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He carried the little secretaire up
stairs and there, locked in hi? own room,
he wrote a letter which was destined for
St. Petersburg, but traveled in the first
instance to the care of one Dr. Brun,
of Hollington place, London. In the soli
tude of his own chamber Mr. Zeno per
mitted himself an accurate and intimate
acquaintance with the French language,
little of it as he allowed himself for his
present purposes to know outside.
Meanwhile things were going more
pleasantly in the garden. Angela, with s
little twinge of conscience, had informed
Austin that Major Butler would be de
lighted to meet him and had expressed
his great regret that he had been unable
to make the call he had contemplated that
day. The fact that the major lmd charg
ed her with this message did not help her
much, for she knew its hollowness. The
major rather dreaded the advent of a
man who wrote books and regarded Aus
tin as a fellow who would be likely to
know a lot of things and expect other
people to know them also.
"Oi*d meek wun of the porty meself,"
said Fraser, with his own invaluable sang
froid, "but oi've meed up me moind to
go back to-morrow."
"To-morrow?" said O'Rourke. "That's
a little sudden, isn't it?"
"I wish you'd come, O'Rourke," said
Maskelyne. "But Major Butler is a
dreadful Tory, and I am not sure that
you'd care to meet each other."
"Major Butler might convert me. per
haps," said O'Rourke. "No, no. Clearly
lam impossible." He spoke with so per
fect a gayety and good humor that he
turt nobody. But a little later he con
trived to got Maskelyne apart, and to
question him about a matter which had
puzzled him a good deal. "How does your
dreadful Tory's niece contrive to be fa
miliar with Dobroski, when a mere Home
Ruler like myself is quite too terrible for
the old gentleman? I call him the old
gentleman with no dishrespect," he added,
with his delightful smile. "And, of
course, he may be a young gentleman,
and still be the lady's uncle, though,
again, he is her guardian, and probably
"Dobroski and Miss Butler's father
were dear friends," said Maskelyne, re
peating what he had heard from Angela.
"When Dobroski escaped from Siberia
he landed in England without funds or
friends. Miss Butler's father found him
out. maintained him, so far as I can
learn, for years, and was a stanch friend
him. She has known him from child
hood. and has a great affection and ven
eration for him. It is a difficult posi
tion, for he and her uncle are at daggers
now. But Dobroski seems to worship
"Yes, I can see that," O'Rourke an
swered. "A charming girl," he added,
softly, and in so natural a way that Mas
kelyne supposed him to be ignorant of
his own interest in her. "There's ro
mance in the situation, too," he continued,
In a lighter tone. Maskelyne, with a mere
nod in answer, made a move in Angela's
direction. "No," said O'Rourke. putting
an arm through one of his. "You don't
escape me in that way. I have something
to say to you, and I know that you will
be shifty and evasive and underhanded
In your ways until I have said it. Let me
speak, old fellow. We shall both be
easier. I can't tell you what I think and
feel about that splendid loan of yours.
I was really desperate. I don't know
what I should have done without it."
"Very well," said Maskelyne, pressing
his companion's arm with a gesture of
affection, but speaking Very dryly; "it is
"No, my friend of outward marble and
inward tenderness, it is not over. And it
never will be."
"Once for all, O'Rourke, bury that con
foußded thing, an<T have done with it.
"Well, there, the thing is buried. I'll
say no more till I can pay you back again.
But I suppose you don't lOrbid me to
think of it in the meantime? It was the
only kindness in that way I ever had or
ever wanted. I sha'n't forget it; that's
all. And now it's buried."
On the following day O'Rourke took a
quiet walk by unknown ways across the
fields. He was a born townsman, and had
but little love for rural tranquillities by
nature, but he was already weary of the
work of the session, and was glad to es
cape to fresh air and silence for awhile.
One gentle little hill after another drew
hia on. He would see what lay beyond
this gentle eminence, and then he would
see what iay beyond the next, and in this
fashion he sauntered on until he cams in
sight of a most exaggeratedly castellated
house of gray stone standing in the midst
of a dark pine woods. The building was
of a moderate size, but its peaks and tur
rets dwarfed it, and front a little dis
tance made it look at least as much like a
child's toy as a dwelling house for real
people. This was the chateau of Roufoy,
nnd the present residence of Major But
The wanderer, who had fairly good
taste in most things, stood for a moment
to smile at this preposterous edifice, and
then walked on again. It was a day of
cloudy soft light, and the air was won
derfully sweet. The woods were in the
freshness of their greenery, and the dark
buss of the contrasting pines set off the
lighter foliage. A few hundred yards be
fore him lay the first link of a river
whieh went winding in a rounded zigzag
until it lost itself to view behind the
shoulder of a wood-clad hill.
lie strolled down to the river side, and
there cast himself upon the grass, and
stared up at the soft motionless clouds.
The stream ran through narrower banks
than common near where he lay, and kept
up a pleasant drowsy gurgle. Listening
to this, he lay there enjoying all the de
lights of leisure after labor in every
fiber of his body, until he fell into a light
doze. From this he was awakened by a
rustle and the sound of an execration
gently breathed. Sitting up he was aware
of a gentleman of British aspect, florid,
sturdy and well set. who stood on the
other side of the river, rod In hand, per
suasively pulling at a fly which had lodg
ed in one of the branches of a bush. Ly
ing down he had been hidden from the
angler, who, seeing him rise, gave some
thing of a start.
"Pardon me, sir," said the stranger,
in labored and very English sounding
French, "can you detach that fly for me?"
"Major Butler," said O'Rourke to him
self, "Is this Major Butler, I wonder?"
He answered, also speaking in French,
that he would do his best, and walked
to the bush. O'Rourke secured the branch
to which the fly was attached, and cut it
away, after which he disentangled the
hook, and the angler and he raised their
hats to each other.
Major Butler, for O'Rourke's not un
natural guess had hit the mark, express
ed his obligations with some little diffi
culty, and O'Rourke, who was Paris bred,
responded that he was infinitely delighted
'to be of service. If this were Major But
ler, thought \hr. O'Rourke, it would be
good fun to conquer his prejudices, and
apart from the amusement, it would be
agreeable to have a country house to call
at during his stay. Then he thought of
that charming girl.
He began by asking after sport, and
the qual\y of the stream and the fish,
and the major, who was an accessible and
friendly soul when once the ice was brok
en with him, displayed his take, and floun
dered on with his French in a very cour
ageous and adventurous manner.
Presently he hooked a half-pounder,
who behaved in a very lively manner, and
was finally grassed workman-like.
O'Rourke looked on with interest.
"They give plenty of sport," he said.
"Capital sport." replied Butler, heart
ily. "They're not feeding well to-day,
though. Two or three days ago a young
friend of mine, an American, who's stay
ing at my place, fetched out seven pounds
in half an hour. Used a fly quite strange
to the water, too. a gaudy American thing,
but very killing."
"There can't be any Americans over
"Only one that I know of," said the
major. "Maskelyne." He had time
enough to think that this was the novel
ist, ten to one, and a very different sort
of fellow from the man he had expected.
"Pleased to meet you." he said. "Shall
be glad if you'll look me up."
"Thank you," said O'Rourke, sweetly.
"Thank you very much indeed. Maske
lyne and I are very old friends."
"Not the novelist," said the major, si
lently. "Of course not. Spoke much too
intimately from the first mention of him
only to have met him yesterday."
"You are Major Butler?" asked
O'Rourke. There are ways and ways of
putting this sort of interrogatory. But
ler bowed assent. "Maskelyne told me
with whom he was staying. My name is
"Oh!" said the major, blankly; "you're
not the "
"I'm afraid I am," answered O'Rourke,
with so admirable a good humor that But
ler could not refrain from a smile. "We
needn't talk politics if we differ, as I
dare say we do."
Honestly, if Major Butler could have
withdrawn his invitation he would have
done so, and he was a little annoyed
with himself for having given it. But
he bethought him, the man was a friend
of Maskelyne's, and Maskelyne spoke of
him in the very highest terms. But then
again, there was something about—people
talked—they said the Irish members were
here to make terms with that infamous
old scoundrel Dobroski, a rascal who
thirsted for royal blood and wanted chaos
to come again.
"Do you stay long?" asked Butler, with
a diplomatic purpose.
"Yes, a week or two, perhaps more. A
friend of mine—l dare say you know hia
—he's really a very distinguished man—
Farley, the novelist—is staying in the
same hotel with me at Janenne, and so
long as be stays I shall stay."
Angela and Maskelyne were each a good
deal surprised half an hour later to see
Major Butler coming down the avenue
toward the chateau side by side with
O'Rourke. Perhaps at bottom the major
himself was a little surprised, but he was
certainly vanquished. He confessed that
he had never met a ploasanter man in his
life than this Home Ruler, whom in ad
vance he had been prepared to detest.
Dobroski and O'Rourke sat together in
a chamber of the Cheval Blanc .
"You thought my scheme a madman's
vision when you heard it first," raid the
old man, in his tired and tranquil way.
"But now? Speak without fear, and
with perfect candor."
"I see a practical possibility In it,"
returned the other. "A bare possibility,
but still a possibility.*'
"Possibility enough to make it worth
while to strike when the time comes?"
"Possibility enough to 'nake it worth
while to strike when the time comes.
Yes." There was something in O'Rourke's
manner of repeating the phrase whieh
made the repetition seem weighty, reflec
tive, and full of respect for Dobroski's
years and qualities. "But " He paus
ed with a look of thought, and drummed
upon the table with his fingers.
"But ?" said Dobroski.
"We must not lose the cause. We must
not lose for wi nt of a little candor. You
have laid your scheme before me —given
me facts, names, numbers. You tell me
that I have your perfect confidence, and
that 1 know now all you have to tell."
"There are detaiN." answered Dob
roski—"countless details. But the main
facts are yours."
"I am not disputing, sir," said
O'Rourke, with a smile which seemed to
say how impossible that would be. "I
am only recapitulating. But you see,
Mr. Dobroski, I get these things from the
fountain-head, and I am assured of their
verity. But when you ask me to be vour
emissary at homo you forget that I have
neither your years, your first-hand knowl
edge. your history, nor your authority. In
short, I sin Hector O'Rourke, and you
are John Dobroski. If 1 carry this pro
digious scheme to the men in Easlaad
and la Ireland who would be ready 10 ,
receive ii and to cake part in it what
credential* have I?"
Dobroski rurned his mournfnl eyes full
upon O'Rourke and regnrded him in si
lence far a time. O'Rourke bore the
scrutiny with an admirable candor and
"That does not speak well for your
opinion of the scheme." said Dobroski,
sfter a noticeable pause. "I know, and
no man knows better, thut when we strike
we strike for life or death. I know that
a single indiscretion may ruin us. I have
weighed the chances and counted the cost
"I recognize the dangers, too," said
O'Rourke, "but we must face them and
outface them." He spoke lightly, but
with an underlying resolve so clearly
indicated that there was no doubting him.
"No, it is not the danger of the scheme
that gives me pause. But it needed all
your close and intimate knowledge, all
the authority you carry in your nr.ine and
your career, to make the existence of. so
vast a plan seem possible. I accept the
scheme," he said, vividly, half rising from
his seat. "I bind myself to it without
reserve. Win or lose! But. except upon
the fullest exposition, I would not have
taken it. Except upon the loftiest au
thority. I would not have given credence
to it. No. Mr. Dobroski, you must come
yourself to England. Leave me behind
to work as your lieutenant there, if you
think me worthy of the post, but came
yourself and bear the news and make the
"I will go," said Dobroski, "if you
think it neodful."
"I think it actually needful," O'Rourke
answered. "I will write and will make
arrangements. We had better not travel
"Good," said Dobroski. "I will start
to-night. The longer the interval be
tween my going and your following the
less cause to suspect that we have a com
mon errand. Perhaps I can be doing
something in the meantime. I may tell
your friend Mr. Frost that the plan car
ried your adherence with it? Your entire
"That it carries my entire approval
with it," O'Rourke answered, slowly and
weightily; "because it promises nothing
precipitate, because it promises cool and
cautious preparation, and good general
"You think he stands in need of that
"Most of us stand in need of it." said
O'Rourke. "We are too eager. We frit
ter our chances on affairs of outposts.
That has always been our trouble."
"I understand," said Dobroski. "I will
not forget your warning. But now, sir,
I will say farewell. We shall meet again
in a little while, I trust. We have not
seen much of each other as yet, but I am
not slow ro read a true man, and I know
that I have done well in trusting you. I
have fought in this war for now this forty
years and more. We have done but little,
but ut last the hour is coming, and *11
will soon be done or undone."
When he first said farewell he took
O'Rourke by the hand and held him so
until he had spoken his last word.
O'Rourke looked back into the sad and
passionate eyes that gazed into his own.
and his glance was affectionate and wor
The little toy train at the toy railway
station at I'aneune was setting up steam
to be goue, and was making as much noise
of preparation as if it had a thousand
miles before it. Dobroski emerged from
the doorway of the Cheval Blanc* followed
by a stout female domestic, who bore a
po-..manteau in either hand. The old
man caught sight of O'Rourke and bowed
to him. O'Rourke returned the Haluie,
and turning round when Dobroski had
disappeared, saw Austin at his open wiu
"Farley," he said. "I believe our old
revolutionist is leaving us. He has just
gone off *o the station with a couple of
portmanteaus. Has he said nothing to
you about it?"
"Nothing," said Farley, smiling.
"Doesn't he take his fellow-conspirator
"Well, you see," returned O'Rourke,
smiling also, "I haven't asked him for his
confidence. And even if I did, he might
prefer to keep it."
"Likely enough," said Farley, smiling
still. "Hillo! Here are our friends from
Houfoy. v Meet them for me, there's a
good fellow. I'll be down in two min
(To be continued.)
Joax (at the pUoue)—Hello! I* tills
Dr. Pillsbury ?
Joax —This Is Joax. I wish you
would come %p at once and Bee what
you can do for the baby.
The Other—What's the trouble with
Joax —He's financially embarrassed.
The Other—Financially embarrass
Joax —Yea. He just swallowed a
Merely m Sufgeatloa.
Ills mother-in-law had been with
them for three long weeks.
"To-morrow," said his wife, "will be
ma mum's blrthady. I wish 1 could
think of something appropriate to give
"Why not give her a ticket hack
home?" suggested the husband.
Needed a New One.
"That story." remarked the Bias who
had been listening to his wife's latest
bit of gossip, "strikes me as being made
of whole cloth."
"So much the better," rejoined the
wife of his bosom. "All the old gossip
in the neighborhood has been worn
JaHt the Thlif.
"When I was young, my dear, girls
were not allowed to sit up so late with
"Then, papa, why do veu allow ru**
to do so? It would be so much more
interesting If you would only forbid
Edyth—Jack Hugglns actually had
the Impudence to kiss me last night.
Mnyme—The !d»a! Or course you
tried to scream?
SCIENTIFIC STAIR SWEEPHTO.
Method by Which Obstruction to
Travel la Reduced.
'There Is, It seems," Bald tho town
traveler to a New York Sun man,
"a scientific method of sweeping stairs;
a method whereby the people passing
up and down, as on a stairway In con
stant public use, may be, while sweep
ing is going on, in the smallest degree
possible, incommoded by it.
"This method is scarcely applicable
to narrow stairs, but it may be applied
with great advantage to the sweeping
of wide stairs where the traffic is great.
It was seen demonstrated on the broad
■talra leading down to the subway from
the entrance at the Brooklyn bridge.
"It la a familiar fact that the ordi
nary way of sweeping stairs Is to sweep
the steps one after another In succes
sion, sweeping each one clear across
from side to side. If the sweeping Is
done In tills manner half the people go
ing up or down may have to dodge the
iweeper. In dodging the sweeper they
dodge Into other people, and so the
travel on the stairs may be congested
and the whole movement Impeded.
"But by the scientific method of
sweeping all this uncertainty about
where the sweeper may be found is
avoided and half the stairway Is left
constantly nnd entirely clear to travel,
which can move up and down in that
open way quite freely and so with the
least possible delay.
"By this method the sweeper simply
begins at the end of the step on one
side the stairway and sweeps that Rtep
to the center. There he stops and goes
down a step to the next one, to sweep
that step In like manner, from Its end
to the center, and so he keeps on down
step after step, sweeping the Btalrway
for one-half Its width, keeping himself
always on that side and iehvlng the
other half of the stairway entirely
free. When he has thus swept down
half the stairway he throws tlia* side
open and starts at the top again, now
on the other side, and sweeps down In
the same way, step by step, to the cen
"If a minor gives a note that does
not mature till after he becomes ol
age can the note be collected then?"
Ans.—lf note was given for necessa
ries, yes; If not, no.
"Does an officer of a corporation who
has tendered Ills resignation, but his
resignation has uot been accepted, still
remain an officer of the corporation?"
Ans. —No. The resignation of an officer
of a corporation terminates his office
without further act on the part of his
associates or other officers.
The mere acceptance of a purchased
article after the agreed time of deliv
ery is held, in Johnson vs. North Balti
more Bottle Glass Company (Kan.), 7
L. B. A. (N. S.), 1114, not to constitute
a waiver of damages for failure to de
liver In time, unless such acceptancc
Is accompanied by other circumstances,
which manifest an Intention on the
part of the buyer to waive such dam
An antenuptial marriage settlement
by which the groom's father under
takes to make no discrimination among
his children in his will is held. In Pha
len vs. United States Trust Co. (N. Y.),
7 L. R. A. (N. S.), 734, to be enforce
able In equity, so as to prevent the en
forcement of a provision In the will
giving the groom only a life estate,
while the portions of the testator'!
other children are made absolute.
"1. What remedy has a wife against
her hnsband whom she has left for suf
ficient cause? She does not wish a di
vorce. 2. How can a man be made tc
support his wife or children?" Ans.—
1. She may maintain an equitable ac
tion against him for her separate sup
port. 2. Every man who, without law
ful excuse, wilfully falls to furnish
proper food, shelter or clothing to hit
wife, or to his child under 15 years ol
age, shall be guilty of s mlsdemeanoi
punishable by a fine not-to exceed (100.
or Imprisonment In Jail not to exceed
The law makes no distinction In de
scent of property between married peo
ple who are living together, end those
who do not live together. The property
rights are fixed by the marriage state,
and if a man deserts his wife, or foi
other cause she Is entitled to a divorce,
he, upon her death, Is entitled to th«
same share of her property that h<
would be In case be were living with
her. The same is true of the rights
of the wife In the property of her de
ceased husband. This state, the hus
band or wife gets one-third of th«
property of the other, except the home
stead, and the use of that for life.
An eminent man, who is a strict ab
stslßor from both wine and animal
food. Is obliged In cousequence of thle
peculiarity, to refrain from dining out
He entertains, however, an occasions!
kindred spirit. One such was recently
at his table.
"You ought to have seen them," said
the eminent man's son. "rioting ovei
Stndx I'MHM Sulfide.
Suicides among children and young
persons are very common In Germany.
Failure In school examinations or over
application to study are the causes
assigned for the acts of self-destruc
It Isn't a difficult task for a hoop
snake to make both endA meet
Horses and Mnlea.
There has been a rapid Increase the
lant few years In the number and value
at the horses and mules in the United
In 1900 there were 16,024,000 horses
and mules In the United States. Dur
ing the next five years there was an
Increases of 27.7 per cent, so that on
January 1, 1905, the number of horses
and mules had Increased to 19,940,000,
but the Increase did not stop at that
rate. On the first oT January, 1907.
there were no less than 23,564,000
horses and mules, showing an increase
of 18 per cent during the two years
subsequent to '905.
Those who are inclined to talk over
production at tho presenfare confront
ed with the Indisputable fact that dur
ing the seven years when the increase
in numbers amounted to 50 per ceut
there was also an Increase in price per
head amounting to over 50 per cent
Thus on January 1, 1900, our horses
and mules were valued at $715,088,000,
while on January 1, 1905. they were
valued at $2,274,642,000.
This Is a phenomenal record and yet
notwithstanding this extraordinary In
crease In number ana value, borse3 are
in greater demand to-day than they
have ever been before In the history of
the United States.
Keeping Hoars It Boaida.
nere is an easy plan of keeping hogs
from going from hog pastures to cow
pastures, and at the same time allowing
the cattle to go from one pasture to
the other at will. As shown In the
sketch, the opening In the fence may
be as wide as desired. Two by twelve
Inch plank are nailed to the fence posts
about four or six Inches from the
ground, and two extra posts are set out
from the fence about a foot. Tho plank
Is nailed td the Inside of these posts,
and this plank should be about four
feet longer than the one fastened to
the fence so as to go by the opening at
each end about two feet. The hogs
cannot jump the two planks, and small
Jump over, as they are lengthwise of
liogg that go between them cannot
the opening. The cattle will readily
step over. The same plan may lie used
for sheep, only three planks may be
necessary to retain them, although the
writer uses only two for them also.—
A very intelligent nnd observing
farmer says: The importance of a
mulch to counteract a drought was
presented to me In a rather forcible
manner last spring. We had planted
a few rows of early beans and after
they had come up we had a cold spell,
and In order to save the beans from the
frost, they were covered with planks.
After the danger from frost had passed,
at one end of the rows the planks were
laid between the rows and left for
about two weeks, which was a dry sea
son. At the other end the pianks were
moved clear away. The part where the
planks were between the rows made
double the growth of the others. The
growth was evidently due to the mois
ture saved by the plunks.
Lous of Blnunre.
An authority claims that fully one
third of the manure voided on the
farms of the United States Is lost. The
fermentation of manure Is caused by
the action of two forms of organisms
One form Is that which requires an
abundance of oxygen nnd dies when ex
posed to It. The former thrives on the
outside of the heap and the latter in
the Interior. The hitter's ortiee seem*
to break up the more complex particles
and prepare thom for the action of the
former. If the action of the former
is toe rapid a great deal of the nltrro
gen passes off Into the air In the form
of ammonia or free nitrogen, and Is lost
to the sell from whence it came.
♦ Tho Up-to-Dnto Cow.
The Improved «ow, says the American
Parmer, la the cow that continually Im
proves la her milking qualities. She Is
not the only Improved cow, for the pro
ducer of good beef stock and of the Im
proved steer la an Improved cow. ft is
not only necessary to have the Improv
ed dam. bat tho sire should also l>e
improved. If 'he Improvement 1b made
that Is necessary. Keep np the Im
provement lost there be a retrogression.
Merino. In Tcrmont.
The merino sheep Industry in Ver
mont Is again entering an era of pros
perity that presages a boom. While
by no means approaching the palmy
days of thirty years ago, the Industry
is reviving and each year for a decade
past has shown an Increase In ship
ments of fancy strains of merlno
breedlng sheep to Africa and Aus
?Tall Voonda In Hones'' Ffrt.
It ban long been known that Mil
pricks and other similar lujuries In
tbe horse's hoof may lead to an Infec
tion followed by the formation of pus
under the horn of the hoof, and a seri
ous general disease of tbe horse, or at
least the loss of tbe boof.
In a bulletin of the South Dakota
Station, Mr. Moore recently reported
results obtained In a number of cases
from applying a strict antiseptic treat
ment to injuries of th's sort. Th<'
method consists In paring away the
horn of the hoof from the affected
part until the blood oozes out. The
foot is then thoroughly washed in a so
lution of bichloride of mercury. In the
proportion of one part to 500 parts of
water, afte* which absordent cotton,
saturated In a solution of the Ram»
strength, Is applied to the wound, and
the whole hoof Is packed in cotton, sur
rounded by a bandage and well coated
with tar. This prevents any further
filth from coming in contact with the
The operation must usually be done
by a qualified veterinarian. Subse
quent treatment, however, can be ap
plied by tbe average farmer, since all
that Is necessary Is to pour a little of
the solution of bichloride of mercury
upoa the cotton which projects from
the upper part of the bandage. Tbe
«otton will absorb enough of the solu
tion to keep the wound moistened and
hasten the healing process. If a rem
edy of this sort is not adopted In the
case of a foot wound In the horse, the
owner runs considerable risk of seri
ous Infection either of blood posioning
Corn Land for the Bean Crop.
Beans may be planned late and ma
ture before a probably frost. For sev
eral years beans have borne a good
price, and If the wheat crop proves to
be as short as threatened at this writ
ing the consumption of them Is likely
to be larger than usual. The planting,
harvesting and thrashing of beans may
be done by machinery now, which re
moves a former serious objection to
their culture; and If the crop area on
a farm has been made smaller than
desired, by reason of the cold spring, a
field of beans might be advantageously
used In extending the season's crops.
Good corn land is excellent for beans,
and their cultivation does not differ
materially from that of corn, hence It
does not require any special instruct!®
or skill to grow them successfully.
No Name Crop (or Alfalfa.
Soaie people still think alfalfa should
be sown with a nurse crop. Those who
have had experience with It know bet
ter. A recent publication of the Ari
zona Experiment Station sums up the
facts as follows:
Nurse crops hinder the development
of tops and roots of alfalfa, especially
when by reason of a thick stand or
rank growth shading effects are exces
sive. After the removal of the nurse
crop the weakened and undeveloped al
falfa plants are poorly fitted to with
stand drought and the stand may b*
lost. In the average instance the loss
In yield of alfalfa due to a nurse crop
probably more than offsets return from
the nurse crop Itself.
The freight and transportation
charges on a full car of strawberries
from southern points are often from
$200 to $300, while on a car af south
ern peaches the cost of refrigeration
and the high prioed packages that have
to be used run the cost up above $500
on each car that comes into the State;
$400 of this would l>e profit or Increased
income to the local grower.
The local grower can oftei sell di
rect to consumer; tHer<» are no heavy
or refrigerator charges t® pay, and
these two Items alone often est up over
one-half to two-thlnls of the gross sales
of fruit broueht from a distance, while
the local grower saves It.—J. IT. Hale,
Connecticut, in American Cultivator.
Fralt PI ek In if Banket.
Tills basket is made ironi an ordi
nary Deleware fruit basket. A strap
goes over the slioulder of the picker
and leaves both hands free for gather-
BASKET FOE FBUIT PICKING.
ing tbe fruit It Is bad practice to
shake any kind of fruit from the tree.
It should always Ik; picked by band
and carefully placed In the packnge Id I
which It is sent to market. By this /
method injury to the extent of 10 to
25 per cent may be avoided.
Wintering Been. *
D. H. Stovall Bays n neighbor who
makes a good living from his aptary ,
successfully winters his bees through
the cold months In a cellar provided *
for the purpose. n» states that bee»
may he successfully wintered In cellar* (
provided the cellar Is given over entire
ly to the hees and used for no other
purpose. There Is always an un
healthy edor, that Is as disastrous to ,
beet as anything else, emitted from de
cayed fruits, vegetables and such things
as are usually stored In cellars. The k
bee cellar siionid not be entered nor •
disturbed any more than Is absolutely
necessary: It should he made a quiet,
unmolested home for the little honey t .