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THE llOCK ISLAND ARGUS. . SATURDAY. 'MAY 23. 1011.
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SEEN IN ILLINOIS
State Superintendent Potts De
! rnanda Immediate Be
dnction in Rates.
REBELS CUT WATER SUPPLY; PESTILENCE FEARED IN MAZATLAN
WANTS RISKS RECLASSED
Chicago Board of Underwriter Ac
: cuaed of Controlling Cook
, County Bu tines.
Springfield. 111.. May 23. The report
of Rufus 21. Potts, state insurance su
perintendent, covering his recent In
vestigation of fire insurance conditions
in Illinois, mada public today. Mr.
Potts recommends an immediate re
duction in fire insurance rates and a
recjasoiucation of risks. He says the
organizations now holding control
oTer the operations of this business
must reform their organisation and
methods of doing business or tfe de
partment will proceed against thm.
Mr. Potts further says the Chicago
board of underwriters has assumed
Jurisdiction over the stock fire insur
ance business in Took county. estab
lishing tariffs, publishing rates and re
stricting agents' commissions.
Control Outside Cook County.
The Western Union Board of Under
writers exercises control over the
state of IJIinoIa outside of Cook coun
ty, according to the commissioner.
He states that in his opinion these
organisations are a clear combination
preventing competition and in re
straint of trade. The report says:
"Illinois rates are much higher than
those of adjacent states, and according
to tables covering experience for the
last thirty-three years, the loss ratio
has been lower than that of any state
except Wisconsin, which is practically
the same. The annual amount of pre
mium In Illinois is reported as almost
equal to the combined premium of the
state of Missouri. Kansas. Kentucky
and Texas, where rate reductions have
iJVv Immediate Cut Demanded,
tjj) ""The Immediate reduction of premi-
Drawing water across desert to Mazatlan.
Sickness and death are Increasing with alarming rapidity at Mazatlan, Mexico, due to the fact that the be
sieging rebels have completely shut ofT the water supply of the city. An outbreak of pestilence is feared. The
only water which the inhabitants are able to obtain, and that only in small quantities, is drawn in the primitive
manner shown in the picture, across the dreary stretches of desert sand.
urn rates now charged is demanded,
aggregating the following totals.
Dean schedule risks 750.000
Sprinklered risk E0.000
ILLINOIS OUTSIDE COOK COUNTY
TVan schedule risks C00.000
IT'S THE GREAT
FACTORY SALE OF
at Bowlby's Music House
Which makes Piano buy
ing Easy Prices smashed
R. M. Brown,
Thus the total amount of immediate
reduction in premiums recommended
for the entire state is $2,400,000.
According to Mr. Potts, the persist
ent refusal of the stock Are companies
and organisation voluntarily to grant
concession to the insuring public is In
defensible. The substance of the report de
mands that the entire state shall be
re-rated, and that all discriminations
against the small Insurer shall be eliminated.
DAY IN DAVENPORT
Bids will be received at Mayor's
office until 10 a. m.. May 25. 1914, for
one-story four room house, sheds and
out buildings located on the north por
tion of the athletic park. Bids to be
accompanied by certified check in
amount of 10 per cent of bids. Bids
must be submitted on bidding sheet
furnished at Mayors' office.
fAdv). H. M. SCHR1VER.
Roma Marine Band
Afternoon and Evening
Talented Musicians & Vocalist
Popular Music Saturday
Liquor Case Again in Limelight An
outgrowth of the famous Richardson
Wundrum case was brought to light
yesterday, when suit for the recovery
of $1,250 from the Independent Heal
Estate company was filed by R. T. Mil
ler and Ella Meyer, owners of the
property where Arthur Wundrum met
his death a few years ago. Everyone
is familiar with the details of the
horrible death of young Wundrum. for
which Isaac Richardson, a saloon
proprietor, was tried on a charge of
manslaughter and was acquitted.
Wundrum. according to the testimony
of witnesses, on a dare front, his
friends, consumed a beer glass full of
whisky, without taking the glass from
his lips. A short time afterward he
became unconscious. His friends car
ried the unconscious youth, who was
not yet 20 years of age, to the barn in
the rear of 712 West Second street,
where he was left during the night,
with practically no covering. It was
the coldest night of the winter. Wun
drum died. Suit w-as brought by the
family of young Wundrum'against
Richardson and the Independent Real
Estate company. R. T. Miller and El
la Meyer, owners of the property, were
made parties in the suit to establish
a lien on the property. The suit was
settled for $1,250. The' release was
made out to R. T. Miller and Ella Mey
er, who made settlement.
Now the owners of the property
seek to recover the sum expended in
settlement of the suit and have filed
a petition against the Independent
Real Estate company. By reason of
the sub-tenant, Isaac Richardson, con
ducting a business contrary to law in
violation of the contract in the lease
executed to the real estate company.
Miller and Ella Meyer were made lia
ble to suit. For this reason they
bring suit against the Independent
Real Estate company, a subsidiary
concern of the Independent Malting
Machinists on Strike About 40 ma
chinists employed at the Llnograph
company plant at the corner of Fifth
and Rock Island streets, are out on a
strike because one of their number, C.
II. Billman, was discharged. The men
claimed that there was discrimination
against the man, that he was let go
without proper cause. The officers of
the company deny this fact, claiming
that the man was discharged for good
and sufficient reasons.
Davenport Man Found Innocent
Jack Curry, the Davenport chauf
feur, arrested several days ago on sus
picion of having assisted in the theft
of a Ford automobile from jt Sigour
ney. Iowa, garage, has been exoner
ated of all guilt and was given his
freedom. Curry was arrested by De
tective Phelan upon request of the
Sigourney authorities and was taken
to the latter place by Sheriff Grimes.
The car in question was stolen by
S. Y. I'arr, another Davenport man,
who was nabbed by Detective Phelan
one day after the theft, the car hay
ing been abandoned this side of Wash
ington. Curry's many friends in this
city will be pleased to learn of his
No. 5, miraculously escaped death yes
terday morning in a runaway accident
which resulted in his severe Injury,
the wrecking of the mail wagon and
the death of the horse, valued at $250
The smashup was staged at the ex
irrme north end of Main street at the
city limits. Mr. Rohm resides at th
end of the pavement and was just
starting out from the barn. He drove
out into the road and turned out to
avoid two loaded wagons which were
approaching from the opposite direc
tion. At this juncture an automobile
swung around the wagons, coming from
the north, and bore down almost upon
the mail car. The horse became fright
ened, and taking the, bit in its teeth
started on a breakneck run. The flight
continued for about 250 yards, when
the fear-crazed animal suddenly swenr
ed, lost its footing, and went down in
a heap. The abrupt stop hurled Rohm
from the seat headlong through the
glass windshield to the road. By- a
miracle his face was not even scratch
ed, although his right shoulder and
side were badly bruised an dinjured
The wagon was a total wreck, the
loss to the government amounting to
approximately $75. The horse, in fall
ing, broke its hind leg, and it was nec
essary to end its sufferings with a
Horse Collides With Buzz Car A
runaway horse made a frenzied dash
through the downtown streets, wind
ing up its stunt l- plunging into an
automobile at the corner of Second
and Main streets. A. Collier
had loaded his wagon with ashes and
temporarily deserted the outfit, which
was standing in an alley at the rear of
Walter Hass' cafe. The animal be
came frightened and started on a wild
gallop. When it reached the Daven
port Savings bank corner, it ran head
long into Dr. George Middleton's auto
mobile, the car being considerably bat
tered and damaged. The ash wagon,
however, escaped mutilation.
Works New Bad Check Swindle. W.
D. Jones walked into the First Na
tional bank last Wednesday and drew
a sight draft for $G40 on the Farmers'
State bank of Larned, Kan. He stated
that iie wished to place the draft on
deposit and asked for a receipt. He
was given a qualified receipt, as his
actions seemed peculiar and suspicious
to Cashier U J. Yaggy. The bank im
mediately forwarded the draft to the
Farmers' State bank of Larned, Kan.,
and received a reply to the effect that
While the- last a five-passenger, 124
inch wheelbase, electrically equipped
$1950 Molinc M-40 for $1550, complete
ly equipped a $400 saving- to you.
Never in the history of the automobile
industry has a responsible maker of
fered such a car at such a price'.
This is the famous tried and proven Mo
line the winner for three successive
yers of the Chicago Motor Club Tro
phy with perfect scores in grinding
Glidden Tours and other well-known
The Moline M-40 is a luxurious, com
fortable car, finished in a classy blue
black, hand-buffed leather upholstery
and easyriding springs, '36x4 inch
Goodrich or Firestone tires.
Owing to the great demand for the Mo-line-Knight
we must utilize every
square foot of our factory floor space
immediately for our increased produc
tion. Regular demonstration immediate de-.
livery while they last, $1550 act
Sauerman IMotor Co., Rock Island, 111.
1 J.IJIl!. '1J
arious Davenport railroad yards. The
men entered a west end establishment
and offered to sell a large quantity of
chewing tobacco at half price. The
proprietor's suspicions were aroused
and he refused. As soon as the pair
had left, the police were notified, and
the men were captured at the corner
of Third street and Western avenue.
The prisoners "were put through the
third degree, but refused absolutely to
talk. It is the belief of the police that
they have a large quantity of the swag
planted somewhere in this vicinity.
Freight car robberies have been caus
ing the police considerable grief and
trouble during the past few weeks and
despite strenuous efforts to get a line
on the criminals nothing had devel
Junes nan. no account mere, in tn? Licensed to Wed John Sifter fend
meantime the swindler had shown the! Klin Kmedi, both residents of Daven
receipt given him by the bank hore to : port. v
several local merchants, after buying j
a bill of goods, as evidence that bo; Woman Refuses to Prosecute The
had a large credit here. He then said
that her had no cash on his person and
offered to write a check fcr the bill. He
Is known to have succeeded In his
game at one store and it 13 thought
that other bad checks will show up
today. Jones also drew a sight draft
on the Larned bank through the Dav
enport Savings bank and also asked
for a receipt there. He is described
as a man of good appearance, about
"0 years of age, well dressed in blue
0 ; serge suit, wearing a straw hat and
Dempsey Leases Valuable Sift ! tan shoes.
Lease of the lot between tin Com
Police Break Up Gang of Robbers.
with the arrest of Frank Smith and
William T. Henry by Detectives
Schluetter and Boettcher, the police
believe they have succeeded in land
ing two members of an organized gang
that has been conducting wholesale
robbery operations on freight cars In
merclal club and Hotel Dempsey to
George Dempsey, proprietor of the ho
tel, for a term of 10 years, was decided
on at a special meeting of the board
of directors cf the Commercial club
at noon yetserdoy. All that now re
mains for a una! consummation of
the transaction in the formal approval
of the Davenport Commercial Club
Building company, which holds title
to the tract. The lot is 26x150 feet
In dlmenbions and was purchased of
Dempsey three years ago for $12,000.
The tract will be planted with flowers
and shrubbery and turned into an ar
tistic ornamental garden which will
add to the attractiveness of both the
Hotel Dempsey and the Commercial
club. Mr. Dempsey's only reason for
leasing the tract is that It will pro
vide for a continuance of air and sun-
light for bis dining room and guest
Carrier la Hurt in Runaway Spill.
Chris it ohm, carrier on rural route
Relief from the ailments caused
by disordered stomach, torpid
liver, irrofjular bowel'- i3 given
quickly, safely, and assur
edly by the tried and reliable
Sold ttwrwlint. It kiw, 10c 25
depth of a woman's love was demon
strated yesterday when Mrs. Frank A.
Reece rallied to the suppoct of the
husband who almost succeeded in
murdering her. She skillfully sought
to refute all damaging evidence against
the man site loved, cleverly matching i
her wits with Assistant County Attor
ney Becker in a fight to save her hus
band from the penitentiary. "I abso
lutely will not prosecute this case,"
said Mrs. Reece. "Frank never in
tended to kill me. It was an acci
dent, pure and simple. He has always
been a loving and devoted husband,'
and has supported me faithfully." As
a result Reece, against whom a charge
of assault with intent to commit mur
der had been lodged, was given his
fn-r-dom and the couple placed their
arms around each other and. wept.
They have promised to leave "the city
and have expressed their intention of
I making their future home in Des I
Moines. The near murder was staged I
at 517 West Third street on Wednes
day night. Keece had been drinking
heavily a:ia when his wife refused to
g. buggy rtiiing with him, -w hipped out
a XS calibre revolver, pointed it at her
head and pulled the trigger. Th wom
an Unppcil to the floor apparently life
less. When the police arrived the gun
man was attempting to make a get
away through the back door and was
capture). The woman was taken to
Mercy lu-riiil but the bullet merely
Inflicted a xlight scalp wound and she
was ui l arked from the institution
Obituary Record Dr. Charles H.
Preston, probably the oldest practic
ing physician in Davenport, died at
the family home, 1322 Fulton avenue.
He Mas 69 years old. Feb. 3 of this
year Dr. Preston suffered a paralytic
stroke. His condition at once became
alarming and for a time his death was
hourly expected. The deceased leaves
to mourn his loss the wife and three
children, the Misses Abagail and Ella
Preston, teachers in the Davenport
public school; and Charles Irish Pres
ton, mechanical engineer with the
Reck Island road. The funeral was
held this afternoon with services" at
3 o'clock at the Unitarian church, con
ducted by Rev. A. M. Judy and Rev. J.
W. Cooper. Incineration, which will
follow, will take place at the Dave'a
port crematorium and will be private.
Of Quaker descent Dr. Preston was
born, the youngest of the four' chil
dren of Dr. Charles H. and Susannah
Ilicklen Preston, In the village of
Paris. Stark Co.. O., Sept. 4, 1844.
When but a few months old, he was
deprived by death of his father, a
young and promising physician then
but rece'ntly graduated from the medi
cal college of Ohio. The mother, de
voted to her two living sons and only
der means to educate them" intellect
ually and morally as her husband
would have wished. To her they owed
all that a mother's self-denial and de
votion can earn, and repaid her, in
sofar as was possible, with the ten
derest love and care. She died In
this city in 1890, still a widow, at the
age of almost four score, warmly loved
by all who knew her or had ever
known her. With something of the
Quaker lingering In his disposition. Dr.
Preston never Joined any of the secret
fraternal organizations except his col
lege fraternity of Beta Theta PI cJ
the A. O. U. W.. M. W. A., and L L. H.
mutual benefit insurance organ!
Uons. He had,; too, the Quaker ab
horrence of aggressive war. It hurt
him to give pain to any living thing.
To this kindliness of spirit was joined
a strong inherent sense of honor and
regard for the rights of others. Mar
ried in 1S87 to Miss Ruth Irish, daugh
ter of Charles V. Irish of Iowa City,
a worthy descendant of Mayflower
stock, her ancestry like his own having
been largely "friends," their home life
wtih their three children was happy
and beautiful throughout. He '
ever a loving husband, a kind and in
dulgent father, and a firm friend
daughter, made the most of very slen-j those who enjoyed his friend?hip.
Head Off Suffering and Surgery
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treatment of piles until the condition becomes such as to demand
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with ordinary remedies. Easy for. use aud thoroughly' dependable.
Full directions with each package. Come in and get a package today.
Two siies. 50c and $1.00. For sale by
H. O. Rolfs.
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' Exclusive Agency.