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THE "ATtGUS. TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 23, 1909.
AFFAIR ON THIRD AVENUE
jgan an attack on the city officers, talk-
Participants in Yesterday Afternoon's nig about graft, declaring that he was
not being treated justly, ana claiming
Duel Are Released on
THE STORY OF THE SCRAP
Direct Evidence as to How Trouble
Started Magistrate Sets Hear
ing for Friday Morning.
that he had been shot In the back,
and protesting that the man who shot
him was allowed comparative liberty,
while he was placed under the charge
of several officers. He declared that if
he had done what he should have, he
would have "plugged them all," and
would not have allowed the officers to
take him. He talked about this affair
not being the finish, and said some
thing about the cemetery as being the
only end. "But they'll have to get
closer than that to me.4 He got awful
close, though," he added.
As Chief L. V, Eckhart of the police
John Looney and W. V. Wilmerton,
nrincinals in the nistol duel on Third
avenue late yesterday afternoon were department emerged from one of the
released last evening by Magistrate J. private offices, Looney turned on him,
Edward Elliott, when they furnished 'and protested that he was not being
S5 000 bail each to appear Friday morn-1 properly treated, and then forthe first
ing for a preliminary hearing on a time declared that he needed the ser
charge of assault with intent to com-J vices of a physician that he had been
mit murder. Soon after the men had wounded. The chief said he had not
been taken to the police headquarters been aware that either of the men had
Wilmerton swore out a warrunt against been shot, and inquired about Looney's
Looney, and it was read to the latter wound, at the same time ordering one
by Officer Dennis Bennett. A like i of the officers to call a physician im
complaint against Wilmerton was then ' mediately. Looney raised his coat,
promptly served on him. .-Wilmerton ad exhibited blood on his shirt,
secured Searle & Marshall to represent! l.ooaey Wouud.
him, and before fae warrant was serv-, Dr. B. J. Laehner was the first phy
h1 on him he had arranged for a bond, sician the officer could locate, and he
He furnished bail, with Hon. T. J. Me- was at the station in a few minutes.
dill and James IcNamara as the sure-' Looney, however, refused to permit
ties and was-'released. ' I Dr. Laehner to attend him, and called
Looney. however, did not secure his 'Dr. G. G. Craig, Sr.. who soon arrived
bail so- promptly, and when be did; While Dr." Craig was examining the
finaJJy present his bond, it was signed , wound, Looney protested against Chief
by' Dr. G. G. Craig, Sr., and Phil Mil-; Eckhart remaining in the room to
lir. The latter beinc a dermtv sheriff, see to what extent he had been in-
it was" con tended that under chapter jured. Later he resisted ' when the
125. section 21. of the revised statutes chief was about to examine his cloth
lie is not competent to go on any bond
in civil or criminal proceedings. The
law which the question of eligibility
arose reads: "No sheriff or deputy
sheriff shall appear in any court as at
torney or counsel for any party, or be
come security for any person in any
civil or criminal suit or any proceed
ing." Magistrate Elliott, however, ac
cepted the security offered, and al
lowed Looney to be released until the
preliminary hearing Friday.
The final paragraph of the chapter
read3 as follows: Any sheriff or pub
lic officer violating the provision of
this act shall be deemed guilty of a
misdemeanor, and shall, on conviction,
1)e punished by a fine of not less than
$100 and not more than $500.
InclrientN at the Station.
When the participants in the gun
play were first taken to the police sta
tion, it was supposed that none of the
bullets had taken effect. Wilmerton
was placed in one of the chief's of
fices, and Looney was taken behind
the railing at the sergeant's desk,
where he was permitted to use the tel
ephones. He called John T. Ken
, worthy, and the attorney soon arrived
at the station. When he had finished
telephoning, Looney turned to the
crowd gathered in the station, and We-
Quit coffeend for
J?'n days drink
The joy of returning health
will tell its own tale.
"THERE'S A REASON."
ing to see whether it had been peue-
trated by a bullet The chief did not
urge the niatteMn either case.
Dr. G. G. Craig) who attended Loo
ney, made the following statement this
noon regarding the injury:
"I can not tell from the nature of
the wounds whether Looney was shot
in the back or not. There are two pen
jetrations, the bullet entering one and
passing out the other. The bullet.
believe, did not penetrate any vital
organ. It passed out about threo
inches from the point it entered.
! do not regard the wound as serious.'
Dr. Craig stated that he had not
examined the wounds closely with ji
view to determining whether the bul
let entered from the back or not, but
that he would make a more particular
examination this afternoon, and en
deavor to form ardefinite opinion on
this question. .
TrorliiK I li e ClrpuniMlancpa.
It has proved difficult to obtain the
real facts -regarding the manner in
which the duel on Third avenue was
started it was over so quickly. Wil
mertoh claims that Looney opened fire
first, while Looney declares that he
yds shot in the back by Wilmerton
From the stories gathered from differ
ent witnesses who were attracted to
the scene, or were on the street when
the shooting occurred. Looney was
first seen rushing up the alley between
Eighteenth and Nineteenth streets
from Second avenue toward Third av-
jenue, directly toward vilmertons of
fice. Wilmerton was In the vestibule
entrance of his office, and, it appears,
turned back into his office, raised the
roll top of his desk, and then lowered
it again, and rushed but in the street.
So far as can be learned no shots
were fired before Wilmerton went to
his desk, and it is .supposed that he
procured his revolver at that time.
Wilmerton started across the street
toward Looney, and when both were
in the street, and about 20 or 25 feet
apart, the firing began, and one or
two shots apiece were exchanged. The
two men then receded to the sidewalk,
and sought shelter from the bullets be
hind telephone poles on opposite sides
of the street. While they were in this
position several other shots were ex
changed. Wilmerton ceased firing, and
turned and entered his of
fice, and as he did so Looney
fired a parting shot. Looney
then stopped the bombardment from
his 6ide of the street, and crossed to
the south side in a diagonal direction.
reaching the sidewalk just 'west of
Wilmerton's office. lie walked down
toward1 the Safety building, emptied
his revolver of the discharged shells.
and reloading the revolver, started
back toward Wilmerton's office, where
he was placed in custody just before
he reached the front of Wilmerton's
office. - . '
One bullet went through the window
of Wilmerton's office, and narrowly es
caped striking a young woman there.
Several bullets left their marks on the
telephone pole. on the north side of the
street, behind which Looney stood dur
ing the duel.
Wilmerton appears to have refilled
his weapon with cartridges on return
ing to his office, for when the officers
arrived he was standing behind the
counter, with his loaded revolver in
his hand and resting across the coun
ter. He surrendered readily and went
to the police station with Officer
When Detective Cox and Officer Keli
approached Looney and ordered him
to accompany - them to the station a
big crowd had gathered on the scene
attracted by the sound of the firing
Looney was asked to give up hia. revol
ver, but taking it from his pocket, ho
held it in a position near his side and
pointing toward the detective. He
said: "Why, yes. There is the gun.
But his attitude was defiant, and the
officer did not attempt to reach the
gun, but ordered Looney to go with
him to the station. At the police sta
tion the gun was wrested from Loon
Statement of An Kye WltnrNM.
The police are endeavoring to secure
evidence from someone who saw the
affair from the beginning, but there
are conflicting stories as to which fired
the fust shot. Wilmerton declares
Looney tried to assassinate him.
Looney insists that Wilmerton shot
him in the back. The majority of
those who saw the shooting did not
see the first shot fired, but were at
tracted to the scene by the report of
the first shot, although one of Mr. Wil
merton's attorneys said: "The evi
dence will show that Looney
fired the first shot." Mrs. C. E. Lutes
was in her apartment on the second
floor on the south side of the avenue.
She heard the report of the first shot
and running to a window, saw Looney
on the opposite side of the street hold
ing a smoking weapon in his hand.
DATE FOR THE
' y ..
Annual Enterprise of Rock Island Ex
position Company Takes Place
Week ot Aug. 9.
GET GOOD ATTRACTIONS
Program of Free Acts is Provided for
and Kline Shows Are Secured
Travellick is Hired.
The week beginning Aug. 9 has been
set for the second annual exposition
of the Rock Island Exposition com-
pany, and already the company has its
plans for the event well under way.
The committee, composed of Hon. T.
J. Medill. B. C. Hartz and B. W. Lewis,
of the board of directors, has arranged
the date in response to a popular de
mand for a warm weather exposition,
and while the date may appear to be
rather early for such an event, it is :
the only week that answered the re
quirements in all particulars and in
which the committee could secure the
attractions it sought.
Trevelllck Im Secured.
The committee has been fortunate in
again securing Harry Trevellick of
New York, who proved so popular as
the stage manager of the first exposi
tion, and through him the committee
has secured a fine bill of free attrac
tions, including acrobatic, gymnastic,
aerial, and animal attractions. The
bill will equal if not excel that of last
Get Kllae Shovrn.
The company has secured the Kline
railway shows to take the place of the'
Parker attractions which were put on J
last year. There are 12 or 15 of these j
shows, and all are of first class merit. !
The directors are making all their-
plans with a view to offering an exposi
tion this year that will excel last'
year's enterprise. In general, how
ever, the exposition will be along the
same lines as the first.
Beginning tomorrow morning
Great sale of women's suits
A splendid collection of
fall and winter styles
consisting of one $60,
two $50, three $45
suits, and a large num
ber that were formerly
30, 35, 37.50 and $40
BEGINNING OF. LENT
if Iv D I'll Hl-VtllUll
id - wwwsr
Thursday those left go at $14
Friday those left go at $13
Saturday any then left at $12
As;we do not make a practice of carrying over gar
ments from one season tc another, and prompted
by the success of our coat sale last week. Ave de
cided to close out this collection of fine Fall and
Winter Suits b the same plan. The suits , are
ones we bought within the last few months, and
in every feature style, fit, materials and work
manship are"just as perfect ns the day they left
the tailor's. As there are no two alike, you can
realize the advantage of an early selection for
naturally the choicest ones will go first.
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Services In Different Churches Will
Mark Day as Ash Wednesday
At St. Joseph's Church.
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Tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, is the
beginning of Lent, and services appro-' jowa
IJuaic io uie neaauii win ue IieiU 111
many of the churches. At St. Joseph's
Glancing down to the sidewalk, she Catholic church tomorrow morning at
saw wumerion just as ne nrea ar o vwa- oovWe ;n ava t.-,. 1
Looney, and several shots were quick- other day in Lent there will be mass
ly exchanged. She saw Wilmerton and devotions at 8 a. ni Every Friday
turn, and saw Looney cross the street right there will be the stations of the !
and walk toward the Safety building, cross and benedictions at 7:30. Every'
and reloading his revolver, start east Sunday night at 7:30 there will be ves
agaill on the SOUth Side of the avenue. ners a sermon and hpn1ictir.n nnrl -it
rnuNp or the ShootiaK. i I these services a different priest will
The Looney-Wilmerton duel, was, as occupy the pulpit each night. The
stated yesterday by The Argus, not general public will be welcome to all
nexpected. It grew out of the tangle I the services.
n the affairs of the old publication The program of services at Trinity
established "and conducted by Looney J Episcopal church. Rev. G. H. Sher
until if passed from his con-lwood, rector, for the lenten season is
trol to Wilmerton at the time as follows:
of the mysterious bomb ex-1 ASH WEDXESDAY.
plosion in the Looney building on Sec- 7:30 a. m. Holy Communion.
ond avenue. This bomb explosion, in- 10:00 a. m. Morning: Praver. Litanv
cidentally, was followed at intervals land Penitential Office. v
by two mysterious fires in the Looney I 7:30 p. m. Evening Prayer, Litany
building. Several months passed with-1 and Address.
out any disturbance and no eruption of SUNDAYS.
feeling between Looney and Wilmer-I 7:30 a. m. Holy Communion,
ton. I 10:45 a. m. Holy communion. Is:,
A few weeks ago, however, Looney 5th and 6th Sundays.
renewed his publication, and in the 10:45 a. m. Morning Prayer and
first issue made an attack on Wilmer- litany, 2nl, 3rd and 4th Sundays.
7:30 p. m. Evening Prayer and Ad
4:30 and 7:30 p. m. Mondays, be-
rector of Trinity church, Iowa City.
Iowa, and archdeacon of the diocese fr
March 24 Rev. William P. Williams,
rector of St. James" church, Oskaloosa,
March 31 Rev. A. I. Ernest Boss.
rector of Trinity church, Muscatine,
Mr. Sherwood will conduct theser
vice April 7.
Son of Great Emancipator Will Not be
Able to Give Address at
The faculty committee had hoped
that Mr. Lincoln, who is president of
the Pullman company of Chicago
would find it possible to accept the in
vitation. It was particularly desired
that he be the speaker since this is
the centenniel of his father's birth.
The committee is .to hold anothtr
meeting to consider the matter of a
speaker for the exercises of May 25,
Writes Letter in Which He Comments
indications of Regard of People
For His Father. .
ton relative to the business affairs of
the old publication. This brought
forth an indirect editorial reply from
Wilmerton. and in the last, issue nf
Looney's publication he reproduced pinning March 15, Confirmation Class,
in Mc Mn iAiA t o I 4:30 p. m Tuesdays. Evening Pray-
scathing and bitter personal attack era"? Devotional Radl"S
9:30 a. m. Wednesdays, Mornin:
Prayer and Litany.
7:30 p. m. Evening Prayer and
9:30 a. m. Thursdays, Holy Com
43ll n m Evpninp" Prvr nnrl Do.
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w"lltJ 11 wkuuuvsx B;iit votional Reading.
c.tuleul, caiuu no burpnse. 9:2f m.FrIavs. Mornlnr Prav?r
TT J .1 . . .. . I ' ' O
iiunureus oi people were auracieu i anii t itqnv
upon Wilmerton and his family.
When this became known there was
a general feeling that it might result
in just some such an affair as that
which took place yesterday afternoon
and the news of the pistol duel on the
to the police headquarters by the af
fair, and the officers found it neces
sary to iock tne doors and place a
guard on duty at each entrance, while
the arrangements for a continuance of
the hearing were pending.
WEATHER AFFECTS PRIMARIES
Voting Reported Rather Lighter Thar.
Had Been Expected.
r Today's city primaries, the first held
under the new law, were probably af
fected to' some extent by unfavorable
weather. Voting was light among the
democrats, who have no contest on.
while interest among the republicans I munion
7:30 p. m. Evening Prayer.
- HOLY. WEEK. ,
In addition to other week-day ser
9:30 a. m. Holy Communion (ex
cept Friday and Saturday) daily. ;
9:30 a. m. Morning Prayer and Pro
12:00 to 3:00 p. m. The Three
4:00 p. m. Baptisms.
EASTER DAY APRIL 11.
6:00 and 8:00 a. m. Holy Cora
was hardly up to expectations,
polls, which opened at C a.
at 5 p. m.
C. A. REED,
1128 Fifteenth St., Rock Island.
Keeping Open House. ,
Everybody is welcome when we feel
good; and we feel that way only whet'
our digestive organs are working prop
eriy. Dr., King's New Life Pills regu
late the action of stomach, liver ani
bowels so perfectly one can help fee.
! ing good when he uses these pill. 2.
'cents at all druggists." . ,4. .
10:45 a. m. Morning Prayer, HoiyJ
uommunion ana sermon.
3:45 p. m. Children's Festival.
Mr. Sherwood will conduct the ser
vices tomorrow evening and at each
Wednesday evening service he will
be assisted by pastors from other tit
ies as follows:
- March 3 Rev. Chapman Lewis, rec
tor of St. John's church, Kewanee. Ill
March 10 Rev. Benjamin Diggs,
rector of St. Andrew's church. Peoria.
- March 17 Dr. William D. Williams,
00R HEALTH THE REASON
In an interesting letter in which ho
comments on the general observation
of the centennial Anniversary of his
father's birth. Robert T. Lincoln of
Chicago has informed the faculty com
mittee of Augustana college that i!
will be impossible for him to deliver
tho commencement address of the col
lege this year. He states that Sis
health is such that he Is compelled
to decline all such invitations. He
expresses his thanks to the committee
for the invitation, and for " the kind
words regarding Abraham Lincoln. .
Speak of Father.
He says: I have been deeply im
pressed and gratified by the many in
dications of the regard in which his
memory is held all over the count ry."
CAME FROM CHICAGO
fN MUD IN 9 HOURS
Is Record Claimed by Captain Lewis,
U. S. A. Who is Touring Continent
in Light Runabout.
S. T. Dumbell of Reynolds left this
noon to spend the remainder of the
winter months in Florida.
Captain and Mrs. Edward Dunavin
1030 Fifteenth street, are the parents
of a son, born yesterday.
Mrs. Margaret Schroeder leaves this
evening to make a visit with her sis
ter, who lives in Hillsdale.
Mrs. C. F. McLean and children left
tor Champaign yesterday for a two
week's visit with relatives.
Mrs. Howard Shaw and Mrs. Ki
penburg of Peoria are visiting at the
home of Mrs. L.E. JEIemenway.
C. E. Johnson, formerly of Rock Is
land, but now of Omaha, Neb., spent
Sunday with his sister, Mrs. Charles
Oscar F. Avery, the Woodmen in
spector for the city of Chicago, was
i the city today conferring with the
Miss Regina Blake has returned lo
her home after spending several
months in St. Paul, where she was
Miss Eva Samuelson, who has bean
visiting her cousin. Miss Helen Hd
berg for the past month, has returned
to her home in Kewanee, 111.
F. W. Wilson of Pontiac and Charle3
D. Brainard of Peoria, both of whom
are connected with the Fraternal Trib
unes, were in the city today.
Captain Stanley Lewis, a Unitad
States army officer in full uniform,
drove a Buick runabout covered with,
mud, into the city this afternoon, hav
ing, as he claimed, made the run from
Chicago here in a" trifle over nine
hours. He is a member of the Texas
mounted rangers on a furlough and
making a double trip across the con
tinent partly to test the car and partly
for his health. Captain Lewis has
served in the armies of Cuba, Vene
zuela and Mexico before joining the
forces of Uncle:.Sam and speaks sev
eral languages. . He will remain here
till tomorrow. ,
All the news all the time The ArcrS.
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