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Rock- Island Daily Argus.
XXXIX. NO. 307
ROCK ISLAND, TIIUBSDAY, OCTOBER 15, ibOl.
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"Some mm are born great,
Some achieve greatness, and
Some have greatnesslthrnst
Upon them." SHAKSPE ARE.
But its different with their clothes.
They are mostly born without clothes.
Nearly all have clothes thrust upon
them when they are small, afterward
they have to achieve their clothes.
Some achieve good clothing and some
don't; its owing to where they buy it.
Those who buy the London Clothing
Company's Clothing get the best. It is
easier, too, to achieve the London Com
pany's clothing; it costs less. People
are getting weary of paying for the
name of having their clothes tailor
made when they can get them so much
better of us for a great deal less money.
The London Clothing Company has
achieved its reputation through intrin
sic worth, and merits the esteem of the
People by its better values. We think
we have achieved the heighth of excel
lence in our Fall Goods,- -pattern, style
and quality all the best. Values better
Villainous Incendiary Con
spiracy Revealed. "
FOUR OF THE FLOTTELS CAPTUBED
And an Outfaced Community Fnrions
Over the Repp Deviltry of the Scheme
Why the Washington, Ind., Court
HonseWas Fired The Auditor a Prin
cipal in the Crime and His Cash Frob
"Short" Another Popular Idol Prove
False to His Trnst The Crime Con
fessed. Washington, Ind., Oct. 15. Not since
the stormy days of rebellion, when the
meeting between the loyal people of Da
j ty and those whose
were w.i the southern
can se were fre
quent and intensely exciting, has there
b-eu such terrible excitement as the
rreets of "Washington witnessed yeeter-
d ly. The city is full of furious people
from all parts of the country, drawn here
by the swift flying rumor of the arrest of
e incendiaries who set fire to the court
hjuse last week. Great satisfaction was ex
pressed when the truth of the rumor waa
established and it became certain that
the perpetrators of the deedwere safely in
closed by the stone walla of the Daviess
The Conspirators and Their Crime.
The conspirators who are in the toils for
the crime are County Auditor James C.
Lavelle, Aaron B. Hawes, a prominent
Steel? township farmer, and Basil Ledger-
wood and Samuel Harbin, two day labor
ers of this city. A warrant is out for
Michael Lavelle, the auditor's brother,
but he cannot be found by the officers, and
it is believed that he has fled the country.
The court house was set on fire one week
a ;o last night. The recorder's and sheriff's
afRces were totally destroyed, and a por
tion of the auditor's office was ruined. An
investigation proved that the interior of
t le auditor's office, including all the im
portant records, had been saturated with
kerosene oil, and they were only saved by
the prompt action of the fire departmert.
The books had been taken from their
shelves, placed in piles and saturated wuh
Didn't Want His Books Examined.
County Auditor Lavelle has been audit
or for eight year, and for the eight years
immediately preceding he was deputy
auditor for his brother. His term expires
Nov. 1 and a few weeks ago the commis
sioners ordered an investigation of his
books and accounts, appointing ex-National
Bank Examiner Samuel H. Taylor
and Edward i. Meredith, a prominent at
torney, to do the work. To this Lavelle
made strenuous objection, and used every
means in his power to defeat or postpone
the proposed investigation. This opposi
tion was continued, but the time was set
to begin the work last week, when on
Tuesday night about 3 o'clock an alarm
of Sue was sounded and the court house
wts found to be in flames.
Arrest of the First Gnilty Man.
Suspicion pointed to Auditor Lavelle at
concerned in the incendiarism, and the
officers began work at once under the
direction of County Attorney John C.
Billheimer and Sueriff Charles Colbert.
The Finkerton agency at Chicago was
employed, and one of the agency's best
men. W . F. i orsee, came here. ive new
ju gs that had contained kerosene were
found in an outhouse, where they bad
been thrown by the incendiaries. With
this valuable clue the man who bought
the jugs was easily found. Tuesday
night he was arrested and lodged in jail.
His name is Samuel Harbin. At first he
denied all knowledge of the fire, but un
der a vigorous pumping he weakened,
and at 3 o'clock yesterday morning
ngreed to tell the whole story of the plot.
CONFESSION OF A FIRE BUG.
daughter ot tbe president ot toe Wasn
lngton National bunk.
Winning Homes at tiarfleld Park.
Chicago, Oct. 15. Yesterday's winners
at Garfield park were: Indus, 1 mile,
1:44; Walter, mile. 1:04; Verge d'Or,
1 1-lb miles, l:47Ji; Royal Garte-r, 1 1 18
miles, 1:50; First Day, 1 mile, 1:43; Long
ihot, 1 mile, four hurdles. 1:51.
WAS THERE A WRECK!
A Qaestlon Agitating; People on the At
New York, Oct. 15 Has there been a
bad wreck off the coast of Newfoundland t
This is the question that is troubling peo
ple in this city and along the coast as far
as St. Johns, Nd. It was at first reported
that the City of Rome, of the Anchor line,
with hundreds of passengers, had gone
shore off Shott's Point, a village in New
foundland, but this proved to be an error,
as the City of Rome was ascertained later
to be safe on her eastward trip. Then
telegrams from St. Johns stated that the
lost vessel was the Cita di Roma, from
New Orleans for Bordeaux.
A Sailor's Fishy Story.
But dispatches from the Crescent City
throw great doubt on this report. Then
a telegram was received from St. Johns
to tbe effect that a sailor bad arrived at
Tepassey, Nd., with the report that he
was one of the crew of the City of Rome
(not the Anchor line boat) which sailed
from Montreal Oct. 7 for Dundee, and that
nearly all the crew had been lost. This
was proven nntrue by the facts that no
such steamer had left Montreal, nor is
such a steamer known at Dundee. Later
advices were to the effect that the Cita di
Roma had been wrecked and the, captain
and first officer drowned, but the remain
der of the crew saved. This has not been
A LOCOMOTIVE BOILER EXPLODES.
Three Men Probably Fatally Hurt and
Eleven in All Injured.
St. Pail, Oct. 15. Shortly before 4
o'clock yesterday afternoon a terrible ex
plosion rent tbe air at the shops of the
Chicago, St. Paul and Kansas City Rail
way company at South park. As soon as
the smoke and noise had subsided agon
izing groans were beird in the debris of
the wreck, which told too plainly that
several human beings were victims of the
casualty. The employes of the shops had
been repairing an old engine, and, havin g
completed the work, decided to test the
boiler. Doubtless too much steam was
put on, for the boiler exploded and eleven
persons were injured, three of them prob
Five Victims Badly Mangled.
Five of the victims were terribly mu:i-
ated, and were picked un unconscious.
The others were quite badiy injured and
taken to their homes. Following is a list
of injured: John J. Clowrv, John Ma
Martin McGrill, William Davidson, Da
vid Cield. James Dickson. James Slavi
Charles Newman, Harry Garrickson, and
two others wuose names were not learned,
slightly hurt. Clowry and May cannot
possibly live and the recovery of Newman
is very doubtful.
the Auditor to Destroy
He stated that he was hired to do the
work af destroying the court house rec
ords by Auditor Lavelle aud Aaron B.
Hawes. He and Basil Ledgerwood were
to be paid ioOO each for the work. Lavelle
gwe; Harbin money to get coal oil and
Ledgerwood money to buy a revolver.
Hawes in the meantime had stated to
Harbin that it was necessary to destroy
the court house records in order to keep
Jim Lavelle, the auditor, out of the peni
tentiary, as he was a defaulter. Lavelle
took Harbin and Ledgerwood to the court
house and told them where to set the
fires, and gave them keys to the court
house and offices. That night they car
ried in tbe coal oil, flooded the offices, ap
plied tbe torches and bed.
Harbin's Mory Corroborated.
The armngenient was to a certain ex
tent abortive, as tbe auditors records.
which make the investigation possible.
were saved, although all the valuable rec
ords in the recorder's office, fixing the ti
tle to all the lauded property in Daviess
county, were destroyed. The loss to tbe
county by this is incalculable. As sooi as
Harbin had completed his testimony war
rants were issued fortue others concerned.
Ledgerwood, when arrested, knocked n ri
der at once, telling the same story Harbin
told. Every statement corroborates the
evidence secured by the detectives.
Tbe Head Rascal Locked I" p.
Auditor Lavelle was immediately ar
rested and tne Dig iron Jail doors were
closed on the man who a few years ago
was said to be the most popular politician
in Daviess county. A. B. Hawes soon
joined him, but Michael Lavelle could not
be found and bas not yet been arrested.
Ledgerwood and Harbin were arraigned
in court and pleaded gnilty to the charge
of arson, sentence ot them was post
poned. Lavelle and Hawes were bound
over in 5,003 each on the same charge and
last mgnt nao not yvt ootained bail.
Judge Lynch on Hand, of Course.
Naturally the excitement is terrible in
its intensity. No one can say that be bas
a g-od title to his real property and in
dignation is at a white heat. There is
much talk of an appeal to mob law, bnt it
is hoped that cooler counsel will prevail
and tbe county be spared the ignominy of
a lynching bee. The jail is surrounded by
a guard and no means will be spared to
protect the prisoners. All tbe accused
are men of faie. Auditor Lavelle is
INTERNATIONAL BANK PROJECT.
The Agitation for Its Incorporation To
Be Renewed in Congress.
WASHINGTON', Oct. 15. The agitation
for the incorporation of the International
American bank will probably be renewed
in the next congress, although it is
likely to be difficult to obtain favorable
action. The bank plan was one of the
outgrowths of the Pan-American con
ference, and the list of incorporators
named in the bill which Senator Sherman
introduced June 11, 1890, gives the names
of the American delegates to the conference.
Will Prove a Stumbling Block.
Charles R. Flint, of New York, was the
United States member of tbe committee
on banking and took a most active inter
est in promoting the bill before con
gress last summer. Mr. Flint is ex
pected to appear before the committee of
tbe new congress and urge tbe measure
again, but hostility to b.uiks in general
is likely to prove something of a stumb
ling block in his war. The purpose of
the international hank is to promote
closer trade relations with countries
south of us
Asked for a "Prison bund ay."
Pittsburg, Oct. 15. At the congress of
the National Prison association yesterday
Mr. Spalding, of Massachusetts, offered
a resolution to the effect that the Nation
al Prison association requests all clergy
men in the United States and Canada to
observe tbe fourth Sunday of each year as
prison Sunday. The resolution was car
ried. "The Chaplain" was the subject
next discussed, Rev. Dwicht P. Breed, of
the Indiana state prison north, presiding.
Kx-President Hayes was re-elected presi
dent of the association, and John T. Milli-
gan. of Allegheny, secretary, with Charles
E Felton, of Chicago, and Dr. Kiland P.
Falkner, of Philadelphia, as his assist
ants. Adjourned sine die
Miss Endly Was Too Hefty for Him.
ZASESviLiy;. O., Oct. 15. W. B. Ar
nold, an actcr in the "Blue Jeans" com
pany has severed his connection with that
organization here upon rather extraordin
ary grounds. Mr. Arnold is GO years of
age. In his part he is obliged to seize
and carry bodily oil tbe stage Miss Jennie
Endsly, who tips tbe beam at 177 pounds.
This task was too much for the veteran,
who was willing, however, as a compro
mise to drag the fair one off. To this she
objected and a younger and stronger
actor will be seen red.
Shawnee town. Ills., bas had a (100,001
There was another earthquake shock is
California yesterduy morning. No dam
age is reported. '
A collision of two cable cars on Milwau
kee avenue, Chicago, seriously injured
Joseph F. Haynes, Democrat, wai raw
elected mayor of Newark, N. J., by a de
The furious gale which has been raging
over Great Britain for twenty-four hours
It is feared that many pleasure boats
have been lost in the storm that is still
raging on the western Atlantic
Major Charles B. Throckmorton, TJ. S.
A., commandant at Fort Schuyler, Is un
der arrest charged with duplicating par
Professor W. H. Carroll, ths archaeolo
gist, killed himself at New York because
tbe doctors gave no hope that he would
recover from his illness.
Near Wynnawood, L T., a farmer named
Smith was called to his door and shot
dead by two men concealed in the yard.
e BsssBBiuB cscapco.
Joseph C. Crumb, president of the Har
vard (Ills.) bank and one of the most
prominent business men in that city, is
dead at the age of 64 years.
Laura Gilardi, aged 18, was shot and
killed at Baltimore by her husband, Sisto
Gilardi. Gilardi also shot himself, bub
tbe wounds are not serious.
An Augusta. Me., dispatch to the New
York World says it is Mr. Blaine's inten
tion to return to Washington and resume
his duties in the state department on Octo
It is given ont in Boston that Mr. Searles
and Timothy Hopkins have come to terms
regarding the disposition of tbe millions
of the late Mrs. Searles. Young Hopkins,
it is believed, gets from (8,000,003 to (10,
000,000. At a meeting of Conservative associa
tions in London it was decided to peti
tion parliament to reduce tbe Irish repre
sentation in that body to the same ratio
of inhabitants as applies in England and
A tother forgery has just been placed to
tbe account of Standiford Bros., tbe miss
ing Chrisman, Ills., bankers. It is in the
shape of a note for 23,010 on Samuel Ken
ton, who is already a loser to the extent of
(10.000 or (12.000.
Chicago, Oct. 14.
Following were the quotations on the board
of trade today. Wheat No. 8 October,
opened floe, closed !6c; December, opened
$1.00, closed Wgc; year, opened 96c, closed
Vtg?. Corn No. - October, opened 67c,
closel 54c; November, opened OoJc, closed
4Pc; year, opened 44Hic closed 44c Oata
No. 2 October, opened 27Hc, closed 27Jj;
November, opened JS-, closed 8!-4c; May,
opened 31sc closed 3tc. Pork December."
opened $.tfTH. ciosed t&.-ii4l January, opened
and closed (11.60. Lard November, opened,
and closed il.Ji. '
Live stock Following were the prices at
the Union Stocks yards today: Hogs Mar
ket rather active on packing and shipping ac
count, but feeling decidedly weak, owing to
large supply, aad prices ruled lu0 lower;
sales ranged at (2.00&3.9J pigs, (3.TQ&4.U
light, (4.1J,4.30 rough packing, (4Jffiq4.70
mixed, and $t.35i&4.7d beavy packing and
Cattle Market only moderately active
on local and shipping account, and feeling
rather weak: price about 10c lower; quota
tions ranged at (6.OV46.S prime to shippias;
steers. S4 good to fancy do, (3.4Uj4Jt4
common to fair do, (3.6U&4.25 batchers
steers. (2.00&2.75 stackers, (.1Q3.10 Tes
ans, Ji.imvl.tSj rangers. (2.50&&23 feeders,
$L50334 cows, (LoUS-lOO bulls and $i5U&5.00
veal calves. ......
Sheep Market rather active, and prices
unchanged; quotations ranged at (3.5034.50
westerns, $3.j0&5.UU natives, and ia.504J4.50
Produce: Butter Fancy separator. 28&Seo
per lb: dairies, fancy fresh, 2j23c; packing
stocks, fresh, tiMc.' E igs Loss oft.
lite per doz. Live poultry Old chickens. 9Ja
per lb; s,rin. 11c; root-rr. 6&tc: young
turkeys. 12-lX4c; old, VQAlct ducks. 8ae:
spring. (Wro'lUc: -geese, t6 0Uia.SU per dos.
Potatoes Home grown, 4J&5oo per sac I;
Wisconsin ' ana Michigan, fair to choice. t8 j
21c per bu: sweet potatoes. Illinois, (1AA
L5 per bhl; Jer-eys, (1.&I&1.&Y. Apples
Common, (l.OJ per hoi: cool. IlJM<i; choice
to fane. i-M i). Cranberries Cape Ood,
fancy, tti.Ujyj.jO per bol; common. $J.Ta&
New York. Oct. 14.
Wheat No. 2 red winter casta. SLOT: Oc
tober. (l.ut: November. (l.WJi: December.
tl.OTK. torn No. 2 - mixed cash. 64c; No
vember, itSc; December. 55c. Oats Dull
but steady: No. 2 mixed cash. 4Hc; Oc
tober, ZiMi-r. November, 34'4c Rye Xeg
lecled. harley Negiectci. pork Dull, new
mews, $U.5ujn.T5. Lard-Quiet; December.
i.75; January. li.a"i.
Live Stock: Cattle Market active for all
grades; poor.-t to best native steers, (3.&V.&
ijxt per H l'js: Texana and t'olorados. (-(.ajr
.r. bulls anl orv cows. ti.VHL3.40. khtmn
and Lambs Sueep steady: iambs active at.
aa advance of ic i er lb; sheep. HJt&tJZa per
aw in-: lamos. s-..'ie..aL. Hon Marie rt.
vtradv; live hogs, ti.Uji5.i per UU lbs.
Election of Illinois Central Directors.
Chicago, Oct. 15. At the annual meet
ing of the Illinois central stockholders
held here yesterday Stuyvesant Fish,
Edward H. Harrison, and W. W. Astor
were elected directors to serve until 18U5.
C. M. Beach, of Hartford, Conn., was
elected a director to serve until 184 to fill
the unexpired term of George Bliss, who
resigned.: A meeting of the new board of
directors of the company will be beld in
New York in a few days to elect officers
for the ensuing year. o changes are in
A Big Purchase of Mlver.
WA6H1NGTJS. Oct. 15 The treasury
department yesterday purchased 1,048,000
ounces of silver at from tO.Jfil to (0.872
bv a s
ABLATES 6 CO
about 40 years of age. and his wife Is tbe