The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 3, 1899 · Page 1
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, May 3, 1899
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ESTABLISHED 1865. ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 1899. VOL. XXXIV-NO, 7. Fresh Fragrant Choice and Japany are the Teas we have to offer you. If you have a particularly fastidious tea taste you should try some,of ours. You can't help but like it. It is made from fresh, tender young leaves, carefully prepared. We make a specialty of tea and coffee, and always have our eyes open for the best. You don't need to know anything about tea to tell the quality of ours. Langdon & Hudson. Kid Gloves. SVe have just received another invoice of the ielebrated Gerstcr Hook Glove, Virginia Clasp Glove, and the Fedora Clasp Glove. We have ',, them in all sizes and all colors, and warrant • ^| every pair of the Gerster and Virginia. ;f /I Geo. L. Galbraith. More Still Better BARGAINS In Crockery and Staple Groceries at i M. Z. Grove & Son's. •lUMBER-CO IT'S HIGH TIME TO DO REPAIRING! Our yard furnishes superior lumber at low* est market prices. Quick, Reliable Ssrvfce, Uth, Shingles, Sash, Doors, Cement, Stucco mi Lime $ Specialty, ; ;4444444444444444444444444 ;;MANY EYES! :: IDo aSTot See as they should. Many others do not see « • so well as they CAN BE MADK TO SEE. « • This defective vision causes eye strain, < which produces pain In the eyeball, orbit« • temple or forehead. This is one of the" eye headaches" so common with those < having pronounced refractive error. < Proper glasses will correct the defect. < The cause removed, the effects disap-« pear. Many will testify Unit I have < given perfect vision where others have failed. J Examination and consultation free. W. F, RIPKE, Expert Optician, i Ofllce over E. J. Gilmore's store, Algona, Iowa. 444444444444444444444444' FOB. WALL »• PAPERS GOTO 1899—New Spring styles Wall Paper I N addition to our large stock of wall paper, we have just received a largo invoice of the latest novelties In artistic designs and colorings, at prices that cannot be duplicated. We ask you to look over our line before purchasing elsewhere. We are sure to please and save you money. Respectfully, B. H. MILLER. W. H, Reed (Successor to John Croniti) handles the best to be had in the way of up- to-date, fine FURNITURE jesides everything that can be desired 'n plain and ornamental Picture Frames, Mouldings ind goods that are required for beauti- ying and ornamenting 1 the home. A specialty made of Undertaking and with prices always at the satisfactory point. W. H. REED. W. H. LACY can furnish you low prices on also all kinds of mill stuff, Wood and Coal, IgTDo your weighing on our city scales Opposite Hotel Tennant. . P. HAGGARD. Q. V. PBBK Haggard & Peek, [Successors to Jones & Smith.] Abstracts, Real Estat Collections, , JPWA, AT THE GRANT BANQUET, The Notable Address of Congressman J. P. Dolliver. Uatccl by Odds One of Hte Very Best Efforts, and One Worthy of Careful Perusal. NEW YORK, April 27.—The Grant Monument association celebrated tonight the 77th anniverstary of the birth of Gen. Grant with u banquet at the Waldorf-Astoria. Gen. Roger Sway tie, president of the association, presided. Congressman Dnlliver of Iowa was the flret speaker. He spoke of Grant's peace" and what it means. Mr. Dolliver suid In part: In 1850 Tliomns Curlylo, in thiil fierce and bnrburouB pamphlet, "Tho Present Time," wrote these words, curiously made up of sympathy and sneer: " America's battle is yet to fight and we, though nothing doubting, will wish lier strength for it. And she will have her own agony and her own victory, though on other terms than she is now quite aware of. What great hum tin soul, what great thought, what great noble thing that one could worship or loyally admire has yet been produced there?" It is not certain that the belated prophet crying in the wilderness of the world, lived long enough to imend this opinion of the new. But it is certain that he lived to see America Ind strength to boar her agony, to :ight her battle and to win her victory on such terms as were appointed; that 10 lived to see the grave of Abraham Lincoln become a shrine for the pil- jrimage of the human race and to hear the name of Ulysses S. Grant saluted in ill the languages of the earth; and had Ills day boon lengthened ho would have seen the canon of Westminister open -ho doors of that venerable monument ,o admit the silent American soldier nto the household of English spoken c ame. The unchallenged place of Gen. Grant n history expresses the value of his service to his own nation and to his own ige and to all nations and all ages. Without a trace of selfish ambition in lis entire career, he was in a high sense from his youth up guided by an nward monition that he was to play a supreme part in the area of national iffairs. Twice in his life, by his own modest statement, he distinctly felt within himself an intimation of the uture; once on the day he graduated at West Point, and after Vicksburg "ell. It may be an idle fancy, but it is iot hard to believe that every step he ,ook from the farm to the academy, "rom the academy to the frontier, from iho frontier through the Mexican cam- mign, and thence to private li'fe, a life of toil and self suppression, from which vith a timid and hesitating request for i small command ho emerged into the mion army, was part of the preparation, the post graduate course for the ull equipment of this mysterious man. Gen. Grant belongs to the new de- mrture, which dates from 1860. Though i man of mature years, he can scarcely >e said to have lived before that time, le did not take enough interest in the army to retain his commission, nor in his Missouri farm to make a living out )f it, nor in the leather business in Ga- ena to go back to lock up the store tfter ho heard of the fall of Fort Sumper, He had only voted once and his politics were so ambiguous that, with he inheritance of a whig, he joined a mow-nothing lodge, and while his ympathies were with Douglas, he Irilled the Lincoln Wide-awakes, It almost looks as if Providence, needing him for the new age, kept him clear and free from the confusion of tongues .hat proceeded it. It is well nigh im- )ossible for us to make our way through ,he political wilderness of 60 years ago, [?he most pathetic thing in the history of the nation is the picture of our fa- hers pouring for generations over the musty volumes of the old debates— wearing the federalist and Madison pa- >ers to the covers in their vain and lopeless search for the foundation of he faith. Washington grandly com- >rehended the constitution he had lelped to make, but that did not keep he legislature of Virginia from dis- (wninff its authority while he yet lived n honored retirement at Mt. Vernon. Webster, supreme among the giants of hose days, vindicated the national in- titutions in speeches that have become ilassic in the literature of our tongue. But nobody can read them without a sense of humiliation that his antagon- sts were able to dog the steps of that ofty argument with the minutes of the lartford convention, showing Massachusetts on the very precipice of treason before she had finished building Bunker Hill monument. Jackson quit ihe game of politics long enough to 8wear his mighty oath: " By the eternal the union must and shall be preserved;" but that did not prevent the state in which he was born from organ- zing her people against the federal government, while old soldiers of the .•evolution still survived among them. Little by 'little the nation had shriv- elled and diminished, and the important states increased, until as older men among us can remember, the mon- »y lenders of Europe refused to take the jonds of the United States unless they were endorsed by the state of Virginia* They oooly anticipated that they would be able to locate the state of Virginia after the United States of America had disappeared from the map of the world. Statesmen and people were in the dark together, and while few could discern the signs of the times and none dared to look the future in the face, the i&wn was wearer than any though^ py uoped. For within two years fronj tjje day the militia of Virginia pftrad,ej| about the scaffold of Jpbn. -Bro^n: " t< -- 1 soul of that po,or pld in matching before, whose banners were written the sublime promises of public liberty. That was our heroic age, and out of it came our ideal heroes, Lincoln and the trusted counselors who stood by his side, Grant and the generals who obeyed his orders, and behind them all the countless ranks of the Grand Army of the Republic, ready and eager for that strange sacrifice of blood by which our weary and heavy laden country has been redeemed. It would not be possible, even if it were appropriate, to recite here the record of Gen. Grant's relation to these torn and distracted years. Memory is still rich with the thoughts and emotions of that epoch, while for the youth of the nation the story of that rising reputation is handed down in pages more facinating than the tales of chivalry. He came into the union army without a friend. He left it above all rank. When he presented himself for duty they had no use for him. His gallant service in Mexico had been forgotten. He had earned every promotion he ever had, and asked for'no recognition only in the language of things done. The woods about the old church at Shiloh showed the field soldier at bis best. After the first day's battle his army, thirty thousand strong, was in n state that warranted the exultant Boauregard in announcing to the Davis government, "A complete victory." Before another nightfall Beauregard had obtained some new ideas on the subject of victory of iv most instructive kind. He learned that he was dealing with a man who had the art of crowding two battles into one—the habit of making no report until the affair was over. When Gen. Buell, miles in advance of his troops, came upon the field and saw the panic striken thousands of Grant's army under cover of the river banks, ho asked what preparations had been made for the retreat. " I have not despaired of whipping them yet," said the grim soldier. "But if you should retreat, these transports will not carry 10,000 men." " If I retreat," answered Gen. Grant, "10.000 men is all I shall want transports for." A recent writer in a leading French review, commenting on Gen. Horace Porter's memoirs, finds nothing in Gen. Grant to warrant his admission into the society of the world's great captains and declares that our civil war itself was more akin to the rude combats of antiquity than to modern warfare as practiced in Europe. But " such a criticism of military skill," if you will allow me to use the words of Mr. Blaine, "is idle chatter in the face of an unbroken career of victory." When Grant was appointed lieutenant general and placed in command of all the armies of the union he exercised military control over a greater number of men than any general since the invention of firearms. In the campaigns of 1804 and 1805 the armies of the union contained in the aggregate not less than a million men. Tho movements of all those vast forces were kept in harmony by his comprehensive mind and in the grand consummation which insured union and liberty his name became inseparably associated with the true glory of his country. I care nothing for Alexander, or Caesar, or Napoleon. So far as I can make out not one of them is entitled to the respect of civilized men. Not one of them stood for an idea worth fighting for. The Duke of .Weimar used to tell his friends when they talked to him of Napoleon to be of good courage, " this Napoleonism is unjust, a falsehood, and cannot last." It did not last and today there is hardly a trace of the little Corsican in Europe except his grave. There can be no great soldier without a groat cause; and no cause is great that is not right. It was the sublime fortune of Ulysses S. Grant to rise to the chief command of an army whose line of march was upon the highway of human progress, which carried with its muskets the future of civilization and in its heart the sovereign will of God. The French essayist, to whose grotesque commentary on Gen. Grant as a soldier T have before alluded, discerned at least one thing in him for a grudging eulogy. He says that he was "a good citizen." Without intending it he has touched the secret of his unique career, both in the field and in the capital—the secret of all real service of mankind—the thing that is making kings ridiculous and thrones unnecessary—which has abolished the aristocracy of the sword and made- that awkward and absurd weapon no longer the master, but the obedient servant of the state. The feature of our civil war least comprehended by foreign critics was the fact that as soon as the conflict was over all sides were ready to put an end to strife—and to take up the broken relations of civil life in harmony and good will. But here is a victory in which both old armies have a share— that rich and splendid conquest of the hearts of men, nobler and worthier in the sight of heaven than captive armies or the spoils of war. It was once, in some quarters, a fashion to exaggerate the reputation of Gen. Grant as a soldier, as a background for the mean picture of his figure in civil life. I have no sympathy with any such opinion. It is not credible that God endowed a man with the faculties required to order the steps of a million men in arms and at the same time left his eyes holden that he should not see the needs of his age and the destiny of his country. Whatman of his time had a clearer appreciation of the value of the public credit, or did as much as he to establish the disordered finances of the oivil war upon a safe foundation? When he took the oath of office in 1869, he found the country filled with clamor about the payment of the public debt), some demanding its settlement in de- reciated no tifoei'S, calling fpp new ' he trusted in any public place," from that hour the credit of the great republic, without limit and without terms, has been as good as shining gold in all the market places of the earth. Against that impregnable rock of the national integrity, the schemes of adventurers and dreams of enthusiasts afe alike in vain—whether birthday dinners are selling at $10 a plate or at $1 or 50 cents on the dollar. In his last annual message Gen. Grant laments the fact that he was "called to the office of chief executive without any previous political training." He was too busy in the ten years that intervened between his auction of stock and farm machinery on the little Missouri homestead and his entrance into the white house to learn much about pol* itics, either as a science or an art. But whatever he lacked in the experience that makes the seasoned politician he had at least learned the most essential lesson in the education of an American statesman—that the people can be trusted to reach a just conclusion in the settlement of all questions which affect their welfare. It was that steady confidence that enabled him, when the San Domingo treaty was rejected by the senate, in a storm of vituperation from which even the president did not escape, to appeal to the people of the United States and in the language of his special message, to seek a decision from " that tribunal whose convictions so seldom err and against whose will I have no policy to enforce." Because he believed in his courirrymen, he had faith in his country, am 1 "he expressed the firm conviction that the civilized world is tending towards government by the people through their chosen representatives. "I do not share," said he, in his second inaugural, "in the apprehension held by many as to the danger of governments being weafc- enod or destroyed by reason of the extension of their territory. Commerce, education, rapid transit of thought and matter by telegraph and steam have changed all this." It is not possible to think of him, in the midst of such problems as now beset our affairs, deliberately adding to the national burden by defaming his country in order to exalt the motives of a mob of swift-footed barbarians in the .Philippine islands. At least once In his administration, at a crisis in the Cuban situation, he ordered the navy to prepare for action, and if the brief conflict with Spain, which the present government was not able to avoid, had come in his time, it would simply have anticipated the grave events of the past year—leaving .us 20 years ago, with vastly less preparation, exactly where we are today. In that case who can imagine Gen. Grant directing the navy to throw its victories into the sea, or ordering Our brave little armies of occupation to run headlong for their transports, leaving life and property and the social order in the keeping of half naked tribes. It requires no fanciful interpretation of the biography of Gen. Grant to hear the voice of the old commander, the voice of the battle fields, on which the flag of the American republic was sanctified to the service of civilization, bidding his countrymen go forward in the fear of God, strong and patient under the responsibilities of their day and generation. You have builded here a. stately tomb, which shall bear his name and guard his dust till the heavens be no more. When the nation builds to him a monument in its capital, as they one day will, it will not bear the inscription of his name, for like the column of Waterloo, proposed for Wellington in the fiction of Victor Hugo, instead of the figure of a man it will bear on high the statue of a people. Other speakers were John A. Kasson, Augustus Thomas, and Gen. O. O. Howard. THE citizens of Algona are invited to all the meetings of the teachers' association except the one on Friday evening, May 5. This will, doubtless be the largest attended meeting of the association, and It will be necessary to restrict the attendance of Algona people. If there is not room for all, of course our visitors are entitled to seats first. . MILLER'S for paint. BETTER roads. That is what trustees of Irvington township propose to have. Four years ago they purchased a Western Grader, and?'ft has given,, such universal satisfaction that they' decided this spring to purchase anoth-. er New Improved Western for the use of their township. They also added a few Western wheel scrapers, drag scrapers, and plows to their supply of tools, and we predict better roads in Irvington township this year. MILLER'S for paper. Exceptionally Low Rates To Minneapolis, via the North-Western Line. Excursion tickets will be sold at greatly reduced rates, from all stations, May 16, 17, 18, limited to include June 3, account of meeting Presbyterian General Assembly. Apply to iiyt-iits Chicago & North-Western B'y- Exceptionally Low Kates To Denver, via the North-Western Line. Excursion tickets will be sold at greatly reduced rates- from all stations, May 16 and 16, limited to include June 15, account of annual meeting Cumberland Presbyterian church. Apply to agents Chicago & North'West- ern R'y. SUeet Music. All the latest music at teachers' prices. PJNGLEY & Pircm. time to get a nice new Jheig. 4fl all colors i i

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