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THE "ARGUS, FRIDAY, AFRIIT 3, 1908.
TO DEFEND THE
LACK OF FUNDS
Insufficient Tax Given as Whole
Reason for the Fact That
County Is '-'Broke."
'AVOIDS' THE REAL QUESTION
Need of an Investigation Is Clearly
; Shown by Merely a Few Instances
, of Extravagance.
-A public attempt is no being mado
to explain why Rock Island county is
"in debt." The question to begin with
is why is the county "broke," for Rock
Island county is not only In debt, but
. it has not a cent practically speaking,
' to meet the expenses of the next year,
and the board of . supervisors by its
resolution adopted at the last meeting,
stated that in view of this fact it
. would allow no more bills until there
is money to meet them according to
law. Nor can it borrow more money
and go further in debt-ror it certainly
would. .' -;.
In all the laborious endeavor to re
ply to this query which is' on the mind
of all of the tax payers of the city
and county is a weak and unsatisfac
tory one. It goes back into the story
of the court house bonds, and givea
lot -of facts of history and law which
no one disputes, but which at the same
time is not the sort of explanation the
people aredesiring now;
; Nreda aa Investigation.
"Other expenses" is the heading of a
paragraph in which are mentioned
bridge building, relief to indigent sol
diers, and bounties on crows, crows'
eggs, and the like. But the county long
since has-shut down; on the briflge
building, and likewise on the bounties.
Perhaps the tax system is not right.
Perhaps the county does not raise suf
ficient revenues. ' ,
But ' how can ' the public judge the
conditions. There are a few matters
that are so obviously wrong with the
county's . financial system that , an in
vestigation of the -, whole business
would be welcomed. '
A Fw In-tancm.
A few instances might be cited, and
the question might be asked whether
it was a flaw in the law or incom
potency which brought about the con
dition last year when in the city of
Rock Island the county spent in the
collection of personal tax not paid di
rect as was the case in . one or two
instances, practically every cent which
was yielded to the county by that tax
amounting to something like $400.
, Why was a clerk paid $17.50 for
three days work in one of the county
offices? - The pay roll was first signed
for a full month's pay,' $Co, but this
was reduced to in.SO-for less than
a week's work.' .
Possibly the county official on whose
expense account they appear has use
for all of the stamps and long distance
telephone calls that; the county pays
for in the discharge of his duties, but
who knows? The items appear in no
small amount for stamps at a time
when there is practically nothing be
ing mailed from this office in an official
manner.- Perhaps the Items are prop
er, but who knows?' '
Why is it that all public printing
is done at Bloomington, and the coun
ty pays good sized express charges on
the , material purchased there? The
express bill certainly would more than
pay the difference if there is any
in the charges for the work itself in
Bloomington and Rock Island. The
Argus does no job work, so it is not
prompted by business motives in pub
lishing this query.
And why is It that when the county
tax "rcceipJa are ordered printed some
thousands more .blanks.than are re
quired are ordered. There "are1"- two
boxes, half filled with these blanks now
standing In the county building, and
one of them, with something like 4,000
unused forms, was on hand when the
last supply was ordered. Still " the
order was much greater than was re
quired, the old blanks were not re-
idated and nsprf jia t!iv mio-Vit
Jbeen and the county "paid the bills
,ror the. printing and the big express
charges not only on the blanks actti
ally needed, but on a large number
that have not been used, yet and are
not likely to be for some time. "
Why, if the county needs the mon
ey,,was an outstanding claim that fell
due allowed to accumulate $1S add!
tional interest when he county had
on deposit in the Moline banks more
than enough money to pay the whole
sum and cut off the growing interest?
What In Indicated.
These matters are not spoken of by
The Argus as being sufficient to ac
count for all of the enormous sums
that have passed from the county
uut what do they indicate? Suppose
that these little instances were multi
plied again and again, not only in one
office, but im all, and that such things
went on for a number of years. The
sums would not be insignificant, in
What the people want Is to know
just what the relation of the tax sys
tem and the , relation of extravagant
and careless expenditures is to the
present bankrupt condition of the
county. . . . - ,
And, notwithstanding the long and
ponderous efTort to explain the situa
tion, the question, "Why is the county
broke.'' is. still unanswered to the sat
isfaction of the people of the county
in defense of the present situation
it i3 announced, "The clamor that the
condition of the county 13 thus on ac
count of any irregularity is insanity.
And again, "As a matter of fact these
expenditures .-nave been enforced by
statutes which provide no increase of
revenue while providing increased ex1
In .defense it is also pointed out at
great length that the election cost is
a heavy burderr on the .county, and it
is enumerated that in 1&08 and 1909
the county will have to pay for
number of elections and primary elec
1-1T1 a All rf tYiio la rr- 1 1,1 ... 1 U
OOOOOCOOOOOOOCX300COOvXX000 the statement that this . affords an
To Make Your
to Make a success of
tH YOUR GARDEN YOU MUST
PLANT THE - BEST SEEDS
THAT MONEY CAN BVTT WE
ARE SOLE AGENTS FOR II.
W. BUCKBEE'S NORTHERN
GROWN PEDIGREED SEEDS,
AND WE CARRY THE LARG
EST AND MOST COMPLETE
LINE OF BULK SEEDS IN
THE TRI CITIES.
GIVE US A TRIAL, AND WE
WILL CONVINCE YOU THAT
- WE JIAVE THE BEST SEED
MONEY CAN BUY. TRY BUCK
BEE'S GILT EDGE. NASTUR
TIUM AND SWEET PEAS.
5 and 10 Cents Per Quart.
Sieg hart nor
The Strictly Cash Grocers.
New phone 5G9G; old phone
, 823-X. 930 Third avenue.
other reason as' to-"why the county
is in debt." N There will probably be
bills for elections and other essentials
to the perpetuity of American institu
tions to pay 109 years from now, too,
whether , the county is in debt or In
bankruptcy as the case may be.
What the People Want to Know.
Will this source of Information kind
ly investigate even the few minor in
stances of extravagence and careless
handling of the county's money and
show that they were all "enforced; by
statutes?" It may be insanity to main-'
tain that, when the extravagance and
wrongful or incompetent handling of
county money Is so obvious as in the
Instances mentioned, an. Investigation
of the entirematter should )be made
by competent persons, without white
wash, and with a view to giving the
people . a fair analysis of the situation
and a ' fair statement of the relation
of these leaks to the present situa
tion. V , " -
What , the people want to know .is
the system as well as the condition.
Call, write or phone.
MUTUAL LOAN CO.,
. '.' (Unincorporated.)
Peoples National Bank bnlldtaff.
Hvwim 411, Itoclt l-ln.il, III.
Telephone, old went 122.
. - Offl.ee honrn, H a. ni. to p. as.
. li- Wednesday and Saturday
evenings to 9 p. m.
Chat of the Campaign
TO TRY IT AGAIN
Judge E. C. Graves Grants New
;v rlear'ng In Case of Lei by
; ' Against Deere & Co.
JUDGMENT IN ROSS SUIT
Two Divorce Bills Are Heard, Decree
' Being Given in One New
x Suits Are Commenced. ,
Give your vote in favor of territo
rial annexation. It means a Greater
Send P. W. Blochlinger back to' the
council from the First ward, and the
Ity will once more have the advan-
age of the services of one of 'the most
painstaking alderman who ever sat in
the council chamber. ..
Be for all. that stands for a Greater
Rock Island. '
William Eckermann will make a
reditable alderman from the Second
ward. v He Is of ' the right kind of
timber. . .
Vote for Gannon for supervisor, and
for Bourdeau, Glynn and La Vanway
for assisstant supervisors, and you
will find out what is the matter with
the county. '
Charles L. Thompson i a model
candidate for alderman. The people
of the Fourth" ward will place another
model alderman in the council by
Meeting him. ,
Vote for Briggs for collector. He
is one of Rock Island s. oldest and
best known citizens and" will make a
When the court house ring starts
to explaining It Is a pretty; good sign
that something is happening. . '
Everybody in the Third ward likes
Charley Smith. . Get behind his boom
and be wlfh the majority In the Th;iri
ward election day. -' '
It is within ?the Dower- of the as
sessor,, to rectify ' irregular assess
ments. The , assessor is nof mere
figurehead.' If you" think your 'assess
ment is not i consistent withtiat-of
your more w;ealthy netghbor;"reake a
change. Jack Auld will see -that jus
tice is. done you. . Elect liim assessor.
W. D. Cochran deserves the ' sup
port of the1 people of the Fifth ward
in hi3 run for alderman. '
Elect the democratic candidates for
supervisors and you will find why the
county Is "broke." -
Frank Lawler has made a No. 1
alderman.. The people of the Sixth
ward. Irrespective of politics, admit
hat. And that is the reason he will
ae reelected by a larger majority than
before. , ' ,
I , -
John A. Hill is the right kind of a
man lor alderman In. the Seventn
ward. He is identified with no 'fac
tion, nor is a participant in an inter
necine warfare for the control of the
politics of the ward. He just-stands
for the interests of the ward without
regard to politics. "That" is the kind
3f man the people want for alderman
in that end of town. . V
The city-township committee of the
democratic party held 'a short meet
ing last night at the Turner hall and
reports from the various wards on
the progress of the campaign work
were made by the ward committee
men. The reports were very gratify
ing to the candidates.
! Judge E. C.. Graves in the circuit
court today granted a , new triaf in
the case . v:of ' Aaron. Leiby against
Deere & Co." . Jn the trial of the suit
at the present term of court a verdict
vras returned for $3,750 damages. The
case is one of personal injury, Vlr.
Leiby sueing to recover fo Injury to
his hand in an accident while oper
ating a drop hammer.
A new ..trial in the case of Mrs.
Julia Ross against the Rock Island
was denied, and a judgment entered
on the verdict for $7,500 damages,' re
turned at the hearing of the case last
Judge Graves granted one divorce
this afternoon, and heard evidence in
another this morning, .taking the mat
ter under advisement Mrs. Emily
Van der Waele was- given a decree in
her suit against Louis Van der Waele.
oh the grounds of adultery. They
were married in Belgium' May 7, 1885.
The defendant and a Mrs. Gust Van
Pestel were arrested , at Washington,
Iowa, following an elopement ;
Evidence was heard in the case of
Henry DeCommei; against Mrs. Louisa
New Dllla Filed.
Three new suits for divorce were
filed today in the circuit clerk's of
fice. Mrs. Mary Patton charges her
husband, James? H. Patton, with
cruelty. They were married Feb. 20,
18S7, at Cambridge. Schriver &
Schrlver represent the complainant
' Mrs. Emma Baughmann alleges that
her husband, John Baughman deserted
her March 30, 190C. They were mar
ried here Feb. 20, 190C. Schriver &
Schriver are the complainant's solic
Mrs. Ivy Huffman., in her bill for di
vorce, charges her husabnd, Leonard
E. Huffman, with cruelty
Harry M... McCaskrin ; represents 'the
compldiuaut - ' " . T '
MAY BE FIVE ACTIVE
CANDIDATES AT DENVER
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That Many Likely to Seek Presidential
Nomination at Hands of Demo -cratic
Denver, Colo., April 3. Additional
announcements of candidates for the
office of president and vice president
on the democratic picket to be, named
in this city July 7 continue to come:
It is now probable that the convention
will see five active candidates seeking
honor at its hands. The latest addi
tion to the four names recently printed
as the probable starters in the race
for the nomination is David R. Francis
of Missouri. The Missouri delegation
has established headquarters at the
Brown Palace, one of the leading ho
tels of Denver, and will be much in
evidence for a couple of months before
the convention. In addition
quarters of the regular delegation
there will be apartments for several
prominent Missouri men who as a rule
are not seen at democratic "conven
tions. .The statement has .been, made
They were i by those who appear to be in a posi
married May 11, 1900, in Rock Island. I tion to know that Bryan of Nebraska,
Chanler of New'York, J6hnson of Min- -ne-ota,'
Gray of Delawaie -iiuu iuh
of Missouri are all actively seeking
the nomination anfl will ave their
names placed before the convention.
Denver, 'citizens who - have raised
$100,000 for; the purpose of helping to
pay the expenses of the convention
are beginning to see that there will
probably be one of the most exciting
political contests ever , known in .the
democratic party when the convention
meets in July. Instead of having the
nominating sessions, of the convention
a tame affair there will in all prob
ability be five candidates contending
for the votes of the delegates. As it
requires a clear two-thirds of all, votes
cast to, elect in the democratic conven
tion there Is an exciting prospect of
brisk political work in this city. Al
ready campaigning has - begun here
and the rival factions have begun
their preliminary work.
x Plenty of Trouble
is caused by stagnation of the liver
and bowels. To get' rid of it and head
ache and biliousness and the poison
that brings jaundice, take Dr. King's
New Life Pills, the reliable purifiers
that do the work without grinding or
griping. 25c at all druggists.
All the news all the timeThe Argus.
AT YOUNG & McCOMBS TO-
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Powder, sample box, 10c.
Madam Ise'Bell's Exquisite Face
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regular size, 50c.
Madam . Ise'Bell's Lilac Hand
Whitener, per bottle, 25c.
Madam Ise'Bell's Turkish Bath Oil,
two sizes, 60c and $1.
Madam Ise'Bell's Skin, Food and
Wrinkle Paste, 10c and $1,
Madam Ise'Bell's Natural Blush
Madam Ise'Bell's toilet preparations
used and endorsed by the following
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Ask for Madam Ise'Bell's plate
j ticket at the drug sundry department
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We're in a Corner and We've Got to Get Out of It
just after having received the largest and
finest and most complete new spring stock
we have ever had, our landlord served upon
us the following legal notice, which tells
.TO .-JONAS BEAR - AND LOUIS MOSENFELDER:
You ard hereby rTiotif'ied. to. quit and deliver
up possession to me, your landlord, on the.
first day of May, 1908, that certain storeroom
with the. land appurtenant known as Number. 1701
Second :J.vnue, in the city of RocK Island, now
occupied by you as a clothing store, as I have
elected to determine your tenancy of said
premises. , ' -
G. Albert Johnson, of. said city is author
ized ass my agent to recelive possession of said
premises' from you. v- l. P. BEST, Landlord.
RockIsland, Illinois, March 30, 1908
We Must Sell and Sell We Will
Every stitch of this brand new stock, every hat, every shirt, every
article, including fixtures arid; all, must be disposed of and that
at once. After having occupied these premises for over 30 years, ;
to receive a notice to get out, within 30 days, less than one day
for each year of our tenancy- is indeed an unusual occurence,
but we propose being equal, to the emergency. With a force of ;
clerks and the lowest prices ever quoted for a new and up-to-date
stock of reliable merchandise, we are moving at a rapid gait.. It
is, indeed, a rare occurrence, right in the beginning of the sea-
son, but from the manner in which the people are accepting this -opportunity,
it is one that is being appreciated oh the part of
economical buyers. It is a great treat at our expense!
The reductions we aremaking are from 1-4 to 1-5 on every.
man's suit and overcoat. All underwear, hats and furnishings:
are reduced from 1-4 to 1-2. Every . child's suit, every pair of
trousers, every article, every price has been lowered. V; '
As the notice aboveshows we have buta few days in order to ;
dispose of the entire stock, but the bargains we are giving will long !
be remembered on the part lucky purchasers.
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