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Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.) 1893-1920, May 13, 1914, HOME EDITION, Image 8

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Board of Local Improvements
Holds Special Session
to Consider Bids.
In this amount at $7.573 85. The con- plated to remarkably near the total
COST TO CITY $215,949.80
F. C. Brooks of Jackson, Mich., Se
cures Watermaln Contract Dun
nigan 4. Masters Successful.
At a special mating of the board of
!ocal Improvements held late yester
day afternoon the contracts for the
east end sewer and water systems, the
two big Jobs In Moline this summer,
were awarded to the lowet bidders. F".
C. Brooks of Jackson. .Mich., secured
the contract for the laying of the way
termains, -his bid being $!2.630.7O,
while Dtinnigan & Masters of Shenan
doah. Iowa, landed the sewer construc
tion contract, which includes installa
tion of the Imhoff tanks and treatment
beds at The foot of Thirty-eighth street,
their bid being fl21.119.lrt. The total,
cost of the treatment plant is figured
tract for the installation of motors and
pumps to be used In connection with
the treatment plant will not be award
ed until next Friday. There are two
bidders for this contract. Yeomen
Brothers of Chicago, who ask $2,200,
and the American Well works of Au
rora, 111, whose bid Is $2,576.
Seven Bids for Contracts.
There were seven bids entered for
the watermaln contract, as follows:
Public Service company, Omaha,
Dunnlgan & Masters, Shenandoah,
E. R. Harding, Racine. Wis.
Gray-Robinson Construction com
pany, Manitowoc, w is-
Moline Heating and Construction
F. C. Brooks. Jackson. Mich.
Dearborn Construction company,
Waterloo, Iowa.
Work Will Cost $215,949.80.
The total cost of the extensive cast
end improvements, including the mo
tor contract at the figure of Yeomen
Brothers, lowest bidders, amounts to
$215,949.80. Almost one year and a
half has been spent by the city com
missioners and other officials in pre
liminary arrangements before the con
tracts could be finally awarded.
The estimate made by City Engineer
Pavton when the work was contem-
cost as represented by contractors' fig
ures, being but $41510 less than the
work will actually cost.
Commissioner C. V. Johnson has Is
sued a call to the members of the Sane
Fourth association of this "city for a
meeting tomorrow morning In the city
council rooms at the municipal build
ing to consider this year's Fourth of
July celebration. The association was
established last year with the purpose
of bringing about a sane Fourth and
eliminating to as great an extent as
possible the accidents which usually
occur on Independence day. Last year
the association was so successful In
this work that the plan has been
adopted to effect a permanent organiz
zation, membership being open to any
Retail Clerks Meet.
Retail Clerk's union No. 216, held an
Interesting meeting last night, the res
ignation of Charles Ydeen as recording
secretary being accepted, as he has
engaged in business for himself.
Robert Kollman was named by the
members to succeed Mr. Ydeen in of
fice, and Arthur Pears was elected as
a representative to attend the state
meeting in Joliet, July 8.
Three Thefts Reported to Po
lice and Horse and Bug-'
gy Are Also Stolen.
Flowers for Porch
boxes and hanging
Baskets, 6 for 25c
Potted Flowers
in Bloom,
6 for 25c
Four Days Choice of House Sale of
Coats and Suits, None Reserved, Any Garment
Three bicycle thefts and one horse
and buggy theft have been reported to
the local police within the past 24
hours. The first report Was made by
Alex Ferkson of this city, who said
that his machine was taken from in
front of the Family theatre yesterday.
The police traced the wheel as far as
Sam Cryer's second hand store in
Rock Island where the thief was
caught while trying to sell it. Albert
Cresswell, aged 15, of Moline, was
the thief and his case will come up
before the county judge for a hear
The next theft was reported by
August DeClerk, Jr., who said his
bicycle was stolen from the porch of
a house at 12S Sixteenth avenue. The
third report came from Charles Wag
ner whose wheel was taken while
standing against the curb on Four
teenth street near Fourth avenue.
The theft of a horse and buggy from
the carnival grounds near Thirty
seventh street, was reported to the
police by C. Temple of this city, who
had rented the outfit from the Viager
livery stable. He tied the horse at
the grounds while he went to the car
nival, and upon returning It was gone.
The police succeeding in locating the
stolen outfit at about 2 o'clock this
morning in Rock Island, but the thief
or thieves had gone.
way company. He was an active mem
ber or the Thor lodge of Vikings.
Ijeft to mourn, in addition to the
widow, are three children, the Misses
Dngney and Alice Norllng, and Hilmar
Norling. The mother and one brother
and sister- also survive in Sweden.
Funeral services will be held Sun
day afternoon at the home at 2:30,
with Interment in Riverside cemetery,
Two Carloads of Material Ar
. rive and Plans Are Under.;
Way to Start Work.
o Garments for th
Price of Off.
Tickets Or
Coots ea I
Sait a - -SrconJ
No inflated prices tickets are not altered in any
way pick out your garment, pay naif the fo rmer
price A hundred Suits and nearly two hundred
Goats to select from for the next four days.
fj- -
Coat ani
Former Moline Woman Runs for Con
gress on Prohibition Ticket.
According to a story which appear
ed a day or two ago in the " Daily
American of Aberdeen, S. D., Mrs.
Sena Hartsell Wallace, sister of Bishop
J. C. Hartzell and former resident of
this city, is a candidate for congress
on the prohibition ticket from her dis
trict in Kansas, where she lives. She
is making an active campaign and ac
cording to reports has an excellent
chance of winning the office.
Mrs. Wallace was called to Aber
deen to assist in organizing. the Wom
an's suffrage league of South Dakota,
and was the chief speaker there at the
first meeting of the new organization.
The state will vote this fall on the
question of amending the constitution
and allowing women to vote. MiTch
credit is given the former Moline
woman for her active work in behalf
of the league.
Two carloads of material to be di
rectly applied in the plan for better
street lighting facilities In Moline,
have arrived here. Superintendent
Fred W. Reimers of "the Peoples'
Power company, gives .promise that
the work of changing the entire street
lighting system will be under w-ay by
June. Every arc light in the city is
to be replaced by a new magnetite arc
of the single globe type, the most effi
cient street light ever invented.
The new street lights were guaran
teed the city in the negotiations which
resulted during the winter in the new
10 year contract between the city and
the utilities company. The equipment
which has arrived here comes from the
plant of the General Electric company
at Schnectady, N. Y., and Includes
about one-half of the lamps and one
half of the regulators. Two or more
carloads are on the way and are ex
pected daily.
Candidates Are Initiated.
A social session planned by the
members of the Noble lodge. No. 288
of the Order of Vasa, was postponed
last night, as a class of 10 candidates
was presented for initiation into the
order. The charter closes June 1, and
the lodge is expecting a large number
of candidates at the next session.
Degree Staff Finishes Work.
Manufacturers' lodge. No. 485. I. O.
O. F., held a meeting last night and
conferred the third degree on a class
of five candidates, thus completing the
degree work for the season. The team
will now take a rest during the summer.
J i
William Horton Works Sacceij.
ful Rnse and Gets Away
With $50 Cash.
Local Officials Unable to Trace Cut
prit Who Is Thought to Go
From Town to Town.
Kennedy Quits Iowa College.
Ames, Iowa, May 13. Professor W.
J. Kennedy, director of the extension
department of the Iowa State college,
yesterday made Dlans to enter a manu
facturing concern after complying with i sums of money belonging to the stock-
William Rocfcefeli&r and George F.
Baker. ,
Washington. May 13. The most im
portant of recent developments in the
New Haven inquiry by the interstate
commerce commission is the sub
poenaing of the leading directors of
the railroad the men who are pri
marily responsible for the semi-bankrupt
condition of the once wealthy
New England line. Tlv directors who
have been subpoenaec? and who will
testify this week are William Rocke
feller, George F. Baker, Lewis Cass
Ledyard and George McCulloch Miller.
These men, all prominent in the
Who's Who" in the monaire class.
are to be asked to explain why they
permitted the expenditures of vast
Oscar Wolfced Norling.
Oscar Wolfred Norling died at his
home, 1028 Thirteenth avenue, last
night after a lingering illness from
tuberculosis. He was born in' Sweden
May 12, 1SS1. and came to this coun
try ia 1909, locating in this city. He
was a carpenter and was taken ill
while working for the Tri-City Rail-
tlie demand of President Pearson for
his resignation. Professor R. K. Bliss,
head of the animal husbandry depart
ment of the Nebraska State univers
ity, probably will be asked to succeed
Professor Kennedy.
It is said that England is losing its
picturesque inn names, but that those
of Germany are on the increase. For
instance, Berlin now boasts the "Com
fortable Chicken." "Cold Frog" (un
pleasantly French, this), "Stiff Dog"
(suggestive of the frankfurter),
"Thirsty Pelican," "Dirty Parlor" and
"Musical Cats."
This is tke Way the Coats and Suits Will
I is 0 ;
Any $10.00 Coat in tho More. .$5.C0 Any $10.00 Suit in tho store. . .$5.00
Any $1.1.00 Cunt in the More. . $750 Any $1..00 Suit in the store. . ,$7i50
Any $L'0.00 Coat in the store. $10.00 Any $1O.OQ Suit in the store. .$10.00 w,
Any jf-M.OO Coat in the store .$12.50 Any $2.i.00 Suit in the store. .$12.50
Any $:0.00 Coat in the store .$15700 Any $m00 Suit in the store. .$15.00
Any Dress in the Store
Your TinrestrietM choice of
scores of 1eatitifui dresses, all
new this season every color
everv fabric everv stvle.
Half Price
Sale of
Coats ,and
Main Floor Demonstration and Sale
Famous "Wear-Ever ' Hirfh Grade Al
The Milk Test Featured Tomorrow in the
Demonstration of " "Wear-Ever" Aluninum
A pint of milk will be placed in a sauce pan and
allowed to boil down to one-quarter of pint without
stirring the milk will not be scorched.
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Silverware Cleaned in Aluminum
Utensils Without the Aid of Powders
Another true test of the famons "Wearever"
ehowing the merit and economy in buying the rights
Replace Uiensils That Wear Out
With Utensils that " Wear-Ever"
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'Pjf f-jlri.'ll I Mexican Red Cross nurses are on the job in Vera Cruz. This picture f
t '" W "T'r" Wt:L'M fflrtLS i v'!l I was ,ak,n during the attack by American forces on the city. It shows the
; AldUWM M iJ-.FrAU Interior
r..i.Jf'i-fe." 'Aft' Hj, lr V J I thrown by (lie it. S. c
Any Skirt in the Store
Hundreds of skirts the newest
models, bought for the spring sea
son every new idea in colorin.crs
and fabrics.
holders for unprofitable trolleys,
steamships, the promotion of political
ambitions, the passage or defeat of
legislative measures, as well as sums
given to lobbyists and others who ren
dered questionable service in return
for the amounts paid them.
While the commission is preparing
for the quizzing of these directors the
comptroller of the currency is con
templating some action against the
National City bank of New York city
for violations of the federal Ranking
laws in connection ith. the transac
tions of the mysterious Billard com
pany, which has already been shown
to have been really a subsidiary to the
New York, New Haven & Hartford
Railroad company.
John L. Billard, the Connecticut coal
dealer, who brought the Billard com
pany into existence, and sprung into
the limeiignt over night as the pur
chaser of the Boston & Maine railroad,
testified that he had borrowed $11,
000.000 from the National City bank,
depositing 109.800 shares of Boston &
Maine stock as security. He obtained
this stock from the New Haven at
$125 a share and by devious manipu
lation sold if back to the same com
pany for $150, making a profit of $2,
743.000. The point in Mr. Billard's testimony
that interested the comptroller of the
currency is that if Mr. Billard's testi
mony is true, the National City bauk
is guilty of violating section 5.200. of
the national bauk law, -which pro
vides: "The total liabilities to any asso
ciation of any person or of any com
pany, corporation or firnr for money
crrowed. including the liabilities of
the several members thereof, shall no
time exceed one-tenth part of the
amount of capital stock of sV asso
ciations actually paid in and tinim
paired, and one-tenth part of its un
impaired surplus fund: Provided, how
ever, that the total of such liability
shall in no event exceed 30 per centum
of tiie capital stock of the association
But the discount of bills of exchange
drawn in good faith against actual ex
isting values and the discount cf com
mercial or business paper actually
owned by the person negotiating the
same shall not be considered as mon
ey borrowed.
In 100H. the date of the Sll.000.00rt
transaction between John L. Billard
and the National City bank, the cap
ital stock of the National City bank of
New ork was $23,000,000 and its sur
plus $25,000,000. These facts are set
forth in the sworn statement of the
officers of the bank to the controller of
the currency.
Under the law, the bank was llnMted
to loaning any one person $5,000,000.
or 10 per cent of its capital and sur
plus. "
Beyond admitting that he has re
quested the interstate commerce com
mission to turn over the check for 111..
000.000 which figured in the Billard
N'ational City bank transaction. Con
troller of the Currency John Skeltnn
Local police today gave out the 1
formation that William Horton, or
of the cleverest forgers In the country,
has Just completed two days' work In
this city and made a successful get
away with something like $50 of M
line merchants' money. It was at first
thought that local talent was at work
and the police hoped to bring their
chase to a successful culmination, brt
today it became apparent that Horton
was no amateur and that he had e.
capea irom the city with but. small
hope for his capture.
It seems that Horton blew into Mo
line a few days ago supposedly as a
traveling salesman and registered at
a local hotel. He first procured from
local banks a number of blank checks.
Secures Old Checks. '
The success of Horton's work u
due to the fact that he secured. In
some unaccountable manner, an old
check drawn by James Pearson of the
Moline Cement Products compaay
The company stamps all check issued
with the date they are drawn, with
serial number, the name of the com
pany and with an impressed state
ment that the check is not good for
more than a certain sum. In this way
it is made Impossible for anyone to
raise the face value of a check. The
stamping is done with a red inked
The forger used the name of Wil
liam Horton but this Is probably one
of his many aliases, and he made a
stamp exactly similar to that used by
the company. He then forged the
name of James Pearson to the check,
made It out for $16.50, stamped on a
serial number and the date, and con
cluded by stamping in exactly the
same place the company always places
it, the words, "Not Over Twenty Dol
lars Moline Cement Products com
pany." The stamp was an exact and
perfect imitation of that used by the
company, and Horton drew out a num
ber of checks for a similar amount and
in a similar manner.
Easily Cashed Here.
The forger had no trouble in cash
ing the checks here, almost all of the
merchants in the city being familiar
with Captain Pearson's signature.
They were accepted without quest'.oa
and the money turned over to Horton.
He cashed each one in a different
When the checks were taken to the
bank, however, it was there discovered
that there was a slight flaw in the
signature, inasmuch as Captain Pear-
son writes his letters closer together
than was the case with the forged
rame. The captain was immediately
notified and the clever forgery thus
When the police came to lo: for
Horton, however, he had left the city Z r
a nd no trace of him has yet been
the country and at one time is said to
have been very influential at Washington.
Mexican Red Cross nurses are on the job in Vera Cruz. This picture
was taken during the attack by American forces on the city. It shows the
of a home which had been struck by one of the five-inch shells Williams will nnt hi,... ,. m..
- uea i-roBB nurse is seen aiuing tne r rne National nit i. .
occupant of the house, who had fainted when the shell pierced her home, J richest a-d most powerful banks In
The Epworth league of the Swedish
Methodist church held its annual meet
ing last night hi the ihurch parlors,
and the following officers were elect
ed: President Carl Erickson.
First vice president Oscar Ander
son. Second vice president Matel Blom
berg. Third vice president Jennie Carl
Fourth vice president Harold Nel
son. Secretary Anna Lofgren.
Treasurer Esther Nyqulst.
Correspondent Anna Ixfgren.
Organist .Mildred Nelson.
Librarians Victor Erickson sad
Andrew Cederlund.
It is Drobable that Moline will be
selected by the Knights of Columbu
for the Illinois state convention
1915, according to word received from
Quincy, 111., where Henry T. Moss am
Robert W. Rank, delegates from th
local lodge, are now attending the i"
state meeting. In the event or io
city being selected for this conreu
tlon assistance would be rendered bt
the Rock Island lodee. The Iowa stat'
convention might be held in Davenport
at the same time.
Sessions in Oulncv were held yo
ttrday and will continue through te
day. some 300 delegates being in '
U-nc'ance. The national convention
will be held in St. Paul next August
Opium Conference la Called. -
The Haeue. Netherlands. May 13. A
third international conference on
opium question has been called her
for June 15.

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