The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 14, 1898 · Page 19
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And A Happy Ne ^^s^»^^ »£«•?££ SSM& " : &i ,m •a attendant heldhiBplace.___ " m ,,^^^~^' aunt asp *" . .j..— «.„ air rtnnrae Grey. Tribune. We are plum out of Heavy Harness today, but will have on the rack in a day or two. Our harness are put up in shape—experience has taught us how—so we invite all our old customers and many new ones to call at our store; we will be pleased to show you our large stock of BLANKETS, MITTENS, f-Sw&^s* 2 * %&'%& ! &SSX& S5«SS3S ". the summer, waning up «" tf character," saioi ««u —r^he has tfWsSSJTJStliS * J..™V,a»» rvf >V?ftllablQ9» Article. Made of B»UMn. Revenge. a there I*' ye"ed the con,an who had chased tho oar .A^",!""" " Wo ° m iward avenue oar?" "ThaVfl\ ma \T^°TJr*" mat 8\«j. e r n j s j OD g mn. "always BpV,. ly . neighbors wilVj tno thin man, And so sayint. th) an d corner, while tbCk, n from the car to troit Journal. Vaino down Xck —De- No Allowir^ "They say, Blokely, > your wife has.an iudepoud "That's rightj It's so co, independent that I can't get i —Detroit Free Press. do yon snp- », of oourBe. IB your around the a ZTltS^^on Chronicle. StntUtlcii o* Ma*rln«e. The chances at birth that baby wi eventually marry are 9 - 20. or rat less than one-half. Thu And all kinds of Harness. Yours truly, D. B. AVEY. SAVING GRACE OF A HOBBY. It Revives Hope and Enthusiasm and ' ' Makes Life Worth Uving. • "A priceless thing is a hobby. The daily tasks by which hosts of women support. life are favorless, barren, almost hopeless] To such one's a hobby may offer the dearest hopes of ultimate freedom from the unwelcome daily task. It will at any rate serve to entertain and give point and flavor to an otherwise blank ' existence," is tha position taken by Carrie E. Garrett discussing "Woman's Dreams and Hobbies" in 'The Woman's Home Companion. '." "Hobbies' have the power to concentrate 'and absorb the scattered energies •which might otherwise be expended in purposeless flirtations, building superfluous bonnets, reading cheap sensations, gossiping away precious moments, pick- •ing out our friends' foibles, dissecting our own emotions and wishing vaguely for everything which is attainable. If the hobby did nothing else but .prevant these frivolities, it .would be a boon to humanity. "Man found out the value of hobbies long ago: Almost every man who is good for anything has a purpose which • he thinks is quite the most magnificent one which a man could pursue. It is no matter whether it is lawmaking, pill- making or shoemaking, he pursues it with absorbing enthusiasm and strives to make the best laws or pills or shoes (as the case may be) to be found anywhere. "Woman has found that it is not enough to merely look pretty; that love cannot be her 'whole existence' (the - poet to the contrary notwithstanding), and that even with tho richest plenitude of gowns, jewels and enjoyments life gtill needs a purpose. If it is at all a • respectable purpose and pursued with general zeal, it cannot fail to thrive and increase and bear fruit." the sixteenth century a pious fellow of Queen's college was walking on Shotover bill, just outside of Oxford, commendably engaged in reading and studyr ing the New Testament as he strolled along. He'was suddenly attacked by a wild boar and only saved his life by thrusting the New Testament bo held in his hand down tho throat of the fierce animal, which, when subdued, »,vas conveyed to the college in triumph. Where Beady Money Is Scarce. In the British settlement in the great Chinese city of Shanghai ready money is practically unknown. After you havt had lunch at a restaurant you calmly get up and walk out without a thought, of payment in cash. Some time later i:i the day a, coolie arrives at your residenci with a tiny slip of paper—a "chit," as they call it—simply a memorandum of the amount. You get a shave at your barber's. The same system is carried out. You purchase a newspaper or a buttonhole bouquet, a "chit" is the result. The very shoeblack does not ask for coppers, but brings his bill at the end of the month.—London Answers. The Longest Love Letter. • Perhaps the longest love letter in the world is one written by a certain courtier in the time of Queen Elizabeth to his ladylove on the return from tho armada campaign. It occupied 400 sheets of crabbed writing, the number of words being something like 40,000. , When Men Buy Plume*. I sat ! behind two women in a Four? fceenth street car when a funeral procession, made up of members of some secret society in full regalia passed up the street. The sight of the plumed hats displeased one of the women in front of me. "Did you ever see anything sillier than that?" she sniffed. "Look at those men •dressed up in all those gewgaws just to let folks know they've got a secret, Where would you find women willing to parade around the streets togged out like stage soldiers? Who ever heard of women doing it? Imagine the Daughters of the American Revolution riding around in cocked hats, or the Women's Christian Temperance union with gold laoed.aprons. Women have more sense- They wouldn't deliberately make them, selves ridiculous that way. "Look at those sashes and look at those awful hats and those mangy plumes. My husband's got them all. He paid $75 for his outfit. He paid $15 for a stringy ostrich plume for his hat, and . then"—here the true inwardness of her I contempt for secret society regalias cauio i i0u t—''after paying all that for a plume i he doesn't wear once in six months, he ; almost dropped dead because I paid $5 i for a feather I've worn every day for a j year. A man's just a natural born— j well, I won't say it." i But you could see that she thought it, ' just the same.—Washington Post. Tho Woman and tho Dlrccto "I have been amused many a ti . said a clerk 'in a drug store, "to n the way women consult the director,., They never turn swiftly to a name like a man, skipping down through the alphabetical subclnssiflcntion, but pore over it by sections, as if it were a novel. If a man doesn't find a namo exactly where it ought to be, he stops instantly and walks off, but a woman will examine everything under that letter before she givei up. Moreover, she is sure to be reminded of other people in tho course of tho search and never fails to look them up also. "A lady came in one morning, sat down and opened tho book. She would linger over one part for awhile and then Dttffy and II1» Poems. sa*«s--Bi*-«- , r y 100 persons now living, I 85 are married and 6 aro 30 that on the average 1i per- N 20 you meet in the streets, „ 0 V or wherever it may bo, » nd , 8 \\ a widow or a widower, EnglaudV in be ^married. In on their W»x' husband and wilo together for\* mny oxp0 ot to live in Holland auV m France ouly_30. Bia SO.-—Now X,,v, 28, but in MU Q Journal. The nciff One of tho results gross at Basel is tho revZionist con Hebrew Hag. At tho n. n uce of tho (place of \ mind "but came day." ___ Rejected With Thanks. \ t' \ -HAS THE- Christmas In Oxfortl, England, the land of the medieval Yuletide festivities, is the home of many strange and interesting Christmas traditions. This is especially true of the town of Oxford, the place where Shakespeare and his company of fellow actors were wont to hold down the boards at Ohristmastide three centuries ago. The day of the strolling player has passed *way, but the old time Christmas .choral singers still go through the streets of Oxford singing from door to door their quaint old fashioned songs. A strange old custom is kept up at Queen's college, Oxford, where each Christmas day a huge boar's head is carried into the big old dining hall, followed by the choir boys .singing a Latin hymn of thanksgiving, ihe greens with which the head is dressed are afterward distributed among the guests present at the festival, and the head itself is given to the poor of ux- ford town. The peculiar part 'of we ceremony, which has been held witu- out a, break forseveral centuries, is that the boar's head always appears with a J?ew Testament in its mouth. Tradition explains this as follows: looking A Cleveland clergyman who is not given to putting on a long face either in his pulpit or out of it says that before he came here from the south he was one day asked by a young man to unite him with the woman of his choice in the holy bonds of wedlock upon the evening of a certain day. "I am very sorry," said the reverend gentleman, "but I shall be out of town upon that day." I The young man was crestfallen, sam j that he had set his heart upon having i that particular minister perform the) ceremony and asked if there was no { possible way in which it could be arranged. „ ., "I thought the matter over," said the clergyman in recounting the experience "and finally agreed to return for the express purpose of complying with his wishes. He was greatly pleased, assured me that it was very kind of me and hinted that I would be well repaid for my trouble and consideration. "So upon the day set for the ceremony I traveled nearly 300 miles, paid out $8 60 for my railroad ticket and other accommodations au.d gave the happy couple one of the best marriage services in mv repertory. "After the ceremony the groom came to me, blushing furiously, slipped a $5 bill into my hand and iu all serious- is all I have to give you now, but I hope to be able to do better next Hl ?<l''was $3.50 out of pooketon the transaction* aud I guess I'l]IJJ ,*« hunt up somebody else 'next time. ~ Qleveland Leader. No Small Change. Dean Monahan relates an incident which illustrates the absence of small change in the early days of Kansas. In 1868 he went into the postoffloe at Hays City, threw down a quarter and asked for a postage stamp. " Want only one?" queried the postmaster. "Only one," replied the novelist, whereupon the postmaster handed him a stamp and raked in the quarter. "Don't I get any change?" demanded Monahan. "Change, h—1!" replied the government official. "We have no change in these parts smaller than a quarter I" And this was strictly true. In Hays City the smallest coin known was the 36 cent piece. A glass of beer sold for a quarter, and the same charge was made for a pound of crackers or a cigar. It is related in the early annals of the town how the saloon .and dance hall keepers held an indignation meeting to take action in the case of a new man who advertised to sell two glasses of beer for a quarter. The meeting resulted in the departure of the innovator for pastures new. As late as 1873 there was a store in Hays City which never gave any change smaller than the 25 cent piece. If the customer had, say, 15 cents coming, he was at liberty to help himself to a glass of 1 whisky from a barre.l which stood in the corner, but he need not expect his dues in money.^Kansaa City Journal. Why the Light Went Out. In front of the high altar in the cathedral at Salzburg there is a great lamp that is supposed to burn "forever and a day." One morning, years ago, worshipers were surprised to see it gp Designs in Lamps. Call and be convinced that what we say is true. We also have a fine line of HAVILAND CHINA Fine Candy and Nuts, Our prices are always the lowest and our goods tho best on the market, Corner G-rooer, E. J. GILMORE.

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