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THE UPPER DBS MOINE8: ALQONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 180». DON'T FORGET That next season is going to be the best building season in the history of the county, and that has the biggest and best stock of lumber in Algona. Remember also that we handle Our sheds are lull of the best qualities. Serviceable STORM WINDOWS as a Holiday Reminder. THE LAMB LUMBER CO. NlS SLEEP INTERRUPTED. A Bear and a Rattlesnake Invaded the Boiler ill Which He Was Residing. Shut up in an old steam boiler with a bear and a rattlesnake. That was the experience of Jake Aldrich a few days ago, and he says that it Is the tightest box he ever got into, and lie has been in a good many. Jake is a /prospector who for over a year has been working out in the mountains a few miles from Diamond Springs, El Dorado county. Near where Jake has been working ie an abandoned engine, with all the machinery, including the boiler. The house that enclosed the machinery has all been blown down, eo that, the boiler stands out in the open air. The boiler ie one of the old- fashioned kind, without flues. Early in the year it struck Jake that this boiler would be a pretty good place to sleep in. as it w^s Warm and dry and perfectly Impervious to the heavy rains that fall in the vicinity. So he took out the manhole gasket, which was a big one. located at tne end of the boiler, close to the bottom, and moved It. IJe found that it was Just what he had been looking for. Dark, of course, but as warm as a house. By knocking off a steam pipe connection at tue other end of the boiler the ventilation was perfect and no danger of getting wet. For months Jake enjoyed his sleeping apartment In the boiler and was the envy of all the miners tor miles around. But last Monday night there was trouble. That's when the bear and the enake got in. At least that's when the bear got in. When the snake got in is a mystery. It may have been under Jake's blankets all winter for all he knows, but he does know that it was there last Monday night. Jake went to bed at his usual time- about dark—and as the night was a little warm concluded to leave the manhole open. He went to sleep instantly, but some hours later was awakened by a queer sound at the end of the boiler. Rising in his blankets, Jake reached for his miner's matches. These are the kind that will burn several minutes. Striking one, he was for a moment blinded by the glare. Then it flickered and went out. Before he could strike another Jake became conscious of a sniffling down at the far end of the boiler. Then he got frightened, and when he reached for his matchbox he couldn't find It. Ho felt here and there, all the time conscious that the sniffling wae coming his way. Cold sweat came out all over him and a frenzy seized him.' He wanted to make a rush for the manhole, but fear held him to the epot. Then he felt for his matches again, and this time he .put his hand right on them. Striking one, his horror -was increased. Before him stood ^a •big bear. At.sight of the light the fcear became frightenefl and went back to the end of the boiler. Jake's first Impose was to draw his revolver anrt fire, but he had a fear that he might dtps the bear or not hit a vital spot, »ad go he kep.t his matches burning. In order to keep the bear at bay until Ike could think out a Plan of fll S nt ; WbJle this situation was at its most ftrs/ned point Jake'* blood almost froze, for the whirr of a rattlesnake struck his ear. It was In the boiler, right in front of him, and between him and the bear. The first move was made by the bear for the manhole. This aroused Jake to his senses The match had almost burned his fingers when his nerve came back, and he took careful aim over the sights o" his revolver and blew the head off the rattlesnake just as It wae poised t.o strike. Victory now aroused Jake's sportsman blood. He wanted the bear. Climbing out as quickly as he could : he saw Bruin sitting on his haunches a few feet from the boiler. At eight of Jake he turned to run, but a pistol ball caught him between the shoulders and stopped him. He concluded t.o fight Jake and made a fierce attack, maddeded as he was by the pain of his wound. But Bruin was done for. How the Doctor Got His Cloolt. In the hallway of a Philadelphia doctor's house stands a fine example of a grandfather's clock, the possession of which the medical man owes entirely to a pinch of snuff. Some years ago the doctor in question set his heart upon such a timepiece, and devoted two of his vacations to clock hunting. He visited many New England farm housee without success, as old furniture has been pretty well gathered up by the dealers "down East," and then carried his question Into Delaware and Maryland, where he found many old clocks, but none .of them for sale. He was about to return home disconsolate, when he was called into consultation over a patient dying of quinsy. The resources of medicine had been exhausted, when the Quake: City doctor bethought himself of an old snuff box he had picked up during hie wanderings, in which still lingered a modicum of snuff, pungent as of yore. With this powdered tobacco the doctor assailed the nostrils of the sick man, who, sneezing violently, broke the abscess in his throat that was choaking him to death. Stimulants were administered and the sick man recovered. The Philadelphia doctor left the place the morning after this remarkable operation, but he had not been home a week before the grateful Mary lander sent him a grandfather's clock, accompanied by a card upon which was written: "This clock, which struck the hour of my birth, would have also marked the hour of my death if your skill and knowledge hnd not stayed the hand of the destroyer." A novel method of detecting the sound of a steamship's propellers hn.-- been invented by an Italian. He ha- made an ap-paratius which is a yari? tion of the telephone- .Several tran« mitters are submerged and arrange:. on laud, or to point in different d! rectione. all being connected with receiver on board another ship. Th direction in which the sound ie loud est indicates the point of the compa* in which the distant ship Is to be loo) ed for. Let us forget our disappointment* and iihinfc only of the Joys that l}e i-, the future ' CHIVALRY IN A CABLE CAR. Conductor Troves a King Arthur and the Vtmaeugera Kniffhts of the Itouud Table. Nejw York chivalry may be worn threadbare in spots, but every nov and then some great event, or trilling occurrence, gives proof that the warp and wool of it are still intact. One, of the little things that proves the innate generosity of human nature occurred the other day in a southbound Broadway car near Union Square. A hunchback was sitting well up toward the front, Immersed in the reading of a municipal report. A magazine and some Congress Blue books lay in his lap. His long, spider-like leg? stretched almost across the car. His body was so short that a chil'd on his right towered above him. But he was well dressed, and his disproportioned face and head sunk deep upon ins shoulders, bespoke Intelligence and education. A heavy built man entered the car at Seventeenth street and sat at the dwarf's left. He had removed his cigar as he came in, but It was still smouldering, and as he held it between the fingers of his left hand, a dying and almost Imperceptible wreath of smoke arose, and was blown across the little man's face. The dwarf dropped the report which he was reading, and glanced up startled. His eyes fell upon the cigar which the newly arrived passenger atill held. Then he raised a thin, piping voice in an angry cry of protest. "Conductah.' Conductah!" The passengers glanced at him, but the conductor did not hear. "Conductah, Conductah!" exclaimed the little man again with his voice raised in a shrill shriek of childish anger. !; The conductor came back and stood before him. There was an expression of concern, almost deference, in his face and attitude. "Yes, sir," he said. "Conductah," squealed the little man jerking his thumb at his big neighbor; "that man has a cigar. It offends mo. Please remove him." The great size of the offender, tne litt/leness and deformity of the dwarf, the childish querulousness of his voice his important manner and imperious command combined to form an effect simply farcial. It was enough to make a theatrical audience roar with laughter, but in that Broadway car not a smile was visible. The passengers looked at the furious dwarf, and the only expression on their faces was OIK of commiseration and sorrow. Tne man with the cigar had a right to IOOK angry, for by this time his cigar had gone out, but he only looked uncomfortable. The big conductor stood towering above the little man in thn. attitude of a schoolboy who expected to be caned. "I—I can't put him out, sir," he eaia "His cigar's out!" "I'll report you," piped the dwarf; "we'll see if the company's rules are to be broken, this way; I'U-—" Put the big man with the cigar bad removed to the opposite side of the car and the conductor was going out. Still pobody had smiled. "Conductah, con4uotab!" squealer! tb* Are always found in great Abundance at our Store. We have a larger line than ever before of CHRISTMAS STATUARY, LAMPS, CHINA, CHAMBER SETS, WATER SETS, LEMONADE SETS, DISHES OF ALL KINDS, CANDIES, NUTS. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, we are yours truly, Langdon & Hudson. came back quickly. "Yes, sir," he said. "Give me your numbah; 1 shall report you for insolence." By all the traditions of comedy this sally should have aroused roars of laughter, but It didn't. The man with the cigar looked more uncomfortable than before, and threw the blackened Havana out of the window, as though to destroy every vestige of a camis belli. The conductor gave his number and bent his head humbly, so that the dwarf could make sure of the figures. The little man jotted them down and then buried himself once more in his reading. Everybody looked relieved. Tho conductor withdrew quietly, the man whose cigar had caused the troubU followed him a minute later and furtively slipped his card Into the conductor's hand. Not a man on that car showed the feelings which each of them felt. They saw the bitterness and scorn that filled the little creature, and pardoned him for ft as part of his deformity. "In those days," said a great poet, speaking of the age of chivalry which some people say is gone—"in those daye no knight of Arthur's noblest dealt in scorn. But if a man were halt, or "blind In him scorn was allowed, as part of his defect ,and ho was answered softly by the king aurl all his table." Tho Oath of the Boers. This peculiar solemn pledge was? subscribed at a meeting held by them on April 12, 1879. at Wonderfontein. in the Transvaal and ie given as reproduced in the Natal Witness. "In the presence of Almighty Gori. the Searcher of Hearts, and prayin.c for His gracious assistance and merc\. have solemnly agreed for us and our children to unite in a holy covenant, which we confirm with a solemn oath It is now forty years ago since our fathers left the Cape Colony to becomr- a free and independent people. The.xe forty years were forty years of sorrow and suffering. We have founded N;it- al, the Orange Free State and tiio South African Republic [Transvaal,: and three times has the English Government trampled on our liberty, am; our flag, baptized with tlje blood nnr! tears of our fathers, has been pulled down. As by a thier In the night hat- our free .Republic been stolen from us. We cannot suffer this, and we may not It is the will of God that the unity of our fathers and our love to our children should oblige us to deliver unto our children, unblemished, the heritage of our fathers. It Is for this reason that we here unite and give each other the hand ae men and brethren solemnly promising to be faithful to our country and people, and, look in c unto God, to work together unto den! for the restoration of the liberty t our Republic. So truly help us, Got Almighty." fop Cor»I If Sj>nta Claus has corns Wae same la grpfldpa," said a wee girl the othci day, "I fiufc he'd be 'fraid to come rtu. chiwpey over a hpj, tt re fp, PROSPERITY OF HOLLAND. The 1 ndii a try of It« People and the Wisdom of Its Union. The relations between England and Holland have known times of streets and storm that have left their mark on our songs and literature. They have burnt our shipping in the Thames, and struggled against us for the mastery of the seas. But those times are very distant. The only sentiment existing between the two nations at present Is one of profound friendship. We should be among the first to resist any encroachment to the neutrality of Holland. That plucky, unambitious little race bids fair to rise above her old tyrant, Spain, in the scale of the nations. She has shed her colonies in South Africa, where an unhappy se- qunece of events caused a racial bitterness which most Englishmen deplore. But she shows no sign of losing her colonies in Java and the far East, where Dutch and English, trade together in perfect tranquility. At home she adheres .steadily to her part of the unambitious boy in Dame Europa's school. That boy does not always fail in the long run. He keeps out of scrapes, and saves his pocket money. Perhaps Holland may some day be able to save enough to face the scheme for draining the Zuyder Zee, which was once dry land, and might, it has been estimated, become dry land once more , for 10,000,000 pounds. That would add ' another province to Holland But as it is, the very existence of this little state is a miracle—with most of its land under the level of the sea, and with its state canals and railways over- runlng the land, and making it one of the finest commercial bases that Europe possesses. The prosperity of this country has always rested on two things—the industry of its citizens and the wisdom of its rulers. We shall all join the Dutch in their hope and prayer that the reign of Queen Wilhelmina may see It yet further advanced. With a healthy revenue and an increasing population Holland may yet see great changes.—London Chronicle. best calculated to arouse the cupidity of the guileless African. To lessen the danger he resorts to frequent matrimony. In every village ho takes a wife from one of the most important families and so secures a faction who favor him. The African wife is not subject to jealousy, and BO each of the wives is more than content to have a husband who can keep her supplied with cloth and beads to outshine her neighbors. Her male relatives are proud of the onection with so important a man, and hope besides to lie especially fnvored In matters of businoBH. In return they take his part in dilutes and help him to collect liia dobts nnd treat him generally as a respected member of tho family. lliitrimouy and liuciiieM in Africa. The sailor who had a wife in every port he visited has his counterpart lu the native trader of West Africa, who has a wife in every village with which he trades. There Is one Important difference—Jack's wives helped to spend his money, whereas the trader's wiv*es help to make It. Miss Kingsley tells us of the custom and also gives the explanation, Jt would be useless for the trader to sit at home and wait for bis customers to come to him, because each village is usually at feud with all the neighboring village^, and the Inhabitants dare not venture beyond tbejr own district on pain of being robbed flrst and ea r .on afterward. On, tb* otlw bastf, »t if obylouflly ft risky th|njg |or tbf trader *o trayaUrew With an Tim Sultnli'g ririiHlng Manner!. As to the sultan's working habits, I have known him to be at work at 6 in the morning, and keep a whole shift of secretaries going ut that hour who had slept overnight on couches In Uie rooms in the palace they habitually work in. Munir Pasha, the imperial grand master of ceremonies, and one of the most kindly, distinguished men it is possible to meet, once said to me: "There is one characteristic of his majesty which conveys a constant lea- eon to us all; it is his extraordinary self-control-his impassive calm. It Is almost sublime. No contrariety, no trial, seems able to ruffle his perfect self-possession. It is truly marvelous." The prepossessing impression which the sultan is universally admitted to produce on those who are privileged to come into contact with him is doubtless in part due to that charm of manner, that quiet dignity, so free from angular self-assertion, which Is more or less characteristic of all well bred Turks. But in his case it is supplemented by a pleasing smile and an unusually sympathetic voice, the notes of which always seem to convey a pleasant impression, even to the stranger who is unable to understand what his majesty has said until it Is translated by the interpreter. The sultan usually gives audiences on Friday after the ceremony of the Selamllk, when ho wears a Turkish general's uniform, with the star of the Imtlaz order in brilliants hung from his neck. As he sits in front of you, with his hands resting on the hilt of his sword before him, and you watch him speak ...to Munir Pasha in his quiet, dignified, way, you cannot resist the impression of his picturesque dignity.—Harper's Magazine. I5ftt<ii' fuel Thau Coal. A newly discovered mineral which Is of a lustrous black color and which' as a fuel surpasses coal and all other substances heretofore known, is described by the Journal of Geology. It Is found on the island of Barbados, in the lifter Antilles, vfb,ere the natives, ' <4H

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