The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 13, 1899 · Page 10
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 10

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 13, 1899
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THE UPPEK DBS MOINES: ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1899. Satisfaction and Saving at R. H. MILLER'S It is time to pick your Christmas tokens. Christmas is always a time of considerable worry, because good-will and pocket books seldom agree. " What to choose" i s also a vexing problem sometimes, and our aim has been to help you out of both difficulties. We make choosing easy because we have a remarkable assortment of desirable gifts. Many new and novel articles that have never been shown before. An immense line of standard, common-sense gifts, such as are always acceptable. S And you can buy yourself a gilt with what you save. Below are brief hints of suitable gifts. No attempt is made to do our stock justice-—we can't in this space. Only enough suggestions are made to whet your interest and bring you in to look. Come as often as you like; you may not be able to see everything at a single visit. Toilet Cases Always a handsome and desirable gift. Toilet Cases are now a necessary adjunct of every dresser or toilet table. We have a splendid line at a variety of fair prices. Cosmeon Sets, the latest thing out in this line. Cosmeon is an aluminul alloy. It is as beautiful as silver, as light as cardboard and as durable as steel. Cosmeon articles never blacken or tarnish. Sterling Novelties There is fine picking in this line; gifts suitable for everybody. Articles of Sterling silver make ideal gifts because they have both beauty and intrinsic value; besides, they remain for a lifetime a pleasant reminder of the giver. Our entire stock of Sterling novelties is new, hence we show the latest and best designs. Don't guess at the prices—they are apt to be less than you expect. Prices on these goods start at 25 cents. New Albums Albums are standard and always acceptable gifts. Another one is always needed. This season's designs are especially beautiful, and we can please you on price. Think about giving an album, but don't think about buying until you have seen our line. Novelties in Ebony Those seeking something new, striking and novel in gifts should see the articles we have in ebony. Ebony is in high favor just now, and is being used for all sorts of artistic purposes. The items in ebony we are showing are very attractive and the prices are right. Cut Glass Nothing you can give will be more highly prized than this. Cut glass makes a superb gift. There is nothing finer than the brand we handle. The designs are exquisite and the cutting sharp and deep. Watches If you contemplate giving anybody a watch, we are in a position to do you good. A watch lasts a good while and it is a satisfaction to give a good one. Our watches are of the dependable sort, no matter how low the price may be. Have an ample variety of cases and movements to choose from, and every claim made is backed up by our personal guarantee. Clocks There are scores of homes in which a new clock is needed and it would be wise to make Christmas the occasion for procuring one. Our clocks are all of recent design with latest improvements, and we make prices you can not match. Leather Goods Novelties in leather for everybody. Too large a variety to list here, but come to the store and take a look at them. Leather goods have not been largely given in the past, but their sensible gift qualities are recognized and the demand will grow. If you fail to see these goods you may realize later that you overlooked " the very thing." Bibles The best gift of all in many cases. We are showing a fine line, all late editions. Have them at almost any price you care to pay. We advise you to come and make your selections at once, as the present indications are that they will go very rapidly. Jewelry You'll wish to give something in the line of jewelry, of course. We have made many additions to our jewelry stock especially for the holidays. Scores of items not high in price, but of a quality that we can guarantee. So many desirable gifts that you might easily make all your selections from this one department. Perfumes Perfumes are wanted by about everybody at Holiday time, and we are prepared to meet the demand with a complete line of the finest odors produced. Have them in bulk as well as bottled goods in abundance. Sundries Hair brushes, cloth brushes, whisks, etc. make sensible presents. None the less appreciated because they are common, every-day articles. Our sundry department affords gifts that are especially suitable for home giving, and at a great variety of prices. r Druggist and Jeweler, Algona, Iowa. RAILTVAYTOTHESUN THE SEA IS A TREASURE HOUSE OF GOLD. *3ntold Billion* of the Precious Metal- It Would Make a Carpet One Thousand Kiln— It Would Make a Girdle of Gold Colo* Around the Kquator. ' It IB little realized that the sea is a treasure house of gold, so incredibly rich as to far exceed the wildest dreams even of a mad millionaire. Although In every thirteen tons it holds only one grain of pure gold, its bulk is so great that its 400,000,000 cubic miles of water hold in solution fold of the value of $5,125,000,000,000,000. If this gold could be rescued and distributed equally among all the inhabitants of the earth each man, woman and child living would have a fortune of $3,416,666, and would enjoy the comfortable living income of $2,625 a week, or more than the annual income of fire cabinet ministers of the first class. Let us coin in fancy the sea's gold, and pile our myriads of coins into one stupendous column. Our tower of gold, •tanding on a base a quarter of a mile each* way, would soar into the clouds to a height of 14,828 feet, or 904 feet lower than the summit of Mt. Blanc. To demolish and cart away our tower of coins we should require the ser- Tlces of 3 2-3 horses for every man, •woman and child in the world. If we make a carpet of our marine gold we should have more than sufnc- *Jent to cover an area 1,000 miles long and 183 miles wide; in fact, to "plate" •with sovereigns the whole of Great Britain and Ireland, Holland, Belgium and Portugal, with a remnant of over 6,000 square miles of gold to spare. With our golden treasure we could make a girdle of gold coins around the equator nearly eight miles in width, or as wide as from the Thames to Edmonton, or southward, to the outskirts of Croydon. Similarly we could construct a road- dray to the moon 364 yards wide, along •which 160 carriages might be driven abreast in comfort. We could make a railway track of •fold to bridge the 91,725,000 miles •which divide us from the sun. Our .golden track would be 111-4 feet wide; !*ad if is 1724, when George I bad still three years to reign, an engine hud started on Us long journey from earth to sun, and had raced night and clay over its yellow track at the rate of eixty miles an hour, it would only reach Its destination as these lines are being printed. 4* a flftal flight, of astronomical fancy, let us construct two rails of gold coins each ? 1-2 inches wide, and on this track let us take a journey to .Neptune, 2,766,000,000 miles away, We fhould have quite sufficient gold fpr this purpose; but, journeying night and day at sixty miles an hour, it would take us 5,242 years to reach Neptune, by which time it would be too late to think of the return journey. To have completed our journey today we ought to have started nearly 1,000 years before the deluge, according to recognized chronology. Wo.should in this way have escaped the flood, at any rate. With our treasure of the .ea wo could buy the United Kingdom, with its land, houses and all its accumulated wealth of every kind, 82,000 times over, and we could furnish our national revenue for the next 9,000,000 years allowing for reasonable growth; in fact, a single minute's income from our treasure, if carefully invested, would be sufficient to meet our entire national expenses. All the gold current to-day througn- out of the world if collected together, would represent only 1.5662 part of our myriad sea coins, and if the same amount of gold could be produced by our mints every year it would take them 1,358,960 years to mint a pile as large as ours.—Tid Bits. FATHER AND SON. Both are Kings anil HHVU Kelgnad lot Thirty-*ire Years. Father and son celebrate)' the thirty- fifth anniversary of their accession to thrones' within a month of each othur, and strange to say, King George, of Greece, had royal honors even before hia aged father, for tne former ascended his throne, October 31st, 1863 and King Christian, of Denmark, was crowned on November 15, of the same year. Prince Christian, a fourth son of tho Duke of Sehleswlg-Holstein. had been brought up In the ordinary military career of princes without expectations. He had a small salary, she a email dot. For ten years they had to practice the moat rigid economies. Than came a slight betterment in his condition and an -enormous and unexpected change in his prospects. On May 8, 1852, the apparently inextricable cou- fusion into which the question of tue Danish succession had lapsed was straightened out by the protocol of London, and Prince Christian was formally recognised as heir to his wife's cousin, King Frederick: VII. of P«n- wark. The couple received the title of Royal Highnesses, and later Obrlw- tlan became inspector general ami commander in chief of the Danish cavalry in a miniature army of forty thousand all tola. This turn of For- tone's wh«?l, however, made little throne as Christian IX of Denmark, Simultaneously with tb« accession of the Prince of Skhleawig-Holstein to the throne rival claimant* aroie for the duchies of Scaleswi^-Holsteiu, which had been part of the possession*' of King Frederick YII, of Denmark. The extinction of toil dygtity, it was a«s»rt«d, and th« svb*tltutUw of a change in the household's styie ot o*- istence until the year 1868, when Frederick's death brought the prince to the rights of succession in these provinces. It is needless to enter into the mtrita of this Involved and difficult controversy. Lord Palmerston used to saj: —"There have been but two men who really comprehended the question about the duchies—Prince Albert, who is dead, and I, who have forgotten." Suffice it to say that after diplomatic wrangles, which closed In an appeal tt arms, Prussia, Austria and Germany all took a hand In the fight, and the first of these great countries, under the wily hand of Bismarck, succeeded in robbing littie Denmark of the .three duchies of Holsteln, Scbleswig and Lauenberg and attaching them to her own dominions. France and England looked on growlingly, but both concluded not to interfere. After this loss of one-third of the i kingdom Internal troubles arose lu that portion of his dominions whicli still remained to King Shristlan. King and parliament could never agree, a characteristic that both have retained almost to the present time. Ministerial crises in Denmark have been as frequent as revolutions in South America. But in his home life he found a relief from 'he strains of ruling, and the story of the splendid marriages of bis sons and daughters has become an old-time tale to every household la Christendom. YELLOWSTONE PARK. ONE OF THE SEVEN THOUSAND WONDtRS OF THE WORLD. Be direful How Too Sit, Recently an eminent physician gave utterance to the opinion that appendicitis is more common in this country than in others, because of the Yankee custom that men have—and men are more frequently sufferers from the disease than women—of habitually sitting with one leg thrown over the other. The habit, the physician was quoted as saying, restricts the action of the digestive apparatus, and especially of the lower intestines, and causes stagnation of the contents and the stretching of the opening of the vermiform appendix, making it possible for obstructions to reach the latter, and ttius giving rise to appendicitis. There IB no other disease, 'if we may judge from the attention given to it by current publications, in which the general public takes so much interest as in this one, which is comparatively new to medical practice. Probably much of the popular interest is due to the fact that only within a few years what may be called the literature of appendicitis has reached the reading community,—Leslie's Weekly. Ckeajp J'roseutx, Perdita—With as many admirere a;j you have, it must have been a rather expensive Christmas for you. Penelope—Oh, uo,t at all. I merp.'y ga,ve them each more oi v lees encouragement. Bean Fed by the Visitors—Kvery Fiu Bearing Animal Thnt Ever Flourished ill Am«ric» is Here—Excellent Kulea (or Their Preservation. The Yellowstone National Park is one of the seven thousand wonders of the modern world. Things may be seen there which nowhere else greet the eye. What do you think, for instance, of agreeable bears, laying aside their primitive roughness, which stroll in the park, are fed by visitors to its hotels, and steal the tourists' luncheons from their baskets? How different from the days, not greatly remote, when tourists, from a different point of view, were objects of interest and enjoyment to bears! The wolverine also lives in the park, and the whole race of fur-bearing animals, great and small, are prospering. Beavers are peopling the brooks and their colonies are watched and protected. Numerous new dams have been built during the year. Every fur-bearing animal that ever nourished in North America is here, except the cross-fox. Martens are plentiful, otters fairly abundant, the mink, wild cat and even the lynx are common. The lynx feeds mainly on rabbits and birds and does not injure deer. Badgers, swarms of muskrats, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits of many kinds, down to the tiny "paca," or rock-rabbit, and porcupines are increasing yearly, and the red fox and scarce block fox are frequently seen. To these must be added such a list of birds as would have rejoiced Audubon himself. Pelicans, geese, clucks, king-flschers, gulls, cranes, swaus, and ospreys haunt the lakes and warm streams and marshes; eagles and falcons nest in the forests and feed upon the wild fowl; and the woods are full of game birds. The bison is almost the only animal that does not increase. They are not sufficient in number and the bred- ing is too close. But, except the grizzly bear, the musk-ox, which did not come so far south, and the puma, there is hardly a mammal missing. The finest deer in the world, the wapiti, are numerous and increasing. They breed and feed in the reserve, coming into the low grounds In winter to feed, and in summer to drop their calves. The fine "mule-deer" and black-tailed deer are very common. The only enemy to their increase, as well as of all the other cervidae and the wild sheep, are the coyotes. The larger wolves have not yet appeared in any number, as they have in the Algonquin parfc, which Canada has set aside for a national preserve, but the coyotes kill fawns of deer, moose, antelope and waplti, and are aimcuu iu »..». — . with poison. The moose are increasing, so are prong-horned antelope and wild sheep. The big-horn sheep is one of the finest of his race, and though it now survives in some ranges of the Sawtooth mountains and similar ground in the Northwest, is always within measurable distance of extirpation. The rules for preservation of the animals are excellent. No person may carry firearms through the park without a permit. The scouts sleep out at night, even in the winter, to watch possible poachers. It is probable that the reindeer bought for the Klondike relief expedition may be brought down from Alaska for their use. In one respect the park is open to sportsmen. Fishing is permitted, and very fine fishing it is. COST OF AN ELEPHANT. BUSHMEN'S MARVELOUS SIGHT They Aro Credited With Seeing Great Distances. It has often been remarked that civilized people tend to become shortsighted. This is because in towns aucl cities their vision is mostly confitnKT to short distances. Savage races, on the other hand, nre generally gifted with remarkably keen sight, and few tribes are more noteworthy in this respect than the African bushmen, whose eyes are veritable telescopes. This power is no doubt a wise provision of nature, for bushmen are a small race, and if they were not able to see danger a long way off they would be exterminated by their various enemies, whether savages of other tribes or wild beasts. A traveler in South Africa relates that while walking one day in company with a friendly bushman, the savage suddenly stopped, and, gazing across the plain, cried out there was a liou ahead. The traveler gazed long and earnestly iu the direction indicated by the bushman, but could see nothing. '-Xouseuse," he said, ''there's nothing there." And he 'went forward again, with the bushman following at his heels, trembling and unwilling, and still asserting that he could see a Hon. Presently the native came to a dead stop and refused to budge another inch, for this time, he declared, he could see a lioness with a number of cubs, a fact which made the animal more dangerous than ever. But the European, who could see no lioness, much less its cubs, pushed ahead. After 'walking a quarter of a mile, however, he could dimly make out an object moving across the horizon. Still doubting that it could be the object which the bushmau said, he had seen, he continued to advance, and at last was able to distinguish a lioness, with her cubs around her, walking leisurely toward the woods.—Chums, Much Used In the Slamci* Malay StetM ai lleaats of Burden. It is somewhat interesting to compare the weights carried by elephant! In the tin-producing districts of tb« Malay peninsula with those used in the long . journeys and mountalnou* country of the Lao states. In the peninsula the distances are seldom more than at most three or four days' march and the elephant is expected to carry as much as 900 or 1,000 pounds, beside* his mahout and howda. The latter ii often a mere brace of panniers, slung together so as to rest one on each sidt of the backbone, and covered sometimes with a light barrel roof of bark. A good tusker which will carry 960 pounds will fetch about 56 pounds, and a female which can carry about 800 pounds is worth about 45 pounds. In the Lao states, where journeys of ten days or three weeks are frequent, th« average weight hardly exceeds 800 pounds, or one-third of what le usual in the peninsula. The prices in various parts of the country very considerably. When we were on the Kawng and in Muang Nan in 1893, a good tusker could be had for pounds, and a female for 24 pounds; at Chieng Mai, where good teak-hauling elephants are in great demand, a tusker may fetch 150 pounds, and a femaHj anything from BO to 100 pounds, ac-| cording to her strength and ability. In the Siamese Malay states there! are probably about 1,000 domesticated] elephants, all told, and in the ' Lao I country probably over 2,500 animalij are working at the present moment.! That these animals breed in captivitfl in Siam is due to the fact that a largtj number of them spend the greater parti of their time holiday making in th« Jungle. When there is no work for beast, the mahout takes him out to >j nice, cool, green bit of forest and] leaves him there to enjoy himself. There is no expense connected his'upkeep, for he looks after hiraselt] He has a hobble of rattan round W'l feet to dissuade him from wandering! too far, and a wooden bell round neck, by the tone of which the maboul or his little boy can always find b when they go out once a month to loo»| him up and give him some bananas. 8ymi>athr In Cklldrea. Collecting' butterflies, bird's egW etc., should never be encouraged. apt to develop all that is hard and cruel in a child's nature, and to make heedless of giving pain and sorrow M others. Any sign of orueltj in a child''! nature should at once be checked, M] should also the fear of any insect Animal. Instead of telling the to "tarow away tnat nasty ca,t«rpni*.U instruct him to touch It very gently!' that he will not hurt it, and to a its beauty of form and coloring, ways encourage the love of an(»alll «alldre». r

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