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In Rock Island county.
Monday, Mat 18. 1891.
It requires about 8,000 pounds of rose
leaves to produce an ounce of otto of
Embroidery silk comes from Chins,
Japan and Italy, but it is dyed and pre
pared in England.
A OXE HUSDRED AKD-FOCR TEAR OLD
woman of South Carolina is cutting ber
fourth set of teetb.
Affairs in tbe Argentine Republic are
evidently not on tbe mend- Gold has
reached a premium of 272, and there
seems to be a disposition to have recourse
to an inconvertible paper currency, that is
a forced loan on the people, as theremedy
for the present distress. What the Ar
gentine seems to want most is a fair
amount of honest and patriotic disin
terestedness on tbe part of its rulers. Till
that is forthcoming its credit is no more
likely to improve than its resources are
to be effectively developed.
State Register: Gov. Fifer should
not have referred to the grandfather of
our distinguished visitor in his welcom
ing speech. It was cruel. The presi
dent is very sensitive 'on that subject, and
while tbe governor may have intended a
delicate compliment to tbe guest, the lat
ter could not have failed to notice that
tbe audience was thinking of tbe grand
father's hat. Tbe cold chills could be
seen running down the backs of the fed
eral office holders. It is such things as
these that make life a burden at times.
The terrible fires raging in the pine
forests of Michigan and Wisconsin work
sad havoc to tbe timber interests atd
seriously threaten the country's lumber
supply in the near future. Yet these fires,
with their enormous destruction are n t
ha.f so threatening to tbe lumber supply as
the ravages of timber thieves and specu
lators. It would seem that these fires
would at least result in tbe enactment
and enforcement of effective laws for the
protection of our forests against foes,
which, unlike fUmes, can be suppressed .
Canton (O ) News-Democrat: "A
traveling man from New York who was
In Uanton four months ago, predicted a
great spring business and lots of orders ,
owing to the fact that tbe Mcflinley hill
would then be in full swing. Yesterday
this same New York traveling rutin, who
would as soon vote for rattlesnakes as a
democrat, was in Canton again. He
scarcely smiled. Even a reference to the
new tin pUte factories now being erected
all over tbe co jutry (on pper) fa;.led to
extend the area of his mojth. In fct
he acted like a man who is in the first
agonies of the grip, when tbe M:Kialey
bill was mentioned- Events educate. It
is a condition and not a theory thtt now
Ex-Senator Ingalls is credited wi.n
this stetement: "The people perceive
the delusive mockery of the demand for
the protection of American labor, while
the American laborer is subjected to the
degraded and dishonorable competition
of non-American speaking immigration,
which reduces wages ;to the starvation
level and permits no companionship com
patible with the preservation of self-respect."
As Mr. Ingalls never proposed
to effectively restrict immigration during
the years be was in congress, bis convic
tion that such restriction is essential to
the protection of American labor is evi
dently of re cent origin. Ojtofthe sen
ate be is more in sympathy with tbe in
terests of tbe misses than he w whsu
Favor 51: rlxun fur PreHllrnu
Congressman Hooker, of Miss'Miipp
was interviewed in Washington the oilier
day in regard to the probable successor to
SeDator George, the speakership contett,
and presidential candidates for 1892.
Upon the latter subject the following
"Who is Mississippi's presidential fav
orite?' "That is too difficult to be hurriedly
answered. We have a wealth of brst
class material available. It would D"t
surprise me if we had to go to tbe west
tor our next nominee. Would that pos
sibility shock us of the south 7 Not at
all! Peisooallyl think it would be a good
and politic and proper thins to do "
"Who is your preference?" queried tbe
"Ob, I really could not say at this
lime," replied Col. Hooker. "There are
so many good names on my tongue."
"Which name is nearest tbe tipf
"Well, bow would Morrisou do? He
is all we could look for. lie argued for
nd fought for tariff reform long before
there was any popular movement to aid
him. He is a man of the highest integ
rity, his character being absolutely unim
peachable. I served with bim in con
gress for several years and know bis
worth. There are many other splendid
men whom I might name, but be is a
shining example. We could win with
ALL ALONE IN THE BANK
WITH NOTHING AT ALL TC DIS
TURB ME, SAYS NYE.
.1 Group of Nice Hotel Thoughts, it Mov
ing; Incident In "Which a Largo Hir
sute Blonde Figures, and m Free Shave
In a Woodshed.
tCopj-right, ISM, by Edgar W. is ye
South Hutchinson", an.
This piece is written in the president's
room of the Bank of South Hutchinson.
The president is not here, however.
Neither is the cashier, nor the teller, nor
the first or second bookkeeper, nT the
HIS SALARY AS PRESIDF.XT.
foreign or domestic correspondent or
draftsman, whose dnty it is to mike
drafts, ami cut holes in them so that you
cannot raise the draft to the third
You will wonder why I am here all
alone in a bank, and in a state where I
am so well known, and you will natu
rally say that it is an odd situation, and
you will wonder how soon I am ruing to
stop writing and knock off the door of
tha vault; but I shall not toy with the
vault. It is open. There is no one to
defend it. I can take my time. The po
lice of South Hutchinson will not d s
tnrb me. I could do business here nil
day and clear into the night and no o.ie
would annoy me.
Down the street there is a three sto-y
brick block with brown stone trii i
mings and covering half a square. It
is called the Indiana block. It probab y
cost $100,000. In it a mamma hornet is
building her nest. She and 1 own tl e
town. How qniet it is! The hnm of in
dustry and the sharp, metallic report f
the city Council have died away, and tie
last echo of the exploded boom has lon
since been smothered by the deep 6.
lence. Even as the hot and hungry torrent
and the dry and ashy deluge smote ths
business interests of Pompeii and hnshed
the great heart beat of industry and lif-j
and social activity, so the lightning
sought ont and jrforated the shiny and
distended boom of South Hutchinson,
and today, while the mocking bird
whistles in the peach orchard far away,
and the shorthorn buhl-bahl is calling
to her mate in the blnegrass pastures
across the hearing prairies, myself and
the mamma hornet in the $100,000 brick
and stone block are practically con
trolling the business course of the town.
From the front door of my bank I can
see the steam laundry of South Hutchin
son, but ,no steam escapes from the
waste pipe. No gleaming white 6hirt
tails crack defiantly in the crisp zephyrs
of Kansas. No.hot, soapy air of indus
try and prosperity comes from the broken
windows and sagging doors. No strange,
mysterious bealthr garments or singular
ly distorted and unnatural lingerie, dis
tended by the lascivious breeze, hangs
on the broken and ragged clothesline.
Near by stands the blacksmith and
carriage shop of South Hutchinson, but
the village smithy and the red fire of bis
forge have gone out together. On his
door is written in bine paint, by means
of a rather passe broom:
'. Gone to tbe Upper Conpo valley :
: to flioe a passluof clcphauts. Will :
: be buck iu a few moments. :
The air of the shop is still and depress
ing. Where once the melody of the
anvil rang out, and the soft and seduc
tive odor of the scorched foot of the
bronco filled the glad morning, now all
is hushed. The red glow has died away
in the giant heart of tbe forge. The
smithy washed his great big honest
hands in the water trough, and pulling
down his sleeves to conceal the bright
red beard upon his massive forearms ho
went away. Ilust and ruin are giving
place to the activity and crush and
hurry of trade.
Excuse me a moment while I step into
the cashier's room and pay myself off as
president of the batik. I will be bavk
in a moment.
Down a street or two farther is the
barber shop and bath works of South
Hutchinson, tmt even the voice of the
barber is still. I couldn't, if I tried for
week3, express the full meaning of the
term "quiet" any more powerfully than
that Here and there about the door
the quick eye of the visitor may see the
Ehorn and grizzled locks of the honest
boomer of other days, but the lather is
dry in the old sink, and the last echo of
the loud smelling hair oil of the happy
past has died away in the bosom of the
poorly planned acoustics of the past.
Even the low, hoarse death rattle of
the bathtnb has ceased in its silent
throat, and the gas leak, with its hands
across its breast and its feet in the soap
dish, recks not of the flight of -gathering
The hotel is also quiet. Wait till 1
close the safe and we wiH go over to the
hotel a moment. No one rushes to the
door to pull the handle off your valise
and check it for you. No one 6tands be
hind the richly caparisoned counter to
give you a drfpping pen with one leg
amputated and a dead cockroach on the
other. You can select your own room
now with a bath and southern expos
tire too, if you wish it. The police will
THE AKGUb; MONDAY, MAY 18.1891,
not bother you. You can batbe in the
aquarium in the dining room if you feel
like it, and there will be nothing said
about it in the papers. The hotel piano
is not going now. The huge Percheron
saleratus blonde of the effete east is not
playing "White Wings." She has went
away. She has taken with her also her
little wad of hydrophobia. They de
cided to flea together. You will see her
soon at Coney Island, and tipping tip
one side of the United States wherever
Bhe treads cne writhing streets. I saw
her on a bobtail car last summer. She
was standing up and holding a damp
dog. for it was a rainy day. She was
holding on by a strap and starting the
gathers in her skirt a good deal. Her
dress waist was made with a little jack
rabbit tail to it which hunched up more
and more as we moved along, and ex
tended ont over the dashboard, as I may
say, like the tin, anti-caterpillar over
skirt on the giant elms of Boston Com
mon. Her hair also was becoming disar
ranged, and one could see a sediment of
saleratns on her flushed scalp. She did
not know whether to let her hair come
down or ask some total 6tranger to hold
the dog. At that moment the car gave a
great lurch, and with a sob she sat down
in the lap of a man with a raspberry
nose and deeply dyed anthracite whis
kers. As I came away she was still sit
ting there, and, mingling with the dead,
museum black of hi3 long jute beard, I
saw the loosened masses, .the great
wealth of insincere and antique oak hair
which belonged, apparently, to the sal
But she is not here now. Neither is
the precocious Little Lord Fauntleroy
who usually frightens ieople away from
a hoteL He also has gone. You will
not see him here now. You can almost
enjoy yourself, it is so destitute of him.
The kicker also has gone. He did the
best be could for the last few days that
he was here, and then he found that one
man could not do the matter justice un
less he got a clerk who could speak sev
rral languages. So b.9 went awayand
now you can only see the freckles on
the front of tbe counter where" be has
kicked against his bill.
Kansas generally and Hutchinson
proper are in a more hopeful condition
than for many years past. The abun
dant rains have guaranteed a good crop
already, and a good crop in Kansas
makes the granaries of the globe laugh
and bold their sides with ill concealed
joy. Here also may I? seen not only in
dustry but thrift. James Garvey, the
railroad raicoanter and after dinner
speaker (also a good before dinner con
versationist), said yesterday that a
neighbor of his advertised this spring
for 100 men to catch driftwood on shares.
He soon got a nice little crew at work,
and has built np a good business, which
is almost devoid of the disagreeable ele
ment of risk. It is as safe as the indus
try so popular on Madison avenue and
Fifth avenue, which is conducted by the
bright youth of New York, and which
consists in stealing valuable cats and
then waiting for a reward. Sometimes
a dog which is distasteful to the hus
band is offered to one of these boys, with
a two dollar bill in addition if he will
drown it He keeps it until the wife
offers five dollars for its return, and then
be sneaks it around to the house, thus
making seven dollars on a 27-ounce dog
A EEAUTCFUL MAUVE BEARD.
sometimes. Lot booming seems to be
pretty well over, and now that the law
has gone into effect reserving 100 acres
of land in each county for agricultural
purposes thre is nothing in the way of
Pueblo, Colo., is going te have a min
eral palace that will certainly astonish
and delight everybody with its luxuri
ance, taste and beauty. Abundance of
money has been produ;ed. and the build
ing will be open by the middle of June.
It will be the finest exhibit of minerals,
no doubt, in the world, and the building
will be worth going hundreds of miles
to see. The dome is said to be the sec
ond only in size in this country, and the
tlecorations are most beautiful. The
rts and sciences will also have a part of
the buildiug. The Gold King, the Sil
tr Queen and King Coal will be beauti
ful and costly figures of great size, and
v.-ill be in Bession during the entire time.
The palace is Egyptian in style, with
American door handles.
Among other minerals to be exhibited
ill be native gold, silver, platinum,
mercury, copper, magnetic ore, chromic
iion, celibate, pyrites, galena, nickel ore,
q iartz, feldspar, calamus, mica, beryl,
tourmaline, pearline, garnet, malachite,
Highest of all in Leavening Power.
Hittite, hornblende, serpentine, asbes
tos, wavettite, brucite, baryta, gypsum,
calc spar, talc, stalactites, free silver
talc, stalagmites, fluor spar, sulphur,
graphite, alum, borax, bluing, salt, coal,
lime, cement, green and dry hides, stove
wood and plastering hair. There will
also be pilasters of white and colored
marble, alabaster, onyx, agatized wood
and obisidan. Other things will be
added from time to time. It is really
going to be a most wonderful collection
of the rich miuevals of the most wonder
ful state in this most wonderful repub
lic. I had a strange and wild experience
lFt month. 1 bad been in the hills of
North Carolina four days, and a beauti
ful mauve beard had sprung up lile a
bed of asparagus all over my tace, be
cause I was not within eight miles of a
barber shop. 1 got on a late train at
Biltmore. The Biltmore station was
formerly a hog incubator, but it was
found that the air was so bad that the
piglets died off, and so it was condemned
and made into a depot. I sat there three
hours, and all that I could find to read
was a copy of The American Beekeeper
for 1879, and it bad been used to clean
the lamps with. But I read all of it.
Part of it I memorized.
There was a barber shop at Biltmore,
but being Sunday it was closed while
the proprietor scrubbed the clotted blood
off the floor. I do not shave myself yet,
though I am going to try it this sum
mer. So I took the train, bearded as I
was like a pard, as I heard a ixt get off
the other day. I stopped overnight at
Knoxville, but left before the slmj.s were
opened in the morning. That evening I
bad to argue in the hall at Dayton. O.,
and would get there at 8:15 p. m. So I
faw no chance to get shaved. I feel
naturally great pride in my personal ap
pearance. It is all I have. When one
has been endowed that way I do not
think it is wrong to add to one's per
sonal beauty by shaving every five days.
I spoke to Joe Harris, a member of the
Tennessee legislature, about this, and he
said it was rather tough to lecture with
a "Ten-Nights-ia-a-Barroom1' lx?ard, and
would I mind letting him shave me at
the junction, where we . had to wait
thirty minutes. I thought a moment,
and then I said I believed I would vent
ure. He was very kind. He did not do
it as a general thing, but he wanted to
do me a favor, and he had a nice razor
that came as a prize to each subscriber
of The Little Hustler, a monthly child's
We got off at the junction and retired
to the woodhed of a pleasant little cafe
near by. The rest of the passengers
rfltnfl nlnnsr nlsn. All rtf R:isr. Tennessee
' not otherwise engaged came too. Some
left their work and came. They were
still coming when we got through. The
effects of the Kinesthetic wore off as I
approached Lexington, and my face
pained me a good deal, bnt I looked bet
ter, every one said. Mr. Harris deserves
my thanks, and I heartily tender them.
I can truly say that I was never more
delightfully shaved in my life by a
inetnler of the legislature.
Since then I have bought some razors,
and as I write these lines I am nerving
myself np to try one of them. Napoleon
said that the men who won victories and
conquered the world shaved themselves.
I have got some new shaving soap that
smells like the upjer drawer of Cleopa
tra's c!othe3 press, and I have a bright
new strop, with a red case for it, and a
beautiful pad of shaving paper, and a
hunk of alum to staunch the blood if
cut the core out of my Adam's apple by
mistake. Tomorrow, if the sign should
be riyht, I will shave myself.
How They Met.
A Court street car in Brooklyn stopped
at Harrison to let a lady wearing a
spring hat alight. At the same moment
a lady wearing her winter hat wanted to
take the Bame car. They met face to
face on the lower step. They were
strangers. The one with the spring hat
had the right of way, and she tossed her
head in a defiant manner. Winter Hat
felt that the odds were against her, but
she braced up and looked the other
square in the eye and refused to give
"All outP shouted the conductor.
reaching for the liellrope.
Spring Hat would not bedge. Winter
nat would not retreat.
Spring Hat glared at Winter Hat, and
the end of her nose was elevated a bit.
Winter Hat returned the glare, and her
pug nose tried the same dodge, but
couldn t elevate.
"Ladies, don't detain the car!" cried
the conductor, and his words encouraged
Wiuter Hat to renewed exertions. She
pulled herself np the step, crowded
Spring Hat against the side of the car.
and entered the door with a smile of
triumph on her face. The other etepjied
off, ga 3 her skirts a shake and her head
a toss ami walked away, but despite her
dignity and defiance the conductor
looked after her and said:
"Finest spring hat on the whole line.
but the lady inside takes the gate re
ceipts. New iork World.
Ely's Cresm Balm is especially adapted
as a remedy for catarrh which is K2ra-
vated by alkaline dust and dry winds
w . a Hover, Druggist, Denver.
U. S. Gov't Report, Aug. 17, 1889.
J. B. ZIMMER,
-THE WELL KNOWN-
Star Block, Opposite Harper House.
has purchased for the
Spring and Summer of 1891,
A larger and finer stock thin ever. Thcae good will arrive in a few days. Wait sni se ,-.
H. SIEMON & SON,
Baxter Banner Cooking and Heating Stoves and the Geneseo Cooking ;.-t(6
Tin, Copper and Sheet Iron Work.
Calf Goodyear Welt Shoes?
The best Met'e flnefhoe in the city for the
Second and Harrison Sts
J". 3VL. CHRISTY,
Steam Cracker Bakery,
HAHUFACTUaEB 07 CKACKIK8 AHD BISCUIT!.
Ask your Grocer for them. They are best
eWSpeclaltiest The Christy "0T8TX3" and the Christy "WATM."
ROCK ISLAND, ILL
SEIYERS & ANDERSON,
Contractors and. Builders,
ALL KINDS OF CARPENTER WORK DONE.
IVGeneral Jobbing done on short notice and satisfaction guaranteed.
Office and Shop 118 Fourth Avenue, ROCK ISLAND ILL
Agency for Excelsior Roofing Company.
Cheaper than Shingles.
Bend for circular, t Telephone
GEORGE SCHAFER, Proprietor.
1601 Second Avenue. Corner of Sixteenth Stree - Opposite Harper'e Theatre.
Ths choicest Wines, Liquors, Beer and Cigars always on Hand
Free Lunch Kvery Day
Office and Shop Corner Seventeenth St,
ana Seventh Avenue,
"All kites of carpenter work a s;ecialty.
ST. JAMES HOTEL,
Comer Twenty-third street and Focrth avenue.
J. T. RYAN, Proprietor.
This house has Just been refitted throughout and If now in A No 1 condition. It If a i:it C.
f 1.00 per day houte and a deairable family hotel.
Manufacturer of all kinds of
Qeats' Fine Shoes a specialty. Repairing oone neatly and promptly .
A share of your patronage respectf uUy solicited.
1618 Second Ayenue. Rock Island, I I
Proprietor of the Brady Street
All kinds of Cut Flowers constantly on hand.
One block north of Central Park, the largest
CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER,
Shop corner Twenty-second street and Ninth avenue. Residence 2985
1 Thirteenth avenue.
Prepared to make estimate and do all kinds of Carpenter work. Give him a trial.
AVE., ROCK ISLAND, ILL
STABY, BERGER & SNELL,
T. H. ELLIS, Rock Island. LI.
1036. Cor. Fourteenth St acd Second Ave
Sandwiches Furnished on Short Nct.i
: Rock Island
P'.am hoi estimates for all kinds of bni:dim
ROCK JSLANP. ILL.
Flower Store . .
804 Brady Street, Davenport, low-