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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 24, 1890
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l Vr-.^rv *--"-* ^/ff-^IH/^^ff^ «T^T/ff^^^>if ' " - ' ' THIS tJEWB BUB MOtNESf AM0NA, IOWA, WfittOTTOATBtt, Upper Des Moines, ^tjr v JL JL ' & WARREN. T1118 v i» i *fibe steady withdrawal of the national ,Jm|k notes owing to the gradual extihc- ""(Mf of the bofided debt on which they /fife based ahd the financial crisis the '- ISJuntry is now in have brought the cur• l*eney question squarely to the front. ffhe demand of the alliance, the grange, tag silver mon, and the bankers them- i drives is for some safe moans of expanding the volume of money, Senator Stanford has introduced into congress the alliance and grange idea, which is A paper currency issued on real estate mortgages at two per cent, interest, it does not include tho non-perishable fftrin products security advocated by the alliance, and seeks only to make laud the security for tho circulating medium, The sliver men in congress believe that free coinage is the safest and easiest means of securing a stable and sufficient circulation, and to an extent they have forced their idea upon the republican senate committee who liave agreed upon a plan reported as follows: , "The measure will provido for tho purchase of tho $12,000,000 silver bullion surplus, the reduction of tho compulsory requirement of bond deposits by tho national banks, the extension of the national bank circulation to tho full amount of thoir bond deposits, the replacement of tho deficiency ' in national bank circulation below $180,000., - <KW by treasury notes based on silver bul- 1 lion purchases, tho provision for free coln- • , age when silver is maintained at par 0110 year, the provisions for a charge on tho conversion of gold coin into bars and tho J*ecolnago of tho subsidiary silver coins." . The concosslons of this plan aro to • A the national bank mon, who object to the extinction which tho payment of ,i the national debt threatens, and who : ,' .strongly insist upon somo measure that ^V will insure a bank currency. As a mako- j' shift this extending tho privileges of the banks may be desirable.. But in the near future tho bank currency will surely be withdrawn. Tho sentiment of the public is strongly for tho payment of the bonded debt. It is almost us strongly for a currency controlled 'Only by the public authorities. There Is no logic in tho national bank theory. The assumption that a paper money based on bonds is bettor than greenbacks is purely gratuitous, for both ' Tx>ndB and greenbacks are but promises to pay. The bonds, however, draw interest and that has secured to them the ardent affections of the moniod classes. The national banks have secured free- flom from dangerous inflation, because the bonded debt did not roach an extreme figure and also because tho classes controlling the banks had no interest in inflation. How well on tho .'other hand it has worked to pro- Tent speculative contractions may well be questioned. In any event it is an imputation on tho intelligence of tho •people to assume that a money based on national faith merely is safer in the control of banks with selfish interests to subserve than in the hands of the government with only public interests to subserve. The ultimate expansion of tho cur- Tenoy must come either through tho precious metals or through a government currency issued as the greenbacks are, or as the bill of Senator Stanford provides. In this emergency it is evidently safer to rely on the money metals. , Free coinage of silver will meet all reasonable demands, and the government can readily .prevent gold demonetization, if it so desires. Senator :Beck proposed a plan which would secure this, in tho issue of coin certificates redeemable in gold or silver at tho option of tho government. Congress may patch up a compromise which will give more time in which to docido upon 1^'^tqtho coming money. But it is almost j^V iiMa^ortain that unless silver can bo used ~ in sufficient quantities to materially 3 increase tho present volume, sorao such scheme as Senator Stanford's will bo tried, with what results toll, moderate facilities will not be felt, not when public sentiment will endorse concentration. The spirit of our civiliaa- tioft demands moderate advantages to the many, rather thftn superior ad vantages to the few. If? GEORGE ALFRED ToWKStetffi, the great interviewer, talked with Jay Gould last week on finance, attd among a multitude of questions asked, "is it not advisable for us to find markets abroad for some of our Manufactures?" To this Gould replied, " Probably So; 1 think respectable, but not excessive subsidies ought to be extended by the government to steamship lines, If we expect to pick up foreign trade we must provide the medium to do it with," It must certainly suggest itself as a curious circumstance that in a long inter* with the wizard of the busines world, tho question should not have been sug' gested as to foreign trade in farm products. How does It happen that the matter of markets for pork and beef was not thought of? Why in urging a subsidized marine it did not occur that a powerful stimulus could bo given to agriculture? Both " Gath" and Gould know well that tho most important, most desired, and most profitable exports aro farm products, and vet they failed to mention thorn in a scheme to extend commerce, while they agree to dovoto public moneys to getting foreign trade for articles which, by our tariff act, wo have confessed we cannot produce in competition with our neighbors. If the farmers' alliance have half as absurd notions in their platform, they have not been discovered. No one need be deceived long if ho will look closely at tho financial plans of the east. Thoy first plead infancy to get legislation, which drives not only European nations, but our neighbors, like Canada and Mexico, to buy their foods elsewhere or go without. Then they beg for subsidies to carry their goods to foreign markets, all of a sudden proclaiming that tho manufactured articles which need 57 per cent, protection here at homo can be sold in the open markets abroad if only ships are provided to carry them. Some way out of it." The difference between Gould and the grange is, that Gould Wants the consolidation to be under Gould, while the grange asks to have it under the government for the benefit of all. Chauncy M. Depew points out the fatal weakness of the alliance platform: ''fhe farmers' alliance declares against class legislation. 1 think we can all subscribe to that. But then immediately it demands that the government shall have depositories to store farm products. I don't think any of us will subscribe to that,*' Gov. Tillman has chosen a secretary named Bean. The farmers are bound to rule. . Senator Stewart, a leading republican, spoke against the election bill Friday, and cited <he record to show that in 1876, Senators l| jar and Hawley, and Congressmen Garf| d, Poster, Phelps, Kasson, and Kellogg ^opposed a similar law, asserting that " there could be no genuine protection in the south under legislative enactment." Scribner's Magazine for January opens tho fifth "year and ninth volume of a periodical, which from its first issu/ 1 . was a popular success, and which ^has i&ntinued to grow rapidly in public favor. Its prospectus for 1891 contains tho names of a number of contributors who are unrivalled in their special fields—mon like Henry M. Stanley, James Bryce, Sir JBdwin Arnold, and Robert Louis Stevenson. The readers of the "Railway" and "Electric" series will bo glad to know that a. similar series on " Ocean Steamships" is promised. The issue for January contains a number of striking features—first among them Henry M. Stanley's article on tho " Pigmies," which is entirely distinct from his book, and writ- ton since its publication expressly for the magazine. ___________________ IN THIS NEIQHBOEHOOD. toy fond parent's heart gush with Joy, and is always tickled half to death at every new addition, but December 9, when his wife presented hito with two new additions, a Son of eight and one-half and a girl of bine and three-fourths pounds which doubled his Joy from anything he had ever before experienced, it came near terminating his existence. The latest reports are that he is gradually regaining his composure, tad if nothing new takes place to produce & greater complication of joys, he is likely, soon, to be attending to hls.regular duties." The Vindicator relates a serious accident to the Reis family, living in Denmark township, Emmet county; The father, mother, son, ahd little child were riding to Eminetsburg, intending to take the train at that place ahd spend the holt|ays in eastern Iowa, When several miles Worn hoine the horses became unmanageable and one of the lines broke, which caused the team to whirl, and the occupants of the wagon were all thrown to the ground. The 'old gentleman and the little child escaped serious injury, but the woman had her arm broken and her face was severely cut attd bruised. The young man is in a critical condition. He struck on his head and his skull was fractured. He has been unconscious since Tuesday night, and it is feared brain fever will set in. fffiB fOSTSB MPftDEft UMAL poi-tS of ibe Proceedings Itt the trial Of M, B» foSiei- Kf the Murder of Emmet «6ed~the Trial Ended II Life Sentenrf^ectli-ed. BENTiDK'OED MINNESOTA has produced a versatile genius in Ignatius Donnelly. Whether in politics or literature, ho is picturesque. He came to prominence in con- gross during the war as a republican, and now for years has been head and front of tho anti-monopoly movements of our neighboring state. But his latest and most notable achievements are in literature. As author of the " Great Cryptogram," in which he attempts to prove that Bacon wrote Shakespere's plays, he has achieved world-wide no- torlty, and now "Cassar's Column," a story in many respects excelling Bellamy's great work, is attributed to him. Ho attacks orthodox politics, orthodox science, Shakespore, and the existing social order with equal zeal, and in a manner so entertaining that he rides a high wave of popularity. He lives on a farm, and is a farmers' alliance member of tho next Minnesota legislature. A nephew of W. W. Wilson of Bancroft was married at Traer Thursday last. Corwith Crescent: Mr. and Mrs. 1 Manwarlng attended the camp fire at Algona last Wednesday niglit. Somo hay pressers at Corwith put up 1,825 bales of 100 pounds in six days. They put up 250 bales in ono day. Petitions are being circulated asking Gov. Boies has gono to New York and last night was to speak on "Popular Government" following on tho programme Grovor Cleveland and Senator Carlisle. The democracy have an eye on Iowa, and Gov. Boies will bo carefully inspected with a view to his availability on the presidential ticket. M. M. Ham and D. N. Richardson went with him. Hi no ono can THIS SMAWw COI-iI/KaiC. Prof. Baiter of Algona college fame ^ writes a long letter to tho Register in •opposition to a prevalent' sentiment in favor of consolidating email schools and colleges into fewer and greater universities, Tho direct application of his argument is to tho proposal among Moth- odists to combine their four state schools into ono. But tho general application is not confined. Justice Miller, in his Harper's Monthly article, gave voice to the sentiment that tho state has too * many small colleges. It lias found expression olsewhore, and is common with those who have paid but little attention to tho work of the smaller schools. But Prof. Baker shows plainly that it is unbounded, and that tho growth of tho small colleges is in response to tho demands of' liberal educalioii. Schools , tjiiiftre supported by thoir adjacent torri- ',\ < tovy. Until the real university—tho '.' *»*' >pl of college graduates—is reached, as is true of the greater as well as los- (5ep Colleges, It is true of all schools in Iowa, Should one or two big colleges supplant the numerous schools we now have, more thorough instruction might "be given in advanced work, but hun- jtreds who now get some of tho benefits $f higher education would never go bo- 1 yoncj tho public school. As fast as there is demand -Jor the advanced work of the i gi'sat wiversity it will be supplied, i will never come when the Senator Gray has introduced a resolution favoring reciprocity with Mexico and Canada. In Canada a legislative election has been held in which the candidate favoring American trade is badly beaten. Wimm, the chief advocate of Canadian trade, says tho result is due to a feeling that the McKinley bill wns a slap at Canada, and that unless congress acts, all Canadian trade will be lost to this country. The apportionment bill passed by the house gives an extra congressman to Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. It gives two extra to Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Texas. Nebraska alone gets three new members. Tho bill passed by 187 to 83. A resolution has been introduced in congress denouncing Russia for persecuting- tho Jews. Senator Ingalls is said to he preparing a sort of farewell speech on tho general condition of tho country. Somebody's oars will bum when he delivers it. The congressional districts of Minnesota gave 81,450 republican majority in 1888. In 1SUO they give 8,938 democratic majority. There is a lesson in these returns. Jay Gould says in his interview: " The lust congress hud no business to put more duty on. It was an error of judgment and has been so pronounced by tho people. I believe in protection, however, up to a respectable figure." Tho controversy over tho seal in Bearing sea promises war. Secretary Blaino and Lord Saulsbury are unable to agree, and President Harrison will ask for ships and money to protect American interests. It is aald England is ready to fight. Jay Gould and the state grange agree on ono thing. Gould says; "Tho greatest stroke of economy in the American railroad, system would be to operate it all under li general management. Excessive competition, iuvasipn of parallel districts by other for a mail route from Whittemore northwest through Palo Alto county, Congressman Dolliver assures Fort Dodge that $75,000 or $100,000 will undoubt- ly be allowed for a public building there. The Storm Lake Pilot gives Dougal Wallace's article on sheep raising in full, and praises it as worthy the attention of its readers. The Sioux City Journal announces that Prof. J. C. Gilehrist expects to bring his family there at tho opening of tho next university term, and they will take rooms in the university building. Judge Lewis, once judge in this district, was given a very complimentary and touching farewell by the bar of Sioux City a few days ago at the close of his last term of court there. The judge was presented with a magnificient gold watch and chain. The Fort Dodge Chronicle announces that Miss Minnie Kirkup will "take her departure for New York, where she will spend some time in study preparatory to going to Europe, where she expects to remain several years to engage in her studies." She was a music teacher in Algona for some years. Maple Sugar Warner has at last got free from his prosecution under peddler ordinances in Fort Dodgo. Attorney F. M. Healy, who was retained by the city on the case, says that the reason that the case was dismissed was because the city ordinances, according to supremo court decisions in parallel cases, are invalid, and will not hold. J. M. Elder of Garner is an enthusiastic fruit grower. The Sismal says : "For a number of years Mr. Elder has been furnishing the people of this county fruit trees which ho can recommend from experience at actual cost, and in so doing he has displeased many of the traveling frauds, who used to work the county. Last year bore fruit to his good work," Bro. Piper of the Sheldon Mail has received a letter from a man in California, who left Sheldon 10 years ago, in which was $3.50 back on house rent. The letter is a curiosity as follows ; " Dear Sir : Please find enclosed §8.50, which I owed you for house rent when I lived there. Now, you do not understand this, but I do, and have not time to explain, I am trying to prepare for the coming of the Lord. Please acknowledge this and send me a copy of your paper, and oblige, yours in friendship." How Mason City is getting on with its well is shown by the following; "The crow from Chicago have already moved the chain that had fallen to the bottom of the well, and have sunk the tubing to a point that will prevent tho caving in of the wall. They have reached the rod on top of the drill, and this week so far, have engaged in making efforts to lift it. It seems that the threads on the top of the drill have been somewhat damaged, making it a hard matter to hitch to, however they hope to have it removed by tho last of tho week, and begin the drilling again next week," According to tho Liverniore Gazette, there is a complicated case and one mean mean man at least in Kossuth county, A man and his son-in-law bought a cow. It was understood that the hind half was to be owned by the old man, the front half by tho young man. The first trouble came because tho old man claimed all the milk and would not divide. Then tho young man re- MATTEES OF A LOOAL KIND, Results of the Big Harvester Trust— Our Mayor Has Another Inning- Gib. Button's Troubles—Notes Concerning Christmas. Fred Stockwell, who is home from Chicago, where he has been working for the Osborne machine company, says that the full plans of the new harvester trust are not known. The Osborne company have been bought out, however, and their works will be closed entirely. He says the opinion is now that no new machines will be manufactured this year, but that the market will be supplied with old ones. The McCormack and Deering companies seem to be leaders in the pool. With this information comes the report that the Champion company has released all its agents over the country. Mayor Jones says no agents are now traveling for reapers or mowers, and no contracts are being made. What the plan of the trust is remains in darkness. He thinks machines will be cheaper, as there will be so many less agents and so much less expo-^e. But whether different macMii : £s'or only one kind will be made, how they will be sold, of what concessions the lords of the harvester combine will make to the people is as hidden as the plans of the sultan are from the faithful Turk. A telegram received at this office yes- tefday from B. F. tteed announced that Poster had been sentenced td the penitentiary for life at hard labor. This result saves him from tho gallows, but still secures him merited punishment. All will be pleased to learn that he has not escaped justice. A Bedford dispatch to the State Register, Dec. I7 f reads: Court cofl' Vened here last week Monday, the most important case being that of the State of Iowa vs. M. B. Foster, qn % trial for the murder of Emmet Reedljflvf Blockton in November, 1887. Th|V;^ase Was called on Friday and was brought up on motipn for cban||« of venue, which, after arguing formwo days, was ove^ ruled by the couijjl, Hon. R, C. Henry, This case has attlncted wide attention, has been tried o'fjce and remanded by the supreme coura. The defendant has been at Ft. Madison for safe keeping and is now present looking in the very best of health. There are about ninety witnesses subposned and 87 of these have already reported. Tho court room is crowded all the time and great interest is manifested. Mack Atkinson, county attorney, and B. F. Reed of Algona are prosecuting, and L. T. McCoun is conducting the defense. At this writing the jury has been secured, the special venire of fifty being nearly exhausted, and witnesses are being examined. Foster was tried in December, 1887, convicted of murder in the first degree and sentenced to be hung. The case was appealed to the supreme court and sent back for a new trial because of some irregularity in the former trial. Settlers' fghWfcTtell the story of the „ days td the later generation Of AN OLD SETTLES GONE. Incidents In the I/lfe of G. IV. Hanna Sr.—The First Settler of Blaclcha-wk h County. ;•>, The Daily Courier, in a lengthy sketch of 'Squire Hanna's career, gives an interesting picture of the father of our LuVerne citizens. In part it is as follows: July 18, 1845j 'Squire Hanna, his wife, two children and his brother-in-law reached this county. They subsequently settled on section 20, township 89, range 18, where Mr. and Mrs. Hanna have resided ever since, except one year which he spent in Wright county, during which time he founded the town of Goldfield. Coming here as they did when this county was a wilderness, it is very interesting to read of their trials. At the organization and first reunion the Blackhawk County Early Set- More About the Baby Carriages. The very latest about the famous baby carriage order comes from a Pomona, Cal., paper, which Mayor Jones received last week. It relieves tho mayor considerably, for it now shifts the re-: sponsibility to a New York judge, whom it characterizes as a "mean old bachel-^'tlers' association, held in the west side or." According to this paper he ha/?| park in this city July 4, 1885, 'Squire and Mrs. Hanna were present and he was called upon to make a speech. From the report of his remarks published in The Courier of July 9, 1884, we quote the following. "He said that 39 years ago that Jay thoy crossed the river at Rock ~ decided that " baby carriages have n more business on the sidewalk thai lumber wagons," and has him add tlie following remarkable opinion: " If the Almighty had intended babies to go on wheels he would have put wheels on them." This is a new wrinkle on the original story, and a bright idea. Mayor Jones is glad this last feature is not laid at his door. Bound Over at Corwltli. The Crescent says: "Mr. Gilbert Dutton of Algona was arrested, charged with obtaining property under false pretenses. He waived examination and was bound over to appear before the district court." In speaking of the arrest Gib. says he waived examination because his lawyer was busy in court at Algona. All there is of the charge is that in a trade with a man he was to get a good, bankable note. He found that the note was worthless, and then persuaded the man's wife to sign it, which made it good. The man was so mad when ho found it out that he had Gib. arrested. The case will never be prosecuted, and the next time the man tries to beat anyone he will not pick out our Algona hustler. Close of Tho Public Schools. The public schools closed Friday with some fine exercises, and after a prosperous term. Rooms 1, 2, and 3 met in Miss Kramer's and had some songs, recitations, a Santa Claus, etc. Rooms 4 and 5 mot in Miss Weise's room, rooms 6, 7, 9, 10, and the high school each had a separate programme. In the high school besides orations, etc., there was an earnest debate on the value of observation as against reading, Miss Whitney's scholars indulged in a fine copy of Moore's poems for their teacher, and also a work box. The winter term opens Jan. 5, and with every prospect of a continuation of the good \vork the schools have been doing. Our public schools are a great credit to Algona. jtopn^gial effects of scattering schools of linos, the, flhultlplicntipn of officers—»u that th \ fused to allow his half to eat hay or grain to make milk for the old man. Then the cow kicked the young man clear across the barn while he was slyly milking her, and he has sued his fathor-iu-law for damages, and has, attached the hind half of the cow. It is a bad partnership affair. A correspondent to the Humbol,dt Independent writes up the new arrivals »t E. C. Clarke's, and says: "E. O. Clark has « family of little pnos, such as would make Christmas at the Churches, At the Congregational church there will be exercises by the Sunday school this evening, and a social gathering to observe the occasion. All invited. At the Methodist church Santa Claus will appear this evening in the "old- fashioned way." There will be exercises by the school, and plenty of entertainment. All invited. At the Baptist church tho Sunday school children will have a Christmas tree and social time. All invited. The Christmas tree of tho Episcopalian Sunday school will bo at the residence of Goo. E. Clarke this evening. A sermon will be preached at the church Thursday morning at 10:80 o'clock by Rev. Bowen, All invited. At the Catholic church high mass will be celebrated tomorrow morning at 4 o'clock, and again at 10:30 o'clock. YOUR Christmas tree is not complete unless trimmed with Christmas tree ornaments, of which I have a large assortment. I also have » full line of fresh candies, nuts, figs, etc. W. A. Ladendorff.-88t2 TWO HUNDRED live by John G. Smith. pigeons wanted and came into Iowa, and, as they camo across they heard tho shot which killed Col. Davenport. In those days there was no Cedar Rapids; Marion was only a small hamlet; there was no Center Point. There were no roads, nothing but Indian trails. There were but few settlers in this county for the next five years. The first winter there were only four and the second winter only seven. There were no schools for years and it was two years after they camo here when the first sermon was preached in a log cabin at what is now the head of tho race at Cedar Falls. McCloud's mill, two miles above Cedar Rapids, was the nearest grist mill and he was often gone a week at a time to get a grist ground, and sometimes, on the way back, tho wagon would upset in the creek and tho whole mess become ready for kneading without any work. In those days they thought Blackhawk county might support 100 persons and none ever dreamed of what is now tho fact. Then he had to go to Marion for his mail and the few papers they got were often a week old when thoy were received. They bore the hardships without a murrner, however, but they have nearly worn the old settlers out. He had not been so far up the Blackhawk as Hudson for 17 years until last week, and he got nearly lost in going that distance, only seven miles. If any one had told him that in 17 years that bleak prairie would have grown into an almost continuous grove ho would have said it was impossible. In conclusion, he said if it was a satisfaction to see tho earliest settler of this county and his wife, they were here." As stated before, Mr. and Mrs. Hanna were the first actual settlers of Blackhawk county. The first death of a white person to take place in this county was of James M. Hanna, 'Squire Hanna's infant son, who died Oct 38 1845. The first white girl born in the county was Emily Hanna and she was the third white child born in the county. In 1856 'Squire Hanna was elected justice of the peace, and Fob 27, 1851, he performed the first marriage ceremony ever held in the county the contracting parties being James Virden and Charlotte Pratt. He and Mrs, Hanna also assisted in the organization of the first church society in this county and services were held for some time in their house, 'Squire Hanna was one of the original founders of the city of Waterloo/the others being Charles Mullan and John H. Brooks. Mr. Hanna opened the first store ever kept here. It was in a small log building near the present El well residence on Commercial street opposite Brown's opera house. Of late years, he has lived in comparative retirement upon his farm above the city on the Cedar Palls road. In peace and quiet his last years have been spent in watching the growth of the city and county of which he was the pioneer. When his health permitted he made frequent visits to Waterloo ana his visits were always met with warmest greetings from our people, for everyone knew and loved*W», 'HO took great interest in the few remaining early eettlers and was one of to engage in converse With those who came about the same time he did. Hanna was a mar- of the Strictest itit rity and honor in his dealings wit everyone. He was a *»&tOTH**jr tiati and a member of the M, &$ m & and always lived up to his faith, It politics he was a Strong republican arid always took great interest in the su<S- Cess of his party. »«•*.*.* The funeral services of 'Squire Haana were conducted by Rev, Sanderson of Emmetsburg, who delivered a very eloquent address. lii parthesaid! 'Squire Hanna towered among his felloes in principle and moral greatness as in physical stature he towered above his friendfi As one of the founders Or Waterloo, arid one of the moulding factors of this county, as the first Method" 1st class-leader in this section of IOW&, as friend and father, this venerable patriarch's name will ever be associated with the history of this community, He was a man of noble principles. Like Clay, his life constantly said, "Id sooner be right than be president." Like Davy Crockett, his example always revealed his motto, "Be sure you're right, then go ahead." ( 'Squire Han- nn's word was as good as his bond in all commercial circles. His name-was'a synonym of all that was good and lofty* A more sterling and exalted character no county can produce. I drop this flower of admiration and affection upon his casket today. He died as he lived, an humble follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. During a recent visit of his ministerial son, and my beloved friend,, the Rev. Phil. C. Hanna, he begged that son to pray with him, reminding- him that some day he would come and find his father gone. He testified that temporal affairs had less charm for him and eternal verities greater fascination as "life's ruby drops were oozing one by one." And when the Death Angel came, 'Squire Hanna had nothing to do but to step into the waiting chariot of Israel, and like a plumed warrior, a later Elijah, "go sweeping through the gates washed in the blood of the Lamb." THE GRAND ABMY EEOEPTION, ' Speeches and Music and Refreshments at the Meeting Last Wednesday Evening. To the Editor: One of the most enjoyable entertainments of the season was that given by the members of James C. Taylor post in the G.' A. Khall on Wednesday evening of last week. The hall was filled with mem* bers from various towns in the county and invited guests. Commander J. B^ Jones presided in his .usual genial and dignified manner. Several army songa were sung'with much feeling by Mr. Bartlett, Mrs. Stacy, Mrs. Spencer, and others. There were good papers recalling Incidents of the war furnished by Comrades' Dr. James C. Barr; J. W. Bartlett, an informal address by John Reed, and impromptu speeches by Dr. McCoy and E. Tellier; also a most interesting and humorous recital of "Barbara Fritche" by Capt. Bailey, which, provoked the heartiest mirth of tho au- „,. dience. An original poem, somewhat lengthy, but of much merit, was recited by Mr. Campbell. The members of the Womans' Relief Corps were invited guests and all were proud of the very graceful and happy manner in which their president, Mrs. Dr. L. A. Sheetz, responded to the address of welcome given by Co_mmander Jones. In the middle of tho entertainment there was an unwonted bustle about the entrance and the cry, "The foragers have come," ushered in comrades laden with cups and plates which in the most hospitable manner imaginable were distributed among the audience. Then came 'refreshments that would have filled the eyes of the weary marching soldiers in war days with tears of joy Sandwiches, meats, cake, coffee, alii very excellent and in great profusion, and the soldierly manner in which these- refreshments were served was truly a joy to every lady's heart. It was indeed a feast, and not lacking in reason an i? SOU J- A most pleasant social time followed. After this music and speeches were resumed. Attention was called to the resolution offered by Mrs. Hughes of Arizona at the late meeting of the national W. C. T. U. held in At- rosolution was as Resolved, That it is the sense of this convention that the sale of beer under the SOM- tion and encouragement of the government to its soldiers should be stopped in every garrison in the United States, and that so^ briety rather than intemperance should ba encouraged among our soldiers b Kesolved, That a committee be appointed, * tomake a P° rsona of war This resolution accords with the one ^oon U A C f 1dlJ ?9°, tho J Jnited Statos *°n- f°°" A"g. 12, by Senator Hale, "To- prohibit tho sale of intoxicating liauors as a beverage in the military and naval reservat ons of the United &«£?» The audience i or tnese resolutions b Capt. Thos. F. C ' dress and illustrat SffSSSSS&S£3&$& SOTUteS^Ksg/ BIB Christinas pinner. I*. • iJilsi^r, x'lV'i'V j iLfejj.'

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