The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 16, 1891 · Page 18
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 18

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 16, 1891
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B'HfiF CARRIED TUB CrlAlLfiNO KISSING THE BABIES. A Mtttftfcf Who OM**t« t* ftnett Common Pro«-»«<1lnfii. , . 6 I Was v ery abrupt, aiid, 'disagreeable.'» Bald a mother of two or three pretty children, ft* tfeejr cAme in ffoin )tn outing, "but I allure you t could not help It There li nothing that occurs to me when t Am out with the children Which ant Hoy* tne more than to .have stranger! literally pounce upon the babies and cover their faces with • klasea. Of course. 1 wouldn't have common eonse if I didn't know that they are extra pretty children. I have heard it ever elnco they were born and I certainty ought to.have learned it by heart by this time. If I, didn't know it any other way t should very aooti do so /rota tho marked attention they always receive in public, but 1 will hot allow this promiscuous 1 kissing. The woman who annoyed me waa a mid- die aged person with the moat atrocious sot of tooth, or rathor tho remains of them, that I ever saw. Her breath was almost Intolerable even at tho distance which I stood from hor, and I noticed that the baby turned his face away in disgust. Of course, I hated to toll hor that I never permitted strangers to kiss tho children. All the same, I did it and am not sorry. "It is for this reason, largely, that I go out myself whan tho children aro taken for their airing. I find that nurse-girls will not guard them ugainKf this dungor, and I can't permit them to run tho risk of getting all sorts of infections and diseases that I know must come from such a condition of tho mouth. People really Seem to havo not the slightest Idea that they aro guilty of a rudeness in offering to kins other people's ohil- dren, but 1 consider it such, notwithstanding tho fact that I know lam expected to tako it as a compliment. "I assure you, however, that I would rathor such compliments wore omtttod altogether. I will not on- gago a nurse-girl with poor tooth or offensive breath, or oho who has any disease of tho lungs, throat or head. I don't think it's safo to do so, and therefore I make tho moot rigid inquiries in this respect; and good health and a clean mouth aro among tho Imperative demands when I engage suoh servants."—Now York Lodger. Wlioro tlio Ilnniiiia Oi'OWB. In South America tho banana is not thought of as a luxury, in fact, It takes tho place of broad and meat and vegetables among a largo part of tho people. Every garden has its banana patch, just as wo havo our in- dlsponslble rows of potatoes. On the Isthmus of Panama the cars spin past hills covered from base to summit with .the beautiful broad-leaved plant*, their groat clusters of fruit hanging' from the stems just undor tho loaves. Tho banana plant looks something llko an immense calla lily. Its stfjms aro made up from the loaves, so sheathed or folded around each other and hardened as to sustain tho weight of tho mass of foliage above. It will in somo localities attain a height of twenty Toot When two years old it beam fruit and then dies, but a number of young 1 shoots spring up from tho base of tho old stem, so it continually renews itself, and the farmer, who Is usually an Indian or negro, has no trouble, except to keep tho woods and tho old withered trunks cleared awny from tho crowing plant. Even tho trunk IH of use, for it contains a fibre almost aa soft as silk, which can bo woven into tho most exquisite muslins. Indeed Homo of tho dainty India muslins are of this vory fibre.—Harper's Young People. IIOMUN. In no other part of tho world has tho cultivation of roses boon brought BO nearly to perfection us in China. Tho rose gardens of tho umporor o£ tho Flowery Kingdom aro gorgeous in tho extreme. Tho revenue obtained from tho oil of roses and rose-water is enormous and a groat addition to tho imperial colTors. Only tho members of tho royal family and tho nobility, high military officials, mandarins, &o., are allowed to have any of the attar of roses in their dwellings. Very severe punishment is meted out to ordinary citizens in whoso possession even a drop of tho precious essence i* found. Originally only two kinds of roses wore known in China, tho whit* and the rod moss-roses, and tho smaller they wore tho greater their value. ^ Tho leaves are greatly sought after for amulets. The poor consider them groat prizes, and when a loaf ia obtained, it is put into a little bag and hung over the door to keep away the evil spirits.—Sat. Kvening Post rtitror Wi *T*w fork. j / Between three and .four 'thousand' children ffet astray during A year In the city of New Ifork, but the system tot oaring for the little ones ID so ad* tnirably arranged that you heVer heat* of ft child dying in the direct* for lack of,food or shelter, or failing to reach i to parents or guardians, Unless it has been purposely set astray. The place to look for stray children, says Harper's Young People, is at the police station on Mulberry Street, on the top-floor, which has come to be known as the "Sky Parlor." and they are brought there from all parts of tho city, often as hiany as thirty a day. The children rnnge from toddlers of a year old to those of six and eight years. Some of them are so little that they are hot able to speak plain, and others are so bewildered that they do not remember oven tho number of tho street where they live, or the part of tho city. It Is on line days that tho largest number of children la registered at the "Sky Parlor"; on rainy or vory cold days there may not bo one. Children got ustray in many ways, and the largest number is brought in when a circus parados through tho town, for tho little folks run after It* and often run along with tho crowd for a dozen blocks, not thinking that they lire getting so far away from homo. They also follow hurdy-gurdy mon and organ-grinders, national or other parados, and frequently follow a crowd when a policeman Is taking a prisoner to tho station houso. • Some children leave tholr homes owing to tho cruelty of tholr parents or guardians, and scores of little boys 7 and girls every year run away from tholr homos at points outside the city, the conductor passing thorn along when they say they have no money. Hut the thoughtful conductor questions tho ch.ild carefully, nnd if he finds that it Is running away from home, he takes or sends it back, or t olfio, on arriving in the city, has it j sent to tho home of tho "Society for tho Prevention of Cruelty to Children."' Hut a number of waifs found astray in the streets aro put there by parents and guardian* who want to go off to Conny Island or elsewhere for a day or two. An officer who has charge of stray children makes this statement: | "There aro hundreds of parents in ; Now York who purposely put tholr children astray in the streets. A mother, father or guardian sots out for the ferry, bound for somo place out of town, whon a police station is nearod, tho guardian or parent stops somo one in tho street and says, 'I have found this child in tho street; will you take ' it to the station, as I havo to catch tho ferry at once,' The child is too little to explain, and is led off by tho stranger to tho station, whore it is registered. This thing," tho ollloor continued, "Is dono to suoh an oxtont that it has bo- corne a nuisance to tho police department. Of course, whon tho parent or guardian returns, tho child is reclaimed, and many fictitious tears aro shod and false kisses given to the littlo one." ' THE ORIGIN OF TEA. Knew Him <01ui)MluN. "Tho black earth drinks the rului, and the trees drink the earth, and Helios drinks tho sea, and Sllenuf drinks Helios. Why then, my friends, do you prevent mo from drinking?" Thus translated admirably an odo of Anacroon, in a crowded Now Yorli elevated-car, a man througl) whoso unpatchod boots blow the breozo that sweeps tho curved tracks of the elevated railway at the end of the park. "Ho is drunk; I'll put him off at Una Hundred and Sixteenth Street," said the guard. ".Don't, ho knows his classics," said a Times reporter. •Oh, woll, If ho knows Colonel Hain and bohavos himself; I will let him ride," said tho guard, untorrilled by it new form, apparently, of "His Nibs." A D»elul Hint. In Sir William Fraser's sparkling book on Disraeli and his time, Disraeli is quoted us once saying: "Whon I meet a man whose name 1 can not remember, I glva myself two minutes; then, if it bo a hopeless case, 1 always Bay, 'And how is the old eotnplamtl" * .—Argonaut. Oroivlnjf From tho Kyobrow* of n IMou* Prillc<> of India. According to a Jap aneso legend, tho origin of tea is thus traced: An Indian prince named Darma, of a holy and religious character, visitod China in the year 610 A. D., for tho purpose of instructing tho celestials in tho duties of religion. Ho led a most abstemious lilo and denied himself all rest or relaxation of body and mind. At lost tirod nature rebelled against such treatment, and thoroughly exhausted, tho princo fell asleep. When ho awoke he waa so mortified at his weakness that in order to purge himself of what ho considered an almost unpardonable.sin, he cut oft his eyebrows, considering them the instruments of his crime. They fell upon tho ground and each individual hair became transformed into a eh rub, which eventually came to be known by the name of tea. Prior to that time It had been unknown, but Darma quickly discovered tho agreeable property of Its leaves, which endowed his .mind with fresh powers to master abstruse religious principles and prevented sleep from closing 1 his eyes at imopportune moments. Ho recommended its virtues to his disciples, who In turn sang Its praises to all whom they met. In a very short tlmo Its use became general throughout tho celestial kingdom, from which it gradually extended to all parts of the earth. Darma's memory Is perpetuated in Cliinoso and Japanese drawings by the representation of a rude figure of au old man standing In the water, with a reed under his feot and one of his eyebrows sprouting out into a tea leaf. In connection with the introduction of toa into England a vory amusing story is told of a certain titled woman who had boon presented with a pound of tho finest green tea. She had no idea of its proper preparation and consequently boiled tho entire quantity and served it up with melted butter as an accompaniment to a roast of beef. She was not pleased with its uppear- ance and gravely informed her guests that although it had boon cooked several hours it was simply impossible "to make those foreign greens ton- dor!"—Detroit Free Press. Speed of tlio "Gulf Stream," Three miles an hour is about the average of the G'ulf Stream, though at certain places it attains a speed of fifty-four miles per hour; in the Yucatan Channel for an instance, where it ia ninety miles wide and 1,000 fathoms ( deep, the current is not over the fourth i of a ratio an hour. In the Straits of I Uomlnl the current is as rapid as to give the surface of the water tho ap- j poarunco of being: a sheet of fire,.—St I Louis Republic. A Hew Orlt»n* Mother* flfctr* in m Oo*l , . That fol<lh r t Co*n» tilt. ' A. patty oV old-timers Wfjre jtestefri day assembled in the olerk't office of the Civil District couti 'discussing tn* halcyon happenings of ante-bellum days, says the New Orleans Tirhes- Democrnt. The topic Of discussion from a contrast of the gallantries and suavities of those days as contrasted with the present gradually drifted into the topic of dueling. Many good stories were told, when Judge B. put a climax to the reminiscent mood of tho party bv telling a story which turned the subject into a channel in which he stood pre-eminently atone. "Have yoil ever heard of a duel between nieti in which a woman acted as one of the seconds P" queried the judge prefatorlly. There was a common shaking of heads and the judge continued: "Well. I have. I knew all the parties intimntely. It was this way. You see, Jacques De Bosseut had a bete noir in the shape of old Jules Maurin's son Anatole. Anatole was jealous of Jacques in more ways than one, and ho took every opportunity of angering him. Never sufficiently to give Jacques a casus belli, but just enough to be very disagreeable. Jacques boro it as well as ho could until finally onn day, when Anatole had made himsolf more than usually disagreeable, Jacques saw sufficient cause to fight and forthwith challenged Anatolo. Now the latter was a friend of the De Bossuet family and refused to fight on the plea that he had the greatest respect and admiration for Jacques' aged mother, and that if a fight came off It would kill that lady. Jacques 'hearlncr of this went to his old mother with tears in his eyes and said to her: "Mother, you have been tho cause of great sorrow to me. You are the unwilling object that stands between me and-the satisfaction of my honor.' 'My' gracious, my dear son, bow can that beP' answered his mother. 'I would do anything for you,' Jacques explained. •Do you want to fight this manP" said Mrs. DoBossuot. i do,' said Jacques. •It Is the desire of my life. 1 -I will tako the challenge myself,' answered the bruve old lady starting up; 'write your challenge.' "And she did. She took It with her own hands. She handed it to Anatole. He protested; she insisted. She taunted him with cowardice. He blanched. He saw that she was desperately in earnest, and ho left tho room with pale cheeks. That night ho fled the city and never returned. Jacques was forever rid of his cowardly enemy. That is the only Instance I have ever hoard of in this city where a gentlewoman brought a challenge with her own hands." The old house of TO CHECK HIS TEMPER. A Wlso Freiioh Mlnlgter's Plun for Ovor- (.'nmliiir a Fuult. He who knows his failings and tries to correct them is to be praised, says the Saturday Evening Post, though he may not always succeed- "The will is to bo praised, though success be wanting," says, an old proverb. The following anecdote shows the simple method a French statesman used to control his temper, which was apt to take tho bit in its mouth— When M. de Persigny was French Minister of tho Interior, he received a visit one day from a friend, who, on sending up his name, was shown into the groat man's sanctum. A warm discussion arose between them. Suddenly an usher entered, and handed tho minister a note. On opening it h'e at once changed his tone of voice, and assumed a quiet and urbane manner. Puzzled as to the contents of tho note, and the marked effect it had suddenly produced upon the minister, his friend cast a furtive glance at it, when, to his astonishment, he perceived that it was simply a plain sheet of paper, without a scratch upon it! More puzzled than ever, the gentleman, after a few minutes, took his leave, and proceeded to Interrogate the usher, to whom he was well known, for ho himself had been Minister of the Interior. "You havo," said he, "just handed to tho minister a note, folded up, which had a most extraordinary effect upon him. Now, it was a plain sheet of paper, with nothing written upon it And what did it mean?" "Sir," replied the usher, "here is the explanation, which I must beg you to keep secret^ for I do not wish to compromise myself. My master is vory liable to lose his temper. "As ho himself is aware of his weakness, ho has ordered mo, each time that his voice is raised sufficiently to be audible in the anteroom, without delay to place a sheet of paper in an envelope, and take it to him. That reminds him that his temper is getting the better of him, and he at once calms himself. Just now I heard his voice rising, and immediately carried out my instructions." Odtlent I'arusllo In Creation. Do renders of. "Notes for the Curious" know that the Royal Bengal tigor Is Infested with one of the strangest'.creatures th^t ever lived P It is said to be a fact easily demonstrated ^or. proved by one who has access to a zoological collection (the writer does not pretend .to htive a personal knowledge of the fact) that the web of the foot of tigers of tho above-named species is inhabited by a blood-sucking insect about the size of a common flea, which is a perfect counterpart of a tiger in every particular, shape, claws, tall and stripes Included. If it is true that this creature does live on tho foot and suck the blood of the tiger it is one of the most remarkable facts known in natural history, and one worthy of more thorough investigation.—St Louis Republic. Established in Algeria in 1870. THERE IS WAR Among the dry goods and clothing merchants in Algona. "We are not in it; but we are in the DRY GOODS AND CLOTHING business. We do not like . fights, but we assure our competitors and bur customers that we have OTJIR which are tfNIFORMLY LOW PRICES d HONEST GOODS. "We employ those forces on the and we know by experience that we will and must ( r sell OUR SHAEE of goods. ChviscMtles 4' OUR AIM Is to sell the Best Goods At the Lowest Prices. -will 0 I'J Mid and Filled also a very choice line of Gents' Watches in Gold Filled Cases. Silver Watches and Boys' Watches of the best manufactures. you see this.stock and get prices. ^ 't buy a watch until Here you will also find a large stock of Rings, Chains, Charms, Thimbles, Lace Pins, Bar Pinsi Gold Lockets, Piated Lockets, Scarf Pins, Ear Rings, Cuff Buttons plated and solid gold, Crosses, Bracelets, and many other goods that belong to the jewelry line. The Best and Finest Line of Silverware consisting of Silver Tea Sets, Berry Dishes, Castors, Tooth-pick Holders, Knives and Forks, and Spoons, all of the very best plate. Be sure and look this stock over. The Best and Finest of Clocks always in stock, and sold to pur customers with a two-year guarantee, and as cheap as any house can sell the same quality of goods. Remember that we take pleasure in showing goods. Full line of Gold and Silver Spectacles and the very best quality, and at prices as reasonable as these goods can be obtained anywhere E, GK BOWYER, the Jewels* 1 , * Street, v> { •

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