UPPER J>m MOINJES: ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST n, 1897. tiRtsirt titsi TEA*. BY IKOMAM * WARREN. Terms to Subscriber*. One copy, em* year. 11.50 One copy, £tt month* 75 One copy, three month* 40 Seat to any address at above rates. Remit by draft, money order, or express order at oar rink. Bates or adT«rUsing sent on application. THE HABIT OF IN ACCtTRACT. The Courier's disregard for plain facts Is becoming painful. Only two weeks ago it bad the new tariff giving the sugar trust $20 a pound on sugar. It bas barely waited long enough to explain it away before beginning on anew tack with equally preposterous assertions. It says: When Gov. Boies went out of office the state was out of debt. Now it Is a million dollars in debt and has nothing to show for it And the state levy has been almost doubled under these extravagant and corrupt administrations. Are we to Judge of the character of its nominees by those of Jackson, Drake and McFarland? Jackson, the pension shark, Drake, the blatherskite and hero of numerous kodak pictures of which the least said the better, and McFarland, the alleged thief and scoundrel against whom a legal prosecution is pending that Is likely to send him to the penitentiary! Take these statements seriatim: The state is not a million dollars in debt. It is just $400,000, less than one half. If there is any object in discussing this debt the actual amount might sue well be stated. The state levy bas not been almosi doubled. It is now, including a specia 1-10 mill university tax, 2 9-10 mills When was it ever in the history of the etate any where near half this amount "These administrations," Jackson's and Drake's, have been neither corrup nor extravagant. The Courier can no cite a specific instance of corruption during either, nor any alleged extrav agance that did not exist while Gov Boies was in office. The charges against Gov. Jackson as a pension attorney were all thorough ly canvased in the campaign when he was elected. He" was elected by a very decisive majority. The scandals against Gov. Drake have been investigated by a competen committee in Des Moines and found tc be for blackmailing purposes solely This the Courier knows and knev when it referred to them. No legal prosecution is pending against Ex-Secretary McFarland " tha is likely to send him to the peniten tiary." A civil suit is pending agains his bondsmen. The Courier is falling into a painfu habit of inaccuracy. It can never rea son to any sound conclusion until it get it facts better in hand. .ign of petty local contention by bold- y assuming responsibility for its own action. Second, if the campaign is to be one of local contention it is import- nt to have a candidate who is tbor- ughly acquainted with what bas been one and the reasons for it. The ree- rd is made. The party cannot avoid it F it wants to. It only confesses its own weakness by talking about wanting to. 'o put up candidates this fall on the ground that they are not responsible or recent state legislation would be ,mple warrant for White's election. There is no danger that the republi- ;ans will show the white feather at Cedar Rapids. One of the strong men >f the recent legislature is going to be selected. He will be fully prepared to meet any and all attacks upon what the republican party is responsible for in tate management. This fact will go artber than anything else to insure a campaign on the broader lines the log- c of the situation naturally suggests. J,KT IT BE UNANIMOUS. The convention Friday promises t< be full of surprises. No one will hav a majority. The nomination may b made early or the contest may be pro longed. The leader may win or th nomination may go to some dark horse Whatever happens, the importan thing is for everybody to be prepare for it, and to promptly and enthusiast ically acquiesce in it. One of the pleas ant features of a big convention is th promptness with which the defeate get to their feet to make the winner success unanimous. It is a custom tha ought to prevail everywhere. Ever delegation that comes in Friday shoul come fully prepared to see its cand date defeated. It should come full prepared to accept results. If ther are any cabbages to be thrown let them be held till evening for the Cherr Bisters. They will be hero for tha purpose. Let the convention join i giving the winner a good send off an in preparing for a live and energeti campaign. THE RECORD IS MADE. Only three republican papers tha we have seen have fallen in with th notion that the republican party ca avoid state issues in the coming cam paign by nominating some one for gov ernor who has not been connected wit recent state legislation. The fact tha the choice now lies between the lieu tenant governor, chairman of the way and means committee, and speaker o the last legislature shows how little a tention the people have given it. I the party wanted to force the flgh along state lines it could not adopt surer method than has been suggeste by these three papers. There is no doubt that Fred Whit intends to discuss national issues. Th whole logic of the campaign forces review of last fall's verdict. The resul te bound to be accepted as an endorse ment or disapproval of the election o MoKinley, All that the republican haye to do la to lot nature take it course and make no confessions of weak ness in its selection of a state ticke' Byt the whole trend of the debat Wight easily be changed if the conven tlon at Cedar Rapids should practical Jy confess that there is something i the recent management of the etat that disqualifies those who have par tleipated in it for further politioa ignore, Instead of the criticisms that hav bf en majle on recent legislation beln_ £r$ajpj» f OF ftvflidjng candidates tba have been responsible lor it, they fur Iwo con,elus.jye reasons why d, First, woW IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. Dr. and Mrs. Peters will be house- ceeping at Burt this week. Burl's school professor has been getting a state certificate. Lawyer Johnson of Britt has located n Chicago. It was the next step up. The Monitor says G. S. Angus' new borne is about done, and is very handsome. The Emmetsburg bicycle club is lay- in out a i mile track. It will be one of of the best in the state. L. Rufus Hill was billing a tent Uncle Tom's Cabin show at Emmetsburg. Has our "eminent tragedian"fallen so low? Algona's pioneer landlord, F. H. Roper, is visiting his daughters in Emmetsburg. He lives at Abilene, Kansas. Forest City Summit: The Kossuth county institute has a larger attendance than some colleges. 264 enrolled on the opening day. Whittemore has a bicycle ordinance. The boys must ring a bell three distinct times at crossings and carry lighted lamps after sunset. SweaCity Herald: J. C. Patterson of Algona was doing business in town Monday and Tuesday. He talked somewhat of locating here and going into business. LuVerne News: Mrs. Wartman, with her son and daughter, of Algona, were in town a short time yesterday while on their way to Hardy to visit with Mr. Clance and family. Wesley Reporter: Fred Anderson has been engaged for another year with the Hunting Elevator Co. Fred has given the company good satisfaction as this is his ninth year. Burt Monitor: Geo. Allen, Sr., has been officially appointed postmaster at Burt. The change, however, as stated in the Monitor some time ago, will not take place until October first—the end of the present quarter. Armstrong Journal: Kossuth, like Winnobago county, is taking prisoners to Mnson City for safe keeping. It is so easy to break out of the Algona jail that the sheriff has decided not to try and keep desperate characters in it. Emmetsburg Tribune: THE UPPER DES MOINES made a very interesting column of reading matter last week out of a very small affair—the cutting of a five-pointed star and how Betsey Ross cut one with a single clip of the shears. A Whittemorite came to Algona two weeks ngo. The Champion says: He had a little business to transact at the court house, but found that most of the officials were watching a ball game, so he put the business off till some rainy day when ball cannot be played. Fort Dodge Messenger: J. P. Dolliver has bought Andrew Craig's place adjoining his own. He has also bought the "shack" in which George R. Pearson has been living for the past two years, and wjll move it to his place and convert it into his library and workroom. Livermore Gazette: We understand our male quartette covered themselves all over with glory at the Algona graduation exercises last Friday. They were on for two numbers, and of course that meant at least four, before such an appreciative audience as Algona would give them. POLITICAL NOTES. Monday's Capital: All politicians agree that Funk and Parrottat present are in the lead. Funk gets seven delegates to Harlan's 10 in Keokuk county. This big showing down in southeastern Iowa is significant. Both Pocahontas and Calhoun are largely if not unanimously for Funk. With Emmet and Palo Alto this gives him the west tier of the Tenth. State Chairman McMillan: Lieutenant Governor Parrott seems to be in the lead. I estimate he will go into the convention with 400 to 440 votes. I think Senator Funk will be second with 350. ' n How many know that C. W. Tenney represented Kossuth in the legislature 30 years ago, and how many know who C. W. Tenney was, or what he did, or how he voted? Political contests are foolish when one stops to think about it. Funk gets strength in an important quarter. The Mason City Republican says: Our state delegation will be uninstructed. Both Parrott and Funk have strong friends. The first vote of the county will probably be for Hon. Wm. E. Fuller, the candidate from this district for governor. Emmetsburg Reporter: The political pot is boiling at a great rate in Kossuth. The chief bone of contention is etate representative, for which there are four candidates. The Algona Courier is doing its best to stir up trouble between the different candidates, but as this is the Courier's method of conducting a campaign, no one is liable to pay any attention to what it says. PJjS MOjNES, Aug. 8.—Special to Chicago Record; Ofthe78J delegates Jihj §J r$D«b,Upajjepu.nty OQB- ventions of this state already held, the preferences and instructions of about 580 are known as relates to the nomination for governor. There will be 1,546 delegates in the state convention at Cedar Rapids. Of the delegates already cbosen the candidates have instructed and pledged as follows: Parrott, 138; Funk, 129: Harlan, 98; Shaw, 85: Byers, 60: Harsh, 47: Flickinger. 30: Fuller, 17. Britt Tribune: By reason of his being a strictly northern Iowa man and the only candidate from northern Iowa the Hancock county delegation will undoubtedly join with the neighboring counties in assisting to nominate him (Funk) for the high office to which he aspires. Mr. Funk's strongest claim on the nomination however reste in his peculiar and unusual fitness for the office. A large, fineappearing man, clear and cool headed with good executive ability and a record in public life in the affairs of Iowa without a misstep or mistake for even his most bitter opponent to point to. We hope to see the nomi- tion fall upon the broad and worthy shoulders of our neighbor editor. DES MOINES, Aug. 8.—Special to Chicago Tribune: Senator Funk is, leaving Harlan out, easily the third man, and he may be the second in the race. He has a great district solidly for him, and the Eleventh district contains some of the best political workers in the state. He has the influence of Congressman Perkins, and National Committeeman Cummins is at least friendly to him. although he may prefer Byers. Funk's vote will be probably nearly 300, although some of bis friends claim he will have much more than that. He will get most of his second choice strength in the Tenth and Fourth with a little in the Fifth, his share of the First, Second, and Sixth, which have judgeships, and are in position to trade more or less. Senator Funk and his friends are all workers. There are none better in Iowa politics. TO BE A BIG CONVENTION. BEPUBLIOAES MEET 05 FHDAY. Contest for Representative Lies Between Jones and Mayue, AppwentJy— Dark Horse Might Win. PERSONAL ESTIMATE OF PUNK. J. D. Hunter in the Webster City Freeman: Senator A. B. Funk, who is one of the leading candidates for governor of Iowa, lived in Hamilton county thirty years ago. He came here with his parents in 1865, at the age of 11 years, and we believe the family resided in Webster township some seven years. Since leaving Hamilton county " Abe" has become one of the best editors in the state and now ranks among the really able men of Iowa. His first introduction into a newspaper office was on a fine summer's day away back in the early 60s, when barefooted and scantily clad he came into the Freeman office " to see how newspapers are made." At that time the equipment of the office was very meager, consisting of an old Washington press, a lever jobber, a dozen or two cases of type, and the proverbial office towel, which stood majestically in one corner of the 10 by 12 room. The office was then in a little framo building on Bank street, opposite the present site of the Congregational church. At that time the editor of the Freeman was not aware that the lowly farmer boy, who paid him such a welcome visit, was destined to become famous in the history of Iowa and leave the impress of his individuality upon the statutes of the state. But such are the possibilities in this great and free country of ours. The Freeman has watched with pleasure the steady rise to eminence of Abe Funk, and whether or not he is accorded the nomination for governor, no history of Iowa can be complete withoutjaccording him a place of prominence and honor within its covers. Geo. E. Roberts in the Fort Dodge Messenger: The editor of The Messenger has known A. B. Funk intimately for many years. The friendship established between them dates back close to twenty years, to when both were very young in editorial work. The latter was a pioneer in northwestern Iowa; raised as a boy, if we mistake not, in Hamilton county, when it was a part of the northwest, but among the early residents of Spirit Lake town. He lived there during the grasshopper raids, when the future of northwest Iowa looked very dark. He grew from a boy at the printer's case, into a strong well- rounded and balanced man. Men came to value his judgment, to bank upon his good sense, to trust in his discretion, to look to him for leadership. And above all they trusted his honor. He was elected to the state senate from the district composed of Dickinson, Clay, Emmet, Palo Alto, and Kossuth counties, at the end of his first term of four years re-elected, and at the end of his second term re-elected for four years more, two of which have been served. He has had ten years' service upon the most important committees of the senate, being now chairman of the ways and means. No man in the body is more influential, for there is no man in it whose character in private life, or motives in public service, are more commanding of esteem and respect. The Eleventh congressional district will present him to the republican state convention as a candidate for governor, and if he is elected we will have in the executive chair a man who will bring nothing but credit upon the party and the state, So much is due from one who has known the merits of the man and the value of his friendship during all of these years. ODDS AND ENDS. Of the butter shipped from Iowa 681 per cent, goes to New York, 12i per cent, to Chicago, 12 per cent, to Boston, 3J to Philadelphia, and only 3J percent, to all the other cities combined. The official survey of Iowa shows the eastern boundary of the state to be 365 miles long, and the western 366 miles 47 chains. . A glance at the map of Iowa would indicate a mistake in the above statement, as the eastern boundary seems, much the longer. The boundaries follow the middle chain of the main channel of the rivers, however, and the Missouri and Big Sioux are more Irregular than the Mississippi. The average elevation of the surface of the state above sea level is about 800 feet. The lowest point is at Keokuk, 444 feet above sea level, and the highest is a point near Spirit Lake, which is about 1,700 feet above eea level. It is claimed by some that Alta, Buena Vista county, (B the highest point in. the state. The republican convention Friday promises to be the biggest and most exciting ever held in the county. There will be 151 delegates, and 76 will be needed to nominate. It is unlikely that any candidate will have over 60 to start on. Jones seems to be in the lead. Many delegations are claimed by all sides, and many have not announced a choice. County politics is likely to cut a figure with some, and altogether an element of great uncertainty will prevail. A rumor was started Monday in Algona that the LuVerne delegation was instructed for Geo. W. Hanna. This is entirely unfounded. No such instructions were given, and Mr. Hanna is not a candidate. His name has been much mentioned, however,andstranger things have happened than that in a long convention he should get votes. J. W. Wadsworth has some staunch friends in the convention and if the the chance comes will do everything in their power to secure him the nomination. He is popular with all, and has not made an aggressive canvass. He will be an acceptable second choice to all. The Joslyn strength will be a feature to be figured on. He will have quite a sizable following and is also likely to have lightning hit him if Mr. Mayne or Mr. Jones is not nominated early. He is personally popular with all. But the contest at present is between Mayne and Jones. Mr. Jones has more votes, but Mr. Mayne more second choice strength. How they will fare is the real problem and on their fate hangs the fate of all the rest. The fortunate thing is that no good reason exists why, if any one of them is nominated, all should not accept the result cheerfully and " whoop 'or up" for the ticket. FIRST WARD. The caucus was harmonious and lasted only about five minutes. J. W. Wadsworth was allowed to select his own delegation, and they have no second choice. They are for Wadsworth: A. A. Brunson, J. G. Smith, John Reed, R. B. Warren, E. G. Bowyer and Geo. Williams. SECOND WARD. The Second ward has a Jones delegation: Thos. F. Cooke, A. D. Clarke, B. W. Haggard, Frank Dingley, G. F. Peek, and R. A. Palmer. No second choice. THIRD WARD. The Third is a solid Joslyn delegation: J. B. Winkel, A. H. Paine, Lan Kuhn, and Chas. Sarchett. No second choice. FOURTH WARD. The Fourth has a compromise delegation, which is first choice for Joslyn, The second chice is said to be three for Mayne and three for Jones, but this is not official. It is for Joslyn anyway: A. L. Rist, Frank Nicoulin, E. V. Swotting, E. H. Clarke, Chas, Cohenour, and M. P. Haggard. UNION. All sorts of reports are out as to what the Union delegation will and will not do. It is made up of good men as follows: W. H. Bailey, Joel Taylor, A. D. Barr, and E. Gilmore. It is counted for Jones. SHERMAN. The Sherman delegation is said to be divided between Mayne and Jones: G. M. Parsons, Henry Curran, Mosier, and Wilson. RIVERDALE. Joslyn is first choice of the delegates: Addison Fisher, M. O'Rouke, and A. Frazer. HEBRON. The Jones men got Hebron, but part of the delegation is said to favor Mayne, and the Joslyn men have claims: Wm. Goodrich, Geo. H. Vrooman, Wm. A. Smith, and Eichorn. CRESCO. J. W. Wadsworth carried Cresco, and gets the following delegation: O. A. Potter, C. W. Rist, Ollie Bush, A. L. Bowen and Henry Lowe. GERMANIA. The following delegation was elected by a vote of 37 to 15: J. N. Wheeler, F. T. Miller, J. Bork, Chas. R, Lewis, and B. F. Smith. It is claimed for Jones solid, and is also claimed to be part for Mayne. It is uninstructed. PLUM CREEK. A small caucus was held, owing to the storm. The delegates are divided between Joslyn and Jones, if rumor is correct: J. R. Mawdsley, A. W. Jasperson, C. W. Hopkins, and Jos. Jerg- erson. GRANT. Grant is said to be for Mayne. The Jones men also claim it. The delegates are Yokes, Sutherland, and Spiker. WHITTEMORE. A new deal is on from Whittemore and an independent delegation comes over. No one knows who it will support. It is made up of good men as follows: John Sohalble, John Smith, R. M. Hatch, Dick Hinton. J. E. Beattie, N, L. Cotton, and Frank Potter. PORTLAND. .The Portland delegation is for Jones: E. O. Mann, A. M. Allen, Ed.Bartlett, Jim Cooper, L. C. Lindsey. LEDYARD. The Ledyard delegation is claimed by several of the candidates. It is A. B. Dunlap, U. S. Clarke, Brown, Trimble, and McGilligan. GARPIELD. The Garfield caucus was held yesterday and no return is in. Garfield has three delegates: M. Hays, H. P. Hanson, G. S. Wright. They are two for Jones and one for Mayne on the first ballot. BURT. There was a close vote in Burt between Mayne and Jones. The latter are: Steve Nicholson, E. P. Stowe, Fra*k Allen, H. B. Hallock, Ed. Marlow, Henry Sewick, Oscar Naudain, Wm. Peck. IRVINGTON. The caucus will be held tomorrow at 2 o'clock. There will be five delegates, and their vote may decide the contest. WESLEY. Wesley is for Kernan for treasurer. Beyond that nothing is announced. The delegates are Z. S. Barrett, J. H. Ward. W. H. Fox, J. E. McMullen, W. J. Hager, Jos. Cosgrove, A. C. Wilson, W. T. Presnell, and Welt Miller. BUFFALO. Mayne is said to be the choice of the delegation: Wm. and R. L. Lamereaux, Robt, Welter, J. Borcey. PRAIRIE. Xo choice announced. Beechamp. and two Reineckers. HARRISON. Swea City furnishes one of the surprises. Jones gets part of the delegation, the rest not decided: W. C. Peet, C. J. Johnson, E. T. Thomas, Ganfell, J. O. Howard, Howard. FENTON. Joslvn is the choice of the delegation: M. and Wm. Weisbrod, Wm. Pettit. LUVERNE. Joslyn is first choice: Geo. W. Hanna, Dr. Lacy. C. W. Goodwin, A. K. Clapsaddle, Frank Chambers, Cal. Rodgers. SPRINGFIELD. Mayne, Jones and Joslyn, each are said to have one vote, but the township is not pledged to anybody: Hall, McConnell, and Lyons. LOTTS CREEK. Joslyn gets the delegation: Nelson Crawford chairman. SENECA. Mayne gets the votes: Henry Warner, C. Eckholm, Wm. Kerr, M. Cran- dali. RAMSAY. Counted as a Mavne delegation: Dan Nicholls, Will Peters, and Chas. Farrell. GREENWOOD. Mayne was allowed to select his own delegates in a rousing caucus. He chose C. J. Lenander, J. B. Johnson, Frank Sparks, W. S. Stahl, W. Heathershaw, P. M. Barslou, Ed. Anderson, and L. Followay. EAGLE. Mayne gets the vote: C. Hand and J. Pierson. SWEA, GERMAN, LINCOLN. No report of the delegates from these townships is had up to going to press. These precincts cast 11 votes and all are said to be for Mayne. HE WHO HESITATES IS LOST GIB. PBAY AHD HIS ALASKA* JOB Now Wants It Back After Saying He Would Not Have It—Popular Estimate of Gib. JUST 30 YE ASS AGO. won by 55 to 43. The delegates The convention to nominate a candidate for the legislature met at Forest City, Aug. 17. Kossuth was in the 59th district then, and sent J. H. Warren, J. G. Foster, A. D. Clarke, Kinsey Car- Ion and J. S. Love as delegates. A. D. Clarke was chosen vice president of the convention, and C. W. Tenney of Mason City was nominated for the legislature although Judge Asa C. Call was close to it. Ambrose A. Call was chosen committeeman for Kossuth. The state ticket was Samuel Merrill for governor, Col. John Scott for lieutenant governor, Joseph M. Beck for supreme judge, Maj. Henry O'Connor for attorney general, and D. F. Wells for state superintendent. The issues were red hot and national. President Johnson had just requested Secretary Stanton to resign, and Secretary Stanton had notified the president that he would not resign. -i- -i- -i- The Forest City convention adopted one resolution that would not be out of place at the convention next week: " We recommend perfect and thorough organization, efficient and untiring labor, and that all attempts at disorganization or division should be deprecated and discountenanced as tending to the injury of the party and to the benefit of an active, alert, and unscrupulous opposition." Aug. 8, Lewis E. Salisbury and Agnes G. Riebhoff were married by Rev. D. S. McComb, and Aug. 11, Rev. Snyder united Frank H. Paine and Clarinda Clark. -i- -f- -*" What we want" was followed by a long argument in favor of a straight road east to Clear Lake and a weekly mail from Mason City. Those days no one had been able to cross Hancock county. Sparks & Haggard of Irvington announced that they would do clean threshing at five cents a bushel for wheat and three cents for oats. The delinquent tax list was published by Treasurer Stacy, sale ordered on October 7. It was nearly as long then as now. Algona, Irvington and Cresco townships took in the county. 0. H. BAKER'S VIEWS. Algona's Former Professor on Cleveland—A Personal Note. Orlando H. Baker, Algona's old-time president of the college, has written a three column article for the New York Press opposing a long term consular service. Incidentally he expresses his opinion of President Cleveland and of Carl Sehurz: "The history of American politics presents no more humiliating and shameful spectacle than Grover Cleveland playing at the same time the double role of k spoilsman' and ' civil service reformer,'andnone more amusing than Carl Schurz interposing his attenuated form and bandy-shanks between his Falstaffian hero and the public, to hide him from the contempt of all lovers of honesty and truth." In a personal note he says that his daughter Jodie is professor in Chicago university; Emma has the chair of modern languages; and Myra for two years has held the same chair inLpnjbard A curious state of affairs exist concerning that deserving republican patriot and devoted surveyor, Gib Pray. Senators Allison and Gear secured him the appointment of surveyor general of Alaska. Gib thought he might get a better thing and hesitated. President McKinley has therefore appointed a new surveyor, Col. Distin, and now Gib has decided that the better job is not in sight, and that he will accept. A Washington special outlines the situation: The man first chosen for the place, as stated, was Mr. Pray, but when the lowan heard of it Alaska chills ran down his spine so frequently that he beseeched Senators Allison and Gear to secure him an Indian agency instead. While in Chicago a few days ago the message came to Mr. Fray's home that the Indian agency would be submitted, but in the mean-time Mr. Pray had caught the Klondyke fever by visiting Portus B. Weare's office too frequently. He left for home Thursday night or Friday morning to reconcile his family to his choice, if he could. It is believed that Mr. Pray is now charmed with his Alaskan appointment and will be reluctant to let go. In this event the question will be, what will become of either him or Col. Distin? The salary is $2,000 a year, with fees and perquisites amounting to several hundred dollars annually. The surveyor general has jurisdiction over the entire territory, and is allowed to appoint several deputies. Just at this time, in view of the discoveries of gold, the office of surveyor general is considered a very desirable one. It is believed the fees of the office will amount to a larger sum next year than ever before. Gib Pray, Et Cetera. Carroll Herald: The Capital says Gib Pray does not intend to decline the proffer of a federal position made by President McKinley. Of course he won't decline. Des Moines Capital: The republicans of Iowa are beginning to doubt Gib Pray's good judgment. They think he has gone daft. The reason for this belief is that he bas hesitated about accepting the surveyor generalship of Alaska. Sheldon Mail: The suggestion of Sid. Foster for governor must be intended as a joke. It cannot be intended seriously. Sid. should be permitted to remain shelved in peace in the congenial companionship of those other party bores and back numbers, Doc Hutchins and Gib Pray. Bancroft Register: Gib Pray, Iowa's political old man of the ocean, has been appointed surveyor general of Alaska. The news of his appointment was followed by a rumor that he had declined the post, but such rumor proves unfounded. Gib will go, and the Iowa campaign funds are again safe. Des Moines Saturday Review: The dispatches bring the startling report that Mr. Gib Pray, formerly of Iowa, has declined a government appointment. Later: It developes that this reported miracle is not a miracle at all. Mr. Pray had assurance of another and more desirable government position before declining' the one first offered. Sheldon Mail: Gib Pray, long a political hanger-on about the republican dispensary headquarters of this state, has been given another liberal measure of party pap by being appointed to the newly created surveyor generalship of Alaska. Is Doc Hutchins to be obliged to subsist without party aid in his declining years? This veteran party leech is surprisingly silent during the current distribution of loaves and fishes. There should be no partiality in the party's provision for its perpetual pensioners. Harwood, in the'Clarion Monitor, sizes up Gib Pray: G. H. Pray of Webster City has been appointed to a fat position in Alaska. If there is such a thing as a political barnacle " Gib" will come as near filling the bill as any man in Iowa. For more than twenty years he has been recipient of " soft snaps," continually, but for one we fail to see wherein he has rendered services commensurate with the rewards bestowed. He has ever been on the alert in matters that benefited himself but otherwise his services have not been conspicuous .It is a plain case of too much Pray and "turning down" deserving men that he might profit thereby. Iowa re- university, Galeeburg, publicans can afford to let " Gib" remain permanently in Alaska. OAN BE DONE WITHOUT WOEK. Gray & Randall Have a Patent of Filling Bicycle Tires. The Rock Rapids Review says: Messrs. Gray & Randall, the bicycle repairers, have constructed an ingenious device for filling bicycle tires without any work. They have a large galvanized iron tank into which they pump air, compressing it to about 40 pounds. From the tank an iron tube leads out to the street where a rubber tube is attached and a patent valve makes it possibly to fill a wheel in a few seconds by simple holding it in the bicycle tube. The firm have generously put up a sign announcing that the wind is free. They also have a tube inside for their own use and say it saves them much time and labor. It Is Still Dry. Armstrong Journal: A few years ago the North-western railroad had trouble in laying their track across Kossuth county and when a person passed through c>n the train he saw more water than land. How different at present. The same company is now digging a well at Bancroft and are down 355 feet. The pump was put in the other day to test it and in a short time it was drawing nothing but wind. Orders were given to pound away, and the Register says there is no telling how deep they may have to go before they strike water ijs sufficient quantity.
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