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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 1912.
BREAK !fl A GAS
MAIN IS FATAL
TO AN OLD LADY
Fumes Seep Through Ground
Under Frost Line and Make
Way to Cellars. '
SEVERAL FAMILIES ILL
Odor Strong When They Arose This
Morning Mrs. Pri111 Sat
tlzahn Is Victim.
The breaking of a gas main at Fifth
avenue and Forty-second street result
ed fatally to Mrs. Priscllla Sattizahn,
a nearby resident, and half a dozen or
more of the members of her own fam
ily and neighbors were rendered ill
and were close to death.
Mrs. Sattlzahn was found dead in
the cellar of her home, 4206 Fifth ave
nue, shortly after 11 o'clock this morn
li.p. She was all rli?ht at 8 o'clock
wTien the engaged In conversation
with neighbors regarding the myster
ious presence of gas In various houses
along the street.
ODOR PLAINLY EVIDENT.
A. T. Rohweder, 4210 Fifth avenue,
the first house east of the Sattlzahn
home, said this morning: "I noticed
the odor of gas last night upon return
ing home, and this morning when my
wife atid I awoke we both had severe
headachs. We found that gas in the
house was to blame and promptly open
ed up the doors and windows.
OXE BOT OVERCOME.
"On communicating with the Sattl
zahns next door, we found that the
youngest of the boys had been affect
ed so by the gas that he had been over
come. "Later, after the Sattlzahn boys had
gone to work, my wife noticed that all
the doors In the Sattizahn house were
oien, and as there were no signs of
life about, we thought that all was not
right, and we notified Mrs. Sattizahn's
son-in-law, Charles Robertson, who con
ducts a blacksmith shop on the corner.
Together we searched the house, but
could not find Mrs. Sattlzahn. Becom
ing more alarmed, the search was re
newed half an hour later, and upon go
ing down cellar, I found the old lady
lying on the ground dead. A dead cat
was In the cellar with her.
HAD BKE1 OVERCOME.
"I suppose that she went down into
the cellar for one reason or another,
and that the gas overcame her before
she could get out. When I went down
after her the gas was so strong that it
nearly overcame me. With the aid of
Mr. Robertson and a helper we car
ried the lady out and hurried her Into
the freeh air, but we could do nothing
FROST HELD GAS DO WW.
It is supposed that when the main
broke from tome reason, the frozen
ground kept the gas from making its
way directly to the surface. It worked
under the frost line to the nearby cel
lars and made Its escape in that way.
Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Burke, who
live west of the Sattlzahn residence,
were, sick this morning from the ef
fects of the gas, but by opening up
the doors and windows the fumes
were expelled. - This house was near
est th break and bad it not been that
Mr. Burke left a cellar window open
One of the " elegant new spring suits designed
ty Max M. Schwarcz, and shown exclusively
at the M, & X., Bock Island.
last night the family might have been
HERB THREE YEARS.
Mrs. Prlacllla Sattizahn had lived
here only three years. She tu born
la Pennsylvania and was 54 years
old. Surviving her are fi children,
John, Roy, Edward and Mrs. Charles
Robertson of this city, and Mrs. Les
ter Good all of Tipton, Iowa.
Coroner J. F. Rose conducted an
inquest this afternoon, the verdict
being in accordance with the facts.
Peter Johnson, a farmer whose home
la back of Davenport, reported to the
police this morning that a watch, val
ued at $3 had been lifted from his
pocket some time this morning and
that he wanted an officer detailed to
aid him in the search for the miscreant
who perpetrated the Job. Accordingly
an officer was detailed on the case,
Davenport and Moline officers were no
tified, and Johnson was sent away. He
came back later, clamoring for his
watch and results. When he learned
that the watch had not been recovered,
he was put out considerably. Johnson
came over here yesterday and joined a
fellow who had nothing to offer but so
ciability. Johnson bought several
drinks for his friend, missed few him
self, and then advanced the price of a
meal. He soon discovered after his
"friend" left that his watch was gone,
HAS OXE LEFT.
Rather, it waa only one of his time
pieces. Another, valued at $1 was left
for him to tell the time of day. So
Pete was stung all the way around. If
he has to look much further for his
waterbury, he will be in fit condition
for a sleep In the police station.
POLICE ARE CALLED
TO SCENE OF FIGHT
Cries of murder, accompanied with
vile expletives from the lips of a man,
went forth on the stilly i of the west
end section, last night and aroused sev
eral people in the immediate vicinity
from their slumber. Some one who
did not care to make an investigation
for himself, called the police and sev
eral officers were hurried to the scene.
Nary a eoul who looked as though a
murder had been committed hove into
sight of the blue-coats who, after
searching the neighborhood, returned
to the station. People today state that
they want the police to see to it that
a quietus Is put on such disturbances.
and that last night's affair -was only
one of a large number of such that
have occurred recently.
FOR CONGRESS INQUIRY
OF MUSCATINE STRIKE
Muscatine, Iowa, March 7. Acting
on the suggestion made by John Mitch
ell, local unionists will petition con
gress for a congressional inquiry of
the Muscatine button workers' situa
tion. WITHDRAWS CHARGE
WHEN CHANGE IS TAKEN
May Delaney, a negress arrested
last night by Officer Gruby, took a
change of venue through her attorney,
P. H. Wells to Justice G. P. Nissen s
court after she was arraigned in police
court on a charge of disorderly con
duct. The charge was withdrawn by
CLUB TAKES HOLD
OF BOOSTER PLAN
Committee of Three Named to
Meet and Confer With
WILL CONSIDER PROJECT
Scheme to Boom Rock Island
Systematic Way Grows More
Popular Each Dy.
To work with a committee from the
Rock Island Business Men's associa
tion on the project of starting a new
booster movement in Rock Island, the
following committee from the Rock
Island club has been named: H. E.
Casteel, Fred T. Myers, and J G.
Huntoon. The business men nan .! H.
A. Clevenstine, M. H. Sexton, and A J.
Lindstrom as a committee, and the two
will get together and consider the
proposition made Monday night by
George B. Irving, the Chicago Munici
pal league man, who offered to come
here and organize the movement.
SCHEME 19 POPILAH.
The unpalatable truths which Irving
told at the Monday night gathering
relative to a lack of booster, booming
spirit in Reck Island has had a wide
effect and his remedy organization in
the shape of a booster movement
grows more popular each flay.
The city undoubtedly needs boosting
such as only a regularly constituted
body of boosters can give It The busi
ness and professional men and the cit
izens in general must be brought to
gether where they can put a united
shoulder to the wheel and aid In the
progress of Rock Island.
CVT OUT' SMALL, THINGS.
Without an organization bringing
them together with this end in view,
petty Jealousy and selfishness Is bound
to keep the city from its fair share of
growth and advancement.
The plan in which all will cooperate
Involves the cutting out of the small
and spiteful things in a common effort
for a broad and widening building up
of the town.
TO MAKE PROTEST
President H. E. Casteel of the Rock
Island club today named a committee
comprising Mayor H. M. Schriver, S
W. Searle and H. P. Simpson to con
fer with officials of the Central Union
Telephone company relative to th
announced intention of that company
to move heads of certain departments
away from this city. The committee
is to protest and if possible prevent
the carrying out of the plan.
Beginning the first of this month,
the Central Union company put into
effect 1n Rock Island county a system
of specialization whereby instead ot
one general head and various sub
heads, there are three heads to as
maor departments, each responsible to
the company. Under this plan the
commercial chief was to maintain his
office in this city while the traffic and
plant chiefs would set up quarters in
The Rock Island club takes the
stand anything which is now here
should be kept here and with this end
in Tiew the committee will protest
against the removal.
DELINQUENT GIRL IS
RETURNED TO HOME
The young girl who was taken out
of the Commercial hotel Tuesday night
after she registered there with a man
was turned over to her parents last
evening and they promise to see to it
that she does not forsake the path of
the righteous very soon again.
FAYNE JOSHES HAWES
ANENT DOUBLE BIRTHDA
This is another of those pleasant
double birthday anniversaries in .Rock
Island, being the natal days of Sen
ator William Payne and Major
W. Hawes. The senator called at
The Argus office today, as has been
his custom for years back on his
birthday to extend his good wishes
and receive the felicitations of the
occasion. In the course of conver
sation the senator casually inquired
if Major Hawes had been around yet.
Receiving a negative reply he
promptly observed, "of course not. I
suppose he is getting too darned old
to come out doors on his birthday.
He is growing more touchy on that
subject as the years go by. If he was
as young as I am, he -would be out
wading around through the elueh
just as I am today, extending the glad
band and feeling happy that each
year bears more lightly on my shoul
ders than the one preceding."
268 CALLS BY VISITING
NURSE DURING A MONTH
The report of the Rock Island Visit
ing Nurse association for February is
Two huuJred sixty-eight calls; 44
patients; 15 doctors, Rochow, Ostrom,
Bernhardt, Frtvtag, Sxilvely, Paul.
Sala, A say. De Silva, Stocker. Hall,
Stoecks (Davenport), Sloan, Lamping,
Beck Moline); 29 former cases; 15
new; 13 recovered; 1 improved and
dismissed; 2 transferred to care of
family; 1 died; 4 seat to St Anthony's
hospital; 24 remaining.
The sum of $14 l spent for milk
and fggs; C3 cents Vor fruit; amount
jof money collected, 9.25; linen sup
plies loaned from supply closet, 24
sheets, 14 pillow cases, 6 pair woolen
blankets, 2 pairs cotton blankets, 11
night gowns, 1 comfort. 2 hot water
Donations from following: Mes
dames Strauss, Mack, Woodruff, Car
ter, Sharpe, Anderson, A Mosenfelder,
Marion Sweeney. Dugard, Tobin,
Langdon, Steelman, Miss Carter, Dr.
Ostrom, Dr. Rochow, Steiner drug
store, Rless drug store, Hartz drug
store, Schlegel drug store (Davenport),
Reld & Bollman laundry, Souders laun
dry. West End Settlement, Associa
tion House, Associated Charities.
FUND IS GROWING
The Masonic Temple association
held an enthusiastic meeting last ev
ening In the office of H. D. Mack, in
the Robinson building, and there was
an informal discussion of the progress
that is being made in the sale of bonds
by which the association is attempting
to raise 150.000 with which to build a
new Masonic temple on the site al
ready owned by the association at Fifth
avenue and Eighteenth street.
It is the hope of the association to
close up the matter within the next
month or two. A considerable portion
of the necessary amount has been sub
scribed, and it is believed that the re
mainder of the bonds can be disposed
of among the members of the associa
tion, which will mean that no outsid
ers will have any of the bonds.
Tentative plans for the new temple
have been completed for some time
and practically everything is ready to
go ahead once the full amount of the
money Is secured. The building will
be an excellent one, a credit to Rock
Island, and it Is to be hoped that the
workers of the association will be suc
cessful In disposing of the remainder
of the bonds.
Miss L OEM MA SW OYER.
Miss Leemma Swoyer died at the
residence of L. Dindinger, 950
Twenty-first street, this morning at
:30, death being due to heart fail
ure. Miss Swoyer has been an In
valid for a number of years, but her
condition did not become serious un
til about a week ago.
She was born In Fairfax, Iowa,
April 6, 1S77. Her father died a
number of years ago and her mother
rassed away at Los Angeles, Cal.,
two years ago. Miss Swoyer had
made her home in Los Angeles up
nntll last August, when she removed
to this city to make her home with
her cousin, Mrs. L. Dindinger. She
was a member of the Methodist
church and an earnest Christian
woman. ' She is survived by an uncle,
G. W. Welsh of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The remains will be taken to Fair
fax for burial, but the time of the
funeral has not been set, pending the
arrival of Mr. Welsh.
REFUSES TO SIGN
Bill Down had a job on the city
street gang last summer and about a
week ago got hungry for some of that
"mulligan stew" served at the police
station to those who give their valu
able time to the city, gratis, with a
feed thrown in. At any rate. Bill felt
the need of some lubricants last Sun
day and he sojourned here from Viola,
his first visit to the city since he bad
to work. He got the lubricant all
right and kept on adding to it till last
night when he was rushed to the cala
boose. This morning when he was ar
raigned before the magistrate, he had
quite a fit of nervousness thrown in
with the rest of his makeup. He also
had a button hook. When asked if he
would leave town, sign the pledge and
follow the straight and narrow, he
plead guilty to everything but giving
the high sign to the pledge. He refus
ed point blank to forsake his cups. But
anyhow Bill was released and told that
if he is one of those come-backs kids,
"he will get six months for it."
Almost Cooked Alive.
While rendering some lard in the
basement of Day brothers' meat mar
ket, 1119 Sixteenth avenue, Moiine,
yesterday afternoon at 4:30, Harry
Ekstam, an employ at the place, was
literally cooked when the kettle ex
ploded, immersing him from head to
foot with the hot grease. He was ta
ken to the city hospital and when an
attempt was made to remove his
clothes, the skin came off with them.
His face, neck, arms and shoulders
were fearfully burned and his life la
Now is the Time
To think of spring cleaning.
Let us do your painting and
' Our work is guaranteed and
our prices reasonable.
Green & Zeitler
Painters, Paperhangers and
1117 ELEVENTH AVEXUE.
Phone W ent 1988.
FOR SPECIAL TAX
Board Win Not Permit Levy to
Pay for New Bridge Over
OTHER MATTERS TABLED
SnxierVisors Commend Sheriff and
Board of Review for Efficiency
of Their Work.
Attempts this morning on the part
of Moline supervisors to put through
the Colona bridge proposition and to
levy a four-mill tax for same met
with defeat, the Rock Island and
county supervisors uniting against
Two sets of resolutions were offer
ed. The first one stated that the re
port of the finance committee showed
the county's indebtedness to be in
excess of $111,000, that Rock Island
county's share of the cost of con
structing the bridge at Colona would
be about $40,000 and inasmuch as
the present tax rate was insufficient
to pay even the running expenses of
the county, it was deemed advisable
to submit the question of a four-mill
tax levy for one year in addition to
the legal rate, to a vote of the peo
ple, and asked that the tax be used
first to pay the county's share for
building the bridge and the balance
be applied on the old debt and that
a special election De called. This
resolution was received and placed on
ALL. TVRWED DOW3T.
The second resolution providing
that Rock Island county enter into a
Joint agreement with Henry county
to pay half the cost of constructing
this bridge, was tabled. ,
Petitions from the highway com
missioners of Coe township asking
for the county's aid in building a
bridge across Canoe creek were re
ceived and placed on file.
A communication was received
from Henry county estimating the
cost of the Colona bridge to be $55,-
000, 6tating that Henry county
bad appropriated $30,000 for the
building of same, and asking that
this county appropriate a like amount
and that upon refusal to do so that
their state's attorney take such legal
steps as n??ght be necessary to com'
pel Rock Island county to do so. The
communication was received and
placed on file.
Supervisor Oswald presented a res
olution asking that the road and
bridge committee be authorized
to receive plans and specifica
tions for a bridge across Rock
river, leading out of the west
end of Rock Island, his con
tentlon being that the farmerB
were at present unable to bring their
produce to this city and in this way
Pock Island merchants lost a great
deal of money. The resolution was
WANT TO SHARES COST.
A resolution was received from
Whiteside county asking that the
Jurisdiction over the bridge on Rock
river near Hillsdale be divided be
tween the two counties and that each
county 6tand one-half of the expense
of maintenance, the same being re
ceived and placed on file.
Reports from committee on county
infirmary, poor claims and miscellan
eous claims were adopted.
This afternoon the board left at
3 o'clock to visit Bethany home. Yes
terday afternoon reports were re
ceived, from the Jail and advertising
and state institutions committees.
TOWNSHIP TO PAY OWN POOR BILLS
The following resolution was pre
sented and referred to the Judiciary
Whereas, Rock Island, Moline and
other places license saloons which
cause drunkenness, crime and pau
Whereas, these places take and use
the money gotten from saloons for
their own use and have the entire
county pay their poor bills, be it
Resolved, that each township and
subdivision in Rock Island county
pay its own poor bills.
WANT DESERTION LEGISLATION.
A resolution calling upon the state
legislature to enact stricter desertion
snd abandonment laws and to pro
vide ways for making those held on
such charges earn money to pay for
those dependant on them was adopt
ed by the board.
SLAP AT MrCASKRIN.
H. M. McCaskrin, candidate for
state's attorney on the republican
ticket, was administered a severe slap
on the wrist by the supervisors this
morning when they adopted resolu
tlons condemning his tirade against
the sheriff, O. L. Bruner, and the
beard. The resolutions read as fol
"Whereas, we, the members of said
board have recently listened to a tl
rude that bad the tendency to be
brrlrch our honorable board of sup
ervisors, sheriff and board of review.
"And, whereas, we believe that
said sheriff and board of review are
acting in their full capacity to the
best interest of the people of our
community, and that talk to the con
trary is uncalled for and unfair.
"Be it therefore, resolved, that we,
the members of this board assembled
in special March session. 1912,
heartily endorse our sheriff, O. L.
Bruner, in all his laudable actions as
sheriff and also the action of the
board of review.
"Dated this 7th day of March, A.
D-, 1912, at Rock Island, 111."
Are Taking Testimony. .
The case against Anthony W. Bill-
hiire. who 1b charged with ODeratinar a
3 , gaming house was resumed this after-
WHERE QUALITY IS THE
This cut shows one of our
new spring suits and a
beauty it is.
Nor is it the less beautlfnl be
cause it is very reasonably priced.
The model is distinctive and
stylish, but practical for long hard
service. The materials are chosen
with especial reference to their
ability to ward off dust, dirt and '
It shows the characteristic
touch of the leading style workers
of the world and shows Young &
McCombs' choice brought in dis
tinctiveness. There is that long,
sweeping, gracefulness about this
skirt and the jacket buttons well
over to one side.
Our prices are most rea
sonable. Don't fail to see the very latest
of styles in suits, millinery ana
.CO OPERATIVE STORE CO. X
WHERE QUALITY IS THE
noon In the county court, following a
recess taken this morning to permit
of the attorneys to present arguments
in the Injunction plea in the circuit
court. One witness has testified and
at press time was being cross-examin
ed by the defense. J. F. Witter ap
pears for the city, while John Looney
MRS. VERMILYA CHARGED
WITH MURDER OF SMITH
Chicago. March 7. The charge of
poisoning 'Policeman Bissonette, on
which Mrs. Vermllya has been held
in custody in Jail, was dismissed today
when the case was called. The woman
was immediately arrested on a war
rant charging her with having mur
dered Richard T. Smith, a railroad em
ploye who died in March of last year.
The prosecutor said the substitution of
the Smith case was to give the state
the strongest case for trial.
Injunction Case Stands.
The Jury in the case of the State
bank vs. Bryan, which has been on in
the circuit court for . over a month.
received its final Instructions at 10:30
this morning, and immediately after
ward the arguments were begun in the
plea for an injunction against Billburg.
Patterns Now for
Our complete line of spring
and summer woolens is now
ready for your inspection.
By Ordering Now
you get the pick of patterns,
besides giving our tailors ample
time in which to make the best
(Pay us an honest price, say
$25 or so). ,
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SPRING IS WITH US,
ALSO MANY TRAMPS
Evidence that It is high time for
some long-haired poet to spring one?
of those sentimental, violet-perfumed
spring-is-come pieces o fmush held
down about five boards in the cells of
the police station last night. Five
hungry-looking weary-wlllles were
gathered in by the police and given a
night's lodging. All any of them had
done was to offend the public by stop
ping off in Rock Island. They promis
ed not to repeat the offense and were
hurried on to the next station.
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blcued bis urnrlss tl
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truu nesb or toe akin. Apply
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corns. For warn, baolooa
and callouses, too.
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