The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa on March 20, 1895 · Page 4
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MB <™.i*tm.in*lt. ALQOtTA IOWA. WfePKEBMY, MAHCtt 20. 1896. BY MILTON STARR, SllSCMPlM RATBS: CJne Year, in Advance Si* Months three Months ......... ..... • • • -75 -4° ly dictated by personal feeling. Only two or three other members Sat in their Scats With Seed, the republicans generally supporting the motion and cheering the retiring speaker. GoodforElmore! At the city election the license question was submitted to vote and no-license carried by 34 majority. The Eye says: "Year after year it has been demonstrated by the people of Elmore that they do not want saloons and are opposed to them from general principles." PUBLIC SPIRIT. Of some good things there may be too much in sight, but public spirit is hot one of those things. Public spirit is at the base of social progress. Every man for himself is the rule of barbarism; all for the good of all is the law of civilization. Public spirit looks to the general as distinguished from the merely individual good, Just as soon as one cares for the good of others, that moment he has public spirit. He may be altogether selfish in his concern for his neighbors, but if he have just sufficient intelligence to grasp the fact that his own welfare is in a degree dependent upon the general welfare, he is converted to public spirit. The more selfish he is, if only he has the penetration to recognize that the higher the conditions of life about him, the more fully may he gratify his higher selfishness, the intenser becomes his public spirit. So that whether the motive be interested or disinterested, if only there is a clear mental vision, an appreciation of the benefits of organized and progressive society, and a realization that to enjoy it we must contribute to it, every man must be public spirited. There is either mental or moral obliquity the matter with the man, whom common opinion points to as devoid of public spirit. A reason why we have no more public spirit is that there are not more people awake. We have what is known as sleeping or dead towns, and an their case we need to remember that there was a time when they were not dead, nor sleeping, and that was when they grew to be towns. When a town begins to take its ease, and yawn, and goes to sleep, it stops growing and begins to moulder. Then, explain why so many are content merely to exist, and prefer a primitive stage of existence to higher devel- opement and better living paid for in hard work, and you can give one reason for the lack of public spirit. There is no use in going to the man who is contentedly raising his large family in his one-room dugout and talking to him about the need of any public institution. He must first realize the need of improvement in his own condition. An old man was discovered in.Ein- met county, A few weeks ago.vwhahad .^ejn j>n a railroad car. That might be pointed to as an extreme instance of isolation from the current of modern life. Yet he .may have understood the marvelous mechanism through which the expansive power of steam moves the heavy; ,tr^in, while the man who had spent his life in riding to and fro behind the engine might never have compassed even the elementary notion of, steam power. which filled the mind L :of Watfc. So great masses of people are carried upon the surface of a civilization into whose secret they do not nor cannot enter. The public spiritedlman is,' of most use if in sympathetic contact with the moving (forces of the age— in fact, with the moving forces of y the ages. The people who are out of touch with the times, who are pottering along fifty to a hundred years behind the procession, are the cyphers that scale the average. Oiicof the best evening papers of the State, and one which is up with the most popular in its circulation among readers of dailies in Algona, is the Marshalltown Times-Republican. This paper has a yery satisfactory general news service, and is particularly up In Iowa news, while its editorial management is able and in touch with the people on all questions. We do not know of any paper in this state which can be commended on all points of comparison with less reserve. THE WORST FIRE HAVOC YET Four More Buildings Burn Saturday Morning Between the Qalbraith-Chris- chilles Block and J.W. Robinson's. by Marry Dodge's ffi|at rMrket, and unoccupied above. The loss is placed at wo to$soo,aM there was only $400 insurance. It was one of the old buildings in the tow, It was originally built for a wagori shop, and waf used as such when Mrs, A* MeCall bought it and moved he£ tomil* upstairs, in 1870 of thereabouts. It fraa occupied for a number of yearsby the late H. S. Langdoa, who used it fot a irrocefv. Mr. Bacon bought the build^ ing of Mrs. McCall a few* yeata ago* and ran a general store itt it, and £ince his occupancy it has been ameat market, kept first by Thomas. Bennett, and later and up to the fire by Hatty It was an Incendiary Fire—Loss of Probably $3,500, with $2,400 Insurance- Insurance will Cover the Chief L OSSes _Stocks Mostly Saved. AN EARLY BLAZE. A fire of incendiary origin was started about one o'clock Saturday morning, and consumed four wooden buildings on the south side of State street, between the Galbraith-Chrischilles brick block on the east and the J. W. Bobinson brick store on the west. The entire wobden quartet burned down in about an hour. The fire department was early on the ground and perform- mr. uuu BC saved all the meat and tools in the front room, but Very little of his supplies and machinery m the back room was saved. He $™?to i •£ loss in the neighborhood of $600, winch Was the amount of his insurance on his S The last of the four doomed build* ings adjoined J. W. Bobinson'9 brick store oh the east and was the property of Mrs. Peter Pur'is. It Was the only store of the four with a basement. It was estimated to be worth $1,000 and carried $300 insurance. This building was put up by the Galbraiths and was first occupied as a store by Galbraith Bros. The firm had begun in the dry goods business in 1870, in the two-story building in Call street, but remained there only a few years. The building was occupied in front by B. H. Anderson, who ran a boot and shoe store while P. L. Slagle had his harness shop in the rear. Both stocks were got out, all in a heap, and much the Avorse for the moving. Mr. Slagle put his goods and tools m one ol the fronts in the rear of the Goeders store, and Mr. Anderson deposited his stock in the Bronson building, pending their adjustment of his loss by the insurance company. He had $2,000 insurance on his stock, and Mr. Slagle . had $500 on his stock and $50 on his tools. The head of the firm, Mr. Valentine, lived in the residence quarter of town, but Mr. and Mrs. N. C. King occupied the front room up stairs, and Mr. Cochran slept in the room in the southwest corner. The three were awakened about one o'clock by Andy Powell, the restaurant's baker. They had time to ;,4 -^Commencing** Thursday, March 14, rcOEDERS' STORE. ed very efficient service as soon as the hose, which was partly filled with ice as the resulth of recent use, could be got ready for work, but aside from keeping the flames down and within bounds nothing could be done. More heroic work never was done by any fire company. The fire was set between the Dodge meat market and the "Bon-Ton" restaurant, almost at the rear, by means of oil-saturated waste. Oil was also thrown up :against the sides of the buildings', so that the fire shot up to the top instantly. Watchman Horan had passed through the alley running behind thesa buildings but *v few moments before the outbreak, butwithout noticing anything unusual. When he was attracted to the scene by the blaze he says it could have been put out had water been at hand, but before ;tbe hose could be brought into use the pos- sibility'of saving any one of the wooden buildings had" passed. Almost at once all four buildings were ablaze. They were among the oldest buildings in town, the youngest having been put up in 1879, and the oldest dating back a quarter of a century, and they were all good kindling wood. The fire bells called out, besides ;the fire boys, a great crowd of .people, and very prompt and very efficient work was done in removing the stocks. tauranvs uaiiei. AUOJ ."»~,•;*""•• j dress ond get most of their bedding and clothing out of the chamber, but all that was saved below was a cigar case, a candy case and a gum case. The insurance on the stock was $650. About $60 worth of dishes in the southeast room of the second story was a total loss. The "Bon-Ton" was doing a good business and was conducted by estimable people, who came here from Lenox, Iowa. Their misfortune tails heavily upon them. TWO FIRES SET. About five o'clock Thursday morning fire was discovered in the up stairs backroom of the Kossuth County State Bank building. It was unquestionably the work of an incendiary, who could easily pass up the stairs, through the hall and into this room, who'se door was always unlocked. The fire' company was promptly on hand, .arid., the flames Were easily put out. Some damage by water was done to Mr. Nycum s rooms below, and the window aasings were charred. This was an easy Place to set a fire, as the floor was littered with papers and books. ,•• While results were yet problematical the library of Cloud & Haggard, whose office rooms adjoined, was hastily lugged out, but the flames .only charred the paper on the walls in a few spots. Simultaneously a fire was discovered in the hallway of the J. B. Jones building, on Thorington "street, in which is located Haggard & Peek s abstract office. A bundle of waste, saturated with oil, had been thrown m Dress Goods. Black Dress G-oods. Ool'd Dress Goods. Black Dress Silks. CoPd Dress Silks. Ool'd Waist Silks. Wash Fabrics. 5,000 yards of the latest styles and best qualities, at 5 cents. Ex-President Harrison was ill last week and the fact brought out expressions of editorial sentiment in reference to him which would not have bee^ elicited by a like cause at the close 'of ! his term. The people of the United States:have for two years past, had the. opportunity of comparing his adminlsWation'with the present, and the result is that Benjamin Hai- rison never before wns so popular as now. Now they are pressing it home as "another argument" for one of the candidates for governor that his wife can write artir cles on the "mission and evolution of wo- The first building west of the Gal- braith-Chrischilles brick block was the one-story wooden store building owned by Theodore Chrischilles, and occupied by E. G. Bowyer's jewelry stock -and J. W. Studley's pharmacy. r The building was worth perhaps $l;000, with $800 {insurance. • Mr. Bowyer had the greater part of his'more valuable goods in the big,safe which was, by tremendous exertion, moved out, but a bill of new and costly goods had just come in the day previous, and these were left out, to take their chance with the loose stock. : Mr, Bowyer's stock was very heavy, and much of it, the clocks in particular, especially liable to damage, but the goods were?mostly removed in some sbape, Mr. Bowyer carried $1,000 insurance, Dr, Studley bad a big stock, invoicing, ^ccprding to its owner's estimate,; in the neighborhood of $4,000, on whicu he had $2,000 insurance, It will t'ak'e a good while to classify and put a value on the salvage, Mr, Cbris- chilles had $800 insurance on the build- ins. This building was erected in 1879 by J. J, Wilson. He and Tbeo. Chris there, and seemly but fore discovery, as only scorched. a moment be- the floor .was men." The administration has a :Jittle Ameri can spirit after all. A Spanish gunboat ' on the Cuban coast fired on the American steamspip Allianca, and Secretary Gresham has demanded an apology and guarantees of immunity from future outrages of that sort, which have been forthcoming, QJ course, Spain is more or less effete, '•„• ; The'; Sgirit-Lake monument has been "completed and paid fojc, an4 la ft beautiful structure, and appropriately commemorative of the massacre \vJiioh made historical the spot which it adorns. It will be dedicated July 4th, We don't mind the expense, but unless we can have a rest after July 4th we-shaU have another Spirit Lake massacre and, of course, another costly monument. The Clay county News thinks that it is too early by at least three months to agitate legislative nominations. Will the Kossuth county candidates please take notice, But does this come too late? One of the vital questions new is whether Tom Reed did the righ,t thing or not iu refusing to join in t&e custpjnary vote pf thanks to Speaker Crisp at the close of the session. Itisprjrt?aWy a mistake for a . , . cbilles put up fronts just alike, that of the latter being on tbe east, the ground under which, is now covered by his brick block, The Wilson front, which was claimed by Saturday morning's flames, was at once occupied by G. N, Hancock, but it was bought br Mr, CUriscbilles ip the spring of 1881. When tbe adjoining store was burned in 18.86, be moved into it and Mr, Hancock went across tbe street to the PROBABLY INCENDIARY. The Heise Block is Threatendd Sunday Evening—A Narrow Escape. '>'•' A fire of probably incendiary origin was located Sunday evening in the Heise brick block, in a passage way behind the barber and : r bath rooms, extending to the north door. It was discovered about 7.30 o'clock, by Dr. Scott, who occupies the office, room next to the passage in which the fire was. This is the office formerly occupied by Dr, Morse. Dr. Scott washing on his couch at tbe time, reading'from a book, and his attention was attracted by the rushing and crackling sound made by the blaze. When he w'fint to reconnoiter be found the passage way full of flames and smoke, but finding some water within a few feet he extm* guisbecl the fire by prompt action. He was tbe only person in tbe entire building at tbe time. The flre started on the floor behind a step ladder, and tbe ladder aPd wall behind it seemed to have been splashed with oil, Some studding piled above was charred, and the flre had almost penetrated the Doctor's room at the top of the partition when detected, ... , There was put ppe way of ingress py Linens. Handkerchiefs. Laces. Ribbons. Embroideries. Corsets. Underwear, ( : ;/; ; , ' ; , Hosiery. ; Neckwear. , Collars and Cuffs. White Goods. Linings. , Lace Curtains. Window Shades. Cheniel Table Covers. Kid Gloves. ; ' Cashmere (Hoves. Ladies' Waists. Ladies' Skirts. i Trimmings, 5,000 yards of Dress Ginghams. 5,000 yards of apron checks, at 5 cents- in flannels. l,000yards of extra good value, at 5c. Clothing, ., • - •. .»* •. Men's Suits; ; : vv, r v'- '. Boy's Suits. Child's Suits. Odd Pants, Odd Vests. ' Shirts and Neckwear. Collars and Cliffs. Handkerchiefs. Trunks and Valises Our Shoe Departments full to the ceiling. Shoes for Men. Shoes for Ladies* n* ^\ "ax \. Snoes for Boys. . Shoes for Girls. Shoes f otf Babies. Prices.in reach of everybody. The latest novelties in Ladies' and Misses' Capes. Hats. i > < t and Caps. 1,000 yards of extra supr,all wool, choice patterns. 500 yards of cotton warp wool filling. Carpet warp in; all' colors. \ In this 'department we ^leaders, as every Hat and Cap in bur store is entirely new and prices away down. received a very-large stock of goods to all the a- oove ue pa , rw i«mis, with prices from 15 to QQ per cent, lower than ever before, we tovite t&e public in to look over our immense and well selected stock, Yours truly, now is,. !P: building where the, postofftce Mr- Cbrischillespcc.u,"'" ly temporair-iiy» while r—^.^.™.,, „,,,,., jyas in progress a£.eree&Qn.:,:>W;hen be moved into the, pew st.Qse.hi8 place waj filled O. H, MaryiP. E- G, Bowyer. has been a tepant much of the time since, and T. £,Crose occupied it with him for a time. The pe?t' buildiPg to the west was owned by Ambrose A. Call and occupied below by Valeptine & Kipg's "Bon* Ton" restaurapt. It was erected ip 187g, we believe, by J\ W. Hawes, apd which a« intruder couW have 'reached • the ha<i It was + WJ9S1 " " ¥"*T* T * ^ • *^ r ~ T was used by him (or many years leather store . and residepce. 4^HV4«V^ *jyv* v ****** ^^W^^^-T-^W, W-TJT Hawes traded tne building apd goods to J. F. kaoy for West Bend property, and of late years it has seep frequent changes of ownership and occupancy, Orange Minfcler holding the deed several years and selling to its latest owner. Mr- Call bad $900 ipsurapce on it, which probably is less than half the oi-igiaal cost of what was in its day a somewhat pretentious structure, The pext^MtOhe west ownefltorfceww Q-lerxdale ,. through a •« M» W * •» T )* V ** 4 -?*» *?* Morgan some that it would uestipp f °r anyope to go oors apd pot attract the octor, whose office epp- haii, but actual trial without a perceptible inside door was unlocked ail the time; lower Prices while Pr. Scott was abront at supper ' went about 6 o'clock Stiithe he . Wilfrid as a Mr. through both , Monday mprning demonitrated that it na reaing within theofflce

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