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.xxE RUCK iSLAAD AGUS, U'KUNESDA DECEMBER 22, 1909.
SANTA (EARS AN
APPE1 OF CHILD
Dora Willhe, Aged 10, Writes
in Behalf of Brothers
FROM HOME IN COUNTRY
and Out of Work Xo
tions Will Be Received
r. Editor: I saw an ad in the
paper Where you said all poor children
whose parents were unable to provide
them with Christmas gifts would be
takencare of by The Argus Santa
Claus Fund. Now, dear Mr. Editor,
there are five of us, and we are so poor
that we cant buy any presents for our
selves this year. Papa has to work
for such small wages that he can't buy
us anything for Christmas. He Is sick
now. Will you be kind enough to
send us a little something for Christ
mas? My name' Is Dora Wiilhite. I am
10 years old. My sister's name is Celia
Wlllhlte and she is 9 years old. By
, brother's name Is Clifford Wiilhite. He
is 7 years old. My little sister's name
'is Mandy Wiilhite, and she is 5 years
old, and my little baby brothers' name
Is Ralph Wiilhite, and he is 2 years
Rural Route No. 2.
The foregoing message was in the
mail addressed today to The Argus
Santa Claus Fund committee. The
letter was turned over to Miss Dina
'Ramser, the chairman of the commit
tee, and a box filled with little things
to cheer the hearts of the Wiilhite
children will reach their home near
Illinois City by Friday evening.
More Friends Heard From.
! More friends of the poor children
were heard from today, all sending
. contributions of money. Three of the
letters were anonymous. Two signed
themselves as "A Friend." One wrote:
"Enclosed, please find f 5 to make a
few children happy, and I herewith
thank you for your personal trouble."
The other "Friend" simply requested
that his $10 be added to the fund and
that the committee use its own judg
ment in spending it. "X" wrote: "En
closed please find $2 for your oanta
- Claus fund for poor children."
Buying the Ulttt.
The Argus at neon today sent an
other check representing the amounts
mailed to this office for the fund to
Miss Ramser. Miss Ramser and Mis-
Mamie Giles, the visiting nurse, have
the task of purchasing the gifts. They
are finding it a big job, but a pleasant
one. They are making the money sup
plied them through The Argus fund
go as far as they can stretch it in pro
viding toys for the youngsters whose
names have been placed in their hands,
and to whom they are to be Santa
Claus this year. Misses Ramser and
Giles personally will supervise the de
livery of the presents.
Tomorrow In the I.nst Ony.
t Tomorrow is the last day on which
makers in various parts of the country,
In connection with a vast "sleeper
trunk" smuggling system, one of the
many ramifications of the customs
frauds recently uncovered.
The two Chicago modistes conduct a
gownmaking establishment under the
name of Mme. Whitney, at 1521 Michi
All of the modistes suspected of
having been implicated in the smug
gling operations were -arrested simul
taneously after they had been indicted
by a federal grand jury sitting in New
Value of 9 1,000.000 Involved.
It la estimated that merchandise,
consisting of fine gowns, lace and silk
fabrics, to the value of considerably
over $1,000,000 may have been brought
into this country without the payment
of the duty prescribed by law.
The method adopted to defraud the
customs was both simple and Ingeni
ous, and is said to have gone undetect
ed for years.
Three Men aa Aid.
The master mind which originated
and carried out the alleged fraud is
said to belong to Robert Schwarz. Tt
could nor be definitely ascertained who
Mr. Schwarz is, but it was said that he
was until recently in the government
customs' service. He is named most
frequently in the indictment drawn by
the federal grand jury and with his
name are bracketed those of Jacob H.
Morris and Phillip A. Phillipson as
The modistes in various parts of the
country are said to have had the as
sistance 6f these three men in smug
gling goods from Paris, Great Britain
and Belgium, past the customs officers.
A loose method of inspection, follow
ed until recently, favored the success
ful carrying out of the scheme.
WIDOWS WANT MINE
AT CHERRY OPENED
Coal Company Apparently Not
clined to Act Coroner Con
Accident Occurs on the Forty
fourth Street Hill at
TWO STILL IN HOSPITAL
I lob Containing 16 Hoys Strikes the
Curbing and Tree After Skid
ding Out of Track.
HERBERT SCHUMAKER. 525 Thir
tieth street; leg broken and body
MORRIS RAINS, 518 Thirty-ninth
street; head cut and ears lacerated.
CONRAD WESTLING, 615 Thirty
ninth street; leg hurt and body
FRANK HILDEBRAND. 537 Thirty
ninth street; face cut and bruised.
By far the most serious of the coast
ing accidents which have occurred this
year happened last evening about 10
o'clock on Forty-fourth street, when
a bob sled of boys was overturned in
the middle of the street and hurled
against the curbing and a tree. Two
of the boys are in St. Anthony's hos
pital as a result of their injuries and
several others will be under a phy
sician's care for some time to come.
A large bob belonging to Herbert
Schumaker, 525 Thirtieth street, was
coming down the slippery hill about
9:50 and it had 16 merry coasters on
it. The owner of the sled -was steer
ing. Not being very familiar with the
track which bobs had made during the
day he got too far to one side of the
road and the front sled struck the cap
of a water main which projected above
the level of the street. The sled
skidded off towards the sidewalk and
slid sideways for half a block before
fetching up against a tree and the
curbing at Tenth avenu- on the east
side of the street.
Four Severely Hurt.
The coasters were hurled in every
direction when the sled struck the
tree and four of the boys received
serious injuries. Herbert Schumaker
had his Ifg broken and he was badly
bruised besides. Morris Rains' head
was badly cut and both his ears were
terribly lacerated. Conrad Wostling
had one leg injured, though not
broken, and Frank Hildebrand had his
face badly cut and bruised. The rest
of thp coasters escaDed with slieht
view and seem disinclined to reopen j hrllisp nnn( of thm hHn at all
! serious. Dr. A- H. Am of Moline was
Princeton, 111.. Dec. 22. The coro
ner's jury held another session at
Cherry yesterday, but was unable to
secure any of the missing witnesses
whose testimony is considered neces
sary by the state and an adjournment
was taken until Jan. 4. No witnesses
were placed on the stand.
The jury hopes that by the time it
meets again the missing witnesses can
be located and the coal company will
be ready to remove the bodies of the
202 men still In the mine. The com
pany officials discourage the latter
the mine. Many of the widows are
growing impatient and relying on the
county authorities for action. They as
sert that the inspector believes that
the-fire is out and they insist that the
bodies should be recovered and buried.
Chicago, Dec. 22. Twelve Chicago
aldermen today went to Cherry, ac
companying a carload of Christmas
toys, candies and fruits for the orphan
children and many more substantial
gifts for the stricken mothers.
Funeral of Joseph Butler.
The funeral of Joseph Butler was
V"u.The Argus will accept contributions , helrl this morning at 10 o'clock from
to its Santa Claus fund. The neces- j the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
sity for placing a limit on the time ' james H. Butler, S40 Twelfth street.
for receiving donations is seen in the
fact that the committee must have at
least a day in which to make its purchases-
and deliver them. In today's
inail there are several fine donations
of money. All of it will be put to good
juse. No names will be furnished by
The Argus after today to those who
might wish to personally be Santa
Claus to some poor children.
All Have Christmas Homes.
The story appearing in The Argus
last evening with refernce to the cheer
less condition of the two Rosberg chil
dren at this happy season, brought
fruit today, when two Rock Island fam- j
Hies . notified Miss Ramser that they!
would take the little ones ino their
homes until afer Christmas. Richard,
aged 3, the younger of the three chil
dren, was placed in the home of a
local family a few days ago. Thus all
three of the neglected children are to
have a fine Christmas In three of the
good homes of the city.
Miss Ramser has been receiving a
number of requests to be allowed to
help the family of the man who lost
his week's wages as related in The
Argus' several days ago. She wishes
to state that such help will be received
either by Rev. Marion Humphreys at
Ibis office in the Y. M. C. A. building
or by Miss Sarah Hillier at her home,
812 Fourth avenue.
WOE FOP, MIST ES
Twenty-nine Leading Gown
Makers of Country Indicted
by Federal Jury.
Burial was in Chippiai rock cemetery.
Funeral of J. P. Kramer.
The funeral of John P. Kramer was
held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from
the home of his son, Leonard Kramer,
1008 Sixteenth avenue. The services
were conducted by Rev. F. J. Rolf, pas
tor of the German Evangelical church,
and burial was in Chlppiannock ceme
tery. George R. Kramer, a son of de
ceased living at Kansas City, Mo., ar
rived here last evening to attend the
Henry R. Maskrey.
News of the death of Henry R.
Maskrey, formerly of this city, was re
ceived today from Maquoketa, Iowa,
where he had made his home for the
last 12 years after leaving here.
While a resident of this city he was
employed at the arsenal.
FINE FOR LATE COMERS
summoned and until he arrived on the
scene the injured boys were carried
into some of the houses on the street.
The ambulance arrived shortly and the
boys were taken to St. Anthony's hos
pital, where two of them. Rains anil
Schumaker, still remain. The other
two were released this morning.
spend the holidays with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Sexton.
Clarence Fox, a student at Brown's
business college, will leave tomorrow
for his home at White Hall, 111., to
spend the Christmas vacation.
Abraham Rimmerman arrived yester
day from Iowa City, where he is a stu
dent at the university, to spend the
holiday vacation at the home of his
E. E. Little leaves this evening for
Dixon, 111., to spend Christmas with
his. wife who preceded him two weeks
ago on a visit to her parents there.
They return Sunday. ,
Clifford Hubbard will arrive home
this evening from Northwestern uni
versity to spend the Christmas holi
days with his parents, County Clerk
and Mrs. H. B. Hubbard.
V. C. Hall will leave the latter part
of the week for Niantic, 111., where he
will spend Christmas with his sister.
Miss Elsa Beck man left this afternoon
for Rockford, where she will sptnd the
Mrs. J. H. Mayo of Eau Claire, Wis.,
mother of Professor Mayo of Moline,
who is 111 at the Moline city hospital,
arrived In Rock Island Saturday. She
is the guest at the home of her brother.
Rev. D. H. Leland.
E. R. Green of White Hall, 111., is
visiting with relatives here. Mr. Green
is on his way home from South Da
kota. He will leave tomorrow evening
with his brother, I. J. Green of this
city, for White Hall, to spend Christ
mas. J. W. Gotwals has been transferred
by the Standard Table Oil Cloth com
pany from Its New York office to tno
Rock Island plant, where he will be
connected with the sales department.
Mr. Gotwals brings a bride with him to
his new home, having recently been
married in the east.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mier, who have
spent the past two weeks with their
relatives in Rock Island, will leave to
morrow evening for their home at
Jackson, Mich., where Mr. Mier has a
splendidly developed farm of 320 acres,
he having raised the finest crop of corn
in that section this year. Mr. Mier
formerly was a Rock Island county far
mer, settling in Minnesota two years
FIRE IN HOSPITAL
Jacksonville Insane Asylum Has
Panic as Result of Night
NORTH WING DESTROYED
BROTHER IN FIRE
Heroism of George Crawford,
Aged 6, in Moline
COTTAGE HOME DESTROYED
While Mother I Away, Little
Touches Match to a Curtain.
FOR TRUNK SMUGGLING
Alleged to Have Practiced System of
Defrauding Customs House
for Many Years.
Chicago, Dec. 22. Investigation of
the alleged smuggling conspiracy in
which Mrs. M. K. Weber and Mrs.
Kathryn Schwartz were arrested here
yesterday was begun here today by
the federal grand jury. Federal offi
cials assert an alleged smuggling con
spiracy has been going on for years.
, . Chicago, Dec. 22. Two Chicago mod
istes,, Mrs. May L. Weber and Airs.
Kathryn Schwarz, were arrested yes
terday, together with 27 other gown-
Cleveland Passes Law t" Punish The.
atre Arrivals During Act.
Cleveland, Dec. 22. Cleveland set
the pace for American cities in legis
lating against the late theatre comer
when the city council Monday night
passed an ordinance forbidding the
seating of any theatre patron after
the first act has begun until the cur
tain goes down.
The offense is punishable by a fine
The ordinance, which is modeled
after such legislation long enforced
in certain European cities, is the re
sult of an agitation by City Clerk
Peter Witt, who objected to women
with big hats who come in after ev
ery one else is seated and trying to
enjoy the performance.
PELLAGRA IN CALIFORNIA
U. S. Health Officials Report Four
Cases in Institution.
Washington, Dec. 22. In the current
issue of public health reports Surgeon
Blue says on Nov. 27 two well defined
cases of pellagra had been found
among the Inmates of the Alameda
county infirmary at San Leandro.
One of them, then a resident of the
state, was stricken 30 years ago, and
the other patient, a Cape de Verde is
lander, had resided in California for
In the. southern California state hos
pital two cases of pellagra were re
ported and both . were women. - One
patient was born in Iowa and the oth
er In Canada,' but lived in the middle
The little four-room frame cottage
of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Crawford, -Eleventh
avenue and Twenty-sixth street,
Moline, was completely destiOyed by
fire shortly after 10 o'clock this morn
ing. But for the prompt action of a
little son the fire may have resulted
fatally for one of the children.
Mrs. Crawford left the house at 10
o'clock and went across the street to
the home of her sister for a pail of
water. While she was away from the
house Richard, 4 years old. lighted a
match and touched it to one of the
curtains. George, 6 years old, hurried
from the house to call his mother.
She was just returning with the water.
When George saw herhe immediately
returned to the house and carried his
1-year-old brother from the burning
structure. In a very short time ,the
cottage was destroyed and but two
pieces of furniture were saved.
Home Not Finished.
Mr. Crawford is employed as a
painter at the Sechler Carriage com
pany plant. He does not know exactly
what his loss will be. The Interior
of the home had not yet been quite
All of the 200 Patients in Ituildiitgj
Known to Huve Gotten
Springfield, III., Dec. 22. No lives
were lost in the fire which consumed
three wards of the north annex of the
insane asylum at Jacksonville last
night. Some of the women are suf
fering from exposure, but none will
die. according to Superintendent Car
riel. v The patients will be distributed
among the other state insane hospitals.
The financial loss is $4ft,0O0.
Iiroke Out at -Night.
Jacksonville, 111., Dec. 22. Fire broke
out in the central hospital for the in
sane last night. A panic started among
the 2.C00 patients, many of them break
ing past their guards and running at
The north wing, known as the "an
nex," was destroyed. Three firemen
were injured, none seriously. It is be
lieved all patients escaped injury,
Some were still at large at a late hour.
The police force was called to round
Start In Roaf. '
The fire started In the roof of the
north wing, according to the attaches
of the institution. What started the
fire is not known. The flames spread
rapidly to the fourth floor, where sev
eral hundred women patients were
kept. Their cries created a terrible
din, which aroused men and women pa
tients throughout the institution.
Hospital attendants and officials
worked desperately to control the af
frighted patients and several hundred
were In a few minutes removed to
quarters in the new part of the asylum.
On the fourth floor, where the flames
entered before the patients had been
taken away, it is believed possible
some of the women may have eluded
Major C. S. Riche left yesterday for
Dr. J. R. Hollowbush returned this
noon from Omaha.
R. H. Donly of Hillsdale has gone to
San Diego, Cal., for an extended visit.
Charles Montgomery has arrived
home from Ames university for the
Dr. B. J. Lachner left last evening
for Baker City, Ore., where he will
spend the Christmas vacation.
Miss Daisy ' Stapley departed last
evening for Sioux Falls, S. D.. to visit
during the holidays with relatives.
Richard Carter has arrived home
from the Tome school for boys at Port
Deposit, Md., for the Christmas holi
days. Morgan Sexton has arrived home
from St. Joseph's school at Dubuque to
FIRE AT THE WHITE HOUSE
False Alarm Causes Commotion at
Washington. Dec. 22. Nearly half
of the fire department turned out
shortly after 1 o'clock yesterday and
proceeded 'with all haste to the White
house, where It was supposed their
services were badly needed.
While the apparatus was on its
way telephone calls elicited only the
reply that some one was perpetrat
ing a. hoax, but the attaches soon
found that this was not the case, for
the department was rapidly coming
on the scene.
There was a stampede to locate
the fire, but it developed that one of
the automobile alarms had gone off
by accident. There was commotion
about the premises for a time."
The president was in the cabinet
session at the time of the alarm and
knew nothing of it till he went to
the White house for lunch.
COAL FAMINE AT MORRISON
Greenhouse Meu Appropriate Ship
ment Belonging to Railroad.
Morrison, 111.., Dec. 22. The coal
famine in Morrison has become so
serious that greenhouse men aad
others yesterday seized two cars cf
coal owned by the Chicago and
Northwestern railroad and appropri
ated them for their own needs.
Two More Trading Days.
Triple Trading Stamps Until
A Great Many Cut Prices on Over
TOMORROW ALL DAY We will give you all our J 10.00. $8.50
and $7.50 Gold. Silver or 1'earl Handle Umbrellas, your choice, $6.98.
Gents' and Ladies'.
TOMORROW ALL DAY We win slve yu y"r choice of any our
Jet' Jewelry at 14 off.
TOMORROW ALL DAY We win &ve J"ou our 9c hox Christmas
Stationery at 45c.
TOMORROW ALL DAY Your choice of any Ladies' Trimmed
Hat in the Millinery Department, Half Price.
TOMORROW ALL DAY l-25 yard Fancy Waist and Dress
Silks, yard, 85c.
TOMORROW ALL DAY We sive yu 5"our choice of 75
Hand Hags, values up to $3.00, for $1.25.
TOMORROW ALL DAY Hemstitched Handkerchiefs, fancy
boxes, assorted, our regular f.oc box, sale price, 25c.
TOMORROW ALL DAY We will sell 72-inch Bleached Satin
Damask Table. Linens, assorted, floral patterns; our regular $1.00 linens
for 75c Per yard.
TOMORROW ALL DAY We will be at your service In our
Beauty Parlors. Manicuring, Hair-Dressing, Massaging, Shampooing, Chi
TOMORROW ALL DAY We will test your eyes FREE and sell
you Spectacles or Eye Glasses at a great saving.
TOMORROW ALL DAY We will give you Henty or Alger books
for boys 18 c.
TOMORROW ALL DAY We will sell $25 Fur Jacket $27.50;
$32.50, 35.00 and $37.50 values for 25.00.
TOMORROW ALL DAY We will sell you our $1.50 Silver
Plated Candle Stick for 75c; our $2.50 Silver Candle Stick for $1.39.
TOMORROW ALL DAY Children's coats, sizes up 6 months to
six years. Bearskin, Plush, Possum, Poney, Kersey, Corduroy, 1-4 off, or
25 per cent discounts.
TOMORROW ALL DAY Children's Bonnets to the coats for
1-3 Off; aI1 shades.
TOMORROW ALL DAY Five Tea Sets- Quadruple Plate. Gold
Lined. Tea Pot, Sugar and Creamer, Spoon Holder; our regular $15.00
set. Sale price, $9.95.
TOMORROW ALL DAY 50 Piano Feather Dusters, with 6llver
plated ferrules, black enameled handle; regular $1.00; sale price, 69c.
TOMORROW ALL DAY l.OOO Metal Frame Pictures; cheap at
10 cents; our sale price, 5c. '
TOMORROW ALL DAY 100 Dress Dolls, bur 3 8c ones for 25c.
TOMORROW ALL DAY Turban Hair Pads. 39c.
TOMORROW ALL DAY We will sell Crepe Paper, all colors.
for 5 c per roll.
DAY Tin Soldiers,
DAY AH puzzles
TOMORROW ALL DAY Hand Painted Vases in the famous
Rookwood Patterns, values up to $3.50, sale price 89c.
TOMORROW ALL DAY Order your Xmas Cakes and Pies for
your Xnjas dinner of The Big Store. -
TONIGHT SANTA CLAUS WILL GIVE AWAY SOUVENIRS IN
FRONT OF OUR STORE AT 7 P. M.
11:30 to 2 p. m.
Fried OvMers 30
Oyster Cocktail 15
Ready to Serve.
Blue Points 20 Rorkaways 25
Baked Oysters, Richelieu 35
Caviar on Toast 25 Sweet Pickles 1 Caviar Canape 23 Chow Chow 10
Sardines on Toast 20 Pill Pickles f5 Sour Pickles 10
Pickled Walnuts 15 Pickled Onions 05
Stuffed Mangoes 10 Pickled Beets 5
Consomme Cclestine 10 Chicken Broth with Rice 10
Puree OI opill r"H8 iu trvaid kl iviuaiuvB tv
Broiled Salmon. Anchovy Butter 20
Fried Fillets of Halibut, Tartar Sauce 20
Fricassee of Veal with Rice IS
Koast Beet Hash, souinrrn iyie in- amiiirum au uruun iv
iauea iurK ana rtraiis iu
Roast Sugar Cured Ham, Champagne Sauce 15
Koast Young Chicken. Giblet Sauce 40
Roast Ribs of Beef, au Jus 15 Extra Cut 25
German Fried 05
Miivhe.J Potatoes 05
Boiled Potatoes 05
Cold Slaw 10
Broiled Ox Tongue with Spinach 15
Koast Beef Hash, Southern Style In.
Stewed Parsnips 05
Wax Beans 05
Chocolate Cream Pie 05
Apricot Pie oc
Baked Apples 10
Sliced Bananas 10
. Macaroons 10c
Pound Cake 6o
Apple Pie 05
Vanilla Ice Cream 10
Stewed Prunes 05
Sliced Oranges 10
Fruit Cake 10
Assorted Cake 10
Host on Cream Tie 10
Steamed Fruit Pudding. Rum Sauce 10
Bread and Butter and Mashed Potatoes served with Fish and Meat
Thumdaj-, Urrrmbrr 23.
JAIL IS STILL GUARDED
Sheriff Cashel Is Taking Xo Chances
in lrotcrting Xcfjro Suspect.
St. Louis. Mo., Dec. 22. Sufirlff
Cashel continues an armed guard ot
the Belleville jail. The finding of the
coroner's jurf that "circumstantial evi
dence points lo William Clark, a ne
gro, as the murderer of Motorman
Goudey," was received without com
ment. A pair Of blood-stained tronmrra
were identified as having been worn
by Clark. Clark'a mother told DO-
ii i . .
uce uer son wore them ear t n.f:li,
nt.V i m ...ii rr th.m
VVlflA U 1. WW
Moti. Lack ot transportation
tne law into their own hands f