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XHE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. TUESDAY. JTTXE 1.3. im.
IS UP TO PEOPLE
Commission Tables Ordinance
Carrying Sight to Transfer
SAY SENTIMENT IS DIVIDED
Authorities Therefore Desirous
Having Voters Pass Upon the
After devoting several hours to
hearing discussion for and against
the proposition to sell the property
of the Union Electric Telephone and
Telegraph company to the Central
Union Telephone company, the city
commission yesterday afternoon, vot
ing on a resolution submitted by
Commissioner R. R. Reynolds, rec
ommended that the Union Electric
company submit its ordinance to a
vote of the people under the initiative
This action was taken after a
study of the situation for the last
six weeks, and in this time the com
missioners have been unable, so they
state, to find what the real sentiment
of the people is in regard to the tele
phone question. Some are desirous
of having two system to insure good
service. Others state that one tele
phone in the field is enough and that
laws can be enacted which shall
bring about regulation of rates and
at the same time furnish satisfac
tory service. Now, in order to dis
pose of the Union Electric plant, ac
cording to ordinance, the owner,
Charles L. Bailey, Jr., of Harrlsburg,
Pa., will have to submit the proposi
tion to the people.
Commissioner Reynolds said he was
against granting the ordinance,
maintaining that to do so would
be to take down the only barrier
preventing the Central Union com
pany from becoming an ab
solute monopoly In this community.
He stated that the matter of com
pensation for the privilege of selling
and sympathy for the men who had
invested heavily in the defunct plant
ought not to be considered. He want
ed, as do all others, better service
and Insisted on finding a way where
by that may be obtained.
C. H. Rottgc, superintendent of
the Illinois division of the Bell Tele
phone company with headquarters In
Springfield, discussed the matter of
rates and probable legislation which
would soon be brought about. He
said that the state might create an
office of inspector and when it was
found that the company was mak
ing more money than legitimately
entitled to, the rate should be low
ered and that when It was falling
behind, the company might be per
mitted to raise the rate. The estab
lishment of rates depended almost
entirely on the number of subscrib
ers, for from them come the only
source of revenue for the phone com
panies. Then If the rate was high
and exorbitant, subscribers ceased to
patronize the company, the revenue
lessened and the company lost as a
AVI I.I.I NO TO PAY 300,000.
Mr. Rottger stated that it was not
the desire of the company now, as
much as two years ago, to acquire
the property of the Union Electric,
as it had already paralleled the lines
and conduits which it might then
have used. He went on to say that
his company might still be able to
use considerable of the property of
the Union Electric and therefore was
willing to pay f300,000 for it. He
affirmed that the promoter was the
man who helped raise the rate, for
he obtained a franchise and then sold
It to the big company. The big com
pany had to have more revenue and
as the subscriber furnished the only
revenue the latter paid the promoter.
S. R. Kenworthy, attorney for the
Tri-City Home Independent Tele
phone company, presented his views.
He spoke as a citizen, he said, and
as a representative of a company
which would within a short space of
time present to the council for con
sideration an ordinance granting the
right to operate a telephone system
here. "I do not see how any repre
sentative of the people can conscien
tiously give to this company (Union
Electric) the right to sell," Mr.
Kenworthy said, "for I can see no
benefit in the 6ale. There is no in
telligent reason for it. It l. slmnlr
to give a favor to some and to take
down the bars and favor others. The
effect of the sale on rates is a ques-
New Liquid Iceless
Saturday, June 17
Most Sanitary Style of Soda Fountain Ever Built
1917 2d Ave. Opposite Spencer Square
tion which no one is able to answer.
If competition Is abolished the. rates
OJTE RATE OR.DI3fA.3TCE.
"The Independent people asked
the old council to allow them to
raise the rates and do several other
things. It was granted but that
company never made a bonafide ef
fort to secure an Increased subscrip
tion list. Since the foreclosure the
Central Union has owned the inde
pendent plant. The sale was made
long ago and they only want to le
galize that sale. They are now u-
ing the franchise rights of the Union
Electric In spite of the terms of the
ordinance. Even If yon do wipe out
competition the Central Union peo
ple will not lower the rates or fur
nish better service. They nave nev-
er been over generous In these re
spects. There Is this criticism of It.
It Is a monopoly and operates as
DENIAL IS ETTERED.
Mr. Kenworthy asserted in his re
marks that the Central Union com
pany was at present using parts of
the Union Electric conduits, but this
allegation was emphatically denied
by representatives of the two com
panles. In fact, Mr. Rottger offered
to e-ive the sum of $100 to
charitable organisations If Mr.
Kenworthv could Dolnt out a
place where this was being done, and
E. J. Burns a elmilar amount under
similar conditions. Mr. Kenworthy re
fused to do so publicly.
tr:cio?r electrics posmojf.
The representatives of the Union
Electric company claim that It has
met every requirement Imposed by
the commission in consideration of
the proposition, both In adequate
compensation to the city to the
amount of $5,000 and the assurance
of connections by the Central Union
with the rural phones running out
from Milan, and they declare that
it is their confident opinion that had
the commission granted the relief
asked it would have met with popu
lar approval. L. R. Wolf of Harris
burg, representing the present bond
holders, said in speaking of the sub
ject: "The Union Electric Is almost
gasping Its last breath. How much
longer It can hold out Is a grave
question. Originally It had 2,500
phones In the three cities, now it has
less than 1,200 and of this total now
In operation, 800 have been ordered
out and are only being maintained
for the convenience of the subscrib
ers. The reduction In the number
of telephone users on the Independ
ent lines, does not look as if the peo
ple were very strong for the dual
system, does it? We have starved
to death trying to give competitive
'service at less rates than the Bell
is charging. We have no fault to
find with the position but feel that
there Is not enough interest In the
subject here now to make an election
worth while. It is simply up to the
commission to get for the city $5,000
to let us out quietly or see us go to
the Junk pile and none of us get
SWILL SPILLS ON
Leakage Prom City Wagons Gives
Out Offensive Odors for Hour
After Team Has Passed.
A number of complaints have been
made ;in regard to the wagons that
are being used for the conveying of
swill to the place where the city Is
disposing cf it. The wagons are not
water tight and the result Is where a
wagon goes, it leaves a wake of drip
pings which emit an odor that Is auy
thing but pleasant. This morning u
wagon drove west on Seventh av'ecue
from Twenty-fourth street aud the
whole avenue was regaled for an hour
afterwards with the stench of swill.
If it Is necessary to use these wagons
the drivers should be instructed to re
main in the alleys.
Will Hold Sale.
St. Elizabeth's guild of Trinity
Episcopal church will give a
sale at the home of Mrs. J. W.
Potter, 1906 Seventh avenue, Thurs
day evening from 6 to 10 o'clock. A
program will be given and refresh
ments served. The proceeds will be
used for furnishing the kitchen of
the new parish house. An admission
of 10 cents will be charged.
Committees Are Busy.
Committees of the board of super
visors took up the greater part of to
day's session in auditing and passir?
upon bills. Littte official business was
done by the board other than to henr
and receive the reports of the county
physicians of this city and Mollne.
SELLS LIQUOR ON
SUNDAY; IS FINED
W. A. Pannell Establishes
Basement Auxiliary to Ac
OFFICER BUYS A BOTTLE
Offender Pleads Guilty to Violation
in the Court of Justice Cle"
VT. A. Pannell converted the base
ment of his residence on Fourth street,
south of Third avenue Into a booze dis
pensary last 8 on day. It Is charged by
the police. He conducts a saloon dur
ing the week at Fourth street and
Fourth avenue, but to accommodate his
friends, provided the Sunday thirst
quencher. The city authorities heard
of the "bllnd-plg" and set about to
break It up.
Accordingly Captain James Reynolds,
attired in some old clothes which made
him look like a knight of the road, vis
ited the place and purchased a bottle
of beer. The arrest of the proprietor
followed. The case was taken
before Justice of the Peace J
H. Cleland. Pannell plead guilty to
the charge, was fined $50 and costs,
paid up, and was dismissed.
MOLIXB POCICB SUSPICIOUS.
Suspicions of tampering with the
Sunday saloon lid in Mollne resulted
yesterday In calling Peter DeKeyser
upon the official carpet. DeKeyser
conducts a saloon at Fifth street and
Third avenue. A policeman noticed a
number of men enter the DeKeyser
premises during Sunday. The saloon
was closed, but the men were seen to
go into the DeKeyser living apartments
presumably to dampen their whistles
DeKeyser explained to the Mollne offi
cials that he conducted a boarding
house In connection with his saloon,
and that the men who visited his place
were boarders. DeKeyser was warned
against liquor on his premises on Sun
GYPSIES AND BEARS
SLEEP IN ONE TENT
Aninuils Dance and Children Bee
During the Day Humane Of
During the last few days there has
been a band of gypsies in Rock Island,
and the conditions under which they
live and the schemes by which they
make money have been brought to the
attention of the humane authorities.
In the first place, the band. Including
four adults and several children, live
In a tent. They have four dancing
bears with them, and the bears are
sheltered in the same tent. Hence the
conditions are squalid and disgusting.
The gypsies make their living through
the day in a house to house canvass.
They ask for money. If it is given, the
bears dance. Two children aid in the
begging. Yesterday afternoon Humane
Officer George Ellman took the gypsies
to the station to see if some steps
might be taken to force the people to
leave the children at home or in some
place where they might be sheltered.
The answer was in the affirmative.
The gypsies intend leaving this evening
for the next town, and so their case
was not taken up further. However,
had their stay been for a more pro
tracted time, some steps would have
been taken from a humane standpoint
to relieve the animals. The bears, in
spite of their fur coats, are forced to
dance dozens of times through the hot
HOBOES ARE ROUNDED UP
Twelve Itinerants, One Armed, Are
Gathered In by Police.
Twelve knights of the road were
gathered in this morning by Detec
tive Herman Sebnert and Officers C.
meenan ana jonnson. ine net was
spread from Forty-third street west
to the Rock Island road yards and
after a good hour's work the bunch
was picked up -and taken to the po
lice station. It took considerable
skirmishing to get into all of the
nooks and crannies infested by the
troublesome itinerants, but the Job
was a thorough one and no one es
caped. All will be given hearings'
tomorrow, one 01 ine anignts a
foreigner carried a 32-caliber re
volver. He had $4 in his pockets.
RIND GIRL DELINQUENT
Corcoran Case Witness Sent to
Geneva Training School.
Caroline Rind, the state's princi
pal witness in the Frank Corcoran
rape case, was taken to the school
for girls at Geneva this morning by
Sheriff O. L. Bruner. The little girl
was adjudged a delinquent In the
county court yesterday afternoon.
She is a motherless child and had
been separated from her father, who
was not thought to be a fit person to
care for her.
GOULDS BUY A NEW ROAD?
Believed to Have Taken Over Texas
V Line at Receiver's Sale.
Palestine, Texas, Jun 13. A com
mittee said to represent the Gould
interests purchased the International
& Great Northern railroad at a re
ceivership sale here today. The road
sold for $13,645,000.
IOWA COMMENCEMENT ON
reunions and the annual commence
ment frolic were the order in the
commencement exercises at the Iowa
state university today. A meeting .
of the University Alumni association
was held this morning. The annual
commencement address will be de
livered tomorrow by Judge Peter S.
Grosscup of the United States cir
cuit court at Chicago.
I0WAN IS CALLED!
Sirs. Hugh M. Thomson, 97 Tears
Old, Dies in Long Grove,
Mrs. Hugh M. Thomson, 97 years
old, an Iowan since 1844, and said to
be the oldest resident of the eastern
part of that state, died at T o'clock
this morning at fthe home of hf.r
daughter, Mrs. Chris Marti, in Long
Grove, Scott county. Mrs. Thonisou'sj
husband died in 1887. Four sons and
two daughters survive; Major Thorn
Bon, Oklahoma; John It, Earlham,
Iowa; Andrew l, stuart, Iowa; tiugn
N Mobile. Ala.: Airs. Jennie Lonr.
Brooklyn, iowa, ana Mrs. unns Marti
PLAN TROUBLE FOR
Government Officials Propose
Compel Securing of License to
13. To dlmln-
isb the danger in the operation of
motor boats by inexperienced per
sons, the navy department has plan
ned to secure federal legislation re
quiring all owners of such craft to
pass an examination and carry a li
cense. With such a plan in opera
tion, navigable waters would not be
open to motor boats whose owners
had not secured licenses.
Harry B. Gllmore of Chicago is vis
iting in the city.
Will Scott Is home from Drake uni
versity, Des Moines.
Miss Blanche Trimble of Indianap
olis is visiting friends in her old
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ramser and
son Arthur of Chicago are visiting rel
atives in the city.
Ben Benson arrived home last night
from Rinon college. Ripon, Wis., to
spend the summer.
Mrs.' Ned Baker and son Edmund of
Montlcello. Iowa, are visiting Mr. aud
Mrs. S. B. Stoddard.
Mrs. B. L. Gordon of Spokane,
Wash., arrived this morning for a
visit with relatives.
Mrs. Alice Halre and daughter of
Beardstown are guests of Mrs. Wil
liam Crubaugh, 901 Third avenue.
Louis Harms and Allie Bear have
gone to Woodruff, Wis., on their an
nual fishing and hunting excursion.
Mrs. Charles Hedberg, Mrs. E. E.
Lamp and Mrs. Ella Montgomery left
this morning for Aledo to attend the
Mrs. Anna Barbou and daughter,
Elizabeth, left yesterday for New
York from which point they sail to
morrow on the steamer, Pretoria,
Miss Margaret Murphy, daughter of
E. E. Murphy of the Woodmen boar-5
of directors, who has been attending
St. Catherine's school in Davenport,
left today for her home In Leaven
Mrs. T. B. Davis, Mrs. Anna Davis,
Miss Mary Davis and Mrs. W. H. Mar
shall and daughter Catherine have
gone to Wellesley, Mass., to be present
at the graduation of Miss Anna Davis
from Wellesley college.
IS FINED FOR
Joseph Rathburn Pays $3 for Taking
Poke at A. Katz.
On complaint of A. Katz, Joseph
Rathburn was arrested this morning
by Officer Furlong. In a fight which
occurred this morning about 11
o'clock near Ninth street and Fourth
avenue, Rathburn struck Katz. He
was brought before Police Magistrate
C. J. Smith this afternoon and fined
1 5 and costs.
HAS HO SUBSTITUTE
Tho only taking oows&j
tnaaa rrom noysu Gr&po
Cream of Tartar
HAT PIN PIERCES
Miss Ruth Feithor Victim of
Peculiar Accident While
Riding With Friend.
DRIVEN BY LURCH OF CAR
Miss Velma Hickman Innocent Cause
of a Painful Wound No
- Serious Results.
As the result of an unfortunate
accident which occurred yesterday
afternoon, Miss Ruth Feighor, 1004
Twenty-second street. Is confined to
her home. She was riding on a Long
View car, returning to the Modern
Woodmen office, where she la em
ployed. In the same seat with her
was Miss Velma Hickman, whose hat
pins protruded somewhat from her
hat. Miss Feighor had taken cogni
zance of that fact, but in spite of
the care which she used, a lurch of
the car sent the hat pin into her
The Jab of the pin was very pain
ful and she was taken to a physi
cian's office and the wound examin
ed. It was found that the pin had
barely missed the ball of the eye and
therefore, unless there 1b infection,
there will be no serious results. Miss
Feighbor passed a sleepless night but
It Is thought that a few more days
will bring about normal conditions.
MAY SAVB BOY'S SIGHT.
Although a final examination has
not been made of the eye of Francis
Kinney, son of Mr. and Mrs. John
Kinney, 944 Twenty-second street, it
is thought that the sight will nc' be
destroyed. That It will be slightly
effected there Is no doubt. The lad
was Injured last week while playing
target for a boy who held an air
rile. A shot from the rifle pierced
the left eye. Miss Feighor s acci
dent is the third of a simi'ir nature
in a short time in the neighborhood
CROOKS' SIGNALS DO
NOT WORK; ONE HELD
George Reed, New Brakeman, Tries
to Steal Grip Belonging to
Evidently the signals between George
Reed, who went to work yesterday af
ternoon at 1 o'clock for the Rock Is
land road, and two of his pals, missed
fire, for after Reed had thrown Con-
ductor Harry W. Lord's grip from the
train near the Twentieth street sta
tion his friends were put off, as they
bad no money or tickets. Conductor
Lord was advised by a passenger after
the train left the local station that the
brakeman had thrown the grip from
the train. It was then too late to make
a search for the bag, and after Reed
had been told that his guilt bad come
to light, he confessed. He was held
till the train reached Peoria, when he
was placed under arrest.
Rook Island officials were notified of
the loss of the bag and immediately
started a search. They found it near
the depot. The grip contained money
and tickets which had been secured on
the trip north in the morning, besides
some sundries and articles of cloth
ing. The action of Reed Is plain. He
boarded the train for his first trip at
1 o'clock and had two pals with him.
He asked the conductor If they might
ride to Peoria, as they were railroad
men. The conductor refused, and at
the lower depot they were put off the
train. The plan to throw off the grip
had evidently been fixed up, but it
failed In its purpose.
1910 Cotton Most Valuable.
Washington, June 13. The cot-
. Too much cannot be said of the quality
of our hats at this time of the season.
Every one is clean and desirable.
Our regular price is always lower than
price in halves. Come and pick your
flowers and fancy feathers from the largest
stock in the Tri-Cities.
ALL AT HALF PRICE
the most valuable ever produced In
the United States. Estimated In the
census bureau's annual bulletin, the
crop last year was valued at $963,
180,000, compared with $812,090,
FALLS UNDER CARGO; HURT
J. S. Wilson Sustains a Gash in Head
J. S. Wilson found It difficult to
navigate late last night after he had
acquired a heavy cargo of liquor am
when he reached Seventeenth" street
and Third avenue he fell. In the fait
bis head struck tne curbing ana a
nasty gash was inflicted. He was ta
ken to the police station where the
injury was dressed.
QuHs for New Post.
Monmouth, 111., June 13. Rev. F,
S. McBride, pastor of the Ninth Ave
nue United Presbyterian church, has
resigned to accept the superintend
ency of the Springfield district of the
Illinois Anti-saloon league.
220 Eighteenth Street
All kinds of building:. We
do repair work. Estimates
furnished. Your patron
Phone West 636, 2 rings
The Most Durable Stockings
Soft and brilliant as silk.
Wears far better and costs half
as much. Get the genuine
there are many Imitations.
0. H. MANGOLD,
1418 Fifth Avenue.
To Conserve Your Health
Take Red Circle Pills
They arouse your liver. Nature will do the rest Best Liver, .
Kidney and Stomach Remedy on earth. No nausea, no griping; do not
interfere with your dally work. Will relieve the majority of chronic
complaints, the most of which are caused from torpidity of the liver.
Only one pill for a dose; 24 doses, 25 cents. Sold at
HARPER HOUSE PHARMACY.
BIJOU Cigar Store
1626 Second Avenim.
Under the new management
Kain r Reinhardt
?i;ars and periodicals, pool and billiards.
Sole agents for the "Cinco" cigar. .
Phone West 555.
In order to keep my tailors and
full force of competent help
busy during the dull season, I'
will give 20 per cent discount
on all orders for suits, gowns I
and skirts, etc.
Order now at this great reduction, j
Correst Htvle and nerfect fit ffuaran-
G. H. GRABBE,
Ladies' Tailor and Dressmaker
Corsets Expertly Fitted.
Dress pleating and buttons made
South Putnam Bldg. Phone 733
DA VEX PORT.
All-steel furnace, no gas, soot,
dust or odor.
Phil S. Wilcher
2104 Fourth Avenue.
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