The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 16, 1891 · Page 17
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 17

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 16, 1891
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V, ^ESTABLISHED. 1866. Upper Des Mokes-Holiday Extra. PAG-ES 17 to 20. ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1891. VOL. XXVI--NO. 38. GREAT SLAUGHTER SALE or 1 s s! Still at DARING JAIL BREAKING. DAVE PADDOCK'S REMARKABLE ESCAPE FROM JOLIET. An Almost Superhuman DlRptny of Ingenuity Eierclned by n Convict to Gel Out of Prlion—'Working n Pew Mliiutcl At n Time for Over Two Years. ! .AJBOTJT 60 DAYS MORE 60 To buy tliese goods regardless of cost. Remember this is the chance of a lifetime. Remember the place, FRANK BROS., the ONLY ONE PRICE house in Kossuth county. House in the City. That reputation was long since established by U And they succeed in maintaining it against all odds, very complete, and contains Their stock this season for the Holiday trade is BOOKS, ALBUMS, TOYS, Games, etc., all elegant in design, and forming a splendid assortment from which presents for either old or young. We solicit patronage, and guarantee prices the Come in and see us, whether you buy or not. to select Holiday VERY LOWEST. NOTE—Any book or other article not in stock will be ordered and promptly received, and furnished at the list price. Remember we are headquarters for books of all kinds. All the daily .papers always on sale. Yours truly, DURANT BROS. Kranz celebrated Candies * * At the Grange Store. Parties desiring quantities for Holiday festivals should call and see us, H. Z. GROVE. JOHN GROVE. Livery, Feed, and Boarding Stable. State: University or 1 The Several Departments will Begin the Year 1891*92 on Sept. 16. Bach department la thoroughly equipped for efficient work, and no pains will be spared to afford students the best possible opportunity to pursue their chosen lines of study. For particular information as to the respective departments, address as follows: Collegiate—Charles A. Schaeffer, president, Iowa City. Law—Emlln McOlain, chancellor, Iowa City. Medical—L. W. Wttlg, M. D., secretary of faculty, Iowa City. Homoeopathic Medical—A. C. Cowperthwalte M. I)., dean of faculty, Iowa City. Dental—A. O. Hunt, M. D., dean of faculty, Iowa City. Pharmaceutical—B. L. Boerner, Ph. G., dean of faculty, Iowa City. Expenses in all departments are reasonable. Cost of board in private families, »3 to J6 per week; In clubs, U1.50 to $2.50 per week. For catalogues, or for general Information, address CHAS. A. 80HAEFFBB, President. A section of irou bar was cut from the cell door of Dave Paddock by that redoubtable knight of the dark lantern and "jimmy" on the occasion of his sensational escape from Joliet. For over two years Paddock has schemed and worked to effect his purpose. He was sent up from Rock Island on an eight year term, aud waa placed at work in one .of the shoeshops, whore during eyery minute of the working hours in the shop he was constantly under th« watchful eye of his keeper. There waa not tho least chance to plan nu uscapn from the shop. But, not daunted at this, he determined to find some menu* of getting out of his cell at night. To fully appreciate the difficulty o! cutting out of a cell it must be remembered that three times every hour during the night, at irregular intervals, a guard wearing padded slippers—called "sneak shoes" by the convicts—makes his rounds, peering into each cell to make sure that all are secure and in bod. Paddock appropriated a couple of thin bladed shoe knives from his shop, and, conceal iny them from the guard, took them to hia cell, where, by .using one as a file, hu converted the other into a fine steol saw. Then by slow degrees he col'- ''"d a large amount of shoe thread from the saint) shop, with which ho braided the rope. All this required months of stealthful work, but in the course of time ho had « slender, strong rope, fully fifty feet in length. This he kept carefully hidden in the mattress of his bed. Next he began sawing tho bars on Iii8 door a little at a time. Night after night he watched for the passing of tho guard, arid as soon as that official was beyond hearing distance ho would cut a littlu aud then 'fill up the space with black wax, which he had also obtained from the shoeshop, so that tho prying eyes ol the guard could hot discover by daylight that the door had been tampered with. When the bar had been cut through hi) carefully wedged it back into place with small iron staples and bits of lead. KEMAUKADLE CLEVERNESS. He could now got outside of his cell, but tho hardest work was yet to be done. His cell was located high up on tha third tier, some sixty feet away from the tower door through which ho hoped to make his way. Watching his chance, when the night guard was on the op posite side of the block of colls, ho re- rnoved the bar from his door, crawled through the opening, and with all the agility of a cat climbed down the railin from tier to tier, ran across the corridor to the tower door, and, with a piece ol shoemaker's wax, took an impression ol the lock, regaining his cell before the guard appeared on that side of the cell- house. By careful working he made a key out of lead pipe that a plumber had dropped near his workbench iu tho shop. Several trips from his cell to the tower door were made during the next few weeks before his key would fit, and then it took him some. time to get together enough material to make a "dummy" to put in his bed to prevent his absence being discovered before ho could get be yond reach. On the very day.that ha intended to make his escape, while re turning from the shop to.' 1 .his 'cell, he slipped upon an icy stairway-aful badlj sprained his ankle. ''This'.-almost di's couragcd him. Hia months of anxious toil had come to naught; His scheme would surely be discovered. After three weeks in the prison hospital he was sen back to work, and when he reached his cell that evening was overjoyed to fini that his rope, key and "dummy" w«r< still safely concealed in the mattress and everything as he had left it. ESCAPE AND CAFTUUE. Another week elapsed before his ankle would permit his making the attempt The night came, however, and alonj, about midnight he was safe inside the tower. A single iron bar still stood between him and freedom, and it would take long hours of hard work to cut through it. Just as daylight began to break the bar gave way. The rope now came into good use, and with its aid he slipped down upon the prison lawn and hurried away to the woods that line the bluffs east of the prison. Here he found a thicket or underbrush where he lay hid all that day, and when darkness came again lm gut nway. His absence was not discovered from prison until the guard went to unlock his cell in the morning. This was without doubt the cleverest escape that had taken place at Joliet, and stumped Paddock UH a genius. Extraordinary efforts were made for hia recapture, Large rewards were offered, and his description was cast broadcast. A year later it was discovered that Paddock had a mistress in Chicago. A watch was set on her house for several weeks, and sure enough one night Paddock put in an appearance. Captain Simon O'Donnell, of the police department, had the place surrounded and the daring convict was again in the toils. He was taken back to his old quarters at the prison, where he finally completed his sentence, not, however, until he had tried several other schemes for escape, but he was too closely watched to ever again succeed,— Joliet (Ills.) Letter. def if it "can't be melted up into something useful." Take it down from its out of the way nook and unscrew the ong handle which holds the cruet frame. This will leave when taken out as handsome A table jardiniere for ferns and lowers as your soul can desire, with the trifling addition of a tin basin, which my tifismith will fit inside.—New York Times. A ltnc« for n Wltc. South Broad street, from Jackson itreet to the navy yard gates, waa the scene of a foot race tho other day, the irizo being the pretty daughter of n sailors' washerwoman. For some time Barney Bums, a marine, and George Lindsay, a sailor on board tho receiving ship St. Louis, which is stationed at League island, have been enamored of tho bright eyed daughter of tho woman who does thoir washing. Tho men were friends and tho girl's affections seemed :o bo about evenly divided on tho two imlcnt lovers. How to decide with which of tho two she should cast her lot was a difficult problem, but tho happy thought of a foot race prosMitod itself. Tho arrangements wero perfected and vt 0 o'clock tho contestants appeared upon tho course, which was two miles long, accompanied by a largo crowd who Imd been advised of tho contest. Burns stands 6 feet 0 inches in height and weighs about 200 pounds, while his opponent, Lindsay, is lithe and willowy; mid tho sports in the crowd wore not long in determining upon tho latter as the favorite. At tho crack of tho pistol tho lovers were off at a rapid gait, and until tho tracks of tho Greenwich Point extension of the Pennsylvania railroad wero reached kept well together. Tho pace told upon Burns' wind, however, and ho dropped behind, and when Lindsay readied tho end of tho goal his competitor was not in sight. Tho washerwoman's daughter will now become Mrs. Lindsay.—Philadelphia Record. West of Thorington House. M. Z. GROVE, gHORT-FOBM MORTGAGES— The beat tor chattel work. Alwajs in stock at the Upper Des Molues ptttue. Knirllnli ITorllflaulloiiN In AiiH'Hiin. John Bull is preparing to make things pleasant for us. Ho 1ms boon of lato especially active in strengthening his outposts near tho United States. Six of tho most powerful modern warships are to bo sent to the North Atlantic squadron, the summer headquarters of which are at Halifax and tho winter quarters Bermuda. Halv'ax is close to tho American lino and only 800 miloii from Boston. Bermuda is only CCO miles from New York and is heavily fortified. At Port Royal, in Jamaica, within ono day's sail of Florida by steamship, Mr. Bull has some very powerful batteries. On tho little island of St. Lucia ho has a dry dock, a naval station and a heavy battery commanding one of the approaches to tho mouth of the proposed Nicaragua canal. On all these strongholds money is now being spent. Wo all know about tho arsenal, naval depot and fortifications at Esquimault, and tho warships in these waters. Uncle Bull has industriously fortified his outposts as near as possible to the United States. The increased activity in this work is only two or three years old. It must be costing a great deal of money. It manifests a very friendly interest in our welfare and shows that our jolly old nnclp hits his benevolent eye on us. Wo shall have to watch Uncle Bull, too, in the friendliest way. We must not lot hiu outdo us iu polite attention.—Boston Journal. Itooovoroil u Itunk Note. Recently a woman residing in South Shields was leaving the postofllce, ant in passing along Keppel street, near the South Shields police headquarters, she tore up a five pound note, under the ijn pression that it was tin ordinary piece o: paper. She did noi/*'3,iscover her mistake till the evening, whereupon she informer' Chief Constable Moorhouse of the uufor tunate circumstance. It being very dark, a number of police officers wero set to work with lanterns, and after t good deal of labor succeeded in collect ing in different parts of the street number of pieces of the note. These were pasted onto a sheet o paper, and application was made to Newcastle bank, but the patched up nok being refuse:! there, it was sent to Lon don to the Bank of England, and by ,re turn of post a new five pound note wa received by the woman, who showed he gratitude for the efforts of the police,by I sending a contribution, which has been ; placed to the credit of a private police fund.—London Tit-Bits, . . MENTAL TELEGRAPHY. NFLUENCE OF MIND ON MIND STRONGLY ILLUSTRATED. U»e fur an Olil Fwnhloimd Cunter. If you happen to have among the family silver an old fashioned caster, don't £rowp_at it uncompromisingly and won- Iluntor Sitiu Pugli'H Error. Sam Pngh, of thiH city, was quite seri- oufily hurt near Stillwater, O. T., a few evenings ago. With a party of -young men he was out coon hunting. They chased an animal several miles, thinking, they were trailing a coon, and when the animal was treed, Pugh climbed the tree to knock it down. In the darkness he could not see but what it waa a coon, j and he climbed up close to it and struck • it. To his surprise he found the animal j was u large and ferocious wildcat, \vhich flow at him, biting and scratching him' in a horrible manner, laid causing him to lose his hold and fall to the ground. In his fall he struck a limb, fracturing three ribs and inflicting other severe bruises. He will be confined to his room for some weeks with bis injuries.—Kaneas City Journal. The MOOBU luvlted Death. A bull moose was recently shot in the Maine woods which had nine prongs on one horn and eight on the other, the spread at the antlers measuring five feet. The animal apparently courted death, for, while the hunter who shot; him was aaleep by his camp fire, in the middle of the night the animal came up and smelled him over and awakened blip.— A Strange Story of Thought Tranimlt- nlon—Two Well Knoirn Men Coneelva the Sume Id*» at Abont the Same Time. An Odd Rsuerlonce of Stark Twain'*. Now I come to tho oddest thing that ever happened to me. Two or three years ago I was lying in bed idly one morning—it was the 2d of 1 when suddenly a red hot new idf n came whistling down into my camp imd ex- iloded with such comprehensive effec- iveness as to sweep the vicinity clean of rubbishy reflections and fill the air with ,heir dust and flying fragments. This dea, stated iu simple phrase, was that ,ho time was ripe and tho market ready 'or a certain book; a book which ought ,o bo written at once; a book which must command attention and bo of peculiar ntorust—to wit, a book about tho Nevada silver mines. The Great Bonanza was a new won- r then, and everybody was talking tbout it. It seemed to me that the person best qualified to write this book was Mr. William H. Wright, a journalist of Virginia, Nov., by whoso side I hod scribbled many months when I was a reporter thoro ten or Uvelvo before. He might be alive still; he might bu dead; I could not toll; but I would write him my way. I began by merely aud modostly suggesting that ho make such n book, but my interest grow as I went on, and I ven- Lured to map out what I thought ought to be tho plan of tho work, ho being an old friend, and not given to taking good intentions for ill. I even dealt with details imd suggested tho order and sequence which they should follow. I was about to put tho manuscript in an envelope, when the thought occurred to mo that if this book should bo written at my suggestion, and then no publisher happen to want it, I should fool uncomfortable; so I concluded to keep my letter back until I should have secured a publisher. HEADING AN UNOl'KNKD LETTISH. I pigeonholed my document and dropped a note to my own publisher, asking him to name a day fora business consultation. Ho was out of town on a far journey. My note remained unanswered, aud at tho end of three or four days the whole matter had passed out of my mind. On tho Oth of March tho postman brought three or four letters, and among them a thick ono whose superscription was in a hand which seemed dimly familiar to me. I could not "place" it at! first, but presently I succeeded. Then I said to a visiting relative who was present: "Now 1 will do a miracle. I will tel you everything this letter contains—' date, signature and all—without breaking the seal. It is from a Mr, Wright, of Virginia, Nev., and is dated tho Sd of March—seven days ago. Mr. Wright proposes to make a book about the silver mines and the Great Bonanza, and asks what I, as a friend, think of tho idea. Ho says his subjects are to be so so, their order and sequence so p and ho will close with a histor. vof the chief feature of the book, tho Great Bonanza." HEAD AUIUUT. I opened the letter and showed that I had stated tho date and the contents correctly. Mr. Wright's letter pimply contained what my own letter, written on tho same date contained, and mine still lay in its pigeonhole, where it had been lying during tho seven days since it was written. There was no clairvoyance about this, if I rightly comprehend what clairvoyance is. I thinll 1 . the clairvoyant professes to actually see concealed writing and read it off word for word. This was not my case. I only seonied to know, and to know absolutely, tho contents of the letter iu detail and due order, but I had to word them myself. I translated them, so'to speak, out of Wright's language into my own. Wright's letter and the one which I had written to him, but never sent, were in substance the samo, Necessarily this could not come by accident; such elaborate accidents cannot happen. Chance might have duplicated one or two of the details, but she would have broken down on the rest. I could not doubt—thoro was no tenable reason for doubting—that Mr. Wright's mind and mine had been in close and crystal clear communication with each other across 0,000 miles of mountain and desert on tho morning of March 2.' 1 did not consider that both 'minds originated that succession of ideas, but that one mind originated them, aud simply telegraphed them to the other. MENTAL TKUJaiUl'HY. I was curious to: know which brain was the telegrapher and which was the receiver, so I wrote and asked for particulars. Mr. Wright's reply showed that his mind had done the originating aud telegraphing and mine the receiving. Mark that significant thing now; Consider for a moment how many ft splendid "original" idea has been unconsciously stolen from a man 8,000 miles away. If one should question that this is so, let him look into the cyclopedia and con once more that curious thing in the history of inventions which has puzzled every one BO much—that is, the frequency with which the same machine or other contrivance has been invented at the same time by several persons in different quarters of the globe. The world was without an electric telegraph for several thousand years; then Professor Henry the American, Wheatotone i» England, Morse on the sea, aud a Gter- inan in Munich all invented it at the time,—Murk Twain in Harper's. I

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