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About Will Maupin's weekly. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1911-1912 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 19, 1912)
Oomft Plaet Seed Cora
That Won't Giro
Men from the state experiment station who have examined samples
of the best seed corn exhibited at the local corn shows, short
courses and farmers' institutes all over the state say that
only from 10 to 40 per cent of the
samples submitted will grow.
Corn for Seed Purposes is in a Worse Con
dition than has ever been known
A Grave Situation Exists
How to Test Seed Corn
Enough ears to plant twenty aeres
can b tested in a single day -with
home made tester. Take a box six
inehes deep and about two by three
feet in siie. Fill the box about half
full of moist dirt, sand or sawdust
Press it well down so it will have a
smooth, even surface. Xow take a
white cloth about the size of the box,
rule it off eheekered fashion, making
squares oue and one-half inches eaeh
way. Number the checks 1, 2, 3 and
so on. Place this over the sand, dirt
Take the ears to be tested and either
lay them out on the floor and mark a
number " in front of eaeh or attach
a numbered tasr. Now take off about
six kernels from each ear (not all from
the same place, but at several points
on all sides.) Put these kernels on
the squares eorespondinar in number
to those placed on the ears of corn.
Be careful not to get them mixed.
Keep the ears numbered to correspond
EXACTLY with the numbers on the
squares of cloth.
After the kernels have been placed
carefully on the cloth which covers
the moist sand, dirt or sawdust, cover
them with another cloth, considerably
larger than the box; cover this cloth
with about two inches of the same
moist sand and keep the box in a
warm place. It must not get cold. '
The kernels will germinate in four
to six days.
Remove the cover .carefully to avoid
misplacing the kernels. Examine them
carefully. Some will have long sprouts
but almost no roots; others will not
have grown at all. but the kernels
from ears which will produce corn if
planted, will have both sprouts and
good root systems.
Compare the numbers on the squares
with those on the ears. Put back
into the feeding corn bin the ears
which correspond in number to the
numbers on the squares where the ker
nels did not grow or where they
showed only weak roots.
The ears uumbered corresponding to
those on the cloth which showed strong
signs of life are the oues to preserve
for seed. Every kernel from these
ears should produce a stalk, every
stalk an ear.
A number of more convenient seed
corn testers are manufactured for sale.
They are all good any implement
dealer or seed house will know where
to get them.
If we are to have a corn crop
this year, every ear of corn
should be tested to see if
it will grow, before it is
Suppose one dead ear is
planted. The planter fails to
get one thousand stalks of
corn almost 12 bushels of
corn lost. -
Leading corn authorities
say that no man can tell if
corn will grow or not, without
making a germination test
Particularly this yerr, corn that,
looks good on the outside is dead in
the germ, and positively will not
The business men of Omaha appre
ciate that business prosperity de
pends upon the success of the corn
crop, and are therefore making this
effort to arouse the state to the ne
cessities of the case. If in any com
munity there is more than enough
seed corn to plant your own farm,
please let us know, that we may se
cure the additional supply for other
parts of the state.
BURNED JUDAS IN EFFIGY
la That Way the Guides Showed Their
j Love for the Christian
We hanged Judas Is carl ot today.
Having expressed our joy over the res
urrection of Christ by gorging our
selves with roast lamb and bitter
wine, by firing guns, rockets and tor
pedoes and by lighting bonfires, we
gave vent to our remaining enthusi
asm in one grand burst of mock ven
geance directed against the unfortu
nate mortal who was destined from
the foundation of the world to figure
as a cat's paw in the plan of salvation.
The burning took place in the front
of a little church of the Virgin, sit
uated on the highest part of the city.
From a pole erected before the door
hung a crude, wretched, melancholy
figure stuffed with straw, and ridicu
lously suggesting the image of a man.
Within the church the priest was con
ducting the regular Sunday service.
At last the doors were thrown wide
open and the whole congregation
gushed forth like water from a broken
dam, and immediately thereafter ev
ery man and boy in the square was
shooting away at the effigy. Poor Ju
das whirled about and danced in the
air as the bullets peppered him, and
suddenly burst into flames. When a
Greek feels particularly happy, or
wishes to express his enthusiasm he
produces an old musket or pistol and
discharges it. Resurrection Cay In
Greece resembles the Fourth of July
in the United States. George Horton
It Might Pay Those Who Declare It Is
Wrong to Try It for
When our Puritan ancestors wished
to throw the last touch of cerulean
gloom into the blue laws they enacted
to wit: "That no ona shall make mince
pies, or play any instrument, except
the trumpet, drum, and jew's-harp." As
a means of mortifying the flesh ana
throwing a damper on the Joys of the
world this prohibition of mince pies
was ever regarded as more effective
than placing tha aforementioned mu
sical instruments in unskilled bands.
It afforded almost as much quiet
pleasure to the early New England
conscience as refusing food and lodg
ing "to Quakers and other heretics."
When the reaction set in It follow
ed the pendulous law of reforms and
swung just as far the other way.
The skill la the making of mince pies
became the very touchstone of good
citizenship. The recipes always enu
merated the brandy and the currants
and the raisins first, and then, as a
sort of afterthought, made casual men
tion that a little "finely cut meat'
might improve the mince.
But the uncongenial environment un
der which the mince pie was born left
upon It a superstitious tradition that it
was not altogether wholesome. In
spite of the increasing number of peo
ple who survive a second helping this
prejudice obtains here and there unto
.the present time.
WAS ALWAYS CN THE JOB
Mr. Bingleton Discovers a New Situa
tion With Danger From
"For a long time,1 said Mr. Bingle
ton, "I have made it a custom to look
carefully in either direction before
stopping to look in at a show window,
doing this to avoid being taken by
surprise by beggars. Now I have dis
covered another street situation In
which one must take like care.
"Walking along the street this morn
ing I became conscious that one of
my shoestrings was untied and I
looked along for a convenient store
step on which I could put my foot up
and there I did put it up, and I was
busily engaged In tying the string,
working away at it with no other
thought in the world, when
""Mister, I heard a voice at my
ear, "can yon give me five cents to get
a. cup of coffee? I haven't had
"And there he stood beside me,
close alongside, where he had me at a
disadvantage. He was within my
guard, and I gave up, not because
thought I ought to, but because of my
inward appreciation of the work of a
man who evidently was always on the
job, ever alert and letting no chance
Walnuts High in Food Value.
The food value of walnuts is very
high. They are very rich in fat, con
taining as much as 63 per cent, while
the proteins amount to nearly 13 per
cent. It has been calculated that 30
large walnut kernels contain as much
fat tas 2 pounds of lean beef, and
yet the walnut Is used as a supple
ment to a square meaL Added to
this the glass of port, say two fluid
ounces, contains besides 180 grains of
alcohol, TO grains of grape sugar. In
the combination, therefore, we have
all the elements which make for a
complete diet -vis.: Fat, protein, car
bohydrate, to which may be added
mineral salts. Port and walnuts after
a meal are therefore, from a nutritive
point of view, "ridiculous excess,'
and may lead to digestive disturbance.
Both walnuts and port wine contain
tannin, which is unsuited to some con
MINCE PIE FOR BREAKFAST
CURIOUS WORK OF PENANCE
Ancient Buddhist of Japan Writes
126,000 Words on Piece of Paper
13 by 7z inches.
For some time there has been
shown in Saa Fraseisco a piece of
paper la inches by 74 inches, on
which there are written 126,000 words.
This writing is tie work of Kobo
Tais'ni. a Buddhist of Japan, who lived
14.00 years ago. Before his time his
countrymen used only Chinese char
acters in writing and he evolved iia
idea of the Japanese alphabet.
The writing on the paper is so fine
that a microscope has to be used; to
decipher the intricate Japanese char
acters. It is an exact copy of eigat
books of the Buddhist Bible, and
was written by the author as a sort of
penance to purify ti3 spirit- It is tia
property of a descendant erf the writer.
and has passed as a sacred heirloom
from father to sen far a thousand
years. Every precaution has been
taken to insure tic safety of the
document. In a case of white wood is
a beautiful lacuercl box wrapped in
green silk. Withia the laquered box
is another made of a very light porous
wood that is extensively used in the
manufacture of catinets in which to
store treasures. In this box is the
Publicity Bureau. Commercial Club, Omaha
' Easily Adjusted.
When the family for which Uncle
Erastus had worked so long and faith
fully presented him with a mule he
was overcome with joy.
"He's a bad kicker. Uncle Bast,'
said the son of the family. "I told
father I didn't see what you could do
with an animal that liked to kick and
back better than anything else."
Ts got dst all planned," said Uncle
Erastus, solemnly. "When I harnesses
dat animile into my cyart. If he acts
contumacious an' starts in to back,
Fs gwine to take him right out'n de
cyart, turn it round an den harness
dat mule in htndside befo. Datll hu
mor him, an Ml get my cyart np de
hill jes de same." Youth's Companion.
The introduction c-f pepsin as a re
medial agent effected a complete revo
lution in the method of restoring to
r.nrrr-.al the ailments which in the eld
days were classed in a group as dys
If physi-Ians wera to observe anni
versaries of the discovery of remedies
which had proved a blessing to ms
kind the entire profession would unite
in remembering 3 fiftieth anniver
sary of the first manufacture cf pepsin
in this country.
Just half a century ago tbe late John
Carrick, the eminent physiologies!
chemist and the father of physiological
products in the United States, rsada
possible a new epoch in American
medicine by producing the first pepsin.
Pepsin had been made in a small
way in Europe before Mr. Carrier's
enterprise caused it to be introduced
here, as it was originally suggested
by Dr. Corvisant of Paris. The qual
ity was so poor, however, that its use
was distinctly limited.
Origin of the Stocking.
A writer in a French newspaper has
been investigating tbe origin of stock
ings. It appears that Henry II. when
preparing for the marriage of his sis
ter in 1559 first conceived the idea of
silk hose, and was the first to wear
silk knitted stockings at that epoch
making event. A hundred years later
one Hindres established a factory for
stockings in the Bois de Boulogne.
This was the first hosiery factory in
France It was a success at the start,
and. when it received protection from
the then ministers, it was a kind of.
gold mine. In 1663 the venture was
turned into a company. From it arose
"the Society of Silk Stocking Makers.":
"Here's another aeroplane horror,"
remarked Cynicns, looking up from'
"Anybody killed T asked Sillicus.
"No," growled Cynicus. "Couple
married in one!"
' A monument erected in tbe Strag
lleno cemetery has a very curious his
tory. It is that of an old woman of
Genoa, who made a living by selling
strings of nuts in the streets. By fru
gality and industry she succeeded in
amassing a small fortune in this way.
and then commissioned a well known
sculptor of Genoa, Luigi Orengo. to
make a "life size portrait of her in
marble just as she appeared at her
pitch in the street. This statue she
ordered to be placed in the famous
Straglieno cemetery, probably the
largest in the world. World Wide
Ready to Meet Emergencies.
"Be systematically heroic in little
unnecessary points. Every day do
something for no other reason than
its difficulty, so that if. an hour of
need should come, it may find you
trained to stand the test. The man
who has daily inured himself to hab
its of concentrated attention, ener
getic will, and self-denial in unneces
sary things, will stand like a tower
when everything rocks around him.
A Good Pole Horse.
Prospective Purchaser I want
horse to use in my work.
Dealer Well, what kind of work do
Prospective Purchaser Wire repair
Dealer Here she is. Just the horse
you want, young man. .All you have
to do is to show Maude a picture of
an automobile and shell climb a 'de-
graph pole. Judge.
riR DINING ROOM FURNITURE
How the Kind-Hearted and Gifted
Rosa Bonheur Helped a.'
"We are not brothers for nothing."
Rosa Bonheur once wrote in Jesting:
affection to her brother Isidore and
In truth the wonderful quaint, trials
little woman, with her bright "es,
cropped curls and breezy ways. V-"
almost more a brotherly chum than ft
sister to the "Dodore" whom she so
dearly loved. Much of tbe time oa
her country estate, in her studio and
among her animals, wild and tame,
she wore the masculine costume
which her manner of Ufa required, to
wear which she had with one other
.woman, a famous explorer and arehe-
ologist received express permission
from the French government, Tet
this very mannHh little person, wast
far from unwomanly in her s vm pa
th! es; and her latest ' biography re
cords a pretty incident related by her
friend, Joseph Verdier, the landscape
"One evening she was dining wfthl
me and some friends. Anions: the
friends was a young lady recently mai- S
ried. who gave us an account of fhisr
furnishing of her house. All the
rooms were furnished except the din
ing room; for this last her husband
could not yet give her the money, and
she was compelled to bold her little re
ceptions in her sleeping room.
After dinner Rosa asked me for a
large sheet of drawing paper, and
while we were talking she sketched
a delightful hunting scene, which she
signed with her full name. Then, un
der cover of a general conversation oa
music, while tea was being served, she
approached the young wife, and said
"Take this picture to Tedesco on
your return to Paris and he wGl give
yon at least 1,500 francs for it. . . .
Then you win be able to furnish your
dining room. " Tooth's Companion.
WAS VERY HARD TO PLEASE
Broker's Wife Would Appear to Be
One cf Most Unreasonable of
A prominent broker remarked the
other day that be thought his wife
was the hardest woman to please fa
the world. She was always asking hiss
for money when he had none. "John."
she would say, "give me 47 cents. Tie
grocery boy is here with a hOV "1
cant give yon 47 cents," he would
say, "but here's half a dollar." "Oh,
you're the funniest man. Ton never
have the right change." A dozen times
day she would ask for a few odd
Finally the broker west into the
sub-treasury and obtained $199 worth
of bright new pennies. There were
10,000 pennies and he packed them
in a suit case and lugged then home.
Then he went to a blacksmith shop
and had an iron tripod made, and
upon this he hung the suit case X2ed
with pennies. .
The next day the butcher came witi
his bilL It amounted to li7 "Jean,"
said the wife, "give me ii f1.w "To
will find it on the tripod," he explain
ed. The wife returned in a moment in
a great rage. "Why, John." she cried,
Tm not going to count out 37 pen
nies for this man; I'd be ashamed. It's
a wonder yon can never ' have the
A Modem Type.
They are usually cf a willful fair
ness, with flesh kept firm by the mas
seuse; their brows are lowering, and
there Is the perpetual hint of hard
ness in their faces; their apparel is
exceedingly good, hot their manners
are ungentle, their voices harsh and
discontented; there is no light In their
eyes, no charm or softness in their
presence. They are fitting per
haps, for the able-bodied pagans wbo
are overrunning the earth, but hard
ly suitable nurses for a generation
which must redeem us from material
ism, if indeed we are to be redeemed.
Facing them, cne wonders if race sui
cide Is not one of nature's mereifnl de
vices. How should they or their off
spring ever replace our old-fashioned
lady? Tet they are the natural prod
uct of much of our modern wealth,
as she was the natural product of the
comfortable life of a generation of two
ago. The Atlantic
Motherly Admonition. "
A New York woman of great beauty
called one day upon a friend, bringing
with her her 11-year-old daughter, who
gives promise of becoming as great a,
beauty as her mother.
It chanced that the callers were
shown into a room where the friends
had been receiving a milliner, and.
there were several beautiful hats ly
ing about. During the conversation
the little girl amused herself by ex
amining the milliner's creations. Of
the number that she tried on she
seemed particularly pleased with a
large black affair which set off her
light hair charmingly. Turning to her
mother, the little girl said:
T look just like yon now, moth
er, don't IT
"Sh!" cautioned the mother, with
uplifted finger. "Dont be vain, dear."
Outlook for Peace.
"Scientists tell us that the sea. is
gradually cutting the continents
"That being the case, I suppose the
time will come when there wont be
any land left above the water "
"It would seem so."
"Peace may some day be estab
lished after aD."
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