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THE ttPPBK DBS MOtNfiS: AMtOttA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1893. Twenty-Seventh : Year. fit INGHAM & WARREN. Term* to Subscribers: Onecopy, one year '. tl.fe( One copy, six months 7t Ofle copy, thfee months. 40 SSttt to any address at above rates. Bemit by draft, money order, express order otpoatal note at our risk. Bates of advertising sent on application. JUDGING from imports Walt. Butler hns in his two years in Washington been us conspicuous n blunderer as ever brought Iowa into disrepute. Lasi week he furnished n sample of his wild west manners. In referring to a hot headed southerner he said: "If the member from Louisiana wore a gentle, man he would not say what he did,' : The member from Louisiana replied "At a suitable time and in a suitable place I will pay proper attention to that insult." Butler then began in quiring of his friends what ho meant, and when ho discovered that saying t southerner,was no gentleman meam blood, ho oould'nt get the floor quid enough to make the most abject apologies. _____^_____ FROM a political standpoint Gov, Boies' refusal to accept Presiden' Cleveland's offer of the department o agriculture in the now cabinet is amis- take. It has evidently been sent in because as a candidate for senator the governor thinks he will fare bettor by remaining in the state and conducting his own campaign. But plenty of democrats feel that he would gain more prestige b.y taking a post tit Washington and allowing the active work to be done by others. The fact is Gov. Boies has made all the speeches in Iowa he can witli any effect. There *ire too many things for him to explain from this on, and if the republicans meo him in a .personal canvass his bes' friends know ho will be worse oft' than he possibly could be as a member of the cabinet, necessarily removed from active participation. The offer was very complimentary. Gov. Boies should have recalled the old adage about a bird in the hand, and romera bered the dog who lost his meat grab bing a shadow, before ho declined. THE record of atrocities committee by the Sioux Indians in the New Ulm massacre may be searched in vain for a parallel to the horrible outrage com mitted in Texas last week. A negro whoso crime was the most inhuman to be conceived, was tortured with red hot irons 55 minutes, his eyes burnec out, and then ho was roasted alive in the presence of 15,000 white people who participated. The negro's crime represented the blind savagery and vicious 1 ness of his nature. His punishmenl represents the worse savagery of his captors, inasmuch as they sinnec against greater light. It is .almost incredible that people making pretense to civilization could stop business, officially close the schools, and make a public holiday to witness such tortures as were practiced in that Texas town. The cold facts, however, have gone into history, and the world' again has evidence of how thin a veil separates the civilized citizen and the original barbarian; and the people of the north catch a very satisfying glimpse of the social conditions of the south. PRESIDENT HARRISON'S appointment of a democrat to succeed Justice Lamai on the supremo bench has created a sensation and occasioned some vigorous discussion. It is a radical departure from past precedent, and until all the facts are known it is difficult to fully pass upon the wisdom of it. But a few presumptions from such information as has boon afforded seem to exist in its favor, both as a matter of shrewd political management and wise public policy. It removes Justice Jackson from the Tennessee circuit and makes necessary the appointment of a successor, whom President Harrison has selected. If the democrats in the senate accept Jackson for the supreme bench they cannot escape accepting a strong republican for the Tennessee circuit. And BO the republicans gain one of the two judgeships, whereas if President Harrison had selected a republican to succeed Lamar the senate would not have confirmed him, and President Cleveland would have named democrats for both positions. President Harrison found that enough republicans would resist any nomination of a republican 'ho could make to defeat his confirmation. But there is a second reason why the appointment seems wise. Justice Jack- Bon, although a southern democrat, is reported to have rendered some decisions opposing the southern states' rights doctrine, and to be not especially well liked by southern democrats. The democratic senators therefore have the choice between refusing to confirm the appointment of a good democrat or of accepting one whose presence on the bench insures the stability of existing decisions. If they resist it places them in a bad light. If they consent the country gets a safer judge than Lamar was, or than Cleveland might appoint. Those who believe that ull judicial appointments should bo non-political, and that the only question to be answered is one of fitness, ability, and good chftfac'tefr will 6!«K5fefc*J|joitit to Justice Jackson's excellent record on the circuit bench aftd high standing as a jurist as a sufficient vindication of President Harrison's notion. He was urged upon the president by Justice Brown of Michigan, and is recognized by the bench and bar as an able legal student and a taan of strong mind and high character. SENATOR FUNK notices the many friendly mentions <of Judge Carr as a candidate for governor before the republican state convention, and says: " Some weeks since Judge Gfeo. H. Carr was suggested as n candidate for governor on the republican ticket, and the suggestion Is warmly commended by papers throughout the district arid beyond. Judge Carr is one of the strong and rising young republic- ana of Iowa. In the sterling qualities of stalwart manhood, in solid ability, in practical judgment, and In breadth of opinion he is well equipped, In touch with the interests of all the people and always with positive convictions and the courage to maintain them, he is a man who may safely be trusted in any position to which the people may call him. Judge Carr is making a splendid record on our district bench. Wo ore absolutely certain he is not seeking promotion, but tho party will make no mistake m iadvancing him to.higher stations." All that Senator Funk says will receive the cordial endorsement of every acquaintance tho judge has in Iowa. Wo have no idea that he has given a serious thought to a possible presentation of his name, or that he 'would entourage it. But tho republican party can go farther and fare worse than to put Judge Carr at the head of the state ticket. He is an able, broad-minded, young, and ambitious man, and would make one of Iowa's best governors. THE State Register republished last week a paragraph from a speech in congress by B. F. Butler, which is an index of the better qualities 'of tho bluff old fighter's nature: " It became my painful duty, sir, 1 to follow in the track of that charging column, and there, in a space not wider than the clerk's desk and 800 yards long, lay the dead bodies of 548 of my colored comrades, fallen in defense of their country, who had offered up their lives to uphold its Hag and its honor as a willing sacrifice; and as I rode along among them, guiding my horse this way and that way, lest ho should profane with his hoof what seemed to me tho sacred dead, and as I looked on their bronzed faces upturned in the shining sun to heaven, as if in mute appeal against the wrongs of the country for which they had given their lives, and whose flag 1 had only been to them a flag of stripes, on which no star of glory had ever shone for them— feeling I had wronged them in the past, and believing what was the future of my .country to them—among my dead comrades there I s-woro to myself a solemn .oath. ' May my right hand forget its eunning.and my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth if I ever fail to defend the rights of these men who have given their blood for me: and my country this day and for their race .forever, and God helping me, I will keep that oath.' From that hour all prejudice was gone and an old-time state rights democrat became a lover of the negro race, and as long as their rights are not equal to the rights of other men under this government I am with them against all comers; and when their rights pro assured, as other men's rights are held sacred, then I trust we shall have what we soueht to have—a united country, north and south, white and black, under one glorious flag, for which we and our fathers have fought with an equal and not to bo distinguished valor." There is nothing in Butler's career which belies the sentiments he expressed in this speech. He was undoubtedly a self seeker through life, sacrificed great opportunities through small aims, bragged when he should have been modest, was selfish when generosity would have served his purpose, grew rich by taking everything in sight, and died as he lived in tur- moils that were petty considering the intellectual arsenal he drew from. But through all his long and stormy career he never bowed to a false sentiment of aristocracy, and never refused to fight for the weakest and humblest when his energies were aroused. There was something of the quality in Butler which makes the character of Thaddeus Stevens heroic. When in 1808 death claimed the great republican congressional leader of the war, he was buried in a cemetery of negro people, and on his tomb was written this inscription: " I repose in this quiet and secluded spot not from any natural preference for solitude, but finding other cemeteries limited as to race by charter rules, I have chosen this that I might illustrate in my death the principles which I have advocated through a long life: ' Equality of man before his creator.'" When tho columns of ridicule and denunciation have shown all the faults in largo perspective, there Is still something noble left in the man who can face unpopularity to defend the rights of the meanest and lowest; and time changes tho glass gradually until the nobility is "writ largo." Gen. Butler will hold ah honorable niche in the temple of fame history has reserved for the heroes of the civil war. ELAINE and Gladstone in conversation were like Sidney Smith and Macaulay. Blaino told a friend after his return from Europe: " Mr, Gladstone is undoubtedly a groat man, but he has very bad manners. All conversations with him must be one sided; :io insists on doing ull tho talking, I met lim half a dozen times. Upon one occasion [ was with him two hours, and I do not ;hink I said a dozen words in all that time. [ did not cot a chance, and I have been told tout I am somewhat of a talker myself. Gladstone asked me 50 questions about America and Americans, but he never gave me tho slightest chance to answer one of .hem." When Macaulay grew old he occasionally kept still. Smith said to a Yiend, " Macaulay is improving. I lave noticed lately several brilliant flashes—of silence." Gladstone evi- lently has not grown old enough for hat yet. > _______^^__ What a wonderful thing hindsight is. Here la Jj&het. Clarkson commending Blaine on these two astonishing grounds: "lie saw when the bloody shirt had failed as national isftne, and he saw when the high tariff failed to command.the popularity of national majority. lie also had the abilitj to devise a plan to hold on .to alt that wa good in the tariff, and to supplement it with reciprocity—a new doctrine which thi country hailed with commendation and de light. With Elaine in control, instead of new tariff having been enacted, the old one would have been revised, and revised down as our platform In 1888 had promised to do. Who would have believed that those whe favored tariff reduction.'and a cessation o: bloody shirt waving would have ever been commended by Hhet? That is the most re markable conversion of this political epoch Here is a fine paragraph from Sam Clark; 'Tia a'noticeable thing how majes tic the dead are. We sat in the Westmins tor Presbyterian church Friday and al about us we saw those who had bur ied their dead. For it Is as the German Jean Paul said no one is so unhappy as no to have smiled and no one so happy as no to have wept. We saw here a wife tha had buried her husband; there a daughte that had buried her mother; near by white-haired man who had buried a daugh ter, out of his heart as it were. All their dead, and their memories kept vigil with them as the dead face lay there unde the black drapery of the casket. Each pu his own dead there and that was the fac each saw. And the amazing thing is wha majesty death puts upon them so that they appear greater than we have ever seen them and we humble ourselves before them with a new and sudden awe. What a larg theology God makes when He sends deat' to write His greeting. " He glvoth His be loved sleep." Always before each ha closed his eyes in his own sleep; the sleej of night. But this is God's sleep; there! no mistaking it; and He puts the seal o His own majesty on it. It makes no dlf ference what faith or church or no faith o church it was, death writes the same majes ty of God upon every face of every deac that ho takes unto His sleep. 'Lafe Young's DOS Moines Capital i to be enlarged to a quarto in April. Th Capital has already improved greatly un dor his management, but evidently wha has been done is only a suggestion of wha is to come. George Alfred Townsend says tha " Elaine required love as much as som other leaders required hate. With thi cherishing nature he silently suffered un der a hatred which appeared to have stud ied his pangs and sworn never to let him escape. He had not one, but a hundre Roger Chillingworths, each the more im placable from having had no injury to whe him on. Said Mr. Sherman, our consul t Liverpool, who was long Elaine's clerk 1 Was there over such hate of so kind i man?' * * * In cultivation and address in a wide, suggestive and searching inter est into the material affairs of his country in versatility, scholarship and finish, hi was fifty years in advance of his equals Redeemed by weaknesses which hurt n one but himself, and by a volatility whicl is the Creator's best gift to the earth an gives it alternation of sun and dew, and at mosphere to breathe and sustain life and set the hues of cloud and rainbow, Blaiu is the sunset of his time, the still, starry closing of a, noble day." The Sioux City Journal expresses i general sentiment in speaking about nego tiable notes: "The theory of the law i that it is bettor upon the whole that com mercial paper should be made valid in th hands of innocent holders than that it b changed to meet particular cases of hard ship. Indeed, this is more than theory, fo. it is custom and commercial practice, whicl imply substantial original reason. And after all, the way to avoid liability on such negotiable notes is simply not to sign them The law cannot make general rules to safe guard exceptional folly."* •Yesterday's dispatches on the ap pointment of Justice Jackson say: There is still a good deal of talk around the cap! tal concerning the appointment of Judge Jackson of Tennessee to the supreme benct and the prospects of his confirmation by the senate. It has been learned that the influence brought to bear on the president for his appointment of Judge Jackson was much stronger than at first believed. Ev ery justice on the United States bench, in eluding democrats and republicans, paid Judge Jackson the distinguished honor of recommending his appointment. There was of course no partisanship in such recommendation, but it was a tribute from the judges to their familiarly with his able de cisions in tho lower court. It is not considered probable by many senators that Judge Jackson's nomination will bo rejected, notwithstanding there arose considerable op position to him among the democratic members of the body. They say Judge Jackson is not satisfactory to them as a party man, and Senator Harris is quoted as having referred to him as no more of a democrat than " men on the other side of the chamber." The State Register picked up a pretty stray verse last week which runs: Two little feet went pattering by Years ago! They wandered oft to the sunny sky Years ago I Two little socks, well wrinkled and worn, Move me to tears with tlieir memories born Years ago! Dear little Teet that ran here and there Years ago! Creeping, climbing about everywhere Years ago! Crept never back to the love they loft, Climbed never more to the arms bereft Years ago! Again I'll hear those dear little feet Pattering by! Their music a thousand fold more sweet In the sky! I joy to thluk of the father's care Tlurt holds them sate till I meet them there By and by. r • J, S. Clarkson is out again in several bitter attacks upon President Hurrison. If ho could cover his feeling of personal animosity he would appear in a better light, although even then he could scarcely hope to tummauyize the republican party. The voters have full as much confidence in President Harrison's integrity and political fidelity ae they have in that of the disap- pointed office seekers who have been ^Using him. They showed that in Iowa a year ago, and again at Minneapolis, 'and- wili again -when occasion offers. They are noi in favor of getting into cast off democratic shoes as an " organized appetite for spoils and nothing else. THE MONTH'S MAGAZINES. The February number of Romance opens the third year of this magazine of complete stories, Which has been making rapit strides in public favor of late. The re markable series of " special numbers, which Was begun last September, became popular at once, and the development b: the novel idea has been Watched with grow ing interest, as the story writers of one na tion after another are thus presented to the American public. The present issue, t " special English number," offers a strik ing contrast to its immediate predecessor which was more than half composed o tales from the Spanish. It contains spec! mens of the best work of such well-known contemporary writers as Jas. Payn, Waltei Eesant, Conan Doyle and F. Anstey. Se lections from Miss Mitford, Captain Marry att and Wilkle Collins reveal the spirit o earlier generations. There are also a special valentine story by Mary E. Wil kins, brilliant French tales by Guy dt Maupassant, Jacques Normand and Ferdl nant Fluery, and an original sketch o western life by Ed. Towse. IN THIS NEIGHBOBHOOD. Spencer society wears swallow-tai coats for evening dress. Carroll had a $20,000 fire on Friday The Northwestern depot was burned. Estherville Republican: Judgi Perry, who is spending tho winter a Algona, visited friends in this locality the first of the week. State Register^ Col. S. S. Session and his father, Mr. C. Sessions, of Al gona, are in the city on business. The colonel is very enthusiastic in speak ing- of the §25,000 opera house, which Algona is to open on February 9. Emmetsburg Reporter: It is bin tec that J. J. Ryan of Algona wants th same office that has been assigned to J. C. Kelly of the Sioux City Tribune by the machine. If this be true the fur will fly before the thing is settled Estherville Democrat: The citizen of Algona are preparing to enlargi their normal school building. It i filled to its full capacity and they ex pect a much larger attendance during the year of 1893. The school has been in every way a success. Fred Taft of Humboldt, who has been located at Sioux City for a number o years, now has his eye fixed on Call fornia as a settling down place. H< will make a trip to that country and i ho finds a suitable corner will move bii family there in the spring. Livermore Independent: P. R. Crosc is now the only tonsorial artist in towi and the consequence is that he has t< keep a man for the special purpose o doing the lathering. P. R. does th< shaving- and tells the yarns in a mos satisfactory manner to all his patrons H. A. Miller, president of the Citi zen's Bank of Eagle Grove, has been appointed state bank examiner fo northern Iowa. There -are about 10( state and savings banks within the ter ritory over which he has supervision and it will take 75 or 100 days to com plete the work of examination. Ruthven Free Press: Hancock coun ty papers boast of having raised ban anas, and Kossuth county crows over its crop of oranges. Palo Alto counts is equal to the two counties. Whili Fred Higgins rests in the shade of hii banana tree the editor gathers his an nual crop of oranges and rejoices that he lives in so fruitful a county. Spirit Lake Beacon: February 9 will be a red-letter day in the Algona calendar, for upon that date one of tho leading theatrical companies of 'the country will dedicate the $25,000 opera house just completed in the capitol o proud Kossuth. It is not strange tha' the enterprise of Ambrose Call shoulc have made rejoicing in that quarter. A Livermore correspondent writes o Phil. Hanna's marriage and says: "Miss Cornicle is one of the belles of our city and the consul undoubtedly found securing the maid required as much diplomatic and business judgment as any job he ever undertook. But when Phil, makes an attack he goes in anc wins before generals of less experience have got their courage up." Spencer Reporter: There is a goodly number of Spencer people who desire to attend the opening of the new opera house at Algona on Feb. 9, but the absence from business which they would have to make by leaving on the morn- Ing train will deter many from making the trip. If an extra could leave here in the afternoon, returning the same night, a carload of Spencer people would go. Le Mar_s Sentinel: J. J. Ryan, the democratic candidate for congress last fall against Dolliver, has sharpened a long knife to dig with for the vitals ol the less-loyal democrats, who. permitted him to be defeated by the '' young man eloquent," of the Tenth district. In a recent letter to the Dubuque Herald he says that the democrats whom he endorses for office " will not be of the leap year stripe." The gentleman who makes fun of the Swedes evidently intends to play even with the "leap year democrats" who voted against him. The Webster City Graphic refers to our item about a Hamilton county editor buying a right to sell slat fence of our Algona supply men, and says: "Tho above is a libel—a gross, wicked, most villainous libel on the newspaper 'raternity of Hamilton county. We don't undertake to say that the editors >r any of them could not be ' worked' :>y the slick Kossuth county agents, but none of the newspaper men of this county could raise $240, the amount stated to have been ' blowed in' on a .ownship right. The story is clearly a mistake." We shall have to. apologize to Hamilton county brethren. It was a Webster county editor. Livermore Independent: Saturday here was a great day in a legal way aud our lawyer Miles and Mr. Raymond, the legal talent of LuVerne, ocked horns for all there was in it, and Miles, though much the smaller in tature, came out ahead. But it was no ault pf his antagonist's \ horns. The ault was Mr, Raymond didn't stand on ood, firm ground, and the man that makes a fight standing in a slough with ah opponent on good footing generally' comes to grief.. The trouble arose from a disagreement! between J. H. Snyder< thA former occupant of the Revere house, and Mr. Colenmn, the new proprietor, Mr. Snyder claimed there was more his due for household and othefr goods than the defendant was willing to allow, Livermore Gazette: The Gazette editor is the proud posess^or of a cane of leopard wood, grown in South America, a present from United States Consul P. C. Hahna. It is .a very expensive little piece of 'timber—provided, of course, that it was not given to you and you had to buy it—in which wist! our walking would have to be done wholly with our legs, unassisted by any South American vegetation of tho leopard variety. New York- dudes who support a stick like this have to be worth at least $15, that being: about the amount they have to put up for them there; and the possession of this article should place us henceforth solidly in the ranks of the aristocracy. Therefore we propose to rise to the dignity of our position. Clarion Monitor: One of the New York orphan boys brought out to Eagle Grove • last spring tried a bold game last week and came near making it win. Watching his opportunity he " lifted" a man's wallet from his hip pocket and after taking out $50 in gold replaced the pocket-book, doing the job so neatly that he was not detected in the performance. Just before the "limited" pulled out he purchased a through ticket to New York City and boarded the train. Very soon after the train left the gentleman who had been gone through discovered his loss and made it known. Two things pointed the fugitive youngster as tho guilty party. It was ascertained that he had .no money before the loss was sustained, and he paid for his ticket with gold coin. A telegram ordering his arrest was sent to police headquarters in Chicago, and word sent to the sheriff here. Deputy Brown took the first train for Chicago and on arriving there found the lad in custody, brought him back to Eagle Grove, and took him to the reform school at Eldora, where he will have ample time to repent and reform. For a youngster of less than sixteen years he is evidently well posted in crooked ways. WESLEY MAKES A SHOWING. She Holds Her Own in Hay Shipments and Is One of Kossutli's Best Towns. Our regular Wesley corresponded writes: We are under obligations to our genial depot agent, Ben Hopkins, for the following items taken from the freight books at this station of the number of carloads of freight shipped from here and the amount of money paid for freight. Received here from Jan. 1, 1892, to Jan. 1, 1893, cash paid for freight $16,512.13. ' There were shipped from this station 824 cars o: hay, 24 cars of wheat, 40 cars of oats, 34 cars of barley, 32 of flax, four of corn, 44 of Battle, 58 of hogs, two of horses, and eight of emigrant moyeables. The butter and eggs were shipped as local freight, and by making an average from ea_ch week's shipment our agem thinks it would be safe to say thai there would be over six carloads of these products. Dolllver Tfor Senator. Fort Dodge Messenger: The Messenger has not been unmindful of the frequent mention made over the state of Congressman Dolliver for United States senator. We have avoided comment upon the subject only because such action by this paper might be ac cepted as inspired by him, anc place him in a, false position. We have no information as to Con gressman Dolliver's present views o this movement to make him a candi date, which seems to be gaining strength every day. If he has cher ished any plans or ambitions in that direction they have heretofore been set at a very distant focus, for up to this time not even his most intimate friends have had any encouragement to advocate his availability at this time. And yet there is unmistakably becoming manifest over the state a feeling that J. P. Dolliver is the man for this year's work, and he is hearing enough from it to shako the resolution of any man who has not a predetermined policy. It is altogether probable that the re publican state convention will this year name a candidate for senator It is commonly understood that the detno crats will do this and that they will present Gov. Boies as their candidate The result of such a course will be to make national issues more prominent than has been common in a state campaign in an off year. If the democrats seek this there is no reason why the republicans should decline it, but the question at once arises, who shall our champion be. Senator James F Wilson announced six years ago, when last elected, ahat he would retire at the end of his term. He reaffirms that purpose. Congressman John H. Gear Is a candidate. Congressman John F Lacy is also a candidate. Congressman Hepburn is much talked of and will probably be a candidate. Attorney-General John Y. Stone is a probable candidate. Hon. A. B. Cummins who won so many laurels in his debate with Mr, Witmer last year, is beinn- enthusiastically named by his friends He represents the anti-prohibition wine of the party, but while he has vigoiv ously opposed the prohibitory law at every point, even to the extent of vot- ,ng against the republican candidate or governor, he has always supported ,he party at every other point, never ailing to vote the whole republican .icket, except the candidates for legis- ature and the governorship. Con- ressman Geo. D. Perkins is also talked of. This makes a large field of possible candidates. But among them all who s better qualified for the special duties )f this campaign, to meet Boies in debate, to unite the party and arouse its energies and enthusiasm, and stimulate is fighting troops, than J. P. DolUver? Without urging his name as a candidate, we cannot withhold our approval of the movement tp put hie name at the head of the column, ' AN INTERESTING CASE DECIDED,. CorwJth Beats I^uVefno and In the School District Contest. The long contested and interesting lawsuit, arising 1 out of the attetnpt of Cor. with to take in &, good slice of Frftl- fie and Lu Verne, townships for an Independent district, has been decided by the supreme courtj and Corwith seems to be ahead. It started several years ago, when C. B. Hutchiiis was auditor He refused to certify as to the proposed lands to be incorporated. Then Prairie and Lu Verne both resisted the claims of Corwith and in March 1891 the case was tried. The claim was that legal notices were not posted, etc., but the court here held that the thing was legal, and the supreme court says it was right. There were no settlers to speak of on the Kossuth lands, but Corwith wanted the taxes to help run, the district, and Prairie and LuVerne were willing to keep the taxes for local use. Probably as the section settles up good schools at Corwith will amply repay those living near by in this county, and tho district will be a good thing. A COB WITH REPORT. The Corwith Crescent says in commenting on the final outcome: The supreme court has affirmed the decision of the district court for Kossuth county in the case of The Independent District of Corwith vs. The District Township of LuVerne et al, The case was brought by the independent district to compel a settlement with it by the townships of LuVerne and Prairie, from which territory had been taken in the formation of the independent district. The questions of fact were tried in the district .court at Algona two years ago, resulting in a verdict in favor of Corwith. The trial showed a strong case, and the uniform Vulings of the court in our favor and a verdict by a jury of Kossuth county men, who could not at least be expected to be prejudiced in our favor, left little room for doubt. The history of the formation of the independent district is briefly this: At the regular meeting of the board of directors of the district township of Magor in the spring of 1887, a petition was filed by the residents of Corwith and vicinity, asking that board to fix the boundaries of the proposed independent district of Corwith, and to appoint a day to vote upon its adoption. The petition and the order for election fixed the boundaries as the district is now composed. At the election not a vote was cast against the formation ' of the new district. Subsequently the new district was furnished with a complement of officers and one of the first acts of the new board was to give notice to all the districts from which territory was taken, asking them to name a day to make settlement. Magor township settled at once. Boone, after taking counsel with the townships of Prairie and LuVerne, in Kossuth county refused to recognize the validity of the new district. After long waiting in the hope of making an amicable settlement, suit was brought. In the meantime a legalizing act had been introduced in the legislature by Senator Brower, which was favorably reported by the judiciary committee of that body. It again received a favorable report, but it being about one day before adjournment, Mr. Lund was not able to bring it to a vote. The decision of the supreme court settles finally all questions-of the validity of the organization, and puts us in a position to secure a settlement. It will probably require considerable time, but now that the supreme court has passed upon the question no further delay will be necessary than is required to go through the ordinary routine. Mr. Bradford of Britt has been the attorney for the independent district in all these proceedings, and had thoroughly mastered all points of detail so as to be able to present a strong case to the courts. THE POET DODGE POSTOFFIOE, Mr. Cain of That City Writes a tet- ter -The Original Cleveland Men Are to Win, If He IB Informed. FORT DODGE, Iowa, Jan. 30.— To the Editor Dubuque Telegraph: In a recent issue of your paper you refer to what is being very generally termed by newspapers throughout the state as the " Postofflce fight at Fort Dodge." In the article touching upon this matter you make use of my name in connection with a letter which you refer to as hav- In this letter it is claimed I have referred to W. E. Duncombe, candidate for postmaster at this place, in verv uncomplimentary terms. I wish to say that 1 have never written a letter to nor have I been interviewed by anv correspondent of that paper on tfiis or any other subject, to my knowledge If there is any person in this town or any other place who has a grievance to publish relative to the reputation of anv other person or persons I wish it couia be done without any attempt at shifting the responsibility. If there is "a postofflce fight" at this place I am in no way connected with it. I have not said that I am to be an ap- \?t nt w 1 ' P° Tstofflc e honors at this i K Wer ? l to enter the fl old it would be early enough then to begin a ™ VSi y war with theDuncombes The editor of the Journal thinks he ecanT a epubUcan. I am and always have been a Cleveland democrat. Not for ™ V bCaUSe C is mi uuuuubu eleven uuuu ideal" of democracy. I never was a Boies democrat. I never will be h««' ^, Ut 8 , ome of the fellow s who have Jeen following his will-o'-the-wisp de£SS»™«S Mv"p-<ir£iH ' P. CAIN, es, also a number of Childrn's Aic y Doavborn street C 510 street, Chicago, i\i ,'

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