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OSKALOOSA, - - IOWA, December 20. 1888. CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR MEN. What Fathers, Brothers and Dear Ones like to .Receive. Hints for Young Ladies who Puzzle their Wits for Acceptable Presents. Proper Gifts for a Loyer-Not tho Value of the Present, but ita Apti tude that Tells. From the New York Prc«* “Oh, its so hard to buy Christmas presents for gentlemen?” exclaimed a pretty girl the other day. “There are a thousand and one little trifles that ladies like, but how s.re you ever going to tell what will please a gentleman?” 1 bad some sympathy for the distress of the lassie, for my own wits had gone back on me often under the same cir cumstances, but, after all, it isn’t so difficult as it seems. You have only to do a little practical thinking, and it all becomes clear. The lirst thing to be considered is the relation in which you stand to the recipient of your gift. Everything depends upon what his business may be. If he is a profession al man, a good plan would be to GO TDUOUGH HIS LIBRARY some time when he is out, and see if he has all the newest help in the way of books; if he has, then look over the writing table. t>ee if he has an easy chair, or there may be some little things, trifling in themselves, but which would prove a wonderful help if you only find out what they are and supply them. After your tour of the office is fur nished, if you find everything there that mortal man conld possibly make use of, then keep your eye open at home. Seek a confidential chat with the old gentleman, and if you have one half the tact that your sex is credited with, you can make him tell you just exactly what he wants, and not let the cat out of the bag either. Jf your father is a machanic then your task is easy, 100 new things are made every day that he will find useful. Men are fond of useful things; as a rule orna ments are a bother; a dainty fabric of ribbon and lace is pleasing to look at. Facts Worthy (if Mention: It yon will call on us, we will take great pleasure in showing you the Finest ami Best Selected Stock of HOLI DAY GOODS in the city. We have taken great pains iu selecting our goods from the best manufacturers and im porters, and we intend to sell them at very close prices. We have aimed to make our stock of the practical aud desirable kind, that satisfies latitude in price. Rich gifts, inexpensive trifles and all intermediate grades are now spread out for the inspection of Christmas shoppers. And now please accept our cordial invitation to call. Come prepared for a pleasant hour in looking over our Beautiful Goods. Do not feel ob liged to purchase because you are here. Should articles in our line strike your fancy, you will find the prices reasonable in the extreme. FREE Walk iu and hear our elegant MUSIC BOX; the largest aud finest box iu the state. It plays airs from the latest operas, by the best composers. hut a man always has a feeling that he’ll spoil it if he touches it. Above all things make your gift to your father a useful one. You know him well enough to know what he likes; you wont make any mistakes. 1 remember how I was touched last winter when a prominent merchant took from his pocket a little heart shaped cushion for pins and said to a group of his gentlemen friends, with a suspicious quiver on his voice: “My babe made that for me herself. She’s only 7 years old, but she took lots of pains with it. I haven’t had a present this year I think as much of as I do of this.” Another man who was not so well to-do bad a long walk to bis business every morning. His daughter noticed that be suffered from cold bands aud set herself about netting A PA IK OF WARM WOOLEN MITTENS, lie was delighted with them and got a vast amount of comfort out of them. So you see it is not so much the value of your gift as its aptitude. But supposing it isn't your father? You may have a big brother; if you have, and he is a very young man, your task is almost as easy as if he were a girl. You’ll And in him a very decided tendency toward canes with fancy heads, silk umbrellas, kid gloves, gor geour neckties, the latest fad in hand kerchiefs, silk hosiery, embroidered uightshiits and tine underwear. You can give all these things to your brother, you know. You will even And that a bottle of dainty perfume will not offend him, and the quantity in your own bottle will hold out much longer than before. If the young man has a tendency to be “horsey” you might give him an English riding whip with a spur in the end of a pair of overgaiters. If, however, your brother has gotten safely through that incipient stage known as the “HAIR OIL PERIOD” you will need to make different select ions. If you get your elder brother anything in the line of wearing apparel let it be selected for comfort and use, without regard to style or ornamenta tion. If he is fond of being indoors give him a house jacket, a bath robe, some easy slippers or comfortable lounging chair. If he is a smoker see if he has everything in the line of smoking appliances. If he has need for all these comfortable things he must be a reader. Get him a new hook. You know* what be likes and hooks are always acceptable. BUT IT MAY BE that your perplexity is not over what you shall buy for father or brother— there may be “a nearer one still, and a CONCERT. ! dearer yet than all others." Well, even in that case, I think 1 can help you out. If be be a veiy dear friend a picture of yourself in a frame which you have decorated will please him. If he is your lover give him a miniature of yourself in a pretty case. One of these dainty things printed on porcelain or ivory will be to him a joy forever if he loves you. Presents of jewelry are admissable to your gentleman friends, with the exception of rings; only lov ers exchange these. a picture done by yourself will certain ly he pleasing, or you might buy a hand some picture if your means allow. Books are always admissible, and are perfectly safe gifts if well chosen. Very few gentlemen are fond of poetry or will read it. Study the taste of your friend always if you mean to give him a hook. Gifts of wearing apparel are not considered the things to give gen tlemen outside of your own family, but that all depends upon circumstances. If your sweetheart has money to buy all he needs, then by all means let him do his own selecting. Otherwise a use ful gift of that kind should not be con sidered out of place. In the last case I would make SUGGESTIONS TO WIVES regarding gifts to their husbands. I think a woman’s selflshness crops out here more than anywhere else. Do try ami remember, ladies, that Christmas is not a Utting time for paying off your little petty spites. Don’t go and buy your husband something he has refused to purchase and make him pay for it. Don’t get something for the use of the family that you intended to buy any way and call it “papa’s Christmas gift.” I think any wife who loves her husband as she should will try in some way to have money of her own with which to purchase his gift and then she will buy something for his own personal use. I heard a story to-day about an affair of a wife’s Christmas giving that is only too sadly real. A lady made out a list of the things she thought ner husband might like aud submitted it to him for his approval. He looked it carefully over, and flnding therein so many articles which a man could hard ly use, but which were evidently meant for the comfort of the family, he could not resist being a bit satirical, and calmly remaiked as he handed back the list: “No, 1 can’t think of anything else 1 need unless it be a pair of diamond ear rings or a sewing machine.” You think that was harsh, maybe, but I think it seived her right, and 1 hope every wife who reads this homily of mine will borrow an idea and not fall into like error. The gentlemen’s fur- 119 West High Ave., Oskaloosa. HOLIDAY GOODS! CHRISTMAS 111$! Potpourri--We have it. Rose Jars—An elegaut line. ALBUMS! ALB CJMSJ ALBUMS! The latest stylos and colors in Plush and Leather. Only 7 $1 for a fine Silk Plush Alburn. Oxidized ornaments and clasps are a leading feature this season. Bear in miud it costs nothing to look through and may be profitable for you. Scrap Books from 10 to 75 cents —new patterns. IF YOU ARE AN ARTIST, nisbing stores throughout the city are full of things useful and beautiful for husband, father, brother, sweetheart or son, and I do hope the dear ladies will take the hint and be sensible. One of Them. THE RED FLAG Anarchy has had a new impetus in Chicago, in the past few weeks, and is threateningly at work sowing the seeds of discord and revolution among the people. Never before have the social ists iu this country had such organiza tions as now under the master hand of an “invisible committee” of six, whose plans read like a chapter in the history of the French Revolution,—so strangely at variance with the needs of any class of people in this country at the present time. Their movements are adroit and misleading. Hiding their anarchistic designs behind a labor movement that deAes the police power and the law, they are carrying on their destructive incendiarism aud malevolence in se cret, until the time is rife for the “Reds” again to thru3t their heads before the public as they did three years ago in deeds of violence and bloodshed. Two weeks ago they organized the “Arbeiter Bund,” or workingmen’s club, which is the most violent of the associations yet formed. At a meeting held Thanks giving Day, this Bund set forth their grievances iu the following words: “What we would achieve is, there fore, plainly and simply: First—de struction of the existing class-rule by all means; i. e., by energetic, relentless, revolutionary and international action; second, the establishment of a free so ciety based upon co-operative organiza tion and production; third, free ex change of equivalent products by and between the productive organizations without commerce and profit mougery; fourth, organization of education on a secular, scientiAc and equal basis for both sexes; flfth, equal rights for all without distinction to sex or race; sixth, regulation of all public affairs by free contracts between the autonomous communes and associations resting on a federalists basis. Whoever agrees with this ideal, let him grasp our out stretched brother-hand.” In obedience to the general scheme, Sunday-schools are being freely estab lished in the back rooms of saloon?, where the children are gathered and instructed as to the “hurtful influence of Christianity,” in socialism and history, in politics and philosophy. What a picture is this of little innocent children being taught to harden their hearts and steel their minds against God and the teachings of His Son whose life has been for two thousand years such a blessed help and inspiration to child hood! Does it not suggest the recalling of our missionaries from heathen lands, and setting them at work with the heathen people whp are fast possessing themselves of our own land! Elegant Cigars put up in at- X-N Tbe la^ st , Oxidized Silver tractive boxes for Holiday trade. Goods; all kinds and shapes. Pottery for decorating pur poses. Make selections at once. One of the ablest leaders in this new social revolution is Jens Christensen, the successor of August Spies as editor of the ArbeterZeitung, and a man of liberal training in the German Uni versities, who is strong in proportion as he is intellectual. He does not hes itate to say that he believes in the po tency of force in the work of revolu tion; and that the time will come when armed socialism will test its strength against the capitalistic power of the United States. It is time to join in the demand to increase the tariff on the raw material of anarchy. It is time to make it expensive for these bloody fellows to get citizenship in this country. Let us have no more scenes of murder committed iu the name of class rights aud labor reform! THE DIRECT TAX RILL. The bill to refund the direct tax to the States that paid it under the act of 1861 came up as a special order in the House, Friday, and after a somewhat sharp debate was continued to the fol lowing Tuesday. It is the plan of the opponents now,as indicated by Friday’s work, to try to sink the measure by over-loading it, in place of the Alibust ering scheme so successfully managed at the last session. Mr. Oates will offer as an amendment a proposition to re fund the cotton tax, which means an expenditure of $60,000,000, and Mr. Johnston, of Georgia, will get in an other $60,000,000 clause, or try to, by in serting the Blair educational bill. There will be lively skirmishiug, and a deal of record-making of various kinds, be fore the Anal vote comes. The bill contemplates an expenditure of $20,000,000. Nearly all the Northern States and several Southern ones paid their levy at the time it was made, the following being yet due: Alabama, $511,028; Arkansas, $107,184; Colorado, $715; Florida, $72,762; Georgia, $466,- 384; Louisiana, $71,385; Mississippi, $302,046; North Caroliua, $108,742; South Carolina, $141,174; Tennessee, $277,493; Texas, $174,265; Utah, $26,982; Virginia, $286,662; Washington, $3,487. All of these paid a portion of their quota with the exception of Utah which has never paid anything. lowa paid her full assessment, and should the bill pass would have returned to her nearly half a million dollars, which could be made good use of. The amount which would be returned to the various States and Territories is as follows: Alabama, $18,285; Arkansas, $154,701; California, $254,538; Colorado, $22,189; Connecticut, $308,214; Dak0ta,5324,421; Delaware,374,6B3;District of Columbia, $49,437; Florida, $4,761; Georgia, $117,- 982; Illinois, $1,146,551; Indiana; $904,- 875; lowa, $452,088; Kansas, $71,743; Kentucky, $713,695; Louisiana,s3t4,soo; Among Our Special Attractions Are: A large line of Plush Goods, all colors and designs; Toilet Cases with celluloid and oxidized silver fittings from $2.00 to $25.00; Manicure Sets, new styles and shapes, SI.OO and upwards; Jewel and Work Boxes, all sizes and prices; Colar and Cuff Boxes in plush and leather; Odor Cases with cut glass bottles, odd shapes; Portfolios; Ink Stands ; Niekle Plated Dinner Gongs; Fancy Thermometers ; Wisk Broom Holders; Tripple Mirrors; Infant Sets; Cabinet Photograph Frames ; Gents’ Travelling Cases ; Gents’ Smok ing Sets and Stands ; Japanese Vases in bronze; terracotta and bisque Statuary; and a large variety of other things. We have a fine line of Imported Figures of noted men, such as the late Emperor William and Frederick Third, Gen. Von Moltke, Prince Bismark, Pope Leo the 13th, and many others. FREE CONCERT. ‘Walk in and hear our elegant MUSIC BOX ; the largest and finest box in the state. It plays airs from the latest operas, by the best composers. Maine, $420,826; Maryland, $426823; M assach usetts,sß24.sßl; M ichi gan,ssol ,- 573; Minnesota, SIOB 524; Mississippi, $111,038; Missouri, $761,127; Nebraska, $10,312; Nevada, $4,592; New II »mr shire, $218404; New Jersey, $150,131; New Mexico, $62,648; New York. $2,- 603 918; North Carolina, $377,452; Ohio, $1,567,089; Oregon, $35,140; Pennsyl vania, $1,946,719; Rhode Island, $116,- 963; South Carolina, $222,396; Tennes see, $392,004; Texas,slßo,B4l; Vermont, $211,068; Virginia, $412,408; West Vir ginia, $208,479; Washington, $4,268; Wisconsin, $519,688. Not Very Representative. New Sharon Star, There was cast in the year 1884, in this District for Gov. Larrabee, 14,837 vot§s; For Anderson 13,! 88; and for Cain 2,482. As Weaver declined to be called a Democrat he certainly could not have represented our 13,188 Demo cratic votes, had he have been returned to congress. No one ever accused him of representing the 14,837 Republicans. The element which he would have rep resented then must be the remaining 2,482 Union Laborites. Thus it will be seen we have for several years past had no representative for 28,025 of our 30,507 voters. If we have prospered with a representative of about one-fourteenth of our people, we will probably survive tne shock <?) of having more than a majority represented. The fact of the matter is tne people of the “bloody Sixth” have honored one of her bright est and ablest sons. They have called him to perform a duty, and he will bravely and manfully discharge that du y by becoming a representative of all the people, and their every interest will be faithfully guarded bv him. The electors of the Sixth are not fools. They have chosen wisely and have just cause to feel proud over the results of the battle of the ballots on Nov 6th. GLORIOUS low A. Muxcatine Journal. The biggest crop of corn ever raised in America is now being harvested. And lowa stands at the head of all the States in the number of bushels raised in any State. We put the total yield in the State at 325,000,000 bushels. At the reasonable price of 25 cents per bushel the corn crop of lowa is worth more than $81,000,000. This is almost equal to the value of all the gold and silver mined in the United States in 1886. It is $16,000,000 more than the total net earnings of all the national hanks in America, and is almost double the total dividends paid by those banks in 1887. It is a larger sum than all the rail roads in the United States paid in divi dends on stock in 1886. The last census value of farms in lowa was $568,000,000. The capital stock of all the railroads in 1886 was $3,999,508,509. The State that can raise 325,000,000 bushels of corn in one season is a rich State, and it must be a prosperous Slate. $81,000,000 for lowa’s corn crop!