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THE STATE CORN CONTEST.
To Be Conducted By A State Com
mission. There Will Be A Con
test of Farmers and a Spe
cial Contest For School
Columbia, March 29.-Commis
sioner Watson returned last. night
from Clenson college, where on Wed
nesday a meeting of the state corn
eontest commission, created by the
legislature, was held. The other mem
bers are Dr. Mll and- Prof.- Harper;
of.Clemson. Practically all of the de
tails of the contest were arranged by
the commission, and- judging- from
thea inquiries. already. received there
will be;- a large. number of - entrie&.
All of, thecommissioners believe that
this contest will result in great good
to. thefermers. of the state and. stimu
late the growing of. cereals. It was
determined:to have all. correspondence
go, through the. departmental office at
Columbia,. and;.Commissioner Watson
is,.to, receive the entries, and. the pro
ducts when they are ready. The com
mission determined to adopt the bene
fieial plan,used:in Illinois, and sonV
of. the. other. leading state, of provid
ing for g,sehool children's corn con
test.i eonnection with. the main con
test, and Commissioner Watson will
at onee furnish a sapply of. circulars,
etc., rolating to- this to. the county
snpintendents, .of. edncation.
After considering the matter of
the -Southv, Coarolina- contest,_ and this
state?s participation in the national
contest in all its. phases, the commis
sion issued. the following:
. To the fgrmers of. South Carolina:
The-, largest. crop of corn ever pro
duce4.n oan acre of land- wa& grown
by .Capt. Z. J, Drake, of Marlboro
epnty. S. C. In, this. great contest,
w,hiehfwas conducted by -the American
Agriculturalist several years ago,
Capt. Drake produced on a single acre
255 bushels of shelled corn. This mar
velous yield surprised farmers of the
great- corn belt,. and for many years
they have been trying to break this
record. It is doubtful if the world
record of Capt. Drake will ever be
broken. No single event in the his
tory of agriculture, has called forth
xiore favorable comment to the agri
cultural possibilities of the south than
the crop of corn grown by Capt.
Drake. He not only won the grand
prize offered by the American Agri
culturist, but he also won the $500
given by the State of South Carolina,
as well as many minor prizes.
Another cereal contest of a much
wider range is now being conducted
by the Orange-Judd company, pub
lishers of the Amerid~an Agricultural
ist, in which they offer $5,000 to be
distributed in prizes. This contest is
national in scope, and thousands of
farmers from all parts of the country
have already made application for en
try. Hundreds of prizes from various
individuals have been offered, and
farmers have an opportunity of win
ning one or more of prizes in this con
The Objects of the Contest
are as follows:
1. To encourage proper selection
of seed and better grade of soil.
2. To center attention upon va
rieties that are superior for .each
section, and to introduce seed of
such varieties that are pure 'and true
to name, and to prove that when such
varieties are grown under normal
conditions it is not necessary to so
frequently change seed.
3. To encourage better methods of
culture and harvesting, so as to large
ly increase average yields per acre
and improve quality.
4. To show that such results can
be had at less expense of time, mon
ey and labor when increase in yield is
5. To prove methods of marketing
and conversion of ei-op~ into largest
possible cash returns.
6. To increase grain - growers'
profits on each acre each year. .
7. To promote the keeping of in
telligent records and the use of busi
ness principles in farming, besides
fostering the farmers' prosperity and
the welfare of the whole people.
Nature of the Contest.
There wvill be three general classes,
including corn, wheat and oats. For
this year South Carolina farmers are
requested to enter the corn contest
and lay their plans to enter both
wheat and ebrn in 1907. The contest
will cover a period of five years, be
ginning this season. Each year's
work will be complete in itself. The
contestant must begin this season, but
is not required to compete at each
year unless he so desires. The re
wards will be made final each season.
The first year each grower will be
required to grow at least one acre of
the crop of whatever kind he selects.
For this season corn is the one select
ed for South Carolina. The same in
dividual may compete for each class
of grain grown, but for only one vari
ety in each class.
For South Carilina, Marlboro Pro
lific and Coke's Prolific,. Mosby's
Prolific corn, seem to be well adapt
ed for this contest. Any other vari
ety can be selected- for the contest.
The farmer. may select any one acre
frm, the: crop he.has planted and en
te. it in this contest. Eaih contest
a3t en follow hii; own jJidktment in
ha- siection-of soil Jmodof- culture,
'harvesting and: nare.ing. All par
ticulars relative- to. grotli,. tillage,.
etc., will be recorded in the Contest
ant's Manual, which also contains in
valuable data about cereals. as well.
as records for reports, etc. This
manual is sold to contestants at ae
tual. cost of printing, binding. and
mailing for 50 cents, or is given free
to. subseribers of the American Agri
culturalist who remit $1.00 for a
year's subscription. . Any one may
compete in this contest whether they
are subscribers to the American Agri
culturalist or not, but the manual is
really. a necessity for keeping their
records of the acre entered in the con
Rules, of the Contest.
Any, farmer may compete in this
contest and. there are no fees or dues.
Each contestant is to furnish one
saple: bushel of corn, from the acre
grown the first year, which -is to be
jidged. and: then sold. for the benefit
of prizes, for the. succeeding years.
Each .farmer. is also to furnish a- pint
of sample seed for chemical analysis.
The details as to the.place-where this
corn is to be sent willbe..given.later.
Each contestant is- to furnish full
reports which are;to- be recorded in
the Contestants' Manual, so that his
work and results may be judged ac
cordini to the following scale of
L Purity: and selection of seed 10
2. Methods of culture 25 points.
3. Records -Of manual, including
clearness, completeness, accuracy,
etc., 15 points..
4. Yield 25 points.
5. Quality, including market grade,
sale ability, feeding value, 10 points.
6. Profis resulting .from the en
tire acre 15 points, makipg a total of
How to Enter-the Contest.
Any. farmer. in South .Carolina can
compete for' the South Carolina state
prize, as well as for the grand prize.
To enter the contest simply write to
E. J. Watson, commissioner of agri
culture, commerce and immigration,
Columbia, S. C., the following:
"Dear Sir: I wish 'to enter the
great cereal contest of the American
growers' profits, and compete with an,
acre of corn for the prize offered by
the state of South Carolina and any
other prizes that this entry will enti
tle me to. I enclose -$1.00 for the
American Agriculturalist and a copy
of the Contestants' Manual for keep
ing the records of the acre entered in
this contest.'' (If the contestant
is not already a subscriber and does
not want to become a subscriber to
the American Agriculturalist he
should enclose only 50 cents, for the
C'ntestants' Manual. -This will be
forwarded at once.)
Give your name, postoffie s and
county. As there is no time to lose,
farmers shoidd take hold of this at
once, as there is a great opportunity
of some one winning this great cash
prize, as well as many smaller prizes
for a single acre of corn this season.
Cash Prizes for South Carolina rar
At its last session the South Caro
lina legislature appropriated $500 to
be awarded in prizes to the farmers of
South Carolina who enter the nation
al cereal contest inaugurated by the
Orange-Judd company, of New York,
publishers of the American Agricul
turalist. This money is to be awarded
as a supplement to the grand prizes
off ered, the Orange-Judd company
heading thel ist with $5,000 cash. The
awarding of the state prizes is un
der the direction and control of Comn
misioner of Agriculture, Commerce
and Immigration E. J. Watson, of
Columbia: Dr. P. H. Mell, president
of Clemson college, and Prof. J. N.
Harper, head of the department of
agriculture at Clemson college.
If a South Carolina farmer cap
tures the Orange-Judd grand prize of
$500, as did Capt. Drake in the form
er contest, S200 in addition is to be
awarded out of the State appropria
tion to the successful contestant, mak
ing a grand cash prize for one acre
In case the grand prize is not won
by a South Carolina farmer the $200
from the state appropriation is to be
awarded in special prizes as follows:
One $100 prize and two -$50 prizes
for the successful contestants.
In addition to the above for the
best work of any competitor in South
Carolina . on an acre of corn; First
prize, $50, second prize, $20; and1
three prizes of $10 each-miaking a
total of $100. 1
ror the School Children.
The remaining $200 shall be devot- I
ed to encouraging the work of school
children in the state of South Caro
lina in selecting, testing and growing
corn under the auspices of the Young
Folks' Grain club, organized by the
American Agriculturailist, informa
tion and circulars concerning which
wil be sent to the county superin
tevdOnts. of education by Commis
sioner Watson. These prizes will ,be
as follows: First prize, $25; second
prize, $15; third prize, $10; ten prizes
of $5 each; twenty prizes of $5 each,
and sixty prizes of $1 each. The de
tail& of. awarding these prizes will be
County and local school superinten
dents are. asked to interest themselves
in the matter and organize clubs
E. J.. Watson,
P. H. Mell,
J. N. Harper,
State Corn Contest Commission.
Some complain that they- cannot
drink milk without being "distressed
by it." The most common reason
why milk is not well borne is due to
the fact that people drink it too
quickly. If a glass of it is swallowed
hastily it enters into the stomach and
then forms in one solid curdled mass
difficult of digestion. If, on the other
hand, the same quantity is sipped and
three minutes at. least are occupied in
drinking it, then on reaching the
st9n.;h. it is so divided that when
coagnlated, as it must be by. the gas
tric juice while digestion is going on,
instead. of being in one hard, condens
ed mass,. upon the outside of which
only the digestive fluids can act, it is
more in the form of a sponge, and in
and. out of the entire bulk the gastric
juice. can play freely and perform its
COSTLY DROP CURTAIN.
The One Meissonier Didn't Paint for
a French Theatre.
The enterprising manager of a the
ater called upon the famous French
artist Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier,
on one occasion, says Mr. Robert
Kempt in Pencil and Palette, and ask
ed, him to paint a drop scene for a
certain theatre and name his own
''You have seen my pictures,
then?'' asked Meissonier.
''Oh, yes,'' exclaimed the manager,
''but it is your name :[ want ! It will
draw crowds to my theatre.''
''And how large do you wish th.is
curtain to be?'' inquired the artist.
''Ah, well, we will say 15 or 18 me
Meissonier took up a pencil and
proceeded to make a calculation. At
last he looked up and said with im
''I have calculated and find that
my pictures are valued at 80,000
francs per meter. Your curtain, t.here
fore, will cost you just 21,600,000
francs. But that is not all.' It takes
me twelve months to paint twenty
ave centimeters of canvass. It will
t;herefore take me just 190 years to
anish your curtain. You should have
come to me earlier, 'monsieur. I am
too old for the undertaking now.
CONQUESTS OF SILENCE.
Men Whose Greatness Was Not
Measured by Their Speeches..
Washington never made a speech.
[n the zenith of his fame he once at
tempted it, failed and gave it up,.
confused and abashed. In framing
the constitution of the United States
the labor was almost wholly perform
ed in committee of the whole, of
which George Washington was day
after day chairman, and he made but
two speeches during the convention,
of a viery few words each. The con
vention, however, acknowledged the
master spirit, and historians affirm
that had it not been for his personal
popularity and the thirty words of
his speech, pronouncing it the best
that could be united upon, the consti
tution would have been rejected by
Thomas Jefferson never made a
speech. He couldn't do it.
Napoleon, whose executive ability
is almost without parallel, said that
his difficulty was in finding men of
deeds rather than words. When ask
ed how he maintained his influence
over his superiors in age and experi
ence when commander in chief of an
army in Italy he said, ''By reserve.''
The greatness of a man is not 1peas
aired by the length of his speeches and
A boy always has a good time try
no not. to do the things his father
:ells him to do.
If there is a bumper wheat crop in
;he country the average man tries to
nake out that his brains had some
hing to do with it.
The Trial By Ordeal That Finds A
Place In Perak.
New York Herald.
In Perak lawyers find no business,
for; a. modified form of trial, by, or
deal, d6idesall disputes In place of
the legal practitioner the,pleader is a
native boy who is assigned- to. one or
the other of the sides and is, given a
bamboo tube in which is sealed the
pleading.of the person or party whom
When all is ready two stakes are
driven into the bed of a stream, and
by aid of a bamboo pole the heads of
the two boys are submerged at the
By grasping the stakes they are en
abled to remain under water for quite
awhile after their natural inclination
would bring them to the surface, but
at last one of them gives in, and re
leasing his hold of the stake, comes to
He is immediately seized, and the
tube he holds is cast aside. The oth
er lad is led ashore, his tube opened,
and the document contained therein
stands as the decision in the case.
Don't abuse your rival. Behave
better than he does.
Everyone has an excuse for drink
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How many people are you "com
fortable" with? Not very many
I am now opening up a nice
stock ot goods in the store
room formerly occupied by E.
M. Evans & Co., on Main St.,
opposite the court house. Am
asking now the pub'ic general
ly come in and inspect my
stock before making their pur
My stock consists of Dry
Goods, Groceries, etc. Call
in to see, Will be delighted to
make you close prices on every
thing-and satisfaction guaran
Yours for business,
W. R. REID.
Prepared to furnish every
thingi n the way of supplies.4
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