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SILViS BANK OUT
IN TWELFTH TERM
AS CLERK OF CAMP
J. L. Crowd er Consolidates
Private Institution With !
mf Owi&f mm
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WAS ROBBED TOO OFTEN
Proprietor Nearly Beaten to Death in
Latest One, Which Took
Place Week Ago.
THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1912.
Tired of the regular visits of yegg-,
irim, J. Lee Crowder of Silvia today
announced that his private bank had
tern turned over to the Manufactur-
err State bank of East Moline and i
that he -would hereafter conduct nisi
general store without a bank as an ad-!
Junct. Mr. Crowder was moved to hlsi
present course mainly by his exper-i
leiice of last Saturday, when he wag 1
held up by four men and badly beaten,
t9''0 being taken from his place. Last,
summer his safe was blown and 11,000
ws taken. !
S M TRIE GETTER.
Mr. Crowder's bank was Intended I
chiefly as a trade getter for bis store,
his main business In the banking line
being the cashing of checks for em-i
llryes of the Rock Island road. He, i
of course, was unable to protect his !
c-f-h box as perfectly as would be
dene in an Institution of larger capi-J
tal and It was a standing temptation j
for thieves, who found facilities for an !
eKFy getaway In the railroad yards. I
MIvIb now has no bank.
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John B. Corken.
At the annual election of officers
of C. W. Hawes camp No. 1550, M. W.
A., this week, Mr. Corken was re
turned to the office of camp clerk for
his 12th consecutive term. In each!
ir.stance, for 12 yearB, he has been
the unanimous choice for the office,
an unusual tribute of confidence.
PAT CROWE HEADS A
JAIL DELIVERY PLOT
An attempted j;iil delivery which was i
headed by the versatile Pat Crowe, (
was frustrated yesterday at the Scott j
county Jail when the officials learned ,
of the ilot. j
With Crowe Is one Edward Koch,
who has served time in the state pen
itentiary. Together, it was learned, j
tiny had planned to attack Jailer
Marteus und overpower hltn. Then I
they were to take the keys of the dif
ferent ceils und lilierate each and every
The pl't to rid the jail of its oc
cupants was learned by Sheriff Eck
hardt through a tip given by one of
Uie prisoners. Every precaution was
taken to prevent the execution of
any plot and a strict watch wa.s kept
on all the prisoners. Those who are
alleg'-d to be at the head of the plot
are now in separate cells and will be
kept there until their time Is served.
water. Robert was 16 years of age.
Goldman walked into a deep hole
while drawing a canoe through the
water and being unable to swim,
sank. Robert hurried to the rescue,
and though he succeeded in getting
Goldman out, wit.h the help of others,
he became exhausted and was beyond
aid when dragged to shore.
CARNEGIE MEDAL AS
MEMORIAL TO HERO
Efforts of Rock Islanders who have
Inferential themselves In the case pro
buhly will result In the awarding of a
'urinate hero medal as a Memorial
to Robert Paul Ilarnelt, son of Mr.
und Mrs. J. S. Itarnett. 113t Third ave
nue, who lost bis life in Rock river
lust summer after a successful effort
U ri'M'Uti Israel Goldman from tha
ISLAND CITY CAMP 303,
M. W. A., ELECTS OFFICERS
Island City camp No. 309, M. W. A,
at the annual meeting held last night
chose these oflicers for the coming
enerable Counsel J. G. Hetter.
Worthy Advisor George Hardy.
Clerk George W. Iiuckner.
Lanker C. W. Horton.
Escort H. Schaeve.
Watchman Joe Walter.
Sentry August Klie.
Manager Thomas Haire.
Physicians Ilrs. Joseph DeSilva, C.
F Freytag, Eli Bradford, Alfred
Siocker, C. Bernhardt and C. Bern
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BY WII SEAT.
';.'' ,-, oray fever struck th
nient of the J. C. R.
It. that Jim Andrews
lost his footing and j
made a wild grab to)
lt'-;Wiii:.:3 h'm as it always
coea wnen tne layorx
Thu chief clerk went from table
to table pausing only long enough to
toss down a neat little envelope In
front of some Individual who was too
busy to pay Immediate attention to
One by on they picked them np,
tore ff the ends and. glanced at the
content, liome uttered ml!d excla
mations of surprise, others gave fre
vant to their feelings, still others
said never a word, but their looks
Jim was one of the latter. His
souare )iw dropped as he picked u
the letter and rose from his chair
There w as no mistaking the curt and
"Your services are no longer re
Quired after the 25th lnst."
It spoke little. Nbut meant lots. He
read It again and again, then turned
to Join the uproar.
Excitement ran high, It was an
unheard of Innovation. Work was
booming instead of falling off: and
they a.l ns one man, stormed the
chief's denk with the Inquiry as to
the meaning, only to be met with:
"I'm sorry, fellows, but ti.ose are
the orders, and I suppose the economy
racket is behind It."
Still they were not satisfied, but
orders were orders and they separat
ed. e-h nun to his own table.
Jim tried to work; it seemed a
ban: where it had always seemed a
pVhsiire. the Tery figures he wrote
sepmed to jump up before him aad
cry. "you're fired."
He threw down his pen In disgust.
rr.ro from his chair, and stuffing his
har..3 ;n his pockets he shuffled aim-
toward the outer office. He
Cldu't have any business out there,
but he wanted to go tomewhere. and
not caring where, he poked along
Thfre was no one in the office
except a cir! who snt at a typewriter
"SJ1: the w indow. Jim had seen
her occasionally as he had been
through the office to and from work.
He stood still iu the doorway look
ing at her. but she did not turn
around so Jim could see her face. On
the dek beside her lay an unopened
envelope of tBe kind that was the
cause of Jim's present troubles.
She paid no attention to it, but
kept on typewriting. As the click
of the machine ceased Jim almost
wanted to go over and snatch the
little envelope from the desk and de
stroy It; but he didn't iake a move.
After reading the letters she had
written, she placed them on the ta
ble, and picking up the envelope she
leaned back in her chair to read the
Jim could almost hear her heart
stop boating as she gave a little start
ana turned abruptly toward him.
"O!" she exclaimed, rather em
barrassed, "I didn't know there was
any one in here. Tou almost fright
Are you fired, too " was Jim's
She hesitated a moment, glanced
at the letter, and said slowly:
"I suppose so."
"When do you go?" Jim asked.
"The 25th. the letter says."
"Same here," he answerri ag he
turned and started back into the
She looked after him as he disap
peared around the corner, somewhat
The next two weeks were years to
Jim. He passed his time evenings
ar.d Saturday afternoons going the
rounds of the places he knew in
search cf a Job. With the whole
room full of men it was the same
story, "nothing doing."
He met the girl every morning and
evening as he went to and from the
office. He noticed a sort of tired
look on her pretty face as she tried
bravely to smile when she met him.
At last the fatal 25th came, and
Jim. with some dozen other sullen
individuals, left the office that night
to face the Job hunter's lot.
As he left the office and' started
down the corridor, the girl came out
and Joined him. He was in no mood
i for conversation. He felt and looked
She had a cheery good evening for
' him, but it didn't have its usual ef
! feet oa him.
! They entered the elevator and
were soon outsid the buildinc. nei
ther ..rced to know Just which way
It was Jim who broke the silence
with that question which had been
ringing in his ears for two weeks.
"Got anything to do?"
"Not yet." she replied, looking up
at him. "Have you?"
"No. I'm in the same box as the
rest of the bunch."
"I should think you engineers
could get positions enough, but with
us g'.rls it's different, there are so
many to do the drudgery in the of-
"In a home that costs three per,
and you can't use the gas after 11
o'clock," he retorted dryly. "I sup
pose I ought to be glad 1 can use it
that late." he added.
"No there's no use of you looking
so ugly about it," said the girl,
pointing a little gloved tnger at him.
"And Just to get even with you I'm
going to invite you out to the house
for supper. Will you come?"
He took the girl by the arm and
of surprise as the girl opened the
door and he beheld a most "ex
quisite," as he expressed It, little
An elderly woman rose from her
seat by the window and came for
ward to meet him.
"Mother, this is Mr. she
was confused for a moment till Jim
came forward with his name.
"Really, I had quite forgotten yonr
name," she said rather guiltily; bat
a-1 IS -A
j 1 j" 1 j y jjl
room, his eye rested for a moment
on the piano In the corner. An idea
flashed through his mind what If ,
no, that was out of the question, and
"Does your daughter play the
piano?" asked Jim, suddenly remem
bering that he was a guest.
"Yes, a great deal; and I don't
know what we would do to amuse
ourselves ff it were not for the piano;
aaaxie is a fine player, too."
It was hard for him to remember
when he bad had such a homelike
meal. It had Its effect on him. and
he made quite an after-dinner enter
tainer as they sat about the table
and Jim told stories of his travels
He walked across the city to his
own boarding house. . The damp
night air had its usual depressing ef
fect on hit spirit, and when he
reached his room he opened wide the
window and sat down on the bed to
No nse to deny It; she was the only
girL But why on earth couldn't he
have met her before, when his pros
pect had been good for success?
He fell to wondering where his
next Job was coming from, ne even
tried to devise a mean to help the
girl; he knew she needed it. He
turned In, but It was some time be
fore he went to sleep.
Contrary to hi csual inclinations
he was out of bed early the next
morning, and after breakfast there
"Well, engineers' Jobs seem to be
pretty weli applied for now," re
"I suppose the only thing we can
do is to wait for something to turn
np." continued the girl. "They say
patient waiters are no loeera. I've
got to bustle home and get supper."
"Do you keep house " asked Jim
"Not a very large one. just for
mother and myself. Don't you live
JIM READ IT AGAIN AND AGAIN.
started down the street. A they
walked they chatted and Jim learned
that she and her mother had moved
to the city soon after her father's
death and had kept house together
ever since, the girl earning her liv
ing by office work for various firms
- about the city.
! As they entered the hallway Jim
was struck by the quietness of the
: place: and after climbing three
j Eights of stir3, in spite of his puff
llng, was able Jp, utlgxl&n exclamation
Jim surmised that she had never
"And are you one of the engineers
at the office?" questioned the moth
er, still looking at him.
"Used to be, would eipreue it bet
ter," said Jim.
"I've been worried to death for
fear Mazie won't get another posi
tion," she continued, drawing a chair
toT.ard the window for Jim and re
suming her own.
JlHwM-tlUlpokiB; about the
"What? Who Is ns?"
"Er well ," Jim stammered, 1
know a dandy piano player for you,
and I can turn the crank myself."
"Interested In her?" asked hU
"I will be when I get a Job, but
for the present I can only say a good
word for her playing."
"If that's the case, you bring her
out here tomorrow afternoon. Ai
for you, you're on at $25 per until .
the engineering is Wfi again. Is
it a go?"
When he reached the girl's home
be didn't even stop to ask ber If she
had got a position but read her
story from her tired little face as she
greeted him at the door.
He told her the news and hi
cousins effer. She hesitated at first,
but Jim's enthusiasm won her, and
she promised to be ready the next
He wondered what the fellow
would Bay to see a civil engineer turn
moving picture operator, but he
counted himself lucky to get that un
til business was good again. And
Jim proved a good operator; and
the girl even surprised hen-elf with
her "show talent," as she ca'.led it.
Good luck favored Jim, and he was
given a position as chlrf draftsman
with a good company, where his pros
pects were better than ever before.
Jim's time had come. That night.
seemed nothing to do but walk the j as ho was going to leave, ho went out
street. He realized now as never
before what it was that filled the
street with loafer, wti could never
seem to offer any good excuse for be
He tramped that day, but without
suoceos, and be almost gave up that
The next day he went out to a
neighboring town where bis o-visin
was Just starting a movlng-pltiure
theater. He could at least take tick
ets or play the usher for the present;
anything was better than loafiing.
His cousin greeted him with:
"Tou are Just the man I am look
ing for, Jim."
"Glad somebody wants to see
me come around. Tou don't want
a good, usher or a general utility
man, do you?" Jim Inquired.
"usner nothing; I want a good
I operator and a piano player, that's
j what's troubling me now."
1 IThaf u." Jim assented.
of the booth and down the aisle to
the orchestra pit where the girl wa
arranging her music for the next day.
Finally she turned around to walk up
"O, Jim, I've heard the news! Isn't
it great to think you are gulag back
where you belong? Let me congrat
ulate you," as she held out a little
hand toward Jim.
"Good," said Jim, taking the out
stretched hand in hia, "but first let
me congratulate you."
"On wbat?" questioned the girl,
looking up at him.
"On the fact that to be a good en
gineer re-julres music in the house."
"Jim Andrews, what are you talk
"Just this," as he stepped forward
and gathered the little figure in hi
arms, bent over and kissed the little
"You've got to furnish the muslo
tor thl engineer.. , - -