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THE ABGUB. WEDNESDAY iFittL, 22. 1B91.
ptPabllnhed Daily and Weekly at 1CS4 Beeond Av
enue, Rock Itland, 111.
J. W. Potter,
Tana Dally, 60c per month; Weekly, fa.CO
All commonlcatlons of a critical or argumenta
tive character, political or religions, rani have
real name attached for publication No such arti
ticlea will be printed over fictitious signatures
Anonymous communications not noticed.
Coiwriondenco solicited from every township
Jn Rock Island county.
Wednesday, April 22, 1891.
A Pnn.ADELrn.iA tobacconist lays that
85,000,000 cigarettes were consumed in
that city latt year.
Washington Post: Evidence ia ac
cumulating to indicate that the recipro
city nag will not carry double.
Peoria Herald: Carter Harrison and
Benedict Arnold and Judas Iscarioi can
flock together in the next world.
Upward of 300 business houses
throughout the world conduct a portion
of their correspondence in Volapuk.
At a Baptist sociable to be held in
Bristol, Pa., the attraction will be a nil
driving contest between four girls.
A lady in New York sets 82 300 a
year from a fashionable jeweler for de
signing watch cases and lorgnettes.
Mrs. Grover Cleveland is a collector
of rare books and among her treasures is
a Barcelona-edition (1603) of Cervantees,
the only copy of this edition in the United
After a ss9ion of three months the
Minnesota legislature has ad j jurned sine
die. None of the many radical bills
which attracted so much general attention
was enacted. The anti-tights measure,
the bill to tax mortgages, and the propo
sition to provide severe penalties for
usury failed in one house or the other.
All these were vicious, and the lime spent
in their discussion was wasted.
The Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul
earnings are showing decided gains. For
the second week in April the gross was
1492,000, an increase over thecorresDond
ing week in 1890 of I22.0CO. Since the
beginning of the present fiscal year
July 1, 1890 the gross earnings to April
14 are $22,131,388.96, an increase over
the same period in the present fiscal year
of 1721,936 03.
Another Tariff Troit.
The work of building up tariff trusts
etjll goes on. One of the latest achieve
ments in that line i3 thus reported by
The Iron Age, a leading protectionist
"The negotiations which have been in
progress for some time between the
manufacturers o'f strap and T hinges
have resulted in the formation of a strap
and T hinge association, which consists
ofhe following concerns: Stanley works,
McKinley Manufacturing company, E.
W. Gilmore & Co., Lindsay & McCutch
eoh, C. Hager & Sons Hinge company.
Anew list has been adopted. The new
prices represent an advance on the goods
generally ranging from 5 to 10 per cent,
on strap hinges and something like 20
per'cent. on T binges."
Jibe old duty on these hinges was two
aijj. a half cents a pound, and was prac
tically prohibitory, only $2,377 worth of
bolts, rivets, hinges ami hinge blank3
haling been imported last year. Mc
Kinley made the trifling reduction of a
cfoarter of a cent per pound, leaving the
rjite still substantially prohibitory, as
may be seen from the fact that this
hinge trust is able to raise prices from 5
to 20 per cent.
Thus one by one the industries of the
country are combining to defeat the
very competition which we are told that
protection was designed to promote. An
important trade paper has recently as
Btrted that nine-tenths of the industries
of this country are now controlled by
trusts and combinations. Most of these
are of course made by the tariff.
But let them go on and do their work.
They are, tin a Republican organ has
said, "the deadly enemies of the pro
tective system." These trusts are edu
cating the people, as nothing else can,
into a knowledge of protection and its
ibganties. Let the trusts multiply and
iprosper till the people rise in their might
and crush out the whole protective sys
tem which fosters them.
On the Warpath Again.
Judge Lawrence, one of the political
wool shepherds of Ohio, is trying to have
the treasury department rule that all as
sorted carpet wools shall pay double
duty. As it is, the duties are much
higher than under the old law, and have
already caused the price of carpets to
advance 10 per cent, or more. Manu
facturers of carpets say that if Judge
Lawrence bucceeds in getting the deci
sion he is demanding many classes of
carpet wool will be absolutely shut out
of the country. As we Taise practically
no carpet wool ourselves, our carpet
makers will thus be compelled to con
fine their operations to the less desirable
imported wools. We imported 83,000,
000 pounds of carpet wool last year,
which was more than three-quarters of
our entire imports of wool.
A previous achievement of Judge Law
rence was to get the treasury depart
ment to tax common goat's hair at the
rate of combing wools, thus excluding it
from the country. As he is again on the
warpath the carpet makers are said to
stand in fear and trembling, hardly
knowing whether to order certain for
eign wools lest a decision should be
made taxing them at a double rate be
fore they should reach New York. The
political ahepherd is inexorable; he has
recently declared that he wants all im
ports of wool and hair to be prohibited.
PROTECTION FOR RAISINS.
A Cim Showing tha Cost of Proteetica.
We Pay Too Much for the Whistle.
Producing things at home is such a
dear thought to the protectionist mind
that the McKinleyites never stop to a sk
what it costs the country to produce
things here which could be had much
cheaper abroad. Fortunately there ae
some cases when we can estimate pretry
closely what the cost of protection is.
The New York Merchants' Review h;is
been figuring upon the cost of protect
ing cur raisin and prune industries.
The Review says:
"There were produced in California
ia 1890 24,300,000 pounds of box raisiia
and 8,000,000 pounds of bag raisin;.
Calculating these to be worth ten cents
per pound for the former and seven cents
per pound for the latter, we have a tofc 1
value of $2,990,000. At the present dut y
the imports of foreign raisins in 1890
would have cost consumers $1,119,96 J
for duty alone. The prunes produced
in California in 1890 amounted to 14,
500,000 pounds, which at eleven cent
per pound would yield $1,595,000. Tho
imports of foreign prunes in the sani)
period at the present duty would have
cost consumers $1,238,115 for duty.
Therefore during the present year the
public may calculate upon paving in
taxes fully $2,358,000 to support twe
industries which together annually yield
only $4,585,000 at wholesale prices in
New York. At place of production the
total value would le much lower. This
is expensive protection.''
Let us see how expensive. Last year
we imported 44.700.0u0 pounds of raisins,
valued at $2,315,000, or slightly more
than five cents a pound. California sup
plies us with 32,300,000 pounds, worth, as
The Review shows, $2,990,000. At five
cents a pound this quantity would have
been worth $1,015,000. The higher price
of California raisins, however, is partly
justified by their superior quality.
Our imports of prunes last vear were
01,900,000 pounds, valued at $2,819,000,
or a little more than four and one-half i
cents a pound. The California product j
of. 14,500,000 pounds at four and one-half
cents would have been worth $552.000, in
stead of $1,595,000. Some allowance must
be made again for the fact that Califor
nia prunes are snperior to most of those
imported. Many of the imported prunes
are of a low grade from Turkey, and are
consumed by our poorer people.
The California raisins and prunes are
abundantly able to hold their own with
out any protection at all, and there was
absolutely no justification for McKinley
in increasing the duty on prunes from
one cent to two cents per pound, and on
raisins from two cents to two and one
half cents. There is no justice in taxing
the food of the poorer people to protect
the food of the rich.
California does not need this duty, if
one may judge from the way in which
people there have been rushing into the
business of growing grapes for raisins.
A California paper announces that, with
the vineyards soon to come into bearing,
the state will have a capacity of 7,750,
000 boxes of raisins a year, equal to 155,
000,000 pounds. The McKinley duty on
an equal quantity imported would then
be $3,875,000 a year.
We may pay too much for cur McKin
Where Our Coal Invades the Foreign
Market Folly of the Duty on Coal.
The rosy reciprocity hopes of a pro
tectionist journal move it to point out
that the opening of new markets to the
south of us will cause lines of steamers
to be established between our southern
ports and points in the "austral repub
lics." It is pointed out that Brunswick
and Mobile will have heavy interests
in the new ocean trade, especially in
the transport of coal to Tampa, the
West Indies and Honduras, it being
proposed to run some thirteen lines of
steamers from these two southern ports.
But it is claimed by rao6t protection
ists that the duty of seventy-five cents a
ton on coal is necessary to protect our
coal operators from the pauper coal of
other lands. We exported during the
last fiscal year 1.931,000 tons of coal,
valued at $,835,000, against imports of
only 935.0(H) tons, worth $3,087,000. The
pretense that we need protec tion on coal
in the face of such figures is utterly
More than half our coal exported goes
to Canada to the provinces of Quebec,
Ontario and Manitoba. On the other
hand, it is from British Columbia that
more than half our imports come. As
there is a scarcity of coal in our Pacific
states, and as those states are remote
from eastern sources of supply, the price
of coal in California, Oregon and Wash
ington is very high. Thus $1,700,000
worth of coal is brought, in from British
Columbia despite tha duty. Even the
British possessions in Australasia supply
California with nearly a million dollars'
worth of coal.
The next largest buyers or our coal,
after Canada, are Cuba, which takes
$760,000 worth, and Mexico, which takes
about $4,000,000 worth. The export to
Cuba is largely from the great Pocahon
tas mines in southwest Virginia. This
coal is transported all the way to Nor
folk, about 300 miles, by rail, and is then
shipped to Cuba by vessels which are
engaged in transporting iron ore from
that island to Pennsylvania and Mary
land. Free coal would do absolutely no harm
to our mining industry, and would be a
great boon to the Pacific 6tates and to
New England. The latter is in easy
reach by water of the coal deposits of
Nova Scotia, and New England manu
facturers say that free coal would be of
great benefit to their mills. Heavy
freights by rail from Pennsylvania place
an unnecessary burden upon their in
dustries. The duty on coal is of no ad
vantage to the larger part of our coal
mine owners, except when they want to
take advantage of it to combine and con
trol prices and output. In this way the
coal duty is frequently made use of by
the operators to the disadvantage of
other sections of the country besides
those lying on the seacoast
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ZEB. POSEY, Z.-VI- "
BY H. S. SNEEDI.ER. .JX
a minimum umm
BY JOSEPHINE A. BOWEN.
The White Colonel
BY ALFRED BALCH.
ft nittenlioiise GIogK,
BY JNO. GILMER SPEED.
The Supernatural Supper,
BY MARVIN R. CLARK.
ft 41' s 'wai
do not miss one of thecq.
The efforts of the United States rovim
ment to render the Ind?an tribes self snp
porting and industrious have been most
successful in cases where it has been pos
sible to take advantage of and develop some
kind of industry already known among
them in at least a rudimentary form.
With such a tribe as the Xavajos, for in
stance, the government has had no trouble
since the wars with the tribe ceased, be
cause these Indians are natural horse and
i heep raisers. They have been able to snp
ort themselves by dealing in horses and
theep. An attempt to make them farmers
ia the sense known in the jastern states
would probably have not only failed, but
wonld have demoralized the Indians and
xaadc them dependent upon the govern
tient. Other far western tribes of Indians have
subsisted largely in the past by digging
riots which grew spontaneously over a
great extent of country. It is hoped that
tuese Indians, now that they no longer
have free range over a vast tract, may be
c-isily taught that they can make a living
hv planting other kinds of roots on a more
One of the difficulties with which the
government has to contend in the process
ol civilizing t he great mass of the Indians
now classed as "wild" is the fact that they
o cupy a country of dry plains, where very
little agriculture was practiced when the
Ii dians were in their primitive state, and
wtiere it was comparatively easy and pleas
ai t to derive a living from the herds of
bi ffalo and other game that were to be
fo ind ranging the plains.
Such a people must almost be made over
acain in order to be rendered agricultural.
Hut they have a kindly feeling toward cat
tle which are a sort of natural successors
to the buffalo. They make excellent herd
ers and very good drivers of oxen.
Cattle raising, therefore, seems to be the
na:nral means of civilizing these Indians;
an i they are being encouraged with gifts
of tock and instruction in the best means
of taking care of it. Youth's Companion.
"Your wife seems vexed."
"Yes; she went out to match some
ribbon and found it at the first store."
Sieeattli c Pnmtbment for Bin?
The following advertisement, published
by a prominent western patent medicine
bouse would indicate that they regard
disease as a punishment for fin:
"Do you wish to know the quickest
way to core a severe cold? We will tell
you. To cure a cold quickly, it must be
treated before the coirt has become set
tled in the system. Tbis csa always be
done if vou choose to. as oaluje in btr
feiodcesg tc man gives tia:!y warning
and pithily tells you in nature's way,
that as a punishment for some indiscre
tion, you are to be efliicUd with a cold
unless you choose to ward it o2 by
prompt action. The first symptoms cf a
cold, in most cases, is a dry. loud cough
and sneezing. The cough is soon foN
lowed by a profuse watery expectoration
and tte sneezing by a profuse watery dis
charge from the nose. In severe cases
there is a thin white coatinir on the
tODgue. What to do? It i9 only Deces
sary to take Chamberlain's Cough Rem
edy in double doses every hour. That
will greatly lessen the severity of the cold
and in most cases will effectually counter
act It, and cure what would have been a
stvere cold within one or two days time.
Try it and be convinced." 50 cent tot
ties for sale by Hartz & Bahnsen, drug
gists. For Uvr Fifty Teari
Sirs. Winslow'6 Soothing Syrup has
been used by millions of mothers for
their children while teething. If dis-
burbed at night and broken of your res 1
by a sick child suffering and crying with
pain of cutting teetb send at once and get
a bottle o! "Mrs. Wicslow's Soothing
Syrup" for children teething. It will re
lieve the poor little sufferer immediately.
Depend upon it, mothers, tbereisno mis
take about it. It cures diarrhoea, regu
lates tbe stomach and bowels, cures wind
colic, softens tbe gums, reduces inflamma
tion and gives tone and energy to tbe
whole system, "Mrs Winslow's Soothing
Syrup" for children teetbiDg is pleasant
to tbe taste and is tbe prescription of one
of the oldest and best female physicians
and nurses iu the United States. Sold by
all druggists throughout the world. Price
twenty-five cents a bottle. Be sure and
ask for "Mrs. Winslow'g Soothing 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. The unanimous answer to
our inquiries is, "It's tbe nest remedy
that I ever used." Our experience is that
where parties continued its use, it never
fails to cure. J. H. Montgomery & Co.,
druggists, Decorab, Ia.
H'ghest of all in Leavening Power. U. S. Gov't Report, Aug. 17, 1889.
J. B. ZIMMER,
THE WELL KHOWK
Star Block, Opposite Harper H0U6E.
has pnrchased for the
Spring and Summer of 1891,
A Isrgerand finer stock than ever. These goods will arrive in afew days. Wait and sec Ui--m.
H. SIEMON & SON,
toves and "PDwafe
Baxter Banner Cooking and Ileatin? Stoves and the Geneseo Cocking Stoves
Tin, Copper and Sheet Iron Work.
1508 SECOND AVE., ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
HAVE YOU SEEN THE
Calf Goodyear Welt Shoes?
The best MeL's Cneshoe in the city for tte price.
Second and Carrison Sts.
STABY, BERGER & SNELL,
CT. 3VE. CHRISTY,
Steam Cracker Bakery,,
MAHTJTACTTJEIB 07 CKACKSK8 AHD BISCUITS.
Ask your Grocer for them. They are beBt.
tWSpeci&KiM The Ckritty "0TSTXB" and the Christy " WATER." f
ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
SEIVERS & ANDERSON,
Contractors and Builders,
ALL KIND 8 OF OABPENTEB WORK DONS.
'General Jobbing doae on short notice and satisfaction guaranteed.
Office and Shop 1412 Fourth Avenue.
ROCK ISLAND ILL.
Agency for Excelsior Roofing Company.
Cheaper than Shingles. t. H. ELLIS, Rock Island. III.
Send for circnlar. TeU'rhoEe 1036. Cor. Fourteenth St- and Second Ave
GEORGE SCHAFER, Proprietor.
1601 Second Avenne, Corner of Bixteeiith Strce - Opposite Harper's Theatre.
The choicest Wines, Liquors, Beer and Cigars always on Hand
sandwiches Farnis hed on Short No
Free Lnncb Every Day
B. F. DeGEAR,
Contractor and Builder,
Office and Shop CornW Seventeenth Bt.
snrt Seventh Avenue,
flf"All iKiTJ? A of rartlPTitftr Wnrb a araUU. m
ST. JAMES HOTEL,
Comer Twenty-third etrcet and Fourth avenne.
J. T. RYAN, Proprietor.
KOCK ISLAND, ILL.
Manufacturer of all kinds of
BOOTS AND SHOES
Gt. Fine Shoes a specialty. Repairing done neatly and promptly
i share of your patronage respectfully solicited.
1618 Second Avenue. Rok Island, W.
CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER,
Shop corner Twenty-seeondstrt and Ninth avenne. Residence 29S5
Tiirteenui avenue. - , . . -
Vrit prepared 10 tlmate and do an kind, of Carpenter work. Give him trial.