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mm n b aw Mm : Prizes Grand Piano, Oiainnioinidi IRimig amid 2 Gold Watches " " I -- -." g3f - . ' : yt:y V.'t "V . . x Miss Jennie Clark Ogallah, Kan. " Miss Hazel Evans -.Wa-Keeneyv Kan. Miss Anna Thiel Collyer, Kan. Miss Pearl Hall Wa-Keeney, Kan. Contest Will Close at 8 p. mm., Saturday, August 20, 191 0 Pick Your favorite and Assist Her in Winning First Prize "Grand Piano" All votes must be in before 8 p. m. Saturday, August 20 Prizes o exlhiibSfoiii alt Fst WfDCC, Watveceey untilr-July 12, "Pike had thirty seven headers going in his fields at once, and he was getting more as fast as they were available . By the end of last week he had forty-five headers cutting at once. Each of , these- headers cut thirty acres every day. The wheat is cut as close to the heads as is possible to get alL,the grain. ' Each-machine is pushed by five or six horses. There are two header boxes for each machine and two men for each barge. One man drives the machine and tbere-isone man at the stack;- so 's' tnatTeach outfit requires at" least , six men. When "the machines pull into a field the men block out a space .."of from fifteen, to twenty acres, t -bushel - In" the center' of- this plot - the . stack yard is located. The wag--.- pns arq driven under the elevator - of the header and the grain as it is cut by the sickle is carried in to the boxes By a canvas elevator When the wagon is loaded it is - driven to the stackyard stacked. One man drives each wagon and one loads and both " pitch off to the stack while the -other wagon is loading. - - , . Two stacks are built in each i J yard, a, space being left between theln wide enough to permit the ' threshing machine to be driven - in so that the threshers feed the grain from both sides. "In the field of thirty-eight hundred acres west of Colby there were twelve headers at woi-k at one time. The harvest lasts three weeks and in that . time all the wheat is cut and stacked and is ready for the threshers. Nearly two hundred men and four hundred horses and mules are employed on the ranch in the harvest season. In another section of this field the threshing crew was at work. Fike has one of the largest - "threshing outfits made. It has a 36-inch cylinder and it has threshed twenty-four hundred bushels a day. lne usual run is tember the machine'will be run ning every day that it is possible to go. - October is a .bad month on account of the storms, so the machine is practically closed down at that time and ho more threshing is done until $.the last of : the month and through No vember. .. .; . The threshing usually ends about November 20 of each year. Last year snow struck the farm early in .November and ..many Also the roast ' beef and the rich brown, gravy and browned potatoes and baked beans and raisin pie were exceptionally appetizing.- That is the regular fare of the harvesters. Fike has a dozen cook shacks. They are scattered about the big farm wherever it is most con venient for the men. The shacks are on wheels and may be moved about the farm .to enable the men to reach them easily and thousands of bushels of wheat tquickly when the whistles blow were leit in trie stacirs until March and April and. 'then threshed.-- - The wheat is hauled "d i rectiy from the machine tot the cars and is shipped at once.."' Mr'. : Fike is now building, a thirty thousand. elevator tit Lievant'-for handling t the what. The ma chine threshes a little more than a car a day ti abou t fou r f ull cars every" three days. ". Last yea Mr. Fike did not get "the cars as fast as neededx. so. this - year he ) will have ah elevator to take care and it is Tof the grain when the -railroads cars. ; - - The thresher is not started un til a. week after the header begins work.' This is to give the wheat time to to become thoroughly dry-before jfrSs threshed. It is ftasier' to thresh very dry j wheat than that which has" the .least moisture. This gives the head ers'ti long start over the thresher and. the- machine never strikes newly cut-grain. On the . morning Mr. Mohler and Major Anderson arrived at Colby, Fike took some wheat just Just as soon as the threshing machine begins work the steam plows are r igged up and begin to go. The engines which drag these plows are of fifty horse power: They are equipped with tops, coal and water tanks and they travel a speed ot five miles an- hour.v' The.re.-is a water and coal tender who meets the outfit at one end of the field on each round .trip. The carrying ca pacity of : the , engine is enough coai and water to keep it going for an hour. , To this engine is hitched thirty disc plows. The discs are coupled in gangs of s'X each and one lever controls all of the plows in each" gang, or one lever is coupled so that all the plows are thrown into or out of the ground at the- same time. One man d ri ves the engine, another sees that a good head of steam is kept up and a third watches the plows. There is a running board a foot wide over the entire length of the plow gangs so that the plow operator can walk along and watch each disc at its work. The plows are coupled to the cut and had it threshed directly i engine with cables and there are from the header box. A sack-1 other cables to keep the plows ful was taken to the. Colby mill, j all pulling evenly. Two 10-foot The mill had been idle for several j harrows are attached, and the d?ys, and this wheat was the j ground is plowed and harrowed first to go through the mill that i at the same time. Each gang of .morning, me saeit or nour was j the plow cuts six furrows, eacn bundled into a motor car and driven back to the headquarters of the largest field and made into light rolls by one of the harvest cooks. The party ate dinner in a little more than two thousand ; one of the cook shacks that day , bushels every day . The machine begins to hum about 6 o'clock every morning and it keeps go ing until sundown every night. .-All through August and Sep- and they ate these rolls, made from flour that was wheat stand ing in the field less than five hours before. They were" good rolls, too. eight inches wide and each gang cut a furrow of its own four feet wide. The entire plow turns over a strip of ground twenty feet wide at one time. The plows are set from five to six inches for ordinary plowing. The gasoline engine is of thirty horse power and it pulls three of the gang plows of six discs each. It cuts a strip twelve feet wide. Mr. Fike and some friends are building a gasoline threshing engine and plow engine at Colby One of these is used on the farm and others will take the place of the steam engine as rapidly as they can be made. The shop at Colby can turn out the completed plows much faster than the motors can be made. The en gines are four cylinder motors, cast in pairs. ' As soon as the harvest is over the teams that had pulled header boxes and headers are put to work plowing. Every team that can be used in the fieid is put to work either with a plow or with . harrows to harrow the ground where the steam plow is not working. - August 20 about half the teams are taken from the plows and put to work on the drills and the wheat seeding be gins. The seeding is kept going until the last of September.- . An effort is niade to get ail toe wheat into the ground before October and what is net seeded at th at time is left until November. . u. Mr. Fike sows one bushel an acre each year. Some ; of the seed is imported from other states and counties and none is sowed on the same field from which it was harvested.. - He takes seed from one field and sows it on another, five or ten miles away. -. The wheat yield in Thomas county this year is only fair, still it returns a nice profit to the grower. The yield varies from eight to twelve bushels an acre. The cost of plowing, har rowing, seeding, harvesting and threshing the wheat is estimated to take the first five bushels from each acre at the present prices. The rest is profit. All the farmers around Colby have plenty of money and they are not doing any calamity howling this year. Much oraine has been broken up this "year for additional wheat acreage and larger fields than ever will be sown. Fike came to Thomas county about twenty-five years ago. He has been through all the vicissi tudes that come the way of an early settler. He saw hot winds take the crops, and when the hot winds - did not . come insects did great damage. - He started as a foreman - on a big ranch north of Colby. When he earned money he saved it and invested it in the cheap lands about him. occasionally he sold a quarter section at a good profit. Then he went into the real estate busi ness and made more money. He invests every cent he makes in land. He owns many thousands of acres of Thomas county land j and he rents many more acres ! to make up his big wheat field. -Fike once was a politician, but when he found that politics inter fered with his business he quite politics. It was lots of fun for a while and he enjoyed being one of the Kansas railroad, commis sioners, - but : he -wo,uld" rather raise wheat and some stock and a little alfalfa than be a politician. ' Fike knows feverv detail of the wheat farm. ' He knows every field and what it ought to do uiv der conditions, and ha knows the best methods of farming Western Kansas land to get - the best re-sults.-r-Topeka Capitol. ' - " Frank Jar rell, late of the Hol ton (Kans) Signal was in Wa Keeney several weeks since "pickin up" reminscences, etc., for the capital.,;..- While here he dug "this one"out of our towns man, I. T. Purcell. . Speaking of final resting places, an Indian buried at Wa Keeney has earned his. He was the first Indian killed in the last Indian raid in Kansas. The raid was pulled off by 150 Sioux . In dians, and a good mamy settlers were killed, considerally prop erty was burned and hundreds of horses and cattle were stam peded. The Indians came with in a few miles of Wa-Keeney when a part of the cavalry re giment from old Fort Hays met them. The Indians fled, but were forced to a stand oer in the , edge of Rush county. The history of the chase is inter esting. Every Indian in the band was killed. The subject of this item tumbled off his pony near Wa-Keeney and rolled into a ditch. His body was not found for several months, and by that time nothing was left but a skel- ton. The men who found the skelton wired the bones togeth er, and tied it to a. post on the public road, with a label telling that it was the first Indian killed in the last raid, etc. Complaint was made about the gruesome spectacle, so the county board ordered the skelton burried in the cemetery. To celebrate the fact that civilization had come tc stay, speeches were made at the grave of this, the first .-Indian killed in the last raid, etc! Latl er some "fellers" got full, anc dug up the skelton, dressed i in store clothes, and had fun o it. They hired a liveryman t take their "friend" liome, ane when the driver found what h had in the seat with him, he yell ed, and jumped out of thevbuggy The team, ran away, spilling thi Indian in' a park where an ic cream festival was in progress The skelton was again buried wiUi ceremony ,. .heing the ' firs' Indian killed in the last raid! etc., v Lx was -- permitted to re pose about a year when anothei bunclf"of "rounders 'disinterred. the skelton. redressed it and shocked sensitive citizens with i moonlight lynching, shooting a the dangling ngure, and an tha sort of thing. Officers cut th "corpse" down, and then Jth gang that was wise to the jok indulged in a merry ha, ha For the third time the skeltoi was burried .with moie speed if ying.- After that the skelto was not disturbed, and the goo people of Wa-Keeney hope thai it has found its final restin place. This is Ike Purcell' best story, and he tells it muclj better than it is told here. Cap ital. To Patrons of Trego Counti High School Your young people want ti come to High School this fal- Have you made arrangement I am listing the places as follows Rooms, furnished and unfuf nished, places to board, to roof and board and to work for boar I will give you any assistance my power. School opens Sen 5th. .Let us be-ready. J. H. Niesley, Prin.