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THJE ABGU& FKIDAY. MAY 22. 1891.
PuMUbed lily ltd Weekly at 124 Second AT
eBne, Rock Iriand, liL
J. W. POTTER. -
Trass Daily. 0c per month; Weekly, 3.00
per us am.
All eommaniearioti of critical or arrnmetita
t!re character, political or rellcioa. man tT
real uiu attached for publication. No such arti
ticle will be piloted crrer fictitious signatures -Anocynoae
ecmmnn.eation not noticed.
Oompondenca aoiidied from every to whip
In Kock Island coonty.
Fridat. Mat 22. 1891.
If Russell Harrison doesn't keep bis
fingers out of the politics! pot be is likely
to Ret them badly scalded.
Stamps are to be secured in Great
Britain through the medium of slot ma
chines. That is one of the inventions
where you drop jour money in and get
Senator Crawford, our own William
T., has introduced another bill to regu
late stock yard charges. The bill is re
garded as a joke and the author as a
As Atchison woman, who recently in
terviewed 12 married womei on the sub
ject, finds tb&t four m&rritd to escape
being old msiis. t o married for a home,
five married because some other womn
wanted tte:r husbands and one married
because she really thought so much of
her husband that she coul 1 not he'p her
self. Qieen Natalie hs been txiled from
Servia. She cannot say with Cat a ice.
"what's banished but set free from daily
contact wi'.h the things I loathe ? ' because
she loves the Servian people, and if she
could, wcuM gladly remain with tbem.
A Russian by birth, she was constantly
intriguing to make Russian superior to
Austrian itfluecce in Servia. and it is to
this that her expulsion is attributable.
Imirta r Ha Plate.
The Iron Ace gives the following in
teresting statistics with respect to recent
importations of tin plate:
"For April. 1&90, there were imported
here 140,466 boxes of plates, valued at
$597,532; for April, 1S91. the toil was
l&.&O-i boxes, valued S916 873. For the
first week in Mav there were landed here
in 1S90, 52,213 boxes, valued at?223.2S5;
for the same week this year there were
69,o54 boxes, valued at $343,791. To
sum it up. for the last IS weeks there
were landed here about 935,373 boxes of
tin plate, valued at 14,161.150. dity and
freight not included, aeaintt 6)1,452
boxes, valued at f 2.56 772, tor the same
period last year."
The reader will not fail to note that
there has been a great increase in the
quantity of tin plate imported, and a
proportionately larger increase In the
value, remarks the Louisville Courier
Journal. Thus, taking the figures for the
first week of May. in 1 v9D and 1691. it will
be found that the average import price
per box last year was 4.36, while this
year it was within a small fraction of S'5
The reason of the increased imports
just now is we:l understood. The im
porters are seeking to escape the great
increased rate of duty, which goes iuto
effect July 1. After that date imports
may be expected to fall off largely until
the accumulated 6tocks begin to show
sigDB of exhaustion.
But why has the price of tin plate ad-
vanced before the new tariff rate basgote j
into effect? The explanation is easy. It
is also important, because it illustrates a
law of political economy with which
every one ought to be familiar, but which
many fail to apply in practice- Price is
regulated by supply and demand; il is
directly as the demand, inversely as the
supply. If the demand increased, the
supply remaining the same, the price goes
The passage of the McKinley bill, ad
vancing the tariff on tin plate from 1 to
2.2 cents per pou.d after July 1, 1691,
enormously increased tbe demand for de
livery prior to that date. It could not
materially increase tbe supply because no
one could go to the expense of new plants
to supply a demand that would be over
oon after tbe works were completed if
sot before. So tbe foreign manufac
turers, being overwhelmed with orders,
found themselves masters of tbe situation
' as to prices, and have profited by tbe cir
cumstance to tbe amount of millions
of dollars. The 1 ramers of tbe McKinley
bill, while professing so much attach
ment to what they CiL an American pol
icy, ougit to have forseen this but tbey
did not, unless we adopt tbe conclu
sion still more discreditable to tbem that
tbey did f orsee it and did not care.
Il should be remarked '.hat this advance
in tin plate is a direct reversal of recent
tendencies. Tbe tax has always bet-n
purely a revenue tariff, as no tin plate
worth mentioning has been made at home.
Protectionists say that a revenue tariff
advances prices, while a protective tariff
puts them down. How has it been with
tin plate? The Iron Age gives these flj
ures for boxes of tbe standard grade:
January, 18S2, $5.70; February, 1884.
4.60; May, 1885. $425; June, 1887,
$4 20; May. 1890. 4 32. This shows
that the price had been decliniag for
years under a revenue tariff.
When tbe McKinley bill passed the
bouse, tbe price of tin plate began to go
up. From 4 32 in May it rose to $5 20
in August and to $5.50 in October. An
other authority shows that tin plate vwas
as bigb as $7.16 in 1874 aDd as low as
WIFE OF A B0NAPAK1K.
K13TORY OF THE FAMILY OF NA
POLEON'S YOUNG BROTHER.
How the General and Emperor Became
Connected with American Kelatlies.
Ttetsy Patterson's Peculiar Position in
Tbe late Prince Napoleon was the ton of
Jerome, the youngest brother of Xapolton
tbe Great. This fact brings nearer to us
that gret series of events beginning w th
"a whiff of grapeehot" , and ending w th
Waterloo. II is death, moreover, has a
peculiar vivid interest for American!!, iie
caose it recalls the story of the first love of
his father, Jerome, for a young American
girl. Betsy Patterson, of Baltimore.
It is a 6ad tale of romance, imperial am
bition and diplomacy. Napoleon had .U
ready won undying fame in Italy when
his young brother, Jerome, was but twelve
years of age. He soon entered the French
navy, for it was bis great brother's amo
tion to make of him a fighter on the seas
fit to cope with Nelson. It was an English
frigate that destroyed thia plan by driving
the French frigate bearing Jerome into
American waters. At Baltimore Jerome
fell madly in lore with and married Elizt
Iwth, the beautiful daughter of Willia n
Patterson, a rich merchant, aud an Iris j
man by birth. Elizabeth, or Betsy, as si e
was called, had a cons 'truing ambition, and
when friends opposed the marriage sle
aaid. 'I would rather be the wife of a
brother of Napoleon for one hour than tie
wife of any other man for iife."
Napoleon was highly displeased with th.s
match, ix.-eau-e he alrenly saw himself oi
the throne and wi-,hel his brothers t
marry only "blue bloods." Jerome and 1m
wife only learned of the establishment c f
the empire when about to sail from Ne
York to beit the forgiveness of the firs;
consul. They learned at the same tiros
that both Jerome and his brother. I.ucim,
were debarred from the line of succession
for marrying against Napoleon's wishes
Nevertheless tbe young couple, still hoping
forgiveness and advancement, sailed for
Lisbon ia 1SC0.
UsTor.T cr "do."
There Jercme was arrested and taken to
France, after a tearful adieu and protesta
tions of everlasting fidelity to his wife, who
was not allowed to land. She sent a mes
sage to the emperor which tickled him im
mensely. "Teil the err.peror,''she said, "that Mme.
Bonaparte demands her rights as a mem
ber of the imjiti-inl family."
She proceeded to England, where a lioy
was soon torn to her and christened
Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte. Jerome, the
father, proceeded to Paris, littie thinking
that he would never see Betsy again save
as a strange r and with another wife upon
Napoleon positively refused to recognize
the man-.aze, but promised Betsy an an
nual pen.-ion of $12,(XKJ, providing she
would return to America and renounce
the narueC' Bonaparte, which conditions
Her husLand, Jerome, thus separated
from her, was -compelled by his brother to
marry Catharine, thedaughter of the king
of Wurtemburg. oon after he was made
king of Westphalia. He then sent to
America for Betsy's child, "Bo" an ab
breviation of Bonaparte. She refused to
give him up. and in reply to the offer from
her husband of a ducal crown, with an in
come of $40,fiu a year, she sent back the
scornful message: "Westphalia is too
small for two queens: besides. I already
receive $12,000 a year from tbe emperor,
and I would rather be protected by the
wings of the eagleihan be dependent on
the bill of a goose."
She ever afterward spoke with contempt
of her husband, although "Bo" frequently
visited his father'sfamily in Europe, where
he was treated as a son aud ;t brother, his
half sister. Princess Mathilde. being es
pecially fond .f him. Afterward "Bo"
married a Baltimore lady, causing his
mother, Madame Betsy, great anger by
doing so. His cousin. Emperor Napoleon
III, invited him to France, where he was
legitimized and received as a member of
the family. His half brother, the son of
Jerome by Catharine, quarreled with the
emperor, and there was at one time a
strong intention to make "Bo" the heir
presumptive, but ultimately "Bo" was de
He declined a duchy, refusing the condi
tion attached of surrender-in? tbe name of
Bonaparte. On the death of King Jerome
in his American wife, Betsy Patter
son, contested his wilL She was, however,
refused a share of his property.
The letters show a great contempt for
her native land. She wrote to her father
from Florence in as follows:
"A parent cannot make a silk purse of a
sow's car, and you found that you could
not make a sow's ear of a silk purse. It
was impossible to bend my talents and
my ambition to the obscure destiny of a
Baltimore housekeeper, and it was ansurd
to attempt it after 1 had married the
brother of an emperor. I had not the
meanness of spirit to descend from such
elevation to the deplorable condition of
being tbe wife of an American.
"I often tried to reason myself into the
courage necessary to commit suicide when
I contemplated a long life to tie passed in
a trading town, where everything was dis
gusting to my tastes, and where every
thing contrasted so strongly with my
"I uever could have degraded myself by
marriage with jeople who, after I had
married a prince, liecame my inferiors.
"The Americans themselves had sense
and good taste enough to feel that I had
risen ubove them, and have always treated
me with the respect and deference due to a
"When I first heard that my son could
condescend to marry any one in Baltimore
I nearly went mad.
"I repeat that I would have starved,
died, rather than marry any one in Balti
more." In her old age Betsy's constant compan
ions were a carpet bag and a red umbrella,
the color of the Napoleonic dynasty. "Bo"
died in 1870. His mother survived till 1879,
dying at the age of ninety-four years, and
leaving a fortune of (1,500,000 to Bo's two
sons, Jerome and Charles J. Bonaparte.
Charles J. married Miss Nellie Day, of
Boston, who is a granddaughter of Mr.
James C. Dunn, a merchant of Boston.
One man has been discovered who thinks
that his doctor's bill is too small. He
could not believe his eyes when he opened
it and saw that it was only one-fifth of
what be expected. Now he says he ia har
assed by two fears one that there has
been some mistake, and that when he goes
to pay his bill he will find that the figures
have grown, and tbe other that his physi
cian may think that his patient estimated
tbe medical services at an extremely low
valuation. New York Tribune.
Snnrtss) on Monnt St, Ella.
In the morning I was awakened by the.
croaking of a raven on tbe snow immedi
ately over my head, and found that the
soft blue light of my grotto was replaced
at the entrance by a pink radiance, telling
that the day had dawned bright and clear.
What a glorious sight awaited me! -The
heavens were without a cloud, and the Bun
shone with dazzling splendor on the white
robed mountains. The broad, unbroken
snow plain seemed to burn with light re
flected from millions of snow crystals. Tbe
great peaks were draped from base to sum
mit in tbe purest white, as yet unscarred
by avalanches. On the steep cliffs the
snow hung in folds like drapery, tier above
tier, while the angular peaks above stood
out like crystals against the sky. St. Elias
was one vast pyramid of alabaster. The
winds were still. Not a sound broke the
solitude Not an object moved. Even the
raven had gone, leaving me alone with the
As the sun rose higher and higher and
made its warmth felt, the snows were
loosened here and there on the steep slopes
and broke away, gathering force as they
fell, and rushed down in avalanches that
made the mountains tremble and awak
ened the echoes with a roar like thunder.
From a small beginning high up on the
slopes the new snow would slip downward,
silently at first, and cascade over preci
pices hundreds of feet high, looking like a
fall of foaming water: then came the roar,
increasing in volume as the flowing snow
involved new fields in its path of destruc
tion, until th? great mass liecame irresisti
ble, and plowed its way downward through
clouds of snowpray which hung in the air
long after the roar of the avalanche had
AH day Ion;;, until the shadows of even
ing fell on the steep slopes, this mountain
thunder continued. The echoes of one
avalanche scarcely died away before they
were awakened by another roar. To wit
ness such a scene under the most favora
ble conditions was worth all the privation
and anxiety it cost. Israel C Russell in
One of the oldest epitaphs upon a printer
is that inscribed upon a monument erected
in St. Mary's church, D.itchet, to Chris
topher Barker, at one time printer to
Queen Elizabeth. It runs as follows:
Here Barker lies, once printer to the crown.
Whose works of art acqiired a srreat renown:
Time saw his worth, and spread around his
That future printers micht imprint his name.
But wht-n his strength could work the pres no
And Lis Last sheets were folded into store
Itire faith, with hope (the n-atest treasures
Opened their pates and bade him pass to
In a different strain is the next epitaph
we shall quote. It purports to be written
by the defunct himself, but whoever wrote
it showed a pretty turn for making a merry
quip of a serious topic. No better idea of
death being a release from cares and
troubles could be conveyed than in the fol
No more shall copy bad perplex my brain:
No more shall, type's small face my eyeballs
No more the proofs foul pare create mo troubles
By errors, transpositions, outs and doubles;
No more to overran shall I begin;
No more be driving out or driving in.
The stubborn pressman's brow 1 no w may scoff.
Revised, corrected, and finally worked off.
Here is a curt complaint:
Weary of distributing pye.
lYessed out of life, I now must die.
I've cut my stick, my fount i sped.
My case is empty, as in life my head:
In fact, my last impression is I'm dead.
Tal'.evrand, looking back, declared that '
he who had not lived before the French
revolution knew nothing of the charm of
living. Now, however, in England at least,
conversation, like letter writing and a
hundred other social joys of a quiet and
leisurely age, is fled, and in their place we
have telegrams, slang and slovenliness.
There seems to lie a general agreement
that in our time conversation is in a bad
way. Withont repose, without a certain
strain of old world ccurtesy, without
manners, in short, conversation is impossi
ble. Many will agree with M. Kenan, who
finds this to lie a pushing, selfish, demo
cratic age, of which "first come first served"
-9 the rule, and which has ceased to pay any
ieed to civility. Nor is this a question
only of manners.
When tbe philosopher Schopenhauer
irsed to dine in tail coat and white tie at
the table d'hote in Frankfort he used daily
to place a gold piece beside his plate.
"That," he explained when asked, "is to
yo to the poor whenever I hear the officers
t iscuss anything more serious than women,
cogs and horses." The gold piece always
reappeared, and I fear it would do so in
I laces nearer than Frankfort. Forty years
ago Sir Arthur Helps in "Friends in Coun
cil" pronounced the "main current of so
ciety dreary and dull." It has not improved
s nee. Gentleman's Magazine.
The Benediction of Beatrice.
He always said she was a nice girl, but so
awfully simple and artless. He said he
liked to call aud tell her all manner of im
p jssiblejstories, and notice the open eyed as
tonishmeut with which she believed him.
She heard what he had said and it did not
p ease her.
One night he found her more lovely than
c-er. She seemed intensely interested in
ail he had to say, and so urged him on to
finer efforts. Suddenly she heard her
rrother coming. "Oh, Mr. Ferguson:" she
e: claimed, "climb liehind the sofa and
hide, won't you? It will be such a good
joke on mamma."
He did what she wished, and Mrs. Brim
mer came in. "Why. Beatrice," she be
gn, "I thoucht I heard you talking to
somebody. Didn't Mr. Ferguson call?"
"Yes, mamma," answered the sweet girl
innocently; "he is behind the sofa. He
cnwled back there when he heard Tou
coming. Yon know he is awfully bash
ful." iTith a calm, stately walk Mrs Brimmer
crossed tbe room and looked at the culprit.
He rose, and, without any attempt at apol
ogy, took his hat and left the house.
She never aaw him again, Harvard
Highest of all in Leavenbg Power.
, GRANDMAMMA'S FAN.
Ivory sticks and painted face.
Bits of yellow, tattered lace.
Tiny mirror set in place.
Beauty sadly marred by age.
But a treasure I'll cniracc
When the minuet was the rape.
Fancy I can see her now
Powdered locks above her brow.
Sweeping courtesy, mincing bow;
Such a dainty, graceful maid
One hand holds her stiff broc ade.
Other wields the coquette's aid.
O'er her little head well curled
Spreads the silken toy unfurled.
Now it's shut anon it's twirled
To conceal a stolen glance.
Or a crimson glance perchance.
As she treads the stately dance.
Ghostly, fleeting vision fair.
Flashing eyes and powdered hair.
Marble shoulders glancing hare
Time rcils backward for a space.
O'er this faded silk and lace
Gleams the witch 'ry of thy face,
idiih iscssious Tupper in New Vork World.
A Lesson That Should Be Taught Every
Daughter in the Broad Land.
If I had a dozen daughters which
haven't there is one lesson I should try to
teach them above all others, the lesson of
simple content. I do not. mean that I
should wish them to be drones; to be pale
and listless, with no hopes, no ambitions;
to sit down meekly aud say, "Well, it it
fate aud there is no use trying to change
it; might as weil 1 satisfied." I like people
who work out their plans steadily and
faithfully, aud who nevrr give up. But oh,
this mad fever of tiniest that hascrc-pt into
He must le rich enough to dine with
princes, or he mut have a fame that will
entitle him to a place, even though it lx
the lowest, at an earl's table. Look at out
young g;ris! What dreams they have t
everything under the suu save a busy, sim
pie and useful life: One lories to lie a so
ciety queen, another au act res to elevate
the stage another au elocutionist, auothet
a public singeis Eow few select by prefer
eiice some work V".at will not demand that
the "madding crowd" cast flowers and
laudations at their feet.
How few select a work that means living
a simple, clean, innocent life, doing what
soever comes to their hands and keeping a
song in their hearts for the dear ones whe
make up their little world. Take the aver
age maiden, too, of this same great middle
class, and discover her ideal of a husband.
Is it the strong bodied, broad chested no
bleman in working clothes, whose strength
could crush her, but whose heart is tender
as a child's who would love her, protect
her, work for her till he fell dead?
Or is it the dainty young man, who has
white bands and a great display of collar
and cuff; who wears showy finery and some
daring diamonds, and rolls pretty cigar
ettes, with a peculiar tint at the ends of
his fingers all on fifty dollars a month?
I once heard a young woman who was
"engaged" to such a youth say, with a toss
of her proud, foolish head: "I shall have a
servant. George doesn't believe in women
doing household drudgery, and neither do
L He says we will dress well and be gen
teel, even if we die in a poorhouse when we
Poor child: That set me to wondering
what they would have for dinner, if serv
ants nd cheap finery were their idea of
"gentility," on the enormous salary of
$0X1 a year.
On the other hand, I once bad a dear
friend who nad been accustomed from in
fancy to every comfort aud luxury heart
could desire. She married a young
preacher whose salary was fifty dollars
a month, lhey lurmsneu three small
rooms in the plainest manner possible, Set
blooming flowers in the windows, and
singing birds outside, let in the air and
sunlight, and in every corner they set up
an invisible iiltar to love. When I t .t0
picture content I think of that home.
There were two people with refined
tastes who longed for books, pictures, mu
sic, concerts, lectures, luxuries, all tbe
pleasant things that mean money, and
lhey gave up everything and everybody
else that they might lie together, might
make happy sacrifices, one for the other.
It requires more strength, more faith,
more nobility to live such a life and live
it beautifully and cheerfully than it does
to become a great actress or a great singer
or a society queen. But such a life, dear,
is what I mean by content. Ella Higgin
son in West Shore.
The First Woman's Club.
Miss Anthony tells the history of the first
woman's club which was formed in the
good old days before the advancement of
woman, the organization cf unions, co
operative societies and suffrage associa
tions, nor ever dreamed of by the good
wives who knitted their own stockings,
baked their own bread, wove their cloth,
and made their own soap in singleness of
i purpose. The hustands in the little town
j of Oneida bad at one time a habit of spend-
' inn tlia Antirw .ri.nin'r in n crwi;il vqt nt
the "tavern," leaving their respective
spouses to while away the lonely evening
hours alone with their knitting at home.
The wives, fired with a flicker of the
flame of independence which now makes
women so free from the old time shackles
of wifehood and motherhood, counseled
together, hit upon a plan which seemed
expedient, and on a fine evening they filed
into the barroom together, sat down with
their knitting and began to chat together
as if the smoke filled room were one of
their own immaculate parlors at home.
The men went home early that night,
thinking it ail a joke. But the next even
ing, no sooner had they lighted their pipes
aud commenced telling the stories in which
tbe habitues of the place were well versed,
than in walked tbe wives en masse and sat
down with their knitting. It is needless
to say tbe men yielded the point, as men
invariably do when women are determined,
and kept their wives no longer in solitude,
New York Sun,
Tbe only cotrplexion powder in the
world that is without vulgarity, without
injury to ihe user and without doubt
purifier, is Pozzoni's.
TJ. S. Gov't Report, Aug. 17, 1889.
J. B. ZIMMER,
-THE WKLL KNOWN-
Stab Block, Opposite Harper House.
has pnrctaed for the
Spring and Summer of 1891,
A largtrand liner stock thD ever. Thee eo-nl wMl arrive in s few days. Wait inil
H. SIEMON & SON,
IPTTIIVLnPS, HAILS, &C,
Baxter B&oser OoSi:nz iai IIcHtln? Steves and the Gcncseo Cooking Stoves
Tin, Copper and Sheet Iron '.Vork.
i:0S SECOND .VK ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
Calf Goodyear Welt Shoes?
The bei"t Mcl' Hueehoe in the c.ty fur '.he
Serond nod Qarrison Sts
J". IvX. CHBISTY,
Steam Cracker Bakery,
KArBTACTTTBIB 07 CiACIXEl AHD BISCIOTI.
Ask your Grocer for them. They ire best.
Mf-Specl!t!t The Ctrtcv "3T5TXB" cd the Christy "WiTIB."
ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
SEIVERS & ANDERSON,
Contractors and. Bu.ild.ers,
AXX KINDS 07 CARPENTER WORK DONE.
fWGfueni. Jobbing done os short notics ssd satisfaction psnnteed.
Office and Shop 1413 Forma Avenue. ROCK ISLAM) ILL.
Agency for Fxcelsior Roofing Company.
Cheaper than Shingles.
Bead for ci.-cnlar. Telephone
GEORGE SCHAFER, Proprietor.
1G01 Second Avecne. Corner of "iiteet-th Btree - Opposite Harper's ThcaTre.
Th 3 choicest Wines. Liquors,
Free Lunch Every Day
Office mid .Shop Corner Seventeenth St
ad be y-nth Avenue,
!WA lr.f a of earp nter work a siecialty.
ST. JAMES HOTEL,
Comer Twenty-third street and Foarth avenne.
J. T. RYAN, Proprietor.
Thie house bar jnt been refitted throcghout andt now in A No. 1 condition. It It a first -cU
f 1.00 per day boate and a desirable family hotel.
Manufacturer of all kind of
Qesta'Plne Bboes asptclaity. Repairing ooce neatly and promptly.
A ahare of yonr patronaga recpectf nily solicited.
1618 Second Avenue. Rok Ieland. VI
Proprietor of tbe Brady Street
All kinds of Cut
One blot k north of Central Park, ihe largest
CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER,
Bhop corner Twenty-second street and Ninth arenue. Residence S98S
tVIa prepared to make estimates and do all kinds of Carpenter work. G!vs htm a trial.
STABT, BERGEE & SNELL,
T. H. ELLIS, Rock Island. I'.!.
1036. Cor. Fourteenth St and St-cocd Ave
Beer and Cigars always on Hand
Saodwichee Famished on Short Net; e
. T) 1 T l-J
Plana uni estimate for all kinds of baiMteca
POCK ISLAND, ILL.
Flowers constantly on hand.
304 Brady Street, Davenport, Iowa.