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THE ARGUS. WEDNESDAY, MAY 8. 1907.
Published Daily and Weekly at 1624
Second avenue, Rock Island, II L En
tered at the postoffice aa econd-c'ass
By THE J. W. POTTER CO.
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Weekly, U per year In advance.
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character, political or religious, must
have real name attached for publica
tion. No auch articles will e printed
over fictitious signatures.
Correspondence solicited from every
township In Rock Island county.
rented by Baron Speck Von Stcrnburg
the German ambassador.
Wednesday, May 8, 1907.
A City of
p o s e and
ue : : : :
Iiooht lor KM'k Islaiitl.
Fifty of the representative citizens
of Itock Island, business men, commer
cial men, professional men, manufact
urers and others, took hold of the pro
ject to boom Uock Island. at a meeting
at the Rock Island Club last night in
a manner that is bound to bear abun
dant fruit. Following up the meeting
at the same place last summer which
gave impetus to the formation of the
industrial commission which through
the efforts of its members and the par
ticularly through the untiring labors
of its industrial secretary Mayer Levi
has already landed two new factories
which are in prosperous operation in
Uock Island, t lie gathering of last eve
ning determined to back up the wo'-k
of the industrial commission to tin:
fullest extent to make Uock Island :
great industrial center. In a word the
substantial men of the city decided 'o
go out into the world of competition
for industries and bid for more factor
ies, not only small ones but big ones.
It was determined to raise a fund cf
$1110,000 for tilts purpose. Adopting ;;
plan which when crystalizetl by the in
dustrial commission, will afford evety
inllcss of hi-
Ilix-W iMlaml l.i
a rlly of nirnent
iuriHc nuii holi
sm viiluc. I.oi-ii-l-l
in I lie lilUv
of I lir MIk"ImnIiiI
ill n y ! ren
m. i.i.ul nml M. citizen of Uock Island it
I'ii ill, lilriiK" nnil J resources
OmiiiIiii nml Kn-.to share
nntiirr, Ki-iuriililiiill.v, i-oniiiii-r-iiill .
ami Iniliislrliilly. I lit- k" '"" of llii
trNt, mirllmcMl unit mini hnrnl. I'nvor
ril by Miliilllliui on I In- l-iilil ill I liv
nioulli nt Ihr lli-lim-plu rlliinl, loiiiu-i-t-liiK
river null litkr. it Iiiim llif inltlitiituul
nilt iiii(iiki-h "I the nut iu lino of I he Hoik
ImIiiiiiI railroml. lliree hrnm-hex npring;
Iiik from I lie nlrin nt III in iolnl
to I lie norllmesl iiuil fur nouIIimi-mI,
r hlle I lie main line koch nu lo
I lie I'neilles I lie 3lilwuuk--N Klin
mhm City line, nml the lliirliiiKlouM St,
l.ouln unil St. I'mil line with ilirei-t
roinuiunlenllon vtilh I'eorin nml Spriiiii
flelil. II lin lliree in ti-rtirlmii uniler
nil)'. It Iihm inileM of pnveil MlreelM,
lirnutlful inrk, inelmliiiK the lilHlnrie
lllnek llnnk'n Wnti-li Tower, liiiuilinie
ehurelien, n V. M. . A. In Hi 1 1 ur. moil
rrn mi-IiiioI linililinK". u i-iiHene nnil a
neiiilnlirv, flouri.iliiiiK fnrlorli'M mill free
ultra for more. It Iiiih three Ilrt -I;inm
hoteln. three thenlerN, nml n iiiimIi-I m.vm
lein of rnpiil transit. It Iiiin mIx nuli-
tnnllul liankn. up-lo-lnle lu;liu-.is
liltM-ka nnil three more in eon rue of
rreetion, Inimeime aleiiiirlinent HloreM
nnil hnnilreil.H of other hrnnelien of mer
cnntlle puraultn. It I the Inenlion of
the Itnek lnlnnil nrneniil, the treiilent
In the vtorlil. It Iikn the henil oHIeeM of
the Modern Woodmen of inerirn. the
Inrcent fraternal xoi-lely In the wnrlil.
Iiouieil In n ninirler of n nilHiiin ilollar
fireproof hullilinK. It publle lmililinu
nre n nunrler of n million ilollnr eonrl
lioime, n city hull, n poNtnftice hiillilini:
In which nre the nlHcc of the ivrrii
mrnl enulneer corp in chnrice of upper
MIrhImmIppI improvements. It linn 2.",
IMMI popnlntlnn, II hnn nn liiiluxtrl.-il
eoinmlnnion Hint In liooMlinu: Ilie Inun
nlnnic leuliimnle nnil militant lal linen
nnil everylioily In lielpinic.
of income, opportunitx
in i lie great untie-
miin t it . it i by taking and become just as much
a iacior as me man w no gives
thousands, those indent ified with th.
movement felt confident that they
could rely upon the cooperation of tlio
)eoi)lo who have responded so mag
nificently in the past. They remem
ber the Columbian park proposition 1:1
which Hock Island joined with Moline
a dozen of years ago on the conditio:i
that each city was to raise $50,oihi, an i
that Hock island quickly came up with
its half and then went $25,000 more
while Moline fell short of a quarter oi
the amount and hence caused flu;
failure of the undertaking. They re
member how quickly the people
Hock Island raised what was necessary
to built a new theater on the subscrip
tion plan. They recall how Rock I.;
land went to the front to land th..?
Woodman head office, and they remem
ber numerous other instances in which
the patriotic spirit of Hock Island h;u
found response in the hearts of tin
people when appealed to do for the n t
building of the city.
There will be no falling down on th :
$100,000 proposition. The two great
factories whose coming to Ko
Island with employment for 1.000 pe
pie is contingent upon the raising of Ti
large part of this amount might just as
well be notified now to prepare 'n
make the move. Hock Island will
make good. It always has and always
will. What Hock Island has doiv
Hock Island will do again. What anv
other city can do. so can Uock Island.
This is a city built upon the prin
ciple of substantial progress. It is
it y of honest value. It owes its stand
ing to not any particular portion of the
people, but to what all the people have
And all the people are to be given
in opportunity to boost for Hock T.v
Boost for Rock Island.
Boost, everybody boost.
Stick to your town,
Ifs the best nt.
If you can't Imost. don't knock,
you can't lift, don't lean.
Boost for Rock Island, ('out ribu'.f
to the $100,0110 new factory fund.
A month ago, following the election
The Argus sounded th" slogan "bad;
to business boost for Hock Island."
The people have responded.
A Russian physician is authority for
Ihe statement that riding on cow
catchers of trains will cure consump
tion. All you have to do is to stand
in front of an oncoming train and try
to lion on when it gets near you. If
you miss, you're cured.
Professor O. C. Kdwards of the Uni
versity of California has been granted
a year's absence and will soon start
on a tour of the world. He has served
34 years at the university, and it is
owing to the fact that his health has
rot been up to the standard in the last
few years that he has decided on the
It has remained for Professor Louns
bury in the current Atlantic to summar
ize In a sentence the popular objec
tions to spelling reform: "We simply
like the spelling to which we are ac
customed." Sentiment and old asso
ciations are the main bulwarks of the
existing orthography. What was good
enough for our fathers in the little red
school house is good enough for us.
The state of New Hampshire will be
the headquarters during the coming
summer of two of the important fo
cign embassies, namely, the British am'
German. Ambassador James Bryce ha
leased Stonehurst. the intervale estate
of Rev. Daniel C. Merriman of Wor
cester, Mass., for the summer quarter.?
of hi embassy, while the Edward
Frothingham estate In Dublin has beeu
A CONVICT'S SCHEME.
The .Automatic Farmer.
From the Washington department, of
agriculture has issued a bulletin on
Corn Harvesting Machinery," which
is intended to tnrow ugiu. on uie new
methods for handling the corn crop of
It is apparent from the revelations in
this bulletin that there is no longer
much romance in the business of corn
raising. The day;; of hoeing corn an-1
of husking by hand are rapidly pass
ing. The old-fashioned husking bee is
becoming lost in the mist, of tradition.
This being a practical age, when inven
tion is rife, new methods and ingenious
machinery are rapidly supplanting the
old ways of handling the corn crop.
A few of tin- machines described in
the bulletin are the corn harvester,
corn binder, corn harvester and shock
er, corn picking machine, and corn
shredder. Handling a corn crop with
tht.' aid of such machines is as little
like handling it in the old ways as can
The invention of harvesting inacbin
cry is becoming the more important iu
view of the growing scarcity of desira
ble labor on the farms.
The value of the corn crop of the
country is not generally understood. At
present one-fifth of tho area in im
proved land in the United States, one
third the area in crops of all kinds ex
cept pasture, and one-half of the area
in cereal crops, is devoted to corn.
While 35 per cent of the farmers of
the United States raised wheat in 1S0
S2 per cent raised corn. The combined
yield of wheat, oats, rye, barley and
buckwheat in the United States
amounted in nmj to 1.073.005,330 bush
els, and the acreage was 79.fi4!,720
these figures equaling two-thirds of the
yield and four-fifths of the acreage of
the corn crop.
The farm value of the corn crop for
1901 was $1,087,461,410. while on ihe
combined value of the other crops men
tioned was $X77.12n,7S5, or only SO per
cent of the value of the corn crop. In
1905 the yield of the corn crop was
2.708.000.000 bushels and the value $1,-llC.700.0oo.
Copyright. l'.KC. by '. C. Kastment.
A rich man coveted a certain piece of
ground belonging to a pijor man. lis
wanted the land to get the poor man!
out of bis -neighborhood. Tho poor
man refused to sell, and in his auger
and chagrin the rich man made :i fc-l'-nir!is
assault. This was squarely
proved, and, although with his money
he made a great fight of it, bo was sent
to our prison for two years. If be ha-1
come like other prisoners, it would
have been better for him. but lie cam?
in a defiant spirit, began kicking at
once and in a day almost had all the
officials down on blm. When Ijp refus
ed to work or abide by tho rules and
regulations, he was punished, and ther?
was war between him and the warde:i
for long months. There was sufficient
outside influence to secure bis pardon
after fourteen months, and the man
left the prison vowing vengeance.
He determined to get revenge for
what be called bis indignities. In pris
on be had but one friend, and that wai
the doctor. He made friends with tun
doctor because be lent the latter mou
ey. It was no secret iu the prison that
the doctor was given to drink. TUerj
were occasions when lie was drunk for
two or throe days at a time. As a rule,
such a man would soon have been
fired, but in this case be was a friend
of the governor of the state ami had a '
political pirtl. When too much under
tho influence, of drink to attend to busi
ness, bis place was taken temporarily
by a doctor from town. We pot t
know this substitute, of course, and b?
was allowed to pass everywhere, th
same as the regular man. It was on
this substitute that the rich man work- '
ed iifter his release. Tho town doctor i
was in pecuniary difficulties and wa s J
offered $5,000 to carry certain plan' .
through. What be did was to wor';; '
upon the weakness of the prison doc-1
tor and keep him drunk more than
half the time for three months. Noir
of us bad the least suspicion that any
thing wrong was going on. Convict
were treated in tho hospital, in their
cells, and the substitute made sanitary 1
Inspection of the kitchen and other dc- 1
part incuts. He made friends with
turnkeys and with prisoners and was ,
voted a -good fellow.
It took him three mouths to perfect
his plans, and but for a little slip h' i
would have brought tilKiut tho bigges: i
mutiny and the greatest prison deliv- j
ery on record. We then had in tht
prison over MM convicts, and nearly
loo were lifers. Among tho others
were robbers, burglars and generally
desperate characters men who would
not hesitate a moment to take life t
get beyond tho bars. We were short
bunded, and every official had to exer
cise the utmost vigilance. One day in
the chair shop I pulled a careless pris
oner back from a saw that would liavi
certainly inflicted a fatal injury. It:
return for this when he had recovered
from bis scare ho asked to speak ,'i
few words to me in private that night.
I managed it so that ho was taken
from bis cell and br-mcrht to mv room.
I tlid not anticipate that the Interview
would amount to much. In any prison
there are always a certain unrulier o'"
convicts looking to give something
away for their own betterment, and
their information is seldom worth
This man bad not boon talking to
me five minutes when I felt my half
trying to stand on end. The substi
tute d-ietor had not only had false
keys made to the several wickers, bai
had planned a general outbreak with
the convicts. No ono sinsrlo onviet
hail lieen left out. Those who had nf:
first refused to join were forced in bj
being told that they would bo killed.
The revolt was to take place nex;
morning tho men rose from the
breakfast tables to march into the
yards and to tho shops. Fifty revolv
ers had boon smuggled in for tho con
victs, and the leader was a high way-
robber under a long sentence. Th o(li
dais were to bo shot down or locked
up. the convicts were to resume the
citizen clothing stored awav. and what.
loot could Ik found was to be evenly
divided. The prison was then to b(
fired and the ooo men to scatter.
Onor In possession of tho particulars,
you cn! believe I lost no time In noti
fying the warden. Ho in turn bestirred
himself. The convicts had been locked
In for the night. A guard of four men
visited the cells In rotation, and they
not only found the revolvers, but a
great manv other weapons. The rule
of the prison was to search every cell
every third day. but this had beeu neg
lected, and the substitute doctor knew
that it bad.
The convicts realized at once that the
plot had been betrayed, and from tbav
moment to daylight next morning there
were yelling, screaming and cursing.
There was no getting out of their cells,
but they made the night hideous anr
acted like so many wild beasts. Their
cells were not unlocked next morning,
and neither did one of them have a
mouthful to eat. As a matter of fact,
they were kept under lock and key ant
without either food or water for forty
hours before they gave in. Then they
became humble, and order was re
stored. Even the leader of the plot
was willing to answer all questions,
and we soon had all the details, but it
was too late to catch the town doctor.
He had taken the alarm and fled. The
prison doctor sobered up sutlicienlly to
try to bluff It out, but his place was
vacant after three days. The man who
betrayed the plot had to be taken from
among the prisoners to save bis life, us
suspicion at once attached to him. ami
a mouth later the governor pardoned!
The importance of soda crackers
as an article of daily consumption
can hardly be overestimated. No
other wheat food contains such
nutritive values in correct pro
portions. This is only true of
the ideal soda cracker. As fresh
on your table as from the oven.
Crisp, clean and appetizing.
In moisture proof packages.
NATIONAL BISCUIT COMPANY.
1 FACTS AND FIGURES
g Touching the Rock Island Tropical g
Plantation Company. B
The company holds clear title to
12.00(1 acres of hardwood timber.
This timber before it was purchas
ed was found to contain more than
120 trees to the acre where it ap
peared to be of average and uniform
These trees wiil average over 2.
ooo feet of lumber per tree, which
will amount to 210,ooo feet per acre,
or a total of 2,soo,ooo ono feet.
That ii will average only one-fourth
of this amount; that will still mean
CO.ooo feci per acre, or a total pro
portion of more than 7oo.ono.tHhi
feet. This lumber includes a large?
proportion of such woods as ma
hogany, zapote, chicle, Spanish ce
llar, parpie, and many other equally
valuable varieties, some of them
selling in the American market at
$250 per thousand.
I: sells at the railroad in Mexico
at $00 to $100 per thousand, or an
average at American railroad mar
kets at $2(10 per thousand.
That the cost of cuiting, milling and
marketing this lumber will amount'
to $:!o per thousand. Thai will leave
an average profit of $."i0 per thous
and. BUT SUPPOSE
That only one-half of this can be
realized. There will still be a net
profit of $2:! per thousand, which,
multiplied by 7oo.ooo, gives a total
profit of $17.roo.oif0.
This means a net profit of $1,--l."S.:;;!
on every ibare of stock in
the company, without even taking
into account the consnleratiie sums
of money which may be realized
from the sale of dye-woods, medic
inal plants, wild rubber, and other
gums abounding in the forest.
BUT SUPPOSE AGAIN
That only one-half of this can be
realized; what then?
One share of stock is worth $200
par value. One-half of $l.l."is.:;;i is
$72',.1t;, or more than three times
the par value of the stock.
That it will require 10 years lo get
this lumber out; this will still mean
an annual average dividend of $72. !H
per share, or per cmt tin the
par value of the slock.
In Ihe meantime the land will be
planted to rubber, etc. Hide crops
will bt! cultivated, which will ma
terially increase the dividends. Oth
er companies, capitalized at from
$:'.on to $."00 per acre, have 'paid
from ."i to 21 per cent annual tlivi
lcnds from such side crops alone.
A developed rubber plantation i?
worth more than $l,ooo per acre.
that price having been offered for a
plantation almost adjoining our laud
but the offer was rejected. Thus,
while drawing those dividends, your
capital has increased 5on iter cent.
We are offering a limited amount
of our stock for sale at a liberal dis
count for cash, and if you w ill eom
in iit once, vour investment will be
even better than these figures would '
TO SUM THE MATTER UP.
We have 2,Soo.ooo.imio feet of bun-,
her in sight. To quiet your doubts,
we call it only one-fourth of this, or
7oo.iMiu.iioo feet. This should net
us ,r;o per thousand, or $:tr,,noo,ti(n.
We cut this estimate down to one
half of that, or $17.r,0o.ouo. This
gives us a profit of $l.ir.S.;;:: on each
and every share of stock, which
looks so large that we cut it in two
and make it $72'..10 per share, ami
still, basing our estimate en the
proceeds from 1-1(1 of the visible re
sources, our average annual divi
dends will amount to T.tlVj per cent
of tho par value of our stock, even
if every share were issued and out
standing. BUT HERE IS ANOTHRER POINT.
Only a small proportion of our
stock h;ts been sold, and it is mote
likely that we will never need to
sell more than one-half of our stock.
This will not only double our divi
dends, but double our holdings as
well, since the unsold stock will be
issued as stock dividends.
DOES IT PAY TO INVEST?
How have the rich become rich?
Not through hard labor and patient
saving no, siree but through judi
cious investments. Through in vest
men is that have seemed too obscure
to the uninformed, but which have
offered enormous possibilities to
those who possess the knowledge
ami tho courage to take advantage
of Ihe opportunity as it presented
HERE IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY.
The proposition may seem new to
you; but. remember, the hunter who
merely follows the beaten paths is
not apt to find any game. Call at
once, or address:
TWO COMPLETE PERFORMANCES.
FRIDAY. MAY 10.
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The Queen's Birthday
A Triumph of Exhibit ional
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2 Grand Corps du Ballet 2
Free Street Parade at 10 a. m.
Rock Island, Friday, May 10
OUR COMPLETE NEW SPRING LINE, COMPRISING
THE NEWEST AND SNAPPIEST DESIGNS ON THE
MARKET, AT PRICES LOWER THAN HAVE EVER
BEEN OFFERED. WE SHOW AN ASSORTMENT AT
ALL PRICES, AND WE GUARANTEE TO SAVE YOU
MONEY ON ANY ONE PAIR YOU MAY BUY IN OUR
SHOES or OXFORDS
We can save yon 25c or otic n pair on an.M'ning you buy from us.
Our ladies and gent's $2.) shoes equal any other's shoes at
they are all solid leather, good lookers, good litters, ami good wearers.
1'oys' shoes that can't be beat for wear.
Our children's slipper line is complete .
TRY US FOR GOOD SHOES.
p ROCK ISLAND TROPICAL PLANTATION CO.
302 Bengston Block, Rock Island, 111.
Fress Dispatch: Four sons at once,
St. Paul. Oct. 5th. 190C. A special from
Mondovi says, "Mrs. Jno. Silverson
gave birth to four boys." She's evi
dently a great friend of Hollister's
Rocky Mountain Tea. cents. Tea or him and gave him money to reach a
Tablets. Harper House pharmacy.
M. Q I' AD.
1605 Second Avenue.
OFPOSITE ILLINOIS THEATER.
John Koch Brand
Ride a R.acycle
And be hcppy
Are the best the mar
ket affords in Value
for the Money.
For Sale at the old reliable store
Market Square. ROCK ISLAND.
DO YOU WANT A DRY BUILDING?
YOU SAVE FURRING AND LATHING BY PLASTERING DIRECT
LY ON THE BLOCKS. DRYNESS GUARANTEED. GOOD BLOCKS
SAVE YOU MONEY.
This is the only true concrete
two-niec block. Vertical LET US FIG-
and horizontal air space. fe-- A URE ON YOUR
J. G. CRONKITE,
Mitchell & Lynde Bldg. Rock Island, III. Phone, West 446.
For first-class workmanship and fair estimates
call or address
817 29th Street. Phone 5988