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THE tJPlPJSB BIS MOIISflSi ALGONA* IOWA, WEBKE8DAY, OCTOBER 5, 1898. THIRtt-THIRD f BAR. BY INOHAM A WARREN. TftJ-mS to Subscribers. One copy, one year 81.50 One copy, six months 75 One copy* three tnonths 40 Sent to any address at above rates. Retnlt by draft, money order, or express order at onf risk. Bates of advertising sent on application. The "Bltie Sky" Defenses. THE UPPER DES MOINES had not intended to pay any more attention to the Courier's foolish tirades on Judge Quarton. It only mentions the matter now to call special attention to Lawyer Bradford's letter, which is published in another column. This letter shows into how absurd a position a paper in the end places its friends by making unjust and malicious attacks on its opponents. Now that it appears that Mr. Sullivan was the original " blue sky" lawyer the Courier will have a splendid opportunity to masticate and swallow most everything it has said editorially since Judge Quarton was renominated. The Courier's tirade has been absurd from the beginning because there has been no real foundation for it in the facts. Judge Quarton took part in three "blue sky" defenses, only one of them a contested case, and that not properly "bluesky" but a flat charge of forgery against Bowman. In this he was assisted by Judge Nagle of Clarion, one of the ablest lawyers in this part of the state, and so convinced was Nagle of Bowman's innocence that he himself put up the costs in order to appeal to the supreme court, where his judgment was vindicated and Bowman released. One of Judge Quarton's other cases was his appearance for J. L. Sutton at Rock Rapids on a preliminary examination where Sutton made no defense and the judge took no part, and where on the evidence of the prosecutian unrefuted the grand jury afterwards failed to indict. The third case was an appearance for Harry Dodge at Mankato in a preliminary hearing where a defense was made, and Harry was not even held to the grand jury. It is out of these three cases that the Courier has been building its whole "blue sky"bugaboo. But what the Courier has said about "blue sky" is not so foolish as what it has said and quoted from others about the general relations of lawyers to society. It publishes a lengthy editorial the past week from the Laurens Sun, in which a lawyer defending a criminal is compared with a newspaper defending a criminal. The man who in this age of the world does not see the absurdity of such a comparison is certainly not fit to edit a paper. The lawyei is bound by oath to defend any man accused of any crime. It is part of our system of administering justice. There is not a lawyer in Iowa, however high his standing, who has not defended in dozens of cases, with which any self respecting newspaper would have no sympathy and in which men have been sent to the penitentiary with the hearty good will of the public, Has the Courier or the Laurens Sun criticised C. E. Cohoon for defending the old man charged with criminally assaulting a 14-year old girl north of Whittemore, after she had positively identified him? No one will for an instant construe Mr. Bradford's reference to Mr. Sullivan's acting as attorney in some of the fence cases as any reflection upon him. He has been put in a ridiculous position by the Courier's unwise and absurd talk about these cases, but will lose nothing in public esteem on that account. The Courier is simply shown up in a piece of very cheap demagogy, that is all. The War Investigation. President McKinley's committee to investigate into the conduct of the war IB at work, Its membership is as follows: Gen. Grenville M. Dodge, commander of the Loyal Legion of New York, president. Richard Wightman, editorial writer on the Washington (D. C.) Post, secretary. Maj. Stephen C. Mills, of the regular army, recorder. Maj.-Gen. Alexander McD. McCook, U. S. A., retired. Brig. Gen. John M. Wilson, chief of en gineers, U. S. A. Chas. Denby, ex-minister to China. . Gen. Jas. A. Beaver, ex-governor of Pennsylvania. Urban A. Woodbury of Burlington, Vt., ex-governor of Vermont. Capt. Evan P. Howell of Atlanta, Ga. Col, Jas. A. Sexton of Illinois, commander-in-chief of the G. A. R. Dr. P. S. Conner of Cincinnati. In giving the commission its final instructions the president said in part: " I can not impress upon you too strongly my wish that your investigation snail be so thorough and complete that your report, when made, will fix the responsibility for any failure or fault by reason of neglect, incompetency, or maladministration upon the officers and bureaus responsible there- ior^-if it be found that the evils complained of bave existed. The people of the country are entitled to know whether or not the citizens who so promptly responded to the call of duty have been neglected or misused or maltreated by the government to which they BO willingly gave tbeir services." If there bave been wrongs committed, the wrongdoers must not escape conviction and punishment." No ope pretends to doubt that the in* vestigation will be as thorough as it can b# made, and everybody praise? the president fop h}a straightforward «oures, There wj,U be whitewashing He was 22 years old when he took part In the battle of Shilon, and here is one entry: " Grand display of bad generalship. Grant should be shot for incbinpetenoy and the great sacrifice of life in this battle." Mr. Clarkson says he came afterwards to know Grant as the ablest general of our armies and to see his own error about the battle of Shiloh. Theo. Roosevelt Is the right man for New York. Everybody will feel more kindly disposed toward Thomas C. Platt since he joined the Roosevelt boom. The Cedar Rapids Republican pub lished a big 32-page paper Sunday in honor of the carnival. The Republican is already at the front among western dailies, and its Sunday issue was strictly metropolitan. " Mike" Healey of Port Dodge, the silver tongued orntor of the northern Iowa democracy, has quit. He resigns his position as chairman of the state committee and practically withdraws from the party. Mr. Healey was a member of tho committee on resolutions at the Marshalltown convention and was voted down on tho question of expansion. Then he made a fight in the convention, and was not accorded a re spectful hearing. He is wholly at outs with the party, and says that so long as it con tinues to bo a party of opposition it will be defeated year in and year out "and will richly deserve its fate." Mr. Healy writes a lengthy letter. K. Faltinson, who is one of the brightest editors in Iowa, has quit the Armstrong Journal, and his partner J. A. Reag an takes the paper. Mr. Reagan is a republican and Mr. Faltinson a democrat. Both got weary of independent journalism. The Journal is a model paper, and Mr. Reagan is fully qualified to keep it such. Senator Funk says the work the state board of control is doing vindicates all tho claims ever made by Its friends. It looks that way. IN THIS NEIGEBOKHOOD. Dr. Haskett raised 15 bushels of plums this season at Corvvith. Frank Barslou, now a Methodist preacher at Klemme, is said to be an expert amateur geologist. E. A. Morling, one of Iowa's strong lawyers, is republican candidate foi county attorney in Palo Alto. J. H. Johnson of Estherville has sued the Burlington railway company foi $15,000. He lost a foot at Spirit Lake a year ago, Miss McKittrick down at Humboldt was cleaning house with gosoline anc set a cup of it on the stove. She was fatally burned. Emmetsburg Reporter: Mrs. Dr Pomerine of Algona spent a few days in this city the middle of the week, the guest of Mrs. J. P. Powers. The city scales, since put in opera tion in Estherville six weeks ago, have paid all expenses of operating same and pa>i $11.70 into the treasury. C. M. Best, a Germania member o Company F, was in Forest City las 1 week. The Summit says he will join the troops at San Francisco and go to Manila. Alfred Heckart's daughter in Sen eca is insane. She had measles in the spring and was left weak physicallj and mentally. She has gone a weel without sleep, but at last reports was getting better. Livermore Gazette: There is a new 10-pound boy at the home of Mr. anc Mrs. C. A. Raney of Hobart, Kossutl county. E. E. Clark and wife spen last Sunday at the Raney homemaking the acquaintance of their new grand son. Spencer News: Hon. S. Mayne o Bancroft, Iowa, was in Spencer Tues day, and in company with Hon. W. W Cornwall called at this office. Mr Mayne represented his district in the lower house of the twenty-sixth genera assembly. Alice Mann writes a letter from Cal ifornia to the Ames Intelligencer. She is at her uncle's goat ranch and re ports: My uncle owns about 5,000 goats. Owing to the excessive drouth which has disturbed all southern Cal ifornia this year, nearly all of the goats have been sent up north, where they can get food and water. POLITIOAL NOTES. Dolliver will deliver one of his polit ical speeches in Armstrong early in October. Allison and Dolliver will open the Tenth district campaign at Emmets burg Saturday, Senator "Billy" Mason of Illinois will be one of the speakers at the open ing republican rally in the Tenth, Horace Boies has declined the in vita 1 tion of the democratic state centra! committee to take the stump in this fall's campaign. The Webster City Freeman favors cutting state conventions down one third in size. It thinks cutting down half would be too much. Odebolt Chronicle: Judge Thomas isn't worrying over his prospects. Mr Garretson was successful for a time in booming worthless securities, but as political boomer be is a rank failure. Al. Adams notes the decease of the Arena and says: A steady diet of free silver will eventually kill anything The Arena was eyen rank.er than Bry an's own paper, which recently gave up the ghost. Gov, Shaw declined to call an extra session of the legislature to pass an act allowing the soldier boys away from home to vote. His reason was that the boys had not requested it, and that it would be a needless expense to the state. Penison Review: Mr. A. Norelius, the populist 'candidate for congress in the Tenth, was In Deniaon today. Mr. Norelius states that be has wot ae ye] decided how active a canvass be make, but tb&t be does nof like the el sjome of Ifee fuslon m. Mr. Norelius is a thorough populist and believes neither in democracy nor "n republicanism. Senator Mark Hanna said recently: [ do not know what the instructions jiven to our peace commissioners are, Dut so far as concerns the negotiations which will be instituted In Paris tomorrow, I can see no other result than that Spain will have to relinquish her sovereignty over not only the Luzon island but the entire Philippine archipelago. Gov. Shaw will make two political speeches in Minnesota during the first week in October. The governor will speak at Mankato on the sixth, and at Wortbington the following day. On the eighth he will open the campaign proper in the Eleventh district by addressing the voters at Le Mars. On Wednesday, the 13th, he is booked for West Liberty. "Ed. Anderson of Ruthven was visiting his sister, Mrs. G. G. Brown, last week," says the Manson Journal. " Ed. was a clerk in Al. Reed's drug store when Hon. J. P. Dolliver was practicing law in Manson and keeping the boys awake with his good-natured ratlory. The Reed store was a great loafing place at that time for the boys around town and it was frequently J, P.'s headquarters. That was 20 years ago. It is not likely that either one of the boys dreamed at that time of being a candidate for congress—one a drug clerk and the other a briefless lawyer. It shows that there is nothing impossible for a young man if ho has tho ability to make himself heard." Chairman Hancock has announced the names of some of the principal state speakers he has secured for the coming campaign. They are Senators Allison and Gear, Retiring Congressman Updo- gralf, Perkins, Hager nnd Curtis, Gov. Shaw, A. B. Cummins, Secretary Dobson, ex-Gov. Jackson, Speaker Funk, James Harlan, Sidney A. Foster, Lnfo Young, Senator J. H. Trewin of Alla- nmkee, James E. Blythe of Mnson City, John N. Baldwin of Council Bluffs, C. E. Plckett and Senator C. W. Mullan of Waterloo, J. G. Berry hill of Des Moinos, J. - G. Hutchinson and Calvin Manning of Ottumwa. Other names will be added to this list later, though it will be seen that it is a very fine list as it is. NEWS NOTES. The report that Al. Ringling is in the pen is said to be a fake. The Carroll county board of supervisors appropriated $100 to defray the expenses of said board to the Omaha exposition. Some Esthorville citizens are agitating the extension of the Minneapolis & St. Louis railroad south from New Ulm, Minn., to Estherville. The Omaha exposition had money enough a we_ek ago to pay all expenses and a good dividend on the capital invested. It is going to be a big money maker. The total number of persons of school age in Webster City at present is 1,246, of which 592 are males and 654 females. This indicates a population of something over 5,000. Lafe Young has all the lecture engagements he can spare time for, telling of his trip with Shalf ter's army. He is planning now to go south when our troops enter Havana, and go in with them. The Kendall Young library at Webster City is growing rapidly in popuhu favor. During the few weeks it has been thrown open to the people ovei 3,000 volumes have been read, and the number is increasing weekly. Seven years ago a Hitchock county farmer, whose modesty forbids the publication of his name, hung his vest on the barnyard fence, and a calf chewed up a pocket in the garment in which was contained a standard gold watch. Last week the animal, a staid old milch cow, was butchered for beef and the time-piece was found'in such a position between the lungs of the cow that the process of respiration, the closing in and filling the lungs, kept the stem- winder wound up, and the watch had lost but four minutes and two and a half ticks in the seven years. It is one of the most remarkable oases which we have ever heard of. IS SELF-EXPLANATOEY. , W. E. Bradford Writes a Letter Exposes the Slush Published by the Courier. The following letter, written by one of the best-known attorneys in this part of the state, is self-explanatory. It exposes completely the nonsense and slush the Courier has been publishing from week to week about "blue sky' attorneys, THE UPPER DES MOINES has known Mr. Bradford for 22 years, or since its editor and he were class mates at Iowa City, and it can vouch for everything he says. Mr, Bradford's letter is as follows: BHITT, Oct. 8.—Editor UPPEH DES MOINES —Dear Sir: On Sept. 16 my attention was called, at the depot in this town, to an article in the Algona Courier claiming that Judge Quarton was the attorney of the " blue sky" people, who operated extensively through northern Iowa during 1891 to 1893. The copy of the paper was shown to me and it was argued by the person circulating the same that Judge Quarton should not be re-elected because he had been the attorney of the "bluesky" people, and that Mr, J. W. Sullivan, his opponent, should be elected because he had always refused to be the attorney of these "blue sky" or " patent fence" people, I then stated to this person that in my judgment this attack on Judge Quarton was entirely unwarranted ; that I had not known of Judge Quarton being an attorney of these people, but I had known of several Algona attorneys, including Mr. Sullivan, who represented them, but that so far as I knew no attorney connected with the matter had been guilty of any unprofessional conduct in defending them. I was asked what I knew in reference to Mr. Sullivan's connection with the matter, and replied: That about the year 18.931 settled up a case with Mr. Sullivan in which the latter represented the " blue sky" end of the deal, I stated then, and state pow, thfttin my opinion JVJr. Sullivan did nothing at all unprofessional in connection with this case and nothing but wbat any attorney baying a high regard for his professional standing ana honor, might do. The case I referred to was a claim of F. B. Glidden of Erin township. Hancock county, Iowa, vs. Mr. Orin IngalBbee of JSossutb coupty, Iowa, wherein MP« > logalahee, through his agent, as it wag claimed, had sold Mr. GH4ae» the Pfttew right pi five }jj tbU pppty to aelT » certain to j n ihe spring of 1892 and presented this claim. Mr. Ingalsbee told me that he should have :o consult his attorney in Algona. We met ater in Algona and tat. J. W. Sullivan appeared to represent Mr. Ingalsbee. Mr. Sullivan and myself talked the matter over and we finally agreed on the basis of a set- ;lement. Mr. Ingalsbee had told me that le was then doing his business with Mr. Sullivan and that any arrangements I made With him would be carried out. Mr. Sul- ,ivan having agreed with me on the amount, told me that it would be paid at my office in Britt, Iowa, by a certain date named. I took his word for a settlement and on July 29, 1892, Mr. Sullivan came to Britt and paid the money over according to his agreement and settled the matter. I learned enough while in Algona to know that Mr. Ingalsbee was, in a measure, the father of the "blue sky fence patent" industry in this section of the country. I did not have then, and do not have now, any reflection to make upon Mr. Sullivan's professional standing or integrity because of his connection with this matter. I consider him an honorable attorney. I think it is only fair to say that I have known Judge Quarton for 18 years and have, as an attorney, fought him in the courts and have also been associated with him in cases, and I have also practiced before him as judge, and I consider him in all respects an honorable attorney and an upright judge. Since this matter came up here at the depot during our fair, I liave been requested to make a statement of the facts, and here you have them. Respectfully, W. E. BUADFORD. A DAY AT POET SNELLING. Sunday, Sept. 20, I received an invitation to dine with Company G, 3rd U. S. Infantry at Fort Snelling, and gladly accepted the courtesy extended to me—took my wheel and rode out to see the boys in blue who had seen service at Santiago. I spent over an hour in their barracks, which here are as clean and comfortable as a home, if one can bring himself to enjoy the life of a soldier. I for one cannot understand how any young man with an aim in life can content himself with tho dreary, monotonous life of a soldier in the regular army. His whole program is eat, sleep, drill and work for days, weeks and years. Ill Company G after they returned from the south nearly all were sick. At roll call only two men responded for duty. I saw and conversed with several who were in the thickest of the fight at Santiago. They laughed and joked, and spoke of killing and fighting us nonchalantly as we would speak of a game of ball or a foot race. Then, again I saw several boys who laid in their cots all day long, not saying a word to anyone; their skin was a saffron color; they were poor and weak; theii systems filled with malaria and fever. The hospital tents are filled with the sick and you will meet-convalescents barely able to walk, some leaning on the shoulder of a comrade, but one thing I noticed was that there was very little fault finding being done. The soldier is not the man who kicks so much as the newspapers—and politicians who do so for a pull. Politics has been too large a factor in the handling and movements of the brave boys in blue, and I hope the blame wil be put will be put where it belongs by the investigating committee. Listenl There is the call to mess— not one who does not know that cal and obey at once unless he is so sic! that he cannot eat. We enter the dining hall. In front of each man is a plate, large bowl, a knife and a fork Then the bill of faro. First, boiled potatoes; then your bowl is filled with coffee; someone 10 or 15 feet away throws you a slice or two of bread; the butter is passed along from one to anoth er; someone says, " we'll have to go anc get our pork," and away they all go to stand in line, I among the rest. My turn comes at last and I am rewardec by receiving a large piece of hot I-OHS pork and some gravy. Back they al go to the table, where a large dish o peach sauce has been placed. Every one helps himself. Coffee comes again —I suppose to wash down the pork etc., which seems to lodge in one's throat—and dinner is over. The boys say such fare is like Delmonico's com' pared to what they had in camp, After dinner I was shown the accou trements of some of the brave boys whose liyes went out upon the field o" battle. There were the Krag-Jorgensen rifles, rusted and blackened; the shot 1 bayonet and scabbard, some in gooc condition and others almost unrecog nizable. Canteens are discolored, and many are filled with bullet holes There are the tin cups, knives anc" forks, spoons, pans, etc., but those who have used them fill soldiers' graves, I turned away sadly, wondering if war is the only way of preserving peace. As I turn to go back to the city I see a tall spare man with white hair and bearc coming slowly down the walk from one of the officers' houses, and I inquire who he is. That, says a soldier boy, is Col. Page, now Brig.-Gen. Page, He has been very sick, and even now can only walk when supported by someone There is one thing the regular in' fantny do complain of, and that the volunteer gets all the praise, all the pity and all the good things, but the regular, who is in the soldier business gets nothing but kicks and cuffs, anc $13 per month. HARVEY SLAGLE. A TOUGH BREAKS AWAY. Captured on the Fair Grounds, Pickpocket Pulls a Revolver anc Gets Loose, Thursday afternoon at the fait grounds four suspicious looking char acters broke over the fence at different points and evaded the police by getting mixed in the crowd. The boys hac them marked, however, and soon picked them out. One had already picked a lady's pocket, or was suspected of it and resisted. Sheriff Christensen struck him twice with a billy and then loaded him into Wm. Kubn's delivery and put him in charge of Frank Pest and Geo, Ohnstedt to bring to the jail. The moment •" Pete" had gone the pickpocket drew a revolver, jumped froin the wagon, and began backing away. The marshals had no weapons, but Still followed him until he got into the Kennedy porn field east of the grounds. A posse was soon organized and alt|ynHor him begun, Put'be' got away. ' ' '' THE Mason City Brick and Tile Co. makes the best drain tile and hollow buljdjng tile io tbe world and lowest prices. P. O, B. any station, THE JOYS OF EARLY DAYS. AND SOME OF THE BOEBOW8, TOO. Mrs. A. Ii. Seeley'e Splendid Paper Bead Before the Old Settlers' Association. Mrs. A. L. Seeley read an interesting paper at the old settlers' meeting on some early-day entertainments. Mrs. Seeley was one of the editors of the Algona Bee in pioneer times and one of besb known of the pioneer young ladies. Her description of how they enjoyed themselves in 1857 is worthy of a permanent place in our county history. She said: I think I will have to begin with the first night I spent In Algona the 22nd of February, 1857. My father, O. Benschoter, had been out in the fall and bought a claim and came back to Ohio, but thought he must return to build and get ready for'the rest to come early in the spring, so he let me come to keep house for him. We came from Dakota or Humboldt that day and arrived in Algona about sunset and found the people very busy preparing to celebrate Washington's birthday at Bachelor's hall with a grand ball. They all crowded around father and seemed as glad to see him as they would some dear friend, and all joined in urging me to go. I went and had no reason to regret it, as all seemed to try to make me feel at home. There were all the hull would accommodate comfortably. Nearly all the settlers in the county, I think, that enjoyed dancing were out. Mr. Watson and wife, Judge Call and wife and her two sisters, the Misses Heckart, Mr. Stacy, Mrs. Haokraan, Miss Milien, now Mrs. S. S. Rial, are a few that I think of that were there. They were busy dancing when we got to the hall, and the first thing I saw was Mr. Watson and Mr. J. E, Stacy sitting behind a young man that was on dancing fanning his feet with their hats. He was so interested in his partner that he didn't seem to notice anything wrong. It was very cold, about 20 below, and I did not see the object, but learned later on that it was Mr. Cummins, the stage driver, and that he had secured three girls, the three Fleming sisters from Lotts Creek, and they rather worried about the effect it would have on him, as girls were rather scarce. All seemed to enjoy themselves, and about 12 o'clock they brought out a nice supper. I don't recollect whether the boys of Bachelor hall cooked th_e supper or not. I think Mr. Lewis Smith could tell. I believe there were sixteen baching at the hall. That was the first entertainment and there were one or two more dances on a small scale, and then came the Spiril Lake Indian excitement that drove all thoughts of any entertainment ot any kind away until the 4th of July, when everyone turned out and we had a gooc old-fashioned celebration, with good speeches, toasts, singing, the reading of the Declaration of Independence, anc the anvil and fire-crackers for fireworks, ending with a dance at the town hall. Later on in the fall I think Miss Hattie Taylor, now Mrs. Stacy, came and I don't know whether she or someone else suggested organizing a reading circle. Everyone joined, and it furnished us all something to do to keep it going, and we were sure of having a pleasant evening whenever we met We had good reading, debates, and a paper, the Bee, edited by two of the members, each taking a turn and aV contributing to make it interesting anc amusing. The young men had a secret society they called the Council Fire. It had secret meetings for several weeks and everybody's curiosity was up to the highest pitch to know what they were doing. When they announced an exhibition at the town hall the hall was well filled and the entertainment was fine. They had declamations, dialogues tableaux, " an Egyptian mummy 20( years old, music on the melodion playec by Miss Taylor. By the way I don't know how_ we could haye gotten alon£ without Miss Taylor, Mrs. Watson and Mrs. Blanchard. They were always ready and willing to take the lead. Then we had singing school with Father Taylor for our teacher once a week, and occasionally when we could find an evening to spare had a genuine spelling school; not just the schoo children alone, but all the men anc women, old and young, and it was no easy matter to get them spelled down and only one trial on a word. Then we had a fine time coasting down the hill west of town. The young men took a yoke of cattle and an old style, long low sled to the top of the hill and un hitched, and all that could get on would ride down on that and those tha had hand sleds would follow. They would hitch on and haul it back to the top until driver and cattle got tired o: the fun. Then all went home to rest, and we did rest; our appetites were as good for resting after such excursions as they were for eating those days and all that were there at that time can testify to what we used to call an Iowa appetite. One afternoon someone that had been out to Mr. Joseph Thompson's, now the Lund farm, said Mr, Thompson was about sick. They thought he had the blues, was tired of baching, and was going back to the eastern part of the state where his wife was spending the win ter with her mother. Someone else says, "Just a$ sure as he goes he won'i come back; lets'" get up a party and go out and cheer him up. Well, when will we go? We had best go soon Well, lets go around and see." So a party of 12 or 15 ladies and gentlemen, provided with lunches, went put thai evening. Mr, Stacy and a young German were baching with him. • They thought at first it was a crowd of boys. After visiting a while Mrs. Blanohard told Mr. Stacy it was customary to have supper, Stacy said if such a party as that wished supper they ought to send word before hand; if they didn't he didn't consider himself responsible. While they were arguing the boys had brought in the lunch and were looking in to see what was in the baskets. Stacy thought we ought to have a temporary father and mother appointed to take charge of the supper ana see that us children kept our flngereout, so ,hey voted for Mr. Stacy for father and Vlrs. Blanchard for mother, and one took the pudding or mush stick and the other a large iron spoon and we were all glad to keep out of their teach. Mrs. Blanchard had a couple of the girls help s.et the table, and then all were told they could sit up to the table and have supper if we would behave ourselves. Mr. Thompson laughed till he said he was sore and couldn't eat anything for fear he would choke. They wouldn't let any of the "children" have but one piece of cake or pie and some of us not that, as they were afraid of it making us sick, and we minded what they said or the old spoon or mush stick flourished fearfully near our heads. I think it completely cured Mr. Thompson, as we didn't hear of his going back any more, although he looked uncommonly happy when his wife came back. Later, in January, 1858,1 think, there was a large load went out to spend the evening with Mr. and Mrs. Ingham in their log cabin on what is now Mr. Bice's farm. The roads were fine; no snow, and the prairie fires were burning. Mrs. Ingham had only been here a short time, December I think. All enjoyed the ride and had a pleasant evening. So with a dance whenever they could procure any music, and our sleigh rides with four or six yoke of oxen for a team, not a very swift team of course but it gave us plenty of time to talk and if one-got lost off he never got left. Then in summer we went boat riding and fishing. I almost forgot to mention what a grand time wo had one day when Mr. Ambrose Call invited all in town to go over the river to his sugar camp and eat maple syrup and sugar. We got so busy that we forgot to notice the weather, and when we got back to the river the wind was blowing and the whitecaps were rolling and it looked very doubtful about our crossing, as the river was_out on the bottom. To make it more disagreeable it began to snow r but after they boated the bravest ones aver the others took.courage and we all got home safely, a little wet but all happy to think we had no accident. _ Well I think I have tried your patience long enough, and will close by saying that the committee all say they can't get any^ of the old settlers out to tell any of their old-time experiences, so I have tried to tell of som'e of the ways we found to ehjoy ourselves the best I could with the small amount of time I have, for I have all my own work to attend to and I am not accustomed to writing or speaking in public so I hope you will excuse all errors, and hope others will try to help to make pur old settlers' meetings as interesting as possible, for the old, old settlers will soon all pass away and I hope we may all be able to be kindly remembered hereafter. PHIL. HANNA AT POBTO EIOO. Mrs. Ilniinn Writes Entertainingly of Social Life on Our New Island. The Livermore Gazette publishes a letter written by Mrs. Phil. C. Hanna. It is interesting throughout. One paragraph is as follows: We have had the opportunity of meeting several of our late heroes recently. Admiral Schley T Capt. Wainright of the Gloucester, formerly commanding officer of the Maine, and Capt. Chidwick, also of the Maine. On the last Sunday evening before leaving St. Thomas, I had the pleasure of hearing Chaplain Chidwick preach. He is a very able ma'n and is dearly loved by the whole navy, and especially by his ship, the Cincinnati. It has been our privilege lately to entertain in our own home Gens. Brooke and Gordon, Admiral Schley, and a good many other notables of more or less distinction. Today I had a very pleasant call from Mrs. and Miss Eulate, wife and daughter of the Spanish commander, Capt. Eulate of the Viscaya, that was destroyed at Santiago. Admiral Schley, who sunk the Viscaya, called a short time afterwards. Capt. Eulate is now a prisoner in the United States and is an old-time friend of Mr. Hanna. At the same time that Mrs. and Miss Eulate called, Capt. Ward of the gun-boat Wasp, also called. At Santiago the Wasp sunk the Jorge Juan, the Spanish warship that Capt. Eulate commanded for so many years, and was commanding at the time he rendered Mr. Hanna such valuable service in Venezuela in 1892. Our people all express themselves pleased with our new territory, Porto Rico. This beautiful island is about to enter upon a new era and enjoy what it has long hoped for—American freedom. HAPPILY MASBIED. M. A. Wlnltel of Algona. Is Married to an Independence 1/ady. The marriage of M. A. Winkel, J. B. Winkel's oldest son, to the daughter of Scott Shultz of Independence occurred last Thursday at the bride's home, It was a double wedding the bride's sister also marrying a young business man of Oelwein. Mr. and Mrs. Winkel came at once to the fine home he has fitted up at Webster City, where he is cashier of the Northwestern railway, and where they are pleasantly located. The Indedendence Bulletin says Mrs. Winkel is "alady of the best society and a teacher of high repute," and give's much space to the wedding. Everybody in Algona knows "Mike" to be one of the best and most reliable young business men ever sent out from our town, and everybody will wish him great joy in his n,ew home life. Notice to School Patrons, To the patrons of the public schools: Your attention is called to the fact that there has been a great deal of absence from school and considerable tardiness. Such absence not only interferes with the progress of the one who is away, but it retards the work of the whole class. You are earnestly requested to allow your children to be absent from school only in case of extreme necessity. By planning to have the pupils at school by a quarter of 9 instead of exactly 9 o'clock, much tardiness will be prevented. Your co-operation in this and all school matters will be appreciated by the teachers, and yours" cordially, N. SPENCER. IT makes no difference to us whether you have been treated), by doctors or other remedies, If you still suffer, Rocky Mountain Tea will make you . Ask your druggist.