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THE ROCK ISIiAXD ARGUS. WEDXESDAY, JTJLT AV 191T.
Smoke n Bed; Fire. A man with
a lighted pipe in bed on West Front
street, between Brown, and Warren
streets, earned a blaze. The fire de
partment was called and when it ar
rived found the house well filled with
smoke and fire. The blaze was, how
ever. Quickly erMngirlshftd, A second
call was sent In from the White Way
laundry on Brady street, where fire
had started from spontaneous combus
tion. The fire confined Itself chiefly
to the walla and the lose w a. about $50.
Former Davenporter tWtctem. In a
telegram which has been received at
the local police station Inquiring as to
whether or not there are any relatives
of George Killian residing In the city,
news is brought of the man's suicido
Sunday. He hanged himself 1th a
rope and was found dead at his room
ing house. The police conducted an
investigation for the purpose of ascer
taining whether any of his kin resided
here or not, and were unable to locate
any. It was learned, however, that
Killian 'vorked for the Independent
P.: " ; i-, company until last Septem
K., .hen he left for parts unknown.
He was a member of the Brewers'
union, and the headees at Cincin
nati have been notified of his death.
Injured by Baseball. .Charles T.
Kindt is confined to his home as the
result of being hit by a baseball on
the shin several days ago. While the
blow from the ball did not break the
skin, pus formed underneath and it was
necessary to lance It. He ie resting
easier, and it is expected that he will
be out again soon.
Two Killed by Heat. Matthias La
Franz, who was employed on the
Ehrcke brothers farm, two miles south
of Blue Grass, was prostrated with the
intense heat and fell to the ground
dead shortly after coming in from the
field Monday evening about 7 o'clock.
Deceased had only been in America
for the past six weeks, coming here
from Germany, where be was born. He
had been working for Ehrcke brothers
for the past two weeks. Ia 1897 he
was united In marriage to Miss Dora
Voss, and from the union the following
nine children survive: Willie, Max.
Fritz, Emma. Martha, Albert Carl, Ja
cob and Otto, also one sister in Blue
Heat of Monday afternoon claimed
another victim, causing apoplexy, which
resulted in the death of Henry Al
phonse Leach, who resided at 323
West Third street. He was for many
years a traveling salesman for the Du
buquo Casket company and had also
conducted the Leach Free Homestead
MR. WHITE came in. a man of
?bout forty -five and some
what over weight. He was a
plastering contractor in a
email way. and although he bad dons
no work for a month he bore the
marks of his trade upon every gar
ment; even his hair snd his mutton
chop whiskers seemed rather to have
been mortar bleached than to have
grown naturally gray. j
"Hello. Phillip!" said be. shaking!
alL I didn't think anybody poor
enough to know us could become plu
tocratic enough to stop at tbe Espla
cade In these times."
"I don't know why not." returned
Phillip, "it seems to me that tbeaetimes
offer as many, if not more, opportunl-j
ties than ever to acquire wealth. It is ;
perhaps true, however, that nowadays !
If a man has the fighting ability to get
a start at all be has energy to go on
up. for the big fight is in getting out i
of the rut. That explains, perhaps.!
why we have practically no middle t
class left to us. Ws have only the ab- j
normally rich, the people wbo spend j
all their money to live like the abnor-;
mally rich and the very poor." j
'"Something has to be donef suddeo- j
ly exploded Mr. White. "The rich are j
growing richer and the poor are grow- j
lag poorer every year." j
Both Kelvin and Rensselaer smiled J
in recognition of that ancient "bro-;
"Conditions must be changed entire-
jj-," went on White. "There never was
any monarchy in the world where the
condition of tbe laboring classes was
worse than today nor where the pow-
cr of raoney was so unlimited. Look j
at Henry Breed! Ttf one man alone
owns an enormous hre of all the
property ia this eon..ry. and the Cnlt-j
states government la not strong,
enough to collect from him that S29.-j
000.000'fine. It has been held op in;
the courts for fifteen years. Someday
m iff me!
TtprTTa BOB80 MLR 6 ILL CO. j
agency on West Third street. He
leaves his widow; one son, Frank of
Peoria; one daughter, Mrs. A. Sher
ratt of Waterloo, Iowa; one sister, Mrs.
Richardson of Sparta, Wis., and two
brothers, Fred and Albert of Chicago.
The body was sent to hi old home at
Sparta, Wis., for burial.
Obituary. A telegram received yester
day by M. V.Boies company, undertakers,
states that John C. Keck died at his
home in Chicago and that the body
would be brought here for burial. De
ceased with his wife and family re
sided until about 10 years ago at 611
Brady street. Mrs. Keck was a physi
cian and was widely known in the
Richard Deicleglt of Bettendorf pass
ed away Sunday at Mercy hospital af
ter an illness of five weeks' duration.
He had been employed for several
months at the foundry of the Betten
dorf Axle company and was a member
in good standing of Bettendorf lodge
No. 42S of the M. B. A. He was born
May 9, 1844, at Frankfort-on-the-Rhine.
Germany, and came to America April
1, 1910, locating in New York city at
first and coming to Davenport a year
Sunday afternoon at 6 o'clock occur
red the death of Luther J. Plummer at
the family residence, 1128 West Fifth
street, after an illness of a few days'
duration. He was bora Oct. 10, 185$.
in Marshall county, Illinois, and had
been a resident of Davenport for about
50 years. He leaves to mourn his
death three brothers, Theodore and
Benjamin of Chicago and Strawder of
Davenport, and one sister, Mrs. Har
riet Laramee of Memphis, Tenn.
Harold Chrisman passed awa at
the home of hlB parents, 710 Harrison
street, after a short illness, death com
ing at the age of 4 months and 23
days. He was born in Davenport Feb.
Alexander Elk died Sunday at St.
Luke's hospital after an illness from
typhoid fever. He was born in Penn
sylvania Nov. 26, 1885.
Mrs. Mary O'Brien Mooney died Mon
day at Mercy hospital at 10 o'clock af
ter an illness of a week's duration, sur
rounded by her children and grand
children. She was born in Mayo, Ire
land, Aug. 1, 1932, and came to Ameri
ca in 185L In 1854 she came to Dav
enport and made her home here. Ten
years ago she went to Mercy hospital
and since that time she had made her
Perry Alfred Stansbury died Monday
at the home of bis sister, Mrs. Hattie
E. Lake, one-half mile from the city
limits on the Slough road, after an ex
tended illness, death coming at the age
of 65 years and 8 months. He was born
in Insell, Alsen, Germany. His wife,
Mrs. Elsie Jorgensen, preceded him in
death several years.
this country will start aflame and will
burn and destroy Itself, to the horror
of tbe worid."
Dinner time came, and still Ben
White raved on. Kelvin, catching here
and there traces of a rather close
pinch in money matters, bad not want
ed to stay to dinner, but be saw that
be would hurt them if be refused. Be
fore dinner be went up to see tbe bed
ridden Ed. a youth of about seventeen. J
ana ne came aown irom mat interview i Da(j been chosen for attack. On the
rather sober. ; jay that the bull movement had forced
At the table, fortunately for the vis- ; stocks tbe highest Galleon remon
Itors, White bad another topic of cou-i 6 1 rate 3.
versation. his gardening, but somej "Look here, Mr. Kelvin." said he;
chance remark led him back to his fa-j -you ore backing up against some of
vorite topic the crimes of the pluto- j the b!gg-st men on tbe street, a group
crats against the proletariat a nd he ; or naif a dozen men, each of whom
began to accuse Phillip, as a wealthy; could probably swallow you whole in
man. for his share in the existing in-j a financial way. If they get after
Justice. It was in vain for Phillip to! yer.r scalp I'm "afraid you are In for
aver that he had not reached the pin- j losing a tremendous amount of meri
tocratic stage by any means, though ; ey."
he was perfectly willing to do so. i "You have everything margined fifty
Phillip found opportunity before be' points'
left for a few minutes with Elsie. I "Yes. But I have known this same
"Things are not going right in a busi
ness way 7" be ventured.
"No." she replied. "Phillip. I knew
that you couldu't help but see it.
Father seems entirely to have lost bis
ambition. Ed is an Invalid, and will
oe. nave never Dee a nttea ror any-; ere ample. They are not going to
thing, but I must go to work. I must;! force prices far enough to make you
there is no way out of It. Teli me j call for more margin, but if they do
what I should do." ; the margin will be forthcoming. In
"It's a hard problem. Elsie, to And j the meantime, however, they are en
niches In this busy world for people ebling me to pell at a much higher
with no especial training." he told ber. ;
"Stenographers earn good pay If they
are competent and Intelligent, but It :
takes half a year to learn, snd even
then the advancement in wages is very
"I know." she replied. "I aball apply j
for a position as a lady's maid some-!
where. I'd be green even et that. but(
I am Intelligent enough to learn." i
Phillip shrugged his shoulder. To i
afraid you wouldn't like It very welL" i
"What else Is there to dor she da-!
T don't know." said Phillip, "1 rath
er think, however, that the best way
for me to help yon would be to secure
something for your father."
"He's difficult to manage. He has
been very unfortunate."
"Nevertheless I think I can place
him." he said.
"If you only could!" she replied.
"We wotld all be so grateful."
Her eyes spoke her gratitude as she
looked up at Mm. and they spoke of
something else at least so Rensse
laer Judged as be came upon them.
On their way home Rensselaer, whs
had resumed his ranch brantness la the
presence of a ranch friend, spoke of
the girl. -Miss White la a beautiful
young woman, beautiful to mind as
well as In face sad figure," he declared.
"She has developed remarkably," ad
mitted Kelvin. "She was a little girl
In shoe top dresses when X boarded at
Cbeir house. Even then I thought ber
sretty, but I never suspected that she
"KIMTTltBEB THAT X HAVE WSH IOTT.N
would become such a beautiful worn
"She is much more than beauti
ful. insisted Rensselaer. "She is the
sort of woman wbo would spend ber
whole life in tbe endeavor to make her
husband happy, and she would suc
ceed. I would swear that she Is of
even temper and unfaltering steadfast
ness. Moreover, she Is Intelligent
enongb to keep pace with her husband,
no matter w hat his progress."
"She la a fine girl," admitted Kelvin.
"Isn't it startling, though, to think
bow much her mother must have look
ed like her at the same age?"
"N'3," stoutly maintained Rensselaer.
"Her mot ber is only a pitiful example
of what worry and bard work and
damnable poverty will do for a wom
an. Right now the girl would marry
yon in a minute, and you would in
sure yourself a life of happiness."
"You have rather a romantio imag
ination. Bert," laughed Phillip, where
upon Rensselaer gave up the topic
It did not take long for tbe street to
know that there was a new "bear" in
fluence at work. When ou tbe first
morning some twenty stocks were sold
in 1.000 share lots no attention was
paid. When, however, on the second
and third and fourth mornings tbe
day's business was opened by the offer
of 1.000 shares of each of these stocks
the coincidence began to be noticed,
and when the same phenomenon oc
curred on the fifth and sixth and sev
enth mornings it began to be not a co
incidence, but a design, and all the
floor was talking of it.
Tbe stacks had been disposed . of
without difficulty, though there was no
particular eagerness, for the market
was worse than sluggish. Now, how
ever, a certain "bull" coterie of the
railroad crowd, scenting here a delib
erate attempt to force the market,
combined in a more or less aggressive
counter attack and within another
week did actually -succeed in forcing
up tbe entire line some ten points.
This action, however, bad no effect
upon Phillip Kelvin. Every morning
be sold tbe monotonous 1.000 shares
of each of tLe twenty stocks which
group to manipulate the market to a
seventy point rise."
Young Kelvin was quite complacent
about it- "They are doing me a serv
ice." said he. "The margins I have
put up on the stocks previously bought
Kt?p a cn on the wash stand.
Vakei Ink .pots fly. Premium
coupon in can. All dealers, I0c
Hits Curb to Avoid Collision. Quick
thlnklne courted with quick action on
the part of Martin Ahline, driver for
Fred Tonne, averted an automobile
collision at the Intersection of Elev
enth-nnd-thrpe-onarters avenue and
Nineteenth street Both oars were
loaded with men. women and children.
and had the collision occurred some
one would have been injured. Ahllrie
was driving north on Nineteenth street
and as he annroached Eleven to-and
three-quarters avenue a large Mitchell
car swung into the street neaaing
south. The Mitchell driver cut across
the street in front of Ahline. To avert
a collision Ahline turned his car into
the curb. Ahline was driving a $2,500
Midland car and It was damaged to
tbe extent of $500. Passengers in the
Midland were -.shaken up, but not In
Explosion Injures Three. Three
boys were seriously Injured while
holding a premature celebration of the
Fourth with a toy cannon In Stephens
park. They are Rudolph Ebellng, aged
14, 520 Sixteenth avenue, ring and lit
tle fingers of left hand ehot away and
arms badly burned ; Harry Wahe, aged
15, 532 Sixteenth avenue, cut In top of
head; William Miller, aged 13, 430 Six
teenth avenue, little finger of left hand
broken and hands and arms burned.
Others who were assisting in the cel
ebration, but who escaped injury, were:
Frank Krone, William Owens, Helvig
Peters, Ernest Buckles and Arthur
Cornelius. The cannon belonged to
the Ebellng boy and was a home-made
affair. He and his companions assem
bled behind some bushes in Stephens'
park, bent on spending a patriotic af
ternoon. The cannon had been fired a
few times wh the accident occurred.
Ebellng was holding the cannon and
Miller was tamping the powder with a
small stick, when suddenly there was
an explosion. Screams of pain from
the trio apprised their comrades that
they bad been injured. The lads hur
ried to a doctor's office, where they
were given medical attention. Ebellng
was taken to the city hospital and the
other two boys were sent to their
homes. Others in the crowd who es
oaped injury say the force of the ex
plosion knocked them down.
Obituary Record. Mrs. Mary J. Mc
Kee, aged 54 years, died at 8 a. m. Sun
day after long illness with paralysis.
Her husband Patrick died June 24,
1905. They were pioneer settlers in
the county, having resided on a farm
west of the Rock river bridge for the
last 30 years. After the death ofeher
husband she and the four surviving
children took up their residence at 1426
Twenty-eighth avenue, this city. The
remains were Bent to Warner, 111., for
price. They are playing my own game
"I presume you know your own busi
ness." returned Galleon dryly, "but re
member that I have warned you."
"And remember that I have warned
you!" retorted Kelvin. "Be sure you
keep my cash In a safe place, and do
not Intrust it to a bank. In normal
times a bank Is a safer place than a
bole in the ground for money, but not
In these times."
"Except for tbe one trifle that cur
rency is a little tight, 1 see no cloud
on the horizon."
"1 am a better financial weather
prophet for this one time than tbe
Wall Street Journal," declared Phillip
confidently. "In a very few days 1
will show you a cloud that will cover
this entire district like a blanket of mid
night. I know something, I tell you."
This was the fourth or fifth time
since he had first come into tbe of- i
flee that young Kelvin had ventured !
such dire predictions, and in spite of j
the fact that, except for the growing
scarcity of actual currency, there was
no hint or trace of trouble to come,
Henry Galleon began to be a trifle im
pressed by them, so much so thst he
began speaking of tbe matter to oth
ers of his kind. In the offices of
Raleigh Raleigh, of Wilde
Co of Booker Watson and of
R. F. Eld ridge, the other brokerage
concerns that were acting as Kelvin's
agents. Phi p dropped tbe same seed,
and from these five centers, aided by
Rensselaer, there gradually radiated
a note of inquiry. Was tbe market in
a really healthy condition? Was there
an impending break? No one could
In the meantime Kelvin steadily sold
his twenty stocks in 1,000 share lots.
He became known as the "cash bear."
nd there were a dozen conflicting sto
ries as to how he bad got bis money.
Young Eldridge took a great fancy
to him and before he had been os
the market a week had him in at Ker- j 5
ry'a for dinner with a lot of the big j
guns of the market. It was discovered j
that Kelvin distinctly knew how to
comport himself in any company. The
only thing of note be said dnriBg that
dinner was that be confidently looked
very shortly for the biggest crash in
the history of the street. , They heard
this remark in amused silence, but In
the main they liked him. Rollins, one
of the conservatives of the railroad
group and of vast experience, was !
the only one who studied Kelvin se
"On what do jva base that queer
prophecy V be wanted to know.
Tm not ready to elj you Just yet,"
returned Phillip, smiling, "but It
"I know why," put in Pellraan, one
of tbe more reckless- operators of the
railroad group. "It's because our
young friend is on the short side of
tbe market for all tbe real cash in the
country. There must come a panic'
They were quite content to laugh at
Kelvtn. He was necessarily "green
being young and new to the street.
Rollins got Phillip to one side after
"I'm very curious about the slump
you predict." be said. "I hope it's
true. I want to buy some railroad
stock, and it can't go any too low to
Phillip looked at him in musing si
lence. He liked Polllns. a clean, well
set up man, with a clean life and an
honest one written all over him.
"You buy outright only, I believe.
Mr. Rollins," he observed.
"Outright only." replied Rollins.
"Then wait. There will be some
bargains by and by," declared Phillip,
so seriously that Rollins was Im
Kelvin bad been In tbe market more
than a month, steadily selling all that
time, when one evening In a private
dining room with almost the same
crowd Rollins found that be bad no
cash and sent down a check to the
manager with a request that he send
up the currency. The manager him
self came up with tbe check in band
and very much worried.
"Very sorry, Mr. Rollins," said he.
"but I have not the currency in the
bouse. We have bad no currency to
speak of for several days. I don't
know why It is, but there seems to be
a tremendous scarcity of cash."
"What seems to be the matter?"
"I don't know, sir," responded the
manager. "Trade was never better.
Our regular customers seem to have
plenty of money, but no currency.
don't believe I have seen a thousand
dollars In cash in a week, except what
I drew myself for our payroll here."
"That seems to be a general com
plaint," remarked Pellmaa after the
manager had left the room. "There Is
a scarcity of money everywhere. Yes
terday my check was refused at two
hotels. I don't understand it."
"1 can tell you." said Kelvin quietly,
"Within the past year nearly a billion
dollars of actuul currency has been
entirely withdrawn from circulation.
They were slow to understand how
this could be.
"I have seen no mention of such a
withdrawal," urd Pellman. "Where
and bow has this amount of money
"In bread." declared Kelvin. "The
one commodity in this country which
must Invariably be paid for in cash is
the five cent loaf of bread."
A short laugh ran around the board.
(To be Continued.)
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has an actual cash value has been well
illustrated in the case of a firm of
shirt and collar manufacturers in Ber
lin. Ont, where the following results
have been obtained from four years'
attention to the material welfare of
Tbe amount of business made was
doubled, wages increased BO per cent.
by cutting out "contingent help" the
number of employees was reduced 20
per cent, the absences on account of
sickness were reduced one-third. To
the firm this meant tbat 430 employees
did 90 per cent more work in one year
than was accomplished by 622 employ
ees in a similar period four years pre
vious. To the workers it meant that
430 of them earned in twelve months
$28,000 more than 522 did during a
previous twelve months.
Dr. C. E. A. Winslow of the Massa
chusetts Institute of Technology made
a study of the amount of illness pre
vailing among the female operators in
the telephone central at Cambridge,
Mass., before and after the installation
of a system of artificial ventilation.
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