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A BUSHEL OF CORN.
As it Looks Eroir. the Tripod of an Illinois
Barring the fact that that the writer
faili to note the harvest ol misery and
death—the devil'a profit in one branch
of the business—the following from the
Peoria Herald is a very truthful tracing
of a bushel of corn from cultivator to
consumer. It is ;i most wonderful show
More corn ie used in Peoria than in any
three cities in the Union, even though
those cities be New York, Philadelphia
and Chicago. The reason is obvious.
Peoria is not only the center of the great
distilling interests, but here arc
located two of the greatest sugar housei
in the country. Down the capacious
maws of the great distilleries are poured
every day 20,000 bushels of corn. The
sugar houses use from 5,000 to 10,000
bushels more each day in the year. To
supply this demand the product of 1000
acres of rich corn lands are duly shipped
into Peoria for home consumption. Aside
from these 5000 bushels are used daily for
other purposes. So that it is safe to esii
mate that fully 9,000,000 bushels of corn
are \ised in this city annually for manu
facturing and other purposes. The
greater part of this is manufactured into
It is wonderful to c msider ihe changes
made by a bushel of corn in its transition
from the owner's crib to the glaas of the
consumer. These changes arc various and
far reaching. They are other than finan
cial, lint consider simply the mere ele
ment of value. Corn was sold yesterday
for 35 cents per bushel, It came all the
way from Nebraska, perhaps, where it
brought but l'"> cents. In transit two
dealers received a commission of one cent
each. The railroad company received
eight cents for us freight and other
charges. The distiller paid 36 cents. He
took and converted it iniol'our and a half
gallons oi linish. il spirits, and fed one of
In.- steers on the refuse The distiller
sold the Spirits !" a !<>< a! dealer for 15.12,
of w i.ieh Uncle Sam received W 05 as tax
on ihe spirits, leaving a balance to the
distiller of '>- cents after lie had paid :'.">
cents fur his corn.
The spirits, after being well watered
and compounded, are sold at a profit by
the pompoundir and rectifier to tin? deal
er who sells ii out al fifteen rents 11 drink.
The four and a h:ilf gallons have swelled
to nine, and, before it lifts through, it
swells many a head and also the revenue
of the cii win*ll its lines limy be cast.
So thai, In its travels from lli« NulwihUu
crib tii the Chicago saloon, tins bushel
of corn ims inert H<rd in V:|i"' (i-hjii "i->
cents to many dolliirs, nnd with it« con
■tanl riininiur nmiea has furnished em
plovi: cut o»t least fifty men or inor 1 ,
and has contributed to l)Otli the national
and municipal revenues. Such magic is
there in the juice of the golden corn. Of
the juice of that one bushel of corn it
leas) one hundred persons have imbibed,
from the pious old lady who took it for
"la grippe" to the jolly old toper who
look it for "the tight."
To resume, thai bushel of corn was
thus scattered on the highways of bus
iness and pleasure: Fanner, lT> cents;
railroads, 8 cents; commission men, 2
cents; distillers, 73 cents; feeder, 10
cents; Uncle Sam, #4.0">; compounder
and rectifier, 86 cents; retail dealer, $10;
City, 18. The consumer got what was
left in the spirits, each according to his
strength or weakness.
Messrs Maxey and Tonneson, of the state
board of horticulture added two local horti
cultural societies to the list in the Vakiina
valley. On the 21 at a society with s3VL>nteon
members was organized at Kennewick, and
on the following day the prospective fruit
growers at Sunnysido were united in a simi
lar way, eighteen men joining in the good
work. The Kennewick society elected Chas.
Conway, president; N. J. Potter, vice presi
dent, and Winfield Harper, secretary. Jan.
P. Mau/ey, Chas. Conway and M. L. Longa
baugh were elected a committee to inspect all
trees imported into that valley and report the
same to the state commissioner at Ellens
At Sunnyside. Dr. F.C. Jones is president,
11. D. Young secretaty, and D. 0. Gillisvice
The fust result of the Sunuyside meeting
was the determination to have kept at the
station at Mabton" a supply of insect-destroy
ing solution for use on trees coming in from
A call was issued at Prosser lust week for v
meeting at Hotel Riveroide Thursday even
ing for the purpose of organizing a hortioal
cultural society. We presume the organiza
tion wa« perfected, as they arc not in the
habit of neglecting any prjposeJ enterprise
at that pnshang young town.
Mart mi Everts Holden of Now York
writes to ii country girl who pines for a
life in a great city to dismiss the idea and
she does it in these forceful words:
','Sttiy where you tire if you have a
borne and friends Be content with tish
ing for trout in the hrook rather than
cruising a stormy sea for whales. A
great eiiy is a cruel place for young
lives. [1 hikes lit mas tHo cider press
hike* juicy apples, mm kissed and flavor
etl svith Mi • br< i li of the lu'l •. and
crushes tlu'iii i:ll<> ! nip !'!• ie is a
spoonful of j in*, iii c if. i n;»j)l»'. lull rider
is i'h-.'H|%. Thtl ijiri ■>(' Wild •■ BIH'C ID you
<!is in !i i ll- ■ ■ •.:« ■• ■>!!' Iff t• -II 1 lie gill
with ii friend al conn, who pivci her
opportuniiy to slio-.v what she can do.
Without Midi it I. l«Mid ihupViHi of the iiiiu
lone girl In a great city il a l"iery, uphill
Written by the Other Fellows.
Mix a little Of the sentimental and lore
of the beautiful with your dough of daily
life- You will get a bigger and more palat
able loaf. Betides, it aids dtyestion.—
Fred K. R"»ed.
Riches exclude only one iueouvenieuee,
and that is poverty. -Johnson.
Jlc who is firm ami resolute in will molds
the world to suit himself.— Goethe.
More thing! are wrought by prayer than
this world dreams of.—Tennyson.
Every generation of man is a laborer for
that which succeds it. — Gladstone.
Speak but little and well if you would b»
esteemed a man of merit.—Trench.
The great fact is that life is a service.
The only question is, "whom will we
The book to read is not the one that
thinks for you, but the out which makes
you think. —McCoeh.
If thou desire to be wise, be so wi3e as to
hold thy tongue.—Lavater.
Cheerfulness is an excellent wearing
quality. It hai been called the bright
weather of the heart.—Samuel Smiles.
What's brave, what's noble, let's doit
after the high Roman fashion, and make
death proud to take us.—Shakespeare.
He who believes that God's will always
must be done prays not when this or that
event arises, but ever prays that, more
and more.be may come into harmony with
t. And out of this constant prayer of the
soul, that desires not gifts from, but com
munion with the Giver, there comes a
sense of trust.— Ilornbrooke.
Such help as we can give each other in
this world is a debt to each other, and the
man who perceive! a superiority or a ca
pacity In a subordinate, and neither con
fesses nor assists it, is not merely the
withholder of kindness, but the coinmH
ter of Injury.—Ruakin.
Loving kindness is greater than laws;
and the charities of life are greater than
all ceremonies* —Talmud.
True dignity abides with him alone
who in the silent hour of inward
thought can 81 111 suspect and still rev.
himself in lowliness of heart. —Words-
Exact justice is commonly m no mer
ciful in t he long run tbmi pity, for it
luiidi io fosiei in men ih«»«e stion.L'ci
ijnalitlefl whir'n make tbem b«mhl elti
A wool BCOlirilig mill is in f ivr'ion :it
Pendleton, Oregon, and another is con