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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, January 4, 1893
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THE tfPPEK DES MOtNES! AMONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, JAKUAHY 4, 1893. BY INGHAM & WARREN. form* of Th* Vviftt DCS OneCoW) one year II.SO One copy, six months. < 76 On* copy, three months > *0 ' S«nt to any address at above rates. Bemit by draft, money order, express order, or postal note tit our rink. Rate* of advertising sent on application. Itis Carroll Herald thinks that the , senatorial contest shoald be between parties an d not between <can did ates. If that is true for Iowa it ought to be doubly true for the nation. How is it then that all national parties make eon- tests with candidates? Why don't parties, when they have divisions, go * into campaigns without selecting leaders? Why didn't the republicans this last year refuse to choose when it was evident that any selection meant loss of strength? If there is anything in this claim hero was an'excellent opportunity to test it, and why was it not tried? Simply because every delegate to Minneapolis knew that no party could successfully pit itself against the personality of opposing candidates. How near would the democr-ats have come to carrying the'Country if they had named no •candidate against Harrison, but had "made the fight on their party record? When it'Coraes to votes a weak person .ality is stronger than a well organised party. That is just as true in Iowa as it is anywhere. And as for pitting any party record against a strong, shrewd, personal canvass, it is as idle as to at tempt to replace the personality of a great religious leader in the populai mind with an abstract system of ethics. The party that tries it will soon be as much of a remnant as the society of ethical culture. IP two such clever newspapers us the <Jato City and Sioux City Journa 1 should argue that nominating presidential candidates had not populamec our national elections,' because on the whole our .national'conventions are no more representative than the electora college, everybody would laugh a them. For everyone knows that it is not the mere nomination of candidates that brings them "near the people,' but the discussion and public inspec tion of a contested campaign. And.yoi this iis exactly ithe position they take regarding a sonatorirtl nomination in Iowa, and having arranged their straw fight they pitch into our state conven tions in a blood-curdling manner. Ev . erybody who stops to think a momen' will still laugh at them. For it is no' the nomination in a state convention merely, that is to popularize sanatoria elections, it is naming the candidates and having them puss the ordeal of f • campaign of discussion and public in spection that is to bring them into close contact with the people. If thej are named in conventions it is with view to popular wishes, and with th prospect of a popular canvass. The people get a chance at the man, male his acquaintance, and almost diroctl; vote him up or down. If ho is choser by the legislature the people know nothing about him or his qualifications and certainly exert no direct influeno . in his choice. But accepting the position taken bj the Gate City and Journal that the leg ' islature is the truly representative body, where does that leave them? The last legislature, coming fresh from the people by almost unanimous vote askec for the popular election of senators Now an election by the people can onlj follow a popular nomination, so thai what is now proposed is only the firs' and most important step advised by out legislators. In fact nearly all that car be accomplished by a direct popula: vote can be reached by direct populai nominations, as Congressman Hull has pointed out, and if the Gate City anc Journal really have such implicit con fldonce in the legislature they shoulc come out squarely and endorse what through it, the people have decreed. THE New York senatorship is the topic which is now exciting the demo oratic leaders. They have a successoi to Senator Hiscock to elect, and tin Hill wing have agreed upon Edwart Murphy, state chairman in the late campaign, while President-elect Clove land has in an official interview ox pressed his objections to Mr. Murphy and said that he should not be chosen In this inbtance it is said he has no followed Wm. C. Whitney's advice but ex-Mayor Grace stands by him ant the Cleveland forces will oppose Mur phy. They have proposed Bourk Cochran as a compromise, which i considered a very shrewd move, as h would divide the tammany strength But Cochran has refused so far to con aeut to this scheme and may stand b, Murphy. The real Cleveland candi date is Coudert, an aristocratic New Yorker of great wealth. Cleveland' interview and evident intention t dictate the state polities of New >. Yorl riled the Hill men beyond measure and Hill, Croker, and the other tarn many leaders will now die in the las di.toli rather than see Murphy de feated, and it is said that Hill is pro paring to fight the confirmation Cleveland's appointees in the senate £>ne feature of this contest should in erest western supporters of Cleveland. t is the reason he gives for not waht- ng Murphy. Mayor Grace, who peaks officially, says: "1 have also heard that Mr. Cleveland is •ery anxious to have In the senate some man from New York City, the great fihan- lal center of the country, who tvould .be ftble to add something to the influence it may be necessary to exert in order to put he currency of the country upon a sound basis." In other words Mr. Cleveland don't want a man from the country who might favor a liberal money policy, >ut does want a Wall street mart who will help repeal the present silver act, ,nd then oppose any silver money whatever, ______________«_. SOME one should write a treatise on the mission of the humbug. Here are ..wo men who make affidavit that they saw a star six inches in circumference ascend from the roof of the Catholic jhurch at Canton on Christmas night. That is sheer humbug;' But here is one result as given by the Dubuque Telegraph: " Thomas McClain of Whitewater town ship is in town today. Walking through ,he corridor of the market house this morn- ng ho looked us spry as the average man of his years. 80. This is remarkable in view of the fact that he was until recently a cripple. He had a deformed leg which he carried in splints and which obliged him to carry crutches. Recently he went to Canion, Minn., to see the miraculous window. So had been there only three days when he lung up his crutches against the side of the church and camo homo apparently sound man." •J. W. Doxsee in the Monticello Express says a sensible thine about building up newspaper subscription lists: "We do not believe the time ever was when a healthy subscription list could bo built up tor a county paper on the plea of its politics alone. The great majority of the people are not in politics for business and they, do not care for unadulterated politics as a steady newspaper diet. If a newspaper will be made what ; its name implies it wil bo taken by its party adherents withou' their being beseeched or scolded, and those of another political faith will cheerfully pay for it because of the news it contains, am incidentally because of its counter irritan qualities." • * A man who was adjutant general o Now York under Gov. Seymour died in the Clinton poor house last Wednesday. Frank Bicknell's many -friends in Iowa will be learn that he is able to resume work on the Register. He began Monday. _ Here is "Uncle Dick's" opinion o the proposed picture' of the Upper Moines Editorial association: "A For Dodge newspaper woman is making a col lection of the photographs of the editors o the Upper Dos Moines Editorial associa tion, with a view of exhibiting it at thi world's fair. Make the collection, Misi Train, but keep it in your own parlor. Le Iowa make an agricultural exhibit and no show a hodgo podge of knicknacks. Theri is too much foolisnness in half the pro*posed world's fair exhibits." The Sioux City Journal devoted 32 pages Sunday to telling about 1892 in th metropolis of the Missouri valley. It makes a great showing for Sioux City. The business men of Iowa City aredo ing some energetic advertising as is evi denced by the holiday Republican. It is a handsome annual and speaks well for the University town. inong prominent democrats "to have Ou- uque's choice tot the office of postmaster etermlned by election. To this end they urpose calling a public meeting of demo- rats. Their idea is no doubt to have this neeting pass a resolution calling upon the ity central committee to fix a day for an Action and, if the committee refuses so to o, to have an election called by a commlt- appointed at this meeting." THE MONTH'S MAGAZINES. The early history Of Illinois, when Under 'rench rule, forms the background against which Mrs. Catherwood sets the characters f her hew serial story, " Old Kaskaskia;" nd It so quickly develops in romantic interest that the first part leaves the reader ager for the explanations which the next hapters, must bring. Striking a more moderate note than the "Lady of Fort St. ohn," we are inclined to believe this is the test piece of work to which Mrs. Catherwood has yet put her hand. Scarcely less nteresting or romantic than fiction is Mr. Francis Parkman's able paper on "The Feudal Chiefs of Acadia,"—the first of a erics which the historian is to contribute o the Atlantic Monthly during 1893. Written with all Mr. Parkman's lucidity and ImpHcity, it puts in a compact form the 'acts in regard to these " feudal" chiefs— ivho they were, what they did, and what were their conflicting claims over the Acadian territory. The January number of Romance offers not only a feast to the lover of fascinating stories, but a peculiarly interesting field for .he student of international fiction. Eighi of its fifteen stories are from the pens oJ noted Spanish writers. They are selectee >rimarily with a view to their general in- ;erest, but are still of so marked a flavor as to reveal clearly and in the most pleasing manner a different spirit from that which controls literature of the same class in oth countries. Besides this extraordinary pre sentation of Spanish fiction the number contains a special New Year story, two shrilling narratives in the best style o French art, several charming ongina American sketches, and two intensely dra matic stories by Julia Schayor and Barton Allen. The whole forms a number of un common strength and variety. Speaker Crisp saw President Clove land last week. When asked about hi visit he said: "Oh, yes, I was with him today from 13 until to 2 o'clock." " And the spoakership?" "Well, now, I can't tell you anything about that, or whether or not the matte was mentioned by us, but I found manj things to talk about. I will assure you o one thing, though: I am not an anti-Clove land candidate for the speakership, I am not an anti-Cleveland anything." Sam Clarke sums up the situation a to prohibition and says: "Probably th most pralical thing that can be done no\ and the most useful in all respects, will b for the people of Iowa to hold another spec ial election upon this question. We hat the plan like having a boil. Boils are saic to bo healthy to the person who has them and oven pleasant if he could have them o somebody else. Wo have been through on of those*pecial elections and had hoped i would be the last but there is to be no las about the question for us who are aliv now, or for those who are to come after us The party and the people of Iowa migh adopt one of the half dozen other plans am yet nothing specific or satisfactory wil come of them, and every one of them is likel to prove less satisfactory in the end tha another square vote iby the people of low as to whether or not they want prohibition. Senator Funk says: A. L. Hudson for some years past a prominent Sioux Cit; lawyer, and previously editor of THE UITE: DBS MOINES at Algona, is fitting himsel for the work of the ministry in the Uniter, an church. He is a gifted man. Whil yet a young man ho has won fame in tw professions, and before many years he wi take high rank in a third. THE UPPER DES MOINES begins th new year with a very pleasant complimon from the Estherville Republican: "Til AI.GONA UPPISH DES MOINES still holds it place as the best edited, best printed an best made-up paper that comes to our table and there are a number of them that ar first-class." The Cedar Rapids Republican ha< some vigorous editorials the past week i favor of nominating a senatorial candidate There is arid has been no answer to its ar gument. _ Dubuquo proposes to choose a posl master by popular vote. The' Telegrap says: "There is a, movement on foo fe Will Spend a Vacation of About Sixty .Days at ttla Home in Kossuth County* Some Good Stories That Ate Told of Our Consul at La Guayrft—Has Nerve for Every Occasion. IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. Bancroft Register: Algona has so many fit subjects for the Keeley cure that a similar institution is being talke( of for that place. Emmetsburg Democrat: John Cul len came over from Algona Christma morning, to visit. He says the new Keeley institute at that place promises to be quite a success. Elmore Eye: Chas. Shanor and wifi took the train 'Saturday for Algona where they spent a pleasant Christmas Miss Rice, a sister to Mrs. G W. Pang-burn, who has been teaching school in this vicinity, is spending he vacation at home in Algona. The Cedar Rapids Republican offer the following, which is one on us: Mis Edith Train of the Fort Dodge Time is making a collection of the photo graps of the members of the Upper De Moines Editorial association, to be ex hibited at the World's Fair, to prov how well fed they are. The association ought to either send a few samples, se lecting the fat and well favored, th senior Schafter of Eagle Grove for in stance, or else should put Bro. Ing-ham of Algona and several -others upon a liberal allowance of corn fodder an" fatten them up. The Spencer News pays our norma school a compliment: Ralph Loga came home to spend Christmas wit! his parents and returned to his studie Monday evening. Mr. Logan is attend ing the Algona normal and commer oial school, an institution that in th past year or two has been rapidly gain ing in public confidence. The princi pal, Prof. ChafTee, is ascholarly gentle man, a successful business manager anc an educational enthusiast. Taking int account these conditions and its loca tion, there seems no good reason whj the Algona normal school should no flourish. There was a bad Milwaukee wrec near Britt last week Thursday whic! delayed all the trains, A constructioi train had run in on a side track to do little repairing, and had left theswitcl open behind them, Shortly after mid night the fast freight came dashing along at the rate of 30 miles an hou and plunged into the freight. The en gineer and firemen saw their dange in time to jump from the train. They wont headlong into a snow drift, whicl saved them from serious injury. Th engine was completely wrecked and 1 loaded freight cars were piled up in promiscuous mass. Bancroft Register: W. E. Orvis o this place, who lived in rooms over th barber shop, is spending the holiday under the court house in Algona. Th reason of this change is on account o his taking groceries from cars at th depot. On Wednesday last goods from a car had been missed and Orvis wa suspected, His house was the searched and the goods were found an. he then confessed having stole them. Orvis all last summer and th most of this winter has been trying t got a living without much exertion and, it seems would rather steal tha work. He is hardly excusable for so do ing, considering that he has only a wif to support and the good wages he coul receive. But it seems he preferred t have someone else furnish his eatables and in this respect he is having hi wish gratified, and the county is nov furnishing him his groceries. He wi! probably be obliged to be the county' guest till the second week in Januar when Judge Carr will hold a speoiii session. The Iowa Homestead, The publishers of the Homestead, th weekly twenty-four page agricultural pope of Dos Moiues, Iowa, edited by a practlca farmer, inform us that they will send the! paper from now until the first of January free of charge, to every farmer in thi county not already a subscriber, who wil send his name and address, plainly writte on a postal card, to the Homestead Co Dos Moinos, lowft. The copies will be » solutely free, and will be sent to any farm er to enable him io judge for himself o f th merits of the Homestead as a paper devote to his special interests, Ou the first o January the paper will be discontinued; un, loss Bupwibed for In duo form. OM MIL MROtJTE HOME It is reported that our distinguished :onsul< Phil C. Hanna, is on his way lorae on a 60-days' leave of absence, which he will spend in Kossuth. This calls attention to a ' recent article on Venezuelan affairs In Harpers' Weekly written by W. N, King of the U. S. navy, Mr. King tells some new and nteresting incidents in Phil's career. After refering to " our gallant consul, Philip C. Hanna" and how he bore down on Mendoza " with blood .in his eye," Mr. King tells the following story to show how his course created respect for America, and preserved the rights of Americans, Meeting a lot of drunken soldiers he says: One of these fellows caught sight of me and insisted that I'should come in and drink to the health of Crespo. Assuring him of a warm admiration for the leader of the revolution, and of my support of his cause, I begged to be excused owing to tjhe late hour. He would not accept it, however, but proceeded to drag me in, declaring that to refuse would be to insult General Crespo. In a few minutes'a, crowd had collected around me, and it looked as though I would be forced to imbibe a large quantity of vile rum, a desire to the contrary notwithstanding. My case seemed rather a hopeless one, until one of the officers turned to me and said: " No es usted Americano?" (Are you not an American?) Scarcely had I replied in the affirmative before my new friend ordered the others away, and not only offered to escort me back to the consulate, bu1 placed a mule at my disposal. This little compliment to the United States, trifling as it may seem, was thoroughly indicative of the friendly feeling towards our country even among the inasses-r-all the more evident when contrasted with the insulting attitude o: the party that had just been defeated The humanity of our naval surgeons in nursing the sick and wounded, and our quasi-acknowledgement of the justice of Crespo's cause even while maintaining strict neutrality, will never be for gotten by those loyal-hearted revolu tionists. American citizenship is,, therefore, today at a high premiun throughout Venezuela. Another and an almost amusing proo of this Consul Hanna received one morning.' About daylight he was awakened by a loud knocking upon the lower door. Looking from the balcon; he saw a general in full uniform with five prisoners. After apologizing fot disturbing him at such an early hour the officer said: " Here are five men, your honor, tha I have just taken out of jail to turn over to you," " I thank you for your courtesy, gen eral, but with what offences were the; charged?" replied the consul. " I don't really know," he answered "I heard they were Americans—tha was enough." As soon as peace became assured, al the residents of LaGuayra looked back on the past anarchy and chaos as upon some nightmare. None save those wh' lived there during the dark days of th> revolution can realize the eminent dan ger through which everyone passed Had it not been for the presence of sev en men-of-war in the harbor, the bar barians that controlled that city woule have hesitated at no act of violence Indeed, Mendoza announced that he re spected no flag, and declared he woul( massacre every foreigner in the place i anyone interfered with his little scheme of plunder and imprisonment. And the death roll of those poo wretches who were without foreign protection? This will ever remain f secret of the revolution. The Ameri can consul could a tale unfold, however for the prison was in a building adjoin ing his. I had the good fortune o sharing the consulate with him durinj two of the worst months, and eacl morning awoke sickened from the mem ories of the night before. At all hour you would be aroused by the rude chal lenge of the guard almost under you window. If a prompt reply was no forthcoming from the approachini party, a bullet sometimes settled thi doubt. Only the Sunday afternoon befor the fall of LaGuayra several officer from the Chicago were sitting in th consul's office. The sun was shining a it shines only in the tropics, and th cathedral bell was calling the faithfu to the vesper service. Suddenly a man cried out down the street, and befor we could reach the balcony the poo wretch was lying in a pool of blood completely hacked to pieces with a murderous machete. Two assistant came out of the prison, and draggec the body, head down, over the rougl stones. The chief of police was silting on a chair in front of the prison at thi time, but did not even turn his heai while the fellow was being killed not 2 yards away. As the guards passed with the body he said: u Bueno, que ha heoho el?" (Well what did he do?) "Oh, el se reslstio y yo le di urn machetazo, eso es todo." (Oh, he re sisted and I gave him the machete that'sail.) The poor fellow, it seems, was taken from his home to be impressed into th army. As the guard was dragging him to prison he protested on accoun of his age. A few yards from the gat he fell down from exhaustion and failei to rise at the command. This was thi resistance for which the poor fellov was "given the machete." There was a story in LaGuayra be fore I left that this same guard was captured by the inurdered man's broth er, whp was a revolutionary soldier and treated to a dose of his own medi cine. With bothi hands tied behind his back, he w«8 carried, out into th harbor in a smal} boat. There hte heat wbs talse.n $ v?it machete, and the body thrown over- oard. '. HANNA HAD GM*. In a late New York Herald a Vene- uelan reporter tells of a meeting of he defeated party in the late rebellion^ nd relates this incident: The entire party were delighted to .hear that Minster Scruggs, Consul Hanna and he captain of the Philadelphia had reused to give up Pedro Vicente Mf jares, vhb the LaGuuyra police were so anx- ous to arrest. Mijares is a special friend of the 'ulidos, and had been interested with hem in more than one translation be- ore they left Caracas. Pepper, another of Ml jares' friends ind the accomplice of Meiidoza. came n during the evening, and, upon hear* ng the news of Mijares' success in ivading arrest, gave three cheers for he American eagle and Consul Hanna. He had had a few dealings with lanna himself, he said, and knew some- 'ihing of his grit. " Whyl this same Hanna," he went on, " had the audacity to claim Aleandro Ybarra as an American citizen, cept him over night in the United States consulate and next morning sent its messenger to take him boldly off to an American steamer lying in the port of LaGuayra and embark him for New York, in the face of an order Which I lad from Gen. Mendoza to arrest the said Ybarra and prevent him at all costs from leaving the country." THE OOTJHTY aUPEBYISOBS. Kogulnr January Session—Record of TJhoir Doings Up to Date, County officials the coming year will jet the following salaries: Treasurer, 51,300, and $200 clerk hire, and fees; auditor, $1,200 and $300 clerk hire', sheriff's salary postponed; clerk, $40( and fees. Tax collectors were appointed as follows: Algona, E. H. Clarke; Whitto- more, H. P. Hatch; Wesley, O. Robinson; Bancroft, C. C. Thompson; German, Peter Johnson; Seneca, J. B. Carr. Algona Courier and Republican made official papers. Bridge between Sees. 26 and 27—98, 29, laid over. Petition for additional span on Lindner creek bridge laia over; also petition to re-locate consent highway, al so for consent highway on west line o 16—98, 28. W. J. Burton appointed to attend to to grade on 34—98, 28. J. O. Rawson continued as committee on poor farm. The Baptist church was allowed to borrow fifty chairs from court room. C. C. Chubb and the auditor appoint ed to keep the bridges and approachei near Algona in repair. Chubb, Hollenbeck, and Smith were appointed to consider the means of pro viding a suitable jail. C. B. Htitchins and John Wallace ap pointed to settle with the treasurer am auditor. Mr. Champion allowed $12 a month till April 1. Petition for grade on south line o the southeast i 29—97, 29 laid over. Personal tax of Andrew Pierson re mitted for 1891. Auditor authorized to redeem south . of the northwest i of 36—98, 27 from tax sale. Following fees reported: Auditor $175.10; treasurer, $55.30; clerk, $469.30 H. C. Hollenbeok and J. B. Hofiu report that they settled for voting booths at a discount of $3 for each pre cinct, report adopted. Resolved that A. G. Green's contrac, with the county be extended a year on payment of $75, Grade in Burt on south | line of 26— and center line 26—97, 29 accepted and $200 ordered paid to Burt. B. F. Smith appointed to view and report on a county bridge on the Hack le and Reiner road; also in G. H. Peters place on grade on north line of 9—97 28; also in J. Holtz' place to make ( ditch asked for by M. Sanot. Tax for 1891 refunded on east hal. of northeast 21—95, 28, and north and" northeast 13—98, 28, Petition for bridge on Four Mile laid over. The claim of Chas. Rendall for $30 not allowed. Serlbner's Magazine. In Scribner's Magazine for 1898 Frances Hodgson Burnett will contribute her first en con " ————o——— —— ••- ..wvw n *j» wLiut iuuLo nor UT serial to appear in a magazine from her pen for many years, entitled "The One I Knew the Best of All." H. C. Bunner will furnish a series of six sketches entitled "Jersey Street and Jersey Lanes," illustrated Robert Grant will relate the' further expel nonces of Fred and Josephine in " A Se quel to the Reflections of a Married Man " illustrated. Harold Frederick will tribute a political novel of great titled "The Copperhead." By Wo aurnm of "Jerry," Mfss S. B. Elliotfwil contribute a realistic story of life among the Ten nesspo mountaineers, "The Durkel Sper- re V, . In .? e ' B on»l reminiscences some unpublished letters of Carlyle to Ed.vard I? ving and others. Recollections 1 of Lincoln and Sumner. An Artist in Japan bv Rob evt Blum. Historic Moments, a feature of the magazine in 1893, will be continued A series of articles on the life work of men in ma tyf u*!] 1 ! 168 - A Benes of articles will be published later in the year giving the im pressions made by the world's fair UPM different observers of note, both American and foreign. Further contributions to.The Poor in Great Cities. Mrs. Burnett's illus trated paper on tho London Plan for Home Aid to Invalid Children, etc Of snecifti ?J, terost will also be Prof.' HeilprinStri" tativei account of the Peary Ilelief ExpedU tion (illustrated , and an article by Octave Uzanneonthe exhibition of Woman's Art now going on in Paris. The illustration^o the year will represent the work not oniv of the well-knnwn in,,.f»o.«,:_ u.:i .. m » ffisSS^S^sfe^s wits pig, a b tt ut pounds. Owner can *have the Neither a Skeleton No* a Pead Mfiffl This Time, but a "Find" that • Excites Cafiosityi Abo it a Hundred Old Beaver f *»ps &**, coved in Buffalo Greek—Also ft Big Bear f raj? in the Lot.. THE UPPER DE$ MOINES is abte to oegin the new year with another veritable report of a fetriarkable "find' Itt the county, hot this time, however, of A dead man or a skeleton, It is of 100 beaver traps in Buffalo Fork about two miles above the mouth, Geo. Giles discovered them in the creek about eight or 1 ten in a bunch, where they evident- L y had been left away back in the days of beaver trapping. Among them is a big bear trap with the teeth all rusted away. But the others are old fashioned tiand made beaver traps, pretty well preserved. There is no rumor of any traps ever having been hidden there, much less 100 of them. No one in the neighborhood recalls any trapper who had so many traps or this kind of traps. And certainly no reason can be assigned for leaving them in the classic waters of the Buffalo all these years. They evidently date back to the earliest period of our history, probably to traveling'fur hunters who never" returned a second season. They belong to the days when Ashuelot flourished— on paper. They recall the wharves that lined the Buffalo—on paper, and the steamships that ploughed its peaceful bosom—also on paper. They may have come with Brizee, father of that metropolis of Portland, and author of the dream of pioneer days, so beautifully engraved in Chicago. They are a curiosity that should be cherished with the relics of pioneer days. In talking of this find W. H. Ingbam and Lewis H. Smith express the opinion that the traps must have been brought in prior to 1854, as no such. number is known to have been • in use after, there was a settlement here. It is thought possible that they belonged to a trapping party who were caugh't, by the Indians in 1853 on the" Buffalo, and stripped and turned loose; They had probably already hidden them be; fore the Indians came up. *It was a custom in early days at the close. of the trapping Season to bury the traps in the mud in the creeks after greasing them, and then come back the next season. The Buffalo in early times was the great trapping ground of thiso-egion, which abounded in game everywhere. A few of these ti-aps have been left at this office by Rod. Jain, who brought them down yesterday, arid those who are versed in the early times are invited to look them over and express an opinion on them. They are certainly curiosities, and afford ample opportunity for speculation, PKOM THE COUNTY TOWS. , WEPLEY, WESLEY. Iowa, Dec. —Mrs. Geo. Frink is spending the holidays at Hampton with her parents and friends. T. K. Wait had three fingers crushed last week while pressing hay. Dr. Hill was called and found it necessary to take them off. We notice that W. M. Colby is build-, ing a new barn on his residence lota here, ' , Geo. Ludwig has sold out his coal sheds to O'Neal & Budlong. A lady friend of Mr. R. J. Hutchison from Ireland arrived here last Saturday. Geo. Schnider of Brewster, Minn., is spending the holidays here with his old friends and neighbors. Goo. reports no snow in Minnesota when he left. We were indirectly informed that T. A. Clarke, formerly of Wesley but now of West Bend, had lost his only child. Harry of diptheria. The death occurred last week Friday or Saturday. This is another sad misfortune for Mr • and Mrs. Clarke as it has been less than a year since they buried their little girl who died with the same disease. They will have the sympathy of their many friends here. Mr. and Mrs. Coder of Glidden, Iowa, Cad Robinson is here spending the holidays with his friends, He haibeert stopping at Sibley for the past year. We notice that Lawson & Oleson Mr o£S? a . ntinv , entor y °f their stock. ±; °l e *° n ^ nen ar 8 rlnge g hi^Dusfnes' ing- shape as to justify his leav- M. Butts has been in Chicago a past week taking in the sights ents. Cltyand vi8itin S with bis par- MII .° Atjan «° for 1808, •The Atlantic Monthly for the coming year will contain, among other attractions, Old Kaskaskia, a serial story by Mary Hartwell Catherwood, who will be favorably remem- b red as he author of" The Lady of Fort fat. John." James Bryee, M. P., will eon- -*

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