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THE HOCK ISLAND ARGUS, MONDAY, MARCH 2, 1914.
CLAIMS BOCK FORD VAS NOT INJURED AUTHOR OF "DAMAGED GOODS (ADVERTISEMENT ) Mayor Bennett Declares Loss of Saloon Has Not Hurt Business. Uoydl.IIs Comnininisi That forceful and magnetic platform orator, I ? I i c 1 it LAW STRICTLY ENFORCED AY' Rock Islander Must Be Ready .Make Sacrifices, However, If This City Is Made Dry. Y. I I it I'd -7 ' Mayo" W. W. Bennett of "dry" nock ford spoke two hours last evening at tie rink to an audience of 1,200 "dry" camp!11""9 la refutation of charge tint his city had deteriorated commer cially and morally since saloons were votes out t election May 1. 1912. iStr statins; that be would rather treat the liquor topic from a moral jtaadpolnt than from a business angle he delivered a statistical address in which he embraced tax rates, bank de posits, police conditions and chamber ct commerce figures on business condi tions since Rockford became "dry." John H. Hauberg, cnairman or kock jtlasd Local Option league, introduced th speaker after the Apollo Glee club of Sock Island had rendered two selec tions. Mayor Bennett was accompan ied by seven business men of Rock ford, who occupied seats on the stage daring the course of his speech. -Rockford is the largest 'dry' city of the United States except Cambridge, ysV Mayor Bennett said in opening bis address. He denied assertions re jecting on the business standing of the elty "I'll stand the expense of a com mittee of Rock Island business men if they visit Rockford and And business conditions demoralized since the city became 'dry.' Those empty business rooms quoted so generally by 'wets' to exist In Rockford are not fairly put be fore the public," the speaker said. "No man who drinks neavuy in a uloon can be expected to qualify as a 'dry advocate. Neither the man who rents his property for saloon use or has political ambitions through a 'wet' vote can be set up as a 'dry aavocate," he continued. Up To City Officials. He warned the "drys" against the "stay at home vote" and spoke of the ucrifices many must make if Rock Iiland should vote "dry." "It will do no good to vote this city dry if you don't put men In city offices who will enforce the city statutes," said the ipeaker. He asserted that men of high easiness standing must leave good pay- -,. : . Eugene Brieux. Mr. Brieux wrote the much discussed sex play to be presented by Henry Bennett's associate players tomorrow evening at the Illinois theatre. It will be the first appearance of the play here. Tonight - Laughing Carnival Will Be Inaugur ated With That Everlasting Good Show "The Broadway Belles" BURLESQUE With a Carefully Selected Coterie Comedians, Singers and Dancers. ZULIEKA In the Marvelous "DANS DE AMOUR." Prices: 25c, 50c, 75e. Few $1.00. Seats Now Selling. Phone 224 Rock Island. of TUESDAY NIGHT, MARCH 3 fcichard Bennett's New York Company of Co-workers in "DAMAGED GOODS" The Play Which Strips the Veil of Secrecy from the Most Vital Sex Problem of the Day. ing propositions at times to take cify administrative titles. "The city won't run itself, if the town goes 'dry.'" he said. "In 1912 Rockford drove 53 saloons from the city and quarantined the city against alcoholism," said the speaker. 'How did the 'dry movement start? It was when the bar at the Elks' club in our city was kicked into the street that we first took up the dry cause. Because the working man with the din ner pail could not consistently be barred from the saloon when bars in private club3 flourished was the reason more than a dozen clubs were later approached for their licenses to sell liquor." Mr. Bennett said he was an Elk and glad to be able to say that the bar from the club was taken out. Tax Rate Low. "Rockford has a tax rate of $4.73 on the $100," the speaker said. Next to Jacksonville, 111., he said it was the lowest in the state. He pointed to Rock Island's tax rate of $6.07 and East St. Louis' of $7.S8. On Jan. 1, 1913, Mr. Bennett asserted the deposits of all banks of Rockford were $930,000 over those of the same date In 1912, when the city was "wet." Denial that the police force had been I increased since the city went "dry" I and that "blind pigs" ran wide open was made. He said there were "blind tigers," but that the city was getting them out aa quickly as It could. He also saiu many doctors were writing prescriptions for whisky but that these were being curtailed rapidly. "The or der for whisky on every druggist and its date are kept alike by the druggist and the police head," said Mayor Ben nett. Thus, he said. It was known with what frequency liquor was being sold by a druggist other than for medi cinal purposes. He said 87 per cent of the "drunks" in Rockford today were taken from traction cars which connect with a "wet" 6mall town 17 miles out of Rockford. "You will never rid the country en tirely of saloons and kill King Alcohol until you make it an economic issue," said the mayor in closing. The :dbdlll THE ILLINOIS. 2 "Broadway Belles," bur- -"Damaged Goods." -Yiddish Players. Rose Stahl in "Maggie the H March legque. March March March Pepper." March 8 "The Trafflc." March 9 "Excuse Me." March 15 "Peg o' My Heart v March 16 "Bunty Pulls Stri gs." March 17 "Bought and Paid For." March 22 Eva Tanguay and her vaudeville company, AT THE ILLINOIS. Eugene Brieux's sociological drama, "Damaged Goods," the play, which, ac cording to the New York Times, "in itiates a new epoch. of civilization," comes to the Illinois tomorrow night. The story of the play .centers In the disaster which befalls . young man who marries in defiance of his physi cian's warning that he is unfit to be come the father of a family. The con sequences are overwhelmingly tragic. His child is born to a life of suffering and shame; the young wife's illusion of a noble love is irretrievably des troyed; the' grandmother, crying in the bitterness of her grief, would offer up her soul as a sacrifice for the tainted off-spring, but all Is useless. From this climax of tragic woe the author builds his message of hope for a future generation which shall not be handicapped by a "conspiracy of silence" concerning the fundamental facts of life. Speaking through the physician of the play, Brieux pleads not only for a health certificate with every marriage license, but he urges a clearer understanding of the myster ies of nature for the rising generation, the generation which is to be armed with knowledge to combat the evils which afflict the worfi today. "Dam aged Goodo" carries a lesson of such men accompanying the mayor from tremendous power and convincing Rockford were: Edward Anderson, logic, such vivid truth and inevitabil alderman; Edward Main, city engi-jity that it fairly sears from the soul neer; B. A. Mc;Laran, liveryman; Em-j all sham and hypocrisy. But with al! met "Wilson, alderman; F. O. Sand-J its power and Its preaching, the play strom, retired capitalist, and C. A. does not overwhelm one with gloom as Wet-el, insurance man. ' does Ibsen's "Ghosts," for example. Brieux Is essentially an optimist, and 's. I although he points out the evils of life, he goes further and tells us how Rev. F. E. T. Llovd. associate rector of Grace church, Chicago, will speak at the ILLINOIS THEATRE, R. I. Wednesday Eve., March 4 Subject: ""The opposition to liquor is un-Chri sti an un-American and Immoral r 1 The question will be discussed with quietness, restraint and good will towards all. t- i t t i n r t t J nc kock island lviacnnercnor, -unaer the direction of John Oswald, will sing. Meeting Opens 7:30. Ladies Invited Municipal League of Rock Island County 1 1 NS, Vote-'6N.O" II Advertised Letters 0v Cast Howard Hall Raymond Bond Thomas Irwin Grge Hanson I- D. Walsh Includes: Isabella Winlocke Auleen Hackett Maude Dickerson Desiree Stempel Anna Afchiey PRICES : -rquet $1.50, $1.00, balcony, U.00, 75c, 50c. Gallery 25c. Seats Now Selling. Phone 224 Bock Island. .Friday, Mar. 6 Henry B. Harris Estate Prttents Rose Stahl 1 the Great Comedy Success, "Mage Pepper" By Charles Klein. Mail Orders Filled Now. 60c, 75c, $1.00, $1.50, $2.0Cv et SaJ Wednesday, t a. m. United States postofflce. Rock Is land, 111.. March 2. -1914 Wdvertised list No. 9. Mrs. D. A. Albaugh. Miss Maude Anderson. William Arndt. Es tate of Samuel Anderson, Mrs. W. A. Bird, Mrs. Edith Bloom. Miss Florence Boag, Mrs. Ballon. Miss Blanche Cone, Mrs. Geo. Crampton, Roland Carney. E. C. ChrlHtensen, Martin Conners, Johnie Collins, Marie Davis, Miss Edna Gordon, Mrs. Hettie Gradey. Mrs. F. Gustafson. Mrs. C. S. Huber. Misa Hodgen, Mrs. M. N. Jameson, Deigmar Johnson, Andy Jennings, Miss Lucille Kelly, Mrs. I. Llebeusteln, Mian Lytle Mrs. Anna Lewis. Misa R. T. Lyons, Go. Larrson, Marrle E. Malcome, Miss f. E. Miller. Gertrude Moore, Master Jack Martin, Loui Murphy, Fred W N'eubauer. R. L. Orisman. Mrs. Emma Pittelkow, Len Pollis, Francin Painter, Edward Parker, Dr. N. C. Rogers, Mrs. Dora Stephensoc, Fred Schaftan, Harry Shaffer, RobL Sherlock, Harrj Toaipsen, Mrs. Bella Vanucker, Mrs. Mary Wilson. Gene Wood, B. H. Water man. M. L. Ward. Ernest Watts, E. E Williams, Mrs. Henrietta Yohe. HARRY P. SIMPSON', Postmaster. to correct them. Tedell Granted Patent. A patent has Just been granted at Washington to John Tedell, assignor to the Rock Island Plow company, on a feeding mechanism for furnaces. Montgomery, Ala. Tbeo. Lacy, for merly chief clerk of the Alabama state convict department, was convicted of embezzling $50,000 of state funds. He disappeared about ten months ago and after detectives had searched for him throughout the south, returned recent ly and surrendered. An ardent advocate of the philos ophy of optimism, there Is no more welcome visitor among theatrical stars than Miss Rose Stahl. who will appear under the Henry B. Harris estate man agement at the Illinois next Friday. Mies Stahl will play in her great suc cess, "Maggie Pepper" a cojnedy drama in three acts by Charles Klein. Among the many successes scored by this typical American playwright none has been more emphatic, than "Maggie Pepper." The author counts it one of his best plays. The story Is built upon the life of a girl who has risen from a lowly cash carrier to the place of as sis tan t buyer In a department store, Her name Is Maggie Pepper and she lives up to it. The store Is on the verge of failure when the formerly wayward eon of the deceased pro prietor takes hold. He recognizes the ability of Maggie and, despite th. pro testations of his store manager, ele vates her to the position of buyer, fol lows her advice and as she takes a firmer control of the management the business improves until It Is restored Chorus in "Lovers and Lunatics ft EMPIRE Theatre MUSICAL TABLOID LOVERS AMD LUNATICS Don't Miss That Big Added Attraction Tonlgrit. 6 AMATEUR ACTS 6 Some Real Good Talent. PHONE R. I- 70S. -vi'.-i-f?-'5i?', VAUDEVILLE MEN BUY 200 HOUSES Sullivan -Considine Circuit.; Is Purchased by Marcus Loew and Adolph Zukor. ! "LoverB and Lunatics," a musical comedy, will be the attraction the first three days of th.'s week at the Empire. , - to a paying basis. She not only wins the confidence, but also the love of her young employer but before recog nition is given she Is compelled to overcome many serious obstacles. In the role of Maggie Pepper, Miss Stahl not only sustains the degree of artis tic merit she has held in the past but she adds to It The part is one ad mirably adapted to her ability and per sonality Infusing into It. as she does, an air of sincerity and natural life which create a profound Impression. She Is exactly fitted to the part of the self-reliant, keen-witted, shrewd young woman who gradually climbs from the lowest to the topmost rung In the lad der of success in the department store where she is employed. Paris At a meeting of the National Council of Miners' Unions It was de cided to call off the strike of 40.000 coal miners begun in the southern coal fields Feb. 24. Th. national council requested the various organizations to have their men resumo work Tuesday. The strike was called as a protest against the elimination by the senate of some clauses of the underground workers' pension bill. TAXI IS RUN INTO A TELEPHONE POLE The green Ford taxicab bearing Illi nois license No. 121S4 was damaged to the exent of about $100 as the re sult of a collision with a telegraph pole at' Twenty-seventh street and Fifth avenue at 7:20 this morning. The driver was on nls- way to meet the morning trains at the Rock Island station and was traveling east at a fair rate of speed. As the car ap proached the crossing another ma chine came down Twenty-seventh street. The driver of the taxi became confused and swung into the pole on the corner. The left fender was badly bent, one lamp was smashed and the front axle twisted, but in spite of all this the car was able ,to proceed to the garage under its own power. The car Is one belonging to the Piper tajticab line. Everett. Wash. Seven of the larg. est lumber mills here, under an agree ment, shut down to reopen Wednes day under new conditions affecting employes. The mill owners when they resume operations purpose to bar from their premises all union officers, organizers, walking delegates or any man wearing a union button. Wages and working conditions will not be changed, the mill owners say. Several hundred men are employed at the mills. All the news all tne time The Argus. Two hundred American .theatres and all the business of the Sullivan-Con-sidlne vaudeville circuit has been pur chased by Marcus Loew, Adolph ZrAor and Joseph M. Schenck of New York and Aaron Jones of Jones, Linick & Schaeffer of Chicago. The pric is in the millions, for many of the the atres and the realty on which they stood Was purchased outright. ; The new combination, hinted at sev eral days ago in New York, will be able to book vaudeville artists solid for nearly three years, or twice 'the time any organization heretofore has controlled. The purchasers are now on a tour of the Sullivan-Considine circuit. They , will visit Zukor's plant of the famous Players' Film company iu afifornta, and it was from there they had expect-. ed to announce the purchase. The deal " was concluded In New York Satur day. The new organisation places In the hands of four men the most of the vaudeville and picture business - In America. Leow was dominant In the east, with Zukor, who Is Daniel Froh man's personal representative; ' the Y . . I 1 1 J . . . juucs laciiuu iiem openjy ana oilier-) wise a strong booking In the middle west, and the Sullivan-Considine cir cuit had only the Pantages opposition in the west. There remains chiefly the Orpheum and Pantages circuits as. Its opponents. Loew was the principal mover in the combine, and began the negotiations Immediately after the death of "111? '. Tim" Sullivan. Aaron Jones, the Chi cago powc has had a sudden rise in the theatrical business. Nine years ago he was selling 'peanuts at Ferris Wheel Park, Chicago. The chief Chicago theatres in the . new arrangement are McVickers. Col- ' onlal. LaSalle. Orpheum, American. ? Fillard. Crown, Bijou, Dream, two Em-'. press theatres, the Lyric. Premier and ; R6yal. The Wilson avenue bouse wts f sold Feb. 1. ' a