The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 2, 1899 · Page 6
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 6

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, August 2, 1899
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tfPMtt Dm MO1KJJ8: AL0ONA IOWA, WEDNESDAY AUGUST 2, 1899 IN QUEST OF THE NORTH POLE. an Italian Duke Succeed Where Others Have Met With Disaster? trihce Lulgi, Duke of Abruzzi, having climbed Mount St. Ellas and been •wrecked In an expedition to Alaska,' Is striving now to add to his reputation by going in search of the North Pole. Being only 26 years old, an enthusiastic adventurer, a yachtsman, a'hunter of big game and a general all-round sportsman, the quest of the JPole appeals strongly to the imagination of this scion of the house of Sa- Voy. He Is a son of Amadeo, King Umberto's brother, now dead, who was once king of Spain, and the young man was born in Madrid while his father still reigned there. Nansen's ^expedition and the Jackson expedi- jtlon filled the duke with a strong de- islre to follow in the wake of those 'Arctic adventurers. Soon after the return of Jackson from Franz Josef lLand the duke announced that he •would fit out an expedition for the 'Arctic. j For eighteen months the duke has (been preparing for his trip. He has ."bought and fitted out the sailing Steamer Stella Polare, or North Star dn English. The royal explorer seems ito have ordered supplies lavishly if |»ot wisely. When he left Italy to go |to Norway he left behind 1,600 cases (of supplies which he had bought. But and that there may be a season In which the waters which are generally open may be closed and form a suitable highway for explorers. The chances of the expedition reach- Ing Franz Josef Land this season are, unfortunately, slight. It is well known that the group of Islands to which this name has been given are often Inaccessible, and the vast mass of ice which this year fills the Arctic seas is likely to prove an insurmountable obstacle to navigation in high Northern latitudes. Up to the present the attempts of the Norwegian hunters in their sloops to gain Spitzenbergen, and a German scientific expedition to reach Bear Island have proved futile, all progress being stopped by the Ice barrier in 72 degrees 53 minutes N. Lat., necessitating their return to Norway. So severe has the winter been in the Arctic that the polar pack was observed within a few miles of the coast of Flnmarken, and its range is, therefore, so exceptionally great that the possibility of reaching Franz Josef Land appears to be small. But the duke has started for the Arctic, nevertheless, and may be trusted to bring up somewhere, even if he does not reach the North Pole. He is said to have an income of $200,000 a now supplied, while, In experienced hands, a capsize may easily be prevented by the use of the paddle, where with oars the kajak would undoubtedly turn turtle. The weight of each, with its oars, pump and box of repairing materials, is 48% pounds. The sledges are twenty in number. They, as well as those used on Norwegian and other expeditions of late years, are undoubtedly improved types of Hunt's St. Michael sledge, originally employed by the Greely relief expedition in 1884, and are decidedly superior to any previously constructed. With their traces they each weigh 48^ pounds. Every sledge will carry eight aluminum boxes (of which 160 have been made) to contain pemmican and other stores, and a canoe will lie atop of these and be firmly lashed to the sledge. As in former types, the runners are shod with Britannia metal, and have protective, removable wooden soles. Of ski there are forty pairs, of a somewhat new pattern, being broader than usual, and specially designed for polar work. Forty pairs of snowshoes have also been provided. They are said to be lighter and stronger, and, though somewhat narrower, to have greater bearing power than the Canadian. The dog harness, of which 150 sets have been made, resembles that used by the Greenlanders, but is manufactured of stronger and better materials. The improvements effected in the equipment have been carried out at the suggestion of Dr. Nansen. In spite of the excellent equipment « SLEQ6E IN TRAVELLING ORDER, SHOWING THE ALUMINIUM • PROVISION BOXES AND KAJAK STRAPPED TO IT, ALSO SKI-STAF. SKI AND SNOW SHOES. he did take along an automatic piano, and a thousand bottles of wines and liquors. The young duke sailed the other day from Christiania in the Stella Polare, but so lavish had been his orders that the ship was libeled by tradesmen, and the royal explorer had to bond her before he could clear. It Is supposed that the ship will touch at Archangel, and then try to reach (Franz Josef Land. ' Previously to the sailing of 'the Pram last summer on her second voyage to the Arctic, the duke, after various conferences with Captain Otto .Jverdrup, determined on making Franz Josef Land the base of his operations, and adopted the plan formed (originally by Jackson of laying down 'depots of provisions along the route (hat was to lead to and from the Pole, Brerdrup being of the opinion that if the conditions were favorable the Pole could be reached in sixty days, and the journey to and from be accomplished in four months. After Jackson's three years experiences in those (regions and bis discovery of a vast n>pen sea to the north of Franz Josef which with its tides and cur- so seriously affecting, the ice con* as to preclude, apparently, the of any Journey due north ft frozen ocean, it is only a bold who would follow in Jackson's /wake and attempt to advance where better was baffled. But the decision adopt, practically, ft similar route evidently bWi determined by |yerdrup.'8 eavtag W' IP? It Js known . /. .. - ..... ^'--^ tg gyp-jr rule, year, which he inherited from his mother. There was a rumor at one time that he bad made a fortune in the Klondike, but that afterward was denied. However, he is in comfortable circumstances and has spent money lavishly on his expedition. It would be a joke on the Northern nations which have for so many years been searching for the Pole if an Italian prince should succeed where they have failed. Needless to say, the Arctic experts do not have much faith in the success of the Duke's trip, but strange things happen in the Arctic. The duke has fitted up his Stella Polare comfortably but not luxuriously. There has been built on her a deck house which contains the cabins, saloon, officers' mess, galley and mess room for the crew. The fittings throughout are plain. The walls and ceilings are painted white. The officers' cabins are small, the duke's differing in no respect from the rest. Tfte' seamen's quarters are comfortable, consisting of two cabins below deck, one for the Italian, the other for the Norwegian portion of the crew. The ship is provisioned for five years and the outfit generally is admirable, This includes sixteen kanaka, almost similar in construction'to those used by Nansen and Johanseu on their famous Journey, but slightly improved, fitted with, rowlocks and provided with oars instead Of paddles. This is pos- Biblx a mistake, as the paddle is far hazier and more serviceable in a canee^ pejdd.ej &£!»,& fctf stonier than the slight ears, with wblcb they are which a list of the things provided for the Stella Polare would indicate, some Arctic experts say that the young man's expedition is fitted out not properly. They say he has neglected details too much, arid especially in the matter of food has seemed to think that it was necessary simply to give a large order and leave the rest to the merchant who was to fill it. Another view of the duke comes from a correspondent at Christiania, who says: "During his stay at Christiania the Duke of the Abruzzi was constantly engaged superintending the loading of the Stella Polare. From his great activity and energy, his'fixed determination to bring the venture to a successful Issue, his quick appreciation of every detail connected with the undertaking, there cannot be any question as to his qualifications as leader of so great an enterprise, and as such be is- not only fiiliy, entitled to the . th^nkX of the;scientific world for fitting outf the expedition, but to the best'wishes 1 ' of all those who are interested in Arctic research." The principal members Of bis expedition are: Captain Umberto Cagni, royal Italian navy, aged 36; Lieutenant Franco Querinl, royal Italian navy, aged 31; Dr, AchlUe Cavalli, ajged 33; Sailing Master C. J. Evensen, aged 47, and Chief Engineer Henry Alfred Stokken, aged 24. The others are a second engineer, carpenter and six Norwegian hands, two Lapland dog drivers, four Alpine climbers, aj&4 two Italian BASE BALL TOPICS CURRENT NEWS AND NOTES OF THE GAME. The Bnscbnll—It Jin* Some Difficult Problems to Deal With In Connection wltli Club Leagues—Supervisor of Umpires Is In Demand. The Baseball Trust. The most Important result of the agitation of an "American Association" will be the continuance of a twelve- club circuit by the National League. There is not a remote possibility of the major league magnates surrender- Ing any part of their territory to a rival organization or of their entering Into a compact with any new association similar to that which existed between the National League and American Association prior to their war. The greatest problem that ever confronted the governing body of the game is the reorganization of the circuit on lines which will prevent secession and shut out competition. Cleveland cannot be carried much longer and the Roblsona will, with the consent of their associates, transfer that team to a more desirable city. It is to be hoped that there will be a change in the ownership as well as the location of the club. This would greatly Improve conditions. Baltimore is a better hall town than It has been for several seasons, and McGraw's team is a first-class road attraction. Washington will support the Senators well if they make a respectable showing and experts predict that Manager Irwln's team will have j first-division prospects in 1900. Louisville has a badly conducted club. President Dreyfuss Interferes with the manager of his team, which, as is always the case, has been followed by disastrous disorganization and cliqueism among the Colonels. Like the New York club, its {ye legally due to its ownership. *rner"e Is little chance for the metropolis to secure the Importance It should have in baseball until Freedman's connection with its club ceases. The capitalists behind the clubs in New York, Boston, St. Louis, Chicago, Brooklyn, Plttsburg and Cincinnati know that these cities would make an ideal circuit, but they prefer a continuance of the membership of the league as constituted with its less desirable members than the complications which might ensue. There will never be an effort to form a rival organization to the league as long as it has clubs In twelve of the most important centers of the East and Middle West. An eight-club league capable of -making a good front in a flght with the National League would have to be equipped with a capital of $1,000,000 and officered by baseball men of Judgment and experience. It is stated in the daily papers that such an organization will be formed this fall and enter the field in 1900. Opposition clubs will, it is claimed, be placed in Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis and New York, and Detroit, Buffalo, .Baltimore and Washington will also be represented. It is contended that neither Baltimore or Washington will retain its National League franchise after next season. The new league will necessarily depend upon its patronage for its support. Capitalists will not part with their money for sentimental reasons and they will expect returns for every dollar they invest in baseball. The attendance at the games their clubs play will be dependent altogether upon the kind of ball they play. If the Chicago club In the new organization is far below the standard of the National League team In that city, it will play to empty stands and so in Philadelphia, St. Louis and Chicago. There is not JERRY H. NOPS. The Famous Pitcher of the Baltimore Club. enough first-class talent to equip eight teams. This Is proven by the weakness of (fpur and <.pe.rh.ap8 s.ix of: the National <League clubs. If the new.orgftn-T izatlon should bid for the best players of the National League and succeed in getting them, the club's salary lists would be so large and their outlay so immense that with opposition it would be out of the question for them to make a dollar. Tfte Nations! League club owners would have the advantage of experience and equipment in such a war and with memories of the Brotherhood's failure in mind, most of their players would yield to the temp* tation of a big cask consideration am} the promise of an increase of salary and others would take advantage of ,-iH, '* 5* %. i S&ftJSJ^J-i the opportunity to sever unpleasant relations. Around them as a nucleus the new organization would build its eight teams, using such minor league players as they could obtain. The right of reservation, the cornerstone of professional baseball, will not be exercised, so it is said, by the new magnates. This would mean that at the end of the season their players would be free to sign with whatever clubs they pleased, and in order to keep them their respective clubs would be forced to make new terms with them and offer in most cases better ihdu'cements. The National League and all other parties to the national agreement would blacklist the deserters and harass their rivals in every conceivable way. The promoters of the association claim that they would avoid a conflict of dates In cities in which rival clubs are placed. The National League would not permit this, if it were possible to avoid it, especially on Sundays and holidays. The plans of those behind the movement have not been made public, but developments will be watched with interest. Montreal's Swift Pitcher. Harry Felix, the clever young pitcher of the champion Montreal team of the Eastern League, was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1877. For the past four years he has pitched for many of' the principal amateur and semi-professional teams around Brooklyn. Manager Dooley ' signed him last spring, HARRY FELIX. and he has proved one of the pitching finds of the season. Of the first ten games he pitched this season with the Montreals he won seven and lost two, one being a tie. Twice he shut out his opponents. He struck out 28 and gave 11 bases on balls in these ten games, not an error being charged to him. He is developing well and will with this season's experience become fitted for a National League berth. He stands 5 feet 7^2 Inches and weighs 160 pounds. His splendid work has contributed a great deal toward putting and keeping Montreal to the front in the Eastern League race of 1890. Wanted—A Chief of Umpires. The National League magnates stultify themselves by frequently complaining of the inefficiency of several members of the staff of umpires, for the reason that the responsibility rests with them. At the spring season of the National League the following section was incorporated in its constitution: "Sec. 40. A supervisor of umpires may be chosen by the league at an annual or special meeting, to serve for one year unless sooner removed by the league or the board of directors for incompetency, malfeasance in office or other just cause. His compensation shall be fixed by the league prior to his acceptance of the office." They in reality anticipated and provided a remedy for the state of affairs of which they so vociferously complain in private and in public. Why was not a supervisor of umpires appointed prior to the opening of the season and why should there be future delay? The usefulness of the best staff of umpires that could be formed would be impaired, if Its management and control were not entrusted to a strong, competent chief. President Young's time is to a great extent occupied in routine work, and most of the official annoyances and vexations which beset him are caused by protests and complaints about umpires. The league cannot invest 15,000 to better advantage than in the salary and expenses of a supervisor of umpires. The sum is trifling when the important reforms that can be confidently expected are contemplated. Commercialism In Base Ball. According to J. Earl Wagner, the treasurer of the Washington club, the practice of boosting the batting of players in order to sell them to advantage, has been introduced by him into the National League. He admits that this was done by the official scorer of the Washington club to increase De Montrevllle's market value, and claims President Hanlon adopted similar tactics with a like purpose at Baltimore. Mr. Wajwer has so far entered no denial of/an inter view 'to'- this i effect. He says that he considers such a course legitimate, because De Montreville was only given the best of it in not charging a fielder with an error on a fumble, but giving De Montreville a hit on it. This may satisfy the conscience of the Washington magnate, but his reputation would not have suffered had he kept quiet about the smart practice that he i>oasts of. A man does not like to hear a woman run down another woman, but he hasn't the slightest objection to her ning down another man. There ami More. "In India only one woman in etefy 160 is nble to read." ! "Well, I don't believe more than onft in every 160 of our own women Is able to read anything besides the dry goods ads." < Rich — Tot Starving:. i Doctors frequently have very wealthy patients who are starving. They have money to buy food, but their stomach has not the strength to digest it. It lies there a heavy fermented mass, the sole cause of dyspepsia, nervousness and biliousness. The surest remedy to cure a weak stomach is Hosteller's Stomach Bitters. ; A mere bath and a genuine swim are two different matters to a small bov. "Actions of the Just Smell Sweet" ' The fragrance of life is vigor and strength, neither of <which Can be found in a person whose blood is impure* and •whose every breath speaks of internal troubles. Hood's Sarsaparttla purifies the blood and makes'the *weak strong. A musical pigeon belongs to Mrs. Louis P. Haslup, of Elhcott City, Md. The bird is so fond of piano music that when that instrument is being played it perches itself close to the performer and sways its head 'from side to side, and occasionally coos in the effort to keep time tQ the variations of the tune, ! Pride and fashion are the taskmasters who make bread-winning slavery. Spinsters should rejoice when it rains cats and dogs. ! Ask Tour Dealer for Alloii'H Foot-Ease, A powder to shake in your shoes. It rests the feet. Cures Corns, Bunions, Swollen, Sore, Hot, Callous, Aching, Sweating Feet and Ingrowing Nails. At all druggists and shoe stores, 25 cts. Sample mailed FREE. Address Allen S. Olmstcd. Le Roy. N. Y. Reichsritter Leopold von Blumen- cron, editor of the Vienna Fremdem- blatt, and the oldest working journalist in the world, has just died in his 90th year. lie was at work in his office up to three days previous to hi^ death. -,•*] Be Beautiful! A clear, oloan complexion la t.ho foundation of all beauty. Cuscarots (Jancly Catlmrtlomake and Iceop ths skin sol t and velvety. All drugglsto, IQo, 25o, 5Uc. The largest dairy in the world is located fourteen miles from Newark, N. J., the minimum number of cows kept being 1,000. The proprietor runs a ranch in Iowa, says the New York Telegraph, for the special purpose of supplying his dairy with co'ws. B. & O. RECEIVERSHIP ENDED. New Officers Have Taken Charge of the Road. Baltimore, July 1.—The receivership of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad terminated at 12 o'clock last night and the property was turned over to the stockholders without celebration or formal; ceremony. John K. Gowen and Oscar G. Murray were appointed receivers of the company on February 2»th, 1898, by the United States court for the District of Maryland. Being familiar with the useds of the property the receivers decided that the only wise course to pursue was to practically rebuild and re-equip the railroad. The physical condition was bad, its equipment antiquated and inadequate to handle business and its insufficiency waa such as to seriously injure the revenues. The receivers' plans were discussed by the security holders and as a large majority agreed to the provision of enough funds to place ttie road In a condition to handle its traffic, they obtained permission of tho court to issue certificates for the purchase, by means of equipment trusts and receivers' certificates, of new cars and locomotives and to improve the Physical condition of the property. . The plan also provided for the payment in full of all receivers' indebtedness, the entire floating debt of the company, represented by promissory notes and negotiable obligations and of all car trust obligations, enabling the company to begin the fiscal year of 18991900 with all Its obligations paid. For the reason that reorganization waa possible without a foreclosure, the original charter of the company remains in force, and the next annual meeting of the stockholders will be. the 73d. The new stock of the company is held by interests which cannot fall to be of great help to the property and much new capital has been invested in the securities, and there is a sufficiency of taoney for still further Improvements which are in progress, with a view to lull further reducing the cost of transportation, There are no churches dying- from the exhaustion of liberality. f* AUDI HE &J I ', MI ! C ' ESl "UUGOIST. UMnDlUEi Wholesale ana Ketail V*V*u***tm*»m Dealer. Desatoinea. la. I JOHN W.BUromsT I \VanblpKtoil, »,;<£ •• -'eiMton Bureau. igcladna.attyqliwy .. flfWESTERN -. ..... -, Containing flve Splendid M»ps of Ca «r^?. k lM3*£fe™J>t$

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