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THE UPPER BBS MOlKES: ALGONA, tnWA JWEDNESDAY, APftlL 20, 1B92. The Upper Des Moinei BY INGHAM & WARREN. T«r«f« of The Upp*r DM Koines: one year 11.3 One copy, six months 7 On* copy, three months * Sent to any address at above rates. Kem't by draft, money order, express order, or postal note at our risk. Bates of advertising sent on application. TEN PAGES, TflK STTKDAT QtTESTiOJJ. Every once in a while the question <f proper Sunday observance arises %a every community, and immediately 11 Introduced one of the most curious con troversiea in history. For while sine the Christian era all civilized people have observed one day in seven in special manner, since puritan days especially, there has been a wide differ ence of opinion as to its proper observance. Last week we published an in terview in which Rev. Robt. Collyer expressed the view of thofe who holt Sunday to be a day of rest and recreation aa well as of worship. This is probably the commonly accepted view today. But the seekers for religious freedom who trusted their fortunes to the deep in the Mayflower held no such view, and to them Sunday was a day set apart exclusively for religion. Anc the courage of puritan convictions was voiced in the rigor of puritan laws All that has been credited in ridicule to the old "blue laws" has not in fact been found in them. But there is enough in the New England town rec- - ords to assure the most casual reader that Sabbath regulations were reasonably strict and that Sabbath violators were summarily dealt with. Mrs. Earle has collected in her book some curious illustrations of how the puritan regarded Sunday. It seems scarcelj credible at this time that Capt. Kemble on returning from a three years' voyage to his home in Boston and meeting his wife on the porch and " publicquely' kissing her on Sunday should have been in the public stocks two hours for it and yet this is a matter of court record One curious chronicle relates that two lovers were tried for "sitting togethei on the Lord's day under an apple tree in Goodman Chapman's orchard." A man was fined for carrying a grist horn on Sunday, and the miller also for let ting him have it; James Watt was pub licly reproved "for writing a note about common business on the Lord's day, at least in the evening sornewha too soon;" a Plymouth man was up fo driving his cows ashort distance "with out need" on Sunday; a Wareham citi zen "for a breach of the Sabbath in puling apples" was fined five shillings a Dunstable soldier for "wetting a piece of old hat to put in his shoe," t( protect his foot was fined 40 shillings Samuel Sabin gave himself up to i justice for visiting some relatives on Sunday night, his conscience troublec him so; in Maine a man was fined fo fast driving though he was going to sei a sick relative, and another was rebukec for "unseemly walking" though he wa going to the aid of a drowning man These are few sample cases of Sunda laws in New England, and not at al exagerrated ones. Able bodied men were fined 10 shillings for not attend ing church, and laws and regulations •without number existed for the purpos of making Sunday observed as a da; devoted exclusively to religious services Opposition to this puritan rule has brought about what most people are pleased to call a more reasonable viev of the Sunday question. But ridiculous as puritan regulations seem now, no everyone who has opposed puritanism has really helped to this rational eolu tion. For just as Mr. Collyer points out in the case of France, so in evorj country where Sunday observance has been slack, the day as a day of rest has been gradually lost. Sunday is the laboring man's day. In the modern organization of the industrial army, one day in seven is a necessity as a perioc of physical relaxation. This the puritan secured by rules as stringent as words could frame, and where rules die not suffice the stocks were called into requisition to insure quiet. The anti- puritan has lost not only the extreme religious regard for Sunday, but many tiroes the rest day as well. Where his ascendency has been marked the laboring man's week of work has gradually become seven days instead of six, and wherever that has happened one of the wisest provisions for the health, enjoyment, and morality of the race bus been discarded. It is almost universally true that where Sunday has not been pretty strictly guarded by laws, and the church has not been upheld in making it in a reasonable way a day of worship, it has been lost altogether, resulting in the moral deterioration and physical degradation of the workers. So however much the puritan Sunday may be objected to, it must bo admitted to be better than no Sunday at all, and in re forming the puritan Sunday it is not sufficient to ridicule its potty regulations. No one can read Mr. Collyer's words and not feel, whatever his religious views, that within all reasonable bounds this day should be set apart for special objects, and bo preserved as a day to be devoted to other than the, ordinary business pursuits of the week. Many years ago Sir Francis Head, then governor general of Canada, visited th famotra European watering places i search .of health. His closing Sunda, lie spent at Wiesbaden, and after de scribing the gaming and dissipation, h said: "In hastily worming my wa, through the ball room, t saw there n reason for changing my opinion; am •when I got into Che fresh, cool, opei air, though I was fully sensible t had not spent my Sunday evening exact! as I ought to have done, yet in th course of my very long life I think never felt inore practically disposed t repeat, as in England we are, thanV Heaven, still taught to do—"remem berithat thou keep holy the Sabbath is Sam. Clark says: "Many district* and .many states would be glad to have sue' A man and would keep Mr. Dolliver in con «ress as Samuel J. Randall and men of tha sort were kept there by the people of thei •districts. But as to this matter these oth «r districts and states can merely have a •opinion and a desire, it is his district alon that can keep him in or take him outof con gressional life. But In a wise consideratio of their own interest and that of the stati and the interest o' the republic which always in need of experienced and able us tional law makers Mr. Dolliver's Iowa district should not think of letting him go ou of the house for the next 25 years. Th district and the state will thereby have on the greatest and most potential men o America. If they want to know, however they can have half a dozen congressmen i; the course of that 25 years and when all si: of them die the people would not know wh they were when they read their names o their tomb stones." Our old-time neighbor and pioaeer o the Upper Des Moines Valley, Geo. C. Me Cauley, has joined the editorial ranks. H has bought a half interest in tbe Humbold Republican. George will prove a spicy writer. Some of tbe democratic papers triei to make capital out of the failure of som Iowa republican congressmen to vote 01 the free wool bill. This brought out th fact that they were all paired with demo crats who did not vote. Padding the congressional record was up for discussion in congress last week and the republicans decided to keep even It is the rule that a member need not mak a speech at all, or only a short one, and as; leave to print what he would have said, an under this all sorts of things are put in th record, and then sent postage free as cam paign documents. Last week four or flv democrats combined and between them ha Henry George's book on free trade a printed in the record. The republican protested with no avail. So Friday Mi liken of Maine had a pamphlet entitle " Prom Plymouth Rock to McKinley" in serted, and Dolliver had Hon"s New Yor Tribune editorials printed, and other re publicans will continue the work. If th record is to become a circulating library the republicans will see to it that thoir sid is properly represented. Senator Allison said Friday that h considered President Harrison's renomina tion a foregone conclusion. The Iowa railway commissioners hav been attending a meeting of the Unite* States and other state commissioners a Washington. An exchange says that some Illinoi farmers have tried putting straw on th roads, and the experiment has proved successful one so far as improving the con dition of the roads during the muddy sea son. Roads thus treated previously hav been the only good roads in the county thi spring. The straw makes a road that! not muddy in wet weather and does not ge dusty in dry weather. Do not burn you old straw; it's just as easy to have it on th roads. There is enough straw wasted ev ery year to cover tbe roads of the country The Renwick Times, speaking of tb reason republican candidates for congres fell behind two years ago, says: "Tn Ui'i'Eu DES MOINKS states the case fairly It will be far better, too, for the Signal ant Webster City Herald to treat Dolliver' candidacy with equal fairness. Ante-nomi nation stabs of candidates often lead to needless embarrassment in the campaign Every man for his candidate, but let u keep close ranks." Judge Fairall will contest with Judgi Hays for the congressional nomination in the Second distaict. Hays has thus fa: owned the district, _ Dolliver has the good will of the editors. Senator Funk says: "The most fa mous speech delivered in the present con gross is that of our friend Dolliver, who so creditably represents the Tenth Iowa dlst rict. We are glad to believe that Mr. Dol liver will have little opposition in the pre Hmiuary campaign for a third term. The retirement of this gifted orator would be a misfortune to the nation and the party, anc a humiliation to lowu." Davenport elected the ex-republican John C. Bills mayor, and now the saloon men are unhappy. He advocates a $300 coverage license in place of the $100 they have been paying, and this .only for bever ages not prohibited by law. This leaves ,ho saloon men open to injunction proceed- ugs. They have hold a meeting and adopted a vigorous protest. The city council is still to be heard from, but Mayor Bills may iave a majority with him. The democratic New York Sun don't ,ake much stock in Cleveland and " tariff reform." It says: "In 1888 the demoorat- o party wont crazy on tariff reform and rotted into the mud behind the elephantine iconomist of the mugwumps. Licking No. . In 1891 the Ohio democrats, sticking to he siimo old tariff reform as propounded by he sr|rne old corpulent Cobden, becftrne unprotected mats for Major WUU(»m ley, Jr., and the republican party to wipe their feet on. Licking No. 2. In 1892 tbe Rhode Island democrats took up the same old howl and fight for the saate old tariff reform, and the same old sarcoUc dervish. Licking No. S." ^ it is said ex-Gov, Sherman wants to have Col. Henderson's place as candidate this fall in the Third. The republicans will be hard up for material if they can't get a better man than Sherman, when they decide to go back on the gallant colonel. Sioux City had a taste of good old Puritan Sunday regulations last Sunday, The saloon men to get even with Mayor" Pierce organized a " law and order" league and closed up every shop, stopped the street cars, and enforced Sunday regulations to the last letter. They thought by this move to make law enforcement unpopular, but it has only served to arouse the business men and they all agree now that the saloon men must get out. The mayor comes out ahead and the saloon is done for in Sioux City. As the Journal says, "it will be a long time between drinks" from this on. Joker Allen of Mississippi came into congress one day as the roll was being called and was asked to vote. "Mr. Speaker, how did Col. Moore vote on this question?" The speaker told him that he had voted aye. "Then I vote aye," said Allen. " I don't know what the bill is, but Moore was my colonel in the confederate army, and he never led me where there was any danger, and so I'll stick to him." A Washington report on Iowa politics is that Gov. Gear and J. F. Lacey will be the republican congressional candidates again in the First and Fifth districts. Col. Hepburn was thought to have a sure thing in the Eighth, but it is anybody's race now. The same report gives Walt. Butler and Fred. White democratic renominations in their districts. Hull and Perkins will have no opposition. IN THIS NEIGHBOEHOOD. Fort Dodge has already begun for the Fourth of July. Mr. Meservey of Fort Dodge is thinking of starting a state bank at West Bend. Estherville Republican: Miss Rutherford of Algona is visiting Mrs. Metzgar of this city. Hampton Recorder: Dr. J. M. Pride of Algona was in town last week, visiting his mother and sister. Emmetsburg Reporter: Landlord Light of Ruthven is to operate the hotel at Arnold's park, (Spirit Lake) during the coming season. The Sheldon Mail says of Prof. Simpson, now at the head of the Sanborn schools and an attorney: Mr. Simpson is one of the most scholarly gentlemen in O'Brien county. Some person is accusing the North western Railway company of offerin 520,000 towards the removal of the coun ty seat of Pocahontas county from Po cahontas Center to Havelock. There are 80 persons that draw thei pensions at Spencer. Of these one get $72 per month, three receive $30 pe month, seven §24, one $17, three $1 and thirty-five §12, the balance getting from $6 to $10. The citizens of Cylinder, west Whittemore, inform the commissioner that the Milwaukee road has fixed station at the town and that therefor they do not care to further pursue th case already begun in the courts. Corwith Crescent: Mr. Puegnet Algona was doing business in Corwit! Monday F. M. Daniels is prou of his new full-blood colt foaled the 7th from Maribel. This being the first full blood Norman colt foaled in the county Livermore Gazette: Our tonsoria artist, P. R. Crose, neglected hisoppor tunities when he was a youth, and while he had nothing else to do anc might just as well been having the chicken pox as not, he was chasing but terflies, making mud pies and running away from school. Consequence is he had 'em last week. Sanborn Mail: James Pickering, brakeman, while working in the yard here last week, Sunday .night, got hi hand caught and badly smashed while coupling cars. Dr. Cushman dressec the wound and it was necessary to tak off the three large fingers of the lef hand. He is getting along nicely and if he has no bad luck the rest of th hand will be saved. Blue Earth Post: Oliver Marquis o Algona, Iowa, was in town Saturday closing the sale of his 80 acres in sec tion 15, town of Elinore, to Mr. Zeigler In October, 1882, Oliver purchased the land for $785, The crops he has taken from it have more than paid for the breaking, improvements and taxes anc a fair rate of interest. Saturday last he sold the little farm for $2,400, giving him a net profit of $1,015. Estherville Republican: Algona is running the Sunday closing business into the ground. Notices have been served on restaurants, meat markets, livery stables, etc., to all shut up That is idiocy. Such stringent measures will muke the day one to be hated. Sunday should be a day of rest, of recreation, a change from the hum-drum duties of the week, and being such can be a day of worship, Nobody can worship tied hand and foot by some fool fanatic law. He's more apt to swear. Livermore Gazette: Mr. B. Hough of Algona was among us last Sunday, and had occasion to hitch his horse in Geo. Hart's front yard. The horse evidently observed the lapse of time more than its driver, and becoming restless broke loose. It did not act like well-behaved horse. For instance, there was the gate, the way through which it was perfectly familiar, but it 'gnored the road altogether and umped the fence with the cart follow- ng, upsetting it. Running east it got stuck in the mud of the ditch for a ime,but finally left the cart there and •an to Ford's pluce, whore the boys caught it. They returned it to its own- AN OPEM HOUSE ASSURED Plang Are About Perfected to* One of the Finest Play Houses In North* western Iowa. To be 47x90 Feet in Site, *4-toot Ceiling, and Fitted with All the Modern Conveniences. The plans are nearly enough perfected to warrant the statement that Algona will have this season the finest opera es. The temperature fell at the close of the storm a little below the freezing point. The principal damage resulting was in delaying the necessary work w an already belated season, and in the loss of young stock not properly Sheltered. Fruit is not sufficiently advanced to be injured. Compared with the average of recent years the season is now fully two weeks late, or about as it wns at the corresponding date last Spring wheat is mainly planted, sowing of other small grain is, er at the Hart residence, and that gen- lernan, somewhat later, worked o:~ ome of the animal's exhuberance o pirits on the homeward road to Al rona. Secretary Cliff of Jasper county will ppeal his case against Secretary Parons, tQ the supreme court. house, built exclusively for an house, of any town of its size in the northwest. Ambrose A. Call has the rough outlines of the building decided on, and the company that will guarantee the rent will be fully organized Friday evening, while a liberal subscription has been made by the citizens to provide stage fittings. The full details of all this work will be made public as soon as finally decided. Mr. Call's building will stand north of the First National bank and be 47x124 feet on the ground. Offices will be made on the first and second floors 30 feet deep. The remaining 94 feet will go to the hall which will occupy both stories with an arched ceiling 24 feet high. This will give a room 90x47 x24 in the clear, with a finely fitted stage, a gallery supported by iron pillars, and otherwise fitted in first class opera house style. Mr. Call will visit other places to get designs, and will have the building planned by a competent architect. His investment will be anywhere from $7,000 to $9,000 for the hall aside from the offices, and with the lots the opera house will represent an investment that the town could not get for less than $12,000. Mr. Call's willingness to do this work for the purpose of securing a fine public hall for Algona shows a liberal spirit of enterprise, which is recognized , by all. As an investment it promises only small returns, as the rent is fixed at $450 a year out of which taxes and insurance will take something. The company who will manage the opera house consists of 20 young men who have organized a company with $2,500 stock, and who guarantee the $450 a year rent. Janitor fees, coal, and lights will add $250 a year, and the expenses of advertising, bill posting, securing troups, and managing, will make from $100 a year up, or a total yearly expense of not less than $800, or $75 a month. This will convince anyone at all acquainted with the profits of the business that they have undertaken a job where they are entitled to a hearty public support. The contributions of the business men are over $1,000 and have been liberally given. They go to put in opera chairs, for which $500 is to be furnished by them, and to put the scenery on the stage. It is the intention of the company to spare no expense to make the interior of the room correspond to the rest of the design and to give Algona a hall that will be a credit for years to come. Full reports of all that is done and the way the money is expended will be made from time to time. Other Public Buildings. Among the other numerous building projects which mark this year of fine building in Algona, are the Baptist and Catholic churches, both public enterprises. The plans are adopted and a brief description will be of interest. The Baptist society have decided to adopt the plans draftnd by T. H. Conner, and as soon as he completes them work will begin. The old church frame will enter into the new building but otherwise there will be few traces of it. The new church will face south and east and stand on the corner where the parsonage now is. The main room will be 46x46 inside, and contain 225 seats. North of that will be a lecture room 46x80 feet, and from that a class room 12x22 and a study 12x20. At the rear of the pulpit will be a choir room 6x18, and a robing room 8x18. There will be two towers, one 80 feet high, and the other smaller. The front and side of the church will be some in the same style as the Congregational church, and will be very attractive. The parsonage will be moved west and stand at the west end of the church lots. The Baptists contemplate putting $5,000 into the new building, which with these plans gives promise of the fine improvement they will make. The working plans of the Catholic church have been received and a few of the dimensions will give an idea of the new building they will have. It will be in the gothic style common to all Catholic churches, and face south The tower on the south will be 105 feet high, at the entrance a stairway will lead to the gallery across the south end, and beyond that theaudience room will extend to the altar rail. There will be three altars, the main one between the two sacristies at the north end of the building. The interior of the church will be 45x90 feet. From the floor to the gutter will be 20 feet and to the center of the ceiling 28ifeet The ridge of thereof will be 43 feet rom the floor. The church will be heated by furnace, and Father Nicholls says lighted by electricity, as he ex sects to get storage batteries bv that •irae that are a success. Work will be- jin as soon as the stone is on the ground. Weather and Crops. DES MOINES, April 16.-The past week has been unreasonably cold and tormy. The average daily tempera- ure was over nine degrees below the normal, and there was but little sun- hine. The storm which began Tuesday evening developed ou Wednesday nto a regular March blizzard of con- iderable severity, with rain, sleet, hail year. and the sowing on an average, about half done. The , worst of the present outlook is that the weather is not yet settled, and the temperature is still unreasonably low. The soil is abundantly moistened, and only warmth and sunshine are needed to quicken vegetation and mnke the farmers happy. The probability is that the untoward conditions will considerably reduce the acreage of all kinds of small grain. It is likely to be a favorable season for grass. THE DEMOOBATS IN BBITT. Bailey Tells of n Late Convention of the XJnterrlfled. Brltt Tribune: Brackett arose, wiped the tears from his eyes and said: " Gentlemen, I introduce to you Mr. Wilson, vote yanker extraordinary and ring master general from Minneapolis, who will now open your lachyrymal glands with prayer." Mr. W. rose, straightened his collar, said ahem, and broke forth in a pean of-supplication as follows: " Ohl Jonah, thou greatest of prophets who swallowed the corpulant whale, look down with approval upon us and grant that our prayers may pre- vaiU Give us wisdom like unto the hoot owl, make us sharp like the foxes of yore; may we swell up with grace like a troe toad till the natives shall quake at our roar, and grant us the strength of the musk ox, sagacity too, like the deer, with the velvety tread of the panther, and the courage and pluck of the steer. And Oh! Jonah, thou knowest our weakness, how we shout in the spring, but alas! in the dark dreary days of November we generally land on — : — the grass. So implant in the breast of the faithful, at least a faint glimmer of hope, for thou knowost past antipations have vanished like bubbles of soap. And now mighty Jonah take pity on the foolhardy foibles of men who have met to condole in their anguish. Yours truly, amen and amen. Chairman Bruckett then gave out the following dirge, which wassung with streaming eyes. "Dark are the prospects, and sad the occasion, Sophistry fails to extinguish the gloom, Tammany's joy bells sound tones of disaster, depressing our souls in a chaos of gloom. Hark to the sound of the free traders torn torn. Loud rolls the hew- gag of free silver, too. Peal forth the yow yow of 'down with McKinley.' Blow in loud chorus the holy bazoo." Now proceeded to elect delegates to Council Bluffs. String pulled five times. Success. The following doxology was sung, when the convention adjourned. "Praise Grover C., the great I am, praise David too, the tool of Tammany, and Gray and Palmer too, and Horace B. of Waterloo." MOBE ABOUT apQp fiOADS. What Bad Boadft Cost-How to _ edy Them-The Road Holler. Prof. N. S. Shaler in a late article says. " The experienced traveler who finds himself at the beginning of a newly made road will betake himself to the nearest house and learn how far the improvement extends; if for the dls- tance of ten miles, he will inquire by what circuit, not exceeding 15 miles fa length, he can escape from the dangers of the repairs. After a time nature mends the damage done by the process of reconstruction, and the journeyer may find rfnce again a way tolerable, save where the hillsides are steep or the ground wet. In the winter season such roads, at least in the counties where the soil is of a clayey nature, are often practically impassable. In such regions, after a distressing experience of some decades, the people find themselves willing to turn to a corporation the precious privilege of controlling their high ways." 8 »** Discussing the expense of bad roads Prof. Shaler says: "A little knowledge as to the art of road making, an expenditure of not more labor than is normally given to the annual repair of roads, would in most cases have secured to the community about as good roads as they obtain by the construction of turnpikes. In other words our system of ignorant mismanagement in the construction and maintenance of rural ways leads to a yast and purposeless expenditure. If wo take the misapplied expenses of our country ways, if we count at the same time the mere social disadvantages they bring to people, it is probable that the sum of the road tax m this country is greater than that o£ our ordinary taxation. From some data that I have gathered in my personal experience with roads, I am inclined to think that in New England the cost to the public, arising from ineffective roadways as well as from the waste of money expended on them, amounts to not less than $10 a year on each household. In this record I have included the loss of time and of transporting power of vehicles, the wear and tear of wagons and carriages, and the beasts which draw them. It is probable that the expenditure in this direction is greater than that which is incurred for schools or any other single element of public interest. I am inclined, indeed, to think that it comes near the sum of all our state and federal taxation together." * * * , Dolllyer on Gov. Hill. Tlie gentleman from Nebraska [Mr. Bryan] from time to time throughout his discourse turns aside to speak of the defeated leaders of last congressional campaign; and not content to concede that level of politics to those whose intellectual limitations leave them nothing else to say, he joins the chorus of detraction that for two years has hounded the great speaker who delivered the house of representatives from the minority and made it a representative assembly. I shall not say a word in defense of the speaker whose record in this house is a part of the parliamentary progress of the world, but I cannot forbear to say that a man must have a peculiarly cheerful and buoyant disposition who, in view of the present situation of the democratic party, both on men and measures, can get much comfort out of what happened to the republicans two years ago. [Laughter.] The idol of your habitual idolatry has fallen, and agentleman, whose name I heard hissed and derided in this chamber a few months ago, has just finished a triumphal tour of the south It would be well if, by some process of transfusion, the gentleman from Neb |;aska could divide with him that childlike enthusiasm with which he looks forward to the future of the democracy. For this new leader beine- unexpectedly called to the capital of New York, to accept the trust about to be forced upon him, the presidency of the United States, [laughter] could find no words of his own to suit the occasion w w £, may believe the New York World's report of his speech, and so he borrowed a saintly tone from a source both pious and classic. In his Century article Isaac Potter discusses the machinery for road making and says. "Every dav it is becoming more firmly established that a good road roller is the most valuable piece of machinery employed in the road- makers art; and indeed, without it, neither can the foundation or subsoil of the roadway be made uniformly hard and reliable, nor the surface layer be given that uniform compactness and solidity which give excellence to the road and insure a perpetual economy in the cost of maintenance and repairs. To one who has seen a heavy road roll:, or used in compacting the soil of a hew roadway these facts will be very evident. If a length of one thousand yards in an ordinary earth road be cut to an exact and uniform grade one foot below the original surface of the road it will be found in most cases that thenewsur- face thus exposed will present an appearance which, to the ordinary observer, is of a uniform material and even hardness from end to end; but the passage of a roller weighing from ten to 15 tons over this new surface will soon disclose defects and soft spots located at irregular intervals throughout the length of the work; and as the process of rolling continues the uniformity of the grade will disappear, and what at first appeared to be a tolerably satisfactory surface will develop it into a succession of humps, holes, and undulations. In the using of the roller in actual work these depressions and soft spots are carefully filled and brought to the line of the required grade, while the successive passing of the heavy roller over the filling gives to the entire road that form and consistency which are so essential to every good highway. nfS 1 W f hat 'T?, 8 sh f n 1 acknowledge this official act, my fellow democrats, which in ' my gratitude humbly' borrowthtwo^thie'r response than I myself could ever frame to the great democracy, whom you represent [Laughter.] ^! fo _ u A dl . fc , a & ree ^le to his own tha wm T the tnat hymn, I hope I mav not <*eing P that \he° l e8man to whom I have knows more about the OAUGHT AT THE FINISH, The Monticello Express says that the swindlers have been taking in some of the farmers in that vicinity. Two weeks ago four dashing fellows, Dr. J. Henry Tucker and his solicitors, W. H. Clark, R. S. Fellows, and Chas. Bran- drufl, took lodgings at a Monticello hotel and at once began to scour the country for unfortunate victims of disease. They did not come and advertise a return date. Their business was like that of the patent-right man who said its great beauty lay in the fact that he never had to go back to the same locality the second time. The solicitors went to prepare the way, and the great ftncl only Dr. J. Henry Tucker, representative of the Des Moines Medical institute, whatever that may be, followed in great style, professing to cure all ailments, providing the notes given there- for contained more than two figures to the left of the decimal point. It is not Known just how much business these hustling drummers of a mythical institute did, but some of it has already come to the surface. re- human desolation Lead , kinaiy light, $ eucl «»nK g'loorn, tliou me on? S and snow, accompanied at times by ightning and thunder. In the north- rn half of the state the snow was quite leavy, and the drifts impeded railway ravel. It was an unusual storm for the eason though not wholly unprocedent- of precipitation varied im (h to over two 1SS The night is dark, Kee ep thou my feet; ° a. i ho amount of rom one-half The great state sheep-shearing contest was held at Ames last Thursday, in the free-for-all contest for the best and most rapid shearing Jos. Edgerton jr. of Nassau won the first premium! a rank Thompson of Iowa City second, and J. G. Gasson, Stanton, third. In the contest by the seniors in the agricultural course Thomas Rutledge of bharpsburg won first money; E. E. ttuufmau of Massena second, and Ozro vanHouten of Lennox third. Prof. Wilson says the graduates of the col- ^V 1 ?" 31 kn ow how to shear sheep, and this feature of the meeting will be permanent. The county superintendents at Des Moines resolved: "That it is the sonso of this section that certificates should not be issued to boys under 19 nor to girls under 18 years of age, M tney are not expected to possess Jhe maturity of mind and strength pf &»* ucter needed to maiwge a school suo- cessfuly," -, for ffta ,„ I US SOME good Inquired raft horaes f W, L.

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