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Woman's Work in the Grange.
ESSAY KEA1) BY MRS. DANIEL SHORT AT MIDLAND URANflF, GEORGETOWN, DEL. Worthy Master and Patrons: It is with the timidity of a school girl that I presume to address you my sisters, on the duties devolving upon us as co-workers with our brothers in the Order and I hope you will bear with me in this my first etfort at composition since mv school days. First, we should be proud of our position in the Order in which we are permitted to meet with the lords of creation on an equal footing and with equal privi leges, where our judgment, reason and mental faculties are acknowl edged to be equal to theirs, and where we can discuss 'our rights, advantages and interests without being considered of taking a step beyond our sphere, or infringing upon the rights of the stronger sex. 1 do not believe that our wise Crea tor designed us to go out into the world and struggle and work for political situation and power, nor have we the strength to undergo the toil, exposure and care of agri cultural pursuits. But if we turn our energies and minds in the right direction we can have an intluenee indirectly on political questions which involve the interest of farmers to such an extent that we may in a short time rise above the position we now occupy. By uniting our efforts and asserting our right as grangers, each brother acting for the farmer's interests and casting his vote to the best of his judgment to improve our own condition as farmers; we may reap our in the near future. We have a power in this organization if we only become a unity, each one only having the interests of the farmer at heart. Laying aside all political prejudices and resolving to be bound together in one common brotherhood we can break all cliques, monopolies and moneyed powers tbe lile-blood of t helfe United If each one 'would study to improve our intel leet, become conversant with dirtier reward are that cut questions of political economy and govermental a (fairs in which we as farmers are interested, we would then be able t leeide upon questions that would enhance our interest ; and not listen to the soph-: istries of agents, demagogues, and political aspirants. As I have said we should be proud of our as grangers which is oi in our sphere of life, should make ourselves position ic step higher We therefore worthy of the trust by reading and study, gathering good and useful inform lion on all subjects. By so doing we will elevate our thoughts above the drudgeries of life, make selves feel that nur are capable of doing more than the labors iiieiint bent upon us in the household, that these are the least degrading or wo ^"l are not a part of our duties, but we should exert ourselves to do them - well by being neat and tidy in all things for nothing is mor e pleasant than to enter into a house where , there is ajpluee for everything and everything in its place euro,labor and | taste are associated everywhere, and I insist that every housekeeper can ; have some time to improve the mind ; by reading or writing, and if we | inake a failure in the first ellbrt we j in life must learn not to be discouraged by failure. We should persevere in our efforts and thereby become stronger and j wiser. We all shirk our duties should endeavor L to do 1 letter the next time. Those who expect to achieve success : too often. We hear a brother or sister remark, after a subject has been discussed and disposed of, that it should have been decided other wise. Those are the very ones who never say one word or make a suggestion for the good of the Order but afterwards I am sorry to say they are ready to criticise those who strive to do their duty. If you ask them why they do not give their views on matters that interest them and are to their abvantage, they say they do not wish to expose their ignorance. Now there is not a man or woman that is a granger that has any excuse for being ignorant on any subject pertaining to their call ing for they all have a chance to inform themselves, and in conver sation can express ideas well enough, lienee all they lack is confidence in their ability to give the benefit of their opinion and observation in a plain and concise manner. We do not expect a Denosthenes or a Clay, a Webster, or a Calhoun, to address ns. But because we cannot clothe our thoughts in beautiful language it is no excuse for us to sit idly by and put the burden of work on a few. When a sister is assigned a duty to do even if she has to sacri fice some time to accomplish it she should feel in honor bound to perform it to the best of her ability, knowing that our brothers will excuse all errors, mistakes and in fliariti/. We should consider our coming together in the light of a family circle where we can exchange friendly greeting and express kind sympathy with those in distress or mistortuuc. Let us bear with each other's faults and foibles as far as : we can. Try to elevate and refine | tin' tone of society in which we j move, ignoring all gossiping, slan- j dering, bickering and backbiting, j I sc»' a glorious future for the j Grange if only these be enforced, to l say nothing oftlie other advantages j we would derive from living up to ; its teachings. By the united ell'orts j >f all the granges in the l ni ted Sates j there will and must be a grand and glorious revolution, socially and | politically among the agricultural population. We cannot accomplish much unless we take an interest in | | of the Order. Worthy Master is ' t should be But this we we enforce the making this organization what it is designed to In'. We t horotigl Ily organ i zei 1. never will be until rules andjregulation of the Order. Therefore each one of us should | study and practice these regulations porlVrt therein. I am glad to see that our doing all he can •any out these rules and we to i should do all we can t J We should not got angry if we come j to the outer aid him. ite and are not per mitted to enter except in the regular 1 form, for it is for the good of the requirements Order that all its should he enforced, Now sisters let us strive to <ll I our utmost to make this a pleasant, j profitable and instructive j resort, and prove to the to the gentlemen that we are capable of doing world and good if only in some a small wav. From Fruitland Grange j It may be of interest to !(ro Editor iif the Farm ami Home: your many : readers,more especially to those who >f Husbandry in the j st ate, to hear of the doings of sub - ordinate granges, their condition and ■ Patrons j prospects, as I find them in my visits; and so I propose to give through the , column of the Farm and Home such reports of what I sec and hear | may aid to successfully ward our Grawe ; as carry for On Thursday, the 4th inst.. I went ; to Georgetown to attendu special | meeting of Midland Grange to which all the Patrons in Sussex County The leabing objects j of the meeting were to consider the advisibilit, y of organizing a Pomona Grange for Sussex Co; and to learn more of the working of the Delaware j fruit exchange and hear its benefits extoled to the fruitgrowers ofthat section. I request to say that the Patrons did not generally attend this meeting after having accepted the invitation of Midland, and there fore the subject of a separate Pomo na Grange was not discussed. The members of Midland were nearly all present and had prepared a weil ranged programme which was ad mirably executed. After the Grange formally opened the invited guests who were not members work. were invited. : ar. was were wore admitted. The exercises open ed by an address of welcome by the Worthy Master, Daniel Short. The first question for discussion was "Does it pay to raise wheat at 85cts per bushel, in Delaware? It was opened by Brother Burton . who made an able presentation of the case showing from figures that it cannot be produced in this county at 85cts. He quoted largely from growers in the county, lie also gave a con densed statement of the extent of the soiling system be compelled to maintain division fences?" was open ed by Brother Pepper, ably discuss ed and with but a single atllrmative vote was decided in the negative. It was thought that each man should care for his own stock and not ask his neighbor to assist in doing it. : sen ted. wheat production in this and other countries, estimated the probable future supply and demand, and ad vised his fellow farmers to turn their attention to some other branch of farming. An animated discussion followed. The second question Should thosepersons who practice Sister Davidson read a paper en titled "Our Grange," which was per tinent and instructive, and well pre | Brother I'eter Short then consul j ered the question "How many acres j cun one man cultivate successful!?'' j His answer was. 105,(with all the ; j modern machinery). This lie main l tained with ability against much op- i j position. The jvorthy secretary, i ; Lizzie Short, read an essay which 1 ; j send you(It. will appear in our col j ums— Ed.) I | Temperance,-and Brother Geui Sister .lone-, read a selection on D. .loues read an essay on "Agriculture and Agriculturists in Our Country's History." It was an able paper, highly commended and merits a wide discrimination through the agricul tnral press of this country, The history progress, objects, prospects and importunée of the Delaware Fruit Exchange were then presented by its Secretary. By in q türles flint ' and disciissh tn jfsr]' Explanations : Ilf*. Wärest i*»Uhis question was maintained for fully two hours. This meeting through- ; out was one of unusual interest. It is to tie regretted tlmt there were not members present from all the grang es in the county. Another meeting will soon be culled to consider the subject of a Pomona Grange for Sus sex County, when it is hoped there will be a full at tendance. M idland Grange meets Saturday at 2 o'clock in nished halt of their ywn. store-room in 1 lu* first floor and the intention is to soon open a store of their own. They have about fifty members in good standing, with prospects of a speedy increase, t heir meet in every two weeks on a well f'ur It lias a j ire well attended, much interest is manifested, and in a word they are a prosperous Grange. Fraternally, A. N. Brown State Deputy. i ■ Good News to Housekeepers. notice and act. 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