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The outside attractiveness of yoi home
depends a lot on the way it is s* inted,
and whether or not you have well
kept lawn and garden lot.
Paint Up
Our hardware department
carries a full line of Minne
sota paints, the kind that last
the longest, whether you
want a House Paint, Barn
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paint or whether inside or
outside use. Also look over
our line of Varnishes and
Kalsomines, when you "Paint
Up," whether it's the house,
the furniture,porch or screens.
See our line.
Measurement of Efficiency in Pen
manship Applied to Pupils in
Our Langdon Schools
Langdon School Kids Evidently Some Ink
Splasher But More Likely to Exceed the
Speed Limit Than Secure the Blue Rib
bon Prize for Legibility and Accuracy
(Contributed by Sup't E. W. Kuhnes
During the past week the pupils
in our schools, the 4th to 8th grades
inclusive, were tested in writing. The
two important, essentials of penman
ship are legibility and speed, and any
test that is worth while must include
these two items.
The method of conducting the test
in our school was as follows: It was
explained to the pupils that they were
to write repeatedly the line "Mary
had a little lamb" as well as they
could and as rapidly as they could
during two minutes. All pupils wrote
with pen and ink on ruled paper.
When each pupil was ready to write
the pens were held in the air. At
the signal "ready" all arms came to
the desk in a writing position and at
the signal "write" all wrote. In
each case pupils were cautioned to
stop exactly when the word "stop"
was pronounced. These samples of
writing were scored for speed and for
quality. The standard of speed, the
njamber of letters written per minute,
given in the table below is the tenta
tive standard obtained by Professor
Starch of the University of Wisconsin
fjrom a large number of tests, and the
standard of quality are those of the
Ayers scale for measuring handwrit
ing. Each grade was given a prelimi
nary test differing from the real test
only in that a new sentence was writ
ten in the real test.
Table for Speed.
Standard Langdon
83 90.8
75 82.1
65 78
57 66
47 50
Table for Quality
Standard Langdon
57 57.8
53 55.6
47 40
43 38
2% 32
consideration of theae
tables it ia seen thpt tl)e pupils of the
Cles Up
Whether it's a garbage can,
whrelbarrow, lawn mower, or
garden tools or anything that
goes to add to the outside tidy
and attractiveness of your
home this spring our Hard
ware Department is in shape
to supply your needs.
We sell small hand power
Seed Drills, Cultivators and
Planters that save time and
money and make gardening a
pleasure and profit at the
same time.
Have your home look neat
and tidy this spring—it in
vites thrift and prosperity!
Dresden Loma
Langdon schools are high as to speed
and low a3 to quality. This is due in
part to greater emphasis being placed
on the part of the instructions "as
rapidly as you can and it is quite
possible that the western boy's desire
to make things go played no small
part. A large majority of Doctor
Starch's samples were secured from
eastern schools.
The interesting fact revealed by
these tests was not that the pupils in
our schools are high in speed of writ
ing and low in quality, but the very
wide range in the records made by
individual pupils of the respective
grades in both speed and quality of
writing. Roughly speaking, in any
one grade the pupils might be divided
into three classes: one-third receiving
an average in speed and quality that
was very near the standard, a second
third had an average much above the
standard and a third third with an
average below the standard. This
same condition existed with regard to
spelling as indicated by the tests
given some time since. In fact one
third of the pupils in each grade
seemed to be able to do the work of
the grade next above while another
third was able to do only the work of
the grade next below. We do not
wish it to be understood that we advo
cate promotion on the basis of spelling
and penmanship, but such a condition
as is revealed by the tests made our
schools and schools in other states
indicate that there is something vir
tually wrong with our present system
of grading and promoting pupils. Just
what is tiie remedy, we are not, at
present, in a position to say. Perhaps
the tests in reading that are being
given this week may help solve the
problem. There is no doubt, however,
that a more nearly perfect understand
ing of the individual pupil by the
teacher will work wonders. The size
of our school is such that an almost
ideal condition, a complete under
standing of pupil by teacher, might be
realized through co-operation of par
ents and teachers.
The "Peace Day" program, which
was planned for Tuesday, May 18th,
will be given Saturday afternoon,
May 15th, instead. Mrs. Mclntyre is
hostess for the occasion. Pass the
word along, that there-be a good at
Memorial Day Flowers
Order your Memorial Day flowers
now. My stock of panaies, asters,
verbenas, stock and red geraniums is
both fine and large.
43-44 Larimore N. D.
Dresden Man Learns of the Passing Away of
His Aged Parent in English Home
Hubert Williams, father of Geo.
A. Williams of Dresden, died in
Derby, England, at the advanced age
of 86 .years. He was born in Ports
mouth in Hampshire county, near the
Isle of Wight in the south of England,
where his boyhood days were spent.
In 1853 he entered St. Mark's col
lege in London, where he graduated
with high honors in 1854. In 1865
he went to Killeleagh Co. Down, Ire
land where he married Miss Annie
Smith. The three older children,
Mary Adele, Walter and George were
born there, George being an infant
when Mr. Williams returned to Eng
land, where he taught school in the
village of Orell in Cambridge county,
for a number of years. Finding it
necessary, with a growing family of
boys, to remove to a sphere of greater
activities he moved his family to the
county of Derbyshire, one of the
north midland counties of England and
ontinued to teach in the very pictur
esque and historical town of Hayfield,
noted for the wildness and'grandeur
of its rugged scenery where the Pen
nine chain of mountains, running from
the Scotch border, terminates in the
great Kinder Scout from the heights
of which the Kinder river falls with a
magnificence that attracts thousands
of tourists annually.
In the spring of 1882 the three
older children before mentioned sailed
for America of whom George, who is
well known in this community, is the
only one of the three living in this
country, Mary Adele (Mrs. D. Mc
Gruer) dying of typhoid fever in Spo
kane and Walter of dropsy, the result
of rheumatism contracted while work
ing in Winnipeg, his death occurring
in England, where he had returned in
hopes of recovering his health.
Mr. Williams at the time of his
death was living in the town of Derby
and had kept up a correspondence with
his son, George, covering a period of
over 30 years. He leaves an aged
wife and five sons to mourn his loss,
of. whom George is in Dresden, N.D.,
Bert, who came here a few years ago,
in Alta, Canada, and'Gilbert, Atheling
and Latimer, who reside in the im
mediate neighborhood of the old home
Nuptials of McLean-McMillan Young Couple
Well Known Milton Physician and
Pioneer Resident of the County
Dies of Pneumonia
People of the Entire County Pay a Fitting
Last Tribute to the Memory of Milton's
Well Known Medical Practitioner Who
Very Swell Affair at Winnipeg
An item in last Thursday's issue of
the Grand Forks Herald tells of an
interesting wedding of a Sarles young
couple which occurred at Winnipeg,
on Wednesday, May 5th. The parti
culars as given in the Herald state
that a very pretty wedding was sol
emnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
John Duncan, 62 Pearl street, Winni
peg, the contracting parties being
George McLean and Miss Tena Mc
Millan of Sarles, N. D. The cere
mony was performed by Rev. P. B.
Thornton of St. Paul's Presbyterian
church. The spacious parlors of the
Duncan residence were beautifully
decorated with cut flowers and a very
pretty scheme of the two nations'
flags blended into the color scheme
beautifully. Mrs. S. K. Hall sang
several solos in her usual charactistic
style. She was accompanied at the
piano by her husband, S. K. Hall. At
the conclusion of this, a very sumptu
ous dinner was served by Mrs. Dun
can. Among the out of town guests
were States' Attorney Grimson and
Mrs. Grimson of Langdon, N. D.
Attorney and Mrs. N. D. Nelson of
Munich, N. D., and Mr. and Mrs. D.
W. Elves and their little daughter,
Viviano, of Sarles, N. D. Mr. and
Mrs. McLean left on the Imperial
Limited last night for the coast,
where they will visit several points of
Last week Ben Kaercher, of Osna
brock, came down to consult A. O.
Disbrow in regard to a growth on his
jaw bone. After examination Dr.
Disbrow decided to take him to Grand
Forks for a consultation and examina
tion with Dr. Witherstine of that
city, who pronounced the case sarcoma
and that an operation was necessary
to save Mr. Kaercher's life. Jerry
Kaercher accompanied them on the
trip and remained with his brother
until after the operation. He was
down again on Tuesday evening of
this week and reports his brother as
doing nicely under the excellent care
of Dr. -Witherstine and the nurses of
St. Michael's hospital. His many
friends in this community will be
pleased to learn that he is on the way
to recovery. —Cavalier Chronicle.
First Located at Olga Thirty Years Ago.
Monday morning the people of
Langdon found it hard to believe the
news which came in a telegram from
Bismarck telling of the death of Dr.
J. J.
Reilly, the well known Milton
physician. Dr. Reilly passed away at
eleven o'clock Sunday forenoon, his
death resulting from pneumonia which
had followed an acute attack of ton
silitis during which an abscess had
formed in the throat, the breakng of
which jresulted in the rapid filling up
of the lungs and consequent suffoca
tion. He was under the care of a
Bismarck doctor from Friday until the
time of his death Sunday forenoon,
but until within an hour of his pass
ing away Doctor Reilly himself did
not appear to realize that his condition
was in anywise critical as he had been
troubled with affectations of the
throat on several occasions. The
messages, which conveyed to his
many Langdon friends and to his
brother, W. T. Reilly, and sister,
W. T. Reilly, who conveyed them to
MiltfP, arriving there on Tuesday's
noon" tr&ln. Yesterday's afternoon
train brought the funeral party from
Milton to Langdon when the remains
were given a final resting place in
Calvary cemetery in a grave by the
side of his younger brother, Edward
F. Reilly, the interment being pre
ceded by a brief funeral service at the
grave, Kev. Father Thiell officiating,
The immediate relatives, the families
of W. T. Reilly and J. W. Pratten
were accompanied on yesterday's sad
journey to Langdon by quite a large
concourse of the Milton and Osnabrock
friends of Dr. Reilly, who as a medi
cal practitioner here since 1885, was
known and held in high esteem by all
of the older residents of the county
A coincidence which is interesting and
recalled by an old resident who has
known the deceased since first coming
to this county is the fact that yester
day, May 12th, 1915, the date of the
funeral is the thirtieth anniversary of
the date when Dr. J. J. Reilly,
young man who had just attained his
majority first came to Olga and hung
out his shingle as an M. D., on May
12th, 1885. In all these years Doc.
Reilly had won for himself a friend
ship within his wide circle as a medi
cal practitioner over the county, who
did not desert him in the darker hours
which have seemed to gather as clouds
over the sky of a bright career as it
began to draw to a close. As a man
as well as a family physician it can
be said that he stood well in his home
county. It mattered not if the win
ter's blizzard was howling out of
doors, or if he knew that a patient
were in straightened circumstances
financially, Doc. Reilly always stood
ready to respond to the call for his
professional services and eagerly gave
the best of his knowledge and skill to
save the life of his fellow man. In
fact his practice came first and his
financial remuneration was only given
secondary consideration. An evidence
that Dr.
J. J.
Reilly is not alone
mourned by those who knew him best
here in Cavalier county, where he had
lived for thirty years is found in the
fact that activity at the state peni
tentiary at Bismarck was completely
at the
direction of
Talcott during the time that Dr.
Reilly's funeral was being held. Not
wheel of the
moved and
the work of the inmates of that insti
tution ceased from the time the
party left Milton at noon for
Langdon, until their leaving here at
three ^o'clock. What better testimony
could be offered of the esteem in
Which the deceased was held during
the two years he had spent there, as
the result of a conviction for what
there are many who stoutly maintain
he w»» innocent
The pall bearers at the funeral yes-
terday afternoon \yere Senator C. W.
Plain, Hon. Chas. A. Olson, Frank
Delling, John Wild, Allan McDonald
and Co. Com'r Robt. Laing, promi
nent Milton townsmen of the deceased.
W. Pratten, at Milton, the
news of the doctor's death were the
first intimation received by anyone
here that he was otherwise than in
his usual health. The messages from
Bismarck were sent by Peter Reid,
formerly of Langdon, who now holds
the position of deputy warden at the
state penitentiary. Mr. Reid, who
might be termed a life long friend of
the doctor, accompanied the remains
from Bismarck to Fargo, where he
was met by the deceased's brother,
rFTPRDATinw AT TftMA °pe
Norway's Day of National Independence Will
be Fittingly Observed by Soo Town
The Seventeenth of May, which is
Monday of next week, is the date of a
big celebration to be held at Loma in
observance of the anniversary of Nor
way's independence. The bills that are
out for the event give a program that
it is pretty certain will not be missed
by many of the residents of the south
end of the county. Addresses will be
given by prominent Scandinavian
speakers from over the state. Lang
don is sending over a big crowd of
visitors to Loma that day headed by
the city band. There will be sports
of all kinds, base ball games in the
afternoon and a big dance in the
evening. All the towns over the
county have been billed and if weather
conditions permit it is safe to say that
Loma will entertain a thousand visi
tors from all over the county at its
celebration of the Seventeenth of May
to be held next Monday.
Eggs bought at top prices in trade
at the Stilwell store.
Teachers examinations are being
conducted this week by Co. Supt.
Reher here in Langdon and at Munich.
Mrs. H. E. Fay went north to
Hannah on Tuesday for a visit of a
few days at the home of her parents,
Walter Hunter is around on crutches
this week as the result of a lame foot
from stepping on a nail while out at
the farm recently.
Langdon's band goes to Loma next
Monday to furnish the music for the
Soo town's monster celebration of the
Seventeenth of May
J. J. Robson returned on yester
day's passenger from a trip to the
stock markets of South St. Paul, to
which place he shipped a car of cattle
and hogs on Saturday's stock train.
Patrick O'Tool, Joseph Faye and
William Fahey of Crystal were here
yesterday attending the funeral of Dr.
Reilly of Milton. All three gentlemen
were old family friends of the Reillys
down east.
Wheat prices have been declining
steadily during the week with the
result that No. 1 hard had dropped
from a dollar and a half a bushel to
$1.40, but revived again Tuesday
when it jumped up eight cents.
The statements of Langdon's two
national banks, the First National and
Cavalier County National banks, are
published in another column of this
week's issue of the Courier-Demcorat.
Each of the statements show the
banks to be in a most excellent finan
cial condition. The call statement of
May 1st is the third showing of their
condition of business made by them
during the present year.
Mrs. Geo. M. Price of this city, in
letters and newspapers received dur
ing the past week from Kingston,
Ont., received news of the death of
a cousin, Lieut. Calvin W Day, a
young officer of the first Canadian
contingent whose name was among
those who fell on the battle field at
Ypres in northern France. He was
twenty-four years old and had just
graduated as a Ph. D., when he en
listed for service last August.
Seniors, that the
Juniors have begun to plan their ban
Plans are being made for a prelimi
nary contest, to decide for a repre
sentative for the declamation contest
in Grand Forks.
Friday of next week the seventh
and eighth grades will be at home to
their parents and friends, when they
will give a program and exhibit all
the work in art done this year.
With the end of the last six weeks
the seats were again changed for the
last time. This time the students are
seated according to the number o£
credits they have. Thus the seniors
gain the back row.
The track team, which consists of
Marcus Smith, Llewellyn Row, Alex
McLean and Arthur Robertson, leave
for Fargo Friday, They will be ac
companied by John Robertson, who
has been acting as their coach. The
team which goes to Grand Forks next
week to represent Langdon in the
track meet there is much larger.
Friday night the third annual
county fair was held in the gymna
sium. Everything in the line ofi
stunts was new, and all bigger and
better than before. The parade was
also very good. The $135 which was
made proves that the people of Lang
don appreciate the school county fairs.
Last week was a very busy one for
the whole school. The fourth, fifth
and sixth grades entertained their
parents and friends with a May pole
dance. Owing to the damp weather it
was held in the gymnasium instead of
on the lawn as was planned. The
program showed that there had been
much work done by teachers and
Friday of this week at 8 p. m.
sharp, in the gymnasium, the first
grades will put on the four act ope»
etta entitled "Cinderella in Flower
Daisy—Majorie Dickson
In Partnership
With the Public
No institution ie more closely dependent
upon general conditions than is the bank.
It the public prospers the bank prospers.
Therefore the First National Bank is not en
tirely unselfish when it does everything within
its power to promote the general good of Lang
don, You many times multiplied, are the
public. By assisting you, as one of our deposi
tors, we are able to assist the community. You
are benefitted—the community is benefitted,
and so are we.
Prince Sunshine—Jack Sylvester
The Proud Sisters—Frances Bain
Ruth Price
All other pupils of the primary
grades take part. Admission 25 and
15 cents. Everybody welcome.
Open Tenders Wanted
The board of supervisors of South
Dresden township will receive bids for'
the following jobs of road work at the
hours and places stated below on
Tuesday, June 1st, 1915:
Between Sections 25 and 26, of
South Dresden township at 9:30
o'clock in the forenoon.
On the town line, between Section
25, in South Dresden township and'
Section 30 of Langdon township, at
the hour of 1:30 o'clock in the after
Between Sections 9 and 16, in
South Dresden township, at the hour
of 2:30 o'clock in the afternoon.
Between Sections 19 and 20 in
South Dresden township, at the hour
of 3:30 o'clock in the afternoon
The right is reserved by the Icai
to reject any or all bids.
The bidder to whom the contract
for the work is awarded must furnish
a satisfactory bond for the proper
completion of the work.
By Order of the Town Board:
43-45 Clerk.

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