Tbe spaoious residenoe of Win. D. Smith, of Dexter, gave the gathering of last Saturday plenty of elbow room and the geniality of the host seemed to impart a sense of freedoni that made the disonssion of tbe varions topios prooeed very siuoothly. E. A. Nordman had jnst returned faom a session of the mutual fire insurance companies, of the state at Lansing, and was invited to impart sorue of his newly gotten wisdom. Mr. Nordman struck out on the wisdom of acknowleding the litghtning rod as a factor in decreasing fire risks. Years of experience and observation had taught him to feel mnoh safer beneath a roof well todded duriug an electrical storm than any where else. Hon. Wm. Ball, of Hamburg, was of a soinewhat different opimon. He had liever had euough faith in the potency of rods to place ons on his buildings. Prof. DeWitt gave a scientific exposition of the utilityof the lightning rod and oarried to the minds of his hearers the belief that they are a souroe of safety in an electrical storm. The professor thought that tall trees iu tbe vicinity of a building are apt to decrease the risks. Mr. Ball by invitation gave an address on the present depressed condition of the agriculturisc. He sald, in part, that one of the best things is tbe farmer can't sell his farm. The result is a rigid system of economy will generally be practiced. Farmers are now obliged to apply the same prinoiples to farmiug that successful men of otber callings do to their business. More hours of labor, still stricter attention to details is the only road to sucoess with the farmer. Too manv fed simply to keep animáis alive and fail to recognize that there is more in the feed than the breed. Why are the farmers fiuding fault? We are comparing ourselves with ten years ago. Land is just as good as ever. One auimal well kept is better than more poorly kept. All should be kept in a growing condition. Cleveland or MoKioley oan't help us, we must help ourselves. I dont know of any farmer suffering for food. Others are. No party is going to help me as an individnal. I care but little about trusts. Ia many respeots they are help to us. Their combinations oí capital furnisn employment to thousauds upon thousands of men. Tho ontlook is good. Letusquit gram faling and attend more closely to the details of our farms. John E. Hall: The quicker we learn economy the better. With tbe lesson of economy and attention to details well learned, what will we do with all onr accumulations when prosperity returns? Rev. McMahon : The man who owus a railroad is rich and has a right to be. The man who has possession of great oil fields is rich and has a right to be. The socialist is faced in the wrong direction. By integrity, by econumy, and the applioatioii of the golden rule, the country will prosper.