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THE ARGUS, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2. 1908.
HAND OAR NOT
Most Important Clew to Method of
Escape of Port Byron Bank Rob
bers is Still Missing.
UMBRELLA MENDERS WANTED
on the job and it will be settled with-'
in a very short time. The business of j
the bank, wf.I "not be injured' in any
way by the robbery as the burglar
insurance carried in the Fidelity In
surance company of New York covers
HE DRANK POISON
Wood Alcohol Causes Death of John
Richardson, Old Resident r
of Edgington. r .
Believed to Have Made Themselves
Familiar With Lay of Land
While in Disguise.
No traces have as yet been discov
ered of the Tort Byron bank robbers
and even the handcar on which they
are supposed to 'have made their es
cape it still missing. It seems queer
that a vehicle the size of a handcar
could be hidden away so that it would
not be foutvl for any length of time,
but such seems to be the case. About
the same thing happened when the
postoffice at Reynolds was entered
some time ago and the burglars made
their get-away on- a handcar. The
handcar usad in that case has never
been found, although six months have
elapsed and the railroad men all over
the state have been on the lookout for
it. Whoever the cracksmen were who
made the haul at Port Byron they have
succeeded in getting away witnout
leaving a single satisfactory clue for
the police to work on.
Suspicion points strongly towards
the two umbrella menders who sptnt
Sunday and part of Monday in the
town and it is the belief of the police
that if these men are found they will
be able to solve the mystery
Slept Near Bank.
The two umbrella men showed up in
Port Byron Sunday .evening and asked
for lodging !'or the night. It was nn
ally decided to let them sleep in the
little place which serves the village as
a jail and which is located directly be
hind the bank which was robbed. The
next morninqj when J. W. Simonson.
president of the bank, cam to tne
bank he noticed the two men standing
across the street, but they seemed to
be busy and he thought nothing of the
(Society news,' written or telephoned
to the society editor of The Argus, will
be gladly received and published. But
In either case the identity of the sender
must be made known, to insure relia
bility. Written notices must bear sig
nature and address. s
Surprised by L. F. T. Club. Miss
Anna Lahiff, of 2830 Fifth-and-a-half
avenue, was pleasantly surprised last
evening by the L. F. T. club, of which
she is a member, and friends, who
came to help her celebrate her birth
day anniversary. The house was dec
orated in the club colors blue and
gold. These colors were carried out
artistically in the six-course dinner.
The. evening was spent in playing
games and music. The hostess was
presented with a handsome gift.
Streed-Lawson. Miss Almeda Law-
son of Orion and George J. St reed of
Cambridge were married this after
noon at 2 o'clock at the parsonage of
the First Methodist church by Dr. It
B. Williams, the ring ceremony being
used. They will make their home in
Orion where Mr. Slreed conducts a
Herjiska-Zinkula. Miss Bertha Zin
kula and Frederick Herliska of Iowa
City were married at the personage of
the First Methodist church Saturday
evening at G o'clock by Rev. R. B
Williams. They were attended by H.
R. Kennedy of this city. They will
make their home in Iowa City.
TOOK IT THROUGH MISTAKE
Sam Ryerson has returned from
few days' trip to Chicago.
Mrs. J. j2. Weeks and daughter,
Cora, of North Platte, Neb., are visit
ing at the home of Mr. aud Airs. Frank
E. C. Alexander and family, who
have been living in Chicago for four
years, have returned and will take up
their residence here once more.
Alex (Sandy) Baxter, professional
instructor at the Rock Island Arsenal
Both men were shabby and! Golf club, departed last night to take
had about two weeks' growth of beard. ! charge of the New Orleans Country
They looked somewhat alike and
might have tt en brothers. The taller j
of them was known by sight merely to
one of the business men of the town
named John Letson, who said that he
had formerly served as a deck hand on
the steamer Winona which operated
between here and Clinton some six
years ago. Mr. Letson spoke to the
- former deck hand and was recognized
by him but the name of the stranger
had never been known to Mr. Letson.
Met Two Other.
Monday evening the strangers left
Port Byron cr. a freight train, bound
north, but they were seen the same
evening, in 'company with two other
strangers whem they met in Hampton.
It is evident that the umbrella men
did not go very far north, of Port
Bryon on the freight train before
doubling back and meeting with con
federates. Fiom this point their ac
tions are not known but it is possible
that they were the well dressed, clean
shaven men who appeared in the
neighborhood some time later in iue
evening and asked at several houses
for something to eat. A shave and
haircut and a change of clothes would
have served as a secure disguise for
the men and It is supposed that this
J3 what they did
If these were the men who commit
ted the daring burglary and suspicion
points, strongly in that direction, they
went to Port Byron in the dead of the
night and. having learned the lay of
the land perfectly while they were in
the place, were able to break into the
..blacksmith shop and the section house
and get what they needed and then
leave on the 'handcar. The police of
the three' cities and this vicinity are
on the lookout for the umbrella mend
ers of whom they have a feir descrip
tion. Dank Protected by Innnranre.
The board of directors of the bank
held a meeting this morning but de
cided to adjourn until the work of the
insurance adjusters is concluded and
the loss to the bank Is definitely
known. The adjusters are at work now
club till April, when he will resume
his duties here.
Mr. and Mrs. Clem McQuaid, 5U
Twenty-first street, today received
most unusual present on their fifth
wedding anniversary, a 10-pound
daughter. Needless to say the parents
are much pleased.
Discovered By Nephew in a Dying Con
ditionCoroner's Jury Investi
Coroner Eckhart wa3 summoned to
Edgington yesterday and held an in
quest in the afternoon over the re
mains of John Richardson, who died
the previous evening as a result of
drinking wood alcohol. The evidence
was plain and a verdict to this effect
Mr. Richardson was living with his
nephews, David and Leonard Richard
son, at Edgington. David was in Chi
cago attending the stock show. He is
a veterinary surgeon and left at home
among other supplies used in his pro
fession a quantity of wood alcohol.
The uncle had been drinking for sev
eral days and though he had been
warned that wood alcohol was poison,
he appears to have become careless
and, probably by mistake, Monday
evening he took a drink of it.
Leonard Richardson discovered him
a short time afterward and called Dr.
Allan Miller of Edgington, who found
the uncle dying. A bottle containing a
quantity of the deadly stuff was stand
ing uncorked showed the cause of
Wan 65 Yearn of Ajje.
Mr. Richardson was 05 years of age
and had male his 'home in this county
30 years or more. He was a native of
Indiana and .was preparing to return
to that state to make his home with
a sister, the sole survivor of his lm
mediate family. The funeral was held
today at Edgington.
Receiver Ira R. Tabor, Davenport,
Trustee H. E. Casteel, Rock Island.
Fay Ilanrt Camp Electa.
Fay Hawes camp No. 281, Royal
Neighbors of America at the meeting
at K of C. hall last evening elected
the following officers for the coming
- "Oracle Mrs. Mary Cary.
Past Oracle Mrs. Mary Mulcahey.
Vice Oracle Mrs. Carrie Petcher.
Chancellor Mrs. Emma Sheesley.
Recorder -Mrs. Agnes Simpson.
Receiver Mrs. Ella Fuller.
Marshal Mrs. Nellie McKinney.
Inner Sentinel Mrs. Carrie Gutz-
Outer Sentinel Mrs. Ellen Callahan.
Manager for three years Mrs. Mary
Physicians Drs. Emily Wright W.
D.. Sniveley nd W. J. Lachner.
Pianist Miss Nellie Fuller.
Kleet at Next Meeting.
The election of officers of St, Paul
lodge No. 7, Knights of Pythias, has
been ordered held at the next regular
meeting which will take place Monday
evening in the new quarters of the
lodge in the London building. The
meeting nights of the lodge have been
changed from Tuesday evenings to
Monday evenings in order to conform
to the schedule of meeting nigqhts at
SAYS HUSBAND DESERTEHER
Mrs. Mary Beghtol Brings Action for
A petition was filed in the office of
the circuit court this morning asking
for a decree of divorce for Mrs. Mary
Beghtol from, her husband, Simon P.
Beghtol. Mrs. Beghtol claims that her
husband deserted her nearly two years I
ago and has not provided for her since.
and now she would like to have him
appear and give reason why she should
not secure a separation from him. The
couple were united in marriage In 1903
and lived together until Nov. 1, 190G,
when it is alleged the defendant left
his wife without reason or explana
tion. Mrs. Beghtol is represented by
Searle & Marshall.
NOT TIME TO FINISH IT NOW
PREACH TO SCANDINAVIANS
Professor P. J. Elmquist to Be Heard
at Swedish Free Church.
Professor P. J. Elmquist of Chicago
will preach at the Swedish Free chuich
corner of Eleventh street and riftn
avenue, at S o'clock this evening. All
Scandinavians are cordially invited.
STATE IN THE UNION 90 YEARS
Tomorrow an Important Anniversary
Jessie Palmer Weber, secretary of
the Illinois State Historical society,
writes The Argus asking that atten
tion be called to the fact that tomor
row, Dec. 3, is the 90th anniversary
of the admission of the state of Illi
nois to the union. He suggests that
the schools, at least, take steps to
properly observe the day.
Percy McAllister, son of John Mc
Allister, died at 11 o'clock last night
at the home in Port Byron of diph
theria. He was a student at the Port
Byron high school and was 17 years ol
age. The funeral was held this after
noon and was private. Interment was
made at the Oak Grove cemetery.
James F. Lardner became general
manager of the Rock Island Plow
works this morning, official notice to
that effect having been posted.
The announcement will occasion
little surprise to those familiar with
Mr. Lardner's ability and experience
in handling great corporation enter
prises. As is known, he was former
ly and for years general manager of
the Tri-City Railway company, and
since shortly after the new company
assumed control of the Rock Island
Plow he has been connected with the
W. J. Bogardus becomes assistant
general manager, the team thus per
fected being a particularly strong one
Case Against Joseph Weil Goes Over
The case against Joseph Weil, the
celebrated "yellow kid" who was con
cerned in the fake prize fight which
was pulled off here last winter, was
brought up in the circuit court this
morning and by agreement It was con-
tiuued over the term. The .chief rea
son for the continuation is that there
ill not be time at this session of tne
court to take up the case, which is
Small Fire Occurs at Barber Shop of
The barber shop of William Furlong
on Fourth avenue between Twenty-
first and Twenty-second, streets, was
the scene of a small fire this morning
hich was put out before any consid
erable damage was done. The blaze
started in the cellar and was due to a
defective chimney. The fire depart
ment was called and chemicals were
used. Very little damage resulted.
due to the prompt arrival of the fire
MAKE A PAYMENT
Eagles Show Prosperity by Turning
Over $1,500 on Price of Their
' New Home.
STILL NEARER ZERO MARK
NEW OFFICERS ARE ELECTED
Thermometer Goes to 9 Above r.t Cli
max of Cold Wave.
-Another advance on zero was made
by the thermometers this morning.
when 9 above was recorded a3 the offi
cial minimum. Conservative street in
struments said 7 above, and 6ome even
less. Ice on standing pools is easily
strong enough to give the first skating
of the season. Fair and warmer
weather is promised for tomorrow.
Dowd Fined $100.
William Dowd who was found guilty
of assault in the circuit court yester
day . afternoon, was sentenced this
morning to a fine of $100 and costs on
the charge. From all indications he
will spend some time working for the
state In order to settle.
- f II It
World's Pure Feed Exposition
Chicago, November, 1907
What does this mean?
meant that Calumet has set a new Standard in
Baking Powder the standard of the World.
Because thii award waj-given to Calumet after
thorough tests and experiments, over all other baking
powders. , ,
means that Calumet is the best baking powder :
iu cTcry particular in uc wona.
And this means that Calumet produces the
Den, most delicious, lightest, and purest
baking of all baking powders.
"Doesn't that mean
Mystic Shriners and Royal Neighbors
Among Other Lodges to Pick
Leaders for Year.
g to you?
The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles
held their pnnual election of officers
last evening at a meeting held at
Beselin's hall. Retiring Worthy Presi
dent G. W. McCaskrin .presided and
after the new officers were elected the
degree of past worthy president was
conferred upon him and he was named
as a representative of the local aerie
at the grand aerie which will convene
in Omaha next September. A financial
statement was submitted to the meet
ing and after considering it the, dlrec
tors were authorizedto make a pay
ment of $1,500 on the new Eagle's
home. The officers elected- at :this
meeting win serve for the ensuing
year. The following selections were
Worshipful president C. P. Mc
Worshipful vice president Henry J
Worshipful chaplain Mack Glynn
Secretary J. F. DIndinger. . ; ;
Treasurer J. J. Lerch.
Inside guard George Wittick.
Outside guard Charles Morgart.
Aerie physician Dr. MV J. O'Hern.
My tic Shriners Pick Lenders .
Kaaba temple of the Mystic, Shrine
met in Davenport last evening and
elected the following officers:
Potentate-Sam T. White. Daven
port. - - . . '
Chief Rabban J. L. Sears. Daven
Assistant Rabban H. A. J. McDon
aid, Rock Island.
High . priest Oswald Becker, Dav
enport. ' .
. Oriental guide E. S. Sutphin, Dav
enport. -! ...
Treasurer J. H. Haas, Davenport
EFECTIVE CHIMNEY CAUSE
o o 3L s m- ti i3n
WATCH US GROW
Thousands are attending the
Big Selling Out Sale
And carting the goods away by the arm loads, express, special
deliveries, and deliveries for the tri-cities. Hundreds have at
tended this Big Sale and have come back with their friends to
get the biggest and grandest bargains ever offered in this part
z of the country.
We Are Determined Not to Move Any
of Our $ 1 50,000 Stock to the New Store
Which is now rapidly nearing completion and will be opened
by us on March 1, 1909, with an ENTIRE NEW STOCK.
To dispose of our present stock quick, we are closing out our
Crockery and Jewelry Departments at
Come, make your own selection in this department and buy
it at your own pric?. Sale every afternoon at 2 and every
evening at 7 p. m.
Beautiful souvenirs given away at each sale.
Remember this, every article throughout the entire store is being
sold out at cut prices, and positively no goods will be moved.
YOURS FOR BARGAINS,
ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
HUMANE SOCIETY TO ELECT
Local Society Has Completed its First
Year of Usefulness.
The regular meeting of the Humane
society for this month will take place
at the city council room tomorrow
evening and all the members are ex
pected to be there, as the officers for
the ensuing year will be selected. The
society has been doing excellent work
ever since it organization and with
the election of officers for next year it
hopes to lay new plans for carrying
on its work on a larger scale.
IS GROWING FAST
Modern Woodmen Society Had Mem
bership Increase of 60,000
ADDS VASTLY TO INSURANCE
Total Membership Now but 4,000 Be
low Million Mark Illinois Makes
the Best Showing.
FATE NOW WITH THE JURY
Case Of William McGrath Concluded
In the Circuit Court.
The case of William McGrath, the
lad who was arrested on the charge of
burglarizing the Bijou cigar store, was
concluded this afternoon in the circuit!
court and was placed in the hands of I
the Jury. The work"of securing a jury
to try Eddie Bledsoe and Hllbert Kelly
accused of larceny was commenced. ,
The statement for the month of Oc
tober was issued by Head Clerk Hawes
of the Modern Woodmen today, and it
shows the usual gains which the so
ciety is making in membership and
amount of insurance carried. Com
"Three years ago I was marked for
death. A riave-yard cough was tear
ing my lung3 to pieces. Doctors failed I
to help me, end hope had fled, when
my husband got Dr. 'King's New Dis
covery," says Mrs. A. v.. uiaujs, of
Bac, Ky. ' The first dose helped me
and impro'. t ment kept on until I had
gained 58 pounds in weight and my
health was fully restored." This medi
cine holds the world's healing record
for coughs r.nd colds . and ,- lung . and
throat diseases. It prevents pneu
monia. Sold under guarantee at all
druggists. 50c and $1.. Trial bottle free.
pared with the statement for the last
month of last year, the October state
ment shows a remarkable increase in
all lines. About G0.C00 members have
been added to the society in the last
10 months, making an increase in in
surance of about $100,000,uu0. The
grand total of insurance being carried
in the Modern Woodmen is brought up
to the enormous sum of $1,523,715,000,
and the total membership lacks but
4,000 of reaching the million mark.
IllinoU Wan Bljs Share. -
Illinois shows more than a fair share
of increase. Fully one-sixth of the
CO.COO new members come from this
state, and the insurance they cany
amounts to over $13,000,000. Mis
souri shows the greatest .gain after
Illinois, and Texas and Iowa follow in
order, but none of them had half the
increase shown in this state.
Time Is Worth Reading.
Leo F. Zelinski, of 68 Gibson St,
Buffalo, N. Y., eays: "I cured the most
annoying cold sore I ever had, with
Buckien's Arnica Salve. I applied this
salve once a day for two days, when
every trace of the sore was gone."
Heals all sores. Sold under guarantee
I at all druggists. 25c. r
Headaches and Neuralgia from Colds.
" Laxative Bromo Quinine, the world
wide cold and grip remedy, removes
cause. Call for full name. Look for
signature E. W. Grove." 25c
it . strengthens and vitalizes
Vinol tones up the digestive organs,
aids assimilation, enriches the blood.
and rejuvenates every organ in the
body. In this natural manner Vinol
replaces weakness with strength. -
"We are positive It will benefit everv
old person who will give it a trial.
tx is uon't we wiu rexuna tneir money.
HARPER HOUSE PHARMACY.
Nor you don't need to advertise the
fact that you need money, if you come
here. It's our business to loan money,
and we do it quickly and quietly. If
you need ready cash today, tomorrow,
or the next day call and see us, or
drop us a line or phone us well do
the rest The money is easy to get .
and easy to repay on our plan: and
the cost is reasonable and fully ex
plained before you get the money
not afterward. We also furnish you a
written statement showing the time,
the amount and terms of a loan and
showing in dollars and cents how much
you save if paid before due.
We take a lien on your furniture,
piano, horses, wagons and such prop
erty to secure us for form's sake
but we do not remove the property.
Well be pleased to talk the matter
over with you in detail if yon need
money, and make you a definite propo-
'. .., ; sition.
FIDELITY LOAN CO., ;
' . ' ' ' Mitchell & Lynde Block, Room 38. V
Office hours 8 a. m. to 6 p. m., and Saturday evenings. '
.Telephone west 514. . . ' j " ' New Telephone 6011, "
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