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JTHE ARGUS, TUESDAY. JANUARY '51609.
NEWS OF THE
Awarded $5,000. The jury in the
$20,000 damage suit or Edward D. Bell
vs. the Bettendorl. Axle company, re
turned a sealed verdict at 3 o'clock
.Sunday morning, awarding Mr. Beil
"damages in the sum of $5,000. Tls
verdict was opened in court yesterday.
New Officers in Charge. Several
changes in the county officers took
place yesterday by reason of there
cent election. There are but three
changes in county officers, Ben Luetje
succeeding Rudolph Rohlfs as treas
urer, Fred yollmer succeeding A. W.
Hamann as county attorney, and Dr. F.
E. Rudolph succeeding Dr. Fred Lam
bach as coroner. These changes have
also resulted in several changes in the
deputies. F. A. Cooper succeeds
Steve Bawden as assistant county at
torney. In the county treasurers' of
fice, Hugo Wolff and .Fritz Becker
succeed J. B. Phillips and Frank Hass
as deputies. H. J. McFarland, county
clerk; Louis Eckhardt, sheriff; Frank
Holm, recorder, and Ed Collins, audi
tor, all succeed themselves. In the
auditor's office Joe Wagner succeeds
Walter Lucht as one of the deputies.
Otherwise there are no changes.
Sander Heads Board. The board of
supervisors met yesterday afternoon
and organized for the season's work.
Julius Sander was unanimously elect
ed chairman of the board. J. G. Dut
cher, chairman for the past two years,
has declined a re-nomination, as he be
lieves in the democratic doctrine of
rotation in office, and two years of suc
cessful: and harmonious administration
f 'the county affairs seems to be in
38 Cremations in Year. The Daven
port crematorium, operated by Charles
Kramback, cremated 38 bodies dur
ing the year 190S. This wa3 two less
than last year and five more than in
1906. The bodies came from various
parts of the state and some from sur
rounding states. One body "was sent
from Denver for incineration. Mr.
Kramback states that the majority of
the cases have been Germans.
Martin to Close Grocery. Frank A.
Martin is closing out his grocery store.
The store room occupied by Mr. Mar
tin's store has been. leased with the
store room, of the ' Lage-Waters Shoe
company to the Neuman Cloak com
pany of Chicago and Mr. Martin is
forced out. Being unable to And an
other suitable location he has decided
to close out his stock and go out of
business for the time being.
Engineer Sues Road The $20,000
damage suit of N. E. Nedebaugh vs.
the C-, M. & St. P. railway company,
was called to trial in the district court
jesterday afteraoon. Mr. Nedebaugn
was for years an engineer in the em
ploy of the C, B. & Q. road. While
running his engine over what is known
as the D., R. I. & N. W tracks in Dav
enport, used jointly by the C, B. & Q.
and the C, M. & St. P. roads, he struck
an open switch Sept. 13, 1907, on which
switch was standing a C., M. & St. P.
engine. Mr. Nedebaugh alleges his
engine crashed Into the Milwaukee en
gine and that in the collision he was
caught between the engine and tender
and injured both internally and exter
nally, preventing him from further fol
lowing his regular occupation of loco
motive engineer. Mr. Nedebaugh
claims that the Milwaukee road is re
sponsible for the accident, as its engi
neer should have closed the switch
after he had run into the siding.
Obituary Record. Peter Thede, a re
tired Scott county farmer, died yester
day at the residence of his daughter,
Mrs. Charles Frey, Gil Perry street,
with whom he made his home. Mr.
Thede toad been ailing for a year with
the infirmities of age. He came to
America in 1S57, settling in Milan, 111.,
where he made his home for two
years. He then removed to a farm
near Dixon, in Scott county, where he
resided until he came to Davenporteto
pass iiis declining years with h(s
daughter. Mrs. Thede died six years
ago. Mr. Thede enjoyed a wide ac
quaintance in the county, and all who
knew him will be grieved by the an
nouncement of his death. The sur
vivors are his -four children, Peter
Thede, St. Louis; John and William
Thede, Dixon, Iowa, and Mrs. Charles
Frey, Davenport; his brother, John
Thede, Denver, and three sisters, Mrs.
Margaretta Hagge Germany; Mrs.
Henry Schmidt, West Liberty, and
Mrs. Mary Thompson. Dixon. .
Albert Hintermeister has gone to
Kalona, Iowa, to visit his brother,
Several in and about Edgington at
tended the funeral of Mrs. John Mc
Donald who was buried Thursday in
the Edgington cemetery.
H. P. Bruner and wife have returned
from a five week's visit in Oklahoma.
. John Hofer and John Schuck board
ed a southwest train at Buffalo Wed
nesday morning. They are in quest
of Iowa farm land.
It is rumored that H. P. Bruner is
contemplating the purchase of the 80
acre farm north of Tom Bope's, known
as the Johnson SO.
Miss Luella Rode is visiting at the
home of hir sister, Mrs. Albert Hin
A. Rode has returned . from Coal
Valley, where he was attending his
Em il and Miss Bertha Schaarman
spent their holiday vacation under the
parental roof. Miss Bertha is. attend
ing school at Dixon. Emil has charge
of a parochial school at Kewanee.
Tom Johnston has an attack of grip.
Charles Durling of Pekin, 111., is
visiting friends, and relatives here.
John Lowe, who has been spending
his holiday vacation at home, returned
to Peoria Sunday, .where he will re
sume his school duties.
Sicily and Calabria, the Quake Ridden Land
variety. Even before the recent horror fared 'not a whir better, for It was
It might have claimed the record, for taken by the Saracens In 831 and prac
the great Calabrian earthquake which 1 tlcally destroyed. Two hundred years
began in 1873 continued for fouryears.j later it was pillaged by the Normans.
fj.t TarWoV. T.ri 1 In I"49 the plague carried off over
By GEORGE H. P1CAKD.
A PPALLING as it is, the recent ca
j lamity which has plunged the
Italian peninsula Into the deep
est sorrow and the remainder of
the civilized world into sympathetic
horror is nothing especially novel.
More than once has it been demon
strated with awful distinctness that
fta1ar!n an1 filMI. oa nt ;
It is a region which has been shaken T0 "V0 haVe stored sufficiently to
bo frequently and so disastrously bv th !criptura f m ! lose 16,000 Inhabitants by cholera In
40.000 victims, and fortv-three vears
No native of Sicily or the Calabrian; jater an earthquake practically burled
mainland ever reaches man's estate lu '; the city and its remaining inhabitants,
ignorance of the earthquake. With As late as 184S it was nearly wiped off
some iorra or tne areaaed upheaval be . the man by a bombardment, but seems
frequently and so disastrously by
seismic convulsion that It has long ago
passed Into history as 'the home of:
the earthquake." In ancient times It
was the battleground of southern Eu-!
rope, and even at that early day it was i
a saying common enough that "the.
earthquake takes from Calabria' that
which war has left."
It Is a bright and smiling region, n
sunlit and fertile land, a country so
kindly dealt with by nature that it
seems to be man's Ideal of everything
that constitutes a fit abiding place. In
ueoHOXK V'-'x J
HARBOR OF MESSINA AKI MAP SHOWING
BBOION AFFECTED BT RECENT 8BIBHI0
reality It has proved itself to be the
most treacherous of earth's beauty
spots, as little to be trusted as are the
historic Scylla and Chary bdls at the
entrance to the strait of Messina. It
has always been an active center of
seismic disturbance of almost every
manifestations vary in intensity from
tremors so slight as to be observed by
the most delicate Instruments to vio
lent destructive shocks. While the
more serious and death dealing blows
are felt at intervals so remote as to in-
i spire a sense of security, the slighter
manifestations are so constant that it
requires years of habit to make them
other than premonitory slgnnls of trou
ble to follow.
It matters not at all to the surviving
Calabrian peasant, whose entire Inter
est in the business of living has been
cut off suddenly by this abnormal
trick of nature which has swept his
every living link Into oblivion, that
science Is at hand with Its theories of
the cause of bis misfortunes. It will
not revive bis hopeless spirit to be told
that the blow which has felled him is
but another evidence that the foot of
the Italian "boot" is sinking into the
sea. It is a scientific fact that has
been going on for centuries. Like the
California earthquake of 1900. the re
cent Italian disaster was due not to
volcanic disturbance, but to the sub
sidence of the earth's crust, and it is
believed by experts that 6honld this
settling continue it will be followed
by volcanic activity and that the gran
ite hills of Scylla and the greater por
tion of the mountainous region of the
mainland will be submerged. '
As for Messina, It has always been a
city of tremendous disaster. Long be
fore the Apostle Paul preached his
novel evangel In the crowded Btreets
of Syracuse It had known affliction of
the deepest. In the fifth century be
fore Christ It was captured by the
Greeks, and its Inhabitants were sub
jected to great indignities. In 300 B.C.
It was destroyed by the all conquering
All Sicily Devastated.
The seventeenth and eighteenth cen
turies seem to have been the most pro
lific earthquake periods in modern
times. In September. 1693, all Sicily
May Extend Lights Soon. Street
lights will be provided in east-end ter-j
ritory annexed last year to the city as
soon as a new contract is entered into"
with the People's Power company.'
Twenty street lamps were ordered for '
this territory by the council some time '
ago, but the merger company would
not go to the expense of equipping the I
territory witn wire, poles and lamps'
because the present lighting contract
with the city is in force only till Feb
ruary 4, of the present- year.
Held Up at Point of a Gun. Adam
Gunnong, employed at the Walsh Shoe-
brake factory in Silvis was the victim
of a highwayman Saturday night, and
gave over to him $18 in cash. Mr.
Gunnong is employed at the Silvis fac
tory in the capacity of a molder and
lives in Carbon Cliff. He had quit
work rather late and was returning
home across the viaduct which bridges
the Rock Island tracks when suddenly
a man stepped in front of him and with
a revolver aimed at his head. He very
politely told Mr. Gunnong to give up
his cash and then told him to make
himself scarce. This was the last seen
of the highwayman. It is thought that
possibly he was the same man who
held up the interurban street car last
Store Closed for Debt. Yesterday
Claus Anderson s grocery store at
Fifteenth street and Fifth avenue was
closed. J. Q. Paddock of Henry
Dart's Sons' of Rock Island, has been
named as trustee of the Moline store
Mr. Anderson is one of the best known
grocers in the tri-cities. He started in
business 20 years ago at Five Points,
being a member of the firm, wnich con
sisted of Morris and Charles Holmgren
and Claus Anderson. Later. Morris
Holmgren left for Sweden and retired
and then Charles Holmgren left so
that the past few years Mr. Anderson
has been conducting the business
alone. About a year ago he moved
from the Five Points location to G. I
Benson's old stand which he now oc
Mrs. Deere is Liberal. The annual
meeting of the Daughters of the
American Revolution was held at
Overlook, the home of Mrs. C. H
Deere, Saturday afternoon. Aside from
officers being elected, in which Mrs.
William Butterworth was re-elected
regent of the local chapter, the ladies
decided to subscribe to the annual con
tribution for the proposed Continental
hall at 'Washington'," DV C. Last year
the chapter gave $J17, which was the
most givenby any chapter in the state
according to its membership, which is
row 60. This year each member will
subscribe. - after which Mrs. C. H.
Deere will double that amount.
Obituary Record. Mrs. Christina
Benson, for 40 years a resident of Mo
line, died at the home of her daughter.
Mrs. Eric Johnson, 1208 Twelfth
street, yesterday morning. Death was
due to the infirmities of age, from
which Mrs. Benson had been ailing for
the past six years. She was born in
Swinland. Sweden, in 1814. and came
to America and directly to Moline
1SG9. She has been a widow for the
past 28 years, her husband having died
in 1881. She leaves two daughters
iMrs. Eric Johnson and Miss Matilda
Benson, both of Moline. She also
leaves one grandchild.
springs "of" BadeTi-Erster," -where the
temperature of the water rose 15 de
grees. Until the recent lamentable af
fair in Italy the seismic record of 1908
made less of a show than usual. In
March there was a disturbance in
northern Mexico, near the Rio Grande
river, which did not do much damage.
On the following day Chilapa. over the
Mexican border, was roughly shaken.
and there were even a few casualties.
Earthquakes are so Infrequent In Af
rica that some scientists have been in
clined to regard the dark continent as
Immune. This year, however, that the
ory has been made untenable. Two
heavy Bbocks were felt In the Kongo
Free State, almost directly under the
equator, covering an area of a hun
dred square miles.
But the most convincing realization
of the Insecurity with which we walk
the earth has come to the American
people through the seismic exhibitions
which have occurred nearer home, the
horror of April 18, 1906, in San Fran
cisco, the devastating shock of 1902
which wrecked the island of. Mar
tinique in a twinkling and the similar
isitations on the Carolina coast. Nor
does it detract greatly from the inse
curity of our position to be told by the
scientists that It is only the necessary
settling of the earth's crust. "It's a
long time settling," we retort rather
MODERN STREET SCENE IU CATAXIA, TO
WHICH CITY MESSINA REFUGEES FLED.
was devastated by a series of shocks
which destroyed fifty-four cities and
300 villages. Catania, with 18,000 pop
ulation, was blotted out of existence,
and the total loss of life in Sicily was
upward of 100,000. In 1783 Messina
lost 30,000 by an earth convulsion which
lasted only half a minute. Within a
period of seventy-five years, from 1783
to 1837, the kingdom of Naples, ac
credited with a iopulation of 6,000,000,
lost 110,000 by earthquake.
In point of loss of life and property
the most disastrous earthquake of the
last two centuries occurred lu Tokyo,
then called Yeddo, In 1703. Exact in
formation concerning that gigantic up
heaval Is not available, but from the
Carthaginians and was rebuilt by Dlo- J most authentic Japanese accounts It
nyslus, the tyrant of Syracuse. In the
following century Hannibal and his
Carthaginian hosts "again sacked the
town. After the. fall of paganism It
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appears tnat nearly 200,000 persons
were destroyed. Twenty-eight years
later Pekin had Its fatal shakeup. with
a loss of over 100,000 persons and an
Immense destruction of property. Nei
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Some other great earth convulsions
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In 1755 Lisbon experienced Its never
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00.00Q persons perished. This Lisbon
earAliauake was especially remarkable
for the great'area covered by Itsactlv
lty. Humboldt estimated this area as
more than four times the size of Eu
rope. In the track of the disturbance
immense mountain ranges like the
Alps and Pyrenees were shaken vlo
lently. The solid earth was jarred as
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eral honrs, only to return as boiling
torrents. The wave of disturbance
even crossed the Atlantic, causing phe
nomenally high tides In the West In
dies and even on the South American
coasts. It 6hook the North American
continent ns far west as the great
lakes. In France a deep fissure opened
In the earth, and in northwestern Af
rica many thousand persons were bur
led In fallen houses.
Seismograph Gave Warning.
It Is now the theory that premonl
tory signs of the recent quake were
observed as long ago as November,
Central and southern Europe were dis
rurbed, . as Indicated by the seismo
graph, and various well defined roar
ings and even explosions were heard
In the vicinity of volcanic heights all
over the continent. One marked effect
of this Impending seismic outbreak
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George Collier and family from Blue
Grass, Iowa, have arrived with' their
household goods and moved onto the
farm recently purchased from Thomas
Mrs. Charles Bradley and daughter
of Rock Island were here Monday to
attend vthe funeral of Mrs. Bell.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Gorman of Silvis
are visiting at the home of Ed Mc-
Mrs. Thomas Gorman of East Moline
is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs
M. D. Tomlinson went to Rock Is
Mr. and Mrs. H. Meeker hav been
visiting relatives in East Moline.
Charles and Harry Doxsee of Blue
Grass, Iowa, were home over Sunday.
Mrs. Ben Lewis and son, Ray of
Farmington visited relatives here last
Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Dahlberg of Gal
esburg visited relatives here Christ
James Watson of Buxton, Iowa, was
here last week to attend the funeral
of his mother. Mrs. Sladen.
The home talent play, "The Octor
oon," was put on at the opera housp
Monday evening before a largo crowd
Miss Wolfe of Davenport visited at
the home of J. F. Hebbeln several
days last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Axel Stranberg of
Sayro. Okla., spent Christmas here at
the home of Mrs. Stranberg's parents,
O. L. Radell and family.
Theodore Peterson was in Aledo
Mr. and Mrs. Otis Tomlinson are
the parents of a boy born Christmas
Mr. and Mrs. George Nichol of Sil
vis were here last week visiting rela
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Real Estate Transfers. .
William Roth to G. William Roth,
south half north half southwest quar
ter and south half south half north
half southeast quarter section ll-17-2w.
Lots 3, 4, 5, 6, block 37. lower addi
tion Rock Island. Lots 7, 10, Gallup's
subdivision, block 24, lower addition
Rock Island. $1.
G. William Roth to Marie Roth south
half south half north half southwest
quarter and south half south half north
half southeast quarter section 1 1-17-2 w.
John Lorenzen to Thomas F. Fletcher
lot 7. Dexter's subdivision South Rock
Jacob Bushong and Edith S. Bus-hong
to Addie M. Hunter, south o5 feet of
north 95 feet lot 1, block "N." Moline
Water Power company's addition Mo
line. SI. .
James II. Gibson to Other P. Gib
son, outlot 13. section 315-19-le. SGOll.
Charles II. Frerksen to Amelia
Bu'mham System., Phone W.33S
Mrs. Loring's Beauty Parlor
Marcel Waving, Hair Dressing,
Shampooing, Scientific Facial and
Scalp Treatments, Instantaneous
Skin Bleaching, Manicuring and
Room 404 Safety Bid. Rock Island
Frerksen, lot 1, block 3, Rapids City.
Joseph B. McConnell to Sarah J me
McConnell, southeast quarter section
35-16-3W and northeast quarter section
Gustaf Van DePopuliere to Sylvia
DePoortcr. west 32 feet lot 15, Daebel
liehn's subdivision, northeast quarter
section C-17-lw. $825.
Simonsen & Schafer to Cora B. Mur
ray, lots 7, 8, block 2, lots 1, 2, S. block.
3, George H. Ambrose's addition Port
Albert C. Dart and others to Fred
erick C. Denkmann, lots 1, 2 3, 4, 5,
6. 7. 8, 9, 10, block 49, lower addition
Rock Island. $!.500.
Fred L. Taylor to Alic P. Lyon, lot
15. block 4, Roselyn addition South Mo-1;ih-
t- nship. $1,200.
Katie Corcoran to William A. Cor
coran, sublot 12, block 2, old town,
Rock Island. $1.
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