The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 14, 1898 · Page 22
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THE , -r, , LE8 WEDNESDAY, " 14, 1898* What is there nicer or more Pretty Slippers or Shoes? / * appi&priate for a Christmas gift than a pair of / / We have Slippers in great quantities and endless varieties. All sizes. For Little Folks as A^ell as Grown People. Men's Handsome Embroidered Slippers at only 75c ar/d . Men's Fine Leather Slippers, very pretty, only $1.00 to/$1.25 Men's Patent Leather Oxfords, just the thing _ / for party wear, at only - $1.#5 to 2.00 Ladies' Fine Felt Slippers, soft and warm and very pretty, at only Ladies' Fur-trimmed Juliets, the nicest thing , at only $1.00 and $1.25 $1.25 and $1.50 itnnlv - $J.A5to^.OU ior -^mas, at umy - < And Igreat variety of Childrer^and Ladies' Slippers at the VERY LOWEST PRICES. /' Something New and Novel in Ladies' Vesting Top Tan Boots. Will be received about ih/16th. These are the latest novelties, and will be sold at the very low prtoe-of $3.00 a^pair Bemember that we a,f e,<kviNG -AWAY a beautiful Doll as a Christmas present with every cash purchase amounting to $2.50 or over/ BROWNELL & ALLRED, / Fine work done in our repairing department. Footwear of all kinds (nothing else,) Boston Block, ALGONA, IOWA. Old Time Firemen. | Fifty years and more ago, when New Tork and many other cities relied upon the members of their volunteer fire department to put out fires, the ambition of each company was to be first at a fire and most efficient in subduing the flames. > One old time fireman says that noth- > ing'now can rouse in him the expite- ment which never failed to come at the sound of the fire alarm. I "Business, meals and health were of ; email account compared to a call to join j the fire engine," this veteran says, with a retrospective sigh. "The,Mght of my ' wedding there was a fire./ojat it came right in the middle of thaflflarriage service and J had to miss iS^Sowever, there was one early the v fif morning while we were eating b 1 JlBfast, and I went. No bride was so emoting as to expect to keep her husburS&t her side when the fire departmerJfad use for him." There werr</o salaries in those days save those pVa to chief engineers. The firemen paj^for the painting and decorating of^heir honored engines and for euoh rejvnre as were needed from time to tim/ In the days before cities were divid/1 into districts the volunteer firenten, added to active service on the field of the conflagration, frequently had a good deal of preliminary exercise in the way of running before they dis- pvered where their services were need».—Youth's Companion. A. Vegetable Caterpillar. The most extraordinary object I have fever seen is the New Zealand vegetable caterpillar. The ratais a parasite creeper which first destroys its forest host and then crashes it to death and, usurping its skeleton, becomes a tree itself. It the rata seedling is dug up, it is found to be springing not from a seed, but from the bead of a perfectly formed caterpillar. It ia supposed by some that .the caterpillar, wbiob on dissection proves to be internally the exact counterpart of its living insect relative, swallows the tiny rate eeed while- Jiving, and burrowing into the ground' becomes, instead of a chrysalis, the germinating home of the need, which by some agency turns its unfortunate foster mother into wood. Others, however, contend the caterpillar itself is produced by the rata, urging *n support of their theory that if 8pri»gingfr° m « Beed the foot would out of different parts of the cater- tafiaa p< invariably growing taseo? vegetable is yellowish, s Jong, and is W «" aeejj them fiesbly dug the solution/ of lime and arsenic in which ttie'/are usually soaked the process is 's£f hastened that the skins are ready for the mechanical removal of the hair iff several hours, whereas in the ordinary way it would require several dafrs. The passage of the electric cur- tent appears to carry the solution into "the pores of the hide in a very remarkable manner. After the hair is removed and the skins placed in the proper tanning solutions a weak current is again passed through the solution, which has a similar accelerating effect. The flg- I ures of time required for tanning "by 1 this process are, with bark liquor, about 1 12 days for cowhide and one-half to three days for calfskin and one day ior kangaroo.—Philadelphia Record. A German Death Notice. Under the "collective mourner" system in Germany all the relative? of the deceased bind themselves tog*, aer to mourn his loss and to defray oolJ Actively the cost of advertisement. The case of Mrs. Regina Wersohau is an instance in point. She lived to the age of 111 and left behind her many relatives, whose testimony, quoted textually from the Wersohan Gazette, reads as follows: "Filled with sorrow we announce to all our relations and acquaintances the Departure of our innermostly loved Mother, Mother-in-law, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Great-Great- Grandmother and Great-Great-Great- Grandmother, who departed this life on August 32, 1898." The signatures of the parties affected follow. The German for the last title is "Ururnrgross- mutter." the intricacies of the design the workman has in his head, and they develop on the glass in a way which seems to the lookei on absolutely marvelous.— New York Times. A Wonderful Creature. The polyp is the most remarkable creature on earth. If out transversely or longitudinally into several parts, each will become a perfect animal. Trembly turned them inside out and they ate and enjoyed themselves as much as ever. He slit two longitudinally, placed the halves together, and united them into two animals. He divided two transversely and created one with two heads. He pushed one down the throat of another, a third down the throat of the second, and thus formed a creature with three heads. . They Destroy His Worlts. In China the faith in heredity is so strong that when a "habitual criminal" is captured they not only out him nto small pieces, but put all his sons and grandsons to death. The Celestials jvideutly believe that faith without works is dead.—Boston Globe. An Appreciative Reader. Thomas Scott, the celebrated commentator on the Bible, published an edi tion of Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" with explanatory notes. A copy of this work he benevolently presented to one of his poor parishioners, Meeting him soon after, Mr. Scott inquired whether he bad read it. "Yes, sir," was the enthusiastic re< ply. "Do you think you understand it?" "Oh, yes, sir," the parishioner an swered, with the unexpected and disap pointing addition, "and I hope befori long I shall understand the notes." hurch people were very desirous of ssisting them, as the children always ttended Sunday school and were well rought up; so the district visitor was nstruoted to look out for them. This she did, seeing that they had a modest allow ance of groceries, coal nough to keep them from freezing, and o on. She did not give them money, as hat was contrary to her methods except n special oases, but she was going out of own for a week, and so left with the mother 60 cents for emergencies. This is what they told her they did with it: "The weather was so fine, and grandma had never seen the shops here. I knew," said the mother, "that they must be dressed handsome for Easter, so I took grandma and the children down town in the electric cara and let them see all the stores. That cost 40 cents down and back, and with the 10 cents left I bought grandma some peppermints. "—Boston Herald. Gla«» Cutting. The layman who is introduced to the mysteries of cutting glass for the first time is amassed at the amount of work that the workman does entirely by bis eye. The first stage of the bowl which is to be out finds it in a perfectly plain condition, not a scratch upon it and only a half dozen or more marks, in red chalk, wbiohmean absolutely nothing to the nnpraotioed eye. But to the working tbey mm the whole pattern. Perhaps the dish jg ft salad bowl, The marks in obaifc will run from the edge, flte intervals apart, down, to ibo <?ente? of the howl at tbe bottojn. In one of the divisions pf the bovsJ^bus marked there my be a WWto #W?th.er paring in the shape perhaps oj a diamond, Tfeli tedious the. ptt^e te|9™ M " h 'if tokeieifewi JfwJU lY« " ' ' In Manitoba you can turn a furrow 100 miles long and not encounter a stone as large as your fist. The earth, 'or a distance down from three to five feet, is a rich, black loam, made by coiifcuries and centuries of decaying veg- utatiou. _____ Busily Accomplished. "Yes," said Farmer Gorntossel, "when Josiar fust come 'home from bein educated, he was too sporty for anything. If there was anything that he was more than sporty, it was obstinate But he's all over it. He's jest as yieldin now as kin be, an I don't believe he ever thinks of bettin. Not in this neighborhood, anyhow." "Did you lecture him?" inquired the neighbor. "No. I Wan't so foolish. I knew leo- turin wouldn't do no good. He thinks I ain't in his class, an if I was to express an opinion he'dmore'n likely take it for granted that the opposite was facts." "Did you resort to threats?" "Never. I don't have to. I'm a natural bprr» diplomat." "Well, if you didn't persuade nor yet threaten, I don't see how you managed. He's too big to lick," "Djd you ever drive a pig?" "Yes," "Did you. ever drive more'n one at once?" , "Yes." , "Then you'll understand how easy it was. All I done to take the conceit clean out o' Joeiar was to bet him be couldn't drive four pige from here to town past the place wbere, tbree reads orosfl'."-« Washington Star. Bits of Tin. •An ordinary political campaign," said a novelty manufacturer, "is not an unmitigated evil to all branches of trade. Among those that profit by it are the tin can manufacturers. Most of the campaign buttons are made of tin, and when a big political struggle is expected the makers send out agents through the tin factories of the south to buy up all the waste tin and useless cans they can find to make their buttons with. Most of the campaign buttons are made in Newark, and the amount paid by the makers to the can factories, particularly those cf Baltimore, is considerable, even though the tin is waste, if anything can be called waste nowadays. "Nor is the tin waste useless, even When no political excitement is on. know a man who visits Baltimore at regular intervals and buys all the scrap tin he can find and sells it to the button makers. It is used for the backing of ordinary buttons. Any day in part's pi Brooklyn you can see wagons loaded With scrap tin and old cans. The greater part of this goes to the places where buttons, toys and gewgaws of various kinds are made. "~New York Sun. Ileade's Eccentric English. Reade's use of the English language, too, was eccentric, not to say ludicrous. In "A Simpleton," when he wished to signify that two people turned their backs on each other in a fit of temper, he wrote, "They showed napes." Describing the complexion of the New Haven fishwives in "Christie Johnstone," he says, "It is a race of women that the northern sun peaohifles instead of rosewoodizing." In "Readiana" he describes a gentleman giving a lunch to two ladies at a railway restaurant as follows: "He souped them, he tough chickened them, he brandied and ooohi- uealed one, and he brandied and burnt sugared the other" (brandy and cochineal and brandy and burnt sugar being Reade's euphemisms for port and sherry respectively). While he was preparing his series of articles on Old Testament characters he read what he had written to John Ooleman on one occasion and came to this startling passage in his argument: "Having now arrived at this'Conclu- sion, we must go the whole hog or none." Coleman objected to this phrase. "You don't like the hog, I see," said Reade. "Well, it's a strong figure of speech and it's understanded of the people; but—yes, you are right. It's scarcely Scriptural. So out it goes. "— Gentleman's Magazine. An Anecdote of Admiral Dewey. One afternoon Mr. Dewey came down to my table on the gun deck. With an easy air he sat down on a oarap etool and said quietly: "So you're the ship's writer?" "Yes, Mr. Dewey." "And these, I presume, are the ship's books?" "Yes, sir." "This is your liberty book. Let me lutely concentrated in the casino. This is the magnet pur et simple. You have delightful concerts free of charge, theatrical performances with the very best of talent at extremely moderate prices! but all within the walls of the all absorbing casino. ! Very few can resist the magnetism o|C play. If you win even a small sum, you feel obliged to continue; if you lose, yon wish to regain, and so it goes on / until in the end you have dropped more than you can well afford and are obliged to retire a sadder but wiser man or woman, with the option of applying to the casino authorities for the wherewithal to return home. This request is never refused a player who has lost.—Ludgate Magazine. The Blrdllke Love. "Now, there's the people that buy canaries," said the bird dealer. "Queer people they are. The canary has no more love in it than a oat—not so much as a oat has for a canary. It loves nothing but feed, and it can't make believe as much affection as a oat can when it wants something. But hundreds buy canaries and love them—queer people; lonely people mostly. Some have friends, but that makes no difference about their being lonely. Nobody loves them, just the same. "But the worst is nobody wants their love either. They are humblelike, though. They don't expect love. All they want is something to love—not much of anything, just anything. So the canary does. "Yes, I sell lots of 'em canaries, and I can tell every time a customer comes in the door if he wants a canary or canary feed."—New York Commercial. There was a certain family l» the worker beflA«M> interested. very poor, tfceji roams were clean they were very fond of o»e ftn tfce 9 ld nap4lBQtb#» JSP* *8 Ibis so«8try, and AZetbods of Murder. " Sir J. Oriohton Browne's expression of surprise that homipides still clung to old fashioned methods of destruction when they might so easily use poisons or microbes which would defy post mortem has not unnaturally called forth many comments, That would be criminals, heirs at Jaw, we suppose, do sometimes cast about for safe means of "shifting" inconvenient relatives or enemies there is, we fear, little doubt. A correspondent writes to tell us that be was once informed by Mr. Bartlett, the late superintendent of the 300, that he would never part with a poisonous make unless he knew his customer. That naturalist's long experience of the animal kingdom had also given hiw remarkable insight into the nature of humane. Oddly enough, adds our correspondent, Pr. Ooiiuu Doyle used the motive in one of Ws famous Sherlogfe see." And Mr. Dewey turned over leaf after leaf, glancing down the list with a grim smile. "Mr. Kimberley tells me that you are a conscientious bookkeeper," he said after a pause. 'The men think that I'm too much so, sir." Dewey regarded me with a searching look. "Why, what do they say?" he asked, Boylike, impetuously anxious to learn what manner of man I had to deal with, I blurted out: "They say they want less book and more executive officer." Mr. Dewey's face darkened and bia square set jaw closed hard. "If they mean by that that they expect me to sail ship on sweet words and fair promises in spite of past experiences, they will be badly out of reckoning, " he said slowly.^Harpeif'B Bound fable. The Coin CoweW P»pjt, The large sums that are carried away from Monte Carlo are very few and far between. Generally what is won in one day is lost the next. There are no amusements of any kind. The administration looks after this detail with ad- jniraWe judgment. Everything is a.b«o- A Simple Sunshine Recorder. Procure an empty quarter plate cardboard box, and in the top of the.lid out a hole about half an inch in diameter close to the edge of one side. Then paste a bit of stiff brown paper over this hole, and when dry prick a hole in the brown paper with a pin. To use the sunshine recorder place a piece of paper in the bottom of the box, but sensitive side uppermost, and on this place a glass plate to keep the paper fiat. Now put the lid on containing the pin hole, and stand the whole thing flat on a window ledge, the pin hole side facing the south and make a pencil mark all round the box, so that you always place it in the same position, and change the paper once a day, when » very clear record of every peep of sunshine will be found.—New York Mail and Express, HID Brain Bell. "You know," said a man who writes • things for a living, "there'sa hell rings on the typewriter when you get to the end of the line to warn the operator that the end has been reached, and he must stop and take a fresh start, Jhave no bell i» my brain, but I have eome-i thing there that tells me with no less certainty when J have done my stint, and it is time for me to stop for the day. And I sometimes wonder if the ' gentle reader doesn't think that my brain bell ongbttoring

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