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UPPBH BES MOINIS; ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25,1897. %tt* tHIBTT TI8ST -TEAR. SIT mgMAM * WARHEK. Terms to Subscribers. One copy, one year . M.50 Onecopr. six months <o One copy, tto-e* months 40 Sent to any »dd-es- s above rates. Remit by draTt, =roi e/ order, or express order at our risk. Rates of advertising Bent on application. REPUBLICAN fOUKTT COVTESTIOX. To the republican electors of Kossntb connty: There will be a delegate convention of the republicans ot Kossnth county held at the «mrt house In Algona, Iowa, on Friday, Sept 24,1897, at 11 o'clock a. m., for the purpose of Dladnx in nomination a candidate for the offlceoftreastirer. a candidate for the office of sheriff, a candidate for the office of snperln tendentof of schools, a candidate for the office of surveyor, and two candidates for super visors. The representation to which the several precincts will be entitled under this call •will be as follows : Precinct. Com. No. Del. Algous—First ward. .E. Tellier 6 Second ward W. P. Jones. „ 6 Third ward C. W. Sarchett 4 Fourth ward F. p. Calkins 8 Hurt H. B. Hallock 8 Buffalo August Shrader 4 Cresco C. ftlckard o Eagle John Lindblom 2 Fentoii M. WeUbrod •'» Greenwood C. 3. Lenander 8 German Ralph Patterson 3 Germania P. H. Spangler •;> Grant Peter Gettraan -J Garfleld G. S. Wright » Harrison W. R. Feet 0 Hebron W. A. Smith 4 Irrington Z. C. Andruss a LnVerne Geo. W. Hanna 6 Lotts Creek A.H.Bixby 3 I/edyard W.A. bright o Lincoln Jag. Warburton 4 Portland Timothy Fox ••> Plnm Creek R.M.Gardner 4 Prairie John Longbottom... 2 Riverdale J. K. Fraser •« Ramsay PhlL Winters 3 Seneca Henry Warner 4 Swea C. A. Erlckson 4 Sherman W. E. Starks 4 Springfield C.C. Hall 3 TJnJon. T.J.Julian 4 Wesley S. X. Way 0 Whlttemore N. L. Cotton <^ Total number of delegates 151 It IB especially recommended by a large majority of the township commltteemen that all the primaries be held ou the same day. The Beveral township commltteemen will therefore call their primaries on Friday, Sept, 17, 1807, between the hours of 1 p. m. and 8 p. m., hold- Ing the polls open for two hours, stating In their cafis the hours of opening and closing. J. W. WADSWORTH, Chairman. would be made. Finally two others consented to the plank written by Judge Weaver, and finally adopted. Then the five anti-Temple committeemen threatened a minority report. At 6 o'clock they finally succumbed and Congressman Updegraff appeared before the contention. He read all the planks with vigor, in the main written by Geo. E. Roberts, but when he came to the last be unloosened his voice a little and took a step nearer the audience. Senator Healey and Mr. Cummins were on their feet in the convention ready for an open fight if any attempt at amendment was made, but the applause that followed the reading voiced the feeling of the convention, and the vote of adoption was unanimous. The issue raised by the Temple amendment is not in itself of great importance in Iowa. But the principle is sound and should on all seasonable occasions be fully and unequivocally endorsed. The significance of the victory won by Messrs. Roberts, Cummins, Updegraff, and Weaver is the defeat of the particular influences in a republican state convention, known to be opposed to it. Candidates' Cards. I hereby announce myself a candidate for the nomination for the office of county superintendent, subject to the action of the republican county convention. FKASK SLAGLE. I hereby announce myself as a candidate for the office of county treasurer, subject to the action of the republican convention. FBAXK J. KERN AN. I hereby announce myself a; a candidate for sheriff subject to the action of the republican county convention. E. P. KEITH. I hereby announce myself as a candidate for tlie nomination of sheriff subject to the action of the republican county convention. GEO. F. HACKMAN. I hereby announce myself a candidate for the position of county superintendent, subject to the action of the republican convention. N. H. COSKOK. FUXK IN THE TENTH. Probably no delegates in the Cedar Rapids convention were placed in more embarrassing position than those in the Tenth district which had been identified with the candidacy of Senator Funk. The list included part of every delegation but those from Boone, Greene, and Crawford counties. Some saw their duty one way and some another. But throughout it all the most friendly relations were maintained, the Funk men fully appreciating the motives which actuated those who decided to vote for Shaw, and the Shaw men admitting the obligations under which the Funk men felt that they were bound. The delegations in the Tenth which stood by Funk voted as follows: Emmet 8, Palo Alto 9, Pocahontas 4, Humboldt 4, Winnebago2, Hancock 4, Hamilton 12, Calhoun 4, and Kossuth 10. It was a splendid endorsement, in view of the situation, for Mr. Shaw, besides being a Tenth district candidate, made a favorable impression on all who met him for the first time, and had many personal friends scattered about the district, who had known him for years. It is a question how far congressional district lines should be drawn in such a contest. Still other things being equal doubtless every county in the Tenth would have given substantial recognition to a Tenth district candidate. When Mr. Culbertson of Can-oil was talked of it was conceded that he would have the district. But when his name was withdrawn nearly evei-y county in the district fell into the Funk column. Most of the delegates had identified themselves so fully with his candidacy before Mr, Shaw's name was suggested that they could not honorably withdraw, even if they had felt any inclination to do so. Senator Funk got a splendid endorsement in the Tenth. He had the personal friendship and encouragement of many more than saw their way clear to vote for him. But even in the count the showing was by no means insignificant. HON. LESLIE M. 8IIAW. THE UPPER DES MOINES presents its readers with a fair likeness of Hou. Leslie M. Shaw of Denison, republican candidate for governor of Iowa. On the second page of this paper will be found a full report of the convention which nominated him, the platform on which he stands, biographical sketches of the candidates, etc. In a letter to a friend, published in the State Register, E. B. Soper of Emmetsburg gives some interesting reminiscences of his acquaintance with Mr. Shaw: "I haye known Shaw ever since 1869. He is 49 years old; he was born in Vermont; came to Iowa when he was 21, with a good, fair education, but he wanted some more and went to work. As a young man he was very diligent, a very capable student, a most excellent farm hand, and the best man to sell nursery stock that ever traveled in eastern Iowa, and he was as good a wood sawyer as ever sawed wood in Mount Vernon, and could saw as much of it in the same space of time and did as good work. The result was that he managed to earn and pay his own way through college and graduated in the classical course in 1875, at about 26 years of age. He had an unusual good run of luck during the summer vacations selling nursery stock fora friend of mine by the name of Hart, and a law course at Iowa City was only a year then, and he managed to get through that, and then settled down at Denison, in Crawford county, 21 years ago, and went to doing business for himself, and he has done it very successfully. He is the leading lawyer in that part of the state, and for a good many years has successfully conducted a private bank at Denison, the Bank of Denisou, and also a private bank at Manilla. I suppose he has accumulated conEiderable in excess of $100,000." enthe seems to be up with the driver playing the big drum. • — Bernard Murphy says it was anything to beat men with legislative records. It was anything to beat one man with one legislative record in favor of taxing the big corporations—A. B. Funk. In the Tenth district caucus Geo. E. Clarke was chosen chairman, Port Barren of Pocahontas secretary, A. E. Morling of Emmetsburg vice president of the conven t'on, Senator Gilbertson of Winnebago on the committee on credentials, G. L. Tremaine on the committee on permanent organization. When it came to selecting a member of the committee on resolutions a general call for Roberts came from all sides. John T. Drugge of Hamilton was chosen to serve on the state central committee. Leslie M. Shaw: " You may tell your folks when you go home: tell your wife: tell your hired man: tell the boys, that the nominee of this convention did not need, was not asked, to make any concession or any promise, or any pledge to any man or any set of men." Leslie M. Shaw: " Do you say that I am a republican because my father was? If so, then let you and 1 rejoice that we can transmit love of principle, and love of liberty and sympathy for the lowly to the next generation." AT OEDAB BAPIDS. The convention at Cedar Kapids Wednes day was the largest ever held in Iowa. There were 1,547 delegates. They and the Senator Funk compliments his successful rival: A man forty-eightyears old, of good presence and easy bearing, with a good intellectual equipment. Mr. Shaw is a candidate who will make a good impression and grow in favor with his party as the campaign proceeds. The Courier has been in much alarm for fear the republicans would dpdge Fred. White on the stump. It can now console itself. Shaw and Milliman will see that Fred, is accommodated to his heart's content. IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. Bode is visiting in onlookers filled a tent, said to hold 5,000 people. The chairman could only be heard when the best of order prevailed, and the announcement of the vote at one end was wholly inaudible at the other. -=- -s- -=The weather was delightful. That made the tent idea the proper thing. A big convention was never better accommodated. Cedar Rapids out-did itself in its hospitality. Everything was cheap, and sleeping rooms were plentiful. Still Cedar Rapids lacks as a convention city. The candidates' headquarters were cramped and the jostling in narrow corridors and on insufficient stairways was exasperating. -j- •*- -5- The Shaw boom was on when the dele gates began to arrive Monday. The papers had started it, everybody talked about " the machine," " the combine," etc. The daily newspaper reporters are the real machine. They are a bright, alert, disinterested lot of political guessers. They get tips from railway men and anti-railway men. They have no candidates. They announce results. When the headlines in all the big dailies said "Look out for Shaw," that meant that Shaw was in the race. -r- -f- -T- Tbe Shaw boom gathered force for various reasons. First, he made a great campaign speech last vear, and none of the other real candidates were talkers. Next he made this speech in the Eighth and Ninth districts, which were not very seriously interested in local candidates. Then, too, he had a big hold on the Seventh, getting most of Polk county's 57 votes. All of this known strength made any combination between Funk or Parrott with the southeastern part of the state, where the judicial candidates were located, impossible, and also a combination with the Barrett forces in the northeastern part of the state imj possible. All these candidates preferred to go it alone. It was not a trading convention. years was a leading land man. On his way to the convention he stopped off to pay Dr. Sheett a visit, who came to Algona a year or two earlier. The manner of his nomination is a sufficient commentary on the character of his public service. -*--!--*It was a great convention. Its size was not out of proportion to its zeal and good nature. It was enthusiastic for the cause and bound to be pleased with what it did. It has given the peoples splendid ticket from top to bottom. It opens a campaign for the biggest republican majority ever given in Iowa. POLITIOAL NOTES. The Emmetsburg Tribune quotes from the Algona Courier that J. R. Jones' nomination is " a victory for the people." That is a good watchword for the campaign. Daily Capital: Congressman Dolliver is strictly in it as the result of Shaw's nomination, and it is presumed that if there should be a vacancy in the United States senate from Iowa during BAILEY'S TAtmG MATCH. The Funniest Contest It Iowa Occurred at Brltt In the Tribune Sanctum. Chet Dyke was an UPPER DBS MOINES visitor Friday. He is the hero of the funniest contest ever held in Iowa. Bailey did it and Bailey shakes all over every time he thinks of it. It happened in this way. One C. W. Bopp, a safe man, blew in on Bailey to sell him a safe, and Bopp is some what of a talker. Chet was there also. Bailey tells the rest: Everybody knows Chet, he can talk an arm off a wind mill and impersonate anything that runs by wind, or makes ainoise. Chet came in and told us all about it, at least he started to tell us, and talked 35 or 40 hours entertainingly, and just as he began to get warmed up with his subject, and got about half way between Job and Malachi, in blew THE TEMPLE AMENDMENT TEST The only clear-cut issue in the Cedar Rapids convention was whether the Temple amendment principle should be endorsed in the platform. What is termed the railway combine, somewhat of a political " bogy man," was vigor ously and actively opposed to it. The fight wag in the committee on resolutions and lasted four hours. To the persistency, pugnacity, persuasiveness, and generalship of Geo. E. Roberts, A. B. Cummins, Congressman " Tom" Updegraff and Judge S. M. Weaver the honor of the victory is to be credited. They were four against eeven at the outset i» favor of endorsing the Temple idea. The only reason the seven listened tp them was the fear of a whjoUtbey were as- KOSSUTH COUNTY PRIMARIES. The distinguishing feature of the system of primary elections outlined in Chairman Wadsworth's regulations is that the nomination by bulk vote is left out. This is the weak point in most primary election schemes. When the candidate getting the highest total vote in the county is nominated, it very often happens that one town or one locality can dictate. It always happens that the towns exert more influence than the country, because the town voters are so much more accessible to primary polling places. The plan suggested in Kossuth secures to each precinct its full representation, whether the vote at the primary be large or small, and prevents the towns from controlling by simply turning out an overwhelming vote. It compels the successful candidate to secure a majority of the delegates, representing an actual majority of the republican voters of the county —a much fairer test and one that makes one precinct just as important as another. This plan also prevents minority nominations, and in cases where several candidates have about equal strength leaves it to the wise discretion of a convention to select. We believe that when it is perfected it will prove to contain tho best features of the primary election and convention systems, and that it will be a most satisfactory method of finding out what the voters want. THE selection of John T. Drugge of Hamilton county to represent the Tenth district on the republican state central committe was one of the wise acts of the district caucus. He is a man of force and intelligence, independent and in favor, of honest political management. He will be a recognized power on the committee. SENATOR WATERMAN, brother of Judge Waterman, was renominated and will sit again in the general assembly. He was one of the recognized powers in the last legislature, an honest, clear headed, and influential senator. NEWS AND OOMMENT. Rev. W. F. Barclay, one time president of Algona college, delivered the invocation at Cedar Rapids. He prayed republicanism. Among the visitors at Cedar Rapids was Representative Dowell of Des Moines, just elected grand chancellor of the Knights of Pythias at Clinton. He is one of the brainy, popular young men of Iowa. W. O. Payne of the Nevada Representative is justly " king maker." His editorial endorsement was the first symtom that the Shaw boom was more than a local compliment, and Story county's solid vote was the first sure indication that Shaw was to be a faetorin the fight "Wm. O. is not usually a band wagon climber, bat at pres- T. A. Rossing of Norway. The creamery at Corwith has closed for lack of milk. Britt News: Mrs. W. H. Glenn went to Algona last evening to visit friends. Harry Wilson of Emmetsburg may go on the road for aNew Prague, Minn., milling concern. The Northern Iowa Dental society will hold a meeting in Mason City, September 7, 8 and 9. Here is Port Barron talking about tho "insane commissioners." We came near getting killed for doing that once. Livermore Gazette: Daisy Blatiner went up to Algona Wednesday to visit with her cousins there before going back to Chicago. LuVerne News: Wm. Starks and wife of Irvington were in town a short time Monday while on their way to Marshalltown fora visit. Eagle Grove Gazette: J. N. McVicker and force returned- Tuesday evening from Ledyard, where they put'in,a switch for the Northwestern. Humboldt Republican: The Port Dodge Chronicle gets off the most cruel stab of the year when it says thatPhil Hanna is a relative of Mark Hanna. Corwith Crescent: Prof. A. J. Lilly of Algona was at Corwith the first of the week surveying. He located some government corners and platted a building spot on a farm. Bailey: Algona is going to have the Cherry sisters. They had the bloomer base balHsts and have recovered; it's high time they had another sensation. The Chorrys will fill tho bill. Carroll Herald: Prof. J. C. Gilchrist, for a number of years president of the state normal school, died last week at his home near Laurens. He was at one time one of Iowa's great educators. West Bend Journal: J. M. Farley of Whittemore is quite frequently mentioned as a free silver candidate for the legislature from Kossuth. He will command a strong support from the west side of the county. Emmetsburg Democrat: Company F of Algona won the honors in the range contest at Fort Dodge. J. M. Walsh made a great record. He made a scoro of 24 out of a possible 25. This is considered phenominal. He is said to be the best man in the state at 500 yards. Bailey: An Algona man was moon- burned one night recently. The moo^ was so bright over there that it scorched the skin on his face so it is all peeling off. A Britt man is so much afraid of being moon burned that he hires a top buggy after the.moon rises to take his outing. Spencer Reporter: Miss Zada White left Wednesday morning for Marshalltown. She will stop on her way in Algona to visit an old school friend, Mrs. F. D. Caulkins. Rumor has it that she will not.return as Miss White. * * * Mr. Ted Trigham returned last Saturday after a week's visit to Des Moines and Algona. Humboldt Republican: The Cherry sisters at Algona were recipients of dead cats and all sorts of decayed vegetables. The sisters objected, but the manager assured them that it was only a way the Algona people had of expressing their appreciation. This had a soothing influence, and the sisters continued their performance. Fort Dodge Messenger: The Cherry sisters are leaving a trail of devastation all over the north part of the state now. Notwithstanding their grievance at Fort Dodge they get the same treatment everywhere. Why don't they stick to the roof gardens, beer gardens, or better yet the garden on the Cherry farm? Their show is best adapted for raising vegetables. Emmetsburg Democrat: Prof. J. C. Gilchrist, who lectured before Palo Alto county institutes several times, died at his home near Laurens last Thursday. He was for some time president of the Iowa State Normal school, and was one of the most prominent of western educational leaders. His sops and daughters have also attained distinction in educational and similar fields. But there was more to the Shaw boom than that. He was a new man. Ordinarily that would be said to be against a candidate, but here it undoubtedly counted for him. It added an element of interest, of uncertainty, to the canvass and caught the imagination of the convention. Then, too, he had an enthusiastic personal following. He is one of the leading Methodist laymen of the west, having had the unusual honor of attending three national conferences in succession as a delegate, and all Cornell college, which is only 30 miles from Cedar Rapids, was over to aid him. But behind all that was the substantial fact that the more that was learned of Shaw the better he stood. He is a strong man. His personality is engaging. He made friends from ths first. When the decisive ballot was announced it was with the friendly good will of the convention. And when his pleasant speech of acceptance was over everybody knew that no mistake had been made. -*-•*--*- Sen.atpr Funk started in with 2SS votes and ran to 323. His real strength will never be known. Delegation after delegation that was for him was caught in the boom and was heard of no more. It is the belief oE many close observers, however, that as the field lay before the boom began he was a winner. Still both he and Gov. Parrott were handicapped. Being in the legislature is like being on a city council or board of supervisors, so far as a political career is concerned. No man can year after year make laws affecting powerful interests and get a unanimous promotion. Generally he gets promoted out of office at the earliest opportunity. Lafe Young sizes up the situ- tion exactly: "They were discarded because they had been through the fights, where heroic action had been required in small things. For fifteen years these two men have been placed where they must take sides between contending interests. They served the state and lost. They fought the battles of the people and have only the approval of their own consciences as their reward. It seems heartless to treat good public men in this way, but political parties are merciless. These two men who have been conspicuous in all good legislation and in carrying out the pledges and wishes of the pavty during the past fifteen years, were carried to defeat in the tumult of a great convention. Another who had not served his party in any public capacity, one who had never been compelled to decide between Temple amendments, Cheshire amendments, the rate of taxation, etc., one who in no public way had ever been called upon to vote ' mulct' or ' anti- mulct,' one who had not forced bills through to cut down anybody's compensation or to increase the rate of taxes of express companies, was preferred over them." The nomination of Milliman for lieutenant governor was one of the surprises. He lives in Harrison county, which joins Crawford, Shaw's home. No one ever before heard of two being successful from adjoining counties. The man to put Milliman in, nomination said it was of no use, and had to be urged to propose his name after Shaw was chosen. But Milliman is an old soldier with one arm, a fine speaker, and an engaging man. The convention had him listed and it did not change its mind. He went in on the first ballot. •*-•*-•*• The nomination of Judge Waterman was also inevitable. It was said that the " combine" was for Leggett. If it was it was de feated, for Leggett never had a chance. Waterman comes from Scott county, and will roll, up a republican vote that will make the woods jingle down along the Mississippi. -T- -f- -T- Supt. Sabin had been in office four terms. It was not in the convention to give him a fifth. Mr. Barrett is a pleasing man. personally and had the unanimous support of that part of the state that knows him best. He has been county superintendent in Mitchell county 14 years, the longest continuous term of service in the state. •+••+••*• C. L. Davidson was named by acclamation to succeed himself as railway commissioner. He came to Algona }»1873 and fpr Mr. Shaw's term Mr. Dolliver would be appointed senator. Bancroft Register: Now that tho republicans haye their legislative ticket in the field, much speculation is rife a« to what our friends the enemy will do It is quite generally conceded that should Mayor Chrischilles of Algona consent to run he would poll a very large vote. Sac Sun: Senator Funk made a splendid fight against heavy odds and it was a question for a time whether he or Mr. Shaw would get the vote of the Parrott forces. He made hosts of friends in his canvass and lost none. Had he been a ready public speaker he would have won the fight. Britt Tribune: J. R. Jones received the nomination for representative in Kossuth against Sam Mayne and Joslyn. J. R. will make himself heard and known in Des Moines this winter. Mayne was a working legislator, and ably represented his district, and if he is to be superseded we Know of no abler man in Kossuth county to fill his place than J. R. Jones. Wesley Reporter: J. R. Jones is a man amply qualified to represent our interests at Des Moines. He is a good man in every respect, cordial and easy to approach, and at the same time possesses that grace and dignity that will win confidence and respect from his colleagues in the legislature. In politics he is a true blue republican and has always taken a leading interest in the welfare of the party, both local and national. He is a man whom every loyal republican can give his unqualified support. The Swea City Herald is very enthusiastic in commending Mr. Mayne's speech, when he was defeated: Were it not for that grand, noble, and generous speech delivered at the close of the convention, the words and sentiments of which could be uttered by none other than an able, worthy, generous, and genuine true republican, whose heart holds no malice, we would be a bolter. Our regard for Mr. Mayne's integrity as a true republican in his appeal to that body of politicians, to standby the results o'f that convention, may keep us inline. WHEAT 92 CENTS IN ALGONA. A Load of Old Wheat Bulges to the Front—The Wheat Boom. Monday the Wilson mills paid 92 cents a bushel for a load of old wheat. That was way above the market, but old wheat is scarce. New wheat was worth 82 to 85 cents. Everybody says the market will remain firm and even advance. The wheat yield hereabouts is good, and the quality fair to good. This is the wheat year. Corn and oats will advance along with wheat and good prices are in sight. THE TOTAL CORN YIELD. The government crop report for August indicates a total corn yield of about 1,980,000,000 bushels, as against 2,283,875,000 bushels last year. THE CORN PROSPECT IN IOWA. The state weather and crop bureau reports as follows for the past week: The week was unseasonably cold, the average daily temperature being eight to ten degrees below the normal. Some of the days were warm and bright, but the temperature fell threateningly at nightfall, and on the early morning of the 20th it dropped to the frost line in numerous localities, but no damage resulted beyond retarding the ripeniug crops. Corn is doing as well as could be expected under present conditions. In sections where the drouth has been most severe the dry upland fields are badly "fired," the stalks are dwarfed, and the general condition of the crop is poor. The early planted corn is generally iu full roasting ear, and most of it will reach fair maturity by the 20th of September, with normal weather. But the balance, comprising 50 to 60 per cent, of the acreage planted, needs rain, followed by warm, ripening weather throughout the month of September; and at the best it will fall materially short of an average crop. The situation is critical, but with a normal September the bulk of what has been grown may be secured. THE MONTH'S MAGAZINES. The Atlantic Monthly for September presents a table of contents which is a striking combination of important literary, scientific, and sociological discussion. The opening article is by Theodore Roosevelt upon Municipal Administration: the New York Police Force. He explains the reform and administration of the New York police while he was president of the police commission. He sketches briefly the difficulties under which the commission labored and the methods they employed to meet them. This paper altogether is a helpful chapter in the story of administrative reform. MATILDA FLETOHEE AT BTJET. C. W. Bopp of West Union and Buffalo, N. Y., the safe man. He had just landed fresh from Garner where he sold safes from the cemetery on the south to the stock yards on the north, 18 men lying panting for breath as he left town. He knocked Chet out and began to talk to us. Oh! mighty Jonah. Thou who "swallerest" the whale! That man can talk faster and louder than anyone on earth. He poured it in in buckets- full. He told us all about safes. He never stopped to take breath but let'er come in one outpouring of words like an avalanche or an endless belt. Flip the string would go at every revolution over the pully. When they harnessed Niagara Falls, they cut all connections between Bopp's tongue and eternity. His eyes lighted up with pleasure as he sung the praises of his safes, faster and faster he talked never dreaming for an instant what was in store for him. For an hour and 98 minutes he talked safe and nothing else, but finally had to sneeze, Seizing the golden opportunity we said: Let us introduce our friend Mr. Dyke, oldest traveling man in Iowa, been all over the earth, has testimonials from Queen Victoria, the Shah of Persia, Mikado of Japan, C. B. & Q. R. R. and Studerbaker wagon Co. that is the only real and genuine Dyke since the Erie Canal was dug, has started balloons for years by talking to them, going to have him at our fair to please the ladies and tantalize their husbands. He will show you some of his testimonials. Chet had been absolutely silent during the safe contest and was loaded. " 'M a poor talker," h'e said, " but can repeat 'm biography containing 8542 words together with all the books of the bible from Genesis to Revelation commenting on many of the authors with the Lord's prayer and ten commandments forward or backwards 'nd faith hope and charity 'nd a 148 line acrostic consisting of George Washington Abraham Lincoln John A. Logan Levi P. Morton Jas. A. Garfield Decoration Day American Independence, the C. B, & Q. R. R. ending with the Star Spangled Banner with variations a preface an introduction two sub heads an appendix and the longest medley song ever written by mortal man or dead ghost at the same time playing the harmonica with 'm nose the bones with one hand a base drum with the other jumping over 9 chairs backsvard and cracking 'm heels together three times 'n snort so I can be heard 17 blocks. Chet had him. He first mystified him and got him to listen till he got started. Fatal mistake. We tiptoed out of the room and Chet went at him. Poetry and prose, Hail Columbia, the Devil's dream, the books of the Bible, acrostic, drumsticks, fiddlesticks, never a let up. The man Bopp perspired, then he sweat then he sweat some more. He was Dyke's meat. We locked the door as we passed out. Occasionally Bopp's voice was heard, but only for an instant. Faster and louder came the deluge. We went down to the post office for another hour, as we passed the door Dyke's voice was heard reading his poem on Logan. It was hot in that office with the door shut, both had tried to open them but without avail. Bopp claims to own a one-third interest in the Carey safe Co. and that he always sells to a man when he gets after him. He didn't sell to Bailey. Not much! Dyke had him and we had both of 'em. We kept them for two mortal hours, and finally looked through the key hole. Bopp sat limp as a rag fanning himself with his hat, while Chet was lamming the books of the Bible at him with variations from Old Zip Coon, with an occasional bone solo, when Bopp essayed to talk. At six o'clock we quietly unlocked the door and as the lock clicked Bopp sprang to his feet. We got out of sight and peeped at him. The way he walked down the street was a caution, while old Chet stood on the threshold repeating the Lord's Prayer backward as fresh as a daisy and ready to talk the white wings off a marble angel. Then we hid from Chet till he went away, and then we retired to our virtuous couch with the consciousness of having performed a good Samaritan act and one that will commend itself to everybody who ever listaned to either of them for an hour, a week, a year, or a century. Bopp will sell Carey safes wherever he goes but never, no never, so long as the ensanguined fluid courses through his veins, while grass continues to grow and the released waters of Niagara find their way unvexed to the sea, will Buffalo Bopp undertake to sell another safe to the editor of this paper against his will when re-inforced by Chet Dyke. No, no, mammal! Dyke will take a car load of Rand & McNally's maps to the Osage fair, another one at Britt and he'll smile every day to have a Bopp or two to do up to give him an appetite, She Wll Discuss Men This Evening tor the BurUteb. Matilda Fletcher, the lecturer, has been secured for a lecture in Burt this evening at the opera house. She is a high-priced lecturer, and was secured for that evening at a moderate cost because her engagement for that date had fallen through, hence the people of Burt will get the benefit. The subject of her lecture is, "Is Man au Angel?" for no man that "wears hair can "out chin" him. "Though the flight of Bopp may be higher yet Dyke continues longest on the wiug." Home Seekers' Excursion, Special bomeseekers' excursion tickets may be sold Aug. 3 and 17, Sept. 7 and 21, Oct. 5 and 19, 1897. Selling rate will be one lowest regular first class fare plus $2, the $2 in addition to the one fare rate to be collected by agent selling the ticket. No extra charge will be made when tickets are executed for return passage,

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