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^HIS is a splendid chance for farmers to take stock on their harvesting and haying machines, or any others they will use during /he year. Look each one over carefully and note any part that may need re placement. A little later you will be pressed for time and then a thorough examination will be almost im possible. N \ , The repair problem can be much simplified by this method. A\ bile we have always tried to meet promptly every call of this kind, realizing hew valuable your time is, having this advance information will aid us very much in making our service com plete. A list of your ptossibl£*requirements will enable us to to check up our stock of repairs to see that not a sin gle part you might need is missing. We want to cut to a minimum the time between the need of a repair part and its supply. This you can help us do by giving us this list before or dur ing Repair and Inspection Week, March 3-8. Cottonwood Hardware & Implement Company PATHE PHONOGRAPH We carry the well-known PATHE PHONOGRAPH and invite all persons contemplating purchasing a phonograph to look into the merits of this wonderful machine. Guaranteed to Play a Record 1000 Times DRUG STORE T. F. Schaecher, Prop. The Busy Druggist Cottonwood, Idaho HARRY C. CRANKE AUCTIONEER, NEZPERCE, IDAHO Have been conducting sales all over the northwest My business shows my ability to handle same DATES FOR SALE MADE at Chronicle Office Hatching EGGS for Sale Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds Nelson and Watson Strain Nothing but prize stock used in breed ing pen. Tested and tried for egg production under the Hogan system. Nothing under 150 egg type used as breeders. We feed no drones. Eggs $1.50 per 15 or $9.00 per 100 Ringhouse Strain White Wyandotte ' The Acknowledged Champions of the West They are dandy year round layers. As winter layers they are hard to beat. Just a few settings to spare at $1.75 per 15 Eggs Money must accompany all mail orders for eggs. Express or parcel post charges to be paid by purchaser. Please order early. First come first served. Address E.I. STOIZ, Box 8, GREENCREEK, IDAHO J 1 if TEAMS FOR HIRE Anyone wishing the services of a team and good <1 iver can procure same by calling / Nezpucce Phone 1437 Will make trips to any part of the county. B. J. BIEREN j The Chronicle Can Handle Your Job Work. Try Us The Wide, Wide World By S. & HACKLEY (Copyright, 1918, by McClure N«v Syndicate.) • "Oh, Bobby, we can't tell your moth er thatl How will we tell her?" Flora Nelson's larçe eyes filled as she clung to Robert Greer, who had Just cautiously entered the back door of Ws mother's cottage. Early that morning. In the court house at West Hardtown, 100 miles from Burnham, Robert bad seen bis father, Charles Greer, sentenced for life to the state's prison. In the big front bedroom, Joel, the young fellow's mother, for six weeks close to death of fever, lay slowly recovering. Two weens before, the father, who worked aboard the river, steamer Mary Ann, hod quarreled with Cyrus Canter In West Hardtown. Cyrus and Ananias, brothers and surly, had provoked the quarrel that ended In a fight with chairs. Green bad not meant to kill the mnn A but he forgot the power In hls arm, àïid Cyrus' neck was broken at the first blow. Robert hod warned their friends and neighbors to keep hls mother In Igno rance of what had happened, and hoped against hope that his father would go free. But the Canters were Influential people In West Hardtown, and the trial had ended unhappily for Greer. The boy—he was scarcely twenty— took hls sweetheart's face between hts trembling hands. "We won't tell her, Flo," he whis pered, "we won't ever tell mother—not even If she comes to die. Dad said for me to make her believe he's dead I" "Dead !" gasped Flora, "moke her believe that? Wlty, she's looking for him today, as soon as the Mary Ann's unloaded. She came In about an hour ago." "I know It 1" Robert's lips trembled. "But we've Just got to think of some way to make her believe dud's dead. He says we must be dead to him—nev er wrtte to him nor try to see him— he couldn't bear that I The Mary Ann—" v A roar that shook the panes In the windows drowned hls words. The Mary Ann would never run up the river again ! Before many days the bodies of the captain and the three deckhands who died when the explosion sent the boat to the bottom Df the river came to the muddy surface of the stream and were Identified, but the bodies of the remainder of the crew were never recovered. It was easy to say that Charley Greer was one of the dead, but Jael refused to believe It. "Charley was always the first man off the boat when she docked !'' she Insisted. "He'd always come to the house to see me a moment, then he'd go back and help unload. I tell you, Bdbbÿ, Charley Isn't depd. He's olive and well somewhere! He's always wanted adventure and he's never got to have any. He begged me to go with him, when we were first married, to some w'.ld country In South America, where he could hunt, but I was afraid. Then you and your three little sisters that died came along and he quit talk ing about It. And now, since you've been grown, Bobby, he's hated to say anything about wantin' to wander for fear you'd laugh at hlm. I Just believe he's slipped off from us all to,go some where and take hls fun ! And when he's had It he'll be coming back. Why. Bobby, what makes you cry? Don't you know dnddy'll be coming back?" When six months passed with no letters from her husband, Jael ex plained hls silence to her son by the fact that he was In the wilds, where no mall could be sent out. but at the end of the year, at each meal, she set a fancy plate that Charles had always liked at hls place at table. "He'll be coming In at Just any time now, Bobby," she told him. "A yenr Is generally all the time men stay on a hunting trip. Isn't It?" "Why, no, mother," Robert ex plained, "I've read that Englishmen who hunt spend as much as six months or a year In one place, trying out the hunting In each place. Sometimes they put in five years or more at hunting big game, and If they take a notion to go on exploring trips there's no telling how long—" Joel's face fell. "Stay away from their families all those years. Bobby?" Robert averted hls eyes. "Of course they know they're coming back to 'em. mother." For an Instant her lips quivered, then she smiled again. "Of course, and we want daddy to have all the fun the rest of 'em have. He knows you'll look out for me and never leave me while he's gone, Bobby. Charley worked awful hard all them twenty years that's past ; he's earned a long, long holiday. We oughtn't to say a word, even If he's taken a notion to tour the wide world around, and we'll stay right bene In this house and wait for him unjll be comes hack 1" Robert's ruddy face paled. Flora's mother had been ordered to Colorado to live, and Flora was her only child and support. Flora would have to go to Colorado with her; her cousin had already secured a teacher's place for her there — and he — he'd Intended to take hls mother and go out there, too. But now— He knew hls mother's gentle obstinacy. Neler would she leave her home while she expected bis father back! And he could not leave her alooe. There was nothing to do tat to release Flora from her proarise - - . »ayim to marry him. But somehow Flora did not understand. 'Til keep mother out there where she can live, Bobby," she told him. "and I'll wait for you." - . ; "But for how long?" Robert's voice was hoarse. "Mother'll never quit hoping, and I—I can't ever tell her abourTather, Flora !" "I know," she answered. "I wouldn't want to walk to happiness over her broken heart. We—we won't be the first people that fate's kept apart, Bob by, and It Isn't ns If one of us were dead. We can keep on loving each other across that thousand miles, and —I'll wait for you. Bobby—I'll wait, If It's the rest of my life!" Five governors had served In the twenty years before Claudius Bassett was elected. In the second month af ter hls election, Bassett paid a visit to the state prison farm, and the'Im pression made on him by the yearn ing eyes of the forgotten bits of hu manity there—men whose names years before had been laid away In the state's files, as numbers, and forgotten, kept the young governor awake that night and for many nights afterward. It stirred him to investigate the rec ords of convicts who had served long terms, to see that mercy was extended where mercy was due, and to permit the rewards of good conduct provided by law. Governor Bassett's first visit to the prison farm was six weeks past, when one day Robert Greer sat In hls moth er's garden, while Jael for the twice ten-thousandth time hopefully set the evenlug table for three, and put the little vase of grass pinks that "Char ley" loved, in the center of' the white cloth. The young mnn held an open letter In Ills hand—Flora's last letter. "Dear Bobby," It read, "I'm in trou ble. Mother has takeo a notion to go back home to live. I don't know What I'm to do. She has not been sick one day In all the years we've been in these glorious mountains, but one win ter hack there, Bobby, would menn her death ! And. oh, Bobby." the letter went on, "Col. Oscar McClean, that rich old rancher I told you about, has again taken It Into his head to marry me! He worries me so. I'm afraid I'm getting more wrinkles than a woman of my age ought to have!" Robert dropped the letter oh the grass with a groan. "I've let her wait- for me twenty years," he said aloud ; "I can't stand ltl I don't believe I can stand It any longer !" The man who had come up Rllently behind him, touched hls shoulder. "What's that you can't stand, son?" Robert turned hls head. "My God, daddy I Where did you come from?" he cried. Greer drew hls parole papers from hls pocket. "I'm free, Robert 1 I've been here since yesterday, and I've found out what Jael thinks. I've spent a heap of time since I've been down there studyln' over maps and rendtn' about foreign countries I'd always wanted to seei I can tell her a lot about 'em and she can keep on thlnk ln' I've been travelln'. Maybe we can go to some of them places together!" "Go In and tell her I" Robert point ed to the house. "I've got to send a telegram." I An hour later Flora received hls message. "Don't worry any more. I'm coming tomorrow I" How Josh Billings Arrived. Josh Billings, the humorist, was not appreciated when he offered hls first contribution to a paper In hls home town, according to a correspondent of Christian Register, who was personally acquainted with him. He then con cjuded to follow Artçmus Ward's ex ample and misspell hls articles so as to attract attention. "In this absurd shape," he said, "I sent one of my un fortunate productions to the New York Weekly. I soon got a letter accepting my manuscript and asking me for more. In time I was under a big salary not to write for any other paper." One of Josh Billings' eccentricities de scribed was hls "Lecture on Milk." In this lecture he never said a word about milk, but a glassful of that liquid stood ou hls desk while he talked and was occasionally sipped by him as he spoke. As milk was hls support whlie he talked, rather than water or something stronger, hls lecture was In truth given "on milk." Great Facts Hard to Win. The highest truths are hard to put Into entertaining forms. You expect to teach children through stories, games and the exhibition of the con crete. Grown-ups are expected to learn from the facts presented, arguments and the abstract. Empty heads and near-empty heads have to be constant ly amused. Abstract facts are too elusive for their truant observation and perception. Tney need spoon-fed products. With men of brains It's dif ferent They love problems hard to solve. They grow by responding to life's challenges. So when you think things tame begin to And why they are so. The chances are you will find the fault In yourself. You haven't given all the attention you should. The great est facts have to be sought to be won. Only the ordinary and fleeting courts you.—Exchange. Barbarity. "Oh, the awful thing that's happen ed to Cutle Smith, over In France!" gasped Helolse of the rapid-fire res taurant. "He was In a front line trench, and them Hun devils attacked with flame throwers and burnt poor Cutle nearly all overt" "Aw, a good kid like Cutle!" wailed Claudine of the same establishment. "Why co,uldn't they he decent enough to serve him rare Instead at well dower—Kw City Sur. , a to to , MUST INCREASE FOOD EXPORTS America Called on by. End War to Supply Added Millions. of ECONOMY STILL NEEDED. Over Three Impies Pre-War Shipments Required—Situation In Wheat and Fata Provea Government's Policy Sound. With the guns In Europe silenced, we have now to consider a new world food situation. But there can be no hope that the volume of our exports can be lightened to the slightest de gree with the cessation of hostilities. Millions of people liberated from the Prussian yoke are now depending upon us for the food which will keep them from starvation. With food the Unlteid States made It possible for the forces of democ racy to hold out to victory. To insure democracy In the world, we must con tinue to live simply In order that we may supply these liberated nations of Europe with food. Hunger atuoug a people Inevitably breeds nnnrchy. American food must complete the work of making the world safe for democ racy. Last year we sent 11,820,000 tons of food to Europe. For the present yeur. with only the European Allies to feed, we had originally pledged ourselves to a program that would have Increased our exports to 17,500,000 tons. Now, to feed the liberated nations, we will have to export a total of not less than 20.000. 000 toas—practically the limit of loading capacity nt our ports. Re viewing the world food situutlon, we find that some foods will b* obtainable In quantities sufllelept to meet all world needs under a\regVie of eco nomical consumption. On the olhet hand, there will be marked world shortages In some Important commodi ties. Return to Normal Bread Loaf. With the enlarged wheat cropl which American fnrmers have grown, and the supplies of Australia, the Ar gentine and other markets now acces sible to shipping, there are bread grains enough to enuble the nations to return to their normal wheat louf, provided we continue to mill flour ut a high percentage of extraction and maintain economy In eating and the avoidance of waste. In fats there will be a heavy short age—about 3,000,000,000 pounds —In pork products, dairy products and vegetable oils. While there will be a shortage of about three million tons In rich protein feeds for dulry ani mals, there will be sufficient suppliés of other feedstuffs to allow economical consumption. In the matter of beef, the world's supplies are limited to the capacity of the available refrigerating ships. The supplies of beef In Australia, the Ar gentine and the United States are suf ficlent to load these ships. There will be a shortage In the Importing coun tries, but we cannot hope to expand exports materially for the next months In view of the bottle neck in truns iwrtutlon. We will have a sufilclent supply ol sugar to ollow normal consumption In this country If the other nations re lain their present short rations ol In crease them only slightly. For tin countries of Europe, however, to In crease their present rations to a nia terlal extent will necessitate oyr sluir Ing a part of our own supplies with them. Twenty Million Tons of Food. Of the world total. North America will furnish more than 60 per cent. The United States, Including tile West Indies, will be called upon to furnish 20.000. 000 tons of food of all kinds as compared with our pre-war exports of about 6,000,000 tons. While we will be able to cbnnge our program In many respects, even a casual survey of the world supplies In comparison to world demands shows conclusively that Europe will know famine unless the American people bring their home consumption down to the barest minimum that will main tain health an4 strength. There are conditions of famine In Europe that will be beyond our power to remedy. There are 40,000,000 peo pie In North Russia whom there is small chance of reuchlng with food this winter. Their transportation Is demoralized In complete anarchy, und shortly many of their ports will be frozen, even if Internal transport could be realized. To Preserve Civilization. At this moment Germany has not alone sucked the food and animals from all those masses of people she has dominated and left starving, hut she has left behind her a total wreck age of social Institutions, and this mass of people Is now confronted with absolute unarchy. ' If we vutue our own safety and the ooclal organization of the world, if we value the preservation of civilization Itself, we cannot permit growth of this cancer In the world's vitals. Famine Is the mother of anarchy From the Inability of governments to secure food for their people grows revolution and chaos. From an ability to supply their people grows stability of government and the defeat of an archy. Did we put It on no higher plane than our Interests In the pro tection of our institutions, we must bestir ourselves In solution of thir problem. a of In a is Is to mm t SEA ELEPHANT8. "Good-day," said Mrs. Son<Elephant, as she saw Mrs. Sarah Sea Elephant. "How are you today?" "Nicely thank you, and how about yourself?" "Well Indeed," said Mrs. Sea Ele phant, generally known as Mrs. Sea. "They say there are going to be great days ahead and that If every Mr. Sea Elephant doesn't get the Mrs. Sea Elephant he wants there'll be a battle," said Mis. Sarah Sea Elephant. "Isn't that glorious?" said Mrs. Sea. "That's the sort of a Sea Elephant mate I have. And so have you. When other Mr, Sea Elephants got in the way of our Mr. Sen Elephants before they had asked us to marry them, they quickly fought and got theta out of the way." "Yes," said Mrs. Sarah, "I wouldn't give a fig for a husband who wouldn't flgjit for me." "Dear me," said Mrs. Sea, "I don't think you're saying much, for what In the world, or the sea, does o fig mean to you?" "That's so," agreed Mrs. Sarah, "n fig doesn't mean anything to me. ijrn clous, no! Why a fig would he lost la the sea and figs most certainly don t mean anything to me, the little silly sticky things." "Why did you say that?" asked Mrs Sea. "I Just used It as an expression and It shows how much we suySvltht'M y "It's Our Big Season of the Year." thinking. I snH that absolutely with out thinking, for I meant to say t ier I wouldn't give anything for a mi a who wouldn't fight for Ids wife." "That's .better," said Mrs. S>ca. "Well, oil the Sea Elephants Vvill/fight for their mates. There »re lots •-< battles nround tne muting season—lo,s of thorn.'' "There are Indeed," said Mrs. 8:mti. "We never fight," said Mrs. Sea. "No, ladles never do," ssld M - r Snrah. "I suppose they might hu! sometimes It would do n grunt deal <>f good but they never have—and cu. tom Is custom." "They say," remarked Mrs. Sra. "that there Is one part about us which can be hurt so that we are killed." "Yes," agreed Mrs. Sarah, "that It true." "Tell me about It," begged Mrs. Sen. "I would like to keep that part out o sight If dangerous enemies wer. around as I hear they sometimes ur with guns and rifles and other An anas." "Yes," said Mrs. Sarah, "sometimes we are shot at. We are like seals yon know and we have very useful, valu able oil In ub." "All very well," said Mrs. Sea, "but I'm not generous. I prefer to keep my oil for myself." "So do I," said Mrs. Sarah, "only I was telling you some facts." "Yes, go ahead," snld Mrs. Sea. "Well," continued Mrs. Sarah, "you know when the mntlug season comes around and we are chosen by the handsome Mr. Sea Elephants as their mates we all Ue about the beach and chat and gossip and have the -very best of times. It's our big season of the year. 'T've heard of folks who go to sum mer resorts und winter resorts and to places for the baths, or the mountain air, or for some other reason. Well, our resort Is the beach and we Ue up on It when It Is the mating season for. then we are picked out and chosen. "We can hear the tales of adventure which the Mr. Sea Elephants have to tell us and we can talk of the new styles—though we never have any real ly new ones. Still we can discus« fashions and-the weather and how we think the wnter feels and tastes this year, and all such things!" "But," asked Mrs. Sea. "you wer» going to tell me about the place about us which Is not protected." "Oh yes," said Mrs. Sarah, 'bullets from guns can htt us nnywhere and not hurt us In the least but roll right off us, except In one spot which Is soft, just above our eyes. That Is tlie part to keep out of the rauge of our enemies." "Thanks for telltng me." said Mrs. Sea. "I am very glad to know tt and so glad that all the rest of my big body Is safe, quite safe!" Rarest of Gifts. One of the rarest of gifts Is the nb'.l tty to do a favor so as to leave no burdensome sense of obligation. Meaning of Difficulty. What Is a difficulty? "Something that shows what we really are," waa a iraat philosopher's answer.