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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, May 6, 1931
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the Upper DM Moines-Republican, May 6,1931 Saya Income Tax is Out of It Eagle Grove Eagle: The statement o the Algona Advance that the people o Iowa are overwhelmingly in favor of an income tax is simply an expression o the attltdue of its editor toward tha ; question. It gives conviction only tha he is overwhelmingly for it. There )s every reason to believe that investigations have revolutionized the evalu atlon of income taxation by majority of those who have temporarily approved of it. There is no evidence that the people of Iowa were ever "overwhelmingly" favorable to that system of taxation, or that they ever will be. It is apparently a dead issue In Iowa. The legislature judged the •wishes of the taxpayers of Iowa from the leading newspapers of the stats which are in agreement in opposition to that system of taxation, and defeated the effort to incorporate that taxation system into the laws of Iowa,. Governor Turner alone was pledged to Income taxation, the members of the legislature were free to open-minded consideration of the question with its resulting rejection. LuVerne Faculty for the Next Year. LuVerne, May 4. Special: The following will be the school faculty for next year: Miss Kate Skinner of Algona will remain as superintendent; Burdette Agard, principal; Miss Ange Roorda, Miss Irene Swenson, seventh and eighth grades; Miss Irene Oeis- hecker, fifth and sixth grades, and Miss Eva Roy, first and second grades, have each signed for another year. Mrs. Opal Morrison of Renwick will be the music instructor; Fred Graham of Prairie City, instructor in agriculture; and Miss Bernice Swenson of Chicago will be the new teachers here for next year. MONEY TO BURN BY PETER B.KYNE. w. N.U. ; \ SHR.VICE. ' \ V had. "You cnn't miss what you have never Week End SPECIAL Kelley's Old Fashioned Chocolates One pound of a very rich candy. Heavy, chocolate coating over a rich cream center in various flavors. Dandy eating candy and think, one pound boxes for the .week end only 49c Small trial boxes lOc LUSBY'S DRUG STORE Elmer Clarke when naked how he would feel If he learned that the story about his Inheriting a million dollar! were all a myth. Pretty good basis In that for a philosophy to meet the ups and downs of life. If one has wealth and loses It, the thing to ilo Is to forget that onii ever had It. Morn easily said than done; and that fact hns given Peter B. Kyne the central Idea for one of the most sprightly and Pete, B. Krne. &yous o» UwmM-y turned out for the delight of readers. Elmer was a cigar store clerk in a small town In California. He was young and such a human live wire that anyone with half un eye could see he was not destined for lonR to ?pend his time handing out "ropes," cigs and plug cut smoking tobacco to a clientele none too discriminating. If Elmer stayed In the game at all, It would be to own his own smoke emporium, and it would be no hick affair but In the latest city style and a credit to the town. Something In the nature of these preliminary ambitions was about to l)e worked out when news came of the death Of a relative and Elmer's being made sole heir to a million dollars. Something was lost to economics and progress, for a natural hustler now found himself with no Incentive to hustle. You may think It Is the old story of the new rich or of a beggar on horseback; but It Isn't. Our Elmer was a quite level-headed citizen, with plenty of savvy and a backbone that was built for carrying burdens and also acting a» an efficient power station for the generation of courage; but. •with all these qualities he would most certainly have slipped had not a manager suddenly arisen to take him In hand and guide him from the pitfalls which his money-blinded eyes failed to eee. It was a girl, of course; but what a manager and what adroitness she used to put her management Into effect! She had been trust officer In the town's bank, and from behind her wicket had .seen more of the foibles of life and had absorbed more human nature than Elmer had come Into contact with during his whole career. She had a strong hand, even If It were encased In a delicate, soft glove; but no muscling, stiff- armed methods for her. No, Indeed! You will have to learn how she wrked It, by reading the story — one of the happiest efforts of one of the nation's best story tellers. CHAPTER I Mr. Absolom McPeake's secretary came Into her employer's office with an unpleasant announcement. Mr. Hiram Butterworth was waiting In the outer office and desirous of seeing him. "Keep him waiting half an hour," the lawyer answered. "I haven't finished reading the morning paper and a half-hour wait will liave a good psychological effect on that old razorback. It will add to my Importance and diminish his." McPeake finished reading the paper and lighted a cigar; when the cigar was consumed, he opened the door leading to the general office and bowed Hiram Butterworth In with a cheery good morning and a polite Inquiry as to the atate of the Butterworth health. "I'm done for," his visitor replied agitatedly and sank heavily Into the overstuffed armchair which Absolom McPeake reserved for hli clients. "Yes, McPeake, done for!" "I wouldn't §ay that, Mr. Butterworth," McPeakt soothed him. "You are always pessimistic. Try being optimistic for a change." Hiram Butterworth flared In sudden rngeful Impatience. "Why wouldn't you gay It?" he growled, and answered the question himself. "Because yon don't know anything about It, that's why. And I do. I ought to, . I've . nald out enough good cash me nex t« $5.00 DOWN $1 WEEKLY Guaranteed GENERAL ELECTRIC CLEANER Kossuth Radio & Electric Co. Phone 42 Algona, Iowa. find onf. I've been to six specialists In six cities and hare received six Identical verdicts. I'm done for, I tel) you, and don't yon try to tell me I'm not I guess I know when I'm done for. Cost me enough to find out." He shuffled his feet, and McPeake, glancing down, observed that Butterworth's shoes were old, cheap and worn. And the thin, threadbare suit, cheap and ready-made, old nnd de- moded, coupled with the saw-edged collar and the plain black "ready-to- wear" necktie, still further heightened the atmosphere of misery and neglect which this old man radiated. McPenke replied without Irritation "I'm very sorry to hear this -disturb Ing report, Sir. Butterworth. Wha did the doctors say was the matte with you?" "Hardening of the arteries and hear disease," the old man barked. "Three years ago I found myself getting pain In my chest, so I called on Do Relter to cure It. Heiter told m what was what nnd six others have since confirmed his diagnosis." He bored Into McPeake with his glmle eyes. "I'm liable to die at any moment," he said then In a low, sa< voice, "so I've some to set my house In order." McPeake frowned .but kept his ten* per. "5Tou will recall—pardon me for reminding you—that for twenty years I have been urging you to make a will, Mr. Butterworth." "That's right, that's right," the miser complained. "You're one of those I told-you-so-fellows. For two cents I'd have another lawyer draw up my win." "That would please me greatly," Absolom McPeake replied serenely. "For less than that I'd decline to draw your will." Ills peevish client subsided Instantly. "Tut, tut, Absolom. You're too quick on the trigger. You know mighty well it's too late for me to quarrel with my lawyer now, and besides you know more about my affairs than anybody else." The lawyer glared at him for a half- minute, then drew a pad of legal-size yellow scratch paper toward him and prepared to place Hiram Butterworth's house In order. "To whom do you wish to bequeath your estate?" he queried. Butterworth pursed his lips. "Well, Absolom, I've only got one blood rela- 6,000 Hoboes Put Britt on the Map in 1900. Mason City Gazette: As the motorist i hoboes and to feed every tramp in at- enters the town of Britt today, he Is tendance, for two whole days. This attracted by the following sign by the side of the road: This town is famous for I. The Hobo Convention. The Hobc convention? What sort .of an affair was that? And the motorist, if he is the least bit curious, will stop in Britt long enough to hear the following story: It all came about Way back in the spring of 1900, when T. A. Potter, at that Hme a prominent business man of Britt, noticed while reading the Chicago paper that a number of tramps had held a meeting at Danville, Illinois. In fact, 478 actual, genuine, tattooed-on-the-arm tramps had been present. The idea attracted Mr. Potter and he immediately wrote for more details concerning the hobo organization. The information which he received explained that the organization of hoboes had originally been started by members of different typographical unions, printers and men connected with the newspaper business. But the dea had expanded and by the year 900 about 1,500 would-be hoboes had was the first national convention ever held in Iowa. It was a big event for Britt. A hith- eito unimportant, insignificant mid- western town became a place of great importance over night. Everyone was heading toward Britt. Tourists, printers, bindlestiffs, nestocrats and society tramps poured into the town. The idea of hotel reservations became a joke, and to accommodate the crowds it was necessary to use the buildings at the fairgrounds, the horse stalls being provided with fresh straw as beds for the box-car tourists. Prominent Men Appear. Two full days before the convention the tramps began to arrive, evening before the big day By the neither "To Whom Do You Wish to B«- queath Your Estate?" He Queried. tlve I care to leave It to, and that's my lato sister's son, Elmer Butterworth Clarke." "But you have other nephews and nieces, Mr. Butterworth?" "Yes, my sister Ilattie's two,girls ana two boys. Ilattle's husband left thorn mighty well fixed, but they went hog-wild once they got control of the money—d—d extravagant wasters. Let 'em work for a living now, like I did. Catch me leavln' 'em anything. I'd die first." "According to the doctors' verdicts you probably will. What Inclines you toward Elmer Clarke?" "Well, in the first place I thought more of his mother than any other member o' my family. She never bothered me with her troubles. Why, her husband was dead two years before I heard of it. She never asked me for a dollar and I never gave her a dollar. I don't suppose we'd written to each other for twenty years before Mabel died, on account of me not thinking much of her husband. Good enough cuss, but no glt-up-un'-go to him." The old wretch chuckled pleasure- ably as he recalled his futile brother- in-law. "Never laid eyes on Elmer," he went on. "Never heard from him in iny life nnd wouldn't know him from Aduni's off ox, If I hitdn't seen his photograph. Absolom, he's the dead spit of his Uncle Illrum." He handed Llie lawyer u photograph. Mcl'eulie studied It a moment and gave it back. "You (latter yourself," he remarked acidly. "That boy resembles you as much an he resembles a warthog. But go on." "He resembles me when I was his age," the miser persisted. "And I know all about him. Ha-lm! You bet. Never made a move in my life until I knew just why I watt making it, Yes, sir." He fumbled in his pocket and brought forth some envelopes. Absoloin Mcl'cuke opened the one his client handed him and drew out a Bheaf of typewritten pages. The first page wa» a carbon copy of a letter: "Muscatlne. Iowa, July 16, 1024. >econte members of "Tourist Union No. 63." Every business was represent- d. Shriners and B. P. O. E's had urned tramp. The outcome of the inquiry was that Vlr. Potter became Britt's first mem- >er of the order of the Honorary Sons f Rest, and it was with considerable iride that he showed his fellow townsmen the "Tourist Union No. 63" button which he wore on the lapel of his coat. B. C. Way Is Member. With "Trume" Potter as the originator, the instigator and the general what-have-you of the hobo society in Britt, the membership of the organization increased by leaps and bounds until it included a number of prominent men of both the town and state. Among the membership was B. C. Way, now of Mason City and then in the drug business at Britt; W. E. Bradford, a pioneer attorney; Phil Reed, who was in the newspaper and grain, business. After the discovery of the origin of the organization, E. N. Bailey, editor of the Britt Tribune, took a decided in. ;erest in the tramp union and with lis cooperation, Mr. Potter made a proposal that the town of Britt put on national convention for the professional do-nothings. The idea went over big. The date was set for August 22, 1900, and the town of Britt agreed to supply a carload of beer for each 500 love nor money could have purchased a padlock in the town of Britt. From every part of the country bunts and tramps of every description were arriving in Britt. But not only were the genuine hoboes present. A number of prominent jnen among whom Werfe Richard Henry Little, column writer of the Chicago Tribune; James J. Raferty of the Chicago Record; John Hainrnlll. who later became governor; and Willard Eaton of Osage, appeared on the scene irjtime to take part in the glorious celebration. And so the prominent business man sat side by side with the hobo, drinking beer and soup out of the same old ragged-edge can. The day of the convention dawned clear and bright, which was fortunate for on the program were scheduled races, ball games, and speeches. Among the prizes presented) to the winners of the various events two pounds of cheese, one ticket (on cushions) from Hayfleld to Titonka; introduction of Bill Dana; one cake of Ivory soap. W. L. Eaton of Osage was the main speaker of the occasion. Politics took up a good share of the time, and the hoboes decided to put up Dewey as then- candidate for the presidency. The convention was concluded with a grand farewell banquet for hoboes only, and the finaT evening found Britt wide open in spite ft hell, law or order. There were five or six thousand per-r sons in attendance the day of the convention and such a general conglomeration of the human family probably ever congregated before or since. The convention was in every way. a success. It has since been looked upon as one of the most monumental hoaxes of America. Until his death Mr. Pot- tei loved to relate the story of the hobo convention, for to him it was the greatest of all his glorious jokes. "Gentlemen: "A valued customer of this bank Is desirous of ascertaining in the strictest confidence the mental, physical, social, and moral status of his nephew, Elmer Butterworth Clarke, of your city. Any Information you can give us as to his character, habits, occupation, the degree of application he exhibits in his pursuit of a living, how he is regarded by his associates and any other Information you may consider will enable our customer to form a vivid picture of Elmer Clarke, will be appreciated and reciprocated whenever possible. Please bill us for any expense Incurred in securing the information desired. "Thanking you in advance, we are, "Yours very truly, 'First National Bank of Muscatlne, "By Geo. O. David, Cashier." The lawyer grunted disdainfully. 'Catch you spending any money for a report from a detective agency when your banker will do it for nothing," ha remarked. "This letter attached Is the report, I take It. Hum-mi" He read: "Dear Sir: We have for acknowledgement your letter of the 16th inst., requesting that we furnish yon with a confidential report on Mr. Elmer Butterworth Clarke of this city. 'Mr. Elmer B. Clarke is well and intimately known to us and has been tor the past flr:een years. The Great Register of Voters of this county Informs us that Mr. Clarke is a Repub- ican and that he was born October 10, 1808, in Selma, Fresno county, this state. He Is the only child of the late Prof. James J. Clarke and the late Mabel Gutter-worth Clarke. "Professor Clarke was a graduate of the University of California and was very eminent In the field of parasltology. His research work contributed much information of tremendous value to the fruit growers of this state. He perished of a fever contracted while in Brazil studying the life nnd habits of a pest known as the Brazilian fly which hod succeeded in invading the territory of Hawaii. His wife died of pneumonia as a sequel to Influenza contracted during the epidemic of 1018-19. She was a woman of great Intelligence, probity nnd force of character and, like her husband, was held In the highest esteem here. "We enclose herewith a photograph of Elmer Butterworth Clarke, which we succeeded in securing from a local photographer at a cost of $1.50, for which we would be pleased to have your remittance. "Elmer Clarke was twelve years old when his father died. As Is the case with most professors fcnd particularly tluse in federal employ, Professor Clarke's salary was never commensurate with his ability. Also, he was careless In the matter of providing life insurance for his dependents, with the result that the care of his widow fell immediately upon Elmer. "At twelve years of age, therefore, Elmer Clarke played his lust game ol bnll and became the sole and efficient support of his mother—a burden lightened somewhat by reason of the fact that Professor Clarke had left his widow a comfortable six-room bungalow on a lot of 100 feet frontage, on C street of this city. "Klmer Clarke graduated from the Union high school here ut the age of sixteen and was No. 1 on the honor list of ten pupils. He Immediately went to work In a local fruit cannery, where the remuneration of employees is regulated by their Industry. When the cunning season closed ho had threo hundred dollars in the saving department of thl» bank. The following season he bought fruit, on commission, for various packing houses and proved himself an uncanny judge of frull values and crop tonnage. "However, realizing the drawback! of a seasonal occupation and faced 0££ej£Uj ol iJUUrlnjUh* SUI of his mother, he learned telegraphy In his spare moments and secured a position as assistant station agent in the local office of the Southern Pacific railroad. He had just been promoted to station agent at the outbreak of the World war. He enlisted at once nnd served with the Rainbow division as a radio sergeant, until October of 1018, when he was commissioned a second lieutenant. He was wounded twice and slightly gassed. "For the three years following his discharge from the service, Mr. Clarke's health, due to his wounds and the gassing already referred to, was too precarious to permit of his acceptance of his old position as station agent at Pilarcltos. He therefore accepted a position of less responsibility and lighter duties as assistant to the proprietor of a local billiard and pool hall, with a cigar stand in connection with same. "He has gradually recovered his health, and the last time the writer spoke to him on this subject, he stated that he was now as well as he ha-1 ever been. "Mr. Clarke is a very ambitious .young man, never satisfied with what he has, always scheming for something better. He IB well and very favorably known In this city. AB commander of the local post of the American Legion, he is a strong force for better citizenship in our community. He li profoundly interested in politics but too shrewd and far-seeing to desire a political office. "Mr. Clarke is unmarried and there are no Immediate prospects of this status being changed. He pays cash for everything and has a savings account in this bank of approximately twenty-five hundred dollars. At the present time he is endeavoring to BO- gotlate with us a loan on his C street property, his object being to engage in business for himself. He is a member of the Rotary club, the Klwanis club, the Hundred Per Cent club, the Optimists' club, the Advertising club and president of our local chamber of commerce. He Is a Go-Getter and too big for this town nnd it is our opinion that he will leave It for wider and greener pastures. We regard him as a model young man and worthy of every confidence. "Respectfully yours, Pllnreitos Commercial Trust and Savings Bank, By N. C. Cathcart, Trust Officer." Absolom Mcl'eake looked up and caught a gleam of pride In old Butterworth's piggy little eyes. "Pretty flattering report, I should say, Mr. Butterworth." "He takes after me," the miserable ruin persisted. "God forbid I" sold Absolom Me- Peake. "Don't get nasty, Absolom. The boy takes after me, I tell you. A young feller like that who knows the value of money Is the man who ought to have ray estate. He'll make it grow. He'll do things with It. I want to leave everything to him nnd cut Huttie's children off nt the pockets." "Very well, then, Elmer Clarke draws the capital prize. However, I suggest that you leave his cousins something also." "Not a penny, Absolom. They're wasters, I tell you." "Well, we'll leave them five dollars each just so they'll bo remembered in the will, and that will block a lawsuit." "You bet, Absolom; I want you to make that will air-tight." "Do you desire to make any other specific bequests, Mr. Uutterworth?" "Yes, five thousand to Bunker." "Only live thousand to old Bunker?" Mcl'cuke looked and felt surprised. "Why, he's been as faithful to you as a dog for a quarter of a century! I think you're a miserable Ingrate to cut Bunker off wltb five thousand. .You ought Jto give Win JUty LET US WORRY ABOUT YOUR OLD TIRES We will make you a liberal allowance on a set of new U. S. TIRES Here's a way to exchange tire worry for tire satisfaction at minimum cost to you. Trade in your worn-out tires. We will give you a liberal allowance and replace them with hand* some, husky U. S. Tires. These long-life tires will help your brakes—let you travel faster in safety—add immeasurably to driving pleasure. Get your old tires appraised today. We promise you a big saving and the end of your tire troubles. Elbert Garage South of Court House Phone 612. thousand at tlie very least. Get some other lawyer to draw your will. I'm through handling your business. You're a wolf. Get out!" "No, you're not through. Now, Absolom, you hold your horses. You git fresh with me and I'll name somebody else executor of my estate." "Oh, .so you want me to be your executor also, do you? Well, I don't want the job. Now, how does that strike you?" "Absolom, you've got to accept the executorshlp. You're the one man I can trust." "Well, I'll take It provided you leave Bunker ten thousand dollars." "Very well, to please you, but not a cent more. That's final." ';We will not quarrel about It further. Any other specific bequests?" The miser's gaze sought the carpet and It was evident now that he was embarrassed. "Absolom," he stammered finally, "I got a confession to make. Some forty years ago I had a farm In Illinois—I'll give you the full legal description later—and I mortgaged It to a man for forty thousand dollars. I wanted the money to put Into the worst Investment I ever made, and that was a Nevada silver mine— Consolidated Virginia. I bought stock with that money during the days of the big Comstoek excitement. I could have sold out and doubled my money two weeks after Td made the Investment, but I held on and on, takln' more an* more profit—on paper—until that underground river busted Into the Comstoek lode on the two thousand- foot level and ruined the mine— and me. "Well, I lost the farm. I couldn't repay the mortgage, Absolom, and after there was a flood and the Mlssls- slpt river changed its channel and ruined that farm, I didn't want to repay the loan. Of course the man who loaned me the money lost his forty thousand and the Interest. He got a deficiency judgment against me, hut I dodged It for twenty years and then his widow or his executor permitted the judgment to lapse—and—well, Absolom, I reckon I'd ought to have paid the widow that money. However, I didn't an' now I want to fix It In my will so that every dollar, both principal and Interest, due under that judgment to date shall be paid to the widow or—" "The legal heirs of her body," Me- Fcake cut In professionally. Old Butterworth nodded and handed him a fat envelope. "This contains all the Information," he explained. "Anything else?" "Nothing, Absolom, except that— well, I reckon It's usual to have the executor give a bond, so you'd better stipulate In my will that the customary bond shall be filed with the court by the executor." (To be Continued) Old Neighbors Meet After Fifty Years. Good Hope, May 5. Special: Mr. and Mrs. William Treptow were dinner guests on last Sunday at the W. H. Lease home In Algona. The occasion provided opportunity for the renewal of acquaintance of the Treptows with Brasher Lease, the father of W. H. The members of this group were neighbors fifty years ago in Bremer county and enjoyed the day in reminiscence of old times. Mr. Lease who has another son in Montana is to leave Tuesday for an extended visit with him. Aug. Schmidt's Visit at Their Old Home. LuVerne News: Mr. and Mrs. August Schmidt of Algona were Sunday visitors at the home of Mr, and Mrs. Wm. Ramus. The Schmidts formerly farm* ed near here but moved away some thirty years agp, moving to a farm north of Algona. They are now living In Algona, It WEJB their first visit here In twenty-two years. Ordinance No. 223. An ordinance providing that it shall be unlawful for the operator of a vehicle to turn such vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction at the Intersection of certain designated streets in the incorporated limits of the city of Algona, Iowa, and prescribing penalties for the violation thereof. Be it ordained by the city council of the city of Algona, Iowa: Section One. That it shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to turn such vehicle so as to proceed In the opposite direction or make a complete or "U" turn at the intersection of State Street and Moore Street; or at the interesticon of Dodge Street and State Street, or at the interesction of Thorlngton Street and State Street within the Incorporated limits, of the City of Algona, Kossuth county, Iowa. Section Two. Anyone violating any of the provisions of this ordinance, shall upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not to exceed Twenty-Five Dollars ($25.00), or by imprisonment not to erceed five (5) days in Jail. Section Three. This ordinance shall be in force and effect from and after its passage and publication as provided by law. Adopted and passed by the city council of the city of Algona, Iowa, this 30th day of April, 1931. ADAJJ CARLSON, City Clerk of the City of Algona, Iowa. Approved by me this 30th day of April, 1931. C. FJSPECHT, Mayor of the city of Algona, Iowa. 47 Corner Grocery and Market Friday and Saturday Specials ' 4 B Jell Powder OA „ five boxes *"'*' > 18c Macaroni, per box Thompson Seedless raisins, 2 Ibs. Crescent Crackers 2 Ib. box 4B Milk, 3 large cans 4B Corn Starch, 3 pkgs. for Prunes, 4 pounds Lard, 2 pounds Hamburg Ib, 15c Spare Ribs, Ib. 15c Sausage, Ib ___, 15c Come in and see our complete .line of groceries, meats, and fresh vegetables. Bring us your eggs. ER.Sorensen&Go. Phone 139 We Deliver. 25c 25c 25c 25c ^:ai^.. J -^*^^.'.j;.'s^^.j-i. -, . • „ _.

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