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No Man is Stronger
Than His Stomach
C*Sertf,u JouVHjit.
George M. Lane of Chicago Meets With
Accident in Florida.
Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 27.—Six per
BODS were injured when the big tour­
Ing car owned by George M. Lane of
Chicago struck a curbing and turned
turtle at a corner in Riverside.
A strong man is strong all over. No man can he
strong who is suffering from weak stomach with its
consequent indigestion, or from some other disease
of the stomach and its associated organs, which im
pairs digestion and nutrition. For when the stomach
is weak or diseased there is ft loss of the nutrition
contained in food, which is the source of all physical
strength. When a man "doesn't feel just right,"
when he doesn't sleep well, has an uncomfortable
feeling in the stomach after eating, is languid, nervous, irritable and despond
ent, he is losing the nutrition needed to make strength.
Such a man should use Dr. Pierce'a Golden Medical
Discovery. It cares diseases of the stomach and other
ortians of digestion and nutrition. It enriches the blood.
Invigorates the liver, strengthens the kidneys, nourishes
You can't afford to accept a secret nostrum as a substitute for this non
alcoholic medicine op KNOWN COMPOSITION, not even though the urgent dealer
^Pay thereby make a little bigger profit. Ingredients printed on wrapper.
Mr. Lane suffered a fractured shou!
and it is believed he is internally
"d. Mrs. Lane was badly bruised
about the face. The machine
'v wrecked.
-eader" Leaves Home of|
-usin in Jacksonville.
.^Ksonville. Fla.. Dec. 27.—William
j. Bryaft, who has been ill for several
(lays at the home of his cousin, for
mer Governor William S. Jennings
I ere, left for Miami, Fla., where he
will board a steamer for Cuba, later
toing to South America.
& Mr. Bryan was feeling much better
when he ieit trie city, but was still
luffr-ring from a severe cold.
Kansas City to
Houston and Galveston
Without Changing Cars
This new daily through scrvice is the serv
ice you want if you're about to go to Texas.
Through train from Kansas City every
day via
Rock Island Lines
and Trinity and Brazos Valley Railway
Drawing-room sleeping cars, restful berths, re
clining chair cars, excellent meals. No waits,
no delays. Perfect comfort all the way, with satis
fying speed.
To laugh when laugh would be cheer
To commort when comfort Is sought
To refrain from the habit of sneering,
In a word, to do Just what we ought
To treat others the way we'd be treated,
Ah, this Is the task that is ours
we fail, then God's plan is defeated.
We've wasted the best of our powers.
Not to laugh when a brother is crying.
Nor frown when a neighbor may smile
To oncourage when somo one is trying—
Yes, this is the duty worth while.
To be kind and to be sympathetic,
To be brave in the heat of the strife
And never to grow apathetic—
In a word, live a well-balanced life.
Dies, Ignorant of Charges.
New York, Dec. 2fi.—George Proctor
I Sheldon, former president of the
Phenix (flic) Insurance company and
accused of defalcations of the com-
pany's funds of more than $1.000,000,
I died at "'the Maples," Greenwich, on
Christinas morning. Mr. Sheldon had
been ill since October and had -had
very few lucid intervals, lie had not
been told of li'.e discovery of his
shoitsM-o. and ail hough lie was indict,
rr! or- TH-r. fv en two comit* specific
ally chanting the larceny of $45,000,
'.it 1 about it.
For rates, tickets, sleeping car reservations
and general information, consult your local
ticket agent, or write
JOHN G. FARMER, Division Passenger Agent
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Merchant Tailoring!
Order your SUITS AND OVliKCOATS made
at David Amundson's Shop, lie keeps the
Largest ami Best Assortment in the city ot
All Kinds of Black and Mixed
Always a Nice Line of PANTS GOODS and
Also Agcney lor Albert Lea and St. I'aul
Steam Laundry Companies for
All Work Guaranteed to Give Satisfaction.
D. AMUNDS0N, Cresco, Iowa
Novelized From
Eugene Walter's
Great Play
SMITH, superintendent oi
tlic Latin American Steamsliit:
company's docks, had arrived Ir
response to the president's sum
roons. conveyed to him b.v the tele
phone. Smith, known to his famiiiar.
ns .Ilmsy. was a tall, gaunt. annular
man. bearing nil over him the stanif
of westerner. He was. In fact, frmr
Colorado, where he began ills active
career by engaging it) mining. Scant
success attended his efforts in this di
reetlon. however, and after working
with the dogged determination thai
was one of his traits until even his
patience was exhausted he finally en
tered the employ of the steamshir
company in whose service lie liar
risen to his present position, with
headquarters in New York.
There was something about Smitt
that caused men. and women also, fot
that matter, to take to liini on sight
The unbounded good nature, big ffeart
edness and unselfishness beaming in
his blue eyes and In ills whinisica'
smile were written in every line of his
clean shaven face. Another thing thai
made him remarked by all who camf
In contact with him was his absolute
Imperturbability. In all his thirty
seven years of existence he never liaii
been known to "get a move on." not
even when a premature blast in
mine had sent the diggers helter skel
ter for safety and carried death anc
suffering to many. Smith had walked
tranquilly away amid the rain of rocfe
and earth until It was all over. Ther
he had returned and organized th
work of rescue, his placidity causing
the others Instinctively to look to hire
for direction. Nor was his speed
more burred than were his move
ments. He spoke but little, and ther
his words came In a quiet, even, dls
tlnct drawl. But he "got there" at
quickly as most men. and a good dea:
quicker than some whose nerves were
highly strung and with whom rapiditj
of action was as necessary as breath
Ing. for he was possessed of keen pow
ers of observation and common sense
an earnestness of purpose that gav»
his utterances weight and an Integrltj
as unshakable as the rock of (iibral
tar. As a titling, almost necessary,
complement of such a nature he was
endowed with a sense of humor that I
added not a little to the attraction he
exercised for those who knew him
sufficiently well to be utile to appre
ciate his qualities of heart and mind.
He took a calm, all embracing survey
of the office as he entered, looked over
to Brooks' desk and saluted him with
a cordial motion of the hand and in
structed a boy to notify Captain Wil
liams of Ills arrival. He was ushered
immediately into the chief's presence.
That worthy, who, like his superin
tendent. was clean shaven, was seated
at Ills desk In his shirt sleeves, and
the whole room, despite the wide open
windows, was thick from the smoke
from an old blackened corncob pipe at
which lie was putting vigorously. He
was a burly man. and ihe short, thick
neck, the broad shoulders, the power
ful. big jointed fingers and the mus
cles that stood out In bunches on the
hairy arms disclosed by his rolled up
shirt sleeves denoted that he possessed
unusual physical strength. An ugly
man to get Into an argument with was
Williams, one who, it needed no mind
reader to judge, would be capable of
following the word with a blow that
would crush an ordinary opponent.
For years, as Brooks had intimated,
ho had led the roughest life a man
can lead, hammering by sheer brute
strength a way to wealth by ways in
which scruple had counted for nothing
at all and expediency for a good deal,
and his entrance upon a higher plane
of civilization had not imparted much
polish to his appearance, habits or
speech, which were those of the old
time sailing ship mariner, although of
late years he had striven to conform
more cloSeiy to the examples of re
finement he witnessed in the only po-1
lite society he cared for. which was
that of the family of bis dead friend.
Stanley Harris, who was general man
ager of the Latin-American line when
he obtained control of It He had a
way of glaring at a person from un
der his bushy eyebrows with a scru
tiny that seemed to read through and
up and down him and made him most
111 at ease under It.
He made his decisions promptly, au
thoritatively, after the manner of a
man accustomed to command and to
be obeyed without question, and ho
never changed them, at least in his
business and administrative dealings.
Add to ail this a voice like a foghorn,
the effect of which, when he raised
It, was. as he knew full well, to make
his subordinates quake and to Intimi
date others who had to do with him.
and It will be realized that he lived tip
fully to his reputation of being a hard
For his quiet, unmorable and Ihor
oughiy capable dock superintendent he
entertained a certain respect. He
knew from experience that the man
was not the least bit afraid or even
disturbed by his bullying manner and
his bellowing and that his glare, al
ways squarely met, had no more effect
upon him than It would have upon the
bronze statue of Washington which
stands sentinel on the steps of the sub
treasury In Wall street.
Smith lowered himself slowly and
easily Into big armchair beside the
president's desk.
"Two delegates from the Longshore
men's union were here Just now." an
nounced the captain. "They say the
freight handlers are going to strike."
"Va-as?" said Smith Interrogatively.
"Yes. What do you know about It?"
"Nothing, except that they came to
nie with a demand for higher pay for
the men. I referred them to you."
"Well. I didn't leave 'em any IOOD-
•sic. i-
Author of "Paid In Full" and
Easiest Way"
hole for doubt as to my position in the
"You turned them down?"
"Turned "em down! Of course
What do von think? Suppose I hand
ed 'em a raise on a silver platter and
bowed 'em out of the door?"
"1 don't suppose anything about it.
I'm asking for information."
"Them two blatherskites came swag
gering and blustering In here and said
every last one of I lie men would quit
tomorrow morning at 11 o'clock unless
tliey got 3 cents more an hour. They
wasn't swaggering when they went
out of here, I tell you. I pretty soon
took the starch out of 'em."
A falnl smile flitted over the superin
tendent's face, but he ventured no re
"I told 'em." Williams went on. "that
I wouldn't give 'em a cent a century
more and to strike and bo d. I also
told 'em that any man who did go
ent would never get another job with
Mils company, and. by Sam, lie won't!"
The captain's voice had risen to a
roar, nnd lie brought Ills fist down on
tli" desk with such force that pens and
pencils went flying In all directions
and the ink splashed from the wells in
their solid crystal stand.
"Them labor agitators ain't got
no notion of the fitness of tilings.
They ain't got a grasp on economic
conditions for a cent. They got to do
something to live without working, so
every once in awhile they go to the
men as pays 'em to lie walking dele
gates. gives 'ent some glib talk about
their rights and advises 'em to strike
for more money. Do they look around
nnd try to lind out whether an ad
vance is warranted by the conditions?
Nary a look. Do any of the men they
hand out their advice to try to find
out? Not on your HIV! Tliey go ahead
like a lot of sheep and strike and
starve and blame the result on cap
Smith nodded.
"If lhey carry out^their threat and
quit," continued the captain, "you
will clear all Ihe strikers from the
docks, throw 'em off If necessary,
knock heir silly blocks off. but tell
tlicni as wants lo work that full pro
tection will he given I'll arrange
Willi police headquarters to have a
sufficient force of hluecoats on hand t«
"l is. Kir, Until. fir, like tlttb.'"
guard our property and will also noti
fy our docks a other ports to be pre
pared. You will fix up accommodations
for tbe strike breakers in the sheds
here until (lie I rouble is over and
make arrangements to bring men from
the inland cities. In Ibis matter you
need spare no expense. Understand?"
"I guess so." replied tlie superin
"Then It's up to you."
•'Anything else you want to see me
"Not now. You can get in touch with
me any time you want me. You know
about where I'm to be found."
Smith drew in Ills long legs, raised
himself from the chair and took up
his hat to go.
"See here, Smith." said the captain.
Ills voice rising gradually to its fear­|
some bellow. "It's nigh on to twoseoro
years since I took my first vessel, the
Sally Morau, out of Frisco as master
and owner, bound for the south sea
islands to trade, and I've commanded
my own ship every minute since and
held my own against all sorts of lub
bers as would have done me and done
for me If tliey could. And do yon
think I'm going to be dictated to by
John W. Harding
Copyright. 1908, by G. W. Dilling
ham Co.
any white livered gas hag of a crawl
ing delegate who conies here holding a
knife to my throat b.v threatening a
turnout without giving tne. a chance
to meet It if I don't give In to his de
mands on the spot? No. sir. not by an
all fired sight! No, sir, not In a
thousand years! I own this outfit
from keel to main peak,and if I can't
run It my own way I'll scuttle It and
go down with It. Understand? And
If any man's looking for a fight with
me he'll find me quick enough, and I'll
break him, no matter who or what he
Ik. Yes. sir, by Sara. sir. like this!"
Seizing a thick ruler on the desk, tie
snapped it without apparent effort, and
as he sat glaring there with his di
sheveled hair, his pugnacious, massive
underjaw protruding and his big fists
tightly clinched on the broken wood,
causing the muscles of Ills arms to
bulge like knots on a gnarled tree, he
presented the embodiment of might
and ferocity.
"I don't know but what you're right.
Cap'n Williams." drawled the superin
tendent with his unchangeable equa
nimity. "Anyhow, you sure are en
titled to do what you like with your
He went out and on his way to the
office exit stopped at Brooks' desk.
"Well, how's ihings. boy?" lie In
quired with an interest so kindly thai
one might have thought there was
nothing else in the world with which
his mind was occupied and never could
have suspected that there lay before
him for Immediate solution the prob
lem of preparing for a great strike
that threatened to tie up the business
of one of the most Important steam
ship lines In the country, with ramifi
cations extending from Boston all
around the coast of South America lo
San Francisco.
"Oh, so. so." answered Brooks. "By
the bye. I'd be awful glad If you'd come
up to supper tonight. Emma was say
ing only this morning that we hadn't
seen anything of you for a week."
"That's so. I've got to square my
lelf with Emma, though It hasn't been
my fault altogether."
"Then we'll expect you to supper?"
"1 can't promise, because I've a deal
to do between now and this evening,
but I'll come If I can."
"So long, .llmsy."
"So long."
And Smith sauntered out to attend
to one of the greatest emergencies he
had ever been called upon to meet In
his life.
(To be continued)
Farmers Get More Money for All Lead
ing Products This Year Except
That of Corn.
Washington.—Corn is the only crop
that is not bringing the American
farmer more money to the bushel in
1909 than it did in 1908. The price of
corn is sky-high at that, for its farm
value was 75.2 cents a bushel August
1 of this year, as against 78.1 cents a
bushel August 1, 1908, the latter being
at least 15 cents above normal value.
The farm value of wheat Is 16.7
cents higher for 1909 than it was for
1908. Oats are 0.8 cent a bushel this
year over last. Barley is 3.1 cents
dearer this year than in 1908. Rye
has advanced 4.1 cents over last year.
Buckwheat Is 2.8 cents and flaxseed
29.6 cents over a year ago.
Potatoes participate in the rise In
value occasioned by the 1908 season
of shortage In the crops generally.
Hay is worth 46 cents more per ton
than It was a year ago. Cotton to
day has a farm value of five dollars a
bale more to the farmer than it did
August 1 of last year, and of $13 a
bale more than It did a few months
The foregoing figures are the actual
farm value of the products in ques
tion, not the artificial values as re
flected in the reports of grain, cotton
and produce exchanges.
Friendly Verdict.
"Say," queried the indignant artist
after he had gone over the entire art
exhibition, "why didn't the committee
hang my canvas?"
"I believe," replied the man in
charge, "they decided that hanging
was too good for U.'
Biggs—Waiter, this steak is too
tough to cut. Take it back.
Waiter—Sorry, sir, but I can't
you've bent it.
If you are going to have a sale sue
me for terms. E. M. Stockman, Auc
tioneer. Office over City Rest Kootn.
Office phone No 4. Residence phone
No. 412, Northern Iowa. Cresco, la.
crow. When you're coughing ana gas
ping. When you've an old-fashioned
deep-seated cold, take Allen's Lung
Balsam. Sold by all druggists, 25c, 50c,
and $1.00 bottles. 34w4
Hides and Fursl
I I am in market now for Furs, Hides
and Sheep Pelts at Joe Block's old
place. N. I. 'Phone, 376.
ID I make any New Year res
olutions?'' repeated the bach-\
elor girl. "Yes, one. Want
to know? Oh, well, I don't
mind telling you. I've made up my
mind to spend next Christinas differ
"1 intend to make an altogether dif
ferent disposition of my presents here
after The places that knew theiti
shall know them no more, and the
wilderness, where no presents have
ever been, is going to blossom with
"You see, it is tills way: When I sat
down to think it all over—the worry
and fuss and the money 1 spent—1
came to the conclusion that, outside
of the nearest and dearest. I gave only
three or four gifts that were really
worth while—that is, that gave me any
actual happiness to give and brought
real joy to others.
"These three or four were the things
I gave to—well, it doesn't matter
whom, but tliey wore people who sad
ly needed them, who didn't expect
tlieni and who couldn't make any re
turn except a broken gratitude that
hurt you to listen to.
"Why, no. certainly I'm not crying,"
and the bachelor girl smiled dashingly
through moist eyes. "But I don't mind
telling you it was the happiest part of
my Christmas. And hereafter those
are the sort of people I'm going to give
"I think I shall write a jolly little
note to each of the relatives and friends
with whom I usually exchange pres
ents. I shall send these notes long
enough before Christmas lo forestall
anybody's buying presents for me.
"In the notes 1 shall convey my best
love and my Christmas wishes. I shall
also explain why 1 intend to send no
present this year—that I purpose milk
iug all my gifts to those whose only
claim upon me is their need. I shall
add that I am certain they will like
tills original method of disposing of
their gifts. And I shall further say
that if they want to make me hap
py and to enjoy the jolliest kind ot
Christmas themselves tliey will please
take the money they had Intended to
speed on me and do likewise with It.
In lliis wav every dollar we give will
be wi'll spent and make somebody
really g'nd
"So that's my New Year resolve. I'll
selfish: That's all you know The
lim lieli gin lauuhcd "It's horribly
sellN'h. I lidn't I lell you \vn* uomg
to do it uieri'lv hei atlse it maile me
happier?" Philadelphia 1 Etillelin.
Curious New Year's Custom of Plou
gastels of Brittany.
Some curious and distinctive mar
riage customs prevail among the I'lou
gastels. a strange race of people
(thought by some to be of Asiatic ori
gim inhabiting Plougastel Daoulas. in
Brittany, who are great strawberry
growers. They are also noted for in
termarrying exclusively with each oth
er. The alliances, which are engineered
by an intermediary known as the bns
ralaine, all take place on one day,
usually the first Tuesday of the new
year. The basralaines start their cam
paign in September as soon as the har
vest is gathered in, demanding on be
half of the intendiug bridegroom the
'•iiud of Ills bride elect.
The courtship is tliMii authorized and
proceeds with ardor during Ihe dark
months which follow. Last year twen
ty-three couples were married in the
parish church on .Ian. 8.
After the ceremony come dancing
und feasting. The great dinner which
is served at the numerous inns begins
at 2 o'clock and lasts well on to mid
night. The favorite dish is tripe, and
1111 inordinate quantity of alcohol is
consumed—one would like to know
with what results.
The whole place is en fete, and there
are never fewer than 2,000 guests.
After the orgy the united couples re
pair to their separate homes. They do
not take up their joint life until the
following evening (after the service
for the dead and a second feasti. when
they are escorted to the bridal cham
ber by a large contingent of grooms
men and bridesmaids, to whom soup
and cakes are presented by the newly
A Chicago Daily for $1.50 a Year.
We are still furnishing our patrons
the Chicago Daily Journal for $1.50 per
year. The Journal has unequal market
reports and is almost invaluable to the
farmer and stockraiser. If you are not
taking a good market daily, don't wait
to do so until winter, but do it now
while you are marketing your produce.
The Journal is a live daily and gives all
the news as well as the markets. Re
member we furnish it at $1.50 per year
to either old or new subscriber*.
ALK about the trials of a w»
uian whose husband is late
for dinner or doesn't come
when lie is expected." says
the woman who lias had experiences:
"It is annoying enough at any time,
but it is nothing in a civilized country
to what it is when you are off in the
wilds somewhere and dinner and din
ner gelling are two of the most Impor
tant things in life.
"When Mr. Blank took me and the
baby some years ago to try life on a *1,
Texas sheep ranch we found theref
were a good many things in the world
that we had no conception of before,
and life took on a different aspect. It
was a happy life, but it was not an
easy one. I had to do all kinds of
housework, the hardest kind of house
work. and cooking in a house situated
in a Texas chaparral is not cooking as
It is done even in a New York tint.
We lived chiefly on game which Mr.
Blank shot as we needed It. Our veg
etables were all canned—peas, corn
and a certain number of things we
kept always on hand.
"I suppose I made myself a great
deal more work than was necessary
and did twice as much cooking, but I
was used to everything In eastern
style, and it did not occur to me that
I could have tilings In any other way.
We always had dessert every day for
dinner. I made cake, and practically
we lived in the wilds of Texas exactly
as we could here.
Well, the day when Mr. Blank did
not come home to dinner was New
Year's. There was not so much differ
ence between the days—they were all
working days—but I had prepared a
special dinner. Mr. Blank was going
off to the dipping vats, but he was to
be back at 2 o'clock for dinner, and I
prepared good one. It was rabbit. I
think, that day. Our nearest neighbors
were a family of Alsatians whom we
knew very well and who had been
very kind to us. That morning before
breakfast Mr. Blank had ridden over
there on business of some kind. They
had made eggnog to celebrate the day,
and of course he must accept their
hospitality and rake a glass.
Now. a good strong eggnog is not
exactly a before breakfast drink for a
man who Is not accustomed to taking
it at that hour in the morning, and the
eggnog was a strong one. It was New
Y'ear's day. and eggnog ingredients can
be found in Texas w,hen potatoes can
not. When Mr Blank came home he
could not eat his breakfast and only
took a few swallows of coffee and
mounted his horse and rode away.
"1 went to work and cooked dinner
in my best style. 1 had a little oil
stove, for It was always warm where
we were, except when a norther came
up. Everything was done to perfec
tion and ready to put on the table at
o'clock, but Mr. Blank did not come.
I looked out. but he was nowhere ill
sight Two o'clock passed. 2:30. 3
o'clock, and still he did not come.
"Any one would have supposed that
I would have been frightened and
think something had happened to him.
for he is one of the most considerate
of men and this was a most unusual
occurrence. But I was not frightened.
If anything had happened probably
the men would have brought me word.
I had a good dinner prepared, and he
did not come, and oti New Year's day.
I grew more and more angry as the
time passed, until by night I was hard
ly In a condition to speak. By and by
he rode up. lie seemed to feel my
mood. Anyway, his first words were:
'I suppose you are provoked
"'Yes.' 1 said. 'I am.'
"He was angry then, and he went
iff to stake out his horse without an
other word. It didn't last long, how
ever, and we came to an understand
"It seeuis that that egguog. taken
the first thing in the morning, had
been too much for him. He had hard
ly left the house before he was over
come •.villi au irresistible desire to
sleep He says he never knew how he
reached the dipping vats, for he slept
most of the way ou his horse's back.
When he got there lie found working
was simply an impossibility. The men
had a little shaury. and he managed
to crawl up there, throw himself on
the floor, and there he slept all day
long without stirring until night, when
he had slept off the effects of the egg
"I do not look upon eggnog now as
such an innocuous drink as 1 did at one
time, and I know there was never a
wife who lived through such a long
day as I did waiting for Mr. Blank to
come home that New Year's day in
Texas."—New York Times.
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