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THE ARG US, WEDNESDAY. OECEMJJKK 30 1891.
ribllabed Duly and Weekly at 134 Second At
enna. Bock Itland, 111.
J. W. POTTER.
Tnaa-lHny. 60c per month; Weekly, $8.00
AUttonicaamie of erlttcl or aramenta
tlr character, political or relilons, man bare
MtJ wuniuucbed for publication No ench rU
lJclrwin be printed over nctitioni rpMures-
itoiinOTi communications not noticed.
Correspondence solicited from erery township
In Bock Island county.
Wednesday. Decembeb 80. 1891.
W. H. Crank, the famous actor now
plajlng the title role in 'The Senator,"
ays that the late Senator Humb. ol Kan
sas, was his model and inspiration. If
this be true, then the character which
Mr. Crane portrays must be an earnest,
dignified one, and pot a ridiculous caricature.
Among the contributors to the January
number of the North American Review
will be the Hon. R. Q. Mills and ex
Speaker T. B. Reed on the question of
the quorum and the rights of minorities,
Andrew Larg on French ncvels and
French life, the Mexican minister on
wages in Maxico; Goy. David B. Hill on
the Pardoning Power; Lady Henry
Somerset on the Slums of London and
New York; Charles U. Cramp on the
First Cost of Ships; Theodore Vorhees,
the general superintendent of tbe New
York Central "railway, on the life and
work of locomotive engineers, and Senior
Atonzo Martintz on the speakership
question. Tho same number will con
tain a symposium on the Best Book of
tbe Year, the contributors to this being
8ir Edwin Arnold, Gail IImilton, Agnes
Repplier, Amelia E. Birr. Rev. Dr.
Briggs. Julien Gordon atd Dr. William
A circular received from the New
York Tax Reform association contains
this announcement: "One btindnd aDd
forty-six professors of political economy
and presidents of univerilies filling that
chair have written, giing their views on
tbe aims and objects of this association.
Fiiehty-one have declared themselves in
favor of eur programme, strong them
being the represeneatives of Bowdoin,
Brown, Coluabia, Harvard, New York
university. Union and Williams. Yale
has not yet answered. Most of the rest
are undecided as yet." The platform of
tbe association is as follows:
1. The most direct taxation is the best,
because it gives to the real payer of taxes
a Cunscious and direct pecuniary interest
in honest and economical government.
2. Mortgages and capital engaged in
production or trade should be exempt
from taxation; because taxes on such
capital tend to drive it away, to put a
premium on dishonesty and to discourage
3 Real estate should bear the main
burden of taxation; because such tnxfg
can be most easily, cheaply atd cerlaicly
collected, and because they bear least
heavilv on tbe farmer and tbe worker.
4. Our present system of levying ard
collecting state and municipal taxes is
extremely bad, and spasmodic and unre
flecting linkerine with it is unlikely to
result in substantial improvement.
5. No legislature will venture to enact
a good system of iocal taxation until the
people, especially the farmers, perceive
the correct principles of taxation, and see
tbe folly of taxing personal property.
Therefore, we desire to unite our ef
forts. In such ways as may setm advis
able, to keep up intelligent d'scussion
and agitation of the subject of taxation,
with a view to improvement in tbe sys
tem and enlightenment as to tbe c( met
LEAP YEAR AND ITS OBSERVANCES.
HllnoiM Sthonld 1 ft Hbare.
Tbe Chicago Post is attempting to
tir the people of Illinois to emulate the
example of tbe people of Iowa and raite
a fund for the starving people of Rus
sia. Ia Iowa the executive, Horace
Boies, took the becoming course and in
bis official capacity led the movement
by issuing a proper proclamation. Such
a laudable idea has not yet struck Gov.
Fifer. But tbe Post's efforts are appre
ciated. Dr. Keeley, of tbe famous
Dwight institute, commending tbe en
deavor writes to tbe Past; "I will gladly
contribute $51)0 as nucleus for an Illi
nois fund toward starving Russia. If
tbe American people could realize the
fact that Russia contributed largely to
the life of our nation in tbe late war cer
tainly they would cheerfully respond to
the present cry for help. Your editorial
will do much good in awakening pub ic
feeling. It is God's work, and I trust
you will coutinue to agitate the matter
until Illinois will emulate Minnesota i n
ber magnificent donation. Rye is a na
tional food of the Russian peasants. It
will be better than flour or corn for tbem
Tbe latter cereal they know nothinsr
about, and the former they seldom have
an opportunity of eating "
As is well known, a shipload of grain
ia bsing collected, t be Kent to Russia
with Uncle Sam's compliments for riis
tribution among the czir's starving sub
jects. The project is most admirable,
being prompted i y both gratitude and
humanity. This government is indebttd
to tbe Russian for more than one bent fit,
and, s tbe abundance of our harvests
chances to he proportionate tc tbe mea
gerness of the czar's, this season would
appear to be on appropriate lime to pay
the debt. Many contributions of gram
bave already been made by the agricul
tural and milling interests, so ibat there
is do doubt that the shipload will be
handsomely made np.
Leap year we all know to be that one
which has 800 rather than S65 days in the
year; t tin waa arranged so that the perfect
system of time might work itself out, and
the 29tii day of February Is said to be the
one upon which the sun frowns because
somebody has to do an extra day's work.
If according to some scientists "tie sun-do
move," it is probably old Sol himself who
has an extra bard time of it. This year is
the one in four during which lovely wom
an haa the privilege of asking her sweet
heart to be her very own. When this
custom first came into use nolxxly knows,
but if the legeuds are to be trusted it was
leap year when Eve made her appearance
in the Garden of Kileu and suggested matri
mony to Adam, but about this no man is
Anion the Roman maids leap year was
ushered in with great festivity, and gay
parties assembled at t he various houses. 1
where a special kind of spired cake was I
. 1 1 : . L. ..: i . l. . I
llll.'. Ill v iiii.il tia n riiii, nun iiitt uuug
woman fortunate enough to get the ring
was the one who would take her choice
from the group of handsome Roman men
and ask him to lie hen. Jit Scotland a less
dignified procedure obtatued the maidens
who tf'eri Anxious for 4nisbauds were re- '
quired tc jump a broomstick, and theoue
who leaped the highest had the credit of
being tl e most desirable bride. As we
have a fancy nowadays for tracing every
thing ba k to antiquity, may it not le pos
bible that the skirt dancing is only au out
come of he broomstick, leaping? In any
case, the maiden who proposes iu leap year
does not suffer, for the man brave enough
to say no to her has to give her the sweet
est of kis.es and a silk gown.
It woul 1 seem as if prefacing a kiss with
a refusal would not add to its sweetness,
and then are stories of high tempered
women w ho nearly bit the lips off of young
men who dared to deny them their wish.
If, huwner, the swain is agreeable, then
the duties of the bride elect began at once.
She must give him "a faire gold ring" and
a linen shirt made by lier own fingers to
show that not only is she capable of loving
him truly and well, but that she al.so knows
how to ca -e for Ids comfort. The maiden
of today would have no trouble to get the
ring, but tow many of them could put the
many nea . stitches required to make a line
And vet . after all, there are more ways of
askiug a I tail to marry you than putting
the straigiit question to him. Women can
look love in their eyes, can speak it with
their lips und yet W silent, and can tell it
in a touch of the hand w it hoot ever Using
a pen. She is indeed an ignorant, woman
who can in t make a bashful wooer under
stand that she is ready and willing to
listen to tl e story of his love and to tell
iii in how much she loves liini in return.
This is a It sson t har, one seldom needs to
teach. Folly may lie in women's eyes, but
after all a leal of wisdom is also found
The patron saint of the 20th day of Feb
ruary is t. IKwald, an old Saxon one,
who was a great believer in the desirabil
it y of marriage, who tied true lover's
knots into the holy UmkIs of matrimony
and was jiyful thereof. So if you want
to suggest :o a shy admirer what he ought
to do, ask I im to read atiout St. Oswald
and to discover bow good and holy are his
ideas ami . radices. If this doesn't sug
gest mat ril tony to him lie is predestined
to be a bachelor forever. And a sorrv lot
he'll have. IsARKI. A. MALI.ON.
In all artificial eating h displayed a marked
From monkey hash in Africa to blubber near
He could down a Brooklyn flapjack with re
And swore In place of beefsteak he preferred
a leathern sole.
A New Yritr's Krinttv.
Bingo I have made a firm resolve.
Alter the lir-it of the year I am going to
get up every morning at li o'clock.
Mrs. liitigf What are you going to do
Bingo I am going to pull down those
confounded ilindsso the light won't dis
Pol it About January.
Dianus, or Janus IJifrons, was the old
party for wh ni the Unmans name. I this
month. lie a.s originally the janitor of
the gods, and ipened the doors of t he morn
ing for lio-yiinger, or Dawn, after whom
came the Sun in his chariot; but later he
was put at tins head of the war oflice while
Mars was the acting god of war. The old
party was represented with two faces look
ing in opposi e directions, to indicate the
uncertainties if war, whence he was named
Janus Bifrons. which may lie freely trans
laietl Jloly 'l wo-front. This just suits
January, whit li opens the year, looks lioth
ways in time i nil is as uncertain in weath
er as war is in results'. The most coufi
dent Wiggins seldom claims foreknowledge
of January's eatlier, while the goose bone
and the corn iiusk are equally at fault.
A l.ocirMl Oiitrmiiff.
Dasiiaway (af er the New Year's recep
tion, to hat boy) This isn't my hat.
Hat Boy I know it, sir. Another fellow
grablied yours a id went off with it. And
this is his.
Dashawuy Bi.t it doesn't, fit me.
Hat Boy Wei:, your hat didn't fit the
He had swallowed rodent patty made in China
And tackled pony cutlet that in Paris was
He had eaten pies in Vassar that were famed
for their solidity.
And wrestled with a doughnut that a Jersey
Is headquarters for Holiday Goods in the way 0
SHOES AND SLIPPERS.
Rut with all the calm assurance that is born of
He paid a New Year's isit to a Boston girl
be knew ;
And she made him eat a wafer just to test Ids
And be twisd ami lie twisted and he twist
ed right in two
AT THE PARTING OF THE WAYS.
Th Curioii Tal or the Old Year, the
New Year am! tiie ltiiln.
It was nearly midnight when a gray,
lient, lialdheaded, full whiskered old man
met a brisk, fresh cheeked boy at The
Parting of the Ways. The paths were
separated by a chasm, which marked on
one side t he end of the ancient's journey
and on the other the beginning of the lad's.
tlayly tiie youngster called out:
"Hello! I've l-en waiting for yon. I
start up the hill at sharp 12, yon know."
"To lie sure, and you'll get mighty tired
of your job iu a -week. I was bl ight ami
chipper as you when I liegan, and look at
"What's tin trouble? A fairly good year,
"Yes; few wars, less pestilence, not much
famine, line crops, and people all over the
worid tolerably contented. Hut I've leen
cursed by a pack of spooks that's lmuiited
me through all the months!"
' That's bad. I'll look out for 'em."
' It'll do no good; you can't escape. How.
ever, my moment of happiness has arrived.
Just watch me."
At that instant a distant Ih-11 tolled the
first stroke of midnight.
"Come on, you scoundrels!" yelled the
graylieard, and at the command there
trooped to the front a st range and ill as
sorted group. The old loan seized th'
leader, who looked like a h.iif consumed
ciuarette, and cast him into the gulf with
a how l of maniacal delight. The next one
hurled over had tin- form of a pipe, and ho
was succeeded by a chunky little fellow
who resembled a po ket fl.isk, and who
dragged with him a cigar shaped compan
ion. A protesting cornet, a wailing violin
and a stick of chewing gum t hen went to
their doom. At the eleventh stroke a bil
liard cue. a poker chip ami a playing card
"Revenged! I am reveuged!" exulted
the patriarch. "Goodby, my boy. J go to
join in oblivion the ghosts of the Swear
Offs!'' And ''tjwn he plunged.
To the tolling of the hell ensued chimes
of welcome, and the New Year Iieg.-in to
climb the hill, far up whose sides smiled
the green of lieckouing spring and whose
top glowed rosy in the sun of summer.
He heard steps behind him ami a voice ex
claimed: "Whoa, January!"
Turning, he beheld a jolly crew at his
"Who are you?" lie asked.
"1," answered the foiemot-t, "am the
"A ml I," responded another, "am the
Then they all joined bauds ami hopped
about the youth, singing:
Oh. we. yes. we are the Swear Offs gay;
Though slaiu last niuht, we're ulive today:
ThecheuiuK gum and the billiard cue.
The KH)lroom. turf ami the mountain dew.
The baseball came and tho dizzy dance
All thi-se with jiokeraml peanuts prance.
We've la-en sworn oft for economy's sake,
Kut just one more, and wbat'U you take?
I'ausiitg, they fell behind, and the New
Year trudged on, after casting one wistful
glance at the chasm ill which his prede
cessor hail found rest.
Fp.fu C. Dayton.
When a man wakes up on the morning
:f Jan. 1, conscious that he has a dollar in
his pocket, that (he lias a good position,
that his clothes arc seasonable and abun
dant, that his rent and board are paid for
a week in advance, that his health is good
anJ that his liest girl promised the night
before to marry him iu the spring, it is per
fectly allowable for him to get up, pose tie
fore the looking irlass in Ids nightgown,
shake his own hand and wish himself a
Happy New Year
A Happy Mew Year for lllin.
Jan. I is generally the harvest day of the
year for a popular clergyman. He ier
(orms his first wedding ceremony as early
as U a. m., and is kept busy reading tiie
service iu public und getting fat fees in
private until long toward midnight. Theu,
if his luck isextia good, one or two eloping'
couples drop in and pay him handsomely1
for his services in launching t hem on the
doubtful but usually delightful sea of
He May Congratulate Hlmnelf.
The elderly bachelor who rises oil New,
Year's moru and finJs that his raudom
shot at midnight killed two unnecessary
aud deep lunged cats is entitled, nnder tbe
the constitution of the United States, to
offer himself the congratulations of the
Ladies evening slippers. The new "Philadelphia"
toe on sale. "
Try a pair of E.
P. Reed &Co.s
fine shoes and
J ? j
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
afflicted people who have
thronged the Institute daily,
many of whom found relief
after the first treatment. This
is a medical institute coming
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 i Diseases of Women
These physicians also guar
antee to stop any pain in the
body in from three to five min
utes without the use of medi
cine. Remember it costs noth
ing to see these doctors and
find out what your troubles
arc, and if you can be cured
they will take your case, but if
you can't, then they will tell
you so. No 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
vited. It does not take months
to cure any case nor weeks
Office 623 Main Street, Dav
Office hours, 9 to 11 a. m., 2
to 4 p. m., 7 to 9 p. m.
Same hours Sunday.
AGENCY FOR THE
STEAM aiidlMT WATEE
Office nd Shop 219 Kigliteentli Street. Telephone 11
CH A S.-W. YERBURY. Manaeer.
Rock Island, Iil.
C. O. JD.
221 and 223-
Al- Laundry Work done on abort notice.
A specialty of DreRB tkirt .
Prices as Low as the Lowest.
: . J: k Proprietor.
m fftfi" !S wA J3W .rRSSSrf
VITALITY known. A Marvellous lavioo
rilOr.Mttnt hrmtM, Bv nit tor SB mitt C .nr
innaMl. Cir.frM. B R.a.r C ATOM. SaaiW. ImUQ. lit.
INCORPORATED UNDER THB 8TATB LAW.
Roek Island Savings Bank
ROOK ISLAND, ILL.,
Open dally trom 9 a. m. to 4 p. m-, and Saturday evenlnea from 7 to ro'cVrt.
Five per cent interest paid on Deposits Money loaned on Personal, Col
lateral, or Real Estate Security
I. P. REYNOLD. Prea. r C. DRXKMASN. Vicn-Pren i. H. Brrvu. Cvc'.er.
P. L. Mitchell. It P. Remolds, P. C. Denkmann. John Cmbsr.ch. U !' Ha'.i.
Fbil Mitch.il, L. Simon. K. W. Hnr?t. J. M. Bifard.
Jackrou & HrnT,s"citorii.
tf Began bafinchf Julj8. aid ocenpy ire fontheast comer cf V itcK 1' A I n
Telephone 1098. 231 Twentieth street.
B. F. THOMAS & CO.,
Elm Street Meat Market-
All kinds of Fresb and Salt Meats always on hnd. Game,
Fish and Oysters In the season.
Reynolds' Block, Moline Ave., FOOT OF ELM ST.
Billiard Parlor Sample Room,
No. 117 Eighteenth Street.
JAMES T. O'CONNOR, Proprietors. WM. H. CATTOX.
SEIVERS & ANDERSON,
CONTRACTORS and BUILDERS.
- AU lands ot Carpenter Work Done.
General Jobbing done on hort notice and eatif faction guurante d.
Office and Shop 1412 Toqfth Avenue,
C. J. W. SCHREINEB,
Contractor and Builder,
1121 tndllSS Fourth avenue. Kefidcnce 1119 Fourth avne.
Plan and specification fnrnirted on ali clawef of ork : alio afrent cf W iHi-r
Sliding Bllnde. aomethirg new, jliirhaiiddebiraoie.
Orera House Saloon
RFORP.E SCIIAFEK, Proprietor.
1001 Second ATenne. Corner of Sixteenth Btree - Oppose Harper t Tbe
The choicest Wines. Liquors, Beer and Clear always on Han