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WUDUWttB L»B M01KE8! AMONA. IOWA. WEDNESDAY. DBOJiltfcEtt 28,188& WA.RR6N. to £ub*erlb«t*. On* copy, one year.. • W-gg Os6 Copy,st* months... ••• J5 On6 Copy, three ffionths ..... *« Ste&t Twftny address at above Hrtes. Retolt by draft, ttone* order, of express or- d Bates" advertising sent on application. . A Chfistirtas Sttggestton. Comparaiively a smalt part of the people attend church. THE OFFER DBS MOINBS SB moved to ask why this is so, and the inquiry seems pertinent At this time when everybody is celebrating a holiday that belongs peculiarly to the church, and when Algona in particular Is closing A year that has been marked by notable church building. Why is it that with a population in town of 3,000, and in the surrounding country that is easily accessible to rtown, of at least 1,000 more, the total church attendance even on a Christmas morning did not probably exceed 2,000 people. The churches are commodious, so that the surroundings are pleasant. The music is often as good as we pay to hear from travelling concert companies. Sermons are preached in more than one pulpit in Algona that would attract attention in any city in the state. The mite^that is expected from each to help pay runningexpenses is inconsiderable. Why is it that everybody in town and everybody reach of town does not at week get out to church? THE UPPER DES MOINES is inclined to believe after due consideration of all phases of the subject that the fault is not on the church side, but rather with the people, at least in Algona. With the accessions to the pulpit of the past two years the churches on the whole outrank any single institution in our community, not even excepting our schools, which stand very high. No one can fairly remain away from church because the services are not worth his while, and everybody, whether he believes in the divine mission of the church.or regards it merely as one of the institutions the human race has developed to meet its needs, feels that skill who bad a tote that the tnossback southern relics are afraid of. One of the worst signs of the times is the luke- warmneSs that is noto shown all Over the country towards the openly avowed purpose of the south to practically enslave the negro race again. ^ THIS much must be said for the Bryanitee—-they have more sagacity than the republicans who want an extra session of congress. They are doing all they can to force an extra session by delaying the work at Washington. They know that an extra session will do for the McKinley administration exactly what it did for the Cleveland administration. It is fortunate that President McKinley, Senator Allison, et at. know more about politics than the Rigbys of Iowa. other important subjects £rowinfr out 6f the war with Spain. The frontispiece of the number Is a drawing from life by Chartes Dana Gibson of Col. Roosevelt, and It IS ft most satisfactory interpretation of the salient qualities in the face of the new within least once a the church fills a great field and that its support is a matter of universal duty. THE UPPER DES MOINES is not attempting to forestall the evangelist who is to be here soon, and has not been engaged by any of the churches. It offers its Christmas suggestion without invitation and entirely on its own hooK. Its suggestion is that everybody open the new year by taking a hitch in his moral suspenders, and at least once a Sunday getting out to church. _ _^_=zirr^; The President in the South. It is difficult to judge of the real value of President McKinley's southern trip. His patriotic and magnanimous speeches seem to have been received in a very cautious and critical spirit by the leading newspapers. A copy of the Charleston News and Courier has been ""marked and sent to THE UPPER DES MOINES by some unknown friend, containing four or five leading editorials on events connected with his visit. The News and Courier is one of the representative papers of the south, and the general tenor of its comment may be judged from the following paragraph: "The funny side of this business is presented in President McKinley's ' magnanimous' speeches at various places during his triumphant southern tour Just corn- Dieted The ' reunited nation,' the ' wiping out of sectional lines,' etc., has been the burden of his addresses, and he has electrified the south,' and brought some old Confederates to wars and resolutions by proposing magnanimously that the United •States government shall begin now, thirty- three years after the end o£ the war for southern independence, to spend some money in caring for the graves of the Confederate soldier. The south, at a moderate estimate, has contributed somewhere between a half billion and a billion dollars to pay pensions to the Federal, soldiers who subjugated it, and to provide tombstones for thaw who were killed or died in the invasion, and now tho latest republican president proposes that a few thousanddol- lars shall be appropriated, thirty-three years after the war ended, for the care of the graves of the Confederate soldiers, who . resisted the invasion to the death. And the proposition is hailed as a signal instance of the'condescension, 1 and so on, or our recent friends, the enemy I And we are ready to weep over the'magnanimity'ex- hibited to us! What has come over us, the people of the Confederacy?" President McKinley's proposal that the government care for the graves of -the Confederate dead is right as a mat^ •ter of public policy and humane sentiment. But as a matter of condescension to the old south it will amount to nothing. The old south will die out in time, and until it does the only thing to - - tioJs- to keep sitting on its head. Now an organization is being formed in the eopth by white locomotive engineers, the purpose of which is to prevent negroes from being allowed to be- epme engineers under any circumstances. This follows the demand, ysrhieb, gome pf the northern people are giving aeeeot t-o, that the negro be disfranchised, The,usual argument of those wb,o argue for dlsfranchJsement is that tb.e negro should seek manual Draining and become an expert maohan- Jo, nja,eflintet, etc,, and fit himself for $ome ujefu,! occupation. But the mo- mjanttbe negro is disfranchised that , he will ftnd every door without a, vote in this COL. CHAS. A. CLARKE'S address before the western division of the Army of the Potomac in Chicago in November has been published in pamphlet form. Its title is " Imperialism in 1861 and 1898," and in it he defends with great vigor the course the nation pursued thirty-five years ago and is pursuing now. The complaints of such men as Senator Hoar have no weight with Col. Clarke, who shows that they are identically the same now as were uttered during the civil war. Col. Clarke is for the larger America and his argument is unanswerable. MR. BRYAN has outlined a plausible program for the opposition party. It is to accept the Spanish treaty in the senate, thereby getting the Philippines into our control. Then he will fight with vigor against kaeping them. The only thing that will interfere with this program is President McKinley's cautious reference of everything connected with our new possessions to public opinion. He has declared no policy and will declare none until congress is satisfied as to the best course to be pursued. It is not at all certain that the republican party may not propose Voes- tablish independent republics, as Bryan suggests. This is unlikely, however, for it seems to be the settled opinion that such governments would fail everywhere except in Cuba, and even in Cuba it will take time. President McKinley has no pet plan. All he has decided to do is to release these islands from Spanish misrule and give them the best government they are capable of. This means for many years at least some form of supervision by this country, and this supervision whatever it may be the people will sustain. When congress acts it will be along the lines the best thought of the country sug- froto the very start it reveals those qualities of vigorous description that have De- come associated with Col. Eoosevelt as ah author and speaker. It haa been said that he knew aliHost every man in his regiment, and this article is filled with the colonel's anecdotes of notable men frotn east and west who composed the most picturesque body of fighting men of modern times. The January Atlantic^opens the new year and the new volume brilliantly and forcibly with a careful and discriminating comparison between the destructive and constructive energies of our government by President Eliot of Harvard University. President Eliot pays a high tribute to the consumate skill and energy displayed by President McKinley and his cabinet officers in the management of the late war, showing, moreover, that these destructive war powers were, and always must be, previously prepared and developed by the constructive arts of peace; and in this connection he calls attention to many proper objects for the operation of the beneficent constructive energies of the government ih times of peace, and which he believes should be energetically and systematically fostered and sustained. brass band was probably part of it. It may have been at this concert that the chairman advised opening the windows before the band began to play for fear the music would shatter the gtnss. -*- -s- •*• It was reported thHt grasshoppers had eaten the wheat on the farm owned by H. F. Watson and worked by F. C. Willson. The farm yielded 1,834 bushels from 66 acres, and the editor thinks the grasshopper story was a slander. -*• -4- -f- Billy Adams and Alex Smith found the water mill wheel clogged, and on investigation discovered fish in the flume a foot deep. They sold fish at $1 a bushel and were very popular. DOLLIVER HUNTS WOLVES, OUT WITH A FOBT DODGE PARTY, POLITICAL NOTES, the E. P. Bin-ringer is mentioned for legislature from Palo Alto. The Cedar Rapids Republican names Dolliver in a list of senatorial possibilities, Carroll Herald: Gov. Shaw will he Big Party TUiiisacked Webster Cortn> ty, and, as tTstaal, Got " What the Boy Shot At." It has made Kossuth wolf hunters laugh to read about the preparations made for a big ring wolf hunt near Fort Dodge. To think that at this late day anyone should expect to catch a wolf Unit way. It would take Port Dodgers as thick «s blackberries to ever ring a wolf, and even then the odds would be on the wolf. The hunt came off Monday, and failed as usual. But there must have been some HinUsing circumstances, judging from the following brief report: Con- Courier also bas Its share. Wo hi»jfl» think any town " close by" w n, 1? classed as a "better town" be Live business men whautia value of printer's ink and use papers to call attention to the• are the men who make a torn, the way gests, and Mr. Bryan's program of opposition will be defeated from the start. IP congress should be called in extra session next March it is already evident that all summer would be spent in wrangling over currency changes and schemes for governing our new possessions. President McKinley is too shrewd a political leader to chance any such experiment, and no republican of prominence favors it. It is safe to say that no extra session will be called if it can possibly be avoided. All of next year will be needed for a rest from congressional labors during which public sentiment can crystalize and republican leaders can outline a program upon which they can unite. ^•••••^••^••••^•^••••••••'''••'••''^ THE Daily Capital and Cedar Rapids Republican are discussing which one was really for " gold" in the St. Louis platform. What of it, brethern. The word gold signified nothing after the Iowa demand for bimetallism was added. Evei-y, republican platform for 20 years has been for the " existing standard," the "maintenance of the parity" between our dollars, or some other phrase meaning the gold standard. There was nothing in saying " gold" at St. Louis, so long as saving it did not mean a change of front and a repudiation of past republican financial legislation. NEWS AND OOMMENT. Prank Stillman writes from Washington about an English lord who has the gout there, and who would give §50,000 for the stomach of any stout Iowa farmer. Frank suggests that hereafter that farmers and others, in computing assets, figure a healthy and enthusiastic stomach at850,000. A democratic conference was held at Des Moines last week, at which it was agreed to drop 16 to 1 as an issue. Frank Bioknell reports that J. B. Romans was present from Denison and in behalf of the silver republicans consented to this change of front, Mrs. Ainsworth, who is one of Iowa's enterprising lady editors, got out a prosperous looking holiday edition of the Onawa Gazette. Mrs. Ainsworth's paper is always newsy, and it seems to enjoy a paying pat- rouage. The Sao Sun, which has a place all its own among Iowa weeklies, celebrates the holidays. The Sun is in all truth a model paper. THE MONTH'S MAGAZINES, IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. Gideon Hutchins, a well known citizen of Eagle Grove, is dead. Eagle Grove would like to get into E. B. Bircher's stake race circuit. Emmetsburgers have been getting kerosene at nine cents a gallon. A war is on. Fort Dodge stores are going to close at 6 o'clock. Why isn't Algona metropolitan? G. H. Light is in the hotel business at Ruthven again. He has leased the Ruthven brick hotel. Britt News: Alex. White of Algona, with the John Paul Lumber company, was in town a short time Monday. Rev. Berry of Livermore tells the Gazette that Algona may well feel proud of the new Presbyterian church he helped to dedicate.' Estherville Vindicator: Miss Daisy Combs of Algona came over yesterday to visit friends here and to attend the ball at Bartlett's hall last evening. F. F. French of Humboldt has written for the National Tribune a chapter of war experiences which is said to be as interesting as any yet published. Clear Lake Mirror: Word has been received of the death in Algona of Mrs. Tillotson, formerly of Mason City. She was the mother of Mrs. A. Hulbert, now living in Colton, Cal. The interment was in Monona. Old times are recalled in this item of 26 years ago in the Spirit Lake Beacon: A. D. Clarke was over from Algona and talked with Editor Osborne his hopes and fears as to the relative chances of Algona 'proper and the depot town. Bailey: Mason City has the railroad fever too. What few lines Algona don't want or can't get Mason City is after. But Mason City don't claim the Nicaraugua canal nor the Suez canal, neither one. Mason is modest by the side of Algona. The Britt News republishes an item from THE UPPER DES MOINES about the Farmers' Milling company here and says: The above demonstrates the advantage of a good mill for a town. We will have the mill just as soon as John Fisk can get the stock subscribed. He has about two-thirds of the necessary amount subscribed, and it is hoped that the organization can be fully completed by Jan. 1. The farmers near Britt are interested in this mill project, and many of them are subscribing for stock. Old friends of Miss Nettie Herrick, for a long time a popular teacher in Algona, will be interested in this item in the Daily Capital: Miss Nettie Herrick, one of the popular teachers in the Guthrie county high school, and Miss Gertrude Macy, assistant superintendent of the same institution of learning, reached Des Moines today on their way to Knoxville, the home of Miss Herrick, where they will spend Christmas. The management of. theGuthrie county high school secures its instructors from among the best talent in the state. Leon Hack's Algona friends will be interested in this item in the Liver- rnore Gazette: Leon Hack's every day store coat is in need of repairs. Some matches which he carried in the pocket accidentally ignited the other day, and for a few minutes it was very easy to follow his smoke, He grabbed the pocket in both hands and smothered the flames, and had only just loosened his hold of the pocket and contents when some 32-eartridges which were also in the pocket exploded, but fortunately did not hit him. A badly burned hand and a wounded coat covers the list of casualties. The branch of green, < Of war no note he sings. | Within hta pack good things galore • Has he and naught, let's hope. that's sad, Bare gifts from time's mysterious shore To make our touting spirits glad. then for the old year here's a sigh And for the new a smile. E'en M the anowfiakea whirl and fly May love's white blooms beguile. The glad bells ring The notes that wing From star to star, from heart to heart. The glad new year Is here, is here, And ail our thoughts of oare de part. Then let the bells ting out tnelr cheer In merry measures far and wide To welcome In the glad new year The stranger at tne ingleiide. R. K. MUNKFCTRtaB. rta^eems to have plenty of that class of TflAT 2o-|AjjE PAPEB. Boone Republican: The PER DES MOINES issued a i week—and it was good all through. Estherville Democrat: The UPPER DES MOINES of last week waB « 20-page paper and contained 52columns of home advertising. It i s one nf n, best papers that come to this office. Sac Sun: The Algona MOINES, 20 pages, with that would fit a metropolitan per, and the ever readable news and editorial matter from Harvey Ingham's pen. Swea City Herald: The Algona Up- PER DES MOINES last week was a ree- ular blanket sheet edition, containing 20 pages of large display ads. and holiday matter, the front. TheU. D. M. is ever at The horns are blowing loud and shrill. The bells are ringing oleor, And melodies of gladness fill The frosty atmosphere. The old year's flown To realms unknown And oh tiptoe apace Beside the door We see once more The new year's baby face, A hud of beauty 1 May it Wow A perfect flower, fold on fold, And set our hopes with joy aglow And light our paths with fairy gold. The old year's hobbled to the gate And said his last goodby. The new year comes with step elate And kind and loving eye. North, south, east, west. A welcome guest, He sails on happy wings And waves serene JUST 30 YEARS AGO. The new year of Sorlbner's opens in the January number with several features of great distinction. The place of honor is f l ve» to Gov. Rppsevelt, who will contribute not only big continued, story of o» The winter of 1868 bore a remarkable resemblance to the present winter. THE UPPER DES MOINES had this cheerful philosophy which we hope was well founded then and will hold good now: "We must have about so much winter, and if it comes in December it will be likely to leave us enough earlier in the spring to make an even thing of it." -i- -5- •*• J. G. Foster wrote to the State Register to claim Cresco as the banner republican township in Iowa. It had 46 votes of which Gen. Grant g«t 42 and negro suffrage 43, The Register said Cresco was deserving of a good postof- fice on that showing, and thought Gen. Grant would attend to it. -i- -T- - H- Here is an interesting personal: P. L. SJagle, the gentleman from Minnesota who made a purchase of veal estate here last fall and who will open a harness shop here early in the spring, arrived Jn town with the first load .of goods last week. Those who know him best eay he is a hard man to beat on getting up a harness. -j- ,*. H- The only special celebration announced for the holiday season in 1868 KITES tin entertainment in the fohopl house ball by Reed's new American we bis own successor: He will not repeat the history of Frank D. Jackson or Gen. Drake, He will re-establish the two term rule. A member of the legislature is to be elected in Kossuth this coming season, and also a senator from this district to| succeed Senator Funk. Both matters will be up in the convention in June or July. Capital: There appears to be no disposition on tho part of any republican to question the right of Gov. Shnw to a second term, but, the woods are full of men who will asl< to have their claims considered two years bunco. A United States senator is to be chosen by the legislature which will be elected this coming fall. John H. Gear's term expires. He will be a candidate for re-election and A. B. Cummins of Des Moines is announced. There are others. The Chicago Tribune's Washington correspondent says: "The preliminary canvass indicates quite positively that there will be no extra session to consider the currency question if the sentiment of congress is heeded in the matter, and as the president is known to be unfavorable it is not believed he can be influenced by a mere minority in both houses. Currency bills would naturally be considered by the finance committee of the senate and the banking committee of the house. Both these committees will necessarily have to be thoroughly reorganized as a result of the recent elections. The new members will be numerous and the house committee will have a new chairman, so it will be necessary to give time to allow the new men to catch up with the work already done. Currency reform, as shown by the statements of representatives, la impossible until after. the meeting of the Fifty-sixth congress, and in the opinion of the majority is not probable then on any extensive scale. The canvass shows that the majority believe the present system will be all right with a few necessary amendments, and that an entirely new banking system is neither a pressing necessity nor even much to be desired." A Queer Case. Garner Signal; Miss Jessie Harkness, a daughter of John Harkness, former proprietor of the Arlington house, came down to Garner from her home in Wesley last Monday and took a room in the hotel. During the day she visited the clerk's office and whilst theve abstracted some legal papers in the case of Harkness vs. Cleaves. She returned to the hotel with the papers, looked herself up in her room, and defied arrest. Her actions clearly showed that her mind was deranged. She was taken in charge by Deputy . Sheriff Herb. Garton, and will be sent to Kossuth county to be taken charge of there by the proper authorities. Combination Iked.'? Concert Troupe. If wa,s o.u.r'B. . Jry}ng>n A. V, The Mondamin hotel and the store rooms OR the first floor at Sioux City are owned by the Mondamin Block company, \yith a capital stock of $75, 000. Of this stock A. F. Call and T, A. Black, vice president and cashier respectively of the old Sioux National bank, have held a controlling' interest amounting to $40,000. gressman J. P. Dolliver, armed with an old muzzle loading shotgun and attired like a rough rider, was the most enthusiastic participant in the great Webster county wolf hunt today. He claims to have seen the only wolf routed out and shot away a portion of its tail. The hunt was not a success, owing to the sta.y at home vote and lack of organization. No scalps were taktin. Albert Perkapilis' arm was partially shot off by the accidental explosion of a gun in the hands of his brother. NEWS NOTES. The convention of county supervisors at Keokuk passed a resolution recommending to the legislature of Iowa the passage of a law regulating the width of wagon tires, according to the carrying capacity of the vehicles. Des Moines is to have a $400,000 court house, and the question is whether to locate it where the old one stands or put it over on the river bluff half way to the state capitol. The people will vote Jan. 25. That is a fair way to settle it. Ames Times: Julian Richards, the Iowa correspondent of the Chicago Tribune, draws a salary of $50 a week and all expenses. Richards is one of the greatest of all the western correspondents, and his knowledge of public men and public measures is broad and far reaching, Adj.-Gen, By era has prepared a list of national guardsmen who came to Des Moines in response to the call of last May, but did not enlist. They ask for pay for the time they were in camp. It amounts to about $1,800. Tho money comes from the national guard's fund. The attorney general has been asked for an opinion on the legality of paying such claims. Judge Ladd is quite ill at his home in Sheldon since his return from the recent session of the supreme court in Dos Moines. He seams to be experiencing severe prostration or exhaustion, the result probably of too prolonged and arduous application to the discharge of his official duties. The Mail- says tho judge is a hard worker and an incessant student. Fred Sears, a well-to-do farmer and stock raiser of Ida county, has been arrested for taking fish with a seine from Wall Lake last November. When arrested by the deputy fish warden he claimed he had the right to use the seine under a permit given him by the state fish warden, Mr. Delevan, to take fish from the public waters to place the same in his own private pond. The people of Lake View do not thlnk^he permit is legal and that Dolevan 'has no such right to take the fish belonging to the public out of public waters and give them to private individuals for the purpose of stocking their ponds. The legality of the permit will be tested in the Sao county district court to which the case has been appealed by the defendant. Webster City Tribune: The Algona UPPER DES MOINES, always one of the neatest and best papers in northwest- ^ui 10 ^ i9SU ? d La , 2 °-Pafre holiday edition this week which would do credit to any city office. Emmetsburgr Reporter: The Algona UPPER DES MOINES came out last week with a mammoth 20-poge edition It WHS half reading matter and half devoted to advertising. It was a credit to the publishers and to tho town alike. Wesley Renorter: The Algona UPPER DES MOINES, which most every week gets badly punctured shortly after reaching our table, was a whopper last week—20 pages—and chuck full of Christmas ads. As u newspaper the U. D. M. has few equals in the state of Iowa. Armstrong Journal: The Algona UPPER DES MOINES' holiday edition last week would have done credit to any city paper. It consisted of 20 pages, all but four being printed at home, and contained about 60 columns of nicely displayed home advertisements. The paper had more the appearance of a metropolitan Sunday daily than a country weekly. Iowa Falls Sentinel: The Algona UPPER DES MOINES was a 20-page paper last week and at least ten of those pages were filled with advertisements by the live business men of that live town. THE UPPER DES MOINES is one of the best county newspapers in the state for at least 52 weeks in the year, but occasionally its publishers try to improve upon a good thing by getting out a special edition. Emmotsburg Tribune: THE UPPER DES MOINES of the 14th inst. was a mammoth number, full 20 pages of reading matter and advertising, and was In every way a credit to its publishers, its readers and advertising, patrons. For a country newspaper office to get out so magnificent a Christmas number certainly means that the art preservative is keeping abreast if not ahead of the times. Ingham & Warren deserve hearty congratulations. Sheldon Mail: The Algona UPPER DES MOINES last week published a 20- page special edition in honor of the holiday season. It was an especially creditable production. THE UPPER DES MOINES is the joint production of talented editor, Harvey Ingham, and the expert typographical artist, Bro. Warren. They make a newspaper combination rarely matched and never surpassed in tho domain of so-called country journalism, THE UPPER DBS MOINES is listed very near the top among our favorite exchanges. GREAT RAPE AGAINST TIME, Northwestern mid Burlington Trains Will Go for $75O,OOO Prize. OMAHA, Dec. 24.—A seven days' race against time will be inaugurated on Jan, 1, between the Chicago & Northwestern and the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroads. The prize is the $750,000 contract for the carrying of the oyerland'mail between Chicago'and Omaha. The Northwestern throws the guantlet to the Burlington, which now has the contract, by putting on a new fast mail train on New Year's day. To win the prize from the present.cham- pion, the Burlington, the winner will have to show the best time for seven days. The Burlington's new train will leave Chicago at 9:30 p. m., and the Northwestern leaves a half hour later, The Burlington will arrive in Council Bluffs at 7:50 a. m., or 25 minutes earlier than the North western's new train. Both trains will arrive here in time to connect with the westbound "Overland limited" of the Union Pacific leaving ] Omaha at 8:50 a. m. for the west. Advertising Pays, Bailey: If newspapers are any criterion by which to guage the business of a town Algonais about as good a town as there is in Iowa. The U. D. M. had 20 pages with 10 halfrpage or full- page advertisements last week, The Republican is a Ig-page paper, aqd the A GROWING MAN. The Western Teacher of Milwaukee Puts Prof. N. Spencer at the Head. The November issue of the Western Teacher of Milwaukee has a list of ris* ing educators in Iowa. Prof. Spencer' is named at the head of the list. The Teacher says: In northwestern Iowa the town of Algona is one that oughi to feel proud of its school management,; Its superintendent, Mr, N. Spencer, is an Iowa product. In the 10 years since his graduation at the Iowa college of agriculture and mechanic arts, he has demonstrated his superior ability as a' supervisor at Calliope, Denison and A!' gona. Mr. Spencer is keen-sighted, clear-headed, and a natural executive He is a man to inspire a board witb confidence and is content only when 1}9 can show the best possible results, r They Pon't l-iye in The Carroll Herald furnishes for thought: "Newspapers through' 1 out this section have been advisinf, their readers to patronize home wei'-' chants, and not regard the alluriPg ads. of the city dealers. Still, many pi these merchants refuse to spend a lar in advertising in their local paper*, and some even send abroad printing, It requires a peculiar tian grace to run a newspaper some circumstances."