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TftE Argus. Monday, February 5, 190c.
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Agitation of Stock of Local Utility
Corporations Due to Quiet
SEEK CONTROLLING INTEREST
Which Results in Attempt to Form
Mutual Agreement That Big
Marquette 3d Vein Coal
The Coal that is all Coal! No slate.
Slack or Stone. TRY IT!
ROCK ISLAND FUEL CO.,
BOTH PHONES. . Office 23d St. and 3d Ave.
I Tuesday, Feb. 6, Last Day.
Think of $20, $22.50,
$25 Suits and Over
coats for $15.
Think of $15, $16.50,
$18 Suits and Over
coats for $10.
Liberal discounts in
almost every department.
YOU KNOW US.
ML C. R.ICE, Prop.
Agitation of the stock of the Tri-City
Railway company, Peoples Power com
pany and kindred organizations in the
three cities due to the quiet purchase
of holdings in larger or smaller
blocks, the past few days, has given
fresh impetus to rumors which some
weeks ago found their way into a Dav
enport paper in the form of what was
given as an authenticated story to the
effect that negotiations were under
foot for the formation of a gigantic
$10,000,000 merger involving all the
traction, light and power corporations
in the three cities.
The scheme which was at that time
denied by most of the interested par
ties in the three cities, was said to be
fathered by George Kobusch, president
of the St. Louis Car company, who had
associated with him capitalists in St.
Louis and also in the east.
MiimI II uy All or onr.
Investigation by The Argus as to
the effect of the late dealings in the
stocks of the corporations, was attend
ed by the admission that an attempt
had been made to buy up the controll
ing stock in the corporations referred
to which had resulted in the executive
and managerial officers of the corpora
tions getting out an agreement, which
is being circulated among the stock
holders binding them not to sell indi
vidually unless all sell. This agree
ment affects the stockholders in the
Tri-City Railway company, the People's
Power company in Rock Island and
Moline and the Peoples Light & Power
company in Davenport, but does not in
clude tho Walsh interests confined
strictly to Davenport.
Not Officially Neuotlntcl.
A Rock Island man who speaks with
authority for the Peoples Power com
pany and to an extent for the Tri-City
Railway company, and who is largely
interested in others of the corpora
tions reported involved in the alleged
transaction, admitted today that
there is basis for the rumors, but
insisted that no outsiders had entered
into negotiations with the companies
in an official way. Some stock has been
purchased from the individual holders,
he said, and efforts are being made to
get more of it. To prevent losing con
trol those most largely Interested have
taken steps to protect their interests
and it has been decided that there will
be no deal, unless it is officially nego
tiated. So far, he said, the necessary
cash is not in sight.
Added to this information is the
knowledge that subsequent to the orig-
nal rumors, President Kobusch of the
St. Louis Car company, the head and
front of the alleged purchasing syndi
cate made a visit here and ordered an
inventory of the property on which the
designs were centered, and that there
after eastern capitalists also made a
trip of investigation and inspection to
the three cities.
The representatives of the corpora
tions which it is sought to ally, have,
while maintaining all along that no ne
gotiations were on foot, admitted that
they were not averse to considering
as a matter of business, propositions
of the proportions referred to in the
first published story.
And there are strong suspicions that
at least some of the corporations have
since been flirting with the prospectors
Public At i.rnnt Iotere.t-l.
The public will, of course, be some
what interested in what may be going
on, for such a deal as would involve the
consolidation of the traction and light
utilities would, even if it could be legal
ly arranged, vitally concern the peo
idence in Geneseo where Mrs. Wein
ricfa's death took place Thursday.
REV. W. M. STOREY
Subject of Talk at Y. M. C. A. is
merits of Strength in Char
"Elements of Strength in. Character
Building," was the subject of the ad
dress at the men's meeting at the Y.
M. C. A. yesterday afternoon,- by Rev.
William M. Storey of Moline. His ad
dress was one of the series on charac
ter building which are being given at
the men's meetings, the speakers anal
yzing the various contributary ele
ments. In analysis, the speaker point
ed out that character is not conduct,
not constitution, and not reputation,
but is the very essence of what one is.
He held that there are four elements
of strength in character veracity,
purity, decision, and spiritual culture.
The boys' meeting was devoted to
stories of bible characters, told by
Harry Schiffer, H. C. Penny, E. C.
Earl, and A. L. Burnett, the boys being
asked to guess the character of whrch
the story was told. The boys were un
able to guess whom the subject of Mr.
Earl's story was, and will endeavor
during the week to learn.
The term of the association educa
tional classes opens this evening. An
enrollment of about 23 students is anti
cipated. The term continues for 12
Tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock a
meeting of the mothers of the associa
tion membership will be held, under
the auspices of the Association Helpers.
Union Electric Man Will Appear
Before Council in a
MORE TIME FOR SETTLEMENT
greed Upon by Aldermen and the
Manager of tho Company Differ
ences Do Not Appear Serious.
Coroner Investigates Cause of
Death of Francis
PRESUMED TO BE ACCIDENT
Found in Upper Room With Gash Cut
Head Had Little Clothing
House Is Cold.
The death of Francis Richards at
his home, 220 Sixth street, which was
the object of inquiry by Coroner Eck
hart and a jury today revealed extraor
dinary circumstances in the way of
poverty and neglect In which he and
his wife were living. The jury return
ed a verdict finding that Mr. Richards'
death was accidental superinduced by
The room in which the man" was
found was cold, the stove on the upper
floor being very small and partially
broken down. He was scantily clad,
his feet being bare. The whole home
looked to be extraordinarily poverty
Henri In Injured.
Before the jury Mrs. Richards said
that her husband went upstairs about
5 o'clock and about an hour later she
heard him raving about. She is an in
valid and did not exert herself to go to
him. In the morning about 9 o'clocl
she called him and received no answer,
An attempt was made to open the door,
but it was held by a turn button on the
inside. She secured assistance from
Ed Murphy, the groceryman, and the
door was broken open. Mr. Richards
was found on the floor, a gash cut in
his head and large blood stains on the
floor. Near him was a broken lamp.
Whether he, in his ravings fell, strik
ing his head, or whether it happened
otherwise no one will ever know.
Mr. Richards had been a resident of
Rock Island for about 50 years, being
about 83 years of age. For many j-ears
he was engaged as a wagon maker
There were several sons in the fam
ily, one of them, Morris, living in Dav
enport.-and Alphonse In Rock Island.
The others went west.
More time will be given the Union
Electric Telephone company to make
answer to the demands of the city
council, and it is expected that the
president, Mr. Hamilton, will be pres
ent and report at the regular meeting
Feb. 12. This is in accordance with
the request of E. J. Burns, the local
In response to a summons, Mr.
Burns made arrangements for a special
meeting of the council, which was held
Saturday night, at which time he ap
peared in person. He spoke but brief
ly on the subject at issue, namely, the
payment of the 2 per cent of the gross
earnings of the company to the city, in
accordance with the ordinance grant
ing rights to operate in Rock Island.
There is no such breach between the
city and the Union Electric company
as there is between the city and the
Central Union company. The only
charge against the new corporation is
that it has failed to fujfill its part of
the contract by paying to the city the
required percentage. The ordinance
required a semi-annual report and set
tlement. One report and settlement
I3o Xot Dixnute Debt.
The representatives of the company
have not disputed the debt, nor has
there been any intimation made that
they did not intend to pay it. Several
months ago a communication was sent
to the council asking tor leniency on
account of the existing conditions here,
but this was referred to a committee
and forgotten. When the question of
this company's arrears again arose and
was put before the manager, he called
attention to the communication, which
had been pocketed by some committee
man. The matter was placed in the
hands of a special committee and Mr.
uurns promised that upon the next
visit of the president to the city he
would go before the committee, and
there the matter had stood. Mr. Ham
II ton not having been here since.
Mr. Burns did not attempt to put the
company's side of the question before
the council, announcing his prefer
ence that the president should do that,
inasmuch as he has expressed his in
tention of being here within the next
week or 10 days.
TEACHERS OF THE THIRD
DIVISION TALK NATURE
Interesting Discussion of New School
Work Held at East Moline
In Diamonds, Watches, Clothing, and
all unredeemed goods at UNCLE 8 IE-
GEL'S, 320 Twentieth street; 'phone 701-X. Money to loan on everything
William Allison, a resident of the
county for 56 years, passed away at
his home in Coal Town Saturday after
noon at 4 o'clock, after an extended ill
ness with kidney trouble. Deceased
was born in England, Dec. 5, 1830,
where he resided until 20 years of age.
He then came to America, settling in
this country. He leaves his widow and
seven children, Mrs. Isabelle Pettifer,
Mrs. Marp Haner, Mrs. Lizzie Griffin,
William, John, Richard and Joseph
Allison. The funeral was held from
the home of Mrs. Haner this afternoon
at 1:30 and from the Bowlesburg
church at 2: CO.
fSociety news, written or teleDhoned
to the society editor of The Argus, will
be giadly received and published. But
In either case the identity of the sender
must be made Known, to insure reiiabu
ity. Written notices should bear sig
nature and address.
Gives Farewell Dinner. Mrs. Will
Range, of South Rock Island yesterday
cave a farewell dinner for Mr. and
Mrs. Warren Burnham and Mr. and
Mrs. Henry Schuck, and the children
of the two couples. The Burnhams
and Schucks, who have resided for
many years in the vicinity of Milan, de
part soon for their homes near LaPla-
Endowment Society. The Endow
Mrs. Charles T. Newell, formerly of ment Fund society of Augustana col-
this city, died at her home in Daven
port Saturday afternoon. The funeral
was held yesterday afternoon at St.
John's Methodist church, Davenport,
and the remains were taken to Clinton
for interment. Mrs. Newell was born
lege meets Wednesday afternoon at
2-Sn n'rntk- with Ira C W T.nrwlnhl
1150 Twelfth avenue. Moline.
Sewing Society. Mrs. William Ho-
fer will entertain the Aiken Street Sew
in this city in 1858, being the daughter I ing society Wednesday afternoon, Feb
of Mr. and Mrs. Roswell Spencer. She 17 at her home on Aiken street, South
is survived by her husband and one I Rock Island.
son, Roswell T. Newell.
An interesting program was carried
out by the county school teachers of
the Third division at the East Moline
school Saturday. C. M. Grandjean
called the meeting to order and Prin
cipal Hoffman, of the Carbon Cliff
schools, was chosen chairman.
the first topic discussed was "The
Value of Nature Study," by Charles
Saltus of Rock. Island. He first dwelt
on the practical side of .nature study,
then the moral value was considered.
The speaker showed that it gives one
a greater respect and reverence for
the Almighty. Lastly he told of its
educational value in the grades.
Supt. Ferguson next spoke on the
subject of "Home and School Gar
dens." He showed the great; necessity
of creating an interest in the children.
He told how this interest, when creat
ed, would not only be of great benefit
to the children, but would assist the
teacher in disciplining the school. He
said that if the children were rightly
trained in this respect, they could be
induced to care, for a school garden
during the summer months when
school is not in session.
Miss Lucia Robbins read a paper on
the "Propagation of Plants." She ex
plained the complete process taking
a peach tree as an example.
The paper on "Garden Insects," read
by Miss Ella O'Donnell, stated what
the children should be taught to ob
serve about the larvae. The value of
knowing the life history of the insects
that make their home in the garden
could be clearly seen.
The paper on "Beneficial Insects," by
Miss Maude McDill was instructive.
She told about the four kinds of bees
found in America. She described their
habits and tojd of the particular value
Miss Lulu Chambers told about "Our
Common Birds." She Intimated that
the study of birds in school would
cause boys to look upon them with a
kinder feeling and would make them
more desirous to care for than to harm
The music which was rendered by
children of the John Deere school was
enjoyed. The meeting was well at
tended and was instructive and inter
Mrs. Christian Weinrich, mother of
George Edwin and William Weinrich,
of this city, was buried yesterday at
Geneseo. She was an old resident of
Munson township, Henry county, hav
ing settled there 50 years ago. Several
I years ago the family, took up their res-
Postpone Meeting. The Sewing so
ciety of Bethany Home has postponed
its meeting until further notice, be
cause of sickness at the home. (
Sewing Circle Meeting. The O. E. S.
Sewing circle meets tomorrow after
noon at 2 o'clock at the home of Mrs.
C. F. Gaetjerf 1116 Seventeenth street.
There is One Soda Cracker
You do hot know that Soda
Cracker until you know
To taste Uneeda Biscuit is to
fall in love with them. You
never forget that first taste, and
you renew it every time you eat
r& In a dust tight.
moisture proof package.
In order to close out broken
lots of boys Reefer coats and
Long coats, have placed on
sale balance of Boys overcoats
at Bargain Prices.
Hoys' O-Ocrcoats at One-Half Trice.
Boys Heefer OnJcr coats at Onc-H&Vf
Hbjrj' Ulster Overcoats at One Half-Trice.
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1804 2nd Ave., Rock Island
Are unsurpassed for HEATING
and COOKING. They are well
prepared and low priced chunks,
medium and nut size.
The Cheapest Fuel for Furnaces Is the
A Semi-Bituminous Coal from West Virginia. One ton lasts as long as
a ton of hard coal, and costs less.
HARD COAL, CARTERVILLE COAL, HARD WOOD.
E. B. McKOWN,
1401 Second Avenue. Both 'phones. Rock Island, III.
Let .MoKoTvn Kill Your Nrxt Order.
FLAMES TAKE THE NEW
HOUSE 0FJ0HN GODEHN
Fire Started From Furnace About
Noon Practically Total Loss
Residence Erected Last Year.
The new residence of John Godehn,
near Sxth avenue and Third street,
Moline, burned this afternoon. The
fire started from the furnace and made
such headway before reached by the
department ' that the house could not
be saved. It started about 12:30. The
house was just completed last fall at
a cost of several thousand dollars.
NEITHER WHOLLY GOOD
MERCURY WENT TO ZERO Both
Coldest Weathef of Winter By One
Degree Is Official Record.
The official temperature given out
by the weather bureau was zero at an I choice by the clubs
Three-Eye Sample Schedules
Found to Have Faults.
President Sexton today received the
two schedules mailed by rresident
Holland of the Three-Eye league for a
A hasty in spec-
and Rock Island conflict. The main
features of the two schedules have
been noted heretofore by The Argus.
NAGEL ISSUES UP THURSDAY
Arguments That Were to Have Been
Heard Last Week.
Circuit court was reconvenwl this
afternoon. Judge Gest having recover
ed sufficiently from his recent illness
o preside. A new jury reiorted for
the trial of civil cases. The motion
for the freeing of William Nagel has
been set for argument Thursday. This
was to have been heard last week.
early hour this morning. This is thejtion shows that both have their faults,
lowest point reached this winter by I The one known as No. 1 has evidently
one degree. street tnermometers l oeen prepared wun the greatest care,
showed an average 'of 5 below. Both have 'dates in which Davenport
Fire in Chimney.
The fire department was called to
he home of William F. Bradley, 2530
Seventh avenue, yesterday morning at
10:15. Burning soot in the chimney
caused an alarm. The services of the
department were not needed, no dam
age being done.
Dyspepsia bane of human exist
ence. Burdock Blood Bitters cures It,
promptly, permanently. Regulates and
?ones the stomach.