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TffiS MS ALGONA/ IOWA, WEDNESDAY, DEC* 16, 1891. BOSSED THE PRESIDENT. fr* tV«» , In Command and Lincoln I Promptly Obeyed Him. •Mtrraham Lincoln was always the friend of the man who did his duty, as many a good soldier and official discovered to his lasting benefit Mr. Chittenden, in his "Recollections," tells a story that illustrates this fact tt Was when the president paid a visit to Fort Stevens, when an attack was expected upon Washington: A youtig colonel of the artillery, the officer of the day, Was in great ' distress because the president would expose himself. He had warned Mr. Lincoln that the confederate sharpshooters had recognized him and were firing at him, and a soldier near him . had just fallen with a broken thigh. The officer asked Mr. Chittenden's advice, saying that the president was in great; danger. "What would you do with me Under similar circumstances?" asked Mr. Chittenden. "I would civilly ask you to take a position where you were not exposed." "And if I refused to obey?" "I would send a sergeant and a file of men, and make you obey." "Then treat the President just as you would me or any civilian." "I dare not He is my superior of- flcerj^I have taken an oath to obey his orders." "He has given you no orders. Fol- .}ow my advice and you will not re, "I will," said the officer. "I may rwell die for one thing as another. If he were shot I should hold myself responsible." He walked to where the President "Mr. President" he said, 'you aro standing within range of 500 rifles. Please come down to a safer place. If you do not it will be my duty to call a file of men and make you." "And you would do right my boy," said the President, coming down at once. "You are in command of this fort I should be the last man to set an example of disobedience." The President was conducted to a place where the view was less extended but where there was almost no exposure. * PEERS IN ENGLAND. f ' j How They Aro rurchaacd and AVhut They Cos t. ; i I have always thought that it is '° l < somewhat unfair that moneys expend, y ed in buying peers should be credited I i t i to the civil list of the sovereign. If I 3 i the business of the house of lords can |' be carried on only by such means, it tap should be openly avowed, and parliar yi ment should be asked to vote the ne- 'iffc.-oeBsary "Reptile Fund." Whenever leyit is suggested that members of the y- ie ( house of commons should be paid, the iy?-proposal is denounced by the party to o^whlch the vast majority ot these ^Tgreedy reptiles belong, as something , degrading to the dignity of parlia- ^, ment; and yet these very peers snarl and quarrel over the distinction of highly paid court posts among them- selvet | whenever their party comes '., into power, like a pack of hungry curs 1 over some bones that are thrown into their kennel. 'What would be thought in the United States, of the senate, were each incoming president able to • distribute salaries to some thirty senators for performing ceremonial duties about his person or about that of his wifeP Would the senate be deemed independent of the executive were it possible to give a senator from the North many thousand dollars per annum for walking backward before the president with a white stick, a senator from the South a huge income for looking after the presidential dogs, and the wife of a senator from tho West a big salary for presiding' over the gowns and the petticoats of Mrs. PresidentP—Henry Labouchere in the Forum. Poisonous Fungi. The Lancet recently called attention to the subject of mushrooms as food, and the risks of mistaking the poisonous kind of fungi for those which are edible. It points out that it is a matter of great importance that the public should be informed as far as possible of the main qualities which distinguish the two kinds of fungi But to give a precise definition would be no simple matter. It may be said, however, that as a rule the poisonous fungi are associated with a high color, scaly or spotted surface and tough or watery flesh; while the edible species, on the other hand, are seldom highly colored, scaly or spotted, are usually white or brownish, and brittle on fracture. The poisonous varieties, moreover, generally grow clustered on wet or shady ground, while the edible kinds grow in the open, and generally in dry pastures. As a general rule, those fungi which have a bitter taste, or which burn the throat or yield a pungent milk, as well as those which on bruising assume various tints, ought U) be avoided. The note concludes with the caution that all plants Of this class readily undergo decomposition, and should, therefore, in any ease be catenas fresh as possible.— Chamber's Journal. BENEFITS OF A CIRCUS /\ In Virginia. Before the war there was no such flower as the daisy in Virginia. This "hardy flower was a curiosity. Now the fields just around Richmond are white with them. This is especially so of the late battlefields about the Chickahpminy river and wherever the federals fead encampments. An investigation shows that the seeds ot the prolific daisy were carried there in the bales of hay brought by the union soldiers to Virginia when they yere camped near the pity. An old •'pattery west of Richmond is the bpot from which th» daisy began to spread ,p.petrolt Free Pre9». How * farmer Wi»« Rewiird«d for n*ti to * Boy. When Captain Alva Bradley was twenty year* old he h«ftrd of a circus at Elyria and determined to go, says the Cleveland, Pl&lndealer. Money was scarce, but the temptation' was so very strong that young Alva determined td go if he had to walk all the way. He went by a tie pass, but when ho reached his Mecca he found the admission to be 59 cents, and he had 26. He was too big to be admitted as a boy and too proud to sneak his Way in, so he stood outside disconsolately and looked at the (laming posters prodigally displayed about the grounds. While walking aimlessly about he was found by an old farmer, & neighbor of his at home. ' • "Well, Alvy,.my boy," wild the farmer. .^ n » t you go i n g i n pit "Nop,"he answered, "I just came to look at the picture*." But the old man was lonesome and wanted company,, and on that plea succeeded in Inducing the young man to enter the enchanted place. So "Alvy" saw the show and carried his quarter back home with him. Long afterward, one winter evening, when the boy Alva hod grown to le a wealthy shipping merchant, he sat in his study in deep conversation with Captain Stone. The door bell rang and the servant admitted to their presence an old, white-haired, utoop- shouldered man. "I wanted to see my boy Alvy once again," he began, "but you don't know me, do you, boy; you don't remember the old man who took you to the circus onceP" The tears came to the captain's eyes as he recognized in the aped man the kind benefactor of his youth. Re extended to him a cordial welcome, and they sat together all the evening .reviewing the years since last they met for fortune had not been kind to the old man; his home had been removed to the far west and he had found it a hard struggle to get the necessaries of life. As he was about to leave an envelope was thrust into his hands and he heard the words in the captain's trembling voice, "Here's the money you took me to the circus with when I was a boy, and a little more as interest which it has gathered all these years." The old man was overcome with surprise and could not express his thanks, but when he reached home he opened the paper and found it contained a check for 1500—50 cents for the circus ticket and the rest for interest The Depth of im«ery. "The -legger' in an English canal tunnel has a hard time of it," says a traveler. "I went through two canal tunnels last summer. The tunnels are just the width of one of the small barges used, and but very little higher than the board which runs from the alleged cabin to the tow-line pole. As it is impossible for a Horse to tow the barge the animal is led around or over the hill, and a logger lies on his back on the board referred to, and, raising his legs from his hips, pushes the boat along by pressing on the dilapidated roof of the tunnel. As I sat and watched the man in this unnatural position I felt the depth of human misery had been discovered at last The work is arduous, the light very bad, the atmosphere almost fetid, • the labor degrading, and the effect almost equivalent to making a man a cripple. Yet the most the 'logger' can make is 76 cents a day, and when traffic is light or there Is ice on the canal he makes little or nothing. The old jail treadmill was bad enough in all conscience, but this is a thousand times worse." Three Generation*. There is a little lad of ten years liv- Ine in New York City whose father has long passed the three-score- and- ten milestone in his life, and whose grandfather was present at Braddook's defeat where George Washington first distinguished himself. The grandfather was a mere boy of some fourteen years, though hardy and well grown, when he received the king's commission and donned the red coat of a soldier. Afterward he held high rank in the army of the revolution, and died In this city at the ripe age of ninety-three. In his old age he married a second wife, and left a eon who had not yet reached his majority, and who in turu married very late in Ufa If the little lad of ten lives to his father's ag« the throe generations of this family will have spanned 200 years in this country's history, and he will be able to say at seventy-twos "My grandfather fpught with Braddock and at the side of Washington 200 years ago to-day. Should Be a An Alpine climber has just expressed the opinion that a knowledge of several languages is very desirable for a mountaineer. He says that while ascending ' a . mountain recently -the linguists in the party we're somewhat annoyed by the others who -could not understand the guide' • French; It was often necessary to carry out the guide's instructions at once. "What does he sayP" the men of a single tongue would ask. The linguist says his answer generally was: "He tells you to kick your toes into the snow like the deviL" It Telln F1»U Storlo*. TheYuma (Cal.) Sentinel, when it tells a story, tells one of magnitude. iit asserts that at .the mouth of the Colorado river and tlje upper end of the Gulf of California are to be found sea baes that weigh from 250 to 760 pounds each, clams a» large pa common dinner plate, millions of eardines and smelt, oysters small but delicious, millions of soft-shelled crabs and other shell fish, myriads of wild geese, brants,. ducks, cranes and other sea fowl and birds. USED THE WRONG WORD. BUhop Gr.tnberj-'« Interp tlhf Story of * \Vonvtii'< Amn«i»<; Ulnndsr. The bishop's friend, the Rev. Mr. Blank, had been a missionary In Brazil for some yeirs with the bishop and both spoke Spanish, or the Brazilian Spanish, like natives, say* the Louli- ville Times. But ttiey both foresaw, with some amusement, that there was going to be trouble on the score of the language when Mr. Blank informed the prelate that ho was coming home to the United States to get his bride and take her back to Brazil. But the 'bride, anticipating trouble, studied the Spanish diligently, and for a time there wns some hesitation and embarrassment but no trouble. Thinking she Was getting along famously, she soon gained more confidence. So all went well until the young couple set up an establishment and secured a man servant with the fine manners of a Spanish grandee. The reverend gentleman's wife stood in awe of him from the start And her greatest trial was when her husband would bo detained from home during dtnnor hour, when she had to dine olone except for that grand man servant Ooo day that functionary was standing elegant and impressive when she had occasion to ask him to hand her the cheese. The man stood immovable like a lay figure in a clothing hbuse, but she noticed a curious twitching of the mouth. She detected that he had heard her, and she began to p-et angry that he didn't move to do her bidding. She repeated her command as she thought! "Give mo the cheese." This time the grandee of a man servant perceptibly laughed, but was immovable. In indignation, supposing him to be impertinent, or worse still, crazy, she rushed to the front door to call assistance, when she met tho belated missionary, her husband, and promptly explained tho situntlon. "What did you say, my dear?" was his smiling query. "Give me the cheese," was what I said. '•Yes, but the wordP" he insisted. "1 said -boso,'" replied the wife, still puzzled. Then the unfeeling missionary fairly roared with laughter. His wife had begun to think that ho, too, had gone mad, when he managed to keep calm long enough to explain. It was only a mistake in the sound o'f ono letter that she had made, but It was a funnily fatal one that time. She should have said "queso" instead of "beso." and instead of asking the man servant for the "cheese" she had asked him without any qualification for a "kiss." A DESPERATE COMBAT. Between a MUM and a AVonmlod Ja- guiir. A Demerara correspondent of the Pall Mall Budget describes a desperate fight between a man and a jaguar, which recently took place on the Detnerara river. The hero of tho combat, a black named Lally Davidson, a' farmer, was out with his dog, which roused a jaguar from its lair. The ferocious animal made tracks for the thick scrub, followed by Davidson and his dog. Being close pressed tho jaguar climbed a .tree, where Davidson shot it, wounding it in the head. This made the animal descend, and again he dived into the bush, pursued by Davidson. The beast concealed himself in Borne brambles, and as Davidson was again trying to take aim the jaguar leaped upon him, knocking him bodily into a drain full of water. Davidson now engaged in a desperate struggle with the fierce brute, and seizing the jaguar, now somewhat exhausted from loss of blood, he exerted all his strength and managed to hold the head under water until he was slowly suffocated. But before this the jaguar had severely wounded the courageous man; his hand was badly bitten, the scalp on the left side of his head was partly ripped off, and his left eye was gouged out Suffering as he was, Davidson slowly crawled home, and while he went into hospital sent his friends for the dead jaguar, The latter measured five feet eleven inches from head to tail. Davidson, on whose happy escape his friends warmly congratulated him, was slowly recovering when the last mail left De- merara. An IiitorcHllua: IHncovery, Ernst Curtius, tho renowned Greek scholar and archaeologist of, the University of Berlin, has made an interesting discovery regarding the knowledge of the Greek sculptors. During the examination of a number of heads found in Greece, Curtius devoted much time to the study of the eya On extending his observations to the eyes of perfect figures from the classical period he learned that the sculptors made considerable difference in the forms of the male and female eyes. While the eyes of the male were rounder and more arched, .those of the feqmles were longer and flatter. These observations agree with the measurements of anatomists to-day. The discovery that the Greeks were aware of this difference also will be valuable in determining the identity of many heads in the museums of the world. In numerous cases it has been impossible to say whether the heads have belonged • to statues of men or statues of women. Professor Curtius will soon publish an accurate account of his observations. It In Safd, It is said that a French soldier, stationed at a picture-gallery, hud strict orders to allow no one to pans without flr» r deppeiting hi? walking-stick. A gentleman came with hla hand* in his pockets. The soldier, taking him by the arm, said: "Citizen, where is your stickP" "I have no stick!" "Then you will have to go bock and get one before I can allow you to pass.—Argonaut Begin during the Holidays to figure on the next year. The coming season a full line of Will be handled at Bancroft by J. C3- Also the Celebrated J, I, Case Threshers, Graham is in Bancroft to sell you a Farm Wagon, or a Fine Carriage, a Mower, Haying Machinery, an Eclipse Wind Mill, Water Tank, Stirring Plow, or anything else you want in the line of Agricultural Implements. REMEMBER GRAHAM when you fit up your farm, and get of him THE BEST AT THE LOWEST PRICES. N. E. SHERIDAN. J. H. SHERIDAN. J. P. SHERIDAN. SHERIDAN BROS., IF V have a Large List of Wild and Improved Lands for sale on Reasonable Terms. Let those buy now Who never bought before, And those who always bought Now buy the more. BANCROFT, KOSSU

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