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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1912.
CLAIM ACTION IS
AND UNCALLED FOR
Business Men Through 50,000
Club Protest Waterworks
THE QUESTION OF DUTY
Commission Should Assume Responsi
bility Instead of Shirking It
In 8ueh Matters.
Resolved The sense of this meet-
Ing be that the commissioners be re
quested to rescind their action, sub
mitting the adoption of the ordinance
creatleg the office of superintendent
of filtration and water works to a
vote of the people at the special tele
phone election called for Dec. 10, and
that the commissioners themselves
act on same and adopt the ordinance
I'nanlmously condemning the action
of three city commissioners In refus
ing to decide upon the creation of the
office of superintendent of filtration
and waterworks, a thing which they
should decide themselves, and accus
ing them of attempting to shift a re
sponsibility which Is Justly theirs up
on the shoulders of the people an as
semblage, composed of 100 represen
tative business and professional men
of Rock Island, last night voted unan
imously In favor of the commission
rescinding Its action submitting the
waterworks superlntendency question
to a vote of the people, and a com
mittee of 35 was appointed to wait
upon the commissioners a the next
meeting Monday afternoon, and ap
prise them of the stand which had
teen taken by the Fifty Thousand
club. A committee composed of Hon.
William McKnlry. K. H. Ouyer. Hon.
William Jackson and n. p. Connelly
was named to present the matter to
AM. OF 0K OI'IMDV.
The meeting was one of the larg
est and most earnest which hag been
held by the Fifty Thousand club, and
every man present was strongly op
posed to placing the decision of a mat
ter up to the people which the com
mlHHioners should decide, and that
their attempt to shift responsibility
upon the shoulders of
confession of weakness.
many was a !
It. was point-1
d out that to vote upon the water
works question on Dec. 10 would be il
1 gal, inasmuch as the phon? ques
tion is the one for which the election
was called, and that under the. law
subjects pertaining to policy of the
commission can only come up at a
general election of a referendum vote.
The general concensus of opinion was
that If the commission remained
adamant, after learning the senti
ment of the representative business
men, that an lnjunution be secured,
restraining the commission from an
It was pointed out that Rock Is
land has a waterworks j!ant valu-'il
at approximately $l,OOn,oH), and that
In the interest of public health and
safety a competent man should be spared to place a capable man at its j On the afternoon of Oct. 1, accord
phiced at its head, regardless of sal-! head. The city should adopt the! ing to the story told by the girl, she
ary. It was generally coneedi d that i same plan through the commission." ' was walking across the Milan bridge,
Il',400 a year Is a very moderate sum I
Cookincc is a
cerns the whole family, and under
modern methods and conveniences
it is made so attractive the whole
family is becoming interested, if not
taking part in it.
"These biscuits are delicious; this cake is
excellent' says the father. " I made them,"
says the daughter, and both father and
daughter beam with pleasure.
It is a crime, with our modern agencies,
helps and facilities, to have soggy biscuit, or
wooden cake, or leaden pastry.
Royal Baking Powder has made home
baking a success, a pleasure and a profit, and
the best cooking today the world over is
done with its aid.
of money when It was taken into con
sideration that the health of every
resident of Rock Island is Involved.
MAYOR EXPLAINS SITTATIOX.
Mayor H. M. Schriver was first call
ed upon by Chairman B. D. Connelly
to explain the situation as it exists.
The mayor explained the need of a
competent man to supplant Profes
sor Birdsall, resigned. He stated that
in his opinion the commission should
place a competent man at the head of
the waterworks, who could superin
tend the whole plant, one with engin
eering ability who could operate the
plant on an economic basis and en
Joy the confidence of the people. He
spoke of . the capabilities of R. W.
Sharp and stated that there is no
better man in the country for the posi
tion at hand. Mr. Sharp bu-llt the lo
cal plant and is perfectly cognizant of
conditions here. The mayor recalled
the fact that after the superlntendency
of waterworks had been abolished, in
line with a general retrenchment pol
icy, that the waterworks had been
without a head up until the time Pro
fessor Birdsall assumed active
charge. The mayor felt that the com
mission should decide the matter it
self, and that should the matter be put
to a vote of the people, they would
look only at the $200 a month, regard
less of the benefi's to be derived from
the expenditure of that sum in salary
for a competent head. He dwelt on
the fact that should the people vote
against the creation of this office
there would be no superintendent of
waterworks and filtration, no scien
tific management and the plant would
be left tike a rudderless ship at sea,
to take care of itself.
Commissioner Bear gave a brief i
history of the situation since his elec
tion and confessed he had but a super
ficial knowledge of the workings of
the plant. He felt that the responsi
bility for this plant rested upon him,
and therefore he desired a competent
man to assume charge of same in or
der to insure the proper supervision.
He confessed that there were prob
lems involved beyond his knowledge.
Various business men were then
called upon to express their views. E.
H. Ouyer (-aid it was obvious, that the
plant needed a head, and that if the
commissioners were incompetent to
dispose of such a matter without
calling an election, he believed that
the election should be called for the
purpose of determining whether or not
the city wants those cbmmissioners.
I. S. White said the commissioners
are responsible for the waterworks
and its management. When they were
employed, it was on the assumption
that they were competent, to dispose
of such matters and that it was up to
them to d"cide the superintendency
question, according to their
judgment of what pertained to the
best welfare of the city. He favored a
good head, to insure the people
against loss of life, brought on by use
of impure water.
Hon. William McEniry said: "I am
ir favor of placing the management of
the waterworks in the hands of men
who have made a study of the situ
ation. It seems to me that the com
missioners are attempting to shift re
sponsibility. According to the law
there is no question that the com
mission has no right to submit this
question at an election without tak
ing the proper legal steps. I feel
that the commissioners should be told
of their mistake and be informed of
the sentiment maintained by the bus!
neps mn of Rock Island.
To submit I
this maiter at the special election il-i
legally, will establish a bad precedent.
In any big industry no expense is I
lion. L. S. McCabe held that the i
plant should have at its head the best
talent obtainable $200 a month is a
small salary for such a man.
Walter A. Rosenfield said of the
three commissioners who are oppos
ing this question, two are candidates
for mayor. They are playing politics
at the public expense.
Hon. William Jackson said the law
places the responsibility upon the
Commissioners. They were elected
to perform their duty, let them be men
enough to do so. fThey were placed
in office on the supposition that they
were capable. If they do not believe
Jhat they are capable, let them resign
to make way for men who axe.
Others who talked, and who favor
ed the placing of a head at the water
works and the securing of pure water
for the citjr -were Dr. Joseph De- Slfc
va. Dr. O. G. Craig, Dr. G. L. Eyster,
Dr. S. B. Hall, Dr. F. H. First, Dr. C.
P. Comegys, Dr. B. J. Lachner, Dr.
Rochow, Frank Mixter and J. T. Mar-
MOLHTER IS HEAD.
Former Mayor P. H. Wessell of Mo
line spoke in behalf of a tri-city move
ment in cooperation with the govern
ment that would insure to the people
pure water at first hand without. tak
ing it from a common slough. This
could be accomplished by a dam at the
head of Campbell's island.
Before the meeting adjourned. It
was voted to attend the meeting ot
the municipal commission in a body at
3 o'clock Monday afternoon and pro
test against the proposed policy with
reference to the waterworks, manage
TOLD OF IN COURT
Sixteen-year-old Girl Relates
Strugges to' Gain Upright
CHARGES HER PURSUER
Sentenced to Jail,
Being Scored by the
Fighting against overwhelming odds
in a battle to live an upright life and
striving to eradicate a previous stigma
to her name, pretty 16-year-old Hazel
Weigand appeared in police court this
morning against George Fitzslmmons,
a Milan man-who she says has been
forcing his attentions upon her and
who on Oct. 1 attempted a criminal
8fsaultupon her, after which he fled
the country. He returned to his
home In Milan two weeks ago and
v.as arrested yesterday on a charge
of disorderly conduct.
The girl told a pitiful Btory of her
struggle to lead a decent life and
with tears in her eyes related to the
court the insults to which she has
been subjected by various Milan men,
who have attempted to again drag her
into the mire. The girl's father, J.
C. Weigand, a lock tender, whose
home is on Big island, told of the
persecutions borne by his daughter,
and asked the court if she could not
De permitted to carry a gun to pro-
tect herself from the insolent para
Bites who are seeking her ruination.
v. hen Fitzsimmons called her over to
11 1 1 11 irii o ii 1 1 1 t ii i riiii auu'oiiau.ucu o
stickpin and a ring from her, refus
ing to return them unless she would
agree to his demands. Upon her em-
j hatic refusal, the man seized her by
the arm and attempted to throw her
to the ground. Screaming with fear,
)'e broke away and fled to her home.
Fitzsimmons was sentenced to 10
days in jail after he was subjected to
terrific denunciation at the hands
of Assistant State's Attorney Ingle
son. "It is men like you that cause young
girls to take the downward path.
t-houted the attorney, pointing an ac
cusing finger at Fitzsimmons. "Here
Is a girl who has erred in the past
lut who is now making an effort to
lead a pure and clean life. But you
are not content to see her live clean
lv, but are attempting to complete her
ruination. This little girl Is entitled
to the protection of the law, and is
going to have it. If you men will not
cease your persecutions, you will be
haled into this court and severe sen
tences meted out to you. lou may
thank your stars that the charge is
cnly disorderly conduct and not a
more serious one, which would mean
that you would be bound over to the
grand Jury. Go to your cell and medi
tate on your sins and try and be a
J. A. Boman. 2117 Fourth avenue
left today for Clinton on a business
G. F. Hodges of Maquoketa, Iowa,
is in the city today attending to busi
Dr. and Mrs. El M. SaJa, have
returned home from New York
City, where they attended the Clinical
Congress of Surgeons of North Amer
Invitations to Memorial.
At a special committee meeting held
yesterday afternoon, J. M. Johnston,
secretary of the Rock Island County
Bar association, was authorized to in
vite members of the supreme court
branch, the appellate court branch in
Ottawa and the bar association In the
Fourteenth Judicial district, to attend
the Judge Gest memorial next Satur
day at the court house.
UP TO COUNCIL
Commissioner Archie Hart Fa
vors Commission Solving
CITIZENS ARE WILLING
Edwa-d Bartow, State Water Survey
Director, Writes to Mayor Re
CommlsBlonef Archie Hart made the
following statement this morning rel
ative to the much mooted waterworks
question now before the city council:
"I am In favor of having an efficient
man at the head of the waterworks
department in this city not only be
cause it will work to the good of the
general public but because it will also
redound to the credit of the commis
sion. I favored the passing of an or
dinance creating the office of superin
tendent of filtration and waterworks
and voted for its consideration, but
when the resolution came up calling
for a vote of the people on the prop
osition, I at once acquiesced even
though I felt that the commission was
able in itself to pass on the matter.
1 will be the last one to keep from
the people an opportunity to vote on
any question. I now believe, however,
from the public expressions I have
heard, that the people expect the com
mission to settle the matter itself and
are not clamoring for an opportunity
to vote. I believe the commission can
act to the best interests of the city
without having to call in the people
to decide for us."
BARTOW EXPRESSES SELF.
Edward Bartow, director of the state
water survey, in a letter to Mayor H.
M. Schriver, expresses regret at the
situation that has arisen here and hope
for its being solved. He highly rec
ommends the employment of R. W.
Sharp for the position of head of the
waterworks system and proffers the
services of himself and his office if
called upon to aid the city.
L. I. Birdsall, former superintendent
of filtration, writes from his new home
in Minneapolis and says that he is
surprised at the attitude of some of
the commissioners regarding the ap
pointment of Mr. Sharp, who he says
is a most efficient man for the posi
tion. LOCAL PHYSICIAN
Dr. W. H. Ludewig Announces
Retirement From Practice
To Make Home in South.
Dr. W. H. Ludewig, who for the
past 25 years has been a practicing
physician in Rock Island, today an
nounced his retirement from active
work, and his intention of removing
from the city to the south. The doctor
expects to remove to Foley, Ala,
about the middle of next month, and
will take a long rest before announc
ing, his future plans, although it was
understood today that he had decided
to retire from the medical field. Dr.
Ludewig bears a reputation in the
medical field of the tri-cities, second
to none, and his many friends will
regret his departure.
Monday, Nov. 25.
One of New York's largest manu
facturers of costumes and dresses has
sent us their special representative
who will be with us for just one day,
showing a large selection of the very
latest importations and reproductions,
consisting of chiffons, crete-meteors,
crepe de chines and charmeuse and
imported and reproduced spangled
No two alike. Over one hundred to
select from. Special measurements
will be taken. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Remember this is for one day only,
Monday, Nov. 25. Visitors and pur
chasers equally welcome. Young &
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street; bananas, 5 cents and 10 cents
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WIFE AND BABIES
CAST IN STREET
Drink Crazed Man 0ust3 Fam
ily From House in
STORY OF WANT TOLD
Children Are Running Barefoot, While
Father Spends Money for
Crazed by liquor and seized with an
insane desire to inflict suffering on his
family, Edward Francis last Wednes
day put his wife and three little babies
out into the street, threatening them
with death if they dared to cross his
threshold again. Hudlled up against
the side of the house, shivering
as the winds swept around
them, they were discovered by
a relative and given shelter for the
night. Yesterday a warrant was sworn
out against the husband by Mrs. Fran
cis, charging him with disorderly con
duct, and when the offender was ar
raigned in police court this morning,
there was recited one of the most piti
ful tales of poverty and deprivation
which has ever been heard in the local
According to the wife's story, her
husband has not given her a cent for
weeks, but has spent all of his money
for drink. There are six children in
the family, three under the age of 14,
and these babies have gone without
food for as much as three days at a
time. The mother has taken in wash
ing and has tried to hold her own in
the losing battle for bread, assisted to
a certain extent by the three older
boys, who are all working, one of them
being only 14 years of age.-
The father has frequently compelled
his little 9-year-old girl, Elizabeth, to
take a pall and go into the saloon to
bring beer for him,, forcing this child
of tender years to remain in an atmos
phere of vulgarity and vice. The chil
dren have had insufficient clothing, and
little Elizabeth has for days been
walking on the cold ground in her bare
feet. This morning the Judge asked
Elizabeth to see her shoes, and the
child, a beautiful little girl, raised up
her tiny feet and displayed an old pair
of tattered shoes, from ' which the
soles had entirely disappeared.
Feeling that to send the man to jail
would impose a great hardship upon
the babies. Judge Smith suspended a
fine of $200 over Francis' head, on the
condition that the entire week's wages,
with the exception of $2, be left with
the desk sergeant at the police station
each Saturday night, for delivery to
the wife. Francis was also ordered by
the court to get new shoes for the
babies immediately, and this was done.
JAMBS A. LARKftr,
James A. Larkin, for te past 22
years a resident of Davenport, died at
10:20 o'clock Thursday evening at
Mercy hospital, after a brief illness, at
the age of 65 years. Deceased was
born April 12, 1847, in Schenectady,
N. Y., coming to Rock Island with his
parents in 1856, where he lived until
1864. In that year, being 17 years of.
age, he enlisted in the union army.
At the close of tie war he was mus
tered out, and since that time had been
prominent in the affairs of the G. A.
R. in the vicinity of Rock Island and
Davenport. When 43 years of age he
moved to Davenport with his family.
In 1900 the first wife died, and Aug. 20,
1900, he was united in marriage to Miss
Mary Hopper, who survives him. In
addition, he is survived by four sons,
Edward Larkin of Silvia, Burt and
Charles Larkin of Davenport, and
Francis Larkin of Chicago; one broth
er, Charles Larkin of Rock Island, and
one sister, Mrs. Henry Rosenfield, also
of Rock Island. Four grandchildren,
Robert, Leroy and Raymond Larkin
and Frederick C. Lidke, also survive.
The funeral services will be held Mon
day morning from the home, 646 Tre
mont avenue, with services at 9 o'clock
at the Sacred Heart cathedral. Inter-
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for QUALITY and STYLE,
and our prices are so low
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FUERL OF MRS.
The body of Mrs. . Margaret Hen-
nings, arrived In the city last even
ing from London Mills, 111., and was
taken to the Knox undertaking par
lors. The funeral will be held tomor
row morning at 8:30 o'clock from the
home of her son-in-law, William Par
kers four miles southeast of Milan,
with services at 9 o'clock at the
church in Coal Valley. Interment will
be made in Coal Valley cemetery,
School Teachers Meet
Division Four of the Rock Island
county teachers, met today at the Cen
ter Station school house In South
Rock Island and had an instructive
program and a discussion of matters
of Interest to them. Superintendent
of Schools S. J. Ferguson was in
Iowa City, Ind. The report of the
state board of education to the gover
nor gives the University of Iowa only
$15,000 for extensions. This is less
than the university asked for.
Galesburg, 111. A suit In mandamuB
was filed here In an effort to compel
Mayor Bradley to sign the liquor li
cense of Henry. Johnson, to whom the
council voted to give a license.
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MANY LAID OFF AT
Court Decision at Springfield
Causes Reduction in Toroa
in This City.
A considerable number of employes,
mostly girls, were laid off last even
ing at the head office of the Modern
Woodmen of America. Representa
tives of the order refused to divulge
the exact number affected, but estt
mates range from 70 to 150. Most
of these were employed in the trans
fer and certificate department and
were engaged in changing members
of the order from the old rates to
those adopted by the society at the
Chicago head camp meetlngr The de
cision in the circuit court at Spring
field yesterday temporarily at least,
restrains the order from writing in
surance under the new rates and ac
cordingly there is no use for the em
ployes who were engaged in that
The officials expect a reversal of
the decision as soon as the matter Is
taken to the supreme court and In
this case most of the laid-oS em
ployes will have an opportunity to re
turn to work.
The executive council of the Modern
Woodmen was convened at the head
office today to take action regarding
the reversal at Springfield.