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DdDinft Plainrit Seed Com
That Womft Grow
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 (or 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 acres
can be tested in a single day with
home made tester. Take a box six
inches deep and about two by three
feet in size. Fill the box about half
full of moist dirt, sand or sawdust.
Press it well down so it will have n
smooth, even surface. Now take a
white cloth about the size of the box,
rule it off checkered fashion, making
squares one and one-half inches each
way. Number the checks 1, 2, 3 and
so on. Place this over the sand, dirt
or sawdust. '
Take the ears to be tested and either
lay them out on the floor and mark a
number in front of each- or attach
a numbered tag. 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 " coresponding 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 sqnares where the ker
nels did not grow or where they
showed only weak roots.
The ears numbered corresponding to
those on the cloth which showed strong
signs of life are the ones 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
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.
Publicity Bureau, Commercial Club, Omaba
By Bryant C. Rogers
Many times before Dorris Chatter
ton had reached the age of sixteen
her father and mother had said:
"That girl needs a firm controlling
hand, or she'll take the reins and
drive the team."
Dorris didn't want to be bossed. She
wanted to boss others. She had a will
that struck sparks of fire when op
posed, and even when her father put
his foot down hard he wasn't quite
satisfied that he had won a victory.
At eighteen Dorris had settled down
to the belief that she ran the house
and all in it, besides the township,
the county and parts of two adjoining
counties. All this, and yet she had
no enemies and few critics. It came
so natural to her to domineer that
people insensibly gave way to it. She
didn't go around with a chip on her
shoulder, but she just sailed along
having her way.
Miss Dorris was fond of horseback
riding. Gallants used to run out from
the city to ride with her. There were
also others living near by. For in
stance, there was a young Mr. Percy,
who was deeply in love. His mother
backed his suit, and almost the first
thing she told him was-:
"Dorris is very self-willed and
strong-minded, and you must be care
ful not to cross her. At the same
-time, give her to understand that
ishould a heroic , occasion arise she will
find you a hero. It will be well to let
;her know that you had three ances
tors In the Revolutionary war."
Toung Percy was making his court
ship on the lines laid down, when the
two went riding one afternoon. The
road they took was being improved
by the state at a long, steep hill.
There was a natural wall of rock
there, and it was being blasted for
material to spread on the road. In or
der that the workmen might have a
clear field, and to avoid Injury to trav
elers, a new road had been cut around
the hill for temporary use and signs
put up. Neither rider knew of the
change until reaching the road. Mr.
The tto iwr ridisrp
.Percy had no complaints to make, but
.Miss Dorris Chatterton had. That
change had been made without notify
ing her. She had been ignored and
she didn't propose to stand it.
"Where you going?" she demanded
of the young man as he reined into
the new road. .
"We've got to go this way."
"We've got to do nothing of the
kind. We shall go straight up the
"But read that sign. It says: 'Blast
"Then you had better turn back!"
was the reply as the girl headed up
the hill, which had several turns in it.
Mr. Percy remembered what his
mother had told him and followed.
At the first turn they found five la
borers, and one of them held up his
hand and said:
"No way here. You must take the
: "I shall go straight ahead!" said
Hiss Dorris. '
"Certainly we will," added Mr.
"But you can't."
But they did. At the next turn they
came upon a man who was inspecting
a broken drill. - He was not over
twenty-three years old, and though
having his coat off and overalls drawn
over his trousers no one could mis
take him for one of the workmen. He
was cleanshaved, had a fine face and
big black eyes, and his voice was
pleasant as he lifted his hat to the
girl and said:
"Didn't you read the signs at the
foot of the hill?"
"What if I did?"
"The road is impassable from this
turn on, -and we are blasting at the
top. . Tou will have to turn back."
"I shall go on!"
If the signs had read "Blasting!
Dangerous! Keep right on and get
your darned head blown off!" Bhe
would have refused to comply. And
the fact that the man before her was
doubtless the engineer in charge of
the work, instead of a laborer, nettled
her. He was polite, but she saw by
his mouth that he could be firm.
"Tou will turn back please," he said
as he reached out a hand and caught
"Let go, sir let go!"
It warn time for Mr. Percy's revolu
tionary blood to boll and his heroism
to bobh to the front.
an into the yard just as Mr. Thomp
son started for his own horse.
"It is so fortunate I happened in
at the right moment," said the doc
tor, with a quiet smile.
They rode in silence to the first
corner, where the doctor drew up his
"Which road do you prefer. Miss
Nan?" he inquired politely.
"Isn't the one over the hill a mile
"That is what they say."
"Then by all means take that one!"
Without a word he turned into the
Nancy Ann threw her pretty head
angrily, and traveled unevenly in
nervous spirits. At the foot of the
long hill she stopped suddenly.
"Go on, Nancy Ann," said the doc
Nancy Ann lowered her head stub
bornly. The girl lifted hers in
There was absolute silence for five
minutes. Darkness was setting in
densely. Presently rain began to
splash on the leaves above their
heads, and the young man sprang out
to get the rubber curtains from under
"Guess you will not need to hold
her," he observed. '
Nancy Ann stiffened her forelegs
defiantly, expecting some unusual
move on the part of her driver. But
he simply walked around her, adjust
ing her harness and stroking her neck
a little before returning to. the buggy.
"Nan," he said after another silence
broken only by the fall of the increas
ing rain, "Nan, I've spent a very lone
ly summer." '
"Nan," reaching along the back ol
the seat, "why do you sit so that the
rain beats in against you? Tour
sleeve is wet."
His arm drew her to a more pro
"How much longer. Dr. Grey, do
you expect to keep me here?"
"My dear girl, much as I hav
craved your society, you surely can
not hold me to blame for this delay?"
- Nan did not trust herself to an
swer. "Dear," he said at last, very gently,
"I wish you would let me give you
back your ring."
"I wish," icily, "that you would get
"Evidently neither of us will gel
our wish," he answered cheerfully.
The rain fell steadily, musically.
.The woods seemed full of strange
"Whatever are we going to do?"
asked the girl at last.
"Wait until she is ready to start.
It would do not good to beat her, even
if you woudl allow it. It is tedious, I
admit. Nan, but I'm getting used to
this waiting game. For I'm going to
wait for you, dear. If it is until I am
"You are Grey, now," said Nan de
murely. "Nan, what do you mean?" eagerly.
"Dear heart, listen to me just a mo
ment. " What has "been the trouble
between us, anyway? Surely you can
not blame me if I love you so dearly
that I like your name and everything
about you? If you had objected be
cause the "name was too good, I would
have changed it willingly."
Dropping the useless reins, he drew
the ring from his pocket and put it in
its old place on her linger.
"Nan," he whispered, "I'm the hap
piest man that ever sat behind a
balky horse." ' ' .
Nancy pricked up her ears with
sudden interest. Then she began to
move slawly up the long hill, and at
the corner she broke into her usual
"Fred, how in the world do you
manage with her?" asked the girl.
"I always go by the valley road,
even if it is an extra mile. She was
brought up and mismanaged in the
"Oh," cried she with sudden under
standing, "you do not deserve to be
"But I gave you your choice, my
girl. I knew we could come to an
understanding if you'd let me see you
for half an hour, Nan, dear!"
Roof of Crystatized Salt.
The great salt lake at Obdorsk is
nine miles wide and seventeen miles
long, yet except in a few places it is
solidly roofed over with a deposit of
salt, which is becoming thicker and
thicker each year, says the Scientific
American. About the middle of the
last century salt crystals first began
to gather upon the surface of the wa
ter. Year by year, owing to the evap
oration of the water, the crystals be
came more numerous, and then caked
together until this great roof was
formed. In 1878 the water beneath
this salt crystal roof found an under
ground outlet into the Obi river. This
lowered the lake's surface about
three feet, leaving that distance be
tween the water and the roof, and
each year this distance has been di
minished by the constant addition of
salt . crystals to the roof. Many
springs surround this lake. Their
water flows over the roof and evapo
rates there, and thus continually adds
to its thickness. After many years
the springs will probably become
choked with their own deposits, and
then the whole will become covered
with earth, so that a great salt mine
will be formed a treasure for the Si
berians hundreds of years to come.
A Deep One.
"Gosh all hemlock!" exclaimed the
first farmery "ain't , yer struck water
yet? How deep hev ye goner
"'Bout a hundred feet," replied the
"An' ain't ye discouraged?"
"O! I dunno. I can't say I aint
glttin' a long well." Catholic Stand
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The State of Nebraska, ss.: Credi
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time limited for presentation and fil
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September 16, 1912, and for payment
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