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THE tJPPEH DES MOINES;ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, tfEBBtl A&Y 2B, 1891 The Upper Des Moines. BY INGHAM & WARREN. THE president on Saturday appointed e*-Gov. Foster of Ohio to bo secretary of the treasury. Mr. Poster is ti western man, and In sympathy with western interests. He will hnrdly suit tho gold bugs of Gotham, but his selection will doubtless prove satisfactory to tho majority of tho people of tho country. than this, they must expect to hold it up for a while, until such time as Algona's reputation as a show town will bring hero tho better and more popular dramatic companies. This, incur judgment, is tho plan upon which Algona can eventually secure what wo are now so loudly calling for. We believe It is open to fewer objections than any other that has been proposed. Aliotrr A>T ormtA HOUSK. The fact that our court house hall is to TJO used only for county purposes after the first of January next makes highly tippropriato the discussion of tho opora house question. Viewed from almost any standpoint this paper heartily endorses the action of tho board in closing the hall against every traveling "show" that comes along and is willing to put Up tho meagre collateral charged for its use. Tharo Is no profit in it to tho county, and tho building is no doubt damaged to an amount equal to tho gross receipts for its rental. Most people hero will remember when, Homo years ago, tho board raised tho rent of tho court house to $17 a night. Thoy will also remember that It had tho effect to shut out tho traveling troupes almost wholly. Few if any would pay tho price, simply because they could not afford to. Any show that conies along will .stop in this or any other city if thqy can make some money by so doing. But thqy aro not traveling for their health, and when they see no profit in a town by reason of too much expense, they pass it by. That is their privilege. Wo can got along very well without ilho most of them—at least tho kind that has visited Algona within tho past few months. Tho Algona manager lias received more or less of what is vulgarly called "iroasting" because of the poor shows Unit havo boon hero. This paper is.not going to defend him in this matter, nor does it suppose ho desires any defense. Ho has taken such shows JIB earno along. Whether or not he could havo secured bettor ones Is quite another matter. Tho fact remains, however, that a man not wholly engaged in tho dramatic business, and who only makes this a side issue, cannot hope to bo posted as to tho merit of this or that traveling company, and is consequently going to bo imposed upon to a greater or loss oxtont. Each advance agent swears by all that is groat and holy that Ms is " tho groat and only show," etc., and tho wonder is that wo aro not more often swindled. But, laying aside tho good and bad features of tho show business, tho fact that companies that come this way refuse to pay as much as $17 for tho use of the court room for a night only goes to show that there is no money in tho business of local "managing." It only em- phasises the prevailing idea that opora houses do not pay expenses, to say nothing of getting a profit out of tho investment, in tho smaller towns. It is all very nice to bo metropolitan and have an opera house, but when it comes to any one man putting his money into tho x --onturo and hearing tho expense of isirntainiug it alone, it is quire a dif- feront affair. Public spirit to that ox- tont is not usually found in the single «itizon. This paper is not urging that Algona does not need and ought not to have an opora house; but it believes it ia stating a patent truth in saying that no one man will bo found who will hazard his good money in tho scheme alono. "We boliovo that a good house, well arranged and amply fitted up, would havo tho effect to draw a bettor class of companies to tho town. But this condition •of things willnotoxistuutUitisbrought about by a system of co-operation, in which enough people aro interested so that tho matter can bo carried to a ..successful issue. If tho pooplo of this town want an opera house they should form a stock company, with a board of directors who would have full control. If the manager whom they should select proves unsatisfactory, lot him be do- posed for a hotter one. On this plan Algona can accomplish something in this lino; but it cim never bo done by a system of kicking and fault finding. No town over made a striking success where internal strife and contention wore tho predominating features. A system of pulling together is what has brought Sioux City up from a population of 8,000 in 1880 to ono of nearly 40,000 in 1801, Algona may not soon become a Sioux City, but it certainly can lose nothing by adopting tho "Sioux City way" in some of tho things which go hii' toward building up a town. Wo havo before us tho experience of Fort Dodge, where tho Fesslcr opera house was built many years ago. It proved anon-paying investment and was eventually remodeled and made into offices. Ormsby brothers tried it in Emmotsburg, but soon found it too much of a load to carry alone. West Bend has what is called an opera room, but it is senseless to talk about its being » paying-investment. It is not in tho nature of things that it should bo no. And yet these things need not detor Algona from having a house which will accommodate whatever conies along. •But we will got it only by united effort. It cannot bo built on wind—that may as well bo sot down for a certainty to start >vith. The people who want it must expect to go down in their pockets for the necessary wherewithal. And more A UECKNT decision, of the supreme court of this state set/ties, probably for all time, a question'of much importance, hot alono to people who borrow money, but to those who are engaged in tho business of making loans, Tho case from which this decision resulted was brought in tho district court of Buchanan county. Tho defense sot up was that of usury, it being alleged that a cash payment in advance had been demanded and paid to tho holder of the note of sufficient amount to make tho interest 15 per cent. This was shown to bo the fact. Tho court below hold for tho defendant. Tho case was then taken to tho supremo court, where tho contrary was hold, tho court saying that in order to constitute usury tho obligation must bo contracted for, and inasmuch as tho cash payment was made in advance, the verdict was reversed. It may and probably ought to bo regretted that tho court takes this view of this question. It opens tho way for unscrupulous loan agonto to legally rob those who find it necessary at ono timo or another to obtain short-time accommodations in tho way of loans. It permits them, to use a popular phrase, to "put tho screws" to those unfortunates wlio, under tho pressure of adverse circumstances, find themselves compelled to borrow money or sell what they havo to dispose of at a sacrifice on a poor market. Not a day passes bu t wo see this cond ition of th ings illustrated. But this is not true of all loan agents by any means. Neither is it saying that ell loan agents will take advantage of tho rocont decision to squeeze their customers. There is honor among them as well as in any other lino of business, and there are plenty of cases in which borrowers have boon accommodated to their own advantage, oven though tho total rate of interest paid, counting in what is popularly known as commission, was more than tho legal allowance. Tho decision, however, is in lino with tho fixed fact office affair, tho question npw seems to be, as near as wo can get at it, how many years docs a man have to reside in the town of Humboldt before ho is recognized as a citizen of the United States?" Tho anonymous writer is in hard luck. His opinions have about as much weight ns those of tho weather prophet who always guesses wrong. The Ltver- moro Gazette man is tiot far off in his estimate when he says: "Gentlemen, your words fall flatter than spring poetry in December, because tho public has no moans of knoiving whether tho sentiments are expressed by some mouthy dry goods box loafer or a man of brains and sense. If your congressman that you are kicking skulked about as you do you would have Just cause for complaint." Tho Carroll Herald does not take a very cheerful view of tho saloon business in that town. It says: "As wo predicted, there aro about as many saloons running in Carroll today as there were a month ago. Tho county has paid several hundred dollars on tho old injunction cases, and tho traffic is Just where it was before they wore Instituted. . As long as n sufficient patronage is an inducement, somebody will cater to It," Just at present THE UPPER DES MOINES sees no necessity for answering every whiffet that barks on a salary at so much a bark. This paper is abundantly able to tolco care of itself; needs no advice or assistance from its fool friends, and will bo doing battle for the republicanism of tho bettor sort long after its self-appointed critics have boon forgotten. IN THE CITY OF CUMWE, Likewise that of Baked Beans and Crooked Streets—Boston is Near* ly all American. that money, like any other commodity, is worth what it will bring in tho market. All tho laws fixing a certain amount as a legal rate havo had but ono effect, and that is to also establish tho amount of commission to bo charged. When tho last Iowa legislature reduced tho legal rate from 10 to 8 per cent., this paper intimated that no law could make money worth less or more, but that tho law of supply and demand would continue to regulate its value. Now tho supremo court stops in and says that a commission paid in advance cuts no figure on tho score of usury. Tho amount of interest called for in tho noto itself determines that question. This combination of elements leaves tho lender to do about as ho pleases with tho borrower. Those remarks apply chiolly to tho making of chattel loans, upon many of which tho risk is counted greater than on real estate, bonce tho price is hold higher in a proportionate degree. Money is plenty enough for those who can give real estate security, and bo had in Iowa at fixed by statute. can less than the rate Al. Adams writes entertainingly to his Humboldt Independent from Sornnton, Miss., whore ho goes annually to spend tho winter. Ho dutos his letter " (!5 above xovo," from which ono would infer that ho is laughing at us poor mortals up hero in the blizzardy country. Apropos of tho squabble in religious circles concrning Gen. Sherman's religious belief, the following is reproduced from u letter written by him to tho North American Uoviow hi 18S8. Ho said: "To put) tit rest u mutter of constant inquiry referred to in my letter of May 28, 188-1, I have record that my immoilinto family nro strongly Catholic. I am not and cannot be. Tills is all tho public has a right to know; nor do I wish to bo construed us departing from a resolve made forty years ago never to embark in politics. Tho brightest and boat youth of our land havo boon drawn inlo that maelstrom, and their wrecked fortunes straw the beach of tho ocean of timo. My memory, oven in its short time, brings up names of victims by the hundreds, if not thousands." Tins item is gaining too much circulation : " Tho board of supervisors of Kossuth county have pruned the physicians fees to such an oxtont that none of tho physicians of tho county will do the work and doctors from outside tho county have necessarily boon culled in. There is such a thing as being penny wise and pound foolish." Guess there must bo some mistake about tho "outside physician" business. Thoro are plenty of good ones in this county, and tho work of doctoring our poor will bo duly attended to by homo talent. The chapters of Mr. Stockton's "House of Martha" which are given in the Atlantic for March introduces the " Lady who sits on tho Sand," tho " Middle-Aged Man of tho Sea," tho " Shell Man," tho " Lover-in- Chock," tho " Interpolation," and last but not least, a "Person." Under ono of tho incognitos, Mother Anastasia, tho Superior of tho House of Martha, forms a friendly alliance with tho distressed horo. Tho scone of tho story is transferred from the House of Martha to two Islands, called respectively tho Racket and tho Tangent. From these hints it may bo soon that Mr. Stockton is In tho highest of spirits. Miss Murfreo's serial ends in the present number, and ends tragically. Numerous other attractive articles make up an excellent number. Houghton, Mifflin & Co., Boston. IN THIS NEIOHBOEHOOD. Spirit Lakers are agitating the inauguration of a horso racing meeting u« an attraction to draw people there during tho summer months. Tho Spencer Reporter publishes the annual report of the Clay County Farmers' Mutual Insurance company. The report shows that organization to be in a very healthy condition; also that the farmers aro getting safe and exceedingly cheap insurance. West Bend Journal: A troupe of genuine darkies gave West Bend a couple of entertainments la,it week, and escaped with their lives. But it was a narrow escape—both for tho performers and those who suffered as spectators. They went to Livermore from here. Vindicator: Tho fun-loving people of Swan Lake had an ice boat all ready for business just before tho snow came, and tho nice rides anticipated were necessarily postponed until the track is in better shape. This boat, when circumstances aro favorable, will bo quite an attraction, as a spin of four or five miles around the lake would be very eriiov- able. The Spencer Reporter is urging that their town bo incorporated as a city of the second class. Tho number of their inhabitants is placed at 2,285, somewhat more than is necessary for tho purpose, but their enumerator did not comply with tho law by taking tho names of all the people. Ho only took the number The Famous Boston Common — Scenes of the Revolutionary Struggle—A / City that is Historic. Boston is the oity of culture find crooked streets. The former one knows by general reputation. The latter he finds out after getting lost in the maze of little lanes. It is also the American city, if American can properly be used to designate the native born New England population. Everywhere else if you watch the tide of passing people you get a composite picture of all races. But here the yankee not only predominates, but to so marked an extend that, save an occasional Irish face, you see none other. But Boston is, above all, to the visitor a city of historic associations, and from its celebrated " common" recalling tho old English common of past centuries, to Bunker Hill across the river, whose " tall gray shaft" commemorates tho first great battle of tho revolution, almost every foot is measurable ground. Tho old burying places whose worn, black tombstones date back to 1080, spell in almost hidden letters the names of men whoso records are part of our most honored traditions. The ancient churches where the undiluted Calvinism of Cotton Mather and New England Puritanism long held sway, the city hall still adorned with the lion and unicorn that guarded the royal governors under the Georges, the ancient elm under which Washington stood when he took charge of the continental armies, Harvard college, Fanuel hall, and the scores of other places made famous in our nation's history, distract attention from the busy streets and vast commercial interests, and make one feel at every turn that ho is at the birthplace of our American institutions. At no place_ are there so many memorials of revolutionary struggles as here, because no place played so memorable a part, and the claim of John Adams inscribed on the metal tablet of the "old town house" is just—"hero the child independence was born." The first and most noticeable feature of Boston is tho common, an irregular tract of of 48 acres lying in the heart of tho city, and dividing the new from the old. Southwest is the "Back Bay" district and Commonwealth avenue, as aristocratic as any modern city. Northeast is crooked, old, and historic Boston. The common has its amusing history. It was laid out when the city was first platted, but in 1640 the council thought its limits were being infringed and adopted an ordinance which declared that excepting " three or four lots to' make up ye streete from bro. Walker's to ye Round Marsh" no more land should be granted out of it.' Its use was originally as a pasture, but as early as 1675 an English traveller recorded that " gallants a little before sunset walk with their marmolet madams as great oration commemorating that event, and here, too, just on the eve of the attack on Concord and Lexington, he delivered his second and last oration. The window over the stage is marked where, he came in on a ladder, the soldiers having secured the doors, and planned assassination as was feared. The great "tea" conspiracy was formed in the Old South, and here Washington entered after ho had taken the city, and condemned the British officers who had desecrated the old church by making a circus^ring of it. ^he culmination of the events these historic spots commemorate occurred across the river. Boston was held by the British, The Americans came down by Cambridge and Cliarlestowii. Bunker hill is well nigh obliterated. But Breed's hill, where the fortifications were 'erected, is at its full height and bears the monument. One cannot but admire the audacity of the "embattled farmers" who came within shotgun range of the river to build their fort, or fail to feel his pulses stir as he recalls their stubborn fight. The monument rises 200 feet, and from its top the eye takes in the populous city and its environs, and stretches out over the peaceful harbor which makes Boston tho second commercial city of the country. Tho old elm under which Washington was made general in 1775 is in Cambridge. It stands in the middle of the street surrounded by a fence, and marked by a handsome stone. It is over four feet through until about eight feet from the ground where it branches. It is badly broken, and while its wounds are carefully covered with zinc it is partially decayed. These historic scenes are not all the visitor sees in Boston. It has its great blocks, its libraries and galleries, and its passing events of interest. But the patriotic is appealed to here if anywhere, and here if anywhere the mind is instructed in the lessons which the country's history is calculated' to teach. Gov. Russell said in an address Wednesday, "something in the homely walls of Old South meeting house spoke to the troops in '61 as they cheered her and marched with stouter hearts to the- front."_ Something in those walls speaks in this day to oven the casual visitor, as he cheers her and passes with stouter heart to tho duties of a better understood American citizenship. HARVEY INGHAM. iir fioioR of All in each family, hence they will put off becoming a city for another year. Bancroft is after a flouring mill. The Register says: A gentleman was .hero last week to look up the prospects of starting a mill at this place. He visited difloront ones and talked the matter over, and returned homo to consult his partner. At other points that ho visited ho was offered a bonus, and he seemed partial to the bonus idea. Our citizens aro willing to take shares in a stock company to half tho cost of the mill, provided the right miller will furnish half and take charge of tho business. Livormoro Gazette: Mr. Ford reports excellent progress in his solicitations for funds to pay for tho Methodist parsonage,' and thanks are returned to those who have come forward to aid so generously in this work-. It strikes us, also, that thanks would not be out of order to Mr. Ford for hustling about and raising these funds. Somo men are blessed with a faculty of iinding ton dollars in your pocket when you were absolutely certain that it contained only five, and tho captain has a very discerning oye at times; hence tho funds aro all secured, or nearly so, and we can now see tho way out. Tho Russell house at Humboldt, had a narrow cscapo last week, according to tho Independent: The fire boll started people from thoir homos on Sunday afternoon. Tho cause of the alarm was in tho Russell house. Ono of the girls, Miss Lizzio Pickering, was using some gasolene to take a grease spot out of the carpet in her room. Suddenly the gas ignited from tho stovo, and immediately tho room was filled with flame. Tho cry of fire was carried to tho hotel ottico and Mr. II. H. Russell seized a chemical fire extinguisher and rushed up to tho we do in Moosefield until the 9 o'clock bell rings them homo, when presently the constables walk their rounds to see good orders kept and to take up loose people." Immediately adjoining tho common is tho old Grainary hurrying ground and but a little down the hill is King's chapel and its ancient cemetery. At the foot o£ the hill is the old town house, at the head of State street, or ancient King's street. American patriotism changed the King to State, and while leaving the original lion and unicorn to guard the rear walls of the hall, compensated for it by putting an immense eagle in their places on the front. The old building has now been restored and the halls are as they were when Hancock and Otis and Adams room and extinguished the flame. In a very few minutes tho lire would have boon beyond control. Bodo Gazette: Amos Peterson and An editor in another part of tho state makes this startling announcement: "Tho price of this paper has not increased on account of tho McKiulcy bill, but we wish to correct tho misapprehension of sorno subscribers who appear to think it was placed on the free list." There is still more or less kicking over tho Humboldt postoftlco matter. Ono of tho most serious charges against the appointee is that ho was not a citizen of that town, whereat the Uvormoro Gazette remarks : "in regard to this Humboldt post- iK.Ai-«!toi» Nick Reese ran for road supervisor last fall and tho result was a tio vote. It was tho duty of A. G. Williams, town clerk, to call a mooting within ton days and have tho matter decided in some way. But Mr. Williams, who had boon town clerk and was re-elected at the same election, resigned and refused to qualify. Consequently the trustees met a few weeks since and appointed Mr. Lil- logard town clerk, who notified the contestants to appear, which they did last Saturday at C. L. Smith's court, and it was decided to have tho matter settled by taking a box of matches and "drawing." This was done, and the result was that Nick was the luoky man, and there is the best of feeling till around. stood in them to urge independence. The famous Boston massacre occurred in front of this' hallj the Brittish soldiers shooting eleven citizens in the street, and hero would have closed the earthly careers of two of his majesty's companies had not tho governor quickly arrived to get them out of tho way. The hall was built in 1657, rebuilt in 1718, and after a second fire again built in 1747. John Hancock was installed in it first governor of tho independent state, and here Washington "received the tribute of an enfranchised people." Below the state house, that is nearer the end of tho peninsular the old city is on, is Fanuel hall, and the Quincy market. Like the other old buildings the hall dates back 150 years. It was the old market placo, the Quincy market being a later addition, while the second story, 75 feet square and 28 foot high, made a favorite assembling place for the hot discussions of revolutionary times. It is now dear to memory for tho groat gatherings of anti- slavory days, and was the place whore Lincoln and Simmer and Phillips met tho people. In it now is Hoaly's famous painting of Webster replying to Hayne in the senate, besides scores of other fine portraits. A few blocks from both tho state house and Fanuol hall is a building more notable than either, thoOld South church. In its inception this building was devoted to liberty, for it was dedicated by secedors from tho old Puritan ideas. And their own struggles put them in early sympathy with the agitators for political liberty. And when tho state house and other public buildings wore closed, the Old South opened its doors "incendiary" to Sam Adams and his followers. Hero was drawn the first protest against the imprisonment of American seamen, and here the people gathered on that memorable 22d of February, 1770, when the first American blood had boon spilled in the massacre on Boston streets. The old church stands as it did then, and inside nothing is changed. The visitor stands on the same floor as did that excited throng, and looks on the same platform Adams stood on as ho brought back Gov. Hutchinson's partial promise and asked if it was satisfactory. He sees the same door Adams went out to deliver the tremendous message, their unanimous "no" entrusted to him, and if in imagination ho follows him to the old GEff, SHEEMAFS BBOTHEBS. Iowa Had Three of Them, and Were Honorable Men. Des Moines Register: James Sherman, the oldest brother, who died many years ago, was the first of the Sherman brothers to come to Des Moines. He came in 1847 and engaged in the sale of merchandise. James had two sons— Charles, who died several years ago, and Hoyt Sherman, jr., who now resides in Salt Lake City. The old settlers will recollect James Sherman, who resided for many years in a frame dwelling on Mulberry .street, on the west of the alley, across the street from the present court-house. Hoyt came to Des Moines a young man to assist his brother James in the mercantile business. James was one of the first merchants of tho county. The town of Sevastapol was laid out by James Sherman in May, 1862. James Sherman was one of nature's big hearted, noble men. Many an old settler has seen him behind the counter of the pioneer merchant's store and can well remember and honor the old citizen and too the generous friend. _Hoyt Sherman came the year after his brother James, arriving in Des Moines in 1848. The year after his arrival he was appointed postmaster. The Campi-Flre Friday Eveninfc- Splendid Gathering ttiid a Goodly Relief Fund liaised. The annual bean supper is the event, of all others in grand ariny circles. It is the time when everybody feels patriotic, and enters fully into the spirit of the occasion by doing what he can to appropriately commemorate the birth of the "Father of our Country." The gathering at the court house hall last Friday evening was no exception to the rule. The room was packed about as- full as it could comfortably hold. Many were in from the country as usual; they always come to the annual camp-fire. It is peculiarly appropriate that these gatherings should be in charge of the grand army—appropriate because the work is sure to be well done, and because the funds thus raised are certain to find their way into the hands of some needy veteran or veteran's family. People contribute cheerfully and with a liberal hand on this account. The cause is one so worthy that the idea of doing too much for charity's sake is not entertained. The hall last Friday evening was beautifully decorated with tho national colors. There seemed no end to the red, white, and blue, and flags were displayed in all conceivable shapes. Four tables, nearly the entire length of the hall, were spread with all the delicacies known to Algona's numerous splendid cooks. Beans there were, of course, but tho name "bean supper" is not especially indicative of what one finds before him when he seats himself at one of these repasts. The list includes one endless variety of good things, pleasing .to look at and palateablo to the taste. Supper was ready at 6 o'clock, and from that timo until 8 the clatter of knives,. forks, and dishes, would have been proof conclusive to a blind man of what was going on. And in the abundance of viands, the three hundred or more who regaled themselves found it impossible to dispose of them all; so the genial Comrade Haggard held an auction at the close of the meeting and sold what was left to the highest bidders. Supper over and the literary pro- gramme began, which was with one exception fully carried out as published last week. It was uniformly excellent. No synopsis of the addresses delivered could hope to do justice to the individ-' als. They were patriotic in sentiment, and all merit praise, viewed from a literary standpoint. There was also splendid vocal music. The total receipts of the evening were $77.40, which goes into the relief fund of the post, an$ will be distributed in such manner as will do the most good. Much of the work of a gathering of this sort necessarily devolves iSpon a few. Those few work hard, but they have the satisfaction of seeing each successive camp-fire a splendid success. The good ladies of Algona did more than their share toward making this camp-fire what it was, and they are entitled to a large -portion of the credit for its splendid outcome. In 1849 he was elected clerk of the district court. Ho was ono of the organizers of the State Bank of Iowa, of which institution he was cashier until 1861, when he was appointed a paymaster in the United States army with the rank of major. He was one of the incorporators of the Equitable Life Insurance company, and in 1868 took the general management of the same. As a citizen he had always shown a worthy public spiritedness and has heartily sympathized with all local improvements and enterprises. His career has been both honorable and successful, and is appreciated most by those who knew him best. L. P. Sherman came to Des Moines in 1849. Ho entered journalism and started the Fort Des Moines Weekly Gazette. In 1867 he was appointed collector of revenues for the Fifth district of Iowa. Ho has been honored by his fellow citizens with the offices of mayor, recorder, treasurer, and member of the city council. With the Iowa Shermans the record has been the same as with the Ohio Shermans; they have invariably proved efficient public servants, and as individuals and as a family have reflected honor on the name they bear. Tlio Houseless Card oi'Tlianks, Knoxvillo Express: A rare exhibition of bad taste was made in Webster City tho other day when tho newspapers published a card from the relatives of a deceased citizen, thanking the undertaker for the artistic manner in which he embalmed tho dead, A less glaring example, differing only in degree, can be found in about nine out of ten country newspapers almost any week, in the shape of a "card of thanks." Somo ono gets sick, neighbors and friends call in and do what they can, and the sick man dies, make haste to publish thanks" in every newspaper ... merely to express their gratitude _„ IV few friends whom they moot every day. The relatives a "card of in town, to a Why not thank them necessary? Why use personally, if a speaking state house, he can see the flashing eye of the "great incendiary" as drawing himself to his full height he demanded the removal of the soldiers from Boston at once. In the Old South two years later Joseph Warren delivered his at W. F, trumphet in addressing a few citizens who live next door? Tho whole thing is in poor taste. In the first place, no special thanks are needed; even savages try to ease the passage of a dying soul without any thanks or hope of reward. In tho second place every one fully understands that the relatives feel grateful for such services as friendship renders, and no publication of the fact is necessary. A little reflection and judgment in such matters would bo appreciated by 10,000 country newspaper men in the United States who vibrate between a desire to please each of their patrons and an effort to exclude useless and uninteresting matter from their colums. GOOD butter crackers only 5o a pound i W. 1?. nn.ftfti.»H * * GOOD Japan tea marked down to 20c a pound at W. F. Carter's. D SEE M. L. Clarke's auction sale. GOOD Japar,' tea marked down to 2<te a pound.at W. F. Carter's. LATTA IS A SOALLAWAG-. Somo of His Methods Show Him Up in n Bad Light—Ho Even Failed to Pay His Wife's Funeral Expenses. Recent developments show up our former landlord, H. A. Latta, in bad shape. Instead of the gentleman of good standing which he pretended to be, it turns out that he is a scallawag of the first order. It may not be generally known, but the fact remains that before the death of his wife she willed all of her property—the Ford estate— to him "without bonds," according to the legal term. This estate consisted of tho Thorington house property in Algona, to say nothing of several other valuable pieces of property in various parts of the country. Mr. Ford, upon his death, had willed everything that he possessed to his daughter, Mrs. Latta. Just how much Mr. Ford was worth it was not easy to determine, but it was known that Mrs. Latta came into possession of considerable means. All this fell to the husband upon her death. The hotel property was badly mortgaged, and so Mr. Latta sold out his equity in this, or rather traded it for property in Des Moines. He stayed at Des Moines for a while, but now he is. said to have departed from there and his whereabouts are unknown. Meantime an effort was being made to settle up the Ford estate, or, as it is now known, the Mrs. Latta estate. H. A. Latta was, in accordance with the will, made executor without bonds. He sold out and left Algona without settling any accounts in connection with the estate, and even failed and refused to pay the expenses of his wife's funer- • al. There are several creditors beside the undertaker who would like to get their pay, but as matters now look they will be a long time in realizing anything. Having sold what interest he had in the hotel, Latta left nothing, from which the debts can be collected. It was bad enough, in all conscience, that ho should prove to be a rascal, but. what shall we say of a man with the ability but not the honor to pay for the decent interment of his dead wife? The Ford estate is scattered all over the country. It is said he owned property in California, Minnesota, and Dakota," and had a large tract of pine land somewhere in the south. His possessions were valued at many thousands, according to all accounts. All this fell into the hands of Latta, and it is believed he is now making such settlements as he can with those who hold claims against the property in the various places, and is taking what he can get. No one seems to know where he is, and thus this conclusion is readily reached. Of that other story about him, published in a Des Moines paper some weeks ago, in which he was charged with the ruin of Miss Dean, we know nothing; but from what is now known of the man in a general way is is easy to behove that the report last referred to was all too true. " tSiJi j6tt f

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