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Rock Island Daily Argus
f0L.XLl NO. 201
ROCK ISLAND. SATURDAY, JUNE 10. 1893.
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No use telling you where we got them or why we are offering these suits
at such ridiculously low prices. What you want is plain talk. We will sell
vou suits worth more than double the price we quote. You know us; when
ue name a price it is away BELOW ALL COMPETITORS, and for that
reason we do the business. Look at our suits at
- $3.69, $6.39, $7 397"
WE GUARANTEE there is not a suit in the lot but which is worth more
rhan double the price we ask for them. Our aim is to do by far the largest
Clothing business in Rock Island, and we are doing it, BUT ALWAYS
HUNGRY FOR MORE. Compare Prices.
THE LOW DO
The Greatest Bargain Givers.
Our selection of new designs for the comins: seat
son is nearly all in stock, and we feel confiden
your insnection will oronounce it overwhelm
ingly superior to any we have ever shown.
We have taken advanta ee of every opportunity in making our selection, in order to give
the people of this city and vicinity the choicest designs from the product of nearly every
manuiaciurer in tins uuuuirjr, tu very lowest prices. e eixiunjy uuijr utai uaoo
workmen, and shall be pleased to receivs your orders for Pap9r Hanging, Painting, or
anything pertaining to Interior Decorating:
Room Mpulding to match wall paper.
Window shades ready made and to order, alljjcolors
Picture Frames latest styles.
R. CRAMPTON & CO.
Wholesale and retail book sellers and stationers.
1727 Second avfnue. Bock Island
', Is Life Worth Living?
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The Fashionable Fabrics for Spring and Summer have T C
arrived at i g L
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OVER A SCORE DEAD
Result of the Frightful Disaster
FORD'S THEATRE FALLS TO PIECES
Four Hundred Clerks Caught in the
Collapse, Twenty-Two Kilied and
thiw Klnorw Olve Way and Carry the
t'ruiuiitit Donn with Them Ite
mfxlellnir of the Cellar the CaUM' of tlie
Cataxtropltc, .Bltol by Somebody's
Illunder CoiiKreas Charged with the
lrlinurv ItcKnoiutlitlllty I.inta f the
Killed ami AVoundctl Set-lies at the
Morgue Kellef MeaHiirett.
WASMXGTOS,.Tune 10. Another tragedy
less momentous in character but involving
the loss of many more lives and much more
human suffering has stained the walls of
the old Ford's theatre, Washington, where
Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John
Wilkes Booth in April, ist5. It is a coin
cidence, also, which will go into history
that this second tragedy occurreI on the
very day when the remains of the great
tragedian whotte life was so darkened by
his brother's crime that he never visited
Washington afterward were being laid to
ftwt in Mount Auburn cemetery, Massa
chusetts, ami also on the fateful Friday.
The house iu which Lincoln died on the
other side of the street from the theatre
where lie wns shot and which in still sen
timentally kept intact as it wot that fatal
night, looked down upon a scene of agony,
excitement and grief which even the great
crime of 18(55 could not parallel.
A Illuntler Almost AVnnte Than Crime.
And the horrors of the scene were by no
means lessened by the knowledge that a
bunder, surely in this case almost "worso
than a crime," hal caused the death of
from twenty to thirty persons at the least,
and inflicted mainings and injuries njvon
fifty or sixty more." The evidence as fouisd
in official records appears conclusive that as
longjagonslf3this building which the gov
ernment purchased after the Assassination
and used as an army museum, wasoflicial
ly proclaimed by congress an unsafe de
pository for even the inanimate skeletons,
mummies and Ixxiks of the army medical
museum, for which a safer place of storage
was provided by act of congress. Hut not
withstanding the fact that in the public
press anil in congress also continued ultTi
tion was culled to the lrtiling walls of the
building and its darkness ami general un
suitability and unsafety, it continued to
1h used for the daily employment of iicurly
&X) government clerks of the pension r
cord division of the war ofliee.
Human Life Is Cheap. Anyhow.
With a refinement of discrimination,
however, between what could lie replaced
and what could not be so easily supplied,
while the clerks were trusted in the un
safe Iruilding the original letters were re
tained in the substantial fire-proof war de
imrtnient building jiroper. So the com
forting official assurance is given that
while thirty clerks may have been killed
tlie pension recorils are all suved and un
injured. The building collapsed in the
midst of an ill-tinied effort to remedy some
if ita defects. The hour of the disastT
was very shortly after the department luul
settled down to the day's work. The wort
nun whose operations under the building
were the Immediate cause of the catu5tro
phe luul been tinkering upon it for two
fiours or nuns. Half an hour earlier and
few lives would have lieeu lowt.
The CorpH Jfumtx-r Twenty-Two.
The last body has lieen recovered and the
list of dead numbers twenty-two. as fol
low: Unkwnro man, evilntly a clerk; tteurge
Allen, Pennsylvania; George W. Arnold,
Virginia, L. W. Iioody, New York; Sorauel
P. Banes, Pennsylvania; John IJussius,
District of Columbia; Arthur L. Dietrich,
Kentucky; Jeremiah Daley, Pennsylvania;
James R. Kgn, Kansas: .Iweph B. Ginre,
Michigan; David C Jordan, Missouri; M.
M. Jarvls, Michigan; J. lloyd Jones, Wis
consin; P. B. Ixrftus, New York.; F. W.
Maedcr, : K F. Milk'r. New York;
Howard S. Miller, Ohio; J. IL McFoll, Wis
consin; K. G. Shull, Kansas; William
Schrciver, Maryland H. S. Wood. ;
F. M. Williams, Wisconsin; Dr. Nel
A Look Boll of Wounded Veople.
The injured are: A. L. Ames, Iowa,
skull fractured, leg broken and injured in
ternally; F. F. Calvert, Mvland,tight leg
fractured; 8. J. Dewes, New York; Louis
Dusapy ; George W. Davis, Missouri.
scalp wound; II. B. Esterllng, Fort Scott,
Kan., seriously injured; Washington Fry,
, head badly cut; W. S. Gustin, Ohio,
left arm broken: Dr. James Q. Howard,
Maryland ( colored), scalp eat, internal in
juries; C. F. Hathaway, Ohio; J. N. Ham
mer, Tennessee, injurod in eye; George
Handy, (colored), slight cuts on head;
Thomas Hynes, Missouri, skull froctAred;
J. G. Johns. , leg badly cut; W. Bug
ler, New Jersey, scalp wound;
Clifton Lowe, Iowa, soalp wound; William
W. Leclure, District of Columbia; E. Leger,
Mississippi, hood cut and injured Inter
nally; Frank Metcalf, Massachusetts, dis
location of hip; G. M. McLaughlin, Ten
nessee; J. P. McCornack. Wisconsin, do
pressed fracture of ribs; M. MoLachlan, kv
broken; K. M. Patrick. New York, cuts
about head and face, Police Officer Pody,
Injured after accident; G. L, PruHt, Texas,
scidp lacerated; P. K. Pennington, Ala
bama, skull, fractured; Charles Robinson,
Colorado, slight injuries in head and back;
J. A. Stewart, cut about head; F. F. Sims,
- ; C. D. Shadbolt, Missouri (colored),
dangerously injured; F. B. Smith,
Tennessee; R. A. Smith, Connecticut,
compound fracture of the skull; F.
F. Sams, ' Illinois, cut about the
head; William M.Smith, ; P. U. Sommera,
Ohio, ribs broken and head badly cut; John
IL Thomas, Sedalia, Ma, arm broken; F.
W. Test, Illinois, contusion of scalp; C. R.
Weller, scalp .wound and contusion of
back; N. T. Worley, Tennessee, back and
legs injured; James A. White, Georgia,
cut on head and leg; A. G. Yount, Penn
sylvania, head cut and injured internally;
A. C Black, Indiana, fractured cheek bone
and arm; Cbarles J. Moore, District of
Columbia, ribs broken and scalp wounds;
71. F. Urtscou, rsew xorR, scalp wound, leg
injured and injured internally; J. A. Mil
ler, District of Columbia, lioth legs broken
between the knee and ankle.
ACCOUNT OF THE CATASTROPHE.
A Crush That Was Sudden and Fearful
The fatal work was all done in a mo
ment. Those who were alive and unhurt
after the first crash, except a few who
jumped in panic, are alive and unhurt
now. The centers of the floors went into
the cellar in the twinkling of an eye with
a roar and rush, and those on the floors
were caught. They hod no warning.
Around the walls, which stood intact,
there were patches of flooring left ami on
these patches were groups of clerks. Some
of these jumped in their fright and a few
jumped to their death, others to broken
Ixmes and still others alighted safely.
Lion one of those patches of flxring
which did not fall were K. Baier and a few
companions. They were left le tween
heaven and earth, in ininnVnt danger that
their weight would carr1JS.e floor to the
pile of debris below. Hut Baier remem
bered having seen a coil of fire hose some
where near, and after a few minutes it was
found, uncoiled, one end fastened and the
other let out of a window, and on this the
imjieriled men slid to the ground and safe
ty. There were dozens of hair-breadth
escapes narrated by the survivors.
Every few minutes during the first two
hours after the accident dead and wounded
men were taken out of the debris. To the
on-lookers all the bruised, muimed and
dust-covered bodies seemed bereft of life.
One man, whose face was covered with
blood and who was seemingly dead, sud
denly raised up in the ambulance in which
ho was placed and swallowed a glass of
whisky. This brought a cheer fJoni the
crowd and thereafter every rescue was
accompanied by applause. All the carts
and workmen that could be secured were
pressed into service to clear away the
There was much danger to tlie. rescuing
gangs, for tlie edges of the falling floors
hung threateningly downward over the
heads of the workers. It seemed that lit
tle progress could lie made in clearing
away the immense mass of fallen rubbish,
f-ut the work nevertheless progressed rap
idly. An incident of tlie day was thenum
ber of clergymen who, hearing of the dis
aster, f'.xked to tlie scene. Utterly re
gardless of their own safety they entered
the building, the rear walls of which were
warningly bulging out, aud administered
to tlie dying and injured. Ministers of all
Creeds were present.
MANY APPALLING SCENES.
Ghastly Incidents at the Morfrue
. reaved Woman's Orle.
As can be will understood there were
many appalling scenes. On tlie front seat
of one of the ambulances rode away one of
thone who had gone down in the crash.
His face, hands, heir ajl clothing were
completely covered with bhxxl. Iks did
not seem to be seriously hurt, but the
spectacle was revolting in the extreme.
All during tlie long nonrs while the work
men were working with all their strength
to rescue such as were not past help, the
sisters and d:ighte-rs of those that lk.nl
gone down hovered around the front of
the building and with streaming eyes in
quired of all whom they mot of same tid
ings of the.tr ilear ones.
Tlie president was informed of the sad
event Just as he muiied tlie entrance to
the White nous by one of the clerks and
he at otwe interested himself in relief
mutfTiMi, learning with satisfaction what
had been done by Assistant Secretary of
War Orant, who oame over to the White
House before noun. Surgeon General
Sternberg wont at oitoe to tine scene of the
disaster upon bearing tike news, as did
Dr. Aitts worth, who is t he chief of the rec
ords and pension division. The rolls
sliowwd that tlie full force employed in the
building numbered 51J persons. A rram
Ikt of these were absent on leave Irocausu
of illnes, so that probably not more than
4l or A30 persons were in tlie building
when the crush came.
At the morgue the sight was one horri
ble to behold. The little building, in
which was one ioe chest and a dissecting
table, was not near large enough to hold
the bodies brought from the wrecked
building. Along the floor Uiey were ar
ranged in numerical order. The morgue
was filled and then the stable was turned
into a reception room for the bodies.
Blaukets were spread on the floor and the
bodies were laid out as respectably as pos
sible under the circumstances. Blood
from the bodies formed a large pool on
the floor, and tiui crushed skulls, broken
arms and logs made the scene indescriba
ble. The first woman to appear and make in
quiry was Mrs. F. W. Meader, 6f Sil First
street, N. E., and when she entered the lit
tle lirick building the mutilateil body of
her husband was the first to meet her eyes.
The scene that followed was a sad one, and
Mrs. Meader had to be assisted out of the
presence of the ghastly sight. Mr. Meader
was sa years old and came here a year ago
from Buffalo, N. Y. His bead was crushed
awl body injured. The body of John Bus
srus was identified by his heart broken son,
and latex on there was a sad meeting be
tween t he young man and his sister,
FIXING THE RESPONSIBILITY.
It Was Somebody's HUuultM, as Ihkm1
Organizing fur Relief.
Tlo question of tlie responsibility for the
accident is, of course, already earnestly
discussed. Though officials connected with
the building are not inclined to so state,
and declare thut they cannot understand
the reason for the fall, there seems but
little doubt that the proper precautions
had not been taken with the.underpinning
placed beneath the columns which sup
ported the inner end of the girders holding
np the flooring. This is alleged to have
been noticed by several persons, but
through somebody's blunder nothing was
done to make it safe. Tlte war department
had the duty of inspection.
The collapse of this building has directed
earnest attention to two ot her buildings
believed bo be in an almost equally unsafe
condition one the government printing
office, where 1,800 people are employed; the
other is . the rickety shell known as the
Windsor building.also belonging to the war
departments and occupied by hundreds of
clerks of that department and of the
second auditor's office. This place is no
orriously dangerous and the floors are
overloaded, all of the facts bqing koown
to congress ior years, out receiving no at
tention. A meeting of citizens was held to put
into oieration measures for the relief of
the victims of the catastrophe. It was
called to order by Commissioner Ross, and
Commissioner Parker was chosen to pre
side. The speakers all denounced the gov
ernment for its niggardly policy, and held
it responsible for the loss of life. The to
tal amount of subscriptions raised was
about $5,500, of which Woodard & Lath
rop, dry goods dealers, gave $1,(100. The
president gave S100, and the further pros
ecution of relief work was left to the news
papers, all of which have started relief
funds. Those dependent on the servicesof
tlie dead are all practically ln-uuiless.
Ixfit Ilia Life for a Dog.
Newark, N. J., June HX Thomas
Stanza, a Danish laborer, lost his life at
Short Hills while trying to save the life of
a valuable dog belonging to Louis Bayard.
The animal had plunged into the reservoir
to escape the heat, but had ventured too
far out aud Bayard, who was looking on,
feared that the dog was drowning. Stanza
volunteered to go to the animal's aid, and
he swam out to the rescue. When near
the dog he threw up his arms and disap
pejwed. Twice afterward he rose, and then
went down for the last time. The dog suc
ceeded in swimming to the shore.
Italded by Tramps and Looted.
Bahaboo, Wis., June 10. Waunakee
was raided by tramps and every business
house and many residences burglarized. In
some cases the occupants of residences
were driven into the streets at the point of
revolvers while the tramps ransacked the
buildings. Tlie people were taken so com
pletely by surprise and frightened that
they offered little or no resistance. The
tramps secured quite a large quantity of
plunder at the stores of James Clark and
Charles Hudson, and considerable cash.
Considerable jewelry was taken from residences.
Soorea on the Diamond Field.
CHICAGO, June 10. The record of Nation
al League base ball playing is as follows:
At Washington Cleveland 11, Washing
ton 5; at Baltimore Chicago 9, Baltimore
11; at Philadelphia Louisville 4, Philadel
phia li; at Boston Cincinnati 1, Boston 6;
at Brooklyn St. Louis 3, Brooklyn 7; at
New York Pittsburg 5, New York 8.
The Amalgamated Seale.
PTTTSlJVlHi, June 10. The Amalgamated
association has done some rapid work on
the scale. Secretary Kingallon declined
to say what if any changes had leen made
in any of tin; scales. The rapidity with
which the work is expedited indicates that
the wage committee lielieves the present
scale Is good enough for another year.
Murder Xear Euu Claire.
Eau Cuatke, Wis., June 10. Melcher
Fox, one of tlie early inhabitants, left
town and walked to his summer cottage
about two miles tip the Eau Claire river.
He did not return and his wife and son
went out and found his body shot through
tlie heart. He had leen robbed, probably
by tramps. No clue.
Hanged a Negro M urderer.
Mayfield, Ky., June 10. Bob Brown,
the negro murderer, was hanged here. The
lxxly was cut down at two minutes past 11
o'clock. The crime for which Brown suf
fered the death tiejialty was the murder of
Albert Colley, a well-to-do farmer of this
An Elgin Ctrl Dies at West Point.
West Poikt, N. Y., June 10. Miss Mary
Curtis, 17 years okl, of Elgin, 111., died sud
deidy of heart disease at the West Point
hotel, fc-he arrived at est Point last
week with Senator Cullom's party, her
brother, Cadet Curtis, being a member of
the graduating class.
JsmwAFoua, June 10. In his annual
address to the Indiana Pharmaceutical
association President Frank IL Carter said
he stiod ready to join with the saloon
keepers or any other element to impose a
tax of t-.VJU or 1,000 on druggists who run
oarrooms. rjocrciary r . v . Aleissner, of
La I'orte, reported the active membershin
to be 400.
The locat markets.
Hay Timothy. (13.00; npland. S1CQ11 : clouek
19.00; baled. S10.00Q11.00.
Batter Fair to choice, 2022c; creamery.
Eggs Fresh. 1314.
Poultry Chicken. 13c: tnrkeva ' lii
docks, 12Xc; geese, 10c.
murr ixd tbsbtablxs.
Apples (4 00 per btl.
Onions 94 .00 per bbl.
Tnroips o0c per ba.
lit stock '
Cattle Botchers Day for corn fed at .-
4&4c; cows and heifer, SftOSfcc caivs
IS ON TOP
No other fZAMjJ
is so vauuu
Costs less than Half
and pleases much better
than the over-priced and
orr- endorsed" kinds.
Judge for yourself.
In Cans. At your Grocer's