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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 1913.
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9 x 12 Velvet Rug in Flora! or Oriental Design
Made by one of the standard mills of this coun
try and worth in a regular way $25.00. We of
fer tht'iii tomorrow up a sp'-ial in our rug department
Terms $1.50 cash; $1.50 monthly
Thl Little Princess Outfit
Turkish "Low-Hoy" 'Rocker Tlvo Inc Continuous Tost Steel Tied
Tomorrow We Again Offer 36 More of These
Turkish Rockers at
Terms $1.00 Cash: $1.00 Monthly
Only ? "Rectibed
While -we ordered 72 of these rock
ers, the factory making them was able
.10 seed us Just Vi of our order at this
time, claiming the demand for them
was so great we ought to be thankful
to get even this quantity. No article
we ever featured creatod so great a
demand as did this rocker on a prev
'But No Wonder!
Who ever heard of a great roomy
rocker of this type, the very newest
member of the Turkish Rocker family,
selling at this price? This offer is so
remarkable that we almost fear that
those who do not know Franc's may
discredit it. We hope not.
It Is an exact reproduction of the
rocker and shows it exactly as It will
appear in your btoi Just stop a mo
ment and think how this rocker would
enhance the appearance of your living
room or library.
$1.00 Places It There
At the special price of $12.50 you
would hardly expect to buy this rocker
at the rate of $1.00 at time of purchase
and $1.00 monthly, yet that is the way
they will be sold and another reason
for the great demand for them.
We renlly think the Little Princess Outfit offers you more furniture for the money than it is possible
to olitain anywhere else, rr-.-isit-tlng a I' dors of furniture to completely and comfortably furnish four
mom We here euuun'ra-e just the articles Tirninh jou in this model home: Dining Room Con
tain. 6 elixir. 1 extension tatii 1 china close;, 1 buffet. 1 rug, 2 pictures. Living Room Contains, 1
library tuble, 1 davenport. 'J rockers. " pictures, 1 nut Hod Room Contains brass bed. spring, mat
trnh. 1 ro Ut. 1 chair. 1 cen:er H'ancl, 1 c'riPhcr. 1 rug, 1 picture. Kitchen Contains either cook stove
r gus rarme, kttchf u canister anl to ciiairs.
All This for $185 Terms to Suit
BUY IT OF FRANC-PUT THE SAVING IN THE BANK
17.100 VT. 2d St, Davenport, lewa
"'mil 11 biii Hc;uigJ
Pull sire, massive bed, furnished in either white or the beautiful Vernls Mar
tin, Just like the picture without doubt the greatest bed value possible
to obtain. Terms $1.00 cash, 75c monthly.
Kitchen Cabinet De Luxe
This kitchen eal)inet has niekeloid top, has tilting flour
bin, large broad box, large utensil eupboard, roomy
dish cupboard, sugar bin and spice counters. I Ii '7C
A great value at our price 3 I tt I 0
$1,50 cash, $1.50 monthly
STEALS 10 CENTS;
10 YEARS FOR BQY
Case of "Barbaric Law in Geor
gia" Cited in Detail by a
COURT'S HANDS ARE TIED
Father's Efforts Fall to Free Son
After He Has Been Prisoner
What If branded as "one of the
most aggravated instances of lcclsla
tlve stupidity that has cver-exis.t a in
the Vtilted Siates" is brought to public
attention by a decision of tlic ;eiriu
supreme court handed down last
month. It centers in the sentencing of
a 10-year-old Georgia boy to 11 years"
imprsonment for stealiDg a bottle of
coco cola worth 5 cents
The details of the case arc furnished
by "Willis H. Hntson. lawyer.
Otto building. Chicago. Mr. Hutson in
sending the facta expresses the hope
that publicity will shame the Georgia
ltglala'.ure into repealing the ""t!s
ITiTKMEXT OK THE rA!K.
Mr. Hutson sets forth this case of
th workings of Georgia's barbaric law
respecting misdemeanors of children 1
i as follow h :
"Knrly tliis mniith I read in the Chi
cago papers that a 10-yenr-old boy in
Georgia lind ln-n sentenced to 11
years" confinement in the Georgia re
M.rmntory fi r a theft of a 5-ee:it bottle
of com ei!a hud that, the supreme
.court 'f Georgia had sustained the
senter.c aurl refused to interfere. Be
ing d attorney. I thought I would ia-
, vi gtgate the ease and ascertain if this
frt.i'e of fa-ts cou'.d possibly exist in
this hu!is"ed 'lanii ,f the free.'
"I communicated with the attorneys
' for the people of Atlanta, Ga., and also
'he ut:oriicys for the boy. and finally
obtained from the clerk of the supreme
. court of (rt-orLia a cerufi d copy of the
c;ihioa of that court, which I have at
, n;y otV.ce subject to inspection.
"The boy's rame a Ollie Taylor
and the Miit was r"spectir.g habeas
corpus proeeedings brought by h'.s
'fat.ntr to cet his Bon out of the posses
sion of the reformatory (and its keep
er, a man named Means). It is my
purpose to give you the gist of the
docislon of this court, and I have also
'investigated the statutes of the state
of C.cortria and attach hereto the rel-
; var.t parth of their criminal code.
I Hit. II ( ll RT' !EW OP IT.
! "The supreme court pinion states
I the facts of the cas as follows:
"O. E. Taylor instituted habeas cor
i pus proceedings against T. A. E.
j Means, charging that the defendant
j was illegally detaining petitioner's
i son. Ollie Taylor, a youth of about 13
, years of sge. and setting up that peti
tioner was entitled to the possession
is atrn toward rrmter nrofit. It int thr amouot itn tht
coast, but wht i and turned icto suu'k.ctsUtk product.
fV5, Animal Regulator
putt hot, row and hot io prim cooJitioo aodiikurr perfrt
diwtioi. Thmt prt Afck tb mm wbo ur it, or tct at our ruk
25c. 6c, 1. 25-lb. Pail. 3.SO
' Vm bomt hch U it fil'
ram mom AB vaund. 25c. 50c. SAtrpIe frvo.
and services of his said minor son. j
"The lower court refused to liber
ate the child and the supreme court
held that it had no power to do so
under existing laws. Continuing, the
supreme court states the circum
stances as follows:
'"When a little more than 10 years
of age Ollie Taylor had pleaded guilty
to an accusation charging him with
an offense which amounted to a mis
demeanot 10 wit: the theft of & bot
tle of coca cola, of the value of five
cents. The order and conduct of the
life of the boy while confined on the
industrial farm was as follows: Arise
j from 4:45 a. m. to 6 o'clock a. m.; eat
i breakfast from 5 to 7 a. m., do chores
i from breakfast to 8:30 a. m., attend
I school from 8:30 to 11:80, dinner at
I 12 m.. play from dinner to 1:80, work
at jobs suitable to his strength from
1:30 to 30 minutes before, supper;
supper anywhere from 4:30 to 6, ow
ing to the season of the year; study
from supper to 7:30 or 8 in winter and
! ia summer from 6:30 to 7:30; then to
j bed, bathe, work private garden, and
play baseball Saturday; play house
! games Saturday nights; Sunday rise
! as on any other day; breakfast, thence
to Sunday school; exercise by drill oi
gymnastics; dinner, preaching in the
afternoon, and singing at night.; disci
pline is military.
APPLICATION OF TFB LAW.
"The court held aa follows:
"The sentence in the present case
Is not one imposing punishment un
der the purely peal statutes of the
state: the purpose of the sentence is
not punishment alone but restraint
and correction under circumstances
that shall tend to the mental and moral
uplift of the child and the proper for
mation of h.ls character.
"Where a minor under age of 16
is convicted of a misdemeanor. . . .
The act of the legislature confers
on the presiding judge a discretion
to send htm to the chain gang, or
to the industrial farm, but if he is
sent to the industrial farm, or other
similar institmion, the legislature has
declared tha each a sentence shall
be for and during the minority of
such person. . . . The courts were
not given any discretion of authority
. . . to send a minor to the industrial
farm for a lesg time than that above
mentioned, or to discharge him before
his reaching majority, on a writ of
FOR BOY'S "MORAL ITI.IFT.
"I have investigated this case in a
dispassionate manner and with the
desire to be entirely fair, even though
my sympathies have been drawn upoa
and my wrath excited as my investi
gation progressed. Those facts are
clear from the decision of the supreme
court itself: That the boy, Ollie, was
but 10 years old at the time of the
offense; that his 'crime' consisted in
the insignificant taking of a five cent
bottle of coca cola.
"Ollie was honest enough to ac
knowledge the theft. If he had denied
it and stood a jury trial it is likely
mat no Jury would ever have convict
ed the boy, no matter how guilty they
believed him to be; certainly not if
they had any idea of the severity of
the punishment which would await
"The supreme court says that the
punishment was not the entire purpose
and that the restraint was Euch as
'shall tend to the mental and moral
uplift of the child.'
"In other words, take the boy away
from loving parents with all home in
fluences and place him among the de
praved, dissolute and abandoned youth,
I of the state; lock him up within a
j 'stockade,' in a 'reformatory prison,'
i keep him there until his majority,
; which in this case would be 11 years,
t Had the boy been still younger the
term of imprisonment would of course
j have been longer.
I CHAIX OiJG O! TTTE FARM.
unaer tms outrageous statute,
where a child is found guilty of a
misdemeanor, the trial Judge has but
-j one choice and that is 'a discretion to
send him to the chain gang or the in
dustrial farm.' Think of sending min
or boys, under 16 years old, to the
'chain gang ,t'o be chained up with
criminals and compelled to work
I building roads, etc., in Georgia!
"The judge evidently did the best
he coud and sentenced tha boy to
the refromatory, and the father and
his attorneys, concluding that noth
ing further could be done in that
quarter, started 8 habeas corpus pro
ceeding in the name of the father up
oa the theory that he, a father, was
entitled to the society, services, and
possession of his son.
"This present suit was an attempt
by habeas corpus to compel the sur- j
render of the son to the bather, and
both the trial court and the supreme
court decided against the father's
rights as well as the boy's.
"Over three years have elapsed
since this baby, I might almost call
him, committed hjs 'crime,' and he
is still a prisoner! It is possible the
governor of the state may exercise
his right of pardon, or that this boy
may in time be liberated, and Indeed
the misfortune of the individual is
less important than the existence if
such a law, which must constantly
bring further unfortunates under Itg
pernicious ban, and this article is
written in the hope that public senti
ment may be aroused throughout the
country so that the legislature of Geor
gia may be Induced or shamed into
repealing this disgraceful statute.
A TRAVESTY OS JUSTICE."
"That 'the mental and moral up
lift of the child' could be accomplish
ed in an association, for 11 years, with
criminals In a 'stockade' with no
chance to see his family and beyond
all outside influences; where the child
would be kept 'constantly at work dur
ing week days,' where the beeper of
the Jail Is enjoined to use 'the strict
est eoonomy,' respecting food, cloth
ing and needs of the cnfld is prepos
terous, and this Georgia statute is a
travesty on the justice it purports to
"We venture to assert that there
is not one legislator In Oeorgia, or
one judge on Its bench, that, in his
boyhood days did not do many things
much worse than the takng of a five
cent bottle of coca cola, and If all
our childish offenses were to be pun
ished with such inhuman severity, we
would all he inmates of institutions,
and there would be none to be keep
ers and guardians thereof.
The eetence would have been be
yond all reason had it been for 30
days with a child like Ollie, and when
the operation of this law extended
the time to 11 years it simply dem
onstrates the futility of human effort
to make proper laws. Even the leg
islators themselves would have gasped
if they could, or would have been car
ried to the extreme which the facts
of this case demanded under it8 strict
"We believe this case to be one of
the moht aggravated instances of leg
islative stupidity that has even ex
isted in these United States, and 1
such a manner as to make Georgil
ashamed of itself and to compel tbi
speedy repeal of this disgraceful btat,
In New Shoo.
E. E. Lamp, who has conducted
feel it is my duty to raise my voice i plumbing shop at 325 Seventeent!
against it, and I hope that the all j street for number of years, has re
powerful public sentiment may be I moved to new and larger quarters a
aroused throughout the country in i 513 Seventeenth street. (Adv.
There's a wealth of health in every can of
Rona Cocoa. It's good for growing children
invigorating nutritious muscle-building.
Rona Cocoa is made in Holland by the old
Dutch process. The indigestible fibre is taken out,
freeing it from sediment making it soothing
dtl'uiout. That's why Rona Cocoa dissolves ln
ttantly in boiling water. No trouble to make it.
Bct of ill. Ron Cocci costs only half as much at do
mestic cocoas, because it goes twice at far. You use only
one-half a teaspoonful to the cup. It's economical a 25c
can makes 64 cups. Children like it it't a nourishing food.
Asfc vol arocer far Ran tf. fturrh fvr.
th bg. ted en. Use it u e bcverige of for cues.
pJdmgi. fudijes. or saucct. You ii Uc rt rich.
Two Sizes IGc arid 25c.
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