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to, '. THE UPPEtt MOINES: ALGOKA, IOWA r WEDNi3Bl)A^ ' * . -. ___ .: . . _______ ..... ___ _______ .. _____ „... 12, 1891* The Upper Des Moines. BY INGHAM & WARREN. I', I! Terms of The Upper I)e« Molnca: One copy, one year ""§9 One copy, six months vfi Oae copy, three months 40 Sent to any address (it above rates. Remit by draft, money order, express order, <0r postal note at our risk. Rates of advertising sent on application. A SKNSA'J'IONAI.. IlEPOIlT. The following report in the Breeders' Gazette, the most widely read stock journal in the west, shows what such foolishness as is going on at Emmetsburg does for this section: "An Iowa telegram reports n contusions and fatal disease nmoifg the herds in Palo Alto, Emmet and Kossuth counties, which baffles the skill of local veterinarians. Prof. Stalker, the state veterinary, together with his assistants, has taken the field for a thorough investigation of the disease." There is not a particle of truth in this report. There are no cattle sick in Kossuth or Emmet counties, aside from occasional everyday ailments. There is no prevailing disease in the herds of Palo Alto. There are Bomo sick cattle in one herd, but these have no contagious disease. The disease they have does not bnfllo the veterinarians, and Prof. Stalker did not go there because the disease needed his attention, but because of a sensational excitement begun and kept up by one or twq.narlies who have been sending • Ouftheso reports and writing to Gov. Boles. Dr. Sayers on his first visit told the stock owners exactly what nilod their stock and what they would have to do. The trouble has not spread to other herds which have had good water, and thoro is no danger of its spreading, and no prevailing cattle disease exists. If those rumors wore merely local it is difficult to see what useful purpose they would servo. But spread broadcast through such a paper as the Breeders' Gazette their power for harm is apparent. Palo Alto can have all of this kind of advertising it wants, but Kossuth begs to be loft out of all future telegrams of this character, and also to suggest that Palo Alto farmers do less telegraphing and give more attention to getting decent water for their stock. TJIB NATIONAL G It AND AllMY. The Detroit meeting of the national G. A. R. closed last Thursday after a most successful session. The next meeting will bo hold in Washington, D. C., which was choson after a close con- tost with Lincoln, Nob.' The question of chief interest was that of admitting the negro soldier to equal privileges in the grand army, the white posts of the south protesting against the recognition of negro posts. The majority report expressed the almost unanimous -sentiment of the national encampment in the clause .which read: "During that florco struggle for the life of the nation wo stood shoulder to shoulder JIB coinrudos tried. It is too Into now to divide on the color lino. A man who is good enough to stand between the ling and those who would destroy it when the fato of the nation was trembling in the bulanoo, is good enough to bo a comrade in any department of the Grand Army of the Republic. No different rule lias boon, or over shall ho, recognized by the survivors of the union army and navy. No department should ho established for any color or nationality." The election of grand commander resulted in the choice of Capt. John Palmer of Albany, N. Y. The Chicago Tribune gives a brief sketch of his life: "Capt. John Palmer was born on Staton Island March 23, 1842. and lias a splendid war record. Ho enlisted in the Ninoty- ilrst volunteers Sept. 10, 1801, and was constantly with that regiment until it was mustered out July 1), 1805, taking part in all its engagements. Ho was seriously injured at the hattlo of Five Forks in tho combined charge of cavalry and infantry. Since the war ho has boon ongngod in tho fresco painting and decorating business at Albany, N. Y., and had tho contract for tho decorating on tho now state capital. As a member of tho Grand Army of tho Republic ho was •for several terms commander of Low Bono- diet post No, G; was olootod commander of tho New York department, and in 1870 was elected senior vico-commandor-in-chiof, all of which important positions he filled with tsi'cdlt. Ho Is said to ho u forcible speaker, sv inodol presiding ofllcor at department ana national conventions, and has frequently been placed at tho head of important committees by both state and national encampments." Tho grand jury has indicted all tho ."Now York morning dallies and their editors but tho Tribune for giving details of tho lato electrocution contrary to law. The papers deserve punishment for violating tho law, but tho law itself is one of those fiddle-faddlo attempts to protect public morals by having tho public shut its oyos, If it is right to electrocute pooplo, why should not tho public know how it is done? Next a law will bo demanded keeping the details of court proceedings secret, and trials as well as executions will bo conducted by star chamber processes. If tho ostrich is a fool for hiding its hoad hi tho ssaud, what can be said of a stato like Now ' York, which assumes that public morality dopouds upon ignorance, and that tho groat American people cannot bo trusted to read i what they like and about what thoy like, ' oven to capital punishments'! Rev. S. H. Taft is glad tho Humboldt races didn't pay and writes to the Independent: 1 observe that some of tho papers of Humboklt speak of tho attendance at, and receipts of tho horse races of last week week as being less than they "ought to liavebeon." It scorns that as u result of this neglect of tho business men and farm- el's of tho town and county, that tho racing .association is short about $200. It ulso scorns that about half of this deficit could Jiavo boon provided for if our town council would have licensed tho gamblors who came from abroad to set up thoir tables, us thoy were to pay tho association for tho •privilege of the grounds. Now if tho receipts ought to have bcim more than thoy wore, then the parties who are to blame tor this loss ought to be made to feel their responsibility and their Sin. But with what argument shall we approach the farmers to convince them that they ought to have left their corn, grain, and hay fields and give their time, presence, and money to encourage professional horse racing? All know that these races are, without exception, public gambling schools, that the crowd that follows th$m from place to place Is chiefly made up of persons who are a curse to any community, and that those who take the most interest in sustaining these races are not, as a rule, the best and most helpful class of society. As the Pocahontas Record sees it, "Mr. Funk Is too good a man to trade off for a possibility, and it gives the state at large pleasure to know that Punk's district appreciates his ability." S. M. Clark makes the clear distinction between tho tariff as proposed by Mc- Kinlcy and tho tariff as It was finally adopted, and shows why tariff reformers are satisfied! " Wo rejected and reject utterly and wholly Mr. McKlnley's peculiar doctrine of protection. We reject protection so applied as to make doarness rather than cheapness, scarcity rather than plenty, or protection used to restrict rather than extend commerce, Wo have shown over and over that in tho end, in opposition to McICinloy's views, sugar was more free, tho free list enlarged, tho principle of reciprocity added to tho tariff of 1800, foreign commerce extended, and as to a large part of commodities tho principle was established under that tariff of cheapness rather than dcarncss us tho right industrial condition. In the outcome there was scarcely a feature of tho tariff of 1800 that' we dissented or dissent from except tho duty on tin and the bounty on sugar. Wo would give a bounty to American shipping, and that is the only thing wo would do It for. Wo think tho duty on tin or tin plate should not have been increased. But no one over yet saw a tariff that pleased him in every respect." _ Tho Cedar Rapids Republican says under tho heading, "The Office Actually Sought tho Man:" "Senator Funk, editor of the Spirit Lake Beacon, is a modest man and devoid of what President Wolsey of Yale (speaking of Mr.' Tilden) defined as 4 an undue eagerness for office.' But the republicans of his district, appreciating his ablo and faithful services, got together at Enimotsburg, Friday, and re-nominated him, and a nomination in his district In this republican year of grace insures his election. Northwestern Iowa is on top this year, and her fertile prairies are alive with republicans and blossoming with republicanism." Lafe Young says: "An extinguished republican makes u distinguished democrat." DOWN ON VETERINAEIES. ICmmetsburg Now Swears at Prof. Stalker wltli tho Host — lie Agrees witli Dr. Sayci'B. The outcome of tho furor at Emmetsburg over the loss of cattle in a herd there, which had boon drinking slough water, is that Prof. Stalker, state veterinary, is now included in a general anathema. After Dr. Sayers and Prof. Nilos of Amos had told the herd owners what tho trouble was, they still insisted on Prof. Stalker coming up. They oven wrote to Gov. Boies that the facts as reported were all false, and threatened to turn the state upside down among minor things. So last week Prof. Stalker and Dr. Sayors mot in Enimotsburg and spent three hours in viewing tho herd ground, the cattle, and all tho surroundings, and Prof. Stalker re-affirmed all Dr. Sayers had said. Now tho Emmotsburgers are madder than over and' the Reporter says: ''After a long time waiting, Prof. Stalker, stato veterinary surgeon, arrived in Eramotsburg Wednesday evening and drove out to Great Oak township to investigate the cattle disease that has been taking off so many cattle in that township lately. If Prof. Stalk- or arrived at any other conclusion in regard to tho disease than the one announced by Profs, Sayors and Niles, he failed to communicate it to anyone. Ho may be satisfied in his own mind in regard to tho disease, but it is safe to say that tho losers of the cattle are not satisfied. Tho Reporter is informed that Mr, Stalker drove around from place to place, whore the cattle had obtained water, looked at some of the diseased animals, and drove back to town. If this can bo called an investigation of the disease, tho stato veterinary must bo possessed of a sort of intuitive knowledge that ordinary pooplo do not understand." The Emmotsburgers are bound to have n sensational and phenomenal disease. Nothing so ordinary as mere cattle trouble from bad water will satisfy thorn, and nothing will do but some veterinary shall be found to back up their wishes. It was unkind of Prof. Stalker not to help thorn a little, by appearing to be greatly alarmed, surprised, or something. It was really cruel to simply advise fresh water, and then ride ott. 1'rlzo Vlght. As tho 'Courier was represented at Emmetsburg last week Tuesday, wo looked for a full report of the prize light. But we aro compelled to go to tho Emmetsburg Democrat, which says: About 100 of the sporting men of Algona, West Bond, Ruthvon, Spencer, Estherville, and Emmetsburg gathered at Joyce's hall last 'evening to see tho hard glove contest between E. L. Ingalls and Billy MoHalo, but Billy did not seem to bo in it, for he was completely knocked out in the middle of the second round. The boys who paid a dollar to soo tho sham no doubt fool disappointed. They Will Got Kxorclse. The Emmetsburg Reporter is informed that Judge Can 1 , Capt. Sopor and J. J. Watson contemplate starting soon on an overland trip to St. Paul. They will go on foot, accompanied by dogs and guns. The object of the trip will be spoK and outdoor exercises. PUTE1) THE GAME WELL A Confidence Game by Which D. W. King was Fleeced of $2,000 on Wednesday Last. Two of the Parties Caught, and the Hearing Set for Saturday—A Similar Case at Marshalltown. The sensation of the past week has been the confidence game which took $2,000 out of David King, one of the county's earliest and best-known farmers. It was played on him on Wednesday morning last by tH"ree men, two of whom were caught the same afternoon at Eagle Grove, giving the names of G. E. Spencer and Wm. Clark. The third man, who got the money, has not* been caught. The capture of the two men was unexpected to them, as Mr, King had made them believe he would keep matters quiet two days. But they had barely taken the train south when he was in Algona and had telegrams sent to Eagle Grove to hold them. In the evening he and W. B. Quarton and A. F. Dailey went to Eagle Grove and IDENTIFIED THE MEN and brought them back. Thursday morning they were arraigned before 'Squire Thompson and held in bonds of $2,500 each until Saturday next, when they will have attorneys and witnesses for the preliminary hearing. It is unlikely that there will be any developments at this hearing, as they will undoubtedly await the action of the grand jury. A Mr. White has arrived In Algona to assist them, and we learn that Geo. E. Clarke has been retained for the defense. Thus far the defendants have made no statement of the circumstances, and their story is unknown. Mr. King has made NO DEFINITE STATEMENT, and a large part of the rumors that are afloat are unfounded. The story as told by Mr. King will be brought out Saturday at the hearing, and will give a substantial basis for arriving at some conclusion as to the facts. Until that time as correct a version as can be given of his side of the story is as follows: The two men, Spencer and Clark, came to his house Tuesday to buy his farm. Spencer represented himself as a candidate for judge at Keokuk, and Clark was traveling with a sister whose husband had recently died, and whose boys wore to be put on a farm. The story was accepted, and after looking the farm over carefully THEY AGHEED TO TAKE IT. Wednesday morning they drove down and got Mr. King and started for town to look up the abstract and title papers. In the ravine this side of Mr. King's house they mot a foot traveller who stopped _to inquire for someone. Mr. King did not know anyone by that name, and both parties passed on, when Clark remarked on the man's accent and told King to ask the man where he came from. The tramp stopped and told them he was from Texas, and was looking for a sister who had written him from Algona. Clark asked him why he was afoot, .and he replied that the "yankee liverymen" wanted the earth. But he said he could buy them all out if he wanted to, and then opened his satchel, which seemed to be full of money. A lot of talk ensued, and the tramp told them HE HAD BEEN BEATEN at a game in Algona and lost a lot of money, but he had "caught on" to the game, and then began throwing his cards on the buggy seat. Clark seemed much interested, and after watching said he could beat the game. He then gambled a while with varying success, when the Texan wanted him to show his money; he said his father always told him not to trust a yankee nor a yankee bank; he wanted to see the money. Clark then said he would go to town and get a lot of money from his sister, and he and King drove off, leaving the judge and the tramp. On the way Clark persuaded King to get $2,000, and HE CHECKED OUT $1,500 at the bank. They then went back, and found that the judge and tramp had moved up into the brush this side of .las. Paine's. There they gambled again until Clark had lost the $2,000 and got King to show the money. The tramp secured it, and then drew a revolver on Clark and the judge, who tried to .got it back for King. The tramp escaped, however, and the other three started for King's house, the judge lecturing Clark severely for his conduct, He said if this got out it would beat him in his election, and that Clark must get that money back in forty-eight hours for King, and that he would stay in Algona while he did. Mr. King acquiesced in the plan and THE TWO DROVE TO TOWN, put out their team, settled their bills, and got to the depot as fast as possible, just catching the noon train south. Mr. King followed them to town and had them arrested as noted. There are a hundred other details to the story as told, but none of them are known to be true, and the above story is largely rumor; but Mr. King has declined to make any statement until the hearing. He says, however, that the tramp appeared to be half drunk. It also seems he was a little deaf, and the others discussed the cards in a low tone during the game. The Men Released.. Since the above report was written the whole mutter has been compromised and the full details of the occurrence will never be known. Yesterday morning a compromise was arranged by which the two men paid back the $2,000 to Mr. King, and stood a fine of $100 apiece and costs. The county attorney changed the information to charge gambling, and they and their assistant from Chicago took the Milwaukee train oast at 10 o'clock. The story told by the men Clark and Spencer was different from that told by Mr. King, but is of no consequence now. They shook the soil of Kossuth from their feet some hundreds of dollars poorer, and if their visit has a proper educational effect it will not have been in vain. This occurrence gives point to two well worn maxims, never to put too much confi- dence in strangers, and never to bet on another man's game. AT TOO. The Same Game Was Played There, and oh the Very Same Jbay. The same day Mr. King was swindled here a case occurred in Marshall county, which the Times-Republican reports at length: It seems almost incredible, in view of the fact that the newspapers are full of accounts every day of farmers being swindled by sharp- ers who lead them to believe they want to purchase their farms and finally get them interested with cards, beat them out of their money, and then make good their escape, that it could longer be worked upon the intelligent tillers of the soil in this state, But it is, and to perfection, too. The latest victim to fall into the clutches of such villians is Daniel Williams, a well-to-do farmer, who owns, free from debt, 350 acres of land near Green Mountain, and whose son owns the Garretson hotel at Sioux City. Yesterday afternoon Mr. Williams went to the First National bank and asked President George Click for a loan of $5,000, saying that he wanted to purchase with it 160 acres of land adjoining his farm, which he intended to give to his daughter. While the security for the loan was being arranged for, and the money counted out, President Glick asked Williams if he intended to take the currency out with him, and received the reply that he did. President Glick, after further conversation, became convinced that something was wrong, and after much parleying would only give Williams $500; the balance, $4,500, he made out a certificate of deposit for, and told Williams he would not pay the certificate unless he came into the bank and signed his name on the back of it in his presence. President Click's suspicions were confirmed as the sequel proves. Three men had been stopping at the Williams home for the past three days, negotiating for his farm, saying they were going to bring their wives out as soon as the bargain was consummated. While stopping with Mr. Williams they made it a point to play cards, getting Mr. Williams interested in the game to the extent that he was induced to make the loan of $5,000 to bet on the turn of a card. With a team which they hired from Scheeler Bros, of this city they brought Mr. Williams in yesterday to get the money, they keeping in the dark, while negotiations were in progress. Had Williams told President Glick the truth when he was in the bank the trip of sharpers would be languishing in jail, as the officers would have been apprised of the matter, and bagged. When Williams got the $500 in currency and the certificates of deposit, President Glick told him that if all was not right to come back in the morning and let him know. Williams and the three sharpers left town and preceded to an old cabin in the timber, which was formerly occupied by James Quinn, but now deserted, and the scenes enacted there will probably serve as a salutary lesson to Mr. Williams as long as he lives, as regards being taken in by strangers. The quartet entered the cabin, and the game by which Mr. Williams was confident of doubling his money began, proceeding with varying success, but Williams being allowed to win to induce him to , bet higher. It ended as all such games do — the farmer lost all and the gamblers won. As soon as the last dollar was gone the scales fell from Williams' eyes and he realized that he had been swindled. He reached over and grabbed his $500 from the improvised table, and just as he did so the smaller of the three men drew a revolver, placed to his breast and demanded that he return the money. Mr. Williams was thoroughly enraged, and drew back to strike the man, when the swindlers realized that to remain there longer would be dangerous, and they took to their heels, got into their buggy and fled, Mr. Williams going on home and wondering how he could have been such a fool. According to promise when he obtained the money from President Glick, Mr. Williams came to the city this morning and confessed that he lied to the banker yesterday when he told him he wanted the money to buy a farm, and thanked him for saving him the loss of $5,000, as had he taken that amount of currency with him it is more than probable he would have been murdered. Scheeler Bros, were notified of the affair, and Sheriff Hixson has sent telegrams to all surrounding towns, and it is more than probable that the swindlers will be apprehended. The men were seen last night by a boy between LaMoille and State Center. A Happy Marriage. The Livermore Gazette reports the marriage of P. R. Grose and Miss Hunt of Bancroft, and says: It has been observed for some time past, as Mr. Crose hovered over the throats of his customers with his keen cutter in hand, that his thoughts were elsewhere, and self-satisfied smile would occasionally flit over his features as the time drew nearer to the end of the week, and when the end arrived he would hitch up his nag and flit over the road towards Bancroft, so that the community was not altogether unprepared for the announcement that he was going to change to a better mode of living. Mr. Crose came among us less than a year ago, and by attending strictly to business has secured a good patronage, which he deserves to retain. He is a reliable, straightforward man who is bound to win. His bride was, in her infancy, a resident of this place, and has since lived at Algona and later at Bancroft. She has many friends who esteem her us a lady of many good qualities. The young couple arrived in Livermore Wednesday and took up their abode in the Brown property near the Catholic church, where they will immediately commence wrestling with the intricacies of house keeping. We join with a large circle of friends in wishing them all the happiness obtainable in this life, and hope the groom's razors may never become rusty nor his chairs dusty. u Next." THE C., M. & St. P. railway will sell tickets to the grand lodge meeting of Knights of Pythias, to be held at Sioux City, Aug. 11 to 15, at $4.28 for the round trip.—1912 IT TOOK BUT TWO BALLOTS And Senator fnrik was He-nominated at the Senatorial Convention on Friday Last. A Harmonious Gathering, with Plenty of Enthusiasm—A Brief Resolution that Means Much. Senator Funk was re-nominated at Emmetsburg Friday on the first formal ballot, and the business of the convention was speedily done. The result was inevitable, as Kossuth and Emmet were both for the senator, while the Dickinson delegates were his personal friends, and could not refuse to accept a nomination tendered to their own county. Palo Alto also was friendly to Funk, and no feeling against him existed-anywhere, although Clay voted for its candidate, Dr. McAllister, The Dickinson delegation were placed in a delicate position, and so was the senator by his card stating that he should not seek a re-nomination, but both came out of the convention without a suspicion of bad faith, for neither directly nor indirectly was a nomination secured through their suggestion. The senator said his delegation must not propose his name, and not until enough delegates came to htm to force him to refuse to take a nomination did he signify any willingness to accept. The result is a good one for the district, and is especially acceptable to Kossuth county, which was so heartily for Senator Funk. No result could have been reached more satisfactory to this county. The convention organized with C. W. Grim of Estherville in the chair, R. B. Warren secretary. After the usual preliminaries, the informal ballot for senator gave McAllister and Funk 17i votes apiece, M. L. Brown and Col. Ormsby six and a half apiece. The formal ballot gave Funk 37 and McAllister 11. The vote was made unanimous, Senator Funk accepted in a few appropriate remarks, while Dr. McAllister and Col. Ormsby followed with good republican speeches pledging support. The committee on resolutions reported as follows: Resolved, That the republican delegates of the Forty-seventh senatorial district, in convention assembled, do heartily endorse the platform of the republican state convention, adopted at Cedar Rapids, July 1, 1891, and pledge the nominee of this convention to support the same. We appeal to the intelligence of the people to win victory for our party at the coming November election. Before adjourning the convention thanked Emmetsburg's boy band for some fine music, and the glee club for some campaign songs, and then went out and took in the new buildings the city is indulging in, and came home. JOHN a. SMITH AT HOME. A Brief Sketch of tlio Tvlfe of tlie Republican Candidate for the legislature. In response to a request from the Hancock Signal we have prepared a brief account of Mr. Smith's career, which will not prove uninteresting to our readers in Kossuth, though most of the facts are well known to them. John G. Smith the republican candidate for representative for the 84th district was born in Cambridge, Middlesex county, Mass., March 10, 1840, being there reared and educated. His father was the owner of a large garden farm, and after Mr. Smith left school he worked in the garden in the summer and in the winter season was em- Sloyed by Jacob Hittenger &Co., where e had charge of their extensive ice business. Mr. Smith was one of the committee to work for the incorporation of the town of Belmont, Mass., being appointed on that committee before he was of age. He spent a great deal of time at the Massachusetts state house and before the legislative committee, and after six years of hard work the legislature incorporated the town. In the year 1866 Mr. Smith came to Algona, Kossuth county, Iowa, and engaged in general merchandise business, and is now the oldest merchant doing business in that place. He has had the confidence of the farmers, and always claimed that if the farmers did not do well that he could not do well. The farmers never had a more earnest defender of their rights than Mr. Smith. His store has been a great headquarters for farmers for years, and the farmers have always been welcome there whether they bought any goods or not. It has been a kind of a home for them while in town, and there is no farmer in Kossuth county but will tell you Mr, Smith is a straight-forward business man. In 1883 Mr. Smith was elected mayor of Algona and held the office three years. When Mr. Smith was elected mayor the town was largely in debt. Ho worked very hard to get the town out of debt and succeeded in doing so. He walked over every sidewalk in town once a week in the spring and summer season to see that they were kept in good order. Mr, Smith was elected on the first school board of the independent district of Algona, and was chosen president of the board. He was re<elected after he refused to take the nomination. In politics Mr. Smith has always been a republican, casting his first vote for Abraham Lincoln. His father was an old "anti-slavery whig." His grandfather was in the revolution, and his father in the war of 1812. In 1868 Mr. Smith was married to a farmer's daughter of St. Lawrence county, New York. They have a very pleasant home in the south part of Algona, and anyone who will go there will see Mr. Smith as he is. He and his wife and children will give all a hearty welcome. Smith's Nomination, Hancock Signal: Mr. Smith is an old resident of Kossuth county, moving to Algona in 1866, where he has since been engaged in the mercantile business. While we preferred a straight- out farmer candidate and was in hopes of seeing a farmer nominated, yet Mr. Smith's strength seemed to be with the farmers of Kossuth county and his strongest advocates in the convention were farmers. If the farmers of Kossuth county preferred Mr. Smith to one of their own members, we will ha, satisfied with their choice and whom* it up for Smith. v Corwith. Crescent: At the republican representative convention in Britt ~ Tuesday, John G. Smith of Algona was nominated. Mr. Smith, in response to a call of the convention, stated amone other things, that the farmers' inte£ est was his interest, and his interests the farmers' interests; that he recognized the farmers' needs and demands and should lend his powers in their interests as far as possible. LuVerne News: The republicans who are not friendly to the candidacy of John G. Smith, if there are any such are few and far between, and "Uncle John" will receive the congratulations of his army of nephews upon his election, some fine morning this fall. Spirit Lake Beacon: John G. Smith of Algona was this week nominated for representative by republicans of the counties of Kossuth and Hancock, Mr. Smith is a strong tnan. He will be a popular candidate and an efficient legislator, WHEELEB'S FARM MORTGAGE, His Neighbors Make a Statement About Ills Finances. The Chicago Herald had a long article a,bout Wheeler's finances a short time ago, in answer to which the following was prepared and sent to that paper: ODEBOLDT, Iowa, July 30.—Editor of the Chicago Herald: Having read the account of the special correspondent of the Chicago Herald in regard to the mortgage on Mr. Wheeler's farm, his way of doing business, etc., we • find a good many statements that are not correct. We do much business with Mr. Wheeler and think we know perfectly as to his financial condition. A part of Mr. Wheeler's farm is mortgaged for $60,000, which he obtained from the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance company at 6 per cent., without commission or other charges. This is all there is against his farm. He has never given a mortgage on his crops or any personal property. While the records show $70,000, he has paid $10,000 and as a matter of fact owes but $60,000. We know that Mr. Wheeler receives each year, in payment for his imported horses, long time notes, running one, two and three years, to the extent of $40,000 or more. Our understanding is that he carries the mortgage on his farm for the purpose of obtaining money at a low rate of interest, enabling him to carry his farm produce to such time as the market is satisfactory. We know that he has often carried the products of his farm for a year or more before marketing them. This also enables him to carry his bills receivable. Mr. Wheeler has $75,000 worth of real estate here on which there is no incum- brance, and we know of his having purchased real estase to the value, we think, of more than $100,000 within the .last ten years, outside of his holdings here, and the same is unincumbered. Mr. Wheeler now has an agent in Europe purchasing 55 horses in France and England, which will be here next '• month, and has nine imported horses on hand. He has 1,000 cattle, mostly Polled Angus grades, 150 horses and mules and a large amount of bills receivable, all of which amount to over $100,000 in value. Since we have known Mr. Wheeler he has not been engaged in any other business but farming, except that of importing horses. It simply amounts to this: That Mr. Wheeler, in 1891, put a $60,000 mortgage on his farm to enable him to develop and stock the same. He has been abundantly able for years to pay off the mortgage, but it is not business to do so, as he can use the money at the low rate of interest charged and benefit himself by so doing. The other mistake we wish to correct is this: " Although a large consumer he seldom buys anything in Odebolt." This is untrue and unjust, and we have taken the trouble to look the matter up. The merchants of the town furnish the Mowing proofs of the falsity of the charge: To whom it may concern: We, merchants of Odebolt, Iowa, do hereby certifly that H. C. Wheeler has bought of us respectively a yearly average during the time designated below, the amounts set opposite our names: Joseph Mattes, (successor to Mattes & Ketterer,) hardware, $1,100 yearly for 13 years. H. C. Ballard, meats and provisions, $400 yearly for six years. E. C. McKeever, harness and saddlery, $250 yearly for eight years. T. P. Motle; groceries, $450 yearly for nine years. Hartman & Behnke, (new firm,) millers, ?850 during the last year. W. J. Summerwill, druggist, $150 yearly for ten yerrs. C. J. Jacobie, meats, $250 yearly for four years. Frank Hansman, hotelkeeper, $200 yearly for three years. J. W. Buruside, dry goods, $135 yearly for ten years. S. H. Buuman Lumber company, lumber, $1.250 yearly for ten years. Mattes & Ketterer, general merchandise, $1,441 yearly for seven years. J. P. Horan, liveryman, $100 yearly for three years. Many of the other merchants of the town receive patronage from Mr, Wheeler, varying from $25 to $100, making in the neighborhood of $7,000 that he leaves with the people yearly. Of the merchants mentioned above five are republicans and ten democrats. Mr. Wheeler does not mix politics and business. W, J, SuMMBJtwnJL,, Vice-president First National Bank. W. F, BOY, Cashier First National Bank. G, M. TAGGAET, Cashier Farmers' Bank. Seen About Algona, Editor Wood of Corwith visited us a week ago and writes: In taking a drive across the country to Algona, it is noticable that around Corwith the corn is much better than on the higher ground. The fine start corn has, and this fine corn weather, gives promise of a bountiful yield. Oats and barley are an assured crop and a splendid one too. Flax gives promise of great returns. The hay crop is a good average, and in all ways nature seems to be doing its utmost to promote the interest of the farmer, and if good crops are indicative of good times, we will surely have it soon. GALBBAITH is selling summer goods at a big reduction this week. ARE you on to Rist's Racket store? 9 \.

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