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TILS AitGUB. TUESDAY. ' MAY. 12 -.1891.
Published Daily and Weekly! 1624 Second Ay-
enue, kock leiand, J 11.
WANDERING BILL NYE.
J. w. Potter,
moTiDESCE ieiegrm: yuifs pro
tege, G. W. Delc.ms.ler, late Quay candi
date for the - governorship of Fennsyi
y&nia, has been again arrested for emb- z
zlement. How heartfelt must be the
thanksgiving of honest men in the Key
stone state that the democratic party saved
the state from the disgrace of Delamater
Railroad men are puzzled to know
what Gould's schbmes are. He is having
himself interviewed and giving out the
most rosy views as to the financial out
'ook, expressing his determination to
carry out the presidents' agreement and
in many other ways conducting himself
like a good cit'zen. The general opinion
is that Jay Gould is merely tebaving him
self in preparation for some colossal
piece of misbehavior in the near future.
Well, the mayor seems to have shown
his preference in the "two schools of
medicine." as he spoke of the contest for
health commissioner the other day, and
after all to have reogn:z3d bo'.b. The
conacil, however, was more marked in
its expression of preference as between
the two men, at any rate. The council
instead of being guided by the mayor,
forces the mayor to be guided by its
sense of justice and fairness. The cou n
cil knows its own wishes and has the con
viction to carry them out.
How amusing to the spectators.and yet
bow embarrassing it must have been to
the friends of that individual, to see bo
completely Boss Wells was sat down upon
in the county convention yesterday. The
boss, aa he frankly confessed, found be
was not in it at all, and that the smait
aleck tactics on his part which have so
far challetged the admiration of the re
publican powers that he had won reco
nition from the government, would not al
ways win. The boss made a determined
effort to be hear J at an improper time,
out wnen tne cnair and tne convention
finally succeeded in quieting him be sat
down in humiliation, though it is to be
hoped, a wiser man.
The report in last night's Agus of
yesterday's county republican convention
to select delegates to the judicial con
cd non ai iuonmouin touay, an trdea an
idea of the eruption which manifested
itself in the convention proceeding
That there should be a wrangle in a con
vention where purposes were so plain and
simple and w.fi so dignified an end in view
was a great surprise to democrats as well
as republican. The element which create d
the antagonism was led by ex-Conreps
man W. II. Gest and his friend in poli
tics, Judje I. O. Wilkinson, and while,
with the assistance of that aspiring
young politician, Charles Searle, they
made a most determined and bitter, no t
to say vicious, attempt to thwart the will
of the majority of the convention,
they were oveiwhelmingly defeated
in every move that they made. The sole
object of their revolt was personal eminty
to Jndge Smith tecause by reason of his
official acts in times past he had been
guilty of unpardonable offenses in the
minds of Messrs. Gest and WiikiuEon,
ana tney sougnt, tnereiore, to avenge
themselves for the same. Their course,
then was not only in bad tas'e, re
vealing as it did, the undertone of per
sonal spite, but it was exceediEgly bad
politics, as had they carried out their pur
pose they would have seriously jeopi
dizsd the chances of Judge Pheasants for
whom both Messrs. Gest and Wilkinson
professed the warmest admiration and
friendship. Mr. Gist's actions were pur
ticnlarly vindictive and selfish, and his
conduct was very much like that of a
sore headed, disgruntled, played-out poli
tician, whose only aim is to get even
. FEW MORE REMARKS ABOUT
TEXAS AND THINGS.
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on cnaracier, poimcai or religious, must nave
real name attached for publication. No each arti
ticles will be piloted over fictitious signatures-
Anonymous communications not noticed.
Correspondence solicited from every township
in hock island county.
Tuesday, May 12 1891.
The mayor evaded his duty as to the
superintendent of waterworks again last
night. After the way the council acted
on the health commissioner, his honor
deemed it wise to consult the "infloonce
before making any more appointments.
Be Meets a Cherokee Exile Who Dro s
a Silent Tear and Be Is Referred to s a
"Captain" What Happened to 'The
Fat Contributor" Once Cpon a Time.
(Copyright. 1S91. by Edjrar W. Xye.l
In Texas Still.
Today we rode past whole townships
of cacti. All kinds of rare vegetable
grow in this strange and mighty state.
The fuzzy cactus flourishes here es
peciallyflourishes like a professional
penman. There is nothing small abon;
Texas. A ranch that does not embraco
Mr. Ixgalls' presence in New York
"to dispose of his literary wares" is a sure
sign of spring, said liters ry wares consist
ing largely rf alleged poetry. As a har
binger of spring Mr. Ingalls is welcome,
says the World, but as a poet he will grow
discouraged sliding down the lightning
rod as the quickest way out of New York
rEw iork World: if tbere be no
harm in looking at the sky, the sea, the
brook, the flower or any other creation of
the great Creator on Sunday, where is the
harm in looking at the steam engine, the
oil painting, the chromatic lens or any
other creation of that Creator's creature
on the same day? All are his handiwork
some directly, others indirectly.
THE DOWNTRODDEN CHEROKEE.
a whole town is hardly worth assessing.
A county with a barbed wire fence
around it is more like the customary
thing. A friend of mine here has the
best of a county. It is fenced in with
barbed wire, which the outlaw used to
cut now and then so that the cattle
would get oat and wander away into
Peru and other neighboring places. He
had to keep a force of cowboys to "ride
the lines" and examine the fence every
day, until it occurred to him that he
could make the top wire a telegraph
wire, and with an instrument at head
quarters he could detect a break and
locate it at any time. So now a line re
pairer and a cheap operator, who has
nothing to do but to communicate with
himself all day, constitute the fence
force in place of the old and expensive
corps of riders and repairers.
We rode np from Galveston the other
day with Conductor Taylor. He is a
hearty man with a genial smile filled
with mirth and gilt edged teeth. He is
the kind of conductor who looks out for
his passengers' comfort. He telegraphed
ahead and got a lunch for ns, which
saved our lives no doubt, for we had to
travel all day on the Houston and
Shreveport railroad, which is said to be
the worst in the United States. Yet it
is a genial and accommodating road.
All the trains are accommodation trains.
The one 1 rode on stopped fifteen min
A 1 1 i - v
uies wane a lau man went Dae if to re
cover his hat, and it was not a very
good nat either.
When the train pauses at a station on
roe .Houston and Shreveport road the
little bronze razorback hog comes and
eats the axle grease off the cars, and the
inebriated Cherokee Indian assists his
jag on board the train and reproaches
tne white man for robbing him of hia
lands. We had one as a fellow passen
ger, lie wore a pink shirt, with large,
wide flounces at the wrists and around
his neck. He had been drinking, so I
was told by people who knew him,
though I thought at first that it was his
way. He spoke of the past with some
sorrow, and as he held my hand a great
big warm tear welled np in his dark eye
and fell on my vest He said that his
folks owned all the south at one time.
but the white man came among them.
and two or three treaties with thirty
days and costs deprived them of their
The Cherokee has not been well treat
ed, of course. Neither has the negro,
nor anybody else, for that matter. The
heathen has been imposed upon, and so
has the missionary who went across the
sea to knock a little gospel into him. A
missionary who graduated with me at
the same female seminary, in fact went
over to sock a little Calvinism into the
heart of Timbuctoo, but his relatives to
day do not even know the names of
the folks who ate him. On the other
hand, the heathen is said to murmur a
good deal about the flavor of several
well meaning pastors who used tobacr o
to excess, and which impaired their use
fulness from a food standpoint. The
use of tobacco for many years makes the
most toothsome people aa unpalatable as
In the day coach there was a lady
with a snuff stick in one corner of her
month, asleep. The "dipper" is quite
common here among the plain people.
If one could have seen this peri slum
bering there, with her snuff swab in the
corner of her sagging jaw and the corn
cob stopper of a bluing bottle which
did not contain bluing any more, how
everas it peeped from the pocket of
her deep and profound mourning dress,
he would have said to himself, "How
cool and restful must have seemed the
grave in which her husband secreted
himself!" Any way that is what I said.
Others, of course, might have looked at
the matter differently, however.
Everything is out of repair on the
Shreveport road except the receiver. He
is looking first rate.
In Louisiana the great parent of wa
ters was on the rampage. Recently pipes
and flames of one kind and another have
been inserted at various points along the
banks of the river, so I am informed,
and when the water is high a leakage
frequently occurs which grows at last to
be a terrific crevasse. Then the water
wanders away all over the state, and
floats the pork barrel in the cellar of the
We met up with the Mississippi and
found where it was at, more than six
hours before we really crossed it I was
almost certain that we came upon it be
fore we got to Shreveport, but the con
ductoi said he hardly thought that pos
sible, because it couldn't get across the
tied river owing to high water.
1 lectured once m Mississippi. After
I had done so, and the roar of applause
naa aiea away, a small boy with a pale,
Milwaukee brick complexion, broken
here and there by large melodious
freckles, came forward to the footlights,
and m a childish treble inquired, "Is
that all, captain?" I said yes, and he
went away rather reluctantly, I thought
That is the reason why I went home
feeling rather depressed," for although I
regarded the lecture as a financial and
moral success according to Horace Gree
ley's standard viz., that more people
staid in than went away during the
snow yet when this boy called me cap
tain, here in a land where yon can get
enough majors for a mess in twenty
minutes, I concluded that possibly I had
missed it in Mississippi. All railwav
conductors in the south are captains.
Captain Taylor, of the Santa Fe, said
that they used to do a very poor busi
ness between Galveston and Houston.
Once, he said, he played to fifteen cents
a round trip. I think he used this term
in order to make himself clear.
Speaking of the show business reminds
me of a pleasant afternoon and evening
with Mr. Griswold, the old "Fat Con
tributor, only a few days before his
sudden death. lie was a most gentle
and genial man to meet, and when I use
the overworked word "genial" I do so
because it did really fit him. He told
me about his experience as a lecturer in
a little place, I think, in Pennsylvania.
This town had made a laudable reputa
tion for itself twenty-five or thirty years
ago because it could and did break up
everything in the line of a show that
had come there for years. What a glo
rious ambition! Just as some of the
tough schools of the woolly wilderness
used to clean out the teachers who tried
to educate them. I remember one case
where a consumptive boy teacher was
virtually murdered by big boys in such
a school. His successor only remained
one day, but he conquered the school.
He entered at 9 o'clock with a Bible, a
valise and an armful of leech gads. He
opened with prayer. Then he read a
chapter and opened his valise. He took
out a hammer and a big nail. He drove
the large nail into the door frame over
the latch. Then he took a big revolver
out of his valise, and with that in one
hand and a big beech whip in the other
he went at that school, and with won
derful generosity and liberality, and a
commendable equity, he whipped every
boy in that school so that people passing
py mougnt there was a carpet renovat
ing establishment inside. He did it so
well that two of those boys are now said
to be in the ministry, and two of them
doing time in congress for a term of
Then he took his valise and left the
place. He never asked for any salary,
but those who saw him last saw him
with his little valise in his hand, crying
over the grave of his brother, the poor
consumptive teacher who preceded him,
and who gave his life to this tough and
Well, "the Fat Contributor" was ad
vertised to "argy" at the hall on a cer
tain evening in the town I speak of, and
as he did not know anything about the
place or this record, which, I am told, is
now forgotten almost, he had no fears
about it, and so went there to honestly
please and entertain people as well as he
could, knowing that if they did not like
his methods they had the divine right t;
Well, after the owner of the hall had
received his fee, and had filed it carefully
way in the dried pancreas of a "beef
.Titter" which was the popular parse in
That town he told "Gris" that they had
ihe reputation there of breaking np
very show that came, no matter what it
was. Not because the show was poor,
mind you, bnt because the town had a
reputation to sustain.
"Oh, yes, he said, "the last thing
vras what's called the blind vocalists,
(tome back here and 111 show yon where
they had to jump out Struck down
taere, about thirty feet, on that lumber
r Ue. I bet you it was rich. One of 'em
v-as deef, and she lost her bearings and
t" lumped her head agin that blacksmith
8'iop over there. Oh, they lit out like a
scared covey of quails, you bet One of
'em broke his wrist when he fell, 'cause
he tried to save his old fiddle from get
ting busted. Said it was all he had to
get a living with. You better not fool
with these fellers, I tell you. They're
mighty spirited boys, these is.
Well, Griswold said that he had agreed
to lecture there, and he believed that he
would try it ne began aad showed
good nerve. You can imagine, how
ever, the feelings of a man who is try
ing to wring laughter from an audience
who came to mob him, and who had
not been above mobbing a helpless little
band of blind singers. He got about
half way through when the noise was
too great for him. and then his wife
came forward. Her eyes blazed. The
noise ceased for a moment.
"You miserable loafers!" she said.
"Cowards, every one of you! I dare you
to make a move toward this stage. Here
is a man who has come to please and en
tertain you, and you who dare not singly
touch a hair of his head unite together
to mob him. Yew contemptible coyotes!
i ou haven t the courage to even rob
corpse until it is cold."
Then the lecture went on. Griswold
had to knock down two or three toughs
at the door, but he said he did not mind
that. People at the door were liable to
knock down something anvhow.
Ought to Make Him Solid.
Fair Bostonian (on a visit abroad)
By the way. Mr. Kipling, may I ask
what is vour favorite venerable?
Mr. Kudyard Kipling Certainly, Miss
Ticklowell. My preference among vege
tables is the donchos ensiformis
(Haughtily) "It is not a matter of the
slightest consequence, Mr. Kip"
(Hastily) "Or sword bean of India.
Certainly, Miss Ticklowell. cer
tainly, I shall be happy to call on yon
wnen i visit Jtioston. Chicago Tribune
A. Will you tell me where Great
Jones street is?
A. Will you tell me where Great
Jones street is?
B. Excuse me, I'm a leetle deef.
A. Where is Great Jones street?
B. I don't know I'm a stranger here.
"13 THAT ALL, CAPTAIN?1
"Well, Uncle Mose, I hear you have
another pair of twins at your house."
"Yaas. missus, ves. we ha. TjtA Vv-eo
-ley little hearts."
"Have you named them yet?"
"Yes'm. Done named
ob de fust pres'denta ob dia country."
HT..J.. In tr-n . . -
xuueeur w nat t wor
"Ole Christofo Clnmhns
Gesar, ma'am. We'se great on nainin'
de children fo' de presdent 't our house."
Detroit Free Press.
An Expression Seven Centuries Old.
"Hauling over the coals" dates six or
seven centuries back, when feudal bar
ons often used harsh methods of exact
ing gold from the rich Jews by suspend
ing their victims above slow fires until
they paid ransom or died. There is a
scene of this sort in "Ivanhoe," in which
the Templar endeavors to extort money
from Isaac of York, father of Rebecca.
Detroit Free Press.
rrighest of all in Leavening Power. -TJ. S. Gov't Report, Aug. 17, 1889.
J. B. ZIMMER,
-THK WELL KNOWN-
Star Block, Opposite Hakpee House.
has purchased for the
Spring and Summer of 1891,
A larger and finer stock than ever. These poods will arrive in a few days. Wait and ft itea
h. siEMQisr & son,
Stoves and Tinware,
. PUMPS, UsT-AuIXjS, &G,
Batter Banner Cooking and Heating Stoves and the Geneseo Cooking Stoves
Tin, Copper and Sheet Iron Work.
1508 SECOND AVE., ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
HAVE YOU SEEN THE
Calf Goodyear Welt Shoes?
The best Men's fine shoe In the city for the price.
STABY, BERGER & SNELL,
Seond snd Barrison S?s.
Steam Cracker Bakery,
KABTDTACTTTBIK 01 CSACHK1 AVD BISCUITS.
Ask your Grocer for them. They are best.
VSpedaltlMi The Christy "OToTEB and the Christy "WAITK-"
ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
SETTERS & ANDERSON,
Contractors arid. Builders,
ALL KINDS OF OABPXSTXR WORK DOOT.
General Jobbing dose on short notice and satisfaction (usranteed.
Office and Shop 1418 Fourth Avenue. ROCK ISLAND ELL
Agency for Excelsior Roofing Company.
Cbeaper than Shingles.
Send for circular.
T. H. ELLIS, Rock Island. III.
Telephone 10-38. Cor. Fourteenth St. and Second Ave
GEORGE SCHAFER, Proprietor.
im Second Avetme. Corner of Bixteetth Stree - Opposite Harper's Theatre.
Jh. choicest Wines, Liquors. Beer and Cigars always on h and
Frpp I.nnrh Inn n- J
' ' ' Sandwiches Furnished on Short No
B. F. DeGEAR,
Contractor and Builder,
Jffice and Shop Corner Seventeenth 8t
ana jyvntu Avenue,
A kir.r n of rtmnnt.. -1- - ....
' "rSE?1"1' "I estimates for all kinds of building
nirnienea en application.
ST. JAMES HOTEL,
comer Twenty-third street and Fourth arenne EOcK ISLAND, ILL
J. T. RYAN, Proprietor.
This house has iu.t been re,ed . tt .SJo yd U m I. A No. 1 condition. It I, a rst
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M annf actnrer of all kinds of
BOOTS AND SHOK3-
Sent.' Fine Shoe, .special. Repairing done neatly and promptly.
A snare of yonr patronae-e rTrtfnii j
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1618 Second Ayenne, Rock Island, I I.
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' All blnria rt fn VM . ,
Gn-en Fonses- wnsuuiuy on nana.
On bio, k north of Cent! Park, the largest In la. Bridy StTeet. Davenport. Io.
CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER,
I . 8hP coraerenty-iecond,treetandKlnthavenne. Residence 2933
I Thirteenth avenue.
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