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THE ARGUS, SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 1893.
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rrin comfort and improvement and
l to personal enjoyment when
t'L .5 Tlie many, who live bet
Stten others and enjoy life more, with
Ifruiau , i more uromftlv
fnthTtho world's best products to
S of Physical being, will attest
tue to health of the pure hqnid
j$ ! principle-, embraced in the
medv, ivriip of Fig4- .a
'TI.ewileHce is due to its presenting
.B,he form most acceptable and ptau-
. the tisto, the refreshing and truly
iJficial pitierties of a wrfect lax
effectually cleansing the system,
) wllin" colds, headaches and fevers
7ri permanently curing constipation
lihJ riven satisfaction to millions and
it with the approval of the medical
','f.vwmii, because it acts on the Kid-
vVt'ver and Bowels without weak
;n; thorn and it is perfectly free from
t,vor? objectionable substance.
vrun of Tiirs is for sale by all drug
oiiw'Oe and $1 K.ttles, but it is man
w,ture(l lv the California Fig Syrup
Co onlv, wlil w name is printed on every
raeki v, also the name. Syrup of Figs,
ind "inin-r well informed, you will not
ja.-ej.tanv s.iL'stituto if oflcred.
j. B. KEIDY.
T. B. JtKlDY.
!;-). e'.'. tnd manage property oa comtntalon,
r m.mfv. co'lect rent?. also carry a line of Drt
c!i'Srt Insurance companies', building lots tor
tut ir al'Jht-d ffi-retit additions. Choice resiaence
projertj n a'.: iart of the city.
Room. Mitchell A Lynde building, ground
4oor. in riarof Slitchell 4 Lynde bHtils.
DD1TOUH tn lin Bond
IllIUMJ LU UU llOQU.
It ents us money to have this
winu-a. It costs YOU nothing to
r. -a l it and it will tell you when: to
f'r a pio. investment.
have ;i number of choice
uil.lini: lets hi all parts of the city
which will t. so'iii at reasonable
We also have a larjre list of busi
es and resilience property to select
mi some decided BARGAINS if
ki-ii at once.
Why Pay Rent?
When with .the amount you now pay for
rent you can purchase, occupy and enjoy
while bo doing a borne of your own.
"E will undertake to build a number of houses
ior our customers on terms very greatly to
" I'o contemplate buying, selling or exchane
o t-iuruLe or ousiness property it m
positively ray yon to call at
Ml & Donaldsons
Real Estate and
3, 4, 5. and. Masonic Teaiple Block.
1 at Your Property with Us
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DIED IN DESPAIR.
Weary of Life's Struggles Peter
Rieck Ends His Existence.
SENSATIONAL MODE OF DEATH.
lie I-lllrately Vlttnx for the Tragedy
rimI Knlrlle at the Door of I'olire llead
qwrl em Without ftleatlveaor Means of
a Livelihood, lie Could Find no Further
Inducriurnt . for Living Story of Hi
Weary of the struggle for life, and
without means of further support,
Peter Rieck, ajred Co, suicided almost
at the very door of the police station
at 8 o'clock last evening. The deed
was deliberately planned and execut
ed. It was about the hour stateil
that people passing in the vicing) of
Sixteenth street and Third avenue
were startled by a pistol shot, but as
the disturbance was not attended by
any further sonnd, it was impossible
to detect the exact place from which
it came. A moment later however.
Constable L. V. Eckhart who bad
beard the shot and was passing along
in front of the Armory building bad
his attention directed to a man lying
at the foot of the west stairway run
ning up to the second floor of the
building, A number of people had
noticed the prostrate form lying
there, but supposed the man was
drunk. Mr. Eckhart hastened into
police headquarters and accompanied
by C hief Miller and Ollicer Long re
turned to where the body was dis
covered and upon closer examination
found the man dead.
A shocking Iicsvery.
A pool of blood was discovered un
der the head, while back of the right
ear was a bullet bole. Turning the
bodv over, a Si-calibre revolver was
found, with all the chambers loaded
save one from which the leaden mes-
seno-er of death bad eseaoed. The
body was placed upon a stretcher and
carried into police headquarters, and
Coroner llawes notified. The latter
official arrived soon after and empan-
neled a jury composed of J. K. liran
denburir, foreman: James Blaisdell,
L. V. Eckhart, William Dick man.
Osborne Dumbauld and Charles F.
Rladel, and proceeded with the in
quest. From the papers found on
the bodv and the testimony adduced
it was learned that the man's name
was Peter Hieck, a (Jerman by
birth, and C: years of age.
unmarried and without relatives
in this country. Ho had been
a shepherd in the old country and
for lt vears had resided in America,
lie has" had no occupation since com
ing to America, though his habits
were those of a sober, quiet man.
Most of the time during his residence
here he had boarded with Mrs. Wigh
t.rt at 1!10 West Fifth street. Daven
port. Part of the time he paid his
board. The evidence-of Herman Schu
macher, a nephew of Mrs. Wighort,
was taken sustaining these facts, the
witness also stating that he had
known Hieck 18 or 14 years ago in
the old country, that the deceased
had come to this country with wit
ness' family and made his home
with them until his mother's death,
when he and his brother secured
him a boarding place at the
house of their aunt in Davenport,
Mrs. Fritz Wighort. They paid his
board until three months ago. when
Hieck asked for S a month from
them for spending money, when they
dropped him and had not seen him
since. The Schumacher family had
until the death of Mrs. Schumacher
resided on Twenty-first street, this
city. Mrs. Katherine Hramman of
city, an aunt of Schumacher, corro
borated this testimony and also said
she knew no reason why Hieck should
suicide and knew of Ins having no
troubles. The testimony of L. V.
Eckhart and Ollicer Carlson was
taken, relating to having heard the
Dtliherately I'lanueU the Herd.
On Hieck's person were found a
number of letters written in German
some papers relating to the disposi
tion of his body and $45 in money.
The papers all demonstrated that the
act of self-destruction was deliber
ately planned, the inference being
that he had become tired of living,
and having no relatives, had given
up in despair, and ended h's exis
tence, baring chosen the spot
where the act was commit
ted so as to be as near the station as
possible, where the police might find
1'npera In 111 loneMlou.
Among the papers in the possession
of the dead man was a deed to lot 24
in the German Lutheran cemetery,
purchased yesterday, and a request
that it be forwarded to Fritz Wighort
at Davenport. In a letter under date
of yesterday. Hieck directs Chief Mil
ler to carry out the last wishes of the
writer contained in the letter; that
he be buried in lot 24 in the German
Lutheran cemetery, in the clothes
which he wore at the time of his
death, and that as be had no valua
bles beside the $45 which would be
found in his pocket, he wishes the
money to be used to give him a de
cent burial, and if any is left it is to
be sent to Mr. Wighort.
Another paper was of the nature of
an affidavit also bearing date of yes
terdav and made before Magistrate
II. C. W'iviU, in which he avers that
Peter John Herman Schumacher, who
has been living in Rock Island since
1889, secured his naturalization pa
pers by making false representations
as to his age; that Schumacher voted
in 1890, and three times since then.
On the sheet is a request to Marshal
Miller that a warrant be issued for
Schumacher. From this it may be
inferred that Rieck entertained bit
ter feelings toward Schumacher and
in a circumstantial way to such feel
ing he may have been led to take his
The coroner's jury after taking in
to consideration all the facts present
ed returned a verdict that "Peter
Rieck came to his death by a pistol
shot through his head inflicted by
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. Disposition of the Remains
The remains were taken in charge
by Undertaker Knox, but have not
yet been buried, and there is a ques
tion of doubt about the last wish of
the deceased being carried out as the
Lutheran church opposes the burial
of suicides in consecrated ground.
Mrs. Wighort, of Davenport, with
whom Rieck had been boarding of
late came over today in search of him.
He had left home at C o'clock last
nigUt and she had not seen him since.
She could not understand why he
should have done such a thing as he
never even intimated snch intention.
She was shocked and moved on learn
ing of bis tragic act.
WHO WILL THEY BE?
Persons Who are Mentioned for Flares
I'nder the New Administration.
With the induction of a new muni
cipal executive into office in a short
time, there naturally is more or less
speculation as to who will fill the
various appointive positions that are
under his control. While it is gen
erally understood that few, if any, of
Mayor McConochie's appointees will
be retained by the incoming mayor,
there is considerable uncertainty as
to who will be selected. It is now
ten days since Mr. Medill was elected
mayor of Rock Island, and while he
has received several applications for
the positions at his disposal, there
has been nothing like a rush, and he
has been by no means harrassed by
.Some Names Mentioned.
The A kg rs has no official knowl
edge of the ersons who have ap
plied for positions, but it appends a
list of names that have been men
tioned in connection with the various
Chief of Police M. II. Sexton, J.
W. Cavanaugh. Michael Murrin,
John Pender, Jerry Darrah, Lawr
ence Kramer. T. F.'Wheelan.
Superintendent of Waterworks J.
Sxporintendent Fire Department--Bernard
Brahm. H. L. Baker.
Superintendent of Streets Edwin
Ward, Theodore Free.
Health Commissioner Drs. Eyster,
Citv "Physician Dr. Sala.
To fl -gate Keeper Peter Sehlem
mor, "Hank" Harris.
Weighmaster B. H. Kimball,
Overseer of Poor Charles Wheel
an, Charles Englc.
Paving Inspector Richard Lloyd.
E. W. Boynton, Leo Littig.
For patrolmen some of the present
officers are spoken of in connection
with many others.
Will Wait Tilt May 1.
It has been suggested to Mr. Medill
that he might as well assume his of
fice next Monday evening as to wait
until the first of" the month. He re
ceived official notification of his elec
tion from the city clerk some days
since, and he has 10 days in which to
qualify. He will purposely avoid
taking the oath of office until after
the semi-monthly meeting, however,
which will defer his induction into
office for two weeks.
Will Koek Island Secure the Kranch Over
The coniniittee on manufactures
of the Rock Island Improvement as
sociation and special committee com
posed of Messrs. Simon, Guyer and
Ohlvveiler interested in securing for
Rock Island the branch of the Xoxall
overall factory of Quincy have called
a meeting of citizens at the rooms of
the Improvement association at 7:30
Monday evening for the purpose of
explaining the advantages to Rock
Island of securing this industry, and
taking some decided steps to secure
it. This is a matter in which the.city1s
pride is at stake, and already words
of commendation have come from the
papers at Moline and elsewhere on
the prompt manner in which the pro
ject was taken hold of in Rock Islaad
and conceding the city has probably
secured the industry.
Rock iKland Can Have It.
Messrs. Lesem and Nelke departed
for Quincy last evening, where they
will await developments here. "We
regard the prospects of our coming
here as good," Mr. Lesem said, "and
we have no hesitancy in saying that
we are favorably impressed with
Rock Island. Ve have met a
number of your wideawake
ami found them en-
enthusiastic and alert to the city's
interests. It is wnn jsoch. jsisuu
to say whether it will have our
branch factory or not. We have
called off all negotiations elsewhere
until we hear from Rock Island. We
would like to come here now that we
have become acquainted, and hope it
will be so arranged that we will find
our way clear to do so."
This "strikes the Argus as one of
the great opportunities ot Rock Isl
and's existence as a city and one that
should not be allowed to pass un
heeded. Let there be a good turn
out Monday nighty
Important Instruction as to World's Fair
Basfraee Track Kchors.
All basrsragremen throughout the
country have received a card of in
struction relative to checking bag
gage during the World's Fair. It al
so contains some valuable instruc
tion for the public, and is intended
to reduce to a minimum all losses
and bewilderment to travelers in con
nection with their baggage. Among
the surest ions made are that all
baggage should be plainly marked
with owner's name in full, and per
manent or home address, and that
in view of the crowded condition of
baggage cars en route, and of the
baggage rooms at the various sta
tions in Chicago during the Colum
bian exposition, the checking of
satchels and other baggage should
be discouraged and passengers re
quested to keep such ib their posses
sion. It is imperative that all bag
gage shall be in good order before it
is checked at starting point. It is
essential that passengers should in
all cases keep a memorandum of the
check numbers and the full lettering
of all railroad, omnibuses or express
checks, and Ihe date and point at
which they were obtained. Passen
gers should not give any baggage or
baggage checks to a expressman
unless a check or receipt is given by
him in exchange, and as an addi
tional security take his badge num
ber as a means of identification, if
needed. These rules, it is believed,
will facilitate the handling of the
l.Krrrr, mill leSSCll the chailCCS of
A Hopeless rmlertaklng.
The Freeport committee to go to
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Racine anil Chicago ami corner v mi
the officials of the Chicago. Milwau
kee & St. Paul road, regarding the
order the company issued recently
cutting treeport oil as a ireigni ui
vision of the road has returned home,
The committee was composed of rail
road men in the employ of the Mil
waukee road. Thev met a number
of the leading officials of the road
but received "but little satisfaction,
the tenor of the statements of the
officials leading them to believe that
thev would certainly adopt the order
posted and that it will go into effect
the first of next month. The com
mittee used every effort at its dis
posal to have the "company rescind the
order, but it was fruitless, and the
men will be obliged to leave Free-
Supt. of Construction W. K. Mc
Farline, of the Hock Island, was in
the city yesterday.
The pay cars have gone out today
on all branches of the Peoria road.
It is also pay day at the Cable mines.
Conductor A. J. Aurandt, of the C.
R. I. & r.. has returned from a trip
to the south and west on which he
was absent the past month.
Forty coupon R. I. & F- Pacific
coast tickets are missing from the R.
I. & P. ticket office at'Galva. and a
mystery surrounds their disappear
ance. The tickets were unlimited and
valued at 3,000.
James Young, traveling passenger
arpnt of the Great Northern, T. H.
Thorpe, traveling passenger agent of
the Pennsylvania and C. S. La Fol
lette, traveling passenger agent of
the "Big Four," had business in Hock
The new time card on the Rock
Island providing for World's Fair
trains o-oes into effect May 7. After
that date the engines on the through
Minneapolis trains will do as the old
"fannon ball" trains uiu iormcriv,
run through between Chicago and
Engineer II. II. Baker, of the Rock
island, wno nas ui-w-rmiucu n. i.--move
to Blue Island and engage in
tho hotel business, was, with his es
timable wife, tendered a reception by
Division GO. Brotherhood of Lo
comotive Engineers the other
evening. Mr. Baker was one of
the oldest in point of ser
vice as well as one of the best liked
engineers on the Roek Island system
and his associates while regretting
his departure were desirous of show
ing their esteem for him in parting.
A telegraph operator in a neighbor-in"-
city who has grown very tired of
answering foolish questions, has
posted the following, written on a
typewriter, just outside his office
window: "Notice Yes, your mes
sage will go at once. It will be sent
immediately. In fact, we send all
messages as soon as we can, Ve
know you wish your telegram sent at
once, otherwise you would write.
Special notice: The Supreme Being
only can inform you when you will
receive a reply."
Toilet Sets Saturday.
On Saturday, April 15th, I of
fer the following prices on deco
rated chamber sets:
Pitcher, basin, chamber, mug,
soap, six pieces $1.75
Ten-piece sets 2.55
Twelve-piece sets, with slop jar,
On higher grades, patterns in
flowers and other artistic deco
rations, one-fifth off usual price.
G. M. Looslet.
Our lew Stock
IS NOW READY
For inspection, including our last
weeKij purcnase, ana we are
in a position to offer some
For a beginner we offer a line of Aen's and
Young Men's suits in splendid cassimeres,
the newest patterns, elegantly made, at
$7.50 a suit; no store in this vicinity can nor
will caII thACA cuifc fnr 1avQ thnn 'RIO 00
Another line of Men's and Younp Men's fine
dress suits at $10.00 which no competitor
will sell for less tnan $15.00.
We never misrepresent. Call and examine
these bargains and then see whether we
promised too much.
Simon & Mosenfelder,
Rock Island House Corner.
Cash- Shoe Store
Is the Leading Place
For Fine Footwear.
We have the latest novel
ties and the largest line.:
Ladies call and see our "Juliet" Slipper, the
latest thing out.
Our prices are the Lowest.
Schneider's Cash Shoe Store,
1712 Second Avenue.
The Popular Plan
OF SELL! (J
On Easy Terms of Payment
-AND RE MEM BE R-
at PR1GES as low as you can buv any
where for CASH.
We do Upholstering to Order,
G. O. HUCKSTAEDT,
18i9, 1811 Second Avenue.
C. F. DEWEND, Manager. TELEPHONE No. 1206.
Open Evenings till 8 p.m.
FLOOR PAINTS, ' "
China, Glass and Lamps.
1MB Seeaod Avenue.
LINSEED OIL, WHITE LEAD, ETC. ,
r 1510 Third Avenue-