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RED OLOUD, NEBRASKA, CHIEF
LOOKING FOR HOME
By FRANK H. WILLIAMS.
"Let's go houso hunting," suggested
"What for?" questioned Amy Rich
ards, In pretty amazoment.
"So's we'll have some placo In which
to start up housekeeping when wo get
Amy'8 winsome face flushed and eho
stamped her foot with nnnoyance.
Then hIio ntnlted charmingly. "You're
simply Impossible, Homer," sho cried.
"How many times must I tell you that
I'm not going to marry you?"
"Now, don't be silly. I'm not going
to marry you and so there's no uuo of
our going house hunting."
"Well," sighed Homer, "then let's go
house hunting to dud the kind of
house we'd like to go to housekeeping
In If wo were going to get married."
Amy hurst into laughter again at
this. "Who undor the sun ever heard
of such a wild proposition?" she asked.
"What's the good of going house hunt
Ing when wo aren't going to get mar
ried and nolther one of us wants a
"I want a houso all right enough,"
asserted Homer, suddenly serious. "I
want a houso that will be a real home
and I want It mighty bad. I'm sick
and tired of living in a boarding houso
and I don't believe you'ro uny too sat
isfied with your little hall bedroom.
lthor. I'd llko to have you help mu
pick out tho kind of a house we'd both
like that would be a sort of satisfac
tion anyway. Como on, won't you? I
know tho very district and we cm go
there In a fow minutes in my auto
mobile It's a flno day for a ride, too."
Amy looked at him for a moment
-without speaking. All the laughter
was gone from her eyes. She was
thinking deeply of what he had said
about being tired of bearding house
life. She, too, wns tired and yet was
Homer tho man she wanted to marr '.'
Wns he the kind of a man to make a
home, or tho kind that would care
nothing for his homo after the first
few months tho kind that would leave
her alono in worst loneliness that she
ver experienced at tho boarding
house, while he had a good time at
"I'll go," sho assented finally.
"Good," cried Homer.
It was, as Homer had said, a short
ride to tho section of the city that he
had in mind.
"I saw tho advertisement of this Oak
Knoll addition," ho explained, "and
they were worded so invitingly that I
simply had to come, out and look at
tho Bcction. I beliove I've found tho
very house that we'll want. It will be
a real homo for us."
"But," Interjected Amy weakly.
"Now don't start that," cried Hotnor.
'Wo'ro protending that we're engaged
to be married and wo are now engaged
In tho dollghtful occupation of looking
for a homo."
So they drew up before a little
cozy, comfortnblo houso that stood
some distance from the road among a
bower or trees and hedges that half
hid It from sight. Homer, In high
spirits, helped Amy to alight.
A young couple passing on tho side
walk, smiled appreciatively at Home's
"Looking for a homo?" questioned
tho man pleasantly.
"Yes," answered Homer.
"Engaged or married?" went on tho
"Engaged," Homer replied whllo
Amy felt her cheeks kindle.
Again the couple smiled. "We'ro Just
married," said the man. "We livo over
there behind that hill. Come over and
see us when you get settled."
"We will," declared Homer fervent-
' The couple passed on while Homer
nd Amy walked up the hedge-bordered
path toward the house. The spot
-was lovely and Amy felt hersolf deep
ly stirred as she looked about. It
was all so homelike and comfortable
that she waB strongly attracted toward
It It would be a (in placo In which
to begin married life with Homer If
only she could bo sur that Homer was
the right man.
As they came nearer the house her
delight in it increased. It was a cozy,
Inviting little placo. Though new, it
already had the satisfied appearance
of an old settlor. There was nono of
the rawness generally so evident about
a new house. Already she felt that
sho was in love with It.
"Why hero's a funny thing." said
Homor, pointing to a little sign on tho
Amy looked. Tho sign read:
LITTLE LONESOME HOUSE.
Beneath tho Hlgn was an arrow point
ing to a llttlo box attached to tho door
knob. Homer opened tho box and drow
out a sheet of paper. Amy looked ovor
his shoulder as ho read It. ThlB Is
what was written on the paper:
"This is Llttlo LonCHnmn Tlntisn If
la loueBomo for a young couple to
make their homo In It, to brighten it
up and to bring tho Joy of life to Its
rooms. The owner of Little Lonesome
Houso Is an eccentric bachelor who
will give tho houso to the first engaged
couplo who opens Its front door and
istops over Its threshold. But If they
are uoj. engaged they may not have tho
house. For further particulars apply
to John Watklns, Third street."
Amy thrilled as sho read this mes
sago and she thrilled still more as sho
folt Homer's eyes on her.
"Shall wo enter and take posses
sion?" he questioned.
Amy hesltuted. Lovo for Homer waB
kindling In her heart. Shu felt sure
that ho must be the right man and yet
- -and yet
"Let's go In and look around," she'
suggested. "But not as an engaged
Homor took tho key to tho front
door from the mat in front of the door
and opened the door. They stepped In.
The house was already furnished and
so charmingly furnished that nt tho
first glance Amy fell In lovo with tho
homo. It wns Ideal sho felt. It was
the most entrancing spot In tho world
In which to begin married life.
"Sea hero," said Homor to her soft
ly. "If you stand Just hero in the hall
way you can seo a long distance down
tho roadj so yeu can watch for mo hero
at night. And I'll know you'ro watch
ing and If I'm tired it will give mo new
strength and hasten my steps."
Amy sighed. .She was on tho point
of accepting but she was not yet quite
sure that Homer was really the right
ninn that he was really a home loving
All thioiigh the house Homer point
ed out the things that wetc designed
purtleutaily to give a woman pleasure.
When they had completed their Inspec
tion, Amj sighed.
"It's simply adorable." she cried.
"We'll come again tomorrow.''
The next day when they again ap
proached the house Am saw a young
couple walk up the path toward the
door Fear struck her to the heart
What If this couple should Hud that
peculiar message fioni that eccentric
bachelor anil take the house from
them? In that Instant her mind was
made up She turned quickly to
"Hurry, hurry," she-cried. "Theie's
another couple going up there and the)
may take the house fiom us."
Homer stopped the machine. lie
turned to her with the light of hope
shining Iti his ojes-
"Then jou'll go into Little Umesome
House with me as as my Hancee?" lit
"Oh, ies, yes, yes," answered Am.
"I know jou'ie the right man now Yes
tot day when you showed yourself so
mmlilur with the house I became sus
plclous. Last night when we got home
I called up the agent and I found that
ou not only own Llttlo Lonesome
House hut that you designed It al1
yourself and fitted It all up so level?
and cozy ami comfortable. No man
who Is not really a home lover could
have done that, so 1 know you're thr
Homer's face became suffused with
the light of a great Joy. Amy turned
her face away, awed at tho light In hit
"I'm mighty, mighty glad of that,'
Suddenly Amy found voice again
"But hurry, hurry," sho cried. "Thai!
other couple may find that letter and
then you'll have to give the house tc
Homer simply smiled.
"That note was for your eyes, dear.'
he replied. "I wrote It to arouse your
interest in tho house to hitch up
your home loving Instinct with tho
thought of marrying mo. So naturally
I wasn't 'going to take any chance?
with anyone else finding It so I took
It out of the box last night before we
left. Horo it is."
And he pulled the note out of his
(CopyrlKtit. 191.1. bv tho McClure News,
PROVED ABILITY IN ONE LINE
Salesman May Not Have Been Able
to Speak French, But as for the
The dry goods magnate was bom
barding the applicant with tho usual
"Are you teetotal?"
"Can you tell a good Her
"Well, I'll give you a start."
The young man got on famously for
a few weeks, until one fine morning a
Parisian damsel approached htm and
sweetly stated her requirements In the
natlvo tongue. The poor young man
was flabbergasted, not comprehending
a single word.
Five minutes later he was facing his
"This is scandalous, sir. When I
employed you did you toll me you
could speak French?"
"True," mildly replied the culprit,
"but did not you ask me if I could tell
a good Ho?"
Fathers who will persist in taking
their sons to tho ofllco must perforce
be fully prepared to take tho conse
quences. Tho other day Jones roturned
from business with an ugly scratch on
his face, and his youngest son by his
"John." exclaimed Mrs. Jones, as
soon as they were Inside, "where did
you get that fearful scratch?"
"Wo have been opening a lot of
cases, my dear, and that was done by
a nasty French nail."
"Yes, ma," piped a small voice and
Jones wished himself dead, "I saw
hor scratch him: it was that French
All Right for the Doctor.
"Sorry, Brown," said the doctor, aft
er the examination "You'ro In a very
serious condition. I'm ufrald I'll have
to oporuto on you."
"Oporato!" gasped Brown. "Why, I
haven't any money for operations. I'm
only a poor worklngman."
"You'ro Insured, nro you not?"
"Yes, but I don't got that until after
"Oh, that'll bo all right," sad tin
doctor consolingly. Lipplncott's.
(Iljr IS. O. 8KLT.KHS, Director of Kvenln
Department, Tho Moody Hiblo Institute,
LESSON FOR DECEMBER 28
A DAY OP DECISION.
TltiADIXO LttSSON-Joahua 21; Hob.
OOl.DKN TKXT "For flcxl so loved tho
world, that tin gave his only begotten
(on, that wlioooor bellootli mi him
should tint perish but huvn overl.ist ln
llfe."-John 3:1C. t
Tho lessons for this past quarter,
omitting tho temperance lesson, cov
er ono of tho most Interesting periods
In tho history of Israel. In them
thcro Is presented live of Israel's
greatest characters, Moses, Aaron,
Miriam. Joshua and Caleb; one of tho
strangest characters In all history
Daallm; and tho typical troubler of
tho nation, Achan. Wo havo pre
sented tho strength and weakness,
victory and defeats, of Tour, Moses,
Aaron, Miriam, and Joshua,
Tho first of the scripture passages
presented for the day'H rending lesson
contains the farewell dlscourso of
Joshua. In It he surveys Israel's his
tory from the days of Terah to tho
moment they possessed Canaan, em
phasizing that In It all God was di
recting and operating. Ho then ap
peals to them to serve Jehovah and
to put away all other Gods. The al
ternative Is, that with such cvldcnco
before their eyes. If It seemed evil to
servo Jehovah, they had choice be
tween tho gods their fathers aban
doned beyond tho river and those they
had found in the land. As for him
self his choiro was made, "aa for mo
and my house, we will Fervo tho
Lord." After repeated declarations of
fealty on their pnrt Joshua, entered
Into a covenant with them that they
wero to servo Jehovah. Tho passago
taken from Hebrews ought to begin
it verse thirty.
Moses leads out of Egypt (a typo
of sin), through tho wilderness ex
periences, but could not lead them
Into tho land; Joshua took up tho
work whero Moses left off and led
them Into tho promised possession;
but ho wns not able to lead them Into
that perfect rest which only comes
from a perfect conformity to tho will
of God. Tho messago of the Book
of Hebrown Is that of tho son who
fulfills nil that theso great leaders of
tho past failed to do. Ho leads from
bondage Into possession and on to tho
final rest, which remains for tho peo
ple of God.
Omitting tho temperance lesson
(Nov. 9) six of theso lessons deal,
with Moses as tho leader, and In flvo
wo havo JoBhua as tho leader of Is
rael. I. Under Moses' Leadership.
Lesson I. Moses' Cry for Help,
Num. 11:10-18. 24, 25. (1) Complaint
and controversy, vv. 10-15; (2) Com
fort and Counsel, vv. 1C-18, 24, 25.
Lesson II. Jealousy and Envy Pun
ished, Num. ch. 12. (1) The Accu
cusatlon, vv. 1, 2; (2) Tho Arrest, vv.
4, 5; (3) The Arraignment, vv. C-8;
(4) Tho Judgment, vv. 940; (5) The
Intercession, vv. 11-12.
Lesson III. The Report of the Spies,
Num. 13:1-3. 25-33. (1) The Spies,
vv. 1-3; (2) Tho Majority Report, vv.
25-29; (3) Tho Minority Report, vr.
80-33; (4) The Sequol. ch. 14.
Lesson IV. The 8ln of Moses and
Aaron, Num. 20:1-13. (1) The Peo
ple's Petition, w. 1-5; (2) Qod'B Plan,
vv. 6-8; (3) MoBes' Mistake, vv. 9-13.
(a) Deception, (b) Pride, (c) Self
glory, (d) Disobedience.
Lesson V. Balak and Balaam, Num.
22:1-6, 24:10-19. (1) The Call til
Curse, 22:1.6; (2) The Wayside Chal
lenge, 22:22-35; (3) The Changeless
Message, ch. 24.
Lesson VI. Temperance Lesson.
Lesson VII. The Death of Moses,
Deut. 34:1-12. (1) The Old Leader,
vv. 1-8; (2) The New Leader, v. 8;
(3) A Great Character, vv. 10-12.
II. Under Joshua's Leadership.
Lesson VIII. Joshua the New
Leader, JoBh. 1:1-9. (1) The Call;
(2) The Charge; (3) The Counsel;
(4) The Companionship.
Lesson IX. Crossing the Jordan,
Josh. 3:7-17. (1) Tho Leader, vv. V,
8; (2) ThoBo Led, vv. 9-13; (3) The
Dry Ground, vv. 14-17.
Lesson X. The Fall of Jericho,
Josh. C:8-ll, 14-20. (1) God's Orders,
vv. 1-5; (2) Joshua's Instructions, vv.
C-8; (3) Tho Obedient Pooplo, vv. 9-16.
Lesson XI. Tin Sin of Achan, Josh.
7:6-15. (1) Joshua'B Error, vv. 6-9;
(2) The" CnuBO of Defeat', vv. 10-12;
(3) The, Victory of Defeat, w. 13-15.
Lesson XII. The Division of the
Land, Josh. 14; M4. (1) Thoso Lett
Behind, vv. 1-C; (2) Caleb's Claim,
vv. 6-12; (3) Tho Promise Fulfilled,
Tho golden text Is peculiarly signifi
cant In Its fitness as we closo tho
studies for UiIb year. Tho final word,
tho fruit and flower of this now na
tion, Is epitomized In this the slim,
pi est, yot the most sublime ianguago
of the New TestamonL What Moses,
and Joshua did in typo and what they
each left not being ablo to accom
plish, God In tho person of his groat,
est gift to mon can and does fulfil
In abundant measure. The widest
stretch of human Imagination cannot
measure tho breadth of his lovo. The,
deepest depths cannot fathom the aw
ful woe of unbeliever.
NO MARRIAGE BANS IN BURMA
Wedding and Divorce Regulations
Among Burmese Trifle Loose Ac
cording to Our Ideas.
Now York. Marrlago and dlvorco
regulations among tho Burmese strike
oven a Westerner ns loose, according!
to a recently published book by Slij
Herbort T. White, called "A Civil Scr
vant In Burma." Tho solo essential!
of a marriage Is mutual consent, and,
no court need lnterveno In dlvorco
But tho test of a thing Is tho way It!
works, and "many, probably most,,
men llo happily with ono wife nil
their lives." No ceremony Is neces-"
Burmese Mother and Child.
sary in marriage, and, among tho mass
of the people, none is usual.
Dlvorco Is so easy that It is com
monly accepted that, even without
fnult on either side, ono party can In
sist upon dlvorco against tho wish of
tho other. In this respect, men and
women are upon equal terms. But a
safeguard against capricious dlvorco
la found in tho strict rule that tho ono
who, under the circumstances Indi
cated, insists upon dlvorco must aban
don all property to the reluctant part
It is not unusual for divorced per
sons to como together again In fact,
"an appreciable proportion of tho
crimes of violence is duo to tho re
fusal of a woman to rejoin her
DUB BLOND ESQUIMAUX IRISH
Descendants of Band of Monks Who
Came to America In Sixth Cen
tury, Priest Declares.
St. Louis. Rev. C. F. O'Leary, pas
tor of tho Catholic church of Notro
Dame, who recently returned from a
visit to Ireland, is convinced that tho
blond Esquimaux discovered by Vilhj
nlmur StcfTansson uro in reality de
scendants of early Irish settlers-.
"It Is my belief," Bald Fathor
O'Leary, "that St. Brendan and his
monks settled in America In tho sixth
century. Many historians bcliovo this.
Brondan was a great mariner, as well
as a great student, and with him mis
slonarles wero going out by the scores
from Ireland to Germany, Italy,
France, and other countries.
"Tho Norwegians formerly called
America 'the Lesser Ireland,' and wo
have the evidence of Brendan's dis
coveries In the sea which long was
named for him Mare Brendanlcum."
Father O'Leary when abroad visited
the famous St. Brendan's Mount, on
which the monastery stood, and stud
led the old records. Tho expenses of
his trip to Europe were paid in part
with a fund which his parish present
ed to him on the occasion of his for
tieth Jubilee last spring.
MOURNS AT "HIS OWN" COFFIN
On Recognition of 8upposed Dead Son
Mother Faints and la Seri
Hamilton, Ont. While relatives and
friends surrounded the coffin in which
lay tho body of a young man Identified
as John Thompson, a victim of a re
cent storm on the great lakes, tho
real John Thompson rapped at tho
door and was admitted to tho house.
His mother collapsed, seriously ill.
Young Thompson's father did not
know on what boat his son was em
ployed. When ho read of tho finding
of tho body cf a John Thompson, fire
man on tho lost steamer Carruthers,
ho went to Kettle Point and identified
it as that of his son.
Tho body was shipped to tho par
ents' homo In this city, and friends
wero assembled for tho funeral, when
tho young man suddenly returned. He
explained that ho had been in Mon
frey during tho great storm, and
had Just heard of his reported death.
Giraffe Hit by Switch Engine.
Dupo, HI. -A glraffo being shipped
to a circus' winter quurtera Btuck Its
head out of tho car and waB struck
by a fiwltch engine. Tho animal is be
ing cared for In an Improvised hospi
tal In the Y. M. C. A. building. Veter
inary surgeons said it will llvo.
Woman Mayor of Oregon Town.
Troutdnlo, Oro. Mrs. Clara Latou
rello Larsson, daughter of an Oregon
pioneer resident, was elected mayor
of this placo by fire votes
CAPTURE OF DE LONG POINT
Testimony of 8oldler of Company E
Thirty-First Ohio, Who Was
Strictly In Noted Assault.
When It comes to distorting fneti
which should bo tho embodiment ol
history I feel It my duty to olTcr a
word its ono who not only participat
ed In tho battles around Chattanooga,
but assisted In establishing and pre
serving the movements of our t loops
during those soul-testing times.
On or about December 17, ISO'.!, I
was assigned to the duty of topog
rapher on tho staff of the First bil
gado, Tnltd division, Fourteenth corps,
in which capacity I served, perform
ing the same duty a part of tho tlmo
at both Second and Third division
headquarters until Just previous to
Generals Daren's and Turchln's bri
gades taking the spur of ltnccoon,
Ridge, which opened our cracker
Hue, and In which 1 participated with
my company (10, Thirty-first Ohio),
forming a pnrt of Turchln's brigade,
and In tho charge tin Missionary
Itltlge, Novomber 2G, IStJH, my regi
ment wns In the front lino of battle,
lapping Do Long Point, and was bo
noted on our mnps showing thoso
movements, writes Junius F. Whiting
of Springfield, O., In the National
Being an artist as well as a topog
rapher, I gave as careful attention ns
was possiblo to tho action of our
troops, nntl I remember the circum
stances as well (ib the topography of
thu ground over which wo fought
during that battle, which I described
to our comrades correctly beforo wo
arrived at Chattanooga on a visit In
October, 1909, my first visit to thoso
locations sluco tho Civil war. Let that
he as It may, tho Second Mlnncsotn
ennnot claim tho credit of capturing
Do Iong Point at tho bnttlo of Mis
My company, with tho regiment,
Just before ascending tho rldgo,
passed through a strip of small tim
ber, then after going over tho lower
lino of Confodernto works In advance
of any other troops, wo' passed bo
tween several rebel shnntlcs and went
up the ridge, losing our formation, as
did all regiments In that chargo, as
far as tho eyo could observe right and
left; nnd thnt scene, with Old Glory
leading our boys In bluo up tho as
cent, was too Indelibly Impressed up
on my memory to forgot, though wo
ascended undor n crossing of nrtll
lory and. musketry.
Several of my regiment with whom
I nscended In advance of tho mass
went up with our regimental colors
about two-thirds of tho way to tho
top, whero, after resting a moment in
an Indenture Just under Do Long
Point, flvo of us smaller mon (boys),
William Clark and Androw McDor
mott of Company K, nnd Mnrshall
Wilcox, William Weir and myself of
Company B, Thirty-first Ohio, went
on up to tho right, nnd leaped over
tho Confederate works at tho gun to
our left of a rebel battery of six or
eight brass pieces, with handles over
their trunnions nnd apparently now.
Tho Confederates wero still firing
their guns on our right of this bat
tery, which was on tho higher ground
a llttlo to tho southeast and nbovo
Do Long Point, but tho piece whore
we went over tho works being aban
doned, Clark Jumped upon It, waved
his cap with a shout or two, and as
tho rebels were leaving their guns,
we five before any other comrades ap
peared went over tho ridge and down
the enemy's side, some distance,
whero three of us sat down to rest,
Clark and McDermott going on and
It growing dark and discovering
our comrades above lighting fires, we
three arose to return to our regiment,
when a Johnny appeared from the
opposite side of tho log oh which we
wero resting, begging not to bo shot,
of which we assured him there was
no danger, and took him to our regi
ment, where, upon arriving, I was
Informed that my services wero want
ed at Turchln's headquarters, and re
ported there tho following day, as
sisting In tho survey of that part of
Missionary Rldgo wo had fought over
and which Included Do Long Point.
I not only took part In tho survey,
but compiled my noteB with those of
other topographers, and executed a
map with my own hand of tho Point
In question, with all the movements
of tho several regiments In our divi
sion during said battle plainly mnrked
thereon, and was then, as woll as
now, a good letterer and embellisher,
tho map being forwarded through
Fourteenth corps headquarters to
the war department, Washington, D.
C, whore It should bo today; but I
am prepared to corroborate these
facts with testimony and prool that
no comrado can refute.
At the Breakfast Table.
"I have a vnguo yearning for some
thing," murmured tho poet. "A con
slant yearning for something; I know
"Maybo it's tripe," suggested the
sympathetic landlady. "Wo haven't
had any In a long time,"
"That follow Is tho lazlost man I
know. Ho has never mndo an effort
to support himself"
"Oh, yes, ho hnB. Ho proposes to
every woman with money he meets."
ri n.m n a iri
THE N01E3 OF
TRIP THROUGH WESTERN
P prominent Joumnllat from Chi
(rago, Bomo tlmo ago, mado a Journey
through Canada obtaining a thorough
knowledge of tho land nnd pooplo and
of tho "boundless possibilities" that
Canada, tho virgin land, affords. In
an American Sunday newspaper ho
published after his return tho Interest
ing account which wo print as fol
lows. Ho writes:
"Why did you omlgrato from the
united States?" I asked n farmor In
"I holicvo that for a poor man Wcut
ern Canada la tho most favorablo
land," wns tho reply, "nnd I havo now
found that It hi tho Pnradlso or tho
The fanner, a pioneer of tho wost,
had llvo earo earlier loft Iowa for
Canada to secure a now homo thore.
After traversing tho country for some
time, he started ils homo on tho opon
prairie and with sternly Industry do
voted himself to tho working of the
virgin soil. Now ho Is tho well-to-do
owner of that endless sen of waving
wheat ears that goos on for miles bo
foro my eyes. His strong, sunburned
flguro finds tho best background In his
fnrm Itself, which Is tho outcomo of
his ceaseless nctlvlty a pretty twe
storlod dwelling houso, a largo cloan
stnble, In the midst of a hamlot of
bnrns, sheds nnd outbuildings, a use
ful garden overflowing with products;
horses, cnttln, sheep and swine on tho
rich pastures, nnd nround to tho hori
zon wheat, goldon wheat
"In Iowa?" tho farmor contlnuod, "I
farmed on rontod land, for at tho price
of $100 per aero I did not possess
money enough to buy. I might farm,
I might fnrm as I could, mora than the
living for myself nnd family, I could
not attain. Sometimes tho harvest
turned out good, somctlmos bad, but
tho grand total was a blttor combat to
keep want from tho door. It was Im
possible to lay by for bad tlmoB and
In spite of all trouble and work an old
ago frco of care was not to bo
thought of. My denth would havo
brought blttor poverty to my wlfoand
"I decided to break-up and go to
Canadn, whore at least I could fight
out tho struggle for exlstenco on my
own land. I started out with a mulfl
team, all my earthly possessions wors
In tho pralrlo-Bchoonor with my wlfo
nnd children. Then I took up a homo
stead of 160 acroa to which I added
by purchaso gradually; now as s
whole I count about 3,000 acros as my
own. Tho whole property Is free ol
debt. I do not owe a cent to anyone.
I bought my land for $2-$l0 por acre,
now I would not give It up for $50."
"Do you mean to say that you paid
for tho wholo land in tho flvo years?"
I Interrupted. ,
"In a much shorter tlmo," replied
tho farmor. "Tho land paid for Itself,
some already by tho first harvest, and
nt longest in 3 years each field had
brought in Its purchaso prlco. If you
doubt that land In Western Canada
pays for Itself within 3 years you can
easily convinco yourself of tho truth
of my nssertlon. Let us assume that
a farmor buys a farm of 160 A. at $15
per A. for $2,400. Farm machines,
seed, ploughs, mowing and threshing
might bring up tho outlay to about
$10 per aero. If the farmer sows the
160 A. for 3 years in succession with
wheat and harvests 20 bus. per acre,
thon tho product of an A. at tho aver
age prlco of 75c por bu. Is exactly $16
per aero. If you deduct the f 10 out
lay, you will retain a clear return of
$5.00. For 160 A. the annual excess
amounts to $800, consequently the
farm has after the third harvest
brought In the purchase price ol
"Sometimes and not rarely th
land pays for Itself by the first harvest
of 35 bus. of wheat bring in more thai
the purchase price of $15 per acre
Aa In some years I harvested mors
than 35 bus., you can reckon for your
self how quickly I paid for my farm."
"Would you not prefer your owe
farm In Iowa?" I asked.
"No," replied the farmer, "nevet
will I go back, In general very fen
American settlers return to the ol4
home. In Iowa a 160 A. farm costi
$100 per A., $16,000; in Western Can
ada $15, only $2,400. For the same
money that you require to buy a 164
A. farm In Iowa, you can buy here ta
Western Canada a farm of 1,000 acres.
I have money enough to buy a farm ta
Iowa, If I wished. But there my year
ly Income would be a small one,
whereas here I work for a great gain.
There I would only bo a small farmer,
hero I am a largo landed proprietor."
In a corner of tho farmyard I had
during our conversation noticed u
mound of earth overgrown with
grasses and wild flowers. To my in
quiry as to what it was, I received the
roply: "That Is tho ruin of the wooden
shack covered with sods, which I call
ed my homo when I settled here five
I gathered a wild aster from the
ruin and flung it into the air. In a pun
plish-glitterlng line the wind drove the
flower towards the fine, modern-equipped
farmhouse What a contrast be
tween the lowly earthy hut of yester
day and charming palace of today!
This contrast says enough to the un
bounded possibilities, which this new
land offers to tho willing workor. How
the poor emigrant on tho open prairie,
through energy and activity, within B
years worked his way up to bolng m
well-to-do farmor and esteemed citt
ton! More, the farmer did not re
quiro to say. Why did ho emlgrateT
WHY? Why I saw tho answer with
ray own eyes. Advertisement
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