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The Masqaerade Bail at Turner
Presents Laughable/Features..
Tew Costly, but Many Good Character
The Fliegende Blaetter and the
School War Furnish Much
It was a good masquerade. It was full
of fun. It told many stories that a whole
newspaper couldn't tell. The audience
was a large one. Gallery and hall were
well filled with lookers-on and few there
who did not teel well-paid for their at
One of the first laughable sights to ap
pear was the live idea found in the
Fliegende Blaetter. In as few words as
possible it can be discribed as follows:
A sheeny and a corpulent German. Shee
ny in habit of taking life easy. Catches
idea from shape of German. Causes lat
ter to lie flat on floor, face downward.
Sheeny pillows and stretches himself on
top of German, back to back. Rotund
nature of abdominal portion of German
creates an easy rocking motion. Sheeny
errjoys himself with a quiet smoke. Im
mense laughter throughout the hall.
Another excellent group was a band
of colored minstrels. Seven young men
entered into the group, with blackened
faces, flashing diamonds and long linen
coats with capes, It was an interesting
season spent in watching them march
about the htll to regular negro minstrel
step, and playing a tune that was as near
Jdke Benn Sackett's Theatre Band as a
drum-major, three instruments, two
drums and a pair of cymbals could make
it. Their rendition of the new song to
the old tune, which has been so popular
here the past few weeks, was such as to
bring forth round after round of ap
plause. The programs too, which they
distributed, were inclined to be rather
humorous and particularly appropriate
On the stage the groupings were of
an ingeniou3\order. The two had boys
with their kite episode, excited consider
able merriment, particulaily the scene
where one of the little urchins is lifted
by the flying kite across the stage and out
of sight.
The effort of the old woman to 'make
the sun revolve about the heart instead
of vis versa, as is the natural order of
things, was taken up at once by the
audience in the proper spirit and started
ripples of laughter among' the more per
ceptive. Local application was necessary
to a humorous understanding.
The take-off on the public school fight
was a masterpiece of caricature and per
fect representation. Words cannot pic
ture the scene. The characters were in
some instances evidences that the actors
had studied the originals with particular
Everybody recognized the like-
ness and all appreciated the truth of the
portrayal. The whole scene was like one.
of those political caricatures of brilliant
Tom Nast. A column of editorial
matter could not express the idea half so
Thx adventure of the patent tourists
•who so cleverly bridged a yawning gap
in the mountain cliffs was equally amus
ing, while a group of four old ladies de
served attention throughout the hall in
their unique portrayal of an old fash
ioned "Coffee-Klatsch." A group of
wandering gypsies, a couple of English
tourists at the World's Fair, an equal
number of hod earners, a happy colored
family of ten, dominoe groups, old men
old women and representatives of differ
ent nations added to number of masked
characters that called for notice and com
The music was delightful, the com
pany sociable and the affair on the whole
a splendid one.
A Just Tribute. -.
The Blue Earth City Post, one of our
ablest local exchanges, credits the fol
lowing vtry just tribute to the defenders
of New Ulm, as eminating from Judge
Severance, of Mankato:.-,
"I consider the defense of New Ulm
to have been one of the bravest deeds
in the annals of war. Go back as far as
you please in the history of the#orld,
pet there is nothing in my estimation
for stubborn bravery outshines the
heroic defense of that town and its in
habitants. Think of it I Eess than 200
men, poorly armed, undrilled in the art
war, with buildings burning on every
ide, from 700 to 800 savage, bloodthirs
ty savages dancing around them, or
sneaking in upon them from every side,
the roar of the flames, the. crashing of
falling buildings, and the biood-cpidiing
yells of the red devils came the cry of
frightened children and the weepings
and prayers of mothers, daughters and
wives. Think of it! Was ever man called
upon to make a more hopeless fight
against gred't odds? Was ever a braver
defense successfully made? For three
days andnights these men, hastily thrown
together, many of them with their own
families far out upon the prairies, at the
mercy of the savages, fought like Spar
lans against over-whelming odds and
against an enemy cruel and relentless.
Every school child should be taught the
whole circumstance of this battle, that
they may more fully know of the hero
ism of the pioneer settlers of Minnesota^
Tom Johnson, Monopolist. -M&
"That I am a monopolist is a charge
to which I plead guilty." Having said
this in congress, and said it in sad earn
est, Mr. Tom Johnson is stopped from
pleading inthecharacterof"a friend of the
people." The circumstances leading to
Congressman Tom's confession are these
Tom had offered an amendment to the
Wilson bill, said amendment being that
steel rails should be admitted free of
duty. Tom himself is a manufacturer
of steel rails, and it sounded in a tone
of self-sacrifice when Tom asked for re
peal ©f a duty on an article made by
But Mr. Dalzell ch*arged that Tom's
steel rails were protected by.102 patents
none of which were used by his compe
titors in trade. Therefore, argued Tom's
real purpose was to break down his Am
erican rivals by subjecting them to com
petition with free English-made rails,
and then to hold a monopoly over such
English goods by his own patents. Tom
was '-cornered" and pleaded guilty in the
words quoted by us.
Mr. Dalzell did not rest here he made
Tom confess that h^ was paying his
workmen one-third in cash and two
thirds in scrip, such scrip being pur
chased at a discount from Tom's needy
workmen by a relative of Tom, and by
Tom redeemed at par from Tom's rela
Things, being thus, by Tom's open
confession, we submit there are forms
and methods of "robbery" in the steel rail
business as conducted by Tom far more
"infamous" than any imagined by the
most visionary free-trader to be made
possible by the McKialey law Chicago
Inter Ocean.
Captain Jack Crawford, the 'Poet
Scout" who is gathering bright laurels in
the entertainment field, is in the habit of
doing very effective missionary work in
hi. own quiet way. He responds to fre
quent calls to talk to the pupils of pub
lic and Sabbath schools, and in eloquent
and impressive language warn the young
people of the ruinous results of reading
the sensational, flashy literature with
which news stands are flooded. But a few
evenings ago he was billed for, an enter
tainment at the Opera House at Pontiac,
111., and on the afternoon of the evening
of his appearance accepted an invitation
from Superintendent McClaughry to vis
it the State Reformatory and talk to the
boys confined there. After entertaining
the boys for an hour with border stories
and political recitations he launched
forth into the subject nearest his heart
and delivered an address so eloquent and
so touchingly pathetic on the evils of
dime novel reading and youthful vices
generally that tears trickled down every
youthful face as the burning words fell
from his lips. On his return to Chicago
Captain Crawford received the following
letter of thanks fr»m MajorMcClaughry
"Illinois State Reformatory, Pontiac,
Jan It.—Captain Jack Crawford, Chi
cago, 111. My Dear Sir: I wish to thank
you most heartily for the .entertaining,
amnsing and instructive talk that yon
gave to the inmates ot .this Reformatory
yesterday. To hear a man who has. real
ly been 'on the trail' and has had person
al encounters -with live Indians'- dispel
as happily and completely as you did,
the dime novel ideas of western life with
which so many of these boys are imbued
was indeed helpful and refreshing, The
warning you gave them against vile lit*
erature, whisky and evil associations
came with special force from your- lips
and made an excellent impression. You
will always be a welcome visitor here. ..
The True Polio? of HoridaSpSli'j
Hflf the Mitchell-Corbett light BhaU
prove to be so unprofitable an undertak
ing as to lead to the bankruptcy of the
Duval Club and to the impoverishment
of the sporting gentlemen who have
been raising s*ucha pother^ofState,'i£ will
be a,fortunate^outcome for-the State of
Florida ut large, and for/Jflie^ity lot
Jacksonville in particulars v"- *T^ /i^f's
Florida is a poor State, and a poor
State it is.likely to remain.'. It1 has few
materials requisite for the establishment,
of manufactures, much of its soil is thin
and unadapted to agriculture, its fruit-'
growingcapacity, though great,islimited.
It is upon its reputation as a winter-resort
for invalids and pleasure seekers that it
must depend for the great part of its rQ
venue. But for Northern investors the
average.value of land in Florida would
not now far exceed $5 per acre. But for
the constant stream of Northern visitors
the hotels of its cities newi would be
empty, and its rilroads and steamboats
The class of Northerners who have
improved Florida to its present point of
improvement, and who must be depend
ed on for its further improvement, are
not of the Duval Club's kind. They
are not admirers of the trade of prize
fighting. They object to association with
toughs, and a large, possibly the larger,
part of supporters of what was called
"the manly art," before it had degenerat
ed into a brutal money-making fake are
toughs. Had Governor Mitchell declined
to interfere, it is possible that Jackson
ville might have been temporarily en
riched by the expenditures of several
thousand visitors to the projected fight.
But the ultimate loss would far have ex
celled the present gain. The Duval Club
would have been encouraged to arrange
for new exhibitions of brutality, the city
would have become disreputable and the
well-to-do, well behaved and liberally
spending influx of steady visitors^ would
have been checked. *'&.
It is the policy of the cities and rural
communities of Florida to uphold the
action of Gov. Mitchell to discourage
lawlessness in all its forms, and to make
the State attractive to Northern visitors
and investors. If Florida is to be pros
perous it must be as the winter, garden
of the United' States. Chicago Inter
Farmer's Institute^',*'*&'
It is to be hoped that the farmers of
Brown andNicolletJcounty will notfail to
avail themselves of the instruction that
is to be given at the coming Farmers'
Institute.4,,V"^!, '_, I ivj*JJ'C^7''^v
In conducting these meetings Supt.
Gregg keeps a sharp eye to the want of
the farmers in the locality where the in
stitute is held. If the dairy interest is*
dominant one, then information is given
freely on dairying. If the pork interest
is a dominant one, then much informa
tion is given on the feeding and rearing
of swine. But information is given
more or less on nearly all farm topics at
every institute.
The institute corps this season is com
posed of the following members, viz: O.
C. Gregg, Dr. J. C. Curryer, Theodore
Louis. W. L. Carlyle and Prof. Thomas
Shaw. O. C. Gregg, the superintendent,
usually presides at the meeting3. He
also speaks upon such topics as dairy
cattle, with special reference to their
points, and on the conservation of the
soil moisture. Dr. J. C. Curryer presides
in the absence of Mr. Gregg, and talks
upon the subject of training horses and
on the points of a good*horse. .Theodore
Louis talks on brooding, feeding and
rearing swine, and growing clover and
corn. W. L. Carlyle tests milk and
ohurns in the presence of the people. He
uses the Babcock tester and carrier with
him, a complete outfit for churning.Prof.
Shaw speaks upon such subjects as weed
extermination, rotation, humus in soils,
rearing calves, sheep husbandry, potato
culture, growing roots farm buildings
and agricultural education. "''A
The farmers present are encouraged to
ask questions of the various, speakers
while they are. speaking. And in addi
tion a question box is kept open during
all sessions. The questions put in the
box are carefully answered hy the vari
ous speakers ou the afternoon of the sec
ond day. They usually relate to almost
every phrase of farming^tS^'
The favorite topics 'at'the different
meeeting vary with the locality,
Sometimes training horses is the favor
ite theme, fat other times dijriry/"-cattle
and dairying. In some instance^, pork
raising is the most important andhi oth
ers potato or corn culture, But a very
encouraging feature of the interest man-,'
ifested is the evident desire everywhere
to get information which bears upon
mixed' farming. Everywhere,the xcoh
viction seems to prevail that mitedfhus
bandry will prove the salvatiottiof«riw
farmere. __ ,1|-, .-* •*.&$***)****?'*?*'
It is very incouraging^ ito/^i
ieagera^ntipn which is given
meetings to everything thati&said The
OTder^is simply perfect. £$ ItheCenjil^
comes muiy of the people aeeW loth to
lesve and it would do one's heart good
to hear the sincere invitatiena to the
member* of fho institute to come
as soon as possible. ,.
Tfie\ (Sre^f Mad^n W
Attorneys -Peek and Rerce^oi
Madigan takes jan Active In^rest in the
The Number of Witnesses isljargeand the
Interest Intense.
Ul %ffi.ki
The trial of CountyAttorney Madigan
of Redwood,County on the serious char-,
ges of perjury, bribery and forgery was
to have commenced yesterday but was
adjourned till this, morning. The rea
son was that Clerk Byramforgotto bring
down the original indictments and when
the Judge rapped the court to order,At
torney Peck asked to see the originals,
claiming that the copy that had been
served on him was so chopped up with
interlineations that he could make out
nothing trom it. Byram accordingly re
turned to Redwood ami was to have been
back this morning with all the necessary
papers. s£ 5J-.-£^
The Judge suggested the impan
elling of a jury, but Madigan objected
to any such proceedure before the origi
nal indictments were re&dsM
S. S. Pierce has charge of the case for
the state and H. J. Peck of Shakopee
will defend the accused 'JMadigan takes
an active interest in his own behalf and
appears to have charge of all the evi
dence and papers that are to be used in
Witnesses are numerous indeed. Near
ly a whole car came down from Redwood
yesterday and more are expected. «S»i
The court r«om was crowded from'the
start with people who are anxious to
hear the evidence in this important case,
and it can be truly said, that nothing has
transpired in the Brown county court in
years that has excited such general in^
Portrait of Biley^.^t
Hamlin Garland writing in McClure's
Magazine for February, describes a dia
logue with the Hoosier poet as follows:
After a few minutes' chat Riley said,
with a comical side glance at me:
"Come up into my library." I knew
what sort of .a library to expect.' It was
a pleasant little upper room, with a bed
and a small table in it, and about a do
zen nooks.
Mr. Riley threw out his hand in a
comprehensive gesture, and said: "This
is as sumptuous a room as I ever get. I
live most o' my time in a Pullman car or
a hotel, and you know how blamed lux
urious an ordinary hotel room is."
He is a short man, with square shoul
ders and a large head. He has a very
dignified manner—at times. His face is
smoothly shaven, and, though he is not
bald, the light color of his hair makes
him seem so. His eyes are gray and
round, and generally solemn, and some
times stern.
^His face is the face of a great actor—
in rest, grim and inscrutable: in action,
full of the most elusive expressions, cap
able of humor and pathos, fi Like most
humorists, he is sad in repose'. His lan
guage, when he chooses to, have it so, is
wonderfully concise and penetrating and
beautiful. He drops often into dialect,
but always with a look on his face which
shows he is-aware of what he is doing.
In other words, he is' master of both
forms of speech. His mouth is his won.
derful feature—wide, flexible, clean-cut.
His lips are capable of the grimmest and
the merriest lines:- tWhen he reads.they
pout like a child's, or draw dowa into a
straight, grim line like a New /England*
deacon's, or close -atone side and unco
ver his white and even teeth atthe other,
in the sly smile of "Benjamin F. John
son,*' the humble humorist and philoso.
pherl „. Iu his own proper person he- is
full of ^quaint and beautiful philosophy.
He is wise ratherthahlearned-—wise with
the!quality that is'itfv^royerbs,$ almost
.touched with humors -f .'V^'if^ l^-v
'?£& eyes are n^s^led'a^^'lbW'noW..
pittminetifc Hia head iaof "tiiel^fftack
itw^^^^ej^As^ j*e^4*fi$*' &
Field, and Bill ^&6^ft|*jjgftf
wast to know abftut
ihat pt^t-madfcfc* petkffiag.*
Something in my tone ia«Q$Iia reply
^rfhat bs distorted. It was '*%.
*liy ae*y simple matter, and foUp^feo^
the sigh-paidting^naturally.
^trade" episode rhad tried to?read$iaw
with my father^butit didn't seem to getr
anywhere., Forgot W diligently aWli
read. So far as school equipment was
concerned, I was an advertised idioti so
what was the use? I had.a trade, but it
was hardly what I wanted to,do alway^
and myfaeal^ij?asJadXvery. bad—bad'
as I was! *#•& \f/ 'c\
•rA doctor here in Greenfield advised
nie to travel. But how the sufferin' Mo
ses was I to travel 'without money? It
was just at this time thatthepatent med
icine man came alongJf-He needed a
man and I argued in this, way: 'This
man is a doctor, andaf I must travel,
better travel with a doctor.' He had a
fine team, and a nice-looking lot of fel
lows with him so I plucked up courage
to ask if I couldn't go along and paint
bis advertisements for him."
Riley smiled withretrospectiveamuse
ment. rode out of town behind those
horsee without saying good-by to any
one. And though my patron wasn't a
diploma'c doctor as I found but, he was
a mighty fine man, and kind to his hor
ses, which was a recommendation. He
was a man of good habits, and the whole
company was made up, of good straight
"How long were you with him?"
"About a year. Went homewith him,
and was made same as one of his own
lovely family. He lived at Lima, Ohio.
My experience with him put an idea in
my head—a business idea, forawonder
and the next year Iwent downtoAnderson
and went into partnership with a young
fellow to travel, organizing a scheme of
advertising with paint, which we called
'The Graphic Company.' We had five
or six young fellows, all musicians as
well as handy painters, and we used to
capture the towns with our music. One
fellow could whistle like a nightingale,
another sang like an angel, and another
played the banjo. I scuffled with the
violin and guitar."
thought so, from that poem on
•The Fiddle' in The Old. Swimmin'
Hole."'!|| gjrj Hffe,v.
"Our only dissipation was clothes.
We dressed loud. You could hear our
clothes an incalculable distance. We
had an idea it helped business. Our
plan was to take one firm of each busi
ness in a town, painting its advertise
ments on every road leading into the
town: *Go to MooneyV and things like
that, you understand^ We made a goodthe
thing at it." 3
,f "How long did y^du do business?'*
Three or four years, and we had more
fun than anybody." He turned another
comical look on me over his pinch-nose
eyeglasses. "You've heard this story
about my travelling all over the State as
a blind sign-painter? Well, that started
this way. One day we were in a small
town somewhere, and a great crowd
watching us in breathless wonder and
curiosity and one of our party said:
'Riley, let me introduce you as a blind
sign-painter.' So just for devilment I
put on a crazy look in the eyes and pre
tended to be blind. They led me care
fully to the ladder and handed me my
brush and paints. It was great fun. I'd
hear them sayin' as I worked, 'That fel
ler ain't blind.' 'Yes, he is,seehis eyes,'
'No, he ain't, I tell you, he's playin' off.'
'I tell you he is blind. Didn't you see
him fall over a box there and spill all
his paints."
Riley rosehere andlaughingly re-enac
ted the scene, and I don't wonder, that
the villagers were deceived, so perfect
was his assumption of the patient, weary
look of a blind person. ££$ vM&
fjhkll I got of farm life I picked up
right from the distance—pthis town—this
old homesteadiC^Of
course, Greenfeld
was nothing but a farmer town then,and
besides, father had a farm just on the
edge of town, and in cprn-plantin' times
he used, to press us* boys into service and
we went loathfully, at least I did., I got
hold of farm life some'way-4ajl'ways in
fact,tl ntight not have made use/oi it if
I had been closer to it than Jfcjb,^.£«*'
'•Sometiines some /real couh% bo^perintendent
torn 0% some farm
:or iwta^ iiei»^mei one
up to me: You never lived on
:'Whynotr said £*WeU«
bat lie
had me right tto^/ft' the
W**#fo*$I never bear
another tttrkey-eoektrf mine ky*o«ekia ^'^^W*»d»ft* Afiism/flehe^'
right BymbohMl,
pumpkin .and the fodder in the shock
see the frost p^ the oMnie tiie^8
plit the pumpkins with for feed, and
get the 8ih,en,:o£thefodder and tiw.cat-S
tte^so thatttferings up *he/right pictUreiJ||
ittf^he\ mihds ^f//$he reader^/l don't'M
knowliow I ^ifj^Jft afi^t
B^"yoSoe_took"on^deeper iote, ajid |p^|§1
his face shone with a strange sort of iy-j|fo
sticjUm which often .comefr.out inhis^fe
earnest moments., He put bis fingers to |§^p
his lips in a descriptive gesture, as-if-he^%|p
held a trumpet. «Pm only the «wH!err
through which the whistle comes.*'. ^^M'A
'r^'y --'-,v
The public school sysfemof thetTmf^*
States asatpresentconstituted.sayahe, is
entirely without a foundation. The board
of education of each locality is practical
ly vested with absolute authority to con-
duct its schools in accordance with any
whim, and consequently it is not far
wrong to say that there are in our coun
try as many school systems as there are
cities, towns, and country districts. Are
the results of a system which grants these
privileges to lay boards of education so
flattering as to justify us in the belief
that the ideal system of schools lies in
absolute local control? I believe not. It
is claimed by the advocates of our pres
ent system that absolute local control is
ideal, ^because it offers the most favorable
opportunities for advancing the schools
and that the opportunities for introduc
ing radical reforms would be greatly di
minished, if the local officials should be
hampered by laws which .would limit
independent authority. But those wbo
use this argument leave out of consider
ationthat absolute local authority affords
as much opportunity to unscrupulous
members of school boardsto plunder the
schools, as it does to conscientious per
sons, to raise the standard of these insti
tutions. And, as under existing condi^
tions, there is nothing to prevent a new
board of education from destroying at a
single sweep, all that may have been
done for years by faithful workers to
place the schools upon a proper founda
tion, the system has a dangerous feature
of leaving the interests of the children
without any protection whatever,beyond
good will of ward politicians. In a
number of our cities the schools hare
reached a degree of excellence that, all
things considered, places them among
thebest schools in the world. But if by
a turn of politics these schoolsshouldbe
brought under the spoils system ^their
downfall is almost sure to follower
The danger which threatens the latter:
has already been made' manifest by in
consistent changes in the curriculum for
the sole purpose, as it has been hinted
at, to aid booksellers, and those who
bring about thesechanges. Canwe look
for true progress where the motive for
a change in the cnmcnlnm is to rob the
parents rather than to look after chil
dren's interest? Let our citizens' forget
party in this as well as in other, matters
of equsl importance, and invite the gull,
ty ones to spend few summers at those
resortsknown as penitentiaries for in
our public school system lies the hope
of our nation—our future prosperity,our
liberty, everything we hold dear to our
heartsp^Let it be free from all that
which threatens to mar its progress as a
practical educator of the masses. Let it
be fostered as the dearest'institution in
the land, and to all who are not in favor
of this, cry hands off
Tewhers Express Eegret ?tfg
\. The following, communication .from
teachers and ex-teachers in -bur public
school was received yesterday'&S!£$$it5
«*We, the undersigned, who now areof
in the past have been .teacher^'^n ttoet
Public schools of New Ulm, feel called
upon at the present time to express our
deep regret and sorrow at tbl removal of"
Mr. Robert Nix «r©m¥
as SUM i&MM
of the? New Ulm PnbfiF
tify to the
The School Question. $ 1
Intelligent reasonersi are gradually
awakening to the defect in our public
school System.^ In a late number of the
Forum we read the following very true
conclusion by Dr. J. M. Rice, continued
by a commentary compatible with his
initiatory assertions. S$&Xl
to tea,
in TiininaiiMiiiiiui nfftWM*w1re i?
a 4 a W
herewith pfiftcl tluttfcJkte lortijekind 3
1h* Vonfter, fiery

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