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OREGOV, MO., JUNK 11, lttU).
rftmrBsalAT rjJsjroiTOrncK at Oregon
TJo.. as BKCOXB-CLlsa Matter.
DO you romotnber when wo wcro boys
And used to ikp to near the ky7
.Aul life vu a liouctop height of joys
When yon and I wore country boys.
And nt. to ilccp so near the sky.
Row street and cozy llio attic sccrnod
Whon, wMUT'ltnified, o stolo to bed.
The drowpy onnulo sank and streamed;
XlKsetsrliglit thru' the Rlilnlcs gleamed.
And all tilings dim to slumber wed.
Thro, op In reverent prnyor we knolt.
The i!f(uroon Rio countcrpano
Bow strangely into speech would melt.
Tlxqr urcmcd to utlor what wo f olt.
In some liintastlo, far-off strain.
tOh, what an e'er fo warm and vatt
As tho humble ont wo u-od to seok?
Itrisht dreams that scntly stirred, and oft
Sho irftratt ptillncs ol the loft
IHd brood os, like a mother's cheek.
Tie swallows twittered onder tle wives.
Tlie old dock snck tho solemn hours;
Tret we never woko 'rill the dewr leaves
SUicd tho dKonflmi' tin Ir sparkling slevca
Into the Rorncr oc tne nowers.
"and mists of time lie thick between.
Already our locks are too white with snow,
nun is wonieni uu mj shh-ji, yuu jluuw.
Where tho frosty man look in.
ma sotno time, oromor, a nunii win ium
When we ShsH nooeni the Dickering stair,
And sleep as mreesly In Uod's great homo
A though wo bad oroV laid ns down
IVLBffCm A HE ED LEU EXE.
The Busy Workers " was a sewing
society composed of the prettiest anil
nicest girls in Newbury. There were
ipitefaTpoopto, especially soma yonng
women who sfehed ia vain to find
their way into the exclusive cir
cle, who deolared that the
busy worfdng was all in the name
ot too society, and that ha real object
forked in that clause of the constita
tjaa -which permitted gentlemen to
come in tho evening, when the busy
woxkers doroted themselves to danc
ing, flirting and a good time gener
slfir. Bat these accusations were pal
pably unfair. The young ladies assem
bled as early as fivo o'clock, their rules
being very strict in that respect, and
for an honr or more they sowed away
industriously upon all sorts of plain gar
ments, ssoh as they never would hare
(bought of making for themselves.
Then there was a beautiful little con-trtbution-bex
ornamented with illuminat
ed tests by the skillful hands of one of
(heir number; and into this many dol
lars ci their pocket-money found Mm
waj. The box was held by tho treasur
er. May Martin, tho prettiest and most
bewitching of their number, who lav
ished her brightest smiles as she pre
tented it to the gentlemen who crowd
ed zround her in the evening. Newbury
was a college town, so there were plen
ty of contlamea to come, many of them
Hiefe tallows, too: andthaaks to Miss
Martin's fasdnatinns the Hone Mis
sionary Society had received quite a
pretty Htp sgm, which would otherwise
I'Eove iDcea spent.for society tappers and
far Martin was tslkinz about it one
t?&TSBg as a group ox giris sm (ogouicr,
their work laid aside, awaiting the ar
rival of the gentlemen.
"Isn't Erie too lovely F1 she said.
Tie put a twenty-dollar bill In the box
There were several echoes u Wasn't
It too sweet of him? u
H I'll tell yoa how bo came to do it,"
ffae went on. " He was going to get
himself one of those lovely little Shroud
and Coffin pins, with pearls and black
eaamel, bat decided to have a plain one
tetead and give mo the extra money."
Shroud and Coffin was the most
deadly exclusive of all senior societies,
aad no attainments in scholarship or
oren in athletics would have conferred
, soon rio McBao such distinction in
te eyes of the girls as did his mem
Nonsense," cried Lou Tyler, who
-was said by the girls to bo very smart
aad to have a great deal of character:
Brie McRae has loads of money, just
.leads, and if he wanted one of those
pies be would have it fast enough. I
wouldn't have one If I was ho; they
.are ghastly looking things."
"Dont you like themP" May ex
cS&knod. I think they are perfectly
Arthur Huntington puts In a good
deal of money, too, doesnt heP" re
i marked Lou Tyler. " Does he tell you
4t awful sdf-denial it costs him?"
"Oh, Hnntington is my principal In
Oome," said May lightly, though her
oolor rose a lltUa ; "but he's not a weak
OBortal like poor Erie; he would be en
'tirelr above boasting of any thing."
- A little smile ran around the circle,
fork was an open secret that Arthur
pasUngton was dead in lovo" with
"brio's not oooring l6-n!ght,H said
The gins all turned upon her with a
scream of consternation. "Not com
.be? Why, what's tho matter?"
"I don't know; ho only said he
eeuWnt poesibly oomc. I thought it
ras probably some Coffin matter, as
fee was rather mysterious about it."
.Just thea the door-bell rang, and
sjbero was a general fluttsr as two long
taisters passed Bp the stairs.
"It's that horrid little Mounoe,"
cried oaa of the girls who was peeping
tfercogh the crack at the door-hinge,
" ana the inseparable Thompson was
wfth him. Now, May.-yon're in for it."
Mr. Mecnoc was one of Miss Martin's
"Eric hasoomo to my relief like a
perfect sagel," replied May, "and
pvemisod to take him away whenever I
uve endured him as long as is my
Too bell now rang again and again,
M tho parlors filled, with gentlemen and
tbe circle of girls dispersed among them,
Hay Martin alone remaining seated in a
low chair by tho table. May was the
only one of the girls who did not lay
asiae her Vork before tbe arrival of tho
May's work was always something
bCUaat and attractive. She did not
know how to do plain sowing, so she
bad some bright fancy work which was
eld when completed to some admiring
Mead at some admirable prloe for tho
.benefit of the missionaries.
. . V .
little Mounce went straight for her
corner as bo entered and established
hluiself for the evening in a chair by her
skio ; but no was not permitted to mo
wpolize so popular a young lady. A
nr circle had frathcred about her and
sbe was in the full tide of laughter, jest
and repartee when half an hour liter
she felt the slight stir caused by the en
Iraooo of Eodcrio MoBac. Ho passed
gracefully alwut the room with a gay
word and an wpecial atte&tion for every
ooe, diffusing a general feeling of
brightness ana an pleasure, and at last
lolned tho brilliant circle about Miss
Martin. She looked up at him with a
eianoe of each perfect understanding
that there was no room for a formal
greeting, and in some mysterious man
ner, without word or gesture, indicated
the stupid little fellow at her side. Mo
llaabent over him with a flattering
"Mr. Monnoe." he said, in a low.
confidential tone, ' there's a young lady
across in the other parlor that has asked
-for. an introduction to you. Shall I
have tho pleasuro?"
Mr. Mounoe arose, mean pleased.
"Dont allude to her having asked
ifrvr an Introduction." whispered Bod-
eria, as tbey crossed the halL " Sho
it little shy and, it might upset her."
Sa.rebinxedinji.mpme.nt and took
the vacant chair by May's sale with the
air of one who has finished his
duties and new means to enjoy him
self. "Miss May," ho began, picking np a
corner of her work to examine it,
"permit me to thread your needle."
" Tho idea!" she mocked. "Gentlo
men aro so dexterous about such
"Indeed I can," he persisted. "I
did ever so much worsted work once
when I was a little fellow and had tho
May scrutinized tho needle carefully
a moment and then gave it to him with
a mischievous smile. He made one or
two attempts to thread it and then
gave it baek, her smile reflected on his
"Let tne try," said another young
man, leaning eagerly forward. He
(bok the needle, tried a few times to
thread it, and returned it with a peculiar
look. Another tried his fortune with
the same result. There was a general
movement of interest.
"Well." cried May, "this is peculiar.
Amoagall my particular friends isn't
there one that can do such a little thing
as thread a needle for meP "
This appeal produced no marked
effect. There seemed to bo a general
undefined suspicion among thoso who
had not made fta attempt.
"You'll have to offer some further
inducements, Miss May," cried Mcliao.
"The spirit of chivalry Is not dead
among us, but the ladies no longer
stimulate us to great deeds. Promise
your hand as tho reward of tbe victor
and see how exciting the contest will
"All right," said May, catching tho
spirit of run. "My hand shall bo the
reward of the bravo raan who wiU
thread that noodle for mo."
There was no lack of interest now.
Three or four young men sprang eager
ly forward, and a general murmur
spread through the room. It was ne
unusual thing for the whole party to bo
aroused by some fun or fancy that orig
inated in the group around Miss Martin.
May began to feel uncomfortable. The
words she had spoken did not suit the
'wider publioity givea them and sho
longoa to tase tnem Dace, .especially
was sho startled by a familiar voice
behind her, and looking up she saw
Arthur Huntington bending over hor.
The careless words had been Intended
only for Eric McBao and a few others,
all gay jesters who would understand
the spirit of the tiling; but Huntington
was graver and more dignified, he
might not take the joko ; and she was
further irritated to find sho cared for
his possible disapproval. But she had
gono too fax to recede, and hor spirit
rose defiant to meet him, though the
humorous tsinklo in his eyes somewhat
" Miss May," ho began, "fa this a
bona fide offer yoa aro making? "
Certainly," sho responded gayry.
" I'll take you up," said he promptly.
" Time," oried McBao. " Limit the
time, hfarHn. Dont hare poor
Hnntington working over that aecdle
when ho's old and gray.
"To be sura." she said. "Weil,
then, my hand shall reward the hero
who will thread this needle witbtn tnreo
dap," and sho held it up to Hunting
ton. He took It, glancing at it keenly
an instant and discovering what all wero
now beginning to suspect, that it had
no eye! Hnatington was in no wise
disconcerted by the shout of laughter
that arose as thoso who held the seorct
imparted it eagerly to the rest, but after
Inquiring gravely if there wcro any othor
competitors took out his pocket-book
and put tho needle carefnlly away, j
Glancing at fco oleck on tho mintel,
" Saturdav ovomn? at mno. then.
Miss May," ho said, and bowing slightly
May rolled up her work impatiently.
" I certainly can't work now my needle
is broken," sho said, and rising hastily
as McRae offered her his arm she swept
Un tneir way, uou xyicr met inem.
" Mr. Huntington has gone," she said.
"He iust came and bado mo rood night,
saying he hsd to go home to night and
1.a n!n Ifllr In (in lisvt TTitn rTT Ja'nf
"Not at all." said McUae. "His
mother sends for him suddenly every
little while because she thinks sho is
going to die, or something."
May was rcnoveo to una mat uuni
ington had gone, for she had thought it
would bo disagreeable to meet him.
Bodcrlc McBao dovoted himself to the
task of restoring her good humor, and
the next day her mind was absorbed by
the arrival of her dearest and most inti
mate friend, Miss Alice Larocque, of
New York. Miss Larooque arrived at
dinner-time, thero was a constant suc
cession of callers in the eveninxr. and it
was not until the girls retired for tho
night that they had an opportunity for
a confidential talk.
MiisLarocque as guest was given the
first chance, and for two hoars May lis
toned with eager, gushing sympathy to
tho recital of her friend's affairs, all the
time longing to begin upon her own.
Miss Larocque finally concluded a long
story about a rejected admirer and turn
ing suddenly upon May exclaimed :
"Xow, May, It's a perfect shame.
You haven't told me ono thing about
yourself, and I'm dying to know, just
dying, lour icuors nave Deen so un
satisfactory lately; but you needn't try
to oonccal anything: you know you al
ways tell me. And first I want to know
if there is any thing between you and
Eric McBao. Do you know I never saw
anybody so improved. His manners
are just fascinating."
"Eric and I aro just the best friends
in the world," said May. " No brother
could be nioro good and kind to mo,
and hois so sympathetic; ho always
knows just what I want and just what I
moan, whethor I say any thing or not.
And yet there's never a word of love
making between us I'm perfectly sure
I am not in love with him or ho with
roe, and yet I shall feel awfully when ho
goes away. I shan't know what in tho
world to do without him, and ho told
me once be shouldn't feel so bad about
leaving all his college friends put togeth
er as he should about leaving me."
"That sounds rather liko it," said
" Oh, It wasn't said in that way at
all," cried May. "It was just as he
might have said it to another fellow.
I'm suro I'm not in love with him, and
yet we are perfect friends."
Miss Larocque had listened with tho
sir of an expert, and now, as if to take
all the points of hor case bofore decid
ing it, she inquired : " How is it about
Mr. Iluntington? He wasn't here to
night." " He's very devoted," said May, care
lessly. " He has gono to Boston just
"That is not all," said hor friend.
May was silent.
"Nfow, May," said Alice, "h I'm go
ing to help you in this matter you've
iust got to tell mo tho whole story. I
know your prejudice against talking of
your offers and 1 rcspoct you for it, but
you know you always tell me every
thing and it goes no further."
" Well," 6aid May, " I always have
said I never would tell If I refused a
man, but I haven't exactly rofusedhim;
besides, it isn't telling to tell you. 1
think Mr. Huntington h iu love with
me, at least he has told me so several
times; but I don't want to marry any
body yet awhile, and I don't want to
hurt his feelings, so I turn it off, pre
tend not to understand him or that I
think ho is -joking you know tho
thousand and one ways to keep off a
crisis. I know ho is very good and no
ble and hurh-minded and all that, and
he is vory religious, too, and I'm relig
ious myself, after a fasldon. Eric Isn't
one.pit, :p .1 ought to do more m sym
pathy with Mr. Huntington about that
though Im not," she added, re
flectively, " for I never dreamed of say
ing a word to him on any such subject;
while with Eric it gives mo quite a vant--age
ground, and I always resort to it
when he gets the better of mo. But then
Eric is suoh a society fellow! He will
always be a society man and nothing
else, and when It comes to such seriou.s
business as marrying it seems as if I'd
rather havo something a little more sub
stantial." " I don't think so at all," said Alice,
promptly, " at least not so far as I my
self am concerned. I expect to bo in
society all my life, and I mean to marry
somebody who will be in sympathy with
me. But what about that needle Mc
Rae alluded to?"
"I am so horribly ashamed I don't
want to tell you," replied May ; " but I
suppose I must, if you'll bo suro and tell
me exactly how it strikes you."
Alice listened in ominous silonco to
her friend's story.
" Call me horrid, improper, dreadful,
do!" cried May, after tho pause which
followed her conclusion. " I'd just as
lief you said it as to know you think it.
Don't act that way; yon said you would
tell mo just what you thought."
" Won," said Alice, " orery thing de
pends. Some girls can do any thing and
others oan't. Now, H I had said it I
presume it would havo sounded rather
pooullar; but you htve such an inde
scribable little way with you that I've
no doubt it wasnt dreadful at all."
The next day was filled with engage
ments, and May gave a dinner party in
tho evening. Tho latter broke up early,
as some of tho guests wero goiag to a
later entertainment, and at eleven
o'clock May and Alice wero again in
their room, chatting busily about the
events of tho day. As May stood be
fore the glass brushing her hair she
heard a ring at the door.
"Who's that, so late at night?" she
exclaimed, pausing to listen, brush in
hand. A servant was coming up tho
" A gentleman left it for you," she
said, giving May a little package; "he
woulunot oomo in, he said, it was so
May took a package to tho bureau
and broke tho seal. An instant Utcr
shegavo a littio cry of terror, and
springing to hor friend's side knelt
down and buried ber face iu Alice's
" May, my own darling, what tho
matter!" oriod Alice, thoroughly
" He ha threaded tho needle," said
a smothered voice. Alice sat a mo
ment softly stroking her friend's hair,
as she burned with curiosity to see the
contents of tho package and secretly
wondered ho w May could have boon so
"Dontbeso frightened, dear," she
said, atlength, " it's only a joko."
"No it isn't," said May, raising a
mournfully tragic face; and springing
again to the bureau sho took up tho
package and handed it to Alice,
It was a jewel case containing a soli
taire diamond ring, and through the
silken lining was thrust tho fatal ncodle.
A little hole had boon drilled through it
just below tho broken eyo, and it was
threaded with a bit of fine white silk.
Mr. Huntington's card lay within, and
benoath his namo was written; "May
I come and seo yoa to-morrow evening,
at half-past eight o'clock?"
Alice's face was grave.
" That rinr doesnt look much like a
joke," said May solemnly, "and you
see no mases an appointment tor mo as
If my time belonged to him already."
"Now May," said Miss Larocque,
firmly, "ono thing is ccitdn. Arthur
Huntington is a perfeot gcntloman, and
he will never make himself duagrccable
by holding you to any such agreement."
" But I have promised," said May,
with decision, " and that holds me, and
I can not go back if he should release me
twenty times." She furtively slippod
the ring on her finger as she spoke, try
ing if it fitted.
"Oh that is too absurd!" cried her
friend. "You aro tho last ono to
suddenly discover you must abldo by
every thing you say in jest; we wouin
all be In a pretty fix If we took that view
of things. Just let mo see Mr. Hunting
ton for five minutes to-morrow night,
and I'll soon make it right."
"Oh no," cried May, suddonly, "I
wouldn't havo you for the world. No,
I must seo him myself, and tako tho
consequences of my own folly. He is a
good, true man. I like and respect bim,
and perhaps I could learn to lovo him if
it wasn't for Eric."
May's voice trembled and her eyes
wore filling with tears.
" Oh, May!" said Alice, solemnly.
"Yes, Alice, I'm afraid it's so," she
sobbed. " I seo more clearly now than
I did before."
The morning brought counsel and a
considerable degree of composure. May
was sustained by ttre underlying con
sdoosness that Huntington would never
compel the performance of her promise
against hor wishes, and thero was unal
loyed romance in an engagement that
need noTcr bo consummated. She wai
just giving the finishing touches to n
careful toilet when his card was brought
up to her. She waited a few moments
to control her agitation and collect hor
thoughts, and had regained her com
posure when sho entered tho parlor.
Huntington wn at tho othor end of the
long rooms, and rose as she oame in,
andsho noticed in an instant's flash of
the new light of possession his splendid
figure, his handsome head, his unmis
takable air of distinction. Tbey came
to meet each othor and May hold out
both her hands. He took them hi his
own, and looked at hor intently. Tlie
warm, firm hand-clasp seemed to givo
" Mr. Iluntington," she said, looking
bravoly up at him, " I gave you a
promise thoughtlessly, but it was never
theless a promise, and since you have
fulfilled the condition I will keep it, if
you wish; but it has showed mo very
plainly that I do not lovo you. I like
and respect yoa heartily, but that is
Tho young man's oyoswero holding
hers with a steady gazo. They wero
full of tenderness, and if in their depths
lurked a sparkle of triumph he was try
ing to conceal it.
" May," ho said, and the word was a
oaress, "I accept your oonsont,forl
believe you lovo me though yon will not
own it to yoursolf. But I will never
hold you to your promlso If you really
wish to be released, and by and by if I
see I am mistaken, or any timo you
chooso to ask it, I will set you free But
for a littio while, at least, I will just call
you my own."
May felt a 6uddon outgoing of her
heart towards him that required to be
instantly suppressed. Ho was taking
ontirclytoo much for granted. The
shock sent tho tears to hor eyes, and
threw a wonderfully pathetic expression
into her face.
" You aro very good," sho murmured
softly, as she unhooked from her watch
chain tho ring ho had sent her and held
it up to him. Ho slippod it on hor fin
rrer. and bendinjr ever kissed hor lightly
on her forehead. May now sank into a
chair and resumed hor usual manner, as
if relieved that the high tragedy was
"Now Arthur," sho said, bringing
out his name with a most oharminz dif
fidence, you shall toll me' how you
ever had that oyo made iu tho needle.
It was awfully bright of you. I can't
imagine how you ever happened to think
41 It was very easily dono," ho an
wercd. " A friend of raino had it drilled
for mo in his manufactory. Tho mo
ment I heard our offer that night I
guessed that tho necdlo had no eye, and
it at onco occurred to mo that another
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" Good need in a good soil" has long
been significant of the best kind of
farming; for it has been an assurance of
good culture, while holding the promise
of a good harvest. The manure pilo
may be large and well supplied, the cul
tivation may be excellent, the seasons
favorable, but if the seed planted or
sown is old, worthless, adulterated, or
not true to name, what will oome but
vexatious disappointment, and a loss
from which abundant manuring and
good weather, cannot, by any possibili
ty, insure one? First of all, then, we
say, use good seed. It h of more im
portance than all other farm operations
or practices put together: although sin
gular as it may appear it is generally
looked upon as of slight consoquence.
This is no way better illustrated than
by tho indifference shown by most farm
on in the matter of saving and im
proving the farm grains and seeds by
judicious selection and hybridizing a
thing which hundreds of farmers tiunk
they have no business to meddle with,
butwhieh must bo left wholly to the
seed merchant and the scientific experi
menter. If farmers did but give a
greater share of their attention to this
matter, they would be more sure of ro
sults, and there would be fewer occa
sions for disappointment and loss in the
growing of field and garden crops, than
is now tho case.
Out of the great variety of cultivated
grains and vegetables, only a very few
are grown as what may be called stand
ard or leading crops. There aro seven
ty different species of vegetables, for
instance, grown in the gardens and on
the farms of the United States; and
'the catalogues of seedsmen show as
many as 400 varieties of these, to say
nothing of the potato, of which the
varieties are almost endless. Of the
abve there are more than forty varie
ties of boans, corn, peas and tomatoes,
each; fifteen of squashes, twenty of
cucumbers, and thirty-five of melons;
and yet wo seldom see growing upon
our farms more than threo or four of
beans, two or throe of corn, and ono of
tomatoes, squashes, cucumbers, and
melons each; while of the field grains,
such as wheat, barley and oats, there Is
nover but a single variety grown,
except in a very few instances for ex
perimental purposes. Wo apeak now of
the sowing of seeds as field and garden
crops, and havo no reference to tfee
'ommerclal features of the business.
Those have increased to a very great
extent In recent years, especially in
connection with the growing and im
provement of seeds for the vegetable
garden; and in addition to those grown
in our own country, immenso quantities
aro imported from England, Germany,
Franco, Belgium, HoBand, and other
One well known seed-grower m this
State soys he has paid as nigh a threa
hundred dollars an ounce for choice
cucumber soed for propagation. It a
estimated that 3,000 acres of land in tho
State of New York are devoted to the
growing of peas and beans for seed pnr
poscs alone; 50 acres to flower seid,
and 250 acres to vegetable seed. In
Michigan and Illinois 1,600 seres aro in
garden seeds, 1,000 in Pennsylvania and
New Jersey, and as many in Massachu
setts, Rhode Island ana Connecticut:
tho crop of onion soed la the last aamcd
State being 50,000 pounds annual
ly. Those figures give some idea
of tho extent of tho seed-growing busi
ness in our country, but as yet litil at
tention has been given to tho growing
of wheat, barley, oats and other field
grains wholly for seed purposes. This
is dono chiefly by each fanner for his
own usos, and it is to this to the im
provement of these grains through se
lection and careful growing that we
hopo to seo moro attention given in the
In rccont years much has been said
concerning the "doctoring" oradultera
tion of field seeds; and our readers are
already acquainted with the Importance
which thU subject has reached in
Germany, though in this country it has
not yet seemed to become a profitable
business to "doctor" field seeds as a
nasrular nrofession. In Kuronn r.oarlv
fifty seed central stations are in opera
tion, wnoro au sons oc commercial
seeds aro tcated previous to their beine
K laced upon the market, or after they
avo beon exposed for sale. The results
thero obtained havo shown that tho av
erago per cent age of pure seed was 59;
the average per cast, of foreign or adul
terated substances 41, while of the 59
p;r cent, of seeds which were what they
wero reprc$cmcu to ie, only is per
cent, wcro capable of germination.
uovor sceu u one oi tne cawct sub
jects for "doctoring," and among the
impurities found in it havo been sand,
crumbed irrauito (colored), anduicseeu:
of ruoro than forty distinct specie! of
noxious plants! bomo good work has
been dono in the matter of detoctingthe
impurities in our useful seedi in this
country. Tho tests so far made
are hardly sufficient upon which
to b&so accurate conclusions, but
it Is safe to say that 20 per
cent, of impurities aro found in our
grow seed, and 7 per ccSri io clovor?
theso impurities confuting of dirt,
sand, chaff, and seeds of foul weeds.
An interesting point in connection
with seeds of vegetables and grains
offered for sale is In reforenco to the
relations which tho seed grower and the
seed merchant bear to the public. As
to tho matter of purity It fa idbossible
to expect absolute perfection ; out it h
not impossible to expect a relative or
practical purity, and to reach this should
bo tho object of every seed grower and
seed merchant- Thoso who grow geedd
especially of vegetables should be
careful to nave stock of the right strain ;
grow it in locations whore muUpre will
be impossible, keep the varmios dis
tinct and pure, and sell to feed mer
chants or tho public only theScst. The
seedsman, whether he be imself the
grower or only the seller
must be ablo to guarantee
who buys seed, ol pracuc
of varieties absolutely tr
The farmer or market-garde
know what ho buys, and mi
he can fall back on t
any loss from impurii
ment consequent up
adulterated seeds. T
safety and st&-
in the practical carrying' out of these
principles. New England Farmer.
A Good Word fof Old Maids.
A sensible writer expresses his opin
ion of old maids in tho following man
ner: " I am inclined to think that many
of tho satirical aspersions oast upon old
maids tell more to their credit than is
generally imagined. Is a young woman
remarkably neat in tho person, she will
certainly bo an old maid. Is she per
fectly reserved toward the oth3rsox,sho
has all tho squeamishncss of an old
maid. Is sho frugal in her oxpenscs
and exact in her domestic concerns, she
is cut out for an old maid. If sho is
kindly humane to the animals about her,
nothing can save hor from tho appella
tion of an old maid. In short, I have
always found that neatness, modesty,
economy and humanity, are the never
failing characteristics of that terrible
Form inmates of a house in Baltimore
having lately died of scarlet fever, and
two others being fatally ill with the
same disease, tho board of health made
an investigation and found that the
cellar, after overy rainfall, was Hooded
with water, and tnat it was allowed to
stagnate, causing a terribly offensive
Tim road to matrimony is a bridal
A REMARKABLE LETTER FROM A
Bryan, Texas, Jane 11, 1879,
J. C. IUchardsoii, St. Louis Dcsr Sin
Mr boy, S jean old, bad fever erery
other day, or erery third day, ror about
3 months. I osd as much as 13 e-Alas
of Clninlne during; tbe day, but with no
effect; tried Clnehonla (alkalotdiSulph.
Clnchonldio. Saloclar, etc, ate. but tho
boy cot worse all the time. I reluctantly
sent down to my drue store for your
Febrtfng-e.and I wrlto justtosaythathe
never bod a symptom of f .ver after com
mencing Febrifuge, to date, belnir now
OTeramonthoio. I frel that Iourat to
say this much In behalf of yourmeulelno.
Am a reKnlar X. !., but retired from
?ractlce 3 years neo and devoting my
lme to drug business.
J. W. HOTTEXX.
IT 18 THE BE8T.
Stockton, Mo., An?. tHh, 1879.
jr. C. IUckardson. Ft. XonU-Dear Sin
Clifford's i'ebrif qso Is tho bsst tVinr for
CM1U and Fever that we havo ever
handled. There never has been a ease
that was NOT cured by It that was taken
accordlnx to directions In this part of
the country. Yours truly,
azAOE a uxrcHEix, Dmjcista.
A PROMINENT DRUB F1XM.
Chmieothe, Mo., Jury 30,1873.
J. C. Richardson, St. IxulsMy Deal
Sir Here is something reliables If yoq
can m ake any use of it pleaso do so. ifa
bare sold hundreds of bottles with. Ilka
results. Yonrtrlonds. . .
Jsoyce tt Ostrander.
This is to certify that 1 had the Teres
nnd Aru this summer and the nse ol
one-third of a bottle of Clifford's Febri
fuge promptly coxed it. It is the speedi
est cure I have known of.
HE STILL U. 8!
OSes) of TT. B. Novelty Mfr. Co.,
Mew Tork City, Aujrust 3, 1878.
every tlilne I took one-nan ooiue os
Clifford's Febrifnire, and it cured ma
permanently. I believe my case would
have been fatal had I not found, this as
I, did. xours truly.
it. w. poor,
Manager "TJ.S. S.Sttz
RICHARDSON & CO., - St. Louis.
TOa RAT.T. KV KKV IsVH V.WVL,
BEST IK THE WOMO
Impure Bl-carD wxu u oc a
sllffhtly- dirty wtotlo color. It may
appear wane. nrai "j "wit
bal e COMPARISON WIT II
CHURCH & CO.8 ABM AND
HAMMER " lilt AS D Trill thaw th.o
Seo thstyonr Baking Soda, !
traits and FtfllK. as should Vo ALL
BTWn.nn EUESTAXCKS mseel Sr
BonscVsepors srbo rate bresd mads sjrlta
yesst. will bnprovo its quslity. tasks It rise
hotter ondprev.tit from sauries. by addlnf
one-hai t toaspooafal of Caarch k Co-'s Bodsor
Eslentns. BosurssndnotssatoaBiuth. Too
usoofUiis wiU sour cdlk la preSemu to
EiMcg Powiisr. saves twenty Uxaes its cost.
Fsaene pound paetsso for vslusblo inierms
Uoa sail read caro fully.
SHOW THIS TO YOUR 1S0CEI. '
I am now making several styles of
of the lati-t sttvles and will ?urnish
them at verj- reasonable prices.
I work Bclu on the shares: will teach
artificial Mwanuing, queuu brectiinjj.ute."
I alio furnish
PURE ITALIAN QUEENS
and all apiarists supplies, cheaper than
tho cheanest. and iruaranteH atisfac
tion. P. J. KOCEUS, Oregon, Jlo.
SIGER SEWfflB MAGHIHE.
Tho Very Be.st in tbe World!
I have the Agency for the above nia
chino for Holt county and keep a sup
ply always ou baud at tho store of Miss
Koso Biggors, Mound City.
ly- Look out for Bogus Machines.
Seo advertisement of the (lonuine
Singer on the inside of the SmtTis kl.
J. A. McADAM.
I axi now collecting the delinquent j
taxes, both personal ana real. All
persons knowing themialvts delinquent
must come forward immediately and
payjtheir taxes, as I am compelled
fur my own protection to eaforco tfc
laws as directed by the proper authori
ties. County Collector's Office, Oregon,
Mo., April 24, 18S0.
FKKD M YE 119,
KEALE5TATE.LOAM & INSUliAXCE
ImnroTed Farms from twelisj-and-a-tmlf to
Bfty dollars per acre. Ixan roonsy ontkemost
favorable tornn. Abstracts ot titles furubked.
Taxes paid for non-residents. Itepresrut tae
Contlucntnl of X. Y., Ainertcnu Con
rnlorst. I.ouls. 1'boenlx of Hartford
nnd Uarninu American
Insursnee tonipanics. Odes over A. J. Culls
fc Co's Store, Jiorth sldu Iuhllc Soiiare,
TnB"VE.TiiEn. Said a very good oltl
iiuin, "Some folkarealwayacomplaiuing
absut tlie weather, but I am very thank
ful when I wako up in the ujornlns and
find any wcatVer at all." AVe maysmilo
at tho simplicity of tho od old mau,
but still his language indicates a spirit
that contributes much to a calm and
Ucacefui life. It is wiser and batter to
cultivate that tlmn to bo continually
complainini: of things as they air. '
Washing your faco and hands twice or
three times a day in oat-meal walor will
keep off tho tan and keep them from
Keroseno oil will soften eoots orsbocs
which have been hardened by water,
and render them pliablo as new-
"When Don Marco A. Soto became
President of the Honduras Kenublic, he
found tho country bankrupt, but, with
n remarkable spirit of patriotism, ho
used a preat deal of his own large for
tune in improving its condition.
moreover, refused to receive any salary
for his services.
A youno; mother must have some rrst
Hut how is this to be accomblisked,
when the baby w restless and eric con
stantly? Simply by using Dr. liuH'o
"lYe are hanging up pictures every day
about the chamber wills of onr heorti
that vre shall have to look at when we
tit in the shadows.
THE use of ST JACOBS OIL Is indeod
followed by the most wonderful results.
More than a dozen cases have come to
my knowledge, where St. Jacobs Oil
effected speedy cures but I will only
mention one instance A man suffering
for twenty-four yuars from Khcumatism
was induced to try the St. Jacobs Oil
He used a few bottta of this tuily won
derful remedy and w now entirely well
AV. Bernhardt, Elmore
He who is fahto to tho nrrscnt dntv
breaks a thread in tho loom, and will
zc2 the effect when the weaving of
Iifetiuie is unraveled. '""
It hat no Political Slgnlfltaaee:
But for curing all Summer derange
ments of the stomach and Vowlcs
Brown' Black-berry and Ginger has no
oqual. Xo family is safe without it. For
sale everywhere. SOrts . per bottle.
London lias 4CO.0OO dwelling honses.
If yoa are till naoror there to find Smith.
and dont know the number of his street,
you'd better postpone your visit.
A Clear Political Heat-
may be secured and constipation and
bilioiwnus.s cured by using Brown's
Liver Pill. All Dealers keep them.
It is now generally urged In extras,
tionof Ananias' offense that ho was
raised with no other playmates thao a
couple of gas-meters.
Far the Blood and Liver
Use Compound Extract of Saratparilla
nno Dandelion with Iodide of Putassinm-
In marrrinp, men should ecek harpr
women. Ihcy make a terriblo snsttko
when tlry marry for beauty, or for talent,
or style; tho sweetest wives aro thoecr
who possess tbe magic secret of being
Brews' Pefhi Toia
CurM Indigestion Sour Stomach anil
Dyspepsia A new and reliable remedy.
Piico 50 cents per bottle, for sola by
King & Proud T. S. Hinde OregoB,Mo.
J. X. West,Forbe & Simpson JIuir
Writing about the "TVtslern Cavr,
Rev. H. C. Hovey aaya that a.i the water
level is known to be three hundnd and
twelve ftct below the crtrst of the hilT
covcriuc the Mammoth rave, the gubUr-
. , 1 ! I i V 1 ,,
mil Cull nvcrs iiiiasb uv a jiuiv uinu
jiat nnmbor of feet bonesith tho surface,
and must a!: bo the lowest localities
poexible. Hcnco, he reasonably con
cludet, no donio in tlutt rave coukl -cccil
threo htmdrvd and twelve feet in
height without cutting Hirough to th
Ounuino Hup Bitter; aro put u? Ia
square pannelcd, arnber-coloned bottlua,
with whitu label on onu side printed ia
black letters, and grven hop cluster
and on the other aide yellow papo
with red letters; revenue stamp over
the cork. Thi- is the only form in
which genniue Hop Bittaw an- put up.
and the sole n:ht to make, s--ll and use
them is granted to the Hop Bitters ilf
Co. of Uochcstea. N. X. aud Toronto,
bv patnt, copvrijrht and trad .lark.
All others put np in any other way or
by anyotw eUe, claiming to b liku it
or pre'tendinjr to contain hops, by what
ever names they may be called, art bo
gas and unfit for ne, and only put uu
to sell and cheat the people on tlm crvdt
and iKipularity of Hop Bitters.
Mrs. Partington saja he has hniUxl
and hunted, and canHfiMil out who auid,
"That Kuth crushed to earth ehall xies
Cincho Q.iniuo cures uhils and fewest
,Jvcr keep your manners for ccsp
ny.but bo aa iiolite at .homa as jrou try
SIULOU'S CATAKUU KEMEI)".
A iiiarvellons Cure for Catarrh, Diph
theria, Canker mouth, and Headache.
With each bottlw there w an ingentun
nasal Injector for tho moro successful
treatment of the complaint, without ex
tra chargs. Prica 50 ota
Prof. Tynilall thus concluded an aj
drcss to the students of tho London Uni-
T "Taio caro of your health. Imogina
Hercules as oarvnian iu a rotten boat;
what can ho do there bnt, by the very
forco of his stroke expedito tho nun of
life craft. Tako core of tho timbers of
Five Haadrsd Thomand Strong.
In the past few mouths thero ban bwen
moro than 500,000 bottlM nf Shlloh's
Cure Sold. Out of the vast nuuber of
peoplu Mho have usel it, mom than
2,000 casses of Consumption havo been
cured. All Coughs, Croup, Asthma,
and Brouehitis-yiuld at oneu, hence it
Croup.and you vlHue life don't fail to try
it, Lama Bauk. side or Chest, usst Shil-
on a roruus Hiadicr. anui ot i. .
In Russia taxes are collected is thia
way: A feasant, ropresontativo of a
district, comprising sevoral villus, la
charged with tlie duty of collecting a
certain amount of money, and' it -is tha-
business nf tho people to distribute the
taxee among themselves, as mey lite tno
best. For the prompt collection, in the
first place, the representative is respon
sible, and iu case of tardineea ho is im
prisoned for a week with common crim
inals, and furnished with food atthecoct
of threo cents n day. A district is forced
to pay for all its member, whether they
arenctu-il residents, or havo cono else
where, or are iu the army. In caso a
tax collector is unable to do his duty, he
reports to tho authorities ; then the po
lice appear armed with rods, and If the
rod: do not secure the desired result tho
property"f tho delinquents ia sold is
f he Bett 1 Ever Knew Of.
J. G. Stabket, h prominent and in
fluential Citizen of Iowa Citv, sava:
"I have had the Dispepsia, ami Liver
Complaint for several ycarsv and hava
used veryKsmedy I could bear of,
without any ivlief whatever, until I saw
your Sbilnh s Vitahzeradvertised in our
paper, and was persuaded to try it. I
am happy to state that it ha entirely
Cured nto. It is certainly the best Reii
edv I ever kurw of." Prir 75 ets.
So'ld by T. S. lliudc Oregon, Mo.,
is that very bo- speaks in lU
So thaso wbo baVpnotuseilit, let its
ifvou havo a Cofch, or yoar child