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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 1912.
Published DiOy Weekly at 1(14
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Saturday, November 13, 1912.
Isn't this the sort of weather to in
spire the leap year girl?
For real low down weather, wouldn't
January give you a frost T
Blnoe cold weather doesn't kill
germs, what's it good for, anyway?
Thoughts of the) old swlmmin' hole
do not make the weather any milder.
Andrew Carnegie has been an In
teresting and decidedly picturesque
witness In the steel trust Investiga
tion. From the time he borrowed
money to engage In business, down
through years of his shrewd and suc
cessful financial ventures to the pres
ent hour, he has been the central ob
ject of Interest in connection with the
enormous growth of the steel busi
So manifold and varied have been
his methods and workings that, on
the witness stand this week, he was
obliged to ask his counsel to refresh
bis memory on what to him was the
simple matter of securing the appoint
ment of one of his attorneys to a
place In the president's cabinet
Hlg repetition of his former em
pbatlc statement that the steel busi
ness needs no tariff is entertaining,
in view of the advantages accorded
that business as the result of exist
"All Is well, since all goes better,'
according to his statement, is the
ironmaster's motto. Exactly what he
means Is not clear.
But the man who can select cabinet
members and defy the robber tariff
while enjoying the enormous benefits
of the system may have any sort of
motto he may choose.
Two weeks of below zero weather
proves Rock Island Isn't In the bana
Signs of spring. Telegraph report
that Missouri peach crop has been In
jured by cold weather.
Carnegie says the day of competi
tion has passed. Combination was
too much for competition.
What has become of the man who
used to wear a folded newspaper un
der his Test In cold weather?
And sow comes a scientist to tell
us Bve was not a beautiful woman.
She certainly was the most beautiful
oi jher time.
When it is considered that the
American people declined to break
precedent by according to the great
est of their military heroes a third
term In the presidency, the presump
tion of the four flusher from Lobster
Bay becomes absolutely appalling.
Philander Knox, whom Andrew Car
negie said nnder oath he had appoint
ed attorney general In President Mc
Klnley'a cabinet. Is the same states
man who is now at the head of Presi
dent Tsft's cabinet, the one appoint
ment that the president insisted upon,
even though a question arose as to
his eligibility, that was compromised
by Knox serving for under-pay.
Dr. Harry Elgin Webster, the con
fessed murderer of his girl wife, Be
vie Kent Webster, wants to make a
bargain with Justloe, his own consid
e rat Ion for which may be exile to life
among the lepers, to whom the blood
stained villain would like to minister
for the remainder of bis days, in lieu
of the legal termination of his exist
ence. Apart from the species of nerve
that the doctor exhibits, the question
that may naturally present itself in
the mind of the humanitarian Is, why
pollute the lepers?
Gaynor on Public Schools.
What Mayor Gaynor said to the
newly-appointed members of the
New York board of education should
be repeated wherever the modern
school system has been adopted:
"We are trying to teach the
school children too much. The re
sult is we do not teach them well.
Too many subjects are taught the
children. Our school children are
submerged they Just abont have
their noses above water struggling
to breathe. We are now bringing
boys and girls out of the common
schools who are taught so much and
who think they know so much that
they won't work any longer with
their hands. The girls refuse to do
housework. There Is a shortage of
workers all over the country. We
are teaching things that are unnec
essary to make good citizens. We
are teaching languages in the schools
and I would like to meet one child
that has come out of the schools
knowing a language."
It is safe to say, we believe, that
nine-tenths of the school children
forget nearly all the "book learn
ing" they acquire in the schools be
fore they have left school for three
months. If attention were paid to
the physique of the children first of
all, and then if they were thorough
ly grounded in English composition,
reading alcud, writing and the pri
mary rules of arithmetic, they would
be much better prepared than they
are now for taking up seriously the
business of life, or for continuing
the studies In the higher branches
of education. Nor would we be like
ly to meet so many men at the bar or
in the pulpit who are but poor
sticks at using their tongues and
"If you know how a man spends
his spare time, you can read his
character and outline his future."
Dear Mrs, Thompson I am a girt
of 17 and have two gentlemen
friends who seem to think a great
deal of me. My parents object to
my marrying the one I think the
most of, but they would be glad If
I would take the other one. They
both have proposed to me. What
would you advise me to do? V. B.
Be guided by your mother. Give
up- the young man to whom she ob
jects. She has more knowledge of
the world than yon. and, of course,
"baa your interests at heart more
than anybody you know. You are
rather young to be engaged.
e e e
Dear Mrs. Thompson I have a
boy 20 years old. He is as good a
boy as ever walked. There is not a
lazy bone in his body. He works
every day, but Is nervous and im
patient. He has a little brother to
whom he 1b very good. He will give
him anything he wants, but Is Im
patient with him. He never has
time to wait for anything. He al
ways has been that way. I thought
he would get better, but he Is get
ting worse. His father Is easy go-
r nvjrcAj m. smith
ing and never hurries and I am the
same, so we cannot understand why
be should be so different. Please ad
vise us how to deal with him.
What the young man needs 1b rest
and perhaps medical aid, as there
may be some nervous disease. This
is a matter which should not be
treated lightly. As he naturally has
a good disposition, that cannot be
the cause. Either be Is not well or
it may be that uncongenial work
makes him feel thus. You should
not delay taking measures, to find
the cause of the trouble before it
becomes an incurable malady.
Dear Mrs. Thompson Please tell
me how to make my ankles strong.
They are very weak. A READER.
AH you can do Is to wear shoea
that are a support. Do not wear
low shoes In summer.
CHANGE OF SCENE.
TT used to be that men would wait
Until their ship came la.
Now at suggestions of the sort
They only sit and gram.
Bear axing- tales do not amuse
In these degenerate days.
The average man la waiting round
Until his gold mine pays.
Once captains ranged the Spanish main
Or Balled to far Cathay
And brought back wealta enough to fill
A good sited four horse dray.
There was some sense In waiting then
Until one's feet got wet.
But now a gold mine that will pay
Appears a better bet
The modern steamship might arrive
A thousand times or more
And never give the common man
A dollar from Its store.
But tucked away in some small box
Or in his pocket loose
He has a bunch of mining stock
That some day may produce.
Gold mining stock oh. that's the stuff.
If you should care to bet.
On which the hopes of modern man
Are resolutely set!
It never does produce a cent.
But hope eternal springs
That some day riches, flying swift.
May corns to him on wings.
The Argus Daily Story
How the Stack Was Straightened By Samuel O. Montford.
Copyrighted, 1911. by Associated Literary Bureau.
Completing His Education.
Comment From Capital
Situation In China.
Soldiers of great military powers
uard the railway from Peking to
Is port, TIen-Tsiu. Stronger forces
are in readiness for immediate use
It Is clear that tbe general break
ing down of authority In the Chinese
empire, especially in the vicinity of
tbe imperial capital, would result in
the occupation of various strategic
points by foreign troops. There Is
good reason to believe that several
great powers will prevent the forma
tion of any republican government
in China, which dooe not meet their
approval in respect to its promise of
stability and the character of the
men at its head.
Japan, especially, can be counted
on to oppose changes in China which
might lead to revolutionary activity
in Japanese cities and Germany will
surely dlscoursge the experiment of
an Asiatic republic. Nor is It likely
that England will care to take
liances with the effect of a republic
In China upon tbe sentiment and
national life of India.
A Chinese republic will be born
with much travail, if at all. It will
be In imminent peril of early death
if it comes Into life.
"As the Itomans Do."
Popular Magazine: This thing of
lolng in Rome as the Romans do is
not always the best plan. If you
don't believe it. Miss Jane Addams.
the famous sociological worker, Chi
cago, will tell you a story to prove It.
Miss Addams knew a wealthy wo
man who delighted in doing works
of charity, such as sending mission
aries to foreign fields, and on one
occasion she put up the money to
end a missionary to the Caroline
Islands. Soon after bis arrival on
the scene of activities, tbe religious
man sent his benefactress a photo
graph of himself and his wife.
Whereupon the rich woman wrote
the man of God a letter, suggesting
t'.iat his wife. In order to win the
confidence of the natives should
th :w away her fine clothes and
wear tho costume of the Islands.
Tbey Were All American.
This from Rev. E. H. Byrlngton,
an eastern cleryroan, is worth re
peating: "A Jewish rabbi recently told the
following story of what occurred in'
a public school which he attended on
the east side of New York, where
people of so mrny different nation
alities are huddled together. A pol
itician was about to speak to the
graduating class. Wishing to be sure
of the kind of people he was address
ing, he asked all the Irish children
to stand up. No one arose. He
thought that perhaps he had made
a mistake in the character cf the
population In that district and so
called on all the German children
to rise. Again all remained seated.
Seeing some dark faces he felt sure
of his next effort, but not a child
moved though he called in turn for
the Italian and the Jewish boys and
"A teacher saw his embarrass
ment and whispered a suggestion to
him, whereupon be said, 'Let all the
American children rise. Instantly
every boy and girl stood up, not
only those whose parents were for
eign born, but those also who them
selves had been born In Russia,
Italy and other foreign countries.
They all called themselves Ameri
cans, and they were right.
"Too often children whose par
ents were born In this land are ac
customed to think lightly or even
sneer at some of these foreign chil
dren, calling them by some unpleas
ant nickname. Be careful. Every
one of them who faithfully and ear
nestly attends an American school
and salutes the American flag, and
especially if he possesses one of his
own, has a right to the name Amer
ican. Call him by that name and no
other. He is your fellow-citizen.'
BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER.
(Special Correspondence of The Argus.)
Washington, Jan. 11. One of the
questions to which members of con
gress are turning their attention is
that of toll charges for the Panama
canal. Although the opening of the
cat Is two years off, certain inter
ests already are manifesting a deep
concern in the rates to be charged
and that sinister influences will be
brought to bear in the fixing of the
tolls is little doubted by many of
the members of congress.
The railroads, especially the
transcontinental roads, are on the
alert for developments in this im
portant matter. Charges have been
made by officials of certain inde
pendent shipping interests that the
railroad group of financiers in New
York blocked the plans of shipping
men to borrow money with which to
build a fleet of steamers for the coast
to coast trade. Their purpose in
making sure that this credit was
withheld, lies, of course, in their de
sire to keep down water competition,
and so grave were these charges that
it is certain that a congressional
committee will Investigate them.
probably during tbe present session
A SUBJECT OF DISPUTE.
The statement has been made that
certain foreign governments pay re
bates to ship owners who use the
Sues canal, but as to this there is
a good deal of dispute. Many of
these governments subsidize steam
ship lines and some of them, rather
than pay this subsidy directly into
the pockets of the ship owners, dis
guise it under tne name or "com
pensation for canal expenses." Cer
tain shipping Interests are already
lobbying in Washington for a simi
lar arrangement at the Panama
canal. Many influences are at work,
in fact, and those members of con
gress who wish to settle the toll
question with a view to benefitting
the country generally are finding
themselves in a maze of doubt and
The canal, when it is completed,
will give the Pacific coast states ' a
new labor problem, and this, too, is
causing some apprehension, especial
ly among the far western congress
men. Hitherto, the cheap labor
from Europe has been dumped Into
the eastern states, the cost of rail
transportation to the far west be
ing practically prohibitive to the
new arrivals. With the canal com
pleted the immigrants, many of
them, will land at San Francisco in
stead of New York or Boston, and
then the problem of what to do with
the cheap labor from Europe will
become as acute in the west as it
now is in the congested centers of
HAS MANY ANGLE".
Altogether the toll question and
its allied problems is one of many
angles and many perplexing possl
bilities. The railroad trust is pull
ing one way and the foreign ship
ping combines, which are known to
exert a large influence in Washing
ton, are pulling another. Between
them are many honest interests,
working for a broad solution of the
problem. Between them all the av
erage congressman is having a bard
time to decide.
"Happy the man who has found his
vocation." This is an old adage which
In these times, when life seems too
short to learn a profession before mid
dle age, the saying should be, "Happy
the boy In whom some especial gift
shows Itself that can be later on turn
ed to success."
Tom Swartout a farmer's son, seem
ed to big father to be worthless be
cause, as the older man said, he was
too lazy to eat And there was rea
son for tbe Imputation. Tom detested
farm work. Tbe hoe handle would
never stick to bis hands, or If It did
ha would constantly be stopping In his
work to look np In the sky at some
bird soaring above and wonder bow
It kept a fixed position without the
slightest visible motion of Us wings.
Under the circumstances life was
Intolerable to Tom and his parents.
Mo one can blame fathers and mothers
whose children seem to be useless for
showing their disappointment Tom
knew that he was a disappointment,
and one night after an expression of
his father's disapprobation he resolved
to leave home and go somewhere else.
In the morning, long before dawn and
before any one was stirring on the
farm, he got out of bed, dressed him
self and started down the road he
knew not whither.
Then followed hardships that might
hare been expected. A week after his
departure be stopped at an open door
of a factory to look in at an engine
that was moving machinery distribut
ed through a whole building. There
was something in the regular and con
tinued stroke of the piston, the steady
revolution of the flywheel, that fas
cinated the boy. He wondered what
kept it going. He bad seen machinery
on the farm moved by band power,
but nothing driven by beat While he
was looking the engineer, a pale man.
Tom, having reported the matter to
Ms employers, wss forgotten by them
In their anxiety abont the chimney.
The same evening tbey called a meet
ing of engineers and builders to dis
cuss some means of propping the chim
ney to tide them over the bnsy season.
Not an expedient was suggested that
could be . Jled upon. If the stack
should fall and wreck the wing the
loss would be far greater than that oc
casioned by stopping work while the
chimney was being taken down and
rebuilt The propping plan was aban
doned, and the meeting adjourned with
the understanding that the stack must
Tbe next morning Tom Swartoat In
overalls went Into the office of Mr.
Rogers, president of the corporation,
and, leaning his bare arms, black with
coal dust and grease, on a rosewood
railing, said reflectively:
"Mr. Rogers, I've been wondering if
a way of straightening the stack I've
been thinking abont wouldn't work."
"You've been thinking abont It! Do
you know that last night we had the
best engineers in the coon try here dis
cussing the matter, and they all agreed
the stack must come down."
Tom was abont to take Ms departure
when the president asked. "What's
"Why, yon know the base la square."
"And the stack lease In a perpeadlc
nlar line with one of tbe faces of the
"Now, If a line of brick on the aides
of the base other than that m the direc
tion the stack leans coo Id be remered
the stack wonld settle on that side,
swinging the top toward the perpen
dicular." "Tbe removal of brick nnder so heavy
a weight would be impracticable."
"I was wondering If It couldn't be
who was evidently suffering from some I done In this way: Remove the brick at
disease, began to shovel coal Into tbe
furnace. Tbe work was evidently hard
on him, and he stopped to rest between
"HI do that for yon," said Tom.
The man looked at him, then, taking
"I'd like to get a job as a bill col
lector." "Think you'd like to workr
"Not specially; but, viewing it from
ought to be able to get on to aU of tbe v " v
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engineer all about the engine the prin
ciples on which It worked, what the
piston accomplished, why the flywheel
was there, how uniform motion was
achieved and a lot of other questions
The man answered his questions and
was surprised at how quickly he un
derstood the explanations. Then Tom
told him that he bad left home, bad
no means of a livelihood and asked If
be might not shovel coal and do odd
jobs about tbe engine room.
Tbe engineer went Into the office.
Tit For Tat.
"These cakes, my dear, aren't as
good as those mother used to make.1
"Not by a long shot."
"You didn't really expect them to
be, did you?"
"I don't see why I shouldn't expect
them to be."
"Well, the checks yon give me aren't
nearly so big as the checks that father
used to draw for me."
"Don't get Bwn "started on tiiat he could stay at a -alary of ,4 a
"He'll talk an hour If yon do."
"Does he know so much abont It?"'
"No; be knows so little about It"
Drake Heirs Hopeful.
Bloomington, Jan. 13. Two hun
dred investors in the Drake estate
proposition, representing an outlay of
$25,000, assembled In mass meeting
here today to hear a report from the
promoters. Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Whit-
taker of St Louis. The latter al
leges she Is a lineal descendent of
Sir Francis Drake and claims owner
ship of an English estate alleged to
be worth $360,000,000. A reporter
who was present was forcibly eject-
cal representative, who subsequently
was arrested and fined. After the
HERE, YOU. LITTLE CUPID. FLY THIS WAY;
FIVE MEN INVITE LEAP YEAR PROPOSALS
l war a- J LJt ZT
Five young men of Akron. O.. all unmarried, have taken notice of
the arrival of leap year by organizing the Akron Bachelors' Matri
monial club. They want wives. By the rules they nave adopted, no
member is permitted to propose to a girl and ?ach Is required to accept
the proposal of any girl "if It seems proper." They all have good posi
tions, and ought to make good husbai.ds.
meeting quieted down Whittaker and
Ma wife told of the progress made in
obtaining possession and of their in
tentions to go to England shortly to
push their claims. All of the inves-sition.
tors are enthusiastic over the pros
pects of realizing upon their Invest
ment and entertain complete conn
dence in the legitimacy of the propo-
A Woman's Observation.
"Men are so silly."
"But why notice it?"
"Every time one gets a new hat he
plumes himself as much as If he had
got a new set of brains by his own
"Re said she is a regular poem. Do
"What would you call her?"
week. The boy was beside himself
One day a wooden post that was a
part of one of the machines In the
building and that was Intended to
turn on a pivot like a rudder post be
gan to open In fissures as it turned.
Every time it turned the fissures grew
larger, and It was evident the post
would soon be twisted in two. Some
work that had been promised the next
morning was dependent on tbe ma
chine, and there was no time to put In
a new post. Tom stood beside the fore
man, who was looking at the post not
knowing what to do.
"Get some wedges," said the coal
heaver, "and every time the fissures
open fill them up."
The foreman turned to the begrimed
boy In astonishment Then tbe wedges
were brought, driven In and the post
was again rigid.
The incident advanced Tom many
pegs In the opinion of his employers,
and they tried him In various places
where good work was needed, but he
failed lu them all. He bad no apti
tude for work that did not Interest
him. It was drudgery, and be had not
been made for drudgery any more In a
factory than on a farm. There seem
ed nothing that he could do but assist
the engineer, who was a sickly man
and often was obliged to absent him
self from his duties. So Tom was sent
back to the engine room and made as
sistant engineer. At this work he
seemed to eet on better than at anv-
The reason why It Is so hard for thine cise. for ne ove& the machine
some people to do right is because it that could keep the mills suppled with
is so difficult for them to want to. nower all flay and all nlcht for that
matter without cettlnz tired. In its
There Is nothing quite so miserably own fieM thoueh aenseleas iron, it was
wretched as a wornout fad that still better than a man. The man con
strives to keep the pace. sumes different kinds of food: coal
alone would feed the enzlne. The
When a man gets knocked out a few man must stop for sleeD and rest: the
times he Isn't so keen to butt In as engine need never stop.
formerly. I Several years passed during which
Tom got no further up in the ladder
Isnt It peculiar that the stentorian uf success than assistant engineer.
calls of duty are not so easily beard There was a vague Idea among bis fel-
as the small voice of pleasure? lows and his employers that be was
born for success, but there was a
Blessed are those who are often dls- screw loose somewhere in his bodily
appointed, for tbey are rapidly be- mechanism. One day when he was a
coming Immune. grown man his opportunity came, and
the only person unconscious of its ar-
If you wish to be thought to have a rival was Tom himself.
He Got His.
"Johnnie was awfully pert"
"What Is he now?"
The cost of living is so high.
The quality so low.
That when a person goes to buy
Tbe wise one doesn't go.
Don't worry over what the other fel
low wastes. It Isn't np to you.
certain quality praise tt in others.
Tbe woman who Is Inclined to say
nothing will generally find her hus
band willing to listen while she fol
lows her inclination.
The man who Is content to remain
where he Is recedes slowly, It may be,
but none the less surely.
The woman who does exactly as sh
pleases is seldom pleased Uh wh.i'
Have you a weak throat? If so, you
cannot be too careful. You cannot
begin treatment too early. Eaclj cold
makes you more liable to another and
the last la always the harder to cure.
If you will take Chamberlain's Cough
Remedy at the outset you will be
saved much trouble. Sold by all drug
He made tbe discovery that tbe
smokestack, a huge brick, hollow, round
tower set on a square base and a
hundred feet high, had lost Its original
perpendicular position, veering at the
top about two and a half feet With
In a few days it was found to veer
six Inches more. At this rate it woulr.
not be long before it would fall, not
only a ruin In itself, but crushing one
of tbe most costly wings of the factory.
The management were In sore dis
tress. Tbey were in the midst of their
busiest maufacturing season, yet work
must be stopped while tbe chimney,
valuable aa it was. must come down
to be replaced by a new one. First a
scaffolding to tbe top must be erected,
brick after brick must come off, then
be replaced from the bottom till the
stack reached Its original height,
standing perpendicular from Its base..
intervals, so as to leave several little
pillars for support Now, supposing
we wish to take ont three inches of
the brick, we begin by removing six
Inches on the other three sides, filling
up the spaces with blocks of wood of
equal thickness, leaving three aides
wood instead of brick. Between the
blocks put In brick piers three Inches
high, which would leave a space of
three Inches, the distance required to
right the stack, between the top of the
piers and the top of the brick piers.
This done, burn out the woodwork, and
the upper brickwork of your base grad
ually sinks down on to the piers."
Tom made this suggestion with no
more consciousness of its importance
and Ingenuity than if he had prepared
a plan for mending a broken machine.
As he progressed the president kept his
eyes fixed on him with a growing Inter
est mixed with wonder. When Tom
had finished Mr. Rogers continued to
stare at him for a few moments, then
brought bis fist down on a bell beside
him. A boy came hurrying In and the
president thundered out the order:
"Send the superintendent here at
Within an hour Tom's plan of right
ing the chimney was begun and with
in eighteen hours bad been completed.
The amount of change to swing the
top of the chimney Into position was
a matter of a brief mathematical cal
culation and was made before tbe re
moval of tbe brickwork was begun.
When the woodwork had all been re
moved by fire tbe settling was found
to be correct and satisfactory, and tbe
stack stood perpendicular.
Mr. Rogers Inspected tbe work, saw
that It was good, went to bl9 office
and called for Tom Swartout When
Tom reported be hadn't the slightest
Idea what he was wanted for. The
president handed blm a check for $10,
000. Tom looked at It then at Mr.
Rogers for an explanation.
"I would gladly have paid an en
gineer twice that sum," said tbe presi
dent, "for your suggestion. ,It has
saved thousands on the stack thou-
snnds for breach of contracts and
thousands, besides, for contingent loss
Tom couldn't get it through his stu
pid head bow a little matter like that
should be made so much of.
A few days after this Tom received
a leave of absence to go borne. Nei
ther bis fatber nor his mother knew-,
him. for be had bought good clothes
and looked prosperous. Tbey wel
comed him home, and when he set
about supplying their every want tbey
"How ever did you do It Tommy?"
asked his mother, beside herself with
"Ob, I did a little Job on a smoke
stack that any other fellow could have
done as well as I, only nobody hap
pened to think of it"
Tom Swartout was given a position
at the factory, which had no name.
His duties were to think out all sorts
of problems that were Impossible to
others. He was never at a loss for a
device and Invented methods for ex
pediting and bettering work which put
enormous profits Into tbe pockets of
bis employers and made him rich.
All this his fatber and mother could
never understand. -
Jan. 13 in American
14a First battle between white men
and American Indians; Incident of
Columbus' settlement In Hispa
niola. 1G0O George Fox, founder of the sect
called Quakers, died; born 1624.
1908 Rhoades Opera House disaster at
Boyerstown, Pa.; 173 deaths caused
by fire and panic.
Rome. The appointment of Mgr.
Boggianl, bishop of Adrla, aa apos
tolic delegate to Mexico has been