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GUT LI! , Stf ERY FIELD fciecy of 1922 Fulfilled ; jft! Industrial Activity i i ..-!.. ',' and Progress. , KCMOOM" INCREASES Ssbstantial, Steady Growth Gives Basis for Brighter Predictions for 1923. Leader- in commercial, indus trial, financial and civic lite 01 Rock Island who prophesied a con vincing return to pre-war progress luring the year of 1922, are review ing the last 12 montns with satis faction and pride. v , Although tUo monetary ' Invest ments do not loom as large as those tithe wer-time expansion and the fragranis have not been en as ex uasive a scale, men clone in touch with the community find Jusfifiattle iasis tor rejoicing as wey review lbs period Just closed, ." : Building - permits showed' 'con struction work costing $1,624,621 Its times as great as In the pre vious year. A score , of new fac tories, business blocks and office talldlncs. sunDlemented bv steady tome-building, supplied this figure. While improvements totalled s W, !M: bank deposits increased near ly i,uuu,uuv; county njgnway im provement program, was given sub-, itutial start With a $L000,000.bond laqe to supplement tpe state Sid Vork; clubs and organizations ex- ptrienced a year marked by ad fiseement in their varipus under toklugs which reflected In a gen-. ral manner through the life) of the whole community. , t- Rock Island has enjoyed-a sound iadnBtrial development which Is of 'ore portent than the scasuU ob wrrer will grasp. EstatAished bus messes have expanded atad reached lato newer and broader elds; new nterprises have indicated the es tablishment of an industrial life ipon a wider and therefore more stable basis; employment has be soms more settled and with it the laancial institutions have ifelt a re turn of the systematic saver, who Asrentuailv becomes an influential Wl . ... - . torce in the civic life, connaence is the future has been expressed in- s score of ways. , Launch City Plan.1 ' The city planning commission submitted comprehensive i recomr mendatlons for the improvement tnd development of the munici H'lty with suggestions for, recla mation of river front property? for ssrk and industrial- purposes and the establishment of city parks ad jacent . to munirlnal boundaries. iJThe United States engineers' 'office wuijneiea ine iveiaim rami ct, which may truly be consider ed a Rock Island improvement be cause It opens this city to selection u water port for river freight itraf 1c. 1 : The Burlington road is complet ing a $20,000 roundhouse at Thirty-eighth street: the Modern Wood men has finished annex to its. pub lication building, practically ddu Oline Its floor snare, anil the Rovftl ; ; wore upon an oirice buiiaing ana printing plant upon the site at Six teenth street and Third avenue, seJ cured years ago for this improve- ment. t See Consistent Advance, i Most cheering phase of the situ ation, it is pointed out by realtors, bankers and contractors, lies In the permanency of the "boom" which has been started. Tt isn't a "boom" as the word was used a few years ago but a normal growth which presages a continued investment along similar lines and gathers a conservative and stronger impetus as each year progresses. Upon this presumption, they look forward to to exceed in number and mount the building activities and Industrial development of the year ouw closing. . $4,050 COLLECTED u U1TY LICENSES; LARGEST FEE $860 .The city of Rock Island received H.OoO in license fees from Yartoun sources in 1922. The largest license wsow-Mme fom pool and bit- i '"D PSJ-lors. The total receipts rm "us. mil ki til r.na rn ini i wam 579,366.60. Amounu paid In icense fees tol fine" v,. ma"kts, $215; dairies, nuiiaro; and pool halls, $S60: Ml posters, 1100; brewers. $25: . waEons' peddera. cream peddlers.i 115; e uJover. 5u; pawn brokers. !.?. 'fceatres, 335: peddlers uioas, S50; auto pah lacit- hm Z2i2?S' 79; park. $350; ren Jjschln 24. aocUon. 3MaM& ."T.' Ufl I f U-4jv miff: -I " ;; "' ' Ha) - . mt : -Er ic, ,J5'f! !7TifS rvr 3133 Twelfth-seet: Building Pcrmife $l;624;621,;.; Fivye Times Figure of 1921; , Predict Evan Brighter Year Bnlldinr. activiUes in Rock is lul land Jvere enormously Increased in 1922, there being nearly Sve times the aipount ot work done in com parison to the preceding year wueu an alnt08t paralyzing slump r oc curred Th . estimated - cost of structures, including repairs ot all klrids, ik isf2, was $4.U.21& In The Mrf amountvot work this year maji d one in pan ic m puv-1 ponemeni of work -from last year I which wsk the result of the oniia- lng trades strike is e spring ot 1921 whed the men' remained out waeks to enforce continuance of the scale of wslaes. Cuts were made' at thf 4imm aiid. man builders aban doned all ptsns of buiUUn tor the ' Jn. far tv. ' This vear. It is aanerally agreed. to the negiankg of a new botldUng era ror uw ctsy oi kock isuoo. c5 nlwTo : JES uk. v The erectloa within the ledlate city limits; nv anhnnla d additioas to a number of'acho bnlldlnca: beantl- fal homes wh kaara lweB built la the ouiskiru Eock- Isiana. aaa j Ander.cn, 2540 Nineteenth avenue, left, John F. ---v. .i .a 1.....). .Z. wu.,i x. f- A vancement of the city. The nnmber of new dwellings for this year, increased by 45, there be ing 120 erected in 1922 in compari son to. 75 last year. There were 226 garages erected this year a de crease of seven from the year be fore. - The building of garagw 'was, in. fact, the. only building of Im portance'whiCh was lower this year than in l2i. 1 - JnhiT A Lindros. city building in spector, issued Mt permits, which Included aU, kinds of work; this year, which showed -t; aa increase from 721- from 1921. The forecast for 1923 has aU prospect of being a mucin larger- ear-than this,-Mr. Llndros said. The report Ot the war-givea by Mr. Limlros also shosvthit, 6987 squire feet of sidewaus were- laui to W tb. toUmated coj .tothaaUnc. plant . construction was iMTUil Vater" rent for tractton of the buUdiaga amounted uma. TKe total amount of teas collected bythe dty.by te . f xt o u w Hfa-9?inn Seventeenth sNo. issuing of the building permits was $288 7 ; . Detailed list of -buildings ,for which permits were issued in 1822, follows:- ; : ; ; . . .1. New dwellings 120 Addition to dwellings: - 13 77 Repair dwelling Raze dwellings'.-..; Moved dwellings . .-. Reshiaghng ... . . . Porches , .. '. -., , ... ftre-losses .... .v, ... . .'. ... 1 Churches . . ,, . . . . - . New- school . . Addition to schools" . . ; . . :. . 2 New factory buildings ....... , v 3 Storage buildings vy.;iij:v i New - stores , - ' Aifaition to stores Remodel stores. . ... . , Store fronts . . . . . . - fclevatora . . ... . .'.-. : . Dairy plant .."V. Repair dairy plants Pire escapes Garages , . . . :. . -Filling stations BUI boards .. . . . Miscei is neons permits 21 soil o Friends (Quakers) hare had a lancer proportion of womea preach - ers than any other denomination, Savs President Southard of the lo - JLto AaaocUoa of ,W,en "Tr: - l .-' - - ssustuT m iiii ,ws)iLijjpjswiiww wjjiri r r tmm m jiiinswisj siiisissii jawr nwnsi niswi utiisw 9J&-:'-mmVWw&f'Q&--&& R crhteenth avenue. No. 4 7-Gforge EzteI,1105 Thirteenth COUNTY VALUES 1 UP $10,000,000 m LAST FIVE YEAES Property values in Rock Island county have increased nearly $10, 000,900 in the last five years and in the township of Rock Island the increase-. has, been $1,800,000. Fig ures compiled by. the county clerk's office from assessors' reports show ed that Tain es' Jumped over half a million dollars last yesr. , In 1921 Taluations for taxation Durooses totaled $38,087,013, not in cluding capital stock valuations of 9686.830. Upon these esumaies me loial value of . Rock Island, county iwoperty is conservatively .placed I ?7-tui: nnn 1 . AhatVaM nf -taxable valuations tor l9t w v.- i - r 5.fr.nJi'i".'- :' S. ' -.1 8.630.195 lltm V... '. 1765,915 Hperaonaf 9,04915 -'",,lf-iMUUroads 1 344U88 .-v. :-i Comparative, flgurea of taxable values listed in recent years fol- '4 Iowa: UTotai Uxable. valuation 1 fr w 938.087.013 Total taxable) alaatlon i. - for 1920 .. ...'.;.. w . 37674S ' Total taxable ' valuation ' l arl91 .v. 3595,713 i Tottlvalioh - - r tc " -' . swam rearson. nvz awemy avenue ELIMINATE BIG HINDRANCE TO RIVER PROGRAM Completion of LeClalre Project Mis sIssIppPs Greatest Aid; Mil. - Hon in Rtver Plant. The Rock Island engineer dis trict, with headquarters 'in the Fed eral building, is in charge of Major B. C. Dunn,. corps? of engineers. United States Army, -with-' Captain W. M. Hoge, corps of engineers, as. assistant. This district includes the MissiRainni rtver from the mouth of the Wisconsin river to the muth of the Missouri 'ttver, embracing the lock and dry dock at Keokuk, Iowa, the lock . at jioline,' and the canal and 4ock at "LeClalre. - It also in cludes the Illinois and Mississippi ease.! with, 33keks and 104 miles of .navigable.- waterway, and the o Deration of snag boats 'and dredge boats on the upper Mississippi be tween St Paul mad the- mouth of the Missouri river. As superintend. ent -of the 13th lighthouse district. Major Dunn has: charre of .lights. iaaass4Sisssl Mangelsdorf, 2544 Nineteenth - nrsi sireei No.' 5 George buoys and day-marks on the Mis sissippi ri,ver from the head of navi gation to the Missouri river, the Missouri river from Kansas City to its mouth, the Illinois river from head of ' navigation to its mouth. Lake Traverse, St. Croix river and lake, and the Minnesota, Gasconade and. Osage rivers. The Rock Island district is divided into- sections. each section in local charge ot an assistant engineer. - , Expenditures during the calender year lszz amounted . to approxi mately S&50.000, which sum was ap plied to construction of LeClaire canal and lock, operating pipe-line dredges, construction and repair of dams and shore protections, and the construction; care and repair ot floating plant. The LeClaire canal,, which prat - iicaily eliminates the Rock Island rapids- by overcoming the- upper rapids, was officially opened to navigation -Nov. 29. Construction work on this project commenced in 1914. and the expenditures on this improvement ' to date have been approximately . .. $2,000,000. - This project has been completed, with the exception of dredging to widen an l deepen the upper approach to the ca&aljwd. the lower approach to the iOCK. :; Congtractioa and repair of dams and .shore- orotsctfona . bv . Mnri tabor and, use' o(. government plant 'tContlnaed'aa Page Two) 9lE BEFBilE RULE HALTS Argus Opens Fight When Of- ficiala Refuse to Curb 'Vicious Conditions. lOOmiSM IS MAIN ISSUE Lord of the Vice Ring Uses Scandal Sheet as Weap on Over Authorities. BY J. M. COLLIGAS, , Managing Editor f The Argas. Rock Island during the year Just closing passed through a crisis that has proved the turning point of the city's future. Rock Island has been diverged from a course that was un dermining its stability and progress , ' to one that insures its security and healthy and contented development. Rock Island during the year -was delivered from a government of outlawry to a government function ing in.accordance with the laws that are written in the statutes. Roc Island a year ago today was known from coast to coast as one of the wildest and wettest cities In tliu United States. It was recorded in the underworld as a city where any lawless activity could be practice! . providing the promoter made flnan- rinl arrangements with the con- . trolling powers. Today the influ-1 ences that dominated the govern-, ment of your city a year ago have been dethroned and Rock Island is probably without an equal among the cities of its size in the nation (or freedom from general lawless ness and public Vice. Doubtless yqu have been curious to know how the campaign that has -resulted in the suppression of law lessness in Rock Island had Its be-, ginning. You may have read a para- graph that was printed on the edi torial page of The Argus on June 5 last. Here is the paragraph: Third avenue, between Twen Uelh and Twenty-fourth streets, : reminds ene of Bncktown days , in Davenport The police at least enght to Insist en the ap plying of the soft pedal. You'll have to gree. if you re call conditions as they existed at that time in the Third avenue dis trict, that the paragraph was very mild and polite. It was intended merely as a -kindly suggestion to the Rock Island city administration that there was developing a condi- tion on Third avenue and in other : sections of the city that would havi to be checked. Innumerable com-1 plaints bad -come to The Argus re garding the growing extent and brazenness, of the Rock Island un derworld. The Argus appreciated, that Rock Island had always ben regarded as a liberal city; that there was a spirit of tolerance for -minor vices that were understood . to prevail in every community that . has risen above the puritanical vil lage classification. The Argus had i known Rock Island when it had 96 i licensed saloons that operated seven days a week. It had known Rock Island when it tolerated public re sorts of different classifications, but it never before had experienced the SDectacle where the underworld could snap its fingers at the city hall and the court house and openly defy officials sworn to uphold laws whose enforcement couldy hsve at any time completely wiped out every underworld establishment in the city of Rock Island. Dnty of a Newspaper. It is not the province ot a news paper to regulate the private mor als of a community, but it is the duty of a newspaper to defend the pqbiic welfare against a condition that is recognized as harmful to the common good. The Rock Island ' underworld government had risen above the government entrusted with the protection of the iaw-abld- . ing citizenship of the community. -The Argus proved the existence ot this startling condition after ap ex haustive investigation conducted under the direction of this news paper, the results of which were in part revealed in' a series of under world stories printed In its columns. - Most people ot the 'city are aware that there was being printed week ly in the city a newspaper known as the Rock Island News, the prop erty of John pooney, for upwards of thirty years a practicing attorney In the community. Looney bad exper ienced a precarious career In the' newspaper business in Rock Island: jtace he published a dally, but in time he discovered that It was an expensive enterprise when - con ducted in 'accordance with bia per verted ideas of daily Journalism. Looney from the beginning emptor ed bis newspaper for the promotion ot his shady activities. EventuaUy : the daily passed ont of existence, ; after whic hit continued as a weekly, Looney always boasting of ats pur pose and determination to, defend -the interests of the common people. There it no denying that there wen people who believed that he was sincere in his protestations,', at though his rept esentationa . could (Continued on Page Two.)