The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 14, 1898 · Page 10
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 14, 1898
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TH1 BESMOINE8; ALGONA. IOWA . DECEMBER U, ARE YOU WITH US ? We are in the Boston Block, next door to the postofflce. COME. Albums Photograph albums, the only practical article that was ever invented for keeping pictures in good shape, have again come to the front and are now very popular and much in demand. Have you enough in the house for all your friends' pictures? If not now is your opportunity to buy at the very lowest prices. We have a large line comprising all the latest and most .elegant styles. Juvenile Books If you are puzzled to decide what to buy for the baby, the boy or the girl, especially those at a distance, you can always " make a hit" by buying one of our pretty Juvenile Books. (Has* flfoeballioms Probably no class of goods ever commanded such an immense sale for the Holiday season as these beautiful pictures. Marked improvement has been made in finish and bringing out the natural colors. They are of surpassing beauty. We have a large new stock at low prices. fllMrrors anb ^frames, A variety of styles of metal, celluloid and wooden framed mirrors — numerous shapes anc sizes. Also a nice assortment o photo frames, of designs to suit your fancy. fltertumes anb Etomisers In this class of goods we are so far ahead of all competitors that we cannot look back and see them. With our mammoth stock of these goods we claim that never before has such a display been seen in this section. We have assorted the cream from among the stock of America's leading Perfumers, and can give you almost any odor or style of package that your tastes can dictate. From ten cents np to as many dollars covers the field of our prices. We also carry some of the best genuine imported goods. As to atomizers we have all that your heart could desire, and in these days of economy you cannot afford to be. without one, for they soon save enough perfume to pay for themselves. We can show you many that are little gems. Celluloib (50008 We have another new stock of these goods, comprising all tho staples, such as toilet sets, collar and cuft boxes, photo boxes, work boxes, manicure sets, handkerchief and glove boxes, shaving sets, and almost everything else manufactured in this line. movelties Trinket boxes, pin trays, tooth pick holders, thermometers, paper cutters, cigar holders and cigar cases, traveling cases, broom holders, calendars, music rolls, purses and pocket books, harmonicas, ocarinas, and musical merchandise. • Bibles and Testaments Our sales on Bibles in the past have plainly indicated that our prices are popular. We have a very nice line of various styles, sizes and prices of these books, which are made to stand usage. Booklets These dainty little articles have been favorites for ffenerations and are still at the front for inexpensive Christmas gifts. Hundreds of thousands of them are sent to almost every city and hamlet in the world. We always have the latest and neatest things in these goods. O TIR prices are SCREWED DOWN so low that we know it will make our competstors sick. But never mind, you have the benefit. THE BOSTON BLOCK. A LL of our goods are FIRST CLASS in every respect, and we are always pleased to show them, whether you buy or not. DESTROYED A FLEET. •A WHALE'S REVENGE FOR THE HARPOONING OF HER CALF. with his harpoon, killing it immediate- § GUARDING AGAINST FRAUD. n Her Mad Fury She Succeeded In KllIlnK Six Men and InJtiring- Fifty ' More and Splintering Fifty Fishing Boats. A widely known and feared devilfish has its headquarters in the northern Pacific, moBtly along the American coast, especially affecting the gulf of California. This huge creature is a mammal, one of the great whale family, really a rorqual of medium size and moderate yield of oil. Only the elite of the Yankee whalemen, dexterous and daring as are all the tribe, can hope to get "to windward" of the diabolically Running giants whom they abuse with fsucQ fluent and frequent flow of picturesque profanity. It is a peculiar characteristic of this animal that it seems ever on the alert, scarcely exposing for one moment its broad back above the sea surface when rising to spout and generally traveling, unlike all its congeners, not upon, but a few fe%t below, the water. For this reason, and in this fishery alone, the whalers arm themselves with iron ahafted harpoons, in order to strike with greater force and certainty of direction a whale some distance beneath the surface. A standing order, too, among them is never by any chance to injure a $alf while the mother lives, since such an act exposes all and sundry near the spot to imminent and violent death. Neglect of this most necessary precaution, or more probably accident, once brought about a calamity that befell a fleet of 18 American whaleships which had been engaged in the"bowhead" fishery among the ice floes of the Arctic Pacific. In order to waste no time they came south when winter set in, and by (jpmmon consent rendezvoused in Margarita bay, kower California, for a month or two's "devil fishing." The whales were exceedingly abundant that season, and all the ships were goon busy with as much blubber as they could manage. The ease with which the •whales were being obtained, however, led to considerable carelessness and for- jetfulness of the fact that the whale Sever changes its habits, One bright j»orning, about three weeks after the opening of the season, the whole flotilla of 53 boats. four * roo » Mch . 8hip > had 1bee» lowered and were making their •way w rapidly ae possible to the outlying parts 01 the great bay, keeping a fcrjghtJooJiQBt for "Sub," Spreading put fanwiee, they were getting wore .and more scattered, when abbe* Bear $he. center of the fleet some ORB roddejjly ^trwok" and got fajt to a fijh, tog* hardly bad the Intimation «t?9Jj wbj» iwetfeiog very like seised upon the <jw>wA. J» * moment ox tee The mother, having quietly satisfied herself that her offspring was really dead, turned upon her aggressors like a veritable demon of destruction, and while carefully avoiding exposure of her body to attack simply spread devastation among the flotilla. Whenever she rose to the surface, it was but for a second, to emit an expiration like the hiss of a lifting safety valve and almost always to destroy a boat or complete the destruction of one already hopelessly damaged. Every blow was dealt with an accuracy and appearance of premeditation that filled the superstitious Portuguese, who formed a good half of the crews, with dismay—the more so that many of them could only guess at the original cause of what was really going on. The speed of the monster was so great that her almost simultaneous appearances at points widely separated made her/eem ubiquitous, and as she gave no chance whatever for a blow it certainly looked as if all the boats would be destroyed seriatam. Not content with dealing one tremendous blow at a boat and reducing it at once to a bundle of loose boards, she renewed her attentions again aud again to the wreckage, as if determined that the.destruction should be complete. Utter "demoralization had seized even the veterans, and escape was the only bought governing all action. But the listance to shore was great, and the jersistence and vigor of the furious le* iathan, so far from diminishing, seem- 3d to increase as the terrible work went n. At last two boats did succeed in eaobing the beach at a point where it loped very gradually. The crews had lardly leaped overboard to run their craft up high and dry when olose^behind hem in the shallows foamed and rolled' heir relentless enemy, just too late to reach them. Out of the large number of well equipped boats that left the ships that norning only these two escaped undamaged, and the IOES of the season's work was irremediable. Over 60 men were oadly injured, and six, one of whom was the unhappy origin of the whole trouble, were killed outright. The triumphant avenger of her slain offspring disappeared as silently as she had carried o» her deadly warfare, as far as could be known unhurt, and with an accumulated hoard of experience that would if possible render her more of a "devil" to any unsuspecting whalemen frho should hereafter have the misfortune to meet with and attack her than she had proved herself to be already. Pejeoted and crippled, the fleet lost no time in getting away from the spot and fleeing north to San Francisco, there to refit* for operand more profitable fishing grounds,—Corubil) Magazine, OW Iiondon Bankers Lessen the Chances For Embezzlement. "Very few people know that there are H great and increasing number of firms lin this country—banking firms especial- lly—'who make an inflexible rule that 1 all employees, whether they be managerial heads or mere junior clerks, must take an annual holiday." The speaker was one of the best known accountants in London, and be continued: "The reason is that all great employers now realise that most long continued cases of embezzlement and breach of trust are only, as a rule, discovered through the offender being com- | polled, through illness or some other [ cause, to leave his books for a time. i "Nearly all defaulting bank managers I are trapped through their enforced nb- j senoe, aud thus it has begun to be the I rule for employers to insist that serv- 1 ants who have the manipulation of books and money must go away. Hundreds of sets of books come into my hands and those of other accountants in this wily, and I could tell you of many cases where two or more clerks, who could in their ordinary work play into each other's hands, are sent holiday making at the same time. "Another fact of the same kind that is little known is that many employers make a rule of having their employees photographed very plainly in groups every year or two—on some occasion of festivity that is made the excuse—so that the firm always possess a valuable means of identification in case of any man absconding."—Pearson's Weekly. in Europe to enlarge upon the superb masterpieces oversea.—Nineteenth Century. Woe to That Dressmaker! You may talk about naval heroes and rough riders all you like, but for superhuman nerve and colossal daring commend me to a woman I saw in a dry goods shop here in town only last Monday morning. I had an excellent opportunity to observe her carefully, for she stood precisely where I desired to | stand while she—well, this is what she | did: She asked the salesman to show her a certain piece of red cashmere. Then she produced from her pocket the out paper pattern of a child's dress and calmy pinued the pieces to the cloth. The salesman stood politely by, thinking, if a salesman ever had time to think, that she desired to ascertain the quantity required for the garment ehe intended to make, but she didn't intend to make any garment at all. After she had pinned the whole pattern carefully in place, she took it off and rolled it up. There was a gleam of triumph in her eye. "Thank you," she said. "That's all I wanted. I know it didn't take four yards. That dressmaker has just kept that extra yard and a half, that's what she's done." But my, my 1 Think of a dressmaker reckless enough to try to deceive a woman like that!—Washington Post. LINERS LOST AT SEA. A CAPTAIN'S STORY OF WHO IS OF' TENEST TO BLAME. AJ» Objection. "If you your college ll pay a» your d eW& , »nele» do you want me to tvc tUe h$nefi.t Of AMERICA'S RAPHAEL. A Plctwre Which, It Is Said, Ha* Yet to Be Discovered. There is one picture in America 'which, for convenience's sake, may be designated "Fata Morgana." It is frequently alluded to and always in a tone of reverent admiration. When one is in New York one hears of it as in Boston. When one is in Boston one hears of it as either in New York or Philadelphia. If the quest be pursued in these cities the picture is said to be located in Baltimore and so forth. What is this mysterious work which would appear to be considered as the chief treasure of art in America? It is a wholly imaginary Raphael. I found the most rooted conviction in all so called "art circles" that America is the happy possessor not only of a Raphael, but of a superbly fine example of that master, and, as already indicated, the picture is not only alluded to witn pride, but with an admiration that is akin to awe. It is unfortunate that the picture does not exist, except in the fervent transatlantic imagination- In a word, there is no Raphael in America. Strangely enough, there are very few forgeries even, the one or two canvases with any approach to the manner of the great Italian waster being so obviously Imitative that no owe with any adequate • • of his wQife «wld possibly A Remarkable Lnke, The most remarkable body of water in the world lies in the vicinity of the Colorado river, in southern California. In this region of ugly volcanoes, desolate wastes and slimy swamps, the strangest phenomenon of all is what the naturalists call a "lake of ink." No other description fits as well. The strange black fluid that forms the lake bears no resemblance to water. The pool of ink is situated about half a mile from a volcano. It is about an acre in area. The surface is coated with gray ashes from the volcanoes to the thickness of about six inches, thus concealing its real nature. Experience has proved that the black fluid of the lake is not poisonous. It acts as a dye, and cotton goods soaked in it keep their color for months, even when exposed to the sun. They also ao! quire a stiffness similar to that produced I by weak starch. The fluid has been ' analyzed, but its component parts have 1 not been made known. As to the source 1 of the supply of the lake, nothing defl- | nite has been ascertained. It is undoubtedly of volcanic origin, but nothing more definite is known. This is a bad Jand that has never been traversed, JJuman beings have tried it, but they never return to tell of their experience or their discoveries.»—]Louis- vilie Post. __ St. George's Bay. Newfoundland, Contains au immense coalfield fully 3Q toiles in length aud JO in breadth. It has beep estimated that if the output IQ to reach 360,000 ton,s per annum,, coal tod would not be exhausted in fft 1 !) He Also Snsfifests "Why, "When an Ocean Steamer Goes Down, Her Commander Is Seldom to Be Found Among- Those Who Were Saved. "There's another side to this question of the criminal carelessness of the commander which we hear so much talk about whenever a liner is lost," said the captain of a big ocean steam- shiy the other day. "It's not the captain who is really to blame in one case out of ten even when he is running his ship at full speed through a fog. It's the public that's to blame, and I'll tell you how it is. • "To begin with, everybody knows of the rivalry between the different lines. Everybody knows what a difference there is, in the estimation of the public, between the rival boats of the same grade which start at the same time and come in 34 hours apart. The man who has traveled by the boat that comes in last is going to say to himself that next time he will go on the So-and-so, which must be a better boat, for didn't she come in a day ahead of the one he came on? "The captain of boat No. 1 is a hero for the time being, and the company he works for smiles on him. That he has run all the way at full speed through heavy seas and fogs and has taken all kinds of risks he knows, but he doesn't say anything about that, and the company doesn't, either. They .have beaten the other line, and that is enough. "The captain of boat No. '3, which came in a day behind the other, knows just what is in store for him before he reports at the office of his company. This is about what he hears: " 'Why, how is this, Mr. Blank? You came in 84 hours behind the So- and-so. What was the matter anyhow?' " 'Well, you see,' says the captain, 'we had storms part of the way, and when we got to the banks we struck a fog so thick you couldn't see your hand before your face, aud we had to run at half speed all day.' " 'Ahem!' one of the owners will say, 'Ahem I It's a bad thing, Mr. Blank, for us to be beaten 34 hours by the So-and-so.' "Captain Blank says no more, but feels that he has been reproved, and he remembers it on the next trip. The sea may be running 'mountains high' and the fog may be so thick you can't see the funnel from the bridge, but be is bound to get in on time this trip, and he does. The owners of the line smile on him. So he knows what he is required to do and goes on making record tripe"It is the public, you see, which the company has got to please if it is to exist, and the captain has to please the company. Some day he does this once too of ten. He collides with another ship in a fog, maybe, or runs on the rocks. Pirhjp jifafi natural lo.Yepf Jifgor" thought of a helpless family keeps him from deliberately going to the bottom with the ship, but he knows that his career is at an end. "The board sits on the case, and if there is any evidence to show that the accident was due to the carelessness of the commander in running at full speed in thick weather, or whatever the case may be, he is reprimanded and his certificate suspended for some months at least. When at last he gets the certificate back, it has a hole punched in it. "Now let us suppose that he has been a faithful servant of the company for a good while, and they like him and decide to transfer him to another ship and give him a chance for existence. This new ship has to be insured, of course, before she goes to sea. The underwriters make their examination and in the course of their inquiries there comes up the question as to who is the captain of the ship, "When they hear the name, they will probably say:'Why, let us see! Isn't he the man who sunk the So-and-so? Yes? Oh, we can't take any risks on a ship commanded by Captain Blank! Put another commander in his place and it will be all right.' "The company is therefore obliged to dismiss Captain Blank. Then he starts out to find another situation, His certificate, you remember, has a hole in it. He goes to see the owners of another line. As soon as they hear his name they say: " 'Oh, yes. Didn't yon command the So-and-so?' " 'Yes, I commanded that boat.' "'Humph! Very sorry, captain, but we haven't anything just now. If we should have anything, we will let you know.' "This scene is repeated at one steamship office after another on both sides of the water." The captain leaned hia elbows on the table. "Do you wonder," he said after a pause, "that generally when a liner is lost at sea her commander isn't among the saved? But mark my words,'' he added, rising, "in almost every disaster, when the cry of negligence is loudest, it's the public that's to blame aud not the captain, who only does what he »s obliged to do."—New York Sun. Elephants, There are annually killed in Africa ft minimum, of 65,000 elephants, yielding the production of a quantity of raw ivory the selling price of which W f 4, 250, 000. _ __ Barton ana Tobacco, divine, rare, superexoellent tobacco, which goes far beyond all tne panaceas, potable gold, and philosophers' stones, a sovereign remedy to au diseases; a good vomit, I confess, » virtuous herb, if it be well qualified, opportunely taken and medicinally used; but as it is commonly abused by WOS5 men, who tafce it as. tinkers do aje, 'tis a plague, a mischief, a violent pur- ger of goods, Iwds, health; hellish, devilish and downed tabasco, the row »ud, overthrow at body Wj4 lOBi-*"" **** !'«(

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