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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, August 19, 1891
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THE UPPER DEB MOlKJESr AMOMA, IOWA* WEDNESDAY, AlMtJST 19, 189L The Upper Des Moines BY INOHAM & WARREN. term* of The tipper Den Molrie*: On* copy, one year li.Si One copy, six months. 7i One copy, three months 4C Sent to any address nt above rates. Remit by draft, money order, express order orpoBtal note at our risk. Bates of advertising sent on application. Card* of Cnmllrtnteo. Ton Sunnier—I am a candidate for sheriff mibjectto the action of the republican county convention. B. J. HUNT. TltK FAUMKIi'S YKAIl. Every iftdlcation now is that high prices will prevail for all kinds of farm produce. The action of Russia in prohibiting grain exports is causing actua distress in Germany, a much widei field will bo open to American products, and increased demand will stimulate prices. Wheat went up nine cents in one day in Chicago after the European situation was known, and all grain prices are rising. It is reported that agents of elevator companies and commission houses are through the west contracting the farm supplies foi future delivery. The farmors will do well to look with reasonable caution on all schemes to get their produce at low prices. It is inevitable that the markets will remain firm, and the farmei will probably do best who uses his own judgment as to soiling. This is the farmer's year, and ho should make the most of it. THK NOTUM DEAD. The past week has been distinguished from other weeks by the death of three conspicuous Americans, the poet Lowell, tho veteran editor Geo. W. Jones, and the honored widow of President Jas. K. Polk. Lowell, born to a life of financial case, fulfilled the great promise of his early developed genius. Mrs. Polk was chiefly conspicuous through tho extorn- t nl circumstances of her life. In the 'career of tho editor is told tho story of 'the typical American. Beginning as a farmer boy in Vermont, ho struggled for a clerkship in a country store, became errand boy in the country weekly Grooley sol type for, business managei of tho Tribune Greoley founded, foundoi of tho Now York Times with tho gifted Henry ,1. Raymond, and finally edito of that independent and powerful journal. Without education or opportunity like Greoloy he became a man ol , marked intelligence and wide-spread influence. The trials of his boyhood furnished tho hardihood and self-reliance which made tho groat editor. "When tho Tweed ring offered the - -Tildes $5,000,GOO 1 to suppress tho ovi- . donee of tho corruption of tho city government, tho Times refused the bribe and single handed exposed tho ring. This great achievement made the Times and its editor famous, and won both a place their later political course could not wholly lose. At tho iigQ of eighty Mr. Jones passed from uctlve work, leaving a record to encourage and inspire every boy who has the ambition and confidence to aim at great results. STOHMHD TII10 SKflCS. THE UPPEB DES MOINES having marked tho progress of Senator Farwell's preparations to secure rain by dynamite explosives, would neglect a plain duty if it failed to record tho success of tho first experiment. Tho trial was made at Midland, Texas, last week Monday, and according to tho report was more for tho purpose of testing the machinery than of getting rain, but as tho rain camo, great confidence is felt. About ten hours after tho explosions were made clouds began to gather over the ranch and surrounding country, and about seventeen hours after tho explosion rain bogan to fall, Tho report says that tho storm scorned to gather directly over the ranch and tho fall of rain was heaviest at that point. Tho storm extended over a space of 1,000 square miles, and at tho ranch the rain continued to fall for tho space of six hours. About two inches fell at that ])oint. This storm breaks a drought of long duration in the locality and is tho best rain that has fallen on tho ranch for more than a year. All tho apparatus will be in position in a few days when full trial will bo made, which will bo watched with greatest interest. Senator Par well of Illinois, who originated the idea and secured an appropriation from congress to try the experiment, is greatly pleased with the results thus far. In an interview ho eaid to a Tribune reporter: "Itshows thoofflcuoy of my theory, niul this, you know, is merely tho preliminary experiment. I Uavo had tho utmost contt- deuco in my theory right along mid naturally I think 110110 the loss of it booimse it is any own. I worked hard to got tho appropriation through and Mr. Dyroiiforth is carrying on the experiments. If ruin win lie produced by tho aid of explosives, mid this preliminary oxporiuiout would tend to prove such u theory, tho discovery will bo of incalculable botiollt to tho west mid southwest. The llrst cost will naturally bo ox- pensive, mid wo expect to use the entire appropriation—$!>,000-for those experiments, but uftor the praoticabiUity of the theory is demonstrated beyond a doubt the cost will be lessened; there will bo Improvements ttud cheaper methods discovered." J. Prod. Meyers discusses tho misery among tho laboring classes he sees in 33uropeuud says: Tho question, "Is so much sintering and wnsto of life u necessity essential to human existence, and if not, how cau It bo alleviated)" is pressing for solution in every land. There avo today very uuuiy people in Germany to whom the petition " Give us this day our daily bread," meaningless form, For instance, the other night, aftef midnight—for the poor creatures could not come scatter— there was a meeting held in Berlin attend ed by 3,000 waitresses in public restaurants and saloons; and their grievance was that the proprietors compelled them to pay ns commission as high as two marks per day for extorting from the guests drink money for themselves. The balance of the story must be Imagined, and yet men wonder a' the universal dissatisfaction of the laboring men with a government which permits outrages so gross. There ore wrongs everywhere and in all countries, but trave! and observation have convinced us that the United States Is the paradise of the work Ing man, and that in our country alone a peaceful solution of the labor-award prob 1cm Is practicable. Burrell of the Washington Posl sums up Sovereign's report that Iowa farmers have lost $64,000,000 on corn In ten years, "thocuss lies." • Loron Fletcher of Minnesota visited Ulaine last week. Report says that he assured tho secretary that Blaitie and reciprocity would sweep this part of the country, Tho only answer Blaino made was a smilo and a deprecatory gesture. Yet, Fletcher has the Impression that Blaino will run If asked with sufficient unanimity. " Did ho Impress you as a man on the verge of tho grave?" was asked. "Yes," replied Fletcher, "but the grave was that of tho next democratic nominee." President Harrison has appointed John S. Woolson of Mt. Pleasant to succeed Judge Love us United States district Judge. Mr. Woolson Is a member of tho Iowa senate, and one of the ablest lawyers in the state. Tho Palo Alto Reporter disposes of tho talk that Senator Funk will bo .opposec In Clay county. It says-: .A shoi't time spent at Spencer the early part of tho week satisfied the writer that there is no por- coptablo dissatisfaction over Senator Funk's nomination in Clay county. While in earnest for Dr. McAllister, few of the Clay county delegates expected, after arriving at Emmetsburg and looking tho situation over anything but tho nomination of Senator Funk. Mr. Funk has many friends in Clay county, and there is a unanimity of opinion among them that Clay county will give him tho usual republican majority this fall. Tho republican campaign opens al Webster City, Saturday, Aug. 22. H. C Wheeler and Geo. Van Houton will both be present. Tho census statistics for 1890 show 1,821 paupers in Iowa almshouses. Iowa ranks thirteenth among the states, twelve having more. New X°rk leads with 10,272. Tho census shows the total number in tho United States to bo 73,045 as against 6(i,2(K in 1880, proof that pauperism has not increased in proportion to our growth in othei ways. Of these 87,887 are white males, and 20,101 white females. Of the white paupers 28,850 are native born and 27,048 foreign born. The ratio of almshouso paupers to tho total population is one to 857. The out door poor, moaning those supported by tho public outside poor houses, number in all 24,220 in tho United States. •Torre Rusk says ho will resign as secretary of agriculture if Senator Farwell's ruin experiments succeed. Ho says someone would want rain on his farm all tho time. Speaking of D. N. Richardson's estimate of Gov. Larruboe, part of which is given elsewhere, S. M. Clark says: "Mr. Richardson recently visited Gov. Larraheo at his homo and found him as wo always have, thoughtful, and broad and wise and dispassionate and philosophic, and both thinking and speaking at calni and high range. Gov. Larraboo has tho largest private library in tho state, and he knows books and writers and who are worth and who are not. Mr. Richardson had a delightful time of good comradeship and writes about It in his graceful way. Ho says that no one of Iowa's governors has had tho learning that Mr. Larrabee has," The American Agriculturist estimates that the farm profits this year will exceed those of last by one billion dollars. It estimates tho total yield of corn, wheat uid oats at throe billion, ono hundred mil- .ion bushels, or 10 per cent, greater than ,ust year, and 15 per cent, greater than for eleven yours. President Polk of the farmers' alli- inco says Iowa will not have much attention this fall. Ohio is where they will work. __^_^_^_^_ IN THIS NEIGHBOBJOOD. Spencer is making an effort to be- ome a city of the second class. A census to show sufficient population for hat purpose is now being taken. A merchant at Newell is sued for $324 'or pins by a wholesale house. He or- lerod five gross of pins and, by some- jotly's mistake, got five great gross. Great means a good deal when gross s tacked to it. Emmotsburg Democrat: Thos. Shernan, assistant cashier of tho State bank it Bancroft, was in this city yesterday. Ho says if Iowa goes democratic this 'ear, tho north half of Kossuth county vill bo cut off and called Boies, Our popular Northwestern conductor ins boon promoted. An Elmore eor- •espondont says: Ho is now running Hissonger between Carroll and Sioux Jity, Iowa, with headquarters at the ormor place. Mrs. Hoover will leave or that place in two or three weeks. Vll Elmoro regret their departure. An Ehnore writer says: Geo. E. Clarke of Algona, Iowa, the loading at- ornoy of his section of tho state, was a mssengor on Tuesday evening's train n route to Wells for the purpose of nuking papers, securing affidavits, etc., olative to the death of Dr. Straw, pre- xiratory to instituting a $5,000 suit igainst the U. S. Mutual Accident as- pciation of N. Y., in which company he doctor carried a policy of the above i mount. ^ CLOTHING, new stock at Galbruith's. GRAIN FAMINE IN EUROPE The Russian Crop is a Failure, aw America will Have to Furnish Their Breadstuff's. Good Crops Assured in This Section- Friday's Storm and its Damage— The State Report. THE UPPER DES MOINES has collected from the dispatches of the past week a number of reports of Importance to the farmers of this section. They show that already in European markets the grain famine has begun and that al: eyes are turned toward the American harvest field. In a local way they show that what proved a beneficial and gentle rain in Kossuth was a damaging storm all around us last Thursday and Friday. Hail storms are reported all over Iowa, and were especially destructive in Minnesota. This county has again passed a critical period with good fortune, and again as twice before in the past half dozen years is almost insured a more than average yield of everything, at a time when in many sections crops are poor. Russia Prohibits llye Exports The serious situation in Europe was developed fully last Wednesday when tho Russian government issued an order prohibitine the export 6f rye. At first this was thought to be a political blow at Germany, which is dependenl on Russia rye for bread. But the facts seem to bo that Russia will still be short of enough for home consumption. As Germany has a high tariff on rye anc grains, a great movement is on foo' to reduce duties and allow the free import of food. The masses are already suffering. As Viewed at Berlin. BERLIN, Aug. 12.—The ukase forbid ding export from Russia of rye and rye meal of every kind and brand, which was published in the Official Journal at St. Petersburg yesterday, created an enormous sensation in this city. The ukase came as a complete surprise to dealers in grain here. One effect of the ukase has been to raise the price of rye almost to the price of wheat. Chan cellor von Caprivi is deaf to all appeals made to him to remove the grain duties The Russian measure will not be fel for several days. The rye imported by Germany from Russia cannot be re placed by that of any other country Further and rapid increase in the prices of breadstuils must be expected As Viewed nt London. LONDON, Aug. 12.—The Daily News this morning, commenting on the action of Russia in prohibiting the export o. rye, says: "It is reassuring to learn the crops in the United States promise to yield an exceptionally large harvest." The farmers of America, the paper declares, are masters of the situation and it is to be hoped they will use their strength mercifully. Making corners in the necessaries of life is nevei laudable and in the present juncture it would be little short of'fiendish. Grain Prices Booming. BALTIMORE, Aug. 14.—The Russian ukase, in prohibiting the exportation o rye, caused the price to go up today on tho corn and Hour exchange, the highest price being 95 cents a bushel. In one week the market has gone up 14 cents per bushel. Friday's Storm In Iowa. Dispatches in the Register of Satur day from Keokuk, Burlington, and other southern points tell of great damage there to crops and buildings, while in Webster City, south of us, and Sheldon, west of us, bad hail storms are reported. The Keokuk report is: A terrible wind and hail storm struck here Friday afternoon. Half the shade trees in the city were blown down, and small buildings were moved from their foundations. Lightning struck the amphitheatre at the fair grounds. Hall In O'Brien County. PRIMGHAR, Aug 14.—A terrible hail storm passed over this county yesterday morning and last evening. The strip covered is from three to Jive miles long. The greatest damage was "done to corn and flax. Corn is stripped of leaves and tassels and in many cases practically destroyed. Flax is down and beaten into the ground. Two- thirds of the crop of the county consist of wheat, oats, and barley, .but this has been harvested and was not injured. Tho Storm In Minnesota. The Pioneer Press gives dispatches from various parts of Minnesota telling of damage by hail in Friday's storm, and says: In some places the hail was fifteen to twenty inches deep on a level and hours after tho storm passed could bo shoveled up like snow. All the windows on the exposed side of houses were smashed. In Bentan county its width varied from one-half to a mile, and as it began to spend itself, it spread to about four miles wide. All corn and standing grain in its path wore utterly mined, the immense hail crushing it into the ground, and all grain in shocks ilso suffered severely, that toeing shocked in paralled rows with no >eapB being nearly threshed out. The .grain shocked with caps was not damaged so severely. The Champion Hall Story. The Pioneer Press .report contains .he following remarkable story: Today, 20 hours after the .storm's passage, Capt. William Smith, of Minden brought to this city a huge lump of snow and ice which he had picked up on his farm, When he started from icrne tho monster was .about two feet n diameter. Iowa Crop iteport. DES MOINES, Aug. 16.—On the 9th a leuvy wind and rain storm, originating n Ringgold or Decatur .county, swept -hrough the S. C. and S. E. districts to the Mississippi river and beyond^ the general direction being a little north o east. The width of the belt of disturbance, at its inception, was from 15 to 20 miles; and it was fully fifty miles wide when it reached the fiver. It waa i wind-squall of unprecedented force (noi a tornado or " cyclone," as reported and the damage to growing crops, stacks and shocks of grain and hay, buildings and fruit was very heavy ir the aggregate, though the first reports were probably exaggerated, On the 18th a belt of hall passed through O'Brien and Decatur counties, 'causing heavy damage, estimated by one observer at a half million dollars. On the whole the week has been favorable to corn, which is making satisfactory progress toward maturity. In many see tions it has attained a phenomenal size,, and with favorable conditions a fair crop will be secured. In some locali ties grain in stacks and shocks has been sprouted by excess of moisture. JAMES BUS8ELL LOWELL. America's T^oss of One of Her Most Illustrious Poets. To the Editor: In the death of James Russell Lowell America loses one o! her great poets—one of the few remain ing ones whose fame and verse have made our time illustrious. The names of Whittier, Longfellow, Lowell, Bry ant, Holmes—how like a galaxy Of stars they shine! The younger poets who succeed them have not yet come into their full fame, Perhaps they wil never reach the pinnacle and show forth the brilliancy of these stars of the first magnitude. Mr. Lowell may no rank as a dreamer and seer with the world's greatest poets. He has been •styled the poet par excellence of Amer ica because of his reality. One says o_ him: " It is James Russell Lowell who has put more rich culture and more pure nature into his verse in five years than a good many popular poets have done in all their lives. Here is a man who sings tho woods and the fields in tones as exquisitely accurate as the gamut of the winds and waters ant wild birds! No one of our other Amer lean poets approaches him in spon taniety. He has the finest art of all— the art of being natural." The poetry of Mr. Lowell is full o manly vigor. With no uncertain sounc he strikes the keynote to true manhood " Life may be given In many ways, And loyalty to truth be sealed, As bravely In the closet as the field, So bountiful Is fate. But then to stand beside her, When craven churls deride her; This shows methlnks God's plan And measure of a stalwart man, Who stands self-poised on manhood's solli earth. Not forced to frame excuses for his birth, Fed from within with all the strength h needs." Mr. Lowell has this word for wealtl and poverty: " O rich man's son. there is.a toil Which with all others level stands! Large charity can never soil But only whiten soft white hands. This is the best crop from thy lands; A heritage It sends to me, Worth being rlc'n to hold in fee.. " O poor man's son, scorn not thy state; There is worse weariness than thine In only being rich and great. Toll only makes the soul to shine, And makes rest fragrant and benign." The poem which has made Mr. Low ell's name a household word is tha stirring ode written in 1845 to aroust the nation for the struggle with slavery " Once to every man and nation Comes the moment to decide In the strife ol Truth with Falsehood, For the good or evil side. ******* Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong Forever on the throne; Yet that scaffold sways the future, And behind the dim unknown Standeth God within the shadow, Keeping watch above his own." When the war was ended, and Mi- Lowell's noble son, a brilliant Harvarc student, had fallen where the battle raged fiercest, this sweet refrain in the "Biglow Papers" tells how tendei had been the tie which bound fathei and son together: " Rat, tat, tat, tattle through the street I hear the drummers malting riot, And I sit thinking.of the feet That followed once but now are quiet; White feet as snowdrops innocent, That never knewthe paths of satan, Whose coming steps there's ears that won't No, not life long, leave off awaltin'." Mr. .Lowell was laid to rest on Aug 14 in 'beautiful Mount Auburn, very near to the grave of his beloved friend the poet Longfellow. How truly maj one stand by that new-made grave and feel the full force of tftie stirring words: " What's hallowed ground.? "Tis what gives birth to sacred thoughts in souls of worth. Peace, Independence, Truth go forth, Earth's compass round; And your high priesthood shall make earth All hallowed ground." C. A. I. .A GOOD OHANOE FOB SOMEONE, The \Vest Point and Annapolis Ca- •detshlps for tlie Tenth District BotJi Vacant. Two weeks ago the visit of Bert M Barr to Omaha was noted, but nothing was known of its object. The first news of the outcome was .contained in the fol lowing, dispatch to the Sioux City Journal from Fort Dodge, based on a telegram from West Point: "B. M, Barr of Algona, who won the record mendation to the vacant cadetship a couple oif months ago, failed in the physical examination at that place. Alternate Canfield of Fort Dodge has decided to waive his claims to the position, so the appointment is -still open. The vacancy at Annapolis is also unfilled on account .of physical defect discovered n the successful applicant after the irst examination. The appointments nust be filled at once." It seems that I suggestion was made from West Point ihat expense would be saved if all ap- jlicants would undergo an examination >efore an army surgeon prior to reporting at the school, Accordingly Bert, vent to Omaha and there the surgeon ound a small bunion on his foot, which e said was enough to throw him out. This dispatch says also that the suc- n essful contestant for the naval cadet- hip has failed, and both places are to pe filled. A splendid opportunity is af- orded for ambitious young men to get free education or find out what ails •hem. JAS. A. ORR, painter; will do paint- mg, paper hanging, kalsomining, etc., n the latest ana best styles, and guar- asatee satisfaction. See him and get prices before letting your work. RiST's dental office will be closed ext week. I AT LAST WE HATE A WELL After Mails' Trials and Much Tribulation the City Has Secured a Sufficient Water Supply. The Test Made on Monday Showed Flow of Seventy Gallons a Minute—Everyone Happy. It is with a feeling of regret that we announce the probable completion o: the city well. For some three years i' has afforded us a standing item and proved a great boon in times of a gen era! dearth of news. But now that supply of water seems assured, we see no recourse unless the supreme cour shall do something with the "Y,' someone shall set the Belmond exten sion going, or last and least something shall happen to recall Bro. Starr's fam ous printing contest case which is shelved somewhere in th.e supreme court pigeon holes awaiting Gabriel's trump to call it to final judgment. The well was finished Saturday bj drawing the casing out of the clay and putting in the screen. It strikes tho vein Mr. Stephens' points were in, bu which they failed to make fully avail able. The pump the Aurora companj put in to test it could only raise 70 gal Ions a minute, sometimes 73, but the well stood this without any lowering The well digger says his experienci warrants him in saying that the wel will stand 300 gallons a minute, which is the full capacity of our pump. Bu if it should only stand 70 gallons, thi supply would be equal to Algona's de mands several years, and the well com mittee very wisely concluded to let wel enough alone. The Aurora outfit wil be removed this week, and the town pump will be in by the last of nex week, and the question of water supph will he settled for awhile at least. The total depth of the well is 134 feet and the success of the test shows tha Mr. Stephens and his diggers wer right in their idea of a plentiful supply The plan followed by the Aurora com pany was essentially that proposed bv Mr. Stephens, after his points were no' what they promised, the only advant age with them being their improvec machinery to work with. If a settle ment with Mr. Stephens can now be ar ranged, which will satisfy all partie and be fair to him, Algona will afte long waiting still have a very chea well. When the citizens recall th thousands of dollars spent by neighbor ing towns on experiments, they can congratulate themselves that the town has a good water supply at less" cos than any town that has yet dug a wel in this part of the state. SMITH AND FUUE. Humboldt County Blade: Therepub licans of the Kossuth-Hancock repre sentative district have nominated Hon John G. Smith of Algona as a candidate for the lower house of the legislature There will be more republicans from the Tenth district in the next hous> than there were in the last. Carroll Herald: The republicans o the .Forty-seventh senatorial district composed of Dickinson, Kossuth, Pal. Alto, Emmet and Clay have re-nominat ed Senator A. B. Funk, and are enthu siastic in his support. Senator Funk is one of the level-headed men of the party and has a large stock of even day good sense. He stood high during his first term, and is destined to be a leader in his second. He was not a candidate for re-nomination, but his constituents recognizing his worth in sist on his return. Webster City Freeman: The re-nom ination of Hon. Abe Funk in the Forty seventh senatorial district, after he had declined to be a candidate for a second term, shows the high estimation in which he is held by the people, and demonstrates that the republicans anc the people of the district recognize the advantage to them of keeping so strong a man in the senate. His second term will greatly widen his influence, and at once place him among the leading men of the legislature. He was re-nominated on the first ballot. Cedar Rapids Gazette: John G. Smith of Kossuth county has been nominated by the republicans of Kossuth and Hancock counties for representative. The Smiths seem to be getting in their work. The last legislature only had seven of them A. B, Funk has been re-nominated for senator from the Spirit Lake district, He was not a candidate, but the circumstances wore such that he was asked to take the nomination. Estherville Vindicator: We believe the republicans of the Forty^seventh senatorial district did a wise act when they nominated Senator A. B, Funk for a second term. While filling the office the first term he proved himself to 30 a strong man and well qualified for he high position. Estherville Republican: Senator SMnk is a man of the strictest political ntegrity and has gained a distinction or himself and this district in one term n the senate that other men have failed ;o do. in three and four successive terms. The very fact of his re-nomination after v positive refusal to be a candidate shows the high estimate in which he is icld throughout the district. Hisnom- nation lacked the savor of ring rule uid was decidedly a people's choice. Mr, Funk is thoroughly a representa- ;ive of the best interests of'the district, md his election, although a foregone jonclusion, ought to be made practically unanimous. Marshalltown Republican: The re- lomination of Senator Funk of the For- .y-seventh district is well received by ihe republicans of the state. He is one rf the strong and able republicans of tiis section of Iowa and will undoubted- y be re-elected. I'cte Johnson's Death. A telegram from Corwith to the larshalltown Republican gives further larticulars of killing noted last week: L terrible accident happened near Cor- •ith Sunday morning at 2 o'clock. A arty drove over to Wesley about seven es distant, to a dance, armed with n eight gallon keg of beer. The boys oozed up pretty well, and on their re- urn Peter Johnson, a Dane about go years old* fell over the dashboard of the carriage. His foot caught on the iron* of the pole and he was dragged to his. death by the team, which ran awav The other occupant of the carriage fell or jumped out and was unhurt. The horses dragged Johnson about a mile when the lines getting tangled in the wheel^ wound them up. Dr. Heskett was sent for, but nothing could be done for him, and death ensued at about 5 o'clock Sunday morning. His father, who resides in Story county, was sent for but did not come. He was buried in the Corwith cemetery at the expense of the county*, GOV, LABBABEE AT HOME, A Few Extracts from an Interesting Letter tfy llon» D. ft. Richardson— What lie Saw at Clermont. Clermont is a thrifty little village of several hundred people, in Turkey riv- ver valley, in the county of Fayette. It 'is the home of ex-Gov. Larrabee, with whom to spend some social days is time full well employed. Turkey valley is fair to see—beset with many a wayward wood that sends it winding out and in and around between delightful sweeps of hills—a clean, deep vale, 200 feet below the level of the not far off prairie land, The governor's chosen home is on an eminence just by the pleasant town—in easy reach of the village streets—and two hundred feet above the railroad track. Here, on a broad plateau and once a piece of the original prairie sweep before the ihdustrions stream had worn so wide and deep into the earth, <' rises his spacious mansion — the ample home of a delightful family- three sons and more than- as many daughters, and all at home but one. One likes to finish a day an hour or two before sundown, and it was within that range that Miss Anna reigned "Old Jim" into the carriage circle before the sturdy mansion. The winding road that climbed the hill between the long rows of oaks and elms and evergreens, reminds one of the Monticello seat of. Thomas Jefferson. Here, as there, the eminence, the grand curves of valley land, and sloping hills instinct with, farmer life, and clumps of woods—the lines of railway track, the straggling country roads, the village rustling down below—the vineyard rows close by your wheels—this must be Monticello. _ No—a_t present it is better. Our long time friend, the governor, of other days, met us half way with words of welcome—his noble lady at the steps— ' it seemed like getting home. It was home all at once—in ample rooms with art and books, wide open doors, and rest and welcome everywhere. And such a sunset land! Such light and shade and breadth of view—the ripening fields and pasture tracts, within the wild, romantic rim of restless, ranging horizons—such horizons as men so hunger for, whose youth took root in the mountain lands and whose lot is cast in prairie plains. An eve of chat—of news, events— young folks at tennis on the lawn—a concert in the music rooms—memories, speculations, people, parties, platforms —and a good long night of perfect rest. For perfect rest and vigorous appetite there is no place like a country home. The governor is not making much ado about politics, but reads largely in economic lines, and believes in good country roads and Sunday schools. He takes no note of his current road tax, but keeps a pair of scrapers and some spans of i mighty mules at work making cuts and filling along the roads that border on his land—making smooth the places, that were rough, and so preparing the ways of travel that such as pass his way may be glad they took that road. The example the governor is setting for the wealthier class of farmers is excellent. Let us hope it may prove contagious. Such as content or discontent themselves with doing only that which the law compels him to do, and pose on that for excellence, will never rear a worthy monument to their memories. Thosa who rise up and call them blessed will be far and few between. To excel in citizenship one must often do even more than the law requires. I mentioned Sunday schools. This is the madam's province, but the governor takes on scholarship and prepares his lessons faithfully. They are not church E eople in a communistic sense, but take old on the union Bible class and Sunday teaching with sturdiness, and discuss knotty texts with force and thoroughness. A word of warning here to such as haply take on Sundaying at the mansion of the Larrabees. The gracious and impressive madam directs the Sunday classes, and such as tarry there beneath her hospitable roof need frame no excuses, but must take some part in her crowded Sunday school— tor the children like surprises—the young most certainly—and the old sometimes as well. Something About Carts, This office is in receipt of a pamphlet 'rom the Morse Spring company of Trumansburg, N. Y., which gives some interesting information concerning recent valuable improvements in carts and cart springs. Readers of this paper n this county will remember the Morse brothers, some years ago in business in Algona. They are now located at Trumansburg, N. Y., and are the inventors of a new-style spring for carts which, as is claimed in the catalogue, as well as by those people who have used the Morse cart, absolutely does away with the "horse motion," a feature so objectionable in most carts of other makes. This improvement consists chiefly in what is known as the 'compensating springs," and is said to >e the missing link, or complete solu- ilon to the cart problem. Space for- rids, in a brief newspaper item, a de- sailed description or the style of these springs. They are made upon an en- irely new and novel plan, and accomp^ ish the desired results in a most satis- actory manner. The new style, or ' Morse Cart No. 2," is now made with b handsome phaeton box, which hangs ow down and is convenient of access, ind the cart is in all respects the best- ooking two-wheeler now on the road, f anyone is interested in carts, or hinks of buying one, the best plan vould be to send to the Morse Spring ompany, at Trumansburg, N. Y., for atalogue and full particulars, which vill be sent free of charge, and will give all the desired Information on this subject.

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