The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa on January 23, 1895 · Page 4
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c,f One Mill to Vot6d t the tef'A 6f Subscription, _J fftpy', Mi ta6nth8.itt __ ----„-- ,. W eapy< ttttse months, In .adtaftee....... .40 SabwsHpttoftS continue till ordered stopped ftfid fill af y&rages ftre p*td. F 1D10CT. One of the leading eitifccnS of a neigh- feoHhg town was in our office Saturday discussing how he could stop one of the other town papers. Ho had paid up and Ordered it stopped once, but without avail, ftrtd had now paid up again with a more positive order, and wanted to know what jtioro to do, as he had no idea his name had been marked off. This is disreputable newspaper business and is practiced fight along in Algona, as we are warrent- «w In saying in view of the numerous com plaints. Papers which will do anything \ to hold a list of names are a disgrace to Xthe craft.—Upper DesMoincs ..... ____________ it !HO~oiie,"and we ask no ono to take it at less ihan its published rates, $1.50 per year. In view of these facts wo would ask the 1L D. M. to name the paper referred to Above. There are three papers in Algona, '&nd as the Courier is not guilty of doing a "disreputable newspaper business" we would ask the U. D. M. to name the Alge- sia-office that is guilty.— Courier. As there are but two newspapers in Algona aside from the U.D. M., and as the Courier has made a complete denials it is not too early to pronounce the .U.D.Ms.' -yarn without foundation. It would be idla for any news. paper man, especially for any man having to attend to the editorial and business management of even a country paper, to make the claim that he never failed to attend to every detail of his work at the time when it should have been attended to. If any newspaper man were foolish enough to make the absurd claim he would make himself an object of deserved ridicule by every business man. If our coteniporary wants to make such a claim it can do so, .but every one of its readers knows that the frequent mistakes in its columns would demonstrate its folly and show that, though the managers might protest against the imputation, they are made of the same kind of dirt with the rest of us. But any statement, no matter by whom it is made, that we have intentionally continued on our subscription list the name of any paid up subscriber who has requested to have it stricken therefrom, is untrue. We would make this more emphatic if we could without the use of hard words. When a subscriber pays in advance and asks to have his paper discontinued at the end of the time for which he paySjjitis not easy tp corriplyUwith his request, when a mailer is used, and when a new proof is used each week. 1 It is easy to make a record of there- quest, but not so easy to look up the record at the right time. In such case we frequently request the subscriberto look after the matter himself at the proper time, when it is;the ; duty of the '"*" postmaster to notify the .newspaper. Another case where complaint may be made is when the subscriber thinks he is paid up when in fact he is 1 not. In every such case the newspaper man declines to discontinue. There have been several complaints made to this paper since the present /'owner as. sumed its jnanagement by persons who had paid arrearages due the former manager, and who mistakenly supposed the bills came from .Us; 1 aniT were indignant at being dunnedjfor their paper in the middle of the summer. In these cases we have taken pains to explain maDter.s,several times through the EEPUBLICAN, and personally as occasion seemed to call for. It would have been a flaerant injustice to the sub. subsribers preferring the request to assume that they desired to ' have their paper discontinued while refusing to. pay what was due on it. Somemen'haVe a way of toadying to a newspaper or a business man by abusing and accusing his competitor, but every rnan who has had dealing with all kinds of people knows how to gauge such complaints, and the last thing be thinks of doing is to proclaim from the housetops what has been confided to him in the privacy of bis office, unless bis head has already been turned by jealousy or spite. The particular complaint preferred by the U. D. M. is one which niakes a heavy draft upon the credulity of its readers, The victim wbose wrongs ; it exploits is said to be a "leading citizen" of a neighboring 'town> We do not know, of course, to whom it refers, as no such "leading citizen',' has asked to have his BK?UBLICAJT discon* tinned. But in putting forth such a story our cotemporary libels the nejgh. boring town in general, for it is a fact that to be a "leading citizen" in any oj ow enterprising Kossuth county towns a wan baj to have some brains, and nqbody with any brains to speak : flf will come at a newspaper which lie owes nothing with the complaint that ^e "can't stop the paper." The news* paper roan, has no claim/ upon the ' ^leading citizen," and never can have "jgo Jong as'he defines to take the j>ap* ,£4- from the postofBce, supposing it to ,&£ sent to >him, When the «JW&e«" continues ' pjjper whiojb he owes. nothing be con* fces thati he really w^ts to tafee it . , pel- up'bfi anybody afaifiat "his will it it would. T!he other reason is that it would hot if it could. We do not believe that any editor desires tb ; "dothat, any more than he desires td force himself into any family circle vwhere his presence is hot desired. The same feeling will control him ih each case, if he has any manliness. We catohot appeal unsuccessfully on this point to the consciousness of any self-respecting editor. We are not, however, unmindful of the probability that our cotemporary directs bis denunciation at the RfiftiB- ttcAN, for the reason that, while a few years ago it seemed to be making a lively race with the Courier for recognition as the leading exponent of dern- cratic principles, it has since, we are amused and pleased to see, come into the fold and begun to advocate those orthodox protection principles which it previously derided as the height of absurdity. Another pointer in the same direction is the fact that it had the county printing on the brain last week, and it saw fit to pay itself the compliment of posing as a competitor of the REPUBLICAN for the position of official paper. Its own course, however, in keeping out of the competition for some three years, has testified eloquently to its knowledge that it was not in the race and could not be. It must be aware that a comparison of lists would show a difference, not,of tens but of hundreds, but it seems bound to keep up the pretence of a hot competition, and to carricature this paper in the act of garroting defenceless "leading citizens" and compelling them to " >tl take the paper." The editor who prefers the grievous accusation is understood to be an anxious candidate for the legislature, and we would suggest to him that it may be in that direction that he may find relief. If he goes to Des Moines as a legislator he should bring the official paper business to the front the first thing and make it a provision of his first bill that in Kossuth county the U. D. M. shall be one of the official papers and that every man shall be commanded, under dire penalty, to '"stop" the REPUBLICAN. To save time we will suggest as an appropriate title for the bill: "A Bill for. an. Act to protect Virtue and punish Vice.";. •'•;' ..'. , ; DOLLIVEW'S BOSTON SPEECH. [Fort Dodge Messenger.] We are under obligations to Mr. Juo. Modney., a former Fort Dodge boy, for some Boston papers containing lengthy accounts of the. recent gre : a|tjinpe^.jfey. Boston .merchants, at which many of our most prominent public men ,were guests. The Boston Journal says that Congressman Dolliyer made "the hit" of the evening. The Boston .Cultivator, a : weekly farm journiij', :'puhlishes liberal quotations frorn/lfrv: Dblliyer's speech, under the capiipii "Wholesome Truth From the Westj";and comments as follows: "Congressman J. P. Doliiver of Iowa is one of the brightest men in public life and fully able to keep his row even with others in whatever assemblage be finds himself. Etis speech at the ; banquet of Boston merchants, assembled lapt week to .discuss \. '.questions of finance, was ttoe best' thing at the table. It contains the : . truth which .eastern bankers need'to know, and 1 the fact that they were presented by Congressman Doliiver gives assurance' that they were put, in bis own phrase, "in palatable form;',' Its extracts from the speech are as follows: . ,•- ;. V •! !,' .-' v •.;•;' The bankihg-and-currency question is. rather a large subject for a dining table debate, and a rather difficult one, too, where the tablecloth is\ treated as a flag of truce between the contending factions pf partisan politics. I have observed without feeling en* tirely able to inimate it, the skill with which the eminent gentlemen who have been talking to us have ignored the only conspicuousf actor in pur present situation-rthe election returns -of 1892, . .. V-.f ",.:••< • ./ That election, ordering a total revolution in our industrial system, involved in the very nature of the case a general suspension of business. It is not necessary, to discuss the wisdom of the changes proposed, Even the sudden approach of the millennium would paralyze trade, at least till people got'time to see what a genuine millennium looks like, and, of course, a bogus millennium Ipoking more like the crack of doom than the dawn of a perfect day> would opprate. even worse, J give it as a very buwbie opinion that there is nothing in our present financial affairs that will not yield in' ptantly to the curative influence of a revival of business, Give us back the prosperity qf 1898, and the American people will go joyously on their way. without any further suggestions from the secretary of the treasury. Take the badges of idleness and poverty from the working people of the United States and they wjlj manage to struggle on, even without receiving the blessings of life on the Baltimore plan. I have said this not tu give a color of partisan acrimony to these festivities, >ut because we ought not to allow a j'Q&lea* wjjjch includes the wtooje >ractical philosophy Qt our inclystrial ; |ves to be dwarfed and shrunken to a question of bank paper. the solution of the question* of (and read il, or eke he pieadg the ,baby per rftoney we not enly need wisdom, Mt we need a wisdom that is palatable •'• t fttt, to thrsferious jnjujt o| the is very ypjang iB4*«d that ta the American eauneagoads » day IB th« hot sUh aMd tried to settle 4 by rule of thumb ftuestldris Of fslltieal economy oVef *hich ineft of scieutiflc attainments have studied attd RfOjvH gray< such rneri come of settd their likfe to the hails of coiigress^ and waht.' to dictate the financial policy of thecdfin- try." It is not for us who have ifiliefited the traditions of the New England tfltofi meeting to sneer at the interest of the humble millions of the people ih quest- tons of political economy. For better or fot worse, that is our system of govertttoent, and so fat' as my observation enables me to spe^K, if Brother Hetidrix will protect U3 irpm the counsel of scientific persons Who have grown gray ih the pursuit of moonbeams, and from the Napoleons of finance who care no more about the money question than a professional faro dealer cares about the visible supply of ivory, we can safely take our chances with the merchants, the working people and the farmers of the United States. It is not'enough that a bill for currency reform should be endorsed for a period of two weeks before being called in for repairs by the department of-the treasury, It is not enough that a policy, shall appear to be wise in a convention of bank presidents. It must also commend itself to a nia* jority of bank customers, and it Will be no less satisfactory if it looks right and reasonable to those unhappy people who never had a discount in their lives. The fact is thatjio financial project will prosper in a country like this that is not founded on the average good sense and good conscience of the people of the United States. It may not meet the instant indorse- ment of all, for in politics, as in other things, Goethe's sagacious comment is true, that "Everything great and wise in this world was at first in the minority; that is to say, in the soul, the heart, the desire of pre-eminent persons. They were obliged to render those wise plans first of all, popular and practicable." I will take the liberty to say here that the people among whom 1 live will cordially co-operate with the people of other sections in the maintenance of a sound monetary policy. ' , <j: 1 know that in some quarters we are under suspicion, that we are looked up on as likely to.go off after all manner of heresy. So far as the State of Iowa is, concerned, if I may recur to the language of Congressman Hendrix, the men who follow the plow all day in the hot suii, thinking over questions of political economy, have a record for conservative prudence in these complex national affairs from which many of their critics could derive useful lessons. . They have never followed the banner of flat money, electing its most famous apostle to the highest oflice, as; Massa- chusetts'did. •• • •"•*•' They have never demanded an tissue of government paper without ; a guarantee o$ ivs value'with which .t^setjtje the national debt, as Ohio did."•' '• The'y have never joined in the'clam- or for an issue of $50 per capita, in treasury notes as Pennsylvania last year did. They have pursued the paths of honest industry in unpretentious employments, undisturbedly the vulgar os- tentions of wealth on the one hand, or the cheap noise of the demagogues on the other, until today, every one of those who speak for Iowa is commissioned to stand fora uniform and stable currency, responding in .volume 'to the need's of the American business ,and everywhere exchangeable .aY par for the coin of the world's .commerce. We owe that habitual frame of ,pub-' lie opinion in Iowa to the schqoMiouse that stands on every second mile. Of our territory, and to the fortune 'thaji has given us the popular leadership of one of the strong men of our times-^William B. Allison, a statesman who:in a public service of 30 years has never once let go .of, the hand of experience, or lost sight of the'-landmarks of Common sense. " '.'.. '.< "FAUST." . ; The famous poem that has taught the world to much goodness, which shines as a luminous star from the firmament of the. world's literature^ and in which Goethe, Germany's sublime writer, has fixed a sermon stronger than the pulpit can teach, is ... to* appear at the opera bouse, Tuesday, January 29, interpreted by a, cast of peo* pie especially chosen for their adaptability to the requirements of the several roles. >Mr, Wm. Lawrence .Roberjts a? "Mephisto"-has created in the. .part a genuine 'artistic triumph.' In the strong, dramatic scenes, he rises to a point of excellence which few of our present actor^eyer attain, and then where the comedy of Goethe sparkles and dances in wit, as, the silvery , dew from a mountain torrent leaps into sunshine, Mr. Roberta' work -proves equally- fascinating from the ijnctious subtility with which . he • gain? his points, ..,•:.. Miss Qlive Martin, as "Margurite," 1 gives to thejweet and trusting Ger' man girl that idealization with which Goethe endowed his heroine, and proves by her engaging methods ..and grace her capabilities as. an actress pf rare merit, , ; Mr. Frederic Kiosel, as u Faust»" Mr. Fr&ncis Murray, as "Valentine*" together 'with an excellent cast "pf players, gives a movement .and earn* estness to the production which classes it among the treats oi the. 4raraftt|p. season< ' • ,. - . >The cprnpany carry a complete equip^e nt of ecenwy, electrical efic fects.and twe«t, v caleium lights in requiring a special ear ''to them, JJOSEI TO W? AI OK fof Subthtttiftl; th€ W&tfifc« fflijr V«it6— Will f My Vote Ve§# The leaded of the Algorta Litefafy Association are fmttifig forth determined efforts to make their enterprise a success. The ladies labored diligently all of last witttet, serving dinners on nearly every Saturday to faise motiey with which to buy books, and but a few weeks ago they gave a slipper by which they realized a cobsidefabtesutfl, They have made considerable addi* tions to theit supply of books, and have kept their reading room opett tteatly every night to permit the public to eft* joy the advantages of the library and periodical publications. The reaiiiag room, under their management, liaabe* come a popular resort and everybody Who knows of thn Work it is doing has it down in liis'list of betteftcial institutions. The' Association, however is not satisfied, and will not be until the library is greatly enlarged by the purchase of new books, The pi' 0 P osl «°n is now made to submit to popular Vote at the coming city election the question of assessing a one-mill tax upon the property of the city to be for- library purposes, The provision for the submission of this question is found in section 620 of the Code: It is of such public interest at this time thatweetiye the section entire, as follows: Soc. 020. The establishment and maintenance of «a free public library-is hereby declared to bo a proper ..and legitimate object of municipal expenditure; and the council or trustees of any city or Incorporated town may appropriate money for the formation and maintenance of such a library, open to the free nso of all Its inhabitants under proper regulations, and for the purchase of land and erection of buildings, or for the hiring of buildings or rooms suitable for that purpose,' and for the .compensation of the necessary employes: provided, that the amount n ppro- priated in any ono year for the maintenance of such a library shall not exceed one mill upon the dollar upon the assessed val-. nation of such city or town. Any such city or incorporated town may receive, hold or dispose of any and all gifts, donations, devises and bequests that may bo made to such city or incorporated town for the purpose of establishing, increasing qr improving any such public library; and the city or town council thereof may apply the use, profits, proceeds, interests and rentsaccruefng therefrom, in such manner as will best promote the prosperity and utility qf such library. Every city and incorporated town, in.which such a public library shall be maintained, shall be entitled to receive a copy of thelaw.s, journals and all other works published by authority of the state after the establishment of such library, for the use of such library, and the secretary- of state is hereby authorized and required to furnish the same from year to year to.such city or incorporated town. But no appropriation of money can bo made under .this section, unless the proposition is submitted to a -vote of the people: at the 1 municipal election ,of : such city, or town,, the question, '.'Shall the city (or'town counciL as J,lie c,ase .jfqay be) accept the benefit of the provis'Jpns"of "' ' : .' 1 '-. ' ; *' This is an old la.w, 1)0.1 ther§ _ er law now pn our.;" statute; ,bppks, ,\yhich is just. as int$resting're.adirig;'in Algona now as the" section above quoted. It is chapter 39, 'of the twerity- fifth general assembly, and its one section reads as follows. •<:'-/"• '' Sec. 1. That in any election hereafter held.in any city, incorporated town- or sphodl district' for the-purpose of issuing u,ny bonds for . municipal or school,-purposes, or -for tho ; purpose of borrowing money, or for the,purpose of increasing; the tax levy, the,.right of a.n"y citizen to, vote shall not bc'denied or abridged on account of sex, arid women may vote at such elections the same as metf, under the same: restrictions and qualifications, •: So that if the' question of a library tax is submitted at the city election we shall see the ladies of Algona marching to the polls and manifesting a lively interest in the question.in whose decision they are empowered to take a hand. If anybody supposes the ladies of Algona wjll shrink from the performance of this duty he- simply does notkhow,' : them, Unquestionably they will vote in large numbers, and it willbe.con- cededtbat should they vote generally the same .way they will decide the question,--for it is easy to guess that the men will not all vote on ttie same side. The hard sledding which every- proposition to appropriate money for-unusu* al purposes encounters is • proverbial. The first thing - is to get the question submitted. Will the city council submit tbe question? We anticipate, of course, that they will do that without hesitation. It is'true'this' identical proposition \vas submitted and vofce'd dpwn not long ago', J)ut undoubtedly conditions have changed, and tberels at present a demand for • action which did"not'then exist; The managers of the library enterprise have macje the existing library a popular institution. It has been made a public library in fact, to which everybody-is admitted on equal terras and without, fee, The pupils of the public schools especially have been encogr* aged to make use of the books, and they have shown their Appreciation by drawing and reading within the past three months* tipwajd8.,of 1,000 books, Another thing needs to .be mention* ed here. The ladies of the- Monday gjuphaye a very..,floe library, which represents their own purchases »na contributions, it $ understopd that should the city vo.t§ the ta.x proposed, and so wake gur§ a permanent-free, juWie.library tbe, ladies would gladjy urn. oyer all their pooka, This CPBSQI- ay§rgtfl , , m /:" ,/ ,.0'jftwJwk* >:„.., . : v t r; Whs annual mej&ng o* i^tes - itofa miM^M^M ttdfitfiS to rfftHttftt tS, Il0f«60', te' the; .f irtg m Kotetfibe! l8t 1805! Tdtal feeei bdrsetfiefits fot btro W,ineft, $23.05, and for other expenses, $89.30. The hbf&fififi fepot^d-. the nutober of tickets issued td be 205, and the fmmberof books added to the libf dry If0, The number of books iti the library at the jpfeseHt time id 680, 1'here were let out from Stovemuei 4 1st to Jariuai-y Ifth 1^91 books. Td eVety 100 books let out to girls &ad wotnerJ, 110 are let out to boys afid ineti. Thete ate sixteen magazines and five papers taken regularly: Following is thfc list dt Hew books: Life of Mafic T (Vain, Social fctlqilette, Our Btthlb Animals^ White's Geology of Iowa 2 vol., Twice Told Tales, Tottrof the World in 80 days, Adventures of Forest & Vrontion The PfaiHe, The White Conl* pa'ny, Water Witch, History of Holland and Belgium, Robert Elsttioi-e, King Sol* omoll's Mines, Adventures of .Famous Sailors, Heroes and Hero Worship, She, Foilxltolt, Queen of tho Air, Old Curiosity Shop, The Pilot, Aesop's Fables, The Dove ih the Eagle's iiiist, Norda, Heroes and Hunters of. tho West. Celebrated Generals, History of Norway, Sweden and Den* mark, Hoycl'ies of a Bachelor, Dream Life, Ethlcsof the Dust, Histoi'y of Germany, Anderson's Fairy Tales, Adventures of Famous Travelers, Daniel Deronda, Last of the Mohicans,' Plcciola, Undine, Paul and Virginia, Life of Kit Carson, The Wide Wide World, Handy Andy, Hardy Nolsoman, SO.OOO leagues under tho Sea, A Pair of Blue Eyes, Kottlola, Far from the Madding Crowd, Knight Errant, Mid* dlomarchjDlvId Oopportield, Frederick the Great and Ills Court, Twenty Years After, The Deer Slayer, The Refugees, The Boy, Hunters, A Man Without a Country, The Children's Crusade, To the Lions, Siege of Troy, Tho Deemster. Prince of theHouse of David, Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, Lorna Doono, Ninety Three, Los Misor- ablos, Little Lord Fauntleroy, Life of Geo, Washington. _ _. _ __ DR. HEFLIN'S CAPERS. A Des Moines Kegister's special of the I6fch from Eldora says: Sheriff Boylan landed P, F. ITeflin in jail here today. Hefiin is a sly scoundrel, and his operations have been quite 'extensive in Illinois and Iowa. The crime for which he is now in jail was perpe-. trated on a druggist in Aurora, Illinois. Heflin induced -or hypnotized J. $"; Mannillepn, of Aurora, into giving him $350 for a drug stock, which Heflin said was located at Eldora. The Illinoisan heard no more or Heflin until he came liere 10 investigate, when he found that no sueh store did or ever had existed, and that his $350 had joined the innumerable throng, so far as he was sohcerned. Sheriff Boylan went to work on the case, and found his man, in Kossuth , county. Heflin claims to be a doctor and has something of a record. He figured in an alleged White Cap outrage in Kossuth county last November. ' • • ' : ! ; THE CHARITY .BALL. . : The Char jty Ball Committee "submit the I'pllpwing'v statement to those who bj their helpfulness made the occasion ^.succfis; Tficikets were ^ sold-, amounting to^S129. : 7 1 5V and the total expense was $2$.75, leaving a balance of $101. Tb the v > young ladies and gentlemen who so beautifully decorated the hall, to those vh.6Y took - part in tbe Bal^-bf tickets or assisted, in the management, to theMarlhalltowij orchestra for their fine music and generous treatment, the thanks whicl the committee extend are due. The committee request .that any one in this community knowing of any eed : will report to Mrs. and the case, will bo Shew /'Ife^ .' ,M&Si$ who are in Nannie Setch investigated. vs. Kate Lanty, MrL Nannie Setchell, Committee. WEST UNION LITERARY. As time goes on the West Union Literary improves in a \social way. Last Thursday,;Jan; 17, \ full house greeted the speakers* Aftor the usual program of songs, dec%mations : and rcitations and a recess oratialf an hour, during which time a goo% social tinie was indulged in the regular debate was callea on. The questionf^'Be- solved, That we should have a%»rp- ective tariff" was debated afflrmatr by T, J, Julian and Mr. King, and the negative by Mr. Heilman and Geetscn, Both sides spoke earnest, and long and presented their respec tive sides quite ably, The verdict of. the judges was for the afirmative. People are awakening. to the fact that our old friend, £)d Qpetsches, ought to be a candidate tot the leg-: islature, -as his knowledge is so far reaching and bis eloquence so .great that he would be an • honor to bis party (democratic) and his county., , For next Thursday, January 24, an. unusually fine program will be ' pre* sented, and at its close tbe tegular debate will take place, The question is, "Resolved, that the credit system should be abolishedi" The speakers are able, particularly the leaders, and no one should miss coming out if the evening is, at »11 favorable, Tor January 81, besides tbe regular S ogram, Miss Maud Cowan and Miss ary Butler will discuss tb§ foreign immigration question, For a» evening well spent we know of, no better place than at t«9ge gatherings, None. put gentlemen »nd laOJes some, cpn T sequently, w§ have a jpjjy gpofl time, become petter acquainted with, the pepple-ana at tile same W»*e. are; •,?• - Mm- A Lmte'LigM tj« & Sa^tit I'* AqlT§StioMdf td the tax-tayerd of, t __,_ just at this titiie, Wh(5H iHteWefc nicipal affalt-s is beiflf *^" the Ueaf appi'dftch of tl tions lo^tnis* /wnat> 'is vu«> MUJUUUV'WX' the city's-ittdebtedhessV No Statement of tins indebtedness h(i8:beeU published fdr some time. As a matte* df $$&*? pat-atively ancient histofy it Is kaowii 1 ' that in 1889. the eletJW^ Vdted'td'Shi 4 ' bower the* cltf council t0- isetie' b&tids . to the atoount of $10,000 foi* the piif- v pose of establishing a system of 'Water- ' works, and that the bonds tlitis a^thot' ized were negotiated at 5 Bet eeHt, atid the amount df cash realized ffditt tMth sale disbursed within a short timfc fdfA the purpose named. But more recent extensions- of the waterworks' eystleffi. have called for heavy disbursements^ and actual knowledge of the amoiinfc, thus expended and of the character and sum total of additions to thepre*' vious indebtedness has been confined' > within the. srriall circle of.thos6 tidily ducting the city's business, ^ith a, % ' view to bringincf the matter opportune*- , ly into public notice and shedding a' little light upon what appears to be a, dark subject the BBftrBLioAN has been at the pains to ascertain approximately our financial condition as a city* It is found that outside of the $10,000 of bonds, none of which have been paid, there are warrants outstanding amounting to approximately $10,000* more, so that our total interest bearing, indebtedness at this time is within $60 of $20,000. The interest on the warrants is 7 per cent, and that on the bonds 6 per cent., so that our total in-" terett bLl'per year is'$1200. Up to within the past year the city has realized but little revenue from water rents. The amount received from that source for the year ending with March first last was but $287.61. It is estimated that the water rents for the coming year will be in tbe neighborhood of $1,600, op $300 more tbah th'e ' total interest bill. \ ^ ,,.,., The present condition of the treasury ' is comparatively good. At the begin- , ning of the fiscal year the general fund'.; ! was overpaid a few dollars, and tKere^ was but $12.66 in the water fund. From. Treasurer Doxsee we get the following^ statement, in round numbers, of tbe transactions of his oflice, since thatreport: ' General fund collected $3700 ' ( Paid out 8000 On hand i Water fund collected Borrowed ' Paid out ,Ozih«nd ,,-< 1100 $4500 600010500 10000 500 A. o. ri.'w."BANQUET".' Friday Evening, January 25—The Pro— •«,/, gram—Music and T6asts. ' ,;, / 1 Jifembcrs andladies will assemble at (J. C:A.'R. Hall, from whence they r ;vvlll take*;'// their departure, at 7:45, for Clarke's Hall',' 'fe whore'the'banquet will "be served, follow- '<H ing which will be tho,program: Song.' '. • Quartet- Address of-Welcome., Dr. W. B, H;'Morsc, Algona Lodge; Its Membership and' Success ,0. Hyson ' Solo ,.,.., Mrs. Platt Degree of Honor B, Tollier Song Quartette The'Workman Idea. ;"• Milton Starix Quartette ...,.'.'. Mrs, BowyeryMrs. Pjat/t, Dr. Moi'go, v-^, Q.C.Samson. s Accompanist , .Miss Agnes Randall,' Toastmaster, Geo, Platt t . II. B.-'MASOHJ ' 7 ~£y , . L A,L.<PETEBSON, ,,>'> , ' B. 0. LEWIS, ' ; '' Committee, •' ' -, ; - Seymour Allen is doing horsesh6ein' i \v" " t Bradley &N.icouUa's oh "" 1K - 117 ""-"• ."•« , v iftfS v-.s^ Parties contemplating the purchase^' 'of either a piano 'or organ »rtf cordiajlyj* invited to call and bring their ..friendv* y music teacher to try our pianos ' »|MLv j ' them in tbe seleotion'o^ an t, but I would just lifce in your ear on., a very t at .this '-stage , of the youcall ou your .friep -tbey»Euse to come along with and omfor an excuse that want^Lknow that they to tryft fop yo^, -or . tbe,m set this are OJSTB of tbe who, has called making arrangemep anos and regoramend commi«siQn of-$is to „ trupent sold to their |rj§; ed pn tbeffi to—

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