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TTWE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS
TUESDAY, JULY 5, 1910.
NOT IN FEAR OF
Captain John Streckfus Says J.
S. Was Inspected Few Days
DOUBLE FIRE PROTECTION
' Supported by Last Report of Govern
ment Inspectors, Messrs. Cary
"This talk of criminal action against
the Acme Packet company incidental
to the burning of the steamer J. S. is
all idle and nonsensical," Captain John
Streckfus, who was in command of the
destroyed steamer, said, in discussing
the variety of newspaper reports that
have been circulated since the disaster
a week ago. "Two days previous to
the fire the J. S. was thoroughly exam
ined by Messrs. Cary and Knapp, the
government inspectors for this district,
and their report will show that the
boat could not have been in better
shape with reference to safety. For
instance, there was double the fire pro
tection required under the government
regulations. Were the situation an or
dinary one we could have handled the
fire without having occasioned the
least excitement on board. But it was
one of those fires that it was impossi
ble to work successfully against, hav
ing taken root in the hold of the boat
and gotten in its work before any one
on board realized that any such danger
PrrservlnK Order oa Board.
"I have been criticised for placing a
man in the hold of the steamer when
he became disorderly and annoying to
the other passengers because he was
one of the two victims of the fire. In
the first place, the fact should not be
lost sight of that there were 1,400 souls
In my care men, women and children.
In the excursion business on the river,
as on rail, all classes and conditions of
people are handled. I tried to estab
lish a reputation for my boats that
would give a feeling of security and
comfort to those who patronized them,
the women and the young folks partic
ularly. The moment any passenger be
comes disorderly he is warned that he
must demean himself as the others are
doing, and when he seeks to defy the
rules of the boat, he is put under re
straint until we have reached the point
from which the excursion started.
This man who died In the hold of the
boat caused us no little amount of trou
ble. I did not know him: He had been
repeatedly warned, and when I saw
that he was trying to prove to the pas
sengers that I had nothing to say as to
how I should conduct my business, I
simply ordered him put where he would
be no more trouble to the remainder of
my people. I am firmly convinced that
he set the boat on fire, whether inten
tionally or accidentally, of course, I
can't state positively. Certainly I am
not responsible for the death of the wo
man who jumped overboard. She sim
ply committed suicide. Even her own
husband could not restrain her. Every
one of the other passengers could have
followed her If they wanted to, and I
could not have prevented them doing so.
Many Did Xot Know of Fire.
"As soon as the fire was reported to
me, I Investigated, and seeing that It
would have been futile to have attempt
ed to fight it while the boat was filled
You should protect your
self to the extent of do
ing business only with
concerns whom you know
are long established and
When we take your
order for clothes to
be made as you want
Tou can feel assured that
you will get the very larg
est value for your money,
and the most satisfactory
clothes you ever wore. '
ILLINOIS) THEATER BUILDING.
Popular Priced Tailors
with human freight, I Immediately gave
orders to close down the hatchways,
and I headed the J. S. into Bad Ax is
land. All of the people were on land
before half of them knew why they
were being put off the boat. In the In
terim I had distress signaled to a raft
er and its bowboat, and they responded
and were ready to render what assist
ance they could. Three steamers were
at once put into commission taking my
passengers to Lansing. Three hours
after the fire broke out on the J. S. all
of the passengers, with the exception
of the two victims, were on their way
home. My plan was to send the J. S.
into the middle of the stream, after
the passengers had been put ashore,
and scuttle it. This wa3 attempted,
but it could not be done, as it would
have been suicide for the members of
the crew to have ventured within work
ing distance of the hull. So I was com
pelled to see the beautiful boat bum
to the water'B edge. We expect to
raise the machinery and save what we
can of it.
Thought Only for Pasaenrera.
"While no one can feel more keenly
than I the loss of the two lives that
were sacrificed in the disaster, I don't
feel responsible for either. It was a
trying time for me, and my thoughts
were only for the people who had en
trusted themselves to my care during
that night on the river.
"The steamer is about a total loss.
The fire will cost the Acme Packet
company at least $75,000, less the $25,
000 in insurance that was carried. The
J. S. was booked up solid for the sum
mer, and of course that means an addi
tional financial loss. But personally I
feel that I have been amply repaid in
the small sacrifice of human life. It
was the first serious accident I exper
ienced in my many years of steamboat
ing. Another boat the equal of the J.
S. will be rebuilt and ready for busi
ness next spring."
THE ROAD TO YOUTH.
Since I resolved to look for Joys
In all created things,
To turn my back on what annoys.
And hush all murmuring;
To look upon my neighbor as
A man who means me well.
And let the cloud that lowers pass
All heedless of its spell;
To seek the brighter side of all
That comes athwart my way,
And every morning to recall
Some happy bygone day;
To thrust from out my heart and mind
All evil thoughts, and mean.
And everywhere I glance to find
Some beauty in the scene,
I find that though my days increase
My years diminish. Truth
To tell, the method brings me Peace,
And hold3 me close to Youth!
John Kendrick Bangs.
Kerler & Co. make rugs.
Buy a home of Reidy Bros.
Tri-City Towel Supply company.
For bus and express, Spencer & Trefz.
LaVanway buys and sells every
thing. Telephone west 247.
Let William Johnson do your tin and
furnace work. 1316 Third avenue.
H. T. Slemon wants your tin and
furnace work. 152C-1528 Fourth ave
nue. Dr. Cora Emery Reed has moved her
office and residence to 191S-1920 Fourth
Genuine Elgin creamery butter, 35
cents a pound, at F. W. Moeller's gro
cery, 132S Fifth avenue. Phone west
At the Alrdome.
Bach week the popularity of the Mor
gan Stock company increases with the
patrons of the airdome, on Eighteenth
street. People were turned away at
the performance of last evening. The
company is headed by J. Doug Morgan,
a most capable performer. He is well
supported. "Nature's Nobleman" Is
the bill for the first three nights of this
week. "A Messenger Boy" will be pre
sented Wednesday and Thursday, and
"Ten Nights in a Bar-room" Friday and
Saturday. Unusually good specialties
are presented between acts.
A Rare Old Book.
The second book printed in the Eng
lish language was "The Game and
Playe of the Chess." which the title
page says was "Fynyshid the last day
of Marche. the yer of our lord god a
thousand foure hondred and LXXIIJ."
Only twelve copies of the work are
now known to exist In 1S13 an
Englishman of the name of Alchorne
sold his copy for a sum equal to
$270 in United States currency. Fifty-six
years later, in 1S69, the same
volume (an imperfect copy) was sold
for $2,150. The British museum has
refused an offer of $10,000 for its copy,
which is Imperfect to the extent of
having seven leaves missing.
The Making of Words.
Dean Swift protested against "specu
lations, operations, preliminaries, am
bassadors, pallisadoes, communication,
clrcumvallatlon, battalions," as new
fangled expressions brought into com
mon use by the war of his day. To
day nearly all these are the most or
thodox English. In his time "mob"
seems commonly to have been written
"mobb," and "phizz" also had the
doubled consonant. Hence his com
plaint that "we cram one syllable and
cat off the rest, as the owl fattened
her mice after she bad bit off their
legs to prevent them from running
Chamberlain's Stomach and Liver
Tablets gently stimulate the liver
and bowels to expel poisonous mat
ter, cleanse the system, cure consti
pation and sick headache. Sold by
During these seven day3 this store
will be the scene of enthusiastic buy
ing, for these January and July 20
Cash Discount Sales in the past have
demonstrated beyond a question that
they are the leading bargain events
of the year.
In tw-o. respects they offer much
greater advantages than the ordinary
First, you save ONE-FIFTH on
virtually everything in all depart
ments of the store.
Second, your choice is not limited
to just a few items at cut prices, but
CORYN THE HEAD
OF BELGIAN BODY
National Alliance Is Formed at
a Meeting- Held in Mo
line. OFFICES IN THAT CITY
Two Residents There Also to lie
Elected Officers Convention
at South Bend, Ind.
Moline is to be the headquarters of
the Belgian-American Alliance, a na
tional organization launched at a meet
ing in that city yesterday which was
attended by over one thousand dele
gates from various parts of the coun
try. Thirty-five local societies were
represented. It was decided that each
local society send one delegate to a
convention to be held at South Bend,
Ind., Sept. 5 next. At this meeting by
laws will be adopted, officers elected.
the place of the first annual convention
named and the home of the headquar
ters selected. According to the slate
made yesterday, Edward Coryn and H.
E. Vender Vennet, both of Moline, are
to be the first prosident and secretary
of the alliance, and Moline is to be the
home of the permanent head office.
The alliance is to be wholly educa
comes to life when the body
feels the delicious glow of
health, vigor and energy.
That Certain Sense
of vigor In the brain and easy
poise of the nerves comes when
the iniproper foods are cut out
Grape - Nuts
take their place.
If it has taken you years
to run down don't expect one
mouthful of this great food
to bring you back (for it is
not a stimulant but a
Ten days trial shows such
big results that one sticks to it.
"There's a Reason."
Get the little book, "The
Road t6 Wellville," in pack
ages. Postum Cereal Company, Ltd.,
Battle, Creek, Mich.
Our seventh twiceayear
20 cash discount sale
tomorrow, lasting till next Wednesday
NOTHING CHARGED AT 20 DISCOUNT
tional in character, with its prime pur
pose the enlightenment of the immi
grant laws, customs and ideals of his
adopted country, and his encourage
ment to the attainment of a bettor po
sition in life; the training of his chil
dren in the good citizenship, etc.
llenr Prominent Sponkrrs.
The speakers of yesterday were
Count de Buisseret, Washington, Bel
gian commissioner to the United
States; Charles Honrotin, Chicago, Bel
gian consul at that city; Felix Steyck
man, a leading Chicago attorney; Fath
er A. B. Clemans, Moline, and Albert
Huber, Rock Island. Count de B;iis
seret, who returned last evening to his
home in Washington, was elected an
honorary member of the Moline Bel
VALLEY ABOVE THIS CITY
State Geological Survey Issues Bulle
tin of Interest to Teachers
The state geological survey has Is
sued an interesting bulletin by J. Ern
est Carman, describing the Mississippi
valley between Savanna and Rock Is
land. Since the area lies both in Illi
nois and Iowa the field work was done
in cooperation by both states. The re
port includes colored maps and many
illustrations, besides 85 pages of de
scriptive matter. It may be obtained
for 8 cents postage from the office at
The physiography, geology and min
eral resources are described not only
for the use of teachers and students,
but also for other observing citizens
who wish to understand better the his
tory and origin of their home region.
The rocks underlying the area in
clude limestone, shale and sandstone,
which originated by the hardening of
sediments once laid down under the
sea. Traces of marine life are preserv
ed as fossils. The strata can be stud
ied at natural exposure or by use of
Over the bed-rock lie deposits of clay
bowlders and sand, constituting "drift."
This is proof that the region was occu
pied by a great glacier much like the
Greenland ice-cap of today.
Still younger deposits include the
flood-plains and terraces; and the wind
blown sand and "loess." The descrip
tion of sand dunes is extremely inter
esting. Most Interesting of all is the clear
explanation of the way in which
streams modify a landscape. The pro
cesses and the resulting forms are fa
miliar to all, yet scarcely recognized or
understood. In the Mississippi valley
such features are exceptionally well
shown. Since the past, present and fu
ture history of a region largely depends
on natural resources and advantages
of transportation, this timely report
deserves a wide circulation.
The world's most successful medi
cine for bowel complaints is Cham
berlain's Colic, Cholera and Diar
rhoea Remedy. It has relieved more
pain and suffering, and saved more
lives than any other medicine in use.
Invaluable for children and adults.
Sold by all druggists.
you have the privilege of selecting
the newest and freshest goods on
our shelves, and at a clear saving of
ONE-FIFTH in other words, you
get a dollar's worth for 80c; $5 worth
for $4. A pair of $3.50 shoes will
cost you but $2.80; $10 worth of
dress goods but $8; $20 worth of
linens but $16; a $25 rug but $20, and
so on through all stocks.
In cases where goods are already
reduced more than 20, the prices
remain the same, otherwise the 20 .
is deducted from the reduced prices.
SEEKING LIGHT ON
Alderman Schmid Has Kesolution
Passed by Council for lie-port
Intimating that there could be a
cut in the payroll without inconven
iencing the city, Alderman (I. L.
Schmid, at a meeting of the city
council last evening, offered a reso
lution, which was adopted, instruct
ing the waterworks committee to in
vestigate and report to the council
the expense of operating the Twenty
fourth street pumping station. It is
understood t lie Fifth ward alderman
will have comparisons from former
administrations to offer when the
proper time arrives.
After the payroll ordinance was
passed there was an adjournment un
til Wednesday evening, when the vote
cast at the school election last week
will be canvassed. Alderman C. L.
Thompson objected to the city going
to the expense of a special meeting
to canvass the vote, when the next
regular meeting was only a week off.
The motion to adjourn to Wednes
day evening was carried. Aldermen
Thompson, II. J. Frick and G. L.
Schmid voting negatively.
In the absence of Mayor G. W. Mc
Caskrin. who went to Iiantoul, 111.,
his old home, to speak at a Fourth
of July celebration. Alderman Martin
McNealy presided at the meeting of
Today in the Markets
Chicago, July 5. Following are the
quotations on the markets today:
July 100, 101?;. M'2, 101.
September, P934, 117, 99 Vi, 101- .
December, 1013, 10Z, 101, 103s.
July, 5&V2, 59, 5SV2. 59.
September, f.0, 61 a;, CC, 61.
December, 5S?4. 594, 5S, 59?; .
July, 39, 40, n9',i. 40.
September, 39, 39, 3S, 39.
December, 39, 40, 39, 40.
July, 25.00, 25.00, 24.50. 24.52.
September, 22.75. 22.S0, 22.32, 22.35.
July, 12.20, 12.27, 12.05. 12.07.
September, 12.30, 12.32, 12.07, 12.10.
July, 12.87, 12.87, 12.62. 12.67.
September, 12.35, 12.37, 12.07, 12.12.
Receipts today "Wheat. 8; corn,
239; oats. 101; hogs, 17,000; cattle,
9,000; sheep, 12.000.
Estimated receipts Wednesday
Hog market opened steady. Hogs
left over, 4,100. Light, $9. 05 ff 9.30;
mixed and butchers, $S.90f? 9.25; good
heavy, $S.50g9.10; rough heav3 $S.60
Cattle market opened steady.
Sheep market opened strong.
Omaha Hogs, 1S.000; cattle, 3.100.
Kansas City Hogs, 8,000; cattle,
Hog market closed steady. Bulk
sales. ?9.10Q9.30; light, $0.20'Q0.o0;
Everything is marked in plain
figures. The discount is taken off
the total amount of your purchase.
It is necessary for us to withhold
a few lines from the 20 discount,
such as spool cotton, spool silk, pat
terns, certain brands of corsets, etc.,
because the manufacturers insist on
our not selling below the retail prices
fixed by them.
Make out your list now.
You will find it an excellent in
vestment to buy for several months
ahead, for not until January will you
have a like opportunity.
mixed and butchers, $9.059.45; good
heavy, $S.75i 9.30 ; rough heavy, $S.75
Cattle market closed 10 and 15 cents
Slue p market 10 and 15 cents higher.
Minneapolis Today, 599; last week,
128, last year. 43'...
Diilisth Today, 79; last week, 57;
last year, 7C.
Liverpool opening cables Wheat
1 to 21s higher, corn unchanged.
Liverpool closing Wheat 2 high
er, corn :?i higher.
New York Stocks.
New York, July 5. Following are
the quotations on the market today:
Union Pacific 1571 '
U. S. Steel preferred 113W,
1. S. Steel common M
Rock Island preferred 76
Tock Island common 3
Southern Pacific lll'i
New York Central 112'i
Missouri Pacific 56
Great Northern 124
Northern Pacific 117
L. & N lll'i
C. F. 1 32
Canadian Pacific ISO
Illinois- Central 129
Erie 21 'i
C. & 0 73
B. R. T 73 'i
B. & 0 100 4
St. Paul Hfi'.i
Republic Steel preferred 92
Republic Steel common 29 1 1
Southern Railway : 22a4
LOCAL MARKET CONDITIONS.
Today's Quotations on Provisions, Live
Stock, Feed and Fuel.
July 1. Following are the Quota
tions on the local market today:
Fresh Eggs 19c.
Live Poultry Old hens, 12'c
work to satisfy you.
mm w i -j
mm 1 n
CHANNON & DUFVA
112-111 ( 17th St Old I'faone VV. 148 Phone 614S.
pound; springs, 50c.
Butter Dairy, 22c to 25c; creamery,
Feed and Fk.i.
Grain Corn, 6Sc; oats, 42c to 43c.
Forage Timothy hay, $12 to $15;
wild hay. $12 to $17; straw. $6.50.
Coal Lump, per bushel, 15c; sla .k.
Wood $4.50 per load.
LARGEST STEAMER PLANNED.
German Liner to Exceed All Previous
The largest steamship In the world
is soon to be buiit at Hamburg for a
German line, and the plans were re
cently inspected by Empercc William.
The ship will hare a length between
perpendiculars of 870 feet and a
breadth of KA' feet. From keel to up
per deck will measure C4 feet She will
have a speed of "'2 knots and will be
twice the tonnage of the Kaiserln Au
The new- giant liner if stood on end.
would top the Metropolitan tower ia .
New York by 170 feet. If set down
in the middle of Broadway be
tween Twenty-sixth and Twenty-ninth
street It would ocupy the length of
almost three city blocks, and its
breadth would crowd back the build
ings on l'tli sides. A quarter of a mile
track could be laid out around Its deck.
It would be higher than the averaga
five story i.-ulkling.
Diving Is Remunerative.
The free Instruction given by the
United States navy at its seamen gun
ners school Includes a course In div
ing. Many of the younger bluejackets
become very proficient In this work.
Besides bis regular pay. the member
a ship's crew. If a diver, receives an
extra compensation of $1.20 per hour
for the actual time he Is e.mployeil
Virginia Has Best Pipeclay.
The largest clay pipe factory In the
world Is In Appomattox county. Vn.
The clay found In that section Is p
clally adapted to this use.
All the news all the time HIE
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fixtures are old and unsanitary, new
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Decide now to change from the old to the
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