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OTHE ROCK ISIiAOT) ARGUS, MONDAY, SEPTEIBER 19, 191(T.
Ely Prevented From Making
Second Flight pn Closing
Day of Exposition.
DELAY FATAL TO HIS PLANS
Single Ascent, Made in Choppy "Wind,
However, Was Most -Thrilling
One of the Week.
The stubbornness of a large portion
Df Saturd2ty's crowd, composed largely
of out of town people, not only pre
vented Eugene Ely from making two
flights in his aeroplane, hut almost kept
him from getting out at all. Early in
the morning President Medill of the
Exposition company requested Ely to
make two ascensions, if weather con
ditions permitted, for the final day.
The aviator agreed and during the af
ternoon frequently tested the atmos
pheric conditions and kept in constant
readiness. There was a stiff wind
blowing from the southwest and it was
5:45 before he announced that he
thought it safe to go up. At that time
there was a stiff but steady wind.
When the attempt was made to get
the aeroplane out of the tent, how
ever, the crowd blocked the way and
could not be budged. All appeals were
in vain. Conditions were explained,
the people were told that, under the
contract the field must be cleared be
fore the aviator started, but the words
of the announcer were derided, and
the crowd stood stubborn and skep
tical. Lows Half an Hoar.
Finally, however, when it was given
out that unless a way was opened the
machine would be put back in the tent
and lctt there the aviator was allow
ed to proceed to the east end of the
field. Then the crowd again formed
10 deep across the center of the field
and would not clear the way. It was
half an hour before a start could be
attempted, and by that time the wind
had become "choppy," blowing in fit
ful gusts that rendered an aeroplane
exhibition exceedingly dangerous. Ely,
in spite if this went up and got away
safely. When in the air, however, his
ship careened and tipped and he had
great difficulty in keeping it right side
of trouble got into position for a re
turn to the ground.
To those who understood conditions
the flight was the most thrilling one
of the week, for the aviator had to use
his rudders constantly to keep in the
air. It was man against the elements
in a fight for life.
Almost an Accident.
When Ely came down the crowd
again got in the way and the aviator,
losing control for an Instant, almost
ran down several persons. By the use
of the brake he succeeded in prevent
ing an accident. It had been in
tended, if two exhibitions were
given, to make one a cross coun
try and the other an altitude flight.
As it was the four successful flights
in four consecutive days almost es
tablishes a record for aviation meets,
for it is not often that the weather
permits flying for that many success
Before Ely started on his final flight
President Medill presented him with
the handsome exposition trophy, a sll
ver cup, gold lined, and suitably en
graved. Calls Off tbe Race.
Because of the difficulty in handling
the crowd President Medill called off
the motorcycle and automobile races.
it being almost certain that somebody
would get hurt were the contests at
tempted. Extra Race Profirram.
In the program of extra races Sat
urday afternoon. Jack Witt, owned
by William Michaels of Carlock, III.,
took first place in the three-quarter
mile dash. Jack Witt was the win
ner of several other of the races dur
ing the week. Second place in the
race was won by Orlin Ormonde,
owned by Hanks brothers of Kim
mundy, 111., while third money went
to Dec. Bachman, owned by Bert
Graham of Armington, 111. White
Set, owned by R. R. Oreen of Lafay
ette, 111., was counted before the race
as the winner of the event, but be
cause of a bad start at the post, was
unable to do better than finish last.
The time was 1:16.
In the other race, one of 4 fur
longs, Vinnie, ownexl by Frank Cum
mlngs of Peoria, took first place.
Countersign, owned by Bert Graham,
finished second, and Rosa A., owned
by William Michaels, finished third.
The time was 543,2 seconds.
Mis: Crowd at Close.
The exposition came to a close
Saturday night, and in spite of the
large crowd in attendance, there was
little disorder. The evening was ob
served as Moose night and hundreds
of members of the tri-city lodges of
that order were in attendance. The
local Moose drill team gave a fine
exhibition drill in front of the grand
a Moose set piece was one of the fea- the same as the six days of last year
Notes of the Exposition.
The exposition closed in a blaze
The third annual event seems ta
have been the charm.
The turnstile attendance for the
Ave days was 21,925, which is about
and the preceding year, the only ad
vantage to the company being that
the afternoon .prices of admission
were double this year what they
were on the former occasions. Ful
ly half the attendance this year, it is
estimated, came from out of town
WHY ELY DID NOT MAKE TWO
FLIGHTS EACH DAY AT EXPO PARK
up. He flew away to the south out
of sight and then maneuvered back to J stand. Captain James Reynolds com- smashin
Some inquiry has been made as to
why Eugene Ely did not make two
flights each afternoon at Rock Island
Exposition park during la3t week. Un
der the contract with the Curtiss peo
ple two flights were specified for every
day, and it was required that at least
four flights be made during the week
to fill the contract. It was naturally a
provision of the contract, insisted upon
by the Curtiss people, that weather
conditions should govern all exhibi
tions, and right here it may be ex
plained that the elements do not af
fect aerial navigation so much after
the aeroplane has reached a reason
able altitude as they do at the start
ing. The world over the most suc
cessful experiments are made either
in the early morning just before sun
rise or in the evening at about sun
set. There is- as a rule a stillness
and often a dampness in the atmo
sphere then which is ideal for flying.
The Rock Island Exposition park
is situated 'in a valley, over which
hover the cross currents from two
rivers, the Mississippi and Rock, and
to this is added the box-like condi
tion of the park close to the ground
produced by fences, houses and trees,
all contributing to make the rise
from the earth difficult. Twice dur
ing the week, Mr. Ely attempted a
flight at 2 o'clock, much against his
own Judgment, but because the Ex
position management insisted that j
the conditions as advertised be car
ried out as far as possible. On both
occasions the aeroplane after rising
about 30 feet went to the ground.
Tuesday the machine was so dam
aged that a second attempt that day
was impossible. Wednesday the ma
chine was also damaged, but by hard
work, It was gotten in readiness for
the second flight which proved one of
the prettiest of the week.
After that it was decided to leave
the question of two flights to Mr.
Ely's judgment, he agreeing to at
tempt the first one early each after
noon if possible, but it was felt that
if he found the conditions unfavor
able it would be much better to aban
don it rather than run the risk c
the machine, thus possl-
There was not an afternoon after
Wednesday when the weather was
what might be termed calm. Satur
day, the upper currents were unsat
isfactory all afternoon until Just be
fore sundown when a stiff breeze
blew up from the southwest. This
was Just what Ely wanted next to
absolute calm and he was anxious
to get away quickly while it lasted
and undertake two flights, but the
crowd became uncontrollable and
half an hour was wasted getting the
machine through the throng to the
starting point and clearing the cen
ter of the field. By the time Ely
started the wind was blowing from
every direction and those who wit
nessed the flight saw one of the
most hazardous feats possible to un
dertake. There was not a moment
while the aviator was in the air
when he was not in peril. The ma
chine "was tossed about by the cross
currents as if it were pasteboard,
and it was the one flight of the week
in which Ely was put to the real
test of conquering the elements.
That he got down safely was a
source of thankfulness to all who
understood the conditions.
Taking the week as a whole, Ely
made a record of four successful
flights in four successive days,
which is remarkable at that.
:he northwest, and after a great deal j manding. In the fireworks display, jbly preventing a second flight also.
Postpone Alliance Meeting.
The meeting oT the Ministerial Al
liance, which was scheduled for this
morning at the Y. M. C. A., has been
postponed for two weeks. The pro
gram arranged for this morning will be
given at that time. The meeting was
postponed because a quorum of the
membership was not present.
Licensed to Wed.
Jules Veys Moline
Miss Josephine Van De Voorde. Moline
Henry T. Stee Davenport
Miss Martha Van Dohlen. . .Davenport
Bert D. Odell Albany
Mrs. Maude L. Odell Albany
Charles Graff Musatine
Miss Lottie Daley Muscatine
Gustavis A. Fagerburg. . .Bloomington
Miss Mary E. Bass Rock Island
GUN ON OFFICER
Indifference of Authorities In
creases Boldness of Law
ORDER LEAGUE IN ACTION
Sheriff's Forces Deny Assistance to
Constable in Raid on Billburg's
Twentieth Street Joint.
news all the time The
tTTERALDING the Formal Opening of the NewJjTi
M IlIL M & K Store for Women Thursday, Sept. 22d. vj
&j v Welcome to our exhibit of Fall and "Winter Fash- j y
yf ions for Women and Children Suits, Dresses. Gowns, Costumes, Coats, Wraps,
n Waists, Skirts and Shoes. I Ajj
ljT CSC Rock Island
H. E. McBride, C. A. Peterson and
William Stewart, arrested In the raid
of the gambling house above the sa
loon conducted by A, W. Billburg, at
221 Twentieth street, Saturday after
noon, will have a hearing in the court
of Justice J. H. Cleland at 9 o'clock
Thursday morning. In the meantime the
trio is at liberty under bond of $200
each. The confiscated eambline nara-
phernalia, on which a value of $500 13
placed by the owners, will be destroy
ed under orders of the court, as pro
vided by law. In the raid $400 in cash
was seized also. Fifteen men were in
the place when Constable August
Schmid of South Rock Island, with sev
eral citizens whom he deputised to as
sist him, entered the place. The search
warrant was sworn out by J. H. Hau
berg a Moline attorney, who is acting
for the Rock Island uw and Order
league. It is said evidence will be in
troduced showing where one or more
men were fleeced out of large sums of
money at the games in Billburg's.
Can Play Threatened.
McBride, who was in charge of the
gambling establishment in the ab
sence of Billburg, the proprietor, flash
ed a revolver when the constable and
his aids announced their mission. Mc
Bride was reminded that the city of
Rock Island had not yet descended to
the uncivilized state, and he would
better conserve his health by submlt
lng peaceably. This he consented to
do finally. No 6hots were fired. How
ever, McBride is facing a charge of at
tempting to kill. There was a wild
scramble among the Inmates. One man
jumped out of a second story window
onto a roof, and was injured in his
flight. The gambling apparatus was
loaded on an auto truck and conveyed
to the court house. Several of the in
mates were pressed into service, reluc
tantly, however, in loading the appa
ratus on the truck. The roulette wheel.
during the excitement, disappeared and
is supposed to have been hidden by
one of the fraternity.
Authorities Refuse Aaalataaee.
Constable Schmid stated that he
asked assistance, in the raid of both
the sheriff's office and the local police
department, but was denied it by both.
This is nothing new, it might be said
for the information of the public. Bill
burg has been arrested before for con- j
ducting a gambling house in Rock Is
land, but for several months, with
others, has been doing business open-
If . you wish a
tree planted to
replace one that
died or you wIbq
to plant some
new home, a
postal or phone
will, have our
call on you and
will help you
make your se
lection. We Plant and
Elm trees from
2Va to 8 Inches
E. P. ZIMMERMAN,
Member of French and German societies of landscape archi
tects and a designer of sketches or full working plans for
parks and public or home grounds, will superintend the dig
ging and planting of the trees.
ELM TREE CO.
Phone W, 440-L. .
1819 17th St., Rock Island.
ly. The Argus has repeatedly remiud-j Mrs. Kerler's health
ed the authorities of the defiant atti
tude of the gamblers here, but its ef
forts have fallen on dead, ears. Evi
dently the fraternity was not much
disturbed by the raid on Billburg s
Saturday afternoon, for the chips were
rattling and the dice rolling with old-
time regularity at several houses at
Tbe sheriff's force has promised, in
newspaper interviews, the suppression
of gambling in Rock Island. Those in
terviews seemingly were to hoodwink
the unknowing ones, as the sharks all
lingered; in fact, the tribe has grad
ually increased, until today there are
75 to 100 men connected with public
gambling rooms in this city. It is
known as one of the most fertile fields
in the middle west.
" Property la Seereted,
A list of the confiscated articles
taken from The Billburg gambling
rooms Is as follows:
One poker table.
One roulette table and wheel.
Two craps tables and dice.
Two leather billets.
More than $400 in cash.
A diamond stud, valued at $25.
The constable has placed the con
flscated property In a secret hiding
place and will not make this place
known until the cases have been dis
posed of. The money has been placed
in a bank.
Good Time for Pledge.
While The Argus, at this time, does
not wish to enter into a political dis
cussion, with the moral conditions of
the city as an inspiration, it might not
be amiss for the taxpayers, irrespec
tive of party faith, to secure pledges
from the candidates for sheriff In ad
vance of the November election. The
candidate who will go on record pub
licly as promising to drive the profes
sional gambler from Rock island, ana
make the pledge with a positiveness
and sincerity that will not permit of
an evasion after election, is the man
that should, and doubtless will, receive
the votes of the decent citizenship of
Rock Island county.
terday for Chicago, where they will
visit with friends for a week.
Dr. and Mrs. C. L. Williams of Wa
terloo, Iowa, arrived here yesterday
for a short visit with friends.
Mrs. H. B. Hayden has returned
home after spending the summer
with relatives at Boulder, Colo.
Fred Mitchell will leave tonight for
Port Deposit, Md., where he will re
sume his studies at Tome school.
Abraham Rimmerman . left this
morning for Iowa City, where he
will resume his studies at Iowa uni
versity. Miss Mary Tone, sister of Mrs. P.
II. Wells, and Mr. and Mrs. Mason
Langdon of Des Moines, are visiting
with Mr. and Mrs. P. II. Wells.
Verne Brlnkerhoff, Hugh Ralston,
El wood Frey and Arthur Schoessell
have returned to TJrbana to resume
their studies at the University of Illi
nois. Mr. and Mrs. Howlett and son and
Mrs. George Jackson of Tampico have
returned home after spending the past
week with Mr. and Mrs. W. II. Camper
Mr .and Mrs. Charles Kerler and
daughter Florence and Misses Martha
and Alta Higginson, sisters of Mrs.
Kerler, leave tomorrow for Montana,
where they will make an extended j
IS BUSY SESSION
FOR GRAND JURY
Daniel Corken, Bock Island, I
Appointed Foreman of In
WORK COMMENCED TODAY
State's Attorney Planning Early Ar
raigiinient of Persons InriirU-d
in Insurance Scauduls.
Dan Corken of this city is foreman
of the September term grand Jury
which convened this afternoon, Judgo
Gest making the appointment when
the venire reported to him. Of the 23
jurymen chosen at tbe last meeting of
the board of supervisors, 20 reported
to the judge today. They are: Cl.arlea
Pettlt, Cordova; Alonzo Dunbar, Zuma;
James Swither. Port Byron; Clark
Corbin, Hampton; Axel Sorling, Mo
line; H. A. Douglas, Moline; James A.
Weed, Rock Island. James B. Burk,
The trip is taken on account of Rock Island; Dnn Corken, Rock Is-
W. F. Mann, producer of the mu
sical comedy, "A Broken Idol," to
night's offering at the Illinois, ar
rived in the city today from his home
In Chicago to view the performance.
Mr. Mann says he has secured an al
most perfect cast and that the play
has been doing a big business in ev
ery city thus far visited. In a num
ber of places return engagements
have been asked for.
Harry B. Gilmore is here from
Chicago for a brief visit-
Raymond Anderson of Englewood
is visiting his cousin, Ed Sullivan.
Mr. and Mrs. D. Z. Illggin of
Oneida, 111., spent Sunday visitfcg
Miss Faye Hough has returned
home after a two weeks' visit at De
troit and Chicago.
Dr O. L Eyster returned Saturday
night from Chicago after spending a
week's vacation there.
Miss Belle Curry, 928 Twenty-sec
ond street, and Miss Gussie Schroe-
der, 1224 Twelfth street, left yes-
Announcement is made of . the ap
proaching marriage of Miss Gertrude
Elizabeth Rhode, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. George Rohde of "The Andre
sen," Davenport, to Alfred Herman
Lau of Davenport, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Lau, the well-known promi
nent farmer of Scott county.
The wedding will take place at the
Hotel Harms in Rock Island, Mrs.
Lotnar Harms "being an aunt of the
bride, and it will be the evening of
There will be a wedding supper to
the members of the family, and later
me young coupie win leave ror a
wedding trip. They will reside at
G08V2 West Third street, Davenport.
Mr. Lau ts in charge of the auto and
Implement department of the Scott
County Mercantile company of Daven
The sister of the bride-to-be, Miss
Cecelia Rohde, the well-known singer.
who has made a reputation by her
beautiful 'voice, having been a mem
ber of the Richard Carle company,
and the brothers of the bride, Carl,
Alfred and George, of Chicago, are
expected to be present at the wed
David Rispham In Recital.
The music committee of the Mo
line Woman's club has arranged to
bring to the tri-cities David Bispham,
the famous baritone and opera sing
er, who will give a recital Oct. 2 5.
He will bring with him his accom
panist who will also give solo num
bers. The members of the music
committee are Mrs. J. J. Dorgan,
Mrs. J. R. Tuckls, Mrs. T. B. Reidy,
Mrs. Otto Seiffert, Mrs. Fickeyand
Mrs. Ada Entrikin-Peterson.
Humane Society Coffee. .
The ladles' auxiliary to the Rock
Island Cpunty Humane society will
hold a coffee Wednesday afternoon
at the home of Mrs. J. J. Williams,
711 Twelfth street. The public is
land; C. C. Campbell, South Rock Is
land; George Clark, South Rock Is
land; F.' W. Wylle, Rural; John Der
rick, Bowling; A. W. Elliott. Edging
ton; John Carlson. Andalusia; William
Kistler, Buffalo Prairie, and Isaac Fos
ter, Sr., Drury. Ju;lgo Cost instructed
the grand jurors in iheir duties before
ordering them to go into session and
begin their work.
The prospects are that the Septem
ber grand jury will be kept nearly as
busy as the one which just preceded it
and which was In session longer than
any previous investigating body in.
this county. There are several murder
cases to be brought before the jury,
and it seemed that work on one of
these was billed to be started today, as
numerous witnesses in the Frank Dun
bar murder case were at the court
house under summonses to appear be
fore the grand jury.
May Ileopea InHnranre Inqfilrjr.
The insurance matters may be taken
up again also. State's Attorney L. M.
Magill is seeking to arrange a day
with Judge Gest when the persons now
under indictment for the wrecking of
the Fraternal Tribunes can Le brought
into court and arraigned. Those in
dicted are Dr. A. L. Cralg.Vhicago, C.
F. Hatfield, Chicago; M. J. Franckel.
Chicago; S. S. Mcllvain, Auburn; Miss,
Margaret Mcllvain, Auburn; II. A.
Weld, Rock Island; Rorcrt itnxnaie,
Rock Island; K. M. Whitham, Aledo;
Thomas W. Wilton, Springfield : M. B.
Garber, Springfield; Dr. C. II. Waif era,
Springfield; George W. Kenney.
bprlngfield, and O. I Caldwell, Au
burn. The charges against them rang
from conspiracy to defraud to embez
zlement and larceny.
My wife having left my home, I will
not be responsible for any debts con
tracted by her.
The gladiator were originally mfllr
facJrs who fuuebt for their lives or
captives who foijatht for freedom. They
were first exhibited ut the funeral cere
monies of the Itomnns. 2C3 B. C. and
afterward at festivals about "15 B. C.
When Dncla was reduced by Trojan
1.000 gladiators fought at Rome for 123
days in celebration of his triumph. It
Is said that In the triumphs of Pompey
the Great 10.000 fought through ft
series of many days. These combats
were suppressed la the east by tbe
Emperor Constantine about A. D. 323
and in the west by Theodoric In A. D.
500. New York America.
It Is Impossible to say just when
physiognomy began to be a "science."
It is said that the celebrated Pythag
oras founded tbe science about B. C
540. It Is spoken of by Hippocrates
about B. C. 450. but; he Coea not at
tempt to go Into 'the discussion of Its
origin. The first systematic treatise
on the subject tl$it baa come down to
us Is that attributed to Arisrotle.
Throughout the sixteenth and eleven
teenth centuries there were many pub
lications on physiognomy. Exchange.