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J. A. ID. MAKES REPORT Retiring Commlaaloner of Public Safety, Tell# of Financial Con ditions of the City. SOME CITY PROBLEMS 6aya That Fire Truck Wat Good In jk. vNtment and That City Can Congratulate lt*elf on :ing It. Pos J. A. M. Collins, retiring commis sioner of public safety, presented his ^annual report to the new city council •^thfa morning. The report deais most iy with the financial side of the past administration. Some weeks ago The Gate City published part of the report dealing with the use of general fond and certain measures of econ omy instituted. This part is omitted from the report as given below. M'r Report of J. A. M. Collins. To the Honorable Mayor and Council of the City of Keokuk, Iowa: Gentlemen:— We have the honor to submit here with our report as superintendent of the department of finance. For a more detailed report of receipts and disbursements you are referred to the one furnished by the city clerk. At this time we wish to re-state a fact which we made prominent in our last annual report, to-wit: That this department upon entering office was forced to take official notice at the condition of the city finances which included all liabilities of whatever nature due and unpaid April 1, 1914, and of uncompleted contracts to be paid out of the taxes.of 1914. This inventory of liabilities was taken as a precautionary measure just as any business man would do who was call ed upon to assume charge of a busi ness for which he was expected to give an account at some future date. Nothwithstanding any statements to the contrary, on the date above named, the gross amount of over drafts, bills due and unpaid, was $50, 595.12, to which must be added $1, 441.00, making a total of $52,036.12, assumed by this council since April 1915, with more to follow. This does not include any payment on any one of the twelve new contracts entered into by our predecessors and left for this council to complete. While this report is not as favorable as we had hoped it would be, except in the four departments under the immediate control of the writer hereof, the rea son for not making a more favorable one at this time is that any two years is far too short a time for any three inexperienced men to assume the bur dens of this office and debt which this council did and do more than hold its own by carrying the old debt. and put the city finances in order for the adoption of a well thought out plan for future action. We ask you to remember that the previous coun cil issued bonds to the amount of 943,000, and recommended one as they retired from office of $50,000 more, all in four years. This Inst amount was refused by a vote of the people, but the burden which the $50,000 bond issue was intended to carry was dumped to a large extent on the council in addition to the above large floating debt. The people will not see that it takes just as long to make a financial manager for the city of Keokuk as it does to make (iae for the Irwin-Phillips Dry Goods Co., for the cereal plant or for any one of our well managed wholesale grocery establishments. Business men know this is true while the ordinary voter does not believe one word of I tinue to be a monumental failure un- ttl the man at the head of affairs is For the information of the public we submit the following comments on know how they have been handled and the difficulties which our succes- gors in office will have in meeting the demands upon the general and deficit in the light fund can only be taxation. The levy of five mills in this fund is the limit fixed by law. April 1. 1914. which the previous March 31, 1016, it will show but little Fluffy Hair with JAP ROSE Tb* woodarfal "SumWMoraias Batk" SOAP Removes all excess hair oil, invigorates the scalp and leaves the hair dean, soft and pretty. Delightfully perfumed with the fra grance of fresh roses. Unequalled for bath and general toilet use. Use bat little—It's all lather For Free Sample Write Jama S. Kirk & Ca, Dept. 354, Chicago, U. S. A. If any increase. This favorable con I dition has been accomplished by en larging the light boundaries and in stalling lights in territory where the income is greater than the cost of service. The natural increase in property values and a discontinuance of some minor charges have also materially assisted in accomplishing this result. While it is possible with out any decrease in the number of lamps, to make the income equal ex penditures, yet the liquidation of the present deficit of $3,401.34 is a prob lem to be worked out in the future, as it automatically works as a bar against the installation of any new lights except in territory outside of the present light boundaries. The Fire Fund. The actua condition of thfi fire fund on April 1, 1914, was as follows, to-wit: Overdrafts and accounts due and unpaid—?11,027."4. This amount does not include $3,000 transferred from the general fund In 1912, which to that extent accounts for the crippled condition of that fund at this date. But for this trans fer the true deficit in the fire fund would have been April 1, 1914—$14, 027.34. At the inception of the commission form of government April 1, 1910, the new council assumed an indebtedness which operates as a credit to the ex tent of $1,354.68. Leaving a net deficit in this account for the four years previous to March 31, 1914, of $12,672.66, which is the true deficit to be charged to the pre vious council, or an average annual deficit of $3,168.16 for that period. A continuance of this policy not only meant bankruptcy to the fund, but disaster to the fire department, there fore we were forced to immediately adopt some measure to guard against such a dual calamity and provide for liquidating the old debt. Our prede- cess0rs in an effort to remedy the 3jtuati0n tlle vi(je(i it to be true, hence city government ^ness other than by taxation, and as now conducted, is and will con- neriof] a few of the funds that mey may jowing had increased the levy for this fund by six-tenths of a mill which was to our advantage, but this without any reduction of sundry ex penses added to the trouble. The situation from a financial standpoint, as well as a "safetv first" one was a problem, as the efficiency of the fire department must be maintained regardless of cost. By materially re ducing the sundry expense, and with the additional levy of six-tenths of a mill, during the first year, the previ ous annual deficit of $3,168.16 was not only overcome, but there was paid on the old debt the sum of $1,772.65, reducing the same by March 31, 1915, to $9,254.69, which was the debt of this department at that date, payment of which must be pro- f0r gD far we have discovered no way which to pay this indebt- tJje reaaon taxes are now 42 mills jg becallse the old debt must be paid, t'horefore especially educated for the position annual levy on all taxable prop he seeks to fill. I in September, 1914, while ert' waa reduced one mill, the fire vaa jncreased during the same by one-half mill with the fol- rf.KUltB. Tj,e tjnct, WHY NOT 9 is pure. is health ful. It really does make lighter, nicer biscuits, cakes and pastry than the old fashioned single acting baking powders. And you pay only a to-wit: We increased of the flrelnen five dollar? month. Reconstructed their quar- at tke paintjng light funds. r-nv r'ng the same with linoleum. We also purchased new beds and bed Question of Lights. in tal'ed an electric fan In our previous annual report we Stated that the large and increasing which sixth street station by papering, reflooving and will enable the men to obtain needed term. inet by cutting out part of the Main jjnarj- disbursements, we met all of street light system or by increased thP by aboUt This has not furnished sufficient Auction during the past two years of funds to meet the contracts in force j- ~5 roa(j to council were forced to make at the gjble to reduce the levy for 1915 by demand of the public. We are now rest during the heated jn addition to these extraor- ordinary expenses during the Becond year and reduced the old debt $4,000. making a total re- tj,UB placing this fund on the solvency and making It pos- one ml]i pleased to announce that we hav» nearly overcome this "increasing defl- Distinct Funds. cit" and that for the year ending which we have done, jjre apparatus account is dis- from the fire fund account. Nor fair price No baking powder should sell for for it more. V. -k GOOD FELLOWS APPEAL FOB HELP CLOTHING IS NEEDED The Good Fellows are In need of clothing of the right sort, and need it at once. Keokuk house wives can help the Good Fellows, as well as themselves, if they will anticipate their bouse cleaning now, so far as the clothes closets are concerned. The Good Fel lows need light clothing, summer clothing of all kinds, and light underwear. They need these ar ticles immediately aa the demand for them has been heavy. If the housewives of Keokuk will take the clothes closets first in their spring house cleaning campaign, they will be able to offer material aid to the Good Fellows. Let Miss Dorothy Younker know or send contribu tions to the Benevolent Union Home. Tou can call Miss Younk er by telephone, Blaok 1251. are their funds interchangeable. No payments are made out of the first named except for fire fighting appa ratus or repairs for the same, while the fire fund pays for service, sundry expense and supplies. The fire ap paratus fund enjoys the distinction over all other funds in being able to make a tax levy up to its limit at any time and borrow money on the levy for the purchase of flre appa ratus. The new combination pumper, chemical hose and ladder auto was purchased from this fund and cost $8,500.00. Of this amount we have paid in cash $3,000, leaving a bal ance of $5,500 still due. Two thou sand dollars of this halanr? i' paid April 20, 1916, and by October 20, 1916. we will make au^thci ment, discounting a $2,000 note not due until April 20. 1917. This will leave a net balance of fifteen hun dred dollars which will be paid April 20, 1917, although it is not due until April, 1918, at which date we feel confident of being able to congratu late the citizens of K«vkuk as the possessors of one of the best fire fighting machines in rh? United States free of all debt. Had we been allowed by law to have paid this last $2,000 out of the fire fund, as was formerly done, and as we had planned to do, this new auto machine would have been free of debt October 20, of the present year. As it is, we will apply this amount on the old debt of the flre fund, which you will ob serve has been done. In closing we desire to thank all those with whom we have been as sociated with during the past two years for their uniform courtesy. Especially we wish to bear testimony to the faithfulness of Mr. John M. Kenney as city marshal, and to Mr. John Anderson as chief of the fire department. Respectfully yours, J. A. M. COLLINS, Supr. Dept. of Finance and Public Safety. CROTON. Miss Edith Johnson spent a few days last week with Harry Saitz gaver and family in Bonaparte. Miss Flossie Wells spent Saturday with home folks. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Horsey were Farmington callers Saturday. Dr. Mott of Farmington was in our town Saturday. Mrs. N. C. McOmber is visiting her son at Mt. Hamil. Ira Shaw visited home folks over Sunday. Miss Hazel Palmer of Farmington is visiting relatives here this week. Rev. Fry of Donnellson is conduct ing a series of meetings at the M. E. church. O. H. Saltzgaver was a Farming ton caller Thursday. Mrs. Walter Smith of Donnellson was here a frw days last we6k with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Robert Anthony. Mrs. Ed. Reiter of Council Bluffs, la., spent several days with her par ents Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Grant. AMUSEMENTS. Blanche Sweet. Blanche Sweet, the beautiful photo dramatic star with Tom Forman, will be seen at the Grand today and to morrow, in the Jesse L. Lasky Para mount production of "The Ragamuf fin," written by Wm. C. De Mille, the noted American dramatist, who also directed the making of u.e picture. Miss Sweet, since her first appear ance on the screen, has, by her won derful dramatic instinct and charm ing personality, youth and beauty, placed herself as the leading star In the photodramatic firmament. She is now one of the greatest of the film favorites and in her clever interpre tation as a girl of the slums in "The Ragamuffin," she is seen in a charac ter totally unlike anything in which she has heretofore appeared. Tom Forman, the clever young juvenile, who plays opposite Blanche Sweet, made his first appearance as a member of the Lasky company with Edith Tallifero in "Young Romance." He was also leading man for Ina Claire and has always been promi nently identified In Lasky produc tions. Mrs. Lewis McCord will be remem bered as "Mother Fadden in the •Chimmie Fadden" series. She is seen in an important role in "The Ragamuffin." Other members of the cast are from the Lasky all-star stock organi zation. The production is done in the usual thorough Lasky fashion and is com posed of many beautiful scenes. The company journeyed to New York es pecially to photograph the scenes in the slums and the photography is of unusual merit.—Advertisement. Rowboat aa Hearse. AiLSANY, N. Y., April 4—A row boat was used as avhearae at the fun eral of Mrs. Sarah' Staatz today be cause the Hudson flooded an roads firom her home on StaaU Island. V' THE DAILY GATE CTTT ED CARD WILL BE SPEAKER TONIGHT •'Old Glory Face," Superintendent of Sunshine Rescue Mission at St. Louis, Attraction at Tabernacle. WILL OPEN LAST WEEK Last Meeting of Campaign to be Held at the Home of Mrs. F. B. Dorsey on Thursday Aft ernoon. Ed Card, famous mission worker of St. Louis, will be the feature at traction at the Scoville tabernacle to night. Card is superintendent of the Sunshine Rescue mission at St Louis. He is a former "down-and outer." He is known and loved by St. Louis' underworld as "Old Glory Face." They all know him, they all love him, they all respect him. Once in each of his campaigns Dr. Scoville calls upon a mission worker —a man who has "been on the breakers" at some time or other in his life—to make a talk preceding a sermon. Sometimes It is Harry Mon roe, of the Pacific Garden mission, Chicago. It may be Mel Trotter, or Jim Goodheart of the Sunshine mis For Chronic i, Constipation. ^l* glares °f V. water dailyand .j eotCLIt .! Ihe Jaxativefablet with the pleasant 'We have the e*ciu»ive(^ telling righti for thii I gre&t laxative 77im Siarm We have the exclusive selling rights for thlg great laxative. McGBATH BROS DRUG CO. THE REXALL STORK If ***&?• imr--' Last Conference. The last parlor meeting of the cam paign will be held at the home of Mrs. F. B. Dorsey, ±2 Orleans ave nue, at 3:30 o'clock Thursday after noon. It is planned to make the con ference the most interesting of the meeting and society women and oth ers who will attend are busy on the 'phone this week notifying their friends and neighbors to be present 'ihursday. Business Girls' Luncheon. The business girls' luncheon will be served on Wednesday of this week by the ladies of the Episcopal and Second Presbyterian churches and of the Swedish mission. On Thursday the luncheon will be served by the ladies of the Trinity Methodist church. The dishes for the lunch eons have been supplied during the entire campaign by the Rebecca lodge. The lunches this week will be served in the Odd Fellow hall, as usual. Pile* Cured In 6 to 14 Days Druggists refund money if PAZO OINTMENT fails to cure Itching, Blind, Bleeding or Protruding Piles. First application gives relief. 50c. ATHENS, MO. There Is a good stage of water in the river and the "May Queen" is kept fairly busy crossing and re crossing at the old stand. The meet ing at Croton keeps Dad Parke up some of nights, still he wears "the same old smile." Mrs. Lily Hack of Lincoln. Nebr., and granddaughter are visiting Jas. House and wife. A number of our citizens are wrestling with grippe and colds. Mrs. May Peacock is quite poorly. Her daughters were both in to see her Sunday. Williard must look out for his hon ors as we have several hard sluggers In training at this place. The Wilsons have cleaned up the log yard on Fox river and are not sawing any at present. Spring work will soon open, which will be a great relief to benches and goods boxes at the stores. Our winter clothes are getting pretty thin and we will gladly wel come "the good old summer time." Dog Prevents Divorce. BASYLON, L. I., April 4.—'Because the separation meant she would have to give up her dog, "Little Miss Mid det," Mrs. Harry O. Cook balked at signing an agreement with her hus band live apart. mm* Closes April 15th 11 DAYS FROM TODAY If you have not taken advantage of "Our Easy Payment Plan," do so now. Have Your Home Wired Take 12 Months to Pay for It We will be glad to give you an esti mate on the cost. Just call 750 and we will do the rest. Keokuk Electric Co. 800 Main St. Phone 750 sion, Denver. Scoville knows them all. He has faith in their power to reach people that no other human could touch. Mr. Card will arrive in Keokuk this afternoon. He will Bpeak for fifteen or twenty minutes preceding the regu lar sermon—the latter to be one of the revivalist's best efforts. The last week of the campaign will get under swing tonight. A large number of persons will be present in delegations, coming in Sunday school classes. The adult class taught by E. L. Aldrich in the Christian church, the young men's class of the Baptist church and Mrs. Merriam's class of young women from the same church will be three of the delegations on hand. SPANISH WAR VETERANS MEET Enthusiastic Gathering at the Court Room Last Night— Will Apply For Charter. TO MEET NEXT WEEK Another 8ession to be Held on Mon day Night—To Start List With Twenty-five Names. An enthusiastic meeting of local Spanish war veterans was held in the superior court r6om last night There was a large attendance and the senti ment of those present was that plana should be made for the organization of a Keokuk chapter. Another meeting of the war veter ans will be held at the same place on next Monday night. At this time a temporary chairman and secretary will be elected. Following this meet ing a charter will be asked for from the national association headquarters at St. Louis. This win cost $10. After the charter has been granted, the National association will appoint a mustering officer to muster in the Keokuk chapter, after which the vari ous officials will be elected. At each Spanish war post there are eighteen officers. Some of these are commander, quartermaster, color sar geant, surgeon, adjutant, musician and custodian. Those interested in the project locally hope to have a post in working order here In thirty days. They expect to begin with a charter member list of twenty-five. After the charter has been granted, committees will be appointed to carry on the work and draw up by-laws and a constitution. —Advertise in The Gate City. Rockefeller's Millions Could Not Buy Eczema Remedy Says Narsa Maim Nftsr Cars With B. 0. B. "Ten years I suffered with eczemR—three yearn of that time I could not appear In pnbllc. My entire body wag covered with the disease. I could not eat. I could not sleep. I could not live. I have at last found the grent Prescription D. D. D. MT body Is clean, anwotb. If there were one bottle only of D. D. T. In the world and I had It, Mr. Rockefeller's millions could not bay the golden fluid."—Nurse Myrtle Hahn, address of hospital on ap plication. DruSleta are triad to recommend this Soothing, cooling liquid. 25c, 50c and $1.00. Come to os and we will tell yon more about this remarkable remedy. Your money back unless the first bottle relieves ieaithyP' £k SUM y#Br MoGrath Bros., Druggists Wilkinson Co. -AV-' TUESDAY, APRIL 4,1936 JUDGE J. Burk & Co. By Them Being in Buii* nets Fifty Years Never In Its history has the Arm of J. Burk & Co. so deserved the steady patronage of the thinking economical people of Keokujc and vicinity as It does right now. No better proof could be offered than to come over and look at the way we sterlize oar bottles and bottle our soda waters. We are noted for having one of the cleanest and to date plants in the country. Elver}' flavor is of such unusual merit as any compauyin the country woald be proud to feature. List of our flavors folloW: Burk's Cola Ginoer Ale Lemon Soda Cream Ma Strawberry Soda Peach Mellow Cherry Cider Orange Cider Lemon Sour Sarsaparllla Soda Pineapple Sods Chocolate Soda Htree Root Beer Ginger Ale Conoord Grape Dr. pepper's Blackberry Raeport Keokuk, Iowa 1011-1013 Meln Phone Set Particular Attention Given to Transfer, General Hauling and Storage CwaM Hanthia af aieroha* tflaat machinery, furniture, mat tea! Inati wnaata and heavy traofc wortb Oar eterage and awihsusi large, otoan and aafa inton's Storage inton's Transfer Ptwne 18. 525 Bkradeao —Advertise in The Gate City at remit* -w.