—Ten Pages. UPPER DBS MOlNfiS, 44th "TEAR THE REPUBLICAN. 38th TBA.R ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 1931 BONAR COMPARES TAXES AND MARKETS Plum Creek Farm Bureau'Aged Wesley Lady Met Friday at the Fred Willrett Home. COMPARED MARKETS IN 1913 TO 1930 Algrona Lawyer Farmed as a Boy and 1 Well Qualified to Talk on Farm Conditions in Iowa. Attorney J. L. Bonar and A. L. Peterson attended a meeting of the Plum Creek township farm bureau last Friday which was held at the farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Willrett. Mr, Bonar was the speaker of the evening and his very interesting talk was enjoyed by everyone present. Besides his talk members of the farm bureau put on different entertainment and also a lunch. About twenty-five members were present. Mr. Bonar started farming in Iowa in 1874 and is well ciuaHipd to talk on the subject of funning. He stated that up to 1021 everyone considered land a good investnr.:c. Good farmers were always able to accumulate property and fanning was, until then, a profitable industry. From 1021. up to the present time farming has bee: losing. That was true of farmers wh were Indebted for the land and im provements. Oai of the causes wa the fact that prices of farm product had been depressed and brought bap; to what they had been before th war. 1913 Markets. On January 13, 1913, wheat was selling in Algona for from 68 to 70 cents a bushel. Corn was 32 to 35 cents oats, 26 to 27 cents; barley 45 to 50 wild, hay eight to nine dollars a ton: tame hay, nine to ten dollars a ton; creamery butter, 38 cents a pound, eggs, 20 cents a dozen and hogs frorr $6.50 to $7.00 a hundred. The prices of these commodities 'last Januery and at the present time are lower than in January, 1913. Present prices for are approximately Died Saturday. Wesley, April 21. Special: Funeral services for Mrs. Charles Monson, 73, will be held Wednesday morning at nine o'clock at the St. Joseph's Catholic church with Rev. George F. Wessling celebrating solemn requiem mass. Mrs. Monson, who had been living with her son, Wm., at Springfield, Minnesota, for the past two years, became ill with flu-peumonla last week from which she died Saturday. Mrs. Monson was born in Cassvllle, Wisconsin, July 28, 1858, and has Jived in and around Wesley for the' past forty-one years. The Monson family were engaged hi farming until 1921, when Mr. tfonson passed away. She is survived >y five sons, namely: Matt of Lacona, New York; Charles of Britt; William, of Springfield, Minnesota; John of Wesley and Henry of Algona; three daughters, Mrs. Rose Lloyd of Wes- ey, Mrs. Emma Krull of Guckeen, Minnesota, and Mrs. Mamie Capps of 3es Moines. Two sons, Fred and Aired and one daughter, Anne, have Iso passed to that great 'Beyond. She s also survived by one sister, Mrs. lenry Fennewald of Dubuque and one rother, William Kirschbaum of Sexon. Pallbearers will be Anton Goetz, lichard Garman, George Hildman, Ja- Chester Johnson is in the County Jail Chester Johson, one of the forme well .known Bancroft bootleggers, wa discharged from the state hospital fo insane at Cherokee on April 17 as sane He was sent there about the first o the year after he had been picked up by Sheriff L. E. Hovey in Lone Rock with four pints of alcohol and a girl companion. He was brought before the insane commission in Algona and then sent to Cherokee. It is rumored that he was up before the board at the hospital and after observation they declared him sane but kept him there for quite awhile doing all the dirty tasks they could find for him Of course this is only a rumor. Johnson is now in the county Jail awaiting his arraignment before the court on the charge of transporting liquor He has been up on liquor charges off and on for the past tun years. Reception for Rev, and ~T VOL. 28—NO. 45 • ,I»'the year 1913 the SW% of section^ township 96, North Range 28, west of the fifth p. m., owned by Mrs. Fred Willrett was taxed $73.41. For the year 1930, the same land was taxed $130.90. The Martin Kain quarter NE'/i section 31-96-28 was taxed $165.20 in 1913 and in 1930 It was taxed $453.97. It takes from twice to three times as much of the farmers' products to pay his taxes now as it did in 1913-14. Now in Gas Age. Mr. Bonar made the following statements: That our taxing system is old and out of date and that we are much in need of reform which would spread the burden of maintaining our government equitably against the taxable pro- •ob Roadinger, Peter Govern, and J. . Cruise. Burial will be made in the t. Joseph's cemetery in the family lot eside the graves of her husband and three deceased children. SENIOR CLASS PLAY COMESJIEXT WEEK "Busybody" to be Presented Thursday and Friday of Next Week. PLAY COACHED BY MRS. D. H. GOEDERS. Mrs. Fred J. Clar£ Mrs. Fred J. Clark came Thursday from Eugene, Oregon, for a ten day visit with her husband, Rev. Clark, the pastor of the Congregational church. Mrs. Clark made the trip to be with her husband on the occasion of their Sliver wedding anniversary. The darks have been spending part of their time in Mason City with Rev. Clark's parents, Judge and Mrs. J. j. Clark, who SQUAW WINTER HITS NORTHERN IOWA April Snow Storm Tuesday Morning Will be of Benefit to €rops. BAINS BELIEVED DBOUTH CONDITIONS. Oals About All Planted and Farmers Getting Corn Ground Ready. April weather hi March artd March weather in April seems to be the order of the weather man's program this season. March was warm and dry, so dry that dusto storms were prevalent and the worst dust storm within the memory of the older inhabitants occurred Sunday, April 12. Then a show- ;r or two, good rains Saturday, Sunday and Monday with a couple of in- hes of snow Monday morning which oon melted and was soaked up by the oil and the fear that another dry sea- on would affect the crops disappeared. Rotarians Learn About Television, The Rotary club was entertained Ins Monday by W. E. Bryan, manager o the telephone company at Iowa Falls He gave an Illustrated lecture on television as it is being conducted by the Bell Telephone Company. Mr. Bryan was exceptionally well informed on the subject and explained it to his listeners in a very interesting and intelligent manner. The illustrations consisted of diagrams and pictures of the various phases of the workings of television which he explained. He stated that television works on the same principle as the human eye. In 1927 the first communication by television was held between Washington, D. C. and New York City and in 1930 it was perfected so that it was possible to see at both ends of the line. He explained that it worked about the same as the k>le- Jhone only television carried light over the air while the telephone carrie.l sound. Mr. Bryrn was assisted by Everett Handier, manager of the Algona tele- )honc exchange. The men went to EmmetsUurg Tuesday where Mr. Bryan talked before the Rotary club of hat city. • •.-*•• , , M^^^fc \j± AVJ.t*~ son City spent Sunday In Algona. Mrs Clark and the three children will come to Algona after school is out. Two of the children are attending school at Eugene and the oldest son, Frederick The --,_, _-_« «..^ wi«^,uu ovjii) JL L UHtJliUrt is a student at the Oregon State College at Corvallis. Mrs. Clark is a talented musician and a member of the faculty of the musical college of the University of Oregon at Eugene. The members of the church and congregation are giving a reception this evening at the parsonage between the hours of eight and ten for Mr. and Mrs. Clark, All friends and members of the church are invited. . Tuesday mong took Tickets oh Sale" Wednesday'and Friday at Rexall. Play to be Given at Call Theatre. (By Supt. J. F. Overmyer). The senior class play under the dl- ectlon of Mrs. Goeders is working dili- ge"ntly in preparing the class play, The Busy Body," which will be given Thursday evening, April 30, and Friday evening, May 1 at the Call Opera house, program to begin prompt- y at eight o'clock. Tickets for the first night will go on Je at eight o'clock Wednesday morn ing, April 29, at the Rexall drug store on the appearance of an old time blizzard for a time. Monday was somewhat of a freakish day with rain all forenoon and toward evening the sky was hazy, filled with dust, evidence that the day's rain had not extended very far west. This spring has had more or less wind. The moisture has practically Insured a good crop, pastures are looking fine, farmers are busy making the corn ground ready, ail vegetation is taking on a new lease of life and fruit prospects are excellent Plum blossoms are out but not far enough advanced at this time to be much injured by frost. Prisoner for Three Yrs. for Three Half Pints. They tell about the poor widow back in Michigan who received a life sentence in the penitentiary for being caught with a half pint of liquor, blit Bode, Iowa, seems to now be a contender for honors in the liquor game Lester Kinseth of that town, managei of the Swift Produce plant there, was sentenced to three years in prison when some one found three half pints of alcohol under the steps leading to his place of business. He claimed he knew nothing of the liquor being placed there, and has appealed the case. In the meantime the rotgut still continues to flow freely. COUNTY MAN'S FRIEND PAYS $6,000 RANSOM About the Inmates of the County Jail CUB REPORTERS VISIT THE CITY JUG Eight Out of tone in for Liquor Violations: Give-Each Other High Sign. ._ - ~ —a.. I *— "*BI "t"u ^», H.U me nexau cirus store incomes That we are now (then for the Friday night's program ae-e anri that, w* „.„, ,«!„„ tlckets wm be Qn ^ B » ^P «g™n — _-. T „— age and that we are using gas q^iite extensively for power on the farms and in transporation instead of corn, oats and hay to make our motor power. That Professor Lockhart of Drake University claims that we have sixteen million less horses and mules in the United States now than we had a few years ago. That if these horses and mules were now on the farms they would consume all of our surplus products so that the farmer would receive a better price for his'corn, oats and he,y than he is receiving today. That the changed "condition had decreased the demand for corn, and oats and that) by reason of this the farmer was feeding to his hogs and cattle more of his corn and oat crop and as a result was producing an over supply of pork and oeef and reducing the price of this commodity. Bought Merchandise for New Clothing Store. Joe Misbach came home this morning from Chicago where'he had been buying goods for the Misbach Clothing Company, which Is to open some time the first of May in the former Kraft- Misbach location. The Misbach Clothing Company will include Joe Misbach and two sons, Leighton and Lawrence. Wliile in Chicago, Joe attended the Rotary meeting Tuesday and happened to sit at the same table with Paul Han-Is, who was the founder of Rotary twenty-five years ago. Joe visited the site of the World's Fair, which will be held in Chicago in 1933. The buildings are being constructed on an island just off the coast. The island has been reclaimed during the past four or five years and when completed will extend from near the site of the World's Fair Exposition of 1893, which was located in the Jackson Park neighborhood, to the loop district Algona Re-Elects at the same place. The price of ad mission will be 35 and 50 cents. The play is a farce hi three acts b Dorrance Davis. This very funny pla had a long run at the Bijou Theatr in New York. It is about a mothe of an extremely busy family; busy wit} love affairs—"Jobs", "culture"—trial of apartment life in New York—fir escapes; stolen jewels, detectives th servant problem and what not. Mother is not a lady in a lace cap but a character trying to live her owr life and run a large family. See if shi runs them or they her? See and hea mother and her funny quotations. Cast of Characters. Sally Culpepper Hazel Neeling Archibald Stubbs, her fiance • • • • • ; William Ferguson Hilda, Swedish maid servant Alva Benson Mrs. Culpepper, mother Burnetta Bonnstettei Edward Culpepper, her son Karl Shumway Rosamond Rossmore, a wealthy widow Irma Dee Roupe Minerva Culpepper Gun Club Heads. The Algona Gun Club held its annual meeting Friday night at the city hall. The officers re-elected are: W. P. French, president; Frank Schallln, vice president and Melzar Falkenhainer, secretary-treasurer. The club has been in existence ten years and has a membership of 27. The club has a shooting range at the Blackford Park and it rents a slough near Rlngsted which is used for hunting ducks. Court Postponed Until Next Monday. Judge James DeLand was unable to hold court in Algona this week because of a disbarment case which he is trying at Iowa City. He had expected to resume coulrb here Tuesday of this week, but has postponed the date until next week Tuesday. Eleanor Backus Miss Hammer Marjorie Turner Professor Kelp Peter Chubb Guests of Minerva. Ernest Cadman Edgar Finnell The Lady Across the Hall, "Baby".. Helen Morrow Janitor Lyle Runchey Ignatius J. Cassidy ....Everyal Adams The Lady from Downstairs, Bid- dlebusy" Genevleve Hartshorn Vipond. Detectives, John Simpson and James Vipond. Stage Manager Lyle Runchey Assistants—Peter Chubb and Max Richardson. Specialties. Under the direction of Miss Duhigg. Between first and second acts: "An Old Fashioned Girl" Bernice Harrington, Sara Doran and Eleanor Backus. Between second and third acts: 'The King's Horses," Bernice Harrington, Sara Doran and Eleanor Backus. . Smiths to be in Charge of Club House. The house committee of the Country Club' met Friday and appointed Mr. and Mrs. D. P. Smith to take charge of the club house this summer. Mrs. Smith is well qualified to take charge of the club house as she and Mrs. M. J. Quinn were in charge last year. Sentenced to hard labor in the coun ty jail! Stuck away in the back par of our head we have always had picture of head shaven men anchore by a ball and chain, digging ditches li hard yellow clay. Of course, w supposed the ball and chain was mor or less of a myth, but it formed par of the picture. Perhaps the reason was that we had heard old timers tel of seeing the chain-gang at work on streets and gutters in years gone by The practice was stopped, however, b> the W. C. T. U. or some other good' ly, institution of women who cringed at the sight, and shuddered at the thought of having prisoners on dlsplaj in the streets of the town. Last w<Je1c we visited the county jail and our phantom picture has had to be done over in a vast degree. There were nine prisoners, eight of whom were serving time for some violation of the liquor law. The ninth nian was in for larceny. He was awaiting transportation to the penitentiary after being sentenced, and was being detained In a cell by himself. The other eight had free range of the hoosegow parlor, bedroom and kitchen. The day of our visit the hard labor didn't seem a jurden, but we understand that ths joys get a good workout on the coun- ;y farm now and then as necessity de- nands. Most of the jail birds were lying about on their bunks, visiting and •eadlng books brought to them by their "rlends. It was along past the middle >f the afternoon and most of the duties r or the day had been done, but one of the fellows took advantage of the opportunity our visit provided, to get JUtside and sweep the bull pen. He lappened to be one of the professional men of the group—the jail barber. Sach man has his daily duties. Lucky The men were all in good humor, and laughed and cracked wise as we asked the different ones what they were in for. One fellow went on to tell us how he could have gotten out of his scrape except for some finger prints, and was explaining how he wasn't guilty, etc., when another of the boj's came upstairs and with a sly grin remarked that of course none of them were guilty. The men gave their chief diversions as reading, wrestling and card playing, but we'd guess that more time was spent at "rag chewing" than anv other sport. The men put on a real show for us but until they read this we'll bet two cents they didn't know we got it. They iad been more or less free and jocu- ar in their talk, when one of the men returned who had previously wanderec away from the group with which we were chatting. He walked half way across the floor, then started mumbling that'sounded like "mum-mum-mum- mum-mum-mum-mum." Not knowing ust what to expect we know that we )ecame "mum" at once, and so did all he prisoners. When we heard one of he fellows who had been orating more own case. Unfortunately some of his witnesses forgot their lines and consequently he is now serving sixty days. Cassell admitted that this wasn't the first time he had been inside of a jail as a non-paying guest. Milo Patterson of LuVerne and George Ristau of LuVerne are the other men who are on charges due directly to liquor. Delbert Schulte of Armstrong is the onf who was in after being sentenced to Anamosa for ten years for larceny. Bancroft Girl Weds Armstrong Man, A pretty wedding was solemnized at St. John's Catholic church at Bancroft Tuesday morning, when Miss Prlscllla Regner became the bride o) Lawrence Walders of Armstrong. Miss Regner is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Regner. She was graduated from the Swea City consolidated school and after taking a course in normal training, she taught for four years in the rural schools of the county. Since then she has been assisting her mother with the house- lold duties in her home. Her sister, Julia, acted as bridesmaid. The bride was beautifully uttlred in a white georgette gown, with an embroidered silk veil of cape effect, which was held n place by an orange blossom bandeau. She carried a shower bouquet of pink and white tea roses, sweet peas and ferns. Her bridesmaid wore a dress of rose crepe with accessories to natch. She carried an arm bouquet of roses and white carnations with cms. The groom is the son of Mrs. Mary Walders of Ringsted, and is an industrious and upright farmer, who Is held in highest esteem by his friends and acquaintances. He was attended by his brother, Joe. The wedding ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. D. Flsch at eight o'clock. After the ceremony at the church a wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride's parents, attended by the young couple and the nearest relatives of both parties. Tho home was beautifully decorated in a color scheme of rose and white. The couple will be at home to their many .friends after June 1, on a farm near Armstrong. Their many friends extend congratulations and best wishes. Plans are being made to open the club louse early in May. Eugene Murtagh, Mrs. J. L. Bonar and J. S. Auner are the members of the house committee. The committee hoped to have )the club house cleaned this week but 'the work had to be postponed because of inclement weather. The heavy dust storms ol the past few weeks have made the club house unusually dirty ,hls year. tie fellow who can cook—that is if he kes it, because his culinary art will ree him from the less artful job of earl diving (dishwashing). Rules posted on the "parlor" walls equire that each man make his bed mmediately upon arising, spray tho jeds about twice a week, sweep and crub the floors and keep the kitchen lean. • » » The showers in the jail are unique ' say the least. They consist of a mple of cans strung up by a string ver a wash tub. These cans are fill- d with water and the bather stands nderneath getting the full benefit of Saturday night plunge. The prisonei compelled by the rules of the in- itution to immerse himself at least nee a week. Otherwise he finds him- elf up before the kangaroo court. The kangaroo court consists of the other prisoners sitting in judgment on the guilty party. It is presided over by a judge appointed by the inmates and the court) sees that the judgments rendered are enforced. This court collects fines if the prisoner has any money or meets out punishment in the way of extra^ duties. * * « The occupants of Hotel Hovey have been doing their own cooking for about >r less, mumble something to the effect hat he hadn't said anything but what was O. K., we tumbled that he was Getting a high sign to say less. Any- vay that episode was the biggest thrill ve got out of our visit and we consid- recl it quite a break. * + # The Jail will accommodate about wenty-three with sleeping quarters. Back in 1915 when hoboes were unusually plentiful in this part of the country, as high as sixty men slept in the jail over night. There were ten or twelve regulars and the rest were transients. During the months of January and February of that year the weather was so severe that it was necessary to give the men a place to sleep to prevent their freezing to death. • • » The personnel of Sheriff Hovey's hotel at the time of our visit was as follows: Chris Reffer, a young man John Friederes Has Disastrous Fire. A disastrous flrn took place on the John Friederes farm in Riverdale township eleven miles south of Algona and five miles north and one-half mile east of Bode last Wednesday afternoon about four o'clock. Fire companies from Algona, Bode, and Ottosen were present to put out the fire which started presumably in a corn crib. It is believed that the cause was spontaneous combustion. Four thousand bushels of corn was destroyed along with six hogs, 70 pigs, 2 barns, a hog shed, a double corn crib and two small outside cribs. The house, a machine shed and some other outbuildings caught fire but were put out before much damage was done More than fifteen hundred gallons of water was hauled from Bode to the scene of the fire which lasted until learly twelve o'clock at night. A drag ine was run from a gravel pit and was used to pull the corn apart so that water could be poured on it. Over a hundred neighbors assisted in putting out the fire which caused an - GOEDERS MET WITH MASON CITY LEAGUE Algona Man Addressed the Izaak Walton Followers Monday Evening. r BASIS OF TALK TO CROWD. Hunters and Fishers Anxious to Pro serve Wild Life for Future Generations. Last Monday evening D. H. Goeders newly appointed member of the fish and game commission, in company with Torkel Hill, Harold Lamprlght and Gordon Ogg drove to Mason City, tiilt n«n H/T.. f-i i _ i . . . ~*~J t Friend of Tom Carmody of Whittemore Pays $6,000 to Gang. WAS LET GO ON PEOMISE TO PAY. Tom Hears Story from the Victim While In Chicago Attending Ordination of Father Carmody Boyle. iight thousand about half dollar loss which where Mr. Goeders addressed a gathering of members of the Izaak Walton League. The Mason City Globe-Gazette says: "Co-operation for the promotion of conservation was urged by Dennis H Goeders, Algona, member of the newly formed fish and game commission, in an address before members of the Izaak Walton league Monday night in the People's Gas and Electric auditorium. His speech was heard by a large crowd. Conservation is a great work being promoted throughout the world, began Mr. Goeders. He pointed out how essential the conservation of natural resources is. Without water, he said Iowa would bo a barren spot. By excessive drainage activtlcs the water level in this state has been lowered 11 feet. Through reforesting, lie said efforts are being made to insure the future of wild life and aid in retaining water in the ground. Is For Future. By teaching children about OU ,, B birds anty.Iowers, building up a program of conservation nnd promoting wild life much can be accomplished for the common good, he continued, He said that lie got into conservation work as many others did, for selfish reas- , - ons, to promote his own hunting and fishing, since then the ideal of con- Ed. Wildin Died Tuesday Afternoon. Ed. Wildin, prominent Algona farmer, died'Tuesday afternoon at his home in Garfield township after an illness of two weeks with the flu. He had not been in the best of health since he was '«••""». v -""' n ««n«, a young man oeen m me Dest of health since he was n-om the Dedyard-Lakota neighbor- thrown from a disc and injured in a ilOOU. ffflfc Ollf". lflSh Tth'iHow affot- cat-\r Tim annnr olv *-,„ „„,. _ — a year. The kitchen is equipped with an oil stove and a plain board table. We noted that the china cupboard contained a pile of aluminum plates, which were the greatest part of the contents. The men are given their supplies every morning. Breakfast consists of pancakes, syrup and coffee. Meat potatoes, vegetables and fruit are supplied for the other meals. hood, got out last Friday after serv ing a sentence for driving a motor ve hide while intoxicated. The other in mates are T. C. Shay, a barber fron Thompson, Iowa, who imbibed too freely of liquor and is laying his time ou in the jail. George Lappe of Bancroft is in for stealing a revolver while under the influence of liquor. George Duncan, the most familiar inmate is in for getting drunk and being chargec with trying to shoot up the town of Bancroft. Jail is no new thing to Geo who formerly ran a restaurant in Ledyard, as he has been In off and on for the past year or more. In fact, it begins to look like he isn't happy outside the jug . Glen Shaver, from the north end of the county, and his father-in- law are in also. Shaver was bound over to the grand jury on a liquor charge and Cassell is in for sixty days for using profane and obscene language In tellin'g Slhave» what he thought of him for being in jail. Cassell came down from Buffalo Center with his family and went to he jail an dstod outside calling to ilgh heaven what kind of a man his son-in-law was and stating that he got his education at Stillwater. Sherff Hovey and his wife heard the discourse and had him haled before the ustice court where he conducted his run away six or seven years ago. He is survived by his wife and three sons, L. R. and Douglas, who farm south of Algona and Chester who is at home. Funeral arrangements are pending word from Mr. Wildin's sisters who live in the west. Rev. Frazier Likes Pastorate in Wisconsin. A recent letter from Rev. W. A. Frazier, former pastor of the Congregational church in Algona, to a friend here, states that he is well pleased with his present location at Fond du Lac. Mr. Frazier wrote that the church vhich has a capacity of about 750 was filled Easter Sunday. He has a full ime religious director working under urn. Burt Man Taken to State Hospital George Dexter, of Burt, was taken lefore the insane commission last week nd declared insane. He was taken to he state hospital at Cherokee on Fri- ay. —-•• "»"|.»*i.»in/c*.A ill; the Hearts of many hunters and fl/;hers who are anxious to preserve the wild life for future generations. Mr. Goeders lauded the work of Frank C. Goodman in promoting conservation activities in Mason City He urged the local league to continue its good work, Talks on Commission A review of the formation of the fish and game commission, the difficulties which it encountered in the legislature and the advantages and savings he thought it offered were outlined by Mr. Goeders. A motion was made and passed unanimously that the operation of the bass spawning pond be turned over to the state fish and game department. President John c. Robinson reported on meeting with the city council in behalf of cleaning up Willow creek and Winnebago river. He said that lie believed the league should push this activity to a good conclusion. Anouncement was made of the first Whittemore, April 21. Special'. Thomas Carmody returned Sunday from Chicago where ho had been attending the ordination and celebration of the first mass of his foster brother, Robert Carmody Boyle. Father Carmody Boyle was adopted by Nellie Cnrmody when five years of age and brought from Chicago to Emmetsburg. There he attended the Sisters' school until he was thirteen years of age when tho Cnrmody family moved to Chicago. After finishing school he attended Qulgley Institute and later Mundelein, where he was ordained last weak. Father Carmody Boyle will remain at Mundclein until June when ho will iccolvc his appointment. Tom ex- aerlenccd the sensation of meeting and inlking with a man who had just been cclii:.ppcd in Chicago. This man had called a relative ol Tom's to come to ils office and here the story was told. Tile day before as the friend had left Us residence and reached the sidewalk he noticed a car standing near ihe place. A man approached the friend and told him that he was vantcd at the station attorney's office. He asked him what for and the stranger answered that that was the attor- ley's business. The friend suspected something but was in no position to do anything. He got in the back seat of .he car and was handcuffed and a Blanket was thrown over his head. That was all he knew until after a ong ride they stopped at a strange ilace, a glimpse revealing that it was i large house. He was taken into a basement in a coal Win and there told that they wanted $10,000. The friend said he didn't have that much cash, but after threatening he was taken in a • room upstairs where the blind fold was removed and here he saw a gruesome Jpbking room. , . There "were" blood -splashes on the wall, axes and knives and tools of torture on a table and he was compelled to keep his face turned away from, what he thought was about five men, all the time.' Finally the ransom was lowered to $0,000. He was asked to name several friends of his who had money. He named those who did not have. Three of the men then left and after several hours returned and told him it was fortunate for him that one ot the friends he named was all right and had guaranteed the money would be paid. He was then told that he was to deliver $2,000 tho next day at a certain place and two the next day and two the next at the same hour. He was then taken out in the car and driven around until two o'clock the next morning and turned loose in the country. He had $105 with him and they took all but five dollars with which he was told to get back to the city, He saw a light at a garage, where he hired a man to take him back to the city. While Tom was at this friend's office, the friend left to deliver the first installment of the $6,000. He returned In about twenty-five minutes and an hour later his phone rang and a man's voice said "We have received the goods, thank you sir and be sure and make a like shipment tomorrow." This friend didn't know what action to take In the matter as he had been warn- that he would be killed as only one of the crowd would be at the place to get the money and if the police got this man the other four would be at liberty and he would be a dead man. This is why it make It difficult to capture these fellows for people are afraid to report these things. Godfrey Speaks at Rotary Convention. The Eleventh district Rotary conference will be held at Burlington, Iowa, May 18 and 19. The Burlington Rotary club with the Kiwanis, Lions and other clubs of that city are cooperating: to make this one of the outstanding district meetings of Rotary in the state. George Godfrey of this city and a member of the state board of education has been placed on the program and will speak on "Urban Relations." Burlington is no doubt well located and prepared to entertain visiting Rotarians and the Rotary Annes with golf boat rides on the Mississippi and sightseeing in one of the picturesque parts of Iowa. rs annual banquet of the Austin, Minnesota, league to be held May 28. Refreshments were served at the close of the meeting." D. H. Goeders Talked to Kiwanis Members. At the regular Kiwanis luncheon on Thursday D. H. Goeders gave an interesting tall;: dealing with the fish and same conn alssion to which he was re- jently appointed a member. His dis- jusslon dealt mostly with the corrup- -ion in the old administration which made it necessary to bring about the lew commission. Taxes are Lowered in Two Instances. The board of equalization met again Tuesday at the city hall and heard the people whose taxes had been raised state their objections. J. Habercorn L. W. Fox, Jennie Vanderlinden E j' Murtagh and L. Bartholomew had no change in their taxes. Anna Murtagh whose taxes were raised from $72000 to $9000 last week, had ben lowered to $8500. c. A. Sampson had his lowered from $1800 to $1700. New Photograph Studio to Open Next Week, The Algona Art Studio will be op- n l '°° ms over the mn H, e « Billiard Parlor, w. R. Lemke of Ma- son . City will be the manager. The studio has an ad elsewhere in the pap* er.
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