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JTHE 'AHGUS. HATITRDAY. MAY 30, 1908.
Business is Suspended While
Memorial Day Exercises Are
v ' Held by the G. A. R.
YATES AND SCOTT SPEAKERS
Davenport Mayor Addresses Audience
In Morning and Former Governor
Speaks at Cemetery.
Memorial day is being fittingly ob
served, in Rock Island . today. The
'stores, offices and banks of the city
are closed for the day in honor of the
holiday,, and 'everywhere the national
colors were to be seen. . '
The;.ceIebration in charge of. Buford
postW the- t3. A. U. began "shortly af
ter S o'ciock"; with a parade forming
on Third avenue at the court house,
and moving east to Twentieth street,
north to Second avenue, and west to
Without a Stain,! was sung: by the
Arian quartet.; '.'''
Immediately after the song at the
court house, the school children went
to the river, where the exercises in
memory of the departed sailors were
Tntea U Delayed. ,
Former Governor Richard Yates was
to have delivered the morning address,
but Vas delayed and did not arrive un
til 11:20. In his absence Mayor George
W. Scott of Davenport, who was to
have given an address this afternoon
at Chippiannock cemetery, spoke. Mr.
Yates was the speaker this'afternoon.
Mayor H. C. Schaffer, acting as mas
ter of ceremonies, delivered a brief in
troductory address, speaking as fol
lows: . , .
"More than a' generation has passed
since the closing of the book record
ing the great historic events whose
details of patriotic fervor of suffering
and of death - in the cause of the
union and human liberty formed the
motive for the establishment of. Me
morial day, whose annual reoccurence
we are today assembled to commemor"
ate. It was with peculiar pleasure
that I accepted the invitation of the
comrades of John Buford post to of
ficiate today as chairman or master
of ceremonies. I cannot claim the
honor of being one of that grand
army of men who responded to their
country's call during the civil war and
by their sacrifices not only prevented
the destruction of the union but as
Scores Arrive in the City and
Are Holding, an Informal Re
ception This Afternoon.
TO BE WELCOMED TOMORROW
Indications- Are There Will Be 300
Present From All Parts of the
State for Three Days, .
Several scores of delegates to the
annual state meeting of the League
of German Catholic Societies arrived
in the city today - and this afternoon
are holding an informal reception at
the" Harper house, which will be head
quarters during the, three days of the
convention. Indications are that tolly"
SCO visitors will be in the city-by to
morrow when the first .services are
I This evening, there will be a meet
i ing of the executive committee at the
lshlng iu lumber's. Ho expressed tb
hope " that they may fight the battlet
of peace with the same courage with
which they fought the battles of the
nationc He spoke of the lesson of pa
triotism to be-had in such exerclsep'
as those of today, and urged that the
children be taught the reverence for
the dead and for the living soldier thai
their service deserves.
: . Exerelaea at Monument.
r The address was followed by a song
"The Banner of Glory," by the quartet,
a reading uy Miss Henrietta Khmer,
and another selection by the quartet.
The assembly then gathered about the
monument, where the Grand Army rlt
ual service was conducted, and a salutt
to the dead was. fired by Company A.
Lincoln's Gettysburg address was read
by Miss Edna Schneider, and "Amer
ica" was sung by; the audience. The
bugle call "taps" was sounded by N.
N. Coons, and the exercises closed
with a benediction by Rev. H. C.'First.
'' .J' At th Cemetery.''"
The exercises at the"cemetery thiF
afternoon began atJ-SO. The soldiers'
graves were decorated, according to
the annualeustom, by the G. A. R., and
the Grand. Army service was read. Thf
address was'by former Governor Yates.
Company A fired the salute to the dead!
Kxerclnea In Si-buulx.
Yesterday afternoon patriotic exer
cises were held in all of the different
i public school buildings. Each school
was visited by a committee of mem
i bers of Buford post, and a brief ad
dress was made by one of the old sol
diers. explaining to the children tht
meaning of Memorial day and of pa
. - :
SERMON TO CLASS
iRev. W. B. Clemmer to Address
Graduating Students of High
I -School Sunday Evening
AT THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Is First of Week's Commencement
Exercises President MacLean
of Iowa Speaks Friday.
EX-GOVERNOR RICHARD YATES,
Speaker of the Afternoon.
the court house again, where the exer-1
cises were held. The parade was com
posed of the following formation:
Platoon of police.
Colonel W. T. Channon, marshal of
the day, and his aides, W. A. Rosen
' field, John W. Welch, Robert Wagner,
Charles McHugh, Harry Welch, J. G.
Junge, and 'C. F. Gaetjer, all mounted.
Company' A, Illinois National Guard.
Rock Island division of naval re
serves. Reception committee and speakers,
Rock Island aerie of Eagles.
Seven hundred Rock "Island school
- children. ,
Rock Island fire department.
. . Sibouey Bay camp, United Spanish
Buford post, G. A. R., :
At Fifteenth street the column halt
ed, and allowed the veterans to pass
ahead. The members of the G. A. R,
The ffraduatinfr exercises at the hieh
COLONEL W, T. CHANNON, ,
Marshal of the nay.
at the west -side of the court house,
and an immVW throng gathered o,bout
and thejr wives "were provided with
chairs (n. front of the speakers' stand
to hear the exercises. . .
. ChUilrea-Sinn IIllnlii.,.
V The exercises opened with th call
"to the assembly by Chief Bugler N. N.
. Coons," followed by a patriotic selection
iby the band. The," school children
gathered near tire stana. ana, tea Dyiseives
E.iL. Philbrook, sang "Illinois.".' The
Invocation was given by Rev. G.' It.
- Sherwood, rector if Trinity Episcopal
' church,' and a. selection, "The Fiag
one of the vital results of the war
brought freedom to millions of men
and women held' in . bondage in the
southern states of our country, but
I do account it one of the inestimable
values of ray life that I was old .
enough during the war period to ap
preciate the great questions at issue
and to experience to the fullest, ex
tent the patriotic impulses which im
pelled the young men of the . land to
offer themselves as willing sacrifices
on the altar of 'their country. The
antagonism engendered by the issues
of the war found their fiercest expres
sions ia the border communities and
it was probably because of the white
heat of the feeling exis'-ing in my na
tive city of Baltimore that even the
children became acting partisans and
that I was impelled to run- away from
home to follow the loyal home guards
when they . marched out' to assist in
repelling Early's invasion of Maryland
but my hopes of becoming a boy hero
were rudely shattered for several days
before Mopocacy was fought the hand
of maternal authority had succeeded
in hrinsins about my return to the
home in Baltimore. You will pardon
this personal reminiscence to which
I refer merely to illustrate the value
we all attach to such early impres
sions and experience - as . we grow
He'concluded by explaining the fail
nre of Mr. Yates to arrive, and intro
ducing Mayor Scott. .
tlnoten From I'oc 111. ;
Mayor Scott opened his address .by
'quoting from the poem, "The Bivouac
of the Dead." He declared that mo
Mississippi, the Poiomac, and other
I American rivers, are as classic as the
Tiber of Caesar s time, and that tna
scenes of the civil war were as noble
as those of which Homer tells.
"No tribute is needed for the men
who fought the battles of this country
Their fame is secure " he said. He
spoke of the custom which has been
established of setting aside a day for
decorating the graves of departed sol
diers and sailors. "But there is more
than a' custom in' this act.; It is the
expression of a grateful nation, and Is
assurance to the veterans who still are
with us that when they, .too, answer
the last calL loving and. grateful peo
ple will, carry on the 'work, and ten
der hands will continue to decorate the
graves of their comrades, and of our
FATHER ADOLPH GEYER, .
Pastor of St. Mary's Church.
Harper house and the business of the
meeting will be gotten iu shape for
Tomorrow morning at 8:30 the dele
gates will assemble at the Harper
and march in a body to Columbia hall-
where Albert Huber, chairman of the
focal committee - on arrangements,
Mayor H. C. Schaffar and Father A.
A. Geyer, rector of St. Mary's church,
will deliver the addresses of welcome.
At 10:30 pontifical high mass will
be celebrated at St. Mary's church
by Rt. Rev. J. Jausen, bishop of Belle
ville, protector of the league. Rev. A.
OehWer, S. V. D., of Shermerville, 111.,
will deliver the sermon.
A mass meeting1 will be held at the
Illinois theater at 3 o'clock tomorrow
afternoon, and a special program will
be carried out. Monday morning the
business session will be held at Co
lumbia hall, and Monday evening the
delegates will enjoy ' an excursion on
the steamer Columbia. Tuesday the
convention will close, the last busi
ness session following solemn requiem
Not All Cotnmerelnlkim.
Continuing,. Mr. Scott said, !Thlsage
is aotventirely devoted to commercial-
wun tne baccalaureate sermon
which will be delivered at the Memor
iaL Christian church by the pastor
Rev. W. B. Clemmer. The week will
be a busy one for the graduates. Wed
nesday evening-;;the juniors will give
them a reception- at the Watch Tower.
This is an annua) event and one much
in favor with the graduates. Tuesday
afternoon the regular class day exer
cises will-be glven at the "high school
auditorium. ? The 'program for this
year has been somewhat enlarged up
on because of the fact that the usual
graduating program has been discon
tinued and in its place a speaker has
aeen secured. There will be" about 30
who will take part in the exercise
clans' day and. thejirogram will include
readings, piano solos, instrumental mu
sic and the usual president's speech
and the presentation and acceptance
of the presents to the school and the
junior class. There will also be
scene from Midsummer Night's Dream
in which six characters will be repre
.,MacI,eaa to Speak.
Friday evening the presentation of
the diplomas will be made at the Illi
NEW SERIAL STORY -SOON TO APPEAR IN THE ARGUS
S. . .. -. ' .'
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By the Author of "The Man of the Hour
ILLUSTRATED BY RYDER
Officials of the Rock Island Are
Informed That Switch Track
Question is Vital. .
ST. MARY'S ; SCHOOL, WHERE BUSINESS SESSIONS WILL BE HELD.
mass for departed members of the
league at St. Mary's church.';; Tuesday
afternoon the visitors will fee- given a
trolley Tide through the three cities,
with stops at Rock Island arsenal and
the Watch Tower. v ?: ' " -r
and for. gratitude, and tlie nation. Will
continue to celebrate Memorial day as
long as it exists. For without lhesac
rifiice of the comrades of these men
before us, this, nation wouia have per
ished None, of eourse, can perform
this service as well as those who have
enjoyed army . comradeship with those
who are gone. There never' was rt
more sacred rite than this, performed
while Industry ceases and the people
stand by the tombs of half a million of
its dead vw:-4:'::r-:';
-. Mr. Scott concluded his address by
referring to the fast rate at which the
nois theater., In place e-f the usual
program " Presidents - George . E. Mac
Lean of the state university of Iowa
will address the class. ' Music on this
occasion will be furnished by the high
school orchestra. The festivities ofthe
week will wind up with the alumni
banquet at the high school on Satur
day evening. It Is expected that the
largest number of the . alumni, ever
gathered together will be at the din
ner.v Former Principals W. H. Hatch
of . Oak Park and J. F. Darby of Okla
homa will be present and give talks
The class which graduates this year
is oner of the largest. in the history of
the school, numbering 63. ' ,
ism, : There is time for patriotism, tGrand Army of the Republic is dimin-
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Mr. Melchoir States His Company Is
Ready, to Enter Into Movement
for an Adjustment.
"The Rock Island is ready and will
ing to settle equitably the question
of all IndustriaKswltch tracks exist
ing on this side of the river," said
GeneraJ . Manager Melchoir of the
Rock Island at the committee of the
whole meeting of the city council last
evening, in response .to an ' inquiry
from William M. Reck, president of
the Rock Island Booster club. .The
meeting . was held for the main pur
pose of discussing the proposed or
dinance to allow the company to make
slight alterations in : its . tracks near
Twelfth street for the elimination of
a curve and a three-way switch. The
discussion, however, centered mainly
about the west end situation, and the
members of the .council", the Indus
trial commission, the Booster club,
the Business Men's association, and
representatives of corporations took
advantage of the opportunity to ex
press their wishes plainly to the Rock
Island officials, Mr. Melchoir and H.
S. Cable, and. E. H. Stafford of Jack
son, Hurst & Stafford, the road's- at
torneys here. Y ; - -
. Mr. Melchoir explained the Twelfth
street proposition, and declared again
that it is entirely independent of the
west end ' situation,; but is merely a
movement aiming at the more safe
operation of the line in the city. He
protested against the consideration of
the two propositions together.
-. Rradu the I.rttrr.
In "response lp an Inquiry as to
what ' the situation is, Mr. Melchoir
read 1 the ' correspondence heretofore
referred to. in The Argus, relative to
the matter." The . correspondence, it
developed - through-, other correspond
ence from ' Burlington officials, read
by S. S. Davis, had to do only with a
proposed joint track to be constructed
to reach the Manufacturers' addition,
and did not contemplate the opening
of existing spurs. The letter read by
Mr. - Melchoir stated that the officials
of the Milwaukee and the Burlington
are j not ready to enter into a joint
1 rack arrangement for the Manufac
turers' -addition-at the present time.
A letter read by Mr. Davis, from' Gen
eral Manager Miller of the Burlington,
states that if the Rock Island will
make the proposition apply to exist
ing tracks, the other roads will be
ready to act
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S. S. Davis. Willi jm ML' Reck, J. F.
Lardner and Hon. T. J. Medill. and
members of the"; council, stated the
sentiment of Rock Island, " and ex
plained to" Mr." Melchoir that, the feel
ing is general in the city that the en
tire track matter should be settled at
once) and that any ordinances, wheth
er -for, the Rock -Inland or one of the
other roads, "should be held up until
the Industrial track' matter is settled.
Mr: Lardner and Mr. Davis, both rep
resenting the; Rock-Island Plow com
pany, explained -th necessity of open
ing the -tracks -to all roads, if plans
for very. Important industrial develop-
nent by the Plow company are to be
carried ' out. Mr. Davis ; emphatically
opposed any action for the railroads
until they get together' and settle the
west end and Industrial track question.
"When yon ask the Rock Island, it Is
the other two :. that are blocking a
settlement, and if the Burlington is -questioned,
it is the Rock Island that
is at fault," said Mr. Davis.
. Sfttlrtmnt Essential.
Mr. Reck and Mr. Medill explained
the necessity of ' settling the track
question before the city can grow In
dustrially. "We do not propose to
dictate to the railways in what man
ner the thing shall be adjusted." said
Mr. Reck, "but we Insist that it be
adjusted. Of course no one expects
the Rock Island to give away its val
uable holdings, but .we do expect it
to do its part, in reaching a fair set
tlement and assisting to that extent
in the effort for a greater Rock Is
land." . He then put the question squarely
to Mr. Melchoir whether the Rock Is
land would do its part, and was re
plied to as quoted. ' ' - . -
After the question ; had been thor
oughly discussed. Alderman Bloch
linger moved that the committee re
port asking further time to Investi
gate the question of the proposed or
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