage and keep
them there until a "shortage" Is crea
ted. Then up go prices.
"It all the eggs stored In New York
were placed on the market tomorrow, "
said one of the Pennsylvania grang
ers, "the price of eggs would fall two
thirds." What Is the remedy?
Democratic members of congress be-
Heve that one remedy lies In strength'
en!rg the Interstate commerce law, to
enable the government to reach, and
jail, some of the owners of the crlmr
lr.al food trusts. They believe that
acmner remedy iies in me aDonuon
of the useless express companies.
TAFT SMILE AND TAFT "SHAKE" BR ICHT SPOTS IN CAMPAIGN TOUR:
CRIPS VOTERS' HANDS WITH ARDOR OF MAN RUNNING FOR SHERIFF
President Tf.ft, on his long jaunt through the west, is working
getting with all the ardor of a candidate for a county office. Taft
his administration in the confidence of the people, and the contagious
personality are counted upon by his campaign managers to go a long
which are simply welcome parasites
on the railroads.
FARMERS GET TOGETHER.
It is significant that the farm rs for
the first time in years, arc "yetting
together" on the high price question.
They know that while their products
command more than they did a few
years ago. there still is a tremendous
gap between what they get and what
the consumer pays. They propose to
find where the trouble H -s, anu it is
more than certain that their investi
gations w-ill lead them to the head
quarters of unpunished trust n; annates
who control the tailroads. the exp!v-ss
companies, and the food motioi.oi'.os.
EMMA JUCH IS DIVORCED
Wife of Francis lu Wellmnn Wins
Decree in Putin tu.it.
New York, Sept. 23. Information
that causes widespread dis'-us!on
was the news from Paris that on Jr,l.?
26 the first chamber of the tribu-iM
of the Seine rendered a decrt-- grant
ing a divorce to Mrs. Francis Lew ij
Wellman, formerly Emma Jueh, the
opera singer. Mrs. Wellman was for
many years a conspicuous fimire in
America. The grounds on which th-:
decree was granted were ti.:;t Mr.
Wellman hud addressed inanits by
letter to his wife and had siRiiiiied
to her his Intention not to resume
living with her. The costs of the
fcuit were ordered to be pa hi by Mr.
Wellman. When returning from
Europe in the summer of lUii), .!r.
Wellman met Mios Jueh ca a steam
er. A romance folic wed quickly, and
although the en-ake:uent wa3 kept
secret for a while, it was admitted
the following spring and the weddin-j
took place in June. Miss Juch's
last public performance was shortly
before the wedding.
WOOED BY NEPHEW
OF ENGLAND'S KING
as? Sfy j
ft ir. " ... . -'v-. .
LADY MARJOnjE MAXXERS.
Prince Arthur! of Connaught,
nephew of King Deorge. has been
paying marked attentions to Lady
Uarjorie Manners, and an an
nouncement of their betrothal
would sot surprise England. The
prince has denied fcis reported en
gagement to Grand Duchess Irene,
niece of the csar. ;
I . J:S V Mi
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The Argus Daily Short Story
She Laughed By
Copyrighted. 1911. by
The evening I landed in the little
towu in. Arizona where I proposed to
take up uiy residence I was sitting at
Mipper v.ith my friend Charnley when
the stiliness without was broken by a
laugh. To say that it was si laugh is
jiofhiup. It was the melodious piping
of a Mid. the swelling of a note from 1
nn or.in. the rippie of water over
rocks any, every sound that could ex
press merriment. Jt was feminine,
jrirli-li, ::i d oie who heard it would at
ouce become impressed with the per
fect ir!noeenee . her who laughed.
My hi'!, seeing that I was interested,
smiled nt me.
"Yht is t!" t?" I asked.
"Thi't is n:r laughing :irl, as we call
! rr. Ifr r mper name is KN:e Jenks.
H"t:e '".'ill her our yn killer, others
01. r mocklrc; bird. Tbe l.Ttrer are pos-t-iuii.-'s,
ossunsinjr to detc t at thaes in
her I:!i:;rh frnet'iintr benea'h its mirth
expres .ive of the inevitable d!w?n that
nvraits us all something derisive In
deed, at times late at niprht. when F.lsie
Pas been con int.- home from a rtance.
I have her.rd her break Into one of her
sudden pen's: of laughter and hav.- fan
cied : fter it died away that a mocking
echo followed it."
"It serns to me." I replied, "the em
bodiment of optimism."
";Mich is the general effect upon us.
When we ret the 'blues, if we can
lier.r E!ie Jenks lnupb we are lifted
nut of our despondency. If an invalid
becomes discouraged ElE!e is sent for.
Usually another person goe3 with her
on such occasions Pen Ilarbeson.
H"-n is a very droll fellow. He has
a wry of saying funny things in a
peculiar monotone. Put Elsie ond Den
r.t the l Hi'V of one about to rive tip
rriBi-T rvzBT shot toox zrrscr.
the fight for life and Ben will say
something ridiculous, followed by a
peal of laughter from Elsie, the two 1
together electrifying the sick one and
bringing about a reaction."
"Is there any relationship between
these two merry ones?"
'LoTers. You wouldn't think it, ;
would you? Opposite usually amalga
mate. A morose man often chooses a
cheerful 'woman, and vice versa. With
these two it's Just tbe reverse. Ben
says that all he was brought into the
arorhl lor was to xnaka Elsie LaueJU.
. '- jX -''.HCuaii Sa.t '9
-. "-WtCi; ; ' -
the "glad hand" process of vote
wants to rehabilitate himself and
mirth of his smile and his winning
way toward re-electing him.
Mary V. Blackiston.
Associated Literary Press.
while Elsie says that her part in life Is
ti bring out Hcn'ss Jokes, declaring that
if it wasn't for her they wouid be lost
upon an unnppreciativo world."
Eater I met both of these young peo
ple, and they seemed to me to be pro
crentors of optimism. They were evi
dently made for each other, a Paut and
Virginia, so wrapped In each other as
to be uninterested in others. And yet
I tloubt if either realized how abso
lutely they were united. I never heard
that there was any engagement be
tuen them, and sometimes I wondered
If thM love bad ever leen spoken, evea
realized, for I cau understand how
love may lie so pure as to be, like gen
"What would become o' this town."
asked a crusty r,!d fellow, "if them
tw o should b eliminated?"
I lived in the place 11 couple of years,
during whi.-h it had n hard struggle
for existence. Every one was tempted
to give up tryinir to make r town of it,
but whenever a jiersou signified an in
tentlon to move on r.ei IIarleson
would crack n Joke and Elsie Jenks
would burst Into a latitrh. and the dis
couraged one would brnce up and con
dude to persevere awhile longer. In
deed, it was said that Ben and Elsie
were literally the life of the town. Bui.
for them the town would die.
Arizona ct that time was suffering
from roughs. Billy the Kid flourished,
and there were more, if not equal to
bim In hardihood, at least of his kind.
Some one suggested that If Ben Ilar
beson were made sheriff he would find
a way of petting on the soft side of
fhe villains nd stopping the nuisance.
When the matter was proposed to Ben
he said be could do nothing witnour
Elsie. lie might say a lot of things
calculated to placate the rascals, but II
Elsie were not present to help with
her laugh they would all fall flat
However, he was persuaded to accept
the position, since Elsie thought there
might: be cases wherein they could
The first person Ben brought In was
Jack Hennessy, a desperado whom the
sheriff caught so stupefied with liquor
that be was incapable of making any
resistance. Ben put him in Jail to
sleep off bis drunk, and when be got
sober Ben and Els-e went to see him.
If Hennessy had not been behind bars
be would have torn them to pieces.
Jack made fun of bim, and Elsie
laughed. It was not long before the
prisoner caught the infection and
laughed, too, and within half an boor
was holding bis sides with merriment.
"What's that?" asked one passing
"Oh, that's Ben narbeson and Elsie
Jenks. They've got that bloodthirsty
Hennessy to laughing, and be can't
Having thus opened the better side
of the villain's nature with tbe wedge
of laughter, Ben snd Elsie were kind
to him, with the result that on their
securing a release and their fellow
townsmen's promise that Hennessy
should not be prosecuted for his
crimes he left the Jail and became aa
estimable citizen. There were many
other conversions by the lovers, aDd
every man converted stuck to an hon
est life. PInce Ben and Elsie in this
way captured the principal devils in
that region the citizens of the town,
being free from having their places
of business raided, found themselves
In a position to make a living and be
gan to prosper.
From that time this mirthful pair
were worshiped by those tfcey bid
served. I did not hear anything about
preparations for their unin daring
their work on criminal, but alter they
Acquain ted -
had made nearly a dozen good men
ont of as many bad oues they wera
married. There wasn't a person la ;
the place who didn't give them a wed- j
din present, and a man who hd j
started a ank gave a thousand dol
lars, saying that the couple's service
to him bad been worth many times
So Ben and Elsie went to housekeep
ing with every man, woman snd child
in the town their friend. Many a
summer night before going to sleep I
beard Elsie's laugh ring out on the
still air. One night after it had died
away I heard that "mocking echo"
Charnley bad spoken of. I was
plunged by it from balmy optimism
into frigid pessimism. The final dis
solution which awaits us all was made
TtA tn m as never before. "After
all." I sighed, "for every laugn there
Is a sob."
The occasion of Elsie's laugh was
this: Ben was going ont to bring in a
desperado. Elsie looked worried. To
cheer her Ben cracked a Joke which
was followed by the laugh I heardr
The next afternoon Ben was brought j
in mortally shot by the men he had j
attempted to capture ana died in a
few hours in bis wife's arms.
I had scarcely beard that Ben was
dead when I saw Elsie galloping along
the street, followed by every convert
she and Ben had made. I devised the
errand on which they were bent. and.
being mounted. I determined to go
with them. The man who had killed
Ben called Mississippi Jake got word
that revenge would be taken upon
him for the murder and gathered a
dozen or so of bis pals to put up a
fight. We came upon them crouched
on the other side of a bridge spanning
a creek and were received by a volley.
The crackle had not subsided when
Elsie gave a laugh so wild, so piercing,
that It froze me with horror. It was
tbe mocking echo I bad taeard the night
before, only Instead of an echo it was
a wall, the wall of a broken heart.
Simultaneously with this, Elsie gal
loped forward, a cocked pistol in each
hand, distancing the rest of us who
endeavored to ride ahead of her. In a
charge like that it was not to be ex
pected, wild as she was. that she
would do much damage to her enemies.
But ber mind was so intent on venge
ance that it conquered madness. She
emptied every chamber of the two re
volvers, and with so true on aim that
nearly every shot took effect.
I saw a man rise up from behind a
low stone wall whom by descriptions I
had had of him I knew to be Missis
sippi Jake. He had ids eyes bent on
our woman leader and, raising a rifle,
was about to fire at ber when I quick
ly drew a bead on bim and dropped
That ended tbe fljrht. The villains
that were left they were but few
scattered in an adjoining wood.
Then we rode back to town, the
widow like a statue of stone. She rode
through the streets lined by citizens,
all with heads bowed, and entered her
desolate dwelling alone.
Since then 1 l i've ttilked with Charn
ley about this singular ease. He says,
"What n pity that this merry laugh of
Elsie's should have sometimes ended
with that mocking echo!" Charnley is
a matter of fact fellow and has no
realization whatever of the depth of
meaning there is under his words.
"But," be nddH. "the lutigli was always
tlnre. while few ever spoke of what
on rure o- salons followed it." Tn oth
er words, the ina'n parts of our lives
are blytbe and merry.
"The biupher." I replied, "was but
twenty when the trouble came. Has
she ever laughed flnee?"
"." says Chamley, "she has not."
"Will she ever laugh again?"
"I think not."
Perhaps ghe will. Sometimes we
pick up the thread of happiness after
it has been dropped, but no one ever
lived who did not finally drop it for
Sept. 23 in American
1779 Paul Jones In the Bonhomme
Richard won a signal victory over
17SO Major Andre. British agent In
Benedict Arnold's treason, arrested
near New York.
1830 Fire destroyed forty-six commer
cial buildings in New York city;
1890 Three-fourths of Colon, Panama,
destroyed by fire.
1S98 Colonel Richard Malcolm John
son, the southern novelist, died in
Haltimore; born 1S23.
BANKER WALSH TO
, BE GIVEN PAROLE
John K. Walsh, the Chicago bank
wrecker, serving a five-year term
in the federal penitentiary at Ix-av-enwortL,
Kan., is tc be granted a
parole. Walsh baa served one
ti:lrd of his sentence and thu: be
came, on the l.rst day or
ber. eligible for parole provided hia
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such a3 to n.fcc-t with the aprovj
r BVACAA f. SMITH
TT seems rather fitting that a man
who is down and out should bo
taken up and rua In occasionally.
Advice is an article that Is
blessed to give than to receive.
Watch a liar closely. There is no
knowing at what moment he may be
seized with a wild desire to tell the
The coat of tan a girl gets r'ylnB
tennis is much more satisfactory to
her than the one she acquires banging
up clothes in the back yard.
It takes a lot of grace to make one
feel truly sorry when a taan you dis
like gets what you think be ought to
One of the nice things about borrow
ing your neighbor's baby is that when
he cries you can send him home.
It is fitting that a man should hare
a big nest of brains in his hat if It Is
accompanied with ultra long hair.
A fortune awaits the man who will
Invent a screen door that will gently
take a ISO pourtd man by the back of
the neck, set him out of the way and
There's many a slip betwixt tbe cup
and the lip. but it doesn't seem that
way when a political convention Is In
The village gossip always mns a toll-it-to-me
Hs Comas Along.
We chirp about the college chap
When first he trlea his wlnss.
Put Klve him Jut about ten years
And in who's running things.
"I have tried everything I could
thing of for an annoying little cold,
but I Just can't break It up."
"How does It net?"
"It's Just a frog in the throat."
"Treasure it, man. treasure it. Donfc '
try to get rid of that. Finest thing In
the world to catch a fly If you should,
Where Memory Fails.
"Brown has an excellent memory,
"Yes; I have never known it to bo
back on him except under certain cir
cumstances." "When Is that?"
"When you loan blra money.
"He ought to have been u prosperous
"HI9 wife ruined hlni by her extrava
gance." "You don't say."
"Insisted on having enough food In
the house for them to eat."
Wanted a Change.
"I suppose you are tuking along the
latest fid Ion."
"No." said the book reviewer wearily.
"Would n blacksmith shoe horses on
"Your wife's out lookln' for trouble."
"Then I am sorry for trouble."
Didn't Have to Be.
"Are you on terms of social equality
with your tailor?"
"No, I always pay cash."
"See the man
with tbe red
"He says It is
"Well, what of
"He hasn't been
out In the suo for
In the waltlnij line bt the pearly sate
Stood a man In the motley throriS
JIu had onre been Krtrat, but was now
And it galled hlro rr.urh that be had to
In the cold outBl-J so Ions-
Bo he balanced ther on a umuloue cloud,
Anl be dangled hm l'K forlorn
Aa he viewed the mar. that was daft to
And hel.eld so many that he, alas.
When down below had thorn.
ftut the line grew
thin, and he moved
And before Sf. J'eler Mood
To ,renerit rass and secure a place
And a cuxhlon soft tear the neat of grace
Iteuerved for the truly good.
Enid "the Jate:" "I K that I'm all
O. K .
For the rhurch w:in my delight.
In rov modest way I r:i truly say
That the j.astor counted n.e tplendld pay
And rpoko of my h-Mo trlght."
"But you h M a Krlp." returned revere
Ht. I'ter. wl'h n fr .mti.
"On the peuple'a food, ar.d you made It
We can't tak rhar.ce on you up here,
for the bricks arc not nailed down."
Don't waste your money buylnj
plasters when yo i c;-n u-t a bottln of
Ci amberlalri's I:'cii.
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