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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, February 15, 1899
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THE WPEK LES MOIKES: IOWA, WTHWEHDAY. FEBRUARY 15, 1899. 1i-6rm* to subscribers. OB* copy, one re**.. ..................... -One copy, 8tt months... ......... ...... "" in One copy three months....... •••••-• ..... *° W address at above «««•„,, n , by draft, money order, or express or- J B&ffitSd&rttetng sent on application. Algona's Municipal Problems. THE UPPER DES MomES publishes In another column Mayor Chrischilles' paper on municipal ownership in Algona, read before the social union. It is an able and particularly timely presentation, in view of the coming city election. Its suggestions will impress everybody as sound and worthy of adoption as far as possible under our present system of city government. Mayor ChrischHles puts special emphasis upon the desirability of getting the various public services under the control of separate boards, instead of leaving them to the management of council committees. This would Involve a change in thestatutes, a change that ought to and will come when municipalities as a rule own their own water and light plants. The school board is an efficient body because only a few members are changed at each election, and because its duties are clearly defined. The work of properly and profitably managing an electric light plant will be found to require fully as efficient and well organized a board as the public school board. The mayor's closing suggestion is the one that more particularly interests the city now. The present council has laid the foundations for a splendid public light, water and sewer service, amidst considerable difficulties. When this work is done we believe the city will find that it has excellent plants. To now manage them successfully the very best business men must be kept on the council. This is an onerous, thankless, and profitless job, but yet, it is one no business man should feel willing to decline. Algona has an opportunity to put its city management on a business basis, and to make a profit out of municipal ownership while rendering a cheap and desirable public service. To take ad vantage of this opportunity the city must allow no consideration whatever to interfere with putting and keeping men of business capacity in control, men who will see that the city business is as carefully and efficiently managed as any private business. THE UPPER DES MOINES commends Mayor Chrischilles' discussion to the serious consideration of the city, and will refer to it again before the city election is held. block and ft half with the street in another place. This will accommodate eventually the medical, dental, and pharmaceutical schools, the hospital and department of chemistry. It has also several acres in a convenient and well arranged ball ground, fitted for foot balI 4 etc., with a bicycle path. It has also a half block for an astronomical observatory. The university has all the ground it either needs or can use, if Columbia college, Chicago university or Stanford university are right in their theory of building. No greater mistake can be made than to assume that the new collegiate building is being erected " without any consideration as to a systematic arrangement of the buildings,*' Before the plans of the building were accepted or the location finally decided upon Architect Van Brunt of Kansas City was brought to Iowa City to pass as an expert on both. He is recognized throughout the United States as an authority. He was one of the planners of the famous court of honor at the Columbian exposition at Chicago, suggesting the uniformity of sky line in all the buildings, that was so much noticed. The location of the new building was his suggestion, made wholly with reference to preserving the old state capitol as the central feature of the university, and with reference to other buildings that are in contemplation, which when erected will give the Iowa university a symmetrical and imposing appearance, while preserving the cheaper buildings that are useful but not ornamental. The new building when completed will be an ornament to the slate. And when it is completed and the people come to recognize the "grammar of the situation" as Mr. Van Brunt puts it, they will recognize the artistic merit of the location and possibility it affords of giving Iowa a notable university architecturally, while preserving the old state capitol building and all the minor buildings, cheaply built many years ago but yet too good to be torn down. Comparatively few, we believe, who have studied the plans suggested by Mr. Van Brunt, share in the belief that the campus is too small, or that any other plans, with any amount of ground at disposal, would improve upon those adopted. hearted old man who won the reverence and respect of all who Knew hito. He kept its smoldering fires warm till age with its infirmities iuduced some of the members to persuade him to desist from exposing himself to the inclemency of the weather in the long and often cold, chilly rides across the cheerless bralrles which must be made ere he could reach this part of his "spiritual vineyard." Father Taylor left the field about T« shortly after which time a few of the members, under the influence of Elder Beard, formed a new branch of the Presbyterian church. LIVE QUESTION DISCUSSED Municipal Ownership and the Problem That Comes With It The Major Shows That We Are by No Means Out of the Woods with Our City Plants. MANY have received copies of Congressman Dolliver's speech on our position in the Philippines. It is one of the ablest he has ever made in congress. In another column will be found Stillman's account of its reception. It fully and eloquently sents the real sentiment of the of Iowa. IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. The big Belmond fire started Wednesday at 9 o'clock. It took out all the business part of town. The grand jury tried to indict a lot of gambling house keepers at Esther- villa but didn't succeed. The town is full of them. A pipe from the steam heater in the Renwick hotel set the floor on fire. It has not been thought possible for that to happen, but itdid. The jury at Estherville last week gave a verdict of $6,500 against the Burlington railway to a brakeman whose foot was cut off at Spirit Lake a couple of years ago. At Fairmont, Minn., a smoker dropped a lighted match into some cotton. A $ JO, 000 stock of goods was a total loss, damage to building, the Masonic block, $1,000. E. J. Ivey has sold 13 last spring's calves that averaged him $20 per head at West Bend. Four of these calves were dropped after harvest, and two of the thirteen brought $28 each. The Harkness homo in Humboldt, occupied by D. F. Coyle's family, was burned Saturday morning. Most of the furniture was saved. The fire caught in the floor where the chimney went through. West Bend Journal: Miss Schryver, our deputy postmistress, is at her home in the north part of Kossuth county this week assisting her parents, they having lost their house by fire about 10 days ago. Emmetsburg Tribune: Dr. Morse of Algoniv was here Tuesday for examination before Dr. Davies. Dr. Morse is to be one of the surgeons of the new national guard and will be assigned to the Algona company. Williams, south of Webster City, got a ?30,000 blaze last Wednesday. Shortly after the postoffice was closed up a large (ire. which had been built in the stove presumably to last over night, became so hot it ignited the building from the. pipe. Emmetsburg Reporter: Presiding Elder D. M. Tetter of the Algoua district of the M. E. conference occupied the pulpit of the M. E. church on Sunday evening, and delivered a very able discourse. Many very favorable comments were made concerning it. stated periods, disclosing to the tax- oayinjr public the actual condition or the affairs of the city. Anolherurgent need in several departments is a complete system or GOOD WORK FOR PUPILS, Upon the completion and final acceptance of the electric light plant now being installed, the city of Algona will be in control of three distinct public utilities, namely, water, sewer, and electric lighting. During the past year there has also been organized and put into successful operation a free public library. Backed by a strong local sentiment, favorable to municipal ownership, our city council has, in accordance with the laws of the state, acquired one service after another until today there are perhaps few municipalities in the state that own, control and operate as many public enterprises as does the city of Algonn. Municipal ownership, therefore, as set of maps so drawn and kept as to be easily accessible for reference by the public or the officials of the city. One of the greatest hindrances to successful operation by the city of its service plants lies in the present system of city government. Under this svstem the entire management of city affairs, exclusive of the public library, is placed with the council. For convenience the council is divided up into committees, each committee being assigned a particular department. These committees have no powers except those specifically delegated to them by the council. In cities of the second class where there are often as many as ten or a dozen different departments and only six or eight councilmen, it frequently occurs that each councilman is assigned work on four or five separate committees. The result is that a councilman, who might do efficient service by devoting his attention to one department, frequently neglects all of his assignments because of the work that is required of him in the other three or four. So long as the duties of the council are confined to the transaction of regular city business tho present svstem does well enough, but *++++++++4++++4-M- Ten Minutes Each Day is Devoted to Discussing Current Topics. THE IOWA DAILY CAPITAL BUILDING AT DES MOINES. re pro- people The State University Grounds. The Montezuma Republican says: " Sunday's Register contains a cut of the new collegiate building in process of erection at the university in Iowa City. It will be a fine building and it is a shamo that a decent place was not provided for its location. It is stuck in front of n lot of other college buildings on a campus already by half too small. Some vigorous work should have been done years ago to provide more room for the university by condemning several blocks adjacent to the cramped quarters. It is a shame to erect such a building as the one now in process of construction on such a small parcel of ground without any consideration as to a systematic arrangement of the buildings." This statement from a friend of the university is a sample of many of like kind that are made from time to time Iowa City, and about the campus at that, if the experience of the great universities is worth anything, are not well founded. The campus at Iowa City is larger than that of Columbia college in New York City. It may be said that the value of land forces the eastern institution to occupy as little as possible. On the other hand Columbia college has had millions to build with and is now working on the most elaborate set of buildings ever erected for college purposes, and an extra block or two of ground would have been a "bagatelle in its total expense, Chicago University, another institution of practically unlimited resources, occupies but a limited area of ground. Stanford University, with millions of dollars, and located in the middle of a great ranch, is practically one solid building about an open court. The buildings of Harvard college stand compactly on small grounds, the great English universities are solidly built. In fact but few institutions of learning of great wealth can be named that have covered much ground. The whole theory of modern college builders is to have all buildings compact and conveniently close together, A dozen buildings thus located present a more massive appearance as a whole, while for college work the convenience IB incalculable. EJvery extra step the gtudent or professor takes from building to building is not only time but energy wasted. If the university at Jowa City owned 160 acres no board of regents, acting up to the best modern methods, would scatter the buildings or separate them by any considerable distances. The ftta,tB university at Iowa City has |pur square blocks in one body, On tjjesf own be readi)y Jpcated eigb,tlarge -*«pjte«rt* te to'uHflipgs, presenting a, solid i splendidly %ryanged fpj- work, as ftf $Pie of Columbia college 04- NEWS AND OOMMENT. Col. Dave Henderson says he would not force a government on the Filipinos against their will. It must be remembered that the gallant colonel spent the best four years of his life forcing a government on the southern states against their will. AH the progress the world has ever made has been by like forcing. The Carroll Herald says A. T. Bennett will contest with J. T. Dm? for the Tenth district membership of the republican state central committee. St. Joe, Mo., Herald: The people of Iowa should be very proud of John Dolliver, who represents the Tenth district of that state in congress. He has no superior in oratory in the house. Besides the gift of attractive and persuasive eloquence, he possesses the talents that combine in the strong, dignified statesman. His reply to Johnson of Indiana on Wednesday was an excellent effort, the dignity of his speech making u strong contrast to the crude effort of Johnson. Unless the American people are ungrateful, higher honors await the brilliant lowan in the future. The report of the war investigating commission implicates Gen. Miles more than anybody. A new commission has been appointed by President McICinley to go into the beef inquiry more fully. If Gen. Miles is guilty he should be cashiered. Senator Punk has been appointed a member of the annual assay commission and has gone to Philadelphia to pabs an expert opinion on the quality of coin the government is turning out. He will be gone ten days and promises to bring his constituents any clipped coins he may find lying about. The Cedar Rapids Republican asks " who does Iowa want for senator?" How would it be for the Republican to make a guess. The Odebolt Chronicle calla Hoar and Hale copperheads. During the civil war that is the word that was used for just such men. W. O. Payne says of Hoar and Hale in the Nevada Representative : "Less than 40 years ago men were expelled from the United States senate for performances of this character. It would seem that these men might at least be excluded from the republican caucus and denied seats upon senate committees as republicans." It is announced that Judge John C. Sherwin of Mason City will be a candidate fojr supreme judge before the nest republican state convention. Polllver's Reply to Johnson. Prank J. Stillman's Washington cor' respoudence: Of course Mr. Johnson of Indiana is violently opposed to the policy of the administration as to the Philippines. Johnson is a brilliant man. He is us sharp as lightning, and talks like u whirlwind. In repartee he is loaded to the gunwale. He had been preparing this speech for weeks and made a strong speech from his standpoint, and no difficulty would have occurred had he kept his hands off the president. When he attacked the chief magistrate he threw himself wide open, and as a result caught something more than a cold. There was a hurrying here and there among the republicans; a quick conference with a view to fixing upon a man to reply. The names of Dalzell, Grosvenor, Hepburn, Hopkins, Dolliver and others were mentioned. Dolliver was unanimously chosen; a magnificent testimonial to the nerve and weight of the distinguished lowan in itself. Be it remembered that no time was offered for preparation. Johnson was talking like an excited Spaniard, while the official reporters were perspiring like coolies and screwed up to the highest tension trying to take what he said. Johnson was mad. His eyes blazed and his bony arms swept the atmosphere. When he had completed his tirade and the democratic applause had subsided, Dolliver arose and began in a deliberate way. In a calm, careful style he reviewed history, gathering power of articulation and the subtle forces ot inspiration as he progressed. In 15 minutes he was another man. Words came to his lips in a solid stream. It was not the Dolliver we see in Greene county. It was a man confronted by a supreme occasion, who rises magnificently to and beyond it. Every eye in the chamber was upon him and there was the quiet of a funeral save when, at the climax of a brilliant sentiment or a withering piece of sarcasm, applause spontaneously broke loose. Dolliver did himself and his state and his district proud. He met the emergency. He met Johnson's studied essay with the cold logic of history and fairness and common sense, He met Johnson hot and foaming with the conceit of enthusiasm. He left him un- cooled but wallowing in discomfiture. Dolliver added to his laurels by that effort immeasurably. At the conolu- The above is a good cut of the Daily Iowa Capital building at Des Moinos, into which the paper has recently been moved, aad which is one of the finest and best-appointed newspaper offices in the west. The Capital has made great strides in late years, and is in the front rank among the afternoon papers in Iowa. Samploeopiesmaybcseenat THE UPPER DES MOINES office, where subscriptions are also received at only S3 a year-worth twice the money to anyone who wants an up-to-date daily. We also furnish the Weekly Capital to our subscribers at tho low price ot 35 cents a year. First Ar«j»trvw« CfcuroJi. Petev R. Bprt in jibe Armstrong jQurn tt J;i Tbej gwffvegftfctoflyftl orpn- t tortured Ul -e4 b,y 9p,eil, $na.H y JaJJ into the bands sion of his address he wasoverwhelmed with congratulations and has been daily the recipient of tributes of praise. But he is the same commonplace, approachable Dolliver. No man eyer makes a request of him capable of performance who is not promptly gratified, and no interest of his large constituency ever escapes his attention. He is a roan of the people. Keep your eye on Dolliver, Will All Ho In Alifojm Saturday. Emmetsburg Democrat: The regU' lar meeting of the Teachers' association, which should take place the third Saturday in February, will be dispensed with at Enarnetsburg and the Palo Alto county teachers will join with the Kossuth county teachers in a union, meeting at Algona. The teachers of Kos' suth county sent ft large delegation to Emnjetsburg last spring when the as- soclation^ joined »t tbfs place. Qur teachers should therefore endeavor to attend the meeting at AJgona and lend tM»\ T? T-KJ r. -<-..- v.'j-r - • i{ » successful far as it concerns our community, is a settled fact. For us it is no longer a question open to discussion. We have crossed the Rubicon, and the problem that confronts us today is not, " Do wo want municipal ownership?," but rather, " What are we going to do and how are we going to do it, now that we have secured ownership?" In other words we are confronted with the problem of municipal operation, a problem entirely distinct from that of ownership ana one far more difficult of solution for public bodies, for the reason that it involves above all others tho important question of efficient management and skill. The years devoted in Algona to the acquiring of our public works may properly be designated as tho construct ive period. In order that the next following may not go down in tho city i history us the destructive one, it be comes absolutely imperative at this time to emphasize the need of the adoption of the best plans and tho most approved methods in the future management of these various departments The task of selecting and adopting the best methods in conducting the business interests of the city will be one of the most difficult that tho nex administration will be called upon to meet. With the city's increased bus iness it will be necessary to have the work properly systematized and eaol department put upon a strictly businos basis. At no time in the city's hlstorj has there been greater need of inlol ligent organization and constant watch fulness. No man at this time shoul- be nut at tho head of the city govern ment or elected to any city office vvh has not the requisite qualifications a in who is not willing to devote the re quired portion of time to the business o his office. A large part of munioipu work being of a purely technical ohui ueter, it will require at all times th services of a competent superintendon to advise the council of the needs an requirements of the various deparl ments. The task of directing thi work calls for ability of a high order. Under wise and efficient managemer our public enterprises should not onl be self supporting within a very fe years but the revenues derived froi their operation should be sufficient pay a large proportion if not all th ordinary expenses of the city goveri ment. Successful operation of ou water works and oleotrio light plant should mean also a reduction in the cost of light and water to tho consumer. Every property owner and tux-paver in Algona should consider himself a stockholder in the city's enterprises, and should not only expect but demand of those who are entrusted with the management of the same his dividends in the form of cheaper light and water and reduced taxation. With the advantages in favor of municipal ownership there can be no good reason why these city institutions should not bo paying investments, if properly managed and controlled. If private corporations can operate these industries with enormous profits to themselves why can not our cities achieve similar results? Speaking with the knowledge acquired during my own connection with the city's affairs, I would suggest as one of the greatest needs in its future management the inauguration of a thorough system pf book-keeping, applied in suoh a manner to the various branches that» summary report of the city's business could be drawn up at •hen in addition to this there is, as is he case in our oity, the management nd control of water works, sewer sys- em and eleetriu light plant, it cannot ut strike the average intelligence that he system is somewhat inadequate. Mie operation of these service plants an never prove entirely successful rom a business standpoint under this ystom. Our state laws should provide n cities of tho second class for the es- ablish'ment of boards of public works vith powers us distinct and as complete is those of tho present library and chool boards. The public libraries of tho state are nanaged by boards of nine trustees. When we consider that our infant ibrary—this is not meant in disparage- nent of that worthy institution or of ts present very worthy board and man- iger, but merely to point out a discrop- \noyin another branch of tho public service—when \vo consider, for example, that our public library is looked ifter by a board of nine trustees and ;he entire management of sueh important business enterprises as electrie light and water works and sower system is entrusted to a public body of only eight members, and each of those members doing duty in several other departments, wo begin to entertain serious doubts ns to the outcome of municipal operation of public service plants. One great advantage in placing the management of our public works with a board or commission would come from the fact that the members of those boards would not have their attention constantly diverted by a multiplicity.of other public matters, More lime could consequently bo devoted to the one business in hand. We would have a public body maintained upon a more permanent basis than our city councils and also more independent of political changes, a body directly responsible for tho proper management of affairs in tho departments under discussion. Another great ad vantage would come from having tho funds of our public works more distinctly separated from the other oity funds by placing these revenues entirely at the disposal of tho board, thereby • removing the temptation from our city councils of borrowing from one fund to hoi)) out another, a proceeding expressly prohibited by the statutes, but nevertheless often resorted to as a means of tiding over, In taking up this question of muni- Practice That Will Be of Inestimable Value Later On—An Outline of the Work Pursued. At the high school ten minutes a day are spent in the presentation of some topic of current events or general information. The pupils take notes with pencil and afterwards copy the substance of the thoughts presented in a permanent note book in ink. Once a month these books are collected and examined and 20 test questions are asked on the work covered. Then questions are purposely so stated that they can be answered with but very few words. The questions are read, not written on the board as other review questions are. Grades are given on this work, the same as in any other branch. Similar work is carried on in all departments. Tho following is the list of questions asked recently on the half year's work. About half a minute was given to answer each question. Interested persons may find a profitable exercise in seeing how many questions they can answer: 1. What was the immediate cause of the annexation of Hawaii? 2. Define protocol. 3. For what purpose has the Czar invited a conference of tho nations? 4. What was the approximate cost of the Spanish-American war to the U. S.? 5. What noted woman has recently been assassinated? 6. Name an element heretofore known only to exist in the sun? 7. What nations have conflicting interests in China? 8. At what rate of interest were the war bonds sold? 9. How does the amount of gold taken from Klondike compare with the estimated expense to the miners? 10. Compare the commerce of the Suez canal to that which passes over Port Huron tunnel? 11. What is tho largest book ever printed in Iowa? 12. What queen was recently crowned? 13. Define gubernatorial. 14. Name two American statesmen who recently died. 15. What kind of education does Booker T. Washington favor for ne- groes? 16. What is tho length of the proposed extension of the Central railway from Belmond? 17. Where do the seeds of the mangrove tree sprout? 18. Name tho city condemned by Japan. 19. What can you say of the water level at N. O.? 20. Locate Lake Okeohobee. 21. Locate Westminster Abbey. 22. Who is Capt. Dreyfus? 23. What English general recently gained a victory in the Soudan? 24. What is tho estimated cost of the Panama canal? 25. Define diplomacy. 26. What man recently lost his life iminvestlgating yellow fever? 27. About what is our annual pension bill? 28. What is the worst feature of our pension management? 29. How many chances for distinction has tho college bred youth over the non-graduate? 80. Explain tho "Open Door" policy. 81. What doos B. T. Washington say should be tho watchword of negroes? Name three. 32. What is meant by institutional church? 33. Name one cause of the Pillager Indian outbreak. 34. What usually makes journalism profitable? 35. What limit is asked for the height of buildings in Now York? 36. Name one recommendation of the president's message. 37. What Cuban recently died in Washington, D. C.? 88. Name Uio northwest province in Central America, 89, State tho result of tho Chicago street railway struggle. 40. Name our secretary of slate, (U. S.) 41. Name our lieutenant governor. 42. What, government is foremost in .the use of Iho balloon in warfare? 48, Slalo Iho distance between Chicago and Omaha. 44. State one reason why newspaper editorials should bo signed. 45. What is Iho dispensary system? 46. Name a recommendation of Col. Waring. 47. Give Iho lillo of the book that moved tho to call the •disarmament conference. 48. Name two qualifications necessary for a good college president. 49. What oity is held by Aguinuldo? 60, What man is investigating Cuban affairs by a horseback journey? oipal ownership in Algona it was not originally my intention to discuss the subjeot along this line. Whatever tho faults of a particular system may be, compared with some others, there is nevertheless muuh truth in Ihe saying of Pope: "For forms of government lot fools contest, Whate'er is bost administered, is best," My purpose is to call attention to a peculiar condition of affairs in our city with regard to its public works. Wo have practically acquired ownership in all of them, the next step is to put them into successful operation. J. T. OHUISOHILLES. Is Hml, Clear Lake Mirror: George Wolls, who is also a large owner of land In Kossuth county, at one time had title to a third of a township in Grundy county. Tho same condition of shiftlessness was evident there. Iowa does not seem to. be the place for big landlords. Rich and well-tilled farms and prosperous farmers do not seem to follow in their wake. REV. WALTER WALKER'S SUCCESS. Ho IB Doliiji a Groat Work in Ills J)es Mollies i'ulpit. Capital: When Rev. W. S, Walker arrived from Elgin a few months ago to 1111 the pulpit of Uio First Baptist church, miulc vacant by Iho resignation of one of Ihe ablesl divines whom a Des Moinos congregation hud ever had the good fortune to call pastor, there was u general admission within mid without thft church that it was a hard thing to come directly after Doolor Herbert M 1 ilrteu. The great need of the ohuroh, which has built for itself a splendid new homo far in excess of its ability to handle, was at this especial time in need of a man who could upbuild it hnanc a ly . Mr. Walker in th'is respect proved himself tho riulu man in the right place. During his short pastorate ho has succeeded in raising $13,00()of a lifting indebtedness o^ about $15,000, a remarkable record A part of this amount includes what been thrown off of bills by the creditors, but Iho result remains the same. The stone men at MarshSftown fl '° m U '°" bill s sermons are \ US Pe °' )l0 ' tttia loan F h° Whittled anew on the ability of their present pastor for them a most fortunate choice M Mr

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