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A Neglected Sc
By Helen Uarcou?
It is a very true paying that ''We
often overlook our nearest blessings."
K very where, and all over the world,
there are ihousan-ls who are reachiog
out eagerly, often vainly, for the
means of increasing their income
without leaving their homes. There
are bd many, so very many, whose
duties confine them to the narrow
limits of their own households, who
yet yearn to do something, to make
life brighter and easier for their dear
ones. Often, too, there is something
that those willing hands could do in
this direction, once the way was point
Those who have a little plot of
land at their dispocal, even though it
be no more than a village garden, or
even an odd corner, ci r. help along a
?mall family income bj the cultiva
tion of one of our choicest, yet most
neglected fruits, the tlaokberry. The
bramble, as it is o(ten called in Eu
rope, the rubus fruiticosus, of the
botanist, is not without its thorns,
like many anothe r good thing, but its
fruit is of the best, and worth brav
ing the thorns in order to obtain it.
It is found alinont si! over the world,
and in almost all locations, except in
swamps, as it likes dry, sunny places.
The berry has been known and valued
amonp all people and in all ages.
1'liuy mentions a "mulberry" that
grew on a brier, and this was doubt
less a choice blackberry, since no
species of mulberry ever did grow on
a brier. The family of brambles or
blackberries, is divided into those
with upright stemB, and those that
lie prostrate on the ground, and
those with herbaceous stems. There
is a species common in the hedges of
England that has tough stoms, and
is much used for thatching roofs of
cottages, and for making straw-hives
and mats. The berries of this species,
called the fructiosus, are cooling and
pleasant to the taste, if eaten as soon
as they are ripe, but juat before this
they are acid and astringent, and just
after, or when over ripe, the flavor is
disagreeable and astringent. Wo
have none of this sort in the United
States, and can get along very well
Our blackberries and dewberries,
which are first cousins, are equally
worthy of eaoh other, sod of our
better acquaintance, are all about us,
and we have often wondered how it
in that our people have not seen the
gold glittering at their feet, in the
midst of thcLc free treasures of the
woodlands end old fields. Tt may be
for the very reason tb'.c ? are so
common, and, as we saiu just now,
that we arc so prone to overlook our
nearest blessings, and' try to grasp
something further off. These berries
are about the only wild fruit we have
of any importance, except in some
localities, the blue berries, hut they
are usually plentiful and of good size
But it is just because they are
wild and plentiful that very few
persons have ever thought it worth
while to cultivate them. This is a
great mistake. The strawbery grows
wild in some parts of the country.
If our horticultural ancestors had,
for this reason, been content to let
them go at that, and to gather the
berry as nature made it in the fields
and low lands, where would be our
immense strawberry crops of today?
The best of these wild berries were
taken up, plaoed in garden lands,
cultivated, fertilised, hybridized,
and so they grew larger and larger,
year by year, and with different
characteristics. Some were late in
ripening, some were early, some with
one flavor, some with another, until
the little wild berry could never
recognize is descendant, not even as
a distant cousin.
And thus it would be with our
blackberries of the South. So it has
been, and is, with the blackberries of
SSk Ner?; Long ago some of the
wild plants there were oivilized, and
brought into subjection, enlarged, im
proved in every way, classified sud
named, and placed on the markets at a
good profit to the nurseryman and to
the grower. There are many varieties
of the wild plants to choose from,
varieties that have been self-hybridiz
ed, and self-sown. Some are sweet
like an amiable maiden, others sour,
like a cross-grained child. Some are
round and thick, like the popular idea
of an alderman, some long and lank,
like a growing stripling. Some are
tender, with no "backbone," some are
rather coarse in texture, with a back
bone almost like that of a mulberry.
There are' few sections of the South
where these berries' may not be found
\ in plenty, not only in the woodlands,
but in stray corners of old planta
tions, and in turned out fields. The
birds tak* care that the seeds shall be
dropped, here, there, everywhere.
?urce ol' Income.
t, in Sunny South.
f The L'ackborry seems t<> be especially
at home in the South, and even in its
wild state is one of the finest of ber
The experiment has been tried of
bringing down into the far South,
Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Flor
ida, the best improved northern va
rieties, such as the Lawton, Kittatiu
ny. and others. They do well in the
more northern of the southern States,
but iu those named, the transfer has
not been altogether satisfactory. We
can do better by selecting from among
our own plants. Among thefle, here
and there, are some that bear extra
fine berries, large, rioh, and exquisite?
ly flavored. These Bpeoial bushes
should be carefully marked, so that
they may be known and transplanted
to civilized regions when they become
dormant in the fall. There is also a
marked difference in the time of
ripening, even among the wild berries.
By selecting the earliest and Intent
varieties, as well as tho between
times, and in all cases, the best in
quality, the season may be greatly
Blackberries will bear shipping al
most as well as strawberries. The
care and fertilizing required tobring
them to perfection is infinitely less.
They are one of our most delicious
berries, very healthful also, and gen
eral favorites. A strawberry grower
we know of, having gathered a quart
of very Cne blackberries, just as he
was packing a crate of strawberries
for shipment, concluded to try an ex
periment, and placed his one quart of
blackberries in the crate with their
gayer sister berries. To his surprise,
the returns showed that the
quart of blackberries sold for 83 cents,
while the strawberries brought only
from 20 to 25 cents. Another Flori
da man, who had carried out the sug
gestions above, as to the cultivation
of tho wild blackberry, made a busi
ness of shipping the improved fruit to
Jacksonville. His berries were al
ways in demand, and brought 5 cent*
a quart more than the wild berries
offered at the same time, and side by
side with them.
A berry knowu as the Georgin
Mammoth is a good example of the
value of careful selection and cultiva
tion of the wild varieties. This berrj
originated in Georgia, and the first
plant in cultivation was one that had
been noticed qb bearing ohoioer fruil
than the other wild bushes in thai
vicinity. The quality, of course, im
proved with cultivation and fertiliza
tion, and now the fruit is large, ten
der, juicy, and comparatively seed
less. It ripens at the same time at
the wild berry, and oontinues in bear
ing quite aa long.
Tbe Georgia Mammoth, and al
other tamed wild berries, make a lux
urious grewth of moderately riot
land, and needs acne pruning to kee|
them low enough Vor convenient pick
ing of the fruit. In the fall, befort
oold weather sets in, a large numbe:
of shoots spring up all around th<
plants. These mature and harden am
can be transplanted at any time afte
they become dormant. They shouh
be set three feet apart, and in rows 1
to 10 feet apart. During the firs
summer they will send up a grea
many shoots. These should be left it
the row, but not allowed to grow mor<
than 4 or 5 feet high. The followiDj
summer they will produce a good croj
of fruit, and fully repay all the worl
that has been put on them.
One of the best fertilizers for black
berries, or for any others, in fact, i>
hardwood ashes. The fall, winter anc
early spring are the best times to ap
ply them. The experiment has beei
made of alternating several rows, giv
ing one row plenty of ashes and ;ht
next row none. The next season, th<
rows that had the dressing of ashei
bore twice as much and finer fruii
than those that bad not had anj
ashes, but plenty of other kinds o
fertilizer. The ashes may be appliec
at any time, save mid-summer anc
4.11 A * ttMM ?:~ 5. ?-??J
CS..^ ? ? ? um? uvnuuo| an nuuni
be likely to induce a late growth,anc
expose the bushes to injury fron
When tbe young shoots are 3 feel
high, tbe ends should be pinched of
to make the plants busby and stocky
It is a mistaken idea, held by many
that blackberries need poor, light soil
Thoy will grow, but not thrive on it
If it is desired to have the busbei
yield big crops of big berries, the)
must have plenty of food. No sent
man would expeot bis cow to make 7i
pounds of butter a week on sawdust
Blackberries require moist, well
drained, rich soil, and shallow culture
Neyer hue or cultivate deep* among
j Any one who lives in the country
' may have fine blackberries for hom<
U63 by watching the wild bushes and
capturing thoae that bear the best
fruit. A bit of fetring, or a tag, will
mark the bush selected, until the lime
comes to remove it. Blackberries are
gone for the present season, but there
art many who may remember certain
bushes from which they obtained fine
fruit, and be able to locate them, and
mark them tor the lall transplanting.
Before the new shoots begin to come
up in the summer, mulch the bushes
well with stiaw, grass or pine needles.
Stable manure makes a first-class fer
tilizer for hlackberries, especially il'a
little sulphate of potash is added to it.
The objection is sometimes made to
the transplanting of these bramhles
to a gardeu or house lot that they
will spread all over the ground, as the
wild ouea do, and, that once estab
lished, it will be impossible to get rid
of them. This is another of the com
mon mistakes concerning blackber
ries. Of course, if the new shoots
are permitted to grow on the sides of
the rows they will Hoon spread, but a
little hoeing and light plowing now
and then will prevent this. It is beet,
however, to plant the blackberries in
a spot where they will not be very
close neighbors to other planta or
trees. They aie ambitious, and, more
over, blessed with a good appetite,
and their roots reach out far and
?i<le, seeking for something to devour,
if they get the chance they are none
too honest to appropriate the food in
tended for others.
Let no one think, because wild
blackberries are plentiful, that it will
pay to cultivate this fruit. The ber
ries borne h) the latter are so much
finer and more delicate in flavor that
they will find a ready ?a?e every
where at paying prices Not only is
it well worth while to raise the black
berry for the purpose of selling it,
but even if one wants it culy forhome
consumption, it is still well worth the
trouble. No one who haB tasted the
cultivated berry will willingly go back
to the wild one, no matter how extra
choice the latter may be. There is a
delicacy and rich tenderness given it
by proper food and care, that the wild
berry can never attain. But as an
income maker, the taming of the wild
plant has only to be tried to prove its
helpful qualities. The few who have
so tried, have found it a task arduous,
yet grateful, to keep pace with the
Little Whiskey in Hers.
Hudson Tuttla, the Ohio lecturer,
m ade an address recently wherein he
described the pitfalls of the lecture
plalfui-m, says the Philadelphia Re
"A temperance leoturer wished to
prove to his audience the deadly pow
er of whiskey.
"Accordingly he caused a drop of
water to be magnified and thrown up
on a magic lantern screen. Worms
bigger than pythons, crabs bigger
than elephants, spiders the size of a
ship fought together in the drop of
water like iiends in the infernal re
"The lecturer now caused a drop of
whiskey to be added to the water.
" 'Watch, friends,' he said, 'watch
the whiskey's effect*.
"The effect was marvelous. The
liquor killed all those ferocious hor
rors instantly. Their vast claws and
tentacles and feelers stiffened. All
became peaceful and still.
"An old lady in the front row whis
pered hoarsely in her husband's ear:
" 'Wall, Jabez, that settles me. I'll
never drink water again 'thought put
tin1 some water it iL* "
The Marquis of Waterford once
shoWed remarkable deteotive skill. A
robber who had broken into the mar
quis' house at Curraghmore, Ireland,
was pursued by him and followed to a
publio house four miles off.
There the robber had seated him
self among a number of men, who
were drinking and smoking, and not
one of them would betray .him. The
marquis, however, was matter of the
He insisted upon feeling all their
hearts, and as he was their landlord
and the great man of the county not
one dared to refuse. The man whose
heart waa still heating qnifikly was
the robber who'had just ceased run
*3 _a_ ?9 ?_? O ? 3C __. -
Bmn tm ^m Kind You Hats Msgs bgft
? Gold discoveries in Ioeland have
caused a regular gold fever in the is*
land. Information from Reykjavik
states that prospecting in that neigh
borhood continues and that many finds
ere reported. An engineer bas brought
in a large nugget he dug up at Vest*
lander, a place lying a considerable
distaooe from Reykjavik, 'where it is
believed a new gold field will be open
? Frequently a man is able to
cpneeal what he doesn't know..
. ? But few widows are half as gay
and giddy as they are supposed . to
This story found its way to Wash
io^ton from the North this afternoon,
says the Washington correspondent of
the N. Y. Sun:
President Roosevelt, in a recent
conversation with Senator Knox of
Pennsylvania, anked the Senator what,
he thought of hin appointment of Chas.
J. Bonaparte to a place in the cabi
"You have hoard of the man Mc
Ginuis," replied Mr. Knox, "who
kept a saloon and lived with his fami
ly up over the saloon. One day his
bartender shouted up the stairs :
" 'MoGinnis* shall I thrust Tim
O'Lcary for a drink?1
" 'Has he had the drink?" called
" 'He has.'
" Thin thrust him.' "
Another Point of View.
l'lorenoe Kelley, the secretary of
the National Consumers' League, has
at heart the welfare of factory work
ers, and in her study of factory con
ditions has made many odd friends,
and heard many whimsical remarks,
says the Minneapolis Journal.
"We often ask,'* she said the other
day, "why women dress?whether it
is to please the men, or to please the
women. There seems to be only these
two motives for the fine dressing, but
this morning a third motive was point
ed out to me.
"Two girls stood at a cop-winding
machine in a spinning mill, talking
** 'The new white dress of your's,'
said the first girl, 'will never please
"The other, tossing her head, re
" 'Um! I don't dress to please the
men, but to worry other women.' "
Judge and Jury
In 18S3 a man wad charged in Vic
toria with having killed another man
with a sandbag, and in the faoe of the
judge's summing up, the jury brought
in a verdict of not guilty. This an
noyed the chief justice, Sir Matthew
Begbie, who at once said:
"Gentlemen of the jury, mind, that
is your verdict, not mine. On your
conscience will rest the stigma of re
turning suoh a disgraceful verdict.
Many repetitions of suoh conduct as
yours will make trial by jury a hor
rible farce and the City of Viotoria
a city of immorality and crime. Go,
I have nothing more to say to you."
And then turning to th'e prisoner,
the ohief justice added: "You are
disoharged. Go and sandbag some of
those jurymen. They deserve it!"
? There is a lot of fun to be had
trying to watch other people have it
and fail. r
? Womnn hides herself more in a
night gown than in most of the sum
mer dresses thoy wear.
? A girl is awful nice to wonder
what you are doing when you are kiss
ing her against her will.
? There is something terribly im
modest about the most modest kind of
women's clothes in summer.
? A man oould have a lot more fun
going to a baseball game than betting
on horses if the first was also wicked.
? It's queer how a woman hasu't
the strength to walk to a neighbor's
and can pack a two-year-old boy three
? A woman wears a veil either to
save a complexion which she is proud
of or to hide one she isn't.
? Oooasionally a man carries the
hod for himself While- laying the foun
dation of a fortune.
? After a woman discovers that
her husband has lied to her he never
hears the last of it. '
? A married man shouldn't talk; in
his sleep unless he is sure of what he
is going to say.
? If a man is right he can't be too
radioal, and if he's wrong he oan't be
? Never strike a man when he's
down?unless you are sure he will
never be able to got up again.
*r> The more nerve a min has the
less money he loses when he fails in
? Always speak well of yourself.
Yoar friends will attend to the other
side of it. _ ,
? A girl's ides of a truBt is to have
?sesepej; on & young nuu's aSeo
tions. _. ' ' .
KEEP WELL BT STRENG
IST SUMME Ii W
Everyone with weak digestion
should use Mi-o-na at this seaso n and
so strengthen the stomaoh that di3pz.bc
germs can have no effeot whatever.
This, remarkable remedy puts the
whole digestive system in so healthy,
elean and sw?et a state that fermenta
tion of the food cannot exist, that any
di8ease germa which may enter the
stomaoh will be destroyed, and food
will be so road??y .assimilated tbat a
rapid and healthy increase in flesh will
ALTERING A PICTURE.
Why the ChniiKi* Did Kot I'lecsc tbe
An artist was talking about the noted
German painter Adolf von Menzel.
"\'on Menzel," be Haid, "painted the
Clearest and most distinct of pictures.
Everything with him was worked out
to the last hair. Nothing wa? over sug
gested. With suggested, sketchy, im
pressionistic pictures be bad no sym
pathy. He was called the Mcissouler
"In a discussion of a certain impres
sionist's vague, unintelligible work I
ouee heard You Menzel say:
" 'This man Marklieim sold to tbe
Countess X. two years ago one of bis
lanilseapes. The countess after sbe bad
had the landscape a few weeks tired of
it, and to another artist who dined
with her one night she said:
" ' "I think the new picture that Herr
Markheim sold me lacks animation. It
need : life iu it. Would you be willing
to paint for me a man or woman on
that road that runs through tbe mid
" * "Why, surely, madam," said tbe
second painter. And be took the pic
ture borne with bim, made the addition
and returned It the next morning.
"'Later, meeting Markheim, be said:
"4,,I bad tbe audacity to ulter a
landscape of yours tbe other day. It
was the landscape you sold tbe Count
ess X. Sbe waute:! a figure iu it, and
to oblige her I painted an old peasant
walking down tbe road."
" 'Markheim frowned.
" 'Tbe road?" be said. "Tbe road?
I don't remember any road In that pic
" ' "Ob, yes, tbere is a road," said
" ' "I can't recall it," said Markheim.
" 'Finally, to settle tbe matter, they
went to tbe bouse of the countess and
stood before tbe picture.
m 4 "Tbere," said Markbeim's brother
artist?"there is your road, and tbere is
my eld peusant walking down it."
" ' "Fool," Markbcim cried, "what
bave you ilone? That is not a road in
tbe center of my work. It is a riv
er." ' "?Kan Francisco News-Letter.
THE GROUND CUCKOO.
Rcmarknhle Cunning; It Dlaplny* In
One of tbe most interesting zoological
oddities is tbe California ground cuc
koo. He usually is from twenty to
twenty-five inches long, including Ids
tail, which measures one-half of his
wbole length. Un account of bis small
wings be is a poor flier, but what he
lacks in aerial dexterity bo makes up
in pedestrian velocity. With bis four
yard jumps bo can outrun the swiftest
race horse. His geographical range
is confined to southern California,
Mexico and some parts of Texas. As
a bird of rjrey the ground cuckoo out
wits his most uvidious fellow crea
tures, Snails and large worms consti
tute his principal food, which he is
busy nil day iu digging out of the
ground. But he does not hesitate to
attack larger animals. It is no trou
ble for bim to get the better of small
snakes, and when domesticated he
beats any cat or dog in the extermina
tion of mice and small bouse pests.
Most curiously interesting is the
strategic sagacity he displays in the
capture of large rattlesnakes. These
he dare not meet in fair and open
combat. As soon as he espies a rattle
snake sleeping iu the sun near a cac
tus hedge he surrounds his victim with
a heap of the prickly leaves until he
is well hemmed in. He then pricks
at the reptile a few times with - his
sharp bill, which causes a sudden com
motion in the cactus heap. In his at
tempt to disentangle himself from the
leaves he wounds his tender flesh, and
it takes but an hour or two for the
average rattler to die of sheer ex
haustion and furnish a much coveted
tidbit for the sly cuckoo. Hie meth
od with his prey resembles that of the
cat with the mouse.
Influence of Red Hair.
"There never has been an important
revolutionary movement without a red
haired person intimately concerned, if
not the leuder," says a writer. "Nearly
all the groat reformers or founders of
religions had red hair. -History men
tions that Mohammed was a red haired
man. King David was ruddy. Louis
XIV. was a sandy haired man, - with
many of the characteristic peculiarities
of the type. Cleopatra Is called the
red haired Greek.' Mary, queen of
Scots, had red hair, and Prince Charles
resembled her in coloring. Luerezla
Borgia looks in her portraits somewhat
auburn. Queen Elizabeth was of de
cidedly red coloring, which will suit
both her admirers and her detractors."
Bad Osa Ta? Many Htaaaelf.
"Serves him right!" murmured
Henpeck, looking up from the paper In
which sbe had been reading of the ar
rest of a bigamist.
"Serves who right?" SBked Henpeck.
"Oh, a man who took one wife too
many." . , . .'
"My! Maybe they'll bo after me
next."?Philadelphia Ledger. h
? ? woman likes to have a man
tell her that he thinks her feet are at
loasl two sizes smaller than he think?.
they are. '
? A man may be a hopeless idiot,
but no woman will admit it after he
has proposed marrii ge to her.
THENING THIS STOMACH
Nervousness and sleeplessness como
more often from a weak stomach thaa
from any other cause; headache, baok
aohe, an^rheumatio pains are directly
causcu by an acid condition of ' the
stomach. Mi-o-na corrects ail this,
prevents the formation of acide, and
nervousness, kidney trouble, or rheu
matism, is quickly Cured.
Ask Evans Pharmacy to show yod
the guarantee under which they sell
Mi?o-na.- Prhe 50 cents. It cont?
.nothing uoloas it cures.
The Kind Yon Have Always Bought* and which has been
in use for over 30 years, has borne the signature of
^mjt? I ? a"d aus been made under his per
r^TjdV^45^y^/ aonr.l supervision since its infancy*
+*taf7% S'?&cc?cW't Allow no one to deceive you in this.
All Counterfeits, Imitations and ?" Just-as-good" are but
Experiments that tr'Se with and endanger the health off
Infants and Children?Experience aerainst Experiment*
What is CAS
Castoria is a harmless substitute for Caster Oil, Pare*
goric, Drops and Soothing Syrups. It is Pleasant. It
contains neither Opium, Morphine nor other Narcotics
substance. Its age is its guarantee. It destroys Worms
and allays Feverishness. It cures Diarrhoea and Wind.
Colic. It relieves Teething Troubles, cures Com venation
and Flatulency. It assimilates the Food, regulates the
Stomach and Bowels, giving healthy and natural sleep,.
The Children's Panacea?The Mother's Friend*
GENUINE CASTORIA ALWAYS
Sears the Signature of
The KM You Have Always Bought
n Use For Over 30 Years.
TMS CENTAUR COMPAWV, TV MURRAY ST?CKT. NCWTOM CITY.
This Establishment has ?>een Selling
IN ANDERSON for moro than for?y years. During all that time competitors
have coir,3 and gone, but we havr remained right hero. We have always sold
Cheaper than any others, and du ing those long years wo have not had one dis
satisfied customer. Mistakes .rill sometimes occur, and if at any time we
found that a customer was dissatisfied we did not rest until we had made him
satisfied. This policy, rigidly ac.hered to, has made us friends, true and last
ing, and we can say with pride, but without boasting, that we have the confi
dence of the people of this section. We have a larger Stock of Gooda this
season than we have ever had, and we pledge you our word that we have never
sold Furniture at as close a margin of profit as we are doing now. This i?
proven by the fact that we are selling Furniture not only all over Anderson
County but in every Town in the Piedmont section. Come and see us. T??i
parents saved money by buying from us, and you and your children can save*
money by buying here too. We carry EVERYTHING in the Furniture line*.
G? P. TOLLY & 8?N. Depot Street
The Old Reliable Furniture Dealers
A LONG LOOK AHEAD
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insurance suggests itself?but circumstan
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thread when war, ilood, hurricane and Bit
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to be eure that your family is protected in
case of cala? tity overtaking you is to in*
ou?e in a solid Company like?
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Drop in and see us about it
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