THE Wt»KK BES MOINBB: ALGOKA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1898. tHlftTt-tfittUD tBAB. INOHAM & Terms to Subscribers. One<sopy, one year ii.|0 One copy, six months.. ......... 75 onecdpy ( three montes 40 Sent to tiny address at abate rates. Remit by draft, money order, or exnr ess order at our risk. Bates of advertising sent on application. Spain Yields. At the last moment Spain gives up the Philippines and puts Uncle Sam's $20,000,000 in the inside pocket. The surrender was not made graciously, as might have been expected of a people who talk so much of national politeness. Neither is It accepted graciously by France and other European powers, as might have been expected of countries possessing the least political discernment. It has been as plain as anything can be plain from the very beginning that the cession of the Philippines •was inevitable. Spain and France if they had a little Anglo-Saxon nerve would have met the issue with a brave face, even if they considered that they were being robbed. "The man who smiles steals something from the thief." Spain's skulking .and whining loses her the respect In peace that her poor shooting lost her in war. She sinks into insignificance without a regret on the part of the civilization of the world. A Significant Suggestion. Geo. E. Roberts, in his annual report as director of the mint, devotes considerable attention to a discussion of bimetallism. He attributes the failure of the Wolcott commission in part to an opinion in Europe that gold is being produced' in sufficient quantities to make the coinage of silver unnecessary. Mr. Roberts, however, points out the feasibility of an International agreement for the use of both gold and silver at an agreed ratio, and by inference at least suggests its desirability. In view of all the facts the following paragraph in his repdrt Is very significant: "A single nation, acting alone, is certain to lose the dearer metal entirely, and retain only the cheaper as its standard. Thus, in any country, under present conditions to open its mints to the unrestricted coinage of both gold and silver at 16 to 1, or any thereabout ratio, would be for it to lose •what gold it possessed, because that metal would surely go where it was rated higher. If, however, there was no country in the •world where it was legally rated higher, there would be no place to which it might go for monetary use. Allowing that ratio originally agreed to was approximately the market ratio, the valuation thus coinciding with the judgment of the commercial world, there seems every reason to believe that such an international agreement would accomplish its purpose." There is absolute indifference in this country at this time to bimetallism. The United States is now the big gold folding nation of the world and if the balance of trade continues in our favor as it has been the past year, it will be a question where Europe will get gold to settle her balances. In fact European papers are now discussing the matter With our present gold supply we do not have to have bimetallism, but much further addition to our gold supply will force Europe to consider bimetallism, and there are students of the situation who anticipate an appeal from Europe in the near future for aid in rehabilitating silver. The increase in the production of gold in the past three years has been very great. An even greater increase is anticipated in the future. It is possible that this increase will out run the increasing demands of business sufficiently to leave no room for silver except for subsidiary coinage. But this is a mere possibility. The probability is that the nearly five billions of silver now in use as money must be retained by the commercial world, and that sooner or later Europe .will be forced to ask that it be given some stable relation to gold. It Was All True. Al. Adams seems to think that THE UPPER DES MOINES was unreasonably aggressive in its denunciation of the southern whites: "It had an article on- 'The Southern Race War' last week that melted the lock off our postofflce box before wfa could get it open, which we had to do with a blacksmith's tongs, it was so hot. We ' also notice that the mail pouch it came in was burnt full of great large holes from the same cause." We hope that the following milder statement from the Charleston News and Courier which substantiates all that THE UPPER DES MOINES said will not prove so disastrous. The News and Courier is a South Carolina paper of great prominence: "In South Carolina there was absolutely no excuse for the lawlessness and bloodshed of the last few days at Phoenix, which lias brought Bhame and disgrace upon the •whole state, and exposed the weakness and ipllowness of our boasted civilization. We 3mye waited for the facts before making any comment upon the situation, and the •facts utterly condemn us as a people. They show not only that we are powerless to protect the weak and ignorant who are at our mercy but that we cannot control our own evil tendencies." W», E, Curtis, who }s careful about what he states, gives an interview with a prominent railway man of North Carolina, southern horn, in which the latter says that tb.e war there was been published in full. In the north it would not even attract a second notice. That in the south preachers and ex- congressmen should be aroused toft killing frenzy by it only sustains what THE UPPER DBS MOINES has said, that the average white civilization of the south Is very low grade. Whatever northerners may think of the southern darkey they need not quibble about the average southern white. He Is a lazy, lawless, proud, ignorant, flamboyant relic of a semi-barbarous epoch of American history. wholly that the dangers of 4 a rkey supremacy are ftponcootedbpgy man, and that the negro' killing was an The editorial j p tb,e negro haj CONGRESS meets next Monday for the short session. The president's message Is looked forward to with great Interest. It will deal mainly with the issues arising out of the war. Nothing Is expected In the way of legislation except the passage of appropriation bills. If an extra session is called the new congress will come to* gether in March. If not its meeting will be next December. It Is understood at Washington that President McKinley does not want an extra session. IP the currency reformers are honest In saying that all they want Is such changes in the law as will more securely maintain all our money at a parity with gold, and prevent the use of the greenbacks as an "endless chain," there is no occasion for an extra session of congress. Both these matters can easily be disposed of at the regular session. There is nothing In these changes, moreover, that would excite any alarm on the eve of a presidential election, because the first is in line with 20 years of republican policy, and the second has already been agreed to by universal public opinion. IT all comes, as the Register says, to what Senator Allison will endorse in the way of currency legislation. Occasionally republicans get impatient of his conservatism, but the hot headed come and go, while Senator Allison's power and influence not only remain but grow. Senator Allison will have more to say about what shall be done in Washington about money than any man In congress, fortunately so. He has grown up with the currency system of the country, knows its ins and outs, and the difficulties and dangers of radical changes. The country is safe so long as Senator Allison's voice is heeded. CONGRESSMAN SAM CLARK says the Iowa delegation at Washington is not appreciated at home, because our great men liye too near by. That is true. As no man is a hero to his own valet, so no man is great in his own neighborhood. Congressman Clark has done a good service by writing as he has an appreciative estimate of his colleagues. THE Cedar Rapids Republican uses the word " immediate" in the Iowa republican platform as though it meant an extra session of congress. That is an unreasonable interpretation. Immediate means only such promptness as is compatible with the regular and orderly course of business. If it meant what the Republican claims then the president should have called the last congress together again as soon as he heard from Dubuque. NEWS AND COMMENT. Senator Punk is right about the south, " to draw a political line against ignorance and lack of character .would take the ballot from more whites than blacks." Matt Parrott is not friendly to curfew bell ordinances: "If a curfew law cleared the streets of children nights we would be glad to give it credit for useful ness. But it does not. As soon as the novelty wears off it is a dead letter." Senator Funk says there is no way o! re-districting the state in accordance with the constitution. He wants the fellows who beat the amendment to suggest wha to do. The Cedar Rapids Republican says the panic of 1893 was brought on by fear on the part of the people that our money \voul( not be kept at a parity with gold. Let us keep history straight. The panic of 1898 was brought on by Grover Cleveland's raid on republican tariff and silver legislation Lack of revenue and private bond sales are what stopped business. The attitude of the gold democrats towards the present administration is wel stated by a correspondent of the Dubuque Times: The truth is—and it would be good thing for the republican party if they recognized the fact—that tens of thousands of democrats, and I may say all democrats because I do not recognize the Chicago platform as democratic, voted the republi can ticket, and when we have settled money question right you will find the tar iff will be an active political factor, and that also will be settled and not on the Me Kinley or pingley plan ••^••• IN THIS Armstrong Pilot: Algona bad a foo ball game yesterday. That o}ty is al up to date IP everything, Liver-more Gazette; Miss Bessie es was down from Algopa over Thanksgiving and took in the hall a the opera house. It is reported that Nate. SJtuder, our former Aoun.ty supervisor, fcaf gone back to the democrats. Nate is, quotet assaying: "Uoderdemocrat!? rule : plenty of. njeft (0 RHfk my ft d,yug #n tbf market. Now how is it? Men all busy; can't get a man at any price. Corn rotting in the field. Too much prosperity." We don't believe this report, f he ever said it It was as a joke. Port Dodge Messenger: Miss Goddard of Algona is a guest at the Roper home In this city. Miss Goddard has visited here before and has many Fort Jodge friends who are always pleased to welcome her. The jury at Humboldt brought in a verdict of not guilty fo£ Mike Wagner, who was charged with stabbing a com* mnion south of LuVerne some months ipo In a spree. The outcome was a surprise. Etnmetsburg Reporter: The new boom town of Buffalo township, Kos- mth county, will be known as Tltonka. The name Is a pretty one, and is taken rom the Sioux Indian language and Ignlfles buffalo. A fool sent a letter to a girl working at Britt stating that her mother was dead. She became hysterical and arrived at her home In Clear Lake In a serious condition, to learn that the letter was a hoax. The reaction brought on serious illness. Senator Funk suggests that possibly the editor of THE UPPER DES MOINES will now appreciate the sentiment of a proud father who remarked that he would not take a million dollars for the children he had, and wouldn't give a nickle for another." Iowa Falls Sentinel: Miss Ella Gralam, the well-known lady editor <of forest City, will establish a newspaper ind It Is needless to add that she will Keep the Interests of Tltonka right at he front and give the new town a Dright, newsy paper. Etnmetsburg Democrat: The Emmetsburg foot ball team went to Algona Saturday and did up Harvey Ingham's crack team to the tune of 14 to 0. Spencer and Algona fellows ought to practice together at Hobart before arranging for a return game. Humboldt Independent: Will Salisbury of Algona, an expert sign writer, has been in town the past week. Harvey Frlezner has been assisting him in some country work. The boys were comrades together in Company F, 62d [own, and assisted In the siege of ^hickamauga, Ga. At the end of the Spencer-Emmetsburg foot ball game Bender of the former place and an Emmetsburger bad a little altercation on the side. The Tribune in reporting it made some severe remarks about Bender, and now It intimates that it has been requested to retract by Ingham & Russell, attorneys. It refuses to retract. pur old presiding elder, G. W. Pratt, said recently in a sermon at Storm Lake: It is evident that our duty to the people of the Philippines makes it necessary that we should possess these islands, and it is probable that we shall have an important part in the regeneration of the great ampire of China, which makes our presence in the far east a necessity. Chet Dyke, whose fame is wide, is working a new fake. He gives a free entertainment in country school houses, and at the end offers a gold ring to be voted to the best looking girl, at one cent a vote. In one district he got the Norwegians and Yankees pitted against each other and it cost the Norwegian girl's friends $35. Chet had a good night. POLITIOAL NOTES. The State Register says that if Senator Funk's last two years' of service had come earlier he would today be governor of Iowa. The Bancroft Register tells about Judge Helsel! on the bench in Algona, and adds: One good old democrat, who was interested in the case tried before him last week and had an opportunity to "size him up," said afterwards he was surprised to find him such a brigh and able appearing gentleman, and was sorry he hadn't voted for him. Sioux City Journal: The Algona UPPER DES MOINES, one of the brightest of the republican newspapers o northern Iowa, has been misunderstood in some quarters with reference to the question of a gold standard. Thus the Cedar Rapids Republican has suggested that THE UPPER DES MOINES is afraid of the word "gold," but THE UPPER DES MOINES does not indicate that i is to any alarming extent. Des Moines Capital: It is no longei a secret that Congressman Curtlss is a candidate for governor. The matter was discussed in a quiet way during th campaign, and many of the leading re publicans of the state were made aware of the fact that Mr. Curtiss was pre paring to enter the field for the gover norship. It was not then made known nor is there any definite information a the time, whether the Second distric congressman will stand aside until Gov ernor Shaw has had a second term, o contest the field with the present in cumbent -next year. J. D. Bacon, a cousin of Mrs. S. X Way of Wesley, was elected to the leg islature in North Dakota, the younges member of that body. He has been a resident of Grand Forks, N, D., for the past 15 years. At the age of 22 he wa elected a member of the school boarc and the following spring was elected alderman of his ward. He also repre sented the city of Grand Forks in th convention of cities of North Dakota for the purpose of formulating a cod' of uniform city laws, in which he took an active and satisfactory part. H was appointed by the state legislatur in 1897 as one of the commissioners o the state penitentiary board, which ap pointment was tendered him withpu his knowledge or consent. Having filled all of the above positions, from his election and appointment up to th present time, so satisfactorily to his constituency, he was forced into ac cepting the nomination for representa tlve, although unsolicited by himself ellow townsman, was. Chief Justice Coleridge of England knew It. The various attorneys general of the United States of all parties knew it. The late Senator Bayard knew It and wrote it n the Forum. Indeed Attorney Gener- Garland, a democrat and a very great awyer, said that Miller was a greater nan and a greater judge than Marshal, ["here are people in Dubuque to whom t will always be a. surprise that Senator Stephen B. Elklns says that Wlliam B. Allison Is the greatest of Amer- can legislators and that Senator Geo. Hoar of Massachusetts said this summer: " Mr. Allison is the most potential man in the United States senate." I talked to an old citizen of Carthage, III., and a very Intelligent man who had sat In the evenings In rontof the old tavern there when Abraham Lincoln used to attend court ihere and he and a dozea lawyers would swap talk. Nothing would convince my friend that Mr. Lincoln was one whit greater man than at least a dozen old timers that used to gather at ,hat old tavern. And I talked to an old citizen of Galena who told me very confidently there were at least a hundred greater men there than Grant, in what I am saying about my col- eagues I am not disparaging the ca- mclty of the untried men; I am simply saying what Is the fact as to the tried men. I am not passing judgment upon the unknown one hundred greater 3rants In Galena, lam simply writing itstory of the one known Grant. Consult the congressional directory and ,he manual of the house of representa- ilves. There are 61 committees and ihlrteen of them under the new rules Drivlleged to report. There are 11 [owa members and 357 members of the louse. Everyone of the 11 Iowa mem- aors is upon one or other of the few jreat committees privileged to report, [owa has been given nine chairmanships of the parliament any equivalent for its 11 members going of course as Is right by usage to Its older members. One can go about the house where the members of either party are congregated together and everywhere can hear it said: "Iowa has the chief place, the greatest delegation In congress.'' Near Home, HonS. M, Clark }n Keokuk Gate City: It is fixed apparently in the thought of a great part of mankind tha nothing near by and. familiar to them is great hut only that which is far off That the other side of the river mus be the best side, There are people and even lawyers in Keokuk that do n,ot know and, will not credit how great _ £ 1 ii_ it- — 1 _ A _ f<_ .. . \ TH ^JTIII ifls^kl RET, SUCKOW'S ADDRESS, OUBBENOY BEFOEM. Senator Allison: Amendments should be made to existing laws as respects money and the currency. I do not fa vor an extra session of congress for this question alone. Should an extra session be imperative this subject should be considered with others. I am not in favor of retiring and canceling the greenbacks by issuing interest-bearing bonds for that purpose, which is the only way that I know of whereby they can be actually retired and cancelled at this time, relieving the United States from all responsibility of redemption. Geo. D. Perkins, editor Sioux City Journal: I think the next congress should enact some reform measure on the currency question. As I yiew the case now I should doubt the expediency of calling an extraordinary session for this purpose. If the greenbacks are not retired, at least a safeguard shoulc be provided so that they will not be a menace to the treasury in time of cur rency disturbance or when an extra' ordinary demand for gold may tempt the banks to work the endless chain. Lafe Young, editor Des Moines Capi tal: I am in favor of gradual changes in our currency system tending to make the gold standard more secure, but an opposed to anything radical or rapic which might disturb business. Woulc not at present advise the retirement o the greenbacks. The government can maintain the gold standard more se curely than the same could be done by the banks. In a time of panic the re sources of the government are strong while those of the banks would be weak. The time, however, to improve the currency is when times are good as such work could not be intelligentlj done under the excitement and distres of hard times. Would not favor an ex tra session of congress for the purpos of currency reform. Am radically in favor of the gold standard and all legis lation should be in that direction. R. P. Glarkson, editor State Regis ter: First, The next congress shoulc enact the gold standard principle into the laws of the nation, but it is not nee essary to have an extra session to ac complish that object. The regula session will be ample time, now tha elections have jnade certain that nc free silver or other dishonest mone; bills can be enacted into law for a least nine years from the 4th of nex March. 2. I am opposed to an extra session It is not necessary and would only be a further interference with the labo and business of the people as a conse quence of the long-continued discus sions the free silver and free-winded senators would force upon that body The people are tired of agitation, an they should be given an opportunity t( make the most oi the unequalled pros pects for labor and business in th United States during the closing yea of the century. 3. I am not in favor of retiring the greenbacks at present. They are sav ing the United States some $10,000,00 per year in interest, and our nationa gold reserve is sufficient to maintain the gold value of all the greenbacks w have and all the silver coin and bullion now owned by the national government and the gold reserve will so continu if there is no legislation against the labor and business of the people of the nation. Bailey's Opinion. Bailey tells about the Amsterdam township vote on the " Slippery Elm' and says that owing to the fellows "wh had been hoodwinked by Algona' chicanery and the twenty-three lunl heads who don't know enough to maki an X in a square, the tax failed to carry 66 to 58 vote, 23 ballots being cas out. 1 ' Bailey's opinion of the fellow who couldn't mark their ballots is no flattering: The man who don't know enough to property vote one of thosi ballots ought to be planted up to hi waigt on some gopher knoll ancl hay to feed himself on bean soup eaten front a jug with a gum weed until he could repeat the Declaration of Independent backwards. Jt compasses human un deretanding that a man in this age o newspapers and schools ?a,n't learn tc properly put an X on ah Australian ballot- 'HEME! "THE GOOD OLD TIMES." Thanksgiving Sermon Delivered on Thursday fcast—A Very Complete Synopsis. Rev. W. 3. Suckow took for the theme if his Thanksgiving sermon, "The Good Old Times." His text was Eccl. vn; 10: "Say not thou what is he cause that the former days were better than these, for thou doest not nquire wisely concerning this." Fol- owing is a fairly complete synopsis of lie remarks: Although the author of the text pronounces this an Unwise question, there are always many people who go about asking it. Some do so for a physiological reason, ?hey have passed the meridian of life. The buoyancy, the zest, the keen rel- sh of youthful days have departed, hey cannot look hopefully Into the uture, as they once did. Life's attrac- Jons and enjoyments are mainly in he past. They turn their eyes backward and wonder why the former days were better than these. This is not ,rue of all old people. Some bear only ,he outward marks of age. Their locks may be silvered, their faces furrowed, >ut their spirits are youthful and blithe as in the olden days. They never ask his question. Some ask It for a psychological reason. "Distance lends enchantment, to ,he view." The experiences of the .mst, as we look back upon them, no longer seem like the stern, barren ^ealities of the present. They lie shimmering in the misty light of bygone years, which envelope and trans- igure them like the golden haze of an [ndian summer. We remember best ind longest the sweet rather than the Ditter things of life. Thus by a trick o ihe memory we are sometimes betrayed nto asking why the former days were aetter than these. People sometimes ask the question 'or a political reason. They have til confidence in their party and none whatever in any other. The supremacy of thoir party means prosperity; thede 'eat of their party means calamity Their political creed requires them to believe this. So they look back to the days when their party was in power as to a little patch of sunlight "amid th< encircling gloom." Only they do no wonder why the former days were bet ter than these. They know why. There is also a constitutional reason Some people are naturally pessimistic They have no confidence in the rising generation. The young men and worn en of today—especially the young worn en—are not what they used to be; anc what is to become of the world when the model generation to which the; themselves belong has gone the way o all flesh, and the giddy and inexper ienced products of these degenerati times take things in hand, is mon than they can tell. They can onlj sigh and wonder why the former day were better than these. Others are naturally discontented Things are never as they should be but they have a faint recollection tha they were not always as positively ba< as they are now. No matter in wha abundance the snowy manna of presen blessings may fall around them, the; have an ineradicable hankering fo the fleshpots ot the past, no matte how tough and indigestible the con tents of said pots may have been at th time. AnQ if the fatted calf were se before them smoking hot, they wouli still interrupt the feast by regaling th guests with accounts of how much bet ter they used to feel in the good ok days when they lived on husks. Then there is a theological reaso why people ask this question. As thej understand it, God made the world an pronounced it good. But the devi tampered with it, and since then thing have been in confusion. The Lord ha tried to remedy the trouble, but H could never do much with it. If H can save a few out of the final wrec that is the utmost we can hope foi The world is going from bad to worse It cannot hang together much longei The final smashup is close at hand With such a view of things it is no surprising to hear people talk aboutth former days as having been better tha: these. But the author of our 'text says th question is not wise. It would be if th former days were really better tha these; but if they were not then th question is indeed foolish, because it i based upon a false assumption. Now it ought not to be difficult tosho that the former days were by no mean better than these. The present day are superior in opportunity. Mor great fortunes are made today tha formerly—not always honestly, bu neither were our forefathers immacu late in this particular. Most of th great fortunes of the past were secure by some species of violence—the plun der of war, oppressive taxation, if no actual highway robbery. Most grea fortunes today are accumulated b peaceful and legitimate means. Si Henry Bessemer amassed $5,000,000 But he did it by discovering a proces of making steel, which in 40 years savei the world at least one thousand inillio dollars. The present days are superior in th distribution of wealth and home com forts. Who owned the wealth of th Roman empire? Caesar and his nobles while three-fourths of the people wer abject slaves. Who owned the wealtl of feudal Europe? The kings and thei barons, while the common people wer miserable serfs. Today the distribu tion of wealth, although by no mean ideal, is far superior to that of pas times. Or compare the modern stand ard of living among the laboring olasse with that of former times. Who woul exchange the average home of th laborer today for that of his father even a hundred years ago? The present days are superior i morality. In the past slavery was de fende,d as a divine institution; war wa regarded as the noblest employment o man; political prisoners languished it underground dungeons, slowly dying o starvation or Devoured piecemeal bj vermin, while in the upper rooms c these same castles Christian lords wh styled themselves " Defenders of th ••atth," and Christian ladies who tn-6 ented beautiful pictures of devotion" ould live and enjoy themselves with*, ut a thought of compassion for thft lorror of suffering so neat them, i* he past evils now hunted from otm ildlng place to another were not omv derated but deemed respectable: B0 hat a man could spend the night in runken debauch and in the mornlntr esume his place as a gentleman in oclety and a plllaf In the church, and r ohn Adams could write his wife from 'hlladelphla: "Whiskey is eve!?where taking the place of rum. and for all I cah see it Is just as good." Shall we sit like bats in the sunlight jf today and babble about the "good old times," when religion was largely a compound of blind superstition and empty ceremonialism? When the church devoted herself mainly to the )urning of witches add heretics at home and sneered at the thought of carrying the gospel to the heathen abroad? When pastors were Installed amid the passing of the bottle, and the annual drink bill was reckoned among the legitimate parish expenses of the church? When offenders were tied to whipping posts, ears were cut off, eyes burned out, and'the hapless victim of popular fury exposed to insult and brutality almost incredible to modern minds? When the inferiority of woman was an accepted social axiom and every man had the right in law to beat his wife like a dog or imprison her like a ;htef? When every jail was a lurid lell of iniquity, and the heads of criminals were set up to rot in the market places? Oh, the good old tlmesl They were jood enough In their way, as good per- baps as the world was then capable of. They possess even now a flavor of originality and a glamor of romance that clothe them with a certain interest. But by far the best thing about them Is that they are gone forever. t Let us be thankful to live when it is our privilege to stand upon the summit of this nineteenth century of Christian civilization and look through the open ing portals of the twentieth century, under the inspiration of a hope and a promise such as the world has not hitherto known. Let us be thankful that we live in Algona, a city of quiet homes and peaceful firesides, of noble churches and commodious school houses, of intelligence and prosperity, where public improvement is the order of the day and railroads meet from all points of the compass. Let us be'thankful that we live in Iowa—broad and breezy Iowa—the land of fertile fields, of laughing harvests,, of bursting bins, where every revolution of the seasons means the emptying of the horn of plenty, and where our material wealth is after all but an index of nobler riches; for the scope of her broad acres, the magnificence of her expansive landscapes, the sweep of her billowy prairies are emblematical of the wide interests, the broad sympathies and the great heart of her people. Strong as the guardian of liberty, valiant as the champion of right, liberal as the patron of culture, abreast with the foremost in the march of progress, Iowa stands today among the sisterhood of states, crowned with the beauty of the smile of God. Let us be thankful that we live ID the United States of America— the land where education lights her torch- in every home and religion builds her altar fires in every hamlet—the land of opportunity, where men have again and again come forth from the lowly door of a prairie dug-out or forest cabin to walk among the immortals—the land of freedom, where government is upheld by ballots instead of bullets, and liberty has laid the foundations of her throne in the hearts of the people—the land that, foremost in the arts of peace,, can yet at a moment's notice summon her sons to battle and send them forth to deeds of heroism that amaze the world, while her daughters follow them like ministering angels to heal the wounds that war has smitten. Let us be thankful that even during the past year God has honored us by calling us to fight another of the world's battles for humanity and civilization; that our aons marched to victory even as their fathers did before them; that through their service and sacrifice another yoke of human bondage has been broken; and that the flag we love has been planted in the uttermost parts of the earth, not that we may boast of the hollow glories of a false imperialism, but that in time other lands may share in the blessings of our institutions and distant tribes learn to spell out the message of the American republic to the world—that all men are endowed by their Creator with the inalienable rights of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Let us be thankful that we live in an age when the world is learning to discriminate between the husk and the kernel of religion; when the jangling voices of sectarian bickerings are being hushed into silence by the broader, sweeter spirit of Christ; when the cruel, selfish individualism of former days is giving way to a nobler charity, and men are learning that each is his brother's keeper; when Christianity is ceasing to be a personal, selfish scramble for some future heaven, and is swinging back to Christ's own conception —that of a loving, united effort to heal the sick, to feed the hungry, to comfort the broken hearted, to give liberty to the captives, and thus bring the light and joy and music of God's heaven above into human lives below; when the consciousness of human brotherhood is extending in every direction, so that it bids fair to overlap the artificial boundaries of race and clime and bind the whole world with golden chains to the feet of God; an age in short when the bells from the steeples of Christian churches are really beginning to " Ring in the valient man and free, The larger heart, the kindlier hand, Ring out the darkness of the land, Ring in the Christ that is to be." A Handsome Jewelry Display. E. G. Bowyer has just returned frotn Chicago and will begin this week to open up his holiday goods. He has bought the biggest and best stock be has ever had, and it will pay everyr body to see his handsome display. Mr. Bowyer has made a specialty of quality in his business career In Algona, ana goods bought of him can be relied on. which is everything in his line. la the meantime the cost of'fine goods,baa gone down steadily, so that he is able to offer cheaper prices than ever before for standard articles.
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