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Albert Lea Freeborn County Times (Newspaper) - May 28, 1897, Albert Lea, Minnesota Freeborn county times. Vol. Ii. No. -9. Albert Lea Minnesota for Ibay May 28, 1897. Twelve Tai is. Killed by tile cars. Two men Are crushed to death and their bodies terribly mangled. One unfortunate under the influence of intoxicants the other seemingly careless. H cheap fuel. It is found in abundance in this county. 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 evening1. He was a Man of about of 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 0 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 o 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 35 feet from where the first blood was discovered on the ties. One shoe had been removed which suggested the idea that the unfortunate Man was in a sitting or reclining Posi Tion 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. Owners of swamp and Low lands patriotically urged to Hake investigations that May Lead to the establishment of a Money making Industry in this county. Its Mill. The societies of the Albert Lea District hold a convention in this City. An Albert Lea gentleman makes experiments with peat and the result is so satisfactory that a specimen has Bren placed on Exhur i bit Ion at Knatvold and brow no a Bank. It Burns w Ith a Bright flame and leaves Notti ing but Fine ashes. Attendance is Large delegates Well cared for several profitable and interesting sessions papers and addresses Well Worth listening to. The next convention will be meld at Spring Valley. Another victim. A stranger was killed at Glenville by freight train no. H going South at 1 40 wednesday afternoon. The Man was standing by the track As tile 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 anti the wheels passed Over the hips Ehr ushing 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 three letters addressed to will Story from a sister in Stanwood Mich. In a Small bundle was found a bottle containing a Quantity of liquor and another tilled with camphor. To All appearances the Man was 25 or 30 years of age. No inquest was held. For better and uniform sidewalks now that Albert Lam has a Complete and efficient system of water works Aud 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 Tome 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 Aud 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 by considerable it would we believe be Wise and fair to assess say one half the Cost tothe Eity. In this Way the Burden to each property Holder will be lightened and the increase in taxes will not la 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 Aud 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 Aud 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 one week it was dry enough to Burn nicely in Cook stove leaving Only White ashes. A Sample of this is now on exhibition at Knatvold and Brown s Bank. A particular Fine Quality of this turf or peat can be found in Ole Peterson s pasture just West of Rushfeldt it 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 Meados 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 s3o or 840, 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 Ami parlor in shop and factory. In some parts of these foreign countries turf digging is quite an Industry and employs Many hands steam diggers Aud 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 Aud if he discovers a Deposit in paying que Lutitie it 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. Ii. Furman the y. P. S. C. E. Held their annual District convention at the presbyterian Church in this City. Friday saturday and sunday. There were about eighty delegates from 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 moment s 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. La. J. Pet ran 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 was the subject of Geo. It. 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 Quot lie Dawn 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 Hoo with a prayer meeting a the blessedness of confessing Christ 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 la. J. Petran of Albert Lea or. Batson of Blue Martli 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 Quot was the subject of a most excellent paper by miss Bertha Kamrar. Of Blue Earth City followed by five minute talks Quot the endeavour in prayer Quot miss Lillian Snyder Quot the ende Avoyer in study a miss Mary Janson Quot the ende Avoyer in action a miss Minnie Uingston. These talks were of tile 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 Quot was brought out forcibly in Tillies Hanson s paper which gave Many reasons Why special attention should be Given these meetings. A Sun Day school work in the country was the last number on the program for saturday mornings session and was ably discussed by Rev. Fisk of free born. Ile 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 a 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 uie topic by the Leader and also set Forth a number of Good methods of encouraging the younger members in the work. The paper called attention to Hie music and advised the plan of looking up the organist before the meeting so there would be no possibility of any delay or confusion from this source. The speaker also Laid much stress on the importance of commencing the meetings punctually at the regular time with some soul inspiring hymn to arouse the enthusiasm of the members. 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. Bargain Sale in do Cycle suns. Mens bicycle Coats ail Wool Blue flannel fancy trimmed Worth 54.90, oing now at $3-50 our Sijo Coats now $2.75 our 52.79 Coats now $i-g5 bicycle pants All Wool assorted desirable patterns to close 3>i.q5 heavy Corduroy in fancy Pat terns regular value 54.90, now %p2.qo no Back numbers. Call and see the line. Big four clothiers. 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 thut 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 Lute that there were souls 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 anti the audience were wrapped in the silence of profound admiration. Miss Arrie Holbrook was called on to give the convention information in regard to the National convention to be held at san Francisco in july. An 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 wits the subject of a discussion which Rev. Mosher opened with splendid suggestions and was ably followed by Rev. Be trim 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 Quot i believe no butter 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. 1-8-9, 3 Tim. Id and 2 Cor. 3-13. The a question Box Quot conducted by miss Carrie Holbrook was opened and the suggestions she offered on the various questions were instructive und interesting. A report from the nominating committee was read a vote was taken Aud the following officers were elected for the ensuing year president Ralph Ramaker Greenleafton vies-1�?Treside to miss till it Hanson Spring Valley o. J. Wyman Austin miss Edith Fisk Freeborn j. E. Forman Winnebago City Secretary miss Bertha Kamrar Blue Eft rib City treasurer Mark Lowe Albert Lea Junior superin ten Dant mrs. A. N. Decker Austin. The afternoon session closed with Tho 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 it the College until the evening session sati Road a Venino. The session opened with devotional services led by e. C. Moulton Winnebago City. A emissions our duty toward them a was the subject of miss Stanley a 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 tile 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 Nail by mrs Vav 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. Musher. He said that if the Christian people would give one tenth of their earnings to Christian work a was formerly done by the jews the great problem of How to raise Mon a in the Church would by forever settled he did not approve of fairs Oyster suppers Church entertainments etc., As a Good method of earning Money but thought Tim teach member should donate in Cash what lie or she was aide to give to carry <111 the work. Munday morn in. The sunday morning session was opened by a prayer meeting led by Ralph a Quaker followed by the regular Church services and sunday school. Sunday afternoon and evening the a Junior hour Quot was could outed by mrs. La. J. Betray at the Baptist Church. The session was opened by an address by miss Minnie Ellingston state superintendent of Junior work followed entertaining program by the delegates of the Junior league. The Christian Endeavor prayer meeting and consecration meeting was conducted by prof l. La. A so a ugh Barker College. The last number on the program a visions of by miss Currie Holbrook was pronounced most excellent by All and was .1 fitting ending for so pleasant anti successful a convention. The next District Convent Ion will a held at Spring Valley. Mum powder absolutely pure celebrated for its i strength and healthful it food against Alum Aud a1 iteration co mourn to tin Hoyal baking a Ai Leavening is. Assures the forma 01 Adul cheap brands. To we Khz oo., new Youk

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