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THE tJPPEK DES MOikES; ALG0NA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, FEBKtJABY 22, 1893, .^.-.^.-.^.^...... ... . ..,,„. „,.,.... ....^,,^,,...».,.,,.,..-.. ..-^.,:,..., J .,,..-.. ' ,..^...,.... ..../,. ^^^.^.., _. ? ,,- -•- -. - ~ ..-.^-^—^-1-.— Twenty-Seventh Year. BY INGHAM & WARREN. Term* to Subscribers: One copy, one year $1.50 One copy, six months 71 One copy, three months 40 Bent to any address nt above rates. Remit by draft, money order, express order orpostal note at our risk. Bates of advertising sent on application. Republican City Convention. A convention of the republican voters of the city of Algona will be held at the court house In Algona on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p. m for the purpose of placing In nomination can dldates for the offices of Mayor, City Solicitor Treasurer, and Assessor. The wards will be entitled to representation as follows: First ward 4jThtrd ward Second ward 4|Fourth ward Ward committeomen are reqnested to see that caucuses are called for their respectlvi precincts. J. W. WADSWOKTII, City Chairman. Ward I'rliuurles. SECOND WAHD—At the Wigwam, Wednes day evening, Feb. 22, at 7:30, to nominate n candidate for alderman and choose four dele gates to the city convention. C. M. Doxsee Com. — TmnD WAND—At normal school building at 7 o'clocl. p. m., this evening to nominate a candidate for alderman, and choose three dele gates to tho city convention. E. B. Ilutler Com. — FOURTH WARD—At tho sheriff's office, on Wednesday evening, Feb. 23, at 7:30, to nom Inate a candidate for alderman and choosi four delegates to the city convention. F. M Taylor, Com. Tninn WAHD—Democratic—at the Norma building, Wednesday evening, Feb. 22, at 7 o'ciock. Thos. Henderson, Com. PROF. STALKKK of Ames is just home from a trip to the Sandwich islands. His opinion of the annexation of Ha waii is easily condensed. The scheme is devised and is being pushed in the interests of Glaus Sprecklos, who wants the sugar bounty on his enormous Hawaiian product. Then too all kinds ol Hawaiian investments will be greatly enhanced by American ownership. What does the United States want with more territory? Elaine advocated the only annexation this country should ever favor—" tho annexation of trade.' A BENEVOLENT fire visited Spencei Saturday. The people were tired ol the unsightly water tank which always leaked, and were tired of the skating- rink opera house. These two stood side by side. And the fire kindly began on the support to the tank nearest the rink, and the water hydrants were luckily frozen, so nothing could be done to slop it, and when enough of the supports had been burned oil the tank with 5,000 barrels of water spilled off on the opera house, and both went out togethei "in one red burial blent." And now Spencer can get a standpipe and an opera house, and spend her days blessing the fire. A properly managed fire is a great benefit to any town. QUEEN VICTORIA has very sensibly declined to join the anti-crinoline league. She is too old to be caught in an idle effort to resist the oncoming tide of fashion. The big hoop skirt and the 17 year locust are evils but they are inevietable. Madame Sevigno once tried to make coffee unpopular in France, but even weak coffee was too strong for the great lady of letters. Peter the Great is the only man in history who over succeeded in upi-ooting fashion. Ho had his soldier's beards cut and their flowing sleeves reduced by main strength. But he was a czar. Borne set the fashion of attempting to regulate styles, and the Romans had laws limiting table expenses, prohibit- jewelry, arranging marriages, limiting the number of guests to be invited to a house, etc. They even went so far as to prohibit variegated colors in female attiro, and then the women led a revolt and the good work of dress reform was uprooted in a day. In all ages and in all countries tho aristocracy have de- clued upon careful investigation that tho chief evils of society arise from tho luxurious living and extravagant tendencies of the poor. And so in all ages and in all countries dress reform has been instituted for their benefit. England, Germany and Franco had laws regulating table expenses and dress for many years, with a view to preventing poverty and discontent. Tho last vigorous effort at dress reform,was in the puritan colonies in Now England. But all have come to naught. Gaudy colors, birds wings, hats that cover nothing outdoors and everything in a theatre, corsets, thin shoes, and now hoop skirts hold their own. Extravagance in dress and living increases. All the things that have boon anathematized flourish, and the race not only continues on the earth, but the women get handsomer and all get healthier and more vigorous with every succeeding generation. WENDELL PHILLIPS, we believe, once said that there were, only five original witty stories in the world. All others are imitations of these five. It is a common remark that all our current jokea and witticisms are more variations of something from Chaucer, Boccaccio, and others. Here the other day a New York legislator introduced a bill to stop tho threatened hoop skirt invasion, and another member no doubt thought he had coined a new joke when he had it referred to the committee on navigation, on the grounds that with big hoop skirts in the narrower streets the average traveler would find It dlffl cult to navigate. And yet this joke over the hoop skirt is a mere va riation of something by Addison away back in 1711 in one his genial Specl* tor papers. "Petticoats which began to heave and swell before you left us,' he writes, "are now blown rap into most enormous concerns and rtse every day more and more. Should this fash ion get among the ordinary .people our public ways would be so wrowfled thai we should want street room. Severa congregations of the best fashion fine themselves already very much straight ened, and if the mode increase I wish it may not drive many ordinary women into meetings and conventicles. Shouk our sex at the same time take it into their heads to wear trunk breeches, as who knows what their Indignation a this female treatment may drive them to, a man and his wife would fill a whole pew." Nearly all tho current wit abou this crinoline movement can be found in this humorous paper of Addi son, published nearly 200 years ago And by far spicier witticims can be found there than are now current because although itho ptople may re vert to the hoop skirts of his time they are not willing to revive the liter ary license of even Addison. The big hoop skirt is very old. So are the jokes about it. LAFE YOUNG just about sizes Grcsham correctly when he says: " It is announced on democratic authority that Grcsham is to be secretary of state in Cleveland's cabinet. The reward has fol lowed quickly and ire do not regret it. W have all tho time regarded Gresham as a man of very ordinary ability, and now 1» will have a chance to show his capacity As secretary of state he will have grea questions to deal with, and on some of them action will bo taken promptly. He must b< n statesman or quit. Tho country will no bo long in sizing him up. The cant Is ro vived about Gresham being poor, and the great sacrifice he will make in view of the fact that he was about to retire from the bench to practice law in Chicago, etc. We are used to that sort of stuff. Gresham be longs to that class of men found in all com munities, who affect indifference to politi cat honors, but by some mysterious means contrive to have themselves constantly ' mentioned' for a distinguished position When a, man wants an office the tnanifes way for him is to say so. This Gresham has never done. When he takes a place ho has tho rod lights turned on and he strikes ti great attitude. Gresham is a babbling pretender. As a judge he has been i mouther. In a sham administration he wil find himself in congenial company. II Cleveland shall take in Wayne McVeagh and a few others of tho snivelers eternal lit ness wall fit all round." Gresham had the respect and confi denco of the republican party four years ago, when talked of for the presidency Then he rendered some vigorous decisions on rail way <eases that gained him notoriety and a strong hold on the ele ments composing the people's party Then came the talk about his being t a people's party candidate, and when it was over his best friends could not escape the conclusion that he was eithei very sore headed, or a much stnallei man than he had been credited with being. Thereioan bo no doubt that he gave the people's party leaders reasor to believe that he was with them, ant then backed out when he found that the new movement would be embarrass to him. He professed sympathy ing with their views, and in a few months voted for Cleveland, who on the money question was directly opposed to them and now enters a cabinet which will do all in its power to defeat what thej ask. Not only has he flopped abou politically, but within a short time has rendered one of the most favorable decisions the railways have ever receivec from the United States bench, ;and this is thought to have something to do with his present elevation. Gresham may make a good secretary of state, He undoubtedly is a 'man of ability, But there is a weak spot in him somewhere. Vanity or spite or both have caused him to take a course which is inconsistent with either a great mind or a high grade of political sagacity. Geo. E. Roberts says as to prohibition; "I am in favor .of a silent platform, because I don't want anyone to think that the republican party will continue its whip rule over legislators on this subject. The republican party has put tho law on the statute books; now let it stand or fall on its merits, and let the members come up from these districts and represent tho people behind them. I want tho convention to turn tho question like any other social question or police regulation, over to the legislature, and permit tho members to vote us their own judgment and tlao wishes of their constituents lead." * The celebrated Bever will case is ended at Cedar Kapids and the will is broken. Mr. Uover left two daughters $40,000 each and three sons about $800,000 each. To hold him insane is a charitable construction to put upon it. Bill Nye thinks that an appreciation of comedy is a sign of intelligence. He says in a late letter: "Daniel Dougherty onco told mo that ho and Edwin Fox-rest went together to hear Artemus Ward, and Forrest especially was disappointed. That never impaired my good opinion of Ward, for another man once said that tho greatest task of the humorous lecturer was to work all of an evening to make those laugh whom 3od never intended should laugh. Forrest selonged to a time when school children beloved that tho celebrated Indian chiefs, 31ackhawk and Logan, were greater men <hun John Quincy Adams and Benjamin franklin. Franklin used to say humorous things between times, and when worn out ifter a day's augliug in the sky for a new ciud of lightning wrote humorous things for du almanac. This lowered him in the estimation of those who worshipped the lolomn dignity O f Lqgan, who ' was the friend of the white man,' and who 'daroc any white man to say that he ever entered Logan's cabin hungry Without getting drink. 1 But since that time We have learned that the best dramatic work Is the best representation of human action an< human life. Human life is not all poison and murder, and ' Save me I Save me I for I am hut a poor sewing girl' (pronouncet sueing girl), but there are tunes When;peo pie eat well, sleep well and have fun In preference to running around with a four foot sword sticking out between their shoul der blades." ^ President Harrison's new supreme judge, Jackson, Was confirmed by the sen ate without a dissenting vote. Judge Carr tells the Emraetsburg Reporter that he Is not and will not be candidate for the gubernatorial nomination The appointment of his old Iaw;par1 ner to the postofflce department means tha President Cleveland will attend to the civ service himself. .Bro. Mayne is good fo four years at Bancroft. J. Sterling Morton of Nebraska join the cabinet In the department of agricul ure, and Hoke Smith of Georgia is secreta ry of the interior. ^ Sam. Clark is responsible for this " It is pretty hard to make Don Camera laugh; but when ho got a letter the othe day from a Pennsylvania constituent, wh was excited about the Sunday opening o tho Chicago exposition and who entreatec Mr. Cameron to 'help Quay fight for God, he laid back in his chair and laughed Ion and loud." Congressman Dolliver made a speed n congress last week against the propose! democratic pension policy. When he con eluded Congressman Burrows of Michiga said: "Thatyoung man has attained national reputation already, and his caree has scarcely begun." Gov. McKinley endorsed $90,000 o notes for a friend. The friend has failed and the governor Is financially embarrassed For the benefit of Fort Dodge an other centers of postofflce agitation we ar able to announce that the new postmaster general and J. J. Ryan are personalfriends All applicants will do well to make a not of this. Pope Leo's fiftieth anniversary as a bishop was celebrated Sunday. iHe say he and Gladstone are the two oldest states men and have the youngest ideas. "Abraham Lincoln," says Luthe Laflin Mills, " was the vindication of pov orty. He gave glory to the lowly. In th light'Of his life the cabin became conspicu ous, the commonest toil no longer, common and tho poor man's hardship a road t honor. It put shame on the prejudice o wealth and birth, and dignity on commor manhood. The poor received from him in spiring hope. He taught the humbles youth that there was for him a path t power." 1ST THIS NEIGHBOEHOOD. Land adjoining Armstrong sold a $100 an acre last week. Dick Harker speared a 103-pound sturgeon in West Okobojl last week. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Taylor have a Z\ pound baby at Spirit 'Lake. It bid fair to live. Company C of Webster City is tc open a now armory tomorrow evening with a big ball. Spencer Reporter: T. H. Conner o Algona came over Saturday to lool over our city and settle up some minoi accounts on the Nicodernus block. The Brooklyn Chronicle tersely re marks: "Congressman Dolliver stands out squarely against opening the world's fair on Sunday. Johnathan P is right. What is Sunday for if it Is not to be observed?" Emmetsburg Democrat: Miss Mag gle Winkel of Algona spent Sundai with Mr. and Mrs. Dealy here The Algona Opera House company is thinking of securing Corbet's theatri cal troupe to give an exhibition at tha; place. About a year ago a meteor burlec itself on the farm owned by Pat Whal en near Spencer, Iowa, and of late Mr, Whalen has been conducting a search for the heavenly body. He has fol lowed the track into the earth a depth of 18 feet and is still after it. Pocahontas Record: The Record received an invitation to attend the grand opening of the Call Opera house at Algona, which it is claimed is the best opera house in northern Iowa, II is with deep regret that we are obliged to forego the pleasure of attending those interesting ceremonies. The M. & St. L. has had a well put down at its depot at Britt 535 feet deep. An artesian well company of Minneapolis have done the work, and are anxious to go deeper as they seem positive an artesian well would be the result. The water now in a 4i inch pipe is within 25 feet of the surface. Britt has several wells of the same kind now. Carroll Herald: Jimmy Ryan, who ran against Dolliver, is now chief cook [ind bottle washer among the political bosses of the district. Jimmy has whetted his knife and swears that he isn't going to favor "any leap-year democrats "for office. He wants thoroughbreds with a stripe down the shoulder, Hnrry Wilson has become poetic over unid the romantic surroundings of Medium lake. Here is a verse from tils advertisement: There Is no use In talking, said Mrs. Brown, Our mill makes the best flour in town; We've tried them all, besides they say Without satisfaction we don't have to pay. Now. one and all, come and get a sack, And If It don't suit, why, we'll take It back. The humorist of the Spencer Reporter cracks the following midwinter joke: An effort is being made to build a new opera house in Spencer, not on a small Man but in a big way, something after 'he plan of the Algona opera house, stores underneath, the opera house >roper in the rear, and then above 'horn a hall or offices or anything that would pay well on the money invested. Spencer is a larger town than Algona, a better show town, a better business place and could give better support to an institution of this character than our neighbors in Algona. Corwith feels good over getting s slice-of Kossuth to tax for her schools, and the Crescent says: "We will see that that part of Kossuth county has good school facilities. And if we couU get control of the matter* we would build some roads in that territory with out having to take up a collection for the purpose, for the Kossuth aifth orities seem to have abandoned it." Emmetsburg Reporter! All th< newspaper men Who attended the open ing last week agree that Algona ha tho finest opera house in the northwest Geo. E. Clarke of Algona was in attendance on the court on Wednes day. Mr. Clarke always receives hearty greeting H, C. Shadbold and H. J. Wilson took in a shooting tournament at Davenport this week. Bancroft Register: Ed Hawkins do parted for Morning Sun on Monday t assist his brother on the Morning Sun Herald. During his stay here he ha experienced the gift of Divine grace and henceforth will lead a better life Ed, is a bright young man and, coup ling with this his newly acquired hon esty of purpose, can not fail to make his influence felt in the world for good The Sioux City Journal has a note aboutour old Algonian, Charley Ehnen dorf: C. A. Elmendorf of Sioux Falls who is to be manager of the new musi< store which W. W. Kimball & Co. o Chicago will open at No. 416, Piercr street, in a few weeks, was in the city yesterday. Mr. Elmendorf will move here soon with his family. The store will occupy the room just vacated bj Gould's A. D. T. company. Lu Verne News: The petition for the reduction of the license on pool hall was presented to the council at the las meeting and was laid on the table by unanimous vote. The document bore the names of just eleven persons, som of whom do not reside within the cor porate limits of the town. The peti tioner threatened that in case hi prayer were not granted he would erect a building just south of the line and run his " shebang" anyway, in the face of public opinion to the con trary. But we rather guess he is satis fled with his experience down this way J. T. Standring and family, formerl; of Algona and of late years of Corwith have moved to Des Moines. The Ores cent says: " Mr. Standring was one o the pioneers of the town. He put u] hay here in tho summer of '80, while the railroad was building, and in thi fall of the same year he built a smal warehouse for handling grain, Ho in vested in town lots as soon as the pla was made, and one lot which he bough at that time for $25 and sold at a sligh advance, is now worth $1,500. He buil his residence and moved his famil, here in the spring of 1882, and has live! in the same house ever since." Spirit Lake Beacon: A year or sc after tho Beacon was established a tri weekly stage between this place anc Cherokee and a weekly mail between here and Blue Earth City, Minnesota was the sum total of our opportunity for communication with the outsid world. An occasional trip would b> missed on account of bad weather or roads, or wHen the stage driver pullec off to thresh or butcher, but there was no row about it. In these days, when we have mail from the north and soutl once a day, and from the east and wes morning and evening, there is a grea kick all around if some mail pouch ar rives a few hours late. It becomes more and more apparent that the human family is pretty hard to please. Livermore Gazette: All who' re member the house-burning of W. E McMurray at Algona, son-in-law to our citizen, Theo. McGee, will be interest ed in the following from the Bancrof 'Register: The Iowa supreme cour has sustained the verdict of the dis trict court in this county awarding the judgment to Walter E. McMurray o Algona against the Capital Insurance company of Des Moines. Mr. McMur ray's house caught fire one night a couple of years ago, while he was away doing contracting in building, and hii wife visiting her parents. The com pany refused to pay the loss on the grounds that the house was unoccupied and by terms of the policy released the insurance company from liability. The court held that as the house contained all of Mr. McMurray's household effects and was frequently visited to see tha everything was all right, that there was no violation of the terms of the contract by which the insurance com pany.could be released from paying the loss. Mr. McMurray is a hard working man; did not make the risk extra haz ardous by being away from home; anc the judgment of the district court is rightly affirmed. GLOBIANA.AT DEOOBAH. How the "Joy Forever" Was 'En- Joyed By the Enjoyable People Over East. Manager Blossom received a letter a few days ago from Manager Weissert of Decorah which will interest oui readers. " Glorlana" was given at Decorah the night after it was at Algona, aifld the Decorah opera house has the best reputation of any in Iowa in a city of the size. Mr. Weissert says of the play: "I am pleased to say that it jave excellent satisfaction, in fact from i dramatic standpoint was the finest we lave had." In speaking of the per- 'ormance the Decorah Republican says: "The promise of a good entertainment ay a good company brought out an ex- :eptionally large audience at the Grand ast Friday evening—standing room was in liberal demand. The audience wanted to laugh and they had ample opportunity', because Gloriana is one >rolonged laugh from opening to close, it is not often that a Decorah audience has the pleasure of witnessing such •horoughly good acting, and we are _'lad they showed their appreciation >oth in numbers and applause." And •he Decorah Journal says; "Whenever me has an opportunity to witness any Irama by one of Frohman's companies me may know it will be well presented, ?ho piece abounds in amusing situa- ions, keeping the audience in a per- ect roar of laughter. Th_e opera house was filled to its full seating capacity. The management is deserving of more han usual credit for being able to pre- ent this company to a Decorah audl- nce, and also for their success in get- ing out such a good house." THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH, Df. Morse, Analyzing Our Climate, Says This Is the Healthiest Spot in the Universe. He Tells Us About the Effects of a Cold on the Individual—It is Multiple and Various. " [f we take tho city of Algotm," said Dr. Morse in his article on "Cold Weather and Health" before the Social Union club Friday evening, "and try her by the principal feature.-* of climate that predispose to health we shall fine it about as follows: The summers can't be beat, the winters are cold, the temperature tolerably even, the air dry She is well sheltered from the wind and moderately well elevated above the level of the sea so that the air is no too heavy, and elevated above the sur rounding country enough to have gooc drainage. Our water supply is now ,good and we are not bothered by epidemic diseases. We have all the es :sentials for good health, and if the fountain of eternal youth is ever discovered I think it will be found somewhere within the limits of our own city," Such was the conclusion of the doc- .tor's valuable article, and one we com' .mend to all who think that a wintei climate is unhealthy. A few other par agraphs are equally instructive. After showing that disease decreases as we approach the frigid zone and that the medium temperate zone combines the greatest activity with the least disease, the doctoro proceeded to consider the hygienic effect of cold as we have it in winter: The effect of cold on the individual is multiple and various, according to the circumstances undei which it operates. Hence cold may ac1 as a refrigerant, stimulant, sedative, restringent tonic or in a debilitating manner. If cold Is applied to the body continuously, either by cold air or the bath, the temperature of the body can be gradually reduced 2 or 3 degrees without endangering life. This action we call refrigerant. In proportion to the suddenness of the application colt acts as a stimulant through the reaction which follows its contact with the body. It acts upon the general sensibility to arouse the whole system to greater activity. The heart beats stronger, the blood circulates more rapidly, the skin becomes aglow, the vital energies of the heat producing organs are greatly increased, the appetite and digestion are augmented, anc during the winter season it is common for the body to take on an extraamoun' of fat. Prolonged application of cole on the body also has a sedative action relieving pain, heat, and swelling 01 local inflammations and indirectly subduing the excitement of the nervous and circulatory system depending upon these causes. Under strong emotions the sedative effect of cold may continue unnoticed until the person be' comes stupid and sleepy and death fol lows. A person suffering from severe pain or excitement, or is extremely angry or in great terror may be wholly insensible to cold. The tonic action ascribed to cold may be regarded at i combination, in various degrees, of it= sedative astringent, and stimulantqual- ties. Cold, if rightly applied, reduces morbid over-action, imparts at the same time greater firmness of tissue and activity of function, or in other words, acts as a tonic. Such is the effect if the system possesses proper amount of vitality, but if it ia unable to react under the impression of cold, the stimulant effect which immediately follows the application, ot the tonic result, which is, as it were but the aggregate of successive stitnu latlons, will not occur. Hence it it evident that cold is dangerous when the system is exhausted or debilitated and useful when excitement anc strength exists. What has been statec applies principally to people in perfect health, and to such people the winters of northern Iowa ought to produce stimulating and tonic effect. Most ^ the diseases prevalent here during the cold weather are due either to exposure or filth, and by filth I mean filth in the air from poor ventilation, or in drink ing water from poor wells. In studying the effect of our winters the leading features to be looked into are temperature, moisture, wind, baro metric pressure, and water supply The temperature of our winters yary from 50 or 60 degrees above zero to 38 below. There is a gradual lowering of temperature from the fall months until about the first of February and then a gradual rise. Comparatively speaking we do not have sudden changes in temperature here during the winter months. During the month just past we had fine, even, cold weather, averaging somewhere about zero. The air at such times Is always very dry, and stimulating to a healthy person. If you observed people in the streets at that time you could tell with moderate certainty whether they were in good health or not. If you saw a man walking erect with a good, firm, elastic step and good, healthy glow on his face you could safely say his health was up to the standard, but if you see a man shrunk down about two sizes smaller than usual, shivering around with two oveivooats on, the cold air seeming to penetrate clear to his backbone, his fope blue and his hands numb, you can with as much certainty predict that man's machinery is in some manner out of gear. Minnesota has one of the finest winter climates of any state in the union, due to its even, cold temperature and dry air, and our climate here is about the same, making it a good, healthful winter resort. Gov. Lurrabco'B Views. WAUCOMA, Iowa, Feb. 16.—Ex-Governor Larrabee was in the city today, and talked freely to the News corres- >ondent regarding political matters. To the question how he viewed the appointment of Judge Jackson to the sun-erne bench, he replied that he considered the appointment an excellent If reports concerning Judge Jack- eon's qualifications were reliable; that ' ,1 . • ' the act was hot unprecedented, and even if it was it established a good precedent; that he considered it a m'ove in the direction of removing the judiciary from politics altogether, an end greatly to be desired. He criticised Clark^ son's stand and hot words freely^ and attributed his attack upon the President to soreheadedness due to Clarkson's failure to defeat Harrison before the Minneapolis convention. The governor was pleased with the action of the Young Men's Republican club of Des Moines in tabling the resolution censuring President Harrison 'for the appointment, and remarked that the time was past when any man could dictate or lead about the republican party in Iowa, or any of its clubs or leagues, To the question "What the republican party in the state would do this fall?" Mr. Larrabee slyly remarked, "elect a republican legislature, of course." As to the platform or probable position of the party upon the prohibition question, he was somewhat in doubt, but asserted that the party could not and must not yield an inch to the saloon. He thought it would be easier to say what they should not do than to outline a policy. He thought the vote last fall was conclusive evidence that Iowa is rigidly republican, and with a young, popular man to head the ticket, and such a splendid organizer as Chairman Blythe to lead the forces, that republican success was assured. THE BIG FIEE AT OORWITH, Wesley People Investigate the Damage— Man Soxmdly Tried For Cruelty to Animals. WESLEY, Feb. 20.— Mike Andofer's house burned down last Wednesday evening. It caught fire by some defect in the flue. Jo. Rodumen occupied it at the time of the fire, and saved about half of his household goods. We are informed that there was no insurance on the house or furniture. O. Robinson was doing business in. Algona last Eriday. The Odd Fellows of Wesley held a special meeting Tuesday night of last week to do some special work. C. E. Jones of Sexton was in our town Tuesday of lust week, also W. J. Hager. Our town people were out last Friday evening witnessing the fire at Corwith, which showed quite plain here. A message was sent to Britt to ascertain where the five was but the agent at Britt was unable to get Corwith. Saturday morning some of our people drove over to our sister town to find out what was the matter. On arriving there they found that the livery stable of O. Fuller and a building owned by Mrs. B. F. Page and a dwelling owned by Jacob Gille had burned to the ground. Estimated loss from three to four thousand dollars, partly covered by insurance. C. Potter of Irvington was doing business in our town Monday. Mrs. S. E. Grove and Mrs. Tennant drove over to Corwith Saturday to take a look at the town since the fire. Mrs. Geo. A. Frink returned Saturday from Hampton, where she has been visiting her father, who has been very sick for some time. Markets: Wheat, 50c; oats, 25c; flax, SI. 05; hogs, §7.50; hay, §2.50 loose, $3 @Si baled. Lawson & Oleson Bros, are preparing to fill their ice house with ice. E. S. Countryman was brought up before our city mayor last Friday charged with cruelty to animals and was fined $20 and costs. The mayor withheld the fine providing he would take good care of his stock in the future. He has several head of cows and horses, and it was reported that he neglected to properly care for them and two or three of them died. Chas. Folk has returned home from Avoca, Wis., where he has been visiting some of his old friends. Ray Mossness of Cylinder is here visiting Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Hopkins this week. G. B. Hall is doing business in Britt this week. John Atkinson was doing business in Irvington Monday. A BTJBT PATENT. A Kossuth County Corn Cultivator That Has Merit. Chas. Nichols up at Burt has patented a corn plow. The Monitor tells about it and says: The implement is provided with shovels as an ordinary cultivator but only two in number. The shovels somewhat bear the shape of a concave triangle with the upper portion curved to answer as a double mould plow, and are so hung as to run on but an inclination of a few decrees below parallel with the ground. It is also supplied with an improvement in the way of movable fenders for the protection of young plants while being cultivated, being designed to prevent the large lumps of dirt from being thrown upon them by the shovels. With this device the plows may be safely set much closer to the rows than heretofore and the amount of earth delivered bv the plows to the plants may easily, be regulated as desired. Charles has filed an application for caveat and intends to have them manufactured and on sale ME, OHTJBB PALLED FOB. A Tax Payer Would Lllce to Hear What He Would Suggest In the/ r Way of Reform In the Road I.n-ws/ To the Editor: I do not intend to accept your invitation to discuss the oad question to air any views of my own, but simply to invite Chairman hubb to express his views on the pres- nt method of expending the five mill tax levied by the township. I see he says that in addition to building the bridges the county board has with three mills moved more yards of earth on the highways than the townships have with five mills. That means that our present system must be a veW pool one , f °£ applying township funds to •oad building. Everybody, in fact °™ e . d . e * that it is. But what is wrong nth it and how can the township money be made as effective as that expended by the county board? Mr Chuhh question some llke to ° A TOWNSHIP TAX TOWN loans at Skinner Bros

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