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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. FRIDAY. DECEMBER'!. 1911.
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awake, honest men aa commissioners,
it la a failure.
It ink what Galveston has done.
The old administration passed to the
new government about $490,000 of
crip, sot worth SO cents on the dollar
and more than a million and a halt
dollars In debts. An of this has been
paid off, dollar for dollar, besides, pas-
lie Improvement that cost $1,100,000
i finished. We hare paved oar
streets, which were In a distressing
ooadltkm before the commissioners
took charge. Not a bond has ben Is
sued and taxation has sot increased-
We almply saved where politicians
squandered. Galveston It the largest
cotton export port In the world, and
second In exports and Imports ot all
merchandise In the United States, !7ew
York being first I doubt if any town
In the conn try of 40,000 popelatloa la
today enjoying the prosperity cf Gal
veaton. Last year onr exports amount
ed to $225,000,000 and the coastwise
traffic to a million dollars a day."
Thursday, November 30, 1111.
No, yon don't hare to do yonr
Christmas shopping early, but you
will wish yon had.
Bernfaart denies that she is going
to marry, but the report has its
va!ae ss an advertising medium nev
It is funny how unanimous the
trusts are on tbe proposition that
they would ratber be regulated than
"A man came to tbe house with
one leg named Johnson," says an ex
change in all sincerity. If we could
only find out what the otber leg wss
A German scientist says he has
learned how to make diamonds from
gas. A good many fortunes or al
leged fortunes bare been founded on
wind In tbe past.
Colonel Roosevelt hopes that his
friends will not be too strenuous in
their insistence that be enter the
race for tbe presidency. It is hoped
Teddy will not give himself too
much worry on that score.
Carnegie's Greatest Men.
Andrew Carnegie, celebrating his
76th birthday, gare out a list of tbe 20
men who in his Judgment deserve to
be held as greatest of tbe race. His
one comment upon them was that all
were born poor and that seven were
Scot. This is the list:
Shakespeare; Morton, discoverer ot
ether; Jenner, discoverer of vaccina
don; Neilaon, Inventor of hot-blast;
Lincoln; Burns, the poet; Gutenberg,
inventor of printing; Edison; Siemens
inventor of water meter; Bessemer
Inventor; Mushet Inventor ot steel
process; Columbus; Watt; Bell. Inven
tor of telephone; Arkwright inventor
of cotton spinning machinery;
Franklin; Mrrdoch, first to employ
coal as lllumrcant; Hargreaves, in
ventor of spinning Jenny; Stephen
son; Symington Inventory of rotary
In Mr. Carnegie's sight, the found
ers of religions, the apostles of spir
itual advancement. Moses, Mahomet,
St Paul, count for little. The up
bullders of nations and of civiliza
tions, Alexander, Caesar, Washing
ton, Napoleon, are passed with
equal disregard. The master think
ers of science and philosophy, such
men as Plato, Bacon, Newton, Dar
win, are excluded from this list of
fame. Tbe great poets are almost
unrepresented. In their stead are
written the names of inventors of
engines and of improved processes of
Perhaps no two men would agree
upon a list of 20 great ones. Most
readers of history would include In
such a list of larger proportion than
Mr. Carnegie does of leaders of the
minds of men.
A meeting has been called at Chicago
to protest against the doctrine of Dr.
Osier and to eliminate the ace limit
from applications for employment
Here are some of tbe things they say
To adopt a rule barring those of
a certain age from employment in
the productive industries of mod
ern life Is unjust, unreasonable. Il
logical, barbarous and Indefensible.
Unjust, because It drives a man
into the army of the unemployed
solely because he has lived to
reach the age limit arbitrarily es
tablished and without any fault on
'Unreasonable, because a man at
45 is In tbe very meridian of his
power for useful effort, with a dis
ciplined and trained mind.
Illogical, because the establlsh
men and enforcement of such a
limitation has a tendency to de
stroy worthy ambition when life's
period of productive industry is
only half spent, and the shadow
of such a limitation disheartens
and induces hopelessness.
Barbarous, because It ignores the
fact that most workers at that age
are the fathers of young. Innocent,
and dependent children, who are
stricken cruelly, without fault on
their part, by the shutting off of
their parents from continued con
tribution to their needs.
Indefensible, from every point ot
view. These workers are so far
the creatures of circumstances over
which they have no control that
they are worked like beasts of bur
den, without even tbe hope of a
Tbere Is ec much good sense In thta
presentment tbat it hardly needs any
comment, and, by the way, it may be
mentioned that Dr. Osier himself has
passed the limit ot age and is still
living and doing.
When a man ain't got a cent, and he's '
feeling kind of blue.
An tha cloude bang dark an' heavy
an' won't let the sunshine
It's a great thing, 0 my brethren, for
a feller Just to lay
His hand upon your shoulder in a
friendly sort o'way.
It makes a man feel curious; It
makes the tear drops start
An' jrou sort o' feel flutter in the re
gion of your heart;
Ton can't look up and meet his eyes;
yon don't know what to say,
When his hand is on your shoulder
in a friendly sort o' way.
Oh, the world's a curious compound
with its honey and its gall,
With its care and bitter crosses; but
a good world after all.
An' a good God must have made it
leastways, that's what I say,
When a hand rests on my shoulder
in a friendly sort o'way.
James Whitcomb Riley.
Dear Mrs. Thompson Kindly fur
nish a recipe for mulled cider.
To a quart of cider add one bottle
soda water, one small glass of bran
dy. Juice of half a lemon, sugar and
nutmeg to taste. Flavor It with ex
tract of pineapple and strain. Serve
Dear Mrs. Thompson Which is
proper, to acknowledge receipt of an'
- -jr. J
Make Russia Come Right
The American Federation of La
bor made a good issue when it pro
tested against the refusal of Russia
to permit Jews carrying United
States passports to enter that country.
This country stands for religious
liberty and it stands for tbe rights
of its citizens, no matter what re
ligious creed they hold.
In this country where religion is
free we are finding loyal support
Father of Commission Role.
According to Edward F. Harris, law
rer, of Galveston, there probably never
would have been a commission form
of government in bis home town if the
great storm bad not afflicted it 10
years ago. Galveston was the first city
to adopt the new government plan. It
"Immediately after the storm." Mr
Harris says, "Galveston found itself in
a most deplorable condition. It was
rlty without a government. Tbe mill
ary was there and the city authorities
had lain down because the enormity of
tbe disaster overwhelmed them. Be
fore the storm our city affairs were
about as rotten as could be Imagined.
No one hsd ever heard of such a thing
, as comniition form of government.
1 Sotnc'.htcg had to be done in starting ; an(j signing jjd sealing them
This War Should End.
The memorial which ha been pre
pared In Greo.t Britain asking that the
Turco-Itallan conflict be referred to
The Hague tMbunal Is a step In the
It may not be immediately effective.
but it has its moral effect There
really seems to be no good reason tor
the war now la progress. There were
no wrongs that could not have been
redressed by an appeal to an Impartial,
ooard of arbitration.
It appears that In this matter the
belligerents fcai e acted In violation of
the very principles of The Hague
treaty of which Italy is a signatory.
i tie New York Tribune says of
'There is no occasion for any other
power to be censorious of her for act
ing as presumably others would have
acted In like circumstances. But tbere
Is occasion for Italy and for all other
nations to refect upon this practical
repudiation ot the pledges which were
so formally and solemnly made amid
so many high anticipations of the
friends of pe.ce. This would not undo
the wrong which has been done, more
to Italy hersM? than to Turkey, but it
would strengthen the hands and voice,
of those In Italy as well as elsewbere
who regret that wrongdoing and are
striving to lead her and other powers
Into more worthy ways. It should
thus have chastening effect upon
Italy and exei't a restraint upon the
other nation which might otherwise
be tempted to follow the same course,
"Nor Is tb'.ie lacking a profitable
reminder to t le friends of peace of
the Inutility of treaties wblch are con
trary to the ie6ires and intentions of
the makers of them, or which are not
backed up by overwhelming public
sentiment. rw nations are likely to
keep treaties to tbelr own hurt or to
the balking -id embarrassment of
their action when opportunities for ag
grandizement arise. That realization
shows the vanity of the notion that
universal and perpetual peace could
not be secur-M merely by putting
proml&e to ti..t effect on parchment
all over again. In a great crisis men than that i needed namely.
think hard and generally a way out Is
"It so baiipened that one day I ran
across a statement that Brooklyn had
a charter wMou gave the mayor al
most unlimited power. It gave us an
Idea. For several weeks many of us
met every nitUt. The commission form
of government ibarter was tbe result.
We a'artcd cur campaign and educated
the people. The old gambling machine
crowd of politicians fought us bitterly,
but the people were with us. We elect
ed five commissioners then. One of
them was the mayor-president. Four
ot tbe original five still are serving.
The mayor-president is tbe only one
tbat has been changed.
"Tbe commission form of govern
ment is cot self -operating. Its success
d. i ends mostly upon the men who are
ti. td to office. Without active, wlde-
nouncement ot marriage and at
home card wita a note of congratu
lations, or to send visiting card by
mail on first at-home day? To whom
should letter or card be addressed
when the person receiving an
nouncement Is not acquainted with
the bride? PERPLEXED.
Acknowledge the announcement
Tour congratulations will, of course,
include both bride and bridegroom,
but tbe envelope may be addressed
to the bridegroom only.
e e e
Dear Mrs. Thompson Is It prop
er for my sister to go out with
fellow I used to go with? I went
with him for about five years when
we had a misunderstanding. When
he sees my sister she claims he talks
and makes dates with her. What
is your opinion of a sister who
would do anything like that?
Since you and the young man are
nothing to each other, it cannot
make any particular difference who
goes with him. If you kept com
pany with him for five years and
nothing came of it, my opinion is
that you should try to forget him.
The Argus Daily Story
Two Christmas Days By Bertha G. Treat.
Copyrighted. 1911, by Associated Literary Bureau.
TT Is fat my mind to pare hue
A On l&rce auto of tbe kind
That will coat about five thousand
And will travel as tbe wind.
But I cannot quite afford It
Even for that small amount.
Though It seems a very trifle.
It's the tittle things that count
On a diamond scarf pin fancy
I have set my very heart
I am sore on looking shabby.
And I ions for something smart
But I hesitate and falter.
For tbe cost I cannot flount.
Not In these exacting- momenta
It'a the little thin that count
Yesterday I saw a painting
Quite attractive to tbe eyes
And exclaimed on looking- at it
"That is iivt about my stset
Twenty tbeoaand. but a trifle
For a draft at art's deep fount
But at present I must pass It
It's the little thlnss that count '
One, you know, must be so careful
In tbe choice of what he buys.
Eere and tbere we spend a little.
Gracious, how tbe money fliesl
I confess tbe saudy baubles
Do attractive look and neat
But I have to buy a beefsteak.
Tor the folks at borne must eat.
True to Type.
"Hello, little boy! What are tbe
general characteristics of your fami
Well, I am firm."
"Good! What of your father?"
'And your mother?"
"She is obstinate."
'Any brothers or sisters?"
'Yea They're all stubborn little
Expensive to Start.
among those who profess the relig
ion of the Jew.
At this age and stage of the I
world's history nothing could be
more ridiculous than to gauge a
man's citizenship by his politics or
The time Is coming when Russia
will learn a lesson that will do it
good. It is time for Washington to
awaken to this fact. If Russia does
not want to do the right thing it can
be made to do it and there will be
no war either.
Mother and I lived In onr little cot-1
tage at B., not half a mile from the
Nelson place. From the window of
my room 1 could look into Its beauti
ful grounds and see its massive walls
and wished we could have such a
place as tbat Now and again I would
see George Nelson driving In or out In
his cart or his automobile or riding on
horseback. He was master ot tbe
place, though he was bnt twenty-sev
en, for his father had died when he
was a little boy, and his mother died
soon after he came of age. We bad
long been near neighbors, and tbe Nel
sons had been very kind to us.
When one afternoon a week before
Christmas George Nelson drove up to
the house In his automobile, with Its
glass wind screen and any number of
fur rugs, and asked me to go out for a
spin with him It never occurred to me
that he was to take me out for any
other purpose than to give pleasure to
Though it was a cool morning, tbe
sun shone brightly, and there was no
wind except what was made by the
rapid motion of the auto. Both the
crisp morning and our rapid ride over
the smooth roads were exhilarating,
and I showed all the delight of a girl
of twelve. Now and again Mr. Nelson
looked aside at me as If be could
scarcely make me out Somehow my
Juvenile exuberance did not seem to
please him. There was a serious look
on his face, and several times be start-
yA1 (? f
"What shall I charge my patients?"
asked the anxious young doctor.
'Don't worry about that," replied
the old practitioner. "Ton may have
to hire a few to practice on at first"
CELINA aiuf RAFEAL
"I am a genius."
-It is a fact"
"It must be grand!"
"Yea, but It is lonesome."
"He's so stupid."
"That's why I like hlm.-
"Not at all. He Isn't hard to live up
Lots Like Him.
T am a fighter."
"When I know I can lick the other
"What a a kleptomaniac?"
"The light fingered gentleman whose
family has a pull at police headquarters."
Net All the Precautions.
"I hear she is opposed to kissing."
"Well, she doesn't carry a blanket
injunction against It"
Alters the Complexion.
A little nonsense now and thea
Is relished by the best of men
Unless they are the butt of It
And then It doesn't make a hit
Cell pa and Rafael CaJvo are the daughter and aon of the minister
to the Culled States from Ooata Rica. They both attend the publid
mww rw wiling wu, AJW 1
spirit and pin pose of peace in
minds of the nations, and that is
be secured tt rough education of the
people in tbe ways of peace and tbe
enlightening cf their minds in respect
to its advanUPes, ratber than through
the making o' treaties and tbe sign
ing of convent'ons."
And this Is uue to the extent that
we can not hope for universal peace
through tbe feigning of treaties tbat
are easily broken, but we can hope
for the diffusion of a spirit of peace
that will brln in the end a better un
derstanding between tbe nations and
beget a des!r for justice.
Gored to Death by Bull.
EvansvlUe, Ind., Dec. 1. Robert
Hancock, a wealthy farmer, 45 years
old. living ne ir Evansrille, was gored
to death by a (Irioug bull.
PREACHER IS WHIPPED;
PLASTERED WITH TAR
Albuquerque. N. M., Dec. 1. New
Mexico has been stirred by the alleged
administering of a sound whipping,
followed by a Ii-eral application of tar.
to Rev. H. S. Wannamaker, founder
of the town of Amisted, Union county,
and promoter of two railroads in the
new state. Tbe reported chastisement
of the minister, citlien and promoter
occurred a few nights ago. Wanna
maker was accused of being friendly
with Mrs. Mary Fulton, music teacher,
Sunday school teacher and church or
ganist It is eald tbe attack on Wan
namaker followed tbe diacovery re
cently made by his wife, who told
asked their aid In putting a stop to
the intrigue. Immediately a vigilance
committee was formed, the home of
There is a heap of difference between
the sulks and restraint, so don't mis
A book without humor la like a din
ner without dessert.
A fit of the blues will never help to
keep your memory green.
If onr best virtues are never sus
pected 'of having an existence, so also
are onr biggest possibilities for vice
making an even standoff.
Loyalty is the rarest of the virtues.
Perhaps tbat Is the reason we prize
It above all others.
The man who has to hare a pick-me-
op In the morning is apt to get a let
ting down before night.
It Is one thing to land on yonr feet
the widow was carefully watched, and ""J a" 7ur feet on land
, r I and hold it The time some men don't
ou iumi eunaay ntgui wuinuouer .k
was seen to enter it at about midnight. 1 in getting out
The vigilantes broke Into the house.
Wannamaker, It is eald, was subdued A 5? resolution is a fine starting
. v.,. P014- bot " h" t keep moving to
'"- vii munci, uun anywhere with It
of the house, spanked with a barrel
stave, and a bucket of tar poured over
him. The widow was not molested.
but It Is said that unless she leaves
the community at once the women of
Amisted will conduct a tarring party
on their own account. The entire
community Is In sympathy with Wan-
A heavy feeder Is too often a light
prominent men of the community and no action.
Croup Is most prevalent during
tbe dry cold weather cf tbe early
winter months. Parents of young
children should be prepared for it
All that la naaAaA la a hnttla tt
namaker-s wife, who Is a cultured wo- chamberlain's Cough Remedy. Many
man of the east and mother of several mothers are never without it in their
cnnaien. l he authorities have taken Unmu ! i t... i.nnint
I Sold by all druggists.
"THIS IS WHAT I RAVK CHOSEN FOB TOO,'
ed to any something that he did not
finish, either stopping or turning what
he had Intended to something else.
Finally, when we had been out more
than an hour, he said, with a tender
ness la his voice:
"Daisy. I wish to give you a nice
Christmas present this year, some
thing of Importance. I wish you to
name what you would like."
I began at once to think over those
things that would most please me.
Ilad I been older I would have known
better than to choose jewelry or any
gift that it would not be proper for a
woman to accept from a man not a
relative or a fiance. As It was, I said
that I would like a bracelet.
'You shall have It" he said, "and
there Is something else I'm going to
give you something that I wish you
to have. The bracelet will be your
present: the other will be mine. What
I mean by that is that while your heart
is set on tbe bracelet, mine Is set on
the gift I have myself chosen for you."
This was Greek to me, for I hadn't
tbe slightest Idea of wbat be could be
thinking. With the curiosity of a child
I began to ask him all sorts of ques
tions about this gift that he had cho
sen for me. Was it wood? Was It
metal? Was It paper? Instead of be
ing pleased at these questions, they
seemed to bother him. There was a
look on his face that I could not understand.
When we drove np to the house Mr.
Nelson wouldn't come in, saying that
be wonld call Christmas morning with
tbe two gifts. I ran In and poured
everything he had, said to me In my
mother's ears, manifesting the same
childlike delight. In which I noticed
she was not especially sympathetic.
When I told her that I had chosen a
bracelet she winced. When I said
that Mr. Nelson was going to give me
something else tbat be had especially
chosen for me she seemed interested.
though she made no remark. When
I bad finished my story of our ride
"Daisy, you wfTl be eighteen next
April. At yocr age I was preparing
to be married. I don't know wbat
keeps you so childish. Yon should re
member tbat I am getting old, that
you are a woman, and it is time yon
were thinking of the life before loo."
i must have been very stupid, for I
did not connect what she said to me
with George Nelson or any otber man.
Indeed, I didn't know what she meant.
She didn't explain, so I continued In
On Christmas morning George Nel
son drove up to the house in bis two
wheeled cart and, bitching bis horse
to a post, came in. I was watching
him from my window and noticed that
he had no packages in bis hands, from
which I inferred that what he was in
tending to give me of his own choos
ing was not bulky. He wore a fur
lined overcoit, and there was plenty
of room for ordinary sized packages
In the pockets. I went downstairs
and found him and mother In tbe library-
There was a very pleased look oa
1 mother's face, and, seeing her holding
something In her clenched band, I In
ferred that she had received a present,
though how It could be of much value
and so small as to bo concealed in her
fist I conld not guess. Mr. Nelson
handed me a box. which I opened and
found a beautiful gold bracelet set
with rubles. He permitted me to feast
my eyes on it for a while then drew
forth another box. no bigger than a
walnut This I opened and took out a
ring set with a handsome solitaire
"This is what I have chosen for
you," he said.
I was as well pleased with It as with
my bracelet So Intent was I on both
that for some time I did not raise my
eyes, and when I did I caught mother
and Mr. Nelson looking at each other
meaningly. But so stupid was I that
I did not realise what was passing be
tween them. I slipped my ring suc
cessively on the fingers of my right
hand and found it fitted the third.
"I suppose I shall wear it there," I
said. "It fits exactly."
"Oh. Daisy," exclaimed my mother,
"you are Incorrigible 1"
"Not at all." Mr. Nelson protested.
"Let her wear the ring on her right
hand. Next Christmas I may give her
another present, also of my own choos
ing, and possibly It may also be of
hers, but till then let her do as she
likes about this one."
"You two are speaking In riddles," I
broke out "I do wish you would talk
bo that I can understand yon."
"Goodby and a merry Christmas,"
said Mr. Nelson. "Remember, next
year I hope to stand here with another
gift, which will explain to yon things
that you are yet too young to under
stand." With that he went out, got Into his
cart and drove away.
"What does it all menn, mother?" I
"Perhaps you win know by next
Christmas without being told."
That was all I could get out of ber.
and, though I puzzled over tbe matter
all that day and for some time after
ward, I failed to find any Interpreta
tion for the secret between mother and
During the following year our neigh
bor was more frequently at our
house, and when summer come and he
took me on long spins in his auto a
change had come over me. I began to
look upon him not as a father or older
brother, but as a man whom I liked
very much to be with. When autumn
came he would occasionally bring or
send me flowers from bis conservatory.
It seems singular to me now that while
I began to look upon him as a proper
companion for me I still failed to un
derstand bis action in giving me a ring
at the previous Christmas.
One day I asked my mother If she
remembered that George Nelson had
promised to give me In December a
present that would explain the previ
ous one. She replied that I had missed
an opportunity thnt might not occur
again. A flood of light poured In upon
me, and I was shocked at my obtuse
ness. Furthermore, I was seized with
consternation, but I bud lost the man
I was now conscious that I loved.
From that time till Christmas I
strove by especially encouraging my
former suitor to undo what I bad done.
But tbe more I encouraged the more
I was discouraged. Mr. Nelson grew,
so far aa I could discern, more and
more Indifferent to me. Toward the
end of October came a surprise. It
was on a beautiful autumn day, when
we went together for an automobile
drive. Mr. Nelson said to me:
"You remember that I promised you
a gift for the coming Christmas tbat
would be of my and 1 hoped of your
"I am ready to tell you what it is
"A wedding ring."
When we returned to the house I
announced to my mother wbat my gift
was to be and tbat I had accepted It
"I hope." she replied, "jou will have
the sense to put it on your left band."
"Indeed I will," I replied.
George Insisted, unless there was
some especial objection, on being mar
ried on Christmas. He said tbat be
had been looking forward for nearly
a year to put the wedding ring on my
finger and if he were not permitted
to do so on that day he would be dis
appointed. I had less than two months
in which to get ready, but I assented,
and on Christmas morning he did aa
he had intended to do gave me a plain
gold ring and as a part of tbe marriage
ceremony, when he slipped It on, be
and mother exchanged glances, and
both were smiling.
After the ceremony I went with my
husband on a wedding journey, and on
my return I became an Inmate and
mistress of the place upon which I
had for so many yenrs looked wist
fully. My husband says tbat be missed
his wooing, for tbere can be no wooing
of a child. At any rate, he bad bat a
few months of lovemaking.
D?c. 1 in American
1797 Oliver Wolcott, "signer" for Con
. nectlcut, died; born 1728.
1841 Colossal statue of George Wash
ington placed in tbe national capi
tal. 1908 The battleship fleet Balled from
Manila homeward bound from its
She Dies Trylng to Light Pipe.
Bloomlngtm, Dec. 1. Mrs. Mary
Nixon was burned to death at tha
home of her son, Andrew Nixon, in
Havana. She was alone and in at
tempting to llsht her pipe her cloth
ing ignited and she inhaled tbe
flames. She was 77 years old.