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Sunday visitor at tne Lancelot home. The little girl of W. C. Johns, who has been quite sick for some time, is slowly improving. C. E. Mertz was up to Carroll the first of the week attending to matters of personal business. Misses Stella Hepp and Clio Beers M§ were down to Audubon, last week, %and passed Sunday with friends. Will Roberts, from over by Dad ha but who used to live here, was over Tuesday visiting with his friends. Miss Effie Gray went to Manning last Saturday and spent the day very profitably visiting with her friends. Miss Bertha Shelley went down to Boss the first of the week to stay for a couple of weeks visiting with friends. Dave Morgan, from over near Red Oak, is here visiting with his friend k'jd old time neighbor, Henry Thomas. H. B. Shelley was on the sick list -J the first of the week and unable to be '-. in the store for a few days. Mrs. L. N. French went up to Car roll Sunday and spent the day visiting with her son Tom who used to live here. Hannah Lebeck, of Man ng, visited over Sunday with her young friend, Lois Corner, and had a day of whole some pleasure. John Campbell aud family went down to Audubon Saturday night to visit Mrs. Campbell's parents and at tend the meetings. The I. O. O. F. lodge had degree work last Saturday night and took two men through the various fwrns of the sec ond degree work. Aus. Linn and family" moved, the first of the week to the house just va cated by Hite Packard, on the south side of Main Street. The date of the home talent play in the City Hall is the 15th instant and the Rebekahs are expecting a great crowd and good time. Sam Olds and the Misses Fanny and Mabel Welty went down to Audu bon Sunday to spend the day with friends and attend the meetings. Mrs. M. M. Kennels, of Jefferson, is here this week visiting with her par ents, Mr. and Mrs. Corner, as is Mrs. Arthur Baker, of Lincoln township. Lena Polzin was helping invoice in the store during the rush last week. She proved an efficient and apt pupil in that line and was of great assist ance. W. C. Johns, one of our respected citizens, is enjoying a visit from his mother who arrived here from Kansas last Thursday and will visit him for a time. Leslie Garland and wife, from over near Stuart, visited the first of the week with Austin Baldwin, his broth er-in-law, and also with his friend L. Swaney. Albert Swaney drove down from Manning Monday and attended to business here and went out in the eountry and visited with his brother, D. L. Swaney. Hite Packard has moved from town to his place in the country. Every thing is new and he and his family now have a very pleasant and commo dious home. Mrs. Higgins and family were busy the first of the week moving into the home that she recently purchased and Which she expects to soon have fitted tip for a neat home. "4 tr«* grv N. Xfii & aS? John Polzin had men busy the first of the week putting up ice preparatory for next year. He will not need it himself, but thinks that the new man who comes into the store may. The curtains for the hall arrived the first of the week and they will soon have them up and ready for use. They expect to have some nice scenes paint ed and will have an up-to-date scenery. Bert Denny has accepted a position in the store of T. B. Creveling and be gan work Wednesday. Bert has had experience in this line, and will prove a valuable assistant to Theo. in the general work of the store. Mr. Summerville, of Carroll county, was in town Tuesday talking with our citizens. He has just returned from Chicago where he has been with a car of cattle for which he received a good price and was well pleased. Austin Baldwin, living out east of town, has decided to ouild a new house and even now has the stone on the ground for the foundation. He expects to build quite a neat residence as he wishes a good commodious home. About 17" men went down to Audu bon Sunday to hear the sermon by Rev. W. A. Sunday in his sermon to men only. Nearly everyone who has heard him are his friends and defend ers to those who malign his work, having never heard him. Joe Cann, the hustling real estate man of Audubon, is here this week helping to invoice the goods in the store of John Polzin, that was tiaded for by the firm in Sioux City for which he works. Joe is a good man and a wide-awake fellow who will look well to the business of his employer. Tlio Newspaper Blue Book, just now issued Rives a list of what are tko best papers in each state of tlio union, the rank being determined by the amount of clippings that have been called for from those papersby the press clipp ing bureaus. In New York theTimes heads tlio list, in Chicago the Tribune In Iowa The ]-os Moitios Leader far oxcoeds any other journal. An NELSON & CHRISTENSEN -. Overcoats. We want to remind you that we still have a good as sortment of Overcoats to close at ridiculous low prices. .. Come and get them while they last. Suits. All Winter Suits, Men's and Boys,' all goat cost. Underwear. All heavyweight, wool or cotton, on the same list. Caps. And^sb is Ca ps. Our spring Hats and Caps are now here. Would be glad to have everybody come and look them over. We sell The Longley Hat--none better. Many people are going to change location this spring. That means Trunks, Telescopes, Suit Cases, Etc. We are prepared to meet the demand—are showing an immense line. Come, select what you want, ks*-4- all sizes and kinds. NELSON & CHRISTENSEN "uad Betrothal. It is said that a certain servant in a moment of weariness with domestic duties said, "Bather than go on like this month after month forever I'll ask the first roan who passes if he wants a wife." Her fellow servant challenged her to put the question to a man just they passing by. The young woman was not prepared to be taken at her word so suddenly, but, in desperation, he thought herself for a way of escape. She was Welsh and hurriedly exclaim ed as the unknown was passing, "A I oes clsian gwraig aruoch chwiV' ("Do you want a wife?") "Oes" ("Yes") was the unexpected re ply from the young man, who also hail ed from the principality, and, with Celtic sprlghtliuess, followed Into the hall the blushing girl, who had fled upon hearing the familiar word. The maid, a farmer's daughter, was bux om and neat, the swain was an indus trious and ambitious young dealer with promising prospects, and soon "merrily rang the wedding bells." A Teat of Friendship. A gentleman has tiled the following peculiar way of probing the ties of friendship. He sent letters to twenty. Intimate friends asking for a loan of a pound. Thirteen of the two dozen friends did not reply at all, five de clined tf) lend the money, two promised to send it on the next day and did not do it, one sent his "last 10 shillings," and only three sent the full sum asked for. The supplicant and all the. "friends" !e had written to are well off.—St. Petersburg Novoe Vremya. EVANGELIST A. Of These collectors were uniformed meu, carrying leather pouches, in which they have the matured notes and which are later tilled with curren cy as the collections are made from the bank's borrowers. I stood at the paying teller's desk as I went farther along in my tour of the Bank of France. As 1 halted there the man who happened to be at the win dow at the moment presented a cheek for 50,000 francs. The money was counted out aud handed over to him, stored away in a big wallet, and lie passed on. I asked if it were not un usual for a man to draw out so much currency and was told that it was not. It was but another illustration of how undeveloped is the banking system of continental Kurope in its uses by the general public.—Scribner's Magazine. The Slini'k Is Slow Swli&nier One ill service nature has done the shark—namely, that of placing a trian gular llis on his hack which acts as a danger signal and gives warning of his approach. Happily the shark has not been gifted with sufficient sagacity to be aware of this peculiarity, for had ho been so he would unquestionably aban don his habit of swimming close to the surface of the water and would in thnt case be enabled to approach his victim' unobserved. The shark is a slow swim mer for his size and strength. Byron observes, "As darts the dol phin from the shark." But Byron was a poet and does not appear to have been a close observer of the habits of inhabitants of the water, or he would have known that a shark would have no more chance of catching a dolphin than a sheep would of overhauling a hare. A shark will keep up with a sail, ing ship, but it is as much as it can do to follow in the wake of a fast steam er, and a torpedo boat would be able to •rive It nolntH. Foley's Kidney Cure makes kidneys and bladder right Q, GHARRETT, DOWNS, ILLINOIS. •r Preparations have been consummated for the Union Evangelistic ser vices to be conducted at the Citizen's Hall, in Gray, beginning, Sun day February 23rd. First Service will be held Sunday at 11 A. M. and each evening at 7:30 P. M. Afternoon meetings each day, beginning Tuesday, the 25th at 2:30 P. M. Rev. Gharrett is an Evangelist of note. His strong point being in his deep thorough work, counting quality rather thau quantitty. The following from the Lexington Unite will give an idea of Rev. Gharrett's success ''After fo ir wieks duration the meat ngs cl sed with great results. They were by far the-in nt po-v.-rful meetings ever held in the city of Lexington. All clause* were reached from the lowest to the highest. The ReV. Gharrett is a piwer in God's hand for good. Ho has wonder ful drawing qualities and won the esteem of all who met or heard him. He is a thorough Christian gentleman aud his success lay in his close living with his Heavenly Father and his faculty of uniting churches in the work. He never spoke disrespectful of any church, but wished all of them God speed. The churches are to be commended tor their unaltering co operation, especially the M. E. and Baptist and this ha9 gone along way in bringing the churches together and breakiug down sectarianism. The result was the conversion of eighty souls, who found homes in the different churches." FOREIGN BANK METHODS. rile r«e In Undeveloped System In Continental Uurojie. A bank check is looked upon with suspicion in Italy. Practically no unaII tradesman would take a check, and none of them keeps a bank account. It was still more surprising to mc to find that such a statement would be almost literally true of Paris itself. I was studying the mechanism of the Bank of France under the guidance of one Of the officers. Wo went into one great room in the old building in which thCre were 200 desks inclosed in wire cages, all empty at the moment. I asked what these were for. "These cages are for our city col lectors," I was told. "When a small merchant borrows l'roni the Bank of France, he does not, as with you in America, borrow a bank credit and have his loan merely added to his bal ance ou the books of the bank. With us the merchant, when he makes a loan, gets the actual money and takes it away. He probably lias no bank ac count with us. He writes no checks. When the loan is due, he does not, as would be the case in your bunks, come In and pay his indebtedness with a check instead of that we send a col lector to him, and that collector Is re paid the loan in actual currency. Two hundred men start out from the Bank of France every moruing-to collect ma tured loans. Several days each month it is necessary to send out 400 men, and on the 1st aud the 15th of each month 600 collectors go out." Thorough arrangements are being made and it is expected that a religious awakening will be the result. G. E. BERTCH, Pastor U. B. Church, -i, A. BENNETT, Pastor M. E. Church. FLOWER AND TREE. Falms and ferns should never be al lowed to stand in a draft When moss is seen ou fruit trees, it may be taken as evidence of lack of thrift in the trees. The ideal soil in which to set a plant is one that is moist, without being wa ter soaked, neither too dry nor too wet. Dust is a great enemy of window plants in connection with dry heat. Care must be taken to keep the air moist. In India the tea plant is naturally a tree, but by means of pruning it is kept so small that it seems to be only a bush. For setting in a dry soil the plant should be well rooted and stocky, as it must depend on the roots it already has to make a start. Vines of all kinds flower and^fruit freely only after they have reached the top of their support. When they have "arrived," they set about blooming. Peonies should be planted in October. Once planted they should not be dis turbed, but should be allowed to form strong clumps. Thus treated the flow ers increase in size and beauty with each succeeding season. Brain Wolghti. The average weight of a Scotchman's brain is sixty ounces, an Englishman's forty-nine, a Frenchman's a little over forty-five. The weight of Dutch, Frisi an, Italian and Lapp brains come near that of the Englishman, while the Ger man brain is in many instances heav ier. The Polish brain is 1'orty-seven ounces. Among Hindoo and other races In Iudia it is from forty-one to forty four ounces, but Mussulmans average more aud the Ivlionds, one of the abo riginal races of India, much less—not quite thirty-eight ounces. Traveling toward China, the brain weight of the tribes there settled increases. In Afri ca the average weight is from forty three to forty-eight ounces in America that of the Indian averages forty-seven ounces in Australia from forty to l'or ty-two ounces. Origin of Word Grlu&'o. The word "gringo," which Mexicaus apply to Americans when speaking of them with contempt, is said to have had its origin thus: During the Mexi can war our soldiers got into the hab it of calling the simple Mexican sol diers whom they took prisoners "greeu ies," to signify their ignorance of things in general and of military tac tics especially. The Mexicans retaliat ed by calling the Americans "greeuos," and this word finally degenerated into "gringos." Her Smile., He looked despairingly into vacancy. "I have had my misgivings," he said In a dull," passionless voice, "but now I am sure. Your laugh shows me you are utterly heartless." She turned pale. "Heavens!" she cried in terror. "Did open my mouth as wide as that?" CanUlu. "Do you mean to say that you have not reiul all of Shakespeare's plays?" "Xo." tynswered Miss'Cayenne. "To tell the truth, I did not mean to say It. As iu the case of most people, the confession slipped out quite by acci dent."—Washington. The iron pen mentioned by Job iu the book of that name in the Bible is sup posed to have been a steel graver used for cuttlug inscriptions on atone. ROSS Amos Persing Bold 500 bushels of corn the past week. John Wagner shipped a car of stock to the eastern markets last Suuday. Markets up to Tuesday evening corn, 49c wheat, 29c oats, 36 Jc hoes, $5.To. Henry Mackear of near Gray was down the first of the week visiting his brother Johs. Mrs. F. L. Taylor came home on the evening train Tuesday after a few days visiting away lrom here. Olsen and Neitzel each sent a car of cattle to the eastern markets Sunday to see how they could profit thereby. Mies Laura Larsen and her sister Elsie were up from Audubon Sunday and spent .the day at the Quimby home. John Greenlee was on the market the other day with 1000 bushels of corn. A man with this amount thu year has a gold mine. Mi68 Weber passed through here Tuesday evening on her way to visit friends here after a visit of sometime with relatives in aud around Mar shall tow ii. Fergusen & Widerstine are figur ing on a new engine for a threshing outfit so that they will be in the best, shape possible to make a good run next year. llev. Faust of the German church here is at Lorah this week helping in revival services. He is a good strong preacher and is much thoHght of by his whole congregation. Mart Olsen the hustling hog man was up in Viola township Tuesday at the home of county supervisor John Bonwell trying to make a deal for some of John's fine hogs. Uncle Sammie Jordan was up to Manning Tuesday to buy a lot lying next to him and now has a good sized piece of land ou which to build so he can have a garden patch and a place for a few chickens. Tuesday just as A1 Miller had a good start in shelling for Len Bridenstice a rock went crashing through the shell er which was hurriedly laid up for re pairs which he soon fixed up aud went back to work again. Our hustling implement man was up to the younger Hollestei's place Thursday making a delivery ot a new ieed grinder. Mr. Hollester is a good practical farmer and knows how to get the most out of his grain. The whole population gets away nearly everv night to go to Audubon to hear Sunday. They are all interest ed and begin going by five o,clock so as to be in time to get a seat where they can drink in every word he says. Sam Wilson was in the town the first of the week and purchased of Har ry Bates one of those Bennet Ranges aud Mrs. Wilson can now enjoy the delights of house keeping aided by one of the most up to date stoves going. Ross has been about the busiest sta tion in the county this winter iu tak ing in grain. We have watched all with interest and find the boys here busier than at any other point. They now cannot get all the cars they want and have their elevators piled to the top waitiDg for shipments. G. W. Robinson arrived the first oi the week from Avoca to help iu Stemm's harness shop. This makes three men in the shop besides Mr. Stemm and they are getting out a lot of harness and one man is kept steady in repairing. He has had a fine trade since opening up and been liberally patronized. Monday evening just after Jens Sorensen, the carrier for the rural free delivery arrived home his team start ed and ran away. They got next to a woven wire fence here in town and one jumped over it and they scurried along one on each side for a time where they at last were stopped with little damage except a broken sleigh tongne. A1 Miller has kept his sheller runn ing pretty busy lately and has shelled for the following people: Billy McCaw, 1450 bushels Amos Polzin, 850 bushels Wm. Neitzel, 600 bushels August Schrader, 750 bushels: Henry Schrader, 550 bushels Will Greenlee, 1000 Len Bndenstiue, 700. Most of the above have not yet sold their corn but are holding it tor high er price expecting corn to advance a few cents yet. Irvine un a Tliiiter. Sir II wiry irvin's prodigality to ward servants was well illustrated some years ago when he was at-Bluff Point, Lake ChauipJain. lie gave the driver of thu break which daily ran to Au Sable Cliasui $50 in two weeks and feed the other servants with like reck lessness. The guests of the hotel grew very indignant, because there was no getting along with the employees, who almost literally fought among them selves to minister to the needs of the English actor 'and sadly neglected th6 rest of the guests. Lady Help A-plenty. Mrs. Rangle—I've advertised for a servant for a whole week with no re Butts. Mrs. Cumso—Well, I advertised for a good looking lady help and had thirty four to select from the first day.—Bal timore Sun. Satan puts another gridiron on the fire when he sees a man buying beer Ifith the money his wife earqed*at the •rashtub.—Chicago News. v. -v S "V 1 it#* 2" us J*.- &.a THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE [Original.] "That Was the proudest moment of my life," said Summers at the gather ing of Confederate veterans. "What moment?" asked Vena'ole. I "The moment when General Lee re ferred to me in flattering terms, which, I confess, I did not deserve." '•What? General Lee referred to you? When? How?" "It was during the lighting before Richmond. One night just before 'taps' I lighted a fire and was making some coffee"— "Coffee? Chicory, you mean. We had no coffee," interrupted Venable. "1 say coffee, and I mean coffee." "Where did you get it?" "In a Yankee camp we had walked over during the day. Weil, as I was saying, just as the coffee began to emit its delicious odors the sergeant called' out, 'Summers, you're wanted.' 'And« you.' 'And you,' speaking to different men of our company." "I was there," said Venable. "I re member perfectly. He called me too." "There were a dozen of us," Sum mers went on, "assembled in an or chard"— "An apple orchard." "Yes, an apple orchard. Well, the, sergeant ordered us to fall in andi marched us to the colonel's headquar ters. The officer of the guard was/ there with several of liis men and' among them a fellow—I don't knows who he was, but he didn't belong ta our company or to the regiment. The colonel looked us over, aud we were, taken, the stranger along with us, to General Lee." "And drawn up in line before his tent," put in Venable, "the stranger between you and me." "I have forgotten about the stran ger," Summers went on, "but I remem ber that General Lee came out and looked at us as if searching for somo one. Presently his eye lighted on me, and he said: 'That's the man. I wish I had a dozen like him. I could use them all.'. "With that he went back into his tent, and we were marched to camp." "Do you mean to tell me," said Ven able, "that all these years you hive thought the general referred to you?" "Of course he did." "Why, he not only looked at me, but he pointed at me." "You?" "Yes, I." "Well, now, I like that. Whatever put it into your stupid noddle that he referred to you?" "Because shortly before I had been detailed as his orderly, and when 1 left him he commended me for my faithful attention." "Aud I had held his horse under fire while he climbed to an eminence to get a look at the enemy. I tell you it was hot down there in the hollow, the shells shrieking over my head." Summers got up from his chair and stalked about, with his hands in his pockets, glaring like a tiger. "I'm sorry to destroy the illusion of a lifetime," remarked Venable, "but truth is mighty and must prevail." "The egotism of some people If fired at an enemy would have more effect than a machine gun." "The self esteem of others is worse-, than a charge of dynamite." At this moment a white headed maiv entered. The veterans made him wel come, placing a glass before him. He filled his pipe and sat smoking in that stolid fashion especially to be noticed among the German people. "We're glad you've come, Mark helm," said one Of the assembled vet erans, "not only because we love our enemy, but we needed some one to stop a wrangle between Summers and. Venable." "Vat wrangle?" asked the old man. "I'll state the case, aud you, being a Union veteran and consequently Im partial, may be able to decide between them." "Veil, go on." "One night when we were fighting McClellan before Richmond, Summers and Venable were marched with a squad of a dozen men to General Lee's tent. They were drawu up iu Hue. The general looked them over and said: 'That's the man. 1 wish I had a dozen like him. I could use them all.' Sum mers claims that the general referred to him, since he had served him faith fully as orderly. Venable claims the honor, since he had held the general's horse under fire. Which is right?" '"NeJder. Shenenil Lee poiut to ine. vas der man iu der middle." "You the man in the middle!" cried Summers. "What were you doing there?" "I vas a spy.'' "A spy!" cried the company iu a breath. "Tell us about it." "You see," said Markheim, "I vas a young feller sliust come from Sherma ny, und I didn't know vat to do ven I jot to dis country, so I vent into der Union army. Von day my captain dells me Shenenil McClellan vants a man to go to Richmond to see how many of you fellers dere vas. I couit, und I see Sfaeneral Lee, und I talks mit him. Den I vas arrested. Sheneral Lee vas a ferry conscientious man und vouldn't Identify me unless he could bick me oudt from udder men. Next day he send for,me, und I tell him I don't care Uottings about der national droubles und if lie let me off I go vork a farm in Nort' Carolina. I been vorkin' dot farm ever since till I come here last veek." "By thunder!" exclaimed the com pany. "I uefer vants to be der man In der middle again. If it hadn't been for the kiud heart of Sheneral Lee, I vould haf been in der middle of a guard, vith a rope arount my neck. Ve trink to Shcueral Lee!" MAURICE K. BROKETT. I XSf oi I I ^-1 I C* I -v.