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Helpful Hints tor the Busy
BY J. S. TRIGG,
Dos Moines, Iowa. Corre
. "spondence Invited.
Not the least of one's assets In the
bookkeeping of life ure u good name und
the cordial esteem of one's fellows.
The clover meadow, the manure
spreader and the King road drag con
stitute nn iip to date and wluulng agri
Tobacco dust Is oue of the best pre
ventive of damage by the striped
beijtles which attack the cucumber,
squash and melon vines.
Aye have known of cases where a Hue
feiico was the occasion for 111 feeling
between neighbors on the best of terms
In every other particular.
IJt Is a wise' man -who can profit by
tin; mistakes, of his neighbors and
doesn't have to go through a similar
experience to learn the lessons which
Fruits, such as apples, bananas ami
oranges, are tiptop ileslt reducers which
have this to be said in their favor
that they will not ruin one's complex
ion, digestion or disposition.
A country school wo know has been
greatly Improved in appearance by the
making of beds for wild and tame
llowers the result of putting into prac
tice some nature study suggestions of
an enthusiastic teacher.
' That agricultural system which will
result lu the heaviest production of
barnyard manure will be found to
bring the largest returns for effort in
vested and will' not only decrease, but
rather Increase, the fertility and value
of the farm.
It Is now claimed that the striped or
ground squirrel is of benelit rather
than Injury to a Held of corn, as it is
not the corn he is after, but webworms,
cutworms and other .worm and insect
pests, and that the damage he may do
the corn is more than offset b3' the in
sects he destroys.
Rome 000 Fn mouse trees in the writ
er's orchard belong to the "lily" class
of the Scripture, "which neither toil nor
.pin." They have uot the redeeming
feature of the Illy of which it was said
that "Solomon in all his glory was not
arrayed like one of these." They ure
an unfruitful, seraggly and unprofita
ble proposition, and the ax Is already
laid at their root.
A lady reader of these notes gives
us the following recipe for preserving
sweet corn, which produces an article
superior to both the canned and dried
product: Boil corn on ear till milk
sets, cut from cob and mix thoroughly
with salt at the rate of one pint of salt
to four of com: pack In jar and cover
with cloth and plate. Salt should be
soaked out before cooking. Corn pre
served In this way keeps its flavor re
markably well and Is also tender.
A I'ulaskI county (Iud.) syndicate
will this year devote a 2,000 acre farm
to' llic culture of mint. This product
demands u peculiar soil black and
mucky a drained swamp makes n
good location. The company In ques
tion Is capitalized at ijiSO.OOO, the rela
tively large amount of money being
necessitated by a laboratory and refin
ery, jv.'iich are. needed lu the prepara
tion of tha product. The returns are
estjnmted at $200 per ncro when In full
A factory employee residing In or
near an eastern city who bought all the
feed for his cow and a flock of twenty
II vo hens presents the following llgures
showing the cost of keeping and
amount realized from each: Tho feed
bill of the cow amounted to $92.80,
with receipts from her milk and butter
product of SU4, while It cost $21.10 to
keep the hens, which lu eggs and
poultry sold showed a return of
$102,01, The hens are thus seen to
have. been much tliu better proposition.
Experiments conducted nt tho Mich
igan oxperlinent stations show that a
succotash, crop consisting of corn, peas,
oats, rape uud clover Insures a most
excellent and satisfactory forago and
Boiling cr.op. during tho mouths of July
and August, when tho grass Is short.
'J'noland on which tho oxperlinent was
tried was well manured and put lu
good condition, tho rape and clover be
ing sown broadcast and the corn, peas
ii inl pats being drilled lu, tho entire
mjx'tiiro being sbv at tho rate of two
bushels to tho acre,
An observation of a grosbeak which
was engaged In tho building of her
rnsit within a rod of our dining room
window seems to shpw that she work
ed on her nest for not more than an
hour early In tho morning, the only way
we Vouhl account for which being that
the roots of which her nest was largely
constructed were inoru pliable at tho
time 'mentioned and cduld be mora
eiil'ly twined Into Hie fabric of tho
nArt,' It was further observed that :t
until tho female had about finished her
luliors did the mule bird' put In art up
peaftfitce und cbeer'hfr with a song.
An' agricultural relle tlie application
of u fifty (lojlur method to one hundred
dollar land.' '
A cement lloor has been found an
Ideal oue for (he granary, bolug rat
proof and uot drawing dampness.
From $50 to $S() may be added to Mio
value of any farm for every note which
can be reclaimed and put Into crops by
a system of thorough tile draining, and
wherever ilone It will bo found to be
money easily made.
Koine good people we know uiuiuall
lledly class dandelion greens as n relic
of barbarism, coming down from the
time when our ancestors cilmbetl trees
and lived In dens and caves. Wo con
fess the barbaric taint.
An Idem economic condition which
ought some day to be realized Is Unit
under which every man should have a
home and enough land surrounding It
to furnish him u living provided he
Is willing to work for It.
While sandy soils are much more
enslly worked than clay and ns u rule
"quicker," they suffer much more than
do clay soils from erosion and more
quickly lose their fertility by a gradual
process of washing and leaching.
X Held of corn may be dragged with
out Injury In the middle of the day,
when It Is warm and the stalks ore
limber and pliable, when the same
treatment would prove disastrous In
the cool of the morning or evening,
when the stalks are damp and brittle.
The good housewife should not In ad
dltloa to her necessary burdens and
anxieties bo compelled to put up with
the distraction incident to a leaky roof.
This nuisance belongs to the same
class ns the balky horse or rusty plow
and should be remedied as quickly as
The only rational ground for explain
ing the presence of weeds on supposed
ly clean soils Is that below a certain
depth seeds He dormant through a pe
riod of two or three years, simply
waiting to be thrown to the surface
and exposed to air and heat to germi
nate and grow to mnturlty.
Whether there Is any connection we
cannot state on authority, but npplo
trees bearing the pinkest blossoms usu
ally produce the reddest cheeked fruit.
The one exception seems to be that of
the wild or native crab, which seems
to show no color whatever and yet
whose blossoms are the pinkest that
It is only In cases where the hawk or
owl proves a serious menace to the
turkeys and chickens that their de
struction is at all Justifiable. Unless
they are sinners In this respect they
should be left unmolested, as usually
the service they perform in the de
struction of rabbits, ruts and mice
more than pays for the harm they may
A pamphlet recently Issued by the
forest service of the department of
agriculture contains interesting data
relative to the number of cross ties
used on the railroads of the country
during the year 11)0.". On the 27S,'-!02
miles from which reports were re
ceived 80,051,000 ties were used, of
which number 'J2,5G0,0OO, or SO per
cent, were used in the construction of
new track. Of the number of ties men
tioned US,000,000 were of oak, 17,000,
000 were of pine, while cedar, chest
nut, fir, cypress, tamarack and hem
lock, with a few other varieties, fur
nished the remaining number.
Although we have given the formula
before, because of the large number
who will likely find It necessary to
spray their potato patches we again
give the method of making the bor
deaux mixture: One pound of copper
sulphate and one pound of lime paste
made from freshly slacked lime to ten
gallons of water. This will prevent the
potato blight. To this amount of so
lution should be added so as to bo ap
plied ut the same time two ounces of
paris green, which will fix the beetles.
The potatoes should be sprayed every
ten or fifteen days during the growing
season, or at least until the bugs dis
appear. A letter received from the manufac
turers of the power sprayer which wo
are using In our orchard for the first
time this year contains a suggestion or
two which may be of assistance to
some who nro using tho same or a sim
ilar machine. "I5u sure that the sue
tlou hose Is properly attached and the
gasket in place, so that It will not suck
air. See that the plungers nro kept
well oiled with a good light machine
oil, putting some on every twenty or
thirty minutes, as tho packing will last
longer and the elbow grease as well,
for the pump will run much easier If
well oiled. This Is often neglected by
farmers, and as a result the packing
has to be screwed tighter to keep tho
The real value of the blue grass pas
turo Is often overlooked because a
strict account Is seldom kept of the
financial gains which result from It.
A friend gives us tho following state
ment: Twenty steers mude a gain of
100 pounds each on a season's blue
grass pasturage. At $4 per hundred-
-sight, the price at which thu animals
swll, the gain was ?10 per head, De
ducting $11 per head for pasture leaves
11 per acre as Hie net return, which
compares very favorably with what
would have been realized had tho same
land been planted to corn, oats or other
cereal crop, there being this additional
advantage that no time was required
In preparation of ground, planting, till
ing or harvesting, while the pasture
tru.-c was inoro fertile at the end than
It was at iho beginning of the season.
All Jars Look Alike,
When a powder mill blew up In
southern California a few days ugo till
of tho good guessors for miles around
looked up from their work aud allowed
that another earthquake was going
through the motions.
When a man has hold one experience
meeting with u playful earthquake ho
thinks that every Jar that comes along
must bo a distant relation to the oue
that broke his dishes, mid he Immedi
ately grabs for his hat to break for the
street If he sees any signs of fulling '
Every Hint' a hoavy wagon comes
rumbling over n brldgo and every time
u hoodlum passing by jit night hits the
comer of tho house with a big stick ho
jumps out of bed and gets half wuy to
the door boforo ho recovers from his
fright and guts It through his head that
tils frenzied Imagination has turned lu
4 false alarm.
'w.'ff"aiws.lmi tuciw jii tM jkmmimmmm
Paid By the Logan Mer
chants FOR COUNTRY PRODUCE.
Corrected Weekly by Lead
KKUIT9 AND VKOKTAUI.fi9.
Livo Chickens . 8c
Ures9ed Chickens 10c
Live Turkeys 12c
Dressed Turkeys 15c
OKAIN AND HAY.
Choice Timothy 10.00
tlogs, on foot 5A
Hogs, dressed 7c
Steers, on hoof 4c to -U
Cows, on hoof 3 to 3-ic
Heifers, on hoof 3 to 4c
Bulls, on hoof 3 to SAc
Calfs, on hoof 5c
GRAIN AND LIVE STOCK.
CHICAGO Cittle: Common to prima
stPer.s, U OOtii; lu: cows, $3 004 50;
helfeiM. 12 loiirO iJ: bull. $-' 75(0:4 20;
stockcr.s anil fpeilera. V- 754 75. Sheen
anil fjimbs Slieep, $4 f.OSi'fi 35; lambs,
J5 i!55G 75; .vh:h-:p.i;.s, JO OOfffG 50. Calves
5 7o5ti .lu. t HogH (.'holer to prime
heavy, ii C55U 70; medium to good
heavy. Jii GOJiK C5; Imteher wulRhts,
$6 O'.ijIB H"'.!-; good to choice heavy
mixed.. $t Unfit! 'J5; pichlngr. ii 0t) 62,5.
Wheat No. -' red. SiGftJSTe. Corn Xo. 2,
GlVs51e. Oats No. 2. aSUp.
EAST BUFFALO Cattle: CJood to
choice export, $5 TOfio 85; shipping steers,
$4 75a5 10; butcher cattli. $4 G05 30;
heifers. 3 3uG4 i0; fot cows, M 40?4 30;
bulls. $'2 75(?j 4 25; milkers and springers,
JJ5 GO'S 50 no. Sheep und Lumh.s (Jood to
choice wethers. 5 75if(G 1": mixed slieep,
$5 uOSih 75; ewes, $5 00 Q 5 25; lambs,
?.- 00(37 0". Calves Rest, $7 00(fT7 25.
Mogs Heavies and mediums. $G DO; plga,
J TOSTfi 7!i; Yorkers, $G 8O0G 90; roughs,
$5 5UIJT6 00; stags, U 005 00.
PITTSBURG Cattle: Choice, J5 G5
5 8'); prime. $5 405 GO; tidy butchers',
$5 0005 25; heifers. $3 50Q:4 70; cows,
bulls and stags. $2 5)1r'l 25; fresh cows,
$25 OOJT48 00. Sheep and I-ambs Prime
welhers, tS 70B S5; good mixed, $5 40
5 G5; lambs, $4 00G 75; spring lambs,
5 00J7 75. Calves Veal. 5 007 00.
Hogs Hcay boss and mediums, $(j 85;
Yurkrs, t 90; pigs. iG 70S'G 80.
CLEVELAND Cutt'j: Choice steer,
J6 1G5 50; heifers, U 161? 4 G5; fat cows,
J!! 90(34 15; bulls, j:i 0ft 4 15; milkers und
springers, J15 OOfatS 00. Sheep and
l.ambs tiood to choice lambs, $6 85
7 00; culls, $4 005 75; wethers, $5 254p
5 75; mixed. $1 755 25; ewes, 4 760'
5 25. Calves 7 50 down. Hogs Mixed
weights, Jfi 80: plga, JG CO; stags, H 258
4 75; roughs, J5 50.
CINCINNATI Wheat: No. 2 red, 90e.
Corn No. 3 mixed, 52',453c. Oats No.
2 mixed, 1242',4e. aye No. 2, C4o.
Lard JS 55, Hulk meats 9 75. Bacon
J10 12W. Hogs J5 C06 70. Cattle U 00
5 00. Sheep (3 505 25. Lambs J5 50
BOSTON Wool: Ohio and PonilHylva
nU XX and above, 333Kc; X, 310
2c; No. 1, 1Q'iia; No. 2, 372Sc; un
wnshrd, 25$26c; unwushed delaine, 28
l!c; llmi waatied delaine, 3G37u; Ken
lucky, 1iiJUii, etc, and ',4 -blood, 32
TOLEIJO - Wheat, 87c; corn, 5V4c;
lata, U'c; rye, S5u: cloverseed, JO 80.
There la doubtless Inspiration
In n charming lady's mnlle
Or u bit ot rural landsuupu
Or perhaps it rustle utile.
For n poet or a painter
Things llko the tho void may fill,
Hut for true, strong Inspiration
'JYy ii twenty dollar bill.
In a storm upon the ocean
AVhen tho witves are mountain high,
In u daisy by thu wayside,
In u vllliiKR bounty's eye.
Those who Untw and paint may Katlier
Inspiration from ihesu spiings,
Hut just try them Willi food money,
And they'll pans the other thlngti.
When ft pool In n fronny
Ituyus about a lack of hair
Or h'oes dotty o'er a mill pond,
Souring in Iho upper nlr.
Yon can bring him to his penscs
From tho lilgli poetic (light
With a bunch of itaily money
Dangled carelessly In sight,
There Is rapturo lit a sunset
As th shades of night grow dim,
Hut It will not feed tho baby
Or buy pinafores for him.
' In an ecutuoy ecstatic
Wo may witness the event.
Hut the cruel, haughty landlord
Will not tuko It on the rent,
"Tlmt story In
good, but torrl.
wroto It lu n
FltEB OIlAIJf ALCOHOL ASSt'UBU.
It Is n ninttcr of utmost significance
from the standpoint of Rccttrtits ns
cheap und effective ll'jht. heat and mo
(of power its iosllilo thai tho bill pro
viding for tho renin al of the duly of
?i!.0T a Kiillon from uritln alcohol "de
natured" that In, rendered unfit for
use us a bevoruKe-huH passed both
houses of conttresH. Tho bill, lu which
there inuybo some unimportant changes
before It receives the signature of tho
president, provides for tho rcinovul of
the duty ou ami utter Jan. 1, 1007.
This will give the manufacturers of
wood alcohol, which owing to the high
price of. grain alcohol has been largely
used ns a substitute for It, time to ad
Just themselves to the new conditions,
getting rid of their stockH and read
justing their distillery equipment. How
ever, It Is thought that In u short time
practically nil of the methyl or wood
alcohol would bo needed In denaturing
the grain or ethyl alcohol, so that the
manufacturers of wood alcohol would
suffer no permanent loss. In u report
by Congressman 1'nyue of tho ways
and means committee the statemeut Is
made that a record kept at a big dis
tillery at Peoria, III., and covering a
period of ten years showed that tho
cost of making a gallon of proof alco
hol was 1.89 cents, while tho cost of
tho grain used to produce It was 8.80
cents on the basis of corn nt 12,3 ceuta
per bushel, which would make tho to
tal cost 10.78 cents per proof or test
gallon, or 10.4 cents per wluo or bulk
gallon testing 00 per cent. "With com
nt 30 cents per bushel and each bushel
producing live proof gallons, 00 per
cent denatured alcohol would cost 14.20
ceut3 per gallon. The sume report
states that alcohol can be made from
the lowest quality of Cuban molasses,
which Is now put on the eastern mar
ket ut a trltlc above cost of transporta
tion, nt 10 cents per gallon. In view
of these figures and the further fact
that a gallon of alcohol will last as
long as two gallons of kerosene and Is
cheaper, safer and cleaner than gaso
line, the Importance of the law just
passed Is perhaps more fully realized.
Secretary Wilson of the department of
agriculture, who has realized the Im
portance of free nlcohol to the Indus
trial and agricultural Interests of the
country and who has given the bill In
question cordial support front the start,
states that "the northern states could
readily depend upon the white potato
as a source of heat and light, the south
ern states upon the yam and sweet po
tato and the western states upon the
sugar beet. The average amount of
sugar and stnrch that goes to waste fn
the stalks of Indian corn annually
would moke 100 gallons of commercial
alcohol per acre. When we consider
that the number of ncres lu Indlau
corn Is approximately 100,000,000 It Is
seen that the quantity of alcohol that
Is lost lu the stalks Is so large as to
be almost beyond the grasp of our con
BOOZE AXD AOniCULTUnE.
There Is uo business occupation In
which the booze habit does not exert
a blighting nnd disastrous effect and
none in which It Is more true than lu
agriculture, for there is none In which
success depends more largely upon a
clear and level head ns well as perse
vering nnd well directed effort. We
have in mind nn acquaintance of many
years ago who when his father's estate
was divided received a flue 1C0 acre
farm as his due portion. Our frleud
was a hard worker and soon after com
ing into possession of the farm became
as hard a 'drinker. In the course of
fifteen years he succeeded In transfer-.
ring his profits Into the snloou keepers
till and In return was. able to show a
dilapidated and rundown farm, mort
gaged to the limit, while empty kegs
and bottles, with poverty nnd misery,
bore eloquent yet pathetic testimony to
his material and moral decadence.
Finally, when the dregs In the bottom
of the cup had been drained aud he
"fain would 1111 his belly with tho
husks that the swine did eat," he came
to, took a brace ant', bravely begun to
retrace his weary stops up the long
lucllue toward a temperate prosperity.
When Inst wo heard of him he had not
yet reached the summit, but was near
ly there, tho years past middle life
which should have known somewhat of
leisure nnd much of contentment hav
ing been passed lu the hard toll and
drudgery In tho reclamation of his lost
estate. It took our friend a long time
to learn the lesson that booze has no
place In r.uccessful ngrlculture, but ho
learned II. Ills case Is cited horo for
the benefit of some Who ure traversing
the same rond, but don't uppreclato the
finish the lrcgs and the husks.
I'Al'EIl riJOM SWEET COIlJf HUSKS.
As showing the constant effort that
Is put forth to utilize byproducts In the
manufacture of different articles of
food or apparel we note that there has
been orguulzeiPMu a western city In
which Is located one of the largest
sweet corn canning factories In the
country u company with a capital stock
of $100,000 for the purpose of manufac
turing paper from the husks of the
sweet corn, which up to the present
lime have only partially been used In
(he feeding of stock. Experiments
which have been conducted for some
time past seem to Indicate that the
project Is feasible, that the husks are
easily reduced to pulp and that tho
pulp so far used has made paper of the
strongest flbor. We bellevo tho tlmo Is
uot far 03 when not only the husks,
hut stalks of sweet corn ami Held corn
U'lll be used lu tho manufacture of the
toarser grades of paper, thereby pre
touting a very largo and hitherto un
! I'olut of Vlttvr,
Artlcus-Awfully simple, Isn't It!
CrMeus-Naw! Simply uwrullNW
A COMEDY OF
BY V. LYMAN.
If you are not acquainted with
ihc Hyutom of country telephones
you ought to be.. The central girl
iu a small town knows every
body's business, and does what
she can to keep the entire town
straight. She is generally accom
modating. If you call for John
Smith, she will tell you that Johu
and his family have gone on a
day's visit to his brother Ike
and Ike has uo 'phone. Then
about live o'clock iu the evening
your bell, will jingle and Central
will inform you that John Smith
is at home now and what did you
In rural communities instead of
saying "one-six-flve," they ask for
"one sixty-live," and "sixty"
sounds so much like "fifty" well,
Dozeburg is yet talking about a
mystery that I must confess was
dark to me till Central, being a
woman, could keep it no longer
and confided in me. I, being a
man, could keep it if I wanted to
pooh, yes; but I don't Want to.
Now, I dislike to open a story
with a "dramatis personae;" it is
so much like Shakespeare, and
really I am not at all like Shake
speare t.hat is, my writings are
not like his. But I must ask you
to remember these four numbers:
No. 155, George Shanmere's
15C, George Xoman's store.
1G5, George Shantnere's
No. ICC, Bill Humphrey's home
mostly Bill's daughter Mabel.
For three years George Lonitui
had "kept company1
witli Mo tint
thought it was quite time for
George to "quit his dallyin' and
git a. home started;" but George
was extremely sny. He verr
much wanted to ask Mabel to
name the- day, but when he
thought he hud his courage
screwed up to the sticking point
his heart ceased to beat, he went
cold and shook like a man with a
chill. And so he put it off from
day to day, hoping something
would happen and something
On a certain Thursday evening
George Shanmere rose from his
supper and put on his hat. It was
his custom to spend a couple of
hours ut his ofilce after supper,
but this evening he seemed loth
"I don't feel well this evening,"
he said to his wife. "I'll be home
He had been at the office hardly
an hoiix when his telcpJione.beil
rang. He took down the receiver.
"Is this George?"
"Won't you come up and spend
the evening with me? I have
some, new music."
"Why, yes, little girl, I guess I
will.' I don't feel like working to
night anyway. I'll be right up."
"Thoughtful of the little girl,"
he mused, as he got into his top
coat. "She knows I'm not well
to-night" ("Little girl" is
George's name for anything fem
inine big and little, old and
young, fat and lean.)
Walking up the street he saw
the familiar figure of George Lo-
man, swinging in his left hand a
paper bag clutched tightly by the
neck. On his right shoulder lie
carried a OO-jiound suck of flour
flhanmere came up with him.
"Hello, George; loaded, ure
"Hello, yep look out eggs!"
Loinan turned in at Bill Hum
Mrs. Shanmere looked at her
husband curiously when he wont
"Did you get the things?"
"Why, the groceries'
"Hang it, no. Guess I forgot as
usual don't remember a thing
about auy groceries."
He settled himself comfortably
by the fire. Mrs, Shaumeiu drew
her chajr near him and took up
"Who was that coming up the
street with you?"HheuBked, pres
ently. "George Lomau."
"DIdu't he have a sack of flour?"
"Stopped ut Bill Humphrey',
1 ,aUa"'iMt,Odsa.-J, .;-
Story Tellr. 1
"Oh, nothing; I wonder "
She continued to wonder, when
George asked: "Can't we have
some of that now music?"
"Why, I have nothing very
"Vou said you hud some new
"What's the matter with you
tO'iiight, anyway, George? 1 be
lieve you're going crazy."
She went to the piano and
played first the new things and
then the old oties that George
liked. In the middle of the skirt
dance site stopped suddenly nnd,
pointing out of the window to
where the moonlight streamed
across Bill Humphrey's front
yard, she exclaimed:
Now we'll catch up the stitch
we dropped awhile ago.
Wehn George Lomau knocked
at the kitchen door of the Hum
phrey, home, Mrs. Humphrey
called from the sittiug room;
"Come right in."
George opened the door, set the
bag of eggs on the cook table, de
posited the flour on the floor near
the cabinet and stepped to the
door to brush the flour from his
"What in the lan's sake are ye
doin' out there? Can't ye come
Loinan went through the dining-room
and into the room where
Mrs. Humphrey sat knitting.
"Well, fer the lan's sake,
Geprge Loninn! I thought it was
Cousin Jim; he always goes to the
back door to clean his boots. Go
right on in the parlor Mabel an'
Charlie Hughes is in their tryin'
over some new music."
Mabel played for half on hour,
and another half hour was whiled
away at dominoes. Then the
querulous voice of Mrs. Humphrey
broke in upon the game.
"Fer the lan's sake," she called
from the kitchen, "whoever
brought this flour an' these here
aiggs in here?"
Charlie looked at George;
George lookedVt Mabel.
"Why," said George, "I brought
Mrs. Humphrey appeared in the
doorway. "What's that?" she
"Why, I brought them up.
Mabel said you were out of "
Charley Hughes rose and
looked at. his watch. Then he
took his hat from the piano. "I'll
be going now, Mabel." He stepped
toward the door, but Mrs. Hum
phrey effectually blocked the
way. Over her glasses she looked
sternly at George and Mabel,
while her fingers played nervously
with a pin in her waist.
'George Loman, I want to know
wllat you mean by such doin's?"
"I tell you," declared George,
"Mabel told me you were out of "
"I didn't do anything of the
Mrs. Humphrey advanced, shak
ing a threatening finger. Charlie
saw an opportunity to escape and
made for the door. George
dodged the irate old lady and ran
after Charlie. "Wait a minute.
Charlie I say, don't say anything
about this till we get it straight
They stood a minute at tJje
gnte, George earnestly imploring
Charlie to "keep it dark, old man."
Down the steps came Mrs. Hum
phrey, wagging an ominous finger
This was the tableau that
stopped Mrs. Shanmere "tit the
piano und took her to the window,
George Loman met Mrs. Hum
phrey and walked back to the
house with her.
"I tell you, Mrs. Humphrey,
there is some mistake. I am sure
Mabel telephoned me " They
had reached the parlor again.
Mabel was crying softly into tho
en rtl receive r. Geo r go we n t u p t o
"Mabel, didn't you telephone mo
to bring up some Hour that you
were out and wanted to Bet bread
"Oh, George, no! It must have
been some one else. I telephoned
you to come up aud spend, the
evening, us 1 had some new
"Well, It sounded just like your
voice sweet, and"
"Sweet! the Idea! Aud talking
about flour und eggs!"
George's heart fluttered pain
fully, ne nerved himself undput
his arm about Mubel and drew her
"I do think your voice would
would sound sweet over the t-t-tol-ephone"
a cold sweat bathed
George's faccand his voice choked,
but lie went on, "telling me to
b-bring home, some f-f- some
"Oh, George! Stop, now! Oh,
right on my mouth George! Now
you've mussed my hair! Yes,
for goodness sake, bring home
some flour but don't bring it
here. Oh, what will mamma say?"
But Mamma Humphrey had dis
creetly withdrawn, und was at
that moment emptying the flour
into the bin and Buying to Mr.
"Just help yourself goin' to
set bread to-night?" Kansas
A man seldom loses his con
fidence until he loses his money.
FAMOUS TTCbTAm CaK DEAD
One of 'Best Known Landmarks in
State Is Out Down Supposed to
Have Stood for 200 Years.
The famous "Big Tree," of
Lafayette, Iud., one of the oldest
and best known landmarks in the
county, is no more. The giant
oak, under whose branches Gen.
William Henry Harrison slept
while on his way to the battle ol
-Tippecanoe, has been cut down
The tree, which is supposed to be
more than 200 years old, stood
directly in the middle of the Riv
erside road, midway between the
city and Tecumseh trail and thq
state soldiers' home. WheiLthd
road was built in 1872 the tree's
history saved it from destruction
and the highway went around il
on each side to prevent its being
The tree for years has been
known' as a trysting place am!
scores of lovers have plightet'
their troth beneath its branches
Hundreds of travelers have
stopped to rest in its shade, ane
visitors to the city have been
taken to the tree, which has lon
been regarded as one of the points
of interest in the county. It stood
115 feet high, and on its scarred
trunk could be seen traces of rec
ord-breaking high-water marks,
the Wabash river running only r
few feet away.
For years the children of La
fayette have talked of the "Big
Tree" and used it to denote direc
tion. It is supposed to have
marked the site of an old Indian
village, as many arrow heads and
other aboriginal weapons have
been dug up near it. The Indiac
chief, Tecumseh, is said to hav
stood beside the tree and deliv
ered addresses to his braves antf
held numerous council fires be
Volcanic Activity in Alaska.
Volcanic activity is so com
monly associated with the palm
of the tropica that it is somewhat
difficult to think of subterranean
fires burning fiercely through tin
hard crust of the cold northland
Yet one of the most extensive vol
canic belts of the globe lies ou
the southern const of our Alaskar
province. The necklace of mam
moth peaks comprises 57 activ
or recently extinct volcanoes
with altitudes ranging from thf
11,000 feet of Wraugel, above tli
head of Cook's inlet, down to thf
few hundred feet of the Bogos
lofs beyond the western extremi
ty of the Alaskan peninsula. Thir
belt oX vqjgnjiic. activity is.-l.G0C
miles long and not more than 4C
miles wide. More than 25 of thf
Alaskan peaks are live volcauoe?
today, forming a varied and ini
posing arruy of cones that rise ii
many cuses from the sea.
It is said by the Electrioinr
that low-tension electrical cur
rents, say under 12 volts, ure more
deadly than those having ten
times the voltage. Dr. Berttelli
mid Prof. Preyost haye made thf
remarkable discovery thnt hfgh
tension currents are capable oi
restoring action of a heart that
hiiB beeu arrested by a low-tension
His Wife This paper says tha
women are cooler than meu Ir
times, of great danger,
Her Husbaud I kuqw that (r
be a fact from personal experl
"From personal experience?"
"Yes, You weje much coolei
tluui 4 when we faced he paro,
Uhlcago puy Newe.
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