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TfflB DBS MOE^BS: AlXK^IA, IOWA, ; APKIL The Upper Des Moines BY 1KGHAM & WAEREK. Tetw* *f Tbe fpptf Bet *»*? j-ear if txx a. 'Ktxoii or o , » jK»o?y order. a iKri* a, our f'-t-t. of a£Teri*shc? Bent on . — ..... *C tt ortter THE PEKE3TSTIAL "Hie reports which will be found in anotier coltnan show that tbe same old fake games are being palmed off on a flew lot erf unsuspecting victims IMs season. Already this spring in spite of all that has been said sad published, and in epite of the tigwotzs declsma- iicB against making tbe purchaser? pay their ixrtes. there is no break in tbe record. Tbe truth seems to be with tbe firm which advertlj*ed to tell a snan iftrtl bow to get rich. Their advice war: " Do as we do. It is only a dol-: lar in a place, bat tbe crop of packers never fails-" Sense of the papers of tbe state have been discussing the matter as tboagh, it were it were a new thing, and as ' lite Door. Coehrsn"^ speech was COB- spieaous for containing ao reference to tbe fade in lire ease, sad OTsrrell opened tor telling an anecdote to tl»e eSect cane at EJgbt aad not relishing bis surroundings said, appealing to besvea. "Oh, Lawd. a it's all U»e same to you, give tne 'ess noise sod a little more light." The Qemocratic DubngroeTele- graph s report says: "Tremendous applause, order not being restored lor five minutes." Prom the same report we quote: CTFerreai said that be bad been assailed by rectiemeB who bad bees baneznir around tie lobbies, aad had been treatad eaptaons] j OB tie Soar £ar his posi- tjon in tiu* case. He wanted to say land that empbstacaSy) that he did not hsv* to CD around his tBstriet wearing a label 'I sin a democrat.* fljoad sod costumed applanse and lauebter. J It bad teen charred that his Jotonent was warped because' be preferred a certain gentleman as the next aem- ocratac nominee for president. As an Azoericsa cztazen be bad a ruzM to exercis* that pr/filere. ?T>* dimes was weH under- 1 stood. Yet be was assailed because ie pre-; f erred a certain "democratic geEtlesnsji to aDOt&er democratic cectiesnan as the nominee. It tras tz-ae be pref erred a osanoeraiie g^ElJeman. He preferred UJBB -who -was s lion snd not a for. a;>pi£Tise.j He preferred one Trbo Elands before the coimtrj- bead arid shoulders abtrre ever? otier Jirinr democrat of tiiis though It all sros? thron ih the trans- j fS 15S" ^J^J^^..^:!^ ™ s _??^ ier of promissory notes, whezj in feet the average swindle is not carried out through neces at alL The biggest Bwindle of recast times, tbe Louisiana lotiery, look more money <«zt of tbe north ihtts ail patent nedieiDe men, patent right men. and <jtb*r note gEtters combined. An expert lias exposed tbe magnitude of this swindle by fcfaowisg itisi ite corapaiiy with .all its, Jackets sold and all its prizes paid, had a oet profit off asarfy -59 per cent. Even orcis&ry fake* i&ad ^ambliEr 'd«rricss are generaDy ran MS a easb basis. FsriaSle sad cocSdeace racae -are . east, Trest, or norfe — tie aaEniSceat. cranil Grsver Geveiaad. [Contained applsnss.]"' So Etach for the split this GwatSft, -wladi fc»a aw SuttataA or Boeoud plane, -nrhue iteJ&arrtroeQo speaker's success wss bjssaa fey a» cn&stce- and Soct irpcM u ammt-ns Sa "cjssrnrtlie coart" Tignrpaslir. But tip toere ISie f ort- nnes d »m are acoeiiUML xad TT* cas ccm- tiilulste Sic MoBtieeQo itiEner, -wnase effort n-as jzuatmlrisglj' mare iberifa»r50iK than lire smSeooe ears credit lor. Thirty-two thousand tons of provisions wiH be stopped from BnxMyn -Q •week for Bassia. Iowa's oontrlimtasra. Tbe Sanday-law enforcers erf Sioux City took a rest Qiis week, swaitsng a de- casaon on some of their cases cf a •week a?o. laoaecasstbeemzrihasselij ite nnminE of street cars So be a work of neeessitj-. and liat bas disramrared them. It 3s said that if they fio not win in another street tar case -Sier wH] drop the crusade. But the fact that Hill could bold enough democrats to perpetrate a clear fraud, which a democratic committee had said •was a fraud, is one that is instructive ia shoTviEg- -n-faat poorer prevails in the dezaoc-ratic machine. Only 36 democrats «c'ald resist tie demands of TTni. altbciagh tie evidence was conclusive. VThat better iTQpeaelaaeat of their course taau tbe -srords f. rora their own committee ebairzaaa's lips, irMeh we quote t£ala from oar owa Qemocratic cos temporary: arms aao tins -Deceivng is "blin fal/her. In tit- miScje a^ras Earor»s •wag TarrTTiiaea rn* trKasrn;rterj of "ba*t sneudfc- icVj grid is a msraer widen Tronic zoii-t tbt <irery&2y Jtiir gr%en •nitb ervy, TTht-t zaosera os.a rsE.1: with Ckrast Otfrjiostro wbo lire-s witli royalty ID tvery European courtl" Even the Lcirdsia.ua lottery is a sna£l affair when compared with tit Fre-aeL paper money craze, the Scnnii Sea bobble, Law's Mississippi eciup&cy, ctod other enormous swindling- Ep&calations of other times. And for aumsicfr erases which victimized tbe unwary as saesess- fully as the modern patent right man does, what surpasses the famous "Len fever"" and the Merino sheep madness? What three card monte shuffler, or green goods distributer. Han leave a record that for picturesqueness equals that of tbe old man who talked so learnedly to the vicar's SOD and who so benig'Eantly disposed of the green spectacles to him, in Goldsmith's inimitable story? The confidence |rame is ancient. And it will last as long as credulity is stronger than good =*n~e. It is displayed in modern limes in- countless ways many of which it would undoubtedly shock popular prejudice to mention. The cure for it is not in helping the victims to get out of paying the penalty, but in reading them the old maxim about a wise man getting caught onee. but only a fool biting twice at the same bait. Probably there is no on that has not ax some time learned between a game of pins at school, an> buying stock in a distant mine in me ture years, that it is hard Vj beat an Other at his own game. But bavin; one experience, he should be fitted fo: the further tribulations of life, withou any laws to help him out of paying hL contracts. When Benjamin Franklin was a boy be bought a whistle for a shilling. After due deliberation anc consultation with hie friends he decidei that he had made a bad bargain. Hav ing no legislature to appeal to, and no newspapers to voice his grievance Benjamin was put to for some means o using this grevious experience. Thi he finally did by adopting a little mottc for his further guidance through lifi " never pay too dear for your whistle/ "When every man has as much sense as Benjamin displayed, the confidence game and all the various swindling de vices will begin to disappear. Fort Dodgs has a curious contest. Tbe assessor for li>» first feae reported lie waicbes of tbe 390 railway enrploj-es for taxation, ana they resisted on the' ground a w&tcb is a tool in tbeir employmen A Mr row resulted and tbe matter was bot- 3y debated before lae eqnaijzatacm board, They held, bowever, that a watch is not a tool and passed a resolution to the effect that if any railway employe win mate an affidavit tint a 4S-cent tax on bis watch will distress him or bis family, tbe city clerk sball issae a warrant to for that boycott the tows men say they wiQ and buy everything in Ohio will Fnpport Harrison. It was a square Sent between Sherman ana F»- raker. atid the farmer won aeata. The president will be renoiaiziated easilv. Jacob rot iis "broHb-'j "Octsidsof bis repjr to Cocfcran tie by p^g wo,l *n S*|^SSS^3^i?? 6 ^S5: •an* -aeosTing nis &jaa 1 v««5 -trare rejected, tben 2:- democraticbal- lots KScmid &e rejected. Tbe democratic , pert j tOTJo not afford to place itself in tie j pastira of throwing -out 16 republican bfclk»ts and re^srsinr 2» democratic bai- lee* just as frKn&jleit as tie 16 ballots. The democratic party could never aSord t/o lo wroiip. but it ccmla always aSord V) < ririL e Indiana democrats instructed for Cleveland. The following g incident of the convention is re- pc«*d in the eispat/jhes: -'Large sized portraits of Gray. Cleveland, and Hendricks were suspended above the stage. The portrait of Gray, Impelled by a dxatigiit. began Vj swing asd finally tarEed its face to tie wall The Cleveland men set up a wild yell at t/m alleged omen of tie retirement of Gray from the presidential srena. Frantic attempts tvere made by the Gray men on the stage to restore the picture to its original position, irjt it persisted in swinging back face Vj the wall, and each ims-accessf al attempt !*> readjust it was only a signal for hilarious }eers from the Cleveland men. While these wild attempts were being made to keep Gray's portrait in a dignified position, another draft of air caught Cleveland's picture, and it, too, began to s*.ring. Then came deafening cheers of delight from the Gray men. but the enthusiasm was shortlived. Cleveland's picture only STrnng half way ronnd, and when it- stopped, facing the ladies' gallery the fair admirers of the ex-president applauded this unconscious deference for their sex, the Cleveland men joined in and there was another enthusiastic Cleveland demonstration." AX nUSTHUCTIVE IXCIDKXT. An edifying spectacle was witnessed in congress last Friday. The occasion was the Noyes-Rockwell contested election case from New York. Noyes was the republican. Tbe committee reported that he was entitled to the place, and the committee was largely democratic. But Rockwell hails from Gov. Hill's home, Elmira, and Gov. Hill went so far in his behalf as to appear before the committee and demand his retention as a matter of party policy. The committee refused and Gov. Hill -f^hen began a canvass among the mein- beVs. The debate lasted three days, an3 the vote showed what the machine whip will do for 140 democrats voted for Rockwell to 50 republicans, 36 democrats, and eight independents for Noyes. The close of the debate was exciting as Bourke Cochran, the leader of Tammany, and O'Ferrell of Virginia, a Cleveland democrat and chairman of the elections committee, had a personal altercation. Hill had been unable to bulldoze O'Ferrell, who said that Rockwell had secured his seat by traud, and Cochran attacked him on I Geo. E. Roberts" comparison of the cost of living in Iowa in IS-ffl and 1S90 is one of the articles put in the congressional record by the republicans to meet the publication of Henry George's free trade book. Hon. Eugene F. Land of California had it inserted as pan of his speech. Louisiana had a peacable election after all, Foster, the anti-lottery democrat, being elected governor. There were five tickets in the field. Gladstone is out in a letter against woman suffrage. He saj-s bis cbief fear is " lest we •cswiu.ingily invite ber to trespass tie parity, delicacy, snd elevation of ber own natnre." Tbe State Register suggests that - Mr. Gladstone's letter will draw £re all alosr tie line, and bis noble life record will be caustically scanned aad criticiseQ br tie ractisE sister Staatons, Gonsars. and "RTiHards of ti?;Ts coHntrr. and it is probable that tbe latter will promptly recall ber recent poetical effusion to Lady Henry Somerset, in waieb sbe wrote: x '' L&3T Henry Somer&et. u n^i-her Tre ar* dry or wt, "We iiaT* learnt thy name to love All tmt Gl2.aEtoiifr"-Enaine abcrre."" " It is probable tiat the ancient but still- volatile spinster will nereafter confiaeber amse on masculine subjects to tie men wbo are niimbered witi those tvixo were bit are not." me Sioux City Journal refers to Pierce's conviction for manslaughter and iays: " Pierce, the famous ei-constable of Des Moines. is to go to the penitentiary. Potts, his confrere, is already there. Painter, who gained fame at the same time, is at large. It was in regard to these three that Fred. Lehmann said: 'That blessed aliterative trio—Pierce. Potts, and Painter, the three Ps! I have always considered it a special dispensation of providence that only one letter in the aiphabet is thus disgraced."" The supervising architect says the government building at Fort Dod^e mil be begun in six weeks. teamed of the affair, heoii tbe proper tiing by f«rr€Saiig oat tberoBng oonple, offering veaess and his roof, independent: Tbe many friends rf Bev. Mary A. SaSord will be interested to learn that she starts early next month for Europe. Sbe goes with several Skrax Qty friends and will remain several mouths for improvement in health. Oay Oonnty Kews: THE Macros has collected the of many autboritJeson permnnt-ct ret:'.:?. Tbe verdict is in favor of gravel for ^a a road bed, Where gravel is avails!tie it is cadoTabtedly the best and itost economical material to •nse. Tbe febermen who were cangh* by Commissioner Griggs at Mud Lake and Sned are publishing the following card: Reward—fTo reward for information leading to the apprehension of the parties who informed on theSsbers." They r-ere out S80 for illegal fishing and are mad about it. Emmetsbnrg Democrat: Sid, Blossom of Algona did business in this city Monday. He says Algona will do considerable improving this season M. F. Ooonan >>«« purchased of KOT STATE PBIZEWMERS But We're Jot "Kickers" Wiflal, and Oar Stadents Are Satisfied with Ow Judges' Decision. Tbt State Declamatory Contest at Cres- toa—AisOTians Acquitted Themselves Creditably. Lafe Young prods Davenport with •rigor: "Davenport is an intolerant place, where every man can hold his own opinion if it is the Davenport opinion. They are like the puritans, who are said to have come to America to worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences and to see that others did the same. A year ago public meetings were held in Davenport to advocate the closing of the dry goods, grocery, hardware and other stores, on Sunday; and the men who spoke in the meetings advocated such closing to give the clerks much needed rest. They had not the sand to stand up and say the places ought to be closed on account of the Christian Sabbath. They begged the question by trying to do tne thing to be done in a false name. Finally the movement died. It could not face Davenport usage and Davenport public opinion. The stores of merchants in Davenport continue to sell merchandize on Sunday just the same as any other day, and no man and no newspaper in Davenport dare condemn the practice. All is seace and quiet in Davenport, because the minority know enough to keep still. We repeat it, that Davenport, while boasting of being the home of persona! liberty, is as intolerant of contrary opinion as the czar of all the Russias. A citizen of Davenport recently said in Des Moines that it did him ood once in a while to get away and jreath God's free air." Iowa's democratic congressmen, Ham- Iton, Seerly, Bowman, and White, voted vith the republicans in the Noyes-Rock- vell election case. Hays and Butler went vitu Hill and helped defeat the democratic 3omniittee's report. While Senator Finn is busy indicting the editors for Bel-el's slanders, Hattie WiUiams Kennett has has sned him for the support of a child which she asserts he is responsible for. She resides at Leon, but was at one time a waitress in Bedford, Senator Finn's home. The fighting senator may come out of ail his suits all ri^ht. but they will furnish him an annoying- and un pleasant summer. The Cedar Rapids Republican has a note about the man our county was named for: ' : Kossuth, the Hungarian patriot, was ninety years old Saturday. A little less than forty-two years ago he landed in this country, and our older readers will recall the ovation which greeted him in the principal cities of this country and the stir his rare eloquence made. He was welcomed with artillery, oratory, and poetry, and his response is said to have been all three combined. The poetry. RS we recall it in an old high-school speaker, began thus grandiloquently: " ' Now let the glorious sun of heaven redouble ever}- ray, And bathe in floods of orient liglu America today. 1 " Kossuth's name belongs to the long list of noble failures whose fame is clearer and more lasting than that of many who have won the day." Peter Winkel of Kosstith county a yearling horse colt of the Kossuth stock. Mart, says the dam is also •well bred and that be will soon have the fastest running horse in the county. Britt Tribune: C. H. Wilson is very enth-osiastic over Clear Lake tobacco. He recently bought 3.000 pounds grown near the lake that he says -sras at least SO per cent, good •wrapper tobacco. It was slock such as commands 50 cents per pound in the market when prepared aad can be grown at a big profit at 10 cents per pound. Mr. Wilson thinks the land of the fiat well adapted to this particular kind of the weed and says that on virgin prairie he belives *it would be a big success. "Webster City Herald: One of the Webster City boys arranged to take the " flyer" this'morning to AJgona where the marriage of a friend was solemnized. His " best girP was going to accompany him and sat up all night so there trould be no possibility of missing the Lrain. But the y. m. was too sleepv— he couldn't get up in time. When "he rushed down street at a 2:30 gait, he 'ound that the " flyer" had "just left."" He is undoubtedly'a disciple of Sancho D aaza.' who originated the motto " God nless the man who first invented sleep." Blue Earth Post: A few days since, .n company with J. X. Brown.'we visited Bancroft, Iowa, just for the sake of visiting a town that we had passed bv on the railroad many times in the past .0 years. Upon arriving there we. of course, steered straight for the store of C". E. McLaushlin & Co.—the "Co.-'-be- ng Peter Hagen and J. N. Brown of this city. Charley McLnughlin is 1 well nown to to the people of Blue Earth 'ity and vicinity as a former popular clerk with Hagen <fc Brown. We found him in a fine store building 22x70 well filled (the building, not Charley) with a large stock of general merchandise and enjoying a fine trade. The people of that section appreciate him, and he is not only city librarian, but has just been elected alderman by a good majority. In company with him we took a stroll about the town. Bancroft is a town of about 1.000 inhabitants, we should judge, and is one of the liveliest trading points in northern Iowa. The country is fast filling up and that town draws the trade for many miles both east and w&st. We remained there a little over two hours—plenty long enough to convince us that Bancroft is a good, thrifty town filled with prosperous and enterprising business men. of which our Charley is by nomeans behind his brother merchants. Aigona didn : t get state contest Pi-of. a m«lai at Dijcson and toe the young ladies returned MonJay morning, spending Sunday in Des Mo'r^s. and report a very pleasant trip. They express satisfaction also with tiie awards in tbe main, and no ; 'kick" will be heard from here. The contest was the best yet held by the association, and the awards were made to those having intensely dramatic selections. Two contestants spoke "The Wild Zingarel- la~ and sot first and second medals. Miss Hancock delivered her piece much better there than here, and what was thought of it may be judged from the report in the Creston Daily Gazette which says: "Miss Bertha Hancock of Algona followed with 'Jamie,"and tbe selection was one of the most conscientiously rendered and closely studied conceptions of the evening. How this yoang lady could ever have been overlooked in making the awards is one of tbe profound mysteries of such occasions. Her rendition was true to life, strong, self-possessed, and showed remarkable di'amatic skill. It was the least overdone, but faithful to not the 18 THIS ffEIGHBOEHOOD. A farmer named Stark in Hamilton county lost 19 head of cattle in the big storm two weeks ago. , Spencer Reporter: Miss Essie Cordingly and Master Ray Cordingly of Algona were the guest* of J. R. Blossom over Sunday. Corwith Crescent: J. T. Standring has started breaking teams on his section of land northwest of Wesley. He expects to break 400 acres this season. According to the Hull Index "Mrs. C. L. Davidson is very ill." Mrs. Davidson will be remembered by many Algona friends. She is a pronounced Christian scientist. Estherville Republican: Thirty- three years ago last Friday this section was visited by the most severe snow storm of the winter. Last week's storm was almost a duplicate of it. THE MOOTS'S MAGAZINES. Scribner's Magazine for May opens with the second article in the series on "The Poor in Great Cities," in which Jacob A. Riis. the author of " How the Other Half Lives." repeats his first success which has gained him such wide recognition. This time he finds a most congenial subject in " The Children of the Poor" in New York —a phase of life to which his svmpathies strongly attract him. Mr. Riii knows the gamin at first hand through his many years of newspaper work at police headquarters The result is that his article is filled with incidents and stories illustrating the life of the children—its humor and pathos, the element of good that is always manifested in them, and the methods which have so far proved most efficient in developing it Mr. Scudder should be congratulated on his success in obtaining for The Atlantic the brilliant correspondence of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Thoreau, which occupies the first place in the issue for the month of May. The letters are edited by Mr F B banborn of Concord, and they give chara<> tenstic glimpses of the life, physical, mental, and spiritual, of the two friends during - the • Dial' period," as the editor calls it— in other words, 1S43. A fit companion-piece to these letters is the Roman Journals of bevern, the friend of Keats, which give a thrilling picture of events preceding the SK -i?*?- al Rome ' These Papers are edited by William Sharpe. character outlined, and Miss Hancock can rest assured that her effort in the minds of tbe audience, if not in the minds of tbe judges, was second to none." This notice will be better appreciated after reading the Gazettes opinion of the winners which we give in full: " Miss Sophie Oleson of Rock Rapids gave "Wild Zingarella v and received the award of first medal in tbe miscellaneous class. This selection received splendid treatment from the hands of Miss Oleson. who peculiarly fitted the character, and tbe contestant was shrewd enough to take advantage of every little dramatic tack such as allowing her hair to fall about her shoulders and also carried a bunch of roses. She introduced a song into the the selection, and tbe choice of tbe judges in the matter gave general satisfaction to theaudience. Miss Harriet Case of Waverly delivered the familiar selection "Wild Zicgarella" and her rendition was most finished and meritorious. Her voice was excellent and her expression splendid and she received a gold medal as second prize winner in themiseellaneousclass. Miss Bessie Murray of Winterset followed with a difficult selection entitled "The Stowaway" and received the third award in the miscellaneous class. It required a powerful effort on her part to de'.ived the selection in a false voice, but shp. did it well. Miss Mat-tie Starks of Monticello gave " Brier Rose'' and the award was the only one -which made the audience forget the courtesv which had characterized the reception of tbe remainder of the decisions. It was so at variance with the opinion of all that an involuntary hush fell on those present and a suspicion of hisses were heard but finally the assemblv recovered and vouchsafed the customary applause." Speaking of the reception of the awards the Gazette says: "When the judges decided that Miss Sophie Oleson of Rock Rapids was entitled to first price in the miscellaneous class, the audience submitted cheerfully to the judgment and heartily applauded. The second prize was awarded to Miss Harriet Case of Waverly, and although hardly just in the opinion of the majority of the audience, yet private feelings were laid aside and generous applause followed. This was also the case with the third prize, which was award-— -—~ vuj.4.u. j^ij_t/<_, «iijv-ii wasiiwiaru* ed to Miss Bessie Murray of Winterset. But on the announcement of the fourth prize the audience appeared completely paralized for a few minutes. It was so totally unexpected and so much at variance with the opinion of the entire assembly that they didn't recover for a time, but remembering the courtesv due, an effort at applause was made." * •^v™ tllis im P artial summing up, it will be seen that Algona has every reason to be proud of her representative and to be satisfied with the outcome.' The referee marked Miss Hancock second, but two of the judges marked her seventh. There were eleven speakers in her class. The contest nest year will be held at Gnnnell. in their bereavement For all i n a « Mr. Ortniston was a man of many strong and sterling qualities, and one who had the good will and confidence of all he met For one THE UPPER DBS MOTSBS will niiss his occasional visits, when he was always entertaining with his vir- orous remarks and original views of men and things. HOW PEOPLE ABE SWINDLED. Tbe Various Bafts t7«ed for Suckers —Some Amtulne Frauds. A Washington reporter says that the postal department is trying to devise means to stop some of the swindling done through the mails, and gives a few illustrations: A few years ago an advertisement appeared in the papers stating that for the sum of ?1 a receipt would be given for the permanent cure for stammering. When the dollar was sent the receipt was returned which simply read: "Keep your mouth shut" Another instance of this kind was where an advertisement recited that for 50 cents a recipe would be given for catching all the fish in any body of water. When 50 cents was sent a receipt would be returned telling the victim "to dip all the water out and then to pick up the fish." Another form of fraud is perpetrated by means of advertisements so worded as to mislead the public. Persons answering them think that for 25 cents they are to have a watch or some other valuable article, when in fact they merely get some illustrated catalogue. An extensive fraud has recently been carried on by certain persons claiming to be commission merchants of produce dealers, who send out their circulars and price lists offering prices higher than the market, when in fact they have no commission house, and probably only desk room in shop or saloon; and the goods shipped to them are received and sold at any police obtainable, no returns whatever being made. Some time since appeared a verv glowing advertisement of a book, exclusively for young, unmarried people, both gentlemen and ladies, the price of which was S5. For the S3 a very cheap edition of the bible was sent. *A fine timekeeper, with a cut of a watch, would be advertised for $1. The sender would expect a watch in return, but he would get a sun dial. Great frauds have been carried on by the proposed publication of handsome illustrated books, for which photographs of prominent men were solicited. It was added that to have the necessary copper plates engraved would cost $16.75. A suprisingly large number responded with photographs and money, but no books of course were published. A SMOOTH GAME. Merchants in this state are being approached by another smooth tongued brace of frauds. Look out for them. One of them drops into a town, looks up the proprietor of mo_st any store, and informs him that heissearchingforrare coins, passing him a list of specimens and their alleged value. He also asks the interested proprietor to keep them for him. Soon another strolls around, buys a cigar or some other article, and exhibitsa couple of coins, with a remark that they are pocket pieces. On consulting his list the proprietor finds that the real value is marked 545 each. Here he thinks it an opportunity for speculation, and after some dickering the second party sells him the pieces! Of course number one never shows up, and the coins are not worth more than their face value. THE THREE-CARD GAME AGAIN. The Butler County Recorder says: Two farmers of Wright county were caught on the three-card monte" game, last week, and dropped an aggregate of nearly S2,500 into the pocket of an oilv tongued and deft fingered swindler. Though early in the season, the crop of suckers bids fair to be unusually plentiful. the AN IOWAX COXTTDEKCED. Chas. Wilson of Mt. Pleasant on ___ way to Hot Springs, Ark., was taken in at Kansas City by a supple dodge, and A stranger came up to him Weather and Crops. DES MOINES, April 23.—The weather conditions during the week have continued unfavorable for farm work or germinating of grain. The temperature has been exceedingly cold, averaging about seven degrees below the normal. The precipitation has been above the normal in all sections of the state except the northeastern portion where it fell a little below the seasonal average: in por- DEATH OF WM. OEMISTOIf. An Early Settler In Seneca Passes Away Suddenly. A letter received by E. V. Swelling last week announced the death of Wm. Ormiston of Seneca, Thursday, and bis burial. Friday, in the Seneca cemetery. He had been suffering from tumor of the stomach, but less than a week before had been in Algona, and his death was very sudden. It removes an early comer, and one of the most marked and original characters in the county. Mr. Ormiston came to Kossuth in 1865or : 6(i and lived in Algona a couple of years. Mrs. Ormiston taught school and w was a Livermore Gazette: Bancroft was here last ing up cattle to herd. Wm. Gallion of Saturday look- He has 12 sec- Our condolences go out to the Monti- /ello people over the outcome of the state ontest. Last year they enjoyed "kick- ug" at the judges, and now they know how is themselves, for such a roasting has ever yet been given any winner as their peaker got at Creston. According to the tionsof land rented, about 12 miles north of Bancroft, which he intends using for pasture. Webster City has an honest man. A year ago he sold some calves and new- comes around and says he put stones in the wagon when they were weighed. He refunded $1.65 to the purchaser, saying that that covered the extra weight. Estherville Vindicator: John Warden and Addie Fuller of Riverdale township, Kossuth county, eloped last week, went to Des Moines and were marrjed. When the father of the bride, the northwestern and southern wl - tions it was excessive. Mr. A B Lewis at Murray, Clarke county, reports a total for the week of 3.07 inched 1-M inches of which fell on Sunday in one hour and 30 minutes, accompanied bv a heavy fall of hail. Another severe snow storm prevailed in the north and western part of the state on the 20th ' I he excessive amount of moisture has prevented farmers from if moisture has doing field K ' -' nce has been made since our last bulletin, but with the more favorable ditions at the close of the week and prospectsof their continuance, minute will be improved, seedin gen- erullv completed and plowing for fo ln nbSf ° rel every cming wee Winter the woman of much culture and ability. They then went up to their late home on the river in Seneca, where they built up a fine property. They came to Kossuth from the eastern part of the state, where he worked forGov. Larrabee, and it was always entertaining to hear him tell of his associations with the governor His death will serve to recall a great many characteristic anecdotes, but none w?U be more so that of his experience wUh State Veterinary Stalker, who ordered his horses shot on account of B ffi« lost 330. and represented that he \vasa merchant of Little Rock, Ark. He showed Wilson a check for 5600 and wanted to borrow 830 on it in order to get his trunk. Wilson had read the newspapers and re f u ^ir to bite< Then the stranger asked Wilson to walk up town with him to cash the check. Wilson agreed, and at Ninth and Walnut streets the stranger met a man whom he introduced to Wilson as Mr. Adams of the Adams Express company. Mr. Adams then said that he was in a great hurrv, and would be obliged to the first man for the $30 due on his trunk. Mr. Wilson of Mt. Pleasant then came to the rescue and handed out the money, refusing to take the check. The two men then disappeared to see about the trunk. Wilson stood around and scratched his head for 10 or 15 minutes and then reported the matter to the police. THE STOVE SWINDLE IN MARSHALL. The Marshall town Times-Republican - vs j>l "\ travel ing man representing the bt. Louis Wrought Iron Range company -walked into the First National bank Monday morning, holding in nis hand a book containing the names of about 50 Marshall county farmers who had purchased ranges of him, paying 568 therefor and erivin<r their notes for the same. giving their notes The same range is being s^f-Wsss^^ l»±; i ;-.. I s. j s" t1 '. .-""i" •*«« M Winter grain is reported as beinff in air condition; oats rotting in several ocahties and ocaies an grass starting slowly but hick and with a few days of warm «un shine will make rapid growth . _ - — —• *- V»U4W 1 t*-*Jg VJ 20 Vy^,iMfc sold by our hardware merchants for$45, a slight difference of 523, and instead of trading with our home merchants, who nave been in business here for years, and have their reputations at stake for truth and veracity, they prefer to pay some foreign concern one-third more tor the same article. Recently the proprietors of the St. Louis firm gave a banquet to their 300 traveliuginen, at wmch the champagne flowed like water, ana while the farmer who patronized that institution is 'partaking of his frugal meal, cooked on his high-priced range he can reflect over the fact that he contributed liberally toward paying ior tno champagne, of which he never got a smell. believe, After the Des Moines city election a prominent Presbyterian divine announced that ho would preach on the bacredness of the Official Oath," and ana as the announcement read he especially invited the mayor and board pf aldermen to attend.