H.H. Crofts, the Central Point orchardist, has received papers from his home town, Fennimore, Wis., telling of the victory of a 13-year-old girl in the state spelling contest, making her champion speller of Wisconsin. The victor is the granddaughterof an old friend of Mr. Croft, who for many years was his neighbor.
The success of Harold Bell Wright's novel, "The Shepherd of the Hills" made into a play by its author in collaboration with Elsbery W. Reynolds, is proving just as big on the stage as in book form. It will be seen at the Page Friday, Oct. 10.
The story of the play is based on a somewhat dramatic plot of mystery. An unknown comes into the Ozark mountains and because of his clerical bearing and readiness to officiate for the regular pastor of the mountaineers, a portion of his disguise is penetrated. The mountaineers who live so much to themselves are willing to let the man live the life of a partial recluse. He makes friends with one family and volunteers for the place of shepherd. In this guise he attempts to expiate the wrongdoing of his son, who several years previously had come into the mountains and wronged one of the young women. Her father has vowed deadly vengeance on the betrayer of his daughter, but he has disappeared, leaving no traces of his whereabouts. It is generally supposed that he is dead. The good shepherd wins the love and respect of the mountaineers, though at one time his life is endangered by a lawless band of mountaineers who suspect he is a revenue officer.
Sales of fruit by auction Monday in eastern markets were as follows:
Clairgreaus, $2.75; Comice, $2.05; four cars Oregon pears, Comice, $2.74; halves, $2.06; Bosc, $2.81, Anjou, $2.81, Clairgean, $2.15; few California Nelis, $1.25 to $2.15, average $2.06.
Cincinatti — Winter Nelis; $3.25