The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on December 15, 1897 · Page 4
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 4

Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 15, 1897
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TfiE UPPER DBS MOINES: ALQONA, ™™ - «mnKTMT>AY. DECEMBER 15, 1897 Ladies, Allow Us to Say . A few words to you today. We spend the greater portion of the year DAYS we want to talk to you-to have a personal visit from you. ^ oozing ten days. In addition to a Suit, Overcoat, or a great warm ™ of wMoh we have a large and choice selection, and from which many presents MEN FOLKS, but TODAY and for the next TEN a special invitation to visit our store during the a spe a ghort ^ rf ^ s e gentlemen may be selected: sen Silk Handkerchiefs, Night Robes, Silk Suspenders, Silk Mufflers, Gloves, Caps, Dress Shirts, Hats, Silk Neckwear, Fine Hosiery, Our Silk Neckwear, from America's foremost makers, are swell __ As an inducement we will make special prices on all goods m our store for the next ten Silk Umbrellas, Jewelry, ^ tO Mackintoshes Fur Mittens. ' The New England. 00. THIRTT FIHST TEAR BY INGHAM A WARREN. Terms to Subscribers. One copy, one year.. ..... ................ ll -|9 Onecopy.stx months.. .......... ......... 'g One copy, three months .......... • ........ *" Sent to any address at above rates. ftamlt by draft, money order, or express or- d Bates o r f advertising sent on application. SPIGOT AND BUNG HOLE. The Sioux City Journal under the above title discusses the relations of state and local taxation, endorsing fully what THE UPPER DES MOINES said last week. It is important that the real situation be made familiar to the public mind now before the legislature meets and especially before the report on the management of our state institutions is published, showing as it undoubtedly will much careless work, if not actual extravagance in the use of state funds. The Journal says: In another place in this issue the Journal reprints from the Algona UIT-KK DES MOIXES an able article on "The Burden of Taxation " It is an article that every taxpayer in Iowa ought to read and study with scrupulous care, lor it states facts regarding taxation which not one taxpayer in Iowa among a hundred knows or has the remotest notion of. THE UFFEH DES MOINES trenchantly demonstrates that it is in local taxation and not in state taxation that the " burden" exists Taxation for state purposes m Iowa is positively not burdensomeand ispositive- ly light—so light, indeed, as to be imperceptible to the taxpayer. The Journal will affirm that if by some means the tax for state purposes were absolutely abolished, so that not one cent would be taken from the taxpayers for the state treasury for a period of five years, the average taxpayer would never dream that a change had taken place-unless otherwise informed—so petty and minute is the proportion of the state tax to the whole ^I^canVot bTotlierwise. The tax that is contributed to the state treasury is less than three mills, or to be precise, 3.8 mills. But the total tax that the taxpayers of the several counties, as a rule, are called upon to pav ranees somewhere between 59 and 85 mills. As before remarked, even if you count out entirely the state tax, "the burden of taxation" still remains. And yet multitudes of taxpayers when they march up to the treasurer's office, or contemplate a inarch thither, have curses on their lips for the cost of the state government, or, if not so, a feeling rankles in their hearts that something is wrong in the administration of the government. And when every year demagogues or ignoramuses come around railing against the " extravagance" of the state government and "theburden of taxation" which it is al leged to impose, too many swallow it, believe it, and even vote it. „!!„ When will the taxpayers of Iowa realize that it is the city council, the board of supervisors, and the school board that handle and spend the tax money-not the state government; or, at the utmost, the state treasury never ever sees more than two or three coppers out of every dellar of tax m The'taxpavers of lowa-and everywhere else? for the matter of that-areBarking up the Wrong tree. A gimlet hole bears about the same relation to a post auger hole that the state tax bears to the local tax. And yet by Tome preposterous futility they are forever worrying ovei the little driblet that they contribute to the state treasury, while the flood of their tax money flows unnoticed through the city council, the board of county supervisors, and the school board The taxpayers of Iowa may go on uu doomsday fooling away their time on the state tax, and they will never reduce by so much as an ounce or a Penny weight the burden of taxation." It will stall b» P™c tically the same upon their shouldeis, even if the state tax could be annihilated. The reason is simply that " the burden" is not ' tb Nor a wilHhe taxpayers ever get rid of the bu?denTnor even reduce it, until they realize that it is local taxes, the taxes that the he agement of the state institutions. This is not our purpose. The best thing that has ever happened in Iowa will be the report of the Healey committee. The institutions need overhauling, but it should be always with the end in view of making them a credit to Iowa, and not with the end in view of saving one-tenth of a mill tax. It is this discussion of " what Iowa can get along without" that we object to. Iowa is rich enough to have the best and proud enough to demand the best. Let the institutions be overhauled thoroughly. But let us have an end of this talk of cutting down their support to save expense. Either nail up their doors or spend money enough to have them right. Bernard Murphy in the Vinton Eagle: The parents of Cedar Falls will not have to worry about their children any more. The city council has passed an ordinance ordering a bell to be rung at 9 o'clock. When it is rung the children must go home. It is kind of city councils to take upon themselves the care of children. That political housecleaning bee begun Nov. 2 has paved the way for more extended improvements. After Algona has cleaned up she will light up. Emmetsburg Reporter: We notice that a big revival meeting has been in progress at Bancroft, and many have been brought to see the error of their way. We hope that it will result in the better observance of the Sabbath in Bancroft, for no town in northern Iowa was so slack in this direction a few months ago as Bancroft. Then a visit to that city on Sunday would give one the impression that a Fourth of July celebration was being held. JUST 30 YEAES AGO. Andrew Johnson sent a presidential message to congress, t)ec. 4, 1807. The telegraphic report was: The senate generally denounced the message as an insult to congress and to their constituents. The State Register was the same paper it is now: Iowa has 412 blind people, 3GS deaf and dumb, 0-14 insane, and 58,543 democrats. When this is done their »•- -r % --_ and never under heaven until it w done Anyone who reads THE UJTEU 1~MOINES' article will see clearly, and cannot help but see why this is everlastingly so. NEWS AND COMMENT. Burrell says hell is a military necessity: "There's no use in denouncing Calvinism for insisting on a hell. It is a military necessity, and if it didn't exist, our instincts of justice would invent it, and see to it that it was used and populated by the BCulcu of humanity," Brown university did wrong in suspending President Andrews for being a free eilverite. It should have suspended him for allowing his personal hobbies to interfere with bis usefulness as president of a college. No one wants his children adapted under the influence of hobbyists, even if the bobbies are his own. Men often Bead their boy? away from home for no etherpurpose than to get them into new surroundings and under the influence of new thoughts. Andrews is becoming a Ujfftnjs. Hie attempt to hoist Gen. Robt. E. kee pu a pedestal i? a piece of orankery. W™ 1 Ssufttor Puiftk th' DM ifranw to wwfltof ifee ywv* The Courier endorses the chief recommendation in President McKinley's message: "He recommends that when greenbacks are redeemed they be paid out again only when gold is deposited in their stead. In this tho president is entirely right." C. W. Williams has lately sold 20iof his Allerton colts in New York. They brought over $10,000. The highest brought §4,000. _ The Ames Intelligencer is against a state board of control. Rolfe Reville: Congressman Dolliver is quoted by Washington dispatches as being opposed to to the retirement of the greenbacks. You will find Dolliver on the middle ground—opposed to the dictation of the Wall street gold bugs as well as the dictation of the Rocky mountain silver bugs. Ho is in line with Abraham Lincoln's great common people, whom the Lord made so many of. ^_^_______^__» IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. St. Joe has a big turkey shoot today. D. C. Adams of Seneca gets the cooperative store stock. Co. K. is getting up a military home dramatic for Emmetsburg. J. L. Tibbitts, Seneca creamery butter maker, will move to Algona. A Bode genius is at work on a new rotary engine. He is sure he has a big thing. The creditors of the Axel Sundstrom house in Bancroft got 16 cents on tho dollar. Dr. Welch of Humboldt is going to write some reminiscences for the Republican. Geo. E. Marble is getting his Emmet county store opened. He will not leave Burt until summer. The Hancock county farmers' institute will be held at Britt, Dec. 16-17, tomorrow and Friday. Major Blanche Cox of the Salvation Army is stirring Britt up. She has Bailey fully converted. Frank Rapp sold two hogs at Swea City that weighed 1,230 pounds, if the Herald man tells it straight. The Harrison township school board had a set-to with Blodget, the mathematical block man, but cameoutabead. C. J. Johnson of Valparaiso, Ind., succeeds Prof. Van Erdewyck in the Burt schools. He is highly recommended. Erametsburg Democrat: Col. Copeland lectured at AlgonaThursday evening. All the Kossuth people saw the "Elephant." Fort Dodge is going to play Julius Caesar. Capt. Yeoman is Marc Antony, and M. F. Healey is Brutus. Capt. King is Casca. Editor Warren back in those days said: "It is a singular and suggestive fact that the most strenuous opponents of impartial suffrage are to be found among the classes who would not be allowed to vote if even a moderate amount of education and intelligence were required as a test." Rev. I. A. Cain went to Illinois for the winter and to solicit funds for the Baptist church here. It was up, but needed fur nishing. -H -r- •*• Manning Kinney, 10 years of age, wns frozen to death up near where Bancrof now is. The weather was not cold, but he got bewildered and evidently sat down to wait for morning to see his way. -r- -7- -r- Dr. Garfleld's card as a physician was first published in the issue for Dec. 12. Tho Iowa Homestead cost §1.25 a year. W. H. Ingham and John G. Smith shot a big deer over on the Boone river. -j- -T- -T- Mrs. Betsey Norton's son was thrown from a horse in Cresco and very seriously injured. A. E. Wheelock had his leg broken Monday, Nov. 18. It was amputated two weeks later by Dr. Olney of Fort Dodge. Nyram Taylor was married to Miss Minlder, Nov. 21. Atlantic Monthly for 1808. The Atlantic Monthly has maintained the position that it took 40 years ago as the foremost journal of . American thought expressed in the best 'form. For the new year it promises a richer feast than usual, a few items of which are subjoined. A notable article has been engaged on Huxley, by his intimate friend, Dr. John Fiske. . Mrs. Julia Ward Howe will recount her recollections of some notable men and women. . , In tho number for January a new and. notable novel, "The Battle of the Strong," by Mr. Gilbert Parker, will be begun. It will be recalled that the Atlantic published Mr. Parker's successful "Seats of the Mighty." Professor Henry C. Adams, of the University of Michigan and statistician of the inter-state commerce commission, has gone abroad for a year to make special investiga- tionslinto railroad economics and management in Europe. He will contribute to the Atlantic Monthly the result of his investi- ga Colonel T. W. Higginson will contribute three chapters relating especially to his life as a man of letters. In one he will recall literary London as ho first knew it, and in another literary Paris, and in the third he will recount his experiences and recollections as a popular orator—on the platform and the stump. In an early number will appear an article by Mrs. Alice Freeman Palmer on "The Ideal Relations of a Community to its Public Schools," based on the study of a fortu- nateftew England town. Al. Adams says that Milford evangelist is not a Humboldt man. "He may hail from near LuVerne or Goldfleld or Rolfe, but not Humboldt." Will. F. Smith, Fourth regiment small arms inspector, is candidate for oil inspector of this district. Will, has a host of Algona friends who wish him success. Mr. and Mrs. A. J, Robinson entertained 16 of their friends last Tuesday at Britt. One of the pleasing parts of the entertainment was the dinner served at the Allison. Some one asked Dolliver what was the main issue in Iowa. "The main issue in Iowa," replied Mr, Dolliver, "is how to make a good living and they are getting right down to business," ijjjmboldt Independent: Mrs, J. R. Grabtree and little son of Chicago have been visiting relatives in Algona lately. They will visit the George Sohrelbei 1 home and wijih friends in this city. Ewraetsljurg Tribupe: Algona isdo< tbe right ihlug. Sewers ape what w&»k ftnfc> lf« 9*4 »U W w«W« Not For Bleiipal Elections. The Sioux City Journal takes an item clipped from THE UPPER DES MOINES and commented on by the Capital in favor of less elections, and comments as follows: Undoubtedly a great many people would welcome the plan of biennial elections, in the hope of getting rid of the annoyance of frequent elections. But it may well be questioned whether biennial elections would be less costly than annual elections. How could they? Nor is it certain that the change would be more comfortable. What would be gained during the year of quiet might be more that lost in the intensity of the excitement in the year when the election is held. We Americans have a certain quantity of steam to blow oft whether we open the valve every year "or every other year. We make a great deal of noise. We get into many quarrels and bickerings. There are many disagreeable things. Moreover, as Mr. Roberts suggests, our campaigns are too costly bpth to the candidates and their friends and to the community. Their expenditure of energy Is enormous. Nor la there, any way to get around all this. Of course, we oaigftt abollsb eteQWaos, The bust the broils, excitement and other annoyances of popular campaigns in Russia; "peace reigns in Warsaw." But we are hardly ready for that sort of thing. We pay our money and we take our choice. Our choice is constitutional democratic government. We cannot have this without paying our money and submitting to the annoyances of which we nt times complain. But if we are to have popular government we must have all that goes with it, to be sure. The people will divide into parties, thev will nominate candidates, aspirants will strive for nomination, and when nominated they, their friends and partisans will pull and haul and cajole and beguile every sovereign citizen who has a ballot. It comes high, but we will have it. It costs lots of money, and it makes lots of noise. The principal objection to a change from annual to biennial election perhaps, is that it is a change. So far as the net result is concerned, it probably makes very little difference one way or the other. The annual elections probably cost no more than biennial elections, the only difference being that the cost is paid in installments. State Institutions. State Register: The Algona UPPER DES MOINES is afraid that the report of the legislative investigating committee together with the extravagant statements which have been made in regard to the state debt, will so reduce the appropriations that the state institutions will thereby be crippled. There is that danger, but it is very remote. The state of Iowa has not been in the habit of crippling its institutions. We always hear it stated that it has, but it has not. The state has been prodigal with its institutions. Within the space of a few years, a quarter of a century at most, the people have covered the state with a system of institutions to care for all the unfortunate and to provide every facility for education. The state might have spent more, that is true, and the money might not have been wasted. The state bus failed most in two respects, first, to provide for the insane; and second, to provide for the state university, but toward the latter its policies have been very liberal of late. There was for a long time a prejudice against Iowa, City because the local sentiment there was not in harmony with the sentiment bf the state as a whole, but thut has been outlived, we believe and we hope. We think that the state university is now safe in the affections of the people. All now concede that tho work of developing it must go on with all possible speed, waiting only on the abilities of the state treasury. The other item in which we have been deficient which we have named is in tho care for the insane. This has resulted from a lack of definite policy on the part of the state. There has been a division between the state and counties, and clash in may places. Shall the state or the county care for the insane? We believe that we are nearing a solution of that question also. The fourth asylum is now in process of building, at Cherokee. That will give Iowa one institution for each geographical quarter. The state ought also to provide, in the near future, for a •' colony" of incurable insane, especially for the epileptics. We mean a place, buildings and lands where all the incurable insane will be kept until death relieves them. They ought to be completely separated from the rest of mankind. Many epileptics are allowed to be at large and even to rear children, thus keeping up the supply of those for whom the public must care. It is a short sighted policy to ask the 99 counties to care for their own incurables, in connection with county poor farms. In a county like Polk, with a large population of insane, it is possible to have separate buildings for them, but not so in the smaller counties. The state can cave for them just as cheaply and certainly more effectively. Let the counties be taxed according to their representation in the asylums and "colonies," if necessary. We believe that state care is the solution. In the present hospital system it is too expensive for incurables. New York state has an epileptic colony, exclusively for such, we believe, which is operated successfully and at the lowest cost. Holiday Goods. New, Novel. Lamest and Finest Line. As Low as Possible. PRICES Jin Plain Figures. The Same to Everybody, E. & F. Drug Store. EHLERS & FALKENHAINER. We have some fine Holly Branches for sale. SPBGIfVL s 1000 yards L. L. Sheeting, only 4 cts 1000 yards Pepperel R. Sheeting, 41 c 1000 yards Lonsdale Muslin, 7 cts 1000 yards Fruit Muslin, 7 cts 5000 yards Standard Prints, 4 cts 5000 yards good Prints, only 3s c 500 yards Suitings—all styles, 10 cts 500 yards Remnants Sateens, 8 cts 500 yards Outing Flannels, 4 cts Dry G-oods, Flannels, Blankets, Shawls, Cloaks, Wool Hose, and all other Dry Goods equally CHEAP. Yours for business, Jno. Goeders. It's a Mistake when contemplating the purchase of Christmas presents Criminal Law In Spencer. Spencer News: The case of the State of Iowa against James Riley and Zina Dean, charged with conspiring to do great bodily harm to Walter Brisbin, is on trial today in the district court, the county attorney prosecuting and V. W. Buak and T. F. Ingham defending. The case is an interesting one and calls out a large number of spectators. A couple of days, most likely, will be required in which to try the case. Spencer Reporter: In the trial of the State of Iowa vs. E. Barrier and Ed. Inman, before Squire Childs last Saturday for disturbing the peace, County Attorney Martin appeared for the state and lugham & Russell for the defendants. The case was strongly argued by council on both sides. A verdict of guilty was rendered and fined each defendant $3 and costs, amounting to $8 apiece, which, they paid w we?e die- to think that the hardware store is not the proper place to find suitable presents for those whom you desire to remember. In the by-gone days when, with the thought of a hardware store was associated wash boilers, mops, dish pans, and stew kettles, we must admit that the hardware store ought to have been the last place to go to get a Christmas present. But there has been as great an evolution in the modern hardware store since then as there has been in the field of science. Suitable presents may be secured for every person bonnd to you by any tie of affection— presents useful, durable, and beautiful. Do you think your wife would object to a nice nickle-plated coffee or teapot to use on her table at the Christmas dinner? If you think she would we have a dozen other articles In nickel ware that any housewife would be glad to possess. For grandma what would be more appropriate than a pair of oui' warranted shears with which she could cut patott- es for the little clothes? Grandpa, with a good knife, could make tops ana all sorts of things to please the boys. In fact a nice knife is something apprej elated by anyone. The old superstition that it OUTS the friendship between the giver and receiver was buried with tne last victim of the Salem witehciW craze. So no young man need besuaw about buying his best girl a nice peW' handle penknife on that account. » will pay you to visit our store ano 8W our display of nickel goods and oitfiwy whether you intend to purchase or «W« It may prevent you from becoming >i»9 the old oaken bucket, concerning »»»! em conveniences, and be the n^aW 91, assisting youln solving the problem 9* Christmas Prqsents. O. M. DOXSEB, f.-'V- '1 . i

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