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What a Conservative Agricul­
tural Editor Thinks of
the Markets.
Not Even tlie Best Posted Care
to Back Their Opinions
in Speculation.
Farmers Should Consult Best
Sources of Information and
Act Accordingly.
A Conservative View.
The Alert is desirous of placing both
sides of the wheat marketing question
before its readers, especially those who
reside in the country and have no access
to daily papers, and other means of in­
formation. Extravagant statements are
no doubt made on both sides.
The papers making a specialty of re­
porting the conditions of the market
rely principally for subscriptions upon
dealers in grain, and would not please
their patrons if they brought inf orma
tion interfering with their wishes and
plans. On the other hand parties inter­
ested in bulling the market—speculators
—are equally unreliable where any infor­
mation favoring their side is concerned.
All agree that there is a great European
shortage, but to what extent it will affect
prices in this country is as yet only to be
guested at. The Russian shortage is
large, and the London papers declare
that famine in some parts of that empire
is now actually witnessed, and that much
greater suffering will follow. All of
these facts seem to point to unquestioned
high prices for the surplus from the great
crop of America, wbich surplus has been
magnified, however, by the press and
other agencies, until it is said that the
ridiculous impression prevails in Eurepe,
that we have raised 700 million bushels
of wheat this year.
Be this as it may, The Alert commends
the following article on the uncertainty
of the markets, to its readers so that if
high prices should not follow this harvest
and farmers be disappointed, it cannot
be said that this journal did not give a
fair opportunity to consider both sides
of the question. The article is from the
Orange Judd Farmer—one of the most
careful and trustworthy farm papers in
the country,—and the opinions expressed
are quite conservative in character:
Our experienced market editor, with
his trained assistants, is at the board of
trade and other produce markets, and at
the live stock yards, during all the busi­
ness hours of each week day, and is on
the alert at all other hours, watching and
studying every source of information.
These men do not speculate and have no
personal interests to color their reports.
If they did, other men would be put in
their places immediately. The senior edi­
tor not only gathers from our market
editor and reporters all the information
they can give, but he daily studies care­
fully the general sources of information,
the beBt commercial and other journals,
official reports, domeBtio and foreign tel­
egrams, etc., just as he has been doing
for nearly forty years. In his view of
as to future pries, it is very uncertain,
and if he had abundance of idle money
he would not buy 1,000 bushels of wheat
or corn or oats with a view of making a
profit by either the advance or decline
upon current prices. The most intelli­
gent skillful men at the board of trade,
those whose life business is buying and
Belling for profit, and have large sums at
stake, will sell now at an advance of only
a cent or two a bushel, or buy at a sim­
ilar small decline. There are abundant
reasons for the present uncertainty. The
general crops of our country are un­
doubtedly large—just how large and how
good no one fully knows up to this hour.
The corn crop as a whole is far from be­
ing entirely safe against frost which may
diminish it several hundred thousand
dollars from what is now hoped for and
expected. Hut the great factor affecting
prices is
The shortage abroad is undoubted
that it is quite large is well ascertained—
exactly how large the best reports do not
agree. There is a disposition on the
part of the "bulls," and in some leading
journals, to make this entirely a ques­
tion of statistics. They figure up the
total present year's crop of wheat and
rye, and compare this with the average
consumption, and call the difference the
amount that wa shall be called upon to
supply. This is
One prominent journal which figured
out a world's deficit of fully six hundred
million bushels of wheat and rye, taken
together, puts one-third of this deficit in
Russia, including its dependencies of
Finland and Poland. But who supposes
that those countries will import the 290
millions? They will buy very little if any
from abroad. They have not the means
to do it with. They will try to live on a
scant supply of roots and other cheap
life-BUstaining stuff, will suffer hunger,
and some will perish. France will simi
larly economize. England will want 160,
000,000 bushels, and will get most of it
business is fair there and the richer class
will help the poorer ones, and nearly all
of that or its equivalent will go from
America. The working classes, and al­
most all other classes in our country, are
prosperous, and this prosperity will en­
able manufacturers to make larger sales,
employ more operators, and pay them
enough to buy breadstuffs. This will
add to the consumption and demand.
The Orange Jiuld Farmer is uot a bear
in the market. While commiserating the
foreign sufferers, it greatly rejoices in the
abundant crops and good prices to be
realized by our own farmers. It pros­
pers as its readers prosper. But it can
not avoid words of caution against the
excitation of false hopeB and expectations
that may cause many to hold their grain
for prices that may not be realized.
Please mark these words, to refer to 0 or
8 months hence.
Crop and Stock Notes.
George Orange has thresned 100 acres
of wheat on his new Spiritwood farm
and got 2,670 bushels, machine measure,
from the 100 acres, which graded No. 1
hard. Last year Mr. Orange bought this
farm of ISO acres of Cuyler Adams for
$1,800 with buildings on it which were
worth as much ns the farm cost him. Mr.
Orange's wheat crop this year, not count­
ing his oats, will pay the entire cost price
of the farm. There is still a line crop of
oats to thresh on the farm.
A Mr. Sanford of Sykeston, was in
Jamestown yesterday, returning from
Chicago where he had been to sell a car
load of beef cattle. He got $4.80 per
hundred for the entire lot. Two fat
cows brought him S135.40.
A car of wheat came down the James­
town A Northern branch yesterday
marked on the outside in big letters
painted on a banner "40 bushels and 10
pounds to the acre." It came from the
Jos. Duff farm in Foster county, and was
being shipped to a commission house.
The above is beaten by a Stutsman
county yield. James Creighton, near
Spiritwood threshed out 2,428 bushels,
machine measure, from a field of 60 acres
wheat sowed on breaking. This is 40
bushels and 28 pounds to the acre. A
field of summer fallowed ground on the
same farm yielded 35 bushels to the
acre. Fred Davis did the threshing and
reports the figures as correct.
Jno. S. Watson has finished threshing
on 170 acres north of Jamestown. He
secured a little more than 21 bushels of
wheat to the acre, which graded No. 1
northern. The grain filled seven cars
and was sent to Duluth to be sold on
County Commissioner Leisch has com­
pleted cuttiug but has not began thresh­
ing yet. He thinks it will Je to the ad­
vantage of everyone who had late wheat
to keep the good and bad grain separ­
ate as far as possible. This will be bard
to do, but he believes will pay for the
effort. In some cases the frosted wheat
on low places might be stacked togather
and the wheat on higher ground also
stacked separate. Tke effects of frost
are becoming more apparent daily.
The James river valley is underlaid
with a substratum of shale, which acts
as an effective drainage in a wet season.
In a dry season the river valley farms
suffer on account of the excessive drain­
age underneath. But abundant rains
this year have produced magnificent
crops in the river bottom. The crops in
the valley were matured before those on
the uplands, and were out of the way
before the frost fell. This was owing to
the fact that the river bottom crops were
grown on sandy soil that was thoroughly
drained, and hence the grain matured
sooner than in the heavy upland soil
which retained the moisture longer.
Undrained soil retains an excess of
moisture in a wet season and keeps the
crops green longer than it does where
the soil iB sandy or underlaid with shale.
All the sandy and gravelly land that was
planted in proper season, was ready to
harvest before the frost fell. In a drouth
year the crops in the James nver valley
are almost worthless, while in a rainy
season they are simply glorious. In
1884 some of the valley farms produced
40 bushels of wheat per acre.
Ninety acres on the farm of E. T.
Kearney will show a very bad result
from the frost, he claims. On the north
Bide of the field the grain will grade re­
jected, and on the south side it is hardly
worth cutting. Oats will be very light,
iu many oases, from the frost.
Some yields have been heard of that
weighed as little as 22 pounds to the
Geo. Wylhe, who has been superin­
tending threshing in a field of wheat put
in by himself and George Webster, re­
ports that it will give a good yield, but
the frosted berries are so numerous that
they spoil the value of the good wheat,
and the mill enn not use it.
Beginning to Look Gloomy.
A. G. Chambers, general manager of
the Northern Dakota Elevator company,
says the Pioneer Press, does not take so
happy a view of the crop situation in
North Dakota, as some ef the other ele­
vator men whose views have been made
public in these colutAns.
"There are so many conflicting reports
as to the damage done by the late frosts
in North Dakota," said Mr. Chambers
yesterday, "that it is impossible to tell
what the actual damage will be. We
have had experienced experts investigat­
ing matters up there, but as yet we can­
not make up any definite statements. It
is too early for a man to go on record yet.
I should say, however, in the way of a
prediction that the frosts would cause a
shrinkage of 5,000,000 to 8,000,000 bushels
in the quantity of the North Dakota crop
and affect the quality from one to two
The Fair Laud of North Dakota
Written up in an Unusually
Fair Manner.
Would Start a Itanch in North
Dakotu if a New Home
was Wanted.
A lied River Newspaper Advis­
ing the Wheat Grower
to Stack Grain.
Hood AVords From Michigan.
In his editorial correspondence Col.
Sanford of the Lansing State Democrat,
has succeeded in telling the Michigan
people a good many home truths about
North Dakota, and setting forth the
merits of the country in a clear and un­
biased fashion. His letters were written
from Jamestown, and the following are
some of the points made in reference to
the state as a farming country:
The farmer of the Dakotas is about the
most jubilant individual that you can
find. After several years of indifferent
crops, Dakota this year fairly laughs with
a harvest. By the time this reaches the
reader, North Dakota will have secured
the most of her crop, And it is a truly
marvelous yield. No man ever saw more
beautiful and inspiring scenes. The
growth of wheat, oats, barley and flax is
stupendous. The soil is of unlimited
richness and the growth of the cereals is
unparalleled even in Dakota, and the
yield will be from 20 tj 35 bushels of
wheat, and 50 to 75 bushels of oats.
The far famed James river valley is
coining to the front grandly this year.
For two or three years the lied river
valley has had rather the best of the
crops, but this year the reverse is true
and the James river valley is pluming
herself at the expense of Fargo, the
metropolis of the Itecl. To an impartial
observer there seems to be no just basis
for the warm rivalry between these fam­
ous valleys. Each probably has no su­
perior as a wheat raising district in the
known world. The thousands and thou
andsof acres of grain, yellow and ripe
for the sickle, are indeed a glorious sight.
No whera else in America can anything
like it be seen.
But it is not to grain alone that North
Dakota is looking for wealth. She is
now paying decided attention to stock.
No farm is complete, or properly man­
aged, now, without its herd of cattle and
Hock of sheep. There are also horse
ranches scattered through the country.
This is adding greatly to the productive
wealth of Dakota, and in a few years it
will be almost as important as grain
raising. The succulent grasses of this
region are very nutritive, and are espec­
ially adapted to Btock raising. The pas
tare continues good until late in the fall,
indeed the pasturage may be said to last
all winter. Not a few of the stock raisers
will tell you that they did not put their
Bheep in pen or corral once during the
winter. More commonly they have the
the straw stacks to run to, and the prai­
rie grasses and the straw stacks will
bring the stock through the winter
in good condition.
Now, with a full view of the situation
not unmindful of the fact that Dakota
has suffered somewhat from drouth dur­
ing some years in the past, I am prepared
from a somewhat intimate ac­
quaintance with this country for the past
ten years, that North Dakota offers bet­
ter facilities to the poor man who is will­
ing to work than any other section of our
country. Here he may get a farm of un­
surpassed richness for nothing. He is
not compelled to clear away a luxurious
growth of timber and wait years before
the land is cleared of stumps, but be may
break his land and get a crop of flax or
potatoes the first season, or he may even
get fair returns if he sows oats or wheat.
His stock is growing up about him with
the least possible labor, almost none at
all. Railroads bring the markets to his
very doors. The improvements in farm
machinery make his farm life anything
but the laborious drudgery which our
fathers contended with in the states east
of the Mississippi. Drouth sometimes
diminishes the yield of his crops but
care and good farming will go far to les­
sen these evils. The country is full of
farmers who have had fair crops notwith­
standing the dry seasons. As an in­
stance of this, one among many, we heard
Prof. C. A. Sanford, who was formerly
superintendent of the Lansing schools,
but was impelled by failing health to
become a Dakota farmer, say the other
day that his wheat last year, which was
about the worst ever known here yielded
17 bushels to the acre.
It may not be wholly without interest
to the numerous readers of the State
Democrat to say that the professor is
meeting with gratifying success in tilling
his farm of two sections, near Corinne,
which is one of the finest portions of
North Dakota. His greatest difficulty
being 17 miles from market is about to
be neutralized by the Soo line which this
year builds to Valley City and will pass
through his immediate vicinity.
The man who gets a farm in North
Dakota while it may be had without
money and without price, and who goes
to farming and stock raising with indus­
try, economy tind perservance, will make
a living and acquire a home with as much
certainty and as little labor as he who
looks the wide world over for a place in
which to exchange his brawn for a home
and a livelihood. Any part of our
country is afflicted with occasional draw­
backs. These are exceedingly liable to
be ephemeral and local. This season
northern Michigan and parts of Wiscon­
sin are suffering from drouth. Dakota
is having an abundance of rain next
year it may be different. No part of
our country is free from drawbacks, but
one year with another Dakota has no
more than her share. If I ever fell com­
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pelled to change my business for any
consideration I shall make haste open up
a stock ranch und farm in North Dakota.
Stack, or Build Granaries.
Grand Forks News: If the railroad
commission back down, burnt sulphur
will not save them from the universal
conclusion that they were bought off.
Elevator agents now peddle around that
they want boodle, in order to poison the
public against them. ^The commission­
ers must go on. They cannot retrace
their Bteps. Let people howl. The
common school system was forced on the
people against all their howls. "The
law is good if a man use it lawfully."
Stack your wheat.
The farmers have their own salvation
in their own hands. It is as lawful for
thorn to defy the laws as it is for the ele­
vator and railroad trust. Let them
stack their wheat and market it at
leisure. Heretofore they have howled
from Fort Pembina to Fort
Siscetcn that the railroad commission
was in league with the monopoly. Now
they have a commission that means to
enforce the law. Let the farmers as one
band, a solid phalanx back up the com­
mission. If they have no granaries, let
them stack.
Provision will be made to sell every
bushel of wheat that it is obligatory
upon the farmer to sell. Stack your
wheat, Uuit.s slanting, heads high and
full in the middle.
.-^Fire-Break Machine.
E. C. Rice of Mandan, has shown the
county commissioners an apparatus for
making fire breaks on the prairie. The
machine is his invention and has been
used in Morton county for one or two
seasons, with considerable success, it is
claimed. It consists of a gasoline reser­
voir attached to an iron pipe about five
feet long. This pipe terminates in a
frame of smaller pipe, shaped something
like a gridiron and covered with sheet
iron. The gasoline runs from the can
down the pipe, and generates a gas in
the prongs of the frame, which, when the
machine is drawn over the ground, ig­
nites grass very quickly if it is dry
enough to burn. Behind the machine
are three iron discs, each several feet
long. They confine the fire to the space
burned, and prevent its spreading. Be­
hind the last disc is dragged a wet cat­
tle hide, loaded with earth. This effect­
ually puts out any scattering fire that
may be left, and a man follows in the
rear of all to extinguish any burning
manure or weeds. The machine is drawn
by three horses. The strip burned over
is five feet wide, and about 20
miles a day can be made if the
grass is dry enough to burn readily.
The cost of gasoline will run from 10 to
40 cents a mile according„to the condi­
tion of the grass. The commissioners
have purchased an outfit, which costs
8115. and the machine is expected to
arrive here by next Tuesday. It will be
operated, beginning at Windsor and run
as far north as the county line, then east
Afterwards it will be sent south to the
county line and thence east again. After
wards other breaks will be burned, and
the work kept going until all danger is
over. Messrs. Lloyd, Jandell, Kearney
and others will famish the outfit to run
the machine free, for the privilege of
using it. Of course, if the plan is a suc­
cess, the breaks made will only be a
check in preventing any general fire. It
is not intended that individual farmers
rely on the county's efforts to protect
their places. The danger from prairie
fires is even greater than frost or hail,
and there is great carelessness seen every­
where iu the delays in making breaks.
An Invention for Threshers.
Another invention of interest to
threshers has been made by a Barnes
county citizen, Mr. A. A. Booth. It is
for the purpose of conveying the sheaves
of grain from the stack or wagon to the
cylinder of the separator: The Sanborn
Enterprise thus describes it. The ma­
chine in outline is an oblong box, nine
feet long, forty inches wide and twenty
eight inches high. The bundles are
forked from each side in to juxtapose
feed troughs and on to a slotted feed
table, through which tines are projected
with a forward motion carrying the
straw under the rapidly working band
cutters and on toward the cylinder.
Underneath are two alternately actuated
feed tables to which the feed tines are
bolted. These lower tables are corru­
gated to catch the shelled grain which
may drop through the slotted table
above and carry it to the cylinder.
Altogether it is a very ingenious and
simple device, there being nothing about
it to get out of order but what might be
repaired with the ordinary tools usually
found on a farm, and Mr. Booth is to be
congratulated on his success.
Asylum Trustees' Meeting.
A regular meeting of the asylum trus­
tees was held Thursday, President Fan
cher, Secretary Lieber, and Mr. Auld of
Dickinson, being present.
The regular August bills were in­
spected and accounts allowed.
There being an appropriation for the
purpoee, it was ordered that a hot house
be constructed adjoining the superin­
tendent's office, to cost §600. Work be­
gins Monday next in cleaning out the
artesian well. The machinery has been
shipped and will arrive here next week.
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The Railroad Commissioners do
not Fear Political Ob­
They Declare the law of Inspect­
ing and Grading Grain Must
be Enforced.
The Possibilities of the Future
Discussed by a Member of
the Board.
That West Superior Offer.
Commissioner Harmon of the railroad
commission, has this to say in the Bis­
marck Tribune, about the West Superior
proposition to handle North Dakota
"We met the Superior delegation,''
early in the day. It consisted of the best
business men in that city. There were
ex-governors, bankers, large wholesale
and retail merchants, members of the
board of trade and others who are in
earnest iu wishing to establish the outlet
for oUr wheat through their eity. The
scheme proposed will be sure to work in
time. It is quite a task to enforce this
law and new complications arise on all
sides. The Superior delegation proposed
to build several elevators, say three for
the present—and locate them on the lake
front. The ground on which these ele­
vators are to be built will be donated free
and West Superior is willing to
850,000 in capital stock. They a6k the
co-operation of North Dakota capitalists
and I believe they will get it. The
scheme is a worthy one, and forever set­
tles a vexing problem.The wheat grading
is to be in accordance with the laws gov­
erning the same, and which we are try­
ing to enforce. This Superior market
will simply be a large storing point
and the wheat will be handled by the
board of trade. Besides this there will
be from 81.00 to 81.50 saved
in freight on every car shipped to Su­
perior. Minneapolis has friends in the
state who are working against us. They
are at points where they buy without
opposition. Minneapolis buyers will not
come in and compete with them and
they in return skin the farmers for the
Minneapolis parties. It may take several
sets of railroad commissioners to enforce
this law. The people tell me it will kill xis
politically. Well, suppose it does, there
will be more to fill our places who will
have the law to fullfil. I am not working
for political glory, nor do I believe the
balance of the board is, but we are going
to enforce the law. Of course we cannot
dictate where the farmers shall sell their
wheat but we wish to establish a market
of our own where our vast crops of No. 1
hard can be honestly marketed and the
laws be fulfilled and the farmers have
their full earning for their labor, which
must be accomplished by a fair grade
and an honest market."
To Keep N. O. Wheat Separate.
A committee of leading capitalists and
residents of West Superior were in con­
sultation yesterday in Fargo with a sim­
ilar committee of the board of
that city, on the subject near
and dear to every North Dakota
man's heart—the grading and selling of
hard wheat on its merits as a flour pro­
ducer. After the Fargo conference, the
West Superior men took a special train
to Grand Forks on a similar mission.
All parties are enthusiastic over the
prospects of success of the scheme, the
chief obstacles now being the opposition
of Sawyer of the elevator companies, and
J. J. Hill. In the discussion at Fargo,
both sides agieed upon the benefits to
come from the plan proposed, which is
to have the wheat of this state graded
here and sold on those grades in West
Superior. Wis. This would draw com­
peting buyers from all quarters of the
country, and would help both that city
and North Dakota. Another confer­
ence in the near future has been ar­
ranged between committees from Fargo,
Grand Forks, the railroad commissioners
of the state and West Superior parties.,
In a report of the meetiug at Fargo the
Republican says:
One gentleman declared that it was
North Dakota that first raised No. 1
hard, and before, that distinctive grade
had never been heard of. That it was
worth from two to five cents per bushel
more than the wheat raised elsewhere,
yet in the past and present soft wheat is
shipped froon Nebraska. Iowa, South
Dakota, Southern Minnesota, and run in
with this in the elevators—and this
wheat is called No. 1 hard. Their grade
is improved and North Dakota's im­
paired, and the value of their's increased
and our's decreased by the operation.
The gentleman declared it was a gross
outrage and injustice. What should be
ione was to establish a North Dakota
grade that would be recognized in the
markets of the world, and they at West
Superior wanted to co-operate with Da
kotans in bringing this about. He
thought that the idea of inspecting the
grain at the points of exit in North
Dakota might not be practicable at
present, but it would be practicable to
have North Dakota inspectors at the
W7est Superior elevators, and they would
abide by their inspection down there.
Furthermore, they would willingly es­
tablish facilities for handling North
Dakota wheat distinctively. Now, they
say, that for every car of wheat that goes
over the bridge to Duluth, a dollar or
dollar and a half toll is imposed. This
would be saved by shipping to West
Superior direct.
Coal is shipped to West Superior as
ballast, the freight almost amounting to
nothing, and they would like to exchange
coal for wheat. We could get coal
cheaper shipped via West Superior than
in any other way. Thpy also want to
establish a market for our wool at West
Superior, and propose to make it an ob­
ject to us to bring this about.
Drawing l'arty Linen,
The New York Voice reports the re­
cent prohibition convention in North
Dakota in full. The Voice is the nation­
al organ of the prohibitionists and main­
tains that cause impartially against
both the old parties. The Voice asks
why the organization of the third party
is feared if the republican party is doing
all it can to enforce the law. The follow­
ing is the report of the proceedings cov­
ered by a special dispatch:
A successful prohibition conference,
called by Chairman Samuel Dickie of the
national committee, has just closed its
sessions in this city. Its principal busi­
ness was to complete the state organiza­
tion begun one year ago at Grand Forks.
Shortly after the call for the conference
was issued a few republicans undertook
to head off the movement by calling at
the same time and place a citizens' meet­
ing to organize an enforcement league.
It seems to have been their purpose to
meet with us, outnumber us,
and declare the reorganization of
our party unnecessary. To avert
the well-laid trap Chairman Dickie
insisted upon securing a hall rather than
the court house, and which being rented
and paid for would be under our control.
He alse announced through the evening
paper that to the deliberations of the
congress were invited all who proposed
to act with the prohibition party.
The conference met and completed the
organization of the s' ate committee,
which was instructed to call a state con­
vention in March for the purpose of se­
lecting delegates to the national conven­
tion and transacting such other business
as might properly come before it.
Baffled and chargined at their failure
to capture us the republicans had repair­
ed to the court house and having met
under a call, asking all friends of law and
order to combine without reference to
party they proceed at once to pass a reso­
lution condemning the action of our con­
ference in going on with the organization
of the prohibition party. This resolu­
tion was passed five minutes before our
members reached the court house. When
we arrived there they proceeded to call
our names without informing us of the
resolution adopted. Their evident intent
was to put us in the attitude of denounc­
ing our own action. The game was a
slick one and was engineered by C. A.
Pollock, but it did not work. Chairman
Dickie got wind of the situation and hav­
ing asked and secured the courtesy of
the floor proceeded to ventilate the little
scheme in a breezy manner. He de­
nounced the trick and insisted that under
a non-partisan call such an act was an
outrage and tnat the only manly and
honest thing was to reconsider and vote
down the resolution. After pouring hot
shot into the masqueraders he closed by
saying that unless promptly reconsider­
ed and tabled he would advise every self
respecting prohibitionist in the room tj
take his hat and walk out of the hall.
The motion to reconsider prevailed, and
Mr. Pollock, a wiser if not a happier man
was permitted to withdraw his little
boomerang. The league then compelled
the organization to adjourn. In the
evening Chairman Dickie delivered a
convincing address to a large and apprec­
iative audience. I learned that after
final adjournment of the league nineteen
disgruntled republicans put their names
to some expression of dissent from the
prohibition party program. On the
whole it was a great day for our party in
North Dakota. We will be heard from
in November, 1892.
A North Dakota Fable.
Grand Forks News: There was a
North Dakota farmer once who kept a
pet lion which he raised from a cub to a
sleek roaring monster. Every year he
worked so he might have enough surplus
to keep this lion on nice fat beef and
English mutton chops and fancy cuts.
But there came a series of years in which
it was nip and tuck whether the farmer
should go hungry or the lion. The far­
mer groaned and the lion savagely beat
his sides with his caudal. This course
of ill luck could not last always, so Prov­
idence one year blessed this farmer with
a tremendous crop and he hastened to
the lion's den to make merry with the
king of beasts over the prospects for the
season. The lion was very hungry, and
as the farmer had left the" door open to
free access to his herd, the lion said to
himself: "I will keep it all because I
am the lion. Laws be damned! My
necessity knows no law!" With that he
bit off the farmers' head and possessed
the Hock.
Moral: Stack your wheat.
It's Getting Very Chilly.
Pembina Pioneer-Express: The ele­
vator men have all been wearing buffalo
overcoats in North Dakota since last
week's frost. They are very susceptible
to cold. The ground is said to be frozen
to a considerable depth under the eleva­
tor buildings already.
Which Leg?
Fargo Republican: The Grand Forks
Herald says obey the prohibition law and
disobey the wheat inspection law. Which
le is the Herald going to stand on?

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