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LIGHTNING GOT THERE FIRST
Mrs. George Sniitli has an attack of tonsilitis, the past week. Mr. Dan Thomas has been a pretty sick man the last lew days. Mrs. Ed. Dryden is home, after passing a week with Exira friends. Miss Jessie Girard is over in Mel ville township this week visiting her sister, Mrs. Willis McAftee. Mrs. Theo. Creveling, from Grav, passed part of this week with her sister, Mrs. Frank Ballon, south of the Station. Andrew Anderson, over among the hills west of the Station, has been bothered with stomach trouble for a week or two. Ed. Paxton drank too much water the other hot afternoon and in conse quence was keeled over in the shade for a day or two. Mrs. Grant Smith and Mrs. Frank Persing, from Exira, were callers at the George Smith home, in the Sta tion, Thursday of last week. They had a big party at the George Spencer home, last Saturday night, and somebody said somebody's new buggy got all wet and muddy. Wils Fosnaugh has not yet got through hurrahing over the "arrival of that big boy baby that arrived at his home one day this last week. Miss Ada "Webber p.i^ed iust Lord's Day at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John "Webber, north-east of Audubon, near the Taggert Nursery. Norah McDauiels is over on the Davids Creek this week staying with Mrs. Al. Herrick while Al. is away looking for a place to move onto, this fall. Miss Kate Heileman, from Elwell, Iowa, is here to pass a few davs with her brother and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Heileman, at the Blue Grass Creamery. Uncle Mace gill finished threshing his wheat, Monday, and it averaged sixteen bushels to the acre, which is about the way all the wheat is turn ing out around here. The Rock Island Hail way carpen ters were at the Stationj Tuesday noon, and are putting the bridges anil culverts along the line in first-class repair for the coming winter. Uncle G. T. Poageand wile were at the Station, Sunday, visiting their relatives at the George Smith home, and from here they went to Audubon to visit Mrs. Waller Conurardy. We hear that Mr. Clark Wilson will sell his blacksmith shop, at the Station, and retire from active duty, having earned a good long rest stand ing at the forge for a good many days. Thiit butter at the Blue Grass Creamery is toothsome is attested by the fact that during the month of July the patrons of this institution alone devoured ten hundred and sixty four pounds. The Second Quarterly Meeting of the Hnmlin Mission will be held at Hamlin Station, in connection with the Ministerial Meeting, on Saturday afternoon, September 2d, at half past four o'clock. Do not wait too long before com mencing to get your stock ready for the fair, for there is going to be good stock and lots of it, and the man that takes the premiums will have some thing to be proud of. Mrs. William Dryden was down from Audubon this week visiting at the Ed. Dryden home. In the eyeu ing when she returned home her lit tle daghter, Nellie, who has been here on a visit, accompanied her. Next Friday Mads Fabricious will go to Audubon to engage in the gro cery business for himself. His place at the Will McGuire store has beeu taken by Louie Spyrup who is indus triously whisking about the store. Services at the Station 011 Sunday, September 3d, will be as lollows: Sunday School at ten o'clock in the forenoon, preaching at eleven, and preaching again at half past two o'clock in the afternoon, followed bv Communion Services. Tuesday morning James Crees re turned from a good visit with his parents in the eastern part of the State. He was accompanied by his cousin, Miss Anna Crees, from West Liberty, who will pass a few days at the homes of her uncle, Mr. Joel Crees, and relatives at the Harry Percy and Will Young residences. Does This Strike Youi* Muddy complexion, Naaoating breath come from chronic constipation. Karl's Clover Boot Tea is an absolute cure and baa been sold on an absolute guarantee for over fifty years Price 25c and 50#. C. W. Houston. 2 DODD & STRUTHERS, of Des noines, Iowa, Manufacturers of and Wholesale Dealers In COPPER CABLE LIGHTNING RODS The best in the World. Endorsed by insurance companies every where and !by scientific'men. The wonderful Dodd & Struthers' Par lor Thunder Storm to demonstrate the principles of the Lightning Rod. Nothing like it in the World. A scientific surprise. For full par ticulars write or see W. D. STANLEY, Agent, Hamlin, Iowa. On Thursday, August 31, is the time set for the election of officers of the Epworth League, at Old Hamlin. .The Township School Board will meet on Saturday, August 26th, to elect teachers for the fall and winter terms. Piatt Harris 'rose just at the peep o'day, Tuesday, and took five runty pigs up to Audubon that weighed nineteen hundred and forty pounds. When we saw Piatt he was jingling a whole hand full of gold in his right hand pants pocket. Tuesday morning Mr. O. P. Tyler received a letter from a sister who re sides in Merry Old England and in the letter was the sprig of a lemon tree that Mr. Tyler had propagated before he left the shores of England tor far away America. O. P. Tyler was at the Station on Tuesday morning making arrange ments to ship a car load of his fat cat tle to Chicago, next Saturday noon. Mr. Tyler will go along with the stock and while in the city will take a stroll through Lincoln Park. George Smith was under the horse power of his threshing machine, one day last week, when a piece of steel flew and hit him in the right eye, causing a badly infiamed optic. Doctor Riley, of Exira. removed the steel but still George has to go one eye on most objects. llingling Brothers' advertising car stopjJed at the Station long enough to scatter advertising matter broadcast aud paste up some bills on the cribs. If you want to go to the Ringling circus on Thursday, August 31st, the railroad fare for the 'round trip from the Station to Atlantic will only be eighty-five cents. The Y. P. A. will render the fol lowing program on Sunday. Septem ber 3d, beginning at 6 o'clock in the avening, with Mrs. J. Z. Moore as leader. The subjects have been assign ed to those whose names appear below Subject, The Great Commission, Matt. 2S. 1(5-21) Comment by Rev. Lang Watchword in Concert. Prayer Rev. Plumer Who Was the Greatest Missionary, and What was his Mission? Mark Storey Qualification for Missionary Work..Mary Eirod Recitation Emma Crees The Need of Missionary Work in Foreign Lauds Mrs. Fred Heileman When Shall the Need of Missionary Work Cease Mr. J. Z. Moore Recitation Jessie Girard How Can the Y. P. A. Do Home Missionary Work? Liliie Crees How Can Missionary Money be Raised in the Y. P. A? Mrs. Conner Song. What is the Extent of the Missionary Opera tions of the Evangelical Association? Mattie Moore What is the Present Outlook and Need for Our Church to Continue Her Missiooary Labors? Mary Gill Song. Collection to be use for Missionary Purposes. At 8:30 o'clock the closing services of the Con vention will be held, consisting of preaching and Experience Meeting. We wish to extend a hearty invita tion to all to attend the Convention. Those coming from a distance will find provision for themselves and teams. No pains is being spared by the cougreation to make the meeting a blessed success. Yours, M. J. CONSKK. A. Sadden Introduction. A Philadelphia paper tells a funny story of the blizzard days of last win ter in that city. A certain Mr. K. had over his dining room a skylight which was burdened with a great weight of snow, and early one evening he took a snow shovel aud went up to remove it. He shoveled it off, and then it occurred to him that he would perform the same service for his next door neighbor, whose dining room lay side by side with his own, the construction of the two houses being alike. The inmate of the next house was a worthy widow, whom Mr. K. had nev er met, but with whom his wife was en calling terms. Mr. K. proceeded to a position from which he could, as he supposed, safely shovel off the snow, but in doing so he made a false step aud got on the sky light. Crash! went the glass, and down through the aperture went Mr. K. It chanced that his next door neigh bor was just at this time eating her dinner. Mr. K. landed in a sitting pos ture in the middle of her table, sur rounded by snow, broken glass and china, capsized dishes of food, and still manfully brandishing his snow shovel. The shovel told the story to the wid ow. Although somewhat disconcerted, she quickly regained her composure, recognized the neighbor whom she had seen pass her door, and exclaimed, po litely: "Oh, Mr. K., 1 am very glad you have called! I've often heard Mrs. K. speak of you!" How Is Your Wife? Has she lost her beauty? If so Constipation, Indigestion, Sick Headache are the principal causes. Karl's Clover Root Tea. haB cured these ills for half a century. Price Sac and 50c. Money refuuded if results are net sat isfactory. C. W. Houston. 2 DODO &STRUTHERS GOT THERE FIRST Insure your grotving crops in the Farmer's State Mutual Hail Association. Cost Seven Cents an acre last year. This insurance at cost! THEO PATTY Agent. E.nira. THE STAY AT HOME. There's dress an hood to buy f'r Jane, A pair o' pants f'r John, A whole outfit f'r Buster Bill, An winter's comin on. But baby Xan, the stay at home, Jis' laughs an never knows That all on earth she lias to wear Is ole made over clothes. There's books to to buy f'r them at school It makes a pore man sick To hear 'em holler "joggafy" An "mental "rithmotic." But, thank the Lord, the stay at home Is mighty hard to please— Jis' gits the fani'ly almanac An reads it on lier knees. An writin books an drawin books— They never seem to think How much it costs to buy sicli truck— An pencils, pens an ink. But little Nan, the stay at home, She knows her daddy's pore— Jis' gits a charcoal pen an writes Her lesson on the floor. There's boots to buy f'r Buster Bill, An boots to buy f'r John, An shoes f'r Jane an ma an I, Till ail my money's gone. So Nan, the last, the stay at home, Is left to do without— Jis' wears her homemade moccasins An crows an crawls about. 'Pears like that all 1 rake an scrape Won't hardly sadisfy The pressin needs o' Bill an John An Jane an ma an But baby Nan, the stay at home. Is full o' sweet content— Jis' cuddles up in daddy's arms An never wants a cent. —George Weymouth in Century. A W as el a a I O a a a I the kiduav and bladder t—j a IA T—• LAM JP trouble. Dr. Kilmer's h,. Swamp-Koot, the great kidney remedy promptly cures. At druggists in fifty cent and" dollar sizes. You may have a sample bottle by mail free, also pamphlet telling all about it. Address. Dr. Kilmer & Company, Binghampton, New York. 1 The Langli Wasn't on the Boy. It Is said that Professor Blackie of ten told this anecdote "on himself." This genial old professor used to form a very picturesque feature In the Edin burgh streets. He was a wiry old pa triarch, with handsome features and hair falling in ringlets about his shoul ders. No one who had seen him could possibly forget him. One day he was accosted by a very dirty little bootblack with his "Shine your boots, sir?" The professor was impressed by the filthi ness of the boy's face. "I don't want a shine, my lad," said he. "But if you'll go and wash your face I'll give you sixpence." "A" rlcht, sir," was the lad's reply. Then he went over to a neighboring fountain and made his ablutions. Re turning, he held out his hand for the money. "Well, my lad," said the professor, "you have earned your sixpence. Here It is." "I dinna want it," returned the boy, with a lordly air. "Ye can keep it and get yer hair cut." A Town of Consumptive!*. Forty years ago the Inhabitants of Mentone, France, and neighborhood were a healthy, happy race of splendid physique, to whom consumption was absolutely unknown. Then Mentone became the Mecca of the consumptive. The peasants left their farms aud their healthy lives to wait on the wealthy invalids. Farm ers' wives and daughters became wash erwomen, constantly handling clothing Impregnated with the germs of con sumption. Thousands of consumptives died there, impregnating the soil and the water with the germs of their dis ease. As a result, the earth, air and water of Mentone are infested with the tuber cle bacillus, aud the once healthy peas antry are consumptives almost to a man and a woman. No more complete or startling proof of the truth of the once derided germ theory of disease could well be imagined than this. A Curious Ear, The catfish uses his lungs as an organ of hearing. The needless lung becomes a closed sac tilled with air and com monly known as the swim bladder. In the catfish, as in the suckers, chubs and most brook tish, the air bladder is large aud is connected by a slender tube, the remains of the trachea, to the oesophagus. At its front it fits closely to the vertebral column. The anterior vertebrae are much enlarged, twisted together, and through them passes a chain of bones, which connects with the hidden cavity of the air. The bladder therefore assists the ear of the catfish as the tympanum and its bones assist the ear of the higher animals. An ear of tills sort can carry little range of variety in sound. It probably gives only the impression of jars or disturb ances In the water.- Do You Know Consumption Is preventable Science has proven that, aud also that neglect is suicidal. The worst cough or cold can be cured with bhiloh Cough and Consumption Cure. Sold on a positive guarantee for over fifty years V, W. Houston. VICTOR FIRE SWEPT COLORADO TOWN SUFFERS A LOSS OF $2,500,000. Business Portion of the Place Is Com pletely Wiped Out—Efforts to Stay the Flames by Blowing: Up Buildings With Dynamite Prove Futile. CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo., Aug. 22.—Fire has utterly destroyed the business por tion of the city of Victor, causing a loss estimated at §2,500,000. Beginning shortly after noon, the fire rag.-.l until evening, consuming everything in its way. It had its origin, it is thought, in the Merchants' cafe, adjoining the Bank of Victor, on the corner of Third street and Victor avenue. A strong wind from the south fanned the flames and in a few minutes all the surround ing houses were afire. Help was summoned from Cripple Creek, hut the town had been built in the early days of the camp and was of pine timber for the most part, and burned like tinder. Efforts were made to stop the progress of the flames by blowing up buildings in their path by means of dynamite, and all afternoon the hills roared with the explosions, but the effort was in vain. The fire claimed the Bank of Victor, the postoffico 011 the corner of the street, crossed Third street and followed the row of blocks between Third aud Fourth streets'to the north, taking the Victor Banking company, the Western Union Telegraph company's office and the of fice of the Colorado Telephone company, the Hotel Victor on the opposite side of Fourth street aud the three great shaft houses of the Gold Coin Mining com pany and its ore bins, among the largest in the Cripple Creek district. From there the flames were swept northward by the half hurricane which was blowing, and never stopped until they had taken the entire Florence and Cripple Creek depot and the fine new depot of the Midland Terminal ro-vl at the head of Fourth street. Al: buildings between these are a jcai loss, with practically their entire con tents, for the flames were so rapid in their progress that nothing could be saved. The scenes of the great Cripple Creek conflagration were duplicated. Hurry ing before the. roaring flames went men, women and children, carrying what they could snatch from the flames racing for tlieir lives. The crash of buildings torn asunder by dynamite and the crackle of the flames as they consumed the dry buildings hastened their flight and the pall of smoke added a terror to the spectacle. The residence portion of the city has suffered comparatively little, but the business portion is paralyzed and suffering is bound to follow. The burned area may be thoroughly desig nated as the space between the head of North street and Victor avenue, extend ing from the Gold Coin mine buildings on the west to a point near Second street and down Third street almost to Diamond avenue. The first, house was built in Victor in October, 1893. In July of the fol lowing year the city was incorporated, and six years later it contained 10,000 people. That is about che population now. Alaska Steamer Arrives. SEATTLE, Aug. 21.—The steamer Roanoke arrived last night from St. Michaels, Alaska, with 350 miners and gold dust estimated at $250,000. Most of this was brought out of the Cape Nome district. G. Price had the larg est individual amount, about $60,000. The failure of the Roanoke to bring a large amount of gold dust from Dawson is explained by the fact that she failed to make connections with the Yukon river boats at St. Michaels. Montana Troops Delayed by Typhoon. MANILA, Aug. 23.—The typhoon that has been raging for the last two days has kept the United States transports Zealandia and Valencia, -with the Mon tana troops on board, in the harbor. The United States cable ship Hooker, formerly the Panama, which grounded in the north channel off Corregidor isl and about a fortnight ago, will prob ably be knocked to pieces. A hundred miles of cable and $10,000 worth of in struments are on board the steamer. Says Otis Will Remain. WASHINGTON, Aug. 21.—At the close of his interview with President McKin leylast night, General Merritt said: "So far as I know there will be no immediate change in military com manders in the Philippine islands. Gen eral Otis, whom I regard as one of the most capable and efficient men in the service, will continue in charge of the American forces." Indiau Trouble Is Over. WASHINGTON, Aug. 23. General Merriam yesterday made a telegraphic report to the war department on the trouble among the Indians at Navajo Springs, Ariz. His account coincides with the press reports and stated that no further trouble is expected. The troops have returned to the post. idolita Wilis the Futurity. READVILLE, Mass., Aug. 22.—The grand circuit fixture for the Readville mile track began yesterday. Only one favorite reached winning money and ho did so without giving the others a chance. The Futurity event for three-years-old, won by Idolita, 2:12%, was faster than the favorite, Extacy, could go. Filipino* Repulstd at Angeles. MANILA, Aug. 18.—Eight hundred in surgents attacked Angeles yesterday, but the Twelfth regiment drove them into the mountains. Three ditched lo comotives were captured. None of the American troops were injured. Keeil's Resignation Is In, AUGUSTA, Me., Aug. 23.—The re signation of Thomas B. Reed as con gressman in the First Maine district, to take effect Sept. 4, was received by Gov ernor Powers yesterday. A DESPERATE RIDE. He Braved tlie Storm of Bullets and Saved the Regiment. "That is one of the bravest men I ever knew," said General Rosecrans, pgintiug out his inspector general, Ar thur C. Ducat. "I saw him coolly face almost certain death to perform a duty. Three on the same duty had fallen before his eyes, and he had to run the gantlet of a thousand mus kets, but he did It." The words were spoken to James R. Gilmore while on a visit to "Old Rosey's" army at Murfreesboro. who records them in his "Personal Recol lections." General Rosecrans referred to Du cat's behavior at the battle of Iuka. The inspector general had observed that a regiment of General Stanley's division was about to be overwhelmed by a much larger force of the enemy. "Ride on and warn Stanley at once," said Rosecrans as Ducat reported the danger. An acre on fire and swept with bullets lay between him and the menaced regiment. Ducat glanced at it and said: "General. 1 have a wife and chil dren." "You knew that when you came here," answered Rosecrans coolly. "I'll go, sir," said Ducat, moving his horse forward. "Stay a moment. We must make sure of this." said the general, begin ning to write dispatches, the paper resting on the pommel of his saddle. He wrote three gave one to each of tlicee orderlies and sent them off at in tervals of about CO yards over the bul let swept field. Then he looked sit Ducat, who had seen every one of the orderlies fall lifeless or desparately wounded. Without a word he plunged into the fire, ran the gantlet in safe ty, got to Stanley and saved the regi ment, but his clothes were torn by minie balls, and his horse received a mortal wound. POETRY WHICH BURNED. The Successful Scheme of a Rhyme ster to Make Money. A very wealthy, sedate and enter prising manufacturer in Pennsylvania has a brother who is trifling, dissipat ed and of course a spendthrift But the fellow now and then displays re markable ingenuity In "making a raise." All his life he has indulged, among other bad habits, that of writ ing execrable verse, much of which, however, he has managed to get printed. Lately he conceived the monstrous idea of having all his stuff printed in a book and with the aid of an unscru pulous printer succeeded in bringing out the "work" in quite handsome shape. But in the most affectionate terms he "dedicated" the book to his wealthy brother, who regards his near and dissolute kinsman's "poetry" as really the most reprehensible thing that the Incorrigible fellow does. But the rhymester and his "black art" accomplice knew their business. They printed a large edition of the book and sent a copy to the wealthy man, who immediately purchased the entire edi tion and the plates and made "words that burn" of the "poems" by mea:ns of a bonfire. He also sent tb his cruel brother and induced him to accept a salary to do nothing but throttle his verse fiend. The wicked printer obtained capital enough to go to Chicago and carry on a reputable printing establishment, and the bad brother is earning more money by keeping his verse fiend si lent than better poets do by keeping their muses constantly at work.—Wo man's Home Companion. A Hawaiian Temple of Refuge. Kawaihae's one remaining point of interest is the ruins, back on the hill, of a temple of refuge built by Kame hameha the Great. It is the very last of the heiaus, where in the old days, during strife, the peaceful sought and obtained immunity from harm—for into these temples a man might not pursue an enemy. This ruin indicates a very substantial, structure, in paral lelogram form, about 220 feet long by 100 wide. Entrance is gained through a narrow passage between two high walls, and the interior Is laid off in terraces and paved with smooth, flat stones. The wall up hill is 8 feet high, and on the down hill side 20 feet high, and both are 12 feet thick at base.— Caspar Whitney In Harper's Weekly. See Hon- Long You Will Live. There is a very simple rule for find ing the average number of years which persons of any age may expect to live. If the present age be deducted from 80, two-thirds of the remainder is the answer required. This result is not absolutely accurate, but It is near enough. For instance, a man aged 20 might by this rule expect to live 40 years longer, which is just what the latest actuarial tables give. At 40 the expectation of life works out at nearly 27 years, while the tables give it as more than 25 years. At 60 the above rule allows just over 13 years, and the table shows a little less. Forests of the North. The forest area of all the British pos Hessions in America is estimated at hbout 800,000,000 acres. The settler has rut his way into the fringe of the vast woodland, but his depredations are nothing as compared with the terrific tcourge of fire which has rampaged through it at different times. Did you ever notice how the man who is too lazy to knock the ashes from his cigar will have to spend sev eral moments later-in brushing them off his clothes?—Cambridge Press. We apprehend that black cats, take them rough and running, have brought more fleas than good luck.—Detroit Journal. How He Was Cured. Mrs. McPherson was attracted by the following advertisement the other day: "To the Public—A gentleman who was cured of drinking, smoking, talk ing too loud, going out at nights, going to the races and gambling and who also gained 20 pounds of flesh in three years and was completely restored to health, will sell the secret to any re spectable person for half a crown. If no cure, money refunded.—Address, in confidence," etc. Mrs. McPherson sent for the remedy and received the following reply: "I was cured of all the bad habits mentioned by a three years' enforced residence in her majesty's prisons."— London Tit-Bits. Wftg His Onn Doctor. "For towering nerve." said a chief of division in one of the departments, "a young sun-down doctor, attached to my force here, is the limit. He took three days' leave last week, and when he re turned to the office he brought with him a doctor's certificate. It was signed by himself: 'This is to certify that Umptara .lones (here he inserted his name) has been under my professional tare for the past three days,' etc. He submitted it to me without batting an eye, and he looked real hurt aud down lit the mouth when I told him he couldn't make that kind of a game stick." —Washington Post. She Instated. "Did that man to whom you were just talking say your affairs were mis managed?" asked .Mr. Meekton's wife severely. "Now, Henrietta, that was simply a little aside. It wasn't intended for your ears at all"— "I insist!" "Oh, well, if ou insist he didn't say my affairs were mismanaged! He said they were Mrs.-managed."—Washing ton Star. UMMER CATARRH Catarrh of the bowels, be cause tt is most prevalent in the summer months, is called summer catarrh. Itsurprises many that bowel trouble is catar rhal. Dr. Hartman's books make this plain. Write to the Pe-ru-na Medicine Co., Columbus, O., for them. They tell all about catarrh and how Pe-ru-na cures it wherever located. 1 'I had chronic diarrhoea for fifteen years," writes Mr. T. E. Miller, Grand] Prairie, Tex. I tried many medicines and I doctors in vain. At last Pe-ru-na was recom mended, and it relieved and cured me at once." Mr. John Harting, 633 Main St., Cincinnati, O., writes: "My wife and myself took your Pe ru-na for chronic diar rhoea and it cured us. No doctor or medicine we tried before helped us." Mr. Edward Wormack, Ledbetter, Tex., writes: Pe-ru-na for bowel troubles is unequalled by anything in my ex perience. I owe my I life to Pe-ru-na, and shall always recom mend it to those suffer ing as I was." Mr. John Edgarton, 1020 Third Ave., Altoona, Pa., says: "I suffered from dysentery for three years I took Pe ru-na and am now well." Dr. John Riley, Physician and Surgeon, first floor east of drug store, up stair tixira. Iowa. W. R. COPELAND, ATTORNEY-.T-LAW. EXIRA, IOWA. H. F.ANDREWS, Attornev-at-Law»^- Has thirty yours of experienced. Will practice in all courts of the State. Docs a general Law Businoss. Give him a call. I'i\ira, IOWH. CLEASON & FULTON, Physicians and Surgeons Discuses of children npcciaitv. Office up-stairs in HowaLd block, Audubon lUt. X. J®. Lauritxett, PHYSICIAN S SURGEON. over J. F. McAnincli's Grocery Store. J. C. NEWLOJI, Physician and Surgeon. Office In Haulier's drug store. EXIRA, IOWA, When in Atlantic stop at the Commercial House. Good barn in connection. The only Danish Hotel in the city. A. LASTINE, Prop. Atlantic CEO. F. KAPP, LAWYER IXS VltA XV E— Fire, light ning, IAf'e, Hail and Tornado in the best of companies. Collections promptly made. Real test ato hought and sold, Money fo loan at low rates• EXIRA, IOWA.