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T5TE ROCK - ISLAND ARGUS
MONDAY, DHCKMHKH 10. 1010.
PRISON UNFIT IN
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Illinois Charities Commission
Issues Report on Inspection
of County Jail Here.
VERMIN INFEST BUILDING
Inadequate Ventilation and light
Makes Tt Criminal to Hold
An Extraordinary Purchase and Sale of
Springfield. 111.. Dec. 17, 1910.
Editor Argue, Rock Island. 111.:
There has been a request from your
county for a copy of the report which
this commission's inspector of Insti
tutions has made to us. I attach it
to this letter.
The commission feels a deep in
terest In the condition of the Jail, as
it is reported to us, by our inspector
and "by other sources. We believe
that pending the erection of a new
jail, which will no doubt come now
within a short time, conditions
might be Improved in the present
building. It is our experience in the
state institutions which are much
larger and present more serious
problems, that vermin, such as is
described in these reports, is inex
cusable. The ventilation of the jail
might be remedied in part, at least,
by placing a ventilating fan in on
of the windows or in the roof. Elec
tric lights might be substituted for
gas. Men and women should be held
as short a time as possible within
such a building.
Other Cmmllen In -lmllnr Fix.
We realize that many communi
ties are pressed for money with
which to make public improvements.
Rock Island county is not an excep
tion in this respect, but we believe
that without expenditure of much
money your jail can be greatly im
proved. Meanwhile the campaign for a
new jail should be pushed until pub
lic sentiment is clearly awake to
its necessity, then it will come. We
address this report to you because
It is a public document and there J
has been a demand for it which we i
would not undertake to deny. The!
Inspection upon which this report is !
b: sed was made on Aug. 30, Ki0.i
by Miss Vella Martin, the official
representative of the state charities
STATE CHARITIES COMMISSION".
By A. L. Bowen, Executive Secre
tary. Bud as Dnngrnn of Middle Age.
The report of Miss Martin says:
Fashionable Full Length Coats
Black Kersey Coats
Best Selling Models, Regular
$20 and $25 Coats. Take
Your Choice at
Fancy XTixture Coats
Novelty Cloth Coats
COATS--Regular 8.00, $9.00 and $10.00
to close quickly at ... . ... . . .
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something done for thetn. All the
evil conditions combined to make
them abnormally hungry and their
cry was for more food.
Cell Not Ventilated.
ins clean and lighted as well as pos
sible. N'o more can be done.'
"Four boys were kept looked in The Baseball Paqe.
their cells two days because theyji glanced across the baseball page:
get into mischief. These tells, as' Today it bore
ishrmn in thp nlnna aiTfim na n vin f i Soillo observations oil tile Stace.
iu nwMsiw.ni t.o.imjr jaw ;thia report, are ventilated by means A football score,
bad as any dungeon of the middle of on,y Que window 4xS fe;t in di .An anecdote about some judge
ages. lue piaiia suuw uai sun ui
ventilation is possible. One row of
cells received no direct ventilation.
They are solid stone c?lls and the
Jailer says that when he goes around
in the morning to open the doors
he must hold his breath. The walls
are smeared with spots of blood
where the prisoners have, killed bed
bugs by the hundreds upon the
whitewashed walls. The water
which is carried in for them to drrnk
is unfit for that purpose after stand
ing exposed to the atmosphere of
the Jail for a short time.
"There is no classification of pris
oners. The sheriff says that half of
them are never convicted and yet
they are treated in exactly the same
manner as are men who are serving
- sentence or the vagrants and the
Rati, Mlee and Roaches.
"The rats, mice. bed bugs,
roaches, etc., add to the discomfort
and, as though this were not enough,
overcrowding must be numbered
among the evils. There are 4 0 men
crowded into 13 cells in the main
prison. In one corridor. 8x30 Vi feet
In size, eight straw ticks are placed
on the hard bare floors and 16 men
sleep upon them. They are more
comfortable than the men in the up
per tier of cells who suffocate when
the doors are closed. The air is
laden with the odor of disinfectant
A "week ago a man came there sick.
He was crowded in with the other
men. Later he died of typhoid
fever. I was left alone to talk with
the men and they begged me to get
And a receipt for making fudge.
mensions, 1 6 i feet from the near
est cell and 21 ys feet from the
others. The solid iron doors were i My brief inspection pained me much,
closed and all the air came through; 'Tis pre! ty rough
an opening a few inches wide at the j When baseball news gives way to such
bottom of the door. I had the door i Insipid stuff,
opened and the boys with pale ' So half in pily, half in rage,
drawn faces asked eagerly when! I tore to bits the baseball page.
A Line of
in Royal copper ster
ling silver mounted.
Opnosite Harper Honse.
I thy would be let out into the cor-1
i ridor. The separation of the boys;
! f rnni tho it'mon ie off -! l onlt- Kr I
a wall and a door through which)
they communicate easily. The jail
was erected in 1S54 of stone. The
cells are of stone with iron doors
4x7V2xS feet and 5xSVfcx8 feet in
"There are 13 cells in the main
prison, two cells for boys and two
rooms for boys and women. By put
ting two men in a cell the main
prison will accommodate 2R mn,
yet on the day of her inspection
there were 51 inmates in the jail,
three of whom were women.
Spaee la OvereroYrded.
"Of the iil inmates, 4 2 occupied
space in the main prison which is
.overcrowded when it contains 26.
Yet this was in the midst of the
heated term. The jail is heated by
steam, lighted by gas and artificial
light is necessary during the day
time. There is no plumbing in the
cells, two toilets in the main prison
and one bath tub. The gas must be
lit in the corridor to permit the men
to read in the day. ihe cells are
infected with vermin which disap
pears when the disinfectant is ap
plied and then crawl out again un
injured. The cells are whitewashed
each week by the prisoners, who
spend their time together in the cor
ridor. Their occupation consists in
walking the corridor, washing dishes
and cleaning up quarters. The pro
vision for women is apart from the
men. The children are located up
stairs over the main prison. The insane
are fastened when they become un
ruly to a bull ring, handcuffed with
steel or leather handcuffs. If dis
posed to be quiet they are locked
in cells. According to the inspect
or's report Insane women are some
times taken to the state hospital
without the accompaniment of son.
husband or brother or a reputable
woman, as decreed by law.
Kangaroo Conrt Rules.
"The food is said to be not suffici
ent. The drinking water is whole
some and the men are supplied with
good reading matter. The bedding
is washed each week. No warm
water for bathing is furnished dur
ing the summer, but the men may
heat water on a gas stove. Night
buckets are provided the cells. Kan
garoo court rules maintain discip
line." -Edward Klttllsen was in charge of
the Jail when the inspection referred
to was made. O. L. Bruner, the pres
ent Bheriff. took charge Dec. 6. "There
is nothing new In the report," Sheriff
Bruner said. "The building Is Inade
quate and unsanitary, and should have
been replaced years ago. However, 1
will do the best I can with the facili
ties afforded me during my adminis
tration. We strive to keep the build-
Kansas Citv Journal.
Ixjan rates down.
Kerler & Co. make rujs.
Carpenter Coa! company
Sell coal. Fhone west 295.
Buy a homo of Reidy Bros.
Trl-city Towel Supply company.
Open every evening, J. Ramser.
For express, call Spencer & Trefz.
Christmas cards at Steiners drug
Christmas cards at Steincr's drug
Genuine "Keen Kutter" tool cab
inets at 111 & Ehleb's, 1609 Third
The store with the holiday stock,
Jones! Jones! Jones! for cut rates
and decent loans.
Bird or breakfast carvers at Allen,
Myers & Company.
Mound City paints may cost a little
more, but! Ill & Ehleb.
Toilet sets in sterling silver and
silver plate at J. Ramser's.
The finest line of carvers in the city
at Allen, Myers & Company.
Everybody can get a loan now at
The Cut Rate. Call West 177.
hall, Wednesday evening, Dec. 21.
Gents 50 cents, ladies free, Wrixon's
at the Cut Rate .Loan company, 18016
Second avenue. Manager J. W. Jones.
Doll wigs, switches, puffs and curls.
The Owls big dance and oyster sup- j made of combings and cut hair, at Miss
hall, next Thursday
Ready in a jiffy, delicious brown
rakes, Mrs. Austin's buckwheat
Just, like a bank to do business with.
The Cut Rate ixan company. Call
Guth's candy for Xmaa, one to
three pound boxes. Harper house
ph;i l u.at y.
Garrett's chocolate?. Leave your
oidor now for Xmas. Harper house
Pictures of all kinds; also artistic i pha: macv.
framing done to order at McCabes.
Let William Johnson do your tin and
furnace work. 1316 Third avjnue.
. Kindling wood, $3.50 a load, de
vered. Kahlke Bros. Phone West 9.
Kindling wood, $3.50 a load, de
livered. Kahlke Bros. Phone West 9.
Ready in a jiffy, delicious brown
cakes, Mrs. Austin's buckwheat
H. T. Siemon wants your tin and
furnace work. 1526-1528 Fourth ave
nue. Read3r In a jiffy, delicious brown'
cakes, Mrs. Austin's buckwheat
Don't fail to see J. Ram.ser's show
window. It's the best in town; full
Travelers' sets, sterling drinking
cups, pocket clothes brushes and bill
books at J. Ramser's.
Don't miss reading or finding the
Cut Rate ad. Always fair, square and
strictly on its merits.
A coffee percolator would make a
nice Xmas present. See them at Al
len. Myers & Company.
A vacuum fireless cooker makes an
ideal Xmas present for the housewife,
at Allen. Myers Company.
Carpenter Coal company.
95. Please copy our
I phone w est
Don't forget the Moonlight dance j number in your telephone book,
given by the Regulars at the Industrial J Private rooms for ladies and gents
Toliver's Hair Store, 1S13
Roger's silver plated knives, forks.
J and spoons in large variety at one-
third less that elsewhere, at Allen,
Myers & Company.
You say you got your loan from the
Cut Rate Loan company? How did
you find them? Why, just lovely, ex
actly as they advertised.
A Savory roaster Is what you want
for the turkey. A Christmas present
that is appreciated by the housewife.
All sizes, plain or enamelled, at Allen,
Myers & Company.
A nice carving set In a rase makes a
beautiful Xmas present, and is useful
as well as ornamental. Make your se
lection while the line is complete, at
Allen, Myers & Company.
Attend the first annual opening
Irr.U of the International Cnion of
Steam Engineers, No. 426, Thursday
evening, Dec. 22, at Industrial hall;
5 0 cents a couple, ladies free.
Santa Claus, in charge of his famous
circus, will give the first entertainment
I Tuesday evening in front of McCabe's
tele-I Third avenue store. Wild and tame
animals, tigers, bear, elephant, giraffe,
big rooster ihe strong man, fat boy,
etc. K" prompt at 7:30.
and Pastry I
Not "just as good" as c
somebody else's. tj
The proof is in the eating, li
Give us your order and o
let us prove our claim.
1716-1713 Second Avenue. Both
DELIVERIES i: FRY Il.lY
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Our Special Purchase
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Is' proving to he the greatest value giving evont ever before offered in the tri
cities at this time of season and seldom equalled at season end clearance sales,
usually conducted in January and February. i
The Season's prettiest and most Ivanted Coat and Suit styles
are here for your selection at a reduction of one-fourth, one-third
and one half original prices.
It's not alone through the reductions that we claim our values to bo so far super
ior. It's the styles materials and workmanship which we ask to give vour earn
est consideration. If you do this then you puivhasc hero. You mav look around
before purchasing if you wish. AVe know you'll come back to us to make vour se
All garments on sale are from The Sunshine Cloak & Suit Co.,
Clebeland, and comply Ivith the high standard of material
Iporkmanship and style maintained by them at all times.
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Knitted Aero and Aviation Cap? and
Tjroleon Hats In Felt and riush
$1.00 to $1.08
Cor. 2d & Brady 5s.,
AII Trimmed Hots at Half Price.
One-third off the price of all Millin
ery Trimmings T'ntrlinmed ShaK,
I'lume, Children Hood.
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