The Bend bulletin. (Bend, Or.) 1903-1931, May 26, 1905, Image 6

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By It. W.
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CHAPTER XVIII (Continued.)
So the foroiixn of the second day of
(lm "Knllroitil War," as It was. after
want jestingly denominated by tho hu
morous Hoosicr. wore away. The mill
fin hitil been out all night, and two half
lays. And the Overcoat rortd had he"
"kept warm" by the friction of tho Ms
bare lioofit of courier homes galloping
hack and forth. The population of Sand
town, and, in fact, of all the dependent
district of the Wabash country, ntoincn
Urily in expectation of some startling
ovent, nrc at length gratified by tho np
lcarance of an unusually largo squad of
tho volunteer couriers. And at oneo the
word goes round, from mouth to mouth,
dint Ooonrud ' Uehlen Is only a little
way back escorting the representative
n the Sandtown and Southwestern
Itallrond the opposing organisation to
the Sandtown and Northwestern to the
court houso wiuaro. where the sales
would proceed at once.
Lixxy Wlckly and nor mother baring
cone Kick to their own little home, so
near the very rnd of tho Overcoat road
that from the bedroom window up stnlrs
evcr thing wns plainly visible, only three
hundred feet away at the court house, aat
there and looked and listened.
Presently she saw the name carriage
in which she had Keen Mr. Mnon drivo
through the streets two days ago. Then
she remembered that Coourod Keddeii
bad said threateningly that ho ought to
"bo hosst up," and that he would bo if
he darn) to poke his uose into Sandtown
Hut now he drives confidently In, and
lth no less a person than Coonrod lied
den seated beside him on the front seat
of the carriage, nnd two gentlemen on
the other scat One of them may be
Air. Huntley for aught she knows. Uut
really, she scarcely thinks abotjt it.
There is almost an endless array of
this spontaneous levy of Wabash car
nlrymen riding along after the carriage.
These battalions are headed by some of
the Dlkctcs and the Kllets. And she
knows from this fact thnt the furious
people from Big Itattlesnake Creek have
been placated in some mysterious way.
As the head of the column comes near
ly opposite, Sir. Mason looks up, smiles,
and raises his hat. Then Coonrod Hod
den sees them at the window and leans
out and wares his hat and shouts some
thing at them. Hut not a word can bo
distinguished Ix-cause at the rery first
ware of the hat a rast shout starts at
the front among the Dikeses, and goes in
an increasing ware back to the Tcry rear
or the line, half a mile away, wbero it
sounds like a shrill and high-keyed echo
of the nearer and louder shout- Some
body below the window calls out:
"What Is ut, Jim? What did you fcl
ler do, anyhow?"
"Come up to the court house ua sec!
Come on; come right on, everybody, up
to the court house yard!"
Then the words are drowned In an
other one of those odd, strange and
almost frightful shouts that, beginning
among tho DIkeses In a stentorian roar,
goes back along tho line, rising In vol
ume and rising in tone as the sound
viare sweeps back, until it is pitched two
octaves above in a wild, shrill, treble half
a mile back, among the boys of fifteen,
who again proloug It and raise it up
after it has almost died away.
A horrible suspicion flashes upon
Lizzy. She remembers in an Instant all
the slow-growing antipathy of these peo
ple to Mr. Mason. She remembers the
serious charges that they hare made and
I filtrated against him. She rememliers,
too, the dark and ominous words of Coon
rod Itedden. And she knows that If the
old Iloosler does no more than to remain
quiescent, those whooping and yelling
savages from Hlg Rattlesnake will wreak
a terrible and public vengeance upon the
doomed man.
So maddening was this terrible appre
hension that after the first moment of
fnintness and utter Iucapacity which It
caused, she must hare become almost ob
livions to everything not directly per
taining to the circumstances Immediate
ly environing this man, who had gone
past ber to his grave, placid and smil
ing. She had no recollection of bow and
when she left her. mother, or how she
pushed and crowded bur way through the
throng to the south door of the court
room. True, every rough and uncouth
rider or footman of them all instantly
gave way when be saw her, and even
reached out to pluck the sleeves or col
lars of others in front who could not
see her, and hence blocked up the way.
"Iet 'er pass along thar, boys! Crowd
back thar a I if tic, and let Lizzy Wickly
git apast! She's Intrusted en this theng
niore'n anybody. She wnwuts to see 'at
she giu her rights!" called out Iilg Jim
Dikes, as he set about pushing this way
and pulllug that. In order to make a path
for the greatly agitated young woman.
"Uetter let 'er go up stairs thor, Jim!
She can git to the winder en the shufs
room, un see ut all, 'thout gittin run over
by the crowd. Little Seef Oary's gut the
key. Seef! H-yur!"
That was young Starr Go-uns, she
knew. Then the door was reached, and
the stair door to the left being unlocked
nnd Instantly locked again after she had
gotten Inside, she found there was some
one on the steps a little way above ber,
"Come right up h-yur, Lizzy, if you
wawnt to see the show, I guess the
shurf'a room's open. Yes, h-yur bit li!
The winder's up, too! Now, ef you don't
mine tho crowd a-lookln ut yuh, h-yur's
a good plalst," said the young Doc Dikes,
as he pulled one of the large, yellow
wooden armchairs up beside the window.
Til kine uh stan' h-yur eu front uv yuh,
un they calnt see yuh quite so plain. It's
the biggest crowd I've seed h-yur senst
the Red Line run against the Nigger
Itaby, un beat 'er! Wbur do all them
slick lookln' fellers lire at, I wonder?
Ilaint ut funny 'at youh don't know no
body, bar'ly, when you git up over um
thlsaway un look down at ura7 Why, I
acalcely knowed old Coon Itedden. They
all looked the cuerstest!"
Lizzy scarcely heard a word of the
runniug comments of the young Doc
Dikes. Tho carriage was drawn up at
the fence, about sixty feet from the north
door of the court house, and she could
H Mr. Mason sitting there calmly, with
a surging, roaring throng of armed men
all about him. Inside tho court house
yard, tho crowd was so dense that men
could scarcely move about, and their red
nnd heated faces all looked strained, ex
cited and threatening.
Not a word could bo distinguished In
the roar of loud nnd vchemeut illsputa
tlou that seemed to be going on. Now
there was a rush of tho buzzing mass
toward some dlstsnt point, and the ex
clamations. "Fight!" "Fight!" could bo
heard. Then the crowd would settle
lack, and the roar of excited voices go on
again as before. Once the keen, loud
rciort of a rllle caused the crowd to
stream round the two shies of the court
house. Hut presently the reflux of the
tide sot In, nnd swept them nil bnck
itgntu. What a strange spectacle this
wild, hot, angry, roaring crowd, pushing
this way nnd thnt, and filling the summer
air with the roar of their voices, and jet
remaining a riddle to tho lookers on so
far as anything that wns thought or said
or done, wra concerned.
"Hnlnt much satisfaction n lookuti
thlsnwny!" the young Doc sshl. "Yon
cnlnt tell nothtm at they're snun ur a
do-un, no moren ef you wns ucrost on
h-yan side n the river."
Uut at this moment the tall form of
Coonrod Itedden wns seen to clamber up
to the top bonnl of the court house fence
"Llssunl LlsKuu! Shet ui your talk-
un! Coonrod's n go-un to tunke n speech!
Llssun! Llssunl" were the numerous ex
emulations under which the ronr died
away In a swift diminuendo, and perfect
silence prevailed.
"Gen-tub-men!" began the old Hooslcr.
with a short jerk of hU left forearm
and extended palm, forward and to the
left, and then bnck to his side ngnln
"We've cum h-yur to en-quar ento some
thengs cawn-cern-un uv the Sandtown
Farmers Hank, un nsll'o cawncernun uv
a lot ah moggijls uv ourn at walr hilt by
the Farmbers Hank, when hit busted.
Tham moggijls have ben foreclosed, un
the lan's gut to bo sole to-day. They
hnlnt no glttun roun that. Hits the law
Un the law's gut to be Inforcod. Hut
we know at somebody's ben a tryun to
git the best ur urse Sandtown farmbers."
Angry and threatening looks are here
directed toward the carriage In which
Mr. Mason sits, calm and unmoved, save
perhaps that slight pallor of the fac
which betokens the greatest determina
tion, the most unfaltering purpose.
Not alone threatening looks. There Is
a low growlf that seems to come from
the circumference towards the center of
the throng, stirring it in an Inconceivable
manner, as If the growl emanated from a
sudden concentric earth-wave that Im
parted its sound and its undulatory move
ment to each individual of the vast mass.
"Jlit keep kino nb qul-ut. men! Wo
don't wawnt no furse'u h-yur, lemmy
tell yuh!" He looked round over the
crowd as he spoke, and then glanced
covertly back Into the carriage.
Again there was the sudden concentric,
undulatory movement thnt seemed to
Impel the croud to a position more com
pactly about the carriage, there wen
loud, Inarticulate cries and the brandish
ing of guns, held in excited hands. Men
nnd boys began to climb up Into already
filled wagons, holding on to those who
were standing In these vehicles packed
about the streets like a regiment of ar
tillery. From their position In the wide
doorway of the court house, the very
elaborately dressed Congressman Idler,
probably at the suggestion of the two or
three gentlemen who sit behind him, nml
who represent the S. & N. W., as against
the S. & S. W., gets upon a chair, nnd
begins to admonish the crowd to keep
"You shet np. Hilly Hller!" roared old
Coonrod Itedden, in a voice that effectu
ally "shet" Mr. Hller up, whether he
would or no. "I'm a do-un the talkun
now! You'll git a chalucte nfter a spell,
ef you've gut anytheng to say!"
Hilly Hller grins In some confusion at
this rude and unexpected rebuff, nnd a
rast shont of laughter ripples outwnrd
an. eccentrically from the carriage to
where the regiment of farm wagons is
"I hope they are getting over that sav
age humor," Lizzy said, standing up In
her excitement. "Don't yon think they
are? Don't you think by their laughing
that way, that they are?" The young
Doc Dike shook his head.
"Yon calnt tell nuthun by tluir laugh
un 'ataway. Kf they was plum reudy
to boss up a feller, un anytheng funny
ud happen, they'd stop n minute to laugh,
un go right awn a bossun ur 'im up,
Ats the kine a fellers they air."
"Tbey's a man h-yur at'n ben with
lime un ben rlspectud un treated right
by urse Sandtown farmbers," went on the
stentorian voice of old Coonrod Redden.
"Hut 'e halnt treated urse right. IIo's
ben a snake en the grasst At's whut
he'a ben."
Now Indeed Is there a very tidal wave,
of upheaval, and with it not a growl,
but a leonine roar and n vast tumult
'about the carriage, around which In a
llttlo contused and narrowing space men
struggled with each other.
"What are they doing? O, what are
they doing?" Lizzy cries, in a spasm of
"Hy gum! they're a go-un to hoss up
tho feller, right h-yur en the court house
yard! There goes the Judge un the
shurf! Hut they'd uz well keep outen
thar. No! Hy gum! they'vo gut um kine
uh quieted down. Coonrod un Uncle
Jim Dikes uz knocked dowu bout fifteen
ur twenty a thnra Rcelfoot IW fellers.
'Ats the only way you km git any snlncu
ento tham fellers' heads Is to knock ut
ento um. Yon git Coonrod un Undo
Jim Dikes un the Sparks' boys tog-yuth-er,
un hlt'll take a purty good crowd to
pile tham."
There was on Indefinite and Inde
terminate period of the wildest uproar
and confusion all about and In the court
house yards. Everywhere the judge, the
sheriff and Coonrod Redden could be seen
gesticulating wildly, seizing men by tho
arms or collars, nnd shouting at tho tops
of the highest voices In all tho Sand
town district. Finally they seemed to
succeed in restoring order, to some ex
tent; and Immediately tha selling was
begun by the sheriff, In the loud, official
monotone of the public auctioneer,
Snle after sale was mndo In the very
shortest tluio of tho incro formal and
foregone ottlclitl net. Hut as each snlo
wan announced with the nnmo of tho pur
chaser, there wns. uotlecnoly, nn nlr of
surprise nnd wonder over tho wholo as
sembly. Men whispered to each oilier In
little groups, nnd there wns n rlslblo
settling bnck of the heretofore nggrosslvo
nnd otfpreaslng tendency of tho throng,
with even n slight tendency to cheer some
"Hy gum! ef thnttnlr feller Huntley
hnlnt "
Hut here n demonstrntlon below cut off
the young Doe's remnrk, nnd Coonrod
Redden Is calling for "Odder; odder,
men! Odder, for Jlst a minute!" I
And having secured order for Jnat a
minute, he went on;
"All these h-yur sales ats ben made
h-yur the Inn's ben bought en by Mr.
Huntley, ur the Sniitown an South
western Rnllrond fur the benefit uv the
farmers. They kin hare thur own time
to pay on the notes. I'n they wont b
no Intrust tell nfter a yur from the data
a this sale. You fellers kin go to plow
un fur wheat, soon's you've n mine tuhl"
What n roar of whoops nnd yells nnd
cheer for Huntley. Then somebody sug
gested grtmus for Mason; nnd they wers
given with a heartiness thnt created nn
Inexplicable amount of merriment Imme
diately about Mr Mason. Whnt could
he find to laugh at In the hearty eccrn
tlon of the crowd nhout him?
One more sale wns nunounccd by ttia
sheriff. And now there wns n hitching
forward of the chairs occupied by tin
gentlemen in the doorwny. Mr. Hller
wns regarding Mr. Mmwi over the heads
of a part of the audience with nn otut
smile of cunning, wonder, amusement
nml nduiirntiou. Liny could see this
look, for Mr. Hller had stepped out be
sldu the sheriff with n mpr In his hnnd,
upon which something wns scrawled thnt
looked like figures. What did thnt look
menu? Was there still another surprise
and menace for Mr. .Mason?
She hardly heard the rapid call of th
sheriff. In fact, thinking shout the Im
minent peril In which Mr. Mason had
Just been; and then of the great execra
tion In which this Impulsive nstemblngs
evidently held him, she could only burden
her mind with devising ways for his es
cape. O, that he had remained away!
O, that he had never come!
And so she had failed to hear anything
of the uual description of the land to be
sold, and of the rapid opening bids that
kept the sheriff turning this wny nnd
that, from Congressman Hilly Hller to
the carriage In which Mr. Mason was
bidding for Mr. Iluiitlejr, his principal.
Hut a great nnd all-jwmerful excite
ment had seized uton the young Doc,
communicated from the squeezing, crash
ing, pushing crowd below.
"This sale will hnf to stop ef you don't
git back." the sheriff nrccd agnln nnd
ngnln. Then she heard his cry for the
first time distinctly: "Eight hundred
thousand! Klght hun ! night twenty
five! Klght fifty! Nine! Nine twenty
five! Fifty! Seventy-five! Nine hundred
nnd seventy-five thousand! One million!
Oue million! One million!"
To li continued.)
den Hpot,
A desert Ihlund In the middle nf
Snake river Is one of the most tinbtie
Mtmwbcrry punlens In the Stnte of
Washington, says the Snn Francisco
Chronicle. The land Is surrounded by
water and yet ho dry that even shko
brush and desert weeds will not grow
except under Irrigation. For six months
Hi the year the resident nre pructl-
eally cut off from coinmuiilentlou with
the outside world of Immnulty. Illgli
waters make the river too dangerous to
toi In IxMts and the Ice of winter
closes nil approaches from cither shore.
On tills lonely sjiot grown tho first
strawberries of the Northwest.
Strawberry Island Is government
property. The laud Iihh never been sur
veyed ami prnlmldy will never be pint
ted as available for the homesteader.
It Ih n great inns of sand dunes and
cnctllH covered stones. The Snake river
curries down ftom Its mountain source
immense dciHislta of sand bearing gllst
filing ilnkot of irold. Many ncres of
bind have been created from these de
posits. Tho winds awcep up the river
mid great dust storms obscure the nun
for days nnd even weeks In the sprlm;
months. Yet the Btrnwbcrrlea grow
nnd ripen to perfection.
The loan claimant of this Island has
nix ncrea planted to early ntrawberrlen.
Surrounding tils cabin Is a great field
of forty acres planted to alfalfa. Ho
keeps a band of cattle nml requires tho
help of innny women nnd children In
linrvostlnjr bin bcrrlen nnd caring for
the milk nml butter. When other nee
tlons tiro clothed In mantles of snow
thin nnndy deHort is ripening the straw
berrloH for which tho people In tho In
land cltlpH of Spokane nml Hutte pay
STt to 10 centa n cup. The grower ro
colvoH.from ft to ?0 a crate for his
IrrlKntloii Ih the secret of success In
producing ijtruwbonieH from the des
ert. Wutor Ih lifted from the river by
means of current motora or wheels
lashed to a movable hcow. Sometimes,
the river runa twenty feet below the
level of the beach. Then tho plpen,
attached to the water motor nro mado
longer and tho water lifted to n higher
point. When the river Is high nnd
threatens to wash nway the Island the
water wheeU work enslly and pump
great volurnen on the lund. Small
ditches carry wnter from tho pump'a
point of discharge to tho fielda, wbero
It In distributed in furrows.
Strawberry island Ih n great prodticor
of wealth. Tho owner linn nn income
of about $500 an acre every year. Last
boa ho 1 1 he mndo a net profit of $1,000
from tho field of nix ncren planted to
berries. IIo grows none but the largest
nnd brightest colored varieties and does
not attempt to compete with tho gen
eral market. When othcra nro ship
plug their berries he has completed his
work and tho remnant Is given to fam
ilies of campers, who pitch tents about
the Island to fish for the great Colum
bia river salmon.
'A, ,iE
"wiT'wvy -ZunL
tlll -
fi.-fl i-r
Tlie Ifniitilittt of the Krttte.
There ure ninny farmers In need or
soiiietliliig convenient to bang In rue
kettle tin. Mniiy support the l,l,
on three stones which Is unsatisfac
tory, especlnlly If the bent cnu'ks one
stone nnd the kettle tips over. The
HivoiiipiitiyliiK eiit Is drnwii from h
photograph I took recently on n neigh
boring fHriii. mid It comes very near
to oxpliiliiliis Itself. The device con
sists of three mmteralely heavy pieces
vt wood for legs, which nre itttHcueti
together nt the op by it henvy Inilt.
Some six or eight Inches below the
union of the three legs n henvy clevis
Is secured to the middle leg From this
I'levls two cIutliiH extend tlowinvnni w
tinnier distance it ml double Imekwnnl
to fasten on to the ears tif the kettle.
tit tf BA.
-" .2"
kkttli: ritorrni.r srsr:snr.i).
which then hangs suspended. I he
length of the legs will depend on itiu-
venlence and the size of the kettle
they nre to support. Those shown In
the cut nre eleven feet In length and
were mndo from medium sized well
seasoned fence rolls. When the der
rick Is not In use It can be lowered,
folded together null laid n wny. Cor.
Orange Judd Farmer.
l'runlnic HimiU of Trees.
While there may be merit In the
method of planting known as the
Strlngfellow plan, which provides for
cuttlnj; uway most of the roots of the
young tree ns well as the top. It Is n
plan which does not work well with
nit species of trees nor In nil soils.
As n result the nventgo orclmrdlst will
stick to the best of the old methods
which provides for a cutting Imck of
the top so ns to form n proper bond
...., i,,,!,..,,.!,,,, the roots somewhat nf-
,r , mllr r the lower cut In the
I lllustnttlon. The ifpper cut shows the
roots of the two'year-okl tree after It
now roots axb riiu.sjKti.
Is dug In the nursery nml the lower
drawing shows how nil the mass of
fibrous nsits, which would die anyway
after exposure to the sun, have been
cut away and most of the longer roots
shortened. It Is easier to plant a tree
prepared In this manner and strong
young rootlets will form from the ends
of the roots which were cut, forming
a must of roots during the one grow
ing season following planting which
will give the young tree n good start
In life. ludlanupolls News.
I'ate or tha Old Hen.
After the old hen tins raised her
crop of chicks, she Is not a fit subject
for the carcass market. Turn her out
on tho range to get strong and In good
shapo to be fattened for the summer
or early fall mnrlcet. If she Is not to
be carried through another winter, It
will cost llttlo or nothing to feed her
through the coming months nnd with
a few months or even two months on
the range sho can bo plumped up so
ns to fatten nt the smallest possible
expense, and tho carcass will bo rea
sonably tender and fulrly satisfactory
to the buyer. If she In not to bu set
again don't be In a hurry to take her
away from the chicks. Let her run
with them as long as they will stay
with hor, for she can do no barm, ami
may be ablo to help them moro or less
even though they may be half-grown,
Don't bo too quick to nay the old hen
Is no longer useful or profitable.
I'erscrvliiK the V.uuot
Hy the water glass method eggs may
he preserved, nml bu In good condition
for uso suveral mouths later, although
they will not puss as strictly fresh
uggs, The procedure Is as follows:
Oi'Uiln tho water glass from the' drug
yqpBc wr iian
Jt MAIvi?ji
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gist and dilute one pint of It with nine
pints of water. Use a vessel of some
kind not metal. Tint old-fashioned
crockery three or four gallon Jnrs are
Ideal. Have the eggs fresh, put them
In dnlly nml see thnt the shells are not
cracked. Hut thn water glass solution
In the crock and then put In the eggs,
seeing that the eggs nre completely
covered with the solution nt nil times.
When the eggs nre taken out of thn
solution rinse them In clean water,
wipe them dry nnd (hey nre ready for
Oronrtli or Autlciltture,
Acconllue to the stntlstlcnl abstract
of the FilTted States. Issued from thn
Department of Commerce nml Labor,
there wen. In IIHH), .VltK.ipT farms In
this country, an Increase of I,l7n.illtl
Hi (en years. There were engaged In
agriculture. In mm. ti.:js,ani persons,
while In 'Mmj tli-re were S.f.itt.lCll. an
iierease of I.S-'.'.atw. The Increase In
he total iNiniihitloii for tint iiKrio.t
statist was lj.07I.tHI. so of this In
reuse over II per cent must have eu
gaged in funning.
Tho wiluc of farms ami farm prop
erty Increased from ? ttl.itKf.Vil7.iLSH In
INHI to $20.!i UHM.VIS In ipoo, a dif
ference of $l.l,1l,7SI,l. The vnluo
of farm uroduets lucrimsed $l,:ul,070.
'J.VJ, the value In HHH) being $.1,7111,177,
7(sl, This does not Include tnluu of
products not feil to live stock.
The total number of acres In farms
In HH was KW,.V.)I.77I. the average
number of acres to n farm being lltl.S,
while In INH) It was KM..'.. The per
cent of. Improved farm laud wns de
creased S per cent In the hist ten
The greatest lucrtHtse In the number
of farms has been In the Stales of Col
orado, Arizona, Idaho, Montana nml
New Mexico.
In the production of corn mid wheat
there lias heoit n corresponding In
crease. In IHtH) there were I.1SU.II71).
(MM) bushels produced nnd 111 HHH)
J.UlC.Kl'.' hunhels, while of wheat
III IMS) the crop wns 3lW.2rt2.(Hl bush
els and It Increased to .V.H.'.',r"
bushels In HHs).
Thus It will be seen thnt whatever
the gulu In commerce mid manufac
tures the relative gulu In farming has
held Its own. Agriculture, too, has
been lifted to n higher plane thnti for
merly. It Is no lunger said thnt "any
body can farm." Agriculture Is rapidly
attaining the dignity of n profession,
tlslutr Free llel...
FrciUctit reference has been nmde
to the advantages of using the Stnte
experiment stnthyis, which land own
its In each Slate help support, hence
have an undoubted right to nsk their
help when needed. The director of one
of the State stations told the writer
not long ago that he hoped the sub
Ject might not lie urged too hard, else
the stations might be In the same troll
hie he was with n farmer In his
State. This farmer makes It his busi
ness to send to the State station a
sample of everything he buys for the
farm in the way of stuck food nml
fertilizers nnd has profited gritly by
the plan. If he Is attracted to a cer
lain jftoek food, for example, he will
buy the smallest purchasable quantity
and send a liberal sample to the Slate
experiment station and obtain Its opin
ion ns to Its worth, lie banes further
purchases on the rewirt received from
the station nml b this plnn saves
many dollars. Do thou likewise.
Do not be afraid that you will give
the station men too mui-li work. Some
of them need moro work, while tfie
majority of them will be more than
glad to be of use to you, for they wilt
see the beginning of an era of useful
ness which has hitherto been denied
the stations ami solely because the
worst enemies of the Institutions have
been the vry people they were Intend
ed to help the farmers. Try the plan
the next time you buy grain or mixed
feeds for the Htock. You will learn
much and save more.
As to tho Htruwlierry,
In some cases ami with some varie
ties It will pay to crop the same bed of
strawberries, two or even three years,
although most growers go to the other
extreme and take but one crop nml do
not use the siime soil again for berries
until the thin! year. Fosslhly this Is
carrying the rotation too far. Wo plan
to net the berry plants nfter n crop
of com, fruit them two years and then
plow under ami set to tomatoes, pota
toes or beans, sowing crimson clover
In midsummer and plowing under the
following spring, when the ground Is
again set to strawberries.
Some of our neighbors go its n year
better and sow com the year follow
ing the turning under of tho crimson
clover.putllng the berry plants out tho
spring following the corn and permit
ting the ground to lie fallow during
the winter, Tho plan works well,
though wo dislike the Idee, of not hav
ing the ground covered during tho
winter, However, as this may bo n
matter of personal opinion, we have
no comment to make beyond the ouo
that we like our plan best nnd consid
er It tho most profitable one,
II ii on Ooo.c V.vtt,
F.nrly In spring give a hen four to
six eggs, according to her slue, A large
Cochin bun can Incubate six or seven
eggs In a warm nest. Hut eggs on tho
ground If pnsslblu and use sumo straw
in tho neat
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Solf-governiiient In gindimlly ilerel
onliitf In the IMillliitilllcN. In HMKt Con
gress passed n law which provbbtl
that a census of the population of tho
Islands should be taken, and that with
In two years after the completion of
tint census a lepresentitllve popular
lusembly should bu clecled, The con
nils wns completed on March !!7lh or
the present year, and on that day (lor
(nior Wright Issued n proclamation
fixing March '-'7, 1007, ns the dale for
Hie lli-itl irniinrnl Kllliilno election. The
legislative body to be chosen Is to
contain hetweeti Ml mid KM mimiiiers,
elected hv noiiuliir vote, nml Is In
form, jointly with the Philippine Com
mission, the two-ehiimbered legislature
nf the new government. This legisla
ture, besides making laws, Is to elect
two commissioners to represent them
In Washington. It Is expected that
these commissioners will be allowed to
sit In the American Congress much as
the territorial delegates now have seats
t :
Moroccan affairs continue to hold an
ImiHirlnul Place In International dis
cussion. The desire of tlermaiiy. ns
stated In a memorandum to the United
States. Is for the maintenance of the
"onen door" In Morocco, for the preser
vation of the status iiio, and for the
protection if the commercial Interests
of all trading nations. It Is pointed
out. however, on the other hand, that
the Anglo-French agreement of April.
HHH. expressly declared for the princi
ple of commercial freedom. April tltb,
King Kdwanl. on his wny to Join
(Jueeii Alexandra nl Marseilles, pnld n
brief visit to I'resldciil lmbet nt
I'nrls, nml the Incident, following so
soon upon the call of ICuipcmr William
at Tniiglers, was Interpreted by tin
French press as h reaillrmallou of the
Anglo-French agreement.
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A reduction In freight rates on the
I'MtiHiun railway was suggested to Sec
retary Taft by the minister In Wash
liiKtou of the republics III Central
America and on the west coast (of
South America. They said that It cost
much more to ship gmsts to New York
by wny of this rallwny thnti to semi
the same goods tu !omloti hy the
Straight of Magellan. They also nsked
Hint equal facilities be granted to
goods shipped by all steamship Hues,
and charged thnt under the old man
ngement that Is. before the United
States gained control of the rond -
various lines were discriminated
against Secretary Taft promised thnt
the discrimination would cease nt
The President has. by proclamation,
Invited "all the nations of the earth
to take part In the commemoration"
of the Mmi h anniversary of the first
Kllgllsb settlement III America, nt
.Iniiiestowii, "by sending their nnval
vessels to the Nthl celebration and by
making such representations of their
military organisation a may lie prop
er." The festivities are to last from
May to November, HH7. and are de
scribed as "an Internatloiwl naval, mil
Itary and marine celebration." (leu.
Fltxhllgh Leu, the president of tho
managers of the exioltlon. at t list limn
of his death, was engaged In persimil
lug the various Stales to be represent
ed at the xHislthiu In some olllclal
John Day, when an undergraduate
nt llmwn University, assisted In de
fending some lower classmen from un
fair treatment In a luir.lng cplsoile;
but when n classmate recently wrotn
him nhout the Incident, he humorously
replied, "I remember nothing of my
hemic conduct In the Cordon case, Hut
my recollection of everything In those
far-off dnys Is dim, and heroism was
my dnlly hnblt. I couldn't sleep nights
If I hadn't no veil Himebudy's life. Now
I only save n nation now nnd then."
Socrctnry liny, Just before tin replied
to the letter, must hnve been rending
sumo Washington correspondent's de
scription of how he lind prevented tha
dismemberment nf China.
Chinese Neutrality. It has been of.
Ilclally disclosed ut Washington Hint
the movement In February, 11HI, for
concerted action by the neutral power
to Induce the belligerents In the far
Hast to respect the neutrality of China
was mndo by the United States at the
Initiative of (lermony. Tim reason
that this fact was not made known at
the time. It In Milled, was that tho
(ionium Kmperor felt that the sugges
tion would be more certain to be adopt
ed If It emanated from Washington
rather than from llerlln.
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With the beginning of the new ad
ministration for the second time In suc
cession there Ih no change of party
control, whereas from (Inrfleld'a In
auguration to McKlnley'a there wua
nvory time nn alternation from parly to
party, which made the retiring I'rcsl
dent seem almost like a captive elder
gracing the triumph of a conquoror.
In the Sunday hcIiooIh of the United
States there are fewer pupils by about
flvo millions than tho number enrolled
In the public schools. Putting the
fact In nnother form, of every three
girls and boys who attend the day
schools, only two go to Sunday school.
It would be a delicate task to appor
tion tiu responsibility for this stnto of
affairs; but It Ih fair to suggest that
ivhen children stay away from tho pub
lic schools their pnrcuU arc held responsible.