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24. SEED CATALOGUE AND GARDEN GUIDE.

HERBS. In making up your assortment of seeds for the year don't neglect to order a few varieties of herbs. They should have a place in every vegetable garden. Sow seeds in shallow drills one foot apart, and when up thin out and transplant to a few inches apart. The chief point is to harvest them properly, which should be done on a dry day when not quite in full bloom, then dried quickly and packed closely, and entirely excluded from the air. Market gardeners will find our seed of Dill, Sage and other herbs very nice. Those marked with an asterisk (*) are perennial. ANISE.--Used for cordial, garnishing, and flavoring; the seeds have an agreeable, aromatic taste. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c. BALM.--The leaves have a fragrant odor, and are used for making balm tea, for use in fevers. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c. BASIL, SWEET.--The leaves are used for flavoring soups, stews, and highly seasoned dishes. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c. BORAGE.--The leaves are used for flavoring, and the flowers furnish bee pasture. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c. *CARAWAY.--Grown for the seeds, which are used extensively for the flavoring of bread, pastry, etc. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c. *CATNIP or CATMINT.--The leaves are used for seasoning. It makes, also, an excellent bee pasture. Pkt. 5c, oz. 30c. CORIANDER.--The seeds are used in the manufacture of confectionery. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c. CASTOR OIL PLANT.--Seeds are pressed out to obtain oil. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 50c. *CHAMOMILE.--Largely used for medicinal purposes. Pkt. 10c, oz. $1.50. *DANDELION.--Grown for greens, also for medicine. Pkt. 5c, oz. 35c. DILL.--The seeds have an aromatic odor and warm, pungent taste. They are used as a condiment, and also for pickling with cucumbers. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 60c. *FENNEL, SWEET.--The leaves boiled are used in sauces. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c. *HOREHOUND.--The leaves are used for seasoning and also in the manufacture of the popular cough remedy. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c. *HYSSOP.--Aromatic flavor and pungent taste. Used as a cure for asthma and catarrh. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c. *LAVENDER.--Used largely both dried and distilled, as a perfume. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c. MARJORAM, SWEET.--The leaves and the ends of the shoots are esteemed for seasoning in summer, and also dried for winter use. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c. *ROSEMARY.--The aromatic leaves are used for seasoning. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c. *RUE.--For medicinal purposes; good for fowls. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c. SAFFRON.--Dried flowers used for coloring and also for making rouge. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c. *SAGE.--The most extensively used of all herbs for seasoning and dressing; indispensable. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 35c, lb. $1.20. SUMMER SAVORY.--Leaves and flowers are used extensively for flavoring, particularly in soups and dressings. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c. SWEET WOODRUFF.--A sweet scented herb highly valued by the Germans and forms the principal ingredient of the famous German Maitrank. Pkt. 5c, oz. 60c. *TANSY.--Cultivated for its medicinal properties. Pkt. 5c, oz. 40c. *THYME.--The leaves and young shoots are used for seasoning, a tea is also made for nervous headache. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c. *WORMWOOD.--Used medicinally and is beneficial for poultry. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c. MIXED VARIETIES.--A mixture of all the above. Nice garden assortment. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 45c.

NASTURTIUM. Nasturtiums of all varieties are useful for furnishing tender seed-pods which make delicious pickles. The seeds for pickling should be gathered while green and with a portion of the stem attached. Pick them over and place in a jar until filled; then cover them with cider vinegar, which has been brought to a boil and is still warm, to keep for winter use. TALL MIXED.--Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 65c., postpaid. OTHER NASTURTIUMS.--For complete list, see Flower Seeds.

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CURIOUS VEGETABLES CHINESE TEA.--We are sure that many of our customers will be glad to grow this as a curiosity if nothing else. The plant is of a shrubby nature, with beautiful shiny foliage and fragrant blossoms, requiring the same treatment as any tender shrub. Can be kept growing in pots through the winter. About 10,000 pounds of tea per year is grown by one man in South Carolina. Pkt. 10c. MOUGRI.--A wonderful vegetable from the Island of Java, which is greatly liked by the natives. Pods sometimes 2 to 3 feet long and are eaten raw or cooked. Taste like water cress. Pkt. 10c. ORNAMENTAL MICE.--The vegetable curiosity which has attracted so much attention. It is a native of Central Africa, having a small, neat-growing vine and bears numerous oval fruits, clear green in color, two and a half to three inches long, which are always completely covered with long, light green spines or hairs. It will be found useful for covering a sloping bank or rockery and will produce great numbers of curious fruits. Pkt. 10c. CATERPILLARS.--Prostrate creeping plants with small yellow flowers, changing into "Vegetable Caterpillars." They are grown as curiosities, and sometimes, as a harmless practical joke, are put into salads for the purpose of startling those who are unacquainted with them. Pkt. 5c. SNAILS.--Another singular variety having most oddly twisted seed-pods resembling snails. Children are much amused with these curious vegetables. Pkt. 5c. COTTON.--Grown mainly as a curiosity in the north. Start the seed early in a box of soil in the house and transplant to the field as soon as warm weather arrives. It grows vigorously, makes an ornamental plant in the flower bed and has showy, large flowers followed by the boll of pure white cotton which interests the children and older people as well. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c. ALPINE STRAWBERRIES.--Handsome, globular bush form, with upright leaves and stalks. Sown early, they will produce bearing plants the first year. They are grown in large quantities in Europe, where they are everbearing in the true sense of the word, producing fruit all summer. Have a peculiar rich flavor, superior to our native sorts. Perfectly hardy and easily grown from seed. Pkt. 10c.

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MARTYNIA.--also called "Devil's Claw" or "Unicorn Plant." A large ornamental plant, bearing beautiful flowers which are succeeded by large seed pods which when young are fine for pickling. Do not plant seed before the middle of May. Pkt. 5c, oz. 30c. EGYPTIAN LENTILS.--Largely used in Oriental countries as a principal article of diet. It was from these that the dish of pottage was made for which Esau sold his birthright to Jacob in Bible times, and many will be interested in them for that reason. Cultivate like peas. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. 75c. ROSELLE.--(Hibiscus Sabdariffa.)--An annual, growing quickly from seed. 2 to 3 feet high, is very ornamental, even when not in bloom. The woody part of the plant being a bright red and the leaves veined red. Flowers single, pale yellow overlaid with salmon. Flowers followed by bright red seed pods. The pods are used for jelly, being equal to the best Currant Jelly. This plant is a native of Queensland, and large quantities of the jelly labeled "Queensland" Jelly is shipped from Australia to all parts of Europe where it is highly prized. Pkt. 10c.

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MUSHROOMS. The ease and certainty with which a crop of mushrooms can be grown to perfection in an ordinary house cellar, wood-shed or barn, and the astonishing success of so many who have taken up this new industry both for profit and their own use, induces us to call special attention to the subject. The great luxury of mushrooms can be enjoyed by all at a trifling expenditure of money, time and labor. We recommend our English mushroom spawn as generally the better both for the market garden and the private planter. Directions for culture sent on application. MUSHROOMS IN FIELDS--It is some trouble to grow a crop the usual way, but we all know that some of the finest mushrooms come up in old pastures apparently spontaneously. A good crop can frequently be secured by raising the turf with the corner of a spade, remove a little dirt and put in a piece of spawn 1 to 2 inches square with a little dry horse manure and pressing the sod firmly in place again. Per lb. 30c postpaid. 5 lbs. or more, not prepaid, @ 15c per lb. Book on Mushroom Culture 10 cents.

SEE PAGE 16 FOR DESCRIPTION AND PRICE OF ONION SETS.

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GARDEN PLANTS. Every garden should contain an assortment of these hardy plants and a few square feet will supply the family. They are of value either for flavoring or medical use, and many persons now believe that if these well known old remedies were kept and used more in families in place of so many drugs and patent medicines it would be better for the health of the people. Orders for these plants must amount to at least 25 cents. We prepay the postage. BALSAM MINT.--A well known hardy plant, also called Costmary or Alecost, owing to its use in Old World for flavoring ale or beer. It has soft, agreeable fragrance and is used for perfume and also for flavoring soups, salads, etc. Each 15c, 3 for 40c, doz. $1.25. ARTEMESIA or BROTAN.--A hardy plant sometimes called "Old Man." The leaves have a strong resinous somewhat aromatic, pleasant odor and bitter taste. Use similar to Wormwood. Each 15c, 3 for 40c. CALAMUS (Acorus.)--A well known plant sometimes called Sweet Flag. Leaves have an aromatic odor and root has a pungent taste and is used largely in the south for medicine. Grows best in wet soil. Each 20c.

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CATNIP or CATMINT.--Grows wild in parts of country. Used largely for infants. Each 10c, 3 for 25c, doz. 75c. CHIVES.--Perfectly hardy little perennial members of the onion tribe, and are grown entirely for their tops, which are used wherever the flavor of onion is required. Planted in small clumps in any common garden soil they grow readily. The tops appear very early in the spring and can be shorn throughout the season. Every garden should contain a few clumps. In New England it is considered indispensable for use in omelets. A few plants can be kept growing in the house during the winter if desired. Roots per bunch, 15c, 4 for 50c. MONARDIA DIDIMA.--Also called Scarlet Bergamont and Oswego Tea. Each 10c, 3 for 25c, doz. 75c. PEPPERMINT.--All children know and like the flavor of peppermint, and it is largely grown for extracting. The plant has an agreeable odor and peculiar warm pleasant flavor. It has high medicinal value and menthol, which is so greatly used, is extracted from it. Each 10c, 3 for 25c, doz. 75c. GENUINE PENNYROYAL.--Warm, pungent, somewhat aromatic taste; used extensively for medicinal purposes. Our plants are not the wild, intensely bitter variety. Forms dense mass of bright foliage ornamental for rockwork. Each 15c, 3 for 40c, doz. $1.25. ROSEMARY.--A plant used largely in the manufacture of Eau de Cologne. Also used for flavoring meats, stews, etc., and for garnishing. Each 10c, 3 for 25c, doz. 75c. HOLT'S MAMMOTH SAGE.--Great improvement on common sage. Plants are very strong growing, first season attaining one foot in height, and so spreading that a single plant covers space 3 feet in diameter; leaves borne well above soil; very large and of unusual substance, strong in flavor and of superior quality. A single plant of Holt's Mammoth will yield more than a dozen of the common sort; hardy; never runs to seed. Each 10c, 3 for 25c, doz. 75c, postpaid. VARIEGATED MAMMOTH SAGE.--Beautifully variegated dark green and pure white color which makes it a very ornamental plant; equal to Holt's in productiveness and flavor; new and scarce. Each 20c, 3 for 50c. SPEARMINT.--This is commonly called Mint and thousands of dollars worth of it is sold annually in New York, Boston and other large cities for flavoring salads, soups, garnishing meat, mint julip, etc. Persons who have once grown it will never be without it, and every garden should contain a small bed of it. Each 10c, 3 for 25c, doz. 75c. VARIEGATED SPEARMINT.--A new showy variety of above which will be greatly appreciated. Each 25c, 6 for $1.00. SASSAFRAS.--A well known medicinal plant. Each 20c, doz. $1.75. TANSY.--A plant grown and used largely for its tonic, stomachic and other medicinal qualities. Has a strong peculiar odor and bitter taste. Each 15c, 3 for 35c, doz. $1.00. TARRAGON.--The true Tarragon is appreciated thoroughly by all who know it for the use of its aromatic leaves in seasoning salads, soups, stews, pickles, etc., and also for Tarragon Vinegar. The foliage, if cut in autumn, can be kept in dry state the same as other herbs. In northern states give some protection during winter. Each 15c, 3 for 40c, doz. $1.25. GOLDEN VARIEGATED THYME.--A handsome and attractive variety of common garden Thyme. Has an agreeable aromatic odor, is used for sauces and flavoring. Each 10c, 3 for 25c, doz. 75c.

GARLIC. A species of onion propagated by offsets; used for flavoring soups, stews and other dishes. Divide a bulb into small parts and plant them in early spring in rows one foot apart, and from two to five inches between plants in the row. The crop matures in August, when it is harvested like onion. We furnish sets of the best and earliest variety at 40c per lb. postpaid. By express 25c per lb., 10 lbs. $2.00.

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[image] HOLT'S MAMMOTH SAGE.--(Average size leaf.)

HOP ROOTS. A few hop vines are nice on any place for making yeast, etc. The vine is somewhat ornamental for covering dead trees and outbuildings and in many parts of the country they are a profitable and staple crop. Each 15c, $1.00 per doz.

HORSE RADISH SETS. One of the most valuable vegetables for an appetizer and it is so much nicer to have it in your own garden and grate it freshly. We have the small roots or sets which may be planted at any time in the spring. Set them small end down in rows two feet apart and about eighteen inches apart in the row. They will do better in rich, loose soil set slanting and covered two inches. Nice sets 15c per doz., 75c per 100 postpaid, or 60c per 100 by express.

RHUBARB ROOTS. These may be planted early in spring or fall, setting the roots three feet apart each way. It requires but little labor to plant, and when once planted in good rich soil, it will remain in producing condition for years. VICTORIA.--The standard for general use. Each 15c, 5 for 50c, doz. $1.00. IDEAL MAMMOTH.--The largest and best variety. See description with novelties. Strong roots 30c each, doz. $2.50.

ASPARAGUS ROOTS. It pays to have a small bed of asparagus so as to gather it fresh from your garden, and when once set, a bed will last many years. The roots which we offer are strong and healthy. Ask for circular giving directions for planting, etc. PALMETTO and CONOVER'S COLOSSAL.--@ 35c per doz., $1.25 per 100 postpaid. By express or freight, per 100 75c; 1,000 $5.00. COLUMBIAN MAMMOTH WHITE.--(See description on page 2). 40c per doz.; $1.50 per 100 postpaid. By express per 100 $1.00; 1,000 $6.50.

VEGETABLE PLANTS. Well grown and lightly packed to carry a long distance. They can be shipped fresh, well packed at the beds, on a day's notice. Plants quoted "by mail" are sent at our expense, "by express" at the purchaser's. By our system of packing they are sure to arrive in good condition when shipped to any part of the United States. No charge for either packing or boxes. Plants from either hotbed or cold frame are ready during April or May; outdoor grown during June and until the middle of July. We sell 500 at the 1,000 rate. CABBAGE PLANTS--EARLY VARIETIES--Ready April 10th.--Extra Early Express, Jersey Wakefield and Washington Wakefield. By mail, 100 75c; by express, 100 50c; 1,000 $3.50. CABBAGE PLANTS--LATE VARIETIES--Ready May 15th.--Surehead, Premium Flat Dutch, Shortstem Drumhead and Perfection Drumhead Savoy. By mail, 100 75c; by express, 100 40c; 1,000 $2.00. CAULIFLOWER PLANTS--Ready April 15th.--Henderson's Snowball. By mail, doz. 25c, 100 $1.25; by express, 100 $1.00, 1,000 $7.00. CELERY PLANTS--Ready May 1st.--Golden Dwarf, White Plume, Golden Self-Blanching and Rose Ribbed Self-Blanching. By mail, doz. 20c, 100 $1.00; by express, 100 60c, 1,000 $4.00. After June 10th $3.00 per 1,000. EGG PLANTS--Ready May 1st.--New York Improved. By mail, doz. 25c, 100 $1.25; by express, 100 $1.00. PEPPER PLANTS--Ready May 1st.--Ruby King, Large Bell, and Red Chili. By mail, doz. 25c, 100 $1.00; by express, 100 75c. TOMATO PLANTS--Ready May 1st.--Strong, transplanted plants. Dwarf Champion, Bond's Minnesota, Beauty, Matchless, Crimson Cushion and Golden Queen. By mail, doz. 25c, 100 $1.00; by express; 100 75c, 1,000 $5.00. Not transplanted, 50c per 100, $3.00 per 1,000. GROUND CHERRY--Ready May 15th.--Improved Yellow. By mail, doz. 25c, 100 $1.25; by express, $1.00 per 100. SWEET POTATO PLANTS--Ready May 1st.--Plants strong, vigorous, well-rooted and hardy. We can furnish either the Yellow Nansemond or Early Yellow Jersey. Write if you want a large lot. Prices vary. By mail, 100 50c; by express, 100 25c, 1,000 $2.00. NEW VINELESS SWEET POTATO PLANTS.--A novelty of great merit; is of dwarf bush-like growth. The tubers are yellow, of medium to large size, and lie compactly in the hill. When cooked, of best possible quality. 75c per 100 postpaid; by express, 100 50c, 1,000 $4.00.

Collection. One Plant each of any Ten Herb and Mint Plants Listed on this Page For Only $1.00 Postpaid.

SET OUT A FEW SAGE PLANTS--NO GARDEN IS COMPLETE WITHOUT THEM.

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26. SEED CATALOGUE AND GARDEN GUIDE.

SELECTED FARM SEEDS. AS THE FARM CROP is more important to the general welfare of the country than any other, so the farm seed department should have the preeminence in seed catalogues, but we regret to say that with most seedsmen it has very little attention. Realizing the vast importance of this branch of our business, we devote our careful attention to the growth and selection of the best farm seeds of all sorts. Our seed grain is grown especially for seed in the section best suited to its development and perfect maturity, is all carefully selected, thoroughly cleaned, of the best quality and we sell at reasonable prices. We take pride in our large and increasing trade in this branch of our business. With our new, convenient building and improved machinery for cleaning, which is as perfect as any in the United States, we are enabled to clean seeds perfectly, far different from such as are commonly sold.

PRICES named in this department are subject to important market changes. Quotations are net and are not subject to premium or discount which is offered on other seeds. Clover and grass seeds are constantly varying in value, and we issue a price list daily during the busy season. Please write for quotations, sending list of requirements, when in need. Orders sent us will be given benefit of lowest prices on day order is received. Will take pleasure in mailing samples and quoting inside prices at any time on large orders.

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SHIPPING.--In this department everything that is quoted by the packet or pound is sent by mail postpaid; all large quantities, unless noted, are sent by express or freight, at the expense of the purchaser. Prices named include bags, except on clover and grass seeds, and delivering to depot here. NOTICE.--While we exercise great care to have all seeds pure and reliable, we give no warranty expressed or implied. However, if the seeds are not satisfactory on receipt and examination, they are to be returned to us at once and we will refund the money.

There is no question but that seeds GROWN IN IOWA are the best.

That is now quite generally admitted on many kinds. The reason for this is that the soil and climate here are well adapted to the perfect growth and maturity of the crop. Seeds grown here are better matured and are of stronger growth and vitality than those grown either north or south, and

Will Produce Better Crops.

[image] IOWA SEED CO.'S EXHIBIT AT THE GREAT CORN SHOW.

HIGH GRADE SEED GRAIN It costs more to grow a crop for seed purposes than the ordinary farmer can understand. It requires extra choice stock seed, special preparation of the land, special cultivation, great care in harvesting, cleaning, testing, preparing for shipment, bags, etc., etc., so that we are obliged to ask a considerable advance over market prices, but any intelligent farmer will agree with us that such pedigreed seed is well worth to him the price we ask for it.

It Pays To Sow the Best.

It costs less than 25 cents an acre to use our carefully selected seed corn.

SEED CORN

Do you deem it wise to risk doubtful corn when good seed is so cheap?

THIS is our great specialty and we claim to supply more farmers with seed corn each year than any firm in the United States; that means that the Iowa Seed Store may well be considered the world's headquarters for choice seed corn. We ship annually to every state in the Union and to almost every country in the world where they can grow corn, our largest foreign trade being in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. We are in the center of the best corn growing country of the world, where the soil and climate are peculiarly adapted to its culture and now we can say without fear of contradiction, that for the season of 1903 we have the best supply of seed corn ever offered by any seed firm in the world. The necessity of planting the very best varieties is plain, and it will not pay you to experiment with the many sorts which we have tried and found worthless, nor to purchase from unscrupulous dealers. The varieties of field corn we offer are the best now in use. They were grown especially for seed purposes, and well matured, cured, carefully sorted by our own seed corn experts, and shelled with great care. Choice seed corn is scarce this year, and prices a trifle higher, but it will not pay you to buy doubtful seed at any price. All our seed corn is carefully tested, and none sent out that we are not certain will grow well under proper conditions. If not satisfactory on arrival and examination, it may be returned and we will refund money. If a large quantity is wanted, ask for prices. No extra charge for bags.

Tested Seed Corn. Will it grow? Is the first question about seed corn and it may interest you to know how our corn is handled. When brought in from the farm each ear is taken in hand by a seed corn expert and critically examined. After passing the first examination it goes to another man and is looked over the second time and what few ears remain that are not fully up to standard in color, shape, size or quality are thrown out. It is then shelled with great care and carefully tested in soil and also given a severe test in cold water. The tests range this year from 92 to 100 per cent. Seed corn handled in this way is cheap at any price, but this year it costs you only about 25 cents per acre to use our seed corn.

Thoroughbred Seed Corn. We are proud to say that the IOWA SEED STORE is now recognized as headquarters for thoroughbred seed corn, and the varieties which we have originated or introduced are now listed by almost all the prominent seedsmen in America, Europe and Australia, who handle this grain, and are the best everywhere. The value of the average corn crop can be fully doubled by planting our improved varieties. Don't be satisfied with a second grade even if you can save five or ten cents per acre in cost of seed (one bushel plants eight acres), but send your order direct to Headquarters for Seed Corn and get the best.

ONE BUSHEL PER ACRE ADDED TO YOUR CROP WILL MORE THAN PAY COST FOR SEED CORN.

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[image] IMPROVED WORLD'S FAIR. IOWA SILVER MINE. FARMERS RELIANCE. GOLDEN WEST.

Four Grand Varieties. THE above photograph was made from good, average size, specimen ears, showing the standard size and type. The photograph is just one-half the length of the ears. We would call the special attention of intelligent farmers and good judges of corn to the perfectness of rows, uniformity of kernels, the capping over of the grains on end of ears and to the almost cylindrical shape of ears, they being of nearly as great girth near the tip as at the butt ends. The picture was made just after the ears were brought in from our fields, and still you will notice their solidity. These points will be appreciated by all students of corn judging who have learned what characteristics constitute a desirable and profitable variety.

Improved Worlds Fair.--A grand new variety which we introduced last year. It is claimed to be the nearest to perfection in shape of ear of any variety yet brought out. Notice that diameter of ear is about the same throughout; see how square it is at the tip end. Standard length 10 inches; circumference, 7 1/4 inches, kernel long, 18 to 22 rows, narrow space between rows; color medium yellow; cob dark red. Price per peck, 75c; bushel, $2.50; 2 bushels or more at $2.35; 5 bushels or more at $2.25. Golden West.--Introduced by Iowa Seed Company in 1903. The grandest yellow corn ever sent out, and a good mate for the Iowa Silver Mine. We are sure that farmers everywhere will be delighted with it and will find it the heaviest yielder and most profitable yellow corn of all. Matures in any part of Iowa, a grand crop of sound, marketable corn. Standard length 10 1/2 inches, circumference 7 1/2 inches; ear cylindrical to slightly tapering; kernels long, firm and well set, slightly rough, 18 to 20 rows; color handsome golden yellow, cob velvety and red. Price per peck, 90c; bushel $3.00; 2 bushels or more, at $2.75; 5 bushels or more at $2.60.

Farmers Reliance.--Introduced by Iowa Seed Company in 1900. This is not only the earliest dent variety, but the largest eared of any deep grained sort. The best variety for planting in the north or for late planting. Standard length 8 1/2 inches; circumference 7 inches; ear slightly wedge-shaped, kernels medium length and nearly smooth, 16 to 18 rows; color dark yellow, cob red. This variety always shows considerable variations in color and type. Price per peck, 75c; bushel, $2.25; 2 bushels or more at $2.10; 5 bushels or more at $2.00. Iowa Silver Mine.--Introduced by Iowa Seed Company in 1896. This is by all odds the most productive corn in existence. Nothing can compare with it. It produces no barren stalks. Ears of perfect shape and color. Produces 62 pounds shelled corn to a bushel (70 pounds) of ears. Standard length 10 inches, circumference 7 1/2 inches; cylindrical; kernel very long, firm, upright, rough, 18 to 20 rows; color pure white, cob white. Price per peck, 65c; bushel, $2.00; 2 bushels or more at $1.85; 5 bushels or more at $1.75.

READ THIS--In examining the above standards remember that they are not made from large ears, but represent a good average size for the variety. Do not attempt to compare by estimate, but take ears of any variety which you are growing and measure them. You cannot, however, appreciate what a variety is without actually seeing it. It will pay you to plant at least one of the above thoroughbred varieties this year, and if you have a farm large enough so that you can keep them isolated, plant all four varieties.

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IOWA SILVER MINE CORN. THE GREAT $1,000.00 CORN--YIELDS 215 BUSHELS PER ACRE. The most marvelous variety of corn ever offered, and one which will surprise every one who plants it. Thousands of farmers have tried it and doubled their crops and also made money rapidly by selling seed to their less enterprising neighbors. It is revolutionizing the corn growing of the country. Just think of this wonderful yield, 215 Bushels per acre with ordinary culture. We don't blame some practical farmers for looking incredulous when this is mentioned; we did not believe it ourselves until we had measured the ground and proved conclusively that the report was correct. The seed corn trade is our great specialty, and we claim to be corn experts, and in the spring of 1895, when we first saw this corn, we purchased the entire stock for $1,000.00 cash. The originator is not now growing seed corn and you must buy from us if you want pure, true to name seed. An offer of $10.00 per pound would not have induced us to sell all we had of it, as we wanted to save it for our customers. Our judgment was correct, as proven by the crops, which were the most marvelous ever grown. Just think of it! The average corn crop of the United States is only 28 bushels per acre, and there was more than seven times this amount of Iowa Silver Mine grown on one acre. Would you like to grow this kind of a crop? Plant Iowa Silver Mine Corn--plant your whole farm to it. Adopt our new method of culture, which will be sent free to every one ordering this variety of seed corn from us. DESCRIPTION.--Stalk grows to a height of about seven or eight feet, and sets the ears about three and one-half to four feet from the ground, just the right height for easy picking. One peculiarity which will be noticed in going over the fields is that there are no barren stalks, every one has an ear, many stalks have two or three good ears, and the originator says that has been characteristic every year that he has grown it. The type is very even. Ears measuring from Ten to Twelve Inches in length and weighing one and one half pounds are often found. The ears are very uniform in size and shape, with sixteen to twenty straight rows, (usually eighteen rows,) of deep, pure white kernels, set on a small white cob, and the ears are well filled out over the tip. It is early, maturing in less than ninety-five days, and never has been caught by the frost. The cob dries out rapidly, so that it is ready for market earlier than any other White Field Corn in existence. In its yield it will surpass all other varieties of any color. Seventy pounds in the ear will make sixty-two pounds shelled. It is adapted to a wider range of soil and climate than any corn ever offered. From Minnesota to Florida, from Massachusetts to California, it will yield a paying crop where other varieties are grown at a loss. It is in every way a distinct type of corn and possesses many of the features which have made the Iowa Gold Mine so popular, while the ear is larger. It is hardy and a wonderful resister of drouth. ITS PRIZE RECORD.--Everywhere the Iowa Silver Mine captures the prizes over all other varieties. At one fair ten of the largest ears took first prize, ten of the smaller ears took second prize. Afterwards the same ten large ears took sweepstakes over all other varieties, both white and yellow, making a total of $95.00 in prizes taken at one fair by twenty ears of the Iowa Silver Mine Corn. It captured the big prize offered by us in 1896, for the largest crop, against all other kinds of any color, yielding 215 bushels. At the Illinois State Fair it took first premium for the best bushel of corn, any color or sort; first for best white corn in the state, and grand sweepstakes for the best corn of any color, competition open to the world. In 1899 the Illinois State Agricultural Society offered three large prizes for the largest corn crop grown on an acre, and the Iowa Silver Mine captured all three of them with crops of 196, 176 AND 154 BUSHELS PER ACRE. No other corn of any color can compare with it in wonderful productiveness. Read the Astonishing Record of our own prize contest. It produced 215 bushels per acre in Scott county, Iowa; 211 bushels per acre in Indiana; 201 bushels per acre in Arkansas; 178 bushels per acre in Illinois; 145 bushels per acre in Nebraska; 144 bushels per acre in Ohio; 137 bushels per acre in Texas. Average of above is 176 Bushels Shelled Corn per Acre. Has Produced Immense Crops Everywhere. Our Customers all Rejoice with us. NOW FOR 1903.--To every one who orders Iowa Silver Mine Seed Corn from us we will send free full information as to how 215 bushels of corn were grown on one acre and instructions so that you can do as well. There is money in farming if you only know how. Be progressive; adopt new methods and use good seed. Figure out what your profit would be if your crop were that large. It will pay you to plant your entire field with this variety. Get your neighbors to order with you. WE ARE THE ORIGINAL INTRODUCERS. And if you want pure Iowa Silver Mine Corn, it must be purchased from us. We have proof that other dealers are copying our descriptions and selling common white corn as Iowa Silver Mine. The cost of pure seed is almost nothing (only about 25 cents per acre.) One bushel per acre added to your crop will pay for it, and you can't afford to use doubtful seed. The demand for white corn is increasing yearly and it usually commands a higher price, especially for shipment to Europe. Tests have proven it fully equal, if not superior to yellow for fattening cattle and hogs.

Price: Postpaid or by Express Prepaid: Per pkt. 5c, lb. 25c, 3 lbs. 60c, 7 lbs. (will plant an acre,) $1.00. Specimen ears 25c each postpaid. By Freight or Express, purchaser paying charges.--Per pk. 65c, bushel $2.00, 2 bushel or more @ $1.85, 5 bushels or more @ $1.75.

ORDER EARLY. There is Sure to be a Great Demand.

THE BEST ON A 22,000 ACRE FARM. "On this estate, comprising about 22,000 acres, there was grown this year nearly 10,000 a. of corn, including almost all known standard sorts suited to this latitude, and we consider that of the white varieties the IOWA SILVER MINE is the purest and in all respects the most satisfactory of all."--W. A. Bichet, Manager.

[image] Iowa Silver Mine. 215 Bus. Per Acre.

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