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CAUSE OF THE CANAL. !
The Meeting at the improvement
EnjiBffp Wheeler Explains In Detail
the Itontrs Vnder Discnsston
Capt. Kobionon's Position
Xo Action Taken.
The meeting held at the rooms of the
Rock Island Citizens' Improvement asso
ciation last evening to consider the que3
tion of routes to the mouth of Rock river
for the proposed Hennepin canal, was, as
expected, largely attended. Milan was
well represented, while Capt. L. L.
Wheeler and one of his corps of engineers
were also present.
President Jackson called the meeting
to order and laid before the association
the plans for the viaduct over the Twenty-fourth
street railroad tracks which had
been furnished the association by Capt.
Lyon, actinsr commandant of Rock
Island arsenal. The association ex
tended a vote of thanks to Capt. Lyon for
his courtesy. President JacKson then
spoke of the object of the meeting being
to discuss the routes proposed for the
Hennepin canal leading to the mouth of
Rock river. The desire of the people of
Reck Island, he believed, was to know
the exact facts and leave nothing undone
to push the work of construction without
delay. He noted the presence of Capt.
Wheeler at the meeting and the fact that
he would probably explain the work so
far accomplished, and what was proposed
by the engineers. The people of Rock
Island were peculiarly interested in this
project, Mr. Jackson said, and bad been
indentified with it from its earliest history.
They had given time and work to its
furtherance, and it was natural, therefore,
that they should want to know all about
it; they might want to know more per
haps than they ought to. He believed
the majority of the citizens of Rock
Island were anxious to see this work
pushed to completion without unreason
able delay, and were desirous
or knowing the progress of the work
step by step. The matter being
one in which all were interested
and there being many present who were
not members, he thought it proper that
the privileges of the association should
be extended to all present. The sugges
tion was carried ont by means of a mo
tion to that effect by Phil Mitchell, which
prevailed, and the gathering from that
on partook of the nature of a mass meets
ing, in which all were privileged to take
President Jackson thereupon invited
Capt. Wheeler to give an explanation of
the surveys made by the government, and
upon the strength of which the establish,
ed route of the canal has been determ
ined. Oa the west wall of the
rocm, Capt. Wheeler had placed a
luge, blue print map of the vicinity of
Rock river from Carr's island to the con
fluence of the Rock and Mississippi
rivets, thus showing the course of the
waterway to be constructed, a reduced
outline of which appears on this page.
In commencing his remarks, Capt, Whee
ler stated that he was present to explain
as clearly as possible what bad been
done under the Hennepin canal appro
priation of Bept. 10, 1890, and what it
was proposed to do on tba Burveys adopt
ed by the United States government. He
read the report of the secretary of war
on the route for passing the rapids on
Rock river and establishing what was
known as the Rock river route. He read
the official reports on the subject of the
surveys in the order of days, com
mencing with his own to bis
immediato superior, Capt. Marshall,
under date of March 7,1891,includ'.ngth9
Birveys and estimates of the line around
the rapids and pointed out the progress of
the surveys and investigations on the
map before bim. In reading bis own
first offluial letter to Capt. Marshall. Mr.
Gest who had been sitting oft in a corner
ABGUB, THUKJ5DAY, JUluY 2 1891.
by himself, interrupted him with the re
minder that he had omitted one reference
originally contained in his letter in which
ho termed the scene of the Milan water
power, a "grave-yard of ruined enter
prises." The incident showed that, armed
with a copy of the efficial correspondence
Mr. Gest was keeping tab on Capt,
Wheeler as be progressed, and the latter
explaining that the copy before him was
somewhat blurred, proceeded with the
reading of the letter, in which he Bpoke
of the early fame of the locality which at
tracted the attention of eastern capital
many years ago and terming the sites of
once flourishing industries, now the
scene of ruined mills, wrecked enter
prises and destroyed dams. He
compared the two routes item by item,
sketching the surveys of each on the map
and giving the figures of estimates, etc.,
as they appeared in last night's Argcs.
After describing the southern route as the
most advantageous, he said that in the
construction of the northern route the
government would have been obliged to
bay decayed water power which would
have been not only expensive, but un
satisfactory. In speaking of some of the
unreasonable prices demanded by certain
property holders, he stated that Ciptain
Robinson had signed an agreement to
deed 14 85 acres on Vandruffs island for
Capt. Rjbinaon hire entered a denial
SHOWIXG THE ESTABLISHED BOCTE OF THE
of having made such demands and asked
for the circumstances of the demand. - -'
Capt. Wbeeler stated that when he was
thaough he would be pleased to answer
any questions. He then went on to
describe the demand of the Sears' heirs
for f22,500, the agreements received
aggregating $ 75,000, or one seventh the
entire appropriation. The rights con
trolled by D. L. Cunkle were estimated
as worth f 5,000.
Mr. Jackson asked Capt. Wheeler if he
knew bow much Mr. Cunale had asked,
and the captain read a letter from that
gentleman in which he asked $30,000.
The speaker went on along the line of
the northern route pointing out the lands
and the prices asked, and then did the
Same on the southern project, and in the
end stated that in his opinion the sonth
one was the only one from an engineer
ing standpoint, to say nothing of the dif
ference of $87,000 in favor of it. In bis
opinion, furthermore, there was not a
piece of laud oa the northern route the
title of which would pass the scrutiny of
the attorney general. He read the report
of Capt. Marshall to the chief of engi
neers, and spoke of the promptness of
the secretary of war in approving the
south shore line.
Capt. Wheeler also explained his
doubts as to finding seven feet of water
in the mouth of the canal by the north
route, which the government specially
provided there should be, and all things
considered, be could not see bow the
north shore line could possibly be adopt
ed by the government. The captain's de
scription of the surveys was comprehen
sive and complete to the most minute de
tail, and his presentation of the situation
could only be accepted as the candid,
unbiased statement of an officer who had
discharged his duty in accordance with
instructions from his superiors and noth
At the conclusion of Capt. Wheeler's re
marks, a vote of thanks was tendered him
on a motion of Oliver Olsen for the valu
able and interesting information present
ed, and then Capt. Robinson improved
the opportunity for a cross elimination
of Capt. Wheeler, as to the conversation
between the two pertaining to the con
ditionsof a transfer to the government
of certain portions of Vandruff s island,
and Capt. Robinson haying entered strong
denials as to Capt. Wheeler's assertions
relative to exactions, the latter read the
correspondence with Capt. Robinson on
the subject in which the latter signed an
agreement to sell the government a part
of Vacdruff a island, 14 85 acres together
with all water power created by the gov-
ernment for S50.GOO free from all ens
cumbrances, while there was inserted a
stipulation by Capt. Robinson's attorney,
Mr. Gest, that the transaction include
preservation of the water power and all
reparian rights forever. The other alter
native was a proposition to deed certain
described lands for $300.
Capt. Robinson then addressed the
meeting stating that he had informed
Capt. Wheeler that the government could
have all the land and water advantages de
sired for the right of way surveys. He had
been misrepresented in the premises he
said. He had some feeling in the matter
and did not like to be misrepresented ;n
that Bort of a way.
"Will you state what you did de
mand?" asktd Capt. Wheeler.
"I stated to you," was the ca ptaiu's
reply, "that if jou wanted the property
free of all encumbrances I would ask
550,000, but that if you wanted the land
and all the water necessary for canal
purposes, you could have it for $500,
reserving to myself the right to use the
remainder under proper restrictions."
Capt. Wheeler here produced the agree
ment signed by Capt. Robinson, his wife
and Mrs. Elizibeth Harper, in which it
was stipulated that for $50.0C0 Capt.
Robinson agreed to deed to the govern
ment 14 S3 acre s of Hnd on Vandruff's
island, together with all water rights, and
the caotain called particular attention t o
the insertion of the clause pro viding for
the retention of all riparian rights, a stip
ulation which precluded the possibility of
the acceptance of the deed by the attor
Oiiver Olsen asked Capt. Wheeler if,
should the property holders convey the
land required free oa the north side, he
would recommend the north route, to
which Capt. ;Wheeler replied that from
an engineering point of view, he could
not recommend the northern route.
In a further discussion which followed
Capt. Wheeler was plied with questions
by Oliver O.sen, Charles Searle and oth
ers, the intent of which was to show that
the agreement prepared by the district
attorney and signed by Capt. Robinson
was dated April 4, 1891, while the south
em route was recommmded March 19,
and approved March 31, while Capt.
Wheeler had said he had been instructed
to press the contract for the north route
before the location of tse southern route
should be decided. Capt. Wheeler ex
plains the lateness ot Capt. RoMnsan's
agreement being signed, however, in the
fact that after it had been presented to
him it was sent west for a signature, and
was consequently delayed.
Howard Wells moved the ap point
ment of a committee on resoiu ious, and
the motion prevailing, the chair named
Messrs. Wells, Dart an J Paul. Mr. Dart
declined and Mr. Curse vms named in his
place. H likewise declined, whereupon
Mr. Olsen was appointed. He positive
ly declined to serve, and the chair refus
ing to appoint another, the motion was
withdrawn and the association adjourned.
As far as the effect of the meeting is
concerned it has no significance whatever
on the situation, nor does it alter the
views of the subject heretofore txpieasi d
in this paper, The Abgcs still maittsin
ing that a grasping attitude of a few has,
if anything, had the effect of deciding
the route on the south line and if further
pursued may jeopardise the entire pro
ject. Tbe Local SI ark eta.'
Basin -i on Market rqiare it Improving. Mora
fanners are seen than f jr urn; dart prerlotu,
and prices are cot changed materially. No old
hay ie coming la and few oits are seen on tba
market. 1 he receipts for loday included :
Grain Five lodi corn ai 53C5ic ; one load of
onto at 33c. .
Feed Tl:rc loads new hay at IS.50.
Produce Bolter and eg arc plenty at !2J and
renrtn cf July Pieq-.c.
The German Singing society will give
a picnic at Joe Iluber's garden on Satur
day, Jul? 4. Music by Bleuer's band.
Geoege S roehle, prompter. Good order
will be enforced and a pleasant time is
guaranteed to everybody who msy attend.
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