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THE DAILY GATE CUT
THE GATE CITY COMPANY
18 North Slxtft Street
lATB CITY—Established 184#.
Consolidated March 118S.
DEnOT—Established In 1893.
Consolidated September W. lw»
§£i OATB CITY and CONSTITUTION-DBMOGiAT—
Consolidated April 8. 191&
Entered at the postofflce at Keokuk as ssoon
Dally, by mall, outside city, year
Dally. in Keokuk, per -week
Dally, except Sunday*
..December 9, 1916
All the sounds that Nature utters are delightful
The notes of all birds and fowls please me without excep
tion. I should not, indeed, think of keeping a goose in a
cage that I might hang him up in the parlor for tho sake
of his melody but a goose upon a common,
yard, Is no mean performer.—Cowper.
TODAVS BIT OF VERSE
LJfe found a Harp by the road one day,
A Harp on which none had played
And he swept his hand o'er the stiffened strings,
But never a sound was made.
Love fluttered by, and he took the Harp
And he said. "It shall sing if I please"—
And but one note came, just a sweet, faint tone
That melted away in the breeze.
Sorrow came by, and he took the Harp,
And he said. "It hath lain full long
An/i Love said, "Thou wilt not make it sinj^
If I «*«n not waken its song."
Sorrow sighed, deep, and he stretched the strings
Until each one whined with the pain
And he made them quiver and throb and pulse.
And be tightened them in again.
When every string was drawn v»d taut,
*fe then would have turned away.
But Life said. "Xay, thou hast tuned the Harp
Let us hear what thou wilt play."
Oh, those pulsing chords that Sorrow drew!
Oh. that song so thrilling sweet:
E'en Love forgot to scoff, and sank
In awe dowp at Sorrow's feet.
Oh. that melody so throbbing wild.
Like the cry of a broken heart,
And e'en Love wept as if he had felt
A cat from his own keen dart.
Shadows of night crept over the hills
And stars came oat over the lea
Sorrow gave up the Harp to Life,
And said, "It is tuned for thee."
Taste is the next gift to genius.—Lowell.
DON'T PUT IT OFF.
Hf1" The urge to consider the cienvs and spread
'the buying over a3 wide a period as possible is
set forth aimualiyT Customers of the stores
are more and more taking gracious thought of
those whose duty it is to serve them. Consid
eration of others is a large part of the Christ
mas sentiment, but from a selfish standpoint
the wisdom of buying early has a practical
basis as well. Those who once form the habit
early can never again be induced to put it off
till the last minute. They have discovered
how much the practice makes for personal com
fort and more satisfying results. The ranks
of the early shopping army increases with the
seasons. This fs a good day to enroll your
May the law be made a profession in which
the principal activity is keeping people from
litigation, much as medicine'is becoming a pro
fession concerned with the prevention of dis
ease? The New York City Chamber of Com
merce and the Xew York State Bar association
have combined in an effort to lessen litigation:
a committee has been at work on the problem
of keeping people out of court, and a pamphlet
has just been issued under the title "Rules for
the Prevention of Unnecssary Litigation."
The pamphlet reiterates what former Presi
dent Taftlias been saying in effect for some
years past: "Most of the litigation in American
courts is preventable. Most of it is sheer waste
of time and money and human life. Lawyers
as a rule do not want to litigate. It doesn't pay.
It should be and generally is their first con-
corn not to get their cl.cnts out of trouble but
to keep them out.
Undoubtedly this is a true statement of the
position of the great majority of the reputable
lawyers of the country. It has conclusive sup
port in the fact that as the doctors themselves
have inaugurated and prosecuted the movement
to change their profession from one dependent
in chief part upon the remedying of casual ills
to one in which the health and bodily welfare
of the national community is the chief concern,
so from the legal profession has come the most
strenuous protest and the first effective reme
dial effort in the matter of the waste of money,
tim« and energy, in our courts.
or In a farm-
NOW FOR THE CHBISTMA8 ^UYlfTO.
Only twelve more shopping days remain un
til Christmas. Make them busy ones—for your
self and the merchants of Keokuk. The Christ
mas buying seasoh has started in earnest. The
stores have their holiday goods on display and
the organization is shaped up for the heavy
trading. For the next few diay the people will
be solving the Christmas problem, thinking
Christmas thoughts and reveling ki the spirit
which prompts the giving of gifts.
Merchants whp to a large extent gauge con
ditions in the business wotfd by the measure of
the Christmas buying are seeing a busy season
ahead. They believe that in spite of appear
ances the'people have been having a good year,
are feeling able to give liberally and have the
cash with which to indulge themselves to th
fullest in the Christmas cheer.
PAY ENVELOPE INFLATION.
"With the announcement that the Standard
Oil Company of New Jersey has raised wages
for ten thousand employes comes the fresh news
that members of the American Manufacturers'
association have done likewise by some thirty
two thousand workers. It is but a few days
since the United States Steel Corporation de
creed a similar increase in the pay of its
thousands of hands. These form but the sali
ent points in a widespread a'dvance of wages
among industrial concerns, which naturally
characterizes the final weeks of a year of high
production and price advances. But the Na
tional City bank of New York, in its survey of
the matter, admits there is a large hole in the
wage advance doughnut when it says:
The situation Is Interesting from an economic^
standpoint as showing the inevitable reaction up-^r
on wag^s when capital la prosperous, but there
is no little anxiety as to what the attitude of the
wage-earners will be if conditions after the war
will not allow the payment of such wages.
It forms a ^feculiar feature of the latest
wave of wage increases that they come volun
tarily from satisfied employers. It does not
follow that the grants are the-proctact of the
milk of human kindness, and it should not fol
low. A system in which workers depended on
the charity of their employers for what they
got wquld amount to a peculiarly sapping form
of slavery, and the employe class that .partook
of such bountv would deserve little respect,!
Gilts to workers would moreover needlessly in-
crease frivolous'consumption and detract
the surplus available to the nation for produc
tive development* and security.
Employers may be absolved from the chargjp
of eoddling their help .in this case.
paying because they must. Production goes on
at a rate so far beyond normal as to threaten a
labor famine. Factories that would keep their
help must pay more to do so. Instead of the nor
mal surplus of labor there is probably an ac
tual shortage, analogous to the freight
shortage, at the present time. It is the devil
take lie hindmost among many manufacturers
in the competition to keep their help.
Though the resulting increase of comforts
among the beneficiaries be welcome, it does not
follow that it is an unmixed benefit. Higher
material and higher demand may make higher
prices for goods, and so justify higher wages
but higher wages will justify higher prices
still. As nothing but the blue sky opposes the
course of this giddy climb, it must come sooner
or later to an unpleasant ending. The higher the
climb the more unpleasant the eventual return
to normal levels threatens to be. The extraor
dinary rise in wages may meet an immediate
need, but it aggravates the nfore distant out
No one knows when the physical valuation
of the interstate railroads will be completed.
Few believe that it will be of much value when
finished. Valuation experts are at work in
various parts of the country and congress will
be asked at this session for another three mil
lion, five hundred thousand dollars to be ex
pended on what probably will prove a useless
undertaking. Charles A. Prouty, director, says
the total cost will be kept within the original
estimate of fifteen to twenty million dollars.
The public will pay the bill, and there is no as
surance'that it will receive anything worth
while in return.
The little Red Cross seals make the gift
more attractive and the money one spends for
them goes to the most worthy vtf^ charitable
work ]aTUh of them thu hoIi
The people of Arizona have voted to abolili
capital punishment in that state. The march
of civilization and humanity, iiand in hand.
As Texas has raised twenty-four milliop dol
lars' worth of peanuts the past year, the sue?
cess of the next circus season is assured.
It's best to shop early but it is all right to
shop late while you're shopping early.
Few laws and better enforcement of laws will
increase respect for law.
THE DAILY ©ATE CITY
Jiade frai Cream of Tarfai
10 ALUi-iO PHOSPHATE
The Young People's society of St
Paul's German Evangelical church en
tertained a packed house Thursday at
St Paul's hall. Eleventh and Bank
streets, with the following program:
Morenltna" South American
The Kazoo Band
College MedleyJ' Rosey
The Lonf-and-Short Quartet.
"The Scarlet Crov" Overture
OLD MAIDS' CONVENTION.
Josephine Jane Green,- President of the
Young Lad1es Single Blessedness De
bating Society Elsie Bode
Priscilla Abigail Hodge,, Secretary
,, iRebecca RacnelSharpe.Elsie Windier
ghort ..... Miss Bmnn
from* Marry Ann Fradler..Florence $eeman
Jarusha M&tllda Spriggins
A Julia Schmidt
Patience Desire Mann .. I
Sophia Stuckup ...... BV& Wurmbacir
are!Juliet long Lena Schard
bfctsy Bobbet Flora PHus'
v.narity LonpJface "Lnla Unnenbfrger
Polly Jane Pratt Emma Klann
Violet Ann RuRgles Carleen Bode
Baiinda Bluegrass, dress-reform advo
cate Minnie Off
Frances Toochmenot, candidate..,.
nor tHannah Bisrecrstaff. o*or*e Ktrchner
'Professor Allah Piccolo Makeover
Klepto, the ProffSssorr's Assistant
Imtch. the Chauffeur George Hoffman
Kemodleoscope Girls—Lelia Kummer,
Margaret Peterson. "Pauline Reiner,
fc,. a Temme. Lida Frances Kledalsch,
Bertha Bode, ^oreta Vollers. Lucy
Renz, Carleen Bode. Clemates Stroh
maler, Marion Haubert.
The orchestra deserves special men
tion as they played all good music and
played It well. The rest of the pro
gram was also very good. The aud
ience was a very enthusiastic one and
every part of the program was enjoy
ed very much, especially Fred Kirch
ner*s Kazoo band and the "Old Maids'
TRAINS 1ST NOT
USE THE WATER
Order Has Been laausd to Burlington
Route and Others That the
Supply Here is Con
LETTER TO KINNAMAN
Keokuk. People Are Aroused at tne
Statement of Conditions and
Water la Being
Boljed. j' $
The following letter has been re
ceived by Dr. H. A. jftnnaman, local
surgeon for the C.( B. & Q., from Dr.
J. A. Denney of the relief. department
of the "Burlington" railroad, respect
ing the water supply furnished to the
city of Keokuk by the Keokuk Water
CHICAGQ, 111., Deo. 8—Dr. H. A.
Klnnaman, Surgeon C., B. & Q., Keo
kuk, Iowa. Dear ^Doctor: Surgeon
General Blue of the public health Ser
vice, Washington, D. C., has notified
us that on account ef the contami
nation of the city water supply at
nation of the
Magyar Katonasage Jas. M. Fulton ,jjeokuk that we must discontinue the
"Slera Ixm&r" Spanish Waltz. A x. iuse of that -water on. our trains*
Midas'* tverture.. R. Eilenberg jl jjaye notified the superintendent
Dance Enmio MurlLio authorities and t^e water company
Miller's Orchestra.^ |jjaC
-wish you would notify tne city
Stars Brightly Shining^ of it being contaminated. I do not
EmH Bronte jt necessary to keep this mat
Sleepy Time* Laura^edgwlpV OWns
C. W. Bennet
'•Light Cavalry Poet-Peasant"
jane Hi^ins Treasurer"
have discontinued the use
of this water on our trains on the
Part II. order of the government on account
ter a secret.
Girl's Glee Club. mere know the condition of the
Perhaps if the people
supply they wVuld help to take
action to get this/ condition cor
J. A. DENNE*.
Steps have been taken by the^ city
commissioners in this matter, and
since the publication of the article
last evening in The Gate cTty, there
has been considerable comment and
people are wiling water.
Spread Rapidly on Shoulders and
1, Body. Itching and Burning^
Hjjy tremble began In small red frtmsiM
vhlch soon grdw larger, fostered and cease
to a bead,
dried and formed a cru»t
aomewha* of a yellowish
color. My neck and bn
were entirely covered with
eruptions which sprea
rapidly on my aboolder
and body. They were In
tbe form of blotches and
the Itching and banring
werp so intense that I was
obliged to scratch and
Irritat&tiM affected parts.
"A friend recommended Cotfeura Soap
•n^ Ointment. They instantly cooled ana
relieved the trouble and one week's U9e com
pletely healed me."' (Signed) Miss Cecilia
WeUs.'Valeene. Ind.. July 21, 1913.
IF YOUR HEALTH
Sample Each Free by lliatt
WJt^ 32-p. Skin Book on request. Ad
dress poft-cArd "Colicnr., Deirt. T. Bos
as a result of careless diet
or neglect of the Stomach,
Liver and Bowels, make a
change immediately. Do
not deprive your body ol
the proper nourishment
and stamina needed ta
maintain health and
strength. Help the diges
tion, aid Nature in keep
ing the liver and bowels
regular with the assist
[tJ&ited Preaa Leased Wire Service.]
SATURDAY, DEC. 9,
HE importance of having
drinking glasses in keeping
other table appointments is ol
Frequently is san otherwise perfe
guest table marred by glassware inco
sistent with the richness of the silverwa
Every housekeeper should wish
have among her possessions a mors
less complete outfit of glassware that]
out of the ordinary—something approf
iate for the inevitable special occasion.
We offer our customers just sue
goods "Stemware", that is refined an
^elegant, and shown in such variety
patterns that an extravagant expendit
is not necessary unless one so wishe
You may purchase a complete or a sing
From the cheapest that is good to
best that is made.
General Navy Board Glvea Uiat of
Locations for Armor
We invite all
If yoti are wondering Vhat will make an
gift for son* member of your
family, a friend or an employe, ve vouMj
WASHINGTON, Deo. 9.—^lthou.t|she"will be assisted by a
eliminating other cities from consld-: y0ttQg women.
erati on, he general naVy board this
afternoon submitted the following
of cities aa pn?perly aituated from
oils. The garden was bongtat
Indiana—Evanavllle and Rockport. jjpyun
Many New Donations taade f°r Com
munity Christmas- Giving—
FruHa are Wanted.
Plans for the community Christmas
giving are maturing nicely, a number
cf additional gifts having been recelv-
a savings pass book. I
A deposit ever so small, say one dollar.
will start him on the proper way and yon
may be the happy father of a friend's go»i
ed for the baakets which will
trlbnted this year.
Fruits and Jellies are still
A headquarters at which
this character will be received
establisbed-*t the office of J- J
mins ft Son. 806 Main
day and Tuesday. Dec.
Mrs. B. O. Singleton will
man of the receiving commuted
York Life Buys Garden
(hie "standpoint of'military safety ai 'gq^' garden, scene of
site* for the proposed government nghts, horse shows and
armor plate plant: gathering*, was sold at a°ct'®
Illinois—Cairo, |.omax and Metrop-, for
the *ew York Ufe Insurance
the realty and monp*j
'department of the
which holds a mortgage
against it. There was_ only
As the big enclosure is now
hands of a receiver.
made only on release of the „j
•hip, a thirty day notice for
necessary. ... mi
Deviiu -aid. after .he
rtade that he did not know wbst^
be done about leaalng the boildl»