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UPPtttt DES MOINE& ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1897. moHA.M A WARREN. Terms to Subscriber*. One copy, one year tl-50 One copy, six months.. <° Onecopy, three months... *0 Sent to any address at above rates. Remit toy draft, money order, or express order at oat «8k. , ., Bates of advertising sent on application. BttTAK 1ST ALGONA. Bryan was doomed to disappoint his Algona audience. No man on earth could speak as well as he was expected to. Then, too, he was weary. He told Mayor Chrischilles that he did not remember when he bad felt so physically tired as he did when he went on the platform. His voice was so hoarse that he could scarce be heard at all at first. He lacked elasticity and animation. But there was a feeling of disappointment in his audience in the man himself as well as in his speech. His presence did not carry conviction. His argument was clever rather than weighty. There was something about his evident love for a big crowd, his gratification at the reception tendered him, his willingness to win applause by catchy turns, his spectacular entrance up the platform that seemed so incongruous with all popular notions of a president of the United States that people could hardly realize that he had been seriously endorsed for that high station by over six millions of voters. Gov. Boles is not a great-man,but Gov. Boies is more dignified in manner and more dignified in argument than Mr. Bryan, and much nearer the popular ideal of a president. To compare Mr. Bryan's speech seriously, either in its fitness as coming from a statesman, or in its influence upon public thought, with one of Senator Allison's plain convincing statements is impossible. Probably nine-tenths of the audience present had in mind Congressman Dolliver. Dolliver's oratory is the standard by which political stump speakers in the Tenth are measured. It is a very severe test and many a man of national standing, who has come in with a big reputation, has suffered by it. Bryan had not talked fifteen minutes before the verdict was rendered. Neither in fine discrimination in the use of words and phrases, in humor, in satire, is he Dolliver's equal. In voice and gesture he was not his equal in Algona, and Mr. Healey said that towards the close of his speech his voice was in ordinarily good condition. It is possible that in impassioned appeals, which form a small part of the oratorical repertory, he would surpass our congressman, but we have no hesitation whatever, speaking merely of the art, in pronouncing Mr. Dolliver an all-around more effective public speaker and a more brilliant orator; while if oratory be referred to as a means of making attractive and easily comprehended correct ideas of government and of social development, Mr. Dolliver is immeasurably Bryan's superior, for with the years Mr. Dolliver has sacrificed clever turns for solid argument, and foregone applause to carry conviction, while Mr. Bryan's whole manner is a bid for the empty acclamations of the crowd. A week before Mr. Bryan was nominated at Chicago he was speaking to email audiences in Humboldt county. If he pursues his present course.be will again be down to school house meetings, a very small figure on the stage of national politics. There is no com' parison in the relative attitudes of himself and Gov. Altgeld of Illinois. Both speak for the same elements In the. democratic party, the latter with dignity and authority in carefully studied and deliberately prepared addresses which are read everywhere and which shape platforms, the former from car steps to crowds drawn together by curiosity, in haphazzard extemporaneous remarks scarcely of passing interest, leaving no permanent impression, and disappointing alike to friend and opponent. Mr. Shaw, the republican candidate for governor, makes no pretensions to oratory, but if he speaks in Algona he will come closer to his hearers, be more convincing in argument, and more effective in manner than either of those who addressed the meeting Thursday evening. .. WATCHING THE SPIGOT. The State Register says: " Our genial friend of the Algona UPPEB DBS MOINES writes good articles in good English to prove that the state taxes are only a small part of the total taxes. That is true/in Polk county, for instance, we pay near 60 mills all told, and only 3 7-10 for state purposes, but then, that does not in the least alter the duty of business methods in all state expenditures. We cannot figure it out in any way that it does. Our ambition should be to make this the model state iu public expenditures—that is what the Register will continue to work for through the republican party which is the best means to that desirable end." THE UPPER DES MOINES does not object to the Register's program, on the contrary endorses it. What it does pbject to is looking at the comparatively minute ends ia view through a magnifying glass. Suppose one-tenth or two-tenths ol a mill tax is saved by B|rict economy in state expenditure, is (bat much to talk about when fire or (jen mills is being squandered in town Of city taxes without passing notice? reported in ft local column a levy of between 30 and 40 mills by some local board. It did not even mention the tax on its editorial page. And yet. without knowing anything about the purposes of the levy, it is safe to assert that more than the entire state tax will be wasted out of it. Thursday evening M. F. Healey rang the changes in Algona on state extravagance. He cited the democratic pharmacy clerk Spaulding's defalcation of $15,000, the McFarland census scandal, and the cost of printing the supreme court calendar, and then he launched out into a flood of rhetoric the burden of which was the crushing weight that was bearing down the farmer. And all the while the total tax on quarter section farms, worth $5,000, in some of the best townships in Kossuth, in only $24 a year, and of this the total state tax to cover all the "extravagance," to maintain all the public institutions, to pay for the extra session, the new code, the census, etc., etc., is only $3 a year. Last winter the Register led a crusade against the state printing and binding bill. In some respects the cutting down both of work and of prices was a wise reform, although Senator Chubb expresses the opinion that many public documents were unwisely touched. But what did the printing and binding bill at its highest, with all the big census report and the new code included, cost the people of Iowa? Not or indirectly approached him in the interest of any bank or banks. The facts are that in that canvas both of the Algona banks supported Mr. Boyle, and that THE UPPER DES MOINES devoted more space to placing his candidacy before the people in a favorable light than it has to any candidate for treasurer since, as its files, open to anybody's inspection, will conclusively show. Senator Funk: Candidate Shaw is said to have something of a fight on his hands at home. It is quite likely. Mr. Shaw has been a public spirited citizen. He has been active in business and prominent in community affairs. He is largely responsible for the establishment and maintenance of a most creditable educational institution at Denison, having put up for its support $5,000. He has held opinions, of his own and dared to express them. He baa been something of a factor in affairs political. Democrats do not like him for this. Among republicans he has not been able to support the several candidates seeking the same nomination, and this is apt to be an animosity breeder. A whole lot of folks down there probably knew Les. Shaw when he was a tree peddler without a dollar, or a local friend, and some of them doubtless feel that he has had no busi- nese to get rich and be a candidate for governor. O there are reasons and reasons why candidate Shaw should not have everybody with him at home, but these reasons are a sad commentary upon human nature. All the same Mr. Shaw will be taken care of by his neighbors. The best citizen of his county, regardless of politics, are just enough to recognize the real worth of the man and his helpfulness In local affairs, and they will see that he is not discredited in his home county. BACK IN THE EARLt DAYS. J, E. BLAOKfOBD WHITES HISTORY. Tells How He Was Nominated and Elected a Member of the Iowa Legislature in 1850. to exceed six or seven cents apiece. State Treasurer Herriott's report is published. What does it show? It shows that the total state tax levied through the counties amounts to only 66 cents a head each year, and that the total revenue of Iowa, including all that comes from corporations and outside sources, amounts to only 99 cents a head. Wise and needed reforms can be made in the expenditure of this 99 cents each one contributes to the support of the state, just as have been made many times before, but why should they be attended with any spec- any tre- ial flourish of trumpets and with special exclamations over the " mendous burden of taxation" that is going to be lifted from the shoulders of the people. The burden of taxation is the township levy. Everybody knows it who stops to think, and everybody knows that the problem of cheap government is the problem of better local administration. There is more difference between two equally good townships in Kossuth county in the local levy than three times the total state tax, and if the total state tax were cut out it would scarcely be noticed in most of them. NEWS AND COMMENT. Here is a sample item from the Emmetsburg Democrat: "The Algona UPPBH DBS MOINES has devoted over a column to the defense of the criminal and senseless extravagance of the present Iowa administration. It is hoped that Lafe Young, who received one of the large slices of the plunder," etc. etc. The column the Democrat refers to was a discussion of the relative burden of state and local taxes, and the "plunder" Mr. Young got was the legal pay for state binding. Absolutely no charge has yet been made that Mr. Young has over-charged on a single item of his work,'or that he has in anyway "plundered" or defrauded Iowa, and the Democrat's statement is an offense against decency in public discussion. J. P. Dolliver will give an address the first evening at the Webster City edi torial meeting. Geo. D. Perkins is also on for an address. The Courier still refuses to notice the nomination of B. P. Wright by the democrats over at Charles City. Why don't it come out and give B. F. a complimentary send-off, B. F. is a little more conspicuous as a prohibition advocate than the ex-republicans here in Kossuth county, but all of them have been endorsing the republican liquor legislation for the past ten years. Bryan is right, a victory for Fred White this fall would be accepted all over the world as a victory for free coinage and a defeat for McKinley administration. There is only one issue. POLITICAL NOTES. Ike Sweigard, the old time Wesley- ite, Is democratic candidate for treasurer over in Hancock. A man by the name of Duff tried to get the republican nomination for treasurer in Hancock and failed. Now he is running independent. His name is too short. It should be Duffer. The West Bend Advance sees the real issue in the present campaign. In speaking of the Bryan meeting , at Algona it says: In the light of the interest and enthusiasm there displayed we proclaim that the cause of free coinage is by no means waning; that the masses of the people are dissatisfied with certain features of the present condition of affairs and are learning who are their friends, and that the slogan cry of the anti-monopoly forces will be, "Bryan for president in 1900!" Hurrah for Bryan! Geo. E. Boyle republisbes his story that he was approached in the canvass of 1889 by the editor of this paper in behalf of the Algona banks, and that because his virtue was of stern stuff and would not be seduced that be was made a martyr to the cause of outside banks. There is not the slightest foundation in fact for it. The editor of this paper never bad a moment's conversation with Mr. Boyle about what he would do with the county funds if elected, sever heard the matter referred to in bis preface, and aeveT etyher direeUy IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. Valentine Engert and Lizzie Knott, two popular St. Joe young people are married. Mayor Konarska of LuVerne was married last week and came to Algona on a wedding tour. F. M. Daniel's friends celebrated his wooden wedding for him over at Cor- wlth one day last week. Grandma Ostrander died at Bancroft, Sept. 19. aged 84 years. She had lived with her son in Kossuth since 1881, and was universally esteemed. The Register says: Agent Hawn sold 254 tickets at Bancroft for the Bryan meeting at Algona Thursday evening. Burt sold 110, and Ledyard 90. Bancroft Register; J. J. Kelly contemplates entering the five mile race against the Corey horses at the county fair next week. He will run local jumpers. The West Bend Advance says Fred Lanere placed on exhibition in front of the Advance office a stalk of corn that shows the productiveness of Kossuth's soil and also the kind of farmer Mr. Lange is. The stalk measured 13 feet 9 inches in height. THE MONTH'S MAGAZINES. A picture in the October St. Nicholas foretells the greeting that many readers will give to this issue of the magazine. It represents a young girl pouring over the pages and saying: " Oh, dear I The serial stories all end in this number." For months eager readers have followed the adventures of the boys and girls who figure in the serials, and it is hard to part with them. •*- -t- H- Hon. Theodore Roosevelt contributes a paper to the October Century on "The Roll of Honor of the New York Police," his article being one of the series in this magazine on "Heroes of Peace." Mr. Roosevelt incidentally describes his efforts and those of his associates to reform the police force in New York, and he tells of the workings of their plan to reward heroism by promotion wherever possible. -i- 4- -r- Tha Atlantic Monthly for October completes the fortieth year of the magazine, which was the first to depend definitely upon the contributions of American writers, and which at once became the exponent of American literature. This number, in the variety of its contents, shows a wide sympathy and a firm grasp on contemporaneous life. The dominant note In it, true to its traditions, is the literary note. •*--*-•*• Before and during the war in Greece no writer was so frequently quoted on the crisis as Henry Norman of the London Chronicle. The October number of Sorlb- ner's Magazine contains Mr. Norman's inside history of the diplomacy that preceded the war, now told for the first time. He was in confidential relations with the Greek government, and his narrative is therefore of authoritative value. A visit to the front on the eve of battle is also picturesquely described. The illustrations are from Mr. Norman's own photographs, among them autographed portraits of the king and his sons. -T- -i- -*Mrs. Frederick Sohwatka, widow of the great Alaska explorer, and her husband's companion in his explorations, has a finely illustrated article in the October Midland Monthly (Des Moines,) entitled, •'Around About Alaska's Metropolis," with several full page pictures. A beautifully illustrated sketch of life in Cairo, Egypt, is given first place in this number, with '' The Queen of the Harem" as a frotispiece. "Anti-Polygamy Mormonism," including an interview with Prophet Joseph Smith Jr., is the best sketch of the recognized church of Latter-Day Saints ever given to the public. It includes many views and valuable portraits. The home themes, women's club department, fiction department, and editorial department are unusually complete. In " Grant's Life in the West," this month, the scene is shifted from St. Louis to Galena. NOBTHWESTEBN'S ENTEBFBI8E, Handsome New Hallway Ofllces lu Des Moines and Chicago, The Northwestern railway has secured the handsome corner office opposite theSavery hotelin Des Moines and is fitting it up in elegant style. It has also opened new offices in Chicago at 212 Clark street, The Chicago papers praise the fitting of the new rooms at length. The Northwestern provides the best there is going for its patrons. THE Daily Iowa Capital has issued a complete summary of the changes made in the laws of Iowa by the Twenty-sixth general assembly. This information will be of much practical value to all. Send five cents to The Qapital, Moines, Iowa, for a copy, , J. E. Blackford was elected to the legislature from Kossuth county in the October election of 1859, just 38 years ago./This was the 61st district then, ami took in pretty much all the territory west to the Missouri river. The total number of votes In Kossuth was 112, of which he received jKj/Mr. Blackford has written some reminiscences of his nomination and subsequent campaign that fall, in which he gives an interesting picture of early day politics, and which he read at the old sellers' meeting: I hope I may be excused for getting into this paper so much of myself. I do not see how I could write it all and leave myself out. ^Our legislative district at that time was the largest in the state, I think seven organized counties, and several unorganized ones. It was what is now northwestern Iowa. I was nominated and elected to represent this great district in the Iowa legislature. "'The announcement of this fact may be a surprise to many here, but I as- you It was a greater surprise to I had never dreamed that my sure me. friends and neighbors would nominate and elect me to so responsible an office. Some of us old folks sigh for the good old times, and many of us still hold to the political dogma, that " the office should seek the man, and not the man the office." This was emphatically true in my case. I had never thought of such an honor. It came to me unsolicited and unsought. SA- representative convention had been called at Spirit Lake, and a county convention had been called to select delegates to that convention. I do not now recollect who called either convention, nor who attended except a verv few. County conventions were not'so important in those days as now, or at least were not so largely attended. J. E. Stacy, L. H. Smith, J. L. Paine, and myself, or some three of us usually managed the politics of our party in those days, and I think quite as successfully as they are managed now. We three held large and enthusiastic meet into the house, and to be seated on a stool, while she took one herself. By this time my friend came to the door, when mother shoved along on her stool and said, " come in, come in, have a cup of sour milk and take a seat by my side." My friend hesitated, and when he said, " thanks, it is cooler here In the door," I thought the election was lost. Presently father came in and we all had a friendly talk that assured my political future, and it was mother's good will that secured it. We afterwards learned that father had done something that led them to expect a visit from the officer of the law, and when they saw us driving up no doubt took us for the sheriff and his team. This accounted for the absence of the old man, and the reticence of the old lady. I cannot recount the many remarkable things that took place on that electioneering trip. So far as getting kind words and good promises, it was quite a success. At Spirit Lake we listened to a speech from John F. Duncombe, who was democratic candidate for senator in the district. The speech was one of Duncombe's own, and he easily won the election. What a hungry, tired pair we were when we drove up to a cabin on the Ocheydan, and what a clever, hospitable bachelor we found in Moses , and oh how dirty and how thick the flees were, and how many of them he mixed into the biscuits that he made for our supper, mixed in a pint bowl, one at a time, with three as dirty fingers as a man ever wore. We thought the dirt had not penetrated to the center of the boiled potatoes, nor through the shell of the boiled eggs, and we had a supper and breakfast too, nor could we refuse the biscuits he generously furnished us for lunch. But as we knew they were shortened with flies, we ungratefully threw them out as soon as we were out of sight of the cabin. But oh the flies—ask my friend as to numbers. He is a mathematician. I am not. The next night we reached the hospitable home of Ambrose Meade, where we found a good political friend, and what was of more importance, a good square meal and a clean bed, and a package for the next day's lunch. Wm. Meade was located on the Little Sioux near where the city of Spencer now stands. I remember the good character he gave the Indians. He said they were peaceable and friendly, but would dig and steal potatoes. From this plaje our next voters we found on the Raccoon above Sac City, more than 40 miles distant. How well I remember that long drive. My friend managed the compass and I drove the team. He would point out some prominent bunch of yellow flowers on the line and I would drive to it, and to another beyond. The difficulty was to keep an eye on the right spot. If I once looked up I could afterwards see hundreds of bunches of yellow flowers BIG OBOWD TOHEAB BBYAH. The Nebraska Man Met >vim a BI» Reception in Algona-" Cyclone.. Davis of Texas and Healey of F O f t Dodge Also Preeached Popmj gm Bryan got a big reception, it ,4, the biggest crowd that has ever congregated in Algona in so small space At the Fourth of July celebration as many people were in town, and some circus days have probably equalled it ings, passed 'resolutions, and usually sent Smith as a delegate to all conventions outside. I don't know why, unless he was willing to go, and had money enough to pay his own expenses. But I remember quite well this convention to send delegates to Spirit Lake. It was quite largely attended for the time. I was there. I went from the sawmill, dressed in blue denims pants, and barefoot, and that was my usual every day costume. I was then all unconscious of the honor that was to be thrust upon me. Who can imagine what a surprise it was to me, when I found they were really about to make a candidate of me, and selected a set of delegates and instructed them to present my name to the convention, and to use all honorable- means to secure my nomination-f I am not sure that I remember who all the delegates were. I am sure I did not buy my way to this high position—I was poor as Job's turkey and could not raise money enough to pay ordinary expenses. I remember something of my trip to Spirit Lake, and something of the convention itself, but I do not remember who was my opponent. I only recall he was a Clay county man. I had secured the vote of Palo Alto county, and my recollection is that it was cast by the only republican at that time in the county. I remember that convention matters so shaped that the vote of Emmet county could nominate, and that after her delegate for many ballots voted for himself, (A. Jenkins) that he cast his vote for me and I stood as the nominee of the party. At that time a nomination was not equivalent to an election, as the district was clearly "democratic." A canvass was to be made. The people expected It and I promised it. I must see and talk with the voters, and if possible make them believe I was a pretty good fellow. I am sure I did not know what to say, or how to say it. I adopted a plan much In vogue in these latter days—I shook hands with everybody, was glad to see them, find them well, etc. I played with the children, and kissed the dirty-faced babies and tried to make their proud mamas think they were little angels, and this last is easily done. This reminds me that women were as powerful in politics in those day as now. .As the district was clearly democratic I must win votes of democrats or else fail. In a county almost solidly democratic, I talked with many of the voters who, while they were friendly, were decidedly non-committal. They usually said " have you seen mother yet?" Or " you had better see mother." " What mother says goes." So my friend and I concluded to see "mother" the first thing. I shall not forget my impression of mother and the place where she held sway. In the story books mother would be called a hog. She was a most repulsive looking woman. She had but one eye, but that could see as far into a grindstone as two ordinary eyes, She had in her arms a huge arm full of cut corn with a large ear in her right hand. She marched straight toward me, laid down her load in front of her and instead of stepping around it, as an ordinary woman would, she made an immense stride over it and stood before me in all her deformity, arrayed in short gown and petticoats, face covered with dirt through which the sweat bad cut canals. With her ear of corn raised in a menacing manner, I was really some alarmed for my personal safety, She was deaf too, and she got much too close to me to be agreeable. I asked her if she was -" home, like a steel trap. But she was mollified when J told her that it was herself and not tether that we wanted, to see. all looking just alike. / We finally reached Storm lake with not a settler in many miles of it. We found a few Indians in camp, and fed our horses and ate a lunch. It scarcely seems possible that this can be true of what is now a well cultivated country, as well as the site of the beautiful city of Storm Lake/We proceeded on mother, and if father was at The last question shut her up our journey without asking directions from our Indian neighbors. That afternoon our progress was greatly retarded by crossing little rivers or creeks that ran down from the bluffs, very narrow and very deep. Finding one of these runs, we would take the horses from the buggy, and jump them across, then run the forward wheels of the buggy into the creek, hitch to the end of the tongue and pull it across, then proceed till we found another such, perhaps In 40 rods, when we repeated the slow process. When night came we were in sight of timber where we were quite sure that somebody lived. But as it was unsafe to drive after dark we camped, made a fire of grass and fired a gun repeatedly, but got no response. I do not remember if our horses had any feed, I do know we had none. It was not a very inviting prospect. Tired, hungry, the buggy too small to sleep in, and only a blanket shawl and a cloak for bed and cover, we finally made pillows of the buggy cushions, and slept the sleep of the just. Next morning at day break we heard the crowing of cocks and barking of dogs, and found we were nearer a settlement thun we had supposed. We drove up to the house, and early as it was, found the woman and children alone, the husband having gone down to the settlement to warn the people to be on the guard as the Indians were coming down from Storm lake, as he had seen their fires and heard them shooting the night before. I do not think that I ever saw a happier woman than this lady was when she found we were not Indians. I never knew a woman to kill chickens and dress them and fry them, or get up a good breakfast in so short a time. I regret that I have forgotten her name. At Sao City we saw and talked with the men of our party, and here I also interviewed my democratic opponent, [F. M. Corey] and discussed with him our respective chances. He was very sanguine of the result, as he had made close figures as to the politics of the district and knew there was a democratic majority. I knew that as well as he did, but I hoped some of them would bolt the ticket. I think my opponent was a good man, and I do not now, nor did I then think the country would have suffered if he had been elected. He was a man much older than I, and more conversant with public affairs. From Sac.City we went to Fort Dodge and on the way had to get into " purgatory" and barely escaped " hell". Old settlers who have travelled that route will remember these two horrible sloughs. I think moat politicians get into p.urgatory, and may consider themselves lucky if they escape the other place. The election day came and I was elected and took my seat among Iowa's law makers. I usually voted with the republican leaders and thus gave reasr enable satisfaction to my republican friends. A FEABFUIi AOOIPENT. The Little Child of Cbrls. Moser Ju Garfteia Torn to Pieces. Last week Monday afternoon Chris. Moser was running a feed grinder on his farm. His two-year-old child was running about and in some way got caught by the tumbling rod, Before any thing could be done the child was thrown around and killed. A safe estimate IB 10,000 people. Bryan himself guessed that he was talking to 6,000. This also was M. F. Healey's estimate. Public speakers can size up a crowd better than anybody, because they are in the business. Half as many more thronged the streets. The arrangements for seating looked petty and insignificant. In the end no attention was paid to seats and the throng stood up and pressed on the platform. The speakers stood just in front of the east portico of the court house. Two engine headlights cast their rays across the stand and lighted up the features of the occupants. The crowd at one time stretched to the buildings across the street in front. The meeting opened with a half hour talk on state affairs by M. F. Healey of Fort Dodge. He was introduced by Mayor Chrischilles, and was heard as well or better than either Davis or Bryan. He in turn introduced "Cyclone" Davis, who opened out on what he admitted to be a red hot " calamity howl." Davis is tall, angular, and excitable. His voice is strong and haa the twang of the ordinary religious exhorter. After he had talked an hour the train bearing Bryan arrived, and the orator of the evening was taken to Mayor Chrischilles' home for a lunch, as he had eaten nothing since noon. About 9 o'clock he made his appearance and was received with great demonstrations of enthusiasm. Bryan's voice was BO husky at first that he could be heard only a few rods. It limbered up as he proceeded and before he finished it pounded against the buildings opposite and came back again in a sizeable echo. If It was ever a musical ringing voice, it has lost its jingle. It is the ordinary voice of the political stumper now, powerful, but not sweet. Although he had talked all day he seemed fresh and youthful, and he spoke with apparent ease and animation. He talked till nearly 10:30 o'clock, occasionally bringing out great round of applause. At the conclusion he was escorted again to Mayor Chrischilles' home, where he got a night's rest. In the morning at 9 o'clock he went west on the regular passenger to Sheldon. Among the notables present were State Chairman Walsh; B. A. Plummer, candidate for lieutenant governor; Crane, populist candidate for railway commissioner; J. B. Romans, last candidate for congress in the Tenth; reporters for the Chicago Chronicle, Des Moines ^Leader, Dubuque Telegraph, etc. From this vicinity big delegations came in. Emmetsburg alone sent 400. The Wesley and Whlttemore bands were over. Probably half the big crowd was republican, come to see and hear. The local arrangements were complete, and the committees having them in charge are to be complimented. The weather was delightful, and everything that could conduce to a big and successful rally was present. It was a great occasion. There will be others. DEATH OF E. B. OAMPBELL. • The Pioneer of Armstrong Grove Pusses Away—A Genial Mail Gone. Erwen Boyd Campbell was born March 20,1833, of Scottish Highland parentage in Inverness, Scotland, died at his home in Armstrong, Iowa, Sept, 19, 1897, in the 65th year of his age. At the early age of sixteen he enlisted as a volunteer in the English army, joining a regiment of Scots Fusiliers, serving a period of ten years. In 1854 he went out in the war of Crimea, taking part in the famous battle of Balaclava and the 11 months siege of Sebastopol. Coming to this country just before the breaking out of the civil war, he enlisted at McGregor, Iowa, Sept. 18,1861, and was mustered into service Nov. 25, 1861, as private in Co. G 12th Iowa volunteer Infantry, took part in the capture of Forts Henry and Donolson, was in the famous "Hornet's Nest" at the battle of Shiloh where he was captured and imprisoned first in Memphis, Tenn., later at Mobile, Ala., then in Macon, Georgia, and finally inLibby, Richmond, Va., where he was paroled in the fall of '62. Again entering the service he took part in the siege of Vicksburg, Miss., and siege of Jackson, fought also in the battles of Brandon and Canton, was promoted to sergeant of Co. I and later transferred to Co. K. Discharged as first sergeant at Washington Oct, 20, 1864. Soon after the war he located in Emmet county where he has lived ever since, and was at the time of his death the oldest resident of Armstrong Grove township. Funeral took place at the Presbyterian church of Armstrong, Monday at 2 p. m. Services were conducted by the pastor of the Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev. Carpenter, pastor of the Methodist church and Rev. Bevan of Estherville. The G. A. R. Post of Estherville and Woman's Relief Corps attended in a body and conducted the services at the grave. A large number of people attended the services and followed the remains to the cemetery, Mr. Campbell leaves a wife and and five children, Erwin and Collin, both married and residing on farms near Armstrong. Mrs, Taylor, of Portland, Oregon, Mrs. Geo. Stickney, of Elk Point, S. D, and Miss Bertha at home. Don't Forget the Fair. BrittNews: Don't forget to attend the Kossuth county fair at Algons, Sept. 28, 29,30 and Oct. 1. This will be a good fair and big races are billed for Wednesday and Thursday- F. A' Corey runs Dick Turpin five miles against a tandem ridden by two oraon riders from Des Moines. Don't fail w see,this big race. FOB all kinds of fruit we are M.

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