The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa on September 12, 1894 · Page 7
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The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa · Page 7

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, September 12, 1894
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f- .- . ' .-. >'" "*#*' *• - A -,•••>• tnli inj- Itne6 tfatt ft eiltea Saddled And bridled for Sfuffl tLe&fc t,6 Ihe tacit o'f tftl* steed, « jrou dare, Afid gallop a«a# td Bfneafc-Hilet i Kbpe tou'li b'e" safe to Sit fast In yottf Seat, ^of this taltce fn&f e is prodigiously fleet, Aid toftnfr ftdf enttif es you 1 * e itkelj to meet As you Jourfie? along to Butnpvlllel (thte cfclteo feftt-e both pallops and trdH fchtektn? you off to Suttipvtiie; She shies, and she stumbles, la .. Ifi t&6 tortuous toad to •And soAetlmes this sttafigelj toefcuffftl steed Will Suddenly stop and refuse to proceed, Which, all will admit. Is vexatious Indeed, , Whe'ft one Is en route to iBtiraptule! -She's scared of the dftfs *hea the enllfie goes "Tootf" bown by the crossth* at Sutnpvllle: 'You'd better look out for that treacherous brute Bearing you oft to Bumpvlllel Wit ha snort she rears Up on heir hindermost heeia And executes jiirs and Virginia feels-' Words fall to explain how embarrassed one feels fianclfig so wildly to Bumpvlllel Jt's bumptybuinp and it's ji*«ytyjo?, Journeying on to BumpVllle: It 'sever the hilltop and down through the •bog Yott ride on your way to Bumpville; it's ratttetybaM over bowlder and stump. 'There are rivets to ford, there are fences jump, And the corduroy road goes bumpytybump, Mile after. mile to BumpvtlleJ Perhaps you'll observe it's no easy thlnj Makln? this journey to Bumpville, .So i think, on the whole, it were prudent brltt? Aa end to this ride to Bumpvillo: For, though she his uttered no protest or plaint, '*Tho calico mare must be blowlnt and faint— What's more to the point I m blowodif I ain't; So play wo have gqt to BumpVtllel to to Jennie Harlowe, BY W. CLARK RUSSELL. CHAPTER VIII—CONTINUED. My first business was to seek for fresh water. My wife wished to accompany me, but I said no. I want you to keep watch here," I said. "Unfortunately we are without firearms, and cannot signal to ^•each other at any distance in case of Should you hear me cry however, or see me running, you II be here to instantly cast the it adrift and : lump into her and Jt her off. I could then take to Be water, for I am a good swimmer, Vd so reach the boat. But I fear : perils of any kind. Hark! not a Ind save the chirruping of insects. Ip'all wo know, this island may per before have received the iin- fe'ss of a human foot." saw hesitation in her sweet face, j.was not afraid of being left alone, of ill befallin? me. But she le no objection and to save time 5r;'"darkness rapidly follows sun- !>wn in these latitudes) ,1, star ted in luest of what she would' presently - greatly in need of. 1 walked considerable .distance along the lore, sometimes diverging inland, Fkeierily* watchful, but seeing nothing ; living, save now and again a' bird of ' radiant plumage winging like a shape t o,t' 'gold from the head of a tree toward the greenery of the hills, or at' times a sea-fowl like our own gulls, and once a frigate-bird, drop- 'ping like a point of ink into the exquisite symmetry of its wide pinions out of the mottled heavens. I met with no fresh water, though I hunted diligently. The vivid green, however, of the inland parts, was like a warrant, almost, of springs, and I • did not doubt of coming across what I wanted next day. Meanwhile we had a little stock of water left in the boats with yet a small store of food remaining, and here were cocoanuts in pHenty to serve as meat and drink too, though I feared that the yield of the island in respect of food would stop at that unless we man r aged' to contrive hooks and lines to ; catch fish with. •/• I slowly, retraced my steps, noting vwith wondei' and admiration the ..magnificent mask of the sun's disk, ' as he-slowly sunk toward the blood- red' oceajv—a - huge, incandescent, -palpitating globe, It made .'one think of being in another world to '.behold suoh a body of fire,.so unlike small, fierce, fiery white lumin of tho noontide- AS I drew near (.-'where Jenny was seated, my eye taken by a small rise in the tba^t rose clothed with green of the broad stretch of white swept roundv like a'bank ". group of qpcpanut. trees. „, running' pn for some fifty perhaps, it came to an end fiy, a. 4ma.ll plump of trees which '"" l$$.beejrpa.lms f oi« the grape boughs. ft fallen in tith any «atSr, but 1 intended to devote the next day to having & good hunt, "the island," added, "should also yield faore food than coco&nttts, though I seen nothing in the shape of o* vegetables, or fruit to give t&e hope ifl that way." She went ttf the boat with the and helped me to bring the sail to the tjave, aiding Wittt a little biscuit aiid meat and water rbr supper. 1 took care to haul the gig as far out of water as i could drag her, and carefully saw to the line that secured her td the tree. We then went td the cave, supped, and after offering up thanks to God for His fatherly watchfulness of us so far We lay down on the sail and were very soon sound asleep. All through the night we 1 slept stirless, as we might know by our postures when we awoke in the morning, as though We had died when we first stretched our limbs, The sunshine awoke us; we arose* went to the creek to see if the boat was all right, bathed our faces and hands in the sweet blue Water that trembled in lines of silver against the coral sand, and then broke our fast. It was a very fair morning, the sky clear and soft from line to line, with here and there a pearly film of cloud that seemed in the act of melting. A light air blew from the southeast, and under the sun the water was shivered into dia- 1 monds by the mild caress of the soft, warm breathing of air. Nothing was in sight on this side, whence commanded a view of at least half the circle of the sea. I launched the boat afresh and let her hang to the tree by her painter as before, and then I fetched the sail from the cave and stowed it away in the little craft that we might want nothing we possessed should the need arise for us to fiy on a sudden. I then told Jenny to keep watch; should she spy any sign of a native she was to leap into the boat, cast her adrift and paddle out to sea, taking care to lie as near to the beach as she durst, and to wait for me, who would take my chance of dashing intp tho water and swimming to her. With no other weapon than the light boat-hook belonging to the gig, I started for a second time on a search' for fresh water. I walked briskly to as far as I had gone on the preceding afternoon, then very leisurely, prying eagerly as. I went. I had made up my mind to keep to the sea-shore for the present and to search a long tract of it, for it was hard to tell what dangers the interior mig-ht'be full of, and it was bul fresh water that I sought that might as Well show* a little spring or stream past the cocoa-nut trees and still close to the sea as away inland, saw no signs of life save several varieties of birds of handsome plumage, but presently, having passed a poinl of land that put the boat and my wife clean out of sight and that opened before ine a straight line b dazzling beach extending near i third .of a mile as a dart might fiy, ". spied half-way down it the figure o a man standing facing the ocean with his hands to his 'eyes, as though he were carefully and deliberately sweeping the sea-line. I came to a dead halt, with an inward recoil, a sort of prompting to step lightly backward in a breathless way and on tiptoe, as though forsooth he could hear my tread on the soTt coral grit, and get the point of land betwixt him and me again but my sudden consternation passed on observing that he was clad much as a castaway sailor might be—in wide straw hat made of sonnet, such as a South Pacific beach-comber might wear, a red shirt, and breeches of a dark material, blue cloth or dungaree. His feet were naked, and,* unless he concealed a knife 01 pistol in his breast, ho was unarmed. His head turned slowiy round my way as he stealthily ran his gaze along the horizon, and then all a once he saw me, His hand fell' from his brow and disclosed, as I seemec to distinguish, a sunburned face shaggy with a ' considerable growth pf tawny beard and mustache. He stared, as I stared, at first walked toward me, § taring afresh as though discrediting his senses, then paused, staring 1 like a lunatic all the while-, then in a sudden hurry broke into a run, •tAre you English?" ,' "j a,m.i" 1 a.ns,w@pe<i, «>My,Gpd!" .he -exclaimed, «»when did you oompP \Wftere are y°u from? kherd are whalers to fall in mayhap, or schooners from the western American sea-board. These are smooth-sailing ttaters, sir." "What supplies of food are to b« had?" I demanded. Ha answered nothing but cocoanuts, a few kinds of roots, and a wild fruit of an acid but agreeable flavor that was to be obtained in quantities on the western elope Oi the hills. "Well," said 1» carefully inspect* ing him While he talked, and woh j dering if he concealed any weapoti upon him, aiid if he was to be trusted, and whether he might not turn out to be soffle blood-stained sailo^ some piratical villain in spite of his handsome face, who had been set ashore to perish by his comrades, "we must make shift to stock the boat with what we can pick Up. Our stores which remain are very slen* der indeed." And then I asked him his name and what brought him to this miserable pass, and all the while we continued standing without mOV> ing a pace as We talked, for to speak the truth I was animated by a peculiar secret repugnance to taking him to where my wife was. It was a feel* ing I could not account for nor even understand. Maybe 1 wanted to learn more of him tefore I carried him to my wife. The instincts born of the civilization of cities operated in me in that lonely Pacific Island as they might in a street of London or Paris, and I hesitated to admit this stranger to a sight of Jenny as I should have scrupled to introduce into my drawing room at home a man of whooe antecedents and position I knew nothing. "Where does your boat lie?" ho asked. "In a little creek some distance away round that point yonder," I answered. "We will walk to her," said he, "and I'll tell you my story as we go." With that we stepped out, and we walked together but leisurely, for he moved as one who was somewhat weak from want of proper nourishment. [TO BE CONTINUED.] A Puzzled Irishman. Some years ago, a class in the Sao Francisco art school was startled by the sudden appearance in its midst of a dilapidated Irishman who, with tears in his eyes, begged for money, enough to get him "a bite." The first impulse of the presiding genius was to request him to move on. But his picturesque qualities suggested that he might be given a chance to earn his supper by sitting as a model. . "Sit down," said the instructor, kindly. "If you will permit these young ladles to paint you, we will pay you four bits. What do you say?" • "Av Oi'l let 'em what?" said the beggar, with a puzzled look in his face. "Paint you! Paint you! It won't take very long." "Bedad! I want the four bits bad enough,!' he returned, after a moment's reflection, "and I'll be very glad .to let the young ladies paint me, if ye'll tell me how Oi'm to gel the paint off after they are through with me." The City of Liege. Liege is "a city of wealth and industrial activity, and employing as many horses as any other town of iti size in Europe, and yet for. every horse two dogs are to be seen ir harness in the streets. They 'are tc bo met at all hours of the day, bul in the early morning the boulevards are literally alive with them. Traffickers (mostly women) with gaily-painted carts drawn by well- fed dogs are then seen striving tc be first in the market-place. A pretty, bareheaded Walloon peasant girl moving briskly at the side of & flower cart .drawn by a stalwart ,mastiff is a pleasing vision to the early riser. But the gardener is not alone, the 'butcher, also, the baker, the grocer—common carriers of all kinds, indeed—engage his services. His step is so much quicker tha« that of a hprse that he will in an houi cover twice the distance, and oarrj with him a greater burden in proportion to his size, are INDIANS Dlft BY MEE, fWENTY-THREfc BURNfiC* HUNTING CAMP. IM A They Gernjs pf contagious diseases capable -of multiplying with, marvelous rapidity, A single germ, when placed in surroundings ff»ypra,ble to its growth, quickly di» yifles intp tvfp, Each r 'pf theje then. ifrssif again; and so op, §oyn Cashing into -It has tbjjlt\by $$ §R<! pf twent few Jjpurj germ mil Ate Uylng AWfty—to^Hble fe*- of PokpRama'* f^o ttnn- Inhabitants—Marley'* JPfttc In the Balance. EOKF.GAMA, Minn., Sept 8. bodies of twenty-tht-ee Chippewa Indians, bucks, squaws and pappooses lie upon the baked sands between hefe and Opstead, a small settlement oh the eastern Shores of Lac Mille tacs. They are scattered over ten ttiiles of country and will in all probability prove food for buzzards &fcd Wolves, as the country where they died is too far from civilization for burial ceremonies. They were in a hunting camp and were overtaken by tlie flames. That the '100 people of Pokegaina Were not all burned is the only thing that surprises the men and women who passed through the ordeal. The heat was so intense that every well in town was licked dry by the flames. Kot over ten minutes' warniner was given, but in that the panic-stricken residents found their way to a pond forty feet wide and twenty feet deep in the middle. To the north was a railroad bridge forty feet h5ph, to the west an. immense pile of logs, and to the south a mass of sawmill refuse. The refuse caught first and burned with a heat so intense that it was only possible to keep one's head above the water for two or three seconds. Carefully feeling their way so as not to get beyond their depth the men and women, all with one or more children in their arms, crept around to the north. The bridge caught fire and they moved again. Then the logs took fire. The flames formed a complete circle around the pond and a canopy over the heads of the half suffocated people. The fish came to the surface and died, but the hand of providence was seemingly with the human beings who stood in that hole, for not one was seriously—injured.—Ears and noses were burnt, hair was singed, and nearly all the children suffered from inhalation of smoke and hot air, but that was all. That night the survivors slept in a box car filled with lath and the nest one loaded with brick. Substantial aid has since been received from St. Cloud and Minneapolis. '. MESABA RANGE BURNS. Are,th,e^e Eftpre^pJ your ghjpP," p$ he questions; 6«g sisVe$ tb0 SQft "as. tb,0\Jg% ta in wiii'oh, I hM ' Mine Owners Heur of Their Property's , Destruction. BABNUM, Minn. , Sept. 8. — Fires still scourge the pine lands away to the north. Off in the Mesaba country in the . northern end of Itasca and St. Louis counties there is nothing but fire. The region is a wilderness unthreaded by railroads and thinly settled, No details of the plague of flame have come into the railway towns. People here in Barnuin who have mining claims in the Mesaba range have heard that their property is destroyed, but none of them cares to venture up that way to make sure. Most of the fires that have consumed towns in Pine and Kenebec counties, and that still threaten Carlton county, have come out of the forests to the east of the Mille Lacs, which is an un- peopled wilderness. Here at Barnum, the most threatened town along the St. Paul '£ Duluth road, the worst danger is believed to be past. The people have been fighting fire desperately 'since Sunday, The slightest veering of the wind to the north would have wo/ked another Hinckley horror, - ,, 1 The fires have driven -many wild beasts v into the settlements. The whole region is full of the' half- burned carcasses of deer, moose, bears, and even eagles and partridges. How many * corpses of men and women there are in the charred desert to the north and west of here is pure conjecture'^ At Hinckley people are settling down tp a full realization of the awful calamity that has befallen them. Up to last gyening 293 bodies or scraps of bodies v^ave been dumped in the trenche'ii-in the' Hinckley cemetery, No more ,>viil be brought here, as the bodies 'now are in np condition tp be At t$9 mill pond just north of HinclrtfyJ' where anywhere from fifteen to^y.fnty-ftv^ ^people are sup' posed te'have been,drqwn§^,,iibey are 'aratiops for; a .t^orpuf h waters, are being '4r«une4 ,, the peojp eept* fer. rakes and "f rap?, plwg h'YVjtb 'wWob Jbo slimy' from the awful Hincklfey firfe Saturday Dnluth has cared f .- 1,30ft people. Nearly $15,000 in cash has been paid into the relief fund here, and the subscriptions, including lumber and all supplies, will aggregate $20,000. Two hundred refugees are in vVest Superior. Money and supplies are still coming in freely, and there is an abundance« for present needs. _____ tm tills •ps»Bie left. ^Mi^MJfe»Mi!; If It Begins to Blow the Town of fie Darned. Wis., Sept. 8. — iTdfest fires in the Vicinity of this city have died down considerably during the last twenty-four hours. They cofr titiue to burn With an unpleasant vigor, however, along the lines of the Northern Pacific and the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha railway, especially in the neighborhood of Iron Riter. Railroad men also report lhat the pine forests to the south of Hurley were burning badly. The six men arrested on the sws* picion that they took part in the in- cendiarism Sunday night have been released. The authorities were unable to obtain evidence against them to warrant holding them longer. Ash* land people have responded liberally to the proclamation issued by Mayor Hubbel, asking for aid for the suffering homesteaders. Two hundred dollars in cash and a large amount of clothing has been received and many of the refugees Were relieved from wabt for the present Children's clothing is in great demand and little of it has been received. S. E. Hume, a dealer in sawmill supplies, arrived here last night from Hurley and says that that city is in great danger from the fires to the south of that place. "If the wind should start to blowing," he said, "I doubt if the town could be saved. Everything in that region is as dry as tinder and should the thousands of smoldering fires once get a headway with a strong wind back of them I doubt if any human power could check their progress." The agent of the Wisconsin Central railroad received a dispatch from Phillips last night saying it had begun to rain at that point. Phillips is s'xty miles south of Ashland. The rain, according to the report, was moving northward. Similar reports were received from points along the line of the Chicago & Northwestern road. Should this rain extend as far north as Ashland and last for a few days it will prove a great relief to the inhabitants of northern Wisconsin. The soil in the pine 'regions is like peat and it burns almost as readily as the trees. It smolders and burns 'slowly-tin.til a wind rises, then it sets the whole forest ablaze. FARMS FOR HEADS OF FAMILIES. Trying to Assure the Future of the Burned District. DULUTH, Minn., Sept. 6.—Gov. Nelson, C. A Pillsbury, Kennett Clark, H. H. Hart, Mr. Norton of Winona and C. H. Graves of this city, members of the state relief committee, came hers last night and held a meeting. The future of the burned district was discussed, as it is impossible that lumbering, which has been the chief industry, will ever amount to much again. The commission will ascertain if there is any chance of any o'f the saw mills being rebuilt If not it is planned to rebuild Hinckley as a farming town and junction of the two roads. All the territory burned over is ready for the plow, and it was the opinion of the commission that all heads of families can be given farms of generous proportions. The state or individuals must provide funds for necessities of life over winter, and to ascertain the amount needed a full and complete census will at once be- taken. The commission will look over the situation at Hinckley and qther points. Flames Along the Sault Rapids. RAT PORTAGE, Ontario, Sept. 6.— The forest flres along the Sault Eapids swept with fury on both sides of the Rainy River. Millions of feet of pine were destroyed, AU crops, buildings, horses and cattle are gone, No loss of life occurred pn the American side, but the fire is still rag-ing. Timber Around Npgauoee Is Afire, NKGAutfBB, Migh,, 'Sept, 8 -^Forest fives have started on tbj north and .east side of this cjty. Thef^amagehas, been confined to standing- timber anfl crpps.'but a strong fereege is g and the'j(|re, is rapidly, ' , ' Searching for Rainy B|vep Victims, Manitoba, Sept. that ft. ;o{, 'setters are gtUl A' celebrated poWait Spent a ^eek of deHghtM hart Quiet at ft& Old New, fctifclaftd fartt* house. ttlS hosf, ft ffsaft of sturdy C6lfl* mon sense, expressed himself as fiittdfi Interested In "pdutihV' and when ftoH artist .left the fai-m he gave tfae dfd ina£ a cordial invitation to come id his studio oft his nett visit to the citf» "I'd like to have youf opinion of a fcict* tire 1 am painting now," he said, pleas* antly> Two nioiiths later the farnteft in his Sunday best, presented himself at the studio just as the artist was putting the finishing touches on a beat!-' tiful pot-trait which Was to be exhibit* ed Within a few days. Other portraits were in. the studio, and the artist Watched his farmer- guest's face with, curiosity, as he looked about him. There was no mistaking th* expression which grow Upon his rugged features; It was one of severe disatf. poiiitmeiit. "How do you like my pictures?" in-- quired the artist at last, with a slight feeling of chagrin. "Oh, I reckon they're real good," said the farmer, With evident effort, "Jt ain't a doubt they're fust-rate likenesses, an' so on. But ye see," he added, carefully keeping his gaze directed as far away from the artist as possible, "ye see, I'm a little took aback* fer I cal'lated from what I'd heerd that you was further along in your paintin'. I'd sorter got the idee that you was as fur along as bulldin's, barns an' so on. I suspicioned you'd got so's you could drawer out a boss or a cow or a clump o' trees, an' then paint 'em natural as life. "But there," said the old farmer, turning to lay a kind hand on the artist's shoulder, "don't be dlskerridged, not a mite I You're a young feller yit, so t' speak, an' if you keep on as you've begun, uothin' w'd s'prlse me less 'n t' hear that you'd painted a real fust- class picter some day. An' then these folks '11 be glad they had their likeness, es painted by ye, jest t' say they've got some o' your work." '•••*• After a few other words of hearty' encouragement the farmer took his leave, with the happy consciousness that he had done his best to cheer a struggling artist on the road to fame. The Thunder Cloud and Wind. There arose a quarrel between the thunder shower and wind. At last, to settle the controversy, they each decided to show what they could do. The wind was given a first trial. It threw with force roofs to a great distance, unsung the gates, uplifted trees, and at last overthrew a chicken coop. Then, pausing, as if out of breath, it exclaimed: "See what I have done!" The thunder cloud smiled and said: "Try that stone schoolhpuse and we will settle the quarrel." With great force the wind threw itself against the mason- ai-y, tore off a shutter or two and left. "Is that all you can do?" said the thunder cloud. ..".'-".• ' "But don't you think I am terrible?" "In your way, yes." "What can you do?" said the wind, feeling too-well satisfied to suppose that the thunder cloud could do more. "You have not seen me yet," said the cloud; with this speech it sent forth a flame that made the wind moan. "Try. that schoolhouse yonder," said the still selfrconceited wind, "and . move it" The cloud frowned and gathered itself slowly as though waiting .for the children to reach their homes. Then the cloud seemed to open and a shaft of fire descended upon the massive pile. It retired iu a great roll of applause. The building was parted and stood a tottering mass of ruins. The cloud retired and the wind lulled—the conflict was over. The thunder cloud was awarded the victory. And the wind, whistling and grumbling simply whispered, "There is something greater than I am after all." Moral: Do not expatiate too much; upon what you can do. It might be only a blow.—Germantown Telegraph. An Insect Sounding-Board. Man's inventions are frequently but imitations more or less clumsy and ineffectual, of nature's own. devices, It would' appear, for instance^ thatf even. insects have sounding-boards, although, they may be supposed to know nothing of the laws of acoustics. , Entomologists have recently discovered on the under side of the fore- wti'gs of two Japanese Insects, of ttoe families cidaria, a curious pit «or hollow closely connected with an prsjem- believed to be used by - the insect fpr, producing strjflent sounds, The,,, would evidently serve tp concentrate: the sound as the shelVshapad. 'ol'pheMi'*' stands at sprae of our seaside resortf, J reflect the melody of the Instrumejjtit-'': to the ears pf: the au<!itprs f "r, •; * •' In,tfte Khari bills Jn India anpthej?» species, of t&e pame.insfqt,, has ftew' foynfl which ppssesses'^similar set,pj prgaps, The shrill, that insects prpduc^ " uppn our enjg, but" a different effect in, else watttre would ,bar4iy' p.y^ KA^e

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