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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1913.
MORE FOR MONEY
IN ROCK ISLAND
1 THAN ELSEWHERE
Paving Cost No Argument
Against Approval of Bond
OTHER CITIES PAY MORE
People Owe It to Their City and
Themselves to Decide Propo
7. eitions on Merits.
1 i Such opposition as baa developed to
the bond proposition which will be
Toted uppn by the people next Thurs
day Is practically all based upon
cither fear of increasing taxes, or hos
tility to the present city administra
tion. A few are averse to creating a
debt, not fully realizing the necessary
difference between financing private
and public enterprises.
- Under the former head it has been
pretty clearly shown that the bonds
probably will call for no increase
whatever in taxes collected, the plan
being lo meet the payments, even out
side of those charged against the wa-
brlck and asphalt paving. The dif
ference was not uniform, being gov
erned largely by local conditions, the
variation being from 1 to 10 per, cent
These conditions were - true last
year and they are true thi3 year, when
the cost of paving everywhere la a
little higher than It was. Asphalt sel
dom runs over $2 per square yard
here, while In other cities It generally
costs not less than $2.10 and even as
high as $2.25.
Mollne has been paying more than
Rock Island right along for street
Improvements. Estimates In that city
this summer were placed higher than
in Rock Island and yet there were no
bidders on work amounting to over
$70,000 recently advertised. East Mo
line had but one bid on a big Job
last week, though the figure In the
estimate was higher than Rock Island
has been accustomed to paying, and
decided to postpone having the work
done till next year.
What Is true of paving Is also true
of laying of water mains and sewers.
WHAT IT MEANS.
If this means anything. It
means that Rock Island habit
ually, as has always been the case,
drives a little better bargain
with contractors than those In
other cities, that a larger percentage
of the money property owners contrib
ute goes into actual improvements and
less into frills and extras.
On Euch a showing as this Rock
Islanders ought to be at least as ready
as residents of other cities to back
At any rate, they should be willing
PRICE OF ICE. IS
TO f AY INCREASE
Shortage Forces Companies to
Take Drastic Measures
With Heavy Users.
One Company Forced to Cut Down the
Amount to One-half of Demand
Shipped from Wisconsin.
north buying and caring for Its ship
ment. Several other companies are under
stood to be planning to either de
crease the allowance of their custo
mers or raise the price, to the heavy
users within, a short time unless con
tinued low temperatures prevail. At
the present time there is not a comj
pany in the three cities that does not
look on a new customer as a misfor
tune rather than as a valuable acqui
t.erworks department, exclusively, out,to COnslder the propositions put up to
of the regular revenue Only about, one j them on their merits. Those who
mill on the dollar, assessed valuation, ! honestlv believe that the city will be
will be required to pay off principal . better ofr wlthout the athletic field,
and interest. So the cost bugbear is I the elevated tank to give fire pressure
virtually disposed of. j on the bluff the water maln exten.
; Hostility toward the administration i Rjon9 for the new limits, and the other
improvements, at the terms stated,
misinformed as to the cost of public
Improvements, can consistently vote
They should not, however, be dead
and blind to the city's crying needs
or any member of it. should not be
allowed to enter into the case. As has
been pointed out the commission will
hot stand or fall in acrordance with
the fate of these bonds. The com
mission members are not more inter-t-sted
one way c,r the other than the
Where there is prejudice so deeply
grounded that tho voter is unwilling
to contribute in any manner to the
success of the municipality, losing
all sight of the city's needs, it is use-
Ipps to arpie.
simply because they may happen to be
out of sympathy with the men who
are at the head of the city government. I
There will be a meeting of the town
board of auditors in the council room
Where there is merely 0f the city hall on Llonday afternoon
.objection to RiviiiK the administration
the power to handle additional public
r.ind.H however well safeguarded, it is
entirely possible that the opinion held
is based upon misinformation.
lt F.TIO l-VVINO COST.
For instance, the remark ha3 been
heard not infrequently that Hock Is
land lias paid more for its street im
provements during the last two years
than "other cities. This is a mistake.
A number of local organizations have
taken the trouble to lock into this mat
ter, among them the Second avenue
business men who did some investigat
ing before the work on that thorough
fare was done last summer. It was
found that in nearly ever case Rock
Island was able to get work done
cheaper than other cities, both for
at 2 o'clock. Sept. 15, 1913. The pur
pose of said meeting is to aUow any
and all bills.
Decide if there is to be a tax levy.
Decide whether a special election
shall be held to fill vacancv in office
To determine if the township will
use any money for the betterment, of
the roads in the township.
And any other business that may
come before the said board.
S. D. FOLSOM. Clerk.
Constantinople The Turko-Bulgar-lan
peace conference, called to settle
recent war questions in dispute, was
opened in this capital.
The first action taken by the deal
ers in the present Ice famine came to
day when one Rock Island company
raised the price of the ice furnished
to meet markets to $5.50 a ton, an in
crease of 25 cents per thousands
It is only by the exercise of ex
treme economy on the part of their
customers that the local ice compan
ies say they can hope to continue to
deliver ice the remainder of the sea
son. There is not a dealer in the
three cities who Is cot selling the com
modity for less than it is costing him.
Several Davenport dealers are said
to have ceased delivering ice to their
private customers while even in Rock
Island one firm was forced to cut down
its deliveries 50 per cent for several
days last week.
f'OMES FROM WISCONSIN.
Practically all the ice that is being
sold here is shipped in from Wiscon
sin. Except for a few cities along the
lakes, ven that state is feeling the
effects of the famine and is carefully
husbanding its supply.
The Sylvan Ice company is the firm
that has been forced to raise the price
to butchers because of the scarcity.
The company is depending entirely on
shipments from the north for their sup
ply. To obtain Ice they are paying
$4.10 per ton and must stand the loss
Members of the firm declare that
even with the Increase there will be
no profit in handling the commodity.
No increase has been assessed against
the firm's private customers and will
not be as long as ice can be obtained
at a price where the loss will be too
heavy to withstand.
(IT DOWX DELIVERIES.
Inability to receive enough Ice from
Wisconsin to supply the demand forc
ed the Empire Ice company to cut
down its deliveries to one-half of the
demand Saturday and Monday. Today,
however, normal deliveries are being
In order that the company may se
cure enough ice to tide it over this
season, J. T. Campbell, its manager, Is
remaining constantly on watch In the
When You S
our new models in men's suits for
fall and winter and special styles for
young men, you'll agree they're the
best that have ever been shown in these
three cities. The new soft roll coat,
two, three and four button styles; the
smart ideas in waistcoats; the new
trouscr features ; new ideas in Norfolk?,
all these things need to be seen to be
These styles have been handsomely
brught out in the clothes made by
Hart Schaff tier ? Marx
. Garson Meyer ? Co.
$20 to $35
. We have lots of other good ones, of
course; for young men; older men, big
men; little men, in the well known
$12 to $20
Ooerrtcht Hart Schtffnrx Marx
Largest Men's rri
'The illustration shows one
of the late models very well;
it has patch pockets and
soft front. Notice the waist
coat. The trousers are mod
ified English, permanent
cuff. This is one of the snap
' pies suit styles you'll see.
FRANCE MAY JOIN
IN PANAMA EXPO
r it J
. I? tIt
M. Tirman. .
M. h K.
Shoes for Women
$4 to $6
The M. & K. slogan has always been "The Best" and only the best is good
enough for M. & K. patrons. This does not necessarily mean a high price, but
the remarkable growth of our shoe department is due to superior shoe qualities
at no greater price than is usually charged for an inferior grade.
Patents $2.50 to $5
Satins $5 to $6
-IMP I I W
San Francisco, Cal., Sept. 8. Amer
ican tariff legislation and the outlook
for trade in the United States for
French commercial and manufacturing
interests will to a large extent deter
mine the extent of the French govern
ment's participation in the Panama
Pacific exposition in this city in 1915.
This is the expressed opinion of M.
Albert Tirman, chairman of the
French government's commission del
egated to investigate conditions sur
rounding the exposition and formally
dedicate the site of the French pa
vilion. M. Tirman, head of the delegation,
is the only government official on the
visiting commission. He is director
of transportation and expositions fn
the department of commerce He is
a nephew of the former governor of
"We are here to gather informa
tion for our government," said M.
Tirman, speaking through an Inter
preter. "Of course it is impossible
to forecast what our report will be,
but France will not join in any Euro
pean boycott against the San Francis
"Our commercial interests wish to
participate in the fair if they find it
will be to their advantage. In other
words, France is looking for trade with
the United States.
"Your tariff legislation will have
something to do with the extent to
which the merchants and manufactur
ers of France .will .exhibit their pro
ducts. Naturally they wish the mat
ter to be mutually advantageous to
America and France.
"We are not, however, saying any
thing about the position taken by
England, Germany or Italy. We can
only speak for our own nation. Our
government has appointed this com
mission to show its friendly feeling for
the United States, a friendliness which
always has existed between the two
Black Suede, New
Styles, $4 to
Black suede, button or lace are
shown for the dress and street shoes.
Either .. full or narrow toe, medium or
high heel at $4.oo,-$$.oo and $6.oo.
Unusual Shoe Values
$2.50 to $3.50
M. & K. are showing an exceptionally beautiful line of women's shoes in
dull leathers, cloth or dull tops, lace or button, same styles as in the $5 and
$6 line at $2.50 to $3.50.
For dress occasions satins and pat
ents will play a large part in ladies'
fotwear this season. We offer an ex
tremely large assor'ment in button or
lace in Cuban or low heels, $2.50 to
A VOICE HEARD FROM
SOUTH ROCK ISLAND
No. 414, a pret
ty dull shoe for
street or dress
wear at $4.00.
For Man,Woman& Child
R O C K I S LAN D, 1 LL;
by in i$-button
satin boot at $5
RARE STORIES OF
Told in Human Interest Style by
Author Who Made Careful
Study of People.
The following was brought to The
Argus office today and its publication
"To the Voters of Rock Island: The
committee appointed to look after the
territory which is to be voted on for
annexation will kindly tell the public
in general that the petition on file at
the city clerk's office Is illegal, which
will be proven. There are signatures
on the petition that never were writ,
ten by the parties themselves, and
some were gotten by misrepresenta
tion; so don't be misled and Investi
gate the matter thoroughly and save
your vote for the future. All we ask
Is a square deal and be fair in this
matter and find out the truth for yourself.
"The city needs territory and can get
it at the right time and in a legal way.
"COMMITTEE OF SOUTH ROCK IS
"By Christian Koehler."
Christian Koehler, who presented
the communication, stated that ,whatj
the committee he represents wants Is
light on the benefits of annexation
j more than anything else ana proor
I that the burdens of increased taxation
! to the newcomers would not eventu-
ally mean property confiscation. "Show
us that It is a benefit to us to come In
and we will be all right,- said Ir.
Koehler. "I am not an obstructionist.
I am for improvements and am willing
to pay my share, but It might go hard
with some of ray neighbors.
"All we object to Is that the matter
has not been r0Per5y explained to us
j by those in charge of the petitions."
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Milwaukee Fears are expressed for
the schooner George W. Westcott,
owned and sailed by Captain Jacob
Olson and carrying a crew of four.
The boat left Glen Haven, Mich., Aug.
27 for Milwaukee.
All the news
ail the time The
Among the many thousands of peo
ple from all over the world who visit
the canal zone, none could be better
prepared for what is commonly known
!as "sightseeing" than was Willis J.
Abbot, author of "Panama and the
Canal in Picture and Prose." In addi
tion to a carefully selected staff of
artists and photographers, Mr. Abbot
carried with him credentials from gov
ernment officials at Washington, D. C,
where he bad long been a special writ
er on national topics. Besides, he has
an extensive personal acquaintance
among the officers in charge of the
canal construction, which, of course,
gave him many privileges not extended
Thus equipped, Mr. Abbot made a
careful survey of the canal and its
adjacent territory, going into every
nook and corner of the zone. Under
his direction photographs were taken
and sketches were made with a view
to illustrating this book fully and
completely. The result Is a volume
which portrays every phase of life on
the Isthmus. Around these pictures
are drawn intimate stories of the cus
toms and characteristics of these un
usual people; how some of them
were found to eat lizards and con
sider them a -rare delicacy; how they
live in the jungle far removed from
civilization; how they have helped
to construct the great waterway; in
fact, all about the place and the people.
The Argus realizes the educational
advantages to be derived from this
book, and for this reason has arranged
for a great distribution to its readers.
Every man, woman and child will at
once recognise The necessity of know
ing all there Is to know about this
mighty achievement; all about the na
tives; about the future of the country;
the effects of the canal on the nations
of the entire world; and here is a
chance to get all this information al
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