The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 27, 1899 · Page 6
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 27, 1899
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.flag Pgg«B . P3B&. MOlMBSi. ALGONA. tOWA, WEDNESDAY DEOEMBEM M< 1899. rth the Scythe / / // // / 7 ft s * J>*>*-J&****M.*- JBr -\*-' ^ A >• NEW YEAR'S STOEY. By S. B. McManua. I want to tell you this New Year's night, what happened jist a year ago in Hank Harmon's blacksmith shop. !*TaIn't much to tell, nor over much for an outsider to barken to, but it means » mighty sight to me and the boys, an' I, for one, Jist like to think of It Ian' talk it over and kind of hug and «mbrace the words, expressin' It as It jwere, and hold the sentences like a *ltter sweet morsel under my tongue. My strength don't in any' wise lay In relatin' things and incidents, and it will be a good precaution, when I warn (you not to break in into me and accordingly interrupt me, for it will take jfine-haired and top sawyer work to make my story look as if it had any Sense or meanin' at "all, except to me land the boys as understand it complete. Jist a year ago tonight we met in Sank Harmon's blacksmith shop to celebrate the day by gettin' so para- lyzin drunk, that we could disremember the miserable homes we had Rneaked away frum and the heart- Broken and down-lookin' wives and children we had left in them. We hung a boss blanket over the biggest cracks In the. sides after Hank had fastened the door, and then we was in shapeful condition to guzzle and pour down our red-hot, thirsty throats, jist as much of Joe Howard's red-hot, pizeu- faot whisky as we could manage to get jwith our tremblin' hands, to our weak, waterln'. disgraced mouths. After this, we know what would most likely hap- Jen, judgln' of course by what had happened before—we would fall over amongst the cinders and boss hoof Jealins and old wagon tires and drag- teeth and scrap iron, where we would sleep like hogs—hogs as had lost their pelf-respect—until the cold and the uncomfortableness would wake and eober us enough to crawl home to our wretched houses, which we would make wretcheder and mlserabler by our cominV , .We talked of this tonight, and we all PUT THJ $098 BLANKET UP. /eojembered everything that was iand said, as it it was writ on the black pf the shop with white heat run- Iron from the forge, and we all tup, never to try to dlsremem,-. night—the night when God or of his sbinin', hpjy angels come dj?»n to US and shamed US Into, bein' t, sober, CbrisMpyjn' m,en, $0, is recollections," JJin qajn T said, "tliftt allere ought tp bj ect«4 «*d fc*Pfe Hke a bj^jn' torch fraftt eJ m g pmp Q| them fer ber wear the memory of them disgraced and wicked days about us as an ancient sailor or some old salt, wore a dead goose about his neck as a keepsake that he had been low down and sinful. But drunkards as we all certainly was, and what is more, vergin' clost onto bein' bar-fer-keeps, old drunkards as was no likely salvation for, we wa'n't any of us so very happy and comfortable and easy into our minds, at the beginnin' of that night a year ago In Hank Harmon's blacksmith shop in the alley, jist off the Rudy—something, bullygard in the city of Sardin- apolis, where we boys lived. We put the hoss blanket over the gapinest cracks to keep the wind frum flarin' put the smutty lamp that stood smokin' and wobbly on an old table where Hank writ his accounts, amongst a lot of nails and bolts and rivets and small gearin', with a jug of Joe Howard's cheapest, heliishest whisky in the middle as a kind of devil center piece, 0, can't I, and can't all of us cronies Jist remember exactly, how that Jiggly, trembly, dirty old table looked and I am 'bound that it had the delirium tremens, if anything in the world bar- rin' a man can have them. I can smell the oil that Hank spilled when ho filled the lamp with his nervous, shaky hands and it run along amongst the old Iron and under Hank's day book and dropped over the edge onto the floor and went down a crack. And there was the white jug with the blue letterin': "1 gal.," with a sheaf of blue wheat below to make it look tasty and sell And this was our New Year's table! Four men—made in the image of God! And men for their folks and neighbors to be proud of—except they was drunkards. There was Jim Cameron, one; me, two; Jim Green, three,— whose father had been a preacher— and Hank Harmon, as owned the shop. As I said we wa'n't over happy and comfortable that night, considerin' we had such a reckless layout and an early start I have frequent noticed, that you can't always kick conscience uffder the table or settee as you can an unruly dog that whines and barks when he has no call to. And somehow conscience has a habit of gettin' around and in the way on such doin' days as New Year's, Christmas and the like, And four consciences as hadn't had their just deservin's nor innings for many a month, slipped their halters that night a year ago and managed to make things unpleasant for their owners. I suspect the troubled waters mentioned In the scriptures means somethln' like this. But any way we was troubled pnaccountably. Not sp onaccouutably either, for we wasn't so old and hardened and crusted In sin and drlnkin', but what we all could think when we give ourselves a chance, which we made sure not to do over frequent, because it was not agreeable. One thing that made us feel a trifle down and dismal was that the keeper of the Happy Home saloon, Joe How* ard, had Jist moved a day or sp back,' put Pf his old house down by the gas wprks a'nd the tannery, into his handsome new residence frcmtiu' the park and the library buitdin', « was the prettiest, tastiest, imposin'Jst bouse in the Circle and he bad made every dol» lar of it put Pf such fellows as me and the rest of us. And theu Jim Cameron bad moved At very 4*y-^New Yea/s ^ay—from i home Jjjf father had given him like a livin', lovin' thing to Jim—had moved into a little old untidy frowsy house ,with a bowed in roof and anglin' shutters, in a part of the town where self-respectln' folks didn't generally try to get. And Jim knew, and we all knew that he and the rest of us and a lot more had built Joe's house in the park, and that every nail in it if it was counted a dozen times, wouldn't count up as many ner a tenth as many as the tears shed fer its puttin' up! We callated that one of us had handed enough hard earned money over his counter to pay for the grand stairway, every inch of which was the premium work of an artist and.a man as made grand stairways for a 'livin' and never botched, and I reckoned, jist makln' a rough, unflgurin' estimate, that I had traded enough with Joe one time and another to as much, or may be more, than pay for the plate glass windows, not mentionin' the stained ones, that looked like flower beds set into his walls, with wreaths and roses and young children and blue sky and grass and things. And there was my wife and youngsters at home—if such a place as we had finally got to could be called a home—with the windows filled with old quilts and cushions and not enough in'the cupboard to eat to mueh more than prevent them from goin" to bed hungry.. And this was New Year's night! It wasn't a cheerful, glowin' outlook, no odds how perseverin' one tried to be chirk gleeful over it. Hank Harmon remarked as he took his place at the table, with his back agin the door to prevent anyone from droppln' in onexpected, that likewise, makin' a rough, uneducated callatlon, he hed helped Joe Howard in the build- in' of his mansion, as the newspaper called Joe's house—quite a considerable, even to the pinchin' of his family for provisions and clothin'. Hank callated he had done as much toward the house, as the puttin' in of the plumbing — pipin' — chandeliers, with the furnace tbrowed in for fair measure and good feelin'. And speakin' of the furnace, Hank happened to recollect that there wasn't a stick of wood or a pound ° f coal ln his house, and JIM BEGAN TO CRY, bis wife was sick and his children not sweatin' with bein' overclothed or overfed, And reminescening along this line, we naturally got dismal and down-hearted and some of us—it was me-rfor I needn't pretend to confuse or forget anything that happened that night—moved that we unanimously take A drink and I according pulled the cprk from, the white stone Jug, with. e blue letterin' and wheat Sheaf. It Jim Camerpn npr Hjnk npr Jim Grees beW up their let close to the edge of tne tattle bjr me. Jist then, Jim Green began to cry. And It wasn't a drunk, maudlin' ewashy cry that makes one tired, but a great, man, heart-breekin^heaft full cry, not loud nor noisy, b'ut low and heavy with bitterness and remorse and the useless wlshin'g that you hadn't done some things. And while Jim cried we all looked away and kinder above each others heads and I sneaked my cup of whisky from the table and emptied it without mak* in' any splashln' In the pail where Hank tempers his hoss shoes. After a spell, Jim got where he could speak, and we was all wlllin' he should have the floor. He said he didn't know how many houses he had helped to build, but expected he had done his share, but he did know, with a sad certainty of one heart he had broken by his wayward wicked ways. Jim didn't say whose heart it was, but we all knew it was his mother's. And she had died alone and neglected jist a year ago. So many things happen just a year ago! Then Jim begun again, (he could talk like his father I suspect) and said that while he knew he had killed the one who loved him best and the one that he loved best in the world, killed her with cruel shame and sorrow-—with God's help he was resolved to make her glad in heaven tonight, that he would never torch another drop of liquor as long as he lived. There was stillness for a time and the edges of the old blanket flapped like big, ragged evil wings and the uncorked jug sent out a smell that put one in mind of venomous snakes and close by danger, while the smutty, creacked lamp flared up and then almost went out as if even that little puny, crippled light was ashamed of its company. Pretty soon, Jim Cameron pulled his legs out .from under the trembling table, and straightening himself up as best he could, bein' so tall and standin' as he did right under the caves of Hank's shop—said, "Boys, I have a notion that amounts to dead certainty, that my wife and I will move back to our old home before long. We are both homesick for the grass and geraniums and big trees in the front yard, and the stone dog on the doop step, and the little room where our babies died. I'think we shall go back pretty soon, because you see with God's help and God for a witness and Hank Harmon and iny neighbor, William Wren, for witnesses, I now solemnly promise—with my dead chil- CASE HEFUSSS TO Gencrous Response Being Made to the Appeal, ALL SECTIONS IN HARMONY, General Desire to Contribute Sliotvs the Ksteetn In WlilcTt tlie Dead General Was Held—Filipinos Bloom Bis Loss Ds That of a Personal Friend. THERE WAS NEW YEAR'S DINNERS TODAY. dren to hear, too—that I, like our friend who has jist left us, will never :ouch another drop of Intoxicating liquor so long as I live." And he picked up his hat and went away. And me and Hank was left alone. But Cameron hadn't much more than shut the door, when Hank, as owned the shop, kicked the box out from under him and come nigh to upsettin' the infirm old table and while he put on his ragged overcoat, kind of care- ess remarked—only anyone that mowed Hank would have known that IB was in solemn, awful earnest—that t didn't look neighborly nor civil to eave company like this, but he guessed—no, I'll be damned if I ;uess—(Hank wasn't a swearln' man, never) he said, I know I must do as Jim Green and Jim Cameron have done, and with God to help me and lod and you, William Wren, to be my witnesses, I, Henry Harmon, will never drink another drop of intoxicating Iquor so long as I live. And the rickety old door dragged back to Its place and he was gone, and I alone. There was but one decent, manly thing left for me to do, and by this ime It was the only thing I wanted ,o do and standing up with only God 'or witness—and He was enough—I >romlsed as the other boys had prom- sed, and then, with a thread of a prayer that would tangle Itself with my other thoughts, I took the jug and smashed it upon the anvil. . * » * While it come to us unexpected that we should begin a new and decent life —Jist like a message from God, almost, t was put upon us to help ourselves, 1st all that was possible. God stood ilost by us, though, and was always in reach when we most needed Him, It was a hard won victory, but we won it, "In conclusion," as they say In story )opks, it is only fair tp mention that Tim Cameron and his wife have pos* session once more,, «f their stpne dog and geraniums, and Jim Green lives with them, and there is another baby n the house whose name is James G. lameron. There are no blankets in he windows of my home tpday, and Sank Harmon J 8 as happy and pros- ierous as a decent, hard-workin' God» Win' man can well be, and i» every me of our homes there was prew Year's tp.d,ay, jfjjat Bjafce* jjy mouth </" t 1 .' , 11 ! '( it. "• LL.,/, 1-.'!,*- Arfi-i ,.«.! ' ' / '<" f T-« rl I , ;*"! * I * I *^ .'Wl !,, Washington, Dec. 23.—Substantial, practical tribute to the memory of Gen. Lawton is being paid throughout the country. North, south, east and west are swelling the fund with which to raise the mortgage on his late home in California, and by the end of the week it is believed fully $25,000 will have been subscribed. | Collections are to continue for an 1 indefinite period. After the mortgage on the Lawton home is raised the balance will be turned over to the widow | of the gallant soldier as a gift from 1 friends. After today no public announcements of money received are to be made, as it is believed by Adjt.- • Gen. Corbin, who has charge of the fund, that many who contribute do not care to have it advertised. There was no news received by the war department Thursday as to the exact date for the shipment of the general's body. It is believed it will be ten days or more before a transport can get away from Manila with the remains. It will probably be a month before the body reaches native soil. Lieut.-Col. Clarence Edwards, who was temporarily acting as Gen. Lawton's chief of staff, has been instructed by the secretary of war to superintend the transportation of the remains and accompany them to this country. HOLD LAWTOX'S DEATH A LOSS. Sonor Calileron Say» the General Was the Filipinos' Ile»t Friend. Manila, Dec. 23.—Gen. Lawton's body will be removed from the late residence to the cemetery today. In accordance with Mrs. Lawton's wish, there will be no ceremonial, only a prayer. The late general's staff and Lieut. Stewart's troop of the Fourth cavalry, which accompanied Gen. Lawton through the campaign, will compose the escort. The actual funeral ceremonies will take place In about ten days, when the transport sails, under the direction of Gen. Schwan, and with military honors. The civil organizations, including the Supreme court, will participate, and Senor Calderon will lead the Filipinos who were associated with Gen. Lawton in the organization of the municipalities. Scnor Calderon said it was "the saddest day to the Filipino nation to see lost not only the foremost advocate of peace, but their best friend." Mrs. Lawton bears her grief bravely. President McKinley's and Secretary Root's messages to Major-Gen.- Otis have been posted at the palace, where the flags are half-masted. Aa to Lawton's Successor. Washington, Dec. 23.—It is said at the war department that the vacancy Jn the list of major-generals of volunteers caused by the death of Gen. Law- ton'will not be filled until after the funeral services over his remains at Manila, prior to their transportation to the United States. Fntul Fire In Zinc Works. lola, Kan., Dec. 23.—At Lee Harpe, five miles east of lola, Thursday, fire destroyed two-thirds of the Lanyon Zinc company's plant, causing a loss estimated at ?50,000, fully Insured. Two workmen, Jesse Matthews and J. J. Schaub, both married, were crushed to death by a falling smokestack. The town is almost entirely without water supply. The plant, which is one of the most extensive of its kind in the world, will be rebuilt at once. Another Street Car Itlown Up. Springfield, 111., Dec. 23.—A trolley car on the Eighth street line was blown up with dynamite at 11:30 o'clock last night. There happened to be no passengers aboard and neither the conductor nor motorman was injured. This is the third car that has been dynamited since the strike began on Nov. 10. The strikers disclaim all connection with the act. To Rehear Gallup Tax Case. Indianapolis, Ind., Dec. 23.—The Indiana Supreme court has granted a petition for rehearing in the Gallup tax case. The Gallup case is that in which the state secured $55,000 in back taxes on account of failure to return property for taxation. Gallup was president of a large bank here. The executor of his estate has appealed to the United States court Bnniloraoii Cave Menrs Kn<l. Marshall, Mich., Dec. 23.— Mrs. Marie Sanderson is near the end of her long trial and will doubtless know before Sunday whether she is to go free or not. The last testimony in the case was introduced last night and today is reserved for the pleas of counsel. Nothing particularly startling was brought out yesterday. Service of HuppllcutUin, London,' Dec. 23.— There has been arranged for Dec. 29 at St. Paul's calhe- dral a "solemn service of bumble supplication to Almighty God for his blessing on our arms in South Africa." The service will consist of the litany and eucbarist. The bishop of London will preach. Gum 8S,UOO,OQO in Topeka, i^an., Dec. 23,— The increase in bank deposits in Kansas for three mouths will approximate ?2,OQO,QOO. The total hank deposits in the state aggregate ?6Q,gop,o,QQ. GOT. Pinjree if*? lolntnr* Authorise* ^, mm Lansing, Mich., Dec. n.->-A Biderihg for twP days the U01UBIM Gov. Pingree for his resIgnatiPn Case has declined to resign He t as.a reason the fact that he was in*-. present at the meeting of the mtlltart* board when Qtiartermaster-Genersr White was authorized to sell new- goods on hand and purchase slmila*- ones, aha did not know of either trans." action until after both had been coin} pleted. The governor has absolute power of removal, but can act only after Gen! : Case is given a hearing on the charges preferred. Gov. Pingree is convinced that Gen. Case knew nothing of tha : transactions, but feels that he was neg. ligent in not reporting the matter to him when he learned of it The bill authorizing Atty.-G en , ! Oren to sue for the recovery of th§ money lost by the sale has passed both,* houses of the legislature and action* will be taken forthwith. GORMAN MAY BE PRESIDENT. I •Judge McCIure Srxys Democrats Nominate the Murylander, Little Rock, Ark., Dec. 23.—Juflg e i John McCIure, who represented Gen.; Powell Clayton at a recent meeting of the republican national committee at.-< Washington, has returned. Speaking i of the political situation, he said;? "Mark my prediction, Mr. Gorman of 5 Maryland will be the nominee of the• democratic party for president next! year. You may think it sounds rldicu- '} lous, but time will bear out the asser- '< tion. The democracy of the east will f put up the campaign expenses if Mr. Gorman Is selected. If- Bryan is nominated they will desert him worse than I they did in 1896. The democrats of' Arkansas will be compelled to vote for j a gold democrat in 1900. Mr. McKinley J will be renominated by acclamation, of course." ? Warslilp Ordered to Havana. Norfolk, Va., Dec. 23.—The convert- •'$ ed yacht Viking, which was recently .| turned over to the army transport service by the navy department, has received orders to proceed, as quickly aa -i she can be coaled and provisioned, to Havana. Whether or not any significance attaches to the Viking's orders at this time or whether it is thought her presence may be needed at Havana New Year's day the naval officers decline to state. Uliss for Vlce-Prrsldont Washington, Dec. 23.—Cornelius N. Bliss, formerly secretary of the inte-• rior, is seriously talked of by the presl- i dent and other republican leaders hers S as a vice-presidential probability. The argument just now being advanced in his behalf is that he is the best compromise candidate New York could put' up in view of the divided sentiment between Secretary Root and Lieut.- Gov. Woodruff. Cuban Cabinet Resigns. Havana, Dec. 23.—Major-Gen. Wood, governor of Cuba, has accepted the resignation of the members of the insular cabinet, on the understanding that tney were offered in earnest. The members will remain in charge of their offices, however, until their successors have been named, which will probably \ be by Jan. 1. The change involves a t number of minor officials, but this Is not important. • Standard Oil Hunk Clionon. • New York, Dec. 23.—Secretary GageJ has designated the National City bank,; controlled by John D. Rockefeller and: Standard Oil company interests of this i city, a depository of the internal rev- 1 enue receipts.through which the distrH bution of funds will be made to all thai' banks which accept the offer of theT treasury department and pledge United^ States bonds to secure such money. || Glass Trust Isaacs ISonds. Indianapolis, Ind., Dec. 23.—The'J glass tableware trust, known as thej National Glass company, is sendingout^ circulars signed by H, C. Fry, presi-J dent, who says the trust has secured- control of 87 per cent of the factories, \ but that it has been necessary to bondj the property for ?2,000,000 to care forl visible gxpenses. Mr. Boutelle Is Striken. Boston, Mass., Dec. 23.—Congressman Charles A. Boutelle of Bangor, Maine, chairman of the committee on naval affairs, who is stopping at Young'j' hotel in this city, was taken 111 Thin* day afternoon and was carried to his room unconscious. His condition If, said to be serious, though not critical . May Call an Kxtra Si'ssloo. Jefferson City, Mo., Dec. 23.—Paul Moore, private secretary to Gov. St vens, in an Intel-view expressed the] opinion that Gov. Stevens would an extra session of the Missouri legis-j lature some time In January to secure^ the enactment of a law for tho taxation of franchises. Home Maine Victim*. Havana, Dec, 23.—Coffin^ containing the bodies of_151 victims ,of iha Mainej disaster were"put aboard the Texas, which sailed Thursday jhorning. 1Jw| only semblance of ceremony or of mourning was the half-masting flags as the warship left the harbor. Osteopathy 11111 Vetoed* Atlanta, Ga,, Dec. S3,—Gov. Candl$| after ft conference with many Ph? siclans, vetoed a bill passed recently I both houses of the general assembjy.| permitting and regulating the pra of osteopathy in thl? state. Id-Senator HrndUwry Pylnp. ,v| Augusta, Me., Dec. 23.~Bx-Uftjt< States Senatpr Ja,mes W. Bradbury | dangerously ill. He is in his 98th' 3 and to not expected to recover,

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