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UPPER DES MOINESJ ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, MAttCH 4, 1891. The Upper Des Moines. BY INGHAM & WARRKN. Ternwof Thft Upper !><•« Molnps: One copy, «nc year $1.50 One copy, six months "n One copy, thsce months *» Sent to any address at aiiove rates. Bcmlt hy oraft, money order, express order, orpofttal note at our ttsit. Rates of •advertising sent on application. IOWA is AM, moirr. Soino years ago tho Iowa editors on- joyctl nn excursion in tho southern states, and after viewing tho conditions thoro unanimously voted that Iowa was at least twenty-five years ahead in prosperity and in comfortable living. A couple of years ago tho editors went through Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Utah and Dakota, and whan they reached ngaln tho luxuriant vegetation of Minnesota and Iowa on tho ve- turn trip, they unanimously voted one aero hero worth ton in tho arid west, At present tho editor of TUB Urncrt DES MOJNES is homo from nn excursion in tho east, and tho verdict rendered as to thottoulh and west holds equally as to tho older part of our country, if Ills opinion ho accepted. The east it is true is doing business on tho accumulated capital of 2/50 years of hard work and economical living, and at small per cent. of prolit on business Is aggrandizing an increasing proportion of tho yearly profits of tho country. But it IB solely bocauso It has this enormous accumulation of wealth to work on. No Iowa man woilld deliberately trade his property dollar for dollar for eastern property <of any kind. No Iowa man working under ordinarily favorable conditions • makes us llttlo on his capital as any •eastern man. If ho did ho wouOfl'bo in «, plight compared to which his present titato would bo pleasant to contemplate. Tlio eastern man who comes to jvcapital •o'f.^100,000 or half 11 million can talco live per cent., or oven less, and aft/or paying Jor uncomfortable living lay aside somo- ithing for western investments, whoro an Iowa man on §1,000, or ovet. $10,000, •capital has to got moro than live per' •cent, to ,pay running oxponws. And •eastern money is glad to got assured securities ,paying live por cent, :as was ahown>wihon tho Algona water bonds sold,lit par at that rate. Tho 'eastern • tho desirable parks oif Now York,.If.ho owns 800 acres, has ,uu invested capital of at least $80,000. What figuro,would our Iowa homesteaders cut thoro 'With tho capital they brought hero? 'The soil of lovvn is not only moro for aero, but it is itho only soil-on which a man without moans, or 'with small moans, could hope lio >bo- eomoilndopendoril. Tho fact that itho accumulation of capital in tho oast is so groat that oven small rates of interest furnish luxurious living and enormous •surpluses which are absorbing tho best Investments of tho country, may present 4i;problom very difficult to solve. But 4he fact remains that it Is small rate of not prolit by which this result is loo- Ing reached—much smaller than wo could afford'to do business for in Iowa. Wo Iowa man, wo boliovo, would Inido hiBiproperly for stock in any factory in thO'oast, dollar for dollar, on a fair valuation of both. Certainly no land owner -I :ln ( ;Kossulh county could afford to do it. The net returns n?n his little capital would not koop him housed and clothed, The difference between Iowa and tho east is tho same as between America -iind England, whoro tho still greater accumulations of wealth will permit a still.smaller not return, and whoro tho poor jiuui:and tho man of small means Stand a still poorer chance. Iowa affords ton .chances where tho oast docs ono to a. man of small capital. What tho outcome of tho gradual concentration of wealth \\1iU bo, or how it can be remedied, are questions exciting wide discussion. It is evident that it would bo boltor for Iowa if her railroad stocks, insurance stocks, city property, factories, lands, etc., wore all owned in tho .state. If tho money which loaves this county for intercut and insurance every .your were lutt lioro that nlono would give an amount for business which would insuro speedy competence for all. Ponding tho solution of tho problem, however, tho west has an oxiuuplo for guidance wonlhy of imitation. If, out of tho rocks of Maine and Vermont and Massachusetts, our ancestors ware able to dig tho monoy which, gradually accumulated by economy and thrift, is today piling up rosistlessly, wo certainly ought to bo able hero to discover enough to pay ot! our debts and Jay '.tho foundations for a liko prosperity. What the first settlors of the oast did, no man in Iowa ought to despair -of after ho has seen tho country they began in. It was a, wise man who 'lately said that a do- signing providunco put tho east on th« sea coast, whoro Ahoy had to settle it first. Otherwise it would novor have boon sottlcd. TIIK COMING 18SXJK. In his speech on tho ship subsidy bill, Jttr, Mills, tlio leading candidate for speaker of tho next house, and in every way U democrat speaking with authority, enlivened his remarks by expressing an opinion on Elaine's proposed reciprocity policy. This is tho iirst au- tlxoritativo democratic utterance, and it shows that the parly proposes to stand toy a policy of tariff reduction looking to free trade as against a policy of protection with special trade treaties. Mr, frankly stated that ho did not be- llevo In Mr. Blaino'fl policy. He opposed reciprocity treaties, and favored tariff reduction regardless of tho protected Industries. This is consistent With his former attitude, being himself a free trader, and his speech at this time undoubtedly determines the lino of debate tho democrats will chooso in 1802. Tho issue will bo broadly freo trade against reciprocal trade. It Is likely to bo tho only issue. Mr. Cleveland's letter has turned tho freo sliver tide among tho democrats. Although it has irritated a groat many in the ranks, it was a shrewd political move on his part, increases immensely his hold on tho party, and absolutely insures tho tariff issue as tho leading plank' of tho democratic platform. Free silver as proposed In tho senate bill luis steadily lost ground among the conservative democratic loaders, while with tho republicans It never received any Indorsement outside tho silver .producing states, Discussion of tho election bill.will cut sorno figure, but tho farmer movement has brought financial questions HO much before political questions that the debate will Influence few votes. Tho tariff will bothoissuo, and whether Bin!no bo tho republican nominee or not, it will bo Blaino's policy of trade relations so arranged as to secure out- own factories and laborers from ruinous competition, and at tho same Ikno to extend'tho foreign market for all American products as rapidly as possible, which tho republican party will stand for. S. M. Clarice predicts President Harrison's rcnomlnatlon without n contest. Ho Buys Blntno Is in a position whoro ho cannot bo a candidate, nnd tlujt whoa tho convention moots the president's friends will control It. At present there Is a strong popular feeling for Bluine. His reciprocity policy lins given the party its opportunity, and ho Is and lins boon tho groat popular republican loader. Cleveland will bo tho democratic candidate, nnd popular reeling may demand that Blaino and Cleveland muko tho contest again. Still thoro is undoubtedly a growing sentiment everywhere favorable to President Harrison and his administration. It will not bo surprising if ho Is unanimously re-chosen by the republicans, An attempt is being made to prejudice Secretary McFarlaud hy misquoting a rooont speech on forolun Immigration made by him in Des Molncs. Wo have received n copy of his remarks, nnd thoro Is nothing in them that could give offense to any class whatever. Ho simply pointed out, AS Henry Cabot Lodge has before, tho (present tendency of foreign immigration, ,a matter not to be lightly considered by.ihoughtful people. Judge Weaver of Hardin county and Emlin McLain of tho Iowa.City law school are avowed candidates for Judge Beck's place on the supreme bench. Judge Bock will also without doubt have support for ro- noinlnntion. All are able men and strong republicans. ,», Tho bill to refund tho direct lax paid by tho states during tho war passed both houses of congress last week. It will secure to Iowa nearly $JOO,000. Tho hottest political campaign over known in Canada is now going on. Tfoo issue is reciprocity with tho United States. A bill providing for subsidies to American vessels carrying mails has passed both houses of congress. Anna Dickinson is said to bo insane with no hope of recovery. Senator Funk says prohibition is sure to be on trial noxt November in Iowa. Tlio March Century has a third in- fitulinontof tho famous Talleyrand memoirs. This instalment deals with Napoleon Bonaparte, Josephine, and tho Emperor Alexander. Tho frontispiece of the mtmbor is a new portrait of Bryant without tho familiar; board. This is from an old daguerreotype, and is piliittccl'ia connection with a historical and illustrated article on tho old aiicl well known Century olub of Now York city, which has among its illustrations pictures of tho recent homo of tho club in 15th st., and portraits of Gullan C. Vorplnnck, tho llrst president of tho club, and Daniel Huut- ington, tho present president, Bishop Pottor, tho lirst vico-prosiilont, and several othor oflicors. Heribnor's Muga'/ihio If or March contains two striking articles of exploration anil adventure—Mr. Mouatonoy Jophson's account of ono of tho most exciting periods of tho Emin Pasha Holiof expedition, and Mr. M, B. KOIT'S description of tho latest attempt to roach tho summit oC Mount St. Ellas in Alaska, Tho former is illustrated with sketches by Frederic Villiors, made under Mr. Jophson's personal direction, and tho latter from photographs made by tiio expedition, The number is also notable for its ilotion, containing four short stories, by Mrs. Kobort Louis Stevenson, Kiuhuvd Harding Davis, Duncan Campboll Scott, and W. H, Woods. It is not dilllcult to soo tho reason for St. Nicholas's growing subscription list if ono will Unit examine tho pages of tho suo- oossivo numbers with tho oyo of a child- reader. From tho picture of cozy comfort which Mr. J. H. Dolph has famished for a frontispiece to tho iiaivo idea contained in tlio last bit of verso, "Her Little Shetland Shawl," thoro is nothing that an intelligent boy or girl cannot understand or appreciate, anil yet all tho contents are unhackneyed and, in tho bost sense of tho word, artistic. To EXCHANGE — For unincumborod land in Kossulh county, four dwellings and storo building iu Dos Moines, Iowa. Address, with numbers and pi-ice, R. W. Bargor, Chicago, 111. 49 HOUSE to rent in south part of town. L. Anderson. SIGHTS IN THE FAR WEST, The'Snow-capped Mountains of Washington and the Peculiar Panorama They Present. What One Experiences in His Efforts to Gain Their Summit—A Typical Western Picture. FAIRHAVKN, Wash., Fob. 20,—To the Editor: I presume there are a great many readers of THE UPPER DES MoiNES, and especially among the younger'folks, who have novor 'Been a genuine snow-capped mountain, one which rises way above tho clouds that you see lloating dally about you and covered with tho everlasting and eternal snow. I do not wish to bo understood, however, that mountains reach above every variety of clouds, for there are clouds that soar much higher than the highest maunlains on tho globe; nevertheless there are numerous mountains whoso shining summits would bo wrapped in perpetual cloud were It not for a few bright and sunny days now and then. And of such I would like to give tho readers of your paper a pon- picturo. But I am well aware of tho arduous task I have 'undertaken and how difficult it is to do justice to these wonderful works of creation, knowing that no language, however admirably and beautifully expressed, can describe them as they really are, and build them up before tho imagination as na- luro sot thorn up. I will make a fooble attempt, however, as tho only ono I am capable of making, believing that such is bolter than none at all, and give you as falthfnl a description as I am able to give, hoping it will bo both interesling and instructive. Wo have quite a number of such mountains surrounding us here, living in a inountainouu country as we do. A great many of them aro nearly a hundred miles away, but they can all be plainly seen on a clear day. Tho most of thorn are in tho British possessions skirting tho banks of tho great Frazer river, and look dreary and desolate. But in tho immediate neighborhood of this city (Fairha-ven) wo have ono in particular which, although a pigmy compared to some in size, is unsurpassed in grandeur, beauty, and sublimity. Indeed there is nothing so awe- inspiring, so transcendanlly beautiful as ono of these gigantic snow-covered peaks. Their origin no doubt is known to every student of geology, and I will not dovotp much space to this part of tho question, but anyone who has never seen a mountaiu of Ihis size can form no adequate idea what Ihey really look like, no matter how graphically described, or how often you might have seen them pictured in your geographies. This has been tho case with me, at least. In viewing them at a distance wo see tho snow in white splendor of nn aver- ago depth of about 200 feot, and shining with all tho brilliancy of a coat of newly fallen snow under a glowing noonday sun. Often you see a vapory cloud gather around their glittering summits, making tho grand spectacle still moro sublime. And in countries where there is no snowfall to speak of in tho valleys and low lands, as in this country, and whoro tho evergreen pines and cedars grow so abundantly, these mountains are exceedingly picturesque. Wo can form no very good idea of tho general character or surface of such a mountain. Tho blasts and tempests of thousands of years, perhaps, have drifted tho snow into their deep canons and gorges until their rugged slopes have boon made to appear smooth and level. Sometimes huge rocks jut up through the snow, forming gigantic precipices which the snow of past ages, from its constant thawing underneath, was unable to cover or conceal. Such a ono may be seen from tho groat Yakinm valley on Mt. Balmier, a distance of 00 miles, having an estimated area of about 40 acres square. Very often mountains have not only ono peak but two or three minor ones rising up like turrets around the main or center peak, of which Mt. Bakor, near this city, is a lino specimen. Ml. Raimier, near Tacoma, has th roo of Ihcso peaks, in Iho center of which is a crater, having at ono time boon an active volcano; but how long it has boon extinct is not known and probably novor will bo, as wo have only a traditional knowledge of its eruptions. Washington is in reality a country of mountains. You may stand upon some eminence and soo tho snowy peaks rising,up in every direction. Thoro are no less than a dozen mountains of very important sine in tho state, ranging ail tho way from six to nearly lifteon thousand foot in height. Tho most notable .ones aro Mt. Raimior, 14,444 foot; Mt. Bakor, 11,100 foot; Mt. Adams, 9,000 foot, and Mt. Sliuksan, I-Iayo- ivmn Glacier Poalc, and others of more or less renown. Ono need nol go lo a foreign country or any further than tho state of Washing-ton to llnd beautiful mountain scenery, Ono need but look at such mountains as Mt. Raimior or Mt. Bakor, especially when robod down to the baso with tho immaculate snow, which will satisfy tho most curious. Wo Imvo thorn hero in every variety from tho sublime and beautiful down to tlio ragged and jaggod cliffs that are anything but attractive, and from the most enlivening and cheerful down to tho drear and dosolato peaks of tho frozen north. In attempting to .climb a mountain of extraordinary size wo at first battle our way over tho foothills and valleys at its baso, and as wo ascend its rocky incline wo moot with ovory variety of shrubbery and plant-life peculiar to its lati- ludo, and go through all tho climatic changes from midsummer to dead of winter. And as wo go up higher and higher wo frequently seo insurmountable crags confronting us having a marked resemblance to a midsummer's thunder cloud, and about as formidable to encounter. Wo try and find our way to somo canon and go up through this. By and by wo roach the snow Hue, when wo have a littlo smoother climbing, but if wo do not use good judgment in selecting tho right time and weather for Iho journey our ideas of tho beauties of snow mountains will have changed very materially long before wo roach tho top. Imagine yourself trudging along in a midwinter's climate, enveloped in a cloud of mist, rain, or sleet, wetting your every garment, and the cold, raw wind freezing it into an icicle, and the mist or cloud of vapor like a dense fogf obstructing your every view, and you would wish that snow mountains were anything but living realities, and come to the conclusion that they are much nicer to look at than to climb. But if you choose the right time of tho year you will have no reason to regret the trip. When upon a clear day you stand upon one of these mountains and look about you, things seem to have lost their realistic qualities; great cities at a distance now look liko country villages, and the hills surrounding the base, and so hard to climb at first, li'ke common knolls, and forests of towering cedars and pine like merest shrubbery; and when near some largo body of water you may see its smooth and curvilinear surface'drawing aline across tho horizon on which ocean steamers and vessels of enormous 'size appear as mere specks in the distance. You now stand in utter amazement and gaze at the wonderful scenery that surrounds you in endless variety, unable to utter a word; silence seems to bo tho most appropriate language on such an occasion, for all words prove inadequate in expressing your emotions; and with an elevation of soul corresponding with the altitude you have reached, you feel as though you were tho autocrat of all torrcstrial'crcatlon. When your curiosity and admiration, inspired by tho surrounding scenery, has TOmowhat subsided, and you begin to breathe a lltlle ifreer, and meditate upon that stupendous mass of earth, rock, and snow you aro standing upon, what thoughls come over you! You walk up lo Iho edge of Us onco fiery crater, you look down into that bottomless abyss, that abode of eternal dark- less, and nothing but utter and absolute darkness meets your gaze; you shrink back from its truly frightful chasm and 'Onco moro look about you, and what contrast is exhibited here! Surrounding you on every hand there is a variety and diversity of scenery of matchless grandeur and beauty; you see tho dark, blue ocean rolling in the distance, and tho incoming and departing vessels; you see the neighboring mountains with their snowy .summits towering up to the skies, and the beautiful green valleys below; you see the mighty forests with their green foliage spreading out before you in every direction, and rivers of surpassing beauty coursing their way through hills, valleys, and mountains to the vasty deep. Again you look into thai "yawning gulf;" you ponder over in your mind somo of Iho scenes that were enacted Ihere in bygone ages; of primeval earthquakes that shook the very foundations of earth, heaving up layer after layer of heated rook and molten lava unlil lhal great mountain on which you stand, combined with the shrinking of the earth on cooling down, was finally formed, producing an object which the most casual observer cannot help but appreciate and admire. There is something so unutterably grand about these mighty elevations, especially when covered with the everlasting snow, that people of all ages, castes, and races either view them with admiration or superstitious awe. Our Saviour, evidently admiring them above all others of his inanimate works of creation, chose a mountain to preach his most beautiful sermon on, was glorified on a mountain, and crucified on the heights of Calvary. And thanks to tho Jews that they gave Him this last but only privilege, and when the time came for Him to ascend unto heaven Ho again selected a- mountain, from the summit of which Ho took his heavenly llight. And Moses, amid thunder and lightning, received God's highest laws upon the summit of Sinai, and brealhed his last upon Mt. Pisgah. And Noah's ark, too, rested and no doubt .decayed upon the famous peak of Ararat; and Joshua, jubilant over the approaching victory over his enemies, commanded Iho sun lo halt upon Gideon that he might gain tho victory before dark; and Napoleon •\yitnessed ono of his fiercest -bailies with the Turks from tho summit of Ml. Tabor, which, in his own words, inspired him with now courage, and in mute silence waded through Alpine snows contemplating Ihe conslruc- lion of his great and famous road over Iho Simplon; and when that great explorer, Vilus Bohring, caught tho first glimpse of thai Iremondous mountain in Ihe icy regions of Alaska known as SI. Ellas, ho fell in admiration upon his knees ad gave it the name which it bears to the present day in honor of thai awful prophet of God—Elijah. So wo seo how inseparably they are connected with groat deeds and Ihings, and in what esteem Ihey were held by Iho greatest men of all times, and thai Ihey aro deserving of something 1 moro than ordinary recognition. The Indians too of our day, though far advanced in civilization to what they wore a few hundred years ago, and bold and daring as they are, shrink from the thought of climbing such a mountain. And it is safe to say there is not an Indian in Iho slato of Washington, at least, that has evor seen the top of ono of thorn. They doom it sacrilegious to do so, and any attempt to climb one would be, with them, certain death. A tradition runs among them hero that at somo remote period all those hills and mountains were at war with ono another; lhal Ihoy were hurling fiery rocks and bowlders at each other, keeping up a continual warfare; and wo presume such might have been the case. And fierce and long must have boon tho battle thai raged be- Iwoen them, and in all probability old Mt. Raimier was tho last upon the scene of warfare, for it has not been very long since Iho smoke was soon rolling from his great chimney. But let us hope that his wrath has appeased for all time to come, for ho would be a most terrible enemy to deal with. One volley from his monster breech would no doubl demolish and completely bury tho cities nearest its base until their very silos, like Ihoso of Pompei and Heroulaneum, would in lime be entirely forgotten. So much for the mountains of Washington, and all others' unavoidably brought into account, and especially old hoary-headod Mt. Raimier, whoso grand appearance and towering height justly ontille him lo the proud appellation of " Monarch of the Cascades/' CUAS. M. SCHICHTL. DON'T forget to remember that you can buy boots and shoes at less than manufacturers' prices, next door to the postottlce. W. F. Carter. GREAT bargains iw boots and shoes. Next to postoflice. W. F. Carter. DR. SHEETZ FOR MAYOR. A Qnict City Election at Which He Received the Entire Vote—The Aldermen Elected. The Independent School District Votes for Directors Next Monday—Mr. Robinson Declines. The annual city election passed off quietly Monday. Dr. Sheet?, nr, candidate for mayor had no opposition, and was elected almost unanimously. The honor Is one worthily bestowed, and secures for the city one of our best citizens as chief official. There was some cutting of tickets in the wards, and tho other officials chosen are divided between the opposing caucuses. Those chosen are C, M. Doxsee, treasurer; G. H. Lamson, assessor; J. W. Sullivan, solicitor; Win. Cleary, A. W. Moffatt, C. H. Blossom and H. A. Clock, aldermen, Tho voto by wards is as follows! Mayor— L. A. Shoetii City Solicitor— S. S. Sessions J.W.Sullivan Treasurer— C. M. Doxsee D. S. Ford Assessor— G. H. Lamson C. D. Pettlbone 105 07 41 72 38 74 111 ll 130 51 80 100 38 105 30 210 270 140 301 07 400 400 107 10 124 204 For aldermen Iho vote In the First was, Wm. Cleary, 46; S. Benjamin, 41; C. Bysou, 22. In the Second, A. W. Moffall had 57; E. J. Gilrnore, 31. In Iho Third, C. H. Blossom had 55; Fred Dormoy, 20. In Ihe Fourlh, H. A. Clock had 83; F. E. Smilh, 61. Mr. Pellibone declined lo be a candidate for assessor, and his name was voted for wilhoul his consenl. The men elected aro all well chosen and -will make good officials, insuring tho city good government another year. Tlio Coming School Election. Noxt Monday the voters of the independent dislrict meet to elect three directors besides transacting other business of importance. The terms of John Robinson and John Wallace expire, and G. R. Wpodworth's place is to be filled. Mr. Robinson in a card attached declines to serve again. B. F. Reed was appointed lo fill Ihe Woodworth vacancy, and Is now acting. Mr. Wallace has long and well represented Ihe depot and allended lo the depot school, and Mr, Reed has also made an excellent member, while no better man has ever been on the board than Mr. Robinson. All voters will feel a pride in maintaining our public schools at high grade, and everyone should give some care to selecting the best men to fill these vacancies. Mr. Robinson's Card. To the Editor: Having had the honor of serving as a member of the board oi directors for the Independent District of Algona for the past six years, I wish to say lhal I respeclfully decline being a candidate for re-election next Monday. J. W. ROBINSON. THE PABMEBS' INSTITUTE. A Pino Programme to Bo Given on Wednesday and Thursday, March IS and 10. The programme as finally arrangee for the farmers' instilule is given below. The opening day will be Wednes day, March 18, and Ihe meeting will be continued Thursday. Every farmei should plan to attend, as questions oJ groat interesl will be discussed by oui mosl experienced men. The programme is as follows: WEDNESDAY, MAKCII 18, 1891, 1 P. M. Address of Welcome—by L. A. Sheetz, Mayor. Response—Ernest Bacon, Hurt. Address—D. D. Dodge, Prest. K. C. A. S. 1. The Steer and How to Feed Him—R. J. Hunt, (J. L. Lund, W. H. Conner. 2. The Agricultural Implement—J. R. Jones. 8. Crass Culture—C. B. Hutchins, S. H. Pettibono. 4. Small Fruits on tho Farm—W. C. Hart. 5. Poultry—Ed Donovan. (S. Bee Culture—Wm, Cleary. WliUXKSDAY ISVENINCK ';• 7. Horticulture—Miss Alice Maun, M. DeL. Parsons. 8. Lead Pencil Farming—J. W. Hiuohoji. 9. Advantages of Organization—J. E. Blaekford. 10. Agricultural Instruction—Bertha Carey. 11. Home Influences—Mrs. C. A. Ingham. T1IUIISDAY MOHNINO, 10 A, M, 13. Small Fruits—S. E. Chambers. 18. Hog Raising—Mr, McAdams, J. B. Joues. 14. Sheep Raising—D. A. Wallace, Ed Donovan. 15. Tho Draft Horse—R. I. Brayton. THUHSDAY AVTBltNOON, 1:80 O'CLOCK. 1(1. The General Purpose Horse—B. F. Smith. 17. Can tho Iowa Farmer breed Roadsters Profitably?—J. W. Wadsworth. 18. Dairying—J. R. Dutton, E. Bacon. 19. Corn Raising—C. C, Chubb, S. Reed 20. Cheese Making—G. S. Wright. iil. Tlio County Fair—Harvey Itighum. of PHIL, HAHNA APPOINTED. He Gets tlio Consulship nt Imguyaru, Venezuela. Saturday's papers brought news the appointment of Rev. Phil. C. Hannf as consul at Laguyara, Venezuela. President Harrison had then signed his commission, and no doubt by this time it has been received at Eagle Grove. Tho appointment is considered a goot one, and probably will bo accepted by Mr. Hanna,- though no definite announcement has been made by him. Nothing is known yet of the place he goes to further than given in the Washington reports to the Register anc Sioux City Journal. The Register said Rev. Philip C. Hanna of Eagle Grove tea Methodist preacher who changes his residence ordinarily by order of bishop. But he will now go to Laguya- ra, tho principal seaport of Venezuela, by order of James G. Elaine. Mr. Han- ua was today appointed consul to Lag- uyara upon the recommendation of Congressman Dolliver. He is a brother ol Geo. W. Hanna, a leading citizen of LuVerne, Kossulh county. Laguyara a a celebrated exporting seaport for coffee, cotton, indigo, etc., and Mr. Hanna will be expected to eri-opefatft with Mr. Blaine in completing reoi-,^ jrocity arrangements with Venezuela*!^ The Journal said: ' , -\ Rev. Philip C. Hanna, who was today appointed consul at Laguyara, is a Methodisl minister of Eagle Grove. He was appointed upon the solicitation,01 Congressman Dolliver, who secured the indorsement of the Iowa senators some time ago. it is understood that Mr. Hanna desired to go to this place on account of his health. Laguyara is the principal seaport town of Venezuela and s the capital of the stale of Bolivia, but Mr. Hanna is likely to find out inore about the healthfulness of the climate after he reaches the spot. Heretofore it has not been regarded as a health resort. IN OTHER FABTS. Interesting Notes From Prof. Iteed and .Tas. Mcliaren—Idaho and California. We are allowed to use part of a private letter written by Prof. G. Reed describing life in Idaho. II is dated Boise City: "We are now about four miles up Boise River from Boise City but have been part of tho time near Caldwell, 28 miles southwest. The valley of the Boiso is from a half mile to fifteen or twenty miles wide near its junction with the Snake. The land lies in a series of plateaus called mesas. Sage brush, grease brush, and tho cactus seem to bo tho predominant vegetation. The lower plateaus are, quite well settled in Ihis (Ada) counly and . since the construction of new ditches, all the land lhat can be irrigated is being rapidly taken up. Tho New York ditch upon which we aro at pros- ent working is probably Ihe largesl in Ihe United Steles and many thousand acres of land will be redeemed to agriculture. The ditch when complete will be about seventy-five miles long. Il is forly feet wide on Ihe bottom, twelve and one-half feet deep and is to carry ten feet of water. A New York and London syndicate furnish, the money. The building of this immense ditch has caused quite a boom in Boise city and vicinity. Land has risen rapidly in value. Only a week or so ago a farm a mile of more from town sold at $75 pel- acre and then was resold at $135 per acre. The same land three years ago was offered at $13 per acre. Farm products command good prices, especially butler, eggs, oats, etc. Butter sells readily at 40 to 50 cenls Ihe year round, eggs ditto, per dozen. Oals are now- selling al $2 per cwl. From May until October the weather is very even with warm days and cool nights. This present winter was very fine until the last of January; since then considerable snow has fallen and damp, cloudy weather has predominated. The cold has not been severe, only two or three degrees below. Old settlers say it sometimes reaches 28 below. I saw no ice put up which was more than six inches thick. "Mrs. Reed and Leonard are well, the latter tipping the beam, at 40 pounds. We are living in tenls, and while il has ils unpleasanl features, it is healthful. By putting one tenl inside of another we have a comparatively warm residence." Jas. McLaren writes from Alhoinbra, Cal., lo renew his subscription, and mentions lhat they are enjoying "beautiful rain" and encloses a poetical clipping which if it had not been written in New Mexico we would certainly believe had originated in the Courier office. Our readers can commisserate wilh Ihe people who can break into poetry over rain in winter. Our old friend says the following expresses the sentiment at Alhatubru: " A short time since the cow was sad; she scarce could raise her head begad. Her hoofs were sore, her tail was limp; her mane and bangs had lost then- crimp, and miles she trudged from grass to drink, with scarcely strenglh enough wink. The owner loo, looked blue and glum, and cussed Ihe cattle business some. But since the rains the grass is tall—the cow can raise her head and bawl; her hair is slick, no bones protrude, she prances like a Tucson dude. Her tail erect, her eyes are bright, she snorts and dares the crowd to fight. Her owner, too, dig's up the chink, and asks the boys to take a drink. God bless the rain the gentle rain; it makes a man feel young again. Ho feels like tossing up his hat—and yelling liko a democrat." IN THIS NEIGHBOBHOOD. Rev. Phil. Hanna has been sick at Eagle Grove. Carroll is discussing a kite shaped track and big races. Cor with Crescent: Algona is having considerable trouble with the freezing of its waterworks and standpipe. I-Iumboldt Independent: Miss Alice Mann of Algona is spending tho week with Humboldt friends lo attend Ihe Applobeo lectures. Tho Emmelsburg Reporter says: Prof. Gommel goes to Algona to act as ono of tho judges in a Demorest elocutionary medal contest. The Estherville Vindicator says: Mr. A. Perry mot with a loss when moving to Algona that he regrets very much. A violin thai he prized very highly was stolen from the car, eilher here before starling or on Iho way. He offers len dollars for Ihe return of tho Instrument and will ask no questions. THE POOR TABMEB. What a JjuVorne Correspondent Finds In Ono End of tho County, To tho Editor: One of our poor farmers who lives only three miles southwest of town, presented his check at G. W. Hanna's bank the other day for the poor, insignificant sum of $2,421 for corn raised on his farm this year. And this is only a part of it. This same poor farmer thai we speak of has sold over $7,000 worth of grain Ihis year, and len years ago this same man hardly owned the shirt on his back, yes, lo! the poor farmer of Iowa! I think I would liko to bo one. And I am personally acquainted with a good many more of them in this state, as I have been in the state since the year of 1858. And I would like to change places today with ono of these poor farmers, as our great governor Boies and others call Iheui.

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