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THE ARGU&, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1907.
FIRST GROSS FIRE
City Clerk Schaffer Demands
Investigation as to Mayor
RELATING TO WATERWORKS
Lively Moving All Around
UiK-k I.-html. 111.. Fob. Jl.-K.lior
Arnus: After the l.tM regular ineetiiu
of the city council, tin- mayor took i'
upon himself lo say that the wu;-r
works fund of this city was .short o
amount $2t.iiMt. by which he sought
create the impression lhat 1 hail cm
hczzlcd the above amount. 1 have
therefore addressed the followim; com
munication to I lie finance committee.
"Alderman A. (1. Anderson. Chair
man Finance Committee Dear Si'-:
The report having hi en circulated th.i!
I have embezzled the sum of $2u,ii!M
out of the water works fund. I won!. I
therefore request thai you notify til"
Title Cuaianty & Surety company ."
Scranton, I'm., who have bonded me ::i
amount of $:;tn en. f these reir.ir's.
and insist that they send one of tlie.r
experts lo examine the books, in -ir-eer
to show '!. peoiile that I have
turned over to the city treasurer every
dollar Iha' h.is Ik en collected by me
promptly. I want this done not on!;,
in vindication of myself, hut also in.
assistant, who h;:s worked so faithfully
with me fur the past eiulit years. Kin -1
ive this your prompt at; fin ion and
b 1 i ,ii . yours i nt!y.
"H. C. SC MAFFICK. City Clerk."
i siiicti hi i .iiniii-oir.
From the above coinmuuieai ion.
which City Clerk Schaffer sent to The
Ai'sus office today, it is apparent '.!;.'!
Ceorije Wa.sliiimton McCasluin is no.
to be permitted to net away mull. i!
b -lined in the aluise and slander f
public officials and private citizen-,
such as has charai tei ized his cam
Jain"lis luretofoie. As a private ciii-
playing for votes, a .mi a; deal of
tra.-h has hi retoioie
hut as mayor his all
ofheial are t
an in vest ii;:t-
commaiid and reports that all are b-v
loA- ti;e limit id' nitn rcipiired by
the I nittii .Srr.es gov ernment in order
to enable them to participate in the
appropriation by congress for the na
tional guard lo lake part in the army
maneuvers each summer. All tilt
companies' officers, however, are at
work and hope to bring the number
of men up to n (piirement s liel'oie tl':
inspection by n yulr army officers in
lOELAY IS COSTLY
Fire Department Run Checked
by Long Freight Train and
Condition of Street.
EXPECT TO BE ABLE
TO BUILD AT ONCE
Rock River Traction Company
Deal on to Sell Bonds Sil
I Jirceioi of ihe llock Kiver Tr nr
tion company held a meeting at (leiie
sfo Tuesday at which a propositi. in
for the sale of bonds of the company
was considi re 1. The fin inciers. muK
ing ihe proposil specific I Unit $i'"a,
nun worth of -stock must be sold to th
people of Rock Island and Henry conn
lies. Officers of Ihe company state
that they c xpect to be able to close
the deal within two weeks, thus insu--ing
the construction of the road be
tween Celieseo and Kock Island at
An ordinance is now
irustees of tip; village
senicd by the TriCily
Light company giving a
that company for a street
iiirougii tue village. I lie measure wi
come up for consideration at a nice:
ing to be held next Monday night. It
providis for .",-cent lares lo Moline and
to Watei tow n. The Iim is to be buii'
so as to be used for iiiierurhan pur
poses if an entrance of the three Ci
ties is desired by lhat route, l! N
promised to have ihe line in operation
in four months after the franchise :s.
f Silvia pr.'
gat ions again -t a I How
be made the subject of
Tim (haige lo which .Mr. SehalTV!
has taken exception was made bv
Mayor McCaskrin in his harangue a!
I lie cloe of last Monday night 's coun
cil meeting, and whilf there are man.,
who have always been disposed ;o piv
no attention to his reckless polhic,;!
a.-sei tions. it appears on the fa e id' i
lhat Mr. SchafTer is inclined oihe -
wise, feeling lhat both his own charac
ter and that of his assistant a well as
his standing as a candidate for the
mayoralty demand the course ho has
I'lenly or li- lli-inc lmlr.
Tin re are just now plenty of liv 1
moves in progress on the political
checker board, mcally speaking, lioth
llie Scliaffer and Craig factions within
the republican party are waging bir
t r win fare in behalf id' their rc.-.peci-ive
candidates and the sicondaiy
struggles for the cily clerkship and
city attorneyship iioa.lnai ions are g.i
ing forward with e,iial energy an 1
t arnest ness.
As a side issue comes the promise
of the formal announci ment at an
early dale of f h, candidacy for mav ir
of McCaskrin's old lieutenant. "Pea
nut" Dick. who. it is understood, pro
pose.: taking tue stump in his own b.--
half and against his old time idol
.Mayor .mcv asurin nas as yet taken no
steps in his own behalf, but judging
irom i lie- peculiar phases oi the situi-
tion ihe nam -s of his petitioners will
be read with interest when he lilus
'Ihe CilixniM' Tii-krt.
I he ' ffi ct of ihe iniiova' ion in the
way of :i,e citizens non-partisan inov.'
liient. the official call for whose con
I'-ioioii hi .Mains nan in i ne irell v
-Math building tonight, appears in th.
advertising columns of this paper, re
mains to be seen.
1- U . i .
i ne M.'iiiiicniic party lia-: made mi
move yet. ami its course remains t i
i ue one pica u,at pervades tlie en
tile 1ik-.i1 polhi.-al field is that the cit
s.Moiild lie redeemed tmtn the present
loiitrol and regardless of what m,i
be ihe appearance of the map of Rock
Island by election time, the mo.-t con
spicuous spot will not indica'e wheivMc
Caskrin comes in, but. lo apply in ;ts
true sense, ihe slang vernacular
"where he gets off in."
Mrs. M. J. Middleditch.
sad news has been received :n
Rock Inland of ihe death at .Minne
apolis yesterday, of Mrs. M. .1. Middl -ditch.
I'oiineiiy of Freeport. and well
known and much beloved in ibis cily.
The deceased was an aunt of the laf.
J. YV. I'otter. in whose home lure she
had freipient ly visited. .She was i
sweit and lovable character. The tun
iral will be heh' in Freepor' tomoiro v
Funeral servicis over the remains of
.Mis. inarms (.illicit will be liehl to
morrow nioriiin at l' o'clock at 11
o:ue in South Heights, corner of Si-
enth street and Nineieenlh avenue,
lie remains will be taken in the "f
rnooti to (Irei-u River, the former
aiiiie. lor burial m the Dayton ti :nu-1 1
tery near Ciei-n river.
VOTES FOR HIGHER SALARIES
Senator Landee Favors Bill to Denefit
Various State Officers.
senator Kanrtee ot this district, went
en record as favoring the incieaso of
salaries lor the state officers provided
for in the bill which pass?d the sen
ale Monday. The bill passed '' lo ;
It provides for the following chau.;;
in salaries: Covcrnor. from J'i.oini t
ti-.h'mf per e:ir; iieu;-::ni governor
from $l.uti'i to $L'.riifi; secretary
i.tate from $:!.."no ut $7..u: auditor
J'uoiic: accounts, tnmi ?:;..inii to 5T..")'i i
iiectsiuer irom $...ami to $(i,ilim; su
lieiinteiideiit ot public instruction
from $::,.u to $7.."uu; attorney gen
i ral. from ?:;.5'i0 to $10,000.
ALL COMPANIES NEED MEN
Colonel Kittdsen Finds Eight Organ
zations in 6th Below Requirement.
Colonel Ed Kittilsen of the (1th re
lueni. r. a. nas completed the ni
spection of eight companies of his
BUILDING ALMOST DESTROYED
Discovered in Home While J.
Williams, Sick in Bed, is
Fire originating fioni a defective
chimney this morning practically de
stroyed tile residence of John 1). Wil
lams. :H1 Forty-fourth street. The loss
on the household goods and the build
ing is (stimated at about Sfl.r.uu. The
lire broke out in the roof of the hous'i
at about ;t:5r ami was first noticed by
neighbors. A call was immediately
sent in lo the fire department over the
new telephone line, but it seems tint
the alarm was first given to the M.
liue department befoie it reached the
city department here, and a great deal
of time was lost in this way.
Ii-i:irlnii-iil Im DcliiM'il.
The No. :? hose house on Thirty-h;.,:
street and Seventh avenue was noti
fied imineiliaU ly after the ceniral
company, but owing to the condition
of the roads on Seventh avenue, it
was some time before they reached
the scene of the tire. The central
wagons made a fast run. but were de
layed some time at Forty-fourth street
and Fifth avenue by a long freight
I rain on the crossing. The engineer
on the freight no iced ihe department
and pulled the train across to let them
through. Tlie city department ar
rived at about the same time tint
the No. :! company an i veil, but by that
time the entire roof of the buildiig
was practically gone and the fire was
spreading; rapidly to the lower part of
the house. All the household goods in
the lower part of the house wire car
ried out of llm building by the neigh
bors and on the arrival of the depart
ment pari of the furniture in tlie up
per pan. of ihe house was removed.
Much of the furniture on the upper
floor was destroyed. A line of hose
was laid as soon as possibh and is
was not long before the department
had the fne ititirely under control.
Only Oi-i-iiianl Sick Mini.
The upper part of t lie house was en
tirely destroyed. The lower story of
the house is still standing, but was
considerably damaged by the water.
Mrs. Williams was not in the house at
the time the fire broke out. and Mr.
.Williams was ill in lied with an attack
of tlie grip. The building is the oi l
Nutter residence and is owned by C
F. Hemenwav of Moline. The loss i-
Thomason has been at the hospital for
nearly two months, and is buffering
from tubercular meningitis.
WORK IN APRIL
sdies Plan to Have Improvement
Cemetery Road Under Way as
Soon as Weather Permits.
A .meeting of the Cemeti ry Road Im
provement association was held this
morning at the home of the president.
Mrs. Ben T. Cable, for the ptirjiose of
considering Ihe report of the ladies on
the conference with the state highway
commissioners at Springfield. Plans
for the beginning of the work early in
April were considered. The ladies
look up the question of appointing a
superintendent to have charge of the
improvement for the association, but
no action was taken. Another meet
ing will be held in the near future,
when a superintendent will be appointed.
7& ft . 0
A Word to
THE BUYING OF A CARPET OR RUG IS AN .IMPORTANT .THING
Mi-JD SHOULD BE CONSIDERED CAREFULLY. "WILL IT WEAR?''
"WILL IT HARMONIZE .WITH THE OTHER FITTINGS OF THE ROOM?'
"IS IT IN GOOD TASTE?" "ARE THE COLORS AND DESIGN, THE MA
TERIAL AND THE WEAVING ALL THAT THEY SHOULD 3E?" THESE
ARE SOME OF THE QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK AND THEY
QUESTIONS WE CAN ANSWER BEST FOR YOU. OUR LONG CAR-
EXPERIENCE, OUR EXCEPTIONALLY LARGE STOCK, OUR CAP.
EXPERTS, OUR ABILITY TO HELP YOU IN THE SELECTION
AND OUR PRICES ARE ALL INDUCEMENTS AND REASONS WHY YOU
SHOULD BUY OF US.
FURNITURE and CARPET
Soi-iety news, written r li k phoni il
to ihe society editor of The Argus, will
be gladly received and published. Hill
in either case the identity of the sender
must be made known, to insure relia
liilily. Written milieus must hear sig
nature anil address.)
123-125 West Third Street, Davenport, Iowa
Wedding Anniversary. A company
of neighbors and friends surprised
Mr. and Mrs. Charles l.aikin at then-
home, it'll Fifth-and-a-half avenue last
veiling, it being the 2.'ld anniversary
of their marriage. A pleasant evening
was passed and the company present-
d Mr. and Mrs. l.arkin with a number
of handsome gifts. Lunch was serv--d
during the evening.
PKKSOW I L VOI XT S..
Thomas Brown of (ialeshurg
iting in I he cit v loilav.
Coloiii 1 C. W. Durham is serious. y
at his home on First avenue.
.1. R. Col'ive:- of Aurora is visiting
fiii-nds and r-lat iv cs hi the ci:v.
C. D. Connelly, manager of the Ray
mond Hitchcock coinpanv in the "Van
ce Tourist." i in the citv iodav.
Frank Warren Hobsen. r!u.",i Twen
tieth street, has enlisted in the t'nite.l
States navy as an apprentice seaman
for four years, and last evening depar:-
d for Norfolk. Va.. to begin his se;--
ice on the training ship Franklin.
Mr. and Mrs. I'. W. Strickland le!l
esteiiiay for St. Paul, Minn. Mrs.
;tiickl.tiid will make an extended vis
it in St. Paul, while Mr. Strieklanl
will join Frederick Weyerhaeuser and
-ave with him for California to look
ver certain lumber interests.
Al Swalm, who has been employe I
t Rock Island arsenal, but has been
lie on aeeoun . of illness several
weeks, lias gone to Ins former home
H Hello Plaine. Iowa, lo reciipera'.-j.
lie expecis. to be able to take his old
place in the outfield for llm Rock Is
land baseball team when spring prac
Ni-i-il of I'roli-i lioM.
While the department is not criti
cised. I lie circumstances of the thv
aro being pointed out as strong argu
ments in favor of better fire protect! in
in tlie eastern part of the city. The
HIutT Improvement association has at
leady taken up the matter of securing
a In .-e company on the hill in the
south) astern part of the city. The
need of a more efficient fire alarm
system is also emphasized by the tire
this nioining. Those interested in the
improvement of Seventh avenue, also
find an argument in favor of the pro
ject in the fire.
VICTORY FOR RIVER
IN SENATE ACTION
Upper Mississippi Cities Pleased Over
Passage of Big Appropriation
A Valuable Lesson.
'Six years ago 1 learned u valuable
lesson.' writes John Pleasant of Mag
nolia, lnd. "I then began -taking Dr.
King's New Life Pills, and the longer
1 take them the better I find them."
They please everybody. Guaranteed
at.'W. T. Hartz, druggist, :JU1 Twenti
eth street. 25c.
The passage of the river and harbor
bill by tlie senate last evening, carry
ing a larger appropriation by some
coo .oho man the measure had as it
was approved by the house, will cause
rejoicing in the upper Mississippi val
ley, for it. insures the following out of
the plans perfected by General A. Mac
kenzie, chief of engineers, for a f-foot
channel. The sum of $."nn.onit will be
available yearly, to be used with lha
enil in view.
Is Adjudged Insane.
John R. Thoniason was adjudged
sane fn the county court yesterday
ternoon ami committed to the Water
town hospital by Judge H. C. Ward
Plan of Observances of the Na
tional Holiday in Rock
Young-Goetzman. Dean J. J. Quinn
it St. Joseph s church I in suay ev.
.ing officiated at the marriage of Miss
Irene Gootzniau of Muscatine. Iowa, to
Paul Young of Moline. They were tri-
anemled and the ceremony was wit
nessed only by the immediate rela
tives. Mr. Young is employed at the
Five Points grocerv store. Moline, and
te and his bride will make that city
Wilkinson-Stanley. The marriage if
Miss Minnie M. Stanley to Merle E.
Wilkinson, both of; this cily, look
place yesterday morning at lu o clock
it the parsonage of the First Methi,-
oist church. Rev. f. LI. Williams per
forming the ceremony. The bride is
l daughter of Mr. anil Mrs. R. D. Stan
ley of Twentieth street. Mr. Wilkin
son is a jeweler and he and his bridi
will make their home in the city.
Stroud-Hanson. Rev. R. Ti. Wil
liams at the parsonage of the Firu
Methodist church last evening at !
o clock olhciatea at the .marriage of
Miss Krna Hanson of Sheffield, 111., to
Miles Stroud of Wyanet, 111. After a
few days' visit in the city they will
make their home on a farm near W;
anet. Ihe bride has been employed
as a teacher at Sheffield.
CELEBRATION IN SCHOOLS
Public Business to Be Suspended-
Annual Club Banquet in
GIVES ICE MEN A CHANCE
Freeze Will Enable Them to Complete
Harvest and to Ship Elsewhere.
i his treeze is welcome to the ice men
who are given an opportunity lo com
plete their harvest where they have
not already done so. here the ice
was thick enough for cutting it did
not break up during the recent thaw.
mil it required but a slight treeze to
harden it so that cutting can be r
limed. Most of the firms in this vi
cinity are nearly through with the har
vest, but there is much demand for ice
elsewhere, and a large shipping busi
ness will be done it the weather con
linues cold and sufficient cars are pro
Tomoirow Washington's hjitluliy
will be observed in accordance with
the customs of a national holiday in
Rock Island. The banks, will close for
the day, as will the oflices at Ihe
court house, although Judge (.5 est. ow
ing to a pressure on his time will ne
obliged to continue the circuit court.
The postoffice will respect the custom
ary regulations as to hohdavs.
In the Si-IiimiIx.
As usual the day will be observed
as a nag (lav in the schools, and Hag:-
will float, over all school buildings.
Programs appropriate to Washington's
birthday, and also commemorating
the birthdays of the other great men
of February, Lincoln, Longlehow and
Lowell, will be held. In some of the
schools the general exercises will not
be held owing to the recent epidemic
of contagious diseases. Programs will
be carried out in all of ihe- building".
either in the individual rooms or in
the corridors by the entire school.
Tin- 4 lull llaiiiiit.
Ill the evening occurs the filth an
nual banquet of the Rock Island clu
following the custom of alternating be-
ween Lincoln's and Washington'
birthdays. According to the program
heretofore announced the speakers
from abroad will be Hon. William II.
Stead, attorney general of Illinois:
W. II. Manse of Chicago, and Hon. .-.
I). Dcnnison of Dubuque, recent demo
cratic candidate tor lieutenant gover
nor of Iowa. Mr. Stead is admitted to
be one of the most brilliant after din
ner speakers in Illinois, and Mr. Deii
nison has an .qua I reputation as an
orator in Iowa. Dr. G. L. Kyster. pres
ident of the club, will preside, the
exercises including also the invocation
by Rev. R. R. Williams, an origina'.
ixjem by Robert Rexdale. ami the sing
ing of the national hymn, "America.''
ll &$ I
"It Don't Hurt a Bit
8 to 121 to 5.
I Anil I'll lit- 'I'lirrf-, "l oo. I
Over the London, Rock Island.
MAY ADD FARM PRODUCTS WALKER IS IN WASHINGTON
Tri-City Fanciers Discuss Increasing
Scope of Their Exhibits.
At a special meeting of the stock
holders of the I ri-City Fanciers asso
ciation at Turner hall, Davenport, last
evening, it was voted to hold the third
annual show at Davenport Nov. 25 to
Dec. 1, 1!H7. The question of increas
ing the scope of the exhibits by adding
farm products was discussed, but no
A meeting will be held this (Thursday)
evening at 8 o'clock at Math's Hall for
the purpose of nominating a citizens'
All who have signed the declaration
and all who are in favor of the move
ment are invited to attend.
By H. E. CURTIS, Chairman.
Notice to Contractors.
Sealed proposals will be received at
the city clerk's office until Monday
.viarcn i. liuii, at uciock p. in., ior
one battery of boilers not less than
Specifications for tifbinar bailers will
be furnished by the city clerk and
builders of water tuber boilers will fur
uish their own specifications and type
of boilers to be furnished.
Bidders will bid f. o. b., Rock Island
and also on erection of boilers.
Certified check in amount $200 to
The city reserves the right to reject
any or all bids.
H. C. SCHAFFER, City Clerk.
Rock Island, III., Feb. 18, 1907.
Rock Island Attorney Opposes Surren
dering Federal Canal Rights.
Colonel Charles L. Walker, as ai-
torney for the Illinois and Michigan
canal, is in Washington to make a
piotest against the passage of a bill
which has been introduced by Repre
sentative W. W. Wilson of Chicago.
The bill provides that the United
States shall cede to the drainage dis
trict of Chicago the lands now occu
pied by the canal between Joliet and
Chicago. The bill is in the interest of
the project to make this drainage ca
nal a navigable stream, but those who
oppose the idea think the time has
not yet arrived, if it ever does com?.
for the government to give up i's
rights for this very valuable propel t.
Governor Den eon is much opposed to
the passage of Mr. Wilson's bill, and
it is understood that Mr. W'aiker rep
resents him in this matter.
Court Severs the Bonds.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Divorced for the third and last time, not from my wife but from
my money, which is worse. From now on I quit all my bad habits, turn
over a new leaf and pay all my attention to the spot that cuts every
body's prices square in two. Don't laugh now for I am here to show
you. JONES, the meanest man in our old town. But not in Daven
port. What kind of business is he in? Everything! Is that so? Has
O he been here long? Yes; over twenty years, I think. They say his
money never runs out, when it comes to buying your household goods.
O Household goods sold on payments. Also loans made on household
q goods, pianos, diamonds, jewelry, guns, bikes, musical instruments,
Q hardware, clothing, furs, silks, horses, wagons, buggies. Small loans
on houses and lots, say from $25 to $300 and payments to suit. We
make a specialty of exchanging your old stove for a new or second
hand one. Come and get your pick out of 200 stoves, ranges, and
heaters, all guaranteed. Now then, if you don't like to come into my
store just call me up by phone as we have both, and order me around
to suit yourself. It will be all right with Johnny. All things are pri
vate. Household goods sold on payments. Open every evening. Good
prices paid for old gold and silver.
Will buy notes and mortgages. Once more on the stove business
if you can't make a better trade or buy the same stove cheaper from
me than any other place in the three cities then cut me off your list.
Goods sold on commission. Household goods stored. Remember, I O
don't bar anybody out of my store, so good by. I wish you all well.
Colonial Party Feb. 22.
Powder your hair or put on your w5
and get in line at the big rink. Prizes
for the oldest dresses and for the best
George and Martha Washington.
Rising from the Grave.
A prominent manufacturer. William
A. Fertwell, of Lucama, N. C, relates
a most remarkable experience. He
says; "After taking less than three
bottles of Electric Bitters, I feel like
one rising from the grave. My -trouble
is Bright's disease, in the diabetes
stage. I fully believe Electric Bitters
will cure me permanently, for it has
already stopped the liver and bladder
complications which have troubled me
for years." Guaranteed at W. T. Hanz'
drug store, 301 Twentieth street. Price
married people and old ons
That have no children to laugh and I Headaches and Neuralgia from Colds.
coo. J Laxative Bromo Quinine, the world
Find their troubles will "little ones" be I wide cold and grip remedy removes
If they take Kocky Mountain Tea. I cause. Call for full name. Look for
T. H. Thomas' pharmacy. ! signature E. W. Grove. 25 cents.
THE LARGEST SECOND-HAND DEALER
1623 Second Avenue.
The Modern Housewife
lavishes as much care and
attention upon her bath
room as upon any other
part of the house. Her pride in her bath
room is shared with the pride in the fix
tures when they bear the trade-mark
We sell Stadarf Ware and invite
you to examine the various designs we
can show you. We guarantee our work
to be high-grade and to make you sarisfied
with us. lOur motto is, "Modern Men,
Methods and Material."
CHANNOX & DUFVA
112 West Seventeenth St. Both Phones.