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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, TcTESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1910.
Published Daily and Weekly at 1624
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. TRADES (ffi'ffj COUNCIL ft 20
Tuesday, February 15, 1910.
Save the belt line and thereby pre
serve Independent rights for all rail
roads on First avenue.
Bring in the Rock Island Southern
by a feasible exclusive passenger fran
chise that "will not involve the for
feiture of First avenue.
It is assumed that the hen will
awaken to the call of duty in time to
prevent the Easter egg from being as
expensive as the Easter bonnet.
Mr. Taft insists that, despite their
Internal differences, the republicans
must maintain a solid party front in
behalf of the platform pledges. But it
may turn out that party fronts cannot
be starched to order.
The French government threatens to
"have the law" on those who hoard
provisions to sell them later at ad
vanced prices on account of the flood.
If France would loan U3 its premier
for a time It might help us.
Daniel G. Reid is reported to have
"cleaned up" several million dollars
in Wall street during the past few
days. Somehow "cleaned up" does not
eeem to be Just the right expression
as it is applied to this case.
Joe Cannon was given the glad hand
at Pittsburg. There's a welcome on
the Pittsburg door mat for every stand
patter and Uncle Joe is always sure of
the freedom of the city. Let the speak
er tackle Kansas and note the difference.
Virginia legislators have passed a
bill which is intended to make it
easier to secure divorces in the Old
Dominion. Owing to the fact that Vir
ginia can be quickly and cheaply
reached from New York the bill is ex
pected to create a furore in the exclu
sive society circles of that city.
The Chicago Tribune poll among re
publican editors shows that not a sin
gle congressional district is for the re
election of "Uncle .Toe" Cannon. Only
six of the 18 republican editors In Can
non's own district who answered were
for Cannon. The mystery is what hold
Cannon could possibly have on those
President Taft is well meaning, all
will admit, but he is suffering the pen
alty for evil companionship. Had he
made books at the outset with the
progressive leaders of his party in
Cummins and I-a Follette, Instead of
permitting himself to be guided by
Aldrich and Cannon, he would have
come nearer furnishing the ideal of
his party rank and file.
High Price Investigators, Attention!
The difference In the cost of living
In Detroit and just across the river ?n
Windsor, Canada, furnishes a striking
definition of the real meaning of ex
cessive tariff rates. The "investiga
tors" in Washington who are having
eucn. a hard tussle to fix the blame for
high prices might with profit take a
day off and run up to Detroit and
Windsor and look the ground over.
Prices of foodstuffs, wearing apparel
and rents average from 20 to 25 per
cent more in Detroit than in Windsor.
And between the two cities there are
but 2,561 feet of water and the Payne-Aldrich-Smoot
The Detroit man is "protected" and
the Windsor man isn't.
By not being "protected," the Wind
sor man pays $15 for a suit of clothes
that the Detroit man will find It dif
ficult to duplicate in quality for $25.
What the Windsor man is escaping
in this instance is the Payne-Aldrich-Smoot
tariff tax of 44 cents a pound
on good all-wool clothes, and the ad
ditional tax of CO per cen of the value
of the goods.
While reading the following com
parative prices, Mr. Reader, keep n
mind that Detroit and Windsor are
practically one city; that all In the
world that separates them save the
"upward revision" tariff wall is a half
mile of water and ferry boats cross
the water every few minutes:
Hats of same man-
- ufacture $3.00
brand, lb 1.00
Butter, best, per lb. .23
Beef, cheapest cut. . .06
Cheese, per lb 11
Bacon, breakfast... .19
3 Cold Storage Abuse.
In the investigation of the cold stor
age business of New York the fact has
been brought to light that in a single
warehouse in Jersey City there are
now stored 36,000,000 eggs which have
been "on deposit" since last March,
and 100,000 pounds of dressed poultry
that has been held since last April.
The very fact that this immense
amount of products has not been
moved during the recent period of high
prices suggests collusion between the
cold storage men.
It is conceded that the stuff could
have been sold at a generous profit,
but for some "mysterious" reason it
has been held back. It may be as
sumed that the real reason is that
if it has been dumped on the market
It would have demoralized prices,
thereby reducing the profits of these
concerns that have been disposing of
their goods at exhorbitant prices.
This New Jersey concern it should
be borne in mind is only one of nu
merous large cold storage -plants
throughout the country, and they
doubtless carry on their business un
der a "gentlemen's agreement" or a
more binding trust arrangement
through which sales are arranged and
profits shared. Otherwise competition
between cold storage plants would
keep the prices down.
The cold storage business at its .In
ception performed a valuable service
in a legitimate way, and benefitted the
public in general. And some cold
storage plants are still thus conducted.
But when the business is permitted o
corner supplies and exact exhorbitant
prices from consumers, a remedy for
the evil should be found and applied.
There is no good reason why specu
lators should be allowed to gather and
hold perishable foodstuffs for an in
definite time, or that old goods should
be allowed to go on the market em
balmed and sold to consumers at ex.
orbitant prices. Restrictive legisla
tion should be provided to protect con
sumers from being deceived and rob
bed by cold storage combinations.
Protecting the Gentleman in the
The frantic activity of the protec
tionists in their endeavors to "explain"
to an interested public the chief cause
of the Increased cost of living is be
ginning to border on the ridiculous.
Here are some of the "causes" dis
covered by the Aldrich-Smoct-Cannon
sleuths up to the hour of going to
Increased output of gold.
Laws of nature.
Private car lines.
Cold storage warehouses.
Organization of labor.
Wasteful farming methods.
And now comes Dr. Wiley of the
agricultural department, with the. ex
planation that the real cause of all the
trouble is the American hen. He is
reported as saying that the hen is be
ing bred for commercial purposes and
taught to lay smaller eggs and more
But In spite of the job lot of "ex
planations" advanced by the protec
tionists, the average man has in somo
manner acquired a strong and growing
suspicion that the real culprit is the
Payne-Aldrich-Smoot tariff law. Who
is it that is protecting the elusive
colored gentleman in the woodpile?
Who? Why Taft. Aldrich, Smoot. Hale,
IiOdge, Penrose, Can non, Tawney, Dal
zell, and In addition the powerful
Who among the high priests of pro
tection opine that possibly the exces
sive tariff rates of the Payne-Aldrich-Smoot
bill may be just an insignifi
cant, incidental cause of increased
prices? Answer: Nobody!
Feb. 15 in American
1S03 John Augustus Sutter, noted Cal
ifornia pioneer, born: died 18-80.
1800 Destruction of the captive Unit
ed States frigate Philadelphia in
the harbor of Tripoli by a body of
picked men from the American
1S0S The United States bnttleship
Maine wrecked by a mysterious
explosion in the harbor of Havana;
2 officers and 204 of the crew lost
I S9 Original models and patterns of
the United States battleship Maine
destroyed by fire at the Brooklyn
1904 Mark A. nanna. United States
senator from Ohio, died; born 1S27.
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To the Taxpayers of the City of
Rock Island: You are hereby notified
that your taxes are now due. I have
the books at my office, 1712 Third ave
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CHICAGO. If any attempt Is made to produce In this country Edmond Rostand's new comedy, "Chaotecler."
a legal attack probably will be made by Samuel Eberly Gross, the former Chicago real estate dealer who
created a sensation some years ago by his assertion that M. Rostand stole "Cyrano d Bergerac" from his
own play, "The Merchant Prince of Cornville." Mr. Gross now claims that all the central ideas of "Chan-,
tecler" are drawn from "The Merchant Prince," and cites a number of parallels. M. Rostand and his friends
scoff at this and even declare that Gross had seined certain general outlines of "Chantecler," knowledge of
which was disseminated widely throughout the world seven years ago. Immediately after the drama was written
first, and then durlDg the period of Rostand's long illness, which was the original cause of delay In the produc
tion of the piece, concocted an imitation of It, end that It Is this which he calls "The Merchant Prlnc of
Cornville.'' Rostand says he was Inspired to write the play by watching the animal life on his farm.
The Argus Daily Short Story
A Bit of Detective Work By Eeatrice Tucker.
Copyrighted, 1910, by Associated Literary Press.
a mAinT i)ta mnrriitsrps of American I
AUlVllg . - ' "
girls to titled Englishmen was that
some years ago of Miss Emily Kitson
to the young Earl of nartmore. The
earl came over to claim his bride,
bringing with him his cousin, who
was best man.
Harcourt Berks, the earl, and this
couHln, Stanwood Berks, had been
brought up together from childhood.
Harcourt was an only child, and Stan
wood stood next in line as heir to the
title. The wedding occurred at the
home of the bride's parents in New
York, all the arrangements that per
tained to the groom being performed
by his best man. After the ceremony
Stanwood conducted tho clergyman to
the library, pointed to a desk on which
there were pen and ink, and there the
marriage certificate was written. Stan
wood received it from the clergyman
and took it to the bride.
The earl and his ludy sailed Imme
diately for England and after a tour
in Scotland settled down on the fam
A son. Lord Will lam Berks, was
torn to the pair, who grew up to be a
fine fellow. He was extremely fond
of his mother and said that when he
married he would choose an American
wife, claiming that he owed much to
bis mother's broad American views,
so different from tbose of English
women of birth, who lived very nar
row lives. Fate brought him and
Dorothy Sands of Chicago together on
the eve of his majority. She was a
merry little elf, at times appearing
very stupid, at other times showirg
creat sbrewduess. They met in Na-
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pies and became engaged In Rome.
From Italy he went to England to In
form his mother of his engagement to
one of her own countrymen. He
found her suffering under a blow that
had fallen during his absence.
On Lady Hartmore's arrival In Eng
land after her marriage in New Yorii
ehe had collected a number of papers
and ruch otber articles that must be
kept, but were not likely to be needed,
and put them in the rauit kept for the
storage of valuables. Having occasion
to use an old document, she had gone
to the vault to look for it. There she
saw her marriage certificate. Opening
it, she was tilled with astonishment.
There were only the printed letters,
none in writing.
Having informed her husband of
the circumstance, a thorough search
was made through the family papers
in the hope of finding a certificate that
had been filled out and signed by the
officiating clergyman. Lady Hartmore
remembered Stanwood Berks, best
man at the wedding, handing her a
marriage certificate and remembered
looking at it and seeing that it had
been duly executed. She also remem
bered placing it on her arrival in Eng
land In the treasure vault. Neverthe
less here wns a form for a marriage
certificate that had apparently never
been executed, and there was no other
Lady Hartmore wrote to a brother
in New York asking him to discover if
the marriage had been recorded and
received a negative reply.
The painful fact that no evidence of
the marriage between Lord and Lady
Hartmore existed stared the couple in
the face. And how explain the mys
tery? Stanwood Berks was appealed to
and said he could remember nothing
about the matter except giving Lady
Hartmore an executed certificate. He
had since been married and had sev
eral children, his oldest son being a
few years younger than Lord William.
Tho position was this: At the death of
Lord Hartmore, since there was no
evidence of his marriage with his wife.
Stanwood Berks could claim the title
and the property as next of legitimate
Lord William on bis arrival at home
went at once to find his mother to an
nounce his engagement. He found her
sunken in gloom. To have to tell her
son that so far as his inheritance was
concerned he was illegitimate was a
painful task. Naturally the blow fell
upon him with equal severity. He had
proposed to Miss Sands as the rightful
heir to final title aud estate and If
Stanwood Berks or after him his son
chose to claim both they could sub
stantiate their right to inherit and he
would be a beggar.
Miss Sands was to be in London
within a month, and it was decided be
tween Lord William and his mother
to await her arrival before mention
ing the change that had come over the
family fortunes. To write her love
letters without showing that there was
trouble at band Lord William found
Impossible. At any rate, the young
lady, suspecting something had gone
wrong end having been educated on
the American method to take care of
her own affairs, persuaded her mother
to a with her at once to England.
Lady nartmore ana Lord wmiara
met Miss Dorothy In London and gave
her the situation.
"Well," she said after hearing it.
with a bit of that which the English
people call American twang and with
a businesslike air. "the first thing to be
considered Is. What are we going to
live on if you're turned out? Fortu
nately father is wealthy, and I have
something in my own right from
grandma. So that's settled. Next,
I've always had a fancy for detective
work, and I would like to interest my
self in getting at the bottom of this
There was something refreshing In
this Yankee heartiness, and Lady
Hartmore, who recognized the typical
American girl, smiled for the first
time in months. As for the young
lord, he folded his fiancee in his arms.
Miss Dorothy spent several hours
one morning with Lady Hartmore,
notebook and pencil In band, asking
innumerable questions and noting the
replies. Then she asked to be Intro
duced to Stanwood Berks. He was In
vited to dinner. Dorothy when tht
function was over said she didn't like
The Hartmores went te their homo
in the country, and Dorothy remained
in London. What she did there she
kept to herself. After awhile she
wrote Lady Hartmore that she and
her mother were going to follow out
their itinerary in a trip to Scotland.
The Uartmores had relatives in Edin
burgh, and Dorothy asked for a letter
of introduction to. them. The letter
was sent, and Dorothy went to Scot
land. There 6he chatted glibly with
the branch of the Hartmore family to
whom she had been introduced and
when she departed was spoken of as
"that Inquisitive American."
Lord William was to meet Dorothy
in London, and Dorothy wrote him to
bring the blank certificate of his moth
er's marriage with him. When be ar
rived he asked her what she Intended
to do with it. She put ber head on one
side and, looking at him saucily, said:
"Don't you wiiU you knew'"
"But surely you will tell me, your
"Do real detectives go about telling
people of their clews?"
"I won't tell any one."
"Certainly not, because yon won't
know. They 6ay a woman can't keep
a secret, but a woman detective must."
He got no satisfaction and was
obliged to content himself with the
part of a lover, leaving whatever was
serious to his "American girl," as he
One morning Mr. Stanwood Berks
received a letter from Miss Dorothy
that sent him to London posthaste,
and he was closeted with the young
lady for an hour. What transpired be
tween him and ber she kept to herself
with all the rest of the moves she was
making. When Mr. Berks returned
and again met his cousins, the Hart
mores, he was very much changed.
He had aged ten years. He was silent,
distrait and bad lost all that was gen
ial in him. He got away from them as
soon as possible.
Dorothy's last move had been made,
and she was ready to report results.
She wrote that if convenient for Lady
Hartmore she would spend a few days
with them, when she would have
something of importance to communi
cate. Lady Hartmore responded fa
vorably, and one morning the detec
tive appeared. Gathering the earl, his
wife and their son in a room and lock
ing tbe door, she said to them:
"I've worked it all out."
"What have you worked out?" asked
"How did you do it?" asked Lcrd
"Come, tell us," said tbe earl impa
"Well, you know. I got a lot of in
formation before I started in from
you. Lady Hartmore. I consulted law
yers and found out all about the
marriage laws in your country. Some
thing 1 learned put me in mind of
your visit to Scotland soon after your
marriage, so. as you know. I went
there. I met a lot of people who re
membered your visit and asked many
questions. They called me the inquisi
tive American. Wasn't It funny? At
last I found an old frieDd of yours.
Lord Hartmore. to whom you intro
duced Lady Hartmore as your wife
That, according to the Scotch laws,
made her your legal wife."
"Upon my word, you are right!" ex
claimed the earl, delighted. "Who
was the man?"
"John Murchison. a classmate of
yours at Or.'ord."
"John Murchison! Will he swear it?"
"Here is his affidavit."
While the earl read tbe paper there
was a triangular embrace amoug the
others; then Dorothy continued:
"You know. I dlJu't like Mr. Perks
and got an Idea that he had tampered
with the marriage certificate. I stated
the case to cheruisls, and one of them
told me that a certain here it i3,"
drawing a slip of paper "solution of
Iodide of starch when used for writ
ing appears much the same as ordi
nary ink. but completely disappears in
the course of a few weeks, and noth
ing will restore It. Having learned
from you that Mr. Berks had taken
the clergyman after the wedding to a
desk of his own choosing on which to
fill out the certificate. I concluded tha,
he had filled the Inkstand with tkH
iodide of starch. I asked the chemls:
if it would leave any trace, and ho
said it would. I took your certificate
to him.. He tested It and found tracen
of what I expec ted."
Dorothy was interrupted hero by ex
c'amatibus of surprise and Indignation
and on the part of the earl one of
mingled pain nrd sorrow.
"I sent for Mr. Berks." continues
Dorothy, "and showed him what I had
done. On my promise to tell this to no
one but you three and to pledge you
not to prosecute him be signed this
Berks had yielded to the temptnt!on.
thinking that In case his cousin died
before him he could claim the title
and the property.
Dorothy Sands became Lidy WUHnm
and in time Lady 'Hartmore. The fnm-
ily swear by American women.
All the news all the time The Arirua.
V SUACAf M. SMITH
THE NATIONAL SPORT.
THE same of crab and graft and plus
Is played by one and all
Till really, truly. It's a wonder
The country lasts at all.
Each underline, hla hopes expanded.
Likewise his hungry hooks.
For anything that Isn't landed
i'.y larger, stronger crooks.
Each fellow with his hand extended.
For little or for much
Can on the quiet be depended
Upon to make a touch.
Are public funds by chance or blunder
Left open on the shelf.
He puts his little ladder under
And straightway helps himself.
It really Is a public scandal.
But what are we to do?
The man with public funds to handle
Can always use a few.
Nor can the worst of them be branded
Or called upon the mat.
If In the act he Isn't landed
He wouldn't stand for that.
But In this thought la consolation.
A ray of hope ahead:
Twas ever thus In every nation.
The living and the dead.
The Greek, the Roman and the Quaker
All dabbled In the dough.
But e'er the days of the muck raker
The public didn't know.
Why He Likes It.
"Are you fond of advice?"
"Then let me tell you"
"It is my own that I am fond of."
"Do you trust yourself to take your
"Mercy, no! I sell it."
Something Further Essential.
"He is quite rich enough to marry."
"Um! Is that all?"
"Tes. Isn't that enough?
"What more would. oa ask?
"That he be rich enough to divorce.
Sounded Good to the Owner.
"Have you any song bird around
"Where are they?
"Don't you see them heng?"
"Do you call their noise mnslc?"
"Say, do you know what egg 1
When dusk falls down
O'er field and town.
When golden light
Illumes the eight.
When work Is don
And rest Is won.
Then home we go
80 hungry, oh.
That we could eat
Some tender meat 7
Oh, no, no. no!
The meats don't g
Because, you see.
We all agree
The meat to chop
Till prices drop.
"Why is he so lazy?
"Sure. He'd have to
work If he
What Happens to Them.
"I shall marry an orphan."
"No wonder what?"
"That we say Foor orphans.'"
n always takes his wife's advice.
ITe takes It, to be sure.
And then at once he hastens out
And gives It to the poor.
"Is it a heary
"I wonder Just
how heavy it is."
"Well, they aty
he is a very strong
nian. and he hasn't
been able to raise
not a!r is useful in keeping crank9
Sometimes those people who do not
think know just enough to know that
they don't have to.
Cold weather doesn't contract tbe
imagination, as the oldest inhabitant
The more n man Is financially able
to pay his taxes the harder does it be
come mentally for hint to do so.
Being awkward and constrained Vi
the effect attained when people make
a strenuous endeavor to be natural.
If a new Uea were to strike some
people It is a question which would
first be knocked out.
Being concerned about the welfare
of other people Is a fine way to at
tenuate your purse, add silver to your
hair and wrinkles to your brow.
It is Lard to convince a man he ia
wrong wh.ou hi bread and butter snys
it ought to Le right.
Millinery costs lots of money, tut
why object? Anything to take it
plncp would Indubitably cost more.
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