The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 14, 1898 · Page 21
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 14, 1898
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stmas A Happy ear uarters narness. PESMQJNE8: ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1898, •1^fr^aj^fc^u mc ^ J . 1 _^.. JJ _.. ,. j .-,....„. ^.. ,:.,,.,,„-.,.*,.. ^-,;;.,. t -a,_-,.,i-^_..J,,. 1 ,,..,, J .,, ..^tj J, ... .._ v^, _._^-_._. ._, „ „. _ .. * _ * v We are plum out of Heavy Harness today, but will haye more on the rack in a day or two. Our harness are put up in good 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, Farraarnt'* Opinion of Detroy. fcear Admiral Dewey as a young ofn* oer impressed one as a self contained l inan with powerfujiiatl'fe foroe."-J( "often think of the remark made by Admiral 'Goldsborough to-Farragut on the ooca- aion of the visit of the latter to our ship. The two admirals were standing within a few feet of my table, and Dewey had stepped back to give an order to the-orderly. !\ ,-..,.,. ..': , "Farragnt," said Goldsborough, "Dewey; will make his mark in the world if he ever gets an opportunity." \ "Aye," answered Farragnt, with the pleasant smile so becoming to his homely face, "and he will make the'oppor- tunity.", •sj Ato'«^ tfarragut Was a true prophet.-— ^Harper's Bound Table. Revenge. lurry >np, therel", yelled the oon- duotor\to a man who bad chased the oar about aXquarter of a mile. "We can't wait all Ctay for you." "Is thiffva Woodward avenue oar?" asked the taM, thin man, who was panting like a tugiboat after his long run. "Yes," was she curt reply. "That's right^f said the thin man, "always speak tfiitt truth, and your neighbors will respftDj; you." ' And so saying he hwried around the corner, while the oono/KWtor came down from the car to look foV a brick.—Detroit Journal. No Allowauco. They say, Blokely, old your wife independent foVfjuno'" "That's right.. It's so confoundedly independent that I can't got any of\Jt. —Detroit Free Press. And all kinds of Harness. Yours truly, D. B. AVEY SAVING GRACE OF A HOBBY. It Revives Hope and Enthunlasin and '''•'' Makes Lite Worth tivingr. '•'.'""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 1 rate serve to entertain ( and give point and'flavor to an other- 'wise blank 'existence," is tha position taken by Carrie B. Garrett discussing " Woman's Dreams and Hobbies" in 'The Woman's Home Companion. "Hobbies' have tlie power to concentrate 'and' absorb the scattered energies which might otherwise be expended in purposeless flirtations, building super- •flubus bonnets, reading cheap sensations, gossiping away precious moments, piok- •ing out our friends' foibles, dissecting our own emotions and wishing vaguely for everything which is attainable. If the hobby did nothing else but .prevsnt 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 lawnmking, pill- making or shoemakihg, 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 the richest plenitude of gowns, jewels and enjoyments life still 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 hill, just outside of Oxford, commendably engaged in reading and studying the New Testament as he strolled along. He*was suddenly attacked by a wild boar and only saved hie life by thrusting the New Testament ho held in his hand down the 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 have 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 residenc-i 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. Christmas In Oxford. England, the land of the medifeval 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 (lay of the strolling player has passed away, 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 ifcatin hymn of thanksgiving. The 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 Oxford town. The peculiar part of the ceremony, which has been held without a break for several centuries, is that the boar's head always appears with a New Testament in its mouth. Tradi- tjop explains this as follows: During The Longest Lovo 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 the armada campaign. It occupied 400 sheets of crabbed writing, the number of words being something like 40,000. , When Men Iluy Finnic*. I eat behind two women in a Fourteenth 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 yon 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 cooked 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 contempt for secret society regalias came out—"after paying all that for a plume he doesn't wear once in six months, he almost dropped dead because I paid $5 for a feather I've worn every day for a year. A man's just a natural born— well, I won't say it." But you could see that she thought it, just the same. -* Washing ton Post. Xiooking Forward. 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." The young man was crestfallen, said that he had set his heart upon having 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 mo 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 and gave the happy couple one of the best marriage services in my repertory, "After the ceremony the groom came to me, blushing furiously, slipped a $5 bill into my hand and in all seriousness said: <« 'This is all I have to give you now, but I hope to be able to do better next time.' "I was $3.50 out of pocket on the transaction, and I guess I'll let him bunt up somebody else 'next time.' "— Cleveland Leader. No Small Dean Mouahan relates an incident which illustrates the absence of small change in the early days of Kansas. In 1868 he went into the postofHoe at Hays City, threw down a quarter and asked for a postage stamp. " Want only one?" queried the postmaster. "Only one," replied the novelist, whereupon the postmaster banded him a stamp and raked in the quarter. "Don't I get any change?" demanded Monahan, "Change, b—11" replied the government official. "We have no change in these parts smaller than a quarter I" And this was strictly true. In Hays City the smallest coin known was the 35 cent piece. A glass of beer sold for a quarter, and the same charge was made for a pound of crackers or a cigar. It is related in the early annals of the town how the saloon .and dance hall keepers held an indignation meeting to take action in the case of a new man who advertised to sell two glasses of beer for a quarter. The meeting resulted in the de parture of the innovator for pastures new. As late as 1873 there was a store in Hays City which never gave any change smaller than the 25 cent piece. If the customer bad, say, 15 cents coming, he was at liberty to help himself to a glass of' whisky from a barrel which stood in the corner, but be need not expect bis dues in money.—Kansas City Journal. Why the U?bt Wen* Oat In front of the high altar in the cathedral at Salzburg there is a great lamp that is supposed to bum "forever and a day." One morning, years ago, worshipers were surprised to see it go out, and this was repeated morning after morning, always about th« same time. It was thought the attendant had I neglected to give it eufflolent oil, and J though he declared his - Innocence, h$! was told that he would be discharged if the oversight were repeated. tfnwilHng! to deal unjustly with the man, the dean! of the cathedral hid himself one night { to tee if he could solve the mystery. He had not long to wait. About 10 o'clock a big rat was seen descending the rope by Which the lamp was SUB-' .psnded. Having reached the oil, Jit fed 'fteely» and then went away by the way it came. Needless is it to say that the! attendant held his place. turn to another, keeping the places With her fingers And bent apparently on reading; the whole thing. Meanwhile at least half a do$en men collected Behind her, all waitifig impatiently to get a chance at the volume. At last she turned around and was startled to see the crowd. 'Are yon quite through, madam?' asked one of the men. 'Oh, yes,' she replied, 'I was just running through it to See Who Was there.* It's ah everyday occurrence for women to come in to wait for a car and get so interested in the directory that they miss & dozen or so. The book seems to have a weird fascination for the eex. "—New Orleans Times-Democrat. Tho Woman and the Directory. "I have been amused many a time," said a clerk 'in a drug store, "to note the way women consult the directory. They never turn swiftly to a name like a man, skipping down through the alphabetical subclassificatiou, but pore over it by sections, as if it were a novel. If a man doesn't find a name 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 the course of the search and never fails to look them up also. "A lady came in one morning, sat down and opened the book. She would linger over one part for awhile and then "A Danger out N Man." Here is a story illustrative of the ignorance of the colonies that once prevailed ( in the colonial office and is not yet entirely banished from downing street.^ As we all 1 know, the late Lojrd Carnarvon, when colonial secretary, ' officially recorded his opinion of Sir Gorge Grey as "a dangerous man." Sir Charles Gavan Duffy,,,on. one of bis visits, frpm Victoria, called upon Lord Carnarvon in 'Downing' street, and in conversation chanped to introduce a reference to Sir George Grey. "A very strange and comprehensible character," said Lord Carnarvon, with a shake of the bead. "I hear be has now withdrawn to an island off the coast of New .Zealand and surrounded himself with a number of wallabies." "Oh, yes; I think that is not at all improbable," replied Sir Charles. . "You surprise me," rejoined Lord Carnarvon. "What must be the state of morality in a country where you make light of snob a proceeding?" "Why, my lord, what do you suppose a wallaby to bo?" "A half caste female, of course. Is that not so?" "Certainly not; a wallaby is simply a small kangaroo."—London Chronicle. StatlRtlc* of MarrlaKc. The chances at birth that baby will eventually marry are 9 in 80, or rather less than one-half. This result may seem surprising, but it is largely accounted for by the great mortality of persons under marriageable age, especially of infants up to the age of 5. No fewer than 88 per cent of babies die before they are 6 years old, ! and 44 per cent of the whole population before the age of 18. In JLngland, as in this country, according to belief, the females outnumber the .males. • OutVf every 100 persons now living, 00 are single, 85 are married and 6 are widowed. NSo that on the average 1 person in every\30 y«Q meet in the streets, in the traiu\ or wherever it may bo, will be oithoAa widow or a widower, and 8 out of 5 N will bo unmarried. In England an average husband and wife on their wecldiug day may expect to live together for 37 years, in France only 26, in Holland and Belgium 38, but in Russia 80.—New York* Homo Journal. The Hobrevi^ Flue. One of the results of too Zionist congress at Basel is the roappwi-.inco of the Hebrew flag. At the nio<Xing place of the delegates a flag Was hoisted which had two bltte stripes on a white field* and betweetf these the six pointed f&rw or sign of David. It Was explained',ll that time that a similar flag Was t&& as the standard of the Hebrews mine" • days of the Hebrew nation. PloWfl and descriptions of the flag came tdi United States With accounts of the' oeedings of the congress, and in the New York Ghetto began to look' for Hebrew flags. The consequence was that the American Flag company turned out a quantity, for which there was ready sale.—New York Tribune. Digging For Fish, The natives of Kottiar, In Africa, are in the habit of digging every year, in the summer, the dry banks bf the Verge! river for, fish, which they dig out by hundreds, just as they would potatoes. .The mnd lumps are broken open and the. .fish, perhaps 8 or. 10 inches long, Will always be found alive, and often frisky, as if just removed from its supposedly native element—the water. In the dry beds of several African rivers a similar practice is often pursued. A kind of mud fish buries itself while the bottom is still moist, and remains there all the summer, waking up when the rains commence again. . * Articles Made of Eelskln. An eolskin leather factory is situated in a quiet street in the neighborhood ,.of London bridge. Hero aro prepared and manufactured various articles from tho skin of tho common eel. Tho skins are manipulated by numerous complicated processes imtil they resemble and would •easily be taken for leather, although of a more glutinous and pliable nature. This strnngo commodity is out into long, thin strips and plaited very closely together for whiplashes and to cover portions of tho handles of. more expensive whips. Certain kinds of lashes and harness' laces aro also made of eelskin. This leather is almost indispensable in articles of this description, where flexibility allied with an uncommon toughness is desired.—Invention. and Ills Poems. Sir Charles Gavau Duffy relates that ho once had put into his hands by a hostess a volume containing some of his own poem's and was asked for his opinion of them. - f 1 ' Dreadful drivel,'' replied tbo modest Sir Charles. His hostess flushed. "I don't mind your laughing at mo," sho said, "but pray don't laugh at verses which came to me from the very heart of my bus- band when wo first knew eaob other and which I will treasure to my dying day." Rejected With Thanks. Strong Minded Woman (pointing to article in paper)—Sir, did you, write that? Terror Stricken Editor — Y-y-yes, madam. I—I wrote it. Strong Minded Woman—It meets my approval exactly. It'is seldom one meets a person of your sex capable of such just discrimination. Will you marry me, sir?—Chicago Tribune. GILMOR -HAS THE Largest Stock and Designs in Lamps. Call and be convinced that what we say is true, We • also have a fine line of HAYILAND CHINA, GUT GLASS, Fine Candy and Nuts. Our prices are always the lowest and our goods the best on the market, Corner Grocer,

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