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THE AJiGUb; FRIDAY, SEPTEM33EK 18, 1891.
With Graineries filled to bursting and delicious
Fruits selling at auction prices, the pros
pects for an old-fashioned business
boom are hopeful. Our store is
full of BARGAINS in
Chenille Curtains and Cov
ers, Brussels arid Ingrain
Carpets, Axmiiistcr and
Smyrna Rugs, Side Boards
and Cupboards, Rockers
and Cane Seat Chairs,
Lounges and Couches, Desks
Book Cases and Secretaries,
Parlor, Center and Dining
Tables, Hall Trees and Hat
Racks, Parlor and Bedroom
Suits, Cook and Heating
Stoves, Oil Cloths and
Shades, Blankets, Bedding,
Anything you need to make home happy and
cheerful, and at prices sure to please you.
CASH OR CREDIT, AT CA3H PRICES.
CHAS. A. MECK,
322 Brady Street, Davenport, la.
Open every evening until 8:00 o'clock, an J Saturday's until 10:00 p. m.
AID GAS ETHER.
AND DKALKB IN
Wrought and Cast Iron and Lead Pipe
Hose, Packing, IE ewer and Drain Tile.
Steam and Gas Fixtures.
C2Best work at fair prices. Estimates furnished.
Office and shop 219 18th St. Telephone 1183.
CHAS. W. YERBURY, Manager.
Rock Island, 111.
INCORPORATED UNDER TEX STATU LAW.
Roek Island Savings Bank,
ROOK ISLAND, ILL.,
Open dally (ram 9 a. m. to 4 p. m., and Saturday evenings from 7 to 8 o'clock.
Five percent interest paid on Deposits Monev loaned on Personal, Col
lateral, or Real Estate Secur.ty
B. P. REYNOLD!). Pres. t C. DSNS ANN, Vlce-Pres. J. X. BUFORD, Cashier.
F. L. Mitchell, K P. Reynolds, F. C. Deukmann. John Crubaugh, H. P. Hull,
Fhil.Mitcutll, L. Simon, E. W. Enrst, J. . Buford.
Jackson A ncBST, Solicitors.
tSBegan bneinees JulyB. 18'jP, aril occunv the tnutheaet con.cr of Mitchell & Lynde's new
J. B. ZIMMER,
THE WELL KNOWN
Stab Block, Opposite Hakpeb IIotjse.
has parchaped for the
Fall and Winter of 1891-2,
A larger and fluer stock than ever. TUce uol? trill arrive in a few days. Wait and see them.
Manufacturer of all kinds of
BOOTS AND SHOES
Oente' Fine Shoes a specialty. Rejwir'ns-nonc nratly and promptly.
A share of y inr patronage respectfully solicited.
1618 Second Avenue, Rock Island, IH.
Qpen for the Season,
(moline avenue) j0e Huber's Garden,
A magnificent place for picnics, parties, etc.
CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER,
Shop corner Twenty-second street and Ninth avenue. Sesidence 2936
(Vl prepared to make estimates and do all kinds of ttarpenter work. Give him a trial.
work mo Anu trano.
onuenui rem en y
d with a writ
ten soar an tee to enre atl nor-ronn divot aes, ftnrta as Weak Memory,
Low of Brain Power, HemJfiche. Wakefulness, Lost Manhood, NiRhtlT Emir
lins, NerToiifiiios, Lasf-it title, all rim ins and lo of power of tbe Uenerativ
Oricans in either srmuei by over exertion, routtiful errors, or exoeutva
v ) uneoi vimcci), opium oraiimaianis wmcn soon leaa 10 inormiiT. cionsump-
. JBL T. (inn I tia.ir.it v Put nn rwint umunt tr. narrw in tait niwkat SI nap nuilr.
iaV mtr hv mKll: fi fortS. With everr onlor we 0 a tnttsn owtrnntee to cur
or rufund the money. Cirvuiar fre. Address Kenre Seed Co., CblcsvgOf lii.
sale in Rock island by Hartz & Bahosen, 3d Ave. and 20th street
Timely and Important Action of the
AVAILABLE LANDS FOR FACTORIES.
The lt termlned lonrte to Before
Them at Once Freatdi nt Jark
s's Adareft Remarks ly
Island Or eat ed.
Last night's special meeting of tbe Rock
Island Citizens' Improvement association
was one of tbe most important in rt suits
to be seugbt in i'S history. There was a
goodly attendance of representative citi
zens and much earnestness and determin
ation was mioifested in the matters dis
cussed. In calling the meeting to order
President Jackson called Vice President
Curse to the chair and taking the flojr be
addressed the association briefly in in
troduction of the following, which in his
executive capacity be presented in the
form of a message:
' la conversation with many members of
tbe association I have been urged to pre
sent for your consideration a project for
acquiring land for the location, of any
manufacturing enterprise that we might
be able to secure for this city.
About one year ago at a meeting of tbe
association I then suggested that we take
some action to purchase the city land be
longing to the Davenport estate. The
idea was favorably received, but it was not
acted upon for reasons that could be ex
plained if it were prudent and necessary
Many cities uf the northwest are putting
forth great efforts to secure the location of
factories for all kinds of business pur
poses, and so persistent are these efforts
that the city that takes no action is apt
to be left behind . Many prominent cities
stand ready to lend material asistance to
manufacturing enterprises, and so well
known is this fact to men who desire to
engage in this kind of business that it has
become now almost absolutely necessary
that a city desiring new factories must be
ready to offer some inducements. This
was not true 20 years ago, and if Rock
Island had been free and unlrammeled
then and during the years subsequent we
might hava secured many enterprises that
have passed us by and located at other
Circumstanced as we are now, wbat
have we to offer? Our people have no
bonus to offer, nor hive they any land.
We should, in my judgment dispense with
the bonus feature, but we ought to have
tbe land. This appears to be a good time
for our citizens to consider this question.
At no time within tbe patt 25 years have
tbe citizens of Rack Inland felt as much
confidence in the locality as they do now.
We have always been in better condition
than we imagined, yet not half as good as
we might have been. If wa try and help
ourselves now we certainly will gain by
it. Strangers and business men visiting
this locality must be drawn to it more
readily if they can discover a spirit of en
terprise and desire for improvement
among the people.
There is now, as I perceive it, an op
portunity for us. a tide in our affairs.
Tbe lands belonging to tbe Davenport es
tate within and adjacent to tbe limits of
tbe city are now in the bands of our own
citizens almost entirely. In tbe entirety
they cover e laree area, and if held by
separate owners it must be many years
before they are all disposed of; interest,
taxes and assessments will largely in
crease their cost to tbe proprietors. Tbe
demand for residence lots will be in pro
portion to tbe Increase of population;
increase of manufacturing enterprises
must increase the population . No reas
onable hope can be indulged in for any
increase outside of this source.
If tbe -lands of tbe Davenport estate
were in tbe bands of tbe people gener
ally it would enlist , the whole people in
the proper improvement and disposition
I assume tbe parties who own these
lands would be williag to mike a fair
and reasonable sale of tbem. Especially
must this be true if tbe purpose is indi
vidual speculation, but for the good of
tbe entire community. Tbe people of
Rock Island have a just claim for a share
in whatever benefits may result in the
ownership of these premises. Tbe im
provements made by the people of Reck
Island. rich and poor, on lands in this city
has made tbe Davenport land worth as
much as it is. This enterprise never was
reciprocated; theue lands were a sponge
that absorbed every thing and did not
yield anything, so that in a just and fair
sense tnese tanas ougbt to be so used
that tbey wi'l return to the people of this
city some portion of the value that tbe
peop.e have add-d to tbem.
It bas been said mmy times, and I
think truthfully, that Mr. Daverport was
lully conscious if a debt or obligation
he owed to our people. He knew bis
land bad increased in value because bis
fellow citizens bad improved all arouni
Lira, and it has been said that he had in
mind to discbarge this debt to our people,
but it never was done, and the question
now is, can anything be done now to
repair tbe neglect of tbe past?
It cannot be intended that those who
have bought this estate shall yield all
their profits, but I think that if tbey
will co operate with us we can make tbe
land as profitable to them as they would
This proposition has been discussed
that tbe citizens of Rock Island, or as
many aa may choose to do ao, unite and
purchase these lands from the present
owners, at such prices aa may be consid
ered reasonable, tbe persons contributing
to the purchase fund to receive in the
end their money back with lawful inter
est, the lands to be surveyed, platted and
sold aa fast aa they can be. A certain
portion of tbe land which will represent
tbe profits, to be set apart for manufac
turing purposes, and to be sold for those
purposes at reasonable coat, or donated if
it is so determined. This arrangement
would in my judgment give us sites for
20 good factories if not more.
In such an enterprise aa this our people
would unite with zeal; they could afford
to pay a fair price for their lota, for tbe
profits would go to tbem in tbe shape of
business that would add to tbe value of
wbat tbey bought ; it would unite tbe
people in a common cause to help tbe
city without any loss to tbem. It would
not only enlist the energies of tbe pur
chasers, but of every other citizen in the
community for the gin would be co ex
tensive with tbe city .
The plan would offer an immediate
advantage; we would then be in a .posi
tion to offer inducements to manufactur
ers at oce. From the beginning we
could form a fair estimate of bow much
land we could spare for factories. Hence
it would not require us to wait, we could
No citizen could hesitate to enter into
an enterprise of tbia kind, for bis money
and interest is assured to him from tbe
start; he can help tbe city and not be
obliged to give bis money away; be will
surely get it back.
The only obstacle to tbe success of
this plan is the consent of tbe owners to
sell at a fair price. In this we must
trust to their local pride and public spir
it. If the purpose was to buy for spec
ulation, tbey probably would be slow to
sell, but when the speculative profits go
to tbe whole people this cannot be urged
as an objection, anyhow nothing can be
lost by making a proper effort. The
sale and resale of these lands will make
this project more difficult if we let these
sales be made belore we. ac. We can
make tbe effort now better than at any
time in tbe future; we ought to have
acted before. We can. however.act now.
In bis introductory remarks Mr. Jack
son bad stated it was time to cease re
solviDg and to begin action with reference
to the subject he so fully and thought
fully outlined in bis formal statement to
tbe association. This view of the case
was amply borne out in tbe discussion
which followed sustaining Mr. Jackson's
position, and in whish L Simon, Phil
Mitchell, Dr. G. G. Craig. E. H. Guytr,
J. M. Buford, T.J. Medill, Jr.. Henry
Carse, P. L. Mitchell, Mayor William
McConocbie, W. B. Fergurson and H.D.
Folsom.took part. The drift of the gen
tlemen's remarks was that Rock Island
had not advanced more rapidly long ago
in the matter of increasing its factories
for two reasons: First, because it had
not tbe available sites to offer, being for
ao many years walled in, so to speak, with
land abundantly suitable but which could
not be gotten upon tbe market. In the
eecond place the city had failed to res.
Mzs or to appreciate its own advantages
over many other cities its shipping facil
ities by land and water, with three great
trunk lines to the east, west, southwest
and northwest, and a short line to tbe
east, and tbe Mississippi river and the Hen
nepin canal at our door and other cities
had gone ahead with less to aid them and
built themselves up. Tbe time of action
has come, and it must be taken advan
tage of in a manner that would bring the
great end which means so much for Rock
At length a motion unanimously pre
vailed that tbe president of tbe associa
tion at bis leisure appoint a committee of
four to act with himself in bringing this
matter before the owners of suitable
land about tbe city for manufacturing
purposes, and with said land owners de
vise a method of getticg plana in shape :o
that sufficient parcela may be offered grat- I
uitously as an inducement worthy manu
facturing enterprises which may loctte
The movement is one, the importance
of which, it is unnecessary to dwell upon
in words. Action, as was the spirit tf
the sentiment of the meeting, is now tbe
order of the day . Tbe step tbe associa
tion bas taken cannot be too highly com
mended. Rock Island is on the right
track, let it not deviate from it one hair's
length until tbe end and aim is reached
In a much greater degree than one would
upon casual thought observe, does tbe
future of Rock Island depend upon tbe
success of tbia undertaking, and The
A rocs in common with all interests con-
siderate of Rock Island's advancement,
feels tbat it cannot too strongly urge its
Tbe association entend into a furtter
interesting discussion of matters of vital
importance to the city, admitted John G.
Huntoon, superintendent of the Rock
Island & Milan road, Steven O'Connor,
S. J. Collins and Thomas Nuttle to rreai
bersLip by uuanimous vote and adjourntd.
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