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Make Final Proofs, Filings, General Land Office Practice. Money alwyys on nand for Farm Loans. Offices in Schnlke Block. LANGDON, N. DAKOTA. 0USTAV BRECKE, .-•NOTARY PUBLIC Real Estate, Loans, Conveyancing. MILTON N. DAK TOWNSHIP CLERKS AND JUSTICE OF THE PEACE We carry a complete line of Township and Justice Court BLANKS In fact everything necessary to successfully carry on the busi ness of the township. Your Order will be Appreciated. Courier-Democrat. Daisy Roller Feed Mill FRED ALPSTAG PROPRIETOR. Flour, Bran, Shorts and Fresh Garden and Field Seeds. Fresh Baled Hav Garden and Field SEEPS SEEDS All Orders Given Prompt Attention. City Delivery. PHONE 58. N. Dak. Langdon AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM HAY & LIEBELER CITY MEAT MARKET Fresh and Salt Meats of all kinds constantly on hand Game and Fish in Season Orders delivered in city PHONE 36 AlJert Winter bave plenty of money to loan on Unit and aaoond mortgages. LAND OF MIRAGES Death Valley and Its Treacherous Lures of Beauty. WORK OF A GOOD SAMARITAN. Beck, the Prospector, Who Has Made the Desert Bloom With Guideposts Pointing the Way to Water and Saved Many Men From Death. In the American Magazine is an arti cle about Lew Westcott Beck, who is known as the "good Samaritan of Death valley." He and his dog, Ru fus, have saved many prospectors from a horrible death by making the desert blossom with guideposts showing the way to water. The following is an ex tract from the article: "Time was when Beck was a plain prospector in the Cripple Creek coun try. He was in on the diggings at Leadville. and he panned around in Montana awhile. Likewise he rushed into the Big Horn at the time of the mineral strike there, but he never struck a lead that made him rich. "Eventually he drifted down through Nevada and into Death valley, chasing rainbows. Wild rumors about "Death Valley' Scott.v's big find In that section electrified the country, and scores of prospectors rushed into the desert ex pecting to make their fortune in a few days. Beck was 'among those pres ent' "There were several in Beck's party. They hiked many miles through the mirage land, finding nothing worth •while and worrying constantly lest they exhaust their supply of water. For two days they sought water holes, and when out o£ water they went for hours with tongues swollen and lips parched from want of moisture. Then when death seemed inevitable they suddenly discovered a tiny stream trickling out of a canyon at the base of the Panamint mountains. When Beck returned to civilization he was a changed man. He had seen sands that were strewn with skulls, and that sight bad put a big idea into his head. "Came spring, and Beck made an other trip through Death valley. At his side was a Newfoundland dog. The prospector carried a bundle of tin strips. They were signboards to guide the wanderers' steps aright "Each summer since then the pros pector and his dog have made a jour ney to the land of the purple mist, pil ing up rocks and attaching signs to them, searching for lost travelers and incidentally keeping a lookout for a piece of precious metal. Once or twiee Rufus has led his master to prospectors who, after long suffering from thirst, had fallen upon the burning sands to die. "In signboarding the desert Beck has saved a number of thirst mad rain bow chasers and has also in remote districts stumbled upon the bleaching bones of dead men who may have found fortunes in the silver sulphuret district, but who did not live to tell the world about it. At one time he as sisted at the burial of four men who died of thirst within two miles of a spring. "The country that Beck traverses is the most arid section of the American continent—a dreary stretch of hun dreds of miles of desert dotted here and there with foothills, buttes. dry creek beds, chaparral, prickly pear and sagebrush. Springs are miles upon miles apart Most of them are bitterly alkali, and some are poison. "On an ordinary summer afternoon the thermometer runs up to about 134 degrees in the shade out in Death val ley, and the most unpleasant thing about it is that there is a dearth of shade. When man ventures out upon this trackless expanse the shimmering heat dazes him. the scarcity of water crazes him. and the mirage—treacher ous. lying thing of beauty that It is— looms ever before him. flashing upon the canvas of his mind's eye a verdant valley, gorgeously green with growing things, fresh with flowers, wet with water and waiting to 'welcome him. "He can see grassy hill slopes just ahead, and the mirrored lake appears to lie just beyond some beckoning meadow. He follows on and on and afterward drains the last drop from his canteen. Then his throat becomes parched, his tongue cleaves to the roof of his mouth, and strange things pass before his eyes. The buzzards begin to soar over him. and the coyotes sit upon their hunkers and watch him chase rainbows until he pitches for ward upon his face and closes his eyes upon a world that is too mysterious and merciless for him to linger in longer." Song of a Little River. There's no music like a little river's. It plays the same tune (and that's the favorite) over and over again, and yet it does not weary of it like men fid dlers. It takes the mind out of doors, nnd. though wo should bo grateful for good houses, tliore is. after all, no house like God's out ef doors. And, lastly, sir. It quiets a man down like saying his prayers.—Robert Louis Ste venson. Rejected. He—Ik' initio and you will make ma the happiest IIIMII In tlio world. She— I'm very sorry, but unfortunately I want to (to happy myself.—Uoston Transcript Evil counsel Is swift In its march. I'lutiircb. By EMERSON BURR1S My doctor told me to go into the country and live outdoors. To get the whole benefit of the situ ation I set up a tent. 1 built a floor with my own hands and did what I could to make tny habitation attrac tive. In this I failed signally. It is not in a man to beautify a home. At any rate, it was not in me. The in terior furnishings of mine consisted of a cat and a trunk. As for food. I was encamped on the lmnk of a stream in which there were plenty of fish, and when I wanted meat I could shoot game, but not near where I was. I had to go quite a distance for that and usually made an all day trip of it. In the region near about me there were scattered houses, some of them farmhouses, some summer cottages for city persons, for the country was very beautiful and the air salubrious. The greater part of these houses were now vacant, but there were a number of them occupied. None of them were very near ma. or, rather, in selecting a camping ground I got as far as pos sible away from all of them. One day, on returning from a hunt ing trip, on entering my tent I met with a surprise. A dninty little wash stand, with bowl and pitcher, stood in one corner, while above it hung a small mirror. Several colored litho graphs were pinned to the tent walls. On the floor was a wicker armchair such as is used in summer on piazzas. In the center of the tent was a tiny table, with a lamp on it. I had used a candle. That some woman had done all this was my first thought that she had seen me and taken an interest in me tvas my second that she was young, comely and otherwise attractive was my third. These preliminaries having flashed through my mind. I looked about me to observe the cottages nearest me with a view to locating the lady who had made me comfortable. The sur rounding dwellings were all on higher ground and my view of most of them unobstructed by trees. There they were, bathed in the light of the setting sun, but not one of them had a word of information for me. And yet I fan cied that concealed in one of them a girl had a pair of glasses fixed on me. watching to see how I acted at the moment of my discovery of her handi work. So I stood in front of the tent with my face toward the landscape, took off my hat and threw a kiss. No response came to me. The cot tages were as unite as before. But in fancy I heard a musical laugh ring ing out on the quiet air. Building my fire in my improvised range, a number of flat stones. I pro ceeded to cook my supper, a brace of quails I had shot during the day. I was thinking the while that my bene factress was watching me. And the next day I had proof that she was. for. going to the spring from which I ob tained my water supply, on my return I found sticking in the ground a few yards from my tent an arrow and wrapped about it a bit of paper bear ing the words: Leave anything you wish cooked at the store and it will he attended to. I was not slow in availing myself of the invitation—not that I needed imvh culinary work done, but because I hoped thereby to get a clew of the cook. But in this I was disappointed. The store keeper was an old woman, who was very deaf, or pretended to be at least she turned a deaf ear to my inquiries. The only reply I got was "Tomorrow." I inferred that I was to come tomor row for the bird left, and when I did so I received it delicionsly cooked. I will not specify the devices I em ployed to find out who was my bene factress. I made excuses to chat with several of the ladies of the neighbor hood. Of one I begged the loan of a needle and thread, of another a little baking powder, of another some qui nine. Eafli and every one of these persons granted my request willingly, but I gained no information from any one of them. THE COURIER-DEMOCRAT THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1913 I discovered my girl, however, and by accident, or. rather, by taking ad vantage of seeing something that gave a clew. Having occasion to visit the express office at the railway station, I saw a box bearing the label of a vend er of sporting goods addressed to a Miss Clara Farnsworth. The size and shape of the box led me to believe that it contained archery goods. I straight way inquired which was the Farns worth cottage, and my informant di rected me to one no nearer and no far ther than the rest, but especially well situated to get a view of my camp. Tagging a bullet with a note of thanks to Miss Farnsworth for her kindness to mo, I fired the bullet into a largo tree in the front yard of the Farnsworth place. The next day a note came to me through the post from Mrs. Farnsworth acknowledging that the family had soon my camp and could not resist a temptation to make It more comfortable. The lady also ex tended an Invitation fur me t/i call. I found Mr. and Mrs. Farnsworth's family to consist of one daughter nlne teen years old. Now that the secret was out she enjoyed exceedingly my description of my feelings ill seeing my tent made more comfortable nnd at finding the note bearing arrow In my front yard. As I had suspected, NIIO hud wutchod me tlirougli an opera glass on both oeeiiHloiiH, The lit ugh I ha«J heard In iiiiiigliiiillou WUN II real one (bough too fur for mo to hoar. SHIP TRIED TO DO TURKEY TROT Lively Time In a Typhoon Off Philippine Coast. MIXED COMPANY ABOARD. Americans, Spanish and Filipinos Shared Vessel With Steers, Goats. Pigs, Chickens and Ducks—Every thing Jumbled, With Plenty of Noise. AGOO MILE ride on a Spanish steamer was too full of ex citement ever to be forgotten. The sea was placid when we sailed out of Manila bay. but it didn't remain so. On the deck with the passengers, separated by a movable board fence, was a general assortment, including several runted steers, a drove of goats, half a dozen long nosed, short bodied razorback pigs and a flock of chickens and ducks. The bellowing of the steers, bleating of the goats, crowing of roosters, cackling of hens and quacking of ducks constituted the mu sic of the trip, and there was lots of it day and night Not an officer or member of the crew understood English, and none of our party understood Spanish or any of the fifty different Filipino dialects. So long as the sea was placid that did not much matter, but there came a time when we would have given liberally to have enjoyed the advantages of the all around linguist Along Came the Typhoon. It was at sunset the second day out, just as the evening meal had been looked at and sniffed. Rapidly mov ing clouds were discovered following the slow sailing Costellaina, our steam er. A half clad and more than half crazy Filipino sailor was first to see it and chatter an alarm. The Spanish captain ran for his spy glass, gave one quick, nervous glance, threw down the glass and began to flop his ajrms and scream orders in a way that not only frightened the pas sengers. but demoralized the crew. Looking fully as wild as the onrush ing black clouds, between his gyrating dances, the captain pointed at the clouds and shouted, "Typhoon, ty phoon!" following with what we took to be orders to crew and passengers. Pandemonium Aboard Ship. The first stroke of the dreaded mon ster stripped the canvas that covered Qs PANDEMONIUM ON THE SHIP. the mess table and swept some of the dishes into the sea and the rest to the floor. Then followed pandemonium. Offi cers and crew flew about shouting, chattering, moaning, hunting for things to hang on to. And the passengers imitated them in the matter of seeking temporary safety by hugging posts and clinging to the sides of the ship. The wind grew in speed and power every second and howled dismally, and rain dropped by the barrel. A glance at an officer or member of the crew brought chills to the Ameri can passengers. Ship Did the Turkey Trot. Within ten minutes the ship, a long and narrow craft and very old. was outdoing the Spanish captain in its dancing. It was not content to fairly stand on one end and dive into the sea with the other, but rocked back and forth for a change until it seemed as if the last hour was close at hand. If a man loosened his hold on the side or was wrenched from the hugged post ho rolled or spun from side to side. Several were badly hurt in that way. Above the roar of the typhoon were heard the moaning and prayers of the natives, tlio bellowing of steers, squoal Ing of pigs and bleating of goats as they were tossed or rolled from side to Hide. The clear bluo sky and hot August sun of the noxt morning were welcom ed as no other sky or sun WIIH ever before welcomed.—Lloutouunt Colonel J. A, Wstrous. W. H. A Ketlred, la Chicago HeeoriMJerstd. WORKINGMAN CAN'T BE AN AMATEUR GOLFER IN ENGLAND. Abo Mitchell, the noted golfer. says that ho was driven into t.lie & professional ranks on account of ,1 the intense hostility shown to & him in the last two amateur tournaments because of the fact that ho is a workingman. He $ says: "My chief offense has been that I was born an artisan. In following tny occupation to get a "'M UJ'IIM'II I*R living, tirst as a gardener, then as a chauffeur. 1 had more oppor tunitios to play golf than the or dinar.v British artisan has the right to expect. There are golf game classes in England, and an & artisan golfer is not wanted in amateur circles." Mitchell says that he fully in (ended to cross the Atlantic to jj compote in both the amateur and open tournaments, but was warned before his departure that measures would be taken to pre vent him from driving from the first tee. 4 APPLEGARTH'S STANDING. Noted English Sprinting Champion Is Under Suspicion. England may lose her star sprinter before the time for the 1916 Olympic games at Berlin rolls around. W. R. Applegarth of the Polytechnic Har riers, by long odds the greatest sprint er that England has developed in the last decade, is under suspicion as to his amateur standing, and it is a pretty well known fact that the of ficials of the Amateur Athletic asso ciation are seriously considering start ing something in Applegarth's direc tion. Applegarth is a messenger by profession, and as such he is supposed to draw down a very small stipend. Despite this fact, since he has become prominent as an athlete Applegarth has been able to be away from his work a great deal and has become nearly as famous as a tourist in Eng land and Scotland as has Secretary Bryan in this country. In England athletes are not allowed to accept car fare expenses from the promoters of athletic games, and the English officials are considering asking Apple garth where he gets the money to do so much traveling. The British officials never start an inquiry as to an athlete's amateur standing until they have "the goods" on the man they are after. Therefore, if Applegarth is called before an in vestigation board, it is fair to assume that he will walk the plank, as Alfred Shrubb did several years ago. JOHNSON SIGNS FOR $12,000. Washington Pitcher Now Highest Salaried of His Craft. Walter Johnson, the Washington American league club's great pitcher, signed his 1914 contract at a salary of 912,000 for the season. It did not take Johnson and Manager Griffith long to come to terms. The Washington man ager wanted the pitcher to sign for a term of three years, but Johnson re fused. It is believed that the salary the Washington club has agreed to pay Johnson next year makes liini the high est salaried twirler in baseball, and tlio opinion among fans is that he is worth every cent of it. Johnson has been a member of the Washington club since the fall of 1007 and was a success from the start. He is twenty-five years old and. according to experts, should be a better pitcher ten years from now than he is today, as he possesses an easy delivery and cuts loose with terrific speed with ap parently no effort. Johnson's record this season is the best he has established since he en tered professional ranks. He has won thirty-six games and lost seven. He is leading both leagues in the matter of games won. The big pitcher signed a three year contract in April, 1910, calling for $7,000 a season, after holding out for nearly a month. GARDINER QUITS. Rowing and Football Star Still Feels Old Injury. Tudor Gardiner, widely known as a champion amateur sculler, failed in his attempt to come back as a varsity football star at Harvard. Gardiner, considered All American tackle mate rial, fractured his arm during the Princeton contest of 1911 and was forced out of Crimson football. A year's rest, in which time he coach ed the freshman football team, con vinced Gardiner that his arm was as good as it over had been, and as a re sult he sought a position as end on this season's eleven. The wear and tear of football, however, soon told 011 the injured limb, and ho has announc ed his retirement. Langford Versus Johnson. Sam Langford states that lie will light. Jack Johnson In Paris in a few months. Joseph Woodman, Sam Langt'ord's manager, also makes the following statement: "DoHplto all reports to the contrary, Langford has twenty round light with Jack Johnson next. December In Paris sowed up. Naturally, Johnson, when ho agreed to our terms, consid ered 1/unirford a better mini than Joun nettw, and we 11 rt» going to prove It be yond the question of doubt this lime." INDIVIDUALITY OF SEED DISCUSSED Influence of H- redily Strong in Plant Lite. HOW TO SELECT THE BEST (By C. B. GURSLEE, Graduate of South Dakota State College.) A bin of grain may be compared to a herd of cattle, and superior individ auls may be selected from the bin of £rain as well as from the herd of cat tle. Individual kernels of grain vary as much in ability of production as do individual animals. The heav.vt*lump seeds were produced in most case?, upon the strongest and most vigorous plants, and the light, shrunken seeds from the weaker, less vigorous plants. That "like produces like" is a well known fact in plant breeding. The influence of heredity is as strong in plant life as in animal life. Improve ments can be effected only by eliminat ing the poorest and breeding for the strongest individuals. Hence, there is as much reason for selecting good in dividual seed of grain as for select ing good individual animals. A plump, heavy kernel of grain will produce a stronger plant and nourish it better than will a shrunken, light kernel. This fact has been demon strated beyond doubt by testing thfe yield from light and heavy seeds. Being convinced of the value of good seed the question now arises: How may a farmer select good seed in a practical manner? Every field or bin of grain has klfcnels in it which differ in producing power some are good, some are poor. It is only the best that is wanted for seed. There are two principles by which grain can be separated in ordinary fanning mills, namely, by weight and by size of kernel. The large, heavy kernels will most likely be comparatively free from foul seeds, and an increased yield from two to ten bushels per acre may be expected. It often happens that in a field of grain parts of the field produce grain of a better quality than do other parts. This may be due to the condition of the soil, to rust or to lodging. It will often pay to cut and thresh these best patches by themselves and keep this seed by itself from which to separate grain for sowing. Unless very care ful methods of selecting seed from these patches are followed better re sults can not be expected thani from the similar method of selection, by the use of the fanning mill. Grain to be used for seed should be allowed to fully mature. Ig it is neces sary to harvest grain a little green it should be carefully shocked and capped to allow the seed to fill. It is preferable to let grain go through the "sweat" in the stack, instead of risk ing its heating in the bin. Store seed where it can be kept dry and unmixed and do not allow it to heat. Smutty seed can be so treated as to kill the smut pores and not affect the vitality of the seed, thus the suc ceeding grain crops will be practical ly free from smut. There are a num ber of chemicals that will kill smut, but the formaldehyde treatment is recommended as being the cheapest, and easiest, applied and least danger ous to use. The tormaldehyde treatment will kill the stinking smut of wheat and the loose smut of oats. Tt will not rid wheat or barley of loose smut. Treating seed corn for corn smut does no good. Corn smut spreads rapidly if the smut balls are thrown on the manure pile and the manure is spread on the corn fields. The only way to decrease the amount of smut in corn is to pluck off the smut balls and burn them. "Running out" of varieties is due to careless selection of seed grain and poor tilling rather than to natural causes which deteriorate the variety. By reserving the best piece of grain on the farm for seed and by the use of the fanning mill and grain grader, the yield can .be increased and a va riety made more valuable to the local ity. Buying seeds every few years from regions having different soils and climate is unwise. The farmer who saves his own seed grain, providing it is pure, and who increases the weight per bushel as much as possible with a good fanning mill, has a much better chance of harvesting a good crop in the fall than the purchaser of seed that has very likely been produced under conditions very different from those which prevail in his own local ity. 'I* "I* »J* -I' »J« -J- .J •I* 4. TV vrm arp nnt citnatofl on »f. If you are not situated so that you can let your hogs out draw a load of earth and throw it into the pens now and then. The hogs will work it over and take a lot of comfort doing it. Makes them grow faster, too. •I* 'b -J- *1- •[. -J. New Forage Plant. A 'new crop called Sudan grans, which Is another of the sorghums, gives great promise as 11 buy crop for the dry land districts of the West. It Is the most rapid growing of all the similar crops, und, although ex perimental work HUH been limited so far, it Is expected that It will be adapted to the dry districts In Mow tana and North Dakota, as well as tbe Southern states.