The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 30, 1894 · Page 6
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, May 30, 1894
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TH1 OT«m MS i ALSQNA, IOWA, WBDKBSflAtf , MAY 00, 1804. cow* ,\A delegate edftvfintfdH of jthe . Kotfsutti tbutity win be h«d at tbe dofltt House $£., In A1B6BS 6H Friday, Jfla« 18, 1894, at 10:30 »»ffl.rfo*,thB fitifKose of selecting' ten delegates Wther state convention, ten to the Jttdi- . ., dftl, And tea to the eoagfessiohal, and for the . £ transaction of such other business as may fwpeifiy eome before the convention, The • BMiii of flspresefltatioii «rtli be as follows: one Vote for every precinct and one additional '"fpte fof every 1 ,25 votes or major fraction ,. -' thereof east for wank B. Jackson fo? govern- 1 - fifftt the general election 1ft 1803. ' •. The chairman recommends that ail caucuses '' be called for Saturday, June 9. B. w. HAGGARD, Chairman. CONVENTION. There will be' a republican Judicial convention at the Hotel Orleans, June 28, at 4:30 p. in., to nominate a successor to Judge cat? of the Fourteenth district. The number df dele, gates is 58, of which Koasuth has 10; Buena vista, 8 { Clay, 1 \ Pocrthowtas, 7: Palo Alto, 7; Dickinson, 5, and Emmot, 5. If requires 29 Votes to nominate. MEMORIAL DAY. MoWers fof the dead—the dead not many, but one. One Who left the halls of college and died In a southern hospital, one who at the call for volunteers dropped the plow in the furrow and lies among the unknown thousands at Arlington, one who stormed the heights at Chattanooga, one 1 who starved in Andersonville, one who came home to linger a few years and now rests in a quiet country cemetery. Flowers for 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 Braddock's retreat, the gallant sailors with Perry on Lake Champlain—all the dead; who dying left a heritage.*- of 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 borde at Marathon, they saved civilization from Attila's inundation at Chalons, they made France a republic at Valmy, they paved the steps of 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 tbe dead, flowers and sweet peace. ft »n<S have ti»! eftpef ieftCe wlttt fh8 caucus {ft the sole Survival of aboriginal tribal WM. In a catic\is all m6n ar<5 fof a£t h&ur back at the Stotix Indian stage df development, _ hft8 H6t f e* celveda republican paper which favors having the permanent chairman , of the earning state convention gamed in advance. .The colleges have their field day contest at Iowa Oily Friday, It is expected that a lot of records will be broken. A lecture bureau has been organized to carry oh a campaign for the prohibitory amendment. Ex-Senator T. E. Clarke, author of the old prohibitory law, is president, Judge Kinne speaks at Eagle Grove on the Fourth. ^ The editor of THE UPPER DES MOINES seems to be enjoying a democratic boom for judge, Ho would like it better if .the democrats wore in a little better booming condition than they are this year. They were in a great deal better shape two years ago and Bro. Ryan, who enjoyed a boom then, has contented himself with buying a newspaper, The editor will be warned by his example and stick to the newspaper from the start. tlld H<W mWeffigfit «1H meet tne fftl of ofle'half 6f tfte demWats bf the county, The othef half, *& think, 6ught in common faifness to stand by M?. DuncoffiBe oil acediifit ef his long and distinguished services id the party, Seats la the next ,demO' cffttic county convention are cheap at $2 each, The supreme court have chosen H. S, Winslovv of Newton and H. F, Dale of Des Moines to fill out the list of code commissioners. Emlin McLain, John Y. Stone, and Chas, Baker are the other three. It is an able commission. Work begins in September. Fulton, a town near Clinton, has raised $500 to get Col. Brecklnrldgo to speak on the Fourth, and it is said that he will come. The affair is a disgrace to the state. Senator Funk says: "If deliberate judgment shall prevail Wm. B. Allison will be the next president of the United States." DENVER'S YOUNG HEPUBI/TCANS. 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 28. When they arrive the. Colorado state league will hold their 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 he 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 morning 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 $50 to each delegate. J. Fred. Meyers hits the nail in speaking of long-winded speeches by permanent chairmen of state conventions when he says! "This is just what the convention docs not want. • The delegates are already converted and are assembled;to transact business." IN THIS NEIGHBOEHOOD. Armstrong will celebrate the Fourth. The big slough west of Lu Verne is to be ditched. The Renwick Times republishes Mrs. Lizzie B. Reed's fine poem on "The Soldier's Bier." ' The Democrat says that Bro. Mayne is organizing a war on Latin in the Emmetsburg schools. C. F. Buker is taking to bean culture at Swea City as a recreation from school teaching. He has an acre and a half. THE UOAL MINERS' STRIKE. The moment the state of civil war known as a strike affects a common necessity like coal, it becomes apparent to tbe most thoughtless that the community at large has some rights that owners and laborers are hound to respect. It is entirely possible for the present war which has practically closed all the soft coal mines in the country to paralyze business and leave the people without fuel when winter comes on. Already railroads in the east have seized coal being shipped on "their lines and used it themselves, and big factories are being compelled to shut down, The miners want a uniform rate of wages. The trouble is not in Iowa, but in Pennsylvania, but every Jowft miner has quit or will be forced to quit, And until the miners are Starved, into submission or the mine owners concede what is asked, the re' » ma{ning nirjety'nine hundredth^ of the people stt by helplessly watching the cpntest, This }s absurd, If two people quarrel the community provides a court and seta up a rule which it calls » public policy" and, makes them conform to it, Why, when these vast ag- gre£aHon,s of people known as corporations and labor unions quarrel, should S9$ the community say what is apd, what is not in line with "sound public poJtey" and cowpel apedience? j$ { 8 idle to blame the strikers pr the labor fbey are fighting for self They will continue to §pd pught to continue to fight w til whit w e a§ll the public takes in The Reporter says a big delegation of Emmetsburg Odd Fellows will be in Algona next week for the anniversary celebration. Father McNary at Livormore has had 120 of his congregation sign the pledge, and is carrying on an active temperance crusade. The Emmetsburg Reporter' says the judicial convention is set for June 20, but " this date may be changed, as we understand some parties, who are interested, think that the judicial convention should not be hold until after the state convention." Bancroft Register: The Algona papers seem to take an interest in J. 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 his chances in the republican convention. If his temper can be aroused he may raise his big republican fist and crush somebody. A veterinary at Hampton extracted two split teeth from the mouth of a five-year-old mare, Firmly wedged in between the teeth was found a stone one and one-half inches in diameter. The mare had been unable to eat for some time and was actually starving to death. As soon as the operation was completed she proceeded to masticate food with an eagerness that was gratifying 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 brother down at Fort Dodge, The Republican says: A meal was being cooked on a gasoline stove when a gqst of wind blew out one of the burners, unnoticed, The gas continued to accumulate in the room and' soon became 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. The gas soon burned and after that the fire that had communicated to wood work was soon extinguished, M. E, MtttBAlPfl 8?Egflfl, tn the Mltttiesotfl'lowa Debato at Iowa City Me Closes tof the Iowa Velo, The Iowa City Republican gives a full report of the debate between the students of the state universities of Minnesota and Iowa, in which M, E. Lumbar of Altfona took part. He Was one of the three speakers for Iowa and in addition closed the debate for the Iowa aide, whiah was in opposition to bi-met&lism. In his first speech Mr. Lumbar said.' " Gold cannot be exhausted for generations. Foreign banks have reserve quantities by the billions. Wages are sustained and labor protected Dy the monometallic system and today our laborers, as statistics show are paid much better than back in i860—a normal year." . At the close of the debate the Republican says: " M. E,' Lumbar summed up the negative to close, and in his recapitulation declared against a change of system because the value of silver, as a medium of exchange has been superseded by gold; silver fluctuates; gold is constant in value; England, America and other European countries use gold; the 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, the values constantly varying; arts and manufactures would consume the dearer metal if a ratio were sustained; if indebtedness is taken into consideration, remember the payprs Would settle in the lower valued money always;" • Mr, Lumbar's argument, while not successful, is a credit to him and to Algona. IEVINGTON WILL OELEBBATE. TIio Eagle to Scream nt Robert Wright's—A Ills Wedding List- Some Iloodlumlsm. 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 bellsl 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. it cdutd" be .bpefied'i Ab'oufc th'ls time Mf, Walker- told ths b&ys that he didH'fchav^an^mdn& 50 such games as that and they* left In a hurry, f hit Is a pretty clever swindle and like all the others is a wdfhifig to city visitors nevef to put any money into anything they don't understand, Mr, walker was approached by four confidence workers in one afternoon. EAfiTS'S MAN, the Modern Wiiti nititfJlflR ttros.' shows, Among the stories of the bible which have contributed for centuries to wake that book of books the most absorbing romance of all history, there is none which possesses greater interest for young or old, than that of the heroic Samson, whose deeds of strength and endurance were in his time the Wonder of civilization. Since then every dra 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 6hly the 1 superior of the long line bf 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. Lundln is beyond all question the strongest man in the world. He lifts 8,500 pounds as easily as a child raises a toy. He converts himself into a human bridse, and without an effort supports a platform containing twenty full grown men. His chest or back form a fulcrom on which three powerful horses play at see-aaw. He supports a stage on which an expert 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 the United States, having been brought to this country after a long series of expensive negotiations by the Ringling Brothers', for their World's Greatest Shows, which exhibit in Algona, Friday, . June 16. 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 Ringling Brothers' shows, and at the end of the season he returns to Europe to fill a long engagement. In conjunction with Lundin 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. -KOTHBD BY A HOfflBBB, Sf, ttfltit (fells 1ft i Oottntf? Looked te Him In 1854 Seme of the Romance Taken Out o( It by A Meeting with Sioux Indiana—A Conflict Averted. NORMAL SOEOOL ITEMS. WOELD'S GEEATEST SHOWS. Brothers' Circus to Exhl bit 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 circuses of the world. This proud eminence is the reward of years of untiring effort on the part of this great quintette of managers. In their efforts to give to the public each successive season some new and hitherto undreamed of novelty, they have compelled every clime, habitable and unhabit- able, to pay tribute to their enterprise. The jungles of Africa and the pampas of the 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 Lundln, the modern Hercules, the strongest man in the world. Among the leading 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 Akl- moto's troupe of Japanese equilibrists and an entire tribe of Arabs. The menagerie presents the only giraffe in America, the largest hippopotamus in captivity and a thousand other zoological novelties. The horse fair will be a revelation to lovers of fine stock, The introductory spectacle, Caesar's triumphal entry into Rome is gorgeously resplendent, The hippodrome races, given upon a great quarter-mile track, combine tb,o 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, •Tahu Dewltt Miller to Lecture Juno 19-Other Local News from the Teacher. The senior class has decided' that a lecture by JahuDewitt 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 LuVerne public school. Will. P. Chaffee is on the road establishing agencies fora patent ink eraser. Summer school begins June 29. Perhaps J, M, Hunt and a party from Mason City were the first men who ever took land clnitns in Kossuth county. They Were here in 1854 the same yea? of our first settlement, In bis reminiscences of Cet'i-o Gordo county in early times Mr. Hunt tells the story of his visit, which is of interest as a picture of pioneer settle* tlement. We take it from the Bepubllcan: Iowa was as lovely a country to look at as any made in the "six days," but there are men Who'Want to see the obe 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 tell 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 Dickinson county, Their names were Anthony Overacker, Wm, J. Argabrite and 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 beautiful stream, the 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 a 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 plant 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 covered wagons, for we were about to the end of any road, as there was not any settlement at 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. But TO HAVE A NEW POSTOFPIOE. OONFIPENOE PLENTY, its proper M at prpteotiog it- the outrageous exactions of OB, the pjje s|4e at J»»4ge »ntf wMl Tafce Jelm Pwnpoinpe'8 8pR|p to 8e«l» A syndicate pf what tbe Fort Dodge Chronicle calls *' disgruntled" democrats has bought the Fort Podge Post. Prominent among them is j, j, Ryan, who will occasionally enliven the columns of the pew paper. The syndicate will proceed at once to wage mighty war pa the Buncombe. fftjnfly d the phroniple, Tbs Messenger J, Walker pf £ptt9 Creek »R Experience Jn dUimeo-T|-Jed a Clever New Game pn R|m, Peter J, Walker was in Chicago last week with stock and came across a new variation of tbe old game, As he was walking towards Sixteenth street, where he was stopping, a young man came up behind him and asked him if he had heard of the big explosion, He said he had not, when the other said that it was on Sixteenth street and that hundreds had been killed. They walked along discussing it when suo» denly the young man stopped and picked up a little gpld locket oft the sidewalk. It was a cheap affair ppened in a pepgjjar way. The ma«ppege4it»ndgaYe»tQMr! „.„„. er and be opened it, Just as they were cpmipg to Sixteenth street another young man pame up and they asked bim§bo«t the e*pjoj|ip«. Then the ppsjesjpor pf. the Ipcket sbpwefl \\ |p ;:,. pew .comer, who looked It over ajnd tried tP ppeft it an4 finally m& " - A bJ opened fgepthjf said whei Wesley Will Indulge In a New Bulldlner-Dr. Hill Has an Addition In Ills Family. WESLEY, May 28.—J. W. Hayward of Vinton spent Sunday here visiting the family of W. A. Gillespie. 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 nevs 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 the 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, Sam and Willie, G. W, Daniels of Corwith 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 postoffice building that is to be put up soon, Postmaster Giddings has purchased the lot between the Reporter offlce and Frank Heal's drug store, where he Intends erecting a building ggx44, 80-foot post, This will put the postofflce In the center of the business part of the town, where it belongs, and Postmaster Giddings is to be congratulated in securing such a suitable location for it, A little boy baby arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs, Dr, H}ji Monday morning. The doctor is wearing a six by nine smile ever sisce and everybody who does not drink soda water is smoking free pf expense, c, & Olesou arrived here from Chicago last week, g a rl experts to remain with us for a pouple of months to lopk after his butter interests here, The O44 f§Uows of tWs YiPtaity are to attend tbe of the order, 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 we 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 sweep- Ing 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 we ought to have passed without disturbing them, but the temptation was too great for Mr. Overacker, who when we 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 were hit and I was glad of it, There were new things to see continually, which kept us on the watch, lest wo should miss some of them. As we came in sight of 'Spirit Laks 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 late feed for the game. It was not long before we saw a lot of them a long way off to our left, They disap' peared when they saw our covered wagons, but in a few minutes we saw three on horseback coming toward us on a gallop. We stopped and laid our guns in the fore end of the lead wagon, where if necessary we could take Sold of them in an instant, but we did not want to show anything like hostility. at Algona, tbe 5th. If the weather is ' there wiU be a, " here. 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 ft little suspicious, I told the boys we would be friendly if they would let us, }f pot we would m^ke it cpst them all we pould. I had 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 ' ' "."»" •»•---*• s -«^ra y— rm-—^~ r --w-, ! i » f v f^MTM not long to wait when, the three on I- t_ " 1 "Jcr-'? TT^ yt+ptf-i* w<M horsebackcamewp at f»H speed, ajid what made roy bair stand pn* end was that wbea within, about flfty ui they cooked their guas, U itwastPhereaJyilwe showed flgi Those on foot stopped perhaps % ' m|le away, their beads an/ ia eight and their bright ~ " ^e e«jtj, A jpiptwe I will things ! ever d!d< We dareil . fear, afld yet unarmed to shake hands perhaps with aft eneinV, With & gUfi tfobked in his othe'r' hftfid T was not what I liked td do. My .first theugttV was Of those We had left at home-^ . that if We should be killed s6 tat away the friends would sever know what had become of us, for it would be almost impossible for anyone to follow ouf wagon tracks! by the time oti? friends would feel uneasy enough to look after us. Y6s, 1 would have beefl willing to have given a quit claim deed to all the land in sight of us, to be back to the little log cabin 1 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 squat" ted 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, tts 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. Overncker gave one of them a plug of tobacco, when he drew abutch" er 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 the 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 do 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, that 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 flog spoiled their "surprise party," by giving the alarm a little too soon for them, When it began to get light I got partly oyer my fears, and took a short nap, then got up and let the teams have their liberty for an hour or two, when we left camp intending to go a few miles farther west as we found nothing that answered the description the old trapper gave, although the most of the , country we bad 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 O r two ahead, When near us be stopped and I took. some of the dried meat and went to htm hoping he could and would tell me 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 and gave him the meat, but soon found be would not talk English if he could, He kept bis gun lock under bis arm so is sot to let roe see it was cocked, When I turned to gojp the wagon the boys . said be laid his gun on the ground and made motions for us to go back the way we had come, and as we were npw "fully convinced we had been deceived by the old trapper we turned about for home, On our return we followed the same route back to where we had left the raft, and reorpssed the river on it without accident. The water " had fallen several feet whije we were gone; The rest pf our trip home was. majfe to a little oyer three days, without any, thing worthy of notice' taking place. We were gone from home a littl/ever three weeks* sa,w many pleasant an4 interesting things, and soroe we would not will to see again, §ny a&iJ ike anarchy qf Jporsnt ftnd baefry bids them G«| . 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