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THE BOCK ISLAND ARGUS. MCLVDAY. SEPTEMBER 15, ivra.
. 7 . - : ; - I THE ARGUS. t Published duly at 1824 Second ave nue. Rock Island. 111. (Entered at the postofflce second-class matter.) Hock lalaad Member mt the Associated BY THE J. W. POTTER CO. TERMS Ten cents per week by car rier, in Rock Island. i Complaint of delivery service should be made to the circulation department. i which should also be notified In every Instance where It in AmulrA tr paper discontinued, as carriers have no authority in the premises. All communications of argumentative churacter, political or religious, must save real name attached for publica tion. No such articles will be printed Dvrr fictitious elf-natures. Telephones In all departments. Cen tral Vnion. Rock Island 145. 1145 and 1145. Monday, September 15, 1913, These are the days when you are Impressed with the reality of God's out doors. The leading Spanish bullfighter has killed 3,000 bulls and accumulated a j fortune of $000,000. . i was being ranked ) class powers. I ... ' ., High time Epaiu among the first j It is probable that Gaynor dead Is - worse enemy to Tammany than was Gaynor living. If the dead mayor's ..support goes to Mitchell, Tammany cannot win. 'j The Indiana divine and professor l who regardless of the cause, boasts that be spanked his father, is no less an Aleck because of his calling or the fact that he was once Rockefeller's pastor. The undying love of a mother for a wayward son is pathetically illustrat ed i(i the case of Mrs. Thaw, who al though an invalid of advanced yuars ts spending her time, her money and ,Jier life to save the boy the bore and restore him to liberty. PLAXTI3G BR IMS IX THE SOIL. Now this Is what we call worth .while the way Minnesota expects to . lencourage its farming. Have you heard about it? Very soon an expv-rt force of 123 'teachers, the livest wires on modern farming that the state can find, to- gether with as many volunteers as can be drawn in, will go through Min- .. sesota's 1.600 townships, organizing ach one into an outdoor his school for grown-ups, with lectures, club meetings, demonstrations, pr'ze con- tests and anything which will help to stimulate interest in the right use of . the soil. Moreover, in ach of Minnesota's , more than 70 counties there is to be put into motion a systematic course . of continuous Instruction In the se'enee and philosophy of farm life, with standard crop centers showing the fogies how. The learning of the col leges Isn't to be kep'. loiked up; Ih books, pamphlets and bulletins, but Is to bs shoved "by human enthusiasm right down the throats of the entire rural population. Minnesota is one of our states which is doing right well in its (arming, as farming goes in his country. But the fact that in effete Europe three bush iels are grown on an equal area to our one and that we need the extra two. bushels as badly as any nation on the , irap, justifies more im-i'serre, don 0 ' you think? BOARD OF TRADR TRI BOYS IN r ciTr7.rnir. How fhe Winston-Salem, N. C, "board cf trade is helping the high rchool to train boys for citiaenshlp is 'told In a bulletin just Issued by the "United States bureau ot education. The school authorities established tv course for high school seniors in government and economics, and put it under the direction of the secretary "of the Winston-Salem board of trade. The course is a foundation course in the principles of economics and gov ernment but with special reference to the industrial, commercial and agri cultural problems of the United States, ' particKlarly the southern states. Next a "Juvenile club" was organ tied among the boys, in connection with the board of trade, the purpose being to have the boys check up their theoretical knowledge gained In school with the practical, every-day problems of an industrial center, such as Win-'ston-Salem is. Boys in the club were 'granted all the privileges of regular "board of trad members, except vot ing. They were allowed to take part In debate and were assigned to com mittee work. Before enterics the club 'they took the "Athenian oath," where ty they promised allegiance to the highest Ideals of civic righteousness or their city. 5 One of the first tasks assigned the fboya was to assist in the Industrial fpunrey of Wmeton-Saiem which the t board of trade it making. Students -jftrho had beea specializing la the eco nomics and govers meat department tot the high school were chosen for ftM work, in thl way they art get HlnS first-hand knowledge of organic Jed industrial efforts In Its relation to fine welfare of the community. p "The Wlnsiea-fcalem plan," saysLe utay Hodgca, socrtUry of the board of Vra4e, "train the boyt ef the city dl rreotJy for ciUceruhlp; first, la the iJJgb school, where they are taught tine principles a civil government and erLrBotd in t theories aed ba!o itrcbleme governing our economic or Hler; second, in the Juvenile club, .vnere they hare the means of being Identified wlta the real work of mu nicipal .development, and take part In actual social and industrial Investiga tions. An opportunity is thus provid ed for the boys to study at close range the varied industries of the city un der competent direction and in an of ficial capacity. 'In brief, the plan contemplates. first, teaching the boys how to live; and second, equipping them with an education whereby they can make a living, which, in the end, is the real secret of practical training for Intel- ngent citizenship. THE APPLE CROP. According to the summary of the Missouri state board of horticulture, as published in the 6t Louis Globe Democrat, the apple crop in Missouri this year will be but 40 per cent of the 1912 crop. This is not at all peculiar to Missouri. New York, the great ap ple state, is but 47 per cent Indeed, about half of last year's crop seems to be the general condition of all the states except the special ap ple states of the Pacific northwest, Oregon and Washington, where the condition is somewhat better. The Missouri river district is reported at 56 per cent, being much better than the general Missouri condition. The board expresses the opinion that growers who have sprayed their orchards will receive as much for their crop this year as last. If so, they should make more money, as there will be les6 expense for hand ling. As for the growers who have not sprayed, they will have few ap ples of any kind fit for market. Every apple that grows in Mis souri this year ought to be worth money. The dried fruit market is practically cleaned up. Opening prices for dried fruit indicate a higher -range than last year. With such a prospect, every apple not fit for market should be used as far as possible in this way. Farmers who have not sprayed their trees and have therefore the bulk of their crop in unmarketable condition, can get value out of it by. the drying process. A wormy apple unsulted for barrel ing may make as much, or nearly as much, dried fruit as a sound one, With a strong demand and a good Drlce as an inducement, the farmer with unmarketable apples should be able to get money out of them by drying. One trouble with advice of this character is that the farmer who is heedless of the advice to spray bis orchard is likely to be equally heedless of any other advice by which he might save some of the loss occasioned by not spraying. But even in the sprayed orchards there is much unmarketable fruit, and there, at least, are to be found men who are looking for ways to make their orchards pay, else they would not go to the expense of spray ing. The salvation of Missouri's or chard business, peaches as well as ap ples. lies in timely and sufficient spraying, beginning before blossoming and continuing well on toward the de- Alnnmprit nf th fruit YVhprp thfa Is cone large crops or line rruit are grown, here It is not done the San Jose scale, the codling moth and other pests and diseases not only take all tne pront out or tr.e crop, dui are in- creasing tueir ravages so rapidly that they will soon take the orchards also, Missouri grows wonderful apples, It is a pity for a single one of them tc be given up to worms and the scale. BEAUTY IN AN A Glowing Tribute to the Symmetry ef the American Product. In Profes'-or T. De Tarmo'a "Aes thetic Educstlon" Von Hartmann'a formal orders of beauty are the text for several cbspters. one of which in t u he proporVion maintains the fol,ow ,lhpSiS. 'There is an actual, possibly a nec essary. correlation between mechani cal efficiency and aesthetic proportion. In other words, as a tool or a ma chine Increases in ail round efficiency there is a corresponding Increase in tbe aesthetic quality of its proportions. As an example tbe American az. "the most beautiful in existence," is described and analyzed: "Theory, accident and experience have stood beside tbe smith as he bas forged tbe blade, the head and the eye of the az. The same forces bnv in fluenced the makers of tbe handle as they have selected the hickory, have shaped it in tbe rough with ax and drawing knife and finished it by the open fireside with knife and sandpaper and broken glass. From a straight round stick it bas become what we see. a gracefully curving handle, fist enough to enable tbe woodsman to hold tbe blade true. large enough to fit tbe band comfortably, enlarged suf ficiently at tbe end to make sure tbe grasp yet be no bar to the comfort ot the user and curved enough to secure the maximum of ease and vigor of troke. , "The whole constitutes a balanced perfection which Is as beautiful In its proportion as it is efficient in its ac tion. The edge of the blade rounds gently at its extremities for ease of entrance to tbe wood and recovery from It; above these rounded ends of the cutting edge the blade Is made somewhat thinner front and back than through the body of tho wedge. and for a similar reason, namely, that there may be greater recovery for the next stroke. The bead Is Just mas sive enough to balance tbe blade and Is either made square for striking a nonpenetrating blow or, Is gently rounded." , . Salesmen and Smiles. ' "The smile ia one of the greatest as sets of the successful salesman or saleswoman," says the manager of a department store linen department "It makes friends for the store as read ily as do moderate prices snd good goods. "Tbe ability to smile for eight hours a day is a trelt hard to acquire and i possessed by few store belp. Yet it can be gained by constant practice the.watcjjlngof. oneself and not per I Capital Comment BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER Congressman from ths Fourteenth D 'strict. (Special Correspondence of The Argus.) I "Washington, Sept 13. The opinion is general in this country, and nas been held by some of the most thoughtful men in congress, that the rate of pay to the railroads for car rying mail is so high, so much higher than the rates which the railroads charge their subsidiaries. the express com panies, for carry ing the same class of matter, that the government, unless it changes the ba sis for railroad postal pay, can never reduce par- vvivn. express business away from the express companies. In other words,, it is contended, we must force the railroads to charge less for carrying mail matter. Including par cels. Otherwise, the express com panies, possessing much more advan tageous contracts with the railroads than the government possesses, will be able to cut their rates below any par cel post rates which the government can fix and still maintain the parcel pest on a profitable basis. In his very able analysis of the pos tal and express rates, and the com pensation for railroad- transportation P.f ch .;IaT63T of tnlght. Represents tive David J. Lewis of Maryland, joint author of the present parcel post law and the greatest expert on this sub ject ever in congress, showed by ta bles of figures that thi3 impression has no solid basis in fact Mr. Lewis advocates a .reduction in ran ay Pay ior earning me mans. But he shows that Uncle Sam already possesses very advantageous contracts with the-railroads without knowing it. And if the government chooses to go into the general express business it will find itself able to transport postal express packages at no greater cost uiuuuk i:l any iiiaiu iue aiiutest jijui- catlon of a frown. "I recall my first purchase? ia a New York department store. I was directed to the counter where I could find tbe special article of my choice. I was met by a gruff 'What is it?' from the sales man. I recall I said. 'Nothing.' and I haven't been in that store 6ince." New York Press. FOEEST NOTES II SS two million trees will be planted on Ujj, national forests in Utah, Nevada au(j southern Idaho during 1914, Makers of small hickory handles for hammers, chisels and the like are now trying to use the waste from mills which niak hiokorv KDOkPS and nirk and ax handles. There is much waste in getting out the flawless white oak necessary for tight barrel staves. The forest ser vice is trying to get manufacturers of parquetry flooring to use some of this i waste. The U. S. consul at Aberdeen, Scot land, thinks that American manufac- turers may have a chance to compete in furnishing staves for fish barrels. There has been a recent rise in the "The Young Lady MS 1 -A 4 The young lady across the way says she overheard her father say that he had half a mind to go in for vegetarianism and it certainly was funny the way a city man always thought he could make, a success as a farmer. than the express companies now have to pay. This is due to the sliding scale of railway mail pay under the present law. It is true that the government now has to pjay a cent more for send ing a ton of mail one mile than the express companies have to pay for the transportation of an equal weight of express matter for an equal dis tance. But that is because the gov ernment does not have sufficient mail traffic to take advantage of the fu benefits of the sliding scale of railway pay. Mr. Lewis shows that to little rail roads which carry a daily weight of 211 pounds of mall the government pays an equal compensation of $42.75 for each mile of road, which equals a cost of $1.13 railway pay for transport ing a ton of mail one mile. At the other end of the table of figures is the theoretical railroad which carries' a daily weight of 500,000 ptounds of mail, or 250 tons, which receives an annual compensation of $4,988.91 per mile of track. This apparently much larger compensation Is, in fact proportion ately much smaller, since the cost to the government works out at $.054 for carrying a ton of mail one mile. There are short stretches of rallroaa be tween New York and Philadelphia, for instance, and between Atlanta, Ga.. and Charlotte, N. C. where the rail roads carry mail in such quantities and receive this low compensation. The average cost of railroad trans portation to express companies is sev en cents per ton of mafTer per mile. The government averaging all rail roads, is now paying eight cents a ton-mile. Give the express business to the post office by lowering parcel post rates and increasing the weight limit, ar gues Mr. Lewis, and 'mail matter will cram the mail cars, giving full advan tage of the sliding scale of railway pay. "I believe it is beyond doubt." he said jn his speech, "that a' great in crease in the weight of the mails from the addition of express matter would reduce gross railway pay to an aver age cf less than seven cents a ton mile." price of spruce and fir staves from Sweden and Scotland. Four new state forests have recent ly been added to those in Hawaii, mak ing 27 In all, with an aggregate of 683, 101 acres. Of this amount, 67 per cent belongs to the territory, the rest be ing private land administered by the territorial forest officers. CHURCHILL S FAVORED Tavenner Opposes Compton's Man for Macomb Postmastership. Washington, D. C, Sept. 15. Fol lowing the defeat of Patrick H. Tier nan for postmaster at Macomb, 111., Representative Tavenner is consider ing recommending Frederick B. Churchill for the position. He receiv ed today about a dozen telegrams en dorsing Mr. Churchill. The. tele grams include one from Mayor Ira J. O'Hara of Macomb. State Senator W. A. Compton insists upon the ap pointment of his candidate, Mr. Dud man. Representative Tavenner re sents the efforts of Senator Compton to control the appointments in his congressional district and is determ ined to have hig own man appointed. Across the Way" HENRT HOWIAND What's the use of all the kickin at the, way the world is run? There are some things some folks reckon might be somewhat better done. But In spite of them. I rether think wei might as well admit That It's very doubtful whether growlln', helps along a bit. i This life Is like a river that goes rollin swift and strong! Tou can dam It. but you'll never stop tha water very long; It'll keep on findln' places for to break through to the sea. And you can't by makln' faces shut off woes. It seems to me. " Life Is a.rtver goln' to an end It's sure to reach. And you can't head off its flowin. though you whine or though you preach But you can pitch In and turn It so It often helps a lot; Let's give up the Viqkln, durn It! and pitch In with what we've got REFLECTIONS. Eat, drink and be merry until indigestion sets in. -at least Every dog has his yesterday to look back upon with regret. We are .all tools of Chance, general ly with loA e handles. As long as'- ere Is hope there will be fortune tellers. Over the door of every man's heart there is a sign which is either "COME IX," or "KEEP OUT." What is the sign above the door of your heart? All the women's clubs' in the world cannot alter the fact that both the sewing machine and the typewriter were invented by men. Victory Worth Winning. "And," said' the rising young spell binder as he reached his eloquent per oration, "I predict that our candidate will, when the votes are counted, be found to have ridden to success upon a tidal wave of glory that will have swept all before it like wild fire breaking in flying spray upon the strand where the sun of victory shall blaze forth its first effulgent rays up on the close of one of the most noble, most memorable campaigns that have ever been launched upon the sea of politics to gather strength and carry ail before it like the cyclone sweep ing across the broad prairie from which even the orb of day has disap peared in terror." ' t Jared Had a Right to Kick. . "Yes, Methuselah was the oldest man. He was S69 years of age when he died. But do you know who was next to tbe oldest?" "No, I don't know as I ever heard." "Jared. He was 062 when he went to his reward." "By Henry! It must grind a fellow to hang on that long and then drop out of sight, missing a chanco for everlast ing, glory by an insignificant seven yearst I'd have been mighty sore if I'd been Jared, I'll tell you that!" If His Mother Knsw. Hold on, young man; one moment please. Before you pass that door tonight: Tou say you mean no harm, you say Tou'il bring a slnlev heart away, Tou say that you are strong, that Right Shall guard you from the wiles of Wrong. That to yourself you will be true. But would you still seek pleasure there Come, answer truly and be fair If you could know your mother knewT We always tell ourselves before We weakly yield that we are strong; We always, ere we enter In, Expect to leave still free from sin And still the armored foes of Wrong, But few would fall and few would sigh. Remorse would gnaw the hearts of few If each, when Conscience cries "Beware!" Would ask himself If he would care To do it if his mother knew. His Lucky Strike. vi "How did Biggleson happen to 'strike It so rich?" "That wasn't the way it happened. The striking was done by the other thing. I understand that he got J10, 000 damages from the owner of the automobile that hit him because every member of the Jury happened to have been hurt in some way by a puft wagon himself." The American consul in Santo Do mingo report that the natives use na tural tooth brushes called "chew sticks." They are made by cutting the green stems of tbe orange, lemon and the membrilio or quince tree, and tboce of a common plant known as guana, which they chew up and. un use for Crushing their teeth WW i : ry-.Ml.NI.L, The Daily Story THE DIAMOND BLOCK BY CLARISSA MACKIE. Copyrighted, tr Assoclatel Literary Bureau. It happened in Chicago. . The Djamond block stands on a "cor ner formed by two principal thorough fares, a tall building with bull stone walls rising above the crowded street I until the upper uoors are a Diur to tne eye below. Up on the twentieth floor are the offices of John Diamond, owner of this building and many others of the same kind in the big metropolis. Many and varied are, the interests of this rich man and the transaction of his affairs requires the reservation of the entire twentieth floor for his offices. All day long dozens of clerks pore over ledgers, typewriters and adding machines. Mr. Diamond was seldom seen about the building. Most of his business was transacted through competent ex ecutives, of whom Henry Robinson was tbe chief. The Diamonds lived in a magnificent house on the lake front and went in for society. Helen Diamond, the beautiful daughter of the miltimilllonalre, had drifted through the offices once or twice to "WHAT DOES THIS MEAN ?" HE DEMANDED. see her father, and ber coming and go ing had blazed a trail of fire in the heart of George Brown, the newest clerk on the force. It was a singular fact that Mr. Dia mond's rare visits to his offices were invariably on the eve of his departure for Colorado and Arizona, where he hinl extensive mining interests. It was immediately after one of these periodical visits of John Dia mond that young George Brown, the new accountant, did a bit of detective work that brought him to tho personal notice of the grcnt Joliu Diamond himself. Young Erown was a slim, dapper yeuth, who did not bate himself in the least and who was not in love with work of any sort He read detective stories and knew positively that he was one of the chosen few. He pos sessed the "detective instinct." He be lieved himself quite fascinating enough to win his employer's daughter. Helen Diamond, flattering himself thnt he was capable of becoming general man ager of the whole business and so would be an acceptable son-lu-Iaw. One morning young Brown entered the elevator and was sped up aloft with other workers. The car stopped at the eighteenth floor to let off pas sengers and again at the nineteenth to drop Trowbridge, who worked iu the Dover insrrrance offices. Up it shot to the twentieth floor., where Brown Rot off with a puzzled frown marring bis ingenuous brow. The empty car dropped down and as it wont he watched it intently. Then he walked to auother elevator and rode down to the ground ffoor, counting each floor as be passed. When he ep;iiu mounted to the twentieth floor there was a strange light in bis eyes and excitement tingling every nerve of his sensitive frame. He was on the verge of a mystery, the solving of which would place hirn in-the limelight of publicity and bring down upon his talented head the eter nal approval and friendship of John Diamond. Over bis ledger Brown pondered the facts as be had stumbled upon them. Between the nineteenth aud twentieth floors of the Diamond block there was an expanse of white wall quite unac counted for why, that Mack wall was the height of any of the other floors In the building and yet there appeared no door to mar its surface. The eleva tors were of special construction, with walls of solid metal plates and a grill ed door, and tbe passing of this fif teen feet of unaccounted for space might be quite unnoticed unless one was sharp eyed and sharp eared, like young Brown. Why should there ba such a waste of space in this great building, where every foot of room was valuable? That wae the mystery, and George Brown resolved to solve it. At noon, as he waited for the eleva tor, he saw the roof of the ascending car stop Just below his floor level, and he distinctly heard Mr. Robinson's voice. When tbe elevator reached the twentieth floor it was empty. "I thought Mr. Kobinson Was on the car," said Brown curiously. Tbe middle aged operator shook bla head negatively. Henry Robinson, tbe manager of the Diamond Interests, was a martinet Iu discipline. George Brown despised him accordingly and knew with un erring certainty that he could fill Rob inson's Job with one band tied behind nrm. Brown argued thus: Henry. Robin son b.Td supervised the buinilng of the Diamond block what more natural than he should connive to have one of the floors sealed to public knowledge, yea, even the knowledge of his guile less employer, and use It to his own advantage? What sort of work was carried on secretly there? George Brown bad it all figured out to a nicety: counterfeiting, of course. Robinson, the counterfeiter! What a morsel for the amateur detective to roll under his tongue. But George Brown wanted to be very sure that he was right before springing his Information upon the un suspecting John Diamond. Just at this time Mr. Diamond was iu the west So George Brown entered the tall building across the street and survey ed the Diamond block from the out side and studied the Diamond block from an upper floor whose windows were on a level with the windows of the mysterious unnumbered floor of the Diamond block. Counting carefully he found the nineteenth floor, gold lettered win dows of the Dover Insurance company quite distinct then another set of win dows unlettered, closely curtained, then above them the wire screened windows of the Diamond offices, known as the twentieth floor. At last he decided to consult a de tective. - So one evening at C o'clock the ele vator carried up five. passengers George Brown, Allen, tho detective, and two policemen In plain clothes and a reporter from the Daily Dishup, for Brown did not want his triumph to pass unnoticed. When they had risen several stories Allen placed his hand on tbe arm of the elevator man and showed a re volver. "You are my prisoner," he said cool ly. "Now, my man, no fuss. Just stop at that unnumbered floor between the nineteenth and twentieth.' White of face and with muttered protests the man brought the car to a standstill before that mysterious, un numbered space that had attracted the attention of keen young Brown. In stead of opening the usual door, the man turned and slid back a door In the rear of the elevator, disclosing a corresponding doorway in the wall. That was the entrance to the un numbered floor. George Brown was a-trcmble with exultation. The fire entered the door and found themselves at once in a narrow pas sageway, softly lighted and thickly enrpeted. As they passed from one lux uriously furnished room to another Brown pictured the downfall of tbe guilty manager when his secret should be disclosed to Diamond. Handsome library, luxurious smok ing room, billiard room and then tho murmur of voices from an adjoining room brought the five to a standstill before a closed door. Then with one movement the five pushed into a small, lighted study, where sat Kobinson. the manager. In intimate conversation with John Dia mond himself! The millionaire sprang to his feet and stared angrily at the invaders. "What does this mean?" be de manded. Tbe detective. Allen, was quite un willing to share the honor alone. He grasped George Brown by bis cont col lar and pushed him to tbe front. In picturesque words he explained the situation. "And this young pinhead" he ended in a gasp of rage ns he shook George Brown- as a terrier shakos a rat Mr. Diamond was smiling austerely. "Gentlemen." he said nt last, "this private suit of rooms Is the only ref use of a man weary of the noise and clnttcr of tho world and the hollow thing called 'society. Here I can hide for weeks at a time, absorbed In my books and In my experimental work in the laboratory yonder. Now that you have spied me out I can no longer remain unlets I have your word of honor that my secret shall remain un published." Freely they gave tbe promise, all save George Brown, who was too crushed for utterance. He merely nod ded his bead In n broken hearted way and was glad that he knew of another job that he tnisht have for the asking, n Job where there was so much wovk to be done that there was no time for the development of the detective in stinct. But the reporter of the Dally Dishup yielded to temptation one. day and published the whole story, and to tho end of It he appended the announce ment of the engagement of Miss Helen Diamond to Henry Robinson, general manager of th Diamond interests. ' And George Brown, sticking manful ly to his new Job. smiled bitterly when he read the announcement, anl took to his breast the one crumb of .consola tion It nJorded hitn. He bad been right In his argument that a millionaire's daughter amatlmes marries her father's peneral manager. Septe 15 in American History. 1770 New York city occupied by Zl British under Lord Cornwallis; se quel to the defeat of Washington's army at the battle of Long Island, Atis. 2f. 17SU James Fenimore Cooper, the nov elist. born: died 1851. 1SC7 William Howard Taft, twenty seventh president of the United State?, born in Cincinnati. 1011 Joel Benton, author, poet and critic, died; born 1831. Indiscretion. ' malice, rashness and falsehood produce each other. L'En-