The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 1, 1899 · Page 4
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Algona, Iowa
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THE tJPPEK DES MOlNES! ALQONA, 1OW.V. WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 1, 1899. Special Suit MOttdaV, Feb. 6, tO Saturday, Feb. 18. In order to close out about 340 suits m the least possible, time we have decided to sell them for 66 2-3 cents on the dollar, or one-third off. These suits are all up to date. In quality you will find them such as the New England has the reputation of carrying—the very best ifl the Market. These suits are bound to sell fast if quality and style are the objects of the buyer. Do not ask us to throw in suspenders, as we positively refuse to give any with suits sold at above price. No suit will be sold at above price before or after above dates. Yours truly, THIBTT-TBIHD TEAR. BY IWOHAM A WARREN. T«rma to Subscribers. One copy, one year.. «-!j° Onecopy.Blx months.. Jf> One copy, three months *« BentUanv address at above rates. Remit by draft, money order, or express or- 6 Rat«s of advertising sent on application. Gov. Iiarrabee's Improvements. > If, as reported, Gov. Larrabee is to turn his lands in Eagle township into model farms, It will put a new phase on the discussion of landlordism in Kos- auth county. The governor owns probably ten sections of land in the northwest corner of the county. His original leases have been for five years, cash rent, with no improvements. Kenters have builtlittleshacks, farmed the land for all they could get out of it, and on the whole not materially improved their surroundings by their presence. This has led to some serious discussion at farmers' institutes and elsewhere of landlordism, not thatGov. Larrabee's course is at all unusual hereabouts, for dozens of our own citizens are renting exactly as he is, but that Gov. Larrabeo owning so much land in one township the evils of the system have been more apparent in his case. But now it is reliably stated that he will make an experiment on ten quar ter sections, building model houses anc barns. If the results meet his expecta tlons he will make 40 such farms. Gov Larrabee is an intensely practical man and if he undertakes this task it wil he well done. It is an experimen 1 worth watching. THE UPPER'DES MOINES is inclined to believe that there is something in herently wrong in the landlord sys tern which will defeat all attempts to make it acceptable in the United States, just as there was something in herently wrong in Pullman's idea of a model town. And yet THE UPPEH DES MOINES knows of farmers in Kos suth who are doing better for them selves on rented farms than others who own their own land, and there is nolh peculiar about a co-operation of labo and capital between renter and lane owner as distinguished from a like co operation between borrower and lend er. It may be possible that with lane at its present value the poor man who can rent is afforded a better opportuni ty than the poor man who borrows money to buy. In any event Gov Larrabee is showing his interest in the solution of the great problem of in dustrial development, and is not to be classed with the men of wealth who handle their business simply for wha there is la It. Too Much Johnson. Indiana has a republican congress man named Johnson, who will retire to a deserved political vacation with the close of the present session. He has celebrated his exit from public life by a sensational attack upon President McKinley, which will be memorable chiefly because of the stinging rebuke it brought out from Congressman Dol- Jiver. Mr. Dolliver did not make a long speech. But it was long enough to pillory the Johnsons of congress. When he referred to them as traitors -he did not put it too strongly, for if ever there was a deliberate attempt to cripple this nation at a critical time, it is now when, at the end of a war that was begun in a spirit of benevolence towards a neighboring island, new and unexpected and to many unwelcome duties are forced upon us, Johnson, Hoar, et a)., are holding the administration up, by threatening to defeat an honorable treaty of peace unless it will consent to conditions that would humiliate us at home and abroad. The Hull Army Bill. . bill to reorganize and increase the standing army to about 100,000 men, but giving the president authority tiQ reduce the size of infantry com- ponies and cavalry troops to 60 men «a»b, thus fixing a minimum of about 60,000 enlisted men, passed the house a vote of 168 to 126. Six i voted against it aod five i for it. THE daily papers Sunday published Iowa City. Everybody praises its proportions and general appearance, while the close observer notes that no money is being spent for frippery ornaments, and gewgaws. The building will be fire proof and of the best materials, plain, substantial, and dignified. Maj. Higley of Cedar Rapids is chairman of the building committee and is giving the work a great deal of personal attention. He has all the qualities that mado Robt. Finkbine so valuable in superintending the building of the state capital. The new collegiate hall will be a credit to Iowa. THE voters in Polk county voted by 140 majority to put the new court house on the river front. But over 400 ballots were thrown out as irregular, and now the courts will decide. DES MOINES Is still struggling with its auditorium. The impression seems to be that one will be built. A FREE silver democrat nmned Clark was elected to the United States senate from Montana last week by republican votes. Some years ago the Iowa editors were entertained at Butte and Mr. Clark was master of ceremonies for the local committee. He is not prepossessing in appearance or manner. He is full of a certain kind of energy and his income last year is figured at $10,000,000. He is the big copper king. No one will regret the retirement of Gen. Eagan. If he meant what he said about Gen. Miles ho should have stood by his guns. His whole performance has been a pitiable exhibition of weakness and incompetency. Now let Gen. Miles be investigated. SMITH & GUTTERSON, who planned the new Algona school building that is to be built this spring, have won the award in the Des Moines library competition. They have the state historical building also. IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. The Spirit Lake Beacon is getting out a county map of Dickinson. • G. H. Shellenberger of Humboldtis going to move to St. Paul. He'has rented a home In the city. Spirit Lake Beacon: Algona is hot on the trail of a $20,000 hotel. It woulc be an important addition to asolic town. The Humboldt Republican expects its local shooters to walk off with the honors at the big Algona state shooting tournament in May. E. W. Fuller of Llvermore published a notice some time ago that he woulc inform on anybody who would sell 01 give him liquor. He has been as good as his word and three men are now under arrest. Fuller wiints to reform but can't resist temptation. Mr. and Mrs, Elhanan Clark of Rlv- erdale have been quite poorly the past week, Mrs. Clark especially, as she is now suffering from slight paralysis ol the left side. The Livermore Gazette says: She is improving somewhat, having now more use of her side than she did when first attacked. POLITICAL NOTES, Senator Thos. D. Healey can be re- nominated if he will accept. He is one of the best men in Iowa in the legisla^ ture. Hon. J. T. Drugg of Hamilton county has decided that he will not be a candidate for re-election to the place he holds on the state central committee for this district. The Carroll Herald proposes A. T. Bennett of its county for the place. Representative J. M. Farley has been visiting West Bend and the Advance says: Mr. Farley remarked that he thought he had done sufficient service as a public officer and would not bo a candidate for renomlnation. This may be Mr. Farley's idea, but his constituents will view the matter in a different light. When a man of his calibre is found, the public is loth to lose sight of him and Mr. Farley is too patriotic to say "nay" if further public service be required of him. It Is not Kossuth alone that wants to see him returned to the legislature. One contest is sure in the coming state republican convention. That will be over the nomination for judge of the supreme court. The term of Chief Justice Gifford S, Robinson of 'Sioux Jity will expire with the last day of ihie year. There are three candidates 'or the place. Judge Robinson has served two terras and is a candidate to succeed himself. Judge G. W, Burn- ianj of Vinton, of the Marshall-Tarn^ Ben ton district, bae been a candidate since hie former candidacy, and strong id the Fifth district and other JWtltf *te $ik<?. {live kBt. thin »elj 'jjuapjd to.f VJ»l«fc '"Ji Ryan o/ New&B recently his candidacy on retiring from the district bench in the Sixth judicial district, composed of Jasper, Keokuk, Mahaaka, Poweshiek and Washington counties. Frank J. Stlllman writes from Washington about Dolliver in connection with the republican floor leadership: Every gentleman whom I have heard mention Mr. Dolliver in this connection — and the matter is constantly discussed on the floor of the house and in the hotels and committee rooms — freely credits the representative of the Tenth district of Iowa with capabilities as a leader of a very high order. It is within the absolute bounds of truth and fairness to say that Mr. Dolliver enjoys a wide reputation for eloquence, good judgment und attention to legislative iffairs. He appears to possess the rare r aculty of entertaining positive and slear-cut convictions upon matters of mportance. and advocating them with vigor without antagonizing those who may entertain views quite the opposite. While It cannot be said that the probabilities point to the selection of Mr. Dolliver to step into Mr. Dingley's shoes, It must be exceedingly gratifying to the gentleman to be mentioned HO prominently in connection with thnt responsible position and deemed equal to Its requirements. In the discussion of the Allison amendment to the Ninaraugua bill two remarkable utterances of a personal nature were made, which reflect accurately the great influence wielded by Iowa's senior senator. They are as follows: Mr. Spooner — " I do not know of any man in the public life of theUnited States better informed as to the resources of the government than the senator from Iowa. I do not know of any man in the public life of the United States who would be more greatly missed from it than the senator from Iowa. I do not know any man more single-hearted in his purpose, more direct In his manner, than the senator trom Iowa." Mr. Chilton — "I suppose every member of the senate will concur in the exalted estimate of the capacity of the senator from Iowa which has just from the lips of the senator from Wisconsin. A great minister of finance, rising to speak in parliament many years iigoin explanation of the budget, found that ho had lost his figures, but so great WHS the general confidence In the man that it was said that even the opposition accepted his statement thut his figures would show what heclaimed if he were only able to produce them. The senator from Iowa could well-nigh reproduce that celebrated scene in this chamber. " _ THE MONTH'S MAGAZINES. The midwinternumberof theCentury (February) is remarkable for the variety and interest of its articles on other than military subjects, yet it finds room for no less important a contribution to the history of the late war than an account of the part played by the army in "The Capture of Santiago de Cuba," the historian being the commander of the American forces, Major- Gen. Wm. R. Shafter. The general writes with force and spirit, and his article, without being a reply to the criticisms that have been made on his conduct of the campaign, will nevertheless dispose of many of them, and clear up a cloud of misapprehensions. The February St. Nicholas transports the youthful reader from the snows of the so-called temperate zone to the heat and bloom of the tropids, though the storm of Apia, which Mr. Lloyd Osbourne describes in the opening article, " Amatua's Sailor," hardly tempts one to exchange the wintry blasts of New York and Boston for the hurricanes of the Pacific. The story has as its background the Samoan storm of ten years ago, that ground warships to pieces as if they were made of pastboard. The February Atlantic opens with a brave and brilliant article upon The Colonial Expansion of the United States, by Hon. A. Lawrence Lowell, in which he throws down the gauntlet to those who nowadays put a forced construction on Jefferson's famous doctrine of the equality of all men, and shows from history that the United States has always had colonies even before it was a nation, and that the real question now before us is not, " Shall wo now begin a system of colonization?" but " Shall we continnue an existing system in a new direction?" Soribner's Magazine for February brings forward several more of its attract. ive features for 1899. It is not a "War Number," although it contains one of the most graphic things yet written about the war— the second installment of Gov. Roosevelt's serial on " The Rough Riders." All Roads Loatl to Al(jona. Emmetsburg Reporter: Algona is right in the swim this year in the way of having associations meet there. It will barely get through entertaining the teachers of northwest Iowa when the sportsmen of the state will be with them. The latter meeting will take place May 24, 25, and 26. It promises to be quite a gathering and some crack shots will be in attendance. MAY CREATE BAD BLOOD. Peter Bart's History Likely to Bring On a Warm Discussion. «« Hl«" Men. Estherville Vindicator: Algona has a man who bears the name of Plngley and who is a cousin of the late congressman. Fact is, Algona seems to have a relative or two to about all the' " w f ???«•" A 0 * 1 wtoHe we tjiink about > the old town baa some pretty men herself. r v He Opens Up a Story of Grasshopper Days Which AVJ11 Be Found to Have Two Sides. Peter H. Burl is dealing out history up at Armstrong that is likely to excite some hot discussion down in these parts. In telling of grasshopper times he attacks Dr. McCoy quite vigorously. THE UPPER DBS MOINES publishes his story and will be glad to give the doctor's version of the affair. In speaking of the distribution of goods to grasshopper sufferers, Mr. Burt says: The people of this part of the country learned from several sources that parties from Algona had gone east to secure aid, and as Algona had been and was our trading point, we naturally looked to that place for succor, and believing that if any aid was secured, these parties would have to be applied to through the township officers. Said officers called a meeting and formulated »n appeal to one of said soliciting parties in the shape of a resolution. The board of trustees consisted of Robert Hamilton, Peter Conlin, and E. B. Campbell. At this special meeting Hamilton was absent. Mr. Campbell prepared and offered the following resolution, which was on motion carried: "Resolved, that whereas, information has reached said board of trustees through the Inter Ocean, a newspaper published in Chicago, 111., that you (Dr. McCoy) solicited and received certain donations for the destitute of this county and said trustees would respectfully request of you what disposition, if any, has been made of such funds or donations.received by you for the aforesaid purpose. Also resolved that the clerk be and is hereby requested to keep a copy of the above resolution on file in his office for further reference." On motion meeting adjourned until Saturday, April 11, 1874, at 2 p. m. Peter H. Burt, township clerk. It will be observed that the foregoing resolution does not even imply a request for succor, although such was the wish and •purpose of the meeting, but rather an imperative demand couched in the form of a request for information concerning the disposition of the fruits of McCoy's solicitings. By order of the board of trustees I sent a copy of the foregoing resolution to MuCoy of Algona and received the following sarcastic, scathing, and very ironical reply: "ALQONA, Iowa, April 14, 1874.—Hon. Peter H. Burt, Respected Official: Yours of April the 6th duly received and contents carefully noted. I hope you will carefully prepare and duly authenticate with the great seal of your office, the wonderful emanations of a master mind that evolved those resolutions. As suggestions seem to be in order, would it not be well to detail a corporal or a corporals' guard to watch over them, and am I to exercise a great amount of diligence in preserving the copy furnished me? If you will read your Inter Ocean closely you will notice that I only claimed to represent 200 families, while we have in our own county nearly 800 in a destitute condition at the present time. Furthermore the money was placed In my hands to do what I thought best with it, no restrictions being placed upon me. The contributions received by me were from men engaged in mercantile pursuits, who have business relations with Algona and Emmetsburg. The fact of the matter was, at the time I was in Chicago I knew nothing whatever of the destitution in your county except from hearsay, and your newspapers seemed to think that there was but little destitution existing in your county. I did say that I would forward all contributions for Emmet county forwarded to me at Algona, as I have done during the past winter. The destitution in Palo Alto county I knew about, from the fact that a Mr. Randolph of Illinois made a tour of inspection through the two counties. Hoping this epistle may have the desired effect without disturbing the equilibrium of your mentality, I remain yours, etc., HUNHY C. McCoy. The reader will please refrain from cajoling himself with the nattering unction that the writer has preserved the foregoing letter all these years under the impression that it contained "all wool" eucomiun. Not so, for there never was a poor young township clerk thus deferentially addressed. Those rounded, pretentious terms contain nothing but the cantankerous ebulitions of overweening arrogance and egotism, nevertheless they undoubtedly served the purpose for which they were written. About the only supplies that ever reached this side of the county for public distribution were secured through the instrumentality of Charles Ogilvie in the early part of 74, and were hauled by him and George Sandborn from the business place of J. R. Jones in Algona- Mr. Ogilvie being in Estherville and having a few moments at command, called on Saunderson, the distributing agent there, and asked how it was that the east side of the county was receiving none of the gratuities for the needy and was told that all donations were dealt out almost as soon as received. The sufferers out that way seemed to be in the same predicament as the darkey's master was concerning his coat—the donations "wouldn't go half ways around." Mr. Ogilvie suggested tbat teams could he sent from the Grove to Algona and thus secure some for the east side of the 'county. SauBdwws. recommended, him securing an order from Howard Graves to J. R. Jones, both of whom were officials connected with the matter of donations, which he did and placed in the hands of M. Richmond, one of the committee on distributions in the Grove. On this order George Sandborn went down and hauled up a little. It was so little that that Mr. Ogilvie volunteered to go down and see if there could not be some more secured on the same order. The weather was severely cold, but the sleighing good. When he reached the office of Jones at Algona he stepped inside, lines in hand and hastily made known his business. Jones wanted an order, but Charlie told him he had none, but was after goods on the order that Sanborn had presented, and if it was possible must have them. Jones consented to let him have what there was for Emmet county, whereupon he wished to load up, fearing that some Estherville team might call for them before merning and thus his trip of 30 miles through the snows of January prove abortive. Jones informed him that the goods would be there for him in the morning and for no one else, whereupon he proceeded to his lodgings. He was not well away from Jones' office door when an Estherville team dioveup to secure donations for Emmet county, thus illustrating his well-founded suspicions. There were some eight or ten teams in Algona that night from Seneca and the Grove, most all stopping with Perry Wilkins. Though the next morning was ominous of evil, they were anxious for home. Ed. Donovan, one of the old settlers on the Black Cat, was in town, and wishing to ride out with Mr. Ogilvie, assisted him to load up the donations for Emmet. When they started out of town there were as many as 10 or 12 sleighs turned into line behind the provision sleigh. They crossed the river bottom to the northwest, through under the tressel of the Milwaukee railroad and up the bluff to the prairie, but on reaching the hilltop they were met by the vanguard of a blizzard, filled with apprehensions of danger. The whole train wheeled about face and made for the warm hearth which but half an hour before they had left. Perry's office heard many a spicy repartee during that long stormy day which held them to the house. Samuel Thoburn was one of the party and was asked repeatedly to sing, but he was evidently not in the mood, and it was not forthcoming. His laconic reply at each request was "damn it, I'm thinking about it." When another day had dawned they again started homeward. The weath- was so severe that many of them froze their cheeks and blistered the end of their noses. Chas. Ogilvie stopped over at Donovan's, about nine miles from Algona, long enough to warm up, and mude the ford near Bray- tons in Seneca toward sundown, where he sloughed down and had some trouble getting out. Later on, in the gloom of approaching night, cold and weary, he reached Richmond's, where the goods were unloaded for distribution. The load consisted of corn meal, flour, and some second-hand clothing. Charley now made for home fully satisfied that " the willing horse invariably got the load to draw." He not only did the work gratuitously but paid his way while doing it. DANGEB IN OALOIUM OAKBIDE. Rules Governing Its Sale In New York—Liquefied Gas Prohibited. New York Sun: Supt. Murray of the Bureau of Combustibles has made regulations governing the transportation, storage and sale of calcium carbide, which the firemen declare to be a source of danger in a burning building, because when water reaches it acetylene gas is given off. A number of stores keep it for use in bicycle lamps. Hereafter, in transit or on storage, it must be enclosed in hermetically sealed iron receptacles marked "Dangerous, if not kept dry." No package may contain more than 100 pounds. It must be stored in isolated buildings that are fireproof and waterproof. No artificial light or heat will be permitted in the building where it is stored. Not more than 20 pounds, in bulk or in cartridges, may be kept in any store or factory, and this must be in a fireproof safe or vault above the street grade and it must be kept six inches above the floor. The manufacture, transportation, storage, sale or use of liquefied acetylene is absolutely prohibited within the limits of this city. GOV, LAKBABEE'S PLANS. He Will Uulld Ten Farm Houses In Euijle Township, Ex-Gov. Larrabee expects to erect improvements on his many farms in Eagle township. An architect is now at work making plans and specifications for houses, barns, and granaries He expects to build a house, barn, granary, and windmill on ten quarter sections this spring, and the Armstrong Pi pt says, if the results are satisfactory will do likewise on the remaing fortv or more quarters. It will make quite a difference in the appearance of Eagle township. * DRESSMAKING done by Miss Amy Ward, Residence first house north of J. S. Winkel's sewing machine office. THE ALGONA BEvIVAL MEETINGS, Henry Ostrom, The Evangelist, Begins special Meetings Today. The preparatory meetings which have been conducted the past four weeks by the local pastors closed last Friday and the special revival services, which are to be conducted by Evangelist Henry Ostrom and singer, John P. Hillia, began in the Congregational church last Sunday. The work of Messrs. Ostrum and Hillis begins today and will continue at least until Feb. 12, afternoon and evening. Mr. Ostrum comes highly recommended. First of all be is an able and eloquent preacher. As a pastor in Detroit he was a prominent success, his churches being most keenly alive and his work endearing him to multitudes who reluctantly consented under protest to his engaging in evangelistic work instead of remaining in the pastorate. His evangelistic labors have extended now through four and five years, and have been most favorably received in such places as Louisville, Ky., Denver, Col., Terre Haute, Ind. His date at Algona was made after much solicitation on the part of the local pastors, and gives to our city the labors of a man whose engagements are made many months ahead. Messrs. Ostrom and Hillis come to Algona from La Porte City, Ind., where they have just closed their second series of meetings in the last three years. In La Porte seven churches were united, representing three languages, and a most unusual work was the result, causing the unavoidable delay of three days in the arrival of the evangelist in Algona. Mr. Ostrum's services in La Porte were attended by crowds of phenom- inal size and character, and his plain, simple, Christian putting of gospel truth, devoid of all sensationalism, abuse and offense, opened hearts to his pleading who had long hungered for the revival of the sweet simplicity of the gospel of righteousness. Mr. Hillis is a grand singer and has been in great demand for years as a helper in meetings of the character such as Mr. Ostrom conducts. Algona is to be congratulated on the opportunity which the union of all our local churches has brought to it, and it is hoped the community will respond by giving the minister and his singer a good and abundant hearing. THE ALGONA OITT LIBBABT. City Now Owns the Hooks—What They Are and How the Library Will Be Managed. The trustees of the public library held a meeting last Monday afternoon and business of much public interest was transacted. The secretary presented and read the legal documents by which the library of Monday club and the library and all other property of the Algona Library association were conveyed to the city and became its property Jan. 1. From, the inventory taken by the secretary it appears that the library now consists of 1,916 volumes, of which 847 were the gift of the Monday club. The remainder, together with 1,109 magazines, among which are ] 16 volumes complete of different periodicals, which if bound, would he- come a very valuable addition to the reference library, and 1,023 periodicals consisting in part of complete files for two or three years of the illustrated weeklies. In addition to these there is the accession book with every volume in the library entered and described upon it, the finding list charging system, and all the fixtures and appurtenances of the library plant. The city, by the generous action of these two societies, thus becomes the possessor, without any expenditure on its part, of a free public library ready for business, up to date, and in excellent working order. The board adopted the following regulations for the conduct of the library: 1. The library and reading room shall be open eyery evening, except Sundays and legal holidays, from 7 to 9, and on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons from 2 to 5. 2. Every inhabitant of the city of Algona above 15 years of age and those under 15, who are pupils in the public schools, shall be entitled to the use "of the library free, subject to the regulations prescribed by the trustees. 3. No person shall be allowed to have more than one volume at one time. 4. Books marked seven days must be returned within seven days, all others within 14 days from the date of delivery under penalty of one centfor each dav's delay. J 5. Injuvies,to books beyond reasonable wear, and all losses shall be made good to the satisfaction of the librarian provided, however, that the borrower may appeal to the trustees if dissatisfied with the decision of the librarian 6. No person owing any fine or for damage or loss, shall borrow from the library until the same is paid. E. P. MoElroy was chosen librarian or the current year by a unanimous VOtQ, The librarian reported the use of the ibrary and reading room and largely increased. The circulation for Jan uary, 1898, waHOsJ for " -y IS st ut of tfd

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