The Prague Record (Prague, Okla.), Vol. 12, No. 36, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 25, 1915 Page: 4 of 8
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MILLION DOLLAR MYSTERY
CERTIFICATION OF SEED POTATOES IN
THE PRAGUE RECORD.
DISTRICTS INFECTED WITH POWDERY
(Successor to The Prague Patriot.)
FRANK S. NIPPER Editor.
PRAGUE, LINCOLN COUNTY, OKLAHOMA.
Issued Every Thursday. One Dollar Per Year.
Entered as Second-Class Mail Matter, May
13, 1909, at the Postoffice at Prague, Okla-
homa, under Act of March 3, 1879.
Our advertising for 1915, are as follows:
Display advertising, 6 inches or over, inch. . 15c
Contract, 500 inches or over 10c
Locals, per line, one or more issues, per line, 5c
Professional cards, 1 inches per month.... 50c
A NEWSPAPER FOR ALL THE PEOPLE.
BUSINESS CONDITION AND PROSPECTS.
The rapid spread of the powdery scab
disease of the potato in Maine and New
York and the difficulty which has developed
in detecting, by any practicable inspection,
presence of slight infection by this disease
has led the department, after an experience
of five or six months, to discontinue fur-
ther certification of seed stock from the in-
fected districts under quarantine. It is be-
lieved that seed certification under the exist-
ing conditions, instead of being a benefit to
the purchaser, may become a source of posi-
tive danger, for the reason that the pur-
chaser ig given thereby a false sence of sec-
urity. Without such certification the pur-
chase for planting with a full understand-
ing of the risk.
The only Federal certification of potatoes
as a condition of movement form the infec-
ted districts is now as table stock potatoes,
and a strong effort is being made to place
table stock potatoes on a more reliable basis
as to freedom from infection. As all pota-
toes grown in Maine, both in districts '%•-
Through the banking firm of Harris, Win-
throp & Co., of Wall street, an ^interesting
composite opinion is received of <00 leaders
in business and industry as to the present
conditions and the outlook for 1915. Seven
questions were sent by this firm to 2,000
well known merchants, bankers and manu-
facturers in all sections. The questions
were answered by some 700 and these ans-
wers made up a compilation of opinion from
which some idea may be gained of about
what the outlook is in the minds of leading
men in business.
To the first question, Have jobbers and
distributors in your section large or small
stocks of goods at present, 55 answered
large and 646 answered small. Twice as
many replies stated that those able to make
investments were holding their capital out,
as that investments were being freely made.
The same proportion indicated larger unem-
ployment than usual. As to economies prac-
ticed, 532 replied that people were econom-
izing and of these 458 reported economy
practiced from necessity.
The reply to the seventh question. What
is the outlook for American business during
1915, the replies were surprisingly encour-
aging, 160 answering discouraging. 121
normal and 420 answering that the pros
pect is encouraging.
"From the answers," say the editors of
this composite of opinions, "it is plain that
iobbers and distributors of stocky generally
have small stocks of goods on hand, and
need supplies, that of such persons as are
able to save the majority are not investing,
that unemployment is usually large, that
the 5 per cent increase in railroad rates
has not affected business adversely, that the
supply of money is normal but credit is
closely scrutinized, that economy is becom-
ing general, both from choice and necessity,
and that the general out look is encourag-
These conditions generally are such as
ordinarily foreshadow good times revival of
trade and confidence. No country is facing
prosperity for long when the people are
jiot economizing but are spending freely,
■when credit is not closely scrutinized but is
recklessly expanded, and when stocks on
hand are relatively large. These are the
conditions usually found at the top of pros-
perity's tide. Before a decline and ebb.
Present conditions may not foreshadow
good times this year. War is a factor dis-
turbing to the whole situation. But present]
conditions indicate economies, sav'ng for the
future, business sails close-hauled accumu-
lation of capital and readiness for a burst
of speed when winds begin to blow fair
lieved to be uninfected as veil as in the
inown infected districts, are under regula-
iton as to interstate movement, Federal
certification with continued for seed po-
tatoes grown outside of the infected re-
gions of that state.
The modification makes no change in the
status of the uninfected districts of New
Yolk, which hi've been free to sh\> seed po-
tatoes without Federal inspection.
The public to warned that all seed pota-
toes hitherto shipped from the inl'ecte l d,.sf-
ricts may contain powdery scab and that
there must necessarily be some risk, accom-
panying their use, of the introduction of
the powdery scab disease.
Undoubtedly there aref arms, and in some
instances fairly considerable areas within the
infected districts in Maine and New York
which are still free from infection, but it is
not possible to determine this fact without
close scruntiny of every tuber, and such ac
tion is impracticable.
In relation to the southern market for
Maine seed potatoes stock, it is fair to state
that this disease has not established itself,
and here is some evidence that it possibly
could not establish itself, in the southern
Atlantic Coast and the Gulf States. In these
states the department experts are inclined to
believe that the disease, if it appears at all
will be limited to the mountainous and cold
Take no chances on shots
you do not know about.
I o not accept any shoe
that has nothing on it to
identify it as worthy,
IS THIS YOUR CREED.
Look for Queen Quality
trade-mark and price
"Made in America" is
good enough for ns.
San Diego, Calif., March 25
—Distressed parents who are
shy one or two children have
solved the mystery of finding
ved the mystery of finding
to the upper end of the Plaza
de Panama and discover '.he
young hopefulls spending their
nickels on grain to feed a few
of the 2,00 pigeons that de-
pend on the visitors for their
meals. Their confidence is
well placed, for the birds are
getting so fat they have
trouble in flying. On a single
day last week the guards re-
port fully 7.000 photographs
were made in that section of
the grounds, tourists taking
pictures of each other with
pigeons alighting on the head
and shoulders of those who
"What were you doing out-
side my door?"
The man did not answer.
He was trying to collect his
"A spy of some sort, eh?"
"I'm a detective, said the
man finally thinking he saw
his way clear.
"And what dd you expect
to learn by looking through
the keyhole of my door?"
Servan laughed. "Shw me
yur badge f authrity."
The man fumbled in his up-
per pocket, opng against hope
thatth e muzzle of the revol-
ver would waver.
"You're an ordinary thief,"
declared the Russian; "and
as such I shall instantly hand
over to the hotel authorities
unless you tell me exactly who
and what you are."
The man remained dumb.
; He hung between the devil
■ and the deep sea. If he told
the truth the organization
i would soon learn the truth;
| if he kept still he would be
lodged in jail; perhaps in-
| definitely, for he hadn't a sav-
ory police record. Presently
his nerve gave way in face
of the steady eyea nd hand,
and he confessed the why and
wherefore he had sought the
keyhole of Servan's room.
"We are after this butler.
Wherever he goes we follow."
"Well, you've wasted your
time, my man. All I am here
for is to take over some pro-
perty, Mr. Hargreave left in
France for sale. I know
nothing about your private
feuds. Now get out. But
keep out of my way; I am
not a peaceful man.
The spy tumbled out as he
had tumbled in, by an act of
gravity; and Servan was a-
lone. He spent two days in
comparative idleness. Then
things began to wake up.
By Nels Darling.
I believe in my town. I believe in her
people, in her boys and in her girls. I will
make myself a committee of one to make
of this a good place in which to live and a
mighty hard place to leave.
I believe in my town. I believe in her in-
stitutions, in her schools, in her churches
and in her stores. I believe in the street
broom and the street sweeper, and in tne
paint pot. I believe in ne'er an empty can
on vacant lot, but many a full one in the
larder. Never again will I throw waste
paper or rubbish in the alley or street.
I believe in my town. I believe in trees,
God's first temples, grass instead of ash
heaps, and flowers instead of weeds. May
God bless the tongue that gives honest praise
and commendation and may He doubly bless
the ear that is deaf to scandal and gossip.
If 1 cannot speak good of my neighbor I
will hold my peace. When it costs me no-
thing, at least, I will spend my money here,
and by so doing leave a part of the purchase
equivalent in wealth was orginally created,
price in circulation in the channels where its
of the community of which I am a part, ill
to do good among the folks who are a part
the place that I call home, sweet home.
I BELIEVE IN MY TOWN.
Melvin Powhatan, Prop.
The Best of Everything
Good To Eat AH Times.
When Hungry, Call and
Your Patronage Desired.
Card of Thanks.
To the many kind friends
and others who so generously
assisted me during the illness
of my daughter, Dessie, and
for financial favors shown us,
I desire to extend^ my sincere
thanks and gratitude.
Mrs. Anna Grimes.
THE ARTISTIC SHOP
GOLD MEDAL HATS
Represent Quality, Style, Beauty and
I have in a new line. They come in all shapes
and colors of Straws, Braid, Silk, Crepes,
Chiffons and Malines. /
MY HATS ARE OF QUALITY that is seldom
seen only in the City Millinery Parlors.
Modela for All Sizes, Ages and For
MISS LOWE, Milliner.
ONE DOOR EAST
The Court of Last Resort.
Around the stove of the
cross roads grocery is the real
court of last resort, for it fin-
ally over-rules all others.
Chamberlain's Cough Remedy
has been brought before this
court in almost every cross
roads grocery in this country
and has always received a
favorable verdict. It is in the
country where man expects to
receive full value for his
money that this remedy is
most appreciated. Obtainable
A gentlemen by the name
of Hoskins. of Bartlesville, was
here Monday securing "oil
leases." We understand that
he got about 460 acres north
Let's have a big "Clean Up
will relieve your indigestion. Many
people in this town huvo used thpm
and we have yet to hear of a ease where
they have failed. We know the for-
mula. Sold only by us—25o a box.
For a long time the leather
box across which was incrib-
ed "Stanley Hargreave" lay
in peace undisturbed. A busy
spider had woven a trap
across the handle to the
quaint lock. The box was,
still badly stained from its im-!
mersion in the salt water. At
a certain time it was quietly I
withdrawn from its hiding
place. It was stealthily open-
ed. A hand reached in and
when it withdrew a packet of
papers was also withdrawn.
The box was again locked and
lowered; and presently the
spider returned to find that
his cunning trap had been to-
tally destroyed. With the in-
finite patience of his kind he
began the weaving of another
trap. Perhaps this would be
more successful than its pre-
Later Henri Servan received
a telephone call. He was in-
formed that his purpose in
America would be realized by
his presence at such and such
a box that night at the opera.
Further information could not
be given over the telephone.
Servan seemed well satisfied.
He dressed carefully that even-
ing, called up the office clerk
and inquired if his box ticket
for the opera had arrived. He
was informed that it had. In-
stantly the spy, who had
dared to linger about the ho-
tel. overhearing this conver-
sation, detemined to notify
Braine at once. And at the
same time, Norton, in disguise,
determined not to lose sight
of this man w' om he had set
himself to watch.
The spy left by one entran-
ce and Jim by another. Jim
had learned what he desired:
that the Russian agent would
be followed to the opera and
that itw as going to be difficult
tp hand the documents to hir.i.
The spy entered a drug store
and telephoned. Jim waited
outside. When the man en-
tered the nearest saloon.
Jim's work was done.
It was Braine's lieutenant,
however, who took the news
"Good!" sa'd Braine.
"He will go to the opera. He
will have ab ox. Doubtless
they have arranged to deliver
the papers there."
"Arkd the next thing is to
get the number of his box."
This Braine had no difficulty
in doing. "So that s all fixed.
He calls himself Servan and
registers from Paris. I'll show
the fol that he has no moujik
to deal with this time."
"And what are these docu-
ments?" asked Olga.
"Ah, that's what we are so
anxious to find out. Some pa-
pers are going to be exchang-
ed between this Russian spy
and Jones or his agents. That
j these papers concern us vi-
| tally I am certain. That is
why I am going to get them if
there has to be a murder at
the opera tonight. Norton
has been to Washington. He
was seen coming out fo the
Russian embassy from the se-
cretaires of state and war and
a dozen other offices. I've got
out just what all this means."
"It means that the time has
come for us to fly, ' said Olga.
"We have failed. I have warn-
ed you. We have still plenty
of money left. It is time we
folded our tents and stole
away quietly. I tell you I feel
;t in my bones that there is
a pit before us somewhere!
and if you force issues we shall
all fali into it."
"The white feather, my
"There is altogether some
difference between the white
feather and common-sence
"I shall never give up. You
are free to pack up and go if
you wish. As for me, I'm
fotng to fight this out to the
"And tal e my word for it,
the end wil be bitter."
"Oh, I shall stay. Y'ou know
that my future is bound up in
yours. In the ol3 days my
advice generally appealed to
you as sound; and when you
followed itv ou were success-
ful. From the fii-st I advised
you not t> pursue Hargreave.
See what has happened'" _
"Enough of this chattpr. I've
got to die some time: it will
i,e with my face toward this
man I ha* > with .ti' ivy soul.
You trust to tne i ll pull out
of this all right. Y'ou just fix
yourself up stunningly for the
opera tonight and leave the
rest to me."
Olga shrugged. She was
something of a fatalist. This
man of hers had suddenly
gone mad. and one did not
reason within ad people.
"What shall I wear?" she
"Emeralds: they're your
good luck stores. You will go
to the box before I do. I've
got to spend some time at the
curb to be sure that this Ser-
van chap arrives. And it is
quite possible that our friend
Jones will come later. If not
Jones, then Norton. I was a
fool not to shoot him when I
had thee hance. We could
have covered it up without the
least difficulty. But I needed
the informaltiom aboi# that
paper. Norton going to Wash-
ington and Jones conferring
with this Servan, I've got to
strike quick. It concerns us,
that I'm certain. Perk up;
we've lots of cards in our
sleeves yet. Be at the opera
at eight-thirty. Pay no at-
tention to any one: wait for
me. Remember, I shan't write
| or send any phone message.
Be wary of any trap like that
to get you outside. Now, I'm
Jones approached Florence
immediately after dinner.
"I have important business
| in the city tonight. Under no
circumstances leave the house.
I shall probably be followed.
And our enemies will have
need of you far more tonight
than at any previous time. I
shall not send you phone or
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