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FfffE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS
TUESDAY", JANUARY 4, 1910.
CASES OF CROOKS
State's Attorney L. M. Magill
Explains Recent Clearing
of Criminal Docket.
'Public Called Upon to Punish Crook
Who Has Beaten Accomplice
at His Own Game."
Rock Island, 111, Jan. 4. Editor The
Argus: In response to your request
for an Interview concerning the dis
missal of certain cases in the circuit
: court, an account of which appeared
in The Argus sometime ago, will say
briefly: There has been a largo num
ber of cases remaining on the docket
of both the circuit and county courts
for many years and it is time that
eome disposition be made of them.
I explained the situation to Judge
Graves and he told me he would be
;glad to take up this matter at his first
convenience. A short time ago John
; K. Scott, my predecessor, and who is
familiar with the facts in many of
these cases, was present in court and
Judge Graves suggested that he had
t a little time and inasmuch as Mr. Scott
' was on hand it would be good moment
to dispose of these matters. "We went
over the undisposed cases upon the
' docket and I made euch recommenda
tions as I deemed proper, and I will
say In thts connection that I have
given each one of these cases which
I have made a motion to dismiss the
most careful consideration, and I am
prepared to defend my action in every
Hfertory of Cnnen.
I have not your article before me,
but as I remember the particular cases
referred to were those of Clara Heuer.
John Lowe, Phlneas Tarver, Wile, et al.
and the Bradley-Kramer case. I will
speak of each in the order named.
Clara Ileuer was indicted on two
charges. I convicted her upon one and
the other I dismissed. She served a
six months' sentence in the county
jail. John Lowe is an alias, his right
name being John Reiger. He was In
dicted on three charges. I convicted
him on one of the charges and dis
missed the other two. Phlneas Tarver
was indicted on three charges. He
was given the highest penalty under
ths law for assault and I dismissed
case, but he was given absolute dis
charge. Hayes is not discharged from
prosecution, neither Is Wile nor any
of the other defendants in this case.
They are all subject to arrest at any
time and I pledge myself here and
now to push the prosecution at any
time the evidence is procurable. I
have other reasons for taking this ac
tion In this case in order to prepare
it for the future, and I would advise
you to watch this matter, as I am re
ceiving information which may become
very interesting to some of the parties
Involved whose names are not yet
Rogac Robbing a RoRue.
Now a word about the Bradley
Kramer case: Neither Bradley nor
Kramer has ever been arrested. I
think my action in the next few days
will be sufficient answer to the reasons
for this dismissal. These last two
cases involve an unusual feature. It
Is a rogue robbing a rogue. The pub
lic is called upon to punish a crook
who has beaten his accomplice at his
own game. Some of these people who
conspire with fakirs to do wrongfu'
and illegal acts, even though they an.
buncoed themselves, had better watch
future grand Juries.
In the future I would thank you
very much if you would confer with
me about any public action taken be
fore you make unfavorable comment
upon it, and especially is that so when
I am compelled to be out of the county.
I will be pleased to explain anything
done in my office. Your article going
out among the people unexplained and
unanswered tends to shatter the con
fidence which has been placed in me.
It is hard to please everyone, but it 's
the aim of my life to run the state's
attorney's office free from criticism
and to retain the respect of those who
have shown faith in me.
L. M. MAGILL.
Ho Injury Intended.
The Argus, as a newspaper, owes its
first duty to its public. The people
have a right to know the reasons for
failure to prosecute criminals of the
character of the men mentioned in the
story printed in The Argus following
the clearing of the local docket by the
state's attorney. The records of the
circuit court are open to the public.
The Argus seeks to fairly and fully
give the news of the court house to
its public. Naturally there was com
ment when Wile and Kramer and
some more of their ilk were dismissed
as defendants here. The Argus sought
an explanation for the enlightenment
of society. Mr. Magill, as It happened,
was out f the city. His assistant was
asked for the information, but it was
not forthcoming. It is probable that
the assistant was not in. possession of
the whole facts and therefore hesitated
to assume the responsibility for an ex-
Morgan, Ryan and Morton Join
Trust Companies Into
RESOURCES $150,000,000 ri
Largest Merger of Kind in United
States Morton Chairman of
the request of the person whom he as- i rlana ion. The Argtts made no unfa
2 ,-n vorable comment on the conduct of
quently happens when there is a fail-
. : i ,. hnl
. . . . . ... . would clear ut the situation when lie
the defendant on the other. The case "l,ulu vl , T1. iK r ir,A
at Harvey Hutzel is another case "rned to .the tbref glad-
i ly prims ui mi.ditrw i auh,
awaits the promised developments in
I the office of state's attorney by Mr.
I Magill. It did say that doubtless he
where I dismissed two of the indict
ments remaining against him. He was
indicted for defrauding the Port Byron
bank. He was indicted on three dif
ferent indictments, pleading guilty 'o
one indictment and was sentenced to
the penitentiary, and is there now.
Take the case of Peal and Walters.
They were indicted on three charges.
I convicted them on one. They were
sent to the penitentiary and I have
dismissed tho remaining charges. This
is true in many other cases.
Wile In Penitentiary.
Now about the Wile case: In the
first place Wile is in the Joliet peni
tentiary. He was convicted last sum
mer for complicity in a similar deal in
Chicago. He took an appeal to the
higher courts. The decision of the
trial court was upheld and a short
time ago he wps taken to the state' 3
prison. State'3 Attorney Wayman of
Chicago informs me that he will be j
there for the next 10 years and in all j
probability 20, as he has been con- J
icted on two or three other charges ;
Will lULiirw im Lil7 umci. in iitp
second pJaco I havo boen Informed
that Goodman, who was victimized and
upon whose evldenoo the state relies
for conviction, is wantod for forgery
in this state and it is not very proba
ble that he will come hero voluntarily.
Iu the third placo, th bonds under
which WTle la hold here are not worth
the paper they aro written upon. One
"of the bondsmen has gone through
bankruptcy and the other la a profes-
r Anal hAn n aim a n in I n i l wiiii j evt r
B.UUM yvuMww ' "
pays a forfeit and is regarded as a
joke from a standpoint of a surety.
He has filed a schedule in this county,
but it is made so cleverly that it would
require a partition suit and various
other complications to reach him under
Could "Sot TTold Ilomdnmea.
Thus you will readily see that the
bondsmen whom you claim are re
leased were never firmly held. Wile
made a confession at the time he was
arrested, and should we desire to have
him teetlfy I can bring him here at
any time through a process known as
a habeas corpus ad testificandum
served upon the warden of the peni
tentiary. Now about the other defend
ants in this case, the only other one
that has been arrested Is Hayes, and
one of the reasons that prompted me
in dismissing this case was to prevent
his discharge and release forever. If
a demand for trial had been made at
the closing of this term of court he
would havo been entitled to hi3 abso
lute discharge. Our statute provides
that a defendant upon demand for
trial at a term of court commencing
within four months after committment
or after' giving bail and not tried is
entitled to a discharge.
- Are Wot DIsdmrgreA.
Wile would have been entitled to a
discharge, also, as there waa no chance
. . - . -11. -will a.nll 4U
famous Nagel case where the mur
derer of Carl Brady was given his
freedom because of this statute. Now,
mind you, the decision did not require
the state's attorney to dismiss this
L , ) .
reference to the Wile aa well as the
Kramer-Bradley case, in which Ed
Ward of Moline is said to have been
swindled out of $2,500.
THE TRUMPS OF LIFE.
"What are the trumps of life?
Hearts," said the maiden fair;
"For sweethearts, maid, or wife.
Love is beyond compare."
"No," said the heartless flirt,
"Diamonds the trumps shall bo;
Hearts are as cheap as dirt;
Give wealth aud power to me."
"No," said the man blaze,
'Clubs are the trumps we want;
Such gauds for the young and gay.
But clubs for the bon vivant."
Then the grave digger said,
"Vanities soon aro past;
The earth shall be your bed,
And spades must win at last."
Alfred B. Mack-ay in Smart Set.
Loaf lard at Gilmore's.
Kerler & Co. weave rugs.
Buy a home of Iteldy Bros.
Tri-City Towel Supply company.
For bus and express, Spencer & Trefz.
Finest colored beaver hats down to
$2 at McCabe's.
Some men's solid leather shop shoes
$1.19 now at McCabe's.
LaVanway buys and sells every
thing.. Telephone W247.
rictures and artistic picture framing
to order. L. S. McCabe & Co.
Try Baker's laundry for fine work.
Old phone 237; new 5344.
M. Voss, coal dealer, will not give
trading stamps after today.
More of those rawhide stockings for
boys 8 cents a pair at McCabe's.
Let William Johnson do your tin and
furnace work. 1316 Third avenue.
II. T. SiemoD wants your tin and
furnace work. 1526-1523 Fourth ave
nue. Try Mrs. Austin's buckwheat flour.
Makes dandy cakes, with the genuine
flavor. Ask your grocer.
For pure artesian water from Wood
men well, call old phone 492 Y. H. F.
Lamp, 1329 Second avenue.
Good, old fashioned cakes are made
from Mrs. Austin's buckwheat flour.
Fresh goods now at your grocers.
Two small lots, big Turkish bath
towels, bleached and brown, 8 cents
apiece during Invoicing at McCabe's.
Chap-o-lene, the non-sticky lotion.
Best for chapped, rough and sore skin.
Price 25 cents. At Thomas drug store.
Two lines of the best late models
$2.50 Regis corsets, not every size,
Wednesday and Thursday pick for just
$1.50 at McCabe's.
McRobert Bros, livery, feed and
sales stable, lfill Fourth avenue, has
New York. Jan. 4. J. Pierpont Mor
gan, Thomas F. Ryan and Levi P. Mor- j
ton linked hands in New York yester-!
day in a trust company merger which
unites resources of $150,000,000. It is j
a triple combination, bringing the j
Guaranty Trust company, the Morton j
Trust company, and the Fifth Avenue j
Trust company, all of this city, under j
one head with the title of the Guaranty
Trust company. The merger is per
haps the largest of its kind in the
The directors of the three companies
met yesterday and Informally approv
ed' the terms of the merger, which
will be put in more definite form Wed
nesday, when another directors' meet
ing will be held and the plan ratified
by the stockholders, although a formal
vote on the matter will not be taken
Morton n Chairman.
Levi P. Morton, who is president of
the Morton Trust company and of the
Fifth Avenue Trust company both
known as Morton-Ryan concerns has
consented to act as chairman of the
board of the merged companies, for
which no president has as yet been
selected. The name of Alexander J.
Hemphill, vice president and acting
president of the Guaranty Trust com
pany, has been mentioned for the po
Thia now mnvfi In finnnro fnllmx-s
the recent absorption of the Guarany j jjij
i rubi tumpuny Dy lae so-caiiea xvior- , j-s. i
gan interests, but upon just what
terms the merger was made was not
I-poslts of SS,000,000.
The Guaranty Trust company was
organized in 1891 and has total depos
its of more than $S8,000,0O0. The Mor- j
ton Trust company, which was former-,
ly the banking house of Bliss, Morton
& Co., was organized In 1899. Thomas j
F. Ryan is vice president. Its depos- I
its aggregate more than $43,000,000.
Like the Guaranty Trust company, its
capital and surplus are $2,000,000 each.
The Fifth Avenue Trust company,
founded 10 years ago, Is one of the bet
ter known uptown financial institu
tions. With a capital and surplus of
$1,000,000 each, it has paid very large
dividends in recent years.
Capital to Be 5,000,000.
The capital stock of the new com
pany probably will be fixed at $3,000,
000, with perhaps a like amount for its
surplus. It is believed that the mer
ger will involve large stock and cash
dividends of the shareholders of the
The present headquarters of the
Fifth Avenue Trust. company will be
retained as a branch of the combined
companies, while larger offices will
house the combined companies in the
It was rumored that the Morgan In
terests had acquired the holdings of
Thomas F. Ryan in the Morton Trust
company, but no statement on this
point was obtainable.
of the Big
A sale ff the greatest import
ance to Tri-City people; a mer
involving the largest clothing stock in this part
of the state; a twice yearly selling movement
that includes practically everything in this
Former prices will fee completely ig-
nored! The highest quality apparel for
men, boys & children will soon be yours at very
much lowered prices as sale starts with open
ing of doors tomorrow morning.
Prices quoted from time to time will be strictly
facts as this store permits of no exaggeration
Be on hand early. Watch for particular
Today in the Markets
large bob sleds for sleighing parties,
good sleighs and rigs of all kinds.
Mr. and Mrs. George Seaman of 2407
Seventh avenue,' Moline, are the par
ents of a daughter. Mrs. Seaman was
formerly Miss Fay Maxson of this city.
BIG SALE OPENS TOMORROW
Fisk & lioosley Company, Fifteenth
Street, Moline, to Sacrilice Stock
of J. II. Xessley & Co.
Beginning tomorrow morning the en
tire stock of Nessley & Co., Moline,
will be placed on sale by Fisk & Loos
ley company, as announced in last
night's Argus. Every vestige of the
stock will be sold in the Nessley store,
with Mr. Nessley in charge, at prices
in manv cases a quarter, a half, and
in some instances three-fourths off the
Nessley price. He on hand early to
morrow and get your share of the bargains.
FINNS PREPARE FOR WAR
Seizure of Anns Reveals Smuggling
Helsingfors, Finland, Jan. 4. Rus
sian authorities have seized 3,fHM) rifles
and revolvers and 1,000,000 cartridges
that; were being smuggled into Fin
land by prospective revolutionists un
der the guise of furniture. The seizure
developed the fact that for months
Finnish tradesmen have been laying
in supplies of arms and ammunition,
which havo been smuggled into the
country in almost every shipment of
merchandise. This indicates that Rus
sia's final absorption of the duchy will
result in war. So many attempts to
wreck trains between Helsingfors and
St. Petersburg have been made recent
ly by Finn3 that the entire line is now
Grave Digger a Suicide.
Janesville, Wis., Jan. 4. John
Schlinden, a grave digger, shot him
self dead yesterday when arrested
charged with numerous burglaries.
The busiest and mightiest little
thing that ever was made is Cham
berlain's Stomach and Liver Tablets.
They do the work whenever you re
quire their aid. These tablets change
weakness into strength, listlessness
into energy, gloominess into joyous
ness. Their action is so gentle one
don't realize they have taken a pur
gative. Sold by all druggists.
Chicago, Jan.4. Following are the
quotations on the market today:
May, 113, 114, 113. 114.
July, 103, 103, 103, 103?;.
May. CG, 67 , C6, 67V4.
July, C7y8, 67, 67, 67.
May, 45, 46, 45. 46.
July, 43, 44'4, 43. 44.
January, 21.42, 21.S5, 21.40, 21.82.
May, 21.80, 22.07, 21.S0, 22.07.
January, 12.40, 12.57, 12.37, 12.57.
May, 11.92, 12.10, 11.92, 12.10.
January, 11.47. 11.57, 11.47, 11.57.
May, 11.45, 11.60, 11.42, 11.57.
Receipts today Wheat 41, corn
4 46, oats 190, hogs 25,000, cattle
9,000, sheep 15.000.
Estimated receipts Wednesday
Hog market opened steady. Hogs
left over 5500. Light 8.15 8.55.
mixed and butchers 8.25 (ft 8.60, good
heavy 8.30 (2 8.65, rough heavy 8.30
Cattle market opened 10c lower.
Sheep market opened strong.
Omaha Hogs 6,000. cattle 3,100.
Kansas City Hogs 13,000, cattle
Hog market closed weak 5c lower
than opening. Hulk sales 8.40 H 8.60.
light S.lOSiS.50, mixed and butchers
8.15 tf? 8.55, good heavy 8.25 8.60.
rough heavy 3.25 tff 8.35.
Cattle market closed weak.
Sheop market closed steady.
Northwestern receipts Minneapo
lis, today 117, last week 59, last
year 63. Duluth. today 362, last
week 296, last ypar 57.
Liverpool opening cables Wheat
to 1 higher, corn lower.
Liverpool closing Wheat l i to 1
higher, corn lower.
New York Stocks.
New York. Jan. 4. Following are
the quotations on the stock market to
day: Gas lln-,
Union Pacific "03
I". S. Sieel preferred 123
U. S. Steel common 89 v,
Rock Island preferred 90
Rock Island common 55 Vi
Southern Pacific 137
New York Central 124
Missouri Pacific 70
Great Northern 143
Northern Pacific 143
L. & N 158
C. F. 1 49
Canadian Pacific 181
Illinois Central 146 "
C. & 0 91
Wayne So you think you would
like to make journey to the north dog.
ON THE BEACH.
.Cap. Barnacle I'm a poor old sea-
Payne Yes. I think I would. It
must be restful to get to some place
where nobody cares whether the
snow is cleaned off or not.
Visitor What's the trouble? Lost
Mrs. Fondniar Don't you think I
ought to have Edith's voice cultivat
ed? Uncle Dudley No; but I think it
wi'l bear considerable pruning!
NOT A HABIT.
Mrs. Goodthing I hear that your
friend Mr. Cadger is given to drink.
Is it true?
Mr. Goodthing Only when drink
is given to him.
B. R. T 79
B. & O. : 118
St. Faul 15C
Republic Steel preferred 104 Vi
Republic Steel common 45 Vi
Southern Railway 33
LOCAL MARKET CONDITIONS.
Today's Quotations en Provisions, Llva
Stock and Produce.
Rock Island, Jan. 4. Following are
the wholesale prices on the local
Stock, Feed and Fuel.
Live Poultry Hens, per pound, 10c;
The College Boy D:td, I wish
you'd ppare me a hundred.
Ills Father It's outrageous. You
are 20 and you've never made any
thing for yourself.
HAD ALL THE VARIETIES.
Dinks I Ln'ird tiiat you had a
pi'-re &r (.vii f th- 15 kinds of pie
at b I hankriv ir.g feast?
Winks Very likely I did. I know
The College Boy -neg pardon, sir, that now I m nsving alout lo different
but I always make my own cigarets. kinds of i:i!i-.tior..
spring chickens, per pound, 12e; tur
keys, 17c; ducks, 10c; geese, 10c.
Butter Dairy. 30c; creamery, 36c.
Freeh ergs 33c.
Feed ana FueT.
Grain Corn, '55; oats, 42.
Forage Timothy hay, $15; Will,
$13; straw, $C50
of Pana v. n 'in-d Jind cor-la and
given a i.er tence of one day In Jail
by Ff-dTil Judr-e liurcphrey yester
( ricer v.!
io (.'-ri. r;.I
s accused of offeiing
.rl'.i C. Black, hc-id
j of the I.'r.iU d Siittr? civil service ccin-
mission, for an .'ippointment a rural
imail earlier, c-igor nad taken the
Coai-Lump.' per bushel. 14c; elack. eMminotlon and claims he had b-n
r told the quickest Wcy to get the on-
Wood $4.50 per load.
WOULD BUY FEDERAL JOB
Aspirant for Mail Carrier Position
Fined for Rrlbe nffcr.
Springfield. 111., Jan. 4. Pleading
guilty to a charge of offering a bribe
to a United States officer. Will Criger
pomtmcrt vs ns
io buy It from ttie
Chamberlain's Cough Remedy nev
er disappoint ll:oee who use it for
obstinate courbi;, colds and irrita
tions cf lb" throat and lungs. It
standi unrivalled as a remedy for all
throat and lung diseases. Sold by