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VOL. XXXVI. NO. 2.
"Rats" and Royalty.
In "Random Recollections," by R.
3aton Woodville, is a Story in wbicb
King George (wben Duke of York» fig
ures. Tbe duke was examining a new
Mauser rifle of tbe latest pattern—tbe
type then purchased by Kruger—which
bad been presented to Mr. Woodville:
"I showed bim the rifle and its mech
anism and expressed an opinion tint it
jwas superior to the Lee-Metford and
Lee-Enfield rifles. 1 had a very talk
ative parrot wbicb did not always
use polite language. Tbe duke exam
ined tbe two rifles carefully and at last
expressed an opinion that he thought
our rifle better, or. at any rate, as good,
wben a voice came from behind his
back with the rude remark, 'Rats!' It
was my parrot The duke wheeled
round. 'Who said that?' be asked, and
the bird again repeated. *Rats, rats!'"
And Red Is the All Pervading Color of
tho Roal Native.
"Red is tbe obsessing color of tbe
real Russian. His word for beautiful
Is 'preskrasnee,'" says a writer,
wbicb means literally 'very red.' A
peasant girl in gala dress is red from
tbe scarf on ber bead to ber bright red
boots, often relieved only by tbe white
blouse, on which again is red embroid
ery. The snow white steps of state in
tbe Kremlin are called the 'red stairs'
as a tribute to their beauty and with
ao suggestion of their color.
"Russia is not barbaric. It is simple
and childlike, whence its enormous
charm. And it is a dancing nation: tbe
dances are national, unique and quite
unociental. Peasants may be seen In
their log built villages dancing away
until they almost drop from fatigue.
The Russian dance is full of vitality,
spontaneous and strenuous tbe east
ern dance is restrained, suggestive and
"Russian literature is supposed to be
consistently gloomy. Of course there is
a tendency to depression, but it would
be equally correct to assume tbat Ger
man literature consists only of clas
sical annotations and scientific treat
STORE TO HOLD OPENING
Beautiful Windows Decorated "SABLES" OF RABBIT SKINS.
For Formal Reception of
Friends On Next
A BIG DISPLAY OP GOODS
Those passing the new Wardrobe
store yesterday and today, have been
attracted by the beautiful display in
the windows of the splendid new
Wardrobe building on Main street. In
anticipation of the formal opening
which is to be held on Saturday some
of the most attractive patterns in up
to date mens furnishings have been
arranged in the large windows in an
artistic and attractive manner, show
ing to advantage the many new de
signs in spring styles. The Wardrobe
which has been a popular store in the
new quarters, has taken a position
with the best places of its kind in the
state and on Saturday the proprietors
will make it pleasant and profitable
for the friends who call.
IT'S BETTER LATE
TO STAft A BANK ACCOUNT
The Earlier The Endeavor
THE LARGER THE AMOUNT!
Ameriea 8«nda Many Palta to Paris
Spokane, Wash.—Local postofflce em
ployees who loaded and unloaded four
wagon loads of rabbit pelts consigned
to Paris believe they have discovered
the source of some of the "sable" furs
of tbe world's fashion center.
Homer Elwell, superintendent of the
railway mails, was astonished not long
ago when tbe postmaster at Chewelah
wired him that sixty big mail pouches
would be required to ship a consign
ment of rabbit skins to Paris. While
Mr. Elwell considered the request a
joke, he finally sent the pouches.
Railway mail clerks declared that
they bad been receiving small ship
ments of the pelts for several weeks.
The latest shipment is said to have
been made by a Mr. Oppenheimer, a
buyer. The parcel post rules provide
dried pelts may be sent through tb
WITH WINTER WHEAT
Tests Made at Willlstoo, N. 0.,
YIELDS PER ACRE NOT URGE
Seven varieties of winter wheat
were sown In standing corn at Willis
ton (N. D.) substation Aug. 17, 1912.
The wheats were sown with a double
disc drill at an average depth of about
two inches. The depth was not very
uniform on account of the corn stalk?
interfering with the drill. The stalks
were left standing in the field over
winter for protection. The object was
to determine if winter wheat would
kill out with this form of protection.
DANSWCh: IhejfiiMt remiBBiyurt •QUiefcly._aft&
made a good growth before the soil
had frozen for the winter. The va
rieties killed out from 35 to 79 per
A new strain record, No. 255, show
ed strongest vitality. The effect of
the drouth was more noticeable on
the winter strains than on the spring
grain. This was possibly due to the
earliness of ripening, before the late
The yields per acre ranged from 6.8
bushels to 15.6 bushels per acre.
In 1913 winter wheat was planted on
three different dates—Aug. 17, Sept.
2 and Sept. 17. The wheat sown Sept.
17 barely came up enough to be no
ticeable. and it was practically a fail
ure. There was very little difference
in yield between the two early sowing
dates this season. That sown Aug.
17 yielded 7.8 bushels per acre that
sown Sept. 2 yielded 8.1 bushels per
acre. Record No. 121, catted Belog
lina, was used in this test. The wheat
was threshed Aug. 16.
An almost unlimited quantity of old
newspapers suitable for wrapping and
.her purposes can be had at 100 for
5 cents at the Times-Reoord office.
The American National Bank
VALLEY CITY. N. D.
Surplus and Preftte
We pay 5 per cent Interest on Time Deposits if left one year
MASS THIS BANK YOUR BANK
JAMES GRADT, President
H. a MYHRO, Vice-Pres.
H. C. A A MOTH. Cashier
A.C. THORKELSON, Asst Cash
SECTION TWO THIS ISSUE TWELVE PAGES PAGES 9 TO 12
THE WEEKLY TIMES-RECORD
VALLEY CITY. NORTH DAKOTA, THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 1914.
CORN 6R0WN BY NORTH DAKOTA EXPERIMENT STATION.
Corn to one of the most Important crops grown' in the Dakotas. It
is a sort of an insurance crop, in that it is one of the most dependable in
producing forage and where it has been grown the land has been put in
the best shape for producing a crop of grain the following year.
In the Edgeley (N. D.) report for 1913 the following statement is made:
"Corn has always, without exception, been the most valuable crop grown
for forage"—and the report covers eleven years of work. When the fall
ts favorable it can be depended upon to produce a good crop of grain as
As preparation for a grain crpp corn land usually excels the bare
fallow. In Bulletin No. 100 North Dakota Experiment Station an expert
meat is reported in which one field was grown to wheat for fifteen years
continuously. The total yield was 20'6 bushels per acre. An adjoining "eld
had cem oae year, followed by three years of wheat This rotation wa»
repeated through the fifteen years with a total production of 233 bushels
•f wheat per acre, a gain of twenty-seven bushels, in addition to four com
On the North Dakota demonstration farms it was found tbat wheat,
after wheat, averaged twelve and three^uarter bushels, while wheat follow
ing corn averaged twenty burtiala.
BE A SPINSTER AND
LIVE LONG, HE SAYS
tistics on Death Rita.
New York—The spinster Uvea longer
than the married woman.
The business woman lives longer
than the business man.
Tbe woman who takes out an endow
ment insurance policy lives longer
than the woman who takes out a
straight life policy.
These facts—and Arthur Hunter, ac
tuarj of a leading company, said tbey
were facts—were gathered last year by
experts in the employ of the forty
three leading companies in tbis coun
Mr. Hunter didn't explain why the
unmarried woman survives the matron
nor why the business woman outlives
the business man, but he revealed why
the woman who takes unto herself an
endowment policy lasts longer than, the
woman who has to die to win.
"The endowment womac just gets
up her spirit and determines to live
until the policy matures," he said. "The
other woman sighs. 'Oh, what's the
use?* and shuffles off."
Mr. Hunter said there were more
fatal accidents in tbis country than
elsewhere because of the American
"I'll take a chance" spirit The Amer
ican, he said, takes all sorts of risks to
save tiine and inconvenience. The for
eigner. doesn't do tbat at home, but
when he comes here he becomes in
"Tbe mortality rate among engineers
and firemen is eight times tbat of men
in other callings," he said, and among
policemen about 40 per cent higher.
With policemen it is on the increase."
Mr. Hunter said that the business
woman kept herself going by a deter
mination to fight it out. Sbe had some
thing tangible, something to live for,
whereas the business man takes his
work as a matter of course and is apa
"JAG" CURE COSTS $10,000.
Minnesota Experimental Farm Saves
Thirty-nine Patients In a Year.
St Paiil.—Minnesota's "jag farm" at
Wilmar has succeeded in Its mission,
but it has been an expensive enter
prise, according to the report
The c'6st of running the farm for 9
years was &85,£& Eighty-eight men
were admitted for treatment Thirty
nine were said to have been cured.
Thirteen have relapsed. Eleven are
missing and thirteen are back for mora
treatment at $10,000 per cure.
TAKE UP DEBATIN6
Daniels' Suggestion to Be Car
ried Out by Captain Fiitlam.
Annapolis, Md.—Captain William F.
Fullam, superintendent of tbe Naval
academy, 1ms taken up the suggestion
of the secretary of the navy that the
midshipmen of the first class engage in
debates on current subjects to improve
tbeir acquaintance with the news of
the day and to increase their ability to
think and talk on their feet. He has
bad several consultations with mem
bers of the department of English and
other instructors and officers and will
endeavor to fit something along this
line into the already rather crowded
curriculum of the first class.
The need f«r apeciat training of the
midshipmen along the lines of writing
mid speaking on the topics of the day
has been recognized, and much has
been done to further it. The practice
of having the first class men respond
to' toasts was started more than a year
ago by Captain Gibbons, then superin
tendent, and is carried on with much
success. A period of an hour and a
half or two hours is devoted to this
every week, one midshipman acting as
toastmaster. others responding to set
toasts or making extemporaneous re
marks on each occasion. In this way
each member of the graduating class
has the opportunity of speaking sev
eral times during the year. Members
of the English department are always
present as critics.'
WHISTLE HYMNS IN CHURCH.
Boy Chorus of Fifty Helps to "Hu
Philadelphia.—A chorus of fifty boys,
after considerable training with no
small amount of patience, whistled the
hymn tunes in the services of the Cal
vary Reformed church here. The girls
carried the hymn with their soprano
voices, and the effect is said to have
been rather startling.
Another innovation in the movement
for "humanizing" such services was
the "all girl" service in the same
church preceding the whistling.
Unjoints Shoulder Twelve Times.
Philadelphia.—For the twelfth time
within a year William Symonds. thirty
years old, a driver, applied for treat-'
ment at a hospital suffering from a dis
located shoulder blade. Since the first
Injury the bone has dropped from Its
socket every time the victim gives hia
ana a slight wrench,
In order to get an idea of tha
germinating quality a good plan is to
remove two kernels of each of 100
representative ears and give them a
composite test, planting in a common
pieplate in dirt or sawdust. If this
test shows a result of 96 per cent
germination or better it will not be
necessary to test the individual ears.
If the preliminary test shows 96 per
cent or less, It will pay well to test
each individual ear by testing four
kernels from each ear and in that way
learning which ears are dead.
Any form of tester can be used.
There are a large number of good
makes on the market or one can be
made at home simply by stretching
a white cloth over a box filled with
sawdust or sand and marking it off
into squares to hold four kernels each.
After one is sure of the germination
test the seed should be carefully
graded and made as uniform as possi
Before starting out with the planter
it is time well sp^nt to test the plant
er by dropping '00 hills on hard
ground and counting the kernels so as
to learn whether the planter is work
ing aocurately or not.
SAVING THE PEDIGREE SEED
Plan in Force at North Dakota Experi
Many pedigree grains are superior
among grains as pedigroe stock is in
live stock. It has the ability of trans
mitting valuable qualities. These
may be yielding power, time of matur
ity, disease resistance or some other
valuable quality. The stockmen by
their registry associations have been
able to retain valuable blood lines.
Not so with the pedigree grains. For
instance Minnesota 163 wheat has
been in use some sixteen years and
millions of bushels of it grown, yet
it is hard to find any of it today that
is of known purity.
Professor J. H. Shepperd, agricul
turist of the North Dakota Experi
ment Station, and W. R. Porter, su
perintendent of the North Dakota
Demonstration Farms, have worked
out a system that will do for grains
what the registry associations have
done for the breeds of live stock.
North Dakota has twenty-four dem
onstration farms of twenty acres, five
substations of 160 acres, in addition to
the main experiment station of 1,000
acres. On these pedigree seed is
sown. A good deal of care is taken
to keep it pure. This seed, after it
has been thoroughly cleaned, is sack
ed and sealed with the Experiment
GREATEST BATTLE OF
WAR FOUGHT IN MEXICO
THESE CHICKENS ARE VAMPS.
Survived a Fire and Wouldn't Leavs
Shells Till Bell Rang.
Tarrytown. N. Y.-Kire destroyed the
North Tarrytown fire house. Water
played on the blaze flooded the house
of Charles Minnerly next door, and a
liox with a sitting hen and fifteen eggs
floated around the cellar. The hen.
however, stuck to the post while the
Uames crackled around her.
When tbe eggs were due to hatch no
chicks appeared. Minnerly spoke to
nome of his friends, and tbe.v told him
they were fire chickens and if he want
ed to hatch them he would have to
sound an alarm of the bell.
Then Minnerly went to the coop
and rang an old dinner bell for fifteen
minutes. To his surprise the eggs be
gan to open, and in less than an hour
every one of them hatched.
The chicks would not stay with the
mother as long as Minnerly rang the
bell. He solved the problem b.v tying
a small bell around the mother's neck.
TESTING SEED CORN
Use Several Kernels From Each
of too Representative Ears.
DIRCMD THE BUTTS AND TIPS
By MANLEY CHAMPLIN, South Da.
kota State College.
The season last fall was highly fa
vorable for maturing corn in good
shape in South Dakota and, as the re
sult, it is probable that good seed corn
is more plentiful here than ever be
In preparing the seed for planting
a few precautions will aid materially
in securing a perfect stand. The un
desirable ears should be discarded
and also the b'tftt and tip and-mreven
or discolored kernels. Undesirable
kernels include those that are spall
in size, those that have very sharp
pointed beaks, or those that have very
small, poorly developed germs. The
ears that are used for seed should be
heavy and well filled with uniform
Torreon Is Center of Awful
and Poorly Equipped
SOLDIERS IDOLIZE VILLA
By Wilson Scott.
Juarez, Mex., April 5.'—I have just
come in from the battlefields of Tor
reon, where Mexican fought Mexican
with the ferocity of grizzlies and tne
headlong courage of Spartan heroes.
For more than a week, battle follow
ed battle, charge followed charge. The
mountains rang daily and nightly with
the detonations of artillery duels.
It was the greatest battle fought on
American soil since the American
A book could be written and possi
bly will be written of this great bait
tle, but I will only tell you of the
scenes that impressed me, the inci
dents that thrilled me, the sights that
burned into the brains of the little
squads of Americans who came down,
here to see Gen. Villa in the sternest
test of his battle-scarred life.
In was a strange looking army that
left Bermejillo, Gen. Villa's base, on
that Sunday afternoon which made'
history in northern Mexico. A horde
of 12,000 ragged, high-hatted, vaga
bonds in command of a glorified bri
gand, moved down the Mexican Na
tional railroad track to the attack on
Torreon's outlying towns. The flan
kers of Generals Venavides and Huer
ta spread out for miles on each side of
A troop train carried the artillery
and the white enameled hospital train
brought up the rear.
Villa At Head
Villa himself, his suede uniform dlsr
carded for the ,banUl^^^^
loved so well, rode at the head of the
line on his pinto pony, grinning
through his snaggled teeth and shout
ing maledictions in Spanish to the
mules of the supply train, or stopped
to give a sandal clad peon soldier a
light from his corn husk cigaret.
Off to the south was Gobez Palacio,
the federal front, and behind that
squat, adobe town was the Mountain
of tbe Cross, which marked the goal
of all rebel ambitions in the north—
At sunset they squatted beside the
mesquite brush of the desert and
munchd their tortillas, fearing to
light fires, for the attack was to 'be at
night and without warning.
Rifle magazines were crammed full
of cartridges, ammunition belts which
girded the men two, three and even
four times were inspectd and filled
long boxes having a red "W" stamp
ed on them, the inevitable after-dinner
cigaret followed, then—"fall in!"
The famous ship cannot, El Nino,
was unlimbered and loaded. The cav
alry mounted their diminutive cow
ponies, the infantry broke into the
peculiar stiff-kneed shuffle which eats
up distance, Villa's saber whistled the
silent signal for the charge.
Five thousand men threw them
selves on Gomez Palacio, where the
federal fighters squatted, nehind a
great corral made of sun-dried brick.
Five machine guns were mounted on
the wall. Gen. Benavides rode at
this wall with his trim, brave Zaim
gosa bridage, the pride of the rebel
army, to return two days later with
its ranks cut to pieces and more than
two hundred of the brigade missing.
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