Newspaper Page Text
TllK ARGUS. TUESDAY. MAllCH. 10, 1891.
Puhltohed Daily und Wtwkly at 1694 Second Ato
nae, hock Inland, HL.
J. w. Potter.
TK8-Diiily. 50c pur month; Weekly, 83.00
All ounmariicatinng of a critical or argnmenta
tlve ctmructer, political or religious, uiutot have
real num nttchel for publication No snca artl-ticli-
will in- printed over fictitious oicnatoreB
Anouyiuoti" comuuiiio.it.ionnot noticed.
CorrvKj.in:l-iice solicited from every township
la ItocU inland coauty.
Tuesday. March 10 1891
At the earnest oolicitntion of my frlenils, I
horehy announce myself ns a candidate for the
offlco of rollpi-tortmbjoct to the decision of the
democratic city township convention.
T hereby announce myself an a candidate for
the olfi'e r collector at the 8upKettion of
many friends, subject to the decihion of the
democratic city township convention .
Glucose is produced in the United
States at the rate of one million pounds
per day, principally in the western states.
Extravagance of the Late ConKre.
Chicago Herald: Before the senate ad
journed Mr. Allison asked and obtained
leave to prepare a detailed and "positive"
statement of the appropriations by tbe
Piftyfirst Congress for publication in the
Record . lie remarked that it would take
some time to do the work, and well it
may if the time required is proportionate
to the magnitude of tbe sums appropriated.-
Without waiting to complete tbe "posi
tive" statement the clerk of Mr. Al!ison'
committee has supplied the press with ap
proximate figures. According to his esti
mate the sum total, exclusive of perman
ent appropriations, was 361,700,000 for
the ... and J405.0OO.0OO for :bc
second, or $766,700,000 for both sessions.
The permanent appropriations for the first
session amounted to about $101 000,000,
and for the second to about $122.000o0o!
This makes a grand total of $989,700,000
for the two years 1891 and 1892, or an
average of $494,850,000 for each year.
These figures, bear in mind, are not
"positive." The considerate clexk doesn't
tell the whole story at once for fear we
an't bear it. Representative Savers, of
Texas, the head of the democratic section
of tbe house appropriations committee, is
more positive. His figures were given in
detail in the news columns of the Herald
vest nlny morning. His totaU, exclusive
of annual appropriations, are 5362.814.
057 for the first session, and 419,341,153
for tbe second, or $782,125,210. This
exceeds by $15,455,210 the total as esti
mated by Mr. Allison's committee clerk
Accordisc to Mr. Sayers, the permanent
appropri-.'iess for the first session were
$101,628,453, and for the second $122. .
486 808, or upward of a million more than
tbe clerk's estimate. Adding these sums
to the "regular' appropriations we have
grard total of $1,006,270,471 for the
Fifty first congress, or $16,570,471 more
than the clerk's estimate. Mr. Sayers'
grand total exceeds by $188,306 612 the
total amount appropriated by the Fiftieth
congress. The republicans have increased
1he expenditures to tbe extent of more
than $94,000,000 a year. Even accord
ing to tbe republican clerk's estimate tbe
increase is nearly $86,000,000 a year.
And yet the la'e speaker pretends to think
that time will bring a crown of glory to
the Fifty-first congress.
Tbe extravagance of tbe late congress
may be shown by a statement of tbe ap
propriations for all the fiscal years since
1875, as follows:
Year. "Araonnt. Year Amount.
1876 12 693,718 1R8 $137,451,398
177 Ut.C61.104 1SW 170 608,113
1K7X K6.536 415 1W 20.6-383
1H7! 171.672.775 1SH 193.025 861
IHHO 162,44,48 1889 845,020 173
18H1 156,830,841 1890 21 .115,440
l8tf 17979,000 18 362.814 067
251.428,117 1893 419,311,153
1884 Ib7 9U.506
All the foregoing figures are exclusive
of the permanent appropriations, and all
excepting for 1S91 and 1892 are taken
from the annual statistical abstract pre
pared by the treasury bureau of statistics
It should be stated that prior to 1884 tbe
appropriations for postofBce deficiencies
are included in the totals. Since then
postofilce appropriations have not been
included in the totals given in tbe ab
stract. For purposes of comparison,
therefore, the po&tofflce appropriations
should be deducted from the above total
for 1891 and 1802. which would reduce
them to $290 587,359 and $341,433 931
respecuv.;lj. As thus reduced the totals
are still enormously in excess of those for
former years. Never since the war have
the appropriations approached in magni
tude those made by the late congress.
What makes the matter worse U the fact
that legislation has been such s to im
pose greatly increased charges upon the
treasury for years to come. The depend
ent pension bill creates an annual charge
wbicb is likely to grow to $50,000,000 at
least. The sugar bounty creates an an
nual charge of at least $7,000,000 at tbe
outset, and Ibis is liable to grow indefi
nitely. Last fall Senator Sherman pre
dieted that within ten years under tbe new
law we would be producing all the sugar
we consume. If he was a true prophet this
chance will grow within that time to $75,
000 000 a year at least. The shipping
bfUut. will create a growing charg
which'may soon reach $5,000,000. The
Fifty-second congress, however, econom
ically disposed, will have to meet these
charges, and it is wtll to fix tbe responsi
bility for their creation .
Mr. Savers estimates that the revenues
for 1892 will fall nearly $95.000 000
short of tbe appropriations. If be has
uot underestimated the receipts they w 11
come considerably more than $95,000,000
short of the actual expenditures made
nenpasary by tbe most extravagant of al'
I have been bothered with catarrh for
about twenty years; I had lost tense of
smell entirely, and I had almost lost my
hearing. My eyes were getting so dim I
had to get some one to thread my needle.
Now I nave my hearing as well as I ever
had, and I can see to thread as fine a
needle as ever I did, my sense of smell is
partly restored, and it setms to be im
proving all the time. I think there is
nothing like Ely's Cream Balm for catarrh.
Mrs. E. E. Grims, Rend rill, Perry Co
. Canes are the only signs of support
some well dressed young men show.
BILL NYES NAVY NOTES.
HE PRATES OF THE GOOD SHIP
MINNESOTA AND HER MISSION.
fhe Sprightly Young American Who Kil
ters the Navy With or Without Parents.
Adorned With Ornamental Illustrations
Gleaned from Many Sources.
(Copyright by Edpar W. Nye.
At the time of this writing the United
States steamship Minnesota lies at the
foot of. Fiftieth street, North river. She
is hoiised over for the winter, and loots
like the trim little craft in which Noah
defied the long wet spell and 6aved his
allied show to delight and astonish na
tions ' yet unborn. She is one of the
United States training ships designated
by the secretary of the navy for the put-
signaling FROM THE SHORE,
pose of enlisting and forwarding' recruits
for the service who are between the ages
of 14 and 18. These yonth mostly hope
to be admirals as soon as they can get a
move on their mustaches. Some of
them, I regret to say, are disappointed.
It was my good fortune not long ago,
in company with Commodore Roeder,
who may be seen on pleasant days walk
ing the poop of the Pulitzer building, to
visit the Minnesota and watch the ex
amining board engaged in the arduous
task of selecting proper young men for
the service, and forwarding sound can
didates to join them that do go down to
the sea in ships.
Dressing myself daintily in fine fa
tigue dress, with hectic neclrtie and high
silk hat, and with hair thrown carelessly
back to about the time of Queen Anne,
I joined the commodore, and we rode to
gether np Ninth avenue on a palatial
train of elevated cars, each of which had
a blase air, like that you notice on a
spring morning when yon ride a mile or
two through clover meads and blooming
peach orchards and then suddenly step
into a nice air tight sleeping car. Did
you ever, oh! dove eyed reader, with the
delicately chiseled Graeco-Roman nose
and also delicately chiseled pocketbook,
enter a sleeping car just as it was wak
ing tip? Didst ever ramble np and down
a meadowy brook at early dawn, crush
ing the heather, and the sweet fern, and
the bull frog for an hour, and then,
flushed with success, nnjoint vour rod
and, with the dew and the daisies cling
ing to your high boots, catch an early
train and step quickly into the great
Snore Works of a through car? Did yon
ever wring the rough, warm hand of
Uncle Eben at the way station at 5
o'clock a. m., and with the memory of
tansy and timothy and mignonette and
fresh fried cakes and cherry blossoms,
blunder hurriedly, while your eyes were
a little moist from the parting, into the
funky aisle of the sleeping catacombs,
where you would think Gabriel could
hardly get a bugleful of fresh air?
Well, that is how an all night elevated
train strikes me occasionally. It gives
me heart failure and a keen neck pain
which some day will drive me to the use
of creine de ineuthe.
Fiftieth street is a pleasing localit- on
the hill where the cathedral andVander
bilt property are; but a few blocks away,
where she bathes her neglected feet in
the North river, you can get a flat very
reasonably if you do not care much
about environments. It is rather a rocky
neighborhood, musical with the bleat of
the nanny goat, reeking with the blended
odors of passe New York odors that take
one back to the malarial summer fol
lowing the flood, or the days when
Pharaoh and his hosts began to swell up
and float ashore.
Stale beer, overstimulated asparagus
beds, ill ventilated hotljeds of vice, poor
ly corked all night rum holes, cast off
clothing, cast off children, old and dam
aged marriage ties, unsecured and nou
dividend declaring bonds of wedlock,
purple nosed politicians, dignified and
greatly overestimated billy goats, mud,
ooze, slime," pestilence, frog works,
3tench and one long, piercing, wailing
cry to heaven for soap, salvation and
Street Superintendent Beatty, mark the
In strong contrast to all this came the
clean and glistening decks of the Minne
sota, and th trim and well fed officers
who welcomed us. We went down to
the wardroom, where I removed my
beautifully dimpled high hat, and we
sat down to breakfast. At the head of
the table sat Lieutenant Commander E.
S. Houston, commanding; on his right
sat Pay Inspector J. E. Talfree, of the
delirious signature. Next to the F. E.
Spinner of the navy came Chaplain S.
D. Boorom, a gentle looking warrior as
ever manned a menu or poulticed a sin
sick soul. Then come Assistant Sur
geon James F. Keeney, who has to ex
amine the boys who apply and scruti
nize them for physical blemishes. On the
left of the commander sat Lieut. A. B.
Speyera. He was. pleasantly situated
next to me. Then came Commodore
Boeder, and next Ensign J. L. PurcelL
I rather like tho ronghsea fere we
had. Shall I tell you, gentle reader,
you sweet thing, you shall I tell yon
what we had? Yes, I fancy I hear you
say. with a mellow ripple of laughter.
WeS then, I will tell you, provided it
does not go any further.
At fin it we had broiled fresh mackerel
at leas- I think it was. Yes, broiled
mackerel raised on the place. Then
lamb chops, with nice browned potatoes
cut in triangular hunks, also hot rolls.
We did not have any horse doovers.
Sometimes they have huitres, but not
always. Poissons are used quite com
monly, especially when company comes
on boa: d. Releves occur on Tuesdays
and Fridays. We had cafe noir, also
sliced oranges with crushed cocoanut on
to them, aLso grown on the grounds.
Yins consisted of Phillip Best's Burgundy
and trapped Crotonne Sec. Then cigars
and spe -dies followed. I spoke on "Free
Coinage and Free Lunch, the Richly
Upholslered Goal Toward Which We
Are All Gayly Hastening Toward." I
spoke from mere thoughts, so did not
occupy much of the time. It was in
every tray a corker.
Other speakers followed, but space will
notadrxit of an extended reference to
their su bjects or the remarks which were
made. (Having made several excellent
speeches at Delmonico's this winter
which have iiot been reported fully, I re
fer above rather pleasantly to this one.)
After our cigars we went above, and
the exariination of recruits began. We
happened in accidentally while Dr.
Keeney was engaged in examining a
youth. The young man was attired in
the sam; style in which Diana appears
in the great painting where she is repre
sented as waiting to be surprised while
bathing. She, however, wears a large
policemt n"s star on her forehead. This
young it an had no star. He ha.1 on his
breast, however, a very good study in
India nk of Washington crossing the
Delaware, and on one flank the burial
of Sir John Moore. The doctors have to
make n einoranua of all marks and
brands f jund on these applicants and
transmit them, to Mr. Tracy, who is
making a collection of them.
Some t f these lists read like the cata
logue of the Louvre; others read like
the record of stock brands for Sweet
water ccunty, Wyoming. Birth marks
also hava to go in. So the description
might read something like this:
Name, Michael Doorflinger; residence,
Long Ish.nd City; age, 15 years; height,
5 feet 9 inches; weight, 13$ pounds; eyes
blue, hair red, complexion sallow, with
olive green dapples on it; respiration
normal, with tendency to raw onions in
excessive quantities; pulse regular, vis
ion average; birth marks, huckleberry
on pit of stom;ich, raisins on left flank;
other ma:-ks, Goddess of Liberty in India
ink on forearm, portrait of $3 shoe man
on withers. Union Jack over pancreatic
region, b ir V bar brand on quarter,
panorama of engagement between the
Merrimac. and Monitor on pectoral re
gion; aumssion twenty-five cents.
The secretary of the navy states dis
tinctly that no allowance will le made
for the traveling expenses of applicants,
whether accepted or not. This seems
rather tough, especially where the appli
cant is accepted, for he may be at once
ordered to make a long voyage, and
unless he can get a rate on transporta
tion his salary, which consists of $9 a
month and one ration, would lie insuffi
cient. Possibly, however, the beautiful,
heaven born interstate commerce law
permits sailors to ride free from port to
port if they are friendly to the adminis
tration. These boys enlist to serve as appren
tices nntil they are of age, when they
may, if still moral and free from the use
of profanity, enlist regularly and have
their trousers laced up the back for jears
to come. Minors must not try to enlist
under eighteen without the consent of
their parents or guardians. Some boys
get pro t m. parents to come and give
their consent then; when the ship sails
the real parent, with a light running,
noiseless hoe handle, comes down to the
foot of Fiftieth street and threatens to
knock a large chunk off the jib of the
war ship c r kick hor in the wtdst if the
officers do not return Iris child.
No minor ierson under fourteen, or in
sane person or idiot (who is not related
in any wiy with prominent people), or
female jierson, whether unavoidably so
or not, or deserters from the arniy or
navy, or li fe convicts who are detained
by state prison authorities, or Mugwumps
over eighty-five years of age not taxed,
NYE HtHTDfa THE SHIP'S TIMBER.
or ruptured orphans over eighty years
of age, may be permitted to enlist under
the provisions of section 1,420 of the re
vised statutes of the United States.
Applicants must be able to read and
tvrite, but, if well, strong and bright,
will not be required to read Browning
Highest of all in Leavening Power.
and explain same while not under the
influence pf liquor.
Shipping articles consist of the con
sent of parent or guardian, together with
s plug of bronze chewing tobacco, a New
Testament and a marine glass holding
Boys who have been convicted of a
capital offense will not be accepted un
less thev can cancel their date of execu
tion without loss to local managers.
Recruits aro at once, upon their ac
ceptance, made to bathe and visit t'..?
barber. Some have to do this before
they can bo examined. After tho bath,
new birth marks, Swiss sunsets In India
Ink, tattooed Raphaels and gayly romp-
ins goddesses of liberty emerge from the
mist of g.ithfcriug years and reveal to
the artonished surgeon new and loanti-
ful designs in dados and home decora
tions. Tho boys are questioned and sworn in
on the starboard side and examined phys
ically on the port side on the ort side
of the ship. If you uo not know which
is the port side, you may easily detect it
by asking the ensign or the commanding
officer. The wash room and barber shop,
containing three chairs, are np one
flight, abaft the foyer.
Dr. Keeney said he had some odd ex
periences with color blind boys on ex
amination. One applicant was reject
ed on account of color blindness who
turned out to be an assorter of colors in
a silk factory. After further investiga
tion it was shown that hi9 trouble was
in distinguishing primary colors. After
that he would name the slightest chacgo
in shade with great accuracy, like "pink
ao. 20," "green No. 1j, etc.. clear down
to a fraction, but he couldn't be relied
upon to tell plain green from blue.
W hen first received on ltoard the
training ship thf boys receive an outiit
of clothing valued at $4.5. This amount
has to be refunded if the wearer does
not serve out the term of his enlistment.
as the clothing very rarely fits the ad
miral or heads of bureaus at Washing
ton, and so is practically worthless.
Apprentices are gradually transferred
to seagoing vessels as they become pro
ficient in the course of preparation to l
laid down by the bureau of navigation.
Upon the expiration of his enlistment
the recruit will, if recommended, re
ceive an honorable discharge and con
tinuous service certificate. Upon re-en
listment within three months from the
date of discharge he will be entitled to
three months' pay and the freedom of
the Atlantic ocean and an increase of 1
per month, which he may invest in gov
ernment bonds or cover into the United
States treasury, receiving silver certifi-
i catos for same; or he can. through some
reliable broker in New York, negotiate
for a nice, large watermelon.
The engineer came on board lefore we
left, and after examining the place where
the engines used to be retired to his
apartments for ninth needed rest. The
gunner was not on board, but by good
luck I did not know it while I was there,
and so felt comparatively secure. While
walking aft I thoughtlessly ran my um
brella through one of the timbers of the
ship, but fortunately did not spread it.
The Minnesota is a very old ship, and,
like the acting of James Owen O'Conor,
somewhat rotten. Unlike his stage
work, however, it was not always rotten.
Peace and gentle, eternal slumber to
the brave old f hip! She has won the
quiet dock and comfortable repose that
come in the twilight of an honorable life.
Thanking the officers for the pleasure
; and delightful hospitality of the dav. I
I got the ship's carpenter to hammer out
the places where my high hat had
j buckled to, and, shaking hands all
' around, we take our lives in our hands
and start up Fiftieth fctreet for home.
Here it was. along this street, that the
Minnesota's Japanese steward was held
up by a gang and made to treat the
west side. I think things have come to
a fine pass when our navy is forcibly
held up within half a dozen blocks of
j tue cathedral and made to buy rum for
a total stranger.
And yet that is West Fiftieth street.
looking west sis even in the broad glare
of daj-. What must it le in the dark
ness? I thought as I waded up through
the opaque atmosphere and the choppy
pavement that I would hate to leavo
anything out over night in that neigh
borhood that I cared anything about.
Especially my motives, unless I expected
, to find them impugned the next inorn-
A Talented Salesman.
Fair Customer la this real antique?
Furniture Dealer A er modern re
vival and er evolution of an ancient
court stj-le, madam.
Fair Customer (doubtfullv) What
kind of wood is it?
Dealer (impressivelj-) Wood? Madam,
this is the wood that poets have raved
over when alluding to the music of na
ture. It is the wood that first greeted
the eyes of the weary Pilgrims at Plym
outh Bock as the mighty trees, rich in
verdure, bent beneath the snow. It is
the wood that even now attracts invalids
to the forests where it grows. It is pine.
madam genuine pine. New York
k or D"auty, ror comfort, for im Drove-
ment of the complexion, use olIj Poz
zoni's Powder; there is nothing equal to
U. S. Gov't Report, Aug. 17, 1889.
Great Clearing Sale
February 2d to
SPRING STOC K.
Will clve oat a larre lice of Bed Form and rr.or r-ct at cost, aim great mix'j of 044
Cba!rs will be sold cfaeap.
igDo not miss this opportunity,
W. S. HOLBROOK,
No. 103, 105 and 107 Kast Second St.,
H. SIEMON & SON,
toves and Tinware,
Baxter Banner Cooking and Heating Stoves aod the Oeneeo Cooking Stoves.
Tin, Copper and Sheet Iron Work.
15C8 SECOND AVE.. ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
J. B. ZIMMER,
-THE WELL KNOWN-
Star Block, Opposite Harper House.
ha pn rehired for the
Spring and Summer of 1891,
A larger and fiDcr tock than ever. Tbre iood wiU arrive la a few Aaj. Wait q4k-c ih-a.
HAVE YOU SEEN THE
Calf Goodyear Welt Shoes?
Tbe beet Met.' nt ehoc in tbe city for tbe price.
STABY, BERGEE & SNELL,
Second aod Harrison tits.
J. 2u. CHBISTY,
Steam Cracker Bakery,
HAITCTACTUKKK 07 CKACXXKf ABO BISCUITS.
Ask jour Grocer for them. They are beft.
"8peclalti j The Christy "OYSTER" and the Christy "WAril"
ROCK ISLAND. ILL.
ALL KINDS OE CARPENTER WOEK DONE,
fca General Jobbing done on short notice and satisfaction tnaranteed.
Office and 8nop 1413 Fourth Avenue, ROCK ISLAND ILL
ST. JAMES HOTEL,
Corner Twenty-third street and Fourth arena.
iI. T. RYAN, Proprietor.
This bonse baa jnstbeen refitted throughout and is now in A No. 1 condition. It 1 6"" tU"
. Sl Wperday house and a desirable family bote L
Haniiacturer of all kinds of
BOOT8 AND SHOES
Gents' Fine Shoes a specialty . Repairing done neatly and promptly .
A share of your patronage respectally solicited. , . rl
1618 BeooDd ATcnna. Roek Ia.and.
CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER,
Shop corner Twenty eeoond street aod Ninth a venae. Beside oca tsas
tVIs prepared to make astijaatca and do aB kUds of CarpenUrlworfc. Gtars fcl a trial.
IsT - A - IILS, &C.
ROCS IIAM- H-l-