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UNION Kstab. .InlT, 189T
.(Consolidated Feb., 1899.
VOL. II. NO. 24.
GAZETTE Bstab. Die, 1862
The Doctor's flilemmaf
J "By Hesba Stretton
CHAPTER X. (Continued.)
Without a light I went up to my own
room, where the moon that had shone
upon me iD my last night's ride, was
gleaming brightly through the window.
I intended to reflect and deliberate, but
I was woi n out. I flung myself down on
the bed, but could not have remained
awake for a single moment. I fell into a
deep sleep, which lasted till morning.
When I awoke my poor mother was
sitting beside me, looking very ill and
sorrowful. She had slipped a pillow un
der my head, and thrown a shawl across
me. I got up with a bewildered brain,
and a general sense of calamity, which
I could not clearly define.
"Captain Carey's man brought a letter
from Julia just now," she said, taking it
from her pocket; "he said there was no
Her erelids were still red from weep
ing, and her voice faltered as if she
might break out into sobs any moment.
As soon as my mother was gone I
opened Julia's letter. It began:
"My Dear Martin I know all now.
Johanna has told me. When you spoke
to me so hurriedly and unexpectedly, this
afternoon, I could not bear to hear an
other word. But now I am calm, and I
can think it all over quite quietly.
"It is an infatuation, Martin. Johanna
says so as Wc.I as I, and she is never
wrong. It is a sheer impossibility that
you, in your sober senses, should love
a strange -person, whose very name you
'do not know. A Dobree could not make
an adventuress his wife. Then you have
seen so little of her. Three times, since
the week-you'were there in March! What
is that compared to the years we have
spent together? It is impossible that in
your heart of hearts you should love her
more than me.
"I cannot give up the thought of our
home, just finished and so pretty. It
was so pleasant this afternoon, before
you came in with your dreadful thunder
bolt. I was thinking what a good wife I
would be to you; and how, in my own
house, I should never be tempted into
those .tiresome tempers you have seen in
me sometimes. You could not know how
much I love you, how my life is bound
up in you, or you would have been proof
gainst that person in Sark.
"I think it right to tell you all this
now, though it is not In my nature to
make professions and demonstrations of
my love. Think of me, of yourself, of
your poor mother. You were never self
ish, and you can do noble things. : I do
not say it would be noble to marry me;
but it would be a noble thing to conquer
an ignoble love. How could Martin Do
bree fall in love with an unknown adven
turess? '
"I shall remain in the house all day to
morrow, and if you can come to see me,
feeling that this has been a dream of
folly from which you have awakened,
will not ask you to own It. That you
come at all will be a sign to me that
. you wish it forgotten and blotted out be
tween us, as if it had never been.
"With true, deep love for you, Martin,
believe me still
"Your affectionate
I pondered over Julia's letter as
dressed. There was not a word of re
sentment in it. It was full of affection
ate thought for us all. But what rea
soning! I had not known Olivia so long
as I had known her, therefore I could
not love her as truly I
There was no longer any hesitation in
my mind as to what I must do. - Julia
knew all now. I had told her distinctly
of my love for Olivia, and she would not
believe it. She appeared wishful to hold
me to -my engagement in spite of it; at
any rate, so I interpreted her letter. I
did not suppose that I should not live it
down, this infatuation, as they chose to
call it. I might hunger and thirst, and
be on the point of perishing; then my
nature would turn to other nutriment,
and assimilate it to its contracted and
stultified capacities.
I went mechanically through the rout
ine of my morning's work, and it was
late In the afternoon before I could get
away to ride to the Vale. My mother
knew where I was going, and gazed wist
fully Into my face, but without otherwise
asking me any questions. At the last
moment, as I touched Madam's bridle,' I
looked down at her standing on the door
step. "'"Cheer up, mother!" I said, al
most gaily,' "it will all come' right."
I found Julia standing by the fireplace,
and leaning against it, as if she could
not stand alone. When I went up to
her and took her hand, she flung her arms
around my neck, and clung to me, in a
passion- of- tears. It was some minutes
before she could recover her self-command.
I had never seen her abandon
herself to such a paroxysm before.
"Julia, my poor girl!' I said, "I did not
think you would take it so much to heart
as this."
"I shall come all right directly," she
sobbed, sitting down, and trembling from
head to foot. "Johanna said you would
come, but 1 was not sure."
"Yes, I am here," I answered, with a
very dreary reeling about me.
-mat is enougn, said Julia; "you
need not say a word more. Let us forget
it, both of us. You will only give me
your promise never to see her or speak to
her again."
"Olivia quite understands about my en
gagement to you," I said. "I told her at
once that we were going to be married,
and that I hoped she would find a friend
in you.
"A friend in-me, Martin !" she exclaim
ed, in a tone of indignant- surprise; "you
could not ask me to be that!
"Not now, I suppose," I replied; "the
. girl is as innocent and blameless as any
girl living; but I dare say you would
sooner befriend the most good-for-nothing
Jezebel in the Channel Islands."
- "Yes, I would," she said. "An inno
cent girl indeed! I only wish she had
been killed when she fell from the cliff.'
"Hush!" I cried, shuddering at the bare
mention of Olivia's death; "you do not
know what you say. It is worse than
useless to talk about her. I came to ask
yon to think no more of what passed be
tween us yesterday.
"But you are going to persist in your
infatuation," said Julia; "you can never
deceive me. I know you too well. Oh, I
see that you still think the same of her!"
"You know nothing about her," I re
plied. "And" I shall take care I never do," she
interrupted spitefully.
"So it is of no use to go on quarreling
about her," I continued. "I made up
my mind before I came here that I must
see as little as possible of her for the
future. You must understand, Julia, she
has never given me a particle of reason
to suppose she loves me."
"But you are still in love with her?
Martin," she continued, with flashing
eyes, and a rising tone in her voice,
which, like the first shrill moan of the
wind, presaged a storm, "I will never
marry you until you can say, on your
word of honor, that you love that person
no longer, and are ready to promise to
hold no further communication with her.
Oh! I know what my poor aunt has had
to endure, and I will not put np with it.
Very well, Julia, I answered, con
trolling myself as well as I could, "I
have only one more word to say on this
subject. I love Olivia, and as far as I
know -myself, I shall love her as long as
I live. I did not come here to give you
any reason for supposing my mind is
changed as to her. If you consent to be
my wife, I will do my best to be most
true, most faithful to you. But my mo
tive for coming now is to tell yon some
particulars about your property, which
my father made known to me only last
It was a miserable task Tor me; but I
told her simply "the painful discovery
had made. She sat listening with a dark
and sullen face, but betraying not a spark
of resentment, so far as her loss of for
tune was concerned.
"Yes," she said bitterly, when I had
finished, "robbed by the father. and jilt
ed by the son."
; "I would give my life to cancel the
wrong," I said.
"It is so easy to talk," she replied, with
a deadly coldness of tone and manner.
I am ready to do- whatever yon
choose," I urged. "It is true my father
has robbed you; bnt it is not true that
I have jilted you. .. I did not know my
own heart till a word from Captain
Carey revealed it to me; and I told you
frankly, partly because Johanna insist
ed npon it, and - partly because ; I be
lieved it right to do no. -It you demand
it, I will even promise not to see Olivia
again, or to hold direct communication
with her. Surely that is all you ought
to require from me."
"No," she replied vehemently; "do you
suppose I could become your wife while
you maintain that you love another wom
an better than me? You must have
very low opinion of me."
"Would you have me tell you a false
hood?" I rejoined, with vehemence equal
to hers.
"You had better leave me," she said.
"before we hate one another. I tell you
I have been robbed by the father and
jilted by the son. Good-bye, Martin.'
"Good-bye, Julia," I replied; but I still
lingered, hoping she would speak to me
again. I was anxious to hear what she
would do against my father. , She looked
at me folly and angrily, and as I did not
move, she swept out of the room, with a
dignity which I had never seen in her be
fore. I retreated towards the house door,
but could not make good my escape with
out encountering Johanna.
Well, Martin?" she said.
It is all wrong," I answered. "Julia
persists in it that I am jilting her."
All the world will think you have be
haved very badly, she said.
I rode home again, Sark lying in full
view before me; and, in spite of the dark
ness of my prospects, I felt intensely
glad to be free to win my Olivia.
Four days passed without any sign
from Julia. My father had gone off on a
visit and my mother and I had the house
to ourselves; and, in spite of her fret-
tings, we enjoyed considerable pleasure
during the temporary lull. There were.
however, sundry warnings out of doors
which foretold tempest. J met cold
glances and sharp inquiries from old
friends, among whom - some rumors of
our separation were floating. There was
sufficient to justify suspicion my fath
er s absence, Julia s prolonged sojourn
with the Careys, and the postponement
of my voyage to England. I began to
fancy that even the women servants
flouted at me.
One morning we received wordthat
my father was lying ill at a hotel In Jer
sey.- Captain Carey at once went with
me in response to the message. Julia,
too, had been sent for, but she reached
the hotel in a separate car.
rue landlady received us with a por
tentous face. Dr. Coilas had spoken
very seriously indeed of his patient, and
as for herself, she had not the smallest
hope. I heard' Julia sob, and saw her
lift her handkerchief to her eyes behind
her veil. -
Captain Carey looked very much fright
ened. He was a man of quick sympa
thies, and nervous about his own life into
the bargain, so that any serious illness
alarmed him. As for myself, I was in
miserable condition of mind.
We were not admitted into my father'
room for half an hour, as he sent word
he must get up his strength for the inter
view. Julia and myself alone were al
lowed to see him. He was propped up
in bed with a number of pillows; with
the room darkened by Venetian blinds,
and a dim green, twilight prevailing,
which cast a sickly hue over his really
pallid face. His abundant white hair
fell lankly, about his head,-instead of
being in crisp curls as usual. I was
about to feel his pulse for him, -but he
waved me off.
"No, my son," he said", "my recovery is
not to be desired. I feel that I have
nothing now to do bnt td die. It is the
only reparation in my power. I would
far rather die than recover."
I had nothing to say to that; indeed, I
had -really no answer ready, so amazed
waa I at the tone he had taken, cut
Julia began to sob again, and pressed
past me, sinking down on the chair by
his side and laying her hand npon one of
his pillows.
"Julia, my love," he continued feebly,
you know how I have wronged you; but
yon are a true Christian. You will for
give your uncle when he is dead and
gone. I should like to be buried in
Guernsey with the other Dobrees."
Neither did Julia answer, save by
sobs. I stepped towards the window to
draw up the blinds, but he stopped me,
speaking in a much stronger voice than
Leave them alone," he said. "I have
no wish to see the light of day. A dis
honored man does not care to show his
face. I have seen no one since I left
Guernsey, except Coilas."
I think you are alarming yourself.
needlessly," I answered. "You know
you are fidgety about your own health.
Let me prescribe for you. Surely . I
know as much as Coilas."
No, no, let me die," he said plain
tively; "then you can all be happy. I
have robbed my only brothers only child,
who was dear to me as my own daugh
ter. I cannot hold up my head - after
that. I should die gladly if you two
were but reconciled to one another."
By this time Julia's hand had reached
his, and was resting in it fondly. I
never knew a man gifted with such pow
er over women and their susceptibilities
as he had. My mother herself - would
appear to forget all her unhappiness, if
he only smiled npon her.
"My poor, dear Julia!" he murmured;
'my poor child!"
"Uncle," she said, checking her sobs
by a great effort, "if you imagine I should
tell any one Johanna Carey even what
you have done, you wrong me. The name
of Dobree is as dear to me as to Mar
tin, and he was wilting to marry a
woman he detested in order to shield it,
No, you are quite. safe from disgrace as
far as I am concerned.
Heaven bless you, my own Julia!" he
ejaculated fervently. "I knew your no
ble nature. But will you not be equally
generous to Martin? Cannot yon. for
give him as you do me?
Uncle, she cried, I could never,
never -marry a man who says he loves'
hsome one else more than me.
I should think not, my girl!" he said.
in a soothing tone; "but Martin will very
soon repent. He is a fool just now, but
he will be wise again presently.' He has
known you too long not to know your
Julia," I said, "I do know how. good
yon are. c You have always been gener
ous, and you are so now., I owe you as
much gratitude as my father does, and
anything I can do to prove it I am ready
to do this day.
Will you marry her before we leave:
Jersey?" asked my 'father. V '
"Yes," I answered. '-'","--,."-
The word slipped from me almost un
awares, yet I did not wish to retract It.
She was behaving so nobly and gener
ously towards us both that I was willing
to do anything to make her happy.-
Then, my love,', he said, "you hear
what Martin promises.. All's well, that
ends well. -Only make up your mind to
put your proper pride away, and we shall
all be as happy as we were before."
Never!" she cried indignantly. ' "1
would not marry- Martin here, hurriedly
and furtively; no, not if you were dying,
"But, Julia, If I were dying, and wish
ed to see you united before my death!
he insinuated. A sudden light broke up
on me. It was an ingenious plot one at
which I could not help laughing, mad as
I was. Julia s pride was to be saved,
and an immediate marriage between us
effected, under cover of my father's dan
gerous illness. I did. smile, in spite of my
anger, and he caught it, and smiled back
again. I think Julia became suspicious,
too. -. '-'- -
Martin," she said, sharpening her
voice to address me, "do you think your
father is in any danger?" . .
No, I do not," I answered, notwith
standing his gestures and frowns.
Then that is at an end, she said.
-was almost foolish enough to think that
I would yield. You don't know what this
disappointment is to me. Everybody will
be talking of it, and some of them will
pity me, and the rest laugh at me. I am
ashamed of going out of doors any
where. Oh, it is too bad; I cannot bear
it." - -
She was positively writhing with agi
tation, and tears, real tears I am sure.
started into my father s eyes.
My poor little junai ne said; "my
darling! But what can be done if you
will not marry Martin .' ,
"He ought to go away from Guernsey,'
she sobbed. "I should feel better if
was quite sure I should never see him, or
hear of other people seeing him."
"I will go," I said. "Guernsey will be
too hot for me when all this is known.
"And, uncle," she pursued, speaking
to him, not me, "he ought to promise me
to give up that girl. I cannot set him
free to go and marry her a stranger and
adventuress. She will be his ruin.
think, for my sake,, he ought to give her
up. ' " ' -
"So he ought, and so he will, my love,"
answered my father. "When he thinks
of all we owe to you, he will promise
you that." '.'
I pondered over what our family owed
to Julia for some minutes. It was truly
a very great debt. Though I had brought
her into perhaps the most painful posi
tion a woman could be placed in, she
was generously sacrificing her just re
sentment and. revenge against niy fath
er's dishonesty, in order to secure our
name from blot. "
On the other hand, I had no -reason
to suppose Olivia loved me, and I should
do her no wrong. I felt that, whatever
it might cost me, I must consent to
Julia's stipulation.
"It is the hardest thing you could ask
me," I said, "but I will give her up. On
one condition, however; for I must not
leave her without friends. I shall tell
Tardif if he ever needs, help for Olivia
he must apply to me through my moth
er." ' . ., V ' -'
'.. "There could be no harm in that," ob
served my father.
"How soon shall I leave Guernsey?" I
asked. - - - '
"He cannot go until you are well again,
uncle," she answered. "I will stay here
to nurse you, and Martin must take care
of your patients. We will send him
word a day or two before we return, and
I Bhould like him to be gone before we
reach home." '
- . ITo be continued.) "'"
- The bird on a woman's hat has the
wings of riches. -'''''-.
Mesmerizing- a Rooster.
I knew a little boy who used to per
form this trick very successfully. He
had a bright young rooster, of which he
was very fond, and which he often
brought into the house.
He would hold the rooster on his lap,
and with a piece of chalk draw lines
from the tip of Its bill to the back of
its neck, pressing very lightly with the
At first the rooster would appear
sleepy, and then would-nod its head
very drowsily, and finally to all appear
ances go fast asleep. .
If put upon the floor the rooster
would remain standing, but with its
eyes fast closed. Then the little boy
would bring a light near to the rooster's
eyes, and it would stretch its neck and
crow a great many times, as if the sun
were just coming up, although its eyes
were closed all the time. '.'"
Then this young mesmerist would
lightly tap the rooster's bill and spurs
with a lead pencil. The rooster would
immediately ruffle his neck feathers,
flap his wings, thrust his spurs and go
through all the motions of a furious
fight. " '
He would keep this up until stopped
by being lifted from the floor and then
set down again. '
When the little boy would give the
usual call which summoned the chick
ens to their meals the rooster, would
try his best to pick holes in the floor,
thinking he was making a fine meal of
corn, if a few pieces or grass were
brushed against his face.; and some
buttons dropped upon his toes he would
scratch away at a great rate, as-if do-
ing his best to . ."destroy .a .garden.
Doesn't it seem surprising hat a. roos
ter should- have such an Imagination? ;
The rooster was awakened by strok
ing the feathers on the top of his head
backward and then giving him a slight
Jolt and setting him upon MS f eet.
It is curious that the ;mire he was
mesmerized the easier it became and
the more things he would do. And it
did not hurt him In the leastg He grew
so large and handsome" that he was
finally sold for a fancy pr!-e.
&is?f- i , mft ----
' !An Optical Illusion. - v
Very deceiving is the; queer optical
illusion which comes from a scientist
In one of the government departments
at Washington, and which is herewith
reproduced. " -'; "
You would think at first glance that
the horizontal lines were not of the
same length, but. as a matter of fact
they are. It is only another illustration
of how short lines running at various
angles lead the vision astray and make
you think that' what you are looking
at is different from what it actually is.
Boys Ousrht to Know. V
That a quiet voice, courtesy and kind
acts are essential to the part - in the
world of a gentleman or gentlewoman,
'. That roughness, blustering and even
foolhardiness are not manliness. The
most firm and courageous men have
usually been the most gentle.
That muscular strength is not health.
That- a brain crammed jonly .with
facts is not necessarily a wise one.
That the labor impossible to th& boy
of fourteen will be easy to the man of
twenty. "
That the best capital for a boy is not
money, but the love of work, simple
tastes and a heart loyal to his friends.
and to his God.
Ways of Telling: Time.
, From our Philippine possessions has
come an account of a primitive device
for recording time which deserves
place among the lost list of contriv
ances , for that purpose, , says the
Youth's Companion. . It is used by the
natives during certain sports. - They
bore a hole In the bottom of a cocoanut
shell and let .lt fill with water. At
certain point it suddenly drops to the
bottom of the basin. This calls "time.
Many were the plans for recording
the flight of the hours before the com
ing of the clock. The most famous was
the hour-glass, which was - made
various sizes and capable of recording
with tolerable accuracy almost : any
given interval of time, although seldom
one greater than an hour. ; -
This system of keeping time was so
long in use as to give rise to the" sol
emn warning, "As the sands in ; the
glass, so our life doth pass." Certainly
this Is more picturesque than it would
be to say. "Like the ticking of a Water-
bury watch."
The burning of candles was another
favorite device. Lines 'were drawn at
different elevations for the fractional
divisions of the period which the candle
recorded. There was also a very Inge-
1. j
nlous water clock, which is even now
occasionally seen In museums. The
sun-dial, for marking true astronomical
time, was much in use in early days. It
told nothing in cloudy weather and in
our latitude would not be strictly ac
curate except on a few days In the
year. Its accuracy at other times
would be a varying quantity.
There is no surer test of an Industrial
civilization than the general desire to
know the time of day. The late Henry
Drummond told of carrying a watch to
great chief in the interior of Africa
as a present, thinking it would be
greatly prized. To the chief It was
simply a mechanical toy. He cared
nothing for knowing the time of day.
Unit Have a New Cow.
A lady frequently sent her 5-year-old
son to a neighbor's for milk. One day,
wanting some sour milk, she gave him
the pail and said: "Charlie, go over to
Mrs. Smith's and get a pint of sour
Charlie looked surprised, and said:
Why, mamma, has Mrs. Smith got a
sour cow. too?" ,
Earned Like a Fire.
Little Bessie had been burned several
times and was warned to keep away
from the stove. . One day while In the
garden she chanced to me stung by a
bee and running to her mother ex
claimed: "Oh, mamma, I didn't know
the bugs carried stoves with them!"
Minnie Wonld Pass "Them On.
When are you going to have the
measles?-" asked a visitor of small
Johnny, whose little sister had them.
'Just as soon as Minnie gets through
with them," was the logical reply.
-Poor Billy Pony ?
The pony was shedding his coat, and
wheu 4-year-old Helen, noticed It, she
ran Into the house exclaiming: "Oh,
mamma, come and look at Blllie. He's
all moth-eaten."
Men Who Keep Tabs on Sidewalk Cracks
and Teleeraph Poles.
"I have fallen into the strangest hab
it in the world," said a newspaper man
who lives -down below Canal street, in
a part'of the Old Quarter, "and I am of
ten greatlyembarrassed on account, of
the thing. The counting habit has be
come a perfect mania in my case.
would give anything if I could quit It
alL I want to count everything. I do
count everything. One day recently
was walking home, and I must have
been going at a pretty rapid pace, for
when I came to my senses for, really,
I had lapsed somewhat on account of a
certain mental violence I was about
to burn up. '"- '
" 'Hello, old fellow,' said a friend of
mine, as ne patted me on the back. 'By
the way, what on earth are yon walking
so rapidly for?' he continued. ; .
X 'Well, sir,' I said, I will be very
frank with you about .It. : I am simply
rushing along here like an idiot count
ing these telegraph poles. I have been
counting them for some time, and I al
ways rush from -one to the other, just
like there was Immediate danger of the
next pole disappearing before I could
get to it.' i - .:
"My friend laughed heartily at my
" 'You are not the only man who does
foolish -things of this kind,' he said.
just met Jones on Canal street, and he
,s walking very rapidly, with his
head down, and he wore the most seri
ous expression I ever saw on his face.
Jones is usually jocund, you know, but
he was evidently in a deep brown study
and I do not mean to make any pun
on names, either. I asked Jones what
the matter was and he replied that he
was counting the cracks In the side
walk.' . ' - --
"So I am not the only fellow who In
dulges the useless habit of counting
things. 'Really, It is very common.
have heard of many men who would
count the number of steps home, or the
number-of cars they would pass; or
other objects, Just so they could Indulge
the habit of counting things. Some
times it is a trifle annoying, but there
is no harm In it. Sometimes it Is un
conscious work, and I find myself act
ually thinking 'vigorously about some
serious business matter while keeping
tab on the number of telegraph poles
as I glide by them." New Orleans
Times-Democrat. ; . -
Purity of French Elections.
Venality is wholly exceptional in the
French election, whatever may be writ
ten to the contrary by the litterateur,
who is accustomed to taking striking
exceptions as type, says M. Charles
Seignobos in the International Month
ly., There are not In all France more
than 20 electoral districts in which the
election Is carried by money. : I could
point them out one by one. They are
in the environs of Paris, In the country
places of the Pyrenees and of the Alps
and in the Center. It Is true that the
conservative candidates often believe
themselves obliged to incur-large "ex
pense, but. the electors, even when they
profit by them, continue to vote accord
ing to their opinions. Money holds very
little place in the electoral life
France." '
Unreasonab e -
"I really don't know what to do,"
said the vivacious woman. ."It is very
difficult to please the world."
"What Is the difficulty?" asked her
husband. - r . " ;
"People are so unreasonable In their
comments. If you tell all you hear they
say you are a gossip, and if you don't,.
they say you are stupid and common-
nlaoir-washineton Star.
Some men use all the material they
have at hand in making fools of them-
selves.' ;
All women are born equal, but soma
sooil It by getting married.
For Fastening: Horses.
With some horses there Is always
constant trouble when they are at the
manger, by getting their feet over the
rope which fastens them to the stall.
Of course, this can be obviated by
shortening the rope, but this is not ad
visable where the horse is locked up
for the night after the feed Is put in the
box, for the short rope does not give
him the opportunity of lying down in
comfortable position. The trouble-
Indicated can be remedied by use of a
halter ring fastened on the strap going
over the nose of the horse instead of
under the jaw as usual. The rope Is
attached to this ring, and then run
through a staple in the wall directly in
front of the horse In the back of the
manger, as shown In the cut By at
taching a weight of some kind to the
end of the rope to keep it taut, there
will be no trouble caused by this rope
getting in the way, for when the horse
moves toward the manger the weight
will carry the rope down. The weight
should not be heavy enough to incon
venience the animal when he Is lying
down at the full length of the rope.
' Care of Winter Apples.
Apples marketed during the winter
always bring a much higher price than
when offered for sale just after har
vest. Of course. It Is well understood
that It is Impossible to keep apples
through the winter for the high prices
of early spring unless they are kept in
cold storage, but with an ordinary
storehouse, or a good cellar. It Is pos
sible to keep the fruit several months
longer by- handling it properly. It
should be carefully picked from the
tree, and be free from Imperfections or
bruises. In putting it into the barrels.
the barrels should be laid partially on
one side so that the fruit may be turned
into it from a small basket and roll to
the bottom rather than fall. In this
way there Is little chance of the apples
becoming bruised. Great care should
be taken to see that the fruit is so pack- j held on the other side, so that it is 4m
ed that there will be little or no space, possible for one in any way to injure
between the specimens, and they should
be packed into the barrel as firmly as
possible without enough pressure to
bruise them. After the barrel Is filled.
It should be carefully hooped, and the
head put in so that It will hold the top
layer firm, but not with much pressure.
Apples packed In this way can be kept
until midwinter 'easily If stored In a
building where they will not freeze, and
where the air Is-reasonably dry. Indi
anapolis News. .'
Simple Pwina-ins; Trouarh.
I have a feed trough which I made
myself out of a piece of galvanized
iron,-writes a correspondent of Poultry
Keeper. It is three and one-half feet
long. To make it, get two pieces of
wood and shape them to fit the inside
of the trough for the ends as shown In
the diagram. Mall well with lath nails.
If you want one for water, make it
shorter, and before patting the end
pieces on paint a piece of cloth and
place between the end pieces and the
trough. Then after you have your end
pieces on, get a piece of lath just long
enough to fit between the ends and nail
It lengthwise just above the level of the
trough. This will keep the chickens out
of the water. Put tw.o eyes on the top
of the end pieces to hang it by. Drive
stakes In the ground just far enough
apart to let the trough swing. Put pins
in the top of the stakes to fit the eyes
-on the end pieces of the trough. The
top of the trough should be about six
inches above the ground. You can use
vour judgment about painting It. 'If
J00 ao- Put some waler ,n " ,el 11
stand about a day before allowing the
chickens access to It.
J . Fall Planting.
Wth " nearly all fruit trees, except
peaches, which must be planted in the
"Princ there Is to be said In favor of
pianung, mat ui iU ou,
i tviraivn TRnnnw
better condition at less expense of.
time and labor than in the spring. The
planter generally has. more time to de
vote to the work In the fall, and hence
can do It much better. Then. too. the
trees from the nursery are generally In
better condition than after they have
passed through a winter. The nursery
men also have fewer orders in the fall.
and can give more care to filling orders
at this season, and generally furnish
better stock. Even with the more ten
der sorts it is possible to give tbein
needed protection during the first win
ter by throwing a furrow toward the
trees on either side. Unless there is a
large area to be planted and other work
seriously interferes, everything Is in fa
vor of fall planting.
Breaking Dry Oronnd.
In our haste to break fallow land for
wheat we often break the fields when
the dry weather has so hardened them
that the plow throws the surface Into a
mass of clods, with little or no soil to
act as a seed bed. While early break
ing for wheat Is very important, the
greatly Increased labor of breaking dry
land and preparing it for planting
should have considerable weight in de
termining whether or not the ground
should be plowed when dry. Wheu
broken ground consists of nothing but
large clod?, it is not fallow land. It
will not hold moisture until the clods
are mashed into' fine soil. As a rule,
the breaking of wheat ground should
be delayed unf 1 it may be done when
the turned soil mellows from the plow.
It Is very Important to be ready to do
such work when the proper conditions
do prevail, for good rains may be fol
lowed by sufficient drought to make the
ground work cloddy again. Exchange.
Block for Cutting Corn.
When it is necessary to cut the ears
of corn Into small pieces for econoiiilcal
feeding, unless one has a device for It,
there is considerable danger of the per
son cutting the corn being Injured. One
plan is simply to attach a board- to a
chopping block, cutting a bole in one
edge large enough for the ears of corn
to pass through on to the block. This
board should be about ten inches wide.
By slipping the ear of corn through the
hole, the chopping is done on one side
of the euard. while the ear of corn Is
the hand holding the corn. An opening
in the board above the hole Is made for
convenience in handling the block.
Flavor in E7alf-Grown Chicks.
There is considerable complaint.every
year on the part of consumers that the
half-grown chicks marketed as roasters
have a very undesirable flavor. There
Is no doubt that in nearly every case it
is due to a poor quality of food given
the growing chicks. Meals of various
kinds, usually cornmeal, is fed largely
to growing chicks in some sections.
When bought at the low price it Is
generally found that it is filled with
worms - This sort of food given to
chicks Will taint the flesh every time.
It is hard to understand why those who
raise fowls for market will persist in
buying cheap foods. If the chick : Is
worth raising at all It Is worth being
fed on thj best obtainable.. If given
the best grains In variety, and a good
grass range, there is no reason why the
flavor of the growing chick should not
be all that is desired. Exchange.
Prevention of Interfering.
The interfering of horses can often
times bevemedied, especially if the anl-.
mal Interferes in front. The feet should
be trimmed so that they are level, and.
the animal should be shod with a small
outside calkin at the beel outside. The
inside heel should be plain and short.
Have the calkins placed on each side of
the shoe about two inches from the toe.
Interfering sometimes comes from gen
eral debility of the horse, and when
this seems to be the case the animal
should be brought up In every way pos
sible, feeding it on oats and bran with
good hay. Of course the Interfering
which is brought about by general de
bility, Is caused by the weakness of the
ankles. This, however, Is not often the
case. '
Tobacco liecoction.
Tobacco decoction for use as an in
secticide can be made by reducing some
of the extracts now on the market or by
boiling cut or broken stems until a
thick brown extract is obtained. One
pound of tobacco stems should yield
one gallon of extract In two hours' boil
inv It It holla down to less, jidd vbIpp
to make up before using. " Strawberry
plants may remain in this mixture for
several minutes and need not be wash
ed off after being taken out. . -