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Ourious Experiences c
"How many people realize," sat
an old Missouri Pacific engineer al
thc Union station a few nights ago,
"that when they arc riding across thc
country in limited trains, they are
going faster than a bird flies? And
how many of them know that the
run of a fast train for a trip of 300
miles causes the death of from one to i
Not a trip is made across Missouri j
by any of thc fast trains that one or
more hirds are not killed in its flight.
When the fast mail trains come in
from their runs frequently one of thc
little feathered tribe is found lodgi d
in some nook upon thc engine. A
little tuft of feathers, clinging to thc
iron monster, tell where a life was
taken. Kngincers .-ay that if they1
get within ten feet of a bird before it \
rises from thc roadway it will b<- kill- !
cd. Thc noi.-e and speed of the train,
they say, bewilder it.
"1 was bringing thc fast mail, the
Government train, from St. Louis
one day," this Missouri I'acilio ungi*
nccr said, "and if I killed one bird
I'll bet I killed fifty. It wa* one of
those foggy mornings in the early '.
spring, just after a big raiu. The
country all around liad been soaked, I
and the little path down thc middle
of the railroad track was one of thc
dryest pieces . f ground the birds
could find. Thc crows, 'bc sparrows,
thc doves and liic riuail were scat
tied all along this walk in the track.
Wc left St. Louis forty minutes late,
and were trying to make time. I had
one of our big 1,100 engines, and she
was working as smooth as a sewing
machine. l>own in thc lowlands be
tween Washington and .Jefferson City
we were sliding along with an easy
sixty-mile clip. Thc smoke settled
and hung ulong over the train and the
suction from behind brought it iuto a '
hurried roll as we ran from beneath
it. lt was nearing daylight,, and the
birds were out on thc dry railroad
track feeding. A man couldn't have
heard that train more than a hundred j
yards aud it seemed wo fairly jumped
down on those birds. Ono big crow
raised slowly in frout of thc engine
and 'bang' he went into thc headlight.
A smaller bird, which I judged was
a sparrow, plunked against the win
dow pane in tho cab. All aloug
that run, clear to Sedalia, we hit thc
When they took my 1,100 to the
round house we found several birds,
including the crow, lying on thc en
gine. There were enough feathers
lhere to fill your hat. Of course,
this was an exceptional trip, but take
a clear day, let a bird fly straight in
front of your engine, and you'll hit it
hard enough to knock its life out
every time. Hirds through hore don't
fly a milo u minute, but these big
engines do. and they often fly faster
than that. A dove ia the fastest of
The matter of feed is of
tremendous importance to the
farmer. Wrong feeding is
. loss. Right feeding is profit.
The up-to-date farmer knows
what to feed his cows to get
the most milk, his pigs to get
the most pork, his hens to
get the most eggs. Science.
t Buf how about the children ?
Are they fed according to
science, a bone food if bones
are soft and undeveloped, a
flesh and muscle food if they
are thin and weak and a blood
food if there is anemia ?
Scott's Emulsion is a mixed
food; the Cod Liver Oil in it
makes flesh, blood and muscle,
the Lime and Soda make bone
and brain. It is the standard
scientific food for delicate
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ne sure that this picture in
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>.t" locomotive I >rivers.
! ?,..ds, and there are fewer of
j killed. In the first place, a
tram rarely get? clone to one. In thc
second place, doves usually fly in a
circle, and it is a race with one to run
it down. A quail will i:?akca short,
quick flight, hut will not last long.
Its body is too heavy in proportion lo
its wings, for a long flight. The Eng
lish sparrows suffer thc most from
trains These hirds become so tame
they will let au engine get close on
them before they try to fly. A little
blood spot tells of thc finish."
''Not loug ago," -aid U. M. Jji|ues,
the engineer who pulls the Alton's
Chicago Limit? d, "1 was knocked
clear from my sent in thc cab by an
old hoot owl, one nf the variety that
flies in thc woodland. It was ene ol'
thc prettiest nights you ever >?w, a
full, clear moon, the air was soft and
we were running on time. I was
bringing a special into Kansas t'ity
and had an open traek clear into town.
Wc were bowling along ale.ut fifty
miles an hour, when sonic ?lark object
darted in thc side eal? window, struck
mc in the breast and all was darkness.
I fell by thc side of my seat and lay
there, lt was but a moment, how
ever. My fireman jumped over to my
side of thc cab and helped mc up. lu
my fall I had jerked tho throttle wide
open and that engine was fairly burn
ing up the tracks, going round curves
like a rocket. We closed her down a
little and I looked d*;wn to sec what
hit me. There ou thc floor, with an
occasional gasp from its crooked beak,
was a hoot owl that would weigh five
pounds. Hut 'twas all over for Mr.
Owl. I dropped him out into thc
ditch by thc side of thc railroadlrack.
lt was a week before I got over the
soreness in my chest. Tho owl had
come out of thc woods near Indepen
dence. I never pass there now that
1 don't think i-f that devil bird that
"k's thc birds that fly in the night
that bother me," ^aid Harry Norton, 1
who brings the Wabash fast mail in
in from Mobcrly. "They fly into the
headlight and into the cab, and haye
broken more than one window for inc.
The big headlight attracts thc birds
at night and causes many to bc killed.
In the early spring of last year I had
the headlight on old '(ISO" ruined by
a big white goose. It was up near
Carrollton. We were late out of
Moberly, and with this engine I had
nearly made up all lost time. And I
intended getting into thc Union ita- I
tioD herc on tho dot. I didn't have a
stop between Carrollton aud Kansae
City, sixty-six milos. Wc just got
ont of there and were going easy, fast
enough to get here on time, when this
white goose came flying straight to
ward us. Away dowu the track I saw
him, his white feathers glistened liko
silver. His mouth was open and his
great white wings drove him straight
toward us. Ile didn't seen, afraid of
an accident, but drove into the head
light like a catapault. There was a
flutter of feathers and,-the goose fell
to thc side of the track. A stream of
blood,trickled down over the broken
headlight glass and dried and liarden
ed^before^we pulled up at tho end of
tho run. If that goose hadn't hit the
rim of that headlight 1 think he
would havo. knocked .thc whole works
out of it."
"Lou" Ward, who takes thc'Frisco
fast mail out of Kansas City at 2.10
o'clock every morning, perhapsstrikes
more birds with his train than docs
any out from Kansas City. His little
flyer is made up of only the mail car,
a chair car and thc engine. "With the
light engine he uses he goes down
through Southern Kansas at a speed
no other tiain equals. Ile makes
only one stop in the first ninety-eight
miles. Much of his run between Kau
sus City and Fort Scott is thiough
wooded country, where thc hawks and
owls arc flying. At thc round house
this little mail train is kuown as thc
"In the early mornings," faid Ward
a few nights ago, "I sometimes hit the
song birds and I hate this. I have
made a pet out of my CDgine, and I
hate to have a pet of mino hurt tho
birds thal sing. Bul my 'little favor
ite' is an owl exterminator. There's
a world of them down between l'acola
and Fort Scott and they will get in
front of my train. One night I hit
ono down near LaCygne, and he stuck
by his head in a niche on thc head
light. He dropped after a while and
the feathers flew as ho tkatcd along
the ground io the bottom of the rail
The ecgincmen regret especially to
kill a dove, and] above all, in thc
spring, at mating time. si'It seems
that all doves are lovers," one engine
man said. G" You canosee them to
gether feeding, wailowingVin the dust
or sitting by each other's-sidc. 'There
are always two, especially when they
arc feeding. I ? ? w ? i .?TI t J J *% Wabash
t h i ~: year, just ut thc time when spring
was opening an.] thc grass was turn
ing green, I killed a dove, oue of a
pair. I remember it because as it
rose the edge of the boiler struck it
and knocked it high in thc air. A
little fluff of feathers showed where it
lit, and I turned to watch it. Next
day when I passed that spot I thought
of the little dove. There hy the side
of the feathers, close to the piece of
body, sat the mate. Il fluttered to
one side as we passed. The next day
the little dove was sitting there and so
it was the third, i i??ycr H?W it again.
Since then I have watched the doves.
One will mourn for ?ts mate, pod it
seems to realize what has happened
when its mate is killed.
Mystery of Familiar Fruits.
The banana is seedless, or nearly
HO, aud has been for centuries, though
nobody knows why. It is propagated
by suckers, and possible had no seeda
when it was first found in iii wild
state. Thc banana is a modified
berry. Cutting the fruit through the
middle you will sometimes see a few
little brown spots, which are the
rudimentary seeds. Occasionally thc
banana dues actually prod nee a few
The pineapple is seedless, being
propagated likewise from suckers and
from slips. The egg plaut, which is a 1
fruit, botanically speaking, is occas
ionally seedless. This piantis able to
produce developed fruit whether the
blossom is fertilized or not. Horti
culturists are endeavoroing at thc
same time to rid fruit plants of thorns.
Some oranges and lemons are very
thorny-for example, the highpriced
Kin.; orange, which is the best of the
mandarins. It is rarely seen in this
mirket. The first trees ?vere brought
to thc United States from Cochin Chi
na. In Florida its thorniness has
been reduced by selecting buds froai
thc branches with the fewest thorns.
Thorns are oojecticnablc because they
puncture the oranges and lemons
when the branches are blown about
by the wind. IO Hort s are being made
to get rid of thc thurns and on rasberry
and blackberry plants, simply for con
venience in picking the fruit. The
thorns are meant by nature to protect
them from animals. Cultivators select
those plants which happen to bc
thornlcss or nearly so.
No eld Angels
Sho is too young to understand
much about thc "life hereafter," but
old enough to think she bas grasped
that problem thoroughly, says u l'hilj
adelphia exchange. For this reason
she talks often and much about heav
on. The other day she was observed
to bo revolving something in her mind
for quito a quarter of an hqur, and
I just as her mother was about to ask
j ber what she was thinking about, the
little girl said: , |
"Mother, is your grandmother dead?"
"Yes," answered the now thorough-,
ly perplexed mother.
"Well, is she in heaven?" then pro- |
pouuded the youthful seeker after j
"I hope so," said the mother.
"Well, I am afraid not," replied j
the linio ono, "f?>r ! n*- saw 8 pic
ture ol' an old aog< I."
Arid wit h an expression ou her little
face that showed she had .solved an
il other kuotty ijucstion, thc child re
I turned to her ?day.
Breed (?louts, Soys Wilson.
Washington, Dec. 8.-Secretary
Wilson believes that a big mistake
ia being made in not breeding goats in
this country. Ile says that $25,000,
000 in goat skins are imported into
i the United States each year, and he
' says that this alone is evidence that
I we have a splendid market cot caly '
j for goat meat but goat skins. He
; says that thc only thing that might
; preclude the establishment of a paying
industry in this country is that much
pains arc required, and that these
! might not bc takeu. Most of thc goat
: skins that come here are for thc man
ufacture of shoes, although large
quantities are made iuto clothes and a
good deal into morocco leather. The
figures show that the skins which
r came in duriug thc last year were
worth on an average of lil) cents per
pound, Thc skins come iu bales of
100 each and arc dry. They are as
sorted into grades hy the tanuer.
"While it is generally agreed among
those who speak froiii experience,"
said Secretary Wilson, "that all kinds
of breeds of goats are a delicacy, it is
true that among thc great mass of
thc people of this country there is a
prejudice against anything b-mriog
the name of 'goat.' Within thc en
vironments of all the larger cities are
found many kids, and it is evident
that only a few of them grow to ma
turity. What becomes of them?"
Tho Secretary strongly intimates
that butchers and meat dealers fre
queotly pass them over their connter?
as "lamb," and says no meat dealer
has yet heard any complaints as to thc
quality of this "lamb." He goes on
to say that a considerable number of
goats arc purchased by thc large
packing establishments of the coun
try and sold either in carcass or can
ned, as mutton. Many people who
decry goat meat have unconscious1}'
eaten it many times. The meat may
; not be as palatable as the best of mut- j
! ton. but is as gocd, if not better than
j poor mutton.
Secretary Wilson declares that ibo
j flesh of a mature goat is not at all
! palatable to those who have tasted
! it, but that thc meat of a kid is splen
I did, and it ought to become more com
i monly used in this cc-nutry. It is
safe to say "that the existing preju
dice against it would disappear if thc j
people were to taste it and in time a i
j good market ought to be built up for
all that can be produced. I believe it
would pay to raise goats, especially
if there should bo a demand for the
fl?sh of kids as food."
Nearly any land in thc United
States is suitable for goat raising, ex
cept low, swampy land. Goats like
to browse and aro fond of grass and
weeds. Therefore tracts that aTO
overgrown with brush and briars are
ospccially desirable. It would bo
necessary in tho winter time to sup
ply food, but even then the soft twigs
romain for thc goats to browse upon.
There oro millions of acres of land in
i the United States suitable for goat
'rising,f As '. Li J.\ngora'?:oat, because
'f its long Lair, gets,along Lest in a
sold climate. Secretary Wilson thinks
that a cross between thc Andora goat
and the common goat would be valu
able in this country. The Angora is
far more promising of profit than
cither thccommon goat or a cross be
tween thc4two. Thc fleece of the An
gora goat ?i? in demand at all times,
aod brings good prices, while the
commoo^goat constitutes nothing of
the kind.. The flesh of the Angora
goat is more nutritious than that of
the fcommon goat. It is said that
there is an entire absence of the
odor of the common goats in the An
Secretary Wilson is surprised that
there are not more goats for milk pur
poses in the United States. Ile Bays
that it is a common thing in other
countries for thc milk of the goat to
be used, and that it is rich and pala
table. The few goats which are kepi
io the United States for milk produc
tion arc ol' the common breed. Ho
says that there i? one man in New
?Jersey who has had great success io
developing the common goat into a
clean, hardy and healthful milch ani
mal. This man bas several goats
which give at least two or three quarts
a day, and have a period of lactation
of four to six mouths. Thc quality of
thc milk from the common goat is as
good as that from any other and "the
healthfulness of thc goats' milk is
everywhere acknowledged and recom
mended by those who have investigat
ed thc matter."
ChrUtmas and Sew Year Kates.
For tbe Christmas and New Year noli
days the Southern Railway will sell
tickets to all points South of the Poto
uiac and East ot the Mississippi rivers
ir. rate one and one third fare for the
round trip. Tickets to he sold Decem
ber 23, '24, 25 and 31, 190-1 and Jssuarv ?,
1905, with final limit January 4, 190")
Vor teachers and student** of schools and
oolleKes, upon pr?Mentation of certificate
signed by superi'itondents. principals or
presidents of var'.ous institutions of learn*
lng, ticket* will be oold December 17 to
'24, iuclOHive, with final limit January 8,
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