The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on September 5, 1894 · Page 2
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 2

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, September 5, 1894
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Ag*tfe Attack* fcotft j Atthttl—Mnnt Corpse* At Month *>* ' " tH* fx «,'»-" J fr. ir MoSo KoSG, Sept i.— Aterriblft fire fcas occurred oii the Cant^-i river. , A flower boat caught fire ahd the flames spread until hundreds of those -tapfttt were destroyed. The progress 6f the fire was so, rapid that at least .,J 4 do6 natives perished in the flames or drowned. The flower boats were inoOred stem and stern, in rows, and latge numbers of natives lived Upon them. The spread of the conflagration froin one boat to another was so rapid that the unfortunate Chinese had no time to out away from the moorings, a strong wind materially helping the increase of the fire. Many hundreds of persons on board the flower-boats leaped overboard and •were drowned, while several hundred ' others remained on board and perished in the flames. Monday last Hong Kong was de«la,red free of the plague. The number of cases has been reduced to a minimum. Japanese Again Attack Fort Arthur. SHANGHAI, Sept, 1.—Advices from Chee Foo state that the Japanese fleet has again attacked Port Arthur. Chinese junks from New Chwang report passing many corpses of Japanese soldiers at the mouth of the Tatting river. This is taken as a confirmation of the reported Japanese defeat on that river. DITCHED BY SPREADING RAILS. Klght Express Wrecked and Four Persons Hurt. TBOY, N. Y., Sept 1.— The night express train from Montreal, due at Troy at 3-.10 a. m. to-day, left the track at Port Kent, near Plattsburg 1 , at 9:30 last night These persons •were injured: Conductor Hall of West Troy; shoulder broken. Special United States Agent Stokes of Port Henjy; cut on head and body. Thomas Jones of Troy, badly cut Express Agent Beresford of Albany; badly injured about spine. Others were more or less hurt The accident was caused by a spreading of the rails. The engine and four cars •were ditched. SEVERE FLOODS IN TEXAS. lives Are Lost and Much Damage Done to Property. ST. Louis, Mo., Sept 1.—Dispatches from southwestern Texas report very heavy rains in that section and heavy damage done to railroads and other property. Three bridges on the Southern Pacific road over the Sago river were swept away and several washouts occurred. The Rio Grande is higher than for five years. The storm extended into Mexico, washing out sev- BAS AM6M6, *e*a§, Sept I.^Afi eartbqtiake DttfSt the earthen walls of an artesian Tfrater basin in the hills Hear Wtilde, & thriving town* the county seat of Uvalde county, Te*aa, at 2 0'eiocfe jreStef day morhiflg. The flood everwhelmed the town, submerging and wrecking houses and drowalttg a number ot people. It is feared that 200 of 800 people may have been drowned in the lowlands south of tJvalde. , Among those known to have perished a*6 the following: EDWARDS, MATTIfi, MISS. HATCH, JOE, MRS. MALEY. — •-, infant. TWO MEXICANS. THREE FAMILIES, names Unknown. It was -2 o'clock in the morning when the flood came. The weather had been threatening and there Were ominous clouds to the northeast of the town. The atmosphere had been close during the evening and predictions of a storm Were freely made. The dark clouds rose higher and higher. Just as the storm broke over the city in all its fury a torrent of water rushed down the Leona river, overflowing the banks of that stream and flooding the low lands on either side to a depth of several feet It was at first supposed the flood was caused by a cloudburst. An earthquake shock of some seconds' duration was distinctly felt during the night At one place near the city a quarter of a mile of heavy cracks appear on each side of the Leona river, having apparently no bottom. The east side of Uvalde is built on lowland and was directly in the path of this water. All the houses in the heart of the town were submerged, and in the darkness and throughout the downpour of'rain that was falling could bo heard the cries of distress from the ill-fated inhabitants in their wild efforts to save their lives and those of their families and loved ones. There were a number of miraculous escapes, and the rescuers and the rescued performed many heroic acts. As soon as those in the higher part of the town were made aware of the terrible flood and its dire consequences the work of .rescuing was begun and carried out as rapidly as possible in the darkness of the night. Great apprehension is felt for the families living on the ditch south of Uvalde, where from seventy-five to one hundred families live, and the land lying fifteen feet lower than Uvalde. It is feared they have been destroyed. One Mexican family living on the ranch of L. Scwartz, five miles below, is supposed to have been lost, no vestige of the ranch buildings being left. It is feared that Ind!- anolas history is reported. W..^ A track walker of the Southern. Pacific, after wading through water up to his neck with his lantern elevated above his head, succeeded in feeling his way far enough east to intercept a westbound train and prevent its plunging 1 into the raging river where the railroad bridge had been destroyed. News reached Uvalde that three IN f m DAf 8 OF OLD. OP M6At§ ties- BV A CHAPTER FHOM OLb TIAN SCIENCE:. Antom*tie Sl&g.nft Bird ill Ale*- ftfidria—ttftlvlft* fttt Apple Without tutting the String—th« Oreftt Amer- Icafl Aloo—tndttrtr.nt Note*. CAPTURE OP DEERFIELD TRAIN ROBBERS. The Chicago Police Distinguish Themselves in the Hottest Man-Hunt on Record. It is a long time since the police of any city succeeded in rounding up train yobbers as quickly as did the Chicago police when they arrested Griswold and Lake last week. The corpse of Detective Owens, the brave North western railway detective who tried to arrest them in the act of holding up a •train on that road near Deerfield, 111., was scarcely cold when a squad of flffjcers surrounded the robbers near Desplaiues. The bandits were taken prisoners at the muzzles of Winchesters and brought to Chicago under heavy guard. They are held for the mwrder of Owens. Detective McGrath, shot in the attempt to capture them naar Evapston, may not live. ,eral miles of track of the Mexican In- tej-natipnal and the Monterey and Mexican. Gulf railroads. The cities, are badly flooded and three children drowned, It will require several tp repair the damage tp railroads. BOYS ROBBED THE BANK, youths Captured tor the Beceut at S e y»»<wri ivjs. Wis., Sept. }.— Two the Taank at Seymour was by ^n»^lifl|T ft'°n» the outside vault 9nd JSP in Bm aii left otttlidu the safe, Yesterday Willie Roioft » yaj*Bf map pf th&t city, families living below town were drowned- The names have not yet been learned, The loss to the Southern -Pacific company is enormous, forty miles of track aod many bridges having been washed away. Over one hundred carloads pf material and 300 laborers Jeft San Antonio for the scene of the wreckage, The damage to the Southern Pacific estends eastward about seveu* ty-five mjies from Uvalde, A rough estimate of the loss to property JQ general and the railroad company will, as far as known, reach us accomplices John welt W«fl e y Ita the Sept, j,*-The in tbe treasury yesterday was Pi Which S5 5. 3*8, 033 was The total receipts from, ijuring the SBfiO Ofr ALEX" endria has left accounts of several strange automata made by the toe- chanics of ancient days, but the most remarkable is that of the singing birds, of which he gives a drawing and a meagre description. An air-tight box of metal was provided, Which was divided into four compartments, 1, 2, A, 4, by horizontal diaphragm plates. On the top of this box was a basin, O, for receiving the water of a fountain. Around this basin were four birds, A, B, C, D, perched upon branches of shrubs, which apparently grew out of the top of the box. Each of these branches was hollow, and communicated with one of the compartments already najaed by one of the pipes, 0, 10, 12, and 13, which passed but a short dis- ance through the tops of the several compartments. The bodies of the birds were also hollow, and were connected with the hollow branches by tubes in their legs. In the hollow body of each bird were two musical reeds or whistles of different note. One of these would sound when air was forced outward through the beak of the bird and the other would only respond to air drawn inward. This alternate action of the air and consequent variation of note was produced by the peculiar way in which the water supplied by the fountain was made to pass through the several compartments. The water from the basin, O, entered compartment, 1, near its bottom by the pipe, 11, and as it rose in the compartment it compressed the air above it, which escaped through the beak of the bird, A, and caused its first note to sound; but when the water reached the top of the bend of the siphon, 5, it at once commenced to discharge by that siphon into compartment 2; but as the siphon, 5, was so proportioned that it discharged the water much faster than it was supplied by pipe, 11, the level of the water in compartment, 1, gradually fell, and the air in passing ' into this compartment through the beak of the bird, A, caused its second note to sound. As the water rose in compartment, 2, it compressed the air above it, which passed by the pipe, 10, to the bird, B, which then sounded its first note, while the bird, A, was sounding its second, and this state of affairs continued until all of the water was discharged from compartment, .1, and compartment, 3, was filled to the top of the bend of siphon, 6, which then commenced to discharge into compartment, 3, and as siphon 5, had ceased tp operate the water gradually fell in compartment, 2, and the air entering by the beak of the bird, B, sounded its second note. While this was taking "place compartment, 1, was again filling, and the first note of bird, A, sounding, and compartment, 3, was also filling, and the air above the water therein was being forced by the pipe, 13, into the bird, 0, and causing its first note to sound. By following out the operations described and tracing the action of the flux and reflux of the water in the compartments, 3 and 4, it will readily be seen that the bird, C, will sound its second note when the compartment, a, is being discharged by siphon, 7, into compartment, 4, and at the same. time the bird, P, will sound its first note and that eventually the w&ter will escape from the automaton by the siphon, S, causing the second note of the bird, P, to be heard. It is evident thftt by simple and well-known means any of the bird notes can be made to trill, and that it is only necessary to properly propoi" tion the discharging capacity of the siphons to insure the repetition and admixture of the notes in a bird-like The Electric The housewife who can by the simple pressiojr pf a button supply tt»e fuel by wlUch, all nepessaj-y «ppkjng Operations of the household are carried OR will no do,u,bfc rejoice J« hjer cipatton from the dust, woke, and labor attending the manag pf wood and coal ranges, afttl tilt? sti flijng aijd ujjwhQle$o Awi ttU«* ite keeper confidently m 'pastff fflaj* Dedooktd pfecliely t« the desired eoldf and flavor, without burning, ThS rftngl is in feo* iftBge 1 , With doors and & cap or dome connected with pip6 in the flue. This carries off all oders and superfluous' heat, and by the gentle current of ait it creates assists in purifying the at' mosphefe bf the rdom. There is the- usual hot water boiler or feservoi* with pipes and heating coils inside of 'the electric range. This Arrangement which, with the promised cheapness of electricity, seems likely to be brought into the range of practical household appliances, will be cleanly, convenient, certain in its results and a boon in its freedom from the heat and other annoyances that ordinarily attend the use of the popular cooking stoves of the day, With Needle and Thread. An apple can be cut in half without cutting the skin. With a fine needle and thread take a stitch in the apple just under the skin, as shown in Fig. 1, and draw the thread through carefully. Now place the point of the needle into the hole from which it just came, and pushing it gently under the skin, take another stitch, Fig. 2. Keep doing this until you have gone around the apple, but in taking the last stitch be careful to draw the needle from out of the hole it made when inserted to make the first stitch. Npw the thread completely encircles the-apple just under the skin and the threads are seen hanging loose, Fig. 3. Crossing these threads, pull them steadily and firmly in opposite directions, and in a few moments the apple will be cut completely in two, and the whole of the thread will have been drawn away through the small hole. If nicely done no sign of a breakage will appear on the surface, although the apple is cut into two parts. A Curious Superstition. Natural phenomena often give rise to superstitions, and when these are of long standing and have been augmented by tradition, credulous people seem to pin their faith to them unquestioningly. The. natives of the vicinity of Laos regard with the extrem- est awe a certain plateau that divides their territory from Anam. This plateau is covered with trees and dense foliage, and is a region of almost perpetual rains. Hunters are forbidden to speak aloud, to fire guns or make any unusual noise, and fires must not be lighted lest it should cause the rain to fall. These untutored children of the forest long agO| grasped the idea that rainfalls could be precipitated by concussion or by disturbing the strata of the air. They, however, regarded the matter as something supernatural and wonderful, not being able to grasp the idea of natural cause and effect. Great American Aloe. We have all heard of the aloe, which blooms but once in a hundred years. In the gardens of the Eoyal Botanic society at Regent's park there is a "Great American Aloe" (the Agave Americana), which is on the point of bursting into flower. The last flowering of an aloe occurred in 1856. Interviewing the secretary, Mr. William Sowerby, on Monday, we heard that THE FJ.AWT AUD BI-OSSPSI, the aloes now growing are abput 50 years old, and were imported frpm, South America. The circumstance of an aloe flowering in the Royal Botanic Gardens is so exceptionally rare that already quite a* sensation has been created in anticipation of the event Mf»|n» pit Tije u§e of wop4en water pipe? is not new >B fept hut i» app "fhe Denver wprks u,§e them gjcciusiYejy, over sixteen milei pipe haying be$R laid within the flye years, The Pip?ft ftre, W* d e fashtpn. pf lo.n£ bajrrelj!, thick §t»Yes <?f se, with irop fen»4§ t? freW tbeoa in pla.cs, eiBM, ftBAtoiiiro fdft tlitle fey ttte fAUkttli Bos —The Ttttiider Cloud ttftd Wltad. I suppose you have all heard of Gen. Stonewall Jackson, one of the bravest soldiers of the Confederacy, says the New York World. 'Little Sorrel was his favorite horse. Th« general had othei* horses, some of them much finer than this one, but none ever took the same place in his affections, fie rode the faithful animal In nearly every battle in which he was engaged during the war, and he was mounted on Little Sorrel when he received the wounds of Which he died, at the battle of Chaucel- lorsvllle. The first appearance of Little Sorrel was at Harper's Ferry, where he was captured by the Confederate army, along with a whole car load of horses that were bound for Washingto for the use of the government. Two of them were bought by Gen. Jackson, and the smaller one lie called Fancy, though he does not seem to have been generally known by that name. Fancy was a well built animal, and always kept fat and in good condition notwithstanding the hard work and privation lie endured. He never seemed to feel tired by the long marches, and his gait was as easy as the rocking of a cradle. He had the most beautiful eyes, large and -soft like a gazelle's', and so intelligent and expressive that he could almost speak with them. When the command halted for rest Little Sorrel would lie down like a dog. His master made a great pet of him, and many an apple he received from the general's hand. Little Sorrel had really a happy time all' through the war itntll the terrible battle of Chancellorsville. Then he had the great misfortune to lose his master, whom he loved so dearly, and for a time lie was lost, but he was found by a Confederate soldier and sent home to Gen. Jackson's family in North Carolina. There he lived for many years. Nothing was too good, you may be sure, for old Sorrel. He passed his time in the greenest of pastures. For a long time lie was tho riding horse of the old minister Gen. Jackson's fatli- er-in-law. It must have been a change, indeed, nud 110 doubt ho found it dull work .legging along to the country" after all tho excitement of battles. Bnt old Sorrel had a contoit- ed mind, and he was quite happy. Sometimes the thought of liis master and the soldiers who had been so devoted to him made him sad, but then he diverted himself in various ways. One of these was to let himself out of Ms stfxble, lor lie could let down bars and lift latches with his mouth just as well as a man with his hands, and then lie would go to tho doors of all the other horses and mules, let each 0110 out, and march off, followed by all the rest, like a soldier leading liis command, to the green fields of grain on the farm, where they would eat as much as they wanted. You see, old Sorrel was not selfish. He wanted to give all tho other horses pleasure as well as to take it himself, He would have thought it a mean trick to leave them shut up while he was off enjoying a holiday. , Fences were no obstacles to mm. He could lift off the top bars with liis nose until they were low enough to jump over. • ' Of course he did a great deal of mischief, but ho was such a pet. that lie had Ws own way in .everything, and no one was ever alloAved to punish him for his freaks. So he lived, honored and respected, till he was over thirty years old, and then when lie died Ills skin was stuffed and mounted, and he stands now in the library of the soldiers 1 ' home in Kiclunond, where some of you may perhaps see Mm. Saved l»y the Flitthful Doe, BoWiy. A great many years ago, on a large sailing ship, going from England to China, there was a little boy five years old. He was with his parents and they had a large dog named Bobby. This the 1 Ship gave & Wfcli and the child fell Bobby was not far behind; te went over, the side like a shot after his pky* fellow. One of the sailors gav© the fllarnS tfnd In A minute the crew tvas in A . State of wild excitement. The saliof* got down a boat as quickly as theft couldj but It was now Quite dark anal neither dog nor child could be seen* They heard a faint splashing, however, and pulled toward the sound and there was Bobby with the child in bis mouth. They were both nearly dead When thy, Wt'.e dragged into the boat, and faithful fiobby sank down into the bottom of It quite out of breath. Tlie meik rowed back to tiie ship and the child was given to his mother, who took him. down Iflto her cabin. Bobby went too, He would ttbt stir from his side, but licked the boy's little cold hands and feet till warmth came back to thenu , Then when the boy had fallen asleep- Bobby lay down and slept too. You may be sure that Bobby was the hero of the ship after this. Every one potted and biade much of him, but it did not hinder them from playing a very cruel and thoughtless trick, and one which was very nearly the death, of the poor animal, When the ship reached the Cape the child and his parents went ashore in a boat, and Bobby, was held back on the ship to see what, he would do. The poor dog was nearly frantic. He struggled and fought, but they would not let him go until a small flag was held up as a signal. Then they loosed him, and Bobby dashed over the side and swam as fast as he could niter the boat. He had got about half the distance when they heard him give a loud, shrill howl of distress. "They saw a flash of White, in the 'water. A shark was following the dog, and there seemed no hope of saving him from the shark's cruel teeth. The child screamed: "Oh, save poor Bobby! Save my poor Bobby!" His father had a gun with him, and the- boat waited until the shark came in ; range. Then he fired and killed it'and" Bobby was saved. They dragged the- dog into the boat. He was nearly lifeless with fright and hard swimming,, and the sailors on board the ship and! the men in the boat shouted, and every; one cheered Bobby. - cinm's Revenge.'' I teased the dog the other night. And threw stoues at the cat, And father said: "Sam, go to bed! I'll see how you like that!" And while I lay there, broad awake, Father and Uncle Will Stood talking late, Down by the gate. I heard them—'twas so still! "He's full of pranks, but so was I Said father, with a laugh. "Great jokes I played, Much mischief made! Sam's not GO bad, by half!" «ol»ljy und Hit* apd Bobby l^ad grown, up togeth, ev, a»d. although, it was ft very long for ft dpg they were aU so fopd. )»}m that they could sot leave Mm fttljpBiQjn England. Bobby Jwd, the range pf tlie $Mp, aod fee and the ch}ja used t» play tpgfttliW on the 4eck .t fW With tfep g»HpW. lvej,-ytjtipg >y,epi; ,pp weU until Pftm.e , ftt uu, eqijsti (Jlafa.n.ce other, ana if P >J9g ^taw j & Father said that! I heard him plaint "Far worse than Sam!" he said. Now if that's so, I'd like to know Why ho sent me to bed! He teased the clog and stoned the cat When he was small, he said! Then it's unfair That he should daro To send rue off to bed! All right! Some day my 'little son May Into tricks be led! And if this lad Should prove so bad, I'll start him off to bed! —Eva Lovett. AliNent-MlnOlea, People of great attainments are often forgetful of small things, their minds, doubtless, being absorbed iu the con- toniplatlon of -future achievements; this, however, is not always the case, as there are many instances of genius united with great power of memory, and observant of the small details of dally life. itadaroe Sarftli Grand, the novelist, is one of thoso known as "absent" n,Ji:d£d." One day a visitor found her with a big, awkward volume on hep luiee, lieated, excited and evidently put out, "Is anything the mattor?" asked the visitor. "Oil, yes," slio answered, "I've lost my pen, and I'm writing to catcli tho post." "Why, whera are you looking fop it?" She glanced at the visitor, and theft at the book. "I— I believe I was looking for |t< among the p's in tUe dictionaiy," . ...... i* Pifflcnlt folnt, Mpiisiour Pufetfp of Paris was chpae$ fpr the first time to Ws lite to be & second to a duel, As he weat pn, the field' he shewed go nm<?jj, that Ws fellow secpnf} ask.ed. "Don't ya» TOaerstaml wh,at to do?" "J'l'rfoctly, »U but P»e tUtog," saM- Piifevin," "What's tUat?" Uttte boy and VM * V *'.,*; *" *f 2™ * if T***VV * ommyn %^W££../ V «/& '•* .*•''" , 'f. '"• >' T ' ' - "' ' i 1 ^ * • !l/ '' 1

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