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THE ROCK ISLAXD ARGUS, FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 1912.
" " utile wiuvtiuco it (
His Place Of Business This
FOUND BY HIS
Wa. Despondent Because of Ill-Health j
and Business Worries Death
In a sudden fit of mental aberration.
trougbt on by business worries aad j
111 health, George Bennett, the Rock
iRiand furrier .Kn.,t .M. . !
um.o ' "
lng shot and killed himself at his!lE&. He came to this country wnen a ; jn
lic af hniin. iio a, a f it TT,i;kin? hie home in Xfwt.n
Seating himself in a chair at the rearork state for a time, and subsequent-1
of his store, he pressed a revolver to ly removing to this city in 18S5. and ;
his right temple and pulled the trig engaging in the fur and glove business !
K'.t. lie died almost instantly. lie
li-ft no tote to explain his act. j
tie was round dead in the chair at
fi o'clock this mornine hv Mrs. Marirar-i
. . ilw ruuiiu avenue, a ciern
!;i the store. Upon opening the screen
he found the heavy door Uobed but'
Kot locked and upon entering the
Mace saw Mr. Bennett seated in a
Ft n dv r i.f.kk.
She called to him asking if he de-
Hred the door to remain clo ed.' hut 1
upon receiving no replv. waik-1 ba-k
and thinking he had 'fainted, seized
his left hand and said. "Are vou sick.
Air. lu-nnett?" Then clancine down
h'.ie perceived the revolver hanging
h.oheiy from his right hand and naw
the bi;l oozing from a gaping wound
i liove Ins right Umple. His coat and
F-hirt v re soaked with blood and al-
r:''iht v. "iiii!i; at the si.ht, y.is. Uor
: -r run'. .ml ti the iloltjt.rf hai tu r
t nop next door and culled for asuist
atxe II. V. Holtdorf and II. Kiegel
rushed into the fur store and caw that
the wounded man was beyond human
aid The body was still warm. Th
revolver was a ."..-calliper Iver.Iohti
or; rh five c hsmli.-rs. four of which
were Hfl! loiided. But one bullet had
II KT I lif t I).
Mr Bennett hnd not swept out nor.Maloney of L. S. Met 'a be & Co., have
opetieu his morning mail, which was 'left for Chicago and N w York city
lying on his opened de-:k. He had t"i a fail purclias.tig trip.
ti.ken off liis hat ami removed his Gilbert Graves, formerly of this city
plashes, which he had placed on a .and now of Chicago, is visiting at the
table rear by. and then heating him-1 home of hU parents, Mr. and Mis.
helf in the chair, destroyed himself Frank A. Graves, lC'H' Eleventh ae-
The body was removed to Knox's nee.
undertaking p:irlo--s here an Impiest
was held nf l' o'cloek The jury re
ti tried a verdict of ciea'.h cue to a
putiHhot wound, self inflicted while
Mr. Bennett had been ut able to
I !ee; (if l.ile Htiil ha'l h.'ell ill il!
l.eal'h lie had also brooded o er tiie
lohp of a son a year ato. at d it is
lioiight that thih. conpl.-l with luihl
r.oa wirries. caiihed bin, to coiiui.it
(i e deed
Yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Mr Bennett went to the ollice of I)r.
!J I. F.ster to consult the physician
rc'v.rd'r.i; hi h.-alih. He stated that
t it fi a 1:r1 f..liriL' Inn' uirlr kut f.l.
tired all the time and' had not Been
hleepitic well. He would go to led at
aii'l.' tired and nw;ik'ti in the morn
ing nnr .-ted His sleep had been
broken and he said lie would awaken
a' .'! or 4 o'clock in the morning and
would be ur.n' le to sleep again.
II til fit MM HS Av Ollllll.s.
He then, gilt that his bad feelings
were line to the fact that he had been
worrying over business affairs for sev
eial weeks. He said it was nothing
he: inns, but a number of thmts con-
M i t d th his business ll-taised for
nri'H niit utes. In a (be.-. fiil m.in ler.
l.owewr. i",i vari'itis subjects, la t tie
o n-i' if tiie i eliM r.-iit on. tlie (!o(tor
tried to I'tiiTt h upon hitu the advisabil
ity f taking a vacation Mr. Retinetf
Jir I hut said lie d : liie, the idea
of going a,iy by l;iin.-. l' and that it
was a dit'icult matter for him and his
wife to et away at the same time.
Iu finally said be would Iry and ar
rar.to for a two weeks' .wa!oii. At
that time, according to the testimot:y
of the phystciun. there was nothlt g
in his appearance or conduct which
Would ad one to believe that he was
fc' nil melancholy or .tesponc'i tit. lie
1 ft in a cheerful manner with the re
mark. "I will be in to see jou aaiti
within the next i, or six days"
I I Mnl t KM V DKH V N.K1I.
IV Kysti r further a!d. "In my
epinioi'. a sudd. ti mental aberration
led h:r.i to tou tiut the act Vr. Ben
t e't was seriously ill about a year
: rd a half ao and l.ad never been
the halve since. He had teu extreme
ly ! i rvi i; 1 believe that he went
it. to Lis store thin tr.ertiir.g and beconi
lins sud li'i.iy discouraged, killed bim-
Mr i'er.nett had always appeared
i tcetful and g nial. leading no one
Oxy-acoty'ene wcidir.it and cutticg
All kinds of 1 roken inachiEorv weld
such i. steel, cst st-.nd. iron, cast
.r.r.. t.rafs. bronze, cotrer ;.r.d alum
:i .r.i e n-.ake a tpeciaity of this
all work guaranteed or money
reiuuded We do good work at a rea
PHONE NORTH 39S5-L
520 West Second street.
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to suspect that there vat an under- j
current of depression and worry. Yes-f
terday he worked all day at his eetab-;
lithroent marking the stock and mak-i
lng plane for the luture. He seemed i
In the best of health and spirits. This j
morning shortly after 7 o'clock, in !
passing the Holtdorf barber shop, Mr.
j Bennett waved aad smiled, and then
! proceeded to his store, giving no out-i
ward indication of contemplating sui-.
That financial difficulties had any-
I thing to do with the act, was emphat
ically uenieu r r-iaii iui
lng, who stated that his affairs were
p, CRK In A-l condition and that only a few 1
LLtKK.davB ago. Mr. Bennett had contem-!
i . . ... , , ,
piaiea me ptircuase oi biock iu iniE
concern. His business had been bet-
ter than '.n previous years, aitnougn
Iv. ,oh the fart that Rock
Ibland was no longer in the Three-Ee
league tad affected the sale of base
ball goods to a certain eitent. His
i wife is prostrated ty the news.
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George Bennett was born tn Yorllle.
ATME OF ENGLAND
Snmeraetahtre Eneland. Nov. 19. '
continuously etnee tnai nme. nt aa ;
married in 1878 to Mi68 Anna Laura j
Burton at jonnstown, .n. u
death occuring in 1895. He was again j
Martin of Coal Valley. Mr. Bennett
wa Junior warden in Trinity Episcopal
church and was active in all Rock
land enterprises. IVsides his wife he
ll. a brother. Robert Bennett, Sr.. of
this city, a daughter. Mrs. Maude Rob-
ertsoti of EI Paso. Texas, who has been j
visiting at the home here for several
weeks, three sisters in Syracuse. X.
Y.. and two grandchildren.
Personal Points'BQY TBAPPS ARE
Mrs. C. V. Thacher and daughter
loft last evening for Petoskey, Mich.
William Kudolph departed at noon
totlay for THavau 1-ike, Wis., for a
w.'i k's o'lt'tig.
Mrs. Simoa Goidburg. C23 Thir-T-etith
strcpt, l'-ft today for a few days
v. hit in Columbus. O.
Mies Ella A. Read. &21 Twenty-first
street, has returind to her home after
un extended visit with relatives and
friends in Louisville, Ky.
William M. Heck and Miss Mary A.
Sid-.ey Pearson has returned
i;fter an extended visit of some four
nnd a half months at the home of her
Men.o LaPorte, Seat-
Captain W. A
l:ist flight from
his personally con-
ducted tour of the Illinois and Michi-
gnu ariul aud left this morning for
Harry Fox. a former resident of this
city and at present iu the employ of cans .totmr.y. i Hey secured posi
the Stai.ila'd Klxctric companv of tio-is as roustabouts on the steamer
Jackson. MWh., was in the city today.
He leaves tomorrow for Omaha.
Miss Julie Bulk'.ey of Chicago, who
has b,en vi8iHn ,h paS" '7 "V
at the home of Miss Dorothy Pleus-
anis. llo2 Seventeenth s'reet. iias re
turned to l.er home in that city.
Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Taxman left
this noon for Columbus, Ohio, where
they will pttend the convention of the
Knights of Joseph. Following the con
vention they will take an eastern trip.
Miss Vcima Hickman, stenographer
in Mayor Schrher's office, left today
for a three weeks' vacation trip
through the east. Among the cities
she w ill visit are New York, Philadel-
phia. Washington, and Baltimore.
Mrs. Kdla Lund, who has been
spending the summer in Chicago car-
rying on her muhical studies, is now
sitinc Mr. and Mrs. Edward K. Put
nam of Davenport at their cottage on
Washington island. Green Hay, Wis.
Mrs Lund will return to Rock Island
the latter part of August.
Mrs Cora V.'ittick. accompanied by
l.er parents. Mr. and Mrs W. A. Guth
i ic, hub returned from Kdgeniont. S.
l, auer an extended vii-.it. Mr. and
Mrs Guthrie exp'ct to make this city
ilieir future home, owing to the fact
that the western climate has effected
Mr Guthrie's health. Thy will make
tlcir home at 727 Fourteenth-and-a-half
GIRL SHOPLIFTER IS
HELD TO GRAND JURY
Chief I.,meS Br.nn of the police
and took into custody MUs fc,lsie Ri L
t r. w ho a as arrested by the police of
flint city and held at the detention
hcuse. t-'he !a suspected of shoplifting
in various stores 1n this city and Dav
tnport. Two filk dresses which weie
identified as the property of L. S. M
Cate wore found in her possession.
She was beur.d to the grand Jury in
the s im of hM and sent to the countv
Ul to await her htarirg.
Two Seek Divorce.
Aupunt Petersen, wtfe of Ernest Pet
ersen, and George Walker, husband
of Josephine Walker, ar seeking di
vorce from their respective spouses
1V..1..1I1 V,o n. .1 I . . ... 9 .' , . , . .
iiiruiuui ui iiuu l VI' ill t
A ... . 0 .. . . , .
v. uro, nuuiure . v i i 1 I ri Ok iC!;ri-
ver filed petition on their behalf this
morning with the circuit clerk. The
former charges desertiou and adultery
and the latter cruelty and adultery.
; In buying a cough medicine, don't e class character of the work, doing fo
afraid to get CbaicKrlaic's CouS ih & view to o.cas:on r.e the mini
Ketnedy. There is no danger from mum annoyance to traffic. We appre
i. and relief Is sure to follow. Es- ciate the necessity for fast work es
pecially recommended for coughs, 1 peeially on Second avenue, on account
colds sxd whocp:.cg cousa. Soid ty 'cf its being the chief busi-ess strc-ot
drugg:.- u. k of your city. It would la foiiy for us
CHOP JOINT HELD
William Reims Is Alleged
eu t tit; v.
Having a License.
William Reims, one of th proprie
tors of the American cafe, corner of
Twenty - sixth street and Fifth atenue, i
where "near" beer and other soft
drinks are dispensed, was arraigned
. . . . ' . ,
tnis morning oeiore Magistrate j. j. . ,. . ...tir. k j
Smitn on a charge of disorderly colJll
duct. He was held under $400 bonds;" " f
wi .v. , . decision wjl be made until President
ued until 9 o'clock next Tuesday.
who with his partner, Len .
Roberts, started in business about sis '
weeks ago, has been under the scrut
lUt J 1 IU C V 11 UlliViatD 111 til G 1 1 lilt, .
U developed in the hearing this morn-!
iny of the city officials for some time
inr tht there to or, elertrle niatrn .
the place which is kept going un-1 .
io, , ur'ea
sePn frequenting the place at all hours
or ,,e afternoon and evening, and com- ;
pai:ltg nave t,een received from the,
residents in that neighborhood
dhivkv frxm molwe.
Reims formerly conducted a chop
suey Joint in Moline, but denied that
tho w.lina rf tht !tr rWH Mm
"VhV immediate cause of Reims' ar
Is-j81 aa fi&ht which had noep- ,
! 'n b,s afe at a ver' earI' hour .
Police made an unexpected raid
th Amencan cafe this afternoon
1 ,7 ,
were ft"nd ln an adjoining room
vere "rested and are being held at
e Plice station.
I it-I r at vistti 1
(JLI il AT vTilTiniJ
IlLLU HI 0 I H I lUH ',
Both Are Polished Knights
the Road and Hardened
for Their Years.
Two youthful tramps, Sol I)avis,
aged lit and Arthur Bailey, aged 17,
are being held at the police station
pending investigation of the stories
:he teil. If found to be on the square,
the lade will probably be permitted
to b-ave the city as their chief offei.se
seems to be their presence here. Oiii
cer Tick Kell arrested the pair.
Both are shrewd boys and are well
. ers.'d in the ways of the road. Sol
says l.t hails from Chicago and that
he r x.n.ed o.i, Halstd for a year past
to viy. however, he caunot
r v here lie roomed before
that. His parents have been dead three
Arthur comes from the west and
shows it. He seems to be an honest
boy wuo h;s fallen into bad company,
He asserts that he was getting along
all right until he struck Davenport,
where he fell in with a man who he
Sidney, but Arthur proved too light
for the job and was discharged. At
that time Johnny had $5 belonging to
Arthur and to raise more they pawn
ed Arthur's suit case and watch.
Johnny then disappeared with all the
cash including their pay for the day
they had worked.
The western boy says he is willing
to work but adds, "I don't intend ter
let anyone make er mule outer me."
The two lads got together after the
disappearance cf Johnny.
INTO INKY DARKNESS
Henry Knott, employed as an elec
trician to care for the lights at the
carnival grounds on Twenty-fourth
PJrPCt decided last night that he
have passes to the various shows. He
was advised that his services were
r.of gratis and that he had no valid
cl;:!m for "comps." He became defiant
: r.d thr.'i:tt aed to "put the lights on
the bum." He carried out his threat
to the exf nt of climbing a pole pnd
pull'r.g a switch which plunged tiie
founds and tents into darkness. In
several places there were frights and
that no stampede occurred was due to
the fact that some one climbed the
pole and pushed in the switch again.
About five minutes had elapsed. The
management bad Knott arrested and
this morning ln police court he paid
tine of $15 and eo.-ts. and narrowly
est-sred prosecution on a charge of
TO BEGIN, THEY DECLARE
"We hate been ready to proceed
with the paving of Second avenue
since the day that we were awarded
the contract," said Thomas J. O'Brien,
secretary of the McCarthy Improve
ment company of Davenport to an Ar
gus representative this morning, in
further explanation of the delay on
the work. "As we have already stat
ed, we are waiting on the Tri-City
ltuilway company. When the rail
way people complete the laying of the
paving between their tracks from fif
teenth to Twentieth streets our com
pany will be on the job. We have
urged the railway company to rush the
work in order to allow us to get busy,
and we have bad a prom'.fce to that
effect. The McCarthy Improvement
company, once it starts on a job, pj's
it through as rapidly as it 16 possible
to do so without neglectirg the first-
! to put our big force in behind the Tri
City Ratfway company at the rate the
latter is repaying on the avenue now
I for the reason that we would be forced
to suspend in a few days to allow the
i railway folks to get a fresh lead on us.
We are Just as anxious to see the
; work begin as are the property own
SCHOOL BOARD HAS
A SPECIAL SESSION
The board of education held a brief
rtww.J.1 KeRRinn last nit a...
f . . , . .' , u..u
TrLA A r u u
lng the situation, was gone over care-
;H. H. Cleaveland and Superintendent
mmttmr flirtw ., l"f
""1, " , , 11 "
I uiuo rixiwi uiouu.19, lue ClOSmg OI
jthe Washington school at Thirteenth
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l?i L J "! vl"" the ' 8
"ff"'S " auuudoq DUllQing.
PraeMAtif HaarATinJ A, .
. . " , ' nulll
to nave neea?a sidewalks laid
. . - n ii i iivii ii
the Audubon school.
FIVE WOMEN ARE
CAUGHT IN A RAID
Police Make Nocturnal Visits to
Two Places, One Run bv
The second of what promises to be
nightly raids on the underworld was
pulled off last night by a detail of po- H
lice acting under orders from Com- 3
missioner Archie Hart. Two places S
nt-ie vineu uue ai zwi rourttl a"e- fl
rue and one at 141G Fifth-and-a-half
avenue- In the former three nogress- t,
es arrested and at the latter.- two V
bite wonien' Pjy Allars, charged Q
with being the proprietor of the lat
ter nlace was also arrested. The
Q w hole party spent the- night at the po
Today charges of disorderly conduct
were sworn out against the women in
the county court end capiases for
their detention were issued. Allars
Yas also held on a capias.
Commissioner Hart promises to con
tinue the raids until the city is rid
of its worst form of vice. If the un
desirables do not take the hint and
move out. the raids v ill heroin.' so fre
quent' that they will be driven out.
M. & K. REDUCING PENCIL
Will T.Vir A tSOfiTinM k3
1 1 I imi M VhlH I lUlil j
Sale on Ladies' High-grade Suits, Lin
gerie Dresses, etc., Closes
The M. fc K. reducing pencil has
scratched its last stroke tor this sea
son and the greatest bargain feast
e'er atteiiiiited i ii the tri-citics v. ill
ci lne to a close next week. We issue
this warning because we want every-
one to got their full share aud supply
of our classy, high-grade wearables.
well as slices, for men, women a
children. We are prone to admit this
tale Las been the most twst'ty we haw
ever had. but. iu return, the M. & K.
have made many new frauds who paid
their first visit to the store, and with
beaming countenances, expressions of
satisfaction, v.e have the absuta:ie
of their comi.ig again. It's making
ci'H'emers and holding them that has
added to the M. K. suet ess. a sys
tem -ve aro determined to rutin .m..
Most every article tlir
entire establishment has !. n '-
inctcy of the reducing pencil with ih2
Lingerie dresses at half prife.
Linen dresses at half price.
Silk dresses at half, a few at less
and a few at a litle more than half.
Suits at less than half- SS.'j'i for :;0
suits; $12.50 for $29.5') suits; $13.30
for $.,3 suits; $1S for $;'.H..r.tt suits.
Ail shirt waists, including silk, lin
gerie, linen, lace, hand embroidered
j etc., at half price.
Many of the coats at half; some at
I It is not the last stroke that ever
will be. but it is positively the last
stroko of the M. & K. reducing pen
cil for this season. It certainly has
done its duty toward our customers
for the present and will now take a
Valentine Schmitt, proprietor of the
ci?ar stand in the Safety buiidinj--. who
sold out two months a.-o beatise of
ill health, died at his home. 130:; Thirty-ninth
street, this morning at 7: l'i
after an illness of eight week. Death
was dire to a complication of diseases.
Mr. Schmitt was horn in St. Louis
Sept. 29. H45. and had lived ln this
city fur the past nino years He was
married to Miss A'igiis'a I.i't; t
years ago. Seven childrt n survive, as
well as three sitters.
WF. ttER F 1' I-'.II I..
The funeral of Henry A. Weaver was
htld from the home, -i 1 4 Fourteenth
avenue, this afternoon at 2 o'c'.cci:.
Fhir'a! tcck place at Chipi ian.icck ceni
COFFEE TO HELP PAY FOR
A NEW BUGGY FOR NURSE
The Visnine Nurse association re
cently purchased p.n enclosed hiiciry
of the Etyh' ust-1 by physicians -in
c-drr to protect the curse from the
cold during her travels in ti.- winter
season. While th atsociatir-n ha? the
l.ticgy, it has not ytt completed pay
r.tnt cn the purchase and in order to
rp !. the needed fjnds. Mrs Jar.es
Correr ; to pive a cc.tr-p at her home,
Tf-2 Twei-tieth sfreo next Wedccsdiir.
from 3 to 7 o'clock The ladies cf the
association 1U ass'.tt Mrs. C-.r.zT
nd a o--"I i" uoii is ejtC'ula,
Your Unrestricted Choice of
Worth and sold
up to $18.00 for
Worth and sold all season for $20.00,
$22.50 and $25.00 for
All colors, blues, blacks, grays, tans, browns, etc.
Adler-Rochester, fcfcL" System and W. G. B. Makes
One Day Only. For Cash Only.
No Tampering With Figures. No Juggling With Prices.
Boys and Children's Suits
At prices that will pay you to tep lively.
Your unrestricted choice of all boys' and children's
LIGHT WEIGHT SUITS
Worth and sold all season for
$3.50 and $4-00 for
$5.00 and $6.00 for
Any Man's Straw Hat Saturday $1.00.
Men's 50c Shirts Without Collars 39c.
GET IN EARLY. DON'T OVERLOOK THIS
The Store That's On the Square
, that all who wish to cooperate in the
commendable undertaking may aftend
t.nd contribute of their mite toward
' meeting the association obligation.
There Is Only One Reason Why Ve
Have Slashed the Prices i j Deep.
And that is: We still have on hand
hundreds of pairs of shoes, oxfords
and slippers for men, women a:.d
children that must ha closed out at
-r.ee. These are all det-irable styles
but they must po to m-ke room for
ne-.v ones soon to ai rive. There are
so many to he sold thai we have been
omp-died to slash the prices Ut a
lower level than has ever before pre
vailed. The time is short. The Ehoe-H
i; ust go. let them bring what they
You can come to this sale expir
ing the greater.t footwear larfcains yon
Lave ever seen. You'li rot be disap
pointed. We advise you to figure
ahead and buy thoes for some time to
C'.rr.e. You can t make a few dollars
t. ry easier. Yo'i'U thank us for thia
-it;gettion v hen you Lee tDv macli
vci can save.
fKitSTi'i: H.'CKKV S-'O! CO.
Harper Hoi.se block.
.13 cr.e of
ir.e reasons were :;o
Al! tbe uw a.i t-e un-. ifce
in our store
... . $2.88
... . $3.88
$7.50, $8.00 and $8.50 . . $5.48
$9.00 and $10.00 for . . . $6.48
j An old holdier was picked up by the
patrol la.st niht at the comer of
Eighteenth street and Fifth avenue
and taken to the Ktation. He. claims
to come from thv noldiers' home in
Dayton. Ohio. When found he was'
ail in from drink. He gives his ai'i :
us CO and has been li're about trip';
days. Tliis" morning he was stiil in a
very nervous condition. Magistral' ('.
J. Smi'li is s(!:n.-".vbat at a lovs to (
know v.'hr,t to da ' ith ;he him, and Is
waitiiii; to see if he can make so.ni; ,
Spefdei's Drug Store FIRST"
with its largest and
best stock of : :
Drugs, Polenl Medicines and Sundries
for $30 and $35 for
arrangements to have him taken care
HasQuola Kheo, a Mexican, was fin
ed $25 and costs on a charge of disor
derly conduc t. He was unable to nai
land was sent to the county Jail for
i five das- Officer Kinney made the
Postoffice Robbed Fourth Time.
Kankakee, 111., Aug. 16. The post
oliice at BourbohiiaiH, 111., was robbed
for the fourth time Wednesday night.
The safe was demolished by the ex
plosion. The robbers got $20 in cash
an"' h-ft $200 in stamps in the safe.