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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY, OCTOBER' 17, 190.8, ,
HAVE PLANT IN
(Continued from Page One.)
Hallway company's cars to Forty-sixth
Linemen were at once on the scene,
and repairs on the telegraph and pow
er transmission wires began immedi
ately. Workmen were busy digging
holes for new poles almost before those
supporting the wires before had fallen
in ashen, and while a blast of heat like
that . from a furnace nwept over the
ground to the spot where the men
- . Had a Hunt IluUle.
The fire proved a very .difficult one
to fight. The character of. the burning
material, and the territory covered,
made it almost impossible to deter
mine which spot , required the concen
trated efforts of the ire fighters. The
firemen of the three cities soon had
scores of lines,1 of hose playing on the
blaze, and every fire plug for blocks
was in use. The Sash and Door works
engines, too, were kept in operation,
pumping water to supply the com
pany's own' lines of hose for fire fight
ing, and hundreds of volunteers man
ned the company lines.
The volunteers were probably the
means of saving the main factory
building 'from complete destruction.
The blaze at the time the factory was
menaced was giving the greatest diffi
culty to the firemen elsewhere, and
they were concentrating their main ef
forts on the lumber shed near Twenty
seventh street and Fourth avenue, and
'the dry kilns on Twenty-fifth street
anil Fourth avenue. But volunteers,
most of them employes of the Sash and
Door works, were prepared to battle
to keep the fire from the factory build
ing, and armed with the company s
lints of hose, they kept water playing
on the east end of the building for
over half an hour, finally conquering
and saving the structure from destrue
lion. When the planing mill went be
fore the'" flames, the big fly wheel.
which extended into the factory build
ing, fell) and the flames shot across
the factry rooom for over 50 feet. Had
this not been given prompt attention
the factory would certainly have gone
with the planing mill
In the battle at the shaving vaults
connected with the "boiler room, the
volunteers also gave efficient aid to
the regular firemen, and their efforts
were successful. The structure was
not daniaged more than that the. roof
and a part of the side were burned,
but the floor was not burned.
1 Was Well Hanillrd.
Never has the Rock Island fire de
partment had a more difficult" con--flagration
to, handle As- has (been
stated, the, fire seemed everywhere,
and- the territory covered was so great
that the flames menaced valuable
buildings in a dozen places. The de
struction of the lumber company's shed
WEEK OR TWO
aid, and appeared on the scene, the
Moline and Davenport . departments
were greeted with enthusiastic cheers
by the thousands of people, who reali
zed by this time that the blaze was
one of the'largest that had ever oc
curred in the city, and with a shifting
wind, might af-any minute menace the
entire lower portion of the city.
The police department, too, was on
the, scene with all of the men in the
department, and rendered good service
In maintaining the fire lines and keep
ing the crowds from dangerous places
or points where they would hinder the
work of the department. The jpolice,
as well as the fire department, found
need of volunteers, and these were
readily .at hand. IV would have re
quired a force of a thousand to keep
the crowd back entirely, and perform
all of the duties that devolved on the
police, however. - ...
Started From an LTxplotUon.
It was concluded, after an Investiga
tion of the facts today, that the fire
originated in an explosion of coal dust
in one of the Rock Island Lumber &
Manufacturing company'9 sheds. Ern
est Templer, the watchman, had been
at the sheds less than 10 minutes be
fore the fire broke out, and at that
time he is sure there was no blaze. He
registered in on the watchman's box
at. the shed, and returned to the office
soon afterwards. He had just entered
the office when he heard a report of
an explosion, and hurrying out, saw the
shed in a mass of flame. Wilhelm
Thorns, the crossing flagman and
watchman, also heard the report and
saw the shed burst into flames. He
was probably the first to see the fire.
In hurrying to give the alarm, how
ever, he collapse, probably partly from the fire and the scope of destruction.
exoitement and partly from exhaustion,!
own her back. She left the hair hang
ut took down , the kid curlers and
arried them tightly clasped In her
land to the fire.
Trouble With Phone.
Last night's conflagration shows
rore clearly than any heretofore that
t is high time to do away with the
illage practice of sounding the water
vorks alarm whistle. The signal, an-
lounclng the location by wards, is the
ignal for every telephone subscriber
o call central to learn the exact loca
tion of the blaze. The result is that
.he operators do not attempt to make
ny connections, but simply responj
o the subscribers with the location
of the fire. Serious delays in erne
ency cases have been the result, and
'bis was the case when the fire de
partment was endeavoring to summon
aid from Moline and Davenport last
Measures to prevent such situations
hould be taken, and the best course
is to follow the example of other cities
snd sound the box number automati
cally from the bell in the Central en
gine house. Ward limits are too
vdde to sufficiently locate the fire. The
Riving of the box number would prove
much more advantageous in every re
Heard of Fire Euroutp Home.
vDr. J. R. Hollowbush and. Carl Hell
penstell, who were returning from Chi
cago on the Milwaukee Southwest Lim
ited train, heard of the fire at Davis
Junction on the main line, and the re
port that came to them on the train
was that the entire c ity was "burning.
One may imagine the anxiety with
which, they awaited further news at
the next station at which the train
stopped. At Savanna it was learned
that the train would cross the Missis
sippi there instead of coming down
the Illinois- side, and from that point
up the river they could see the illumin
ation 011 the sky of the fire. They
could gain no details, however, and it.
was not until they neared Davenport
that they ascertained the location of I
and it was some minutes before he re
covered and was able to hurry on to
turn in an alarm.
Alarmed In Davenport.
Davenport residents in the vicinity
of. the Rock Island bridge and north
ward were greatly alarmed by the fall
ing shower of embers, for they realized
that, should a fire break out any
where at the foot of the hill and get
beyond control it would sweep north
ward to the city limits and be far
more serious than the fire on this side
of the river. The fire companies not
sent to this side were kept where the
danger was greatest and residents got
out with garden hose and squelched
Incipient fires as fust as thsy broko
cut. At the White lumber and coal
jard$ east of the bridge a company yf
firemen was kept busy for several
-V Seen SO Mi leu Away. ,:
The blaze caused a wonderful spec
tacle, and a ' more impressive and
neauuiui, ana at tne same time stair- former responded with two hose com
1 : tj 1 1 1 1 . . .1 1
wis, Kceue, i-uuiii nivuij ue imagined, nanles. and the latter wtth tlirpn nil
Story of Battle,
With the Flames.
From Argus Extra
A portion of the account of the fire
given in the midnight extra edition of
The Argus is reprinted below, and de
scribes the progress of the flames and
the battle to save the buildings in the
path of the fire.
The strong southeast wind fan-
pea the flames, and pile after
pile of lumber ignited in rapid suc
cession, so that when the first of the
uuse cans arnvea it was already a
mammoth conflagration, and seemed
A Blaze. And
Hundreds of Dollars Gone Up in Smoke
HARD LUCK, WHEN YOU COME HOME FROM WORK OR RETURN FROM A VISIT, AND FIND YOUR
COZY HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE. NpT. QUITE SO BAD IF THE HOME AND FURNISHINGS ARE INSUR
ED, FOR THEN THE INSURANCE COMPANY FURNISHES THE MONEY FOR THE NEW HOME AND-CONTENTS.
. , . ' ;'' . . . .
OFTIMES SOME PEOPLE ALLOW THEIR INSURANCE POLICY TO LAPSE! THE PREMIUM COMES
DUE WHEN OTHER OBLIGATIONS MUST BE MET, AND IS NOT PAID PUT OFF UNTIL NEXT PAYDAY.
THEN THE UNEXPECTED HAPPENS THERE'S A' FIRE THE HOME AND" CONTENTS BURN AND
THERE IS NOTHING COMING FROM THE INSURANCE COMPANY! HAVE YOU HAD SUCH AN EXPERI
DON'T WAIT UNTIL EXPERIENCE TEACHES YOU THE WORTH OF YOUR INSURANCE POLICY!
DOESN;T PRUDENCE TELL YOU THAT IT IS BETTER TO RELY ON YOUR INSURANCE POLICY
THAN TO RELY 'ON "THE HOPE I'LL BE LUCKY" PLAN?
THINK OF YOURSELF AND THE FAMILY BEFORE YOU ALLOW EITHER YOUR LIFE OR FIRE
INSURANCE TO LAPSE. - USUALLY THE PREMIUM IS NOT A LARGE AMOUNT, AND IS EASILY BORPRO W
ED FROM US, IF YQl HAVEN'T THE MONEY. "
WE MAKE A SPECIALTY OF LOANING MONEY $10 TO $300 PRIVATELY ON HOUSEHOLD
GOODS, PIANOS HORSES, WAGONS, AND OTHER PERSONAL PROPERTY, CHARGING A REASONABLE
FEE FOR OUR SERVICES AND ARRANGING THE TERMS FOR REPAYING TO SUIT YOUR INCOME AND
CONVENIENCE. " -
CALL," WRITE OR PHONE. DO IT TODAY. , NOW!
MUTUAL LOAN COMPANY,
People's National Bank Bldg., room 411. Old phone west 122; new 5109. OpenWednesday and Saturday nights.
would have resulted undoubtedly ln I The sky was lighted and for miles
a matter of how long it would take the
lumber piles to burn down so as to
remove the chance of a stray spark
setting it 011 fire again.
Burned to Water's Edge.
In the meantime the wind had swept
the fire along at a great rate of speed
and the entire lumber yard was burn-
intr clear down o the water's edge.
to be so far under way that it would Rnnrlra 9nr1 humlfl? brands wpfA onr-
be impossible to prevent it from taking 1 ied high into the air, and before long
everything between it and the river. fires had started!nt a hundred places
t ail on xeiicjinor. . . .. Ion the arsenal,"t they were grass
As soon as 4he seriousness of the fires for the most, part, and were easily
conflagration became apparent Moline taken care of. '" ' . .
and Davenport were called upon. " The Not so oh the railroad bridge, how
ever, it tooK nre ana was soon ren
dered unsafe. The dry old lumber in
the destruction of many
homi's, and to prevent the fire from
working into the lumber shed was a
difficult task, and required the concen
trated efforts of several companies of
the firemen. At the same time the
flames menaced the factory building,
the boiler room, and scores of piles of
lumber, and to judge which would
prove the most effective place to cen
ter the efforts of the firemen was no
aujommj, njn ...it-i
annual uie m isnuit'hs ui uayiigiu. i lie
of which did good service.
reflection of the glare of light was
seen for over 50 miles, and people
came to Rock Island from all parts
of the surrounding country to witness
the spectacle at closer range. At Clin
ton the light could be seen, and rail
way men could see it as far away as
Wilton, Iowa, and Genereo.
The air was full of burning brands,
carried by "the high wind toward the
I S-r" T f Ti'n r swl 'ill n ir rl n
Chief Hastings deserves much credit 11 "tta uuaj tt ,
. . , . .'brand over two feet long was carried
for the manner in which he supervised i. , . , , , , f
. ,1. , i lV i ..ln'iuto the air and landed in a yard two
the work and directed the battle . , , , . , ,
against the flames. He displayed good
generalship and able judgment, and
with a less competent man in charge
the loss might easily have been mul
tiplied many times. The Moline and
Davenport firemen, too, deserve praise
When, they responded to the call for
blocks north of Locust street in Dav-
t fmnnrf nn the hill
Deal to Nell Machinery .
The destruction of the old sawmi'.l
:n itself turntsrres material tor much
comment, if space permitted! The
1 1 i . i , . i . . r
for their efficient assistance to the luu,nB a,lu P,ant "aa slooa Ior yedrs
Rock Island department. They work- and hundreds of millions of feet of
ed heroically, and showed the same umbr had been cut in the mil1 dur
patriotism and bravery that might .InS e last two decades. Recently it
have heen witnessed had the blaze ! ,was decidod to ,aba ndon the ,ai. and
been in either of the other cities. Last week negotiations were conducted
ior me saie or uie macuuiery to ttoacn
& Musser, lumber manufacturers of
Muscatine. -The terms had been prac
tically agreed upon, and th J price,
about $20,000, was to have heen paid
next week. Arrangements for the dis
mantling of the mill had already been
made, and work was to begin the first
)l the week; - The deal had not, how
ever, been formally closed, and Roach
fc Musser are not among those who
are losers by reason of the fire.
All manner and kinds, of dress and
mdress and many funny costumes.
were seen- at the fire last evening,
people flocking to the fire without
aking timfl -to properly array them
;elves. Many men living In the ex
treme end3 of town deceived by the
location of the fire by the livid flames
'eft bjijie without hats or coats, think
ing the fire was quite close, but they
Kept on going till the fire was reached.
V dancing party was broken up when
the alarm, was turned in and ladies
in fancy ball costumes and dancing
slippers mingled with the coat-less
aauess men. sun otners were pre
paring to make up for lost time in
catching some sleep and were prepar
ing to retire but at the sound of the
larm they quickly donned what gar
inents they could get into quickest
One young lady, quite popular in tri
city society, was just in such a por
tion and was just ready to retire when
the alarm sounded. Robed in a bath
robe and skirt hastily donned and bed
room slippers she left the house only
to find after she had left the bouse
that her hair, that part which was
tot up in kid curlers, was hanging
Rock Island. Ill,
the old saw mill . burned like tinder
Heroic efforts were put forth at once whea the first sparks struck it. There
to save the machine shop of the Sash j
and Door works and the other build
ings which were further removed from
the path of the flames. The huae
store house of the lumber company
was also in a fair way of catching fire,
and in fact the great heat did cause
small fires to start on the roof and on
the sides a number of times, but
prompt attention from the firemen and
the many volunteers who willingly lent
their aid kept the water playing on
was nothing the firemen could do, how
ever, to save . it, and their energies
were expended in -saving what they
could on the south side of the railroad
tracks. There were a large number
of box cars on the tracks between the
piles of lumber at the time the fire
started, but nearly all of them were
taken out before damage was done.
Tlirww Lumber Into River.
When it was seen that the entire
river bank would be burned over a
the hot places, and the building was ,arEe forc, of volunteers was sent, into
bavea, as me wina gradually swept th lnmW ioc n00r th. -.af Pm
uie names away 10 me nortn. vlded with boards thev Pn.ltreA thei-
HfR Hicbi at AoodshP. I efforts on one pile after another,, over-
The big fight of the whole fire was 1 turning them into the slough. Thou-
to save the wood shop of the Sash and sands of feet of lumber were saved In
Door works, where hundreds of men this manner and the duration of the
are employed, and where there is more I fire shortened thereby
uian iuu.uuu worm oi macninery. rne mB i.mber sheds saved.
"""" "l "o"i. up iu Tne kock island Lumber comnany
the building and caught it in its em- had recently built one of the best and
Drace in a dozen different places, and most modern lumber sheds in thecoun
it was oniy tne steady streams or wa- try, extending along the north side of
ter poured out onto the roof that saved Fifth avenue a block east from the
it. A dozen lines of hose were used office at Twenty-eigth street. Another
in keeping the roof of the building wet wjng extended a block north. Along
and at that It took two hours of the this shed one of the hardest fights of
hardest kind of work before it was the evening took place. Several times
seen that the water would finally con- the north end was afire, but each time
. ine. men wno directed the hose en- two blocks from Fifth avenue and
dured fearful heat while at work, and Twenty-ninth street got the upper hand
one of them was overcome and had to and finally triumphed.
bile and other vehicle for miles 'around
was pressed into service, and in an in
credibly short time a mass of people
had accumulated at every vantage
point., . While the great majority were
in the streets of the . city hundreds
lined the Sylvan bridge, and even the
island and the railroad . embankment
were thickly dotted with humanity.
Theaters and other places where the
crowds had begun to assemble for the
evening's entertainment were emptied
as soon as the word was passed of
(Continued on Prige Six.
for an engine to attempt to cross. Most
of the ties which formed the only wood
en part of the bridge, were destroyed
and the rails warped and twisted.
Switching crews at work in t,he yards
for a time did what they could to keep
the line open, but as the bridge was
directly in the path of the. fire it soon
became so hot that: they were com
pelled to give it up and watch the fire
burn. . .. .. ,
The Burlington and Milwaukee
tracks which, cut theLuruing yards in
two in the middle were badly damaged,
most of the, ties being either destroyed
or weakened, while the rails were
warped out of shape by the heat. The
evening trains, both north and south
bound, were held back, neither being
able to pass.
As soon as it was seen that the lum
ber yards were doomed a switching
crew was put to work on the Burling
ton tracks and half a dozen loaded
cars standing near the sash and door
works were drawn out and taken to
the yards farther west out of danger.
Two switch tracks with cars on them,
however, were in such shape that the
engine could not. get to them. Both
opened onto the main line directly in
front of the fire. Four cars were de
stroyed. . .,
Telegraph Lines Tangled.
The telegraph lines of the three rail
road companies were almost demoral
ized and the dispatchers were handi-i
capped in their work correspondingly.)
Along the Rock Island road several
poles near the Sylvan bridge and the :
cross arms carrying scores of wires 1
burned, and the wires were tangled up.'
On the other side of the same tracks
a dozen heavy power wires over which'
Davenport is served from the Peoples
Power plant in Moline were placed in ',
a precarious situation the poles being
weakened arid the insulation burned i
Not a few telephone circuits in Rock (
lh.ana ana a numoer conecung ixolii noOCKaOGOOX3aVX3000J
tne nremen wno nad a nose running : ""i" 1U auu muuuc uu uayeuiiun cic
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COUNT THE STEPS
To and from the stove on Ironing Day.
It is a continual walking back and
... ..forth, back and forth.
Then the worry and work of keep
ing up the fire, watching the iron to
eee that the clothes won't get ;
Why in the name of comfort don't . . ;
you iron the easy way
' IRON WITH AN ELECTRIC IRON. - .
Hot iron right up to the point, no
walking, no fire to keep up, no danger
of smudging the clothes.
An ELECTRIC IRON $4.
Peoples Power Co.
Rock Island Moline , -
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be taken, to the hospital. Zella Eagle
Eye, who is employed on the Island,
was on top of the dry kilns, which are
located south of the machine shop.
place the hose, and when the cry came
for more hose he attempted to respond
by going after some, but he fell pros
trate on the roof and lost conscious
ness from the effects of the fierce heat.
Help was summoned, and he was tak
en to the hospital.
Help Carry Lnth. Away.
Start Fire on Inland.
Sparks, carried by the gale, were
showered over, the entire west end of
the island across Sylvan slought, and
In an hour from the outbreak of the
flames grass fires had been started in
the vicinity of the Rock Isiand tracks.
The Rock Island road sent a force of
men from Davenpert and Commandant
Hobbs of Rock Island arsenal ordered
out the fire brigade there to cope with
the flames and prevent possible danger
Piles of lath which were near the to the storehouse and other property
kilns, . and which, if ignited, would
surely have spread the flames to the
kilns and the machine shop, were torn
down and carried out of danger by
dozens of men and boys, who eagerly
took up the work under the direction
of the "firemen. As soon as the store
house of the Lumber company was
near the south end of the main Rock
Not least important among the inci
dental results of the fire was the com
plete suspension of traffic on the main
line of the Rock Island and on :he Bur-
put out of commission
Begin Repairs at Once. ' '
No time was lost by the Rock Island
road in beginning repairs upon the '
track and the telegraph lines. By mid- ,
night a force of . 100 trackmen and 20
linesmen were at work. The latter !
temporarily cut off .Davenport's light;
circuits, 20 wires carrying heavy volt
age being switched off for the time be
ing to avert danger to the men at their
work. !..".: - :
On the bridge it will be necessary
to lay new ties nearly the entire length
and to put down new rails. The woad
en trestle at the south end will have
to be rebuilt. . . .'
The southwest limited on the Mil
waukee road was caught at Clinton1
and detoured by way of Davenport,
while the Burlington reversed the eve-
ning train from the south at Moline
and the one from the north' at this
Vast Crowd Sees Fire.
The crowd that saw the fire was
probably the largest that ever, assem-
lington and Milwaukee roadj. Pas-
pretty well secured some of the hose senger and freight trains were tied up
which had been, used on it was rushed on both sides of the blaze, and indica
to the kilns and the machine shop, tions are they will not be able to move
and the effect . was felt at once and before morning. The Rock Island road
gradually the men began to beat the is helpless,, tne siougn Dridge Detng put .bled In Rock Island. There' were
fire back from the places where it had out of commission for a time at least, probably 50,000 people at the scene.!
obtained foothold . I When the fire reached the lumber .The lurid flames Hehted th hovpnj'l
After an hour's work the firemen I piles near the south end of this struc-. being visible for miles even before
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mie me uc buuu rausui, auu uuieu me waierwoms wnistie sounded the
by a wind which blew exactly length-, alarm, and thousands rushed to the
wise the flames rapidly followed the scene from this city and from Moline
were able to withstand the heat and
get down, from the top of the building
and plant themselves between it and
the fire. From then on it was merely J full length, and soon it was unsafe and Davenport as well. Every automo
In Quick Baking
Call and Examine
.. . Opposite Harper Heve. . .