The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 30, 1894 · Page 4
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, May 30, 1894
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Jackson for govern or at the general election in 1803. tftie chairman recommends that all eaucusc be amed M Sft tu B ^^o. ttD) ohflirMftu JUDICIAL CONVENTION, •fhefe will be ft fetmbiitivti judicial cottvei tl<m at the Hotel emejvfts, June 28, at 4:30 ^ nl., to nominate a successor to Judge Car? o the Fourteetttlt district. The number of dele gates is 58, of which Kossuth has 10; Btlcn Vista, 0; Clay, 7s Pocrthontfts, 7; Palp Alto 7 j Dlcklttson. G, and Emmet, B. It requires 2 votes to nominate. DAY, Flowers for the dead—the dead no many, but one. One who left the hall of college and died Ih a southern hos pltal, one who at the call for volunteer dropped the plow in the furrow mid lies among the unknown thousands a Arlington, one who stormed the height at Chattanooga, one who stowed ii Andersonville, one who came homo tc linger a few years and now rests in ft quiet country cemetery. Flowers foi the dead—our dead. Flowers for the dead—the nation's dead—the sturdy farmers of Lexington the shoeless veterans of Valley Forge the free rangers who covered Brad dock's retreat, the gallant sailors with Perry on Lake Cham plain—all the dead, who dying left a heritage o liberty in this land of the stars and stripes. Flowers for the dead—all the heroic dead. They lie in the unnamed dust at Thermopylae, they drove back the Persian horde at Marathon, they saved civilization from Attila's inundation a Chalons, they made France a republic at Valmy, they paved the steps o: American independence, " rough hewn in flintiest rock," on unnumbered battlefields, and out of their death and and their sacrifice each succeeding generation has inherited broader liberties and lived a fuller life. Flowers for the dead, flowers and sweet peace. DENVER'S YOUNG KEPUBLICANS. Big preparations are being made for the coming national meeting of the young men's republican league at Denver, June 26. Iowa will be represented by 108 delegates who leave Des Moines on a special train June 23. When they arrive the Colorado state league will hold thoir convention and the two following days the national league will be in session. The trip will have many enjoyable features. The convention closes Wednesday. On Thursday the trip around the loop will .be taken, returning to Denver that night. Friday morning the train will leave for Colorado Springs, where the Garden of the Gods, Pike's Peak, etc., will be visited, remaining over night at the Antlers' hotel. Saturday morn ing the Royal Gorge, with a picnic dinner among the rocks, after which the party will go to Pueblo and start for home, arriving here just eight days from the time of starting. The expense at the outside will not exceed $50 to each delegate. THE COAL MINERS' STRIKE. The moment the state of civil war known as a strike affects a common necessity like coal, it becomes apparent to the most thoughtless that the community at large has some rights that owners and laborers are bound to respect. It is entirely possible for the present war which has practically closed all the soft coal mines in the country to paralyze business and leave the people without fuel when winter comes on. Already railroads in the east have seized coal being shipped on their lines and used it themselves, and big factories are being compelled to shutdown. The miners want a uniform rate of wages. The trouble is not in Iowa, but in Pennsylvania, but every Iowa miner has quit or will be forced to quit. And until the miners are starved into submission or the mine owners concede what is asked, the re» > maining ninety-nine hundredths of the people sit by helplessly watching the contest, This ia absurd. If two people <jua,rrel the community provides a court and sets up a rule which it calls " public policy" and makes them con* form to it. Why, when these vast ag- gr0?ations of people known as corpora* tions and labor unions quarrel, should pot tbe community gay what is ana \9 not in line with " soun4 public " and, compel obedience? Ji if) to blame the strikers op the latjor They are fighting for self preservation. They will continue to flight »»4 P»gbt to ewWnue to fight w ill wbftt we call tbe public takes Jn ebwge Ws pw>p»* to*k °* protecting it? 8§|f from the outrageous enactions of agmiamlfttei} papitel P*l the one side m& tbe ftflarcky pf Jf apWMrt 904 hungry f gp it wfta hftvS Md e*$i«eftee with fh« eaftdtia is the roleswvlviil af ftforigtaa tribal Waft 1ft ft eaucHs All tten afe f of ftl hduf back nt the Slousc Indian atageof do Tttfi UPPER DBS MotNBS has not re calved a republican ppe? wliioh favor havltig the pctmaneftt cttftttmaft .of th coming stato convention nnmod In ndvaneo LI. l_L_u'_lAl I I .Tha doHogos have their field day contest at town City Fu Iday. It is expecte Mint ft lot of records will bd broken. A lecture bureau has been organized to curry on rt cambafgii for the prohibitory amendment. Ex-Senator T. fi. dlarke author of the Old prohibitory law, is pros! dent. , Judge Klnno speaks at Bugle Grov oh the Fourth. ^ Tbe editor of THB UPPER DBS MoiSfis seems to bo enjoying ft demoerntli boom for Judge. He would like It bottor 1 the democrats Wore tn a little batter boom Ing condition thnn they nro this year They wore In a great deal bolter shape t years ago and Bro. Ryan, who enjoyed a booin thou, hns contented himself with buy Ing a newspaper. The editor will be Warned by his example and stick to the newspaper from tho start. The supreme court have chosen H S. Wlnslow of Newton and H. F. Dale o Des Motnes to fill out tho list of code com missloiiers. Einlin McLaiu, John Y. Stone and Chas. Baker arc the other threo. It Is an ublo commission. Work begins In Sep tember. _ Fulton, a town near Clinton, has raised SBOO to got Col. Breckinridgo to speak on tho Fourth, and it is said that he will come. The affair is a disgrace to tho state. _ Senator Funk says: "If deliberate Judgment shnll prevail Wm. B. Allison will be the next president of tho United States." J. Fred. Meyers hits the nail in speaking of long-winded speeches by permanent chairmen of state conventions when ho says: "This is Just what the convention docs not want. . The delegates are already converted and are transact business." IN THIS KEIQHBOBHOOD. Armstrong will celebrate the Fourth. The big slough west of LuVerne i to be ditched. The Renwick Times republishes Mrs. Lizzie B. Reed's fine poem on "The Soldier's Bier." ' The Democrat says that Bro. Mayne is organizing a war on Latin in the Emrnetsburg schools. C. F. Buker is taking to bean culture at Swea City as a recreation from school teaching. He has an acre and a half. The Reporter says a big delegation of Emmetsburg Odd Fellows will be in Algona next week for the anniversary elebration. Father McNary at Livermore has lad 120 of his congregation sign the Dledge, and is carrying on an active ;emperance crusade. The Emmetsburg Reporter says the udicial convention is set for June 26, t " this date may be changed, as we understand some parties, who are nterested, think that the judicial convention should not be held until after the state convention." Bancroft Register: The Algona mpers seem to take an interest in I". R. Brown and wonder where he is. We should judge, by frequent glimpses of him, that he is working industriously at insurance, and peaceably and quietly making this town his headquarters. The Emmetsburg Democrat says: Some of Attorney Morling's adversaries are evidently playing tricks on him. The report that he is a democrat is being widely published, evidently with the purpose of injuring iis chances in the republican conven- ,ion. If his temper can be aroused he may raise his big republican fist and crush somebody. A veterinary at Hampton extracted .wo split teeth from the mouth of a ive-year-old mare. Firmly wedged in jetween the teeth was found a stone me and one-half inches in diameter, The mare had been unable to eat for ome time and was actually starving to leath. As soon as the operation was completed she proceeded to masticate ood with an eagerness that was gratify- ng to herself as well as her owner, Gasoline came near treating E. J. Breen worse up at Estherville last week than the democrats have his >rother down at Fort Dodge, The Republican says: A meal was being cooked on a gasoline stove when a gust of wind blew out one of the burners, unnoticed, The gas continued to accumulate in the room and 1 soon be? came so dense that it ignited from the other burner and in an instant the whole room was ablaze. Neighboring assistance was soon at hand but all that could be done was to bend the gasoline tank rod so the tank would stick, out of the window and away from the blaze. Phe gas soon burned and after that the fire that had .communicated to wood work was soon extinguished. at an4 wMI Tafce Jolm f Buncombe's Sculp to Begin Wltt A syndicate of what tbe Fort Podge Chronicle calls *' disgruntled" demo;rats has bougbt tbe Fort Dodge Post, Prominent among them is J, J. Ryan, who will occasionally enliven the columns of tbe new paper, i^be syndicate will proceed at once to wage mighty war on tbe Puncombe family and the Chronicle. Tbe Messenger bids tbe» God speed »»4 l*y« tpey ake i mBbinaJjipfl teat needs m ntrp4uption: Mit j* formidable from uupo the «dw metteffieiit wfil ffte^t tbe approval of one'half 6? the deffibcfftts ef the c&unty, The othef half, we thtflk, ought ift eomteon fairtteSS to stand by Mr, Buncombe on account of his foflg and distinguished Slices to thdfmrty, Seats in the next .democratic county convention are cheap at $2 each, M. E, MJMBAJP8 SPEECH, tn the Mlftneaotii'foWft fiebatd Hi IOWA City Me Closes tor the low« Trio, The Iowa City Republican gives a full report of tbe debate between the students of the state universities of Minnesota and Iowa, in which M, E. Lumbar of Algona took part. He was one of the three speakers for Iowa and in addition closed the debate for the Iowa side, whioh wns in opposition to bi-metalism. In his first speech Mr. Lumbar said: "Qold cannot bo exhausted for generations. Foreign banks have reserve quantities by tho billions. Wages are sustained and labor protected l>y the monometallic system and today our laborers, ns statistics show are paid much better thnn back In 1800—a normal year." At the close of the debate the Republican says: "M, E.' Lumbar summed up tho negative to close, and in his recapitulation declared against n change of system because the value of silver, as n medium of exchange has been superseded by gold; silver fluctuates; g-old is constant in value; England, America and other European countries use gold; tho ratio of silver to gold has fallen steadily; ratios cannot be fixed between the two metals; gold fixes prices and labor is better rewarded than under a cheap money system; compensatory action is impossible, tho values constantly varying: arts and manufactures would consume tho dearer metal if a ratio were sustained; if indebtedness is taken into consideration, remember the payers would settle in the lower valued money always." Mr, Lumbar's argument, while not successful, is a credit to him and to Algona. IBVINGTON WILL OELEBBATE. Tho Enslo to Scream nt Robert WriRht's-A Big Wedding List— Some IToodlumlsm. The Fourth is near at hand. Irvington will celebrate at Robert Wright's grove in the south part of town. Speeches, music, races, etc., wi^l be conducted as usual. Bowery dance in the evening. Over forty loads of hay came into town last Saturday. The new creamery is nearly completed. It is thought to be in readiness to be opened this week. Look out for wedding bells! It is reported that no less than five weddings will take place in and about town in the near future. Some person or persons at a loss for something to do, took eight devices from a farmer's drag a short distance from town, a few nights ago. One of the devices and six of the pins were found about a half mile distant. Two of them were found in a school house four miles away. From appearances they were used for breaking window lights, as there were five broken. Still another device was found a mile farther on. WOBLD'S GBEATEST SHOWS. Rlngling Brothers' Circus to Exhibit In this City Shortly. Ringling Brothers' Worlds' Greatest Shows have been vastly enlarged this season, and will exhibit in Algona, Friday, June 15. The event will be a memorable one, for this great amusement enterprise now stands at the head of all the great zircuses of the world. This proud eminence s the reward of years of untiring effort on ;he part of this great quintette of managers. tn their efforts to give to the public each successive season some new and hitherto undreamed of novelty, they have com- jelled every clime, habitable and unhabit- ible, to pay tribute to their enterprise. The jungles of Africa and the pampas of ;he southern hemisphere have given up their treasures for this vast concourse of zoological, ethnological and aquatic marvels. The famous circuses of Europe have sent their leading equestrian and acrobatic features. Heading the list of great features is Lundin, the modern Hercules, the strongest man in the world. Among the eading acrobatic features is the famous French family Gilet. Their equal has never been seen in this country, The list of great riders embraces Miss Josie Ashton, Mike Rooney, the Ross sisters, and other celebrities. The Orient furnishes Akimoto's troupe of Japanese equilibrists and an entire tribe of Arabs. The menagerie iresents the only giraffe in America, the argest hippopotamus in captivity and a housand other zoological novelties. The lorse fair will be a revelation to lovers of fine stock. Tho introductory spectacle, laesar's triumphal entry into Rome is gorgeously resplendent. The hippodrome •aces, given upon a great quarter-mile .rack, combine the best features of the modern turf, with the most exciting contests of the days when Rome was at the pinnacle of her power, The street procession which ushers in circus day, stands alone as the most resplendent spectacle ever exhibited free upon the streets of any city in the world. PLENTY, Peter J, WalKer of Letts Creek UBS an Experience Jn ClUc&SO—Tried a Clever Ne\v Gome on Btm, Peter J. Walker was in Chicago last week with stock and came across a new variation of the old game, As be was walking towards Sixteenth street, where he was stopping, a young wan came up behind him and asked him if be had beard of tbe big explosion, He said, he had not, when tbe other said that it wa« on Sixteenth street and ;hat bun.dr§ds ba4 been killed, They walked along die-jussing it when suddenly the young man stopped ftn4 picked up a little gold JopkeVofr tbe sidewalk* It was a cheap affair but opened in a peculiar way. Tbe young man, opened, ft and gftvelt tqMp. Walk* er and be opened ft, Jusf as they were gaming to Sixteenth street smother roung man came up an4 they §Bfee4 ftbout tbe explosion. Then tbe .. JIHOF o| tbe Ipjjget showed It $S the lew comer, wbp looked it over rrte4 te open II »n4 finally nW it i,. --, cot be opened. The other eaid it cow c that it edtsfd be .opeBed, Abtjuj this time Mr, WalHef told the boys that he , didn't have ani ffidfteyttt. bet ba Barnes as that and they left i« a This is a p'retty clever swindle tthd like all ths oihefs is a wafhing to city Visitors never to put aBV money into anything they don't understand, Mf. Walker was approached by four confidence workers in o«6 afternoon. MAN, Ltiiidin, tlte Modefft IMsreuleSj Kow With Uitigliflg firosi* shows, Among the stories of the bible which have contributed for centuries to make that book of books the most absorbing romance of all history, there is none which possesses greater interest for young or old, thnn that of the heroic Samson, whose deeds of strength and endurance were in his time the wonder of civilization. Since then every 6ra has had its man of iron muscle, whose feats have held the world spell-bound with wonder. It has, however, remained for the nineteenth century to produce not only the superior of the long line of steel-limbed men who have emulated the muscular prowess of the Biblical Samson, but one whose feats of strength, marvelous endurance and perfect .symmetry of form have never been even approximately equaled. The name of this muscular phenomenon is Lundin, and for several years he has 'been the marvel of Europe. The fabled Hercules would have been put to blush by this paragon of strength and ' muscular development. Lundin is beyond all question the strongest man in the world. He lifts 8,500 pounds its easily as » child raises a, toy. He converts himself into a human brldire, and without an effort supports a platform containing twenty full grown men. His chest or back form a fulcrom on which threo powerful horses play nt see-saw. He supports stage on which nn export plays upon a grand piano, while a soloist renders a repertoire of popular selections. These are but a few of the many almost incredible feats which the great Lundin accomplishes. This remarkable man is now in tho United States, having 1 boen brought to this country after a long series of expensive negotiations by the Rlngliup Brothers 1 , for their World's Greatest Shows, which exhibit in Algonn, Friday, , June 15. Lundin commands the enormous salary of §1,500 a week, and travels In his own special car. He lives like a prince, and everywhere he goes he is the cynosure of all eyes. He can be seen nowhere but with RingHng Brothers' shows, and at tho end of the season he returns to Europe to fill a long engagement. In conjunction with Luudin are a world of other new, novel and unique features, which, in their entirety, characterize this famous exhibition as the greatest aggregation which genius, research, artistic pre-eminence and unlimited capital have ever , combined to organize. NORMAL SCHOOL ITEMS. Jaliu Do~witt Miller to Lecture Juue 19—Otlicr Local News from the Teacher. The senior class has decided'that a lecture by Jahu Dewitt Miller and 15 cents to hear it will please the public more than 23 orations and 25 cents to hear them. Therefore Jahu Dewitt Miller will lecture before the school June 19. No one who has an opportunity should fail to hear him. Carolina Zellhoefer, our new teacher of reading, was a student of Prof. Warman for some time and is also a graduate of Miss Byers, president of the school of oratory at Des Moines. Genia Hanna, a normalite, has been invited to graduate with her old class in the Lu Verne public school. Will. F. Chaffee is on the road es tablishing agencies for a patent ink eraser. Summer school begins June 29. iling glnghanii, put- an,} pla4 drew TO HAVE A NEW POSTOFHOE. Wesley Will Indulge In a New Buildlng-Dr. Hill Has an Addition in His Family WESLEY, May 28.— J. W. Hay ward of Vinton spent Sunday here visiting the family of W. A. Gillesple. Monday morning was ushered in with a rather light , frost, but no damage has been reported. It has been reported here that Lu Myers' family, living at Hanna switch, is afflcted with diphtheria. Dr. Hill of Wesley Is tending them. Dr. Vesper of Rockford, Iowa, is here visiting. his mother and brother H. S. Vesper of this place. We notice that R. J. Bidgood has the rock on the ground for his cellar and foundation for his new house in Call's addition. Frank Bacon is improving the looks of his house in Call's addition by giving it a coat of paint. Mr, MoDermot has tho lumber on the ground for a new residence on his lots in College addition. Rev. H. G. MoBride of Thornton was calling on his old friends and neighbors here last Friday while on his way home from Buffalo Forks, where he was visiting his sons, Sara and Willie, G, W. Daniels of Corwlth was doing business in our town Monday. He says that the diphtheria has subsided in that town. One of the many improvements that is to take place here this spring is the new postoffloe building that is to be put up soon, Postmaster Giddings has purchased the lot between the Re» porter office and Frank Heal's drug store, where he intends erecting a building 22x44, 20-foot post, This will put tbe ppstofflce in the center of the business part of the town, where it belongs, anel Postmaster Giddings is to be congratulated in securing such a suitable location (or it, A little boy baby arrived at the home pf Mr. and Mrs. Pr. Hill Monday morning, Tbe doctor is wearing » six by nine smile ever since everybody who does not drink water is smoking free of expense, 0, & OJespn arrived here from last week. Carl expects to witfc \»s for a couple of months lifter his butter interests here. The. 044 Fellows of this vicinity are mafeiugr preparatipns to attend, tbe seYentMfik anniversary ol the order, at Algoift, tbe fitb. If tbe weather is favorable there will be a large repre jrom, FOW LQY will open a lauBdry (a Al- gasi OB May |5» aM will thea t»e prepared |a do* f w Him wprfc ftt rewoj. BY A J.JI. Hcmt fells fn a Readable Way Country Looked to Sams &f the Ramanee Taken Out ot it by 6. Meeting with Steux Indians—A Conflict Averted. Perhaps J, M. Hunt and a party from Mason City Were the first men who eyer took land claims in Kossuth county, They were here in 186' the same year of our first settlement In his reminiscences of Cerro Gordo county in early times Mr. Hunt tells the story of his visit, which is o interest as a picture of pioneer settle tlement. We take it from the Republican'. Iowa was as lovely a country to look at as any made in the "six days," bu there are men who'want to see the one made the eighth day, They are never satisfied, but looking for something farther on—something that other eyes have rarely seen, and I want to tel you of a little experience that three such wild, Visionary men had in the spring of 1854, while on a trip from Rock Grove to Spirit Lake, in Dickin son county. Their names were Antho ny Overacker, Wm. J. Argabrite anc J. M. Hunt. We wanted to know what kind of a country the northwestern part of Iowa was, when an old trapper came along who claimed to have been all over the west as far as the Rocky mountains, and told us of a beautifu stream, tho outlet of Spirit Lake, that had a valuable water power, on it, a fall of twenty feet that poured over a solid rock, and a fine country around it. That seemed to be to our notion so we were ready in a few days with two wagons, two yoke of oxen and span of mules, with the other necessary accompaniments, which consisted of a plow, hoe, axe, saw, auger, and seed corn, as well as our guns and provisions. We intended to build a cabin or two, and put in a garden and planl what corn we could if we found such a place as the trapper described. We camped the first night near Mr. Hewitt's, at Clear Lake. He came out and asked us where we were going in that direction with our coyered wagons, for we were about to the end of any road, as there was not any settlement al that time west of Clear Lake.. We told him what we intended to do, and he advised us not to go on, for we would be likely to have trouble with the Indians, and before we got back we wished we had taken his advice. Bui we wanted to see the new country— to look on the lakes and rivers, and land, that the eyes of few white men had ever seen. Then there was the game of different kinds, and all the other wonders of a strange country. Next morning we left civilization behind us, and with a map and pocket compass, took a westerly course for Kossuth county, in which we struck the Des Moines river. A heavy rain had fallen and had swollen the river banks full. We followed up the stream to a little above the forks, where we made a raft of dry red elm logs, and ferried our wagons with our baggage over, then the oxen and mules swam across. We camped here a little over two days to get some meat as signs of elk were plenty. I killed three the next morning, the meat of which w.e cured over a slow fire, after salting. There was a fine body of timber here and good prairie land all around. As we returned some two weeks later we took some claims here, but never went back to them. We were now well supplied with meat, and after securing our raft, we moved on, frequently passing lakes with a little border of timber on, and some had fish in them. Sometimes an elk would rise suddenly from his hiding-place and dash off in that sweeping trot for which they are noted, with his head high and turning it first to one side and then to the other, apparently to get a better look at us, would stop on some higher, far-off knoll, out of the reach of our guns. The day before we got to Spirit Lake, we saw nine old buffaloes and a calf. As we had plenty of meat wo ought to have passed without disturbing them, but the temptation was too great for Mr, Overacker, who when wo were within perhaps fifty rods of them, shot at the bunch, when they were soon out of sight, I don't think any of them wore hit and I was glad of it, There wore now things to see continually, which kept us on tho watch, lest we should miss some of them, As we came in sight of 'Spirit Lalo we found the prairie more rolling, and the first thing we noticed was a large smoke, which we knew was from the Indians burning the old grass to have late feed for the game. It was not long before we saw a lot of them u long way off to our left, They peared when they saw our covered wagons, but in a few minutes wo saw three on horseback coming toward us on a gallop, We stopped and laid our guns In tbe fore end of the lead wagon, where if necessary we could take hold of them in an instant, but we did not want to show anything like hostility. While those on horseback were coming we saw about twenty more on foot making as though to intercept us a little farther on. Things now began to look a little suspicious. I torn the boys we would be friendly if they would let us, if not we would make it cost them all we could. I bad never before thought I could kill any human being under any circumstances, but when one sees it Is kill or be killed, it don't take long to decide. We had not long to wait when tbe three on horsebuok ^,me up at full speed, and what made my hair stand on end was thut when within about fifty paces of us they cooked their guns. (I suppose it was to bo ready if we showed tight.) Tboio on foot stopped perhaps a ball m))a away, thoir bead* and shoulders in sight and their bright gunbarrels glistening in tbe nun, g picture I will opt »oon forgot, Tno horses of the tbroo 414 not check their speed until foot tf ui, whet) tkeir I now «te, ' vng my gun, things 1 6vef did, W6 &6.tM fiotshow feaf r afid yet unarmed t6 shake hands perhaps* with an enemy« with & gutt ffocked iti his other hand,- ftas fidt what I liked to do. My first thdiighv was of those ws had left at hbffle'-** thttt if we should be killed Sd faf away the friends would BeVef knttw ^hafe had become of Us, for it would be ftl* most impossible for anyotie to follow our wagon tracks, by the time our friends would feel uneasy enough to look after us. Yes, I would have beefi willing to have given a quit claim deed to all the land in sight of us, to be back to the little log cabin I left on the Shellrock.' And I guess I thought then that J. M, Hunt had a soft place in his head a little less than a peck measure for going on such a wild goose chase. But we were there! I went to the wagon and got some dried meat and bread and gave to each of our red brothers, who Were now squatted down on the ground near their guns, but would not speak a word in English, but talked all the time to each other in, to us, an unknown, tongue, when one of them got up and by signs seemed to ask, as he pointed to the meat, where it was killed. I pointed towards the Des Moines river and marked off the two branches of it, and set the stick down at the place I killed the elk, which he seemed to understand. When they were done eating Mr. Overacker gave one of them a plug of tobacco, when he drew a butcher knife from his belt and began preparing some to smoke, and I was surprised to see him slip his tommahawk from his belt and commence loading the back end of it, for it and the handle were hollow, and light a match at the same time inserting the end of the handle into his mouth, and sending a large stream of smoke through each nostril. After taking several good whiffs he passed tbe pipe, or tomma- hawk, to the nearest one to him, 'who followed his example, and then gave it to the other. They went through this performance several times, but did not offer it to either one of us, which we considered an unfriendly sign. It was now near the middle of the afternoon, and as we looked over to where the other Indians were still watching our motions, we began to feel anxious to select a camp, as we were convinced if they intended to do us harm they would db it that night. I took some corn and dropped it and covered it with a hoe to show them what we wanted to do. When I had finished the one who appeared to be a chief, took the hoe and went through the motion of planting, and said "Me Minnesota," meaning I suppose, that he planted corn in Minnesota. They were the finest specimens of Indians I had ever seen, large, well proportioned, brave looking men. The sun kept sinking lower and we could now wait no longer, and by motions I told them we must go on, to which they assented with a nod. We looked back several times after leaving them. They were still where we left them as long as we could see. As we were now alone, we talked over the situation and were quite uneasy. We knew we were in their power, only three of us, and we had seen over twenty of them, besides they could conceal themselves and shoot all of us without our having an opportunity to do them any harm. As soon as we found a suitable place to camp we turned our animals loose to graze, while we prepared our supper. Before it was dark we had our teams fastened to the wagons, and our dog under the one our bed was in. I had forgotten to speak of the dog before, as we had not realized till now, thai he was to be of any particular use to us. At dark we took our rifles and lay down in the wagon, not to sleep, but to watch. Overacker and Argabrite at one end and I at the other. Everything was quiet till about 10 o'clock at night, when the dog sprang out suddenly, barking as if there was something close by that he was afraid of. We looked but could not see anything as it was too dark. The mules' ears were pointing in the direction the dog was looking, and no doubt they saw whatever disturbed him, and he continued barking through most of the night. What the dog saw we did not find out. It might have been a wolf or some other wild animal, or it may have been the Indians, who found they could not catch us asleep, and as they saw our rifles a few hours before, may have thought some of them would be likely to get hurt If they undertook to lift our scalps In the dark. I believe they intended to kill us that night, but the fiog spoiled their "surprise party," by giving the alarm a little too soon for thorn. When it began to get light I got partly oyer my fears, and took a short nap, then got up and let tho teams have their liberty for an hour or two, when wo loft camp intending to go a few inllos farther west as wo found nothing that answered the description tho old trapper gave, although tho most of the country we had seen was excellent agricultural land. A few miles farther on we saw more Indians burning the grass. One of them left the others and met us a mile or two ahead, When near us he stopped and I took some of tho dried meat and went to him hoping he could and would tell mo something about the country. As I came up he cooked his gun, which I did not like, but kept on and shook hands with him ana gave him the meat, but soon found be would not talk English }f be could, He kept bis gun lock under bis arm so as not to let me see it was cooked, When I turne4 to go to the wagon the boys said be laid his gun on the ground and wftde motions for us to go back tbe way we bad come, and as we were now fully convinced we bad been deceived by the old trapper we turned, about! for borne. On our return we followed tbe same route back to wbere we had le|t tbe raft, »n4 repressed the river on it without accident. Tbe water 'bad fallen several feet wbile we were gone. Tbe rest of our trip home was made in, a little over tbree days, without ftnyr thing worthy of notice taking place. We were gone from home a Uftle over three weeks, saw many pleasant and Interesting things, and some things we would not wisb to see again yn4er any circumstances. settings

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