The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa on May 1, 1895 · Page 2
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The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa · Page 2

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, May 1, 1895
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A STOttt OF SUCCESS, MUN- MOW TELEGRAPH OPERATOR SEY HAS WON AS A PUBLISHER. GOOD ROADS Afife COMlNQ. the Sahjeet Swte t« tite Besnn XVith lc.«S Than 850 and n liot of Manuscripts—Scwspauer Plates Spoiled ills first Success—His Otim Editor and Publisher. Among tho new arrivals in Now York some 12 years ago was a tall, slender, blond yonng man from Maiuo named Munsey, -who sought success as a publisher, editor and writer. Of experience iti those lines ho hod enjoyed nouo at all His total cash capital was less .than $50, and his only other resources were a satchel full ot manuscripts and mi* bounded energy and faith in himself. Today, though lie is still young, the periodical that bears his namo hasn circulation exceeding that of any other American monthly. Unaided ho has won success in n field strewn with failures. The story of the. winning is well worth telling. Frank A. Mtmsey's father was a builder, but much of tho sou's boyhood life was passed on a farm. For a time ho was employed in n country store, but at 10 he entered tho telegraph office at Lisbon Falls., Mo., believing that tho path to a life of close contact with affairs might be found by follov/- FRANK A. MUNSET. ing tho wire. Before long, however, he saw that telegraphy could bo employed as a stepping stouo only. Then he began at once to seek another way. First; bo tried to get into Wall street, reason: ing that even tho humblest sort of place in a broker's office would offer a chance to forgo to the front, but Wall street was closed to him. Meanwhile he kept faithfully at his telegraphing, finally rising to be office manager at Augusta. It was while there that, young Munsey formulated his publishing plans, confiding them to James G. Elaine and Howard Owen, editor of tho Kennobec Journal, who were numbered among bis warmest friends. But they_did all in their power to discourage him, advising him tinder no circumstances to go to New York. At last a friend offer- ed'to put up $500, another agreed to advance $1,000, and Munsey himself raised §500. 'When this capital of $2,000 was in sight, Muusey resigned his place and prepared to locate in the big 'city. With $450 of his own money he bought manuscripts to begin on. When he reached the scene of his ambitious, his friends concluded not to risk their money, and thus it was that ho found himself at the beginning of his career in Now York with a few dollars and a lot of manuscripts as his only visible capital. Tho situation bewildered but did not discourage him. He went to a publisher, already established, told him of tho lines on which the proposed venture had been planned and induced him to establish The Golden Argosy, a weekly for boy*, and engage its projector as manager and editor. Five mouths later this publisher fail ed, and Muusey took the publication in settlement of his claim for back salary, Then began n heroic struggle, Muusey assuming the diverse and multifarious duties of editor, publisher and serial writer. "Under Fire," "Afloat In £ Great City" and "The Boy Broker' issued in close succession from his pen Ninety-five thousand dollars were es peuded in advertising tho last namec story, and the result was a circulation and an advertising patronage that seem ed to assure a continued net yearly in come of $50,000. But this did not last Though tho quality of tho paper wa maintained, the circulation fell away rapidly, and it soon looked as if all that had been gained would go. Muusey at first attributed the decline to a deca- deuco of popularity in literature for the General Interest la trcthice H is generally accepted that Rood roads have the same effect as shortening tho distance to be traveled. Therefore tho man who has shortened the distance to his market has gained a great advantage. Good roads mean quicker and easier transportation and a.bigger html. They also mean a good deal more for social, moral and financial reasons. Theiy also mean that tho farmer can come to town and get into quicker intercourse and interchange with men. Farmers can visit each other, and there will bo intercourse between communities centered in agricultural districts. What is needed in roadbuilding is not moro expense or going into details and management, but an improved system. Highway building at present in most sections of tho country is in short sections under men who are not road experts, who pass out from year to year and give place to others. They cannot accomplish auything permanent. It is estimated that at least three-quarters of tho money that has been expended in working out taxes on roads has been practically thrown away because tho people do not know how to build roads. Careful estimates place tho sum annually expended on roads outside of the largo cities at about $00,000,000, nearly $45,000.000 of Which is sunk in the mud and dust, caused by inexperienced roadbuilders. This enormous sum if judiciously and wisely expended under the supervision of competent roadbuild- ers would result in thousands of miles of splendid roadways, which, onco acquired, could easily bo kept in repair—a source of pride and convenience to the fortunate community possessing its share. That this will be the ultimate result of the widespread desire for belter highways there can bo no doubt. Tho whole country is becoming aroused to tho necessity of smooth and firm roads, which may safely and easily be traveled at all seasons of tho year. Farmers, wheelmen, merchants and mechanics are beginning to see that what is good for one class of citizens cannot fail to bo of benefit to all.* A few years ago good roads agitation was almost unknown. Now one can hardly pick up a newspaper that does not contain a report of the meeting of, some good roads league or chronicle tfo introduction of a bill for tho improvement of highways in one of the state legislatures. vThis moans something. It means that wo are to have better roads. ; •> * Many methods aro discussed and tried in various sections, usually with success as to expenditures and results, but tho main thing is that tho public is alive to tho situation and is bound to have good roads at the smallest cost, and no matter what tho cost they will bo cheap in tho end. W. H. BALLINQER. Sis W6ftK. OeOfElS imfnstr:ai School Iti SteKro Cfettdveri Are Tho Wyman Industrial school in Thomasville, Ga., whore colored children are taught to work with the hand ant! eye as well as with the brain, was founded by John C. Wyman, a philanthropic citizen of Providence. Mr. Wyman looks like Henry 1 Ward EJeecher and has the same broad, 1 i b o ral views that made But the great preacher so popular and JOHN C. WYMAN. influential. He is not a very wealthy man, but he devotes a considerable part of his income to charitable work, and his wide acquaintance and eloquence mako him a powerful advocate of any scheme for bettering the condition of his follow men. Four or five years ago ho spent a winter in Thoinasville and while there learned that there was wo free school in tho vicinity where colored boys could learn a trade or where girls could bo taught sewing, cooking or other domestic arts. Believing that tho best solution of tho negro problem is education, ho made it his business to seek funds from the rich winter residents for a proposed school and was so successful that tho institution was soon established. Tho school is now a flourishing institution and has 150 pupils, who are taught trades and useful occupations and are given the rudiments of a regular common school education. Tho school is supported entirely by voluntary contributions which Mr. Wymau secures during the year while traveling about the country, and when tho funds run low he thrusts his hand into his own philanthropic pocket. Tho school is in chargo of Charles Rice, a colored graduate of tho Atlanta university, and ho has one assistant who teaches the boys trades, another who'instructs the girls in needlework and cooking, a third who looks after tho musical education of the pupils and a fourth who runs a sort of kindergarten for tho pickaninnies. It is said that arithmetic is the most difficult study for negro children whoso parents aro illiterate. Grammar is another poser, but geography, history, reading and spelling, which aro more interesting to the immature mind, are moro easily acquired. Mr. Wymau is about 73 years of age, is a veteran of the lato war .and was Rhode Island's World's fairs commissioner. ^heft ISSd the Other it.fie'tt the f*Mce. 'Ifc was bargain day in one of tho largo down town stores, and the coufl- ters were piled with evening silks of the most tempting prices. Two women were indnsteiotisi? ttrfii- Ing over the pieces, and one of them said to her Companion, ."Yes, I'm getting a gown to wear to my sistef-iu- law's wedding, and the only 1 thing which pusfclciS ino is which pieco to take-4hey are all so delightfully cheap and they look so handsome. " "Yes, it is hard to decide," admitted the other woman, whose bored and weary air proclaimed her merely tho escort. The active shopper looked fresh and alert. "Yes. Now, if I only knew what Victoria was going to Wear, it would be easy enough. I'm determined for onco that my gown shall cast hers in the shade. When we Were girls together, she Was glad enough to copy my thing:;, but HOW she's married Henry's chk'f brother, who has more money Henry has, and she does put on airs." "Yes. This is a pretty piece, suggested her companion, who wanted her lunch. "Isn't it? I wonder if it is quito r,a •good as tho one that woman has over there. I think I shall take this— I'm suro Victoria would never know but that it was awfully expensive, for 1 shall tell her that it was $3 a yard. There won't bo a pieco left to tell the tale after today, anyhow. Not that she'd ever look at a bargain counter — she's too proud for that. Let me see, how many yards"— Afhbfose A. Call, President. It, Matching, Viee-Pres. Wifi.K.tfergttson, cashier. c. b. smith. ASS't.Cfcfen. THE FIRST NATIONAL SANK, ALGdliiA, IOWA. CAPJL4AL* GASH thr-.n suoh AND DIRECTORS, A.». Clarke, Pfe*., 0.0. Chubb, Vice Pros., Thos. H. hatitry. Cosine!', ueb. L Qalbfalth, Frert M. Miller, Myron Sehenck, Thos. F. Oooke. GENIRAL BANKING. Private Safety Deposit faults. Interest JPftld for Tltrie W* U, Tiico. President. Chrischilles, Lewis H* Smith, « Vice Pfesidehl. Cafehifer. . •• • domestic exchange bought ness transacted. CAPITAL $50»OOO. >d. money loaned, foreign and nmil'e'pi-omptl.v ami :i general bunking busi- d countries sold at lowest rates. „_.„, , i. B. Jones. T. Ohvischllles. Lewis H. Smith, J. W. Waclswovth. Barn»t Devlne. R,M. Richmond. 1'res, B. F. Smith, Vice Pres. A. B. Uiulimond, 0. .f. Lenander, Ass't, Cash. Farmers' & Traders' Savings Bank BANCROFT, STEVENSON'S FIDUS ACHATES. NOVEL ROAD MENDING. Eacli Farmer Does His Share, ancl tho Koada Are 111 Good Condition. A farmer of. Hamilton, Minn., says of the roads in his neighborhood: "About 15 years ago we' began the improvement of tho roads in this township. Tho farmers turned out in the fall, and'wo all worked nearly two weeks in rading them up and bridging the little rooks and rivulets. We pledged ono nother to keep them in repair voluntari- y. Next spring wo made cheap scrapers jy inserting a polo to a slab, setting the lab at an angle. From that date to this ho farmers along our roads have kept ;hern up by dragging these scrapers over them. "When Neighbor Jones, living at the east end of the road, -has occasion to go over it, ho hitches a scraper behind his wagon and drags it tho distance he goes in such a way that it throws the dirt from, say, the south side of tho road; to and bumps. Ho Is Little Joseph Strong and Gets Half tho Novelist's Property. Joseph Austin. Strong, a boy of 13 years, was ouerof Robert Louis Steven- sou's dearest friends, and when.ho died the novelist willed his youthful friend, one-half of his entire estate. The boy is the sou of Joseph D. Strong, an artist and newspaper caricaturist who married the daughter of Stevenson's wife and mado his home in Hawaii. A number of years ago the novelist and his wife paid the Strong family a visit, and it was then that Stevenson became so strongly attached to tho boy. Tho strange'ly assorted pair were almost constantly together and wandered hand in hand over the hills and along the sea- Bhore. Stevenson loved the boy as he would have loved a sou, and when he purchased an extensive plantation in. Samoa he induced the Strongs to make it their home. They did so, and in nearly all his romantic voyages among the islands of tho Pacific the boy was the novelist's favorite companion. About a year ago Stevenson reluctantly sent tho boy to Oakland, Gal., that You would like, to sea this pioco in tho light, madam?" said tho voico of a clerk back of them. "Certainly. Step this way, please. Yes, the very thing for a wedding. We aro selling—will you allow me to pass, ladies?" The two women stepped aside, and the one who was counting up how many yards she needed cried: "Why, Victoria, is that you? I—I vo been looking for a gown to wear at Mario's wedding." "So have I," replied the lady who had been following the clerk to tho Tight, "but—but I don't see anything here that is nearly good enough." "Neither do I," replied tho other woman, and sho'pii* down the pieco she had been holding lest some one else get it. "Come, Amy, we will go." "Will you look at this piece in the light, madaia?" asked the clerk. "Not today," was tho haughty reply. "I will comoin again and look at something better." And the two parties moved on in opposite directions, leaving tho clerk behind tho counter and tho one standing in tho aisle smiling at each other.—Chicago Tribune. Incorporated uncle: Ized capital, 860,000. Foreign business)transacted. Special . ti0 mUEOTOE8-T^r&lcU m ond. N. E. Sheridan, Mayne.O. E. Miillory, J. N. Sheridan. IO'WA» Kone but home capital inve, ^b Autbor- written, steamship A. n. Klchmena. C. F. Smith, Samue; DON'T TAKE ANY CHANCES Abstracts of Title. Good work will None but experienced abstractors has over " competent persons, and is gu "more than poor.. Bring your work to us and you may bo Opera House Block. HAY & RICE Algona, Iowa, , it is said was very lonely for his boyish the center, filling up ruts .._.. - ... Neighbor Smith, going in an opposite di- he. might secure a good rection, comes along with his wagon, ' " '- -«•' -™> ™™ 1n " 01 picks up tho scraper where Jones cast it off and drags it along tho north side of tho road, throwing tho dirt to tho center. Tho straw, hay and other substances mix with tho dirt, and aro pressed clown in the center, and the sun converts the mass into adobe. We have as good roads as any in tho country, and they aro kept up in this way. No tax, no working tho roads. Only voluntary labor. Every man is ashamed not to do his part. I do not seo why other communities cannot do what we havo done. "—St. Paul Pio ueer Press. Wisconsin Farmers Fear Tuxes. Wisconsin farmers aro afraid of an increased tax if the agitation for good roads is successful, and they aro show- J00ug . *J.*^£2»££%« SJ-.-i, i frf i".-e ,^0. President Blaokstook of the Good Roads do not de- Munsey's Weekly, _ lication, but it failed of satisfying success, though the expenditures for pictures and literary contributions for its pages were lavish. Then he went into daily journalism, taking up tho moribund New York Star, which he rejuvenated and renamed Tho Continent. ' Through ' no fault of his, it also hung fire, and ho gave it up, Then he decided that tho trouble with his weekly publication was the .competition, offered by the country weeklies and the Sunday papers of the cities, -which, by reason of newspaper plates and syndicates, are able to f qrwsh as good matter and .almost'as good pio* tares as the best general weeklies. To save bis money and reputation he then started Munsey's Magazine in place of BJunsey's Weekly. No great success came to tbe magazine, however, till its price was reduced from 85 cents to 10 cents a number, while at the same time tbe grade of its contents, especially tbe illustrations, was kept at the highest possible level. Today bis methods are compelling the sincerest admiration-*-that of imitatioa m a bw^clw different directions. , Though ^ very busy raa»» W- ia fond. of active araisewr riding being bis fiYPritejaethqcl or «• !§ hjg njYe* - 1 - — '— league said recently; "We sire to interfere with tho wishes of the farmer on the subject. All wo intend to do is to encourage the building of better roads. Let me give you an example; In Sheboygan county wo have 15 towns. Thesn towns have been spending on an average $3,000 a year a town on tho roads, or $45,000 altogether. This has been going on for at least 85 years, showing the 1 total expenditure by oaoh town during that time has been something, like $100,000. The mileage of each town ia about 50, and nearly $8,000 a mile has 'been spent." Yet they are not one bit better today than they were t!0 years ago, except hero and there a patch. Now, I can gravel or plaoo crushed stone qu the roads for between $600 and $800 a mile.". "Colorow'8 a Squaw." Edward, one of "tho fighting, Mo- Cooks," while governor of Colorado territory had a goon deal of trouble with the Indians, and especially with their chief, Colorow, a gr^at scoundrel and a coward at heart. The chief would have shot tho governor one day had it not been for the family nerve of tho Mc- Cooks. The National Tribune of Washington tells the story: With a party of his braves Colorow came to Denver one day, and after drinking heavily of whisky told his followers that ho .was going up to kill Mo- Cook. Tho governor had his office in a two story building and pat with, his back to tho-door,-with' a looking glass on tho desk in front ot him, so that ho could see any one coming in without turning. McCook was expecting some trouble with Colorow and-was seated at his desk when tho Indian c;amo in. Colorow-hac a pistol in his hand, and approaching McCook he his side and grunt ed: "McCook liar!" Tho governor never looked up, bu kept on writing. "McCook heap liar," repeated Colo row, but the governor never noticed it "McCook heap- big liar," coutiuuec Colorow, and still the pen scratche away, Colorow mistook MoCook'si silence for fear and let his pistol hand drop until his arm hung down straight. In an instant McCook grasped the Indian's wrist, 1 ' and in another the pistol fell to tlio floor. •-• Turning ColorOw-'around, the governor deliberately thrust ..him down stairs and out of tho door into tho circle of Indians who were waiting for the^ex- peoted trouble. ,'v "Colorow's a squaw,'' said MoCoote to the assembled Indians, and giving the chief n parting push ho returned to his office, FFIGE OVER ALQOtfJl STATE BANK Real Estate, Loans, and Insuranee. Not Necessary! " '*.'.., ";v, 5 , i, vou a'nice"new'>five-drawer Sewing Ma, „„ J>0, a-still better one at $25, .so it is.not nec- r to send your money east to get a machine that u«m you get you will never know at what factory it is m^e 2nd when you should need repairs you may no* be able to geUhem. It, also, is not necessary to think about the freight, for— W1NKEL PAYS THE FREIGHT, J. B. ' low is the Time to Insure! 99999' TORNADO SEASON OPENS BEFORE THE LIGHTNING' AND All kinds of Insurance sold by The Bancroft Insurance Agency-j, I, Freeli, Prop. THE FOWLING COMPANIES FOB CONSIDERATION!, Cash-Capital. Company. Aetna, Hartford.. Phoenix, Hartford Continental, N;Y... ..... Fire Association, Phila,. Hanover, N.Y......... Northwestern National Rockford, Rocki'ord .,, State, Dos Moines s i waukeo. §4,000,000,00 3,000,000.00 l.OOO.QQO.OO 500,000.00 1,000,000.00 500,0.00.00 200,000,00 && ?•*! ws Assets. 810,847,816,3(5 < 5 588,058,00'.' 0,754,908,00 5,191,055,00 ; 3,345,353 00, ' 1,803,697.00 1031,537.00, : 403,814,00 LIFE. 107.C Cash po.oo 'surplus, §JO,150,000, HJovewient For UKt'er Koads. jp Indiana and Missouri, great in^ terest is being taken in the movement, Jji Nebraska there is not much need f pi- general road improvements except in the river countries, owing to the hatp- rally good rpads*. Kansas is interested, in the question and anxious to make jm. provomestl- Nearly all of the southern, states m LakJeg earae steps io road building, eitber by increased ^ se ° vict labor or by ecnjHty bonding, JOSEPH A. STRONG, companion during their enforced separation, A few months before his death be apparently could bear the boy's absence no longer and sent for him. The boy returned, and during the novelist's fatal sickness was' a constant attendant »* his bedside, He v?as present when famous romancer breathed hia last was nearly heartbroken when ^11 was mortal of tbatiuthor of "D ft ncVM:r. HyW' was laid to rest on, the, lofty summit of Vaea mpuntaiu, The boy 1ms , inherited considerable talent for art from his father, and, jt was Stevenson's intention to educate him to be w artiafc Part of the property jco which be has fallen heir js on^ ball of the great plantation ow»?fl W the novelist in Sa»»oa And a ball »ntw« i est in valuable Oakland ml estate. »e 1 is V nephew of P\yight Sfeojjg, »fc..i curator of tbe Oakland Ubrary, ajjci hip Wau(Wa<ib'Wi PwJgW fityOBg, ilY, |be life of a hermit in 4 press pesiKwer'e Profits* fashionable dress designer e»4 of fcwtfw w Royal Intellects. "How do royal persorages compare with ordinary mankind as regards brain power and intellect?" is the purport of an inquiry from a rwader of the Now York Tribune, ouo which has probably been called forth by somo references to Prince Bismarck's well known phrase about "Austria's imbecile archdukes," ju connection with tbe recent cloatb-of the old uncle of Emporor Francis Jo seph. To thjs, reply is made that, as a ge«» era! rule, tbe intelligence of tho "anointed of the fcorcV' is pot above the .average of that of ordinary mortals Paradoxical though it may appear, brains are mot needed ip any superabundant quantity to direct the destinies of great and powerful nations, and, ancient as well as modern history teaches that the most successful rulers .have been persons of a mental caliber below rathe* than above the average, whereas tbpse Hjonavobs who were exceptionally gilt' e4have invariably sbown tbemeeivea w»' flWed *o adPiwister (ho dostiajes of tbo people ^wbjeol! t9 tbSH'.POjitrp), • Tbi§ nioybe esplajued. by tbe f«9t tbat cip^wess w-ijaTly gpee ba«4 iu hnnc] with, cautioi,, whiob i§ a v ud wo solicit yom;..patronage. rr „ q, u. EJaf ABASHED 1880. a,, a, RYAN. fTS (Svio'cesaors'40 0, ! J IOAN ftia$ we Uiwe exWaonmiayy It ortiwn lo.wft, im4 we invite._e\B»j. ; nii'r ollipp in Al{5 > vfiauua w w't'"""'!; •'• J ;.v a 'i 1 a«.» u lui'irn numDtl 1 01 I'VUttOIWM U'9'W ' «SifSS?«w^ \yittj •ft^fec&^Wfej,,,,,, : wnxte ftliytluw Wltoj Y/W«"wp>?t£ijUy. ' LnKDftBM*. tftf $fV9$1U**- Foundrj MULUOA& QHN8TBDT, Props,

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