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THE ARGTJS. WEDNESDAY, -MAY 1900.
The noted American prima donna,
will appear soon in Davenport, se
cured at large expense for the May
Festival, given by the Apollo Club.
It will no doubt be of interest
to the many purchasers of Kimball
pianos to know that this great ar
tist uses and prefers for her per
sonal use in her home the
Mme. Nordica has also purchased
two Kimball pianos for relatives,
which further emphasizes her choice
as Is shown in the following letter:
Waldorf Hotel. March 29. 1900.
Messrs. YV. W. Kimball Co.:
I can only repeat of your instru
ment what I said of the one you
sent me for my London home,
that the longer I use It the bet
ter I like it. The two Kimballs
purchased for relatives give the
same satisfaction, and whether
in arias or songs, the niano sup
ports the voice splendidly
I can cordially congratulate
the Kimball company.
LILLIAN NORDICA DOME.
We have just received from the
factories many new and beautiful
styles of this popular piano, includ
ing one of the new Minature
Grands. Please call and see
Grands. Please call at
S. W. BOWLBY, Mgr.
1609-1609 Second Avenue.
Tha. "Sidewalk Brand.
for Walks, Cisterns, Floors, Walls,
Cellars, Fence Posts. A pure rock
cement of pfrtratcst strength and uni
formity. It will go farther as it stands
more sand than any other brand. It
brushes like mar
ble and will last
Insisroa your dealer
giving- you "Side
wait Brand" Alar
on Cement and How
to Use It.
MARQUETTE CEUENT MFG. CO. CHICAGO
when getting ready to put away
your stoves for the summer, give
each stove a coat of 6-5-4 to pre
vent it from rusting; it is applied
like paint, so requires No Pol
ishing. 6-5-4 is betterthan an
enamel for Stoves, Pipes or Wire
Screens, it is easier to apply and
dries in 10 minutes. ; ; - '
for (tale hy DnvliI Dob, Koelc Inland
Hardnrr company. John T. oftakrr,
sad J. J. BurgriM A: Co.
N 1575 Y
ATI the news all the time THE
$20,CC0 Real Estate De2l. John I,
Zoeckler has transferred to the Kohrs
Packing company the piece of property
hell by Mm adjoining that of the
Kohrs company. The consideration
named is $20,000. The property is lo
cated on West Second street.
Warm Meeting of. Board. Exeire
nient ran high and hot words were
bandied hack anil forth at a lively
fIecial session of the school board
held Monday evening. The occasion
was the purported hearing of Profes
sor W. D. Wells and Dr. Paul Raden-
hausen on the matter of their non
reappointment. Messrs. Wells and Ra
denhausen appeared in person, but
neither Miss Cleaves nor C. M. Lillie
were present. However, there was a
delegation of prominent citiezns in at
tendance who took an active part in
the discussions and lent their opinions
in regard to the matter In hand. In
spite of the general discussion, how
ever, the situation remains unchanged
The board stood firm in support of Its
action in not reappointing the teach
ers. However, the reasons for the non-
reappointment were given for the first
time and were said to consist of fric
tion between the three gentlemen
Undertaker Has Fire. A serious Are
took place at Nissen & Hart wig's es
tablishment on Second and Scott
streets Monday evening. The, total
damage cannot yet be ascertained, bur,
according to a member of the firm, it
will exceed $1,000.
Jai Breaker Caught. The police
have captured Harry Davis, who broke
out of the county jail a short time ago.
Davis will now spend a short time in
the solitary and will hereafter be kept
under close guard until he has served
Decide on Class Day Play. The
class of June, "Ofi. has decided upon
the play, "Across the Styx," for their
class day program.
Wants to Sell $10,C00 Stock. At
the meeting of the Davenport Commer
cial club the proposition of the O. K.
Grain Shocker company to locate in
this city was taken up and discussed.
The company offers to locate here if
local citizens would subscribe $10,000.
After a thorough discussion of the mat
ter, it was finally decided to leave it
in the hands of Secretary C. A. Steele
of the club, who is to ascertain if the
citizens will subscribe the desired
Hunt Lest Boy. The Fa main street
neigh borhood north of Locust street
had the excitement of a loy hunt Mon
day evening that was very intense for
several hours, and although it had a
happy termination, Mr. and Mrs. Earle
Nichols and their good friends will
not want a repetition of ,it. It was an
evening of great anxiety for them.
their C-year-old son Archie being miss
ing until 10 o'clock. All the men of
the neighborhood and several mem
bers of the iKilice force joined in the
search, and finally Archie was found
out in a field, whither he had wander
ed, several blocks from home.
Obituary Record. Christian Brunold
died Monday evening at Mercy hospi
tal after a long illness. He was born
in Rencing Tjrol. Switzerland, in 1842,
and at an early age came to America
and direct to Davenport. Here he was
married. His wife died in May, 1905.
He leaves but one son, Joseph, whose
whereabouts is not known.
At his home on Campbell avenue,
near High street and Eastern avenue,
Monday afternoon occurred the death
of Fritz Kahl, at the age of 57 years.
The fatal ailment was Blight's dis
H. T. Woeber, aged 29 years, passed
away at Mercy hospital yesterday af
ter an illness of six weeks' duration
from typhoid fever.
CONDITIONS AS THEY ARE
ON THE ISTHMUS OF PANAMA
(Continued from Page One.)
"somebody would get fired," brought
the ship's officials around, and the
boat left according to Mr. Shonts'
desire. But several cars of perishable
fruit thrjt had been shipped to Colon,
to go via that steamer to New York,
were left high and dry on the dock,
"Wall Paper. Fruco and Calcimine
C'lennlnK First class work. Can
give best of reference.
Address 409 Twenty-third street.
Rock slland. Old phone, W. 604X.
15 Ceatfl each. Z lor 23 Cents
CLUETT. PEABOOY CO.
ifakert ttf ClwOt and Monarch Shirts.
and the shipper lost a season's profit.
Also Mr. Shonts' statement to the
senate committee on Interoceanic car
als that he would resign his princely
job if compelled to take his wife to
the isthmus, has not tended to in
crease confidence in the healthful
properties of the canal zone atmos
phere, and it is with, poor grace that
the carpenters and machinists, and
clerks and engineers are urged by thi
commission to bring their families
Of course we may be making moun
tains out of mole hills, but I will say,
as an unembellished statement of fact,
that not 1 per cent of the people on the
isthmus believe Mr. Shonts is a neces
sary attribute to the canal administra
tion. He arrived here last Sunday
morning, spent an hour driving around
the best streets of Colon in the hand
some victoria of Mr. Tubby, chief of
the bureau of materials and supplies,
and then was ushered aboard the pri
vate car of the Panama railroad and
hurried off to some place where the
mains, were not filled with salt water.
Leaving the question of whether or
not Mr. Shonts is an expensive luxury,
we will consider some of the other in
stances of apparently inexcusable gov
ernmental extravagance. I made a
second trip to the site for the Colon
standpipe that was to have been com
pleted April 1, according to Secretary
Taft's statement. I found a ragged hole
in the ground, two feet deep and 15
feet or more in diameter, filled with
green slime. I was accompanied by
the foreman that had been in charge
of the digging, and from him I learn
ed that the site had been condemned.
"Why?" I asked.
"Because when they dug down IS
inches they encountered water and a
shifting coral foundation," he replied.
"Mr. Stevens personally condemned
Looking around me I observed bar
rel upon barrel of cement, 40 car
loads of sand, a mass of pipe and va
rious and sundry other material that
was to have been used on this muchly
advertised standpipe, this grim April
fool joke of the canal administration.
"But why did they bring aH this stuff
here, if they condemned the site?" I
asked my friend, the former foreman.
"Oh, that was brought here before
we even broke ground." was the
astounding reply. "It cost the gov
ernment about $4,000 to place those
300 barrels of cement and that other
truck here, and it will cost the gov
ernment $3,000 to cart it away."
Here we seem to have a net loss to
the government of $7,000, just because
some engineer did not think of test
ing his ground for a foundation before
ordering all these supplies. Besides,
it took 23 men six weeks to ascertain
that the site should be condemned.
And I was further informed that a con
tract had been let with a Chicago firm
for the construction of the standpipe
on that site for $21,000. Perhans the
canal commission at Washington will
announce whether this particular $21.
000 must be forfeited by the govern
ment. And whether it is or not thp
400,000 gallons of water that were to
have been stored in the standpipe
have flowed on into the hungry sea.
Another instance: The municipal
engineers in Colon decided to lay a
six-inch pipe along Bolivar street, one
of the principal thoroughfares. The
ditches were dug. and the six-inch pipe
was distributed along the line. There
it lay for a few days, when the engin
eers determined to put down eitrht-
inch pipe in Bolivar street. This ulti
mately was done, but the six-inch pipe
is still lying on the surface, and the
cost of its distribution and collection.
with the consequent breakage, appears
to be an unnecessary expense. A lit
tle forethought, such as would have
been exercised by a private contractor,
would have saved the government con
J. N. Bailey of Amesbury, Mass., a
water works engineer, who was in
charge of laying of Panama's big out
let sewer pipe, is my authority for a
startling story, that I verified from
other unofficial sources. Here is what
Mr. Bailey had to say:
"I was instructed to dig a trench
two miles long and IS feet deep, in
which to lay the outlet sewer pipe for
Panama. The ground was of such a
character that it was impossible to go
down 18 feet with only a two-foot
width, unless timber shoring was used.
I requested this timber, which was at
Ancon all the time, but I had so much
trouble with red-tape methods that fi
nally, after consultation with other en
gineers, I proceeded to dig at a broad
angle, bringing the point of the angle
at the required depth. This method
necessitated the excavation of S7,00o
cubic yards of earth that we would not
have had to touch had the shoring
been available. It cost the government
$1 a cubic yard to move the earth."
This Is a rather brief but interesting
account of another misspent fortune
If Mr. Bailey is correct, then Uncle
Sam is just $87,000 to the bad on this
Then there is a famous cement ditch
in Colon a ditch that was built be
neath an awning a quarter of a mile
long. The administration was criti
cised for the awning, and Mr. Taft re
plied that the awning was used so as
to protect the cement from the rains,
so it might properly settle and harden.
But now, when the ditch, which Is sun-
posed to drain a portion of the Colon
swamp, is scarcely three months old,
it develops many cracks and holes.
The sea cornea rushing into the ditch,
drains out into the surrounding earth
and makes the swamp even swampier.
The grade Is not maintained, and in
one or two other places where foul
water does actually seep into the ditch
it is there retained for the edification
HUE IUIEIITIOII, 1
Bank Under New Name. With the
close of business yesterday afternoon
Moline's only national bank gave way
to the new bank organized by the own
ers of the national and yesterday morn
ing the State Savings Bank, & Trust
company began business. There is no
difference in the location, the officers
or the staff of employes, simply a
change in name and an expansion in
policy and enterprise along new lines
Visiting Nurse Resigns. The King's
Daughters' Union executive board and
board of directors met yesterday after
noon with Mrs. Frank W. Gould, and
the principal business transacted was
the regretful acceptance of the resig
nation of Miss Augustus Jones, who
has been visiting nurse in Moline for
Lost An Eye. Herbert Johnson, em
ployed at the railroad shops in Sil
vis, met with an unfortunate accident
yesterday. In some manner a piece of
flying steel struck his left eye, which
will ruin the use of the optic entirely.
Cannot Use Schools for Year. The
proposed annexation of a part of
school district No. 45 to the city dis
trict so that people living in that ter
ritory recently annexed to trie city can
have their children get the benefit of
city schools, is now killed, at least for
a year. At a meeting of the trustees
of township 17, held Monday afternoon,
fault was found with the petition and
as the trustees can adjourn only once
on such questions as the changing of
school boundary lines, the matter must
be dropped until next1 April.
Steals Away to Wed. Friends of
Henrv F. Peters, the Fifteenth street
jeweler, will be surprised to learn that
he was married at noon yesterday in
Belvidere, 111., to Miss Irene Sage of
that city, a cousin of the Misses Lina
and Alice Kennedy of Moline and
well known here. So secret were the
plans of the wedding kept that not
even the time when Mr. and Mrs.
Peters will return to Moline has been
learned, though the house which Mr.
Peters has had built on the corner of
Twelfth avenue and Fifteenth street
is ready for their coming.
Central Illinois Turners to Meet.
The annual meeting of the Turners
Central Illinois district will be held in
this city next Sunday. Seven cities
are included in this district, and it i?
expected that each society will send
two delegates and that visitors win
also come from some of the cities. The
societies included in the district are:
Moline, Peoria. Pekin, Ottawa.
Snrinsfield. Rock Island. Peru. Bloom-
ington. Several matters of business of
importance are to come up and it is
expected that the business sessions in
the forenoon and afternoon will be
busy ones. Delegates will be elected
to the national convention to be held
in Newark. N. J., a place selected for
the headquarters" of the district, and
a place decided upon for the next
turnfest. Sunday evening a concert
will be given for the visitors.
of the passersby. I talked with sev
eral engineers concerning this, and
they all declared that a plain ditch
dug in the earth. Without cement,
would have been far better. More un
Over in Cristobal Mr. Tubby, whom
I have mentioned already, desired a
governmental residence constructed
for himself. But the sites available
were not the best, and Mr. Tubby was
very particular. So he gave instruc
tions that the building known as
"House No. 2" be moved a distance of
some thirty feet, until it should stand
close up against "House No. 1." Both
of these houses were built by ; the
French, and they are on the very end
of Cristobal Point, the choicest residence
site on the island of Manzanillo. By
moving House No. 2 Mr. Tubby secur
ed enough room for his house, which is
now nearing completion. One of the
foremen who worked on the job toll
me that it cost in the neighborhood of
$20,000 to move House No. 2.
Over In Panama one of the municipal
engineers told me that after a certain
kind of gutter had been laid along one
of the streets, the engineer in charge
changed his mind and ordered another
style of gutter. He said this bit of
mental activity cost the government
But the most interesting case is that
reported to me, also by several of the
steamship agents at Colon. It con
cerns a shipload of "gallegos," Span
ish workmen, who had been employed
at Havana in some municipal enter
prise. It seems that the United States
government chartered a vessel at $9,-
000 to bring about 800 of these "galle
gos" to Colon for work on the canal.
But when the ship was ready to re
ceive her passengers, only ISO "galle
gos" were on hand, and no more could
be secured. Thus each "gallego" cost
the government $50 for passage from
Havana to Colon, and the first class
fare from New York to Colon is only
There are many more instances
Like other of the "little things" that
1 have mentioned In previous letters,
they do not mean much in themselves.
But taken in the aggregate they con
stitute one of the two most convincing
arguments in favor of the scheme of
turning the entire project, with the
exception of the health department.
over to private contractors. The oth
er argument I have dwelt upon at
length already making the canal zone
1 Fine CIotlieiM&5Sr&
Baltimore - Snd Vetv York
a political dumping ground. It is my
opinion, based on interviews with up
ward of SOU minor officials and sup
ported by my own observation, that
the government cannot complete the
canal in 20 years nor within double
the present estimated cost unless it
can absolutely eliminate politics from
the administration of canal affairs.
And those of us who are at all cogni
zant of governmental procedure know
that politics and the government are
one and inseparable. As long as mem
bers of congress and other influential
officers of the government persist in
recommending any old Tom, Dick and
Harry from their respective political
bailiwicks for responsible positions on
the isthmus, and as long as these po
litical appointees permit a useless
waste of government money, the prog
ress of canal digging will be exceed
ingly slow and the drain upon the na
tional exchequer will be a fruitful
source of study for our public finan
ciers. As to graft on the isthmus, I am
glad to report that I encountered no
specific case that is supported by posi
tive proof. Some transactions "looked
bad." but when I have said that, I
have said all I know concerning them.
Unfortunately, a certain percentage
of dishonesty is a human attribute.
That graft does exist in some limited
degree on the Isthmus I have do doubt.
It will be found anywhere in the world
in a project of tiiis magnitude.
WOOD WORTH CLUM.
IN OLDEN TIMES
People Were Content to Take Things
Easier Than Now.
If our forefathers could behold the
modern locomotives, automobiles and
electric cars, they would hold up their
hands in astonishment.
The stage coach was fast enough
then people were more content to
take things easy.
They used to be satisfied with any
sort of a hair lotion that came along
if it did not prevent baldness they
thought it was because baldness could
not be prevented.
It's different now. People know that
germs cause baldness and that New
bro's Herpicide kills the germ, thus
curing dandruff and preventing bald
ness. Sold by leading druggists. Send 10
cents in stamps for sample to the Her
picide company, Detroit, Mich. T. H.
Thomas, special agent.
A cure may be effected by applying
Chamberlain's Salve as soon as the
child Is done nursing. Wipe it off with
a soft cloth before allowing the child
to nurse. Many trained nurses use
this salve with the best results. Price
2fc per box. Sold by all leading tlrug
gists. A little life may be sacrificed to a
sudden attack of croup, if you don't
have Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil on hand
for the emergency.
X&taral Laxative Water.
Half aglassupon arising
acts gently and quickly,
Klvin positive r relief.
Try it NOW to-tlay.
Ask distinctly for
Grand. Prize. St. Louis
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0F ALL the stylish
grays are oy ior inc mosi uesircu. n s
a perfect summer color and one that
is becoming to almost anyone. We are
showing a splendid variety of the fashion
able shades ofgrey in the best tailored
suits that money can buy. Come in and
see the new weaves, and styles in - -
G. (L H. Special Make,
This make sold exclusively by
us in this city. PRICES in this
make range from
SIS TO S27.50.
We also are showing other high
grade makes from
S12.00 TO $16.50.
Take a look at them, glad to show them if
you are not ready to buy. v v v
ROCK ISLANDER ON GUARD
Paul Cable, Musician in Navy, Writes
from San Francisco.
Paul Cable, a former resident of
this city and now a musician on the
3 lbs of
omy 23c !b"'y
To all purchasers of 50c worth of Tea, Coffee,
Spice, Extracts or Baking Powder.
&Ae Great Atlantic H Pacific
328 Twentieth street, Rock Island, 111.
3 lbs. 3 lb. 3 lbs.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 3, 4 and 5.
New Phone 5320. Old Phone 673
IS OF LITTLE CONSEQUENCE. THESE DAYS ONE
MUST BE ABLE TO BACK UP EVERY STATEMENT.
WE DON'T SAY THAT WE HAVE THE BEST OFFER
ING EVER MADE. WE DO SAY, THOUGH, THAT IF
YOU NEED A SUM OF MONEY QUICKLY, FOR A
LONG OR SHORT TIME, WE ARE IN A POSITION TO
ARRANGE SUCH A MATTER IN A MANNER TO SUIT
YOUR CONVENIENCE AND AT A MOST REASON
ABLE PRICE. WE TAKE A LIEN ON YOUR FURNI
TURE, PIANO, HORSES, WAGONS, ETC., AS SECUR
ITY, BUT DO NOT REMOVE OR DISTURB THE PROP
ERTY IN ANY WAY. A BUSINESS TRANSACTION,
WITHOUT PUBLICITY, WITH A RELIABLE CON
CERN. LET US TELL YOU WHAT WE CAN DO FOR
FIDELITY LOAN COMPANY.
Mitchell S. Lynde Block, Room 33,
Office hours 8 a. m. to 6 p.
phone West 514. New telephone
ON T H ESQUARE.
Ride the JOHN KOCH BRAND V TIRES
colors this season the
4. S t 1
battleship Chicago, under command of
Admiral Goodrich, has been on guard
duty at San Francisco since the lite.
He writes an interesting letter to Mr.
and Mrs. Thomas H. McGowan of
Davenport, relating his experiences.
3 lbs. of
TAT HZ $
m. and Saturday evenings. Ttls-