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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, February 3, 1897
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tSAft. to Subscribers: _HieopK u J'mo'nth'a'.'..'.' '.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'. '.'.'. '76 O&8 bony, three months 40 Beat to any address at above rates. Remit by draft, money of der, express order, ftostai note at out risk. Kates of adf ef tisingf sent on application. THJ2 tJfcWfc ms M01N18; ALGONA, tnw.. WttTMSPAY. FEBRUARY 8, 1897. lit. Algona play goers Saturday evening will heap a play that has as honorable traditions as any on the stage. One hundred and fifty years ago Alexander tope, the great poet, Went to hear David Garrick, of whom he sai'd " that Man never had his equal as an and he will never have a rival." Garrick left a record of the evening! "When 1 was told that Pope was in the house 1 instantly felt a palpitation at my heart, a tumultuous, not unpleasant emotion in my mind. It gave me particular pleasure that Richard was my character when Pope was to see and hear me." Edmund Kean was Garrtck's great successor, the tragedian of the beginning of the present century. Lord Byron recorded: " Just returned from seeing If can in Richard. By Jove, he is a soul. Life, nature, truth without exageration or diminution. Kemble's Hamlet is perfect, but Hamlet is not nature. Richard is a] man, and Kean is Richard." Olliver Wendell Holmes said humorously: Children of later growth, we love the piny, We love Its heroes, be they grave or gay, Prom squeaking, peppery, devil-defying Punch To roaring Richard, with his camel hunch. The greatest tragedians have been great Richards. And yet it is not all a tragic part. Mrs. French in 1813 said of Kean: "He showed mo that Richard possessed a mine of humor and pleasantry." And now Nat Goodwin just graduated out of burlesque says: " Richard III is a comedy role in the main and I should like to play it." The great Richard of the present period is Thos. W. Keene. In other characters he has been surpassed. As Richard he has no rival, nor has he tad for years. PTTBlilC PRINTING. The State Register is making a vigorous effort to induce the legislature to let public printing and binding to the lowest bidder, Some time ago the Kossuth county supervisors were discussing this same proposition and THE UPPER DBS MOINES urged then that on job work the result would be unsatisfactory. The Kossuth county fair association tried the lowest bidder plan three years and then dropped it. The contract system is full of loop holes, and a low bid means poor work somewhere, or else a bill for extras. Even in building the lowest bidder plan is unsatisfactory. The best building in Algona during the past year was done by the day. Almost without exception owners of fine homes prefer to pay the price and have plumbing and inside finishing done by day's work. On the other hand the Algona school board have a bill of $600 to meet on a $6,000 building, for extras, and is probably liable as it made some slight change vitiating the literal contract the job was let under to the lowest • bidder. Last week at Des Moines the supervisors almost unanimously rejected a proposal to let all bridge work by contract. Very few printers can be found to endorse or encourage the lowest bidder plan of doing work, even when they are not biased by any selfish interest, and the plan to let public printing by contract will not be supported by them in the legislature. The trouble with the public printing tipoB McKihley's election, tte ethers mus speak for themselves. Tan tTfPBtt Bfis MbiSfishfts never believed nor pfedicted that business revolutions come about 86 suddenly. McKinley's election marked the turn In the tide* for Immediately money Was set loose and is today being borrowed In large quantities. We believe thatmoney could not have been had .on any terms if Bryan had been elected. Many of the ablest of his supporters admitted that a Short panic would undoubtedly follow. No one can estimate the difference between the two results. Comparatively speaking good times have set in, as any man who oWes money—and who does not—will see if he considers for a moment where he would have been with a money panic on hand in addition to low prices. In this connection an item from Walter Wellman's Washington correspondence is pat! Congressman Dolliverof Iowa, as everyone by this time knows, is the author of the now famous phrase, "advance agent of prosperity,*' as applied to Major McKihley. Impatient men are fond of writing letters to Mr. Dollivcr asking him when the show is to come along. They have seen the advance agent, but the main attraction seema to be lost by the way. To one such correspondent, a resident of Calhoun county, Iowa, Mr. Dolliver replied to the following effect: 1. Major McKinley is not yet president. 2. It takes a long time to get out of such a condition as the country has been in for several years. 8. You know you can go out to Hell Slough in your county and get so deep in it before breakfnst that you can't get out before sundown. Bernard Murphy, who from a time whereto the memory of man runneth not hack to the contrary has been the successful editor of the Vinton Eagle, was at the Algona meeting. He says ho had a curiosity to see "the town of Algona so well known throughout the state." He was not disappointed: "Itis a live, bright town, filled with an excellent class of men and women who take pride in their surroundings and do all that can be done to make life pleasant." Frank W. Bicknell occupied Unity pulpit in Des Moinos a week ago Sunday evening and gave an address on newspapers. He summed up by saying: "Finally, then, the function of the newspaper is to make it more profitable to be honest, more popular to he kindhearted, and more easy to be well informed." It was an exceedingly able and thoughtful discussion, and ought to be kept in mind by the program committee of the U. D. M. E. A. editors' meeting, and how they did It Words cannot exaggerate the facts. S. D. Crake is going to give th railways an overhauling at Buft Fri day evening. He speaks at the Bur hall and should have a big audience. Wesley Reporter: The Wesley Coi net band will giye a musical concer and a basket sociable in Kunz' oper house oh Wednesday evening, Feb. 1C Emmetsburg Reporter: John Goec ers, one of the prominent merchants o Algona, was an Emmetsburg visito Friday. He came over to attend t business matters. A Whittemore boy began by playing truant from school. He ended up b. stealing a watch and knife. Mayo Boyle took official notice of him las week and gave him a talking to tha will do him good. Emmetsburg Tribune: Geo. Boyl of Whittemore is getting to be an in dispensible element to the success o of all social George has a gatherings hereabouts faculty of making hi presence most desirable. Blue Earth City Globe: We copy an article from the Algona, Iowa, UPPER DES MOINES chiefly because it wni from personal knowledge of tha paper's independence that the editoi of the Globe inserted the word "inde pendent" before "republican" in his salutatory. Speaking of the marriage of Milo P Brown and Miss Myra Chipman ai Burt Inst Wednesday, the Monitoi says: The groom is a young and enter prising farmer of Hancock county living between Garner and Britt which place will be their future home: The Chipman and Brown families, when the now bride and groom were small children, moved from the same locality in Illinois to Iowa, and the union has ripened from childhood's friendship. ALGONA CITY POLITICS, and binding is not the price now paid for the work, but the useless work that is paid for, The state gets 13,000 copies of the governor's inaugural address. For the best of these produC" tions 3,000 copies would supply the demand, and ordinarily 300 ought to go around, The waste of money in needless printing and binding is the waste the Register ought to get after. It is doing neither the state nor the printers a good turn by advocating a plan that puts a premium upon "cheap and pasty" work, and upon fraudulent overcharges for everything not specifically •'nominated in the bond," The United States senate by a vote of 46 to 4 has authorized President Me- KJnley to join in an inter-national conference for the restoration of silver, Sepatpr Allison and Senator Hpar made the strong speeches. Only two "gold. >bWf" votes were cart, Twp populate vp|ej against the proposal, and, twp gold democrats, Senator Wolcott IB gttU seuflSlBf p«bUo sentiment abroad, f P^% i» Jst mMe fop real. THE MONTHS'S MAGAZINES. The midwinter number of St. Nicholas opens with a story by the famous traveler, George Kennan, entitled "A Siberian Scare." While Mr. Kennan was living in a lonely hut in the wilds of Siberia, engaged upon the overland telegraph route, his rest was disturbed by mysterious noises at night. His servant declared that it was a ghostly visitant, and finally a Russian priest came with bell, book, and candle to " lay" the spook. Just what the ghost was must he left for the reader to discover. -H -f- -f- In the February Century General Porter in his recollections of "Campaigning with Grant" recounts anecdotes and describes incidents of .the movements of the army from Spotsylvania to the North Anna. General Porter records Grant's hearing under receipt of bad news, and sets forth the general's relations with his subordinates and his comments on various movements, and in brief gives the look of events as seen from the headquarters point of view. -5- -f- -fr- it remained for the representative magazine of the middle west, the Midland Monthly of Des Moines, to give to the world the solution of the historical question. " Who notified the war department of John Brown's proposed raid on Harper's Ferry, and what was the informant's motive?" Ex-Governor Gue, in the February Midland, assuming his own full share of responsibility for the act, relates the whole story of the anonymous letter with a candor which precludes further question. Governor Gue's admissions will compel a rewriting of the history of the John Brown movement. Other interesting features of the February Midland are the latest portraits of Nellie Grant Sartoris and her son and two beautiful daughters; a portrait of Christina Rossetti, painted by her gifted brother, with an appreciative review of her poems; a sketch of Jamaica, "the land of romance;" a prize story, "Disillusion," by Maria Weed; "A Pioneer Editor's Experience," by Hon. John M. Brainard, and Grant at Yera Cruz, by Col. John W. Emerson, ^^^^^^^^^^^ IN TBIS flEIGHBOBHOOP. Grandma Davison has passed her 91st birthday at Burt, W, A. Wright and W, G. Beach are talked of in Ledyard for the postofflce, R, M. Richmond of Swea City saw 15-foot snowbanks in Dakota last week, Miss Lizzie Freark of Germania is in Chicago studying to become a trained nurse, Frank Potter's bouse at Wbittemore caught five last week. No serious damage, Carl Qjespn, for many years a Wes* leyjte, is travelling in Wisconsin with ft phonograph, Judge Oarr is treasurer of a life insurance company at Des Moines, W, M, MoFarla&iJ }s president o, F* of Swea City was at last week organizing a ipdge at !h0 place. * Thomson's little g}rj at Is very sick with some* A Lot of City Officers to Bo Elected Next Month—TIio Jjlbrary Tax to Bo Submitted. The Algona city election comes in four weeks. Mayor Haggard, Aldermen Wadsworth, Ferguson, Henderson, and Bayers, City Solicitor Joslyn, Assessor Lamson, and Treasurer Peek are all at the end of their official terms, Alderman Rice has tendered his resignation, and a new man is to be chosen to succeed him. By unanimous vote the council has decided to submit the question of a one mill tax for the public library. The mayor's official notice appears this week. OFFICIAL CITY DOINGS. ALGONA, Jan. 30.—The city council met in regular session at the city hall, Mayor Haggard in the chair. Members present, Wadsworth, Vesper, Henderson, Slagle, Ferguson, Rice, Sayers, and Chapin. Absent none. Minutes of the last regular meeting read and approved. It was moved and seconded that the following approved bills be allowed and warrants drawn on the treasurer for the amounts: J. W. Eobinson, mdse $438 Globe Light and Heat Co 10 3G Bert McMurray, labor i 50 W. C. Henderson, street work 3375 Boy Carpenter, labor 3 50 Wm. Malley, labor ; 150 Mullica & Ohnstedt, labor 2 OC Walker Bros., mdse 80 Frank Sappetell, draying 100 Finger & Cogswell, meals 4c Northwestern Stamp Works, dog tags.. 2 35 E. J. Gilmore, mdse.... 10 65 W. H. Horan, salary 40 00 Wm. Miller, lighting lamps 20 00 H. L. Kimball, coal 6500 L. Horan, salary, etc 40 45 Algona Courier, pub. proceedings 8 5( A. H. Naudaln, coal.. 2 8C Thos. Henderson, repairing well • 4 BC Geo. Bailey, insurance 10 00 W. E. Naudain, freight 100 J. D. Burns, repairing l 40 Geo. Lacy • 8 00 Ayes: Wadsworth, Vesper, Henderson, Slagle, Ferguson, Rice, Sayers, Chapin. Noes: None, Carried. Thos. F. Cooke appeared before the council in the capacity of president o: the Algona Librai-y association, and in behalf of that society asked the council to submit to the people of Algona at the coming election the question of levying a library tax and promised in the name of said library association, that if the question is submitted and favorably acted upon, said association will turn over to the city its entire plant consisting of periodicals, books, furniture, etc., free of all expense, when the tax becomes available for its support Whereupon it was moved, seconded, and carried, that the council submit to a vote of the people of Algona at the next municipal election the proposition of having a tax levied for library purposes. Moved and seconded that the city solicitor be instructed to draw up an ordinance vacating the street north o: block 85 in the original plat of Algona, in accordance with the resolution o July 19,1882. Moved and seconded that a duplicate warrant be issued to take the place o No. 1152 lost by Mrs, A, A. Holman. Carried. Alderman Rice tendered his regigna- tion to take effect the 10th of March next, or as soon as his successor is elected and qualifies. There being no further business the council adjourned. A. HUTCHISON, City Clerk, A HNE OBEAMEBY BEQOBD, Tbe Jyvlngtow Creamery JIBS Come to the Front in » Sfcort Time-A Floatable Tear. S. R, Roney, secretary of the Irvington Co-operative Creamery company, sends us j;hQ following report, whieb makes a splendid ^bowing for 1898: At our annual meeting 0, R, Lewis and R. P, Wright were, re-elwted tne bo&rq ol directors, fpr a term of three years,, Tbe Pjd officers, were all , B, Lewis, president Rftney, vice prejiaent; S. R. TttfiSB Jtt Our scene opens in the day coach of a western railway train. Just inside the door the trainboy's apples, oranges and bananas are piled in baskets apon ft seat, ready for retailing among tbe passengers, there is prospect of good custom, fo* the coach is almost filled with children. They are apparently from three to five years old, fairly well dressed, but after one uniform fashion—the girls in colored calico, and the boys in dark-colored coarse stuff. The noise these children occasionally make outdoes the rat-tat-tat of the train. In fact, they are never still for a moment; now looking from the car windows, now chattering together like maerpies; now breaking out into little scraps of song, among which "Boom-de aye" has an easy predominance. When the noise becomes too great, a large matt, with whiskered face, somewhat sensually philanthropic in cast, rises from his seat, and stills the racket with a few words-to the offender of the moment; or the rebuke is administered by an austere woman, who rouses from sleep for the purpose, and then immediately resumes her nap, sitting upright, where she left off. The other passengers in the coach are full of curiosity and interest in the small wanderers. They watch them continually, and mothers with respectable, solemn-eyed children are perforce amused with the antics of the little ones, and take care to call the attention of their own to the instant obedience which is rendered to the guardians in charge. As the passengers go up and down the aisle, they invariably ask a question of the man or the woman, but apparently get little satisfaction from them. Sometimes their curiosity is positively snubbed. This much, however, is obtained —that the children are New York waifs, sent out in search of homes by a Children's Aid society, and that their destination is Georgetown, a few miles further up the road. With this they must rest content, and any further questioning as to the history of the children, or their origin, is met with cold, guttural negations from the big man in charge. The ti'ain stops at Georgetown. The children are marshaled in waving line, with the man ahead and the woman bringing up tbe rear. They move out upon the platform, and are greeted as usual with a irowd of curious, questioning faces; and so forward into the waiting room, where ,hey are seated in a long row upon the benches. Later in the day they are to be exhibited in the opera house, where all can come and see them, and those who wish to adopt a child can make selection. •*•-*-•»The Murdoughs lived in the country, Ive miles from Georgetown. Mr. Mur dough was dead, and his widow managed ,he farm, with the assistance of her daughter Mary, and two sons. All were well-off, the father having left considerable property to each of his children, as well as lis wife. Of late Mary had been ill, and consequently unable to give much help on ihe farm. From a stout, hearty girl, she lad gradually become a sickly one, and ihere were symptoms of consumption. Living in the country, she had the obliquity of-manner which characterizes those who lave never acquired ease by " much conference." She was benevolent and some what eccentric; always eager to do some good, but in a bizarre fashion. Happening to be in town the day the waifs were to be shown in the opera house Mary noticed the crowd around the door and inquired the cause; and so went in and saw them, sitting all a-row on the stage— a string of pretty little faces. Their situa tion and appearance were enough to move the hardest heart; how much more the tender compassion of Mary Murdough's so ready to love anything helpless! She pitied and loved them at once, and wanted to adopt a bright little boy named Sam with the sweetest face in the world. Hoi mother objected, and urged all the common place reasons for letting the waifs alone, What was Sam's history? she asked. A blank. He had been Jeft a baby at an orphan asylum, after the departure of a certain well-appearing lady from the hospital. Something was left for his bring Ing-up, but no one ever came back to. inquire for him. No name, no station, practically no parents. What could be made of such a subject? But there were powerful arguments on the other side—Sam's pretty boy face, something so sweet and angelic, so melting, that no one could resist it. And then Mary's undeveloped mother-instinct, which demanded eagerly the care of a child; these were stronger arguments than reason could furnish, and they prevailed. Arrangements were made for adopting the boy, and within an hour the family wagon was jogging homeward, with Sam a passenger, chatting gaily all the timej delighted with bis new mamma, and shocking everybody with an ocoas of cherubic profanity, occasional The Murdough home faced the south, and stood among a grove of pines and ever- jreens that almost concealed it from the road, It was an old, rambling house, with many wings and misplaced windows, built partly of stone and partly of timber, some of it whitewashed and some of it painted. All around the house were beds of pld- fashtoned flowers— marigold, fox-glove, asters. The yard grass was long and wavy, with a delightful softness and warmth, like some thick ply, natural carpet. There were rooms in the house of all conceivable shapes and sizes, and located under the queerest angles of the roof. Among these was Mary's own— a large, square wm, with two windows looking to the south, and adjoining it was a smaller chamber, yhiph was gives to Sam, The boy became Mary's pride and care, She dressea him yejl, wftshea him, taught him tp read. Se, called her "Aunty," ana soon loved prpt^ptyess so Swty |hat he conlfl npt V to e§ away irpm bw, even fpr an flour, w Aunty, ApR't evpr send me night as fee the Jtttie summer into autumn. Mary's health was poor, and she was often obliged to keep her room for days. This was Sam's 1 6ppof- tttnity to return soihe of her goodness to him; he waited on her, brought her food, and sat long hours telling her of New York, the battery, Brooklyn Bridge; and the other wonders that had left deep impressions on his infant mind, in return, she told him of the life of Jesus; for Mary was deeply religious. She taught him to pray. On Sundays When she was too unwell to go to church in town, she read the Bible aloud to him, and he never tired of Sitting beside her and drinking in her teachings. The doctor came occasionally to see Mary, and shook his head gravely over the symptoms. At last her disease was de- ilare'd to be consumption, and of the quick type. Not much longer was Mary to enjoy that pleasant home in the country; all those sweet farm habits she had known since childhood. Poor little Sam was inconsolable at the thought of losing his "Aunty"—for she told him she would soon have to leave him. For days and days, Mary was in depressed spirits, and fondled and petted Sam more than usual. The little fellow never left her for a moment, if he could help it. But once, coming on her suddenly, he found her praying, and caught the passionate words: "Oh God, teach me what to do with .my poor little Sam I" Mai-y got worse and worse, and the thought of leaving Sam preyed on her mind. Her mother had bpposed his adoption. Would she be kind to him when Mary was gone? -S- H- -5- Day after day Mary brooded over Sam's fate, and night after night it was the subject of her prayers. At last she came to a resolution, a decision which she felt must be irrevocable. She could not care for and protect him much longer; ler mother would not. A week later a carriage drove up to the door. Sam saw it coming far down the road, and ran to tell Aunty; for the arrival of a carriage was an event. He then wenl back again to see who was coming. Nearer and nearer came the carriage, and. the ittle boy stood quietly in the .road watch- ,ng its approach. All at once he screamed and rushed into the house crying: "Oh Aunty 1 Aunty! Don't send me back!" A largo man, with a sensually philan thropic face, got out of the carriage and walked up to the house. Mrs. Murdough met him. " My daughter thinks it best that the child should be returned to the society She is very ill, and I fear cannot be with us long. Under the circumstances it wil not be necessary for you to speak with her." "Very well," replied the man. "I hope," added Mrs. Murdough, '-thai you will be able to find another good home for Sam." "I think I can," he replied. "Some of the farmers around here want a boy thai can learn to work." Meanwhile Sam found Mary in her room bathed in tears. She cried: "Good-bye! my poor little boy! I must, let vou go.' The child passionately clung to her, crying as though his heart would break. She was so touched with his grief that she almost promised that ho should come back, " when she was better." He kissed her good-bye again and again. Blinded with tears, he went slowly down the stairs, to join the agent who hacl come for him. Hoping against hope that he might return to his "Aunty," he would not take his play things with him. He was led to th carriage, and buried his face in the cushions as it drove slowly away. The grea sorrow of the world filled his little heart to bursting. After Sam's departure Mary becami much worse; she could not rest or sleep The image of her little boy was always Ijeforeher eyes—the pretty brown heac and dark eyes. The doctor came and went her mother watched with her day and night. Finally, one dusky October evening all was over, and the suffering soul was silent. H- -f- -T- Mary had made her will some weeks before. Most of her property was left to near relations, but a large amount was donated for the purpose of building church to her memory; an amount so considerable that rightly and wisely applied, it would have been sufficient for the upbringing and education of little Sam. Was she right or wrong? Christ says: "Inasmuch as ye do it unto the least of these my children; ye do it unto me." EUGENE SOHAFFTEU, A BI0 BUST UP. T. P. Coyer Beats Everybod,y-A Candidate tor the Jug. Last week an Uem was published in THE; UPPEK DES MOINES about one W. P, Boyer and his shortcomings. He has been feeding cattle out southwest o! Algona. The Gazette gives details of his doings, moved by the sight of Banker Risinger driving a big herd of the Boyer cattle intp Livermore. A few weeks ago Boyer said he was going to Minnesota to buy stock, hut as time went on and he did not return, Mr. Risinger thought it would be a pious idea for him to bring >he cattle to town where he could look after them a little during his odd moments. He had hardly commenced Oping the chores, however, when Geo, 0. Call, Judge Quarton and Attorney Sweeting of Algona dropped down onto the Boyer place with the .ntentjon pf doing a little cattle herd* Ing on their- own account. In the meantime W. P. Miller cf Des Koines, who owns tbe farm Bpyer was on comes up from Des Moines and claims everything op the farm as bis" Jnoiud. ngthecattle which Banker Risinger m gene tP the pains tP drive te fhe >>ty, ana sp everybody seems to have been JefMn tbe lu,rob> including epme „„,.,-,, stetementi therefore, Bpyej' L^&i,*™ 0 * »ort«w-- *w- 9V SCRAPS Of EARLY HISTQIt Ambrose A* Call Qi^esi & _ fif Sow tte M e r& ] first Indian State* it Occurred in August) t8§4^. Iteclaifed H6 was " Good," but Would PUckdchee* As THE UPPER DES MoifrES is'j now entertaining its readers % Indian history and reminiscences "d[I pioneer days, in compliance with ft L promise I will give a brief account bfl my first interview with the m aborigine of the prairies, which fo^ tunately for us both proved of a hafi less nature, each retaining his scalj) the usual position. It was about the] middle of August, 1854. I had my I cabin raised and covered with a shak&l roof, and after much tribulation had a fireplace built. A hole was in the end of the cabin and small logd split in halves and notched into thai house logs and lined on the inside \... u stones, and mortar made of yellow claw" 1 This completed the fireplace. Aftetl its completion the chimney above wail a simple matter, small split stick] built up cob-house fashion and covered'! with mortar. One man oould do this I so I concluded to leave Will, mvf companion, whose name was Wm. T l Smith, a man I had hired to come un and help me for a month or two to finish the chimney and I would put in , the day exploring the groves of timber up the river, which I had only seen at a distance. My cabin, as old settlers I will remember, was located near the Chubb brothers' residence south oil town. When I came to the river I pulled my boots and waded it at the old Indian ford just above the Call I bridge. I had gotten up near the north grove intending to pass around on the east i side, when I heard the report of a gun behind me on the river. This was somewhat startling as the only gun I knew of nearer than Fort Dodge, except the one on my shoulder, was the old shot gun at the cabin, so I concluded to retrace my steps and extend my investigations in another direction. % I had gotten to the edge of the timber near where my house now stands when I heard another shot further down the river, and as I wished to keep out of sight, I went into the woods and kept under cover until I came near the soft water pond, when I crouched down and was soon concealed by the tall grass. The wild red- top grew at that time nearly as high as a man's head all over the river bottoms. I was anxious to. reach the river before the Indian or Indians who had done the shooting should discover my tracks, as I knew that if the presence: of a white man was suspected before I had interviewed them, the chances were that I would not see them at all, unless greatly to my disadvantage. As I approached the ford I got down and carefully crawled up to the bank, as a hunter does when he stalks game. My caution was rewarded by the discovery of an Indian not 50 feet away. He had just found my tracks and seemed much interested in the discovery. His gun and bow were lying right under my feet on the bank of the river. After I had carefully looked around to assure myself there were no others, I raised up out of the grass W1 r th m £ gun in mv hand a °d said Howl" Mr. Indian made one spring towards his gun and then stopped, Again I said, "How! How!" but he stood motionless and failed to respond to my salutation. I then walked down to the edge pf the water, passing over his weapons, and held out my hand and repeated, "How!" This seemed to reassure him. He grasped my hand and said, "How! How!" at the same time patting his stomach with his other hand, he said: " Good Injun, Yanktona." I repeated Yanktona good Injun. By signs I inquired how many Indians. He held up one finger and patted his breast. One Injun, one squaw, two papooses, one pony. I' asked, where tepee? He pointed up the river. He wanted to know how many warriors, I held up six fingers. Where tepee? I pointed down river. I am sorry to say I was less truthful than my aborigine friend, but as I thought it quite likely he was deceiv ing me I didn't propose to give anything away. He proceeded to explain to me that he was shooting turtles. He had just shot one through the neck with an arrow, of which he seemed quite proud, and while he was retrieving it he discovered my tracks. He motipned that he had two more up the river, staked down, which he would get as he returned. His shot gun was an old* English piece, the kind used, by tbe Hudson Bay company, ornamented with brass nails driven in the stock, I picked up and banded him his gun and bpw, which he slung over his pack. We then walked up the river to the bend, where I left him, motioning him on, and telling him puckaobee. After he was out of sight I hastened to the cabin and told Smith of my find. We hurriedly hunted up our oxen a,nd pcnfy and tied them up near the bouse, after which we scouted fpr other Indians, but found none, The next day we found where my Indian's tepee had been pitched on the bank of the river above tbe Blftokford bridge, and we saw by the trail left by his totum poles he had puokscheed in a. north westernly direction, This fellow was doubtless of the party tbftt had been making trouble over on tbe head waters of the Cedar, and straggle 4 jff from the band as they were return*. ing to the upper. Missouri. He evj* witb * y .after my interview bim, j have frequently in of my suoQess in sUlWnJ t congratulated • myself «ppn * LOOK over our large line af ana ackets before ypl f iome big bargainer

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