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Albert Lea Freeborn County Times (Newspaper) - May 28, 1897, Albert Lea, Minnesota Freeborn county times. Tol. Ii. To. 29.Albert Lea Minnesota Friday Mav 28, 1897. Twelve Fau is. Killed to me cars. Two men Are crushed to death and their bodies terribly mangled. H cheap fuel. Jug Imi. One unfortunate under the influence of intoxicants the other seemingly careless. Manchester and Glenville frightful accidents. The scenes of the Rasmus Christianson was killed at Manchester station by passenger train no. 6, about 10 30 tuesday evening. Lie was a Man of about 60 years of age and had been working at different places in that neighbourhood this Spring. Ile purchased a ticket for Hartland tuesday afternoon and returned in the evening quite intoxicated and was seen at the station by agent Paulson about 9 30. Ile called at e. O. Fossum s late in the evening and talked of staying there until morning but finally went out and he was last seen by Knute Slette shortly after to of clock near the depot. The body was discovered by the train Crew of no. 33, lying near the track a few rods South of the depot. The top of the head was split open and the brains were scattered along the Road bed the blow was so terrific that the body was thrown 25 feet from where the first blood was discovered on the ties. It gone shoe had been removed which suggested the idea that the unfortunate Man was in a sitting or reclining position when the fatal Accident occurred. There was a Long Slit in the Crown of the hat corresponding in dimensions with the gaping death wound in the Skull. Coroner Luce was notified and went to the scene of the Accident. After a careful investigation he considered the cause of death so apparent that no inquest was held. It is found in abundance in the societies of the Albert this county. Lea District hold a con owners of swamp anti Low lands mention in this City. Patriotically urged to Flake investigations that May Lead to the attendance is Large delegates Well establishment of a Money cared for several profitable and making Industry in interesting sessions papers and addresses Well Worth this county. Listening to. Another victim. A stranger was killed at Glenville by freight train no. $ going South at 1 40 wednesday afternoon. The Man was standing by the track As the train was pulling onto the main line and was seen to leap for the ladder on a Box car catch it with one hand swing around and fall Between the cars. The train passed on dragging the body several rods. One foot was nearly severed and the wheels passed Over the hips crushing them into a shapeless mass. The crowd gathered around the mangled body but no assistance could be rendered and with a few Short gasps the unfortunate Man expired. The Coroner was summoned and on searching the body found two or thee letters addressed to will Story from a sister in Stanwood Mich. In a Small bundle was found a bottle containing a Quantity of liquor Aud another filled with camphor. To All appearances the Man was 25 or 30 years of age. No inquest was held. An Albert Lea gentleman makes experiments with peat and the result is so satisfactory that a specimen has Bren placed on Exhur / bit Ion at Knatvold and brow n s Bank. It Burns with a Bright flame and leaves Noth ing but Fine ashes. For better and uniform sidewalks. Now that Albert Lea has a Complete and efficient system of water works and electric lighting a sewer is in the process of construction and free mail delivery is almost sure to be granted by the government would it not be Well to adopt some plan to insure the laying of Broad permanent sidewalks of uniform Grade and material nothing adds More to the general appearance of a City than Good sidewalks and in truth better walks is the one thing needed to make the outward appearance of Albert Lea perfect. At present there is nothing uniform about the walks some Are wide and others narrow some Are High and others Are Low and the material varies from Stone and Cement to weak Inch boards that Are constantly out of repair and a menace to the safety of every passer by. To secure this desired uniformity it will be necessary for the Council to pass an ordinance regulating the Width and instructing the City Surveyor or Engineer to fix All grades. Of course such a far reaching improvement cannot be accomplished in one nor in five years but the regulation walks can be put in As fast As the old ones Are worn out and condemned. It is also desirable that the walks of a Street should be of the same material a heavy Plank Stone or Cement and As the Cost of such walks would be considerable it would we believe tie Wise and fair to assess say one half the Cost to the City. In this Way the Burden to each property Holder will be lightened and the increase in taxes Wilt not be As great As it might first appear because Only a Small part of the walks would be put in each year and the increased Comfort and convenience to pedestrians would More than repay the Cost to say nothing of the saving to the City in expensive damage suits and the general Economy of Broad durable walks. The Ever increasing Price of fuel. To it Gether with the steadily decreasing earning capacity of the common people during late years makes it urgent to devise a practical remedy to Ward off great suffering. In a northerly country like Minnesota particularly its Prairie portions which now depend for fuel on the railroads and far away Coal mines the expense to the average family during Winter is frequently More than the Cost of bread meat and clothes. It is the opinion of the writer that there is an abundance of fuel right Here in Minnesota and that we could All be warm and comfortable without importing Coal or paying the railroads half the Price of the Wood for merely hauling it a Short distance. From indications plainly visible it is Safe to say that nature has provided the Northwestern Prairie states with an abundance of excellent fuel that Only requires a Little labor to make it As effective As hard Wood or soft Coal. The fuel i refer to is peat or turf such As is found in nearly every swamp or Slough. To the Eye it appears to be Only Black Earth but is not Earth it is vegetable matter a mass of decayed roots of grass ranging in depth from two to ten or Twenty feet. To obtain this valuable fuel take a Sharp Spade and Cut out Small chunks of this Brownish or Black dirt and leave them lying in the Sun a few Days they should be turned Over once or twice then set in Small piles and after a week or More the pieces should be placed under shelter. When there is much water in the ground the soft soil May be scooped out As mud and placed in wooden forms about 5x5x10 inches and packed solid. The forms can then be pulled out and the solid mass is left on the ground to dry. The writer recently dugout such soft mud within the City limits of Albert Lea formed it left it exposed to the Sun. And at the end of Ono week it was dry enough to Burn nicely in a Cook stove leaving Only White ashes. A Sample of this is now on exhibition at Knat Vold and Browne a Bank. A particular Fine Quality of this turf or peat can be found in die Peterson a pasture just West of Rushfeldt a Brick Yard. Or. Peterson says he dug Down and found that the Deposit in places is sixteen feet deep. There Are undoubtedly similar deposits in different parts of the City and the surrounding country. It would be proper for every owner of swamp or Slough land to investigate this matter. Generally the first few feet nearest the surface is Brownish spongy and soft and makes Only inferior fuel but deeper Down it becomes Blacker and More solid. When dry it is nearly As hard and solid As Coal and will give As much heat As the same weight of hard Wood or soft Coal. Owners of swamps sloughs or Meadows containing peat could probably arrange with working men to dig a lot of this turf on shares. In this Way a Man out of work can in a few Days dig enough fuel to last him a year when he would otherwise be obliged to pay out $30 or $40, for Coal or Wood. On the navigable Rivers of Northern Germany whole fleets of ships loaded to the brim bring turf from the country districts to the Large cities and this turf is used almost exclusively As fuel in Kitchen and parlor in shop and factory. In some parts of these foreign countries turf digging is quite an Industry and employs Many hands steam diggers and Power presses Are often used. All this might be profitably done right Here in Albert Lea and Freeborn county and it would be a great step towards Prosperity if the Money now drained from our pockets for imported Coal could be kept at Home. With cheap fuel right at Home there will be additional inducement for manufacturers to locate Here. Once More let every Man owning a swamp investigate for turf at once and if he discovers a Deposit in paying quantities let him Call for Volunteer workmen to develop the find working it on shares to provide fuel for the Winter and to accumulate a Stock for Sale. J. In Siekman. The next convention will be held at Spring Valley. The v. P. S. C. A held their annual District convention at the presbyterian Church in this City. Friday saturday and sunday. There were about eighty delegates irom the societies of this District and they were All wide awake Active members. There was an atmosphere of enthusiasm notable among the delegates before the convention opened which indicated the most flattering Success. The reception committee had made arrangements for the entertainment of More than a Hundred delegates and the preparations were so nicely arranged in every detail that there was not a moments hesitation or the slightest confusion arising from this part of the program. Promptly at 7 30 Friday evening the convention opened with a song service led by or. I. J. Petran followed by an address of Welcome by w. M. Newman. To which Rev. Fisk Freeborn responded thanking the people of Albert Lea for their kind reception of the delegates. A How to get the most Good out of this convention Quot was the subject of goo. La. Merrill Minneapolis and was handled in a most entertaining manner. In his blackboard exercise on the Twenty third psalm he explained How the psalmist represented Jehovah As a Shepherd feeding his hungry sheep making his tired sheep to a lie Down in Green his applications were so Beautiful his explanations so comprehensive that he received the undivided attention of every Delegate in the room. The meeting adjourned and the delegates were Given a reception at the Home of mrs. O. N. Olberg. Saturday morning. The saturday morning session opened at 6 30 with a prayer meeting a the blessedness of confessing Christ a led by w. M. Newman Albert Lea and followed by devotional services led by Vav. S. Jones. At 9 30 the following committees were appointed business Ralph a maker of Greenleafton. Miss Hart of Spring Valley Bertha Kamrar of Blue Earth City. Nominating mrs ii. J Petran of Albert Lea or. Batson of Blue Earth City miss Lillian Snyder of Freeborn. Resolutions miss Clara Park of Clayton miss Baird of Austin e. C. Moulton Winnebago City. A a Good servant but a bad master a a was the subject of a most excellent paper by miss Bertha Kamrar of Blue Earth City followed by five minute talks a the ende Avoyer in prayer Quot miss Lillian Snyder a the ende Avoyer in study a miss Mary Janson a the ende Avoyer in action a miss Minnie Ellingston. These talks were of the greatest interest to the convention and showed by the manner in which they were Given the thoughtful study and careful preparation of each speaker. A the a significance of the consecration meeting was brought out forcibly in Tillie Hanson a paper which gave Many reasons Why special attention should be Given these meetings. A sunday school work in the country was the last number on the program for saturday mornings session and was ably discussed by Rev. Fisk of Freeborn. He showed the convention the necessity of work in this new Field and Many helpful suggestions were offered. Saturday afternoon the afternoon session was opened promptly at 1 30 by w. S. Jones who delivered a Short address followed with Earnest prayer by miss Ellingston and Rev. Mosher. The first number on the program was a paper on a responsibility of leading a meeting a by miss Carrie Miner of Winnebago City. The paper emphasized the the necessity of a careful study of the topic by the Leader and also set Forth a number of Good methods of encouraging the younger members Iii the work. The paper called attention to the music and advised the plan of looking up the organist Lefore the meeting so there would be no possibility of any delay or confusion from this source. The speaker also Laid much stress in the importance of commencing the meetings punctually at the regular time with some soul inspiring hymn to arouse the enthusiasm of the members. Bargain Sale in few men have Ever worn a More stylish a More Nobby or a better fitted garment than the b. K. Amp co. Make. This is a statement made upon experience of years. Few manufacturers have gained the reputation for making As High Grade suits and Spring overcoats at such reasonable prices As b. Kuppenheimer amp co. We would like to show you the newest designs for the Spring. Suits. Mens bicycle Coats All Wool Blue flannel fancy trimmed Worth Saso going now at $3-50 our i so Coats now $2.75 our $2.7s Coats now $1-95 bicycle pants All Wool assorted desirable patterns to close ipl.q5 heavy Corduroy in fancy Pat terns regular value s4.s0, now $2.qo no Back numbers. Call and see the line. Big four clothiers. Mclen amp co. The next paper a How far Are we responsible for a Good meeting a was written by Adolph Rovig Lanesboro and was read by Sarah Ness of that place. It contained much Good advice and made Plain to All the individual responsibility of the members. Or. Rovig did not believe that any member could afford to be late that there were Soui i to save and the precious moments must not be wasted. In regard to music he thought that it should be in Harmony with the topic but also familiar hymns in which All could join should be Sung. He believed that the members should offer special prayer for the leaders that they might be endowed with spiritual strength to carry out their work. Or. Rovig urged every member to bring some one with them to the meetings and not always come alone As so Many of them do to be perfect in conduct at the meetings and not to wait for some one else to speak first but to see that each moment was employed in the service of god. The convention was next entertained with a recitation a the legend it was most charmingly rendered by miss Dora Reynolds and the audience were wrapped in the silence of profound admiration. Miss Carrie Holbrook was called on to give the convention information in regard to the National convention to be held at san Francisco in july. Xvi interesting report of the District Junior league work was then read by mrs. Leo. Mason of Alden. A How to use the Bible to win souls was the subject of a discussion which Rev. Mosher opened with splendid suggestions and was ably followed by Rev. Petran and w. S. Jones. A the deepening of the spiritual life was the next subject presented by miss Minnie Ellingston Bloomington ferry and the manner in which she treated the subject showed that it was not merely a preparation for the occasion but the conclusion of thoughtful study. She said a i believe no better Opportunity is offered to our Young people for deepening their devotional natures than is found in our Endeavor in regard to the Best manner of searching the scriptures she referred to John 5-39, Josh. 1--s-9. 2 Tim. 3-16 and 2 Cor. 2-13. The a question Box Quot conducted by miss Carrie Holbrook was opened and the suggestions she offered on the various questions were instructive and interesting. A report from the nominating committee was read a vote was taken and the following officers were elected for the ensuing year president Ralph Ila maker Greenleafton vice presi dents miss Tillie Hanson Spring Valley o. J. Wyman Austin miss Edith Fisk Freeborn j. E. Rorman. Winnebago City Secretary mias Bertha Kamrar Blue Earth City treasurer Mark Lowe Albert Lea Junior superintend Dant mrs. A. N. Decker Austin. The afternoon session closed with the following Resolution a a resolved that we extend to the people of Albert Lea our cordial thanks for their hospitality in opening their doors for our entertainment for the heartiness with which we have been received for the kindness of mrs. Olberg in opening her House for so pleasant a reception As we were Given Friday evening for the invitations of miss Young for a reception at the College and to members of the presbyterian society for giving us the use of their Church and doing so much to make our convention a Success. Our visit will Ever be held in grateful the afternoon session adjourned and in compliance with a previous invitation by miss Ella Young the delegates were entertained at the College until the evening session. S Murday evening. The session opened with devotional services led by e. C Moulton Winnebago City. A emissions our duty toward was the subject of miss Stanley s paper which was listened to with the greatest attention. The startling fact that there was Only one Christian to every one Hundred people impressed the convention with the great necessity of giving the question of missions More attention in the future. A letter from miss Anna Howe. Banking China describing her work was read by mrs. W. S. Jones. She urged the Young people to greater Zeal in foreign Mission work and showed by citing instances its great necessity. The saturday evening session was closed by a discussion of a systematic giving a by Rev. R. C. Mosher. He said that if tin Christian people would give one tenth of their earnings to Christian work As was formerly done by the jews the great problem of How to raise Money in the Church would be forever set tied. He did not approve of fairs Oyster suppers Church entertainments etc., As a Good method of earning Money. But thought that each member should donate in Cash what he or she was Able to give to carry on the work. Sunda morning. The sunday morning session was opened by a prayer meeting led by Ralph Ramaker followed by the regular Church services and sunday school. Sunday afternoon the a Junior hour Quot by mrs. In j. Petran Church. The session an address by miss Minnie and evening. Was conducted at the Baptist was opened by Ellingston state superintendent of Junior work followed by. An entertaining program by the delegates of the Junior league. The Christian Endea Vor prayer meeting and consecration meeting was conducted by prof. L. L. A so Haugh Parker College. The last number on the program a visions of Jesus a by miss it Arrie Holbrook was pronounced most excellent by All and was a fitting ending for so pleasant and successful a convention. The next District convention will be held at Spring Valley Minn powder absolutely pure celebrated for its great Leavening strength and Healthfulness. Assures Tho foot against Alum Aud All forms of adulteration common to the cheap brands. Royal baking powder co., new York

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