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THJfi ABQUB. MONDAY, -.Pii,L 27 le91.
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, Moxoat, April 27, 1891.
Philadelphia Newi: "Illinois thinks
he will give f 1.000.000 to the Chicago
World'! Fair. It will be a Rood business
investment. She could not use $1,000.
Secbetart Foster is trying to get into
circolation tome $23,000,000 of small coin
lying in the, treasury. The publie will
find it very handy during the ice cream
and soda water season.
Ballot reform is opposed by Pennsjl
vania republicans on the ground that it
would cost too much to put up the voting
booths. They prefer to continue in the
good old way of "putting up" the boodle.
The Louisville Courier-Journal rises to
ask if it would be right to nominate Mr.
Harrison when Mr. Blaine is the inventor
of the reciprocity s:heme, tLe only hope
of the republicans? Brother Foraker
doesn't seem to think it would.
Senator Mokgax thinks it is not war
but cash that Itnly wants. It will be
some time before she gets either from the
United States. We are not in a condi
tion to fight, and the Fifty-first congress
not only spent all the money there was
in the treasury, but all that is eipected to
come in for a year or two.
New York Sun: In these times 'the
kingdom of Italy is losing hosts of able
bodied men who might be of service to
the king in cae Lis government should
be unfortunately involved in war. It
cannot be expecttd that they will return
to Italy from America to enhst in the
Italian army when it takes the field.
Some idea of the immense size of Lon
don may be gathered from the fuct that
there were registered during one week.
2,789 births and 2.212 deaths. The
births were 123 below and the deaths 168
above the average far the last 10 years,
says the London Globe. "Here we have
people enough born into the world in one
week to. constitute a 'city' in the ambi
tious phraseology of western English,
and enough deaths in a time of profound
peace to render memorable a battlefield."
A dispatch from Washington states
that the most disappointed man in the
cabinet is John Wanam&ker. lie told a
friend two weeks ago that even if Harri
son ehouM be renominated and re-elected
there would be no second term for John
Wanam&ker. He simply would cothive
it. Wanam&ker is now sorry he left bis
bargain counter and his Sundiv school.
Politics he has not found the paradise
which he htd anticipated. He has a
number of Grievances, chief amor.g them
being the manner ia which he us been
treated by the press. In his opinion the
press has treated hitn shamefully, bs
ridiculed and slandered him. notwith
standing the fact that he was for tear?,
and still is, one of the most ex'ea'ive ad
vertisers in the country. Then he has
failed to carry out most of the ambitious
schemes which be brought into office with
him. One by one his pet p rr jects, like
postal telegraphy, have gone by tbe
board. Besides, be has qurre) d w ith
Quay, who trade him, and at the eau;e
time has convinced himself that he dotB
not know enough about politics to stand
alone without the help of somebody like
the Pennsylvania boss. Mr. Wanamaker
makes no concealment of his disappoint
ment scd his reeret that he ever em
barked on the troublous sea of politics.
He says he in.ends to serve out his term,
but his ambition 'is dead, and were it not
tbe president's wish that be remain in
office he would resign tomorrow.
There is a little circle of clever people in
town who have fallen into the habit among
themselves of tisiiiu trraummr that would
make the schoolmistress's hair stand on
end. Finally, after nn outsider hud heard
one of them nay "I done if n dozen times
or so in t tie cour-e of the evening, he ap
proached the speaker. "Will you tell me,"
he said, "why yoti say :I done it' instead of
'I did it?' It isn't good English, you
"It's Shakespeare's English," said the
other, "and ttiat's enough for me."
So the questioner went home and cot out
hi concordance and painfully labored
thrortgh It to find Shakespeare's authority
for saying "I done it." Hut he couldn't.
Then he came back to the first man. "Will
yon show me where you trot Shakespeare's
authority for the 'J done it?' " he said.
"Certainly," said the other, turning to
Macbeth. "Here Macbeth says it 'Thou
canst not say I did if " Xew YoTk Even
Home Feminine Answers.
The mem lers of a girls' class were asked
a few questions. One was interrogated as
to what was meant by "bearing fulse w it
ness against your neighbor." "It was,"
said she, "when nobody did nothing and
Homebody went and told of it." Another
was asked how beef tea was made, and she
replied, "Buy a tin of beef extract, and fol
low the directions on the lid."
"What are warmth producing foods?" a
third girl was asked. The reply was, "Cay
enne pepper and Jamaica ginger." Cas
NYES TEXAS RAMBLES.
WHERE THE WEARY NORTHERN
TRAVELER TAKES ON FLESH.
A Few Detached Hotel ThooftaU Rail
road Travel Illustrated The Lorelj
Maiden with the Voice mad the Fresh
Toang; Man with a Presence.
Copyright, 1891, by Edgar W. Kye.
n the Lone Stab State.
Speaking of the stage, and the tempta
tions and trials that beset it, I got a
room at the hotel in Austin which, al
though a very pleasant one, did not have
a very prompt service connected with it.
There was also no key to it, so whenever
I went out for an hour or two I had to
pack my trunk and lock it. Then I had
the excitement of unpacking it again
when I got back. In the afternoon I de-
THE CHAMBERMAID'S VISIT.
cided to take a siesta, so that ray voice
would be nice and smooth for the even
ing. I put the bureau against the door,
and, taking down my hair, was soon in a
At this moment the door was rudely
burst open by a locksmith, who said that
he had come to put a new l.)ck on the
door and fit a key to it. This did not oc
cupy over an hour or so, and after that
he went away with the old lock, leaving
the door ajar while he got a new and
more desirable lock. I fell asleep again
then, for I was worn out with the long
and weary miles of railroad travel. Then
came a bright young chambermaid with
a fresh porous towel for the room. She
put her pass key into the door and
turned it two or three times. They al
ways do that, whether there is any lock
on the door or not. Even when the door
isn't locked they most generally sock a
pass key into the late keyhole, and rattle
two or three pounds of brass key checks
on the outside. They do not knock un
less they have peered through the key
hole and observed that the guest is dead.
Then they knock timidly, shrink and go
The chambermaid cannot understand
why a great big man should desire to oc
cupy his room at the hotel during the
day time. That he should want to
write or rest in his room seems very
morbid to most of them, and a man
does have to be pretty well worn out in
order to stay contentedly in the average
hotel rxan; but he does sometimes get
where even a second hand grave with a
lock on it would lie welcome.
Ent the room I refer to was an aggra
vation in another way. I coirld not get
anybody to come when I rang. People
whom I did not care to see dropped in
every little while, but when I rang no
body came. Afterward I was told that
I had occupied what is called a "theatri
cal room." ''We are annoyed very
much," said a hotel clerk the other day,
"by a certain kind of actor the one
who plays tiie smaller parts on the stage,
and who tries to manage the universe
between times. He generally plays the
part of the associate villain, or the death
bed, or the unsealed doom, or something
like that, and at the hotel he appears as
its first mortgagee. Well, we give him
a room that has an electric bell wire,
but it does not connect with the office.
It is attached to the coffee mill in the
kitchen, po that when he imagines he is
ringing his bell he is really grinding the
coffee for breakfast. By some mistake
you were supposed to be an actor though
any one who had ever seen you on the
stage would know better than that and
so you were given the theatrical room."
And yet the death rate in Austin is very
highly spoken of. In 1"?7 it was fourteen
per thousand. In it was twelve to tbe
thousand, and in 1889 it was only ten. I
liked Austin very much indeed. There
is no malaria there, and the legislature is
restricted by wholesome sanitary regula
tions, so that Austin is a very healthful
and handsome place. The capital build
ing has a fame that is world wide. It is
a very handsome building, resembling
the Capitol at Washington, but built of
a beautiful chocolate colored stone in
stead of marble.
The latitude of Austin is the same as
that of Jacksonville. Fin,, and th cli
mate is peculiarly copious even at this
season of the year. I was told in Chica
go that I wonld lose fifty pounds while
traveling throngh Texas, as the hotels
were exceedingly bad. I have gained
eight pounds, and the weight of my ex
cess baggage has also increased while
here. I now feel like a new man. I am
no longer afflicted with low spirits,
dread of a violent death on the scaffold,
night sweats, constant craving for food,
ringing in the ears, repugnance to work,
or moth patches.
The mocking bird is quite common in
Austin. It is heard very often in the
wild wood putting up a paean at early
morn or set of sun. I heard one the
other morning that could give a very
good imitation of a guinea hen. It was
so good that no one could tell the differ
ence. So she might about as well have
been a guinea hen, so far as the listener
was concerned. We should learn from
this to imitate only those who are worthy.
Here was a sweet voiced songster of the
woods who could have surprised and de
lighted every one, but she had prostituted
her talents to an ignoble end, and
through the long hours seemed content
to cluck and rattle with the monotonous
and metallic clatter which characterizes
the vacant mind of the guinea hen.
The raihroads of Texas are very good,
with two or three notable exceptions.
They are so generally txx1 that I will
only refer to one of the exceptions. That
is the narrow gauge road running from
Houston to Shreveporti La. Here Hous
ton is pronounced Hyoustun, and not
Howstun, as the street in New York is
0 ailed. The railroad from Houston to
lahreveport has a roadbed, a right of way
;ind a receiver.
When the train stops at a station a
(light, bronze, razor back hog comes out
from under a magnolia tree, backs np to
ihe tracks and proceeds to warm his per
wm against a hotbox. Then as we pull
out he goes back into the forest again
to brood over his wrongs till the train
t omes again on the following day. It is
1 n exciting life.
Along this line one occasionally sees
the noble Choctaw associated with an
Ktruscan jag. The Indian and white
nan are quite different when sober, but
t xactly alike when drunk. Their aspira
tions, hopes, fears, passions and tend
encies are the same then. The Choc
taws have a village near the line of this
j ostly celebrated road. It is under the
rianagement of a chief, who attends to
everything, even to the punishment for
murder. The law of the 6tate does not
pxil with the Choctaw settlement. If
one kills another in an unguarded mo
ment, the chief sends for the murderer
aid tells him what he thinks of him.
The country is still quite unsettled
a' ong this line of railroad, and the pri
n eval forest may be seen on either hand
extending for miles and miles. Yester
d.iy a slight, girlish figure might have
b-en seen tripping gayly toward the de
p t as the train approached. She was
all dressed up and had a little portman
teau. Her figure was graceful and pe
tite. She dressed neatly, and her
clrthes fitted her like the bright and
ai gry surface of a boil. She seated her
se.f with great dignity, and everybody's
eye was upon her. A fine looking trav
eling man removed the curl papers from
his mustache, and there was a general
sensation through the car. I was anx
ious to hear her voice, for I am a crank
on that subject. Xo matter how beau
tifal a woman may be. with a harsh
voice she is a disappointment. I, with
th- rest of the passengers, remained al
m st breathless waiting for her to speak.
As the train slowly moved out of the de
pot she opened the window, looked out
hurriedly, and with a little winning yet
irmatienr toss of the head exclaimed,
"On. h 1! they have left them there
trr nks of mine." (This is an actual fact.)
Then it was so still there that all you
cot Id hear was the quick, half drawn
pai.ts of a colored man from Xagadochez.
Texas is a marvelous state, as I have
hail occasion to say before. There are
sixteen kinds of climate and a million
kicls of flora and fauna in this vast
empire. Cotton grows in great abun
dai ce in almost all parts of the state,
and at Galveston, figs, bananas, oranges
anc lemons are to be seen growing as
naturally as potatoes. At Galveston the
oleander is the natural hedge. Instead
f having to carry this fragile Scandi
navian down cellar every November in a
larj-e green tub, it is left out by the citi
zen of Galveston just as the Michigan
man does his thrashing machine, to
bufiet the storms of winter and to come
up imiling in the spring. The oleander
is l ow in full bloom. Also the cape
jasi line, a big, beautiful bloom that
just turns itself looe regardless of ex
Ien? e and perfumes a whole; county at a
Texas, of course, is quite a new state,
and often for miles along the road the
newly cleared fields are heavily and pro
fuse y punctuated with stumps. I never
regr ?tted more thoroughly my haste and
thoughtlessness in coming away without
my r tump puller than I have on this
Yc sterday, on the Houston and Shreve
port road, a man who had boarded the
trair. about an hour before looked ont
at wi ndow just as we were going through
a sort of swamp and lost his hat off. It
was quite awhile Ijefore ho could get
the t -ain to stop, but it did, anil heaven
is my jndgeTtho train stopped but the
cond vtor refused to go back after the
hat. The man who lost it had to go
back and get it himself. It was a miser
able old felt hat, with a broad brim and
anoi'ydado around the crown too. I
never saw a cannon ball train stop for
such a poor hat.
Bu; iness is poor on this road, and so it
has to be obliging. It requires over
IER SWEET AXCiELIC VOICE.
fourtee n hour.? to run from Houston to
Shreveport, and then sometimes you are
on the Shreveport 'bus three hours more.
The SI reveport 'bus is reckoned all owr
Highst of all in Leavening Power.
the world to be the toughest method of
travel known. The streets of Shreve
port have no bottom, and, as in many
other southern cities, thousands of dol
lars worth of bricks, broken stone,
gravel and idiocy are piled on top of this
rapacious and hungry mud hole, only to
disappear in a month or so, and year
after year a hollow chested treasury
sobs upon the bosom of a tadpole in
fested street, while the commercial man,
the most dangerous advertiser in the
world, damns these wretched roads in
everv citv where he registers, and thus a
little ill directed energy damages the
J fair fame of an excellent town.
J The 'bus man showed me where one of
his horses would have drowned on the
! main street if they had not rescued him
as his head went under for the third
Yesterday on board the train we en
countered the fresh young man. He was
about nineteen and appeared to be talk-
lng tor puoncation. on nave uouotiess
seen the traveler who comes into a car
and fills it with his presence, even as the
opening np of a box or some precious
ointmerrt of skunk's oil in a close room
makes vou forget evervthing else but
: the ointment. Well, this youth was
actually telling in all seriousness that
j he had put up the night before at a
j hotel where there was no comb or brush
: in his room, and he had to go down to
! the common wash room to comb his hair.
But he will grow up and get married
and have a family of his own, and occa
sionally, as he gets older, he will re mom-
tier how he advertised his verdancy in a
public place, for he was really a good
looking young fellow, and his checks
will burn in the . still watches of the
; night in years to come when he recalls
! flnIT 1.1.-.v. T.f 1.; rnnfl.
he lost control of the cork, and the fizz
and pop and gas of his fermenting think
works escaped for an hour or so in a
There is something spicy and free and
reckless and thriving and unconstrained
and hospitable about Texas, though, that
captures me. If your soul is getting
corns on it from trying to turn around
in the wall pocket of a New York flat,
and yon feel yourself getting conven
tional and pokey, and stiff and morbid,
and the moss is beginning to grow on
the north side of your soul, light out for
Texas big, wide, breezy Texas, where
people know you on the cars ani beg
your pardon if they step on your feet;
where the cactus welcomes to its fuzzy
bosom the cultivated chappy in the thin
white flannel panties: where the tooth
Fome jelly of the chapparel berry is
spread thick upon the bread of industry,
! and the mustang wine of the Alamo
' mantles in the beautiful, pickled olive
complexion of the vaqnero's daughter.
Locating the Responsibility.
"I take a great deal of credit to my
self," said the father, "for the way
Johnny has got on in the world. I have
supervised his studies, looked after his
amusements, assisted him in his choice
of a profession, and given him financial
help whenever he has lieen in a tight
place. Whatever success he has in Itfe
he owes to me."
'He is not very robust, is he?" inquired
"No: ho i- puny, little, insignificant
looking, and not at all strong. I have
done my duty by that boy," said the
father majestically, '"but physically"
and lie spoke with much severity as he
located the responsibility for the young
man's bodily infirmities "physically,
sir. he is just as the Lord made him."
Oiir Pictorial riirase.
A WELL roSTED AFRICAN TRAVELER.
What lie Wanted.
"I have come in here, sir," said the
angry citizen to the superintendent of
the horse car company, "to get justice.
Yesterday as my wife was getting on to
one of .your horse cars, the conductor
stepped on her dress and tore off a yard
"Well, sir." calmly replied the super
intendent, "I don't know that we aro to
blame for that. What do you expect us
to do, get her a new dress;'
"No. sir, I do not." grimly replied the
other, brandishing in his right hand a
small piece of cloth. "What I propose
to have you do is to help me match this
cloth." Cloak Review."
Tbe rosy freshness, and a velvety soft
ness of tbe skin is variably obtained by
those who use Pezzoni' Complexion
U. S. Gov't Report, Aug. 17, 18S9.
J. B. ZIMMER,
THE WELL. KNOWN
Stab Block, Opposite Haepep. House.
Spring and Summer of 1891,
A larger and finer stock than eTer. Thee roade will arrive in a few daje. Wait and ee tfcea.
H. SIEMON & SON,
Baxter Banner Cooking snd Heating Stoves and the Geneseo Cooking Stoves
Tin, Copper and Sheet Iron Work.
1G0S SECOND AVE., ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
Calf Goodyear Welt Shoes?
The best Men's fcneehoe in the city for the price.
STABY, BERGER & SNELL,
Second and Harrison 6te.
J. HVL. CHRISTY,
Steam Cracker Bakery,
aUjrrFAcnrBXR or cbacxirs ass bibctjiti.
Ack your Grocer for them. They are best
BrBpeclaltli 1 The Ckriety "OISTIB" nd tbe Chrltj "WATER."
ROCK ISLAND. ILL.
SEIVERS & ANDERSON,
Contractors and. Builders,
ALL KINDS TJF OABPENTEB WORK DONE,
a-w General Jobbing done on thort cotlc and eat If faction guaranteed.
Office and Shop 1412 Fourth Avenue. ROCK ISLAND ILL
Agency for Fxceisior Roofing Company.
Cheaper titan Shixvles.
Send for citcniar. Tticphor.c
Opera House Saloon
(iKURKE SCIUFER, Proprietor.
1601 Second Avenue. Corner of sixteenth Stree - Opposite Harper's Theatre.
Ths choicest Wines, Liquors, Beer and Cigars always on Hand
Free Lnnch Every Day .... Sandwicbeg Furnished on Short No
B. F. DeGEAB,
Contractor and Builder,
Office and Shop Corner Seventeenth St. T i T t
and Seventh Avena?, : JtvOCK IsiaiK
kine. of carpenter work a specialty. Plan, and estimate for aU klndi of bntldinf
furnln'i ea application.
ST. JAMES HOTEL,
Corner Twenty-third street and Fourth avenue EOCK ISLAND ILL.
J. T. RYAN, Proprietor.
This house hss jn.theen refined thron?hor,t and nowin A So- , u , rrt.c,af .
ll.W per day boufe and a desirable family hotel.
Manufacturer of all kinds of
Gent,' Fine Shoes a speciatty. Repairing done neatly and promptly .
A share of y onr patrona respactfnlly solicited.
. 1618 Second Avenue. Rok Island. Iil.
Proprietor of the Brady Street
AU kinds of Cnt Flowers constantly on hand.
One block north of Central P.i tv. i. .
. Iu9 wgcsi
CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER,
Shop corner Twenty .aecond stoeet and Kinth .yenne. Ee.ldenc. MSB
T hirteenth avenue.
tans prepared to make estimate., and do all Wad. of Carpenter work. Give him a trial.
ed for the
T. II. ELLIS, Rock Island. III.
1G-J6. Cor. Fourteenth St- and Svcowl A v.
Hdt Brady Street, Davenport, Iowa.