News: Greenwood Gleaner (1 Mar 1906)

Contact: Arlene Peil
Email: rpeil@charter.net

----Sources: Greenwood Gleaner, Greenwood, Wis., 1 Mar 1906

"Our Old Neighbors"

In a letter from Mrs. David Warner of Perkinstown renewing their subscription, she takes a shy at us on that eclipse item recently - and though it does hit home we must give our readers the benefit of our punishment.

"I was so glad you were well roasted about that eclipse, I lost my beauty sleep that night and after I had trotted around from one cold room to another trying to find out what quarter of the heavens that eclipse was coming from I thought of the almanac and found I was a day too late. I was not the only sufferer up here either, for I had told a young lady neighbor of mine there was to be an eclipse of the moon that night - the Gleaner said so. She said she got up six times between midnight and morning looking for that old eclipse.

"Now, Mr. Noyes, allow me to suggest the next time you advertise an eclipse please consult the almanac before hand."

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Sheho, Prov. of Saskatchawan, Jan. 14, 1906, to the editor of the Gleaner, Greenwood, Wis., Dear Sir: I believe the last time we met I agreed to write when I reached my destination and give you an account of my trip and my ideas of the province in which I reside.

I left Greenwood on time and through the kindness of Cond. Richmond got placed in stock train about 10 o'clock which put me ahead three hours. Got to Minnesota transfer on Sunday morning and left Sunday evening on Sault St. Marie for Emerson or the Port of Entry in Canada. I will say while I think of it this is the finest road I ever rode on. You will take more comfort riding in a caboose or box car and running 35 or 40 miles per hour than you would in a coach on some roads not far from Greenwood and running ten miles per hour. Tuesday evening at 7 o'clock we reached the Port of Entry. There you was met by a custom house officer and taken to an office for examination. You had to give your age, nationality, place of destination, ages and names of each one of the family, your occupation, No. of head of stock, household effects. After you're examined here you are run on to Winnipeg which is the styled the Chicago of Northwest, about 30 miles and then your troubles begin. You have to pass customs and be examined the same as at the Port of Entry, which took about one day to get your clearance. I just mention this as a great many gets the impression it's no trouble to move from one country to another.

I had no further trouble but reached my destination O.K. Stock and implements and household effects came through in good shape, I had a very nice time to move. The weather since I came west has been all that could be desired, no bad storm since I came west. The wind blew hard one night. It did no damage that we have heard of.

When I write again will tell you of the crops that were raised here in the west this year. I like the climate and the people very much.

If there is any of my Greenwood friends wish to communicate with me address me at Sheho, Sask., Canada.

And now, Mr. Editor, I will close by wishing you and all my friends in Greenwood a happy new year. - M. Austin.

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Griffith Williams who lived for a time west of the river, south of Gemmeke school house, and for the past two years has lived at Disco, has moved to Iowa county where they expect to live from this on.

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Chas. Limprecht who lives at Florence, Wash., must be right in his element and be strictly "at home." He is foreman of a crew of men whose duty it is to brail logs in the bay at Florence, known as Port Susan. He has with him his brother Will, also his wife's brother Oscar Christensen and Johnnie Larson, all former Clark county boys.

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Shall we send you the Gleaner?

CROCODILES HARD TO KILL Many Bullets Necessary to Put End to One's Existence.

Shooting crocodiles in India is a little like shooting mud turtles. A hunter describes the sport: "We suddenly came on our first crocodile about a mile from camp, asleep on the bank, with its mouth open, not more than twenty yards from us. It started to get away, but I fired two shots as quickly as I could get them off, the first into its open mouth and the second into its neck as it turned its head. That stopped it effectually and it never got into the water. The next day we found another crocodile and my friend got it just above the shoulder. That was not enough to stop it, but we both fired as it was getting into the water and one bullet hit it in front of the quarters. They sometimes come up again when wounded, so we waited about twenty minutes, and then looking about I saw it lying on its back at the bottom of the stream. It looked dead enough, so we got hold of the end of the tail and pulled it ashore. We gave it two more shots, one in the neck and the other in the middle of the back, and it then still had vitality enough to bite a paddle in two though the legs were paralyzed and it could not move."

GOOD WORK OF SCIENTISTS. Immense Sums Saved Through Bureau of Entomology

Great sums are saved for the agriculturists of this country by the efforts of the government bureau of entomology toward the extermination of insect pests. The cotton worm before it was studied and the method of controlling it by the use of arsenicals was made common knowledge, levied in bad years a tax of $30,000,000 on the cotton crop. The prevention of less from the Hessian fly, due to the knowledge of proper seasons for planting wheat, and other direct and cultural methods, results in the saving of wheat to the farm value of from $100,000,000 to $200,000,000 annually. Careful statistics show that the damage from the codling moth to the apple is limited two-thirds by the adoption of control, representing a saving of from $15,000,000 to $20,000 000 in the value. The rotation of corn with oats or other crops saves the corn crop from the attacks of the root worm to the extent of perhaps $100,000,000 annually in the chief corn-producing regions of the Mississippi valley. The cultural system of controlling the boll weevil saves the farmers of Texas many millions of dollars.

Pigeons Mate for Life.

Monogomists always, pigeons have given centuries of proof of their absolute fidelity to their marriage vows. The task of the breeder and trainer has been facilitated by the fact that pigeon matings were for life. It has been found that pigeons in captivity, even in the artificial atmosphere of one loft occupied by gay newcomers of all varieties, when once they have been married can be relied upon to stay together unless forcibly separated, and then return if ever set at liberty. Some birds have been cooed their silver wedding song, as there are substantiated cases of pigeons who have lived together for twenty-five years.

Eating "Humble Pie."

There is a queer twist of language in the phrase "to eat humble pie." The word "humble" is a corrupted form of the original "numble" which is an inedible part of the carcass of a deer and would make very poor pie. The words "humble pie" have the same original meaning as "to eat crow," a phrase common in political life. There is an enforced humility in this process and the change from "numble" to "humble" introduced a thought which harmonized with the idea sought to be expressed. The last form of the phrase has entirely supplanted the original.

Costly Illegibility

Sir Walter Scott's writing was at times - not often - decidedly obscure. Taking advantage of this a cunning rascal by some means obtained possession of a note of unquestionable illegibility written by the great novelist, and presented it to Sir Walter's tailor as an order for a couple of suits of clothes. The tradesman, recognizing his patron's signature, took the rest for granted and executed the commission, only to find, on asking for payment, that the note was an answer to an invitation to dinner.

Jonah's Boots Found in a Whale.

It is said that the late Clerk Joseph Willard once told Edward D. Sohier, the eminent lawyer, that he had read in a paper that a dead whale was driven ashore at Nantucket, and that on opening him a pair of boots were found marked "J."

Mr. Sohier instantly replied: "They probably belonged to Jonah, and he must have left them when he stepped out." - Boston Herald.

 

 


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