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Algona, Iowa
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THE tJPWStt BUS MOIKESt ALGOKA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, OOTOB^IE_2B, 1803. fwenty-Elghth Year. 6V 1NOMAM A WARREN. • W - Terwis to Oaecopy, one yea*.. One copy, six months. ..................... jo One copy, three months . . . ....... . .-. > ..... *« Sent to ftny addfess at above rates. Remit by araf t, money order, express orfter, Ofr postal note at our risk Kfttes of advertising Se ostal note at our ris. fttes of advertising Sent on application. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1893. Republican Nominations STATE. Governor ................ FRANK D. JACKSON Lieutenant Governor.... WARREN S. DTJNGAN Superintendent of Public Inetnto-^^ Supreme Judge'. .' .............. G. S. ROBINSON Baflroad Commissioner ............ J. W. LUKE TjEOISTjATIVE. Kepresentatlve, 84th Dist ...... S. S. SESSIONS COUNfY. Superintendent ................... jaVfaSSSS Supervisors ...................... ] B. F. SMITH Sti*Vflvnr ............ C. A. TBLLIEH {surveyor ............. • ......... ••• :" „ Mr . licn j Coroner ..... . .................. W. 1-. H. M.OHSK TOWNSHIP SALOONS. 'It seems to be conceded that town ship option is what is proposed by the democratic party. Gov. Boies so said at Grundy Center and has repeated it at all his subsequent meetings. No one has disputed his statements, and the Schmidt bill, for which all the demo crats in the legislature voted, stands for what the party will enact into law if successful. No objection to this bill has been raised by the democrats Kossuth county, and no intimation been given that Mr. Lund will not sup port it if he should be chosen. That being so it is proper that from now till election voters should seriously consider what a system of township saloons means for us. There is no question but that license would carry in several country town ships at any election in Kossuth There is considerable question whether license would carry in very many of the incorporated towns. It is possible that it would carry in all, in which event township option might not be any more objectionable than any local option law for saloons would hardly be established in country townships if they existed all the towns. But it is unlikely that license would carry in anywhere near all of the incorporated towns, and in that event saloons could afford to pay the license in country townships ad joining, and all the evils of the worst saloon system ever devised would come in a body. How can anyone view with indifference a proposed law which will result in putting saloons in this county, away from the possibility of police control, to be resorts for the farmer boys winter nights, and to be run almost absolutely free from restraint? And yet this is exactly what township option means, and this is exactly what Gov. Boies is today advocating. All local option laws are wrong in principle and will fail in practice. In the first place they are unfair to the saloon. If the saloon is to be legalized the only way to give it a fair chance is to give it permanence so that others than the floating vagabonds of the earth will take hold of it. No saloon system can be anything but a failure when one year it is legalized and the next is declared an outlaw. In the second place local option is unfair to those who oppose saloons. If it is difficult to enforce an anti-saloon law of state-wide operation what prospect is there that it will be enforced when each county or township is left to shift for itself? What kind of enforcement was there in the old daj's of municipal option, and whal kind will there be when there is a saloon in one town or township anc prohibition in the next? In the third place if it is right to shut the saloon out of any township in Iowa, it is righl to shut it out of eyory township in Iowa, and so local option is an absurdity on its face. It is in its best form a miserable makeshift that is sure to fail before it is tried. But it is in its worst form *> when it comes proposing to carry its rows, quarrels, and elections into tho country townships, and then place its saloons where there is no adequate police power to regulate them and no counter attractions to prevent them from becoming the nightly resorts of the young. THE VAN AL.EX EPISODE. Senator Hill of New York has shown more ability and good sense lately than he has been generally credited with, His vote against the confirmation o Van Alen as ambassador to Italy places him for once at least in the ranks 01 the statesmen of the country. When compared with President Cleveland's weak yielding to carry out Whitney's bargain and sale his conduct raises the fair question whether after all the sanctimonious pretention of purity | which surrounds the latter's person is I $o very much above the ordinary, every day morality of Tammany. In spite of ? Senator Hill and four other' 4emocrat8, however, Van Alen won by a v"0$e of 89 to22. "Every influence, social, political, personal, and financial," tbe ! report reads, was brought to bear to is complish the result. The conscience the senate wag soothed by the argument that after all the responsibility lay with the president, and on that ! toe majority voied, ' tfew Yorfc World •> " Spftp TirsW^ ™ * y?*-?'" sidered it " vulgar to vote" until last year. Although 4t years old he had neyer before cast a ballot. It finds also that although his Newport villa con* tains over a million dollars worth Of paintings and statuary that he never paid any personal taxes till last year, and then only on $50,000. Van Alett has no American residence but a summer house at Newport, where he lives from June till SepU-.mber. The winter is spent in London, where he has a very palatial home. His children are all in England being educated. A friendly report says of him: " By many he has been styled the American Prince ol Wales. He dresses elegantly but always In a quiet fashion. His long residence In England has made him a warm admirer of English social customs, and on this account he has often been classed with the extreme anglomaniacs." Van Alen's Newport home is an exact copy of an English country seat. The stone wall about it cost $40,000. He is worth $10,000,000. His wife was a daughter of Wm. dead. Astor, but is now A NEW YORK SCANDAL. In 1892 the contest over the election of the legislature in New York was so close that the results in one county determined whether the republicans or democrats had a majority. The first return made by the election board of this county showed the democratic candidates entitled to seats. But this was so evidently fraudulent that the republicans appealed to the state court, which ordered the return corrected and a copy sent to the secretary of state to take the place of the first. Upon these official returns the secretary makes up the list of those eligible to take seats and help organize the legislature. Mr. Maynard was at that time acting as attorney for the democratic state committee, and he went to the secretary of state's office, Secured this corrected return from a clerk, carried it away and kept it while the list was made up from the fraudulent copy and the democrats secured the organization and elected a United States senator. For this act Gov. Flower lias appointed Mr. Maynard to a vacancy in the court of appeals, the highest legal tribunal in the state. The protest that has arisen may secure his defeat. The bar of the state is almost a unit in denouncing him, and from democrats and republicans alike come severe criticisms of Gov. Flower. Ex-Judge Danforth, himself a democrat, voices the common sentiment: " If Maynard succeeds in this election, the honor the position confers will be rooted in dishonor. He is to be denounced as an unrepentant and boastful criminal, for the law says that a person who willfully destroys or misplaces legal records is guilty of a crime and is punishable with imprisonment. Again, if Isaac H. Maynard is elected, justice will have been perverted and every standard of integrity insulted." 1 Secretary of State McFarland denies the alleged interview in which he was said to concede Jackson's defeat. He is on the stump for Jackson, and has been. E. D. Chassell has been named for the legislature over in There is not a better equipped man in northwestern Iowa than he is for legislative work. Congressman Perkins is out In a strong letter on the duty of electing a republican legislature. " What," he asks, "would be a prime purpose of a democratic legislature? Why, to make Iowa democratic. And how! By reclistricting the state—by gerrymander —by the execution of purely partisan schemes. Once having the power, and though getting it upon assurance that national issues are not involved, the legislature, after sending one agent to the senate in behalf of the party, would proceed to fix up the appointment of the legislative districts so as to gain, if possible, two years later, the remaining senator. But ttiey would not stop at this. They would doctor the congressional districts so as to give as many as possible of them to the democratic party, and they would count on getting the most of them—all, possibly, save four of them." Johnson lirigham has sold his interest in the Cedar Ilapids Republican and will start a literary magazine in Iowa. He is just the man for the undertaking and Iowa should support it. Senator Allison made a powerful speech at Viaton, Monday. In concluding ho said: " It is my fortune to have known Mr. Jackson from his youth, and I have had an opportunity of knowing him intimately and have known him well, often associating with him, and during all the period of his active political life I have never known him to make an improper suggestion or resort in any way to improper methods to accomplish a purpose. Therefore I have an abiding faith in his integrity and his capacity to fill most creditably and honorably the position of governor. He is no stranger to the people of Iowa. He has been three times elected to the office next in importance to that of governor, and his public service in that office is an open book without adverse criticism, showing bis capacity and integrity in high place, and, therefore, I repeat what was so well said by Iowa's venerable war governor, that ' if I am able to go to the polls on election day, I will cast my vote for Frank D. Jackson for governor, and I hope every republican will do likewise." The Chicago Tribune is authority for the statement that Senator Allison received in his mail a few days ago a letter offering him some "green goods" on reasonable terms. ^Senator Funk suggests a B*W interprets- i of the Frank Jackson pension episode: i feature of the situation is 3^>therepubUpan be necessary to keep the democratic smut machine constantly grinding on this single transaction. The people of Iowa ought to 'reely admit that Mr. Jackson has lived >etter and cleaner than most men if a single transaction Is all that can be trumped up against him in this campaign of slander on the part of the democracy." Allison says that If Harrison had beetj elected the panic would not have occurred. The New York Pres.s said last week: The Press hopes that every one of Its half million readers will attentively peruse the ringing speech of Representative Dol- llver, which we print elsewhere. The cause of free elections has seldom been advocated more powerfully or persuasively than in the emphatic, clear-cut utterances of the Iowa congressman." r ef »*»fe! «$ fc* tun fackson Points Him to Cleveland's Hard Luck in Trying to Dictate Legis- tion—Sound Answers. J. M. Joseph, the populist candidate for governor, gets after the democrats as follows: "What of Iowa democracy, those gallant knights with silver shields! How they beat the bush for 20 years together hunting gold bugs to devour them I And now on the day of battle, where are theyl One blast of the postofflce horn has done the business for them. Like the lack rab bits on the plains, they folded their capacious ears, shook the dust from their feet and fled to cover I" IN THIS NEI&HBOBSOOD. Rov. Will. F. Barclay has been sent to Mason City. The Methodists there are to be congratulated. Woolstock Gazette: Thursday evening there will be a party given at John Tatlmm's for Miss Laura Gilbert of Al- eromi. Rev. Miss Safford preached at Ames last week, and was the guest of Alice and Bertha Mann. The Times speaks highly of the sermon. Webster City's jeweler, Geo. W. Teed, has given a gold medal to Company C to be shot for next season. It is to go to the best shot. Prof. Geo. E. Reed, formerly of Algona, is nominated for superintendent of Clay county. There is not a better man for the office in northern Iowa. West Bend Journal: G. S. Wright went to Algona today to adjust a fire loss for the Kossuth county mutual. He was accompanied by his daughter, Rose, and Mr. and Mrs. U. G. Gruver. Henry Straw, Mrs. Geo. E. Clai-ke's brother, picked up a fine moss agate at Clear Lake last summer and has had it cut and set in a number of pins and rings, solid gold. The Hancock Signal says they are very handsome. Fort Dodge Messenger: The Webster City and Algona military companies had a competitive shoot at the Algona range. A team from Fort Dodge was expected to take part but did not do so. Fort Dodge not being represented Algona, of course, carried off the honors. The LuVerne News says: "Hon. J. J. Ryan of Algona, the dispenser of postofflces in this district, passed through town Tuesday nigfht on his way homo from Fort Dodge." Can it be that that new connection at Eagle Grove was a fake after all, and that Lu- Verne is the easiest place to change cars at? Forest City Summit: A man in a neighboring town had a horse that slobbered so much as to excite the owner's disguest. He read an item in an eastern paper wherein a man, for a dollar, promised to send a receipt that would cure the annoying habit. He sent for the receipt which read, "teach him to spit." Emmctsburg Democrat: J. J. Wilson of Algona was over swapping political ideas with some of the boys Thursday. He has a rather strong opinion about the Jackson record but it is not very favorable to Jackson Father Carroll of Ruthven is at Algona this week assisting Father Nichols-during the mission Attorney Wasson, formerly of Algona, is how mayor of a new town in the Cherokee strip. When Palo Alto county was attached to Webster county in early days for certain purposes, a deed to Palo Alto land was recorded in Webster county. A fiffht has lately been made as to the legality of the deed. Judge Carr held that it was good, but the supremo court reversed him. On a retrial it has now changed and sustained him. A motion for a second rehearing has been made. Geo. E. Clarke represents the contest against tho validity of the deed. Webster City Tribune: The " kids, many of them old enough to know bettor, and all of them supposed to be in school, who have been climbing onto every freight and passenger train that enters tho city, have run up against the law the past week. Judge Cook, the North western's attorney, filed information against wix of them Wednesday and others will bo arrested as fast as caught. 'Squire Knowles gave tho first one five days in jail, and promises to increase the penalty as the number increases. After the murder of the night policeman at Mason City a constable at Belmond thought he was on the track o: the guilty man. He tackled a Danish boy on the high way and undertook to take him in custody, but the boy didn't know but what the constable was trying to "hold him \up," he broke anc ran, and the constable banged away ai him with his little gun, hitting the fugitive in the leg with no other effect than to accelerate his speed, Aftei running him about two miles the con stable and a posse captured him, but he wasn't the man wanted at all and die not answer the description in a single point. Whittemore Champion: Attorney Sessions, the nominee of the republican convention, has proven himseli capable of getting to the front wher ever there is a ghost of a show both in county and state affairs and should now have the honor of serving our big anc prosperous county in the next genera assembly. "Seen" is one of those whole- souled fellows, always considerate of the demands of others. When be was in the race last fall for the nomination of county attorney and stood a good show of securing it, he generously stepped aside for his rival aspirant, the , sfttti J. 0. when J&ayifipff4 of pst jtes JACISON ANSWERS BOIES, But the Response is Not One Calculated to Make You* Uncle ttof ace "Highly Tickled." Some weeks ago Frank Jackson askod Gov. Boies questions about his attitude on the silver and tariff questions. At Sioux City he refused to answer, hut later he did answer saying that he would vote to repeal the Sherman law, and would vote also to repeal the Mc- Klnley tariff. He in turn asked Mr. Jackson a series of questions as to liquor legislation, and said that now that he had answered he hoped Mr. Jackson would be equally ready. Mr. Jackson's response was as follows: The governor says: "I have answered certain questions in hopes that it will induce Mr. Jackson to answer those of vastly greater_ importance to the electors of Iowa which I 4-iave propounded to him." I understand the governor to say that the answer to hypothetical questions made by the candidate for the chief executiveship of the state concerning questions of a purely legislative character nearly three months before the legislature convenes as to laws regarding the control of the liquor traffic of greater importance to the electors of Iowa than the answer by him as an accredited candidate for United States senator to questions regarding remedies for the financial shadow and gloom that hangs over our country and remedies looking to the relief of 2,000,000 of idle laboring men throughout our land. As stated by Senator Blackburn of Kentucky: "I differ with the governor on the import ance of these questions." Thisidleness of the laboring man exists in Iowa. This financial relief will be welcome to Iowa. The restoration of markets for farm products will be heralded with joy by the farmers of Iowa. The governor most certainly underestimates the importance to the people of Iowa of his views upon these questions as an accredited candidate for United States senator, because his accredited candidacy is for the highest legislative body of our government, and the people of Iowa are entitled to know what his opinions are upon these purely legislative questions. As to my answer to the hypothetical questions which he propounds, I answer him as I have already done in Davenport: . The legislative power is charged with the responsibility of making laws, the executive with the responsibility of taking them, and from the present experience which the chief executive of the nation is having in dictating laws to the highest legislative branch of our government and the stinging rebuke he has already received from his own party and that of the governor's, and his unwarranted interference with legislation, it would strike me that the governor does not seriously expect a candidate for executive office to commence a policy of semi-dictation three months before the legislative body assembles. The republican pla_t- form is pledged to retain prohibition in all localities where the law is now enforced or can be made effective. At the same time the platform is pledged to give a remedy to localities where the saloon exists in spite of prohibition. This remedy is to be in the interest of temperance and morality. What this remedy shall be is to be left to the people of Iowa through their legislative districts, in other words it is to be left to the legislature to determine what this remedy shall be. As a candidate of the republican party I stand upon this platform and shall wait for the people to whom this question is relegated to act through the properly constituted legislative body having full confidence that the people know what they want and will intimate through the proper legislative channels their desires in the matter. It is a source of gratification to know the governor after his five weeks, even at this late day in the campaign has defined his position upon the issues before the people, He says that if he were in the United States senate he would vote for tho repeal of tho purchasing clause of tho Sherman act and for the financial legislation mapped out by Grover Cleveland, This will be somewhat disappointing to the thousands of free-silver democrats throughout Iowa, who have been led to believe,»both by the governor and by tho democratic party of the state, that they were in sympathy with them, but at this critical juncture, when the free silver men are making their final death struggle in the senate, the free silver men in Iowa find themselves deserted both by the democratic party and tho democratic governor. The governor declared in his speech at New Hampton that the people of lowt at present have no more in the election of a United States senator than they have in the election of parliament. Yet it would seem that since the governor has expressed himself as in sym pathy with Cleveland's financial policy and in favor of repeal of the McKinley law, supported by a declaration that if he were in the senate at this time he would vote for these, I think it would strike the average citizen that it makes a vast difference as to who is United States senator for the next six years, While the governor at Jefferson last Saturday was making public for the first time that he would suport the present bill repealing the purchasing clause of the Sherman act, as he believed it was responsible for the finan cial gloom and shadow that has come to the country, according to the democratic papers of Iowa read at Washington on the same day and almost at the same hour, the president and his cabinet had come evidently to about the opposite conclusion and that the purchasing clause was not the cause of the financial troubles and had arrived at a compromise, making the amount purchased 53,000,000 instead of $4,000,000. Should this democratic information be reliable, it would indicate that the democratic party proposes relief for all this financial gloom and shadow in about the ratio of 3 to 4i Should this be true it would necessitate the governor revising up to date hie opinions op financial legislation. fair the North western line will sell ex- cursiofa tickets to Chicago and return at less than half rates; tickets on sale October 16th to 31st, good for return passage until November 16, 1893, inclusive. No one should fall to take advantage of this opportunity to Visit the grandest educational and historical ex* tbition the world hus ever seen. Tick/- ets and full Information can be obtained of agents Chicago & Northwestern railway. CANDIDATES .A8 TAXPAYERS. Hard Pressed for Souio Fniilt to Filid with' the Republican Nominees, the Courier Feels Sad nfid " Wants to KttoWj You Know"—Let Us IJtenr How Much iliiichon Puict When He Rnn for Office. The Courier introduced a new element into the local contest last week. After a glowing exordium on the motives which actua.ted the forefathers in declaring for " No taxation without representation," it wound up with the rather disproportionate conclusion that Mr. Sampson should not be elected sheriff because he pays no taxes and owns no property. This charge of the non-payment of taxes it says "is espe- lally true of Mr. Sampson, the candidate for sheriff. His business is the jonducting of John Paul's lumber yard n Whittemore, and he has no property nterests in the county." Without gong so far back as our revolutionary sires to begin a review of this claim, we will only date back to the time Bro, Hinchon ran for county superintendent, and as a mere evidence of gooc 'aith ask him to state how much hehac lontributed to the county in taxes when e asked for that office. He was running against Supt. Reed, who had been taxpayer from the year one of county bistory, and it is right that the peopl should know how seriously this relative .ax-paying capacity affected him at that time. With the settlement of one other preliminary we shall be able to lonsidor the case in hand intelligently The Courier has lately recommendec Dr. Tribon's appointment on the boarc of pension examiners and Dr. McCoy has been removed to make a place foi him. Did the Courier have this olc principle of our forefathers in mind in this change, and if so will it state the relative amount of taxes paid by Drs Tribon and McCoy. With these matters settled we may come to the real fact of the Courier's statement about Mr. Sampson, which is entirely incorrect. Mr. Sampson bought and owns the Henry Hahn prop erty in Whittemore, lots 15-16, block 7 which with the house, etc., is easil^ worth §1,200. He has contracted foi seven other lots valued at $3.000, on which he has paid taxes. It thus ap pears that he will a'verago up as a tax payer pretty well, and that what prop erty he has'is located in this county We do not know how much of a ta> payer Mr. Pettibone is, and it is unim portant. He might pay big taxes and make a very poor sheriff. Mr. Samp son, if elected, will make a first-clas official, and that we imagine is wha the county is paying a sheriff's salarj to secure. A Letter from Geo. E. Boyle. Since the above was written the fol lowing letter has been received from Mayor Boyle of Whittemore, who give Mr. Sampson's relations to the count, more in detail: WIIITTEMOHB, Iowa. Oct. 23.—To the Ed itor: The editor of the Courier in las week's issue quotes history like a maste hand. He shows that the republican party in utter disregard of the teachings of th founders of this government, have taken backward step, and say by their action the late republican convention: We favo representation without taxation. He then proceeds to show this to be true especiallj in the case of C. C. Samson, who wa nominated for the office of sheriff, who h saj's has no property interests in the coun ty, whoso business is the conducting o John Paul's lumber yards at Whittemoi'e. When n man by the stroke of his pe sends a statement like the above broadcas throughout the county to a thousand reac ers he certainly should know whereof h speaks. And certainly Mi 1 . Hinehon mus know, because he states this is especiall true m tho case of Mr. Samson, who ha no propei'ty interests in the county. I di not intend taking any active part in tho po litical fight this fall, n.nd certainly shoul not had it not been for this ungenerous, un manly, untrue, and uncalled-for stab at Mi Sampson. What are tho facts in tho case, as agains the statement of tho Courier? Mr. Sam son owns a residence hero worth $1,200; h owns a business lot worth §500; he sola th property on which stand the nrinting oflic and tho Finnegan restaurant lor $000; h and Mr. Wickler owned lots 8 and 9 i block ii, that sold for $850. I have neve heard that Mr. Samson had refused to pa his taxes, dog tax ana nil. And now, Mi Hinohon, sinco you have opened this doo of representation without taxation, whic aooniB to bo so obnoxious to your democrat! noso and so foreign to the principles an doctrines of the democratic party, will yo please tell the voters of Kossuth count what amount of tax you paid prior to th time you were a candidate for county si perintendent, and while you are at it yo might inform them what amount of tax th former editor of the Courier (H. I. Wasson conti'ibuted prior to the date of his brillian campaign for county attorney. And if would not be asking too much you migt just inform tho dear people what propert interests your candidate for sheriff holds i the county and what amount of tax he pays I could name others, but will not. I ha hoped that the days of mud-slinging in pol tics in Kossuth county had passed fqreyei but it seems that I was mistaken, for th Courier is never so happy as when it has scurrilous lie to fling at seme republican and it is strange, too, when we conside that the Courier's most generous suppoi comes from republicans. Yours, G. E. BOVI.E. ALBEK HAWKES SET FREE, * reminder $ the wftrJ4' 8 £.*, 'tnt. I, S F . i, ™i ' .-ti £ -,-* *£?,'&afTv<ii "t^b &LJ- HOW POTATOES MIX- Prof. Uudd Settles An Argument lie tween Two Kusbuth Farmers. At the time of the county fair Thos McArthur and Thos. Robinson wer discussing the manner in which pota toes mix in the hill, and to settle th question asked THE UPPER DBS MOINE to refer it to Prof. Budd of agriculture college. In reply to our letter Prof Budd writes: Yours received. Potatoes do mix in th hill, but it comes about iu this way: red and white seed is planted in the sam hill, the connecting roots between the tu bers often become united by a natural graf ing process. ThU gives red to half white and half red specimes. Yours in the inter ests of horticulture, J. L. BUDD. J»rof. Budd. promised to dfccuw tb, matter mpre aUengtb, i^ $ U ral Life —' whQ Vake that pttper ha,vs no hi! opinion, Gtov. Boies Thinks He Has Been Pun* Ished Ettotigfh, and Grants Pal 1 * don on That Ground, Brief History of a Man who Made a cidedly Sensational Record in This County. The rumor that Alden Huwkes has >een pardoned by Gov. Boies is confirmed. He has been out of prison several weeks and is now probably in the iherokee strip. He pledged himself never to come to Kossuth. The prime mover in securing his release was Mrs. noch Wood, his sister. She secured the services of F. M. Taylor, who cir- mlated a petition. A copy of this is not in town, and wo cannot state how argely it was signed, or what it states. But on this Gov. Boies acted. It has en said that the pardon was granted on the grounds of ill' health, and that Hawkes was very weak when taken rom prison. The governor's letter to VIr. Taylor does not convey any such idea, The letter is: STATE OP IOWA, EXECUTIVE OFFICE, DBS MOINES, Aug. 81, 1893.—F. M. Ta,ylor, Esq. —Dear Sir: I have concluded to commute ihe four-years' sentence of Hawkes to 15 months, he having served in full his six- years' sentence and sufficient on his four- years' sentence, so he will be discharged if •sentence is commuted as above on or about the eighth of September. I am compelled to place this action on the ground that he has been sufficiently punished, which seems to me true. Very truly yours, HOUACE BOIES. How they figure at the penitentiary is not known, but inasmuch as Hawkes was not sentenced to Fort Madison until October, 1888, he has only been there (iye years, while the governor credits him with having served seven years and three months. That there is a difference of opinion as to his being suffi- cently punished is shown by the following dispatch from Bancroft sent to Des Moines last week: " Much indignation is expressed here today by the report that Gov. Boies has pardoned Alden S. Hawkes, the notorious confidence man, forger and insurance swindler, who was sent up from this county three years ago for 10 years. Hawkes is wanted in several states for crimes committed there. He has several wives and several aliases." HAWKES' CAREER. Alden Hawkes' history in Kossuth furnishes the most sensational criminal record in this part of Iowa. Prior to 1S34 he was agent for a loan company and was doing a prosperous business. At that time the Bancroft creamery was burned under suspicious circumstances, and the man who set it afire implicated Hawkes. He was arrested, but released on a $1,000 bond. Shortly after he made out a bogus mortgage signing John Reed's name as recorder, not even taking the precaution to change the handwriting or the ink. This aroused the suspicions of the man who was furnishing the money and he wrote to Mr. Reed. The upshot was that Hawkes was arrested charged with forgery. He then requested to go to Mr. Buker's to arrange for bail, and his attorney, J. H. Hawkins, agreeing to return him, Sheriff Haggard let him go. Hawkins stopped to hunt ducks while Hawkes went to Buker's. when he looked for his man he was gone. It transpired later that he went to Minnesota, then east and then south as far as Cuba. Sheriff Haggard tracked him to Texas, and later to Nebraska. It was not, however, till August, 1886, that he was caught. Sheriff Stephens was in Montana on other business and met Hawkes on the street. He had no papers and Hawkes gave him the slip, but a little later he was caught in the Chicago postofflce, just as he was starting for Vancouver's island, having his ticket already bought. A month later he was left with the deputy sheriff, and instead of being put in the cell over night was left in the open jail. He pried open the window bars and in the morning was gone. This time he was away just two years. He first went to Minnesota where he persuaded a rather pleasant young woman to mnrry him. They went to Idaho, where he had a ranch. He wont to Nebraska on business and was caught there and brought back Sept. 20,1888. On the night of Oct. 8 it was discovered that he had cut the bars to the cage and was about again to decamp. Being foiled in this he suddenly refused to eat and became to all intents and purposes violently insane. He acted his part all through his trial, which came Oct. 24, but the jury adjudged him sound, and the verdict had such a healthful effect on him that he caino out the next morning clothed-4tt^ his right mind. He then pleaded ^ guilty to both charges of arson and frvg'ory, but read a. long article to the judge, setting forth extenuating' circumstances. Judge Thomas sentenced him to six years on one count and four years on the other, and Sheriff Stephens delivered him at Fort Madison, Oct. 29,1888. H's wife followed him and for some time worked in a hotel to be near him. After a year or two, however, she discovered how big a fraud he was and went to her home, staying in Algona several months on the way, Helps for Hard Times, Christinas presents for nothing—handsome and valuable ones, too. This sounds good these hard times, and the problem seems to have been solved by the Weekly Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minn. 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