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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 1912.
Wkere Wonders Appear m -"Myriad Numbers
Sale of United States Army and Navy Goods by W. S. Kirk of
Jbi$J ' Philadelphia, . at 121-123 W. Tnird St., Davenport, Creates Magnet
to Draw Not Only Buyers, But Also People in Search of Education
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3INOI.E CORXER OF DTMEN8S STOCK.
XT wm not the opening of a Re- article will be Interesting. A trip to
publican national convention, the store Is one of the most educa-
neither wm it an attempt of the tlonal entertainments that a person
lover of Colonel Theodore can now make.
Kooserelt to get a peek at fclm. Nearly every article that is used in
.though It might have been either, the army and navy is there. Goods of
from the Bite of the crowd that war, (roods of camp life, goods of
Jammed and pushed and jarred ltsK training quarters and just thousands
In the endeavor to there first. It of tilings are shown here In all their
was the opening of ft.te sale of United originality. From the days of the
States army goods at 121-23 West Civil war articles that were used then
Third eueet oy V. S. Kirk, who on have been brought forward to the
Monday morning btan selling thou- present and arranged so that a visitor,
sands of dollars worth of goods that lu tLe shortest Byarc of time, r.iay set
he has bought from the 1'nited States everything and gather a most complete
government. He Is Felling them at idea of all.
prices far below those that the govern- Stops In Rapt TVondfr
xuent paid for them in many casee One who enters tte door stops in
one-tenth and one-twentieth of the wonder at the first glance. Kined u
artuul cot- on every sde are hundreds of these
Many of the people who crowded wonderful articles, liven the pillars
Into the store wtr attracted there are well decorated with tee souvenirs,
by the abundance of drcorations ou One can look clear hack to the rear
the exterior of the building, and by of the room, and on erery side there
curiosity. They had heard of the Is nothing but articles, guaa, cart
sale and wanted to see Just what Mr ridges;, belts, army hammofks. wood
Kirk was offering to the public. Hut swords, leg ironn, while canvas bata.
They were taken from certain army ing material to fit up a den." is the people all have told the energetic
coats. Now they have been made into comment registered by one of the manager that his shop and produc-
pretty shirtwaist sets. Each set is women visitors to the place. It im- tions are unique among the world's
accompanied with a description tell- presses everyone in jjst this way. stock of peculiar and yet useful
ing Just where the buttons were used. -There are so many novelties that one creations.
They are priced at only 10 cent, can find just the right articles for The rubber ponchos, or rain coats,
P.!ght beeide the sets of buttons is a fitting up den or cozy corner. Girls are the kind for which the govern-
placque containing the United States will be delighted with the little pillows ment paid $4.82. They are the style
coat-of-arms. It is only 35 cents, and the wall decorations. " ueed by soldiers in marching or per-
Kanaea isown lor lean forming guard duty. They maks ex-
Some of the guns and swords have cellent lap robes' or can be used as
been handed down for years. They rain coats by letter carriers, motor-
will grace the wall of any so-called cyclists, etc.
den and would make it seem more like "Those candle sticks are certainly
a real den. Just a glance at photo- unique," remarked a woman visitor at
graphs which are reproduced with the Kirk exhibit and sale yesterday.
this article win give a clear idea of She was looking at one of the sticks
pillows, rest on this table with the what there is in this shop that would made out of a bayonet It was ex
price tag of 5 cents attached. Many be excellent material for dens. The plained to her that several thousands
fancy pillows, unfilled, are priced at things out of the ordinary include of these bayonets had been converted
J3. Other fancy pjilows. with navy bayonets, converted Into sconces, with into candlesticks through taking the
cap ribbons, showing the insignia of candles, plume sockets turned Into temper out of the metal and through
many different government battleships candlesticks, helmet spears into paper mounting the bayonets in nice form on
and transports, are certain to attract we.!gbts,brass eagles Into United States plaques, which certainly made the
the eye. They axe things of immense coat of arms, projectiles into orna- article attractive. Scabbards for
beauty. merits, guns into hat racks, war orna- knives also have been made into neat.
One looks at a leather contrivance ments placed cn placques, chevrons unique articles as well as into orna
and wonders what it is. He takes turned into fancy sofa pillows, etc., mental artiole.
hold and examines it, and then is told etc. low Price Prevail
that It is a carbine scabbard that was People who hare traveled around Cutlasses from the United States are
used at such and such a period by the the world have declared that they priced at $2. These are very Ana and
army. Right near it is a long sword never have seen such wonderful cost the government several times the
of wood. What could that have been cu-io3. Mr Kirk has cften been' com- price that Is now asked for them by
On the wall is a hanging candlestick
which was made of a Ir.itea States
army bayonet. The bayonet has been
lurnea into sucn suape tr.at it makes
a pretty decoration. Here also are
scenes made from United States bay
onets and are priced at $1.
Hundreds of chevrons to trim fancy
rriif fell nPfmP1
t cram f hfE
nearly every one of them wbs trans
formed from a ighweer Into a bu; er.
for the many countless number of
bargains are such that they not only
attract attanUon, and cause tpnuuenf.
favorable) but they also make one
see the great values tuat are given fcr
the aniH7.inKly low prices.
Kew-ulsr (nrioslijr Shop
Ind'-.-J. t'.iis htore at 121-2-1 WV.Jt
Tiiird street is a curiosity sl:op, and
to pay due respect to its thousand of
interesting subjects would tsl.e the
desTipfive pen of a IUckens. It
truly is one of the most interesting verted into
collections of curies and useful cor.trlvar.cei
artil-s that has teen plated in the
many years. Hundreds of the
:Kitors li.ere yesterday were so
favorably impressed that they not only
narte purchases then, but they also
declared that they ere going to re
turn and bring friends with loein so
fancy sofa pillows, etc.. etc.. etc
.Ju:t rt the lft, ater nicking en
trance to t;:e shop, is a counter con
taining thousands cf trinkets anl
ot'..er eoLivcr.lr.i. There is a paper
weig.it. It Is mode frrm a spear aad
Ltte of a hcluit t that waa used in t.ie
United '.j.tes sriny !rctn liS.1 to l&ntt.
It was worn on all dress hehu rs cf
tiie amiy and natioriHl guard. It nc-v
ha become a thitiz cf imruen
beauty, nnd it i3 priced very low.
Counth ts other articles U'en from
me army anu nivy nsve r.en con-
ufcful Htid orn;H!;uta'
in just the son'e mnnner.
Mr Kirk ci-nducts a large factory in
l'!:i!a.!'!l,j'.iia and there he daily is
i.ukhi oxer i,ii incie cooes t n a t are
purchased from tae Initdl Ptruea,
after they have boen condemned by
the of.cials. At fr-irnt intervals the
government M-ils at auci:on ali i.h.-ec
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WALL CO'ER.ED WITH U NITED STATES INSIONIA.
work was extremely dangerous, and prices on these unique Mttl article"
the men knew it, so they asked high are so very low that none hesitates -
wages and were paid all that they
asked. Mr Kirk was careful, he said,
to remain away from - the workers
while the shells were being handled
by the workingmcn.
In every city where these sales are
to buy because of the cost.
Impressed In Tw TTays
Visitors to the shop on the opening
day were not only deeply Impressed
by the great assortment, but they also'
held hundreds' of visitors come to see wre made to feel that the prices wers
the goods who have no idea of the im- I" vpry case small as compared with
mense display. They do not intend the original cost of the goods. On
to buy when they enter, but manv of woman picked up a bayonet wnlcar
them do buy. Army and navv officers nl f" converted into a wall dec-,
pav visits to this exhibit. Mr Kirk oration and Baid to a friend that the.
has invited all soldiers nnd all the article probably was priced at IS.
DcoDle of the three cities to visit the Me wai greauy surprises 01 course.
store. None will be importuned to
In Los Angeles this spring the
school heads sent thousands of chil
dren to the Kirk exhibit in order that
these young people might learn many
when she was told that the sale price
was only bout a quarter of the figure
which she had named. Other people
were given similar surprises during
In other sales Mr Kirk has found
cf the interesting poiirts connected that the weather does not materially
with the army and navy through see- figure in the amount of business that
ing these articles which are actually he docs.
used by the government. This plan Mr Kirk declares this Is true be-
wes a huge success, accordms to the rause people do not regard his dls-
reports made by the teacLers. In Ilav so ,uca in the light of a sale
some of the s.-hool the instructors a:4 j!iey do iu tv,e way or a show. The
informed tlio pupils that they would thousands of goods appeal to most
he questioned about the various things people Just as a theater attraction
they saw and would be held to answer appeals to them. They look at the
for tbece. This instruction made the noveltv and the entertaining aide and
that they could pick out t.iany otLer discarded goods and
useful and decorative articles.
Hut for those who have not yet been
to the Kirk sale to vie all the won
ders that are gathered there, a little
journey among the beauties, the
urott, and the hundreds of practical
one cf the largest buyers at t'uvern
ment auctions, usually gets the pick
Trlnl.et on Connter
Cut back at the ounter in the littlt
Mure cue sees a 2-t of army buttons.
use J for? It was employed in leu'--:n
and fcr dri;l:::g.
( aud'.t tic!. of natit)"
From buyon-H- Mr Kirk h;is nia!
trine pretty candlestic ks. These cat,
the r;.e. bc ati.-e of their novelty an!
luiry. Aigult'ties lor soMct a:-prlt-ed
at ZO fats. An intrenchiu-.
knife is certain to be picl:cd up an.l
handled bv anyone who is not fainili.::
with the army. It is such r. peculiar
looking article, but one soon re-.-lizt.
t'i;'t it could le put to excellent Ber
vict in thy garden or on the lawn, ir
Ed's for 1. 0;i t i!s lirst ta: lo are
n.any arr.i.v trr.piiinf.s mounted (
.PW uvtitpit r;oOD3.
K-5V-V-toTpvy-vi ifrlfr"'' l la.ues. There also are screw- U V 'Aih
V5i-i - .-u -.f CT.'M 'L' 'Viii -W di ivtrs, and tiie price of them is onl, v-'JL V S V''afkJ
vic:-;'-'ir'-i.-l .r r SeiV? 5 cents. ; . sZihiif;? i &M2&A
tpi Sr 'XZ;' tl r 'ltl ''S-iti&sti. But one stops in real curiity when ' I
HatAV? ' i2J- fZ. '- ' 'M'ZZf ling at a petticoat. "T,, do no: fe J;. '
yi Xrr'f VS-tJ Ii2?!i, make petticoats for use in the artr. -'U liA g A Mfri
K-h:u''W HrC ti 'S- l$r2 I ' ' or r.ak- caeereU one visitor at th- I & Sf&g :
y KY?T't:: - It -'ay "That U preposter- blfel
,A JL r .if ('. i.&l.-u, I L I J t.- I ' ' -J $: I'ii o-w. V. h;- v. owH the government h&ve Ki:,3J9S A--iJ?
M 'V'i-fe ' ill ""'c8? rely do not supply HS?i fefejfe
X f, 't "C. ' ':&.- - Ay;.1 the wivee of eoldiers and sailors wi:.. 1-..,.,, ,w t ,
: Vt.V . TVDL -'iT.- -V"-'-" ,r8M- I do not Si'f hew this can Lo LvbK.WtrT-P.i
fivl'-' -sJrf-- : fil ijTit h ' IM advertised as a s:.!e of government hxff'' i'Jf.
V rr- F-if- PW i'i tli$ articles when petticoats are included." &Jt4i .:. i n tf.
-Cfc v Vl jr rii.1- .T- Then the manner of the sale J ' 'I - P f :
t e? tV1; Hained to this tloufcting one ar.i MW'-r-
'Vh- P?"TS-:1 I" jfMf-' horned him that the petricoats wer. 4 , iit
"4a-'V HMfL IF? "'J 05 Mic of Ave abdominal band, tl-.at the riT . .. 4vt,J.W
!CJ Vr". , '"r-l t't"A U T '! Kirk in Philadelphia takes the a!.- f r. : fW
'tier " ' , 'Vr'Hi dciainal Laeds and converts t '.em hit j -',
, , , .K 2rL S fi . . ; '"'H?:. the best wearing petticcate that one
RELICS A3 FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE.
couia wiBn tor. mey not only wear
well, but they also look very Rood
and are representative of the iinest
Mnd of workmanship.
The fchop certaiuly will delight
people who are going to live out of
dcors this summer who are going
to camp, lost and hunt.
"One of the finest places for gather- many
Dl-XOKATiON ON STORE AT 121-2
WEST THIRD STREET.
Yr Kirk. Army knives and forks,
I tides thfit are necessary to camp
li'e, are priced at cents a set.
1 hey are substantial. The pattern is
one of the beet ever used by the
government. Anvils for tool boxes
are priced at 15 cents.
Hanging from a .string, running to
the ceiling is a round net device which
attracts much attention from all
visitors. It is an Alasan insect pro
tector and is placed over the head so
that mosquitoes cannot bother the
nearer. It gets its name from Alaska.
The United States army.used this kind
f head piotector in Cuba.
There are so many hundreds of
varieties of articles in this wonder
ful stock that everyone Is amazed.
There are things great and small. For
instance, on one of the counters are
:..nny plain looking straps, and one
uccn learns, upon inquiry ,that these
vere made from leather bought of
i he government and that they are
r ook straps. In other cities where
this kind of a sale has been conducted
hundreds, of these straps have been
In one purchase Mr Kirk bought
more tlian 18.000 cartridges. All the
t'owder and caps were taken from
ticse and now the shell3. some of
.hem eighteen inches long, form most
Dausrer in Work
Mr Kirk says that these shells
( aused him great concern at first. He
bought them at a large auction eale
aad paid an insignificant sum for
them. But he was up against a prop
osition whrn he came to unloading the
powder from the shells. Tne job was
a dangerous one, Tor trie cartrlupes
were liable to explode. He finally en-
children cave:ul to take iu all the
interesting things, and they drew a
liberal education in army and navy
life just through this visit.
To show how much can he learned
Mr Kirk yosterday picked up a pecu
liar contrivance and asked a crowd of
visitors what it was. Only ono of
them knew, and he. was posted be
cause he had served in the army. It
was a field frying pan. Hut it was
made In such a way that it could be
go to the exhibit to be delighted and
amused. So they are both delighted
and entertained and they also are
led to buy because the bargain op
portunity Is such that they at once
renlize the Immense values which they
Factory Kept Busy
The factory in Philadelphia Is kept
biiRv all the time. Mr Kirk and Lis
workers attend all the government
carried easily by soldiers, on foot or sales and make great purchases every
horse. There are just hundiea of year so that it is necessary to keep
other articles like this, very simply the factory continually running la
constructed and being fit for simple order to make goods for the sales that
usage, but not being familiar to the are held in various parts of the
general public. , country. When Mr Kirk was here two
This is not the first visit of Mr years ago ho was well Impressed wltli
Kirk to Davenport. Two years ago Davenport as a business city and came
ho was in this city and held at that back this year because he was eo well
time a sale similar to the present one. pleased with the reception that was
Cuiios were then distributed among accorded him when he waa here
thousands of tri-city people. The before.
plin-.entod on the articles he has
lurnej cjt. and m his factory at
Philadelphia l.e ha entertained
visitors from Europe and Asia, people
who had bad the opportunity to see paged a crew of men and set them to
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wonderful creations. These work in an out-of-the-way place. The
SECTION SHOWING SOME OK THE ARMY GUNS.
DOCTOR AND AFFINITY
ARE WHIPPED BY WIFE
CHICAGO WOMAN SHADOWS AUTO PARTY, AIDED BY FE
MALE DETECTIVE BOHEMIAN BEAUTY
ONE OP THE VICTIMS.
Chicago, July 31. After trailing her Mrs. Hecssler, and thought It best
nusband In n automobile for eight ! to run.
v . w. .i .!...,. I-ater in the day Mrs. Henssler filed
hours, matching his actions through
'a eult for divorce, charging cruelty
w indow, of two houses where she says , and nej,1?ct on the of her huaband,
he and a gay r&rty of men and women j and declaring that Dr. Henssler has
Indulged in w eird dances, Mrs. Otto . an Income of at lest $10,000 a year.
W. Hensslsr. wife of a leadirg south ; In her bill she csks $2i) a week as
side phvuclar living at 36 IS Indiana i alimony. She alleges further in the
avenue, lahed her husband and Marie
Wychodll. a young woman known e
"The Bohemian Beauty," with a raw
hide J.orsewhlp In the stredt in front
of 124 East Twenty-second street Mon
day. Ten times or more the rawhide,
which the angry young wife bad short
ned to moke it more effective In pun
ishment, rose and fell. Some of the
blos fell short, but both IV. Henssler
and the Wyrhodil girl felt eroel lashee.
Ir. Henseler took to his own automo
blll that she Is 27 years of age and her
husband S. They were married seven
years Ago, having eloped to San An
VITE GIVEX f ino A WEEK.
For the first six years of her mar
ried life Mrs. Henssler says the doc
tor allowed her 1100 a week for her
ejpenses, but during the past year he
has practically rut off her pin money,
giving her no more than a $10 bill oc
casionally. Three weeks ago, Mrs Henssler
bi and escaped further attack. A ! says, fhe was beaten by her husband
bystander lnterveii.d ard shielded the land forced to call m the aid of the
Ctrl, but te u In turn attacked by police of the Stanton avenue station.
Two policemen came and stayed all ' Mat-nek clrls. Dr. Henssler and the
night about the house, 3C1S Indiana ; cher men, but the does not know this
avenue. v j woman's name.
In her bill Mrs. Henssler tells of her Dr. Henssler. who is a graduate of
suspicion of her husband's fidelity, ! the college of physicians ar.d Burgeons
of her engaging a woman detective j with an exunsive practice, and la also
and two men detectives, of hiring aa a writer of valuable- articles on medi
automobile. of getting information that cal subjects, was nit at home last
Dr. Henssler and friends were in a ; night, and Mrs. Henalr-r said he had
cafe on Federal street, and of follow-j taken his grip and clothes and left
Ing them throughout the night and ear-. the house. She did not know where
ly morning in her hired automobile, ; he wa, she declared. She told the
w hile the doctor used his own six-cyl-! story of her Sunday nigh' auto chase
inder car. She tells of two parties and the horsewhipping as follows:
at two different houses at which she j "I have suspected for months that
alleges Dr. Henssler was present and ; fottx thing was amiss. Dr. Henssler
gives the following as the names of , for the last two yers has not been
her husband's companions: 'the loving and attentive husband that
Marie Wychodil, known as "The I!o-1 he wes when we eloped and were mar
hemian beauty." 414T, Indiana at ri' d in San Antonio, Texas.
Rose Machek, eaid to be the first i "I waj tcid last night ihat a 'joy
woman to take out an aviatrix license riding' automobile party had been ar
te Chicago, -4145 Indiana avenue. j ranged and that Dr. Henssler was a
Walter G. Mueller, agent for a member cf it. so with Mrs. Strayer,
brewery firm of I -a Crosse, Wis., 114 ! two other detectives and our chauffeur,
East Twenty-second street. ji went downtown eariy in the evening.
Paul Beck, floor walker in a d-part-jl concealed myself in the car so that
ment store. I should not be seen, but I saw the
third wowtY i rvv.mED. automobile rany as it came along.
The two houses which Mrs. Hns-incre 'f,re three women and three
6ler declares ber husband visited weie;men s the automobile, and my hus
those of the Wychodil girl at 4145 I hand waa one or the men.
Indiana avenue and cf Mr. Mueller ati koi.i.owkd to (.iiua home.
124 East Twenty-second street. She! "We friiowed them to the home of
'says there was a third woman in the,"arie Wychodil. 4145 Indiana avenue,
J automobile with the Wj cLodil andjut a fe w block from my own home.
Mrs. Strayer and I took up our posi
tion on a porch right opposite. We
were hidden from sight, but we had i
a good view of the Wychodil apart
ment. "They certainly were having a very
good time, with dancing and music
and actions not known in good society.
"Maybe they danced the 'turkey
trot' or the 'bunny hug or something
else. I really don't know what the
dances were. They certainly were a
novelty to me.
"About midnight the party came out,
got into an automobile and drove to
the apartment of Walter G. Mueller,
124 East Twenty-second street. We
s'arted our vigil again. We ' saw a
man come out of the apartments and
40 into a saloon. He went back soon
after, his arms laden with bundles.
"I hate to say what took place up
there. I saw my own husband fondly
caressing this Wychodil woman. That
was enough for me.
A(.HV WIFE WIF.l nS HORSEWHIP.
"I waited and waited, end waa re
warded about S o'clock this morning by
and when I saw my husband come out
with the Wychodil woman I lust
couldn't restrain myself any longer.
"Pulling a horsewhip from the folds
of my dress, I attacked them both.
sand I hit about 10 times as hard as I
"My husband climbed into bis auto
mobile and drove away as fast as he
could. Seme man attempted to defend
the Wychodil woman,. so I started after
him, but he ran down the street as
fast as he could.
"Dr. Henssler must have gone
straight home, as whr-u I arrid at
li ft our home and had attended the
party at Mr. Mueller's house."
"There was a party at my bouse,
and Dr. Henssler was one of the guests.
That is all I will say," said Walter
0. Mueller. "I know nothing of the
horsewhipping or of Mrs. Heiissler'e
my flat I found that he had put some (charges. I guess it was a mistake, a
clothes In a grip, and had left the. ! inisundci standing."
house. I have not seen him since."
At their home, 41 " Indiana avenge,
the Wychodil and Machek girls de
clared last night that no such dancing
as Mrs. Henssler alleged took place
at their home.
CALL MR. IIEM EIt JKAI.Ol .
"Mrs. Hensfder is a foolishly jealous
woman," said the Wyrhodil girl. "Our
party here was an Innocent one, even
If it did last until after inid-iight. We
merely danced ordinary dances and
played cards. Mrs. Henssler struck
me with the whipbecuuse she is jeal
ous without any reason. Dr. Henssler
Is old enough to be my father. He
la an old friend of our family and
I have known him ell my life. There
Is no ground for the accupation that
Mrs. Henssler makes against me."
"I hardly know Dr. Henssler," raid
the Machek girl. "It is a terrible mis
take for his wife to bring my name
Into this case. I know noting of the
cause of the horsewhipping after we,
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