The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa on May 27, 1896 · Page 1
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The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa · Page 1

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, May 27, 1896
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VOL XXV. ALGOKA, KOSSUTH COUNTY, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, MAY Sit, 1896. NO. 35. "Not How Cheap, but How Good" Is the Principle Applied to SOME MOUND BUILDER LORE Bailey of Britt, Tells an Interesting Story of the Mound Builders of Ohio, Monuments of a Prehistoric Race in Licking County—Alligator Mound—Some Hard Conundrums. WHITE PEAK FLOUR. DIAMOND BRAND COFFEE. BATAYIA PRESERYED FRUITS. LION AND GOLDEN CANNED GOODS. PURE BUCKWHEAT FLOUR AND VERMONT MAPLE SYRUP. •—••—• „. above Goods are the BEPT ON THE MARKET and guaranteed to give satisfy ^ money rounded. The HERE WE ARE WITH A Carload of Furniture Fresh the from factory ........ * • Tlie'Latest Styles! Fine Goods! Low Prices! OO JUST LISTEN—We can furnish you a good, well made, three-piece chamber suit, German bevel plate glass, at the low price of •• • • THREE-PIECE CHAVAL SUIT - 17x36 German binel plate glass -Come and See 0-ur New Goods.... .A. D. MCGREGOR, $ I The Greatest One Ring Show On Earth. Constantly improving in every way that experience can suggest. Kirkhart & Ryan's A marked and signal advance in the world's amusement annals, creating a new era in canvass entertainment. Presents in consolidation an avalanche of star attractions which is well for rivals to stand from under. Grand Galaxy of Star Performers Culled from the leading shows of both hemispheres, 100 People, 25 Musicians. 10 aeriel Acts, 40 Sensational Features, Finest Circus Band in America, The 20th Century Wonder. * The laws of gravity defied. The highest salaried performer that ever appear* ed under »tent—Samuel Burt, the man on the ladder, a wonderful performance on an unsupported ladder—must be seen to be believed- Thrilling and sensational flights through mid-air. W|erd and wonderful contortion acts, bewilderiug and death-defying high dives, and a host of exclusive features, to be seen only with this show. No fakirs or gamblers ever allow to k follow this show. Two performances daily, Parade at 12:30. propose to give away, free, to their customers. Call and get yours Jas. Taylor, Patterson «fc Son, J)r. Sheetz, Kraft Qloftiing? Q Q ' Britt Tribune quotes the BE- account of the finding of Mound Builder remains near Algona, and then gives a very interesting de j scription of monumeiits of the prehistoric tace to be found in the county of Licking, Ohio, where he spent his boyhood years. He says: We haven't the "power of imagination,, to write a story, but can give a description of "mounds" seen in a trip to Ohio a few years ago tbat may be of interest to some as they were to the writer at that time. Evidences of ancient human habitation of this country are left in abundance by that curious prehistoric race—that is always a matter of curiosity and education to the student and seeker after light in the field of Archaeology. It happened that the writer was born in one of the greats est fields of research of this kind in the United States, in the county of LiCBin'g, in Ohio—and the queer mounds that excited childish curiosity as ''Indian Mounds" have since revealed many valuable,and -curious specimens of a past age that delight, and furnish food for many'ati' hour of speculation. The great Alligator mound was within a mile of our boyhood home and we have heard father—who is now a man nearly four score years of age—say that it looks now very much as it did when he first saw it when ten years of age. A bold bluff or hill inaccessable on two sides, over Gthree hundred feet high, stands in a field in one of the finest valleys that dot the face of Ohio's beautiful state. At its foot and to the west lies the lovely little hamlet of Granville—famed and praised in Ohio's history as an educational town. Viewed from the top of Alligator mound, it would be hard to find a fairdr October scene that which greeted our eyes three years ago when looking oyer this valley. The "Alligator" is built of earth and is to-day possibly five feet high. The body is 100 feet long and about 15 feet wide, the head nearly round and about 10 feet in diameter, measured across the fore legs it is 40 feet, about the 'same across the hind-.legs, and the tail which is coiled something like that of a cat, is one hundred and u fifty.' feet long and about three feet high by four feet wide. The similarity to an alligator, lizzard or crocodile is very close with the exception of the proportions of the tail, alligators' tails have degenerated since the Mound Builders time. When the first settlers came to that country—as old settlers say—there was a reddish bricky substance on the head of the Alligator that showed evidence of fire. Gravel and pieces of coal were there in profusion as evidences of that agency, but the lapse of time at d the continued use of the hill as a sheep pasture for more than seventy years has washed away all traces of this nature now. What was its object, and how many were employed in its building? The best theory that has ever been advanced is that it was originally a place of worship. Sun worship or fire worship. A giant watch tower as it were, where gathering under the blue vault of neaven our ancient friends met on the "brow of this hill" to offer up their adoration to the dying god of day. An unobstructed view to the west, up the valley of Baccoon creek—a rippling creek that gently meanders along the valley—is obtained from this hill. And as a watch tower and place of sacrifice perhaps, countless thousands toiled and lived, hundreds, andperhays thousands of years ago. The Leni Lenape or Delaware Indians have a tradition that long years ago their forefathers came from the big water on the west and after traveling many moons came across a* vast river and encountered a peaceful pastoral people who lived in villages. Then the warlike Delawares drove them far to the south, took their lands and country and occupied it until they themselves—divided into numerous tribes after many years—were driven farther east across the Alleghany mountains. This tradition has been woven by our modern archaeologists into a fairy tale of how the Aztces and Toltecsare the descendants of this peaceable people and many relics of the bye gone race taken from their tombs correspond so well with relics of the same kinds taken from the ancient Aztec villages of Mexica and Central America that a great deal of color is given to the ''fairy tale" and some of them came near proving the accuracy of the theory. About six miles east of Alligator Mound is the larger and bet' ter known ancient earthworks at Newark, now used as the Licking pounty fair grounds. These have been written on so often and by such able writers that little can be said that is new, Yet there are spme points that we have never seen in print, The enbankment is about ten feet high, ten feet wide on top and twenty-five feefat the bottom now, it is circular, about a mile in ex* tent. At the northeast are two mounds of earth a hundred feet high and about th^at distance in diameter at each extremity qt the unfinished circle, they are about fifty feet apart at the base, The ditch from which the earth was taken, to make this embankment is on the inside ol the circle wftich precludes the idea of a fortification. In the center of tbjji vast circle is an eaglg I5p feet in height and toy grandfather has told me that when he first saw this cur- 11 ious piece of work over 70 years ago, trees three feet in diameter were then standing thickly on the ground and the abtirigides—a few of whom still lih- gefred there—had no tradition or theory as to its formation. Gravel and sand to the depth.of a foot was laid over the top 6f this embankment and the ancient gravel pits are still to be seen on the banks of the creek nearly a mile distant where it is surmised that this gravel was taken from. By what power was this vast amount of gravel removed that distance? Without the aid of animals of some kind, thousands of people must have labored there for an incrediable space of time to ever put the gravel over the embankment to say nothing of the tremendous amount of earth that was moved in making the earthwork proper. The burial mounds that have been opened show the same characteristics throughout the whole chain of Mound Builders works that cart be traced all through Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin while several have of late years been discovered in Iowa and Minnesota. The bodies were placed on top of the ground and the soil in many cases brought from a distance of miles to cover the remains. Nearly all have a concrete covering which the spade strikes about a foot beneath the surface that is as impervious to water as a lock itBelf and must be broken up by 'picks or sledge in opening up these ancient mausoleums. Nearly all have a sheet of mica over the face, let the only mica mines that have ever been discovered that were worked by the aborigines are in the state of North Carolina. Copper needles, bodkins and awls are common, while the only copper mines known to have been worked by a prehistoric race are those at Ontonagon, northern Michigan. These all give proof that a vast scope of country was once thickly inhabited by a race of partially civiliz'ed people and as the same tools, implements and ornaments are found in the ancient Aztec and Toltec cemeteries, it is pretty strong evidence that the two races were atone time the same and gives color to the Delaware tradition that they drove a peaceable people out of the fertile valley of the Ohio. Many mounds of the ancient people can be found all over the state of "Wisconsin that bear slightly different characteristics but enough remains to prove that the people were allied to the Mound Builders of Ohio. It will be of interest to know the particulars of the mode of interment of the ancient Icwa Mound Builders and particularly whether mica is found over the face as in Ohio, or a flat stone bearing evidence of fire, on the breast as in tlie Wisconsin mounds., , , , ,, We are handling . . . i i j From Battle Creek; also their Cereal Coffee. iaidon d MOODY AT DES MOINES. ^BANNERS' Fort Dodge Covered by Bunting, Banners and Pictures. Ft. Dodge Special: Ft. Dodge has been undergoing a circus war the past week which will go into history. The Ringling show, which appears here tomorrow, are accused by the Sells-Forepaugh combination of jumping in ahead of their dates* and they are tight- ing them bitterly. All the old wars of bill posters have been child's play to this. The Singling show was first in the field with its advertisers, and they proceeded to cover every available space with their ads. In addition to acres of lithographs they covered every telephone, electric light and telegraph pole with colored banners. They hung the banners from awnings and . from the tops of buildings until the town looked as gay as though the Fourth of July was here. Then the Sells-Forepaugh gang arrived and finished the job. The eye can see nothing but cii> cus banners in any direction. In their strife for • being first in the field, the Eingling boys are accused of putting soap in five barrels of paste which the Sells outfit were making at the steam laundry. This nearly precipitated a fight. Both shows have kept their men here on the spot for more than a week, fighting each other with banner and brush. It is estimated that Binglings have given away more than 1,000 complimentary tickets to merchants for the privileges accorded them in the strife. To-morrow the Forepaugh people have made arrangements to follow the Bing- ling show with a parade of their own, with band and other attractions, to get the people away from Binglings. The Forepaugh date is not until July 11, but they say they are going to make the Binglings tired wherever they go. NORTHERN IOWA VETERANS. The sixth re-union of the Northern Iowa Veterans' Association wft} be held at Clear Lake commencing the second Tuesday in June. President W. A. Bmnap has sent notices of the meeting to the posts and members and says "all veterans are detailed to re-^ port for duty Tuesday and Wednesday, June 9th and 10th. All ladies of Be* lief Corps and sons and daughters of veterans are especially invited. Bqoms on the camp ground that will accomr modate your whole family can be rent" ed for $1 to $1.50 for the entire week, Bring your blankets and rations and wjfe and children and have a good time." The railroads have made special rates for tne days of meeting and the hotel rates are quoted atfl day, EXCURSION TO CLEAR l*AKi, Friday, June 5, via Chicago^ Milwaukee & St. Fanl B'y., account GNfand Basket Picnip of Modern Woodmen Qf America. Sound trip rate fypu> Algq- na will be $145. Special exourawn train wjll leave a* 9:33 a- m. Thei £o- tel Oakg', in Clear Lake Park, will open May 30 and will be under the management of j. J. McAvoy, late of the (J. M. & St. p. By. dining car department Will be at the Iowa State Sunday School Convention June 9, id and il. The church and Sunday school people of Des Moines are wide awake and are very enthusiastic in making preparations to give the delegates a royal reception. All the committees made a splendid report at a recent meeting, through their chairmen, showing that all interested seem to realize that a large crowd is expected at the conveu- eion. All delegates must send their names to J. G. Olmsted for entertainment not loter than June 1. The music will be in charge of and led by Mr. Towner, Mr. Moody's singer. Mr. D. L. Moody will address each session of the convention. Earlypray- er meetings will be held in different parts of the city Wednesday and Thursday mornings, June 10 and 11 at six o'clock. One great and notable feature of this convention will be the rally and parade by seven or eight thousand Sunday school children on the afternoon of June 9. The 70 Sunday schools of the city have been districted into 11 divisions, and will form in a line of march headed by 100 young ladies on horseback, dressed in white. Mr. J. W. Hill will act as chief marshal for the city of Des Moines, and the Hon. C. L. Davidson, ex-State president of the Sunday School Association, has been appointed marshal to take charge of all visiting schools and.flelegates»Avhb are cordial lp inyited;tb jioM'Ih^^Simd^^iii, "i^ " The'WeVtern Passenger Association has made an open rate of one and one- third fare for the round trip from all points in Iowa. No one will have to be bothered with certificates. J. M. LUCAS, Chra. Press Com. EHflS, MftENIISSM'S ICE WAGON will deliver ice any time. Orders left at Hamilton's will have prompt tittentlo n. TELEPHONE NO. 44. Doxsee & Foster, ABSTRACTS OF TITLE, REAL ESTATE, LOANS, AND'IN- SURANCE. State street. AtGONA, IOWA.' P. L. SLAGLE, Manufacturer of and dealer In Harness and Harness Goods, ALGONA. IOWA. Christensen'soldstaudibpposite Tennant House. Is the place to'go with your Bicycle, your Gun, your Machine of any kind, your Urn- JOfUUU UtlXU CtiJJ Jlt^^U^u •uyis.Ao, c*uv% JJAIV^U.(.Uv* j * , Next to, Steam Laundry and opposite the' REPUBLICAN Office, Algona. FASTER RAILROAD TIME. Mason City Times Herald: That the trunk lines in Iowa are gradually preparing for faster schedules in both passenger and freight service is evidenced by the marked improvements being made in the physical conditions of their roadbeds, both as to ballast and weight of iron being put down. In this respect the Milwaukee, Bock Island and Northwestern are leading out. During the past year these roads have relaid a large portion of their Iowa main lines with steel rails weighing from seventy to ninety pounds to the lineal yard. The tracks are being laid throughout the state with burned ballast, which, while it solidifies the roadbed and gives firm resistance to the track, is wholly unaffected by the wet weather, being porous but non^retentive of water. The roads mentioned are everywhere on their respective lines reducing the grades and straightening out their curves, which implies an intention to accelerate the speed of all trains in the future. PRICE OF SCHOOL BOOKS. State Begister: A Sunday Chicago paper, which sells for 5 cents, that is about 3 cents at wholesale, contains as much matter as a school book of 600 pages. The average school book contains about a third as much matter. Schoolbooks ought to be selling as cheap as Sunday papers. The art of paper-making and of bookmaking has been revolutionized and the school children of the land ought to have the benefit of it. Kill the schoolbook trusts and there will be no demand for free text-books for school children—they will be,so cheap that even the poorest parents can buy them for their own children. I.QW BATES TO On account of Annual Meeting, Volunteer Firemen's Association, the North-Western Line will, on June 8 to 12, sell excursion tickets to. Marshall town and return at reduced rates; tick ets good returning until and including June 13,1896. ?qr tickets and full in formation apply to agents Chicago & Nortb-Western B'y. 35-36 TO DES MOPTCS, v On account of Annual Convention Iowa Sftate Sunday School Association the North-Western Line will, on June 8 and 9, sell excursion tickets to Der Moines and return at very low rate tickets goo4 returning until and incUw ine June 13,1896. For tickets an.d, f «1 information apply to agents CjjuiJ'go * North-Western B'y. f I For dyspepsia q,nd liver eoinplau have a prmted guarantee on ever" of SJ&Uo^^yiip^jBr. Jt never E, G, Bowyer, E, G.BOWYER, J333E" I have been In Algona 12 years and ray work done during that time speaks for itself, I am still prepared to give the same first-class service as ever, and solicit your patronage. House Painting and Paper Hanging..... I devote special attention to and also do carriage painting, kalsomining, etc. on Call street. —Dealer In- ewelry, Silverware, Vatclies and Clocks,- Finest Line and Largest Stock. Benair- ihg a Specialty. We employ only com- potent workmen. Call at our new* quarters in the Boston Block. k' Good Painting GO TO THE For warm meals at regular hours, also short orders at all hours, Regular meals for 26 cents. , WE ALSO CABBY Fine Fruits and Confectionary, We have the finest ice cream parlor in the city. Ladles' entrance on the east side. We have located our restaurant in the L. M, B. Smith building 1 , A, H. AUUEN, Proprietor. H. L KIMBALL, THE*northwestern HAS FOB 'S-.A* -,.».. , ,t. . ..-c.... v .» Nft j4g r.V "Trt9i^pwi'i^|p

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