The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 16, 1891 · Page 14
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THE UPPEB )MS ALGONA, IOWA, WIDHESDAY, DEC* 16, 180L A FROQ MAINSPRING. Hi* Ar«r**e ttorl* ll nalned fcf W*r lilt Hoof I* f r«*t*Vi. often tee ft hotta hobbling Around on it* toes ftnd with tiitt ffofct iegg. It hM always been a surprise td tt« that the Buftiftho Society did not take tip Homo of these coses, says a hdrseshoer tn the Si Louis Globi Democrat, Investigate them and pun* lAh the people at fault. There Is only one way to shoe a horse, and the men in the business would, of course, prefer doing it that way, properly. A great many horse owners, however, 1m- • ftgine that they know all about it, and they insist that thn shod bo put on go M to lift the rear of the hoof up high enough to prevent the frog from touching the ground. We may arguo the ease, but that is about all the good it does. Wo have to put the shoe On in (accordance with the ideas of the Owner. The fact is that the frog is the mainspring of the animal. It is soft and elastic, and apparently more easily injured than the harder substance of the hoof, but for all that it is the one part that should bo utilized. If it wasn't for use it wouldn't be there. Lift it from the ground and y6u find your animal walking on his toes. Gradually his legs begin to stiffen, and finally the throe bones In hit forolegs become one solid bone, nnd there is no more movement of thorn than if the horse was walking OU stilts. It is Just about the same as Allowing a pair of hinges to remain out in tho weather until they become rusted solid, except that with the hinges you can break tho rust off, oil them up and work them. Hut with the horse's log you can never separate the bonos agaln^ Tho Gentlemen of the Army. The lato Emperor William objected to the Banker Ulolohroeder, and it was only by dint of the pressure exercised upon his venerable majesty by Bismarck that Blelohrbedor and his daughter wore very reluctantly invited to court balls. Once his guests, the Old monarch determined that tho bank- or and MUs Blolohroodor should bo hospitably treated, and, finding that the young lady lucked partners and • was loft to sit out all tho dances, he himself in person ordered every young 1 Officer whom he met in the ball-room to invite her to dance. Much to their annoyance tho glided youths of the Guard wore forced to obey. They did «o after their own f nub ion, however, ,and, marching up to tho ludy one uftor another, they exclaimed In far from engaging or affable tones! "Moat gracious Frauloin, by tho commands of his imperial and royal majesty I Invlto you to dance with mo." Tho poor girl's mortification may bo more cattily imagined than described. — Argonaut. Something liitnrcitlnK. A New Yorker, who Is a member of the American Society of Psychical Ro- •oaroh, tolls a curious story that would '-toreut his Booioty. While In Mexico recently ho dreamed that In dressing his pistol dropped from his pocket, foil butt downward to the floor, turned £0 thut it loaned against his ankle and exploded, shattering hln leg. Tho dream was «o vivid that he awoke with n start and recalled tho whole scone. He was soon asleep again, however, and by morning ho had nearly forgot- on his vision. When he oamo to dress ho found himself standing as In his dream, and as ho drew on his trousers his revolver foil from tho hip poclcot, struck butt downward upon tho tiled floor, struck a sunken tllu and. turning, leaned against hln ankle with tho muzzle pointing directly at his leg. ^"sllo watched with a sort of fascination Iqr tho explosion, but It did not come and he lives unwoundod to tell the tale. _ Without n Country. James P. Park, of Philadelphia, seems to bo a man without a country. He lives on a little triangular bit of land that, through some oversight, has not boon Included in any ot the election divisions of tho city, and of •course, therefore ho has no voting •tatue. "The only parallel known in A HUMAN* MONtROilTY, In Alt ftnt Warm. it was a pathetic funeral that of Alfred It George, in Oakland, recently, says the San Francisco correspondent 'of the Globft-Democrflt The little house Was surrounded by a curious crowd of »malt children from the neighborhood, who had come to get a glimpse of the strange being Who had died. Three hacks stood outside of the door and a few friends gathered tn the little front parlor, but It was more from curiosity than from any other cause, for there were few who lived in the neighborhood who had not heard of Alfred H, George, the dog boy. The lad. though apparently not human, was given a Catholic burial. His father, a bronzed Portuguese, stood by and Watched the ceremony with scarcely a change of countenance. His mother, a little woman who still showed signs of beauty, was dressed in deep mourning, and her tears and eyes showed that she felt the death of the unfortunate child, but the brothers and sisters of the unfortunate being in the ooflln stood unmoved, as they hardly regarded the body as that of th* ir brother. , The boy was known all over the neighborhood as the dog boy, but fow had ever seen him, as for eighteen years of his lifo he had not been out of tho house but once. He was born deaf, dumb and blind, nnd was utterly without mind. He resembled more than anything else a largo dog or baboon. He could walk upright, but never did so, preferring to crawl around tho room. Whenever he was dressed he tore tho garments from his back. Tho only way his father could keep him clothed was to make a long garment of tho Mother Hubbard shape of the heaviest kind of bed-ticking, that could not be torn. The unfortunate being could make no articulate sound except whine or snarl. Ho would sleep all day and remain, awake all night. Ho would never rest In bed, but would crawl upon a largo chest in the corner of the room, and there ho would lie all day. Tho features of the child resembled those of a monkey. The forehead was low and retreating, tho eyes deeply sunken, caused by screwing his fists into them, and the jaw was large and protruding. Once, and only once, was he taken outside tho house, and that waj when tho place caught fire and he was carried out for safety. Then ho cried and whined until he was taken back. The father is a hard-working cobbler and has eight children, all of whom are bright and active save this one. BU»OE> MONDAY." INSANE ROYALTY. this country," says the Philadelphia Record, "was that of n whole township in tho state of Ohio, which was entirely left out lu an apportionment Of election districts, and the citizens who claimed tho right to vole had no redress whatever and wore unable to exercise the right of suffrage until they appealed to tho courts. " Evil Kfltoots of OoiiaunKUlnoui Mnrrlngos Kxompllfled in Viiropo'.t Kulerg. The advocates of marriage law reforms found a strong argument on tho mental condition of hereditary aristo oriits in certain parts of Europe, whore social prejudice compels princes anc nobles to restrict tho choice of their matrimonial unions to a limited number of family. The Grand Duke o Hosso Darmstadt, for instance, is said to trace his relationship to every reigning house of Christian Europe, tho parvenu dynasty of Sweden alone excepted, and us a natural consequence that dynasty alone can boast Its com. plote exemption from tho taint of hereditary Insanity. King Ludwig, ol Bavaria, escaped a lunatic asylum only by suicide; his successor Is an Idiot. Crown Prince Rudolph, of Austria, was' aflliotod with eccentricities by no moans limited to his amours. George the Third hnd a largo assortment ol manias, unfortunately not including that of suicide. Frederic Wilhelm, tho brother and predecessor of tho con- qiioror of Sedan, was undoubtedly crazy, and both his present successor and tho present Czar seem to have considerable bees In their helmets.— N. Y. Advertiser. Too What Id The emperor Slglsmund, In conversation with Thoodoric, Archbishop of Cologne, asked the primnte how he Ought to act to obtain happiness. "Wo Cannot, Hire, expect It in this world." "Which, then, is tho way to happiness hercaftorP" "You mu*t act virtuously. " "What do you mean by that ex- prossionf" "I mean," answered The- odorlc, "that you should always pur- eue that plan of conduct which you promise to do whilst you are laboring under a (It of tho gout, indigestion, or bile. TliU !• Wit. One of Truvers's best bou mots was inspired by tho sight of the Siamese twins. After carefully examining the mysterious ligature that bound them together from birth, ho looked up blankly at them and said; "H-b-br- brotbors, I presume?" Mr. Clows says that the last time he saw Travers, the genial broker called at his otllee. booking at the tape, Clows remarked! "The market is pretty stiff to-day, Travers." "Y-y-yes, but it is the it-st-stiffnoss of d-d-douth."— Argonaut No So Fine •• WUh*lni'«. Austria has an army 800,000 strong. But A correspondent says that the Austrian soldiers are very poorly dressed |n comparison with tho English and German soldiery, and they are also not eo good specimens of manhood as the queen's and the kaiser's troops. I.onjf to Wnlt. A Gorman peasant family hud,mado all their arrangements to emigrate to the United States. The day before the family was to take Its departure the eldest son, Hans, who was an enormous cater, Intimated that be did not care to go West. "Mas somo village maiden beguiled tbee to remain behind?" asked the father. "Nothing of the kind." "Why, then, dost thou not wish to go with usP " "I've boon valking with the schoolmaster, and—" . "Well, what did he sayP" "He says that when It is 12 o'clock with us here in Germany that—" "That whutP" "When It is 12 o'clock hero with us that in America it is 9 o'clock in the evening." "WellP" "I don't want to go to a place whore I have to ws.lt that long for my dinner." And the poor fellow completely broke down at the mere thought of it. —Detroit Free Press. True Feminine Dvllomry of Feeling;* Kmily (who has called to take Lizzie to the great murder trial)—What, deep black, dearest! Lizzie—You, I thought it would be only decent, as the poor wretch is sure to be found guilty. Emily—Ah! Where I was dining last night, it was oven hotting which way the verdict would go, so I only put on half mourning.—Buffalo Express. Impeded by Spider*. In sinking plumb lines down shafts the accuracy of the work is often seriously impalr«d by spiders attach- Ing their webs to the lines and drawing them toward tho wall, often with sufficient tension to introduce material errors ttn tho position of the plumb bobs. In deiortblng the time-honored "Bloody Monday" of Harvard the Hew Yojfk World says: There is little blood let in the scrimmage now-a-days, of course, but what is saved in gore is spent on battered hats and tattered coats. The custom is almost old enough to be called traditional. The modern simple -rush" used to be a wrestling match, and a genuine one, too. The sophomores challenged the Incoming freshmen, If the "sophs" were thrown, the juniors gavo a similar challenge. If these Were conquered, the seniors either entered tho lists or treated the victors to as much wine, punch, etc,, as they choso to drink. Those were the days when they had evening prayers; and, at the conclusion of the service, the competing classes assembled on the playground and formed an extended circle, from which a stripling of the sophomore class advanced into tho area, and de- fled his adversaries, in the na-mo of his fellow classmen, to enter tho lists. He was matched by an equal in stature, from tho newromwrs. Beginning with these puny athletes, as one and an- •othor was prostrated on either side, the contest advanced through the Intermediate gradations of strength and skill, with increased excitement of the parties and spectators, until it reached its height by tho struggle of tho champions in reserve on ouch of the opposite sides. This form of initiation into college life was afterward superseded by the football rush on tho old ' delta" whore Memorial Hall now stands. But eve« this was at lust thought to be too eav- age, and the faculty (In 1860) voted to prohibit the encounter. The students, however, decided to have a closing service. In the early evening a procession appeared, at the head of which was a grand marshal with a huge bearskin cap and baton, accompanied by assistants with craped staffs and torches, and followed by two base drummers (students beat- Ing muffled drums), the elogist or chaplain, with his Oxford cup and b'.ack gown, and brows and cheeks crocked so as to appear as if wearing huge goggles; four spado bearers, six- foot coflln on their shoulders, and then tho sophomore class In full ranks. They looked poverty-stricken, their hats, with tho rims torn off and turned in, bore tho figures '08 in front, that being the year of their class, their apparel such as is suited to the tearing foot ball fight, and their left letrs having crape on them. The procession moved on In perfectly good order to the "Delta," and halted under the trees toward the upper end, where a circle was formed, nnd tho coffin passed around for the friends to take a last look at the contents—simply a football with painted frill fastened Into the head of the coffin, while the spade bearers plied their spades Industriously in digging the grave. Tho eleglst then In the most excessively moclc sanctimonious manner, amid sighs and sobs and groans and lamentations, read by torchlight a funeral address. The coffin was then lowered into the grave, which the sextons filled, and at the head was placed an appropriate epitaph in white letters on a black board. On the foot piece the words ••InMomoriam" were Inscribed over a whiffed skull. While they were filling 1 the grave the class sung the air of "Auld Lang Syne." Cheers for the various classes nnd groans for the faculty' were then given and the students dispersed, having 1 gone through all the ceremonies with a laughable mock gravity, good humor and good order. She Consented. -Will you be mine?" • 'Can you afford to dress me well if I marry youP" "It depends upon what you consider boing dressed well. If you mean Worth dresses from Paris, I can't afford them; nor do you need them." "I don'tP" 1 'No. Your beauty needs no adornment, and it will always eclipse any dross you wear, no matter how fine or how expensive It may be. No one that looks at. you BOOS your dress, Tho beauty of face and perfection of figure only are noted. All flnory sinks into Insignia ieance beside them. What siitin Is there like your skin? What silk like your hatrP What color to compare with your lips, cheeks and eyes?" "John, I am yours."—Philadelphia Press. Knitting In Mexico. At Monterey, Mexico, some Philadelphia capitalists, and not vary large capitalists either, started a'knitting factory about' u year ago. They got a concession from tho governor of the state providing that they should be the only knitting factory in it for twenty-five years, and they are now turning out 200 dozen pairs of stockings pur day. 'The duty on stockings is so groat that they can sell at u high profit. They use Mexican girls to work their machines and they are making lots of money. Itecrult* for the German Army. During the year 1890, 182,386 men were recruited for the German army. Out of these 4, ?16 were not permltt«4 to enter, as they were in excess of the number provided for by the army budget The volunteers numbered 12,666, making the total 195,002, of whom 4.121 are destined for the fleet A lleu»ouable Ileqnett. "I have one requ««t to mako," said the pretty type-writer, when she hud accepted her employer's proposal of mniy/lage. "Name it, my love." "Let me select my successor at the "—N«w York:Sun. f ill BANCROFT, IOWA, Is now settled in its newly-arranged building in the Richmond Block, where we are prepared to treat you in the best of style. i. Deposits received, money loaned, foreign and domestic exchange bought and sold. Collections made prompt- ^f ly, and a general banking business transacted. Passage tickets to or irom the old countries sold at lowest rates. * R. M. RICHMOND, President. A. B. RICHMOND, Cashier. Correspondents and References, Metropolitan National Bank, Chicago, 111.; Citizens' National Bank, Des Moines, Iowa; St. Paul National Bank, St. Paul, Minn.; Farmers' National Bank, Hudson, New York; Richard Rossman, ^laverack, New York. Also in this building will be found the "1KT TP TP JJNJ _tlj JCLt l» OF BANCROFT. ESTABLISHED 1881. A large list of wild lands for sale. Improved farms and village property for sale or rent Farm loans on long time and low rate of interest Insurance written in six different companies, Call on or address us,

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