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You will find our floors
and prices *to suit every
Our line of Rugs is the very finest to'^bc
found in the City.
Never mind, L., where there's a
•will, there's a way to get at the nep
Will Dolan, commonly known to his
many friends as Bill is to spend. Xmas
with his brother Eld. at Kenmaru.
There is no truth that he intends tak
ing either the rest cure or indulging
In the simipTe life whilst away.
Quite a gathering of the young
folic* assembled ait theHecker school
house on Saturday night and wended
their way to the Humphrey farm,
where a most enjoyable surprise
birthday party was proffered Mis.
Humphrey. Fun reigned supreme un
til the wee small hours of the morn
ing find a truly happy time was spent
by all present. We wonder if those
coffee stains are still worrying Lena.
Ml&s Lilly Mostad was the guest of
Mrs. Saugstad on Sunday last. She
is to take up hor residence on the
claim near Stringtown shortly.
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Fotfbes and son
were visitors to iMinot on Saturday
(Mrs. Rosetta Waldref was a visi
tor to her son Rob and family on
Mrs. Mostad left on Sunday for
Minnesota to attend the funeral of
her half sister.
Miss Core Bates was the guest of
Mrs. Ben Scott on Sunday last.
We regret to hear that our friend
Curt Cross is on the sick list,
lng sUghtly ruptured a blood Teasel
on tite lungs In an effort to lift a
little more tha none man's share.
The Rev. Mr. Skerrett conducted
services at the Fotfbes school house
on Sunday afternoon and again on
Monday evening. He Is deservedly
popular in our midst and preached to
a large congregation on each occa
sion. What a pleasure it 1s to hear
one of the old faiths expounded elo
quently and intelligently, wfeen con|emphatically
trasted with these modem "Isms" and
their uncultured though noisy apos
B. B. has been busy at Will Hest
ers during the week, plastering and
-What would make a more Suitable
Present for Ghristlfl&s than a
Nice Piece of Furniture
Potatoes in 5 bushel lots, per bushel
Lawrence Produce Co.
Now that the time for the big "feed" draws near our
variety and low price appeals to all We have every
thing in the market, both fresh or winter vegetables
Ripe Tomatoes Celery
Successors to Lawrence & Rodgers
Lexington Hotel Basement Phone 100 MINOT, N.
A Merry Xmas to all.
Ixjgan can now boast the posses
sion of what may ultimately develdp
into a useful and comprehensive li
brary and has obtained this, thanks
to our friends at Bismarck, without
the aid of the great library mogul,
Carnegie. It only remains for our
residents to enlarge its sphere of
usefulness, toy donating parcels of old
magazines or books, for which tide
committee will be thankful. Mr. Oli
ver Satigitad, the librarian, will be
happy to furnish all Information on
The course of true love never did
run smooth. Laura had lived all thru
4 long aid none too interesting eve
ning with a mind absorbed with the
blissful expectation of being driven
home by her latest Prince Charming,
and had with such ,pride confided to
her envious lady Mends the hono
which was to be hers. But alas and
alack the prosaic uncle of the prince,
who has long worn the yoke of mat
rimony, did choose to act as escort,
to the disappointed Laura.
A most successful meeting of the
Mouse River Literary society wab
held on Friday last the Hecker school
house being taxed to its utmost to
provide accommodation for the host
of Visitors present. Quite a large
party arrived from Surrey and from
among their number many contribut
ed to the evening's entertainment.
The Logan cornet band discoursed
sweet music, under the leadership of
Mr. L. Nelson, and a most excellent
entertainment was furnished. Ah
interesting debate was indulged in
and especial credit Is due to Master
Vernice Teets for hie efforts. Mrs.
Kerfoot, editress of the Mouse River
Review, is to be congratulated on the
Interesting nature of her oontrlbution
and we venture to predict that ere
long she will have converted each
and every bachelor to a right view
of r.is duties.
Mrs. O'Connor is at present visit
ing Sawyer and does not expect tu
leave for Canada until after the new
We are informed that Mrs. H. H.
Kuchenbecker is again teaching
The many friends of Curt Cross
will learn with sorrow of the sudden
and serious illness of his only son
I^awrence. The little fellow who is
known and liked by all, fell whilst
playing with a friend and grave
symptoms soon caused considerable
anxiety to his father and grandpar
ents. He lay in an unconscious con
dition for nearly .twenty-four hours
with Dr. Darland in constant attend
ance. He is still In a most precar
ious state and the sympathy of the
entire community is with those near
and dear to him. May an early Im
provement son be reported and a
complete restoration to perfect health
The attention of the county com
missioners Is directed to the danger
ous condition of the Hecker bridge.
Mrs. H. C. Kuchenbecker was a
visitor to IMinot on Saturday last.
MTs. Herb Packard was the guest
of the Hotel Oliver several nights
last week. We wonder if when that
new chambermaid arrives Herb will
be found on the North Prairie at all.
What has become of Miss Annie
WJllman? Logan has not been hon
ored with her presence for many
moons, but let us whisper that on
New Tear's eve a dance will be held
at Beebe's hall when we hope to have
the pleasure of renewing many old
Mr. H. E. Packard was the guest
of Jim Shaw on Monday last
The members of the Literary soci
ety and Sunday school are cooper
a ting in providing a Xmas tree and
entertainment at Beebe's hall, Logan,
on Xmas eve. AH dhould make a spe
1 cial effort to be present
I While it is true that B. B. has be
come quite a student of BIbMcal sub
jects, we are authorized to contradict
the report that Bert ln
tends conducting a aeries of erange
meetings at either the Hecksr
or any other school house.
Mr. A. FIntelman Is leaving the
district shortly tor Tugo and will be
selling off all stock and Implements
Couches, Turkish Rockers, tyockers.
Brass Beds, Dining Tables, Leather
Upholstered Reed Rockers, Library
and Parlor Tables^ Dressers.
You pay no more for McJannet's good furniture,
than others ask for the cheaply made kind.
Call and examiae for yourself.«
The Furniture Store of Quality
on Jan. 4.
J. H. Shirkey, a prominent Norwich
farmer, was a caller at this office
Oren Carpenter made a flying trip
to the Magic City last week.
Quite a crowd from here attended
the dance at Newman's last Wednes
day night. All report a fine time.
Mrs. J. P. McCarthy spent Saturday
at the Tromiblee home.
Mrs. H. A. Conmany entertained
the ladies' Aid lasit Thursday.
W. E. Caswell, J. Caswell and wife
spent Saturday evening at F. J.
WL E. C&awell lo&t a valuable horse
Ross Tromblee and Nye Taylor
called on Cicero Vannett Sunday.
O. L. Toftner was seen in String
town Friday and Sunday distributing
Or on Carpenter and Jim McCarthy
went to the coal mine last Wednes
Anyone having beef cattle for "sale
write or call on M. L. Zorn.
W. E. Caswell started for Indiana
Wednesday to spend the winter.
Gaillord Cormany went to the coal
mine with his faithful team of oxen
Our absent-minded pal, Oren, was
out sleighing last week with his best,
but being absent-minded he had the
buggy. Afrteht Oren, you can use
the sleigh next summer.
S. K. Witham has gone to Enderlin
as a .witness on a law suit and is not
expected to return until next Thurs
day. Spencer is doing his chores.
All right Olive, we can explain, but
if we did it would keep us busy ex
Cicero Vannett and Gus Anderson
saw a Gopher December 14—don't
know what was the matter, mayibe
tiieir eyesight is poor.
OLIVE AND VICINITY.
Mr. Ross Tromblee called at 1'ie
-McCarthy heme Saturday.
Oren Carpenter made a flying trip
to the Magic City Friday.
Mr. Bert Updike is in Mlnot on the
The Ladies' Presbyterian Aid met
at Mrs. Cormany's Thursday of last
Mrs. Homer Cormany sent Mr.
James McCarthy a bucket of nutri
tious food Thursday, as he wasnl
able to attend the Aid, but she for7
got to send the absorbent along.
Bill Smith was seen In this vicinity
some time ago. He made a pleasant
call at the McCarthy home.
Mr. James McCarthy and Oren Car
penter has been hauling up quite a
bit of coal the last week.
Quite a number of the people of
this vicinity attended the dance last
week which was held at the Newman
home. Everybody reports a good
Mr. Williams, proprietor of the
Olive store, met with a slight acci
dent last week, as he fell and hurt
Mr. W. M. Walker made a trip to
the city Friday.
Mr. T. M. Larson and family spent
Sunday at the McCarthy home.
(Mr. H. A. Cormany and son drove
the faithful old oxen to the eoal mine
Mr. Thorwald Larson made a trip
to Minot last Thursday.
Oren Carpenter called on Jos Vfc»
nett last Saturday.
Mr. John Coswell and wife spent
Saturday evening at F. J. Tromblee's.
Mr. Oren Carpenter called at the
Tromiblee home Sunday.
Mr. Janes McCarthy and family
spent Sunday of this week at M. L.
The Strlngtown bss-ber was down
and shaved Joe Vanett Sunday morn
Mrs. McCarthy spent aturday with
iMr. James McCarthy helped Mr. R.
L. Carpenter the botcher, Monday.
4* -J- -J* 4*
It seems to be common experience
that a change in the sequence of crops
on any land results in an increase of
yield. Many farmers are still stick
ing to one line of cropping, and rais
ing the same crops continuously on
the same land, for the reason that they
believe crop rotation to be a serious
and difficult matter. Those who have
settled on a system ol' rotation are
agreed that it is less trouble to farm
where a change of crop is provided
(or each year, and that the revenue re
ceived is larger and more constant.
The crops originally grown in the
Northwest can be thrown into three
groups, so tar as their effect on the
soil is concerned. The groups are as
follows: (t) Grain, including wheat,
oats, barley. Max and any other cereals
that may be grown. (2) Grasses, in
cluding the irue grasses, such as tim
othy, Kentucky blue grass, bronius
lnermis, and the legumes and clovers.
Cultivated crops, including corn,
potatoes, or any other crop which is
planted in rows and cultivation given.
The effect of the first group of crops
•a the land is somewhat neutral and
land can be cropped longer to grain,
perhaps, without manure or change,
than to any of the other crops except
ing grasses. The small amount of
stubble and green material plowed
Wfeder each fall in part replaces the
hamus depletion through the produc
tion of the crop, and does something
toward replacing the fertility exhaust
ed in the growth of the crop. While
ttMre is a slight difference in the
amount of elements of fertility re
quired by the different crops, there is
not sufficient variation to materially
ohange the result and it may be said
that the effect of wheat, oats, barley
and flax the land is practically the
The grass crops, especially when
grown in combination with the
legumes or clover, add fertility to the
Soil in the way of nitrogen. In addi
tion, the decaying leaves, roots and
SOW WlUfiW Wltt-MEM.
OF GREAT VALUE AS A PROTECTION TO THE ORCHARD AND HOME
STEAD ON A PRAIRIE FARM.
By Andrew Boss, Professor of
Agriculture, Minnesota Uni
ON ROTATION PLOT,
Co. a, i, on plot on which a five
year rotation is practiced. (Minnesota
crowns of the plants when mixed with
the soil, add gradually to the humus
and to the crop-producing power. The
grass crops are the best soil-building
crops grown in the Northwest. The
cultivated crops, especially when
raised on the same land for a number
of years, deplete seriously the supply
of humus in the soil, thus exhausting
Its productivity. The frequent stirring
of the soil allows the air and moisture
to enter more readily, and results in
lapld decomposition of vegetable mat
ter in the soil. Continuously cultivat
ed crops, at University Farm, are the
poorest-yielding and the least profit
able crops grown.
An idea of the effect of rotation on
the producing power of the land may
be gained by a comparison ol the
yields of corn on land that has grown
corn continuously, with that in a
three-year rotation and In a five-year
rotation where manure has been ap
plied. On the continuous corn plot,
the yield for the past ten years has
been 25.0 bushels on the corn in
three-year rotation of grain, clover
and corn, without manure, the yield
for the same ten years has been 4fi
bushels per acre and in a five-year
rotation of grain, meadow, pasture,
oats and corn, preceded by eight tons
of barnyard manure per acre, the
yield is 60 bushels per acre. The ef
fect on the grain and grass crops in
the rotations is practically the same.
the yields rapidly rising where a good
scheme of rotation is followed.
While rotation calls for fencing,
CROP ON CONTINUOUS PLOT.
Corn, Aug. 1, on plot that grow?
oorn continuously. (Minnesota Exper
drainage, and uniform arrangement of
fields, the farm, when once planned
and rearranged, will not only give
greater yields and profit, but more
pleasure in handling, and the im
proved system does much to lighten
and distribute^ the labor throughout
the year. A good scheme of rotation
should be arranged for every farm in
THE RED GUM.
Deemed Worthless, It Is Now
The story of the red gum tree of
the Southern states is peculiarly in-
I ili teresting to the users of lumber, as
Illustrative of the new value now
found in varieties of trees once
teemed Worthless. Even more than
I the cottonwood It was regarded as "no
I good." Its porous texture, its habit
of warping and twisting when sawed
into lumber, and its uneven shrinkage
when dried, made it "a problem" to
all who deemed it might somehow be
utilized. Now, however, after muchex
fsrimentatlon, certain methods of
1 treating it have been found, the appli
cation of which gives it remarkable
value, both in durability and attrac
I tiveness of color and finish. Under
the fictitious name of "Satin walnut,"
it is extensively used for furniture
and for the interior finishing of houses.
"WHY I WANT TO LEAVE
4 Mr. Joseph Chapman not
long ago offered a series of
pri/.es for the best essays on
the above topic. Mr. Charles
M. Loring. of Minneapolis.
•I* thinks that along with this dis
cussion there should go a dis
cussion of the counter proposi
tion. Therefore fop the best
articles on the topic, "Why I
Remain on the Farm," he offers
$100 in prizes, as follows:
First, ?20 second, $15 third,
$10 next ten best, $5 each
fourteenth, $3 fifteenth, $2.
The competition is open to all
Minnesota boys and girls In the
seventh and eighth grades, liv
ing oh a farm. Essays must
be written on ruled paper.
They should not exceed 500
4* words in length. Each must
be marked with the name, age
and postoffice address of the
writer, and mailed so as to
reach the Extension Division,
St. Paul, not later than Jan. 1,
ML PENCE WILL
Prominent Medical Man Will Locate
in New Mexico 8oon—Had Built
Up a Fine Practice Here.
Dr. It. \V. Pence, one of Minot's
most prominent and best liked phy
sitffans, will leave soon for the west
and wiill pixVUably locate later Tn New
Mexdco. The doctor likes Minot and
iviinot reciprocates. The doctor has
lived here for several years and he
has built lip -a very large practice. He
is a first class man in h:s profession
and everybody is reluctant to see
ELECTRIC LIGHT RUMOR.
There is a rumor tnat the piaut.
used by the Minot Light Co. will be
moved to Harvey within a few
months. The Hyllesby Co. which
bought the local plant recently, is al
so negotiating for the one at Harvey.
Minot. has about outgrown the pres
ent plant, which, however, will be
plenty large enough for Harvey. This
Is only a rumor, and should be taken
for what It is worth.
Big Wage Dispute Which Has Held
the Attention of the West for
Weeks, May Be Settled—Both Sides
Have Conceded Some Points.
The big wage dispute between the
railroads of the west and the engi
neers may be settled. Both sides
have formally agreed to arbitrate and
it is probable that a satisfactory out
come will he the result.
Fargo, Moorhead and Lilvvorth en
gineers, and in fact all the railroad
men of these three places, have been
watching the big di&pute with the*
The steam horse pilots originally
asked fer an increase of 27 per cent
in the wage scale and this was denied.
Then they came down 10 per cent and
in the meantime the railroads came
forward "with an offer to allow 91-2
per cent in the wage scale. Accord
ing to the understanding that has
just been reached, representatives of
the two warring classes will meet In
a tew days and arbitrate the wage
scale, using as a basis the increase of
17 per cent as the high margin and
9 1-2 per cent as the low margin.
The engineers are now making
from $1 r0 to $185 a month on the
Great Northern and Northern Pacific
roads, which are two of the main
lines that are about to be affected.
There were twenty-six railroads west
of Chicago that are to be considered
In the arbitration.
The railroad conductors of these
western roads are watching the out
come of the engineers' war with much
interest. It is understood that the
ticket takers will also asik for a
raise,.following the settlement of the
P. A. WHITE WITH
Experienced Subscription Man Has
Been Secured to Manage the Cir.
cutation of his Paper.
The lndeieiident has secured the
services of P. A. White-, an experi
enced circulation man who will have
charge of tne subscription department
of the Independent. The big list has
grown to such mammoth proportions
that we are compelled to secure a
man to look after it exclusively. Mr.
White will travel over the northwest
ern part of the state, and will no
doubt add several hundred new sub
scribers to the list during the next
few months. Realizing that no one
wants to feel slighted, he will like
wise call upon you If you hav« inad
vertently failed to pay for your paper.
Mr. White is a gentlemanly fellow,
sn Interesting conversationalist, and
a few minutes' chat with him will be
worth all that he will ask you for the
This has been a busy week for the
Minot merchants. Many report the
holiday shopiping fully as heavy as
last year. People will buy Christmas
Increase the laying capacity of your
hens by feeding oyster shells, at $1.85
per 100 lb. sack, and bone meal at,
$2.00 per 60 lb. sack. Roell Hardware