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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS
MONDAY. MARCH 28,11910.
THE SWIFT CASE
'City. Council Takes This Method
of Winding Up a $10,000
iN COLLAPSE OF A WALK
-Ordinance of Rock Island Sand &
Gravel Company Receives Far
ther Airing at Meeting.
Mrs. James Swift, 1110 Fifth ave
nue, is to be paid 11,600 by the city of
Rock Island in settlement ot her claim
for alleged personal injuries sustained
in the collapse of a sidewalk on the
south side of Second avenue between
Seventeenth and Eighteenth street
four years ago, in which several
women were Injirred, none fatally,
however. Mrs. Swift had entered suit
for $10,000 In the circuit court, and the
case was due to toe called for hearing
the present week. While the city
authorities did not doubt that a Jury
would award Mrs. Swift damages, in
asmuch as it was not disputed she was
physically affected by the accident,
the injury being to her spine, it was
not believed that she would recover
anywhere near the amount sought in
her suit, and a compromise was sug
gested froin the side of the plaintiff.
The council held a special meeting
Saturday evening to finally consider
the proposition from Mrs. Swift, who
was represented by Attorney S. R.
Kenworthy. The aldermen were di
vided in their opinion as to whether
Mrs. Swift, by reason of her Injury,
was entitled to the sum stipulated by
her attorney, and on a vote on the
proposal there was a tie, which was
decided affirmatively by Mayor G. V.
McCaskrin casting his vote in support
of the settlement. Thus the litigation
ends, the action to be dismissed by
the plaintiff's attorney when called
for trial in the circuit court this week.
Alteration In Ordinance.
Where was a further airing of the
Rock Island Sand & Gravel company's
ordinance for a lease of the river front
between Nineteenth and Twentieth
streets for a period of 25 years for the
exclusive handling of coal, sand and
gravel, to the adoption of which there
has been filed a remonstrance cham
pioned by the local competitors of the
coal business. At the meeting of the
council Friday evening Alderman El
linwood offered an amendment to the
ordinance providing that the city at
any time after the allowing of the con
cession might resume occupancy of
the levee for any purposes to which
it might see to put it on remittance
to the company of the amount the lat
ter invested in its improvements.
Saturday evening the company offered
a change In the ordinance partially
meeting the views of Alderman Ellin
wood. This change is in effect that,
after 1925, or 15 years from date of
passage of the ordinance, the city be
privileged to resume occupancy of the
levee on payment of the improvement
Investment by the company, provided,
however, that In doing so it shall be
understood that the city shall not
grant to any other corporation en
gaged in the coal, Band and gravel
business the same concessions as en
Joyed by the corporation that is to be
retired from the use of the river
front. Alderman Elllnwood said he
would not vote for the amendment as
proposed by the company, as It did
not, he said, meet with the require
ments fixed in the one offered by him.
It was decided finally that the council
meet in committee of the whole
Wednesday evening to give further
consideration to the ordinance.
Another SlOO Raise.
Alderman. Borst, chairman of the
bridge committee, reported that his
committee had not been able to secure
a satisfactory answer from the officials
of the Tri-Clty Railway Railway com
pany as to whether they would pay
the $400 per year rental recommended
by the council for the privilege of run
ning its cars over the Rock river
bridges. Under the franchise ordi
nance of the company it is obligated
to pay only $109 per year. However,
the company was willing to raise this
to $350, but the members of the coun
cil did not think it an adequate charge.
At Friday evening's meeting the coun
cil ordered that the annual charge be
$400. The committee was instructed
to confer with the officials a to
whether this' would be acceptable.
Alderman Borst reported Saturday
evening that the interview was with
out result, whereupon the council
voted that the company be ordered to
Safety BolldlBK Lights.
The Peoples Power company was
voted the right to Install ornamental
post lights around the Safety building
on Third avenue.
The ordinance governing the trans
portation of meats in open wagons
and the screening of foodstuffs ex
posed for sale In front of stores was
passed, as was the one for the paving
with brick of Fourth avenue, Twenty
fourth to Twenty-seventh streets, and
Twenty-seventh street. Fourth to
Old Ellery Gregg, when the weather
When the sunlight was bubbling and
sprarkling like wine.
When the skies were as bright as the
dreamlngs of boys
And the day seemed to be running
over with joys,
Would squint at the sky and drink in
the fresh air
With a look of distrust and be moved
"Ye may think it's spring, but the win
ter ain't quit
I bet ye we pay for this fine weather
Old Ellery Gregg, when the autumn
And the birds tarried late and the open
In November was heard and the big
Made the fields near as light as the
sun did at noon;
When the earth was aflame with its
yellow and red.
Would look with distrust and a shake
of his head:
"It ain't human natur' this here kind
I bet ye we ketch it nex' winter, bj
Old Ellery Gregg, when the winds
When the snow lay knee deep all the
When the boards creaked and snapped
in the walk down the street.
When the wires sang with frost and
the limbs bung with sleet.
Would tramp down the street with a
challenge so grim
In his eyes as though this had been or
dered for him:
"I tol' ye, by gum, that th' winter
I tol ye we'd pay for that fine weather
J. W. Foley.
Kerler & Co. make rugs.
Buy a home of Reldy Bros.
Tri-City Towel Supply company.
For bus and express, Spencer & Trefz.
LaVanway buys and sells every
thing. Telephone west 247.
City property, farm Iands. L. A. Pol
land, 314 Safety building.
Let William Johnson do your tin and
furnace work. 1316 Third aveDue.
H. T. Siemon wants your tin and
furnace work; 1526-152S Fourth ave
nue. Try Mrs. Austin's buckwheat flour.
Makes dandy cakes with the genuine
flavor. Ask your grocer.
Good old fashioned cakes are made
from Mrs. Austin's buckwheat flour.
Fresh goods now at your grocers.
Try Bert's ice cream and confec
tionery, 506 Fourth avenue, the finest
dairy ice cream in the tri-cities. Ta
bles reserved for ladies.
Eat your dinner Tuesday at the Y.
M. C. A. building, between 11:30 and 2
o'clock, served by the ladles of the
Humane society, for only 15 cents.
Willis L. Moore, Head of
Weather Bureau, Vents His
Spleen on Anixdal.
SAYS IT IS A RANK FAKER
Sizzling Roast, However, Does Not
Apply to the Taylor Ridge
If we have not quiet In our own
minds, outward comforts will do noth
ing for us. Bunyan.
Washington, March 28. Willis L.
Moore, chief of the weather bureau, is
the victim of a professional "grouch."
He has become Incensed at the ground
hog as a business rival. He believes
his competitor 6hou!d be let in for a
share of criticism and not all of it
thrown at his head.
"You never pick" up a paper," said
Professor Moore, "that you don't see
harsh criticism of the weather bu
reau. We get roasted if the weather
is hot. We get roasted if the weather
is cold. And when It rains the abuse
heaped upon us is terrific
"No matter what we do, It is wrong.
If we miss the time of the coming of
rain by half an hour, we are declared
grossly Incompetent. People make
speeches and say the weather bureau
is spending too much moiyy. Then
somebody writes a long magazine ar
ticle about us. They say we never
have been rlstht for two days on a
stretch since the bureau was estab
lished. neant the 11 run t.
"Naturally, being director of the bu
reau, I have to bear the brunt of this
criticism. That is as it should be.
Moreover, I am used to It.
"But while the abuse is going around
why not be impartial with it? What
about the great weather prophet the
"What about ground hogs? I ask
you, is he not the greatest faker, the
greatest fourflusher, the greatest bun
combe artist that ever pretended to
look at a cloud and tell what was
"What did he do this year? Did he
make good? , Not a bit of it. He was
as far off as we were about the proba
ble weather conditions for March 4,
Left Wrnnc Idea.
"He crawled out of his hole on Feb
2, saw his shadow, got his picture in
every paper in the country and then
beat it back to his lair, leaving behind
him the idea that the remainder of
February and all of March would be
marked by bad weather.
"Was it a reliable forecast? I should
say not. We have had the mildest and
most beautiful March In years. Yet
the ground hog gets off without a sin
gle roast And next year people will
be Just as eager to believe in his judg
ment. "That is rank favoritism and impar-
partiality. I have nothing further to
Mr. Moore is needlessly sweeping in
his denunciation of the ground hog
The Taylor Ridg animal, which gov
ems hereabout, it will be remembered,
did not see its shadow, and its action
was Interpreted to mean an early
How They Make
Below we reproduce an advertisement of one of the big stores in this
chain, which shows the great earning power of Co-operative Stock.
Can Make Your Money
Earn Just as Much for You.
By Buying Stock in
YOUNG S McCOMBS CO-OPERATIVE COMPANY
Can Make Your Stock
Earn as Much as
Mr. HENRY E. DUCKER, Danville.
Engineer on the C. & E. I. Railroad whose one share
of stock in this store has earned in accrued divi
dends to March 1, 1910, 180 per cent.
Investment $10.00.. Earned $18.06
Mr. MILTON E. FAIR CHILD, Danville
Rural Free Delivery No. 7, whose two shares of
stock in this, store have earned in accrued dividends
to March 1, 1910, 67 per cent.
Investment $20.00. Earned $13.56
Vote Sanitarium Ballot
In the Illinois state board of health's
free circular on the causes and preven
tlon of consumption is the following:
consumption cures" do not cure,
neither do the doctors who claim their
'cures' will cure. Medicines may help,
but no medicine in a bottle ever cured
consumption. These words are only
too true, as many poor deluded vie
tims have to their sorrow found out."
Consumption can be cured if taken in
time, is this city as elsewhere. What
is needed, however, Is poor air, proper
food and nursing. This modern treat
ment can be thus had in Rock Island
Dy voting to allow tne tax to Duila a
public tuberculosis sanitarium.
REAL LIVE GOSSIP
FROM THE CAPITAL
OF THE NATION
(Continued from Fage One.)
Popular package 10c.
Family size 15 c.
food is always ready to
serve, and always gives
that delightful feeling of
having dined well.
Served right from the
package with cream and
sometimes fruit either
"y Ss delicious.
"The Memory Lingers'
Postum Cereal Company, Ltd.. Batttle Creek,,. Mich., U. S. A.
low the house to take the responsi
bility of passing or refusing to pass
the measure, a peculiar situation will
The democrats and progressives
are at the present time in the major
ity. The democrats will support the
Itainey resolution to a man. What
will the insurgents do?
The point cannot properly be rais
ed that the proposed investigation Is
a partisan question, as Representa
tive Campbell of Kansas (republi
can) has introduced a resolution that
Is almost a duplicate of the Rainey
Nor is the argument which Pres-
dent Taft made last December to the
effect that a congressional probe
might give immunity to the men "high
er up," now tenable, inasmuch as three
months have passed and no move has
been made by the government prose
cutors in New York to bring the "higher-ups"
to trial. It Is contended, in
fact, that the "high up" sugar thieves
are getting far more "immunity"
through congress failure to investi
gate than they could possibly enjoy
with congress Investigating.
The treatment of the Rainey resolu
tion by the new rules committee and
the house will be a test of the ques
tion whether under the new order of
things chloroform can be successfully
administered to proposed legislation
antagonized by the special interests.
Don't be peeved, Mr. Reader, if, up-
Mr. JAMES HART, Fairmount, Illinois
Whose one share of stock in this store has earned
in accrued dividends to March 1, 1910, 194 per
Investment $10.00. Earned $19.49
Mr. 0. D. GRAVES, Westville, Illinois.
Whose ten shares of stock in this store have earn
ed in accrued dividends to March 1; 1910, 26 per
Investment $100.00. Earned $26.92
On March 1, 1910, none of these men had owned their
stock quite a year.
$10 makes you a stockholder and entitles you to 5 per
cent rebate on all purchases, and 7 per cent dividends on the
GREEH'S BIG STORE
To any of these people at Danville
and see what they think of the plan.
on returning home one of these days
you find your wife engaged In reciting
the family history to a stranger. He's
harmless, being only the census man.
Census Director Durand Informs me
that census statistics cannot be used
for the prosecution of persons for
violating the law, for purposes of tax
ation, deportation proceedings, extra
dition, military conscription, compul
sory school attendance, child labor law
enforcement, quarantine regulations,
or be made' use of In any manner that
might affect life, liberty and property.
But should a person refuse to give the
Information required by law, or give
false answers, he is liable to arrest
That the beef trust, which, working
behind a tariff wall In this country has
managed to monopolize the American
market, has been halted in Its effort to
control the London market, mainly by
Time to pick out and plant
your GARDEN AND FLOW
On the kind of seeds you buy
depends the success of your
planting; they must be fresh or
they won't grow; they mush be
the right varieties or they won't
be the kind you wanted. You'll
be sure these seeds are fresh
and the best in the market,
they re FeiTy Seeds
You'll be sure to get the right
variety, for Battles will- help
you pick them out. A few sug
In packages or per ounce. . . PJq
Early Scarlet Globe Raddish. Early
Scarlet Globe Turnrp. White Top. Cu
cumber. Parsley. Leaf Lettuce.
In packages or per ounce.
In packages or per ounce. . .gQ
Tall and Dwarf Nasturtiums. Giant
of Battles Nasturtiums (all yellow.)
Sweet Peas (Extra early Blanche
Ferry) Morning Glory.
H. R. BATTLES & CO
1806 SECOND AVENUE
competition made possible by the lack
of tariff restrictions in England, Is the
statement made by J. Martin Miller,
former United States consul to France
and Germany, upon his return from
Great Britain. While in London Mr.
Miller got In close touch with the meat
situation. Admission was made to him
by American beef trust managers that
on account of competition, due to free
trade, they are selling American beef
in London from 20 to 25 per cent less
than in the United States, and after
paying transportation on the live cat
tle from the western part of the Unit
ed States to England. No wonder that
Armour & Co. was able to reap a
profit of 35 per cent on its American
business last year, as was revealed in
a statement submitted in connection
with the issuing of a bond issue of
130,000,000 on the New York stock ex
change! When the item of $237.66 for shoeing
the horses of the state department dur
ing the year 1909 came up on the floor
of the house Minority Leader Champ
Clark and Courtney W. Hamlin of Mis
souri registered kicks. The item re
ferred to the shoeing of four animals,
except during a period of less than
three months, when the number was
six. Clark and Hamlin declared they
could keep four horses shod in Mis
souri for a whole lot less than $237.66.
"You have got to take all these small
er items, as well as the larger items,
or you will never have any kind of
economy in this house. The state de
partment used $8,000 to keep up a sta
ble of four horses, and the proposition
is absolutely ridiculous." However,
$8,000 was allowed for maintaining the
state department stables, which are
practically useless owing to the fact
the department officials invariably use
automobiles, for the coming year.
The United States senate cost the
country $1,890,999.89 simply for main
tenance and current expenses during
the last year, according to the annual
report of the secretary of the senate 1
which was recently published. I
Among the things required to keep
the wheels of congress on the senate
side grinding the report shows one
dozen bottles of vaseline, one quart of
castor "Oil, one quart of olive oil, one ;
dozen packages of bromo quinine,
$121.40 worth of a certain high grade
of glycerine soap, one dozen quart bot
tles of hair tonic, a generous assort
ment of cologne and other costly per
fumes, glycerine, bergamot, nail brush
es, and over $100 worth of clothes
brushes. The bill for appolllnarls wa
ter amounts to $2,637.06. '
Kansas City Ready to Provide
Line of Boats on the
WANTS STREAM IMPROVED
Promise ot Government Appropria
tion for the Purpos Spurred
Promoters to Success.
Kansas City. Mo., March 28. Kan
sas. City's million-dollar fund, raised
by public subscription, to maintain a
line of freight boats on the Missouri
river between here and St. Louis, be
came a reality Saturday afternoon. In
fact, the solicitors reported the sum
promised to be $30,000 In excess of
Agitated tor Tvro Yfiim.
The use of this stream as a highway
for transporting its freight at a rate
lower than that charged by the rail
way has been agitated by Kansas City
merchants for two years. This agita
tion resulted in the organization of a
permanent association to push the
scheme and a whirlwind race to se
cure the million dollars was begun on
March 1. A 30-day limit was set.
Wihen the full amount was secured
with nearly a week to go, a big dem
onstration was held at the boat line
headquarters and this message was
ordered telegraphed to United State
Senator Theodore E. Burton of the na
tional rivers and harbors committee:
RrtnladfHl of Prom I.e.
" I wish to remind you of your prom-1
ise made to Kansas City In December,
1906, of a government appropriation
for the Missouri river if Kansas City
would use the river. Have now more
than a million dollars for boats. We
will put the beet type of boats on the
river and plenty of them. Lawrence
M. Jones, president of the Missouri
Valley Improvement Association."
To Cure a Cold In One Day
Take Laxative Bromo Quinine Tablets.
Druggists refund money If It falls to
cure. E. W. Grove's signature Is on
each box. '25 cents.
THE MAN WHO TRIES
To point out the prettiest wall pa
per in our xlisplay has a big Job be
For we have so many patterns and
all pretty. Come and see if we
haven't Just the one you would like
for your room. The new designs are
wonderfully attractive, both In 'ef
fect and prices.
Full line of mouldings, paints,
brushes, oils, etc.
P. J. Lee,
1314 Third Avenue.
Oranges for Health.
For centuries physicians have recog
nized the medicinal value of oranges.
The public is rapidly learning that the
free use of this tasty fruit, especially
in the spring, has a tendency to purify
the blood and give It renewed vitality.
There will be a special sale of Sunkist
oranges all this week In every fruit
and grocery store In this section.
A Money Credit
is a valuable asset next best to a bank
account. Establish a money credit with
us and you'll always know where to get
money quickly. We loan $15, more if you
want it. Quick, quiet, polite service.
Call, write or phone. MUTUAL LOAN
COMPANY, Suite 411-412 Peoples Na
tional Bank Building. Phone West 122.
Open Wednesday and Saturday nights.