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THE "ROCK ISTJAND ARGUS. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1912.
Council Talks of Putting Up
Railing: There bnt Nothing-
Has Been Done.
FOR THE SANTA CLAUS
MENACE TO LIFE AND LIMB
Easy For Horse to Shy Over Edge or
Auto to Skid and Fall 60 Feet
to the Bottom.
Cut Out and Mail to The Argus
I wi2 agree to buy Christmas gifts for poor
children. I desire that the ntmes of the poor children to
gether with their ages and addresses be furnished me
through The Argus Santa Clans Fund Committee.
HAVE ROAD PLAN
Committee Gives Definite Data
for State of Illinois to
URGES A BIG EXPENDITURE
Wsy Shown to Construct 19,000 Mile
of Permanent Highway in Next
Neglect to a degree approaching
criminal carelessness has been show i j railing can scarcely be erected till
by the city authorities In failing to ! after the dirt settles, but It would
provide railings at the fill across the ! be a simple matter to arrange a tem
gulch at Thirteenth avenue and Twen- porary device ample for present re-ty-nlnth
street, traversed by ilie cars , o.uirf ments. After the ground freer.es
of the. Long View loop of 'he Tri City St will not be ho easy.
Rallwav company. Thoush t iams . wiiirtTliE JimERl
have been croitsing on it for a rnoiitli ' One of the best arguments in favor
or more there are as yet no safe- j cf the commission form of city govern
guards to prevent serious accidents! ment is Us supposed ability to look
which might cause loss of 'ife or ser-i after just such details as this. There
lous Injury to human beings and con- i no cumbersome machinery to be
slderable Iohs of property, for all (il moved in order to secure executive
which the city could scarcely escape li
ability. The fill is about 30 feet wide at top
and approximately 60 feet deep. The
sides slope at an incline considerably
stenper than an angle of 45 degrees.
The car track Is In the middle, giving
about 10 feet on either side.
There Is practically no danger when
a vehlc'-e passes over the fill alone.
but should a skittish horse be caught bartenders Twin-City local No. 856
there by a street car or m'et an auto-: hr.s leased t he third floor above the
mobile or anything else that frighten- i Sunton ciur store on the northeast
ed It- and shy ever so little on that J corner of Second avenue and Nine
narrow strip of road It would precipl- j tentb street for a lodge and club
tAte Itself and the vehicle it drew. j rooms. The apartments are being re
together with the passengers and modeled into comfortable quarters. On
other contents over the side of that account of the repair work which is
steep Incline and nothing could stop now going on the next meeting of the
the wreck till It struck the bottom of bartenders hich was to have been
the gulley, 60 feet below. h 1(1 Dec. 29 has been postponed. After
Kv to SKin. ' t'i', da1e rePular meetings will be
,. . . , . . , . ! held in the new club rooms on the
ji , BUiifuniuK me urrvrr ui an amu i
should meet a car here and should fail
to keep his machine under perfect 1
control. The roadway Is of cay and I
ly a few Inches would send the auto-
STATE FACTORY INSPECTOR
pa"'! MAKING INVESTIGATIONS
lengers mere might escape death. I
The question of putting up some
sort of safeguard along this fill has.
been discussed in council, but nothing
has been done. Why not?
QUARTERS FOR CLUB
ARE BUT SAMPLES
OF THE LETTERS
Need for Aid for Santa Claus
in Sock Island Grows
No more comprehensive Investiga
tion of the roads situation in Illinois
has been made than that of the com
nii tee appointed by the Illinois Bank
ers' association about a year ago. Tbis
tertal, or In actual road work, and the !
cooperation ot the railroads would en-;
able us to' build 900 miles of concrete
or 1,000 miles of macadam road. 14 to
16 feet wide. ; " . ;
"Eight, million dollars per. year for
18 years "will build 16,000 miles of con
crete road which, with the 3.000 miles
of macadam, brick and concrete roads
already built, would give ua a total of
19,000-miles, -or 20 per cent of our to
"If concrete roads are built, the
maintenance will be reduced to a min-!
imum, and - the automobile tax, with
its natural annual increase, will be
ample to meet this expense.
"How much would this state appro
priation add to our taxes?'
"The assessed valuation of all the
property in this atate for the. year 1912
is approximately $2,400,000,000, and
with the usual Increase for the follow
ing nine years would give about $2,
900,000,000 by 1921, which would be
the average for the 18 years. .
To raise $4,000,000 on an assessed
committee is composed of S. E. Bradt j valuation of $2,900,000,000 would re
of DeKalb, chairman; Thomas Sud-f quire a tv of 14 cents per $100 of aa
duth of Springfield; O. P. Bourland ofjsessed valuation.
Pontiac; L. L. Emmerson of Mt. Ver-I "The cost to a man owning prop
non, and O. W. Hoit of Geneseo. Cop-; erty worth $1,600, which would be as
ifcb of the report have just been re-' sessed at $500, would be 70 cents per
cervea Dy local cankers, it is Drier , annum
Letters continue to reach The Ar
gus, many coming in daily, showing
the extent of the need for those who
care to play Santa Claus this Christ
mas. Those letters published are but
samples, numerous others of a confi
dential nature being received and
turned over to the committee headed
by Miss Giles and Miss Ramser,
which is making a careful investiga
tion of the circumstances in each
Among th letters received yester
day was a Jfragmentary one, only the
first sheet being enclosed. It begins:
"Dear Sir I am giving you the
names of fcur little children that I
think Santa Claus ought to visit. The
mother has consumption, the father is
a cripple, and the children are all
young, 9, 8, S and 3 years of age" etc.
The names are not given. If the
writer will supply The Argus for the
stnto Por.tf.i-v innoftnr Van Naa wiuiaiiiiee Hi use, iue neeaea lnior-
During the winter when the ground ! arrived in Rock Island yesterday and tnation Santa will not fall to visit this
Is frozen and covered with snow oreXpects to remain in the tri-citles for family.
Ice the danger will be much lntenst-; several days, investigating conditions Tn 1-Bt f children to be remem-
in factories, department stores and ; bered 1b nearly completed and It is be
lt may be that the Tri-City Hallway j other establishments. Yesterday! Heved that few have been missed,
company, having mude the fill to re-' Young & McCombs' department store i The committee expects to begin buy
place a bridge that had an ample rail- was visited and today Mr. Van Ness; ing presents within a day or two.
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way Is made as safe as the o:d. IfthigjCabe Co.'s store. A large number
la the case it Is up to the .city author-'of inspectors" make periodical tours
ltle to pee that It In atunided to. Tho tl-roughout the state. In the interest
ultimate responsibility remains In the,o the child labor and the 10-hour wo
same place. Of course a permanent j rr.sn law.
s cond and fourth Sundays of each
nicnth. The local, which was recently
otranized, has a membership of 165.
All Women's Suits
$14.95 for $25.00 values
Soldiers Have Dance.
About 50 couples attended the dance
given last evening by Co. A., I. N. G.,
at Armory and the affair was a success
in every way. A good musical pro
giam was furnished by aa orchestra
The married and single men's sup
per shoot commences next Monday
and will continue until about May. The
side that loses stands good for the
banquet. .The tournament promises
to be an interesting affair.
and to the point. j
After reciting what has been and Is
being done in other states where state
aid for roads has been, given for a
number of years, the report says of
"Illinois since 1906 has employed
about 700 of its 2,600 convicts in the
preparation of road material and ships
about 150,000 yards per annum, bnt
th- supply is entirely inadequate to
meet the demand. Illinois also fur
nishes the best of engineering advice,
but this cannot accomplish the de
sired results when the necessary road
material and money for construction
WHAT TAX BE IIOK.
The things that Illinois can do are
enumerated as follows:
"First By proper revision of our
road laws' we can 6ave the $2,500,000
that Is spent annually in haphazard
work that brings no lasting benefit.
"Second Add to the above sum the
$1 500,000 that is now being expended
annually in improving our main roads
and we will have- a fund of $4,000,000
from our present taxes available for
"Third Let the state of Illinois ap
propriate a like amount which, with
the $4,000,000, would give us a total
sum of $8,000,000.
"Fourth Make the county and state
the units of assessment for building
the main roads.
"Fifth Provide that the cost of Im
proving main roads Ehall be paid one
half by the county and one-half by
"Sixth Put the construction and
maintenance of the main roads under
the supervision of competent road
builders employed by Ihe state high
way commission and the 'county board
of supervisors." ' "
WOIXD REACH NEARLY ALL.
The report presents a map showing
that 19.000 miles of good roads would
be sufficient to build permanent high
ways across each township east and
west, and thereby placing 10S out of
each 144 quarter sections in tach town
ship oa such road or within one mile
of it. Further on the report continues:
"The sum of $8,00t,000 with the use
of convict labor in preparing the ma-
AVERAGE COST LOW.
"The average farm In. Illinois con
tains 129 acres and the average as
sessed valuation including improve
ments, according to the 1911 report of
the state board of equalization, is $20
per acre. The average farm would
thus be assessed at $2,580, which, at
14 cents per $1000, would cost $3.61
"Every farmer often sees the time
when to be able to make one trip over
good roads is worth the amount of the
"It Is shown that by issuing bonds
and carrying an average of $36,000,000
annually for 18 years the 16,000 miles
of roads could be built in nine years.
the assessment of the average farm
being Increased about $1.30 per annum
by this method.
The recommendation Is made that
the present automobile tax fund be
held to form a nucleus for a road fund
of the kind proposed.
The comprehensiveness of the plan
advocated will be better comprehended
when it Is understood that 85 per cent
of the traffic on the highways is car
ried upon only between 15 and 20 per
cent of the roads. Nineteen thousand
miles of permanent roads, built as sug
gested, would provide means of trans
portation for nearly everybody.
! X Off
No Suits Reserved
For Man.Woman & Child
Formerly $5.95 to $75 values, now
$3.57 to $45.00
Collars and Muffs now
$1.77 to $18.00
Formerly valued at $2.95 to $30.00
Poney and Near Seal, now
$39 to $90
Formerlv valued at $65 to $150.
For Man.Woman & Child
"Rock Island.1 LLft'''
STKCdbe & Co:
ROCK ISLAND. ILL.
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HUKHXM1 TO 1
A VI V
iil Furs-the Gift of Gifts
No matter how small the price may he, our
furs are genuine. The McCahe standard is
upheld throughout the entire line. These
special prices for Wednesday and the week;
Twenty-one states In the union have
abolished the common drinking cup
in schools. ...
A two years' course in forestry has
been instituted at the University of
Wisconsin to meet the demand for
trained forest rangers.
More than a thousand school teach
ers in the Netherlands are banded to
gether in an association for temper
ance work among their pupils.
Two thousand, one hundred and
ninety women attended .the Univer
sity of Paris during the past year.
Ninety-nine studied law, 570 medicine,
248 science, 32 pharmacy, and the re
mainder were in the course In letters.
The school farm movement in Wake
county, North Carolina, which has at
tracted wide attention, is described
by County Superintendent Judd In an
illustrated bulletin Just issued by the
United States bureau of educatlpn.
At a conference of Swedish teachers
recently it was emphasized that In
struction in domestic science in the
schools must deal principally with the
substantial things, instead of the
"caramel and tart" kind.
The woman's law class at New York
university is probably unique in that
it is not intended to prepare women
for the practice of law, but to give
them sufficient legal knowledge to
conduct the administration of trust
estates and other forms of business.
In urging the need of vocational
Training, me inaiana commission on
industrial and agricultural education
estimates; that there are fully 25,000
boys. and. girls in that state between
the ages. of 14 and 16 who have not
secured adequate preparation for life
worn in tne scnoois ana. are now
working at Jobs which hold no prom
ise of future competence or advance
The "House of Science" Just found
ed by private benefaction at Tomsk,
Siberia, aims to be a popular Siberian
university, where free instruction will
be given in -elementary and advanced
subject. Special evening classes will
be held; a library and a museum of
practical information will form part
of the equipment, and instruction in
sanitation and hygiene will have a
leading place in the program.
Soldiers at Fort McPherson, Ga.,
will have a school of practical buslj
ness, if the reported plans of General,
Evans, in command of the department
of the gulf, are carried into effect.
Among the subjects of instruction wi',1
be Intelligent reading, simple arith
metic, single entry bookkeeping, legi
ble writing, stenography, automobile
and explosive gas engineering, and
telegraphy. The Idea is to furnish
the enlisted man with schooling that
will enable him to earn a good living
at the expiration of his enlistment.
The school is part of a plan to make
the army more attractive to young
Long black or brown coney coat,
well made, well lined
Coat of Russian pony beautifully marked
Genuine astrakhan coat, large collar,
turn cuffs, for
Hudson lynx sets, shawl collar,
pillow muff, at a set
Red fox sets, the new collar and
pillow muff, set
Genuine mole skin sets, new ahap
collar, large pillow muff, set
Brown or black coney, $2 50
Hudson lynx muffs... $5-00
Oppossum muffs . .... $8 50
Marmot muffs 9975
Jap mink muffs.... $15-00 .
Black fox muffs.... $19 50
Beginning Wednesday night, the 18th, the store
will be open evenings until Christmas.
mind Is to kill the rabbit. Quickly he
searches his mind to see where a
weapon can be found.
The second thought Is to secure a
rock to throw at It, Just as some cave
A man finds a snake colled In the
road. It may be a harmless snake,
but It's a snake, and therefore bis
primitive instinct calls upon blm to
A weapon! He seeks about for a
club, Jnst as his ancient, skin clothed
ancestors would have done, and, hav
ing secured the club, he dispatches
the snake, his soul singing with tri
umph. Modern clrlllMtlon probably would
have urged the man to cut a forked
stick and catch the snnke by the neck
with it, then to secure 10 cents' worth
of chloroform and kill It swiftly and
painlessly. But he goes after the club
Just as naturally as If he had never
seen a steam heated flat or ridden on
a trolley car or seen an automobile.
Children roam In the woods and eat
every variety of berry they can find.
It matters - not If they be poisonous.
They taste them all from the looks,
and the amount eaten depends on the
taste. This la probably what the cave
children did, and the modern infants
show the same Intelligent caution re
garding what they put In their mouths
It's that way all through. We may
have acquired a more or less thick
reneer of modern civilization, but let
emergencies arise and we're as primi
tive as the most primitive of our aD
certors, Galveston News.
A King's Hobby.
The late king of Slam had an extraor
dinary hobby that of collecting empty
matchboxes of all nations. In this
connection an Interesting story Is re
lated. During one of bis visit to 'Eng
land the king while passing down Bond
street one afternoon, accompankd by;
two members of his salt, espied an
empty matchbox which had been dis
carded by Its owner and thrown away
mto the middle of the thoroughfare.
Without a moment's thought the mon
arch dashed Into the middle of the
crowded traffic, grasped the much cov
eted treasure and was nearly ran over
by a passing cab. The fact, however,
that he was able to add a new speci
men to his collection gathered unrtir
such circumstances more than com
pensated blm for the risk which he had
run. London News.
i Lova and tha Laundry.
"The only thing I find to say against
you is that your washing bill is fur too
extravagant. Laxt week you bnd six
blouses In the wash. Why, Jane, my
own daughter never sends more than
"Ah. that may be, mora," replied
Jane, "but I 'ave to! Your daughter's
sweetheart is a bank clerk, while my
young man is a chimney sweep. '
makes a difference, mum." London
Tit-Bits. - ,
Cleaned Them Out.
First Girl Was your bazaar a great
success? Second Girl I should think
so. All the gentlemen had to walk
home. They hadn't even a penny la
their pockets to pay their tram fares.
How It le. .
"How is it, if Love is Mind, that we
hear of love at first sight?"
"It la after love at first sight occurs
that Love usually goes blind." Chi
OUR NATURAL SAVAGERY.
It Will at Time Break Through the
Veneer of Civilization.
It's a mighty short step from modern
civilization to the natural impulses of
ancient savagery. If yon don't believe
it just watch some time, and you'll
see a small boy or a grown man- -discover
. The first thought that cornea Into bis
under all State and National Pure
Food Laws. You can pay a
higher price, but you cannot get
a baking powder that will raise
nicer, lighter biscuits, cakes and
pastry, or that is any more
Your money back if K C fails to
please you. Try a can at our risk.
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