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si* ^flcg ^-y %ii'.?. Oe ^bfc, ESTABLISHED 1854. FARMERS' INSTITUTE O- S Snow Storm and Cold Weather Pre vents Large Attendance, but the *?*&£• ^Grain Display was Good. The big snow storm of Tuesday and ,. Wednesday of-last week, which sent the thermometer down to 19 below |f& zero, interfered very materially with the attendance at the Farmers' Insti ... tute, but there was an exceptionally good display of corn, oats, wheat and butter. There was no session held at all on Wednesday, as no trains were run |Sp' ning and the country roads were also •Iwfa blocked. Miss Knowles, who was to feft have lectured on Domestic Science, fifejj' was snowbound at Winterset and JsgSPt could not get here at all, so the sfes whole program was carried over un •.i til Thursday. The session Thursday opened with the invocation by Rev. Boyd, and an address of welcome by Mayor Gates, which was responded to by W. H. Snyder, of Center town i&/,£ ship. John Garber, of Franklin $R3 township, had an interesting address iSfS) on "Orchards and Fruit Growing," and A. E. Cotterill gave his experi ffeii! ence in silos which was of much in terest, the discussion being led by E. H. Sharp who also has a. silo, and g4 they were loud in praise of this method of feeding. Col. Riley Bu gNf chanan, the well known auctioneer, jfsiV gave -a good talk on "Preparing and Iff Holding Farm Sales." In the after noon M. L. Mosher, of the State Col lege at Ames, gave an address on corn and grasses which contained -5 much information for the farmers. •|sfe The exhibit of corn, wheat, oats i?i% and butter were many and were ex pi tra good for this year, the following being the awards. Yellow Corn— First—W. M. Sipherd. sfej! Second—Murice Brown. Third—W. C. Brown. White Corn— First—H. E. Hughes. Second—L. A. Durell. Third—Frank Chastain. Ail Mixed Corn— First—Bert Woodard. Second—Wilbur Howell. Third—Mac Baker. Best Single Ear— First—W. M. Sipherd. S A Sweepstakes— W. M. Sipherd. Wheat— V: First—Wilbur Howell. Second—W. H. Hazlet. Oats— Kirst-r—Ben Sears. Second—Ezra Bright. Butter— Firsts—Mrs. John Dale. Second—Mrs. Esther Stewart. Third—Mrs. C. M. Akes. The following officers were elected for the coming year: President—L. D. Garber. ^Wice President—W. H. Hazlet. Secretary—J. W. Long. Treasurer—J. W. Keeler. Representative to State Meeting— if E. H. Sharp. The president and secretary were authorized to appoint a vice president from each township. Following the business of the in stitute the teachers' and patrons' meeting was held on Saturday and •rr was well attended, many teachers from all parts of the county being in 4i|i attendance. The session opened Sat uraay morning with devotional ser sjij! vices by Rev. Chas. Arthur Coakwell. The following papers were read and fe? they were a source of much informa a^i,: tion to the teachers: "The Most Important Phase in Teaching His tory," Miss Edna Gamble. "Nature if Study in the Rural Schools," Miss \Wkt Neva Curry. "The Practical Value of Latin," Miss Marea Sears. "What Sfg the High School Expects of the Rural JSS*-' Pupil," Miss Lucy Ilsley. "Teaching •SfesL a Trade or a Profession Which?" iji'v W- S. Webber. "What Apparatus is Needed in the Rural Schools," Miss Susie "C. Haroff. "Is the Product of Our Public Schools Equal to the Pro duct of the Schools of Our Fathers?" R. H. Griffith. "What Should the kSsw Schools Accomplish for'Our Country, and How This May be Done," W.-B. Owens. •J*r. F. M. Warford is Dead. Many of our older citizens will re call Dr. F. M. Warford, who when a young man studied medicine in Leon fifty years ago with Dr. S. C. Thomp son, and will be interested in learn ing of his death, which occurred a few days ago at his home in Cicero, Ind., where he had been a leading physician for many years. The de ceased was a brother of A. R. War ford, of Leon, and was 78 years of age. He came to Iowa in 1852 and studied law one year and then took up the study of medicine with Dr. Thompson in this city. He studied for three years while teaching school, and then^ntered the Medical College at Keokuk, from which he graduated in 1856, and located at Hopeville, and afterwards practiced at Osceola. At the breaking out of'the civil war he enlisted in Co. F, 14th Indiana In fantry. He was afterwards commis sioned asistant surgeon of the Third Iowa Cavalry, and after serving for eighteen months was commisioned as surgeon of the Fourth Arkansas Cav alry, being mustered out of the ser vice June 30, 1865. The same year he located at Cicero, Ind., and continued in practice until his death. He is survived by his wife and one child- Farm for Rent. Good farm, big house and barn, both good, sheds, lots and plenty of water.. Railroad switch on land,sand that sells at good price. 21-tf. Ed H. Sharp, agent.^ j. a CENSUS APPLICATION FORMS. Those for Enumerators Receivc4 by the District Supervisor. Census Supervisor W. C. Chubb, whose office is at Coming, Iowa, has received from the Census Bureau a supply of blank applications for per sons applying for positions as census enumerators. These will be forward ed to his list of applications as soon as possible. The applications, properly filled out, must be returned to the Super visor not later than January 31 the Census Director having extended the time for filing from' January 25, which was the date first set for clos ing the consideration of applications. The "test" will occur February 5, as previously announced. The instructions printed on the application form state that a definite answer is required to each of the questions, which are: "Are you a citizen of the United States? If naturalized citizen, when and where were you naturalized? "Of what State or Territory are you a legal resident? How long have you been a legal .resident thereof? Of what county and of what town or city and ward are you a resident? How long have you been a resident thereof? "What is yojir sex and color? What was your age at last birthday? Where were you born? "What is your education? (Give the principal facts.) "What is your present occupation? "What is your professional or business experience? (Give the prin cipal facts, and, if at present an officeholder, name the office you hold.) "Have you ever been employed on census work, either national or state? If so, in what capacity and for how long a period? If an enumerator, for what territory or district? (De scribe as accurately as possible.) "Are you physically capable of a full discharge of the duties of a cen sus enumerator? Have you any de fect of either sight, hearing, speech, or limb? If so, state nature of de fect. "Do you speak English? Do you understand and speak any language other than English? If so, what language? (Specify languages spok en, as Bohemian, Chinese, Danish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, ^Jtfelian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Mag yar, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slavic, Spanish Yiddish, etc.) "Are you a member of a political committee of any party? (Answer •Yes' or 'No,' but do not indicate what party.) "In view of the fact that you may be required to take a test before a postmaster, state what postoffice would be most convenient to you for this purpose. (This test is of a prac tical character, consisting chiefly or wholly of the filling out of a sample schedule of population from infor mation furnished regarding typical families, and, in the case of enumer ators whose work will be in rural dis tricts, the filling out of a sample schedule of agriculture.) "Are the answers to each of the foregoing questions true to the best of your knowledge and belief? Are they in your own handwriting?" Indorsement of each application must be secured from two representa tive citizens of the community in which the applicant resides. They must be at least 21 years of age and acquainted with the applicant not less than one year. Indorsement will not be accepted from any person who is in any way related to an applicant. The indorsement certifies that the ap plicant "is a thoroughly trustworthy and honest person, of good habits, and, in my opinion, is fully capable of discharging the duties of a census enumerator, if appointed." Death of W. R. LeCompte. It is with sincere regret that we learn of the death of W. R. Le Compte, editor of the Corydon Times-Republican,-'who passed away at his home in Corydon on Sunday, Jan. 2nd, his death following an operation for paresis of the bowels, but when, the operation was per formed it was found he was suffering from other complications and it was seen that death was inevitable. "Rollie" as he was familiarly known, had been the managing editor of the Times-Republican for the past ten years, and was one of the hard working editors of the' state. He was an active politician, although he never held public office, and was a prominent figure at the republican state conventions. He is survivied by his wife, formerly Miss Josephine Barker, of Humeston, to whom he was married on April 18, 1909, his aged parents, three sisters and one brother. He was a member of the Masonic lodge and also of the Elks. The deceased was thirty-five years of age, and he will be" missed among the editorial fraternity of the state. A New Year's Party A New Year's party was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Beck on Friday evening, Dec. 31, by their daughters, Misses Elizabeth and Louise. A most pleasant evening was enjoyed by all present. Many choice selections were rendered on the piano by the Misses Bullard, Phipps and Hannah sisters. At a late hour a seasonable two course supper was served. The guests while seated at the table in silence watched the old year out and the new. year in. After making' many good resolutions they all departed for their homes declaring the Misses Beck royal entertainers. They were about twenty five present. i^k CONTEST EOR MEDALS County Grammar Grade Declama atory Contest well Attended. Fifteen Contest for Medals. There was a large crowd present at the opera house in this city last Fri day evening to hear the contestants for the gold medalB in the grammar grade declamatory contest. There were fifteen contestants, and it is too bad that they all could not secure medals, for all the contestants did well and are entitled to much credit for their efforts. The first prize was awarded to Paul Garber of the Van Wert schools, his subject being "The Address of Rev. H. Stone Richardson." Second medal was given to Miss Harriet Newcomb of the Lamoni schools, her subject being "The Cuckoo Clock," and third prize went to Harry Sny der, of the Franklin school in Center township, who chose "How Tom Sawyer got his Fence Whitewashed." A special prize of $2.00 was given as a fourth prize, whleb was awarded to Eddy Smith, of the Garden Grove schools, with "Papa and the Boy." The judges of the contest were Prof. Adam Pickett of the Creston public schools, L. C. Smith, county superintendent of Clarke county, and Rev. L. Hughes of Leon, the latter judge taking the place of Etta M. Rider, county superintendent of Ringgold county, who was unable to reach here in time to act owing to the train being several hours late, and their decision seemed to meet with_the approval of the audience. The Leon school band furnished sev eral excellent selections, and a but terfly drill by the primary pupils of Miss Moorhead's room at the south Leon school was a pleasing feature. The next contest will be held at Lamoni on March 25th. Paul Gaxber, who was awarded the first prize, won easily and it was pretty nearly the unanimous verdict of the audience even before the de cision of the judges was announced. The markings of the other contest ants were all close and those who failed to receive medals should not feel in the least' discouraged, for they did credit to themselves and the effort was most excellent training. The following is the full list of the contestants: "The Gladiator," Vivian Arney, of Fairview school, Franklin township. "Van Bibber's Rock," Coral Bin ning, of Grand River schools. "Signing of the Declaration," Goldie Bryant, Union school, Grand River township. "The Courtin'," Jessie Burgin, of Leroy schools. "On the Other Train," Nona M. Feight, Stony Point school, High Point township. "The Address of Rev. H. Stone Richardson," Paul Garber, Van Wert schools. "When Mother's at the Club,"' Verda Himebaugh, Brant' school, High Point township. "Neighbors," Mae Hughes, Wilson school, Franklin township. "Our Guide in Genoa," Hattie Lionberger, Leon schools. "Brave Kate Shelley," Dorcas Manchester, Bonnett school, New Buda township. "The Cuckoo Clock," Harriet New comb, Lamoni schools. "Aunt Hannah's Thanksgiving Sermon," Lenore Price, Popcorn school, Franklin township. "Just Befor.e Christmas" John Springer, Stone school, Decatur township. "Papa and the Boy," Eddy Smith, Garden Grove schools. "How Tom Sawyer got his Fence Whitewashed," Harry Snyder, of Franklin school, Center township. Bank Re-Elects Officers. The annual meeting of the stock holders of the Exchange National bank of Leon was held on Tuesday, and all the officers and directors were re-elected. The bank has enjoyed a very prosperous year, and recently passed to the surplus fund ?3,500, which, is ten per cent of the capital stock. The bank's business has greatly increased during the past year, and the deposits are now the largest since the bank was first or ganized. "v'i Coakwell Resigns. Considerable surprise and regret was manifested at the Christian church Sunday morning when Rev. Chas. Arthur Coakwell tendered his resignation as pastor, to take effect April 1st. Rev. Coakwell has been a very popular pastor and has made many friends in this city who will be sorry to see him leave Leon. He has not as yet decided on his future lo cation, having several places in view. K. P. District Convention at Osceola. The annual K. of P. convention of the 25th district, comprising the counties of Lucas, Wayne, Clarke, Appanoose and Decatur, will be held at Osceola on next Wednesday, Jan. 19th. The Leon lodge expects to at tend in goodly numbers and will probably take with them their fam ous K. P. band, the best band in southern Iowa. A Good Farm for Sale 120 acres, less than 2 miles from Decatur. Would consider some trade. State what you have and write Box 11,7, Decatur, Iowa. Marriage Licenses. William Warrick, Grand River:. 18 May Foland, Grand River, i. .. 17 1 E'JjcSf- ./« I -C^g* Vtaft ~i LEON, IOWA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 13. 19 lO. FAMOUS DEWAR TROPHY AT THE NEW YORK SHOW. Handsome Cup Won by Cadillac will be Among Most Notable of Hon orariums Exhibited. One of the most notable trophies— and indeed .the one signifying tri umph in the most rigorous contest— among those to be exhibited at the New York Automobile Show, Jan. 8-15, will be the Dewar trophy, which was awarded to the Cadillac by the Royal Automobile Club of England. The Dewar trophy, which is a handsome silver cup, was donated by Sir Thomas R. Dewar, M. P., to be awarded by the Royal Automobile Club each year to the car which should successfully complete the most meritorious performance' or that furthering the interests and advance ment of the industry. It was awarded to the Cadillac in recognition of the standardization test which took place in London and is regarded as the most severe test of machanical ac curacy ever applied to a motor car. A committee of mechanical experts appointed by the club selected three Cadillac cars at random from the London store room. These cars were driven to Brookland speed course and .were run 25 miles on the track. Then they were entirely dismantled, even to the removing of every nut, bolt and screw, and the parts were mixed in a conglomerated heap. To add to the severity of the test, eighty-nine parts in which extreme accuracy is most essential, were discarded and locked up, and duplicates mixed in discriminately with the others. Three sets of parts were then se lected from the heap to reconstruct three cars regardless of the cars from which the parts were originally taken. The mechanics, still under the eyes of the technical committee, set about re-assembling and were al lowed the use of only spanners and screw drivers. After the re-assem bling was completed the three carB were driven for 500 miles on the Brooklands course. At the end of the trial there was not 200 yards between them. To add to the laurels already earn ed, one of the cars, upon the com pletion of the test, was placed under lock and key until the start of the 2,000 mile reliability trials several months later. Without further at tention it entered the trials and Wbn the R. A. C. trophy. Ijetter From South iftukota. £." Maltby, S. D., Dec. 30, 1909.r "Editor Reporter and Decatur County Friends:—We thought per haps you would like to have an ac count of a South Dakota wedding and a Christmas celebration. On Thursday, Dec. 23,1909, Mr. Byron Edwards, of Maltby, S. D., met Miss Edna Coffin, of Macron, Mo., at Het tinger, N. D., where they were mar ried. They then drove to the home of the groom's father J. H. Edwards, of Maltby, S. D„ fifty-nine miles south of Hettinger, N. D., arriving there Friday evening in time to at tend the Christmas tree and enter tainment given by the Sunday school. It is Safe to say that very few of those present had ever before attended a Christmas entertainment in a sod school house, but this did not detract in any way from the en joyment of the occasion. We had a genuine Pine tree from the Cedar Canons which was beautifully decor ated and heavily laden with gifts for all present. Santa Claus was in attendance and contributed greatly to the enjoyment of the little folks. J. H. Edwards gave an elegant Christmas dinner to 48 of their friends in honor of the bride and groom. I fancy our Iowa friends are so misguided as to think that we are living on fresh air and sunshine up here you should have seen that table. The centerpiece was a bride's cake wreathed with holly over which was suspended Christmas bells. The inevitable Christmas turkey graced the festal board, not only one but two, the largest of which weighed 48 pounds dressed, with dressing, potatoes, cabbage salad, Boston bak ed beans, escalloped corn, pickles, fruit, apples, cake, pie and many other good things. After dinner the groom- treated the crowd to ten pounds of candy and two boxes of cigars. The afternoon was spent in singing with violin and organ ac companiment. Mr. Byron Edwards is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Edwards, a young man whose sterling qualities and sunny disposition have endeared him to a large circle of friends. The bride, who was formerly a milliner, was a stranger to all, but is a young lady of prepossessing appearance, and we feel sure will be a worthy helpmate to the man of her choice. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Ira Young and family, Mr. and Mrs. Will Young and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ike Edwards and son, Mr. and Mrs. Horry Redman and daughter, Mrs. Mollie Kehler and daughter, Mrs. Merna, Wyoming, Mr. and Mrs. John Redman and family. Misses Margaret and Mertie Edwards, Chloe Young, Mrs. Carrie Ross, Earl Edwards, Otto Arneson, Robert Nuruh, Will Hen derson and Ward Blackburn, all of whom extend to the bride and groom their heartiest wishes for a long, prosperous and happy life, and we feel sure that our Decatur county friends will join with us. Trusting that our Decatur county friends enjoyed as happy and merry Christmas as we did, we wish one and all a glad and prosperous Ne Year. Former Residents of Iowa. Grand River, Dr. Ward's next dates at Grand River are January 17th to 22nd ,-c-i'3?4*»fkr. wj_ THE LOCAL HAPPENINGS Some Interesting Items of Local News Gathered on the Run During the Past Week. Leon. The train came rumbling down the "Q," It was a pr/etty scene The brakeman wrenched the car door wide, And with lungs of brass called "LEEN." V. big long toot and grinding brakes Each traveler grabs his own. As the K. & W. train drops in, The brakey yells, "LEE—OWN." And When in early morning light, The cars came slipping in at dawn, The passengers are awakened from their rest By the hoarse cries, "LEE—ON'" UN." "LEE—UN." Then in the evening's pale light, The milk train makes its wabbly run We. hear midst crash of cans and crates, The brakeman's fierce "LEE— UN," "LEE—UN." The Commercial Club should take this up— Committees wise discuss a plan, To keep our "Better Leon" from Rhyming with Mary Ann. Is it one syllable, or is it two^ Does it rhyme with "Scene" or "Dawn," or "Lone?" Oh, tell us what reply to make, Do we live in "LEEN," or "LEE— ON," or LEE—OWN?" Think of the Carrier Boys. The faithful rural mail carrier boys have been having an unuually hard time of it the past few weeks on account of the severe cold weath er, the heavy snow and rough roads, but they have faithfully tried to serve the patrons of their routes with mail. Every person who has a rural mail box should start out with the new year in a firm resolution to help the boys all they can, and there is one thing which causes the carriers more trouble than anything else, and that is the placing of pennies in the mail boxes in place of stamping the letters. Just imagine that you were out on a twenty-five mile drive with the thermometer down below zero g.nd then_at neatly every mail box you came to you had to take off your gloves and fish around with benumb ed fingers after pennies lying flat in the box. It would pretty nearly make a saint swear. The easiest way to avoid this trouble is for the patron to buy a few stamps and keep them handy so that their letters can be stamped before placing in the mail box. Either buy the stamps loose or in the stamp books which sell for various sums and then you can stamp your letters and greatly accommo date the carriers. It will be very lit tle trouble to each individual to do this, but you cause the carrier boys a whole lot of trouble whenever you fail to stamp your letters and drop the pennies in the mail box. Knights of Pythias Install New Of ficers. At the regular meeting of Hes peria Lodge -No. 33, K. of P., Mon day evening, the following officers were installed for the coming year: C. C.—E. W.'Farquhar. V. C.—W. L. Miller. Prelate—J. A. Mcintosh. M. of W.—Matt Pullen. K. of R. & S.—Harry Bradfield. M. of E.—Carl Monroe. M. A.—Henry Minor. I. G.—Frank Farquhar. O. G.—C. B. Simpson. Trustee—F L. Jenkins. The representatives elected to at tend Grand Lodge were C. W. Rob inson, J. A. Mcintosh, F. L. Jenkins. Alternates—O. E. Hull, Harry Brad field, D. E. Morgan. What They say About Wickersham, "In less than five minutes he had the audience charmed and not for a single minute did the interest fag" —New York. "He is possessed with a magnetic personality, is an actor as well as an orator, makes lightning changes from eloquence to pathos and humor and back again. We know now how it is that he has delivered over 1700 paid lectures in his own state. Iowa." •—Ohio. Eloquence, wit, pathos and logic combined. The most captivating speaker ever listened to on these waters.—Pacific Christian Advocate/ A New Auctioneer. Attention is called to the adver tisement of Col. B. R. Watchbaugh a new auctioneer, who has just lo cated in Leon. Col. Watchbaugh has purchased the A. S. Tharp resi dence and is now a permanent resi dent of Leon. He is an auctioneer of many years experience and has many testimonials as to his efficiency as a first-class auctioneer. If you are going to have a sale see him or call him by phone. He will guarantee to give you complete satisfaction, and his charges are as reasonable as any good auctioneer. Vaughn—Byerly. Mr. Clifford Vaughn, of Leon, and Miss Minnie Byerly, of Weldon, were .married at Garden Grove on New Year's day, the ceremony being per formed by Rev. Joe Goodsell, pastor of the Garden Grove M. E church. Their friends extend congratulations and wish them every happiness and much prosperity. W'^"T 1c& s-^"- i, -v^jl Vl i, "Jwi V^JA^ iR series11IVOIL. XXXV NO. 21. FOUR ECLIPSES DURING YEAR. THE 1910 Almanac Gives Much Interest ing Information on Coining Events. Four eclipses in the year 1910 are promised by the wise and grizzled al manac makers, whose books have reached the counters of the local re tail druggists. The carefully edited and revised copies as put out* by the big medicine dispensaries bring the information that Easter Sunday will come early this year, March 27 being the. date, Christmas falls on Sunday while decoration day and July 4th will fall on Monday. While probably most of the people Leon will find it difficult to write "1910" they would be equally right if they would jot down "6623" or "5670," according to whether you are a Roman, a Hebrew or a Gentile. The figures 1910 signify the num ber of years that have elapsed, or supposed to have elapsed since the birth of Christ, though there are some eminent authorities who assert that the date has been wrongfully set, and that auspicious event was not within several years of the year 1. The..trouble was that the'date was set some years after the death of Christ, there being no exactly ac curate method of figuring backward and ascertaining when the infant was found in the manger by the wise men of the east. Four Eclipses This Year. But the real interest in the alman ac perhaps has to do with astro nomical data, eclipses of the sun and moon, morning and evening stars, new and full moons, etc. The year 1910 according to the new almanacs, will have four eclipses, two of which, both total eclipses of the moon, will be visible to Leon people. The phe nomenon of the total eclipse of the sun, however, which will occur this year, will not be visible except in Australia and vicinity, and it is not likely that any Leon people will care to journey to Australia for anything short of a prize fight. The eclipse9 given in the books are enumerated as follows: Dates of the Eclipses. 1. A total eclipse of the sun May 9, invisible here but visible to Aus tralia and a large area around that continent. 2. A total eclipse of the moon May 23-24, visible here the begin ning visible generally in southwest Europe, and central and western parts of Africa, South America, JJorth.. America, excepting Alaska and the south Pacific ocean the end ing visible generally in South Amer ica, North America, except Alaska and the central and southern Pacific ocean. 3. A partial eclipses of the sun November 1, invisible here visible to a large area of the north Pacifir, parts of Japan, eastern Siberia and extreme western Alaska. 4. A total eclipse of the moon November 16, visible here the be ginning visible generally in Europe, Africa, central and western Asia, South America and eastern North America, the' ending visible gener ally in Europe, Africa, western Asia, North and South America. Why Local Tapers Keep Coming. We were a3ked this week by a delinquent subscriber why we kept on sending the paper after the sub scription date had expired. Every weekly newspapers in towns of this size is forced to do this. Should we stop subscriptions when the time ex pires nine out of ten the subscriber would give us a "calling down" for insinuating that his credit was not good. Rather than cast reflection on the honesty of a subscriber to pay a small debt, it is next to a necessity for a home paper to continue send ing the paper after the time has ex pired. It is not necessary for the city dailies or weeklies to follow this rule, as their subscribers live at a distance and are not personal friends as is the case with a majority of our subscribers. Our subscribers should deem it an honor to know that we do not doubt their integrity and con tinue to send them the paper after the time has expired. Should any desire their paper discontinued, they should- notify us and remit to- date if they have not already done so. A Watermelon Christmas Day. John Hoffmeir, of this city, waft probably the only Mercer county cit izen who carved a big watermelon en Christmas day. It was home grown, too. Last fall when melons were plentiful Mr. Hoffmier got a big one which he wrapped securely in heavy paper. Putting it in a sack, he hung it in the basement of his boarding house. He took it down Christmas day. It was little too ripe when put away, hence was not very good to eat. The melon was carved and placed in the show win dow at Prichard & Berlin's store where it attracted much attention. John will try a good one next time. His experiment proves that melons can be kept in good condition.—. Princeton Post. 0 Methodist Notes. Rev. L. B. Wickersham" will preach both morning and evening on next Sunday. All those who have not other church obligations requir ing their presence are cordially in vited. On Monday evening Mr. Wickersham will deliver one of his great lectures in the church which will give the' people of the commun ity an opportunity to hear this gifted orator. There may be honor amdng the thieves, but it would be wise to take a bodyguard when you search theie for it.