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TEE XJPPEJB DES MOlN'ESs ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, JANUABY 8, 1804, f wenty-fetghth Vear. A WARftEM. Terms to Subscribers: one y«« Oneeopy,si* moaths , ...................... OnS copy, three ifioiiths ................... 40 86fit to any address at, above rates. Remit by draft, money order, express order, oftxtstftt note at our risk. ea of ftdvwftflltig sent on application. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 1804 BEGAN AS YOUNG MEN. The Cedaf Hapids Republican makes an unfortunate reference for Gov. Gear's cause, whfafh ->lt champions, when, in speaking of the influence of old men in the senate, itsays: " On thoTepiiblican side the names whWh will always'beimentioned when tho lenders are called lor.are the names of Sherman, Hoar, Allison, and that grand old man, Justin S. Merrill: 11 Taking these leaders in the order named 1 we "find that Sherman was 38 years of agO'Wheh elected to the senate in 1861; Hoar was 61 years of ago when chosen in 1877; Allison was 44 years of age when chosen in 1873, and Morrill was 67 years of age when chosen in 1867. Of these four acknowledged lenders of the senate the shortest term record is that of'Hoar, who has been in 16 years. And of these four their rank in influence is, as it happens, in direct ratio to the age at which they began, Sherman leading and Allison second. The gradual rise of these men to their present positions is proof that time is an essential element in a senatorial career, and contradicts flatly the whole theory of those who talk about an old man securing immediate recognition. Gov. Gear, if chosen, will be 70 yearS'Of age when he begins his service, sixvyears older than Senator Allison will ;bo after nearly twenty-two years of service. His term in the sen- Ate will beimerely a graceful compliment to him and nothing more. The only reason that any pretense is made that it will be of any value to the state is because Washington is so far removed that the real situation is not appreciated. WEAKER, GIVEN'S MULCT BILL. The author and promoter of the mulct tax idea as an amendment to the existing liquor law, is Welker Given of the Marshalltown Times-Republican. So long:as the mulct has been allowed to remain among glittering generalities he has made it popular and fairly acceptable. But the mulct received a blow when'the Daily Capital tried to get it incorporated into tho form of law, amd Sam. Clark gave it another when tie offered a bill, and Mr. Given himself has shown how impracticable it is by now endorsing a bill prepared toy Mr. Carney, a Marshalltown lawyer. This bill shows that the mulct is only another aame for a very objectionable local option law. This last bill provides : that $500 at least shall be assessed by the board of supervisors against the property where illegal saloons are kept, to be collected by .the county treasurer and auditor as .other taxes are. The existence of such illegal saloons is to be reported toy the assessor of the city, town, or township. The county board may make the yearly tax higher. Payment of the tax gives no immunity from prosecution to tho liquor seller. These are the main outlines of what Mr. Given thinks would bo an acceptable law. The objections to it are innumerable. Among those of minor importance are the injustice of allowing a man to pay $500 yearly tax for conducting a business for which ho is liable to be prosecuted at any minute; the certainty that no supervisors, treasurers, auditors, or assessors would be elected in saloon counties to enforce the law; the permission given tosaloons to operate outside of the municipal corporations, etc, But the real objection to this bill is that it would make the saloon question the controlling one in the election of every official from the township trustees up. The spring election in every town- ehip, town, and city, would turn on the enforcement of the present law. Every candidate would be nominated and voted for with special reference to his views on the saloon. In tho fall elections every county official would be nominated and voted for in the same way. J"or the question of whether these illegal saloons should be allowed in violation of the present law would be decided eyery time an official charged with enforcing the law is to be chosen, and we should have at least two local Option ejections every year in every township in the state. There has not option.at all, let it be of some honest, out-and-out kind. It will not produce half the trouble such a law as this Given law would, and under it people could have some self respect in -voting MORE NORMAL SCHOOLS. Tho notion of the state teachers' meeting at Des Moines last week makes it entirely possible that the extension of the state normal school system will come up again at this session. The committee appointed reported that a visit to the state normal at Cedar Falls revealed classes overcrowded, having double the number of studertts for whom the best work could be done, laboratories indifferently furnished, instructors overworked, students enthusiastic in their work and clamoring for added advantages. The teachers adopted without dissent the following resolution: " With 2B.OOO teachers affecting in their work every household, wo find ourselves with facilities for teaching utterly inade qtmte to meet tho growing needs of this great commonwealth. While the more progressive educational states boast of from threo to fourteen state normal schools amply equipped for every need. Iowa, the peer of any of her sister states in intelligence, making proud boast of her educational advantages, has only one, supplemented by a chair of pedagogy in tho state university." The effect of these constant declarations on the part of the teachers will be felt, and sooner or later some now normal schools will be established. Algona should be alive to the situation and bo ready when the time comes. GOV. MITCHELL O1T JTLO1UDA. Iowa people will watch with interest the contest between Gov. Mitchell of Florida and the city authorities of Jacksonville over the Mitchell-Corbctt prize fight. Ten days ago the Jacksonville club applied for a state charter. Gov. Mitchell refused it and announced that ho would prevent the fight at all hazards. He has issued a proclamation to all the sheriils of the state pledging the aid of tho entire civil and military force. The issue is not there as it has been in Iowa, whether the governor has authority to enforce the state law. That is conceded without question. Tho athletic club's only claim is that the law does not include such a contest as they propose to give. On Monday Mitchell and Corbott wore arrested by their friends and a habeas corpus will be asked. If granted it will indicate that they are planning no violation of the law. If not granted the athletic club say they will not attempt to hold tho fight. But even if the local court should decide that the fight can be hold Gov. Mitchell is said to bo determined to stop it, unless the supreme court says it is legal. In any event Gov. Mitchell has shown the spirit which befits a governor, and his action is a suggestive commentary on some of tho theories afloat in this state. Iowa, because of hla modest and unassum ing disposition, qualities ao necessary i journalism. He has his own views as t the way campaigns ought to be conducte and some of his ideals are dally and hourl being shattered, the Capital fears tha his heretofore sweet and sunny disposition that has so often been manifest in brigh Sunday editorials, is In danger of bein converted into a dreary waste—a northeas Nebraska waste of sandburs and buflal grass, a consummation devoutly to be hope against, Hlzer will return to his north west homo in about throe weeks, olthe 'with'or'without,'but we shall all lov him just the same." Lafe Young says: Senator Funk < Dickinson will be one of the veteran legl lators and his counsel will be timely an good. John P. Irish, Iowa's old-time demo cratie orator, has at last received an offlc in California. He is naval officer -at Sa Francisco and, it is said, will get a goo salary. Gov. Jackson should announce, s that it will bo understood, that any law o tho statute books at the end of this leglsla tivo session will be enforced in Iowa if ther is militia enough to do it, or change h: name. No man has a right to call himse Jackson and not enforce respeot for th statutes entrusted to his charge. Cyrenus Colo's sketch of Fathe Clarkson's life in the Midland Monthly ha been much complimented. It is a polishe piece of literary work, but not a surprise t thoso who knew whq tho Register's horse back rider was last summer. A benefit is being arranged in De Moiiics for John Mahin, whoso homo wa dynamited in Muscatino last summer. State Register: The Kolfe Roveill says that tho Tenth district is training man for the senatorial honors some time i tho future, and that man is J. P. Dollivci There is nothing the matter with the man nor the training. Miss Jessie Boies died on New Year's day of heart failure, resulting from grip. She was of retiring nature and always in delicate health. But those who know her mot a lady of rare refinement and culture. Gov. Boies is prostrated by the blow. The sympathy of the state goes out to him in his hour of sorrow. Fish Commissioner Griggs is out in a letter in the Register suggesting his own availability for tho - office lie holds. Mr. Griggs has boon a good official, but unless Iowa goes for civil service wform with a vengeance Mr. Griggs will not be re-appointed. _ An appeal court in Holland has recently decided an assault case where a young man kissed an unwilling young lady on tho street. Tho judges dismissed the case, declaring that " to kiss a person cannot bo an offense, as it is in the nature of a warm mark of sympathy." THE MONTH'S MAGAZINES. The January Century opens with th second paper on the old Dutch masters b Mr. Cole tho engraver, the subject thi month being Franz Hals, of whoso wor Mr. Colo has engraved three examples Tho Archers of St. Andrew," " The .loll Man," and tho celebrated "Jester," th last being printed as the frontispiece. Mi Cole's notes interestingly supplement th work of his graver. This number contain a paper in the group of musical articles o the great composers of tho past written b well-known composers and musicians of th present. This month tho contributor Edvard Grieg and tho subject Robert Schu maun, of whom there is n beautiful portrai from a water-color made in his youth. i t St Nicholas always has two numbers tha are really Christmas numbers. The issue for January begins with a Christmas pict ure and then transports us in a single in stant to India, where, under tho guidanc of Rudyard, the magician, we see how a lit tie " man cub" is adopted by a kindly fam ly of wolves. Then as he grows up wo se him combating the groat " Shore Khan," fierce and malevolent tiger. Mr. Kipling forces the reader to boliovo in his stories* You may liko them or dislike them, butyoi aro bound to fool that the events ho do scribes are happening before your oye: " Mowgli's Brothers," as this tale is called is as good in its way as tho old legend o Romulus and Remus. -++Tho January number of Romance con tains two Now Year stories, prepared cs pecially for this issue; an historical tale o the discovery of quinine, by Madame d Genlis; a thrilling story of the French rev olution by Anatolo Franco; an exclling soi story by Wm. Laird Clowes, and tho usua complement of animal, adventure, love anc ghost stories. This magazine is always strong in humor, and the present issue con tains no less that throe distinctly humorous tales. Among tho contributoi-s, beside? thoso already mentioned, are Eva Wilde McGlasson, Jas. Payn, Alphonso Daudot Chtis. Lover, Wm. Perry Brown, and Gu, do Maupassant. been a local option law proposed that put voting on the saloon question pftener than once in three or five years and Sam. Clarl? says once in ten is enough. But this mulct will bring it Into every election we have, maintaining a perpetual broil and that, too, not pn (be question of licensing saloons, but pn the question whether the laws of the of Iowa shall be obeyed and re- The fact is the mulct is an absurd fie- : , anyway. It was introduced in The Monticollo Express gives Warden Madden of tho Anamosa penitentiary a vary severe raking over this week. It is in a position to know and if it reports correctly a change should bo made. Mr. Mad- oen is a Spencer man and it was thought when he was selected that he would bo a very successful warden. But there has been ono official investigation of his conduct and there should be another if tho Express can substantiate its charges. Tins UiTJiit DES MOINKS owes Port Burron of tho Pocahontas Record an apology. It connected Louie Lango with the Record and did not notice the mistake till too lato. • . The Fourth regiment gets a new company at Cherokee, It was mustered in last week and will be Company M. because of a provision Jn the eon- it}tu.tioa. But In Iowa, where the dif(o he overcome is merely statu- ttpry, there is no excuse for any subter- lct io local option in Jf we are to have local Burroll of the Washington Press wants the legislature to " rip up the fool statute that compels each one of a thousand communities in Iowa, after it has convicted a man, to shut him up and board it out, that is adding expense and insult to injury. Here is a galoot convicted of some caper. No money. Sentence him to jail. Board and lodge him. That's just wbat be wants —to be kept. Amend the law so that if be can't pay tbe fine be shall be kicked out of town. Every town ought to have a ' public kicker,' a stout man wltb a thundering hoof on him." ^ F. E. Conaway is likely to he state printer and a better man could not be selected. * E. P. Hizer of the Sioux City Journal is conducting Geo. D. Perkins' senatorial can vagg. Lafe Young saya of him: " Hizer is a genius, bailing originally from southern Iowa, in the vicinity of Denmark, where there is a rural academy. He is unpretentious—a sort of intellectual, singed cat- but gets there just tbe same. HP is personally Dot well known outside of northwest IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. Jas. S. Taylor and wife spontChristmas at homo in Livermoro. L, S. Coffin of Fort Dodge is out as a candidate for United States senator. Corwith Crescent: I, M. Finnoll anc wife of Algona spent Sunday with Mrs Finnell's parents here. Eighty poultry pickers went on n strike at Webster City last week They staid out only half a day. It is intimated over at Emmetsburg that Judge Carr is planning to go to Des Moines when he leaves the bench Postmaster Utter of Emmetsburg also goes out Jan. S. No indication as to his successor is made at headquarters. Armstrong Journal: Bert Robinson, who is attending the normal school al Algona, is at home this week on a vacation. Sheldon Mail: Mayor Stinson and his brother John enjoyed a holiday visit from their father of Bancroft, Kossuth county. Spencer News: Mr. and Mrs, James Taylor of Algona met a goodly number of old Spencer friends at the home of Mr, and Mrs, J. Q. Adams for Christmas dinner. The Estherville Republican says: Miss Celia Reed of Algona arrived in the city last week and will make her home during tbe winter with her sister Mrs. L. S. Walker. Col. Tom Harrison was elected mayor of Topeka by a majority greater than the combined vote of his opponents. The ladies vote in Topeka and the genial colonel got three out of every four female votes. Boone Standard: Algona is having a postofflce contest. J. W. Hinchon, editor of the Courier, is competing with D. S. Ford, politician. Democrats do not stand by their papers, usually, and tbe politician is the man to bet on. Judge Rejniger informs the Intelli- gencer that a state fish hatchery will probably be located somewhere in northeastern Iowa during the coming year, and that Charles City will stand a good chance of securing it, if proper efforts are made. Sheldon Mail: Prof. Simpson, ac- compapi,ed by Dr. Oarfjeld of Alfona, his uncle, were very agreeable caller at this office Tuesday. The docto spent Christmas \vith Mr. and Mrs Simpson. He is an old resident of th state and of Algoua, having become ai lowan in 1865 and a citizen of Algon very soon afterwards. The Emmetsburg Reporter says it i rumored that the running colt, Ban croft, sold last summer by M. F. Coon an for $1,000, was recently knocked o: at auction for $80. This is the col bred from Kossuth and a very promis ing runner. It is reported that large numbers hogs are dying in Poweshiek countj from what is known as "black lice. The insects congregate about the hcnc and eventually get into the ear an from there .into the brain, causin death. This trouble is sometime" taken for cholera. Whittemore Champion: Austin Witham, living northeast of town, hai a dozen turkeys stolen one night las week. His dog and those of two of hi neighbors had been poisoned just previ ously Thos. Henderson, of Al gona, was over yesterday finishing hi job of moving the Chrischilles stor< building. A good many people do not under stand that fishing is prohibited in IOWE between Nov. 1 and May 1 of the nex year following. Fish cannot be taken from any stream or lake in any manner whatever, either with hook or line, b. spear or other device. The penalty i a fine, one-half of which goes to the in formant. Webster City Freeman: Cards an put announcing the marriage of Mis: Nettie Cook and tho Rev. Mr. Hotch kiss of Whittemore at the residence Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Cook in this city The Freeman extends congratulations and unites with the hosts of friends o Miss Nettie and her family in this vi cinlty in expressing the hope that th future lives of this worthy pair may be forever filled with tho sunshine o prosperity and happiness. The Corwith Crescent tells this sac story: About two years ago, when c train load of emigrants were expecte here from Illinois, Corwith people me them at the depot with a brass bane and furnished all with a free dinner For the past two or three months some of these people have apparently for gotten how they were received, atu been slipping away without even say ing good-bye, or leaving their future addresses. Some of our business men have be_en grieved at this lack of ap preciation, and when a party desires tc make a change, the arrangement of a few preliminaries will enable them ti speed tho parting as they welcomed thi coming guest. Bancroft Register: Ledyard seem to have a penchant for wrecks. On Wednesday afternoon as the south bound passenger started to head in on tho sidetrack to allow the way freight No. 33, which was on the main line a tho depot, to pull out and give it th track, a rail turned just as the engin got onto the side track and let it down onto the ties. They were going very slow and stopped before going m yards. An engine came down from Elmore and with what apparatus th two trains had, the crows finally man nged to got tho derailed engine—C., St P., M. & O., No. (il—back on the track No great dam ago was done to the loco motive', but she was sent back to El more and tlie special engine that carm down to help out was put on in ho place. PEBSONAL MOVEMENTS. J. F. Gil more's sister and husbanc went to Minneapolis yesterday. Mrs. S. A. Thompson's mother wen to Minnesota yesterday for a visit. Mrs. Prof. Skiff spent the holiday with her mother, Mrs. Kinzey Carlon T. G. McDermott came home from Oolwein, whore he is teaching, for the holidays. Misses Clara and Anna Wallace vis itod their sister, Mrs. Rev. Bagnell over the holidays. J. W. Jarvis, ono of the old-timers up at Esthorvillo, and now at Blue Eartl: City, was in town yesterday. Miss Lillian Dorward, who teaches in the Sheldon high school, spent the hoi idays at homo at Rev. Dorward's. Miss Ella Thompson, who is at Grin nell attending college, was one of the homo visitors tho past week. Frank McCall was up last week from Nevada for a short visit. Ho is locatec and already doing well as a veterinarian. Mrs. Randall of Mason City and Mrs, Quinlan of Minneapolis came to spenc Christmas at tho Nicoulin home. The latter was here for a day. Miss Ada Smith is spending a two weeks' vacation at home from hei school work at Still water, Minn. She lias a very fine situation there. Earl Tonnant will spend the nexl Lhree months at Hot Springs, Ark, His stomach is troubling him a little igain, and as business is quiet ho will take a vacation, Miss Grace Adams returned to Chiago Monday evening, after a week's visit in town. She is teaching bible study in the missionary school in Chi- iago, and will remain at least the coming year. P. L. Slagle and Mrs. H. Hoxie returned from Fort Wayne, Ind., last evening. Their parents died within 86 lours of each other, and were buried -ogether. They were old settlers and ,he funeral was the largest ever held n that section. They had been married 62 years. The Wolf Hunt-$a,OOO Reward. We are now positive that it will come off at the given time, and the above re ward will not be given as a bounty for •he wolf scalps captured that day, but will be distributed in a judicious manner all over Kossuth county in the way >f chattel and personal security loans, ["he above money can be obtained by proving property and calling at the •eal estate, chattel, personal and town oan office of Skinner Bros., Algona, owa. Potatoes Wonted. I want a lot of potatoes at the new •rocery in the Cowles block. 40 JAS. PATTERSON. " SAUEB KRAUT" at Langdon & Hud'- WILLIAMS' RISE AND FALL The Remarkable Career of the Young but Enterprising Horseman of Independence, Iowa. How Allerton and Axtel Made Him Rich and Then He Lost It All—The Story of & Plunger. The New York Sun gives a very in terosting account of the rise, nnd fall o Iowa's big horseman, C. W. Williams It says: Williams has assigned his entire pos sessions, except his horses, to satisfy mortgage of $100,000 held by one of the local banks. Everything goes, kit track, breeding farm, hotel, opera house, street railway, newspaper, resi denco and all—property representing an outlay of more than $250,000. It is now a little more than five years since a green-looking young country man turned up at one of the small fair in Iowa with two two-year-old colts tha he had raised from a pair of cast-ol mares bought for $250 from H. L. Stou of Dubuque. The man was Williams and the colts were Axtel and Allerton After a hard, five-heat contest for purse of $100 Allerton won his maiden race at the Keokuk fair, trotting in 2:52, 2:50, and 3:10. Axtel created genuine sensation by distancing a flelc of three-year-olds and making u rocoA of 2:31i in his maiden race. Before the close of this campaign of 1888 he had attracted tho attention of all horse men by trotting his mile in 2:23, thet the best time on record for a two-year old bred outside the state of California Allerton's record stood at 2:40i when ho went into winter quarters. Wil liams, who was without either experi enco or reputation as a reinsman, usec Axtel unsparingly, and his radica' methods of training, which wereatva riance with all precedent, called forth nothing but ridicule from horsemen He bobbed up again the following sum mer, however, and silenced criticism by making Axtel tho sensation of the season. Early in July the colt trottec in 2:16i, beating the best record evei made by a three-year-old, and as he trained on some fabulous offers were made for him. Williams, however, de clined them all, and it was not until one night in August, when both Axtel anc Allerton barely missed being injurec or killed in a railroad accident, tha the young man concluded to part with his wonderful colt when another favor able opportunity should offer. It came on the evening of the September day that Axtel lowered the long standing, stallion record of Maxey Cobb, 2:13i, by trotting in 2:12 at Terro Haute. In the wild enthusiasm of the hour, a party o wealthy horsemen offered $105,000 for "the horse of the century," and within five minutes the champion three-year old had been sold for the highest price ever paid for any horse, up to tha time. Williams took his money and tht, colt he had left and went home to Inde pendence, the hero of the hour. His success gave him wonderful prestige and popularity, and half a dozen 01 more cities sought by tempting offers to attract him. He remained steadfastly loyal to the slow-going, out-of- the-way Iowa village, however, anc there invested his suddenly acquirec fortune. This was his first great mis take. He organized a new bank, in which he invested $25,000; started weekly paper devoted to trotting horse interests; bought a large tract of land, on which he equipped in elaborate style an extensive horse-breeding < tablishment, and constructed tho first kite-shaped race course in existence His inaugural trotting meeting, held in August, 1890, rivaled grand circuit events in importance and gave him now honors as a successful track manager. The next year saw tho stupendous boom in trotting horses at its height, and it marked tho turning point in Williams' career. At his August meeting tho purses contested for aggregated upward of $00,000—11 greater sum than had over been offered ;it any meeting in the history of harness racing. One of the events brought together the great mare Nancy Hanks and Williams' now famous Allorton, who had trained on with each succeeding season until his record stood at 2:121, and ho was regarded as a match for the best mare in training. This race served to attract nearly every prominent turfman in tho country to tho little prairie town. More than 20,300 persons witnessed the victory of the future queen of the turf in the fastest race then on record, and the meeting turned out a brilliant success from every point of view. Allerton improved rapidly after his August defeat by Nancy Hanks, mid when he had beaten tho rival stallion, Nelson, 2:10, in a §10,000 free purse race at Grand Rapids, he was again matched against Nancy for a race at Lexington. As the time approached for the contest /he astute trainer of the mare declined the combat, saying that his charge was indisposed. Many turfmen were of the opinion, however, that fear of defeat was the true reason for Doble's declination, and Allerton gained almost as much credit as if he had defeated the u reat mare. The young horse went on shipping points from his record until he reached 2:09i, at that time the fastest time ever made by a stallion or by a ive-year-old trotter. His unflinching jnmeness, his grand appearance in ac- ion and his good breeding made him the idol of turfman and the most valuable trotting horse in the world. Innumerable efforts were made to purchase him. The agents of Marcus )aly, the Montana copper king, offered ,125,000 for Allerton. Williams delib- irated for days and then declined to ell. This was his second costly error. The bewildering success of the Independence races of 1891 removed what- iver doubt Williams may have enter- .alned touching tbe feasibility of con- ucting a metropolitan race meeting at i way station in northern Iowa, and the lead-strong plunger projected for the text season a two-weeks' meeting with 100,000 offered in purses and stakes. «?o accommodate the crowds, which had jefore been chiefly dependent upon ide-tracked Pulman cars and private esidences about town, Williams want- d a hotel. In tbe erection of a struct- re which would bring credit upon a j ity of 100,000 inhabitants and in- con-' structing an electric street railway he accordingly expended $150,000 during the spring of 1892, giving an unrecorded blanket mortgage on all his property-horses excepted—to secure $100,000 of this amount. This proved to be his third and fatal blunder. Misfortunes came upon him thick and fast. Allerton, who bade fair to win an unprecedented sum on the turf, wrenched an ankle in his first race and had to be retired. The ambitious August meeting of 1892, while it produced a series of most brilliant harness races, was poorly attended and the vent* ure proved a financial failure. Then came the slump in trotting stock, which withered values until they were less than before the boom of 1887-88. Allerton's stud fee fell from $1,000 to $200, which meant a shrinkage of $30,000 or more in the stallion's earning capacity. Many of the stakes which Williams opened during the winter season, for his summer meeting of 1893 failed to fill and were declared off for lack of entries, and the out-look for the enter* prising Independence man became serious. His creditors took fright and to make themselves secure placed on record their $100,000 mortgage. This move created the impression that Williams wns In financial straits and would he unable to pay his purses at the ap- pronching August meeting, which ,operated to keep many horsemen away. The meeting was consequently an almost total failure, but Williams did not fail to discharge every obligation in cash, even at the height of the financial panic. To fchoso men who are best acquainted with the man and his affairs, this latest move of Williams' isnotaltogeth- or a surprise. He was highly incensed when the matter of his mortgage became known and injured his credit, claiming the holders had broken faith with him by placing it on record. It is said he then threatened to step down and out, leaving the mortgagees with a race track plant on their hands. The assignment is understood to have been purely voluntary. Williams was not forced into the action! On the contrary he might have had his own time to pay the one debt he owed. But the man simply decided to sacrifice everything and begin anew rather than try to carry the load of interest he had shouldered. THE NEWS FBOM WESLEY. WESLEY, Jan. 1. H. P. Hanson, the gentleman who was arrested for ill treating a little boy he had taken to raise, was found guilty by the jury as charged and was fined $25 and costs. The trustees have the boy yet in their charge. Mrs. Nels Peterson is visiting friends at Forest City this Week. Mrs. Thos. Gray and her son Homer spent new year's at Marion, S. D. visiting friends. C. E. Robinson came over from Ein- cnotsburg Saturday to eat dinner under the parental roof. Justice Robinson's court has been doing a rushing business lately. Fred Sehuver, who has been visiting friends in Lions county for some time, returned Saturday. There will be installation of officers of Success Lodge No, 134, I. O. O. F. Tuesday evening, Jan. 9. A full attendance of the members is requested as there will be special work to be done. John Longbottom commenced hauling lumber for his new barn, Monday. Dr. J. E. Hill went to St. Paul, Monday, on business. E. F. Bacon has been at Des Moines spending the holidays with his family. Rome Whitson, who was arrested last week for stealing a suit of clothes from F. Heath, was released as the witness in behalf of the state failed to appear. Our public schools will open up Monday. Wm. Laman has moved to Wesley and is located in Peter Bostrack's house in Call addition. He expects to engage in the real estate business. C. A. Fox expects to move to Harrison county about the 15 inst. Mr. Fox has bought a farm in Harrison and is well pleased with his bargain. We are sorry to see him leave but hope our loss will be his gain. AN EXAMPLE FflB ALGONA, A Compromise Snltl to Be on Foot at Jfort Docleo—Tliat and tho AlKona Appointment Coino Together. Ex-Gov. Carpenter's term as postmaster at Fort Dodge expires Jan. 8, tho same day Mr. Starr's does here. The Messenger intimates that a truce will bo patched up there: The report that a compromise would be made by local democrats in regard to the postoffice here has been gaining currency for the past few days on the streets. It is claimed that both Breen und Duncombe will withdraw their candidacy in favor of John Doud Jr, who is also a candidate for the office. A reporter called at the olflce of Mr. Butler, who is supporting the candidacy of Mr. Breen and asked him in regard to the rumor of a compromise. He stated that ho had not been apprised of any compromise, but that they would be very willing to make one. Mr. Ryan wns also seen and denied any knowledge of a compromise, but also expressed the opinion that they would be willing to form one. The other side of the fight, however, have shown no disposition to make a compromise, and >he fact that J. F. Duncombe is now n Washington would seem to indicate that there would be none made here. Fouton News. FENTON, Dec. 29:—Miss Mable Peck of Burt is visiting friends in this vicin- ty. Mr. J. M. Moore started for Tipton Thursday.- M. and Mrs. J. L, Tibbetts spent •Jew Years with their.sister, Mi's, Paul tfoore. Mr. Ed. O'Neill met with a mishap one day last week. He got his leg broken in his hay press. Dr. Cutler attends him. Ground Peed Is tlie Best. H. J. Resseguie, at bis shops on west State street, grinds'feed for 10 cents a ack, and has ground feed on hand for ale at 80 cents a hundred. It is the jest for stock of all kinds,—4H8 I HANDLE the best flour in town; it s had fair trial; F. C, Willson has eeajp|w*p4Ung it fpr some. time. Y James •£**• I A, I M M "i

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