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CORVALLIS, BENTON COUNTY, OREGON, TUESDAY, S12lTEMflElt 17, 1001.
VOL. IT. NO. 21.
GAZETTE) lUtab. Dec,
, XBOS. ) I
We walked home jtogether. We had a
good deal to talkj of during the evening,
and sat up late, jit was midnight before
I found myself alone in my own room.
I had half forgotten the crumpled paper
In my waistcoat' pocket, but now 1
smoothed It out !?tfoie me and pondered
oyer every word.! No, there could not be
a- doubt that it referred to Miss Ollivier.
Why should sii have strayed from
home? That wis ,the question. What
possible reason jcould there have been,
strong enough to i impel a young and deli
cately nurtured girl to run all the risks
and dangers of flight alone and unpro
tected? 1 '
What ought I; to do with this adver
tisement, thrust,; as it would seem, pur
posely under my! notice? What was I to
do with the clue1?" ! might communicate
at once with mAssi-s. Scott and Brown,
giving them the Information they had ad
vertised for six fcionths before. I might
sell my knowledge of Miss Ollivier for.
fifty pounds. In doing so I might render
her a great service!,-by restoring her to
her proper sphere I in society. But the
recollection of Tinjif's description of her
as looking terrified and hunted recurred
vividly to me. )TIie advertisement put
her age as twtmy-orie. I should not
have judged hVr so old myself, especially.
since her hair hiiii been cut short. I was
D J prepared toj deliver her up until 1
knew something more of both sides of
the question. I i
Settled that If X could see Messrs.
Scott and Brown Jand learn something
about Miss Olllvierfg friends, I might be
then able to decided whether I would be
tray her to themi but I would not write.
Also, that I must she her again first, and
once more urge her to have confidence
In me. , If she would trust me with her
secret, I wold be . as true to her as a
friend as I meant ti be true to Julia.
TTavinw n.,i - .U . . - .i....:.
M.U V Uig I Willi, tU , LUCS, UUilUUaiUUBi
cot the -advertisement carefully oat of
the crumpled paper,, and placed it in my
. pocketbook with portraits of my mother
and Julia. Here Were mementoes of the
three' women I clircd most for in the
world my mother jlirst, Julia second, and
ii w mirpnnna nnnanr rnii.fi
I was neither lb good spirits nor in
good temper dnrlig-the next few days.
My mother and Julia appeared astonish
ed at this, for, I was not ordinarily as
touchy and fraetiqus as I showed myself
immediately after I my sojourn in Sark,
I was ashamed fcf It myself. The new
house, which occupied their time and
Tnougnis so agreeably, worried me as
it had not done before. I made every
possible excuse-n5t to be .sent to it, or
taken to It, several times a day. -
It was positively necessary that I
should run over toj Sark this week I had
given my word tp Miss Ollivier that I
would do so butj I dared not mention
sucn a project at home. My mother and
' Julia would be up in arms at the first
syuaDie i ucterea.
, What if I could do two patients good
at one stroke kill two birds with one
. stone? Captain Carey had a pretty little
yacht lying idle In St. Sampson's har-1
all the good in the world. Why should !
he not nrrr mo i . to Rnrlr whpn T
' I . " J a v. uiaiu I. u i ii it uv uim
could visit ray other patient, and nobody
be made miserable by the trip?
"I will make you up some of your old
meMleine," I Said, "but I strongly rec
ommend you to have a day out on the
water; seven or eight hours at any rate.
' If the weather keeps, as fine as it is now,
It will do you a world of good."
"It is so dreary aione," he objected.
"If I could i manage it," I said, delib
erating, "I should be glad to have a day
"with you." i . !
' "Ah! if you could do that!" he replied
- "I'll see about it," I said. ."Should you
mind where yjou sailed to?"
"Not at ali not at all, my boy,', he
answered, "so that I get your company.
You shall be) skipper or helmsman, or
both, if you like." . .
""Well, Ihen, I replied, ."you might take
me over to. the Havre Gosselin, to see
how my .patient's broken arm is going on.
It's a bore there; being no resident med
icol man there at this moment."
, The run opr was all that we could
wish. : The cockle-shell of a boat be
longing to th yacht bore me to the foot
of the ladder, hanging down the rock at
Havre Gosseiin.j A very few minutes
took me to the tip of the cliff, and there
lay the little thatched nest-like home of
my patient. I hastened forward eagerly.
All was silent as I crossed the stony
causeway of the yard. Not a face looked
out from door ox window. Mam'zelle's
casement stood a little way open, and
the breeze played with the curtains, flut
tering them like (banners in a procession.
I dared not try to look in. The house
door was ajar, and I approached it cau
tiously. "Thjanki heaven!" I cried within
myself as I gazed eagerly into the cot
She was lying there upon the fern-bed,
half asleep, her! head fallen back upon
the pillow, and the book she had been
reading dropped from her hand. The
whole interior of the cottage formed a
picture. The n)d furniture of oak, the
neutral tints of the wall and ceiling, and
the deep tone of her green dress threw
out into strong relief the graceful shin
ing head and pale face.
I suppose she became subtly conscious,
as women always are, that somebody's
eyes were fixed jupon her, for she awoke
fully and looked up as I lingered on the
door sill. ;
"Oh, Dr. Martin!" she cried, "I am so
gladl" - I
"I am come to see how my work is go
ing on," I said. "How is the arm, first
of all?" "
. I almost wished that mother Renouf or
Suzanne Tardif had been at hand. But
. Miss Ollivier seemed perfectly composed,
as much so as a child. She looked like
one with her cropped head of hair, and
frank, open face. My own momentary
embarrassment i passed . away. The arm
was going on all right, and so was moth
er Renouf s charge, the sprained ankle.
"We must take care you are not lame,"
I said. "You must promise me not to
set your foot on the ground, or in any
way rest your weight upon It, till I give
you leave." .
"That means that you will have to
come to see me again," she said; "is it
not very difficult to come over from
"Not at all," I answered, "it is quite
a treat to me."
Her face grew very grave, as if she
was thinking of some unpleasant topic.
She looked at me earnestly and ques
tioningly. "May I speak to you with great plain
ness, Dr. Martin? she asked. -
"Speak precisely what is in your mind
at this moment, I replied..
"You are very, very good to me," she
said, holding out her hand to me, "but
I do not want you to come more often
than is quite necessary, because J. am
very poor. If I were rich," she went
on hurriedly, "I should like you to come
every day it is so pleasant but I can
never pay you sufficiently for that long
week you were here. So please do not
visit me of tener than is quite necessary.
My face felt hot, but I scarcely knew
what to say. I bungled out an answer.
I would not take any. money from
you. and I shall come to see you as
often as I can."
"You are not offended with me, Dr.
Martin?" she asked, in a pleading tone.
. "No," I answered; "but you are mis
taken in supposing a medical man has no
love for his profession apart from its
profits. To see that your arm gets prop
erly well is part of my duty, and I shall
fulfill it without any thought of whether
I shall get paid for it or no."
"Now," she said, "I must let you know
how poor I am. Will you please tofetch
me my box out of my room?"
I was only too -glad to obey her. This
seemea to be an opening to a complete
confidence between us. Now I came to
think of it, fortune had favored me in
thus throwing us together alone.
I lifted the small, light box very easily
there could not be many treasures in
it and carried it back to her.- She took
a key out of her pocket and unlocked it
.with some difficulty, but she could not
raise the lid without my help., I took
care not to offer any assistance until she
asked it. . , '
Yes, there were very few possessions
in that light trunk, but the first glance
showed me a blue silk dress and sealskin
jacket and hat. I lifted them out for
her, and after them a pair of velvet slip-i
pers, soiled, as if they had been through
muddy roads. I did not utter a remark.
Beneath these lay a handsome watch and
chain, a fine diamond ring and five sover
eigns lying loose in the box. :;
"That is all the money I have In the
world," she said sadly.
I laid the five sovereigns in her small
white hand, and she turned them over,
one after another, with a pitiful look on
her face. I felt foolish enough to cry
over tnem myseii.
"Dr. Martin," was , her , unexpected
question after a long pause, do you
know what became of my hair?"
"Why?" I asked, looking at her fin
gers running through the short curls we
had left her. -
- "Because that ought to be sold for
something," she said. "I am almost glad
you had it cut off. My hairdresser told
me once he would give five guineas for a
head of hair. like mine, it was so long,
and the color was uncommon. Five
guineas would not be half enough to pay
you, tnougn, J. Know."
She spoke so simply and quietly that 1
did not attempt .to remonstrate with her
about her anxiety to pay me.
"Tardif has it," I said; "but of course
he will give it you back again. Shall
sell it for you, mam'zelle?" -
"Oh, that is just what I could not ask
you!" she exclaimed. "You see there is
no one to buy It here, and I hope it may
be a long time before I go away. I don't
know, though; that depends npon wheth
er I can dispose of my things. There Is
my sealskin,, it cost twenty-five guineas
last year, and it ought to be worth some
thing. And my watch see what a nice
one it is. I should like to sell them all,
every one. Then I could stay here as
long as the money lasted." - -
"How much do you pay here?" I Inquir
ed, for she had taken me so far into
counsel that I felt justified in asking
that question. ; . : -
"A pound a week," she answered."
"A pound a week!" I repeated, in
amazement. "Does Tardif know that?"
"I don't think he does," she said,
WJoen i bad been Here a week 1 gave
Mrs. Tardif a sovereign, thinking per
haps she would give me a little out of it.
L am not nsed to being poor, and I did
not know how much I ought to pay. , But
she kept it all, and came to me every
week for mora. Was It too much to
pay?" . : -
"Too much!" I said. "Yon should have
spoken to Tardif about it, my poor child."
'I coald not talk to Tardif about his
mother," she answered. "Besides, it
would not have been too much, if I had
only had plenty. But it has made me so
anxious. I did not know - whatever I
should do when it was all gone. I do not
know now. - - -
Here was a capital opening for a ques
tion about her friends.
"You will be compelled to communi
cate with your family," I said. "You
have told me how poo..- you are; cannot
you trust me about your friends?" "
"I have no friends, she answered sor
rowfully. "If I had any, do you suppose
I should be here?"
"I am one," I said, "and Tardif is an
other." "Ah, new friends," she replied; "but I
mean real old friends who have known
you all your life, like your mother. Dr.
Martin, or your cousin Julia. I want
somebody to go to who -knows all abont
me, and. say to them,- after telling them
everything, keeping nothing back at all,
'Have I done right? What else ought I
to have done?' No new friend could an
swer questions like those."
Was there any reason I could bring
forward to Increase her confidence in
me? I thought there was, and her f Heed
lessness and helplessness touched me to
the core of my heart. Yet it was with an
indefinable reluctance that I brought for
ward my argument. t
"Miss Ollivier" I said, I have no
claim of old acquaintance or friendship,
yet it is possible I might answer those
questions, if you could prevail upon your
self to tell me the circumstances of your
former life. In a few weeks I shall be in
a position to show you more friendship
than I can do now. I shall have a home
of my own, and a wife, who will be your
friend more .fittingly, perhaps, than my
self." ' A
"I knew it," she answered, half shyly,
"Tardif told me you were going to mar
ry your cousin Julia."
Just then we heard the foldyard gate
swing to behind some one who was com;
ing to the house.
It was an immense relief to see only
Tardif s tall figure crossing the yard
slowly. I hailed him, and he quickened
his pace, his honest features lighting up
at tne signt of me.
- How do you find mam'zelle. doctor?"
were his first earar words. . -
All right I said: i&oine nn fammiRW
sara: is enougn to cure any one and any
tmng or itself, Tardif. There is no air
like it. I should not mind being a little
in nere myself."
Captain Carey is impatient - to be
gone, he continued. "He sent word by
me that you might be visiting everv
house in the island, yon had been away
'Not so very long," I said, testily: "bnt
I will just run in and say good by, and
then I want you to walk with me to the
cliff." , . ...
I turned back for a last look and a last
word. No chance of learning her secret
now. The picture Was ' as perfect
when I had had the first glimpse of it.
only her face had, grown, if possible.
more cnarming after my renewed, scru-
tniy of it,
'Shall I send you the hair?" asked MUs
Ollivier. . . .
To be sure," . I answered. "I shall
dispose of it to advantage, but I have
not time to wait for it now." - -
"And may I write a letter to you?"
. "1 es,' was my reply. I was too releas
ed to express myself more eloquently.
"Good-by," she said; "you are a very
good doctor to me."
"And friend?" I added. ' .
"And friend," she repeated.
For the next few days I waited with
some impatience for Miss Ollivler's prom
ised Utter. It came at last, and I put it
into my pocket to read when I was alone
why, I could scarcely have explained
to myself. It ran thus: - f .
"Dear Dr. - Martin I have no little
commission to trouble you with. Tardif
tells me it was quite a mistake, his moth
er taking a sovereign from me each week.
She does not understand English money;
and he says I have paid quite sufficient
to stay with them a whole "year longer
without paying any more. I am quite
content about that now. Tardif says, too,
that he has a friend in Southampton who
will buy my hair, and give more than
anybody in Guernsey. So I need not
trouble you about it, though I am sure
you would have done it for me. -
"Good-by, my good doctor. I am try
ing to do everything you told me exact
ly; and I am getting well again fast. I
do not believe I shall be lame; you are
too clevei for that. Your patient,
- ' "OLIVIA."
Olivia! I looked at the word again to
make sure of It. Then it was not her
surname that was Ollivier, and I was still
ignorant of that. I saw in a moment
how the mistake had arisen, and how
innocent she was of any deception in the
matter. She would tell Tardif that her
name was Olivia, and he thought only
of the Olliviers he knew. " It was a mis
take that had been of use in checking
curiosity, and I did not feel bound to put
it right. My mother and Julia appeared
to have forgotten my patient in Sark al
together. ' . - . .
Olivia! I-1 thought It a very pretty
name, and repeated it to myself with its
abbreviations. Olive, Livy. It was dim-
cult to abbreviate Julia; Ja, I had calls!
her in my rudest schoolboy days. I won- j
dered how high Olivia would stand be
side me; for I had never seen her on her
feet. Julia was sot two Inches shorter
than myself; a tall, stiff figure, neither
slender enough to be , lissome, nor well
proportioned enough to be majestic. But
she was very good, and her price was far
I visited Sark again in about ten days,
to set Olivia free from my embargo upon
her walking. I allowed her to walk a lit
tle way along a smooth meadow path,
leaning on my arm; end X found that she
was a head lower than myself a beau
tiful height for a woman. That time
Captain Carey had set me down at the
Havre Gosselin, appointing to meet at
the Creux harbor, which was exactly on
the opposite side of the island. In cross
ing over to it a distance of rather more
than a mile I - encountered Julia's
friends, Emma and Maria Brouard.
You here again, Martin!" exclaimed
Emma. " . - -
'Yes," I answered; "Captain Carey set
me down at the Havre Gosselin, and is
gone round to meet me at the Creux."
'You have been to see that young per
son?" asked Maria. .
"Yes," I replied.
"She is a very singular young woman,"
she continued; "we think her stupid. We
cannot make anything of her. But there
is no doubt poor Tardif means to marry
'Nonsense!" I ejaculated hotly; "I beg
your pardon, Maria, 'but I give 'Tardif
credit for sense enough to know his own
I had half an hour to wait in the little
harbor, its great cliffs rising all about
me, with only a tunnel bored through
them to' form an entrance to the green
island within. My rage had partly fum
ed itself away before the yacht came in
sight. " ' ' , ;. ,-.
(To be continued.)
THEY GOT BISMARCK'S CONSENT
But It Was Expressed in Laninaze
The deference of the English royal
family to the opinions: of their German
cousins -was never better-hit off than
by a story which comes from one of the
royal household, who told it to the
writer. ' . . - i -. - . .
When Lord Archibald Campbell was
about to be engaged to Miss. Janet Cal
ender, whom he eventually married, be
dutifully went to his father for his approval.-
"Delighted, I'm sure," said the
Duke of Argyll. "She is in every way
desirable. -.Has money, - good looks,
brains, . accomplishments. . But er
perhaps you had better let me speak
to Lome. He may think the Princess
has a right to be consulted." - :
Recognizing ' the .responsibility - of
having a royal highness for a slsterin-1
law, Lord Archie "waited." . Lord
Lome, on being; told of the proposed
alliance) was agreeable to the young
lady as far as he was concerned, but
thought it only right that the Princess
should, be consulted as to who should
enter the family. Now her royal high
ness in her frank, impulsive way said:
"If Archie likes her,, she suits me
down to the ground. She is handsome
and clever, and has strong opinions of
her own. All the same I think I must
speak to the Queen first."
Which she did. Victoria not only re
membered Miss Callender's presenta
tion at court, but graciously approved
of the match, saying: ' .
"However, Louise, I think I ought to
consult my German cousins first."
And the Queen wrote to Germany.
The Kaiser remembered meeting Miss
Callenderand replied to the Queen ap
provingly, adding, "But I will leave
this letter open for a last word, for I
should not care to speak finally until
I had consulted Bismarck!"
The Kaiser found Bismarck taking
his ease with rye bread, sausage, beer,
and a long pipe, and told him of the
mighty alliance in prospective. 7 When
the Emperor had finished Bismarck
took his long pipe out of his mouth and
"Me? Oh, I don't care a d n."
"It is true," said Miss Welloph, ''that
I have a fair income, but I have to be
careful of it."
"Don't you think," said Mr. Forchen
Hunt, "that it would be well to marry
someone who would help you to take "
"Pardon me," she interrupted, "but
I'm not prepared to 'husband my re
sources' . in that way." Philadelphia
Press.--. " -
": Literary Chat.
Miss Midwood What has ' Edwin
JIarkham written beside "The Man
with the Hoe?"
- Miss Flatbush Why, , don't you
know? ' "How I Came to Write 'The
Man with the Hoe,' '' "How I " Came
Near Not Writing 'The Man with" the
Hoe,' " "How I Came to Write 'How I
Wrote "The Man with the Hoe." " etc
." ..... Ostracised, . . '
Ascum it seems strange that you
and Popleigh should be such good
friends, and yet neither his wife nor
any of her Jelatlves ever have a good
word for you. . -; . ? -
Teller No, they simply hate me. You
see Popleigh insisted on naming his
first born after me. Philadelphia
Press. . ' "
Broken. ' -
Maud I made the worst break last
night I ever made In my life..-- '
; Mabel How? , --
Maud Broke on, my .- engagement
with Jack Billiwink. His uncle died
this morning and left him Independent
ly rich. Hadn't you heard? Chicago
Suitor Pray, don't cry; I assure yon
I will love, cherish and protect your
Prospective Father-in-law O, It Isn't
that; I am supporting two sons-in-law
now. Ohio State Journal.
The early circus catches the small
An appliance much In use by farmers
who grow tobacco for the .purpose of
easily getting the bunches in the de
sired position will be found useful for
curing anything that It Is desired to
swing from the rafters of the barn.
Figure 2 In the Illustration represent a
board Ave reet long and three or more
Inches wide, wblcb rests on the rails
that are fastened to the rafters. This
board should not be fastened, for It is
to be moved along on the rails from
place to place, as desired. Figure 1
shows the bar with hooks at either end.
on which the bunch of tobacco or other
green Is placed. Two ropes connect this
to the framework, figure 3, which hangs
over the five-foot board, figure 2; to
either end of the top bar of figure 3,
small pulleys are attached, as shown in
the Illustration. Figure 4 represents
the rope by which the appliance is
worked. Indianapolis News.
The Country Gentleman presents a
sketch of a corn-crib which is very pop
ular throughout the Middle West It "is
so constructed that the wagon may be
drifted between the two parts In which
corn is to be stored,-and this central
part' comes handy as a place in which
to store small tools or wagons during
the winter. A floor may be laid on a
level with the plates, and the attic will
proTide a large amount of valuable
storage room. : In boarding up the sides
leave a space of about V inches be
tween the boards. This will facilitate
the drying of the corn. Frequently
more slant is given to the outside walls
than is shown in the Illustration. This
is somewhat a matter of taste. A corn-
POPULAR COBXCBIB DKSI8K.
crib built with the dimensions given
and 12 feet long will hold about 700
bushels of ears on each side.
Care of As para it n Beds.
The future of the asparagus bed de
pends largely on the care given it the
first year after planting... Cultivation
is largely what the bed needs during
this first season, not only for the pur
pose of keeping down the weeds, but to
keep a mulch of loose earth on the sur
face so that the moisture in the soli
may be retained. Of course, during the
first season quantities of small sprouts
will grow, and the soil should be raked
or cultivated close up to these sprouts,
but care must be taken not to cover the
crown of the plant with the solL In
some sections the practice is to culti
vate away from the plants Instead of
toward them; but as a rule, this Is not
desirable except In the case of a mod
erately-wet summer. In a dry summer
or during the season when drought is
prevalent, the cultivation between the
rows and the throwing of the soil to
ward the young plants, assists in keep
ing the growth moist, which Is abso
lutely essential during this first season.
In the aspargus section of the East it
is . the ' practice of growers to raise
small vegetables between -the rows of
asparagus 'plants the first year, pro
vided the rows are not less than four
feet apart. Of course, when this veg
etable growing Is done, tbe work of cul
tivating must be largely - done with
hand hoes or with a small wheel hoe
operated by hand. While care must be
taken to destroy any insects that may
appear, cultivation is the main essen
tial during the first year, and, for that
matter. Is quite as necessary during the
second year,-the first cutting being
done the third season after the plant
ing, and that only moderately. Ex
change. . " . . . .
The Beat Strawberriea.
Mr. J. H. Hale,, of Connecticut who
is good authority upon peaches : and
strawberries, classes ,:' the Marshall,
Sample and Glen Mary as the great
market berries of the new kinds, and
the Nick Obmer, Maxlmus and Mam-
ttwrth M fancy amateur varieties for
bom um or for ft near-by market
wbr flrmnpM during transportation l
Hot considered more Important than
flavor or quality. AH are very produc
tive and most of them produce large
berries. These have, we believe, all
been Introduced within about ten years
past, and may be said to mark tbe Im
provement made In that time, but many
still make their main crops of tbe older
varieties, either because of tbe cost of
plants, or because of a not entirely un
founded Idea that most of these require
unusually good soli and cultivation to
produce the best results In size of berry
and amount of yield. It Is those who
get the fancy berries and fancy prices
whose fruit sells first when the market
Is well supplied, and as costs of pick
ing, boxes, -crates and transportation
are no more, and of high cultivation bnt
little more on tbe twelve-cent box than
on those that sell for five cents or less,
they are the ones that pay the best
profit Massachusetts Ploughman.
- Permanent Paatnre,
Prof. Roberts, of the Cornell Experi
ment Station, gives directions for form
ing a permanent pasture, which we con
dense. Plow now, and sow with buck
wheat to be plowed under when in
bloom. If part of the land Is moist sow
It with four quarts of rape seed per
acre, which may be fed down by sheep,
but if fed or not turn rape stnbble
under at same time as buckwheat If
cost Is not too great sow from ten to
twenty bushels fresh slaked lime per
acre, and then harrow It In. After this,
or when seed is sown, use from 100 to
200 pounds per acre of a mixture made
from 1,000 pounds acid phosphate, 300
pounds dried blood, 200 pounds nitrate
of soda, 3,000 pounds muriate of pot
ash. (We should think the above 1,800
pounds not too much for ten acres of
pasture land, and If well distributed as
a topdresslng on some old pastures it
might save necessity of plowing and
reseeding if there was a good turf.
Ed.) , For reseeding he advises the fol
lowing mixtures per acre, sown about
Sept 1: Red clover seed, six pounds;
alsike clover, five pounds; Kentucky
blue grass, orchard grass, meadow
fescue and red top, 3 pounds each;
timothy, four pounds.. This is a very
good mixture, but for New England we
should put four pounds of white clover
in place of the alsike or add it to the
mixture, and if the pasture was for
dairy purposes, would add four pounds
sweet vernal grass and two pounds tall
oat grass per acre to insure good early
pasturage. The little extra cost would
be quickly repaid. American Culti
Late Hatched Ponltrv. " " v
While, of course, the dependence for
winter layers must be placed on the
chicks that are hatched in February,
March and early April, there is no
question but what June and July hatch
ed chicks may lie made profitable, pro
vided they are kept growing at the
greatest possible rate all through the
summer. The present season, owing to
the rainy weather, the early hatches
were very poor, and where the hatch
ing was done by the old hens it seemed
almost impossible to get enough hens
In a broody condition to do anything
along this line, so that this year, more
than for several years previous, there
will be very many late hatched chicks.
June and July hatched chicks should
have all of the green food they can ob
tain on a good run, fed carefully with
small grains, and, while not being over
fed, should have food every time they
show any inclination of being at all
hungry, the plan being to make every
day count In giving them weight and
strength. This treatment should be en
forced regardless of the destiny of the
chick." If it is to go into winter quar
ters to lay at the proper age, It will be
all the better for the treatment indi
cated, while If It is to be put on the
market in the early fall, it certainly
would be nfore profitable to have It of
good weight "
- Fairy Poultry Tales.
The daily papers report a certain
Boston millionaire as buying some fine
poultry at prices which make previous
big figures look small $1,000 for a
dozen birds, $3,000 for two pair, $700
for another pair. We never did bank
very heavily on the accuracy of the
daily papers when they treated matters
relating to poultry (not much on other
matters either) and know of no reason
for changing our method now. Indeed,
such statements serve to confirm us in
our old opinion of the inacenracy of the
daily papers. Farm Poultry. - -
Homemade lilk trainer.
For a milk strainer take a board the
right size to lay nicely over the pan,
bucket or can in which you set the
milk. Cut a round hole in center a lit
tle smaller than the top of can. Place
at each corner a small nail which has
the head cut off and filed to a point on
which to hang the cloth. This does
away with the extra trouble of wash
ing and scouring the ordinary strainer,
in which it is necessary to use a cloth
in order to insure perfect cleanliness.
For Contractel Hoofa, '
When a horse's feet are contracting
and pressing on the soft structures of
the foot Pare the feet so that, the frcg
extends a" quarter of an inch or so bo
low the level of the wall at the heel,
and If much contracted rasp the walls
over the quarters thin and thin the sole
till it yields to pressure, especially
along the frog, and let him go barefoot
ed. In a month or six weeks be will
get over the tenderness.
The Brown-TjUel Moth.
The brown-tailed moth Is proving to
be the worst pest ever Introduced In
this neighborhood,-writes a Bostonian
to Gardening. . Its voracity seems to
be no less than that of its contempor
ary, the notorious gypsy moth, and it Is
reputed to have- the effect in addition
of Irritating and .poisoning the skin of
those who touch it
QUEER AMERICAN RIVERS.
One Florida River that Eeema Unde
cided What to Do.
. Every variety of river In tbe world
seems to have a cousin hi our collec
tion. What other country on the face
of the globe affords such an assortment
of streams for fishing and boating and
swimming and skating besides having
any number of streams orv-whlch you
can do none of these things? One can
hardly Imagine rivers like that; but we
have them, plenty of them, as you shall
for fishing, tbe American boy may
cast his flies for salmon hi the Arctic
circle, or angle for Bharks under a tro
lcakjeun in Florida, without leaving-tle
domain of the American flag. BuTthe
fishing-rivers are not the most curious,
nor the most instructive as to diversity,
of climate, soil and that sort of things
physical geography, the teacher calls
For instance, if you want to get a
good Idea of what tropical heat and
moisture will do for a country, slip your
canoe from a Florida steamer Into the
Ocklawaha River. It Is as odd as Its
name, and appears to be hopelessly un
decided as to whether it bad better con
tinue in tbe fish and alligator and drain
age business, or devote itself to raising
live-oak and cypress trees, with Span
ish moss for mattresses as a aide prod
In this fickle-minded state It does a
little of all these things, so that when
you are really on the river yon Chink
you are lost In the woods, and wheat
you actually get lost In the woods, you
are quite confident your canoe is at last
on the river. This confusion is due to
the low, fiat country, and the luxuriance
of a tropical vegetation.
' To say that such a river overflows its
banks would hardly be correct; for that
would Imply that it was not behaving
itself; besides, it hasn't any banks
or, at least, very few! The fact Is, those
peaceful Florida rivers seem to wander
pretty much where they like over the
pretty peninsula without giving offense;
but If Jack Frost takes such a liberty
presto! you should see how the people
get after him with weather bulletins
and danger signals and formidable
smudges. So the Ocklawaha River and
a score of its kind roam through the
woods-ror maybe it Is the woods that
roam through them and the moss
sways from the live-oaks, and the cy
press trees stick their knees up through
the water In the oddest way Imaginable. -St
There are 8,000 words used alike In
French and English without variation
in spelling. . . . -
In 1879 one person in each 7,403,105
carried by British railways was killed.
In 1896 only one In every 196,067,935.
The latest new building In New York,
besides extending fifteen stories into
the air, will have four stories under
The plow of 1800 was a "crotch drag,"
the plow of the Western bonanza farms
Is run by steam and turns eight fur
rows at once. '
The remnant of the once great Pe
nobscot tribe of Indians now living on
an island near Oldtown, Md., have their
own form of government At their .re
lent election they chose a Prohibitionist
cnier nameu ju.iicneu Anean, Dy a vote
Of 25 to 23.
The cow bird deposits Its eggs in the
nests of other and weaker birds for
them to Incubate. - Only one egg is usu
ally deposited in the nest . The dis
covery of a summer tanager's nest a
short time ago, in which four cow bird
eggs reposed besides one of the pro
prietors, was considered a most unus
ual case by ornithologists.
Cleveland has a home gardening asso
ciation which encourages children to
cultivate flowers at home. Last spring
the association distributed to children
60,000 penny packages of flower seeds,
accompanied with printed Instructions
how to prepare the soil, plant and
water. About 75 per cent of the efforts
of the children were successful.
A monster lathe has just been made
in Philadelphia. It is 86 feet long, and
Its total weight is 135 tons. It has been
6onstructed for preparing the thirty
two huge granite pillars to be ased in
building a new cathedral, each pillar
weighing 160 tons. , It has eight cutters
and the granite block is reduced twenty-four
Inches in diameter at one pass
over Its length.
Peterborn, in New Hampshire, estab
lished the first free public library in the
United States in 1833, and as early as
Lj.849 a general law authorizing taxation
for library purposes was passed. Seven
years ago such taxation was made, com
pulsory and since then every town has
been obliged to raise funds for library
support The first State library in the
country was established by New Hamp
shire, grants for that purpose having
been made before the Revolution.
" Honey la the Holy Land.
In Palestine, "the land flowing with
milk and honey," wild bees are very
numerous, especially in the wilderness
of Judea, and the selling of their pro
duce, obtained from crevices In rocks,
hollows in trees, and elsewhere, Is with
many of the Inhabitants, a means of
subsistence. Mr. Roberts, In his "Orien
tal Illustrations," remarks that in tbe
East "the forests literally flow with
honey.' Large combs may be seen hang
big on the trees as you pass along, full
of honey." -
- The moon and a . woman's heart are
constantly changing but. there's al
ways a man in them.
Only one letter In a hundred means