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SIXTY-FIRST YEAR. NO. 139.
.WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 1912. TWELVE PAGES.
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Driven Off Streets and Trapped in Headquarters by Howling Mob, Return Fire for Assault Station Shovereb
.Missies and All Windows in Building Smashed Nine Injured Hurried, to Hospital State Executive Orders
Troops on Request of Sheriff Bruner Outcome of Inflammable Speeches.
Following the near-riot of;
Monday night, when serious j
consequences were averted
only through good fortune, the
rioters and their inciters gath-'
ered again last night and' the ;
climax came when the crowd j
assailed the police station with;
brickbats and stones and in self j
defense, the police opened fire.!
As a result two are dead andj
several of the rioters are in
jured. The mob gained control
of the city for the time be
ing and for several hours had
things all its own 'way. The
combined forces of the police
and the sheriff were powerless
before the rioters and they had
to barricade themselves at the;
Tl'J Hilfi CALLED OUT.
Shortly before midnight Sher
iff O. L. Bruner, appreciating!
the hopelessness of trying to
control the rioters with the
small - force available, tele
graphed to Governor Charles S.
Deneen for the state militia and
within a Bhort space of time
companies were in the city,
Companies B of Oeneseo and E
of Sterling were mobilized and
armed prpmratrjj t.n romjojr
on the earliest train.
With the notice that soldiers
were coming, the rioters began
dispersing though the streets
were alive with people all night.
There were various minor out
breaks and gatherings but
whenever the soldiers put in an
appearance, quiet was restored
IX WAKE OF MEETING.
The rioting followed and was
the result of political meetings
held at Spencer square Monday
night and last night.
The three speeches which
were made last night would not
have been sufficient to stir up a
riot but several bitter adversar
ies of the administration to
gether with an imported rough
t element began the work of. or
ganization of the mob as soon
as the speaking commenced.
HOW VICTIMS WERE 1JIRKI).
Ray Swingle, IS years old. reside
at 1S08 Forty-fourth street Rock Is
land. While b landing; at tbe corner
of Seventeenth street and Third ave
nue a shot struck Lira In the abdomen,
causing profuse Internal hemorrhages
through the cutting of the intestines.
riiyslclang state that he cannot live.
FRANK H. KELLOGG, 913 Case street, Davenport;
shot through stomach. ...
RAYMOND SWINGLE, 1808 Forty-fourth street;
shot through abdomen.
LEEFAWCETT, 1536 Eighth avenue, Moline; shot in
EDWARD ANDERSON, 1422
small shot in legs and thighs.
FRANK VOGLE, 704 Thirteenth avenue; shot in left
HERMAN SACKEY, 2506 Fifth avenue, Moline; shot
in left hip.
WILLIAM HEUCK, Fourteenth avenue and Fifteenth
street; shot in left side.
ALDERSON DOVE, 823 Fourteenth - and - a - half
street; shot in left leg.
NATHAN HARRIS, 2716 Fifth avenue; small shot in
EDWARD COLEMAN, 800 Fourth avenue; shot in
DR. ALFRED E. STOCKER, 2854 Seventh avenue;
shot in hand. .
MAYOR TELLS OF
EFFORT TO AVOID
Had Considered Well Proper
Action Relative to Last
Night's Meeting. .
INSULT POLICE REPEATEDLY
Only When They Were Trapped in
the Station Were Shots Fired
- Reviews Causes.
Lee Fawcett, 30 years old, resides at
1536 Eighth avenue, Moline. Shot
through the neck. The bullet Just
missed the jugular vein. Fawcetfs in
juries are serious. He was shot while
walking along Seventeenth street near
William Heuck, 38 years old. resid
ing at Fourteenth avenue and Fif
teenth street, Rock Island. Shot In
the left hip with .38 caliber bullets
while he was standing on Third ave
nue, east of the police station, injury
Herman Sackey, 21 years old, resid
ing at 2506 Fifth avenue, Moline, stand
ing 30 feet from the police station
corner, shot in the left hip. Injury
Frank Vogle, aged 23. residing at
"04 Thirteenth avenue. Rock Island.
Bullet struck" over the left kidney
while Vogle was standing on Third
avenue looking at the body of a man
who had been struck by a bullet. The
bullet lodged in his side and an X-ray
examination is to be made before an
operation is attempted. His injury is
Dr. Alfred E. Stocker, Rock Island,
shot in the hand while attending a
patient. Gunpowder and small bullet
holes in his trousers and through his
Louis Ullemeyer, Rock Island, shot
in the hand. Injury slight.
Reports of other injuries, most of
them slight, have not been received
by the police. Request is made that
physicians malt a complete report of
all injuries. It is known that several
people who were in the crowd several
of them women were struck by bird
LAST NIGHT'S MEETING.
B. H. Gardner, socialist candidate for
assistant supervisor, and editor of the
Labor Review, opened last evening's
meeting on' Market square. His re
marks contained none of the- inflamma
tory words of the speech which he de
livered the preceding night In fact,
Gardner said that if he was guilty of
such remarks, and he would plead
guilty, he was sorry for it. He stated
the purpose of the meeting spreading
the recall petitions among the voters.
He was armed with several of the pe
titions calling for the recall of Mayor
II. M. Schriver and Commissioner
Archie Hart. He cited the mayor's ac
tion in the Looney case as cause for
the recall. . He claims' that Hart is in
competent and but a tool of Schriver.
He ended his remarks by saying that
It was not as a representative of the
labor organization, "but as a citizen,
that he is taking upon himself tbe task
of recalling the city officials.
H. M. McCaskrin, candidate for
state's attorney nomination on the re
publican ticket, announced that he
would epeak in 'Moline tonight. His
aaaress contained another attack on
the local newspapers. He denied that
be had advised the crowds of the pre
ceding night that their number was
sufficient to overpower the police
should they attempt to frustrate their
efforts to secure Tree copies of the
PUBLIC OFFICIALS -WHO ARE IN CHARGE
IN THE PRESENT CRISIS IN ROCK ISLAND
(CopUnued on Pa Six.)
SCENE IN FRONT OF CITY HALL THIS MORNING FOLLOWING RIOT AND SHOOTING
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"We are devoting our time now to
an attempt to restore order and have
not much time to talk," slid Mayor II.
M. Schriver this morning. "I feared
trouble last night and during yester
day talked with various citizens as
to the best and wisest course to pur
sue. I did not want to interrere witn
free speech, but was anxious to pre
vent disturbance and violence.
. "During the afternoon I had a
pleasant talk with E. E. Gardner, edi
tor of the Tri-City Labor Review,
who, as I thought was to be the only
speaker last night, and assured him
of the desire of the city that he be
allowed to make his speech unmolest
ed, and urged him to refrain from
inflammatory utterances.-1 told him to
go ahead with his plans for the re
caU if haw lit and to say what he
pleased about my. administration or
omciai acts, but to keep within ra
tional lines in what he had to say
He informed me that he had no in
tention or desire to create a disturb
ance and that he would caution bis
bearers not to do violence. From
what I am told now he kept his word.
It was nothing that he said that
aroused the mob spirit so far as I
know.- The police' were particularly
careful last night to do nothing that
would start trouble. They stood
bravely all kinds of taunts and ridi
cule on the streets, submitted them
selves to assaults with brickbats and
rocks and finally when three of them
were driven to the river bank with
out resistance on their part they
finally found refuge in the police sta
tion. When the mob came down to
the police station the police did not
open fire until they found we were
trapped and then they fired several
volleys over the heads of the crowd,
after Commissioner Hart had gone
out in front of the station and urged
the mob in kindly terms to disperse.
He was met with jeers and taunts
and a fusillade of brickbats. The shots
were fired into the crowd only after
most of the windows in the city hall
and station had been broken and a
number of the policemen Inside had
been hit with brickbats and rocks.
LEAD OK THE TROUBLE.
"The whole trouble from its lncip
iency may be traced to the fact that
I enforced the law against disorderly
saloons and chop suey joints. That
is what brought forth the attack upon
me by the Looney paper and it is at
the bottom of the entire disturbance.
It is deplorable, but we are not going
to quit now until we ' restore order
and rid the city of the elements of
disorder and defiance. Further Dub-
lic assemblages where political ad
dresses may be made will not be al
lowed until quiet is restored and the
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MARTIAL LAW IS
TO BE ENFORCED
IN ROCK ISLAND
Governor. Deneen Orders Sher
iff Bruner to Act Proc
REGIMENT IS COMING
Xo Further Rioting to Be Tolerated
.-Four Companies on Duty at
MAYOR H. M. SCHRIVER.
SHERIFF O. L. BRUNER.
saloons of the city will be closed for
GARDNER SAYS HE IS FOR ORDER.
E. E. Gardner, editor of the Tri
City Labor Review and socialist can
didate for supervisor, who addressed
the meeting In Market square last
evening, called at The Argus office
this morning and stated that all the
influence he could exert would be in
behalf of law and order. "I was very
careful in my speech last evening,"
he said, "to urge respect for the law, j
and to caution my hearers against re
peating what occurred the night be
fore. I told ttem to quietly disperse'
at the conclusion of the meeting and
go to their homes. During the after
noon I had an understanding with
both Mayor Schriver and Sheriff Bru
ner as to just what I was to say and
assured them both that I would say
nothing that would incite violence or
disrespect for the law.
HAD TALKED WITH SCHRIVER.
"Mayor Schriver sent for me dur
ing the afternoon and received me
very courteously and we had a friend
ly talk. He was exceedingly reason
able, told me that he did not want
to interfere with my meeting or with
the object of it so far as it pertain
ed to the recall as applied to him
self, but that it was his duty to pre
vent violence and he asked me to co
operate with him ia seeing that or
der was maintained. This I prom
ised to do, and this I did do. At the
conclusion of my remarks I urged
the people for God's sake not to con
gregate at the conclusion of the meet
ing but to go quietly and peaceably
to their homes.
"I would not favor any more meet
ings now, even if allowed under the
law as applied to this situation and
nothing more will be done for the
present, at least, in the matter of
pushing the petitions for Mayor
Schriver's recall. It will be time
enough to consider this further when
quiet is restored."
In order to maintain peace, so far as
possible, Mayor Schriver ordered this
morning that ell saloons be kept closed
and that all attempts to circulate lit
erature of any sort, containing mat
ter of an Inflammatory nature, be stop
ped. As a result, all barrooms in Rock
Island were closed during the entire
day. Should martial law be declared,
and there is very Indication that it
will be before night, the saloons will
be kept closed during that time that
martial law. is in effect.
Further, no pabllc meetings will be
held Jn Rock Island, declare the au
thorities, till after the primary elec
tion. The cause of the local conditions
is attributed directly to the public
meeting of Monday night. Regardless
of topic, no more w ill be tolerated.
As soon as possible, the city author
ities are going to enact a city ordi
nance making necessary the securing
of a permit from the city officials by
any who desire to hold a public street
Such an ordinance Is In effect in
Moline now, and in all probability,' the
McCaskrin speech, scheduled for this
evening in Moline, w ill not be allowed
Forecast Till 7 P. M. Tomorrow, for
Rock Island. Davenport, Molina,
Unsettled weather with probably
rain tonight or Thursday, slightly
warmer tonight with the lowest tem
perature tonight above the freezing
Temperature at 7 a. m. 34. High
est yesterday 41, lowest last night 32.
Velocity of wind at 7 a. m. 2 miles
Relative humidity at 7 p. m. 68,
at 7 a. m. 81.
J. M. S HEELER, Loe&i Ferecaiter.
(From noon totluy to Boon tomorrow.)
Sun sets 6.19. rbe 5:50; day's length,
124 hours; moon sets SC a. m.; moon
highest and farthest north: planet Mer
cury visible; 8 p. m Mercury at great
est elongation east of th sun during
present revolution, namely, IS degrees
Ames, Iowa Members of the Upper
Pes Moines Corn Belt Editors' associa
tion will meet here Thursday and will
be entertained by the faculty of the
slate agricultural college here.
At 2:30 this afternoon Shei-
iff O. L. Bruner received a tele
gram from Governor Charles S,
Deneen ordering him to declare
martial law in Rock Island and
informing him that General Ed-
ward Kittilsen and Colonel W.
T. Channon of the 6th I. N. O.,
would report at once to him for
Immediately after receiving
the governor's telegram, Sher
iff Bruner issued a proclama
tion concerning the rules which
will be enforced while Bock Is
land is under military rule. No
one will be allowed to gather is
public assemblies of any sort.
All theatres and places of pub
lic amusement will be closed
and people have been warned
against congregating on the
A complete code of rules to
govern tne city will be issued
before tomorrow. Sheriff Bru-
ner's proclamation reads as
k THE rROCXAMATIOX.
Under orders from his excel
lency, Governor Charles S. De
neen, martial law is hereby
proclaimed in Bock Island. Un
der its provisions I hereby ad
vise all citizens to keep off the
streets as much as possible, to
refrain from attending any
gathering or assemblies of any
kind, to attend no place of
amusement and to preserve the
peace in the city.
O. L. BRUNER, Sheriff.
The troops are under the di
rection of their officers, who in
turn receive advice from the
sheriff. Citizens can be arrest-
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