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THIS AUGUB SATUBDAY. MAY 7, 1892.
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Saturday, Mat 7, 1892.
Fifkb will prove a Tictim of misplaced
The campaign in Illinois may now
aid to nave been fairly entered upon.
Judos Altokld and an honest ballot
will carry Illinois for the democracy this
pRiTaTS Jos manipulated the repub
lican state convention with ease, bat he
win find it exceedingly difficult to control
the voters of Illinois.
Wben it is merely the task of manipu
lating a republican convention, the mi
chine is all right, bat wben it comes to
manipulating the people that's differ
Illinois wants a democratic governor,
and the Twin-City base ball organization
wants a winning team. Neither can be
secured without a chaj?e bat
both will come.
John James Ingallb heads the Jim
Jams Kansas delegation to Minneapolis,
and will be prepared to Jib-Jab somebody
in the JiK-Jag-Jagular with neatness and
dispatch. Look out for 'he rattlesnake
delegation. Chicago Post.
Senator Palmer's greatest hope is to
see Illinois democratic. This radiant
dream will be realized thia year, and it
won't be much of a dream either. The
sleeping will all be drne on the other side
of the fence.
Patrick O'Scllivan, who died in his
cell at the penitentiary at Joliet, Thurs
day night, refused to make any confes
sion regarding his participation in the
Cronln murder, but protested his inno
cence to the last.
The republicans of Illinois have en
trenched themselves behind a weak re
doubt of malefeasance in office and start
ling inefficiency. How they can expect
to win the state offices this year is a mys
tery. Have they forgotten that there is
a new ballot law in this state? Their state
ticket would seem to show this.
Jcdgk Jons P. Axtgeld, the nominee
for governor, is a native of Germany, but
was reared on a farm in Ohio. In 1864,
when he was 16 years of age, he enlisted
in the Union army and took part in the
James river campaign. After the war he
taught a country school for a time and
in the spriog of 1869 tramped from Ohio
to East St. Louis, and finally to north
western Missouri in search of other em
ployment. Here he settled down again,
and taking up the study of law was ad-
nuuea to me oar. ao suc
cessful was he in practice that be
soon sought the larger field of Chicago
In 1886 be was elected judge of the su
perior court in Cook county by 15,000
majority, receiving 26,000 votes from the
Knights of Labor alone. He made a
sound and incorruptible judge. After
five years' service he resigned to look
after his private business, having become
wealthy by judicious investments iu real
estate. Judge Al geld has written a
number of papers on questions of the
day, and is regarded as one of the most
masterful and intellectual men in the
The Birth of the Fan.
The beautiful Ran Si, daughter of a pow
erful Chinese mandarin, was assisting at
the Feast of Lanterns. At last she became
overpowered by the heat and was com
pelled to take off her mask, but it wan
against all the laws, written or unwritten,
of the Chinese for a woman to expose her
face to the idle gaze of the public. So tbe
charming Ran Si held her mask U fore her
face and gently fluttered it to niijfroto
cool herself. Tbe court ladies present no
ticed it, and in an instant a huudred other
masks were waving back and forth. This
was tbe birth of the fan, which today
takes the place of the mask in China.
Colors or the Flag of the World.
Flags of some of the principal countries
are as follows: China, yellow; Bavaria
red; Portugal, blue and white; Sweden,
blue with yellow cross; Denmark, red with
white cross; Prussia, white; Switzerland,
red with white cross; Austria, red. white
and blue; Netherlands, red, white and
blue; Spain, red, yellow and ml: United
States, red and white stripes with stars on
blue; Great Britain, red and blue; France,
blue, white and red; Russia, white with a
blue cross; Mexico, green, red and white.
Tbe Sacred Third Digit of the Left Band.
How many women who fondly love the
golden symbol of their wedding vow kno
why they wear it on the third finger of
their left hand. That particular digit waa
chosen because it was believed by the
Egyptians to be directly connected by a
elender nerve with the heart Itself. And
those ancient worshiper of Isis held this
finger sacred to Apollo and) the sun, and
therefore gold was the metal chosen for
tbe ring. I
I'nr.land. Orrgon, and R tarn.
On May 9 to 14 inclusive, the C. R. I.
& P. will sell tickets to Portland at a
rate of one fare for the round trip. Fi
nal limit 90 days I
F. H. Plcmmer, Ticket Agent
THE MAYOR'S MESSAGE.
Annml Address of Rock Island's
A. Ret lew ef the Fiamarial sad Other
CnltlesaTth City aa Read at
the laat Caaaell Meeting.
The annual message of Mayor McCon
ochie delivered at last Monday night's
council meeting and made a part of the
official record, is appended in full:
GXH n.EMKJl OF TE ClTT COUNCIL:
By the provisions of the statutes it is
made ny duty from time to time to give
the council information relative to the
affairs of the city and to make such
recomtaendations aa may be deemed ex
pedient. In o"edience to that mandate, I will
call yo ir attention to some of the ques
tions vial in my judgement are tbe most
Impomnt for your consideration. The
report of head of departments with such
recomnendations as they think necessary
are ao full and complete that it will not
be neo ssary for me to say anything on
some of the questions I had In view.
OUR FINANCIAL CONDITION
is such that it will require the strictest
economy to make our appropriations meet
oar at tual demands. No mstter h w
simple this may appear it ia difficult in its
accomplishment. Many things that should
and we would like to have done had to be
postpo led on account of funds. To select
the mist argent, appropriate enough
for eac a and keep all within tbe spec
ified limits has been our main
task. In this I have had the assist
ance of the council and the city
clerk a ho is entitled to special men
tion. His perfect knowledge and
bng experience In all matters pertaining
to the city'a finances and bis business
methods have made his services to the
city an 1 myself invaluable. For a full
and dei ailed report I refer you to his of
ficial financial statement for the year
just elf sed. Tbe most difficult problem
tnat confronts usistnat our revenues
do not increase in the same ratio as the
needs aid demands of our growing and
prosperous city would require to keep
pace w .th private enterprise to provide
for th sinking fund, to psy the city's
share of paving improvements and the
park improvements which have borne
heavy t.pon us during the past three years
But I think the results obtained should
satisfy tbe most skeptical that these im
proven: ents have done much to advance
the citj's prosperity. Much of the pres
ent prospsrity is due to ihe progtessiye
spirit s.iown iy the council in aiding and
encouraging ever? laudable enterprise.
and I trust the present council will not
be Cfchi id tnem in this pa t'cular.
PROVIDING FOR THE BONDS.
The 125,000 8 per cent waterworks
bonds Lave been taken up and cancelled.
leaving our total debt at this date $ 95.-
IHjO as follows: 6 per cent funding
bonds c f 1897, $170 000; 5 per cent wat
erworks bonds of 1902, S25.0O0. To meet
the paj mentor funding bonds as yet no
provision has been made. It is our duty
to commence a new sinking fund to pre
pare for taking up as much of the bonds
as poss bie wben due five years hence, by
setting aside not less than $10,000 per an
num and have it invested as we have
done during tuo past three year a. Toe
interest would swell the total to nearly
$ 60,000, then by borrowing enough to
take up and cancel $70,000 of the bonds,
refund .he bilance. $100,000 at a lower
rate of interest and have it so arranged
that a certain amount of them could be
taken up annually.
You all understand these are questions
for our successors to determine and we
have no idea what line of policy they
will ptrsue, but I think it is our duty
while in charge to lay tbe foundations of
a system they can build upon which
would tventually liquidate our debt. To
accomplish this we would be compelled
to levy a small tax outside of our 2 per
cent lis it. Tne law allows us to levy a
tax for municipal purposes not to excel 2
per cen-. of our assessed valuation, and
to this we add the interest on the bonded
debt. The law also allows as to make
provisions to pay our debts outside of
the 2 per cent limitation, but this has
never b sen done heretofore. All monies
for tbe sinkiDgfund have been taken out
of our t nnual revenues. It is as'range
fact, but it is nevertheless true, our as
aesed valuation has decreased from f 2,
600.000 in 1880 to $2,000,000 now wben
every sensible man knowa it shou'd oe
just tbe reverse of this, instead of $2 -000,000
with a revenue of $40,000 it
should 1e $3,000,000 with an annual rev
enue of $60,000 per annum, which our
city nee 3s to keep pace to with the pro
gress around us. Our increased revenues
from ot ler sources will not equ al tbe
lapses f-om gneral takation. It will
take all of our revenues to pay our ordi
nary ex.ienses and will leave notaiog for
the sinking fund. To provide for that
you muiit levy outside of tbe specified
limits. Now it is for you to say whether
we shall do so or not. Personally I am
in favor of reducing our debts, but to do
so will increase taxation, already high,
we will admit. The municipal corpora
tion of Rock Island is not responsible for
the increase in taxes complained of this
year, bet it is a fact tbe city will receive
less Iron general taxation this year than
for many years. I thought it proper to
draw your attention to these ques
tions now so they might be fully under
stood and discussed by the people and
ourselves, so we can act intelligently and
in conformity with the wishes of the tax
payers vhen we come to make our ap
propriat ions and tax levy ordinances some
O JB STREET IHTROVFMENTS
now are mostly done by special taxation.
We have experienced the same difficul
ties all cities have in changing from an
old to a uew system. Bo many people
think special taxation is all right in its
place, pi ovided that place is in f rout of
the other fellow's property. I am aorry
some of the aldermen tske tbe same view
of this question. They will advocate ia
their owi ward improvements from the
general fund, while similar improvements
in anotn ir ward is in their estimation just
the place to apply special taxation. But
to make a special taxation a success we
must socner or later abandon all street
improvements under the old system . Tco
mtny pejple are now interested in street
paving v ho have paid to improve the
street in front of their own property j
who will certainly object to be taxed
to improve streets from the general
fund. No one understands this situa
tion better than I do. Daily people
call my attention to the deplorable
condition of our streets. And it is a
fact after 40 years of street improvements
we have but few good strtets outside of
the payed district, bix inches of macad
am on our mud streets such a winter as
last is of no use whatever. An extensive
system of street improvements should be
adopted as rapidly as the demands of tbe
people would require it. Whenever a
majority of the frontage on any street
becomes satisfied that their street is no
longer pat sable it should be improved
and brought to a uniform grade as now
established either brick with one or two
courses, macadam with or without curb
ing, or any class of improvements they
may agree upon. But shouldlheyfi.il
to agree, then tbe council shall designate
the improvement as is its right in all
cases. Our street and alley fund after
cleaning the alleys in spring has to be
very economically handled to keep in any
kind of repair our 05 miles of streets and
alleys, on $10,000 per annum. To make
any extensive street improvements from
the general fund it would hve to be
largely increased. The people upon the
bluff are interested in having a bridge
built across the deep gully on Thirteenth
avenue at a cost not to eiceed $1,500
It would open op a large territory now
almost inaccessible. Mr. Blanding left
me a plan of a bent bridge which he siys
can be tuilt for $1,200. If the properly
owners could be induced to cout.ibute
something to its construction it would be
worthy of your consideration.
SOME BIGI J SIDEWALK LEGISLATION
is necessary to protect a class which is
willing and does improve. It is dis
couraging to any progressive citizen who
has made all the Improvements necessary
to accommodate the traveling public to
have his fossilized neighbor laughing at
him. who at the same time is getting tbe
benefit of all advances in property values,
which he has done all in bis power to pre
vent. The time has ccme when this class
should be crushed under the whirring
wheels of progress. Tbe most effective
way to do this is to build walks in front
of their property by special taxation, pass
ordinances to build sidewalks all along
tbe paved streets and in a 1 sections where
they can be put in to a uniform grade.
I am informed the Swedish Lutherans
have organized a University association
with tbe intention of establishing the
largest university in the northwest at this
point. Tbe location is a very desirable
one. Some improvements should be
mde upon Seventh avenue, especially
that part of it east of Thirtieth street. It
should be straightened, graded and im-
pro 7ed to a width of not less than 40 feet.
the balance not occupied by sidewalks
parked with rows of shade trees on both
sides of the avenue Thisis im' s.houldbe
made the finest avenue in the citv. Some
steps should be taken to ascertain if some
mutual arrangement could cot be made
with the interested property oncers to
accomplish these desired results.
If a sufficient number of water con-,
sumers ciuli be secured on tbe bluff to
justify the expense of extending an 8
inch water main up Thirtieth street I
tbink it should receive favorable consid
eration. The most economical way to
supply that tecHon is to put a frost i roof
tank at least 250 feet above low water
mark and Lave a five or ten borse power
electric motor to pump from tbe main
about half the distance up and supply
them from the tank by gravity. The
Cable filter plant has been started again
with two new pumping engines with a
capacity of 4,100.000 gallons daily about
double tbe capacity of tbe tubs. Whether
tbe results thus f arobtained will satisfy tbe
public expectations will yet h ive to be
determined. So far it has not fulfilled
what was claimed for it by its enthusias
tic inventor. Tbe coal and tbe coague
lesis necessary to clear the wa!er
of mud and stsins at certain seasons ill
materially increase the running expenses,
but if it will give us pure clear water free
from vegetable matter the money will be
well expended in promoting the health of
our people. In an event the donor is
certainly entitled to tbe thanks and grat
itude of tbe people of this community.
For all information in relation to toe
waterwoiks I refer you to the detailed re
port of the superintendent.
A 8EWEFAGE SYSTEM .
Nothing is bo conducive to tbe health
of any city as a good sewerage system.
Sooner or later Buch a system must be
adopted. The longer it is put off tbe
more difficult it becomes. Much of the
work we are doing now perhaps cannot
be utilized in a regular system and is
money wasted. Tne first step necessary
is to make surveys and take levels with
plans and profiles of tbe entire city divi
ded into sewerage districts. Then all
sawers built hereafter should conform to
this system and have a regular sewerage
tax, all property to be assessed in pro
portion to the benefits.
Another serious problem must be met
and solved and cannot much longer be
ignored is how to dispose of tbe storm
water from the bluffs which has now no
well defined course. The city offljers
with a few policemen and the shovel bri
gade can make no permanent solution of
this question. Such matters can only be
resorted to in extreme cases to prevent ir
reparable damages that would occur be
fore we cou'd get repress through tbe
slow and tedious process of law. Some
mutual arrangements should be made
with the interested parties that would be
satisfactory to all.
The question of street sweeping was
discussed during the past year. A com
mittee went to Davenport several times
to see tne sweepers in operation but
nothing was done to purchase a sweeper
and contract to sweep tbe streets. I
think suitable contracts can be made
with parties who will furnish their own
sweeper, providing the contract would
cover a term of years sufficient to justify
them in purchasing the necessary ma
chinery. THE PUBLIC PABKS
I cannot close without saying a word
in commendation of our public spirited
itizns who have contributed so libera' -ly
to tbe adornment of our parks. There
is now in course of erection a granite sta
tue of Black Hawk, which is yery appro
priate as a work of art besides the histor
ic d associations his name and figure
eir to this locality. This statue wben
completed and in position will be the
masterpiece of all the adornments now in
Is a common expression, but no man need
feel ashamed to be found dead with a pair
of our $3.00 or $4.00 shoes on.
The Philadelphia Toe
Is a favorite with the ladies, and we have
it in both shoes and oxfords.
Ladies' $3.00 shoes a specialty.
the square. I', was donated to the cltv
by O. J. Dimick, our ex-townsaian. now
living in Chicago, but who las still the
welfare of Rock Island at heart. Long
may he live to enjoy the blessings of the
people of this city for his gent rous gift
to the public among whom he had lived
Our parks, which are now of tbe
most attractive features ot the citv. will
hereafter be recognized as one of tbe pers
manent departments of the city govern -ment.
I thick a committee on patks
ought to be added to our list of standing
committees who could consult with the
park commissioners upon all matters per
tsiningto their maintenance and adorn
ment. Our park commissioners are pub
lie benefactors. Tbeir labor has been a
1-ibor of love with no compensation ex
cept the th-.cka and gratitude ef tbeir felt
GENERAL EXPENDITURES .
The report of the citv cierk and beads
of departments are so full and complete
with such recommendations as they think
necessary, n will not be necessary for me
to say anything further than to have you
csreruiiy consider all q lesttons that will
kcrease expenses. Much will depend
upon our next year s estimated revenues.
which will not exceed last veir'a Tbe
strictest economy will have to be followed
in all departments; there is r.o margin
ftr xtravagance. Every expenditura
will have to be closely tcrutinizc-d by all
rommiltees before ordered or contracted
I wish to tender to the retiring alder
men my sincere thanks for the many
courtesies to me during the past two
years. William VcCoxochie. Msyor.
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