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Saturdit. Jastjary 24 1881.
The Cable roads of San Francisco are
fifty f our miles long.
Ir Politics figured ia army matters the
appointment of Col. D. W. Flagler might
be looked npon as a democratic triumph.
Nlw ToukCttt's board of, surgeons
want to try Koch's lymph on the police
men, who. more than any other class of
men, perhaps, are exposed to changes of
A balloon has been built to go to the
north pole. It will be thtrtytwo yards
hi diame'er and will hold 3,250 cubic
yards of gas and will carry a heavy
The Aroub sends its congratulations
along with numerous other friends in the
trinities, to Col. D. W. Flsgler for the
conspicuous honor accorded him in the
appointment a chief Of ordnance.
Wr have been hunting around for
sometime past for good Indians. Isn't
it about time to gather statistics ef good
Indian agents? We are afraid the latter
will not prove as numerous as the former.
Scots all over the world will celebrate
the one hundred and thirty-second anni
versary of the birth of Robert Bums with
nnusual enthusiasm. The celebration
this year falls on the twenty-fifth of this
month, but as that will be Sunday, it will
tike place next Monday.
The Gridiron club of Washington, an
association of forty newspaper corres
pondents, designs, according to the state
ment of one of it members, to "become
in time the basis for an American academy
corresponding to the Immortal forty of
the French academy ."
A Resolution favoring the election of
United States senators by a direct vote
of the people was adopted Wednesday by
the Illinois house. Among those voting
for it were the three F. M. B. A. mem
bers, yet they are not helping Gen. Palm
er, whom the people voted in favor of
by 30,000 majority.
One Way mt Making m Living.
There seems to be no limit to the variety
of ways in which n dollar can be earned by
a sharp witted man. I know one who
makes a comfortable living by atteoding
auction sales of furniture. lie is not in
collusion with the r.uctioneer; in fact Le
will only attend such sales as are genuine
and peremptory, where every article is sold
for the highest figure bid, no matter how
low that may be. My friend simply trades
on the weakness of human nature, espe
cially of the feminine variety. Many
wouifti alleud these sales, and are really
desirous of securing certain articles, but
shrink from the publicity of trying to out
bid some ot her would-be purchaser.
They prefer to pive two or three dollars
advance on the" price paid by the successful
bidder. This man secures all he can of the
best bargains offered, and then disposes of
them at a small advance upon his outlay
to one or other of the disappointed bidders.
It is not unusual for him to clear from ten
to twenty dollars a day. There is no loss,
for even if the articles are left on his hands
he gets his money back by sending them to
a general nuction room. New York Tele
gram. Mr. I'urnrll u Playwright.
Mr. Parnell is knovn to a good many
Australians in a character in which he has
never figured on the northern side of the
equator that of dramatic author. For
more than five years a play, entitled "Sham
rock Green. By Charles Stewart Parnell.
Esq., M. P." has enjoyed prodigious favor
nmong provincial audiences in the colo
nies. The lucky exclusive proprietor of
this piece boasts of having already petted
5,000 by it.
Its proprietor an Irishman, by the way
has never jet venturncd to produce it in
Melbourne or Sydney, doubtless from a
shrewd suspicion that the dramatic critics
of these capitals would want to know
something more about its history and an
tecedents than the bald announcement on
the play bills that "Mr. Parnell wrote this
play when a young man at college." Pall
Where Christmas Trees Come From.
About fifteen men handle the whole
Christmas tree trade in this town. Most
of the trees come from the Adirondacks,
Catskills, the banks of the Hudson and
from Maine. You may imagine how the
air is laden with their pungent fragrance
along the line of piers where they are kept
for sale. The balsam fir is the favorite. It
is the most trimly shaped and most aro
matic. The trees look like closed umbrel
las, with their boughs tightly strapped to
their trunks to secure them from break
age. The wholesale price is about ninety
cents a bundle. New York Cor. Pittsburg
Couldn't Bo Worse.
"I have here," remarked the long haired
man as he laid a bundle of manuscript
upon the editors aesfc, "two poems. Which
Is the better?"
With a weary sigh the editor glanced
over the first he came to, then laid it down
The other's the better," said he, resum
ing bis interrupted labors. Kate Field's
Wb Starching Was First Taught.
Starching was first introduced into Eng
land in 1564 by Mistress Dingbam van den
Plasm, who came from Flanders. She
taturht starching publicly, and charged
four or five pounds for teaching her pro-
d anion and an additional pound lor teacn
ing how to make the starch. Cloak and
Bult Review. .
HOW C0C0ANUTS GROW.
INTERESTING ACCOUNT OF THE
CULTIVATION OF THE NUT.
The Tree Attala Maturity in AbMt
Eight Yean, the Fruit la Fourteen
Month There Are 250,OeO.e46 Trees.
They Yield 10,000,000.000 Nats Year.
Although the true and original home of
the cocoanut is India and the South Sea
Islands, it has become so widely diffused
by the hands of man and the waves of the
ocean that it is now a prominent feature in
almost every tropical portion of the globe,
covering between 3,000,000 and 4.000,000
acres with its beautiful palms, and num
bering 250,000,000 trees, yielding annually
10,000,000,000 of cocoanuts.
A recent approximate estimate of the
area cultivated with the cocoanut palm
gave the following result: British India
aud dependencies, 300,000; Central Amer
ica, 250,000; Ceylon, 300,000; Eastern Archi
pelago and colonies, 330,000; Java and Su
matra, 230,000; Mauritius, Madagascar,
Seychelles and African coast, 100,000; Pa
cific islands, including Fiji, New Caledo
nia, etc., 350,000; Siam and Cochin China,
100,000, and West Indies, 35,000.
And vtjhen Florida shall add her 10,000
acres lying south of the 27th parallel of
north latitude, capable of growing 1,000,000
trees, we may see at no distant day the
rtortn American cocoanut demanding no
mean share of commercial attention.
WHERE COCOANTTS GROW.
For many years cocoanuts have grown
on the coast of southern Florida, but ow
ing to an extreme fondness for the green
nuts manifested by those engaged in the
sponge fishing along the coast few nuts
have been allowed to ripen, only sufficient
to demonstrate t hat cocoa n uts can be raised
for several hundred miles along the coast
of Florida, where the gulf stream flows so
close to the shore. The cocoanut industry
in that vicinity has received an impetus of
late. Several northern capitalists have
gone to Florida and embarked in this in
dustry, seeing (like Col. Sellers) millions
in it. V it hi ii the past four years over
300,000 nuts were planted on the coast of
Such nuts as are wanted for planting are
gathered into heaps or placed under sheds,
where they are allowed to remain until the
sprout shows itself through the husk.
When planted in regular order holes about
three feet deep and from fifteen to thirty
feet apart are dug. Iu the hole the nut is
placed with care and covered with about
one foot of soil. The bole is filled gradually
as the sprout grows, until it reaches the
surface, when it is left to itself, requiring
no further attention.
Should the place where the cocoanut is
plauted be any great distance from the
seashore a quantity of salt is sometimes
placed in the hole and sometimes scraps of
old iron, as, beiug stj-ictlv a salt water
loving tree, it will thrive but a short dis
tance from the seashore, nearness to salt
water being absolutely essential to its
weitare. in tact, it is said, no magnet is
truer to the pole than is the root of the
cocoanut tree to the ocean, for when the
root breaks through the husk it points
directly toward the sea, no matter in what
position the nut is placed in the ground.
THE GROWING TREE.
Boring its way downward the root fastens
itself so deep and firmly in the ground that
no tornado, no matter how severe, has ever
been known to wrench it from its moor
ings, but the hurricane, so frequent in the
tropics, will ofteu twist the trunks and
carry the broken portions a long distance,
thus ending that cocoanut palm, as it will
not sprout a second time. Could you .ex
am1 ne a cocoanut when in the process of
sprouting you will find directly beneath
the sprouting eye a small white mushroom
shaped kernel, and in this little germ lies
the life of the future tree. Shut up in its
prison like shell, and the shell surrounded
by many inches thick of tough and tangled
fiber, how is it to work its way out and
perform the duty assigned to it? For it is
apparently soft and tender as a baby's
Soon its tiny fingers begin boring their
way out of the weakest eye, then, rending
the tough woody fiber right and left, it
forces itself to the surface and commences
the campaign of life, sending its shoot up
ward to form the tree and downward to
form the roots, still clinging to its parent
for support, until the entire inside of the
shell is filled with a round, ball like sub
stance that is formed by the congealed
milk of the cocoanut. From it the roots
fast forming receive their staff of life until
the mother coke becomes exhausted and,
having fulfilled her mission, is deserted by
her offspring and left a dead and useless
mass of fiber.
On grows the tree, sending deep into the
ground its roots and high into the air its
trunk until after a lapse of from five to
eight years it has attained a height of
from forty to sixty feet, and then pays trib
ute to mother earth by bearing its first
fruit, and under favorable circumstances
continuing to yield for more than haif a
century, giving its owner from 100 to 200
marketable nuts a year.
A NATURAL FILTER.
-Through the center of the trunk of the
cocoanut tree is a soft, fibrous heart which
furnishes the life of the tree and acts as a
great pump in forcing to the. nuts the im
mense quantity of water required to fill
them. This fibrous heart has a wonderful
filtering power, for no matter in what lo
cation the tree may be growing, either
npon the beach or in the malarial swamps
near the pools of stagnant water, when
nature has done her work she deposits in
the cocoanut a sparkling liquid as clear as
crystal and as cool as if drawn from the
deepest well in our northern yards. Hav
ing no particular season for fruiting, but
bearing all the year round, blossoms, ripe
and green fruit may be found on the same
The blossom of the cocoanut is a most
beautiful and peculiar work of nature's
art. Appearing at the base of ,the long
ragged leaves is a gourd like sheath, green
in color and Btanding erect until its own
weight causes it to bend downward, where
it hangs until the stems it incloses, which
are to bear and sustain the nuts, are suffi
ciently matured to proceed on their jour
ney without protection. When this outer
covering splits open it reveals a cluster of
ragged stems, upon each of which you will
find miniature cocoanuts requiring about
fourteen months to ripen.
Among the many difficulties which the
cocoanut grower has to contend with be
sides hurricanes are the flying fox and the
cocoanut beetle, both of which are very
destructive to the young trees, eating their
way in all directions into the stems, de
stroying alike both foliage and fruit. But
a still greater enemy to the cocoanut is the
robber crab, common along the coasts of
all tropical islands, and which subsists en
tirely upon cocoanut diet. Joaeph Wright
in Merchant' Review.
SETTLING THE INDIANS.
Aa Old Freighter Tell of How It We
Ione Forty Year Ago.
John Campbell, formerly a freighter to
the I ndian country and an upper Missouri
river boatman, says he has witnessed sev
eral incidents wherein savagw barbarity
was )itted against the white man's strate
gy. In each instance the savages- were
paid back in a more than decimally in
crease ratio for the damage done.
Oni case occurred in the vicinity of old
Fort Boise. Indians had done great injury
to a rian named James Beckwith. They
gloat d over what they had done. They
were large in number, the whites were
small, and for business and other reasons
it was deemed impossible to wage open
warfare. The situation, however, was
such t hat it was deemed best to curtail the
power of the Indians, as they were inso
lent and threatening.
Beet with went down the Missouri river
to a place where smallpox existed. He ob
tained smallpox virus in a form that could
be easily transported. One story was that
he earned the poison in an air tight canis
ter like arrangement. When he reached
his destination he infected some clothing,
which was immediately put in possession
of the Indians, so that the poisonous germs
of the smallpox, which are short lived,
would not lose their efficacy. The result
was fiat the epidemic broke out and in
creased to a pestilence. In more than SO
per cet t. of the cases the disease assumed the
confluent and the hemorrhagic forms, and
thejatality was not far from 100 per cent.
In tl.eir delirium scores ran to the river,
and death was thus accelerated in its ap
proach. The white men shut themselves
up in what was called the old fort, a large
abandoned structure, a large part of which
was nuule of frame. Here the Indians, pesti
lence s '.ricken, flocked. They humbly came
to the white man, whom they had so re
cently abused and exulted over in their
brutal, savage way.
After the abandoned old fort had been
convert ed from a lazar house to a charnel
iiouse iy me act ion oi disease the means
of egresw were barred, and in order to stamp
out toe contagion nre was applied. Scores
of dead bodies were consumed. The con
tagion was thus stamped out,, the power of
the Indians was broken withont the loss
of a angle white man and the insults
avenged. This occurred between forty and
fifty years ago.
On a lother occasion a young German
who was employed in a menial capacity in
a private fort of A. M. Harvey, in ignorance
or other wise, d isregarded l nstrnct ions gi ven
him, an i on a certain occasion when there
was danger strayed from the fort nbout a
quarter of a mile. He was killed by In
dians aid cut into small pieces.
The mutilated remains were then left as
a warning to the whites of the Indians
prowess Just as in the smallpox case, the
whites did not appear to notice the in-
aigniry, ana also as in t be smallpox case
the Indi ins regarded this as an indication
of cowardice. The Indians, however, kept
away for a short time after the murder to
see what would be done. Then they came
around to trade. This fort had an alley
like entrance, guarded by door or gatelike
arrangements at each extremity. The sides
were wt lied or hoarded high. The white
men monAod to get the alley full of In
iney caa previously allowed Indians in
here after the murder in order to disarm
suspicion. The whites opened the outside
barriers, but placed behind a thin iuside
barrier a masked cannon. This was heav
ily loaded with iron slugs, parts of black
smith si op refuse and material of that
nature. Without warning this was dis
cnargeu i nto tne packed mass or savages.
A moment l.-iter the narrow way was filled
with dead and mangled Indians. The out
er way was shut and others were killed.
For a Ion ? time after this the Indians were
well bchi. ved.
Front it rsnien say that if eastern senti
mentality did not prevail to the extent of
interfereiice with the army movements
and with the action of men who thorough
ly understand the Indian character at ev
ery turn the Indian problem would soon
he solved, aud to tnis problem there is ut
one solution. Kansas City Star.
Antif.uity of Vied ding C lixtom.
Doubtless t he majority of persons think
that the custom of a bndeuroom leing at
tended at his marriage by a friend or rela
tive, wtio U Kpuhu-ly termed his "tent
man' is of modern origin. Nevertheless
it is of gn at antiquity, having ln-en prac
ticed by the early Saxons. In those days
marringes were invariably Celebrated at
the house of the groom. The day preced
ing .such an important event was spent in
feasting end preparing for the approach
ing ceremony, all of the bridegroom's
friends aid relatives taking part in the
Aext c.ime tne groom s company,
mounted on horseback and armed from
head to loot. They proceeded in great
state, in regular order of family preoedure,
under the command of an individual called
the "forwLstaman," or "foremost man," to
receive and conduct the bride in safety to
the house of her future husband. The
blushing maiden was attended by her
guardian a ad other male relatives, led by a
stately mtttron, who bore the name of
"brideswonan," and followed by a goodly
array or yo ing damsels, who were known
It was from this ceremony therefore
that we of I he present day derived our cus
tom of having at weddings a "best man,'
the Saxon ' foremost man" of ten centuries
ago being tlie protolyie of that almost in-
uispcusHuie personage, from the same
source also sprang those important female
attendants c ailed "bridesmaids." Detroit
He Found Everything Megllge.
There was once a congressman who, hav
ing a pretty daughter, determined to send l
her to a seminary. .After many inquiries
he found that a majority of his friends
recommended a school in Haters town.
"I went t p to Hagarstown," said he,
"and found everything splendid. The 1
town is very pretty, the hotels are first
clasp, and tbe school suited me right from
the ground r p. I looked through the build
ings. Everything was neat and comfort
able and tii y, and, in a word, as refined
and neglige as is my own residence at
borne. I tel I you it was the most neglige
outfit I iiave ever seen."
He sent hit daughter, and, being a bright
girl, she learned, and so now her father
doesn't say "neglige" when he means
"recherche." Baltimore American.
Ihe FiM.'e of Slan.
The two sides of the human face are not
exactly 'alike, and a German biologist as
serts tnat tne lack oi symmetry is, as a
rule, confinec to the upper parts of the
face. In two cases out of five the eyes are
out of line, at.d seven persons out of every
ten have stronger sight in one eye than in
the other. A nother singular fact is that
the right ear is almost universally shorter
than tbe left, not only a little shorter, but
enough to show even in inexact measure
ment. St. LojIs Republic
It u a Xistake
To try to cure catarrh t-y using local ap
plications. . Catarrh ia not a local but a
constitutional disease. It it not a dis
ease of tbe man's note, but of the man.
therefore, to effect a cure, requires a
constitutional remedy like Hood's 8arsa
partita, which, acting tbroocb tbe blood.
reaches every part of tbe system, ex pel
ing the taint which causes tbe disease
and imparting health.
When a man tells you that he is per
fectly contented he means, in nine cases
out of ten, that after thinking the mat
ter all over be does not see bow be can
get anything more.
Deafatu Cannot bo Cared
by local applications, aa they cannot reach
the diseased portion of the year. There
is only one way to cure deafness, and that
by constitutional remedies Deafness
is caused by an inflamed condition of tbe
mucous lining of the Eustachian Tube.
When this tube gets Inflamed you have a
rumbling sound or imperfect bearing, and
when it is entirely closed, deafness is the
result, and unless the inflammation can
be taken out and this tube restored to its
normal condition, bearing will be de
stroyed forever; nine cases out of ten are
caused by catarrh, which is nothing but
an inflamed condition of the mucous
We will give one hundred dollars for
any case of deafness (caused by catarrh)
that we cannot cure by taking Hall a Ca
tarrh Cure. Send for circulars, free.
Sold by druggiets, 75c
F. J. Cheney & Co, Toledo, O.
Particulary the regrets Maid: Mr.
Small couldn't call tonight, and he sends
his regrets and this little present. Miss
Little: Thanks for both.
Catarrh la Colrado.
I used Ely's Cream Balm f.r
tarrh. It proved a cure B.
Ely's Cream Balm is especial? adapted
88 a remedy for cat&rrh which is aggra
vated by alkaline dust and dry winds.
W. A. fclover. Drugist. Denver.
1 can recommend Ely's Cream Balm to
all sunerers from diy catarrh from per
onal experience. Micheal Elerr, Tear
Ely's Cream Balm has c .red many cases
of catarrh. It is ia constant demand.
Geo. W. Iloyt, Pharmacist. Cheynoe.
A Keal Balaam it Kemp's Ban am.
ine aicuonery ssys, "a balsam is a
thick, pure, aromatic substance flowing
from trees. Kemp's Balsam for tbe
throat and lungs is the only cough medi
cine that is a real balsam. Maoy this.
watery cough remedies are called balsam's
bnt such are not. Look through a bottle
of Kemp s Balsam and notice what a pnre,
thick preparation it is. If you couch
use Kemp's Balsam. At all druggists'.
Large bottles 50c and f 1.
Ine young man who was "unable to
express his joy" saved money by sending
it by mail.
Ds Ton Coagat
Don'tdelay. Take Kemp's Balsam, tha
best cough cure. It will cure your
coughs and colds. It will cure pains in
the chest. It will cure influenza and
bronccius and all diseases pertaining to
the lungs because it is a pure balsam.
Hold it to the light and see how clear and
thick it is. You will see the excellent
effect after taking the first dose. Large
oouies 0112 andl.
Love has no respect for locks, as the
average bald-beaded man can testify.
Don t sav there is no help for catarrh.
hay fever and cold in head, since thous
ands testify that Elf's Cream Balm has
entirely cured them. It supersedes the
dangerous use of liquids and snuffs. It
is easily applied into .the nostrils and
gives relief at once. Price 60c.
HO WRECK ASHORE
ever more Hopelessly stranded tban a
wrecked constitution, whether it disaster be the
product of some formidable malady, or that alow,
crcmature decay that seems fo fasten niton some
constitutions without annarrntlv adi-anate cause.
An excellent meant of cbeckinc this rradaal
drain of the sources of vitality is tbe beneficent
tonic, tiogieiter a stomach Bltfrs, which pro
motes dieestiin. enrichre the Llood and o-ivea 1
substance as well as stigma to an enfeeble" frame.
Constipation, feebleness of the kidnevo and blad
der, fever and agna and rheumatism, are among
the bodily ailments which It remer.les promptly
and thoroughly. Persistence in its nse is well
merited by It.
abeld be displayed in buyinjr aaedft-
cina above all things. In selecting
reaaedy for any disease, yon should be
positive that it contains nothing inju
rious to the health. Many remedies
on the market leave the patient in a
much worse condition, than beoi
s s s
la purely vegetable, and perfectly
harmless; the most delicate child cam
take it with absolute safety. It contain
Be mercury or minerals of any kind.
and yet it never fails to cure the
eaeea it ia recommended for.
Beek on Blood aad Skin diseases free
Swift Speeifle Col. Atlanta, Q
John Volk & Co.,
Sash. Doors, Blinds, Biding, Flooring,
and all kinds of wood work for buBdara,
Eighteenth 8t bet. rhird aad Fourth are
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Bed Room Sets.
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PUMPS, IsTjILS,- &o,
Baxter Banner Cooking and Heating Stoves
Tin, Copper and Sheet Iron Work.
150S SECOND AVE., ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
J. B. ZIMMER,
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Has jast returned from Europe and would be pleased to see bis friends at
his place of business in
Star Blocs:, Opposite Haepke IIousk.
FALL AND WINTER SUITINGS
for 18fr-91 have been received.
INCORPORATED TCDEB THE THE STATE LAW.
Roek Island Savings Bank,
EOCK ISLAND, ILL.,
Open daily from a. m. to 4 p. nu, aad Stardayve&Ugi from T to 6 o'cica.
Five per cent interest paid on Deposits. Money loaned on Personal, Col
lateral or Re al Estate Security'
X. P. REYNOLDS, Prae. F C. DENE MAX. Tice-Pre. i. X. BUTORO, Caaau.
P. L XltcheH, S P. Reraold F. C. Denknaan. John Orabavxa. C. W. Lrade.
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Jacaaoa Huarr, SoLcUorm.
tTTW beets bturtaem 3 a?y S, 1B90, and wUl
nat.il sew bank ia completed.
ST. JAMES HOTEL,
Corner Twenty-third atreet aad Fourth aveaae,
J. T. RYAN,
Thia hoaae baa jo.t ben r4tted thraa;h3ot and
f 1.00 per day koaaa aad a
cr. im:. osristy-,
Steam Cracker Bakery,
MAbTPjACTTTKU or ckeckxxj aid bxicttxti.
Aak yoor Grocer for them. They bet,
tSr-ftpaclaltJes; Tha Cfcrtaty "0THEK" aad tbe Ckrtoty "WATll."
ROCK ISLAND. ILL.
SETTERS & ANDERSON,
AXL KURDS OV OA&PX2TTXK WORT DOHX.
tVQaneral Jobbing done ea abort boOm aad r-'ifitWa riimail
Office and Bhop HU Fourth Avenue. BOCK ISLAND ILL.
Mil Foartt Avenee, Dealer ia
Confectionery, Cigars and Toys,
School Books, gehool BappUaa. Tabieta. Etc.. Etc.
CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER,
TwaaUr aaaofiS attest
- - .Tainnata a?aaaa.
to emaks eadaoatra aad de al ktaia ef Oarpealar war. Wa kirn atrial.
Carpets. Curtains. Etc
ARB NOW COMPLETE.
and the Gtneseo Cooking 8love.
occupy baaki&x roon with MScfcaU
EOCK I5LAXD. ILL.
ii now la A Ka. 1 Ma4!Uaa. It U t InVdara
dettrabt family aoieL
aad Kiath aveaae.
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