The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on September 15, 1897 · Page 4
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, September 15, 1897
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UPMltt DES MOIKES: ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1897. THIRTY -FIRST TEAS. BT 1NOHAM * WARREN. Terms to Subscribers. One copy, one year $1.50 One copy, sfcr months <5 One copy, three months 40 Sent to any address at above rates. Remit hj-draft, money order, or express order at our risfc. Kates of advertising sent on application. THE COURIER AND THE DEMOCRATS. Although the Courier has much space to devote to local politics it has as yet not found room for one line stating that it favors a democrat for the legislature. Under ordinary circum- tins might possibly "be n.n over but these are not ordinary circumstances, for three of the brightest young democrats in the county have been prominently named for the place, and it has ignored them all. in spite ol the fact that it has been approached by voters who are anxious for it to express itself. In connection with this singular unwillingness to endorse a straight- out democrat a number of rumors are afloat. One is that the Courier is really in sympathy with the republican tariff, and wants to endorse some one who was an active advocate of the McKinley act of 1890. All of the silver republicans •were strong McKinley tariff men, and by getting one of them nominated it can show its friendship for the present tariff policy, for it is unlikely that any of the silver republicans who might be named has changed his mind on the tariff question. Another rumor is that the Courier wants a man identified with the republican liquor legislation. All the silver republicans were staunch prohibitionists, and voted repeatedly in opposition to the local option plans suggested bj Gov. Boies. There is no reason to be lieve that they have changed their minds, but would in the legislature vote with their republican brethren to sustain the law as it now is. The action of the democrats in Charles City in nominating B. F. Wright is warran for the Courier, if this is the rea reason. Many of the populists were not Me Kinley tariff men, though all were, we believe, anti-license, or local option men. But it is not even prepared to take a populist. The candidate th Courier seems to be really for is to be as near a full-fledged republican as i can get. This is poor consolation foi men who have consistently votet the democratic ticket for more than a year or two, believing that democra cy has really stood for something, anc that if the time should ever come for i to triumph they would be entitled to a reward for bearing the brunt of th battles. o. 34 24 42 33 32 21 4 30 2' 2( 20 THE BUBDEX OF TAXATION. Last week the hoard of supervisor tabulated the tax levies reported b; the various townships of the county In view of the fact that the coming campaign is going to be confined verj largely to questions of taxation and , state expenditure, this table is worthj of study, especially in comparison with that of a year. ago. THE UPPER DES MOINES has placed the total levy in mills, leaving out fractions for conven ience, for each township for the twc years side by side in the following columns: 1800. 189 Algona 55 6 Algona ind 37 Burt Inc 53 Bnrt Ind 48 Burt 25 Buffalo 20 Bancroft ind 47 Cresco 28 Corwith ind 58 Eagle 21 Fenton 30 Greenwood 39 German 31 Garfleld 30 Grant 30 Hebron 24 Harrison 44 Irvlngton 21 Ledyard 37 Ledyard inc 38 Ledyard ind. 37 Lorfs Creek 28 LuVerne 31 LuVerne ino 38 LuVerne ind 33 Lincoln 35 Portland 28 Plum Creek 23 Prairie 22 Bcmsay 35 Riverdale 25 Sherman 31 20 Springfield 27 20 Seneca 25 2 Swea 29 li Swea City 53 32 Union 25 28 Wesley 30 34 Wesley inc 59 50 Wesley ind 40 5« Whittemore 22 21 Whittemore inc 57 02 West Bend ind 47 48 -T- -j- -I- Keeping in mind the fact that the total levy for state purposes, for the maintenance of all the public institutions, for the legislative sessions, regular and special, for the new code, for the debt now incurred, the levy to cover »11 the "looting," "extravagance, 1 etc., that Is talked about Is 2 9-10 mills, these figures suggest the absurd overstatement people indulge in and the absurd disproportion things assume in the public mind, when a little politics Is mixed in with plain business. JSere we have nearly every township in Kossuth county varying its purely local township taxes more in one year than the total state tax comes to. Algona is taxed nearly twice as much more this year than last for its local town expenses than IB paid for all the state expenses together, while Swea town- Obiphaacut pjf ever five times the etate tax in one year in its local ex- II li singular tbftt people can he mis- led for ft moment as to the relative importance of various taxes when on the back of every receipt they get is a tabulated statement of what each is for. It is singular that when the 2 9-10 mills that goes to the state is compared with the total that goes to the county and township, any discussion of taxation should not at once turn to the from five to 22 mills levied for teachers, and such other local levies. And yet it is a fact that political newspapers and stumpers have so far obscured the whole matter that men who pay an extra five mill levy in Algona without so much RE asking what it is for, spend hours upon the street denouncing in violent terms the state debt o! $410,000 which represents about 8-10 of a mill to them. -t- -j- -f- Prior to the last pay day at the treasurer's office THE UPPER DES MorXES made a point of publishing the fact that citizens of Algona were not liable to the one mill county roac tax, that Attorney General Remley had so decided and that one of the courts in Des Moines had so held. After pnj day had passed it went to Treasurer Spencer to learn how many had even asked whether the one mill levy was included in their receipt. Aside from the railways not a citizen of Algona asked whether he paid that one mil tax or not. And yet one mill repre sents over one third of all that the en tire slate tax, public debt and all, costs the taxpayers of Algona. -*--*- -s- It has so happened that for several years the editor of THE UPPER DES MOIXES has been one of a few citizens to vote the school levy in Algona Last spring there were some four gathered at the polling place when the old-fashioned town meeting was called to order and the school board proposec its levies. One of the citizens present an old member of the board, though the contingent fund should be raise( $1,000. The board thought not. It was discussed pro and con for a tev minutes, when some one suggestet that it go as the board had it, and thi casual remark determined whether the school levy should be raised two mills Four citizens settled the whole matter and settled it by a casual remark, a matter involving over two-thirds of th total state tax, and much more tha the state debt would represent if i were the million dollars the democrats platform tells about. -S- H- -f- Because these things are so is n< reason for ignoring state expenses o for condoning any extravagance o mismanagement in state affairs. Bu because these things are so every citi zen should be careful about getting int undue agitation over charges that ar< made for political effect involving s< small a part of the real burden of tax ation. Taxes are a substantial busines reality. They are not a matter of sen timent, nor are they a matter of politi cal clap trap. A mill levy is a mil levy whether it goes to pay a townshi trustee or the warden of a penitentiary And a mill saved of needless townshi expense is ten times as much in one' pocket as a tenth of a mill saved o needless legislative expense. If tha old saw about watching the spigo while the bung hole is open applie especially to anything, it does to th present microscopic fidget over stat expenses, while in neighboring town ships taxes, without apparent reason vary from 10 to 20 mills, from two t six times all the state gets. •V- -i- -j- The fact is, and the fact will be full, developed in this campaign, Iowa i taxed less for state expenses than an; but a few states in the union. He public institutions are a credit, am there has been as little extravagance as little rascality, and as little bad management as in any state. It is alsc a fact, and it is a fact that time wil develop, that a foolish crusade in th name of so called " economy" has kep Iowa from doing what it should havi done for many of its institutions, wha other states have done, with lasting credit to themselves, a crusade which appeals to ignorance and prejudice and which exists only because voters can be deceived as to the relative importance of state and local institutions, to the relative burden of state and local taxes -j- -i- -T- We hope all who read these para graphs will study the township tax levies given above and figure a few moments on them. They will disclose that in the richest and best townships in the county the average quarter sec tion farm pays only about $24 a year in taxes, in every instance farms worth from $4,000 up. They will disclose that in the past year, without any discussion, and without any excitement, taxes have been reduced in many townships more than all the state tax amounts to. If the reader will then visit the townships he will find that where local management is careful, where needless schools are not maintained, where road work la done with intelligence, and where the people read the local papers, the 2 Q-10 mills that is paid to maintain she credit and proud standing of Iowa s not a burden, and that while everyone demands that rascality in public station be punished, whoever is implicated, and that extravagance be becked wherever found and however mall the burden it lays on each, that here is no disposition to join in a cru- tho sole purpose of which is to make Iowa's public management cheap and nasty." IN another column Wm. O. Payne tells why Shaw should be elected. Mr. Payne is editor of the Nevada Representative, and is one of the most vigorous editorial writers of the state. He waa first outside of Shaw's home counties to endorse his candidacy, and his editorial at that time was widely quoted. Mr. Payne makes a strong p sentation of the republican case. WHY SHAW SHOULD BE ELECTED. The first and vital reason why Shaw should not merely be elected, but elected by the very largest majority which the people of Iowa can be persuaded to give him, is that he is the republican nominee for the highest office in the state. As such nomi nee he is the exponent of all that the repub lican party now stands for, and by the vote, or more particularly by the majority, which he shall receive will it be estimated both at home and abroad how faithfully the people of Iowa stand by the verdict recorded in 1896, and to what extent they do endorse and will maintain the policies developed, or foreshadowed by the republican partj since its accession to power at Washington. There are only a few great states that will hold elections this vear. Governors wil be chosen in Iowa, Ohio, Massachusetts anc Virginia; minor state officers in New York Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky and Nebraska, and a mayor in greater New York. These are the constituencies, which according to their relative importance, wil give tone to the policies of the nation for the coming twelve months, and in this ton ing it is the privilege of Iowa, by force o: of circumstances and surroundings, to speak not only for itself, but for the major part o: the great northwest. -*- -S- -f- Bryan, in writing a book about the campaign of 1896, called it " the first battle." The battle of 1896 was not the fir* to be fought upon the lines then laid down but Bryan was right in assuming it will no ! be the last. It was one of an unending series of struggles, beginning with history and ending probably with eternity, in which it has been, or will be sought by one trick of legislation or another to recast th distribution of wealth. Bryanism had th characteristics of an attempted social revo lution. There was the impeachment of the judiciary, the denunciation of the rich, the proposal to create value by legislative de claration. It is with such doctrines tha democratic states have oftenest been brought to chaos; and unless the revolution meet with effective resistance external t its leadership and membership, its logica sequence from inception to perdition i swift and sure. Beginning where Bryan ism avowedly places us; with war upon th courts, the money power and the standarc of value, let us assume the success of th movement. Capital has a right to b scared and goes into hiding, collections ar forced and business is demoi-alized. Wh is responsible; The money power, o course. Then tax it out of existence an stay all executions. Employment ceases Then let the government go into commerc and industry and furnish work. The gov ernment runs out of funds and wealth anc commerce are both too scarce, or too se questered to yield revenue. Then let th government make money. The printing presses manufacture dollars by the coiv until even the populists in the governmeu works cannot use them. Then the work suspend, the game is up, the rabble repudi ates perhaps guillotines its false prophets and stable government returns to restori after many years the ruin wrought. Thi was in effect the panorama, which with some scenes in the foreground, and som obscured in the background, Bryanism presented, and the country rejected in 1896 In 12 months Bryanism has changed onlj as to its hopefulness. It reaffirms witl emphasis the Chicago platform, chooses a most earnest votary of that platform for its candidate for governor, denounces specifl cally the effort of the courts to check dis order in society, and summons Bryan him self to open its campaign at the home o the republican candidate. -£- -T- -7- There are in this country today many signs of returning prosperity, and there are sure conditions which should make tha prosperity permanent. The tariff discus sion has reached that stage where investor; know on what basis to make their caloula tions—this basis, moreover, is one exceed ingly favorable to the development of American iudusti'y, and to the enhancemen of the prices of produce; and if there do exist some doubts as to the entire sound ness of our money system, there is none as to the government that backs it, conse quently money is easy, and loans are available on good security for legitimate pur poses. The business prospect now spread before the people is a fair one. It is fairer even than that with which the voters trifled in 1890 to 1893. If business conditions remain as they are there is every as surance that industry and business judgment will command just rewards; but it has been demonstrated plainly in the past few years that prospsrity may easily be effaced by the removal of causes essential to it. By that demonstration the people should profit. Bryanism now seems helpless and homeless; but a very few victories might make it a fearful menace. The elections following the inauguration of a new administration are critical for its success, and for the permanency of its policies. After such elections is the opposition wont to take heart from unexpected victories, and the administration to find its supporters discouraged and unreliable. The first political duty of Iowa is to bold fast to the food it has gained, to give no aid nor encouragement to the forces that threatened destruction a year ago, to lend its tremendous influence with all the emphasis it may o the perfection and maintenance of the policies for which the republican party tands in the nation. •*••*••*• Cogent reasons why Shaw should be looted might be deduced from an exaajina- ion into the state affaire of Iowa, butneitb- r tbe public interest, the emergence* ol the campaign, nor the limits of this paper warrant their consideration here. The success of the republican party in the coming election will insure the state a capable and honest administration, and nobody doubts or seriously questions it. Those questions of state polity that seem to have been satis factorily settled after protracted controversy will remain settled: and the questions of local or individual concern which jave arisen and may arise, and which hare aut a temporary or casual relation to political parties, will be fought out upon their merits. -t- -*--!In any great campaign personal considerations are of small account in comparison with the contending party purposes, and economic tendencies. Some tribute, however is due to the candidate. Mr. Shaw was nominated because he fitted the controlling issues of the canvass, and his success, remarkable as it may seem, illustrates as did the nomination of Lincoln at Chicago, how surprisingly discerning may be the judgment of a great convention. Great issues develop strong leaders, and the McKinley campaign of 1896 was noteworthy for the number of new men that it brought into great and lasting prominence. The men who come to the front at such times are sure to be men of couraee, consistency, and vigor. They impress themselves because they call things by their right names, have no thought of compromise, and tell the whole truth as they see it. It \s by such campaigns and by such men that poli tics is farthest removed from a game of office seekers, hnd that the greatest results are achieved for the people and for the state. Such a man was Shaw in the cam paign of 1890, and those who saw and heard him then marked him well as a man for whom the republican party and public had need. The party has already accepted him. There is every reason for believing that the public will experience a similar pleasure later on. Shaw's triumphant election will be a wise choice for the state, will strengthen the conditions which are reviving prosperity, will add to the ability of the McKin ley administration and of the republican congress to accomplish the tasks which they still have in hand, will promote and confirm the general ascendency of the republican party, and will encourage within the party the tendencies and convictions which are boldest, best, most consistent, and most useful to the people. . W. O. PAYXE. Nevada, Iowa, Sept. 6, 189". REPUBLICAN COUNTY CONVENTION. To the republican electors of Kossuth noun ty: There will be a deleRate convention ol the republicans of Kossuth county held at the court house In Algona, Iowa, on Friday, Sept 24,1897, at 11 o'clock a. m., lor the purpose of placing In nomination a candidate for the ofllce of treasurer, a candidate for the office o sheriff, a candidate for the ofllce of superln tendentof of schools, a candidate for the of lice of surveyor, one candidate for the office o coroner, and two candidates for supervisors. The representation to which the severa precincts will be entitled under this call wil be as follows: Precinct. Com. No. Del Algona—First ward.. E. Telller Second ward W.P.Jones 6 Third ward G. W. Sarchett Fourth ward F. D. Calkins Burt H. B. Hallock 8 Buffalo August Shrader 4 Cresco C. Rlckard 5 Eagle John Lludblom Fenton M. Welsbrod Greenwood C. J. Lenander 8 German Ralph Patterson Germanla P. H. Spangler Grant Peter Gettman Garfleld G. S. Wright Harrison W. R. Peet 6 Hebron W. A, Smith Irvlngton Z. C. Andruss LuVerne Geo. W. Hanna 6 Lotts Creek A. H. Blxby Ledyard W. A. Wright r Lincoln Jas. Warburton Portland Timothy Fox Plum Creek R. M.Gardner Prairie John Longbottom... Riverdale J. R. Fraser Ramsay Phil. Winters Seneca Henry Warner Swea C. A. Erickson Sherman W. E. Starks Sprlngfleld C. C. Hall Union T. J. Julian Wesley S.X. Way 0 Whittemore N. L. Cotton Total number of delegates 151 It is especially recommended by a large ma jorlty of the township commltteemen that al the primaries be held on the same day. The several township committeenien will therefore call their primaries on Friday, Sept, 17, 1897 between the hours of 1 p. m. and 8 p. m., hold ing the polls open for two hours, stating in their calls the hours of opening and closing. J. W. WADSWORTH, Chairman. THE TOWNSHIP PRIMARIES. Primary elections will be held as follows for the selection of delegates to the county con vention, unless otherwise stated: Algona—First ward—At Coonan building Friday, Sept. 17, 0 to 8 p. m. E. Tellier, Com Second ward—At the Wigwam, Friday, Sept 17, 0 to 8 p. m. Wilfrid P. Jones, Com. Fourth ward—At the sheriff's office, Friday Sept. 17, 0 to 8 p. in. F. D. Calkins, Com. Buffalo—At the Center school house, Friday Sept. 17, 1 to 3 p. m. August Schrader, Com Irvington—At Lloyd school house, Friday Sept. 17, 2 to 4 p. m., (to include township nominations). Z. C. Andruss, Com. Plum Creek—At the Rice school house, Fri day, Sept. 17,1 to 3 p. m., (to Include town ship nominations). R. M. Gardner, Com. Sherman—At the Center school house, Fri day, Sept. 17, 3 to 5 p. m. W. E. Starks, Com, Union—At the Herman school house, Fri day. Sept. 17, 0:30 to 8:30 p. m., (to include township nominations). T. J. Julian, Com. Fenton—At the postofflce, Friday, Sept. 17, 7 to 9 p. m. M. Weisbrod, Com. Greenwood—In the Vesper building, Satur day, Sept. 18, 4 to 6 p. m. C. J. Lenander, Coin. Riverdale—At Stewart school house, Sept. 23, 5 to 7 p. m. J. R. Fraser, Com. Garfleld—Bonstetter school house, Friday, Sept. 17, 2 to 4 p. m. G, S. Wright, Com. Harrison—At school house in Swea City on Friday, Sept. 17, 2 to 4 p. m. W. R. Peet Com. Grant—McAninch school house, Saturday, Sept. 18, 6 to 8 p. m. P. Gettman, Com. Third ward-At normal building, Friday, Sept. 10, 0 to 8 p. m. C. W. Sarchett, Com. Candidate!*' Cards. I hereby announce myself a candidate for [he nomination for the office of county superintendent, subject to the action of the repub .lean county convention. FBANK SLAGLE. I hereby announce myself as a candidate for :he office of county treasurer, subject to the action of the republican convention. J. KKHNAN. I hereby announce myself as a candidate (or sheriff subject to the action of tbe republican county convention. B. P. KEITH. I hereby announce myself as a candidate for the nomination o: sheriff subject to the action of the republican county convention. GKO. F. HACKUAN. I hereby announce myself a candidate for he position of county superintendent, subject o the action of tbe republican convention. N. H. COKNOK. I hereby announce myself a candidate for he office of county surveyor, subject to the action of the republican county convention. CEO. S. FOSTER. Bailey \ Bailey wans nominated (or coroner aat week, getting next to tbe highest vote of any candidate named, galley will «it on tbe dead and living alike. TAYLOR'S. Cloaks, Millinery, __^^». Dress Goods. Grand Millinery Opening next week. All should come. We want to see you. Souvenirs. JAS. TAYLOR. and. 12i>c Special Remnant Sale, 10,000 YARDS OF REMNANTS just received direct from the mills, and we will put them on sale Thursday Morning, Sept. 16, * at 8 o'clock, as follows: 1500 yards of all styles outing flannels, worth 7 to 8c a yard, sale price, 1000 yards outing flannel worth 9 to 10 cents a yard, sale price, - ..... 1000 yards fine dress sateens, worth from 15 to 20 cents a yard, sale price, - - - - 200 yards Scotch plaid worth 15 to 2oc, sale price, 500 yards cottonades, fine, dark styles, worth from 25 to 30 cents a yard, sale price, - - • 500 yards cottonades worth 2oc, sale price, - 500 yards brown and blue denims worth from 15 to 1 6 cents a yard, sale price, 500 yards all styles ginghams worth 7 to 8 cents a yard, sale price, ...... 1000 yards of dress prints at only . . . 2000 yards Standard dress prints at only . . 1000 yards dress goods, 15 and 2oc goods, at . 200 yards art denims, 15 and 2oc goods, go at . 200 yards fancy drapery goods, worth 1 5 and 2oc a yard, our sale price only . . . . 1000 yards best makes of carpets. CLOTHING. Suits for men and boys, a full line just in, of the and best styles at rock bottom prices. Qj-ir^pC 2000 pairs men's, women's and children's ^1 lv>'L-*O shoes direct from the manufacturers, and will sell them at away down prices. We invite the public to call and inspect our very large stock of new goods. Yours to please, JNO. GOEDERS. 150 Ti2sG 4c 12sC IOC latest AT The Cash Grocery, South of court house, you can buy 22 pounds of brown sugar for one dollar. Eight pounds sweet potatoes for 2Sc. California canned goods (apricots, peaches, and plums), ice per can. Seven bars of Lenox, Santa Claus, or Maple City soap for 2Sc. A large bar of castile soap for 50. Fifteen ounces of K. C..baking powder for ISC- Oat meal, ten pounds for 25c. Best full-cream cheese I2c a pound We sell hay and grain. Free delivery. South of court house. J. C. ANDERSON,

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