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THE ROCK ISIAND ARGUS. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1910.
TRACK UP FIRST
Permit for Eight -of-Way to Be
Asked of the Rock Island
FOR ITS ELECTRIC TRAINS
Latter Allowed to Come Only as Far
as Fourth Avenue Over C. It.
I. & P. Itails.
The Rock Island Southern
(out the announcement through j
through to terminals in the business
The proposition of granting more
corporation tracks rights on First ave
nue is another matter altogether, and
may well be questioned. Rock Island
wants to help th9 Southern but not
at the expense of the only avenue that
is now open for the use of all roads.
No more exclusive franchises should
be granted on First avenue. Hold
that on the belt line that all may use.
, And in the meantime, push the belt
Walsh, head of the company, that it
Mrs. Bertha Blanchett.
Mrs. Bertha Blanchett died this
morning at 8:30 at the home of her
daughter. Mrs. Theodore Henrichsen,
222 Twelfth street, after an illness of
two years with paralysis and heart
trouble. She had been confined to
her bed for the past two weeks.
She was born at Augusta, Ga., Oct.
13. 185C. She came to Rock Island
! proposes seeking permission of the
city council here to lay a single track j tw'Q years ago from Crosse wis.,
i along the river front from Fourth after the death of her husband, John
i avenue and First street to the Twen- Blanchett, who was killed in a railroad
itieth street denot. which is to be ter- i wreck. She was a member of the
minal of the steam and electric trains
of the new road.
' It should be explained that the
steam trains of the southern are to
come into the city through to Twen
tieth street over the tracks of the
Rock Island road, whose right-of-way
I Methodist church of La Crosse. She
is survived by two daughters, Mrs.
Henrichsen and Mrs. John Prince of
Sault St. Marie. Mich., and two sisters.
The funeral will be hold Monday
afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home
of he-( daughter here. The services
R. B. Wil
li Cfaom anrf pipi-trip i ui oe conducted ny itev
'traffic of the Southern from Preemp- I Hams, paster of the First Methodist
'tion. j church, and burial will be in Chippian-
s tupped at Fourth Avrnne. nock cemetery.
However, the Rock Island road has i
declined the use of its tracks further Funeral of Mrs. Grotjan.
than Fourth avenue to the electric ! The funeral of Mrs. Otto Grotjan
trains, giving as the reason that this ! was held yesterday afternoon at 2
traffic would interfere with the oper-, o'clock from the residence, 545 Twen-
FIRST COUNTY JAIL. WHERE DAVENPORT
MURDERERS WERE HELD, TO BE RAZED
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-"ition of its own trains.
In just what manner the Walshes
mean to proceed to obtain the desired
track from Fourth avenue is not stat
ed. Inasmuch as the company has
given the impression that the electric
trains are to be operating into this
city In June, it would seem tnat tnere
will be some early activity necessary
in reference to the right-of-way up
It was suggested that the tracks
of the Tri-City Railway company
""might be used from Fourth avenue
east, but the Southern officials sa:
tnat their long cars could not make
the curves, and further that their
width is so much greater than the
Tri-City Railway cars that two coul"
not pass at the present space between
the paralleling lines. The logic of this
argument when the practices of other
cities are considered is not exactly
Independent of the Delt.
The Walshes are doing business
here entirely independent of the belt
line enterprise, progress on which is
making every day in the matter of
obtaining property consent between
Eleventh and Seventeenth street.
Some months ago the Walshes stated
that the Southern would bear a por
tion of the expense of the construc
tion of the public belt if allowed to
do so, but is Is not understood that
any definite proposition came from
them. Even though it did, the direc
tors of the belt would not give it
consideration, for the reason that no
partnerships are to be entered into.
The belt is to be completed on the
lines originally set. That is, the
ownership and control permanently is
to remain In a commission, acting
for the Greater Rock Island Devel
opment fund, and if there is any sur
plus, in excess of means of main
tenance and repairs, it is to go to the
funds to build and support the city
Accentuate Demand for Facilftfea.
After the completion of the belt,,
doubtless the Southern could share
the use of Its tracks on the same basis
as any other railroad, as it is to be
open to all lines, whether steam or
electric, that may desire to come into
the city. That is the prime motive
that Is behind the enterprise. Fur
thermore, it will settle the west end
factory trackage problem, opening
that territory to all roads. As it is
now, but one line has trackage to
that territory. Factories demand
competitive railroad facilities.
The predicament of the Southern
if such it might be termed only
accentuates the urgent demand for
the accommodations that will be pro
vided by the public belt. In addi
tion, only yesterday a contract was
let for a survey of another interur
ban that plans to build from Musca
tine towards this city. These new
lines are blocked at the city limits,
't is up. to the city to see them
tieth street. The services were con
ducted by Rev. Ph. Wilhelm, pastor of
tne German Lutheran church. The
pallbearers were C. E. Hodgson, S. B.
Stoddard, Edward Meeke, W. H. Jor
dan, Henry Lamp and Christian Han
sen. Burial was in Chippiannock cemetery.
SAVING CALL BY WIRELESS
(Continued from Page One.)
port, saying that it was sound and
Notwithstanding this assurance, T.
A. McLarney, formerly the night op
erator at the Waldorf-Astoria in New
York, who had shipped with the ves
sel when it left this port, refused to
' continue on the voyage because his
j parents at Monticello, N. Y., had n
premonition that something would
happen. They, bombarded him with
messages to this effect, and in defer
ence to their wishes he obtained a
substitute operator, W. D. McGinnjs,
who sent out the call which saved
the lives of his shipmates.
The Alamo was On its way from
New York to Galveston when it pick
ed up the sharp call "S. O. S.." which
has taken the place of the famous
"C. Q. D." as the insistent call of a
ship in distress. The Alamo put on
full speed, pointing its nose in the di
rection given by the Kentucky, and as
it drew within range of the latter's
supposed position began to send
thick black smoke from its funnels
to ghe heart to the crew of the dis
abitvl vessel and warning of the ap
proach of the Alamo.
In the wireless room of the Ken
tucky sat Operator W. D. McGinnis.
hammering away on the call for aid
and receiving the assurance that heir
was coming as fast as the engines
c? a liner and two revenue cutters
could drive them. It is evidence of his
heroism that Captain Moore, when
on the Alamo, publicly thanked the
operator for his work and the res
cued crew then cheered him.
Water Drowni Out Dynamo.
He sat at his instrument until wa
ter. ruFhing in, drowned out the dyn
amo. The wireless was choked and
the Kentucky's crew could but wait
until the vessel was found. Just as
the electricity failed the first sign of
smoke from the Alamo's fires was
The work of transferring the crew
was attended with little danger, and
no one was injured.
One of the old landmarks of Rock
Island county will soon fall before the
reaper of progress. The old brick
building south of the Modern Woodmen
headquarters, which was constructed
in 1S36 and was used for 20 years as a
county jail, will be destroyed and a
modern building will be erected on the
site. The property on which the. jail
now stands was bought last week by
the Modern Woodmen of America, but
to what use it will be put is not known.
Major Hawes of the Woodmen said
last week: "The next requirement in
the way of new buildings for this or
ganization Is a building to be used as
a storehouse. It is probable that a
warehouse will be erected soon in
which to store our paper stock. The
title to the property was acquired un
der the direction of the board of direc
tors upon advice which was received at
this office after the adjournment cf the
January session of the board."
The old jail was built in 1836 to be
used as quarters for lawbreakers. It
is the first jail to be used by Rock Is
land county. It was the building In
use at the time of the Davenport mur
der which occurred July 4. 1S45, at
his residence recently restored o:i
Rock Island arsenal. It is the place
where the murderers were confined
previous to their trial and execution.
Major Hawes is one of the few sur
viving residents of Rock Island who
were born in this city and were
living at the time of this
wholesale execution. He says:
"I was 5 years of age, just a 'kid,' at
the time of the execution of the mur
derers of Davenport. I recall distinct
ly, standing on the porch of the old
Cobb home on Fifteenth street, be
tween Second and Third avenues, with
my mother on the day of the execution.
My mother was the sister of the wife
of Sheriff Lemuel Andrews, who was
sheriff at that time. We stood there
and watched the crowds cf armed men
gather to see the execution. They were
acting as a guard of the murderers. I
saw the condemned men taken from
the jail on Fourth avenue, where the
scaffold had been erected. John Long,
Aaron Iong and Granville Youna;.
the condemned men, thought till
the time of their death that their
friends would attempt to rescue them,
and so every man who was present
acted as a guard.. Fox, one of the
Davenport murderers, escaped from
the .jail through the privy while held
for trial. John Baxter, who
was also connected with the murder,
was sent to the penitentiary for life,
but. was pardoned.
"The old jail has survived all other
buildings which were built at the same
time. The old court house which stood
on the southeast corner of Courthouse
square was torn down many years ago
and the present building was built.
The old jail was used for about 20
years and was then replaced by the
jail building which is now in use on
the southwest comer of Courthouse
square. Since 1S56 the old brick jail
has been used as a residence."
MESSAGE TO CITY
Miss Hedvigr af Petersens Lec
tures Here on Selma
WINNER OF NOBEL PRIZE
WITH NEW PAVING
Enlarged Water Mains and
Placing of Wires Under
GATHER DATA FOR COUNCIL
Tri-City Railway, People's Power and
Moline & East Moline Inter
urbans Have Annuals.
Whole Question to Be Taken Up at
Meeting of Municipal Body Next
To the Taxpayers of the City of
Rock Island: You are hereby notified
that your taxes are now due. I have
the books at my office, 1712 Third ave
nue. Office hours, from 9 a. m. to 5
p. m.; Wednesday and Saturday even
ings from 7 to 8:30.
JOHN T. NOFTSKER,
It's mighty nice to have
-- ..u Of Indian Corn. s.. -
The dainty flavor and
crispness of the golden
brown, fluffy bits have
a charm that appeals to
the palate as few other
Post Toasties are fully
and ready to
serve from the package
with cream and some
The Memory Lingers"
Postum Cereal company, Ltd., Battle Creek, Mich.
Popular package 10c; Large Family size 15c.
At the meeting of the city council
next Monday evening it is expected
that Dan Kelly, superintendent of wa
terworks, will have a report on the
condition and capacity, compared with
demands, of the water service pipage
in Second and Third avenues, the in
formation to be for the benefit of the
aldermen in connection with the con
sideration of the ordinances for the re
paving of those thoroughfares, togeth
er with Twentieth street between Sec
and Fourth avenues. As known gen
eralb', the recommendation of the board
of local improvements is that asphalt
be substituted for the present worn
It Is known that it will be only a few
years until the water mains In Sec
ond and Third avenues will have to be
replaced with enlarged pipes to meet
the requirements of the increasing
population. The members of the coun
cil are desirous that this improvement
be taken care of simultaneously with
the new paving, in order that the lat
ter be laid permanently when it is put
in place, and not be torn up by subse
quent changes in the water main sys
tem. Wlrn I'mlrr Ground.
Another change that Is to be weighed
with the paving ordinance is that of
ground. Those of the Union Electric
are now buried, but those of the Cen
tral Union are still hung on the un
sightly poles that sprinkle the city.
i The company Is ready to rebuild its
local plant and to place Its wires be
neath the surface when, the council
adopts a new ordinance which has been
submitted to the body by the company.
The contention on which the adop
tion of the ordinance hangs is the union
labor clause that members of the coun
cil insist be embodied as a part of the
telephone ordinance. This is contrary
to the general policy of the company,
and the local officials declare will
never be granted. The council and the
company seem to be entirely agreed on
all other points. The ordinance. It la
said, will be up before the council
again Monday evening.
The council, in giving attention to
the water mains and the telephone
wires, should not lose sight of the bus
iness section paving improvement.
The owners of the frontage are almost
unanimously in favor of the new pav
Inr, and no delays should bo contin-
jgent on the underground changes.
The annual elections of the People's
Power company of Rock Island and
Moline, the Moline, East Moline &
Watertown Railway company and the
Tri-City Railway company were held
today. The old officers were reelected.
People's Power company
President J. F. . Porter.
Vice president F. W. Reimers.
Secretary-treasurer H. E. Weeks.
Moline, East Moline & Watertown
President J. F. Porter. ,
Vice president B. F. Peek.
Secretary-treasurer H. E. Weeks.
Tri-City Railway company
President J. F. Porter.
Vice president B. F. Peek.
Secretary-treasurer H. E. Weeks.
SPIERING TO GIVE
CONCERT AT COLLEGE
Famous Violinist Booked for an Kn
gagement at Augustana in
Speaker Describes Characteristics of
Famous . Writer Inspiration
from 1 ears of Travel.
Greetings were exchanged between
America and Sweden last night at Au
gustana college, the occasion being
Miss Hedvig af Petersens' lecture on
Selma Lagerlof. Before beginning her
lecture Miss af Petersens extended a
word of greeting to the people of thl3
country from the Swedish press and
from the Swedish people. At tne con
clusion of her lecture, Dr. Gustav An
dreen replied to the greetings in be
half of the Swedish-Americans of this
country. All Swedish-Americans, he
said, feel a just pride in the splendid
literary work now being done in Swe
den, especially by Selma Lagerlof.
The fact that Selma Lagerlof re
ceived the Xobel prize last month for
having produced the world's best liter
ature during 1909 added considerable
interest to the lecture. The interest
wa also enhanced by the fact that
Miss af Petersens is also a writer of
note, and is an Intimate friend of Sel
ma Lagerlof. She 6poke glowingly of
the work the latter Is doing for Swed
ish literature and the influence it is
having on the Swedish people. Miss
af Petersens was introduced by Pro
fessor Jules Mauritzon In a few ap
SlngH Mnny MHodlra.
"In her poetry," said Miss af Peter
sens, "Selma Lagerlof not only sings,
but in doing so she reflects everything
that Is Swedish. Swedish poetry
sings many different melodies, but the
undertone is always the same dis
tinctively Swedish. Xo one has done
quite so much In shaping and mould
ing the language as has Selma Lager
lof in her writings."
The speaker then told of the early
ambitions of Selma Lagerlof to become
a writer, and the discouragement that
met her. While a girl she wrote poor
prose and worse poetry and waited for
success. She thought of other great
Swedish poets and writers, and she
felt confident that she had equally as
good material as they possessed, if she
only knew how to put it together. It
seemed that the inspiration she needed
came to her as the result of several
years of travel through all of Europe.
AVritra In Holy I'nxnlon.
"When Selma Lagerlof writes best,"
said the speaker, "she seems to write j
almost in a holy passion. She rarely j
speaks about herself in any of her writ-:
ings. She is both a legend teller and !
a seer. She strives to attain that !
which is essential, good and divine in !
man. sne writes in tne same way as
the birds sing; she lets herself be
guided by true intuition. Greatest of
all, she Is a true woman at the same
time as she is a great writer. j
"All her books are interesting. Thoy ;
all end well, and 'all sinners are con- j
verted.' Selma Lagerlof possesses a
very sensitive nature and she Is equal-j
ly sensitive of other's feelings as she j
is of her own. When she must cou- j
demn, it pains her. By her art she
conjures up prehistoric times and peo
ples. Her fountain of inspiration lies
deeper buried than the at chives of
GIvt-s Hope and Coaragr.
"She gives hope and courage to live
in all her writings. The language she
uses is simple and never Involved f-r
cumbersome. She understands women
perfectly, but she does not understand
men. This, perhaps, is her only short
coming." Miss af Petersens was given quite
an ovation at the conclusion of her
lecture. Dr. Andreen's remarks fol
lowed and then a double quartet from
the Wennerberg chorus sang a selec
tion. After the1 program a public re
ception wrs hold in order to give every
one who wished to do so an opportun
ity to meet Miss af Petersens. From
here Miss af Petersens goes to Minne
apolis to lecture.
C. E. Shields left last night for Chi-
The people of the trl-cities will have
an opportunity of hearing the greatest
musical treat of the season when Theo
dore Splerlng, the noted violinist,
comes to Augustana college. Profes
sor Spiering has now finally announced
that he will appear here April 21. The
engagement for his appearance here j cago.
was secured a year in advance while i j jj. Trimble has retruned from a
the celebrated violinist was in Ger- ! Drief business trip in the east
many, but the lyceuni has been unable j Elbprt ,?ft ,a3t for Cni.
to secure a definite date until now. cagQ tQ attend the automo5i;e show.
jmnng tne wimer troiessor apier
ing has been director of the Philhar
monic orchestra in New York city, and
has scored even greater triumphs than i
he experienced before his European ! Frederick Grotjan of Buffalo. N.
trip. He will give his first individual i a rrived here yesterday afternoon
recital in this country in Mendelssohn j attend the funeral of his mother.
hail. New York, next Thursday after
noon, with Kurt Schindler at the piano. !
The recital Is being looked forward 'o j
as one of the biggest musical events '
in New York this year.
Rev. J. L. Vance has retrnued from
Little York, where he conducted a
series of revival services.
DRIVEN INSANE BY
Mrs. Selma Chelstrom of Moline Com
mitted as Patient at Watertown
Mrs. Selma Chelstrom of Moline was
found insane by a jury fn the county
court this morning and Judge R V.
Olmsted ordered that she be commit
ted as a patient at the Watertown
hospital. Mrs. Chelstrom s mental im
pairment was attributed to worry over
the habits of her husband.
Roof Burned. '
Fire late this afternoon burned the !
roof of a story and a hnlf residence at
Forty -fifth street between Third and
Fourth avenues. The cause of the fire
Is not known.
zs to the
Receirej nibert Award
WarU'c Pore looi Expoufoa
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The. JAjJa in e.B s to n. . S t o t c
Never in February rarely in 'any mourn
such active selling, as we're having in this
Thursday morning brought swarms of custo
mers, and yesterday again our store was a hum
ming hive of bargain buyers, and not a disap
pointed among them all.
That's one of the reasons why people flock
to the "sales" this store, the
holds. Ours are not the "hurry-quick, soon orer"
The Sic dress ginghams which are on sale at 5c
yard, we admit, did go out faster than we expect
ed, but telegrams and "hustle" brought ns
another thousand yard lot yesterday enough for
half of next week, anyway 8$c dress ginghams
5c a yard.
In the Ready-to-wear department the coats,
suits and dresse, are moving lively. It's the
prices and styles that are doing it.
Nice, stylish $15.00 suits for $7.50; modish
10.00 coats for 5.00; splendid values in 5.00
Panama dress skirts for 3.95 these are only a
very little part of the Consolidation Sale bargain
story in ready-to wear-garments.
You see, the merging of the J. H. Nessley
Co., with the
F fS VL.Q'Q'Sl-E'V
means a lot for Moline. It's a new merchandiz
ing era for the town. The addition of the splen
did store room the J. H. Nessley Co. had the
cutting of the arches on both floors the rearrang
ing of our departments so that we can handle the
great big increased business that's pouring in on
us so fast all this is going to give Moline a bar
gain benefit a fresh start the second install
ment, so to speak, of the business boom that
slatted up when the
opened for business in Moline six years ago.
So, to clear the way for the new plans ahead,
we are holding this
That's why we're selling now and next week,
good standard 9c, thirty-six inch bleached mus
lins for 6c a yard.
That's the reason why 25c corset cover em
broidery goes now and next week for 17oi.
That's the reason for selling 40-inch striped
8lc curtain Swisses for 5c a yard.
That's the reason why the House Furnishing
Goods Annex across the alley is selling great big
35c gray-granite preserving kettles for 10c; 25c
handled gray-granite sauce pans for 10c; 29c
galvanized coal hods for 19c; good upright or
inverted gas mantles for 7c; genuine 25c china
salad bowls, decorated in colors and gold, for
17c; choice of seven hundred articles in decorat
ed cups and saucers, milk pitchers, plates, vege
table dishes, meat platters, etc., for 9c.
is the place for bargains all the time, and espec
ially during this
Here's aspecial lot of 50c wool dress goods going
at 25c a yard; 1.25 black silks at 75c; child
ren's 12ic black stockings for 5c a pair; 15c
huck towels for 9c; men's "Arrow" brand linen
collars 2 for 15c; men's 50c fleeced knit under
shirts or drawers for 35c; cotton batts, 3 for
5c; children's knit 10c vests or pants for 5c.
And so on. No use to prolong the list.
Every reader of this who wants to make money go
its full length in seasonable bargain buying power
will visit this t
tonight, or Monday, or Tuesday or Wednesday
or some other day next week, and revel in the
widespread array of bargains marked by big
price tickets all over the thirty-one thousand
square feet of of selling space (to say- no.h ng of
the basement reserve rooms) which this Consoli
dation of the Nessley business with our own
has given us.
.Moline, Fcbruar' 5.
Xtlts W;te ana Four Children.
Fergus Falls. Minn.. Feb. 5. i'-
liam Ruckheim. a farmer, 35 years
old, murdered, his wife and four chil
dren and shot himself Thursday night
I at .Barkers Prairie. He was found
! dying TA ln a son went to the farm
; today. Ruchhcitn Is b:ieved to have
j been temporarily Insane. No other
motive for the crime has been found.