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THE ARGUS. WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 29. 1908.
THE BOOSTER BAND
Pushers Hold Regular Monthly
Meeting at the Rock
MANY SUBJECTS CONSIDERED
Naval Reserves, Tool Company,
Bridge Tolls and Annexation
The regular monthly mooting of the
Hook Island Booster club was held at
I he Kut-k Island Club last evening. As
usual it was well attended, and t he
spirit of enthusiasm and earnestness
characteristic, of the organization,
which Is the outgrowth of the com
mit lee forma! ion that secured the
Greater Hock Island fund of $110.0(10,
man i tested itself throughout the even
ing. President W. M. Heck presided, and
the constitution and "bylaws adopted
at the former meeting were reread,
and the added provision incorporated
that the membership dues be $1 per
annum to defray incidental expenses
of the oranizarton, the cost of the
d niier served in connection with the
nut tings being as it is known paid
by the individual members.
lor I In- Nil ill Itenrrvt'N.
Kt'crt-taiy Mayer Levi read a com-munic-.ition
from Commander S. H.
Davis of the Kock Island division of
tile naval reserves, asking for the co
operation oi the club and such aid as
may be rendered in providing the di
vision with a boat house, contingent
upon the securing of which is depen
dent t!u' government's proposition to
pitivide the division with two 'boats
valued at fl.'iiu) each for th.? practice
of tile reserves. It was set forth in
the coniniunic-.ition that there are four
naval divisions in the state outside of
Chit-ago. located respectively at Alton,
Quincy, Hock Island and MuHne, and
that all of the othc-r cities have niiide
provisions for accommodations fur the
naval reserves in the way of housing
of boats which the government may
provide. Such a boat house as would
serve tlie purposes here would tost
not to exceed $T(M. .The suggestion
was made iu the discussion that fol
lowed that the amount might be ap
propnaled from the Greater Hock Is
land fund, upon the recommendation
mailt; that the Industrial commission
ami the trustees of the fund be re
quested to aliow the money required.
I';on leading the certificates of sub
scription to the fund, however, it was
discovered that the pledges were made
conditional that the money be expend
ed solely for the industrial develop
ment and the territorial expansion of
Hock' lslai-.d. In the light of this fact
it was determined that it would be
useless to ask the Industrial commis
sion or tiie fund trustees to permit
the application of any portion of the
fund for any other purpose than those
specifically stated in the certificates.
C'oninilttre la Named.
' A number of addresses favorable to
rendering- the uaval reserves every aid
possible were made, however, Presi
dent T. J. Medill of the Industrial
commission speaking of the proposi
tion to aid the reserves as most de
serving, apart from the fact that it was
a creditable organization locally, and
one that participates in public demon
strations, and had carried the good
name of the ci;y to Chicago where
slate encampments were held. Its ob
jects are eunobling, inculcating patri
otic impulses and loyilty to the state
and government. The naval reserves ans
wer the same relation to the state
militia as the navy of the republic
does to tne army. It represents the
military arm upon the water. It should
have every encouragement possible,
Mr. Mtdill maintained. Other remarks
weie made by Frtsident Heck, E. II.
tluyer and H. E. Curtis, and it was
finally determined to undertake to
raise tli3 $700 necessary to provide
the boat house by popular subscription
and the chair was authorized to name
committees to that end. The chair ap
pointed five committees as follows:
No. 1 II. E. Curtis.' E. U. McKowri.
W. II. Dart.
No. -'J. W. Parker, E. W. Lewis,
W. C. Nourse.
No. 3 Dr. H. M. Pearce, C. S. Mo
Daniel. Dr. E. M. Sala.
No. I Oscar Schmidt, F. G. Young,
G. II. Kingsbury.
No. 5 B. C. Ilartz, S. Pearson, G.
These committees mot. at the Rock
Island Club with Commander Davis at
12:::o today to complete the plans for
the canvass for the funds.
Tin- Itock Isliinil Tool Compiiny.
Oscar Schmidt hi ought to the atten
tion of the club, the matter of Rock
Island's new industry, the Rock Island
Tool company, which altnough les.-;
than a year old, has already outgrown
its capacity for development. Mr.
Schmidt likened the Tool company to
a healthy overgrown boy who had de
veloped so rapidly that it is impossible
to keep him in clothes. There is no
trouble about feeding it and maintain
ing its healthful growth, but the cloth
ing proposition is a vexatious one. The
factory not only needs but must have
housing accommodations where its two
plants may be consolidated, and Mr.
Schmidt believed it to be as much the
duty of the Industrial commission to
help develop a new home industry as
to lend encouragement to an outside
one seeking to come to Rock Island.
F. G. Young, president of the Tool
company, made a short address, in
which he spoke of the development of
the plant far beyond the anticipations
of the stockholders. Its output today
is far greater than most people may
realize, and the institution is already
beginning to realize the advantage of
the extensive system of advertising
which it had taken up at the very out
set. Orders are coming in from its
traveling representatives from all
OPPOSE' THE PLAN
Organization of Liberals Formed
to Prevent Prohibition Un
der Local Option Law.
FIRST OFFICERS ARE CHOSEN
Committees to Be Named to Carry on
Work Situation and Measure
At a. meeting at the Harper house
last evening, attended by about 20
citizens who are opposed to the prohi
bition possible under the operations of
the local option law, preliminary steps
were taken for the organization of a
liberal league, the main purpose of
which will be to endeavor to prevent
the operation of the local option law
;n Hock Island. The league has
not as yet selected a permanent name,
and the organization will not be fully
completed until a later meeting.
The organization's first officers were
"lecicd as follows:
President John Ohlwciler.
Secretary Max D. Rosenfield.
Treasurer August H. Liitt.
These three officers form the execu
tive committee, and are to name the
committees to carry on the work of
The local option law and its effect
were discussed somewhat, and means
to prevent the prohibition possible un
der its provisions from becoming op
erative in this city were considered.
Definite action was deferred, however,
until the organization is perfected and
the committees have been selected.
parts of the country, especially from
the south, while frequent inquiries are
eceived from abroad, from Paris, Lon
don and Berlin. The comnanv has a
brilliant future, Mr. Young stated, and
all that is needed now is door and
factory space. Sixty men are employ
ed and the force is to he increaxeil a
lapidly as the opportunities for busi
ness growth are provided. After an ex
tensive discussion of the proposition,
the idea of suggesting to the Industrial
commission a loan for the building
being approved, the unanimous senti
ment of the club found expression in
the adoption of the following resolu
"Resolved. That it be the sense of
the Rock Island Booster club ' that
its hearty endorsement be and is
hereby given the Rock Island Tool
company, as an industry most worthy
of such consideration and aid as the
Rock Island Industrial commission
and the board of trustees of the
Prnnf. Ortl- Tr.t.....l in.lni.l !n I .1....!
jiit-ciic i uui i mmiiii iiuiiiaii itii tit vt.1
jopment fund may deem proper to ex
IHmciinn Abolition of Hrlcljre Tolls.
The main topic of discussion during
the evening, and one that brought out
a wholesome expression of sentiment
was that relating to the abolition of
the Rock river bridge tolls. The com
mittee on entertainment of the Booster
club had arranged for the discussion
of this topic, and had invited Mayor
H. C. Schaffer, former Mayor T. J.
Medill, E. H. Guyer and W. C. Maucker
to speak formally, on the subject.
Mayor Schaffer traced the history of
the Rock river toll bridges, citing facts
and figures to show that they never
had been a paying investment to the
city, on the contrary a source of con
stant expense to say nothing of the
barrier they had afforded to trade rela
tions with the lower end of the county.
In the past two years alone the city
had expended $30,000 in new bridges
and there still remain two which al
though substantially built are not of
sufficient width to carry the weight of
interurban cars. It will in fact re
quire $irJXK) more to put the bridges
in permanent shape. The city has no
right to charge toll to come into the
city, and yet it cannot afford in the
present state of finances to maintain
them without some source of revenue
The mayor felt there might be some
form of legislation that would relieve
the city of its predicament.
Mr. Guyer questioned the right of
the city to collect toll, and advanced
it as his opinion that if the city dis
carded the bridges the law would
prove adequate to compel the proper
authorities to keep them up.
Mr. Medill went into the history of
the toll bridges, holding that the cus
torn of collection of tolls for ingress
and egress to the city is wrong in prin
ciple and prejudicial to the city. The
city should make them free, but control
them and the highway leading to them
Shown nmnnnliiK Knrt.
Mr. Maucker expressed himself a3
unqualifiedly for fiee bridges, but the
city should maintain them. He be
lieved if the pioposition was put up
to the people they would vote "almost
unanimously for the abolition of the
toils. The tolls are wrong in principle,
wrong in sentiment, urong in practice
and wrong in effect. People in Rock
Island are paying much more in the
cost of produce and vegetables be
cause of this obstruction than the city
gains in revenue. Produce from the
farming community contiguous to
Rock Island that would otherwise
come into the local market at first cost,
is now left at Reynolds and other
points from which it is shipped to Chi
cago and then it comes back to the
people of Rock Island with J-he cost of
the shipping, and expenses of the com
mission man tacked on. The toll
bridge has proven an expensive
source of revenue to the people of
Rock Island, Mr. Maucker said, anc
the quicker the abolition the better
for the city.
Other pertinent remarks were mad?
by Hope Thompson. John Pearson,
J. W. Parker and G. H. Kingsbury
and after the club had expressed it
self in favor of the abolition of the
tolls and the maintenance of the
bridges,by the city, the chair, acting
KILLED BY A OAR
Three Young Men Meet Death
When Interurban Strikes Rig
as They Cross Track.
ACCIDENT AT PRINCETON, IA.
Buggy Completely Wrecked, But Horses
Escape Uninjured Dying Men
Taken to Clinton.
Three men are dead as the result
of a terrible accident at 7 o'clock last
evening just the other side of Prince
ton, Iowa, when their rig was run
down by a southbound car on the I. &
I. The victims of the accident were:
ALEX HENRY, aged 22.
JOSEPH BARLEY, aged 32.
EMILTCASIER, aged 28.
Barley was instantly killed and the
two others fearfully and fatally in
The three men were placed on the
car and hurried pack to Clinton. Kasier
died at 10:30 and Henry succumbed
to his injuries at 2:3t this morning.
Were on Way to I.e C'lalrr.
Henry was employed on the farm oi
his father, Joseph Henry, near Prince
ton, and the . other two young men
were employed at the farm of Dr
Knox, near the Henry farm. They
were in a single rig. and were on theii
way to Le Claire to join a skatim
The men crosced the fntcrurbai
track just at the edge of the town
The car, leaving Clinton at C:30 p. m.
struck the rig squarely, am'
the men were thrown for some distance
and dragged along the tratik. Tho
were terribly injured in the crash, aT
sustaining a number of severi frac
tures and bruises and fractures about
The horses w4iich the young mei
were driving were uninjured, bavin;
entirely crossed the track when the
car struck and smashed the buggy.
Where the finest biscuit,
cake, hot-breads, cru&s
or puddings are required
l&yal is indispensable.
Not only for rich or fine food
or for special times or service.
Royal is equally valuable in the
preparation of plain, substantial,
every-day foods, for all occa
sions. It makes the food more
tasty, nutritious and wholesome.
MARK FOR WINTER
Minimum Official Temperature
of 1 Below Zero Reached
upon a motion, named a committee.
which is composed of E. H. Guyer. T.
J. Medill and W. C. Maucker. to go
into the subject tnd report at the nexr
meeting of the club.
' The club adopted a resolution pledg
ing the support and efforts of its mem
bers to any proposition looking to an
nexation of territory in connection
with the spring election, in which con
nection Piesident Reck took occasion
to state that regardless of the fate of
the pending proposition embracing a
large strip of South Rock Island ter
ritory, there would be, he had reason to
think, a proposition, for some form of
annexation before the people at the
STILL LOWER IN STREETS
Not Equaled Since Feb. 5, 1907 Mis
sissippi Closes Below but Re
mains Open at This Point.
temperature this winter prior to this
morning was C above.
Itf-.er ItrmaiuM Open.
Th river was about as nearly closed
at this point this morning as it has
been for tl.ree years but the ice in the
channel is still moving. At Muscatine
the river closed Monday night, while
above the rapids it has been closed
ROLL AW AY OUT OF BUSINESS
A new temperature mark for the
winter was mad3 this morning when
the minimum recorded by the ther
mometer in the tower at the observa
tory in Davenport was 1 below. In
the streets in this city thermometers
varied from 2 to C below. Not since.
Feb. 5 of last year has the mark of
this morning been equaled. Feb. 5.
11H)7, the minimum was C below there
being a cold spell of four days in suc
cession at that time with the mini
mum below zero daily. The lowest
Breaking Main Temporarily Affects
A water main broke yesterday after
noon in the street in front of the Dar
enport Rollaway at the Coliseum put
ting the power and heating plant out
of commission. Therefore theie was
no skating last night, or this afternoon
and there will be none this evening.
By tomorrow, however, the vmanage
nient announces the break will have
been repaired. . .
Beer That Is Beer.
If you want to drink good beer, order
the Davenport Malting company's pale
export. Delivered anywhere in Rock
Island. Both phones, north 1C9.
All the news all the time The Argus.
A FINAL, CLEAN, CLEAR, DETERMINED -WIND-UP OF
ALL WINTER WEARABLES EVERYTHING MUST GO
TH E continued growth and success of a store
largely depends on the thoroughness with
which stocks are rummaged and properly ac
counted for at least once a year.
ERE is where slim purses grow fat. The man
with $ 1 in his purse will leave with two dol-
tar's worth in his bundle.
"We're not going to coddle you with a lot of extravagant assertions and absurd sentiments.
Keep this thought, however, in your millet: If you can use anything in the way of a suit, over
cpat, underwear, etc., now is a golden opportunity to make an investment, the like of which you
may never have a chance to make again. IT'S A BARGAIN FEAST.
A Tempting Menua la M. K. Style
Boys' Sweaters at One-Fourth Reduction.
18c for Men's 25c Suspenders.
38c for Men's 50c Suspenders.
18c foe 25c Silk Handkerchiefs.
,-38c for 50c Silk Handkerchiefs.
75c for $1.00 Silk Handkerchiefs.
A Reduction of 20 Per Cent on Duck and Sheep Lined Coats.
A Reduction of 10 Per Cent on All Footwear, including Rubbers.
A Reduction of One-Fourth on All Gloves and Mittens.
A Reduction of One-Third on All White and Fancy Vests.
$7.50 for Our $10 Overcoats.
$11.25 for Our $15 Overcoats.
$15 for Our $20 Overcoats.
$16.50 for Our $22 Overcoats.
$18.75 for Our $25 "Overcoats.
A REDUCTION OF ONE-FOURTH ON EVERY
38c for Our 50c Negligee Shirts. '
75c for Our $1.00 Negligee Shirts.
$1.13 for Our $1.50 Negligee Shirts.
$1.50 for Our $2 Negligee Shirts.
2Sc for All 50c Underwear.
75c for All $1 Underwear.
$1.13 for All $1.50 Underwear.
$1.31 for AH $1.75 Underwear.
$1.50 for All $?.00 Union Suits.
$2.25 for All $3.00 Union Suits.
$2.C8 for All $3.00 Union Suits.
A Reduction of 10 Per Cent on Overalls and Work Shirts.
Fur Overcoats at Reduced Prices. 20 Per Cent Reduction on Knee
A REDUCTION OF ONE-FOURTH ON MEN'S PANTS.
$9.38 for Our $12.50 Men's Suits.
$12.38 for Our $16.50 Men's Suits.
$15 for Our $20 Men's Suits.
$16.88 for Our $22.50 Men's Suits.
$18.75 for our $25 Men's Suits.
CHILDREN'S CAPS AT HALF PRICE.
25c for Boys' 50c Caps.
50c for Boys' $1 Caps. '
38c for Men's 50c Caps.
75c for Men's $1 Caps. .
$1.13 for Men's $1.50 Caps.