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THE ARGUS, THURSDAY. DECEMBER 31, 1908.
FERE LOSS IN
While Average Heretofore Was $25,
000, Damage This Year To
LADIES FAILED OF DUTY;
FEWER WED IN LEAP YEAR
CHIEF MAKES A STATEMENT
Explains that Four Big Fires Brought
Figure up. and Comments on
Protection of City.
Statistics prepared by Chief Hast
ings of the fire department show that
duiing 190S the department responded
lo 107 ca'ils. and that the loss was
$t;94,34S. Up to this year the average
annual loss has been $25,000.
Chief Hastings has .submitted the
following review, at the request of
"During the year 1908 the fire depart
ment responded to 107 alarms of fire,
from the following causes:
Sparks from chimneys 29
Sparks from engines 10
Fires started by boy 10
Persons burning rubbish IS
C.asoline explosions 7
Crossed electric wires 8
Defective fiues C
Overheated furnace 1
Unknown causes 8
Spontaneous combustion 4
False alarms 3
Total alarms "..107
"Seventy of the alarms were caused
bv fires in frame buildings; 16 fires
were in brick buildings; IS fires were
in burning leaves and rubbish, and 3
tires were in burning lumber piles.
"In responding to these alarms, the
lire department traveled 12S miles,
charged and used 21,050 feet of hose,
tised SO gallons of . chemicals, raised
S73 feet cf ladders, and worked at fires
I.omm Ih Knorinoim.
"The loss by lire curing the year
ions reached the enormous amount of
fC!.31S, with insurance of $9P1,700
The heavy loss was due to the fire of
the Sash & Door works and Rock Is
laud Lumber company, the old Wagner
brewery, and the two fires in the
lioonoy building located In the Star
block. The average loss by fire since
the installation of the paid department
in 1S91 was about $25,000 each year
The city was most fortunate until this
year in keening the losses at the min
imum with the small working force
thiit comprises the fire department of:
the city. The last year-will bring to
mind reports from m as long ago as
the year 1900. when I explained "that a
fire of any proportions woiUd find this
city with insufficient ,fire equipment,
and poor water pressure, as controlled
under present conditions. The heavy
fire loss of the last year has borne
out both of-these contentions.
, " "Chief of Fire Department."
The review of the chief does not in
clude the fire at the Hansen home yes
terday, which caused about $1,200 damage.
Puck's "d-o-n-'-t" that he deals ant
to those Who ask his advice ahnnt
taking a flyer in matrimony seems to
have put a damper on the aspirations
of "affinity seekers" during the year
just passed, to the extent that onlv
CIS couples fell the victim of Cupid's
dart, showing 112 less than 1907'and
39 less than in I90G. Six hundred eight
een marriage licenses were issued from
County Clerk H. B. Hubbard's office
in 190S whereas 730 licenses went out
in 1907 and C77 in 1900. The decrease,
however, goes unnoticed by those who
chronicle the affairs of the heart from
the standpoint of a society rtader, and
since some one hath said. "Let us eat,
drink and be married, because tomor
row bo can get a divorce," an increase
in 1909 over 1908 should not come as a
April with its balmy days and spring
f.owers held little enchantment for
matchmakers even if the poet did
sing: "In the spring the youthful
fancies often turn to thoughts of love,"
and leap year to help out, for only 32
couples were united in happy -vedlock
during that month.
October with its melancholy days
seemed the ideal month with C9
licenses issued, even outclassing "the
month of roses," although June was a
close rival with C8 to it's cre'dit. But
now December has eclipsed all of the
others, with 71 licences issued up to
last night ,and several mor3 likely to
be added today.
Each month varied in the number
of certificates issued: January hav
ing SG; February 35; March 39; April
32; May 39; June CS; July 55; August
50; September 03; October G9; Nov
ember 01 and December 71.
It would seem that the ministers,
justices of the peace and probata
judges are not as v".l satisfied with
the matrimonial receipts of 1908 as
they were with the receipts of years
before, although they have the privi
lege of charging anywhere from $2
up, incidentally sizing up their victim
not only by the size of his hat but var
ious ways, while County Clerk Hub
bard can charge only $1 straight.
" DURING -. YEAR
nteresting Totals Are Computed From
Records, Showing Less Crim
Circuit Clerk's Bcoks Indicate Effects
of Panic of 19C7 The County
Stores Manufactured by Government
Here During 1908 Were
Worth $2,220,009. .
SOME IMPROVEMENTS MADE
Jig Plans Are Made for Next Season
if Money is Provided About
1,000 Men Are Employed.
DECREASE IN BOTH
Fewer Births and Deaths in County
During Last Year Than in
1807, Records Show.
Indicates no Race Suicide, Although
the Births of Only 850 Children
Work at the Rock Island arsenal has
continued during the past year with
the usual vigor. The number of em
ployes remains at about 1,000, approxi
mately the same as for the last few
years, though the total today-Is slight
The bridge connecting the island
In 1D0S approximately S50 children
were born in RocV .island county, whilj
only 513 deaths were reported. This
is lower than the 1907 record, which
shows 1.1C9 births and G33 deaths. Al
though not so large as other yearr
the number of births over the numbe
ot ueatns s:;ows a steady increase in
population-, and proves conclusively
that "race suicide'' is not prevalent
I ueiu. Aiming uti tivL'idaC lui luvj yici,
with this city has been completed in there were tv.o and a fraction births
all respects and received the add:-; to one and a fraction deaths
Fewer Spent Time in the County Jail,
Register Shows, Than Dur
THE SHERIFF BOARDED 454
Is a Decrease of Fifty Par Cent From
Last Year Ceil Capacity Not
Overtaxed in 1903k
The record of the sheriffs office for
l!)'S shows that this locality seems to
be getting better, even If the world
at large isn't improving. The Jail re,
ister of Sheriff Kittilson shows that
dining 1907 he had 912 prisoner
while in 1908 only 131 prisoners were
detained at the jafl. This record in
cludes all of the offenders sentenced
lor various charges.
The facilities of the jnil are very
inadequate for holding a large number
of prisoners, there being 10 cells, 'each
one accommodating two ncoole nicely
tional attention .which was necessary
to make it a satisfactory means o'
communication with the island and
thence to Davenport. It is a fine, eub
stautial structure and should last for,
many years. I
The improvements to the plant have
consisted in the completion of the in
stallation of the new pumping station,
the commencement of improvements
to the power plant, and the installa
tion or new machine tools ot var
ious kinds to permit the more rapid
production of work..
The usual large quantity of stores
for the equipment of the army and for
reserve have been manufactured.
The armory shops have continued to
turn out approximately 100 rifles per
day, although somewhat delayed by
slow receipts cf barrel steel. Th
training school for saddlers has con
tinued in operation. At the proving
round a total of 1,150 rounds have
been fired in the proof test of field and
Vulue of Mnntifnrf tires.
The total value of stores manufac
tures was about $2,220,000. The pay
rol! amounts to about SlOo.000 per
The reservation has been kept in its
usual attractive condition, and forms
a beautiful park which can be enjoyed
by all our citizens for outing upon se
curing permission and complying with
the simple police regulations pre
Plan fur UM.
The improvements contemplated for
the coming year, for which it is hoped
congress will make the necessary ap
propriations, are the building of
storehouse, the introduction of a filtra
tion plant, and improvement in the fa
cilities for handling coal and raw ma
terial received. It is expected that
operations will continue during the
coming year with about the present
force of employes.
.Mniuly Anionic Children.
The greater percentage of the deaths
this year were children, Iheir death
being caused by measles, infautile dis
cases and summer complaint, and not
from any unsanitary condition or ex
;osure. In fact, Rock Island is show;1
by state records to have a remarkably
low death rate.
four easily and six if necessary. U
hasn't been necessary,
A "CASE CF CONSCIENCE.
N SESSION '230 DAYS
FARM ESTIMATES FOR JAN. 1
Crop Correspondent Campbell Reports
to Department of Agriculture.
Thomas Campbell, crop correspond
ent for Rock Island county, in hismonth-
lv report estimates that the horse popu
however, forti.,:,,., ,ni, dpore'ised two ner cent since
of the cells to accommodate six , vpar The nrice of horses averages
prisoners at any one time during thejS40 a Head,for yearlinps or under, $75
last year, owing to the seeming de-!for one to two-year-olds and $125 for
crease of "bold bad men" jn this com- j two-year-olds or better. The number
t, during mat time. The average of mi)1es as compared with the nura
number of prisoners at th.l jail during beP here la8t year i3 about the same.
1908 was 26, although then have been Mi:,, under ORe vear old sell at $50,
as many as-80 in atone tiihe. and oth-' Vp.m hHmr , about J90.
'ow as 13. 1 silv rl-
mm i ' ' IH I'j M V 111 " ' J
The Powerful Motive That Moved the
Xo, I'm not v.-hisUiiif; and ringing
because business i? rrucd." replied the
hardware drummer. '"What alls me
is tic p. use I have a clear const ience
for the i'.rst time In throe years."
"Have you confessed to murder?'
'Gentlemen, don't try to be fr.nify
This is a sacred thins. 1 w::s in T.os
ton three yars ac and I plikedjj
a package on the street. On opcnln
it I found seventy-five ?1.000 bills
The name of the loser was there, but
I took that money and got out cf town
by the first train. My conscience told
me that I was as bad as a thief, but
I tried to stifle it."
"A drummer with a conscience!"
Rneered three of the listeners in cho
rus. "I went to Chicago with the money,"
continued the drummer, "and invested
it in real estate. I knew it was wrong,
but I did it. Six mouths ago I found
myself worth $200,000. Conscience
would not down. It got so bad that I
couldn't look even a confidence man in
the face. At length I started for Bos
ton and hunted up the loser of the
wealth. I found him In his office and
told my story. When it was finished
I laid my all before him and asked his
"And what did he do?"
"I will tell you what he did. and 1
shall never forget it. He looked at me
and saw how I was suffering, and he
took me by the hand and said In a fa
'My friend, suffer no more. I was
going to a poker game when I lost that
money, and It would have gone any-
"But what in thunder are you doing
on the road If yon are worth $200,000 ?
shouted a voice.
Conscience again, gentlemen con
science. It won't let me retire and
leave you fellows to do all the lying!'
er times the number ran a
It may be interestine-V
the. cost to the county for
oner is 40 cents a day.
Rheumatism Cured In'
Dr. Detchon's Relief foil
tism and Neuralgia radlcall
,one to three days. Its actiol
system is remarkable and i
It removes at once the ran
disease Immediately disapp
urai nose greatly benefits,
and $1. Sold by Otto Gr
Second avenue, Rock Isli
ocmegei & Son, 220 We
mand $140. The general average over
h pris- j tije county shows as many cows as last
year. Yearlings or younger brin
about $13 a head, one to 2-year-olds
!$23, 2-year-olds $35, while milk cows
tures la ' are 40- A five Per cent decrease 13
tQjj onwwu III Hits llUUlUd Ul "
erious averaSe Price of hogs is given as $8 a
j th iieau. rarm proauct reports snu cum
. at 55 cents, wheat 92 cents, oats at 45
cents cents r"e at " cents and potatoes at
to, 1501 vcma. uuuse uay IS wunu. fiu
Secoud; An tfte newg aU the time THE
In comparing the last year's work
of the circuit court with that of the
year before some interesting totals
were obtained Ironi Circuit Clerk
George V. Gamble. Although show
ing a variation in comparison, the vol
ume of business transacted was great
er in 1907 than in 1908, another ind:-,
cation that the world is growing bet
ter. The number of days that the
circuit court was in session numbered
the same as in 1907. The number of
law cases started in 1908 exceeds that
of 1907 and the chancery 'side of the
docket made a bigger showing in 1908
but in most of the other cases the
record of 1907 beats that of the year
The circuit court . was in session
230 days, the same number as in 1907.
The grand jury was in session 39
days, whereas in 1907 its work ex-
ended over CS days and 102 indict
ments were returned which was as
ess than the number in 1907. A num
ber of these cases were certified to
he -county court for trial.
'Inch UhmIik'wm Tniusacleil.
In 1 91 7 the circuit court disposed
of a total of 2S9 cases while in 1908
it disposed of nearly double that num-i
bcr, 528 in all. Approximately 150 of
these were criminal cases, an increase.
of 12 over 1907, whereas 219-wer-j
chancery cases of which CO were di-,
vorces, making 19 less divorces and
77 more chancery cases than the pre-(
vious year's record showed.
The fact that 430 new cases were'
begun while 52S were disposed of does.
not make the docket any lighter than
at the first of the year. The third
Monday in the nrw year marks the,
oncnin of the new term wun some
043 cases in hand. 364 of them law(
cases, while 279 are chancery cases.'
There 'were 145 new chancery cases
started of which 07 are divorces and
218 new law cases have been started,'
making 41" more than last year's dock
et carried. . -
The IiiMlriuiirnta: Kllrd.
The county records are also- kept
by Circuit Clerk Gamble under the
county organization. A report of the
records show 1528 instruments filed
in 190S while the 1907 record shows
4992 filed. Of the 4528 instruments
filed in 1908, there were 1729 deeds
and 1099 mortgages while 1700 were
In 1907 twenty-nine aliens were
given certificates of naturalization,
but in 1908, 85 foreigners were natur
alized. . During 1908 only 89 foreigners
filed petitions for naturalization pa
pers and in 1907 2G4 petitions were
filed. In 1907, 54 declarations of in
tention were issued, being exceeded
in 19C8 by 123. there being 177 dec
larations issued then.
The issuing and recording of these
declarations of intention pajers, peti
tions for naturalization and certificates
f naturalization require much detail
work and the large number of immi-
rants are increasing yearly, naturally
increasing the business in the clerk's
office. The present law makes the
naturalization a part of the work of
courts of unlimited jurisdiction only.
This formerly was handled in the
county court and through the county
In County Court.
County Clerk H. B. Hubbard's rec
ords show that 618 marriage licenses
were issued; 207 estates were started
which includes the probate of 80 wills,
80 administrations and 47 guardian
ships; a total of 210 hunter's licenses
were issued; 38 special assessment
cases were filed; 53 insanity and 27
dependency cases were brought up and
54 pleas of guilty in V'uinal case3
weie received. This record will about
equal that of 1907, though varying in
some items. -''.-'
We Extend Best
"Wishes for a Pros
perous New Year.
We also desire to express our gratifi
cation at the manner in which the
public as well as our customers have
co-operated with us in perfecting our
service in the Gas, Electric and Power
We realize that . only through
such co-operation can perfect service
Peoples Power Co.,
Rock Island. Molinc.
, The Earth's Changes.
The surface of the earth is under
going steady transformation, largely
through the agency or man, but per
haps nowhere la the plant and animal
life of the region being more rapidly
superseded than in New Zealand. The
native Polynesian race, crowded by
Europeans, Is becoming extinct. Many
of the Imported animals run wild and
multiply rapidly at the expense of -the
native species, even the Btreams being
filled with European ana American
trout, which grow to great size.
Mrs. X. I must apologize, Mrs. Y.,
for failing to come to your party
Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Y. Oh, my
dear, don't speak of It! Ton were not
missed. Pat hfinder.
in by the county clerk from various
sources in a. year is as follows: Mar
riage licenses are $1 each; the costs
in cases involving wills, administra
tions and guardianships usually total
$15; hunter's licenses cost $1 each;
insanity cases figure at about $24; it
takes about $5 to cover the expenses
of a dependency case, while costs in
criminal cases are assessed at about $5
County Treasurer P. F. Cox received
and turned over for the first six
months of the year, $12,075 in inheri
tance taxes from estates probated
here. He has received $158 since he
made his deposit with the state treas
urer, to whom the money is turned
over according to law.
WERE 76 INQUESTS
Number of Cases Requiring Jnquiry by
Coroner Increased During
MR. ROSE HANDLES SIX
Others Vere Conducted by Predeces
sor, L. V. Eckhart Mystery In
Death of a Child.
1 m J T-U- j mm um ' miiM, "7
The records of the circuit clerk's of
fice show that during 1908 the coroner
Investigated 76 cases of . violent or
An approximate of the amount taken ! sudden deaths. These include the
deaths by accident, the suicides of all
kinds, and the sudden deaths from
heart failure or other natural causes,
and one or two mysterious deaths.
Among the unusual cases investigated
by the coroner during the year was
the death of James Mardis, the young
man who vas run down and killed at
night while engaged in a physical en
counter with two boys who were wait
ing on Eighteenth avenue near Twen
ty-ninth street to give him a beating.
Mnrdrr of Child.
.This year's record includes one of
the most shocking, and at the same
time mysterious, cases in the history
of the county. One morning In Feb
ruary the police were notified that the
2-week's-old daughter of Ensign and
Mrs. Robert Booth of . the Salvation
Army had been murdered in their room
in a house at Thirteenth street and
First avenue. The child's throat had
been cut. Mr. and Mrs. Booth were
indicted for. the murder of the child.
but the Jury acquitted Mrs. Bo."tfh
who was 6trongly believed b
When skies are cold with wintry stars, and hills
Are white with yester-even's snow, and lie
In ghostly state beneath the ghostly sky;
When many a gusty blast the darkness fills
With ever lonely, homeless sound, and chills
The window panes with frost; when crackling fly
The sparks about the hearth, and glow and die,
While In the' pause his note the cricket trills;
Oh, then how dear is home! and what a sense
Of ruddy warmth and peace beguiles the mindl
And what a charm in listening while the wind
Blows fierce outside, through winter's starry tonts.
And dies away around the window-pane,
And ever rises loud, and dies againl
Ernest Warburtoi Shurtleff.
A high grade Coffee GRANULATED
tna dnst ana chair is removed,
leaving1 the Coffee pure and deli-j
clous in tne cup. aoiQ. oy tea.cunjft
"Write to da7 Icr free sanipla cut.
HALLICAB COFFEE CO. .
authorities to have killed the child
while suffering from puerperal insan
ity. The ensign was given nis liberty
and the case agab t him nolle prossed.
The death of the child is still unac
counted for .and the perpetrator of
the deed will probably never bo
brought befoso an earthly court to an
swer for the taking of the little life.
Another sensational case was that of
a Moline woman, for whose death Dr.
Cora Reed of this city was held by
the jury, a criminal operation being
charged as the cause of death.
Of the cases during the year Coroner
Eckhart conducted 70 inquests, while
hrs successor, John Rose of Moline,
has this month held eix inquests.
More Tfc 107.
The 1908 record exceeds that of 1907
by eight, there having been 68 deaths
last year that required an investiga
tion by the coroner. It la interesting
to note that the coroner received v in
each, of these cases as bis fee, and
is also an aJIowanc 25 cents
STEAD S AID QUITS - PLACE
D. J. Thompson, Assistant Attorney
Springfield, III., Dec 31. Former"
Judge David J. Thompson, formerly of
Golconda, who has for the past three -years
filled the position of assistant
attorney general of Illinois, has ten-.
dered his resignation to Attorney Gen
eral Stead and It was accepted. Mr.
Thompson contemplates opening a law'
office in this city. He will also be em
ployed by the attorney general on.
special work in regard to the contem
plated bond issue for the deep water
way and other matters. . V
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It Is a Wonder. ::
Chamberlain's Liniment is one t '
the most remarkable preparations y?t
produced for the relief ot rheumatic',
valns, and for lame back, sprains an
Cruises. The quick relief .from-. pW"
which, it affords in case tf rtrr
is aie wo -''"r f "- -
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