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HISTORY OF TEXAS.

5. To constantly strive to secure entire
harmony and good will among all mankind
and brotherly love among ourselves.
6. To suppress personal, local, sectional
and national prejudices, all unhealthful
rivalry and all selfish ambition.
7. The brightest jewels which it garners
are the tears of widows and orphans, and its
imperative commands are to visit the homes
where lacerated hearts are bleeding, to assuage
the sufferings of a brother or a sister,
bury the dead, care for the widows, and educate
the orphans; to exercise charity toward
offenders; to construe words and deeds in
their most favorable light, granting honesty
of purpose and good intentions to others, and
to protect the principles of the Alliance unto
death.
Its laws are reason and equity, its cardinal
doctrines inspire purity of thought and life,
and its intentions are "peace on earth and
good will to men."
The first meeting of the State Alliance
was held at Central, Parker county, Texas.
Twelve sub-alliances were represented.
The membership of the order in Texas is
now estimated at 250,000.
FARMERS' INSTITUTES.
The legislature appropriated $500 for the
encouragement of the movement, to be used
by the board of directors of the Agricultural
and Mechanical College as they might direct.
By direction of the board the college authorities
have arranged for holding an institute in
each congressional district in this State, at
which lectures on subjects relating to agriculture,
stock-raising and other subjects of
practical utility to the farmers will be de'livered
by the professors of the college and
such other persons as they and the local corn.

mittee at the place of holding the institute
may determine. The products of the farmn
are also exhibited, and results of the best
methods of work in all departments of farm
labor are shown.
Farmers' institutes have been held at several
points in the State, and in every instance
they were attended with great interest and
enthusiasm among the people. With more
liberal encouragement onl the part of thie legislature
they would become powerful agencies
in awakening a deeper interest among the
people in improved methods of farnning, and
directing public attention to the importance
and value of the work now being done at the
Agricultural and Mechanical College in instructing
the youth of the State in the science
of agriculture and the mechanic arts.
Farmers' institutes are open and free to all
who choose to attend them, and thus afford a
means of interchanging ideas and opinions
among the agricultural classes, unencumbered
by any conditions whatever.
CLIMATE.
To convey a correct idea of the climate of
any section by giving a statement of "mean
temperatures" by the year or month, or even
by the day, is misleading, from the fact that
the mean temperature of great extremes may
be the same as that of slight variations. For
example, the mean between zero and 100
(fifty) is the same as that between forty and
sixty, which also is fifty. To give a correct impress'on
of climate one needs to state the
number of times the temperature reaches
certain extremes in each year for a number
of years, with accompanying statements of
the wind and moisture prevailing at the same
times. A table giving all these items is too
tedious for the ordinary reader to scan, and

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