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Prof. Holden's Seed Corn Special
,,.t Train Visited Leon and Garden
Grove Last Friday Morning.
The special seed corn train which is
being carried over the branch lines of
the Burlington system in Iowa visited
Leon last Friday morning and although
tjhe hour was pretty early, 9 o'clock,
which prevented many farmers from a
distance from attending, there was a
good sized crowd at the depot to hear
the lectures, the two ^lecture cars not
being large enough to accommodate the
crowd although every foot of space was
utilized. During the thirty minute
stop here addresses were made in each
of the cars at the same time, Prof.
Holden talking in one and Prof. Sha nel,
of the United States Department of Ag
riculture at Washington in the other
On board the train which was com
posed of two private and lecture cars
were the following .gentlemen:
W. H. Manss, C. B. & Q. industrial
commissioner, Chicago, in charge of the
Prof. P. G. Holden, professor of agro
nomy, Ames.
Prof. M. L. Moshier, assistant profes
sor of agronomy, Ames.
Prof. J. 'W. Jones, superintendent of
field experiments, Ames.
Prof. A. D. Shamel, U. S. department
of agriculture, Washington.
Col. G. W. Waters, member state board
of agriculture, Canton, Mo.
Prof. J. R. Sage, chief of Iowa weath
er arid crop bureau, Des Moines.
H. S. Jones, Iowa passenger agent,
T. G. Roehm, chief clerk passenger
department, Chicago.
J. C. Johnson, traveling agent, Bur
J. W. Hood, traveling freight agent,
J. A. Somerville, general ageut,
wish to say that tne corn crop is the McGinnis who presided.
greatest crop as 122,000,000 bushels were
produced last vear and it was 56 per
Cent Of the total value of all the CI
produced. Some people seem to think
that anything grows so long as it is
corn, when the corn crop is more im
portant than anything else. The aver
age yield has been but 33 bushels per
acre—some being fortunate enough to
raise 50, 55, 60, 70 and even 80 bushels
per acre, but as I said the average for
Iowa has been but 33 bushels. If the
average farmer would test his seed corn
as well as he does other farm work he
would raise better crops and get in the
habit of doing things, as we teach pu
pils to do at the Agricultural College
all they can. We tested some seed from
this region recently having received:
1500 specimens. Yesterday 800 speci
mens had been tested before I left—two
kernels from each ear of 100 specimen
ears—and the result was 40 per cent
were fertile 30 per cent were "what
call medium or weak and the remainder
"were not fertile. Last spring was cold
and damp. Some corn fields I was called p^ren,!""1
upon to examine showed kernels 4, 5,!
and even 6 inches deep in the soil..
Twenty-eight fields out of 68 failed to
grow at all in some cases 18 hills out
of every 100 refused to grow. The
Result was that 19 per cent of the
19,000,000 acres produced only 63 per
cent corn. The same amount of corn, if
properly selected and cultivated, could
have been successfully grown on one
third as much ground and produced bet
ter crops. Of the 1000 fields tested 15
out of every 100 failed because of poor
cultivation and 33 out of 100 because of
poor stock. If we fail with corn it is a
complete loss. A failure with oats or
wheat is not so severe. On one farm of
100 acres of corn 39 per cent of the best
ears were poorer than any of these sam
ples I show you. Now if he had taken
his two boys and had them test the corn
it would have made, him §1000. A day
in testing is worth a month in the ma
turing or even two months. The causes
of a poor yield may be summed up as
first, poor stand of corn, poor seed, poor
planters, and not grading the corn
second in not having better handling
during growing season. The method we
employ is to lay the ears of corn in rows,
tins all pointing in the same direptiorf.
We divide them into bunches of 10 and
fasten them in place after first taking a
kernel from the tip, butt and sides until
we secure 6 to 10 kernels. These we
place at the butt, until the entire lot
has been gone over. Then we prepare
a box by placing damp sawdust in it and
pounding it down until it is solid. Then
we divide it into squares corresponding
to the number ot. ears of sample and
place the kernels from the ears, which
are numbered consecutively 1, 2, 3, etc.,
in the squares of same number. Then
take a gunny sack, fill it with damp saw
iflust—just damp enough to not drip—
and place this on the seed. If you liave
a good room in the house—and no room
is too good to test seed corn in—place
the box there. If your wife has house
plan's, place the box near them. We
will warrant she won't let the plants
freeze and the seed will be well takdn
care of. After the seed has germinated
the root appearing first, take your box
out where the seed corn was—and it
should have been fastened down so se
curely that nothing would disturb it—
and compare the numbers in the box
with those on the ears to see which seed
has grown. Reject'the ears that have
not proven fertile and then shell each
ear that was good seed in a sack by
itself. If you have taken samples from
400 ears and it is good seed it should
properly plant 28 acrcs. The old jack
knife way of testing corn by cutting
into the kernel and then taking up a
lot of other ears from the pile and useing
them is now a thing of the past. A boy
told me the other day, when he found
that a nubbin style of corn "produced 33
bushels per acre, that he thought there
were a lot of stalks fooling around in
the field doing nothing. A runt pig is a
runt pig forever, and a runt stalk is a
runt stalk forever. Days, weeks and'
hours put in in testing seed corn are
worth more than any other days, weeks
and hours of the year. No stock breed
er would secure a gopd mother and poor
father, yet farmers apply that rule to
their corn. They put good corn where
it is contaminated by the pollen of
scrubby ears, and hence the result. This
spring shell each ear by ftself. A good
ear will plant 1-12 of an acre. Secure
your seed corn before Oct. 20 and place
it up where the wind can blow through
it and thoroughly dry it. Don't wait till
freezing weather. There was more
frozen seed planted last spring than
you have any idea of. After corn is
thoroughly dried no amount of freezing
weather will injure it. Then see that
your planter is set to drop three to four
kernels to the hill better drop four
than two. Do this at once. Don't wait
until your spring work. Then sort your
selected seed according to size, taking
large full kernels. You have time now
between chores at morning and chores
at night to test all your seed corn and I
beg of you to do it.
At Garden Grove, the special train
was stopped at the crossing near the
opera house, where it was met by a
large delegation headed by the band in
full uniform. The speakers went at
once to the opera house which was
crowded full with the farmers of that
section, and Prof. Holden made the ad
dress along the same lines as at Leon.
One new idea advanced bv him was that
J. B. Hungerford, chairman board of each county should have an experimen
trustees of state agricultural college at tal station at the county farm where
Ames, Carroll. 'the different varieties of corn raised
Joe S. Trigg, editor Des Moines Reg- should be planted and carefully tested
ister. so as to find out just what kind of corn
Dennis O'Leary, Nonpareil, Council is best adapted for each locality in the
E.E. Faville, Farmers Tribune, Sioux
W. H. Powell, Courier, Ottumwa.
In his address Prof. Holden spoke in
part RS follows:
Now 1 do not come before you think- Grove. The Garden Grove meeting was
ing that I know more than you for none one of the best the seed.corn special
of us lieed be proud of pur knowledge, held at any place in southern Iowa.
I hope to present some important points
which will, if carried out, make an ad-| Council Proceedings.
vance in farming and produce an in- Leon,1^, March 2,1905.
creasing yield of corn per acre. First1 ,,
country. The meeting was presided
over by Fred Woolley, of High Point,
and after the special left they had a
corn contest, there being many displays
of fine corn entered for the prizes of
fered by the merchants of Garden
micli *r\' an-rr ligf tbo nun .• FI,„ Council met in regular session at office of Mayor
Councilman present" H. J. Lscndia, Morris Gardner,
ll"d ,,'e0-E-
„_,,x „i „n The mayor Uavlnp appointed A. M. Tryor as city
ops marshal, taking effect Feb. 1. 1905, ordered that same
appear on t4ie minutes, Mr. Pryor taking the place of
W\ H. Allbaugh, he having retired on account of poor
J. W. Keeler, on hehnlf of B. \V. Heeler, & Co.,
being present, the matter of their hardware stock in
January 1904, the hardware stock being assessed to
G. F. Mills and the cash to Keelers. There being a
contract in vogue, same to be completed by March 1,
1904. Mr. Keeler thinks he is doubly assessed and
that he should be relieved of one assessment. On
motion the matter was carried over to next regular
meeting for investigation.
L. E. Jenkins on behalf of the K. P. lodge being
present, asked that a settlement- he made of the
city's claim against the lodge for electric light*, the
lodge claiming they should be allowed' credit for
lights used by the band boys under agreement with
the town. On motion it was ordered that a settle
ment be made in full upon payment of $100' by the
Th$ following claims were allowed:
Leon Light, Heat & Power Co., for February
lights $66.70
H. L. Marvin, hauling cinders 5.00
J. W. Homiold, work on streets 2.00
W. A. Dodge, nightwatch 30.00
A. M. Pryor, marshal
Mrs. Mary BashaW
O. J. Merwin 50
Drake estate 2.00
Decatur county 50
C. I*. Finley estate 1.50
Mrs. Dorsey 1.00
J. C. Stockton 50
Claim of L. E. Cummins of 84.13 for clearing snow
from oemetery sidewalk referred to cemetery com
Claim of W. H. Albnugh of $54.80 for cleaning
snow from walks in December and January referred
to finance committee.
Judges and clerks were selected as follows for the
city election to be held Monday, March 27, 1905.
Judges -1. N. Beard, W. Q/Htempel, J. A. Caster.
Clerks—C. W. Beck, Oeorge Penniwell.
It was ordered that street lights be established at
the following placed:
Corner and 10th street, one block south of Presby
terian church.
Corner Locust atfd 10th street, B. O. Springer's.
Corner Vine and 11th street, J. W. Keeler'fi.
Corner Vine and 12th street, D. E. Gatcbeil's.
Corner Q. and 4tli street, C. G. Benefiel's.
Corner School and 10th street, north of h. Pullen'ff.
Corner School and 2nd street, C. C. Little's.
Corner School and 3rd street, Fred Teale's.
Corner Idaho and 2nd street, Scott Gardner's.
Corner Main and 19th 6treet, Add Ausmau's.
Comer Main and 20th street, at bridge at foot of
Main street.
Corner and 15th street, south school house.
Corner and 17th street, Tom Peniston.
Corner qnd 18th street, A. B. Owen's.
Committee on lire eugiue^ house not being ready to
report was continued uutii next meeting and also
ordered to arrange for suitable place to keep city's
tools, etc.
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S February ..... 9.05
It was ordered that the following list presented by
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Recorder. Mayor.
Notice of School Election.
To the qualified electors of the Leon
Independent School District: Notice is
hereby given that the annual school
election will be held at the Fire Engine
House on Monday, March 13, 1905, for
the purpose of electing two diroctors to
serve three years to succeed O. B. Hull
and W. W. Craig, and one treasurer to
serve one year to succeed J. A. Caster.
The polls will open at 12 o'clock noon,
,a.nd close at 7 o'clock p. m. same day.
Secretary.'- President.
School Re ort.
For term ending March 1,1005, in dis
trict 5, Center township. Total number
enrolled, 85 average daily attendance,
16.68 average cost of tuition per month,
$1.7S£ number neither tardy nor absent
a: Teacher.
Claimed it Changes Time of City and
School Elections from
Spring to fall.
Does the biennial elections amend
ment require school and municipal
officers to be elected at the general
election in November instead of in
March and April, as at present?
That query is puzzling the lawyers of
the state and is being given grave con
sideration by the attorneys who are as
sailing the validity of the amendment
before the supreme court, with a view
to urging it upon the body in support of
the contention that the actis defective.
W.O.Payne of Nevada brought the
idea to Des Moines. He is convinced
that the amendment will require the
legislature to pass laws fixing the
school and municipal elections for the
same date as the general election. This,
of course would be an additional ground
for declaring the amendment invalid, for
it is a matter of legislation to change
the dates of the school and municipal
elections and the time fixed for them
could not possibly affect the question of
establishing biennial general elections.
Mr. Payne said that the idea yas con
veyed to him through a eommuniyation
from a Des Moines man, and careful
study of language of the amendment re
vealed that this most important ohange
in the time for holding school and muni
cipal elections plainly is provided in
the act.
"The amendment," said Mr. Payne, "is
like the bibl^ the more it is read the
more it is seen to mean."
The bienmal election amendment pro
vides in the first sentence for a general
election in November, 1900, and bien
nially thereafter. In the second sen
tence it provides for the ejection at this
general election of state officers, legis
lators, judges, etc. The third sentence
extends the term of office of those whose
terms would otherwise expire in Janu
ary, 1906, for one year, and the fourth
extends the term of senators. The next
sentence is as follows:
"The general assembly shall make
such changes in the law governing the
time of election and term of office of all
other elective officers as shall be neces
sary to make the time of their election
and terms of office conform to this
It is the contention that the terms
"all other elective officers" must include
besides those specifically mentioned by
the amendment as being subject to elec
tion at the general electitm in each No
vember, the school and municipal
officers of the state. Moreover, the use
of the term "time of election" is con
tended plainly indicates that the change
of the time of election from some othe^
n* •T,^
date to that in the month or vembcr^ were accompanied by" the bride's
when the general election is held—the
first Tuesday after the first Monday—
was contemplated.
Some of those to whose attention the
language of the amendment was 'ca'lecl
to indicate that school and municipal
officers must be chosen at the November
elections hereafter, regarded the con
tention as fairly preposterous. One
gentleman said: "It is nonsense. The
amendment names certain state officers,
judges and members of the legislature
whose election shall occur at the gen
eral election of 1906 it then provides
that all other elective officers shall be
chosen at the same time. This of course
must refer to the elective officers who
are to be elected at general elections,
not those chosen at the special elect
ions when municipal and school officers
are elected. In other words, it means
county and township elective officers,
for instance."
But others do not regard the conten
tion as nonsense. The words "all other
elective officers" is very broad. That it
might well include the school and mu
nicipal officers is evident, unless the
amendment can be construed to refer
exclusively to the offices filled ordinar
ily at general elections.
No one has contended that the legis
lature actually intended to make the
school and municipal elections simulta
neous with the general election in No
vember of each year but the language
seems to say it, and the court has held
heretofore that it must construe the in
tention of the legislature out of what
it actually says.
If the new defect appeals to the court
it must necessarily be held to vitiate
the amendment, in the judgment of
those who have studied the matter and
hold to the view that there is a defect
here which is monumental. For the
provision making it mandatory on the
legislature to pass laws fixing the dates
of school aud municipal elections at a
different date from that now fixed by
law, plainly can have no relation what
ever to biennial elections. The legisla
ture could fix the dates for such elect
ions to. please itself, under the present
constitution. To direct it in this amend
ment tollo an act which is not essential
in any particular to the establishment of
biennial elections, would assuredly be
important from two points of vie\fr con
stitution which provides that amend
ments must bo submitted separately.
There is said to be a Mississippi case
which covers this point exactly. The
attorneys have closely examined the
Mississippi decision, and have it in
mind to devote the most of their argu
ment to the supreme court to the ex
ploitation of this point, which is regard
ed aft extremely important from two
points of view. If the contention is
correct that the amendment puts school
and [municipal elections at the time of
the general elections and the amendment
is sustained, it will have a bearing on
every county and school district in the
state next year and if it is a defect in
fact it may be the effective means of
knocking out the amendment after all.
Central Missouri, 120, 80,70. Price of
each is $22 per acre. Easy terms. Ad
dress Box 117, Lineville, Iowa. 26-tf
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One of the" prettiest events of the sea
son occurred on Wednesday evening,
March 1, at the home of Mr., and Mrs.
Wesley Pritchard near Decatur City
when their youngest daughter, Miss
Bessie \fti8 united in marriage to Mr.
Bert MiUap. The number of guests
who witnessed the ceremony was forty.
Those assisting in receiving were Mr.
Eddie Pritchard and Miss Maggie Whis
'Promptly at eight o'clock as the
strains of the wedding march were
sounded on the piano and violin played
by the groom's cousins, Messrs Clyde
and Horace Milsap, the couple entered
the parlor where Dr. A. M. Pllcher,
pastor of the Leon M. E. church officiat
ing. The bride was gowned in pale
blue silk crepe de china trimmed in
spangled aet yoke, silk lace and medal
lions. The groom wore the convention
al black. After congratulations the
guests repaired to the dining room
where a three course supper was serv
ed. Miss Helen Whisler assisted the
hostess in serving.
Oysters Celery Crackers
Buns Cheese
°"Tes Tickles Fruit Salad
Cookies Chocolate
Coffee Peaches Cake
Oranges Candy
Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. Millsap were the
recipients of many valuable and useful
presents. They will go to housekeep
ing at once on the George Baker farm
north of Leon. Their many friends join
in wishing them along and prosperous
journey through life.
Those from a distance were Mr. Jas.
Millsap and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Milsap,
of Lamoni Mrs. Ben Davis and daugh
ters, Ruth and Fern, Essex, Iowa.
At high noon Wednesday, March 1st,
Mr. B. P. Brown, of Lamoni, and Miss
Arameta Ashburn, of Tuskeego, were
united in marriage at the home of the
bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Ash
burn, of Tuskeego, Rev. S. Harvey offi
ciating. The groom wore conventional
black while the bride was dressed in
white, Miss Gail Ballinger playing the
wedding march. The ceremony was
performed in the presence of a few rela
tives. Many were the- congratulations
that followed. Mr. Brown is a young
man of sterling qualities while Miss
Ashburn is one of Tuskeego's best
young ladies. Tqey will go to house
keeping at once on a farm west of La
moni. Their many friends wish them a
long and prosperous journey through
On Wednesday, March first, at the
Christian parsonage in Osceola occurred
the marriage of Mr. John Puckett,
son of James R. Puckett of Weldon, and
Mtes Myrtle L, Mitchell, also of Weldon.
brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. P. H.
Mitchell, themselves but recently mar
ried. Mrs. Tuckett is the niece of our
townsman, Mr. Hiram Mitchell and is a
young lady of most pleasing address.
Mr. Puckett is an energetic young
farmer and a worthy companion of the
young lady he has chosen. They will
begin life for themselves at once setting
up anew home for themselves on a farm
west of Weldon. They have the good'
wishes of a large circle of friends.—
Osceola Democrat.
On Wednesday, March 1st at ^:30 p.
ra. at the Methodist parsonage in Deca
tur, Mr. Cary Andrew, of Grand River
township, and Miss Leone Bason, of
Tuskeego, were united in the bonds of
matrimony, Rev. A. C. Heckathorn offic
iating. They are both well known and'
highly respected in Decatur county.
They moved immediately to Mr. And
rews' beautiful home near Elk Chapel.
A host of friends wish them happiness
and success.
Bi-County Convention.
Teachers of Ringgold and Decatur
counties, to hold convention in the brick
church, Lamoni, la., Friday and Satur
day, March 17 and 18,1905.
Friday evening, 7:30 p. m.
Music—Leon Juvenile Orchestra.
Invocation—Joseph Smith.
Address of Welcome—R. S. Salyards,
Paper—Prin. H. H. Linton, Kellerton.
Discussion led by Miss Floy Reed, Mt.
Vocal swio— Miss Sporleder, Lamoni.
Address—Hon. V. R. McGinnis, Leon.
Reading—Miss Horner, Lamoni.
Saturday, 9:00 a. m.
Paper—"Duties of the Parent to the
School"—Prin. James Cozad, Pleasanton.
Discnssion led by I. A. Burchett, Athens
township, Ringgold Co., and Mrs. Vida
Smith, Lamoni.
Vocal Solo—Supt. A. L. Lyon, Garden
Paper—(Subject not announced)—Miss
Susie M, Scott, Mt. Ayr. Discussion led
by Miss Burroughs, Lamoni Miss Van
•del, Pleasanton Miss Howell, Davis
Paper—"Some Pointers in School Man
agement"—Sfipt. J. M. Pierce, Leon.
Discussion by Prin. D. L. Carlton Supt.
A. L. Lyon, Garden Grove.
Address—"That Boy"—Prof. B. L. Nay,
Garden Grove.
Paper—"Hand Work in the Primary
Grades"—MissOllie Sams, Mt. Ayr.
General Discussion.
The teachers of Lamoni constitute the
committee on entertainment and will see
to it that all teachers who wish to re
main in town over night after the Fri
day evening session will be entertained.
Teachers arriving in town in time are
invited to visit the schools.
Our Wire is Here.
All those who gave their order for
American wire to Bowsher & Biddison
will please come after same as it is
MB i*£
Marshal Pryor has Kept Police Court
Busy the Past Week, Arresting
People for Drunkenness.
City Varshal A. M. Pryor has been
getting busy the past week and the re
sult has been a general round-up of
drunks and disorderlies, and he has
been working quiie a gang on the
streets, who were unable to pay their
Thursday evening Buck Pugh was ar
rested for drunkenness and after spend
ing a night in jail was fined §10 and costs
and is working it out on the streets.
Friday Charles and Elzie Smith were
arrested for drunkenness and Mayor
McGinnis fined them each §10 and costs
and in default of payment, they are
members of Pryor's gang for a few days.
John Perks was arrested and placed
in jail Saturday night for drunkenness
and was fined 810 and costs. He was to
have gone to work on the streets Mon
day but took French leave and skipped
the town.
James Smith, of Eden, was also arrest
ed Saturday night for being drunk and
was fined 8-10 and costs which he paid.
Win. Barlean, of Eden was arrested
Monday for being drunk and shooting
his revolver in this city. He has enter
ed a plea of not guilty and will be tried
George Cornett, of Davis City, was
arrested Monday night and spent the
night in jail as a drunk. Tuesday morn
ing he paid his fine of §10 and costs and
left for home.
Wednesday morning Marshal Pryor
rounded up three more members for his
work gang, Jesse Allbee, James Vaughn
and John Epperly, and they were put to
work to settle for old fines which were
standing against them.
Marshal Pryor has started in with a
good work and says he proposes to see
to it that drunkenness and rowdyism is
stopped and that those who violate the
law must suffer arrest and if they can't
pay their fines they will have to work
them out. He will receive the hearty
support of all good citizens in this mat
Arrested for Giving Away Booze.
Louis Brockett, a young man claiming
Kansas City as his home,' made his ap
pearance here Tuesday as a solicitor for
a Kansas City whiskey house. Young
Brockett arrived with about eleven
quarts of booze, ten of whioh were in a
grip and one under his belt. Ku was a
liberal cuss and he hadn't been here but
a few hours before a good share of the
grip's contents were-stowed away under
the belts of several of our citizens.
Mayor Brown learned of Brockett's
methods and h^d him arrested for giving
liquor away contrary to law. Brockett
plead guilty to the charge
"and' was as:
sessed a fine of S25 and costs, §3.85,
which he paid and was released with
the admonishment to hurry out of town.
It is said Brockett took orders for 25
gallons here aud 50 gallons at Terre
Haute, and if this is true our Terre
Haute friends are sure preparing to
'•see things."—Davis City Lariat.
The same young fellow was in Leon
last we and adopted the same methods
here. His supply of sample liquor was
soon exhausted and he telephoned to
Decatur City and had two gallons of the
rot gut which had been expressed to
hira at that station forwarded to Leon.
He gave away the liquor and secured a
large numb of orders, many of them
from men who should use their money to
supply their families with the necessi
ties of life. It seems to us that our au
thorities in Leon would do well to fol
low the example set by Mayor Brown
of Davis City, and promptly arrest these
solicitors as soon as they put jji an ap
pearance. Other towns do not tolerate
them and there is no reason why Leon
New Court Cases.
Titus Loan and Investment Co. vs.
Joel D. Greenwood et. al. Suit is
brought to foreclose a mortgage given
to secure payment of a note for $212.50.
G. M. Titus and S. Varga attorneys for
The Bankers Money Order Associa
tion has filed a petition asking that
their claim in the matter of 81,048.83
being the amount of certain money
orders issued by the Bank of Pleas
anton be declared a perferred claim
in the matter of the assignment
of the Bank of Pleasanton. J, B.
Weaver Jr. attorney for plaintiff.
Mattie B. Wight vs. L. Dean Wight.
Plaintiff asks for a decree of partition
of two lots in Lamoni owned by David
W. Wight at the time of his death, and
that the property be sold and the pro
ceeds divided among the heirs, the
widow, and her son. W. B. Kelley at
torney for plaintiff.
Valley Bank of Davis City vs. Ira and
Eady McLain. Suit is brought on a
promissory note for 8876.50 dated July 6,
1903, due in ninety days. Frank H. Hor
ton attorney for plaintiff.
Big Spelling School at Fairview.
Last Friday evening, March 3d, a
spelling school was held under the
direction of Ernest Newlin, teacher at
that place. Notwithstanding the bad
roads the attendance was fair, the order
good and the interest manifested in
spelling was gre^t. One of the best
features was that quite a nunber of the
older people and patrons were present
and took part. One of the patrons,
Mrs. Clem Thompson, spelled down.
The school spelled very good, Nellie
Easter winning the prize, which' sur
prised most everyone. All seemed to
enjoy themselves and seemed interested.
We hope that this interest in spelling
which Mr. Newlin has started may con
tinue for the betterment of all. There
is great room for improvement in this
one branch and while spelling schools
have gone out of date, good spellers
have gone with them. Teachers of De
catur county, let us revive this interest
in good spelling.
^A%'&SL^ '-j
Our Honor Roll.
(VOL.. XXX, NO. 29v
J. W. McLaughlin, Decatur, Iowa, 45
Wm. Robinson, Eden township, 45 .\, it
years. V--
S. W. Hurst, Leon, Iowa, 41 years.
E. J. Sankey, Leon, 40 years. 77
J. C. F. Givens, Leon, Iowa, 40 years.
Johfc Woodmansee, Leon, Iowa, 40
Capt. Thos. H. Brown, Chicago,- •s^'.
40 years. s.
J. J. Sears, Decatur, Iowa, 39 years.
John Cochran, Leon, 38 years. v'
John Burnison, Fredonia, Kas., 38
George Smith, Van Wert, Iowa, 38
years. •••a,
W. H. Jenkins, Leon, Iowa, 35 years.
Patrick Griffin, Grand River, Iowa, 35
S. D.|Wallace, Creston, Iowa, 35 years.
George B. Wadsworth, Leon, 34 years. 7nj
C. W. Hoffman, Leon, 33 years. 7
W. P. Akes, Leon, Iowa, 32 yeais.
Wm. Asbach, Davis City, 30 years.
W. H. Young, Leon, 29 years.
Mrs. S. W. Wallace, Springfield, Mo.,
29 years.
Cass Sales, Leon, 28 years.
U. W. Wells, Mitchell, S. D., 28 years.
Henry Wion, Lamoni. 27 years.
•W. B. Redman, DeKalb, 25 years.
training of afar more difficult character
than for a play based on novels dealing
with events of modern times.
"Pompeii" as presented by this com
pany, carries the mind back to the times
when the smoke of sacrifice rose from
the pantheon and when camelopards and
tigers bounded in the Flavion amphi- 7
theatre. It is replete with incidents to
interest the historian, theologian and -J
scholar, as well as fascinate the lover
of the drama. The costuming is superb,
and as we follow the changing scenes, be
hold the opulence and power of haugh
ty Rome, and then in turn note the plain
garb and hidden lite of the Christian, it
affords ample food for reflection on "The
Power of.the Cross" that made possible
the triumph of its lowly followers over
corrupt and licentious but powerful
pagans. The coming of "Pompeii" any
where, marks a welcome break in the
tendency of placing vicious productions
on the stage.—Carroll (la.) Times, Jan.
19th. At Van Werden's opera house,
Saturday, March 18.
Presbyterian Church Notices.
Services next Sunday as follows: Sun
day School at 9:45 a.m. Morning ser- A
vice at 11 a. m. Subject the proving of 7
Philip. Jr. C. E. at 2:30 p. m. Sr. C. E.
at 6:80 p. m. Evening service at 7:30. s"
Prayer meeting Thursday evening at
There will be a Christian Endeavor
social and business meeting in the base- -1
ment of the church Friday evening of
this week at 7:30. All the youDg people "v
of the church and congregation and -h"'
their friends are cordially invited.
The Junior C. E. Society of the Pres
byterian church was reorganized last
Sabbath and the following officers elect-
Pres.—Lettie Stout.
Vice Pres.—Edna Waight.
Sec.—Ralph McGinnis.
Treas.—Mabel Dorn. 7
Organist—Mamie Otten. 7 'i
Asst. Orga#ist—Helen Hamilton.
The meetings will be held every Sab
bath at 2:30 p. m., and all children of
the congregation and any others who do
not belong to a similar society are in
vited to attend.
License to Wed.
Cary O. Andrew, Grand River....
Leone L. Bason, Grand River
John West, Dekalb
Grace Brown, Dekalb
Wm. Hayes, Bracewell
Tessie Trail, Bracewell.
Clark Thompkins, Fremont Co
Leota Sti-aight, Lamoni
W. A. Horton, Leroy.
Grace Dennis, Leroy
J. F. Green, Tabor
C. E. Greenwood, Lamoni
Dissolution Notice.
All parties owing the old firm of Bow
sher & Biddison will call at once and
settle up. Do not delay this as we want
to close up the old business at once*
»./ 7 -V.'V
Only a few persons have as yet re
sponded to our request to report the
names of all persons who have taken
THE REPORTER for twenty-five years or
more, but doubtless many more will fol
low. We desire to secure the name of
every subscriber who has taken the
paper for twenty-five years or more, so
send in your name. The following
names have been reported:
S. L. Cox, Leon, 50 years.
I. N. Clarlf, Leon, 50 years.
W. E. Gammon, Eden, 50 years.
Jesse Lloyd, Decatur City, Iowa, 50
Jonathan Hamilton, Leap, 50 years.
M. L. Hubbard, Leon, 49 years,
G. T. Chandler, Armour, S. D., 40-
G. W. Jenree, Leon, Iowa, 48 years.
Joseph Brown, Grand River, 48 years.
Samuel Farquhar, Leon, Iowa, 47
Mrs. M. A. Sales, St. Joe, Mo., 47
Nat Cornett, Decatur, Iowa, 47 years.
Capt. Thomas Ward, Decatur, Iowa, 46
Wm. Ogden, Leon, Iowa, 32 years.
A. P, Coontz, Woodland, 32 yaars.
W. W. Wood, Leon, 30 years.
Mrs. Phillip Miller, Decatur City, 30 it
The John Fay Palmer Co.
It gives us pleasure to note the pro
duction of "Pompeii" Monday evening.
It is a clean play and the talent of Mr.
Palmer in presenting Arbaces, the Egyp-«»«^
tian, and of Miss Lewis as Nydia, the 77^
blind Grecian girl, deserve especial
favorable comment. Their work is
more to be admired when it is consid-'
ered that a classic play of such remote
antecedents as "Pompeii" demands

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