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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY. JANUARY 12, 1907.
TELLS OF ARCTICS
Commander Rcbart E. Peary Lec
tures Under Auspices of Tri
City Press Club
BEFORE A LARGE AUDIENCE
Story of Most Recent Search, lllustra
ted With Pictures Guest at
Commander Robert Edwin Peary of
The United States navy, last evening
at the tturtis opera house in Daven
port, addressed an audience that filled
the entire theater, and told or his
most recent voyage in the arctic seas
in search of the North Pole. The lec
ture was given under the auspices of
the Tri-City Press club. The explorer
was introduced by Vice President Put
nam of the Davenjiort Academy of
Sciences, who was selected by the en
tertainment committee of the club for
this function. In presenting' Comman
der Peary. Mr. Putnam spoke of the
present as an ace of men who do
things. lie referred very briefly to
Comnanuer Peary's attainments and
achievements, and congratulated the
Press club on having secure! j reached. That honor belongs to the
imagination of those who have nevet
seen the great northern ice fields.
IlrluKH ftreut Apl:tue.
.s me uinerenr. pictures were
thrown on the screen, and Commandei
Peary told of their significance, the
audience broke into frequent applause
and a spontaneous outburst followe.l
his account of placing the stars ant1
stripes at S7 degrees 6 minutes north
latitude, and later when he concluded
the story of recrossing a wide lead in
the ice. and reaching in safety the field
near the shore.
After explaining from a chart of tin
central polar sea, the course of hi?
voyage and later sledge trip. Com
maimer Peary had thrown on the
screen a picture of the ship Roosevelt
in which he made the voyage. Pic
tures were shown illustrating the dif
ferent character of the sea, the steam
er within 21 hours traversing an open
sea and later plowing through first
season ice fields.
Story of tlir Voynjre.
Commander Peary in telling of the
Roosevelt's voyage, said in part:
"The Roosevelt, our arctic ship, sail
ed from Xew York. July 1C. 19u4. The
construction of the ship itself was a
departure from the usual methods for
arctic explorations, for instead of be
ing a sailing ship with steam auxiliary
power, the Roosevelt was a steamer
with auxiliary sail rigging. The Roose
velt, however, did not reach the far
thest northern point that ships have
mm an:i giving tne public an op
portunity to hear from the explorer,
the story of his voyage. He recalled
the character of the club's past en
tertainments, and spoke of Commander
Peary's lecture as being merely along
the line of the club's former achieve
ments in bringing to the three cities
tlie fore-most men in the country. Ho
said it h.is a great pleasure to him in
his official relation to such a great
scientific institution as the Acatlemy
if Scie-nees to present the explerer.
lint Xaval ItrnrinK.
Commander Peary has the bearing
of the sailor, and his ability to en
dure the hardships he described is in
dicated in his appearance. He spoke
with no shew of egotism, but with a
very evident sincerity, and the large
nlidience was struck with the man's
termination to make another effort
to reach the pole, in view of the dan
gers of such a journey which he de
scribed. His lecture was illustrated
with a series ef pictures ef the inci
dents of the Roosevelt and its voyage,
and ef the later sledge trip that re
sulted in the planting of the American
flag further north than any explorer
bad ever been before. The stereopti
con was in charge ef Preifessor J. Her
man Paarman. curator of the Academy
of Sciences of Davenptnt. The pic
tures form an almost priceless collec
tion, and the scenes shown are so re
markable that they are beyond the
Frani. but the Fram drifted to its most
northern point, while the Roosevelt
fought its way through the ice." After
showing the Roosevelt driving its way
through the ice under different cir
cumstances. Commander Peary contin
ued: "From Sept. 5 to July 4 the
Roosevelt was in winter quarters. Par
ties of our Eskimos secured game in
the way ef the arctic hare nnd the
beautiful arctic white reindeer, and for
some time we were occupied in pre
paring the ship for the winter.
Terror of I.on. lslit.
"Oct. 12 I saw the sun set for the
last time, and the arctic night, lasting
until March of the next year, began.
A hardy man can stand the cold of
those regions as well as one can in
New York or in this city, but the dif
ficulty is in the long period of dark
ness. Can you imagine what it would
mean here in Davenport were the sun
to set tomorrow, not to appear again
for five months? Strong men have
gone mad in that arctic night, and it
reqtiired the gre-atest effort, notwith
standing the fact that we were warm
and ceimfortable on the boat, to keep
the men and dogs in good condition.
We lived in darkness, for five months
we lived in darkness."
Here the speaker explained the rou
tine of the expedition going as far
north as possible one season, then re
niatning in winter epiarters during the
night, and the sledge trips in the
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Hrwlnsr AViiy In Ice.
Continuing, he said. "When we left
'he Roosevelt with Eskimos, dogs and
sledges, we had literally to hew oui
way through the ice for the first 8
miles from Cape Columbia. Once ou
)t the rough ice, we 'found compara
rively smooth going, and we made a
"nueh headway as possible each day
We tried to make up for lost timfc, and
made forced marches, but suddenly en
countered a blizzard during which pro
?ress was impossible. When the storn
had passed, I found by observation
hat we had drifted TO miles to the
"st with the ice, and were thus cut
Dff from our supporting parties and
supplies. In a few days we encoun
tered a big 'lead, and were delayed six
days waiting until it froze over and
.ve were enabled to cross with light
"Our encounter with the big blizzard
and the delay owing to the open water
were all. I believe, that prevented our
reach iilg the pole on this trip.
The Kiirlh-t Point.
'April 20. after several days of hard
marching, we started out in the early
morning, and from 2 o'clock until noon
we forged ahead, and at noon I took
jnser vat ions wnicu snowed mat we
lad reache'd S7 degrees 0 minutes
north latitude, the nearest approach
to the pole. My reasons for turning
back here were the lack of supplies
:ind not as has neeii stated in some
lewspapers, the weather conditions or
open water. e were far from sup
plies, and our food was scarce. We
might have geme on, and I doubt not.
reached the pole, but under the condi
tions I believe we could never have
returned. -- '
FU So Kxultation.
"At this time I felt no exultation, a
I might have, but instead I had a keen
sVnse of disappointment, for though
we had attained much, we had fallen
short of my expectations. But when I
looked at the wan faces of my com
panions, and observed the lean condi
tions of the dogs, I had not the heart
to eive the order to continue the
march, but instead turned back.
"In going back we tried to retrace
our path, but in this found consider
able difficulty. We soon reached the
big lead, which, because it separated
us from land, our companions, and
perhaps lite itse-lf. we came to call the
Styx. After several days, during which
the lead gradually widened, a thin
crust of ice formed, and with lightened
loads, and exercising the greatest cau
tion, we began the journey over the
black water. With each movement
the ice swayed under the men, who
were r0 feet apart, when we had
crossed, the sighs of relief that came
from my nearest companions were dis
tinctly audible. As we looked back,
we saw a thin black thread of water,
rapidly widening, that showed us that
the lead was again being widened by
the wind and current. This was the
first time in my arctic experiences that
I doubted coming back alive.
ltenlt of Kxpetlltlon.
After describing the return journev.
and picturing one incident when he
saved a supporting party that was
nearly exhausted from the struggle
through the ice. Commander Peary in
conclusion sprjke of the results of the
expedition. "The trip placed the at
tainment of the pole 50 per cent near
er, and demonstrated that the Amer
ican methods are the most practical.
An explorer profiting by my experienc
es, and making a sledge journey from
the same point in a more westward di
rectum, will certainly reach the pole.
Had the winter been a normally cold
one, I believe we should have reached
the pole on this last voyage. We ac
complished, too. the filling in of a large
gap of the unknown coast line of
Grant land, and another expedition can
easily complete the gap and perhaps
secure further information of the un
known land which we ebserved to
ward the Behring straits."
The Club Reception and Dinner.
Commander Peary arrived from the
east over the Burlington at 0:45 and
was met at the station in Davenport
by a Tri-City Press club delegation
composed of members of the entertain
ment and reception committees, and
driven direct to the Commercial club
in Davenport where the members and
their ladies had assembled. The en
tertainment committee had arranged
with Manager Briscoe of the club for
a splendid dinner, the tables being
spread in the main dining room, the
former presidents of the club acting as
a reception committee. During the ev
ening the Lindello Mandolin club,
which contributed its services as a
courtesy to the press club, dis
coursed delightful music. Commander
Peary was given an ovation as he en
tered the banquet hall and was escort
ed to the place of honor, sitting at the
right of President Sundine with form
er President Tillinghast, the head of
the reception committee, on his right.
After the dinner had been served, Pres
ident Sundine introduced the club
guest of the evening who made a few
remarks expressive of his appreciation
of the honor paid him by the club, and
of the pleasure of meeting r.ie club
members and their ladies socially. He
regretted that the time was short be
fore the lecture and spoke of the oc
casion as quite in contrast In the
warmth of the hospitality shown him
with the experiences he had been hav
ing during the past two years. Com
mander Peary and the committees
then hurried to the Burtis opera house
where the Immense audience was in
waiting, followed by the others of the
Made m Bis Jump to Get Ilere.
After the lecture Commander Peary
LEAVE TO AMEND
Vsked by Complainant in Bill for
Injunction Against City
of Rock Island.
Jourt Will Consider Application Last
of Next Week Testimony in Di
vorce Cases Heard.
II. A. Weld in the circuit court this
morning, for the complainants in the
bill of Henry Tappendorf and Matthia
Schnell for an injunction against the
city of Rock Island, asked leave of the
xurt to file still further amendments
to the bill, the demurrer to which
Judge Gest sustained last week on the
ground that the complainants had do
layed too long in bringing their rights
before the courts. The court will take
up the application to amend the last of
next week. .
Ilenrw Divorce Cmmcm.
Judge Get this morning heard evi
dence in the divorce bill of Mrs. Anna
Vuercher against Conrad Vuercher. in
which the defendant' is charged with
habitual drunkenness. The couple
were married in 1S95 in Davenport. H.
M. Schriv'er represents the complain
ant. The case was taken under advise
Testimony in the case of Frances
Stewart against John F. Stew.art was
also heard, and the case continued un
til next Saturday, to hear further testi
mony, the defendant is charged witn
threatening to kill his wife with a
razor, and is also charged with cruelty.
Mr. and Mrs. Stewart were married in
1900, and have one son.
MotioiiM Are Heard.
Judge Gest was occupied the greater
part of the morning with motions and
demurrers in various cases. Court
was adjourned at noon until Monday.
The case of Mrs. Minnie Coulter
against the Travelers' Protective asso
ciation of America, which was before
the court the entire week, was contin
ued yesterday afternoon until Monday.
stereopticon. William M. Reck will
address the boys' meeting at 2:15.
John Cowley, one of the early resi
dents of the county, and prominent In
business circles, died this morning at
his home, 52C Sixteenth street, Moline
He was born on the Isle of Man. Oct
19. 1832. He came to the United
States in 1853, and after a few years
spent at LaSalle, he came to Moline
by stage. For some time he was em
ployed as an engineer at the old mill
on Rock Island arsenal. Later he pur
chased a farm, which is now the site
of the town of Barstow. He returned
to England, but again returned to Mo
line, and enlisted in the army and
served throughout the civil war. At
the close of the war he took up farm
Ing again, near Barstow, but. 18 years
ago he removed to Moline and engaged
in business. He was a member of
Graham post of the G. A. R. He is
survived by two sons and a daughter.
The funeral will be held Monday af
Fred M. Day.
Fred M. Day, formerly division
freight agent of the Rock Island wi;h
hearquarters at .Davenport, died this
morning in Davenport. Mr. Day was
in the railway service for some years,
and while serving in the capacity of
division freight agent he proved a, most
efficient and pepular agent. He had a
wide circle of friends in this city.
About 10 years ago Mr. Day was com
pelled to resign his position on account
of nervous trouble, and since that tim.1
he had traveled throughout the coun
try consulting many specialists in the
hope of securing relief. About two
months ago he returned from Mexico,
and has been in Davenport since that
Mr. Day was unmarried, and is sur
vived by several sisters and brothers
n Davenport. The funeral surviees.
which will be private, will be held
Monday afternoon. .
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trip from the east in order to keep his
engagement in the tri-cities. His
course of lectures is brief and the Tri
City Press club felt particularly proud
Jit the distinction he had shown the
organization. The committee on en
tertainment, composed of R. W. Cram
of Davennort. F. J. Mueller of Rock
Island, and R. S. Dailey of Moline. is
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Mrs. Estella Lloyd Bailey.
Word has been received here of the
death of Mrs. Estella Lloyd Bailey.
which occurred at the home in Brook
lyn a few days ago. Death was due to
a complication of diseases. She had
been ill for the pst. two years. Mrs.
Ba. .?y, whose maiden name was Es
tella Lloyd, attended the schools in
this city eluring her early life, and was
a member of the Baptist church, of
which she was an active worker.
About ten years ago she teok up mis
sion work, and left for the east, whero
she later was married to Rev. A. V.
Bailey. Since that time they have
been living in Brooklyn. She was Z'l
years of age, and is survived by her
husband and son Paul. Burial took
place at Brooklyn.
Mrs. Lucy Beecroft.
Mrs. Lucy Beecroft, formerly Miss(r
Lucy Babcock, and a daughter of the
late George M. Babcock of this city.?j
died this merning at the home at
Knoxville, Tenn. She was the wife ef 'Q
j Howard Beecroft. The funeral will be'g
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Bryan-Goembel. The marriage of
Miss Ethel Pearl Goembel, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. W. Sydney Goembel
of North Center street, Geneseo, to
Cecil Eldridge Bryan of this city, took
place Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock
at the home of the bride. Rev. C. K.
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an will be at home in this city after
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he. hisrh school girls Thursday eve
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Baker on Seventeenth street, and or
ganized a club to be known as the
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s designated by the name, i ne cnar-
er members are: Misses Mna loote.
Bessie Sangren. Maude Carney, Agnes
Schillinger. Ethel Ash, Sylvia Hemen
way, and Blanche Baker.
Friday Euchre Club. The Friday
Eucher club met yesterday afternoon
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520 Eighth-and-a-half avenue. Mrs.
Jenks took the first prize and the con-
olation Drize fell to Mrs. Smith, the
club will meet Jan. 25 with Mrs. E. F.
Godfrey, 723 Twenty-second street.
Krueger-Krueger. Miss Minnie C.
Krueger and Lewis F. Krueger. both of
Drury township, were married at the
bride's home Wednesday. Rev. W. H.
Schwiering, presiding elder of the Bur-
ington district, assisted by Rev. F. W.
Carwell. performed the ceremony in
the presence of the immediate families
and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Krueger
will reside on a farm near Illinois City.
To Give Second Lecture.
The men's meeting at the Y. M. C.
A . tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 will be
ady-'essed by Professor C. W. Foss of
Aug..stana college on the subject, "The
ife of Paul." This is the second of
the series of lectures to be given by
departed for Milwaukee. The great j Professor Foss on this subject. The
explorer was obliged to make a quick . address will be illustrated with the
held tomorrow at Knoxville.
Funeral services over the remains of o
George Wagner were held at the home, 1 2
3110 Fifth avenue, this afternoon at :!
o'clock. The Odd Fellows and mem
bers of the Turner society attended in
a body, Mr. Wagner having been mi
member of both organizations. The
funeral services were in charge of Gus
tav Donald ef" Davenport. The pall
bearers were. Carl Hellpenstrtt7Otto
Huber, Lothar Harms, L. Stenger, Ju
lius Junge, and Thomas Xessler. Bur
ial took place at Chippiannock ceme
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs.
James Christy, living nerth of Rey
nolds, died Thursday and was buried
today. The little one was 15 months
of age and membraneous croup was the
Funeral services over the remains of
Andre at. M. Johnson, 522 Third street,
will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2
o'clock from the Swedish Lutheran
church. The services will be conduct
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take place at Chippiannock cemetery.
Funeral services over the remains ef
the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred
Doeckel, 1402 Thirty-second street, will
be held tomorrow afternoon at 2
o'clock at the home. Burial will take
place at Chippiannock cemetery.
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