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THE ROCK ISEANB ARGUS, SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 1912.
LOOHEY IS BEATEN
BY MAYOR; PAPER
SALE IS STOPPED
Fearful and Merciless Attack
on Mr. Schriver Precipi
SENT TO THE HOSPITAL
Apology and Ketraction Mad
wboys and Others Arrested
Farther Proceedings Protnised.
Driven beyond the limit of human
endurance by a libelous, defaming
and besmirching attack which ap
peared this morning In John Looney's
News, Mayor H. M. Schriver, stopped
to a certain degree, the sale f the
sheet, caused the arrest of 18 news
boys who were offering it for sale
and of Looney, himself, and one of
his henchmen, Dan Drost, beat
Looney badly, forced him to apolo
gize, and then rejected Looney's vol
untary offer to lsuue a special edition
containing a retraction of the article
which was the cause of the action
upon the part of the city's head, but
warned him of what would happen
If the attack was repeated
As a result of the affair Iooney i
at St Anthony's hospital, and as soon
as he is able, he will be called upon
to answer to a city complaint charg
ing him with offering for sale, and
selling, an indecent newspaper, to
wit, the Rock Island News.
PROMISE A SEXSATIOV
During the past week. Mayor
Schriver says, It had been noised
abroad by Looney and his henchmen
that the publication would contain
the scandal sensation of the year,
and advising men to have their
nickels ready for the edition this
morning. Mayor Schriver says he
was Informed of the nature of the
article, ard the reason for Its ap
pearance at this time his insistent
prosecution of A. V. Billburg. one
of Looney's clients and yesterday
put under way steps toward the
stopping of the widespread sale of
the sheet. Warrants against all con
nected with the News, from John
Loonev to the newsboys, were pre.
pared, officers were given their in
structions, and before 6 o'clock this
morning, when the paper waa first
offered for sale, eight boys had been
arrested. Refore 9 o'clock, ten oth
ers wre in Jail and officers were
hunting for those who were responsi
ble for the obscene attack. Drost
was placed under arrest before 10
o'clock by Officer Furlong In the
Looney building on Second avenue.
At 10 o'clock, Looney, himself, was
placed under arrest on Second ave
nue by Officers Kinney, Fltzsimmons
and Gruby, and taken to the police
nation. When Mayor Schriver saw
him In the sergeant's office he could
not control himself longer, and at
tacked Mm. No one else was in the
room. Those who were outside the
door heard Looney shriek at the top
of bis voice, "Murder, murder. He's
murdering me." And he continued
to cry out until he sank to the floor,
After the upronr had subsided.
Looney was heard to apologize
Mayor Schriver said, "Listen to me,
jonn L.ooney: lr you ever use my
name in your scandalous, blackmail
ing sheet again, in a scandalous ar
ticle attacking my character, I will
loot you on sight! Apologize!"
"I do." quaked Looney. 41 do."
"Apologize again." demanded the
mayor, and the apology was reiter
ated. Then there was a subdued
droning from the room, and it was
known that Looney was talking. In
a few minutes Mayor Schriver aaaln
Informed him of what he would do
should there be another personal at-
tack upon Mm through the columns!eacn BeTCral inches in length. His
of the News.
The doors were opened, officers
vera admitted, and Mayor Schriver
went to bis office to remove some of
the signs of the battle. Blood cov
ered his hands, his coat and other
clothing. The floor of the office was
gory, and Looney's person, too, gave
evidence of the battle. Looney was
ld to a cell. While there he asked
an officer to go to Major Schriver
so that he might apologize again.
The mayor went down tn him
Lconey apologized, offered to issue
a rpecial edition retracting the story.
PI HN9 OKIT.H.
Not only was the story of today
referred to by the mayor, but past
atuiks on the mayor and some of
his frtouds were brought up by
hlra. To all charges against
Looney. he answered that he did
net know they appeared, that he did
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Regulates the bowels and kid
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Ak Your Druggist for
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Send for booklet giving experience
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for many blood diseases.
0. MXOHMrS SONS. LakatMt Met, I
lii..1Mi . imini nil, immmmmmmm mi lin n
nct write them, and that he was not
responsible. He protested Ignorance
ai to some of the Items, and Mayor
rk&river offered dates and the items,
thonld Loonev desire, to prove his
assertion. Spurning Looney's offer
to Issue another edition. Ma.'or
Schriver again repeated his statement
r. iegard to any future scandalous
attack upon him.
TAKES TO HOSPITAL.
iooney was allowed to walk to the
ambulance, in which he was conveyed
to St. Anthony's hospital. A large
CTOfd which had gathered witnessed
his progress to the vehicle. Blood
st'.ll covered his head and face, giv
ing evidence of the punishnjent which
had been inflicted.
Mayor Schriver continued to direct
the o'.Scers in further conduct of the
case, 'in answer to all questions con
cerning the affair, he replied: "All
I have to say is this. I have been
diiven beyond the limit of human
endurance. That's all. Looney has
said he would get even for my prose
cution of Billburg and my determina
tion to rid the town of evil. This is
h'. method. I do not care to say
anv "more, except that I will not
tu.no for any more of these personal
er.warranted, blackmailing attacks
which have occurred with great fre-
"Looney's animus toward me, dat
ing back to the time I became mayor.
is de to the fact that, he can not
control or command me. It is mere
ly auother evidence of his attitude
toward any one whom he can not use.
The city is full of people who have
been the victims of his onslaughts.
For my own part. It has gone as far
as it can. Looney understands
BOYS FIXED AND RELEASED.
The 18 newsboys, who were ush
ered into the magistrate's court,
plead guilty before Magistrate C. J.
Smith to the charge f offering for
sale an indecent newspaper, to-wit,
the Rock Island News. Fines of $25
and costs, the recommendation of
City Attorney J. F. Witter, were sus
pended over the heads of each one,
and instructions that further viola
tion of the city ordinance governing
the case in question would mean ar
rest and enforcement of punishment
provided. Thereupon the boys were
allowed to go. In the list was in
cluded almost ' every Rock Island
newsboy. After 9 o'clock the sheet
was carried around under the coats
of some of the Looney henchmen to
saloons, but the efforts of the police
soon caused the stopping of that
AFTER JORDAN, TOO.
Myron Jordan, alleged writer of
the greater portion of the News
stuff, was wanted as well as the
others, but when officers looked for
him this morning he was not to be
From the time of the first arrest
thfh morning the scene about the po
lice station was a busy one. People
w'iO had heard of the affair hurried
there and many of them heard the
sounds of the battle Issuing from the
room where It occurred. Long after
Looney bad been taken away in the
ambulance the crowd lingered. The
night officers were relieved from duty
a: noon till 10 o'clock tonight.
Whence heard of the article. Mayor
Schriver was beside himself with in
dignation. Strung to a high nervous
tension, it is scarcely to be marvelled
at that the outcome of the affair was
not more serious. Early this morning,
be paced the floor of the station, direct
ing officers, and awaiting for the time
when be could confront Looney for the
article. Except for a cut on the finger
of his left hand, the result of his ring
forcing itself into the flesh, he was un
injured. Mayor H. M. Schriver saw
to It that Health Commission
er Dr. C. G. Craig and Dr. J.
DcSilva attended to Looney's wounds.
They attended him to the hospital
where they dressed the wounds and
then turned him over to his family
physician, Dr. E. Bradford. Looney
has four wounds on the top of his head.
nose Is badly injured possibly broken
and blood was coming from his right
WHAT PROVOKED IT.
The article of which the mayor is
the chief subject is, the mayor de
clares, without foundation, fact or war
rant. It is entirely obscene In charac
ter, and suggests eome of the lowest
thoughts imaginable. Further, it prom
ises more disclosures within the next
Aggravated by all this, beyond en
durance, together with the boastful
promises of Looney in regard to it,
Mayor H. M. Schriver while not sur
prised at the article this morning, was
shocked at the character of it.
Few copies of the sheet got out in
Rock Island with the exception of
those which went through the mail. An
effort to stop the papers passing
through the mail will be made, it is un
derstood. Ltte this afternoon Myron Jor
dan, an associate of Looney in the
publishing of his paper, was arrested
by Officer Johnson.
REV. S. G. HAGGLUND
Rev. s. G. Hagglund, pastor of the
First Swedish Lutheran church of this
city was today elected secretary of the
; Illinois conference of the Augustana
! synod in session at Cadillac, Mich. At
I the session of the conference held yes
terday the new Trinity Evangelical
j English Lutheran church lately or
jganized in Moline wa admitted to the
conference, and eteps will be taken
aeon to procure a pastor for tho
Wants to Umpire.
Billy Earle has filed application
with the Mississippi Valley league, to
te. for the position of umpire, should
jthe league be formed.
FIND DEAD MAN
FROZEN IN THE ICE
Grewsome Discovery Made by
Two Residents of West
End of City:
HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED
Remains Are at Knox Undertaking
Rooms Waiting tor Inquest'
In Water Long Time.
While rowing up the river at about
10:30 this' morning, John Rathburn and
Edward Gillapp, who reside in a cabin
boat at the foot of Mill street, noticed
what seemed to be a bundle of rags in
some floating ice about 75 yards from
the shore, opposite the Standard Oil
Cloth works, in the west end of town,
and upon coming closer, discovered it
to be the body of a man. The body
was frozen in the ice face downward,
and it was necessary to break up some
six feet of ice in order to extricate the
cadaver, which was In an advanced
stage of decomposition. The men tow
ed the body down stream to the abat
toir, and leaving It lying in the water.
fastened securely, notified the police.
The corpse was afterwards removed to
Knox's undertaking parlors, but the
coroner being in Port Byron today, no
time has been set for the inquest.
SEE HIS S ."SPENDERS.
Rathburn 'and Gillapp, on approach
ing the spot where the floater lay, were
about to turn back, thinking that there
was nothing hut a bundle of rags, but
one of the men noticed the dead man's
suspenders sticking out of the ice, and
Immediately they began to chop a
space to clear the body. The man ap-.
peared to be about 35 years of age,
was about 6 feet tall, and smooth-faced.
His hair, which was black, had par
tially fallen from his head, and the
stench was so strong that no attempt
was made to search the clothing. The
dead man had on a iblue serge jsuit,
black soft shirt, and black Bhoes.
It was believed at first that the man
who went tinder the Ice at the foot of
Eighteenth street some weeks ago had
been found, but that party had an over
coat and wore overalls.
The bbdy lound this morning had evi
dently been in the water for some time,
probably more than a month.
DANGER AT RIVER
Water Steadily Rising: and
Floe 13 Losing Grasp
on the Shores.
THE CONDITION IS UNUSUAL
Ice Is lliickest It Has Been in Years
Ferry Boats Retreat Further
Into the Harbor.
Despite the general freeze-up every
where last night, the Mississippi river
continued to rise, the marker at the
Rock Island arsenal bridge this morn
ing showing a fitage of 8.6 feet. On
the morning of March 17, the stage
was 3.9 which means In the past six
days it has come up nearly five feet
Examination of the ice this morn
ing showed that the floe is loosened
both from the Rock Island and the
Davenport 6hores for the most part
I though 1t is still fast at East Daven
port. However, it is the government
bridge tnore than anything else which
is preventing a breakup right away. If
the rise continues, and such is the ten
dency, there 13 every reason to believe
the breakup will come "within a
. ON RAPIDS FIRST.
is customary for the ice to begin
movement on the Rock Island rapids
extending above the arsenal for a doz-!
en miles or 60. Ofttimes the ice moves
off these for several days before the
fioe opposite the cities gets into mo
tion. The bridges of course hold it
No ear is felt by government bridge
officials for the safety of the big
structure. Its piers are down to solid
rock and have 65 foot bases which ren
der it practically Impregnable to at
tacks of the Ice.
The outlook for Crescent bridge Is
not so optimistic however, and fears
for that structure are entertained, es
pecially if the breakup causes the for
mation of any ice gorges near the
MOVE FERRIES IN.
Appreciating the unusual danger
which may attend the going out of the
ice this year, Captain M. L. Henderson
of the Rock Island-Davenport ferryboat
company, has moved the two ferries
further back into the boat harbor In
the west jend of the city so as to get
them out of harm's way. They were
safe where they were last spring and
they were put in the same quarters
this fall but conditions now are unus
In order to move the boats, a chan
nel had to be cut through the ice and
in this connection, Captain Henderson
showed his ingenuity by inventing
steam Jet ice cutter. The hot steam
cuts through 42 inches of ice in two
minutes and does work that it would
be almost impossible to do with an ice
SAYS MOON LAW
DOES NOT APPLY
Davenport's full quota of 143 saloons
are safe for the time being thanks to
a decision rendered yesterday in the
district court by Judge Theophilus who
decided that the recently passed
Moon law regulating the number of
saloons in Iowa in proportion to the
number of inhabitants in the various
cities thereof, does not apply to cities
existing under special charters. Dav
enport operates under a special char
ter. If the Moon law Is applied, 100
saloons will have to be closed, leaving
4.? in operation. The ruling of Judge
Theophilus was in the case brought by
the Civic Federation against one of the
saloonkeepers to test the validity of
the law. The matter will be carried
to the higher courts where a reversal
is confidently expected.
John S. Smith, 1229 Seventeenth
street, leaves tonight for Spokane,
Wash., where he may make his future
Mr. and Mrs. D. B. McCarthy have
gone to their home in Birmingham,
Ala., after a short visit in the city
with relatives and friends.
Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Clevett left for
Kewanee last night, where they ex
pect to remain over Sunday visiting
at the home of the latter's parents.
Mr. and Mrs. John Young, Sr., of
Cleveland, Ohio, have returned to their
home after visiting three days with
Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Young of this city.
The Ohioans are enroute home from
California, where they made an exten
Word received today from Judge W.
H. Gest who is ill at St. Luke's hospi
tal, Chicago, is to the effect that he is
improving rapidly and shows the re
sult t)f the treatment and rest that he
is receiving. Friends in the city have
sent to Judge Gest flowers which he
MOLINER HAS TWO
Martin Kazubski of Moline was held
under bonds of fl.OOO this morning in
the police court in that city to answer
to the charge of bigamy before the
next grand jury. The fellow appar
ently has two wived, one from Chicago
being responsible for his recent ar
rest on a charge of desertion. This
brought out the fact that he had mar
ried a woman here with whom he was
living when the arrest was made. He
went to Jail in default of baiL
News has been received of the
death in Florida of Benjamin Stick
ney, an early resident of Rock Is
land, at the age of 71.
At the High School.
The reservation of seats to the
senior class play of April 11 and 12
will begin Monday.
Repels Attack of Death.
"Five years ago two doctors told me
I had only two years to live." This
startling statement was made by Still
man Green, Malachite, Colo. "They
told me I would die with consumption.
It was up to me then to try the best
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TAKE HIGH OFFICE.
Count J. A. BernstorfT, German am
bassador to the United States, la be
lieved to be slated to succeed For
eign Secretary Herr Von Kiderlen
Wachter, who Is soon to nsign. The
Imperial chancellor. Dr. Von Bethman-Hollweg.
also Intends to retire
shortly, and In certain quarters It is
declared Von BernstolT'a appoint
ment as foreign secretary will be
only preliminary to his assuming the
duties of chancellor.
The Wood Pile Philosopher.
Mr. Erastus Johnson, the only color
ed man in Wobrook-ln-the-IIills, has
thought out many of the secrets of eas
ing the toil that he knows best and is
ever ready to impart thorn to others.
"When they comes to me fer advice,"
he said to one of the campers, "I alwus
tell 'em it depends on what their per
fesslon is. If they've arrived at the
dignity o eawin' wood I alwus tell
'em to saw the biggest fust If they
asks why, an they mostly does, I say,
'So's you'll only have the little sticks
to saw when you gets tuckered out.'
"An I tell ye now," concluded Eras
tus graciously, quite as If the camper
had asked for "pointers" on a back
yard Job, "it's Jes the same with pilin.
Put the big sticks to tho bottom. It's
mighty bilious exercise a liftin' of 'em
to the top."r-Youth's Companion.
When Butter Was Scarce.
Butter, which is almost indispensable
flowadays, was almost unknown to the
ancients. Herodotus is the earliest
writer to mention it. The Spartans
used batter, but as an ointment, and
Plutarch tells how the wife of Deioto
rous once received a visit from a Spar
tan lady whose presence was Intoler
able because she was smeared with
butter. The Greeks learned of batter
from the Scythians, and the Germans
showed the Romans how it was made.
The Romans, however, did not use it
for food, but for anointing tbeir bodies.
St. LocIr Globe-Democrat
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Shippers of Davenport, represented
at the meeting of the traffic committee
of the Commercial club at the next reg
ular meeting will discuss the proposl
tion of a aew freight depot which has
been asked of the Rock Island road, in
compensation for the removal of the
district offices from Davenport to Des
Vice President Ridgeway of the Rock
Island declined to give assurances that
the depot would be built In Davenport
this year, but he assured the shippers
when here yesterday that he would
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Blue prints have been out on the J
freight depot for several days, and al
though It has been Jn the budget for
the last two or three years, It has not
as yet been approved.
According to the plans, drafted by
C.W. Jones, general manager of the
third district, formerly general super
intendent here, the old repair shops on
Federal street would be torn, down and
the freight depot erected there. It
would be located on Iowa and Federal
streets, and the additional ground
would give the Rock Island an oppor
tunity to increase its track facilities.
It is feared by some of the shippers
here that unless pressure is brought to
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Mr. Cohen just recently
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