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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS
THURSDAY, JULY 14, 1910.
ACCUSED IN THE ALLEGED INSURANCE
FRAUDS TO BE TRIED IN SEPTEMBER
ftJl Men at Head of Fraternal
Tribunes During Merger
Indicted by Jury.
ONE WOMAN IS IN THE NET
Margaret Mcllvain, Holder of Home
Circle Note, Charged With
Following Is the complete report of
the Rock Island county grand jury on
the alleged fraternal insurance frauds
returned to Judge W. H. Gest in the
circuit court yesterday:
DR. A. L. CRAIG, Chicago, former
supreme examiner of the Tribunes; em
bezzlement and conspiracy.
C. F. HATFIELD, Chicago, insurance
agent; embezzlement and conspiracy.
MAX J. FRANCKEL, Chicago, bank
er and holder of alleged dummy note;
S. S. MclLVAIN, Auburn, III., banker
and former treasurer of the Home Cir
MARGARET MclLVAIN, Auburn, al
leged holder of dummy note; perjury.
H. A. WELD, Rock Island, former at
torney for Tribunes; embezzlement and
ROBERT REXDALE, Rock Island,
former supreme secretary of Tribunes;
embezzlement and conspiracy.
K. M. WHITHAM, Aledo, former su
preme Tribune; embezzlement and con
spiracy. THOMAS W. WILSON, Washington,
D. C, former head of American Home
Circle; embezzlement, conspiracy, and
MICHAEL B. GARBER, Springfield,
former secretary of Home Circle; em
bezzlement, conspiracy, and stealing
DR. C. H. WALTERS, Springfield,
former medical examiner of Home Cir
cle, embezzlement and conspiracy.
GEORGE W. KENNEY, Springfield,
attorney for Home Circle; embezzle
ment and conspiracy.
O. L. CALDWELL, Auburn, holder of
dummy note; perjury.
Trials at September Term.
On the final adjournment of the May
term of the circuit court today it was
announced at the office of the state's
attorney that the trials of persons ac
cused in the insurance scandal would j
be set for the September term. Craig, j
Whitham aiid Weld, as stated in The
Argus last evening, entered personal
recognizance in court yesterday after
noon, each furnishing ball in the sum
of $12,000. Circuit Clerk G. V. Gamble
today issued capiases for the 11 others,
and they are expected to appear and
give bail here within a week. It is be
lieved all can be located excepting Hat
field, who is understood to be in Eur
ope, having left after the investigation
was started. Hatfield is said to have
received a large fee for bringing about
the conference of the officers of the
Fraternal Tribunes and the American
Home Circle that, resulted in the disas
trous merger. Wilson, Garber, Wal
ters and Kenney, who had control of
the Fraternal Tribunes during the
merger, having induced the officers of
the former society to resign their posi
tions for a consideration, are now op
erating the Royal Benefit society, the
headquarters of which is In Springfield.
Duplicate Death Claim Paymmtn.
After the dissolution of the Fraternal
Tribunes and American Home Circle
merger, the latter order was merged
with the Royal Benefit society by the
same men who are charged with hav
ing taken down the $57,000 reserve
fund of the Fraternal Tribunes, which
was afterwards returned, as well as
approximately $00,000 realized from
premium assessments, which it is
charged, was drawn from the treasury
of the Fraternal Tribunes during the
merger and diverted to their private
uses by the officers in control at that
time, the use of the funds having been
given a semblance of regularity by
By the Grand Jury
U . (r -
J. F. McBride, formerly supreme tri
bune of the Fraternal Tribunes, was
given a rising vote of appreciation by
the Rock Island county grand jury for
the assistance he had afforded it in the
Investigation which resulted in the re
turning of indictments yesterday.
charging them to the payment of death
losses of the American Home Circle,
the majority of which, it id claimed it
will be shown, had been previously set
tled by the American Home Circle, and
by satisfying of notes that are claimed
now to have been fraudulent. These
notes were not shown to have been an
obligation of the American Home Cir
cle during the merger negotiations.
The Last of the Tribunes.
"The Fraternal Tribunes, of which I
became head after tne dissolution of
the merger, collected its last assess
ment from the membership last
March," J. F. McBride said today.
"The Fraternal Tribunes has not been
doing business since. I had nothing to
do with themergernegotiations; in fact,
I was utterly unfamiliar with the de
tails of the transaction until after I
had boon placed at the head of the Fra
ternal Tribunes in an effort to pull the
society back on its feet. When I be
gan to delve into the records of the
order it first dawned upon me that
something serious had taken place
during the combination. I discovered
that the $37,000 reserve fund had been
stolen there is no other way of put
ting it. I reported the facts to the
state insurance department, and with
its assistance I secured the return of
the full amount. I learned that the
greater part of the reserve fund had
been used by the officers of the Amer
ican Home Circle in buying the offices
of the Fraternal Tribunes.
l'leee of Bold Work.
"It was a bold proceeding, to say the
least. I used the $57,000 in satisfying
the death claims of the Fraternal Trib
unes, and there are only a few of these
that have not been satisfied in full. I
did not figure that the Fraternal Trib
unes was in any way responsible for
the obligations of the American Home
Circle, and accordingly these were ig
nored by me as the head of the former
society. I have made a move for the
dissolution of the charter of the Fra
ternal Tribunes, and that will be the
final end of the order. In my investi
gations I learned that the money col
lected as premiums during the six
months that the two societies were
merged was used up by the men in con
trol in excessive salaries, in duplicate
payment of death claims and in meet
ing what I believe it will be proven in
court were false obligations framed as
a means of diverting to private chan
nels the funds that were coming into
the treasury of the Fraternal Tribunes
from its policy holders.
(iooil Word for Itexdale.
"Craig. Whitham, Weld and Rexdale
were paid to resign their offices with
the Fraternal Tribunes, but I never
have believed that Rexdale had crim
inal intentions when he was drawn into
the compact. This Investigation ought
to serve as a lesson in Illinois and oth
er states to the legislatures and bring
about the enactment of more stringent
laws of regulation of fraternal insur
ance societies. A merger such as that
of the Fraternal Tribunes and the
American Home Circle should not have
been possible in Illinois or in any other
state. It was nothing more or less
than a plain case of highway robbery
of helpless men, women and children."
To Mr. McBride is due the credit for
the exposures of the wreckers of the
Fraternal Tribunes, and the grand jury
yesterday, before its adjournment,
called him into the court room and ten
dered him a rising vote of thanks for
his valuable assistance rendered that
body in getting at the bottom of the
facts needed in finding indictments.
Mr. McBride is in the insurance busi
ness in Chicago, but he is a frequent
visitor here, being one of the vice pres
idents of the Northern Life Insurance
company of this city.
DnrrlDK an Host.
After adjournment yesterday morn
ing the grand jury accepted an invi
tation from Henry H. Doering, one of
the members of the investigating body,
to have dinner with him at his home
on Fourteenth avenue and Thirty
eighth street. J. F. McBride, who in
stigated the investigation: Deputy
Sheriff O. Li. Bruner. and Mayor George
W. McCaskrin were also at the affair.
A sumptuous repast was served at the
Doering home and a fine time was en
joyed. Mr. Doering, whose resemblance
m avoirdupois particulary, gained him
'ho title of the Taft member of the
M-y. was obliged to wear the tile pre
. r.ted him by his fellow jurors during
Note Is Only Ajmet.
The one remaining asset of the
Fraternal Tribunes, aside from fur
niture in storage here, is a note
for $ 8,500, given by Dr. A. L. Craig
at the time he, with others of the
oTicers of the Fraternal Tribunes,
turned back the money he had re
ceived for resigning his office. The
face of the note represents the dif
ference between the cash turned
over and the whole amount Craig re
ceived as his bonus. He paid
back in cash, $6,500. The note was
given over to J. F. McBride, the su
preme tribune of the Fraternal Tri
bunes. W. T. Knowles, a Henry
county attorney representing a few
people holding death claims against
the Fraternal Tribunes, sued an at
tachment against the note, and a
month ago it was released by Mr.
McBride to Sheriff Kittilsen. From
the sheriff Mr. McBride holds a re
ceipt for the note. It was Mr. Mc
Bride's idea that the note should
be collected on orders from the
court and the proceeds apportioned
among the holders of death claims
against the Fraternal Tribunes. In
stead of this being done, one of the
deputies in the office of the sheriff
released the note to Atorney Knowles
accepting a flimsy receipt for it.
Xow Sheriff Kittilsen has gone after
tae Henry county attorney to regain
possession of the note before he ne
gotiates it ,if he has not done so already.
Rev. J. W. DeLong.
Rev. J. W. DeLong, formerly a pas
tor in the United Brethren Christian
church, died this morning at 1:30 at
his home, 2532 Eignth-and-one-hal
avenue, after a lingering illness of
diabetes. He had been ailing three
years and on account of his poor
health he was obliged to resign from
the ministry last September. He as
sumed the superannuated relation to
the ministry last September at Lafay
The deceased was born at Hartford,
M:ch., May 16, 1856. He spent hia
errly days in Hartford, moving with
his parents, at the age of 16, to Syra
cuse, Ind., where he began his theo
logical studies. He became a pastor
of the United Brethren church at Syra
cuse, Ind., where he remained several
years and from there he was changed
to different charge In the state. He
slso had charges at Roanoke, Ind.,
Ilui-ting and -Plymouth, Ind. In all he
sered 32 years in the ministry.
Rev. Mr. DeLong was united in mar
riage to Miss Kmma Hawley of Grand
Rapids. Mich., Aug. 21, 1S78, from
which union three children were born,
two of whom survive. ' He moved to
Rock Island with his family four
months ago, coming from Syracuse,
Ind. He had been employed while
here in the office of the Rock Island
P'ow company. He was always an
ardent worker in church affairs and
had been secretary of the St. Joseph
conference, which includes the
churches in the slate of Indiana, for
12 years. He was also a member of
the Frankfort lodge of I. O. O. F. of
Frankfort, Ind. He is survived by his
Tife and two sons, Henry, at home,
an Silas of Bangor, Mich., and a sis
tei, Mrs. Esther Landon of Hartford,
The body will probably be shipped
to Hartford, Mich., for burial.
Funeral of John Hagestamatiu.
The funeral of John Hagestamatiu,
w ho was drowned Sunday, was held
this morning at 9 o'clock from the
O'Malley & Rachman undertaking
rooms on Seventeenth street. Burial
was in Riverside cemetery, Moline.
Rev. D. X. Mandelares, a Greek ortho
dox priest of Chicago, conducted the
William J. Ray.
William J. Ray, 1405 Fourteenth-and-a-hflf
street, died of blood poisoning
pt 3:30 this afternoon at St. Anthony's
hofpital, after a short illness.
A girl with a corn! "
She s a creature forlorn.
Her steps are six inches
Long for the shoe pinches;
And, if she is pretty,
fc'hc's an object of pity.
For she'll never acknowledge the
Xot she! Though the pain
Is intense, she'll explain
How her shoes are so much
Too big, they don't touch .
Her feet anywhere.
And that she'll declare,
l. the cause of her limp it's a
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.
Miss Charlotte Custer has returned
home after a visit in Chicago.
Let William Johnson do your tin and
furnace work. 1316 Third avenue.
H. T. Siemon wants your tin and
furnace work. 1526-152S Fourth ave
nue. Dr. Cora Emery Reed has moved her
office and residence to 1918-1920 Fourth
Leading models of CIB, Regis, Kabo
and W. T. corsets at a saving of a dol
lar at McCabe's accentuates the great
July merchandise movement this week.
The great demand for leghorns in
Paris just now makes the half price
ottering of both trimmed and un
t rimmed leghorns at McCabe's pe
Anyone wlsling to take the Rock
Island Southern railway train can do
so by going to Fourth avenue and
First street. Trains leave there daily
at 6:30 a. m. and 1 o'clock p. m.
was of the unconquerable, never-say-die
kind, the kind that you need most
when you have a bad cold, cough or
lung disease. Suppose troches,
cough syrups, cod liver oil or doctors
have all failed, don't lose heart or
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croup, asthma, hay fever and whoop
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certain remedy for all bronchial af
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tle free at all druggists.
A Frightful Wreck,
of train, automobile or buggy may
cause cuts, bruises, abrasions, sprains
or wounds that demand Bucklen's
Arnica Salve earth's greatest healer.
Quick relief and prompt cure results.
For burns, boils, sores of all kinds,
eczema, chapped hands and lips, sore
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All the news all the time The
Rock Island County Grand Jury That
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Top Row Charles Sallows, O. L. Bruner (deputy sheriff) , W. R. Brown, Thomas Mikesell.
Middle Row H. M. Schriver (assistant stale's attorney), F. Metzler,, Henry Doering, Justin Dailey, Henry J.
Frank Hintz, William Hayes, John Laurmann, Ed Maloney (reporter), J. F. Moellcr.
Seated John Ballard, George Herbst, D. W. Mumma, State's Attorney L. M. Magill, E. M. Stephenson, Frank
THREE MORE HELD
George McMullin, Charles Ho
vis and Harry Hunter Are
Among the Indicted.
ON NUMBER OF CHARGES
Jury Ijrnores an Attempt to Serve a
Kill Against Attorney Harry
Three more indictments of the
number returned by the grand jury
yesterday morning were made pub
lic today in the circuit -court. They
were against George McMullin,
charged with confidence game,
Charles Hovis, alias Charles Bell,
who is also charged with confidence
game, and against Harry Hunter,
alias Crawford, alias Clark, charged
with burglary and larceny in one
indictment and with larceny in an
other. Hunter is alleged to have
broken into and robbed the Bijou
cigar store two months ago and Ho
vis or Bell was arrested last week
rfer he had succeeded in passing
several forged checks for small
amounts. McMullin is accused of
having forged the checks which
George Taylor confessed to having
passed when he was arraigned in
court yesterday and ordered sent to
Sevrral CrsM lcnnrcil.
In addition to the four cases re
ported in The Argus last evening
as being ignored, two more were sim
ilarly disposed of. They were those
against George Green (colored)
who was charged with assault with
a deadly weapon, and against Harry
M. McCaskrin, for larceny as bailee.
The latter is a member of the Rock
Island county bar arid the investi
gation showed that the charge had
grown out of a misunderstanding
concerning a fee from a former cli
ent. When the grand jury became
acquainted with the motives behind
tfie action the matter was promptly
WINS WAGER; THEN LOSES
Uoy Swam IMver, but Man Who Hets
A 12-year-old boy who was in bath
ing at the foot of Eighteenth street
latt evening was bet $5 by a bystander
that he could not swim across the Mis
sissippi to the Iowa shore." The little
fellow, thinking this wager would be
quiet a fortune if he could succeed in
winning, took the man up and dived in
the water wist just swimming trunks
on and made for the Davenport shore.
HOW NUMBER 13 FIGURED
IN INSURANCE SCANDALS
The fatal 13 has played an important role in the unearthing of the scan
dals growing out of the merger of the Fraternal Tribune and the American
Home Cirle orders, as witness:
There were 13 members of the supreme tribunal of the Fraternal Tri
bune order at the time the merger was consummated.
The reserve fund of the Fraternal Tribunes was pulled down Feb. 13,
The grand tribunal met in Peoria June 13, 1909, when the first ink
lings of irregularities came to the surface.
The supreme body of the Fraternal Tribunes met in Rock Island July
13. 1909, to consider the situation and start the investigation.
The supreme body of the Fraternal Tribunes met again in Rock Island
Aug. 13, 1909, for the purpose of agreeing upon an arbitration committee to
adjust the affairs of the Fraternal Tribunes and Home Circle in the dissolu
The case of the Fraternal Tribunes was taken before the Rock Island
county grand jury May 13, 1910.
The Rock Island county grand Jury made its report to the circuit court
July 13, 1910, and the number of indictments returned was 13.
. And to cap the climax State's Attorney L. M. Magill, who drew the in
dictments, was born Sept. 13.
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Ke reached his destination, and then
had to walk up to the government
bridge and across and then down to
the ferry landing to his starting point,
v.'hc-re he found to his astonishment
he man that made the bet had "skid
LONG VIEW CARS
JAMMED TO GUARDS
Traffic During Rush Hours in Ab
sence of Tripper Agitates Ioop
Feople are anxiously awaiting the
commencement of operation on the
track extensions the Tri-City Railway
company is to make this summer on
various of its lines in the city, and the
company has promised to begin just as
soon as its iron arrives. On the Long
View line the completion of the
loop. which promises more uni
form service, the congestion of
traffic is particularly felt doing
the rush hours on the west
bound cars. On one car, which was
jammed to the guards last night, 19
people were counted on the rear plat
form. It is doubtful, in fact, if the
conductor got all the fares, and there
is considerable complaint over the
abandonment of the tripper which re
lieved the congestion during the hour
that most of the people are traveling.
General Superintendent Hur.toon
stated this afternoon that if the tripper
on the Long View line had been pulled
off it was without his knowledge, and
it would be promptly restored.
DENTIST'S 0FFICE ROBBED
F. C Kuttler, Moline, Ibises (Mil
Valued at $100.
While Dr. F. C. Kuttler, a Moline
dentist, was banking! his receipts
yesterday afternoon, he had a vis
itor at his office who failed to leave
a card. When he returned from
the bank ho discovered that goid
filling valued at $100 had disap
peared in his absence.
Licensed to Wed.
I arry J. Kain Sioux City
Mrs Mario Lutz IVoria
Hairy K. IVrring Rantoul
M'Vs Stella E. Black Rantoul
John Craig Moline
Miss Maude Shannon BuiTalo
John Craig Moline
Miss Maude Shannon Buffalo
Harry E. Rhodes Davenport
Mrs. Maude Taylor Rock Island
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and bowels to expel poisonous mat
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Found Indictments in
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ALAFi.M A DANCER
Council Should Provide Auto
matic System Without
TELEPHONE IS UNRELIABLE
Mistakes in Sending Calls to De
partment Result In Letting
I-'Iames Get Headway.
Report has it there is a movement
in the city council to defeat the plan
to install the proposed modern fire
alarm system in Rock Island this year,
despite that $4,000 was appropriated In
the annual budget to cover a first pay
ment on the apparatus.
Representatives of two companies, in
response to a call for proposals, are on
the ground with displays of their equip
ment. They have made bids to the
council, each offering a cash transac
tion or the installing of the equipment
on a rental basis covering a three-year
period, a bill of sale to be given at the
expiration of that time providing the
city is satisfied. The rental money, of
course, is to apply on the purchase
price. This Strikes one as a decidedly
advantageous arrangement for the city,
and overcomes whatever objection
might be raised that there is not funds
available with which to meet the ex
pense of the improvement.
I'uttine I p Wit h Makmhlfta.
Rock Island for years has been ex
perimenting with fire alarm make
shifts, and it would be a serious error
for the council, in view of the prom
ises that have been held out to the
public, to turn its back on the advance
that it has made looking towards giv
ing the city the protection that it has
been so long demanding and expecting
from year to year. One ordinary fire
would represent in losses more than
the outlay for the modern alarm sys
tem. "Rock Island is the only city of its
size today that I know of in this coun
try that is without an automatic fire
alarm system," George Newberry, chief
of the fire department, said. "The de
partment is seriously handicapped, and
the wonder to me is that property has
not suffered more than it has on ac
count of the mistakes in location due to
the incorrectness of telephone fire
calls. The biggest fire we had last
year got an uncheckable start because
of confusion in promptly and properly
informing the department of the loca
tion of the blaze. In time of fire peo
ple naturally grow excited.
Sfvrrnl iiIIh for Some I-'Irr.
"Several will run to the telephone
and call the central engine house. One
will say the fire is at Eighteenth ave
nue and Thirtieth street; another will
give Eighteenth street and Thirteenth
avenue. This has happened frequently,
and will continue until such time as
the city is provided with the system
that it must have if property is to be
given adequate protection. The me
tallic automatic system is a guarantee
against such mistakes."
liusiness men and large holders oi
property especially are interested in
the plan to provide a modern fire alarm
apparatus. They are obliged to pay
the penalty for inadequate protection
in increased insurance rates. It is to
be supposed that the hazard is increas
ed by the insufficiencies referred to by
the chief of the fire department. Every
property holder in the city is concern
ed, and it is to be hoped that the coun
cil will not allow the city to go un
protected another year. The $10,000
expenditure i3 but a small considera
Hull, Tom Daugherty, A. W Donahoc,
Larson, James Mills,
tion as compared to the danger in
volved in the continuance of the pres
ent backwoods alarm system. .
The plan under consideration calls
for 52 etreet boxes and private boxes
in factories, hotels, theatres and
The call boxes now In use could be
turned over to the police department
GIRL STUDIES FOOD OF POOR.
Attends School of Technology to Ac
Although Miss Ilelen Fales. the one)
girl graduate of the Massachusetts In
stitute of Technology to receive a de
gree this year, will not confirm the
rumor, there Is a strong probability
that she will devote her time now to
a study of conditions obtaining in the
food supplies of tbe poorer classes of
large cities, such as Boston, New York
Miss Fales, the one girl to get her
degree out of 273 men classmates, has
strong philanthropic leanings.
Miss Fales entered tbe Massachu
setts Institute of Technology after Lav
ing graduated from Vassar college to
take up the study of the chemistry of
foods particularly and to obtain a de
gree of bachelor of science Incidentally.'
Miss Fales lives In South Framing
bam, Mass., and belongs to the most
exclusive circles, but will forego a so
cial career and will devote her time
and efforts to bettering tbe condition'
of the poorer classes who are not able'
to get the training to fight for them
selves. MONUMENT TO ADAM AND EVE
Washington Appl Growers Propos t
A. F Crowe! 1. formerly deputy state
horticultural commissioner of Sp
kaneand Stevens counties. Wash has
submitted a proposal to tbe national '
apple show to erect a mammoth nwn-
ument to Adnm and Eve In one of tbe
apple belts in the northwest. Tbe
board of trustees of tbe orgnnlzstlon.
of which noward Elliott. hnd of tbej
Northern Pacific Railroad company, I
president, is discussing plans to offer'
a substantial prize for the most appro-'
prlate design, submitted in competi
tion, to be awarded by popular vote at'
the third annual show In Spokane the
week of Nov. 14.
Soreness of the muscles, whether
induced by violent exercise or in
Jury, is quickly relieved by the free
application of Chamberlain's Lini
ment. This liniment is equally val
uable for muscular rheumatism and
always affords quick relief. Sold by
F. W. Moller's
Fourteenth St. and Fifth Ave.
per bushel $3.00
Pineapples, good sized,
per dozen $1.00
Eggs, per dozen 20c
Choice Elgin creamery butter,
per pound 35c
Fancy patent flour ... $1.45