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.THE aKGUS, TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 1909.
Delegation from Moline Council
Tells Aldermen of Propos
ed Joint Storm Drain.
LEFT TO A COMMITTEE
Paving f Dividing Street Also Up-1
Sidewalk Ordinances Are In
troduced and Ijaid Over.
A delegation of the .Moline council
and City Engineer Anderson of Moline
last evening appeared at the' sessioi
of the Rock Island city couueil for the
purpoBe of presenting the proposition
of a joint drainage scheme. As a re
suit of the discussion, the board 'r
local improvements, city engineer, and
alderment of the Seventh ward we:e
instructed to investigate the matter
and report. The proposition of paving
Fcrty sixth street, known as First
street on the east side ot the street,
was also di 'cussed, and was referred
to a similar committee. These coin
mittees will confer with the committee
named by the .Moline council, and will
Irt Outlet Problem.
The joint drainage proposition is ii
the nature of a scheme for an outlet
for a Moline drainage system, rather
than for a general sewer system. M
line has no outlet for a drain to carry
off the surface water from thj terti
tory along the line. City Engineer
Anderson proposes a 7 foot drainjun
liing up Forty-fifth street to Third
avenue, then east into Moline. This
would be of ample size to care for tit?
surface water of Moline, and could he
used, for a combination storm drain
and sewer in Rock Island. The esti
mated cost, according to Mr. Anderson,
would be $LS a foot. City Engineer
Wallace Treichler of this city state!
that he had no estimate, and had not
made a thorough study of the propo
sition, but was inclined to consider it
n.-: a very good proposition. He said
that GO p'er cent of the surfaco water
tioin a tract of about I'M acres in Mo
line and 125 acres in Hock Island
along the dividing line now flows down
the dividing street. Forty-sixth. Tin
plan is not for a system to replace any
part of the Seventh ward sewer sys
tem, except the outlet.
In this connection the condition of
the dividing street w-as discussed and
It was proposed that steps be taken
by both ci ies toward the improvement
of the street for several blocks, or at
least to connect the Seventh avenue
paving in Rock Island with the Fourth
avenue paving in Moline, a distance cf
one block, between Seventh and Sixth
avenues in Rock Island. The property
owners arc in favor of improving tha
street, and the committees will con
sider the best plan for an early im
provement on both sides of the dividing
line. The connecting up in Moline of
the paving on Fourteenth avenue .'n
Rock Island was discussed, and will be
done soon, according to Mr. Anderson.
Incidentally .the Moline delegation
was challenged to a ball game, on the
motion of Alderman Carso, who pro
posed a contest to be played in this
city, at an early date, the proceeds to
go to Ilethany home. Rock Island re
nerved the right to include the ciy
attorney and the. mayor in the lineup,
and Moline immediately wanted tk in
clude the city clerk and city attorney,
' too, in addition to the mayor. This
was agreed to by Alderman Carse for
the Rock Island team. Moline won last
.year, and the holdover members of the
council are thirsting for revenge. Mo
line lost its captain by the result of
the t&rlng election.
About the Vlfr WiiKon.
The aldermen learned a lot about
the water wagon or the" water ca
The matter came up in the unfavorable
leport of the waterworks committee hi
regard to changing the plug now at
First street and Fourth avenue to
Fifth street and Fourth avenue. Man
ager Stoddard of the Tri-City Sprink
ler company was on hand to explain
the reasons for asking to change the
location of the manhole, and at'sor a
general discussion he invited the alder
men and superintendent of the water
works to take a ride on the water ca,
to test out his statements regarding
the capacity of the car, and the dirti
rtilty in making as long a run as is
now necessary. Mr. Stoddard denied
that the company proposes. to discon
tinue sprinkling below Fifth street if
tlie 'plug is changed, but said that the
change was desired merely for the pur-
Io::e of improving the sprinkling ser
vice. The matter was referred back
to the commutes fjr further investigi
tion. ttn tauten! WoIUm.
There were two ordinances intro
duced for the purpose cf regulating the
operations of cement sidewalk buiid-
is. One establishes standard specifi
cations for cement walks constructed
on s:ny public street in the city. It
provides that all walks shall he laid
under the direction of the superintend
ent of streets. The other ordinance
required two bonds to be filed by each
sidewalk contractor. One bond 13 to
Indemnify the city in the Bum of
$5,000 against any damages that may
result from accidents. The other bond
In the sum of $5,000, is to be filed as a
guarantee for all sidewalks laid on
I ublic streets. The walks are under
the terms of the ordinance to be guar
inteed for. a period of five years. Both
vere laid over under the rules, in or
ler to give the sidewalk contractors
in opportunity to be heard on the two
Mr. FisLr, a contractor, was pres
ent, and explained that he is willing
to guarantee any work he does, and
hat he has "always made his work
20od where defects occurred. He de
clared that the reason for defective
walks is that there are irresponsible
contractors who bid low and do cor
espondingly cheap work. He did uoi
.nake any objection to the provisions
if the ordinances. (
Tho measures are those proposed at
he last meeting of the council, when
U the instance of Alderman Bloch
iinger, the council took steps to com
el contractors who have built walks
under general city contracts to relay
all defective walks, under their guar
Sixth 'Ward Sewer.
The ordinance for the condemnation
f right of way for the Sixth ward
sewer system was adopted, on motion
jf Alderman McNealy. Tho ordinance
"or the construction of the sewer was
ead by Alderman McXealy. and was
laid over under the rules for action
it the next meeting. The proposed
improvement will cost, according to
lie city engineer's estimates $15,SH3.75.
A claim for $25.20 for an accident on
Twentieth strtoet near Eighth avenue
May 9 was filed by D. Middleton,
nd was referred to the health and
:olice committee, chief of police, ti y
tttorney and alderman of the Fifth
l.tx'iilc Henl iilxnuce.
What the aldermen consider a gen
uine nuisance wa.s brought to the at
'ention of the council, and was ordered
tbated. The health commissioner had
"-und that in a barn at Twenty-seventh
street ami Fifth-and-a-half avenue a
eddl(,r of fruits and ice cream cones
s storing ice cream, bananas, berries
and vegetable truck in the same room
where two horses are stabled, and
.1 it hin a few feet of other unmention
ilde fiilh. The place is alive with files,
and according to Dr. Albert X. Mueller,
the health commissioner, the condi
tions are intolerable. The commis
sioner was instructed to abate" the
nuisance, and if necessary the board
)f health Is prepared to take drastic
'.teps to bring the owner to time.
Mil Lex Two A i!nt iid-uIn.
Mayor McCaskrin filled two vacan
cies in the city's representatives on
the Rock Island Industrial commission
by appointing Aldermen II. J. FricU
and George I,. Schmid as members of
'he commission. The appointments
were con firmed by unanimous vot.
The city administration's represen't
tion on the commission includes two
aldermen and the mayor. Xo appoint
ments, other than these, were made.
TO BE EDITOR IN MOLINE
I. P. Mima of Sleiling Accepts Place
With Mail and Journal.
Sterling, 111., June 15. Daniel P.
Munn, for the past three years eon-
v...u "mi i im t-uiiiu mi --iai 01 mjtiippod in the
sianuarti, announces that he has sev-1
connection with that naoep 1
and w ill cease his labors there Satur-1 r.i.e Wilmerton as the man who was in
day evening and on Monday will take the weeds. He turned and ran to Dr.
a position as editor of the Moline Mail Paul's residence. He told of summon
and Journal. It is understood that Mr. iug the police, and of telling Dr. Paul
Munn will have full control of the edi- lie was shot. He stated that he found
torial 'policy of the paper. no holes in his coat Saturday night.
VIEWS OF THE NEW PARK IN
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TO GRAND JURY
Looney Succeeds in Having W.
W. Wilmerton Bound Over
in $1,000 Bail.
NATURE OF THE EVIDENCE
Result of Hearing in Police Court as
to Saturday Might's Shooting
Magistrate Smith this afternoon held
W. W. Wilmerton to the grand jury on
a charge of assault with intent to com
mit murder, under $1,000 bail. Magis
trate Smith gave his ruling after hav
ing the case unMer advisement for sev
eral hours. He called the defendant
and his attorney and the assistant
state's attorney and looney into his
court room, and said that the thing on
which he was not clear was the where
abouts of Wilmerton at the time of the
shooting. Mr. Wilmerton said that he
could show by members of his family
where he was, but that it was his word
against Looney's, and he did not care
to go farther. In the meantime Looney
protested against disposing of the case
in chambers and threw open the doors.
Wilmerton repeated his statement that
it was a question of veracity, and Mag
istrate Smith said that in that case he
would have to bind Wilmerton over.
Mr. Wilmprton showed considerable
surprise, but later in the day gave the
required bail. The result of the hear
ing proved a surprise, but Magistrate
Smith bases his ruling on the statute
of reasonable doubt.
KvIiU'uee In Cane.
When the preliminary hearing was
called before Magistrate Smith yester
day afternoon at 4:45, Mr. Wilmerton,
represented by F. H. Kelly, waived the
formal arraignment, and entered a pl.-a
of not guilty. Looney was the first
witness put on the stand for the state
lie said he tried a case in police court J
early hi the evening Sat urday, wont. to '
his office later, and remained there till
tkCO. At that lime he went to the
alley back of his place, and
securing his horse, started
for home. He drove to First avenue,
where he met George Heddig and had
a ;--nversalion with hi.n lasting for
something like half an hour. He drove
south on Twentii-th street. He said
that when about 125 feet south of
Twelfth avenue ho saw the Hash of a
gun, ao or 40 feet ahead of him, and to
hi;; right, from among the weeds, and
part way up the bank. He said fip
saw a man rise in the weeds, and he
thought he wa.s going to shoot again.
At this. Looney said, lie parity
jumped and partly .fell out of his
buggy, to the left side. lie became
tangled in the lines, and the horse
stopped, and started to back. Ix)oney
l;nes, and in a dazed
iDiiuii inn icii. ne ueciareu tnai iiie
r .11 i .i i .i .
lisrht v;is sufficient for him tn vcrn .
A LtJVEL TRACT
LOOKING ACROSS MISSISSIPPI VALLEY.
Ho went with Captain Giles to Wil
mevtoa's house, and -when no. one re
sponded promptly to their Knocking,
they hurried to the Journal office, and
there the officer inquired for Wilmer
ton. Looney and the officer then went
to the police station, where in a few
minutes they were informed by Offic ;r
McMahon by telephone, that Wilmer
ton was at his home. Looney then
swore out a warrant.
HoIfn In Coat.
Looney told of finding the oil cloth
and shells Sunday morning, and of
finding shot in" the post. He said the
oil cloth was spread out, with the sur
faced side down, and the shells were
lying in the center of It. Looney said
that .when he picked up his hat in the
morning, at his home, he found that it
had a hole through it. He said that
in the morning he also found a hol
in his coat sleeve, near the left wrist,
and this he explained as the hole
through which a shot passed and caus
ed a scratch along his wrist. He said
there was also a hole in his shirt. "lie
exhibited his coat, and indicated a bole
in the left shoulder, and some har.l
substance which he said was a buller,
in the padding of the shoulder.
He said that the light at Sixteenth
avenue and Twentieth street was mt
lighted, and he could see ahead of him.
He r.aid that he always looked at both
sides of the road when he drove up th-
hill, and on redirect examination said
when asked why he did this, "expect
ing just such as this." On cross ex
amination Mr. Kelly sought to show
that IxKiuey could not have recognized
a man in the weeds, with the light ex
isting," and under the circumstances.
He brought out. that I.onney saw noh
ing of any holes in his coat that night,
and not until the next morning found
any traces of the shots, although he
said he had looked at his coat care
He showed that there were no
marks on the Imssrv which liio n Jnnir
possibly IS inches high.
Ir. 1'niil TcMtlflrH.
Dr. F. D.- I'anl was called, and told
practically the same story of the affair
as given in the interview with an Ar-
gus reporter, published heretofore. !
He stated that Ixwiiey ran toward his
i:ouse, and raid that he had been shot.
Dr. Paul said he could find no wounds,
and thought that the scratch on
Ixioney's wrist was sustained when !'e
ft-ll or rolled out of the buggy. He
f.nid that the wound was a mere skin
wound, and did not show that it hid
bled. He said that he heard the re
port of the gun. and thought he sa-v
the flash, although he could not be
positive about the flash. Dr. Paul con
cluded by saying, "I do not remember
that looney charged any one with
shooting him." " '" .
iiitHla (iilr Stntement.
Night Captain V. A. Giles of th?
police department, testifying for the
prosecution, said he responded to tho
call with Officer McMahon and "Frank
Nelson. He sahT they met Looney at
Twelfth avenue and Twentieth street,
and Looney said'Ve must locate
Wilmerton." The officer testifies that
Looney told him Wilmerton had shot
him. They went in Looney's rig to
Wilmertoq's house. Officer McMahoa
and Mr. Nelson following in the police
rig. At Wilmerton's home. Captain
Giles said he knocked three times in
quick succession, and seeing no light,
he left the place and after a brief stop
at Looney's residence, while Looney
went in the house, he and Ixioney and
Officer Krebs. whom they nicked n
on his beat on the way down, went to
THE EAST END
OH! YOU LATE
(WHERE ARE YOU?)
Call and see those great big values we are offering in two-piece suits at
$18.00 and $20.00..
And those $7, $8 and $9 trouser values at $5.00
Illinois Theater Building.
the Journal office. He said that at the
office he was informed that Wilmerton
was not in, and had not been seen.
since 5 o'clock in the afternoon. Cap-J
tain Giles told Officer McMahon to :
stay at Wilniertoii s house, and later
sent Officer Krebs up on the hill. I
Dan Droxi ou Srrnr. t
Officer McMahon in elaborate deta'l
tofd of the incidents of. the night. H.
said that after Captain Giles had gone
he was delayed a few minutes n
front of Looney's '"house in conversa
tion with Dan Drost. whom lie said be
met coming up the hill carrying a
couple of packages. On direct exami
nation McMahon did not mention
Drost, but hi-i meeting with Drost
'came out on cross examination
officer said that he went alon
avenue, inside of the grounds on the
east side, and left Drost stationed in
the brush there, while he went to Wil-
nierton's house. Theie he found Mr.
Wilmerton's son and a neighbor lady.
The younger Wilmerton, he said, h id
a revolver in his pocket. He said that
he told the young man to tell his
father that he wanted to see him, and
the young .nan went in the house, and
in eight or 10 minutes Mr. Wilmerton
came to the door, still attired partly
in his night clothing. McMahon told
Mr. Wilmerton he wanted him to gi
to the station, and Wilmerton asked
if the officer had a warrant. When Mc
Mahon replied in the negative, Wilmer
ton refused to go, and the officer de
parted, and notified the stati6n.
McMahon said that in the morning,
without orders from the police chiaf
or captain, but on receiving a phone
call from Ixioney, he went up to Twen
tieth street, and met Looney and made
an examination of the scene, and found
the oil cloth and the shells.
K"w firw Pound.
Chief L. V. Eckhart testified tint
Sunday morning he was called to How
ard llaker's residence, and given a
shot gun -which he was told had ben
found on Seventeenth street, about 500
feet from the scene of the shooting.
The gun contained an exploded sh!l,
similar to those found on the oilcloth.
Later he went to the scene of the
I shooting, and met Dan Drost and Mo
Mahon there, and a minute later Offl-
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cer Pearson and Looney came up.
The chief told of finding footprints la
the ravines. He went to the home of
Albert Meyer, and Mr. Meyer gave
the description of a man he said ne
had - seen going down Seventeenth
street a few minutes after the short
ing. He described this man as wearing
a black stiff hat, a -salt and pepper
coat, and dark trousers. He said the
man was smooth shaven. The chief
testified that Looney asked Mr. Mey?r
whether it was Wilmerton. and Mr.
Meyer -eplied that it was not, and that
he could recognize Mr. Wilmerton in the
dark. Looney asked then if Mr. Meyer
knew Robert Cox, and Mr. Meyer said
he did, and he was certain that the
man he had seen was not Mr. Cox,
On the completion of the chief's evi
dence the case was continued until 8
o'clock this morning, when the state's
case was closed with lhe evidence of
Officer Sidney Pearson, who told of thi
search made Sunday morning and tha
finding of the oilcloth and shells.
TnllM It Frame I p.
The defense then made a motion io
dismiss, Mr. Kelly in his argument
maintaining that the whole affair was
a "well rigged up plot," an "ingenius
frame up," and that Looney had for
gotten part of his job when he failed
to tell Dr. Paul that it was Wilmerton
who had shot him. Mr. Kelly ridiculed
the idea that Looney could identify
the man In the weeds as Wilmerton,
with the existing light and the condi
tions at the time, and pointed out that
Looney had not "found" holes in his
clothing until the next morning. He
pointed out that the shot was supposed
to come from the right of the road,
while the supposed holes of the bullets
in Looney!s clothing were on the left
Magistrate Smith denied the motion
to dismiss, and suggested that Mr.
Meyer be called.
Man Mr. Meyrr Sanr.
. Mr, Meyer was the first witness
called for the defense. His evideuoe
pertained to the man whom he saw
on Seventeenth 6treet after the shoot
ing, and whose description shows
conclusively that it was not the de
fendant. Mr. Meyer resides at 1205
Seventeenth street. He was In bed
at the time the shot was fired,
but he immediately arose and
went to a .window on the south side
of his house and peered out into the
semi-darkness. He saw nothing and
so he went to a window on the south
side but again he saw nothing. Then
he thought that possibly he was mis
taken in the direction of the shot and
accordingly lie went to the front of
the house and there he saw a man just
walking from the street to the wejt
sidewalk. This man came ' directly
from the place where the gun was
found the next day and he was appar
ently in a great hurry. Mr. Meyer
watched him go north on Seventeenth
street until ho passed the arc light st
the intersection of Twelfth avenue and
Seventeenth street. He had. a clear
view of the man and as he is ac
quainted with Mr. Wilmerton, he was
able to say positively that the man
he saw was not the defendant. He
described him as being of stocky build,
about 1C0 pounds in weight, and
dressed in a light potted suit and a
derby hat. Assistant State's Attorney
Harry Schilver in cross examining
sought to show that he was not as
well Fituated to see the man as was
Looney when, as he claims, he was
Wlimrrtoa Wan In lird.
Mrs J. V. Wart a nsttrli W nt IV. r
' Wilmerton's, was the next witness
called by the defense. Her tcstitnonv
and also that of William Sprague, -in
employe at the residence, and W. V.
Wilmerlon hUnself. was to the effect
that Wilmerton was a, home at the
time he was accused of having fired
the shot at Looney..
- 'MjCNVthnerton himself stated on the
stind-ttat he wns in be:! at the time
and had ..been. from R:15, at which time
he retired.-.'ile positively denied any
knowledge of the affair.
. Argument Are Brief.'
' The attorneys rested their cases
after brief . arguments in . which
Mr... Schriver. the assistant state'-?,
attorney, asked that Wilmerton
be bound over to the grand jury, Mr.
Kelly again declared that the whole
thing' was a fra.noeup on the part of
Looney and said that the entire case
of the plaintiff rested on the state
ment made by Looney that it was tV'il-
merton who fired the shot. He asked,
that the case be dismissed. Magistrate -
Smith took the case under advisement
until 2 o'clock this afternoon.
GETS THE GIRL
Jury Finds for Defense In Dieusaert
The jury in the county court which
yesterday afternoon heard the depend
ency case to declare Mary Dieusaert a
dependent child, found the issues for
the defense, and the child will remain
in the "custody- of her mother, lima
Dieusaert, who was charged in the
case by the child's father with being
an unfit person to have the child's
ROTH STILL UNCONSCIOUS
Victim of Erigrington Accident, How
ever, Kxpected to Recover.
Reuel Roth of Andalusia, who was
thrown from a horse yesterday on the
farm of George Harris in Edgingtoa,
was still unconscious at noon today.
Dr. Allan Miller of Edgington said,
however, that he was satisfied th
young man would recover.
WHEN HOGS WERE HOGS
High Now hut Wore Higher in IH69
Say S. II. Pierce." "
Rock Island, III., June 14. Editor
Argus: I see some one, in comment
ing upon today's high prices on hogs,
speaks as if it was about as high a
price as they ever reached. I remem
ber of hogs selling at J 13 per hundred,
live weight, in August, 1869. at Lyn
don. Whiteside county. Illinois. Shelled
corn sold at 75 cents per bushel.
S. H PIERCE. ."
CHANCE FOR INVESTMENT
Town Lot Sale, Ityegaite, Montana,
t Saturday, June 19, 1009. -
An excellent opportunity to secure
rhcice business lots in a ntew town in
the fertile Musselshell valley, Mon
tana, will be offered business men.
merchants and investors at the auc
tion sale of town lots at Ryegate,
Montana. Saturday, June 19.
Ryegate is situated In Meagher
county, Montana, on the new Chi
cago, Milwaukee & Puget. Sound
railway, in a district adapted to di
versified farming. No irrigation re
quired. Lands sell at reasonable
prices. Homesteads are till avail
able near Ryegate. In the past spring
over 50 settlers located on home
steads In the vicinity of this town.
Ryegate now offers an opening for
a good hotel, barber, blacksmith,
butcher, creamery, elevator, - general
store, hardware and implement deal
er, livery and live stock dealer.
Low fare, round-trip tickets to
Ryegate on sale Tuesday, June 15.
Tickets good 25 days. On sale at
all stations n the Chicago, ' Mil
waukee & St. Paul railwa: F. A.
Miller, general passenger agnt, Chi
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