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A .BRIGHT AFFAIR.
The Literary Contest al the High
The Woeletle., Minerva a.d r.....
Ure. ;ive a Weritariana Kntep-
laiamr nt-The Coote slants aad Vie
The large assembly room at the Rock
lBiana liigu school contain l0,.
andience last evening on the occasion of
me merary contest between two societies.
Minerva and Belles Lettres. These so.
cieues are composed as follows:
President Clara Bernhardt.
Vice-President Marcus W. Lyon.
Secretary Pauline Woltmann.
Orator Marcus W. Lyon.
Debator Lizzie Gilbert
Essayist Lillien Pitzpatrick.
Editor Nellie Dibbern.
Declaimer Nellie Wilson.
President Lura Lukins.
Vice-President Sam Ken worthy.
Secretary Armin Harms.
Orator Elbert Dart.
Debater Stella Vandruff.
Essayist Clara Peetz.
Editor Charlotte Bromley.
Declaimer Bessie Lee.
The judges were: Rev. P. C Wolcott.
principal Kemper hall, Davenport; B. C.
Caldwel!, principal Moline High school,
and C. F.. Stratton, principal Divenport
The programme opened with an or
chestral selection, "The Fireman's
March," by the High fohool orchestra,
composed as follows: First violins, E'.ta
Thompson. Fay Harper; second violins,
Tully "White, Sim Darrow; flutes. John
Nofttker, Christian Koch, Everett Sears,
Fred Green; cornets, J. A. Bishop, Net
tie Coyne, Kinsley Mack, Frank Payne;
piano, Bessie George; double bass, Cyrus
Dart; trombone. Prof. G. R. Housel. The
selection was heartily appreciated, as it
well deserved to be. Rev. W. S. Mar
quis tben offered prayer, and a piano
duett."Triumphal March." by Misses May
BlandiDg and Bessie George was grace
The first contest was on essays. Miss
Lillian Kirkpatrick of the Minerva's, first
reading one on "Unwritten History."
and Miss Clara Peetz representing the
Belles Lettres, following with one on
-Public Opinion." A vocal due t. "Too
Many Girh," by Misses Blanche Warren
and Blanche Cleland received a deserved
encore, and the contest on declamation
begun. Miss Bessie Lee. of the Belles
Lettres, chosing for her effort "The Last
Hymn" and .Miss Nellie Wilaon, of the
Minervas, "Lasca." An admirable zith
ern solo by Armin Hiring closed the first
Part two of the programme opened
with a debate on the queston, "Resolved.
That the Territory if the United States
Should be extended." The affirmative
was sustained by Miss Stella Vandruff of
the Belles Lettres, while Miss Izzie Gil
bert, of the Minervas, took the negative.
A piano duett ' Our Boys', was nicely ex
ecute J by Will Totten and Clara Deisen
roth, and then came the contest on
journalism. Miss Nellie Dibbern
on the par; of the Minervas
and Bliss Charlotte Bromley for the Belles
Lettres read carefully prepared pipers,
each evincing much orieiDality of thought
as well as proper conception, and humor.
Misses Clara Bernhardt and Pauline Wolt
mann rendered a beautiful vocal duett,
"Bar carole," and the contest as to ora
tions took place. Elbert Dart, of the
B.lles Lettres. made a splendid effort on
the subject of "The Chinese Question,"
while Marcus W. Lyon, of the Minervas,
spoke eloquently on "Immigration in the
The High school orchestra played a
selection and this c!o;ed the exercises.
Tee judges had previously arranged a
scale with reference to thought, composi
tion and delivery, and from these B'ruck
a general average as each contestant com
pleted bis or her effort. Trie general re
sults showed that the two B:cieties had
shared the honors almost equally. The
Minervas had won on essay, debate and
declamation, and the Belles Lettres o
journal and oration. The individual
Essays Miss Fi'zpatrick, 89; Miss
Declamations Miss Wilson, 92j; Miss
Debate Miss Gilbert, 82? ; Miss Van
Amft. R2 l.ft
Journals Miss Bromley, 01 J; Miss
Oratory Mr. Dart. 9) 1 9; Mr. Lon
Thin Morning' Fire.
Fire broke out in the cellar nnder the
west window of Geo. Savadge'a saloon,
1819 Second avenue, shortly before 10
o'clock this morning. Fully fifteen min
utes elapsed before the arrival of a fire
company of any description, though the
alarm from the Fourth ward was promptly
given. The Are, however, was vigor
ously fought with a small hose and al
though a dense smoke poured from the
windows, the fUmes were beaten back
and finally subdued before the first boae
company arrived. The smoke poured up
into the telcgTaph and telephone offices
above, however, and almost drove the
plucky operators from their posts. The
damage fortunately was light, and is
amply covered by insurance in Lieber
knechl's ageney. The origin of the fire
was in a pile of straw in tee iront window
of the cellar.
THE ROCK ISLAND.
An InpraTfd Day Service West sr
Here All Train and Station Men
Be I'nlformea-Why Clark
The Iowa commissioners and General
Solicitor Wright, of the Rock Island road.
had a conference in Des Moines Tuesday
concerning the recent decision of the
board that the road must do something
toward giving a daylight passenger ser
vice to the eastern portion of the state.
Mr. Wright made a proposition to put
combination cars with baggage privileges
on the following trains going west: No.
81, leaving Rock Island at 8:30 a. m.
and running to Stnart, No. 33, leaving
nock Island at 4:20 p. m and running to
Marengo, and leaving Brookly at 2;30 p.
m. and running to Council Bluffs; No. 85,
leaving Grinnell at 1:05, running to At
lan tic, and the following trains with com
bination cars east; No. 32. leaving Coun
cil Bluffs at 7 a. m., running to Brooklyn;
No. 98, leaving Stuart at 6:15 a. in .
running to Rock Island. On the fol
lowing freight trains passengers will also
be received: Going west No. 37 leavine
Des Moines at 9:30 p. m., running to
o'.uart and from Stnart to Neola; going
east No. 34 leaving Council Bluffs at 9:13
m ., running to Stuart and from Home
stead at 6:55 a. m. to Rock Island; No.
36 leaving Avoca at 6:30 a. m, running
to Stuart and from Iowa City at 4.55 a.
m., to Rock Isind; No. 3S leaving Coun
cil Bluff at 2:15 p. m. running to Avoca;
N. 98 leavine Brooklyn at 9:28 a. m .
running to West Liberty. It is under
stood that the new arrangement is to go
into operation at once.
MUST BE UNIFORMED.
The C. R. I. & P. has reissued its
order relative to the compulsion of all
train and station men wearing uniforms.
The order states that no violation of the
rule will be permitted hereafter and that
passenger conductors, collectors, brike
men, porters, baggagemeo, freight con
ductors, station agents, baggagemen and
operators must be uniformed. 'The
regulations to be as follows; passenger
conductors must wear complete suits of
indigo blue cloth, blue cloth caps with
gold screw buttons with C. R I. & P. on
same while on front of the cap will
appear the word "conductor" or
'collector" as the case may be. Brake
men will wear the same except that
silver screw buttons will be used and the
word "brakemin" on the ctp. Porters
will also Lave silver screw buttons, with
black silk cap. the baggageman black
flexible cap; freight conductors gray cloth
uits and caps; agents, operators and
station baggagemen, white duck caps for
summer and black cloth for winter, with
silver wire badge denoting their position.
COKBIN SAID "RATS "
"F. E. Hyndes is appjinted agent at
Carbon Cliff to succeed C. Corbin. dis
charged,"is the wording of a recent circu
lar sent out bv Supt. E. L. Ewing. of th e
Uiino's lines of the Rock Island. Mr.
Corbin has represented the Rick Island
so long at the Cliff that there has natur
ally been some inquiry as tn tbe reason
of bis removal, and indirectly it Is learned
that an order was not long since issued
by the Rook Lslaa 1 to all agents at sm il 1
towns to the effect that no agen should
leave his town withou. permission of the
company. ihi struck Corbin as un en
croachment upon his personal liberties
and he wrote the 6imple but quite expres
sive word, "rats," across the front of .the
circular acd mailed it back to Mr. Ewing.
With more than ordinary consideration
Mr. Ewing wrote back to Mr. Corbin
and asked him "if he mant that," to
which Mr. Carbon promptly replied that
he most assured!? did. His removal f oU
lowed and tke new man at the Cliff is al
so an operator so that the Rock Island
has a telegraph office there now. The
railroad is therefore happy, and so is
The- Viatlurt All Klsttt.
The viaduct committee which consis's
of F.ed nass, Henry Carse, E. D.
Sweeney, John Oh'.weiler and Howard
Wells had a meeting at the office of
Sweeney & Walker yestescUy afternoon.
All were present except Mr. Wells, who
was detained by sickness in his family.
M. E. Sweeney presented an elaborate
abstract in book form and all other papers
in cennection therewith on which he has
been working for the past six weeks. E.
D. Sweeney and Oliver Olson examined
all of the papers very carefully and it was
found that all of the papers had been
correctly prepared, and it was thought
that the papers with the proper explana
tion, will now meet with the approval of
tbe war department. It was therefore
decided that Oliver Olson proceed to
Washington to make the necessary ex
ptanation. All papers will be forwarded
to Col. Whittemore by the mayor on
Monday, and the colonel will send them
to Washington. Mr. Oiaon following the
latter part of the week. It was deemed
advisable to send Mr. Olson, owing to bis
familiarity with the viaduct situation and
all that pertains to it at this end. Tbe
local committee now believes that this
completes its work as regards the via
"He is well paid who is well satisfied,"
and the suavesl and blandest man to be
met these days is the whilom rheumatic
who has tried Salvation Oil.
A GREAT GRATE BAR.
Oct ree DtWRlac's Inv-ntln Whiea
Framtnrs f ttreat Advantage t
M HBarartnrcrn and Steamboat Men.
The Argus of Wednesday eveniag
spoke of a new grate bar invention by
Geo. Downing, of Lincoln, Neb., formerly
of tt Is city, which gives promise of prov
ing iiot only of much pecuniaiy advan
tage to Mr. Downing, but a means of
revolutionizing this important attachment
to furnaces of various kinds.
Mr. Downing Las been for years a
student of the subject of grate bars. He
has conceived many inventions for im
provement over long existing contriv
ances, but has nevr before felt sufficient
confidence in hii devices te apply for
patents on the same. On tbe nigbt of
Labor Day Sept. 1, last he having
given the subject mora than usual atten
tion, le arriyed at a solution of tbe prob
lem which had long been agitating bis
mind tnd he arose from bis bed and drew
out the design. Si ace then he has been
working on the model which is now per
fected and for which he has applied for
a patent. He came to Rock Island for
the purpose of introducing his invention
and Wcyerhauser A Denkmann have or
dered several for their mill and Caotain
John S'reckfus has ordered a set for tbe
Mr Downing's invention is known as a
"rocking tooth grate bar." In its oper
ation, which is accomplished by mens of
a lever, il sffords a zig z gor spiral mo
tion, which clears it entirely of ashes ani
at the same time loosens the
largest and toughest cliokers .
The r:e is given more flex
ibility an1 at the Bame t;rre more air
space than is the case with former inven
tions and it seems to combine all the ad
vantages essential to the solution of this
much disc ussed, much thought of nd
much vexed subject of grate birs. Oje
of the s rongest features m fact its
chief beauty is that any part of the
grate where the fire is low or clogged
with asLts mty be shaken without dis
turbing tte entire grate. This is ac
complished by means of a lever which
operates iti either tbe right or left hand
side independently. Downing Bros, the
eld established firm here will manufact
ure the grit and have already orders for
several uds of castings for that purpose
and will soon be prepared to fill ail or ders
that moy come to them for the new in
vention. Downing Bros hive a lively indury
at their f-mndry on Niath street and
among other orders have one for ten tons
of castings for the new spring factory just
removed to Moline from Racine, Wis.
rvarsali not KpoiIpnh.
The pst few months have brought
much of ill I ick'to Lather S. PearsaU, the
Port Byron supervisor. Greviously dis
appointed at first ia his most deeply
cherished political ambitions, he has no w
suffered remorse for which there is no
known conciliation. There was a little
argument esteeming man's pedil extrem
ities up in a Port B?ron store the other
day. and Pe irsall of course was in it.
Finally the q lestion arose as to cleanli
ness of fcf t. and in the heat of the dis
cussion Perall bet Dave Malarkey $1
that he hid tbe cleaner feet of the tw o.
Milarkey accpted the wnger. the two
men sgrted upon a young min named
TimherNke as judge and then proceeds d
to the rer of the store and removed their
socks. At fl -st it looked as if both men
were without blemish, and thit it won! d
be a ttind fiff ind neither would suffir
tbe combined mortification atd loss, but
just as such conclusion was reached,
Jude Timberl ike discovered a small spot
on one of Pe mall's small toes. Tne
latter put ou h s speck3 and scrutinized
it closely and severely and fiaally like an
honest little man acknowledged the
'com" and handed over the dollar.
Pearsall washed his hands of politics last
fall, and now h will look to his feet
31attl Vlctte-r in "Edrlweinw."
Mattie Vickies, in her new comedy
romance, which wi'l be seen at Harper 'a
theatre tonight, entitled "Edelweiss." has
secured a comedy which will be handed
down to fame and laad to fortune. EL
tlweits." like tho flowers from which is
derived the nam1?, meaning purity and
whiteness, is a play which stirs the heart,
which brings tears to the eyes and laugh
ter to the soul. Simple and pure in its
wholesomeness, it pleases the most fas
tidious and is proclaimed b press and
public alike, the most delightful and suc
cessful of Miss Vicker's comedies.
Jolly Mattie "V ckers, with her German
accent and bland smile, has returned to
St. Louis after an absence of three years.
At the head of a very fine company, she
opened an engage ment at Pope's yestero
day afternoon in her new play -'Edel-weiss,"
and was greeted as only favo;ites
are greeted, by a very large audience. In
"Edelweiss" there is more of the drami
and less of the variety show than is u ul
in plays written for soubrettes. The title
role is, of course, constructed to suit the
the star, who has been well provided with
witty and sentiaental speeches. Miss
Vickers' chief charm is her naturalness.
Her comic and dramatic effects are ob
tained simply and without straining, and
her good humor is contagious. Si. Louis
"I alwaya let a cold go as it comes"
one says; which means that he overworks
the system in getting rid of a cold rather
than assist it by us ng Dr. Bull's Cough
Syrup. Price 25 ce nts.
J. E. Mostbosb,
OKE NIGHT OSLT,
Saturday, January 31.
Engn;emjOt of that farorite German dialect
In her latest and most eoccefql comedy
A tale of Switzerland and tbe A'po. Comedy
interspersed with tear, laochter, rvog
and marie Beantifu!cotnmeeipec
ialW imported. Natural rr&io
effecia A play. In IfH'-lf, a de
lightful atory of pathovand
Price 55, 50 and 75c.
Seaia on vale at Harper tloope Ittarmaey,
Thursday Jan. 9th.
Shlf Oil Cloth,
Room arid Picture
OTictnre Cord. Twine. Nail.
and nooks at lowest price.
Call and ee.
C. C. TAYLOR,
Firet door east of Loudon
Tlie Little Jewel
HAVE YOU SEEN IT !
If you want a ininp of uux k u 1. it
will oiy jou to 6ee htt I hav The
range in price is from 18 cetts up. ard
the vtriety srtl style is jus' as grtat.
1609 S-.touJ Avenue.
Lloyd & Stewart,
HOLE AGENTS 1MB
Dun lap Hat;
J. M. BEAKDSLEY,
ATTORNEY AT LAW Offlce with J. T. Sea
worthy, 17 Becond Avenue.
JACKSON & BURNT,
ATTORNEYS! AT LAW. Offlce in Rock Maud
National Bank Building. Rock Island, HL
a. s. iwiikit. c. u WALua.
SWEEXET & WALKER,
ATTORNIYS AND COUNSELLORS AT LAW
Offlce In Bengeton's block. Rock Island, 111.
McEMEY & McEXIBY,
ATTORNEY'S AT LAW Loan money on cood
security, make collections. Reference, Mitch
ell A Lynde. bankers. Offioe In Postofilcw block.
THE DAILY AKfciUS.
JOR SALE EVERT EVENING at Cramp ton's
.' News Stand. Five cents per copy.
DBS. BUTHEBFOBD & BUTLER,
GRADUATES OF THE ONTARIO VETERNA
ry college, Veternary Physicians anp Surgeons.
Office Tindall's Livery stable; Residence: Over
Asters Bakery, market square.
WM. 0. KULP, D, D, S,
OFFICE REMOVED TO
Rooms tt, 7, 38 and at.
Take Elevator. DAVENPORT, 1A.
may e ftmtvl oa
n:o x uiu. r.
liOVELL CCd '
KawCTAna Ai)vmiasp;a Bissau (19 Bprase
I ileal), woeiw saves
tarn esntaaeto taey
Tinware And Hocsk FuRNisnixo Goods.
1612 SECOND AVENUE.
ROCK ISLAND. ILL
ALL THIS "WEEK.
'"lolhe Pia. rr lor. en..
To. let Sop. pr du.r t ..
Tracing Wb- i
Hair C'urlt r
I 'a ti Opener
K itchf n Kn:v-. .
Checker td Bar.t. complete,
see SenT'1' tW We' k r C' VC !arg'' Dilu,4
TthUMi A""' Inventory or, Wednes!y. aud in order to redc(e oor vtk C
i me ulloDI7, we will oa XI jn Ur and Tne.day jiv
20 Per Cent Discount
cn onr entire line. R men ber tfas for two days only.
KINGSBURY & tON 1703 Second Avenue.
We Set tliePace, Let OHiBrsFflllow irthey Can
KANN & HUCKSTAEDT,
S). 1S11 Md 1S13 StobJ atnue,
Her to the Tuhhc tte moot brilliant lice ct tbe tor In
Loiinpe and Cjncbes.
Chamber Suit-, j
Centre I.ikiakt and
O f Japanese Uowl. Ton are inv'U i to
FAIR, 105 Second Avenue
Paelor Table, Etc
for the Celebrated
Sheet Iron, Gas and
Also Sewer work.
Opposttx Harpxk Hoitb.