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THE ItOCK IST.AXP" AKQTJSi TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5. 18S9.
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Last Evening's Regular
SieiBal-aairwtkly UeetiBts) Hereafter
St Ik ttakwrban Slaaghtrr Hanse
AiataaarraTe Waterworks) Prap
aalitaa a b gubsaitte to Popular
Tate Taa HJarliy Bepart ta Fall
Talrphaae for the Praakllaa-
Tke City Bal1din.
Crrr Cocscil Room, Rock IsLaND.Feb.
4 The coudcU met in regular session
at 8 p. . m.. Mayor Blanding presiding,
and all tbe aldermen present except
Bchafer. The minutes of tbe last meet
ing were read and approved. Officers'
monthly reports for January were read
and ordered placed on file.
Alderman Howard, from the commit
tee on claims, reported adversely on the
claims of Mrs. Dies, Michael Kaoey and
W. P. Oarlin. and in favor of allowing
W. Rogers $150 in full. Tbe first part
of the report was adopted, and that re
lating to the Rogers claim was referred
Ayes Gray, Hampton, Negus, Winter,
III, Evans. Simmon. McConochie, Wil
Noes Howard, Schnell, Edwards,
Alderman Winter moved that 5 be re
funded to Mr. Huber, being the amount
of a floe assessed for keeping an unli
censed dog, on the allegation that he did
not own tbe dog. Lost:
Ayes Howard, Negus. Winter, 111,
Evans, 8oott 8.
Noes Gray, Hampton, Schnell, Sim
mon, Edwards, McConochie, Williamson
On motion of Alderman Williamson,
the rules were suspended and Health
Commissioner Plummer addressed the
council on the sublet of the unsanitary
condition of certain slaughter house
premises in South Rock Island, within
his jurisdiction for health purposes.
In reply to questions by the mayor.
City Attorney McEoiry stated tbe city
had health jurisdiction one mile outside
tbe city limits; and that if the council
declared by ordinance that a nuisance ex
ists the power will he created to abate tbe
nuisance. Tbe council can also forbid
the maintenance of a slaughter house
within one mile of the city limits. The
board of health of South Rock Island has
ample power to abate the nuisance in its
Alderman Williamson moved that the
ordinance committee be instructed to re
port an ordinance forbidding the slaugh
ter of any animals hy butchers within one
mile of the city limits. In reply to a
question, Health Commissioner Plummer
stated that the only way to inspect the
animal food supply, to prevent the sale
of Improper flesh, is to inspect the hoof .
Lost, 8 to ID (Ayes Howard, Gray,
Alderman Williamson, from tbe ordi
nance committee, reported favorably tbe
ordinance providing for semi-monthly
meetings of tbe city council, and Alder
man Hampton moved its adoption.
Alderman Williamson reported ad
versely on the ordinance to license public
weighers, aad in its stead reported an
amendment to tbe revised ordinances
abolishing the office of city weighinaster.
Alderman Hampton o fir red a substitute
ordinance making tbe city weigh master's
compensation 7J cents per load weighed
or measured. Alderman Howard moved
to lay It on the table. Adopted.
Tbe clerk read an invitation of the In
dustrial Home association to attend tbe
opening of the Industrial Fair. The in
vitation was accepted, on motion af Al
Alderman Winter, from the finance
committee, reported an ordinance allow
ing bills which was unanimously adopted
Wa Idui 1 BO John oimey. ..
Dsn Daly 10 l Peter Larkin
XOhdii fO Steve O'Connor..
i T Noftaker 11 SS In ion Prmt'g Co
I Donaldson 143 Rl Area
britio t ACCOCKT.
X Hsvoes 7 0 Jas onwsv
Isaac Alios 8 15 Graham apt-r St
Clothing aUownc. m SO J M Sullivan SO 00
. 75 IK) H L Bilker SO 0U
. M SI W m Mc arttjr Cx) 00
,. 50 00 W p Tindall IS Ou
. SO Oj f'has Fiebia 1 IS
P B Lime Aesa.
J B XUls
Cna Fleblg ..
,. 81 0' Wall 111 . 8 6V
&) 00 K W KobiU f0
, . SO 00 R I E ectric Lt Co. 17 So
omn accoi ut.
. 4 3 00 m Fmrlfston.... t OS
. IS 00 ' I mock Gould Co. S
. IS 70 Union Print's Co.. IS it
. 2 as
.. si S' M Yerbury 1 80
SO li 1 Una Co 1
. 6 00
8 C P.ummer Sr. . M ity C'lvrk 3 85
Colon Prlnt'g Co. 8 i K I Argna 3 00
St LAST ACCOUNT.
Robart Koehler..!') U0 w Liweeny 4S 00
m P ateynolds.... SS 04 Wm Ee-frlestoD 45 00
Wa McSniry.... 80 00 W W Englestoo 8 83
B I Bnuh Electric Liifht Co 4M 67
WATBB WORKS PEPARTaERT.
ftf T Stafford loo Oi Davia A o S7 85
W H Plerca.
... W SO Huifb'Murrny is 40
W U Plerca...
at M Pierce...,
Wm Morria ...
Tboe Poller. ,
C V Mining Co
Office, et. ....
,.. 6 -JS Adamron A Ralck 11 73
.. 60 00 M fclectrlc Lt Co. . . IK 041
... 6) 0) M Verbarr vi
.. 6) 00 J B Clow 4 Son... S 75
.. 4 00 BarUn)eT A Co ... 8 SO
.. 15 Wm Tr-fta S SS
.. 8 tt Warnock A Ral'n. S 81
. S 00 John Corno 2 06
.. 41 HO Citr Clerk S 00
... IS 75 R 1 L AMfgC'o.... 1ST
.. 14 75 Wlllinmn. W ft Co. 1 SO
... 8 25 R I Plating Wka... 1 BO
.. IS SO Frank Nattier .. .. 1
.. SOOUlArgna )
.. 4 50 R 1 (iiu Co I S7
. OitH W Bridge S4 80
. 9 06 Watwrwork 8)5 64
,. 874 W Contingent 84 70
t 64 75 Liirbt , .... 494 67
. IS 45 Printing Ou
Orand total... $1,545 77
A bill of George Downing, Jr.. was re
ferred to the nnanee committee with
power to act; and a bill of Loonier &
Co., 917.60 insurance, received the same
- order. A bitl of Wlllard Baker & Co.,
18.23, was allowed. A bill of Robert
' Bennett was reported adversely as illegal
and tbe report adopted .
A report of the city survey was re
ferred to a special committee of five al
dermen. Including the street and alley
committee, and tbe mayor, on motion of
Alderman Williamson; and tbe mayor
appointed Aldermen Schnell, Winter,
: "McConochie, Hampton and Edwards.
The mayor read a report of the special
committee adversely on the proposition to
submit a proposition to tbe people for the
issue of 150,000 for the building of a
eity hall, with a recommendation that
the present quarters be leased for three
years longer, with privilege of five. Also
supplemental report embracing a prop
osltion from P. L. Mitchell to sell the
armory to the city for $10,000, in annu
al payments of $1,000, bearing 6 percent
Interest, with computations of income,
cost, ate., for ten' years. Alderman
Schnell moved that the report be received
and the recommendation to lease be
adopted. Alderman Winter moved as an
amendment that tbe building be pur
chased at the terms proposed. Tbe
amendment was lost:
Ayes Howard, Gray, Hampton, Ne-
f us. Winter, 111- 8
Hoes Schnell, Evans, Simmon, Ed
wards, McConochie, Scott, Williamson
7. -.- -
The eriglnal motion was then adopted
The mayor submitted majority and
Bttlnority reports on the expediency of
selling the waterworks and Alderman
Schnell moved the adoption of the me-
jority report against the expediency of
selling the waterworks as follows:'
To the honorabl. the City Council of the city of
Tbe special committee to whom was re
ferred the communication of O. J. Dimick
Esq., relative to a sale cf tbe city water
works and Spencer equara, respectfully
That tbe committee baa examined and
considered the subject matter, so referred,
under the) following heads:
1. Has tbe city UDder its charter, the
lejral right to sell the waterworks and the
pnblio square, or either of them.
2. If tbe legal right exists, is it de
sirable and in tbe interest of a sound
pnblio policy to sell either, or both.
3. If a sale of the waterworks could
be made, can the instrument of eale be
made to contain valid conditions and
binding terms which would inenre to the
city, in perpetuity, free hydrant eervioe
for use of the Fire department and other
municipal purposes, and also secure to
the city, through the action of the City
Council, tbe right to fix and regulate the
maximum rate to be charged for private
consumption by water takers generally.
So far as the oommittee baa been able
to ascertain, tbe current of l-gal opin
ion, in judicial decisions and from mem
bers of the County bar and the City at
torney, is adverse to the City's poeseeaing
the right under the existing law to sell
eitbet tbe waterworks or Spencer squere,
and quite decisively eons to the public
square. Tbe committee cannot be ex
pected to do more on this point than to
report tbe ascertained opinion of lawyers.
as none of its members claim to possess
me requisite legal knowledge to form
and expreea a positive legal opinion upon
such an important and difficult point of
law. lr, as woul l seem to be the case,
the city is actually barred from making
sale of either under existing laws for want
or authority ,or bv neoeesary construction
of the terms of its charter.then the whole
subject is for the present, eutirely be
yond valid aotion by the Gmncil, and
must neoeseanly rt-main wholly in abey
ance until the power shall be conferred
by act of tbe State Legislature. So for
the eornaiittee is unanimously agreed.
Upon a preeentntion of these state
mente, the committ-e feel that it might
with no improperly ask to be discharged
rrom further consideration of the sub
ject, but as tbe question of sale is one of
more then ordinary import, and one in
regard to which it is well known a diver
sity of opinion prevftile among the citi
zens of the citv, the committee has
thought it expedient and proper to make
investigation and inn jirv, as to the a J
vieability of a sale, as fuily as if no legal
The majority of the committee has
reached tbe conclusion, that, even if the
city possessed an indisputable legal right
to sen Dotn waterworks aud eqaare, or
eithet of them, it is not durable, or ad
visabla, at this time to Ml either. The
sale of Spencer tqnare, were it legal and
practicable, is a question which needs no
special discussion on the part of the com
mittee, its location, adaptedness to
public use for the purposes of various
public edifioee, and tbe enntiment of the
people in regard to its future use, occu
panoy and improvement, are already
known to every member of the Council
as fully as would be known by the read
mg or a formal report. The committee
has therefore directed its attention main
ly to the more serions and generally dis
cussed topic of eelling tbe waterworks.
In this connection, and as preliminary to
rurtner observations by tb committee,
the following exhibits aud tabulated stat
istics, compiled from the city records,
are presented for the consideration of the
Rock Iflaad citv waterworks, built
1871-2. Gt-neral exhibit 17 veers.
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C T T C -t 7 7 7 -1 -1 a r ? A ? 3t
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p si p j y - m ic 1 1: -i 7 y a
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Remark : Tbe large amount of water rent for the
year ISJ) arte from refund of rent made by
ttuperlntend ut Cramer.
Exhibit of receipts and expenditures
per annum, for 17 years, construction
KTVEXCE PEU ANNtM.
11. WW 84
14 (8 55
SO M13 tl
I B.9fi3 M
7. !H sr.
Total . 'm.SrS 78 I $S6.U00 H.S75 78
COST PEB AXXUM.
Ftaual year Eipetme IntereHt. Total
1873 $ 5.4-'!. 51 tt.friO 14.MA tl
1873 i 5.11HI 15 tt.SiK) 14,fi90 15
1874 S.fUfi 84 .MJ0 10,1 In 84
1875 4.134 93 9 AO0 13.S3S 93
1876 5.284 44 W.WK) 14,784 44
1877 6,044 48 9,rKW 15.544 48
1878 6,391 18 9.500 14,891 18
1879 7.705 1 9 9.500 17.405 19
1880 7,6s4 97 9.500 17,184 97
1881 8.133 85 9 500 17,tW3 85
1884 8.1W-B9 8,750 16,947 69
1883 P,6tf 81 8.750 17,389 81
1884.. 7,473 87 8 750 16.4S3 87
18 10,010 SI 8.750 17.760 $1
8,890 17 8,750 1 7.640 17
1887... 8,998 86 8.450 1S.S48 86
1BS8 9,000 00 8.450 - 1S.850 00
Total 8141,819 66 !$145 S00 1467.06086
Flical year Deficit j Bnrplua
1871 9.938 51 $ -
1878 S.74ti 81
1874. 4,608 16
1875 119 85
1878. 1,845 89
1877 J.911 79
1878 8,771 89
1879 878 69
1880 647 84
1881 lit 70
188S 1,610 86
18B3 6 8t4 19
1884 &.971 41
1886 8,158 77
1886 8 810 48
1887... 9.S18 64
1888 9,250 00
Total ... $19,166 87 43,481 94
In 17 years, exoeai of surplus over deficit 14,815 87
No exact record of tbe annual amount
of water pumped and supplied has been
kept, but from enoh records and sources
of, information as are accessible, the quan
tity pnmped per annum for several years
last past may be stated approximatively
as 20,000,000 gallons.
The cos, of pumping per 1,000 gallons
(not inolu ling any oonBtruotion account,
but reckon in g in interest on ' the whole
plant) is approximatively nine cents.
The city commenced so stated, with
85 hydrani a. The number of city hy
drants at tie present time is 112. They
are averaged in the foregoing exhibits for
the whole 17 years at 100 in number,
and ss of a yearly value for the use of
the Fire department of $50 per bjdrant
or total serioe of $5,000 per annum.
. - BKCAPITTtATlOX.
Coat of water orka, 17 years
Construction aooount .....$?59.X( 16
Interest paid on water band.. 145.450 00
Kupalra.and ex Vnee run'g wka 141.810 65
Amount. SS6.260 81
Revenue from waterworks, 17 year
ltweived from water ratoa... $406.375, 74
Hydrant aervie), fire dep'rt'nt 85,000 00
Excesaoost over rerKyra (434,885 09
Ommittin; oonstruotion aoo't as
included in nod a part of the present val
ue of the waterworks, appendages and
Revenue, 17 yeus
From water rat.-a 406,875 74
Hydrant aerv. fl.-e dep't (say) 85.000 00
Amount $291,875 7
Expenditure, 1 year
Int. paid on Water bonds... .$145,450 00
Keai.a, running expense, etc, 141,810 65
Amount ,.. $467,060 65
In 17 yr. axresa t rev.over ex. $ 24,9ln 07
'TATKB WOBK8 DEBT.
There la no float ng indebtedness.
Outstanding wat V works bonds, viz :
Ann. due Feb. 1. 1894, S'....$ 25.000 00
Amt due Feb. 1,1904, 8-..... 85,000 00
Total $ 60,000 00
As a matter of information the commit
tee would add to the foregoing summary,
that current monthly expenses of all de
partments are regularly paid, and the
city has at th s time no other indebted
uees except $17,000 outstanding refund
bonds, interest at 6 per cent, and doe
Sept. 1, 1897, making the total debt of
the city for waterworks bonaa and other
bonds tbe earn of $220,000,00.
Whatever viilue might be placed upon
the water works, its mains, connections,
and appendages, as a whole, the portion
represented in the foregoing statistics as
oonstruotion itcoount may be properly
and safely inol nded in tfle present value
of the plant, si that leaving this out of
the calculation, the water works is not
only now paying operating expenses and
interest on its $50,000 water bonds, but
yields tbe city in revenue a surplus of
over 84,000 per annum. Meters are be
ing placed tbe present year on the water
connections of large consumers, which
after reasonable length of time will af
ford intelligent data upon which to es
tablish water r ites for such parties, and
will also be a reasonably fair tebt to eho9
whether or not the city has heretofore
supplied them water at a loes upon act
ual eoet. It is the opinion cf many in
telligent observers that the city has sua
tained a yearly loss of this character to
quite a considerable amount, and if such
prove to be trus by correcting this de
ficiency the revenue to the city wiL be
correspondingly increased over the pres
The waterworks as a plant, is at this
present time it reasonable good cou
di ion, and its capacity for work and
efficiency in supplying water are believed
to be fully adequate to all requirements
ut tbe city with its present business
wants and popal ition. The general sys
tem of water mains, as now completed, is
sufficient in a general way to take water
through the maidy inhabited portions
or toe city, and t le large main lately ex
tended to the east boundary line will
afford a safe and feasible connection with
the water system of tbe city of Moline,
if deemed deeirab'e to be made to meet
cases of emergency in either city. The
old boilers have been substantially re
newed and two others addfd. the fire
fronts are new, and the pumping ma
chinery is in good repair and in all re
spects in good working crdr. No reason
is known to tbe S iperiute ndent of water
works, or to the committee, why the
preeent works should not with ordinary
care bnd repair furnish a supply of water
equal to tbe pre ent quantity for tbe
next fifteen years its effectively na it has
done up to the present date. Unless in
crease in population and growth of
manufacturiee should become largely
greater than appt aranoes indicate, the
extension of maiDS and other items of
aoustruction will bi materially decreased
for some years to come. If a reservoir
were built for tbe relief of the pumps, tbe
machinery would probably not need to
be operated more than ten to fifteen
hours cut of twenty -four, and the life
time of the works would be greatly pro
loDged by such constimlion. While the
bonded indebtedness of the city for gen
eral purposes cannot legally exceed 5 per
cent on the assessel value of the real
and personal estate of tbe citv, the law
at the same time makes the snbjact of
water supply a special object, admits .f
issuing bonds epeclfclly for that purpose,
and apparently irapueea no limitation to
the amount. The committee suggests
uhe inquiry for yoor fatura considera
tion, should a reservoir ever become a
necessity, whether or not the city may
not possee lawful authority to issue bonds
for its construction, notwithstanding any
existing bonded iuc ebtedneee equal to
tbe 5 per cent limit which might be out
standing at the time.
The city's indebtedness is at all times
a natter of financial solicitude. It would
be a fortunate condi ion at the present
juncture of affairs if the eity was wholly
out of debt. But it 'fill be remembered.
that while the asse8ed valuatiou of
property for 1883 is culy $2,318,000, it is
bused upon the well known custom of
assessing property at one-third value.
As the rate per cent for state
and county taxes is a fixed rate, the
effect of a low asses mieut is to reduoe
and keep- state and county taxes at a
minimum sum ; at tbe same time i , oper
ates to make the rate per cent higher for
municipal taxes and also to prevent the
city from issuing bonds by reason of the
5 per cent limitation, or, if there were no
bonded indebtedness existing, to keep
down the Bmount which might be issned
to a small amount. A higher assessment
valuation, that is to s y, an assessment
at actual cash value wc ula lower the rate
per cent of municipal taxes nod enlarge
the amount of bonds ismeab'e under the
5 per cent limitation. No person, a res
ident of the city and acquainted with
property ana its value, believes that $2,-
818,000 represents the actual cash value
of the real and persona;, property within
tbe city. The city it in a better and
more hopeful condition, financially, than
tbe assessment represent. It is facte
and deductions which t ie committee de
sires to present, not the policy of main
taining low assessment and high rate
per cent for municipal taxes, or the re
verse, higher v valuation and lower tax
rates. These euggeetroos are offered be
cause it is urged by sou e that it would
be good financial policy to sell tbe city's
waterworks and out of the proceeds pay
off the bonded indebte Ineea, instead of
creating a sinking fund, or refunding the
bonds at maturity. . Th majority of the
committee are not favonJble to a sale of
the waterworks. ' c r
On the supposition tt a sale of the
works for a sum in oaah equal to or in
excess of the city's bonded indebtedness,
it i swell kown there is no coercive power
o compel tne Donanoiders to accept pay
ment prior to the maturitity of the bonds,
nor is it reasonable to suppose they
wonia so accept unless a premium were
paid equal at least to tbe interest to ac
crue op to the time of maturity. Con-
tequently the city would be under the
necessity of re-in vesting in new secun
ties a sum equal to Its bonded indebted
ness as a sinking fund readily converti
ble into cash to meet payment of tbe
bonds as they fall due. In seeking to
mate an investment of this character,
available in cash on comparatively short
notice, me city would be fortunate in re
alizing a greater rate of interest than 4
per cent per annum. The city would be
joeer in tne transaction all tbe differ
enee there might be between the amount
of interest received on the re-investment
and the amount paid on its bonds, see
appendix for compulation and instead of
having paid off the debt by the eale, the
uouus wouia still remain outstanding,
and the city would be incapable of any
new issues by reason of limitation tbe
same as if no sale had been made. It has
been suggested by those favorable to the
sale, that it might be conditioned, the
purchaser should assume payment of the
bonds as part payment of the purchase.
This would be merely a change in the
mode of payment and not a release of the
city from its obligations, nor would it
change tbe status of outstanding bonds
as a oar 10 lurtner issue on the present
assessed valuation or property. The orig
inal lien created by the bonds would still
hold against the city, and in the suppesa
able case of the purchaser of the water
woiks assuming the payment of these
bonds, should the purchaser for any
cause refuse, neglect or fail to make such
payment, the bondholders' lien would be
good against the city and be would have
his remedy at law accordingly. In titl
the majority of the committee regard tbe
proposition of having the purchaser as
sume the payments of the city's outstand
ing bonds as raising and adding unneces
Shry contingencies without changing or
removing the difficulties presented by the
5 per cent limitation established by law.
On the other hand, it is believed very few
responsible tax papers of the city could
be found to advocate paving into" the city
treasury $220,000. to use for other pur
poses, and leave the bonded indebtedness
to take care of itself unsecured by the
proceeds of the sale of the waterworks.
Furthermore, any sum likely to be
obtained, by or from the sale in
excess of the amount of outstand
ing bonds, even if paid into the treas
ury and used for purposes of public im
provements, would be comparatively
smnll and go but little ways. As a fin
ancial operation it would be only a tem
porary expedient, and the benefits to ac
crue would be more specious than real or
Unffible. The way to the mucn disaussed
city improvements in streets and side
walks is already provided by law in pre
scribed modes of special assessment, or
by special taxation, and these methods
are as much open and available for mak
ing the desired improvements, now, or at
any other time hereafter, as they were bes
f.re the subject of the sale of the water
works was broached.
It has also been suggested as an argu
ment in favor of selling the waterworks
that it would eliminate a disturbicg ele
ment in politics and municipal elections.
The majority of the committee can see no
particular reason why improper influ
ences, if any, should, or do, emanate from
the waterworks more than from any oth
er department of the city government,
and in fact would seem less likely to be
found there than in department where
the number f employes is greater and
the opportunities are better to exert cos
ercive political irfluence
Ho would i be with tbe water worka la the
hands of a private oompany or corporation? In
stances are nnmerouaa'id frequent enou h, cu -rently
reported and sufficirntl, aathvuticat d, to
show t at private c-ompanina aud corporations are
not nnfiequently very powerful fartoi in dire tly
shaping . r in indirectly covering the suff age of
their mploye at el ctions, and npon political
question. The standard of political probity is uu
doubtudly as hijb i the case of the citv as in pi i
vate corporations, and the majority of the commit
tee are (I cidedly of opinroa t at chan e uf owner
ship in the wt r works rrom the citv to a private
hoi 1 g. would not materially diminlMh, to say the
least, whati-ver of politics may be cot nected with
In regard to laaerting to tho Instrument of sa'e
valid conditions which would Insure fr hi-ni
sen-ice to the city, and the right to fix and regulate
te maximum intee to be charo-d ennsnmm
though peruana ditllrult in forrmil&tA in nrfu .n
effective termshe committee are of opinion baaed
upon legal advi.re that sucn condition- can be made
sii sua enwnve as part of t-.e terms o sale and
if a sale should ever lie made the committee would
rrgard such conditions us tndespensible requisites
ol the sale,
V ale were possible and contemplated, the com
mittee deem it xprdJent and advisaable before
any agre- ment wa. formulated or entered into, to
submit tho question of sale, or no eale, to a vo e of
the taxpayers. It is true such proceedings is n t
require! or even authorized bv the -.-, .-
and ihe result of such a vote would have no legal
KDd binding effect, but. 11 it was a fair vote and re
grdd as a free ana untrammeled exprsxioo of
the voters, 1 would vi tual v constitvt a vnt nf In.
strut-turn and necessarily b- given uue weight by the
City Conocil. The committee also states as its
opiuion t at in cae of contemplated sale it would
not be a-lvlssble to name any specific stun for
whl,:h tbe city would sell, -but that the most feasi
ble mode of proceeding would be to Invite sealed
prt.p aids v. ith the rlaht reserved to the n.frr t r.
Je.-t any or all b d. Ian if any r sponsible nartv
bid a i am the city was willing to accept a sale cou d
bamatleand closed; it. on tbe other hand thor.
was a conibiu .tlon anions bidders or nthor n.ra
to obtain the property at less t.. an fair value the
city would be under no obligation to oontract with
or sell ro any one.
As th - result of lnaulrv the
throughout the United Mtstes, the large cities al
most univ really own and manage their own water
worss. It is rep.-esented to the oommi tee as the
seneral condition in ti.s eastern and Oder settle .
states, thst all el dee and towBs of any conslde able
aiae and impoitance, either now own or are mak
ing efforts to own and control their water sunnlv
Ihe cities of JoUet and Quincy in this state, and
probably otliera would be found upon inquirv are
no aule Inst nces close it hand, where one has re
cently bough and the other is negotiating to buy
from private com paniea tbe water works, and lie
themaelveii from being dependant, and at tbe mercy
ol private interests .,r water aui.nlv. it t
probable thai these and many of tbe cities and
towns in this wm e n country, in early days, feel ng
tbe urgent need of being an pplied with good, whole
some w.ter, and lacking capital or resources of their
own to furnish It a a uin ldpal under aking, were
Induced by necessity to invite ospital from abroad
and principally from the eaat to construct, own.
-uu upri.io w,jr worss, out tne cummuu be
lieve that at the i resent time the tendency is en
tirely In the direction of cities owing and operating
their own water worka, and controlling the ra es
and m.asureof water su.ply. Facta and circum
stances generally Indicate this to be true policy.
xne city oi tUKX island, ins lead of saving oooa
alon to purchase, already owns its entire plant. 1
owes but 85U.UU0 en its water bonds ; the works are
In good condition and aufflr-lent for present de
mands; there lsao Increasing yearly surplus of
revenue over expenses, and the amount over this
yearly surplus has now reached a sum which, in
cluding o edit for favorant aervice. not onlv pays in
nil the yearly Interest n tbe water bonds, but al
so pays a further sum equal to about $ percent
on 25U,000 ; or, excluding hydrant service, affords
an actual surplus revenue equal to the u 1 yearly
lute aiit on the water bonds and fur bar amount
of per cent on the remaining $170,000, of bonded
U on careful lnventlaUnn of tha anblsct tfie ma
jority of tbe committee fail to tea any sufflo ent rea-
uus ior recommending a aale, or any good ground
for divesting the city in any manner of its owner
ship, coetrol, and municipal management of its
The Committee raenantrnlt Mcommend to tha
Council th puoUcation of both the majority and
miuorl-y rspo t in full In tha official city pap ra
for the information of the citizens of tha city gen
erally. Baspea uUy submitted.
V. M. BLANDEfO. Mayor,
WEI. Edwards. Frank ril M.than Onhnj.1l W(1.
Ham Gray, Aldermen.
Morrl. T. Stafford. Bnpt Waterworks,
Hock Island, 111., Jan. 81. lUtM,
Computation of Interest to ha nald on citv bands
from Feb. i, lstjs until maturity:
Wb?' .O00dueFebV89S r-KI ,000
Hefdbda. 170.000 Ben 1. 1SU7 81a 6 88.700
Water boa. 85,000 rbl,l80tl8 6 18,000
Aintofbda.0,00 Int. to be paid.. $108,950
Computation of interest hmI able on a sum in
vested aa sinking fund equal to amount of bonds
psyaow at same aataa at par oent.
$240.000 SyraintetiV ...$86,100
lB,0ua-equal to atatW. bda. pd. Fab. 1, 1888
$196,000-654 yra. Int. at V ; i;..'.....$4S,900
170.000 equal amt. refund bda.pd,ep.l.lB97
SB.000 tt yra. int at 4.... $ 4,500"
86,000 equal to amt W. bda, das Feb. LlWs
Interest received $78,800
Or If eomputed at i tbe Interest receivable oa
$280,01 would be. fAToU
Loss in lntarast to Us city at .. 85,150
gas ( 9
It tho purchaser assumed tha payment of tha
bonds and interest- the amount would ha
Total 131 UAfl
To the Honorable, the City Council of the a v cf
Tbe undersigned, a member of tha special com.
mlttee, concurs with the majority in regard to
many of tha particulars set forth aa taois ana ata
ttstioal exhlblta in the majority report.
If it be the fact, as la claimed, that tha citv has
no legal right to sell the water works and Spencer
Hqnare. then the undersigned coincides with the
majority that the city must await l-glslstive action
before attempting to make sale of either.
But tha undersigned dissents from the views of
the majority as to the deairab lity and advisability
of selling the waterworke, and la of the op nion that
it would be good po'ley to aell tbe aame if a ault
abla purchaser could be found and aramcirat sum
waa offered to fully cover outstanding bonds and
Interest to occur thereon, and further conditioned
to Insure to the oity ree hydrant aerv oa and the
right of the city to fix and regulate the maximum
rata to be charged consumers. BespectfuUy sub
ml?l' . . . C. W. Naxjtrs, Alderman.
Bock Island, IU., Jan. 81, lj9.
The motion was adopted.
Ayes Howard, Giay, Hampton, Win
ter, III, Schnell, Simmon, Edwards, Wil
NoeB Negus. Evans, McConochie,
Phil Miller, foreman of the Franklin
hose company, made a verbal request
that tbe oity place a "telephone in the
Franklin hose house, to be used at nichl
in connection with an automatic Are
alarm system. Alderman Howard moved
that the petition be granted. . Alderman
Williamson moved as an amendment a
proviso that tbe price shall not exceed
the rate now charged tho city for other
instruments for night service. The
amendment was lost and the original won
lion adopted by an unanimous vote.
Alderman Negus offered a resolution
providing that the question of selling
the waterworks be submitted to a vote of
the people. Adopted 9 to 4 noes:
Hampton, Winter, 111. Edwards, Will
Alderman Schnell submitted a resolu
tion making it a rule that city officers
and employes not paying their honest
debts shall be subject to removal bv tbe
mayor. Aaoatea unanimously.
Alderman Williamson submitted an
ordinance in relation to waterworks
rates, and moved its reference to the
ordinance and waterworks committee.
Adjourned till Menday evening, Feb,
IS. Robert Koebxkr, City Cleik.
Ti Is powder never vanes. A marvel of purity,
'ttength and wholesomeneas; more economy
than tke ordinary kinds, ar-d csrnot be sold by
competition with the multitude of lowtest, shorty
weight alum or phosphate powders. .r Id on.'v .
etnj. Koy.i. Bskihs PownsR Co.. lew Wallet.
ATTKNTION PEDDLERS ANO I NK DEAL
era The highest m-rtet rsah price paid for
cepper. Rock Island Bra.s Works Co . corner
rum avenue ana lgnt. enth St. li b 5-Sm
WT D AIL BCSTNESS MEX, COS
rrartnrs tnrtnrv inH ,)inn w.n.M
-- J " ' " " f" N I -
rtlovinff hem to rail or un rl n . . . .
urijj luran orani'nes ana oi a 1 natlonaltlea.
iw awi owiua sircci, uavenjtort.
TTTASTKD TKAVELINO -ALKSVKN OF
VV flee managers, dry good clerks, boot and
suoe ciersx, narjware clerks, drue and grocery
clerks, collectors, coachmen, cabmen, urrtera, ho
tel cl- rka, cooks and waiters, at the Commercial
Employment Exchange, 106 East Second street.
TTT 1VT1P .'1 V . U 1 Uivtiirnj ......
Wu- , . r.i.-i. rann
hnntta itrlVAr. ir.nnn I . . i
ers and blacksmiths, sign writers, bnfgy painters
-hi m,p uro. n e guxraniee saiisrsi tory position
orrefun , 1' East Second street, Davenport.
WANTED IN LADIES' DKAUTM EVT.
housekeepers, bookkeepers, stenographers,
type writers, clerks, otn-e managers for ladiea'
parlors, dome-tic girls for first-class families, 106
bciuuu Birevi, uavrnpuii, Iowa.
W,U"MAN-T, tn" agency of our
rJtlinnr?i 15 ?,Z l" 19 ""'i,e: eiRbt 800 lba.;
E??1'? otljer siaes in proporuon. A rare
chance and permanent business. These safes meet
'PP'J " before supplied by other safe
companies, as we are not soverned bv tbe Safe
POOL AI-PlNB SAFE I'O.. Cincinnati. Ohio.
Wanted a livk can vaskr in
each 'own to sell a commercial specialty,
popular and of Ions standing. 1 ar?e commiaa-
tons; quick ssles; t o capital requl-ed. Itquire
th commercial slandit.u of oar bouse: estab
lished 866. Wr ile.for particulars, enclosing a 8-
rui si snip .
THit REYNOLDS A REYNOLDS CO.,
Jan 88 Dayton. Ohio.
J. M. BEARDSLEY,
ITmRSKV AT LAW Oiftee wiu J. T. Kea
il worthy. 1785 rV-condavenne.
4 TTCiaNEV AT LAW. Ofllc In vtock Islano
I National Bank Building, Koc lelnnd. 111.
ATTORNEY AT LAW-Offlce in Post Office
blook. July 11 dw
E. W. HURST,
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW
il Office In Masonic Temple block, over Roth Is
and Na.lonal Bank. Rock! sland. IU.
e. I, viun.
8WKESEI at WALKER,
TTORNEY8 AND COUNSELLORS AT LAW
.lOfflce Is Bemtston'a block. Rock Island, 111.
4TTORHKY AT LAW Loans money n txarr
Aawourlty, make ' coiloctlona. Ref renra, Mitch
eU i.ynde, bankers. Office Is Postoftic block
ST. LUKE'S COTTAGE HOSPITAL,
ON THIRD AVENUE, between Tenth and
Eleventh streets. feb 14-tf
J. E. LOOSLEY ft CO.,
GENERAL INSURANCE AOENTS, Second
avenue, next to atcintlre Bros., store. . .
YELLOW aiaXt. YELLOW TVB
Use 'Peerless Brand'
Fresh Raw Oysters.
Selected and packed with cleanliness and care.
0, H. PEARSON & CO.,
. They are the Best. : Ark toot Qrocer for them.
On the 1Kb day of January next, commencing a
the boor of two o'clock In the afternoon, the un
deralcned, aaatgnee of William Kamsktlt, wUl offer
for aale at No. lttuS Second Mease In this citv, to
the highest bidder for cash in hand, the entire
stock of clothes and cents1 furnishing goods
which were assigned to me by said KamekUl oa
the 17th lost., tossy debts. The goods to be sold
can be inspected by say party Interested at the
Dlace named aajr day. 8uadar excentad. before
the eale between the Boars of two and f oar o'elatk
r C ROYAL 1 i
Bosk Island, IU., Dee. SOth, 1688.
, XOBOB FOSTXB. Aattgaee.
' '- .
.rlxJt-.'i-.''. - .
Marriage Not a Failure.
A New View of this great Question which
shows how Ladies may retain the
Lore of their Husbands.
No woman who is unattractive In person, mind,
or disposition can hope to Interest or hold men.
Bad complexion, dull eyes, a listless nature nerer
did or can attract mankind. On tho other hand
how many women with clear skin, beneath which
the blood can be seen throbbing with health,
bright eyes and life and animation In every move
ment, make the world a blessing to their husbands
brothers, lovers or friends. The secret of clear
skin, bright eyes and animation is good circula
tion of the Ibood. When the blood is slow the
person is stupid. Keep the blood moving. Bat
how? There la but oie way and that is to help
Nature by a gentle stimulant,
Bxerclse la a splendid stlmnlant bnt it Is almost
Impossible for ladies to take the kind oj exercise
. j 1 Pnca health and beauty. But the
blood mnst be kept moving, and the dircovery
which has done more to add health aad beauty
than any other know 1 cause is Duffy's Pore Malt
Whiskey. This great remedy stimulates hea th
Uy. It la not an intoxicant. Thousands of
women who were once tired, depressed and dis
couraged are now in Derfe-t health aud heantv
entirely through its ase. Many prominent tern-
pvranca lautee uae given i' tneir nearly enaore
ment, and clergyman and priests in every promi
nent city nee and recommend it. Great care
should be shown In buyin ' only tbe rnnlne, for
no bottled whiskey haa the wonderful qualities
which are posse sed by Duffy's.
When ladies are k pt bright and attractive and
husbands are considerate and kind, few marriages
will be "falluros."
Headache, Toothache. Earache.
NEURALGIA, SORE THROAT,
Catarrh, Croup, Fro$! 8itei,
Sore Nipples, Caked Breasts, Lame Back,
Sprains, Bruises, Cuts, Burns Old Sores, &c
Sold by Druggists. 50c. and fl.00.
HAMLIN'S BLOOD AND LIVER PILLS.
Bsst in the World. Try Them. 25c
80NO BOOK MAILED FREE.
Addrses wizard OIL CO.,
J. A. GENUNG,
The popular and reliable Grocer,
Cor. Eighth St. and Third Ave.,
will sell you
as cheap as they ran be sold.
He pays the highest market price for
and always has a nice stock on
Patent. Cast and Wrought
Cheapest Fence in the world for resi
dence and lots.
Made any height desired.
J. E. DOWNING,
Scoot ssor to Geo. Downing, Jr.,
Hampton's Hot He
Five Cent Lunch Counter.
A full line of
J nat reaclved.
Corner Ninth Street and
FIRE, LJJ AND ACCIDENT
J, E. Loosley & Co.,
ssmbdUv Ai asted and naia at thu
(Suooeseoc of Hayes A Cleftrcland.)
Aseney wstabnsbed 188S.
OOce In Bengston's Block.
Or lh LUaor Mabit. 1'oasttvrlr Carw4
by atslasialateriaa; Dr. Haiacal .
. tialaVn saeHte, w ' -;
It can b ftiven In a cup of coJIee St tsa witnont
tke knowledge of toe person tsklnf U ; Is absolutely
barmtcsa, and will effect a permanent and apeady
core, whether the oatient Is moderate drinker ar
aaaloouollc wreck. Tbousandsof drnnkarda bav
oeen rnaae temnerate men wno cava taicen uoioea
SpedBo In their coffee without their JcnowladM
f re will, rf K EV E It FA.II Tha ayateva oooe
liapresjnated with the Hpeciao. It become aa nttw
ImaaaalMUty forth liquor epeecHe toetjBt.
1623 and 1525
Second Avenue, Rock Islana
Can now show you
ever seen in
t3Remember the place, one door "West of Harper'i Ties
lie. The only double front store in Rock Island.
In great variety at
JOHN T. NOFTSKERS,
Cor. Twentieth Stre
J. M. OHBI8TY,
Steam Cracker JBakery,
.' KAIUrAtTVEXB Of CaUClllS aVVO BlSClITS.
Ask your Grocer for thea. They are beat
mr BwelalUas: Ta Chrlatj Oltnr a4 the Okststy "WATKB."
ROCg I8LANP. ILL.
NOW IS THE TIME
to have your
Bound In flrat-cUss style at low
Bath so we are enabled to do Marbling oa books of all kinds. '
All work warranted first-class.
KRAMER & BLEUER, Proprietors,
- r (Up tairs) No. 1612 Second Avenue, Rock Island, 111.
the Largest stock of f;.4.
in the West.
Third Ave., Rot Island.
Iron Fire Piace.
Something New and Valuable.
The Aldlne is constructed on scien
tific principles. Unlike sny otber grm.
it haa a return draft; this insures slow
and perfect com hustion. economy of fuel,
perfect ventilation, distribution of heat
and equnlisation of temperature from
floor to ceiling. Burns hard or soft
coal, and has five times the beating ca
pacity of any ether grate on the market
Call or examine or send for circular
giving full information.
DA.VI8 & CAMP. Agents.
prices. We have just added a, Marbling