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Br DTROM WILLIAMS
UorrtM tVU, WMtari UwspasM Dates
It: a spirit of fun Mayor Beills-nt. a
summer visitor, la chased through tha
wood hv (en IftiiKhlna; glrle, on of whom
ka eateries and kleers. Tha irlrla form
' themaclvea into a court and sentence him
to do tha Wrtillng of on of their number
arh day for ten dara. A legislative
measure opposing woman suffrage, which
dropped from tha mayor's pocket. Is ussd
to compel him to obsr' tha man-dates of
tlis irlrla. Ms Brat day of service Is with
May Andrews, who takes him "shins.
Titer are threatened by ths sheriff with
arrest. Mies Vlnlng sees what she con
siders a clandestine meeting between one
of Um irlrls and the mayor. Tha nest
day he roes driving wl'h Mabel Arney.
They meet with an accident, are arrested
snd locked up. but escape. Tha mayor
returns to the hotel, finds the sheriff
waiting- for him. and takes refuse In the
room of Bess Winters. He plans to set
poMesslon of the Incriminating bill. With
Harriet Hrooks the mayor goes to Inves
tigate an Indian mound. They are caught
ta a tbunder storm.
CHAPTER VII. Continued.
"I I'm afraid," almost sobbing.
The mayor put his arm about her
gently, soothing her aa only a tactful
man may soothe a nervous woman.
Unconsciously aba drew toward him.
"Lightning seems terrible," he said
evenly, "but aa a matter of fact there
la always more danger on the cars.
Statistics prove "
"What's that?" cried the woman,
apprehensively. "I heard a voice."
The mayor peered out.
"The sheriff!" be muttered under
Three men were running toward
them on the . beach, th-slr heads
down, ducking the rain.
Scrambling from under the boat.
Mayor Bedight aet off at top speed
p the beach, pausing at the start
long enough to whisper.
Til be back. Walt." . ..
"The sheriff and his two deputies.
weathering the gale with lowered
eyes, had not seen the mayor's flight.
In fact. o blinded were their eyes
(hat they ran aimost Into the girl and
the boat before they could stop.
"Hello!" bawled the sheriff. "You're
From Squirrel Inn, ain't ye? Where's
yer beau?" bluntly. "We're lookln'
Miss Brooks drew her feet back
under her skirt and replied coldly:
One of the best ways to find a
man," wltheringly. "is to go where
The sheriff's chest shot out Im
mediately. "Now, look-a-here, young lady,
aone of your smartness or we'll take
you along fer accessory before the
act. Understand?" blustering.
"You are wasting your time try
ing to bully me," replied the girl, with
out a tremor In her voice. "I am
penectly harmless and I lave told
yon all I know. The man has gone up
"Aw. come on, Sid." broke In a
alender young fellow, turning his back
to the rain. "What the use of arguin
with th' galT She alnt th' one we
Without a word the sheriff veered
around the boat and, following the
fast fading trail, set out in baste af-
ter Bedight Fifteen minutes later
the mayor came up from the opposite
"I am sorry. Miss Brooks." he said,
sorrowfully, "but I'm afraid youll get
wet after all. We've got to get away
from here! I circled around and found
the boat these fellows left. I set it
adrift with a gale blowing it across
Aie lake, but they are not far behind.
We must get under way aa soon as
"1 don't mind a soaking," replied
the young woman, bravely. "It's the
the lightning that frightens me
and that's about quit"
The man righted the dory hurriedly,
' piled tn their belongings and sot the
boat from the shore with a sturdy
shove. A half mile below, on the
beach, he caught sight of three men
running towaid them and far away
on the wave-whipped lake, a tiny dot
of brown could be seen rising and fall
ing as It scudded before the wind.
U was the sheriff's row boat
"Bleeping eut of doors," said the may
or, smlllug at the woman opposite,
"Is very beneAcial to the lungs so
peclally on an Island."
, CHAPTER VIII.
When tha waves are running freely
It la a stiff pull from Mine Host's
select little hotel la the Wisconsin
woods to Glen Island, but on a perfect
moonlight night. With Just breese
, sufficient to ripple the fair hair of a
pretty girl opposite, the man at the
oars seldom finds the task arduous.
Nor did Mayor Bedtgbt complain.
-The running ripple slapped the prow
f the boat rhythmically and from the
hadews along the approaching shore
Yf u Island the weird hoot of aa owl
proclaimed tha witchery of tti& night.
With a scarcely 'perceptible tilt.
the boat grounded on the helving
sandy shore. Bedtgbt sprang eut
and pulled the eraft farther apon Its
cushioned anchorage. The girl sat
In the boat, Intently watching the
mayor. That gentleman took from
the locker a basket well laden. Quick
ly gathering som dry wood, be
stacked It over a bunch of Under
like weeds, touched a match to the
pile, set the basket at a safe distance
and pulling a revolver from his pocket.
fired In the general direction of the
Having maneuvered thus peculiarly.
ho hastened back to tbe boat, shoved
off and rowed from the shore a hun
dred yards. Resting on his oars, ho let
the boat toss Idly apon the lake. Five,
ten minutes passed. The dry wood
burned brightly, making a beacon of
light. Into the circle ef which there
came, at last, three shadows, followed
by unintelligible conversation.
"They've found It," said the mayor.
picking op his oars and turning the
boat toward the hotel.
- It was midnight when the sides of
the craft rubbed Its sister boats at
Mine Host's dock. The mayor and
the girl crept softly up the winding
pathway toward the hotel. Suddenly,
In the moonlight ahead, the form of
a woman appeared advancing to meet
them. The mayor and the girl saw
her simultaneously. He stopped In
stantly with a restraining hand upon
the girl's arm.
"Quick!" he commanded, springing
In front of his companion and turning
her about face. "Walk rapidly down
the path to the boathouso."
8be complied Instantly.
Over his shoulder the mayor saw
the woman hesitate, then follow de
terminedly through the shimmering
"Go into the boathouse." directed
Bedight hurriedly. "Walt until I en
gage her In conversation. Then open
the rear door and run for, the hotel.
And be quiet!"
"I understand," whispered the girl.
81lpptng through the door, she
closed It softly. Pulling a cigar from
bis pocket the mayor scratched a
match on the sole of his shoe and
blew a puff of smoke at the same tar
get which earlier in the evening ho
had failed to hit with his leaden mis
The woman rounded the corner and
came directly toward him.
"I beg your pardon, Mr. Bedight'
said "Judge" Vlntng In a cold, formal
voice, "for following you. but as chap-
erone of the young ladles at the hotel
I feel that It was my duty to do so.
The mayor bowed.
"Duty to the one performing It," he
Interrupted gallantly, "la oftentimes
irksome,' bat begrudglngly dons fre
quently conveys pleasure to another.
r do not desire to appear selfish tn
your eyes, but I find your duty pleases
me greatly," bowing again. "Now, the
The "Judge" made a deprecating
"Do not attempt to evade," she
warned. "I am deeply in earnest
Where Is the the " She seemed at
a loss to proceed. Finally she threw
diplomacy to the winds. "Who was
the girl with yon alone at this hour
of the night? I have a right to know
and I had thought you a gentleman.
though I should have known that no
gentleman would have have " she
"Kissed you?" questioned the may
or, the frivolity scarcely gone from
"Certainly!" she flashed.
Bedight puffed thoughtfully at his
cigar, the fragrant pungency of the
Fired In the General Direction of the
tobacco wafting to Jackie aa ahe
stood In the moonbeam's path, ths
light giving an ethereal beauty to ber
trim, erect figure.
"It was wrong, I admit." be aald
impulsively, "I am willing to admit
that but I refuse to believe that no
gentleman could be other than hon
ored by such a privilege. As one who
has tried to be such. I would be will
ing to do It again If"
"Mr. Bedight" the voice was keea
now and the mayor hesitated. "I did
not come here to bandy words. I
never shall cease regretting that I
am In a sense guilty of a misdemean
or which makes It Impossible for me
to condemn you as I should bot I
warn yon not to presume to Justify
Miss Ylning passed effectively.
"But jro have ne answered mj
question, Mr. Bedight." she enn Unwed
"Who was the girl thst cam down
the path with Jon?"
The nan drew closer to her. Tint
flippancy was gone from ata voice.
His fao was earnest.
"Miss Vlnlng, you have Inferred
that I am guilty of contact nbecom
Ing a gentleman. A few mornings
ago you ran after me In a spirit of
mischief, and In the same spirit I
caught you In my arms and kissed
yon; If I have hurt yens I am sin
cerely sorry, but I, too, am reaping
tha fruit of folly. Yon have chosen
to arm yoarself with a distant do
meanor toward me, you rebuff my at
tempts at entering the circle of your
real self, you are "Judge" both on and
off the bench, distant, suspicions,
haughty. Yon pursued me; . ol
(oil. With your permission I protrtw
to forget that you ran, but 1 cannot
forget that I kissed yon. 1 am not
a boy. I have seen some of the world.
I do not know much about love. I
have been too busy trying to do some
thing, to fall In love, or else I never
have happened to meet the woman,
Since coming here I don't know ex
actly what sort of an enchantment 1
have entered but I do know that 1
cannot forget tbe ecstasy of the mo
ment when our Hps met. You may
scorn me and It lies within) your pow
er to discipline me or defeat me
but I shall not try to obliterate the
thrill of that brief moment!"
Jackie Vlnlng did not meet his eyes.
In her heart she felt a strange, new
feeling of elation, a softening of re
sentment, but women were theorems
long before mathematicians struggled
with right-angle triangles and hypote-
nuses. and all their non-understand-
able descendants, beautiful and sweet
and .charming as-rhey are; otHl er - -
slut In being man's hardest problem,
Yonr frankness In some things,1
she said without emotion, "Is as com
mendable as your lack of it In others.
Must I repeat my question still anoth
er time T Who la the girl r
' The mayor spoke firmly and with
"As a man who Is at least that
much of a gentleman, I refuse to an
swer. The girl has done no wrong.
"Mr. Bedight on Tuesday night I
saw one of my crowd of young ladles
leave the arbor after a clandestine ; meat and other highly stimulating
night meeting with you. Tonight I j articles of food.
chance to blunder upon you at mid- J While it will, In many cases, pro
night again In the company of a dace the eggs. It will at the same time
young woman. There are no others bring about an early decline. But by
here, aside from our party. I feel a ! working for a strong winter crop we
responsibility and -I. must Insist on
The mayor shrugged his shoulders
"Who was she?" asked the "Judge"
for the fourth time.
"Why don't you ask her yourself?
said the mayor.
"Where is she?"
"The last I saw of her she went
through that door," he replied, dog
gedly. Miss Vlnlng stepped toward the
door and opened it In the farther
end of the boathouso a second door
stood open and tt rough It the moon
"I see I have been outwitted," an
grily. "May I walk to the hotel wltn your
asked the mayor humbly.
"I prefer to go aloce," she replied
In a tone of finality, starting up ths
It was tho mayor calling from the
"What Is it, Mr. Beilgnt?" Impa
tiently. "You remember saying th. girl with
me must ba one of your party because
there were no other young Indies
The mayor's voice had something
of tha old rlug In It ss be asked:
"Did you think of the colored
But the "Judge," going up the patb
briskly, did not deign to reply.
TO BE CONTINUED)
- Figs and Raisins.
Consul Horton at Smyrna notes that
the Keform. a Smyrna newspaper, es
timates the raisin crop for this year
at about 700,000 quintals (KT.U4.00u
sounds) and that or ngs about 75,000
camel loads (36.0oS.500 pounds). ' Hut
from what be has been able to learn
it seems tuai exporters ana asien
mostly are trying to keep the crop re
Dorts at a low figure In order to be
able to begto with faith prices, and
that If the weather continues favor
able the raisin crop will amount ap
proximately to IM14.0O0 pound
against 66.0J4.00 pounds last year
and the fig crop to liM.000 eamel load
as against llC.&Ot camel loads las'
TRAP-NEST HAS DEVELOPED PROLIFIC
EGG-LAYER AND BARRED LOW PRODUCER
By Carefully Selecting the Best Cold Weather Performer and
Breeding From Them Winter Supply of Eggs It Materially
- Increased Experiment Tried With Brahmaa.
B M. BOTER.)
. For years the plan of the writer
has been to each year pick out bis
best hens to breed from. These are
birds that not only show good charac
teristics of the breed, but also have
done good laying aa pallets.
Trap nests have been the guide, and
these are used aa a rule from Jan
nary 1st to June 1st And again from
October 1st to the end of the year.
Occasionally they are used In some
pens the entire year, but that is done
only where a special test Is made of
a, new selection or a new breed. '
What we mostly wish to know Is
not how many eggs a hen will lay In
a year, but how many .she will lay In
tbe winter when the prices of eggs
are the highest From tbe latter
stock we breed. During the summer
months ths traps are discarded, and
only the open nests used.
Now, by selecting our beat cold
weather layers and breeding from
them, we each year Increase our win
ter egg supply. There Is more money
In it and it Is a fact that our bens
have, in consequence of our careful
selection of winter layers, become
poor aummer layers, a condition we
would rather have them In than to
have great year-around records and a
poor constitution In consequence.
. By the use of traps and careful se
lection of the breeding stock any
breed can be brought up to do pro-
Trap Nect Closed View From Above.
line work. We tried the experiment
with Brahmae, and as a result have a
strain that Is doing remarkable work.
One bird In particular, as a pullet
latd 100 eggs from Jan. 1st to June
1st As a two-year-old hen she did
not begin laying "until February Gth.
,ut laid 14 eggs from that date to the
end of the month.
. During the H days of' March she
laid 21 eggs; In the 30 days of April
she laid 21 eggs; and In the 31 days
or May laid 25 eggs; making a total
j of 81 eggs In 114 days,
j - We mention this individual case
toa1row the -progress " that "can be
made in careful trap-nesting and in a
Judicious selection of breeding stock
It each year we gradually build np
the records of our flock and keep a
close eye to the thrift and hardiness
of the offspring, we show that even
Brahmas so generally classed as
poor and Indifferent layers can be
made to become prolific winter-egg
Now where the great danger comes
in is this ambition to secure 200-egg
layers aa a flock. The Sock Is quite
frequently forced by condiments.
get the bulk of our eggs at a certain
season and the hen has the rest of
the season to recuperate.
Another method adopted by some
of those ambitious for great results
Trap Nest Closed One 'Side Removed
to 8 how Method of Operation.
Is to hatch the eggs from one or more
phenomenal layers and make up the
offspring, brothers and sisters, and re
peating for two or three years.
We do not know of a surer way to
BEETS THRIVE IN
Good Fibrous, Well-Drained Gar
den Loam, With Compost,
. ! Grows Best Roots.
Beets are comparatively hardy
plants. ' Tbey may be planted early
without much danger of Injury. They
are rather gross feeders and thrive
beetf ta well enriched soil. Good fib
roin , well-drained garden loam, en
rich id with compost and poultry drop
pini s, will grow parfoct roots.
1' r the early crop prepare the sotl
as arl) as It Is fit to work and
plu: : tbe seed Immediately. If you
bav a hotbed, start the young plants
tbr and gain several weeks In ma
turl v. With a little care iu preserv
ing brous roots the young planta bear
trai planting well, and they may be
lift t and reset either from the hotbed
or fom the open ground.
Cf (rowing beets clean and thor
onui cultivation, and thin tbe plants
to sLad four to sis laches la the row.
Tbehnn!ng may be delayed la the
deteriorate tho stock than with sack
Inbreeding. It may bring good results
the first year or two, but It cannot
The trap-nest ased by the Maine
experiment station Is 2t Inches long.
IS Inches wide and It Inches deep
without front, end or cover. A divi
sion board, with a circular opening
7tt Inches In diameter. Is placed
across the bos II Inches from the
rear end and IS inches from the front
end. . A straight board partition will
answer Just as well.
The front portion of the nest hss
no fixed bottom, but Instead there Is
a movable bottom or treadle hinged
at the back. The rear section is the
nest proper. When tbe nest Is open,
the door extends horisontally In front.
The side strips of tbe door rest on
a strip of beech ltt inches wide, bev
eled on the Inner corner, which ex
tends across the front of the nest
This beeoh strip Is nailed to tbe top
of a board 4 Inches wide which forms
the front of the box-nest proper. To
the bottom or this Is nailed a strip 2
Inches wide, into which are set two
4-inch spikes, from which tbe heads
have been cut The treadle rezts on
these spikes when the nest Is closed.
Tbe hinges used for the treadle and
door are narrow, 3-Inch galvanized
butts with brass pins made to work
very easily. Hinges that will not rust
should bo used.
A ben about to lay steps apon the
door and walks In toward the dark
back of the nest When she passes
the point where the door Is hinged to
the treadle, ber weight causes it to
drop, and at the same time pulls the
door up behind ber. It Is then Im
possible for the ben to get out of the
nest till the attendant lifts door and
treadle and resets It
The nest is extremely simple. It
has no locks or triggets to get out of
order. Yet, by proper balancing of
door and treadle It can be so deli
cately adjusted that a weight of less
than half a pound on the treadle will
spring the trap.
All bearing surfaces are made of
beech, because of the well-known
property of this wood to take on a
highly polished surface with wear.
The nests in use at the Maine station
have the doors of hardwood, in order
Side View, Showing How Treadle
to get greater durability. Where
trep-nests are constantly in use.
flimsy construction Is not economical
In the long run.
The trap nests are not made with
covers because they are used in tiers
and slide In and out like drawers.
They can be carried away for clean
ing when necessary. Four nests In a
pen accommodate twenty hens by the
attendant going through the pens
once an hour, or a little oftener. dur
ing that part of the day when the
hens are buslect Earlier and later in
In day his visits are not so frequent.
The bens must all havo leg bands,
in order to Identify them; a number
of different kinds are on the market.
The double box with the nest in the
rear is necessary. When a hen has
laid an egg and desires to leave the
nest, she steps out Into tbe front
spaco and remains there until she Is
released. With only one section she
would be likely to crush her egg by
stepping on it, and thus learn the
pernicious bsbtt of egg-estlng.
To remove a hen, the nest is pi'.l'ed
part way oat, and as it has no cover
sho is readily caught, the number on
her leg-band is noted and the proper
entry made on tbe record sheet After
having been taken off a few times, the
hens do not object to being handled,
most of them remaining quiet, appar
ently expecting to be picked up.
home vegetable garden till the young
beets are large enough to UBe, and
thus the trimmings will not bo wastt-d.
In tbe truck garden the thinnings
may be ted to cows, calves and pis
to good advantage. For a succession
of tender beeta sow at Intervals or
three weeka till the last of July. The
mature crop may be held for winter
Alfalfa Fine for Horses.
The Utah experiment station found
that 1,400-poand horses at hard work
could be maintained In condition on
32.6 pounds of alfalfa hay per day,
and when at rest, 20 pounds was suf
ficient for the same horses. Secre
tary P. D. Coburn of Kansas says:
"Tha Idea that alfalfa hay Is not suit
able for horses has beeo proved er
rontous by thousands of farmers,
teamsters and liverymen; many use
no other hay. If there Is aiy trou
ble It cornea from feeding more than
Is aeedud. With access to unlimited
quantities horses may Injure them
selves by eating too much. Prom 10
to 20 pounds of alfalfa bay per day.
Bttb a small quantity of grain, will
keep work horses In thrifty condition
at a. saving of 20 to 10 per cent ta
coat of msmtenasee."
POULTRY HOUSE ABOUT RIGHT
Building Deserlbed and Illustrated
That Is Well Arranged to Admit
I have a poultry house) I think Is
about right. It Is 12 by 16 feet, and
will bouse 75 birds with ease, writes
Mrs. R. B. Ilammerll In the Farmers
Mall and Kreeze. It Is four feet high
on the north and sis feet on the south.
The roof has a nine-foot slope on the
north and a five-foot slope on the
south. Studding were set every two
feet and drop siding was used to board
Bp the walls. The roof Is shingled.
There are four windows on the south
escb with a double sash 22 by 2ft
Inches In size and arranged so the top
ones may be lowered. We did not
Exterior cf Hen House.
want the open front style as wo want
ed it tight for fumigating and also to
keep out beating storms. The upper
satin, are lowered most of the time,
and during cold weather we have a
muslin curtain to lower over the open
ing. Roosts are hinged to the north
side and may be raised and fastened
to the ceiling where they are out of
the way for cleaning, etc. A good
dropping board below keeps the floor
in good condition. Nests are placed
along the east and west sides. This
bouse has a good cement floor which
keeps cut rats.
This house admits .plenty of sun
light and we have not bad a frozen
comb or sick chicken all winter.
CARE OF DUCKS IN WINTER
Any Kind cf Green Stuff That Hap
pens to Be Handy Makes Excel
lent Feed for Fowls.
During winter I feed my ducks any
greon stuff that I happen to have
handy. Turnip, parsnip and carrot
tops, cabbage leaves, beet leaves, oa
onion tops, purslane, pigweed, tender
crab grass, lettuce, radish, mustard,
cut fine, all make good bulky feed.
These are dried in the shade during
the summer and stored .J"1 toayjj
When I want to feed them a quantity
is boiled for twelve hours and mixed
with finely cut roots, such as potato,
turnip, pp.ranip, carrot - onion and
beet. Apples are also used, says a
writer In the Orange Judd Farmer.
These are all cooked.
Not much of one kind of plant Is
given st a time. Four measures of
any one with four of corn chop to
each of wheat bran, red wheat shorts
and boiled fresh meat are fed as a
mash all tbe ducks will eat It up
clean In a few minutes. If any of the
mash Is Inft. it is at once removed to
avoid He getting sour. This feed is
given twice daily during the winter
and three times in spring. It has al
ways proved satisfactory.
Clean soiled eggs.
Get a reputation for selling fresh
Do not keep eggs in a cellar or
Let the old roosters go before they
eat their hf ads off.
About ten ducks are required to
mr.ke u pound of leathers.
If cbick'-n keeping doesn't pay don't
be in too big a hurry to blame tbe
Goo Be feathers being more oily aie
apt to sootier turn rancid than chick
Crudo carbolic acid and coal oil
make a fine dislnfcclaut. Use a con
A bovi'reisn ntraedy for limberneck
is focr dro;s of turpentine In a tea
spoonful of wuttr.
CUurco::! is a, wonderful tonle at
this time. Se that the fowls get all
t!it'y nnt of it to eat.
Poultry breeders need to know as
much of tin- breodin); worth of a fowl
as catt!t breeders of a bull.
Tbe man with a fine lot of youug
chicLei.s lo toll, now is the one who
tv.H a sTuile that won't come off.
One fcic rhlckeu soon Infects a
whole dock. It la always safest to re
move a bird Ht first signs of Illness,
Tho esscntluls of poultry raising
are cleanliness aud close attention,
i-ould with hard work and com
Supply kens with plenty of crushed
oyster shi II Tho t bells costs little aud
Uieans much If it's winter eggs you
are working for.
The hens rtltsh green food Of some
sort snd will amply repay you for the
trouble of chopping up cabbage, pota
to peelings, turnips, etc.
Any p,g ebteis in the flock? Make
tbe nests aa dark ss possible; that
v ill help If ttfut dotgu't 4lisoouraga
tut culprit, haru up the ax.
Iu tbe long continuous poultry buUeV
Ing It Is desirable that so alley way
be piotl-ted for the sake of eoaveu
sue tn imaging tarvuxb lAe uU)na
i Pass U