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Helpful Hints for the Busy
BY J. S. TRIGG,
-Dos Moines, Iowa. Corre
With lino larso strawherrlei retulllni?
at ?l.r0 per crate It is u inustlon
whether the berry bed, us ordinarily
m:inaed, Is a paying proposition.
A friend of the writer who paid ?2
for twenty-live liewfaiiicleil strawberry
plants contributed $1.23 toward paying
the livery bill of the agent who sold
him the plants.
There are portions of Colorado in
which the ravages of the potato worm
amount to as hifdi as 2 per cent of the
entire crop raised.
In 1800 the leather and leather manu
factures of the United States were
valued at $12,273,170: in 1003 the total
for the same Items was .?ys,04t,4--.
There are many cases where the hir
ing of outside help for extra work in
the house avIII prove vastly more eco
nomical than the services of a physi
cian following a spell of overwork.
Every spot in the jiardeu that Is
available may much more profitably
urow some useful vegetable than a
corresponding quantity of weeds. Each
foot of laud should imy its share of
Cabbase glowers nloir the Missis
u ippl river aie concerned over the up
jj pearance of cabbage lice, which are
--doing much damage and are thought
to have been imported In shipments of
c.lbbage from the south.
The man who has a wife and fam
ily and who refuses to lake the home
paper duriir,' the busy season Iniciiuse
lie hasn't time to lead it has au ex
, tfi'inely wuipeil and sellisli disposition
tuTd needs making over badly.
Tlieie would seem to be considerable
Justice in the proposal of the granger
of a central state who holds that luas
, much as outlets of automobiles share
equally with the larmer in the benetit
of good highways they should be asked
to pay a portion of the tax levied to
keep the road in repair.
Experiments which have been made
tilip.whut the runts in a drove of hogs
do vastly better when kept in a sepa
rate pen, where they can have a better
cfiauee uX the trough. When kept with
linger and more vigorous pigs they are
clfltscU fj-otfi pillar to post and have
little "chance to get the food they need.
While there Is no trait that should
be more generously exercised or whoso
effect's ate ..more wholesome or salu
tary than charity. It Is badly prostitut
ed when Its exercise affords a cloak
or shield for preventable rascality.
There Is the charity which uplifts and
yet another which may tend to de
grade. lYrhaps Viiere Is no more charming
Instajtce of gratitude than that to be
observed In the return which we re
'wive from the Mowers to which we ile
vott our care. A lied of roses in our
yard furnishes a dally thr.'tk offering
of beauty and fragrance, mid though
Its messengers are mute they teach a
helpful lesson of purity and unselfish
ness. A section farm within a few miles
of the writer's home has an amount of
quack grass growing on It that would
cover lorty acres If It were collected
on one patch. The passerby does uot
uccl to be told that this deplorable
state of affairs Is the natural out
gniwih of long years of neglect and
slipshod farming encouraged by a year
to year system of renting, Under this
the landlord squeezes the renter, the
renter skins the landlord, with the re
.suit that -there Is a very real agricul
tural devil to pay In tho shape of be
fouled laud and depleted soil fertility.
When once the start has been made
It Is Just as easy to raise thoroughbred
as dunghill or scrub fowls, whllo the
MitlHtiictloii which comes from tho rais
ing of a Hock of uniform color and sl.e
Is no mean consideration, Thu thor
oughbred fowls will usually lay as well,
as the scrubs and as n rule bring a
better price when put on thu market,
both nu account of sl.e and appearance.
We know of a neat by farm which It
Is a pleasure to pass by, simply because
then; are raised there each year from
3. TO to ''."() full blooded light Krahmas.
The statement inndo would lie as true
of any other variety of chickens.
WJdlo.lt occupies relatively a very
liuTnblo place In Hie economy of nature,
there Is" probabjy no one of her crea
tures that fullifls a more useful mis
sion or In a greater measure earns his
way than the common load. That ho
performs a great service, for tho farm
er and gardener Is shown from tho fol
lowing .dally bill of fare: Caterpillars,
cutworms, beetles, sow bugs, snails,
grasshoppers, moths;, wlreworms and
potato bugs, all of which damage the
farmer's crops to a serious degree-
One who has Hindi a close study of the
matter found In the stomach of one
toad seventy - sveii thousand - legged
worms, Iu another thirty-seven tent
caterpillars, In. a third elxty-Hve gypy
moths and In a fourth llfty-tivo army
worms. According to this same ob
server. In ninety days a single toad
may dwroy 1,100 cutworms, 1,800
ilmusatsd-!egs, ,,100 sow bugu and SCJ
weu il. The load H thus seen to l;
a benefactor which should be urotect
1 ud hefritudeii iu avarv wuv iiii
. ' S
Aanirttf.Tt'im as a rnoiM5stoit.
With so innny it tho so culled busi
ness professions full to overflowing
and with hundreds of graduates of thu
various school-, of the country entering
them annually, It Is well to emphasize
the Inviting Held which Is thrown open
to young men of today along nsrlcunur
al and horticultural lines. It Is ques
tionable If there Is mi occupation In
the whole list of business pursuits that
Js today being' given more careful study
and along which more striking results
tiro being attained than thai of Intelli
gent and scientific agriculture. We
know of no vocation which today offers
n largt'r return for effort put forth nor
cue In which the young man will enjoy
a largor measure of Independence than
the one bote mentioned. While success
can only be attained by the application
of brains, Industry and perseverance.
It Is at the same time true of success
to be had In any oilier Held. Modern
machinery familiar to all, couple' with
the conveniences to be had In the lluo
of dally mall delivery, telephone serv
ice and the extension of electric car
lines, has resulted In n practical meta
morphosis of the conditions of country
life which existed thirty years ago.
while general education advantages, to
gether with opportunities to follow sci
entific study at the various state agri
cultural schools, enable those who have
the mind and will to secure adequate
preparation for agricultural and horti
cultural pursutts. We have In mind au
Illustration to the point. On completion
of a high school course and not having
a well defined preference for any par
ticular vocation, a young man we
know, after a thorough conference on
the matter with his father, who was
abundantly able to give him any kind
of professional preparation, decided to
prepare himself for a position In the
forestry service of the federal govern
ment. In view of the scarcity of well
equipped men hi this Hue of work there
Is little doubt that there, will be half
a dozen places waiting for our friend
when he completes bis course at the
state agricultural school. And this is
hut one of a dozen special lines In
which there is urgent demand for well
equipped students, r'or those who havo
not the necessary educational equip
ment to take up the advanced work,
there are special short courses which
have hi view fitting the student for u
more Intelligent pursuit of the ordinary
agricultural operations having to do
with the care and Judging of stock, the
study and handling of soils, drainage,
a study of seed corn, grains and grass
es and allied subjects. Looking the
Held over as a whole and taking Into
account the hundreds of young men
who aie fitting themselves for the pro
fessions, as well as the Increasing val
ue of laud, which makes almost Im
perative the application of the-greatest
possible measure of Intelligence and
practiced skill. It is safe to say that
there Is no occupation which offers
more Inducements than agriculture and
its kindred fields.
11UTTKII STOHAUK EXl'EIUMHXTS.
A bulletin recently Issued by the
dairy division of the bureau of animal
Industry at Washington gives some In
teresting data relative to" the experi
ments which have been conducted dur
ing the past year iu the making and
storage of butter. Last summer 0,000
pounds of butter made in Kansas and
Iowa were placed in cold storage Iu
Chicago. Some of the questions as to
which these experiments were expected
to give results were (1) the effect of
pasteurization, (2) the aiuount of salt
to be used, (15) temperature of the stor
age looms, (1) the use of cans hermeti
cally sealed for storing butter, (o) tho
keeping qualities of good compared
with poor butter, and (0) the action of
air In contact with butter In storage.
The butter was made from live lots of
cream, three of which were sour when
received at the creamery and two
sweet, rrom each lot of cream two lots
of butter were made, one .pasteurized
and the other not, and part of each lot
of butter was lightly salted aud part
heavily salted. The butter was packed
In tubs and cans, some of the cans be
ing only partly filled, so as to test the
effect of air. A part of each lot of
butter was stored at different tempera
tures, and the whole lot remained in
storage eight months. The results
showed that the butter containing a
low percentage of salt kept better than
that heavily salted, that butter In full
cans kept better titan In cans only
partly full, and, lastly, that butter
made from cream received sweet kept
better both in storage and after re
moval than butter made from the sour
.iiom:v ix TiMiir.u lots.
With the very poorest of soft wood
boards and strips costing all the way
from LT to $;;0 p.'--usanil and with
the prospect that the next few years
will see a decided advance on these
prices, the problem of n future lumber
supply bhottld receive serious and gen
eral attention, Iu this connection we
wish to emphasize the recommenda
tion of a reader of these notes, whose
suggestion as to the planting of cotton
wood trees with a view to furnishing
u future lumber supply was comment
ed upon Iu this department not long
ago. We are led to do so by noting
the case of a central Iowa farmer who
has au acre of cottonwoods planted
twenty-five or tidily years, tho lumber
vulim of which Is today estimated at
rrom $1,00(1 to ll.'.'OO, aud It is quite
hafo to say that Inside of twenty-ljvo
years more a similar ttact would be
worth a half more than the amount
named. Kor all rougher uses on the
farm we see no good reason why cot-
tonwood lumber would not answer the
purposes Merved by tin; poorer grades
of soft pine lumber sold toiUiy, Higher
prices of all kinds of lumber are a
dead certainty for the future, and
cow Is the proper time for the exercise
cf horticultural faith and the planting
f generous ureas for th ube of fu
That Is a stale and antiquated theo
logical conception which views a state
of true happiness as only possible he-
yut the grave. We question If when
ue '8"i or me resurrection morn
breaks upon the eyes of Ibe redeemed
of earth they will view skies bluer,
flower more fragrunt or lovely, grasj
of more satisfying tint or trees more
stately than have been provided by
tho Creator to cheer us lu our earthly
pilgrimage. Heaven mar be hero and
"OW " we but realize that it depends
uPn condition of the buuiau heart I
4n t!llftl trttt.lr: ni.C l.r.l, ...!.. .,.. nl f.. I
w. B-wtiwniM, nvnmmr wa UT9 I
Paid By the Logan Mer
chants FOft COUNTRY PRODUCE.
Corrected Weekly by Lead
KItUlTS AN!) VKOKTA1II.KS.
Apples. . ,
. . c
Eggs . .
Lard. . .
. . . 0c-
Live Chickens 8c
Dressed Chickens 10c
Live TurkeyB r
Dressed Turkeys c
GRAIN AND HAT.
Corn I. ..55c
Oats .-. 40c
Choice Timothy 10.00
'Jog's, on foot ..5-i
Hogs, dressed 7c
Steers, on hoof 4c to 4i
Cows, on hoof 8 to 34c
Heifers, on hoof 3 to 4c
Bulls, on hoof .. 3 to 3c
Calfs, on hoof 5c
GRAIN AND LIVE STOCK.
CHICAOO Cattle Common to prlnH
steei.s, U 00 Q 25; cows, ,. 001 SO,
heifers, $2 75SJ5 '5. bulls, 1 7504 25,
stockers and feeders, $2 75 GO. Sheet
and Lambs Sheep, $4 256 25. lambs,
15 40G 00; yearlings, $6 407 00. Calvel
$5 r.06 50. Hogs Choice tQprlrr.
heiivy, Jti S0G 85, medium to good lieuvy,
li TOfiC 80; butcher weights, $C 750
G S7'i; good to choice heavy mixed, $6 71
6 77',s; p.iclting, SO U0&G 65. Wheat
No 2 red, 78"Ji879c CornNo. I, 524ft
Oats No. 2, 27u.
EAST BUFFALO Cittle. Good to
choice export 5 255 75; shipping steers,
Jl 75Q)5 10; butcher cattle, U 5005 00;
heifers, t'i 25&4 50 r fat cows. J2 23 4 00,
milkers and springers, $25 00(350 00
Sheep and Iamo3 Good to choice year
lines, JO 50C,p- ...j; wethers. 15 75C 00,
mixed, 5 255 50; ewes, 4 75G 25,
spline lambs. S O.IOS GO. Calves Best,
7 007 50. Ho;i-Ileavlen. $7 107 15.
mediums, Yorkers and pigs. J7 15; stags
U 505 25; roughs, 16 0000 40.
PITTSBURG Cattle: Choice, to 800
G 00; prime, JE 005 75, tidy butchers',
54 SGSu 15; heifers, ft 001 GO; cowx,
bulls uud stags, 2 504 25; fresh cows,
$25 OOlS'50 00. Sheep and Ijimbs I'rlmc
wethers, $5 705 85; good mixed, J5 109
5 G3; lambs, S4 0U Jt 6 80; spring lambs,
!5 5008 50. Calves Veal. 00" 75.
Hogs Heavy hogs, J7 00; mediums anil
heavy Yil.erso. 7 107 15; light Yorkf
ers, $7 15; pigs. $7 007 10.
CLEVELAND Cattle: Choice dry-fed
steers, $5 1005 25; hellers. !4 35Q4 85,
fat cows, J3 253'j GO; built. J.t 6003 85;
milkers and springers, $15 00&45 00.
Sheep ard Lambs l'enrilngs, $5 S06 ia;
wethers, (3 GO; mixed sheep, J4 75 5 25;
ewc.H, $4 5Q4 75; spring lambs, it G0
t 00. Calves $7 50 down Hogs Yorkert,
17 05; medium and heavy, yi 007 03;
pigs, JO 90; stags, J I 50 4 85; roughs,
J5 50(&ti 00.
CINCINNATI Whsat: No. 2 red, 770
78c, Corn No. 2, 53c. Oats No. 2 mixed.
M'if. Kye No. 2, 62c. Lard $8 CO.
Hulk meats J9 55. Bucon $10 37 1
Hogs 5 7G0 65. Cattle 2 005 25
Sheep $3 OOfiM GO. Lambs II 50& 410
BOSTON Wool: Ohio und Petinsylv.t
Ilia XX and above, 3334c; X, 31Q3..:,
No, 1, 3738c; No. 2, 373Sc; lint un
washed, 2526c; Una washed delaine,
15 4f 3 lie; unwashed delaine, 27528c; Ken
tucky, Indiana, etc, a and !i-bood, 32
NEW YORK Cattle: Steers, it HO
t 00; bulls, $3 00 KM 26; cows, St iOiii 05,
Sheep und Lambs Ehtup, tl GO 6 5 25;
lambs, (8 00t9 25. Calve- Veal,Jt 50
7 75, Hogs-J7 15017 35,
TOLfcDO Wheat, 79. , corn, ISHej
Mti, 40c; ry, Clc; clovaiii'.ed, I 90,
The granger who wput to considera
ble pains last winter to put up a supply
of ice on his own place Is reaping u
Jargn measure of satisfaction aud re
ward these hot July days.
The careless shoeing of horses In Sax
ony Is prevented by reqtilrlug eyery
shocr of horses t(j pass a public exam
ination aud give u practical demonstra
tion to show that he Is mialitled for his
Not In many a year has there been
such a crop of cherries throughout the
Mississippi valley as has beeu market
ed this season. Only sheer ludoleuce
or abject poverty has prevented uuy
family from putting up a supply for
winter wherever there was a wish to
Tho use of farm products In the
manufacture of denatured alcohol,
which has been made possible by the
late legislation by congiess, will not
ouly tend to relieve the farmer from
paying tribute to the oil monopoly, but
will tend to Increase the price he re
ceives for nil products which may be
used Iu its manufacture.
Because one cannot be a missionary
or a reformer he should uot for that
reusou fail lu the performance of hum
bler services- the writing f lettvr.
the gift of a (lower or the bestowal of
a pleasant smile or cheery word things
that lu themselves icqulro small effort,"!
out wuicu may cnauge th color of a
l,nl., .!.. , . 4f... I
nuuio uay ifWJU urea ihhmx
The Canadian thistle, burdock and
sweet clover bociu to lie fool plauts
that come In where blue Brits falls to
feet a foothold. All toa muuy suburb
o our large cities are becoming Infest
ed with these jiestn, the first two of
which are particularly troublesome,
many gardens becoming Infested with
the thistle particularly, being seeding
from the vacant lots adjoining.
It beats all at how small a prlco peo
ple sometimes value their Rood naino
when transactions of a certain type are
being negotiated, Matty's the fellow
who wouldn't sacrlllce bis gorsfl nntne
for $300 who will do so without n
qualm In the sale of diluted milk, adul
terated foodstuffs, shady eggs or dis
eased hogs or cattle. In n last and
fundamental analysis, with every arti
cle that a body soils, Is transmitted
his own estimate of his reputation and
good name, and It Is qolte certain that
the public Is wont to artipt the stand
ard of Judgment.
A friend of the writer reports excel
lent results lit ridding his Ilelds of
weed pests by plowing them In Au
gust. In case of most of the annuals
this means the turning of the weeds
under before the crop of seed Is ma
tured, while the batch that usually
sprout from the plowed surface are
iu flue shape to get nabbed by the
frost. Our friend further says that he
gets oven better results from what
manure he may have to haul out by
putting It on the land after It Is plow
ed with a manure spreader and disking
It In In the spring than by putting It
on the stubble and plowing under later
In the fall or the next spring.
There Is probably no other agricul
tural or pastoral occupation that ap
proaches In point of monotony and a
dead level of weariness that of sheep
herding. There are instances where
these men who have charge of big
herds of sheep iu the western states
have gone crazy or committed suicide,
driven to do so by sheer desperation
of loucsomeuess. All kinds of devices
are tried to vary the monotony of the
herder's life anything that will tend
to make him forget the herd In his
charge and give him a change. It Is
under such circumstances that one
conies to prize human companionship,
and even the presence of an Intelligent
dog Is highly valued.
Cement, which Is today coming Into
so general use for a variety of pur
poses, is known to have been used by
the Chaldeans, Egyptians, Greeks and
Itomans, Its most ancient form lining
simply burned limestone, used much as
lime is used today. The Itomans were
the first to add clay to lime for the
purpose of making a cement that
would harden under water. The most
Important discovery In the manufac
tt..'e of cement during a period of
twenty centuries was made early in
the eighteenth century, when It was
discovered that tho quality of hydraul
ic cement depends upon tho amount of
clay In the limestone. The Portland
cement of today was given Its name
by an Englishman who patented a
process of burning lime and clay und
Jave the name because of the reseni
rtunee of the product to the Portland
Mending Table Linen.
When a hole actually appears in
table linen it must be either darned
or patched, and darning is mo3t sat
isfactory. If the tear or broken
place is not large put the linen into
an embroidery hoop and darn with
soft mercerized cotton or get tho
flat linen thread if you can, which,
is made for the purpose of darning
tuble linen. Either will bo better
than ravelings of the cloth, which
were once thought to be the best
To Transfer Printed Pictures.
Take a small, cheap brush.and a
little bottle of ordinary turpentine.
Paint the picture you wish to trans
fer with turpentine,thon' blot With
a blotter, so that the ink will not
run. Turn the face of the picture
down on the paper you wish to
transfer it to, and rub tho entire
surface hard with a smooth Burface,
and the transfer is complete.
To Clean Marble Slabs.
Get two ounces of washing soda
and an ounce each of powdered
pumice stone and chalk and pound
them together. Make a paste of a
little of this with cold water and
spread on your marble Blabs. Let
it stay a little while and wash off
with soap and water. All stain's and
dirt will come off with it.
ALL OVER THE' HOUSE.
Neat and Inexpensive Screen For an
The problem of screening a grate
which has been closed for the sum
mer or of hiding the bare space be
low tho mantel, where a stove has
been standing may bo solved (for
those who desire an inexnensivo and
pretty screen) by the following sug
gestions iu a popular stylo of treat
ment: A piece of matting of any solid
color that will harmonize with the
other furnishings of the room will
This is to be cut of the right
length to make a banner screen and
hung from a rod upon tho chimney
beneath the mantel. In case tho
wall ia flat, as where a stove lias
been in use, it may be tacked closo
up under the mantel end reach to
tho floor. It should, of course, bq
decorated to bo at air ornamental.
The lower edge may bo turned up
and, caught iu place as a hem with
long, loose stitches.
Put three-quarters of a pint of
cold water into. a stew pan with our
ounces of sugar arid the peel of
Ibjhod, and let it boil lor iW wia
ut a aud thf u siuwier of rjiMrU?
. AND THE BEAR.
Summoned in haste for nu unex
pected meeting, the town council
lors of Sydney City assembled in
the senate hull. Sydney City is
one of the quietest and most peace
ful communities iu India. Noth
ingunexpected ever happens there,
and the days pass iu serene monot
ony. This may help to explain the
lumultuoiiB emotions of the
worthy councillors ou this occa
sion. Arriving at the hall, they
hastened to ask what was the mat
ter. Had any terrible catastrophe
occurred? Ilad the police discov
ered some nt'w and horrible crime
The eager questions Hew fronfbne
side of the room to the other, but
to no purpose. No one knew any
thing about the matter.
Finally, to their great relief, a
bell rang, the door opened and the
president of the council, the ven
erable Itajnh Por, appeared. But
alas! the uneasiness felt by his col
leagues was only too clearly
stamped upon his own face. He
looked haggard and worn.
Taking his seat, Rajah Pop be
gan, in a cavernous voice:
"The ancients, our masters in
the noble art of learning "
The president was a well-in
structed man, but he had selected
a poor time to air his erudition.
From all sides of the hall came low
''Tell us the reason of our as
sembling. What has happened?"
The president bowed graciously.
"Very well, then, gentlemen.
This is the reason of your presence
here now. You know that his ex
cellency, the governor, is about to
honor Sydney City with a visit for
the first time. I do not hesitate to
say that we have done all in our
power to prepare a magnificent
and worthy reception for him.
Who could have foreseen whathas
"This morning I received a tel
egram from his excellency. It con
tained these simple words: 'Ar
rive to-morrow morning early for
a bear hunt.'"
The councillors gave one low,
simultaneous groan. There is one
indispensable condition for a bear
hunt. There must be a bear. And
hunting for bears in the pleasant
forest around Sydney City would
be like fishing for crocodiles in the
"We are ready for discussion,"
Biiid the president, us n horror
stricken silence fell upon the room,
"J entreat you all to show the
greatest calm. Do not all talk at
lie might betterhnvesuid: "Do
uot all be silent at once," for no
one said a word. The president in
Bistcd. "Some one must sny something.
Kaschemir-Kousch, you are a clev
er man; what in your opinion is the
best thing to be done?"
IvaBchemir-Kousch ventured the
opinion that the best thing to do
wns to tell his excellency that, as
there were no bears in Sydney
City, it would become necessary
for him (o postpone his hunt.
This proposition was immedi
ately voted down. If the governor
wanted a bear, a bear must be pro
cured. It would be highly imper
tinent to suggest to his excellency
that he wns but poorly informed
of the fauna of one of his own
"Itahina-Dou, what have you to
cay?" asked the president.
Itahma-Doii suggested wenkly
that a mechanical bear might be
made which would answer the
purpose. There was no time for
this, however, and the suggestion
was passed by.
"Surah-Mabouj, have you any
advice to offer?" continued the
president, In a voice that sounded
Surah-Maboul wns Bilpnt for o
moment, and then a brilliant in
spiration seized him. Why should
not a bear skin be borrowed some
where and one of the councillors
dress up iu It and enact an appro
ThlsIdea was received with
much applause until one of the
members remarked pluintlvejy;
"Jlut his excellency would shoot
ut t und that would not be pleas
ant" Once more silence filled the
hall. To orgunizo a bear hunt with
out any bear, this waa the problem
that confronted then), Ho wonder
they were utterly dlseourage. u
f-ret?ifiiy uims tf iu. youujji
- "My dear colleagues," he said.
"I have an idea!"
Every eye was immediately
turned upon him and every pnlr ol
eyebrows raised in inquiry.
"Do not ask me to explain my
idea. It is a secret! Only be
prompt at the meeting to-morrow.
The bear will be there."
The senate, aa oho man, drew a
long breath of relief. The ques
tion was settled. There would be
The next morning at dnybreak
e.very one was at the place of meet
ing. The entire council was to be
present at the hunt. The presi
dent, Rujah-Por, received the gov
ernor with a long speech, in which
he lauded his excellency as the
greatest among men ; and the coun
cil gaped in admiration of the
brave spectacle he presented.
So complete a hunting outfit ns
that worn by the governor had
ifever before been seen in Sydney
City. Could it be possible for one
man to use so many knives, pistols
and guns, or wns it a walking ar
senal that was before them? The
councillors gasped and almost for
got their anxiety about the bear.
The governor was up at an early
hour. Methodically he went over
the ground and took his precnu
tions, meanwhile copiously ex
plaining the rules and regulations
of the noble sport of bear hunting.
Suddenly in the midst of his dis
course a loud roaring was heard.
The councillors looked at each
other in t'elief and the governor
grew slightly pale.
"The bear!" he murmured.
There wns a cracking of broken
twigs, a heavy tread, and from an.
opening in the trees appeared a
bear, a real bear with a long and
shaggy coat and ferocious claws.
The youngest councillor looked
about him in triumph.
"Didn't I tell you so?" command
ed the governor. "Leave me alone
to face the enemy!"
The enemy paused. For an en
emy beseemed strangely peaceful.
He sat still on his haunches aud
looked about him. Just then a
low whistle sounded from the di
rection of the youngest councillor.
"Dear me, it is never wise to do
that," cried the governor, "just see
what will happen "
As he spoke the bear raised his
head and then continued to move
forward, but in what a strange
manner. Erect upon his hind legs,
he almost seemed to be dancing.
"Exactly as I thought," cried his
xcellency, in a trembling voice;
'he is most dangerous now."
"Hn-hum!" murmured Itajnh
Por to the youngest councillor, "a
"Hush!" replied the councillor,
in a whisper; "Barnum's circus is
in Sydney City just now! Was it
not a glorious idea? But don't let
the governor hear us!"
The governor could not have
aeard. He had reached the critical
moment when he required all his
:ourage and presence of mind. He
raised his gun to his shoulder. The
Bang! went his excellency's gun.
The bear paused, undecided.
Bang, bang! The bear fell mo
tionless. "G ood !" murmured the young
?st councillor, enthusiastically.
ne is a wonderful trained beat'.
At one shot, he comes forward; ar
'wo he falls; at three " He
stopped abruptly, the governor
wns rushing toward his victim, his
fnco aglow with unexpected sue
jess. "Hurrah!" he cried.
Suddenly his excellency's voice
froze in his throat. The bear, con
lderlng that he had remained
oroBtrrtte as long ns the I'ules re-'
jufred, rose to his hind feet and
proceeded,wIth the third figure,
Delicately grnspiug his excel'
ency around the waiBt, he begun
o waltz briskly, In spite of him
telf, the governor was obliged to
teep time. His fuco was con
futed. Queer cries came from his
Darted lips, As if to tranquillize
jlm the bear geutly licked his
It was too much! In not one of
lis books on sports had the gov
rnor ever read that It was the cus
am of beurs to waltz with theJr
witters and to lick their cheeks,
rlud It been a case of fighting with
in Infiirlnted auimal, his excel
ency would not have been embur
'ussed. As it was, he fainted-.
On page 237 of the official report
jrepai-ed by his excellency the gov.
anor at the couelusioa of Ujs Jatej
ourney way j league faJJW"SmiyP
"The immense forest which Bur-j
rounds Sydney City is Inhabited
by the most ferocious wild beasts.'
I have myself experienced theirj
terrors during a bear hunt in
which I barely escaped alive. D
"The animal, of a size rarely
equaled iu its immensity, fell to(
the ground pierced by "two balls
from my ritle. As I approached to
give hhu the last stroke of the
knife, he drew himself up in one su
"I owe my present existence only
to the fortunate presence of mind
which prompted me to throw my
self upon the'ground and simulate
death. As is well known bears do
not touch dead bodies. I
"Captured by my companions,
the enormous animal was offered
in my name to the Barnum menag
erie, where it may now be admired
by all for its grea size us well as
unusual intelligence. Recovered
from the wounds I dealt, which ap
parently have left no trace, it bus
learned with surprising rapidity
the tricks and exercises common
to circus shows. To-day lie lies
down, performs his toilet, dances,
simulates death, and waltzes as
if he had never done anything elsp
in his life." From the French in
PRINCESS POSED. AS MAN.
King's Daughter Takes Medical De
gree and Enters the Bed
Cross Service. '
New and interesting light has
been thrown on the life story of a
woman who passed so successfully
as a man that she enterejl the Brit
ish army as a medical officer.
The case of this woman, who
wns known in the service as James
Barry, M. D., is mentioned iu
"Fifty Years of Public Service," a
book recently published by Maj.
The story opens with a sudden
visit ou Christmas eve to the house
of Dr. John Barry's mother bj a
mysterious stranger, who exhib
ited a signet ring and carried off
the doctor, then a child, saying:
"It is the prince's will." Finding
Inter that her father was George
IV., then prince regent, Dr. Barry
called on him at Carlton house,
and after an angry scene informed
hjm that the shame of her birth
had decided her to disguise her
sex. Henceforth she would no
longer be Joan FitzRoy, but James
Barry. For the rest of her life a
powerful" clandestine influence
was exerted on behalf of the pseu
do man, who rose to the position of
inspector general of the military
Joan took her medical degree at
Edinburgh, her true sex never be
ing suspected, and received a post
in Cape Colony. Here a remark
able series of adventures began.
SluTTnade love to a handsome
Dutch girl, of whom another of
ficer, Lieut. Mannering, was deep
ly ennmored. Dr. Barry actually
courted and won her. Afterwards
the disguised woman taunted
Mannering, who flunga tumbler of
wine in her face. A duel followed,
Iu which Joan allowed herself to
be slightly wounded.
The next day she told Manner
ing that she had never loved the
object of his affections, and the
fickle Cape girl eventually married
On another occasion mi officer
with whom Joan was riding sud
denlyBithl toher: "By thepowers,
you look more like a woman tliun
a man!" For this he received a
savage cut acrosa the face with a
whip, and his demands to the gov
ernor for redress were met by bin
transference to Tristan d'Acunhu.
The secret of the doctor's box
was discovered only nfter her
Pulling Out Ostrich Feathers.
A man who runs an ostrich farm,
asked t he other day as to the meth'
od of gathering (he feathers, ad
mitted that they were pulled out
of the birds once in evevy eight
months. Was the process painful?
4 Well," he replied, "nboutequal to
pulling out your eye teeth." A
good many ladies who wear os
trich .feathers do bo In the belief
that they are thereby serving the
cause of humanity, Ab a matter
of fact they are encouraging tho
most cruel and barbarous'tortur'
which niau can Inflict upon aTilrd.
N, Y, Sun,
TU True Diplomat,
A diplomat lu man who can sn v
"Howtipe you?" iu a tone that
teWjm. fcike iatfression
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