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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. WJSUJVJKSLiiVY, makuw le, iyio.
SOON PASS NEW
Bock Island Business Men's
Association to Seek Voters'
BLANKS ARE ORDERED
Hope to Have Commission Govern'
merit Question Settled at No
Petitions are soon to be circulated
by the Rock Island Business Men's as
sociation for the placing on the ballot
at the November election of the propo
sition whether the taxpayers of Rock
Island desire to be governed under the
commission form, as provided by a law
enacted at the recent session of the
At a meeting of the association direc
tors last night Secretary Charles GofT
was instructed to. obtain a supply of
petition blanks. . These will be placed
in the hands of the members, all of
whom are enthusiastically in favor of
the abolition o" Jthe present system of
municipal govei.-ment, to obtain sig
natures. The law requires that 10 per
cent of the voterr shall sign the peti
tlons requesting tjje county judge to
order the proposition placed on the
ballot. The aim of the association is
to have the preliminaries out of the
way In order that, assuming the peo
ple will go on record as favoring an
election under the new form, the com
missioners may be chosen simulta
neously with the expiration of the
terms of the officers of the present ad
ministration. Senator Daly to Be Speaker.
In line with ltB agitation for the
adoption of the commission form of
government, the business men's asso
ciation will have the question discuss
ed at its annual banquet, the date of
which, has been fixed for April 14, by
Senator John Daly of Peoria, a member
of the Illinois legislature who was one
of a committee of Ave designated by
the upper house to visit several cities
which are. operating under the com
mission form. Mr. Daly supported the
law throughout the fight for its adop
tion by the legislature, and is thor
oughly informed on the subject. The
other speaker at the banquet will be
W. J. Pilkington, one of the live wires
of Des Moines, a city that Is conducted
under the commission form. However,
Mr. Pilkington will speak on another
topic, the title of which is to be "Re
tailing of Merchandise as a Science."
George E. Green of Peoria, secretary
of the state business men's , associa
tion, has been invited to be present
also, and if he comes, as all of the
business people here'hope he can be
relied upon to have an interesting mes
sage to Impart. The place of holding
the banquet was left to a'committee.
In addition to the addresses there will
be a musical program. It is proposed
to make the affair the biggest of its
kind ever held under the auspices of
the association. There will be seat
ing accommodations for 250, and it is
The Intention to invite every business
and professlAial man of the city,
whether a member of the association
or not, to attend.
Abolition of Bridge To J In.
The directors of the association also
gave further consideration to the new
state law making it obligatory upon
counties to assume maintenance of
bridges within the county, the local
association's interest bearing on the
situation as it applies to the Rock
river structures between Sears and
Milan. The law contemplates, how
ever, that the bridges must be in first
class condition before the trans
fer to the county can be forced.
The association Is urging the city to
improve the bridges in order to place
them under county control and thereby
abolish the provincial system of toll
collection, that is in vogue there now,
thereby making a charge to travel the
only inlet there is to the city from the
farming country at the south.
Mrs. Minne Blocker.
Mrs. Minnie Blocker died this morn
ing at 2 o'clock at tlje home of her
daughter. Mrs. Margaret Fitzsimmons.
1229 Fourteenth street, after an illness
of four days with pneumonia. Deceas
ed was born Dec. 31, 1836, afHolstein,
Germany. She came here directly from
Germany, and had resided in this city
50 years. She was married to Christ
Blocker at St. Louis. Mr. Blocker died
35 years ago. Mrs. Blocker was one
of the oldest members of the German
Lutheran church. She is survived by
four children, Mrs. Margaret Fitzsim
mons and Mrs. Alvina Sehnert, Rock
Island; Mrs. Mary Price, Congress,
Ind., and Fred Blocker, Ellsworth,
Minn.; a sister, Mrs. Mary Kisten
macher, South Rock Island, and a
brother, Fred Hardtkup, Davenport.
The funeral will be held Friday after
noon at 2 o'clock from the home of
Mrs. Fitzsimmons. The services will
be conducted by Rev. Ph. Wilhetm,
pastor of the German Lutheran church.
Burial will be in Chippiannok ceme
tery. Mrs. Kathryn Titterington.
Mrs. Kathryn Titterington of Edg-
ington died this morning at 9 o'clock
at the home of her father, Charles
Rader of New Boston. The cause of
death was tuberculosis, with which she
had been suffering for nearly five
years. She was born at New Boston
Sept. 2S, 1878. She is survived by her
husband, Grey Titterington, and two
children, Mildred and Margaret, her
father and mother and four sisters and
three brothers. The funeral will be
held Saturday morning at 11 o'clock
from the Presbyterian cliurch of Edg
Ington, and burial will be in the Edg-
Henry Groth died yesterday at the
home of his sister. Mrs. Louis Knorr,
tzo . iforty-secona street. He was
born in Indiana Jan. 21, 1887. He
is survived by the following broth
ers and sisters, Charles Groth, and
Mrs. C. G. Pingel. in Indiana; Wil
liam Groth, Rawlin, Wyo.; Mrs. G
W. Reynolds and Mrs. Knorr of Rock
Island. The remains will be taken
to Indiana for burial.
Mrs. Amanda Spencer.
Rock Island friends have learned of
the death of Mrs. Amanda Spencer, a
former resident here, at the home of
her son, Thomas C. Spencer, at Chico,
Cal. She was in her 81st year. E. G.
Spencer, her husband, died five years
ago. Mr. Spencer, during the time
the family lived In this city, was pro
prietor of a livery stable on Market
square. Mrs. Spencer is survived by
her son and several grandchildren.
Her death, which was caused by neu
ralgia, occurred Feb. 26.
The funeral of Peter Wlldermuth
will be held from the home, one mile
north of Barstow, Friday afternoon at
2 o'clock. Rev. Louis Winter of the
German Lutheran church will offici
ate. Interment will be in the Luther
an cemetery. Mr. W ildermuth was
born Aug. 3, 1840, In Germany. He
came to the United States with his
parents in 1854 and they settled on a
farm south of the village of Rapids
City. He grew to manhood on . the
farm and was married to Miss Amelia
Wandschneider of Hampton Dec. 26,
1868. She survives with the following
children: Christian af Watertown
Peter Jr. of Hampton township, Au
giist and Henry, both of Hampton
Mrs. Oscar Anderson of Hampton
township and Miss Amelia at home
He also leaves nine grandsons and the
following brothers: Nicholas of Lake
City. Iowa. Philip and Chris of Gene-
seo, George of Hampton and a sister,
Mrs. Christine Wchber of Rpck Island
Mr. Wlldermuth was an industrious
and hard working man. He had ae
quired a comfortable competence, be
side owning a 180 acre farm. He had
many friends in Hampton township,
who will extend sympathy to the mem
bers of the family. For years he had
been a member of the German Luther
an church which is about a mile from
DIES ON A VISIT
William L. Shurtleff, Cuba, 111.,
Has Heart Stroke -on Street
GUEST AT SISTER'S HOME
Returning After Dinner Engagement,
He Is Seized and Drops Dead '
William L. Shurtleff of Cuba, 111., a
visitor In Moline, fell dead, a victim
of heart disease, at 9 o'clock last night
at Tenth avenue and Fifteenth street,
in that city. He had been out for ,din
ner, and was returning to the home
of his sister, Mrs. Rose Davis, 1313
Twelfth avenue, whose guest he was.
Mr. Shurtleff was In his 51st year.
He was born in Rapids City, in this
county. At Cuba he was president of
the village board and manager of the
Riley and Baylor department store.
He arrived in Moline Friday of: last
week to visit at the home of his sister.
He leaves his wife and four children
Had Not Complained.
Mr. Shurtleff had never complained
of the ailment which carried him off
with such suddenness. He was warn
ing along the street alone when the
fatal attack seized him. Two boys
saw him fall. They were the only
witnesses. Mr. Shurtleff never utr
tered a syllable after he dropped. A
doctor who was immediately sum
moned said that death was Instanta
neous. The remains will be sent to Cuba
represented, was not sufficiently light
ed and the accident was the result, "
, Take I'p Mlaor Cam.
The remainder of this week will be
devoted as far as, possible to cleaning
ud a number of minor civil suits. No
cases of any great importance are
likely to develop. Next week the Judge
will , hear motions for -new tria'.s In
cases which have been disposed of
since-he has" occupied the bench here,
and at the end of that time Judge. Gest
will take the bench, leaving Judge
Ramsay to go elsewhere to. hold court.
The branch court,-over which Judge
Gest .has been presiding during the
greatfer part of .thls,term,' will be dis
continued for the time being, at least,
" Wife Suea for Divorce. '-' '
Mrs.- Mayler -Miller of Moline has
filed a suit for divorce in the office of
the clerk of the circuit court, charg
ing her husband, William Bell, with
drunkenness, cruelty and desertion.
The couple were united in marriage
Dec. 27, 1899, and they lived together
until March 5, 1908, at which time Mrs.
Miller states her husband left her to
care for herself and her son Raymond.
She claims that previous to this she
had' been compelled to partly support
herself with the assistance of her
friends and relatives, even though her
husband was at work most of the time.
FLAMES DAMAGE TWO '
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Belief That Torch Was Applied to
. Frame Shacks at Seventh Ave
nue and Third Street. '
Oil of Gladness Mop
Specially, prepared for all hard
wood floors, linoleum or oil
cloth. The Oil of Gladness for
all woodwork and furniture is
now being demonstrated at
Young & McCombs
A GREAT LABOR SAVER
FOR THE HOME.
E. H. Bowman left last night for
a trip through the west.
L. C. Parrott. editor of the Water
loo Reporter, was in the city today.
Mrs. John Martin, formerly of Rock
Island and now of Cleveland, Ohio, is
visiting with Mrs. John Ohlweiler.
Mrs. O. L. Bruner and daughter and
Miss Katherine Donaldson have gone
to Chicago for a few days.
Guy Bowman left last evening for
his home in Muskogee, Okla., after
attending the funeral of his step
mother, Mrs. E. H. Bowman.
Fred M. Clarke of Spokane,. Wash.,
who has been visiting with relatives
at his old home in Reynolds and in
Rock Island, will leave tonight for
Charles D. Rosenfield left last
night for Bliss, Okla., where he will
enjoy a month's outing on the fa
mous 101 ranch.
, .Miss Alma Phllbrook has returned to
the home of her grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. A. W. Koon, at Oneida, 111., after
a visit, with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
E. L. Philbrook.
Ferdinand Levy of this city has
acquired an interest in a dry goods
business at Creston, Iowa, and will
make his future home in that city.
Mr. Levy is now. in Creston and will
be joined there shortly by his wife,
mr. -end Mrs. Levy's Rock Island
friends will regret to know they are
to leave the city.
Call to Democrats
South Rock Island Caucus.
Democrats of South Rock Island are
requested to meet Friday evening,
March 18, at 8 o'clock at the town hall,
for the purpose of nominating town
ship officers and transacting such other
business as may come before the meet
ing. BY ORDER OF COMMITTEE.
"Parada" at Moline.
The patriotic spectacle, "Parada,"
so successfully presented here two
weeks ago, is to be repeated at Moline,
four performances to be given, the
first this evening. A number of vouns
people who took part here are to ap
VERDICT OF $2,500
Circuit Court Jury Awards
Damages to William
INJURED THREE YEARS AGO
Bumps Head Against Shafting in
Room H Claimed to Have Been
The jury which heard the evidence
in the damage suit for $5,000 brought
by William Maxwell against the Rock
Island Plow company reported to Judge
F. D. Ramsay this morning with a ver
dict of $2,500 for the plaintiff. The
jury retired yesterday afternoon. Max
well based his.8uit.for damages on the
claim that he had sustained Injuries as
the result of having bumped his head
against a shafting while at work for
the company three years ago. The
room in which he was at work, it was
Fire of incendiary prigin partially
destroyed two frame sh .ks at 700 and
702 Third street this corning. An
alarm was turned in to A i department
at 12:10 this morning id upon ar
rival there it was found 9 structures
were almost destroyed. The bouse at
700 is a two-story and the one at 702
is one-story. Both were set afire
in several places. A few weeks ago
the corner house was set afire, but the
department arrived at the scene In
short time and very little damage re
sulted. Both places are owned by
Morris & Lewis. One Is occupied by
a colored family and the other is va
TO RISE LATER
Eock Island County Not in Po
; sition to Assume Expense
at This Timev
POSTPONEMENT. AGREED ON
Committee : from Henry to Be Here
, to Appear Before Supervisors
at . Present Session.
FERRY IS NOW RUNNING
Rock Island Making Regular Trips
Between Iowa and Illinois Shores
The ferry Rock Island today made
its initial trip of the season between
Rock Island and Davenport. Com mo
dore M. L. Henderson ran the ferry
up Monday afternoon from the Kahlke
boat yards and put the crew at work
yesterday at the docks in Davenport
and Rock Island. The crew worked
till 11 o'clock last night The ice on
the . Iowa side which prevented the
boat landing at the Davenport dock
has moved out. but there are still scat
tered cakes floating down the channel
The large Icefield from Rock Island
arsenal Is ctill anchored on the' sand
bar opposite Eighteenth street. It
does not interfere with the run of the
ferry, however. It may be a week be
fore this field is dislodged.
Another Heart-to-Heart on
The Good of The Town
WAYS OF THE WALSHES.
What has become of the Brothers Walsh?
The Argus feels it has a particular right to make this Inquiry In
view of the fact that two weeks ago a representative . of .the Walsh In
terests, promoting the Rock Island Southern lnterurban road, brought to
The Argus information, and authorized its publication,. to the effect that
at the council meeting the following Monday night the petition of front
age consent would be formally presented, laying the basis for the ordi
nance admitting the line through the city. This petition, the Walsh
representative assured The Argus, would apply to the right of way over
Fifth avenue and down Eighteenth street to First avenue and thence
east to Twentieth street
The Walshes, however, did not offer the promised petition the Mon
day night following, but in its stead there was a notice of withdrawal
signed by property owners on Eighteenth street who had given their
signatures in consent on the ground the petition was not sufficiently
Since that time the Walshes have not been heard from in Rock Is
land, so far as The Argus knows. Neither have any of their representa
tives. Their mysterious absence cannot be attributed to the attitude of
of those who saw fit to withdraw from their petition on Eighteenth
street. The Walshes had been repeatedly warned by The Argus and by
others that any ordinance or petition relating to the same must be defi
nite in its character in order that the interests of property holders abut
ting the right of way and the city generally should be entirely safe
guarded as to the character of the road, its motive power and the na- .
ture of Its equipment
All these things the Walshes repeatedly assured The Argus would
be provided for in the petition and in the ordinance, the Walsh
interests further stating, with apparent frankness, that they would be
willing to have the city draw the ordinance for the Fifth avenue and
Eighteenth street route, making all the specifications necessary, and
that they would accept it. .
The Walshes have said more than once, that they had decided to
abandon any further effort to gain a right of way along First avenue
below Seventeenth street, and even went so far as to state that the
Belt line promoters were perfectly Justified in holding that thorough
fare open to all lines that might desire to come, and permitting no cor
poration to have any exclusive rights there.
This brings the subject down to the present moment The Walshes
have not made good In their promise to bring their petition before the
council, or to defend it. Furthermore they have vanished from sight
In consideration of all these facts' there has sprung up a rumor to
the effect that the Walsh brothers are laying low until , after the April
election. , , .
In the meantime, what? Rumor sayeth further they are to take
part In the approaching election; that they -have not abandoned en
tirely the First avenue route; that the Fifth avenue and Eighteenth
street line was merely a bluff, and that after election, if things go to
suit them, they will make a fresh effort to gain First avenue.
In view of these possibilities It seems up to the' Rock Island In
dustrial commission and tne promoters of the Belt line to address each
aldermanic candidate before the paople In the pending election, regard
less of hl3 politics, a communication asking him what will be hi3 atti
tude, if elected, with reference to First avenue. '
This allusion to the situation does not involve any hostility to.
the Rock Island Southern with reference to any franchise it may seek
other than First avenue. Tho Argus believes the Southern should be
brought Into Rock Island, and gi von aid in getting it.
But along First avenue, never.
The board of supervisors convened
again, this morning after having ad
journed yesterday morning to give
the different committees time In w.hich
to prepare reports. The judiciary com
mittee, composed of Chairman George
H. Richmond and Supervisors James
Venable and James McQuaid, report
ed that it had arranged with a com
mittee from the board of Henry couu
ty to hold the Colona bridge matter In
abeyance for a time at least until this
county feels that it is able to assume
Its share of the expense which, will
be connected with the building of the
proposed structure connecting this
county and Henry county. Commit
tees from both boards met Jan. 12
while the board of Henry county was
in session and a committee from that
county will be here to place their, de
mands before the board of this county
at the present meeting.
Poor C'lalma Repo-t.
The committee on poor claims sub
mitted a report recommending that
claims amounting in all to about $3.
600 be allowed. Of this sum $1,100 is
mock isianas snare, about $1,200 ;s
Moline's and the remainder belongs
to the count at large. The report was
The committee on bridges and roads
submitted recommendation on repairs
for the bridge between Rock Island
and Whiteside counties which is lo
cated at Hillsdale. The repairs con
sist of a new floor, a new concrete pier
I and a fresh coat of paint, and esti
mates place the cost at $1,569.90. This
report was also adopted.
RAZING LANDMARK ON
MASONIC HOME SITE
C. Maut ker Buys Old Building at
Eighteenth and Fifth, Lately
Used by Stair Works.
Another of the landmarks of Rock
Island is about to pass. The old
building at Eighteenth street and
Fffth avenue, recently occupied by
the Rock Island Stair Works, was
purchased by W. C. Maucker from
the local Masonic fraternity. The
work of tearing down the structure
has been started and according to
an agreement made at the sale, will
be entirely dismantled by May 1,
at which time, ground will be broken
for the proposed Masonic home. The
purcnase price was not made public.
The old building was erected in
the 60's and has housed many differ
ent industries since that time. It
was built by the late John Warner
and was used as a flour mill. There
is a fine artesian well on the prop
erty, but it has not been In use for
PEOPLE'S PARTY NAMES
MOLINE WARD TICKET
V it. iy'
A special feature of this opening exhibit will be the un-
usually strong display of
Hats at $5.00, $8.00, $10.00, $12.00
Dawson Millinery Co.
WE GIVE S. & H. GREEN STAMPS
STATE GOING DEMOCRATIC
Ex-Governor of West Virginia Pre
dicts Overthrow of Republicans. :
New York. March 16. "We're going
to swing West Virginia into the demo
cratic column at the next presidential
election," says a statement from ex
Governor MacCorkle of that . state
given out here today. "Everybody. vrn
West Virginia," his statement contin
ues, "Is already talking .Harmon for
president. Republicans In our ststa
have adopted a drastic system of rail
road and tax legislation which the
democrats think is harming the tat',
and one of these days we expect to
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Will Have City-Township Convention
Tomorrow Evenings Republi
cans Nominate Saturday.
The ward caucuses of the people's
party In Moline were held last even
ing. The following were named as
First ward John Day.
Second ward Gerhard Flick.
Third ward John McBride.
Fourth ward V. E. Brown.
Fifth ward C. O. Weigandt.
Sixth ward Fred Peters.
Seventh ward James McElhatton
The city-township convention of
the people's party will be held to
morrow evening. The republicans
will have their ward caucuses and
convention both Saturday evening.
the former at 7:30 and the latter
an hour afterward.
Vote Sanitarium Ballot
State board of health statistics show
that every time, the clock strikes the
hour someone In Illinois dies from con
sumption. Rock Island has its share
of this disease, with, however, no
means or place for proper modern
treatment. A change In climate is un
necessary, consumption can De cured
In this state if it can be cured any
where. What we need is a properly
managed tent colony. This can be se
cured by voting for the tax to build a
public tuberculosis sanitarium.
Charles Fritchtinck of Port Byron
and Mrs. Jessie Cox of Watertown
were united in marriage yesterday
evening at 6 o'clock by Justice J.
There are but a few days left in
which to pay your taxes without extra
c,ost. Personal taxes must be paid
now. JOHN T. NOFTSKER.
An Awful Eruption. ,
of a volcano excites brief interest,
and your Interest in skin eruptions
will be as short, if you use Bucklen's
Arnica Salve, their quickest cure.
Even the worst bolls, ulcers, or fe
ver sores are soon healed by it. Best
for burns, , cuts, bruises, sore lips.
chapped hands, chilblains and piles.
It gives instant relief. 25 cents at
It was the hotel landlord's guest who, after dining1 at
his hotel, remarked:
"Now, let's go out and get something to eat."
The landlord's place is next door to the fellow who deils
in "phoney" diamonds and wears a (3) carat stone as an ad
vertisement. J-1 1 ,
Many a man, after buying one of those real cheap so
called tailor-made suits, has afterwards regretted it, and re
ordered a second suit the same season. Some who could af
ford it, have called on us, paid a fair and reasonable price,
and gone away satisfied in every respect. '
The average man knows too well he cannot buy a first
class tailor-made suit less than $25 and would refuse to con
sider a cheaper one.
Those who prefer tailor-made clothes (and this is the
rule nowadays) don't draw comparisons between this -called
cheap tailored clothes and our strictly tailor made gar
ments, f. i
In our shop (it isn't a clothing store, nor a store merely
to sell goods) but a reliable tailoring establishment, where
you get full value for your dollar. Our aim is to satisfy our
customers that they will come again.. '
All we ask is "Fay Us Enough" so we can make good.
. Beal Tailoring
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