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CROP IMPROVES Government Forecast Approxi mately 12,500.000 Bu. Over Month Ago. LARGER HAY CROP Forecast Shows That Winter Wheat Crop Will Be Larger This Year Than in Previous Years. Washington.—Some improvement is shown in the winter wheat crop dur ing the last month, the department of agriculture forecasting this year's pro duction at 5S4.793,000 bushels based on the May 1 condition. This forecast is approximately 12. 500,000 bushels more than was estimat ed a month ago 2.300.000 less than produced last year, and 6.000,000 bush els larger than the average production 'for the last five years. There was almost 10.000.000 bushels increase in the production forecast of rye compared with a month ago. A total crop of 79,152,000 bushels is fore cast. Hay promises a crop of about 7,000, 000 tons larger than last year, the pro duction this year being forecast at 103,579.000 tons. Stocks of hay re maining on farms May 1 were about 8,000,000 tons less than stocks a year ago. Spring plowing and planting both •were behind the average for the last 10 years, while the condition of the pastures was much lower than a year ago and below the 10-year aver age. A. J. GRONNA LAID TO REST Last Tribute Paid to A. J. Gronna at Lakota. Lakota, N. D.—All tjiat is mortal of A. J. Gronna sleeps in the bosom of a little hill that was sun-crowned and where the tiifiid first wild flowers hid in the rain-swept grass, unwilling to meet the glories of their exotic friends, who banked themselves in floral tri butes to Lakota's great. The splendors of those lovely petals will fade, but each year the wild flower will come this time of year to lay a modest tribute on that couch, and will remember when even those who mourn are forgotten. It should be so, for the wild flowers on this level and lone prairie welcomed A. J. Gronna when he came here 35 years ago, and they are here again to give him their parting benison. Gorgeous Sunshine Setting. The final solemnities that marked the last tribute to the worth and mem ory of A. J. Gronna had a gorgeous setting of sunshine. The sun beat down with almost summer warmth. It smiled upon a scene that had the dig nity of a great simplicity. On the lawn in front of the house were rows of chairs with a little vacant space of green in front of the door. These chairs were soon occupied and banked behind them, row on row, into the street stood men with uncovered heads, in reverent attitudes. Had the steady rain of the day before not made tlfe roads practically impass able, the little town could not have contained the visitors. As it was, those who surrounded the bier were those with whom he had lived and worked and struggled and helped, a great company, each carrying in the heart some remembered thing concern ing him who now lay before them. RAILROAD MEN MEET HARDING Will Try to Adjust Railroad Rates Downward. Washington.—President Harding has summoned 15 of the leading railroad executives of the country, it was said at the executive offices, to attend a dinner at the white house May 20 to discuss the rate situation. It is understood the president will ask the transportation chiefs to con sider the possibility of adjusting rail road freights downward as a volun tary matter, because the Interstate Commerce commission membership is said to have concluded that it cannot legally compel reductions to an extent satisfactory to sections of public sen timent. The administration, accordingly, is said to have decided to resume again the method of treating directly with the railroad organizations to consider what can be secured in the way of a satisfactory rate policy. Similar con ferences were held last summer and fall. $100,000 Diamond Sold for $5,500. New York.—The Dara-Yai-Nor, Prin cess Fatima's $100,000 diamond, which once adorned the regal turbans of Afghan parents, rolled into a New York commission merchant's safe—for $5,500. The jewel was auctioned at a sher iff's sale primarily because its owner owed the government $1,400 duty on the gem. The princess brought It here to sell so that she could send her three sons to college. She expected to provide /units for her own living, too. DR. H. C. SWEARINGEN When- the general assembly of the Presbyterian church In the United States opens May IS in Des Moines, la., Dr. Henry Chapman Swearingen, the moderator, will be In the chair and will preach the moderator's sermon. He is pastor of the House of Hope Presbyterian church of St. Paul, Minn., named after the famous House of Hope of colonial days in Hartford, Conn. HOG CHOLERA SPPEAD South Dakota Expert in Animal Disease Gives Warning. Brookings, S. D.—The stage is all set in South Dakota for the widest outbreak of hog cholera since the year 1914, according to Dr. G. S. Weaver, extension specialist In animal disease at State college. Outbreaks of this disease, according to Dr. Weaver, are to be found throughout the eastern part of the state at the present time. The num ber of outbreaks is larger than usual at this time of the year, and the indi cations are that the disease will spread widely this summer and fall. It is only possible that through some peculiar and unforseen circumstances a bad outbreak may be averted. "It behooves every farmer to be on the alert and keep close watch over the condition of the hogs in his neigh borhood, as well as his own herd," says Tr. Weaver, "and at the first sign of trouble use every possible means to prevent the spread of the disease. "All well hogs within a radius of two to three miles of the infected herd should be vaccinated. The time to vaccinate is while the hogs are well, not after they are sick. Some few hogs may be saved in a sick herd, but the vaccination of a sick hog is al most like vacinating a sick man after he already has contracted the small pox. Asked to Abrogate Agreement St. Louis.—In protest against the negotiations for a contract to Edward P. Goltra of St. Louis for an all water line between Minneapolis and New Or leans, United States Senator J. A. Reed sent a telegram to Secretary of War J. W. Weeks asking that the contract re cently awarded Mr. Goltra by the gov ernment giving him a fleet of four tow boats and 19 bargee be "abrogated and the equipment turned over to the ex isting line on the lower Mississippi, where it is most greviously needed." Seed Loan Exhausted. Washington—The $1,500,000 in the seed loan act for relief of farmers in drought-stricken areas of the North west will probably be exhausted by the middle of the month, it was said at the Depatrment of Agriculture. Up to April 30, $748,734 had been lent to 6,361 farmers. The relief fund was provided for farmers in the crop fail ure areas for the purchase of grain for seeding this spring and was limited to wheat, oats, barley and flax. Eight Calves in 2 Years. Winnipeg.—A record which probably will stand for some time to come in the animal world was set by a cow on a farm owned by Hollis Williams at Estlin, south of Regina, Sask., when she gave birth to five calves, all nor mal, weighing about 20 pounds each. This cow is a pure bred Jersey, and gave birth to three calves last year. Eight calves in two years is raising cattle at a profit. Landis Will Attend Convention. Devils Lake, N. D.—Kenesaw Moun tain Landis, former judge of the Unit ed States district court and now com missioner of bapeball, has accepted the invitation tfrattend the state con vention of the American Legion to be held here June 20, 21 and. 22. Han ford MacNider, national commander of the American Legion, also will at tend the convention, which promises to be one of the largest ever held in the Northwest. Who Shall Be Boss? Washington.—The battle now raging for the walls of Peking is a battle be tween two men—to see which one shall be boss over China. Beverldge High Man Al- Indianapolis. Former Senator Li bert J. Beveridge defeated Senator Harry S. New by 20,472 votes in the primary for the republican nomination for United States senator, according to complete unofficial figures from 92 counties. The vote was: Beveridge. 205,410 and New, 184,938, 1 GUARDS QUELL PRISON RIOT South Carolina Penitentiary Au thorites Fire Into 150 Armed Convicts. Columbus, S. C.—Fourteen prisoners were wounded, two possibly fatally, when 150 inmates of the South Caro lina penitentiary revolted against the authority of the guards. At the same time the chair factory building where the uprising occurred, was set on lire but the recalcitrants were put down and the blaze extinguished speedily. The outbreak was said to have been the culmination of dissatisfaction ex isting for several weeks. The trouble arose at the lunch hour when 150 prisoners refused to enter the chair factory for the afternoon's work and armed with sticks and knives used in the factory work ad vanced, according to prison authori ties, on the guards. The guards, it was added, then opened fire, many shooting over the heads of the prison ers but some firing low with the re sult that 1 men fell wounded. Prison officials said that about three weeks ago they were advised prisoners were in possesison of con cealed weapons and an investigation uncovered more than 100 knives, razors, bayonets and blackjacks. Or ders were then issued to deprive the men of the civilian clothes ordinarily worn in the penitentiary and to have the prisoners wear stripes. The or ders were said to have caused dissatis faction and the outbreak followed. DISTRIBUTION OF PUREBREDS Canadian Government Will Distribute 400 Pure Bred Bulls In Weat. Calgary—Four hundred pure bred bulls are to be distributed in Western Canada soon by the federal govern ment as a part of its general campaign to replace scrub animals with blooded herds. The animals have been purchased by the chief of the live stock branch of the Department of Agriculture at auo tion sales held recently in the prairie provinces. These sales were a part of the government campaign. In distributing the pure bred ani mals the government arranges easy terms of payment. The Calgary bull sale, considered of minor importance a few years ago, is now one of the largest of its kind in the world. BILL BELIEVED DOOMED Hearings on Measure Permitting Min nesota to Join Control End. Washington—Chairman Gilbert Hfau gen of the House committee on agri culture intimated that his committee would not go any further with the Clague-Volstead bill that would per mit the state of Minnesota to parti cipate with the federal government in the control of the South St. Paul stock yard. Hearings on the bill were concluded when W. E. Thompson, superinten dent of scales of the Minnesota rail road and warehouse commission and Robert J. Wells, superintendent of the inspection force at the stock yards, urged the adoption of the Clague bill, and Chester L. Morrill of the agricul tural department, who is in charge of the administration of the stockyards act, opposed it. The Minnesota men covered practically the same ground as at other hearings, laying stress on the necessity for having a weighing force independent of the stockyards associations and requiring commission men to give bond for the protection of the shippers. Ordered Deported. Chicago—Deportation warrant was served on Madame Elizabeth Girenke, self-styled Russian countess here to day on instructions received from sec retary of Labor Davis. Madam Girenko, according to her story, was brought to this country through the influence of a St. Paul mil lionaire who promised to give her an education. Following service of the warrant, the woman was released on $1,000 bond pending a hearing to be held soon before Howard Eby, district im migration officer. It was charged in the warrant that Madam Girenko was a "public charge." Sixth World Agricultural Assembly. Rome—King Victor Emmanuel was present at the opening of the sixth as sembly of the International Institute of Agriculture. Representatives from all over the world were in attendance and most of the members of the diplo matic corps here were present at the opening session. The United States is represented by Albert B. Dennis, special representa tive of the Department of Commerce. Among the subjects to be discussed are intensive cultivation, plant mala dies, rural social centers and agricul tural legislation. Big Increase for 1921. Washington—Building operations in the United States increased 32 per per cent in 1921 over the previous year, according to a report of the De partment of Labor. Doland Farmers Seed High Acreage. Doland, S. D.—The Hefferman brothers, of Capitola township, bonan za farmers of this part of northern South Dakota, have this spring seeded more than 800 acres of small grain. They will plant about 250 acres to corn THE HOPE PIONEER MAY DECIDE TO QUIT CONFERENCE Barthou Reiterates Friendship for Britain, Belgium's Principles Upheld. Genoa—If the Russians do not give a categorical affirmative answer to the memorandum that has been submitted to them, France will not go on with the negotiations and if no arrange* ment is made with the Rusisans, the non-aggression pact becomes impos sible, M. Barthou, head of the French delegation to the economic conference and vice premier in the French cabi net, said to the American and English newspaper correspondents. M. Barthou himself suggested the meeting, which proved of historic con sequence because the French leader emphasized repeatedly that France had sided with Belgium on a question of principle, and not because she wished to align herself against Great Birtain. The vital problem was that of protection of the property in Rus sia of foreigners, and France believed that Belgium was aearer the truth in treating this important question. Henry Wickham Steed, in a dis patch sent to The Times-in London says he understands that in an inter view with M. Barthou David Lloyd George spoke violently, telling M. Bar thou that- the entente between Great Britain and France was ended that Great Britain considers herself hence forth free to seek and cultivate other friendships, and that the British gov ernment felt the conduct of France very deeply. His advisers, the Premier was said to have added, long had urged him to make an agreement with Germany, even at the cost of abandoning British claims for reparations. He has stood by France when pub lic feeling in England was against him, but now he must look in another direction, he is said to have declared. MILLION HOMES IN 18 MONTHS Plants Use Day and Night Shifts to Meet increased Demand. Seattle—Affording double employ ment for mill crews and inaugurating a prosperity season for the northwest lumber industry, plants are using day and night shifts to expand their pro duction to'meet increased lumber de mand and to clean up accumlated back orders from all sections of the United States. Northwest lumbermen estimate that In the next 18 months more than a million new homes will be erected in the United States. From one corner to another of the nation larger de mand annually is being made on the northwest for wooden building mate rials. This is particularly true of red cedar shingles. Long trains of shingles are creeping into the yards of big American cities, bearing the housetops from the tree tops of the Pacific coast's big stand of timber. Americans Hunted. Mexico City—A band of Americans, said to be working with rebel forces, are beng hunted down by Mexican fed eral authorities. These Americans have been opearting sporadically for several years, it is said, looting and pillaging villages in southern Mexico. Rewards for their capture have been offered by the government. Rail Board Appeal. Cihcago—The United States railroad labor board appealed the case in which it was prohibited, by an order of the federal court, from publishing a re port finding the Pennsylvania railroad guilty of violating the board's rules. The appeal to the circuit court of ap peals was granted and June 2 set for the hearing. Negroes Burned Alive. Kirvin, Texas—A glowing pile of ashes in the courthouse square here marked the spot where three Negroes were burned alive by a mob. The Negroes were mutilated and then tied to the funeral pyre after one had con fessed to a brutal attack on Eula Aus ley, 17 year old white girl, and impli acted the other two. Remains Hopeful. Washington—Although light has not yet penetrated the darkness in which he has groped for 3 years, Thomas P. Gore, former Oklahoma senator, has not abandoned hope of restored vision. Left Large Estate. New York—Close friends of the late Henry P. Davison, who died from an operation for brain tumor, estimated that the financier left an estate oi about $10,000,000. Clothing Workers Gather. Chicago, 111.—Delegates represent ing 150,000 organized men's clothing workers in the United States and Can ada arrived here to attend the fifth bi ennial convention of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Cash Register Magnate Dead. Atlantic City, N. J.—John H. Patter son, founder and chairman of the board of directors of the National Cash Register company, Dayton, Ohio, died suddenly aboard a train bound for this city. Sioux Falls—Commencing in June according to an announcement made by Robert Rogers, a metallurgist ol Denver, a search will begin for a pot of gold said to contains $49,0G0, whict according to legend, is buried on th M. £. Kizer farm, in McCook county y^ortfjBafeotajj J&etog Digest Galesburg—School patrons have or ganized a Parent-Teacher association. Beulah—The first annual Mercer county play day was held here May 12. has been formally opened here. Finley—A radio outfit is being in stalled by the Community club. Ellendale—A Parent-Teacher asso: elation has been organized. Marmarth—With a $500 apparatus a local poolhall is preparing to receive broadcasted music for public dances. Carrington—A "horseless carriage" bought of a mail order house in 1010 for $400, is still in operation here. Hebron—A small irrigation system for the supplying of about a dozen farms is being worked out here. Dickinson—A daylight saving sche dule is being urged for the period from June 15 to September 1. Lakota—Ex-Senator A. J. Gronna, 64, died here after several weeks' ill ness with cancer. Noonan—The r.ew Bethlehem Luth eran church, built at a cost of $17,000, is considered one of the finest and best equipped small churches in the state. Minot—Three local women formed a human chain and rescued an 18-year old girl who fell Into the Mouse river while dipping a pail of water. Bismarck—Allan Kafer, 4, was in staffUy killed while playing in the street when struck by an auto driven by a 16-year-old school girl. Valley City—Tennis courts, a cinder running track, and playground appar atus are included within the confines of the new ball park here. Lisbon—A central power plant for the transmission to Enderlin, Oakes, and Casselton, Is planned here by the Midwest Power company. Schefield—^lail service will here after be supplied over a star route from New England instead of from Dickinson. Grand Forks—Officials of the North west Wheat Growers' association will tour this state in the inferests of wheat pooling. The 1921 pool of about 50,000,000 is about to be disposed of. Elgin—The new International trail, marked by a red "I" on a white back ground, leads throuh this point, Beu lah, Ryder, and Minot, from Belle Fourche, S. D., into Canada. Grand Forks—That 75 American Le gion posts in this state have 100 per cent membership Is the announcement Just made by the state commander, Philip R. Bangs. New Salem—The possibilities of the sugar* beet industry ape attracting much attention since irrigating the Missouri river bottoms have been so strongly talked. Granville—"Put It Through in *22" Is suggested as the slogan for the "100,000 More clubs which are boost ing immigration in northwestern North Dakota. Dovon—Marketing 16 cars of live stock co-operatively through the Dovon Livestock Shipping association during 1920 and 1921" saved the stockmen of this community $3,118.67, according to a report made by the county agent. Jamestown—A local man took to the N. P. tracks to avoid a bad stretch in the Sunshine trail. His engine stall ed. He went for help. A freight train came along. The car moved, but the engine is still stalled. Watford City—The impression of corduroy in the dirt beneath a store window here, and the subsequent find ing of a citizen wearing corduroy trousers with dirt-stained knees, led to the recovery of several dollars' worth of merchandise. Maddock—Noticing a small blaze near a house, Ole Tollerud stopped to smother it with his hands just then the flames leaped up and he was badly burned. It was discovered to have been sulphur thrown from the house during the winter, which is believed to have been ignited by the sun's rays. Mott—More than 30 local business men have organized a Spring-Summer Tilling club and each will personally look after at least 10 acres of crops this year in a big experimental under taking to co-operate with farmers de termining the best local crop condi tions. Fargo—Under .the auspices of the looal post of the American Legion, the famous old Fargo fire festival, com memorating the rebuilding of the city after the great fire of 1889. will be ob served June 6 and 7. These will be made carnival days, featured by fire runs, athletic programs, pavilion dances, and so on. Fargo—A window showing a group of cardboard figures of boys playing ball In a back lot, with fence, grass, stones, base lines, and all, won two first prizes for the Johnson Cycle com pany in competition with thousands of sporting goods houses all over the United States for the best window dis play during baseball week. Bismarck—The Lignite Industries corporation, a Minneapolis concern proposing to develop western North Dakota lignite fields through the per fection of byproducts, has been denied to do business in the state. Barney—The longest heard in the United States has been found here in Barney, on Hans Langseth, a 75-year old widower with five sons and one daughter He lias not shaved since he was 29 and has a beard 17 feet long. It won for him a gold medal and a free trip to Sacramento, Calif., where he will be one of the main attractions *t a "Pays of ''19" celebration. Mandan—The old national guard! company, unit F, may be revived here.. Hannaford—A local chapter of the W. C. T. has been organized. Devils Lake—Selby Lake Golf cluli Velva—High school students staged! a mock political' convention. Mandan—A baby show featured, child welfare week here. Buchanan—A Community club has been organized here. Bismarck—President Har'ding has been invited to atte»id the North Da kota irrigation congress here June 7. Devils Lake—This place has been* recommended as the site for the North' Dakota Odd Fellows home. Beulah—Lydia Meyer, 5, poured gas oline on a fire and died a few hours later from burns sustained. Ashley—A new $40,000 school build ing was approved by a narrow major ity in a recent election. Grand Forks—Latest figures show that 2,580 U. S. seed loans made in this state total $345,706. Edmore—"Fraternal day" will be observed here June 9 by the city's: various lodges. Minot—A record of all sales of fire arms in the city is now required by city ordinance. Tappen—A new village ordinance permits only one poolhall to operate here. Carson—Sitting upright in bed, dead, Mrs. Alonzo Thompson, 65, was found" early in the morning by her hired man. She was the victim of heart disease. Wahpeton—Less than $5 was the haul of the first Wahpeton robbery this year, when yeggs blew the safe in? the Northern Pacific depot. Mandan—Nearly 300,000 trees of dif ferent species acclimated to this region have been shipped from the Northerm Great Plains field station. Velva—"Bobbie," Scotch collie, daily goes to the postoffice, gets the maiP for the Harry Anderson family, and? delivers It safely at home. Glenbyrn—An eraged cow attacked' and badly injured Mrs. H. G. Detlaff,. who was at home alone and narrowly escaped death. Grand Forks—A kite club has been organized among school boys and cashi prizes are offered for clever kite con struction. Columbus—The First State bank of Larson will be moved and opened at this- point, making the second bank: here. •Van Hook—Eighty-nine new mem bers were added to the local Commun ity club in a contest between two teams, with a banquet as the prize. The club now has 125 members. Mandan-*-A statue of Theodore Roosevelt, donated by Dr. Henry W.. Ooe of Portland, formerly of this city,, will be erected near the new Memorial' bridge over the Missouri. Williston—After being lost for four years, a chest of war relics packed and! shipped from the war zone by half ai dozen local young men, has shown up in good condition. Hankinson—An addition to St. Phil ip's church just opened here accom modates kitchen, stage, meeting rooms,, shower baths, and other community conveniences. Jamestown—Advances by the War Finance corporation for the assistance of agriculture total $1,765,000. Of this* sum $71,000 has been placed in North Dakota. Bismarck—Six million of the nine' million dollar federal aid road funds for this state have been expended, leaving $3,000,000 available for 1022: work. New England—To safeguard the health of people in the country, a drive was organized by the Red Cross nurse to bury or cremate the bodies of scores of horses which perished on the open prairies during the past winter. Fargo—It is rumored in the east that John Burke, ex-governor andf former treasurer of the United States, will leave the bond field in New York city and come here to engage in the practice of law. Mandan—Nine herds of dairy cattle in the Shorthorn and Holstein Breed ers circuit here produced in March 104'515 poiinds of milk containing 3,637 pounds of butterfat. The total income for the month to the owners of the nine herds was $2,200. Devils Lake—A reunion of the North Dakota men who served in the First Division will be held here in conjunc tion with the state Legion convention June 20-22. George Wrisht. of Cassel ton, estimates that 2,500 in this state are eligible for membership In the First division association. Marmarth—After being promised a ride with his father to a ranch six miles out of town, Aurthur Laurie, 9. failed to show up at the appointed Place. Three hundred townspeople searched for him before the lad was found asleep at the ranch house. After missing his father he had walked out by a different route. Bismarck—The state adjutant gen eral and tlie American Legion are as sisting Governor Nestos in checking the war records of North Dakota ex servicemen to find the greatest hero of the state, who will occupy a place in the living hall of fame at a great San Francisco convention of disabled vet erans this year. Richardton—Thrown from his horse and kicked in the head, -Peter Galla gher, 18, was dragged until matches in his pocket ignited and set fire to his clothing, which was burned off. The coroner's jury was of opinion that the burns, not the kick, proved fatal. Wilton—A party of four expert trac tor 'and machinery men recently left bound for southern Russia, where they will represent American farm machin ery interests in helping to stabilize Russian farming and create a steadj demand for improved farm Imple ments. They expect to land in Pet rograd in June.