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PATRONS OF HUSBANDRY.
WE cheerfully invite members of our Order to contribute to this department. Short, pointed arti cles for the good of the Order, news of its progress, co-operative business plans, educational interests, etc., especially solicited. DIREC T ORY. NATIONAL GRANGE. MASTER--JOHN T. JONES, Arkansas. SECRETARY-O. II. KELLY, Louisville, Ky. TREASURER-F. M. McDOWELL, N. Y. TERRITORIAL GRANGE OF MONTANA. MASTER-BRIGHAM REED, Bozeman, Gallatin County, OVERSEER--G. W. BATTERTON, Deer Iodge City, Deer Lodge County. LECTURER-A. MYERS, Helena, Lewis and Clark County. STEWARD-J. C. LANGDON, Nevada City, 4adison County. AsSISTANT STEWARD--J. UNDERWOOD, Bonlder, Jefferson County. CHAPLAIN-G. H. OLDIIAM, Beaver Creek, Jefferson County. TRASURvER--IH. H. MOOD, Bozeman, Gal latin County. SECRETARY--J. D. McCAMMON, Bozeman, Gallatin County. GATE KEEPER-W. M. WALLACE, New Chicago, Deer Lodge County. CEREs---MRS. G. W. BATTERTON, Deer Lodge City, Deer Lodge County. PoMOxA-MRS. JNO. CULVER, Raders burg, Jefferson County. FLORA-MRS. A. W. SWITZER, Virginia City, Madison County. LADY ASSISTANT STEWAND-MRS. J. C. LANGDON, Nevada City, Madison Co. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. BRIGHAM REED, Bozeman, Gallatin Co. G. W. WAKEFIELD, " " , DAVID BURT, New Chicago, Deer Lodge County. P. B. MILLS, Boulder Valley, Jefferson, Co. A. W. SWITZER, Virginia City, Madison County. W. M. WALLACE, New Chicago, Deer Lodge County. A. F. BURNS, Helena, Lewis and Clark Co. DISTRICT DEPUTIES. 1st District-DAviD BURT. 2d District--J. JoNEs. 3d District-P. B. MILLS. 4th District-A. W. SwrrZER. 5th District--J. 0. O. IOPPING. SUBORDINATE GRANGES. Star of the West No. 1--Meets first and third Sat urday nights of each month. G. C. McFadden, Master; J. W. Kemper, Secretary. East Gallatin, No. 3-Meats second and fourth Saturday nights of each month. C. L. Weaver, Master; W. J. Sipe, Secretary. Keystone, No. 4-Meets first and third Wednes day evenings of each month. A. Johnson, Master; .. L. Corbly, Secretary. Prickly Pear, No. 7-Meets second and fourth Saturdays of each month, at half past one o'clock, p. m. John Jones, Master; J. H. Jones, Sec'y. Three Forks Grange No 11--Meets Frank Akin, Master; Joseph B]urrill, Secretary. Sheridan, No. 14-Meets the first and fourth Tues day evenings of each month. G. T. Lewis, Master; G. Cowell, Secretary. Corvalis, No. 17-Meets the second and fourth Sat unrday nights of each month. John B. Catlin, Mas ter; W. B. Harlan, Secretary. Fort Owen, No. 18--Meets second and fourth Sat urday nights of each month. W. E. Bass, Master; M. D. Fulkerson, Secretary. Madison, No. 22-Meets the first and third Satur day nights of each month. E. A. Maynard, Master; O. G. Smith, Secretary. Lone Star No. 24-Meets every fourth Saturday night of each month. A. Macomber, Master; W. J. Clark, Secretary. Compromise, No. 26-Meets the first and third Saturdays of each month, at 1 o'clock, P. at. B. F. Harvey, Master; J. B. Harvey, Secretary. THE GRANG O PARMERS' WIVES. Several years ago an intelligent clergy man in a rural town of Western New York sent an article to a religious journal in which he spoke of the dull, dreary and unsocial lives led by farmers, and more especially by :farmers' wives, whose multitudinous cares of growing families, of hired help, of large dairies, of chickens, and, alas I too often, of the pigs, made them more steadily "keep ere at home," than even the Apostle Paul would have advised. He related one fact, personally known to himself, that made a deep impression on our mind at the time. Twe ladies in his congregation, the wives of well-to-do farmers and living within two miles a' each other, had not visited each other in their homes for upwards of fifteen years. It toeuld, in one sense, be a relief to know tltt these ladles, members of the same ehnrch and partakes of the same commun. ion, mortally hated each other. That would, indeed, be bad enough, though still a .armef, but they did net. They were warm, personal friends, et occasionally at church on Sundays, grieved with each other over their inability to visit, and sIti, with four or live horses on each farm, dbJ were too busy wli family cares to flhd time to visit .4ach other, Sbe .dhift of, the clergyman's argument, and it is a good one, was evridently in favor of church services in rural neighborhoods, because of their social advantages in bring ing farmers and their families together at least once a week for social and religious improvement. These advantages are not to be decried; but it must have occurred to our clerical friend that these opportunities for social intercourse were very limited. More than half the time that his parishion ers were listening to his sermons or prayers, and it would have been the height of impro priety for them to try to get a word in edge wise. The few minutes before and after service, while the people were gathering or preparing to depart. gave the only chance for really social conversation, and this even at these times was too often checked as al most a desecration of the Sabbath. In the olden times, when two sermons were com mon, there used to be a good, long inter mission between the sermons, which to very many was really the most satisfactory, and possibly the most beneficial of the day's services; but of late years, Bible-classes and Sunday-schools, both excellent in their place, have sadly encroached on the peo ple's hour for Sunday recreation and conver sation. The grange was not invented in those days, albeit this clergyman wrote the article to which we have referred less than ten years ago. We do not doubt that he is to day, with thousands of other country cler gymen, one of the grange's most earnest and hearty supporters. Some means of bringing together farmers, with their wives and families, in a neighborhood has become a social necessity, and the grange supplies the only practicable and effectual means thus far discovered. Farmers' Clubs have done something to bring farmers together, but their failure lies in not providing for farmers' wives. It is this which has made it so difficult to maintain efficient Farmers' Clubs. The co-operation of woman in the grange seems like an inspiration. No other one fact has done so much to make it a success. It has for the first time made the social in tercourse of the scattered farmers and their families in a town or neighborhood a possi bility, not alone in church, where religious instruction is the chief feature, but in. meet ings for social discussion by farmers and their families of subjects connected with their every-day life on the farm or in the household. It is not best to attempt to make the re ligious element in the grange too prominent. The grange is not, and ought not to be a rival of the church. Working for the im provement of men and women, it appeals mainly to their too-long-neglected social faculties, and thus works with the churches rather than in rivalry to them. Agricul ture newspapers and books have for years been brightening the intellectual side of the farmer's life. Religious societies have stim ulated his moral and spiritual faculties; but all these have only made the dwarfing of his social nature more irksome. The inrceas ing intelligence of farmers has been making themn feel more keenly the lack of social ad-. vantages in their life, and it tends to drive them from the farm. The institution of the grange came none too soon to reverse this Drocess. It is a curious fact that the grange pro motes social progress in two ways. In its economic features it places labor-saving ma chinery for the farm, the househould, the kitchen and the dairy at such reduced rates that they are within the reach of all, and having thus made social intercourse possible among farmers, it provides in its numerous meetings, lectures and entertainments the occasions for enjoying it. 'No one of its fea tures could have attained their present stic cess without the co-operation of all others. -Rural Ntw Yorker. soCIAL .E&TU!ZINT THE GRANGE. The number is legion of the secret orders for men, and very few have deemed it ex pedient to invite women to a place in their councils; but the grange has been peculiar ly happy in thus uniting the whole family fathers, mothers, sons .nd daughters. This makes the grange a home. This fth .ihes the social feature which has contributed so largely to the almost magic growth of the Order. The interest taken by women in the " fhr!ners' movement," the charm, the en nobling and refining iflfuenece which their presence exerts in our meetings, proves the wisdom of this beautiful feature of our or ganization. That women are the best workers in the grange is true. The reason why women so love the grange is plain to be seen; in days past and gone the farmer's wives and daughters lived in comparative seclusion, and since the war, at the South, have been compelled to confine themselves at home. Their life is one of toil, week in and week out, with little or no recreation. The friendly grange comes in and once or twice a month invites them to lay aside their household cares, cull their choicest fruits and flowers, bid a short adieu tc kitchen and house, aud wearing their pleasantest smiles, take a refreshing ride to the hall, join sisters and brothers, neighbors and friends, in song and friendly greetings. A new world and a better life is opened to them. No wonder that our women love the Grange.-Jackson (Miss.) Vindicator. SAY IT. For all the virtues of society and for all the boasted attainments of civilization, we owe an irredeemable debt to those who were clearheaded and thoughtful enough to see the wisdom of saying " No," and were possesced of sufficient courage to say it and stick to it. Gallileo, Melanc thon, Luther, Hampden, Bentham, Jenner, are among the heroes who, in defiance of popes, emperors, kings, councils, and all the faculties, have said " No " to the high placed and convenient wrong-to the time-honored error; unlike good Vauncelot Gibbo, refused to bid their conscience "Via ! " All these and more of the same kidney, have at one time been stigmatized as infidels, traitors, dreamers, charlatans. Even in our own prosaic times, we have men in theology, politics, arts and sciences whom we call dreamers, because they see a little further than we can; and charla tans because they are sayers of " No " to the convenient doctrine that whatever is is right. On the other hand, how human ity might have gained, if some great ones of the earth had been able to say " No " to their ambition, their vices, and their self will. A crisis is approaching in the grange. Among those who waited "-to see" if it were a success, there are now to be found very few skeptics. But the very fact of their standing aloof, until the movement has passed the doubtful point, in a measure dis qualifies them from b coming members of the Order at.-l. The question very naturally presents it self whether those who would only join when they were satisfied that it was for their personal interest to do so, can ever be suffi ciently imbued with the doctrines of co-op eration and the proper spirit of the grange to impel him to help furnish fuel for the fire that hurns for a.ll Of course those who prey upon the labor of others will not fail to pursue the farmer to the very gates of the grange, and inside unless there be wisdom and resolution in terposed by those who are inside to stop them. Very few of those who have "promi nence " outside ever distinguish themselves or are ever even heard from, on account of their work inside the grange. But men having plenty of money and disposed to go in, are not so easily kept out; for if there be any toadyism or servility in the grange, their money and influence will make it available and will procure a systematic persecution and abuse of any who may dare to manifest any opposition to their unhal lowed designs. The farmers have gone into the grange for the'purpose of escaping the influence of a certain class. Now if these be allowed to follow them into this chosen retreat, then, indeed, is their case hopeless. Let every person who knocks at the gate be closely scrutinized, and if his fitness is not above all question, let each member without tear of the pliant minions of money, be ready with. a manly "No." There is no other way of preserving this. institution--the farmers' only hope-but by saying " No." Neither has any member that recognizes the force of this obligation.any right to shirk his daty, or put in the coward's plea oftaking neither side. His duty to the Order, his duty to himself, imperatively demand that "No ' be sometimes said.-Dirigo Rura. GRANGE ITEMS. In Indiana during 1875, 75 Granges con solidated and 15 gave up their Charters. The Pennsylvania State Grange repersent ed 730 Granges and 25,000 members. A Joint Stock Company with $50,000 cap ital has been organized at Lima, Ohio. The membership of the Order in Delaware is 4,697, an increase of 840 in nine months. Mr. Stone, speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, is a leading officer of the Kentucky State Grange. The Granger's Bank of California has call ed in a third ten per cent. installment of the capital stock of the bank. An Indiana Grange approprated six per cent. of its accumulated capatal for the pur pose of procuring agricultural periodicals.. The ladies of the California State Grange held a meeting by themselves during the last session, when they discussed such mat ters as particularly interested them: The Minnesota State Grange endorsed the Fox an d Wisconsin river improvement and petitioned Congress to appropriate a suffici ent amount to complete the work. The Ohio State Grange will meet at Cleve land, Feb. 8. The State Business agency sold 119 sewing machines during December. A car load of corn was lately shipped by it to Maine. The Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journatl urges Patrons to be cautious in entering the mer cantile world; to engage in no enterprise unless success be reasonably certain; to be sure that they have capital enough and as surance of support. At the last session of the Missouri State, Grange 91 counties were represented. Mas ter Allen announces that this is positively his last year of servi ce. The Elmyra (N. Y.) Husbandinan says: " It is better to have too little law in such Orders than too much. It is absolutely cer tain that the prosperity of the National Grange is seriously retarded by the hamper ing which its laws effect. The State Grange will do the best by doing little in the way of lawmaking." The Farmers' Home Journal thinks the* Iowa State Grange made a partial cleansing of the " Augean stable," in electing another Master, put says another effort will have to be made before the task is completed. The moral it draws is that the control of the Or der should be kept out of the hands of dem agogues. The N. Y. World says: " There are now probably more than 500 grange co-operative stores in the country, organized under the auspices'and in accordance with the plans recommended by the Order. Many of them have paid in their stock and are beginning in earnest determination to thoroughly test the system." It is said an association has been formed. for the purpose of putting up a national building at Louisville, to be used by the Na tional Grange if wished, but not to be owned or controlled by the Grange. The associa tion is secret, composed of members of the Order, and is called the "The Degree of the Golden Sheaf." Perhaps no one question has caused more trouble in the Order than that of " official organs." Kansas is now having its trouble. The executive committee of the State Grange established the Gleaner. The State Grange took action which the committee did not like, and now the piper has been consolidated with the Spirit of Kansas which the committee propose making the exclusive official organ. The Farmer properly objects to this. YOUNG MEN'S ANNIVERSARY BALL, To be given at DIAMOND CITY, ON FEB. P4d, 1876. AT GOOD TEMPLARS' HALL. A general invitation is extended. . C. LOBENSTEIN, DEALER IN 1IDES, WOOL, FURS AND PEiLTrIES, IEATHER, ALRNESS, SHOE FINDINGB, Etc., Etc., Etc., HELENA, - MONTANA. Deeembe.8ao, 187.4m.