The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on July 17, 1895 · Page 4
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' " ' *" * lpsii^fi;p^^ ^4^,pifflfe<^v,;^-;'":;;^^'^ 4 V'-'V--^ < ,T*s *££. * . «frj /<--t >' ; ,i- ./ ,, , , -, < dl'afk COmffi6Bt§ 4be Bpetadfe character- of political lupptif t developed by the gubernatorial candidates, Their strength was in spots, The assumption that eon» gressianal districts Would eotae* to the convention In solid phalabx was again as it always will be, Matt m t^o te&mm for the li, !§ feaVe fossa hlefally »M 6'dflducted to the afesi Of thetwoeiWlB, the with the re venue attack- r. fttfrott had nearer a solid local support than the others, but even his territory Was invaded. It was assumed that the ' 1 *a?enth district would be solid for one or All of its home candidates and that the Eleventh would help the northwest Iowa men, Even on the first ballot Drake and flarlan had a healthy vote from the Tenth, and a very healty vote from the Eleventh, and the compli- mentarles once in, they and Parrott and Harsh at once had the support of the delegates who were for them by personal preference. Governors are , not nominated by localities nor on ' account of localities. Another assumption which came to nothing was that the convention could he stampeded. The supporters of every candidate seemed to have it in mind that by noisy demonstrations a •change could be made in the footings .of the tally sheet. The result was one of the noisiest conventions ever held, but no stampede. Every delegation l.knew just how the vote was going and was waiting for some other delegation to get excited. The Drake supporters actually injured their chances by untimely yelling, and the venerable Jsaac Brandt only made himself ridiculous by his attempt to cause a Harlan break. The stampede was tried by Chicago when that city was organized to foist Gresham upon^ the republican .national convention eight years ago, and was tried again by the Elaine men four years ago at Minneapolis. It is a • failure. Too cool headed men go to conventions as delegates. Future conventions might as well accept the iri- evjetable and vote in silence. ; The convention itself "by its rules disposed of a time honored device of the political machinery. It declared that when a.delegation.had once voted no change could be made until a new ballot was called. A whole political sketch book could be filled with interesting scenes where candidates have been made and unmade by the timely change of the votes of delegates after once being cast. But changing votes is valuable only to political manipulators, is a terror to secretaries, and presents that most absurd of all customs—" getting on the band wagon" after a nomination is assured and thus appearing in the final roll call as ^voting for the winner. There is a proper way of making a nomination unanimous, and the motion comes .with as good grace from delegates who vote for their men to the last as from those who flop as soon as they see they are beaten. All succeeding conventions should adopt this salutary rule. menti It is Hot seriously claimed that the saloons iave not iHcreased the sale and uaevof liquor. Curing the week the satdons.w'efe clbstd the jail was emptied for the first time in months, The average attendance has been from 40 to 60 during the saloon period and during the short time the drug stores had the exclusive sale the number A full repdrt of the big republican convention with the platform and speeches will be 1 found on the inside pages, The state convention last week did a wise act in renominating Hon. Henry Sabin for state -superintendent. The public is fast recognizing the fact that experienced school officials ought not to be subjected to frequent changes, which everyone knows have a damaging tendency in the progress of school advancement. Many of the superintendents of public instruction in other states have held their positions for a long term of years. The same policy is followed in many of the counties in this state where the county superintendent has been at the head of the school interests from 14 to 18 years. There is no more propriety In retiring a Superintendent on account of the length of his service than there is in dismissing • a high school principal because he has taught four or any other number of years. Senator Funk is getting out a daily paper at Spirit Lake for two weeks that would be a credit to a city. The Carroll Herald says: More than the usual number of newspaper men have been nominated for the Iowa legislature this year. We don't know that it will hurt the legislature or lower the standard of that lawmaking body, so far as its personnel is concerned; but it is not going to especially benefit the newspapers or their legislative editors. Better things could happen an editor than to be sent to the legislature. That there was something behind the peculiar resolutions and delegations of Clay county fully appears this week. The News devotes two columns to answering attacks by the Peterson Patriot and Everly News on the conduct of the convention, but still does not state how the Hubbard and Cornwall forces expect to unite. It still appears that Cornwall has his nomination, secure. Is he going to throw it up for a bare chance to nominate Hubbard? Clay county's appearance in the senatorial field, if it is earnest, is attended, we should' say, with very embarassing home complications. The Hamilton County Journal feels good as follows: All hail! Kossuth county. It did the fair thing by Mr. Kamrar. A material the teiapmFy- cnalfmatt Made of, Joe. & Lftfteeaffle ttbm t>&ft and Scott eMftty wants as Uttie |*8tiibltion fti wii! pacify the slough Water districts, afid wants the* law changed so as to permit breweries ftnd distilleries .to operate, Mi6 speech Was known to contain a vigorous paragraph on this question afid at 1 o'clock the night before the eohVention the centfal Committee roused him out of sonbd slutnber to pet-suade him to cut it out. He informed them that they selected him knoWiag Where he came frott. If they wanted to emend him out of office they could, but they could not emend his speech, That ended the matter and he spoke exactly as he had planned to. Mf. Lane's father was a member of congress afid an able lawyer. The younger man was offered the nomination last year but his business would not permit him to accept. He is a fighter for republicanism, and made as direct, incisive and practical a speech as has ever been listened to by a state convention. It had the added virtue of being short. MF. om& treasurer of is very lew ttm & CONVENTION NOTES, NX) TROUBLE IN KO88TTTH. The Armstrong Journal says; "Kossuth county has no saloons but they aeem to have more trouble about liquor over there than any county in the state. They certainly have much more annoyance in regard to the matter than the counties that have open saloons," The Journal is mistaken. We have so littlo trouble that the slightest infraction of the law causes comment. The fact that seizing three kegs of beer makes a good news item proves tbe exceptional character of the occurrence. There is not a county in Iowa where the liquor business causes less pj. attracts less attention than Its evils are at a minimum in these parts and they will approach, ,ft maximum in neighboring counties jjust in proportion as tbe old. fashioned system gains a foothold. What is euphemistically called the tabernacle in Des Moines was crowded as never before last Wednesday. The jam at the doors after the walls and aisles were lined was as great as ever. All shared alike in the scramble to witness Iowa's greatest convention. Boys got in among the distinguished citizens on the platform, while at the rear Capt. Hull struggled to get his head through the door. No such crowd has ever gathered in the state, because in late years the uncertainty of the outcome has never been greater, and purely personal interests have never been more prominently at the front. Properly or improperly, political gatherings have come to be classed with great sporting events, and public curiosity is turned to them much as to a horse race or a prize fight. Men got wild over Drake or Harlan who know^no more of their records than they do of Fitzsimmons or CortJett, and who, when the result was announced, really cared no more than they dp over the outcome of any exciting contest. Of course the directing influences of a convention are the men of intelligence • and convictions with interests at stake, generally public, sometimes private. But the crowd are there to see " how it will turn out," Two years ago they cheered Jackson to the echo. The governor came and went on the stage Wednesday unnoticed, Last year V The platform was read by the Venerable but still vigorous Judge Wright, Iowa's "Grand old Man," It was written by Geo. E. Roberts, who is becoming the recognized literary bureau of republicanism, In Des Moinos as everywhere our modest Fort Dodger was received -with distinguished attention, He has received more flattering press notices than any other author of the year, and is the recipient of innumerable letters, three of them from members of Cleveland's cabinet. Secretary'Carlisle especially praises his reply to Coin. The platform is a magnificent statement of the present status of political parties on pending national issues. « « • The failure of the platform to refer to the liquor question was not a casual oversight. The Scott county men were dead set on having a plank favoring the manufacture Of liquor in the state. The appointment of Col. Pete Hepburn on the committee from the Eighth settled it that there would be a fight. Then on the other side the prohibitionists wanted a plank for resubmission and the Scott county men did not want that. The outcome was that both sides consented to stand where they are and let the legislature fight it out. * # Lafe Young, as permanent chairman of the convention, established a precedent that will become a convention law. When he took the chair he talked less than five minutes, and said more that was to the point than some of his predecessors have been in the habit of saying in two hours. Senator Harsh hurt his gubernatorial chances more by his convention speech a year ago than by anything else, and two years ago the convention nearly refused to elect the chairman the committee had agreed upon because it was known he had a two hours speech. Mr. Young was cheered through a dozen epigrammatic and pithy sentences and grabbed the gavel, the most popular permanent chairman Iowa has had. * * Congressman Dolliver was conspicuous on the platform. He goes to Spirit Lake to lecture in the Chautauqua course this week, and will remain and dally with the fish until Aug. 1, when he will instruct the editors at Estherville on their duties to society. He looks as genial and hearty as ever in spite of the effort he has been put to to fight down the matrimonial rumor Lafe Young set afloat in the spring. He owes the Capital editor on another score as the story goes. The two were speaking together in the campaign last fall and Mr, Young in illustrating the benefits of protection referred to Mr. Dolliver as imported raw material from West Virginia, turned out into the manufactured product by Iowa. paralytic stroke. Slue Earth Oily had a big aed successful celebration. Among 1 other items in the fepof t we notes Thfi gate receipts at the ball gatne were $82, Wesley Reporter: AL Pfesnell has gone to Algeria to take charge of John Grove's boot and shoe store. Al, Will make business boons if anybody can. West Bend Journal; The Algena Courier boys got theif mailing lists mixed last week, West Bend papers goihg to St. Joe and vice versa, Paul Dorweiler says Ike Findell celebrated too hard the Fourth, The Ledyard Leader refers to ' J. L. Sutton and says: We have heard before that this fellow has azure by whole counties to sell and why should they try to keep him from selling an article on which he is over stocked. Huthven Free Press: M. Jenson of Algona was in the city on Thursday of this week and decided to locate with us and .open up a tailoring establishment. He will open up some time during the first two weeks in August. Spencer News: J.F.Gilmore is having the interior of his store room cleaned, new shelving put in, new hard pine floor laid and the interior wood work newly painted. When all is finished he will have an attractive salesroom. Esthervllle Republican: A. A. Call, who built Algona's handsome opera house block two years ago is building another elegant double block there this summer. It must be pleasant to live in a city whose wealthy citizens are public spirited. Ledyard Leader: A. D. Clarke of Algona is a candidate for senator to succeed Senator Funk and has a delegation of whole-hearted supporters to the senatorial convention. Our delegation will do all they can to nominate f he Two Mate teg Together in This fan of Iowa Aeeordlfff to efit Appearances, A Sketch of What Mfis fiten Cotie Reclaim Land ¥b£t Needs fio Declaiming. Iff ^portsJrom the state indicate that ,, f,>- J jibe frap coinage men are selecting a " ' of the delegates to the coming ;4gm i poja,tio state convention. Fred , White, a radiea.116 tp I man, is named Jpr governor, and although he has re* , 'f tisea tp allpw big nametp be considered, ,\J$ Jffcejv to accept e, nomination.' Tbe " 'i meet in two weeks, •to permit the ad- tp be laid low without one W$A«J5]RS, McFarland • led the victorious- ticket, Wednesday his fading votes were laughed at'as they were announced. V Gen, Drake's nomination was in evitable and was brought about by { curious combination of forces. The vail- way Interests were conceded to be friendly to him, but among his most enthusiastic supporters were Gov, Larrabee, J, G, Berrybill, ex-Ra,ilway Commissioner Camp, bell, pto. The old soldiers also favored Prake, The general is rich, a shrewd and successful man of affairs, bi-oad gauge in bis views, the promoter pf enterprises of as a kinds. The veterans )inew him soldier and his neighbors as a hearted flud liberal man. Ft'ow the, first bajjot be gained steadily. The minor oftpdidatea hftd hoped to prevent this. But with each successive ballot bis vpte grew until it was as plain a? day that he vypuld he chosen, jijatt Parrpt he.ld. h}9 fjrejjgtitl t9 tb§ l«»t ftijd when Orajje.^ npunmftUon made |t impracticable to take ea^ly The great applause of the convention was given to Senator Allison, This year it was spontaneous and enthusiastic. Eight years ago the Iowa republicans cheered for Allison but they were really hoping Blaine would win. This year they have no undercurrent of sympathy for some other candidate. The senator's appearance on the platform called out repeated applause, and when Chairmrn Lane referred to him the audience would not allow the speech to go on until he arose and bowed, With great modesty, as ever, he acknowledged the distinguished honor of being honestly chosen by a great gathering for the presidency, * * Among tbe most pleased with the outcome of the convention were the Register force. The Register made a splendid fight for Drake, and R, P, Clarkson, who rarely attends conventions sat and perspired with the rest of the Polk county delegates, awaiting the final ballot, Mr, CJarkspn, owing to a slight defect in his hearing, does not mingle as freely as his brother }n publip gatherings, but is no less genial and entertaining in conversation with those who invade his sanctum. He fights with vigor when he fights, and in this cape be had fougbt wittj zeaA because of his great esteem and respect for Gen. Drake. the Kossuth man, and we hope they may win. Swea City Herald: J, E. Paul, Dr. C. B. Paul and family, Mrs. Hawkes and Mrs. Hill came up from Algona yesterday and the gentlemen went to the lakes, while the ladles visited with the family of C. F. Buker. The rest of the party and Mr. Bukers' leave for the lakes today. Emmetsburg Reporter: Miles Mahan spent his Fourth with old friends at Algona. He is well acquainted with the old settlers of Kossuth, having been brought in contact with them during the early settlement of this section. He enjoyed a very pleasant Fourth. Emmetsburg Reporter: Appropos the proposition to drain the lakes in this county, Henry Durant has a well- timed article in the Algona UPPER DES MOINES pointing out that it would be better for agriculture in this section, if each farmer would preserve the ponds and lakes instead of draining them, Armstrong Journal:. THE UPPER DBS MOINES states that E. B. Campbell Is a candidate for sheriff of Emmet county. That is a mistake it is E. J. Campbell, son of E. B. Mr. Campbell takes an active interest in politics but does not seek any office. He has enough of this world's goods to live comfortably and is taking life easy. Livermore Gazette: Misses Mabel and Alice Brooks were among those who celebrated the Fourth at Algona, and were so unfortunate as to have a runaway, caused by the breaking of the king bolt in the carriage. The horses got away and were captured by Very few people even in this part of the State, where the beneficial effects o! the swamp land grunt were expected to be felt especially, have any Idea of the extent • to Which scientific drainage has lately bee"n Carried, and of the extent to which the swamps and small lakes of northern Iowa have been converted into dry land, The Des Moines Leader lately had an interesting column describing some of the chief drainage schemes. It is worthy of perusal now when the question seems to be how to keep our land moist rather than how to dry it out: Of course all know that a great deal of small ditching and tiling has been done by private parties; but it Is not generally known that great drainage canals, miles in length, have been built under the supervision of the county authorities or by syndicates of farmers, that have reclaimed thousands of acres of land.' Probably the first important ditch of this kind was built in Calhoun and Pocahontas counties from north to south and draining Into one of the arms of the Coon river. Only a few years ago two great sloughs extended across these counties, almost the entire distance from north to south. They were known by the very appropriate names of Hell and Purgatory sloughs. They were full of water the year round, and varied in width from four or five hundred feet tq a mile or more, while the marshes that bordered them covered hundreds of acres of rich loam. It was almost impossible to get across the liveryman at Algona, " a large portion of the harness being lost, and another carriage was secured there in which to drive home. Livermore Gazette: Vern Baker and Bert lyes helped to make up a merry group of four, who with a Humboldt rig took in Algona on the Fourth, and besides doing their proportion of celebrating they unintentionally added to the excitement while there by having one of the burrs lost off the carriage, and their efforts to continue further on three wheels proved a total failure, letting them down in the street, They caught the truant wheel before it got out of sight, but were not so fortunate regarding the burr, and made a complete canvass of the wagon shops of the city before they were fitted out. DEATH OF MB8. J. g. FILL. The Remains Brought to Algona for Interment This Horning, Mrs. J. K. Fill died at the home of v , The strong point in , this great republican cpftYejtio platform or candi4ates,. }t wgs vftfliBg atmo^ere, powa, or ibie essence pi busi&ess in all n,ot its the pre- a, wh.oje, Wtite of any her daughter in Milwauke Monday, and the remains were brought to Algona this morning attended by Mr, Fill, Mrs. Hathaway, and Mrs, kinn. Mrs, fjaupt came from the west yesterday, Mr, Haupt and Mrs, O, 0, Fill arriving this morning. Mrs, Fill has been in failing health for several years and for a month or more has been deranged, She was married to Mr. Fill in 1843, in PaupUn county, Penn., and came to Kossuth county in I860, locating with him on the welM?np.wn, farm in Irvington, She wag the mother pf eiggt children. As a pioneer settler she had many warm friends among the little band who were strung along the river in the early times, and, but for chronic 111 health, would hgve extended the circle a? the county settled, Those who knew bep best appreciated most fully u her many excellent trajts, Her death will be mourned by all, Mr, Fill, who survives -her, although, 84 years o}d, the sloughs except on the few bridges provided at the not oft ocouring narrows, and for years it had been a problem with the people of the counties what to do with the sloughs, which were the only things to detract from two of the best counties of the state. It was finally decided to try to ditch them. When this plan was first suggested the people laughed at the idea and insisted that it could not be done. A big dredger was brought to the community, however, and put to work. It was set on a flat boat and placed in the slough and a channel about twenty feet wide and several feet deep was dug through the very center of the swamp to an outlet in a waterway. The experiment was a success, and within a few days after the completion of the ditch the water receded from all the surrounding country and vast areas that had been covered with swamps for years were burned off and in another year were being cultivated and produced the biggest yields in the county. Now all that remains of the two big sloughs is a narrow waterway running through fertile fields. The expense of digging the ditch was not much and was prorated among the owners of the titles to tbe swamp and abutting lands who received the benefit. Other counties commenced to experiment with like-results. Up in Hancock and Winnebago counties there were thousands of acres of swamps in which the Iowa river had its source and that spread out In every direction for miles, making an almost impassible jungle. A system of county ditches was tried here and with the best results. A main ditch was constructed through the center of the swamps from the Iowa river and from this branches were run. The result was that now all the country has been reclaimed and farm after farm is now being cultivated where before ditches were built it was impossible for cattle to cross. O'Brien county has also experimented with ditches with considerable success, and in Webster county a ditch through a portion of the eastern part of the county has proven so profitable and reclaimed so much land that' it is proposed now to build another in the western half of the county, Kossuth county has also tried the ditches, In Wright county it is proposed now to reclaim several thousand acres of lake beds between Clarion and Belmond by running a deep ditch from' the outlet to the Iowa river, In Humboldt county the bed of Owl lake has already been reclaimed and is producing large crops. In Hamilton county several lakes or sloughs have been drained and converted into farms, and it is proposed to continue the work. In Green county Goose lake and tbe Hundreds of acres of swamps that surround it are to be reclaimed this year by private parties who have purchased the title, In Woodbury oountv private ditches, each from ten to twelve miles long, were built'by the owners of a great many thousand acres of swamps on tbe Missouri river bottoms and recently these tracts have bee n put on tbe market - - -readily for as high as and per acre, with td kill - - y •"- »-.— -pwwgj ** i?h* tfS\J\I LSV^A. ViVi V* In Monona county, that is almost wholly on the river bottom, and that at times nas been entirely overflowed by the waters of the Missouri and its tributary streams, a great system of ditches has been put in that has practically re* claimed the entire county and made it one of the greatest corn producing counties in fowa, r * Plans have been formulated to re? cover from, the swamps and overflow a great many thousand, acres of land in other portions of the state in' the next couple Of yews as a. result of the success of tbe ditching already done and the prospepts are tfcftf In. a few tmefej Sis.edtisifi, _„ E%tt^^M Wkl »8 J> id kill r^fc«»J,»«««ASi the ,aife ^of Ibe f»8tteek, It to the rthblts afid It pftJvid Bel...., to kill a healthy ybutig math The im mediate §6n8ali6fi was a behtifflbifig of the whole spine, and hut little Sore ford* would have caused dislocation The neck stiffened find Will, was takea hotae in a pfadtidally paralysed SBOndt* tion. Dr, Gaffield was called ffofft Al* gofia at once, and by injections stopped the spinal trouble and'had him' well on whett Malarial fever set in afid he is fi6w having a, full run of that debilitating disease. Thgf§v6P'ie Hbt attributable but undoubtedly was couraged by the lessened vitality resulting from it, Practical jokes should be made statute offenses on general principles, pointing "unloaded" re* volvers should receive capital punish' ment, and nothing short of the old bastinado should he ineted out to that particular species of human flend who Is always slapping your back, pinchinff you, or giving you a whack in the ribs as a sigh of appreciation and good fellowship. WHAT MAKES THE OBAPS GROW; I've been readtn 1 'bout free silver And a " Coin's Financial School," Where a feller makes his money By a short an' simple rule; An' the farmers' corn and taters Grow 'thout sweatln' up his brow . An' while he sits down a thinkin' His steers grow fatter, sum how. His hogs don't waller in the mud But lay aroun' and grow, Never no need o' feedin' corn Fur "free silver" makes 'em so. The mortgage that is on the farm It seems like it bed wings, Yer wife agoin 1 'bout her work She most always smiles and sings. But I'm about concludin' As I'm readin' oh it thro', That it haint "Coin's School of Finance" That makes the craps grow. Tother mornin' bright an' airly 'Fore the sun supped up the dew, While the wife was gettin' breakfas' I Jes' plowed the taters thru. As I smelled the coffee bllin' An' could hear the bacon fry, My tho'ts sum how got to thinkin' About this "free silver" cry; How I'd get tew bags o' flour • Fur one o' wheat down tu the mill, • How I'd raise mor'n twice the taters Than I use to, in a hill; How we'd all be rich and happy With good times we read about,. . When I seen that I'd ben plowin 1 Mor'n a dozen hills plum out; An 1 1 was about concludin' ' As I stopped " Blaze" with a " whoa," That it haint yer old "free silver" That makes the craps grow. Next mornin'a politician Cum along with smilin' face, Says " The way this kentry's runnin' ' Is nothin' less than a disgrace." He would like tu go tu Congress Says he thinks he'd fill a seat, They|d be sure to pass "free silver" Then I'd sell my dollar wheat. Wai, he staid an' had his dinner, Then he staid till stars shone bright, Sed his eyes were kind o' failin' That he'd like to stay all night. In the mornitt* after breakfas' When he's ready tu go'way, He reached down into his pocket As if he expected tu pay. Said " When I git into Congress An' that Free Silver Bill is pas't, Yer good wife will be remembered With the fust dollar that is cast. An' I was about concludin' When I saw that feller go, That it haint the politician That makes the craps grow. I bed jes' got out the ho'ses An' started fur the flel', When I seen a sumthin' comin' Ridin' on a'double wheel. I tho't at fust 'twas Joe Brown's Bill Er sum other college fool, It was a stunner when he sed '•I belong tu this new school O' wimmen. I have a paper Gettin' siners, don't you see, To present to our next Congress. To increase our liberty." She tol' me (while I was standin^ In the shade of her left sleeve,) All about the woman's Bible Where the fust one made was Eve; An' Adam—well he warnt in it, Seems they had »o use for him, Fur they robbed him of his trousers. An' made him the fust tu sin. An' while we were standin' talkinV This "new woman" here an' me, The "ole woman" was gettin dinner An' a makin' of the tea. Wai, she bed to stay to dinner The» she staid Mil mos' sundown, An' I'd lost a hul day's-workin' 'Fore she started of? fur town; An' I was about conoludin' After watohin' pf her go, TJaat }t haint this here "new women" 1 That makes tbe craps grow. Now there's my neighbor Ferguson, He's, eccentric, tpwn folks say,' Fur he's, the hardest workin' man That ever kneeled down to pray, He never goes to see a race, He don't oaje tw politics, He says f ' TWs talk 'bout free silver Is enough tu make on_e, aioi?." He, don't believe that "free silver" Will pay half § |e}ler'§ dpty, » Jt'a always tQtbej: h.alf," j, e says. " Thj,t wafees the. feljer sweat; Aft' the feljer that goes a i •After bap p.'; pay wh,a,t Jifctje ^is'b.e has tfe§ ens will fl.nj he's sojd,» /. >,i 1

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