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THJfi AUG US. WEDNESDAY. aP Hi L, i5 1891..
Pnblihed Daily and Weekly at 1G21 Becond Av.
enue. Rock Inland, 111.
J. W. Potter,
Tbtmis Dally, 50c per month; Weekly, (3.00
All communication of a critical or argumenta
tive character, political or religious, man have
real name attached for publication No such arti
tfcles will be printed over fictitious signature -Anonymoaa
communications not noticed.
Correspondence solicited from erery township
1 a Kock Island county.
Wednesday, April 15, 1891.
Citizen George Francis Train af -firms
that he is now living and thrivin g
on a coffee diet solely, and takes no more
solid food .
Peoria Herald: On a moonlight
schedule Rock Island pays $78.60 per
annum for 2,000 candle power arc lights.
Peoria pats f 145 for the same service.
Chicago's streets nre to be kept clean
during the next twelve months at an ex
pense of $600,000. The dirt conld be
kept oil of Rock Island's at a much smaller
expense say about the price of a flrst
clasa street sweeper.
The fact that many of the houses of
Portland, Ore , and San Francisco are
built of redwood is given as a reason for
the few destructive fires that occur in
those cities. The wood is almost unin
flammable, and though a fire will
smoulder in it, it never blazes.
Cuban smokers don't like a cigar that
is more than forty-eight hours old. Such
cigars are so moist that they positively
hiss when lit. In Europe dry cigars are
generally preferred. Such cigars are
not rank and the odor from them when
smoked is not nearly so offensive as tha t
from moist cigars.
Burlington Gazette: A bill has been
introduced in the Illinois legislature pro
viding that women only shall sit as mem
bers of coroners' juries in inquests upon
dead women. As members of the fair
sex are experts in sitting upon each other
when alive, they ought to be able to do it
to perfection when the sittee is a corpse.
The reports that Mr. Blaine has deter
mined to reassert himself are hardly cred
ible. He has lost his elasticity, and is no
longer the same man he was. lie has
more brains in bis smallest finger than
there ever was in the heads of the whole
Harrison family, but the pushing persis
tency of the fussy little president will be
too much for him.
Iric or Wheat.
(Tbe London Standard a few days since
published a long and careful review of
the agricultural outlook, in the course
of which it says that the steady rise in
wheat revives the hopes of the English
farmer, adding that wheat will probably
reach the highest price in many years, the
principal cause of the risebeiog the fail
ure of foreign crops.
The wheat crops of Fiance and Russia,
according to the Standard, are much be
low the average, and the same paper says
the deficiency will be at least 25,000 000
quarters, adding: It is expected that
coM winds and frost have almost de
stroyed the French crops. Germany,
Holland and Belgium all furnish pessi
mist reports. In Roumania there is a
decreased wheat area and in India there
has been a bad beat season.
The only exception is Hungary,
where there are better prospects;
but it is almost certain that tbo worli'o
wheat consumption will exceed the pro
duction compuied. Whatever the mag
nitude of America's crop may be it will
not be sufficient to cover the European
deficit, thus compelling an n'eribive
draft upon the reserves for the third year
The Standard, in conclusion, says:
The Increased home consumption, the
decreased wheat area.owing to the spread
of population and recourse to scientific
tillage in order to repair the waste of first
settlers, thus increasing the cost of pros
duction, must inevitably remove the
American farmers' formidable competi
tion in European markets and allow the
English farmer to look forward to a pros
Lord Dufferiu's fcucci-s ui u diplomat
at the czar's conrt was ascribed in a large
degree to the charms of his wife, who be
came a favorite of the Russian aristocracy,
la Komr, where her husband in now sta
tioned as the representative of England,
Bhe is no lest popular. Besides being n
woman of tact nnd judgment the countess
is a linguist of much ability, conversing
fluently in French, German and Italian.
Silken fabrics like faille, taffeta, China
Bilk, crepe, lenguline, etc., nre beautifully
trimmed with velvet to give tone and
depth to their uppenrunce. Plain and
figured woolen goods, cotton challies and
even all cotton goods are likewise decor
ated. All ages may wear this fabric, from
the tot of three years to the grandam of
seventy years and more, thns making it a
universal material for all womankind.
Don't call on your friends in a store, oc
cupying seats intended for the accommo
dation of customers who are buying. If
you have begun buying you are wasting
the clerk's time, that has a money value.
Ketire to the parlor provided in all first
class establishments with your friend, or
to a place that will not interfere with other
customers. Thin is a busy world.
During the year 1890 the Madison Avenue
Depository aud Woman's exchange in Hew
York paid ' defwsitora over $14,000. One
woman received f 1,200 daring the year from
pies alone. " The Only depositors in this ex
change are Self 'supporting women who
otherwise might not find any way to put
their work before the public.
BURIED WHILE LIVING.
THREE REMARKABLE CASES OF UN
A Husband Discover Hia First Wife's
Skeleton Outside of the Coffin A Lorei
Rescues Bis Sweetheart Students Itte
suscltate a, Friend.
The wife of a wealthy merchant was
taken suddenly ill with a disease that Vaf
fled the science, skill and medical knowl
edge of all the physicians in the neighlor
hood. She appeared to have a succession
of violent swoons which lasted for difl er
ent periods. She regained consciousness
after long intervals and talked intelli
gently to those around her.
After she had been ill for a week she be
gan to sink, and late one night relapsed
into a deadly faint. Three days and three
nights passed, and still she did not re
cover. The physicians made a thorough exami
nation and unanimously declared that life
was extinct. Pulsation had entirely ceas i.
Her face assumed a deathlike pallor. The
features became hard and rigid, and 1 he
a pitiable case.
Dead she certainly was, said all the m-;d-ical
men, and two days afterward she was
intered in the family vault. When atwel e
month had passed away the merchant m ir
ried again. Soon after his second marris ge
the vault was opened to receive thecoiSn
of a relative. The merchant himself
touched the spring which cansed the lid to
As the top of the vault swung back on
its hinges a skeleton, with an ominous
rattle, fell into the arms of the gentlemf n.
It was the skeleton of his first wife, and a
brief search disclosed all the dreadful de
tails. Tbeunfortunate lady had evidently been
only in a prolonged swoon. As a broken
coffin lay on the floor of the vault it was
presumed that, on waking up and finding
where she was, she had struggled violent ly
and caused the coffin to roll off the shelf,
on which it had been placed, on to the
A large bone lay close by the skeletcn,
and with this she had evidently tried to
attract nttention by striking the roof of
the vault. The oil in a lamp, left by a
workman, had all been consumed by t;ie
poor creature. Exhausted by want of foo 1,
she had gradually sunk and died in rei.l
ity. SAVED BT KISSES.
The foregoing episode is somewhat grue
some, but we can now quote two exam pi -s
followed by happier results. A youi g
French lady, deeply in love with a student,
was informed by her father, an old nun
who had made his fortune by selling rag-,
that she would have to marry a friend of
his, also a retired rag seller, whose age was
almost treble that of the young girl. On
hearing this announcement she was seized
with a violent illness, ana in a few days
succumbed to it. She was buried in "a
church yard not far from Paris.
On the same night the young student,
frantic with grief and rage, formed the
idea of unearthing her, possessing himself
of her beautiful black hair, and then, aft r
killing her father and the would be brid -s-groom,
drowning himself in the Seine. At
dead of night he proceeded to the grave
yard, disinterred the corpse, and was cover
ing the inanimate lips with passiona e
kisses when he noticed that the right ey -j-lid
quivered very slightly.
With eager haste he bore her to the near
est house and applied restoratives wit a
such success that she soon completely r
covered and was able to fly with him on
the following day to Germany, where tht y
conscious Tnorciii buried.
Electricity has been responsible for iv
storing a man who was declared to be dea 1
by the most expert medical aumorities. A
young German doctor, of fine physique and
excellent health, was seized with an ur -accountable
illness and shortly afterwarj
died. He was buried in a ten foot grave
Some friends of his, medical student,
entertained doubts as to his demise, an 1
resolved to experiment upon him with
very powerful electric battery.
With much difficulty and toil they opene 1
his grave, removed the body from the col
fin and bore it hastily to their dissecting
room. Hour after hourtheyspentinfruii
less attempts to restore animatk 0
means of electric shocks, until at last tha
gray streaks of dawn warned them that it
was high time to replace the body in the
One young student, however, begged for
another minute, as he had a pet theory
which he wished to try. Hastily making),
gash, he applied t he wire to a small pec
toral muscle. Instantly the young doctor
arose, staggered to the middle of the roon.
and fell heavily to the floor.
Restoratives were applied, and soon th:
supposed corpse was able to relate his ex
jieriences. He asserted that he had never
lieen unconscious for a moment from the
time the doctors had pronounced bin.
"dead" to the time when the "i-t theory'
had produced such happy results. How
awful his feelings and tiioughts must have
been we can imugiue. Loudon Tit-Bits.
The Iilne Danube.
Among the most important rivers ic
Europe is the Danube; in fact, it is the sec
ond river. Jt has a length of 1.700 miles:
it nnd its tributaries drain a valley having
nn area of over 300,000 square miles. Mauy
nations live along its banks and those of
the rivers which How into it, and nearly
thirty dialects Mre spoken from its source
to its mouth. It rises in the Black forest
to the north of Switzerland, and almost iu
sight of the French frontier. Through
Bavaria and Austria is its course, through
Hungary, past Servia and Bulgaria, Kou
mania and Koumelia, while tributaries
flow in from Bosnia and Macedonia on the
south and Poland on the north, so that
practically the valley of the -Dauulie com
prises the most important portion of east
It runs through the battle ground of
civilization and savagery. Here the Ilo
mans contended with the Scythians and
the Huns; here the Greek empire 6trove to
maintain its supremacy over the hordes of
savage tribes which came down from the
steppes of Russia; here, after the empire of
the east faded away, Charlemagne contend
ed with savage tribes of semi-Asiatics: here
all Europe fought the Turks for generation
after generation, until by a great batik
fought under t he walls of Vienna the floe )
of the Mohammedan invasion was rollc..
back toward Asia. New York Ledger.
Horse Dealer (to customer) Now, this
'ere animal would suit yer, sir; kind its a
kitten, and goes like smoke.
Customer Kather big about the head,
Horse Dealer (indignantly) Big about
the 'ead, ehf Well, what if he is,' he don't
go on 'is 'ead, do 'eef And if he do e
didn't orterl London Tit-Bits.
Art in' Polishing Boots.
On a street corner on the upper part ol
Sixth Avenue is a bootblack stand presided
over by a-middle aged darky named Joe,
whoso odd ways have secured for him . a
number of lucrative customer He firmly
believes that shoe polishing Ins a high
rank among the arts and sciences, and re
grets that among the hundreds, of , boot
blacks to be found in the city so few attain
the skill and knowledge of the business
which, with due modesty, he claims to pos
sess. It is amusing to watch him in his
efforts to impress a new customer with
the importance of his profession and the
profundity of his knowledge and experi
ence in it.
Joe first rubs the shoes of the customer
for several minutes with his hands in a
solemn way, occasionally stopping to ex
amine them closely with a critical eye.
This naturally excites the curiosity of the
owner of the shoes, and then Joe explains
in a confidential tone that in order to give
a perfect polish the quality and condition
of the leather must be thoroughly known.
He then pulls out from the nnder part of
the stand a large drawer filled with dozens
of brushes, from among which he carefully
selects one. As he passes his hand over
the face of the brush the conceited old
bootblack glances at the shoes of the cus
tomer, as though determining whether
that particular brush is best suited to the
grain of leather to be operated upon. A
similar performance is gone through with
in choosing the blacking to be used on the
occasion. Joe then goes to work and pol
ishes the shoes in question with many a
mysterious flourish and cabalistic curve.
When he finishes it is worth the price to
Bee his evident admiration of his own
handiwork. New York Telegram.
A few years ago a French scientist of
wide reputation, who had written several
books against Christianity, was one of a
party which was crossing the great Arabian
desert. The servants were all Mussul
mans, and, of course, at each sunrise and
sunset, and several times during the day,
no matter what difficulties were in the
way, they knelt upon their little praying
mats in the heat of the sun and on the
burning sand and repeated their Moham
The Frenchman was very witty, and
often made some joke upon their devo
tions, at which, I am ashamed to say, we
all laughed more or less.
One evening, as the sun's red disk was
dropping below the horizon of sand precise
ly as the red moon comes up out of the
horizon of water at sea, the men had made
their final salaam toward Mecca and were
rising from their knees, when the French
man spoke to the leader, saying:
"Do you not waste your valuable time in
so many of these operations? How do you
happen to know so well that there is a God
out here in the desert?"
The Arab replied, "Sahib, how did you
know so well, this morning, that a caravan
had passed our tents last night when you
"By the footprints in the sand, of
course," said the Frenchman.
The Arab pointed, very solemnlv, to the
last fiery tip of the sun's disk as it ap
peared upon the line of sand, and replied:
"Sahib, that is not the footprint of c
man." Youth's Companion.
Ixjng Distance Laughter.
Did yon ever laugh by telegraph? Proba
bly not. It would hardly pay. When ons
reflects that it would cost a cent or two
per chuckle to express his sense of amuse
ment he refrains from manifesting it an?
lets it go.
But laughing is done by telegraph. It
is the telegraph operators who indulge in
this luxury, and mostly "the night oper
ators, who have more time than the' day
people. When an operator becomes lonely
and his sounders are clicking out messages
not intended for him he calls up some
friend operator, maybe a hundred squares
away, and opens a conversation.
A conversation, of course, cannot be con
tinued long before something "funny" is
said. It then becomes the duty of the op
erator to laugh. This he does by making
four dots, then one dot and a dash, thus:
, spelling ha. Thus to all jokes
he replies h a, h a. Sometimes, to make
it easier, he says h i, that is, four dots
and two dots.
The laugh by telegraph is necessarily
cold ami sardonic. It does not bubble irre
sistibly to the surface. It is the result of de
liberate purpose. When one has sufficient
nelf control to laugh in this way probably
his tribute to your joke is not what you
would desire. But the operator is often
shaken with laughter before shaking his
key with it, so to speak. Indianapolis
The Wonder of Wonders.
When Mr. Lougbton was Spanish consul
at Boston he was one day standing near
where some ballast stones were being
thrown overboard from a vessel that had
recently arrived from a European seaport.
Among this rubbish was a flint pebble
somewhat larger than a ben's egg, which,
when it struck some of the larger stones,
separated in the middle. Mr. Lougbton
stooped and picked up the two halves. On
each half, in marks made by the natural
growth of the stone, were two perfect hu
man heads in profile, all of the outlines of
features and hair being perfectly distinct,
tbe natural portrait being much darker
than the surrounding stone. The most
surprising part of the whole incident is the
fact that, even though the two halves fit to
gether exactly, one of the faces was clearly
that of a male, the other that of a female.
Even the putting up of the hair was ap
propriate to the sex; yet in the stone they
were face to face. St. Louis Republic.
A Tight Squeeze.
Bride Elect Let's see, dear, the wed
ding takes place at 0 and the train leaves
at 12, and I've got to change my satin
wedding dress for one to travel in. How
can I do it?
Bridegroom Elect Well, that will
give yon three hours, darling.
Bride Elect True. Bnt just think.
I've got to be kissed by all of my old ad
mirers. Cloak Review.
Highest of all in Leavening Power.
m .. . brsr
A Common Disease.
Thrash, so familiar to many mothers, is
an inflammatory disease of the mouth,
caused by a microscopic vegetable parasite
which has been discovered and described
only within the ,Jast fifty years. The dis
ease is characterized by a white exudation
from minute spots of inflamed mucous
membrane on the tongue, mouth and lips.
The spots are often so abundant that they
unite and form curd like patches, which
sometimes cover the entire mouth in front
of the palate, and resemble a diphtheretic
The affected parts are hot and tender;
the stomach and bowels are disturbed, aud
there is more or less fever. In rare cases
the thrush extends from the mouth down
to the stomach, and in still rarer cases to
The disease occurs mostly in infants and
in the aged. In the aged it is difficult to
' 1 - ,
cure, li aiso occurs as seconuary to acute
and chronic diseases, in which case, espe
cially in the latter, it often proves fatal.
Thrush may be so mild as to require onjy
the local application every few hours of a
little powdered borax mixed with an equal
amount of 6ugar, and a careful regulation
of the diet, preceded by a mild dose to re
move any irritating matter.
The food of the mother, besides being
nourishing and abundant, should be alka
line instead of acid in its tendency. If the
child is brought up by hand lime water
should be added to the milk in the propor
tion of one to three.
In most cases it is wisest to call the
family physician. Youth's Companion.
A Girl's Gifts.
Two who had deeply loved camo one da v
j to part because of some trivial misunder
standing, and because each was too proud
to say, "I am in fault; forgive me." Bo
they stood with cold eyes but trembling
hearts and looked at each other.
"Here is the ring," she Baid, drawing it
slowly from her finger.
He took it as slowly, turned it over and
over, and as she did not speak, flung it
upon the glowing coals. She paled a lit
tle, but unclasped from her throat a tiny
chain, and gave it him with a shaking
hand. It shared the same fate. Then they
"I I have given you nothing," at last
she said, in a tone of dull regret; and he
replied, his voice breaking with deep emo
tion: "Xo; you have given me no ring, no
petty bauble, it is true, which may be re
turned and flung to the flames; but you
have given every thought for two years
past to me; you have given me your eyes,
your lis, your heart; you have given me
to know that heaven still lives on earth to
the man who is loved by a chaste woman.
These 1 can not give back to you"
Then, all iu a moment, the heart tears
leaped up to her eyes, and his words were
silenced on her lips. Ella Higginson in
F.volution of the Handkerchief.
The authorities are neither clear nor in
harmony as regards the history of the
handkerchief known popularly in English
as the pocket handkerchief. The etymolo
gy of the name is, nevertheless, suflicient
ly clear. The last syllable comes from tbe
old French chief, meaning bead, the sylla
ble "ker" is from the French couveir, to
cover, while the prefixes "hand" and
"pocket" were applied when the article
began to change its mediaeval use of head
covering and became the aid to neatness
and decency which it is at present.
The old French name couvre-cbef, or
chief, came over to England, with a host of
other French words, aftpr t ), nnnnnc.
' and in time became "gerchief," which is
long since ousoiete in America, though it
may, perhaps, bo stilt heard in parts of
England. For long ages after the Cru
sades even women of rank wore the ker
chief, which, after many changes, became
the modern hat or bonnet. But exactly at
what period it legan to be carried in the
hand or in the exterior pocket or handbag
is uncertain, San Francisco Chronicle.
A Few Good Hints.
You all know how hard it is to wash
comfortables and bow unsatisfactory the
;ob is at the best, for it takes them so long
to dry, and the colors are always sure to
run. I face mine at the top by folding a
breadth of calico or gingham lengthwise
and basting the folded edge of the com
fortable, then turning it over each side
and running it down. By doing this they
can be kept clean a long time, for they sel
dom get soiled much except at the top.
Then I have a way of cleaning the lint
off that gathers on the wrong side of wool
en undergarments. Sometimes the folds
will be quite full, which sticks persist
ently when you try to wash it off. I hap
pened to think, one day, that a wire hair
brush might brush it off before washing.
I tried it, and found that it did. nicely.
My latest discovory is this: To wring hot
cloths for sickness (or rather to squeeze
them) in a jelly press. Some call them
vegetable mashers. Yon can have them
as hot as yoa went without suffering mar
tyrdom with ecaldcd hands. Cor. Spring
Train the Babe.
"How shall I teach my baby obedience?"
and, "How soon must I begin?" are two
questions that frequently agitate the young
mother, and by the very wording of the lat
ter question substitution of "must" for
"shall" is betrayed the dread with which
the task is anticipated, the reluctance with
which it is undertaken.
To tell the young mother that the train
ing of her child should begin with its birth
I is loieu ner something wnicn sue simply
uoes not believe. .Nevertheless it is true,
and in the first three weeks of its life the
child learns to know by instinct as to who
is master of the occasion. Say what you
will, infants jjosscss a reasoning power
that is utterly incomprehensible, and
while they do not say to themselves in so
many words, "If I scream right loud they'll
give me what I want," the result is pre
cisely the same, and shortly the wily in
fant has wriggled and screamed himself
into the veriest tyrant. Home Magazine.
Starch crows sticky; common powders
have a vulunr glare. PozzonfB is tbe
only complexion powder fit for use.
U. S. Gov't Report, Aug. 17, 1839.
J. B. ZIMMER,
THE WELL KNOWN
Star Block, Opposite Haeper Uocse.
has purchased for the
Spring and Summer of 1891,
A largtrand finer stock than ever. These foods will arrive in a few days. Walt and see thera.
H. SIEMON fc SON,
Baxter Banner Conk in v nn i H n-r S' mil tie Geneseo Cooking Stoves
Tin, Copper and Sheet Iron - ork.
1508 SECOND AVE., HOCK ISLAND, ILL.
Calf Goodyear Welt Shoes?
The beet Men's fineshoe in the city for the
Second and Harrison Sts.
J". ILVE. CHRISTY,
Steam Cracker Bakery,
KAHUFACTUKKK 07 CKACKIRI ASS BISCUITS.
Ask your Grocer for them. They are best
WBpeclaltieat The Christy "OTBTKB and the Christy "WATBB-"
ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
SEIVERS & ANDERSON,
Contractors and Bnilders,
AXIi KINDS OF OABPSNTXB WORK DONS.
tVQeneral Jobbing don on chart notice and satisfaction fuarantood.
Office and Shop 1413 Fourth Avenue, ROCK ISLAND ILL
Agency for Excelsior Roofing Company.
Cheaper than Shingles.
Send for circular. Telephone
GEORGE SCHAFER, Proprietor.
1601 Second Avenue. Corner of Sixteenth Btree - Opposite Harper's Theatre.
The choicest Wines, Liquors, Beer and Cigars always on Hand
Free Lunch Every Day
B. F. DeGEAR,
Contractor etnd Builder,
Office and Shop Corner Seventeenth Pt.
and 8evnth Avenue.
All kinf 6 of carpenter work a s-eciait j .
. 1. m
ST. JAMES HOTEL,
Corner Twenty-third etrei and Fourth srenne. .. .. EOCK ISLAND. ILL.
J. T. RYAN, Proprietor.
This bouse has jnitbwn refitted throughout andis now in A No. 1 condition. It is 4flrrt-cUu
51.00 per day boute and a desirable family hotel.
Manufacturer of all kinds of
Geats' Fine Shoes a spedaltv. Repairing done neatly and promptly.
A share of your patronae respectfully solicited.
1618 Second Ayenue, Rok Island, U-
CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER.
Bhop corner Twenty-second street and Nith aTenue. Residence 8985
. . Thirteenth avenue.
PP" o etimatfti and do an kinds of Carpenter work. GiTe him a trial
STABY, BERGER & SNELL,
T. H. ELLIS, Rock Island. III.
1036. Cor. Fourteenth St . and Second Ave
Sandwiches Furnished on Short "o
: Rock Island
P-n and estimate for ail kinds of building