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THE UPPEK DE8 MQlNflB; ALGQNA, IQWA L W:EmN3MPAy r -M Special Sale of Holiday Goods is nothing so nice for a Xmas present as a nice piece of Furniture. We have a fine line of Holiday Goods, such as Sideboards, China Closets, Dining Chairs and Tables, Rockers, Corner Pieces, Tabourettes, Parlor Tables, Couches, Reception Chairs, beautiful Pictures and Easles, • The Largest and Finest Line • of Book Cases and Iron Beds ever in Algona. And we will make prices that will astonish you FOR THE NEXT THREE WEEKS. JOHN CRONIN. UNDERTAKING. J. T. Chrischilles, 0. C. Hudson, T. H. Lantry, James Patterson, President. Vice President. Treasurer. Secretary. A. I- ALGONA MILLING COMPANY. - [INCORPORATED. ] HIGHEST PRICES PAID lor all kinds of Grain and Seeds. Dealers in Hard and Soft Coal. Manufacturers of Strictly High-gi ado Flour. Special attention paid to the Owing to the large and constantly increasing demand for our superior grade of flour wo are enabled to offer from 5 to 10 cents per bushel above tho market • price for good wheat. F. W. DING LEY, Manager. phenomenon is at the bottom of many ' an otherwise tmaooonntable wreck. Near the center bl the 4W ls a Clock that strikes the hottfs on a deep toned bell. Sometimes the note may be heard* almost to the suburbs. On other days, or rather other nighta.it is inaudible outeide a radius of half ft dozen blocks. Oddly enough, the bell seems clearest and its tone most penetrating lit turbulent \veather, irrespective of the direction of the wind.-JSfew Orleans Titties- Democrat ' ' Rats avoid a house therein a guinea : S is permitted to roam at will. Snnta Clnns Waft in It. "Those Americans down there,''said Santa Olaus, as he sat on the lee side of an iceberg and waited for Christmas eve, "seem to think I'm not tip to date. Now I wonder," he murmured as he went in and rang up his polar stables, "what they'd think if they saw me at Jt just at present?" Then he pressed a button in the side of the iceberg and said: "Grizzly, run out that new deer- less motor sleigh of mine, while I load her up. And look here, Grizzly, the next time you take out that new electric airship of mine and break it just when I want to use it, I won't let you play in that toy orchard of mine for a whole year I "Up to date, eh I" said Santa as he jumped into his motor and pulled on tho robes. " Well, just watch me while I mote I" Suit's Hog Cholera Remedy. J, L. Sutton gets new testimonials every day for his Sure Cure Cholera Remedy. One Hundred Dollars— Is offered to any person who can duplicate the CIGAR FOR 5 CENTS. SGHU & WATERHOUSE, Bicycles Repaired, Bicycles for Rent AlRona, Iowa, Nov. 25, 1808. I have been feeding Suit's Hog Cholera Preventive and can say It cured my hogs after they were sick and several had died; and I further bolievo 1*. pays to food It If the hogs are notslcli, as 1 can HOO that It makes them eat better and gain In llesh faster. Mi K. SOUTHAHD. Saws Filed, J. L. EDMONDS, ALGONA, IOWA. Two doors south of U. D. M. office. Call on or address J. L. SUTTON, Algona, Iowa. DR. L. A. SHEETZ, Drugs and Medicines. Full assortment always on hand of drugs, med olnes, and pure liquors for medicinal purposes only. Bootes sviid. Sta.tJ.o23.or3r. Former Parliamentary The privilege of freedom from arrest enjoyed by members of parliament ia confined to civil matters; but, since tho abolition of imprisonment for debt, this immunity has been shorn of most of its utility. Formerly it was a very useful privilege. Disraeli says of one of the characters in his first novel, "Vivian Grey," that "the only way to keep him out of tho house of correction was to get him into tho house of commons." Parliament was then a convenient haven of refuge for "splendid paupers." In one case an English member named Mills, who owed £28,000 and for whose arrest a warrant was in the hands of the sheriff, avoided imprisonment by purchasing a seat for one of the old "rotten boroughs" in 1807 for the sum of £1,000. In another case an Irishman named Bourke was confined in the King's Bench prison about 70 years ago in execution for a considerable debt. Hie friends got him elected for an Irhh constituency, but ho never entered the house. On his release after election he fled to the continent and remained Mi ere. Again in 1825 the year before Disraeli published "Vivian Grey," a man who was in prieou for debt was returned for Borerley, a small English borough, and was forthwith released on a warrant issued by Mr. Speaker. It was a oase in real life of from the house of corroctiou to tho house of commons.— Good Words. ments intended to overwhelm one end of an opponent's fighting line, to the great and probably fatal Weakening of the rest of his position. The Confederates used these tactics in their most successful battles of the civil war, and! it is worthy of notice that their attacks Which Were particularly daring and successful Were almost invariably made against the Federal right wing. The troubles peculiar to that unlucky part of the northern armies began at Ball Ban, and continued, east and west, for over two years. At that battle the Federal right wing made ,a Well planned movement against the Confederate left. Both sides fought Well for new troops, "Stonewall" Jackson earning his battle name by the resistance he and bis men made to the attack against them, but the Federals had gained ground and were still advancing, when fresh Confederate forces fell on the regiments at the right end of their line of battle. The historical stampede that followed was an unfortunate but perfectly natural result. — "The Unlucky Right Wing," by Gilbert Tompkins, in North American Review. Wet and Damp. The sudden application of a wet sheet Is a stimulus to which the system responds with a reaction which sets up a brisk circulation, resulting in a healthy glow and general activity of the organs. In addition to this, it is probable that eome of the evil "humors" of the body may be dissolved out through the pores of the skin. All this is healthy, provided the system can withstand the shook and tho heat is kept in by blankets outside the sheet. In the case of damp sheets, however, there is no stimulus, and the body merely loses heat in absorbing the moisture. This loss contracts tho surface vessels and drives an excess of blood back upon the internal organs. Added to this disturbance of tho blood circulation there is also a congestion of tho lubricating fluids of the surface muscles and joints, which produces stiffness and in serious oa%es rheumatism, complicated through the other causes with fever. No* Bridget thebroomtflth care And bakes th« blBculta light ad air And never breaks the silverware- Christmas gift! CHRISTMAS IN CHINA. INTERESTING HOLIDAY CUSTOMS IN THE FAR EAST. i ,<,> re IvY' Festivities Over the Retnrn of the Sun Tliat Someivliat Resemble the Festivities of Christian Lands—The Angel of Light. f [Copyright, 1898, by the Author.] OMB of the festivities popular at Christmas time are of great antiquity. The feast of Yule was held long before the time of King Solomon. To our Gotho -Germanic ancestors living in the north of Europe it was the festival of the winter solstice, when the days begin to lengthen and to hint at coming spring, i The Yule log, the drinking bowl or horn, the boar's head, the holly, mistletoe and evergreen were then symbols of material rather than spiritual truths. The American, Scandinavian, German and Englishman keep up the ancient custom, while the Latin races seem to know nothing about it. They celebrate New Year's day, and do it in the same fashion as we at Christmas, The Chinese and Japanese came centuries ago from Mongolia -and Siberia, their early if not original home. Living in a land whose winter brought snow and ice, they also noticed and rejoiced over the solstice and the return of the sun. Their merriment took the form of eating, drinking and generous hospitality and developed into a great festival like our own. By degrees it was transferred to their New Year's, where it still remains. Yet even today the astrologers notice the solstice in their almanacs, horoscopes and tables, and in the last week of the month are two festivals, whose nature is charmingly poetic. About Deo. 35 is that of the genius of the north (who is the evil spirit of ice and winter's privation) and about Deo. 39 is that of the angel of sunlight. In the same week is the day of Chang Sin, the tutelary deity of parenthood, to whom young married couples pray for healthy male issue. The first and second are the equivalents of Yule, the pre-Christian Yule. The first contains an element of humor. The Mongolian is gladly bid• ding goodby to the cruel ice spirit. He does not wish the latter to see his hilar- jty lest (spiritual vengeance be aroused and a cold spell in March or April ruiij the crops. So he puts little cups of fragrant tea, plates of sliced boiled chicken and pieces of roasted spiced pork on a well carved table where the Winter ghost can regale himself with comfort- B»t at the earne time, to pre> vent bis invisible visitor playing any pranks, John Chinaman pastes written talismans on the wall, burns joss sticks IB groups of three at every point vnlnw- •'I to Jflftlioious goblins aad even, fat tens a porcelain charm to his rooftree. , When it comes to the festival of the ' angel of light, tho observant traveler can see the spirit of Yule shine out in Chinese colors. In place of the Yule log, there is a steaming pot of tea; for the boar's head there is a young pig roasted; for the punch bowl and drinking horn there is a wicker covered bottle or a gracefv 1 wine pitcher filled with some strange but aromatic stimulant The mistletoe and holly are replaced by bouquets an'T garlands of artificial flowers, and here and there are pots of blooming narcissi or even a rosebush. On the family altar, and nearly every Chinaman, no matter how poor, has his own altar, before which he prays and makes silent repentance, are burning incense sticks, a bronze casket with smoldering sandalwood within, a lighted caudle and often a flaming votive candle, gay in scarlet and gold. At the | temple a throng visits the angel's particular shrine. Some explode firecrackers in her honor. Others ignite packs of joss sticks in gratitude for her favors the past year and in hope of their continuance during the harvest to come. Then come those who ask the angel to be -present at the funeral of a parent or hild, the marriage of a son, the setting rat on a journey, the bedside of a sick- oorn. After prayer the poor priests and servitors of the temple are remem- )ered in a few small coins. A bundle of prayer papers is burned in the great rou or bronze urn of the temple stairs, and the religious ceremony is over for ihe day. The good man or woman goes aorno content that tbe spirit of the north is disarmed and the angel of light placated. WILLIAM E, S. PALES. THE BEAUTY. Hall I Now she speaks. The roses opo their ruddy hearts to list. The breezes oeaso to coax the Illy bells To sound their voiceleas ohime. The nightingale Is mute. And when she smiles 'Tls llko tho break of dny O'er Persian valleys faint with odors sweet Or like entrancing melody Conjured by master hand from strings Aglow with heavenly flre, And when she laughs— Ah, than, tho rippling music of her mirth Awakens sleeping joy, deop tonod and full Of love as bells enriched with gold Oil MOECOW'S towers swung I —Ernest Jarrold in Yellow Book. The FlanlfliiB Movement. No battle plans have been more generally used than the flanking move- Sundy's Criticisms. A young Scotchman went to a London school'of music, where he learned to play the violoncello fairly well. On his return to his native village he gathered his friends together to hear his now instrument. When he had played one or two tunes, ho looked up expectantly. After a slight pause his old grandfa dher spoke. "Eh, maun I" ho said, "it's a mairoy there's na smell wi' it I"—Liverpool Mercury. Ills Opportunity. "I'd like something to eat," said the frazzled pilgrim at the kitchen door. "I'm that tired and hungry I don't know which way to turn." "I'll show you how to do that," encouragingly ro plied Farmer Hayoraft, picking up n dull ax and leading him in the direo tion of the grindstone.—Chicago Trib uuc. Tour wlfo smiles . sweetly as of yore, Greets you with kisses at the door, At "lodge night" lateness scolds no more— Christmas gift I J3, I Youryouthtulhelr has grown polite, Ho halls your coming with delight | And cons hlu lee- eons half tho night- Christmas gift I Your daughter plays tho tunes you llko, Refrains from bloomers on her bike, ( For opera tickets doesn't strike— Christmas glftl Now janitors arc willing chaps, Politely mall mon touoh their caps, And office boya lag not at craps- Christmas gift! But pater knows their little gnmo, This tlmo oaoh year 'tis Just the same, It makes him mutter low, "Gosh blamo Christmas gifts!" Played It on the Judge. Counsel for the plaintiff in a certain case made use during an argument of :he word "brougham." "Excuse my interrupting you, Mr. Brief," said the judge, "but in the so- oiety in which I am accustomed to move we pronounce the word ' broom,' and so save a syllable." During his summing up the judge bad occasion to use the word "omnibus." "Excuse me, m'lud," broke in counsel, "but in the society in which I am accustomed to move we pronounce that word 'bus,'and so save two syllables." —London Answer* An Embryo Geiiiuu. Lord Orewe, at an educational raeet- ng at Liverpool recently, told an amus- ng story of the little son of a friend of ris who refused to say his lesson to his joverness, He admitted that he knew t well; but, said he: "If I say my lesion, what's the use? You will only •quake me leawa something else." That ohild will probably be beard of agajja. In some of the European art galleries the dust is removed from the paintings and'statuaty by means of an aft pump, a jet of air being thrown with, great force against the article which needs dusting. _______________ King |s the most ancient of titles. It, I* its equivalent, is fow<J in every Cauglit. A clergyman recently, addressing those who criticise others while they themselves are open to criticism, told this story: "When I was a boy, we had a schoolmaster who had odd ways of catching idle boys. Says he one day; 'Boys, I must have closer attention to books. The first one of you that sees another boy idle I want you to inform me and I will attend to the case.' 'Ah, 1 thought I to myself, 'there's Joe Simmons, that I don't like. I'll watch him, and if I nee him look off his book I'll tell on him.' "It was not long before I saw Joe look off his book, and immediately I informed the master. 'Indeed,' eaid he. 'How did you know he was idle?' 'I saw him,'was the reply. 'You did. And were your eyes on your book when you saw him?' I was caught, but I didn't watch for the boys again."—New York Tribune, Throneroom of Simla. The throueroom of Spaiu is a magnificent apartment of crimson and gold, with colossal mirrors and a chandelier of rock crystal that is considered the finest example of the kind iu tho world. Under tho gorgeous canopy are two large chairs handsomely carved and gilded and upholstered in crimson brocade. These are the thrones of Spain, where the boy king and queen regent sit on occasions of ceremony. Sometimes the daughters stand beside their mother, when it is proper for all the royal family to receive the court.—International Magazine. Myatortcs of Sound. Many of the manifestations of sound are still a complete mystery to science. One of the best architects in New Orleans remarked the other day that a building with good acoustic properties was always a lucky fluke, and that it was impossible to be absolutely certain in advance. Sometimes a trifling alteration will do the work-r-the dimensions of an arch are modified by an inch, a corner is made blunt, a slight obstruction removed, and, phestol a whisper becomes audible. • There are old seafaring men in this city who can tel} strange stories of fog sirens and bell buoys heard now lor an. incredible distance and again not heard et all when right at hand, There w,ould, he nothing about the atiy or weatbe? to account for such a variation, bu.t tbs " " fact was }n,dJsnu,taWe, ajjd t&e GOEDERS' BIG DEP'MT STORE. PROFESSIONAL. CLARKE & COHENOUR, ATTORNEYS AT LAW. Office over First National bank, Algona, la. E. H. CLARKE, ATTORNEY AT LAW. Collection agent. Boston bloclt, DANSON & BUTLER, LA W. LOANS. LAND. Collections a specialty. Onlce over GalbraltU'a. SULLIVAN & McMAHON, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, Office lu Hoxle-ForKUBon bljck. fcLJ^vy wwv/ wort h of goods: our entire stock will be offered at much reduced prices during this month. DRY GOODS, Notions, flannels, blankets, shawls, carpets, rugs, cloaks, curtains, linens and draperies. CLOTHING. Suits and overcoats, odd pants and vests, at wholesale prices. ^Pttl^^ |P .^ ^^W^^ i^^^^^W ^^^^^ W 1,000 pairs of men's, ladies' and children's shoes away below any other house in the county, Nothing will be^ ^sqryed in this sale—a.ll must go, - yojy v " ','*>' '«!* E. V. SWETTINO, ATTON E Y AT LAW, Alfjona, lown. . 0. RAYMOND. B. O. HAYMOND Raynioncl & Raymond, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, Omco over Dnrdull's store, Algona, Iowa. FREDERICK M. CURTISS, ATTORNEY A T L A W. OHlce over Kossuth County State Bank, Algouu, Iowa. F. JL. TRIBON, M. P., Homeopathic. PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON. Onlco and residence in the Boston Bloclt. (In the new block.) H. C. MoCOY, M. D,, PHYSICIAN AND SUR&EON. Office at residence, McGregor street, PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON, Algona, Iowa. M. J, KENEFICK, PHYSICIAN AND SUR&EON. Ofllce and residence over Taylov's. PR, MAROARET E, COLES, HomeopatMa Physician and Surgeon. Office and residence iu Boston Block, ALGONA, IOWA. 3U ; : JOH DENTIST, 4. J., HIST, P. D, S, Local auaeatUetlo f 01 aeadeniug pain iu gujug when extracting teeth.