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Tells the story. When your bead aches, and you feel bilious, consti pa ted, and out of tune, with your 4' stomach sour and no appetite, ]ust buy a package ot Hood's PUIs And take a dose, from 1 to 4 pills. You will be 8urprised»at how easily they will do their work, cure your headache and biliousness, rouse the liver and make you feel«happy again, 25 cents. Sold by all medicine dealers. First publication Feb. 2,1900. Notice of Final Homestead Proof. Land ollico lit Bismarck, N". D., Jan. 26,1900. Notico is hereby given that tlie following nnmcd settler lias filed notice of liis intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before register and receiver at Bismarck, N. D., on March 10,1900, viz: JOHN W. FRYKLUND, for tlie seM of Sec. 4, Tvvp. 142 north of range 78, west of the 5th P. M. Ho names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: Oskar Lind, Axel Hedstroni, August F. Andor-. sou and Edward ISnssmussen, all of Slaughter, North Dakota. STATE A. C. M'GILLIVBAY, Register. [First publication Jan. 26,1900 OF NORTH DAKOTA, COUNTY OF liurleigli In County Court. Before Hon. John F, Fort Judge. In the Mat ter'of the Estate of John Barker Greene, Deceased: CARRIE G. CKOSE, "1 Petitioner. 1 vs. Order to WILLARD S. WAL.RATH Show Cause, and MARY T. FOX, Respondents. Tlie petition of A. T. Patterson, administra tor of the estate of John Barker Greene, do ceaseil, having peen presented to this court, wherefrom it appears to the court that, it is necessary to sell the whole of the real estate be longing to said estate for the purpose of pay ing the debts, accrued and to accrue, against tlie estate of said deceased, and said petition now being filed iu said court: It is hereby ordered that all persons interest ed in said estate appear before the said court, at Bismarck, said county and state, atlO o'clock in tlie forenoon of February 2U, A. D. 1900, and show causo if any there bo why an order should not bo granted to the administrator to sell so much of the real estate of decedent as is nocos sary, as sot forth in the said petition. Dated at Bismarck, N. D., this 24th day of January, A. D. 1900. [Seal JOHN F. FOBT, posal, Judge of the County Court. Lot the foregoing order to show causo bo served by publication thereof for four succes sive issues in the Bismarck Weekly Tribune. Dated Jan. 24,1S00. [Seal.] JOHN F. FORT, Judge of the County Court. (First publication Jan. 5, 1900.1 Notice of Final Homestead Proof. Land Oflico at Bismarck, N. D., Doc. 30, 1899" Notice is hereby given that the following named sottior has filed notice of lus intention to make final proof in support of lus claim, and that said proof will be made before the Register and Receiver at liisuiarck, N. D., on rob. 10, 1900, viz.: CARL OSKAR L1ND, for the o1'- of nol i, and o'A of seKi of sec. 10, in twp. 142 north, of range 18 west, of the otfi principal meridian. He names the following witnesses to provo his continuous residouce upon and cultivation of said land, viz.: John Freklund. Alban Hoilstrom, C. Cristianson, Oskar Suudquist. all of Slaughter, N' D' A. C. M'GILLIVRAY, Register. [First publication Jan. 12.1900.] Notice of Final Homestead Proof. Land Oliice at Bismarck, X. D., Jan. 8, 1900. Notico is hereby given that tlio following named settler lias filed notico of her iut.ont.ioii to mako final proof iu support of her claim,.and that said proof will bo made before register and receiver at Bismarck, N. D., on rob. 1 1900, viz: LEONARDA E. BARTRON (formerly Leonarda E Luyben). for tlio seM, section 8 in township 141 u, range 80 w, 5th P. M. She names tlie following witnesses to prove lier continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz: Frank R. Simons, Willard A. Simons, Iver Johnson, Wogansport,, N. D. Gus W. Johnson, Painted Woods, N. D. A. C. McGlIiLlVItAY, Register. [First publication Jan 12, 1899.] Notice of Final Homestead Proof. Land office at Bismarck, N. D., Jan. 8. 1900. Notico is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notico of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be mado before the register and receiver at Bismarck, N. D., on Feb. li, 1900, viz: PETER LUYBEN, for the noK of Sec. 8 in Twp. 141 north, of range 80 west, 5th P. M. Ho names tlio following witnesses to prove his continuous residouce upon and cultivation oi said land, viz: Frank R. Simons, Willard A Simons, Ivor Johnson, Wogansport, N. D. Gus. W. Johnson, Painted Woods, JJ,gil£ivray, Register. DROPOSALS FOR LUMBER, DOORS. WINDOWS, ETC., U. S. Indian sorvico, Standing Rock Agency, Fort Yates, N. D., Jan uary 12,1900. Sealed proposals, indorsed "Pro posals for Lumbor, Doors, Windows, Etc ," and addressed to tlie undersigned at Fort Yates. N. D., will bo received at this agency until 1 o'clock p. m., of Friday, February 9, 1900, for furnishing and delivering for this agency about 246,000 feet lumber, assorted 15,000 laiths, 150, 000 shingles, 100 sots tablo legs, 350 cedar fenco posts, 150 doors. 300 windows, glazed, and CO barrels lime. The delivery to bo mado on board freight wagons at Braddouk. N. on tho Soo railway or at Mandan. N. D.. on the Northern Pacific railwav. Bidders will stato clearly in their bids tho proposed price of each articlo. and also stato clearly the point of delivery. All articles offered for delivory under «ny contract will bo subject to a rigid inspection. The right is reserved to reject any and all bids, or any part of am- bid, if deemed for the best interests of the service. Certified checks Each bid must be accompanied b.v a certified check or draft upon some United States dopository or solvent national bank in the vicinity of tlio residence of tlie bidder, made payable to the order of tho commissioner of Indian affairs, for at least five per cent of the amount of tho pro which check or draft will be forwarded to the United States in case any bidder or bidders receiving an award shall fail to prompt ly execute a contract with good and sufficient sureties, otherwise to be returned to the bidder. Bids accompanied by cash in lieu of a certified check will not he considered. For any addi tional information apply to George H. Bingen heimer, U. S. Indian Agent. I! STICK BY THE HOG I HAS NOT CHANGED IT. Order For the Legislature to Meet in Loudon Still in Force* FRANKFORT, Ky., Feb. 6.—Governor Taylor gave an emphatic denial to the report that he had revoked the order convening the legislature at London, Ky., and ordering the legislature to sit at Frankfort. Hi made a written state ment to this effect afterward. In an in terview with an Associated Press repre sentative, Governor Taylor said: "At this present moment, there is no taming back. The legislature will con vene at London, where it will continue to sit unless there is a change of policy in the fatnr »ot yet determined npon.'•' iTHE AStMAI, WHICH MAY BE DEPENDED L'PON FOIl QUICK RESULTS. No live stock ever did so much in tlie same length of time to lift earnest and capable friends out of the slough of financial despond as hogs have, writes Theodore Lewis iu Farm, Stock and Home. And it requires but little capi tal to make a start in an industry that begins to pay dividends In a few months. From one to four sows will be a good starter, considering the rapid increase of this animal, and their prog eny will be ready to harvest in from 9 to 11 months at the outside. Forty seven years ago the writer carried his first sow pig home in a sack and on ids back five miles and paid $4 for it be sides, an enormous price in those days. It was the best investment he ever made. It was the first step toward, fu ture prosperity and the ease now en- CONVENIENT PIGGERY. Joyed in old age. He had not the guides, tlie counsel and advice within easy reach of all farmers now. He had to learn the art of properly feed ing. housing and breeding in the costly school of experience. But he perse vered. Failure, calamity even, became really valuable lessons, and must now be credited with much of subsequent success. But lie never made the fatal mistake of going in and out of the hog business as prices went up and down, and thus he escaped one rock that wrecks so many who adventure upon this industry. But let us try to be reasonable and frankly confess that all men cannot be come successful hog raisers any more than all men can be great artists. And this is well, else hogs would surely be too numerous to be profitable. It lias been said, and comes near being strict ly true, that the true swine feeder is born, not made. To hire a feeder is next to impossible, and to teach one Is so difficult that it borders at least upon the impossible. The interest and incentive of ownership seem to be nec essary to t.lie making of a successful swine grower. Self interest may teach him habits of observation that he will learn are absolutely necessary to suc cess. But it may be said in this con nection that it is doubtful if a man will study hogs, watch them and be as mindful of them all the time as maxi mum success with them demands un less he likes the business of hog rear ing and has a certain admiration and regard for these animals. Tlie matter of observation Is a very important one. Through it tlie feeder knows whether the kind and quantity of food given is producing the best re sults or is not producing bad results, lie knows whether or not a constipat ed condition is leading to ultimate sick ness and possibly death, and the con siderate feeder will quickly see that clean and well ventilated houses are conducive to thrift and consequent cheapness of production. In conclu sion, it may be said that invariably the man who "sticks by tho hog" in all respects, sticks by it daily as well as from season to season or year to year, finds nothing to regret in tlie long run, but on the contrary finds a fine credit balance in the hog's favor on the farm ledger. Sheep Prospects. The prospect before the shepherds is cheering in every way, says Tho Sheep Breeder. There may be apparent re verses now and theu, but as the tide flows in this way, making an advance and then retiring a part of It, but on the whole advancing at every incom ing wave, so the present position of this great interest is steadily advanc ing and will, we think, continue to do until the sheep kept on this side of the Atlantic will approach. If not surpass, In number those kept on the other side of it. We have nine sheep to every C40 acres: England has 240 to our 9 on the same area. What a prospect this af fords for the encouragement of the American shepherds! In time we can not help but surpass all other countries In the number of our sheep. Feeding Ranin. The ram will need special feeding and some regulation by which he is prevented from wasting his vitality uselessly In serving ewes unnecessari ly. The safest way is to keep him up in the daytime in a quiet, darkened |cn and turn him in with his quota of ewes for the night. Mark bis breast with red ocher, and he will leave his certificate on the ewes be has coupled with. A mixture of cornmeal, oatmeal and cottonseed meal will make a most useful food for the rams while they are In service. A pint a day will help to keep them in the best condition. This mixture is excellent for the in lamb ewes. Two ounces a day will help them wonderfully.—Sheep Breeder. Yoonir Sown. It Is not always best to judge a young sow by her first litter, says the St. Louis Republic. In most cases if she is a good animal each succeeding litter, for the first three or four at least, will be better than the last. No more serious mistake can be made by a farmer than to allow a young sow to farrow one litter of pigs and then fat ten ber for meat and use young sows for breeding. Keep well matured sows as long as they farrow good pigs, dis carding them only when they begin to fall. NEXT SEASON'S WORK. Timely Consideration Lnutl. Fu ture Crops. Ete. The season is near at ha nil when farmers should prepare l'or the next season's crop. They should ktuiw their land and what kind of crops it will pro duce to the greatest perfection. .V goad and successful fanner will have liis I plans all made and will have decided what he will sow or plant in the differ ent fields, then when spring comes if he finds his plans caunnt he followed he will change them to suit the scasou. If the season is too late to sow wheat, he will be prepared to put some other crop In its place, and the same with other crops. There is always ample time to sow or plant all of our hind to some kind of crop. We may not always be able to plant the crop we wan led. but there is always something else that can be planted later and mature in a shorter season. In this climate the season is over three months long in which some kind of paying crop may be planted. Wheat may(be planted from .March 15 to April 1, then to the 15th of April for oats, from May 1 to .luue 1 for corn, then to June 15 for cane for hay and millet to July 15. There is plenty of time to gel all of the land planted. Bottom land in this country can always be farmed, but not always just when one wants to farm it. Sometimes it is wet until it is too late to plant the crop that was in tended. That being the case, the next best crop must lie planted. During the winter is it good time to prepare seed for spring sowing and planting. Seed wheat and oats should be cleaned with a fanning mill to re move all foul seed and to separate all other grains from it. The seed corn may be selected and shelled if there is a good place to store it until needed. The tools and machinery should be looked over and needed repairs made. The harness must be repaired aud greased. The colts must be broken and trained to work, and toward spring the work horses must have special care to get the'in in readiness for the spring work. When plans such as these are made and carried out and farmiug is douo in a systematic way. there is both pleas ure and profit in fanning. A farmer should always be so he can push his work and not let his work push him. says an Iowa correspondent of The Prairie Farmer. Homemade SIIOW Shovel. "A light shovel for shoveling snow is a very convenient tool around the house and barn. To be sure, it does A LIGI1T SNOW SHOVEL. not cost much to buy one. but there are plenty of stormy days aud suffi cient mechanical skill about any farm stead to sare a few pennies," remarks an Ohio Farmer correspondent. "Take a pine or basswood board 10 inches by 14 inches, one-half inch thick. Bevel off one end and get a piece of sheet irou from a tinshop five inches wide aud as long as your board is wide. Get the tinsmith to bend this for you so that one side is longer than the other, and get him to punch holes iu it for the nails. Nail this on your board as a protection for the end. put ting the longer portion of the irou on the bottom of the shovel. "Now get a piece of wood 14 inches long and two Inches thick aud about five inches wide. Shave this piece so it will be three cornered and nail it upon the other end of the shovel. An ordinary fork handle will answer, only it should be sawed off diagonally so that it will match the three cornered piece. The handle is fastened by a rivet three-eighths of an inch in diam eter. going through handle, angular board and blade of shovel and riveted. The rivet is placed about three Inches from the end of the handle, and over the end a strip of tin is nailed." One Thins and Another. Oregon hop growers to the number of 8S have formed an association, of which M. L. .Tones of Brooks is presi dent and H. L. Bents, Butteville, secre tary. The crop for the state has been estimated at 65,000 bales. The Irrigable area of the United States is estimated in the report of the secretary of the interior at 74,000,000 acres, capable of comfortably support ing under a proper irrigation system 50,000,000 people. Reasonable expend itures both by federal and state gov ernments looking to a well defined irri gation system are urged. In experiments by the Wyoming sta tion on the influence of alkali salts on the germination of wheat and rye it was found that small amounts of these salts hasten germination. When, how ever, the proportion of alkali salts ex ceeded certain limits, germination was Interfered with. Among the leading millet growing states are Iowa, Missouri, Kansas. Texas and Tennessee. At Dulutb in December flaxseed was selling at prices the highest since De cember, 1884. BISMARCK WEEKLY TRIBUNE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9. 1900. Ft HOW TO WINTER APPLES. Pitting OntHlrto—In Dnrreli). Waxed Taper Wrappers. I never had better, juicier, tenderer apples to eat iu early spring than those taken out. of a pit outdoors. For that reason I have always favored the plan of wintering at least a portiou of my apples for home use in that way, says 1 WINTERING APPLES. T. Greiner in Tho Farm and Fireside. This method seems to keep all the flavor and all the brittleness in the ap ple intact aud perhaps is the simplest and safest of all for ordinary uses. The apple is less susceptible to injury from freezing than potatoes. It ranks about with mangels, beets, turnips and similar root crops in this respect. Every fanner may be supposed to know how to pit potatoes. Apples can be handled in the same manner, only that a little less covering may be need ed. Where the subsoil is porous we may dig a pit a foot or more in depth. Otherwise we must select a well drain ed spot and put the apples on top of the ground, resting on a good layer of clean straw. Pile up the apples iu a conical heap, inserting it wisp of straw into the center of each heap and let ting it stick out at the top. This latter Is for ventilation. Gases and heat must have a chance to escape. Next put ou a generous covering of straw or marsh hay. If it is a foot or more in thick ness, it will do no harm. In place of the wisp of straw an up right box, say six-inches square and long enough to reach from the ground to a few inches above the top of the heap when done, as shown in Fig. 1, will supply the needed ventilation. The earth covering which comes over the straw ail around need not be more than a few inches thick. The pit is thus to be left until freezing weather, when a further covering of straw and earth or a very heavy covering of coarse manure is to be placed upon the frozen earth of the first covering. Roots are pitted iu the same manner. I am going to try still another plan this year. The apples are put iu bar rels in the usual way aud tho barrels headed up, although it may not be nec essary to press the fruit in as tightly as we do for long distance shipment. The barrels may be left out iu a cool spot as long as there is little danger of severe freezing. After that they are bedded in the ground in a well drained and protected spot, as shown In Fig. 2, and covered with plenty of straw and a tlilu layer of earth. I have no doubt that the apples will come out all right. For my own table use during the fall and early winter I have again wrapped a lot of Gravenstein apples and Anjou pears in waxed paper, then in tissue paper or ordinary newspaper, and WINTERING APPLES. packed them iu layers in kegs, using light oats as filling between the layers. These kegs are stored In a meal chest in the granary, where they are safe from rats, mice and thievish bipeds and reasonably so from freezing. The same plan gave me a good deal of sat isfaction last year and, I believe, Is one of the best that could be practiced for the purpose of having a home supply of choice fruit at that particular season. I have hardly seen a rot speck on either apples or pears thus treated. A Point In Feeding the Cow. A cow can have too much protein, and too much is sometimes fed. The Kansas experiment station says the mistake is usually made by farmers who have fed timothy or prairie hays or corn fodder and have found that with these feeds they have had to use bran and linseed or cottonseed meal to get a satisfactory milk yield. Many such farmers when feeding alfalfa hay continue to use the same grain rations as before. This gives an overfeed of protein, injures the cow and is a waste of feed. Alfalfa properly cured has too great a proportion of protein to carbo hydrates and should be given with grain feeds rich in carbohydrates, sucb as corn, Kaffir corn or corn and cob meal. It should not be fed with grain feeds rich in protein, such as linseed, cottonseed, gluten or soy bean meals or bran, unless roughness rich in carbohy drates is also fed. The Bees Paid Beat. Lady Henry Somerset, of temperance fame, speaking of work carried on at her industrial farm colony in England, says: "The bees, however, are really our most successful venture. They have already repaid the whole of the original outlay, and given a profit as well. This season the eight hives yield ed 300 pounds of honey, and the colo nies were Increased by swarms from 8 to 11, so that next season we ought to gatto a very good profit If the season Is favorable." '7^-5 COSTLY SCRUBS. Ho Aflvnnfnfie Whatever Except tn Orifiiiinl Cost. Over in England where every branch of husbandry has been carried to it high state of perfection anil where (locks aud herds have been kept upon the same farms for hundreds of years one may travel tor days without com ing across a scrub animal. Here in America, the country of grandest pos sibilities, the scrub is the rule and the pure bred animal the exception, says Howard II. Keini in The National Stockman. Over an area of thousands of acres of this rich garden land one tnay liud here and there a lone man anil occasionally only a community of breeders of pure bred or pedigreed stock. Why this should be is a hard matter to conjecture. Only it few days ago a bright young mau came to the writer to sell him his corn crop, saying: "1 am tired of fann ing. and 1 want to sell my corn and my mule team and go away. 1 am tired and sick of this way of fann ing." Then we asked liiin if he liked stock, and his answer was that he liked any kind of nice stock, especially sheep, but his father, who owned the farm and for whom he was working it "on shares." would not invest anything In stock aud would lend no encourage ment to his son to do so. After a long time pleading with him to keep his corn and team and try to get. a small start of fine stock he went away and the same day left for "parts un known," driven from home by his fa ther, who had a notion that the boy would just-as well raise corn to sell and not be fooling with stock all the time. We have long maintained that It is as cheap to keep pure bred stock, espe cially sheep, and even cheaper than to keep scrubs after the initial cost of starting. The younger members of tho firm will take great pleasure in the increase of the flocks and will cultivate such a love for the old farm that, though sundered far by circumstances, the lingering lights of happy childhood days among the pretty lambs of the pure bred flocks on the old homestead will be memory's brightest pictures. CoKt Of IIOK'S. On a farm with reasonably good buildings and a clover pasture the cost of a gain of a pound of live weight on a hog up to 150 pounds is not very much in excess of 2 cents. To this must he added the interest on the value of tho brood sow. the cost of her keep, the risk of accident, the cost of the grass, of the care and the prices or be low. Under these circumstances, says Wallace's Fanner, the price of hogs will depend largely on the price of corn and the freedom of hogs front the ravages of disease. When a partial failure of tlie corn crop occurs and the price runs up to from 30 to 40 cents on the farm, the immediate effect is to crowd the hog stock of the country ou the market and depress the price. When a large portion of the hog stock is wiped off by cholera, tho Immediate effect at the beginning of the disease Is to crowd the hogs on the market and depress the price, the after effect of which is to enhance the price by cre ating a scarcity iu the supply. St roil I'ointN of the Mule. The exteusive purchases of mules which the British government has been making recently for shipment to South Africa invite reference to the animal's capabilities and disposition, says the Loudon Live Stock Journal. Here it is from the hand of a man who appears to have had large opportuni ties of cultivating its acquaintance: "No animal is less obstinate than a mule. They are most tractable and obedient and capable of an almost in credible amount of work. A mule be gins worn at 4 years old and goes on till 40 or 45 years old. Whether it is for plowing, reaping or mowing machine, for carting of all descriptions, there Is the shapely, powerful, active and in telligent animal, prepared to do his best." hi point of fact, the mule is like any other animal, much what the gentleness or reverse of his rearer and breaker makes him. Sm-disli Ponies. The Swedish p-uiies are among the best in the world for work in cold cli mates where good forage is not to be had. says the London Live Stock Jour nal. They stand from 13 to 15 hands In height and are very heavily built for their siz«. They have splendid feet and limbs, and it is said that greasy heels and tilled legs are uukuowu among them. These small horses are chietl.v used for the saddle, animals of a larger breed being preferred for the wheeled traffic in summer and the sleighs in winter. A good horse has been known to trot at the rate of 18 miles an hour in a sleigh. Before we accept that record, however, further information concerning the course and condition of the snow would be desira ble. Trotting sleigh races are a regu lar winter institution in both Norway and Sweden. Plentiful Feed. Every cattle man who can possibly do so should feed his stock enough this winter to carry them through until spring in at least as good condition as they are in now. Too many make the mistake of putting off feeding too long and permit their cattle to become weak and thin before the feeding is com menced. To accomplish satisfactory results it must be begun early in the season. After the animals have lost flesh and become weakened by expo sure they cannot resist the damaging influence ot the later storms without further injury no matter how liberal the feeding then may be. To keep them vigorous and in good flesh from the start should be the rule. Such a method economizes feed while produc ing the best results.—Live Stock. §PtM\Q«PvDeN RURAL POSTAL SERVICE. Neighborhood ltoxcn For the Deliv ery mid Collection of Mull. S Air 9 In the annual report of the postollicej department is given an interesting ac-j couut, with a number of illustrations.! of the rise and present status of tlio ij free delivery of mail to rural cointnuni ties. Assistant Postmaster General'! Heath says: jj "There lias been nothing in the histo-J ry of the postal service of the United] States so remarkable as the growth of! the rural free delivery system. Within} the past two years, hugely by the aid & WAC.OX ON KUHAI, POSTAL KOUTE. of the people themselves, who, in ap preciation of the hclpiug hand which the government extended to them, have met these advances half way, it has Implanted itself so firmly upon postal administration that it can no longer be considered iu the light of an experi ment, but has to be dealt with as an established agency of progress, await ing only the action of congress to de termine how rapidly it shall be devel oped." Mr. Heath thinks that the facts-, which he sots forth demonstrate that "the free delivery of mails in rural communities can be widely extended with great benefit to tlie people and with little cost to the revenue. "That whenever the system has been judiciously inaugurated with a sincere purpose to make it a success Vis been followed by these beneficlu. re sults: "First.—Increased postal receipts More letters are written and received. More newspapers and magazines are subscribed for. So marked is this ad vancement that quite a number of ru ral routes already pay for themselves by the additional business they bring. "Second.—Enhancement of the value of farm lands reached by rural free delivery. This increase of value has. been estimated at as high as .$5 an acre in some states. A moderate estimate is from to .$3 an acre. "Third.—A general improvement of the condition of the roads traversed by the rural carrier. In the western states especially the construction of good roads has been a prerequisite to tho establishment of rural free delivery service. In one county in ludiana a special agent reports that, the farmers incurred an expense of over .$2,000 to grade and gravel a road iu order to ob tain rural free delivery. "Fourth.—Better prices obtained for farm products, the producers being brought into daily touch with the state of the markets and thus being enabled to take advantage of information here tofore unattainable. "Fifth.—To these material advan tages may bo added the educational benefits conferred by relieving the monotony of farm life through ready access to wholesome literature aud the keeping of all rural residents, the- AN OHIO NEIGIIUOIinooO GROUP. young people as well as their elders, fully informed as to the stirring events of the day. "Even in the most favored rural dis tricts there is no service that approach es in completeness the house to house delivery of the cities. The recipients of the rural mail have to provide boxes and place them at convenient places along the line of road traversed by the rural carrier, so that he can deposit and collect the mails if need be with out alighting from liis buggy. Fre quently a number of neighborhood box es are grouped together like a 1^* of beehives ut a crossroad corner, and be people living in houses perhaps hai. a mile or more back from the road watch for the dally passing of the carrier and tome to the crossroads to collect or de posit their mails." Rural free delivery is now in opera- tion from 300 distributing points scat tered among 40 states and one terri tory. giving service to 179.131 people at an annual cost of 84 cents per cap ita. One Missouri farmer calculates that In the last 15 years he has driven 12, 000 miles to and from his postoffice to get his mails, all of which travel is now saved him by rural free delivery. In bulletin No. 175 of the Cornell sti tion comes a "Fourth Report on Japa nese Plums." It is an interesting stv-'v.. with many fine illustrations of varie ties found valuable by the station "The Japanese plums have come to* stay, but they have come without ac curate descriptions and with confused nomenclature," says Dr. Roberts. The bulletin is an effort to elucidate these perplexities and spread accurate knowl edge of this new class of fruits.