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Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.) 1893-1920, September 24, 1913, HOME EDITION, Image 5

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John Ohutski, Verian Brown and
Charles Bundy Plead Guilty
and Get Sentences.
Prosecution Seeks to Convict Him at
Habitual Criminal Cliff Myers
Goes to Jail.
Tablo Lustita, assault with Intent to
commit murder.
Louis Kleinau, assault with Intent to
commit murder.
Harrison Dillon, burglary and lar
John Ohutski, robbery.
Verian Brown, robbery.
Charles Bundy, larceny.
Rock Island county Is being saved
' a mint ot money through the willing
ness of prisoners indicted by the re
cent grand Jury to plead guilty. Yes
terday afternoon three more defen
dants admitted their guilt before
Judge R. W. Olmsted and they were
all given indeterminate sentences in
the penitentiary at Joliet. They were
John Ohutski, Verian Brown and
Charles Bundy. Tablo Lustita, Louis
Kleinau and Harrison Dillon, have al
ready been sentenced, so that quite a
party from here will make the trip to
the state institution.
When the case of Cliff Myers was
called yesterday afternoon he plead
guilty to petty larceny and was fineil
$100 and cost. Being unable to pay
th same he was remanded to county
jail. Myers was charged with the theft
of a rug from the Industrial Home
building. He was indicted for larceny
by the grand Jury but the offense was
reduced and a plea of guilty resulted.
Clyde S. Walker was counsel for the
John Ohutski,-charged with robbing
Arthur Russell while the latter was
pitting in front of the 'Harms hotel,
plead guilty to a charge of robbery and
was sentenced to the penitentiary.
Peter Meersman was his attorney.
Verian Brown, alias Emma Countee,
colored, alleged to have robbed Henry
Flurgel, saloon man, allowed a jury
to be selected to hear her case. The
introduction of evidence was in prog
ress when the defendant evidently was
satisfied that State's -Attorney F. K.
Thompson had the "goods" on her and
she concluded to plead guilty. She
likewise was sent over the road.
The third member of the trio to ad
mit his crime and be sentenced was
Charles Bundy, also colored. He was
charged with the theft of goods be
longing to the estate of the late Mrs.
Margaret Mixer, better known in po
lice circles as Grace Campbell, who
was killed by Kmil Sporrey, who then
committed suicide. The property was
taken from the Robbs Express com
pany's building where they were in
rtorage. Frank Landee was hlsattor
SAl NOT .l ll.TV.
The custom of pleading guilty which
teemed so firmly rstabllrhed at this
trssion of circuit court was broken in
the cae of Phil. Johnson. Johnson
uld "not guilty" in a firm tone of
voice and announced that he expected
to stand trial. He is indicted on a
larceny charge, teing his second of
fense. An attempt is being made to i
sent him to the penitentiary under the !
habitual criminal act He has been
an almost constant guest at the coun
ty Jail for several years and the au
thorities are anxious to rid the com
munity of him. T. P. Sinnet has been
appointed as his attorney. .
J. n. Beecher, S00 Seventeenth
street, was fined for contempt of court
this morning. Mr. Beecher was on
the jury panel and was anxious to be
excused until this afternoon. Desir
ing to talk privately with Judge R. W.
Olmsted about the matt he failed
to observe the usual rules of the court,
and instead of appearing at the bar be
fore the judge, started to come to his
Judge Olmsted cautioned him about
the matter and told the juror if he had
business with the court to go down to
the bar in front. Angered at the state
ment, Mr. Beecher is said to have be
come abusive in his talk, claiming the
court was a tyrant, and making nu
merous other allegations of an unpleas
ant nature. Judge Olmsted immediate
ly fined Mr. Beecher $5 for contempt,
which the juror furnished, but is 6aid
to have continued h!s criticism. If Mr.
Beecher had not been so Impatient the1
Incident probably would no: have oc
curred, because the court at the time
was about to excuse the panel until
2 o'clock.
Frank James (colored) is being tried
today on a charge of assault with in
tent to commit murder. He is alleged
to have inflicted serious wounds on
Nick Klcpec at the Uncoln club a few
weeks ajo. The complaining witness
Is now in a serious condition at St.
Anthony'B hospital. G. W. McCaskrin
is defending James, who declares he
is Innocent of the charge. State's At
torney F. E. Thompson is prosecuting.
Property Owner Refuses to Al
low Mutilation of Elms on
Sixth Avenue.
Because Dr. E. Bradford refuses to
allow limbs from his beautiful elm
trees to be cut at his home, 602 Eigh
teenth street, a house, being moved
from north of the Sala apartments
on Nineteenth street, to Ninth street
and Seventh avenue, has been stand
ing in the middle of the street on
Sixth avenue neat the physician's
home, since Friday of last week.
When an attempt was made to move
the building on Sixth avenue, be
tween Eighteenth and Seventeenth
streets, it was found that limbs of
the large trees arching the street
interfered. The movers proposed that
the trees be cut, but to this Dr. Brad
ford strenuously objected. He offered
as a solution of the difficulty the sage
Information that the roof of the struc
ture might be taken off and put .back
on again, while the same could not
be very well done with the limbs,
since Luther Burbank is some little
distance away. Thus far the movers
and the property owners have no
reached an agreement ana the nOuse
is stiil blockading the street.
New York "Hagar Revelly." a novel
by Daniel Carson Goodman, was plac
ed under the ban by Anthony Corn
stock, vice crusad.T, who caused the
arrest of William Flary. a clerk In a
book store, and Mitchell Kennerley,
publisher, the latter on a charge of
mailing an offensive work.
Grand Rapids, Mich., Press, Speaking
Editorially, on August 4, 1913,
said in Part:
"Two Telephone Companies in one city are a nuisance.
Local public opinion, after several years of experience,
being agreed on this, it is to be hoped that the plans now
under way for the merger of the Citizens and the Bell
interests will be approved.
"The view which the average man takes is that tho
telephone business is a natural monopoly. Two phones
mean a duplication of plant and equipment. This is
waste. It means two telephone bills for the numerous
business houses which find two telephones necessary.
This also is waste.
"The natural fear that monopoly will mean oppression
disappears when it is recalled that today telephone rates
are under the control of a state body with large powers
of regulation and control, besides the local operating
franchise. What happened when the Bell was in absolute
command of the local field cannot be repeated if tho
Citixens is given a monopoly."
Central Union Telephone Company
A. J. Beverlin, District Manager
Masonic Fraternity Arranges
for Interesting Ceremonies
on Sept. 30.
Delmar D. Darrah of Bloomington and
Other Grand Lodge Officers
1 Will Be Present.
Site purchased 1909.
Funds received May, 1912.
Contract for temple awarded Aug
ust, 1912.
Corner stone laid Oct. 17, 1912.
Temple completed July 1, 1913.
Dedication Sept. 30, 1313.
Complete plans for the dedication on
Sept. 30 of the beautiful new Masonic
temple, located on Eighteenth street
and Fifth avenue, are announced. At
a meeting last evening of those In
charge of the interesting event, com
mittees were named and other details
were arranged.
The exercises are to take place Tues
day, Sept. 30. - Most Worshipful Grand
Master Delmar D. Darrah of Bloom
ington, head of the Masonic fraternity
in Illinois, is to dedicate the building.
with the -assistance of other grand
lodge officers of the state. Mr. Darrah
was here for the laying of the corner
stone for the structure, and therefore
his coming at the time of the formal
opening of the temple will be very ap
propriate. Over 1,200 invitations for the dedi
cation are to be issued. It is planned
to extend a cordial welcome to be
present at the ceremonies, not only to
all Masons in the city, but also to
members of the fraternity In the Four
teenth Masonic district, which includes
Rock Island. Mercer and Henry coun
ties, and also to members of the craft
living In Scott county, Iowa,
An interesting program has been ar
ranged for the day. At 2 o'clock there
will be a parade from the Masonic
Temple through the principal streets,
in which all Masons will participate,
with Rock Island Commandery No. 18,
Knights Templar, in full uniform, act
ing as an escort. The dedication ex
ercises in charge of Grand Master D
D. Darrah and grand lodge officers will
occur at 3 o'clock. From 6 to 7 a
buffet luncheon will be served at the
Temple and from 8 to 9 there will be
a reception in honor of the grand
lodge visitors. A ball will be enjoyed
from 9 to 12. The Criterion orchestra
will furnish the music.
The plans for the dedication have
been under the supervision of the wor
shipful masters of Trio lodge No. 57
and Rock Island lodge No. 658, while
Rock Island chapter No. 18, R. A. M.,
and Rock Island commandery No. 18,
Knights Templar, have assisted in
mapping Rut the program. '
Music and parade S. R. Davis,
chairman; E. H. Dunavin, C. A. Hol
gren. R. J. Fullerton.
Refreshments L. R. Stamm, chair
man; Harry Welch, C. W. Horton,
Fred Feltham.
Reception H. D. Mack, chairman;
Swain Pearson, H. A. Clevenstine, Al
len Welch, E. B. Kreis, H. H. Cleave
land, C. W. Thacker, S. J. Ferguson,
Mrs. Anna Harrington, Mrs. Myra Arn-
old, Mrs. Vashtl Bollman, Mrs. Kate
Paridon, Mrs. M. F. Kreis, Mrs. Eliza
beth Terry, Mrs. Edith Atkinson. Mrs.
Lovine Taylor, Mrs. Luella Seward.
Mrs. Blanche Bromley, Mrs. Anna
Lieberkneckt, Mrs. Nellie S. Hum
phries, Mrs. Mary Richmond.
Badges and Decorations F. L. Pat
terson. R. C. Mitchell, Robert Wilier-
ton, AL Bruner.
Ball H. A. J. McDonald, chairman;
Charles Schneider, H. A. Jenson, M.
R. Carlson, J. F. Lieberkneckt, D. E.
Executive J. G. Huntoon, chair
man; L. E. Hemenway, Maurice Block,
J. G. Woodbury. E. H. Ash.
Printing J. L. Hickey, chairman;
C. G. Taylor, H. H. Cleaveland, J. W.
Program E. H. Barnett. chairman;
John Pearson, H. S. Bollman, J. H.
The case against Sam Fryer has
been continued again. This time until
Saturday. Fryer, it will clearly be re
called, is charged with harboring a
vicious dog.
Edwin Johnson of Davenport, ar
rested Monday aight, was fined $ 1 and
costs in police court yesterday after
noon. No tail light burning on his
automobile was the trouble.
The case against Mrs. Florence To
gias, charged with striking the small
child of Gus S tamos, has been settled
out of court. The case was up in i
Justice Kuehl's court several days ago
and was continued until this morning.
In a fit of anger, W. C. Campbell,
2511 Sixth avunue,' came home last
evening and raised a disturbance,
threatening to burn his wife's cloth
ing. A warrant for his arrest was is
sued in Justice Kuehl's court, where
the case was dismissed. Campbell has
been removed to St. Anthony's hospi
tal for treatment, according to infor
mation given out this morning by the
Last night a man who gave his
name as Frank Douglas followed two
women along Second avenue, making
himself obnoxious. Officer Sullivan
placed the offender under arrest and
this morning his case was continued
for 10 days.
Ed Johnson paid $1 and costs on a
disorderly conduct charge.
Sergeant Kinsley last night accom
panied Walter Young to Monmouth
where the prisoner was turned over to
Sheriff McAdams of Carthage. Young
was arrested here yesterday and is
wanted by the Hancock county author
ities for contempt of court.
Peeps in Windows and Demands
Furnished Rooins Caught
by Police.
J. S. Bisby, an elderly man claiming
to be a minister, was arrested by Offi
cer Kirsch yesterday afternoon after
he had made himself obnoxious to res
idents In the vicinity of Seventh ave
nue and Tenth street, according to the
authorities. He spent the night in a
cell, and this morning was arraigned
in police court. A continuance was
taken until tomorrow morning at 9
According to the police, Bisby for
several days last week made a sys
tematic canvass of houses for a dis
tance of eight blocks. He would step
up to the front door, ask for a fur
nished room and when told that there
were none, would insist that he be tak
en in and be given accommodations.
Numerous housewives reported simi
lar visits to the police and stated that
Lthey were afraid of the man. It is also
alleged that Bisby has been peeping
in windows promiscuously and fright
ening the women and children. Yes
terday, shortly after noon, Kirsch de
ected Bisby in the act of peeping in
a window and asked him what he was
"That's none of your business." was
the reply.
"It is my business," said Kirsch. "I
am an officer and you are under ar
rest." Bisby objected to his Incarceration
and on his way to the lockup berated
his captor, shouting, "There is a place
for you and that is in h ."
Last night the Davenport jury In
the case of Isaac Richardson, charged
with ir.&nslaughter, returned a verdict
of not guilty. Richardson was accused
of giving Arthur Wundram, a young
boy, a quantity of whisky, and after
he had become intoxicated the boy
was taken out into a barn to sober up.
He froze to death there. The case
was bard fought
The opening of the Colonial hotel,
which occurs tomorrow, will be an
event of much Interest The public
will be received from 2 to 6 p. m..
while from 6 to 10 a sumptuous table
d'hote will be served. Manager G. H.
Reece extends a very cordial Invita
tion to the public to attend.
Santa Fe, X. M. J. P. Lucero, mem
ber of the legislature for Rio Arriba
county, was convicted ot solicitation
of a bribe.
Now In Rock Island
With Our Sixth
Big Store
?he Colonial Hotel
Corner Third Avenue and Eighteenth Street
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We would like to
meet you tomorrow
Mrs. Laura M. Renter. '
Bartlesville, Okla., Sept. 24. Bar
tlesville is crowded with visitors from
Tulsa and other cities of this state, at
tracted here by the trial, which open
ed on Monday, of Mrs. Laura M. Reu
ter, a former society leader and prom
inent church worker of Tulsa, in the
local district court in the charge of
complicity in the murder of her hus
band, Charles T. Reuter, an attorney of
For this crime Guy D. Mackenzie,
with whom, the state alleges Mrs.
Reuter was infatua'ed, and Joe Baker,
the actual assassin, were convicted
and sentenced to life imprisonment.
The present trial, which is being
watched with great interest through
out the state, probably will form the
concluding chapter of one of the most
puzzling mysteries which the authori
ties and court s of Oklahoma have
ever faced. Although two men weje
found guilty of the murder, the real
motive and inside history of the crime
never have become publicly known.
Charles T. Reujer was mysteriously
murdered In his bedroom on the night
of May 3, 1912, and robbed of a large
sum of money and diamonds. Suspi
cion pointed to Mackenzie, 'for years a
friend of the family, the theory being
that he wanted Reuter out of the way
that be might pay court to the wife
On the strength of evidence tending to
show that his attentions were welcom
ed by Mrs. Reuter, she was also ac
cused. The theory was that Baker
was a hired assassin and that Macken
zie was an accomplice to the extent of
driving the "murder car" in which
Baker escaped from the scene of his
Mackenzie, on the site's theory,
passed the night in Skiatook, a neigh
boring town, to establish an alibi.
Mrs. Reuter was to remain quiet in
ber room until after the fatal shot
was fired and the murderer had fled,
and then was to scream and awaken
the neighborhood in order to divert
suspicion from herself. The reward
of the murderer was to be the money
vnd valuables of his victim and 1200
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numerous friends that she will be able
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The atmosphere being more balmy
today, school was resumed In the Lin
coln building at Twenty-second strett
and Seventh avenue, which was yester
day ordered closed because of the chill
in the atmosphere. Numerous patrons
of the school had complained to mem
bers of the board of the condition of
the rooms in both the high school and
the Lincoln school, and finally upon
advice of the board. Superintendent
H. B. Hayden sent the children of the
Lincoln building borne, the high school
having in the meantime become heat
ed. The trouble was due to delay In
the heat connections with the Manual
Arts building, in which the Resting
plant for all three buildings is located.
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further trouble, but If there is, parent!
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