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THE ARGUS, MONDAY, APRIL 9. 1804.
F. G. YOUNG.
W. S. Mc COMBS.
& Mc Combs
V arc pleased with the many words of praise and greeting
for a successful and prosperous business. We
feel flattered at the good we heard from the
hundreds of friends and customers who visited
our establishment on our opening, and now
tht we have shown you that we have one of
the largest and most complete stocks in Rock
Island county, we are going to retain the rep
utation of selling only the best goods at the
lowest possible prices.
Spot Cash Department Store.
()n Monday and Tuesday, from o to 12 a. m., we will sell 5
yards of Lonsdale 4-4 Bleached muslin and
throw in a spool of best 6 cord spool cotton for
On Wediie-day we will place on sale 1 lot Summer Domct
Flannel Overshirts. assorted fancy stripes,
made in full size with bone buttons for 19c
( i 1 h irsd.iv any j-rson purchasing a Worsted or Silk
Dress Pattern at 40c per yard or over, will be
entitled to 2 yards of Selicia, 5 yards of Cam
bric, one spool of silk and 2 spools of twist.
N TICK -Watch this space for Friday and Saturday's
lWt f.ill to visit our Crockery Department, we carry a
full line of Haviland and Carlsbad China, also
a line of Semi - Porcelain in decorated and
white ware, which we guarantee not to craze.
N'i i'rri in.: the fact we are giving you close prices to get
011r trade and to hold it.
Adams' New Shoe Store
Very latest novelties in Footwear will be shown,
and at prices that will please you.
Only a few days longer. Wait and
watch this space for the opening.
Corner Eighteenth St. and Second Av.
2l'' s' ' "in! Avenue.
1725 Second Avenue.
Ccncaal rains, anil (stationary tcm
p'raturc Unlay, followed by clearing
uixl collier Tuesday ; easterly wind-i,
shifting to northerly anil westerly.
1 B. KKU.
T. B. KUOT.
Boy, ten and UUP pnnxrtj oa eommlMtton,
luan noney. collect raota, alao carry alloc of flrat
clan ire tnnimDee eompaolaa, bonding Iota for
ale In lltaedllemit adaitkmi. oicatMldanet
limjwrty in all parts at the city.
Knait, Mitchell A Lynda balldinc, (romx)
Ik or, la tMt of Mitchell Lynde baa.
AN AWFUL ACT.
Sensational Suicide of Charles
A WELL-OO'WJr CTTIZEFS ENp,
Without Warning or Intimation the Mn
racer of the Rtrer Knglaerr' Office Ifeiea
Away With Illmn-U Shot Twlre la the
Head Matters Entering Into the Affair
Charles Arnold, for years mcs-
wmKer m me river engineers' office
in liock Island, committed suicide in
a most sensational manner nt tfi
home of his nephew, Georsre Perry,
516 Fifteenth street, at CUUvcster-
uny morning. lhe news of the
tragic event spread rapidly over the
city, creating profound consterna
tion, and details of the shocking
affair were eagerly sought. Charles
Arnold, jovial, smiling, happv
hearted Charley Arnold was the last
person on earth to which so deplor
able an act would have been at
tributed. It was known that Mr. Arnold had
been ailing for a couple of weeks,
and had received medical attend
ance, and while to the outside world
he did not exhibit anything unusual
in demeanor, his "phvsician. Dr.
Comegys, had observed "his inclina
tion to be despondent, and had
treated him for it as one of the
symptoms of his mala.lv bilious
ness to which he was subject.
Mr. Arnold, w ho was unmarried,
had roomed during his long resi
dence in Rock Island in the building
wherein Maj. Mackenzie's river im"
provement offices were located. Two
weeks ago this morning he became ill
and was disposed to go to a hospital
for treatment, and talked with his
nephew. Mail Carrier George IYrrv.
on the subject. The latter insisted
that he goat once to his house, Char
ley finally yielding, end Mr. Perry
sent l)r Comegys there to treat
him. During the lirst week he was
quite ill, though not dangerouslv so
as was reported at the time, and
which impression led to the belief
yesterday that he had made a
previous attempt at suicide, which
Dr. Comegys now positively de
nies. Last week, however he
seemed much improved, and Satur
day w hen he called at Dr. Conicgvs'
office he showed marked signs "of
convalescence, though he seemed to
be laboring under a mental strain,
and the doctor talked to him about
it. told him that he was much better,
and Charley said he knew he was.
The dxctor'gave him a prescription to
produce sleep, as well as to further
his recovery, and that was the last
he saw of the patient alive. While,
as said, the physician noted that Mr.
Arnold was somewhat distressed,
there was nothing in his actions
other than what is apt to come with
liver troubles and his melancholy
inclinations were not such as to ex
cite the least alarm.
On returning to Mr. Perry's house,
Mr. Arnold took his medicine, and
then he engaged in a game of whist
with Mrs. Perry, During the past
week he had manifested a desire to
play cards constantly. While he
came up town several times a day
and attended to some of his duties in
the government offices, he was restless
while at home, though he was al
ways good-natured, but nothing
would do but to play cards, and
when Mr. Perry or his brother, Ham
ilton Perry, could not be there to
play with him. Mrs. Perry did. So
Saturday evening when Mr. Perry
reached home for supper, and Mrs.
Perry was obliged to cease playing
in order to prepare the eveningnieal.
Charley was for playing right along
and having no supper. Mr. Perry
took his wife's place, however, until
supper time. In deference to Mr.
Arnold's wish some toast was pre
pared for him. w hich he partook of
with apparent relish. After supper
the card game was resumed and con
tinued until about 9::i0, when all re
retired, Charley to all appearances in
his customary good spirits. If any
thing, he was more cheerful than
usual. During the night Mrs. Perry
was awakened by his moaning, and
went to his room about 4 o'clock.
She asked him if she could give him
his medicine. He replied that
he had taken it. At 5:35 Mrs.
Perry again heard him groan,
and went to his room, and he wanted
her to remain. Mrs. Perry told him
she would ret urn as soon as she got
breakfast. He remarked: "llertha,
there's only one more day," and
asked Mrs. Perry how she thought
he looked. She replied that she
thought he looked well. She then
remarked about her husband, and a
little boy who is making his home
with Ihe'm, making ft noise together
in an ad joining room. Arnold re
plied: "Vcs, they arc having a good
time, ar'nt they?"
The First Attempt.
About C:40 Mrs. Perry heard a
noise like the falling of a window,
doing to the front of the house to in
vestigate, she detected the odor of
powder. Mr. Arnold's room was off
from thcpnrlor, and lying across Wie
bed with his head hanging over the
side and a stream of crimson pour
ing from his mouth into a vessel,
which lie had pulled from under the
bed, was Mr. Arnold. Mrs. Perry
quickly notilied her husband, who
burned to a neighbor s bouse and
notilied his half brother, Nicholas
Kothwcll, and then went for Dr.
Comegys. Mrs. Perry hastened back
to Mr. Arnold's room with the ex
clamation: "Oh, Charley, what hare
'Bertha, I could not help it; I had
to," was all that be said.
The blood was spurting and gush
ing irom his mouth in such quanti
ties mat Airs, l'erry grew taint at
the sight, and left the room. Just
as she did so, she heard another shot.
By that time Mr. Perry had returned
and Hamilton Perry, Mr. Kothwcll
and Dr. Comegys had arrivad.
The Second fehot.
Charley was then dead. The sec
ond shot had entered the right tem-
fde, producing fatal effects instant
y. The weapon was a 22-calibre re
volver, the lirst shot having been
tired in the mouth up into the brain,
and it would likewise have produced
Worried Over Personal Affairs.
Added to the effects of his sickness
Charley was worried over personal
matters. Two years ago he went to
his old home in England on a visit.
While there he met a lady whose
name is believed to be Klizabelh
Young, and fell in love with her.
They were to have been married soon,
and she. it is understood, was coming
to this country for that purpose, how
soon is not known, but it is reported
that she was t'o have been here short
ly. What developments may have
arisen in this matter, what may have
intervened, is not known. At all
events, it is believed some circum
stance has arisen that affected him.
Mr. Arnold was very sensitive in
his nature. . He and the late Thomas
Thornton were close personal friends,
and on the latter's death he became
administrator for the estate, and
during the holidays he went to Phil
adelphia and accompanied Mrs.
Thornton, who had beep visiting
there, back to Rock Island. During
her absence Mr. Arnold had been
obliged to make improvements on
the property in his care, in order to
keep it rented, and all such out
lays were approved by the court.
On Mrs. Thornton's return she be
came displeased with what had been
done, and so expressed herself to Mr.
Arnold and to others. Charley was
much downcast over this and he ap
pears to have thought about it more
than anyone imagined, as is shown
in his note appearing elsewhere. ' In
fact he had sought to be released
from his position as administrator.
Sketch of His Lire.
Charles Arnold was born in Donne
gall, Ireland, 48 years ago. He came
to Rock Island in entered the
employ of the river engineers' office
as messenger and custodian and in
said capacity he had been engaged
ever since, with little intermission,
lining unmarried he always roomed
by himself adjoining the engfiieers'
offices.. About town he was a char
acter, known by almost everyone and
liked by all who knew him. Always
apparently cheerful and light-hearted,
ready for a joke and a good
laugh, lie was of the highest integ
rity, implicitly trusted by everyone
around the engineers' office from
Maj. Macken.ie down he was a con
fidential servant, it might be said.
Maj. Mai kenssie was in St. Louis
yesterday, not expecting to return
until Wednesday. He reached home
this morning in response to a tele
gram informing him of the tragic
"If Charley had anything on bis
mind that was worrying him," said
Maj. Mackenzie, "it Is the first time
he has failed to make a confident of
me. He always talked with me
about his personal affairs, sought my
counsel. Of late I have been very
busy, and I fear that realizing this
he has kept things from me that
he otherwise would not. I can
but think he took advantage of
my absence to commit this deplora
ble deed. Charley was one of the
best men that ever lived. I knew
his innermost character, and I can
testify to his uprightness in every
act. his faithfulness to cverv trus't
and his nobility of heart."
Coroner llanos w as notilied, and
he impannelod a jury, composed of
M. E. Sweeney, foreman, R. "C. Ben
son. R. ;. Summer. James Johnson,
J. W. Trenaman and J. W. Corken,
and proceeded with the inquest.
Mrs. Bertha Perry was called, and
her statement corroborated the above
account. In detail she testified that
on March 26. Charles Arnold came
to board with herself and husband,
who is a nephew of the deceased,
andithat since that time he had been
unwell, having stomach and liver
complaint.- Not until the last few
days had he complained of a pain iu
his head, and frequently of late he
had struck his head anil complained
of having a heavy and oppressive
feeling in the back of his head. On
Saturday he lay in bed until
9:30 or 10 o'clock "in the morning,
wheu he got up and went to the en
gineers' office. He came back about
noon, and after eatimr dinner, he
complained of being weak, and went
to beil, arising at 1:30 and leaving
the house. He returned in about an
hour, and he and I sat down and
played cards for some time, after
which he went to see the doctor, and
returned at about 4 o'clock with a
prescription, which my husband
shortly afterward look to" Ihe drug
store to have filled. ' At about 5:45
he went to bed with his clothes on,
and asked for some toast which was
"At 7 o'clock he got ont of bed, and
he, my husband and nivself nlaved
cards for about an hour, when " he
went into nis bed room. In some
" im email lamp in his
room, and he seemed so depressed
that I took his shoes off and h went
to bed and fell asleep." The remainder
of the testimony bore on the facts
appearing in the first part of this
George Perry's testimony corrob
orated that of his wife in ever? de
Dr. J. P. Comegvs testified to hav
ing attended the deceased for about
a month past, and had treated him
for chronic gastritis, but had not
heard him complain of his head un
til Saturday afternoon, when he pre-
scrioeu lor mm.
Left a Letter.
James Thompson was put upon the
stand and testified that for the past
two weeks ne nail been doing the de
ceased's work for him in the engi
neers' office. For the last week he
had noticed that he was greatlv do.
presscn, ana triday and Saturday
bad noticed him strike his head with
his lists and had told him not to do
that, but he replied that he felt as
though there w'as a weight on his
head. Saturday he came to the office
at about 11 o'clock and remained in
his room a short time, when he took
a piece of paper and wrote for about
five or ten minutes, and then he
folded the paper and put it in his
pocket ami did not show it to the
witness, but he saw it at Perry's
house in the morning.
The letter left by the deceased was
AfKit. 7, 1894. I want Hamilton
Perry and (ieorge Perry my adminis
trators in place of John J. Ingram
and Spiedel. The will I made years
ago is all right, only the change of
Mrs. Thornton has accused me in
the wrong. She is a bad woman, af
ter all I have done for her.
1 want Eliz. Jane Voting to get
$5'J0, five hundred dollars.
Lord, forgive me.
C'HAKLKS A KM !.!.
After he had written the note he
went to a bureau and opened a draw
er, but the witness had not seen him
take anything out of it. He went to
another drawer and the witness did
not see him take anything out of it,
either, but he had on another occa
sion seen a revolver in the latter
drawer and thought it was the one
with which deceased had shot him
self. He had seen him again at
about 5:45 in the evening at Perry's
house, and he was in lied with his
Clothes on. and that was the last
time he had seen him alive..
Mrs. Margaret Taylor was the last
witness put Uon the stand and her
testimony was corroborative of the
The jury brought in a verdict that
Charles Arnold came to his death
by two pistol wounds, one in the
mouth and one in, the right temple,
inflicted by his own hand with sui
cidal intent, at Xo. 516 Fifteenth
street, iu the city of Rock Island, at
about 6:4'.) o'clock a. m. this 8th day
of April A. 1)., 1K94."
Mr. Arnold left an estate valued at
$15,030, the fruit of his industry and
The funeral will be held at 2
o'clock tomorrow aficrnoon from
Trinity church, the Odd Fellows, to
which he belonged, attending iu a
ON ITS FEET.
The Improvement Association in iiuod
The auditing committee of the
Rock Island Citizens' Improvement
association succeeded in making an
entirely satisfactory settlement with
ex-Sec-ctrary S. W'l Searle this morn
ieg, whose accounts, so far as the
association is concerned, are in good
shape, and the association is now in
a position to liquidate all legitimate
claims against it and have a balance
in its treasury besides.
The Colon's Exhibition.
The Union continues to make an
exhibition of itself in discussing the
matter of sending a representative to
Washington, a topic on which it is
waked up considerably. It accuses
iheaki.i s of attempting to influ
ence Vice-President tiuyer not to
make the appointment of the com
mittee to send a representative to
Washington in the public building
matter, and then urging the commit
tee not to do anything. The latter
assertion is a base fabrication. As
far as Mr. Guycr is concerned. The
Ai:l s. after conferring with repre
sentative members of the associa
tion and ascertaining their views on
the matter of lirst referring the
building to someone with in
fluence at Washington, and having
their approval of such a cause,
suggested to Mr. Guver the propriety
of deferring the appointment of the
committee until the meeting of the
association Wednesday evening of
this week, when the new phase of
the case could be presented. But
Mr. Guyer, who had presented the
resolutions calling for the commit
tee, was naturally disposed to see it
through. As far as the committee
is coiTeerned, The Ait'.rs in no sense
approached any of its members, nor
is it opposed to their mission. i
Influences at Washing-ton.
It has no interest in the matter.
except that it believes there are in
fluences at Washington that can be
enlisted in behalf of the building, and
save the money that someone seems
very anxious to be intrusted with to
enjoy a trip to Washington.
J he union s suggestion as to jug
glery having been committed in con
nection with the building's present
position on the list is one that has
not presented itself to The Argi s
before. Of course Congressman
Marsh ought to know alout that.
Of medicinal agents is gradually rel-
egaiing tne oiu-ume ncros, pule
draughts and vegetable extracts to
the rear and bringing into general
use tne pleasant ana enective liquid
laxative. Syrup of Figs. To cet the
true remedy see that it is manufac
tured by the California tie Syrup
company only. For sale by all lead
A World of Newness Our
duty is to tell the story, yours
to act on the suggestions.
Our hats and bonnets are
as fresh as June roses and
touched with an airiness and
esprit that is charming1.
Not satisfied with our do
mestic markets, we have sent
abroad. London! Berlin!
Paris! that fountain head of
fashion. Just why, nobody
knows, but the choicest
things the most artistic crea
tions the acme of styleorig
inates with the French.
OUR MILLINERY com
prises a choice gathering of
distinguished foreign effects,
together with equally pretty
but less expensive "natives"'
of our own production.
If you care to see just how
much beauty can be put into
a hat or bonnet, come to our
opening this week.
More than 500 different
styles of Coats, Capes and
Jackets for ladies, misses and
children. jaunty Jackets,
double flounce Skirts, tight
fitting Jackets, Prince Al
berts, Reefers, Blazers, Et
ons, large drooping sleeves.
Furniture makes delight
ful rooms and pleasant
homes. Our stock is at
tracting a ceaseless bat
tery of admiring glances
from the Lad.CS Of
The Three Cities
Who are pronouncing our
display unequalled in these
The house is the home and Furniture. Carpets and House-furnishing makes
the house. We arc showing the very latest style in bed rom and
parlor suits, and in CARPETS we do not take a back scat for anyone.
Heavy Portieres and Lace Curtains are no small part of our stock. We de
fine upholstering and make large shades to order. It is as natural as
going to bed for sleep, for the public to come to us for the latest in
Furniture, Carpets, Curtains, Stoves, Lamps,
Gasoline stoves, Refrigerators, Baby Carriages
and House-furnishings Generally.
G. O. HUCKSTAEDT
Open evenings till 8 o'clock.
Misses and Children's High Cut Shoes
Given Away at
Schneider's Central Shoe Store.
Every lady buying a pair of our $4.f0
shoes will receive a pair of misses or chll
. dren's high cut shoes free.
ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
UESZSn OIL, vTTUTB LEAD, ETC.
Moire facings, Moire collars.
Moire sleeves in fact are
trimmed any and every way
An Object Lesson.
$2 v?se stand lamps at 100,
$6 banquet lamps at 25c
All this week. Must be
seen. Value not exagger
ated. Explanation with each:
lamp. ' ' ' '
Textile triumphs! The
acme of neatness and refine
ment. Bargains Right here we
wish to emphasize bargains.
Fashion canonizes black,
and on black we are excep
Ask any lady who has
ever worn any of Priestley's
black dress goods, what she
thinks of them, and if she
fails to tell you they are the
best, we'll never mention
Priestley's name to you
We have them in full lines,
both in plain, all wool, and
in silk warps.
Princettas. Tamise, Clair
ette, Carmelite, Challis. Al
gerine. Drap d'Alma, Crape
Cloths. Henriettas, Serges,
Mohairs, Melrose, Mousse-line.
1724 and 1726 Second ave.
1809-1811 Second Arena
Telephone No. 1206.
CENTRAL STORE, 1818 Second Arena
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