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Algona, Iowa
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THE UJPPEK DES MOINES: ALGOfrA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, JtJLY8,1891, The Upper Des Mome< BY INGHAM & WARREN. Term* of The t'pp*r DM Molnen: One copy, one year .11.5 One copy, nix months 7 One copy, three months 4 Sent to any addrefm at, above rated. Remit hy draft, money order, express order -ofpOBtal note at our risk. Rates of advertising Rent on application. Republican Connty Convention. The republican county convention of Kon«nth county will be held at court house hall 1 Algona on Friday, .Inly 31, 18f)l, at 1 o'cloc p. hi., at which time there will be selected four teen delegates to the representative conventlo 1 fttBMtt, Aug. 4, 1801; also fourteen delegate to attend the senatorial convention In this dig irict, yet to be called. The basis of represent atlon will be the same as that of the last re JJtibllcan county convention. The varimi wards and townships will be entitled to de egates as follows: Township. Com. Vote. Del Algona— First ward Gardner Cmvles. .flii Second ward H. F. Heed 8.'! Third ward T. U. WlnUel 40 Fourth ward K. H. Clarke 70 Bnrt John Kerr 7.'t Buffalo .U. lj. Latnorcux..a4 Cresco O. A. Potter 50 Fenton M. Wclsbrod 25 German II. Isenberger J24 Greenwood 8. Mayne H7 Gftrfleld M. HayaH l.'l Hebron A. Goodrich in Harrison John Hengston..!!) IrVltlgton A. L. Helton 71 Ix>tts Creek N. C. Trylor 10 littVcrne I. P. Harrison.... Oil Portland K. llacon iifi Plum Creek Frank Paine 80 Prairie I. Longbottom... 4 niverdale M.O'ltuurke M7 Ramwiy E. A. Howe Hii Sfnoca W. W. Alcorn....:»2 Swcn C. A. ErlckHon....41 Sherman O. M. Parsons — 28 Union 8. 8. Patterson...62 Wesley K. llacon na r Whlttemort Ofi 4 Total number of delegates 80 U. F, KKED, County Chairman Itp.imlilk'an IlcprcHditntlvo Convention. A delegate convention of tho republicans o! •the 84th representative district will bo held at Urltt, Iowa, on Monilay, Aug. 4, at 1 o'clock S . in., to nomluato a candidate for representa- ve from said district. The ratio of representation will be one delegate for each county and one for each one hundred votes and fraction over llfty cast for W. M. McFarlnnd for secretary of state at the 181)0 state election. The counties will bo entitled to the following mini- tier of delegates: Hancock, 803 votes, 10 dele- gutex; Kossuth, 1285 votes, 14 delegates, By order of the representative committee. K. J. HLAIK, Hancock Co. H. F. ItEED, Kossnth Co. For State Senator. LOOAN TOWNSHIP, Clay County, Iowa, June 2, 1801.—To the Editor: Please announce that at the request of many friends In the Forty-seventh district I am a candidate for the office of state senator, subject to the decision of the republican primaries. FIIANK W. CAI.IUNB. THIS JJKA'JMI OK .IUDGK 4 Two men of tho older members of the state university law school loft tho most marked personal impress upon their students. Chancellor Hammond was one, and second only to him was Judge .Lovo, whoso death occurred last Thursday at his home in Keokuk. As for TOany years ho was a land owner in this county, and a frequent visitor at Algona, ho was well known to business men, and u local interest to all attaches to Ills death. Ho was a man of marked character, one of those rigid, uncompromising, Jacksonian survivals of tho early period of the nation's development, and yet kindly in disposition, with a great enjoyment of humor, and a lively Interest in all human affairs. Hebe- longed to tho ago of Cast) and Bonton, .like them was a . product of pioneer "limes, belonging of right to their period, "but by virtue of his rugged constitution and unfailing health continuing in tho .active duties of life long after tho majority of his typo of men had vanished. Ho was in his prime when Franklin Piorco appointed him to tho United States bench, and has for years, it is said, boon the only surviving judge appointed by an anto-bollum president. Like so many of his class ho was always .an intense democrat. His boyhood was passed In Ohio, though ho was born in "Virginia, March 4, 1810. Ho had practiced law a fow years when tho Mexican war broke out. For this ho raised a company and was in active -service two years. In 1850 ho camo to Keokuk, was elected to tho state senate in 185!!, received his commission as United Slates district judge In 1850, jind for 35 years hat) dovotod groat learning and untiring energy to his work on tho bench. During that long period it was impossible that many amusing and interesting incidents fihould not have occurred in acourtpro- sldod over by a man of so original mold, and If all tho stories told by tho lawyers could bo gathered together they would inalco a lively volume of legal anecdotes. From tho first, Judge Lovo wasasup- •jportor of tho Iowa law school, and a firm friend of Chancellor Hammond, In •whom ho recognized one of tho greatest legal scholars this country has produced. From tho little beginning at Des Moinos to tho commencement last Juno ho was a part of of tho school. His lectures will never bo forgotten by those who listened to them. Ho always l>egan by assuring tho boys that ho was not thoro thoro to leurn tho law himself but that they wore, and that they could listen or not as they pleased. He said ho was used to talking whore there was noise, and that he could go through }iis lectures just as well if no one paid any attention whatever, but those who expected to practice might lind some profit in listening. Except on rare oc- •casions he never lifted his eyes from beneath his shaggy brows, and then never to see who fired tho overshoe that had hit a head with a resounding thwack. Tho most enjoyable occasions -with him wore when he left the law to give some of his literary studies to tho students. Shakesperc was his favorite topic, and one of the most learned and tiujnorous lectures ever given in Iowa was his analysis of the law In "Th< Merchant of Venice." Portia he proved to be a petti fogrger of pronounced type. He was a student in many directions, and one of his besl lectures was a study of the rules of lega evidence as applied to the miracles. In all respects Judge Love was strong man. He was upright in ever' relation of life. His record on the bench is one of well earned honor, for the learning and equity of his'decisions stand unquestioned. The sternness ant positiveness of his character were made amiable hy his genial humor and the unpretentious democracy df mannei which he always maintained, and he dies mourned and respected by every* one who knewhim. THE PJjATFOniVfS. The political platforms for the year are not unlike their predecessors. They must be interpreted in the light of recent political history. We give elsewhere tho essential planks of each and the reader between tho lines will not fail to discover the differences in the policies proposed. Of first interest probably is the prohibition question for both parties have had conflicting opinions to harmonize. As first published the democratic platform left out local option entirely, but as now given it contains this modified form of prohibition, [nterest, however, centers in tho repub- lean plank because of the determined effort to make prohibition a republican -cst. The platform itself shows no dngo, however, from the past policy >f accepting tho popular vote as a test of tho course to bo pursued by tho par,y. Attorney General Stone made .his clear In his speech when he said: " It is u well known fact that many earnest and devoted republicans have not agreed with tho policy of prohibition, but lave yielded their own opinions to the ex- >rcssed voice of the people and maintained ,ho integrity of their republicanism in yielding to tho popular will. Those men tro entitled to tho popular consideration ind confidence of all other republicans. They are entitled to the broadest toleration of treatment in tho republican family, and no test of party fealty upon this question should be laid upon their individual con- rictions." With such men as S. M. Clark open- y declaring their opposition to prohi- jition, and in view of the vastly greater mportanco of other issues, tho party ins not only chosen a wise course in caving tho matter to individual judgment, but has chosen the only wise ,ourso. Tho real strength of the republican >latform, however, lies in the planks ivhich point to accomplished national egislation. On the silver question the lemocrats declare for a policy which as national party they can never .unite n carrying out, and the effects of ivhich are entirely problematical. On ho other hand tho republicans point o a law which has already extended ilvcr coinage as rapidly as tho country ould absorb it, and rapidly enough to >ut all American silver into use as money. On the tariff question the .emocrats state again a position on ,vhich there is wide division in their iwn ranks, and which as a national larly they can give no assurance of sup- lortlng. Tho republicans again point o reciprocity treaties already secured, nd to a policy adopted which means vider markets for tho farm, and re- owod commerce. Many othor planks dealing with matters of more or loss interest have eon added according to tho taste of ho men writing tho platforms. Both ilatforms aro written in vigorous Engish and aro an improvement on tho sual article in this respect. years had an active part in moulding affairs of state. The LuVerne News endorses the idea of renotninatlng Senator Funk and says " THB UPPEU DBS ALOISES is out this week with an editorial in favor of Senator Funk as candidate to succeed himself this fall and claiming that the senator's letter o declination, written some time since, shoul not prevent him being tendered the noml nation under the circumstances. Wi heartily endorse the views of THE TJppEn DES MOISES and will add that we have i from reliable sources that, in case It wer necessary in order to harmonize matters the senator would not refuse to be the can didate if tendered the nomination. Fun] is undoubtably the man for the emergency. Gov. Larrabee was at Cedar Rapids last week. Many people are pleased to learn that the governor is looking well, auc his eye shows no sign of the injury receive not long ago while he was engaged in prun ing in his orchard. Clay county instructed for Dr. McAl lister for state senator from this district He is an old resident of Spencer and is well known In the district. SKNATOH lUlOWHH. The.State Register, in commenting n tho ro-nominatlon of our nelghbor- ng member of tho state senate, pays 1m a high compliment, and at • tho amo time Indirectly praises the politi- al sagacity of tho district ho ropre- ents. It says: Senator N. V. 13rower of Garner, Hanock county, will be rc-noininatod for the onato from the Cerro Gprdo and Hancock istrict. Tho delegates to the senatorial onvontiou aro said to be all instructed or him, and this means, for the first time n tho history of tho district, a ro-nomina- ion without opposition. This unanimity hows that the republicans aro ready for a trong and determined campaign this year. Senator Browor, who is thus honored, will 10 a valuable man in tho next legislature, s ho has boon for the past four years. He s an aggressive and hard working parti man—tho kind tho republicans can afford o honor." Tho Register recognizes Senator B rower's importance in Iowa leglsla- lon properly because of his individual trongth. But it recognizes also his niluoneo on account of tho united sup>or tho is receiving. In this the Register oprosonts tho state, and it represents 11 bodies interested ii) the political omploxion of' legislation. It is not nly that any senator is an able man ut that his district haying found an bio man stands by him, that impresses U peoplo with his importance. Tho istrict which can bo depended on to oturn its experienced and cloar-hoad- d representatives is the one which is ;ivited to tho inner circle of influence, onator Brower going to Des Moines •ith a unanimous re-nomination will avo an influence second to none in the onate, and if the othor districts of orthorn Iowa would do as well by the ion they can trust, this section would ot go long without exerting some con- over legislation. Tho chief reason or tho predominating influence of the Idor portions of the state, is the ex- erlonco and long time acquaintance of s political leaders, who have for so Hannibal Hamlin, the venerable vice president of Lincoln's administration, diet! Saturday. ^^^^^^^^^^^^ IN THIS NEIQHBOBHOOD. Mason City Republican: Mrs. Chas. Larson left for Algona Saturday to visit her parents and attend the celebration thoro on tho Fourth. Hurnboldt Independent: W. J. Lang of Algona, a popular knight of thegrip, was on this portion of his circuit last week Mrs B. F. Grose of Bancroft s visiting with relatives in Dakota r ity. A Livormore correspondent to the Independent has this item about our old settlor: John Conners of LuVerne ins bought out.Eber Smith'silvery bus- ness and will keep everything up to ho present standard and make such idditions from timo to time as tho pubic needs require. Land is booming at Elmore. The correspondent of the Blue Earth Post vrltes: Owners of wild land across rhe line in Io\ya have raised the price ;o a pretty high figure. From $16 to >20 per acre is tho latest valuation, "trass land privileges have been ad- anced to §50 per quarter. Livermore Gazette: Elmer French ind wife of Algona have been visiting joslie Howard and wife. Elmer took a ittlo recreation with a gun and had the misfortune to get his face filled with >owder, which Dr. Vought has been susily picking out the past week. The njury will not be serious. Our old LuVernite, Doc. Baker, is in uck. The Independent says: County Jlerk L. R. Baker goes to Milwaukee ,his week to get fitted for a new artifi- iial leg which the government furnish- is him with this year. Uncle Sam has made a liberal provision for old soldiers hat have lost legs, in that every three 'ears he gives them a new leg. Corwith Crescent: Miss Colburn's school in the Chambers neighborhood closed last Friday with a rousing picnic. Vliss Colburn has taught a very success- 'ul school and has been engaged for .mother term. She spends her vaca- ion at homo in Algona Mrs. Flora Finnell of Algona is visiting her laronts, Mr. and Mrs. Tiss F. M. Daniels drove to Algona Tuesday.... Wm. Noonan was in Algona Tuesday. Emmotsburg Reporter: Norman lollar of Bancroft put his Leader road grader to work on West Fourteenth street on Tuesday, and with tho machine and three teams put 70 rods ol street in first-class shape. Go and see it, but when you do so, don't go for tho council for squandering a fortune, as ,ho work was paid for by subscription, -he lot owners on the north side of the street in front of whoso premises the work was done and Messrs Mohan, Godlen and Cummins on tho south side bong tho contributors. If tho city had nought one of those machines years ago with the money which has been expended, every street In tho city might now bo in first-class condition. Ulg Shoot at the Burg. Emmotsburg Democrat: Saturday H. C. Shadboldt and H. J. Wilson entertained tho opinion that they could outshoot any four men in town. T. L. Croso, H. H. Jacobs, J. H. Carmichaol and J. W. Grior accepted tho challenge on tho conditions named—that Shad- boldt and Wilson could kill 400 birds and that the others could not kill half so many. A wiiger of $20 a side was put up with the understanding that the losers would pay for the birds. The score was as follows: Wilson 89 per cent., Grier 88, Shadboldt 81, Grose 55, Jacobs 52, and Carmichael 47. New Use Per Flax Straw. The Ruthven Press says that N, Brewer of that place sent a carload of flax straw east last fall, to learn if it was of value for converting into paper. He has received word that the straw proves very satisfactory and that large quantities will be wanted this fall. This will bo much bettor than letting the straw rot on the ground, but it would bo much bettor still could we secure tho location of a pulp mill in our midst,, and thus save for the farmers that money which must now go to enrich tho railroad companies. The Pigs Know Tlielr Itusiivoss, Among the many incidents told of tho Cherokee flood is that two pigs wore floating down the stream on a raft and tho current carrying them under a bridge the larger pig crouched down so as to miss tho bridge. A little later they came to the shore amid cheers from tho crowd of onlookers. In many cases cattlo that were in the flood and floating by would heed calls from the shore and would swim in close enough to shore to be lassoed and saved, but horses would pay no attention and were drowned. JAS. A. ORR, painter; will do painting, paper hanging, kalsomlning, etc., in the latest and) best styles, and guarantee satisfaction. See him and get pi-ices before letting your work. ' NOW THE BATTLE IS 01 And the Two Principal Political Par ties in this State will Wage a Lively Campaign. The Salient Features of the Two Plat forms—The Republican Nominees Political Notes. The action of the various state con ventions is now known and the state tickets are all in the field. There are four of them and the platforms touch on every interest that politics could sug gest. The prohibition party and the alliance party promise to cut no figure further than the votes they draw may vary the result as between republicans and democrats. The issue this year as before lies between the old parties am their platforms and candidates will .be the objects of political interest. The republican convention was held a week ago at Cedar Rapids. In a local way il is to be noted that the Kossuth delegation was honored by tho choice of Samuel Mayne as member of the committee on credentials for the Tenth district. On the committee son resolution the district was represented by Judge Carr. The Kossuth delegation gave Wheeler five votes on the first ballot and Kerr two. It gave Poyneer its full seven votes. On judge it gave Weaver two, McLain two, and Blake three. The Convention Proceedings. Governor HIRAM C. WHEELER Ueut.-governor GEO. W. VAN HOUTEN Supreme judge SILAS M. WEAVER State superintendent HENRY SABIN Railroad commissioner....F. T. CAMPBELL As temporary chairman John Y. Stone opened the ball with a vigorous speech. Gov. Gear as permanent chairman followed, and the nominations be 1 •an. The votes for governor were not lalf taken when Wheeler's nomination was assured. It was made unanimous at once. For lieutenant governor Poy- neer had 458, Van Houten 476, and Rumple 117, on the first ballot. The second brought Van Houton out easily ahead by more than two to one. Super- ntendent Sabin and Railway Commissioner Campbell were named by acclamation. The contest of the occasion vas over the supreme judgeship. On he first ballot Beck had 204, Weaver 315, McLain 126, Blanchard 161, and Blake 127. The second ballot gave Weaver 479 and McLain 372. Chang- ng votes began and out of it Weaver was finally nominated. Following the nominations Congressman Perkins read the platform. Mr. ELirschel of Davenport offered an amendment to the plank on prohibition as fol.ows: Resolved, That we favor such system oi local option under high license as will afford protection and prohibition to those districts which desire it, and wholesome regulation to those which, under prohibition, are and ver will be cursed by free liquor. After a speech by him the vote showed 84 for this amendment to 95] against. The Republican Platform. The following are the fighting planks in the Cedar Rapids declaration: We have no apologies to offer to the people nor to the democratic party for the republican record on the conspicuous issue in the state campaign this year. In the interests of true temperance and under the laws of Iowa enacted by the representatives ol its sovereign people, the saloon was made an outlaw in this state. Wo charge thai this outlaw has the patronage, counsel, and protection of the democratic party; that the democratic party, as it has won power, has nullified and defied the authority of the state, the expressed will of the people, and that now an appeal is made to the electors of the whole state for the approval of this lawless work. We recognize that the issue is law against defiance of law, subordination against insubordination, the state ol Iowa against the democratic party. We recognize that the issue is between the interests of temperance and freedom and the rule of indiscriminate traffic. We renew our allegiance to the people and submit to them the determination of the issue, recognizing that the control of the next legislature by the democratic party means statewide license, and that tho control of the next legislature by the republican party means a continuance of opposition to the behests of the saloon power through the maintenance and enforcement of law. We commend the republican party in congress for the redemption of the pledges made the people as to the revision of the tariff in the interest of home industry, and of its work in behalf of liberal provision for the pensions of soldiers in accordance with the pledges of the nation. We approve the coinage act by which the product of the silver mines of the United States is added to the currency of the people, out of which experiment may come a wise adjustment of financial questions liberal toward western interests. We commend most heartily the policy which has been inaugurated, looking to reciprocal trade relations with other people of the American continent and the administrative efforts making for the enlargement of foreign markets for American beef and pork. The platform commends President Harrison, says the party favors all ef forts at ballot reform, protests against criminal immigration, demands equal iaxation, favors the Conger lard bill, favors a big appropriation for the world's fair, and points with pride to the , republican record in Iowa. It strongly denounces the subserviency of e democracy to the saloon interests, )rotests against the re-election of Gov. 3oies, denounces his New York speech, denounces the Ottumwa platform, denounces the democrats for lying about he McKinloy bill, arraigns the democ- •aoy as the enemy of labor, and appeals to the Intelligence of the state. The Democratic Platform. Following aro tho four fighting lanks of the democratic platform, "hey give all that is of any importance n this campaign: We demand the repeal of the prohibitory iquor law, and in the interests of true tem- >evance we favor the passage of » carefully guarded license law, which shall provide for the issuance of a license or licenses in towns, townships and municipal corporations, and which shall provide that for each license an annual tax of 1300 be paid into the county treasury, and such further _tax as the town, township or municipal corporation shall provide, the proceeds thereof to go to the use of such municipalities. We reaffirm our adherence to the doctrine of control and regulation of railroads as now enacted into law, and we favor such change as experience may show to be necessary to protect the people from the invasions of law, from encroachments and extortions through the imperfections of the law ami as will establish just and equitable relations between the people and the railroad corporations in all travel and traffic over railway .lines. We call for statutes which provide stringent safeguards in the orp-unization of all corporations, protect the people; from fraudulent bubble concerns, provide that when any such artificial creature of law is found to be engaged in harmful practices the law shall promptly put an end to its existence. We reiterate our demand of one year ago for the free coinage of silver and that it be made a full legal tender for all debts, public or private, and denounce as unjust and dishonest the provision of the law recently enacted allowing parties to stipulate against payment in silver and silver certificates, thus setting up one standard for the creditor and another for the debtor, one for the poor man and another for the rich man. We denounce the McKinley bill, the motives of its authors and defenders, and the theory under which it is submitted for the approval of the American people. Such legislation increases the cost of the necessaries of life, promotes dishonest manufactures, trusts, and combines, creates sectional envy, despoils the many for the benefit of the few, threatens the country with an aristocracy based upon illgotten gain, and, above all else, corrupts the politics of the country so as to seriously endanger the perpetuity of popular government. We demand equal opportunities for every section of our country, and for every citizen, and we insist that every oppressive feature of the tariff be eliminated to the end that our merchant marine may be restored to the sea, and the markets of the world be opened to the producing classes. The sugar bounty is no tariff. It is a spoliation of the treasury for special classes and interests, which are no more entitled to be aided by the government than the farmers of Iowa in raising hogs and corn, or the pioneer settlers of tho frontier in their hardships and sufferings as the vanguard of civilization. The platform commends Gov. Boies, favors equal taxation, favors the Australian ballot, denounces trusts, demands public employment bureaus, favors the popular election of United States senators, favors wise pension laws, denounces the lavish appropriations of the last congress, demands tho forfeiture of unearned lands, tenders sympathy to Ireland and the Russian Jews, and asks the state to make a liberal- showing at the world's fair. Republican Nominees. Hiram C. Wheeler, tho republican nominee for governor of Iowa, is a native of New Hampshire, where he was born in 1835. His father, who was a farmer, early moved to Illinois, and at one time owned the land on which Lincoln Park in Chicago is situated. With varying fortunes he pursued his studies in the district school and later as a country teacher until about 18 years of age, when he moved to the Pacific coast. It was while engaged in the real estate business in San Francisco that young Wheeler married Miss Kate Dennis. In 1868 he went with his wife to Europe, spending several years abroad. On his return in 1871 he purchased ten sections of land in Sac county, where he has since resided, and where ho has developed what is perhaps the greatest farm in the state. Here he employs 80 men and has great droves of blooded stock. Mr. Wheeler has been in the legislature, and in 1889 had 487 votes for governor in the republican convention. • He has been president of the State Agricultural society and a member of other similar associations relating to agriculture, Geo. W. Van Houten, nominee for lieutenant governor, is 42 years old, and a resident of Taylor county. He enlisted in the army when 15 years old, and after the war came back to Iowa. He is prominently identified with farming interests, and is now serving as secretary of the Iowa alliance, as well as secretary of the state board of horticulture. Silas M. Weayer, who was nominated for judge of tho supreme court, was born and reared among the hills of Chatauqua county, New York. He came to Iowa in 1868 and settled at Iowa Falls. He has served two. terms in the legislature, and is now judge of the district court of the Eleventh judicial district. Henry Sabin, re-nominated for superintendent of public instruction, was born in Connecticut in 1829. For the last 18 years he has been prominent in educational circles in Iowa. He was elected superintendent of public instruction in 1887 and re-elected in 1889. Frank T. Campbell is an Ohioan, 56 years of age, He came to Newton, Iowa, in 1858, and has been interested in various newspaper enterprises. In 1867 he entered politics, and for eight years he was chairman of the state senate committee on railroads. In 1877 be was elected lieutenant governor of the state. Political Notes. The Chicago Tribune reporter says: " There were loud cries for Dolliver, -he pride of the younger element of the party. The gentleman was absent, so he convention cried long and loud for he greatest man in Iowa, Mrs. J. Ellen Foster, who made a little speech, iromising that the women would help the inon elect the ticket." When Mr. Stone spoke of the right arm of Harrison's loyal chief, Elaine, he delegates shouted and applauded. There could be no mistake, Blaine was first in the hearts of the Iowa republicans. The Capital tells the following on windy B. P. Wright: "A few min- utes later B. F. Wright of Floyd attempted to speak, being urged by his delegation to do so. But 2,000 voices were too much for B. F. They yelled and laughed, and B. F. kept talking and making gestures, and his voice being unheard the spectacle was grotesque. Ladies vied with the delegates in trying to see the spectacle, and B. F.'s large form and gestures held the fort only to finally surrender without a Word beyond the opening 'Mr. Chairman' being heard." Senator Mack remains as republican state chairman for the campaign. UNOLE STEVE'S FISH BTOET, The Kind of Plsli that He and Mart Pierce Caught at Spirit I/ake —A Few Leaves from ills Diary* ALGONA, July 1.—To 'Ithe Editor: Uncle Mart Pierce and myself have been up to the lakes fishing. I will give you a few items_ from my diary. You can set it up or consign it to the waste basket, its proper home. Tuesday, June 23: We started for Spirit Lake and stopped with Tom Clarke of Fenton for dinner, and fqund Mr. Clarke sick in bed. After doing ample justice to the bountiful dinner we drove on to Maple Hill. It is situate ed on the extreme north end of Swan Lake, Emmet county. We stopped with Postmaster Mast, where we found enough to satisfy the inner man, comfort for both man and beast. June 24: Started at 9 o'clock a. in. for Estherville. By dodging the showers we got there, 16 miles, without getting wet, and stopped at the Emmet house, where a man, whether a politician or farmer, gets a good square meal and clean bed at moderate charges. We met some of our old townsmen, Messrs. Metzgar, Zimmerman, Walston, Dutton, and others. Now I will say right here that Estheryille has as pretty a locsition as any city I ever saw. It is on a slight elevation, with just enough fall to the river to keep it always dry and clean. It is one of those inland cities where you see thrift and business on every corner. The one thing I saw lacking was shade trees. When I asked about it I was told they didn't do well. With the little experience I have had with tree planting, it is just the place I should have picked for either ornamental, fruit, or forest trees. In company with friend Zimmerman I visited the new school house site t and am free to say, if they go on and finish their house as they have commenced tho foundation, they will have one second to none in the state. June 25: We started for Spirit Lake and arrived at our friends, Jo. and Geo. Myers, at 2 o'clock p. m., and found George sick in bed, where he has been under the doctor's care for three weeks. The boys are located on the north side of the lake about 80 rods from the shore. We fished the remainder of the afternoon. June 26: Fishing through the day; fishing in the evening. Got more bites- above water than below. June 27: Fishing. June 28: We visited John Kepthart and family, brother-in-law of the Myers' boys. June 29: We started for home and left our friend George much better. We took dinner at the Emmet house;and drove to Maple Hill, where we stopped for the night. June 30: Drove to friend Clarke's for dinner, and found him so much better that he was in the corn field. We arrived home at 6 o'clock p. m., and found everything all right. I found just as many horse kind on the farm as when I left, but one was four days old in place of one that was three years old that was killed by lightning. It had been buried through the kindness of the neighbors. The crops as I looked at them showed corn rather light stand owing to cut worms, poor seed, dry weather, or something. It is about two weeks backward, but with a favorable fall I think.we shall have a full average crop. Oats and barley never looked more promising. We are almost sure of a big crop and the acreage is great. Wheat looked as»well as I ever saw it. Potatoes are good. Rye, of which there is considerable sown in Emmet and Dickinson counties, looks as well as I ever saw it in Connecticut. Flax is fine in all stages, from that that was dropping from the seeder to that in blossom, and such quantities. If I was to give you my estimate of the number of acres you would think it seemed a little fishy. I came near overlooking the one essential item, fish. There Is no "fish story" about this, Uncle Mart caught one fish four and three-quarters inches long. I caught one and the only one that I did catch that was five and one- half inches from tip to tip, except I baited my hook at Estherville with silver and caught a codfish brick. When it was cooked it tasted the most fishy of anything I have eaten for many a day. UNCI^E STEVE. Ho Got Ills Money. BURT, Iowa, July 2,1891.—I had my house insured in the Hawkeye Insurance company of Des Moines. June 24, 1891, it was struck by lightning and damaged. This day I have received a draft for the full amount of damage to the house, and I recommend the Hawkeye as a good, fair-dealing company. H. Hoxie is their local agent at Algona- J. N. WHEELER. 3Tor Sale. McCormick 6-foot mower, used two years; 12-foot hay rake with pole; one Acme hay stacker and bull rake; all complete; will be sold on six months' time; can be seen at the old farm; will be at home Mondays and Saturdays, j. B. JONES. Home Entertainment. " America, or the Land we Live In." will be given at the M. E. church on Monday evening, July 13. It is an instructive and entertaining exhibition. Places of historic interest will be shown and explained. For the 'benefit of the Sunday school. LOST—A white and brindle calf. Return to H. J. Edens, and be rewarded. F.. S. STOUGH has the best leather fly* net in the market, '• ' "\

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