The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 8, 1894 · Page 1
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ESTABLISHED 1865. ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 1894. YOL, XX1X-NO. Addition No. 1. We have just made a number one addition to our grocery stock in the shape of a fine line of Fine Crockery, in china, semi-porcelain, plain white, and decorated wares. Call and see them. We will show them with pleasure AT THE Opera House Grocery. If You Buy an artice worth one dollar for 80 cents you are getting it very cheap, are you not? Then why not take advantage of Wall Paoer at once? Remember his is the largest and best-assorted line in the country. k ff, If ley The Druggist. When looking- For a cook stove or range remember I handle the,.,, . Garland, Also Heath & Milligaa. Paints, Iron and Wood Pumps, Please call and get prices and look my stock over, 3% The Northern Iowa Exchange, jf yea, wis£ tp buy, sell, or rwt bouses or lots; » you w|8l» to buy or f«U § load ot n, etc.; it you vylali for employment pv 4ere to employ, WRfe ONE MONTH IN CHICAGO, ftev* Davidson Writes Entertainingly of What Bte Saw and Heard During His Vacation. A City Of Startling Contrasts—The Strike and Its Effects—Something About Chicago's Poof. The editor asks hie to write something about my vacation. What 'shall I say? With the exception of a day ih Waterloo, two or three trips to Milwaukee, and a brief visit to Michigan, I spent most of my time in Chicago. People are tired of being told that Chicago is the metropolis of the west, that it is the brain of commerce, that it has buildings whose roofs scrape the sky and always afford a cool climate on the hottest day, that its territory embraces more than 150 square miles, and its population includes 1,600,000 souls. Are not these things written in the guide books and in the memories of all who visit the gre'at city? So, what sh.ai.t"' we say? Andrew Lang says, " Perhaps tho only criticism worth reading or writing is that which relates the ad ventures, of an ingenious and educated mind in contact with masterpieces." Changing this a little one is tempted to say, " Perhaps the only articles on travel worth reading or writing are those which relate the ad ventures' of a soul in contact with the sights and sounds of the places he visits;" in other words, those which record impressions. Hero then is the way out; one may be permitted to record a few impressions. •M-MI was in Chicago during the great strike, but did not see much of the terrible rioting and disorder which the newspapers so easily discovered. One evening, while I was calling upon some old parishoners, who live on the west side, the sky toward the southeast was lighted up by a fierce fire; " that is the work of the strikers," exclaimed one, and the rest echoed his conviction. But it was not the work of strikers; the great liberal arts building was passing away in smoke and fire. It is my opinion that newspaper reports respecting the strike were grossly exaggerated. There was undoubtedly plundering, burning, interference with nonunion workmen — in a word, violence — but the crimes perpetrated were largely the work of the criminal classes, who herd in and about the southern part of the city. For example, the leader of one of these riots, in which several lives were lost, his own among the number, was a desperate character known as "Engine" Burke, a man who for years Has given the police immense trouble. It is my conviction that the vast majority of the workingmen are peaceable and law-abiding. During the first two weeks of my vacation I spent part of the time where the Northwestern car shops are located. Prom 1,500 to 2,000 men, perhaps even more, joined the vast army of workingmen who gave themselves over to the leadership of Debs. There was no rioting whatever among these men, no excited moba led by hot-heads and toughs. Not a board of the company's property was destroyed; not a man intimidated. This is not the place to record all the feelings, thoughts, and impressions which have gathered in my soul during the trouble, I regard the strike as symptomatic. Nothing has been settled, but diseased conditions of the body politic that are sufficiently alarming have been disclosed. Still I am not prepared to join the prophets who foresee a bloody revolution. Gov. Hogg of Texas is quite sure that in the near future the Masonic temple will be bespattered with the lungs, hearts, and livers of Chicago citizens. That will be an interesting spectacle, but I am not certain that it will happen. When it does I shall recreate in the wilds of British Columbia, lam not skillful enough to invent remedies. That business I leave to the reformers, Hard times and social troubles always produce a good crop of reformers, Un fortunately the remedy is often worse than the disease, Again, no student of history can escape the conviction thai in a few decades the reformers themselves need reforming, I have virtual ly made up my mind, however, that there is little hope from legislation. Not by law, but by love, are we tp reach the kingdom of God. But I must not preach. Undoubtedly there is a great deal of suffering among the poor in our great oities, I myself was stopped four times by men whose lips and looks pleaded for assistance, TheyjBfty ha,ye been \m posters but their stomache told the truth. A lady yiritb fcer HWle ones piokniok.ing in GarfifW they \vqro another part of the park. The lady saw the man fall upon some watermelon rinds which had been left and devour them ravenously* She Went Up to him at once. "Sir," she said, "I should think by your actions that you are hungry." "Yes, 1 am," replied the man, " for more than a, week I have had nothing to eat except what I get iti this way in the park." The woman did not stop to Inquire whether he was a tramp or an honest man out of work. She gave him the remains in her lunch basket. This Is only a sample of the tremendous misery.ono sees in Chicago. What are we to do about it? We are reasonably sure that in alleviating poverty we too oftan perpetuate it. Decidedly, modern conditions furnish a a tougher problem than tho riddle of the sphinx. •M-M- Chicago is the place of startling contrasts. Wealth and poverty, virtue and vice, law and lawlessness run in parallel lines. Michigan avenue and Indian avenue, side by side with State street, Clark street, and Wontworth avenue. It is only a few minutes walk from the splendid hotels facing the lake front to the devil's headquarters on Fourth avenue. Of course this is what one may expect. The hawk is apt to be where tho chickens are. There are great "plckin'sandsteulln's" for the lower classes in Chicago. Great "pickin'sl" As I rode into tho city on tho Illinois Central the train passed a number of the places where the garbage is dumped. Every heap swarmed with women and children raking over the refuse for something that might be usedble in the domestic economy of their wretched hovels. It was a sad sight surely. Along the filthy, stagnant waters of the canal were other miserables fishing wood out of tho water. I hope that they, like myself, have lost the sense of smell. I have been very much interested in the very poor of the streets. One is often astonished at the apparent light-heartedness, the gaity of the street arabs. With no future before them, perhaps they think it foily to take thought for the morrow. Unconsciously they are good disciples of Aristippus. But not all are careless and merry. One evening about 10 o'clock I was strolling along State street near the great store of Siegel, Cooper & Co., crouched down upon the sidewalk in the middle of the imposing structure with its beautifully dressed and splendidly illuminated windows, was a wee Italian girl, perhaps six or seven years of. age, but no larger than a three-year-old. Her clothes were filthy and ragged, her face dirty and thin. But her large, expressive eyes attracted my attention. The sadness and hopelessness of centuries looked out upon life through those eyes. Twice afterwards I saw that little girl in the same spot. It seemed as though she had never left it. Perhaps, in truth, the hard stone pavement was her bed. Sometimes I am one with Leopardi, who declared himself in love with death. W. E. DAVIDSON. Did You Know That "White Swan Flour" took Highest Award at the World's Fair? Look for Official Ribbon in each sack. Sold only Langdon & Hudson. .If you find yourself in need of New Carpets, Curtains, Portiers^ Rugs, Mats, and Draperies, Carpet Sweepers, Curtain Poles, etc., REMEMBER- ONE KOSSUTH What Has Been Done In Tills Dry Year Up In the Nortu End. The Blue Earth Post says: Harry Piett'er has set an example that some of our young men might follow to their advantage. A year ago last winter he purchased 160 acres of land in Iowa about three miles from Elmore. He had it broken up last season and raised a good crop of flux. This season he employed Fred Swindorf to put the crops in and his crops are first-class. He had 50 acres of oats and about two weeks ago he contracted the sale of them at 3d cents per bushel on board the cars. They were threshed Friday and Saturday and loaded into curs at Elmore, He is to take the weight of the oats as weighed in the cars at their destination, but he says there will be over 2,000 bushel, and he received $600 in cash Saturday night as partial payment; He informs us that they weighed one two-bushel sack . which weighed 98 pounds, or three bushels and two pounds, Harry has a fine crop of wheat, corn and hay on the farm, Cut in Two, The Pioneer Press, always abreast of the times, has reduced its subscription rates just one-half, The new rate on the daily and Sunday editions is but 50 cents per month, $5 pejr annum, in advance; for the daily, without Sunday, 40 cents per month, $4 per annum, Jn advance; Sunday only, $1.50 per an^ num, in advance, 50 cents for three months, The Pioneer Press is now the cheapest metropolitan newspaper in the country, Its high standard will be thoroughly maintained, and, in view of the largely increased circulation which it will most aesureclly .have, it haa en^ tered into arrangements to even greatly improve the paper, Everyone can now afford to have a daily paper, as it costs but a cent and a fraction a day. All orders should be addressed to the Pipnoer Preps, St, Paul, H«U Rates to OR Aug, 10 a,nd wJUaeH Pueblo, * • NQl'&h ff fiB,terj» to, The Grange Store Offers you the largest assortment, the best goods, and the lowest prices. DEAD SHOT Fly Paper is the best on earth, It kills flies by the bushel. Sold only by W. J. Studley, Druggist, Algona, Iowa. Be sur.e and ask for DEAD SHOT. NEW STORE. ; Do you want to be happy? \ Do you want to sleep well? Do you want' to live to a good -j old age? : Then Buy Your Groceries at the New Store. ; James Patterson. ' LOANS. W, Having secure^ the agency of the New, feglpd Loan and Trust Company fiya to ten'

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