FOR SALE--HORSES--Will sell some horses for money, or trade for cattle. Inquire of G. W. Ellis, Wheeler Farm.
GRASSHOPPERS.--These dreaded insects are now in southeastern Dakota and northwestern Iowa. So far they are a hundred miles away, and we hope the distance may be increased. They could not do very great damage if they came now.
IOWA PACIFIC.--The Dubuque Herald states that Sam'l J. Besweck, from London, the representative of the English Stockholders of the Iowa Pacific Railroad, has been over the line from Dubuque to Fort Dodge, that a meeting of the Directors has been held, and the road is to be completed in one year.
ESTRAYS.--Parties taking up estrays this time of year should be careful to comply with the law in relation to appraisement, advertising in the county papers, &c. A disregard of the law in these particulars makes the party taking up stray animals liable to indictment by the grand jury. Take up the strays but be careful to protect your own rights by a strict compliance with the law.
PICNIC.--Miss Dora Ross, who is teaching the Prentice school, and Miss M. Mead, teacher of the Quinn school, had a union picnic in Cory's grove on the Boyer Saturday last, which was one of the best things that ever took place on the Boyer. The scholars spoke their pieces well, and the singing was as good as could be expected of children before such a large audience. After the school exercises and dinner, swinging and croquet playing was in order, and an enjoyable time was had. All passed off well with one exception: To the large swing were attached ropes for pulling it; one of the men that was handling one of these ropes let go and it wound around one of Mr. Palmer's little girls' neck, and pulled her in the road of the swing, but a young fellow sprang in and jerked her out of the way. There were two grown persons in the swing, and if she had not been got out of the way it is thought she would have been killed.
The farmers are very busy harvesting. Oats are light, wheat and barley very
good. OLD COBBLER.
NOTWITHSTANDING the threat on the part of the railway companies, that if Iowa should compel compliance with the present tariff rates not another mile of railway should be built, the Northwestern Railroad company seems to have thought better of it. The immense quantities of magnificent lands still in possession of the Iowa Railway Land company, has induced that company to project a railroad from some point in Carroll county to Sac, Ida, and the Maple valley--a distance of 80 miles. A narrow guage [sic] can be built and equipped for $400,000, while a broad guage road will cost a million. A narrow guage could accommodate the local traffic much better, and the cost of moving freights and passengers is so much less that the expense of re-loading would be more than over-balanced.
The people of Ida and Sac are bound to get a road through within two or three years, from some quarter. Either the Central or Northwestern road will out to tap that rich country.--Denison Review.
R.R.--The survey of the railroad in the west part of Sac county is being pushed forward, and will probably be completed this week.
FINISHED.--Our county now has two good iron cells in its jail, and is fully prepared to keep offenders against the law in our own and adjoining counties.
GRASSHOPPERS.--Last Sunday the grasshoppers were seen flying south over this place. Some of them settled down about six miles north of town. Monday there were noticed going back north. So far as we have learned they have attacked but a few fields in the county, and not much damage has yet been done. Corn is the only thing left for them to work upon, but that is the main crop this year. We can only hope that they will continue to keep away and give us a year of abundant prosperity.
MR. RINEHART, of Illinois, who owns a large Clinton township farm, says Mr. F. Petersmeyer, of that township, has the best field of corn he ever saw.
INCORPORATED.--By the Des Moines Register we see that "the Maple River Railroad Company, with its principle incorporators at Cedar Rapids, filed its articles Wednesday. It is proposed to build a railroad from some point in Carroll or Greene counties, to Onawa, in Monona county, and then run a branch from there to Correctionville, in Woodbury county. The capital stock is $1,000,000." This looks like they meant business, but in what direction is hard to tell.
WHEELER TP.-- Mr. Henry Hanson was in town Monday, and informed us that crops are very good there, and everything is moving along smoothly. He is disappointed at not getting the railroad nearer him, but thinks it a sure thing.
RAILROAD.--For the past few weeks this has been the topic of discussion in public places, on the streets and in every private family. That we will have a railroad is now a settled fact in the minds of many. There are two companies now striving to get the first right-of-way.--Ida Pioneer
OFFICE OF COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT )
Sac City, Sac Co., Iowa, Aug. 7, 1876. )
The Normal Institute for this county will be held at the school house in Sac City, commencing August 21st, and continuing in session two weeks. Prof. A. E. Haynes, of Hillsdale College, Michigan, will be the conductor. It is earnestly hoped that all the teachers in the county will avail themselves of this opportunity of fitting themselves for the better performances of their important duties. All teachers holding first-class certificates, and whose practice of teaching warrants it, can have them renewed by attending the Institute. Teachers holding second and third-class certificates and wishing the same or a higher grade will find it immensely to their advantage to attend, as the subsequent examination will consist largely of matter that will be thoroughly discussed during the Institute. All persons who have never taught and who contemplate teaching must attend in order to receive a certificate. JOHN DOBSON, Co. Supt.
ACTUAL COST.--In giving the cost of the iron cells placed in the jail, we gave the figures too high. Instead of $2,000, the whole expense of the cells, freight, and fitting the jail room was only about $1,200. This makes the cost very reasonable.
GRASSHOPPER NOTES.--Like the man with the seven-year itch, we've got 'em, and got 'em bad. Friday last a clear sky and a moderately still breeze from the north brought the locusts in great numbers to us. The air was filled with them, and probably enough passed over to have covered the earth a foot deep had they all alighted. As it is we have enough to eat up a considerable grain. If they had come a month earlier, it would have been much worse, but our small grains were saved, and the corn is pretty well advanced. The damage they may do will depend upon the length of time they will stay....
At Uncle John Miller's they ate his crop of tobacco, and then squirted the juice over him as he attempted to drive them away...
(transcribed by B. Ekse from microfilm, October, 2003)
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