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THE ARGUS. FRIDAY, .vPiiiL Jm lb91
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enue, Rock Ifland, 111.
J. W. Potter,
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tive character, political or religious, must have
real name attached for publication No each arti
ticlee will be printed over fictitious signatures -Anonymous
commanioations not noticed.
Correspondence solicited from every township
in Rock Island county.
Fridat, April 17. fl891.
A "buds' railroad two miles long is
to be built on the Cbicago exposition
grounds. The cars slide on & film of wa
ter propelled by jets of water thrown out
by pillars along the track.
Mator McCosochtk is devoting con
siderable of bis time just now in prepar
ing his annual message to the council, and
solving the problem of who to fulfill his
anti-election pledges. The latter is the
most difficult task.
When an Italian count csd try 179
prisoners, defended by 30 lawyers, and
hear 633 witnesses, in one week, it is
evident that our irascible friends have
other things than olives and macaroni
which wi'.l bear importation.
Mr. Cleveland's speech on JeftVson'B
birthday is that of a worthy disciple of
the great master of American democracy.
But he hardly needed to declare his parti
sanship. The country knows that the
principle of iustice and equality of rights
has no more zealous partisans than he.
Senator Alliso.i, says the Indianapo
lis Sentinel ia a man of courage. Re
cently be had the hardihood to attempt
to explain away the f 1,000,000,000 ex
pended by Reed's congress, and now he
has defied his pastor by asserting his be
lief that the world's fair ought to be open
Sundays. In one case he was an apolo
gist, in the other he simply asserted h-s
Springfield Register: Mr. J. N. Hus
ton, of Indian, has resigned his position
as United States treasurer, and Mr. E.
II. Nebecker, also of Indiana, has been
appointed his successor. Mr. Harrison
is not a very intellectual man, but may
be counted on "to remember the cot
where he was born." All the same he
cannot carry the state in 1893.
Senator Carlisle says that he is not
& candidate for the democratic nomination
fcr the presidency in 1S92. "I do not
know," he declares, ''whether tbe time
has come for south of the Maon-Dixon
line." If it has Dot already come it soon
will. Very little of the oid sectional bit
terness remains. ith the advent of a
new generation upon the political stage,
and with economic questions engaging
popular thought, it has a.'most disap
peared, and in 1S98 not a trace of it will
Thk "anti-tights" wave is spreading.
It has struck the capitals of Michigan and
Illinois as well as Minnesota. Tbe wo
men have started tbe agitation at Lansing,
and the men at Springfield. At the latter
place in our beloved state, the legislators
are overwhelmingly against an anti-tigbts
law and ridicule the movement as prudish.
The members of both houses have been
interviewed and only a few are in favor
of the law. Some of the reasons given
in its favor read very funny, while the
answers of its opponents are productive
The Philadelphia Record, referring to
the extravagant record of the billion dol
lar congress, says:
The expenditure of the billion congress
is such a bewildering total that it is hard
to grasp it. It is to be divided up and
thought of in separate sums. It amount
ed to $2,000,000 per day while congress
was in session. Counted in silver dollars
there was a metal weieht of 3,000 tens
per day, or about $-25 apiece for each
senator and representative. For the two
sessions of 500 days the expenditure was
at the rate of $23 a second. This is a
tolerably rapid gait. It is not probable
that the billion congress will ever find its
equal for rapacious profligacy.
Frettv Ills IiPp."
"What's the price of sugar today?''
asked a democratic farmer of a republican
"Twenty pounds for a dollar," smiling
ly responded tbe grocer.
"Pretty bie drop, isn't it? Caused by
an unusually large crop, I presume?"
"Well, no, not exactly; I guess I'll have
to own up that it is mainly, if not wholly,
due to a reduction in the tariff."
"Reduction in tbe tariff, eh? Well,
say. now. Brown, don't you think it would
have been about the fair thine; to have
given us fellows the benefit of a nice lit
tle reduction on a few other leading arti
cles actual necessaries of life, you
"Well. yes. ci-nainly, but I'm awfully
busy today, and if it would suit you just
as well, drop in some day next week and
we will talk ibe matter oyer." Hannibal
A New York reporter happened to be
nt the menagerie in Central park when
the animals were being fed. He saw the
keeper give the tiger a large piece of
"Does he get that often?" asked the
"He is fed regularly every day," re
plied the keeper.
"Great heavens! why was I not born
a tiger?" said the reporter, clasping bia
hands, Texas Sif tings.
THE GREAT HAT TRUST.
IT HAS BEEN ORGANIZED TO EN
A Monopoly of the Wool Rat Business.
High Untie to Protect the Trait o
Outside Competition to Be Allowed Un
der Any Circumstances.
We have one more McKinley trust. 1 1
has just been announced that all the
leading wool hat manufacturers of the
country have formed a trust with a capi -tal
The purpose of the trust is to lease all
the principal factories for five years, with
the privilege of renewal for another fiv.j
years, and thus to control practically tta
entire product of wool hats in this coun
try for ten years. A preliminary meet
ing for the purpose of forming this tms,
was held in New York city, and more re
cently at another meeting held in Read
ing, Pa., the trust was organized and
plans for action adopted.
The new trust will control nearly
1,000,000 dozen wool hats a year, the en
tire production of the country being only
slightly above that figure.
When McKinley raised the duty on
wool hats it was expected that a trust
would soon be organized to take the full
est possible advantage of the favorable
opportunity offered the manufacturers.
The McKinley duties on wool hats
show a sharp iucrease upon the old rates.
The duties in both the old law and in the
present law are so called compound duties
that is, there is a specific duty of so much
per pound and an ad valorem duty in addi
tion. Thus on hats valued at 30 cents
a pound or less the old duty was 10 cents
a pound and 35 per cent, ad valorem,
the compound duty being equal to an
ad valorem duty of 68 per cent. The
corresponding McKinley duty is 16 cents
per pound and 30 per cent., tbe two
duties here be ins equivalent to an ad
valorem duty of So per cent.
Hats of the next class are those valued
at more than 30 and not more than 40
cents a pound. The old duty on this
grade was equivalent to Co per cent, and
the McKinley duty 90.
The next grade of hats under the old
law was that valued at between 40 and
60 cents a jiound. The McKinley law
makeu this class 6top at 50 cents and
adds a class covering those between 50
and 00 cents per pound. Thus under the
old law hats in the class between 40 and
50 bore an equivalent ad valorem duty
of 71 per cent., and under the McKinley
law the equivalent ad valorem is 101
per cent On hats worth between 50
and CO cents the equivalent in the old
law was OS per cent.; in the McKinley
law it is 112 per cerjt.
The next class in both laws extends
from 60 to bO cents a pound the ad
valorem equivalent being 72 per cent.,
and the McKinley ad valorem 100 per
The last class in both laws covers hats
valued at above 80 cents a pound. The
old tariff levied a duty here which was
equal to CO per cent.; and McKinley
made only a blight advance in this high
est class of hats, his equivalent ad valorem
leing 71 per cent. Having gotten above
the range of the poorer class of buyers
he saw no pood reason for increasing the
duty very ranch.
The equivalent ad valorem duties here
given are obtained by combining the
pound duty ami the ad valorem rate and
calculating them upon the value of hats
imported. Very few wool hats, how
ever, were imported under the old law,
the rates nnder it being almost prohib
itory. Hats are not mentioned at all in
the treasury reports of imports. Under
the McKinley law importation may be
expected to cease entirely.
Our hat manufacturers have had al
most complete control of the home mar
ket for years. Even so long ago as
when the tariff commission was taking
the testimony from the manufacturers
upon which the tariff law of 1S83 was
constmctexl, a representative of the
twenty-seven wool hat manufacturers in
Reading, Pa., appeared before that com
mission and said. "We do not favor any
high duty on hats." He admitted that
the manufacturers had "no trouble with
the wool hats imported into 1 his country
This manufacturer came before the
commission for another purpose than to
plead fcr higher duties. "We would
rather see hats come in frue," he said,
"if we could have our raw material free.
We can, we think, on the lalor question
compete with them (the Canadian man
ufacturers)." Tin manufacturers were
satisfied even then with th? hat duties,
and it was pointed out to the commis
sion that only $600 worth of wool hats
came into the errantry.
The commission recommended consid
erable reductions in the duties on hats,
and these rednc rions were partly carried
out in the tariff law of 1883. McKinley.
however, took hold of the tariff mill last
year and went to frrindinr; out duties
with no regard to whether they were
needed or not. and in this way the da
ties on wool hats were increased as just
descritd, although no hat manufacturer
came before him, so far as the published
reports how, as 'or higher duties.
But the higher duties were given all
the same, and now we have one more
McKinley trust. Let the people now ex
pect to pay trust prices for hats. This
McKinley hat inonojoly baa everything
in its own hands.
High Tariff in 1780.
The simplicity of our forefathers on
the tariff question almost passes belief in
this day of McKinleyism. The stately
old gentlemen who met in the first con
gress selected carriages as articles of
luxury on which to levy the highest duty
in the first tariff law. This high tariff
on carriages was placed at 15 per cent. ;
and then the forefathers thought they
had done something in the high tariff
line which would lay a burden on the
rich. But we have outgrown the ideas
of the fathers. We bear duties ten times
as high as their carriage duty, and we
are even told that the tariff is not a tax.
OUR NEXT ATTRACTION
In a Literary "Way, will be the
publication ot a series of
V 4 T . , c -r 1 .1
Writprs. and nil of tlipni
By the Best Artists.
These Novelettes are:
BY H. S. KNEEDLER.
A Mountain Dream
BY JOSEPHINE A. BOWEN.
The White Colonel
BY ALFRED BALCH.
ft Rittennouse Clock,
BY JNO. GILMER SPEED.
The Supernatural Supper,
BY MARVIN R. CLARK.
do hot miss
The captain of the post orders out the
"Those who are musicians Etep In
front of the line."
Some fifteen men do so.
"I don't want so many; only about
He chooses three, who assure him
they are particularly enthusiastic over
Good. You three report every morn
ing to ring the post bell for waking the
yarrison." Fliegende Blatter.
Tlic Snperiority of Man.
Jack I don't see why you girls
shouldn't hustle around like the rest of
U 4 and do things for yourselves! Yon
ci uld save lots of money by making your
o'vn hats and gowns.
Laura I'd just like to know what you
d for yourself?
Jack I? Why, I've lieen making my
om cigarettes ever since the 1st of
Sentiment Wan All Right.
"Did you ever know that Harry Simp
kiis wrote poetry?" said one matinee
gi -1 to another.
No, I don't believe he can."
'Oh, I saw some that he wrote," re
sp mded the first matinee girl, as a dash
of color came into her face.
'Was it good?"
. "Well, the rhymes and meter may not
have been so awfully stylish, but" (and
he-e there was a little bur -it of empha
sis i "the sentiment was just lovel."
1 hick fn the patli the leaves lie dead:
1 tie days of laughter are pone from me;
1 he liloasom has dropped and the Gammer
? wallows are all flown over the sea.
O nes3ed we never the end not wel
C f the so rips we snng and the words we said
Thick in the path the leaves lie dead.
The days of lanshter are gone from me.
Highest of all in Leavening Power.
1 M I I f9 -
W&L'fT'trSS rr 1 . V
ta ..xl it
lit - . C7
BT MRS. "W. H. PALMER.
The Mate to My Cameo,
BY F. A. MITCHEL.
These Stories are, with one ex
ception, Original and Copyrighted!
And will prove to be
one op THnm.
Disease's a PntUMnent for Sin?
The followins advertisement, publisher!
by a proncinent western patent medicine
house wouhl iniiifHte that they r-sraH
di?esse as a punishment f r ho:
'Do jou wish t koow ti o-iiebest
way to cure "-ver? ci.M ? We wiil tell
you. T" rurn h i'oM qulrRly. it must be
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ll d in tt system. Tliis cn nlwavs be
done if vou oboo'f to, s nntute in her
kiadr.ess to mn gives trmelv warning
and lUi Iv tells you in nnure'e wrv,
that as f UDishmc-Dt for some iudiscre
tion, ycu lire to be afflicted with a cold
ucless you choose to ward it .off by
prorop Ht-tion. The firs. sTmuiomsnf a
co!d. in most cisf s, is s dry, loud cough
acd B-etziog. The C' ugh is soon fol
toweil by a j rofuse wa'ery expec'orntion
and tLe poc-eziog by a profuse wntery dis-
CDarje trom the nose. In severe cases
tlure is a thin wbite coitinc on the
tongue. What to do? It is oc!y neces
sry to take Chamberlain's Ciueh Renr
frdv in double dopes every hour. Tbat
will greatly lessen the severity of the cold
and in DOft cases will effectually counter
act it, and curi what would hnve been a
stvt-re cohl within one or two dys time,
Try it and be coDvinoeil." 50 cent t ot
ties for sale by Hirtz fc Dahr,en. dru-g
For over Fifty Years
n'.Ti. Winslow' Soothing Syrup has
been uset by miili-ins of mothers for
their children wb;le teetbinc. If dis-
burbed at Dighland t Token of your rest
by a sick child suffering and crving with
pain of cutting teeth send at ooce and get
a bottle or "Mrf. Wiusiows Soothing
Snyrup for children teething. It wili re
lieve the poor little sufferer immediately
Depend upon it. mothers, tbereisno mis
take about it. It cures diarrhoea, regu
lates tbe stomach and bowel?, cures wind
colic, softens the gums, reduces icflimma
tion and gives tone and energy to the
whole system. "Mr9 Wioslow's Soothing
Syrup" for children teetting is pleasant
to the taste and is tbe orescnpiion of one
of tbe oldes nd best leraale physicians
und nurses in the L'nited ?ties. Sold by
all druggists throughout tbe world. Price
twenty-live cents a bottle. Be sure and
ask for "Mrs. Winslow'sSoothtDg Syrup.'
We have sold Ely's Cream Balm about
three years, aud have recommended its
use in more than a hundred special cases
of catarrh. Tbe unanimous answer to
our kquiries is. "It's tbe best remedy
that 1 ever used . " Our experience is that
where parties continued its use, it never
fails to cure J. H. Montgomery & Co
druggists, Dc'corab, la.
TJ. S. Gov't Report, Aug. 17, 1S89.
7 A . &iin.
J. B. ZIMMER,
-THK WELL KNOWN
Stab Block, Opposite Haeper IIotjbe.
has purchased for the
Spring and Summer of 1891,
A larger and finer etock than evr. These goods will arrive in afew dayf . Wait and see tht s.
H. SIEMON & SON,
Baxter Banner Cookinz and Ileatin.- S'
Tin, Copper and Sheet Iron
Calf Goodyear Welt Shoes?
The best Men's Cneehoe in tbe city for the price.
STABY, BERBER & SXELL,
Second and Harrison Sis. Davenport.
JT. JSL. CHRISTY,
Steam Cracker Bakery,
KANTJFACTTTfiKB OF CKACKKBS ASS BISCUITS.
Ask your Grocer for them. They are best.
WSpecIaltleaj The Christy "0T8TKS" and the Chrlety "WAFER."
ROCK ISLAND. ILL.
SEIVERS & ANDERSON,
Contractors arid. Builders,
ALL KINDS OF CARPENTER WOBK DONS.
w General Jobbing done on ehort notice and ratisfactlon guaranteed.
Office and Shop 1412 Fourth Avenue. ROCK ISLAND ILL.
Agency for t xcelsior Roofing Company.
Cheaper than Shingles.
Send for circular. Telephone
GKUKttE SCHAFER, Proprietor.
1601 Seeond Avenue, Corner of 8iiiei.th Stree - Opposite Harper's Theatre.
The choicest Wines, Liquors, BeerandCigars always on Hand
Free Lunch Every Day
B. F. DeGEAR,
Contractor and Builder,
Office &nd Shop Corner S-ventwnth fit
and Seventh Aani;-
Al? kiiw of carpenter work a specia'.r.
r in(o i an
, ST. JAMES HOTEL,
Corner Twenty-third street atd Fourth avenue ROCK ISLAND ILL.
J. T. RYAN, Proprietor.
This house has just been refitted throughout and is tow in A No. 1 condition. It is a first-cfs
51.00 per day honta and a desirable family hotel.
Maccfacturer of all kinds of
HOOTS AND SHOES
Gents' Fine Shoes a specialty. Repairing done neatly and promptly.
A share of your patronage respectfully solicited.
1618 Second Ayeinie. Rock Island, IH.
CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER,
Bhop corner Twenty-second street and Binth arcane. Besidence 8985
Thirteenth avenue. -
&TU prepared to make estimates and do all kind pf' Carpenter work. Otrt him trial-
.- iad 'hi Gcueseo Cooking fetovee
VE.. ROCK ISLAND, ILL
T. H. ELLIS, Rock Island. 111.
1036. Cor. Fourteenth St. and Second Av.
Sandwiches Furnished on Short No
: Rock Island
Plan, and estimate for all k!nd of buildine"