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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS
' WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY! 23, 1910.
CITY MADE OVER
BY A MISSION
'John MacVicar Cites Remark
able Results Attained in'
(PARTIES ARE OBLITERATED
v People Get Together and Pull for
Their Town Economy in a
- Rock Island, as a cure for its muni
cipal troubles, wu advised by John
MacVicar of Des Moines, in an ad
dress last evening at the Rock Island
Club, to follow the lead of his home
Icity and adopt the commission form
of government. Mr. MacVicar pre
sented statistics to prove that Des
-Moines, after two years under the com
mission form, had been born over; the
people united; political partisanship
'and factionalism disappeared locally;
more public improvements during the
past year than any similar period in
its history; 100,000 balance in the
'municipal treasury, where previously
there had been a deficit.
: Mr. MacVicar was the speaker at
the annual banquet of the club, the
'organization this year paying its trib
ute to the memory of the father of
his country. The banquet was served
at 6:30 In the main dining room at the
i clubhouse on Sixteenth street. .Man
tager George Stephenson of the club
lhad tastily arranged the room with
the national colors, and the patriotic
suggestion was carried out in the table
decorations. Bleuer's orchestra gave
a program of patriotic music during
! the evening.
Sir. Caateel Toutmnitcr.
i H. E. Casteel served as toastm aster
in the absence of W. A. Rosenfield,
; president of the club, who was called
!out of town yesterday on business. Mr.
j Casteel referred to the significance of
the day; its teachings in patriotism
'and loyalty to home and country. But
I the problems of the present were what
the people were chiefly concerned in,
he said. One of the greatest of these
was that-of the intelligent and eco
nomical government of cities, and he
Ttnew no one better qualified to give
renlightenment on the subject than Mi.
'MacVicar, who had devoted upwards
of 20 years in the public service, most
, of his time in his home city of Des
. Mr. MacVicar, In beginning his re
marks, stated that it was true he had
given the greater part of. his life thus
far to work incident to city govern-
iment. Just now he was serving as su-
pervisor of public works in Des Moines,
where two years ago he wa3 elected
;one of the five commissioners. Pre
iviously he had served: as mayor of that
city five years.
Slate Laura Handicap.
"Your state laws have had much to
do with the misgovernment of your
cities," Mr. MacVicar said. "Your
states have assumed to form laws os
tensibly to make city officers honest
and efficient. placing restrictions
around them that handicapped them
on all sides. I had an oportunity to
personally view the effects cf state
regulations of a city in Des Moines
under the old condition of things. I
iepent a year in New York and Wash
ington studying their municipal sys-
Tells of City Rescue
From Factional Rule
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BURNED TO DEATH;
CLOTHES ON FIRE
Edna Freymann, Aged 5, Fatal
ly Scorched While at
CHILDREN ALONE IN HOME
Removed to Hospital, Where She Suc
cumbs to Her Injuries Tells
John MacVicar, Pes Moines, Address
es Rock Island Club on Commis
sion 1-Viini of Government.
tems, particularly with reference to
outside Improvements and street
maintenance. New York, to my sur
prise, I found to be splendidly gov
erned, despite stories to the contrary
which I had read. On the other hand,
Washington, which had' been held up
as a model, was the opposite. A great
public sentiment, not Tammany
Edna Freymann, 5-year-old daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. John Freymann, 521
Twenty-second street, died at St. An
thony's hospital at 4 o'clock this morn
ing as the result of burns received
while playing with a younger sister
at the home of her parents yesterday
The children were romping merrily
around the rooms of the home and
Edna went to the open fireplace to get
warm." Her sister Lena accidentally
pushed her near to the flames and the
apron which she wore became ignited.
Before the fire could be extinguished
fatal wounds had been inflicted.
At the time of the accident, the
mother was outside, and upon hearing
the screams of the children, she
rushed into the house and put out the
flames. Neighbors quickly summoned
Dr. B. J. Laehner, who was making
a call in the neighborhood, to attend
Connrloiia to End.
The ambulance was then summoned
and the child was taken to St. An
thony's hospital, where she died this
si mnrninir Sho wan rnnsrtnns till the
I found to be the direct- ; JT . ,,Ki
me: or cuecKiiiK. lurco 111 mtfiu. iu
Washington there was no public senti- the accident to her Iather who &c,
ment insofar as it affected the muni- , companled her to the hospital. She
cipal affairs. f saJj tnat wnen her apron caught fire
we maae two tnats oerore we in-
Easter comes early this
season, so don't delay or
dering that suit or over
coat. Our store is full of
the season's beautiful
patterns. All we ask is
a reasonable price.
ILLINOIS THEATER BUILDINGL
Old Phone 716-L.
duced the Iowa jegislature to pass the
commission bill. We followed in many
respects the Galveston plan, here and
there inserting what we believed
would turn out to be improvements on
the system in force in the southern
city. Our nominations were made by
petition. Twenty-five names to a peti
tion will place a name of a candidate
on the primary ballot under our law.
In our first election, at the primary,
we had 54 candidates for councilmen
and 17 for mayor. The primary is the
eliminator. "Under it the two receiv
ing the highest votes for mayor be
come the candidates before the elec
tor, and the eight receiving the high
est votes for councilmen at the prim
aries become the regular nominees for
commissionerships. At the election we
had the largest vote ever polled in the
ITnlon Labor Converted.
"One of the chief forces that op
posed the commission form in our city
was uniou labor, but this was wholly
due to a lack of. proper understanding
of what was to be expected under the
commission form. 1 told the boys -they
all knew me to give it a chance,
and if it did not prove tip they could
turn it down after two years. Instead
of reduced wages, as the opponents of
the commission government predicted
to the union men. we have increased
the pay of teamsters, for instance,
from $3.50 to $4.50 per day. and of our
laborers from $2 to $2.25 per day. We
found that the teamsters could not live
under the old wage; neither could the
street laborers, with the cost of living
gradually on the uprise. The commis
sion voluntarily raised their pay. But
we expected a full day's work for a
full day's pay. It went a little hard at
the outset, but now the boys are bet
ter satisfied. They move along the
street now as though they were inter
ested in what they were doing, and
not in how Jones or Smith would come
out at the approaching primary. There
fore employes of the city are not ex
pected to get out before election and
leg for the fellow who can hold them
in their jobs. On the contrary, our
state law specifically prohibits ra
ployes from participation in elections,
and our mayor has just issued an or
der quoting the law. Violation means
dismissal from the service.
"I dare say there never was a city
i more rent, or divided than was Des
Moines in the days when the battle
for office lay between the parties. The
utilities corporations, and the contrac
tors, and the saloon keepers, and the
gamblers, all had a hand in controll
ing our council. They were the chief
factors to be considered in our elec
tions. It was proven that the public
service corporations had bribed our
council. The people were yearning for
deliverance. They believe" they got It
in the adoption of the commission
"And it Is surprising to note that
the previously domineering elements
that I have mentioned now are behav
ing as ordinarily good citizens. Tliey,
too, apparently, are satisfied. Parties,
so far as local affairs are concerned,
have disappeared. Men and interests
that heretofore have warred for con
trol of the legislative body, have join
ed hands, and are standing up for Des
as I do, it is almost inconceivable that
such a reformation In the people could
have taken place in so brief a time.
AU Pull Together.
"Formerly it was the east side
against the west side. You know we
are divided by a river. It was one side
against the other pulling with the coun
cil for favors. There is no east and
west side now. There is just one city.
When one business street seeks an im
provement, the merchants on the
neighboring streets boost for it. For
merly this was not the spirit. We
have formed what is known as the
she attempted to put out the flames
with her hands, but could not do so.
All of her clothes were burned from
her body and her face, chest, abdo
men, limbs and hands were fright
Inquest Is Held.
The remains were taken to the
Knox undertaking parlors and Coroner
J. F. Rose conducted an inquest this
morning at 10 o'clock. The coroner's
jury after hearing the testimony of
Dr. Laehner and the parents, returned
a verdict that "death was due to burns
received by falling into a fireplace.
Deceased was born in Davenport
Dec. 21, 1905. The family has resided
In Rock Island for the past four years
Besides her parents, the child is sur
vived by three sisters, Amanda, Dora
and Lena, and a brother, James.
Greater Des Moines committee, con
sisting of some of the live wires of
our city. Our Commercial club, which
had gone to seed, 1-as been revived,
and we are doing things that are at
tracting the attention of the outsido
world. Our Commercial club city ad
vancement work has succeeded beyond
our foudest dreams. Our city has tak
en on metropolitan airs; our streets
are clean; our alleys, unheard of be
fore, are clean the year through. We
have new sidewalks. Our streets are
lighted. Walnut street, the heart of
the business center, is acknowledged
by electrical men to be the best light
ed street in the world today. Our bus
iness men have gotten over being
afraid to let their neighbors get some
thing. Toleration and Kalrnenn.
"Our citizenship has become fair and
tolerant. You doubtless have heard
that Des Moines was bad morally. It
was. I can't say that we yet are a
model city morally. We still have
with us the good and the bad, but the
latter is more subdued than under the
older order of government. Personal
ly, under the moral head, I prefer elim
ination to segregation. I have reached
the opinion after giving both a trial.
"The mayor and each commissioner
has his assigned duty. Each gives his
whole time to the office. We are well
paid, and give the best there is in us to
our jobs. We believe that we are more
efficient servants the longer we are
continued in office, just as any man in
any other ordinary business position.
The conditions in every department of
the city have been bettered. The peo
ple know it. All of the official acts of
the mayor and commissioners are pub
licly recorded. No moneys are han
dled except by the city treasurer, who
is elected by the council.
"Our commission has made our con
tractors honest by enforcing specifica
tions. We have rejected materials,
and that has had a tendency to Influ
ence contractors who seek city work
to be more careful. We have cut off
the system of paying extras, a weak
ness of the majority of contractors,
and one that was encouraged under
the old plan of government.
Itcnlfled t Hmpnlsmlne.
"The best proof that. Des Moines is
pleased with the commission govern
ment is the fact that I am away from
home with election day only three
weeks off. And I am a candidate for
election, too. In previous elections,
THROUO II jrOLSEC.ONP-
J7XAGGERATION in advertis
ing is so general that it makes the
task of news-telling difficult in a careful
store of the McCabe sort. We know
that our words and our facts strike the
callous armor that kind nature has thrown
between your inner conscience and the
blatant type of store talk. One should
read with knowledge of the kind of
store that gives the news. Our 'facts
must be printed with exactness no
painting of the lilly is permissible.
"DARIS, the impetuous, the impulsive,
the restless, the volatile Paris is pro
ducing more exquisite millinery this
season than ever. Models of the new
Lata, such as Alphonsinc. Reboux. Tal
bot and Mane Guy are designing, will
he shown here.
Cheney's shower-proof Foulard silks,
spring 1910 now ready 85 yard up.
MU.CH has been
said of late in the fashion
magazines and daily papers
that is misleading about'the new
models in corsets. Our constant
study of this art and a
broad experience, enables
us to speak authoritatively
The spring models for
1910 are all here and our
advance showings are be
ing eagerly studied. We.
display the best new mod
els of the leading makes.
The Kabo, The American
Lady, The Royal Worces
ter, Bon Ton Adjusto, P.
N., Redfern, C-B a la
Spirite, The La Grecque,
The Regis, Madam Cros
by's Front-lacing Corsets,
The La Camille Front
lacing, Thomson's Glove
fitting Corsets, R. & G,
The Rengo Belt. The
Nemo Self -reducing, etc
You ivill see here only
ivhat is correct and up to
the latest moment in corsetry
Our experts imll demonstri
any of the above styles at your
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Last Call! Women's Coats, furs
and Children's Coats, , Price
For the balance of the week our
entire stock of women's and children's
coats and furs, handsome black broadcloth
coats, beautiful novelty cloths, plain serges
and suitings, all tailored in the best manner;
also those rich furs no reserve cut the
price in two yourself, half, half saved. In
addition Double S. &? U. Green Trading
Stamps on all these coats and furs half
price and double stamps, Thursday, Friday
Huge knots of black or wluta
l&oe are used to trim tbe largo
Many of tb New Lechoraa
are taoed wlta bhrck velvet a4
are rtartiingly feandeome.
Tiny pink eatm aa4 sflk Tea
Reses are used for trimming
evening gewne as wen aa tiara.
BLack and White mixtwoe
are te be popular for apetag
Pearl grsr aad Banana
Shades re approved prfcag col
or a for-glerea.
There- la a parted riot pen
dant ornament for hat trim
mings shown Jn the Parle shops.
Many are of Immense size.
Already theTe'bsM developed
a scarcity of Leghorn bats for
the early Spring 'demand.
Our milliners- are-now all hack
In their places and dert fingers
are fast fashJontog their eterer
est thoughts into m ore taagihle
New Chamoisctte gloves. Look just like chamois skin.
only they wash and wear better half price, too. pr.
Turned the Tables
42 parlor and library ta
bles, odd tables by the way
one of a kind, but the
kinds are good and the price
of each is 25 to 33 1-3 per
cent less than what is usual
ly considered a fair price.
They are oak, mahogany
and mission, square, oval
and round, pedestal and four
legs.. Note these few ex
$7. HO Mission Oak Li
bray Tables, 42-inch top
with shelf and drawer,
$7.50 Quartered Oak Par
lor Tables with pedestal
$2.S5 Golden Oak Parlor
Tables, 24-nch square tops,
The sensible floor coTering,
handsome, quiet, resilient, com
forting to busy feet, easy to
-'lean and keep clean, longest
Remnants of figured linole
ums, ranging 2 to 10 yards, values-up
to 65c, for 32J4c per sq.
Blabon's famous figured lin
oleums in pretty tile effects, 2
yards wide, worth 50c for 39c
per sq. yard.
English and Scotch Imported
linoleums, with figured art de
signs, dainty floral patterns and
conventional effects, worth 60c,
for 48c pr sq. yard.
Figured linoleums in tile pat
terns, 4 yards wide, extra qual
ity, worth 65c, for 50c per fq yd.
Imported granite inlaid linole
ums, greens, blues and browns, on
ly 75c per sq. yard.
Oak, plank inlaid linoleums, for
tT frrr - tt . y: tt.
L f i. :t,'Z . -Lit
halh, rug borders, etc., down to
78' jc sq yard.
Blabon's celebrated inlaid Mnole
unis, colors through to the back,
tile patte rns. 98c sq . yard.
For one knowing Des Moines j knock-down-and-drag-out three months
before election. By now the candi
dates would be calling each other ev
erything in the criminal calendar. The
newspapers would be reeking with
mud and personal abuse. That is all
ancient history. Candidates now are
not permitted to spend money , in cam
paigning. Our elections are ae near
honest as it is possible to get them.
If Rock Island ever embraces the new
form of government, don't permit the
mistake to be made of bringing out
your 'prominent business men.' Re
member that there is safety and effi
ciency in the average citizenship. Let
the candidates come from the people.
Don't try. as was done in our city, to
force a ticket down the public throat.
It will not carry. It failed in our city,
and will fail wherever it is attempted.
I believe the people can be trusted.
Put your destinies up to them. It is
for you to sift the chaff from the
Replying to questions put to him by
Dr. lxuis Ostrom. who said that he i
served as a "dummy" in the local city j
council and resigned when he saw he j
could not be of any particular service
to his city; B. D. Connelly, H. E. Van
Duzer, and Mayor G. V. McCaskrin.
Mr. MacVicar attributed the financial
record of the Des Moines commission
administration wholly to the applica
tion of ordinary business methods to
the affairs of the city. Of course, there
has been a stoppage of leaks, and, too,
the city's money, carried in the banks,
was drawing interest under the new
plan. It did not do so under the party
administration. Mr. MacVicar thought
the 40 per cent recall attached to the
Illinois bill was excessive. Iowa had
the 25 per cent recall. But he only
knew of one case where the recall had
been employed. That was in Los An
geles. It was effective, however, as a
check on the members of the commis
sion. They were simply holding their
jobs by the suffrage of the public.
They had to give a satisfactory ac
counting of their stewardship every
dayj in the year. .
Mr. MacVicar was tendered arising
vote of thanks for his excellent ad
dress. Gnrata nl Dnnqurt.
Following are those who were guests
at the banquet: M. S. Heagy, II. E.
Krell. F. T. Myers, Mayor George V.
McCaskrin. T. J. Medill, John Mac
Vicar (Des Moines). H. E. Casteel. Dr.
George U Eyster, Phil Mitchell, F. W.
Bahnsen. J. V. Welch. Rev. R. B. Wil
liams, Major K. D. Bricker. B. D. Con
nelly, Robert Wagner, Henry Water
man (Geneseo), J. F. Leiberknecht
(Geneseo), Major S. Hof. John Ohl
weiler. AVilliam McEniry. E. W. Ipwis,
Dr. J. P. Coinegys, S. W. Searle. W. H.
Thorns, H. W. Ralston. B. C- Hartz, W.
L. Gansert. E. L. Goff. II. B. Simmon,
Henry W. Horst. O. B. Hampton. Ixtuis
L. Harms, W. C. Maucker, L. Simon,
Mayer Levi. F. A. Smith, H. E. Brown,
H. E.'Cox, George H. Kingsbury, J. M.
Colligan. Charles L. Walker. Dr. R. M.
Pearre, H. H. Cleaveland. M. P. Vor",
Your burden is heavy, I haven't a
But others have loads they must carry
And they are not whining.
Some people are glad if but half of the
Lies out of the shadow, or part of the
They see the sun shining
Suppose you try tmiling.
sale and retail. 2101 Third avenue.
Phone west 312.
Trl-City Towel Rupply'company,
For bus and express. Spencer St Treft.
Attcnl the great fur sale. Youns
. i & McConibs.
LaVanway buys and sella very
thing.. Telephone W247.
Citv property, farm lands. L. "A.
This funny old world is a mirror, you
Turn its way with a sneer or the face
of a foe.
Jr., M. P. Vore, W. A. Schaeffer. ; And you will see trouble.
Roy A. Sears. Otto Huber. Gus Tegeler, f But meet it with laughter, and looks
L. M. Casteel. F. M. Riggs, A. W. Roth- ! full of cheer,
well, Dr. E. M.Sala.J. R. Tuckis. Dr. Ijuts i And back will come sunshine and love,
Ostrom. A. S. Baxter, A. M. Suhler. i true and dear,
John Volk, Robert Rexdale. J P. Mc- i With blessings to double
Bride, W. H. Dart, Harry Van Duzer,
William M. Reck. Henry Kramer. K.
L. Hunter, U R. Day, J. B. Miller.
D a y s
We will give away coupons
'ood at your
Suppose you try smiling.
All doors open widely to those who are
glad; ' '
Too many lack courage; too many are
Those near you need cheering.
So,' laugh with your burden; the w3y
is not long;
And if- you look upward, your heart
will grow ftrong. '
And skies will be clearing
Suppose you try smiling.
Leaf lard at GMmore's.
Kerler & Co. make rugs.
Buy a home of Reldy Brow.
Wines and liquors at Riesel"s. whole-
Polland. 314 Safety building.
Let William JoLnson do vour tin and
furnace work. 1316 Thirdivenue.
II. T. Siemon wants your tin and
furnace work. 1526-1528 Fourth are
Lewis' Single Binder the famous
straight 5 cent cigar, always best
Fresh every day. We can furnish
and deliver every day pies and pastry.
j Young & McCombs.
I Pure artesian water from Woodman
well. Old phone II.. F. Lamp,
1329 Serond avenue.
Try Mrs. Austin's buckwheat flour.
Makes dandy cakes, with the genuine
flavor. Ask your grocer.
Try our pastry just like mother's
make, pR, cakes., cream puffs, lady
fingers, etc. Young & McCombs.
Good, old fashioned cakes are mada
from Mrs. Austin's buckwheat flour.
Fresh goods now at your grocers.
Do you know that croup can be pre
vented? Give Chamberlain's Cough
Remedy as soon as tiwi child becomes
hoarse or even after th croupy cough
appears and It will prevent the attack.
It is also a certain cure for croup and
has never been known to fall. Sold
by all druggists.