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jtite "rock Tscayp smcus. wroirasronr, 'august a, toit,
MRS. B. F. KNOX
IS CALLED TO REST
Last Summons Come After
Three Years of Suffering
BEDFAST THREE WEEKS
Tmrnvtm Large OLrcle of Sorrowing
Friends and Acquaintances
Wit&ot Former Mayor.
Yesterday afternoon at 4tl5 occur
red the 0eath of Mn. Emma Knox.
vrtte of B. Frank Knox, former mayor
of this. . city, at the family home, 2014
Foarth avemie. Death followed an ili
neaarof. three years of a complication
of disease a. For the last three weeks
Mrs.. Knox had been confined to her
bed,, diabetic gangrene having develop
ed from the-illness.
i MraKnox-nee JSmma Mtatera. was
born,, la Jefferson City, Mos March 4,
ZS55. "When she was a young girl she
came to this county -with her mother,
and. had resided here since. She was
married to Mr. Knox Feb. 19, 1875.
Four children were born of this union,
lira.. S. R. Kenworthy of Hock Isl-end.-MlB8
Mary E. Knox and Harry T.
Knox-at homel and George Knox, de
ceased. Besides Mr. Knox and three
children, Mrs. Knox leaves three half
brothers, Joseph Frankhouser, Rock
Island v- Christ Frankhouser, Scrarton.
Iowuc 'Fred Frankhouser, Churdjn.
Iowa; and three half sisters, Mies Til
lie Frankhouser, Chicago; Mrs. Frank
Law, Elkhart. Iowa, and Mrs. Carl
.Thompson, Ankeny, Iowa.
BAD MA7TT FRIETDS.
Mrs. Knox was a devoted wife and
znoCber. During her 35 years of life In
Rockr, laland she had gained a large
T will have a steamboat of my own
eomer-day!" Such was the retort of a
"barefoot, boy. of ,lx years when thrash,
ed by his father for stealing a ride
on a packet some fifty odd years ago.
The half-threat, the half-boast, has
more than been realized. The bare
foot boy was "Johnny" Streckfus,
now known from Lake Itasca,, the
source of the Mississippi, to the Gulf
MANY FLOCK TO THE
The Physicians First Infallibly Ascer
tain Your Real Trouble, Then Ap
ply the Best and Latest Dis
covery in Electric Cur
rents The Vlro.
If You Suffer, Three Minutes of Read
ing and Thirty Minutes of Think
ing, Will Bring You to In
The visitors who flocked to the Viro
- ' - ' ' - ' ' HI "
Streckfusf Dream Realized
Medical Institute to aee the wonderful ! inns. Then his youthful dream, a
appliances for fighting chronic dis- i ride on the Mississippi had come
eases expressed unlimited wonder and true. Eut the dream had a sorrow
delight at all they were shown. '"1 awakening. In the mean.ime,
For hundreds of years the vital bis tnthvr noticed that Johnny had
nf a methnrt to apmrnt.lv Heter- I
mine tbe real causes of disease has
vonr- nf ti, mir wnrirl ThP !m.!taS- The father board d the boat and
portant thiug to do in all cases of ail
ment is to find out the cause, and this
once accurately determined, the cure
Is sure. The physicians at the Viro
Medical Institute first find out exactly
what is the mater with the patient:
they do not give credence to symp
toms, but they look for themsclvi-s.
Uy means of the marvelous Viro-Seope
they look into the inner workings of
the patient. They look at every organ
in the patient's body, watching closely
for any abnormal conditions, such as
enlargement cf the stomach, heart
trouble, ulcer of the stomach, kidiiey
and bladder siones, cavities in the
Not satisfied with this, they test the
ie presneration, the nervous .
resit-lance, and the circulation, unti: J
In the end the infallible diagnosis is
obtained. Then and then only Is the
The wouderful Viro Current forms
the neculeous of three score different
treatments catarrh, rheumatism, i
deafness, paralysis, skin, stomach.
kiduey. liver and nervcus disorders, j
All have their different forms of ap- J
naratua. The u ar aene rater satur-
al the infiCteJ parts
concent i ated sunlight.
The oxjgcn of the treatment rooms I
i transf.-rm.i hv tho Vim Current i
five minutes '
' f-an K r.. o ' Vi . rrt.-i.3 et f hif TT-i Ufa t
giving czoue Can you could on Pike's I
I'eak in live ninths.
There are glass tubes that ft the
ecs. the ears, the back, the stomach
etc.. and through these is poured into
the body a torrent of the new Vir?
Current that wi.I annihilate diseased
cor.iitiot-s and harmful germs. !
The treatment is absolutely pain-j
less, and taken i:hout d.irobing. Re-'
member that consultation, cxamiaa-:
tiou and diagnosis are absolutely free 1
the hand of Progress is stretched
out to aid yoa in recovering your
health. It is up to you to grasp it.
The Viro Medical Institute is locat-
ej on me scun-easi corner or iniru "Freddie," built at Kahlke's boat
avenue and Seventeenth street. Rock j yr(js in Rock Island, and started a
Island. I1L The o2ce hours are from j jaiiy packet service between Rock
9 to 12 mornings, 1 to 5 afternoons. lsla.rna. Davenport. Buffalo and Anda
and 7 to 9 evenings. Sunday, morcini, j lusia. Two years later he sold the
tours only. "Freddie" to the United States gov-
circle of friends who extend to the
bereaved family their sympathies. The
funeral will be held Friday morning
In the home and burial will be In
FX2NEHAX. "WAS IMTRESSTVE.
The funeral of David Robinson,
one of the county's pioneers who
was laid to rest at Reynolds Monday
afternoon, was one of the most Im
pressive ever seen here, partly be
cause of the many friends and ac
quaintances who attended the ob
sequies and partly by the solemnity
of the services themselves. Rev.
Marlon Humphreys, pastor, of the
Central Presbyterian church officiat
ed at the home, 1015 Seventeenth
street, where services were held In
the morning and also at the grave
In the cemetery at Reynolds In the
afternoon. The funeral party went
to Reynolds In a special car over
the Rock Island Southern. The bear
ers were all nephews of the deceased.
They were Harry McLaughlin, D. A.
Parmenter, E. E. Collins, WHBam
Weeks and Charles and Frank: Rob
erts. The deceased wasborn !n Aurora,
Ind.. Oct. 22. 182tfT He spent his
boyhood on his father's farm and in f
his tanyard. His father in 1849 sold
out his holdings In the Hoosler state
and came west, settling In Edging
ton. The trip was made overland,
David, then a young man, walking
the entire distance and driving a !
prairie schooner drawn by a team of
oxen. At the age of 25. David pur
chased a farm of his own near Rey
nolds and in the years that followed
he added to his holdings until his
farm Included some 400 acres. In
1S92 fire destroyed some of the
buildings on his farm and his family
talked him into leaving it and spend
ing the rest of his life In the city.
So he came here two years later and
had lived here since.
He Is survived by two sons, Arthur
R. Robinson of Denver and Colonel
George H. Robinson of St. Louis, and
two daughters, Mrs. Alice Welsler
and Mrs. J. TV, Cooper, both of this
of Mexico, its outlet, as Captain John
Capt. Streckfus Is today the most
notable figure on the Mississippi and
its tributaries. In acquiring owner
ship of the Diamond Jo line, the most
colossal fleet of boats on the river
and the only through line from St.
Louis to St. Paul, he occupies an
unique position in fresh water navi
gation. Capt. Streckfus was evidently born
with an instinct for the river, al
though his early environment did not
tend in that direction. His birth
place was not even within sight of
the river, being fully three miles
away. His father was in the habit
of cutting cordwood and selling it to
the boatB as they passed up and
down the stream. Wood was then
the chief fuel for steamboats. The
only opportunity "Johnny" had of
seeing the river was when he rode on
top of a load of wood with his father
to meet a steamer.
On one of these occasions the lad
concealed himself on board a packet
loaded with wheat and other mer
chandise. Crouching among the sacks
of grain, he remained concealed until
the boat cast away from its moor-
Uisappeareu. oufcpecuug iiiui ut) uau
gone aboard the boat, he whipped up
his team and drove to the next land-
dragged Johnny from his place of
concealment. To this very day Capt.
Streckfus winces as he tells of the
"licking" that was his punishment
From that time on it kept his parj
ents busy keeping a watchful eye on !
him, lest he run away to the river .'
and board one of the boats. When 10 I
years old, Johnny's heart was glad
dened by the decision of his parents
to forsake the farm and move to
Rock Island Here he could see the;
river and watch the boats every day.
Once ncairt his natural inclination
for tht' water was manifested by the
ease with which he was able to dis
tinguish every boat on the river by
the whistle. His knowledge of the
river and boats while yet a mere
ia.j in his teer.s was so phenomenal
that he gained the sobriquet of "The
Boy TVonder' among rivermen. He!
knew the location of every sand-bar, j
every twist of the channel, the names I
of all the boats, their owners and !
captains. In fact he was a human I
encyclopedia on all things pertaining
to the river. j
His father, insisting that be should !
follow a Und occupation, the lad j
rcuua r:s T-rst em io mcui in a nour
ith flocis ofr'ii'l ;ir-J until 2.". y,--:trs r.t'o was a
j miller. Then fate served r.s an ac-
ccrnplice to his natural inclination
for the waer. as the close continu
rnecf of. tbe mill proved injurious to
health. Almost a pnystcai
wreck, upon the advice of his physi
cian, re sfnunt tue oj en air, anj
scon regn'-nti c',c iieaUb.
I ins iusi venture in etumooaims
was thi? Verne Swain, of he
! was both master and engineer. The
boat rl'd daily in the packet busi
ness between Hock Island and Clin
ton. It was one cf the fastest boats
on the upper Mississippi and for
years contested with the steamer Jo
Long for supremacy in this direction.
Fifteen years ago Capt. Streckfus !
purchased the City of Winona and
entered it in the Rock Island-Clinton
packet trade with the Verne Swain. J
In 1S9 5 he boucht the little steamer:
ernment and it Is now known as
It was in 1899 that Capt. Streck
fus built the palatial steamer "J. S."
at Jeffersonvllle, Ind. on the Ohio
river. During the entire construc
tion of the boat Capt. Streckfus kept
the public guessing as to what would
be its name. So intense did inter
est become in the matter that the
owner was offered muniflcient sums
If he would reveal the name to cer
tain parties. But no amount could
influence him and not until the gov
ernment Inspectors had measured
the new craft preparatory to issuing
a license, was the name "J. S." re
vealed. Two hours after the name
had been put on, the boat steamed
down the Ohio river to Cairo and
tnto the Mississippi. It was by far
the most magnificient excursion
boat that had ever entered the Fath
er of Waters. Proudly it steamed up
the Mississippi and landing In Rock
Island and Davenport was greeted by.
brass bands and the firing of cannon.
Its destruction by Are 25 miles be
low La Crosse, Wis., a year ago this
month, is still fresh in the memory of
Capf. Streckfus was not disheart
ened by the loss of the "J. S." He
placed the comfortable steamer "W.
W." in the excursion business and
at once started plans looking to
building of a new boat to replace the
"J. S." He learned that such a boat
as he desired to build could not be
built In less than two years. He
then resolved on other plans.
It was the dream of every ambi
tious riverman to some day be the
successor of "Diamond Jo" Reynolds
in tbe ownership of the line of boats
which bear his name. Capt. Streck
fus realized this dream during the
past year when he purchased the en-!
ti;e "Diamond Jo" fleet, including
the steamers St. Paul, Dubuque,:
Quincy, and Sidney, and all the ware-I
houses and wharf boats extending!
from St. Louis to St. Paul. The j
magnitude of the transaction may be 1
inferred from the fact that it would
require $150,000 to duplicate the
construction of one of these boats
On Sept. 15, a St. Louis-New Or
leans service will be inaugurated.
Captain Streckfus was the father
of numerous Innovations on the Miss
issippi steamboats. The first cali
ope was placed on the "City of Wi
nona" owned by - him. On the
"Verne Swain" he Installed the first
system of Incandescent and arc
lights whese current was generated j
from one dynamo. The first eoda !
water fountain, the first telephone ;
system and the first running water
on steamboats, were coincident to
the building of the "J. S."
Forty years ago the name cf "Dia
mond Jo" Reynolds and the Diamond
Jo line of boats was almost synony
mous with navigation on tbe upper
Mississippi. So today the name Cap
tain John Streckfus and the Streck
fus 11ns of boats stand as their
A king of the Mississippi died In
Eight days beginning Sunday, Aug. 13 and closing
Sunday, Aug. 20.
EVERY AFTERNOON AND EVENING
.Delano's Chicago Marine Ban
50 Musicians. 10 Soloists.
Admission 10 Cents for Everybody
This is one of the best attractions that has
been offered to the patrons of the Watch Tower
this season. ,
Get Heady I Ride the Trolley
1 Mr rAifti tf inir
"Diamond Jo" Reynolds. The king
of the Mississippi lives In Captain
John Streckfus. Long live the
IS HOME AGAIN
Emerson Tucker, Missing for a
Year and a Half Turns Up
HAD BEEN IN THE WEST
Worked as Itailroader but Tired of
Life Wrote to Father for Per
mission to IJetum.
Emerson A. Tucker, the 19-year-old
lad who disappeared from his
home in this city March 6, 1910, and
of whose whereabouts absolutely
nothing could be learned, despite a
general effort of the police all over
this part of the country, is back at
home with his father, N. P. Tucker,
1218 Twenty-ninth street. He re
turned to the parental domicile follow
ing a letter which he dispatched from
Kansas City several days before and
which was the first news of him since
his mysterious disappearance.
HAD BtX A WAV.
Neither he nor his father would !
say much about the lad's exper
iences during the t'me he was away.
It was learned, however, that he had
simply tired of life here in his!
father's printing establishment and j
had run away to see the world. He;
spent the past year and a half j
since his disappearance in dif-!
ferent parts of the west, prin-!
cipally in Denver and Kansas
City. It was believed by many that
he had gene to his mother who
dweils somewhere in the west, but
he had not even seen her and did
not leave with the intention cf going
FOIL PI. AY SrSl'KCTEIJ.
The boy's mysterious disappear
ance caused a sensation here. Every
effort to learn of the lad's where
abouts failed although the account
of his disappearance a3 published
in The Argus at that time, was
spread broadca3t over the land and
the police everywhere were furnish- j
ed with his description. When all i
believed that he had met with foul
play and that he was probably mur
dered and cast Into the river to hide
the crime. The mystery remained a
mystery until last Friday when hia
father received the lad's letter.
LEFT MARCH S, lSlO.
The youth left home on the after
noon of'Suaday, March 6, last year.
Together with his younger brother,
Lloyd, he repaired to the printing
office where he worked for his father
and ithere he and his brother spent
an hour or so In a little photograph
developing room which he had fixed
up. Later . he started out with a tri
pod and plate holder telling his
brother he was going to get a cam
era and take some pictures. Then
the earth apparently swallowed him
up although the next morning his
hat and coat were found at the print
TIIIFO OF I1EIN AWAV.
In the letter which he wrote to his
father, Emerson stated that he was
tired of being away from his home
and friends and that he was sorry
he had run away and failed to re
lieve the anxieties of his father in
regards to his whereabouts. He
craved permission to come back
apain and it was instantly granted.
lie came then as fast as he could.
BAD STORM DESCENDS
ON THE TRI-CITIES
Sky Ilecomes Black Except When
Lighted by Itrilliant Flashes
A storm of a cyclonic nature
struck the tri-cities shortly before
noon today and while it frightened
a great many people, it really did
more good than harm for it effective
ly cooled the atmosphere. About .79
of an inch of rain fell between the
time the downpour commenced and
1:30 o'clock, at which time a reading
was taken at the weather bureau in
Davenport. The precipitation was
not remarkable for this time of the
year. It was the darkness and the
brilliant and repeated flashes of
lightning together with the high
wind that frightened people.
A bolt of lightning struck the Meth
odist church in Hampton, tearing
away a portion of the steeple and dis
lodging the plastering. There was no
DEATH OF A CHILD
Frank, one year old son of Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Lesage, Tenth
street, Moline, knocked a bottle of piila
containing strychnine from a trunk to
the floor and broke the bottle. He
picked up the pills and ate several o
them. Shortly after, the mother no
ticed that he was sick. In a few hours
he became worse and a physician was
summoned. But the child died within
a short time as a result of the poison.
There was an inque&t this morning,
and the verdict was in accordance
with the above facts.
Board Goes Into Session,
The supreme board of Royal Neigh
bors of America went Into session at
the head office in this city today, and
will be in session for a week or 10
days. Although there was not a full
membership on hand today, the board
took up the general routine of busi
ness. CLAIMS JAIL CAN BE
MADE OF SERVICE
Eastern Firm Submits Plan for lie
modeling Interior of County
The Jail committee of tbe board of
supervisors In conference with a rep
resentative of an eastern firm today
received a blue print outlining improve
ments which may be made on the pres
ent Jail building at a cost of $10,000.
The representative states that the
walls are good for 50 years yet and
that the interior could be torn out and
new fixtures installed and make the
building practically as good as new.
The blue print will be submitted to the
board in Beptember.
PAIR WANTED IN KANSAS
Walter t'ott and George Ilasfurter
Alleged Parole Breakers.
Sheriff O. L. Bruner received word
today from the authorities at the
Kansas state penitentiary at Land
sing that both Walter Cott and
George Hasfurter, who were arrested
here July 10 for the theft of Borne
books and fruit from the stand in the
Thirty-first street railway station,
are wanted there on the charge of
being parole breakers. Hasfurter ij
still in jail and this morning Cott,
who had been released on bonds, was
rearrested. It is understood they
will fight being returned to Kansas.
Change In Sewer Plan.
Owners of property along Thirty fifth
street from Twelfth to Fourteentn
avenues this morning reached an
agreement, together with the board of
local. Improvements, with the D. E.
Keeler Construction company of Dav
enport, whereby the company Is to be
allowed to place the sewer along that
stretch of property at a depth of nine
feet above the depth provided for in
the original contract. Last Monday
the property owners waited on the
board and stated that they objected to
being forced to put risers iu the
ground to the depth of from 26 to 'i'l
feet because of the expense. The com
pany was nsulted and this morning
the matter was taken up for considera
tion. Wants Separate Maintenance.
Mrs. Irma Six of Coal Valley today
Sled a bill for separate maintenance
by Ernest Sir, whom Bhe alleges she
had to leave on account of drunken
ness -and abusive treatment. She also
asks an Injunction to restrain hltn
from disposing cf hia property prior
to the hearing of the case.
St. Paul Back In 8ervice.
The steamer St. Paul of the Streck
fus line was up last evening for the
first time since its xnlshaj near Quin
CORN IS 500,000
Washington, Aug. 9. The total pro
duction of corn In the United States
for 1911 on Aug. 1 is 2.620.221.000
bushels, compared with 3,125,903,000 a
The August crop report of the
United States department of agricul
ture crop reporting board Issued at
2:15 p. in. today, shows the condi
tion on Aug. 1, and the yield per
acre, as indicated by the condition
on that date, of the principal farm
Corn Condition 69.6 per cent of
a normal compared with 80.1 per
cent on July 1, 79.3 per cent on Aug.
1, 1910, and 81.2 per cent, the aver
age for the past 10 years on that
date, indicated yield per acre. 22.6
bushels, compared with 27.4 bushels,
the 1910 final yield, and 27.1 bushe
ls, the average for the last Ave
All wheat Indicated yield per acre
12.8 bushels, compared with 14.1 buHh
els in 1910 and 11.7 bushels, the live
Oats Condition 65.7 per cent of
a normal, compared with 68. S pr
cent on July 1, 81.5 per cent In 1910,
and 82.2 per cent, the 10 year aver
age. Indicated yield per acre 25.2
bushels, compared with 31.9 bushels
In 1910 and 28.4 bushels, the five
The amount of oats remaining on
farms Aug. 1, is- estimated at 64,
342.000 bushels, compared with 63,
249,000 bushels on Aug. 1, 1910,
and 52,663,000 bushels, thB average
amount on farms Aug. 1, for the past
Potatoes Condition 6 2.3 per cent
of a normal, compared with 76 per
cent on July 1, 75. & per cent in 1910
and 8 4.8 per cent, the 10 year aver
age. Indicated yield per acre 71.5
bushels, compared with 9 4.4 bush
els in 1910 and 96.9 bushels, the
five year average.
Wheat is going from
25 to 50 bushel3 per
acre this year in the fa
mous Taber district of
Southern Alberta. I have
a fine level tract of 430
acres six miles from Ta
ber, a city of 5,000 inhab
itants. I would like to
Bell it or trade it for good
city property. Price $20
per acre. One-half ash
or trade balance- on time, ;
Bock Island, m. -Phonea;
Offlcev West 970,