The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on March 27, 1895 · Page 6
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, March 27, 1895
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MOlHfiBl AMOHA, IOWA, WlPHlSHAY r MABOH 27, 1M6MXM A WARREN, R, iftffle? ot&tt, etprsss Ofdef, ft&JUM&fctiTtt M MVW At our risKi ,.*i^ OZftdttttlMng sent oil application. The insurance companies doing business IB lewa have combined, and are Crating every town in the state. The Armstrong Journal says that Arn> strong is the fourth town re^rated and that the former rate on business houses of from four to five per cent, has been increased to 10 per cent, it adds with f* , excusable warmth: "Talk about monopolies, robberies, and all the evils In the category of crime, give a history of ail the noted thieves in the country commencing with the greatest and the worst and the insurance companies Would have to be placed at the head of the list. 11 Whether other towns are to experience any such remarkable increase in rates as Armstrong has remains to be seen. If they are we believe that Auditor McCarthy's last report, which covers the year 1893, fully justifies the Journal's indictment. Auditor McCarthy states in bis prefatory remarks that the year was a disastrous one for the fire Insurance companies. The losses were heavy and the per centage of premium money which was paid back to insurers was larger than in many previous years. And yet the loWa companies in 1893 paid only 38i per cent, of the money they received back again. They took in premiums $2,078,624 and they paid for losses $797,' 333. They had left nearly a million and a half with which to grease the machinery. Taking the first three companies in Mr. McCarthy's list and looking at their individual reports, we find the following facts: The Anchor company of Creston received in prem- - .turns $29,652 and it paid in losses $7,747. It paid for agents, officers, and all em- ployes, rents, postage, printing, and all other possible expenses enough to bring the total to $27,637. And after all this . it had over $2,000, or nearly 10 per cent, of the total premiums, on baud as profits. The Capital of Des Moines comes second. It received in premiums $72,556. It paid back a higher proportion of its receipts for losses, $41,241. But after deducting its total . expenses from its total receipts it, had over $7,200 on hand, again nearly 10 per cent, of all moneys received as clear profits. The Council Bluffs company comes third. It received $66,862 in premiums and paid $20,246 in losses. All its expenses deducted from all its receipts left it $13,500 clear profit, or 20 pen>cent. of the money it received. These reports are a fair sample of those of the 19 Iowa companies, and show the ' condition of, the insurance business during what the state auditor and the . companies also say was a bad year. Individual reports are not required -of the foreign companies which do half :, of the business in the state. There are 94 of them engaged in fire insurance. These 94 companies in 1893 received in premiums $2,236,929 and paid in losses $1,404,555. A much larger per centage was paid by these companies for losses than by the Iowa companies, the foreign companies paying 624 per cent, of their premiums back. It is charged by many that this discrepancy is due to the practice of the Iowa companies of resisting all claims and effecting settlements at much less than their policies call for, In any event the per centage of premiums received which is paid back is nearly twice as much on the part of the foreign companies as it is on the part of those organized in the state, But taking the receipts and expenditures of the foreign companies as shown ' in this report and estimating the expenses on a liberal basis, and there is a net profit during a year, admitted to ^ have been a bad one, equal at least to r the pet profits in ordinary lines of busi- '' ness during that year. The year 1894 4 '/ may have been as bad or even worse for i the • insurance companies than the j«, previous year. There is a tendency for •ifire losses to increase as hard times in- r crease. But until the state report for is published! the public cannot be Even if it should! prove that i insurance has not been extremely , profitable in either J893 or 1894 any * ,«uoh increase in rates as has been put }n fprpe at Armstrong is little less than • highway rpbberyi for until 1893 the were not paying anywhere the, losses reported} in that year, !fi lire state is &B efitfige e» emmrn sense, &i well ^ as attack ttpsfi all buf it this fiet re-wttfigfi^to a systematic tficr easing of the edit wf fife eveftdwa, it should meet %ith af greesive opposition ttt View of Audltof MeCarthy's report, and afiother legislative session should toot go by without some efficient means being devised fof regulating insurance companies iu the public iateyeak the Council Bluffs Nonpareil im proves steadily and now has a new face of type. Its present proprietors know how to make a daily newspaper, and are doing lots of hard work, The Fort Dodge Messenger believes in building and loan associations. In a recent editorial it says: "Saving and loan Institutions, in addition to building houses and providing remunerative investments for the rich, *re to be commended for providing safe and profitable investments for the small earnings of the poor and teach economy, energy and persistence to those who are inclined to dissipate all their earnings." . The April Midland Monthly promises some prize stories, a Young Lady's Outing in South Africa, a Journalist's Trip to the Black Hills, and its usual feast cf good reading. McFtfrland's candidacy doesn't get much encouragement from Senator Kamrar's home. The Journal says of it: " We believe that McFarland's candidacy is simply a ruse to drive others from the field. He thinks that by force of his great itrength and popularity all other candidates Will fade into insignificance. In this he is very much mistaken. • He is a good enough man, but he has been well cared for, and his great overshadowing popularity is all in his eye. If this thing continues we shall certainly look for the governorship to go to the southern part of the state. Of one thing we are quite positive, and that is that McFarland cannot be nominated." The Des Moines Capital is at last a member of the associated press on the ground flour and holds a franchise for Des Moines. It will double its present telegraphic reports beginning April 1. The Capital has a right to congratulate itself on its rapid growth, which easily puts it at the front of evening dailies. NEWS AND OOMMENT. The most conspicuous member of the Minnesota legislature seems to be S. B. Howard, senator from Minneapolis, who has a bill reorganizing city government. Mr. Howard graduated from the Iowa State university in 1882 and for some time was editor and proprietor of the Iowa City Republican. He then studied law, and made some lucky investments in Minneapolis real estate, eventually Joining W. S. Dorland in a washing crystal factory. His plan of city government does not please the St. Paul Pioneer Press, which has been devoting a column a day to its demolition. If Mr. Howard has lost none of his old-time skill, however, he will have a healthy support for the measure on its passage. The Carroll Herald is another good paper which eschews gossip. It says: "Most of it is mere slush, the veriest rot, and has no place in a newspaper, It isn't news, not even respectable drivel. We have never published the stuff, and our readers have never cared for it." -M- Pred Douglass once talked to a school of colored boys and girls in his late years. Here is what he said: "I once knew a little colored Ijoy whose mother and father died when he was six years old. He was a slave and had no one to care for him. He slept on a dirt floor in a hovel, and in cold weather would crawl into a meal bag head foremost and leave his feet in the ashes to keep them warm. Often he would roast an ear of corn and eat it to satisfy his hunger, and many times has he crawled under the barn or stable and secured eggs, which he would roast In the fire and eat. That boy did not wear pants like you do, but a tow linen shirt. Schools were unknown to him, and he learned to spell from an old Webster's spelling-book and to read and write from posters on cellar and barn doors, while men and boys would help him. He would then preach and speak, and soon became well known. He became presidential elector, United States marshal, United Stiles recorder, United States diplomat, and accumulated some wealth. He wore broadcloth'and'drdn't'h&ve to atvicie crumbs with the dogs under the table. That boy was Frederick Douglass, ; What "was possible for me is possible for you, Don't think because yoivfere colored you can't 'accomplish anything. Strive earnestly to add to your knowledge,, So long as you remain in ignorance so long will you fail to command the respect of your fellow men." •++- . Washington, Iowa's town of that name, had a population of 3 little over 3,000 Jn 1890, and here is a report of its public library from the last number of the Press: "This last year 18,481 books were drawn in its dbtfinm It bec*me ipftrMt that ft good many people read the religious philosophy of the Brooklyn divine. The editors Of that model pflf>er will fro longer ffegafd Silence as an evidence of indifference on the part of the reader toward special features in journalism. • ••:• -** i "if we are to go back to the wild days of terror," says the Fort Dodge Times, Speaking of the Aigona fires, "we willhave to adopt some of the methods of those days for the extermination of barbarous evils. The New York legislature came within a few votes of establishing the whipping- post as & regular institution, and Iowa may have to arm the bloodhound With a search warrant." -M- indianola had & population by the last census of 2,264. Here are a few figures from the librarian's report of the public library in that town: Number of government documents, 679; books in general library, 2,298; total, 2,8??. Number of read* ers for the year, 24,609; daily average, 85; increase over last year, 6,981; largest at> tendance in one day, 216; smallest, 10. soon their receipt/a in premiums were as ever. They have badl a in, Jpwa for many years. aM a year pr two of de» OB § ye» forme with the r§- & leaf B H ffe.r}jjg public. 40' from the free city library, which beats the year before 1,801. It has between 4,000 and 5,000 volumes. New books, re-binding, {»- surance, fuel, Jights, salaries, periodicals, etc., absorb nearly *80Q a year. It is one of the wjost useful and beneficent institutions we have. •**• M. H, niobftrfls has a novel theory Of thjAigcaflflresajd 0»gpst« VwysPpSjfcJPlSJjs fee *S9»gb te fay fcs? »s, however, t^ we a,re »» a frame, b«lWi«f ift« Jr$wf ?<W Here IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, Joseph Cook lectures in Emmet&burg April 8. Mrs. J. ,T. Wilson visited her son in Emmetsburg last week. Mr. Slmson of Livermore will move to Aigona to locate. Esthervllle's new opera house will be opened with "Faust." The people will be satisfied. The Herald says that O. D. Banks will break up 240 acres near Swea City for Thos. F. Cooke. . The Rodman creamery is about completed. G. L. Mlnkler of Aigona is to do the butter making. Ernest Laage is soon to bo installed in charge of a lumber yard at Sexton. He will be a good .man for the place. Ltvermore and LuVerne are to have a joint debate before long. W« are a candidate for judge of the contest. Geo. L. Carroll reports to the Burt Monitor that his cows last year averaged him $52 each for the milk he sold. Germania has a race course, a lot of running horses, and a gun club. The Standard says all it needs is a brass band. Ltvermore Gazette: Aigona goes on record this year as one .of the curiosities in this great educational state of Iowa, for having defeated a library tax. The Burt creamery has taken in 268,000 pounds of milk in February this year as against 190,000 pounds in February last year, writes Geo. S. Angus to the Monitor. ' The Pocahontas Record says that McEwen & Garlock have purchased a 30-foot steam launch which they will place on West Okoboji lake this summer for their own use. Forest City Summit: W. Spurbeck of Aigona was among our visitors last week. Mr. Spurbeck is identified with a nice little manufacturing establishment over at our neighboring county seat. The following startling bit of information comes from the Marshall town Times-Republican: There is talk the railroad across Kossuth county will be extended beyond Emmetsburg the coming season. Emmetsburg Tribune: It may be possible that Aigona is trying to work up a building boom by setting fire to and burning down so many of the business buildings there. It will be rather unhealthy for those enterprising wretches if they are discovered. Emraetsburg Reporter: A, J. Jones and wife of Aigona and Thedore Smith and wife of Livermore were the guests of Chas. McCormick and family Tuesday evening. Mr. Smith is one of the early settlers of Humboldt county, having been there since 1856. He expects to remove to Missouri in a short time. Emmetsburg Democrat: The citizens of Aigona have an important duty to perform. They must rid themselves of a dangerous, a lawless element that cares as little about the value of human lives as it does about the value of property, Such an element is an awful menace to the happiness and welfare of any community. Emmetsburg Reporter: C. B. Matson of Aigona was an Emmetsburg visitor Friday last. He was on his way home from Esthervllle, where had been superintending the building of a house on his farm near that city. Now, if C. B. was building a residence in Aigona, we would say that it looked decidedly auspicious for a bachelor of his confirmed state, but as the residence is in Emmet county it is presumably all right; Henry Ebert and his wife, old settlers west of Aigona, enjoyed a surprise party, March 11, in honor of the 27th anniversary of their marriage. The Wnittemore Champion reports the happy event and says: "It was planned by their children, Mrs. Emerson Bailey and Battle and Carl Ebert. The company came with well-filled baskets and a bounteous dinner table was set. The occasion will be remembered by all present as one of the bright spots in their Jives, a date to recall other events by, before and after. Mr. Baas presented Mr. Ebert wjth a fine smoking companion, which will bring up pleasant memories a gpod many times." ttfre expresled through A poll tote &n overwhelming bpeferefiOe tof MeKifi ley's candidacy, ftfid Mf, Allison's visi to the state next month Will be obsefvec With interest. After highly commefidlnj? Marian* past record Senator Funk eftys: "H is little, known to this generation political workers. It tin be atrang indeed if he be preferred over Of-msby Dfake, H&fih, PafmtVMeFaflafld ab Kamfaf, men who hate been in th thick of party battles and in famllla relations with affairs Of state duHn the twenty years of his retirement, ah Of whom much may yet be expected RepresentatlVeChassei^ whoislikel to run for the senate this fall, says a there is to be said about the Hurla candidacy: It is absolutely Unkind fo the friends of Senator HaHatt to Ur§ him as a candidate for governor at th time, It will result In nothing tnor than a defeat in the convention for tb reason that his nomination will not re ceive the favorable consideration of th people of Iowa today. We need a can didate who is in touch with the time and with men of the times, There i more necessity for a bright, active ma of affairs, a business man of the Larra bee or Gear type, than a man of th Daniel Webster style of statesmanship Editor Piper of the Sheldon Mai gets after Capt. Hartshorn of Emmets burg in a lively fashion this week: Capt Hartshorn is noted and notable chiefl for his chronic office-seeking propens ties. He has either been in office or candidate for office continuously for quarter of a century. During by odd the greater part of this time he has ap parently subsisted entirely on offlcla pap. His appetite for this sort of prov ender seems insatiable. His ambitio in the direction of office-holding is litn itless. Capt. Hartshorn is not an ex ceptionally able man. Nor is he espec tally industrious or influential in leac ership as a partisan. He works pol tics for all there is in it—for himself He appears to be actuated to a grea extent by the desire and determlnatioi to have himself well taken care of 1 the party's service. He seems imbue with the idea that the party owes him a living. nominate Senator ernpr the .democrats ghould General Jojjejsf D«bu,q«e, B. Col, Ormsby is gaining in bis pan* djicjaoy for the governorship. He will have a, big support from this section, The Ottutjjvva Courier figures out that the three leading oan4i4ates before the republican state convention will be H»r»ke, Harsh andj Ormghy, A goad Buggestton oowee {ram the pvwaal: }l. the. FAEM MATTERS OF INTEREST. The Record of Uonwlck's Big Uuttc Factory—Notes on Tuberculosis.— A Premium lien Story. The Renwick Times publishes an In terestlng report of the local creamery It Is of local interest because part the milk is gathered in Kossuth county Drennen & Son collect milk and bu cream. They go over six miles north six miles east and about the earn southwest. They operate in Humboldt Kossuth and Wright counties. In 189< they made 40,000 pounds of butter, be sides what they bought and re-workec They sell principally in New York city The quality of their product may b known by the fact that at the Nationa Butter Makers' association, held a Rockford, til., in February, they wer awarded the bronze medal for a 92 pe cent, grade mark—100 being the stand ard. The Clarion creamery took gold medal and had a 96 per cent, grad mark. Thus it will be seen that Orang county N. Y., Elgin, 111., and easterr Iowa has to fall back and admit Hum boldt and Wright counties the winners Among the cases spoken of by Mr Drennen, we are prompted to mention that of Emmet Lewis,on theOverbaugl farm, He has four cows which have brought him $92.85 between May 1894, and March 11, 1895, and cream has not been as high as usual either Good care and proper feed bring rich returns when applied to milk cows. Bad Ventilation and Tuberculosis In the current bulletin from the stat agricultural-college Prof. Curtis has an article on barn ventilation. In open ing he says: "The importance of effl cient ventilation of dairy barns has been emphasized by the recent Investigation of the causes conducive to the develop ment and contagion of tuberculosis in cattle. Bulletin No. 7, of United State bureau of animal industry, on invest! gallons concerning bovine tuberculosi says: ' Fully nine-tenths of all diseased animals have been infected by inhaling the tubercle bacilli dried andsuspendet in the air,' Without proper ventila tion the tubercle bacilli and other dis ease germs must be much more readily inhaled, and it is a matter of recori that the worst diseased herds are found in poorly lighted and poorly ventilated buildings; while range cattle and other stock, seldom sheltered or confined in close buildings, show practical im munity from the disease. Most barns have no system of ventilation excep' the introduction of outside air through doors and windows, and farm buildings generally have an inadequate supply o: these." • • , Rolfe's Champion Ifen, A chicken raiser near Rolfe, Iowa, is the owner of a Plymouth Rook ben that is a genuine freak in her way. For weeks at a time she will regularly lay eggs without the least semblance of a covering in the shape of a shell, but with a "white" and yolk of such unyielding texture as to stand without flattening, as in the ordinary "skinny" egg, These eggs are as hard as the average "hard-boiled,"and may be cut into without clanger of spilling the contents of the leathery membrane which forms the covering, After lay ing a number of these curious shelless eggs, a period of from a week to ten days will elapse in which there is a total cessation of the egg business as far as this one hen is concerned, and then the real wonder egg is deposited, This egg is just the opposite to thpse mentioned above, being entirely composed! of shell material and of about the same specific gravity as a,n equal bulk ol common chalk. Three of .these wenr cjerful eggs have been sawed] plunder eo as to ehovy their .opijiositJo.n."-Capital LANDED HIS StLYM KIM, W. tt. tnghatn, id fttotMfc Hattls in Tarpon Bit feet Ldnfc and Weighing 140 Ponnds. ¥ he Luges* Gaughi tfcm Baring the Season -- Numerous Congratulations on Mis Good Luck. In a letter 1 from Myers, Florida dated March 18, W, H. Ingham write hastily that he has succeeded in land Ing & tarpon, It Is the biggest fish ye caught this season, six feet one inch long, weigirig 140 pounds. It required an hour and ten minutes to bring him in. A dozen sloops and launches were out and as the big fish made some o the plunges for which the tarpon is famous, cheers greeted him from al sides, As soon as he was in he was turned over to a taxidermest to be pro pared for mounting and his silver sides will doubtless be on exhibition on Mr Ingham's return, The tarpon is the premium game fish He is the largest which takes the hook And he is the gamiest and best fighter for his size, his great weight and strength making a successful catch very doubtful and exciting. While on the line he oftens jumps six feet clear of the water, and some cases are re corded where a monster has cleared II feet. Mr. Ingham's fish made seven o these high leaps, but how high is no stated, besides many small ones, before he was landed. He is baited with mullet on a big hook, the bait lying on the ground. He swallows it le i caught. Then the fisherman at exactly the right moment strikes his hook And then follows the grand rush. The fish shoots up out of the water anc shakes his head like a dog making a heroic effort to throw the bait and hook out of bis gullet. Unless he is wel hooked he gets away. If he is wel hooked he drops back and makes i break for deep water. He will go 301 to 500 feet like the wind, and here also if the line gives or if it is not paid ou just right, or if the boat is not handled right the fish breaks loose. The grea rushes and leaps make tarpon fishing the most exciting known to disciples o Walton and crown the Silver King the game fish of the world. One of the largest ever caught was landed Senator Quay of Pennsylvania, seven feet and one inch long, weighing 187 pounds. It requires from one to six hours to land one. The tarpon is scientifically called a megalops. He has a very large eye, is shaped some like a pickerel with a pro truding under jaw, and has scales two and a half inches in diameter which shine like silver. The scales are usec for fancy work and are worth 50 cents a dozen in the market. The only use the fish is put to is for mounting. The possibility of taking the fish with t hook and line was discovered in 1885 Since then he has been the chief am bition of the experienced angler, and none but the experienced have much success. Myers, where Mr. Ingham is, is on the Caloosahatchee river, below Char lotte harbor, about three-fourths the way down the eastern side of the state in a very tropical climate. Mr. Ingham writes that the river is as broad as the Mississippi with low banks covered with scattering pine trees. The orange trees are all safe here and are loaded with oranges. No frost or cold has touched that region. The warm air is improving his health and the time o: his return is indefinite. FAILED FOB A LARGE SUM. Goo. brink's Stock at Wesley In the Hands of a Receiver—Other Matters In the District Court. Saturday the Hews of the failure o: Geo. A. Prink of Wesley was rumored, and Monday Judge Quartern was asked by the creditors, who were represented by Geo. B. Cloud, to appoint a receiver. Sheriff Samson was appointed and Leo Puegnet is invoicing the stock. Attachments of $6,000 or $8,000 have been filed by Mr. Cloud, and Carson, Pirie & Scott's man was here yesterday with a $2,100 claim • not yet se cured. The creditors claim that the assets will not exceed $8,000 with $12,000 liabilities. On the other hand Mr. Frlnk's friends say he is amply able to meet all obligations as soon as he can turn his goods and property, George was raised in Union township and has many friends who will regret that he is embarrassed, - COURT NOTES, Swea City has to vote again on in corporation. It will take in a mile square this time, Judge Carr came up to help try a suit involving two fence territory notes, It was dismissed, C. B, Hutching is appointed to locate joundaries involved in the suit of Soblita vs, MoAdams, W. H, Nyouro and 0, A. TeJlier are appointed commissioners to divide up and dispose of the Fairbanks estate. Geo. E. Clarke is appointed referee to find the facts in the suit of the Mc- orroiok company vs. E, T, Burbank, Gallagher, the Germania beer seller, pleaded guilty and was fined $300 and costs by Judge Quarton, He will board it out. Lecjyard, will incorporate. The territory is a mile square and A, E. Graves, F- M. Trimble, F, Weiwer, Jas, B and F, S, Jenks are commissioners, This morning the Kirsohbaum di- «>rce case is on. F, M. Taylor an<J S. Sessions are the attorneys. About 50 witnesses are subpoenaed roma,bQ«tWhitteffiore. Cruelty, etc., a ihe charge, The Qerna&Ria pr^njery has el stack, subscribers ' ' the best the district has had before his tef ffl closes. Of. Feltlfig was acquitted by the jtff? ia the abef won caie vefy quickly, The evidence warranted the finding, fie was ably defended by Col. Sessions and his assistants. The Colonel made & Vigorous and effective argument to the jury, The pFOseeuttett by 'S4Uif6 tt&jr* triond, assisted by Geo. E. Clafke, Wai also ably conducted, But the testimony of some of the leading Witnesses Was a give away to the Case. A Sad-eyed Italian Was around Mon* day claiming to be Mrs. Abdo, former wife of the gentleman who got the court to fish $750 out of au alleged sister's stocking some months ago. Later he got a divorce from this woman claiming Whittetnore as a residence. Now she says she never consented to any divorce and she wants the decree set aside. She talked a long time to Clerk Grose and was much surprised when she learned he was Hot the judge. LEOTtTBES AKD EKf EETAISMEHTS. In 1875 or thereabouts one of the original Hutchinson family and his tribe gave a concert in the court house in Aigona. He Was the father of the leader of the present Hutchinson company which sang in the opera house Saturday evening to a good audience. The son was with the company before, and says that Miss Allen, who sang the balads twenty years ago so beautifully and so charmingly that she is still pleasantly remembered by all who heard her, is married and lives with a growing family in Boston. Mr. Hutchinson says also that one brother of the original family is still living. But of all the descendants he alone is keep. ing the name before the public, and he and his little daughter are the only ones of the present company who are HutcWnsons. la the audience were several who heard the original singers forty years agoy Mr. D. Hine remembering them forty-seven years back. Sunday evening the company, composed of delightful people, sang at the Congregational church, freely rendering their aid to the religious services. They are ladies and gentlemen, and the violinist, a young lady of 17 years, is an accomplished artist already, with a brilliant future ia prospect. # # » Aigona always welcomes Walter M. Walker because he is a brilliant speaker, and also because he began his career from a Kossuth county farm. He came hurriedly to give his lecture in the Baptist course Thursday evening, having been engaged for some weeks in conducting a revival in his church in Elgin, 111., and did not feel at home as a lecturer. Hut he spoke with his accustomed earnestness upon some features of our national life and future. He presides over the largest church in Illinois outside of Chicago, leaving the Central Baptist church of New York to acceptthe call. He has bought a handsome home -in the citv, and during the coming summer will with his accomplished wife spend some weeks in Europe. He has lately as an amusement cultivated a taste for amateur photography, and will while gone secure views which he will arrange for stereopticon use, and. will prepare a series of illustrated lectures upon his trip, to be given for his church. If the Baptists arrange a lecture course for the coming winter we suggest one or two of these descriptions of travel as an agreeable feature. # # # Eev. Strickland's lecture on "Grant from a Southern Standpoint" will be given at the Baptist church tomorrow evening. • The speaker is a southern man who came to the north after the war, being now one of the ablest preachers in Sioux City. He is an interesting speaker, and he will give: the southern view of the great and successful general to whom the south surrendered. This is ! the closing lecture of the Baptist course, and it should be liberally patron- izeu. # # * The declamatory contest for the purpose of selecting delegates to represent oui- high school in the state contest, to be held at Cedar Falls on Friday evening, April 26, will take place at the opera house on Thursday evening, April 11. Three prizes will be. given. The first will be the honor otrepra. sentmg the school at Cedar Falls ; the second, |5; and the third, «3. The usual admission fee will be charged for the purpose ? f Defraying the expenses of the delegates to the state contest. The following named WW Pupate in the local contest: Abra Robinson, Chas. Chubb, Jennie Patterson, Walter Tellier, Trix Salisbury, May John ' Alice Mirikler,an& * * # . . . The date of Ex-Senator Ingalls' lecture is fixed, He will speak in the opera house, April 86. This is the event of the season for Aigona, for Ingalls ranks among the first of platform speakers. Already assurances have been received that large delegations will be present from Emmeteburg, Whittemore, Wesley, Britt, Burt, Bancroft and other neighboring places. * * # The musical event of the season in Des Moines was the concert given by Nordics Monday. Miss Kate Smith of ^L g « nft tS ll i yed the . lead violin in the orchestra on that occasion, This speaks— to all who are acquainted with .the 1 demands of • ot the s ^ 11 W&* * * # Last evening E. P. Biroher's new specialty cqmpany -opened its season, at Whittemore. It is made up of some ^first- class comedians who came to Bancroft and were organized at that place, They give a T edy 'J? ters P er8ed with clever- acts, and have one of the best ; entertainments which visit the small towns Among the performers is Mr Bu4he"'Uit Whittem^ nT 5 6 ^P 6 Bw until SS h fVh« d WU1 D0 i 8t °P • turning! sei * 80n when tbe y 8V « >-' e * Ills- Aesesspr fcamson Has n Ce^swa »oa the Result 1« THe Fourth Ward fceads, In 1800 Aigona had 3,068 people ana in 1895 it has 8,409, wbiph is 3 gain O f exactly 401 }n flve years, or |00i each year. Assessor Lamson has the count. completed. It is likely that 8S? SnW tb l n mao / have wn jut still they show a reasonable The Fourth Wa has the leal in

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