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J. T. DIXON.
Meiichant T ailor
And Dealer in Men's Fine Woolens.
1706 Second Avenue.
INCORPORATED UNDER TAB (STATU r.AV.'.
Roek Island Savings Bank,
ROOK ISLAND, ILL.,
Open dally from B. m. to 4 p. m., and Saturday evening frcm 7 10 8 o'clock.
viveneroent interest paia on ueposus. Motiev loaned on Personal,
lateral, or Real Estate Security
?.U MITCHBLI.. Pres. T 0. DBNK.WANN, Vlce-Pres. 1. H. BUFORJ), Ca
r. ij. auwoen, k. r. Reynolds, r. v. uenkmann. John Crnba-ieh. H P nii .
l'hll Mitchell, L. Simon. B.
Jack son a Uurbt,
"Heftan business Joly S. 18tl", and occupy the ontbeat corner of Mitchell A Lvnde's i.ew
WE ARE ALWAYS IN IT WITff
THE FINEST OF
Bread, Cakes, Buns and Pies
In the city.
Delivery wagons always on th road. Parties desirouH o'
1 aving them stop at their residences, will please notify t
came at our premises.
HUNROE, DeRTJE & ANDERSON.
2-j-Try our brand of SMOKED MEATS.
All telephone orderj promptly filled.
First-class Hotel and Restaurant, Market Square,
back of Thomas' drugstore.
LUNCH COUNTER IN CONNECTION.
tSgT"Good Rooms by day or night.
WM. GL1SS, Proprietor
SEIVERS & ANDERSON,
CONTRACTORS and BUILDERS.
All Kinds ot Carpenter Work Done.
General Jobbing done on short notice and sausiac'lon
OBoaUai Shoo 721 Twelfth Street.
J. 1YL CHRISTY,
I have just received and offer at mr nam! popular prires the larireitand best aelected stock of
filaiy goods I have ever exhibited. Mv assortment comprises everything snitable for Christmas Prcs
' J1 Jbe flnet line of Plnsh and Leather fancy articles. Toys of every dexaription . Knrktne hnrsr
nd sleds. A well selected stock of lecorated Chinuware, L'Qlna and- Bi?qne dolls. Will .have a
ood supply of trees and ornaments.
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Plats and inpcrlntendenoe for all class ot
J'oomi M and 65. Mitchell Lynde building
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Telephone Ne. 1103. 1700 Third Aw.
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Ask Tonr rocer for Them.
They are Ben.
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1803 Second Avenue.
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THE ARGUb, THURS1JAI. DECEMBER 15.
NO HONOR AMONG THE THIEVES
.WHO INFEST THE MINES.
The Illicit Diamond Traffic of South
Africa Shrewd Tricks of the Natives
n the Discing It I Diamond Cut
Diamond Clever Detectives.
Illicit diamond buying has been carried
on to such an extent in South Africa that
it has been computed by those competent
to judge that stones to tbp value of not
less than 300,000 have been lost to the
companies engaged in that industry in one
year. This, in my opinion, is a low figure,
as I.am acquainted with one man, a Jew,
who is now engaged not far from Hat ton
gardens, London, who was canght trying
to smuggle a parcel of diamonds across the
Free State border which weighed close to
four pounds and was valued at 50,000. If
I remember right he got five years' impris
onment for the foolhardy attempt.
As a rule when a fairly good parcel of
stuff has been got together by those en
gaged it is either disposed of to large buy
ers on the fields or run out of the colony at
the owner's risk. A family ot Jews had a
good system. Father and sons carried on
operations in Kimberley, while the daugh
ter took periodical visits to England with
the stones bought during her previous ab
sence concealed on her person. Another
large buyer paid a very handsome salary
to a man to run his property over to the
Free State. This man, not being satisfied
with his pay, took to tampering with the
parcels committed to his charge, but being
discovered was dismissed. He then volun
teered his services to the detective force
and trapped over a dozen people, ten of
whom were canght, nine convicted and
sentenced to terms of imprisonment rang
ing from five to nine years each.
The people engaged in the illicit dia
mond traflic are often respected and
licensed buyers, and are not confined to
any class or nationality. Althongh Jews
predominate, Kurope is well represented;
so are India and China, and the black and
white elements of Africa itself are not far
behind. Women are particularly ready to
enter into this trade, and many of them
have been very successful. Others have
had to pay the penalty by retiring from
active life for a few years. There is a fas
cination to those engaged in this business
that far excels all other systems of gam
bling. I have met several men who have
done long periods in the chain gangs for
this crime, and after being discharged from
prison can no more resist the temptation
to buy tiian if they had never suffered for
it. The fact has been so apparent in the
past that the judges are empowered to
pass a sentence which includes banishment
from Griqualand West.
The mines are worked entirely by native
labor. Kvery ten or fifteen men have a
white overseer in charge, who receives a
percentage on all the stones he or his men
may pick up while working the blue
ground. (This system has been recently
altered, the overseers now receiving a fixed
salary.) This is practically a premium on
his vigilance, but in spite of the closest
watching some of the boys are so smart
that they can pick up and conceal gems
about their person in the most inconceiv
able maimer. The ear, nostrils and mouth
form receptacles for the gems, an! some
times they will elude the keenest search By
matting it into their woolly hair. A Kaf
fir's .countenance is so immovable that it is
impossible to read it; looking straight at
his overseer he will work a diamond be
tween his tot aud retain it there until an
opportunity offers to remove it. A dog
has often been utilized for this purpose if
the stones are valuable, and if it is risky to
fix it among the wiry hair it is rolled in a
piece of meat and the animal forced to
At night the dog is clubbed and the gem
extracted from his stomach. In the early
days this ended the trouble. There was no
difficulty iu getting rid of the staff, as no
sooner were the natives clear of the works
than they were met by boys engaged by
the buyers to bring them to their house,
where a barjs in was struck and the money
paid. Since U.e compound system has been
introduced it is much more difficult for the
native to get rid of his plunder, as he is
compelled to stay within the company's
grounds until he has completed bis engage
ment. Before being discharged he is very
carefully searched, likewise every article
In his possession.
A few months ago a native was beiDg
searched after having finished his time.
On coming into the office he threw his
stick, coat, hat and other garments on the
floor in the most careless fashion. The
chief searcher was struck by the remarka
ble workmanship of the walking stick,
which was made of the skin of a cow's
tail, drawn, dried, dressed and beautifully
bound round the handle with thin copper
wire. One of the wires had come slightly
loose. He pulled it open and saw some
thing that aroused his suspicion. He im
mediately cut it open, and out rolled a
few diamonds of great beauty, which were
roughly valued at over 700. It is need
less to say that this boy was not dis
charged, but had be got clear he would
mast likely have received about fifty
pouuds for his parcel.
Success iu the illicit trade is like almost
every other business, in so far as capital is
concerned, but to carry it on with safety it
requires an amount of discretion and
ability far above the average. The most
important part is to be able to value a
stone correctly, which is undoubtedly a
very hard matter, as they vary in value
from a few shillings per carat to many
pounds. The next thing is to be sure of
your man. Is he a bona fide seller or a
"trap?" A question of great importance,
for if he is a "trap" it means very serious
trouble. On the othtr tund, you may clear
or lose a few pounds, according to the cor
rectness of your valuation. It is also not
at all nolikely that the stone is only an
imitation. Cape Town Cor. St. Louis
Tub Habit of Useful Beading.
A successful woman doctor says: "I mar
ried a young physician, and living as we
did in a small country town we could not
afford to take the papers and magazines to
which I had been accustomed in my fa
ther's home. During the long winter even
ings, often left alone, I found the time
dragging heavily, and never caring much
for fancy work I turned as a last resort to
my husband's medical books and journals.
I soon became fascinated, and when my
husband found that I was well prepared
for a first term in a medical college be was
not unwilling for me to take the course."
Banana Juice Makes Good Ink.
Banana juice makes a first class indel
ible ink. A spot on a white shirt from m
dead ripe banana is marked forever, and
the juice from banana thoroughly decayed
is a bright, clear carmiue. Confectioners
Caught la His Own Trap.
Somethias akin to the case of the engi
neer hoist with his own petard has hap
pened to a citizen who dwells in the Rue
Blomet. This person, who is evidently a
man of much foresight and precaution,
had hit upon a very ingenious system' for
the discomfiture of the enterprising bur
glar. He fixed up behind his door a re
volver loaded with pellets, and so arranged
as to act as a small battery, which would
be fatal, or nearly so, to any one opening
the door with undue pressure or bursting
it in suddenly.
The citizen had a specially careful way
of opening the door, but unluckily for
himself he had dined too well, and the
consequences may be guessed. lie worked
his latchkey all right and was entering
his rooms rather energetically, when the
temporarily forgotten battery set to work
and its inventor received a full charge of
pellets in the body. Althongh bis injuries
were slight, it is not probable, consider
ing his experience, that he will retain the
battery as a permanent institution. Paris
Cor. london Telegraph.
The Empirical Treatment of Disease.
One ran easily understand bow such rem
edies as weasels' gizzards, does' hoots,
snails, etc., have gained their favorable re
ception among ignorant persons. Used
first in all likelihood in some case of illness
mistaken for an incurable disease, the nos
trum has been followed by spontaneous
healing, and has carried the stolen credit
and the faith which go with reputation
to other sick bedsides, sometimes with like
spurious results. It cannot be doubted that
some such confidence in the horrors of em
piricism lingers among our own poorer
population, especially in country districts.
In view of this fact the practice adopted
by local vestries of inculcating active sani
tary measures as the true preventive of in
fection, and impressing the necessity of ob
taining prompt medical aid cannot be too
highly commended. London Ijtncet.
General Winfield Hancock was known as
"Hancock the Superb," a name given him
by General Meade after the magnificent
manner in which he repulsed Longstreet
Among the thousands of testimonials
of cures by Dr. Miles' New Heart Cure,
is that of Nathan Allisons, a well-known
citizen of Glen Rock. Pa , who for tears
bad shortness of breath, sleeplessness,
pain in left side, shoulders, smothering
ppells. etc.; one bottle of Dr. Miles New
Heart Cure and one box of Nerve sod
Liver Pills, cuml h m. Peter Jaquet
Salem, N J., is another witness, who for
twenty years suffered with heart disease,
was pronounced incurable by phyeiciani.
death stared bim in the face, could not
lie down for fear of smotberiner to death
Immediately af;er using the New Cure
ke felt better and could lie down and
sleep all night, and is now a well mac.
The New Cure is sold, also free book, by
Hartz & Baboson.
A Great Benefactor.
"Educators are certainly the greatest
benefactors of the rare, and after readmit
Dr. Franklin Miles' popular works can
not help declaring bim to be among the
most entertaining and educating authors.
New York Daily. He is rot a stranger
to our readers, as his advertisements ap
pear in our columns in every issue calling
attention to the fact that his eleeant
work on Nervous and Heart Diseases is
distributed free by our enterprising drug
eists, Hsrtj! & Babnsen. Trial bottles of
Dr. Miles' Nervine are given sway; also
book of testimonials showing that it is
uneqnaled for nervous prostration, head
ache, poor memory, dizziness, sleepless
ness, neuralgia, hysteria, fits, epilepsy.
Miles' Nerve and Liver Pills.
Act on a new principle regulating the
liver, stomach and bowels through the
nerves. A new discovery. Dr. Miles'
Pills speedily cure billioasnesa, bad taste,
torpid liver, piles, constipation. Un
equalled for men, women, children.
Smallest, mildest, surest! 50 doses 25
cents. Samples free at Harts A Bahn
What the Hon. George Q. Vest says in
egnrd to the superiority of the Hirch-
berg's diamond and non-changeable spec
"I am using glasses which I purchased
from Prof. Hirschberg and they are the
best I ever tried; it affords me great
pleasure to recommend Prof. Hirschberg
as an excellent optician, and his elasse
are simply unequalled in my experience
O. G. Vest.'
These spectacles are for sale by T. H
Thomas spent for Rock Island. "
We have sold Eli's Cream Baum about
three years, and have recommended its
use in more than a hundred specisl cases
of catarrh The unanimous answer to
our inquiries is. "It's the best remedy I
have ever used " Our experience is, that
where parties continued its use, it never
fails to cure. J, H. Montgomery & Co ,
druggists, Decorah, Iowa.
When I began using Ely's Cream Balm
my catarrh was so bad I had headache all
the time and discharged a large amount
of filthy matter. That has almost en
tirely disappeared and I have not had
headache since. J. H . Sommers, Stepb
Fits All fits stopped free by Dr.
Kline's Great Ntrve Restorer. No fits
after the first day's use. Marvelous
cures. Treatise and $2 trial bottle free to
fit cases. Send to Dr. Kline, 931 Arch
street, Philadelphia, Pa. For sale by all
drugsista; call on fours
Every Month 1
many women suffer from Exceaaivs or j
Scant Menstruation; they don't know
who to confide in t. get proper advias
Doo' confide in anybody but try
a Spaclfio lor PAINFUL. PROFUSE,
SCANTY. SUPFHESSED and IRRE8ULAI
Book to "WOMAN" mailed fm.
BRADFKLD RECuLATOR CO.. Atlanta, Ca.
Sold by Bam sVBahnMa,
tntii Pwtm.1 Rattsrat
nested. Sead nna. F. t. td nrta 4Amm M
tkl-rf ta pa KUNB.W Ak sThlUlc:i.fr
Castor-ia Is Dr. Samuel Pitcher's preH'riptim for I at f tit
and Children. It contains neither Opium, Blerpnino ur
other Narcotic substance. It is a harmless suhsiitnta
for Paregoric, Drops, Soothing Syrups, and Castor Oil.
It IsPlcasant. Its guarantee i thirty years' its kty
Millions of Mothers. Castoria destroys Worm aad allays
feverishness. Castoria prevents vomiting Sour Curd,
cures Diarrhoea and Wind Colic. Castoria rliYM
teething troubles, cures constipation and flatulency.
Castoria assimilates the food, regulates tk stusaeh
and uotcIs, giving healthy and natural sleep. Cas
toria is the Children's Panacea the Mother's Friend.
"Castoria tx an excellent medicine for chil
dren. Mothers have repeatedly told me of its
good effect upon tlieir children."
D. O. C. Osnooo,
Castoria is the best remedy for children of
which I am acquainted. 1 hope the day is not
far distant when mothers will consider the real
interest of their children, and use Castoria in
stead of the various quack nostrums which are
destroying their loved ones, by forcing opium,
morphine, soothing syrup and other hurtful
agents down their throats, thereby sending
them to premature graves."
Da. J. F. KiifCHBXOB,
Tli Centaur Company, 77 Murray Strat, .w Tark City.
It will pay
you to call
Facto- and aif :ivn sr. Xxi. street, bet.
THE WELL KNOWN
and Leader in StyW and workmanship, hat rciTi
FALL, STOCK of Baitings and Orercoatiifft:
" Jall and leave yonr order.
i 4R Block Opposite Harpxr Housx:
City 'Bus and Express Line. '
Telephone Rock Island or Harper Hotels for 'baa or xprtM
wagon and you will receive prompt attention.
TIMBERLAKE ft SPENCER, Fro..
B. F. DeGEAR,
Contractor and Builder,
Office and Shop Comer Seventeenth 81
and Seventh Avenue,
"All kinds of carpenter work s special tv.
Is n.w bested In his new shop.
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tea fbsraam to
Loof :ram i'.iwrr
Oricans In either Be:
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For sale j. Reck Island by Harts & Bahnsen. M Ave. vtt 30tk treeU '
' "Castoria is so well adapted UcllMrsa tfc-u
I recommend ft assuBerirtaay Brsssrifxsm
known t. an,"
. A. Aao.re. If. .
11 1 S. Oxford St., BrMklyn, X. T
" Our physicians in tas catldrea' depart
ment bar. spoken highly at their Mjfcf.i
enc. in their outsid. practica wiia Cauw-ia.
and although w only Bar. a.ut ""
medical supplies what U kaawn -4 rst....
products, yet we ar. fre. to coafesa that tk
merits of Castoria has w.a u to ioak wua
favor uHn it."
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and get r Lw Prieai
1st sna il2Te.
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