The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 16, 1891 · Page 12
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 12

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 16, 1891
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THE .gggljg^ MS MQtNlSi AMONA» IOWA* WEDNESDAY, DEU 16, 1891. HUNTED WITH BLOODHOUNDS. tt* I* Jrot » F«N»rlnn* Anlmut, fiat Will Hot t«t Hli MSn Oo. The popular belief th*t Moodhound* are fefocloaa i* one of the mo«t un- warrflnted error*, »ay* tho Post-Dispatch. (Such it far from being the Case. Bloodhounds such as thow which wilt bo employed to trade the Outlaw and each at are to-day lined In the convict camps and prisons in many parts of (he country have none of the ferocity generally Ascribed to tbeip. Their reputation for savagencsa is do- Hired from what is known as the Cuban bloodhound of tlave hunting notoriety* but which la in reality no bloodhound >at all. Tho Cuban bloodhound WM ppodireod by a cross between n mastiff and a pointer, and was intro- duood Into Spanish America by tho early settlers. Their employment in hunting in- dlana and slaves Increased their naturally belligerent Lemper, until In time they became tho most dangerous of toe canine kind. Those animals have «nly tho name in common with the British bloodhound, which is a far finer animal. It has the characteristics of tho Bag-nuious and Hwift-footed •dogs, while tho Cuban animal poa- aesses UIOBO of tho swift-footed and pugnacious. When placed on the trail of a ninn tho bloodhound will •tick to It undor circutn-itancoH of almost Incredible dllllculty, but when the quarry Is run down will not attempt to attack, but will give tongue until tho hunters arrive. Tho /act that those dogs wore put on tho trail of.tlio Whltochapol murderer in tho most thickly populated suction of the east end of London, anil that thoy attacked iTO one, should prove to all that they lino not tho ferocious brutes that they are commonly supposed to bo. Tho following description applies to tho truo bloodhound, and it will bo noon thnt thoro nro fow points of likeness to Ins Cuban rtamqsako: The head Is tho chief characteristic of tho brood, tho skull Is very long, often as much as eleven inches In length, narrow, and very much peaked. The muzzle Is deep and square, the oars long, very thin, pendulous and sot very low. hanging close to tho face and curled upon themselves. Tho oyos nro hazel In color, deep sot and with triangular lids. Tho nock Is long with a groat quantity of looeo skin forming tho dowlap. Tlio dogs are from twenty-five to twenty-seven inches in height at tho shoulder. Tho color is usually black and tun, but uorno animals are flockod with white on tho back, giving thorn the appearance of having boon out In a snowstorm. Tho bloodhound Is exceedingly powerful, but as gontlo as a lapqog and almost as intelligent as a collie. Its wonderful scent far surpasses that of any other moiubor of tho canino family. No foxhound can compote with it In this resneot To track men or animals through a country not thickly populated Is an easy task to •the bloodhound. Once put on a trail it will stick to that particular one, al- thouph hundreds may cross it. Tho .tests made in London during tho ox- .c'ltomont Incident to tho Whitoohapol murders wore simply marvelous. Tho .dogs would hunt tho clean boot for 'inilos through tho most frequented thoroughfares and scarcely over hosl- italed as to tho trail. WINNING A BRIDE. NAMING tHt BABY. A t*w f hlfti* to tt* ft«r*» la Mia* «n th* OoeMI**. Since the day lit which the mother of the race cried orer.the head of her little bdy. '€all .hl* aams Seth," naming the baby has been the prerogative of her daughters. Who does not synjpAWiize with poor Katy, the heroine of "Stepping Heavenward," as she sighed, "1 expected to call the baby Kaymotid, but it ssems that there has been a Jotham in the family ever since the memory Of man?" It docs seem hard that relatives should insist upon a young mother's handing down the heirloom of an ugly name. Vet it id quite M welt not to offend the powers that be, especially if the little one's financial interests will suffer thereby. The gratitude of the husband wh«n fatally customs are kept up rather than derided is of itself a sufficient reward for the sacrifice. The next snare lying in wait ifor the mother might be called extraordinary oombinations—the desire to atone In the middle name for the shortcomings of tho first. Mrs. Woolson gives us an 11 lustration-of this in the case of Miss Macks, whose name was Etholinda Faith, Mrs. Macks having thus combined euphony .and filial respect—"the first title being her tribute to aesthetics, the second her tribute to tho memory of her mother." In choosing the Christian name it is well to consider tho surname, its length, significance and associations. The first cloy at school has been made more trying than need be because thoughtless parents have increased the consplcuousnoss of a peculiar and uncommon name by adding to It some unusual title, sure to be twisted into an annoying nickname. The poetical nomenclature of literature and tho prose of college catalogues and visiting-cards do not harmonize, writes Helen Jay In Harper's Bu/.ar. For this reason, if for no other, the custom of bestowing upon children tho romantic titles of the heroes and heroines of fiction is to be deplored. "Unole Tom's Cabin" haa stood sponsor for too many Evas and 8t Clares. Long ago the question was asked, "What's in» name?" We answer, revo- hit ion, ancestry and a suggestion of individuality. Looking over the records In tho family Bible, one can discover if tho tendency of tho race has been religious, political, or clannish, and what public characters have been its ideals. The good sense >or the tolly of tho parents is .exhibited in the Christian names of their children. Dickons often speaks of the effect upon himself of the names of his asso- elates. Wo expect a Solomon .to know something, a Hercules to be strong, and arc disappointed if a Lily is not fair. For this reason it is quite as well to avoid names "that call for a certain harmony of temperament, physique, and career. Plain manly and womanly names that mako no pretentions are always pleasant to hear and speak. It is decidedly better taste to choose English In preference to foreign titles, and no matter how charming the president or his wife may be, to shun notoriety in naming the baby. TROUBLES OP AN INVlNtOR. WUiut » Trlhn of Ciinnllmln Doorue tin tho l»rlu«. 'On tho lower Amazon dwell the •cannibal Butooudos, who distort their features with tho biggest ornaments of .a certain kind known. In babyhood both men and women have their lower lips and tho lobes of their ours pierced with holes, In which arc thrust pieces of wood. As thoy grow older these wooden adornments aro made bigger .and bigger until an adult ordinarily has «ur lobes that hung down to tho shoulders and a lip that projects six inches or moro beyond tho HOBO. One must siill'or to bo beautiful, as tho French say, mid such is tho inexorable fashion among those anthropophagi. Ill that country a young man who desires to take a wife must first submit himself to .a /rightful ordeal. Ho draws over Bach .arm up to the shoulder a loose armlet woven of palm leaves. Then, under supervision by his ciders, ho plunges both arms us far as he can Into a, nost of fierce devouring: ants. The insects at otico attack the Intruder, of course, and according to tho terms of the trial he must stand without moving for an hour, submitting with absolute stoicism to tho bites of tho enraged creatures. If ho endures tho test be is entitled to the bride, otherwise he must wait for a year and then undergo It again. There aro sllll tribes descended from the ancient Inoas which bandage the heads of their children so that they assume a conical form. Funnily enough the brain does not seem to Buffer any Injury from this treatment.•—I'hilo. Press. A POLICEMAN'S PARTNEB. Little fiirtou* Thine*. The creature having the greatest number of distinct oyos is the chiton, a species of mollusk, in the shell of which has boon found us many as 11,000 separate mobile eyes. The largest animal known is the rorqual, which in 100 foot inlengthithe smallest is the twilight monad, which is only tho twelve thousandth of an inch. A single sheet of paper 6 foot wide and 71 miles long has been made at tho paper works at Wutortown N. J. It weighed 2.207 pounds. Prof Llntner, au authority on entomology, says that there are a million or more species of insects in tho world and that he has seen at one glanco more snowfleus of a single species than there ur0 human beings on tho globe. Tom la ft Cut, Hut He Know* it Thing or Two. Ootavla street, running from Bush street north, owes its nocturnal safety during tho last five years to Officer John Fanning and his partner "Tom," a big black oat. The police officer patrolling his beat with a feline perched on his shoulders or trotting patiently at his heels for hours is a familiar sight to the residents out in that section of tho city, but it surprised a Chronicle reporter the other night Fanning, who is a big, stout look- Ing Irishman in reply to inquiry gave the following explanation: "Five years ago, when I first came on this beat" said he, "one cold,rainy night I found on tho corner of Bush and Ootavla streets a shivering kitten, crouching in a doorway, trying vainly to get warm and dry. Tho pitiful •moans' with which It greeted my approach, made me pick the little thing up,, and, putting it under my coat I carried the kitten along with mo all night. "Since then every night that kitten, which has grown into a big tomcat is waiting for mo on that old corner and remains with me all night long. I have become so used to Tom that I don't know what I would do without him, and that ho cannot get along without me was clearly proved when I had a leave of absence about a year ago. I was gone for two weeks, and, would you bellove UP that oat wan- dere d around day and night looking the very picture of despair. He would not associate with the officer who took my place, and absolutely pined away, grieving over my absence. When I returned he looked like a skeleton, but his joy was unmistakable."' Fanning says the cat is very intelligent and understands tho duties of a police officer well. Tom Is a great judge of drunken people, and expresses his. opinion that they should be arrested by curving his back and snorting at the Inebriated individual. When the officer makes an arrest his partner, Tom, accompanies him a fow blocks on his way to tho station, and then returns to patrol the district until Fanning comes back. —San Francisco Chronicle. A Prcvumliitf Foreigner. Father: Now look here, Dlnnls, d'ye moindP I've towld yez folye or six toimes to go to Sunday-school an' it I hav 1 to tell yoz agin I'll giv' yez a bating that yez'll remlmber to the ind of yor days! Son: Lay hands on me at your peril! The presumption of you foreigners is simply disgusting.— Bt Louis «o- publio. How iti* fjftt M«nar»et«r.r et WM Chtftttd 0*i *f HU Wotk. At the close of the year it WM announced in French newspaper* tlut » new exploiive hod been invented, compared (d* which dynamite and nitroglycerine were as plaything:*. The name of this new article wa* melinite, end the inventor was a M. Turpin, a French chemist Army engineers tested it and found it "altogether satisfactory." A shell which was fired into an old condemned fort near Paris blew the whole structure to atoms; not a stone or a handful of earth was left in its place. In *** ploding, the melinite resolved itself into such powerful tfasea that nothing •could withstand its destructive force. The invention meant a revolution in wartare; even the best modern works of defense were' now rendered quite useless. The Inventor received tho due amount, of praise. His explosive was called baulanglte in honor of the then popular minister of war, and the French government promised to buy his invention. But Boulanger fell, and his successor, M. Camponon, seemed to have for- .gotteh both Turpin and the melinite, as it again was called. • .Patriotism Is a very noble quality, but the best patriot must have money, and M. Turpin concluded to sell his invention to some other government or to some gun manufacturer. Ho thought of tho Armstrongs, in England, says tho Detroit Free Press, who aro the most extensive manufacturers In tholr line, next to Krupp. in Essen and ho addressed himself to M. Trlponnot, tholr agent in Paris. Trip- onnet advised him to go to their works at Newcastle, which Monsieur Turpin did. •Ills astonishment may bo imagined when he upon his arrival found that his invention was already known in England. The Armstrongs had a complete knowledge of the relative quantity of the component parts of the mel- inite us well as of all other secrets connected with Its manufacture, and the firm had called him only to obtain his personal affirmation oi the correctness of the process, and the genuineness of the article, for which they offered him 760,000 francs. This proposition M. Turpin rejected and went back to Paris in a rage. Here he very soon learned how the English flrm had come into possession of his secret. Their agent In Paris had simply had his father-in-law steal the necessary document from the archives of the war department. M. Turpin now made formal complaint to the government and a committee of investigation was appointed. Tho chairman was -an army officer who had assisted Triponnet's father-in- law in tho theft, .and tho investigation ended in smoke, .of 'course. After four years oi waiting and futile agitation, M. Turpin has now finally taken the bull by the horns and published a pamphlet in which he gives a complete account of the case and the treatment he has suffered. The publication of several of the documents and facts (contained in this pamphlet was very annoying to the .government^ and the unsold balance of the edition was recently confiscated by order of the war department. At tho same time Triponnet and Turpin were both arrested. Triponnet's father-in-law, thc.actual thief, had already * 'evaporated." THE STUB-TAILED COW. An man, Incident, of Humlln'R I,To Reminded Lincoln of a Story. At an official ball during Lincoln's last administration, says a Washington storyteller, thieves made off with many of the hats and overcoats of guests, so that when the presidential party was ready to leave, Vice President Hamlin's head covering was no. where to be found. "I'll tell you what Hamlin," said a friend, • 'early in the evening I saw a num. possessed of keen foresight, hide his hat upstairs. I am sure he would bo willing to donate it to the administration, and I will go and get it" When tho hat was produced it bore a badge of mourning', which tho vice president ripped off with his pen knifa The party stood waiting for the carriages to be driven up, when a man stopped directly in front of Mr. Hamlin, and stood staring at the "tile." 1 'AVhat aro you looking atP" sharply asked Hamlin. "Your hat" answered the man mildly. • 'If It had a weed on it I should say it was mine." 'Well, it hasn't got a weed on it has it?" "No, sir," said tho hatless "It hasn't" "Then it isn't your hat, is HP" "No, I guess not'" said the man ag he walked away. 'That reminds nje, Hamlin," said Lincoln, "of when I was pioneering and soldiering In Illinois, and our only neighbors were the garrison of a United States fort We did pretty well for salt meat and flour, but milk was not to be had for love or money, and the officers of the fort who had two cows—a stub-tailed one and a black-and-white one—Coffered us none. At last wo decided to borrow one of those oows. We procured a toil to mutch the color of the stub-tailed cow, neatly tied it to tho poor stub, and with appetites whetted by long abstinence, drunk and relished tho sweet milk «our cow' gave, 'A fow days afterward we were unexpectedly honored by a call from the commander of the fort. Boys,' said ho, 'we have lost one of our cows. If that cow of yours had a stub tall, I should say it was ours.' 1 • 'But she hasn't a stub tail, has she?' uskod we. 'No.' said the officer, 'she certain- y has not. 1 Well, she isn't your cow then,' and our argument was as unanswerable and complete as Hamlin's." J. B. JOHNSON'S, The pioneer store, for all kinds of DRY BOOTS AND SHOES, HATS, CAPS, QUEENSWAB GLASSWARE, ETC. These goods are bought fbi, cash, and therefore I can sell them cheaper than i: bought on 30, 60, or 90 days' time. All my goods are GUARANTEED just as represented. I also handle Farm Implements of ail kinds, First class in all respects, such as John Deere and McOormick goods, which will be sold as cheap as any first-class goods can be handled. Come and see me before buying elsewhere. 33em.ozoft, Bancroft Tea and Spice Co, M v II TEAS HAVE TAKEN A TUMBLE, AND WE ARE IN IT. How is that can of Tea, near empty? Duplicate orders are what we are after, a car load of that famous Tea, If so, drop us a card. We ha>-e just received MALLORY'S PRIDE, and it is away out of sight. We now have Tea in ove k 1,OOOof the best families through this county, and hear nothing but the bestwords for it. Remember, we sell our goods on 3O days' trial, and if not satisfactory they can be returned to us at our expense. U®* Remember, we sell these goods 2O per cent, less than they can be sold for at any grocery house in the coun* try. We are sending out hundreds of pounds daily of these ogods. Samples will be sent to any address free of charge. We also) handle the celebrated Pennang Spices, absolutely pure, and sold for the same as others get for adulterated goods. Yours very respectfully, M.1LLOR 1*

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