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THE ABG U S. THUKSDAY, JUKE 11, 1891.
Publlahed Daily and Weekly at 1KH Second Av
enue, Rock lfland. 111.
J. W. POTTER.
Tana Daily, 50c per month; Weekly, (8.00
All communications ot a critical or argumenta
tive character, political or religion, mast have
real nam attached (or publication. No inch artl
tlclea will be printed over fictitious airaaturea
Anonymoas communications not noticed-.
Correspondence solicited from every township
In Rock Island county. '
Thvrsdat, Juki 11, 1891.
Fraxce' possessions in Africa re
peopled with 24.000,000 inhabitants.
Teoria Herald: Will Tom Reed never
take a bintf Soon after his arrival in
Europe there was a big explosion near
Rome and now Italy has suffered from a
succession of earthquakes. The removal
of so important a body as Reed could not
fail to create a disturbance.
Secretary Foster says that even if it
was a billion dollar congress this is a bil
lion dollar country. But whose money is
t, Mr. Secretary? And what are you
going to do with the hole now existing in
stead of the money that the billion dolUr
administration found in the treasury?
Dcrino the 19 months he has been pen
sion commissioner, Green B. Raum has
been absent from Washington 240 days,
or about eight months, on business con
nected with his refrigerator company.
He is paid $3,000 a year to attend to pub
lie business, yet be devotes neatly half
his time to his private affairs.
The editor of an exchange on being
'asked if he ever saw a bald headed woman
replied in the sarcastic vein: "No. we
never did. Nor did we ever see a woman
waltzing around town in her shirt sleeves
with a cigar between her teeth. W have
never seen a woman go fishing with a
bottle in each pocket, sit on the damp
ground all day and go home drunk at
night. Nor have we ever seen a woman
yank off her coat, spit on her bands and
say she could wbtp any man in town.
No, God bless her, she did not grow that
llarga'n a onaters.
Jackson Patriot: Bargain counters are
a common feature of modern trade. Un
der the McKinley tariff, in Uncle Sam's
national store, there are two counters of
this sort the rich man's bargain counter
and the poor man's bargain counter.
On the rich man's bargain counter we
find samples of goods and tariff taxes
changed as follows:
Fine cassimere advanced 25 percent.
Broadcloth advanced 20 per cent.
Silk laces advanced 20 per cent
Silk velvet no advance.
Silk linings no advance.
Black silk no advance.
Sealskin sacques reduced S3 per cent.
On the poor man s bargain counter we
find changes made by the McKinley tax
ing macines as follow;:
Imitation seahkin sarques advanced
120 per cent.
Woolen goods advanced 40 per cent.
Cotton velvet advanced 100 per cent.
Cotton corduroy advanced 114 per
Black alpacka advanced 66 per
Cotton laces advanced 50 per cent.
Cotton linings advanced 2S5 per
We also find that distinguished repub
lican and defender of the McKinley tar
iff, Jay Gou'd. telling the public ovar hfs
own signature, that this tariff is all rijhi.
"I cannot see," he wrote soon after its
approval, '"that the new tariff of Itself
will be a disadvantage to the country. If
it increases the cost of soma articles peo
ple will simply use less of them. Take
wool, foricetance. If the tariff on wocl
makes clothing cost more, a person would
get along with one suit where he wouM
otherwise use two."
While that is easier said than done, ytt
it is all the comfort tbnt a higher Urff
on commodities can aff ird.
Concerning the Snail.
The Bnail is found everywhere, 3,332 spe
cies being known, nerving in France as an
important iteni of diet and in tuu country
an attractive inhabitant of the fernery.
Some of the large tropicaJsuails form nests
of leaves, their eggs Wing us large ils a
pigeon's. In the winter some of the snails
hibernate, or lie dormant until warm
weather. A snail of the Philippine Inlands
has a facility of throwing ofl it tail when
seized. This is also true of a AVest Indian
variety Htenophus. Africa produces the
largest, the shell of the agate Bnail beiuc
eight inches across, but Washington terri
tory, and possibly northern California,
produces an albino a pure white Rnail,
known as helix fidelis, that is perhaps the
Count Moltke and the Ladies.
A pretty little story was told of Count
MolLke and a deputation of ladies who
came to congratulate him on his ninetieth
birthday.- He bad received them very ami
cably, and talked to them fcr some time in
his quiet, pleasant way, when, referring to
all the good wishes that had been showered
upon him, he said, "I am almost sorry, on
noticing all this affection, that I am not a
young man again." "How old would you
like to be, sir?" asked one of the ladies.
"Well," replied the nonagenarian, and
Broiled, "if I could only lie eighty once
Where to FluU It.
Inquiring Youth Pa, what word in
our language has been most recently
Pa I can't tell you, my son, Vat if
yonH just listen when your mother and
I get into an argument youll hear it.
She always has the last word. Chicago
AIL ARE WEATHER WISE
HERE IS A COMPENDIUM OF MEN'S
Sailors Know the Most Landsmen H ve
to Piece Out Their Knowledge by the
Help of Animala Various &irne Deter
mine the Weather, So It Is Said.
Nearly everybody professes to be weath
er wise. Everybody tells everybody else
what sort of weather may be expected, and
in nine cases out of ten everybody is wrot g.
What is commonly called the power of
foretelling the weather isonly the result ot
repeated observations on the comparative
frequency with which certain effects i.c
company one another. Hence it is that
agriculturists, shepherds, gardeners,
coachmen and above all, fishermen and
sailors are so much more weather wine
than the mechanic or citizen, and from
the constant necessity they are under of
studying the minutest indications they ar
rive at: the power of foretelling future
changes with a certainty far exceeding tl e
In the absence of that tact, that quick
prescience of atmospheric changes pos
sessed by the class of persons before met -tioned,
and which can only be acquired by
similar discipline, the common observer
must have a barometer to aid him in form
ing a guess whether he shonld take an um
brella or great coat with him, or whether
he may go forth unprepared for anything
but warmth and sunshine. But indica
tions of the weather are not only to b
found in barometrical changes. The clouds
furnish data, and animals evidence every
change; and he who sets to work to study
these things gains something more than
weather wisdom he acquires the habit of
A sudden fall of the barometer in the
spring or autumn indicates wind; in the
summer, during very hot weather, a thun
der storm may he expected; in winter a
sudden fall after frost of some continuance
indicates a change of wind, with thaw and
rain. But in a continued frost a rise of the
mercury indicates approaching snow.
SIGNS FROM THE SET.
When a violent gale has followed a sud
den fall of the mercury, it begins to rise
again very rapidly, especially about the
seasoa of the equinoxes. In this case the
gale will not last long. Xo rapid fluctua
tions of the barometer are to be interpreted
as indicating either dry or wet weather; is
is only the slow, steady and continued rise
or fall that is to le attended to in this re
spect. A rise of mercury late in the
autumn, after a long continuance of wet
and windy weather, generally indicates a
change of wind to the northern quarters
and the approach of frost.
The clouds have always been an index of
the weather. If the sky be clear after the
continuance of fair weather, light streaks
of cloud appearing are the first indications
of change. If these clouds accumulate and
descend into lower regions of the atmos
phere rain commences. When the sun ap
pears to be setting in a fog, with dark and
crimson streaks in sharp, well defined
lines, wind and rain and stormy weather
may be expected. In hot summer weather
the sky during the tinest days is often
loaded with masses of cloud, clear, rounded
and brilliantly edged with light. With
such a sky no immediate change may be
apprehended. If, however, toward evening
these clouds congregate in the horizon and
rise upward with sharp outlines, and an
unusual stillness and closeness is felt in
the air, it is a sure sign of an approaching
A greenish tinge in the gray evening is a
sure precursor of wet, but whatever may
be their form, color and character, an in
crease in tho clouds, particularly toward
evening, may be generally taken as indi
cating approaching rain, because moisture
accumulated in the air must return to the
earth in rain. The dappled or mottled sky
is at all seasons a sign of fine weather.
Halos around the moon are considered a
tolerably certain sign of rain, even when
there is no apparent cloud intervening tc
"ilGKS FP.OM FOWLS.
Among the general and common prog
nostics of the weather we may reckon such
as are derived from birds, beasts, insects,
reptiles and plants, and from the wood
work of houses.
Before rain an unusual bustle is to be
observed among ants, bees and wasps at
their nests; spiders quit their recesses and
are seen crawling about at night; flies of
all kinds are more active, and sting or bite.
When gnats fly in compact bodies in the
beams of the setting sun it indicates fine
weather, but if they retire under the shade
of trees at evening rain may be expected.
Snails and slugs appear in greater number
in damp weather, and therefore both before
and after rain, and frogs are more noisy in
the ponds and marshes at the same time.
Swallows fly low before rain, because the
insects which are their prey approach
Jiearer to the earth at that time. It has
been observed that fish are eager in bolting
at fl's iud are mare active before rain for
a similar reason.
The uneasiness of pigs before a storm has
been a theme of amusement ia rural life
quite long enough to attest the truth of
the observation. Sailors exjiect a stcm
when jwrpoises and dolphins gambol on
the surface of the water.
Peacocks and guinea fowls and many
otiier birds are particularly clamorous be
fore raiu. and the domestic cock manifests
uneasines-. y frequent crowing. liirds in
general retain in the quill part of their
feuther-ta quantity pf oil, which, when they
feel an extraordinary degree of moisture in
the atmosphere, they express by means of
tht-ir bills and distribute it over their
feathers to secure their bodies ugaiust the
effects of an approaching shower.
Domestic animals, as cows and sheep,
but particularly tue latter, on the ap
proach of rain feed with great avidity in
the open field, and retire neaT the trees
and hedges us soon as they are satisfied.
Iu fine weather they graze and lounge
about, ea'ing and resting alternately with
The presentiment of a change of weather
.is common to many, possibly to all, kinds
of birds, arising probably from sensibility
of touch. The woodpecker, the snowbirds,
the swallow are all busy before a storm,
Bearching eagerly for food. Ducks and
geese are tumultuous before falling weath
er; they wash and arrange their plumage
with uucommon activity. The observing
farmer remarks these things; he looks on
birds as monitors who, from a perception
superior to his own, prepare him for the
coming change. Before a storm the petrels
flock under the wake of a ship and are
looked upon by some sailors as foreboding
evil. Xew York Recorder.
A New Experience.
"This is the first time I ever acted as a
street car conductor," remarked Dolly, as
he placed on Mabel's finger the glittering
pledge of their troth.
"A street car conductor!"
"Yes; I atn ringing the fair." Epoch.
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS' LIBRARY.
Toetlral Work riayed a Conspicuous
Part in This Queen's Collection.
Mary Queen of Scots is probably the
only English Sixteenth century woman of
note who was noted for her. love of fine
books and she was less English than
French. Mr. Julian Sharman has lately
written, and Mr. Elliot Stock published,
an elaborate monograph on the library of
this unfortunate queen. Mr. Sharman
sums up the early literary influences which
were at work in Mary's early life with
much tact and wisdom. She was as our
author states brought up ia a court where
poetry was the serious business of the hour.
The rjval claims were t hose of Marot and
Of the greater models Petrarch was the
more studied and admired; while so punc
tilious were the canons of literary judg
ment that it was considered a point of lese
majeste to countenance Dante, who, in an
unguarded mood, had portrayed Hugh
Capet as a damned soul and the son of a
bntcher of Paris. Mary's library was
probably the most considerable that was at
the time in existence north of the Tweed.
At Edinburgh castle there were, in 15TS,
146 books, and at Holyrood palace, in 15C9,
there were ninety. Poetical works play a
conspicuous part, but the witty stories of
"Bocas"' and the grave "Consolation" of
"Boece" perhaps acted upon one another.
Books of Hours there were in plenty. But
the most interesting volume of all is un
questionably a Latin Hours, now in Rus
sia, in which there are very many auto
graph inscriptions, including English no
bility, such as Walsingham, Shrewsbury,
Sussex, Nottingham, Essex, Lennox, Bacon
and Lady Arabella Stuart.
It also contains some poetry by the queen
herself, liesides, in her own handwriting,
two incriptions, "A moi, Marie, R." and
"Ce livre est a moi, Marie, Royne, 1554."
This book than which we know of none
with so many tragic associations was
picked up in Paris by a gentleman who
was attached to the Russian embassy. The
prison companion of an unfortunate queen
of great beauty and uncommon intellectual
abilities, what great stories might be
founded upon this unique book!
Mother Goose was no myth, as is com
monly supposed, but an actual personage,
a Mrs. Goose, who resided iu Boston at the
beginning of the eighteenth century. One
of her daughters was married to a printer
named Thomas Fleet. The old lady had
an endless stock of old rhymes and jingles
in her memory, with which she was wont
to delight her grandchildren and all the
other little folks of the neighborhood.
Mr. Fleet took up the idea that it might
e worth while to collect these ancient dit
ties and put them in permanent form for
the use of future generations. He there
fore brought out a liook, of which the earli
est edition now known liears the following
title: "Songs for the Nursery; or, Mother
(loose's Melodies for Children. Printed by
T. Fleet, at his printing house, Pudding
line, Boston, 1719. Price, 2 coppers."
There is little doubt that this was the first
elition of the work, since the old records of
I-oston give the date of the marriage of
1 homas Fleet and Elizabeth Goose as 1715,
s.iys the Inter-Ocean.
Four Leaved Clover.
This plant derived its significance from
tl e fact that its four leaves are arranged
in the form of a cross. Moreover, its com
parative rarity and its very abnormality (if
I may so express it) made it seem notewor
thy or remarkable. If a person shall wear
a tit of this plant he can detect the pres
ence of evil spirits. It also brings a good
With a four leaved clover, a donble leaved ash
and a green topped seave rush.
You may go before the queen's daughter with
out asking htr leave.
.V two leaved clover enables a maid to
see her future lover. The four leaved grass
(tr le love, one berry, herb parts, or leop
arc's bane) is another mystical cross leaved
plant concerning which much might be
sai'L The quaint St. Andrew's cross (As
cjrum crux-Andre) is a very interesting
plaat of our own country, with crosslike
flovrers. Strangely enough, it appears to
have no folk lore attached to it.
Tbe Curfew It el I.
Fir many a century there has been rung
in ihe ancient city of Sandwich, the old
Cinjue port of Kent, the curfew hell,
whi:h marked at one period so distinctive
a feature of English life. The Church of
St. Peter has maintained this custom up
to the present day, but adverse fortune
now threatens to extinguish this honored
relic of past itges. A Sandwich paper says
that relations are somewhat strained be
tween the rector and the sexton of St.
Peters, and as the fund from which the
latter was paid is now claimed by the
churchwardens the sexton is consequently
in the dilemma of having a time honored
office without any salary. At tbe Easter
vestry his re-election was mooted, and he
thought it very hard, and naturally, too,
that be should have to work for nothing.
He i iqnired if iu the event of his giving
up tie office the rector would have power
to prevent him from carrying out his duties
as ri lger of the curfew bell, but no one
could inform m.
Two Sick Hoys.
Little Dick Mamma, Im awful sick.
Mayi.'t 1 stay home from school?
Mauiina Certainly. Lie down on the
Litrle Diet (by the window half an
hour later) Mamma, may I go out and
play hopscotch with Billy Bunce? He
isn't 1 1 school to-day.
Mamma You are sick.
Little Dick So is Billy. Good News.
Higiest of all in Leavening Power.
For cot Ills Voutu.
LTe (five years after) All this gnsh
about love is extremely stupid; where
did the book come from, anyhow? I
must say the person who selected it
showel a very insipid taste.
She (quietly) It's the book you gave
me during our honeymoon, John; we
read it eleven times the first week we
(Prolonged silence.) Columbia Spectator.
A Question of Time.
"How long have you been employed
"About three years."
"Oh, then I must have given my r
to somebody else." Philadelphia Ti.
A Neighborly Neighborhood.
Mr. Goodheart (a suburban resident)
Good morning! What can I do for yon
this bright and beautiful spring morn
ing? First Neighbor I noticed you hadn't
begun making garden yet, and I thought
Td just step over and borrow your Fpade.
Mr. Goodheart Certainly certainly.
Here it is. Good day.
Second Neighbor How do, Sir. Good
heart? Will yon let me have your hoe
for a few minutes?
Mr. Goodheart Y-e-s. Certainly.
Third Neighbor Good morning. I see
Mr. Spinks has your spade and Mr.
Pinks just passed me with your hoe, and
as you can't do anything with a rake
without a spade and hoe to break the
ground I concluded I might just as well
drop in and borrow your rake. Thanks.
Fourth Neighbor I see you are not
making any use of your wheelbarrow,
Mr. Goodheart I will need the wheel
barrow the moment 1 begin making
Neighbor Oh, yes, of course. But
yon can't make garden without a spade)
and hoe and rake, you know, and I'll
rush back with the wheelbarrow quick
as I see the spade coming back. Thanks.
Mr. Goodheart Now don't forget that
I shall need this wheelbarrow just as
soon as Mr. Spiuk9 comes back with my
Fourth Neighbor Oh, IU have plenty
of time to get through with the barrow.
Spinks told me he'd be busy with yonr
spade for a month. New York Weekly.
A Good Wy.
"1 shall have to get rid of these flannel
shirts. They are too small."
Griggs-rWhy don't you 6end them to
the wash? Clothier and Furnisher.
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