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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, MONDAY, MARCH 2, 1914.
4 THE ARGUS. gfcl Published dally at 12 Second ave nue. Rock. Island. 111. (Entered at the tofce a second-data matter.) (lock lalaad Member ef the Asaoclate BY THE J. W. POTTER CO. TERMS Ten cents per week by car rier. In Jtoek Island; 3 per year by mall tn advance. Complaints of delivery aervlse should be made to the circulation department, which should also be notified In every Instance where It Is desired to- iiave paper discontinue! as carriers have no authority In the premises. All communications of Argumentative character, political or religious, must have real name attached for publica tion. No such articles will be printed over fictitious ala-naturea. Telephones in all departments. Cen tral Vnlon. Rock Island 145. 1145 and 2143. A St. lA)uia cafe is so d1pr!;ilnating In Its advertisements that it promises "munic and singing." The society for the (prevention of cruelty to non-dancing husbands ban disbanded during Lent. Most of the people who are crying "On to Mexico'' are not thinking of taking the trip themselves. It takes two to interview John . Rockefeller one to ask questions and the other to take the picture. It is unfortunate that Eleanor Wil Eon can not even munch a bun without having the fact telegraphed all over the continent. Trust Iowa to bring out the perfect watchman. He wasn't even disturbed 4 by .the blowing up of the safe of the " state treasury. Teeth extracted to music is a dental novelty from Paris, where the red, ..-white and blue vrlgs come from. Why feiot tango teas for patients waiting gsiheir turn? . - ij Jack London is reported to have said jfce would be willing to stand as the -presidential candidate of the prohibi . lion party. After that awful souse,' ' ' John Barleycorn ought to ibe ready for "martyrdom.. If they are made of the real stuff, 'J it will take more than a stiff fine and '.a Jail sentence to force two New York .' newspaper men to tell the source of 'the information on which, they based printed stories concerning impending graft prosecutions. , The supreme test of Henry Ford's . willingness to make sacrifice Is the de mand upon Ui'iri to stand p. the pro gressive candidate for governor of 0nl- There are several thousand bull "moosers in Ohio who would like to share profits In Henry's bar'l. IN "DRY" TERRITORY. Q ( The ingenuity displayed in carrying " on the sale of whisky at points where abolition of license laws has made the eFUe of beer practically out of the ques tion, la. most surprising. S In an Oklahoma town the sale went forward at an establishment "with great freedom, although, none was found on the premises. Finally it was 'discover ed by accident stored in a tank in the celling; and drawn off through what looked like a gas jet. This, however, has nothing on the Kansas man who sold thousands of im itation eggs, each containing a drink tf red eye. STATE'S POWER PERVERTED v The manager of a Colorado strlke-i breaking agency, Felta by name, has admitted to mine strike probers that - the machine guns used on the armored trains run through the mteere' settle ments were given to the state of Col' ore do by the operators and worked by a lieutenant of militia on pay, The degradation of a etate la com plete when It accepts from capital weapons of war aa a sift end then . turns these weapons, in the name o law and order, bat in reality hi the service of capital, against the men and woman and children who are seeking p little larger chare of their own crea t'orx. that they may live a little better. , Edward Bellamy placed the future r-ivil war In Colorado, Wre may never have that on larger scale than has been witnessed, but we will have what approximates it so long as the military arm of the state Is in the eervice of those who have and are Intent upon holding. REGULATING BILLBOARDS. C The lty of St. Louis has finally won In litigation extending over nlne-years against the operations of a billboard combine. The statute was moderate, merely limiting height of such board ings to 14 feet and a maximum area of 600 square feet. If such regular tlona are sofestablished, there will be no limit to the deformed advertising that will grow up in vacant city lots and suburbs. If it Is constitutional to limit blU- - boards to certain heights and lengths. why can not this limitation bo carried Monday, March 2, 1914. indefinitely In the interest of the pub- Uc good? To travelers on American railroads, one of the most disgusting eights is jgthe way advertising billboards throat ' themselves against country scenery. Wben one escapes from the routine of Jiome scenes or the restless crowding Yli citir-. one looks with anticipation for the serene peace of rivers and Mil and forests. Yet on almost any line with heavy travel, the coarse appeal to dollars thrusta itself at you la the moat Rrotsque form, shutting out the hoped-for message from mother na ture. On some lines there is an almost continuous succession of these obnox ious and ugly notices. People pay down good money for the refreshment of country scenes, and are solicited against their will to buy some one's corsets or tooth paste. ,A great many people conceive a strong feeling of dislike against the company that chooses this method of advertising. One would think that publicity seekers would begin to think that they are not buying the good will of the public when they choose a meth od of advertising that is so unpop ular. Meanwhile the end of this tiresome litigation In St. Louis will encourage a host of improvement societies and civic associations, which have always believed that billboards could be out lawed or greatly curbed through legal means. SWINGING SIGN NUISANCZ. Damage wrought by the wind of Sat urday evening serves as another re minder that a swinging sign is always an.enace in the streets of a city. The fastening inevitably wears and event ually, unless replaced. It will give way. In a wind such as that of Saturday evening the hangings are given a se vere test, oven if in good shape to withstand ordinary conditions. The hesvier the sign the more rapid the wear on its fastenings and the great er the damage liable to result if it falls. In Saturday's storm several swing ing signs were torn entirely or partly loose and others were damaged. As it happened nobody was struck by failing parts. Had any such accidents occurred the city would have been liable jointly with, the owners of. the sifms. ' ... Then there is the matter of sightli ness. Any sign which projects over the sidewalk mars the appearance of the street. The more there are and the larger the greater the offense to the eye. A street full of signs might be expected in a jay town but not in a city which has metropolitan aspira tions. Individually business men who use swinging or projecting signs are not to blame. Others do it and in self defense they feel compelled to go as far as their neighbors to attract at tention. But as a class they should be ready to cooperate in the observ ance of a rule for their removal apply ing to all alike. Rock Island at one time enforced such an ordinance. All projecting signs should be done away with. If such a rule will work hardship a date, say a year hence, should be set for the enforcement of the regulation. The very least that the city should do is to abolish the loose, swinging sign and prescribe and enforce reasonable limitations as to height above the sidewalk and dis tance of projection from the property line. THE MECHANIC'S HAND. Machinery now does for us a thous and and one things which formerly could be done only with our hands. The result 3s that the deft, skillful mechanic's hand, trained by long years of practice to do some particular work with the greatest efficiency, is. a far rarer thing than it used to be. Many fine specimens of mechanics' hands still exist, however, as is shown by the remarkable collection of hand, casts recently presented to Dartmouth college by Kendall Banning, who has made the study of hands a hobby and has collected many Interesting facts about them. The hands of a mechanic, says Mr. Banning, are more easily read than those of a poet. The hand of an all around mechanic should be square, with the same width at the base of the fingers as at the base of the thumb, and as long from the end of the wrist to the beginning of the fingers as It Is wide literally square, (The fingers should be broad, short, approximately square, and neither flat nor rounded. The cushions opposite should be broad and well developed, for such fingers indloate ingenuity, a natural aptltuda for mechanics and a love of mechanical work -for itself. The thumbs and fingers should not be turned backward, for this means care lessness and Instability. And above all a meohanlo should know liow to pick up a book or any other object. This he should do by turning the point or his thumb In with a balance hold instead of grasping It with the ball of the thumb, which makes the thumb only a clamp instead of a plneer. With this you have m good mechanic In telling the character, and from a mechanical point of view, the thumb Is Important. The loss of the right thumb Is held at 35 per cent of the value of the whole hand; of the left, 15 per cent. The Index finger Is rated next on the right hand at 20 per cent Net an Ootet. . Cyril Maude, the Engllsfti comedian, was talking about clans distinctions. 'They sre loss marked with yon than with us." he said. "Here you all talk alike the shopgirl's accent differs in uo wise from that of a Stuyvesant or a Roosevelt. But with us the lower classes talk a disgraceful jargon, . "The 'h especially. The lower class es can never master that 'b.' In my youth X once heard a stags manager rehearsing- 'Faust' He had sprung from the people, poor chap, and he conducted the rehearsal like this: " 'Old your 'ands on your 'ips, 'old up your 'eads and look 'sugbty.. You're not on 'Ampstead 'Eath, now you're in 'Ades. Now, 'as ten off 'urrledly, with a look of 'ate. " 'But, sir,' said I, 'there's only six of us. "Washington Star. Examinations for 14th Civil aervlce examinations will be held April 18 to fill 22 fourth class postofflces in the Fourteenth Illinois congressional district. The fourth class offices to be filled in this congressional district are as follows: Andalusia, Bardolph, Basco, Birming ham, Cameron, Carman, Coal Valley, Colmar, Colusa, Denver, Elvaston, Fer ris, Gladstone, Little York, Lomax, Le dia, Millersburg, New Philadelphia, Pontoosuc, Sciota, Swan Creek, Wa tertown. Examination for any of the above offices may be taken April IS at any of the following cities: Aledo, BusUnell, Carthage, East Moline, Galesburg, Ma comb, Mollne, Monmouth, Quincy, Rock Island, or Burlington, Iowa. An applicant for examination for ap pointment at any postofflce must re HUSBAND INNOCENT f ! WANTS HIM AGAIN " Miss Rosebud English. Aiuericus, Ga., March ?. What is the legal status of the former wife of A. D. Oliver, now that he has been re leased by the Mississippi authorities on the ground that he is not L. C. Harding, in whose name he was serv ing a penal sentence? This is the question that is worrying Miss Rose bud English, the former Mrs. Oliver, now the divorced wife of Mr. James, whom she married afte- the courts of Georgia had declared her marriage to Oliver illegal on the ground that he was Harding and Harding was a biga mist. If Oliver is not Harding and the Mississippi authorities have released him on the ground that he is a victim of mistaken identity why is she not now his legally wedded wife? The marriage was annulled under the be lief that he was Harding and Hard ing is known to have had another wife. It is now legally established that he is not Harding, although he served a complete term for bigamy under that name. These are ques tions on which the young woman is now seeking legal advice. It will be recalled by those who at tended the habeas corpus proceedings in Thomasvile, when Oliver was try ing to prevent the Mississippi author ities from taking him into that state, that he told of a visit his former wife had paid him while he was serving a term for bigamy, as Harding, in the Lee county convict camp. He said then that the bigamy charge had been trumped up against him by a man named James, who was a wildcat min ing stock salesman, in order that he, 44The Young Lady ' ' J "V-' r'y t 'ij Reverting to our discussion of the economic system, we observed to the young lady across the way that we sometimes feared we had not yet got entirely away from the old feudalism and she said she saw in the paper Just the other day that a young man in Kentucky had shot another on account of sous old family quarrel. District Postmaster side In the territory supplied by such postofflce. The application form may be secur ed from the postmaster at any of the offlcesifor which the examinations are held, the United States civil "service commission, Washington, D. C, or the postmaster, at the place at which the examination Is to be held, and should be properly executed, indicating there in the examination point at which the applicant desires to be examined, and should be immediately forwarded to the United States civil service com mission, Washington, D. C. Persons who, for any reason, are unable Jo forward their applications to the commission in time to receive written authority to enter the exam ination, will be examined, subject to the subsequent approval of their ap plications, if they appear for examin ation at a place where the examina tions are to be he'd. James, might marry Oliver's young wife, whom Oliver was reported to have given $30,000. "After he married her," said Oliver, "James learned that there was no truth in the report that I had given her $30,000, or any other large sum c money, and re after mistreating her cruelly, he lelt Oliver ?.-as forci-..." presid&nt of the bank at Climax, ia., ard a spec tacular figure In this section. Ac cording to Oliver, it was his half brother and not himself who perpe trated the offenses that have been laid at his door. He intended to enter the banking business again. His wife, or former wife, has aready entered into negotiations to see if he will allow her to return to him. "I am going to locate right here In Americus," he said, "and I want the people to know all about me before I begin business. I am not going to try to hide my past in the least, for I am not ashamed of it. I am not guilty of the crime for which I was sentenced. It Bounds funny for a man who has been messed up In the courts to Bay he Is going into the banking business, but that's just what I am go ing to do. I don't ask anybody to deposit a cent In my bank unless he wants to." Oliver was arrested in November, following the escape from a prison at Aberdeen of L. Charles Harding, whom Oliver resembles. Oliver claims that Harding is his half-brother. The latter is now said to be Eafe in Hon duras. After serving several months Oliver obtained a writ of habeas cor pus. He was taken before a chan cel lary, where he established an alibi. His release was thereupon ordered. Rudeness About Doors. Never mind if you do not happen to know the person who is coming be hind you. Hold 'the door or gate open for him Just the same. Of course the next in order may be several steps be hind, or you may be obliged' to save two seconds to catch your train. You may in cases like these feci compelled to slam a door or gate in the face of an innocent fellow being. But in scores of instances recently observed doors and gates have been slammed in the faces of those following by boorish men and women, apparently out of sheer clownisbness. Sometimes the person thus insulted may huppen to be One whom you may wish to please. It pjys to be a lady or a gentleman, even when you think you are among stran gers. Kate Upson Clark in Leslie's. Men and Jobs. ' Apropos of an inefficient manager's resignation, George Gould said, to a New York railroad reporter: "It's every man's desire to wabble round in a bis lob rather than to fill a small one, and that's wby so many resignations are by request- Across the Way" HENITf HOWLAND WHAT5 in A NAME? i Smith wield a veryl - clever bruab. Hia canvaaea are never akie!; The eloweat man In town la Rush, "When bills are due: ' old Mies! McBride Haa lived alone fort 60 yeare: She'll never marrrj now, they Bay: , We buy our arocer-i lea at De Vere'a Our leading- peasi-, mint ie Gay. Prieat runs a bar-i ber shop, and. to odd; . jobs hers end) and there; ' Oir Brewer thin-;! that beer's a ; thing Which stiould be barred out ev-1 ery where; Short stands slx4 feet In his aooka. 1 Stout is a slender j little man; i Our banker's namej is Foore, and . Knox . ! Boosts other peo-i pie when he can. Our painless den- i ttst's name ia Paine. And B s r b e r a preaching makes us a-lad; A very modest man is Vane, , The oldest cltiren is Ldd; ! Clearwater peddles milk, and Black, j Who la in partnership with Brown. j Is always aiding- those who lack And is the whitest man in town. i I Why He Liked Them. "Have you ever read the Bible from, beginning to end?" "Yes. When I was a boy my par-j ents compelled me to read a chapterj every night." "What part most appealed to you?" . "The Psalms and Proverbs." "That's curious. Ordinarily a boy would not be expected to "understand the Psalms and Proverbs as readily ae he would some of the stories, such as; the story of Joseph and that of Sam son." "It wasn't because I understood the Psalms and Proverbs, but they were cut up Into shorter verses than any of the rest of the Bible, consequently I was able to get through the pages faster." ' Wssted Effort- x T want you to subscribe something; to the fund we are raising for the purpose of lvlng Senator Bunk a grand reception when he comes home from Washington. How much shall we put you down for?" "Nothing!" "Nothing? . Why you must admit that Senator Bunk has made a great record in congress. ' He has succeed-, ed In making himself one of the lead ers of the most dignified deliberative body on earth." ; "Yes, bnt he's got all the offices at his disposal filled, so what's the use?" SOMETHING REALLY WRONG. "Doctor, I' v e come to see you about my wife. I'm afraid there's something serious the matter with her." "I'm sorry to hear that. What are her symptoms?" "Why, the other day, when I was out of town, ehe had occasion to go to my office, and there she found several letters marked 'private' that she didn't open." Ruled Out. "No, I'm sorry we can't use your spring poem. . You have violated the rules." "Violated the rules? There is not a faulty rhyme In it; the meter is per fect, and the rhythm is correct." ' "Yes, bnt you have neglected to use the word jocund." , . v More Effective. "Do you think bachelors ought to be taxed?" he asked. "Well," she replied. "I haven't thought much about . it, but if they merely wish to raise revenue, it seems to me they could do It much more effectively by taxing the grass widowers." Apparently Not. "George has never been away from me a single evening since we have been married." "What's the matter? Haven't you succeeded in inspiring him with con fidence?" v Wanted It Settled. "There's one thing I never could understand," her husband began, but he got no farther, for she interrupted him to ask: , "Which one, your first wife or me?" Strengths "Carlyle ssys there is strength in cheerfulness." "What of It? He might have said that same thing about onions. Sufficient Grounds For s Di voice. -"Man never knows what untold ag. any woman suffers." exclaimed custty Mrs. Gabb. "The only untold agony a woman suffers Is when sbe wears tight shoes to lie stylish," replied Mr. Gabb. Clu- clnnstl Kuouirsr. The Daily Story ; THE HAPPY HUNTING GROUND BY F. A, MITCHJL . Copyrighted.. 1914. by Associated Literary Bureau. 'f Miss Leila Rathbone was born a flirt an unconscious flirt. She didn't know that she was flirting even when she was deliberately drawing some youth Into her tolls. Nevertheless she was not surprised when she got him them it did not occur to her that she bnd anything to do with his being there. All the other reiiows got mere. Why not he? This commenced when Miss Rathbone was fourteen years old If not earlier and lasted till she was double that sge. The game was so plentiful that sbe had no Idea that there would ever be a dearth of It. Miss Rathbone, as I have ssid. began to bring down youths at a very early age and continued it ss long as ber heyday lasted, which was about the .same duration as that of most girls. She had a comfortable home, and it "WHAT A LITTLE FOOL I WAS IN THOSE OATS !" did not occur to her that there was any reason why she should mftrry. What did she know of the waning in terest in this world's affairs that comes to all who grow old, except in chil drenchildren of their own? At twenty she was at the summit of earthly contentment. The woods were as full of game as ever. At twenty four there was a falling off, not in her attractiveness, but there were not as many men within range. At twenty eight all the men seemed to have grown backward and were nothing but boys, while on looking in" a mirror sbe saw Unmistakable signs of change in herself. The bud had fully opened, and the rose was beginning to pass beyond bloom. Meanwhile the fifteen years that had passed since sbe had begun to emerge from childhood had brought changes in her surroundings. Sbe was far more alone than she had been. Social af fairs, even tennis and golf, had lost much of their charm. Those of ber friends who had married had passed from her to their children. They were as glad as ever to meet her, but she realized that their little ones had taken her place in the hearts of their par ents. . She began to envy her friends the possession of their children. The parents were still young, and their off spring were still children. Miss Rath bone had not reached an age to under stand the value of a grown son oi daughter to an old person. When Miss Rathbone was Hearing thirty she was still an attractive wo man. Having come to realize what she had missed, or believed she bad missed, in not having taken steps to build her own nest, she resolved to make hay during the brief season when the sun would still shine. She, remembered regretfully the superfluity of game within range during past years and recognized the fact that the woods for her had been pretty well cleaned out. As after civilization has encroached on hunting grounds sports men must go farther for game, so did Miss Rathbone come to think, that she must seek new fields. Spring Vas com ing on, and she thought of summer re sorts. But she knew that the only game to be found at such places are old men and boys. She had discovered that sbe had passed the age when a college student had cease! to be some thing for her to look up to. Travel next suggested itself to her. When a young girl she had been more nearly caught in her own traps, while touring in Europe than at any other time. Sbe bad found sightseeing in company with young men an admira ble field for -her flirtations. And as for an ocean voyage, after the wearing off of mal de mer. there seemed to be something about salt water to, induce love. Miss Rathbone decided to- Join the hegira of those sailing for foreign ports the next season. Miss Rathbone joiued a party of her acquaints noes who were going to make a three months' tour of Europe. How changed were ber circumstances from 1 Miss Rathbone who had often had aifflculty la staving off the importun ties of several young men, each ot whom was bent on receiving au an swer to a proposal' Could it be possl ble that she was going abroad for th purpose of bringing down some bach elor who, having arrived at middb age, hod lost much of that spirit whlol Impels a man to tumble head over heels In love on the slightest provoca tion? But Miss Rathbone remembered that while the older man Is not ag gressive he is vulnerable. During her trip abroad Miss Rath bone met bachelors, but found them confirmed celibates. They seemed to her like wild horses that had never been broken to a bit or a saddle. Their own comfort, their independence, were1 C 1 fMpWril their gods. A Tor giving jjp .hT their privileges, they had no twhu whatever. They were like tbs'JZ which, utterly worthless fW I' keeps carefully out of the haatinM During a sojourn st Lsle Cm Rathbone fell in with a widows r? win Dudley, who was not tnocBS, senior snd whose descent. late Avernus of bachelorhood hi j i! sverted by marriage. He bad pk!2 his only child, a boy. at school i T nevsand was taking a holiday t&ml em Italy, where at the tims tbA mate was neither too hot nor too tote Mr. Dudley was staying at tb M hotel as Miss Rathbone and first st ber one morning at breskfat &t the waters of the lake. The tttarZ was propitious. Directly oppojitt a high mountain, looming np beisZ the lake and the blue sky. .r right and to the left were tugt ly Yin ttlm Ants InnnmnihU - . , ckju; netr K band, fome mellowed by distance. rs a velvet gren, some brown, tootnt Mios Rnthljone elt a moiety f tint spirit -f ttte beautiful that the Ui experienced in her younger dayt ai for Mr. Dudley, he looked at her with manliest interest. Americans abroad are very like a e. cle of intimate acquaintances at son with this difference st botns tlx are' hedged about by Innumerable cos ventionalities; abroad they hare of the bonhomie of the old itit. coach days.- Mr. Dudley bad bo diffl. culty in securing aa introdactios to Miss Rathbone, and he had scarttlr done so when be invited her to go wt on the lake with him in one of tito rowboats pulled by lusty Italiani tin stern seats of which are snppliea wita ' cushions and canopies. During this boat ride Mr.' Dndfcj, perhaps following that dispwitioB of Americans abroad to feel on short ac quaintance as if they bad known tact other for years, developed a ttmiiiu. ity which would be accorded only t muj vii uui ujaieu, aecianci that it must certainly have beta b own fault and wondering : why int snould prefer maidenhood te mttri- mony. To this she replied evasively, but with becoming modesty, throwktc tbt blame on the men. Mr. Dudley treatd this for what it was worth, Myiiij that he did not not donbt if tofte wit ard could by incantation gather togeth er the men sbe had refused tbey would prove to be more numerous tbaa tA In the lake on which they were ridint To this Miss Rathbone smilingly de murred and declared that she bad aer- er had an offer. "Nonsense!" exclaimed the gentle man. "Do you suppose that I tm stu pid enough to believe that a womu of ycur attractive personality haa cer er received a proposal? I have m doubt that you have received hnndredi of them." . : -. ; "Well, how are you going to prori your assertion? A man -refused by i woman will not tell about it "There is only one who will do Out said Dudley after some momenta of silence. "A man who has once new refused and afterward accepted would be proud of his final success and would not be averse to' letting it be knows. "I don't see bow that helps the nat ter so long as I remain as I am.'' "Right -you are," replied the otbtt. "Nevertheless you may some day yield to one of your old flames. If you nur- ry I shall ask your husband if be wa not refused by you before his final ac ceptance." "You are quite welcome to do that" replied Miss Rathbone, "but it sew to me rather improbable that Vs should hsre the opportunity since tie companions of my youth who art lin ing are married." "So be it, bnt take care lest I p my assertion." In extreme youth the sexes bi" they know not why. Ia later life know very well why. They f t need of companionship and s boa A man cannot make a home wltbwt woman, and an o;d maid's home to" best cheerless. Mr. Dudley was K ing for a wife just ns eagerly as Mw Rathbone was looking for a husbtt He proposed to her, and she accer4 bim. "And now," he said, "I can prov jj you that you maligned the wen tW you said that it was their fault W you had not married. I have found i man who is willing to admit that has been refused by you." "Indeed:" said the lady, surprl "And who may that be?" "Myself." Miss Rathbone's eyes opened T wide. ifc. "Don't yon remember a scene w terrace at B. when a boy of tro told a lass of eighteen that be " her." "Are you Ned Dudley?". "I am." ,j There was a silence, at the e which Miss Rathbone said: . "What a little fool I was to ays!" "A tnnl ! rwfila me?" - ' "Yes: ytu and a legion. f t March 2 in America History. . TJ JeiHM-al tm Houston. and stntcaniao. bero of 158W and Texas, born: tiled 1 1804-Genernl .lubni A. Early. ) nent Confedemt leader, l' Lynchburg. Va.; born 'S"Kw 1002-Colonel Francis Wsytand noted wluentor aud reformer. born 1S37. - : , A Snapshot jit "Here's a case where caught a photographer they ,. his dark room." ttiit "Ha! A genuine cose of a", ... ...... lmriCS"