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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. SAT CHID AT, STAY T7, rtlS.
MAN IS SLUGGED
INTO THE RIVER
.JTurder Mystery'Confronts Dav-
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enport i-ouce x ouowing vis
covcry of Floater.
p-VICTIM IS FRANK HARDING
. Was Important Witness for Prosecu-
OLD PIONEER DIES
AFTER LONG ILLNESS
tlon in Sensational Cae In
A possible murder mystery is con
fronting th DavprnnrJ notice fn'.lnv.
'Ing the discovery of a floater in the
Mississippi river early this morning.
pThe body of a veil dressed man, in
1 an advanced stage of decomposition,
-was found at the foot of Warren street
j by two employes of the McCarthy
C. Construction company at 6 o'clock. In
the dead man's clothing was found a !
,6ubpoena directing Frank Harding to
i, appear before the Maysville court as
' a witness for the prosecution. The
k case Involved a young woman. Miss
Ir.-Luella Steiren. The supposition is
Mhat Harding met with foul piny at
i-the hands of parties interested in set-curing
the acquittal of Miss Steffen.
p f rionvrAi. imrovKnv.
The gruesomn find was made by
(.John Holt and George Schroeder, who
'..reside in that vicinity. Arising early,
R they noticed a dark object bobbins up
'nd down on the waves. A closer in--vestigation
disclosed the fact that the
object was a human corpse. The po
jjflice were immediately notified and
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John E. Warner Succumbs to
the Infirmities of Age
Matthew Robison of Edgington.
Matthew Robison. one of tho oldest
residents of Rock Island county, died
Thursday night at his home in Edginc
ton. Mr. Robison wa3 a resident of
Rock Island county for over 80 years
and had the honor of being president
of the Old Settlers' association of
Rock Island county.
The funeral was held at the home
in Edgington this morning at 11
o'clock. Rev. Stewart was in charge
of the services and interment was
made in the Edgington cemetery.
the remains taken to a Davenport un
It has been learned that Harding
was to have been the star witness for
the prosecution in a sensational case
involving 16-year-old Luella Steffen.
Thre was conFiderable feeling on
both sides, and the supposition is that
Harding was slugged and his body
thrown into the waters'of the Missis
sippi. The dead man's residence was
Donahue, Jowa. So badly decomposed
Jchn R, Warner, who for many
years maie Kock Island his home,
passed away at his residence, 2932
Fifh avenue about 11:00 o'clock this
mcrning. Old age was the cause of
his death. Mr. Warner hid been ill
during the last seven weeks and his
death was not unexpected.
He was born in Greenbush, N. Y.
March 21, 1S44. Eight years later he
came to Rock Island with his parents,
where he grew to manhood. He then
went to St. Paul, Minn., where he re
sided for sixteen years being at that
time secretary cf the "last, Burfora fe
Burwell Co. He returned to Rock Is
land in 1898, wha he made his home
ever since. He was united in mar
riage to Miss Esther Warner in 1872
and to the union tw0 children were
born. He was a thirty-second degree
Mason, being a member of the Rock
Island commandery. He is survived
bv a widow and two children. Charles
and Grace, all of whom make their
home in Rock Island.
The funeral will be held Monday aft
ernoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home.
Other arrangements have not yet been
completed. It is requested that there
be no flowers.
The deceased was the son of John
Warner who in the ear.y days was
chief owner of the horse Caroline -.between
this city and Moline. ""
FIXERAL OF MRS. CAIGHEY.
The funeral of Mrs. Hugh Caughey
was held at the home of her niece,
Mrs. S. S. Davis, 3052 Tenth avenue.
this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. R. S.
Haney, pastor of the Second Congre
gational church of Moline, was In
charge of the services and interment
the corpse that it was a practical w 83 made ia Chippiannock cemetery.
SHOULD BE KILLED
impossibility to detect any marks of
violence which would prove the mur
der theory, and it is likely tiiat the'
mystery will never be unraveled.
At the first sim of the repulsive rock-
'S roach or wau-rbug, p't from your dnig
5. cift a box of the genuine S teams' I'lec
j'. trie Kat sij'I Idarh Paste and iwe it
5 according to directions; and in the
morning you can swoop up a pauful of
iVi Jwid CK'kroaclies. iJoady for uso; docs
' not blow into the food like powders.
f Stearns Electric Pasta is sold
p gu.irnntoe of money back 5f it f::il.s to
exterminate rovkroncboe, rati1, mice, etc.
V. Fold by druircist?,' 23c and $1.00, r
J sent direct, cliarg.'s prejiuid. on receipt j
- Stearns' Electric Parte Co Chicago, I1L
ELSIE EVELYN BASSETT
IS BABY CONTEST WINNER
The sons and nephews of the deceased
acted as pallbearers,
j The baby contest given by the Sew
I i:ig circle of the McKinley chapel was
a great success, the attendance was
larqe and all were well pleased with
the results, the neat sum of $143.03
j ,ii j cflii.ru i i wiii mr ' 1 1 1 1; i- auit i
I supper. Ten cents was charged fori
on ! each vote cast for fie baby contest-!
I ants and resulted as follows: Elsie,
! Evelyn Hassctt of Moline, first prize, j
j 4jH votes; Nora Ingrihan, 275; James :
; Hoskins. 2'1; Dorothy Clay, 186; Bes- j
BL-; llhams of Davenport, loo; Mar-1
ion Scott of Molir.e, 122; Booker Moore, i
73. Lillian Wheeler of Davenport, 4; i
Winifred Jiiirdin 28; Helen Tayior,
mm coming is
endeavor to prove that they are direct
descendants of one Carl Christopher
Springer, who in 1758 came to this
country from Stockholm. He settled
in Delaware and acquired a large tract
of land which cow takes in the entire
city of Wilmington. Springer left a
will bequeathing his estate to his sons
but the heirs squabbled and one of
them tore up the will. Ever since
descendants of these sons have been
trying to obtain possession of old
Springer's holdings. The HolmeB
girls, who were born at Salinas, Cal.,
say they are descendants of one of the
warring sons, Lawrence Springer.
TAKEN INTO COURT
Squad of Those Recently In
dicted Have Legal Counsel
Appointed for Them.
This morning in circuit court a
number of the defendants recently in
dicted were arraigned. All of them
were served with a copy of their in
dictments, list of w itnesses and grand
Will Johnson, charged with operat
ing a confidence game, had no coun
sel, and G. W. McCaskrin was appoint
ed to defend him. Ruby Miller, alias
Hazel Heber, alia3 Hazel Holding,
who was indicted on a double charge
of detaining a female in a disorderly
house and enticing a person of previ
ous chastity into a resort, Arnold WH
coxsin, charged with robbery, and
John Perros, charged with larceny,
will be defended by John K. Scott, and
John VanderBurghe, charged with
murder, is to be defended, by Clyde
The hearing of the habeas corpus
proceedings brought by Mrs. Leonard
Keesler against her husband in an
effort to obtain possession of her
child will be held Monday, and Tues
day the Wait vs. Wenks case will toe
PERSONAL POINTS II
Scheme of L. J. Buckley to Be
Investigated Thoroughly Be
fore Move Is Made.
Whether cr not Rock Island county
!s to hold a Home Ccming and an ex
hibit cf agricultural products, is still
a question. The presidents of the
Hock Island club, Businees Men's
dub and the Fifty Thousand organ
ization, htld a second conference yes-
", "'n i ia.
15. and Owen Perkins of Davenport, terday afternoon at the Rock Island
Enroll now for the summer
term i:t Drown's DusLness
College, Hock Island. Phone
club with L. J. Buckley, the promoter
Special preaching services will be concerning tnc scneme. u was ae
held at thp McKinley chapel tomor- j cided to refer the matter to the mem-
rcw morning, as Kev. ueorce L.. (lap "''i' aoauv.iai.iuu icpmeui-
ri1;. iho national secretary of the B.
Y T. E. board, will occupy the pulpit.
Monday eeu!ng. Kev. Mr. Harris will
l'Ci.irs at the chapel on "A Fool and
th. Other Fellow." Admission will be
Out Door Sleeping Berths
ed in order that they make a thorough
investigation of the scheme.
No definite time was fixed for Mr.
Buckley to return but the men who
are interested in the proposed show
expect to canvass the situation thor
oughly at owe, fcr if the entertain
ment is to be staged th:3 fa'l, active
prepartiens will have to be made at
once. The question of a site for the
affair was considered at some length
end ti;e Watch Tcwer and Exposition
grounds eecmed the most favored.
F. Weyerhaeuser and J. P. Weyer
haeuser of St. Paul are in th-? city.
Dr. E. P. Ames is visiting at the
home of his parents at Shelbyville,
Mrs. F. L. Stone of Chicago is vis
iting with her sister, Mrs. B. D. Sho
walter, 32S Twentieth street.
Dr. E. L. Hainline of this city left
this evening for Aledo. where he ex
pects to remain over Sunday visiting
Miss Mable Payne has gone to Chi
cago and Drnville, where she expects
to spend several weeks visiting
friends and relatives.
EAST MOLINE IS
IN CLUTCHES OF
Eight New Victims Taken to the
Pest House Today State
A small pox epidemic has swept j
over the city of East Moline. Eight)
new cases were discovered today, and !
the isolation hospital U crowded to j
the doors. The chief of police w-as in
carcerated in the pest house this
morning and the town is without po
lice protection. Residents are panic
stricken. Mcst of the victims have
been taken from two houses, in which
sanitary conditions were entirely lack
ing. The menace has assumed such
serious proportions that today Dr.
Crawford, of the state health board,
arrived to conduct an investigation
and take prompt measures to check
BE TRIED AGAdl
State's Attorney F. E. Thomp
son Confesses Error in In
State's Attorney F. E. Thompson to
day notified State's Attorney General
P. J2 Lucey to confess error and have
letuined back to the Rock Island coun
ty circuit court, the suit of the State
vs. Ernest Cowdery, who was convict
ed here of the crime of incest and
wi.:se case was appealed by the de
fendant to the state supreme court.
Cowdery is now in Joliet serving an
indeterminate sentence of from 1 to
20 jears. The complaining witness
was Rose Cowdery, 14-year-old daugh
ter of the defendant.
The local state prosecutor was forc
ed to this position of confessing error
tfcause of a ruling of the state su
preme court two weeks after the Cow
dery trial in the case of the People
vs. .-vfton, reported in Volume 258 Il
linois, page 292, in which the opinion
is held that in incest cases the jury
ni-ist fix the penalty. iTrasmuch as
Cowdery was sentenced under the in
determinate parole law, State's Attor
li.'y Thompson was forced to dismiss
the frst case in which he secured a
conviction, in order trat anoiner inai
might be held conforming io tha su
preme court's ruling.
This picture shows the
berth with the curtain
raised and the top down,
which makes it absolutely
stormproof . from wind,
rain or snow. Fresh air
enters through vertical
open space between side
Sold and Put
PHIL S. WILCHER
2104 Fourth Avenue, Rock Island, III.
TO SE IMPROVED
CHICAGOAN AT HEAD OF
THE ILLINOIS HISTORIANS
Springfield, 111., May 17 The Illi
nois Historical society elected the fol
lowing officers yesterday:
Honorary President Clark E. Carr,
Galesburg, the retiring president.
President Otto L. Schmidt, Chicago.
First Vice President Lawrence Y.
Second Vice President W. T. Lor
Third Vice President Richard
Fourth Vice President George A.
Secretary-Treasurer Mrs. Jessie
Palmer Weber, Springfield.
Directors Edward James, Univers
ity of Illinois; E. B. Green, Urbana;
Andrew Russe!, Jacksonville; Captain
J. H. Burnham, Bloomington; George
W. Smith, Carbondale; Mrs. Weber,
J. W. Clinton, Po'.o; Walter Collier,
Be sure yon can obey good Inwg be
fore yon nltPr had ones. RtjsLin.
Eat on the Verandas
and Dance Every
Tuesday and Friday
G. R. STEPHENSON, Mgr.
THE CONFIDENCE OF THE
is placed in this bank, simply because the policies under which
it does business are consistent with all the principles of sound
Serious minded men and -women who are careful of their ex
penditures place part of their income, each week or month, in
thig bank zX 4 per cent.
4 interest paid on deposits.
Make Our Bank Your Bank
H. E. CASTEEL, President, M. S. HEAGY. Vice Pres. H. B. Simmon, Ca .'i.
Southwest corner Second avenue and Eighteenth strcpt.
IF YOU WANT TO
m . m
PHONE OLD 632. 8
Albion: E. M. Bowman. Alton: J. A.
James, Evanston: Charles H. Rammel-1 ANY KIND OF HOUSE
kamp, Jacksonville; Mr. Schmidt, J. '
i a. cunmngnam, Lrnana; n 1:11am a.
! Workmen Eusy on Kev Cables ;Meese. Moline; Richard V. Carpen-
Extendine-to Sears Enild. iter, Eelvidere.
inj Plans Adopted.
"Kid'' Richard Injured.
A local boy known as '"Kid" Richard
Within one week the campers at the : was seriously injured about 3 o'clock
Watch Tower and along Rock river : thlf afternoon when he w thrown
. 1. .uc 1 IV... . i.J ocaJO til jiarg 1XH
the advantages of city telephone ser- j
vice. Workmen have been busy of la'e
on cablfg that extend in this riirecf-on
na.3 Manacer A. J. Beverlin Ktatert t ni Etrpet En'J Eleventh a
morning that the new improvement , who is employed by a local meat mar
would be competed nt wi-ek imlo ' !:et- "as driving his delivery horEe,
HOLD GOODS. WE PAY THEi
HIGHEST PRICES. BE SURE'
TO CALL AND BE CONVINCED.'
from his wagon to the pavement, an
ugly gash being inflicted in the head.
The eccident occurred at -Twelftn
I unlocked fcr complications made their
I Flans for the new telephone ex-
char.fce have b?en adopted and bids
1 w ill be advertised for nest week. Hola
i bird and Roche cf Chicago were the
j architects that prepared the plans. The
j new building will be finished during
! th-. winter and will be located at
Eighteenth street and Seven'h avenue.
v. hich became frightened at a steam
roller and made a frenzied leap.. The
driver wag hurled head foremost upon
th-i pavement. A physician wa3 call
ed and the injured youth taken to his
Kerler Rug Co.
VACUUM CARPET AND RUG CLEANERS
AND RUG Ifl A NUFACTUHERS
Vacuum Cleaning at Your Homo or at Our Factory
Rugs made from old carpets. Extra ma
terial furnished cheaply. Carpets taken
up, rclaid, sewed and sized.
1710 Fourth Avenue
ock Island, HI.
I C a AC "" LJ-L-l-U llllll HIlT
r. . 1 ,
1505 SECOND AVENUE.
Washington Excavation of earth
from the Panama canal during April
THREE DIVORCES ARE jamounted to 2,053.055 cubic yards, j
rDAWTCn IM rnilDTTnnAV:8Saln6t 2X25.838 during March. Con- j
uuniiiku iiv uuuil I iuumi Irrpte laid
crete laid during April totaled 55.TS5 ;
cubic yards, against 9S.TC3 the pre-
vious month. i
It is a Moulded, Indesfuctiblc Hose for the Lawn,
Greenhouse, Stable and Carafe.
lacing of continuous length you can get any length
wanted up to 500 feet in one piece thereby avoid
ing leaky couplings whenever long lengths are neces
sary. Kevcro Garden Hose will not kink or burst at a
sharp angle as docs the old style or commonly term
ed "Wrapped Duck Conduction."
Rcvero will withstand more abuse than any other
make or brand of Garden Hose.
There is nothing more convincing than a trial.
Clf ANNON & DUFVA
112 SEVENTEENTH ST. ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
Divorces were granted in circuit
com today to EmdLe Selis vs. John
Selis. on the grounds that the defend-
j Brit had been convicted of a felony.
J J. K. Scott was the attorney. Alma
Coyle was given a divorce from Wil
liam Coyle, Jr., of Mo'.ine, drunken
ness being the cause of action. Charles
A. S.kes of Moline was awarded a de- jtions submitted by the anthracite con
cree from Florence Dentcir," tiikes. de-; dilation board. He sustained the men's
sertion being alleged. J. B. &. J. L. contention for 7 per cent bonus under
Otkleaf were the counsel. jthe sliding sca'.e for March, 1512, the
last month the scale was ia opera-
Hazleton, Pa. Half a million dollars
in back pay will be given anthracite
mine workers as a result of decisions
by Charles P. NeilL as umpire on ques-
TWO GIRLS CLAIM A CITY lion-
Francisco Manicurists Goina
Sweden to Establish Rights.
San Francisco, May 1". The Misses
Minnie and Pearl Holmes, manicurists
In a big hotel here, are cr their way
to Sweden to claim a share of an
estate valued at $160,000,000. They
have told their friends they are con
fident they will return millionaires.
But just the same they arranged with
O j th hotel management to hold their
-xijot open. The young womea U1
"We Should Worry"
PHONE WEST 133
Home Tea Co.
225-227 Eighteenth Street.
Indianapolis William E. Johnson,
editor of the New Republican, a tem
perance paper published at Wester
ville, Ohio, brought suit ia the cir
cuit court here for $50,000 damages :
against Clysses G. Robinson of St.
Louis, editor of the National Issue, !
a prohibition publication,
accuses of libel.
newg ail the time xte
We Buy and Sell
Deere and Company
Moline Plow Co.
Root & Van Dervoort stocks
LITTEN & ROBERTS
Stocks,' Bonds, Mortgages.
Peoples National Bank Building
Rock Island, UL
Where Arc They?
Could you command them in cash if opportunity or
Many investors, tempted by high rates, place their
- money in the control cf other3 and find it impossible
to realize when necessary.
The interest-bearinc certificates cf deposit issued
by thi3 bank are negotiable, do not fluctuate in
value and can be turned into cash at any time.
They offer an excellent medium for the investment
of funds. ' 1
German Trust & Savings Bank
ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS '