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THE ARGUS. THURSDAY. OCTOBER 14. 1009.
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Correspondence solicited from every
township In Rock Island county.
Thursday, October. 14, 1909.
Boost the belt line.
Clean up the town.
For mercy sake let the Crane inci
dent be closed.
Little Alfonso of Spain had better
see once more if his crown is on
. After having started for China. Mr.
Craue will find it humiliating to e
Just suppose it was Teddy that th
deiKsed minister, Crane, was talking
back to. "Wow.
After you read what Peary savs
nhoiit Cook, and what Cook says about
Peary, if you can locate .the north pole
'you get the puzzle prize.
! Harry Whitney says he is too busy
to tell about the pole, and if a hatfull
of those same germs could be injected
into Cook and Peary it would be a
The execution yesterday of Professor
Francisco Ferrer, the Spanish educator
and revolutionist, will not have a ten
dency to put down anarchy. It will
only intensify it.
The ardor of the 20.OOQ fans who
sat through a ball game at Detroit this
week is an eloquent testimonial to
the compelling powers of attraction of
"the national game.
The meanest man yet borrowed a
roll from a friend and then used it to
pay the expense of an elopement with
ine lrienu s nauusouie wie. w ,i
case of these who dance not paying
i tier i.iiu in .
" Tffie court ruling at Indianapolis
turn r pviiU'iirn inr even i lie si i eunuii.-,
Teddy although president of ih" United
nt the tinio thp nttemnt wa9
made cannot muzzle the press. The
administration ot governmental unai-.s
la tiro ilinvri rpnrnaph or oven 1 criti
cism. Editors, according to the de
cision, have a right to Iraw deduc
tions and conclusions from the trend
of news events. It is the right of a
A Ship Subsidy.
Washington dispatches make it plain
that the republicans are determined
to attempt to pass a ship subsidy bill
at the approaching session oi." congress
in an effort to solve the problem of re
establishing American shipping and
By all means this problem should
be solved, and the time was when the
tariff whs being revised and the way
by placing shipbuilding ni iterials on
the free list and revising the general
tariff " downward. Such a solution
would not cost the government a sin
gle penny, and would not injure any
one or anything save possibly the mo
nopoly of the American shipbuilding
President Taft's plan is to donate
to the private shipowners from $G,
0(K).000 to $8,000,000 a year to start
with. Once given root, a ship subsidy
is like a tariff; it grows, and grows,
Germany, although maintaining a
h;gh protection policy, do?;; not per
mit a cent of import duty to be levied
cn shipbuilding materials. Even th-1
members of the English parliame it
who are endeavoring to saddle Eng
land with protection admit that free
shipbuilding materials are desirable,
and that should they be successful
they would not think of taxing mate
rials that are used in shipbuilding.
Note the comparative progress of
British and American shlppmg, om?
under free trade and the other protec
tion. British American
Million tons. Million tons.
18C0 4.G 2.5
1S70 5.C 1.5
1SS0 CO 1.3
1 snn 7 q n
19x 9.3 .9
190C 11.2 .9
There was a time In the '50's and
'GO'a when the United States had :i
healthy merchant marine, and it was
iiui cuuuieu on stiDsiuies, either. We
lost our hold on the seas through
raising the tariff on materials used in
the construction of ships. It now
costs 40 per cent more to build'a ship
in the United States than it does in
England. The result is practically tk
ships ars being built here for the for
eign trade. If revision upward ruined
cur maritime industries, we see no
reason why we may not conclude suit
able revision downward coupled witi
the repeal of certain barbarous and
antiquated navigation laws would not
The American people are not in a
mood for a ship subsidy. President
Taft and the Aldriches and the Can
nons and Smoots should stop and medi
tate. Their sins are already great
Owing to republican extravagance the
deficit in the national finances for the
fiscal year ending June 30, 1909, was
the staggering sum of $S9,811,loi:
Then there was a tariff revision that
was notorious as a fraud and a fake!
A ship subsidy may be like the straw
that broke the camel's back.
A Krokeii Pledge.
Chicago 'journal: Some cynics af
fect to believe that political platforms
are only made to be broken. Accord
ing to this view, the party that cat
put the most vote-getting platitudes
into its platform runs the best chance
of deluding the people with false prom
As a matter of history, the "down
ward" tariff revision pledge was writ
ten into last year's republican platform
because political success was impos
sible without it. Neither the west
nor the middle west, could have been
carried by the republicans without this
pledge of less tariff burdens for con
In less than a year after his election
we find the republican president tour
ing the west and making apologies for
his party's failure to keep its platform
pledges of "downward" revision. Mr.
Taft frankly admits that under tin;
most favorable construction the new
tariff law only fulfills in spots his
party's pledges. In other spots, like
the woolen schedule for instance, its
pledges were broken.
Western voters are intelligen
Thev know the difference between
antc-eleetion promises and post-eic ,.
tion apologies. The one curies hope
with it, and the other noinuig o.it
Dead sea fruit. Average western
voters are more American than parti
That is why' republican campaign
orcanizers are already scenting
trouble throughout the west. And
well they may. It is not the (lent'-
crats alone they have to fight in tip'
next campaign. Their own party has
been split in twain by tite failure of
a republican congress to keep party
And in the west and middle west
we will have the unique spectacle f
republican insurgents helping to elect
democratic congressmen, not from
choice, but from patriotic duty.
The Polar Prophet.
Christian Science Monitor: On
Tuesday, Aug. 37, one day before thr
cabled announcement of Dr. Cook's
finding of the north pole, after touch
ing upon the various theories prevail
ing , with regard to Commander
Peary, the success of his expedition
and his return, an editorial in this
newspaper went on to say: 'The-?
is .however a possibility of two
things: One is that news of Peary
may be conveyed to us, and may le
even now on the way to us, through
the instrumentality of the Dundee, the
only whaler now engaged on Baffin
Bay. . . . The other possibility is
that Commander Peary made his dash
in the eaily summer, succeeded in
reaching the pole and is returning
overland to the Roosevelt, and is now
speeding southward in that vessel.
On this theory, he would pause only
long enough on his way to civilization
to leave word for the .leanie!" Then
occurred these passages:
"Great interest is added to this mat
ter by reason of the fact that we may
hear of Commander Peary and of Dr.
Frederick A. Cook, another polar ex
plorer, at practically the same tim?.
The latter has not been heard from
for two years. Tidings of him miy
reach us through the Dundee. The
Jeanie is under orders to make in
quiries regarding him and to bring his
party home if it can be found. There
exists a very strong impression tint
Dr. Cook has been successful in dis
covering the pole. This is based, like
the confidence in Commander Peary,
on the great care with which his plans
were made. It is within the domain
of legitimate speculation at all events
that we shall soon hear, and have good
news fiom both Dr. Cook and Com
The events of the past few weeks
prove our surmise to have been ap
proximately correct. The day follow
ing the appearance of this editorial
Sept. 1 Dr. Frederick A. Cook, from
the Shetland islands, reported his dis
covery of the pole. Five days later
Commander Robert E. Peary, from In
dian Harbor, on the coast of Labrador.
made a similar report. .The former
announced that he had found the pole
on April 21, 190S; the tatter that he
had found it on April C of the present
It is naturally gratifying to Ameri
cans that in both instances it is fel
low countrymen who have been suc
cessful, and that in each- instance the
stars and stripes were flung to tho
breeze to signalize the magnificent ,
triumph achieved. However, the sc- '
complishnent is one in which the en-1
tire world shaves, for th3 work per
formed by Cook and Peary was but
the culmination of many efforts on
which the thought and energy of all
nations have centered, ileioic men
of every nationality and of every race
have striven for the goal finally at
tained by the two Americans, Cook
and Peary, whose names regardles3
of any rivalry that may have existed
hot ween them in the past, are des
tined to be linked together indissolu
bly in the future.
It will not be the least among the
happy results of Commander Peary's
triumph if it has enabled him to con
firm the report ma;le by Dr. Cook.
SEEKS A LOOPHOLE
P. & St. L. Road Again At
tacks Illinois 2 Cent Fare
SECURES AN INJUNCTION
Claims Act Is Confiscatory With Kef
erence to Itond and liist-rim-inaling
Springfield, 111., Oct. 14 The con
stitutionality of the Illinois 2-cent pas
senger rate law was attacked in an
action biougtv in the federal court by
the Chicago, Peoria & St. i,ouis Rail
road company wherein Judge Humph
rey yesterday granted a preliminarj
injunction restraining any attempts o
enforce the rate act as against the ro
ceipts of- the Peoria road. There will
be no hearing until the attorney gen
eral moves to dissolve the injunction.
Ilctil to He I nittNt.
The injunction was granted upon tii
petition of the receivers, alleging that
the act was unreasonable, unjust, oo-
pressive, discriminatory, confiscatory
Mid void; that it denies th" r. II road 3
the right to a judicial investigation 0"
the validity and reasonableness of th?.
rates, in violation of section one of
the 14'.h amendment to the const it i;-!
tion of the United States; that t'lt?
passenger receipts of the Peoria real
under it ate unsufKcient to leave It
any adequate profit ; tiiat the 2-o?nt
rate act violates section 12. article 1
and section 13. article 12 of the cons' i
tut ion of Illinois, in that bv limiting
fares charged adults and persons un
der 12 years old. while placing no li.n
i'ation upon the rate charged persons
not adul's. but over the a;.re of 12
years, it creates a discrimination.
AID TO DR. WILEY'S CAUSE
Canipaign for "Pure Food" Indorsed
by Mississippi Valley Doctors.
St. Louis, Oct. 14. The Mississippi
illey Medical association elected
Frank P. Norhusy of Kankakee. 111.,
president, an.l Honrv 12. Tuley of
Louisville, secret a r v.
St. Louis. Mo., O't.
14. An in
dorsemont of Dr. Wiley
for pure food and pure
tion" was voted at yesterday's ses
sion of the Mississippi Vallev Medical
The doctors declared that "it is ap
parent that much action is being m
Rtisated bv Manufacturers whose
goods contain ingredients that have
no place in food products."
They condemned the use as food
preservatives of benzoic, boric, salic-
ilic acids and their compounds, "es
pecially ben.oate of soda and all oth
er similar chemicals." The associa
tion also commended the newspapers
and individuals "who have taken a
artificial food preser-
Weds Chilian Beauty.
Valparaiso, Oct. 14. Henry L. Jans
of Racine, Wis., secretary of the
American embassy at Rio Janeiro, vas
married yesterday to Anita D. Rvan a
Chilian woman, noted for her beauty
.lanes and his bride sailed later for the
CENTRAL TRUST & SAV
ROCK ISLAM D, JUL.
H. K. CASTEEIj, Pres.; M. 8
HEAGV, V. Tres.; H.-B. SIMMON
One of the Fruits of Saving
is that you can have a home to
call your own ..Lien your working
years are past: That dollar a
week" that gets away l'rcin you
each week with nothing to show
for it means much
$1 a week for one year $ "2.00
$2 a week for one year 104.00
$4 a week for one year 2 0S.O0
?6 a week for one year CI 2.00
$8 a week for one year 41 COO
Total without interest ? 1.092.00
Well worth your while saving
isn't it? Start a savings account
at cur bank now with a dollar.
CENTRAL TRUST & SAV
4 Per Cent Paid on Deposits
ff Ci&CEai y CHE
"We spend our years
As a tale that is told as a tale that Is told.
The leaf of tKe year flutters loose from our hold
And we thinK of the lines that are blotted or blurred
The lines that show gaps of a phrase or a word
And the page may be weaK, or the page may be bold.
But the year has gone by as a tale that is told.
O. the booKsthat we write, with a year for each leaf!
The sunshine of laughter, the shadow of griefi
The joy or the sorrow the characters trace
May not be emended the leaf falls in placet
A scrawl, or a chapter illumined with goldi
We have done with the telling the tale has been told.
And it may be "The Preface" it may be "The End"
The songs and the sighmgs will soothingly blend.
But whether of dumbness 'or whether of wit,'
The chapter is finished i the story is writ
Thus, silently, silently, fold upon fold,
Wa spend all our years as a tale that is told.
The Argus Daily Short Story
At Towser's Point By Donald Allen.
Coprig-nted. ltOP, !y Associated Literary Preaa.
Towser's P;int was owned by Farm
er Towscr. r'armi-r Towscr and
his good wife W'.-vl' un !e and aunt to
.Miss Jessie 'arnot. whose father was
a lawyer in t!u city and who had come
to the point to sjiend tin- summer and
lie gii(l!ed up like a child of ten.
"My st:uv. Ir.it how h::iidsoine she
is; exi luimed A::ui I'.eoccea.
"She's certainly as chippei as the
cliipperoft. and if there were forty fel
lers around here they'd all be after
her." ad;ied I'ncle Joe.
Opposite Towser's Tohit were lay
side and Penny Cove and I.oLster
Roach. At ::11 these resorts there were
numerous c-ui;pi;:g parties. I'ncle Joe
ha.l a skiff, and Miss .!s:;ie took to
hoafing and fishing nt "lire. She had
not been out more than throe time:;
when she c;:i:ie home lie day aud
"Amity, something's got to be done."
"Well, tell Undo Joe, and lic'il sure'
"Rut I don't want a new lish line or
lnything of that kind. There's u c:i tn;
of men across the bay, ami this morn
ing two of them came out in a boat
and lished right where I was fishing.
I heard them talking about me to
themselves, but I never looked up. I
just know they will make some excuse
to speak to me."
"Men are dreadful creatures all but
Uncle Joe!" sighed Aunt llcliecc-i.
"Rut what shall I doV I want to row
"If it was me. I'd keep my eyes on
my fish line and my mouth shut. That'll
discourage them. If it don't I'll have
Uncle Joe row out there and tell tin in
that speaking to a jiood looking tivl
unless she wants to be spoken to is
the same as assault nr.d battery."
"Oh, aunt, but you've given me an
idea such an idea! Why. it will be
the funniest thins in the world! It will
be such a joke on them. You and Un
cle Joe must help me."
"We certainly will, child."
"Then I'm solus to play deaf and
dumb. If they speak to me I'll make
motions that I can't talk. Some of
them may come over here for vegeta
bles some day, ami yon mustn't let on.
Say, it will be immense: I'll be deaf
and dumb this very afternoon!"
"Well, it won't d no great harm,"
was Unci'? Joe's reply when he came
in to dinner. "Lot's of women ou-ht
to be more deaf and dumb than tliey
are. Too much hearingT too much talk
ing!" "And lots of men folks ought to be
made to sew on their own patches and
do their own difrning." was the retort
of the wife, and then the subject was
That afternoon as Miss Jessie rowed
out to the oyster beds and dropped her
line a boat with a single occupant
came stealing across the bay. He was
a young man, and he seemed to find it
hard work. to locate himself to woo the
as a tale that Is told."
Psalm xc, 9.
br W G. Chapman
lish'. He threw out his line here and
there, but soon sought another place
.".nil at length brought up just where
he had been aiming for all the time,
within thirty feet of the girl's skiff.
:'he raised her eyes to him, and he
1 ilea sa t: t Iy i m pi i red :
"Having any luck here, may I ask?'
Willi her free hand she made mo
tions to signify that she could neither
hear nor speak and turned away. She
heard him utter a low whistle of sur
prise and then mutter to himself:
"Hanged if that isn't a pity in the
case of su. h a good looking girl! I
want to talk with her now worse than
Roth parties caught a few fish and
now and then glanced toward cac-h
other, but after a time the young man
found it stupid work and lifted his
anchor. Miss Jessie looked up at the
splash of his oars, and he lifted his
cap. She vent home and gleefully re
lated her experience.
"I guess vou've scared them off for
g' ld. but I've knowed men to fall in
love with deaf, dumb and bliud girls.
It's just as they take n nofrion," said
Soon after S o'clock next morning
and while Miss Jessie was out feeding
the calf there was a caller at the
house. It was the young man of the
boat, and he wanted vegetables. He
also wanted to know in a omtidential
way if the poor girl was born thus.
His questions were partly answered
and partly evaded, and he went away
saying that he miglu return the next
morning, as he was very fond of cu
cumbers and tomatoes.
"What does hc--iook like when you
are close to him?" queried the girl of
'lie's a good looking fellow, and ho
ta'ks as good language as I do. Jes
ric I'm afraid you've got into n
'He's coming tomorrow morning,
and he's just going to keep a-coming.
I could set it in his eyes. How are
you going to get over being deaf ami
"I won't get over it. If he comes I
won't be around. I won't go out in the
boat today, and that'll discourage
I5ut the cirl was mistaken. T ie un
known not only returned in the morn
ing, but while Aunt Hebecca was poll
ing the tomatoes and picking tb cu
cumlers he walked straight up to the
"u lfortunate" anil wrote on a rd he
had brought for the purpose:
rishing was good yesterday. I
hoped you would be out."
"I don't care so much about fishing."
"Wouldn't you like a sail on the
She shook her head.
"I see no hammock here. I har a
spare one and will be glad to put it
up for you."
Another shake, but she signed her
thanks at the same time. i
p .'Hi' HifSi Klr-;
"T said he'd come, and !: dM come.'
observed Aunt Uebev a ::fier the voumr
man had dep-u-ted. "Here's the card
he left. He lives In town and paints
pictures. What's the name Clarence
"Oh. he won't come again! I'm going
fishing today, ami if I see him coming
I'll row away. Terhaps I shall give
him a snub."
The s::ub was administered two
hours later. Miss Jessie had reached
her fishing ground when the artist was
sighted bearing down upon her. She
lifted her nm-hor and rowed straight
away, and the disi. .. e was too far for
him to ;;: 'he sm!!(? oi: face or for
her to see ihe lock of chagrin on his.
As the day turned out to be warm
th'Te was no boating in the afternoon,
and neither did Mr. Ponton show up
for more vegetables in the morning.
Miss Jessie pretended to be well pleas
ed, but down in her heart she was
As a matter of fact, the girl had be
come indignant by the time she had
taken up the oars, and the feeling was
added to after she had fished for an
hour without a bite or a sight of the
other boat. Then came an Interrup
tion. She hooked what she believed
was a whale, and in her excitement
she rose up and tumbled into the wa
ter wilh a great splash. The boat
did not go over, and she soon had her
hands on it. Rut to draw herself up
was another matter. She could not
do it. She could only hang on and
think of sharks.
She had been dinging for half an
hour when a boat suddenly appeared
in sight, and at the top of her voice
she called out to be saved. She called
once, twice, thrice, and then the boat
was beside her. and Mr. Clarence Don
ton was lifting her in by the shoulders.
He said no wor.l until she was in and
"Does it always have this effect on
deaf ami dumb people?"
"I can't say as to others, but I have
surely found my voice," was the saucy
"Weil, that's worth the wetting. I
saw you when you went over, but was
waiting for you to call. As you may
lose your voice again if not taken care
of, I will accompany you home."
After Mr. Denton had been an al
most daily caller at Towser's for three
weeks and a pretty constant guest at
the dinner table Aunt Rebecca beck
oned Miss Jessie out behind the cur
rant bushes one evening and said:
"If you haven't lost your voice again
you'd better tell him that I'm willing,
I'ncle Joe's willing and that your
father is one of the wiliingest men in
the world. Then you'd better be will
ing, too, for it's high time a big girl
like you was stepping off."
Taft Farsde of 2S3.C00 Children.
When President Taft arrives iu Chi
cago on Sept. 13 it Is planned to empty
the public schools in his honor and
;ine the boulevards along which the
president will be taken ill an automo
bile v. iili L'Stt.OOO children. Each group
of children will be allowed to welcome
the president in its chosen way, such
as tkig salutes, patriotic songs or
cheering. Each pupil will carry an
"What's the matter, daughter?"
"Ferdy and I have parted forever."
"Um! In that case. I s'pose he won't
be around for a couple of nights."
RUB your stove with your
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comes black it shows that the
polish rubs off.
It also shows that you are
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Black Silk Stove Polish
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It anneals to the iron be
comes a part of the stove.
makes old stoves look like new 1
and lasts four times a long as any I
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man otner stove pousnes mat
there is absolutely no comparison.
It is in a clasa all by itself.
Now these arc facts that we
want to prove to you.
Ask your dealer for a can of
Black Silk Stove Polish and give
it a good trial. Try it on your
cook stove, your parlor stove or
your pas range.
If you don't find it the beitpol'tli
you ever used your dealer i author
ized to refund your money.
Made in liquid or paste, one
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Vr "DXTfiCAJt tt. SMITH
VMIO Invented Halloween
Jn tUe slotieu long ago?
Lid he know what he was at?
That Is what I'd llKe to know.
Old tlie feliow realize
Ail the troubie and the pain
He was slorniK up for those
Who in later years would reign?
Wish he'd got It patented.
So that or.ly those could be
Good and crazy on th day
Who could ante up a fee.
Then we'd have a little peace.
Who would venture for a lark!
If it cost him thirty cents
To be frisky after dark?
As it is that any one "
May butt in without a cent
In the morning we show up
With the landscape slightly bent.
Everything that's unattached
L'pside down is on display,
Ar.d the town is as a man
With a headache all next day.
If the man who thought It out.
All the details ot the thing.
Had forgot it liht away
liow his praises we would sing!
But he acted In a way
That his future fame would dim.
Made it tree to any one.
And we've got it In for him.
Getting It Straight.
In one of the- western towns during;
I ho recent visit of the president so
ciety had a desperate wrestle with the
authorities before It decided what
would be projier for the men to wear.
It finally came to the conclusion that
evening lot lies had no place at a
breakfast and was happy.
If there Is anything that scares the
man not society broken It Is evening
clothes. When first called to don them
Ids first inclination Is to fly the coo-p.
Thar is also his second and third In
clination, but his wife hoids him to It,
and, much to his surprise, lie actually
lives through the ordeal.
"What are the charges against this
man?" demanded the Judge.
Nothing, your honor," replied the
"And you had him locked up all
Couldn't you at least charge him for
Some Day Might Know.
'Are you in favor of woman suf
'I guess so."
"Are you .rricd?"
"That explains why you are guess
It's sad to think that summer's fled;
't hat all her pretty pranks are played;
That autumn, russet, gold and red.
iias come to make her yearly raid,
Ilns come to take trie flowers away.
To tiliacli the color trom the grms.
To make all told li.e dismal day
Ar.d tree.e the festive garden sass.
But Etill we will r,ot ti? ar.d elgh,
for autumn pas its golden nore.
And that's perhaps ihe reason why
Her coming we may r.ot depfore.
For sweet potatoes, pumpkin pies
And sauei kraut and Hubbard fguanh,
Uig rutabagas, chicken tries.
Come always In the tall, L'geth!
"I am titan-Wig." . '
Wtii, why don't you do like the lady
In the novel?"
"How is that?"
"Sit down and eat your heart out"
Needs a Hall.
'Do you suppose the sultan consults
"Well, not on material things."
"Too haughty, 1 suppose."
"Not that. It wouid be too much
like holding a political convention.?
We know not what's before ua.
Hut we can safely guess
A lovely anvil chorus
if we should win success.
A lazy man is one who bs no foes
The man who has pienry or perse
verance is almost certain to carry his
rMm, but the question la. Where can
ene ge t prseverance'r
The modern steamship doesn't wait
for time or tide.
Keeping In touch Is pieasant so Ion
ns your friends will stand for it.
How would It do to let old north
pole itself nominate the only real dyed
in the wool and blown In fiie glass
froze-in-t he-ice discoverer?
When a man gets the conceit taken
out of him it is too art to go Jnto the
A man who takes himself serl6usly
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