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Tuesday, Mat 31, 1892.
DEMOCRATIC STATE TICKET.
For Governor JOBS P ALTGELD
For Congressman at large JOHN (J BLACK
For Congressman at large. .ANDREW J HUNTER
For Lieutenant Govtrnor JOSEPH B GILL
For Secretary or State WH H lilNKICHSEN
For Auditor DAVID GORB
For Treasurer RUFUS H RAMSEY
For A Homey Genera MTMaLONKY
cbibner'8 Magazine for June contin
ues the series ol "The Poor in Great
Cities ' with an article on "Life in New
York Tenement-Houses, as seen by a city
missionary," by Rev. William T. Elsing,
who for nine years has worked in the
tenement-house district in close associa
tion with all phases of that life. Closely
connected with this series is a wonder
fully sympathetic account of "The
Drury Lane Boys' Club,"London, by Mrs
Frances Hodgson Burnett, who has not
contributed to any magazine for yearsj
The Rev. David Swing, D. D., contrib
utes to the "Historic Moments" series
"A Memory of the Chicago Fire," which
is a most graphic word-picture of what
be saw and felt on the night of Octo
ber 8, 1871, when nearly the whole city
was swept away. Cf particular im
portance to all great cities is
Thomas Curtis Clarke's suggestive art
icle on the solution of the problem of
"Rapid Transit in Great Cities." The
number is very interesting throughout.
Iroquois County Times: The repub
lican party now seeks to dodge responsi
bility for their little red school house
campaign and their compulsory school
law, but here is their record: A bill pro
viding for compulsory attendance was
introduced by a republican member of
the 86th general assembly; the compul
sory school law was enacted at the same
session of the same general assembly, in
which there was a republican majority in
both houses; in the campaign of 1890 the
republican press heaped abuse upon Ger
man Lutheran citizens because they dared
to assert the right of citizenship and ob
ject to republican domination, and in
.2 891 the democrats, in the house of the
8?th general assembly, passed a bill
through that body repealing the law. I',
was killed by the republicans in the sen
ate, in which branch of the 37th assem
bly they had a majority. And yet, when
the people of Illinois bring this unfortu
nate child of republican legislation and
nurture to the doorstep of the g. o. p.,
they have the hardihood to deny the pa
ternity of the suffering waif.
BILL NYE A FARMER.
Put in what appears to be a terrible
plight over the announcement in the
Rock Islander that Dr. Truefdile is a
possible candidate for the republican
nomination for congress, the Union hast
ens to say that the Rock Islander "is
wrong in assuming that Dr. C. Truesdale
is a candidate for congress simply be
cause his ability, and strength, and avail
ability have been pointed out, and
his nomination suggested. Dr. Trues
dale himself is strongly in favor of the
renomination of the Hon. W. H. G.-st,
whom be regards as the logical candi
date this year of the republicans of the
Eleventh district." The Union's ex
citement over the possibility ot anyone
coming out but Gest is amusing, espec
ially when it is considered that it has
already lent a half-way endorsement to
Dr. Truesdale's candid&cy, but it prob
ably never thought it would be taken
in earnest. When there appears to be
the possibility of formidable opposition
to Gest, however, then it is different,
and the morning paper is anxious to show
just what it means, what it wants and
what s what.
"Private Joe" Fifer, who has become
for a second time the nominee of the re
publicans of Illinois for governor, is a
man who finds lime to cultivate the
amenities of life. Be likes to dance,
play whist, and to fish, and is fond of
athletic sports. During the days of his
army life he excelled, it is said, as a
wrestler, and he is still a good horseman
and an untiring pedestrian. Governor
Fifer is six foot tall, but very slender,
weighing not more than 150 pounds.
He walks with erectness and vigor, and
his somewhat remarkable physical
strength surprises those who think his
thin frame indicative of weakness.
The fact that the republican papers
devote ao much space to criticisms of
Judge Altgeld'a plan of campaign ought
to be sufficient evidence to him, if he
needed such evidence, that his plan is
all right and that his success is causing
a great deal of anxiety to the opposi
tion. If, as these papers claim, bis
methods are ridiculous or at best, vis
ionary, why do they not leave him to
his folly T Surely it is to the interest
of the republican party that these
"fool methods," if such they be, be
persevered in Aurora Times.
The republican party may eat their
crow on the school question in - silent
misery. The retraction, however, comes
too late. The wronged Germans who
' have suffered the penalties of their cruel
. law, will not trust their promises again,
censequently they find a home in the
democratic party, the true party of the
people. Carmi Courier.
NORTH CAROLINA WELL DIGGING IS
STILL IN ITS INFANCY.
William's I Iterary Labors Interfered with
by Agricultural Aggravations Hunting;
Dynamite for Miles Aronntl How He
i la Made s.n Ass of by tbe Neighbors.
' ICopyrljht. 1893, by Edgar W. Nye.l
Buck Shoals, N. C.
Recently I have been digging a well on
my estrite and the sound of the premature
blast aad the wail of the widow can be
heard all over the place on a still day.
The word "well"' comes from the Anglo
Saxon toeailan, meaning to gnsb out.
It originally meant to flow, or a naturally
flowing spring, like the German word
brunnen. I have one living spring on
my place, and one that has passed on to
a better la id, I judge. Some savants
who remained over night with us last
week and sweetened their coffee in a
reckless way, I thought, said that there
was sulphur in this spring.
Possibly that is it. One of the savants
even went s far as to say that it was
living water. Possibly it is in a trance.
i "-S .ailKSIi.
Last week my well diggers ran out of
explosives, and I had to go out among
the neighbors to get dynamite and pow
der for blastir g. Well digging in North
Carolina is still in its infancy and needs
a good deal of encouragement and cap
ital. My well Higgers furnish nothing
except their clothes. They clothe them
selves while digging the well. I do the
I had to borrow dynamite and carry it
to the works ii my lap. I also had to
get eighteen feet of hose, as the well
digger said he only liad a few left. Hose,
as well as ujolasses and license, is used
in the plural number here. We siteak
of those hose, those molasses and those
This is the first well I have ever dag.
Yon get a mind reader or water witch
first before digging a well. He divines
by means of a hazel crotch the location
of the vein. Then you secure a well
digger, who d es the actual digging at
so much per foot and found. One man
who dug a we 1 here years ago on my
farm at three dollars per foot and found
got down eigh-y feet and then the well
caved in on him. His widow has since
sued the owi er of the place on the
ground that her husband did his part of
the contract faithfully, but was not
fonnd accordiug to agreement. It in
volves a very f tie legal point indeed.
In selecting .i site for a house, I find
that 1 have j laced it so high that the
well is going to be unusually massive.
In order to 1 ave the house where it
would easily command a view of Mr.
Vanderbilt's tennis court, thus giving us
the benefit of the gamo withont the
fatigue of plaj ing it, 1 have placed my
well at such at. elevation that water wiil
be my most expensive drink this summer.
My valet, whose duty it is to carry the
water, press lay trousers and do the
chamberwork at the barn, took one look
down the well yesterday and handed in
his resignation. The well was opened
in March, and the cornerstone laid with
suitable ceremonies and a speech made
by Mr. Depew, but the work has seemed
to drag some, owing to the fact that the
Tar Heel well digger does not own a set
of tools, neither does he furnish powder,
caps nor hose. Just as I would seat my
self in the libr iry and proceed to work
on my great pot thumous job, to be called
"The Great Ietective Series, or the
Tedious Task of Inspector Byrnes in
Unearthing and Bringing to Justice the
Man who Stru )k Billy Patterson," my
farming superintendent would rush in
and, making a low salaam instead of
wiping his feet, state that the well Binker
was out of pow ler.
I would then dismiss the farming
superintendent, telling him to return to
his duties. I call him my fanning super
intendent because it bus a more pros
perous air to it. As a matter of fact, he
and his horse Lydia E. Pinkham consti
tute the farm ibrce and entire pomo
logical staff. He is a good staff, he and
Lydia. Together they are farming
eleven acres of Venetian red soil this
year, and puttin ; a molding on the lower
edge to keep the potatoes from falling
out of the ground and injuring Mr. Van
derbilt's cotton crop and pp.jama plants,
which are growing on the farms just be
Next year we will clear three more
acres of white cak, leaving the stumps
finished off artistically with a large
carved acorn or some such design, so
that the field will not be so unsightly, as
is too often the case with newly cleared
land. One field will also be cleared of
tulip and aourvood trees, the stumps,
however, to be "champered off' like a
newel post of the Fifteenth century, and
cm each one of these chaste stumps a
piece of rustic cl ina or plain white ware
will be set with enough soil ia it to sus
tain geraniums t nd other choice plants,
so that instead o a miserable and un
sightly field covered with blackened and
repulsive stuxnpi we will have an orna
ment of some lind wherever the eye
When I boug it the farm it was sur
rounded by a rough and most unsightly
rail fence. I have taken these rails, and
placing them in groups of three and
standing them on end to form a sort of
tripod, have hung therefrom an iron pot,
giving the farm the appearance of a
gypsy camp, as it were, for here and
there all over the place may be seen
these tripods with a kettle attached to
each and a beautiful hollyhock or nas
turtium growing out of same at a great
One reason, I think, why boys leave
the farm is that the farm is not made at
tractive. It is too prosy. Boys love art.
They love to eee beautiful colors and
simple, artistic decorations. We moan
over the fact that year after year less
American boys go into agriculture, while
our farms are gradually falling into the
hands of the foreigner.
I believe that I have solved the great
question. Boys go to the city, where
they find beautiful things and efforts
toward art. My boys shall never throw
it up to me in future years that I failed
to make the farm attractive.
My only sorrow is that the neighbors
in Buncombe county and those who live
near me at Buck Shoals mislead me re
garding agriculture. They speak lightly
of my efforts at art and misrepresent
things to me regarding the business.
They do it in a spirit of raillery a sort
of fence raillery, I presume but I think
it is because they do not approve of my
style of farming and regard it as a sort
of reproof to them for their lack of taste
and artistic sense.
Now, for instance, I regard it as a
little bit unneighborly to take hold of a
literary man and fill him up with facts
and statistics that cannot be demon
strated. I hate to be fooled with in that
way. Why should a man whom I have
treated with the utmost kindness ever
since I came here go to work and tell
me that here in North Carolina four
crops of lambs from the same set of
parents was and has been the regular
thing, while on a good year, when the
mean average rainfall can see its shadow
on groundhog day, the yield runs up to
five and six.
This sort of thing not only makes me
feel unhappy and bitter toward my
neighbors, but it has fostered a miser
able spirit in my breast and caused my
relations with my domestic animals to
become strained. At first I laid it to the
weather, but finally 1 began to regard
my sheep with distrust. I felt that they
were neglecting their duties and taking
advantage of the fact that I am not an
experienced farmer. So I consulted Mr.
Vanderbilt. who has farmed it six weeks
longer tlian I have, and who therefore
knows the ins and outs of the business
pretty well. He tells me that one crop
of lauiks per year is all that they get
here under the most favorable circum
stances. Plum Levi also tells me that while
timothy and clover often yield two and
three crops, he never harvests his lambs
over once a year.
It hurts the country to misrepresent
these things to strangers and capitalists
like myself men who wish to build up
the country and add to its wealth. Why
not bo fair and truthful in the start, and
thus invite the good, the true and the
beautiful to cuuio and settle among us?
Last year my plug tobacco was a com
plete failure, and an old resident of
Sandy Mush allowed that it was In-cause
I did not plant the plug with the tin tag
end downward. 1 have since learned
that one should not plant the plug at all.
It will not reproduce itself even if the
tin tag end lie planted downward. To
bacco grows from the seed and is made
into plugs afterward.
Why would it not be as well to tell a
stranger those things instead of allow
ing him to make a large Anted ass of
himself with a Watteau back?
My well is down now to porphyry rock
and schist with a hemalito stain in it.
Neighbors tell me that even if I do not
strike water it will make a good cool
place to keep vegetables in.
I learned yesterday that the former
owners of the plaee have each dug a dry
well 200 feet deep on this farm and then
sold it out at a sacrifice. Can it be that
I am elected to contribute also a 200 foot
root cellar? Oh, heavens! Oh, heavens!
It cannot, must not be.
Since the above was written I have
been out all day on horseback hunting
for more dynamite among the neighbors.
I borrowed four large cartridges of a
kind hearted neighbor and carried them
in my coat tail pocket aboard a fractious
horse twenty-nine miles over a mountain
road. When I got there the hair in the
butter of my sandwich had turned white,
hose. This sort of thing makes my liter
ary work disconnected, and I have al
ways wanted my posthumous work to be
my very best. "God bless you," said a
lady friend of mine the other day,
"especially for your posthumous work."
I am having the usual trouble peculiai
to domestic animals in the spring. I
bought a donkey last year for the chil
dren. This year we had him clipped, at
be was getting most too woolly and the
hens got to burrowing into his foliage
and biding their nests, so we got a clip,
pist to clip him. He is about 80 years of
age and never had his hair cut before.
We found a good many things which the
neighbors had missed. They were in the
stubble after the clipping had been done.
But he caught cold, for we clipped
him too early. One should not prune a
donkey in March. It is risky.. He is
likely to get pneumonia. Ever since
that I've had to cover up this donkey of
nights, and two or three times in the
night I must go and see if he has kicked
the covers off. He is often feverish at
night, and his feet are hot and dry.
Once they were, anyhow. That was the
only time I felt of them.
I am going into the guinea hens this
summer. I bought eighteen before I
paused to ask myself what the guinea hen
is good for. Will any reader of this
paper who knows what the guinea hen is
good for please write me at Fletchers,
N. C, stating what if anything she is
good for except to eat if hard pressed or
to make a loud and long continued noise
at 4 o clock a. m.?
Building goes on quietly on my new
slosh on the French Brook river. I will
write more about it as we progress. I
am sorry now that I allowed myself to
be drawn into this foolish rivalry with
Mr. Vanderbilt in the matter of build
ing, w nat x should have done is per
fectly plain to me now. Instead of
straining every nerve to equal or excel
his residence, 1 should have waited till
he completed his house and then profited
by his experience and avoided his errors.
"HAVE YOU ANT HOSE?"
When I handed my cartridges over to
the well digger after my day's work in
securing them and heaved a sigh of re
lief, feeling sure that now the work could
go on, he took them and looked at them
for quite a spell, and then he said, sort
of slow and easy like:
"That's hit. Now if we had
some hoee we could put in a
"Havent you got any hoee?" I asked
in loud, parliamentary tones.
"No," be said. "I bed a Jew yes
terday bat I ain't trot a one
So I pat ia the fotkrwing day g1
Minneapolis and Return.
From June 2 to June 6 the C. R. I. &
P. Rv. will sell round trip tickets to Min
neapolis at rate of one fare for the round
trip; good to return up to June 25
f . H. t lcmmkr, Ticket Agent.
-ALL KINDS OF-
Cast Iron Work
done. A specialty of furnishing aL kinds
of Stoyes witb Castings at 8 oents
A MACHINE SHOP
baa been added where all kinds of machine
work will ba done first-class.
NINTH ST. AND 7th AVE.
DOWNING BROS. Propts.
We are now ready to serve
you with a delicious dish of
cream. Orders for parties
promptly pttended to.
W. TREFZ & CO,,
2223 Fourth Ave,
Live Stock Insurance do.
C 3IC AGO, ILL.
Insures live stock against death ;from accident
or disease. For rates apply to
ED. UKBKRKNECHT. Agent,
1T1S 6ero4 avenue. Rock Island,
GEO. P. ST ATJDTJTT A R,
nana and superintendence for all class of
Boons N and 55, Mitchell Lynda baUding
You Ame yljy 'Ti5 ST ClauV
Osgood St Nicies the rVorrrE sAirh
J. B. ZIMMER,
Has Jnst received a large invoice of the latest Imported atd Domestic Sj-.r:j F ( ; .,
Snitins. which he is celling at $25.00 and up. His line of overcoat'nt't cant..? r...
west of Chicago. A very Hoe line of pants, which he is felling at 00 hi ,1 ", k'"."
and make jour selection while the stock is complete. ' ' ' '
Stab Block, Opposite Harper lloueK.
OLD GUARD HAND-MADE
Only S2.50 Per Cation
XS.oTm &s Adlers,
And Dealer in Mens' Fine W oolens.
1705 F'eccnd Ave:ne
C. J. W. SCHREINER,
Contractor and Builder,
11C1 and 1133 Fourth avenue. Residence 1119 Fourth svenac.
Plane and specifications furnished on all classes of work ; also seem o f S"i;!t r"s Fs .l-. ce
Sliding Blinds, something new, stylish and desirable.
HORST VON KOECKRITZ,
ANALYTIC AND DISPENCING
Will be located on Fifth avenue and Twenty.third street on or before iusust !
1803 Second Avenue.
Proprietor of the Brady Street
Ail k'nds of Cut Flowers constantly on hand
Oue block north of Central Park, the largest ir Ia.
Flower Store .
30 Bndf Street. Dsvtcl u
B. F. DeGEAR,
Contractor and Builder,
Office and Shop Pernor Seventeenth Bi. .
and Seventh Avenue.
tVAll kinds of carpenter work a specialty. Plans and estimates for all kinds of bolide"
fnrnlahod oa application. -
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