The Alto Herald (Alto, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 12, Ed. 1 Friday, February 28, 1908 Page: 3 of 8
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I' SUMMARY Of IKE WEEK
GATHERED FROM ALL OVER THE
ITEMS FOB BUSINESS PEOPLE
A Breviary of Important News airi
Happenings That One Wants
to Know About.
News is received that John Alcorn
of Milam County was in a runaway
accident, in which his neck was brok-
The Commissioners' Court of
Hopkins County has fixed the sal-
ary of the County Treasurer at $1200
Andrew Carnegie lias contributed
$125,000 to the Robert Ivoek Insti-
tute for the investigation of tubercu-
It is currently reported that John
li. Wortham will oppose O. B. Col-
quitt as a candidate for lluilway
During a heavy rain, the oil der-
rick at Cash was blown down and
completely demolished. Theh der-
rick was eighty-five feet high.
After much consultation among
leaders, Hoke Smith of Georgia will
bo asked to be the Prohibition nomi-
nee for President.
A Mexican by the name of Maxi-
mo Yaldez was killed near Karnes
City Saturday. A Mexican whoso
name is Emilio Canno, is now in
An automobile line has been ar-
ranged between (Irani! Falls and Py-
ote, Ward County, giving daily serv-
ice to the railroad station. A bouun
- T!:c fint licgw rccruited for the
navy in a long time joined in Sail
Antonio Saturday. lie is Albert
Canton and will be given a position
as mess attendant.
The Commissioners' Court of Wil-
liamson County has reduced the sal-
ary of County Treasurer from $2000
to $1200 per annum, beginning with
The Midland Valley Depot and
waiting rooms at Muskogee, Ok.,
were almost entirely destroyed by
fire Sunday evening. The origin of
the fire is not known.
An average of a car load of
oranges every twenty minutes has
been packed and shipped East from
Riverside, Cal., the past week, fig-
wring nine hours as a working day.
At the instance of the District At-
torney pajters were served on the op-
erators of the ''Vxas and New Or-
leans Railway at Liberty, as well as
the railroad, for violation of the
Death has claimed G. W. Baty, a
Confederate veteran, eighty-one
years of age. He served throughout
the war in Company I, Elmore's
Kcgimcnt, Macgruder's Division. lie
is survived by two sons.
Harry Payne Whitney denies the
report that his sister, Miss Dorothy
Whitney, is engaged to Count Paul
Esterhazy, the Hungarian nobleman
who attended the Vanderbilt-Sssech-
envi wedding in New York recently.
The peanut acreage in Kaufman
County will be greatly increased this
year. The establishment of a pea-
nut factory which consumes all tho
nwLs grown here has stimulated in-
terest in the crop. Many farmer*
will reduce the cotton acreage.
President Kcnefick of the Missou-
ri, Oklahoma and Gulf, states that
all arrangements were completed to
build the system to Texas this year.
The committee on appropriations
hag stated that appropriations for
fortifications will be materially cut.
James II. Benton, Chief of Po-
lice of Fayetteville, N. C., was shot
and instantly killed Saturday by a
negro, Sain Murchison, who was cap-
tured an hour after the crome, and,
despite three distinct ellorts to
lynch him, was safely lodged in jail.
The Chicago University is arrang-
ing to establish a school of agricul-
ture, comprising a three-year course,
and matriculates must qualify in
Greek, Latin, Calculus and Higher
After receiving more than 1000
volts of electricity and being re-
moved from the network of wires
into which he had fallen, by rescu-
ers, Will Abadie, a lineman in. the
employ of the Temple Electric Com-
pany, still lives. He will lose one
hanii and two fingers from the other.
Crosby S. Noyes, editor of th%
Washington Star, died late Friday
afternoon at Pasadena, Cal.
Albuquerque, N. M., has been se-
lected as tlie location of the new $1,-
000,000 8'initarium projected by the
It will cost Dallas County nearly
half a million dollars to raise the
bridges over the Trinity River to
comply with the Government require-
Will Tuttle, a brakeman on the
Texas Central Railroad, fell from
the top of a ear in the yards at Cis-
co and both legs were cut off just
below the knee.
fi. B. Clark, formerly a well
known Alabama newspaper man and
promoter, committed suicide in New
Orleans by shooting himself in the
head with a revolver.
The Governor has approved a defi-
ciency for the State Orphans' Home
at Corsicana on the application of
Superintendent Tennant. The defi-
ciency embraces $1800 for fuel.
A company has been organized at
Sweetwater with $10,000 capital to
engage in the manufacture of galvan-
ized iron articles, tin roofing, etc. A
charter will be applied for soon.
The Hardware stock of Stricklin
Brothers at Tulia was destroyed by
fire Thursday, 1/iss about $10,000,
insurance $4000. The building oc-
cupied by them was valued at !pi400 ;
After passing through 1525 feet
of various strata, the drill of the ar-
tesian well rig struck a heavy flow
of fresh water Saturday, and there
was a healthy spout from the new
Praetorian lioring in Dallas.
Texas, where the Farmers' Union
had its origin, was organized at
Mineola in February, 1904. Since
that time fifteen States have been or-
ganized. leaders declare that fif-
teen additional States will be or-
ganized before the end of the present
After having ballotted for flilrty
days in the effort to fix upon the
choice of a suflicient number of the
members of the Legislature to de-
termine who shall succeed James B.
McCreary as United States Senator,
the Kentucky deadlock is still un-
The recent death of "Uncle Dick"
George at Austin removed a popular
darky of tho old school type. Ho
was ninety-four years of age, and fol-
lowed Sam Houston through several
Indian campaigns, and in his earlier
days guided John II. Itcagan on
many a fox hunt.
Virgil McKnight, aged fifty-two
years, Democratic Representative
from Mason County, Ky., died early
Monday in his room at the Capitol
Hotel in Frankfort of cardiac asth-
ma, after an illness of less th.an twen-
ty-four hours. He had represented
his district in the Legislature for
James Jackson, a negro who resid-
ed in Dallas until a few days ago,
was shot in the back and killed Wed-
nesday night at his homo near
Grange Ilall School House, about
five miles southeast of Scagoville.
Deputy Sheriffs Wake Coats and
John Chiesa placed a white man in
the county jail.
The habeas corpus proceedings of
Gus Gimble, treasurer of the San
Antonio Retail and Malt Dealers'
Association, in which the constitu-
tionality of the Raskin-McGregor
law was questioned, has been decided
by "County Judge Shook in favor of
the State, he holding that the law
After a spirited contest Ed Wood-
all was elected Mayor of Ilillsboro
over Dr. if. W. Brian in the sec-
ond white man's primary by a vote
of 377 to 257.
A party of prospectors are view-
ing a route through Ellis County for
a pipe lino proposed by the Texas
Mrs. Elizabeth Barnum, one of the
few surviving widows of the War of
1812. died Thursday at Orange, N.
J., at the age of ninety-six years.
She was born in Vermont.
Thirty-seven wells were completed
in the Gulf Coast region during tho
first two weeks of February, twenty-
six being producers, with initial out-
put estimated at 5ft20 barrels per
well, nine dry and two gas.
Six of the eighteen furnaces of the
Monongahela furnace department of
the National Tube Company of Me-
Kecsport, Pa., have resumed opera-
tions. The entire plant of the eom-
jany will be put in operation wherl
the damage caused by the flood has
FERTILIZER 115 AN
ing it to cotton which has a long tap '
root, the fertilizer -hould be put sev- j
rn to nine inches deep anil covered !
with at least live indies of soil, aft-
er which thi! seed -hould be planted j
directly over the fertilizer. When
the seed germinates it will immcdi-
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| few incites in height the root will
While commercial fertilizers have have found the fertilizer, which will
been used for several years with e\-;'\v this time have become incorpo-
cellent results in the Eastern States,' r!,ted in the soil, and will be in prop-
' t'i' i i i * < . ■
or condition to be assimilated by the
Experience has shown that the
I proper proportion of plant food re-
Texas cotton planters have not a>
yet seemed to realize the beneficial
results that can he obtained by their
- | proper proportion oi plant iooo re-
intelligent use. I-or a proof of thi- quired bv cotton grown on light san-
a glance should be taken at the lastly poi 1 is in the neighborhood of S
Government ginners' report, show- I"'1' collt phosphoric acid, 2 1-2 per
ing the number of bales of cotton Ucn' ammonia and I 1-2 percent pot-1
ginned in Texas as compared with'08'1, 'wn hnndred to two hundred |
the number ginned in Georgia fll"' '"'V P0l<n,'s l"'r "ere of a for- j
where every acre is fertilized.. Texa-'''''zcr containing this proportion of
plants about 10,000,000 acres while p'mt food applied to light sandy
Goorgia plants only about I.,*>00,000. !'n,u' w'" frequently more than don-
Texas will make this vrar about 2,-1'*'0 1 ll(' Llnck prairie ami
225,000 bales, while ' Georgia will ''ark sandy soil* do riot require so
make over 2,000,000 bales; or, in '""''h ammonia, hut are usually more
other words, it takes just about two deficient in phosphoric acid. The
acres more to raise a hale of cotton ' I"roP('r proportion for these soils h
in Texas than it does in Georgia, a fertilizer containing about 1< per
notwithstanding the fact that Geor- <,<,,u Phosphoric acid, 2 per cent am-
gia lands have been under cultivation m°nia aml 2 P('r , ,mt ],<,tiw'>- T1,i* |
from fifty to seventy-live years long- w 111 not increase the size of the stall,
er than Texas lands. ^ j *° nny great extent, but will cause
Very few Texas farmers have ever ,l|l> oot,on to put on more blooms i
experimented with commercial fer- nm! l,lom" earlier. For river bottom
tilizers, and, therefore, know little IIanrl the. ammonia can be dispensed!
about their use. A word or two ou |wi,h "'together, but such lands rc-
their application might be of ben-! Muiro.a lnrKe proportion of phosphor- ]
efit: lie acid and potash in order to make j
It is known that fertilizers arr'tho P,nnt produce, and an applica-1
valuable for the plant food they con-!,ion "f or (iv*' bnndrcds pounds
tain; those plant foods are phosphor- Pf a '«-rtil ascT containing 10 per cent
ic acid, nitrogen (or ammonia) and!,WWi<1 a('"' 1,11,1 1 P''r rent I,ot*
potash, and without going into a sci- ,lf!S v'" frequently cause an in-
entific discussion of the action 0fim'a8wl >'icl<1 nf " bul° or inore per
these elements on plant life, it is!acre"
well for the farmer to have some Commercial fertilizers can be ap-
iffiowladgc &lonjj this line in order plied with the ordinary cotton plant-
for him to know in what proportion ''' 11 'arge acreage i-. to he
they should be few to the plant. fertilized it win pay the faring to
Phosphoric acid hastens the ma- invest in a distributer, which is made
turity of any plant to which it js j for the purpose, and can he regulated
applied; that is, it has a tendency to " nH to distribute the fertilizer in
cause the plant to stop growing and exact quantity per acre. Such
go to making blooms or buds. !:1 distributer can be bought for about
Nitrogen, or ammonia, has some- ,m' dollars, and with it a man anu
what the opposite effect of phosphor- '"'rse can fertilize about live acres
ic acid, as it increases the growth of land per day. Most of the imple-
ment concerns arc now manufactur-
ing a combination distributer and
planter, with which the fertilizer can
be distributed and the seed planted
all with one operation. These ma-
chines are great labor savers, and, as
they can he bought for thirty or for-
ty dollars, one of them would prove a
paying investment where fertilizers
are used extensively.
It is does not stand to reason that
even the best soil can be cropped
MULES WERE REAL ONES
S'mple Explanation of Order That fot*
a Time Puzzled Guest of
"I saw a funny thing in the regis-
ter of a hostelry iu the Grand Can-
yon of the Colorado," -aid ,i Chicago
man who had just returiii.il from a
trip through the west, -i stepped
up to the desk to register when I
saw an entry just above the space
1 was destined to till. The line read
"'.Mr. and Mrs. John Jones, Ar-
kansas. 2 mules.'
" I he words '2 mules,' were not in
the same handwriting as those giv-
ing the names of recent arrivals. A
wild idea Hashed through mv mind
that tin? hotel clerk must be in the
habit of characterizing the guests.
My natural curiosity prompted mo
to make inquiries.
" 'Oh, the mules?' replied the pre-
siding genius of the hotel. 'That
means that Mr. Jones and his wife
are going to ride down the Canyon
to-morrow morning. Quite a party
making the trip. Would you like to
" 'Yes,' I said.
"And I had the pleasure of seeing
him write 'I mule' after my name|"
stalk and leaf, and if present in too
large a proportion the plant has a
tendency to run to stalk and leaf at
the expense of fruit production. This
is evidenced by cotton grown on Tex-
as river botton lands, where we fre-
quently see the stalk six or seven
feet high, with only ten or fifteen
bolls, while a stalk of that size should
carry at least three hundred bolls.
Potash improves the quality of the
fruit, and also has a general bene- ....
ficial effect on all plant life. In fact, .continuously without being replen-
it has been proven that no plant can j 'shed, and every farmer owes it to
live unless it has potash to feed himselt and family to keep his land
upon jup to the highest producing capaci-
In applying fertilizer to a plant. 1He certainly can not do this tin-
some knowledge of the habits of the he P"1* ,a^ at le*st afl
plant is necessary. The fertilizer "* '"/ take away, and ho
should be applied so as to reach the ^l,ld 1'"* 1""'k 'V1'1"0 ,,,0lrc' as
roots of the plant, and should bo put " * ">' can Pr°v« "s land
in deep enough so as not to be and make it product more each year
washed out by rain* nor dried out1 instead of less, as seems to be the
bv the action of the sun. In apply- j ease now.
RAISING GRAIN CROPS.
There have been several years thai
our farmers have not made anything
out of cotton, and while this may be
a good cotton year we have no as-
surance of it, while with the lower
strata of the earth full of water
there is not much reason for not
raising a good com crop, besides
the shorter tho cotton crop the bet-
ter the price. The South has 32,-
000,000 acres planted to cotton; a
reduction of 6,000,000 acres would
bring as much money, and the 5,-
000,000 acres in other crops would
be all gain. By close calculations I
find an acre of corn can be well pre-
pared and gathered for $•!. giving the
land a good breaking, one good har-
rowing, two choppings and four or
five plowings. Good land in this
country, giving this care and planted
with good seed corn will make fifty
bushels to the aero, making the corn
coat 10 cents per bushel in the crib
All we can sell at above 10 cents
then would be rent of land and
profit of crop. Since we have an ex-
porting markut at Galveston we are
assured as good a price as the rest
of the country and a market we need
not fear glutting. I sec no reason
for farmers living in the black belt,
and especially those living near a
railroad station, taking the risk of
planting all cotton, knowing the
trouble we are liable to have with
the insects, when there is money and
more certain money in corn.
There is practically no hay in
this country, prairie hay selling for
$12 per ton. A crop of oats and
two tons of sorghum can be grown
ou an acre worth twice as much as
prairie bay. This is a bad system
of farming, and should be changed.
I think if our farmers will forget
the time of 15-cent cotton, which I
think is gone, and prepare their land
deep and well, select good seed and
cultivate their corn when it needs
it, not neglecting it for cotton, wo
will find our land improving, debts
reducing and better conditions on
the farm generally. We can raise
corn and feed stuffs better than any
country. Then why raise cotton to
buy it?—W. li, Yeary, in Farniers-
The rich young man who was
trying to learn to work bad fallen
in love with the daughter of his em-
ployer, but he found that his path >
was by no means clear of obstacles.
""You tell me your father objects i
to your marrying me," he said, in a
crestfallen tone. "Is it because I \
am in his employ? I can leave it
and go back to a life of idleness \
if he prefers."
"Oh, no, that isn't what he wants,"
said the object of his choice. "He
says I may marry you just as soon
as you're valuable enough to have
\ottr salary raised."—Youth's Com-
WHY OICKtNS LIVES.
Why is it that the sales of Dick-
ens' works, in English alone, amount
in a single year to moro than those
of any later novelist during his
whole lifetime?-The readers of his
novels do not lack intelligence, and
a good number of tlieni are of a
sufficiently advanced culture to de-
tect his faults. But whatever the
higher criticism may disclose against
him, there still remains the fullness
of his robust human sympathy and
that mastery of genius which for-
ever holds the mind even of children
as that of Shakespeare's does.—
DANGEROUS SENSE OF HUMOR.
Geo. C. Morton, a machinist re-
siding on llussell street, lias very
sore ribs, and all because lie laughed
too heartily, lie was thoroughly
enjoying a joke played on a com-
rade with garden hose, and as he
watched the sport from a window
he laughed with great gusto, so
much so that lie was seized with
pains and had to be helped to a
seat. A medical man was called
and found that he had fractured a
rib and bad torn away part of the
lining about another rib.—Bermuda
TRAVELS OF A CRAB.
In bis report for the quarter end-
ing September 30 the fishery officer
for the Northeastern district states
that he received one marked crab
during the quarter. It was captured
at Boddin, close to Montrose, Scot-
land. It bad traveled from four
miles north of Scarborough castle,
a distance of about 155 miles, in
t!89 days. Unless the crab had a
lift on the way from some sportive
person it must on an average have
crawled not less than 330 yards a
NOT STAR GAZERS.
Miss Evening Star—"You have
a big audience on earth to-night."
Mr. Comet—"Yes, but I don't
quite understand it. Every time I
do one of my acrobatic stunts those
folks exclaim: 'Oh, look at the air-
ship.' "—Kansas City Tunes.
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