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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY DECEMBER 1891.
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rabUshed Daily and Weekly at 10S4 Second At
Die, Rock Island, 1U.
J. W. POTTER.
tans Dally, 50c per moath; Weekly, 93.00
AS eommanteatlons of a critical or argumsnta
tlve character, political or rellrions. man bar
real nam attached for publication No aack arti
l tides win be printed over nctitloas signatures
Anoayaons eoanHinleattoBa not noticed.
Correspondence solicited from erery township
In Bock Island county.
Saturday. DttucMBEH 2S. 1801.
A St. Louis physician has made a
curious contract. Miss Pauline Roemel,
of that city, heiress to a great fortune,
has bad mental trouble since her child
hood, and the doctor is to receive 150,000
if he cures her, nothrag if he fails.
The truth by aaunidenli6ed exchange:
The constant drop of water wears away
the hardest stone; the constant gnaw of
Toweer masticates the toughest bone;
the constant wooing lorer carries off the
blushing maid, and the cotstant adver
tiser is the one that gets the trade.
The fact that for the three months
ending June 30, of 1891, 1, 057.323 box"8
of tin-plate were exported from Swan
sea to the United States against only
2,479 418 for the entire year of 1890,
does not indicate that the American tin
plate infant is growing very rapidly in
apite of the abnormal amount of couribh
ment afforded it by the McKinley mon
strosity. The Chicago Herald has sent outio
vitatiocs to an infoimal reception to be
tendered the re eaters of tbe press at the
Herald's new br me in Chicago Tuesday
evening. Die. 29, tbe hours being from
3 to 9 p. m. So much interest is mani
fested in the innovations embodied in
the sew Herald building that the invita
tion is likely to receive a hearty response.
Climate makes a great difference in
the manner ef celebrating Christmis
time. Down in Oeogia an editor says:
"Come out Ccristmas we are going to
have a greasy pole, and Col. Price, Dan
Grizz'e, Hutch Wimp, Jim Harbinsoo and
ye editors are going to climb it, while
Captain Frank Hall gees up in the bal
loon. Come be sure and come." An
other editor remarks that "our young
men are having a good time sitting
around tbe fire broiling sausage. T.
Tl as they call him, ate one 10 ?ar!s
long. He sent his mother word that he
would not be home for dinner. We saw
him this aft rnooa on his way to Pen
nington. He was certainly a fair spec
imen of an aftcrtakiDg."
A Washington special says that the
eminent actor Richatd Mansfield has is
sutd instruction to his manager to dis
continue tbe upe of lithographs and
printing of all kinds for use in windows
and on walls, and to cotfir.e all adver
tising exclusively to the newspapers. He
is firmly convinced that this is tbe only
proper way to reach all classes of theatre
goers. "The influence and tremendous
power at the press as an advertising me
dium is making itself fell more and more
everyday, both in business and theatrical
circles. A man who does not read the
newspapers never attends tbe theatre,"
says Mr. Mansfield. "The weekly ex
penditure for printing at a low average
ia $150, which makes for a season of
40 weeks $6,000. In the event cf 100
companies adopting my system, which is
a small ratio of the number of companies
on the road, it would give to tbe news
papers throughout the country a clear
revenue of 600,000 which, I am satis
fied, would bring greater and more satis
factory results both to the theatre -goer
and to the attractions."
Woman's) Work at the Fair.
It baa always been cause of wonder
that in the act of congress auth r zing the
world's fair the women's portion of the
national body was designated tbe board
of "lady" managers. With precisely like
right the commission should have heen
called the board of "lord" managers
"Lady," whatever its original source,
when used in conjunction with public
duty means in good English tbe wife of
a lord. We dispensed with "lords" in
this country a little more than a hundred
ears ago. Man is the noblest work of
God, and woman is correlative of man .
President Palmer said at tbe Delmonico
banquet that he regretted the mistake .
To ex press this regret which every person
not Illiterate or vulgar, if American. must
feel in so conspicuous a place and to
make no effort to correct tbe implied
flunkeyiam, which is laughable as well as
vulgar, is not becoming the most dis
tinguished national officer of the World'a
fair. Let tbe official designation be al
tered bv authority to ''the women 'a
board. World's Columbian exposition "
D.ies President Palmer know that an
other egregious error was committed in
issuance of commissions to tbe women?
They were described as "Mrs. General"
Tom Thumb, etc., instead of by the
names they bear as women, not as wives
or danghters or widows er other re'atives
of men having no relation to tbe world's
Since the fair is to stun tbe world with
its wonders, it would be well to bave all
its incidents arranged decently.
"Ach, Frauleia Laura, if yon bnt
knew how greatly I adore you! I am
capable of making the greatest sacrifice
on your behalf."
"Really? Then, in order that it may
be my turn next, go and marry my
--older aietert" Svhwarzwalder Bote).
DUTY VS. LABOR COST
FACTS AMj FIGURES FROM CARROLL
D. WRIGHT'S REPORT.
Duties In All Cmaes Exceed Total Labor
Cost Coiit and Selling rrices of Steel
Ralls Contrast with Trices of Farm
The duty upon pig iron ia $6.72 per
ton and that upon steel rails $13.44 per
ton. It has long been the claim of the
iron and stsel combines that their duties
are only equal to the difference in the
cost of producing these products in the
United States and Europe. At the same
time that they made these statements
they were very careful not to disclose
the actual costs, preferring to give as
their reasons something like the follow
ing staterrent, which was made by
James M. Swank, statistician of the
American Iron and Steel association:
"With reg trd to the cost of producing
iron and steel in compering countries,
we have no believed it necessary to at
tempt to aso-ertain the elements of this
cost, assuni ng that for all practical pur
poses the prices at which these product
have recently been sold may be accepted
as an approximation to their actual and
usual cost." In this way they have suc
ceeded in be gging the whole question.
By a resolution of congress in 1883
Carroll D. Wright, the commissioner of
labor, was directed to make an investi
gation into the labor cost and the total
cost of prod icing iron and steel in the
United States. He has just issued a re
port giving facts and figures, including
all details, taken from the accounts of
the leading Manufacturers. Mr. Wright'B
report comi lerely refutes the claims of
the iron mer that the tariff is only jut
equal to the lifference between the labor
cost here ard abroad. In fact, his re
port shows t lat the average lator cost of
production in the United States is con
siderably e than the duty.
The follov.-ing are his figures for the
lalwr cost cf producing a ton of Besse
mer pi iro l in the tiort hern district of
the United States:
ProtlDclion of ::.ANgpounila iron ore $I.'.H
Production of ;si! imuriils limrMnne Hi
lrtxluctiin of i,W4i pounds bituminous
Conversion of nbove coal into 20
pounds coke. ;r
Conversion of ilove maturiala into 2.240
pounds of piy iron 1,440
Add to thi9 the total cost for officials
and clerks, twenty-two cents, we find
the total labor cost of producing a ton
of pig iron from the ore to beft.6:i. This
i$.S.09 less than the duty on the pig
Equally si;x'iificant are the fignres of
cost in the production of steel rails. Mr.
Wright tiniLs the following to be the
average latnir cost of producing a ton of
steel rails in the United States:
Production 4.:$T pounds ore $2,143
lroductiou l.4!C pounds limestone JS6
Production 4.!1 pounds roal 1.H73
Conversion abo e coiil into 3..VS2 pounds
Conversion above mutrrixls into S.t'dfl
pounds pi iron 1.370
Conversion into2.4SS pounds Mwl ingots l.ivss
Fuel used in inp t mill, 2.220 pounds eo:il ,!1
ton version into 2,210 pounds bteel rails.. l.f40
Fuel used in rail mill, 2,:40 jiouiida coul.. .!S2
Total $11.. TUT
Add. as in the case of pig iron, CO'
cents for ofti.iiils and clerks, we find
the total laljor cost, through all the proc
esses, of prod icing one ton of steel rails
to be f 12.202. or $1.14 less than the duty
on steel rails.
Concerning the total cost of producing
steel rails, Mr. Wright says: "The de
partment has been positively informed
relative to the cost of making steel rails
in several of the very largest establish
ments in the C nited States, and there is
no shadow of u doubt in the mind of the
writer that in those establishments the
actual cost of standard rails is, and has
been for some time., within a few cents
of twenty-two dollars per ton at the
The present price at which steel rails
are sold is thir-y dollars per ton at the
mill. Mr. SwMik and the members of
the steel rail trust would havens believe
that thirty dollars jkt ton is just about
the cost of prolnction when it is an ad
vance of over ::0 per cent, above the cost
of production. Tbe growers of wheat
and corn would not subject themselves
to the odium of being called "calamity
howlers" if they could sell their products
on the farm at 16 per cent, above the cost
of producing tiiem.
Larger Prollts and Lower Wages.
Just as in its effect on the wages of
workmen, on the prices of finished prod
ucts and on trusts in other industries,
the McKinley tariff is rapidly vindicat
ing itself in the glassware industry.
We have sho.ro how the manufactur
ers of glasswaro took advantage of the
increased dntiei and formed a trnst un
der the name oi the United States Glass
company last J lly: how this trust prom
ised not to raise prices, but immediately
did so, aud at the same time threw many
workmen out of employment. And now
comes the announcement of another re
daction in waires. The Crockery and
Glass Journal 1 ublishes the following:
"A dispatch from Anderson. Ind..Hays
that the glass blowers employed at the
Pennsylvania Glass works, which ha
been considered one of the most pros
perous in the ci y, struck this morning
and walked out of the factory because
the board of directors at its meeting
yesterday ordered a reduction of US ir
cent, in their wt ges. The company is a
co-operative and nonunion factory, and
last year jsiid a dividend of C4 per cent.
The claim made by the management is
that the present state of the glass mar
ket compels this step. The men didn't
see it that way, to they quit. The works
are now deserted, but the management
will endeavor to replace the strikers with
Of a truth tin New York Press was
right when it add that tbe McKinley
tariff was paused to make or o tits but.
The Scott Medical Institute
which has just closed its work
of free treatment' has
been a success.so far as can be
proved by the numbers of
anlicted people who have
thronged the Institute daily,
many of whom found relief
after the first treatment. This
is a medical institute comintr
to our city well recommended,
the physicians having received
their diplomas from the best
medical colleges in the United
States as well as in foreign
countries, and it has come to
stay as can be proved by the
contracts they have made
which are without exception by
the year. The physicians have
decided to place the price of
treatment within the reach of
the poor as well as the rich.
They treat all diseases with
marked success with their
Catarrh Diseases of Women
These physicians also guar
antee to stop any pain in the
body in from three to live min
utes without the use of medi
cine. Remember it costs noth
ing to see these doctors and
find out what your troubles
are, and if you can be cured
they will take your case, but if
you cair't. then they will tell
you so. Xo matter what your
sickness is, go and get relieved
or find out if you can be cured.
Catarrh, they guarantee to
cure no matter how longstand
ing. Those pronounced in
curable or who had doctored
for months with their family
physician, are especially in
vitcil. It does not take months
to cure any case nor weeks
Ot'tice 623 Main Street, Dav
enport. Office hours, q to 1 1 a. m., 2
to 4 p. m.. 7 to q p. m.
Same hours Sunday.
A. 0. HUESlNb
Represents, among other itme-tned ana wel
Down Fire Insurance Companies he following:
Royal Insurance Company, of England.,
Wesc.hester Fire Ins. Company of N . Y.
Buffalo German Ins. Co., Buffalo. N. Y.
Rochester German Ins. Co., Rochester, N. T.
Citisens Ins. Co., of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Sun Fire Office. London,
rnlon Ins. Co., of California.
Security Ins. Co.. New Hum Conn.
Milwaukee Mechanics Inr.On , Milwaukee, Wis
German Fire Ins. Co., of rvorta. 111,
Office Cor. 18th St., and Second Ave.
ROCK ISLAND. ILL.
J. M. BUFORD.
T old Fire and Tlme-'tiiea Oaaspaalts
LOSSES PROMPTLY PAD).
4iea a- low m toy rell-ble comnuf OM fcfeaJL
The Rock Island
Is the best medium throueh
which to reach the country trade.
Advertisers should have their
announcements ready by Thurs
day morning to insure insertion
in the current week's issue.
TO MICE STOCK.
A chance you can't afford to
miss We are offering un
precedented values in
Including all of our magnificent
assortments of choice Hats
and Bonnets at very
MISS KATE BYRNES.
1709 Second rrenue.
Is headquarters for Holiday Goods in the way 0f
SHOES AND SLIPPERS.
Ladies evening slippers. The
toe on sale.
: Shirt Factory:
We are now prepared to take
your measure and make
Prica as Low a tin Lowest.
All kimlof Repairing done.
Also agent lor Rockford Clothing Company.
Floe catotn-nudc pants from S3 to $10.
1609 Second Avenne, Bock Ieland.
Over Lnoalev'a Crockery ft ore.
-ALL KINDS OF-
Cast Iron Work
done. A specialty of famishing al. klodj
of Stoyea with Castings at 8 oents
A MACHINE SHOP
1 been added where aU kinds of machine
work will be done lirgt -class.
NINTH 8T. AND 7th AVE.
DOWNING BROS., Propts.
For sale by all first-class Grocery dealers.
No. 1724 THIRD AVE.
A. M. ic Is. J. PARKER,
lafFlrstclaas.'work sod special stteitlon to
Tompt delivery. - -
BIS8 VS TP.- '
Telepbooe No. 1214
Ip Eg 4 1
Try a pair of E.
P. Reed & Cos
fine shoes and
it . ;-l . a
Office and Shop 519 Eighteenth Street. Telephone 11
CHAS. W. YKRBURY. Manaser.
INCORPOKATSD TJHPKB THB 8TATB LAW.
Rock Island Savings Bank,
BOOK ISLAND, ILL.,
Open dally from 8 a. m. to 4 p. m., and Saturday evenings from 7 to S o'clock.
Five per cent interest paid on Deposits. Monev loaned on Personal, Cc !
lateral, or Real Estate Security
I. P. RBTNOUM. Pros. P C. DBNKMANS. Vice-Pres. J. W. BUFORD. fa-islet.
P. U Mitchell. 8 P. Reynolds, F. C. Denkmann. John Crnbannh. H. 11:11.
Toil Mitch. 11, L. Simon, K. W. Hnrst, J. M. Bsford.
Jacksom Jt Hubst, Solicitors.
tSBepan bnsim-ss July 8. lSlO. at d ocenpy the cuthrait coiccrcf Mitilill.t 1 j: .it i"
Telephone 1098. 231 Twentieth street.
B. F. THOMAS & CO.,
Elm Street Meat Market-
All kinds of Freeb and Salt Meats always on hand. Game,
Fish and Oysters In the season.
Reynolds' Block. Montrit Ave., I00T OF ELM ST.
Billiard Parlor Sample Room,
No. 117 Eighteenth. Street.
JAMES T. O'CONNOR, Proprietors. ! WM. H. CATTON-
SEIVERS & ANDERSON,
CONTRACTORS and BUILDERS.
AU Kinds ot Carpenter Work Done.
. General Jobbing done on short notice and satisfaction gusrantp a.
Offio anal Shop 1412 Fourth Avenue,
C. J. W. SCHREINEB,
Contractor and Builder,
1131 and US Fourth avenue. Residence 1119 Fourth aviinir.
Plans and specification s furnished on sll classes of work : also spent rf 'WilU ' ' 1 ' u
. Sliding Blinds, something new, stylish and deslranie.
GE0BGE SCHAFER, Proprietor.
. 1801 Second Avenue. Corner of liztoeath Stree - Opposite Harper i
The choicest Wines, Liquors, Beer and Cigars always on
ree Losch Brery Day
AGENCY FOR THE
I J It 1fTl O ri STEAM rA HOT
Illlllldll Heating Boiler,
Rock Island, 111.