NOT DISTURBED BY PROGRESS W. 0- Custer Returns and Says Old Home Is Passive, The trend of people far-westward, and the tendency iu the middle weat to consolidate in laige communities to the detriment of the more humble hamlets are two facts brought back to Covina through tho return of \V. Q. Custer, local pioprietor of the Coviua furniture and undertaking establishment, who has been making an extended visit to his old home in Ohio, returning by way of the states to the north of California. Coming at this time when the country is emerging from a financial depression which threatened to be serious, Mr. Ouster's views gathered by bis trip are interesting. Mr. Custer spent some time at the home ot his boyhood, near Ilills- horo, Ohio, his first visit for 33 years. Memories of his boyhood on the old farm were little disturbed by the obliterating marks (of progress, he says. The old village was practically in the same position in which he left it over a quarter of a century ago, a sleepy, self-satisfied farming village. Many of the towns in that vicinity bad suffered retrogression rather than progress, and the reason was plain when the growth of the great cities of tbe middle west was considered. Mr. Custer says that it is true that tbe methods of farming have improved, but the towns have not grown. In the neighborhood of tbe old brick bouse which his grandfather built in 184(5, the returned westerner noticed the absence of the great, forests, for in the last twenty-five years the forests have gone down before the demand for lumber, so that the country lies denuded of trees, and fields of hay and grain stand in their stead. After spending two weeks in Chicago, where he attended to the buying of stock for his Coviua store, Mr. Caster went on to northwestern Missouri, and visited in the neighborhood where he taught school as a young man, about forty miles east of St. Joseph. Here he says that he found the same conditions existing. The villages which he knew in ''Bis young manhood are not grown, but rather have dwindled in population, and no better exemplification could be had of the tendency toward large centers than is to be found iu the public schools, which have lost tbe greater per cent of the scholars. Twenty-three years ago Mr. Custer taught school in a town which now is almost depopulated. Another thing which has to do with the growth of the country is pointed out in the fact that there are few large families. Where the families of the last; decade were composed of seven, eight and ten members, the present ones are of one and two, and the schools show the falling off to their detriment. Again, Mr. Custer says that farming is carried oa more scientifically than in olden days. There is a tendency, however, toward fewer land owners. The farms are being purchased by a few people and consolidated, which is the exact opposite of the state of California. Mr. Custer went from Missouri to Spokane, Washington, and visited his mother at Troy, Idaho, just across the Washington lino. Spokane, Mr. Custer states, has a wonderful future, at the present time being- a city of 120,000 people. The wheat crop of that country is bringing a fair price this year, Spokane is the marketing center for a vast mining and agricultural country. Speaking of tho land in Washington, Mr. Custer says that good land can bo bought for from SCO to 8170 per acre, and that land rentals are cheap, being from Sii.fiO to 815.00 per aero. During bis journey, Mr, Ouster naturally di.sciiHscd tho political Hit nation with manv influential citi/enn in different cities. Ho says that tho prevailing opinion Hi-ems to he that the light for tho presidential chair i« to bo a sharp one. The, outcome of tho campaign, however, is not injuring business in the middle wost, lie ways, as the b^ads of husiiit-s.s bouses with whom he came in contact, all abmireiJ him that no particular provision was be.iug made lor tbe event of either a Democratic or !£<•• publican president. Dr. whose. Card. Stevt-iis, th« oste':|.athisi. lli.-'es are over the Aruu.- /.iii,' thop, h;n been making her pa-tict- davn in ('ovina on 1'ue.sdays and .Saturdays, c-nning here from Ijt-r ottice^ iii I'oiiioiia. but heieaiter she will practice (,n Tuesdaja and Fri da>s until tin ther iiot i-.-e. UNDESIRABLE CITIZENS Action Will be Taken Against Gamblers and Revellers. It is with n good deal of reluctance that tbo editor of ttie Argus comes to tbe conclusion that this particular ! article must be written. Disagree- | able and unlovely subjects in newspaper are often necessary, but do not present themselves in this clean, beautiful town as often as in some localities. Because Milo Wilson, the keeper of a "blind pig," a loathsome resort where liquor was sold to all who would enter the shack, bo- came so drunk that ho set the plnce on fire, calling out the lire department, tbe townspeople were awakened to tbe fact that nn illegal liquor traffic was being carried on in the town, a menace to the morals of tbo youth and property interests of our city. To some this fact had long been known, which is not to their credit;, but indicative of good uatur- ed tolerance. The old "red shack," where the fire occurred, is just back of tbe Covina house, now operated by J. H. Mann. These old shacks have long been n -menace to the safety of mure valuable property, and have harbored men who have defied the local option law repeatedly. The property is owned by a Pasadena man, who it is said does not know the character of his tenants, and it recently has been fenced off from the Coviua house property by Mr. Mann, who claims no jurisdiction over any of it which lies outside bis fence. On P«'nday morning, after the fire, another joint, which hnd been running in the rooms formerly occupied by the so-called club that was ousted from its building last year, became scared at the publicity received through tho fire and newspaper notoriety, and several barrels of bottled beer were hustled out of the building and secreted. The entrance to this joint was at the back ot the building occupied by Home's grocery, and the stairway leading to the rooms is on the outside, near Home's entrance. Many have known that something of an illegal nature was going on above for some time, but when Oily Marshal Mehnert investigated on Monday tbe place had been cleaned out, and there was DO sign of liquor anywhere. This place, it is said, bad been occupied by James Mackey, who had charge of the liquid refreshments, and gambling was cnrried on under the supervision of Ralph Miller. This man Miller has not done a stroke of work for three years,, and has made his living in Covina by the simple process of getting hold of ranch hands who came into town with their mouth's wages, and nlayiug them for it in a game of poker. Ho is always well-dressed and well-fed, Mrs. L. G. Cornell, who lives in one of tbo houses on Center street, the yards of which back on the shacks at the rear of the Covina House, states that for some time tho neighborhood has been disturbed by drunken men who made night hideous with oaths and ribald songs, She says that she has repeatedly seen men going into the old red shack and coming out in a drunken condition. Hho makes a complaint in the naine of decency, and says tho phicfl is no fit one for respectable people to live near. E. 8. Kobirison, whose homo also fronts on tho street just south of Badillo, and whose back yard joinH tbe shack settlement, makes a very vigorous statement, and pleads that SOIIIH- thirig be done to protect hit- family from insult and tin; sound of ob.wen- ity. "The place in not what can be called a 'blind pig,' but is manlike, an o].eii sabiiin," suvs Mr. Uohinson. With this conclusive evidenco the I ! authorities say they will take irn- | mediate h\.(!ps to clean out this unde- | sirablo gang. The editor of the, Ar- I gus liiiH seen thin saimt condition j grow before until it became a nuisance. Thin time, t-nch Htc.is must, he taken as will make an exa.nple ! which will have a lusting effect. It hecms a pitiable tiling that men who have worked at hard labor and who ! need (heir money for their own com : foir, .should bfc robbed in gamcb ', which are not garnet of chancre, hut. I.simple robberies, and tint they should I.H demorali/fcd by cheap liquora to the benefit ot a few thn r '-> and de. ;.'( Ueiaf ex. r-i nee writing the a I o<. e : he follow nit; Copy i,f a letter wfiir-h ii self e,x- l.iaiialoiy ha.s bee.ii recei'.'d by tbe city ! i u.-.'i-i-i from ij,e oAoer of the, iroj-eny on ','!?;•(.-. avenue: Lo., Angfcle,, (•;.!., Sfej.;, 'I-, 1 :>'"*. Mr. ,1am, -, Mackey, Cot ina, Cal. . \>,-,it -.ir: This Is to notify you it you are still occupying the rooms over Mr. Kendall's store on Citrus avenue, to vacate the same at once, ns I sin advised by tho board of trustees that the premises arc being used as a "blind pig," and for purposes other than what you stated in your letter of the i:Hh of July. Please take immediate steps to vacate tho promises, and oblige Yours truly, (Signed) John Alton. Tho above letter is tho outcome of an action taken by the city trustees in executive session two weeks ago, at which time the city clerk wns instructed to notify the owner of the property in question that, the rooms wore being routed for illegal purposes and that unless immediately vacated criminal action would bo instituted against tho owner. We are also in receipt of a uumbor of other interesting letters implicating others, which the A'rgus will not hesitate to use it it is necessary to secure the closing of these joints. Suffers Compound Fracture. A dark night, and au unlightod street caused a .serious accident on Sunday evening to Mrs. Clarenno Allison, wife of tho local contractor ntul buildor, Mrs. Allison waanimr- ing her home after having spout tho evening at church, ami became confused, stopping off tho path. Hho struck n wire stay and foil heavily on her arm, suffering n compound frac.lure. Tho break is a serious ono and will cause her to bo incapacitated for some time. Large Fall Stock. D. M. Sutherland, proprietor of tbe tailor shop in Coviua, evidently intends to stock up the gentlemen of this town with up-to-date fall suits, judging from the quantity of fabrics be has on display in the local store. Sutherland has opened this branch shop in Coviua for the purpose of becoming acquainted with this section of this valley, and he says it ia his intention to give the people tho very best values for their money. All his stock is shipped out from the big tailor shop of his own on South Spring street, Los Angeles. Tn his advertisement elsewhere in this paper he says that be has had twenty-five years experience in the tailoring business. Back from Tehachapl. Six fine deer and plenty of fine fishing is the report brought back by the Middaugh brothers, W. F. and J. B., who are connected with the local Kerokhoff-Cuzuer lumber office, in tho trip to the Tehachapi through Kern county. The deei were shot by a party of four, the others being the MoCliutock brothers, friends o'f the Covina sportsmen. Game in that country is veey plenty, aurl the trip was a successful one in every way. The Middaugh brothers are exhibiting two exceptionally large specimens of head and antlers. You make no mistake in using "Sagene" for falling hair and dandruff. At hash's, 50o per bottle. I will hold my fall and winter millinery opening on Friday, ,Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 2C, 'to which all tho ladies of Coviua and vicinity are invited to come and look over my showing of tho season's newest designs. Mrs. Mary Leohrick. Active Realty Firm. J*Much of tho recent activity in real estate in Coviua and vicinity is duo t,o the .Kidwards A Wildoy Company of Los AngoloH, whose advertisement appears in another portion of this paper. The local manager for thin firm is D. \V. Maol'onalil. Several line ranches which had boon on the miirkot for some time havo boon mild by this energetic realty man. Tho company has a reputation for prompt work, and the results in this section of late bear out thia reputation. The Home ofTStorms. The waters of Capo Horn have never been unvlsltcd by storms for more than a week or two at a stretch within the memory of man. Standing on the outposts of the world. Cape Horn Is the meeting place of ocean currents of very different temperature, from the Icy cold waters of the Antarctic drift to the warmth of the Brazilian and Peruvian return currents. The prevailing winds are from the northwest and west, and those, coming from the warm regions of the Pacific, condense Into fogs, which tho sailors call "Cnpe Horn blankets" and which are the forerunners of storms. The extremely low level to which tlie glaciers of Tierrn del Fuego descend, the perpetual congelation of the subsoil, the meeting of conflicting winds at very different temperatures, are nil direct or Indirect causes combining to make this the most constantly stormy region of the world. Not • Soloist. The late Theodore Thomas was rehearsing the Chicago Orchestra on the stage of tbe Auditorium theater. Ho was disturbed by the whistling of Albert Burrldge, the well known scene painter, who was at work In the loft above the stage. A few minutes later Mr. Thomas' librarian appeared on the "bridge" where Mr, Burrldge, merrily whistling, wns at work. "Mr. Thomas' compliments," said the librarian, "and he requests me to state that If Mr. Burrldge wlsheo to whistle he will be glad to discontinue his rehearsal." To which Mr. Burrldge replied suavely, "Mr. Burridgo'B compliments to Mr. Thomas, and plense inform Mr. Thomas that if Mr. Hurrklge ciinuot whistle with the orchc-atrn he won't wblstle ut all."—Success Magazine. Occasions of adversity bost (Uncover how groat virtue or strength ouch on* hath, for occasions do no( make 1 a mu frail, but Hhow whnt bit JS, Why not buy your MILL FEED where you get the host fnr tltc least money? We make a specially of Rolled always fresh of the most approved brands, tested by years of experience by poultry fanciers. HlgH Oreide^ RertlHzors sold on unit basis. You pay for "what you tfct and »-et what you pay for. Deliveries made to all parts of the valley. San Gabriel Valley Milling Co. Eat What You want of the food you need Kodol will digest it. You need a sufficient amount of (food wholesome food and more than this you need to fully digest It. Else you can't gain strength, nor can you strengthen your stomach If it Is weak. You must eat In order to live and main tain strength. You must not diet, because the body requires that you eat a sufllc- lent amount of food regularly. Hut this food must bo digested, »nd It must be digested thoroughly. When tho stomach can't do it, you must take something that will help the stomach. The proper way to do Is to eat what you want, and lot Kodol digest the food. Nothing else can do this. When the stomach IH weak It needs help; you miiHt help it by giving it rq it, and Kodol will do that. Our Guarantee Go to your druggist today, and purchase a dollar bottle, and If you can honestly say, that you did not receive any benefits from It, after using the entire bottle, tho druggist will refund your money to you without question or delay. We will pay the druggist the price of tho bottle purchased hy you. This offc.r applies to the large Itottlo only and to but ono in * family. We could not afford to make fluch ' an offer, unless we positively knew j what Kodol will do for you. It would bankrupt us. Tho dollar bottle contains 2K times as much as tho tit ty cent bottle. Kodol is mado ut the laboratories of E. C. DeWltt& Co., Chicago. The Argus Turns Out First-Class Job Printing * - -B- 4- Why Don't You Move to Covina? •*• * -* -4* Covina offers you hotne^ites at reasonable (inures; miles ol l/.-auti I nil y shaded streets; t(,is, e!'- ;lric li^ht, and telephone , grammar and hi<jh schools in every particular above criticism; i-lei.tric and -,teain Iran >p »rlat ion to and from J«os Angeles. Covina will ^ive you mountain scenery that i •> a daily inspiration; a climite without. fro-,t, a-t i mi ,<;;ik.-i| \,y fo-^v, in nmUin and well water in abundance. l>eside-> a';! these ideal condition-. in which to live, r.-n'ina oil -r , tin- be-,1 chance to the investor, the husinc-•>-> man, the a^rii.ultun ,t and horticuitut i ,t. Why don't you . ^m•• It -P- and enjoy life? Tin-, /\«o-,i;s will he y'a<l to furni-ih anyone intcre-.'c'i v,,!ii Jurlhcr inlorfi;,;l:oii. 4.
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