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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, February 27, 1895
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SUBSCRIPTION RATES; 5ne Year, in Advance $1.56 Six .Months 75 Months 4° WKE TAX SHOULD CARRY. When the proposition was first brought forward to levy a one^mill tax in Algona for the creation and .support of a free city library, no doubt many feltj »s did the Writer, that it should not be passed upon without careful consideration. The times are not the best, and many are on short allowance. The fact is known that our taxes have reached a high figure, and some claim or have claimed that they are inovdi* nately high—altogether higher than those of neighbor towns within and without the county. The cheapness of books is argued against the necessity of collecting them together in free libraries. The value of public and other libraries to the rising generation is graveiy.qucstioned if not positively denied. All these considerations and questions are entitled to thoughtful attention, and that, we trust, they have received. It is not to be expected that all will view the matter in just the same light, but each man is entitled to his say and his opinion, and no man need hastily or dogmatically dispose of honest objections. We think, on the other hand, that the proposition is strengthened every time these objections are weighed, so inconclusive are they found to be. The UEPUBLICAN took up some of these objections last week, with a view of setting forth the actual facts, which we deem to be the llrst thing to make sure of in determining any question of policy. We demonstrated at that time that though our rate of taxation might be called high, it was not comparatively high but comparatively low. That though we have $20,000 invested in a water wor^js system, and though no other town in the county has any more than the beginning of such a system, our rate is not the highest rate even among the towns of the county. That as compared with outside neighbor towns Algona's tax rate is to be classed with the lowest instead of the highest. That we have probably reached the highest limit of taxation, for the reason that our investments have now begun to pay a revenue more than covering the interest. It is not out of the way,in. considering the question of attention to the fact that the levy for the present year for water and municipal taxation will produce between $7,000 and $8,000, and a good' proportion of the sum will go toward the payment of the city debt, thus lessening the need for high taxes in the future. The school taxes will also go lower on account of the bonds being taken up. If we were simply paying running expenses and interest our rate of taxation would now be lower than that of any town withCwhich ours could be compared. The library tax, however, cuts no figure. It will not come until next year, and then we shall likely have lower taxes. Whether we do or not, the dollar that will come out of the owner of $4,000 worth of taxaable property, or the 25 cents out of the owner of $1,000, or the shilling out of him who is rated at $500, will mean nothing to the man, while it will mean much for the town, in the building up of a fine library, which will itself add to the value of every tax payer's property/ As to cheap books, it is true that standard books not copyrighted are cheap, but new books are not. Whatever there may be in the cheap books argument, it is all in favor of a free public library, for the reason that for the same investment a greater value can be secured. There are very few books to be had for 25 cents apiece, but the man who pays a library tax of 25 cents gets the reading, for himself and his family, of 300 to 400 books, There is no other place where the beauties of co-operation are so manifest. There are many families in Algona, probably, which have not a single English book in the bouse, aside from school text books, But many children from such families now go to the public library and get books to read, and so are acquiring a decided taste for reading, It is the knowledge that this is going on which incites many to labor for the establish' ment of a library as a public and per« manent thing, The free public library is the poor man's college, It is the only college that many men who have reached en> inence ever had the benefit of. It contains the wisdom of all ages, the best thoughts of the greatest minds, It is a record of the achievements of the past and of the jnore important achievements, in all the fields pf human effort, of the present time, The libra,, ry is an adjunct of education. and ev» ayy community which values education will seek to establish it upon firm foundations. ^ A visit to the Reading RQQW on any jeyenjng or Saturday aftetUWn will cppvjfice ft«y one that it is 8 beneficial institution—unless we except those who way insist threading is a bad, records sUow, that 600 books were taken out in January, and that they went into nearly 200 families. Some of these families do not possess a stogie English book, aside froth school books. The benefits are not confined to the young people, but the latter predominate as regular patrons, The library is an educating, Americanizing institution. It gives the young people a wholly unobjectionable place of resort, encourages their literary aspirations, and sets in motion innumerable influences for good. We might better pay a ten mill tax than have it abandoned, yet we cannot expect that after the ptoperty holders have refused to aid the enterprise a few ladies, after being given to Understand that their zeal has been misdirected and their Work unprofitable, Will feel like carrying the burden indefinitely. The town should recognize the institution and adopt it and support it as its own. FREDERICK DOUGLASS. Frederick Douglass, the most eminent man of the negro race, in the United States, died at his home in. Washington last Wednesday evening, at the age of seventy-nine years. His life covered an important period of American history, and the fact that slavery was a legal institution during much the greater part of his life serves to bring vividly to mind how comparatively recent was its extinction. Douglass was himself born into slave-, ry, being the son of a slave woman and her master, a Maryland planter,, and remained a slave until twenty-one years of age. For eleven years he was hired to an Annapolis shipbuilder. By; stealth he learned to read, and coming into possession of the Columbian Orator; he read and reread its pages. 'Hei escaped from slavery when twenty-one; years old, by means of the under-! ground railroad, and went to New Bedford, Mass., where he found employment in a shipyard. He pursued his studies, and soon became known to Garrison and other anti-slavery agitators, and began making speeches, which attracted such wide attention that he feared that he would, be kidnapped and returned to slavery. To avoid this he went to England, where he addressed great audiences, and where he was presented ^ with enough money with which to purchase his freedom. Douglass was associated with Wendell Phillips, Wm. Lloyd Garrison, Gerrit Smith and other abolition leaders, and made himself famous as an orator and writer in behalf of his race. He continuously held a high position in the opinion of the greatest statesmen of the country. He held important offices under Grant, Hayes, Garfield and Harrison. In 1872 he was elected as ,a republican presidential elector-at-]arge;,; v .^or the state of New YorkV He wa^ : :;uot only a man of great intellectual power, and great force of character, but ihefwas a man of refinement and of attractive personality. The distinction which he achieved, and the place he paade for himself among the brightest intellects of his time, despite the unworthy prejudices against his race and color show for how little, in the parliament of men, the accidents of birth and condition count. POOLING BILL KILLED. The railroad pooling bill, one of the most iniquitous bills ever brought be fore congress, by which it was proposed to give the railroads of the country the legal power to form themselves into one great trust, was defeated in the senate on Saturday, on the question- of consideration, by a decided majority. The astonishing statement is made that a majority of the senate would have been fpr it, as was a majority of the house, if it could have been brought to a vote, but a majority did not care to be held responsible for the • failure of the appropriation bills, which might have resulted from calling it up. Yesterday's Register contains the formal announcement of Secretary of State McFarland as a candidate for governor. This announcement was perhaps to be looked for, but some doubt in regard to it had boon exprtssed, in view of the other candidates residing within the tenth congressional district who wore previously itj the field.and who are not without friends; The gentlemen from this district previously announced are Senator K-amnar, of Hamilton co,u'bty and Col. Ormsby, of Palo Alto county, and the Register states that Eugene Secor, of Forrest City, is a candidate, There yet several counties in thedjstrlct which have so far IIP announced candidates for governor. Henry Wattorsori tells'hqw he struggled ten years for silver and why he stopped. JJo says: For ten years, incessantly, we sought to do what might be.cjohe by legis* Jfttiori for the rehabilitation vf silver, ,SU» ver went steadily down, Mistaken as we were from first tp last, our purpose was for the best; and we have »o reason to re* grot the earnest effort we W»de. jjvit we have reached a point where, in our ment, to go further Js to invite ruin. L,on4on <Uyey Haisina are 4qwn- By the bos at Walker Bros. MQNEY. unlimited money to, Ipajj w. White at &' A LIBRARY MASS MEETING. Soitfe of those Wild Will Speak at the Meetiftg The fentetpfise Mas the Enthusiastic Backing of All the i*rid6ipi tnteir* ests of the At the mass meeting to be held in the Congregational church Sunday Might in the iniefestof the library, the following are announced for short speeches: Dr. Keneficki E. II. Clarke, W.H.tng- ham, Mrs, Cowles, Mrs. Starr, W. K. Ferguson, Thos. F. Cooke, Prof. Dixson, l r rof. Lilly, Supt. Meed, Julius Chrischilles, S. S. Sessions, Willie Gal* braith, Miss Nettie Durant, Mrs. L, M. Horton. There will be others not here named. The movement lias become so strong that it would take much space to give the names of all its indueatial advocates. All the clergymen in town, Catholic and Prostestant,* favor the measure, and all are invited to be present and speak. THE LAW IS CLEAR, WIVES OF NATURALIZED CITIZENS CAN VOTE MONDAY. The REPUBLICAN last week had a number of quotations from authors of civil government text books, contributed by Mrs. L. M. Horton, bearing upon the citizenship of wives and widows of naturalized citizens of the United States. All these authors were seen to agree in declaringsuch women citizens. The question having beeu raised, the lawyers have had opportunity to exam- .jne the.United States Statutes and decisions, and so far as we have heard them quoted, they agree that the law has been correctly stated. E. V. Swet- ting, Esq., calls our attention to section 1994 of the Revised Statutes of the United States, which reads as follows: "Any woman who is now or may hereafter be married to a citizen of the United States, and who might herself be lawfully naturalized, shall be deemed a citizen." This law was passed in 1855, and a case came up under it in the United States Supreme Court, which was decided in 1869, giving the widest. and fullest application to its language. So the wife of any voter in Algona, if twenty-one yeais of age, can vote on the library tax question next Monday. And all should exercise that right. LADIES WILL MEET. There will be a gathering of the women of Algona at the G. A. E. hall Friday, March 1st, at 3 o'clock, for,the free discussion of the library question. Coffee and sandwiches will be served and a pleasant time is promisee), Every woman in Algona is invited to, ; be present. •-. •• •'• • ; •". • WILL BE ELECTED. The RepublicanjTicket Will Have No Opposition — Two Contests on Alderman — The Library Tax. If it were not for the little opposition developed by the library tax proposition we should hardly have any city election this year. The republican nominations for city officials will have no opposition, and only two contests will be had for alderman. 'Krate Lamberson will contest with J. W. Wadsworth for the honor of representing the first ward in the council, and Warren Bates and Thos. Henderson will engage in a like contest in the third ward. W. K. Ferguson will go in as alderman in the second ward without opposition, and Dr.E, E. Sayers will do the same in the fourth. The caucuses in the several wards for the nomination of alderman and the selection of delegates to the city convention were held Wednesday evening. The nominations made are indicated above. The delegations to the sepublican convention were as follows: ; First ward- Jno. G. Smith, E. B. Warren, Eugene Tellier, Geo, H. Williams, Alex White. Second ward— J, E. Jones, Dr. Morsb, E. F, Hederick, L. J, Eice, Gus Peek. Third Avard— Ben Winkie, J. M. Brown, J. E. Laird. Fourth ward— Frank Nicoulin, Fred Wilson, Geo. E. Clarke, Mart Weaver, H. 0, Dodge. ' The convention was organized in the Court .House, Thursday, night, with,,J, E. Jones in the chair and Mart Weaver secretary, Without much contest the following ticket was nominated: For Mayor, D. A, Haggard; for City Solicitor, W. L, Joslyn; for Assessor, Geo, Ii, Larason; for Treasurer, G. F. Peek, TO VNJQN, To the Editor— Two men, Tbos, chettand Wm, Dodo's, cJaiw to be chairman of the Union township re* publican cownaitee, We believe both have an equal right to the position under the pircumstances, but it seems to n?e that the beat wav out of the dilero- nja wjH be to have a meeting of reput* lipans at the Herman school house at the t|i»e pf the regular township meet- jnginllarcb, &et us heap from each Qfvbe above gentlemen w to their views of the aavisabjHty of calling such « meeting. Answer in next week's pa,* per, Union. IW 86, DEATH OF Mrs. TjJ4en & Foster <Jieq last, pf paraiysis, after » towf Shewaespp-arently well up to Wed* nes4ay awning when eoe was atr tackea with pajr^ysis, which enOeO m her death twee 0®ys l&tejf. Betey r4en was coanty, England, m MBB ffWSR jngfljed, wfclCTil ^P attle,* Shortly afr a \tfto9* ^encer i wju tturL ?teJI4MJ iu 9'mwtt n W6PIB j A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned. M Nat only 0BEAT pennies, but save DOLLARS, , THE WIGWAM THE PLACE TO &UY- flABM Hff A PTITlffP'B V I AillVl JuAulLLJ] Ml I, You will get the very latest improvements, the best goods and the lowest prices* 'Tis always best to buy the best. Call and see the new goods, Wilfrid P. Jones. The Wigwam. Algona. la. lived for nearly flftylive years. Mr. and Mrs. Foster moved to America four years after their marriage, and settled in New York, where they lived until 1865, when they went to Illinois, from whence they came to this county in 1869. The fruits of their happy marriage were fifteen children, ten girls and five boys, thirteen of. whom are married and survive her. Mrs. Foster was converted, and joined the United Brethren Church in 1868. She has lived a true Christian life and has devoted herself to the relief of the sick and the needy. A DEATH DEALING TRAIN. The Conductor Thought He Had Run ' Over Something—One Man Killed, Another Maimed. Yesterday's Eegister contained the following special from Emmetsburg, dated the 25th. Marks Murray, aged 34 years, was run over by a stock train on the Milwaukee road last nighk After the conductor had reached Algona he wired the station agent here that he thought he had run over something just, as he was leaving the station. The agent started east, and just outside the yard foUnd the lifeless body of Murray nearly severed in twain a'nd with both hips'Crushed. Coroner'Henry Was sent for, who impanneled a. jury consisting of C." E. Cohoon, JamesBurng'arid Fred Scots, who held an infjuest and returned 1 a verdict that 1 Murray came to his death by attempting to board : a train while in motion, 1 and falling was run over by the trucks of the caboose and instantly killed 1 . Another.young man from this place named Dan Galliger, was on the same train, and fell off near Cylinder, the first station, east, and had one leg broken and received other serious injuries. Galliger will recover., Any who failed to see Faust when first presented in Algona, a few weeks since, will feel that they must, see it Thursday night, when it will b.e played again by the same company, and all who saw it then will want to see it again. There never lias been any better acting in the Opera House, nor any better play. It is justly classed as a masterpiece of tragedy. APPROPRIATELY OBSERVED. Washington's Birthday was Celebrated • -in Algon.a— A Great Success, . The observance of Washington's birthday in Algona was a gratifying success. The morning at the school building was mainly giyen up to patriotic exercises, and the pupils were accorded a half holiday in the afternoon. Numerous youngsters, animated with enthusiastic admiration for the Father Of His Country, paraded the streets with flags, Some marched 1 to the nw- sic of the drum, some decorated themselves with paper hatchets surmounted with miniature portraits of Washington. The national flag floated above the court house, the BEI'VBLIOAN office, and the public school, building, and was displayed at numerous points as a reminder that the day was dedicated to patriotism, The bean supper at tbo court house was patronized by between 400 and 500 persons, and a: flnei' table the Belief Corps ladies never spread, it was by many pronounced the best ever set out on a like occasion' in Algona. The proceeds amounted to fUO, The speeches which followed were brief but entertaining, and the singing, by a club composed of Mrs. E, G. Bowyer, Mrs. F. H, Yepper and Messrs, Arthur Tellier and Alf , Chapin. especially fine, The audience joined with good effect, in singing "Mai-ching Through Georgia" and other -a^g. Commander D. D. Podge, of the £. 4. B., and Mrs, F. M, Taylor, president of the W. R< 0., made ehprt ad4wes, pr, Ii, 4. §beet? delivered a.n address, Eugene Teilier, .pr, McCoy, P. Hutching »n4 P. E. Avey re with funny stories, and Ai Adams, oldt, made some remarks Memories." Teacher— "Do you know what stove your ma used before she got a JEW• ' George— "She did'nt use any. She was just married then. One night before she was married, pa went to see her, and he said there wasn't anything too good for her, and she could have anything she might ask for, and she said, 'Then buy me a JEWEL stove to cook on.' " Teacher— "Do you think your mother would part with her JEWEL if she could not get another?" George— "No marm, I heard her tell pa she saw in the paper that there were 2,600,000 JEWEL stoves and ranges in use, and if she was going to get married again there would be 2,500,001 in use, for she would be sure of always having one JEWEL in the house." Teacher— "George, you have recited a perfect lesson, you may go" to the head pf your class, Just one more question 1 , George. Tell the school where the JEWEL stoves and ranges can be bought." George— "The JEWEL stoves and ranges can be bought at C. M. Doxsee's hardware store, where Mr. Winkie used to keep." SCHOOL FINANCES. I Statement of the Finances of the Independent District for the Year Ending March ist. \ TEACJIEjK'S FUND—KECJm'ED. Gash on hand last report. .....,...$ 193.00 Rec^d from Co. Treas 5,384.11 Scmi-anniVal Apportionment. 1,113.42 Tuition.... , :'. 5.00. Total;..' :.:.......§6,095.59 •'"••'••'•••' mSBUUSKR. 'Pa-id teachers ''. .$0,443.50 lialiiiice on hand ;. •.... 253.09 : $6,095.50 ''"••' CONT1KQ1CNT—RECEIVE!).' Casii.last report. .8127.57 Rec'd from Co. Treas 153 81 Use of School House 20 00 Sale of Lawn Mower 3 00 Sale of .Typewriter 50 00 Refund on Orders 1 25 Return premium 4350 : . Total.. .82,399.13 DISBURSED. Paid for coa) .$738 88 Insurance,.' 45 00 Janitor.., 47000 Janitor at Depot— 30 00 Secretary's Salary 50 00 Treasurer's salary fon '94 and '95... 100 00 All other expenses " , 454 42 Cash on hand 466 83 ; , ' $2,38913 SCHOOL JIOUSK—HKCBIVKP, Cash last report.,.., ? 61153 Rec'd for Treasurer....,....,,,.,, .3,01510 Total. ....... : .'..,. ...... ....... $3,63662 Paid bonds . , , ....... . ............. $3,000 oo Interest, ..... . ....... . ....... , ..... 275 00 Cash on hand, ,,..,.,.,, ........... 1,351 63 Total ................. '. ........ |3,626 63 Outstanding bonds. . . , ............ $4,000 00 ESTIMATES, The board estimate as necessary "to maintain .the schools for the ensuing >yw the following amounts, to-wit: Teacher's fund .................... ,$3,OQQ .00 Contingent fund,,..,.; , ...... ,., 3,09000 School nouse fund (tp.,pay bond8(., 3,5oooo BEST MEETING YET, The Wegt Union biterary HoW§ a , and WHJ Have Severs! Mere* The West Voion Uteravy society wet i usual tart .Thursday evening, If- es best, baa preaictea tbe & „ e utthe beet ter, it certainly was the very tQ extent -'- TeaQber""George, yqu way tell stQy? m tbe of one per cent,," showing how the little things, carefully looked after, will produce astonishing results in time. The .debate on Lincoln and Washington was declared a tie by the judges. A f uli piogram and a mock law suit are on for Feb. 28, and a large attendance is as.«<ured. Everybody is invited, and as many as, wish .to aid in the program are heartily, invited by the society. . An oratorical contest was decided on for the closing evening, March 7. Liberal prizes will , be awarded, but nobody will be given' a prize who is not a member of the society, .while outsiders who wish to help towards the evenings' enjoyment, will be marked and given honorable mention. THE WHIPPING POST. ALGONA, Feb. 22, 1895.— EDITOK BEPUBMCAN:— Soon after the Park Ages the whipping post was abolished inmost civilize^ communities. But it reports are tniei it has become a part of the penal code of Algona. If strapping a boy down in a chair, and while he is in that helpless position, giving him a severe whipping, is not a revival 4 of the whipping post, it is something infinitely more brutal. BUSYBODY. a , . . table of canned goods is the attraction afe.;Walker Bros. -rl8tf '„.;' . (First mortgages MONEY TO LOAN ON J2nd mortgages, (Collateral. GEO. C. CALL. Go to the Opera House Grocery and see what ten cents will do. CHANGE OF LOCATION. The W. H. M.-S.will sell all kinds of Home Made -baking, at the shoe store of B. H. Anderson every Saturday. Orders solicited. Pnblisheryotice. For the convenience of BJBPUBLICAN subscribers whpse place of doing business is in some' other town in the county than Algona, an arrangement has been made by the publisher whereby payments on subscription to the paper, may be made at any one of the follow* ing named banks: BANCROFT—Farmers' and Traders* Havings Bank, HURT—The Burt Bank, WHITTEMORE — Whittemore State Bapk. WESLEY—Wesley State Bank- LEDYARD-State Bank of Ledyard. ' GERJMANlAf-State Bank of Gerroania, SWEA QJTY—Swea Qity Bank t ELMORE—Elmore Exchange Bank, Subscribers paying for the year i» advance can avail themselves of our lowest clubbing rates, given herewith, ; This arrangement is, made witr i* view to accommodating any who may.* find it more convenient to pay their subscription at their home bank, AH. business coming through these pank> ' will be given prompt attention, ",'• ", •it 'm *£l E, G, BOWYER, pBAl^BWrN CLOCKS <& J$ DODGE'S MEAT MA1E1

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