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the Complexion. Softens and
whitens the Hands. Preserves
and beautifies the skin of In
fants and Children.
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fold cwrywlieu. JHtwt- .T--ir -in
Fotteu P.
The White Meat Market
Is reopened with a choice line of fresh,
salt and smoked Meats, Sausage,
Hams, Bocon, Lard, Cold Storage
Meats, Salt Fish, White Fish, Trout,
Pickerel, Irish Mackerel and Smoked
Halibut, Oysters, Poultry.
We give Gold Coin trading stamps
will be pleased to have you
give us a call.
NEW 'PHONE, 49. OLD 'PHONE, 353,
Block Bros.
Wild lizel
AweUknovra oure for Piles
This salve cannot be equalled wherever
asoothingand healing antiseptic appll
eatton is needed. It quickly cures sores,
cats, burns and scalds without leaving
a gear. For piles, eczema and all skin
diseases it is considered infallible.
Beware of Counterfeits
Unscrupulous persons? may offer you
worthless Imitations. Take only tbeor*
Praparad by E. C. DnWITT A CO.. Chicago,
Red River Valley
We have a large list of
improved and unimprov
ed land lor sale in Min
nesota and North Dako
ta. Write us for descript
ion and prices. 4
A routs wanted In BSflk Of FOAhOfflC
each Co. In Iowa, Foxhtne, Wlildo Co. Mia.
la all its stages tharo
should be cleanUnosa.
Ely's Cream Balm
cleanses, too the* and heals
the diseased membrane.
It cures catarrh aad drives
awajr a cold in the head
Cream Balm placed Into the nostrils, spreads
over the membrane and is absorbed. Belief is im
mediate and a core follows. It is not drying—doc«
not produce sneezing. Large Size, 60 oents at Drug
gists or by mail Trial Size, 10 cents by mall.
ELY BROTHBKS. 56 Warren Street, New York
Many a Marshaltown Citizen Finds the
Struggle Hard.
With a back constantly aching.
With distressing urinary disorders.
Dally Existence is but a struggle.
No need to keep it up. ii
Doan's Kidney Pills will cure you.
Marshalltown people endorse this
Mr. Normaji Rambo, of 6 North Sev
enth street, says: "Mrs. Rambo had
much and severe trouble from the de
ranged condition of her kidneys. Phy
sicians said she was in the incipient
stage of Bright's disease. Doctors are
•expensive luxuries, therefore when we
learned of Doan'B Kidney Pills I got a
box at McBrlde & Will's drug store for
her. The use of the remedy was ex
ce^dingly beneficial to her and the
dropsical tendencies shown by a swell
ing and puffinese of the feet and ankles
•were removed."
Price, 60 cents per box. For sale by
all dealers. Foster-Mllburn Company,
'Buffalo, N. Y., sole agents for the
United States.
Remember the -^name, Doan's^ anil
ce no other,
The Year Surpasses All Others
in Boith Receipts and
Short Crop Sent Immature Stuff
to Market-Short Sup
plies Predicted.
Same Condition in Hogs-Sheep
Prices Depressed From
Crop Shortage.
Chicago, Jan. 1.—The year in the
livestock Industry has been the great
est receipts at the markets and the
highest pricesi prevailing of any year
in the history of the country. The crop
shortage has sent great numbers of
immature animals to market, but the
unprecedented consumption of the pros
perous country has kept prices up to a
high figure.
From the fifrures revealed by the last
census which i^ave the amount and val
uation of tho country's livestock on
June 1, 1900, it may be found that today
the showing is: as follows:
Av. price
Number, per liead.
21.365,250 $4101 $
Mules ft.JfiS.SfeS
Mlleii cows.. 18.172.UU
Otliorcnttlo. 81.319,830
Shoop 81.t45.3i5
Hogs 05.115.383
Goats 131,491
Asses 119.992
Total 223.121.737 13.485,691,965
This stupendous sum exceeds the
total combined value of the products
of all the fields, forests and mines of the
nation for the preceding year.
In reality the total value of the na
tion's livestock is considerably greaten
than the aggregate above shown, owing
to advances in prices and to the fact
that the prices given are the estimated
values on farms of farm animals only,
the animals in cities and towns being
considered much higher in value. How
ever, the figures given are sufficient for
all practical purposes until the actual
official valuation is ready, and convey
to any thoughtful business man a pret
ty clear idea of the extent and meaning
of that great Industry which furnisher
the world with food, clothing, power
and many other dally necessaries of
It Is safe to say that the present val
ue of the livestock of the United States
is approximately $4,000,000,000—a sum
almost too vasit fof comprehension.
The most gratifying year in the his
tory of the livestock has dawn to a
close. There has been a strong, steady
demand for meats, both at home and
abroad, and (interest has steadily In
creased in livestock production. The
present situation is a most healthy and
but interest in the Industry and in Its
improvement has been fostered and
encouraged by better market prices and
by numerous expositions, where the
best bred stock of all kinds has been
placed side by side for comparison and
study, thus educating the eye and mind
of the producer as never before, and
inducing him to strive for higher ex
All this is Haying a solid foundation
for still greater prosperity In the fu
ture. Higher excellence means better
prices and more widespread distribu
tion of products.
A feature of the year's cattle business
was record-breaking receipts of natives
and the lightest yearly average weight
on record, caused by the forcing to
market of so many short-fed and half
finished steers. All over the country
feeders sacrificed their stock to save
corn. In some sections farmers abso
lutely refused to sell corn at any price
consequently feeders in some in
stances had r.o choice in the matter and
were obliged to dispose of their stock
It certainty looks as tho the supplies
will bo decldely ehort before the end of
1902, andv of course, prices, It Is gener
ally conceded!, will go very high if there
is a material Increase In the demand.
During the week of the International
livestock phow at Chicago several loads
of show cattle sold at [email protected], with a
load of Texas bred prize winners %t $12.
Barring December prices, the top for
1901 was $7.25, with the average for na
tive beef cattle for the year $5.25,
against $5.15 in 1900, $5.30 in- 1899, and
$4.65 in 1898. The average for 1901, bar
ring 1899, was the highest since 1885.
Texas cattle held up well, and western
rangers averaged1 20 cents higher, or
$4.65 for 1901, against $4.35 in 1900.
Since the partial failure of the corn
in July, large, numbers of light weight
hogs have been forced on the market,
and the result has been the widest
range in prices in many years. As the
year winds up, it Is only too evident
that this indiscriminate sacrificing of
hogs will work against the feeders' own
Interest, and next year's prices may be
the highest in many years.
The year 1901 has been remarkable for
wild fluctuations. January started with
hogs at the low point, packing droves
being "bought in the vicinity of $5.
Prices gradually advanced until Sep
tember, when $7.37*6 was reached. This
proved to be the "high-water mark,"
and also the highest price since May,
1893, when $7,50 was paid. From this
high notch in September prices receded
until November, when sales were In the
vlcinty- of $5.60. The close of the year
shows another strong advancing mar
ket, top hogs reaching $6.75, and with
one or two exceptions this price is the
highest for midwinter that Chicago has
While It is almost certain that hog
receipts at the Chicago markets for
1902 will fall fully 1,000,000 short of the
total receipts for 1901, the decrease will
not be thru any fault of the hog raiser
or lack of bright prospects in future
The old-time packer who killed for the
speculating market has been supplant
ed by the aggressive fresh-meat packer,
who Is working on a legitimate fresh
meat demand at all times, and the
packing industry of the present time is
nearer perfection with its labor-saving
machinery than it has ever been.
Lower prices for sheep as cam par
with recent years have resulted from
the marketing of 4,040,000 head the last
year, being 474,000 larger than 1900, and
358,600 more than the previous banner
total of 1899. The top price for sheep
was $5.25, against $6.50 In 1900, and for
lamibs, $6.25, against $7.55 the year bp
fore. The average price for natives was
$3.75, and for sheep and yearlings was
85 cents lower, and, native and western
Iambs $1.10 lower than 1900,
Chief ajEtonp t,
aside from the enormous marketing,
were drought and crop failure, which
induced many farmers to clear their
pastures of sheep, owing to scarcity of
hay and' grain, the movement of sheep
during the last half of the year being
bi* far the heaviest ever known*. Prices
were the lowest since 1894, when the
avesage price was only $2.80, and In the
two following years the average was
Close to 480,000 western range sheep
were marketed here during the year
and about $12,000 were good enough to
go for export, being the first instance
of the exporting of western, range
sheep. In all exporters sent out a total
of 184,000 sheep, against 75,000 the year
before, and less than 50,000 In 1899. Col
orado marketed about 375,000 corn' and
alfalfa fed lamibs here during? the first
half of the year, the bulk at [email protected]
or an, average of $2.15 below the year
before, 90 cents below the average of
189!), and' 50 cents under the average of
189S, the top for Colorado lamibs being
$5.85, against $7.55 the year before.
Chicago LiveatooK.
Chicago, Jan. 1.
Cattle—estimated receipts for today,
fi.000 steady good to prime, [email protected]
poor to medium, [email protected]'5.90 cows, 1.25®
J.65: Texans, not quoted stockers, 2.00®
Hogs—Estimated receipts for today
?8,000 5 to 15 cents lower heavy, 6.40$
C.75 light. [email protected] mixed, [email protected]
Sheep—Estimated receipts for today
15,000 steady [email protected] lambs, strong
[email protected]
(For Comparison.)
Chicago, Dec. 31.
Cattle Estimated receipts, 6,000
steady good to prime, [email protected] poor to
medium, [email protected] cows, 1.25(3-4.65
Texans, [email protected] stockers, [email protected]
Hogs—Estimated receipts, 54,000 [email protected]
26 lower heavy, [email protected] light, 5.25®
6.30 mixed, [email protected]
Sheep Estimated receipts, 16,000
steady [email protected] lambs, 3.00®6.00.
Kansas City Livestock.
Kansas City, Jan. 1
Cattle—Estimated receipts for today,
4,000 strong native beef steers, 4.75®
6.75 Texas steers, [email protected] stockers
and feeders', [email protected] calves, [email protected],
Hogs—Estimated receipts for today
16,000 market &@10 cents lower heavy
[email protected] packers, 6.40®6.60 light, 5.50®
Sheep—Estimated receipts for today
1,000 strong muttons, [email protected] lambs,
[email protected] western wethers, [email protected]
ewes, 3.25®3.85.
Definite Agreement Reached at
Governor's Conference.
Helena, Mont, Jan. 1.—A definite
plan of action to defeat the proposed
consolidation of the Northern Pacific,
Great Northern and Burlington railway
systems was unanimously agreed upon
by the governors and atorneys general
of seven northwestern states in which
those roads have mileage. Legal ac
tion will be instituted immediately in
Minnesota courts with this object in
view, and, to quote Attorney General
Douglas of Minnesota, "the thing will
be fought to- a finish." Just how, when
or where these suits will be brought
neither Governor VanSant of Minne
sota nor Attorney General Douglas
would state.
The conference adjourned late yester
day afternoon after adopting resolu
tlons condemning the proposed merger
as contrary to sound public policy and
pledging support to any proper legal
action which may be brought to test
its validity. Other resolutions adpoted
call on congress to Investigate the sub
ject and favor the granting power to
the interstate commerce commission to
fix maximum rates upon interstate
business. The first resolution is as
In our opinion the consolidation or
threatened consolidation of the Great
Northern, Northern Pacific and Bur
lington railway systems in the several
states thru which they run as paral
lel and competing lines is contrary to
sound public policy and also, with the
exception of Idaho, is violation of the
constitution and laws of said states,
and mindful of the obligations which
the law imposes In such cases upon the
officials of the several states here rep
resented, we hereby give our unquali
fied approval and indorsement of any
proper and suitable proceedings which
may be instituted In any court having
jurisdiction, by the sovereign state of
Minnesota or any other state affected
thereby, designed and intended to
speedily and finally test and determine
the validity of such consolidation or
threatened consolidation, and to that
end we hereby pledge our earnest co
operation, and further, we unanimously
protest against any combination or
consolidation which restricts or stifles
free competition in the trade or com
merce of the^ country."
This resolution was unanimously
Governor Herried of South Dakota
left for .his home before action was
taken, but rough drafts of the resolu
tion were presented to him before he
left, and it is understood he favored
The second resolution, which was a
substitute for the one offered iy Gover
nor Hunt of Idaho, along the earns
lines, was as follows:
"Whereas, a consolidation of the
great transcontinental railway lines has
been accomplished or threatened,
which, in the opinion of the members
of this conference, is Inimical to the
public welfare, therefore be it
"Resolved, That the congress of the
United States is hereby requested to in
vestigate the general subject and take
suitable action thereon second, that
power should be granted to the inter
state commerce commission to fix max
imum rates upon Interstate traffic and
to regulate the same third, that a copy
of these resolutions be forwarded to the
senators and representatives in con
gress of the states here represented."
Governor Van Sant and most of the
other state officials who have been
present at the conference left late last
night for their homes. Governor Van
Sant expressed himself as much grati
fied over the result of the meeting
which had been requested by him.
"So far as I am concerned," said hei
after the meeting had adjourned, "I
am thorously satisfied with the work
of the meeting. It accomplished all
that could be desired. I am very much
Governors Hunt and Toole also ex
pressed gratification at the result of the
A treacherous wind hits you in the
back and the next morning you have
lumbago. Rub well andi often with Per
ry Davis* Painkiller, and you will be as
tonished to find out how quickly all
depressing features, I soreness is. banished.
Progress in Manufacturing Dur
ing the Year 1901 Has Been
Expansion of Productive Capac
ity Never Equalled in His
tory of Nations.
Dun's Review of Industry and
Trade in America in
Past Year.
New York, Jan. 1.—Dun's Review will
say on Jan. 4: Most marvelous of all
of the phenomenal evidences of ad
vancement in business during the year
was the progress made in manufactur
ing. It is impossible to be too extrava
gant in delineating the movements of
the industrial world. Never in the his
tory of this or any other nation has such
development occurred within the space
of a twelve-month. The expansion of
productive capacity was enormous, the
improved methods of work and organi
zation was conspicuous, wise economies
were introduced, but more than all other
factors that made for permanent pros
perity was the conservative resistance
to price Inflation.
Iron and Steel—After the reaction of
1900," the level of pricea remained de
pressed for some months, but gradually
responded to the increasing demand as
excessive accumulations were absorbed.
From a condition of glut, there arose al
most a famine, greatly exaggerated by
the stubborn strike. Some idea of the
changes In size of supplies may be found
in the comparison of furnace stocks of
pig Iron, as published In the Iron Age,
which amounted 'to 54S.663 tons on Jan.
1. These figures steadily declined thru
out the year until only 223,462 tons were
held on Dec. 1. Aside from the slight
fall during the period affected by the
strike, there appears almost a steady
gain in production, closing with the
maximum quantity on record. While
the output on Dec. 1 was at the unpar
alleled rate of 10,887,572 tons yearly, it is
obvious that the actual production for
the year was much smaller, altho quite
sufficient to establish a new record, and
judging by the amount o.f business al
ready placed for 1902, the current year's
yield may not unreasonably be expect
ed to surpass 17,000.000. The output' of
rails was beyond all records, yet con
tracts for 1902 already Indicate another
high water mark of probably 3,000,000
Minor Metals—Readjustment of quota
tions was secured during December,'af
ter a year of unreasonably inflated
prices. Copper was stubobrnly held at
17 cents most of the time, but when, the
reaction began there was a fall of 4
cents within a few days. Tin was ad
vanced to 2S%c in June, but fell to 22
cents In December. Similarly with lead,
the nominal price of 4%c was cut to 4c.
Tin plates closed the year where they
opened, but in the interim there \va$ an
advance to $7 on account of the faihine
that followed tho strike
Coal and Coke—All records of output
for hard and soft coal were surpassed
during 1901, despite the scarcity of cars
that retarded operations. A feature of
great advantage was the expanding ex
port movement which reached more en
couraging proportions than in earlier
years. In ten months the value of.ship
ments was $19,087,343, against $17,820,
864 the year prevloua Coke ovens made
a phenomenal record, establishing a new
high water mark of weekly output at
244,529 tons late In November.
Leather Conditions—An entire year of
activity and an era of high prices char
acterized the leather market, but there
has been no boom such as existed dur
ing 1895, and resulted in one of the most
disastrous slumps ever known In the
leather history. The rise In values was
sure and by easy stages and entirely
legitimate, inasmuch as it was based on
the laws of supply and demand.
Market for Wool—Further declines
occurred in the price of this staple dur
ing the opening months of 1901, arid the
bottom was not reached until July 1,
when 100 grades, according to Coates
Brothers' clrcultr, was quoted at 31 per
cent from the high point of 24.70 in De
cember, 1899. With the absorption of
surplus stocks and general revival in
the Industry, the turning point was
reached In September. Further strength
and activity were in evidence each suc
ceeding month.
The Produce Markets—While 1900 was
the best year ever experienced by do
mestic agricultural Interests, the open
ing year of the new century was in
many ways more profitable, and the two
together have put the farming popula
tion in much the most satisfactory posi
tion in the nation's history. Formerly
the season of harvesting and crop mov
ing brought heavy borrowing of funds
the east, but interior conditions have
changed to such an extent that western
banks are lenders at New York and Chi
cago, and, while there is still a large
movement of money away from the east
during the fall months, It Is of funds
that were held here for the account of
interior correspondents. There is a
steady tendency to enlarge the acreage
sown in the leading crops, yet supplies
do not increase, owing to the better de
mand both for home consumption and
export. Heat and drouth caused a seri
ous curtailment of the corn crop, which
proved the most important event of the
year. While this influence naturally in
duced an advance in prices that practi
cally prohibited exports, and thus seri
ously affected foreign commerce, it was
by no means an unmixed evil, since the
return to growers was even larger than
In years of normal production, while the
enormous yield of wheat was absorbed
by stock feeding and foreign consumers
in place of corn. Hence, instead of a
low price for wheat in proportion to the
heavy crop, there was maintained an
oven higher average quotation than in
the short crop year preceding. Meats,
naturally, reflected the expensive posl
t'on of fodder, and it was gratifying to
notice that exports were not materially
reduced by the high level. Cotton passed
a season of wide variations, in the early
months attaining the highest prices of
the decade, but falling back sharply as
the spinning situation was rendered un
favorable by exorbitant raw material.
Crop estimates were also apart, causing
irregularity and a tendency to await
more definite information. The outlook
grew much more cheerful from the pro
ducer's point of view, when the closing
month brought a higher price than 8
cents. Equally erratic was the course of
coffee, on acpount of heavy Brazil ex­
TOerinssriag, January 1, 1302
change and reports of extensive disas
ters. Option trading at the coffee ex
change rose far above the quiet condi
tjons of recent years. Expanding crops
of sugar had the effect of lowering
prices, while competition caused a still
larger fall in the finished product, to
the great benefit of the consumers. Pe
troleum was less fluctuating, the ex
tremes of the year being 6.9 and 7,65
cents for refined in barrel cargoes. Ex
tensive fields In the south were devel
oped, which tended to hold prices down.
Exports of the staple products reached a
new high record, notwithstanding the
lower average prices of oil and cotton
and the scarcity of corn. The crop year
opened with a new record of wheat and
tlour exports, amounting to 34,130,380
bushels in August, far surpassing any
previous month, while for five months
ending Nov. 30 the aggregate was 126,
928,162 bushels.
Bank Records—In the year of big
things it was natural that new high rec
ords should be recorded in deposits and
leans. Financing of big syndicate oper
ations and unparalleled stock market
dealings combined to raise the total ot
loans and discounts to $914,632,000 on
Feb. 16, against $825,830,600 on Sept. 15,
1900, the top point of that year. On the
same date deposits attained their zenith
at $1,011,329,000, compared with $914,810,
300 on March 4. 1899, the record prior to
1901. At the time of more than a bill
ion deposits the banks only held in act
ual cash $265,684,700, or $12,852,450 above
the 25 per cent legally required. On
March 2 there was a new deposit record
of $1,012,514,000, but loans did not attain
their maximum until March 9, at $918,
Price of Sliver—The year 1901 brought
almost a uniform decline In sliver thru
cut the entire period, culminating In
sales during December at 24.94d In Lon
don and 54 cents at New York. It Is
found that but two months on record,
August and September, 1897, found this
metal selling as low. At that time tHfe
bottom waB reached at 23%, or about 2
cents an ounce lower than the low rec
ord of 1901.
Over 5,000 Miles of New Road Were
Constructed in United States.
Chicago, Jan. 1.—The Railway Age
states that, keeping pace with the gen
eral prosperity of the country, railway
building In the United States during the
year Just closed has exceeded that of
any previous year since 1830, when 5,670
miles of new line were completed, and
the record of that year might have been
curpassed had the steel mills been able
to furnish the necessary rails. Our rec
ords for 1901 show that, with the returns
thus far received and with a number of
lines yet to hear from, not less than 5,
057 miles of track have been laid on 332
lines In forty-three states and territo
ries, the details by states being shown in
the following table:
....... ,..S No.
States. Lines.
Alabama 12
Arizona 3
Arkansas 13
California 8
Colorado 5
Florida 8
Georgia 12
Illinois 10
Indiana 6
Indian Territory 5
Iowa 11
kansas 3
Kentucky 4
Louisiana 15
Maine 1
Maryland 2
New Hampshire.. ..
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota 5
Ohio 6
Oklahoma Territory 7
Oregon 2
Pennsylvania 33
South Carolina 3
South Dakota 2
Tennessee 15
Texas 23
Utah 3
Virginia 6
Washington 9
West Virginia 15
Wisconsin 12.
Wyoming 3.
Total for 43 states and
territories .. .. '. 332 5,057.45
The states which have reported no
new roads are Vermont, Massachusetts,
Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware
and Nebraska.
Mr. andi Mrs. W. M. Drury celebrated
their 56th wedding anniversary, on the
30th ult. at their home on Lombard
street. A family reunion was held. W.
M. Drury and Miss Armllda M. Com
stock were married in 1845 at Geneva, a
little town on the Iowa side of the Mis
sissippi river just above this city op
posite Geneva Island. This little town
once flourished and had every indica
tion of being a better town than Mus
catine, but fate had ordained otherwise
and in tiiroe It gradually went down to
obllvon and for many years past there
has be no trace of It. Hundreds of peo
ple tramp the ground yearly, where the
once flourishing little town w|is, and
never know that it had bene there. Mr.
and Mrs. Drury have made his city
their home for many years and are well
known to a great number of the older
residents of the city, Mr. Drury Is well
along in, the eighties and is still hale
and hearty.
Vinton. [v
In noticing that a petition has been
circulated for pacvlng block on Jef
ferson street the Eagle says: No Im
provement is more needed in Vinton at
the present time and while the affair is
too young yet to have taken any very
definite shape, the prortiotars will un
doubtedly be met in the spirit in which
they have started out. A large number
of names have already been secured
and when all have had opportunity to
consider the advantage of doing away
with mud of wlner and spring and the
dust of summer, ln this comparatively
simple way the- petition will havo the
full list of names that it deserves. It
is to be hoped that this will stir up a
spirit of emulation among the good peo
ple of Washington street and' that be
fore much time has passed Vinton will
see much done along this line of pub
lic improvement.
The 18-year-old son of J. Swan, of
Cherokee, Iowa, shot at a rabbit while
sitting on a high railroad trestle and
was thrown to the ground by the recoil
of his gun. He i* thought to be fatally
Board o! Control Inspection
Shows Conditions Bad at
County Institutions.
As a General Rule Insane
Not Well Cared
Improvements Were Made
But Few of the County
Des Moines, Jan. 1.—A large number
of re or an
ad he an a In on of
county hospitals where insane are kept I
ore Ip the hands of the board of control,
About thrae-fourths of the reports have.
been filed. The inspection, which was
for the last half of the year just ciosed,
Is the second one that has been made of
the county Institutions since the board
of control, following its own examina
tion, formulated rules and regulations
for the various county institutions
where .'nsanc are quartered.
While the reports for the recent semi
annual inspection show marked Im
provements many directions, and in
some of the counties bona fide efforts
to make conditions such as demanded
by the board of control's rules, the
fact remains that the grossest Ignor
ance and incompetency are displayed In
a large number of the county hospitals.
An examination of the reports to the
board of control show this. The condi
tions in some of the counties are such
that the board of control has fully made
up its mind to remove the Insane from
a number of the counties where the sit
uation is worst, as soon as room for
them can be found In state institutions
or In well equipped and maintained
county institutions.
Among the reports Is one made this
fall by Dr. C. F. Applegate, superin
tendent of the Mt. Pleasant institution,
on the Polk county hospital. This re
port showed up the Polk county Insti
tution in a bad light. Since then Judge
Robinson of the board of control has ex
amined the institution and has found
conditions much bettered than when
Dr. Applegate went there. He has filed
a supplemental report. Increased at
tendants and a night watch, as required
by the board, bave been provided, and
other Improvements made.
Below are given features of the re
ports on the different county hospitals,
as llied with the board of control by the
The report on the Hamilton county
institution, which was visited by Dr.
M. N. Voldeng Oct. 5, showa -there has
been some improvement since the in
spection in May. The inspection is re
ported as not being as close as it ought
to be, especially as to bedding. There
have been no bathing facilities, but
these are being provided.
At the Woodbury county institution it
was found the paupers and insane ate
in the same room. There is one insane
patient there who was never adjudged
insane and was sent by the overseer of
the poor. The asylum and hospital
buildings are not well ventilated. Little
or no attempt is made to separate the
paupers and Insane women. Bathing fa
cilities are very poor.
In the Lucas county institution no
discrimination is made between the in
sane and the paupers. There are no
bathing facilities. Insane and paupers,
male and female, eat together at the
same table. There is no employe pres
ent during meal time.
In Sioux county the beds are infested
with vermin. The rooms are poorly
heated. "In my Judgment," says Dr.
Voldeng, who made the inspection, "this
institution is not a fit place- for caring
for the Insane."
In the Webster county Institution the
Inspector says there can hardly be said
to bs sufficient facilities for caring for
ihe Insane. David Gustafson, never ad
judged insane, has been at the institu
tion for years and was found by the in
spector outdoors with iron shackles on
bis ankles. Insane and paupers eat to
gether and there is but one bath room
for both seves.
The Pocahontas county institution is
commended by Dr. Voldeng as one of
the best he has visited.
In Allamakee county it was found by
Dr. Hill that conditions were good.
•In Marion county Dr. Voldeng found
the facilities for caring for the insane
exceedingly inadequate. Male paupers
sleep on the same floor and the same de
partment where the insane women sleep.
More attendants are recommended.
Dallas county was Inspected by Dr.
Voldeng. He found it in excellent con
dition with the exception of lack of suit
able fire protection.
In Clarke county, Wr. Wherry recom
mends the building used by the male pa
tients be vacated and that bathing
facilities should be given. In Decatur
county Dr. Wherry found many Im
provements since the spring inspection.
In Wapello county Dr. Applegate
found the building poorly ventilated.
Eleven men and one woman live on the
lower floor and sleep there. "One fe
male patient Is constantly restrained,
and, the greater part of the time, is in
seclusion. The room occoupied by these
patients is not fit for a human being.
One consumptive Insane wom^n
is kept in the pauper department." Oils
and other Inflammables are kept In one
of the basement rooms adjoining that in
which the eleven men and one woman
sleep. Several patients do not receive
proper care and attention. It is recom
mended no acute case be permitted to
pnter the Wapello county asylum.
Conditions E Hardin and Boone are
not of the best. In Marshall the build
ing is pronounced in very untidy con
dition and the ventilation poor. There
has been much improvement In Jasper
county, in. Keokuk, insane and pau
pers eat in the same room. In ilojd,
conditions are fair. In Powshlek, the
condition is reported encouraging. In
Iowa, condition® are poor and there has
been little improvement. In Hancock,
improvements suggested at former in
fpectlon are not yet made. In Maliaska,
there Is said to be too much mixing of
paupers and Insane. In Louisa, the
physician makes no regular visits as re
quired. Ini Van Buren, Improvements
are being made. Johnston county has
had marked Improvements, and Cedar
as welt. Cerro Gordo county is not se
riously criticised. Henry county has
made improvements. In Lee county,
the papers and Insane eat in the same
room and conditions are not good.
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