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THE. ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. THURSDAi", FEBRUARY 29, 1912.
AGED HERMIT IS
FOUND GOLD IN
DEATH AT HOME
Christopher Eoberg Passes
Away Midst Loneliness
UNSEEN FOR TWO DAYS
Neighbor Calls Police This Morning
and Avka That Investigation
T. Rudgren and Dr. L. Ostrom. Oth
er! residing In the east end hare ex
pressed their intention of going.
Many more will go from Moline and
a few from the townships of the
county. It will be a big meeting and
if accommodations could be made,
nearly three times as many would
attend. Only 1,200 can be cared for
and at least 3,000 have sent requests
TICKETS AT PREMIUM.
It is said that tickets for the ban
quet will be at a premium on the
night set for it and that anyone who
may wish to forsake his pleasure for
a few dollars, can find a ready mar
ket for the sale of his pasteboard.
HELD FOR THEFT
OF COPPER WIRE
our Be and Over to Grand Jury
Under Charges of Commit
ALL GO TO COUNTY JAIL
Christopher Roberg, a cobbler and
bootmaker in Rock Island for over
30 years, and formerly a famous
' dandy" In the city, was found dead
in his shoe store, 2l2i Fourth ave
nue, at 10 o'clock this morning by
rtie police, after he had been missed
for two days. The room In which- he
lay was bare of adornment, there
was no food in the place and every
thing pointed to improper care and
nourishment. The dead man, who
had been a hermit and had practical
ly shut himself off from the rest of
the world since the death of his wife
in lo!2, is reported to have had quite
a sum of money hidden away and a
thorough search of the premises will
be made by the police. A coroner's
inquest will be held over the remains
at Knox's undertaking parlors to
morrow morning at 9 o'clock.
I. AST KEEt WEDNESDAY.
Roberg has been 111 for some time,
probably due to lack of food as much
as anything else. Modest DeWulf,
r, ho conducts a saloon next door,
talked to Roberg Wednesday after
noon and that was the last time any
one saw him alive. For the past two
days there has been no sign of life
in the shoe shop and this morning
W illiam F. Furlong, who conducts a
barber shop across the street from
the shoe shop, became worried and
filled up the police. Chief Brlnn and
Officer Kinsley immediately respond
ed and after bursting open the door
found the cobbler lying dead In bed
Life had been extinct for some time.
The dead man was wasted away to
almost nothing, he had not been
washed for considerable time and
the room Itself was Indescribable,
The body was immediately removed
to Knox's undertaking parlors.
OSCE SOTED COBBLER.
About 20 years ago Roberg was
one of the best bootmakers in the
middle west and ran a shop on the
site of the property now occupied by
Herman Scbwecke. In those days he
dressed in the height of fashion, car
ried a gold-headed cane and was not
ed for his immaculate and swell ap-l-rarance.
In contrast, he was found
this morning clothed in rags, un
kempt and several weeks' growth of
board on his face. After the death of
bis wife, Roberg secluded himself
from the world, saved all bis money
and saw no one.
HAS MO RELATIVES.
About three weeks ago, while
talking to a friend who had dropped
in to see him, the cobbler stated that
'be had a little money and not desir
ing to be buried in the potters' field
wanted to fix up his affairs and final
ly be burled by his wife. He said
at the time that he knew his time
of death was near. Roberg was
about 65 years of age and had no
relatives. He was of Danish descent
GOME HERE, SAID
Unable to Furnish Required Amount
of Bonds Each of Quartet
It is rumored today that Clarence
Rowland is to transfer his Dutfaque
franchise, players and all, to Rock Is
land to play the 1912 season. Rumor
has it further that Rowland has al
ready communicated with Rock Island
ers to that effect.
FOR A CONSTITUTION
Hon. William Jackson, temporary
chairman of the proposed federation of
men's cluba of the city, today announc
ed the following committee to draw up
tentative constitution and by-laws:
William A. Frewert. H. E. Van Duzer,
H. A. Clevenstlne, Edward Gardner,
and E. C. Mahaffey. These men will
meet Tuesday night and begin their
work. It will be their aim to bring to
gether the various men's organizations.
Including church clubs and brother
hoods, and business and labor socie
At an enthusiastic meeting Tuesday
night in the city council chamber, dele
gates from 10 different organizations
were present and they were unani
mously In favor of the federation plan.
Mr. Jackson presided as chairman and
was authorized to name a committee to
draw up a constitution, which he has
Judge George A. Cooke of Aledo
was In the city today.
Mrs. Mattie Williams returned last
evening from her visit to Indianapolis
Mr. and Mrs. H. T. lemon returned
this morning from an extended south
Dr. M. X. Moore, who has been in
New Orleans for the past week or 10
days witnessing the Mardl Gras, re
turned to the city this morning.
Word was received by Dr. M. N
Moore this morning of the death of
his brother-in-law, John McLean of Ke-
wanee. 111. Dr. Moore left for that
city at 9 o'clock.
H. E. VanDuzer arrived in the city
this morning .after delivering the
sixth in bis course of eight lectures
on scientific salesmanship at the Iowa
university at Iowa City last night
Miss Lois Hubbard returned to her
home in this city last night after sever
al days' visit with her brother Clifford
who is attending Northwestern unlver
sity at Evanston, and her sister Mar
ian, who Is taking a course at Chicago
John Collins, Ben Pickup, W. White
and John Cupp were held to the grand
jury under $500 bonds this morning
by Magistrate C. J. Smith on charges
of larceny brought against them- as
the result of their connection with the
theft of wire from the Rock Island
Plow company last week. None was
able to furnish bail, and they were re
manded to the county bastile to await
action of the grand Jury. Charles Car
roll of the plow company appeared in
behalf of the corporation. The men
were arrested last week by Officers
Kirsch and Meenan. Cupp and White
were sent to the county Jail for disor
derly conduct and their case was In
vestigated. The investigation led to
the arrest of Collins and Pickup the
following day, Friday. The cases
against them were continued till this
morning. Charges of disorderly con
duct were preferred, but this morning
those counts were dismissed.
ALL. DE!TT GUILT.
Wire that was stored Jn the com
pany's yard, good for nothing but the
money that would come from its sale
as Junk, was taken away in eacks. All
four of the present prisoners were ar
rested while trying to burn the insula
tion off the wire, preparatory to sell
ing It. All deny that they stole the
wire and Insist that they found it in
the willows near the company's property.
earlier in the evening, of his threats
to return and kill him. The court
ruled that as the statements had not
been made in the presence of the de
fendant, the testimony was not com
petent. The ruling hurts to some ex
tent the case of the state though th
evidence against Schrader continues
to pile up fast.
DOCTOR OJT THE STAXD.
Dr. C. S. Young of Geneseo was
on the stand during a considerable
part of the afternoon. He in com
pany with Dr. Gilbert also of Gene
seo conducted an autopsy on the
body of Schmidt shortly after the
death. He described the nature of
the wounds found at the examina
tion and expressed the belief that
death resulted from concussion of
the brain or possibly from hemor
rhages. The physician stated that
the deceased was 90 years of age.
The cross examination was brief
and about minor points.
STATE READY TO CLOSE.
Louis Schmidt, a nephew of the
deceased whose home is at Hooppole,
111., stated that he had heard the
defendent make threats against the
rjtrdered man, and that he knew of
his own personal observation that the
two were on very unfriendly terms.
Following his testimony, State's
Attorney C. E. Sturtz announced
that if Mrs. Johanna Wahl of Gen
eseo, whom he considers an import
ant witness, could be placed upon the
stand, the state would be ready to
rest. Mrs. Wahl, through ill health,
objects to appearing, but a writ was
Issued to bring her Into court this
FIVE COACHES GO
INTO THE DITCH
ON ROCK ISLAND
Number Injured but None Ser
iously in Wreck Between
Annawan and Atkinson.
Broken Rail Cause of Accident
Milwaukee Runs Down and
. Kills a Farmer.
Three Pullman coaches and two day
coaches in train No. 6 on the Rock Is
land road, which left Rock Island east
bound shortly before 6 this morning,
went into the ditch between Annawan
and Atkinson. The train was going
along at an average clip, when the
first of the five big coaches struck a
broken rail, which the engine and the
Defense Now Putting on Wit
nesses in Murder Trial at
FRACTURE LIMBS IN
FALLS TO PAVEMENT
Louis Rahn, 1611 Eighth street,
slipped as he was stepping from a
bridge car at the Davenport end of
the government bridge early , this
morning, and in falling broke his leg.
He was brought to his home in the
James McCarron, bartender at the
Dan Flynn salooa at 207 Seventeenth
street, slipped and fell when he left
the saloon at midnight last night and
broke one of the 6mall bones In his
nkle. He was removed to his home,
1429 Vt Second avenue.
MRS. SCHRADER ON STAND
Prosecution Offers Objections Which
Make Presentation of Divorce
DUSKY DAMSEL TRIES
WILES ON AGED MAN
Lucille Martin, a dusky dlnge, was
sent down to the county Jail this after
noon for 20 days on a charge of dis
orderly conduct. This morning the
woman tried to Induce an old man to
come into her room In a place on
Twenty-sixth street. Before he could
respond, she had been arrested by Of
ficer Meenan. She said in explanation
of her action that she was thirsty and
wanted the man to buy her some beer
ROCK ISLAND TO
Rock Island will be well represent
ed at the John Ericsson day banquet
to be held in Chicago March 9 by the
Swedish-American republicans of the
state. At the big banquet to be held
at the Congress hotel in the evening
of that date, some 1,200 state poli
ticians will assemble. President
Taft Is to be the speaker of the even
log. Charles S. Deneen and other
prominent politicians will be pres
ent. Among those who go from
Rock Island will be Commissioner M.
Democratic City Township Convention.
The democrats of Rock Island are
requested to meet in convention at
Turner hall Monday evening March 4
at 8 o'clock for the purpose of nom
inating candidates for the following
offices: Assessor, collector, supervis
or, four assistant supervisors and town
clerk, and to transact such other busi
ness as may properly come before the
BERT CORKEX. Chairman Democrat
ic Township committee.
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Special to The Argus
Cambridge, 111., Feb. 29. The state
this morning rested its case against
Ernest Schrader charged with the
murder of Ignatz Schmidt in Geneseo
July 24 last year when Johanna Wahl
was spared from appearing on the
stand by virtue of a physician's certifi
cate which rendered a bench warrant
issued by Judge E. C. Graves unavail
ing. It bad been the purpose of the
state to close with her testimony, but
as she was not to be secured to testi
fy against Schrader, the prosecution
DEFENSE IS STARTED.
The defense at once began putting
on witnesses to discredit parts of the
testimony of the state. Regarding the
contentions that Schrader had exhibit
ed considerable numbers of bills im
mediately after the death of Schmidt,
William Hammers and G. O. Becksten
both of Geneseo testified that they had
paid him sums of money in the shape
Objections to the testimony on the
part of the state resulted finally in
all references to the money which the
defendant was supposed to have ex
hibited in the night of the murder, be
ing stricken from the records. The
state was satisfied with having brought
the matter before the Jury and had no
objection to its being stricken.
TAKE IP MEW MXE.
The next witness, and a very im
portant one for the defense was Her
bert Harrington, a Geneseo photogra
pher who exhibited four pictures
which he took the day following the
murder. Two were Interior views of
the Schmidt house and two exterior.
By the aid of these the attorneys for
the defense tried to establish a possi
bility that Schmidt might have fallen
out of the window in his bedroom and
injured himself fatally on certain
rocks 'and bjicks which lay under
neath. PIT DIVORCEE ON STAND.
The state offered objections when
tbe defense called Mrs. Louise Schra
der, divorced wife of the plaintiff, on
tbe stand to testify for the defendant.
She had got as far as telling that
though divorced, Schrader had contin
ued to pay for the keep of the chil
dren. After the argument set up by the
state that a woman could not testify
In behalf of her husband and the coun
ter contention that the pair were di
vorced. Judge Graves ruled that Mrs.
Schrader could not testify until the di
vorce papers were brought into court
and shown. A recess was then declar
ed. DIRTS STATE'S CASE.
Juige Graves yesterday at noon
ruled on the admisability of the por
tions of the testimony of Mrs. Sophia
Horn relative to the statements
made to her by Ignatx Schmidt on
the evening preceding the finding of
his dead body. While the Jury was
out yesterday morning Mrs. Horn re
lated In full the statements made by
the deceased in which Schmidt told
"f Schrader's assault upon him
Oscar Prescott, one of Milan's old
est residents and a veteran of the
civil war, died at his home on Dixon
street last night at 8 o'clock, death
being due to the infirmities of age
and a complication cf diseases. Mr,
Prescott had been ill for some time
and the end was not unexpected. He
was born in Indiana in 1848 and
when a young man moved to Anda
lusia where he was married to Frelda
Davis In 1869. Shortly after his
marriage he removed to Milan and
had made that place his home ever
6lnce. When the civil war broke out
be enlisted and sewed in the army
for a number of years. He was
member of Buford post, Grand Army
of the Republic. Besides his widow,
he Is survived by four children
Tewis, of Portland, Ore., Mrs. Sadie
Moos of Sears and Ray and Roy of
Woman, 100, in State 73 Years.
Dixon, Feb. 29. Mrs. Serepta
Palmer celebrated her 100th birthday
at her home near Grand Detour yester
day, where she has resided ever since
she came to this country, overland, 73
years ago. Mrs. Palmer has 44 grand
WRECKER GOES FROM HERE
Friday's Rug Bulletin
The four rag values quoted below are for Friday
only they will not be offered again..
.$40.00 Royal Wilton, 9x12 $29.50
$32.50 Wilton Velvet, 9x12 $23.95
$30.00 Wilton Velvet, 9x12 ... $20.95
$25.00 Mottled Velvet, 9x12 .. $12.39
ROCK J5LAN D, I .BUS?. C5rSS5 .
FOR PERJURY INQUIRY
IN THE L0RIMER CASE
Chicago, Feb. 29. Immediately
after tbe Lorimer committee of the
United States senate has reported to
the full body the federal grand Jury
In Chicago will resume Its interrupt
ed investigation into charges that
forward, cars had passed in safety. The perJury was committed during the I
other Ave left the tracks and tumbled hearing in Chicago last autumn.
intO the ditCh. Tim DronH Inrr In soaalnn In Vn.
A number of passengers were Injur- vember started the innulrv of its own
ed, hut none seriously. Among the in- initiative, and summoned Attorneys
Jured were Mrs. W. R. Eserk of Deca- Healr and Marble of the senatorial
tur and Mrs. Heins of Des Moines. I commute to assist in th nresonta.
sexd wrecker from here. tion f evidence. The lawyers con-
As soon as the information of the If erred with the committee and asked
accident was telegraphed to division to be relieved of either testifying or
headquarters in this city, Superintend- assisting In other ways until the
ent Reed made up a special, including close of the committee's work and
the wrecker, and hurried to the scene the grand jury decided to abandon
of the wreck. the matter for several months.
Dr. S. B. Hall, local surgeon for the Since that time the transcript of
Rock Island, was at the station in the testimony given before the com-
readiness to accompany the special, mittee has been Bled with the depart-
but learning that few were injured nient of justice, however, and the
and that Dr. Alien of Atkinson had ad- perjury case has been developed by
ministered to them, did not go. one of ne government attorneys. He
Two hours' time was consumed in lc believed to be Albert t7. Welch, as-
clearing away the wreck, the passen- sistant unaer District Attorney w u
gers of the derailed train having in aeraon.
the meanwhile been transferred to When the examination Is taken up
other coaches and sent on to Chicago. a month hence it is understood the
The train was in charge of Conduc- grana jury wm nrst. consider me case
tor John Ford and was nulled bv en- of John Broderlck, the west side sa-
gine 921. A. R. Kough, engineer. None loonkeeper. whose testimony caused
Friday and Saturday
305 20th St.
To start the month of March
right we are going to make it a rec
ord breaker for increased orders. We
offer the following specials for Fri
day and Saturday. ,
of the trainmen was injured.
MHWAFKKE HITS FARMER.
The Southwest limited Milwaukee
train which went through Rock Island
at 10:35 last night, enroute to Kansas
City, ran down a farmer named Charles
a good deal of comment by the sena
tors themselves. Another whose tes
timony will be examined is Repre
sentative W. O. Blair.
Whether the investigation will be
taken up by the regular grand jury,
which has been in session since last
Miller, aged 61, near Plngree, 111., and September. or by the special grand
his mangled body was carried on the jury wnich was Impaneled last week,
puoi or me engine eigm miies Deiore i8 ot determined. The regular body
it was discovered. Two horses which rnTrmirAri ita ronti w.irk om
Miner was driving were Killed, and time aeo. but has been held over for
cnicKen reatners, dead pigs and broaen emergency. Ifc is expected to meet
iurnuure were strewn zuu yaras aiong again today and ask either for ad
the tracks, journment until the Lorimer commit
tee finishes its deliberations and re
ports to the senate, or for discharge
by the court.
In the latter event it Is likely the
special grand jury, called to consider
among other things, charges of per-
ury in the trial of the packers, also
will take up, the charges of perjury
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VERB1EST IS BACK
IN TOILS OF LAW
Erstwhile Saloonkeeper Insults
Officer John Johnson and
DEMANDS A JURY TRIAL
before the senatorial committee
The only reason for the four
months' delay in the work of inves
tigating the Broderick-Blalr testi
mony was the desire of the senate
committee to have the assistance of
Attqrneys Healy and Marble. It Is
understood the committee itself per
suaded the grand Jury to delay action.
Attorney Healy declined last even
ing to comment on the situation fur
ther than to say he did not expect
to be In charge of the grand Jury in
vestigation. He will remain as coun
Ed Verbiest 1b having some more Lei for the senatorial committee un-
trouble. This time he is in the toils of til its final report to tbe senate.
the law to answer to a charge of dis
orderly conduct preferred by Officer
John Johnson of the police force. The
case was before Jus'ice Cleland this
afternoon for hearing. Jury trial was
demanded by the defense
Two Changes of Venue Taken and
Case Is Set for Hearing This
-r - t ,t L . Wall II III IW P
ter, northwest quarter, sections 20 and
29, 1C, 3w, 3,000.
Ralph M. McGaughey to J. Elmer
Nelson, lot 23, block 7, Acme addition,
B. H. Guyer to Carl E. Peterson, lot
Yesterday 4, block 3, second addition, Edgewood
afternoon Officer Johnson went into park. Rock Island, $350.
the saloon at the corner of Twenty- Maryx Siedenfuss to board of educa-
fourth street and Fourth avenue, tion of Rock Island school district, lot
searching for a man wanted by the po 5, block 2, J. W. Spencer's second addi-
lice. Verbiest was there. The officer tion, Rock Island, $5,900.
approached him and said, "I see you Jane A. Coulter to Ernest S. Coulter,
are but of your trouble again." He was northwest quarter, southwest quarter,
referring to Verbiest's tilt with the northwest quarter, section 33, 1C, 5w,
sheriff's forces early this week. Ed- $350.
mond resented the solicitous advances
of the officer and replied wi'h Insults.
Not stopping to argue with Verbiest,
the officer saw to it that he was lodg
ed In a cell at the police station. He
alleges that Verbiest, besides insult
ing him, was drunk and disorderly.
Verbiest took a change of venue from
Magistrate Smith's court to the next
nearest Justice. City Attorney James
Witter asked a change of venue from
that court and tbe case was taken to
Cleland's. A jury trial was sought and
the case set for 1 : 30 this afternoon.
The city withdrew the charges
against Verbiest late thi3 afternoon.
George H. Barnard to Joseph and
Henry Knight, east half, southwest
quarter, section 20, and northeast quar-
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Sole- Edna Schneider. .
Oririnal Short Story Marie Bears-
Informal Essay Thelma Wagner.
Quartet Faye Atkinson, Bessie!
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