The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 14, 1898 · Page 9
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 14, 1898
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THE UPPER M3S MOIKEB; ALGOKA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, 14, 1898* A Visit to a Hardware Store ' ' - them mak £ g P- urc , has ! s '° r 0 * ristm <^ This is a mistake. A modern, up-to-date hardware store contains scores 4r ke ldeal P*f ents -P rese *t* which have quality and durability, and their usefulness makes ^en you spend your money at our store you do not spend it for "jim-oracks" that are swept up store buth, », ne ? * da £. a ? er ohris * mas - We cottld fl H this whole paper describing what desirable presents you can find at oto store, but here are only a few which we are obliged to crowd into this small space. To see the rest make a visit to our store •MKWUIHKgBfliv Fine English Steel Carvers, two and three-piece sets, every set fully warranted, and prices so reasonable that you can afford to buy one as a joint present for yourself and wife. Made by the largest shear house in the United States. Every pair warranted. Did you ever hear a woman say that she did not think shears make nice Christmas presents? Try it this year. If he had a good razor Charley's face would be smooth when he calls Sunday evenings. We have some beauties in nice leather cases, fully warranted, American make. The old idea that a present of a knife cuts the friendship was buried with the witchcraft craze; people thought it did in those days when their pocket knives wouldn't cut anything but friendship. •Our Knives Cut and when one is presented to a friend you have a friend forever. We have knives for everybody, from FIVE CENTS to THREE DOLLARS. cream pitchers you can surely find something that will make Someone's Ibeatt (Blab. We take a great deal of pride in our nice nickle Plated Goods. We buy the best goods in this line made in the U. S., the celebrated "Rochester." They are heavy weight, finely plated, and need but to be compared with other goods to show their superiority. Among our tea kettles, tea pots, coffee pots, rice cookers, dippers, baking dishes, and For that Christmas dinner you will need a Food Chopper. Your turkey may be tender enough, but you may want to chop up some onions and dry bread for the dressing, some cabbage for cold slaw, or crackers for your escalloped oysters, or nuts or raisins for the cake. You will need it to chop your mince meat and apples for pies. It chops everything except wood. morning. SAO J&@"tt may seem strange that SAD IRONS should be suggested as a Christmas present, but get a set and xvatch your wife's face on Christmas You will call them " Glad Irons." ©ut Stranshs JSnameleb TOlare imported from Germany, can truthfully be said to be " the best in the world" If you have been troubled with "cheap stuff" get a piece and see the difference. Every piece warranted for five years. Solomon said: " Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom." If Solomon were alive today he would say: " Buy a The fact of the purchase shows the wisdom of the purchaser. No housewife ever regretted being obliged to use a Buck's Range, because it is perfect in operation. No husband ever regretted buying one, because the stove question is settled with him for years to come. Q UR^ stock is complete in every respect. We aim to purchase the best goods we can buy in the market.. "BUCK'S STOVES," "ROCHESTER" nickel plated goods " Electric" Knives, " Clauss" Shears, " Stransky" Enameled Ware prove this statement. We are here to satisfy our customers, and we will esteem it a favor if you will return anything-purchased at our store that is not as represented or that is unsatisfactory. A satisfied customer is our best advertisement. C * HHM&. ^BGHHH B\,/i - JXQL. A SMUGGLING YARN. NEW YEAR'S ADVENTURE ON THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER. With n Revenue Cntter In Mid-winter — The Search For a Cargo of < French Brandy—The Most Gallant Smuggler on tho Gulf. The Canadian revenue cutter Dominion slouched ominously up and down the south coast of Anticosti, poking an ice covered nose into every bay and cove along the coast as she went. It was New Year's day and bitterly cold in the gulf. Officers and men (there were not a dozen all told) cheerfully cursed the ' Cape Gaspe lighthouse keeper, who had ; sent a crazy dispatch up to Quebec with some nonsense about a smuggled cargo J' of French brandy. I ^ But the inland revenue department , at Ottawa knew a few hundred barrels of French brandy had lately found itsV ' ' way into the country, and it had '• its suspicions. So when the Gaspe in•formation came up to Quebec Captain ' Armstrong was sent down with a three pound gun to look into the matter. .' happened to be spending my Christmas .vacation with the captain, so ho told ' 'me to come along as there might be some excitement. But New Year's on ', the lower St. Lawrence, I found,, was ',pot a thing to be longed for, and we both called the inland revenue depart 1 ' meut some very bad names as we paced the Dominion's icy little deck. The cap "tain, nevertheless, was keeping bis Weather eye open for a black tug with a red funnel, known as the Rosalie L., [' ,.and supposed to be making up the gulf i l '''for Ste. Anne des Montes with 60 barrels ' f ijf French brandy on board. -, I never felt such raw, benumbing, "paralyzing cold. For three days our f '''search for smugglers had been fruitless. j' In fact, no kind of craft cared to pass either up or down the gulf in such 1 weather. * It was on the afternoon of New lf Year's day that a fishing smack ran up * alongside and reported that a black tug * with a red funnel had been seen com' , ing up the gulf. So we slipped away from Antioosti and went churning west-: 'ward for the south mainland. Revenue i'Loutters are not made for loafing, and |&the Dominion was making her 15 knots <f«jgn hour until a fog blew up the gulf Vvjuiol caused us to shut down to quarter '\fpeed. "' r We were shivering on deck in that "'- great white gulf fog late in the after- 1 VJttpon, when from the southwest we ^Jieard the sudden report of a signal gun. 4$&is. was followed by three short blasts \|l| a siren. The Dominion sped ahead •?-Under fwll steam, and we forgot the Two men stood in the bow and jued their eyes through the white t that hung over us like a blanket, 'en minutes later the lookout cried, ipen boat ahead!" Under our bows feet ahead a small boat tossed up down on the waves. oaj? WJ* ram. Before the wheelsman could swing her round and slop the engines we had swept past the tiny craft. The one man in the boat dropped his oars and lightly waved his hand to us as we lunged past and lost him in the fog. Ho certainly was not trying to escape. We lay to, and in a couple of minutes the boat pulled up alongside. The crew of one climbed nimbly on board. He was a little dark skinned Frenchman, with twinkling black eyes and a turned up nose. He doffed his heavy coouskin cap with great grace as he stepped on deck and bowed. ; "Ah, m'sieurs, it is the first of the good year. Permit me to wish you all, m'sienrs, the compliments of the sea- sou." Again the little man bowed, smiled and showed a row of good white teeth. Ho spoke English with astounding fluency for a habitant. Our captain returned his salutation. "What is your name, sir, and your ship?" he asked. "Ah, my name I Pardon me, m'sieurs. It is Pierre Baptiste Delorme of Sto, Anne de Montes. What do you call him — pilot, fisherman, trappeur, m'sieurs, and lumberman." Again the cheerful little man bowed. The captain started at the name and took a letter from his greatcoat pocket. He went up to the little Frenchman. "And smuggler, Pierre Baptiste Delorme," said the captain. The idea was absurd. The little fellow laughed uproariously, took a flask from his coonskin coat pocket, and gallantly passed it around. It was filled with fine French brandy. "Ah, no, m'sieurs," he said, taking a deep drink, "I have my wife and the little Pierre and Baptiste at home, and fishing is bettor than this." He pointed toward the three pound gun. Once more through the fog the signal gun sounded, followed by the whistle. "What ship is that?" asked the captain. "Oh, that is the Rosalie F., m'eieur, with codfish for Three Rivers." "Codfish!" said tho captain. "And what is the gun for?'' The little m°an shrugged his shoulders. "The fog is very thick, m'sieur." The captain went to the wheel. "Do you know these waters welj, M. Delorme?" "Know them!" A smile spread over the Frenchman's bearded lips. "Yes, m'sieur, from a boy." "Andrews, give this gentleman the wheel,"said the captain. "He shall take us to this Rosalie F. at once. I want to look over that codfish." The captain threw open his bearskin coat and showed his uniform. "On her majesty's service!" he added significantly. The little Frenchman again shrugged his shoulders, then laughed, "With pleasure, m'sieur t" lie stepped lightly into the pilothouse and spun round the wheel with airy nonchalance, f he pap. tain stood beside him watching. "Aren't you running her a few points off on the sooth?" he asked, studying the chart, The Frenchman laughed uneasily. "M'eieur, J was born on these waters," «J»jply, I was on the bow beside the lookout. Suddenly the wind came up and the fog lifted. There, 200 yards away, towered the great rooky shore of tho lower St. Lawrence. Our pilot was deliberately running us upon the rooks! The captain sprang forward and signaled "Reverse engines." Half a mile up the river lay a black tug with a red funnel, and a six oared boat was plying between her and the shore. Tho captain and tho Frenchman looked at each other, but neither spoke for a moment. Then the little Frenchman laughed uneasily and spun round the wheel. "Oh-h-hl" he cried, with mock distress. "I was mistaken, m'sieur, after all!" The captain's hand was on his pistol. Yet he could not help smiling. We had no sooner swung slowly round than the black tug picked up the open boat and scurried away. In two minutes we were after her. Snow began to fall, and the early midwinter twilight set in, but still the chase kept up. Finally wo put a ball across the black tug's bow. Her only retort was a rifle shot that splintered our pilothouse and made the Frenchman say something under his breath. Our next shot was in earnest and caught her just above the water Hue. We could see tho crew running hurriedly about, while tho tug turned and ran head on for land. A shot or two sang over our heads. Then a boat put out from her and made for the shore. When we came alongside the Rosalie L., it was almost dark. We found only a red funnel showing above tho water, An empty cask floated past us with the tide. TONS AND TONS OF GOLD. m'sieur!" cried "It is a brandy "Ah, the rascals, the little Frenchman, cask!" The captain laughed. Ho had done his work and could afford to laugh. A boat was lowered, and half a dozen men raced merrily after the disappearing 1 cask. Darkness had fallen by the time they got back, and the burden was hauled up on deck. It is always tho duty of a revenue officer to ascertain tho nature of the goods he has confiscated. The captain stove in tho bunghole, and did so. It was a barrel of the finest brandy ever shipped out of Cognac. It may not have been necessary for all the crew to verify the captain's decision, but they did so. "\Vait," said the captain. "M. Pierre Baptiste Delorme—where is he? We must drink the rascal's health." But M. Pierre was not to be seen. We rushed to the stern where tho little dory had been tied only to hear the sound of his oars as he slipped away through the night. "Halt!" challenged the captain. "Halt there, or we fire!" A riSe shot or two rang out on the cold night air. Then a mocking voice came back across the water. "Aurevoir, m'sieurs, and a happy new year to you a!} I" And the smoothest little smuggler on the St. Lawrence slipped away in the tfarkpesa, • AHTHUR Twelve Hnndrcil MllcB of Enormona- ly Illch Territory. If a pin bo placed at Denver on the map, and another at Stockton, Gal., and a string bo drawn from one to tho other, an air lino will be marked passing through the heart of a wonderful gold territory. Slightly to tho north of Denver in Central City, and southwest of that city is Cripple Creek. About 80 miles to the north of tho string Lead- villo will be found. In tho southwest corner of Colorado will appear Telluride, Rico and other points where gold is mined. Marysvale, in Utah, almost due south of Salt Lake City, will appear to the south of tho string. Fifty miles to tho north of it, near tho line between Utah and Nevada, will appear Osceola. Deep Creek lies north of Osoo- ola and on the southern edge of tho great desert west of Salt lako. Detroit •and several other rich gold camps are almost duo east of Osoeola. Pioohe lies 100 miles south of the string, and the wonderfully rich gold territory of tho Monkey Wrench district lies southwest of Piooho. Now, north and south of tho string will appear dotted on tho map of Nevada tho gold camps of Grant, Freiburg, Reveille, Kawioh Valley, San Antonio, Gold Peak, Hot Springs, Belleville, Candelara and numerous others. Almost under tho string, in Califorua, we find Bodie, and to tho north of it Mar- klevillo and other points—all on tho eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains. On the western slope of the great sierras the string will be almost on the Utioa mine, which is located between San Andreas and Sonora. North and south of the Utioa mine are hundreds of rich gold mines in profitable operation, The distance from Denver to Stockton is about 1,200 miles. On no portion of the habitable globe is there a region so continuously and enormously rich, in | gold as tho territory described, and yet, notwithstanding this fact, tho progressive Yankee has scaroeJy made a start in opening and developing these riches, which have been entombed for millions of years, and which will remain eo sepnlohered until we awaken to an appreciation of tho fact that the states of Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California bear within their bosoms more wealth than ever was dreamed of- by Croesus.— Forum. DECAPITATION, Life Satil to Remain J.OJIB After the Head IN Severed, "The executions in Paris during recent years have revived the old question whether death instantaneously follows upon the severance of the head from tho body," says the Massachusetts Medical Journal. "Dr. Cine! asserts thai; decapitation does, not immediately affect the b>aju. He says that the bJoAd, wJjfob flows after decapitation conjea Jrqm. $h£ Jarge vessels of febf fteofe, «n4 there |g feardly any ca.lj unoj} the " by tuo pressure or tho air. "When the blood remaining in tho head at the moment of separation is exhausted, there commences a state, not of death, but of inertia, which lasts up to tho moment; when the organ, no longer fed, ceases to exist. Dr. Oinel estimates that tho brain finds nourishment in the residuary blood for about an hour after decapitation. Tho period of inertia would last for about two hours, ho thinks, and absolute death would not ensue till after the space of throe hours altogether, "If, ho adds, a bodiless head indicates by no movement tho horrors of its situation, it is because it is physically impossible that it should do so, all tho nerves—which servo for tho transmission of orders from the brain to tho trunk being severed; but there remains tho nerves of hearing, of smell and sight, and be concludes that the guillotine does not cause instant death. If this bo true, could any other form of death be more merciless?" An Elizabethan Letter. I havo sent the a letlo provision agen this time, but I cold wish it wore much beter. Thor is a goose pyo, a notes touuge pyo, and a mutton pastio for standers for thy tablo this Crismas, for a nede, I knowe they will last toll twelftide, for they are now uowe baked. I-havo sent tho a goose and ij capons alive for feare they wold not last toll ye holy daios if they had bin killed, but I wish tho to kill them on Satorday at ye furdest lest they growe worse. * * * I prethe doe so much as bestoe for me vjd or viijd in sumo oringos or lemons or ij pouus sitorus and sende them downo nowo by Hale * * * and so with my best wishes to the and Kitt I rest, THY MOTHER, S. D. —"Antiquities and Curiosities of tho Exchequer.' 1 ending Jan. 5 are said to bo the keys to tho weather of tho year. If the sun shines through the apple tree on Christmas day, there will be an abundant crop the following year. The Germans say, "The shepherd would rather see his wife enter the stable on Christmas day than the eun." A Greek Gcnlna. Diamandi, a native of Pylaros, one of the Greek islands, is a remarkable calculator. After a mere glance at a blackboard on which 80 groups of figures are written he can repeat them in any order and deal with them by any arithmetical process. It is said that ho never makes an error in calculations involving billions, arid ho can extract square or cube roots with marvelous rapidity and accuracy. An eminent German specialist declared tho other day that all these ready reckoners woro idiots. This is not ! the case with Diamond!, who writes poetry and novels in tbo intervals of | business and shows considerable iutel- | leotual capacity. directive Reilectlntr. "It is so sudden I" exclaimed the fair haired girl, who had just received a proposal to merge her identity in that of a would be protector. "You must give me time to reflect," "No, no,"- retorted the diplomatic young man. "One whose dazzling beauty makes a mirror ashamed of itself should never go into the reflecting business. Lot this solitaire diamond do the reflecting. " And the records of the license clerk ihow that it was even BO. — Chicago News. Aluminium au 1'aiier. Experiments with aluminium as a substitute for paper are now under way in France. It is well known that tho paper used today in tho manufacture of books is not durable. It is now possible to roll aluminium into sheets four-thousandths of an inch in thickness, in which 'form it weighs less than paper. By tho adoption of suitable machinery these sheets can be made even thinner still and con bo used for book and writing paper. Tho metal will not oxidize, is practically fire and Water proof, and is indestructible by too jaws of worms. nourishing iteell wjjihth.9blfto4l Some SeuHOiiuble I'voverbi*. Here are u few seasonable proverbs interesting perhaps to those who concern themselves about the weather: If a Christmas ice hangs on the willow, clover may be out at Easter. December changeable and mild, the fchole winter will remain a child. won^h that corner in, good will " as Written In Norway, Hero is a good specimen of English as she is written abroad. Wo find it in St. Martin's-le-Grand, the postoffloe inngnzine: "The hotel for tourists on Turtegro (owner, Mr. Igar Oioiie), is laying by tho foot of the eminent 'Skayastolstin- der, ' tho largest field in Jotuuheimeu for topmounters. The best leaders are to bo had. It is the best place for country layers. Different interesting places for summer trips. Nearest stopping place for steamers— Skjolden. Reoom- niands as station for passage to Lom-r— Gudbranrlsdulen. " "Topmonuters," as a description of the climbing fraternity, ia decidedly pood. But what is a "country layer?' 1 "—Lou-Ion News. Donervetl It. "Sheriff," remarked the condemned tourderer, aa that functionary proceeded, to put the black cap over hia head, "I B3om to bo the sinner, sure, o* all eyes," Without any further delay the trap Iraa sprung, and. the hardened wretoh to hia doom.-^Chicago Tribune. Sequence. t rs hac\ a consultation yes-;

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