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THE -ROCK ISITANT) "ARGUS, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1912.
MAKE PLANS FOR
MEN TO FOLLOW
AT THE ARSENAL
Committee of 33 Employes For
mulates Campaign Against
NO IMMEDIATE WALKOUT
When Pay of Introduction Con.es,
Men Will Continue to Work
but Under Protest.
Tho committee of 33, representing
the various trades unions of the Rock
Island Arsenal federation, held a
im-eting last evening in Industrial hall
end one of ttie matters decided upon
was thf action to be taken the day
hfti the card system shall go into
effect at Rock Inland arsenal. The
committee decided that on that day
the men will finish their work under
protest and at night there will be a
bin mass meeting In Rock Island to
n:an out frrthor plans. The original
intention wan to have a walkout im
Tr"jau'ly, but the onion men fear
that there miuht be a hitch and so will
Iifilil a meeting. The committee meets
a-'ain tonight .Mid will probably ar
range for a his; mass meeting to be
liHd Saturday tiipht.
Will. DIIIMi (IMfitXIZEHM.
Kverv trade represented on the ar-t-enl
lias sent for the International
oruani.er and all of them are expected
lie re before next Saturday. Daily, men
are Jolninx the union forr-eg and new
ori.iitilzaUdtis are springing up. The
representatives state that two men are
organized on the arsenal now. Men
r t resentitic the clerical force at-f'tKif-d
K.f meeting last night.
Whether they can be organized is a
ieti(.n of tl ''lat". The arsenal work
men are anxious to stave oft the in
siallatlon of the card system until
nfter .March in. when the congres
sional committee In expected to report.
TIIK lil!l)AM i: ATIO.
The following is a copy of a telegram
or Instruction sent by General Crozler
to Colonel George W. Burr, the com
tnuiidiiig olllcer of Rock Island arsenal,
lor tii" hitter's guidance in reference
to the introduction of the job card In
the i Iio,ih of the arsenal, as referred
to in yesterday's Associated Tress dls-jii't.-h:
"hollow your instructions as to em
ploying jo'j card after full explanation
or character and purpose of card and
!tli nte of intention to use it in any
way lo tlinadvi:ntni;e of employes and
that it has nothing to do one way or
the oiImt with the time study or pre
Muiii i in Select men of reasona
ble character lur inaugurating it and
lti soli eiently small number to permit
full Individual explanations. These
directions being observed require com-plian-e
kiiiim: to hi; mh.i.iiwkd.
"Then- instructions," said Colonel
lturr thin morning, "will be followed
by m literally in the introduction of
t lie Job card. When the time comes
to put in this card, I intend to per
sonally explain to the employes to
v bom it U given the purpose and In
tent of the card, the reasons of the
management for introducing it, and
to emphasize the fact that it has noth
ing to do, one way or the other, with
the pay of the employe or the amount
01 eflort he must make to secure that
lay, and that it can in no way work
to his disadvantage. That being done
any employe who refusea to use the
curd will be discharged for cause, and
under the civil service rules cannot
be aaiu employed at this arsenal.
In case any considerable number or
employ- quit their work on account
of the introduction of this card, or
on account of the discharge of any
employe for refusing to use it, this
office shall Immediately proceed to fill
the places of those employes thus quit
ting the government employment as
promptly as practicable. In view of
the threats that have been made I
would suggest that it would be well
for desirable people out of employ
ment la the tri-eitles to file applica
tions for positions at this arsenal, lu
Rock Island. Feb. 6. Editor The
Argus: I wish to commend you upon
the article which appeared in The Ar
gus of Saturday night, treating upon
the Taylor system at the arsenal.
Some men seem to doubt the rights
of the employes of the arsenal to
register a protest at any or all sys
tems detrimental or seemingly detri
mental to their welfare. The men em
ployed by the government at the ar
senal believe themselves under oona' j DEFECTIVE
age lr tne layior system is lusutoeu,
and they have a perfect right to pro
test and to protest with all their
power and citizen rights against the
introduction of that system.
The men employed are citizens of
this country they are a part of this
government they have a voice in the
government, and in this particular pro
test they are sounding their voice, and
they have a right to be heard indeed,
they must be heard.
The snen in any or all of the gov
ernment positions are not rulers, they
are elected or appointed to protect
and guard all government institutions
and all citizen rights. As representa
tives they dare never favor the power
ful and neglect the weak protect cap
ital and disregard labor.
This is a government under which
all men are equal, have equal rights
and equal privileges. Because this is
a government of the people and by
the people, and since the arsenal men
are a part of the people, they exercise
their citizens' rights, and say: "We
don't want the Taylor system."
If their voice fails to reach the ears
of the men at the helm of state
there comes a time when a final pro
test is registered and that is when
they enter their rrotest at the elec
Then will their protest be seen and
read if before not heard.
REV. FRED J. ROLF.
FIRE WIPES OUT
A MOLINE PLANT;
LOSS IS $250,000
Portion of Barnard & Leas
Inadequate Water Pressure and
Frozen Hydrants Hamper
Work of Firemen.
o'clock. People who were in the vi
cinity at. the time were aware that
some men ran from one part of the
square to the center of it and that
the center was used as a fight ring.
The thud of fists and the frantic
yellinl of those who were being sub
jected to a beating rang forth on the
night air. Everybody stopped to look
but few ventured near for fear that
they would become involved. They
were glad when it wag over and the
participants fled in different direc
order that their names may be ou
lists for employment should vacancies
I I'OMTIO OK W AR DKIRTMEXT.
i "The position of the war depart
ment in respect to this entire matter
was carefully set forth in a letter to
the representatives of the employes
of this arFenal dated April 27, 1911,
and the war department and this ar
senal have not since, deviated, and
do not Intend to deviate, from the
position taken in that letter.
"The objection of the employes is
not to anything that e are doing
now, but is directed against a portion
of the Taylor system which we are
not now installing at this arsenal, that
Is, the premium or Iwmus system of
pay, and which this office and the
war department have repeatedly
stated would not be installed here iu
advance of further exjicrimentaiion
with the same at the Watertowu arsenal.
tNt.ftlMON Al. IVITI; TIO.
"It Is also to be noted that the spe
cial congressional committee has in
vestigated this part of the Taylor sys
tem, and that the report of that com
mittee will be made long before we
would be in a position to introduce
that part of the Taylor system at this
arsenal, even if we decide to do so.
In view of this fact, the criticism that
the ordnance department is not wait
ing for the report of the investigating
committee falls flat."
Escaping steam from a defective
Cue in the boiler room of the Bar
nard & Leas Manufacturing plant at
Fourth avenue and Twenty-first
street, Moline, carrying with it a
sheet of flame, set fire to a pile of
shavings in the boiler room shortly
after 3 o'clock this morning and ul
timately resulted in the destruction
of the entire plant between Fourth
and Fifth avenues and Twenty-first
and Twenty-second streets.
The loss is roughly estimated at
between $200,000 and $500,000. In
surance covers $217,500 of the
WATER PRESSURE POOR.
Inadequate water pressure and
fiozen hydrants rendered the fire, de
partment practically helpless in the
terrific fight to control the flames.
At 3:20, the firemen of the plant
entered the boiler room. While he
war in there the fire started. The
steam forced him to get cut of the
room. He called the fire department,
Response was immediate.
All) FROM RUCK 1M.IM1.
When it was seen that the Moline
department would be unable to han
dle the blaze. Rock Island and Dav
enport were cailed. Four men and
Chief Newberry went from Rock Is
land and seven men from Davenport.
The men gave valiant aid in the
From the boiler room, the fire ran
to the blacksmith shop, then to the
three-story machine shop, thence to
the four-story wood work building.
The fire, which wiped out the square
block of the plant, was the most
disastrous which ever occurred in
Meline, even including that of 1883
when the Keator sawmill was de
stroyed and there was a loss of
$300,000. The debris was still
burning at a late hour this afternoon
though it was officially declared out
a: 11:50 this morning.
I'IKKM A X IS lNJIIiKlt.
A falling smokestack struck two
firemen from the central house at
.Moline. One of them, Albert Ander
ron, was slightly injured about the
head. The other man was uninjur
ed. Nearly 1,000 men are without
employment as the result of the fire.
Officers of the company announce
BIG REALTY DEAL
CLOSED UP TODAY
1m A. Schmidt has closed a deal with
J. Ramser, the Jeweler, for the sale
of his property at 1825 Second avenue,
the building adjoining that which is
occupied by the Ramser interests now.
The consideration for the property
was $25,000. The frontage is 20 feet
and the building is three stories in
height, the upper floors being used
as offices and apartments. The Btore
room is at present occupied by the
J. A. Waddell barber shop. The lease
which Mr. Waddell holds on the shop
expires in a little over six months.
He has not yet announced future in
tentions. The Ramser store will be
moved from its present location to
the new holdings but previous to re
moval the entire front of the store
will be remodeled and the interior
will be changed to conform to the
needs of the jewelry establishment.
Definite plans have not yet been an
nounced. The property involved in this big
realty deal has been in the possession
of the Schmidt family for more than
40 years. Mr. Schmidt and his father
purchased it a little later than 1870
and erected the building in 1873.
E. S. Hubbell of Elgin, 111., state
bank examiner, is in the city today on
Fred Thomas returned this morning
from a few days' visit at his home iu
Mason City, 111.
K. A. Shamaker of Chicago, state
secretary of the Y. M. C. A., visited
friends in the city yesterday.
-Mrs. Mary tsioomquist and son.
Jack, left today for Portland, Ore.,
and other points on the coast.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Jordan and son
have gone to Northtown, Pa,, called
there by the death of Mr. Jordan's
Carl Mueller, manager of the New
Harper, left this afternoon for Peoria
to attend the formal opening of the
Hope Thompson, formerly of this
city and now of Chicago, arrived last
evening and is today attending to bus
iness interests here.
William T. Van Arsdale of Peoria
is in the city paying a visit to Mr. and
Mrs. J. A. Wendell and attending to
Don't wait until your house is
burglarized. Store your cher
ished and valuable articles and
documents in our safe deposit
vault tomorrow. Next week
may be too late.
The rental is only $3 per
year and upward. The protec
tion is perfect.
Rock Island Savings Bank
Third Ave. and Eighteenth Street.
ARREST MAN ON
Harry Bronsen Being Held for
the Killing of Fairport
CAUGHT IN DAVENPORT
any crude words in their presence.
Duprez was nabbed in short order. He
resisted arrest. In the scuffle, he slip
ped and fell. Today his face bears a
few marks of the conflict, and he is a
very subdued Bert Duprez, somewhat
different from the fellow who appear
ed In the police court room yesterday
and got away with some vile talk till
Hazel Smith swore out a warrant for
his arrest. The .girls who were ar
rested in his - place Saturday night
viewed his arrest with interest.
DROP OTHER CHARGE.
The charge which was preferred by
Was at Home of Relative There
Has Revolver on His Person
.When Police Find Him.
v. ithin a very
state that the
leeting to be held j 60me business affairs.
short time. They
plant will be rebuilt
Trl-City Traffic Club.
The first meeting of the Tri-City
Traffic club, the membe rship of which
i composed of traffic managers of the
manufacturing concerns of Rock Is
land, Moline, East Moline. Davenport
and liettendorf, was hel at the Rock
Island club yesterday.
The aim of the club is to exchange
ideas through relation of personal ex
periences. It was decided to meet
twice a month at the Rock Island club
for luncheon, at which time matters
of interest will be discussed.
ALL THINGS GOME
IF HE BUT WAITS
After Getting His Case Contin
ued for Nine Times, Pat
McAnaa Is Dismissed.
BY JUSTICE G. P. NISSEN
Mrs. Charles Mcllugh of the Lexing
ton, Chicago, after spending a couple
of days visiting in Rock Island and
Moline, left this afternoon for Peoria,
where she will join Mr. McHugh and
attend the formal opening of the new
Hotel Jefferson." Horace Wiggins,
formerly assistant manager of the
Lexington under Mr. McHugh, is man
ager of Peoria's new hostelry.
TO COST $10,000
Manager Carl Mueller's plans for th
remodeling of the Second avenue and
Nineteenth - street fronts of the New
Harper, as heretofore described, and
which have been entirely agreed upon,
call for an expenditure of $10,000 ia
improvements. Tile floors, plate glass
xue .ua.s mo wa yi:icrieu uy fronta and Bteei ceilings Will be USed
nazei omun, wno is now in tne coumy ,n transformation, while new walks
Dasuie, was aroppea mis morning.
Taxes Are Now Due,
Books will be found at my office,
1712 Third avenue.
Open from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m.; Satur
day nights, 7 to 9.
JOHN T. NOFTSKER,
Hickey Pleads Guilty.
John Hickey, arrested several days
ago as a suspect in a Peoria robbery,
and later held on a charge of larceny
from the Tarpy restaurant, plead guilty
to the charge In the county court yes
terday and was sentenced to 30 days
in the county Jail. Hickey admitted
the theft of several kitchen utensils
and towels from the restaurant.
Pal Had Plead Guilty to Charge of
Larceny, but Patrick Secures
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After nine continuances In his case,
after witnesses had chased back and
forth at the command of presiding jus
tices, after police officers had procured
evidence, after Joe Sebring plead guilty
to the charge of larceny and implicated
Patrick McAnaa. the said Patrick Mc
Anaa was dismissed yesterday after
noon by Justice G. P. Nissen because
of the lack of sufficient evidence to
warrant a bind-over on the charge of
larceny. John I-ooney was engaged
and retained by McAnaa's wife last
SF.IlfUSG PLEADS Gill. TV.
The night of Jan. 1 the saloon of C.
A. Bennett at 1507 Second avenue was
entered and $25 worth of wet goods
taken by the thieves. Four days later
Joe Sebring and McAnaa were arrest
ed. Sebring plead guilty. McAnaa ask
ed for a continuance. Later he took
a change of venue. He was held in
the county jail under bond of $1,000.
Yesterday afternoon evidence concern
ing his statements to police officers in
regard to the case were stricken out
on motion of the defense. McAnaa
McAnaa is being held under bond on
a charge of malicious mischief. It is
probable that the charges will be takeu
before the grand Jury.
$4 and $5
25 trouser ends,
in windows, reg
ular $7 to $10
Now $4 and $5
Davenport police this morning ar
rested Harry Bronsen of Fairport,
Iowa, on a warrant charging him with
the murder of. Bert C. Hershey, post
master at Fairport. The warrant was
Issued by the police at Muscatine, who
believe they have evidence sufficient to
convict the man. At the time of his
arrest, Bronsen was armed with a
large revolver, but he had no oppor
tunity to use it, even if he had any de
sires along that line. He was caught
at the home of a Davenport relative,
and his arrest followed information
sent out from Muscatine.
IIA1 MADE Til HEATS.
Bronsen is the man mentioned yes
terday as having had trouble with the
dead postmaster. It seems that Bron
sen had in his possession a key which
admitted him to the postofflce, and the
postmaster, upon missing some arti
cles from his general store, accused
Bronsen of having used his key to ad
mit him at night. Bronsen was very
much incensed at the accusation, and
threatened to get even with his accus-
Then Hershey took to sitting up
all night to guard his store, and yes
terday morning he was found dead.
The revolver which Bronsen carried
when arrested could not have been
used In the murder, if murder it was.
for the deed was done with a shot
gun which Hershey carried himself.
Bronsen refused to make any state
ment when arrested. He has been
taken to Muscatine, and is being held
there pending his preliminary hearing.
was dropped this
Duprez took a change of venue from
Smith's ourt yesterday to Nissen's.
It was thought it would be a saving of
time and trouble to drop the case
there. The complainants in this last
case say that they will take him into
county court if he wants either a jury
trial or a change of venue. P. H. Wells
is attorney for Duprez.
The defense in the case asked for
a change of venue and the charge
was dismissed by the complainants
on motioe of Assistant State's Attor
ney G. C. Wenger. A capias from the
county court was served by Deputy
John wilier and Duprez was taken
back to the county jail in default of
Informations were filed this after
noon in the county court against Du
prez by State's Attorney I M. MagilL
charging him with running a house of
ill fame and renting rooms for im
moral purposes. Information was filed
against Beckie Baker, owner of the
property, for renting it for disorderly
purposes. Arthur Goodall is another
against whom information was filed
for keeping a disorderly house.
of cement to match the Nineteenth
street side will be laid along the Sec
ond avenue front The Nineteenth
street corner is to be converted Into
two stores, the front one to be occu
pied by Hickey Bros., under a 10-year
lease, and in which will be Installed
one of the finest cigar and news de
pots in the three cities. A store room
facing on Nineteenth street, with en
trance to the hotel, will be occupied by
the Rock Island road's down town
ticket office. The rooms at present oc
cupied by the Western Union and the
Harper house barber shop will be re
modeled, and Proprietor August Lamp
will equip the barber shop with up-to-date
fixtures In keeping with the other
As has been said, the drug store of
Herman Rolfs will be moved to the
north side of Second avenue, the store
to be vacated by the Rock Island tick
BERT DUPREZ IN
BAD AT THE JAIL
Uses Language While at Sher
iff's Office That the Depu
IS ARRESTED AT ONCE
Two Fire Alarms.
Some clothing at the residence of
Mrs. Louise Grothe, 705 Thirteenth
avenue, caught fire because of an over
heated stove pipe yesterday afternoon
about 6 o'clock. The department ex
tinguished the blaze before much dam
age had been done.
At 2:30 yesterday afternoon an
alarm was turned" in to the depart
ment from the residence of Louie Heit
mann, 2854 Seventh avenue, where
some soot burning in the chimney
frightened the residents into turning
in an alarm.
General Weaver Dead.
Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 6. General
James B. Weaver, populist candidate
for president in 1S92, is dead, aged 80,
Licensed to Wed.
Carl M. Mueller . Moline
Miss Magdalene Gotthardt
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Being Held on Warrant Sworn Out
Before Justice Clarence J.
AT SPENCER SQUARE
Spencer square was the scene of a
big free-for-all battle last Bight and
those who were witnesses of it say
that no less than a score of men par
ticipated. After continuing for a half
hour without molestation or interfer
ence of any police the fighters evi
dently became tired. Some tt them
retreated like whipped pups while oth
ers went noisily along their way, pro
claiming their victory to the public.
The fight occurred between 10 and 11
ILUNOIS THEATER BUILDIN4
A. C. Solberg, D. C.
Graduate of Palmer school
Office hours 2:30 to 5 p.
6 to 7- p. ia.
Rooms 6 and 7, 1620
Fourth avenue, Rock Island.
Bert Duprez, proprietor of the Joint
at Twenty-second street and Third av
enue, the place which is the rendez
vous of sporting women, spent last
night in the county bastile as the
especial guest of Sheriff O. L. Bruner
and every deputy on the sheriff's stafT.
Tbe particular charge against him is
disorderly conduct and it is lodged in
the court of Justice C. J. Schroeder.
The sheriff's men are complainants.
Late yesterday afternoon Duprez went
to the court house to seek admittance
for himself and attorney to the Jail bo
that they might see the women who
were lodged there on state charges of
disorderly conduct Duprez was in
formed that he could not see them.
He asked if he could use tbe tele
phone. His request was granted.
Whilst he was using the instrument.
Duprez started to emit a volley of
obscene language. The deputies re
sented his words, and Duprez, realiz
ing that his words had gotten him in
"dutch." beat it. The sheriff's men
were right after him, for they did not
feel inclined to let him get away with
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