The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 27, 1895 · Page 4
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, February 27, 1895
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ffii tiff m Bl§ AttidNA, IOWA, WEDKl^BAY, ¥h6 flfet questiott is wbethef or ho a ;- • jpiAlie library is * desirable instituttofl. tfrPM fes MotNfes has published ffoln Nevada, MMOH City, JlaBiptoft fcnd Fort Dodge. Nevada Hamploh **e trot larger than Al* ; foflft, and fort Dodge was mot much laPge* when its public, library was /established. Alt of these reports are ' frbm reliable authorities and they ' agree that a public library is hot only a _ source of pride to the town but a great Agent for good with young and old. The statistics of circulation prove that the books ate Used, and being used as thejjr necessarily are chiefly by those Who .are not able to buy they go into homes where otherwise reading matter would not be obtainable. The second question is whether or no Algona can afford a public library, A comparison of the town's rate of taxation with the rates of neighboring towns was published last week. Algo- ca is not paying above an average tax .rate at present, while the payment of the last installment of the school house bonds will soon remove one of the heaviest items of our yearly expense. The water works also instead of being maintained as they have been almost wholly by taxation will soon be self sus- 'taining from increased water rentals. The coming year will witness a considerable reduction in city expenses, and no one who favors growth in the city can object to any worthy expenditure on the ground of excessive cost. Another question is what assurance is there that a public library will be managed successfully? The whole control is vested by law in a board of nine trustees who are appointed by the city council. They appoint the librarian, arrange for rooms, select books, and have everything in charge. It is impossible that either an incompetent librarian, a bad class of 'books, or an unavailable location could long interfere with the value of the library under such a management. There is every reason why tbis tax should carry. The Monday club and reading room offer their books—in all some 1,250 volumes—und«r public control they will circulate free of .cost, they will go to the homes of the poor chiefly, they will help the work of the schools, they will do as the testimony of other places shows an incalculable amount of good. The tax will amount to an even $370 a year, an ayerage of not over 13 cents per capita of our population, Algona cannot afford as a mere matter of advertising to defeat it. We cannot afford to defeat it as a mere matter of drawing trade. A public library and reading room will prove worth all it costs as an attraction to farmers and their families living adjacent. We cannot afford to defeat it as a matter of maintaining a record, well won, of being a leader in those things which go for intelligence and culture. Our reputation is at stake in the vote to be cast Monday and every man and woman who thinks seriously of what the future demands of us will ' we believe vote for so worthy an object 80 cheaply to be obtained. 66^Sty fee and tanager,-ana now .general manager 6f thS ( . fi. AM. f, railway, frfepHid to have fcwfl 6t the towns flatted for theft and Messrs, Heacock & Gruwell' have bought tb,e Estbervilie Vindicator of Secretary MoFarland, It is a good property and a good paper, The Estherville Repubjipan hits it exactly in speaking of Estherville's reading room! " The city library and reading room Is an excellent thing, as no one will deny, but it should be supported by the public, as libraries are in all places. Let a tax be jeyied, as the law provides, tben all will be more interested and consequently will try and, get some benefit put of it." AND COMMENT. "- Johnson Brigbara, editor of the Mid- .tend Monthly, who is to lecture Friday ' £ Yfinipg in Algooa, is a, New Yorker and newspaper work there. After com- that the 6m one above ftnSnll fee tot Bnf k and the second fo* flan- CfdiMndSdltwa* bfdained. And M the map had It and hftvett still, and tWd good towns will catty sthel* names to a remote posterity, fint the latter town had an en. tefpWslng and ambitidus eafly settlement, which proposed to " hitch its wagon to a Star," as Emerson advises, and ,so notified the great historian that they had decided that he was the Bancroft they had in view, and he, out of the generosity of his nature and following the instincts of New finglund training, established a public library in his " namesake " town. -+»i The State Register suggests a hew Inquiry of interest to newspaper men, if readers could he persuaded to express their opinions i " The Algona UPPER Dfis MOISES having discovered by careful inquiries that no one reads theTalmage sermons, long printed In its columns, has dropped them out and how fills the space with continued stories. Well, Who reads continued storiesl" -n- J. L, Edmonds of Algona, whose figures oh the noted Edna Brown letter chain were the most complete published, has been figuring on what 6 per cent, interest will do towards concentrating the wealth of the world. Had some remote ancestor of .a country editor invested $1 at the beginning of the Christian era at 6 per cent, annual interest, the editor would now be worth, according to Mr. Edmonds, $1,204,187,408,886,987,657,758,174,292,682,805,827,721,620,- 827,638,52. This would not only be owning the earth figuratively but actually, and several other planetary bodies likewise, even if all were solid gold. Who plants a dollar at -interest and keeps it busy plants a fortune. -M- The recent death of Abraham St. John at Fort Dodge, recalls one of the most amusing and most serious mock trials ever held in Iowa. Back in 1877 Judge Lewis, now of Sioux City, was about to close his last term of court in Algona and a supper 'had been arranged at the old Russell house by the bar. Just as the committee on arrangements were In the greatest straits for something for entertainment, a well-known vagabond darkey, Pope Clayborn, came to one of them to state his grievance against St. John, which was that one of St. John's horses, well-known sights in those days, had died, and that he had a chattel mortgage on it, and now wanted the colt which St. John refused to deliver, Pope was advised to be on hand at 7:80 o'clock. Sheriff Jack Pinkerton was V put on," and he notified St. John. Judge Lewis and the whole bar were present. A jury of travelling men was selected, the judge solemnly announced that under the 14th amendment Pope was entitled to half the lawyers present, andtthatthe other half belonged to St. John because of his inability to employ counsel for himself. Chas. Birge, J. H. Hawkins, Geo. E. Clarke, A. L. Hudson, Pitt Cravath, and others participated. Of St. John's counter claim against Pope not much can be said as It involved the paternity of an ebon-hued addition to the St. John household. Pope's lawyers advised him to sit by the jury when St. John testified and to tell them when any untrue statements were made. St. John, who was the soul of honor, called the judge's attention to this several times, and was" very earnest in his protests against allowing Pope to go into the jury room with the jury when they retired. The trial lasted till 1 o'clock, and resulted in a verdict for Pope for the colt, after some of the most laughable scenes ever witnessed, the earnestness and sincerity of the two contestants being undoubted, After the trial was over St. John, who was a man of some native ability, began to " smell a rat," but Pope never doubted his title to the colt as the result of his verdict, and when St. John still refused to give it up, quietly secured it one night and was caught by the sheriff in dead earnest up in Minnesota with the stolen property. To save Pope from jail the attorneys in the mock trial had to appear in court and testify as to how he came to believe that the colt was his, . rayi strike it Sfid *8 1 If A n £ *9 Ipwa be edited tbe Cedar Bap'lds Re- ''"' "'• for several years, sad sold his that paper to enter the mag- ran to literature,' #Rd. bis acquaintance with eastern literary njen mwjpubtedly stimulated them- He is a WW Phonal friend of tbe poet, Glldey, 7«*3'filter Pf the Pentwy magazine, has been "' 'if^jWaedio eastern literary plubs sev- jeriJ Jtoes,, wad J8 » porreepondent of John gad ethers, pf Jbe best known ljeis» man of soboi; in establishing wm AGO. Several months ago I promised the editor of THE UPPER DBS MOINES a story. Here ave three of them, all short, They relate to certain passages in my early life which have left an amusing memory behind. The reader doubtless recalls many similar incidents in his own career, and will therefore tbe more readily acquit me of egotism in relating what is of so general experience. -n- INVESTIGATION, Wben I was thirteen, I spent a summer in Canada on my aunt's farm. My school studies had reached an experimental stage, when the things I read about in books must be realized in practice to satisfy me. I liad long desired to possess a skeleton- not a human one, but of some animal, so that the bones and their articulation could be observed at first hand. I bad the golden freedom of every day a»d all day long; so it was notfripg for me to wait hours bidden behind a tree stump in a field waiting with gun leveled at a neighboring woodobuck's hole for tbat doomed animal to sbow himself. Many times he discovered me before I cpuld flre; at other times be dodged be fore the shot reached him j but finely J succeeded in kMUPg ft fat specimen, whose loose and abundant hide promised flue whiplashes for my uncle, and whose bones I wanted, for scientific iftvestigaWqn. stepping pff the skin, j removed a,s of the flesh as J could with a knife; I then bprrewed, gn pjifl pot, bwilt % flr§ w»der it in the yar4, ft»4 Wed tfce wo,od.pb.u,Qlt one «TO»er djy, tbey after dlSfiOffifprl, ifrmght, it wftttld tM out 61 tfa6 way o! tnl6- nafJ. t cannot tell ydtt with what comfort f then sat down to the frettsal of (Me of Scott's workft; my day's work was done and Well done, atid I wM entitled to rest and recreation. While t was deep to the ettchantiaetit of " Ivanhoe '' I heard ike patter of out collie-dog's feet as he came through the yard. L'ookihg up, you may imagine toy feelings on Seeing the woodchuck's skeleton protruding from his mouth ! Clstnay robbed me of icauiion and f made & dash for the dog, at the same time Uttering a shout; he took to his heels and fled precipitately for the woods, and m$ skeleton went with him, never more to be seen by me. 1 hardly think Carlyle could have been more disgusted when he learned from Mill of tbe burning Of his "French Revolution " manuscript. •+4^ PRA10NQ, I was always careful to say my pray* era at night, and in warm weather I knelt at the bedside. But a cold winter came; my bedfellow cousin came in late; there was no one to crittzlze my fashion of prayer, and So gradually I got to praying in bed, beneath warm coverlets. This continued for some time, with a slight feeling of guilt, t must confess. One Sunday I was given an innocent leaflet at Sunday school; the kind containing short stories for children, intended to make them '• unco guld." I had not much delight In them at any time, but this particular leaflet was destined to influence me deeply. In it I read the tale of a child who had like myself fallen into lukewarm praying habits; who for creature comfort had abandoned the austere bedside and offered bis orisons from the tender warmth of a feather bed. .One night conscience awoke and whispered ihe wickedness of such proceeding, until finally the little boy climbed out of bed to pray in a less comfortable but more righteous fash- Ion. Just as he got out of bed, the story ran, a rock came crashing through the roof and struck the very spot in the bed which the startled boy had just abandoned. And then he knew how blessed it was to say his prayers in the proper place. Does the reader doubt that after reading this story there was another boy of the same persuasion ? I never afterwards succeeded in getting through my prayers except at a safe distance from any possible fragments of rock which might come through the roof and strike the bed; -and if by any chance I forgot myself and went to bed without praying, I could not get out fast enough. Surely a Sunday school paper never did more good than in my case. 1 1 SMOKING. An early and ever present ambition with me was to learn to smoke, but my first experiment was enough to deter most boys from prosecution of the habit. It was in thiswise: One of my schoolmates, " Jlck- adee " Moffett, had the run of his father's grocery store down town. So one Saturday when, returning from the elevator with a sack of corn for the cow on a wheelbarrow, I happened to pass that store, "Jickadee" was behind the counter with a cigar in his mouth, and he made violent signals for me to abandon the wheelbarrow and come in. Nothing loth, I did so, and ,vas soon the happy possessor of my first cigar, which " Jickadee " gave me and even lighted for me. How I puffed and gagged, and imagined I was having a good time I Smoking seemed so easy that I was surprised I had not tried it before. Finally I had to go,and unwillingly abandoned the rest of my cigar before I picked up the handles of the wheelbarrow and started for home. How proud I was as I trundled a.long ! I was not sick I I couldn't see why smoking should make anyone sick. After reaching home and throwing the sack of corn into the barn, I was summoned by my mother to come and help her with something In the house. She asked me to let her try a dress-skirt on me that she wanted to drape. Although it was an ignoble service for a fourteen-year-old boy, I had done it before, and I consented this time to act as a lay figure for dress-fitting, We went Into the sitting room. The day was warm. She got the skirt onto me, and pinned the waist-band, and began to pluck the dress a little here and push It a little there, so it would look nice, The room became warmer, and very soon the furniture was moving around me in a stately dance. The skirt didn't hang Just right, and my mother stood off at some distance and surveyed it with a critical eye, " Turn around now. There ! That's better. But J. don't like those folds behind." And again she twitched apd pulled the skirt, By this time the ceiling was canted up at an angle, and the floor was threatening to strike me in the face. And, oh, how sick I was ! Would she never get done fitting that skirt? Hot, -oh so hot? And dizzy and slok! If I could only lie down a moment! My mother went calmly on with her work, only admon ishing me to stand a little quieter, I glanced at the front door. It was open, With a desperate gasp I made for it; rushed into the front yard with that skirt on, and in the sight of three or four interested neighbors, got the only relief which my condition permitted, As I stood there with that skirt flapping around me, "the cynosure of neighboring eyes," I wasn't sure that I would ever want to smoke again, Woo&tef and family have moved td Algona, theif future home, their are & good family and will fas missed. May success go with them' id the wish b! all old neighbors, AfmstWng tfdufn^h ft M. Whitman was ib Armstrong the fore part of the week. He expects td establish a daily mail between Armstrong and Fairmont. Mart Coonah has Shipped ih a car of cotton seed'meal with, which he will experiment on feeding a lot of cattle he is fatting for the market at Him- metsburg. Mason City Republican! Hoh. S. S. Sessions of Algona.Was culled to court at Mason City on Tuesday, He is a lawyer of much ability and well known in the state. Will flossing of Bode has four horses in training on his track near Bode. Vyzant is .among the number*, and is said to be going faster than ever. He will make a still lower mark this season. Burt Monitor: Jtoy McGetchie in* tends having a public sale ere long on the farm east of Burt. He will move to Algona and will enter Jas. Taylor's store and take charge of the books and other business matters. Emmetsburg Reporter: Miss Ella Langdon of Algona came over Monday and has since been visiting friends in this city J. B. Jones of Algona was an Emmetsburg visitor Tuesday. He was called over as a witness in a law suit. Whose head is hit now? The Armstrong Journal says: One of the churches ih LuVerne has organized a society for young people called the " Yugendbund Verein." We were under the Impression that th^y could talk English down there. They could once, but have evidently forgotten it. Fort Dodge Post: Al. Adams, late aspirant for the Humboldt postoffice, and who was turned down by a bigoted administration, is now writing a book entitled " Modern Statesmanship and Its Relation to the Dull, Sickening Thud." This book will be bound in sole leather and have iron hinges on it; a "jimmy" will go with each volume to open it with. Armstrong Journal: The Courier speaks of a firm that tried to do business in that town without advertising, They were unsuccessful and so packed their goods last week and left for Estherville. There are quite a few of the same kind in Estherville already. Algona has too many hustling business men for such drones. Fogy- ism is out of date in Armstrong and Algona. Livertnore Gazette: At Irvington on last Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 2:30 p. m., occurred the wedding of Mr. Ora Brown of West Bend and Miss Flavella Dutton of that place, Rev. Waite of Livermore performing the ceremony. A large number of guests had been invited and the occasion was a very enjoyable one for all present. The bride is well known to everybody in that part of the country, being the daughter o! Mr. and Mrs. David Dutton. She was born and raised there and is a great favorite with all with whom she is acquainted. The groom is a prosperous business man of West Bend, where the happy pair have now gone to make their future home. Buffalo Center Tribune: Last Friday a liquor vender from Albert Lea named Cronan came to town and spent several hours in bibulous carnival with the "boys" at the saloon. As a result he became so " mellow" towards evening that he was taken to a hotel by one of his associates and put to bed. Some hours afterwards when he awoke he discovered—or professed to discover— that he bad been robbed of $135. A search warrant was immediately sworn out and the hotel thoroughly searched but without avail, The next step was to cause the arrest of the 15 or 20 boarders in the house and Saturday evening was set for their examination. In tbe meantime, however, Cronan concluded that he had no case and "set up" the cigars to the boys and allowed the matter to go by default in the court, EEPOKTS ARE Alt AUKS. AM They Pwte tfa6 Pdolie Not Onljr Potnsiaf tat Vastly Miss Emily Reeve tells About the fy at Hampton—What they Have at Fort t)odg*. and I had a deadly grudge against "Jicka- dee" Moffett. EUGENE IN TUB The Seneca creamery is going up. Burt gave $109.50 to the Nebraska sijnerers. Swea City is discussing incorporation id sidewalks accprding tP tbe Herald. A harness shop an( j two have gene jfltp A DAT DBEAM BTJDELY BROKEN, Postmaster Hlnchon's Bucolic Mind Wanderings Dispelled by a Slow Horse and a Swift Cow. Postmaster Hinchon should either get a faster horse or a slower cow, His team at present is fearfully mismated, which accounts for what follows, One day last week, thinking spring was here and that his bovine should go to pasture, he bestrode his pony and with a rope attached to the saddle proceeded to lead her over to the Ingham farm to join the stock there. The day was pleasant a,nd his mind took in the various promises of spring as a dry sponge absorbs water, He revelled in memories of his boyhood, tumbling in the hay mow and rolling down the straw stack, He kicked himself that he should ever have allowed Grover to immure him in the back end of the post- office. The reminiscent mood he was in spread to the pony, which moved slower and slower to allow nothing of the beauty of the scene to escape, But the rope to the cow was a non-transmitter and she grew restive, The only prospect she had was at the end of the journey, and she was as willing to proceed to the enjoyments pf the future as be was to linger over enjoyments of the past. Whether any foreboding reached him of what was to come is npt certain, but by a strange coincidence his wind bad just begun to dwell upon that unpleasant experience in stock farming in South Dakota when the cow made a mad plunge and landed squarely on the YlStVI Tf 7a Vt« nl» n M .3 A1- —. .Ti t ~ . mas- d quick' Old acquaintances of Miss Emily Reeve, How county superintendent of Franklin county, will be interested in the following report from her concern ing the Hampton public library: SAMffoN, towa, Feb. 18.— Hatflt)' ton Voted upott a tax to support & pub- 1 lie library in 1891. A one mill tax on the assessed valuation of the property in the independent district of Hampton was Voted, This brings into the fund an average of about $400 per year. A room in the basement of the court house was fitted up and furnished by the town and that is the location of the library. This room is kept open by the librarian from two to five hours and from 7 to 9:30 every afternoon except Sunday, There are now in the library 625 books in the circulating department and 460 that are not to be taken out. Several magazines and two dailies (the latter sent in from the printing offices in town), Prom January ], 1894, to January 1, 1895, there were 5,753 books loaned from the library, and 8,621 persons visited the room for the purpose of reading. The majority of the visitors are students from the public school and the members of the various reading circles and clubs, but every .day there are at least six or eight of the older people of the town in to read a few hours. The librarian tells me that next year these figures will be doubled as the library is growing in size and in population and interest. During the month of January and the part of February that we have already passed through, 16 is the smallest number of persons who have been at the library to read on any day this year, which! think is a very good showing as we have had a few days down here lately that were a trifle too balmy for comfort. The largest number of visitors any day this year is 144, and in looking over the librarian's books I see that the number has run up to 100 and over, on several days in the past six weeks. I have been surprised and I believe the people of Hanfpton have been surprised at the continuous use that is made o our public library. The librarian tells me that there are but very few families in Hampton that do not make use of the library. The books in the circulating department are taken out for one week without charge by the residents of the school district, but cannot be taken out by those nonliving in the district. Within the limits of our town, which is about the size of Algona, these books reach all classes of society, The better educated people use them more than others, but the books, and they are all good books, go into nearly every home in town. Those who could hardly afford to read much if a rental was required, are thus provided with reading matter, and who, feels 'the expense? But it is not a question of expense, it is a question of humanity. It is a question of the moral and intellectual elevation of the community in which we live. I believe our library pays, in a currency which is more valuable than gold, even in these hard times for gold, and I believe it would if it cost many times what it does. No private person can supply his family with a library extensive enough to meet the demand of students in every line. It should be the pride of every town the size of ours, to support a library in which exhaustive references may be found by every student. My faith in the enterprise and intelligence of the people of Algona is boundless. I am confident that the thinking residents of that cultured city will carry tbis vote in favor of a public library. EMILY REEVE. Another Deport From Hampton. L. B, Raymond has been president of the board of trustees of the Hampton library since it was established. His letter is of interest in this connection: HAMPTON, Iowa, Feb. 25.— Dear Sir: Your letter of inquiry about our public library and its workings duly received and should have had an earlier answer, Our library has just passed its third year as a public library, although it was in existence a year or two prior to that as a school library. We have something over a thousand volumes and have the library divided into two sections; circulating and non-circulating. The latter are sets of magazines such as Harper's, Century, Scribner's etc,, also such works as Appleton's BiographicaljCyolopedia in six volumes, 31 volumes Brittanica Encyclopedia Century Dictionary, and that class of works, in short, we aim to make this section a reference library and our present plan, is to expend abov»t as much in this portion of r the library as in the circulating section, each year, In the circulating section we have works of fiction, popular histories, etc, Too much care can not be exercised in the selection of wprks in this department, ___ ntimb&f of «fitf1e& ift tbe fe86R SoU* taifiiftg thejist of bot»kS loaned tout forlng 1894 is 5,763 t and the_Btimb6f of books iff circulation being 625, it is evi* dent that each book must have been read oil afl Average by over ten persons during the yeaf. While t am astonished that ai entef-> prising afad go-a-head and intelligent ft city as Algona has no public library, yet t remeinbei 4 the difficulty We had to get the first tax voted ifi Hampton. I forget how how ftiatiy defeats we etif* fered before we finally carried the tax» but now out library is as firmly fixed la the esteem of the public as any institu* tioH in the city and t have no idea, that if the question of ita continuance was at stake, that twenty-five votes could be mustered in against it, We are yet operating under the old law, but Will change our organization to conform to the new law before the first of next July, If your people get the tax voted once and a start made, you will have no difficulty after that. Evett those who may vote against it in the start will come into line and will be found among its most enthusiastic friends and sup' porters. Any further information that I can give you will be cheerfully given. Wishing the proposition to carry the library tax in Algona success,. I atn» yours truly, L. B. RAYMOND. Tfce fort Dodge Library, FORT DODGE, Feb. 21.—Your favor was handed me last night by Mrs. Carpenter, the librarian, too late for the mail. I send you under another cover a copy of our catalogue containing a sketch of the library, which plainly shows the superiority of a free over an association library. And after an experience of twenty years in library work I am fully convinced that the free public library, carefully and economically managed, will furnish more pleasure and profit to the community for the amountof money expended than any other municipal expenditure. Through its instrumentality every town of 2,000 inhabitants can maintain a large and constantly increasing fountain of pure literature, enabling all who are so inclined to keep abreast of the thought of the day and, also, in time to make themselves familiar with the past. And how much better for all the people to unite to maintain such a fountain of blessing than for a few to try to maintain in an indifferent man? mer their little stagnant pools commonly called private libraries which* so many try to keep up. • I sincerely hope you will succeed in carrying the proposition for a free library in your town. The people of Fort Dodge carried such a proposition more than ten years ago by a vote • of nearly four to one, and although the object was not attained till 1890, since that time the council has cheerfully voted us each year the equivalent of a one mill tax, and without one word of complaint from any one in town so far as I have learned. And if this could be the case when the library was kept in small and inconvenient quarters, only open for the loaning of books for a few hours each week, now that for the first time in twenty years we are able to open it up in larger and more convenient quarters, often for six hours every day in the week, with the added attraction of a reading room well supplied with the leading periodicals of the day, we are more than confident it will be an institution in which the whole town will take a legitimate pride and pleasure. And what Fort Dodge has done Algona can do, and can do it sooner and better than we have done. Yours sincerely, W. H. JOHNSTON. FROM THE CATALOGUE. The Fort Dodge Library association was organized May I, 1874. Its financial nucleus was a subscription of $216 raised by a committee of ladies, the which were made by sixty-three gentlemen and twenty-seven ladies. A room suitable for library purposes was placed at the disposal of the association free of rent, and the services of the librarian were volunteered, so that all the expense incurred for starting was for a book case, a book in which to keep an account of the books loaned, and stationery. About ninety volumes of miscellaneous books- and a large number of public documents which had been the property of a Young Mens' Christian association in Fort Dodge, were also turned over to- the association. The first year about $250 was paid out for books, purchasing about 200 volumes. :The second year the entire income of the association was expended for _ Appleton's Cyclopaedia. The following year about $75 was expended mainly for historical books and scientific works, On the 1st of January, 1890, the library was opened as a free public library. The first month l,427%olumes were taken out by 506 readers. In February, 1,828 volumes were drawn by 698 readers, and in March, the number of read-' ers had increased to 838 .and the number of books taken was 2,156. pony'e back, and the worth ter vacated over the pony's. iy post Read qi ,, drpp the wan bags wjien AUiepn site down Ju the presidential chair, He gathered fofagelf up in «ue eegson a.n4 went on. The ?£ R ^? ^ ve &w$ as brightly, an<j the field? Rjay have heeu as fair there wa« nolpnger a0y joy i» ihe Moines va_Uey, ana he thpught oaly of Ql *he Siext mail, a| he sere epets, m$ kioke4 toe getting: OUtpf the way. The limit of taxation (one mill) only about $400 revenue yearly the expenses absorb allows us and of course nearly half of that, but we many gifts and a large number of public documents of interest come to ths library through, the thoughfulness of our sena- tpr an4 representative.' J must not forget the reeling room feature of our library, as from this has opme .one of its, greatest and wost perceptible ' fits. Our library is open from 2'to 4 p. m. and from 7 to 9 p, in,, and every evening youpg people can be seen there reading or consulting works of refer* enoe ana it wakes a, place for young VP go Ptber thfts shops, stores, irants, or the §tre.etp, We. take thirty dollars werth of period^ tt the , year 1890 ' » the first annual report, 569 books had been added to the library. JJ23 pey. sons had taken out 15,307 volumes tnnvthK im £ Dt ha ? P r , oved so satisfactory that at the end of the first vear the common council of the city with enrolled Vollwes ' month. 1,800 wopl a £ e offer * n g fa* 19 cents per' cheap, shoddy goods, bpught a Inw nnina iy.,rJ-._ 'j VH fi" v we a Ipw price, but, fine n - hbse air. Jfo sell at me», t«ey ar^ always prpwptly veadj then la]<3i hound

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