ESTABLISHED 1865, ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1899. •SISaSBSM^M¥Mii-M" " Vl • "---- -*--»-- •— ; j 1 ^ „. , . _. * VOL. xxxrv-NO. 39. ° V6r °° BOYS ' LON& PANT SUITS-the entire stock the it 10 SWELL SUITS-$16.50 grades, nice, nobby eastern styles, all new, are going at $13.50 $11.50 and $l6.50 - . . 9.75 $15.00 Suits at $12.00 Suits at - - . . $10.00 Suits at - ... And cheaper ones in like proportion. $15 Ulsters and top coats, $11.90-12.50 $12 Ulsters and top coats, - 9.90 $10 Ulsters and top coats, - 7.90 $ 8 Ulsters and top coats, - 6.75 $ 6 Ulsters and top coats, - 4.90 Boys and Children's Ulsters and Cape Coats a Big Discount. Best grade Overshoes, $1.45. Best Felt Overshoes, $1.85. 400 pairs G-ood Men's Overshoes at A DISCOUNT. In short, discounts in everything to convert every dollar's worth possible into cash. We can make discounts and good money with the money we get out of the business before Jan. 1st. All persons owing us must pay up at once. Are warranted to be well made and well finished in every particular. We will put them on trial with any responsible farmer, and if they do not do more and better work and are not stronger and more durable than any similar machine rated at the same capacity, they may be returned at our expense. THE WIGWAM » has always kept for sale the leading lines of farm machinery, still leads in that respect. It The Appleton Modern Hero Mill and 4 Horse Power Has no equal as an outfit for grinding feed. Kraft Clothing Co. We have a full line of Feed Grinders, Corn Shelters, etc. CALL AND SEE THESE GOODS. MAKING A LIVING "CROOKS" AND THEIR QUEER WAYS OF ATTAINING THIS END. Some Tricks of the Criminal Classes Explained Uy a Kofonued Jailbird Who i» Well Qualified to Kxpose the Methods of Crookdom, How tbe other half lives in this great city, and by what means, is of; ten a mystery to the other half," said a reformed green goods man who, having been born and reared in Dunavan's lane, the very heart of the criminal district of the metropolis, is ;well qualified to expose the methods f. crookdom. "And yet, the rewards )f a life of thievery and wrong pay so pell while they do pay that crooks do lot think of the penalty which Is so I'itter after detection and capture. Phe games practised upon the unwary |are manifold, and none Is exempt from being victimized. Even clever rooks fall victims to games that they themeelves have never heard of. ami ?thus by experience learn the very latest : , method of swindle. "Another way of making a living is by leading an Innocent man into a questionable transaction under the impression that he is to receive a large , reward for little, as with the green goods game. Take the 'fooney' jewei- • ry game as an example. A crook walks ahead of a likely looking man on the street, and suddenly makes a pretence of picking up something from the side walk. The stranger looks over the crook's shoulder and sees him in the act of opening a beautiful velvet ;case containing a diamond ring fresh t from -the showcase. The stranger gasps with surprise, the qrook feigns igreat agitation and asks the victim it she was the man who lost the ring, at the same time making a show of congealing the treasure. The strangei ;8aswers in the negative, but the crooK says:—'I am no hog. You were the only one who saw me pick this up, and you will not squeal on me I'll give you half the proceeds. 1 lie then leads his victim into a rtark corner, ; "Once there the pair examine the diamond ring in the case, apparently an engagement ring just purchased Dy 'pome luckless swain. The crook saya |hat he is very hard up, and ae to go ftp a pawnshop might lead to detection, be tells the man to take it to the nearest Jeweler to find out if it is genuine. ff so, tbe crook will sell his share to (he stranger for $25. The stranger |akes the ring to a jeweller while the ?rqok watches outside. The ring is ap- raieed at |150. The stranger ie delighted, but as soon as they are alone •»gain, and wishing to drive a shrewd )a,rgain, he offers the crook $20 for nis Interest. Taking the ring the crook laces it in the case again, and an altercation ensues. The difference is lit, and the stranger goes away tb the ring in the case, with the jjnge) not to take it out of his pock- til) well out of the dletrtet. When examines the case and ring be 8ncU "• Jbe latter feas been cleverly ex|§d flurlpg tj|M» nHeroatlon fpr a piece of 'fooney' jewelry worth fifteen cents, and yet, so as not to appear in the light of compounding a questionable transaction, he holds his peace. Thle game has been worked with great, success, with many modifications, lr> every quarter of town,. "I happened upon a man the other day whom I had not seen for many months. He was known for years as the greatest 'walking fence' in thn world. He had ' escaped trouble by miracle. He pretends now to havo retired on hie income, but I have my doubts about that. Men of his stamp rarely leave the business <for any length of time. The game is too fascinating while it is successful. This man traveled from New York to San Francisco. He knew every crook that did business In every important city between them. He was like a commercial traveler, having stated dates and places of meeting in every city. He dressed like a castaway, yet not so badly that he would attract attention. He looked like a poor, honest fellow oitr of a job, that is all. He coi^cl pass from the Battery to Harlem without ever being picked- out as a suspicious man, and yet he was literally plastered with banknotes. He did all business in cash, and carried, together with his arsenal for self-protection, from five to fifty thousand dollars on hie person, as well as diamonds and other precious stones galore, "A favorite local renzevous was th corner of Fourteenth street and Thir avenue. A crook would pass him and although they would appear to bi unknown to each other, the secre number of the meeting place would bi given and later the pair would meet There tbe 'walking fence' would buy the harvest of the crook's month o second story busineee or pocket pick ing, and he always paid a quarter more than any of the pawnshops. He bought nothing but unset gems, and never sold them in the same city where he bought. His purchases in Cleveland and St. Louis were disposed of In New York and San Francisco and vice versa. "One of the famous rendezvouses for crooke was in Duane street near Broadway;. It Is a 'queer joint' still, and frequented by the most mot'.ey crew of any place in the metropolis, from the lowest 'panhandler' to the ewellest merchant prince of the dry goods quarter. It was started about three score of years ago by a groat wag politician. It was the political Mecca of the district and the favorite resort of the Fenians during the Orangeman troubles years ago. Judges, statesmen, bankers, insurance men, politicians of every stamp and grade made the hauni their meeting place, and enough of the finest stock has been drunk there to float the whole White Squadron. "During tbe war the establishment was » famous rendezvous for tbe antj- drattere, and "here were sown the seeds of the great draft riot of '63 It then fell into somewhat of disrepute and wa's the place of secret conclave of many of the Tweed ring, afterward the confidence man's refuge, and from that becamg a regular maelstrom pi every variety of crooks. STALKING BIG GAME. How tho Four Day Hunting Seaion li Spent on Long Iilautl. The Long Island deer season is a peculiar affair. It Is but four days long, covering the four Wednesdays in November. Although the country in which the deer are found in the Interior of the island is heavily wooded, 14 presents no difficulties to the start- Ing of the game from cover with hounds. As the south shore which skirts the so-called wllderneas is thickly settled, a host of sportsmen lg on the hunting ground by dawn of the first day of hunting. There are a hundred men with guns ready to pour a hail of buckshot In the direction of the fleeing deer. Rifles are not used, because the hunter could not pull a trigger without bringing down some fellow sportsman within range of the bullet On Tuesday might before the first Wednesday to November, Sayvllle, Patehogue, Bay Shore. Smlthtown and other places on the south shore and to «be north cf tho Ronkoukoma Woods are in a feverish state ot preparation for the opening of the deer season with the first light. The sun has Just tipped the horizon when the "wilderness," tbe tracks of the Long Island railroad running through it and the roads bounding it resound with Che report of shotguns Th« battle is on. The Long Island chase has developed a peculiar kind of deerslayer, the like of whom is not known in other countries. He is called a track hunter, because he takes his stand on the ties of the Long Island railrotid where they run through the woods. Tbe bay of hounds at once calls the track-hunters by hundreds to the steel, rails. Often they are to be seen as thick as mosquitoes in Jersey Tbe deer breaks and dashes for the traak to escape the hound*. Then a mighty fusllade wakes the echoes. Tbe nimrods within sight of tbe anl mal have filled tbe air with lead. Of to«r»e, tbe d*»r falls, and tbe sportsmen swarm around Its dying form like crows about a carcass. The question of who shall have tbe antlers if It be a buck, who shall bare tbe bide, and among how many tbe meat shaU b* divided are rarely settled except after a riot Any one who can squint aloag a barrel and press a trigger may b* a track-bunt'. Tbe utmost woodcraft is required to l**a* the Long Island r»Ur»ad In tee "wilder ness." All fee Leaf IsUod «••> topoters are not of the gr»te*<|u« typ* deacrlb ed, however. Fair sport w»/ b* had on §»y of t&e f»re*trves of gone of ft* elubsj sport fttt mtfm * I»«4 ey« a»d a quick h*ad and Wine degre<< of Drill, m If not to b, compared wltfe deer hun«eg in the A41r«nd ft ck» the Main* wilder^, b« it dsjr » running Wtp gay tucjtift JB tf wltii»«t of ' The Wigwam. Algona, Burt and Fenton. Wilfrid P. Jones. From Warerly on the iouth, nearly to Wading River on the north and east, and Smlthtown on th« west, the deer abound in groat numbers. This territory embraces Lake Konkonkoroa. whore the Indians used to lie In wait for their game. The country Is flat, and covered with scrub oak and underbrush, through which even the guides sometimes have trouble In pushing their way. From Oakdale north, and embracing a atrip about two miles wide and Ore miles long, is the preserve of the Bouthslde club, an organization of wealthy gentlemen, who, by observ Ing the law themselves and compelling It* enforcement by others, hare succeeded In Increasing the number of deer to such an extent that the farmers have good cause for complaint. The latter argue the Injustice of allowing the deer to destroy their crops while the law protects the deer from being shot. The change In the game laws distributing the season over four weeks, If generally regarded by sportsmen as a wise move. Previously four consecutive days were set aside, and Iben the woods fairly broke loose Into a pandemonium. For four days there would be u scene of carnage, not limited atone to the deer. Stray shots found resting places In human targets. The hut for the chase became wild. All elb«> was forgotten. Private preserves were invaded and despoiled. The game keepers were In open war (are with the less scrupulous hunts men, who respected neither the law nor the proprieties of sport and fair play. But a great change has been wrought. Last year the gunning wan followed with equal aest, but the one day of each week set apart and the six days Intervening had a tendency to check any attempt af lawlessness. And the game that was killed! On tfce opening day of the season It wax estimated that no leas than 150 deer succumbed to the hunters' prowess. Next day the trains on the Long lal and railroad fairly groaned under their weight of venison. Others of t&e sportsmen carried their trophies away by wagon, and still others, bound for the ducks of Great South Bay, bad recourse to boats. IT WAS A GOOD SERMON. BUT THERE WAS A SLIGHT ERROR IN SUBJECT. The Ludicrous Ponltlon In Which the Reporter Found Hlinnelf Through Taking; Too Much For Granted. To Keep Viewer* Frvsh. . Flowers trailing singly over the cloth is one form of decoration in more or IMS u«« at special functions. Host- Mies find frequently, however, that the rosn and other blossoms do not last through a Jwog meal, and srwy one kwws that trailing faded |«wtrs are »»t an at*r*»tlYt slfbt T» obviate this, « «oriftt saye that If a tit 9! WOBI it dipped IB wafer a«d they shaken fr frw «I It, tht t»t «t of tbs may N *n*f«« It fete »M at* » fcH # tewing •*(*, »*4 wl» kwp Hit jgWWf smartest HWe woman girl — ',£*' What is i M JSwtom WW Kitty; vb«v sh « A well-known Milwaukee newspaper man, the hero of the tale, was confronted on Sunday evening many years ago with a problem which the reporter frequently encountered, naine- ly, how to get three half-hour assignments Into one hour's time. To dispose of two within that period was not difficult, but when at 9 o'clock the task of "covering" a sermon delivered some fifteen minutes before, presented Itself, the problem became more Involved. The minister could not be reached, nor could any of the congregation be located, consequently lie chose tbe one alternative open, which was to take the subject announced in the morning and build up a notice from that. Whether or not this was wise is immaterial; the fact remains that ho examined the files on his return to the office, found that Rev, Mr. Smith -would speak on "Gambling," and set about to "fake" his story, Now, ordinarily—that is, perhaps—a brief notice might be made with some Hegree of safety with the material at hand, but In this instance the stock theme of gambling proved too great a temptation to resist. With a laudable ambition to display his versatility, the reporter started to construct a sermon of his own, picturing the evils of the vice under discussion In a fearless fashion, and even employing direct quotations to lend vividness to his account. The story when completed was a gem, and the newspaper man turned In his copy with a "I-conslder-tbat-a pretty-creditable-job" air. And now comes the pathos which this tale involves. Rev. Mr, Smith called at the office on the following afternoon and inquired for the mai) who had reported his aeraon of the evening before. Accordingly, the reporter wa« summoned, ana this i« the conversation that ensued: "So you are the young man who wrote up my sermon, are you?" "Yei, sir," not without •& slight mjs- «Mng; "was anything the matter with "No, ypung man, it was an excellent sermon, excellent, and It expressed my sentiments exactly. But," and he laid ft dlsagreeftble emphasis on tba word, 'put there was ope objection. My last evening 1 * subject w«s »Qrum* Wing, 1 apt 'GamWlng."' M ^ of THE WASP AS AN ENGINEER. ] Bit of Inoot Cl«T«ruoM That Won Pralie From Army M«n. Several members of the United States engineer corps were interested witness of a feat of insect engineer* ing near the road on Which they were working. One of their number found a blue ground wa«p dragging aloag the ground a dead swamp spider on*quarter the size of a full grown tarantula. Whether the wasp killed the spider or found it dead Is a qifevtioa beyond solutiom. He was having a hard 'time dragging his prey along, and presently left It to go prospeet- Ing for bla abode. The discoverer of tbla wasp called his companions, and one of them )n coming stepped upon bhe wasp's ground hole, «ru«faia.g down some blades of dried grass across It. This caused no Uttle trouble to the InsJ-ct, who, upon locating 1*« hole, nipping away at the obstructing stalks with his strong mandibles until he bad cleared a passage. Them he .went back and sieed up this spider, walking around tne big body and surveying It from all sddes. "He's reckoning that the bole Isn't big enough," sai'd one of the eagta- "That's all right, ne'll fix «," saM another, as the Insect went baok a«fd commenced vigorously widening the entrance to his domicile, Again be returned to tfae spider, seized H and dragged It to wlttttn * foot of the orifice. To the *p»etafc»rs It was evident that more work w<»whL have to be doni) before the »pid*r oould b« dragged in. This struck ttw wasp, too, for again he r*a around tbe body, examining it carefully, and returned to bhe hole to tak'e measurement*. He went to digging a aeoead time. Having dug for two minutes, he brought Ms prey up to the e&f« »f the hole, nipped out a piece of dirt here, cut away a gra«i stem th*r«, and after fifteen minutes of hard aad skillful labor disappeared underground, dragging tta« spider after him, doubtless to form the piece de resist* anco In a winter storehouse. Tbe ««- gineer» then resumed their work, changing comments of Oklcago laO He Wo linuH- Whiit I|u Mount. "Jim is an Ingenious fellow. spent half the summer building » cottage on his new lake-shore tract. It is a pretty cottage, too. He's covered the outside of the ground story with terra flrma." "You mean terra cotta," "I don't. I mean mud."— Cleveland Plain Dealer.
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