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THE ROCK ISLAND 'ARGUS, FRIDAY. .OCTOBER 3, 1913.
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Friday, October 3, 1913.
In VfOctt Island, In the future, the
man with a house on his hands will
look where he Is going.
If you don't hurry up and set o?T
on your hunting trip. Home one else
. may get shot for a dee r.
The limb of a tree seems to com
mand more respect in this city these j
days than a limb of the law. j
Me who. fails to regard and praise
tliir weather at every hour of the day
is not fit to inhabit the earth.
The Panama canal Is about to come
" Into active commercial reports. It will
be a lively addition to Uncle Sam's
far-flung business line.
China is ten times as populous as
Japan, but has nt its apologies to
Toklo. Japan's navy makes its de
"i mands Imperative and China helpless.
It Is estimated that only about 423.
' too people In the I'nited States have
incomes in excess of $3,000. This does
i not Includo those who cheat the as
,i sensor. -
lrofesor Mctchnikoff says sauer
kraut is conducive to longevity. A
j, Roumanian bygicniht bays garlic will
r add to the years of the aged. Now
,'thcn somebody stand up for the onion.
, The socalled free trade tariff bill
j levies a general average duty of 29
j per cent. The Aldrich-Payne general
': average is 40 per ce.nt. Does the dif
ference between 29 and 40 constitute
Frcrloric A. Perkins, former secre-
tary to Judge G. A. Cooke of the Illi-;
noi tMiprcme court, and well known
in Rock Island, lias been appointed
poHtmastrr at Canton. Mr. Perkins is
a young attorney, a hardworking, de-
serving democrat and the honor that
has come to him is recognition well
UOOU HO A 11, MIK)T M MOI
A road congress is holding a six
day's session a: Detroit. It has in at
tendance leaders In road work from
nil parts of the country. And there are
. exhibits. la a word, ii is the bigcest
....uk ... . .. .v
country this year.
Among the exhibits, one reads, there
is ore depicting the stages of progress
Mn In s--.fl ur.rLIti Una n Ilia
in road construction since the time
' of the Roman era. Trobably it is not ":cts conijuete triumph in Ins com
stretching fads very far to say that 'bined moving picture and musica!
Illinois does not hliine in this exhibit. I pH-.j . He will absolutely synchronize
However, there are Illinois men on j tjie "movies" and the human voice,
hand to learn what other communities The moment that is done grand opera,
have been doing. j with the best voices, can be enjoyed
One wondors how much improvement a the usual price of a camera show.
thre has been in road building since! Paniel Frohman recently stated
the la when Home as in her glory, j that, the future possibilities of the
They l ad some mighty fine roads at ' motion i'.r'ure is beyond human con
that time; they had to depend on rrption. As the result of Mr. Edison's
roais more than do we of thU time, j inventions, says Mr. Frohman, every
.. And the Romans liked to do a thing of j ,,i,y tiat ig ortn while, will be re
. that kind as. well as it could be done. I produced in pictures so that the rre-
in i.urope no iney poini vui
? rOPus Uini t uui.i in uir u ,
the Romans. Of course.these have re-
? celved attention since that time but
V' there is .till about them some of the
granm ...u u.a.nSr u.av ut..
. mis uaj .
' IIIG TIH-1 I'tHIEH.
President Wilson is devoting much
of his time to.a cartful study of farm
,s condition.?. Ills purpose Is to promote
v. belter understanding and promo-
tlon cf farm credits and of farm
The basis of our prosperity rests on
fr.intnt r f -11 A iv..ii..n an'nftplaAfl
prABtsfll nf all AniApin Bnpmpiutf
Vet this groat enterprise, which Is
not confined, to one section or one
j. state, but is nation-wide, lacks con
t cerfed action, because it Is not or-
ganUed. r.nd is the prey of trusts and
'- combines that make and control
The farmer is restricted when he
. must borrow money to move or hold J
Ms crops, oftentimes being compelled ,
vV to borrow- w hen money is tight and
. " hen he can not advantageously nego-
tiate a loan.
? The purpose of the president is to
w put the farmer in close touch w ith
the markets, to assist him to organ
v iae against unfavorable and unnatural
conditions and to enable him to bor
w row on long and easy terms.
President Wilson has the faculty of
9 getting what he goes after, and the
farmers may be sure he will succeed
i. in bettering their condition.
STATE AfTO I.ICEEd.
Secretary of State Woods is condact
j, irg a very praise-worthy crusade for
the apprehension land arrest of per-,
sons who are evading the automobile
laws of the state, especially as they
relate to chauffeurs' and owners'
licenses and the carrying of 1913 auto
The discovery in Chicago of dupli
cate numbers indicates that a worse
offense than neglect to obtain licenses
has been committed. It indicates a
j scheme to defraud the state. There
mi a possibility that this practice or
duplicating numbers may have been
carried on on a very large scale in
Chicago. A searching investigation
should be made. - -
The authorities in every city and
county in the state should cooperate
with the secretary of state in his et-1
fort to prevent evasion of the automo
bile law. Failure to carry tags should
be reported. The carrying of numbers
which do not bear the 1913 date should
The secretary of state is saving
thousands of dollars by transferring
the automobile tag contract to a firm
which is said to make a better tag for
less money. His crusade is bringing
goodly Bums into the revenue depart
ment. It should be of interest to all offi
cials and to the people generally to
co-operate with the secretary of state
in this crusade, as the increasing of
the automobile fund adds to the good
roads fund, which Is devoted to the
As the person who evades the auto
mobile law and dodges payment of the
license steals from the state and the
people, it should be a matter of gen
eral popular interest to prevent this
MTst K . D OBSTRl CTIOXS.
When the public authorities are so
hedged about with technical interpre-
I isuuns oi iaw, mat tney are unable to
afford relief to the people in times
when nuisances exist involving peril
and inconvenience to the people, some
thing is dreadfully wrong.
The tumble down shack on Twen
tieth street, that should have been or
dered razed the first day after it caved
in, regardless of who liked it or who
disliked it. remains an eyesore and a
source of aggravation to every passer
by, to say nothing of the actual peril
that it presents every day it is left to
stand. There ought to be some way
of removing it. and if there is none
the city should find a way, even if it is
necessary to condemn the entire build
irg. The clfy should have the
same right to rid the community of a
building that is unsightly and a -menace
that it does to order a dead animal
from the streets or to handle with
drastic measures a pest. A little posi
tiveness on the city's part would help
a whole lot in dealing with such prop
osition!). Meanwhile over on. Sixth avenue a
dwelling, which is on its m ay from one
pan of the city to another, is blocking
the street, and it has been for a couple
of weeks, and here again the city ap
pears to be pitifully weak and helpless.
Action is demanded here. too. Some-
thing should be done to prove that the
people as a whole have rights that
; the individual is bound to respect. The
j dwelling should be sent n its way
j via some route.
j j,t the boys' play cease as applied
boiii to the Twentieth street nuisance
' and the Sixth avenue obstruction. Get
j them out of the way.
I.RUII OPKRl FOR LH1K.
Thomas A. Edison Is indeed a wiz
ard. He foretold the electric light
he gave us the motion picture and the
phonograph, whose possibilities are
' limitless. These are but a few of re -
.narkable contributions to mankind.
j Now comes Mr. Edison with the
. f-Uienient that we will soon hear
; grand opera for lit cents, for he pre-1
Bon who an not afford to pay $2
To the ulav can Pea It exact riii-
plication for l0 fent(, Ag .Q opcrae
Mr Kdlson w. make , jble 1o
. ppp lh(, M InaKnincent production8
r relented for a pittance.
,. wi 1ieatric&, bu,ine
in Mr. Frohman's opinion,
benefit the general public
New York Hans Schmidt, con
fessed murderer of Anna Aumuller,
was examined as to his sanity by four
Stanford University, Cal. Dr. John
Casper Branner, one of the oldest
members of the faculty, was inaugu
rated as the university's second pres
ident. Houston, Texas Four union rail
way orders have formed a federation
to fight for compliance with their
w-orking schedu'.e with the Southern
Pacific from New Orleans to El Paso.
Dardhnelle. Ark. Eight robbers
to'.e several thousand dol'.ars from
the Firs: State bank and escaped aft
er a rifle battle with citizens.
Lancashire. England Cotton mill
employers decided to close all the
mills from Oct 25 until the strike
of workmen at the Beehive mill is
San Francisco For the benefit of
its employes, the United Railways; mst b a mighty good one as she
ccmpity will establish tires co - op
TARIFF REDUCTIONS ON
ARTICLES FOR THE HOME
Washington, D. C Oct. 3. The reductions in the present tariff du
ties on more than two-score articles in everyday use are given below.
The rates given are ad valorem, the specific duties of the Payne law
having been reduced to an ad valorem basis. ......
In free listing wheat, flour, potatoes, cattle and swine, a countervail
ing duty is provided for the evening up of discrimination by any coun
try against importations from the United States of these articles.
Present Rate. New Rate
Article. Payne Law, Underwood BilL
Per Cent. Per Cent.
Sugar (free in three years) 48.54 36.25
Candy (cheaper grades) '. 55.44 20.5
Candy (higher grades) 50.0 25.0
Flour 25.0 Free
Butter 25.51 10.0
Cheese 31.79 12H
Eggs 66.38 Free
Poultry 13.10 6.C7
Apples and peaches 20.23 . 8.33
Lemons 64.85 24.03
Oranges 80.0 40.08
Grape fruit 38.45 20.0
Wheat 35.65 ..-!, Free
Rice 54.05 33 1-3
Potatoes 47.87 Free
Raw wool 43.61 Free
Mohair 3S.52 . 15
House furniture 35 15
Cotton stockings (average) 75 40
Ready-made clothing, cotton 50 30
Ready-made clothing, wool 79.5C 35
Press goods, wool 99.70 35
Brussels carpets . 69.45 ' 25
Kitchen knives 42 ' .27 .
Kitchen utensils 40 25
Agricultural implements 15 Free
Cattle 27.07 Free
Swine 13.83 Free
Linen clothes 45 30
Rough lumber 7.60 Free
Shoes 10 Free
Fur hats and bonnets 51.71 45 ;
Straw hats and bonnets 35 25
Wool blankets 72.69 25
Sewing machines 30 Free
Automobiles 45 30.15
Drugs 12.54 10
.Common chinaware - 25.15 15
Fancy chinaware 60 55 .
Writing paper .. 45.13 25
Brooms 40 15
Matches 27.59 . 14.52
Abolishing the crossroads one-room ,
school and establishing consolidated
or centralized Bchools is advocated
in a bulletin just issued by the United
States bureau of education. The bu
reau recommends this wherever it
can be done without too great expense
and without breaking up or disinte
grating existing communities. The
bulletin is an educational survey of
Montgomery county, Maryland, where
conditions are fairly typical of the
rural school problem in general. It
is hoped that by a close view of one
rural district, other rural communi
ties may be encouraged to investigate
their school systems and make them
That sentiment in the country dis
tricts is not everywhere ready for the
consolidated school idea is freely ad
mitted by the authors of the bulletin.
In Montgomery county a majority of
the school patrons expressed them
selves as opposed to the idea. They
realized fully the deficiencies of their
rural schools, but they were not yet
willing to accept consolidation as the
. remedy. The writers of the bulletin
' endeavor t0 sbow that most of the
1 de,ec,s complained of by the school
patrons poor teaching, low salaries, i
lack of thoroughness in the common
branches, few special subjects; work
erative stores. "Happy and content -
ed employes mean better service for;sioner of immigration.
the public." says J- W. Lillenthal, new
head of the car lines.
Winnipeg Wesyern Canada was in -
vaded by 140,000 settlers from the
United States during the season, ac-
"The Young Lady
The young lady across the way
- , off by filling the base before anyone was out.
not advanced enough are inherent, in
a system of one-room, country schools,
and that the way to remedy the situa
tion is to have fewer and better schools
with transportation furnished to pu
pils living at a distance.
It is pointed out that the rural
school conditions found in this Mary
land county are by no means peculiar
to it, but are typical of what is still
fouud in country districts elsewhere.
In several respects Montgomery coun
ty Is superior to other rural localities
in its educational facilities. It has, for
instance, a school year of 180 days, as
compared to terms as low as 40 days j business circles, and that his habits
in parts of some states; and like every are excellent. Most men would be
otber Maryland county, it has county j proud to have such a son-in-law."
supervision of schools, which educat-! "I admit all that. Still, I shall
crs consider the most effective means j never forgive him."
of building up rural education. j "Why not?"
To make the one-room rural schools "Because he took the youngest and
as efficient as possible, but to do away j prettiest one in the bunch. Why
with them by consolidation wherever j didn't he run off with one of her old
practicable, is the motto the rural jer sisters, confound him!"
school improvers have adopted. Con-!
stant improvement is reported in the j
facilities offered by the one-room ru-
! ral school, particularly in relating
i school work to farm, needs, but side by
side with this improvement has gone
j the movement for consolidation, until
there are now several thousand con
schools In the United
, cording to Bruce Walker, commis-
Washington Representative Moore
i of Pennsylvania, father of eight cliil-
! dren, introduced a resolution desig-
nating the first day in June as Fath-
J ers' day with the rose as its emblem.
Across the Way"
says she guesses the home pitcher
saw in the paper that he started right
There's a light In her window tonight;
I look at the gieam from afar;
Perhaps she has gone there to write.
There's a light In hei window tonight.
And I gladly would guess. If I might.
nat tier thoughts and her purposes
There's a light In her window tonight.
I look at the gleam from afar.
Perhaps she Is saying; a prayer. j
Or, reading some pleasing romance. I
She doubtles is all alone there;
Perhaps she Is saying a prayer;
Bhe may be removing her hair.
Or unhooking hej- corset, perchance; j
Perhaps she is saying a prayer.
Or reading some pleasing romance.
From her window there streams a bright
Such es warns the bnld sailor at sea,
I am filled with a sudden dismay.
From her window thore streams a bright
Perhaps she is filing away
Her foolish love letters from me!
From her window there streams a bright
Such as warns the hold sailor at sea.
"No. I never shall forgive him,"
said old Mr. Slimington, referring to
the young man with whom one of his
daughters had elopod. "The die is
"But," said the friend who had
gone to intercede in behalf of the lov
ers, "you must admit that his charac
ter Is good, that he stands high in
Language to Blow Away.
"Ah." said the conceited English-
i man, "you have a big country here;
1 you have done a lot of wonderful
i things; you have, in fact. I may say,
j become a world power; but you fall
short in one particular. Tou have no
"No language, eh?" the American
returned. "Say. my friend, you ought
1 to hear my wife some night when I
j come home and confess that T naid
! three cents more for the egc-beater
; than the price at which she saw
advertised in the Sunday paper."
She dwelt amonp untrodden ways
Beside the Spring- of Dee.
Where there were none around to prala
And very few toe.
Bhe. therefore, threw her stays asida
And erased to ptnch her feet.
And. looking ip to heaven, cried:
"Gee whiz, but this is sweet:"
She lived out there where few could
"I must, indeed." said she.
"Look horrid loosened up, but O
How good It feels to me: '
Just the Man.
"So," said the head of the
political firm, "you think you could
fill this position, do you?"
"I guess so," the applicant replied.
"Ton mentioned in your advertisement
that you want a man who la a good
mixer. I tended bar for six years, and
what I don't know about mixin' 'em
up ain't in no books."
Helped by the Ensmy.
"I never see the iceman stop be
fore your house any more. Mrs. Flip
perleigh." "No; since the Buxton s, next door,
fell into their fortune they've bsen so
cool to as that we don't need any
help from the refrigerator."
Hard to Fathom?
"I hear you call monsieur "heem"
said the French visitor, "and you can
madame tier.' Also I hear you call
M. Zhonny teem.' aleo you call Mile.
Palsy 'her.' Also you name re boat
re General Hancock aad call it her.'
I see they call Berlin the Chicago
of Enrope now."
"Do they? What city Is the Berlta
"Too must remember not to forget
the folks back home." advised the ret-
"There is small chance of my havinix
a chance to forget them so Ions a
there are lobs to fill" reniled th n.
reproejiu uve cunsio express.
The Daily Story
SHIPPING A SKELETON BY OSCAR COX.
Copyrighted. 11 J. by Asaociatel Literary Bureau.
Mark Hudson was station agent at
Feuibuton Junction. Mark was in the
freight house one morning looking over
the boxes and bales scattered about
when be heard a wagon drive op out-!
side and stop. A young man about
eighteen years of ago entered and said:
"Vfe got a box out here I'd like to
ship to Hallowcll. You want to be
mighty particular about it because it
contains something breakable."
- "That's all very well so far as I am
concerned, bnt I can't answer for the
case after the box leaves my keeping."
"I've marked instructions on the lid,"
replied the youngster. "Come out and
have a look."
The agent went out with the shipper
and saw a box about fire and a half
feet long, two feet wide and eighteen
"Corpse?" he asked.
"No. but it's the next thing to it; it's
"A skeleton! Isn't that a queer thing
for you to be shipping from this
point?" exclaimed the agent suspi
ciously. "Well, yes; It would be without an
explanation. I saw an ad. in a news
paper the other day for a skeleton. I
knew they had one they didn't need In
the physiology lecture room of our
college. I'm a Merton student, and I
bought It. I've sold it to the advertiser
and have made some money on it that
is. if I get it there without breaking
any of the bones."
Merton college was six miles dis
tant from the Junction. There was a
co-ed institution connected with it
The box was lying on its bottom, and
taclced to the cover was a card on
which were written the instructions:
Breakable. Keep this side up most of
the time. Stand on end occasionally for
On one end was another card stating
that when the box was stood on end
that end was to be up. In no case
"COBP8E ?" ASKED THE MAN OS THE CAB.
was 'the other end to be up. Iludson
looked nt-tli box meditatively and
rend the directions.
"What's the use of being so careful
with a skeleton?" he asked. "If it isn't
packed properly I don't want to ship
It or if I do it must be at the owner's
risk. If it is packed properly it should
8tnnd ordinary handling."
"I'll tell you." said the shipper, as
suming a faraway expression. "Thosti
bones were once the framework of a
"How do you know that?" interrupt
ed the agent.
That's the tradition In college." re
sumed the youth. "Now, in packing it
I couldn't divest my mind of what it
bad been in life. It seemed horrible to
put the poor creature in cotton or ex
celsior or anything like that. I couldn't
do it. I've put her in just as she
would like to be put in if she were
alive, lying peacefully upon her back.
or when that end is up and this one
down she stands like a beautiful statue
the Venus de" Medici, for instance."
The speaker was so affected that be
wiped moisture from his eyes wltb bis
'I don't think." said the asent "that
I'll receipt for the article. If 1 should
make myself responsible for a medical
Venus or anything like that and there
should be' a breakage, with claims
against the rond for big damages. I'd
There were a few moments of delib
erative silence between the two, after
which the shipper said:
"I expect yon'ra right about it. I
woolda't assnme the risk If 1 were
you. If some galoot of a handler
shonld stand the bor wrong side n it ;
might break the skeleton's neck. Tnit ;
would knock off a big sum from Its S
value. Besides, consider what it once '
was. How would you like to bare n
sister cf yours sent off in a box and
stood wrong end"
"On, give us a rest on that part of
the business. I understand that you're
got a piece of merchandise to be ship
ped at the ordinary rates."
"Tou haven't any feeling." the other
continued. "I can't resign all that re
mains on earth of what was once a
delicate girl to such bands aa yours.
I'm going along with the box myself,
so that I may see it is bandied tender
ly. Will jon take it on those terms?"
"Well. yes. I don!t mind if you'll
take the responsibility."
The aget took bold of the box and
was proceeilins; to remove If when he
discovered that it weighed something
like a hundred pounds.
"That's the heaviest skeleton I evet
handled." he remarked.
"How many have you handled?" ask
ed the shipper. .
"I don't know that I ever handled
"Then how can you tell what one of
them should weigh? Take held of (hat
end and I'll take this. Now she goes."
And the box was carried into the
freight station and stood up on the
right end. Then the agent went to a
desk and. taking a blank receipt, asked
the young mnn his name.
"John Smith." was the reply.
"Anv middle name?"
Hallowell was a town some twenty
"You don't need the name of the per
son the skeleton was when alive, do
you?" asked Mr. Smith.
The agent turned from his writing
and. looking the shipper in the face,
"Young man, will yon be offended If
I say something plain to you?"
"No; drive on."
"You're the biggest fool that ever
came Into this station."
"You've hit it right pard. I en
tered college ten years ago, and I'm a
freshman yet I've been turned back
with nine classes. I was to have been
graduated with the class of '04. Now
I am at the foot of the class of '14."
"Oh. give us n rest I've something
to do besides chinning with an idiot
There's your receipt I'll put the box
on the next train that comes along, at
12:03. That's an hour."
"Isn't there a train before that
At this point a carriage wns driven
up to the passenger entrance of the
station, and Dr. Bidwell, president of
Merton college, and Dr. Arabella Cax
ton, president of the woman's college
of the same institution, alighted. Tba
agent who hnd charge of both the pas
senger and freight departments, was
proceeding to the ticket office when
Mr. Smith stopped him and said:
"See here, old man; don't talk about
that skeleton I'm shipping. These two
prexys were opposed to the sale, and
they might not like to see it go."
"Oh, I mind my own business," re
plied the agent and went on bis way,
while Mr. Smith put himself out of
sight among the boxes in the freight
"Have you seen anything," Dr. Bid
well asked the agent "of a young man
and a young girl going- o(T on any of
"No; I haven't," was the laconic re
ply. Dr. Bidwell turned to Dr. Coxton
and remarked. "Do you suppose they
have gone from the upper station?"
"They may." replied Dr. Cnxton.
"When does the next train pass?"
the agent was asked.
After a consultation the two presi
dents decided that Dr. Bidwell should
go to the upper station nnd Dr. Cnxton
6hould remain nnd watclt the 12:0o
train. Other college officials were tak
ing enre of other routes. Dr. Bidwell
drove off. lenving his collengue in the
waiting room. When the 12:05 train
came along the agent wheeled Mr.
Smith's box on n truck to the bng
gage car. nnd It wns lifted inside.
"Corpse?" asked the man on the
"Mighty heavy skeleton."
Meanwhile Mr. Smith, when snro ha
was not observed, swung himself on to
the rear platform of the Inst car of the
When the train was receding In the
distance nnd President Caxton wns
lenving the station Mr. Smith mode hU
way to the bnggnge car and saw thnt
the box rested In a cVimfortnhle po
sition for its contents till Hallowell
wss reached, then superintended 1H
removal into the freight house of thnt
station. Calling for tools, he opened
the box and handed out as pretty a
structure of bones with appropriate
flesh as had ever been shipped by that
or any other railroad.
"Can you direct me." he snld. "to a
"Certainly." snid the nstonlshed
agent. "You'll find one right under
that spire you see over there." point
ing. "The parsonn;e is nest the
The girl, a st'ident of the woman's
college of the university, clung to Mr.
Smith, whose real name wns .lim Ste
vens, a sophomore, nnd the two hur
ried to the clergyman's house and
were there united In the bonds of mat
rimony. That ended the curriculum of both
Mr. Stevens nnd his wife as college
students. The affair created consider
able commotion In the men's nnd wo
men's colleges, nnd the faculties of
both institutions tierionsly considered
the separation of the two on the
ground thnt they furnished too favor
able opportunities for elopements.
Oct. 3 in American
17S& President Washington issued the
first national thanksgiving procla
mation, miming Thursday, Nov. 2(1,
for its observance.
180O Rembrandt Peale. noted painter,
died; born 177S.
18S2 Adelaide Phillips, famous con
tralto, died; born 1S53.
1001 General George W. Getty, noted
veteran of the Mexican and civil
wars, died; horn JSl'J
One of the most rare kinds of cour
age Is the rourags to w.-iIl-Sl fouls