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ITHE ARGUS, WEDNESDAY.. AUGUST. 5. 1908.
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HUH UUWH HilU lYILLLU lllllLL
: DEFENDING HIMSELF IN A FIGHT
James W. Mardis, Aged 21,
Victim of Peculiar Accident
; On Thirtieth Street.
ATTACKED BY TWO LADS
Andrew Duberg and Edward Anderson
Wanted to Give Him Beating
Facts Hidden for Time.
While defending himself from au at
tack by two lads younger than him
self. James W. Mardis, a young man
of 21, last night lost his life under
the wheels of a Long View car just
west of Thirtieth street on Eighteenth
fveuue. The tragedy ended au en
couuter which was begun by Audrew
Duberg, aged 17, and Edward Ander
son, aged 18. In the progress of the
light Mardis seems to have gained au
advantage, and was following it up
wheu he was run down by the car.
The three had been fighting for a
hort time when Anderson broke
away from Mardis, and started across
ih- car tracks. Mardis caught him.
tnd tried to throw him down. Be
oie they crossed the track, the east
bound car diie""at Fourteenth avenue
at 10:22. struck both of the boys. An
derson was nearly over the track, and
was simply thrown headlong into the
street Mardis was less fortunate,
and was terribly cut and mangled un
der the wheels, dying instantly.
The case was a mystery at.
first, because of the inability to learn
who it was that had been engaging
In the battle. It was not until this
noon that the facts were brought out.
Th, inquest ii still in progress at the
If the stories of Duberg and Ander
son are true, they were lying in wait
for Mardis, and proposed to adminis
ter a beating to him because of im
proper relations which young Duberg
(hums he knows that Mardis had with
Duherg's sister, Josephine, a girl of IS.
Duberg told the jury at the coroner's
Inquest this afternoon that he had wit
nessed an incident about four weeks
ago which caused his attitude toward
Mardis-. He admitted that there had
been a controversy a few weeks ago.
and said that last evening he learned
that Mardis had gone swimming, and
he decided to .wait, for him, and with
Anderson's aid give Mardis a beating.
It was a difficult task to get at the
real facts of the case, and when the
inquest was commenced this morning,
very little was known as to the cir
cumstances of the case, and how Mar
dis came to be on the tracks. In view
of the fact that an inquest was certain
to be held, and that the circumstances
were very peculiar, the street car men
declined to say anything whatever
about the matter until the inquest.
Coroner Eckhart" called the inquest
at 9 o'clock at the Knox undertaking
rooms, the jurors -being George Hill,
foreman, Olaff Atkinson, Robert Cox,
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you shouldn't use wood for
cooking are legion the
principal one Is because the
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suit any fancy or pocket
book. - i
You can do anything
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that you can do with any
stove. You can broil, bake,
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and in a fraction of the
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A full line of hair goods, net,
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Hair dressing for parties and
weddings at the homes if da
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Old Phone 853.
ih I cn umi r
u u nance, .s. K. wrignt, and A. N.nwo meu scu filing near the track, and
The first clew as to the other young
men interested in the affair was given
by a sister of Mr. Mardis," Mrs. Frauk
Oline, who was the firsts to testify.
She resides at 1S15 Twenty-seventh
street. She explained that her brother
had made his home on the southwest
comer of Twenty-ninth street and
Eighteenth avenue. She gave a brief
statement of his age and the length of
time he had resided here. Mrs. Oliue
stated that she had learned of some
trouble that her brother had had sev
eral weeks ago with Andrew Duberg.
The encounter took place in the yard
of Duberg's home on Thirty-second
street, and. according to the informa
tion of Mrs. Oliue, Duberg had at that
lime a revolver. Mardis had stated
later that he had struck at Duberg and
that the younger boy had then drop
ped his revolver, departing with the
threat, "I'll get you yet." The trouble,
Mrs. Oline explained, was something
involving Duberg's sister, with whom
Mardis was on very friendly terms and
with whom he had been keeping com
pany. Young Duberg seems .to have
resented the attentions of Mardis to
Had Hrr- SwlmuilUK;.
Jacob Brandmcyer, 1530 Thirty-second
street, testified that last evening
he and Mardis had been swimming.
He stated that he had heard of the
trouble between Duberg and Mardis,
and that he understood that it was
over the attentions of Mardis to Du
berg's sister for the last two or three
months. He recited the statements of
both Duberg and Mardis relative to
the encounter about two weeks ago.
Brandmeycr stated that he left Mardis
at Fifteenth avenue and Thirtieth
street and did not see him again. This
was about 10 o'clock.
I'lunnrri n llrntinc
Mathias Steinle. a lad who resides
in that neighborhood, gave the most
important, testimony hi solving the
mysteryof the accident. He stated
that Duberg, while with Eddie Ander
son. about It o'clock, at the corner of
Fourteenth avenue and Thirtieth street,
had stated that they were going to lie
in wait for Mardis and give him a
beating. They invited the Steinle lad
to assist them, but he declined. Young
Steinle also told of the reports he had
heard concerning the encounter be
tween Duberg and Mardis a few weeks
Kvirirurr of a KlKbt.
Mr. and Mrs. If. F.' Fulmer, 170l
Thirtieth street, and Ward Hussey,
who resides on the opposite side ot
the street from the Mardis home, and
but a short distance from the scene oi
Mr. and Mrs. Fulmer were sitting
on their porch, and about 10 o'clock
they saw two men running south, and
cut across, their lot iu a. southwest
direction. They were about 10 feet
apart, and were running rapidly. Mr.
and Mrs. Fulmer both came to the con
clusion that there was trouble on, anc
they started toward the rear of their
lot. A few minutes later they heard
the crash of the accident, and tht
screams that followed. An instant la
ter they saw some one running north
hrough the weeds in the rear of their
lot, and soon a second man ran past.
The first man was running very rap
idly. Mr. Fulmer went tothe scene ot
he accident, and learning that a man
had been killed, he found the body
while the trainmen notified the author
ities and the street car company's of
fice and Dr. J. P. Comegys.
Mr. and Mrs. Fulmer stated that
neither of the two men they saw run
ning was intoxicated. They said it
was about four minutes from the time
he men ran through the yard and the
inve they heard the sounds of the ac
Thought Two Were Hit.
Up to this point" iu the inquest the
mystery had been deepened rather
than cleared, and the testimony of Mr,
Hussey did not greatly help in the
solution of the problem, but he gave
some very important facts. He had
returned from down town at 10:05, and
had been sitting in a swing in his
yprd. When the next car passed at
10:20 hfjJieard the screams following
tne accident, and hurried to the scene
He saw some one running through the
weeds north of the track, and heard
groans apparently coming from " the
fleeiug man. Mr. Hussey started back
for a lantern, and on the way stepped
on a coat, which proved to be that of
the dead man. The coat was against
the fence, on the south side of the
road, about 40 feet from the alley
When he returned, Mr. Hussey found
that the weeds had been trampled and
broken very recently, and there were
several indications that there had been
a scuffle. In the street he found hand
prints that indicated that another man
besides the one that was killed, had
been struck by the car. The finger
prints were about three feet from the
track, and almost' opposite the first
marks showing that the body of Mar
dis had been dragged. The conclusion
of Mr. Hussey, considering the fact
that he had seen' a second man and
ill I heard his groans, was that two n m
had been struck, and that one had;
been knocked down, but not seriously
injured. - -
Mardis hat was round near the coat,
His coat indicated that It had been
hurriedly removed. The tracks in the
si dust showed that Mardis had been
dragged for about 40 feet.
iouud about 30 feet east of the alley
between Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth
Motorman Saw Two.
The testimony of Jacob Lef stone,
SOfi Rpventh nvennc ftiA mnlnrman
biiuweu inai mere nau oeen ai leasi
that the car hu twQ men Instea(J 0f
one. In fact, when the accident first
occurred, Mr. Lefstone was convinced
he had run over and killed two meu.
He was running east on. Eighteenth
avenue, and some distance away, no
ticed a great cloud of dust on the
south side of the road, near Twenty
ninth street. He thought it was caus
ed by a team, and sIoweM the car down.
He could see no team, so he turned on
the power again. Just as he shoved
uie coniroifer nandie over on tne last
notch, he was startled td see two meu
dash directly against the car. They
were not two feet apart, and both were!
struck by the front end, but ill such a
way mat neitner touched Uie fender.
, ... I
an. j.eibiune at once uroppeo. tne ien-i..,.
der and stonml the car. calling to the
conductor, Frank O. Weeks. The con-
ductor ran and telephoned to the car
Darn and tne physician. The conduc-
tor was ine second man seen by Mr.i
. . - . I
and Mrs Fulmar after tho ac-lrW
Mr. Weeks, who resides at 2523
Fifth-and-a-half avenue testified that
he was counting transfers at the time
tne accident occurred, and had not
not'eed anything until the motorman
shouted to him.
Dr. J. P. Comegys testified, describ
ing the injuries received by Mardis.
The young man's left foot was en
tirely severed from the body, and
was some 13 feet from the remains.
The richt lez was terriblv crushed
;nd cut and nearlv ei-ound in two lie-
tween the ankle and the knee. His
right arm was broken near the shoul-
Jer. The left side of the .chest was
ti.tirely crushed in, every rib being
jroken. There were a dozen ugly
bruises and cuts about the head and I
free. Dr. Comesrss said the inluries
xere such as would cause instant
death, in his opinion.
Uet tbv Two Men.
While the facts were being tedi-
n:sly unravelled by the coroner's jury.
Chief Eckhart of the police depart
ment had officers scouring about gath
;iing in the witnesses needed, and
.vhen it became evident that the facts
could be learned probably from Ander
on and Duherir hp sef nut tn find
hem. Anderson was found not far
rom the scene of the accident, and liEted 111 the regular army of the Uni
iuberg was located at the Cooper ted States in 1887, and after four more
3addlery works in Moiine. Duberg
efused at first to come to Rock Is-
and for the inquest, but he was
)laced under arrest bv the Moiine po-
ce. and brought to Rock Island.
Before either of the young men tes-
ified, an adjournment was taken uh-
il this afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Tell of the Kiicht.
Duberg was the first witness on the
stand this afternoon. He told of his
lislike for Mardis. and the incident
which caused it. He said he had pro-
ested to his sister acainst allowine
Vlardis to romp to the home, but that
d.e had milled. "Oh. he's all rieht."
Ae had told his father and mother of
he incideut, whica took place at the
lome on Thirty-first street and Thir-
eenth avenue. He had also told it to
Vnderson. They waited last night for
Mardis to return, and when they saw
lim approaching on Thirtieth, street
vith another man. they went on ahead.
uid cut through Mr. Fulmer's yard, and
waited at Twenty-ninth street. When
Vlardis approached on the south side
if the avenue, they crossed over, and
Vlardis, seeing them coming, threw off
lis coat, and the fight was on. The
wo itnauaged to throw Mardis down,
tud Duberg hit him three times. Mar-
was the strongest, however. andKemodflIn5 of the fi,y hal1 JT" tbe
le soon had Anderson down. Ander
wu broke away and started across the
tracks, Mardis after him. Then the
?ar struck them.
Did Not Know Krxult.
According to the stories of both Du-
berg and Anderson, neither knew last
night that Mardis had been seriously
hurt or killed. Anderson thought that
.Vlardis had been brushed aside, as he
was, and Duberg, who was about four
feet away from the two, did not stop
to see whether either of the others was
hurt, but hurried to Anderson's home.
Anderson soon- met him there, and they
decided to say nothing of the affair,
and f go home at once.
f .': otories of the two lads tallied in
every particular, though they had not
been allowed to see each other today1.
Both agreed that had it not been for
the fight Mardis would probably never
have been killed.
This afternoon Assistant State's At
torney F, H. Kelly assumed charge of
the inquest, as the facts began to de
velop the possibility of criminal pro
W nn 21 Veara Old.
Mardis was 21 years old April 9.
He was born in Hancock county, and
iiaa uvea here for. about five years.
He made his home with his mother,
who with his sister, Mrs. Oliue, sur
vives him. He had been employed
for some time at tbe Rock Island Sash
& Door works, and was regarded ar,
a steady young man of good -habit..
Rheumatism Cured in a Day,
Dr. Detchon's Relief for.Rheum
tism and neuralgia radically cures iu
one to three days. Its action upon tbe
system is remarkable and mysterious
It removes at once the causa nA tii
disease immediately disappears. .The
first dose greatly benefits. 75 cents
and $L Sold by Otto Grotjan, 1501
Second avenue, Rock Island; ' Gusi
Schlegel & Son, 20 West Second
WAS OLD RESIDENT
John R. Staubach Called to
Rest After Long Career
in This City.
HAD ATTAINED HIS 93TH YEAP
William P. Cochran, Veteran of the
Civil War, Passes Away at Old
' Soldiers' Home.
Jolin R. Staubach,' 1504 Fourth ave-
nue, died this morning at the age of
DO years. He was a resident of this
city for the last 41 years and was very
well known. He was bora in Germany
and came to America in 188. He set-
fi,i pMiarininMa hnf i,.- ,
' 11UI...V -J..- . I'lH 1 I U111C IV I
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1,u"olh' w"e,e "v uvtu 31 severai
Places 1U t,1 southern part of the
state, working on a newspaper as
printer. He finally came to this citv.
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I . . 1 1 1 1 -
P"1 as ,1B --!Ui nis goiaeu
wedding, his wife having been Miss
Margaret Littig. He is survived by
five daughters, Mrs. J. M. Miller of
Portland, Ore., - Mrs. James McNevin
of Los Angeles, Mrs. Frank Nichol-I
sou of Kansas City, Mrs. Fred Strat-
ton of Cincinnati, and Mrs. Victor M.
Smith of Seattle, Wash., and two sons,
Edward and Arthur, both of Rock Is
land. There are 27 grandchildren and
great-granacnimren. Mr. btratton
3,1(1 Mrs- Nicholson were here at the
Ulne OI uealD-
The' funeral will be held Friday
morllinS from st- Joseph's church.
Burial will take place at Chippiannock
llham P. Cochran, a veteran of the
civil war, died at the Old Soldiers
name at yuincy early this morning.
Mr. Cochran, who" had lived in this
county 27 years, was bom in Warsaw,
hid., and was CO years old. Spinal
trouble, with which he had been trou
bled for the last six years, was the ul
timate cause of his death.
Mr. Cochran enlisted iu the 74th reg
iment of Indiana volunteers at the
breaking out of the .war, and served
wl,n creait ior mree years. He en-
?ars or service, . received an honor-
a0'e discharge. While in the Indiana
volunteers ne tooK part iu a large
number of ' engagements, and was
wounded in tne neck while trying to!
prevent the escape? of a number of
prisoners, He ha.-been in - the Old
Soldiers' home at Quincy about two
years. - -
He is survived by his wife, who lives
at 210 Fourth avenue, and three chil-
dren--Nancy. Joe and Charles. Two
I n! J a i i a 1 1
B"' nai Dromers live at
I vvarbaw lna-
iur- 111 1111 was a mcnioer oi Jonn
'"ora post oi tne u. a. K. ot this ctty.
dUU aiso OI uouri OI Monor lNo- il-
COUNCIL OUT ON
Aldermen Hold an Adjourned Meeting
to Look Over City Hall and Vari
An adjourned meeting of the city
council was held this afternoon for
the purpose of inspecting some of the
work being done for the city. The
f.rst thing given attention. The pav
ing of Seventh avenue which was re
cently turned over to the city and
opened for traffic was also inspected.
as were other improvement jobs.
The first bottle of Kodol is free if it
fails. See the advertised guarantee.
I If it does not completely digest all
I foods, the druggist returns the money.
But Kodol does not fail.
We don't care whether you
want a dollar watch or a Ja
ger diamond, we want the
opportunity of demonstrating
our adequacy in any require
Of course there are other
good stores. We are not posrng
as true models for the whole
species.' But if your inclina
tions ran either to flowers or
weeds you'd water the one
and destroy the other.
Is the 6imile sufficiently suc
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Rock Island. III.
CONSIDERABLE interest is being manifested in the new suits,
as they represent the style innovations for the coming Fall &
Winter seasons. Coats are long -32 to 36 inches- and many
exhibit modified Directoire effects in their braided vests, slashed
. sides and graceful, smooth-fitting lines. Skirts are either gored
or plaited with wide folds near the bottom. Striped materials pre
dominate, showing effective new weaves & color harmonies. The
general tendency is toward simple, practical plain-tailored, effects,
the chief ornamentations being bias straps, attho elaborately
braided models are also seenJ ' The present representation com
prises an assortment ranging in price from S 12.50 up to $45.
dc and 3r garments now 4?c
rTlNOTHER has just been added to a' series of re
LLilniarkable purchases which have resulted in some
of t le greatest values in Wash Petticoats that our ex
perience recalls. Fifty dozen excellent plain and strip
ed gingham and seersucker, petticoats which were
made to sell at 75c and $1 were bought at a low
figure. To create a quick movement of the lot we -have
priced them at 49c. The dfep flounces and
their unusual fullness will meet with immediate
favor. Some .have circular flounces; others are
tucked. On sale tomorrow morning 4Qr
on the Economy Center, Main Aisle, at ....
25c worth of anything in our Basement free
with every $1 purchase of Crockery
SHIS offer will be in effect for a limited time. It means that
, ... 7H.?ay?,25c on every dollar's worth of crockery, dinnerware
or the like that you buy. The purchase of a $15 dinnerset gives
you the privilege of selecting $3.75 v worth of other goods sold in
the Basement free; a $25 set, $6.25 free, etc. a saving worth while.
$1.25 worth for
every $1 spent
C. WENGER IS GOING SOME
Republican Aspirant Hitting the High
0. C. Wenger, republican aspirant
or the nomination for state's attor
ley, is hitting 'em up in the last week
if the pre -primary campaign. Mon-
lay night he spoke at Reynolds, last
night he was at Port Byron and to
norrow night he will make two ad-
Iresses in this city, the first at Garn-
?ey square at 7:15 and the second at
Thirty-eighth street and Seventh ave
nue at 8:15. Friday night he speaks
A Wise Precaution.
Willie had not been a very good boy
that day, and in consequence of certain
Inexcusable derelictions he had been
sent to bed with the sun. After supper
his father climbed the stairs to the
youngster's room and, throwing hhu-
self down on the bed alongside of the
delinquent, began to talk to him.
"Willie," he said gravely, "did you
say your prayers . before you went to
"Yessir." said Willie.
"And did you ask the Lord to make
you a good boy?" asked the pareut.
"Tep." said Willie, "and I guess iril
work this time." --
"Good!" said the father. "I'm glad
to hear that." . -
"Yes," Bald Willie, "but I don't think
we'll know before tomorrow. You've,
got to give the Lord time, you know."
"And what makes you think It will
work this time my son?" queried the
anxious parent .
"Wby, after the ameu I put in an
R. S. V. P.," explained the boy.-Har-
The Girl Graduate.,
-:.DId you ever have a girl graduate
from the high school out of your fam
ily? If so, you know what it Is, but if
you have not you have missed abont
all that Is worth anything in llfe.;
There Is nothing like It , The happi
ness, the satisfaction, the success that
has come is worth many times the
money and effort put forth. What Is
the finest product of America? Secre-
tary Loeb insists It Is rabbits, Carnegie
' stands fox .libraries. lira. Hettx Green
showing of new
of wash petticoats
ofseason sale of whit& lawn waists
1.75 & 1.95 lines Srouned at 1.29
31ARELY are you able to
ARELY are you able to
at $1.29. These lines were
our great stock of Summer waists and now constitute
one ot the best bargains we have offered. The high
character of the laces, embroideries and materials will
satisfy critical tastes, and
Either open front or back styles with Ion
tiireerquarter sleeves. Included are neat
tailored waists with full tucked fronts, at
considers if ready' monyV" fchile Secre
tary of Agriculture Wilson crows over
the American hen. They are all wrong.
It's the girl graduate. As Dauiel Web
ster remarked of Massachusetts: "Gen
tlemen, she needs no apology. There
she stands!" For years father has
poured out his money in buying her
frocks and laces and hats, in paying
for her chemistry and music and chew
ing gum. Mother has spent years of
her life in teaching her morality, truth,
the catechism and the proier vay to
do tip her hair.. And they feel that
she's worth all the trouble and car
and money she has cost. Lawrence
All the news all the time THE
The so-called 4 'fresh roasted' '
coffee sold m a store has not the
strength and aroma of Arbtickles'
Certified Coffees sold only in
one pound packages, four-fold
MONEY TO LOAN
- ON FURNITURE, PIANOS, FIXTURES, MACHINERY,
LIVE STOCK, VEHICLES, AND OTHER CHATTELS,
- without removal. $1.20 is the weekly payment on a $50
loan, and you can repay ns either weekly, monthly or quar-
- terly. Write to us and our agent will call on you and ex
plain our plans. Loans with other firms paid off and more
"" money advanced. .Three private ofllces. Open. Wednesday
and Saturday nights. ; - . s
; ' " Every Transaction Strictly Confidential.
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buv waists of eaual wi
buv waists of enual worth
anion? the strnnmst in
the makmg is excellent.
Crockery of all
CHILD CARRIED ON LAMP .
BRACKET OF AUTOMOBILE
Sterling, HI., Aug. 5. Elinor Dillon,
little daughter of A. H. Dillon, one
of the prominent residents of this
city, was struck by an automobile
running at a high rate of speed last
evening. Her clothing caught on a
lamp bracket and she was carried 63
feet, when the car was brought to a
stop. - The little one was not hurt.
In untangling her dress it was found
to have been wrapped five times
around the bracket, showing the child
must have made that many revolu
tions while being carried along.