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Former Chief of Police Vernon
J. Rose of Kansas City Ad
AGAINST PROHIBITION MOVE
Declares Results Are Not Those
Sought Talks Before Packed
' House at the Illinois. "
The prohibition question from the
practical standpoint, and , from the
showing of experience, was discussed
Saturday evening at the Illinois thea
ter by Vernon J. Rose of Kansas City,
before an audience that filled the thea
ter to overflowing. Mr. Rose was for
merly chief of police of Kansas City.
Kan., and his name has been heard in
Rock Island in connection with the
local question heretofore.
The meeting at the theater was held
under-the auspices of the Anti-Prohibition
league of this city, and in addi
tion to the address by Mr. Rose: an
address was made by Rev. W. A. Was
son of River head, N. J., and B. D. Con
nelly and Albert Huber of this city
made brief remarks.
. . , J. L., Ilann I'realdra.
J. L. Haas presided as chairman of
the .meeting. Besides the speakers,
Among those seated on the stage-were
Henry Carse, John Ohlweiler.'c. , J.
Larkln, -Val Peter, B. D. Connelly, F.
Bahnsen, Henry W. Horst, Carl
Heilpenstell, Albert Huber, Gus Tege
ler, Malcolm MacKinnon. Lothar Harms.
August Liitt, H. L. Wheelan, Robert
Wagner Dr. Carl Bernhardi, J. H.
Trimble, Julius M. Junge, Ferdinand
Levy, and others. .
In his introductory remarks Mr.
Haas briefly outlined the purposes of
the 'Anti-Prohibition ' league, and dis
cussed briefly the principles on which
the league is founded.' He took the
view that because the liquor traffic
has been improperly conducted by
some, the entire class of saloon keep
ers and liquor dealers must not neces
sarily be classified as bad. nor the
traffic itself condemned. . He argued
that black sheep may be found in any
business or profession, but that this Is
not evidence that all who follow those
business pursuits or professions ' are
bad and should be stopped by process
of law from engaging In the "trade.
II. I. Connelly Remarks.
B. D. Connelly devoted himself to
an Informal talk on the conditions ex
isting in "dry" communities, and the
simplicity of the evasion of the prohi
bition , law. He explained the club
method in Kansas, where a member
ship fee is charged and the thirsty
members simply repair to the club,
write an order on the brewery, and
in a few minutes have their liquor
placed- before them by tue brewery,
and not in violation of law.
Albert Huber's discussion was brief,
and was along the line of personal
rights. He held that because one man
is unable to shoulder the personal re
sponsibility of the use of liquor, is no
. t -. .
That's why our seed business is
larger every year. .
- We carry the largest line of
tested bulk seeds in the tri-citiea
at wholesale and retail.
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reason why another man, morally
strong and a man to whom the use of
liquor does not prove harmful because
of his ability to discharge bis respon
sibility in its use, should be deprived
of the right to buy and use the bev
Church Maa Talk.
Rev. W. A'. Wasson, in his brief adr
dress preceding 'that -of Mr. Ros'q.
spoke along the line of the personal
responsibility .element entering inta
the liquor question, and in the course
of his remarks he made extensive ref;
erence to experiences in -the east
which have, come under his. observa
tion. He held that in' his opinion pro
hibition has failed to accomplish its
purpose as a means of raising the
moral conditions, reducing crime, re
ducing taxes, and bringing greater
prosperity. .He held it to be imprac
tical In its workings as now applied.
and maintained that other methods of
control of the liquor traffic have prov
ed much more satisfactory.
The Laiit Annlynia. ' -
The theme of Mr. Rose's addres3
was that prohibition does not reach to
the real . question, and that the last
analysis of the problem will show that
the. sin, if there be any la the liquor
business, rests not with the man who
produced the raw material' for alco
holic drinks the farmer nor with
the manufacturer, nor the jobber, nor
the retailer in the saloon nor the drug
He pointed this out by assuming
that two men go to the bar of a sa
loon and each buys' a pint of whisky.
The first states that he wishes it for
mechanical purposes, but instead of
employing it for mechanical or medic
inal purposes, he drinks it and be
comes intoxicated. The other man
-makes no statement, and it is assum,-
ed that he proposes to use the liquor
as a. beverage. - But instead he leaves
the saloon and employs the whisky In
a mechanical way. "If the dealer who
sold the whisky is a criminal in the
first instance, is he in the second, and
wherein in either case is 'he responsi
ble?", inquired Mr. Rose. From this,
he pointed the conclusion that the
wrong, if there be any, is entirely with
the man who buys, and the use he
puts the liquor to. ' .
Church and Prohibition.
Mr. Rose took occasion to make
some little reference to the growth of
the idea that the church and prohibi
tion are hand in hand' and the one is
essential to the other. He declared
that the preacher who seeks to invoke
the strong arm of the law to get men
in line with his principles and beliefs.
is acting directly in opposition to the
teachings of Christ, who frowned on
such agencies for the accomplishment
of good. . i .
- QiienHon a Practical One.
He held the entire question to be a
practical one, and to be "How. Best to
Deal with, the liquor Traffic ?". He eov
pbatically declared prohibition to be the
worst and most unsuccessful method.
He then took up the purposes and aims
of prohibition, arguing that this metn
od has brought Jieither a reduction of
crime, louver taxes, nor greater pros
From "this, his talk gradually drifted
to Kansas City, Kan., and to the state
ments made by C. W. Trickett, assist
ant attorney general of Kansas, who
was instrumental in closing the sa
loons in Kansas City, Kan.
Contradicts Trickett. '
Mr. Rose almost In toto contradicted
the statements of Mr. Trickett mads
at the theater Thursday evening in
his address under the auspices of the
Local Option league. He cited parts
of Mr. Trickett's talk from a typewrit
ten copy of his address, and declared
them to be untrue.
He went back to the history of pro
hibition in Kansas, which nominally
existed for 25 years before Kansas
City saloons were closed. He gave
statistics to show the growth and de
velopment of the city during the peri
od when the saloons were conducted.
and of its growth in population and
manufacturing, and commercial inter
ests " . ' '.
Mr. Rose, with the explanation that
former Mayor Rose Is no relative of
his, gave a sketch of the political his
tory of the city following the activity
of Mr. Trickett against the saloon.
He showed that Mayor Rose was- re
elected by a. greater majority than be
fore when pursued by- the assistant
attorney general, and that of the three
candidates the man who ran on a
"water" platform received a bare 700
votes. . - '
After Mayor Rose resigned, he was
nominated a third time, and, according
to Mr. Rose, he was defeated through
a shrewd but dishonest -political
scheme of the attorney "general and
Mr. Trickett. He claimed that the at
torney general went to Kansas City
men and declared that If Mr. Rose was
defeated, he, the attorney general.
would remove Mr. Trickett. The poll
tlcians swallowed the "bait, and Mayor
Rose, was defeated.
.Trickett and Anaalaa.
The speaker, referring to the state
ment of Mr, Trickett that the chief of
police ' (Vernon J. Rose) had been
ousted, declared . that : Mr. Trickett Is
the latest member of the Ananias club,
and stated emphatically that he never
.had been , ousted from the' office
chief of police,' and that no legal pri.
ceedings to oust him had ever been
begun. He explained- that when tht
man wtio" appointed him retired fronr
the office, he himself,' for natural rea
sons, handed ; his resignation to ' thi
new mayor.- as any- other holder oF f
' political office might- do under llkr
conditions In any other, city.. He stat
ed that his successor as chief of poller
had in "fact held the 'same views "anr
THERE SINCE (872
Cornelius, , J. Brown, - Chief
Clerk at Rock Island Arse? .
nat, Dead, i :
APOPLEXY STROKE SUDDEN
Mason of High Degree and Recorder
of Kaaba Temple, Nobles of the
ComeIlu$ J. Brown, chief clerk at
Rock Island arsenal for many years,
died at 3 o'clock this morning at his
home, 306 East Eighth street, Dat en
port About ,10 o'clock last night with
out warning he was stricken with tpo-
pexy, being engaged at the time in
writing letters, the end coming five
Itcrordrr of. Knalia Temple.
Mr. Brown had been employed in
the offices at the arsenal since 1872,
and was one of the best known men
in private life in the three cities. He
was one of the leading Masons of the
community, having been' recorder of
Kaaba temple, Nobles of the Mystic
Shrine, since that body was organized.
He was" the author of the literature
and notices, in connection with the
temple's affaire that have attracted
The funeral will be held under Ma
sonic "auspices, but the date has not
of the Democrats
Clyde : Downing. ,v Piano duets were'
lendered-iy Barth, and Otillie Vogei.j
George and Cora Benson, Clara Kerr
and 4 Frieda Schfrer, and Fae Somers
and Pauline Levy. .Professor Bowlby,
Vy" rcqnest.played several piano num
bers. A large number of friends were
present at each occasion. Light re
freshments were served at the close
of - each program. - Marked advance
ment and progress were shown in the
character of the. selections and the
manner in which they were rendered
reflecting great credit to the young
people. : ,
Silver Wedding Anniversary. Mr.
and Mrs. John Ackerman celebrated
Jhe 25th anniversary of their marriage
Saturday at their home, 421 Fourth
street. A delightful evening was
passed musical numbers being given
by a number of the guests. Miss
Beryl Stamm, accompanied by Mrss
CJara Ackerman on the piano, gave
several good violin solos, and Fred
Grotjan and Joe Huston gave vocal
solos. During the evening a boun
teous repast was served. Mr. and
IS THE THEME AT
Rev. Russell F. Thrapp, of Jack
' sonville Talks cf Situation .
In That City. ' ;
BUSINESS BETTER, HE SAYS
Edmond O'Connell of Bloomington ar.d
Others Also Address Flag Day
Services at Rink..
Mrs. Ackerman received many hand
some presents. George Ackerman,
who hafe been spending some time hi
The union church meeting held at
the roller rink yesterday in the inter
ests of the local option movement
were well attended, there being nearly
2,000 people present at the evening
FRANK ;W.. BLOCH LING ER,
Aldermanic Nominee in the Pfrst1 Ward;
The residents of the First ward
reem destined to have another able
representative in the city council to
work',as a.. colleague of Alderman
John Holzhammer, for Frank Bloch
Hnger is the-democratic nominee for
the office,, and his election is practi
Mr. Blochlinger has already been in
the council as the nepresentative of
the First ward voters, and "his record
in the two terms that he served as
alderman is clean from- start to finish
In fact he established for himself the
reputation cf being one of the most
incere and honest members of the
council connected with' .former admin
Mr. Blochlingei's former . terms in
the council were from 1M)2 to 1904,
ana irom iw to ii7. A year ago
he retired from office, and declined in
spite of the earnest pleadings of his
friends in the First war;!, to- become
candidate for the office again, his
reason being an urgent press of busi
ness responsibility at that time.
Mr. Blochlinger has lived in the
First ward for 40 years, and few men
know the conditions and needs of that
part of the city better than he, and
few men would be better able to carry
out the necessary steps to" attain the
things required by the citizens of the
ward. Mr. Blochlinger was born in
Davenport in 1859, and when 9 years
old came to Rock Island,: residing
since that time in the First ward. He
a property owner, residing at 324
Since tne organization of the Rock
Island Tool company Mr. Blochlinger
has been foreman of the company's
Overton, Neb., arrived home Saturday ' meeting and from C00 to 1,000 at the
morning to.be present at the celebra- afternoon gatherings. Dr.'W. S. Mur
tion. Among those present were:,Quis of the Broadway, Presbyterian
Mr3. Mary Ritter, Mrs. Phil Guldner, ; church introduced the speakers of the'
Mr. and Mrs. Hansen, Mr. and Mrs. j evening, the first b.eing Rev. Rucsoll
Neundorf, Fosses Margaret and Anna F Thrapp of Jacksonville Dr. Thrapp .
Grotjan, B .-yl Stamm, Fred Grotjan, ! spoken the moral and financial con-;
rtition. of Jacksonville since prohiji
tion went into force there. He has
been traveling over the state for the,
last two weeks telling of the condi
tions existing there and he is a very
enthusiastic advocate Qf local option.
In his address he introduced state
ments to the effect that a large , ma
jority of the people of Jacksonville
are pleased with what they have done
and that, if the same question should
come up before them again a great
many more would add their votes for
He produced statements from lead
ing business men of the city showing
that their business has increased from
10 to 50 per cent since the .saloons
were closed. .
He next took up an article in a
newspaper which is being used by the
liquor interests to show that his city
is a dead town under the existing
circumstances. The article states that
there are 31 places oi business empty
and that rents have gone down, but
this he explained by stating that 27
of the empty places - were formerly
saloons, and the others are places that
have been empty for years. Another
statement in the article was that the
percentage of drunkenness had not
been decreased by prohibition, tor the
day before Christmas more people had
gone to Springfield than ever before
in a single day and that more of them
had Yeturned intoxicated than the "po-
lice of Jacksonville were able to' han
die. The speaker producecT statements
to the effect that there were 50-les
tickets to Springfield sold on that'day
than on the same day a year before
and that the arrests made that Hay
were three compared to 48 : the pre
ceding year. Testimony to the same
effect from other prohibition cities
was. also introduced. A statement by
100' business men of Champaign is to
the effect that business' conditions
Wallace K enig and Joe Huston.
D. A. R.-Meeting. Miss Ellen An
drews at the home of Mrs. Warner,
at 2832 Fifth avenue, Saturday after
noon entertained . the members of the
Daughters of . the American Revolu
tion. ; An interesting address was
given by Professor H. B. Hayden on
"The Foundation Laid by Our Country
in the Colonial Period, Social and Edu
cational." The address was compre
hensive and contained much that was
beneficial, r Mrs. - L. M. Copp was
elected as a representative to the na
tional :.D. R.- convention in Wash
ington, D. C.,. which convenes in May.
A nieeIuncn was served by the hos
tess. " r-
"Tri-City Euchre Club. The Trl-city
Euchre club was entertained Saturday
afternoon at" the home of Mrs. Mayer
Rosenfield, Seventh avenue and Nine
teenth .street' Mrs; Alphonse Mosen
felder took the game prize and Mrs.
Klein of Davenport was awarded
the lone hand priae. Mrs. M. Nuss-
baum of Cincinnati . was given the
guest prize. The -rrext meeting will
be with Mrs. MV Rice, '718 Nine
teenth street. "
Eleventh Birthday Anniversary.
Miss Martha Chandler, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. George Chandler, at her
home on Webb "'street, South Rock
Island, Saturday afaoonJentertained
a company of about.15-.of her young
friends at a "liirthday party, it being
her 11 anniversary.' A merry after
noon was passed playing games and
a delicious lunch was served.
I. O. O. F, Militant Ball. Canton
Star, No. 8, I. Q.. ,(VF,, has, made eiab-.
orate preparations for the big military
ball to be given tomorrow evening at
Industrial hall. The grand maVch
will be held at 9:30 o'clock.
Taking Chances is Bad Policy.
You Take no Chance Trad
ing With Us.
At the lowest prices. The only tea store giving S. & H.
Green Trading Stamps.
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1 lb. of
1 lb. of
1 can A. & P.
1 lb. of. .
1 lb. of
ELGIN CREAMERY BUTTER
33c per pound. 3 Stamps with each lb.
' -i Specialties.
1 bottle of .
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2 lbs. of
1 box of fancy
Toilet Soap: . . ,
1 pkg. of
March 30, end
ing April 4. .
stamps with 2
cakes of A & P
2 lbs. of
Lima Beans. . .
. 1 bottle of To
basco Catsup. .
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328 Twentieth Street, Rock Island. 112 W. Second Street;' Davenport.
New Wall Papers
bur spring lino of wall papers Is now In stock, Includ
ing, Lincrusta's Harmon Crepes, Permanent Duplex Silks,
and the conventional floral designs. "
; . Call and be convinced that they are superior In qual- .
ity and prices. ' ..
' Estimates furnished for all 'kinds of Painting, Grain
... ing and Paper Hanging. . : .
Strecker & L e wis,
. 1429-1431 Second Avenue,
were "greatly improved under local op
tion and that arrests were fewer.
The widespread charge- that the
cities and counties can not do busi
ness and keep up improvements with
out the revenue from saloons was at
tacked by Mr. Thrapp. Pittsfield,
Hoopeston and Cambridge, Mass.,
were cited as examples of cities
where saloons have never existed and
which are notwithstanding on a firm
financial basis. '
Right by Idem. ?
Dropping the financial side of the
question and taking up the moral side
he asked the question, "what right
have the saloons to sell drink?" The
only answer, he said, Is to point to
the license. . "This , license gives a
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Society news, written or" telephoned
to the society, editor of The Argus, will
be gladly received and published. But
in eitner case the identity or the sender
must be made known, to Insure relia
bility. . Written notices must bear sia
nature and address.
Give Annual Recital. Saturda Pro
fessor S. T. Bowlby's piano pupils gave
cheir annual recital at his residence;
1228 Second avenue. Two programs
were carried ' out, one In the after
noon and one in the evening. They
were assisted by Miss Laura Davis,
reader, whose numbers ' .were very
nuch enjoyed.' Vocal solos were ren
lered by Sarah Lewis, Clara Kerr and
Mildred Pfaff, and a mandolin solo by
Clarence Larson. Those playing piano
.elections were Clara Kerr,. Frieda
5cherer, Cora Benson, George Benson,
Jessie Saars, Vivian Owlngs,; Herbert
Jleyla, Barth Vogel,-: Otillie-Vogel.
Catherine White, Sydney Wiggins, Al
en Eddy, Bessie Silverman, Sarah
ewls, ' Lottie Lewis, lMose4.' Finkel-
Uelnr Ida Dublnsky,. Georgiana Brin
ierhoff, - Fae Somers, ' Pauline Levy
Jessie Franks, Mildred ' Pfaff and
Building - to " Be
Forced to Vacate In 30
60b on the . Dollar
Mr. Best, our landlord, - informed - us Friday, March 27, that
our building is to be tte down in 30 days. Coming at the
last moment, after an iitire hew spring stock was in, we must
actquick. Take advantage of pur position---buy Hart, Schaffner
U U; Marx Spring clothingVStetsph hats; and fine furnishings now
f .. - .