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Alamo.—The electric light plant here was destroyed by fire. Valley City.—Barnes county will spend $200,000 on road work during the coming season. Fargo.—The final wage hearing for women workers will be held in this city from April 20 to 29. Crosby.—Snuff and eigarets con fiscated by officials were burned re cently in the yarfl of the county court house. Bismarck.—Examinations for certi fied public accountants will be held at the UniverSi.y of North Dakota on May 4, 5 and 6. Valley City.—C. A. Fisher has been appointed treasurer of Barnes county to fill the vacancy made by the resig nation of Henry K. Nelson. Williston.—Ole Lee, a Great North ern car repairer, lost his life by an explosion of dynamite while dynamit ing ice on the Missouri river. Dickinson.—The stockholders of the Town and Country club held their an nual meeting in the Klks' hall and new officers were elected for the coming year. Bismarck.—Postal reports at the postoffice for the first quarter of 1020 totaled $40,0S(5.S(i. The total for the corresponding quarter in 1011» was $37,140.86. Valley City.—The liarnes County. School Officers' association at the an nual meeting held here decided to take the necessary steps to secure a county school nurse. Minot.—.Timmie Conors, an ex-con vict is Iveld on a charge of attacking .a 10-year-old girl. Conors has already served a term in the penitentiary fur a like offense. Bismarck.—The Dakota Milling com pany a $200,000 concern was granted articles of incorporation by the secre tary of state. The -principal office of the company is given at Lisbon. Rolla.—Professor Joseph Johnson, •who has been superintendent of the city school for the past two years, has accepted the superintendenc.v of the Lisbon schools for the joining year. Bismarck.—A German tabel cloth of paper, and capable of being washed, .is the latest acquisition to the state historical museum, according to Dr. Melvln Gilmore, curator of the mu seum. Clyde.—Business men of this village have purchased a lighting plant for $3,500 which will be installed in a building already rented, and will be operated by .% garage man in business here. Grand Forks.—Dr. Orr Sanders, a ipioneer of the state, and at one time private secretary to ills uncle. Gov ernor Shortridge. died in a Minneapo lis hospital from the results of an operation. Grand Forks.—Work of excavating for the state-owned terminal mill and elevator will be started within the .next three weeks according to Thomas Berge, head of the construction com pany holding the job under contract. Fargo.—Ed. Letofsky. a Fargo mor •chant tailor, has commenced to serve four month term in the Cass county jail for selling liquor anil operating a still. If ho fails to pay a SS.TOO line he must serve an additional six months. Williston.—A three-day school of home economics was open here last week tinder the direction of Miss Lucy Thorson. head of the home economics department of the city schools. Miss Inez Ilobert of the slate agricultural college assisted. Watford Citq.—A community sale at which residents of this community of fered for sale various articles of farm and household equipment was conduct ed here on April 10. Owing to the success and popularity of the sale it will be continued from time to time. Lisbon.—The coroner's jury that in vestigated the death of Mrs. Henry C. Claus, killed in an auto accident sev eral days ago, returned a verdict to the effect that the death was acci dental. A previous inquiry'had result ed in a like affidavit, the inquest being re-opened on the application of rela tives. Bismarck.—Dr. J. H. Worst, com missioner of immigration, believes that it would be a good plan for North Da kota to pass a law similar to that of Wisconsin, licensing real estate deal ers. Wisconsin passed the law to rid the state of land sharks who did not hesitate to misrepresent land to pros pective settlers. Washburn.—County Superintendent F. E. McCurdy has perfected a plan for the purchase, by the school chil dren of the county, of the site of Ft. Mandau where Captain Merriwether Lewis rfnd William Clark spent the winter of 1S04-5 on their historic ex pedition to the Pacific coast. Each school of the county will be asked to make a special study of the subject and to stage an appropriate program, the proceeds of which are to be placed in a fund for the purchase of the site. The fort was located on a wooded point on the'north bank of the Missouri river about 14 miles west of this city. Mandan.—Certain members of the board of administration have de manded the resignation of J. M. De vine, superintendent of the state re form school. Bismarck.—The story spread through the east that Governor Frazier and other state officials wear overall^ while attending their duties at the capital may come true. Governor Frazier and many male clerks at the capitol are planning to don the blue «r khaki on May 1. The petitions cir culated through the capitol received ,the hearty support of the employes and many of the state officers. Wlldrose.—Plans are heing made for a new school building to cost §65, 000. Van Hook.—Five babies, the oldest two years old, died within a week in this community. Devils Lake.—A Rotary club has been organized by 20 business and professional men of the city. Crosby.—The Divide county commis sioners have extended nid to over 400 farmers this spring. New Rockford.—Plans for beautify ing the city were laid at a recent meeting of the Commercial club. Bismarck.—The state canvassing board was in session last week check ing over thu returns of the election of March 10. Jamestown.—One of the largest land deals made this spring was the sale of 1.2S0 acres of land to a Madison, S. D.. party for .$72,000. Bismarck.—The Tribune, which was recently destroyed by fire, lias called for bids for the construction of a two-story building and basement. Belcourt.—Laurence Ilereier was bound over to Hie I'nited States dis trict court under W00 bonds, charged with abstracting a check from a letter. Williston.—At ail enthusiastic meet ing held recently officers were elected for the newly organized Company E. The company is now recruited to 100 members. Willision.—Henry Driiv of Spring brook became suddenly unbalanced as the results of a stroke of paralysis and has been brought to this city for treatment. llankinson.—II. O. Saxvik lias been named city superintendent of schools to succeed E. .1. Taylor who has ac cepted an appointment as deputy stale superintendent. Bismarck.—The state highway com mission reports that dates have been set for opening bids on two long sec tions of highway in Towner and Mc intosh counties. Williston.—Eight of tHo American Legion posts of this territory are pre paring to join in the plan for an en campment to be held at Legion park, Trenton, July 22, 23 and 24. Fargo.—The Commercial club is prosecuting an active campaign to bring about the revocation of the or der by which the North Dakota in ternal revenue office will be closed. Fargo.—Dr. II. L. Walster of the North Dakota Agricultural college ex periment station lias just shipped two bushels of white flint seed corn to the Farmers' association of Natal, South Africa. Mandan.—-City and Morton county commissioners are planning a deten tion hospital near the new hospital to be built this year. It is planned lo build and maintain the hospital as a county institution. llillsboro.—Reports from all real estate men in Traill county indicates that the county is enjoying a larger immigration from Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois than ever before during the spring season. Valley City.—Colonel Frank White has received through the adjutant gen eral's office at Washington the decora tion of the university degree of the order of palms awarded him by the French government. Devils Lake.—The Ramsey county jail, perhaps for the first time in the history of the county, has not a single inmate, and the county commissioners are jokingly talking of renting the building in hope-of relieving the house shortage. Minor. -At a meeting of officers of the Mouse River Pure Bred Livestock association ii was decided that June 3 ntld 4 would lie the date to hold the meetings of the organization. One of tiie biggest and best livestock shows ever held in the "state will be held here at that time. Cogswell.—J. R. Baker, agent for the Soo line at Nichilson, was suffo cated by gas while working at night on his automobile in the parage at his home. When found by Mrs. Baker he was lying on his back under the car and the car was still running. Abercronibie.—A. A. Barboe died here hist week, and within flip hour he was followed by his son who was ap parently in the best of health. The elder Barboe was 70 years of age and regarded as one of the real pioneers of Richland county. Page.—John Crawford, an eccentric character of this place, was found dead in front of his shack. Crawford is considered to be a man of means, hut was loathe to keep his money in a bank, and it is believed that most of his wealth is hidden in or near his shack. Fargo.—Farmers of western North Dakota have already planned to com bat the grasshoppers this season ac cording to Stewart Lock wood of the agricutlural college, who is in charge of the campaign. Last year the hop pers caused a good deal of damage in the western part of the state. Grand Forks.—F. J. Stransberry of Minneapolis was instantly killed when he fell from the third story of the Frederick hotel while trying to escape from the lAiilding by means of a lad der made from bed sheets. A fire had broken out in the basement.and while it did very little damage to property, it created a good deal of excitement among the guests. Mandan.—Three boys are under ar rest here charged with ransacking the J. F. Sullivan home during the ab sence of the family. The boys were selling elks' teeth when arrested. Tower City.—Officials of Tower Cornell. Lake and Rochester town ships will meet with the Cass county commissioners in this city to discuss the proposition of building a turnpike road north to the county line. The estimated cost is $21,000 or $1,000 a mile. There has been much heavy traffic over the road of late and peo ple living In the vicinity are the pro moters of the movement THE HOPE PIONEER PRODUCTION OF MEAT IS LOWER Oecline in Domestic Consumption of Beef Attributed to High Retail Prices. MILLION MORE HOGS KILLED Increase of Twenty Per Cent Shown in Mutton and Lamb Meat—De crease Noted in Amount of Lard Consumed. (Prepared by the United States Depart ment of Agriculture.) The United States consumed several rounds less per person of beef In 1919 than in 1918. At the same time Its ex ports of beef declined 56.8 per cent from the previous year. The United States department of agriculture at tributes the decline In domestic con sumption to high retail prices and the falling oft of exports to the fact that 1ie European countries which tqok so much American beef during the war are returning to the cheaper sources of supply in South America and Aus tralia. The decrease in beef was so Tamworth—Bacon Type of Hog. large as to bring down the total meat production 4 per cent lower than in 1918, in spite of the fact that produc tion increased greatly in pork and con siderably in mutton and lamb and veal. Exports of pork and lard In 1019 were unparalleled. The exports were equivalent to 18,000,000 hogs weighing 200 pounds each. A million more hogs were slaughtered than In 1918. Do mestic consumption of lard declined to the extent of two pounds per person. The slaughter of calves in 1919 waf* greater than ever before—1,250,000 head more than in 1918. The drought in the West is ascribed as one of the main causes of so many calves being marketed. Veal is not exported and domestic consumption increased about one pound per person. Twenty per cent more mutton and lamb meat were produced in 1919 than in 1918, but the consumption of mutton and lamb Is so small that the increase meant only one pound per person. This source of meat supply, which decreased steadily for manv years, has been on the upward trend since 1917. These facts are given by the bureau of animal industry, United States de partment of agriculture, in its annual analysis of the meat situation. The oustanding features of the meat situation during 1919 were a heavy de cline in beef slaughter with corre sponding loss In beef exports, and a great Increase in the exports of pork products, although the swine slaughter was only slightly larger than the previ ous year. The slump in beef was to some ex tent offset by substantial increases in the slaughter of veal and of mutton and lamb, and the increase in pork just mentioned. But on the whole the decrease In beef was so large as to bring down the total meat production 4 per cent lower than in 191S. By weight, in terms of dressed meat (without lard), the total slaughter In 1918 yielded a little over 1S,000,000, 000 pounds and In 1919 a little under 17,333,000,000 pounds. The difference was about 715,000,000 pounds. Pork and Lard Exports Unparalleled. Exports of pork and lard in 1919 •were unparalleled in the history of our foreign trade. Total shipments amounted to 1,897,198,000 pounds of pork (mostly bacon and haras) and 784.946,000 pounds of lard. The mag nitude of this single branch of our ex port trade is not easy to realize. Stated in terms of live animals averaging 200 A Good Mutton Type. pounds in weight, this quantity of products would represent a herd of approximately- 18,000,000 hogs, and therefore one such hog would be "de ported" every 1% seconds throughout the entire year. The two factors previously men tioned—restricted beef supply and heavy shipments of iork products— had some effect on the liorne meat con sumption, which in total fell from 150 pounds per capita in 1918 to 142 pounds in 1919, a decline of 5.4 per cent. Last year's figure nevertheless was 12 pounds higher than that of 1917, when'the people partly abstained from eating meat. There was a consumption during 1919, amounting to two pounds a person, but there was also a relatively large increase In the consumption of mutton and lamb. As a whole, however, the fundamental reason for' the decreased meat con sumption In 1919 may likely be found in the high retail prices which pre vailed throughout the greater part of the year. Cattle Slaughter Fell 14 Per Cent. About 2,000,000 fewer beeves were slaughtered last year than in 1918. Is estimated that the cattle yielded 6,571,712,000 pounds in 1918, which is a decrease of 14 per cent. The lowest yield In the last six years was 5,638, 505,000 pounds in 1914, after which there was a gradual rise each year, culminating In the big record of 1918. Last year's total goes back to slightly below that of 1917. Approximately three-fourths of the cattle slaughter is now conducted under government in spection. Home consumption of beef de creased 11.7 per cent in 1919. Veal Production Increased. In sharp contrast with cattle the slaughter of calves In 1919 was great er than ever before. The drought in the West is ascribed as one of the main causes of the incfeased market ings. In round figures 9,000,000 calves are estimated to have been marketed last year, which is 1,250,000 more than 1918 and represents an increase of 17 per cent. 4 sharp decrease in lard 1 As no exports or Imports of veal are recorded, the consumption follows the production, and increased from 7 to 8 pounds a head of the population. Increase in Mutton and Lamb. Sheep nnd( lamb slaughter reached the low point in 1917. About 1,250,000 head more were marketed In 1918, and last year there was a further increase of more than 3,000,000 head. The in creased yield In meat in 1919 amount ed to 103,486,000 pounds and was a gain of 20 per cent, but the consump tion of mutton and lamb is so small compared with pork and beef that the increase meant only one pound a Splendid Beef Specimens. and 14 per cent on lard, as compared with 1918. Last year's per capita con sumption was, in fact, smaller than In any recent year except 1917. Horses Slaughtered for Meat. As a sign of the times it is of inter est to uole the federal inspection of horse slaughter, which began in Sep tember, 1919. Up to the end of the year 433 horses were so slaughtered, and about one-half of the resulting meat was certified for export. There had been no previous federal supervision of horse slaughter since 1903. At that time inspection was limited to a single establishment which had been In operation for sev eral years. The inspection was neces sary, as in the present case, to permit of consignments being made interstate and for export. The consumption of horse meat Is not uncommon in certain parts of con tinental Europe, and was in vogue long before the late war. The fact that horses are slaughtered In non federally inspected establishments in the United States is perhaps not so well known. Inspectors of the bureau of animal industry reported in 1918 that horses were being so slaughtered at six widely separated places situ ated in the East and Middle West and on the Pacific coast. The output of these places aggregated about 2,000 or more carcasses annually. As to the consumption of this horseflesh, it is known, of course, that zoological gardens, irienageries, etc., account for a large part of it for the feeding of Mesh-eating animals. Live Your New Home It should be made artistic, sanitary and livable. IN ONE WITH WATER per son of the population. The trend, how ever, is upward. Pork Still Plentiful. A million more hogs were slaugh tered last year than in 1918 and 13, 500,000 more than in 1917, and al though 2,000,000 more hogs were mar keted in the record year of 1916, their average weight was 13 pounds less a head, so that 1919 stands easily first in pork production. This year's slaughter yielded the enormous total of 9,2(59,185,000 pounds of pork and 2, 119,222 pounds of lard. The record-breaking exports absorb ed 20.5 per cent of the pork and 37 per cent of the lard. The large for eign demand helped to reduce the home consumption 3 per cent on pork 7 STOCK MOTES Purebreds pay better than scrubs. Alfalfa is one of the best pasture crop for pigs. The Pig club boys will make a great showing at the fall fairs. Pedigrees are of little value unless the individual is of the popular type and conformation. One of the most important features of swine breeding is the selection and managing of the herd boar. The modern type of Shorthorn should be sufficiently well developed at the age of 20 months to at that time. be bred Tln» Japanese beetle Is going to have its old enemies on its trail in this country. Tli United States depart ment of agriculture lias sent a man to Japan to find those enemies and send thorn across the ocean. They will then be established in the sections of New Jersey where the beetle has gained a foothold, and they nre ex pected to aid greatly In the control of the pest. The agent employed In Japan Is familiar with Japanese conditions and is a specialist, in this kind of work. It is expected that the task will require his sojourn in Japan for two or three years. While something Is known of the parasites of the Japanese beetle a great deal is still lo be learned only under field conditions where the beetle lives with all the enemies that prey upon It. 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Thei he drawled: "'lio.vs. those feats of yours thn you've been telling about recall an ad venture of my own In Hannibal. Ther was a fire In Hannibal one night, nn old,man llankinson got caught In th fourth story of the burning house. 1 looked as If he was a goner. Non of the ladders was long enough reach him. The crowd stared at on another with awed eyes. Nobody coul think of anything to do. Then all a sudden, boys, an Idea occurred me. "Fetch me a rope!" I yelled. Som body fetched a rope, and with greti presence of mind I flung the end of up to the old man. "Tie her roun your waist!" I yelled. Old man Hiu klnson did so and I pulled hit down.'" Bright. Smartlee—I've Invented a machin to tell fresh eggs. Smarter—Tell them what?