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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, MONDAY, MARCH 2 1914.
UAGILL HOLDS SOME MONEY IS STILL DUE HIM former State's Attorney Gives Out Letter to Supervisors on Eve of Meeting. SAYS HIS PAY WAS SMALL jntimates Belief that Judiciary .mittee Is About to Report Without Seeing Him. Com- Instead of being: more than he was entitled to under the law, the fees lie collected while ;'u office were actually jauffiei"nt to fully compensate him. TJ the statement made by I M. i.?fr to the board of supervisors which he made public today. In this letter Mr. Magill reviews the tcicn cf the board relative- to tne filing of his report, the judiciary com- 'jaitte beine instructed, he says, to tc'nfer with him. He declares he has lv?l;i himself ready to meet with the committee, but up to today has not been notified to appear. Inasmuch as tbe board meets tomorrow, he feels it r(ces.ary to sta;e his position. He is not concerned, he says, as to whether the committee carries out its instiue- ' t'ons. but only wishes to have his posi tion understood. The letter con tinues: Paid Too Little? "At the time the county board at t:npted" to fix my salary as state's at torney at $:;.0'm, I strongly protested. Thir figure the board arbitrarily un dertook to rule should cover also the combined salaries cf my three assis: aste, H. M. Sch river, Peter R. .Ingel a and A. B. Johnson, and also the wages of my stenographer. Miss Anna "W.. Lofgren. Iater. Mr. Schriver was succeeded by George C. Wenger, and Mr. Jngelson by W. E. Whiteside. Af ter paying these assistants and the j stenographer, the balance of this $3,- j Wl, as allowed by the board, was lini-' formly less than the sum or $1,S00 per year. The present allowance for the rtste's attorney's office for the same purposes exceeds $7,000 per year. This, it is now contended, is grossly inade- qnatc. "I have always contended, and still contend, that the board had absolute ly no authority to affix or limit my sal ary, and that the act which is alleged to have gone into effect in lftOC, which undertook to make provisions giving the board such powers, is unconstitu tional. This being the case, I am en titled to. the compensation provided tj- iaw tinder the fees and salaries act, Jhe same as my. predecessors. " Did Not Receive All. "During my term of office there were approximately 3,i00 convictions in jus tice courts and 1.500 cases in the coun ir and circuit courts. The fees In these cases, together with the fees in insane and delinquency cases for pre liminary hearings, for the defendants admitted to bail, and for the appealed cases, and for commissions on money collected aggregate more than $25,000, or nearly $11,000 more than I actually received. A more careful examination of the records and the law will likely rweal the fact that I am entitled to oore than that amount. "In addition to this, I am entitled to allowance for stamps and stationery Provided for by statute. "Furthermore, I have not been paid ay last two months' salary as attempt ed to be fixed, amounting to $600, for th months of October and November, 1912. "These facts considered, you can readily see before any proper account TRANSITORY INSANITY, WIFE-KILLER'S DEFENSE; CRIME PREMEDITATED, CHARGE xJv J w I Ik" f I - I - t -. f '" W'l1" Sc""; I f Vi I '' : ' V .... .. lftf lulu' imi--- . aajMgMaaMfcMaMina Attorney George Remus (standing) and William C. EHi. "Transitory insanity," is tbe defense of William C. Ellis, leather manti-u-er of .Cincinnati, who is now on trial in Chicago for the murder of his :v in a Chicago hotel last October. Ellis claims that he was sane uiiortly ;r-re he kil ed his wife and sane shortly after, but that he was 'sbaue "Seijouga to do the deed ar.d saoula therefore be acquitted. . . . . ing; can he had. the legal points involv ed must be either adjudicated by ttie courts or agreed upon. I trust that no adjudication by the courts will be necessary." l( PERSONAL POINTS 1 Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Hurst left yes terday for Atlantic City, N. J. 1$. C. Hart z left yesterday for Phila delphia on a business trip. - Dr. and Mrs. S. B. Hall, 60S Thir tieth street, have returred from Gal veston, Texas. Miss Marie Peterson of Spring Val ley, 111., arrived in the city this morn ing for a visit with friends and rela tives. Rev. F. E. J. Lloyd, carded to speak at the Illinois theatre Wednesday evening, arrived in Rock Island this morning. Mrs. Jennie Buckley and daughter. Miss Jessie of Monmouth, were the guests Saturday of Mrs. E. C. Xander, 1606 Eleventh avenue. -miss .Ma Dei t. arney of L rbana. an authority on the system of consolidat- schools of Illinois, has arrived to i Degin a series of addresses through the county. Her first engagement is for tonight at Edgington. During the remainder of the week she will .speak I at various points in the Edgington vi cinity. Carl J. Mueller and Will Hickey have returned to the city from Saa Francisco. On their way west they stopped-off at El Paso and crossed the Rio Grande river into Juarez, Mexico, where they inspected points of inter est. Here they met Villa, the rebel leader, and had a talk with him. They returned by way of Salt Lake City and Jjenver. - GEORGE W.WOOD DENIES CHARGES Special State's Attorney Makes Statement Relative to the McCaskrin Affidavit. Counter affidavits denying the sen sational charges made by Attorney n. m. .ucuasKrtn in support or his mo tion to quash indictments returned against J. Cooney, Randolph Vaugh and Ray McGrath, alleged auto tire thieves, were filed this afternoon in circuit court by George W. Wood special state's attorney and Edwin Dice, court reporter, who is taking ev idence before the grand jury. In his statement Mr. McCaskrin al leged that the defendants were called before the grand jury and questioned about their cases, without counsel be ing notified and without being advised as to their legal rights in the matter. It was also alleged that whiskey had been given Cooney before he was call ed before the jury, in the presence of the sherinVO. L. Bruner. - In reply thereto. Mr. Wood-stated that in his affidavit that the charges of Mr. McCaskrin were, untrue; that each of the defendants' before being allowed to testify before the grand jury had been warned that they would not be asked about the charge on which Indictments had been returned, but on subsequent matters. Judge Olmsted has the motion to quash un der indictment and w-ill probably make a ruling in the morning. It is under stood Sheriff Bruner will also file an affidavit denying the charges "made against him. UNLICENSED TO WED j) Arvid Nelson Moline Miss Bessie Tucker Rock Island Walter M. Marshall Savanna Miss Geneva E. Williams. -Mineral, 111. John A. Johnson Moline Miss Lillile Hokinson Moline 1 RUNNING FOR CAR; IS HIT BY A TAXI Otto Steen of Davenport Ser iously Injured Early Sunday Morning1. AUTO DRIVER NOT BLAMED Victim Sustains Broken . Shoulder Blade, Dislocated Hip and a Wrenched Knee. Otto Steen, who ' resides at 2513 Rockingham road, in Davenport,, is lying at St. Anthony' hospital with severe' injuries as the result of an ac cident in which a taxicab and Bridge line street car figured in about 12:S0 Sunday morning. The taxicab, which struck Steen, is the property of the Campana Taxicab company. According to the driver, he was traveling west on Third avenue between Twentieth and Twenty-first street, and had reached the center of the block, opposite Trevor & Snider's garage, when Steen sprang from the sidewalk to board a Bridge line car, which was going west at the same time. The spot where the accident occurred is quite dark and the driver did not see the man until he was in front of the machine. He tried to avoid striking Steen by swerving the car toward the south, but was unable to do so, the left fender on the car striking the unfortunate man and knocking him to the pavement, one of the rear wheels passing over him. Stops in Few Feet. The fact that the driver stopped the car within a few" feet after striking the man indicated that he was travel ing at" a slow" rate of speed at the time. The injured man was placed in the taxicab and rushed to the hospital and a physician called. The doctor found that the left shoul der blade was broken, left hip dislo cated, knee wrenched and severe cuts and bruises about the head and face. Although the injuries are not of a fatacl nature, Steen will be connned to the hospital for some w-eeks. OLD RESIDENT IS CALLED BY DEATH Mrs. Amelie Schroeder, Who Lived in Rock Island for 46 Years, Passes Away. Mrs. Amelie Schroeder, 74 years of age, died-yesterday morning at :su at her home, 721 Fourteenth-and-a-half street, death being due to Infirmities of age. She was born Jan. 24, 1840, in Baden, Germany, and came to this country in 1859, settling In Philadel phia. She was united in marriage in 1862 to Alois Schroeder, who preceded her in death 22 years ago. She came west in 1868, locating in Rock Island, and had been a resident of this city for the past 46 years. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. M. Drake, and two sons, Joseph and Dan iel, all of Rock Island. .'"'.. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon from the home at 2 o'clock. Rev. F. J. Rolf will have charge of the services. Interment will be in Chippi- annock cemetery. . Mrs. Margaret Holden. Mrs. Margaret Holden, 60 years of age, died last evening at b o'ciock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Wilson, in Milan: " Death - was due to a complication of diseases. ' She came from Havana, 111., to Milan with her husband Friday, Where they were to make their home. Mrs. Holden had been failing for some time. Deceased was born in Scotland June ; 5, 1S53, and came to this country when still a girl. She was united in mar riage to Edwin Holden in the early 70's and for many years the family re sided at Havana, 111. Her husband and two daughters, Mrs. A. Wilson and Miss Mary and one fon John, all of Milan, survive. The remains will be sent to Lewis ton, 111., for burial. Funeral of Patrick Conwell. Funeral of Patrick Conwell was held this morning at 8:30 from the home, 2207 Third avenue, and from the St. Joseph's church at 9 o'clock. Dean J. J. Quinn had charge of the services. Interment was in Calvary cemetery. OCCUPANTS VACATE CONDEMNED HOTEL Obeying the order issued recently by J. H. Stapp, building inspector, the occupants of the building In the rear of the Thomas drug store. at Second avenue and Seventeenth street are vacating today. - ' 7 11. Freedman, proprietor of the lunch room, moved his place of busi ness to a stand on the alley across the street. Jack Sulzer, proprietor of the Commercial hotel, has disposed of his holdings, as he could not find an other location suitable for a hotel. 'WOULD-BE' GUNMAN FINED Frank Nelson Aaaeated $100 and Costs in Police Court, Frank Nelson, charged by his father with carrying concealed weapons, was fined $100 and costs this morning in police court by Magistrate Smith. Nel son was arrested Saturday but a con tinuance was granted. , Police are alleged to have entered the home of Nelson's father where they found Nelson had a gun on his person. .Members of tbe family said he had been brandishing it and threat-' ening tbem. Nelson is quoted as say- lag he would "clean the family out." C. J. Herman, arrested by Officer Kell. was fined $1 and costs for drunk enness today. . . , DAN CRAWFORD TOVISITTHECITY First White Man to Follow Livingston Speaker at the Y. M. C. A. Thursday. Dan Crawford, the first white man to follow in the footsteps of David Livingston to the tree of Ilala where the great man's heart is buried and who conducted the funeral services is to speak In Rock Island Thursday at 12:15 at the Y. M. C. A. banquet hall. Mr. Crawford many years ago went to Africa in the hope of curing consump tion and lived in the cane brake for 23 long years. He is not likely to ever be heard here again for he is on his way to the long grass of Central Africa to spend the rest of his life with his beloved Bantus. He comes after 23 years of unbroken service in the Garengauze country and is the author of "Thinking Black'" one of the most original and fascinating books in African mission ary literature. Without credentials he has won from his critics the judgment that he is one of the most captivating and origi nal speakers who ever stepped on a platform. In his inimitable way he tells of African legends and weird stories of Bantu customs. He can tell some things that are not lawful to utter for he has looked upon horrors whose lightest word harrows up the soul and starts the hair to rising. But his mind does not dwell on these things. He lives in the memory of a free life transformed by the gospel Luncheon Will be served at the Y. M C. A. at 12:15 and places may be re served by informing Rev. J. L. Vance, Dan Crawford will speak after the serving of the lunch. GRAND JURY MEETS; TO CONTINUE PROBE Members of the grand jury recon vened this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the court house. The secret body has had a week's recess, during which time it is said G. W. Wood, spefcial prosecutor, has been busy outlining the proposed probe into alleged politi cal corruption of Rock Island county. Various rumors are afloat relative to the scope of the investigation contem plated. Since the sensational affidavit which H. .M. McCaskrin filed in support of a motion to quash the indictment returned against J. J. Cooney, in which Sheriff O. L. Bruner was charged with having . allowed , whisky to be given prisoners in the county jail, much speculation has been indulged in rela tive to the probable action the jury will take in the matter. SUPERVISORS WILL DISCUSS WORKHOUSE The March meeting of the board of supervisors will convene tomorrow af ternoon at 2 o'clock. There are many matters of importance to come up for consideration, including a plan for a workhouse to be erected at a cost of $15,000. The idea is being fathered by Supervisor S. R. Wright. SIXTY LICENSES ARE ISSUED IN FEBRUARY Dan Cupid was not quite as active during February in Rock Island county as he was in the corresponding period last year. Sixty licenses were issued last month, which was five less than the total for the same time in 1913. SAND & GRAVEL COMPANY TO INCREASE ITS STOCK A special meeting of the stockhold ers of the Rock Island Sand & Gravel company will be held aVthe -Ace on Twentieth street this evening, at. which time the question of increasing the capital stock from $25,000 to $50,- 000 will be voted upon. The increase is proposed to take care of the large increase of business experienced by the company during the last year. ALLEGED HORSE THIEVES HERE BUT MAKE GETAWAY Rock Island police were warm on the trail of a couple of men who are said to have spent some money secured from the sale of a stolen horse in this city Saturday' night. The crime was committed in Iowa. Eefore the fel-.. lows had been located they caught a train 'out of Rock Island station, and that is as far as the police were able to trace them. Rheumatism Relieved In a Few Hours, .N. B. Langley, Madison. Wis., says: "I was almost helpless with rheuma tism for about five, months. Had it in my neck so I could not turn my bead, and all through my nody. I tried three doctors ard many remedies without any relief whatever uxUL'l procured Dr. . Detchon's Relief for Rheumatism. In a few bour the pain was relieved and In three days the rheumatism was completely cured and I was at work." Sold by Otto Grotjan, 1501 Second avenue. Rock Island; Gust Schlegel & Son. 220 We:it ' Second street. Davenport- -(Ad?. 1 All the Argus, news all the time TUs DOUBLE HOUSE IS NEARLY LOST IN A MORNING FIRE Damages to Extent of $3,000 Sustained When Building of J. G. Lewis Burns. DEFECTIVE FLUE CAUSE Firemen Experience Difficulty in Get ting Water on Blaze Because of Frozen Hydriits. A double house, 1800 and 1S02 Fifth avenue, owned by Joseph G. Lewis and occupied by Dr. Mark H. Patten and A. J. Beverlin, district man ager of the Central Union Telephone company, was damaged to the extent-l of between $2,500 and $3,000 this morn ing by a serious fire, which for a time threatened to destroy the entire struc ture. - ' - . . ' A call was sent into the station at 10 o'clock and when the firemen jarrived flames were issuing from nearly every part of the large roof. The cause of the blaze is unknown," although it is thought it started near a flue in the southeast corner of the building. Rev. T. E. Newland saw the. soot burn out in this same flue about 7:30 this morn ing, but thought it unnecessary to turn in a call at the time. ; -' The' firemen experienced some trouble in securing water when they first arrived, as one of the hydrants was frozen, making it necessary to lay one line of hose from Fourth avenue. The blaze was a difficult one to fight owing to the many gables on the roof, and the fire laddies were forced to work several hours before it was finally extinguished. Roof Gutted. The entire roof is gutted and will have to be rebuilt, but the loss from water and smoke will not amount to as much as first expected, owing to the excellent water tight floor in the attic. Much of the water stayed in the attic and had to be scooped out. However, some of the water seeped through to the second floor making it necessary to repaper and replaster mosl of the rooms. The furniture on the first floor ! in both sides of the house was easily carried out. The loss on both the structure and the household effects is covered by in surance. Fire in Coal Bin. The firemen were called from their beds at 5:40 this morning to answer a call to Lempfert's cigar store, 303 Twentieth street. When they arrived, they found a smouldering fire in the coal pile in the cellar, probably caused by spontaneous combustion. The blaze was extinguished without loss. , Weds at Springfield.. A marriage license was issued' at Springfield Saturday afternoon " to Charles J. Kertes, aged 21, of Rock Is- land, and Letta E. Groves, aeed 20. of Springfield. J Can Wott UnIacK.the Great Mystery erf the $y ... Piss u Sa 'SiB' SSBP?? er sniff asSSs Mi 8y fmP a EARL DERR BICCERS WonderfulIy Clever Story Based on the Popular Play of the Same TiU?. Humor, Mystification, Adventure, Love, Intrigue Every Element Thst Makes a Rattling Serial. WE SHALL PRINT IT SOOtt dDmith instrument of the player-piano ; type has a legal right to be ; called Y': IP D S1 HQ (D) D S) It is made only by the Aeolian Company, and is obtainable in : only six models the Steinway, Weber, Steck, Wheelock, Stiiy vesant and Stroud. You Can Get the Genuine Only at the C IHI M I IB) Tj? MUSIC HOUSE L 1 1 1-1 13 W. 3d St. Exclusive Representatives in the ' ton" and "Muscatine. r 3 STORE BURNED AT BUFFALO PRAIRIE Overheated Furnace Believed to Have Caused Fire With Loss of $7,000. Fire said to have originated from an over-heated furnace completely des troyed the general merchandise store of Fie & Melott. of Buffalo Prairie, and a dwelling adjoining the store used for I C3 Davenport, Iowa Tri-Cities," 'Clin- storage purposes. Loss is estimated at between $6,000 and $7,000 wjth $5,300 insurance. Fire broke out about 2 o'clock Sunday morning. . . .. Buffalo Prairie is without fire pro tection and fire fighters were helpless before the flames. The store build ing was an old structure but. the pro prietors carried considerable stock! " Only a Comparison. Smith Does your wife think you're the best man -who ever Iivel? Jopes Of course not! I'm her second hus band Judge. . The greatest fools himself. fool is tbe one who -j .Arty :