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SIRA'SiW. i Consolidated Feb., 1899.
VOL. n. NO, 9.
Ia the old brown 'school house, over
shadowed by apple trees and sheltered,
on the west by a long, : steep hill, where
the acorns an 1 wild grapes grew, Mary
Howard taught a little flock of twenty
five, coaxiug garnet urging others - and
teaching them all by her kind words and
winsome ways to love her as ' they had
never before loved an instructor. .
When first he was proposed as a
teacher in Itic-e Coi-ripr, Widow' Perkins,
and a few others who 'had no children to
send, held up' their hands in amazement,
wondering '.'what the world was oomin'
to, and if the coaimitteemnn, Mr. Knight,
'posed they was goin' to be rid over
roughshod by a town pauper; but - she
couldn't get a-stilleut, for the orthodox
minister wouldn't give her one; and if
he did, the Unitarian minister wouldn't!"
Accordingly, when it was known that
the ordeal had -been passed and that
Mary had in her possession a piece of pa
per about three inches' square, authorii-,
. ing her to teach a common district school,
this worthy conclave concluded that
"either everybody had lost their senses
- or else Miss Mason, who was present at
the examination, had sat by and whis
pered in her ear the answers to all hard
questions." f '
"In all my born day I never seen any
thing like it," said the .widow, as she
distributed her green tea, sweetened with
brown sugar, to a party of ladies, which
she was entertaining. "But you'll see,
she won't keep her time mor'n half ont
Sally Ann, passtheia nutcakes. No
body's goin' to send their children to a
pauper. There's Miss Bradley says she'll
take her'n out the first .time they get
licked. Have some more sass, Misa
Dodge. I want it eat up, for I believe
ilt's-a-workin' but I telled her that
.warn't the trouble, Mary's too softly to
hurt a- miskeeter. And so young, too.
It's government she'll lack in. If any
body'll have a piece of this dried apple
-pie, I'll cut it-
. Fortunately, Mary knew nothing of
Mrs. Perkins' displeasure, and never
dreamed that any feeling existed toward
her save that of perfect friendship. Since
" we. last saw her, she had grown into a
- fine, healthy looking girl. - Her face and
c figure were round and full, and her com
plexion, though still rather pale, was
clear as marble, contrasting well with
her i lark-brown hair and eyes, which no
! longer seemed .. unnaturally large."" Still,
. -: she was not beautiful, it uj true, and yet
,. Billy was not far from right when he
called her the finest looking girl in Chico-
pee; and it was for this .reason, perhaps,
" that Mrs. Campbell watched with jeal
ousy. ' ' . : - :
Every possible pains had been taken
with Ella s education. The' best teach
era had been hired to instruct her, and
she was now at a fashionable seminary,
but still she did not possess one-half the
- ease and gracefulness of manner which
. seemed natural to her sister. The two
girls had seen but little, of each other;
and oftentimes when Ella met her sister
- she merely acknowledged her presence
by a nod or a simple, how d ye dor'
When she heard that Mary was to be
a teacher she said "she was glad, for it
was more respectable than going into
factory or working ont." Mrs. Campbell, j tention to attend the academy in Wil
too, felt in duty bound to express her i braham the next autumn,
pleasure, adding that "she hoped Mary Finally he said good-night, leaving
. would give satisfaction, but 'twas ex-
tremely doubtful, she was so young, and
possessed of so little dignity!" x -
Unfortunately Widow Perkins red cot
tage stood directly opposite the school
house; and as the widow belonged to that
stirring few who always "wash the I
breakfast dishes and make the beds be
fore anyone is up in the house," she had
ample leisure to watch and report on
the proceedings of the new teacher. Now,
, Mrs. Perkins' clock was like its mis-
. , tress, always half an hour in advance
of the true time, and Mary had scarcely
taught a week ere Mr. Knight, "the conv
mitteeman," was duly hailed in the street
:. and told that the "schoolmarm wanted
. lookin' to, for she didn't begin no morn-
- in' till half -past nine, nor no afternoon
till half -past one! ' Besides that," , she
added, "I think she gives 'em too long a
play spell. : Anyways, seems ef some oil
' : 'em was out d' doors the hull time."
Mr. Knight had too much good sense
: to heed the widow's complaints, and he
merely replied:"' "I'm glad on't - Five
hours is enough to keep little shavers
"cramped up in the house glad on't.'
The widow; thus foiled in her attempts
at making disturbance, finally gave up
the strife,, contenting herself with quiz
' zing the Older girls, and asking them if
. Mary could do all the hard sums in arith
' metlc, or whether she took them home
for Mrs. Mason to solve! -.-' j :
In spite, however, iof these little an
noyances, Mary was contented and hap
py. ' She knew that her pupils loved her,
- . and that the greater part of the district
-.. were satisfied, so she greeted the widow
. with her pleasantest smile, . and by al
ways being particularly polite, finally
overcame her prejudice to a considerable
- extent. .
One afternoon about the middle of
July, as Mrs. Perkins was seated by her
? front -window engaged In "stitching
shoes," a . very common employment In
- -some parts of New England, her atten
tion was suddenly diverted by a tall,
stylish-looking young man, who, driving
his handsome horse and buggy under
the .shadow of the apple trees, alighted
. -and entered into conversation - with . a
group of little girls who were taking their
usual recess; Mrs. Perkins curiosity was
aroused, and Sally Ann war called to
see who the stranger was. But for a
wonder. Sally Ann didn't know, though
she "guessed the, boss was one of the
East Chicopee livery." ' ' T;
"He's talkin' to Liddy Knight," said
rt- she, at the same time holding back the
. curtain and stepping aside so as not to
be visible herself. ., -. " -
"Try if you can hear what he's sayln',"
whispered Mrs. Perkins; but a class of
boys in the school honse just then struck
into the multiplication table, thus effec
tually drowning anything which Sally
Ann might otherwise have heard.
"I know them children will split .their
throats. Can't they hold up a minute,".
exclaimed Mrs. Perkins, greatly annoyed
at being thus prevented from overhearing
a conversation the nature of which she
could not even guess. .
The stranger was at that moment smil
ingly saying: "Tell me more about her.
Does she ever scold, or has she too
pretty a mouth for that?"
".No, she never scolds," said Delia
Frost, "and she's got the nicest white
teeth, and I guess she knows it, too, for
she shows them a great deal." -
"She's real white, too," rejoined Lydia
Knight, "though pa says she nsed to be
yaller as saffron."
Here there was a gentle rap upon the
window, and the girls, starting off, ex
claimed: "There, we must go in."
May I go; too?" asked the stranger.
following them to the door. "Introduce
me as Mr. Stuart." .
Lydia had never introduced anybody in
her life, and,, following her companions to
her seat, she left Mr. Stuart standing in
the doorway. With her usual politsness,
Mary came forward and received, the
stranger, who gave his name as Mr. Stu
art, saying ''he felt much interested in
common schools, and therefore had ven
tured to call."
Offering the seat of honor, Mary re
sumed her usual duties, .- occasionally
casting a look of curiosity at the stranger,
whose eyes seemed constantly upon her.
It was rather warm that day, and when
Mary returned from her dinner Widow
Perkins was greatly shocked at seeing
her attired ia y light pink muslin dress,
the Short sl- A of which showed to good
advantar r round, white arms. A nar
row vei jx. . on confined by a small
brooch and a b... )" silk apron, completed
her toilet, with the exception- of a "tiny
locket, which was suspended from her
neck by a slender gold chain. This last
ornament immediately riveted Mr. Stu
art's attention, and from some strange
cause sent the color quickly to his face.
After a time, as if to ascertain whether
it were really a locket or a watch, he ask
ed "if Miss Howard could tell him the
"Certainly, sir," said she, and stepping
to the desk and consulting a silver time
piece rabout the size of a dining plate,
she told him that it was half -past three.
When school was put Mr. Stuart, who
seemed in no haste whatever, entered in'
I-to a lively discussion with Mary concern
ing schools and books, adroitly managing
to draw her out upon all the leading top
ics of the day. At last the conversation
turned upop Sowers; and when Mary
chanced to mention Mrs. Mason's beauti
ful garden he instantly expressed a great
desire to see it, and" finally offered to ac
company Mary home, provided she had
no objections. She could not, of course,
say . no, and the Widow Perkins came
very near letting her buttermilk biscuit
burn to a cinder when she saw the young
man walking down the road with Mary.
Arrived at Mrs. Mason's, the stranger
managed to make himself so agreeable
that Mrs. Mason invited him to stay to
tea. Whoever he -was, he seemed to un
derstand exactly how-to find out what
ever he wished to know; and before tea
was over he had learned of Mary's in
Mary and Mrs. Mason to wonder the
one what he came there for, and the oth
er whether he would ever come again.
The widow, too, wondered and fidgeted
as the sun went down behind the long
; "It beats all nater what's kept him 'so
long," said she,- when he at last appear
ed and, unfastening his horse, drove off
at a furious rate;. "but if I live I'll know
all about it to-morrow;" and with this
consolatory remark she returned to the
best room and for the .emainder of the
evening devoted herself to the entertain
ment of Uncle Jim and his wife, Aunt
Dolly. " 3 ' -,'.- .
That evening - Mr. Knight, who had
been to the postoffice, called at Mrs. Ma:
'son's, bringing with him a letter which
"""" "' 10
Mary, he winked at Mrs. Mason, saying.
-l Kinder guess now all -.. this writin'
works will end; but hain't there been a
young chap to see the school?"
; "Yes; how .did you know it?" returned
Mrs. Mason, while Mary flushed, more
deeply than she did when Billy's letter
was handed her..' ' :
- "Why, you see," answered Mr. Knight,
I was about at the foot of the Blanch-
ard hill, when I see a buggy coming like
Jehu. Just as it got agin me it kinder
slackened and the fore wheel' ran off
smack and scissors. - -
. "Was he hurt?" quickly asked Mary.
"Not a bit on't," said Mr. Knight, "but
he was scared some, I gness. I got out
and Helped hint; and when he heard I's
from Bice Corner he said he'd been .into
school. Then he asked f orty-'leven ques
tions aDout you, and jest as I was settin
yon up high, who should come a-canterin'
up, with their long-tailed gowns, and hats
like men, but Ella Campbell and a great
white-eyed pucker, that came home with
her from school? Either, Ella's horse was
scary or she did it a purpose, for the
minit she got near it began to rare, and
she would have fell off if that man hadn't
catched it by the bit and held her on
with t'other hand. J alius was the most
sanguinary of men, and I was- building
castles about him and our little school:
marm, when Ella came along, and I gin
it up, for I see that he was took, and
she did look handsome, with her curia a
flyin' Wall, s I wasn't of no more use,
1 whipped up old Uharlotte and come on.'
"When did; Ella return?" asked Mary.
who had not before heard of her sister s
arrival.. '.:"";:'',- -
"I don't know," said Mr. Knight. J'The
first I see' of her was cuttin' through
the streets on the dead run; but I mustn't
stay here gabbin', so good-night, Miss
Mason good-night, Mary hope you've
got good news in that ar letter."
The moment he was gone Mary ran up
to her room to read her letter, from
which we give the following extract:
"You must have forgotten George More-
land, or you would hav mentioned him
to me. I like him very much, indeed, and
yet I could not help feeling a little jealous
when he manifested so much interest in
you. Sometimes, Mary, I think that for
a brother, I am getting too selfish, and I
do not wish anyone to like you except
myself, but I surely need not feel so to
ward George, the best friend I have in
Boston. He is very kind, lending ma
books, and has even offered to use his in
fluence in getting me a situation in one
of the best law offices in the city."
After reading this letter Mary sat for
a long time thinking of George Moreland
of the time when she first knew him
of all that William Bender had been to
her since and wondering, as girls some
times will, which she liked the best. Bill.'
unquestionably had the strongest claim
to her love, but could he have knows
how much satisfaction she felt in think
ing that George still remembered and felt
interested in her he would have had some
reason for fearing, as he occasionally did,
that she would never be to him aught
save a sister. -
The summer was drawing to a close.
and with it Mary's school; She had suc
ceeded in giving satisfaction to the en
tire district, Mr. Knight, with whom
Mary was a great favorite, offered her
the. school for the coming winter, but Bhe
had decided upon attending school her
self, and after modestly declining his of
fer, told him of her intention. -
But where s the money coming from ? "
said he. v..-- - '..'.
Mary laughingly asked him how many
bags of shoes he supposed she had stitch
ed during the last two years.
'More'n two hundred, rll bet," said he.
"Not quite, as many as that," answered
Mary; "but still I have managed to earn
my clothes and thirty dollars besides; and
this, together with my school wages, will
pay for one term and part of another."
Well, go ahead, returned Mr. Knight.
"I'd help you if I could. Go ahead; and
who knows but you'll one day be the
president's wife."
When Widow Perkins heard that Mary
was going away to school she forgot to
put any yeast in the bread which she -was
making, and, bidding Sally Ann "watch it
until it riz," she posted off to Mrs. Ma
son's to inquire the particulars, reckoning
up as she went along how much fourteen
weeks wages would come to at nine shil
lings per week. ' i -
But with all her quizzing and "pump
ing, as Judith called it, she was un
able to ascertain anything of importance.,
and, mentally styling Mrs. Mason, Mary,
Judith and ail "great gumpheads," she
returned home and relieved Sally Ann
from her watch over unleavened bread.
Both Mrs., Mason and Mary laughed
heartily at the widow's-curiosity, though,
as Mary said, It was no laughing mat
ter where the money was to come from
which she needed for her books and cloth
ing." -"; ; - V
Kvery thing which Mrs. Mason could
do for her she did, and even Judith, who
was never famous for generosity, brought
in one Saturday morning a half-worn
merino, which she .thought "mebby could
be turned and sponged, and made into
somethin' decent," adding, in an under
tone, that "she'd had it out air in' on the
clothes hoss for more'n two hours!"
A few days afterward Jenny- Lincoln
came galloping up to the school house
door, declaring her intention of staying
until school was out, and having a good
time. , - "
"I hear you are going to Wilbraham.
said she, "but I want yon to go to Mount
Holyoke. We -are going, a whole lot of
us that is, if we can pass examination
Rose isn't pleased with the Idea, but I
am. I think ' fun to wash po
tatoes and scour knives. I don't believe
that mother would ever, have sent ns
there if it were not that Ida Seldan-is
going, j Her father and her Aunt Mar
tha used to be schoolmates with Miss
Lyon, and they have always intended
that Ida should graduate at Mount Hol
yoke. . Now, why can't yon go, too?"-
I wish I. could, said Mary, "but
can't. I haven't money enough, and there
is no one to give it to me.
'It wouldn't , hurt Mrs." Campbell to
help you a little," returned Jenny. "Why.
last term Ella spent almost enough for
candies and gutta percha.-toys to pay the
expense of half a year's, schooling at
Mount Holyoke. It s too bad that she
should have everything and you nothing.
- - ii o oe continued.) :'
: , Cures Victims of Drags.
A church union now exists in" New
York for the most remarkable purpose
on record, i Its avowed object is to
cure the victims of the mnrnhlna nnrl
I other drug habits and a most Impres-
sire list of well-known elercrvmn dir.
registered themselves In support of the
scheme, which Is eon-ducted by Dr. W,
N. Kiehle. .-' '" . -
The plans of Dr. Richie's work and
the means by which. he hopes to make
it effectual are" to be made public as
soon as possible. All that is withheld
from the public Is the elements of the
mysterious compound, which Is, Dr.
Richie alleges, an absolutely infallible
panacea. ,
Men 'and women who have sunk to
the lowest levels of degradation have
It, Is' claimed, , by the use of this cure
become perfectly -regenerated, T Physi
cians of established reputation private
ly -Indorse the cure.and the testimonials
appear so convincing, that the clergy
men who have formed, a, union on the
strength of it" feel absolutely sure" of
Jts efficacy.. '." . ; -u. :
Dr. Richie says that he obtained the
cure from a frlencLof his,; who in turn
obtained it from a German savant. The
friend referred to, having "once become
the slave of morphine" arid having, but
6 cents left In the worldj Converted if
into a 5-cent stamp to address a letter
to the German who hadoriginated the
cure. The recipe came, was made use
of, and the man; when Dr. Richie knew
him, was enjoying an honored old age,
A committee has been formed to're
ceivc- donations for the cure of such pa
tients as are not able to pay.
Could Not Be Repeated. '
"I met Higginbee and he stopped me
to tell me what his little boy said, but
I'll bet one thing."
"Hunt i What's that?"
"I'll bet he didn't tell his boy what
said." Indianapolis Press.
If Satan ever gets short of fuel he
ought to be able to use excuses.
" A Surprise for Three.
"I'll do it," thought Teddy, "because
It will please grandpa so much. And I
am not afraid, not one single mite!
Not one mite!" he added slowly, as he
walked toward the barn. 'That morn
ing at breakfast Grandpa French had
told them about poor Dobbin. He was
lame; and he had to stand In his stall
all day long. - .
"I'd like to put him out, but he would
get Into the newly planted garden,"
said grandpa, "and I can't spare one of
the men to tend to him, so the poor fel
low must stay in the barn."
Teddy was only seven, and he felt
just a wee bit frightened of horses,
for you see he lived in the city and
not on a farm. He screwed his fore
head all up in a knot he thought so
hard, and then he said, "I'll do It!"
. "Come along, Dobbin!" he said brave
ly, as he untied the big halter and
seized the end of it firmly his hand.
Dobbin walked hurriedly out over the
barn floor, clumpety clump, through
the door and into the bright sunshine.
Then he stopped. ;
"Get up r said Teddy. ; v
Dobbin tossed up his head and snort
ed, and then he did go along in good
earnest He hopped and he cantered
and ran limping ver the ground so fast
that Teddy had to run to keep up
with him. - : - '. - -
Whoa!" he shouted. "Whoa, Dob
bin!". "
But Dobbin didn't whoa till he stood
under Teddy's oak-tree, and then he
laid down on the soft green grass and
rolled and rolled.
Poor little Teddy Just glanced at
those flying feet,' and then he scram
bled Into the tree.- He was too fright
ened to say a word. . Oh, If grandpa
would only come! He screamed and
screamed at the top ; of his voice,
Grandpa! grandpa!"
It's Dobbin," he explained, when
grandpa discovered him, "I-was going
to s'prise you and take Dobbin out,
an' then he rolled an' then" his voice
was very low, "an' then I climbed up
here an' Dobbin's in the garden!"
"Well, well, well!" laughed grandpa.
I guess we've had a surprise party all
around! Tou surprised Dobbin, he sur
prised you, and youboth surprised me.
that's certain!" . . " . '.
"If I'd. had a clothes-line," faltered
Teddy, "I. could have held on when
climbed up here. I'll get it next time,
grandpa," he added, brightly.
But grandpa answered very decided
ly: "'There mustn't be any next time.
Teddy, remembar! One surprise party
Is a plenty for one summer!"
And "then he went to hunt for Dob
bin. -Youth's Companion.
. MiscMevoui Maiaie. .
One morning when Mischievous Maisie
She saw from her window the long gar
den hose. '
Which William had left when he went to
pick peas." s
So Maisie examined the hose at her ease,
And decided to water the flowers near
- by, - " '.. . , ' . .
Which she did very well, tijl she happen
ed to spy - f ''
The kitten, the Imp, and turning to look.
She pointed the hose at fat Susan, the
" - cook, ". . ; .- - ' ' -
Who was not at all pleased with the sud
- den cold bath. ; 7 - . . ; -
And promptly complained to her mistress
in wrath.. - - ' . - -
- A Boy Fiddle Maker. v "
"The Fiddle Maker of Tamarack" is
the. title won by Harry Evans, a 14-
year-old boy living at Syracuse, N.- Y,
Last March the boy started in to make
a fiddle after theStradivarlus model.
He got books from public libraries
treating on the subject, and then sup
pleid himself with fine seasoned woods
from far away places. : Then with the
best tools he could get, he went to
work, getting up at 4 o'clock in the
morning, that he might have time for
his violin making before school. When
his first violin was completed he found
that it weighed too much, according to
the Stradivarlus standard, so with in
finite patience he took it all apart and
smoothed, ana sandpapered the sur
faces until it was reduced to the proper
weight - Then he Invited all the musi
cians of note in the city to come and
hear it, for he Is something of a violin
player as well, as maker.- Every one
proclaimed the fiddle a marvel In work
manship and tone, and its maker
genius. He Is a nephew of the actor,
Charles Rlegel, of New York. ;
The boy has a sister who Is. deserv
ing Of mention. She is 15 years old
and is In business for herself, having
opened a grocery which promises to de
velop into a department store, having
already a meat market, a drug depart-
ment, an ice cream parlor, and a candy
kitchen. The American Boy.
Bailie's Answer.
Sallie, what Is 8 minus 6?"
Sallie could not answer, which was
nothing unusual, whereupon the teach
er, thinking it might aid her by stating
less abstractly, said:
'Now, Sallie, If your mamma went
to the barn and found 8 eggs, and nsed
of them to bake a cake, what would
she have left?"
With a smile of contempt, Sallie an
swered, "Why, shells!" .
Papa Waa Sa-rins;.
"Here," said Benny's papa, showing
the little fellow a coin, "is a penny 300
years old. It was given to me when I
was a boy."- .
"Well," cried Benny; "Just think of
any one's being able to keep a penny as
long as that without spending it!" -
What Mamma Called Him.
Stranger What is your name, little
boy? v
Little Boy Willie.
Stranger Willie what?
Little Boy Willie Don't I guess.
Thaf s what mamma always calls- me.
Particular About His Treatment.
Small Tommy was sent home ill from
the kindergarten one day and as he
entered the house he said: "Mamma,
'm just awful sick, but I don't want
you to try any faith cure on me"; :
Mra,McKlnley' Pleasure In One of Ear
Choaea Avocations.
A recent visitor at the White House
found the wife of the President busy,
as usual, knitting the woolen tops to
slipper soles. A pleasant protest that
the first lady of the land should so
steadily employ herself was well an
swered. ' Why shouldn't she knit the
slippers? It was about all she could do
In her state of health.
And then' the gentle lady told with
undisguised satisfaction of the sale of
a pair of her slippers at a 'New Eng
land fair for a good purpose. The slip
pers had brought $350, which had gone
for the benefit of the -cause. If there
existed a desire for the possession- of
a pair of slippers knitted by the wife of
the President measured by such a sum,
why should she not try to meet it, and
thereby extend help to worthy objects?
Mrs. McKlnley defended her vocation
admirably. Frequent requests for some
handiwork of- the President's wife to
be utilized for the benefit of charity or
church come to the White House. None
is" refused so long as Mrs. McKlnley
has the strength to fulfill them.
Relating to the leather soles of these
slippers, there is a story which en
hances their value.-Mrs. McKlnley told
It recently. On one occasion, early in
the first term. Vice President Hobart
came Into the presence of the lady
while she had her knitting in band. He
picked up from a table near by a sole
upon which work had not begun. -
Where do you get these?" he asked
when he had learned of the charitable
purpose of the industry."
Mrs. McKinley.. replied that she
bought the soles by the dozen.
'Well," said , the Vice President,
"these are made at my factory. I will
see thaf hereafter you are supplied
with the soles 'for the slippers without
cost That shall be my contribution to
the good work."
From that day, so long as he lived,
Vice President Hobart, saw that the
stock of .soles as often as It ran low
through Mrs. McKinley's industry was
replenished. And since the death of the
Vice President Mrs. Hobart has kept
up the contribution from the factory.
' The Strange Lighthouse Tree.
Among the world's curiously formed
trees the Asiatic star tree is not con
spicuous, but among nature's freaks in
the tree class it stands alone. Its prop
erties are entirely peculiar to itself. Its
history is clouded, its attributes unlike
anything seen in other trees. ;
Enormously tall, a man ofordinary
height Is dwarfed into nothingness be
side its trunk.. Bare from the ground
np to a distance of about forty feet, It
puts forth at that place a hundred tan
gled limbs. From the latter there shoot
out great clusters of long pointed leaves
which, bunching themselves together,
exude a kind Of phosphorescent lighl at
night giving a strange spectral appear
ance to the bin tree. - Travellers on the
desert, descrying .this tree at night,
frequently - mistake the giant-leaved
thing for the illumined window of a
house or some lonely tower. . The light
is not brilliant; it Is subdued, but vol
umlnous, and lasts until daybreak.
.. -Csed, the Telephone.
A San Franciscan, who has recently
returned from Honolulu, relates that
while there he had occasion to Inquire
about two ladies who, he understood,
were stopping at the Chapin House, and
accordingly used the telephone.
r ."Let me have the Chapin House," he
said to central, and, when the connec
tion was made, he Inquired if the two
Madies were there. ... .
"No," came the answer.
-"But they were there last night,
weren't they?"
"Yes." was the hesitating reply; "but
we had to let them go this morning.
- "Had to let them go," echoed the
San Franciscan;; "why, what sort of a
hotel are you running?"
"This Isn't a hotel," replied the voice
at the other end. 5. .
"Isn't that the Chapin House?" de
manded the mystified San Franciscan.
-"No." was the reply, "It's the station
house."; :-; "-"'' - ' S': y :
- When a man is confronted with a lot
of his old love letters Jh a breach, of
promise suit he realizes that kind words
can never die. -y -.. ; -i, :
All work and no play may wake Jack
a dull boy, but very few boys will be
come dull if left to themselves. .
Salae the Calve.
Evidently there is a better chance for
profit now in growing young stock
either for the dairy or for beef than at
any time in the past ten years, and
perhaps In the last twenty years. But
we have the statistics for the past ten
years as sent out by the Agricultural
Department at Washington. In 1890
there were In the United States 36,849,
024 cattle. In 1895, 84,364,216. Since
that time there has been a steady de
crease of about two million head per
year, until in 1899 there were but 27,
874,225. In 1890 there were 589 cattle
to each one thousand Inhabitants, and
in 1899 only 373 to each thousand. As
the number has decreased the price has
increased. The reports of the Kansas
City stock yards show the following
prices for prime steers on Aug. 10 for
three years: In 1897, $4.80 per hundred
pounds, 1898 same date $5.25, and In
1899 $6.20. It is said that there are not
as many cattle In Texas now as in 1895
by more than 2,500,000. Nor is the de
cline in numbers in the United States
alone. Cuba was said to have about
eight hundred thousand cattle In 1895,
and at the close of the war had but
twenty-five . thousand. " There must
have been a great reduction in South
Africa since the Boer war began, and
Australia has been heavily drawn upon
to feed British troops. If five or ten
years ago farmers in New England or
any of the United States could not
raise or fatten beef profitably to sell
at the price Western beef cattle cost
when brought here, it does not follow
that they cannot do both now. Six dol
lars and a quarter per hundred pounds
In Brighton for the best grade of steers
to-day should leave a margin for profit
to the feeder, if he feeds to the best
advantage, and If he grows his own
young stock, and most of his own food
for them, It seems as if nearly all was
profit or at least pay for his labor. And
while they are growing, the manure
heap is Increasing in size, to help add
fertility to the farm and increase its
productiveness. American Cultivator.
Early Garden Vegetables.
There was a time when the gardener
who had. his produce ready for the
market earlier than his less enter
prising neighbor was well repaid for
his care and trouble by better prices
for the products. Then the early bird
caught the wealthy consumer. Now
the early worm in the Northern States
finds his profits if not himself picked
up by those in a Southern climate, who
can plant grow and put on the mar
ket a crop before the plow can pene
trate the frozen soil of the Northern
States.' We are inclined to think the
chance for profit to-day, for market
gardeners here, is in growing such
crops as will not mature until South
ern produce ho longer fills our mar
kets, and perhaps in putting that In
cold storage that it may not be brought
out until there are indications that it
Is much wanted by those who are will
ing to pay liberal prices for it : Let
early crops pass by, and strive to grow
crops of such quality as will suit even
those" who have been using the earlier
products oV the South, which are not
Improved by long transportation.
Massachusetts Ploughman. ...
. For Washing Vegetable.
A combined washing tank and dry
ing table for vegetables, is Illustrated
In the Ohio Farmer.: A is the tank.
B the table, hinged to tank, and the
legs hinged to table. When not in nse,
the two legs are folded over on the ta
ble, and the table folded over so as to
make a lid for the tank,, the legs fold
Ing inside out of the way. The tank
can be set anywhere for convenience.
The bottom of the tank should be low
er at one corner, with a hole there to let
out water by withdrawing a plug. Po
tatoes and other vegetables should be
washed before taking to market They
present a nice, clean appearance that
makes them sell better.
Creamery Butter.
It is reported that in the vicinity of
some of the best creameries in the but
ter-making sections it is difficult to ob
tain a package of really good cream
ery-butter, unless it is sent from the
city. dealers who may have bought it
right there. An ironclad contract
places it all in the hands of . certain
dealers, and even those who place their
milk In co-operative creameries are not
able to obtain good butter for home
use. This is but a mistake, for those
which have a good reputation could
easily have a certain number of pounds
or tubs to be retained for home patrons,
and it is said that some do this, avoid
ing their contracts by putting special
brands on such lots.. v -' -.-;. V'
-, 11 ' . Barley and Oats. ;
. At the North - Dakota Experiment
Station they " made ar trial for nine
months of the comparative value of
feeding oats and barley to three horses
and two mules. In every case of anl
nials working in pairs at the same
work, the one given barley made less
gain or lost more flesh, according to
the work they were doing. When
changed about the result was the same.
The one that gained flesh on oats lost
It on barley. Beside this If the bar
ley feed was continued long, the ani
mal that had it would refuse to eat
the barley, sometimes (or several
meals. The rough fodder was the same.
good timothy hay in all cases. They
therefore decided 'that barley was not
as valuable food for horses as oats
when fed in equal weights.
The Cranberry Fire worm.
The larvae of Rhopobota vaccinlana;
or cranberry fireworm, cause consider
able damage to the cranberry crop of
Massachusetts. The larvae of the first .
brood seldom cause much Injury, while
those of the second brood are often ex
ceedingly destructive. Where the cran
berry bogs .can be flooded with water
at the proper season for destroying the
larvae, this method Is very effective,
but in many cases it is Impossible to
use water in this way. Experiments
were tried with arsenate of lead, which
was usd as a spray at the rato of 9
pounds to 150 gallons of water. The
first application was made in the early
part of June. The second brood of
'caterpillars appeared during the first
part of July, and a second application
was made, the insecticide being used at
the rate of 134 pounds to 150 gallons of
water. Nearly all the larvae were de
stroyed, and a great saving in the cran
berry crop was the result of this meth
od. It was found that three men with
a good outfit could spray eight acres
of cranberry bog In ten hours.
A $5,ooo Cw.
This cow was purchased at the Chi
cago stock yards recently for $5,000 by
N. W. Brown, of Delphi, Ind.. and is
Hereford. Carnation, a Kansas City
cow, held the former world's record.
A few weeks ago, at an exciting sale.
J. C. Adams, of Moweaqua, 111., bought
the animal for $3,700.
Fodder Corn.
The farmer who does not plan ta
have a field of corn fodder to use this
summer for his milch cows will de
serve no pity if he finds his milk sup
ply so short next summer that it will
not sell for enough to pay what it
costs him for feed. The excess of rain
during the first four months of this yeai
may be taken as a good indication ot
a drought later on, and the crop is so
easily and cheaply grown, so valuable
if needed for feeding green, and so
easily kept for winter use if not fed in
the summer that there seems no excus
for failing to produce it There ara
other forage crops that have been hlghr
ly recommended, but we think the corn
crop is as well adapted to New Eng
land as any, and almost any one knowi
the soil and care it needs. We would
put in one field in May and follow witl
others up to the middle of July to give
continuous feeding when needed. New
England Homestead.
'About Cows.
The Farm Journal says that a cow
giving 5,000 pounds of 4 per cent mllB
will produce only $50 worth of butter,
while one that will produce 8.00C
pounds of 5 per cent milk will produce
$100 worth of butter, and her calf is
worth three times as much as that ol
the first There will be little difference
in the cost of keeping the two cows,
so that where the first gives a profit ol
$30 the latter will net the owner $100,
if we count the first cow's calf at $10
and the other at $30. Some people dc
not think there Is much difference Id
cows, but some cows forget to pa j
their board bills, while others take
great pleasure in supplying the table
with luxuries, paying the Interest
clothing the "baby and paying the hired
girl. The good cow is a poor farmer'i
Water and Drlnkintc Vessel.
' One of the most important things to
be looked after in raising chicks is
their drink. They should have fresh
water placed in clean drinking foun
tains. A fountain that cannot be open
ed and cleaned never should be used,
for a slimy substance will form on the
Inside of the fountain and unless re
moved will surely cause bowel trouble.
Many persons have lost nearly all their
chickens from this' cause and then won
dered why they are not successful.
" Saltinz in the Chnr-.
Salting In the churn Is practiced .bjr
many butter-makers and especially by
farmers. . The butter granules are al
lowed to reach the size of a grain of
wheat the salt is then added and the
churn slowly revolved. It will not take
the salt long to become thoroughly In
corporated in the butter. . The maker
will soon be able to estimate the
amount of salt required for any one
churning. , , ;
.'.'''. Files and Horses. ' :"
To prevent files from worrying
horses, take two or three handfuls cf
walnut leaves and pour thereon boil
ing water about one pint to each innje
handful of leaves. , Let thl "walnut
leaf tea" cool, bottle It off and, before
the horse goes out damp bis ears and
-other parts most troubled by. flies with
the Infusion, using a sponge for the