The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on September 19, 1894 · Page 4
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, September 19, 1894
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't l- !• r'Afrl Lj-'IDWA, WKDNfiSBAY , 19, 1894 40 Ofiflb wO any ftuurenS t»v BOO v 6 rftTCo* . , JMUiyt «M*, JndfiW o*d«, e*i#eSt ttrtW, vettlelng seat Oft ftjitiltcatlon. Corwith Hustler in its last issue eaysi "(JverhiiCdsstith county seine of the i«epublicati candidates buy half column tttifts ftt |6 per puff. What's the matter •with Hancock! Wake up gentlemen, to tHe situation 1 For 15 apiece We • will demonstrate beyond afly reasonable doubt that you each and all possess the accuinu* lattid Wisdom of the ages, and the Virtues of the patron saints, and whom the goddess of victory frowns Upon the 36th of next .September we will insure a Christian This item Is intended as a pleasantry, no doubt, for we do not believe that there is a paper published in Kossuth county which would for $5 or any other sum sell its opinions as to the fitness or desirability of a candidate for office, or that it Would accept any amount for anything but such an announcement of .candidacy as is legitimate advertising. It is not only proper but necessary that candidates have some method of announcing that they are in the field. They do this by cards which in the Algona papers are charged for at the rate of $2 each,- a price established by custom, and certainly not sufficient to warrant any suspicion of over pay for the service. Some times the papers comment on the various candidates who announce themselves, and as a matter of news, state who they are, and where they have lived, and what claims they present. Butwe.are confident that in no case has any paper been secured by any fee whatever to yield its influence to any man's candidacy. As a joking item what the Hustler says may pass, although from the standpoint of good newspaper policy it must "be classed with begging appeals, stock poverty items, and cards of thanks. It tends, to confirm an impression which too many are willing to harbor that newspapers really are bought up each fall for certain candidates either by cash payment or promises. "This is not true as every editor knows. Why then should any color be given - tO'the idea even to help out a readable item? The tendency should be the other way. More evidence of actual independence, of freedom to comment on officials and candidates, and of holding the press aloof from the mere scramble for spoils is what is needed. ON THE SAFE SIDE. Louie Lange has at last explained why he does not want to run for congress: ••'The danger of congressional life is again illustrated in the Stewart scandal, which , treads closely on tbe heels of the Brecken- rldge episode. We are glad that we have Withdrawn and will not come within reach ,of those evil influences. Any young man 'with a half'way decent character can not afford to monkey with the congressional •siren." We take it that the closing clause has no reference to Bro. Lange's democratic predecessor of two years ago who contemplated the aforesaid siren with some eagerness, because the Breckenridge and Stewart matters were not then public. If Bro. Lange's feelings represent any wide-spread democratic •sentiment we fear that there is. going to be a dearth of candidates in the future. KEEP THE RECORD STRAIGHT. In speaking of C. E. Cohoon's candidacy for the judgeship the Estherville Democrat says: "Politically, he is independent, always supporting the candidates for office that in his judgment will best serve the people." And tbe EstherviUe Vindicator of tbe same date says, "p. E. Coboon, a . republican, .was nominated for judge." "While this conflict of opinion is perhaps excusable in view of Mr, Cohoon's political career, "there is no occasion for it since the convention which nominated him, because he stated to the .Committee which waited upon him that he was not a democrat, republican, or independent, but a populist, Mr, ' <3oboon has been a republican, and, we Relieve, also a democrat, but he is now $ populist and does not try to conceal it. . A SAMPLE OF REFORM. The new tariff bill raises tbe rate on :- #ne commodity 569 per cent, over the : MoKinley law. And what is this , favored product of tbe United States? ;Jfoo§ other than maple sugar. When "4jfenj&t0r Edmonds insisted upon haying made to include tbe the jokes OB We little state swelled papers nigh to burst- Aod now & democratic congress e« iu an protect? maple sugar 669 tob mucTi feenfeeyiflg with Queen Lil; ttfo mudh IMst favoritism; too much incoinpe- t eftCe in C6n#fefeS j too ffitich general CUssed- besft and fopHshneDs. No good, strong maft Would have it, and 66 the convention ran to eaptyihgs.'* ^ Congressman Wilson telit- them IB London that Allison will be tht next republican candidate. We hope he hits it better on this Sill than he did on his. tariff bill. _. Senator Funk is a Thos. B. Reed man, if a candidate is to be chosen east of the Mississippi. Reed la the brainiest man in public life today. Geo, E. Roberts is doing the east and gives an item of experience at Niagara Falls which will be appreciated by all Who haVe been there; "In touching briefly upon the scale oh Which all the features of Niagara harmonize, t would not profane the grandeur of nature by any- cheap sarcasm upon the greed of man, hut in closing it is proper to say that the gorge of the river and the gouge on the visitor are still on the same scale of size if not mag' niflcence. Beginning with a charge Of 10 cents for a morning paper in the Clifton House and ending, as I left town, With a charge by that hotel of 35 cents for a bridge ticket, which at the bridge cost only 10 cents, it was a fight With skilled highwaymen all day. I had been to the falls he- fore, and succeeded in getting aWay from the Clifton comparatively unscathed by paying $1 each for breakfast and dinner, but a gentleman who came for his first visit in the same car with me, and who neglected to make his toilet for the day before he left the sleeping car, left $5 for tbe same time at the hotel. I think it must have been a visit to the falls that led John I. Blair, the venerable millionaire railroad owner, to form the habit of changing his shirt in the wash room." Daily Capital: "Every time a state goes republican the business outlook improves." The state report is that Iowa will have 120,000,000 bushels of oats this year. The State Register states the situation when it says: "The withdrawal of Louie Lange, democratic nominee for congress in the Tenth district, in favor of Mr. Baker, the nominee of the »populists, will have the certain result of increasing Mr. Dolliver's majority. Mr. Baker is a rank populist and it is not possible to even conceive of sound money democrats voting for him. Hundreds will vote for Mr. Dolliver in preference, or will not vote at all. Mr. Dolliver has made the Tenth Iowa one of the conspicuous districts of the state and the country. What would Mr. Baker be able to do in congress? What iota would he add to its reputation as a district in national affairs? The whole state has interest in the re-election of Mr. Dolliver because the whole state has been honored by him in congress. Mr. Baker is not a fitting representative of the Tenth district, neither does he represent democratic principles. He is a populist pure and simple, and intelligent democrats see nothing to be gained by voting for him, even if he could be elected." LAFE TOOTG_ON PRAYERS. Speaking of prayer—and since the republican convention tbe people of Iowa have been speaking of it rather more than usual—has recalled the well remembered and very appropriate invocation of the Rev. Moses Shinn, who as chaplain of the Iowa legislature in March, 1858, besought the Lord to give us "a sound currency, pure water and an undefiled religion" The problem then before the country was how to recover from the panic of 1857, which was largely due to an unsound currency of the kind called "wildcat," and to pray for a sound currency was praying to' the point. The supplication of the Methodist brother at the opening of a republican convention in Des Moines is also recalled, when the lord was asked to grant the usual 40,000 majority and to "double it if in thy infinite wisdom it shall seem fit and proper." I M I The subject is by no means exhausted, however. Scattered along the pathway heavenward lies many a gem of purest ray serene that is worthy of a newspaper setting. It was an Iowa chaplain of the house, for example—the Rev. Mr, Thorpe, we believe—who during the days of Mr. Hayes' southern policy and civil service order No. 1, so obnoxious to the stalwart republicanisni of Iowa—urged upon the Lord " that the backbone of the president might be strengthened, Jf it be not inconsistent with the Divine will." Upon another occasion the same gentleman conceiving it to be his duty to pray for Mr, Hayes, even though his course was a little disappointing to the country, and yet being somewhat doubtful how the legislature would take it, put his petition Jn this form: "Although it may not be pleasant to some of thy servants here assembled, yet O Lord, we would beseech thy blessing this morning on tbe president of the United States." This delicately conveys the idea that the president's course hardly filled the bill and that he was to be prayed for rather under protest, something after the style of the chaplain of the Maine legislature who prayed for Goy, Garcelon thus: "Forgive, }f tbou canst, O !Lord, the sins of our governor." The worthy chaplain in this instance seemed to fear that there were some things that were beyond the power even of Omnipotence, and thgt placing GpY, Garcejon's name pa the schedule pf aaJvfttkm was on.e of them. In .marked contrast with this doubt was congregation bttS morning with the following ftetitto* i " ¥*o bi thy ief faflls ett the watch towers of Zioti have fallen into the hands of Delilahs add have gone through the wide gate and on the broad way that leadeth to destruction. O, Lord, thou khOTfrest how sofely thy secant whd addfe&seth thee U beset. Stand by him In his moments of temptation, lest he fall, for the flesh is weak and •without thine aid must yield and then the enemies of the church will shout aloud, ' another preacher has lost his grip.'" As may be supposed this gentleman caused quite a sensation and for some time the betting was even on the strength of the preacher and .the Delilah who was " besetting" him. Praying for those itl authority in a left handed Way is not a new thing, Long ago the Rev. Mr. Erskine prayed, " O God have mercy on all puir simple fuies, find especially on the magistrates of Edinburgh," and later old Father Taylor of Worchester, prayed, "O Lord give us a better city government. Yes, Lord, give us a considerably better one." A chaplain of the Ohio legislature once prayed, "May corruption and sin of every form be as far from every member of this legislature, O Lord, as Thou art I" He meant well, but he made 'he members look queer for a minute, though not queerer than a certain colonel at a banquet where there was no clergyman, 'Ho was asked to say grace and his simple petition was, " O Lord, make us honest and rich." An Iowa editor near him was dissatisfied With the brevity of the performance and Issued a supplement as follows : " Yes, Lord, make the colonel the former and thy humble servant the latter as thou seest we need. Amen." . The chaplain of the Pennsylvania legislature, just after the publication of Bret Harte's "Heathen Chinee," and during a session when 1 rumors of bribery and corruption were particularly rife, prayed that the members might be kept from " ways that are dark and tricks that are Vain," and the smile that followed was quite audible. Although prayers are supposed to be addressd to the throne of grace, official ones sometimes need amending for the sake of those here below. Chaplain Sunderland of the United States senate made the prayer at the formal ceremonies on the death of Charles Sumner, and by some oversight forgot to mention the vice president. He hastened around to see the agent of the Associated Press about it but could not find him, and at last he had to content himself with getting the special correspondent of a leading New York daily to telegraph to his paper. The forgotten petition reached the public by wire, but whether it reached any higher does not appear. Some are not intended to reach anybody but the audience, It was the Rev. Mr. Kirk, we believe, who in the opinion of the daily payers, "made the best prayer ever addressed to a Boston audience." 'Some prayers seem designed to instruct Deity, as for example that of the minister who began his Sunday morning invocation with, " O Lord, if thou re- memberest what we told thee last week," while others seem to take it for granted that what is going on on earth is known in heaven, as in the case of Edward Beecher, who preached at Plymouth church once during the Beecher trial, and began his morning prayer with the words, " We do not need to mention to thee, O Lord, the trial which our pastor is undergoing." A convention prayer, like any other, should be direct and to the point, asking just what is wanted. A good example of this is the prayer of the Rev. Mr. Norse, at one of General Logan's conventions in Illinois in 1880. Among other pertinent petitions he.urged the Lord to " see to it that no mistakes are made here today, so that our political opponents may not gain power through our blunders," Here we will leave the subject, lest this article may be, in part, like the prayer of the Rev. Mr, Pride at a Fourth of July celebration at Sioux City some years ago. According to the local press, " The procession was very fine and nearly two miles in length, as was also the prayer of the Rev. Mr. Pride." during $he £r$at flQ8« ft* Mid.dle.fteW, N, Y-, wp IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. The Bancroft old soldiers have a bean supper Sept. 26, That "Muldoon Bridge" has at last been begun down at LuVerne, Blue Earth sends a car of wheat to the fire sufferers near Duluth. The Bancroft city well will be eight inches in diameter as far as it can be drilled that size. The Vindicator says that Russian thistles are in Emmet county and have quite a foot hold. Jim Kelley, who went, to Colorado from Bancroft for his health, writes that he is getting well, The Estherville Republican .states that over one hundred lots have been sold at tbe different points of resort around West Okobojl, this season, and most of them with the understanding that cottages are to be built next summer. The Blue Earth Post reports a big grain yield in Jo, Davies county. From @i acres sowed to blue stem wheat and white Russian oats, Fred Chute threshed 700 bushels of grain, being a little over 100 bushels per acre. This is said to beat all records. Garner Signal: Uon- John E, Anderson of Forest City is one of the populist nominees for judge of the supreme court, If tbe other oan of the people's party are as well qualified for the several offices as Jobn~8. is for" supreme judge, one little Q would expreei the sum totil, What d.Q§e this __ burg Reporter says; « . A1 gQ8a'fl. i«0e representative, Q| larsd rage, was — •' JBMT" J py, ftcouainted with each other, however, &ud both dropped into the bank to" see about fixing their political fences down there. Qedf-ge thtfedtiffed them, and invited them to sit dtiwfl, which they did, and the game of freeze-out began. Neither one cared to talk politics in the presence of the other, and "thar th6y sot," each one determined to 6ut- stay the other, until theif 'bus had gofie to the train, when finally one of them told the other that if they wanted to go on that train they had better be going, and they went. Geo. E. Clarke tried a case at tttim- boldt last week for Mrs. Oella Hewitt against her husband, The Indopnnd- ent says: The court then proceeded to take up by special assignment tbe case of Oella Hewitt against Charles N. Hewett. This Was ft proceeding by the former wife to recover possession and custody of the four children of plaintiff and defendant. The parties were divorced some two years ago and the custody then given to the husband, the wife making no objection. After a full hearing of the circumstances surrounding the children and evidence of the ability and fitness of the parties the court awarded the custody of one of the children to the mother, leaving the other three with the father, Would-be Congressman Baker had a fire on his farm in Palo Alto last week. The Democrat says: His horse barn, an adjoining stock shed, his hog house, and two corn cribs were destroyed by fire. Two large hogs, four pigs, several sets of harness and 75 bushels of oats, were also burned. The barn was insured for $200, but the othdr property was a total loss. Mr. Baker's son and the other help on the farm had just returned from the fields for .supper and were doing their choring when the blaze started. A lighted lantern was banging in the bnrn and a colt knocked against it and threw it down. In a moment the straw and bedding were all on fire. One of the young men grabbed up a quantity of the blazing stuff and carried it out but the fire spread so rapidly that all efforts to quench it proved fruitless. There were six horses in the barn at the time and it was with great diffl culty that they were removed. A large cattle barn stood close by and it proved to be a hard task to keep it from going up in smoke. THOSE DOCTOR BILLS. Dr. McCoy Asks Why tlio Physician Should Charge Less to the County than the Lawyer and Grocer. To the Editor: I was much inter ested in your article in last week's paper on the question of medical attendance on those who are unfortunate enough to require aid in payment of bills by the county. But there are a few things that seem to require further light. Why should a physician render service to the aggregate collection of tax payers, known as Kossuth county, at less rate than to the humblest citizen in the county? What privileges does the county confer on a physician more than on any other citizen? Does he have an abatement of taxes or any other privilege that is not enjoyed by al! alike, and why should a physician do business on a different basis than the other • professions or trades? We fancy the lawyer, the grocer, and the druggist and the undertaker have no] and from present outlook do not intend doing business at half rates. Then why urge it upon the physician? As a rule the conscientious practitioner earns all he receives, and to me there seems to be no benefit accruing in the financial or social welfare of the county in the method of letting the care of the poor to the lowest bidder. The best service is not secured in that way. Bills that are unjust should not be allowed, and no honest or capable practitioner will present such. If • il should be done, it would be easy to gel at the facts in most of the cases anc settle it in a- business way. Having no axe to grind in this matter I speali freely on this question and hope thai the discussion of the question will give us what we are searching for, that is, light. H. C. MCCOY, M. D. AL, ADAMS OH OOHOOF, How a Real Simon Pure Democrat Feels Over a Second Dose of Populism. Al. Adams was chairman of the judicial convention which selected C, E, Cohoon to run against W. B. Quarton. Al. wanted a democrat. Here is his report of the outcome: For a man who believes in genuine old-fashioned democracy and has practiced its virtues and suffered for its sins for lo, these many years, the editor of this jm.per feels that his cup of bitterness is full to overflowing'—his dish of crow is full up and running over. After practicing a month to keep his political stomach right side up when considering the nomination of a populist for congress by a large majority of a regular democratic convention, he went to the Emmets burg judicial con vention to assist in the nomination of some good democrat for the office of judge, only to find that he was to he pound hand and foot and delivered over to the Philistines again, and to see an intelligent democratic convention fall down and again worship the silver calf of populism, Yea, verilyl Our oup of affliction is full and its taste is like unto the closing night of a mulct shop opening, We had prayed that this oup might pass away from us, but it was not to oe, We have escaped death, but in our nakedness and humility we cry aloud, We are clothed only in our good intentions and what little honor may come from a quiet kick. It is orow—but-^it's goodl * One Hundred Pojjare Reward If frequently offered for'the arrest Pi some <?rii)}, This is «n right if you guilty party; but we 'f>u 9&ers on wwofc you !£, YwjrtUffljfflJSWBt mM$, wjtejsgri. w,e ft&ye a th mmm ieeuity fen? kayeJwtrepiiYe4 five dOOD STOttiES WELL TOLD, W, W» Titns Cotitinnes His Reminis- ceflces of Sfioft lit Kosstith Ten 1f eaf8 Ag& this 'Time He was After Geese, and the feftader is Assured that tt Was by No Means & Failure. W. W-. Titus continues liis «toriesof hunting in KossUth in the American Field, This week we rcpublish ht& account of experiences in 1882, uFier returning frotn the dog trlnls ttt Fttif- tnouat, Minn, It includes a. yoose hunt at Buffalo Forks! After the conclusion of these trials Mr, Straight, Nesbttt^ and myself started back to Iowa again. Getting an early start we drove by the farm by the lake where we had stopped coming out, but were eo unfortunate as to miss the road to our Freemason friend who so hospitably entertained us on our way up to Fairmount. The shadows of night were falling fast, and the mosquitoes increasing in proportion, when away off across the prairies we spied, a little white farmhouse; we drove toward it with many speculations whether they would let us stay all night. The owner was in front of the house, awaiting our arrival, and to our 'inquiry if we could stay all night responded that we could. After putting up the team, we all sat down on the cellar door to talk and got better acquainted while we . were waiting for supper. Our host did most of the talking, and many of his statements were so strongly on the Munchausen order that Mr. Straight, (who 'was straight by nature as well as name,) dubbed him "Ananias II," while Nat, who, by the strong traits inherited from his Scotch ancestry, has a way of calling a spade a spade, referred to our garrulous host as " one of the dod-gasted liars I ever listened to." After awhile his wife called us to supper, and when the screen door was opened into the room serving both as •dining room and kitchen, I thought from the roar within j they must have a hive of bees; but it proved to' be only house-flies. The appearance of the man's wife was dirty and slouchy, the children were dirty-faced and ragged, and the general surroundings were not such as would inspire a feeble appetite to a greater effort. For supper we had boiled sandhill crane, bread and butter and tea, which with ordinary cleanness was enough for anyone: but, as we saw it. it was too much. The bread had currents mixed in the dough in lavish abundance, I thought, until a closer scrutiny revealed that many of the black objects that I. had taken to be currents were the bodies of defunct flies, which had evidently perished by rashly venturing into the dough before it had gone out of its sticky state. ' Mine host helped me to a hunk ol sandhill crane about the size and shape of a base ball, and I hacked off a little piece and put it in my mouth and began to chew; it; but the more I chewed the bigger it got, until I finally managed to smuggle it out of my mouth onto the edge of my plate. My host wanted to help me to more crane, to the utter disregard of the corner in crane meat I had on my plate. I declined with thanks, and remarked that I was not very fond of crane, any way; but that my friends, Nesbitt and Straight, were absolutely slaves to their love of stewed crane, and told him not to insist on their having any more .or I would not answer for the consequence. He insisted, however, but his pleadings fell on deaf ears, and I noticed their plates contained specimens of half-masticated stewed crane. After we got up stairs Nat remarked that he had tried all kinds of meat in all shapes of cookery, but that stewed crane was nearer to what he imagined a < stewed India-rubber boot-leg would taste like than anything he could think of. Then Straight sprang this conundrum on us: "Wh is stewed crane like Hamlet's ghost? To which he suggested the answer, " because it will not down," following which our attack on him was so fierce that he wisely refrained from another attempt at punning that night. We tried a few more days' shooting together, but birds were beginning to pack and little work could be done on them with a dog, as it was now close to the month of October. I was out one day, though, and happened upon the most remarkable luck in the way of prairie chicken shooting I have ever experienced, I had been to a small lake and killed a few mallards, and was on my way home, when I saw coming across the prairie a very large covey o: prairie chickens. I dropped out of sight, thinking they might pass over me within gunshot; but they did not, They flew to my right, and scattered out in some long grass along a swale, I felt in my .pockets to see how many shells I bad, and finding I bad nearly 301 decided I would take the dog and go over there and see if I could not get a little work with him on them; sol started, It was one of those hazy, soft, lazy Indian* summer days,, and I have never in my life seen prairie chickens lie better than those did, There must have been at least 800 birds in the pack, and they were scattered over a large space of ground; a public road ran across the swale they lit in, farther to the left. I had hardly got to where J marked them down, before the "dog pointed, I walked in, flushed an old cock, and killed him etone dead at about 8Q yards, Letting tbe bird lie, I cautioned tbe dog to work for live birds; directly be pointed again, and this time two flushed, one right after the other, I killed both, loaded, and worked the dog qn; h,@ pointed, another, which I killed, h«t another flushing be* bind me J shot behind and missed. Wftfklugon again, the dog poioted pother, which; I killed; and then j killed, another to a point a little farther an. Aadjja, I feept wwkieg .quietly b&oJcwMl forth,i until J hj4 ehet .away jtoUI.M.: t Have killed a huffed, if.nbl praifie chickens fight out of that as wheH 1 quit shooting the b&tftfceS «f tile birds had eot fitlsbed, ftfld th&rS must hare been at least 250 bird* left. A short .tifiseaftef this Nat, nQrseWj And two brothers, name Dick and Soloti Wilsdn, started Up to Buffalo Forks 6ft u big duck -hunt. Dick was a Wild hnfutn ecartim fellow^ and was the* driver; he had his own team, which was a good one, and Whenever the road was particularly inviting he would slacken the reins and emit such a succession of blood-curdling yells that his team would break into a dead ruri, and we would fairly fly for awhile, M6w the roads up there have ruts in them that they call "chuck holes" (and they will chuck you, Efure enough, if you get into them at full.speed), and every time Dick would let off the brakes, and let, the horses go— to us it seemed a mile a miiiUte^we WePe every instant expecting a wheel to drop into one of these holes, and the occupants of the wagon to be thrown skyward. We missed them for several splurges, but at last we struck one that mixed up the con* tents of the wagon indiscriminately, and when Dick crawled back over the dashboard from astraddle the pole I thought he looked as though his impetuosity had received a check, Which it had, and he was as quiet a driver after that as we could have desired. We struck some of the Wilson's kinsfolk, and though they only had one-. room, in which they cooked, ate, and slept, they insisted with rare hospitality that we should take the bed— tnatis,, I mean, take it so far as it would go, which was to the extent of furnishing a sleeping place for the W t ilsonsand Nat, while I bunked oh a pallet on the floor. Our host and his family, 'when they retired for the night, climbed a little ladder and disappeared in the loft, above, and from the .way the loose' planks creaked and rattled up there L looked for a deluge .of half-disrobedS humans every minute, but my fears- were groundless, and nothing of a startling nature happened. After turning and twisting and trying to' find a soft side to my bed I finally dropped off' to sleep, and slept soundly until Dick woke me in the morning • by yelling, "Get out of here every mother's son of you, .and let the lady of the, house come down stairs and get breakfast..". l f Come, get a mqve on you," he said .to, me, as he hit me a swipe wit,h a pillow! half the size, of: a bale of c^tto'ti. ^We all tumbled out in a hurry, ' re'dognizing the fact that a modest lady w6uld hard- ' ly care to descend those; 'stair's 1 ' except in the absence of masculirieeyes. 'Soon we were summoned to a -hot breakfast, and did ample justice to the good things set before us. . We decided to try some lakes lying to the east of us, and hitching up the team we were soon ready and off. We did not expect to kill much, our principal object being to get the lay of the country and find where the best bodies of water and the feeding grounds were. We drove over a flax stubble that extended over a rise, and when we got to the top of the rise we saw about 300 wild geese sitting on the stubble beyond us. Tt required but an instant to back the horses out of sight, and then we held a council of war how to get at them. I proposed getting out and going behind some' stacks of flax straw, while the team went around them, when perhaps they would come our way and we would get a shot. Nat would not get out, he said, because his gun was too light to kill geese; but as he was shooting a 7i pound ]2-gauge gun, and as good a shooting gun as anybody had, I think he had no confidence in our plans. Anyhow he stayed in the wagon with Dick, who was to do- the driving. After making a wide- circle, so as to got around them, Dick pulled the throttle wide open and. drove the horses at a gallop. I at once said to myself, "I'll bet Nat would give a dollar to be out of that wagon now." But the geese got up, and part of them came within range of my stand behind the stacks, and I got one with each barrel; both were fine big ganders, and Canada geese at that. Going on we soon came to a large' lake that lay in a narrow valley below us, so that we drove to the very edge of the rather high line of hills that formed the valley before we saw it. It seemed to be bountifully supplied with wild rice, and scores of ducks were wheeling and circling to and fro over its surface, finally alighting,' when another bunch would rise and go through the same maneuvers. Such parts of the open water as we could see were covered with ducks, and we decided to get out, scatter along the lake, and see. if we could not have some shooting, I decided to go to the upper end, which was narrower, and I had hardly got to a place where I could hide when the shooting began below me. At the report of the first gun. thousands of ducks arose with a roar almost deafening and described big circles around the lake, until the air was full of ducks; they seemed to be of almost all varieties, with perhaps more mallards than any other kind, Pretty soon they began coming to my end of the lake, and the shooting grew fast and furious. I shot until my gun barrels got so hot that I dipped them in the lake to cool them, and after awhile the ducks began to get higher and higher/until off they went to other lakes; while those that remained alighted in the middle. of our lake and refused to be disturbed, Collecting- what ducks I could with the setter that I depended on to do my retrieving, and losing many cripples that swam into the grass, I turned baok to join the rest at the wagon. On my way thither my dog pointed, and I flushed an old cook prairie chicken, which I gathered in put of the wet also, The rest had " killed many, hut having no retriever had lost all that fell in bad places; but we had enough, and started back to the ho^se, getting there in. time for The next morning we pulled put iov iiff e ' iV? d whe , n we W(?B * through the little. village of Burt, consisting of one store and four houses, we laid in a sup, ply of tobacco that left us no yneapipel* Pkbout running short again eVn. We had as mtof* lot of dwKs. aj I and when we got Wesley Reporter: I bis trade. ~~*5 a 5!> **Wstl BJrtMrt ft TS ..',>«! 'j&f

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