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CANTON, S. D. FARMERS' PUBLISHING CO.. PPBLISHEES THE famous Physick Garden in Chel sea, England, whose preservation is now a matter of discussion, has 20,000 dif '-ferfent herbs and plants. JAPAN is a remarkably productive 'country. Its area is less than Califor nia, while its cultivated land is only one-tenth of its acreage yet its prod ucts support a population of eighty eight million. THE newspapers are now trying to find the man who spent the most days in rebel prisons during the late war. So far as heaid from yet, E. W. Ware of Bangor, is ahead, he having suffered 600 days in Charleston, Columbia, Charlotte, Raleigh, Goldsboro and Greensboro prisons. INSTEAD of increasing the weight of locomotives to seoure better traction, efforts are being made to use the elec tric current, and experiment has de monstrated that the passage of a cur rent through the driving-wheels in creases the traction far beyond what additional weight accomplishes IF a teaspoon is placed in an empty glass, boiling hot water can be poured into it without breaking. A fork will not serve the purpose at all, as it is something in the shape of the spoon that concentrates the heat of the boil ing water in itself. This is worth know ing by hot water drinkers, as the water is far more palatable in a glass than in a cup. THE little English sparrows have learned a new dodge since electric lights replaced gas in New York City parks. When the current is turned off at dawn the bottoms of the globes are filled with hundreds of insects which have been attracted by the light and killed. The sparrows come around after the globe has cooled off, slide down the carbons and devour the in sects. PROF. J. H. LEWIS, of IST.Faul,- a noted archaeologist, has 'recently been making explorations around James town, N. D. He has surveyed hun dreds of earthworks and embankments which show an advanced knowledge of architecture, while the precision with which they are constructed shows great intelligence and care. Most of these mounds are filled with bones of people who lived ages ago and con cerning whom history gives no clue. A WILL made by Frederick the Great in 1741, during the first Silesian war, is printed in the first volume of "The Wars of Frederick the Great," just published in Germany. It reads as fol lows: "I am only King so long as I am free. If they kill me I wish my body to be burned in Itoman fashion and my ashes to be inclosed in an urn at Bheins burg. In this case Knobelsdorf [his architect] shall construct a monument for me like that of Horace of Tuscu lum." THE wife of Senator Davis, of Minne sota, is able to make this extraordinary statement: "When ten years of age my aunt bought me a pattern, some navy-blue cloth and some black velvet, and told me I must make myself a gown, which I did. greatly to her satis faction and my own and the envy of my little playmates. From that time to the present day I have never paid one cent to a dress-maker or milliner, nor has any one else done so for me. Every dress, liat and bonnet I wear is made and trimmed by my own hands." IT is not generally known that Prince Bismarck has an adopted son, now twenty years of age, and a Frenchman. One evening during the Franco-Prus sian war when the Chancellor entered' his sleeping apartments, outside of Paris, he found a baby boy asleep on his pillow. The mother had left a note saying that her husband had been killed at Sedan, and that despair and want had forced her to give up her child. Bismarck sent the child by special nurse to Berlin, and subse quently had him educated, and he is now a model young man and devotedly attached to his benefactor. AN Episcopal clergyman of Indiana tells this as a true story: Recently one of the prominent members of his parish died. After the funeral the widow found great eomfort in telling her neighbors about the many virtues of her late husband, even mentioning that he took greatest delight in playing cards as an innocent pastime. She must have been thinking of him as he appeared in his "customary attitude," for she said: "Jacob looked so well when they opened the coffin at the church. He had not changed one par ticle. There was, O, such a heavenly expression on his face. He looked just as if he held four kings." WHEN standing within a few yards of the gun's muzzle at the time of dis charge, a person would be amazingly astonished were he only able to see the shots as they go whizzing by. Experi ments in instantaneous photography ha^e proved to us that the shots not only spread out, oomet-like, as they fly, but they string out to a much greater distance than they spread. Thus, with a cylinder gun, when the first shot of a charge reaches a target that is forty yards away, the last shot is lagging along ten yards behind. Even with the chokebore guu some of the shot arill lag behind eight yards iu forty. THEY are having a hard time out is Washington Kan., over a meteor. It fell on Miss Kelsey's farm, ami a hivo map named January, who saw it tall, dug it out. He thought meteors a profitable crop, bought it from Mis.* Kelsey's agent for $25 and sold it to the State university for $800. Mi-?s Kelsey was away from home when the thing was sold, and now comes back and claims that her agent had no right to dispose of it. She proposes if nec essary _to bring suit for it on the ground that in Kansas meteors coine properly under the general head of farm products, claiming it as her just and due meteor right, so to peak. WHY SO many bald-headed men are bachelors is thus explained by a recent writer: "There, is a great deal of cap illary attraction in love. Girls adore a handsome suit of glossy hair it is lovely. And when a lover comes to woo her with the top of his head shin ing like a greased pumpkin he is at a disadvantage. Just as the words that glow and thoughts that burn begin to awaken, in her bosom a sympathetic thrill she may happen to notice two or three flies promenading over his phre nological organs, and all is over. Girls are so frivolous. She immediately be comes more interested in those flies than in all his lovely language. While he is pouring out his love and passion she is wondering how the flies manage to hold on to such a slippery surface. PEOPLE who are afraid of lightning may be consoled by the knowledge that there is a thousand times the danger in the. sewer pipes that there is in the thunder clouds. The deaths by light ning are few indeed. Who of the read ers of this paragraph ever lost a friend that "way Who of them hasn't lost a score Of friends by the less brilliant and less noisy destruction that comes up out of the drains The trouble with the lightning, or the trouble that it gives the people, is in its indescribable sud denness and its absolute uncertainty. You know, neither when it is coming nor where, it-is-going all you feel certain about is that some storms leave a num ber of catastrqphes to mark their course. The caprice pf the lightning defies the explanations of science, and there is no predicting beyond a few generalities. This much it does seem safe to repeat,. even in the lively lightning season, that the increased use of electricity, with. the multiplicity1of wire3. has tended to fiewer fatal strokes of lightning in cities. A BROOKLYN manufacturer paid a bill without a murmur the other day simply on account of the way it was worded. His engineer found that the hot water pump would not work and sent'.for a machinist. The latter b)th ered with it half a day and said it must come apart. This meant a stoppage of the factory for a long time. It was suggested that a neighboring engineer be sent for, as he was a sort of genius in the matter of machinery. He came. and after studying the pump a while he took a hammer and gave three sharp raps over the valve. "I reckon she'll go now," he quietly said, and, putting on the steam she did go. "The next day. says the manufacturer, "I received a bill from him for $25.50. The price amazed me, but when I had examined the items I drew a check at once. The bill read this way: 'Messrs. Blank & Co., Dr. to John Smith. For fixing pump, 50 cents for knowing how, $25.' Had he charged me $25.50 for fixing the pump I should have considered it exorbitant. But 59 cents was reason able, and I recognize the value of knowledge, so I paid and said nothing." The Two Litt'o Mittens. He had snubbed his wife and scolded his children, and had gone off down to business in a frame of mind tliat made some friends, and all the dogs, go a block out of their way to avoid him, all because some trifling thing had gone wrong, and there was no one who had the courage to tell him he was acting lilce a brute. And then right in his way, spread out on the sidewalk, the two little thumbs ctirled up, lay a little wee pair of black mittens—baby mittens, with dimples and curves left in them. He looked quickly up the crowded walk and saw a slender woman hurrying along with a toddling girl baby by the hand, and he tried to overtake them and shouted, but they were lost in the crowd, and he took the two little mit tens with him and laid them on his desk. They were so tiny that they looked almost as if they were made for a doll, but no doll's hands had left those creases, and it didn't take an ex pert either to tell that it was the hand of a future woman that had made those little curves in the wrist and palm. "What have you there?" asked his business partner. He answered briefly, "treasure trove,'" and finally tucked one ia each rocket of his vest. But not before lie had noticed, however, that the btll of each dear little thumb was neatly darned, and that the line of life on the tiny wrist had worn through and had been covered with a network of patient mending. Half a dozen times a day, when he was alone, that man looked at the little mittens, then put them away and went on with his invoices and cal culations. And when he went home at night he met his wife with a kiss, and romped with tl^e'boys. and at the sup per table he took out the little fugitive things and they went the rounds. The boys laughed. His wife looked at him with shining eye3. "Yes, dear," he said gently, "Nellie would have been large enough to wear them if she had lived." This was the secret. The little mit tens had performed a mission, and will be kept as mascots. I IN Egypt lovers pledge their troth by touching thnmjbs. When, however, the girl touches hei* thumb to her nose and wiggles her finggv, the young fellow I probably takes thvjiint and scoot*. THE NATION'S^.•CROPS. FULL TEXT OF STATISTICIAN DODGE'S REPORT. ft Shows a Condition Even Worse Tlmn tho Published Synopsis a Few Days Ago All Grains Bound to Be High on Account of the Bariy Frosts. WASHINGTON, D. C., Sept 15 A few days ago a summary of the government crop re ports for September was published. It was received with great interest, and made a sensation in all the grain markets in the ooutitry. Statistician Dodge now furnishes the full text of the reports. The showing is even worse, if anything, than was repre sented in the comparatively brief synopsis given on Thursday. Tho following is the statement complete: The Statement. The season has not been favorable to ce reals, potatoes or fruit, while hay, cotton and sugar have been favored with condi tions conducive to medium or large de velopment. Where drainage is defective, cultivation limited and a maximum of care and labor is applied, the meteorological mishaps will be numerous and injurious. It is satisfactory to know that a considera ble percentage of the losses now sustained is avoidable, yet it will be long, while lands remain cheap, before the possible remedy shall be applied. The losses are now so,ser!ous in the great rain belt that arid-land farmers do not fail to claim an advantage in "the control of moisture in its application to growing crops. The rainfall of the season has been fitful and irregular aver much of the cultivated area. A late and cold spring was followed in large areas in the south and central west by drouth ot several weeks' duration, and in some places of nearly two months, which was broken by heavy storms, often attended by high winds. The signal service summarizes 4he precipi tation of the summer up to the first week ia September as follows: 'The rainfall for the season continues in Bxcess in the lake region and New England, In the northern portions of the Middle At lantic states, in the Ohio valley, Southern Missouri, Arkansas, Central Mississippi and Eastern Texas. A slight seasonal excess is also reported from the Northern Pacific coast. The seasonal deficiency in the Soutli Atlantic states is from 6 to 10 inches, and from 13 to 15 Inches in the extreme southern portions of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisi ana. The seasonal deficiency is about 1 inches in Kansas, 4 inches in Western Ne braska, to 9 inches in Eastern Nebraska, Iowa and Northern Missouri. About the same deficiency is reported from Massa chusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. In the lake region the seasonal excess varies from 2 to 6 inches." Our returns everywhere emphasize the re sults of irregularities in rain fall and tem perature. The amount of rain is of far less practical importance than its timely distri bution and absorption by the soil. Tho value of moisture in crop development can not be determined by the sum of preciplta* tion, nor the maturity of plants by the ag gregate of the season's heat. A few days of excessive moisture, accompanied or fol lowed by extreme heat, when grain is in the milk and fruit is maturing, may destroy or seriously injure the crop, causing blights of grain and rotting of fruit. The effects of drouth have been severest in Kansas and Nebraska,Northern Missouri, Southern Iown and the region contiguous to the. Ohio river on both sides. It has been quite Injurious to cotton and other crops on the Gulf coast and portions of the Southern Atlantic coast. The Injury to Come. Corn—The returns for September show that the injury to the corn crop reported last month was intensified by continuance of drouth in August until the rains came to its rslief, but too late for full rocovery. On tho coast, from New jersey to Maryland and in North Carolina, Tennessee, Ken tucky, Arkansas and Missouri, as also iu northern New England and Florida, there is improvement since Aug. 1. In Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana and in Georgia, Ala bama, Louisiana, Texas, the condition is unchanged. A decline has occurred in New York. Ohio, Illinois and in all the north western states and In some others of less importance. The average is 70.1, against 73.1-2 last month. It is the lowest average since 1881. The crop is late inthe eastern states, requiring maturing weather through out September. It is also late and variable in development in New York and Pennsyl vania. The Atlantic coast states return relatively high condition, compared locally by the effects of midsummer drouth and later by storm. In Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas, drouth, more or less severe, from the 10th of June to the middle of August, reduced the condition too low for subsequent recovery, as the crop was ma turing or ripe before rains came. The Ohio Falley an'd the Missouri valley report pro tracted drouth and low condition. While the rains of the last two weeks of August have been beneficial nearly everywhere, they have not always restored the losses of the first half of the month. In the bottom lands, where growth was maintained, the recent rainfall will make a good crop, while' the dry uplands were beyond recovery. The lowest condition is in Kansas, though some of tho eastern counties make good returns. The Dakotas and Nebraska are little higher. The crop is late, and will require as much time to mature on the latitude of 40 degrees as for the earlier varieties grown on the line of 42 degrees. The following i» a statement of monthly condition: Yield per Year. July. Aug. Sept. Oct. acre. 18Sf 9-1.0 J0.0 95.0 05.0 20.3 1«86 9".a 80.7 76.0 80.0 22.0 188 7 .17.7 80.5 72.3 72.8 20.1 188 8 93.0 P5.5 94.2 92.0 20.3 1S89 90.3 94.8 90.9 91.7 28.8 1890 93.1 73.3 70.1 Spring and Winter Wheat. Wheat—The returns of tho condition of winter wheat at the time of harvesting are less favorable than those of the firstof July. far as threshing lias progressed the re sults are gonerally disappointing. The July ivorage was 70.2 the present average, 73.5. fhe general average of spring wheat has also been reduced from 83.2 to 70.8. The average of wheat of both kinds is 75.5. In 1888 the September average for wheat wa9 77.3. It was 73 in 1881. The yield of spring wheat is usually variable in the Dakotas. ranging from high yields to five bushels and less per acre. The progress of threshing will develop the extent of these differ ences. Oats and Bye. Oats—The condition of oats is the lowest ever reported at the date of harvesting. The decline since the last report has been almost six points, from 70.1 in August to 64.4. The rate of yield will bq, the smallest in twenty years, and the*rice must inevi tably be higher. —Bye yields less than was expected, as generally the condition at harvesting averages only 85.4, a decline of over six points since the report in July. It suffers less, as usual, than wheat in unfavorable seasons. Hardie Richardson leads the Players as a i»e»e-mn utter, hlj record being 17. I THE BRULES WILL STAY THERE. The Department Beflises Their Bequest to Move South of tho White River—Brook ings Schools Presented with a Flag- Notes with Interest. The Lower Brule Indians, after sev eral years of unsuccessful effort, liavo at last been notified by the Indian bureau through ,their agent, Maj. Dixon, that they cannot move south of the White river to the Rosebud reservation. The reason for the desired removal is, as they claim, that the land south of the White river is much better than that embraced in their own reservation. When the Sioux commission was at the agency last summer obtaining their assent to the re linquishment of 11,000,000 acres of their reservation to the government, these In dians, at a council held with the com missioners, implored Gen. Crook to promise that they might move, but the general informed them that he could do nothing further than to request the department to allow them to do so, as his instructions from tho "great father" did not give him the power to make promises other than were provided by the Sioux bill. The general's prom ise to intercede in their behalf was re ceived satisfactorily by the Indians, as they had gre£t faith in his influence and firmly believed that the matter would eventually be settled in their favor. A short time ago, however, the Rosebud band of Sioux entered a vigorous protest against the proposed removal, claiming that they did not have any land to spare. This apparently settled the matter, as the Indian bureau has refused to grant the request of the Lower Brules. Of course the Indians were deeply disap pointed at the failure of their efforts, as a great many had set their hearts upon going below White river. Presented With a Flag. The Brookings public schools opened with a very full house. All the teachers are new with the exception of Superin tendent Robinson and Mattie L. Darrow. The principal feature of the occasion was the presentation of a flag by the G. A. R. post and its reception. These serv ices were held in the opera hall, which was filled. Speeches were made by Auditor Cornell, Wm. Anderson. Prof. M. A. Robinson and Dr. McLoath, pres ident of the agricultural college. After ,the ceremony at the hall the procession formed and marched to the school grounds, where the flag was raised. The exercises here were enlivened by a speech from Hon. G. A. Mathews, fitting tho occasion. Music was furnished by the Brookings band and the college glee club, which added materially to the pleasure of the occasion. Told in a Few Linen, THE Pierro band has increased its membership to twenty-two. LIGHTNING started a fire on Cheyenne island recently, and it was only by hard work that it was kept from burning over the whole island. Jefl Sage lost about twenty-five tons of hay. THE harvest in Brookings county ts abundant, even the farmers themselves being surprised at the yield. With this result, and. with prices so favorable, they are correspondingly happy. JOHN BBUCKEB, of Garden City, com mitted suicide by blowing off the upper portion of his skull with a shotgun. Family troubles are said to have been the cause. He leaves a wife and several children. C. LAESON, the man who drives the Pierre milk wagon, met with a painful accident. His cart collided with a hy drant on the hill, upsetting him and breaking the two bones of his left fore arm, besides badly bruising him. A SETTLER named Hotoff, living sixty miles west of Pierre, while en route home from Pierre, drove off a steep embank ment ten miles out on the Bad river, falling twenty-fivo feet. Hotoff's skull was fractured and several bones broken. He cannot recover. THE Brookings agricultural college opened its fall term with a very full at tendance, every room at the college be ing occupied, and accommodations in the city are being secured. Though the de mand for rooms is beyond expectation all students will bo cared for. WHILE driving to Montrose one day last week, the two small children of'John Stevens met with quite an experience. In some manner the horses became frightened and ran away. The little fellow stuck to the lines manfully and kept them from running into the river over the bank, getting them turned just in time. The, little girl was thrown out however and received several severe scratches and bruises. They had a .nar row escape. IT is reported that an artesian well has been struck at the depth of twenty two feet in Grand Meadow township, Minnehaha county. The circumstances of the discovery were that a farmer had dug a common well to the depth of twenty feet when he took a small auger and sank it down on a sort of prospect ing tour. He had just got his auger down two feet when it sank quickly and on pulling it out a flow of water fol lowed. This was piped and the stream crept to the surface and is now flowing without a stop. MRS. A. E. DICKSON, of, Milbanlc, is lying in a critical condition at her home, because of the explosion of a gasoline stove. She undertook to fill the stove tank with the burner lighted when the explosion occurred. Rushing to the door she called f«r help and then ran back into the kitchen to save her child. Then her clothing took fire and she was horribly burned about the body and arms. When her clothing was removed patches of charred flesh were torn away, and during that awful ordeal she said: "I saved the baby anyway." THE lakes and ponds in Stutsman county, N. D., and vicinity, are nearly all dried up. Last year was bad enough in this respect, but this season is worse. Lt is said that Arrowwood lake has only a small stream running through it. Last year it was an extensive sheet of water. There is very little water in Jim lake, mid none' in the river above the dam at Jamestown. DN. "HULL'S little son, of Gettysburg. 2 years and 0 months old, while being tossed on a blanket in play by some other little folks, with a slight choking he' swallowed an iron staple, 2 inches long by Ja inch wide, which luckily went down rounded end foremo'st and seems to have kept that position to the end of the voyage. THE soldiers' home at Hot Springs was to have been opened on the 9th, but the board has found it impossible to have the building completed and ready for occu pancy before Sept. 20. YANKTON is petitioning for the free delivery of mails. DINED ON KINGrSHEAD. STORY OF A WEST AFRICAN HOODOO MAHD1. He Sits Down to His First Royal Dinner With the Head of a Monarch Before Him —Pork Packing Statistics Show a Falling Off .Over the Preceding Week-Crop Be ports, Etc. LONDON', Sept. 11.—Much Indignation is expressed in France over the fact that Bamudoo, the so-called "West African Mahdi, who recently made a treaty of friendship with the English, followed up the treaty by purchasing from the British a largo quantity of guns and cartridges, and thereupon pro ceeded to attack the French. Notwith standing his guns, he got the worst of the fight, his favorite commander, Savos Pasha, being killed in a hand to hand encounter with a French lieutenant of Senegales troops. Samudoo is nowteneaged in raising the people of western Soudan for attack on the French. He is said to be as peculiar an individual as the original Mahdi who caused so much troubre to the Brit ish in Egypt. Born in the king dom of Bornu, his mother was the Nubian slave of an Arab trader. His father took good care of him, and as he grew up he became imbued with the idea that it was his mission to restore supremacy of the prophet in Western Africa. The King of Bornu, noticing that the young man was ambitious, ordered him to be de capitated, as a lesson to other ambitious youths. Samudoo was warned by a friend, said to have been one of the sultanas, and Bed to Senegal. There he curbed his fanat icism under Christian protection until dis turbances in Bornu tempted him to return. The dissatisfied element accepted him as ai leader and he made himself master of the country, displaying no little military abil ity. The king of Bornu was one of his pris oners and Samudoo sat down to his first dinner in the royal palace with tho mon arch's head on a plate before him. He is now the master of a considerable share of West Africa, and the British have been glad to purchase his friendship. CROP CONDITIONS. Government Beport for Septem ber—Corn and Wheat Both Show.Less Favorable Besults. WASHINGTON, Sept. 11.—The national rrop report for September shows that the Injury to the corn crop reported last month was intensified by the continuance of the Arouth in August until rains came to its re lief, but were too late for full recovery. The average is 70.1, against 73.3 last month. It is the lowest average since 1881. The de cline occurred in New York, Ohio and Il linois and in the northwestern states, and in some others of less importance. The crop is late in the eastern states, requiring matur ing weather throughout September. The Ohio valley. and Missouri valley report protracted drouth and poor condition. While the rains of the last two weeks of August have been beneficial nearly everywhere they have not always re stored the losses of the first half of the month. The best condition is in Kansas, though some of the western counties make good returns. The Dakotas and Nebraska are a little higher. Returns of the condition of winter wheat at the time of harvesting are less favorable than those of the 1st of July. So far as thrashing has progressed results are gen erally disappointing. The July average was T0.2, and the present average is 73.5. The general average of spring wheat is also reduced from 83.3 to 79.8. The average for wheat of both kinds is 78.5. In 1S8S the September average for wheat was 77, and was 73 In 1881. The yield ot spring wheat ia unusually variable In the Dakotas, ranging from high yields to 5 bushels and less per acre. The progress of thrashing will de velop the extent of these differences. Bye yields less than was expected. The condition as reported is reduced to 85.4. The September condition of oats is the lowest ever reported, having fallen from 70.1 in August to 64.4. The rate of yield will be the smallest in twenty years. The condition of barley is not very seri ously lower—from 82.8 to 78.6. Buckwheat is fully maintained, its Au gust condition average being 00.5 against 90.1. Figures for potatoes have fallen since Aug. 1 from 77.4 to 65.7, the lowest average yield ever reported, that of 1887 being 67.3. The reported percentage for fattening swine is 97 per cent., and their condition 93.9. CANADIAN RECIPROCITY. Attorney-General Langley, of Halifax, Gives IiiBide History. HALIFAX, N. S., Sept. 11 Attorney-Gen eral Langley has arrived at his home. He describes his important trip to the United States. In an interview he says: "I had no more thought of visiting Wash ington than of going to Australia, but while I was in New York Sir. Winian suggested the importance of making some special ef fort to induce the American congress to In clude Canada in the scheme of reciprocity. Mr. Blaine has already declared in favor of reciprocity with the states of South America, and his idea has been embodied in proposed amendments to the McKinley bill in the senate. "Recognizing the Importance of the mat ter, I consented to accompany Mr. Wiman to Washington, although I confess I had no very great confidence that anything could be accomplished in this late stage of the session. I found leading men in the senate and house, of both political partie most friendly and predisposed rather than otherwise to extend the prin ciple of reciprocity to Canada. There are some senators from the New England states who seem to be opposed to it in deference to the predjudice of some portion of their constituents. "Among prominent men with whom I had he pleasure of discusssing this question was Senator Sher.nian, of Ohio. To my de light. at the next sitting of the senate, I heard Senator Sherman propose tho resolu tion which has now become so well known throughout Canada, and which, if adopted, will certainly revolutionize the policy of this country. Prominent men on both sides of the house assured mo that it was ex tremely likely that Senator Sherman's reo lution would be adopted by the senate, though meeting with considerable opposi tion. If it gets through the senate it will be adopted by the house, and iu that case it becomes incorporated as part of the Mc Kiley bill and wll always be available as a standing offer to Canada." THE National Swedish Mission union, in session at Galesburg, 111., has postponed action for two years on a resolution lopking to closer relations with Congregationallsts. The next annual meeting will be held at Phelps Center, Neb. AT Scottdale, Pa., fire is raging in the Charlotte mines, and work has been sus pended. If the flames are not soon extin guished great loss will be incurred. Ife f'jfv lUT IOWA'S SCHOOL BOOKFLAW. Hojw It Is Expected to Relieve Parents—! Too Much Tape in the Matter of County Uniformity. MASON OITV, Ia., Sept. 16.—Tho school'.^ book law, enacted by the last general as sembly, providing for a uniformity among the schools in text books, has also put In1.' the hands of the school boards the power in^j controlling the exorbitant prices heretofore, charged, and which has proved such a bur den to patrons of the schools. For instance,, the school population of Iowa is to-day up--/ wards of 500,000, and careful statisticians place the average price of school books'per capita at $1.40, which includes students of/, high schools. This would make tljle annual' expenditure for school books $70(J'#,00. Un der the new contract law scho^A^^yyEire to-day retailing at a price 40 than a year ago, making a si^mifctM,aeC state on the price paid for sclool Wtokijj of $280,000 per year. Tho Ameri-' can Publishing company are getting- as many schools of the state as possible to adopt their books on a five year contract, hoping to settle the School book controversyi for that period. It is simply a scheme to1 checkmate state publication, aud it, will, doubtless be successf^V But very few counties in the state will adopt county uni formity. In order to do this it Is necessary. that a petition asking for the same be: signed by one-half of-the directors in the county, and filed at the county superin tendent's office thirty days before the an nual election in March. Within fifteen days after filing the petition, the county board of education, consisting of the county superin tendent as chairman, the county auditor as secretary, and the board of supejWiOrs, will meet and provide for submisJHfe&t the question to the vote of the peopqH^ Should 1 a majority of the electors voting/favorable for a uniform series of text books for use in, the county the board will meet and adopt the books to be used In tho county. They will then also make arrangements for the purchase of the books and furnished to the district at cost and the money will be turned' back to the contingent fund. REVERSED THE USUAL ORDER. Romantic Marriage ot a Titled Lady to Millionaire Cowboy. NEW YORK, Sept. 16.—George W. Camp-V bell, of Chicago, son of the millionaire cat tleman, James H. Campbell, was married: Saturday night to Miss Helen Dodd, daugh-, iter of Sir Thomas Dodd, of West Derby. England, at Association hall, by Rev. Dr. Dixon. This was the outcome of a pretty little romance. Young Campbell was sent*:: to England three years ago by his father to attend to a lot of cattle. Being at Liver pool and having nothing to do but wait, ho went to Mexican Joe's wild west show one night and found some old cow boy friends with whom he had herded ci/tTtlc 'in Texas. To amuse himself he toa^CfcMJtef' the exhibition. One night, jus^^HKrad picked up a silver dollar fdSrn^JHr^ riding at full speed, tho wina wrwa^|i cate lace handkerchief from aAjjeautiful lady's hand into the arena. He saw it, and" still under full speed, picked it up and re turned it to the owner. A mutual friend' subsequently introduced them. .They fell in love and an engagement was sanctioned. Iby Sir Thomas, provided that after a lapse of time their love should not cool. As Mr Campbell's business prevented his return to England, Miss Helen decided to come to him, and she arrived here Saturday oo Bome. A PROFITABLE CROP. A Farmer Near Pierre Meets With Splendid1 Success in the Cultivation of Sugar Beets. PIERRE, S. D., Sept. 16.—There Is noV longer any doubt but-that sugar beets will prove one of the most productive and profit able crops for South Dakota. A farmer'! near here this year raised twenty acres of sugar beets that yielded twenty tons to the' acre, which are worth, where manufactured into sugar, $4 per ton, or S80 an acre. These .beets were raised without irrigation. The soil of the great Sioux reservation west of the river is particularly well adapted to beet culture, and next year Willi see many thousands of acres there pla,fttFMjtarbeets,. which wil-l find a ready markoJ^HBpr the sugar plant will be ready to^^Kmacture beet sugar by another season. The Pine, Coal, Mining & Transportation company, organized some time ago for tho purpose of mining and barging the lignite coal of North Dakota down to Pierre, on the Missouri river, lias built, barges, opened up a mine in McLean county, aud i:i three weeks the first consignment of coal will ar rive. It will be sold to consumers in Pierre at $2 per ton, the price of Iowa anil Illinois soft coal being $8. The coal will no doubt soon come into use in all the lower river towns and near inland points. Yellow Pine Higher. ST. LOUIS, Sept. 16.—The yellow pine con vention has completed its work and ad journed to meet in New Orleans Dec. 1. The committee on prices reported in favor of an advance from 75 cents to SI per 1,000 feet. The committee on weights reported three different schedules for the different characters of lumber in three different districts. Schedule A, the lightest weight, was to apply to Missouri, Arkansas and tho short-leaved pine district of Texas sched ule B, the next heaviest weight, was to apply to Louisiana and the long-leaved district of Texas schedule C, the heaviest weight, was to apply to the states east of the Mississippi river. It was further agreed that In mak ing price lists for lumber delivered at points within or beyond the 22-cent rate, points on which the formal schedule of prices is based, schedule B, which was formerly tbe uni form schedule of the association,j used. ould be Omaha Indians in Beared of] KAXSAS Ciir, Mo., Sept. 16.-^A sj the Timea from Tahlequah. I. T., says: "Four delegates from the Omaha tribe of Indians arrived in this city last night. The delegation, upon hearing of the chief's ab sence, departed immediately for his home on Grand river, forty miles distant. A reporter called on the delegation to find out the object of their visit to the capital. Their interpreter, a full blood by the name of Daniel Webster,, stated that they were sent to confer with the chief of this nation and learn what the prospects would be for purchasing a homo with the Cherokees in case they sell their present home in Nebraska to the Union Pa cific, 100,000 acres at S10 per acre, and if they are successful would come sonth. The delegates will go from here to the agency,. to remain there for some days. They refuse to state their business, but it is said they were here looking for a home, and that they would visit the different tribes before they returned. ai to Election in Brazil. NEW YORK, Sept. 16.—Charles B. Flint' has received the following cable fsom Bio, Janeiro: "The election passeS off in perfect1 order. The results show the co® whelmingly in favor of the nfelV of things. No monarchists and h»? ijr clericalists were elected." me