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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, October 13, 1897
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UfBtt »M MOlNlSf AMON4, IOWA WEDNESDAY OP iHtEfcBSt f O £>E- VdtfeES 0^ tHfi BICYCLE. Th*r* $e#nia to tie Mil by R**»ofi* Why the bttftlftt*** Whfcfcl Will Soon Be th* ropnlut Mot—tto*r th* t?c1l*t* Arolcl Clmnlie* with the tariff. Hcudong Onlore. L.ARGE number of persons versed In mec.ha nics offer reasons why the chainless wheel as known today is not likely to supersede the present type. Wilho u t entering into a technical dis- jv"rj cussion," said the expert of a large Cycle manufacturing concern recently, when talking of the proposed change in the method of applying power, "It Is easy to grasp why the chainless bicycle can never be a permanent success. Up to this time the effort has been to simplify the bicycle. The proposed change will be a move in the opposite direction. The bevel gear is much more complicated than the chain and sprocket, and, of course, that means more bother and care for the rider. It was not likely to survive the rough usage generally accorded the bicycle, besides being less smooth running, owing to vastly increased friction. Theoretically, as, well as practically, the principle is all wrong. It is to all purposes going around the corner when not necessary. With the chain the power from the crank axle is conveyed to the rear wheel axle direct. With bevel gears the power is first passed from the sprocket bevel to the shaft, then from the shaft to the rear wheel. In consequence the power is forced to turn two corners before it reaches its destination. Another fact, admitted by all mechanics, which prevents the probability of the bevel gear "i.-Mng a success is that it is impossible so cut bevels correctly on milling machines. To be perfect they must be ;.->aned by hand, tooth by tooth, the expanse of which process precludes its consideration in bicycle construction." Worth Knowing. i3:eycl;sts contemplating a. tour abroad will do well, while the Dingley tariff law is in effect, to deposit with the collector of customs before they sr.ii for foreign lands a full description of the wheel or wheels they intend taking abroad with them, and the name of the port at which they will land on their return. If they do this, they will preclude the possibility O f any trouble with the customs officers. Under the new tariff law there is a diversity of opinion among custom house officials as to whether or not a bicycle .brought as a passenger's baggage is subject to duty. Under the old law it was admitted free as a personal effect, but the Dingley tariff measure declares that the only things a passenger may [bring into' this country free of duty are articles of personal adornment, wearing apparel, toilet articles and similar personal effects. Bicycles are ex- eluded apparently, as, although they are personal effects, they cannot in any 'way be deemed to resemble toilet articles, and are, therefore, dutiable. The [collector *>f this port has requested the .treasury department to instruct him on this point, and it may be that a bicycle will be deemed to be a personal effect similar to wearing apparel, articles of adornment and toilet articles. In the meantime, however, cyclists going abroad are advised to act upon the advice given above. It may cause them a little extra work, but is likely to eave a heap of trouble. The French Killer Here, Gaston Rivierre, the noted long dis- •tance French ride'rTfs'now in this coun- GASTON RIVIEIiRE. try, Rivierre, who is 30 years of age, 'has won the Bordeaux-Paris road race fctr the last three years.and is regarded as one of the strongest long distance men abroad. During his stay in this country he will attempt to arrange inatch races with the big riders on this ' side and give exhibition trials at race meets. Unfair attention of the racing board of Jhje L. A. W, has been called tp the - ' that team work is practiced in of the big races. The action of Longhead Jn running JSarl Kiser on the banking of the track at in , the ' JP8C6 between Bald, Jiiger and Longhead is char- the mfst flagrant and ppen ' that in time. Mad Klser lost the race ft is likely tftat an investigation wotild hare been demanded. Evidences of unfair tactics are noted in nearly all th« big races, but the fact that U»« racing men seem to accept laeir.fe&atices and await opportunities for retaliation . rather than protest is resulting In a -widespread practice of jot-keying in races. The intense rivalry that exists among the leading racing men enables the riders to form combinations in,: the most important races to wort against their rivals. These methods are now practiced so openly that fair racing men think it is high time that the L. A. \V. officials took some steps to pnt a stop to the team work. HUSKING TlMfi." bAY'S SUtJECT. SUN- tb« Following 1>St: -jab. Chapter T.. t>M« SB: "As * Shock of Corn Cometh in m Etts Semion."—The tt«r- " Walt log: tot the l.ord. ?»ew Cycle Kiprenslorn. An awkward person is a "wabbler."- A gossip travels with a "loose sprocket wheel." If your clothes are not In style you arc a "95 model." When a man's sweetheart jilts him he is the victim of a "broken chain." Any rider abraiding the skin by a fall merely "scrapes off some of his enamel." A stupid individual, if there be any such on a bicycle, has "sand in his bearings." A proud person, or one unduly haughty, "rides with his handle bars raised too high." One who is disposed to be imaginative to the extent oi romancing "is geared up to 100." The individual who shouts at night when others desire to sleep is the victim of "loose spokes." The unfortunate condition of being broke is described as a "compound puncture of the pockat- book." He who looks upon the wine until Ins feet are entangled, is a person whose "wheels do not run true." Fnut 1'lre Mile Hun. At Charles River Park, W. Hamilton of Chicago was defeated by E. A. McDuffee in a five-mile pursuit race. McDuffee's time was lira. 52 l-5s.; Hamilton's, 12m. 1 2-5s. The match race between Nat Butler and John S. John- E. A. McDUPFEE. son was won by Butler in two heats. Butler's time for the first heat was 2.18 1-5; for the second, 2-15 2-5. A New A celluloid bicycle casing as a substitute for enamel has been placed on the market, and seems destined to become popular. Every variety of shade can be furnished, and the onyx, mottled or odd solid colors.which could not satisfactorily be producted in baked enamels, are all included. The celluloid is first molded into the shape of the tube it is intended to cover. When the tubing is incased'the. seam is brazed together underneath and filed down until it is almost imperceptible. When finished its contour cannot be disturbed by twisting or pulling. Any wheel may be made new with this process for $3.50, and $2 additional if nickel joints are specified. The joints, at the option of the buyer, may be finished without extra cost with liquid celluloid, a diaphanous substance, which can be mixed with any dye desired. When applied to the frame it produces a translucent finish in harmony with the shade of the celluloid casing. Uiti of I'lU'lnjj Xevrs. J. Platt-Betts, the holder of the world's one-mile bicycle record, is on his way to Australia. Fred Hoyt, the two-mile national champion, is rapidly coming to the front rank of the speed merchants. John Mak, the Australian bicycle rider, is in New York. He is 37 years old and is a tall, sinewy fellow. Otto Huber, a. Brooklyn brewer, is contemplating the erection of a bicycle track adjoining the Brooklyn base ball ground. John S. Johnson, the western ridor, has recovered from injuries received in a fall at the Willow Grove track, Philadelphia, and is again training. At Woonsocket, Louis B. Arnold,that city's clever little professional, broke the one-mile paced track record of 2m. 14%s., at the fair grounds, by riding a mile in 2m. y s s. At Buffalo the Buffalo team won the pursuit race between New York, Buffalo, Rochester and Springfield. In the final Buffalo won in three and one- quarter miles. Time, G.22. An unpaced race between Michael and Starbuck for one hour should result in a victory for the latter. He can't follow pace as well as Michael, but he can ride much better unpaced. Tom Eck has a good pair in I\iser and Mertens. He has expressed his willingness to accept Dave Shafer's defi and match Mertens against Michael for a m»e race, paced by sextets, best two out of three. kouvet 10 now heralded as the coming njan in Paris. Recently he ran entirely away from a field of seventeen start* er$ in a lap race, winning all the Jap.s 8n,(J the final. He Is jw?t related to , wj»o wan* three OiNG at the rate of forty miles the hour a few days ago I caught this sermon. If you have recently been in the fields of Pennsylvania, or New Jersey.or New York, or New England, or any of the country districts, *' • • you know that corn is nearly all cut. The sharp knife Struck through the stalks and left them all along the fields until a man came with a bundle of straw and twisted a few of these wisps of straw into a band, and then gathering up as much of the corn as he could compass , with his arms, he bound it with this : wisp of straw, and then stood it in the field in what is called a shock. It is estimated that there are now several billion bushels of corn standing in the shock, waiting to be husked. Sometime during the latter part of next month, the farmers will gather, one day on one farm, another day on another farm, and they will put on their rough husking apron, and they will take the husking peg. which is a piece of iron with a leather loop fastened to the hand, and with it unsheath the corn from the husk and toss it into the golden heap. Then the wagons will come along and .take it to'the corn crib. How vividly to all those of us who were born in the country comes the remembrance of husking time. We waited for it as for a gala day in the year. It was called a frolic. The trees having for the most part shed their foliage, the farmers waded through the fallen leaves and came through the keen morning air to the gleeful company. The frosts which had silvered everything during the night began to melt off of the top of the corn shocks. AVhile the farmers were waiting for others, they stood blowing their breath through their fingers,or threshing their arms arounds their body to keep up warmth of circulation. Roaring mirth greeted the late farmer as he crawled over the fence. Joke and .repartee and rustic salutation abounded. All ready, now! The men take hold the shock of corn and hurl it prostrate, while the moles and mice which have secreted themselves there for warmth attempt escape. The withe of straw is unwound from the corn ; shock, and the stalks, heavy with the wealth of grain, are rolled into two bundles, between which the busker sits down. The husking peg is thrust in until it strikes the corn, and then the fingers rip off the sheathing of the ear, and there is a crack as the root of the corn is snapped off from the husk, and the grain, dislmprisoned, is hurled up into the sunlight. The air is so tonic, the work is so very exhilarating, the company is so blithe, that some laugh, and some shout and some sing, and some banter, and some tease a neighbor for a romantic ride along the edge of the woods in an eventide, in a carriage that holds but two, and some prophesy as to the number of bushels to the field, and others go into competition as to which shall rifle the most corn shocks before sundown. After a while, the dinner horn sounds from the farmhouse, and the table is surrounded by a group of jolly and hungry men. From all the pantries and the cellars and the perches of fowl on the place the richest dainties come, and there is carnival and neighborhood reunion, and a scene which fills our memory, part with smiles but more with tears as we remember that the farm belongs now to other owners, and other hands gather in the fields, and many of those who mingled in that merry husking scene have themselves been reaped "like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season." There is a difference of opinion as to whether the Orientals knew anytliing about the corn as it stands in our fields; but recent discoveries have found out that the Hebrew knew all about Indian maize, for there have been grains of the corn picked up out of ancient crypts and exhumed from hiding places where they were put down many centuries ago, and they have been planted in our time and have come up just such Indian maize as we raise in New York and Ohio; so I am right when I say that my text may refer to a shock of corn just as you and I bound it, just as you and I threw it, just as you and I husked It. There may come some practical and useful and comforting lessons to all our souls, while we think of coming in at last "like a shock of corn coining in in his season." It is high time that the King of Terrors were thrown out of the Christian vocabulary. A vast multitude of people talk of death as though it were the disaster of disasters instead of being to a good man the blessing of blessings. It is moving out of a cold vestibule into a warm temple. It is migrating into groves of redolence and perpetual fruitage. It is a change from bleak March to roseate June. It is a change of manacles for garlands. It is the transmuting of the iron handcuffs of earthly incarceration into the diamonded wristlets of a bridal party; or to use the suggestion of my text, it is only huskjng time. It is the tearing off of the rough sheath of the body that the bright and 'the beautiful soul may go free. Coming in "like a shock of corn cometb in in his season." Christ brpke up a timers,} procession at the Natft by nuking a day for a young man and his mother. And I would that I could break up yonr sadness, and halt the long funeral procession of the world's grief by some cheering and cheerful view of the last transition. i We all know that husking time was a time of frost. Frost on the fence. Frost on the stubble. Frost on the ground. Frost on the bare branches of the trees. Frost in the air. Frost on the hands of the buskers. You remember we used to hide behind the corn stacks so as to keep off the wind, but still you remember how shivering was the holy and how painful was the cheek, and how benumbed were the hands. But after awhile the sun was high up.and all the frosts went out of the air, and hilarities awakened the echoes and joy from one corn shock went up. "Aha, aha:" and was answered by joy from another corn shock, "Aha, aha!" So we realize that the death of our friends is the nipping of many expectations, the freezing, the chilling, the frosting of many of our hopes. It is far from being a south wind. It comes from the frigid north, and when they go away from us we stand benumbed in body and benumbed in mind and benumbed in soul. We stand among our dead neighbors, our dead families, and we say, "Will we ever get over it?" Yes, we will get over it amid the shoutings of heavenly reunion, and we will look back to all these distresses of bereavement only as the temporary distresses of husking time. "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." "Light, and but for a moment," said the apostle as he clapped his hands, "light, and but for a moment." The chill of the frosts followed by the gladness that cometh in "like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season." * * * Perhaps now this may be an answer to a question which I asked one Sabbath morning, but did not answer: Why is it that so many really good people have so dreadfully to suffer? You often find a good man with enough pains and aches and distresses, you would think, to discipline a whole colony, while you find a man who is perfectly useless going about with easy digestion and steady nerves and shining health, and his exit from the world is comparatively painless. How do you explain that? Well, I noticed in the husking time that the husking peg was thrust into the corn and then there must be a stout pull before the swathing was taken off of the ear, and the full, round, healthy, luxuriant corn was developed; while on the other hand there was corn that hardly seemed worth husking. We threw that into a place all by itself and we called it "nubbins." Some of it was mildewed, and some of it was mice nibbled, and some of it was great promise and no fulfilment. All cobs and no corn. Nubbins! After the good corn had been driven up to the barn_we came around with the corn basket and we picked up these nubbins. They were worth saving, but not worth much. So all around us there are people who amount to nothing. They develop into no kind of usefulness. They are nibbled on one side by the world, and nibbled on the other side by the devil, and mildewed all over. Great promise and no fulfilment. All cobs and no corn. Nubbins. They are worth saving. I suppose many of them will get to heaven, but they are not worthy to be mentioned in the same day with those who went through great tribulation into the kingdom of our God. Who would not rather have the pains of this life, the misfortunes of this life—who would not rather be torn, and wounded, and lacerated, and wrenched, and husked and at last go in amid the very best grain of the granary, than to be pronounced not worth husking at all? Nubbins! In other words, I want to say to you people who have distress of body, and distress in business and distress of all sorts, the Lord has not any grudge against you. It is not derogatory, it is complimentary. "Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth," and it is proof positive that there is something valuable in you, or the Lord would not have husked you. heaven all their offensiveness has been husked off. Each one is as happy as he can be. Every one lie meets as happy as he can be. Heaven one great neighborhood reunion. All kings and queens, all songsters, all millionaires, all banqueters. God, the Father, with his children all around him. No "good by" in all the air. No grave cut in all the hills. River of crystal rolling over bed of pearl, under arch of chrysoprasus, into the sea of glass mingled with .fire. Stand at the gate of the granary and see the grain come in; out of the frosts into the sunshine, out of the darkness into the light, out of the tearing and the ripping and the twisting and the wrenching and the lacerating and the husking time of earth into the wide open door of the king's granary, "like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season." Yes, heaven, a great sociable, with joy like the joy of the husjking time, No one there feeling so big he declines to speak to some one who is not so large. Archangel willing to listen to smallest cherub. No bolting of the door of caste at one heavenly mansion to keep out the citizen of a smaller mansion. No clique in one corner, whispering about a clique in another corner. David taking none of the airs of a giant killer. Joshua making no one halt until he passes, because he made the sun and moon, halt. Paul making no assumptions over the most ordinary preacher of righteousness. Naaman, captain of the Syrian host, no more honored than the captive maid who tpld him where he should get a good doctor. Q! my soul, what a country! The humblest wan a king. The poorest woman a queen. The Uwae a palace, Tbs shortest life time eternity. And what is more stfange about it all is, we may all get there. "Not I." says some one standing back under the galleries. Yes.yoti. "Not I," says some one who has not been in church in fifteen years before. Yes, you. "Not I," says some one who has been for fifty years filling up his life with all kinds of wickedness. Yes, you. There are monopolies ori earth, monopolistic railroads and monopolistic telegraph companies, and monopolistic grain dealers, but no monopoly in religion. All who want to be saved may be saved, "without money and without price." Salvation by the Lord Jesus Christ for all the people. Of course, use common sense in this matter. You cannot expect to get to Charleston by taking ship for Portland, and you can uot expect to get to heaven by going in an opposite direction. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved. Through that one gate oi pardon and peace all the race may go in. "But," says some one, "do you really think I would be at home in that supernal society if I should reach it?" I think you would. I know you would. I remember that in the husking time there was a great equality of feeling among the neighbors. There at one corn shock a farmer would be at work who owned two hundred acres of ground. The man whom he was talking with at the next corn shock owned but thirty acres of ground, and perhaps all covered by a mortgage. That evening, at the close of the husking day, one man drove home a roan span, so frisky, so full of life, they got their feet over the traces. The other man walked home. Great difference in education, great difference in world.y means; but I noticed at the husking time they all seemed to enjoy each other's society. They did not ask any man how much property he owned or what his education had been. They all seemed to be happy together in those good times, And so it will be in heaven. Our Father will gather his children around him, and the neighbors will come in, and the past will be rehearsed. And some one will tell of victory, and we will all celebrate it. And some one will tell of great struggle, aud we will all praise the grace that fetched him out of it. And some one will say, "Here is my old father, that I put away with heartbreak. Just look at him, he is as young as any of us." And some one will say, "Here is my darling child, that I buried in Greenwood, and all the after years of my life were shadowed with desolation. Just look at her! She doesn't seem as if she had been aide a minute." Great sociality. Great neighborhood kindness. What though John Milton sit down on one side, and John Howard sit'down on the other side. No embarrassment. What though Charlotte Elizabeth sit down on one side, and Hannah More sit down on the other side? No embarrassment. A monarch yourself, why be embarrassed among monarchs? A songster yourself, why be embarrassed amid glorified songsters? Go in and dine. RAISES MINT. This Is the Queer Business of a Wonmn In Michigan. Buffalo Express: A little woman up in Michigan carries on a very remunerative business raising mint. She ia Mrs. Mary Weber, and she inherited the business from her father. Some of the mint is raised in hot beds, and these are the objects of constant care by the family, which consists of the widow and a grown-up son and daughter of 1C years. The profitable season is between the months of May and October, and June, the best month of all. The mint roots are set out in May', and the proprietress time is given to them from that date until late in the autumn. She clips and bunches the mint in the afternoon and evening, and the morning is given to sales. She drives to the leading hotels and makes the sales herself. It is not necessary to solicit custom. Most of it has been inherited with the mint bed. The men who patronized her father give their patronage to the daughter. She is not without competitors, but they are all of the male sex and are not as gallant as might be expected. Mrs. Weber, like the wise business woman she is! refuses to say how much the prolific bed yields, but it is safe to say that she keeps the big house "going," and puts aside the desired sum in provision for a "rainy day." She has supplanted her income by dealing in lemonade straws. Every summer she drives into the country for a radius of twenty miles in search of rye straw that will serve that purpose. If she finds the kind she desires she buys it in the field. But she is very hard to please In the matter of the quality of the straw, and has finally settled to the patronage of a farmer named Black Jack, who has a yearly contract with her. Womanlike, she cannot tell what is most desirable in the straw, but she "knows when she sees it," and after all that Is quite sufficient. Ulbhou lu Pa rl lulu on i, Edward Gibbou, the great historian, sat in parliament for many years but achieved no success in the house.' One morning, he tells us, "as he was destroying an army of barbarians," a, knock came to the door, and the tempter appeared in the shape of a friend offering to secure him a seat in parliament for the borough of Liskeanl Gibbon represented the borough for ten years (1774-1783) without ever opening his mouth; and once when moved to do so he lacked the confidence to carry him through. The great speakers filled him with despair, and the bad ones with terror. He grew heart tired of "this parliamentary prattle" and of "the noise and nonsense of the Pandemonium," as ho terms parliament in his letters, MOSt WA'NTOfo WASTE EARTH. We know whence they whither do they got alone, that cifr which makes' Algerian jewel>y for the fakirs of"!? gierS, and native Indian brass-worlt to the people of Bernares to sell to relic hunting Englishmen, turns out tio a quantity than ten tons of pins week. Think of It—a ton and two-thirds a day! That is over 3,700 pounds of pt na - a Suppose they were made up into packet* 1 of a quarter of a pound, they would furnish 14,800 such packages, w. .: lf a j sixpence each, would prrduce a g, )In ,-, of £370. A week's manufacture, there- ^ fore, would be worth £22,400, 'and a J year's production from this city alone a would mean £1,164,800. What a stun I to be wasted! For wasted these pj n8 undoubtedly are every year. Each pin in itself is such an infl. nitesimal fraction of a farthing that nobody would even dream of saving one pin, yet in the aggregate what vast sums of money must be spent by th. nations of the world for these little bits of, wire which have been whitened and polished. The individual who would gather an accurate idea of the progress which the world has made during the last two or three centuries could take no more powerful or potent example than Is furnished by this consideration of pins Early in the century, even, the factories turned out at best a few dozens a day, because each of the processes— and they are many—which are required to make pins, had to be performed by one man. "When the differentiation of parts and processes gave separate employment to special bands of men, the production went up by leaps and bounds, while now, when they are all done by machinery, this immense total can be produced with consummate ease. OUll lllVUUMOUSt Above arc shown three odd contrivances taken from Hues' Mauhinc Movements, copyrighted IS'lV. The first shows a, bread cutter, while the other two show mechanical contrivan-> ces> by means of which the wheels, D and 1> may be rotated. Inventors and others desiring- free information as to the best method of securing- their inventions should address Sues & Co., attorneys at law and patent experts, ;| Bee Building, Omaha, X Modern Chivalry. Yoimg lady (with uuibrelln)—Bog pnr- dou! Polite gentleman—Don't mention it. I've got another eye left. If there were but one potato in the world a careful cultivator might promise from it 10,000,000,1)00 in ten years, ami that would supply the world with seed once more. A church building in Chicago is jointly occupied by a Baptist and Hebrew congregation, the'one having services on Satur day aud the other on Sunday. It is surprising how u: any people are trying to sell what they declare is a good thing. i Buffalo physicians are said to hnve n black list of delinquents numbering 13,001). Catarrh "For oeveral years I was a great sufferer i with catarrh, and at times I could hardly epeak so any one could understand me. After taking a few bottles of Hood's Sar- Baparilla I was relieved and since then I have not been troubled with catarrh." MBS, JOSEPHINE HORNSBY, Phillips, Pa. Hood s Is prepared by C. I. Hood & Co., Lowell, Mass Hnr»H'« Pillc arc tlio best after-dinner' aiuuu :» fins pia3i ai(l digestion, ac. POMMEL The Best Saddle Coat. SLICKER Keeps both rider and saddle perfectly dry in the hardest storms. Substitutes will disappoint. Ask for 7897 Fish Brand Pommel Slicker— It Is entirely new. If not for sale Iv. -vour town, write for catalogue to A, J. TOWER, Boston, Mass <<V"Z2g*A CURE YOURSELF! 'WiiBBX I Ueu Wg « for unnatural " " ^isclmrjjus, liittumiuulioua, „ irritations or ulcorji.tious > cot to 5Uievure. oi mucbuu membranes. (PreieuH cuunsior. J'uiulecii, iiiwl u" 1 «8lriq- lTHEEv»N3CHEUIOUOo. t' L '«t or poisonous. OINCIHN*TI,p,r"*""| Soli} l».v I»ru*£l*<*' 0, a. A. 7 r or ticnt !» Pl*in wrapper, liy uxpri'Bs, prepaid, for SI .on, <ir 3 but HUB, J2.7S. Circular tout ou request. To m-t us Asvuts for lUo Pt-s Mounts r.!uiuar,v, DKS.MOIXM, 1A. Big Money STIFFS $1O AlTwool. "T'ailor llatlP. PUJ.4-0 $4V -for rreo aimules. KVI.K CLOTIIINii UOITSK, m-s

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