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MARY ROBERTS RINEHART
Jlulhor of Tht Qrailat Stalnaie,
Th vkan In Loiotr
Copjrlllht I KM, If tb DobU-M.lTtll Co.
James Wilson or Jimmy a tie Is called
by III friends, Jimmy was rotund nnd
looked shorter than he really was. His
ambition In llffl was to be taken seriously,
but nooplo steadily refused to do so, his
ii rt In considered a. hUK Joke, except to
himself, If ho nsked people to dinner ev
eryone expected n frolic. Jimmy marries
Delta Knowles: they live together a year
and are divorced. Jimmy's frlonds ar
range to celebrate tho first anniversary
of his divorce. The party ts In full swing
wnen jimmy receives n telegram rrom nis
Aunt Hellna, who will arrive In four hours
to visit him nnd his wife, Jimmy nets his
funds from Aunt Hellna nnd after he mar
ries sho doubles h'.3 allowance. He neg
lects to tell her of tils divorce. Jimmy
takes Kit Into tils rnnfldnnee. he tries to
dfcvlso some way so that his aunt will not
icnrn mat ne no no longer a wire, no
suggests that Kit nlav tho tiostess for one
night, bo Mrs. Wlfson.prp tern,. Aunt Ho
Una arrives nnd the deception works out
ns planned. Jim's Jap servant Is taken
III, Itflla, Jimmy's divorced wife, enters
the homo and asks. Kit who Is being In
tten nway In the amoulanceT Bella Insists
It Is Jim. Kit tells her Jim Is well nnd Is
.In the house. Delia tells Kit It wasn't
I.Tim she wanted to see. tiut Takahlra. the
Jap sorvnnt. Harbison steps out on tho
iporch nnd discovers a man tacking a
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' ' 1 1 u imi ir iiuur. lin uciumiun mi ua-
mlnnattnn. Tho man points to the placard
land Harbison sees the word "Smallpox"
.printed on It. Tho guests suddenly realise
Hhelr predicament, the women shed tears,
Whs men consider It n good Joke, TIarnl
fnri pleads with Kit to tell lilm the renl
fllimilon of things. Rhe finally tells him
fit Delia's Incarceration In tho basement.
The nil Important Question nrlss ns to
who Is to prepare the meals and perform
1ie othr household duties Harhtson fin
ally solves the matter. He writes out
ullps containing tho various departments
'of his or tier duties. Kit attempts to
ipiako an omelet for Aunt Sellna. but falls
In the' attcmnt nnd Is In ft very nervous
fitnte when Harbison comes to her rescue
land tells tier how to make It. After the
plftln of tho quarantine several lettors
pro found In tho mall box undelivered,
pne Is addressed to Henry I.lewellvn,
gautque, Chile, which was written by Hnr
Tilson. Ho describes minutely of their In
carceration, also of his Infatuation for
Mrs. Wilson. Harbison attempts to patch
tup one quarrel after another between Kit
land Jimmy. Aunt Sellna s taken 111 with
3a grippe. Betty nets as nurse.
CHAPTER IX. (Continued.)
Dotty had boon making tea for Aunt
Sellna, and of course whon sho hoard
(us up thore, sho followed, tray and all,
land we drank Aunt Bellna's ten nnd
(had the first really nlco tlmo of tho
iday, Holla had como up, too, but sho
was still standoffish and quoer, nnd
she stood loaning against a chimney
land staring out over tho river. After
a llttlo Mr. Harbison put down his cup
and went over to her, nnd they talkod
quite confidentially for a long tlmo, I
thought It bad tasto in Ilolln, undor
the circumstances, after snubbing Dal
las and Max, nnd of course treating
Jim llko tho dirt under hor foot, to
turn right around and bo lovely? to
Mr, Harbison. It wnH hard for Jim.
Max camo and sat boaldo me, nnd
Flannlgan, who had boon sent down
for more cups, passod tea, putting tho
tray on top of tho chimney, Jim was
Bitting grumpily on tho roof, with his
foet folded under htm, playing Canflold
In the shadow of tho parapot, buying
the deck out of ono pocket and putting
hla "winnings in. the other. Ho was
watching Delia, too, and sho know1 it.
land sho strained n point to captlvato
IMr. Harbison. Any one could sco that.
And that was the ptcturo that camo
out In the next morning's pnpors, tea
cups, curds and all. For whon some
ono looked up, thoro wore four nowu
paper photogrnphors on tho roof of tho
inoxt housn, and thoy had tho Imperii
nenco to thank usl
Flannlgan had ween Bella by that
time, but as he still didn't understand
the situation, things wfiro Just the
same. Dut his manner to mo puzzlod
mo; whenever he camo near mo ho
winked prodigiously, and during nil
the search ho kept one eye on mo,
and seemed to ho amiiBod about soma
Whon tho rest had gone down to
jdrcsfl for dlnnor, which was being sent
In, thank goodness, I still not on tho
parapet and watched tho darkening
jriver. I folt terribly lonely, nil at
lonco, and nod. Thoro wnsn't any ono
lany nearer than fathor, in tho West,
;or mother in Bermuda, who really
tcarod a rap whether I snt on that pnr
tapet, all night or not, or who would
be sorry it I looped to tho dirty bricks
of tho next dpor-yard not that I
Iraoant to, of course.
The lights come out across tho
irivor, and made purple and yollow
Istrcaks on. tho water, nnd one of tho
imotor-boatB camo panting back to tho
.yacht club, coughing and gasping ns if
it had overdone, Down on tho stroot
'automobiles were starting nnd stop
nlnar. cabs rolling, doors slnmmlntr. nit
the maddonlng, delightful bustle of
people who are foot-froo to dlno out
to dance, to go to tho thonter, to do
iany of tho thousand possibilities of n
long February evening. And above
them I oat on tho roof and cried. Yes
I was rouHfld by some one coughing
Just behind me, and 1 tried to straight'
en my face before I turned. It was
Flannfgan, hln doublo row of brass
buttons gleaming in tho twilight.
"Excuse mo, iiiIbb," ho Bald affably,
"but tho boy from tho hotel has loft
tho dinner on tho doorstep and run,
tho cowardly llttlo dlvlli Whnt'll I do
with it? I wont to Mrs. Wilson, but
sho nays it's no concern of hers." Flan
nlgan won evidently bowlldorod.
"You'd better keep it warm, Flan
nlgan," I replied. "You needn't wait;
I'm coming." But ho did not go.
"Ifif you'll oxcuso mo, miss," ho
sold, "don't you think ye'd better tell
"Toll them what?"
"Tho whole thing tho Joke," he
nald confidentially, coming closer.
"It's boon great sport, now, hasn't lt7
Hut I'm afraid tlioy will got on to it
soon, and soma of them might not bo
agreeable. A pearl nccklaco is a pearl
nocklaco, miss, and tho lady's wild."
"What do you mean?" I gasped.
"You don't think why, Flannlgnn "
Ho merely grinned at mo and thrust
his hand down In his- pocket. Whon
ho brought it up ho had Holla's braco
lot on his palm, glittering in tho faint
"Whero did you got it?" Dotwoon
rcllof and tho absurdity of tho thing, I
was almost hystorlcal. Hut Flannl
gan did not giro mo tho bracelet; In
stead, it struck mo his tono was sud
"Now look hero, miss," ho said;
"you'vo playod your trick, and you'vo
had your fun. Tho Lord knows it's
only folks llko you would play April
fool Jokes with n fortunol If you'ro
tho Blnslblo llttlo woman you look to
bo, you'll put that pearl collar on tho
coal In tho bnsomont tonight, and lot
mo find It."
"I haven't got the pearl collar," I
protcstod. "I think you nro cruzy.
Whero did you got that bracelet?"
Ho odgod away from mo, as if he
expoctcd mo to snatch it from him and
run, but ho was still trying in an olo
phnntlno way to treat tho matter as
"I found It in a drawer In tho pan
try," ho said, "nmong tho dirty llnon.
And If you'ro as smart as I think you
aro, I'll find tho pearl collar thoro in
tho morning nnd nothing said, miss."
So thoro I was, suspected of being
responsible for Anno's pearl collar, as
If I had not enough to worry mo bo
foro, Of course I could hnvo called
thorn all together and told them, and
Say That We Aro a Lot of Barbarians,
rondo thorn explain to Flannlgnn what
I had ronlly meant by my dollrlous
speech In tho kltchon. Dut that would
hnvo meant tolling tho wholo ridicu
lous slory to Mr. Harbison, nnd hav
ing him think us nil mnd, nnd mo a
In all that overcrowdod houso thoro
wnn only oifo plnco whero I could bo
misorablo with comfort. So I stayod
on tho roof, nnd crlod n llttlo nnd then
boenmo nngry and wnllcod up and
down, and clonohod my hands and bnl
blod helplessly, Tho boats on tho
rlvor were yellow, horizontal Btroaks
through my tears, nnd on early search
light sent Its shaft llko n tnugUlo
thing in tho darkness, Just over my
head. Then, finally, I curled down in
n corner with my nrms on tho parapet,
nnd tho lights became moro nnd moro
prismatic nnd finally formed them
solvos Into a clrclo thnt wns Bolln's
brncolot, and that kept whirling
around nnd around on somothlng flat
and not over-cloun, thnt waa Flannl
On the Stairs.
I waa roused by somo ono walking
acrosB tho roof, tho cracking of tin
under foot, and n comfortable and
companionable odor or tobacco. I
moved n very llttlo, and thon I saw
that It waa a man tho height nnd
oroctnosH told mo which ins.it. And
Just at that instant ho saw mo.
"Good Lordl" ho ejaculated, nnd
throwing his cigar away ho camo
noross quickly. "Why, Mrs. Wilson,
whnt In tho world nro you doing horo?
I thought thoy Bald "
"That I wbb Btilkiug again'" I fin'
lulled disagreeably. "Perhaps I nra.
In fact, I'm quite suro of It."
"You aro not," ho said severely,
"You havo been nsleop In a Fobruary
night, In tho opon air, with loss cloth
Ing on than I wear In tho tropics."
I had got up by this tlmo, refusing
his help, nnd bocauso my feet woru
numb, I sat down on tho parapet for
a moment. Oh, I know what I looked
like ono of thoso "Vnlloy-of-tho-NllO'
"Thoro Is ono thing about you that
Is comforting," I sulffod. "You said
precisely tbo Bamo thing to mo at
throo o'clock this morning. You novor
startlo mo by saying anything unox
He took a stop toward me, and avon
In tho dusk I could seo thnt he waa
looking down at mo oddly. All my
bravado faded away nnd thoro was a
qucerish ringing in my oars.
"I would llko tot" ho said tonsoly.
"I would like, this mlnuto--I'm a fool,
Mrs. Wilson," bo finished miserably.
"I ought to bo drawn nnd quartered,
but when I boo you llko this I I got
crazy. If you say tho word, I'll I'll
go down and" Ho clenched hlB fist
It was reprehensible, of courso; ho
saw that in an Instant, for ho shut his
teeth over something that sounded
very flerco, nnd strode nwny from me,
to stand looking out ovor tho river,
with his hnnds thrust in hfs pockets.
Of courso tbo thing I should hnvo
dono was to ignoro what ho had said
altogether, but ho was so uncomfort
able so chastoncd, that, fell no, femi
nine, whatever tho Instinct Is; I could
not let him go. I had been so
"Whnt Is it you would llko to say?"
I called over to him. He did not
speak. "Would you toll mo that I am
a silly child for pouting?" No reply;
ho struck a match. "Or would you
preach a nlco llttlo sermon nbout
poople nbout womon loving their
Ho grunted Bavngoly under his
"Bo qulto honest," I pursued relent
lessly. "Say that we aro n lot of
barbarians, say that oecauso ray be
causo Jimmy treats mo outrageously
oh, ho does; any ono can sco that
and bocauso 1 loatho him and any
ono can toll that why don't you say
you nro shocked to tho dopths?" I
wns a llttlo shocked myself by thnt
time, but I couldn't stop, having
Ho came ovor to mo, white-faced
and towering, and ho had tho audacity
to grip my arm and stand mo on my
foot, Ike n bad child which I was, I
"Don't!" ho said In a husky, very
pained volco. "You nro only talking;
You don't moon it It isn't you. You
know you caro, or clso why aro you
crying . up hero? And don't do it
again, don't do it again or I will "
"You will whnt?"
"Mnko a fool of myself, as I have
now," ho finished grimly. And then
ho stalked away and left mo there
alono, completely bewildered, to find
my way down in tho dark.
I groped along, holding to tho rail,
for tho stalrcaso to tho roof was very
stoop, nnd I went slowly. Half-way
down tho Btnlro thoro was a tiny land
ing, and I stopped. I could have
sworn I hoard Mr. Harbison's foot
Btops fnr below, growing fainter. I
oven emllod a little, thoro in tho dark.
although I had boen rather profoundly
shaken. Tho next Instant I know I
had boon wrong; Bomo ono was on tho
landing with mo. I could hear short,
sharp breathing, and then
I am not sure that I struggled; in
fact, I don't bcllovo I did I was too
limp -with nmaEomcnt. Tho croaturo,
to have lain in wait for mo liko that!
And '.He was 'brutally- strong: lie
caught mo to him fiercely, and held
mo thore closo, and ho kissed mo not
onco or twice, but half a dozon times,
long kisses that filled mo with hot
shame for him, for myself, that I had
liked him, The roughness of his
coat bruised my choek: I loathed him.
And thou somo ono camo whistling
along tho hall bolow, and ho pushed
mo from him and stood listening,
breathing In long, gasping breaths.
I ran: Whon my shaky knees
would hold me, I ran. I wanted to
hjdo my hot fnco, my disgust, my dis
illusion: I wanted to put my hoad In
mother's lap nnd cry; I wnnted to die,
or be ill, so I noed nevor seo him again.
Pcrvorsoly enough, I did nono of thosq
things. With my faco otlll flaming,
with burning oyea and hands that
shook, I rondo a belated evening toilet
nnd went slowly, haughtily, down tho
stairs. My hands wore llko ice, but I
wns consumed with rngo. Oh, I
would show hlra thnt this wns New
York, not Iquiquo; that tbo roof wns
not his Andean tableland.
Every ono elaborately ignored ray
nbBonco from dinner. Tho Dallas
Browns, Max nnd Lolllo wero nt
bridge; Jim wns alono In tho den,
walking tho floor nnd biting at an un
lighted cigar; Botty had roturnod to
Aunt Sollna and was hystorlcal, thoy
said, nnd Flannlgan was In deep do.
Joctlon because I had missed my din
(TO IJE CONTINUED.)
The dent man got out of tho tram
car on to tho other line of rails.
"Look out, there's a car coming!
cried the conductor.
"What?" said the' deaf man.
"Thoro's a car coming."
Just thon tho car caught nnd
knocked down tho deaf man nnd. as ha
picked hlmsolf up, bo snld:
"I wonder what that fool kept me
there turning about" Scraps.
At Cccon Ridge.
Clerk Four or flvo of thoso racing
balloons aro supposod to pbbs over
Storekeeper Jason Yes, that's why
I am leaving thdso barrels of sugnr
out In the yard uncovered, by hock!
It customers find any sand In thorn
we can blamo It on the balloons
throwing out ballast. I ain't boon In
the business twonty years not to hav
my eyes peolod to an opportuulty.
Will She Ask Him Again?
She (for tho fortloth time) Will you
love mo when I'm old, George?
Ho (goaded to oxtromo measures)
Do you expoct to bo as fat as your
Sho (frlghtoned) How can I toll?
He (florcely)Thon see that you
Bangs hnt on bead and exits, slam
ming the door.
Plans for Fortifications at Panama
WASHINGTON. Work-on tho final
detailed plans for tho fortifica
tion of the Panama canal, for which
an appropriation of $3,000,000 was
made by congress and which had been
tho, subject of wldo discussion, nation
al and international, over oinco tho
digging of the big ditch was undertak
en by tho United States government,
has been begun hero by Brig, den, W.
II. Btxby, chief of engineers, and Brig.
Gon. Arthur Murray, chief of tho coast
artillery. Officials of tho war depart
ment havo already completed general
plans for the fortifications, but mopB
will havo to bo prepared setting forth
tho details for tho construction work
beforo the ground can be broken, and
It Is this task which Generals Blxby
nnd Murray are now undertaking. Ac
tive work on the building of tho forti
fications will begin about July. It Is
expected by tho officials in clinrgo
that tho fortifying of tho waterway
Not a Penny for
MILLIONS for art and! not one
penny for pants 1
Tho solicitude that Undo Sam dis
plays that tho public buildings and
drivoways of tho national capital shall
bo maintained in tho most artistic
and approvod stylo does not oxtend
to his public men. Undo Sam 1b per
fectly Willing to Bpond loada of
monoy for capital city plans, for guar
anteeing that tho Washington of tho
futuro shnll bo pattornod nfter tho
most enroful nnd exact designs, but
when It comes to paying out money
to mako cortaln that tho trousers of
tho govornmont officials aro creased
properly and their clothes in as apple
plo order as tbo capital's Btreots, ho
draws a distinct and impassable
inis mignt novor nave been found
out if It had not boen for Daniel II.
Burnham, of Chicago, master city
planner and chairman of tho flno arts
commission. Incidentally ho raised a
Attempts at Suicide
TUB fact that although attempted
sutcldo Is technically n crlmo In
cortaln states in tho United States,
and civilians, who vlolato tho law aro
usually punished by tho courts, offi
cers and enlisted mon in tho United
States army nnd navy aro never
court martlnled for this offonso, wns
brought to light when tho nows was
rccolvod from Germany that Em
peror William had pardoned an array
officer for attempting suicide and de
clared that his dcod "can bo judged
neither by regular or honor tribun
als." Gen. Georgo B, Davis, Judge advo
cato gonoral of tho United States
army, declared that ninco tho or
ganization of tho army and navy of
tho United States no officer or enlist
ed man had been punished for trying
to kill hlmsolf, It Is a generally un
derstood custom In both branches of
MR. JUSTICE HARLAN, nsBOClato
Justice ot tho Supremo court of
tho United States; rather startled so
cloty womon of Washington and Now
York the other night whon at tho an
nual banquet ot tho Presbyterian alli
ance ot Washington ho declared that
"thoro aro a lot ot snobs who havo.
como down horo from New York nnd
other cities whero wealth Is para
mount and havo sot up customs which
nro Injurious to tho people of this
community. Sunday afternoon teas,
niUstcalcs and other social functions
nro. in my mind, n desecration ot tho
Sabbath. Something must bo dono to
stem the tide of depravity which will
othorwlso sweep over us."
Thon this uweoplng rebuke to soci
ety In Washington Is In a mcasuro
firmly upheld by Mrs. Mathew T.
Scott, president general ot the daugh
ters of tho American Revolution nnd
herself ono of tho cliff dwcllors' set
And be It known the cliff dwellers aro
will bo completed by January, 1915
the dato set for tho completion of tho
Brigadier General Crozlor, chlof of
ordnnnoe, line already drawn up plana
for the manufacture of tho $1,000,000
worth of gunB and mortars required.
Theso will bo mado at tho govern
ment shops nt Wntervllot, N. Y. Tho
cntiro armament will bo used in for
tifying tho two ends of tho canhl, no
provision having been mado by con
gress for tho defenso of the locks and
dams. Two sots of fortifications will
bo placed nt tho Colon end of tho ca
nal and ono sot at tho Panama end.
Four 14-lnch rifles, eight 12-lnch mor
tars and six six-Inch guns will bo
placed at tho Panama sldo and tho re
mainder which tho balanco of tho ap
propriation will provldo nt tho Colon
Comparatively Btrong natural posi
tions exist at both tho Atlantic and
Pacific ends of tho watorway for de
fense against a land enomy. Llmon
bay, the Colon entrance to tho canal,
will bo strongly fortified and fortifica
tions vlll bo set up on Perico island
scd dt other points.
Plans for tho protection of tho
docks at Pedro Miguel, Mia Flores
and Gatun nro now being drawn up.
question as to what aro legltlmato
travollng expenses and what aro not.
Not bo very long ago Chairman
Burnham left Chicago for Washing
ton, to attend a mooting of tho flno
arts commission. Anxious, ns Its
chief, to uphold the aeBthotlc and ro
fined naturo of this organization, ho
found on unpacking hla wardrobo
thnt many of his articles of clothing
wero In Imperative need of n pressor
beforo thoy would bo In Bhapo to do
credit to tho vista of Pennsylvania
Without giving tho matter a sec
ond thought, ho turned tho tailor'a
bill, with his railway ticket and Pull
man expense, over to tho treasury de
partment, expecting to ho reimbursed.
Tho bill amounted to $4.76 and tho
auditor, certified it, as a matter ot
Not so, however, Controller Robert
J. Tracowoll significant name who
can, on occasion, bo considorablo of
a watch dog of the treasury. Mr.
Tracowoll scrutinized tho bill, repeat
ed tho performance, anbv"thon, aftor
somo deop thought, wrote out a for
mal opinion as follows:
"Tho pressing of clothes has novor,
to my knowledge, been held to bo a
personal oxpenso, occasioned sololy
Ignored in Army
tho servlco, said General Davis, that
this offenso Is not punlshablo by court
martial, although a tost caso nevor
has been brought up.
General Davis declared that at
tempted sulcldo Is technically consid
ered n crlmo In the array and navy.
"It Is a fact that, although many
men and officers of tho army and
navy havo attempted sulcldo, not ono
of them haB oven been court mar
tlaled," ho continued. "Just why
this should bo I do not know.
. "In both tho army and tho navy at
tempted suicide Is considered a crlmo,
but has novor been officially rocognlz
cd as Buch. Both , branchos of tho
service frown on tho practice, how
"Tho caso In Germany, whero Em
peror Wllllnm pardoned Count Hnns
von Prolll nfter ho had boen convict
ed by n court of honor for this of
fonso, ennnot be compared to similar
casos 1ft this country, because sulcldo
Is loojeed upon differently thoro. In
Gormany an army man who commits
certuln offenses is almost expected to
commit suicide, and thoreforo thoy
would naturally bo moro lenient there.
In tho United Statoa a man who trios
to kill himself is looked down upon."
not the official sot at all, but tho old
resident sot of Washington. Until you
have been ndmttted to thnt particular
clrclo you nro not ronlly "In society."
Airs. Scott says:
"I think it Is nn outrago that so
many of tho leaders of society horo
should desecrate Sunday by giving
largo teas, dinners, musicnlos and oth
er entertainments. Tho custom was
brought here from tho continent and
has been growing ever since. If nl
lowed to contlnuo It will undermine
tho life of thla country and bring ruin
on us. I think that Sunday should bo
observed above all else, nnd thnt this
contlnentnl hnblt should bo stopped.
I agrco perfoctly with Justice Harlan
In nil he said."
Tho custom of dlnnor giving, ma
Blcalo entertaining and all that kind
of thing on Sundays was really Intro
ducod In Washington by tho Baroness
Hengclmuller, wlfo of tho ambassador
of Austro-Hungary. It will bo remem
bered that Baroness Hengclmuller
only n few weeks ago gave out
screed agnlnst the "slownoss" of
Washington society and the lack of
Bprlghtllness and spirit In tho mattor
of entertaining here, which got her
Into no end of trouble and sent her to
bed with a serious nervous Illness.
RRIGATI0N OLD AS HILLS
Nature of Crops so Varied That
Amount of Moisture Needed Musi
Da First Ascertained.
(Dy It U PATtBHALL, Colorado AgrfcuU
tural Colleee.) I
Trrlcitlnn In ns nld an the hills.
and is artificially supplying molstura
to tho soli for tho growth of plnntsj
In all theso years tbo sclonco of Ir
rigation has not been mado exact
Naturo is so varied that irrigation
must bo mado to moot tho existing
Soil la composed of mlnuto parti
cles, Irregular In appearance, and,
when collected Into a mass, thoro is
a certain part of this that is space,
and In this space wnter mny bo
stored. It is this water so held in
tho soil that is useful to tho growth
of plants. A 'certain crop must havo
a certain amount of moisture for
its needs; too much may bo detri
mental; not enough may causo tho
loss of tho crop, but fortunately tbo
limits aro wldo. Tho particular ques
tion always arises: What Is tho re
quired amount of water for a maxi
Wo first find that soils differ in
their mako-up; different subsoils; the
slopo of tho ground varies in differ
ent localities, and general cllmatla
conditions may bo different All theso
considered, It mny bo said that what
would bo tho proper amount to
supply in ono caso may bo too much
or not enough In other cases. Effi
cient irrigation consists In supplying
tho requlslto amount of molaturo to
tho soil, and this may bo accomplished
by adding wator to tho ground, or
regulating tho drainage. It has boon
said that good plant growth will ro
suit if wo havo ono pound of froo
moisture in the soil to about ten
pounds of soil. This, of courso, is
goneral, and doponds upon tho kind
of soil nnd tho kind of crop.
You might mako a test and deter
mine for yourself tho right amount
for your farm and particular, crop.
First, seloct a placo in your field
whero tho plant growth scorns to
bo best Take from tho roots of the
plants a sample of tho soil, which
should bo an nvorago from tho top
root to the lower roots. Placo this
samplo immediately into scaled Jars
of known weight Weigh tho Jars
and contents and tho lncroaso will
be the true weight of soil and moist
ure. Put tho soil In n pnn nnd
plnco In an oven of moderate tern
pornturo for eovoral hours. When
cooled to tho tomperaturo of the
room, weigh again. Tho difference
between tbo weights ot tho damp soil
and. tho dry soil will glvo the wolght
of free water, or molsturo that la
avallablo for the growth tot plants.
Clearing New Ground.
Plowing with grubbing and pulling
out the larger stools is tho only
method fully indorsod by most prac
tical farmers in tho Infested regions.
The general method is to go into tho
field with a strong team, heavy plow
and two or throo mon. All except the
largest plants can bo turnod out with
tho plow. Tho largest must bo
grubbed out or pulled with horse nnd
chain. After picking up tho plants
that aro thoroughly loosened the
pleco is gono over with a spring tooth
harrow to loosen up nnd drag out tho
rest. Tho plants aro piled, and In 48
hours, it tho weather Is dry, all ex
cept tho largest roots will burn. Throo
men with a strong team will clear up
from ono-fourth to throe-fourths of on
acre a day.
I always feed after milking and feed
grain or cut tho feed or silage, says
a writer in an exchange. Cowa stand
hotter to milk and pay wholo atten
tion to milking nnd glvo down much
bettor, knowing that thoy get feed
lilVE STOCK NOTE8.
A draft borso la always In demand.
Foed nil animals a balanoed ration.
A good brood sow Bhould bo well
Do not feed the horses all tho hay
thoy will oat
Ample feed should bo always kopt
bofore tho sheep.
Turnips, carrots and sugar beota
mako flno feed for sheep.
Seo that tho llvo stock hnvo cnretul
attention and plenty ot feed.
Keop tho sheep pens clean. Dirt
and foul odors affect sheop quickly.
Do not allow tho brood maro to
stand in tho barn without any exer
cise. Water is cheap, but it is a neces
sity for sustaining tho life of tho
Whtlo the work horses aro not do
ing heavy work, their feed should not
bo very heavy.
Do not neglect to glvo tho sows a
chance to eat somo clover hay or corn,
stalks each day.
Feed that will keep tho bowels opon
is tho best for this tlmo of the year.
Wboat bran helps to do It.
Puro bred colts will sell for mora
at ono or two years of ago than will
grndo horses whon fully mature,
Koeplng animals on tho farm
that do not pay profits is a poor way
to succeed in accumulating' prop.
I'erbapa no other kind of animals
on the farm o,re so likely to bo negloct.
ed In regard i exerclso as brood
Oats aro consider hy many horse
men to be most valuable, They are,
howovor, very expensive, ad many
other feeds hnvo taken their pWsg.
, Bo suro that tbo pigs aro not lousy.
ICerosono oil rubbed on a hog's back
jls good for lice. But look, out and
hot have it too strong, and do not rub
too hard, or you may mako a blister,