The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 22, 1894 · Page 4
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, August 22, 1894
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s*:pft^^ TMffi WPEM MSB MO1K1SJ ALGC&A* IOWA, WEDNESDAY, AUgUBT22,1894 t**e»«AM A TSrfria to Subscribers; >ooi>y, one t°"f- • • J copy, si* months OS*Mpy,three month*... ~ • *° BenttoWaddfeSftftt above rates. Rttnit by draft, tabtiefr otdet, express order, A* twttftl not* ftt our risk. Itfttes of advertising sent o» application. President Cleveland was elected on the Issue of radical tariff revision. His Majority was accepted by all as signify ing a desire on the part of the people for a'ffee trade policy. Had he called congress in extra session to wipe out the McKtniey law no one would have been surprised or disappointed. Everybody would have accepted an extreme low tariff measure as consistent with the verdict at the polls. And while republicans believed that disaster would follow, not a few of them looked forward with curiosity to see what would actually result from adjusting our scale of wages and prices to the level of foreign countries. President Cleveland has spent eight years in leading up to the final consummation, the country has gone through all the financial uncertainty that any possible legislation could have caused, and now all there is to show for it is a law, which he himself declares is tainted with perfidy and dishonor, which by putting sugar on the protected list does away with such free trade as the republicans had themselves adopted, and which leaves protection, as Bourke Oochran says, more strongly entrenched than ever. The fault is President Cleveland's. On the heels of his victory no number of men in his party could have stopped his tariff pro- gramme. The full tide of democratic sentiment was with him. Had he courageously kept the tariff issue ftfter election where he had before, Gorman and Brice would never have raised a factious opposition. But just as the people expected the president to go ahead with vigor, he turned entirely aside, called congress together to iwipe out silver monry, attributed all our ills to the Sherman law, and for a year allowed the tP.rlfl to slumber, while the party leaders were dividing on other ' issues, party sentiment was demoralized, and the business of the country, more through the uncertainty which increased in all quarters than through anything else, went to pieces. There never was any occasion for President ' Cleveland^ crusade against the Sherman law. It was Quixotic from start to finish. It threw the party off the track, encouraged into open opposition men who would not have faced a united sentiment, and eventually broke down the whole tariff programme he had so assiduously built up. President Cleveland has himself to thank for the fiasco ••'which marks bis retirement as a force in American politics. gone into any dell of this kind at the behest o! the DoUWer m&chtee Siinfely to become & cat's paw. If the nominee, being a federal office holder, hod used Way political Judgment, he Would have been Willing to have abided by the decision oi the great majority of his party And fact made an exhibition of himself. We can usually count oil there being some hobo in efery convention willing to stultify his toarty, and disgrace himself for a little cheap notoriety. We feel, if there is a chance for the people to defeat Dolliver, that it is our duty to embrace the opportunity, but We can not do It by such work as was done at that convention." J. Fred. Meyers says that "gross mismanagement" is at the bottom of all the railway troubles. No paper that comes to this office favors giving the railways higher rates in Iowa. Senator Vest in his scoring of the president said that the best campaign material tihe republicans would have against the new tariff would be drawn from the letter he had sent to Chairman Wilson. In this letter Cleveland referred to the senate bill as follows: "Every true democrat and every sincere tariff reformer knows that this bill in its present form, and as it will be submitted to the conference, falls tar short of the consummation for which we have long labored, for which we have suffered defeat without discouragement, which In its anticipation gave us a rallying cry in our day of triumph, and and which in its promise of accomplishment is so interwoven with democratic pledges and democratic success that our abandonment of the 'cause of the principles upon which it rests means party perfidy and party dishonor." Henry Watterson says: democratic vote for a populist is the democratic party." •'Every stab at "The man," says the Capital, "who brings business to his store these times by clever advertising-and backs up every pub lishcd promise to tUo letter is a whole team, an extra horse, and adogunder the wagon," A Des Moines man has figured out how much water it takes for a small rain: " A rainfall of one inch amounts to 6.2 pounds of water per square foot, or 226,512 pounds—118J^ tons—per acre. If we have an area 576 square miles in Polk county, a rainfall of one inch would give 83,501,888, 680 pounds—41,750,691 tons of water. This would not be much of a shower. Not infrequently two or three inches fall in about as many hours. If the vapor for Polk county showers were to be furnished by oui steam boilers the coal required would be 5,218,886 tons, and the number of 100 horse power boilers would be over 2,000,000— working during ten hours, or over 6,666 boilers working 800 days." MB. BAKEB'S PLATFORM. If Mr. Baker of Palo Alto is really the democratic candidate for congress against Mr. Dolliver interest will be felt in the platform which he endorsed at Humboldt, and which the democrats accept in accepting him. The platform was not adopted hurriedly, but after debate and alter a minority report had been considered. It is therefore more deliberately put forth than most party declarations. It is as follows as published by the Forest City Independent: 1. That we demand the repeal of the law Of 1878 demonetizing silver, which law was surreptlously placed upon our statute books. 8. That we favor the immediate restoration of silver, and demand the unrestricted coinage of both gold and silver at the present legal ratio of 16 to 1, without waiting for the aid or consent of any other nation OO earth. S. That we believe that all money shall tie issued by the general. government without the intervention of banks, and shall be jnpde a full legal tender for all debts public And private, and that no contracts for a particular kind of money should be permitted. 4. 'That we favor a graduated income tax, pud welcome it as a step toward the restoration of equality in taxation. 5. That we favor arbitration to settle disputes between both employe and employer, and thus by this method in an orderly manner adjust disputes between capital and If Candidate Lange refuses to reporl Candidate Baker's nomination at Boone a curious question will arise. Can a convention chairman by refusing to report a nomi nation to' the state auditor, keep his name off the ticket? ^ The Omaha Bee thinks Dolliver is in no danger: "At the last election, when Mr. Dolliver was re-elected, he receivec over 28,000 votes to 20,000 for all the other candidates combined. If he merely holds his own, then, he will have a majority of 3,500. His populist opponent this year can not hope to poll the whole democratic vote nor can he expect any material defection from the republican column." » • The jobbers of Iowa secured Spencer Smith and Frank T. Campbell to presen their case against any increase in loca freight rates in Iowa. The hearing began yesterday. The railways should not win tbeir point. Senator Allison says of the new tariff "I am not surprised at the result. Th bill as passed is a moderate measure tha will do less harm to the industries of thi country than the Wilson bill would havi done. It is probable that the democratic party will be injured by the acceptance o the senate bill if it can be injured by any thing. As to the prospect for future tariff legislation to repeal the senate bill, I do no look for anything for a long time." 6. That we demand that all trusts and all unlawful combinations in trade be abolished. 7. /That we favor the election of United States senators by a direct vote of the people, JJ, That we are against the oppression of fgUroad, employes by our federal judiciary. 9. That we are against any further issue Of interest bearing bonds, }0. That we are against all forms of monopoly aud special privilege, whatso- It seems that Kossuth county did no send any delegates to the congressiona convention which nominated J. C. Baker O. W. Hicks, secretary, says that Emme and Kossuth were not represented. ^Jt will be seen that no reference is. made to the tariff whatever, but that the three leading planks deal with the >,|joj)ulist money theory. Even the bad no reference to ' issue, Mr. Baker, therefore, & candidate for free P, and ii &ot concerned jjfePIJt "republican tariff robbery" at »U. Pe ifce, Ptber h&Bd at JtoQne voted down a free Hew these views will tbe campaign. Louie Lange writes a column editoria in his Laurens paper denouncing the popu list fusion in this district and declaring tha he is in the field to stay unless some othe supporter of undefiled democratic princi pies will take the place. We tried to bor row a copy of his paper from J. W. Hinchon in order to publish his statement in full but we understand that the Courier wante to reproduce it. We hope that all demo crate will read Mr. Lange's ringing appea when it comes out in tbe Courier. The Sioux City Athletic club has of fered $35,000 to Corbel; and Jackson if they will fight for tbe championship under its auspices. The Journal said Monday tha Corbett has accepted and that Jackson ha been telegraphed to, and that the Riou Cityites are confident of getting the figh fwd anticipate no interference. They not be planning to have, the fight in Iowa but Gov. Jackson should make assuranc- doubly sure by having sufficient officials o the ground to prevent it- records were last week when made three beats in a r«ce in 3;06, wd §:Q§#, tbe average being i Tpis is away fc$ow any preview THE QU> TIMES, erlences. One said he sawed waod fot tS Whittling; anothef that he did the afiitof work where he was educated. A ilrd did chores for his board while he ttended school, and later taught school to et enough to go to ft higher educational nstltutlon. Another worked on a farm in ummer, using what he earned for school- ng in the Winter, bofcrdmg himself to keep own expense. These then are now among he leading citizens of Iowa, Well-to-do, onored, with great possibilities yet before hem. The country Is full of Such cases, rincoln and Garfleld are Illustrations, torn Potter worked his way from the owest round to superintendent of one of He largest railroad systems in the west. Other men are climbing the same Way. 'he history of our euccessful men In every ne of business is simply a repetition of pplication, zeal, faithfulness and interest n their employers behalf. The boy who liinka there are no great opportunities ow is simply mistaken. But they will ever be found by the one looking for an asy job, or the one waiting for 12 or 6 clock, or the one who thinks his wages he only thing of interest. The prompt, fficient, diligent boy is the one who ucceeds. The country is full of the other lass. •l-H-f The editor of the Brooklyn Chronicle gives these valuable reminiscences and omparisons: "We were in a school oom the other day when a 18-year-old, tealtby boy was objecting because the /sacher requested him, in company with another boy, to fetch a bucket of water for he room. The teacher asked our opinion as to whether the demand was out of eaaon, and after a moment's thought, we gave the following suggestions: About eventy years ago our grandfather attend,d school in a log house in New England. He and the other boys took turns during ichool hours in going to the woods to fell rees, cut them up and haul them to the .chool house for heating purposes. They lad a largo fireplace into which they rolled ogs five feet in length. The boys built he fires and brought the water and the girls took turns in sweeping out, as a matter of course. " Forty years ago our father and uncles attended school at a rough frame building, ,vlth a fireplace that easily took in cord tvood. An advance had been made in the wood supply and the l destrick 1 hired the ogs hauled to the door and the boys took turns during school hours in cutting up the ogs Into suitable lengths for the fireplace. The boys still built the fires and the girls swept the room. "Twenty years ago we attended school n a comfortable brick building, and with ;hat generation arrangements were still better for the pupil. The 'agent,' as he was called, had the wood housed in a shed, and cut the proper length for the old cannon stove. ' Us' boys then had to bring ,t in during school hours, as it was needed 'or heating purposes. We took turns in building the fire, and on a cold winter morning would get there at 6 o'clock so as to get the room warm in time for school. The girls still took turns in sweeping out, and we brought the water. 'Now the pupils are comfortably loused in rooms heated with hot air or steam, with a janitor to care for the furnace and to carefully watch the temperature. The janitor also builds the fires and sweeps the rooms. When young America is asked to bring a bucket of water, he kicks. We presume that water will be supplied to the buildings next year; but at this rate where will we be ' at' twenty years hence? By that time, at this ratio, it will be necessary to wheel a majority of the boys to school in roller chairs, give them lounging chairs to sit in while there, and engage a physician to attend each building to see that the boys do not overtax themselves. Farmers' warehouse from 80 acres of Actually measured ground, making an average of just 21 bushels of clean seed to the acre. Sheldon Mail: John Helfert of Algona, representing D. M. Osborne & Co., was a clevef caller last Saturday while in the city on business, As he came in he said he wanted to whip the editor, but before departing, after a pleasant chat, he pave us an order for a few dollars' worth of advertising. One of the finest bodies of wnter in Iowa is threatened With extinction. Tate & Co, of indiaaola have purchased the Wall lake in Wright county from the government at nbout 55 cents an acre and have secured Hie right-of i way preparatory to draining the lake. There is some talk among the people of that section remonstrat* ing against any steps being taken to drain the lake, but whether or not there will be any decisive action is not known. The Fort Dodge Messenger describes a machine that will be in demand: The McCormick company has a new corn harvester, which takes a row at a time, binds stalks in an upright position, the machine moving like a header, ahead of the team. There has been a great demand for them here, and only two have been secured. These two go to L. C. Gray and W. C. Atnsworth, both of Douglas township. A special agent is here to instruct the buyers. It looks like a practical machine. It sells for $135. Ames Times: The Tenth district democrats held their congressional convention at Boone last Friday, and of course had a split. One wing endorsed the populist candidate and the other faction nominated Louie Lange of the Laurens Sun. We will wager our old rain-coat against a linen duster, that Lange will not chafe and chank and chew for joint discussion between congressional candidates in that district this year, as he has on former occasions. Dolliver wouldn't leave enough of the big, good natured printer to grease a griddle in a joint discussion. The Burt Monitor tells the following interesting story of " Flag Day:" Two Kossuth county citizens were awarded special regimental honors at Des Moines on flag day. The Thirteenth regiment of which J. N. Easterly was a member held a reunion the day previous and one member was to be made marker. This honor was to fall 'to some one member on account of some special deed or some act of bravery or some special act of service that he had rendered. A number of names were proposed and their honors mentioned, when one of Mr. Easterly's comrades—a man who had carried him from the field of battle-^-presented his name and reviewed his battle record, and he was voted the marker of the regiment. D. A. Haggard was color- bearer in his re_giment and he bad the pleasure of again carrying the identical colors. He was also made marker of his regiment. Mr. Easterly also carried once again the same old flag that he had carried in the front of battle in the great war. He was the bravest of soldiers, always in the thickest of the fight and will always carry his wounds and scars. To cap the climax of his joy he was presented this old flag, which he now has in his home, and which will ever be cherished as only a soldier knows how. SOMEONE HAS Aa Article in the Blmore V&p&t which Reflects Unjustly Upon An Algona Business House. Caehiet Ferguson of the National Batik Gives the Straight of It in * Published Catd, BAKEE IS THE MAN. IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. Nels Erickson will open a drug store in Wesley. S. C. Moore near Elmore got 23 bushels of flax to the acre. The Reporter claims the boss cabbage raiser for Wesley. J. B. Stott has 10,500 head of cabbage. Emmetsburg Reporter: Miss Nina Blossom of Algona came, on Wednesday, to visit Mrs. T. L. Grose. The West Bend Journal, which knows Mr. Baker, says: Mr. Baker's political ambition is like the appetite of a young ostrich, everything goes. The Andrews Opera company has come to grief again, this time by fire at Peoria, Illinois, which destroyed their entire wardrobe, valued at $11,000. Armstrong Journal: The attendance at the teachers' Institute in Algona is very large and shows that the teachers of Kossuth county take an interest in tbeir work. Charlie Winterble, who made Al* gona his home a while, has been auditor seven years in O'Brien county and was deputy two more. He will probably be nominated again, as he has been a very popular official. Rolfe Reveille: Ye gods, Louie E. Lange for congressman to take the place of a statesman like Dolliver. We will be content with the honors (?) his candidacy will bring Pooahontas county and say as little as possible. LnVerne News: Miss Alice Mann, the estimable former member of the LuVerne high school faculty, came down from frvington last evening to make a short visit with her many friends before her departure for Washington. Armstrong Journal: John Flemming and Aroy Peugaet were out of town til day Sunday, and in giving an account of themselves pn their return said they had been out "sparkla." B.oye, we did not expect that pt you, the confession. Colonel Sessions, the genial frpm Algpna, y and, sever he colonel says that bag a rather better th in eg The Dispute About Who Was Nominated by tlie Democrats Is Settled. O. W. Hicks, secretary of the democratic congressional convention, says that J. C. Baker was legally nominated at Boone, and he ought to know. He says farther that Louie Lang's nomination is a joke. THE UPPER DES MOINES wants to assist in keeping history as straight as possible and publishes his official report: "When the congressional convention was called in Boone it was presided over by L. Lang of Pocahontas county. The convention regularly endorsed the populist nominee in this district, G. C. Baker of Palo Altp county. "But tbe joke. After the congressional convention had adjourned, four or five delegates remained and in the afternoon after the delegates had nearly all gone home they held another meeting. These five men professed to be straight democrats and they selected L. Lang, poatmaster at Laurens to be tbe candidate for congress. Of course Mr. Lang cannot accept the honor because he is postmaster, and he will withdraw. He was foolishly led into an acceptance and will not carry it farther." The Boone Republican corroborates Mr. Hicks' report and says: " In. the afternoon Chairman Lang got five or six disconcerted delegates together and succeeded in having himself put up as a straight democratic nominee for congress, He made an excited and long-winded speech to empty chairs, which should properly have come in when he was made chairman in the morning. This second convention, however, is an illegitimate child, and Lang cannot have his name put on the ticket because the real democratic convention had adjourned after nominating Baker by a clear majority of 60 or more." The Republican adds the following item of interest: Chairman MUler of Boone put Thos, F, Breen's name in nomination with a lot of gratuitous eulogy, This caused John F. Duncombe's frame to shudder and be threat' ened to excommunicate the delegates If they nominated his bitterest enemy. The Ft. Dodge postofflce fight bloomed again, and although Chairman kang courageously sat down, on Dunoombe, his words had the desired effect on the convention. "Dad" Wilson, a father In Israel, also relieved hie wind by ro^stlpg Breen, anfl ewded, by paying that if the convention nominated him he wouW be chump enough to give, him his vote and his oondenjpaUoB with it- Trttiu time wan about pa to, themi BQ the delegates hurriedly swallowed Paker and adjourned slae die. t The Elmore Eye last week pulished a report of a trade made In Algona in which the Frst National bank was credited with assisting in passing some notes, said to be worthless, to Nels Severin of Elmore. As soon as Cashier Ferguson saw the article he gave the facts, and in a letter to the Eye, which we publish below, corrects its report. The bank had nothing to do with the trade, and Mr. Ferguson said at the time the notes were first submitted to him that be knew only one $10 note and that he would not buy any but that one, nor pass upon them. Mr. Severin, who is a shrewd business man, could not have understood the bank under these circumstances • to have encouraged him to take them. The article by the Eye and Cashier Ferguson's statement are as follows: " Quite a sensation was created in our little city last week over the way in which an Algona sharper by the name of Harry Dodge tried to work a swindle dodge in purchasing Nelse Severin's livery barn and stock. It appears that when Mr. Dodge makes a deal he has a certain kind of notes that he gives in payment. We understand that Mr. Severin was to take notes in payment for the property, and, as was natural, wished to ascertain as to whether the paper was good. Mr. Dodge assured him that they were good and as they were walking along the streets of Algona he accidentaly (?) stopped in front of the First National bank and referred Mr. Severin to the same, where he could learn the reliability and genuiness of the notes. He did so, and while we will not attempt to repeat the words used by the cashier or bankers they conveyed the fact to Mr. Severin that those notes were good at a discount of 10 per cent. Feeling secure with this they went on with the transaction, returning to Elmore, the papers were made out- and placed in the Elmore bank. Having gained possession of the notes he went to the Algona bank that told him they were good, to have them cashed, but they refused to do so for the simple reason that they 'were not buying that kind of paper.' Just about this time Nelse, in the language of the ancient proverb, began to 'smell a good sized rat' and, the papers not having been delivered, returned and took possession of the barn. In a few days Dodge appeared on the scene to take possession, but there had been a change. He had been caught in the dodge. Dodge went away giving the populace here to understand that he would fight it in the courts; but he has never come back since, and we believe it better for him that he does not, as there are several in this vicinity who are after him. for some patent right deals that he used to work in the days of yore. All around, with, all implicated, it seems much like intentional swindling and a genuine ' blue sky deal.'" ALGONA, Aug. 20.—G. Gunderson, Publisher. Elmore, Minn.—Dear Sir: I noticed m your issue of Aug. 15 an article that aimed to implicate this bank as a party to a trade between H. C. Dodge and Mr. Severin of your city. I wish you to correct that statement, as you for distinguished gallantry ift actfofl at Alabama Bayou, La., Sept, 30, 1864, ib volunteering to swim the bayou m the face of the enemy and bring over a boat, upon which his command subsequently crossed and routed the opposing forces. This deed of bravery WAS performed while the fire of the enemy was concentrated upon the volunteer. The occasion that is referred to was this: The Second New York cavalry, (of which Mr, Cad well was the sergeant, and of which he became lieutenant in Cototo&ny B.,) was in Louisiana in Sftjp tember, 1864, and Were out on a scout* ing expedition. The lieutenant colonel commanding made report of his doings to the adjutant-general's departmentj and the same is incorporated in Vol. 41 oftheanfialsofthe 'War of the Re* belfioh."' In this he says: "Top much cannot be said In the praise of Lieut. Westing' house and Sergeant Cad well of my regiment, who swam across the bayou in front of the enemy's sharp-shooters and brought across the flat boat by which I crossed my men." were misinformed. Th'e facts' are as follows: Messrs. Severin and Dodge stated that they were making a trade and wished the bank to act as custodian of certain papers until the exchange was made. They exhibited several notes for our inspection and were informed that we did not know the makers and could not take and would not pass on the notes, save one $10 note. Severin asked our rate of discount and was told that it was 10 per cent. He then informed Mr. Dodge that he would have to make that difference good. They had a talk alone in the rear of the bank and in a short time asked us to draw a contract, which we declined to do, saying thatpaper, legal blanks and ink were there and they could better word their own agreement. In due time they again came to the counter and asked to have their papers acknowledged and our notary took their acknowledgments. They deposited their papers, each giving his respective instructions, and departed, This is all that the bank knew about the trade. Kindly make this correction through your paper. Yours respectfully, W. K. FEKGUSON, Cashier. MET J, H. WABBEN. Will. I", Smith, Who Spent His Early Years In The Upper BOB Moines Office, Recalls Old Times, In the Hamilton County Journal Will. F, Smith says: While waiting for a train at Algona last Saturday, we had the great pleasure of meeting our dear old friend, Mr. J, H. Warren, whom we had expected never to have seen again, Mr. Warren went to Spearflah, S. D., a number of years ago, and it was just by chance that we met him- He was strongly identified with the early building of Algona, where he made much more wealth for other people than be did for himself, He is a large-hearted brainy man, and still retains a vigorous mind although somewhat broken down physically. He has been prosperous in his new western home, and was upon his return from visiting the scenes of his earlier years in Wisconsin and, other states. His good wife accompanied him on this trip, and we were sorry that we had not time to meet her. But it gave us genuine pleasure to meet the old gentleman once again, and to talk for a few moments of old times in the early history of Algona and northwestern L, fc, QAPWgJ'8 AP* ef Bravery for ponduofo? Wlli Recognised by D. g, fo,r4 baj recejvefl ftcppy Ol the Peoprab, Republican cpnt&Mng & full renpj?t of the awarding Of the medftlto . BULED OUT AT WAVEBLY. Ed. Bircher's Pacer Unfairly Treated OM • Non-association Track—Other Fast Horse Items. E. P. Bircher had his pacer "Bellton" in the race at Waverly last week, and has him entered at Hampton this week. At Waverly a local pacer was in, and his driver claimed that "Bellton" was a single footer and did not pace squarely. The judges set him back to sixth place the first heat when he came in ahead. The second heat he did not beat the Waverly horse and they gave him his place. The third heat he nearly distanced the outfit, and they sent him to the barn. Mr. Bircher has had instantaneous photographs taken of the horse which show him to be an honest pacer, and expects no trouble on association tracks. Having no record he is getting into easy races. He can go in a fast class. ALGONA HORSES AT THE STATE FAIR. C. A. Smith has "Charlie H." entered in the 2:25 trot at the state fair, andE. P. Bircher has "Bellton"in the 2:50 pacing. "Bellton" is also in the 2:30 pacing. The state fair races have 206 horses entered already, the largest number ever there. GOLDDUST PRINCE AT HAMPTON. "Gold Dust Prince," the well-know Clear Lake trotter, is entered in a. 2:17 race at Hampton this week. The Chronicle says he " arrived'Saturday and is getting acquainted with the mile track. He is a great little race horse and has won many a hard battle during the past five years." HUMBOLDT'S FAST HORSE. "Vyzan.,"the fast horse owned at Bode, won a big race in Milwaukee last week, and trotted in Chicago Monday. He made three heats in Milwaukee in 2:20*, 2:21, and 2:20f. 'He was not pushed and could have made better time. ALGONA PAFEBS DO NOT BBAG. The Crops Are In Kossuth to Back All that Can be Said for Them—A Good Average Yield. The Emmetsburg Reporter expresses an uncomplimentary opinion of northern Iowa crop prospects as follows: " We notice that the Algona papers have much to say about the fine crops in that county. .To read their flattering accounts reminds us very forcibly of some of the tales in the Arabian Nights, so fabulous are the stories told. It is said that when men are dying of thirst, in their visions they see beautiful streams of water sparkling in the sun just a little way in the distance, but before they arrive at the spot it vanishes away. Perhaps the editors of Algona have been on short rations and see visions of golden grain in the distance. We have bad occasion to pass back and forward, both by rail and team, several times since June 1, and our observation was that the crops in Palo Alto were as good, if not better, than any we saw in Kossuth. Wheat and oats are what might be termed a good, fair crop on the average. The extremes in both, these cereals are very great, oats ranging from 15 to 75 bushels per acre with the great bulk at about 30, Wheat seems to be more even and ranges from 10 to 25 bushels E er acre. Corn is bound to be slim, ome piet es will make fair corn, but many are completely ruined, while the greater share of it will do well to make one-half of an average crop. If we take the increased price that the grain brings we presume that the total value will average up with last year, but as to there being a great crop in either Kossuth or any of the adjoining counties it is all bosh. 11 THE UPPER DES MOINES has not been guilty of any unfair comparisons with Palo Alto or other adjoining counties. But it takes exceptions to the closing sentence of the above article In so far as it applies to the northern part of Kossuth at least. T, H, Conner says that his Seneca farm will have as good a crop of corn as it ever has yielded, while small grainiis much better than for years, This if substantially true of the whole surrounding section. Flax, oats, and wheat are exceptional crops, while corn is unhurt. In parts of Kps- suth corn is hurt, hay is a short crop, and potatoes also. But pats and wheat are everywhere above the average, and the farmers are all '.now predictingr much better corn than they have expected. There is no " bpsh- in claim." ing good crops for this county tbie year, TQO GQQP TO BE TRXJS, The following story comes from !*u* Verne. The News gives it in lieu Qf a snake story: » Rob, Smith, who lives 1? miles northwest of LuVer nA »«. hauling bis grain here to market- told a reporter that he «pul4 cents more per bushel for Ms in~ Verne tban ne could in Algona. Wb'a't have yoij got to say — " " WQ puWkh prt oUt: have you. got to e»y now, M r , Qbvibb, about Q«F "market town?" Wouldn't ~ it be a gwd thing for the -_,_„. ,„ the rioge, and also tbe farmers in close/ tp Algoua J* they bad a goo4 roa4 to LyVejfle? Of coarse - - muddy the Jamere up ^t way lose tbat level cejts tor "'

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