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MEXICAN WOMEN AT WORK.
Have Few Outside Interests and Care
Nothing for Athletics.
As the Moors practically controlled
the commerce and education of Spain
for over one hundred years, the
Spaniards acquired to a great extent
the same ideas held by them of the
education and treatment of women.
And they in their turn carried these
ideas to Mexico. In fact, the Mexi
can women of the upper classes were
much freer under the Aztecs than
they were afterwards under Spanish
rule.. And until quite lately this con
dition of affairs has prevailed in
Mexico since its freedom from the
Not so many years ago when a Mex
ican woman went shopping she re
mained in her carriage in the street
and sent her servant into the store to
call one of the clerks to wait upon her.
He came out and received her orders
and brought the goods to her for ex
amination. This peculiar. method of
shopping was due to the old Mexican
idea that a lady of good family should
be exclusive and should shield herself
from the gaze of the public and in
fact from everyone except her own
immediate relatives and most intimate
friends. This idea has been dying
hard for over a century and it is still
far from being complitely buried in
some parts of the republic.
The Mexican woman is naturally a
home lover. She has no clubs to take
her away from her home, and she has
few outside interests. Even when she
is philanthropically inclined, which
she very often is, her ideas of life
tend to make her place her charitable
contributions in the 'hands of sister
superiors of convents or directors of
charitable institutions and works for
use in the cause she has at heart.
The Mexican women of the middle
and upper classes .have never been
. athletic, at least since the Spanish
conquest. This, of course, was due
. to the secluded life they led. But
the women of the lower classes have
ever been stout and muscular, for
much work of a heavy kind has al
ways been their lot. On aecount of
her.quieter disposition it isnprob
able that, for years at least, the Mex
ican woman will take the interest in
athletics that is now being shown by
her American sister. Another reason
is that the sympathy of the .Mexican
people is all against her doing so.
In the Mexican schools the girl is
tanight many things in the way of
needlework, painti~ng, embroidering
drawing and -designing, and -these
later serve to fill in her peaceful, un
eventful life after leaving school. To
-this must be added music. For here,
as in Spain and other Latin countries,
most women of the middle and upper
classes receive an excellent musical
In the homes, and in their own way,
the Mexican women are delightful
entertainers and their knowledge of
.music aids not a little in their enter
The piano always forms a very im-~
portant factor in the entertainment
at a Mexican house. No matter how
small the gathering of friends, there
is always some one who can play well,
and his or services are requested and
always cheerfully given, for a Mexi
can not only likes to help entertain
his friends and his friends' friends,
but he looks upon it as his duty to do
so. With 'the piano also goes singing
of the popular songs of the day.
MYTHS ABOUT SNAKES.
Good as Food, But Not as Pets, Not
Hostile to Man.
* "Snakes are all right as food but
very unsatisfactory as pets, fo'r the
reason that they have no psycholo
gical nature,'' said a scientist. Dur
ing a six years' residence in the West
he inade a close stud'y of snakes and
study unconfined and about his pre
mises in numbers, he became fami
liar with them.
The wisdom of a serpent he pro
nounces a myth, though he admits
that snakes have much cunning, are
wily to a degree, and perfectly under
stand their power and lianitations.
For example. a rattlesnake does not
retreat in haste when' disturbed.
Realizing that its bite ends the game,
it is invariably deliberate, but if left
to itself in its own good time it
Other venomous snakes also recede
slowly, understanding as does the
rattler, that they are equal to most
emergencies. Contray to the commor
notion, snakes are not hostile to man.
The most venoious and powerful will
run from man if possible. It is only
inself-defense that any poisonous
Tha a rattlesnake rattles to give
vning of its presence is a populr
fanac. nt rally dno nothing of the
kind. The tails of all snakes quive:
when they are excited and therefor
the rattler is heard when disturbed
Why it has rattles on its tail no on
has been able to find out.
The chief difference between th
ways of a poisonous snake and on
of those whose bite is no more harr
than the sting of a mosquito is ii
the deliberate withdrawal of the on
and the hasty retreat of the othe
in case of danger. The large majot
ity of snakes are quite harmless an<
slip away with all speed at the ap
proach of either a human or an ani
mal, knowing that the ability to con
ceal themselves is their own metho<
While not crediting snakes wit'
wisdom, it is stated that in man;
ways they are the reverse of stupid
They are very curious, and whe:
they can do so without danger t
themselves, they examine an unfamil
iar object with keen and repeate,
It is related by this scientist tha
in attempting to capture a wate
snake he put his foot on it and th
soft ooze at the creek side but failei
to hold it. To see what the snak
would do, he stood perfectly still, an<
in a few moments it came back and
swimming slowly round and roun<
his foot, examined it most carfull3
not as might be supposed by lookin
at it, but by touching it at ever;
point with its tongue, not once bu
again and again.
The quick thrusting out and draw
ing in of the tongue is a snake's wa;
of finding out what things about i
mean. The tongue is the most in
portant sense organ. It really ha
very little sensation elsewhere, an
those that are most poisonous can, i
not restrained, or hurt, be move
about with impunity.
Yet those who handle and stud
snakes constantly invariably hol
them by the back of the neck, as
cat does a kitten, and both seize an
liberate them with alacrity. Befoy
they are seized the rule is to kee
out of striking distant which is on
third the length of the snake.
Making Cheap Milk and Butter.
Large amounts of timothy hay ai
often fed to dairy cows because it
thought to be a very rich and nourisl
ing foodstuff, but in experimeni
made with twenty-four cows at th
station last winter, it would seem the
shredded stover when well made an
preserved can often be used to r<
place the timothy hay to advantag<
As timothy hay brings from $10 t
$15 a ton on the market and shredde
stover is practically a waste produ<
on the farm, the economy of utilis
ing the latter is apparent to all.
.There is another question of moi
than passing interest to the dairyma
and that is the balancing up of hi
ration with some concentrate rich i
protein. Gluten meal and cottenseet
meal were fed on the basis of th
content of digestible protein for thi
purpose and provided the marke
price is the same per pound of diges
tible protein, there is little to choos
between the two, except that th
gluten meal was not as readily eate
by the cows and it made the butter-fa
soft, whereas cottonseed-meal wa
readily eaten and increases the mell
ing point of butter, which gives it
decided advantage for feeding in sum
'These results show that the prope
basis of comparing foodstuffs is at
cording to th% amount of digestibi
protein that contain. It is thus ai
parent that farmers often make th
mistake of feeding wheat-bran whic
know tne bE
and have p
them. THE I
r contains only twelve per cent of di
3 gestible protein, as compared with
cotonseed-meal, which, when pure,
a contains 37.2 per cent of digestible
protein they contain. It is thus ap
a wheat bran can often be boulit at
a practically the same price, the farmer
i who buys wheat bran pays three times
1 as much for the digestible protein
e contained as the farmer who utilizes
r cotton seed-mead, which, when pure,
- Dean and Director Va. Ex. Station.
The Netherlands of California.
. The people of the east have un
I doubtedly read a great deal of the
fertile soil of California, its vast
j wheat fields, wonderful trees, immense
y orchards, the raising of two to four
crops of alfalfa, and from four to five
c crops of berries, but few have heard
Calfornia's Netherlands which are
. more wonderful than all the tales
j written and published in prose and
poetry about this land of never ceas
t, ing wonders.
r The teachers who will come to Cal
e ifornia next July, to attend the Na
tional Educational Association con
e vention,- will have an opportunity to
i see this great delta consisting of some
millions of acres of the richest land
j in the world, many feet below the
level of the water in the adjoining
Special excursions, at very, small
t cost, will be arranged so that the
teachers who will visit California may
- have an opportunity to see this, the
greatest wonderland of all, and they
t will be more interested than ordinary
- travelers and tourists because. they
s are more observing and more apt to
1 retain the knowledge of what'they see.
f- To convey but a faint idea what.
& California's Netherlands really are,
it may be stated that the land has
y been reclaimed from the sea by
d sturdy Rollanders 'who found an ex
a cellent opportunity of reclaiming the
richest bottom land by building dykes
e and draining the sloughs in the' San
p Joaquin Valley. These pioneers
e started out to create a New Nether
lands similar to what they had left
in Holland, they ended with turning
the San, Joaquin delta into the rich
est ground on the face of the earth.
'e The Holland farmers reclaimed only
s a few thousand acres, then the gov
- ernent took up the work and re
s claimed millions of acres, and the soil
e proves richer and better than th'at
t found in the famous delta of the Nile.
d It will be a curious experirge for
- the passengers traveling in a boa~ tion
. one of the canals which serves the
o dual purpose of draining and irriga
d ting, when he looks over the side of
t the steamer and finds the richest
:- farming land fifteen or twenty feet
below the river on which 'the vessel
e floats that carries him.
nf - All that fertile land was once coy
s ered.with water from the bay to the
n depth of many feet at high tide.
- New industries have been started
e in this delta and. have grown in value
s giving employment to thousands of
t persons. In this delta is found the
-largest asparagus farms in the world.
e Three thousands acres in one farm are
e devoted to the raising of that vegeta
a ble alone, while 6.,000 acres are de
t voted to the same industry in smaller
s farms. The factory in which the as
-paragus is canned employs over 600
a hands, and runs day and night during
- the season. The product when canned
is shipped to the east and different
r parts of the world. Few wvho relish
-the dish have an idea that the vege
e table was grown upon reclaimed land.
-Just a little further down. on the
e same reclaimed land thousands of
5 acres are devoted to the culture of
been in the Il
~st. We have
cked the Cha
celery. wich has also become quite
a profitable industry.
The greatest dairv farm in this
same Netherlands boasts of more reg
istered cows than any other dairy
farm in the world. One of them is
the famous Juliana de Kol. the
world's prize heifer. She holds the
highest record in the world. In 100
days she gave milk which yielded 2S5
pounds of butter.
Besides the raising of asparagus,
celery and cows, this land is better
than any other for the raising of on
ions, potatoes, string beans and a va
riety of other vegetables.
It will surprise the teachers when
they find a crop of string beans grow
ing upon the same soil which has pro
duced an abundant erop of onions
during the early part of the same sea
"The Last Days of Pompeii" ought
to be among the best selling books of
"The Man with the Muck Rake." is
all right. The Augean stables must
Another bum governor of a Russian
province has been given fhe grand
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There's grave danger from the plague
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Me, writes: "It's a Godsend to people
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them. It prevents Pneumonia, cures
LaGrippe, gives wonderful relief in
Asthma and Hay Fever, and makes
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Consumption, Coughs and Colds. 50c.
and $1.00. Guaranteed by W. E. Pel
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A matchmaker's match is worthless
when it comes to lighting a fre on a
Every man knows some other man
whom he would like to kick.
There would be more wisdom in
many a head if it didn't leak at the
Inventors of excuses seldom require
the assistance of a patent attorney.
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"My mother has suddenly been made
young at 70. Twenty years of intense
suffering from dyspepsia had entirely
disabled her, until six months ago,
when she began taking Electric Bitters,
which have completely cured' her and
restored the strength and'activity she
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Better a homely wife than one who
isn 't home much.
But the prettier a girl is the less
sense other girls say she has.
Girls prefer mixed parties, but mar
ried women prefer hen parties.
J. W. WHITE.
RSIBLE DISC PLOW
Show us a man who can be trusted
an(l we will show you one that owes
a lot otf other men.
The avera,e woman is unable to un
derstand why her husband doesn't
feel sorry for his bachelor friends.
Bov babies learn to talk sooner than
birl babies. but the latter'more than
make up for it in after years.
A Badly Burned Girl
or boy, man or woman, is quickly out
of ain if Bucklen's Arnica Salve is
applied promptly. G. J. Welch, of
Tekonsha, Michigan, says: "I use it
in my family for cuts, sores and all
skin injuries, and find it perfect."
Quickest Pile cure known. Rest healing
Salve made. 25c. at W. E. Pelham &
Son's drug store.
Everv time a fussy woman lets her
husband have his own way she does it
in such a manner that it leaves a bad
taste in his mouth.
The more a man rests the more he
results from chronic constipation, which
is quickly cured by Dr. King's New
Life Pills. They remove all poisonous
germs from the system and infuse new
life and vigor;cure sour stomach,nausea,
headache, dizziness and colic, without
griping or discomfort. 25c. Guaran
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A PIANO OR ORGAN FOR YOU.
To the head of every .family who is
ambitious for the future and education
of his children, we have a Special Pro
position to make.
No Article in the home shows the
evidence of culture that does a Piano or
Organ. No accomplishment gives as
much pleasure or is of as great value in
after life as the knowledge of music
and the ability to play well.
Our Small Payment Plan makes the
ownership of a high grade Piano or Or
Just a few dollars down and a small
payment each month or quarterly or
semi annually and the instrument is
Write us to-day for Catalogues and
our Special Proposition of Easy Pay
Malone's Music House,
Columbia, S. C.
Among ihe various
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