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A Story For Arbor Day
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wasn't much left of the
old Hobbs farm—merely a bit
of rolling land crowned by a
derelict wing of the farm-
house and one solitary spruce tree
standing guard over Selina Hobbs and
the remnant of her home.
But that lone tree was majestic in
its solitude. Tall and evergreen and
shapely, it rose to an immense height,
its lateral branches sweeping in wid
ening circumference until they touch
ed the ground.
Selina Hobbs loved the spruce tree
as passionately as she loved the few
bits of old china that she had saved
from the ruthless hands of the collec
tors of antiques.
Of all these things Selina loved the
spruce tree most—it was animate. It
had actually witnessed death and dis
aster and fire as each affliction de
scended upon the Hobbs family. Seli
na was so poor that she seldom spent
money even for the simple village
pleasures. On such occasions people
laughed, not unkindly, and said that
"Selina Hobbs was to home looking at
her spruce tree."
It was spring, and the tree was
bright with the flash of gay feathers
as robin and bluebird and oriole darted
to and fro. Selina was standing on the
doorstep when the Tree Man came.
He was not very young nor yet very
old, but he was very smiling and pleas
"I am from the Pettison nurseries,"
he explained. "We've got an order for
some large spruces for the Goldman
estate on the point. I thought you'd
like to sell that one." He cast an ap
praising eye at Selina's tree.
"Sell my tree!" gasped Selina, lean
ing against the door jamb. "Why, I
couldn't! It's like a—person!"
The' pleasant eyes scanned Selina
narrowly. They saw a little wisp of a
woman, with faded light hair pinned
around her shapely head pale, deli
cately molded features lighted by deep
blue .eyes. The blue cotton dress was
vastly becoming to Selina had she
known it. but she no longer studied
prettlness of attire.
'It's, too bad you feel that way about
it. .1 could offer you two hundred and
fifty for it," said the Tree Man.
"It's the very handsomest one I ever
saw and I've handled some trees in
my 4«y. You see." he continue:l. "it's
so situated that we could take it up
and transplant it easily, and it would
make a grand windbreak for"—
"I won't sell—not for a million!" in
terrupted Selina jealously, although
her common sense told her that the
price of the tree would buy her mea
ger food for three years.
"I won't sell." she repeated finally.
The Tree Man reluctantly turned
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course a tree's only a tree, after all,
and dollars are dollars. Almost any
thunderstorm might bring a stroke of
lightning that would split it up."
"As if I hadn't thought of that,"
wailed Selina. "I never used to mind
thunderstorms, but now a flash of
lightning sets me all of a-tremble. I
could spare the house sooner."
"Well, I guess I'll be going along,"
murmured the Tree Man. "It's too bad
your folks didn't set out this whole
hillside in spruees. There'd be a lot
of money coming to you now, and
transplanting 'em isn't like killing
trees for timber, you know. Goodby,
ma'am, and if you're ever over our way
come and see our nurseries."
"Thank you," said Selina. "I'd like
She watched the Tree. Man until he
was out of sight. She saw him turn
several times and look back at the
the spruce. At least Selina thought
he was looking at the spruce but. in
fact, he was looking at Selina's slim
figure outlined against the dark back
ground of the doorway. He was a
lonely man, and the picture haunted
him. All his life he had dreamed of
a woman waiting his coming just like
Before dawn the next day there
came a violent thunderstorm. The
lightning played with evil persistency
around the old Hobbs place.
"O Lord, spare the tree!" prayed
Selina, with her face pressed against
the dripping windowpane.
Then came the blasting stroke.
The spruce tree was spared, but the
remnant of the old homestead received
the deadly bolt.
By superhuman exertion Selina drag
ged her most precious belongings to
the shelter of the spruce tree by the
Down there under the dry protec
tion of its branches Selina Hobbs
swayed gently in the old Boston rock
er that had been her father's favor
ite seat. Gathered around her were
pieces of treasured furniture, clothing,
old china and pictures. Nothing had
been consumed that she spent a mo
ment in regretting.
It was gray daylight when the Tree
Man came hurrying through the gate
and saw Selina Hobbs sitting under
the spruce tree just as though she
"Thank God," he said devoutly, "that
you are safe! I couldn't keep you out
of my mind this morning after I heard
that bolt, so I just got up and dressed
and harnessed my horse, and I've come
right over to see"—
He hesitated and reddened, for his
deep interest in Selina was as unac
countable as it was unexpected by the
lonely little woman.
"You're very kind," said Selina,
placing a chair for him, and then she
They talked about the fire and Seli
na's future plans. She would go and
stay with a cousin for awhile until the
Insurance was paid, when she would
have a tiny cottage built.
"I believe I'll try raising some spruce
trees," said Selina timidly at last.
"I was thinking of that." he said
gravely, "but don't decide until you
see me again."
Of course it required a great many
interviews to decide such a momentous
question as confronted Selina. and
then, after all, something happened
that changed all Selina's plans" and in
cidentally the plans of the Tree Man.
The something was Selina's wedding
under the spruce tree. Now the hill
side is clothed with dark seerlling
spruce, but always the guardian spruce
stands near the cottage, where it waves
Its arms gayly to Selina while she
stands in the doorway and waits for
the coming of her Tree Man.
TIT OTHERS' DAY is a national
l^y I institution. Fathers' day has
I JL gained much ground since it
was suggested a year or two
ago, and now the idea of setting aside
a day in the year for the children is
meeting with favor. It is peculiarly
fitting, say the advocates of Children's
day, to give the youngsters of Ameri
ca a day of their own since America
is, above all other nations, the land of
the children. Here childhood finds its
greatest opportunity for growth and
expansion. Nowhere else on earth do
parents sacrifice themselves so much
for their fact, it has been
time by foreign
observers that the children rule Amer
ica that the older folks place them
selves too far in the background of
our national. life and the children too
far in the foreground.
So far there has been little concert
ed action to set aside a day when
childhood shall be glorified and given
the opportunity to display its spirit of
youth, which is so beautiful. There
are. of course, places here and there
throughout the Union where children
Bird Day a feature of American I*1fe
assemble on a given day and have a
good time. In other places the assem
blage of the youngsters has a speci
fied purpose, such as In the great gath
ering in Brooklyn for the annual Sun
day school parade. Most of the larger
cities have field days for the school
children, when the youngsters of both
sexes gather on the city's green places
and show their skill in folk dances,
races and other sports.
In many cities and towns the chil
dren have a recognized place in the
celebrations of national holidays, such
as Memorial day and Independence
day. And, of course, Christmas, with
its recently instituted municipal ob
servances and municipal trees, is pre
eminently a day of the children. Its
religious side appeals to all devout
Christians, but in its secular observ
ances all children have their particu
lar and important part:
May day is children's day, of course,
since we adults hate lost our ancient
customs of gathering on the village
green and dancing around the may
pole. Large cities have their "May
walks" of children, with queens of the
May and kings and princesses and
UPPER, RED EYED VIREO SECOND ROW, LEFT, ROBIN RIGHT,
SHRIKE LOWER ROW, LEFT, WOODCOCK RIGHT, YELLOW
DAY, the American states'
official recognition of the debt
we owe to the feathered be
ings which protect the crops
on which our lives depend, is becom
ing more and more an annual feature
of our national life.
May 4 is the day chosen by many
states for their Bird day. The date is
a good one, for on it was born John
James Audubon, the immortal lover of
birds and depicter of their ways. The
Audubon societies named for him en
courage in every possible way the cele
bration of Bird day, and they have
been active in Inducing governors of
states to proclaim Bird days. 'In some
of the northern states May 4 is a little
early for the outdoor exercises that
are peculiarly appropriate for Bird day,
especially1 when children take part in
them, so later dates are chosen. Some
of* the morf southern states have se
lected earlier dates.
In a pamphlet on Arbor day and Bird
day prepared by the state of Kentucky
appears the following:
How shall we go about preparing the
children for a Bird day exercise? We
must go to the birds themselves, ob
serve them and get the children to ob
serve them Go with the children?as
much as possible. Start with some
well known bird, such as the robin'or
song sparrow, and prepare a list of
questions to be answered from ob
Answers should be compared. There
will be "many mistakes to correct at
first, but the work will rapidly im
prove. After a few birds have been
studied in this way under the direction
of a teacher or of some one who is a
little in advance of the others each
one can take up the subject for him
self, following the general order of de
scription indicated by the questions
given. A bird manual would soon be
needed by every little group also an
The exercises of bird day should con
sist of essays about birds, based upon
results of observations. Write about
individual birds as if they were per
sons of our acquaintance. Essays giv
ing- any facts about particular birds,
showing their ways of life, habits, dis
positions, their songs as learned by ob
servation, have peculiar Interest and
value. Recitations from literature,
both prose and poetry, are very ap
The teacher as well as the children
will have begun a lifelong study that
increases in interest and beauty. The
little child and the old man may heap
up these riches, and nothing but death
itself can rob them of it and perhaps
that cannot. -''..'-*-'*•
princes and courtiers and little ones'
dressed in all sorts of masquerade. In
June come the "June walks," continu
ations of the May parties, which take
place throughout all the "merrie
moneth of May." Perhaps May day Is
the best day of all the year for a na
tional children's day, with formal and
ceremonious observances, since it is
an informal children's day anyway.
Leading educators, librarians and
others interested in the development
and training of children have welcom
ed the idea of setting aside one day
in the year for the glorification of
childhood. "We owe the little ones
some recognition of the fact that a
large share of the joy of life is dif
fused by them," said one of these.
"In fact, I am not sure that parents
do not owe more to their children than
the children do to their parents. Let
us get them all together on one day
and rejoice with them in the happi
ness and freedom from care which
only childhood knows. Perhaps it will
bring back to us 'children of a larger
growth' some of the Joy of living
which we lost when we left behind
our short skirts and knickerbockers."
COMMITTEE ON RURAL CREDITS
No Rural Credits Legislation Passed
as yet by Congress
Many letters received at the depart
ment's offices in Washington indicate
a wide spread belief that the last Con
gress passed legislation establishing a sys
tem of rural credits under which the Fed
eral Government advances money direct
ly to farmers. No such legislation and
no such system is in operation. What
the Congress did do was to constitite a
the Congress did do was to constitute a
joint committee of the Senate and the
House of Representatives to draw 4ip
"a bill or bills providing for the estab
lishment of a system of rural credits
adapted to American needs and condi
tions." The committee is to report by
This committee will have at its dis
posal the information collected in the
course of two years study by the de
partment of the problems of rural or
ganization. In 1913 a commission was
sent abroad to investigate European
methods of advancing money for agri
cultural improvement at the same time
it was realized that to make this inves
tigation fruitful, conditions at home must
be studied, and the department under
took this work in June, 1913, in connec
nection and co-operation with certain
The department began by collecting in
formation on the prevailing rates of
interest on farm loans in different sec
tions of the country, the reasons for the
variations, and the sources from which
the loans were obtained, such as banks,
insurance companies, building and loan
associations, mortgage companies, etc.
Not only mortgages but short time loans
as well were considered and the effects of
State legislation gone into.
In December, 1913, the information
already collected was laid before com
mittees of Congress in a series of hearings
but no rural credits legislation was enact
ed, either then or in the session which
closed on March 4th, 1915. In the mean
time, however, the department took up
the question of co-operative credit as
sociations and other forms of organiza
tion for credit improvement and has
given active field assistance along these
lines. The department has also render
ed assistance to a number of States in
the matter of rural credits legislation.
At the present time, therefore, its work
consists of both investigation and demon
stration investigation of existing con
ditions and the difficulties to be faced,
and demonstrations of the ways in which
these difficulties may be surmounted..
/.'.'- -«. i-V-4vS^lT^^
A celebrated lawyer once tried to get
a Boston witness to give his idea of
absentmindedness. "Well," said the wit
ness, who was a typical New England
Yankee, "I should say that a man who
thought he'd left his watch to hum and
took it out'n his pocket to see if he'd time
to go hum and get it, was a leetle absent
\&w Ulm RevieW
Wednesday, Aprfl 2% 1916
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of the State and S. Court.
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automobile, accident and death in
the best of companies.
leal estate bought and sold.
tiegal documents executed, loans
negotiated, steamship tickets sold.
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Mt fail to call upon us when plumb
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Minneapolis & St. Louis R. R.
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Twin Cities Passenger ex. Sun. 1:3$ p. m.
Local Frieght... .ex. Sun 3:45 p.
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From St. Paul ex. Sun 1:38 p.
Local Freight ex. Sun 9:30 a.m
__ THE CHICAGO AND
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Thro to Twin Cities and the Hut
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Connects at Kasota for Twin Cities or Msoksto
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Thro to Twin Cities and the Sast
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Thro from Twin Cities and the Sast
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Connectsat MankatoJunctionwith trainsfroa
East an. %t Kasota with Twin Cities.
No. 22 now makes sharp connection
with Omaha No. 8 at Kasota for all
points North, arriving St. Paul 10:25
a. m., Minneapolis 10:55 a. m.
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Agent New Ulm General Agent
Minn. Winona, Minn.
DANIEL WEBSTER FLOUR
is so much better than ordj*
nary flour that we ask a
little higher price for it.
But yon won't object
when yon become ac
quainted with its sup
erb quality. Coatasv
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