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1 If 'M Or him •m Suits to go at "Reduced Prices EDITORIAL COLUMN President McKinley Worthy the Nations Confidence. While this is a government by the people, there are certain things often times of vast importance which must b8 left, with as little interference as possible, to the executive officers in charge. A general of the United States is but an agent carrying out by force the will of the people. No one would however for that reason expect him to publish his plan of battle to the world in order that the people of his country should decide in advance as to the correctness of his ideas. He must tl3e bis own discretion, keep his own counsel, and act to the best of his ability. The outcome of the event must be his justification or condemna tion. This is the power and this is the responsibility which the people place upon those entrusted with the ex ecution of their will. As in military, so in civic emergen cies there are times when the people, having chosen well their leader, must be content to await bis action, must have faith in his judgment and ability. Faith however is one of the most dif ficult of virtues. Nineteen centuries of 'miracles and proofs and exhortations have not-yet imbued all our people with faith even in the Almighty. But faith is just as necessary in domestic, busi ness and governmental life as it is in religion. At this'time it is necessary for our people to have faith and confidence in President McKinley. He has proven wise and trustworthy in the past, be has brought the nation through a great crisis with unsullied honor and aug mented glory. xEvery W f§ goods gursljased at Hub can be gx^angefl or ^Jone\- Refunded. Odds and Ends in person must know that by publishing to the world an exact cut and dried plan of proced ure in our foreign and diplomatic re lations President McKinley would do his country and himself a great injust ice. It is impossible to play a game when your opponent knows all your cards. Every other man has the ad vantage in such a game. And yet with childish curiosity and petulance our people are demanding to "'see the wheels go round." If President Mc Kinley could gather all our people in one assemblage, pledge them to keep their council and be able to rely on that pledge, we believe he would gladly throw the burden from his shoulders, tell them all about it, and ask their ad vice. We do not think the president has anything to conceal that would hurt the people of the United States to know, but we do believe it would be criminally foolish for him to elaborate a future policy at this time. The duties of the present are amply 'sufficient to occupy the minds of our statesmen. Whether we are to keep the Philippines or not, it is undoubted ly our present duty to restore peace and order to the islands by pacific measures if possible, by force if neces sary. The fact that simply announ cing our future policy will not bring peace is amply illustrated by the exist ing conditions in Cuba. We have said that we will not retain that island, but the Cubans are not satisfied, they w&nt to know when our control will cease., they are jealous of every move made by the United States to restore peace and order. Their armies are not disbanded and a condition of disorder exists which can be controlled only by force. What then is to be gained by trying to force the president's handV Nothing but the gratification of our curiosity. Will not Aguinaldo be just as anxious to maintain his show of power in order to keep his supremacy after the Ameri can troops are withdrawn? Will the peaceful pursuits respond more quickly to the re-establisbment of order when it is known that still another change must come? As it is we have Eome thing in reserve, somet Ling in our pos ee3sion that other people want, will we- MlwHSi Odds and Ends in Overcoats to go at Reduced Prices be in any better .position after having thrown away his leverage? There is but one way for the Filipi nos to earn their independence and that is by assisting by all possible means in restoring the islands to a peace basis. We can now,by not announ cing any definite policy say to the in surgents, "show that you can be good citizens, and then we will see what is the best we can do for you." Until they do this, until they recognize the present authority of the United States we are in no condition to treat with them. As long as our possession and ownership are denied there can be no basis for a settlement. It is rumored that Great Hritian would be willing to part with her West Indian possessions in return for the Philippines. If this is true would it not be well for us to wait and see if we cannot gain these rich ad jacent islands and not throw away our trading stock by a proclamation to satisfy the curiosity of the people. By all this we do not undertake to deny the force of the people's power in our government, or to favor arbitrary or autocratic rule. The grand jury is but an instrument of the people, yet if any grand juror divulged the secrti$s of the jury room he would commit a penal offense. It is but another case of where the people bestow a part of their power upon their agents and must then rest as content as possible to abide the outcome. bo in this case the American people should leave the administration as free as possible to meet conditions as they present themselves, and to solve the difficulties confronting us to the best possible advantage and for the glory of civilization and the flag. Two Day Conventions. Chairman Hancock lias proposed that republican state conventions be two day affairs hereafter. We believe this to be a good idea, provided^be first day is made sufficiently interesting to prove attractive to the delegates. The con ventions should be made regular gala days of republicanism. Some speaker outside the state could be easily se cured as the guest of honor, and the speaker of the evening before the final convention day. The real business of the convention should however be done in one day. While those particularly interested are always on hand from three to five days before the convention, the rank and file of the delegates can not and will not remain so long from home. For this reason, everything in which the delegate is vitally interested should be postponed until the final day. The man who is a delegate to a state convention but once in a life time does not wish to be deprived of any of his rights. He will feel that he has been cheated if, when he reaches the con vention he finds that all the committees from bis district have been appointed by those who could afford to come ear lier. The REVIEW'S idea of a two days' covention would be to have the temporary organization effeeted on the first day. Then a grand rally at night in^hich the city should be ablaze with republicanism, the best speaker procur able should be there, and then the con vention should meet bright and early the next morning. District caucuses should be held at 8:30 and the conven tion proper should convene at 9:30 By appointing a temporary committee on credentials or by establishing registra tion headquarters much of the work of the credentials committee could be ac complished so that the work of the con vention need not be delayed. Above all things the rule allowing counties to change their vote duriDg a ballot should be done away with. It does not expedite business it tends toward confusion, and is simply in tended to give easy access to the pass ing bandwagon. It would seem that if a county votes for a man it should at least have sufficient constancy to stay with him throughout the one ballot. mmm Odds and Ends in Heavy Ulsters to go at Reduced Prices '/viiim The present method is unfair to the candidates. A man may have many votes in a convention, but the band wagon may go the other way and then although he may have bad several hundred votes, the final result, the re cord which will go down in political history shows that he had some 37i. The abrogation of this rule would avoid all question of unfairness, would place each county on record perma nently and would result in better feel ing and more manliness. HAS REDUCED ITS SIZ£. The Monday issue of the Bulletin has been reduced from the size of the RE VIEW to a seven column, four page paper. We suppose this was done to keep pace with its "ever increasing circulation. STATEMENT OF THE CONDITION OK THK Crawford County State Bank, Organized umler tlie Laws of Iowa, located at Denisoii. in the county of Crawford, at tl.e close ot business on the loth day of Jan. 1893, made to the Auditor of State, as required by law. ASSKTH. Amount of bills, bonds, and other evidences of debts discounted or uirchased actu ally owned bylliebank 41133,855 40 Amount of cash on hand, viz Gold and silver coin and bullion S 13,535 25 Legal tender and national bank notes and subsidary coin Dratts and checks on other solvent banks and other cash items not dishonored,' on hand and belonging to the bank 5,515 9 7:'4 The amount subject to be drawn at sight ou deposit with solvent banks or bank ers, viz: Commercial Nat'l Bank at Total assets. Total liabilities Attest by: H. F. s'chwaiitz, Ciias.Tauoh. & PETERSEN. Odds and Ends in Duck Coats to go at Reduced Prices In the death of Judge llotbrock, late of the Iowa Supreme bench, Iowa loses one of its grand old men. He was a citizen, a soldier and-a jurist sans peur et sans reproche. The Illinois Central people have de cided to appeal all their right of way cases against the Northwestern to the Supreme court. What effect this will have on railroad building in this vicin ity is not known. It will probably tend ta delay the completion of both roads. 1)0 not forget the great guessing con tests. The coupons are published on page 3 of this issue. Each subscriber is entitled to 4 more guesses in each contest and the prizes will be awarded Jan. 31. It costs you nothing and the fine prizes offered may as well go to you as another. 111,785 Chicago 33,294 22 Chemical Nat'l Bank at Kew York 2,228 30 First National Bank at Coun cil Blulfs 13,825 24 Overdrafts 15,lu5 «J7 Value real property 10,000 00 Value of personal property 5,00) 00 51,147 7« 15,000 00 .5434,894 58 LIABILITIES. Amount of capital stock actually paid up in cash 100,000 00 Total amount due depositors, as follows: Amount sight deposits $130,972 28 Amount time deposits 202,841 39 333,813 07 Other profits on hand 1,08U9: $434,894 58 STATE OF IOWA, I CiuvfobdCounty, We, L. Cornwell President, Geo. Naeve, Vice President, and Marcus E. Jones, Cashier, of the Bank above named, do solemnly sweai that tlie foregoing statement Is lull, true and correct, to the bestof our knowledge and belief that the assets therein set forth are bona tide the property of said Bank in its corporate ca pacity' and that no part of the same has been loaned or advanced to said Bank for tlie purpose of being exhibited as a portion of its assets. 1/. Cohnwkm,, President. Geo. Naevk, Vice FresU.eut. Rl. E. Jonks,Cashier. Subscribed and sworn to before me by I.. Cornwell, Pres., Ceo. Naeve. Vice President, and M. E. Jones. Cashier, this 17th day of Jan. A. D. 1899. LSEAL.J Oj-.IV Notary Public. 1 ^Directors. J. P. ConsKit. CASTOR IA For Infants and Children. Hie Kind You Have Always Bought Bears the Signature of Odds and Ends in Pants to go at Reduced Prices ggsgllllt TREE TOP MANSION. Occupied by a Hermit or Crank from the United States. Samuel Wllderson's Strange, Cruso Like House in Nlcarueaa—Mulit Upon nn Ebo Trunk Four Feet in Dlnmeter.-.' Once in a great while a modem Rob inson Crusoe may be found who from temporary force of circumstances, as* shipwreck or other causes, is compelled for a time to imitate this well-known character of fiction, but it is seldom that a voluntary hermit of this sort can be found. Yet, among'the impenetrable tropical jungles of eastern Nicaragua there lives an American Robinson Cru soe fortified, in, a tall ebo tree with a man Friday in. the shape of an ebony hued female Carib and two Chinese servants. His same is Samuel Wilder son, and he hails from Louisiana, where he has left a wife and family behind him before coming to this uninhabited strip of country to rebuild his fortunes. The bouse or tree fortress is elevated 40 feet abo-ve the ground and is impreg nable to the attacks of wild beasts and most poisonous reptiles. Here safely ensconsed in. his leafy embrasures he can command a view of all approaching interlopers and order them away, and in addition to this is freed from the petty and at times very irritating an noyance of ants, tarantulas and centi pedes that inhabit the ground and ren der life unbearable to the inhabitants of tropical countries. Even, the dreaded shagras and pes tilential swamp fevers hovering over the decaying vegetation which render the country for a part of the year at least an uninhabitable waste cannot rise so high, and leave him dwell in splendid isolation. This Crusoe fears cot the trouble which befell the celebrated giant who lived at the top of Jack's beanstalk, for the wood of the ebo is as hard as iron and will turn the edge of the sharpest-ax. Long before any marauder iiiyiiig HOUSE It* A TREETOP. (Erected by an American, in the Wilds of Nicaragua.) armed with any cutting instrument could make a dent 6ix inches deep in the trunk of his improvised fortress Crusoe, with, his rifle pointed cut "of his kitchen window, would be able to drive away or render hors de combat the most daring intruder, were he a native 6avage or some other adven turer. He is regarded by banana planters along the Kama river as a crank, some of them declaring: "Oh, he's perfectly harmless if you let him alone," while others will vouch for the truth of the statement that his house is filthy and he never had a decent meal up in his tree. The house is situated on a bank over looking tlie Kama river, about 100 yards back iu the woods. Prom the river's edge to the top of the bank, a distance of about 50 feet, round wooden blocks imbedded in the bank form a rude stair way up the bluil, which is composed principally of black, deep muck and has been formed by the action of the river cutting out a path through the soft, yield ine soil. Of all Odds and Ends in Suits, Overcoats, Ulsters, Pants, Gloves and Mittens, Duck Coats, Underwear, Winter Caps, etc., TO MAKE ROOM FOR OUR NEW SPRING LINE. The house itself is three stories in height, and the ebo tree runs up through its center to the roof. The structure itself is solidly built of whip sawed lumber and is painted white. It is reported to have cost the owner $3, 500 cash in addition to months of hard personal labor. The lower story is used as a kitchen, the middle story as a liv ing room, and the upper as a bathroom. To supply the bath tub rain is caught from the roof in barrels located inside of the house, and the tropical rains are so heavy that there is seldom a short supply in the barrels. To reach the house you travel up in a hoisting cage, which is rather an in genious arrangement. A rope is at tached to the cage and passes over a pulley in the kitchen, to which is sus pended a heavy iron weight at the other end. When the owner enters the cage his weight about counterbalances that of the iron and by a hand-to-hand pull the cage glides up and the weight goes down. To descend the operation is re versed. Rumor has it that the rooms are furnished in an exceedingly simple style, so that there are few articles of luxury and no carpets. A plain pine table in the sitting-room and 6eve'ral chairs and cots complete the equip ment. Down in the kitchen the cook ing utensils show signs of antiquity, find they could be wondrously improved in appearance and'even capacity by the erosive action of a little lye, wood ashes and Eoft soap. As it is, unless the gorilla-faced Carib amazoji soon sets to work upon them they will gradually •thicken and lose their carrying ca pacity. Where Clove* Are Produced. The two little islands of Zanzibar and Pemba furnish four-fifths of the cloves consumed by the world. J. ELFRETH WATKINS. Building of tbe Pyramids Explained by the Curator of Technology of the National Museum. J. Elfreth Watkins, curator of tech nology of the National museum, is re ceiving constant congratulations on his paper, published in Cassier's Magazine,, on a prdbable method for the "Trans portation and Lifting of Heavy Bodies by the Ancients," which has been,ex tensively commented upon, and has in spired other people to modify his idea and exploit it as their own. His ex planation of the possible manner in which the great Pyramids could have been built is surely very original, but J. ELFRETH WATKINS. (Curator of Technology. United States Na tional Museum.) he explains the plan so clearly that it makes his supposed method seem the simplest and most probable one. Mr, Watkins shows how, by inclined planes of earth, stone, blocks, or slabs of enormous weight could be put in place, levers and pry bars being employed in raising them, and that the Pyramids could have been easily constructed by this simple means, the earth which had been used for the inclined planes hav ing been filled into the pits from which it was taken, leaving the ground as level as before. Mr. Watkins' paper was read as long ago as February, 1898, and was widely copied and discussedin both domestic and foreign scientific journals. His colleagues at the mu seum regard it as most scholarly and able, and are extremely gratified at the complimentary way in which it has been received. The Hub for bargains in Winter Clothing. AH $Jail 0rkre promptly attended to, at our ADVERTISED PRICES. Odds and Ends in Uuderwear, Gloves, Mittens, Caps, etc. to go at Reduced Prices Odds and Ends in Children's Suits and Overcoats to go at Reduced Prices EMPRESS JOSEPHINE.. She Was a Native of the Pretty Isle of Martinique. The People ot That Happy little Com munity Have Honored Their Moat Famous Dnughter with a Grand Monument. It has been said that places as well as people, songs as well as perfumes, elude description. This may be aptly applied to the island of Martinique, the pearl of the Lesser Antilles, a neighbor of that spot upon which the keen in terest of the world has been centered within recent months. A century ago, however, it wa» Venus, not Mars, that became the rul ing deity over Martinique, it having won undying luster for being the birth place of Josephine Tascher de la Pa ge rie, known in after years as the wife of Napoleon—Josephine, empress of the French. The childhood of Marie Joseph Rose Tascher de la Pagerie—afterward ab breviated to Josephine—was one cal culated to enhance those physical, charms for which she was always noted. Her father's home was built on one ot the great hills at Grois Islets, overlook ing the Bay of Fort de France. Here one can imagine Josephine in her child ish days, and in the sadder time when, during her poverty and her separation from Beauharnais, she returned to Mar tinique. At 12 years of age the em bryo empress was sent to a convent,, but she always disliked the restraint of her clothing or to be cramped in her movements. She ran, jumped and danced from morning till night. Jo» sephine's foster-sister, Euphemie, was her choscn comrade, and accompanied her, when' in her tenth year, to the Caribbean prophetess who foretold so accurately what was to befall her. She had then almost'arrived at woman's es tate, but had not yet that molded- flg ure which became later her chief charm. She played, it is said, moct? STATUE OP JOSEPHINE. (Erected by the People of Fort de France, Martinique.) pleasingly on the guitar, had a, sweet voice for ballad singing and danced di vinely. It was to Mm«. Renaudin, her aunt, that Josephine owed her first marriage* to Alexander de Beauharnais, at the age of 15. It was merely an alliance of convenience,so that the unliappinecs of the young couple was not surpris ing but in the end the union, turned out better than had been anticipated? and through it all Josephine was loved and respected to the last. |i There is no doubt that during all those years of storm and stress of the wonderful life she led in France Jo sephine always looked to Martinique with affectionate remembrance. The people of her beloved island, In memory of its most famous woman, have erected one of the most beautiful statues of modern times, and it stands as guard to the shining waters of Fort de France bay.