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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY. APRIL 27. 1907.
WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE
PRECIPITATED INTO AN AREA
WAY JJNDER A SIDEWALK
Weak Flagstones Give Way Under Weight of Crowd of Peo
ple Awaiting Opening of Store for
a Bargain Rush.
MANY SUSTAIN INJURIES
None, However, Seriously Hurt in Ac
cident in Front of W. G. Putnam &
Co. Store This Morning.
Milt. Kit Mi HII'I'., 4:i rorly-ncr-onil
Hlrt-rt. Injured Inlerimllj, null hrula
ril hImmiI limltN. ll-iiicil to lionir in
IIKII.AH HII'I-:. i:M 1'orty-woou.l
lrf. llriiiMril nliout knre.
IIAK'I i:tl Korty-Mrconil
atrrrl. Hrulm-d uuil rut liy fulliuK liov
MllS. J.MKS SWIFT, toll Flflli Vf
nnr, Injured lutrrniilly mill Imok
wrriK-litMl. Hrinoveil to home iu ambu
Mils. II. I'. IIITK, SSIS Nrvrulb nv
rinir. Severely lirulnetl Hnil rlt;ht elbovr
nrrncliril, lleinoveil to liouir In uiiiltu
I ii nef.
Mils. O. T. .XKEK, !MIU Fifteenth I reef.
Sull'erluK from weverc ifnou nliork.
Inkle Hpraloril, anil bruined about bod.
IteiiMtved to home in eurringe.
MISS JKSSIK IIIV1X, Moulrmiull.
lima, nieee of Mrs. .eef. Ankle mirnln
ril.knrrraii illwloented nml buek wreneh
ril. . llemoved lo cef residence in enr
ringe. MIIS. M A II V f'OStiltOYK. 7." 1 Fif
teenth nlreet. Ankle nprnined aud
MHS. f llARl.KS AHIHM.I,, 1 -133
Kixhtli atfnur. Ilruined nliout liat'k.
i:i SMITH. South lloek Inland. Se
MISS M M I E Ill.Ot KI.INGF.lt, 3r
Seven III nlreet. lirulxed about body.
MISS KATE l.IIK.. 32 Seventh
trert. Ilrnined about limits and body.
MIIS. THOMAS 1,Y II, 2.-.2W Fifth-and-n-hnlf
avenue. Ankle npralued and
pOMNlbly Injured luterunlly.
The collapse of the flagstone sidewalk
hi front of the W. G. Putnam & Co.'s 0
and 10 cent store, 1712 Second avenue,
at S:30 this morning precipitated
?' women and children into the. 0-
of two of the flagstones, each aboat
four feet wide, and a smaller piece of
another stone at the west side of tho
other two. The areaway extendi
about eight feet out under the walk.
The stone had been worn down to a
thickness of from two to three inches
the stone at the center of the walk and
the outer edse of the areaway bein.a
barely two inches thick. The increas
ed weight placed too great a burden
on the walk, and one of the stones was
broken almost squarely in two, allow
ing practically the whole section to fall
with those standing on it. A third;
stone at the east of the entrance to
the store remained in place, but it ten'
would probably have gone down had
there been more people on it, for .t
like the others is worn down until but
two or three inches thick.
None I :'! pe Injury. 1
None of those who went down with
the walk escaped injury, though sever
al sustained but comparatively slight
bruises. It was some minutes befo.e
the seriousness of the accident was
fully apprehended by those who quickly
gathered about the scene, and some few
minutes elapsed before the work
of removing the injured from the
hole was undertaken. The hurt
were carried into other stores nearby,
and the ambulance summoned to re
move those more seriously injured to
their homes, and others less seriously
injured went home on the street cavi
before summoning physicians. Dn;.
Itochow, Bradford, Wilson Hal.
O'Hern. Sala. and Hada Burkhart were
called to attend the injured, and sev
eral of the physicians who were near
the scene were immediately in attend
ance on the victims of the accident.
Children Are Yii-tliux.
Ed Smith, aged IS, son of Mr. and
Mrs. George Smith of South Rock Is
land, Mrs. Frank Rife. 4:D Forty-second
street, Mrs. James Swift, lull
Fifth avenue, and Mrs. B. F. White.
2S15 Seventh .avenue, were the more
seriously injured. Mrs. Rife sustained
severe bruises and internal injuries.
Pieces of the heavy stqne fell on Mrs.
Rife, and it was with some difficulty
foot area way' under" the walk and re
sulted in injuries of a more or less seri- that she was extricated. With Mrs. Rife
ary paralysis of the limbs. She sus
tained severe bruises also.
One in Iroquoin Fire.
It was reported that one of the wo
men who was a victim of the accident
had been in the Iroquois fire at Chi
cago three years ago, with a party of
seven. According to the report, she
was the only one of the party to es
cape from the theater fire, and at that
time sustained a fracture of the leg. It
was thought at first that she had sus
tained a similar injury in this instance.
Crowd Quickly tiutliern.
As the walk went down, those nearby
screamed, and many of the women
who were thrown into the pit fainted
from the shock of their injuries and
fright. In a few seconds the scene was
thronged with people attracted by the
noise of the falling walk and the
acrcanis of the victims. The place was
:n object of considerable interest all
day, and crowds of people gathered a
all hours about the store. When the
first excitement had passed, the store
was opened for business, the patrons
passing in and out of the rear door.
Mayor McCaskrin. Street Commissioner
Hull, and members of the council and
the police department hastened to the
scene, as did City Attorney J. F. Wit
Mayor-elect Schaffer was also soon
on the ground and went personally
under all the walks in the block where
it was possible and gave orders for th
strengthening of all flagstone walks,
and warning that if prompt attention
was not given the same the city would
adopt drastic measures.
DnniUKi SuitH I'rohable.
The property in front of which the
accident occurred is owned by Mrs
Sallie J. Plummer of San Jose. Cal. Dr.
I. W. Stewart of this city is in charge
of the property, as Mrs. Plummer's
agent. As an outcome of the accideut
a string of damage suits is possible.
The walk was at once fenced off to
prevent further disaster, aud arrange
ments made for a temporary
walk. Since the accident, owners of
other property along the avenue in
front of which there are areaways, have
been aroused, and are investigating the
condition of the walks as to their safe
ty. It is likely that immediate repairs
will be required in one or two instances
to avoid any repetition of the catastro
phe. Whether the city or the property
will be liable should damage suits be
brought, is not clear in the minds of
attorneys questioned about the matter.
some holding that the city is responsi
ble, and others that the property is lia
ble, and that the owner's bond to the
city protects the city in the matter.
Mr. Putnam was notified at Jackson
ville of the accident by telegraph, and
is expected to arrive in this city this
evening to take charge of his inter
ests in the matter as the proprietor of
TWO MAYORS ACT
In Taking Hold of Second Ave
nue Sidewalk Accident.
EACH WITHIN HIS POWERS
Which Illustrates Question Often Dis
cussed as to Variance in Mu
weiler and the hostess received a pret
ty piece of Haviland china. The next
meeting of the club will be held at the
home of Mrs. Sward, 1810 Fourth avenue.
U. S. History Club Meets. The
.members of the United States History
club were entertained yesterday after
noon at the home of Mrs. C. Nelson.
2327 Seventh avenue. Mrs. A. VT.
Hatch was the leader and she gave i
interesting and instructive paper on
Arizona" which was followed by .1
discussion on the subject. The host
ess served refreshments. The clib
11 meet May 11 with Miss Jennie
Monroe, R. I. No. 5 Harrison street.
cms nature to all of those who tell with
the walk. A special sale had been ad
vertised at the store, and the doors
were to open at 9 o'clock. A score or
more of women were about the door 15
minutes before the hour of the owning,
and many were passing on the side
walk. Suddenly and without warning,
it section of the walk directly in front
of the door dropped, and those stand
ing on it were precipitated into tho
areaway. The women were horribly
crushed, and to make matters worse
a sidewalk show case in the center of
the walk fell into the hole, scattering
broken glass in all directions. The
pieces of broken stone fell on some of
the women, and bruised and cut them.
Walk Worn Thin.
The section of walk consisted of part
were her daughter. Beulah Rife, aged 11
and Anna Bartell. 434 Forty-secon l
street, aged 12. and both of the girls
were percipitated into the areawav.
and sustained minor injuries. Miss
Rife was bruised about the knee, while
Miss Bartell sustained severe bruises
by being struck by the falling show
case, bne also sustained several cues
about the body from the broken gla
.Mrs. 15. b . hire sustained severe
bruises and had her right elbow
wrenched in the fall. She was remov
ed to her home in the ambulance. It
was at first thought that the Smith
boy had sustained a fracture of his
leg, but on examination his injur! js
were found to consist only of severe
bruises. Mrs. Swift was injured inter
nally and her back was wrenched.
Mrs. O. T. .eef suffered a severs
nervous shock which caused a tempor
File Incorporation Papers.
The certificate of incorporation cf
the American Electrical Engineering
company has been filed in the circuit
Not particularly at this time, butoi
the occasion of the change of muni
cipal administration for some years
back the question has arisen as to the
advisability of changing the time when
the newly elected city officials shall
succeed those who retire.
That a full month should' elapse hi t
been regarded for a number of year?
as entirely unnecessary, a custom ob
served in no other city, and apt to re
sult in the retarding of city progress.
Strictly speaking Rock Island has at
the present time two mayors, either of
whom either through the force of cus
tom or of law might feel himself called
upon to act in a crisis, out of which
might develop a conflict of authority
that would be embarrassing if not au-
There was a circumstance of this
kind this morning when the accideut
due to caving in of the sidewalk oc
curred on Second avenue. Mayor Mo
Caskrin inaugurated the necessary pre
cautions, as mayor in office, but ner-
haps felt some delicacy about going
beyond the adoption' of such measures
as were Immediately essential. Mayor
elect Schaffer felt nevertheless that
the responsibility of guarding against n
recurrence of the accident rested upon
him and he personally went over tho
ground and gave orders for such step
on the part of the property holders as
might avert a future misfortune
Happily there was no conflict as each
official took up his duty as he saw it.
The Law of Cuittom.
Under the rulesof custom Mayor McCas
krin is still exercising the functions of
his office, and having been elected for
a term of two years the question that
has arisen in the minds of many is
whether his tenure of office dates
from the lime he qualified, which w.13
on April 15,-1905, or from the time
that he took his seat, which was the
first Monday in May of that year,
The general construction of the law
is that an official holds office until his
successor Is elected' and has qualifiel
Mayor-elect Schaffef qualified two
weeks ago, his bond' was duly approv
ed and hence he is in ? position to dis
charge the full duties of the office, and
yet there is a natural hesitancy on hl3
part, to seek to trangress the authority
of the present mayor until the formal
nduction takes' place at the first coun
cil meeting In May. As a matter
Has Birthday Party. Mrs. G. C.
Jenks of 2204 Sixth avenue- entertain
ed a company .of 20 ladies- yesterday af
ternoon in honor of her birthday anni-
ersary. ' Cinch was played and tho
prizes were awarded-to Mrs. Geor;e
Qhlweiler; Mrs-. Stanton, Mrs. A. Salz
mann and Mrs. J. W. Linn. The home
was pretty in its decorations of pink
and white flowers. A five course din
ner was served after the games.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Dance. Tho
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority of Moline gave
dance at the Tower last evening
hich was attended by about eighty
couples from the tri-cities. The hail
as decorated in flowers, bunting an 1
the sorority emblem, the skull and
cross bones. The chaperons were tho
Misses Barnard, Hill, Wood, and Porter.
Surprised by Friends. Mrs. William
Dressen was surprised by a company
of lady friends at her home on Six
teenth street last evening. Card.-:
ere playedi and the gifts for scores
ent to Mrs. John H. Konosky, Mrs.
Marx Voss and Mrs. Gustav Steng?!
Mrs. Dressen was presented with a hm
by the ladies and luncheon was served.
clerk's office by the incorporators, II
H. Unverforth. B. B. Jackson, and Al-lfact Mayor McCaskrin did not take up
bert, Huber. The capital stock is S2,. the reigns of munichral government un
The company is located in this
Quick shoe repairing. Shoes finished
by machinery. Half soles, nailed on, 55
cents; half soles, sewed on, 75 cents.
Open from C:30 a. m. till 8 p. m.
304 Twentieth Street.
A Sealed Verdict.
l lie lamiiy is tne jury, and the ver
dict is found inside a bottle of Cross
country, telephone West VJ old ' r
ROCK ISLAND BREWING CO.
In England and France the Sale
of Alum Baking Powder is pro
hibited by law because of the in
. jurious effects that follow its use.
The law in the District of
Columbia also prohibits Alum,
: You may live where as yet you have no protection against Alum
The only sure protection against Alum in your Baking Powder is fo
til the first meeting in May two years
ago. and in the strict sense his actual
incumbency of the office dates from
that time, regardless of how long 0 2-
fore he may in fact have been mayor,
Fineal and Municipal Yearn.
inat tne council nas teit some ua
certainty as to the limitations of it
own prerogatives has been shown m
the manner in which all important
matters have been referred to the in
coming council since the middle
April when the fiscal year expired, an
it is the variance in dates between the
fiscal and the municipal year that
has led to the existing con
ditions. The fiscal year, as stated
dates from April 15, while the muni
cipal year dates from the first Monday
in May. In former years the new cit
officers took their seats at the beg'i
ning of the fiscal year, about two
weeks after the election, but the pla
was changed some 20 years ago when
the inauguration was set for the be
ginning of the municipal year.
The Proponed Remedy.
The thing that seems proper to
in order to relieve the existing situa
tion and remove the ground for confu
sion is to adopt an ordinance provid
ing that in the future the fiscal an4
the municipal year shall begin on th
same identical date.
ROYAL is madeTrom Absolutely pure Cream of Tartar, a pure Grape I
product Aids, digestion adds to the healthfulness of food.
Society news, written or teleohoned
to the society editor of The Argus, will
be irladly received and published. But
in either case the identity of the sender
must be made Known, to Insure relia
bility. Written notices must hear aig
nature ana aaaresa.j
Weddng Kept Secret. Miss Min
nie Lutz, formerly chief op
ator for the Union Electric Tele
phone company in this city, and August
G. Thede, formerly cashier of the same
company here, were married1 at Mil
waukee March 18, it has just bee
learned. They are making their home
I at Peoria, where Mr. Thede is assistant
manager of the exchange of the Cen
tral Union Telephone company. Mis
Lutz resigned her position here March
1 14 and went to her former home
Mendota. The couple are supposed to
have gone to Milwaukee to be mar
riea in oraer to Keep ineir irienas m
the dark for a time. The facts have
just leaked out. Mr. Thede is a son
of Mr. an Mrs. W. C. Thede of Mo
Jolly Twelve Cinch Club. The Jol'.y
Twelve Cinch club met at the home of
Mrs. A. Wehling. The first prize fell
to Mrs. Schaffer, the second to Mrs.
R. Hayes, the consolation to Mrs. M'
iCullah, the booby to Mrs. J. H. Ohl-'.
Entertains Tri-City Friends. Mrs. C.
Twomey yesterday afternoon enter-
tanied a company of tri-city friends ut
her home, 625 Forty-third street. The
fternoon was passed in an informal
Louis Glockhoff of Milwaukee is i.)
the city visiting his mother and other
relatives and greeting old friends.
Dr. W S. Marquis left today for
Iake Forest where he will preach in
the Presbyterian church tomorrov
morning and1 evening and in the after
noon he will address the students of
the university. Miss Laura Marquis
accompanied her father.
H. W. Voss of the Woodmen office
force left this morning for Galena t
attend the Grant birthday celebrattju
held there this afternoon at whi
bentor Beveridge was orator f
the day. Mr. Voss was formerly sc
retary of the Y. M. C. A. at Galena.
DAN M'GUGIN PASSES AWAY
Was Well Known Davenport Contrac
tor and Former Street Railway Man
Dan McGugin, prominent for years
in Davenport, died at his home in th i
city at 4:3v yesterday afternoon. He
was formerly superintendent of one of
the street railway lines across the
river. He had served in the city coun
cil and held the office of street com
missioner. Lately he had been en
gaged in the general contracting busi
Only two more weeks of roller ska!
ing. Moonlight skate Wednesday
May 1. Don's miss it. Open 4 days a
Rheumatism Makes Life Miserable
A happy home is the most valuable
possession that Is within the reach of
mankind, but you cannot enjoy its com
forts if you are suffering from rheuma
tism. You throw aside business car
when you enter your home and yo
can be relieved from those rheumatic
pains also by applying Chamberlain's
Pain Balm. One application will give
you relief and its continued use for a
short time will bring about a perma
nent cure. For sale by all leading
CLEAR AND PURE
The Process of Filtering
IS SHOWN IN THE CUT BY PERCOLATION THROUGH A
POROUS NATURAL' STONE FROM THE UPPER TO THE LOWER
JAR SIMPLY BY THE FORCE OF GRAVITY, WHICH IS NATURE'S
OWN PROCESS OF FILTERING.
PURE. WATER IS ESSENTIAL TO GOOD HEALTH. IF YOU
WISH TO' BE HEALTHY, FILTER THE WATER YOU DRINK..
HERE IS A PERFECT PURIFYING FILTER WITHIN THE REACH
CALL AND EXAMINE THEM AT
This salve is intended especially for
sore nipples, burns, frost bites, chap
ped hands, Itching piles, chronic sore
eyes, granulated eye lids, old chronic
sores and for diseases of the skin, such
at tetter, salt rheum, ring worm, sca'.d
head, herpes, barbers itch, scabies or
itch and eczema. It has met with un
paralleled success in the treatment
of these diseases. Price 25 cents per
box. Try it. For sale by all leading
Hours Before. '
Gerald Is that clock right?- Qer
aldine It was when you came In.
New York Press.
Trust not him that hath once broken
That Shines Brightest
Remnants of Brussels and In
grain Carpet, Fiber Carpet,
Matting and Linoleum
Some short lengths, and
some large enough for bed
rooms. Bring the size with
you and we'll fit you out
with carpets cheaper than
you ever dreamed of.
May be Our Next
That's a Question.
If you let me fix those Teeth
It Won't Hurt a Bit.
That's a Fact.
Dr. Martin, Dentist
1715 Second Avenue.
Over the London
For first-class workmanship and fair estimates
call or address
817 29th Street. Phone 5988