IQl WIMHMIMnnillM llinllIIIWIHniMiniM"MIIIIIIIIIIHHyilMMlMIMimWIMWltmtltMIIIIIIMIIIIIIIIIWIIIMIItllMlll lis cart's By SIR WALTnR BESANT lQlfMftinlt)mwmtiwiiiimiwwwwwMi CHAPTER III. "iLen you think," said the mate looking about him with doubt, "that we hull do no business here?" He was young fellow of two-and twenty or so, a frank nnd honest-look' Inf sailor, though his limine was that of a cunning kidnaper. He was armed with a revolver, ready to hand, anl a cutlass hanging at his alile. Behind him ware four sailors, also armeil. In readi ness for an attack, for Polynesians art' treacherous. But there were no Island ers In sight, only two Europeans one a tall man, dressed In fantastic Imitation of the natives; and the other, apparent ly, an ordinary beachcomber, quite out of luck, ragged, dejected and haggard A little way off the land lay the schoon er. His business was to enlist, kidnap procure or secure, by any moans In the power of the captain and the crew, as many natives as the ship would hold, anl to bring them to North Queensland where they would be hired out to plant era. "It Is an unlucky voyage." said the mate, casing earnestly at the two men before him, whose appearance and the contrast between them putiled him. "Two months out and five weeks becalm ed; no business done. Bay, how did you come here?" "For my part," said the German, "1 am a naturalist. I make butterflies my pedal study. I hare, I believe, enriched science with so many rare and previ ously unknown specimens. If I succeed In getting them to Europe, that my nam will be certainly remembered In scien tific history as one of those who have advanced knowledge, can any man ask more ?" "How did you get such a rig, man?" "I am a linguist," the Baron Sergius on Holstein went on to explain, "as well as a naturalist. I therefore learned the language before landing here, hav ing found a native or two of New Ireland In the mission of the Puke of York Isl and. It Is a great thing to kuow how to talk with these black children. I am also a surgeon and a physician, so that 1 can heal their wounds and their diseases when they get any. You see, further, that I am bigger than most men. I am also thorough. I adopted their dress, at least some of it, and therefore being able to talk to them. I landed among them without fear. When they came round me with their spears I shouted to them down from the sun. And as I know a little prestidigitation and conjur ing, and am a bit of a ventriloquist, I am from time to time able to work a few of the simpler miracles; so that they readily believe me." "How long are you going to stay here?" "I know not; New Ireland Is rich In new species; but I shall have to stop as oon as my means of collection and de scription come to an end. When that day comes I shall be glad to see ship. But it will not be yet." "They may kill you." "It is possible;" the baron shrugged his tall shoulders. "Have you no arms?" "I have a revolver, and my reputa tion for magic and sorcery." "And how do you live?" "The people bring me food every day. If they did not, I should afflict them with horrible misfortunes, as they very well know. I should tell them that in three days such a one would be dea.l. and then it would be that man's duty to go away and die in fulfillment of prophecy. I suppose his friends would never speak to him again if he refused to fulfill the words of the prophet, so great is their faith. They bring me the unripe cocoanut for Its milk; there are fish of every kind in the sea, which they net and spear for me; there are kanga roo and cassowary on the hills, which they snare and trap for me; there are birds which they shoot for me; there are mangoes, bread-fruit, bananas, yams, sweet potatoes. I assure you we feed very well. Don't we, David?" He laid his hand on the other man's shoulder. "We have also tobacco. There is, how ever which you. regret, David, don't you? no rum on the island." "Is your your chum also worship ed asked the mate, regarding David with an obvious decrease of interest. "No; David is recognized as of infe rior clay. This poor fellow was wrecked upon the Island; he cuine ushore on a plank, the rest of the ship's crew and passengers having given indigestion to the sharks. He is not happy here, and he would like you to take him off tho island." "Yes," said David, eagerly, but still in his slow way, "anywhere, so that I can only get on my way to England." "He was just getting off his plank, and the people were preparing to receive him joyfully, warmly, and hospitably, after their fashion; that Is to say, into their pots they have a beautiful method of cooking, in a kind of sunken pot, which would greatly Interest you if you were a captive and expecting your turn when I fortunately arrived, and suc ceeded, by promising an eclipse If I was obeyed, In saving him. The eclipse came in good time; but I had forgiven the people for their momentary mutiny, and I averted its power for evil, no long as David sticks close to me now he is safe. If be leaves me, his end is certain. But he Is no ime to me, and for certain rea sons I should very much prefer that he was gone. Will you take him?" "The ship doesn't carry passengers," aald the mate; "besides " "He is harmless, and you can trust him not to make mischief. I will pay for him if you like." "What does he want to go home for?" asked the mate, doubtfully. Indeed, the appearance of the man did not warrant the belief that he would be welcomed by his friends. "lie has to pay a pilgrimage; he has to deliver a message before a magistrate, and to be subsisiueutly elevated to a pot of great distinction," said the baron. "Humph!" said tue mate. "He looks as if he'd done something. Better keep la these latitudes, stranger, where no one Desire asks and no one cares. But ahonf his fare; who's to pay his passage and his gruh. If we take him?" "Yon will return some time to Queens land. Take or semi this note." He took his note book, tore off half a leaf, and wrote a few wonls upon It. "Send this note to Messrs. Hctigstenburg & Com pany, Sydney. Tell them where yon got It, and they will give you 20 for It, and will thank you Into the bargain for let ting them know that, so far. the Baron Sergius von Holstein Is safe. If there Is any money left after paying for your passenger, give It to this poor fellow. He Is not such a had fellow, though he looks so miserable, unless he begins to contide In you. When he does that, loci: him up In a cabin. Perhaps he has done something, as yon say; what do we know? As for doing things," he said regarding his humble companion with the utmost severity, "a man who Is tempted to commit a crime ought always to re member that he will some day, In all probability, be wrecked on a desert Isl and, an Island of cannibals. In the com pany of one, and only one, other Euro pean, and that man greatly his superior: aud he ought truly to resolve that under no temptations will he do anything which may make hlin a nuisance and a bore to that companion through the vehemence of his repentance." David Lelghan groaned. "Man." added the baron, sen tentlously, "does not live for himself alone; and he who rashly commits a crime may hereafter seriously Interfere with the comfort of his brother man." David hung his head. "I forgive you. David. I have protected you from the natives' spears and their pots and carv ing knives for six months, though It has coat me many foolish threats and vain curses. I have fed you and sheltered you. I have been rewarded by peniten tial groans anil by outward tokens of fervent contrition. These have saddened my days ,and have disturbed my slum bers. tJroan, henceforth into other ear. I forgive you, however, only on one con dition, that yon return no more. If you do, you shall be speared and potted with out remorse. As for the document In mv notebook " 'I shall get to England before you.'' said David; "and when I get there I shall go at once to Challacoruhe and make a statement just like the one you have in your uotebook. By the time you come to England I shall be " 'Exactly." said the baron, amlllng sweetly. "You will have been a public ( character. Well, to each man comes ' somehow his chance of greatness. I hope you may enjoy your reputation, David. though it may be short-lived. CHAPTER IV. The mate meantime waa considering the note put into his hands. It was very short, and was a simple draft upon a merchant's house In Sydney the short est draft. I suppose, ever written, and on the smallest piece of paper. "Messrs. Hengstenberg & Co., Sydney. Pay bearer I'M. New Ireland, 1SS4. Baron Sergius von Holstein." "I will take him," said the mate. "I expect to be out another three or four months. He can come aboard with me. But,, stranger," he said, persuasively, "can no business be done? Are they open to reason?" He looked round nt the forest and deserted huts. "Can we trade for a few natives, you and me, between us? If I could only see my way to persuade 'em to worship me, I'd blessed I wouldn't! I would ship the whole island. There would be a fortune In it." "They are open to no reason at all. In fact, if they were at this moment to come down upon us unexpectedly, It would be a painful necessity for me If I valued my reputation as a prophet to order them to attack and spear both you and your crew; otherwise I should be considered a false prophet. They are wonderfully handy with their lances, anil they move in largo bodies. Those pop guns of yours would knock over two or three, but would be of no avail to save your own lives. Therefore, I would ad vise that you get into your boat and aboard your ship with as little delay as possible." The mate took his advice and departed with his passenger. "And now," said the Baron Sergius, "I am alone at last, ami can enjoy my self without any of that fellow's groans. I ne-ver knew before how extremely dis agreeable one single murder may make a man." That evening the rescued man, David Lelghan, sat on the deck with his friend the mute. The Islund of New Ireland was now a black patch low down on the horizon, the night was clear, aud the sky full of stars. David was off the isl and at last, aud once more free to re turn to England; yet he diil not look happier; on the contrary, the gloom upon his face was blacker than ever. It proved a inoBt unlucky voyage. They lost two men in an encounter with the na tives; they had no success In trailing; the captain continued to drink. The em came unexpectedly. One night the watch on deck were startled by a bright light in the cap tain's cabin. The light shot Into a flame, and the flame leaped and ran along the sides of the cabin and caught in the deck and licked the timbers of the ship. The old schooner was as dry as tinder, and caught fire like a piece of paper. In five minutes It became apparent that they must take to their boats. As to the drunken man who had done the mischief, lie came out of the burning cabin and danced and sung until the llames drag ged him down. Ill the fierce glare of the burning ship the mate looked at David reproachfully. Implying that this misfortune wus en tirely due to his presence. "Even now," he whispered, "I will not tell the men you have ruined the voy age, burned the snip, killed the cnp:ain, and mny be will kill us as well, 'What have you done that we should be punish ed like this for taking you on bourd? Is it is it murder V" Davl.1 nodded his head gloomily, "Then," said the mate, "whatever hap pens to us. you'll get safe ashore. You won't be drowned, and you won't be starved." Three weeks later there were only two survivors In that boat. The other men hsd all drunk sea water, and so gone mad one after the other, and leaped over board In their delirium. Only David Lelghan was left with the mate, and they were lying one In the bow and one lu the stern, as far apart as the boat would allow, and they were black In the face, gaunt and hollow eyed. When they were picked up the signs of life were so -faint In them that the skipper, a humane person, took counsel with his mate whether it would not save the poor men trouble to drop them Into the water at once. But In the end he hoisted them aboard anil laid them oil the deck, with their heads propped up. For the rest of the voyage the rescued mate kept aloof from the rescued passen ger. He would not speak to him; he avoided that part of the ship where h happened to be. As for the latter he found a place abaft near the helm, where he could sit upon a coll of rope, his head upon his knees. And there he remained, gloomy and silent. There was trouble, too. First, the ship sprung a leak, and the pumps had to be worked. Next, there was a bad storm, and the mirien mast went by the board. Thirdly, a ffre broke out, and was sub dued with dllllculty. However, the ship at last sighted land, and arrived, batter ed anil shattered, at the port of Sydney. hen they landed, and not till then, the rescued mate spoke his mind. First he went to the house of Hcug stenburg & Co., where he presented the baron's draft, gave news of his safety and touched the money. He then led his passenger to a tavern and entered into a serious conversation with him. "As for this money," he said, "you weren't a passenger more than a few days, and I can't rightly charge you much. Take fifteen, aud I'll take five. With fifteen pounds you can get home, which I take to be your desire, and give yourself up, which I take to be your duty." It will be understood that the un fortunate David, In the extremity of his starvation and remorse, had been talk ing. "A Providence It Is." said the mate, "that where so many honest fellows were took, I was spared, else you would never have had this money, and you wouldn't, therefore, have been able to give yourself up, and you would never have been hung. A clear Providence It is. and you must regard It as such, and remember it when they take yon out comfortably with the chaplain and the rope." David took the money, rolled it up In a rag and placed it In his pocket, but said nothing. (To be continued.) WITH A LITTLE DIPLOMACY. How Real Virginia Colored Worn a a Ueta What Hhe Want. There Is a certain young married woman in Washington who has a charming flat in one of the uptown apartment houses. She was born nnd retired in Virginia, and, consequently, seta great store by the colored race from her ow-n particular State, says the Washington Star. She maintains that they make the most reliable na well ns the most efficient help, and her servants are always from the Old Do minion. A chum of hers felt privileged to often admire her exquisite taste In dress, especially some of the pretty negliges which are always particular ly dainty when worn by a pretty wom an. While calling on her the other day this chum asked to see a flimsy pink thing which she hud seen her friend occasionally wear and which she wished to have copied. What was her astonishment when her friend said that she had given It to the cook, who had such a cute way of getting around one that it was simply Impossible to refuse the poor thing even one's pret tiest neglige. Being from the North, It was utterly Impossible for the visitor to compre hend how a colored maid servant could perform a feat of diplomatic strategy so complete as to fairly wrest away a pretty woman's dearest treasure a pink silk kimono, all folds of billowy lace. However, her ears were soon to be opened and her eyes made to see, for just then the mother of the friend's laundress came Into the room and asked for the weekly wash. She was a beaming old black "mammy" and sat down familiarly on a low seat while Mrs. X. proceeded to count and check off from her list the clothes the wom an had brought. Then began the con versation which was to illustrate tho diplomacy of the Virginia colored race. "I declar'. Miss Mildred, I surely Is glad to see you so sprightly this rnorn ln'. I never Reed you look prettier, with the roses all bloomin' In your (dieeks an' your face mos fat again. I guess you' wonderin' why LI1 didn't come for the wash this inornln'. Now, maybe you don't know It, Miss Mil dred, but that there gal o' mine surely does love you. This inornln' she came downstairs and says to me: 'Ma, 1 droumt las' night that Miss Mildred was took to the hospital and was cut all up, and I's scared to go after the elo's this mornln', 'cause I's feared I'll gee crape linngin' on the door.' "So I tol' her I'd come for them clo's and I lef that gul so worried she won't able to do a mite o work. De Lord knows, chile, I surely Is glad to see you lookln' so much wellor than I 'speetod, an' I mils' say ag'ln that I neber did see you lookln' ho down right pretty. Miss Mildred, honey, you ain't got no kind o' drink around han dy to heat a body up with this col mornin', is you, honey?" The brain of the caller was suddenly illumined, and "innminy" went on her way, wanned and rejoicing. MiiMCiilliie View, Mrs. Shopps I see Cutt & Slashed! are advertising mine lovely house gowns at a bargain. Shopps Well, our house doesn't need a gown, but It ouht to have coat of paint rail 17 rlt"" """" Tank for IHiiiilAtf Htirrp. Tliero are several plans for making A tank In which to lli sheep, nnd If ono has . (lock of considerable alo It la wise to obtnln some of the plans that are offered by ninnufnoturor. If. however, tho flock Is not large, a home tnndo affair Is easily built and nt com paratively small cost. A tnnk of this kind Is mndo as follows: A convenient U la ten foot long, four feet wide and two and one luilf foot deep. It should bo made ao that the tank con taining the dip Is reached by a slat ted walkway loading down to It, nnd another slatted walk lending up to the lauding from which they go down Into the tank. There should be sufficient of the dip mixture placed In tho tank to cover the back of the iinlmiil, which should bo Immersed for ntsMit one minute, then allowed to come up on the land HOMK MAPIC DIITIMU TANK. ing, w here the dip Is niueeied out of the wool nnd tho animal allowed fo staud to drain. The illustration shows how this tank Is built. B Indicates the slatted walkway and A shows the exact shape of the side portion of the box: tho little drawing alsve the tank shows a walk down front the end of the drainage box which will prevent tho sheep from Injuring their logn. which they would be likely to do lu Jumping. A Ft Killing Cow. No fewer than six persons are at present suffering from Injuries Inflict ed by a w, evidently of Texas fight ing stock, which broke loose In the streets of an English town, a few days ago, creating extraordinary seen s. The animal was being led by a halter, but when near the slaughter house It suddenly rushed at the man uiid-'r whose charge it was, and tossed him high lu the air. Extraordinary excite ment at once nrose, as the animal bolt ed from street to street, attacking or frightening all It saw. A little girl, aged seven, was wounded In the thigh with Its horns, and a man knocked down. Leaving the town the animal directed Its course towards the village, whence It had been brought. A farm er who attempted to capture It was gored In the thigh, and finally the "casualty list" was brought to a close by a man In Gordon yard, which It had left two hours previously, having one of his hands run through by a horn. New England Homestead. Hhncle for Poultry. . It Is easy to give the poultry the needed shade when the range Is fairly well covered with trees or even small brush, but where It Is entirely open poultry suffer so much from the heat of the sun that the freedom does tliem little good; indeed, it would be bet ter for them to be confined In largo yards, where they might have shade -.pro-- - - nil aim. -cooi' ton rori.'iuv. during the day nnd a run on tho grass ufter the sun goes down. How ever, It Is not an expensive plan to ar range a number of tents on tho ocii range by erecting a frame of light strips of (xh1 anil covering this frame with unbleached muslin. By sharpen ing the ends of the posts the frame may be Heoured to the ground, yet easily lifted and removed to another portion of the range when desired. The plan Is worth the attention of all poultrymen. Itlch Milk Gave Lower Coat Butter. Tho results obtained with 172 dairy herds In Denmark, aggregating UJT.l cows, were recently studied. The cows were arranged lu eight classes accord ing to the average per cent of fat In their milk, each class having about tho same number of cows. In the case of Class 1 richest milk), 70.8 food units were required for the production of one hundred pounds of milk, against (15.0 units lu the case of Class H (poor est milk). ne pound of butter re quired Hi.H.'i food units In Class 1, and lO.fili In ('lass 8. Tho skiinmllk ob tained per pound of butter was and 2M.4 pounds respectively for the two classes.' At ordinary prices of feeds and products it was found that a pound of butter was produced 2.8 cents cheaper by the cows producing rich milk than by those yielding milk low In butter fat. American Cultivator. Prizes for Trade. Merchants In Home towns are try ing the prize system to Induce trade and are making It pay. They give fk s.,,sK'b prlr.e to the farmer's wife bringing tho most eggs, etc,, nnd recently tho plan was Introduced of giving a prize to tho farmer who brought tho most women to town. When tho women i'oiiio In business picks up at all tho stores. The plan worked, one farmer putting cushions on a hay rack and bringing over a hundred In tho course of a day, Denver Field and Farm. I nvestlaat log the Holla, For tho sake of supplying definite and absolutely reliable Inforifiatlou In regard to every square mllo of land In the (".".', n.'KI which compose the area of the Fulled Stales of America, I'ncle Sam, through tho Bureau of Soils of tho I cpartiucut of Agricul ture, will spend eighteen years aud nt least fil.iKHi.lHXl. When the work of the Bureau of .Mills has been com pleted, It will be possible for a man Intending to purchase a farm to write to the Department of Agriculture, and secure from that department a detail ed map of the section In which his farm Is located, together with a de scription of the section. Then by look ing up his Intended purchase on the map and consulting the descriptive booklet, he can determine to a nicety Its value. The map will show by diff erent colors the nature of the soil, while the descriptive booklet will tell Its value which has been determined by examination of the soil, study of tho j railroad facilities, and the examina tion of the markets aud other qualify ing conditions. The soli maps and booklets will enable many farmers, who have been only partially success ful, to learn wherein they have fnlKI by trying to raise crops unadapled b the nature of their lauds, nnd will In struct them as To what crops are best suited to their farms. It will Instruct them also as to the best method of cultivating soils of different kinds. While the examination of soils has been carried on for perhaps a hundred years by laboratory methods, the pres ent Investigation Is along entirely dif ferent and far more practicable lines. The soils division was established as separate bureau of the Department of Agriculture on July 1. llil, and since that time Its force has been In creased more than twelvefold. I'p to Dei-ember .'!!, I'.sii, the bureau lias mapped H.s,',, square miles. In small patches scattered over the w hole Flitt ed States, and It Is estimate! (bat eighteen years more will be required to complete the work. Flavor of Mutter. To a very large extent the flavor of butter depends on the kind of bac teria working lu the cream. It Is desired to have all of these of the species that produce lactic add fer ment, for then the flavor will be both clean and pleasant. But in too many enses the bacteria belong to the put re factlve order and set up putrefaction In the casein. There Is generally a little casein left In the butter, In spite of the work of the best butterinaker, and this casein forms a base for the work of the putrefactive bacteria. There are other bacteria that cause de composition of the fat Itself, and if these are present the work of develop ing bad flnvor goes on rapidly. Pas teurisation can do little to remedy this, If tfie undesirable bacteria have been nt work for a few hours. The prob lem Is to keep them out altogether. I-KKS l,,c Million. The western part of Virginia has been known for years as a great sec tion for raising poultry, and the In dustry Is Increasing at a rapid rate. The shipment of Thanksgiving turkeys ami chickens for all seasons brings lu a considerable revenue. In Uocklng ham county last year, .IO.imki crates were shipped to market, a total of 10, Kisi.ins) eggs sold from one county In a single year. Thin does not Include many thousands consumed on the farms where they were laid. The low est price of the year was 14 to 1.1 cents a dozen, nnd In December ,TJ cents was paid. The average for the lust ye:ir was 2'J cents. The profit from eggs alone to Bocklnghain county funnels was nearly f.MO.000. I'll re Air In Htable. Is tho air lu the stable pure f.nd free from dust during milking? Would he be willing mid glad to eat a plate of soup while be Is milking a cow? If not, why not? Isn't milk a human food and Isn't the milk pall that is under the cow being filled with food for his table? Prairie Farmer. The CrowliiK I'Iks, The growing pigs may be helped along In two ways; one Is by feeding, sows liberally on those feeds that tend to produce milk; the other Is by giv ing the pigs clenn food of the tight kind, Htioh hs clover and alfalfa. lrcaaiiK for Tomutoea. A tomato fertilizer very popular on the Pacific coast Is mndo as follows: Nitrate of soda, one part; dried blood, two parts; superphosphate of bono meal, four parts; kainlt, three parts, all by weight. Barn uikI I'ualure. Put the Idle maro on tho pasture. Wide tires save much horse power. A sandy or muddy road doubles t tie work. Axle grease pays 1,000 per cent profit. The best drivers talk much to their animals. Aluminum horseshoes have been thoroughly tested by the Russian army. They have proved quite satis factory, saving tho horses feet more than Iron shoes do. (loud ventilation, clean bedding and plenty of light and comfortable stalls are also necessary In tho cow Htable. Dusty bedding and any feed that Is dusty will need it with millions of germs and these will develop taints aud defects that are not desirable. Conquest Great American Desert j Has Nevada always been nn arid and desert region? Its geological records, as Indelibly carved In sandstone and granite, showing the shore Hues of ancient lakes, proclaim that It has not, but that at one time n vast body of water, ns great In area as Lake Erie, covered a portion of tho State. To day, however, the aridity of the coun try Is unquestioned aud the .I'll, (mm) acres, to part of which Fncle Hum Is to apply water, will practically double Its well Irrigated area and Its agricul tural population. Nevada's ancient known ns Lake Ln one of several groat Inland sen I Ilontnn; It wan prehistoric hike distributed over the I ireat I'.nsln of the arid region, among them Luke Bonneville, of which the tireat Salt Lake was the deepest portion. Its ares was nine times greater than the Croat Halt, or almost as large as Lake Mich igan, and much deeper. The contracted remains of Lake I.e. Hontan In Nevada are found In Pyra mid Lake and a number of other small enclosed lakes which were tho deepest portions of the ancient lake. Since thesa large prehistoric lakes wern land locked and did not overflow. It follows that the rainfall which fed them was much heavier than It Is to day. Should conditions revert, many of the lmMirtant points situated lu tbit (Jre-it Basin would be hopelessly flooded, such, for Instance, as the Mor mon Temple, which would stand In fif ty feet of water, while 7 miles of railroad would lie submerged. These prehistoric lakes are said to tie of very recent origin - that Is. recent by the geologists' count perhaps Jli),. rmo or 40.000 years old. Fossils have been found allowing the presence of primitive man along their ancient shores nnd embankments, which In many instances are as perfect In con tour and as distinct ns If the waters had receded only a few years since. These lakes Included su.-h aril and fear Inspiring localities of today as the Black Ilock Desert. Skull Valley, Peith Valley, and a score of other places where the blenched bones of man and animal attest to nn awful lack of water. When the State was admitted to tho I'nlou. In place of receiving the nsual donation of alternate school oe tlone in and .12 ln each township she secured a flat grant from the gov ernment of two million acres of pnhllo land to be locatisl wherever her law makers saw fit. The State Legisla ture passed as much as desired of this great and valuable resource Into pri vate ownership of stockmen, at ns low a figure as 2.1 cents an acre. These lands tieve been located up and down the sides of every river and stream and around every spring and water hole ln the State, so that while Nevada has to-day some UO.Oon isni acres of public land, there li notfi quarter sec tion of It upon which a homesteader could make a living. The Ian. I grant ed to the State for school purHises disposed of by the State for a mess of pottngo controls the lands of the State. The government's Irrigation, when worked out, will Immediately double Nevada'a population; It will provide a new llfehlood of settlement and citi zenship for a region of unsurpussej agriculture. Irrigation In th Fnai. That irrigation may be employed a usefully In the humid portion of the L'n'ted States ns lu the arid section t announced by the Department of Agri culture. A bulletin has been Issutvl, showing the results of many experlj iii'iits In this field, In which a steady water source was drawn on as an auxiliary to an Irregular rain supply. Near Pouglikeepsle, N. Y.. where rnln is ordinarily bountiful for tho crops, a grower of strawberries lias found that the addition of a plant for Irrigation enables him to Insure a per fect stand and rapid growth of new plants. Spraying, nnd Irrigation be tween the rows, put lu fine condition for marketing a crop of berries which fur lack of rain nt the critical moment had colored ami hardened without sweetening. Market gardeners ln many other parts of the East an? having similar results. The experts at Washington believe that ns tho country becomes more compactly settled and more In tense gardening Is required It will be found necessary to depend more and more upon Irrigation as nn Insur ance against drought and consequent crop failure. ' Ilr Leasee! Cable. The anarchist had Just burled the bomb. Simultaneously the democratic, head of President Ixuibrt and the royal pate of Alfonso XIII. ducked to avoid the Hying fragments. "M. le President," muttered the boy king, "which one of us do you thlulc that fellow was after?" With true (Jallle politeness, Loubet disclaimed the honor. "After you, my dear Alfonse," he murmured, bowing deeply, Cleveland Lender. He Hpoko TlioiigtubMsly, "He said he'd never marry a WD- man for her money." "That waa before ho knew what it waa to need It." Cluvtdand Plala Dealer.