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- '., Ikrjfvf: H^' ' * ^K"*}?*. IKSHAfc* A y*af,. > &Bf address at ft&jVe rates/ " " • •jtfm, swfifef' 6*d«r, exgttsss eM&r Fat advertising lefit on a^iiSftMofi. fuk- ttfiSOtt* AfeAtt* X'^fhe State Megiitef would he war : tinted lii Criticising TfiE fepfift DBS MOIRES as it did last Thursday for th H|ti6tation from its columns we used two weeks ago, if we had not at the time baidthatit was taken from another fMlper, atid had not prefaced what we Jisald With ''if the Register is correctly tooted." As the Register does not repudiate the quotation, but on the contrary in several places in its last editorial on the freight question, in substance, repeats its theory that big-shippers should have lower rates than small f ones, no injustice has been done. |? The Register reasserts that its advo >'" , *aey of this theory is to meet actual < conditions, practices and necessities. ,' And what are all these? They are that Des Moines and some other interior "• cities not named do not have as favorable rates as Omaha or Chicago, and in , the Register's opinion, the only way to .get them is for the local Iowa rates tp ; be raised., thereby cpnclliating the railway managers whp will— " give Des Moines and all central Iowa • 'cities and towns the inter-state rates they •* are entitled to, in proportion to tbe amount •, of business and the distance their freights are hauled, as compared with the competing towns and cities of neighboring states." The Register dpes npt state what assurance it has that the railway managers will dp this. Des Mpines never 1 had as favorable rates as Omaha or Chicago before the Iowa law was enacted. In our humble opinion it never will have until the inter-state commerce law is made effective. Des Moines is not the competitive point "' that any of the commercial cities named by the Register is and never so long as the old theory of railway management prevails will be treated as . .they.are. ., But supposing the Register to be right, what would happen to the cities and towns not in "central Iowa?" There would then be " conditions" at * Algona, Mason City, Sheldon, etc. All ' of these towns would be put at the same disadvantage they experienced before the Iowa law was enacted, both ' In competition with Des Moines and with Illinois cities. Why should they s 'favor a change in the Iowa schedule which would result in higher freights for them and lower freights for a few favored places along rpads leading tp Omaha? The Register, being a state paper and npt confined to Des Moines, should consider this question. The Register's argument is not really against the present schedule of Iowa rates but against the Iowa law itself. It is for a discrimination in rates the Iowa law was especially devised tp prevent. In the quotation given above it is careful to say that Des Moines should have , rates " in proportion to the amount of business." This is only another way of stating a theory of railroading, as we have said all along, a theory which has been discarded and which as practiced by the roads has caused all the railway legislation from the inter-state commerce act down. If the theory were applied logically Des ifoines would be a mere suburb pf Chi- cagp, What prpportion does Des 'Moines' shipping bear tp Chicagp's, and what kind pf freight rates wpuld the capital city have if apportioned on this basis. What would become of the small shipper and the small town? They would not last as long even as the independent oil refiners did whp, besides the legitimate cpmpetitipn pf the Standard Oil company, had tp meet $JO,QOO,000 pf rebates oh freight tp that company in 18 months. It is exactly as reasonable at this day to assert that Chicago should have cheaper dpJJars than Des Moines, or De*s Moines than Algona, because they use more pf them as tp say that they shpuld have cheap' ,§r freight rates because pf larger busi- The Register's thepry is npt and tbe thepry pf the Iowa law is fe jwwnd anfl will stand. fts Mitof *«§ «vWf ~&* cofifidenee ih legislalioti .__„ —j&iator flfianelai iiis. Havffif lair railway fates will make h&- bttd> flfih, gb& issuing dollaf s at Wash- Ingtdfi tike t-alfi &wf>& will ptii nofie ttf theft (ti Anybody's pocket. All that mwi§ will db la tb give evefybtsd.t a faif star t IH the race. After that it is etef * lastifig hiisiliBg that wias. Mucalion, gSod health, attbilion, and piairi living afe the Only "cufe-all" we kfldw p'f. fittt without a fair start eVefi these will flot win success, and therefore laws that Maintain equality of natural opportunities afe the legitimate demattd of people hot afflicted with odd ideas. The odd people are those purblind conservatives wbo refuse to apply principles as old as the common law to new conditions which are constantly arising, and Who wait till their houses come tumbling down on their heads before they wake up to the fact that something has been expected of them, '* Ed. Chassel discusses "The Leg in Oratory." It is said to be most eloquent when wielded by an irate father of a handsome daughter. Ed. should quote Irving's description of Peter Stuyvesant's wooden eg, and the use he made of it while warring down ih New Jersey. Carroll Herald: The newspaper has grown in public esteem during the past decade. In many communities it was looked upon as a necessary evil that was supported .hrough a sense of obligation to a public enterprise. This perfunctory support was unwilling, reluctant, and galling to a spirited publisher. Latterly, however, the news- rnper has become a business enterprise and t is patronized or not just the same ns any other business concern. It feels un'ler no ibllgation for its patronage any mdre than L banker, lawyer, or mercantile house. Acd it is respected nnd appreciated for its merits. No paper of standing will accept business as a contribution or because " we must keep the darn thing going." Its pat- ronnge may come because of business convenience or personal choice, but not as a matter of charity. For this reason well-to- do, self-respecting men remain in the business, and it necessarily follows that the tandard of excellence has been raised. Alex. Younie's bear grease story, says of it: We are in a quandary! says don't The Third district editorial associa- ion meets at Hampton Jan. 24. The railway commissioners meet tomorrow at Des Moines for a final hearing n the matter of raising the Iowa 'schedule f freight rates. Congressman Dolliver and Senator Ulison are to lecture to the university students at Iowa City the coming year. WINTEB BEADING. Scribner's Magazine for January be- erins the XVII volume and gives a foretaste of a number of the important projects which are tp characterize the year. Among the most attractive of these is the series of papers by Robt. Grant on "The Art of Living" written in a semi-satirical but very practical vein, and dealing with the everyday problems of living in the humorous and shrewd manner that made his " Reflections of a Married Man" one of the most popular serials ever published in this magazine. In this number Mr. Grant beging with a discussion of the question of "Income," showing what the average man can do with $3,200 a year and with $10,000. The social satire of the papers exactly adapts them to the clever pencil of Chas Dana Gibson. Brtf. Kibltafds, fthd W» w& ftattt ia with yeuf tend r\»n M>. Mafatrel m president. Efttt&MWfg RepWteF? 0. B. Hutch* inS of Algona was bver Friday last, eh* deavoriag to locate a section line over which theriB seems lo be some doubt as to the accutadv of the present bae. Winnebago Stihdol Joufn'ali The Forest City teachers visited the Algoha schools one day during the tiast mohth and fiepoft a tefj? enjoyable Hae. The only complaint made was that they had to get out too early to gel the morning train. Livermore Gazette! Father Lechtenberg of St. Jo, who has been instrumental ih having erected at that place one of the finest Catholic churches in this part of Iowa, was in town last Monday, Jt being just two years since he began his work at that place. Hurt Monitor: Putting in telephones to connect towns is now all the talk, al* though ho plan is on foot to connect Burt with the county seat. Should this'be done, however, Algoha would set up just as loud a howl for that early train to be put back on, A1. Adams don't take much stock in .He quandaryl We know just what to thinkl We have eaten bear's grease and have eaten some creamery butter. We don't re* member of ever having eaten any West Bend creamery butter. Emmetsburg Democrat: Ex-Governor Larrabee purchased 8,000 acres of land in Kossuth county eight years ago. He paid $4 per acre for it. Many of his friends said he was foolish for making such a purchase. He recently refused $20 per acre for a large portion of it. He will live to get twice this amount. Etnmotsburg Democrat: Sheriff Samson of Kossuth and S. P. Christensen of Algona passed through this city Monday evening on their way to Pipestone, Minnesota, to serve as witnesses in a horse thief case. The former caught the thief near LuVerne three weeks ago and got a reward of $200 for the job. The trial takes place at Pipestone. L. H. Mayne says in the Emmetsburg Reporter of Capt. Smith: He was an old resident of Algona and was honored and respected by all. He served his country during the great rebellion and had the rank of captain when mustered out. The old veterans are fast passing to the other shore, nnd it will not be long before all shall have passed to the gr°eat beyond. The Burt Monitor.reports the meeting of editors last week at Algona and says: "A committee consisting of Mr. MoMullen, W. F. Laidley and the writer were appointed to set a date and try it again. THE UPPER DES MOINES said we would lay the doctors in the shade as to good looks and kept their promise by not putting in an appearance." We will be there when the boys are not on dress parade. WEST Calking the Story Writer tell* About the "F&i- West" of 1866, tales 6f I ftdiaiis and f tappers in fhese s-All Make Good MoU idfty Readifig, In the BpMng of the ye-ar 1866. the writer's fatally moved westward fnifn West Bend, Iowa (a small settlement oh the Des Moines rivei 1 , where we hud spent the winter), a distance of forty wiles across a wide, bare stretch of prairie, into the valley of the Little Sioux. Here we settled upon a homestead, having to go eighty tniles to the nearest land office, at Sioux City, to take out the necessary papers. Our nearest neighbors, with the exception of five families who had accotn* panied us, Were fifteen miles ttway. In order to give the reader some idea of the raw newness of the country, I will add that our nearest marketing points—Fort Dodge and Sioux City— were'each eighty miles away. Alt that distance we had to go in order to dispose of a few pounds of butter, or to puy a pound of sugar. <• To build a house of lumber was not to be thought of, though my father did manage to get a quantity of floorings, sheetings and shingles made from native ash at a sawmill twenty miles down the river. From these he finished a comfortable log cabin, into which we moved upon one of the first days of May. As I have said, our nearest neighbors lived fifteen miles away, but we soon discovered several of a nomadic sort, who made their appearance peri- SPOOKS SAY IT IS BEN. w -. ^/Ile.rnard Murphy ol the Vinton Eagle, that genial sort of men who n the world like inverted sign always pointing backwards, j e l fcy the State Register assaying; Register thinks s Mows holds d views as regards.raiirpad freight itor Pf the Register ever oBWlththe editor of THE MORSES, be W pv4d find be bad eas a,ud opinions ni?t only upon freight upon strikes, labor r guestipnj, iW«$ subjects. T4fee many t&e editor ef Kate Field, who lectured Friday evening, is a believer in clairvoyance. She tells of attending a seance in Washington when a Mrs. Baldwin answered questions written by people in the audience and held in their hands carefully folded. One prominent democrat, whom Kate knows personally, asked if the democrats will win in 1890. "Tell Mr. W.,» said Mrs. Baldwin, while Mr, W.'s bit of paper still remained in his possession, "that the democratic party will be defeated in 1890." Mr. W. was a very much surprised man, and laughingly admitted that his question had been answered. "Tell Mr. Blank," continued Mrs. Baldwin, " that Benjamin Harrison will be the next president." Mr. Blank had asked who would be the next president. Mr. Baldwin has such faith in his wife's prophesies that he offered to bet on Harrison then and 'there, though he is a Cleveland man. Kate says the announcement was received with great applause by the audience. She adds: "PresidentHarrison told a friend of mine that ho would sign any silver bill that limited its coinage to the American output. In my opinion it will be a race between the two parties as to which can reach this silver goal first. As Mr. Cleveland is committed to a gold standard and as the democrats will be antagonized by him for the next two years, no matter how anxious they may be to put themselves on record as Emmetsburg Beporter: Miss Elsie Hunt came over from Algona Tuesday. She is desirous of securing an engagement as teacher of drawing in the public schools here. At the request oi several of the citizens of this place she brought over specimens of her work, and has them on exhibition attheGow- ans store. It is not necessary to say anything about Miss Hunt's artistic skill, as her paintings do that for her. Should the school board docide to add drawing to the course, they can do no better than to secure the services of Miss Hunt as instructor. odically, and lived in "dug-outs" along the river. These were old fellows who hunted for a living, arid, in their own dialect, had "trapped the ken try off'n on fer years." One evening, just after we were fairly settled in our new cabin, and while we were seated at supper, there appeared in the open doorway one of the oddest-looking creatures imaginable. It was.a little old.man, with a reddish- gray beard and long, thin hair of the same color; and though I was then but a boy ten years old, I can at this moment shut my eyes and recall the image distinctly. The dumpy figure standing for a moment, one foot upon the door-sill, one dirty hand resting on the casing, patched, old "wammus," deer-skin pants and big beaver cap are still vivid in my recollection. "Come in,"said my father, as the with hiifi fdf 6 sffaSon. Seeing he wtS so hafd up, and that h§ could fufnlsh toe with a decent blade te lUra ia afid a cfffpfc, I co&cltided I'd g'd in with him. "You see, In these days, aad now, too, the buyers caifle around late every fall and spring, and bought all the fill* the trappers had taken during the fur seasons. So we decided that when we had sold our furs that fall, 1 waa to take Syitimotis' oxen nnd wagon and make a trip town to the Fort for a win* tor's supply of groceries and such things; "Well, we did do famously for a couple of months. All the sloughs were unusually full of rat houses built that summer, and there were plenty of beaver and mink on the river and creeks. "Everything went off well enough with us until one dity about the last of Novetaber, Theh we had trouble enough^ and It came quick and Uhex* pected. "A lot of StouX had sneaked into our parts unknown to us, and one night they lay in ambush in a grove near the cabin, and as it happened as we went to the cabin Symmons was ahead of me, he got all their bullets, and I got none. "Poor fellow! They killed him the first fire, for he wasn't expecting anything of the kind, atid there hadn't been any Indian trouble in our parts for over two years, and so he was carrying his pelts along without even a gun with him. "I had mine, though, and as I was on the other side of the river from them all, I made a break to get away. Then the Indians rode up to the shanty and burned it, and drove off the cattle. "They didn't find Symmon's wife at home, though, for she had heard the firing, and had run off with her baby and hid in some thick willows down the river. .It was nearly dark when they got to the house, or I reckon they would have found her easily enough, for I had no trouble finding her, shivering and crying in the brush the next morning. " You may be sure she was glad to see me, poor thing, for she thought we'd both been shot; but she and the baby were nearly frozen, for it was very hesitating with "Come in and TOMOEKOW EVENING'S MUSIOALE. The Programme for the Amateur Concert to He Given at the Opera House. Following is the programme for the musical entertainment to be given tomorrow evening, the second in the Baptist lecture course list: PART I, Chorus, Little Jacky Horner Caldicott Musical Olub. Piano Solo—Melodle Bubensteln Miss Lizzie Wallace. Vocal Solo, The Message Blumenthal Mrs. Platt. Children's Song and Drill Fourteen girls Directed by Misses Randall and Wallace. Piano Duett ?'..,,, Rossini Mrs. Call and Mrs. Chrlschilles. Vocal Duett, The Woodblrd's Song Glover Messrs. Hamilton and Puller. Recitation, Up and Down Old Brandywine , j. Whitcoinb Riley Jessamine Lynn Jones. Quartette, Annie taurie Dudley Buck Mesdames Vesper, Platt, Bowyer, Miss Ranks. Selection Mandolin Club PART II. Chorus, Bluebells of Scotland :.. Schilling Musical Club. Piano Solo, Idylle Lysberg Miss Cornie Ingharn. Vocal Solo.., ,,,,.. .Selected Frank Tellier, Violin Solo, Angel's Dream Lagye Miss Kate Smith. Quartette, Old Folks at Home Coe Mesdames Vesper, Platt, Bowyer, Miss Ranks. Selection , .'.Mandolin Club Miss Maud Smith, Accompanist, hie it to b§ ie style, for YjBW more tha» r favoring bimetallism, it certainly looks now like a republican walk-over in 1896." In discussing Thos. B, Reed, she adds: "Mr. Reed, with all his ability and popularity, is an eastern man. This fact will militate against biro, and while in the next convention be may be the favorite, stranger things have happened than a compromise on a wan wbo has won almost universal respect despite bis Jack of magnetism, and has been tried and not found wanting. I^et Harrison come a«t fpv the free coinage of. American silver, and you'll see Mrs. Baldwin bits the »aij pn the bead." has ft dancing school, pretty worldly for that Money, I have unlimited money to loan pn Ipng pr short time. B. W. HAGGARD, UoJlcluy Excursion Rates. On Dec, 32-31, and Jan. 1, 1895, the North western line will sell excursion tickets at very favorable rates, good for return passage until Jan, ?, 1895, in* elusive, For tickets and full information apply to agents Chicago & Northwestern railway. THE Des Moines Twice-a-week News has cut its price in two and is sent to any address for 50 cents a year. The News is a first-class Iowa, journal, pub' Jished every Monday and Thursday evening, and gives muoU fresher news and markets than the weeklies. The Daily Newe is S4 » year or $1 for three months. , This paper will receive subscriptions for either edition, or they can be sent ftt the above rate directly to the Dee Moinee News Co., Publish^ ers, Des Moines, Jowa, <m GQQ. *$£**&**%•- WSL-Vfc western • The Northwestern line is noar sellip excursion, tickets, at greatly , rfttfli to. the health and pleasure re» asrtsof California, Florida, Texas, Mes* « AA %T Al.» HT«...1««. T «...l~i __ _ .. » JT* *.*_ _ * queer old fellow stood a grin upon his face, have some supper." "I'm obleeged to ye, don't keer'f I dew," and he stumped into the room, half falling over the sill and stumbling across the floor in a clumsy, awkward fashion. "Got no feet," he exclaimed, " 'cep'n only a wooden un an' a stub." "Ben a-trapin' round here some this spring," he continued, hitching up to the table. "These is my grounds, from the forks down here to the head of the Stony. Got a dug-out up'n the High bank nigh Round Grove. Got 'nother up on the Sioux nigh the ' Lakes,' "—a local name, still used, for the group of lakes mentioned above.—"an' I've got a 'nuther out on Rock River, an' anpth- er up'n Minnesoter on the Lacky Parle." (Lac Qui Parle, lake which speaks.) "Change off, ye know; fer when t'aint good trappin' on one ground, most gen'ly 'tis on 'nuther." Having thus oddly introduced himself, he began using his knife and fingers upon the-food passed to him, eating rapidly while he answered the various questions my father put to him. He sat next tp me at the table, and I noted that his clothes were wpefully greasy, and had a smell abput them which I came to recognize later on, when I had trapped my first muskrat. I left the table before I had finished supper, but sat in the doorway, where I could watch our queer guest and listen to what he said. During the course pf the meal, we learned that his name was Charles Weeks, and that he was bprn near Lake Champlain in New York, He had come west in '85, and had trapped in northern Towa and Minnesota ever since,; For thirty years, in fact, since he was a boy of nineteen, this man had wandered over a,nd lived on these uncivilized prairies, and the greater part of the time he had lived alone, After supper it began to rain gently, and my father and I hastened to finish the remaining "chores." When we came in, dripping from the rain which meantime had begun to fall more rapidly, the old. trapper was still sitting by the fire, for even though an evening in May, the storm was a opjd and thbrpughly disagreable pne. "Knowed this was a-cpmin'," said the trapper, " Recken ye'H hev to let me roll in pn yer flppr here fer the night, I could 'a' huffeed it hpme tp my dug- put ten years agp, when I stud pn two feet, 'stid of two stumps, an' I'd V thought npthin' of seob a sprinkle es this; but them days is gpne by." My father assured him that he was welcome to stay, and then asked him if he would tell how he came to meet with such a misfortune as the losing of his feet;,and I will give you his stpry mainly in my own wprds, rather than in his backwoods dialect, "Oh, yes," he answered. ''It's a Pityful yarn, though, and I dpn't generally like to say much abput it. It happened abput ten years agp over on the Des Moines, I was staying that falj with g gritty chap that moved up from port Rodge, and squatted on a piece pf Dee Moinea bottomland. He haa his wife with him, and a baby about a year old, J reckon, as pretty and as slick, too, §s a muskrat kit, " SyjnHJons-"that was tbe roan's name «rhao built hi® » log shanty, »nd he had a yoke of oxen ---*-- »----• a five-acre cpld in the night. "But she wouldn't be satisfied to go away without looking after Symmons, until I told her I had found him and buried him in a sand-bar. We were poorly equipped for cold weather, and 'specially for the tramp between us and where'her folks lived at Fort Dodge. "When she knew what she must do, she got right up with her little one and said she was ready to start. Well, we set off at once, down the river. I carried the baby and she carried the gun, except when we saw any game, and then I'd try to get a shot, and I did kill a duck and a rabbit before noon, and made a fire by firing my gun into a mess of dry leaves. By this fire we cooked and ate them both for dinner. "When we'd got through our meal, and had got upon high land, I found that we had reached a point where we must make a tremendous circuit round the west -bend. But it had grown warmer, and I concluded to risk it, knowing that we could make it before night if it didn't storm; for the woman was clean grit and a good traveler, and the baby seemed to feel as contented as a kitten after its dinner of broiled rabbit. * . ' "Mis' Symmons, though, couldn't keep from crying all the time, and every little while she'd burst out afresh'} and I'd say something to try and keep up her sperets, but you can believe that I didn't feel more than ordinary cheerful myself about that time. "Wai, we hadn't made than half that stretch of prairie before I saw there was a big snow storm brewing, such a storm as I rnckon they never get anywhere except on these prairies." .(These storms have since become;,-welUknown under the name of blizzards.) "That made me uneasy enough; for I knew if one struck us away from shelter, we shouldn't stand one chance in a hundred of getting through alive. But the storm did strike us, and we did pull through. The snow came, with a tremendous northwest wind, when we were about three miles out from the river, and in five minutes you couldn't see six rods from the end of your nose, and it turned cold so suddenly it seemed like slapping you in the face with an icy blanket, after coming out of a warm room. "Mis' Symmons happened to be dressed purty warm with aflanneldress feefeelf', ifi spt>1! f alftl ifes wtff teWibly. "AS fortt^i hai wtSffcei! time lifts a Mavef, and I'd patt of me w&fni but toy* fe Were frMen Solid,- h-fite tt& afi and felt like a couple of sticks. "1 thawed 'eta o'ut in sftdw flre; but I couldfl't tell yo« what I suf*' fer'ed that night. Mis' SymmoriS wasfl't frozen badly anywhife, just h6f teSl abd some frost-bit gfrots on h Jf shoulder! and hands. Her cloak had sated her* head and ears, and my big heaver* cap, like the one 1 Wear how, had Bated mine. "We managed to Cook the faBWifri and eat them, and to feed the to which didtt't make any fuss at *U, went to sleep in its mother's aritis. , "It was a frightful night; butsofflS* how we lived, all of us, she a-dozlngf hy" ' the fire atid holding the sleepiHg baby, and 1 cutting and piling sticks Upon the fire. " Well, the next forenoon', about th& middle, it cleared off, We had cooked and eaten the grouse for breakfast, and I'd got a big heap of dry wood rduhd the fire, and so I told Mis' Symmotis- that I knew where there was ft 'dug* out,'four or five miles below, and If she thought she could keep herself anfl the baby warm, I'd go down there and prospect. "She siiid she could, and wanted me to go; so I walked off, and got down * there after a couple of hours'hard wading, expecting to find the dug-out empty, and not fit to stay in; and wasn't I the happiest man to find two trappers that I knew occupying it, and fixed up us snug as you pleasel "They were Bill Goss and Jim Freeman, God bless 'eml And the way they took me irieide and put me in warm blankets, and then took more and went after that woman and her baby, was a blessed thing to see, I tell ye." The old trapper drew his dirty sleeve across his eyes, and every other eye in the cabin was wet with sympathy. "Well, they took us in and nursed us," continued the old man, 'Jand when the weather became clear, Bill put on his snow-shoes and went down to the Fort and got her folks who lived there to come up after her with a team and sled. And they got a doctor, too, to come up to see me; 'for my feet had been getting awful bad. " When her folks came they took her home, and the next spring they all moved back to Mississippi, arid I never saw her or the baby again. I didn't get round again for a good while, and when I did, I'd lost one foot and ten toes, and I've been stumping it over the prairies ever since; that's why they call me 'Old Stumpy.' Still, I don't know but I'd do the same thing agin—pore creturs !" WESLEY NEWS .NOTES. late, , 7? but y planted frost teUle4 every'" "--"mfcr, . * , toe I Jia,cL and tb§t spring. an fl an J 004* ana the and a cloak that she could pull over her head; she hadn't time when she fled from the Indians into the woods to get her bonnet, and the baby hadn't scarcely any clothes on, but she had wrapped it in her cloak all night. "Well, when that storm came, I made up my min<| there wasn't any show for us, but I thought I'd try and save the baby. So I jerked off the fur socks that I wore inside my rawhide 'packs,'and pulled one of them on over each of the baby's legs, and tucked its arms inside of them, too; and then I pulled on my packs and put the little cretur inside my coat, next my bosom, and we hurried on. The wind was in our backs, and that was one grand thing, and I knew that if we could keep on for the next half-hour we could make the timber on the river; for all we had to do to get our direction was to point straight with the wind. " I made Mis' Symmons hang to my coat-tall, and then I took her. off at a good dog-trot, with The wind helping us on. "But it was a terrible jaunt! The wind blew harder and the snow grew thicker Jevery minute; and the snow seemed to cut clean to the bone, It wasn't five minutes before I knew my feet were both freezing, }STo great wonder, you see, after pulling off warm fur socks and then putting my cold feet back into them frozen rawhides. "But I hugged that baby and went ahead harder and harder; and that plucky Mis' Symmons she plung to me anfl kept up, and finally we made the river, and got into a sheltered place behind a, hill, WESLEY, Iowa, Dec. 24, 1894.— We wish you all a merry Christmas. Our merchants say they never had as large a trade during the holidays as they are having this year. Geo. Frink's right-hand man, Mr. Johnson, of Buffalo Center arrived -here Saturday, and says he is doing a fine 1 * business at the Center. Gus. Poison will take a trip to Hampton this week. It is the rumor that Gus. is going there to bring one of bring one of Hampton's "fairest" home with him as his bride. ' Of course we don't want to say anything about it until after he gets back. Our old friends and- neighbors, John Hopkins and wife, have gone to Portage, Wis., to spend the winter with their old friends and neighbors. It has been a good many years since they came west, and no doubt they 'will enjoy their visit very much. •;Rev. Plummer preached a very interesting sermon here Sunday night to a large congregation. His subject was "The American Boy." Everybody that was present speaks in the hiehest praise of it. There has been more poultry marketed here this winter than any two years prior to this, and has commanded a good price. Christmas is being generally observed here by the churches and Sunday schools and a pleasant and profitable time is expected. This is just as it should be, /Let us all try to make the occasion one of the best of the year, Dp, McCormack and wife spent Sunday in Wesley, returning Monday to Algona. . . • Our schppls are clpsed for 1 ' a two weeks' vacation. Miss Jennie Pettibone is spending the holidays at her hpme in Algona, while Prof. Barslou is. enjoying a pleasant time at home- heref entertaining Mrs. Barslou's mother and sjster who are visiting them during the holidays. * Freeman Ash arrived hpme Saturday on a, leave of absence to spend the holidays with his father and mother. He has been employed as one of the guards' at Anamosa fpr the past year, and the reports are that FreemanTaakes a'uppd trusty officer We are pleased to see ' him back, if it is only for a short time, John Zumsteg started with bis fami- *y last week for Beaumont, Kansas, where he goes with the intention of ' making that his future home. We are sorry tp Ipse sp gppd a citizen as Mr Zumsteg but wish him success £ hfi new hpme. * *" There seems to be considerable sick* ness hero at present, but npthinff of a serious nature. The do e withi n t gn ubt ro- Jones drove Friday evening and w *S IV tp Burt 4ovn th man home ?hip 1 wi jl be united in marriage at the ,e of John Se«n*Q t in Wesfey ta$J ', tomorrow at J3 o'clock. The 0pn» both well knows W. A, pties are and are highl • 'i • ----^r »----,.- r - pfT—H..^^".— ^. H , jc, lt*~ Tl* in the SBQW, I f «t together a pile pf dry wood and made a Ore, Then I t Qa k my knife and out a Wg heap of brash, ana made a kind of. shelter over the are eo the snow wpujan't sift down QB us, a,n4 th§jj I K»* my gun and went i and §hot rabbits, a^ brought -**• KHSA'f' 1 . 81 ^8ft interim* wtt.1i a nnot nt L_?Ji*~* ,w» »G9- ,8B4 ft c,0«ple them in, Fred., Jensen, ifl p»p . ',.1 SSSBRBffllBRIHmiSBBBBM w< &

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