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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. FRIDAY. AUGUST-' 15. 19i3.r
Moonlighters In the Early Days
of Our Oil Wells.
FORCED TO WORK IN SECRET.
These BoW Spirits, to Dodge the Owner
! of the Patent Method of Shooting
Welle, Had to Operate et Night Men
nd Machinery Often Annihilated.
One of . the iintat dangerous a od at
the same time romantic phases of tho
urly oil butducss was ksown as'moun
lighting. In tb-be:lunjng of the oil
excitement a certain man held tbe pat
ent on the method of shooting the
Having n mon )ioly of the
trad. lie could and did charge wbut
ever pike he raw tit. m
As u result of thi condition of
affairs there sprang lnta. existence a
number of bold spirits who began the
nism-.ifncture of nitroglycerin, the ex
plosive used, and shouting tLe wells
for tuiicb les money than the patent
bolder churned. They were forced
to use the greatest secivcy In their
Work, for the patent holder had men
employed fur the express piirpowe of
Hpylnj; on nil the wells drilled. A stiff
line for the first offense and h prison
term for the second were "the punish
ments Inttlc-ted on the Man unlucky
enough m jret caught. Thev outlaw
M'i"otum bud tlulr n!i!?i.ts foi mnkluir
the glycerin located iii some out of. the
way sjmt and wbentheir services were
required did their rbuotiug by . moon
light, hence the name moonlighter.
- Many and" varied were the adventure
that befell these moonlighters. : A
driller comlug out from town to a well
one day saw a can half hidden lit a
fence corner and stopped to investl
gnte. . Taking off tbo lid. he saw what
he supposed wns lard oil. - Well pleased
with bis Bud. be took it along with
biui. lie showed bis treasure to bis
mates at tbe well "and then nsed some
of It to lubricate the engine. For some
reason the men. were called from the
vicinity of the derrick. Tbey bad got
but it shqrt; distance, when there was
"an explosion that fitted the costly en
gine for the scrap,. heap. A .close..ln
Iectlon of the supposed lard oil re
vealed the startling fact that it was
nitroglycerin. It was" a frightened -lot
of men. who gingerly returned the cnu
to tbo fence corner from which the
driller had taken It.
It proved to be the property of a
moonlighter, who had left it there. In
tending to return for It that nisht.
In so dangerous an occupation as
moonlighting many fatal accidents
were to be expected. I recall very dis
tinctly two that occurred within a short
time of each other. . ' .
In the first, the moonlighter, a big
blond Swede., bad come straight from
bis wedding to the well. The liquor
he bad been drinking in celebration of
his marriage bad ruffled bis usually
placid temper. lie had hi led the shell
with tbe glycerin and was endeavor
ing to slip the -crip ' into -plnee.- -His
bands were a. trifle unsteady, and be
fumbled it several minutes. Finally,
losing bis temper, he roughly Jerked
the cap. into Dlace a.ud. struck thi uer-
These "Bee Hibe Specials
UiKlMoIlm has become a habit with us. Ev
ery day sees merchaiilise offered at this store at
prices that mean real economies to our customers.
Come tomorrow or next dav or anv day for val
ues such as these ' ' '
50 dorr-n fresh, clean waists that
formerly were $1.00 and more.
Ixok for them In the windows.
White P. K. Skirts
Also linene and black and white
check, worth to $1.50. More
than 200 to choose from.
Children's School Dreses, 50c, 75c, 98c
Hundreds of gingham and percale dresses at each
price and all worth a great deal more.. New and clean a great
special purchase by our buyer, while In New York. Buy those
school dresses now at a big saving all sizes from 4 to It years.
cussioa cap a heavy , blow witli his
There was , a crash that shook the
! very earth. The derrick and everything ;
ila it was blown to amuers. ine men
were instantly killed.
Some time later another terrible ac
cident happened. The moonlighter
was a young fellow and noted for his
enreful work. The well he was tos
shoot had made a fine showing id tbe
sand, and the owner confidently ex
pected 'a guskerl The shot was started
down, and everything . seemed to be
going all right. There were several
men in the derrick, and h tool dresser
stood waiting for tbe shot to reach the j
bottom of the well when the "piece of '
Iron he held in his hand, wbiob wa
called the go devil,' would be sent down
to set it off. The , moonlighter Jet the.
rope, which' wa$ stretched taut-by the
weight of the heavy shot, run through
bis bands. Suddenly the rope slack
ened. He knew only too well what
that meant. The gas in' the well was
forcing tbe shot back out.
"It is comlug out! l-"or God's 6ake
help me catch it!" he yelled to tbe tool
With a shriek tbe tool dresser fled
and the others, knowing their terribU
danger, followed him. The shooter,
prompted by the mad hope of catching
tbe shell as it came out and thus avert
ing the disaster, stuck to his post.
There came a deafening explosion
j that reduced the derrick to a mass of
kindling wood. The boiler and eng'ne
I were twisted wrecks. Strewn upon
j the ground "were ffiehiutilated" remains
or wnat nau been so snort a urae, De
fore strong men. The moonlighter,
who had tried with such desperate
courage to save them, bud been com-'
pletely .annihilated. : , ' , v.t .
Nitroglycerin is when ..handled, in
brood daylight, and under, most favor
able conditions a dangerous article.
How greatly the danger was increased
by handling it . aa the moonlighters
were compelled 'to" may easily be' un
derstood. . It wns without donbt a
most hazardous occupation, but the er;.
cltement connected with it. to- s:iy
nothing of the large amount of money
received for their services, proved Jrrc--slstlble
to the reckless nnd daring. fe!
lows who became moonlighters. Pitts
burgh Dispatch. ' '
Lingerie Dresses .
Think of it! Nicely trimmed lin
gerie drppn'a in nearly all sizes
for women and mioses. .
Silk Foulard Dresses
Navy or black figured silks,
nicely made splendid street
dresses small .sizes only.
More New House Dresses at 69c, 98c, $1.25
The IJee Hive is headquarters for house and porch
dresses of all kinds. Complete stocks thousands to choose from
and many of them offered way under their regular values.
Utility Negligee Dresses
All our regular $1...0 and $1.69
utilities now included at this
price. Many pretty patterns to
Lawn and Crepe
A nice assortment of sum
mer 'patterns that formerly
sold at $1.2.- to $1.69.
"LiTio-eri anrl WarTi TItprrar nt. $9 Pa M QR $4 98
Positively the best values we have ever offered at
these prices. White lingerie drecses colored lawns, voiles, ra
tine'and linen dresses have all been reduced for flnirl clearance.
Tho best opportunity of the season and a splendid assortment to
Iiglit. and dark colors in lawns
arid percales a!! sizes form
erly 6old at iiOc.
Good quality petticoat n
striped glng'.tams at the lowest
prices "vo have ever seen.
All Linen Suits Reduced' to $1.98, $2.98, $4.98
At the prices linen suits are soiling here you can
affo:d to buy one for the skirt alone. These three prices include'
our entire stock of linen suits, that formerly sold, .as high as
$12.0" Don't delay get one at once, and avoid disappointments.
Messaline petticoats In 'many
dlfferer.'. shades. Where else
you buy them for $1.00?
Black and White Check
A splendid well made1 rkirt of
the nt popular shepard check.
Regular $2.98 values.
Linen and Tan Repp Auto Coats $1.00 to $2.98
All auto coats have been reduced and, at these
small prices you will now find some very unusual values. . Don't
deny yourself one of these. They have been reduced 1-3 and 1-2.
All straw saiior and children's
bats cow offered at this un
heard of low price.
All those chic colored ratine
and canvas hats that formerly
sold up to $1.98.-.-
LISTEX! The above items are here in sufficient
quantities to last for some time you'll not be
disappointed. Many other even greater bargains
are not advertised because quantities are limit
ed and late comers might be disappointed.
Hie "Bee Hive on the Qrner
Second and 'Brady Streets, "Dabenport .
A specially selected musical
programme in. the evening
beginning at 7:30
DRIVING FINISHES GIVE
CLASS TO DETROIT RACES
Detroit, Aug. 15. There were only;
three races on yesterday's Grand Clr: '
cuit program, but they furnishel
plenty of excitement. .There was. a ,
whipping finiBh in almost every heat
and the winning margins always were
narrow. Two of the three jjitries in
thB free-for-all pace, which was -included
in the original card, were
scratched and the race was declared
Marigold took the 2:08 trot in
straight heats; View Elder was re
turned winner of the 2:12 pace after
five heats and Grand Marshall cap
tured the 2:18 trot in four.
Cabel,' who won the 2:10 pace Wed
nesday, looked like a winner in the
2:12 class yesterday. He tcok the first
two heats handily, with View Elder
close behind. In the third heat Red SI.
Flax Comity, Cabel and View Elder
were bunched well into the stretch.
Elder and Cabel drew away as they
neared the wire and in the last few
6trides Murphy shoved his gslding in
front to win by a nose. ' View Elder
tock the next heat with less trouble.
In the final round Murphy and Cox
had a battle royal around to the last
100 yards, where Cabel quit.
Eleanor G. led all the way in the
first heat of the 2:18 trot, but Grand
Marshall was the best in the next
three. Frances Graham was always
near the front, finishing second in
every heat, but Geers could' not quite
land her ahead.
Both Cheeny and Peter Thompson
made a poor showing in the- 2:08 trot.
Marigold was always " ahead in the
j first heat. In the second Murphy kept
I her back until entering the stretch,
j when he seut her a'ong to win with
Browns Get Infielder Wares.
Montgomery, Ala., Aug. y. The
"Montgomery baseball management an
nounced yesterday that Clyde Wares,
second baseman of the Montgomery
team, has been sold to the St. Louis
Checking It Up t Fattier.
That parents should exercise the
greatest care in speaking of family se
crets in the presence of little childrtK
was proved by the experience of a
North avenue resident recently:
Tbe man iu question was visiting ft
maiden auuL who is extremely stout
and very sensitive about it.
A four-j ear-old boy who accompa
nied bis father looked very carefully
at tbe rotund form of bis relative a&d
then inquired, with a friendly smile:
"Aunt Myrtle, you don't have to put
ashes in tbe bed to keep from slippicg
out- do you T'y
Then when the man held up bis
hands in consternation tbe youngster
"There, papa; she says she doesn't"
Fun In Space. -
I dreamed last night that I was pres
ent at a committee meeting. of the
aun. earth, moon and stars.
"I'm no coward," said the earth.
"No. but you have two great feare.
said tbe snn hotly.
"And those are?"
"You've forgotten the atmosphere,'
rut in. the moon. And the comtt.
who had. no business to bo thcr
wagged Ids tall with Joy.
ROCK .ISLAND. ILL. h'Ji,
No telephone or mail orders
will be acapted on these
'"'Extra Specials ttf McCdbs for Saturday the 16th"
Women's Underwear Spec
ial for Saturday s".
Women's fine ribbed cotton union suits
low neck, lace or tight knee, all $1.00
to $1.25 Lvalues to sell out CQA
Saturday; . . . . ........DOC
Children's white ribbed cotton vests and
pants .regular 15c value for. Saturday,
20 doz. garments, 2 for 15c,
or each. ;
' $4.00, $4.30 arid $5.00 Men's Shoes
and Ox fords. 1-2 price.'
Children's White. Footwear 25 per
cent less. ' , '
Ladies .White Footwear 25 per cent
' Ladies' pumps and oxfords in paten ts.
suedes, dull leathers and tan Russia, 25
percent less than usual. .
Men's Underwear Special
All men's $1.00 value union suits .white
or ecru jersey ribbed cotton, poros mesh
or athletic style union suits TOp
special price for Saturday. . . . . .-1 Ju
White or ecru lisle union suits with
short sleeves, ankle or three-quarter
length, regular $1.25 value
A Dressing Sacque or a
Kimona for 19c
Made of cool, washable lawn In a
large variety of styles 'and pat
terns. . No telephone or mail orders
filled on these at Q
Saturday's price of . . i . . . . . 7C
Buy Good Rompers for
36c a pair
Some are of pretty pink and blue
check, ginghams, and some are ot
plain white,, linen and ripple cloth,'
These qualities are usually Qj
priced at 50c, Saturday, pair"? DC
9c for Shell Back Combs
- - worth 18c to 25c
' From such a large assortment one
can pick a shape or a size to suit
any taste none worth less than
18c, many that sold for Q
25c; each C
A Rummage Sale of
Pearl Buttons ,
All kinds, all shapes, all sires of
high grade pearl buttons, mostly
10c and' 15c values, all in o-ie big
lot, choose as you will
at a card ..OC
Saturday you buy a Medi
an Cabinet whh Mirror t
for 59c ;
Just for one day's selling we offes a'
large oak finished medicine cabinet with
; No. mail or phone orders; accepted.
$36.00 Oak Bed Davenport
Here's a snap in a big solid oak bea daven
port, with upholstered seat and back white
enamel interior wiro tied coils, golden or
fumed finish. .Saturday COM TfC
Such Values as these in
These corset cover and drawer combina
tions of good quality cambric are well
made .trimmed with embroidery andy
lace and are well worth $1.50. A few
dozen go on sale Saturday ' '
at a garment . . ..' '. 4, . . . . ,
A. 'Soap' Sale This ' Tim z'
" . "' 3 Calces for 5c
'And 'an A1 quality of toilet! soap
too an old, well established. brand
that you pay 5c a cake for the year,
round. Not an un- - C
limited amount at a cake.... vC,
A. yard , of Good Apron
Gingham for 5 c
i You may bdya many as 10 yards
if you : choose. You will quickly
recognize thla quaflity aa the one
usually sold for 7c, all
colors, all alze checks, yard.. OC
A Li. tie Less than 8c for
"Hill brand bleached muslin, has
been known to every housewife for
' many years as one of the best mus
linea on the market. 10 yirds of
Galvanized Water. Buck
ets f or 15 c each
We have just 50 of these 10. quart,
heavy galvanised buckets to go aft
thla' price Saturday one, to a cue
tomer. the first 50 cus- i
tomers get theirs at each. v.l OC
A Woman's Durable Work
Waist for 44c
Made of standard quality percale and
quite; a generous assortment of stripes
and figures for your chopsir;. Trim
mings are of contrasting colors, open
front or back. Very special
for a day's selling, each. . . .
Tiro Rolls of Waxed Paper
. for 5c
'Each roll of this antiseptic waxed paper
contains 24 sheets. 12x18 inches and sells
in a regular way at 5c a roll. 1,000 p
rollsgoon sale Saturday at 2 rolls for. .0C
5 0 pieces of 18c Wash
Goods-at 10c a yard
Included are fine, French .cambrics in
neat figures, and yar d, wide t English ma
drases in striped ef f ects, season's get
ting late too many on hand, in.
so we say a yard I UC
50c Jars of Excelent Face
Crecim for 39c
Perhaps you know of Hygienic
Lilac face cream most women do
It is greaaeless, protects and
softens the skin an ideal cream
In every way OQ'
special Saturday OIC
Thi Art Dept. will sell
Pillow Tops for 19c t
Not a pillow top. such aa you can
buy every day for 19c, but tinted
tops selling usually at 25c, 35s and
even 50c. -Take your, pick
from a big' lot, each..;...
Women's Hosiery at 19c
. worth 50c
An end of the aeason close-out of
several dozen pairs . of lace and
embroidered lisle hose In .black
white and nearly all colors, early
season price 60c,
now a pair....-
A Well Known Tooth
Powder at 5c a Bottle
We will aeil Just 50 bottles (no
more) of Dr. E. L. GrGaves' junior
size tooth powder to the first 50
customers calling Saturday,
one. to a customer, a bottle.
AMERICAN J TRA CK "CHAMPS" WILL: MEET
FOREIGNERS IN NEW .YORK: AUGUST 21-23
I ... ..M, . . I v , ;
. Ted Meredith (left) and Q B. Haff.
I metres; Tom Halpin, the Bostonlan,
1 who was the runner up to Haff in the
Amateur Union championships in Chi
cago during the early part of the
month; V. V. Wilkie, the Yale lad, who
took all the crimson quarter-mllers
into camp at the dual games between
Yale and Harvard, and several others
of like calibre.
Ted Meredith (left) and
Twe Serious Matters.
- "There are two thlugs." remarked
Fog In a contemplative mood, "that
I don't understand. One of the ij.
bow the world got along before I cucm
into It. ar.d the other, bjw it is gofn$
to get along after 1 have Itft it." fa
don Opiniju. i . :
AH tie news all tie time The Argus.
New York, Aug.. 15. Not In years
has so much attention been centered
upon an athletic meeting as that which
has been focused on the "greatest
games of the decade," . under the
auspices of the Greater New York
fair and exposition, in this city Aug.
21-23. . .
Not alone will the majority of the
leading American track men be seon
in competition, but a number ot the.!
best of the foreigners who took part
in the Olympic games. These men
include Sanristo, the Finn, whose
javelin throwing was conceded to be
the most marvelous ever witnessed ;
Hans Braun, the German middle dis
stance runner, who fallowed Sheppard
and .Meredith over .half of Europe and
finally- up into Scotland to prove that
he was the best man; W. R. Apple
garth, the English champion sprinter,
and probably the greatest distance
runner of all thrtlme; Jean? Bouin
of France, who' recently ran nearly 12
miles h an hour, breaking the' world's
record; and TaJpaie, the discus expert.
SPLIT HEATS AT PEORIA
Dean With Empire Direct Is Winner
in $1,500 Purse Race.
Peoria, 111., Aug. 15. Split heats
and fast time were in order at the sec
ond day of the trotting meet yesterday
afternoon. Charles Dean of Pala
tine, 111., driving Empire Direct, got
the big end of a $1,500 purse in. the
2:18 pace. It took five heats to de
cide it. Bernice; Dixie Hale and
Georgia Wilson finishing each heat so
close together' that the judges had dif
ficulty in deciding the winner. Each
horse got a heat. Summaries:
2:07 pace, purse fl,000:
Minnie Chimes, br. m., by '
Council Chimes (McVay)...2 111
Warner Ha'l, b. h., by Walnut
Hall Benyon) 1 7 2 6
Billy M., ch. g. (Sweeney 4 5 5 2
King Daphne, bl. h. (Hall)... 6 2 4 5
Dr. M. Cinnamon, Bessie Bee and
Kirby Star started.-
Time 2:05, 2:05y4 2:04 , 2:06.
2:18 pace, purse (1,600:
Empire Direct, bl. h., by Dl- ,
rect Hal (Dean) 2 2 2 1 1
Little Bernice, b, f., by Dell
Cornado (At'-jns) 4 1 7 2 2
Georgia Wilson, b. m., by
Don McGregor (Parker) ..74143
Dixie Hale, b. m., by Edwin
Arnold (Thompson) 1 3 6 6 4
Albln Boy, Laura Rodgers, SbaJi
Boy and I,elia Patchen started.-
Time 2:07'4. 2:09 Vi, 2:11. 2:08tt,
2:24 trot, purse $700.
Harry Dillon, b. h., by Sid- '
ney Dillon (Hereey) .....4
Nuristo, br. h., by Nashagak
Pine Knot, b. g. (Real) 2
Copper the Ore, bl. m. (Bon-
Silver. Stoone and Free
TImo 2:12, 2:12, 2:11, 2:13.
2 3 3
4 8 4
5 5 4 1
Inflammatory Rheumatism Quickly
Morton L. Hill of Lebanon. Ind,
says: "My wife had Inflammatory
rheumatism in' every muscla and
joint; her suffering was terrible and
her body and face were swollen al
most beyond recognition; had been
in bed for six weeks and bad eight
physicians, but received no beneit
until she tried Dr. Detchon's Relief
for - Rheumatism. It gave immediate
relief and she was able to walk In
three days. I am sure it saved her
life." Sold by Otto Grotjan, 1501 So
ond avenue, Rock Island, and Gust
Schlegel & Son, 220 Second street,
When the digestion is all right, the
action of the bowels regular, there la a
natural craving and relish for food.
When this 1b lacking you may. know
that you need a dose of Chamberlain's
Stomach and Liver Tablets. They
strengthen- the digestive organs, l?o- v
prove the appetite and regulate tbe
bowels. Sold by all druggists. (Adv.) '
whose best efforts completely smother
ed the work' pf the Americans and the
n of other
One of the best records on the books
today is that of - Muxey Long,- former j
Columbia university and New York A.-;
C. short r distance runner, whose 47'
seconds for a straightway quarter of
a mile has stood un approached since
it was made in 1900 at the Guttenberg
racetrack. V But at last American ath
letics has produced a man. in the per
son of C. B- Huff or Michigan, the
present champion '440-yard' man . of
America, both A. A.' U. and intercol-1
legiate, whose recent grand running at
Boston and Chicago, when he annexed ,
both titles in convincing fashion, ap-'
pears to give him a preeminent right!
to make a successful essay at the long-!
standing mark. '
Others who are expected to accom- j
pany 'Halfr on his long , swing down j
the. quarter stretch of the Empire City !
track are Ted Meredith, the Olympic f
champion at both 400 metres sod goal
"Open Your Mouth and Shut Yonrlyes"
and you can tell when ya
are eating the high quality
and unadulterated foods
that come from '
Everything that ycu buy
here in the line of coffees,
teas, canned goods, flour,
spices, fruits and vege
tables are the best that
you can procure anywhere
and our price quality
considered can't be beat.
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