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TELE ARGUS. THUKSDAY, MAliCH, i2. 1891,
Pabliahed Daily and Weekly at 16S4 Second Ave
nue, Rock Island, 111.
J. W. Potter,
TBMs-Daly. 50c per month; Weekly, 8.00
AQeommnnicatlonaot a critical or arjmmenu
ttre character, political or religloa. man hare
real name attached for publication No such arti
tielee will be printed over nctitione aignatnrea
Anonymon communications not noticed.
Correspondence solicited from every township
la Rock Island county.
Thursday, March 12 1891
At the earnpst fmlicltntion of mv frtpnrU. T
hereby announce myself us a candidate for the
office of eolleot or subject to the decision of the
democratic city township convention.
1 hereby announce myself as a candidate for
the offec of collector at the stifrfrestion of
many friends, subject to the decision of the
democratic city township convention .
What hus become of ' Old Guard T-'
"DrsNA ye hear tne slogan?'' Palmer
and the people have triumphed.
There is luck in odd numbers, but
103 is somewhat better than 101 .
Long Jones will no doubt go back to
Waukesha and drown hu grief in Bethes
Illinois is not ashamed to hold up her
bead among the sisterhood of states. She
has been saved the lasting disgrace which
Streeterism would have inflicted.
It is said that Boss Wells found it nec
essary to take copious draughts of catnip
tea to preserve bis equilibrium after the
doleful news came from Springfield
The two Bills." Crawford and Payne,
were sufficiently composed to each send a
telegram to their organ, announcing the
election of Geo. Palmer. They were
rery brief, however.
The people of Mercer county will be
compelled to take Streeter back into pri
vate citizenship again. This is hard on
Mercer county, but a greU relief to the
country at large.
Illinois can hatdly be called a '-doubtful'
state in 1892. considering the result
of last fall's election and the glorious end
ing of the senatorial contest. She seems
to have a strong leaning towards democ
racy. According to "Old Guard's" opinion
the "copperheads" and "saloonkeepers'
have scored a glorious victory at Spring
field. It is to be Inferred, therefore, that
Illinois will now go to the demnitioo
Tlie People' Victor?.
The election of Gen. John M. Palmer
to the United States senate is not the vie
tory of an individual nor a party, but a
victory of the people. While he was
chosen in reality by the votes represent
ing democratic constituencies, the demo
cratic party is simply the agency through
which the expressed will of the people
was ean ied out. By a majority of 30.000
the voter of the state declared a pref
erence for the man nominated by the
democratic state convention, against any
one who might gain the endorsement of
a caucus where inducements other
than merit and ability are often eflec
tive in determining senatorial candi
dates The manner in which the
101 democratic members displayed
their devotion to principle and
fidelity to the people's cause, is one of the
most remarkable examples of consistency
and adherence to purpose ever witnessed
in a political contest. There was no
swerving nor wavering from the Hoe of
duty, but like a band of partan brothers
they stood shoulder to shoalder striving
to reach the covetei goal of success if
possible, but determined, if fate so de
creed, to go down to defeat as a unit.
The action of Messrs. Cockrell and
Moore in finally voting for Gen. Palmer,
shows that they have all along been
actuated by honest and conscientious
motives. While friendly to the demo
cratic nominee and believing that he
more nearly represented the ideas and
principles of the organization to which
they belong, than any republican
who might- be presented, for 153
ballots they maintained a neutral
and independent position. It was
the republicans who made over
tures to tnnn. and the two remained
true to their candidate until his canting
hypocrisy was too noticeable to be longer
overlooked. While the two farmers
could have consistently voted for Gen.
Palmer long before they did, and to oth
ers it seemed to be their plain duty to do
so, they have no doubt acted as their
best judgment suggested.
But what commendation is due the re
publicans who so shamelessly courted
the rebuke that has been administered to
them. No principle or sentiment con
trolled them in their mad desire to defeat
the people's will. "Anything to beat
Palmer" was their rallying cry. That
was their one and only motive, and any
course that suited their purpose, nr mi ter
how reprehensible, was quickly
adopted. Representative and honored
men were cast aside for demagogues and
place-hunters, but all to no avail, and the
republican party is compelled to suffer
dishonor as well as defeat in conse
BENEATH MAMMON'S CAR
PrriFUL TALES OF STARVATION IN
THE MIDST OF PLENTY.
Victim of a Beautiful Theory Born in a
Cellar, and "Of Such Is the Kingdom
of Heaven" "On the Street, On the
Street" A Sad Home Comin;.
More men, women and children starve
to death or are driven to suicide by
want each week in New York city and
its suburbs than were lost in the awful
Conemangh flood, yet the gay world
wags on, the Patriarchs dance, tho com
mercial leagues dine and the church
people sing psalms. Scores of cases are
passed over with bare mention in the
daily press, but occasionally one is
brought to light that is so pitiful as to
arouse even the newspaper man, who is
accustomed to seeing the dark side of a
big city's life. The following sad sto
ries are taken from one week's issue of
the New York dailies. The cases cited
are those of women:
Tragedies! Yon needn't go to the theatre
and pay a couple of dollars for a good seat
from which to view the heroine as &he grows
desperate and takes poison. You can find
within a stone's throw of your home misery
enough for all your spare tears.
Itis a queer world, and its good fortune and
bad seem to be very unevenly distributed.
There are many with too much, and many
more with -not enough. There are dollars by
the bushel in one house, and in another not
coppers enough to buy a loaf of stale bread.
Take the case of Mary Carlton, for example.
She tried to commit suicide, and now lies on a
hospital cot. She is young, but tho struggle
was too much for her and she swallowed a dose
Mary is a product of the tenement distric t,
and perhaps never in her life had quite enough
to eat. Long before her teens she went to
work: ha been working ever since; nhvavs
thought sho was in rare gnoi luck when she
could put in twelvo hours a day and get sixty
cents for it. Now she is 30 years old. is tired of
the grind, has breakfasted, dined and supped
on despair, and concluded that even in a citv
full of churches and charities it is easier for a
poor girl to die than to live.
"I am very hungry," she said to her landlady.
Then she moved out of her little cheerless room
at the top of the house, for which she paid $2.50
per week, into an ill ventilated closet with a
rental of half that sum. It was to no purpose,
though. Sho kept hoping, but hope can't last
forever. She trudged over the city seeking
employment and got none.
At last she pawned her dress, paid her land
lady what she could, all except fifty cents, with
which she bought the drug. She drained the
Dottle and waited for death to come.
The doctors may save her life, but what is
there to live for? Who cares either for her or
for the thousand other Mary Carltons who are
vainly trying to keep the wolf from the door?
"We are ail of one family are all brothers and
sisters. It's a beautiful theory, but only a the
ory. It sounds like a great truth on Sunday
morning when we listen to the sermon, but on
Monday morning it is a prodigious falsehood.
Editorial in Nov.- York Hc.-r.iM.
HER BABY IN HER ARMS.
In the Jefferson Market police court yester
day there appeared before Justice McMahon a
forlorn, sad eyed woman who had been ac
cused of abandoning her child, a bright little
fellow 4 years of age. The mother's name is
Margaret Schmitz and the boy's is Nicholas.
The child was found in the hallway of No.
140 West Thirtieth street on Wednesday night,
and is now in charge of the Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Children. The mother
is undoubtedly a little out of her mind.
When she appeared in court yesterday in
the custody of Policeman Warner she held ia
her arms a baby only four days old. The in
fant appeared strong and well, while its mother
looked ill and weak. The woman was asked
why she had abandoned her boy.
"I didn't mean to abandon him," she an
swered, with a far away look in her eyes, "but
what could I do? This child," pointing to the
little bunch of humanity in her arms, "was
about to be born. Sunday I was homeless and
was walking the streets, with no place to lie
down. I remember creeping into a basement
as it grew late. No one saw me, I had a piece
of candle in my pocket. I struck a light, and
the bit of a candle burned for a little time.
"I was all alone; there v.a3 no one to help
me. This child." she said, pointing to the bun
dle at her breast, "was born there. I had some
clothing ready for it, and I remember putting
it on the babe. Then I don't remember much
more. I didn't want to give the people in the
house any trouble, so I kept very quiet. I re
member that, judge."
The mother went on to say that she leaned
against the wall of the hallway waiting for the
milkman. He came at last in tho early morn
ing, and 6ho gave the new born child some
milk. Then she recollected afterward that she
walked the streets again. On Wednesday sho
said she became crazy.
After that she didn't know what she did.
Regarding the events before that time, when
questioned by the judge, her mind seemed to
wander as she had wandered Sunday about
"Oh! I don't know; I dou't know." she
moaned in answer. "I didn't want to lose my
boy. I only wanted some one to take care cf
him till I could get well again and look out for
him myself. I have had no home for quito a
time, you kncn-. I was all alone, with no one
to help me." New York World.
OFF THE STREET TO DIE.
A woman tottered down the stone steps into
an eating house in the basement of 04 Park
street on Thursday night A tattered black
serge.dress covered her wasted body, and a thin
shawl was thrown over her head. Shivering
she sunk into the nearest seat, and feebly
called for a t up of coffee as she placed in front
of her the ljst two cents in her possession.
When a lKy l riught her the coffee she drew
from her pocket a dry crust and tried to cat
it, but found it too hard and cold. The boy
offered to soften the crust over the stove, and
the woman handed it to him with a sad smile.
In a few moments it was returned, warm aud
soft. She tastod it and swallowed a sip of tho
coffee, then put the rest of the crust back in
her pocket. Her hand stretched toward the
coffee again, but fell short upon the bench in
front of her. Her eyes closed and a convulsion
shook her frame. Her head fell forward upon
her breast, and her earthly troubles were over.
The inmates of the miserable place hovered
about tho dead woman for a minute, and then
went on with their eating, drinking and card
playing. One old waif of the street lifted the
apron which some one threw over the dead
woman's face, and said as she gazed vfxm the
"Oh. that's Annie Muller!" and then she
turned away vith a shrug of the shoulders and
hurried to her home the street.
The dead woman was found by Deputy Coro
ner Donlin yesterday seated justasshediedand
watched by a big policeman. The business of
the place was in full blast. A glance showed
the deputy that death was due to Bright's dis
ease. The woman's clothes, though torn, were clean.
Her face was fair and without a trace of the
dissipation in which she had lived, and her big
blue eyes, open and vacant, were as innocent as
a child's. Her heavy dark brown hair was
Her life story was pathetically hinted liy the
contents of her pocket, her swollen feet and
her worn shoes. The pocket contained, be
sides the crust of bread, two neatly embroid
ered handkerchiefs, two broken sticks of candy,
a cheap wooden rosary, and two Salvation
Army tickets on which were printed:
"Lost All have sinned."
"Look Unto me."
"Live Jesus saved."
On a piece of neatly folded and perfectly'
ctaan paper was the following:
i "On the street, on the street.
To and fro, with weary feet,
Aching heart and aching head ;
Homeless, lacking daily bread;
Lost to friends, and iov. and) name;
Sold to sorrow, sin. and shame;
Wet with rain and chilled by Atarax,
Rained, wretched, lone, forlorn;
Weak and wan, with weary feet.
Still I wander on the street.
"On the street, on the street,
. Still I walk with weary feet;
Lonely, 'mid the city's din.
Limp in grief, and woe, and sin;
Far from peace and far from home.
No one caring where I roam;
No kind hand stretched forth to save.
No bright hope beyond the grave;
Feeble, faint, with weary feet.
Still I wander on the street.
"On the street, oc. the street.
Whither tend aaywandering feet?
Love, and hopeand joy are dead
Not a place to laymy head;
Every door against me sealed.
Hospital and Potter's field.
These stand open. Wider yet
Swings perdition's yawning gate.
Thither tend my wandering feet.
On the street, on the street.
"On the street, on tho street.
Late I walk with weary feet.
Oh! that this sad life might end;
Oh! that I might find One Friend
One who would not from me turn.
Nor my prayer of sorrow spurn.
Oh! that I .that friend could eee
He would pitying look on me.
Such as I have kissed His feet
On the street, on the street.
"On the street, on tho street!
Might I here a Saviour meet!
From the blessed far off years
Comes the story of her tears
Whose sad heart, withorrow broke.
Heard the words of love He spoke;
Heard Him bid her anguish cease;
Heard Him whisper, "tio in peace!"
Oh! that I might kiss Ilis feet
On the street, on the street!"
She v aa not more than 30 years old and evi
dently had leen a woman -of refinement and
culture. Who her friends are and where she
came from is not known.
A black c- vered wagon yesterday afternoon
drew mi in iront of the restaurant and went
away train with a burden. A brief tarry at
the morgue will he followed by .a short journey
on the uteamer Fidelity to the Potter's field
and a nameless grave. New York World.
STARVATION KILLED HER.
A more pathetic story than that disclosed by
the de th from starvation of Mrs. Sarah Ro
senberg has rarely come to light.
Nine years ago Sarah Greenberg married
Max Rnenberg, an industrious cobbler, and
two children Louis, now7yearold,and Batty,
5 were born to them.' Three years after their
marriage the family settled at Taunton, Mass.,
where a a outfit nf household .furniture was se
cured on the instalment plan.
Seven weeks ago Max, yielding to tho im
portunit ies of his wife, brought his family to
Newark, where her only brother lives. He
could n t obtain work there, however, and at
the end of three discouraging weeks lie started
for Massachusetts again, taking barely enough
money t pay his car fare.
He hoped to be more successful in getting
work an i send her money before the little sum
he had 1. -ft her was exhausted, lie failed, and
the poor woman suffered. She would not beg,
and dep?-i ved herself of food-that her children
might not starve. Finally she wrote this let
ter to her husband, who bad reached Water
"Newark. Jan. 24, 1S0I.
"My Dear HrsnAxn I write to tell you how
I am in v. very jnxir conuitinn. i have nothing
to cat, nad have liad no fire for three days.
Our chil iren had nothing to eat till 4 o'clock in
the afternoon. I don't mind for myself. only
for the c liildren. Then I went to my brother,
but he is in a very poor condition too. He took
Lis watc a and pawned it for $5 for ns. I can't
expect i lore from him, because he is a very
poor maiu He has goUa wife and children too.
My dear husband. I know very well if you had
any money you would send it to me. From your
dear wif u Sakah Kosenbero."
She wts unable to pay the postage on lier
letter an i it was several days lief ore her hus
band received it He had just secured work
and mailed in reply a two-dollar biU, all he nad.
It reathed'her too late. She was already
dying. Neighbors heard of her condition. It
was belli ved that she would also very soon add
another little one to her poor family. Efforts
were made to get her into the Newark City
hospital nnd into the German hospital, but at
each inst itnt ion it was said there was no room.
To add to her misery, the furniture, which
had been brought from Massachusetts, was
carried o 9f by mortgage sharks, claiming to act
on a Massachusetts execut ion issued to the firm
that sold the furniture.
Neigub rs who had given the children food
saw that death was fast approaching the un
fortunate woman in the bare apartments at 233
Broome street, and someone telegraphed her
husband. He begged and borrowed enough
money to come back to Newark.
Ho rear hed home Tuesday evening in time to
witness L is wife's dying struggles. She did -not
recognize him, and died at midnight in a ter
rible convulsion. Hunger and privation had
The br ther, who had been employed In
Meyer Mercy's hat factory, stayed away from
the shop Monday to -attend his lying sister.
Yesterday morning a fellow workman told him
he had been discharged for absenting himself.
Hotu he ;ind Rosenberg are penniless And the
city will have to bury the woman -who starved
The chidren God help them! Newark is a
rich city nnd it has a duty. Newark Special to
The female population in the factories
of this c;ty is roughly estimated at 12,
000, and greed has so debased capital
that in the sweating shops the earnings
of women do not average higher than
20 cents a day. Trousers are made at 12
and 25 ojnts a pair; cotton shirts pay TO
cents a lozen, flannel shirts $1 and Tests
$2 a dozen.
In The Chicago Herald the same .hor
rible stoiy is told of that city, and doubt
less it is true of all large centers.
Not Much Ahead.
"You must lose a good many dollars a
year by that man," was remarked to a
Woodward avenue grocer as a citizen
went out after "picking" at grape3, figs,
apples and other things.
"Well, I dunno."
"Is he a good customer?"
"No; a very poor one."
"Then all he eats is dead loss?"
"Not altogether. There are ofEaet8.n
"Well, all the boys are onto him. In
the last year we stole three umbrellas
and two pairs of gloves from him, and
yon see he has gone out and left a chicken
in that parcel, which we will at once
proceed t cabbage. If he thinks he is
getting ahead of us that's all right."
Detroit Free Press.
Highest of all in leavening Power
Li ! s&m
SENT TO M'KINLEY.
A Protectionist Paper Attarka the Tren
ton Alanufacturera of Sanitary Ware.
The workingzaen in the sanitary ware
potteries at Trenton, N. J., have been on
a strike for weeks in consequence of a
sharp reduction in wages. It has been
found impossible for the 600 idle hands
to bring the manufacturers to terms.
This labor difficulty in a highly pro
tected industry, which has been recently
favored by McKinley. with still higher
protection.haa not proven a subject which
protectionist journals desiro to treat.
The policy of tho protectionist papers of
Trenton was to 6ay as littlo as possible
about the matter. Now, however, the
strike has continued so lon? and the posi
tion of the manufacturers has become so
untenable that the two protectionist pa
pers of that city have spoken out in very
One of these, The Trenton Times, has
printed a long and scorching editorial on
the strike. It is said that the Republi
cans of the city have ent nnmtiera of
copies of tho papt-r containing thia ar
ticle to Maj. McKinlej-. Some of the
sentences which he has read in this ar
ticle will be of interest to all observers
of events connected with the tariff, and
cannot fail to open the eyes of tho vast
army of consumers to the humbug tariff
which they are supporting in the name
of protection to American labor.
The Trenton paper printed an article
in its news columns about the strike,
and it said in the editorial that it was
ashamed to print such facte. Especially
so "at a time when an increased tariff
law on the one hand and a trust among
themselves, which protects both their
prices and outputs, on the other have
made it impossible for sanitary ware
manufacturers elsewhere in the world to
prevent their enjoyment of a f nil mon
opoly of the trade."
Here are some sentences which McKin
ley read in the protection paper sent him:
"The wrong done in setting out in
midwinter some 600 pottery operators
does not extend alone in results to them
and their families. If it did it would be
of great significance. But it affects this
city in all its trades."
"And who is hurt? The employes and
their families? Yes. Who else? The
city? Yes. And who besides? The Re
publican party, which gave these and
all potters their grand opportunity."
'There is such a thing as a political
party ling wounded in the house of its
friends. This is today the case in the
city of Trenton and in those verv few
j other cities where factories or shops have
itui :iiVrtiiuo of iui rcasi-il protection
to lower the wages of operatives in order
hastily to get rich."'
"These manufacturing corporations
and firms proved and it required no
large amount of proof to convince, for
simple arithmetic came to the voter's
aid that an increased tariff on pottery
ware would inure to the benefit of the
home trade. Even Senator McPherson
believed it; he knew it. The president
was elected in 1SSS on that issue, and
the congress on that issue."
"Have our Trenton sanitary ware pot
ters suddenly imbibed the idea that pro
tection is an regis for them alone and not
for their workmen? The tariff jumps up
at their request to 55 per cent. They
combine, and thus take advantage of
that tariff on the basis of non-home as
well as non-foreign competition. Presto!
the wages of laborers are scaled down
on an average of over 22 per cent Is it
any wonder that on such a result work-
: men erj out against an 'iniquitous tariff
and denounce the very party for which
they have voted?"
"But what can that party do to retain
its reputation and its honor if the men
who profit bv it an 1 are workers in it
turn about onlhe very heels of a protec
tion victory and scale down the wage
earnings of their operatives without a
word of explanation and, when the opera-
tives uo not accept the terms, but pro
Io.se to advise alwut it, close up business
and absolutely refuse to treat with them
by personal interview or by arbitration?"
"It was ba 1 judgment, if not a crime,
for the suuitary ware letters by lower
ing wages to turn out of work COO men
and women in midwinter, when a United
States law had guaranteed them in
creased trade and profits."
Some protectionist has written a
pamphlet called "How Protection Raises
Wages." That is a fitting problem for
the Trenton pottery operatives to try to
solve while they are spending the winter
in enforced idleness.
The agricultural editors often urge
upon farmers the importance of getting
new seed, as the repeated growth of the
saine varieties tends to make them "run
out." They add that the most profitable
transfer is usually from north to south,
especially iu wheat and potatoes. But it
is a surprise to read further that the im
port of these: articles from Canada for
the fanner's use is increasing. We had
been told that the farmer was "protect
ed" against Canada wheat and Dntatoe.
Hard Coal Market.
$7.75 per ton for best anthracite coal,
all sizes, deliTered within city limits, 25c
per ton discount for cash. Indiana black
$4.50 nd Cannel coal 88 per ton delivered,
cartage added on all orders for less than
one ton; carrying in 25c per ton extra.
- K. Q. Fait b.
Old smokers should not hesitate to give
William McKinley the fine cut direct.
U. S. Gov't Report, Aug. 17, 1889.
Great Clearing Sale
February 2d to
Will close oat a large line of Bed Room and Tar.or Seta at coat. alo a rrtat vn . tr .J (v
Chair will be sold cheap.
igprDo not miss tbis opportunity.
No. 103, 105 and 107 East Second St.,
H. SIEMON & SON,
toves and Tinware,
Baxter Banner Cooking and nesting Stoves and the Oencseo Cooking 8tovet.
Tin, Copper and Sheet Iron Work.
150S SECOND AVE., ROCK ISLAND, ILL
J. B. ZIMMER,
-THE WELL KNOWN-
Star Blocs, Opposite Habper House.
ha part-based for the
Spring and Summer of 1891,
A largeraDd finer atoek than ever. Tbeee food will arrive in a few dayt. Wait and ' tfcea.
Calf Goodyear Welt Shoes?
The beat Uen'a fine hoe in the city for the
Second and Harrison St.
0". 3yc. OHRISTTT,
Steam Cracker Bakery,
ItaXrjTACTTXXE OT C&MCXXM AMU IXSCtJXTS.
Aix your Grocer for them. Tbey are bet.
VSpecUJtlMt Ttaa CkrUty "0T1TX- and the Christy "WaTIX."
nOCE ISLAND. ILL
SEIVERS & ANDERSON,
ALL KXHDS OF OASPXBTXB WORK DONE.
KVOenml Jobbing tons oa abort aottea mU aatlsfactloa gwaatawd.
Office and Shop Hli Fourth Aroma. ROCK ISLAND HX-
ST. JAMES HOTEL,
Sower Twenty-third afreet aad Toartfa arenae.
J. T. RYAN, Proprietor.
Ti bow Kaa Jnatbeen refitu tlwweKrt aad ie sow la A Ke. I mdMea. 111..
l-W per o aj bow aad a desirable family boteL
Kaavfactom of all ktnda of
Geati'rtne Bhoet aeperiartr. Sepairhagdoao seat aad promptly .
A abate of y oar panouaf rpectfttDy aondted. ,
1618 Second Ateaoa. Roak li.aolC
CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER.
gfcap imraw Twm if aeuuad air aad Ktecb awi. Beatfnea
T Talnota af aaa. .
rl 1 ti iaba tibaali and ti ilMafli M Ci ii li Tint. On baa
STABY, BERGER & SNELL,
BOCK ISLA5D. IU-