Image provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 5, 1909)
THE OMAHA SUNDAY HKE: DECHMBKR
wt M .A af. ) tr tri eve , -l a -
I10W lUO ArUlb FURLS
It Bears a Relation to Oeneral Pros
perity Not Realized.
INFLUENCES OTHER MARKETS
Has Marb to no with (ilttnrr
Vrlf- of Mnt nnd llnlry
Frn4nrli thr Inmlr)
Few people realize to what extent the
prosperity of the country taken as a whole
ret upon the outcome of the corn crop.
Receptly the Hepartment of Agriculture
announced Its preliminary estimate of a
ield of 2.7r7.nir,.o00 hushels for this year,
making the third largest In tho history of
the country. The 1'nlted Slates grows
about 90 per cent of the world's corn crop
n the average, and seldom exports mure
than 5 per rent under existing conditions
of domestic demand. It Is preeminently the
American crop on which rural prosper);
and through It general prosperity, rests.
An a basis of material progress corn
has extended Its area with the growth of
the country. t.ast year for the first time
It exceeded 100,000,000 acres. No further
back than 1S77 the area under .corn was
only half of that. The doubling of the
acreage has brought the doubling of yield
and almost a doubling of price. With
higher prices of corn has come an Increas
ing tendency to sell direct from the farm
rather than to convert It Into meat And
market It In that form. The low prices of
the. eighties and nineties led to live stock
production on a more scientific basis, while
the higher prices of the current decade
have tended to reduce the quantity of live
stark grown through the consumption of
This Influence has much to do with the
advance. In meat and dairy prices so gen
eral throughout the country and the world.
Corn, In Its capacity as a farm asset. Is
practically an addition to rural capital.
What railroads would charge to main
tenance of equipment the farmer charges
to th. upkeep of his live stock through
' corn consumption. It la nevertheless more
than simply maintenance; It Is an Invest
ment In the form of live stock, poultry and
dHlry product prepared for the market
A well-filled crib of corn Is the farmer's
best bulwark against any change In the
financial fortunes of the country. Without
an ample supply he is poor; with It he
Is ready for anything, because he has the
means of maintenance till the next sea
Corn, unlike cotton or wheat. Is less the
farmer's money crop than his means of
making money. In a rotation system It
Is indispensable to the American system
of agriculture. Its future Ilea there rather
than In any very great extension of acre
age beyond tho present limits. Trobably
In another decade we may have as much
as 1J5.000.0IO acres under corn. Put then
the crop will have to share the total farm
acreage In nem'cr crops that are now wedg
ing their way Into rural systems of ustng
land. Its future will depend on two things
on the price which the consuming world
is prepared to pay for it. and on Its pari
in the maintenance of farm fertility. Its
acreage yield of 26.J might easily be Im
proved by .! per rent under demonstrated
methods of seed selection and proper cul
ture. The yield need not therefore be less,
but rather greater as the years advance.
Wall Street Journal.
Old Kin Corn
Dixie's Vaunted Monarch of the Field
Cannot Yet Wield the Scep
ter Over All.
Walla of Corn.
Pmillng and beautiful heaven's dome
uciius somy over our prairie iiume.
But the wide, wide lands that stretched
Before my eyes In the days of May;
The rolling prairie's billowy swell,
itreeiy upiana ana innuerca cicn,
Stately mansion and hut forlorn-
All are htnuen Dy wans or. corn.
Alt . V I J . A I . . i .1 . . U II
lor V wifi HI 1 1 ri i '-.. '
To walls of corn now sere and brown.
n:ii uo mey noiu nuno . ........
Whose banners toss In the breeze of mom?
i r I .... .1 . OT.t. mnnn ho told
A great state's wealth these walls enfold.
No sentinels guard these walls of corn.
Never is sounded tho warder's horn;
Yet the pillars are hung with gleaming
Left all unbarred, though thieves are bold.
Clothes and food for the tolling poor:
W ealth to neap ai inn ru n man nu.,. ,
Meat for the healthy and balm for him
Who moans and tosses In chanber dim;
Shoes for the barefooted; pearls to twine
In the scenlea tresses or lauieu hoc.
Things of use for the lowly cot
Where (Bless the corn;- warn cunmin um,
Luxuries rare for the mansion Brand-
Booty for thieves mm ruu u
All these things, and so many more
It would fill a book to nuine them o er.
Are hid and held In these walls of corn.
Whose banners toss In the breexe of morn.
Where do thev stand, these walls of corn,
Whose banners toss In the breeze of morn 7
Open the atlas, conned by rule.
In the olden days of the district school.
Point to this rloh and bounteous land
That yields such fruits to the toller's band.
"Treeless desert" they called It then.
Haunted by beasts and forsook by men.
Little they knew what wealth untold
Lay hid where the desolate prairies rolled.
Who would have dared, with brush or pen,
As this land Is now, to paint it then?
And how would the wise ones have laughed
in scorn '
Had prophet foretold these walls of corn.
Whose banners toss in the breejio of morn!
ELLKN V. ALLERTON.
BatMM.p ws-jii sW w sw. k i-at-
-,.-jrw f-'r ?rrt -
We extend a special in
vitation to all corn show
visitors to visit our place
during their stay in
Omaha this next week.
We shall endeavor to
make it pleasant, and we
think a trip through
our implement ward
rooms will be interesting
We shall be glad to have
all implement and ve
hicle dealers to visit us.
W TT1NT tn VI A TXT
i l tor iVil A l
E. A. HATFIELD. Manager
Corn Is king, even the price of cotton
soaring to such dlxsy heights that this
year's crop, although smaller than some
of Its predecessors, will come near to
breaking records in the amount of money
placed in circulation. One must think and
talk In big figures when the corn crop Is
under consideration, for all other American
crops ure dwarfed by comparison with
this greatest of grain of cereal crops. Ac
lording to the preliminary report of the
crop-reporting board of the Department of
Agriculture, the 1909 yield of corn In the
iruitcd States Is 2.767,316,000 bushels. As
tho price is hovering around 60 cents per
bushel, the actual value of this single crop
Is more than I1,WO,000,000, or nearly 11,000,000
000 more than the value of our wheat crop.
The latest estimate of the department
Is about Kf, OOO.OOO bushels greater than the
figures Indicated by the October report,
but they are far short of the early esti
mates, which ran is high as 3,O0O,00O,OCiO
bushels. That this enormous crop of corn
cm be easily taken care of In the markets
at homo and abroad la shown by the move
ment of the preceding crops. That of ISO
was 2.66.,000,000 bushels, and in the poor
crop year of 1907 the yield dropped to 2,
69.000,000. The crop of 1906 was 2,927,000,000
bushels, so that the average for the three
years preceding 1909 was 2,729,000,000 bushels,
or but 3ti.OuO,000 bushels less than the 1!X
crop. This shortage, u compared with
the average supply for the preceding three
years, is a mere bagatelle, and it Is strange
that the announcement of the department's
figures should have caused weakness in the
There is a steady Increase In the con
sumption of corn, and eauh year finds an
Increasing yuuntity diverted to uses which
are of very recent inception. Not very
many years ago corn was so cheap that it
whs used for fuel In Kansas, but the case
with which the markets at homo and
abroad have assimilated an average of 2. -729,000,000
bushels per year for the last
three years points conclusively to the fact
'that corn will never again be available at
a price that will warrant Its use for fuel.
Unless there is a weakening in the price
of other grains,, home consumption will
take up all of this mammoth corn crop,
and leave us again with bare bins, as was
the case when the 1909 crop began moving
to market. King cotton Is all right tn
his small kingdom iithe south, but, as a
prodigal distributer of wealth, corn Is king
by an overwhelming majority. Portland
Woodmen of World
Proves a Wonder
Remarkable Success of an Omaha En
terprise in the Insurance
The success of the Woodmen ' of the
World, the greatest of fraternal Insurance
orders, has been remarkable. It la on. of
the largest financial enterprises ot the
many whlcfl headquarter In Omaha.
The Woodmen of the World took its be
ginning In the present form, known as
Perfected Woodcraft, a' little more than
ten years ago. The founder, 1. C. Root,
sovereign commander, had at that time,
in about ten years past, built up an organ
ization that was limited in the rad'us of
seven or eight states about his headquar
ters In Lyons. Ia.
The order then went through ft process
of transformation and the year of rapid i
growth which It is now enjoying began.
The Woodmen of the World now numbers
some 9,000 camps, as the Individual lodges
are known. The order extends over the
United States and Canada, with an occa
sional camp in Mexico and the Philippines.
In securing charter from the Dominion
government of Canada J, C. Root, the
sovereign commander, accomplished what
to others had been an Impossible task. No
other American organization of the kind
ever before or since secured a charter from
the Dominion. The Woodmen of the
World have about 15,000 members In
The total membership of this remarkable
organization Is about 700,000, and constantly
Many features of the Woodmen of the
World as an insurance organisation are
original with It. In building for the future
the Woodmen are piling up an emergency
fund which has now reached, together with
the cash surplus on hand, a sum of about
The payments made by the sovereign
camp of the Woodmen of the World il
lustrate forcibly its magnitude when they
are reduced to months, days, hours and
minutes. The death losses last year ag
gregated li.OOO.OOO. which means a monthly
distribution of 1333.233, or $7,92J per week.
This, when reduced to minutes, shows an
outlay of I15.2J every minute of the year.
Three thousand deaths were reported in
VMS, one death every three hours.
The Insurance of the Woodmlen of the
World embodies an endowment feature.
which in effect becomes an old age dls- '
i ability benefit. When a member reaches '
70 years of age he is entitled to draw one
j U-nth of the face value of his certificate I
i each year unti: his Wth year It Is ex- I
hausled. It he should die in the Interven- '
Ing pei led the unpaid balance 3 paid over:
to his beneficiaries.
Every member of the Woodmen of the
World la entitled to a marble monument
I on his grave at the expense of the order.
! More thun 27.000 of these have been
. erected by the Woodmen.
I J. C. Root, the founder of the order. Is
' yet the administrator of affairs, and In
) his tlllNV Off CM hllllltHnff Via mu K An 1
every day dealing with the affairs of the
organlmitlon he has built up. In the be
ginning back hi 1S;K) he met with factional
trouble In tho formation of the plans for
the order which became the Woodmen of
the World, but he carried it through and
the order has now reached a degree of
success which an.-uies permanency.
One Baerraaful Case,
"Doctor, you're not so foolish as to think
you can make people good by performing
operations on them, are you?"
"That drrK-nds on what you call making
people good. You citii check their dlvp oal- I
tlon to commit crime." j
"As for example." I
"Well. I once knew a man w ho wat '
currd by a simple operation ot a tviidencv
to rob banks and holdup railway trains."
' )'d you pt-rform It, doctor?"
vNo; I was merely called on to verify the
re.-irit after the operation was over."
Well, who did perform It?"
'A frontier sheriff ." t'b'cago Tribune.
I persistent Advertising is lite road to Big
r-si'i i ymn
offers certainty to the settler. He'll reach it com
fortably and find comfort after he arrives. Profits
are sure to the worker. Rich land, equal to the finest
soils of any state in the '.union, can be bought in
Oklahoma, Texas, Southern Missouri, Arkansas, New
Mexico and Louisiana, for less than worn out farms
in the thin-soiled sections. The climate never stops
working. Crops can be harvested at all periods of
- '! - ' 1
4 k i .'
- " VUXKSi',,,.. j
. .s--..vkp X
( h If r r nr
' '' Ai'"Ar- A' ?
v t ; k ) y- ' ..
and in the Rock Island-Frisco lines exhibit, as shown
above, you will find first-hand proof of these state
ments. The products shown there are gathered from
Sec the first map ever made with view from north to south.
Passenger Traffic Manager
St, Louis, Mo.
Powered by Open ONI