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THJfi AKGU& MONDAY, MARCH. 2. 1891e
?Mlshed iSaHy and Weekly at 164 8rnd Ae
nae, Koek Inland. III.
J. W. POTTER
Tnaaa -Daily. 60c pr month: Weekly. $8.00
per Minn ni.
All communication of a critical or arfromenta
tlye character, political or religions, man have
real name attached for publication No each arti
tlclee will be printed over Hctittoaa mjnstnree
Anonymooi communication not not ced.
Correspondence solicited from every township
In Rock I aland county.
Vo dw March 2
Tbb senatorial contest at Springfield
tarts aoe today.
Let the F M . B. A members do the
light thing this week and elect Gen.
Like the pugilist who has virtually lost
the bait.e. the republicans at Springfield
sparred for wind last week. It is to be
hoped they will stand up and fight to a
An emiueuily practical German scien
list is said to have applied a mild current
of electricity to a swaim of bees, quickly
causing them to fall to the ground in a
stupefied condition. The bees could be
safely handled wcile in tbis condition,
and if ihe electrical current was not too
strong no injury whs done tlem.
Itrpiibiiranft on Mi reeter.
Notwithstanding the humiliating spec
tacle which the republican afsemb'ymen
have presented at Sprirpfi-ld inflcking
lo the standard of an unprincipled dema
gogue supply in the v-in attempt of
defeating the people's choice for United
States stnator, it seems that the rank and
file of the party is still inclined to retain
their serf respect and do not approve of
the alliance with Stretter by their repre
sentatives. Numerous congratulatory
letters have teen received ry the few reso
lute aud conscientious republicans who
refused to heed the crack of Long Jones'
whip. Republican newspapers, too, have
spoken approvingly of their independ
ence. Senator "Hank" Evans, the first
gentleman to bolt the republican caucus
and who his been especially emphatic in
his language spamst the eff rt to sell the
republican party of Illinois to Crow
breeder Streeter, received the following
letter a few days g i:
Aledo. 1:1 S cator Evans. Dtiar
Sir: Although an entire s'.rangrer to vou
I take the liberty of addressing you a few
lines. I wish to congratulate you on
your manly, republican position on trie
senatorial question. The idea of A.J
Stretter ever drawing a republican breath
is highly amusing here where he is well
anown. i nave known Dim lor oyer
thirtv years, and if there is one single
thing be has been consistent in it is bis
opposition to tbe republican party. Dur
ing the war he was a blattnt copperhead
as a member of tbe board of supervisors
in loos ne onerea ana votea 'or a reso
lution to deprive "war widows" of the
necessaries ef life, and backed it up by a
"consistent walk and conversation." He
has been an inveterate office-seeker for
the last qu.rtcr of a century, but never
before round himself in tbe predicament
that be or b's friends bad to ciaim him to
be a lepublican. Tne sentiment here
among reoublicans is that we do not want
Palmer if it can be avoided, but give him
to us tvery time in preference to the dem
agogue Streeter. Could give you much
of his history, but presume you are not
as ignorant of it as he might wish you
were. 1 ours for the caue.
And here are a few extracts from re
Republican newspapers engaged in
reading tbe riot act to those republican
members of the legislature who will not
support Strteter would better let up. The
men who a e holding out are better re
publicans than these repretientatives of
tbe Damphool family Peoria Tran
script The senatorial situation can be britfiv
stated . Tbe last ballot tiken yesterday
gare Plner 101 v-les, Oglesby 8 and
Sireeter92. It wiil thus be seen thu
"Long Jonea" has sue eeded in prevail
ing upon 92 republicans to desert their
colors. All Lonor to the 8 loy 1 repub
licans who have thus far stood out
against t ie mongrel combioe! If Judas
Iscariot was alive t iday be would find fit
comp nionsbip with the 92 abeged r
publicans in the I linois legislature.
The republican members of the Illinois
legislature have a plain du'y to perform.
They were elected to ctrry out the prin
ciples of the republican part? and to vote
for a republican for United States sena
tor. An F. hi B A. does not represent
republicanism Neither does a democrat.
Republicans g ined victories when they
fonght mat fully for principle in tbe face
of overwhelming opposition. It was by
overcoming seemingly insurmountable
obstacles that elevated tbe party to its
high and honored position. On the
other hand, every compromise it has
made with democracy and its allies have
weakened the party organization.
Elect an F. M. B M. and Minnis is lost
to the republicans in 1892. Olney Re
BILL NYE AS A FIREMAN.
THE PRECARIOUS CONDITION OF
THE VILLAGE OF BILGEWATER.
William Gives Brief Insight Into the
Harrowing Relationship Between the
Department and Mr. Teeter Life aa a
Copyright by Edgar W. Xye.
A vtfry disastrous fixe occurred night
before last in the village of Bilgewater,
on Staten Island, destroying valuable
property belonging to our fellow towns-!
man, Mr. Cicero Teeter, whose summer ,
home is at Jimsenhurst-by-the-Sea, and I
who spends the winter here. Mr. Teeter '
belongs to one of our best families and
in Holland, as also do bis haughty and
high bred horses, each of the latter of
which points with pardonable pride, by
means of his well decked and. wind
tossed tail, to his lineage high. I
Oh, well, then, if you axe not ac
quainted, let ns not fool away any mere
time here-. Come, Waterloo!"
"Watadooloo, you mean," said a
bright young lobster dealer who hap
pened to be passing by at the time, and
who is kr own as the wag and raccoonter
of Toad llill.
By this time the hired man had re
turned a id said that the telephone was
not worlring, so the fire department
could not be reached. The trustee then
went to t le engine house personally, and
would hi ve got the machine out if he
had not been arrested by the police for
burglary, the engine being the private
property of Mean Temperature hose
company No. 3i.
But it was now apparent to a number
of all night people that there was a fixe
near by, a nd word was sent by the Jersey
Street Vestibule Horse Car line to West
'rescue a large heavy girl whom 1 had
never even met and who was in her bare
I A volunteer fireman has too many so
cial strains to stand for the salary he
gets. Another time I was fined for not
attending a fire because I was asleep at
' the time it occurred. I was very angry
when I learned that I was. fined again,
and for such a trivial offence, too. I
then offered my resignation. "What you
want," I said, with scathing and searching
scorn,' "is a somnambulist. I am not one
of those. Search elsewhere for your
firemen. I am not lacking in courage,
but I am not constructed according to
your plans and specific ti on. "
I Once I was fined also for seeing
The most powerful and best organized
body among the British workers is the
coal miners' union. Of the 500,000 men
employed in the mines of England, Scot
land and Wales, 300,000 are organized.
There are five of their members directly
representing these organizations in par
liament. And Michael Daritt says
these unions, with the other great com
binations of workers, will lay hold of
the political power and gain supremacy
over "vested interests."
Five hours per day on the part ot an
who owe the state brain or physical la
bor would, under a rational system of
distribution, enable all to live as well aa
the best and at the same time give them
leisure to enjoy home and social life and
all means of culture. Rev. H. H.
young lady bume after the alarm of fire
had been given. I appealed, but lost my
case, and had to pay for simply an act of
common gallantry. Others, I presume.
Brighton tht the fire fiend had broken would leave a bright young lady stand
loose in tl e residence of Trustee Teeter, , jDg jn the street, where the cars might
of the village of Bilgewater, S. I. The : m over her, and rush wildly off to a fire,
trustee having given bail, went home to but I could not do that. I never could,
see what lie could do toward saving his I Socially I was a great triumph as a
home and family. volunteer fireman, and no one in the his-
At this moment a hose cart was heard tory of conflagrations and hairbreadth
on Westervelt avenue, running at a high escapes could "call oH better at a fire-'
men's ball than I, but when I would get
smoke in my lungs and retire to the
orchard to cough, the foreman would
curse me bitterly and say that "he
rate of sp?ed, and soon the beautifully
clocked hese of Recalcitrant liose Com
pany No. 2 hove in sight, but lost some '
time by stopping to ask a pedestrian for
a few dollars to buy new uniforms for 1
the compa iy.
The hose company soon after arrived, '
but the engine of course had not yet
reached ti e-disgusting episode, or holo- I
WALKING TO TEETERS FIRE. j
We must, before going any further,
state that the trustees of the village of
Bilgewater and three companies of the
fire laddies are not on good terms. The j
trustees and these firemen dislike each
other very much indeed, and as Mr.
Teeter is a trustee it is said that his loss
is much greater than it would have been
had his name even been Dennis instead
of Cicero. The fire companies are all
composed of Volunteers, and as they pay
dues and fines and put out fires at their i
own expense they feel rather independ
ent about where they will show the
most zeal. j
The trustees have an appropriation
which they handle each year according
to the dictates of their own consciences,
which is supposed to go to the fire de-.
partment, but this year they do not
hand it over without the duly receipted
bills of the department to show that the
money has not been misappropriated. 1
This makes the fire laddies hot, for they
own their machines and board them
selves. A fire laddie hates to have his
whiskers singed off and his nose frozen
so stiff that in blowing it the whole for-'
ward part of the nose may crack and
fall off, but still worse he hates on top
of all this to have his motives impugned. '
The fire laddie suffers, but he never
weeps. He says to the trustees of the
village of Bilgewater: "We, especially
members of Unparalleled Squirt No. 1, '
have put up with about all we care to '
stand, and o we shall soon offer onr
nice red trucks and blue ladders for sale.
If you are afraid that we will fool away
your appropriation on axle grease for
our engine or rat poison for our engine '
house, and you dare not trust us out of
sight, we will pause before we rescue
your abnormally plain hired girl from j
the blazing rafters of your burning
buildings. You have asked us for our
ultimatum, and we inclose one herewith
which we have never used. It is a nice,
bright, new ultimatum, with a snapper
on the end of it Use it carefully and it
will last you a long time." I
Then the trustees appealed to the pa
triotism of the fire laddies, saying: "Sure
ly you will not go and Bell your bright
red trucks and things to a comparative
stranger, and then on the Fourth of July
have no machine to haul around past the
Dutch pond and along the Fingerbowl
road. Come, now, boys, don't act that
With this state of affairs, which has ,
been unchanged for several weeks, it is 1
not strange that when the shrill cry of '
fire burst forth from the massive throat j
of Mr. Teeter, at 11:47 on the aboe'
night, several volunteer firemen coyly
looked out at window and then went 1
back to bed again.
"Help! heip! ! will no one save me?"
cried the haughty official as he stepped
on a cold, toy rubber ball with his bare
foot, and shrieked again till the affright- '
ed night caught up the refrain, and two '
men who were passing by on their way
to catch a boat almost stopped to see
what the matter was.
By this time the forked flames began
to lick their chops and reach out ftr
combustible material. The fire fier.J
soon discovered, for it was but the work
of a moment, that the building was fire
proof, so there would be nothing to pre
vent not only gutting it but actually
wiping it from the face of the earth.
Sending the hired man (after tipping
him) to the nearest drug store to tele
phone the fire department, Mr. Teeter
began to twist the tail of the fire fiend
alone, meantime only pausing long
enough to shriek or take a sip of mince
pie flavoring which stood on the escri
toire. Just then some neighbors came by on
their way home from the city where
they had held a theatre party conver
sazziony. The ladies were in full dress,
and the full orbed moon came out, took
a good square look at them and hastily
retired behind a large, cool cloud. The
gents wore, also, each a bran pneumonia
suit of full dress, and all remained sev
eral moments watching the fire.
"Who lives here?" asked one gent who
had taught himself not to show any
"I think Teeter lives h?re," said one
of the party, "but I do not know them.
We have never called on them, for we
cannot really find out whether they came
here first or we."
canst rathe r. The fire now began to make
sad havoc amid the beautiful house
decorations of the trustee's high priced
home. Fiit it meandered through the
cellar and lsed up the winter's kindling t
wood, oak-mi tue iinoae island green
ings, worms auu an, sKinnea up tne Hol
low trunk of the dumb waiter, made a
pass at a fine oil painting of a lobster in
the dining room by Prang raised a
blister on the face of the clock and
scorched ot:e of its little hands, seemed
to laugh raockingly at the aquarium,
cooked a gcM fish or two, and then went
into the pantry and exploded a pie.
Anon th cry of fire was borne along
the North Shore, and one of the Brighton
whistles blew a low, sad blast which
wailed through the shrinking night like
the dying s ug of some old master whose
death is due to painter's colic after paint
ing too large a town and getting himself
Now we an hear the pulsing beat of
the hoofs of those who are coming to
the rescue from Tottenville pulling an
engine. The fire has eaten out the whole
interior of the structure, having gutted
the entire house, and wound up by chas
ing the trus-e himself for two squares.
As the roof falls in the Wet Spell En
gine company, of Tottenville, and the
Rise - Up - William - Riley - and - Come-Along-With-Me
Hook and Ladder Truck
company, of Fdtingville, reach the
ground and begin to couple on to the
hydrant, meantime emitting the shrill
cry of fire. It is now almost breakfast
time, and several people who have been
untiringly watching the fire excuse
themselves und go home, not being more
than mere t ailing acquaintances of the
Some delcy is experienced in finding
the wrench, but at last it is secured, and
a desirable connection made with an
No sooner is the apparatus ready than
an opprobric ns epithet is hurled at the
company by one of the rebellious firemen
of the village of Bilgewater, hitting
him back of the ear, and quicker than
one can ejaculate the remark "scat" the
hose is turnc 1 on the rude person and
held there ti.1 the fire has gone out.
We as a village of 17,000 people may
learn a valuable lesson from the above
little incideiit. In the first place we
must not fool with fire, and in the sec
ond place we must not fool with a volun
teer fire department. While the two
companies, fcr instance, squirt water &p
each other the damage is done, bo also
while the official and the fireman squab
ble the rates go up on insurance.
I once belonged to a volunteer fire
company, and I recall with much pleas
ure the day I resigned. I never looked
well on parade, and my hat was too
heavy and too hot. I always got ,
severe headache and then a fire broke
wouldn't be likely to take but a little
more off me," Then he would report me
and fine me. I was found $5 that way
There are two sides to the great war
on Staten Island, but in the mean time
an occasional house burns down before
the Perth Amboy fire company can come
and chop a hole in the roof.
Possiblv before this is printed tbe
' trouble may be quietexl in some way, and
all le ogaiu at peace. Otherwise 1 twe
no way but for a few of the wealthy
taxpayers to meet at my slosh, opposite
the reservoir, and form a company of
volunteers to be called the Damp and
Noiseless Squirt Company of the Kills.
I As it is now, I can point out a thousand
young villages of the new west with
1,500 people that would easily shame this
wealthy and populous town of over ten
times the population and a dozen times
My own experience as a volunteer
fireman teaches me that we cannot hold
a volunteer fireman down to the same
rigid requirements that we can a paid
department, and possibly the best way
out of the trouble is, after all, to uni'e
with the United States at the same time
that Canada comes in.
Staten Island has many very attract
ive features aside from her fire depart
ment, fisheries, night blooming cerens.
oil refineries. Constable Hook (and Lad
der company). Sabbath baseball, suicide
and summer street railways, which run
when it is not too stormy. All these and
many other reasons are urged why we
should enter the Union, adding South
Beach, the great Newport of Richmond
county, to the desirable watering places,
for stock especially, which the United
States could then claim. With a lar jre
cool tunnel open at both ends and con
necting us with Brooklyn we might be
come an important factor of the future ;
great metropolis. The present United
States minister to Staten Island, of
course, is a good man, but as a citizen
and taxpayer, also Veritas and Pro Bono
Publico, I would favor annexation.
A Heal Balsam ie Kemp'a Buiim.
The dictionery says, "a balsam is a
thick, pure, aromatic substance flowing
from trees." Kemp's Balsam for the
throat and lungs is tbe onlv cough medi
cine that is a real balsam. Ma iy thin,
watery cough remedies are called balsam's
bnt such are not. Look through a bottle
rf Kemp's Balsam and notice what a pure,
thick preparation it is. If you cough
use Kemp's Balsam At all druggists'.
Large bottles 50c an 1 Si
Tae worl ! tnav despise a kicker, but it
ia interesting to note that it keeps its
shins out of the way.
Great Clearing Sale
February 2d to February 14th,
TO MAKE ROOM FOR
Wilt c1we oat Urre line of Bed Room aid Fr or Set at coat, abo a fntt variety mt 064
Chair will be sold cheap.
f2fDo not mies this opportunity.
No. 103, 105 and 107 East Second St.,
H. SIEMON & SON,
toves and Tinware
IFTTIMIIFS, UST-A-IILS, &C,
Baxter Banner Cooking and Heating Stoves and the Genes eo Cooking 6'.otc.
Tin, Copper and Sheet Iron Work.
1508 SECOND AVE.. ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
J. B. ZIMMER,
-THE WELL KNOWN-
jVl erchant Tailor,
Stas Block, Opposite Haepek Douse.
ha pcrrbae4 for the
Spring and Summer of 1891,
AUrgtTndflDprsUctthneTr. Ttfe joodj wl.T irrire Id a few djr. Wait tad te tkei
HAVE YOU SEEN THE
ReT. H. II Fairall. D D., editor of the
Iowa Methodist, says editorially, "We
have tested the merits of Ely's Cream
Balm, and believe that, by thorough
course of treatment, it will cure almost
every case of catarrh. Minis'ers. as a
class are bfflicled with bead and throat
troubles, and catarrh seems more preval
ent than ever. We cannot recommend
Ely's Cream Balm too highly."
I used Ely's Cream Balm for dry catarrh.
It proved a cure B. F. M. Weeks,
Calf Goodyear Welt Shoes?
The beet Met.' flee eboe in tbe city for the price.
STABY, BERGER & SNELL.
Serond and Harrison 8t.
Do Ton Congal
Don't delay. Take Kemp's Balsam, the
oest cough cure, it win cure jour
coughs and colds. It will cure stains in
tbe chest. It will cure influenza and
bronchitis 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 Bee the excellent
effect after taking tire first dose. Large
bottles 50s and $1.
J , ZMZ, CHRISTY,
Steam Cracker Bakery,
XAHTJACTTJRXE 07 CEACK1KS AID 1IICTJITS.
Ask your Grocer for them. They axe best
VBpexUltiMS Tha Ckriity "0TIIIE- aad tfca Christy "Wins." .
ROCK ISLAND. ILL.
SEIVERS & ANDERSON,
Contractors and Builders,
ALL KINDS OF OABPXHTXB WORK DONS.
"General Jobbing don oa short noUoa aad atieracUoa raraaU4.
Office tad Bhop 1412 Fourth Avenue, . ROCK ISLAND ILL.
THE YOLCKTEEB FIEEMAJT.
out. When I j;ot to a fire I was all het
op and could not do anvthinc for Quite
awhile. Or.' I was fined $5 for not go- ! to Newcastle, Wyoming,
up into s burning loft in the night to to Dead wood .
Comflaud to Dead wood.
The Burlington Route.' C. B. & Q. R.
R.. from Chicago, Peoria and St. Louis,
is now completed, and daily passenger
traios are runninsr through Lincoln, Neb.,
and Custer, 8. D.. to Dead wood. Also
ST. JAMES HOTEL,
Cocer Twenty-third atreet M Foorth arenae. .... BOCK ISLAM). IIX.
J. T. RYAN, Proprietor.
TWa howe ba. Joatbee refltted 1 throagHont and U now la A No. I coad.Uoa. It U air eU-
t.Wpec day huue ud a desirable fanlly hotel.
Highest of Jill in Leavening Power. U. S. Gov't Report, Aug. 17, 1889.
Manufacturer of all kinds of
BOOT8 AND 8HOES-
1 1 anw
aeaU'riMghoesatpocUitf. Repairlnf done neatly and promptly.
A share ot yoar patronage reopoctlolly ooliciw.
1018 Second Avenue. Roak Ialaad. Dt
CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER,
Shop corner Twenty -eeoond etroet and Ninth avenae. Reatdeaco M
Thirteenth areaaa. :
tis prepared to auk eatimafc aad de all Had of Oar pea U: work. Q4re aba a trial.