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Cowboys of ths Flying Heart ranch are
heartbroken over the loss of their much
prized phonograph by the defeat of their
champion in a foot-race with the cook of
the Centipede ranch. A house party is
on at tlie Flying Heart. J. Wallingford
Speed, cheer "leader at Yale, and Culver
Covintrton, inter-collegiate champion run
ner, are expected. Helen Blake, Speed s
tweetheart, suggests to Jean Chapin, sis-
Ter of the owner of the ranch, that she
induce Covington, her lover, to win back
the phonograph. Helen declares that if
Covington won't run. Speed will. The
cowboys are hilarious over the prospect.
Fpefd and his valet, Larry Glass, trainer
et Yale, arrive. Helen Blake asks Speed,
who has posed to her as an athlete, to
race against the Centipede man. The
cowboys join in the appeal to Wally. and
rearing that Helen will find him out, he
consents. He insist, however, that he
*hall be entered as an unknown, figuring
that Covington will arrive in time to take
his place. "Fresno, glee club singer from
Stanford university and in love with
Helen, tries to discredit Speed with the
sadies and the cowboys. Speed and Glass
put in the time they are supposed to be
training playing cards in a secluded spot.
The cowboys tell Glass it is up to him to
see that Speed wins the race. Willie, the
gunman, declares the trainer will go back
past packed in ice, if Speed fails. A tele
sram comes from Covington saying he is
in jru! at Omaha for ten days. Glass in
a panic forces Speed to begin training in
earnest. The cowboys force Speed to eat
fn. the training quarters and prepare him
a diet of very rare meat. Miss Blake
bakes a cake for Speed and is offended
when Larry refuses to allow him to eat
It. Covington arrives on crutches. He
f<ays be broke his toe in Omaha. Mrs.
Keap, engaged to Covingion and in love
with Jack Chapin, exposes Speed to
Helen, because Speed had failed to pre
vent Covington from joining the party.
Speed decides to cripple himself, but
Skinner, the Centipede runner, appears
with a proposition to throw the race.
Glass attempts to escape at night, but is
captured. Fresno gives Gallagher, the
Centipede foreman. $500 to bet against
Speed for him. Helen BUike hears of it
and bets $500 on Speed. Glass recognizes
Skinner as a professional runner.
Instantly a full lunged roar went up
that rolled away to the foot-hills, and
the runners sped out of the pandemon
ium, their legs twinkling against the
dust-colored prairie. Down to the
turn they raced. Speed was leading.
Fright had acted upon him as an elec
tric charge; his terror lent him wings;
he was obsessed by a propelling force
outside of himself. Naturally strong,
lithe, and active, he likewise pos
sessed within him the white-hot flame
of youth, and now, with a nameless
fear to spur him on, he ran as any
healthy, frightened young animal
would run. At the second turn Skin
ner had not passed him, but the thud
of his feet was close behind.
This unparalleled phenomenon sur
prised Lawrence Glass perhaps most
of all. Was this a miracle? He
turned to Covington, to find him danc
ing madly, his crutches waving over
his head, in his eyes the stare of a
maniac. His mouth was distended,
and Glass reasoned that he must be
shouting violently, but could not be
sure. Suddenly Covington dashed to
the turn whence the runners would
be revealed as they co/ered the last
half lap, for nothing was distinguish
able through the fence, burdened by
human forms, and Larry lumbered aft
er him, ploughing his way through the
crowd and colliding with the box upon
which stood the Echo Phonograph, of
"New York and Paris. He hurled
Mariedetta out of his path with brutal
disregard, but even before he could
Skinner Had Fallen!
reach his point of vantage the sprint
ers burst into the homestretch. Larry
Glass saw it all at a glance—Speed
was weakening, while Skinner was
running easily. Nature had done her
utmost; she could not work the im
possible. As they tore past, Skinner
The air above the corral became
blackened with hats as if a flock of
vultures had wheeled suddenly; the
Bhriek of triumph that rose from the
Centipede ranks warned the trainer
that he had tarried too long. Heavily
he set off across the prairie for New
The memory of that race awakened
Speed from his slumbers many times
in later years. When he found the
brown shoulder of his rival drawing
past he realized that for him the end
of all things was at hand. And yet,
be it said to his credit, he held dog
jedly to his task, and began to fight
miM waning strength with renewed de
termination. Down through the noisy
crowd he pounded at the heels of his
antagonist, then out upon the second
lap. But now his fatigue increased
rapidly, and as it increased, so did
Skinner's lead. At the second turn
Wally was hopelessly outdistanced,
and began to sob with fury, in an
ticipation of the last, long, terrible
stretch. Back toward the final turn
they came, the college man desper
ately laboring, the cook striding on
like a machine. Wally saw the rows
of forms standing upon the fence, but
of the shouting he heard nothing.
Skinner w ras twenty yards ahead now,
and flung a look back over his shoul
der. As he turned into the last
straightaway he looked back again
and grinned triumphantly.
Then —J. Wallingford Speed gasped,
and calling upon his uttermost atom of
strength, quickened the strides of his
leaden legs. Skinner had fallen!
A shriek of exultation came from
the Flying Heart followers; it died as
the unfortunate man struggled to his
feet, and was off again before his op
ponent had overtaken him. Down the
alley of human forms the two came;
then as their man drew ahead for an
instant or two, such a bedlam broke
forth from Gallagher's crew that Law
rence Glass, well started on his over
land trip, judged that the end had
But Skinner wavered. His ankle
turned for a second time; he seemed
about to fall once more. Then he
righted himself, but he came on hob
The last thirty yards contained the
tortures of a lifetime to Wally Speed.
His lungs were bursting, his head was
rolling, every step required a separate
and concentrated effort of will. He
knew he was wobbling, and felt his
knees ready to buckle beneath him,
but he saw the blue tight stretched
ribbon just ahead, and continued to
lessen the gap between himself and
Skinner until he felt he must reach
out wildly and grasp at the other
man's clothing. Helen's face stood out
from the blur, and her lips cried to
him. He plunged forward, his out
flung arm tore the ribbon from Its
fastening, and he fell. But Skinner
was behind him.
rIE only thing in the world
that the victorious Speed
wanted was to lie down and
stretch out and allow those
glowing coals in his chest
to cool off. But rough
hands seized him, and
he found himself astride
Kof Stover's shoulders and
about the Echo Phonograph
lidst of a war-dance. He
olently with his spiked shoes,
whereat the foreman bucked like a
wild horse under the spur and dropped
him, and he staggered out of the
crowd, where a girl flew to him.
"Oh, Wally," she cried, "I knew you
could!" He sank to the ground, and
she knelt beside him.
Skinner was propped against the
corral fence opposite, his face distort
ed with suffering, and Gallagher was
rubbing his ankle.
" 'Taint broke, I reckon," said Gal
lagher, rising. "I wish to hell It
was!" He stared disgustedly at his
fallen champion, and added: "We
don't want y'all for a cook no more,
Skinner. You never was no good no
how. He turned to Helen and handed
her a double handful of bank-notes, as
Berkeley Fresno buried his hands in
his pockets and walked away. "Here's
your coin, miss. If ever you get an
other hunch, let me know. An' here's
yours, Mr. Speed; it's a weddin'-pres
ent from the Centipede." He fetched
a deep sigh. "Thank the Lord we'll
git somethin' fit to eat from now on!"
Speed staggered to Skinner, who
was still nursing his injury, and held
out his hand, whereat the cook winked
his left eye gravely.
"The best man won," said Skinner,
"and say—there's a parson at Albu
querque." Then he groaned loudly,
and fell to massaging his foot.
There came a fluttering by his side,
and Miss Blake's voice 6aid to him,
with sweetness and with pity:
"I'm so sorry you lost your posi
tion, Mr. Skinner. You're a splendid
"Never mind the job, miss, I've got
something to remember it by." He
pointed to a sash which lay beside
him. "The, loser gets the ribbon,
miss," he explained gallantly.
Off to tho right there came a new
outcry, and far across the level prairie
a strange sight was revealed to the
beholders. A fat man in white flan
nels was doubling and dodging ahead
of two horsemen, and even from a
considerable distance it could plainly
be seen that he was behaving with re
markable agility for one bo heavy.
Repeatedly his pursuers headed him
off, but he rushed past them, seeming
ly possessed by the blind sense of di
rection that guides the homing pigeon
or the salmon in its springtime run.
He was headed toward the east.
"Why, it's Larry!" ejaculated Speed.
"And Cloudy and Carara."
"Wally, your man has lost his rea
son!" Chapin called.
At that instant the watchers saw
the Mexican thunder down upon
Glass, his lariat swinging about his
head. Lazily the rope uncoiled and
settled over the fleeing figure, then,
amid a cloud of dust, Carara's horse
set itself upon its haunches and the
white-clad figure came to the end of
its flight. There was a violent strug
gle, as if the cowbody had hooked a
leaping tuna, cactus plants and sage
brush were uprooted, then the pony
began to back away, always keeping
the lariat taut. But Glass was no
easy captive, as his threshing arms
and legs betrayed, and even when he
was dragged back to the scene of the
race, panting, grimy, dishevelled, th«
rope still about his waist, he seemed
obsessed by that wild insanity for
flight. He was drenched with perspi
ration, his collar was dangling, one
end of a suspender trailed behind him.
At sight of Speed he uttered a cry,
then plunged through the crowd like a
bull, but the lariat loop slipped to the
neck and tightened like a hangman's
"Larry," cried his employer, sharply,
"have you lost your head?"
"Ain't they g-g-got you yet?" queried
the trainer in a strangling voice.
"You idiot, I won!"
"I won —easy."
"You won!" Larry's eyes were
starting from his head.
"He sure did," said Stover. Didn't
you think he could?"
Glass apprehended that look of sus-
"I'm So Sorry You Lost Your Posi
tion, Mr. Skinner."
picion. "Certainly!" said he. "Didn't
I say bo, all along? Now take that
clothes line off of me; I've got to run
That evening J. Wallingford Speed
and Helen Blake sat together in the
hammock, and much of the time her
hand was in his. From the bunk
house across the court-yard floated
the voice of the beloved Echo Phono
graph, now sad, now gay; now shril
ling the peaceful air with Mme. Mel
ba's "Holy City," now waking the
echoes with the rasping reflections of
"Silas on Fifth Avenue." To tha
spellbound audience gathered close
beside it, it was divine; but deep as
was their satisfaction, it could not
compare with that of the tired young
son of Eli. Ineffable peace and con
tentment were his; the whole wide
world was full of melody.
"And now that I've told you what
a miserable fraud I am, you won't
stop loving me?" he questioned.
Helen nestled closer and shook her
head. There was no need for words.
Jack Chapin 'came out upon the
porch with the chaperon. "Well, Fres
no caught his train," he told them.
"And we have had such a glorious
drive coming back! The night is
"Yes, so nice and moonlight!" Wal
ly agreed pleasantly, whereat Jack
"It's as black at pitch."
"Why, so it is!" Then as a fresh
song burst forth from the very heart
of the machine, he murmured affec
tionately: "By Jove! there goes 'The
Baggage Coach Ahead' once more!
That makes ten times."
"It's a beautiful thing, isn't it?"
Miss Blake sighed dreamily.
"I —I believe I'm learning to like It
myself," her lover agreed. "Poor
The bridesmaids wore white organ
die and carried violets.
Down the Scale.
A certain bride is very much in love
with her husband and very willing to
admit it. She likes to sound his
praises to her mother and to her girl
friends. She has a number of original
expressions. When her husband is
good she says he is "chocolate cake,
three layers deep." When he is very
good he is "chocolate cake, four layers
deep," and so on up the scale. Occa
sionally, however, things take a turn.
The bride's mother dropped in the
other day. The bride was a trifle
peevish, but her mother pretended not
to notice this.
"And how was John today?" was
her inquiry. "Chocolate, four layers
"Three layers deep?"
"Two layers deep?"
"No." This with a pout.
"Then what is he?"
"Dog biscuit!"— National Monthlj.
RAISE SEtD POTATOES
SUREST MEANS OF DEVELOPING
Uniformity of Size and Shape Should
Receive More Attention—There Is
Increasing Demand for Fancy
(By WILLIAM STUART.)
The superiority of immature over
mature tubers for seed purposes is
not as yet recognized by the American
potato grower. The European grow
ers, on the other hand, have long real
ized that, other things being equal,
larger crops can be produced from
immature seed than from mature seed.
Uniformity of size and shape is a
quality which should receive more
thought, and strains of potatoes giving
the greatest yield of fair-sized, shapely
tubers should be cultivated. It is par
ticularly important at present that
such strains be developed, because
there is an increasing demand for
fancy table stock to satisfy the re
quirements of a large and discriminat
ing class of consumers who are insist
ing on greater uniformity in size and
shape and are willing to pay more for
The simplest and surest means of
developing high-grade seed potatoes
is that of the tuber-unit and hill-selec
tion methods. The tuber-unit method
consists in selecting from the seed bin
a number of the most perfectly
shaped tubers of from six to eight
ounces in weight. When planted these
are quartered, as dropped, into four
equal parts. This is done by splitting
the bud-eye cluster in each direction
from seed to stem end. In other words,
the tuber is cut lengthwise. All tu
bers showing discolorations of the
flesh or other evidence of disease
should be rejected. Plant the four
No. I—Weak Tuber Units.
No. 2—Yield From Weak Tuber Units.
No. 3—Yield the Following Season
From Five of the Best Tuber Units
in No. 2.
pieces of each tuber consecutively in
a row at a di6tance of from ten to
twelve inches apart in the furrow. By
allowing more space between each set
of four pieces each tuber is isolated
from adjoining ones and the grower
can readily observe any variation in
vigor and uniformity between the va
rious units planted.
BEES AS CROP DESTROYERS
Charge That Damage Results From
Sucking of Nectar From the
Flower Is Very Unjust One.
Bees are many times accused of be
ing destroyers of crops of different
kinds, more especially the fruit crops.
The charge that damage results from
the bees sucking the nectar from the
flower is a very unjust one, relates the
Perdue Agriculturist, for, while the bee
is taking the nectar from the flowers
it is aiding greatly in the pollenation
of the flowers, making a good crop
A complaint which is very often made
is that the honey bee punctures fruits,
apples, pears, grapes, etc., and suck
the juices. As a matter of fact, bees
never puncture sound fruit. They do,
however, suck the juices from fruit if
the skin is broken by some other
means, thus using up fruit that is al
Preparation of Orchard.
As the orchard is to occupy the
land for several years, the work of
thoroughly preparing the soil before
planting is important.
Whether the planting is to be done
early or late in the season, there is no
time during the whole year so oppor
tune for effective work with the plow,
subsoil plow and harrow as just after
the first good fall rain. At this time
the subsoil is moist, not wet, and last
ing benefits result from stirring and
pulverizing the subsoil to a good
depth when it is in just the right con
Clean Up Filth.
The barn and hog yards should be
drained each spring and all filth
should be scraped up and burned; also
the hen parks.
More tuberculosis and other dis
eases of both man and beast arise
from shiftlessness In keeping filth
about If not cleaned away every
spring the heat of the summer months
daveloDs its elements a thousand fold.
USING THE TOBACCO SPRAYS
Particularly Valuable for All Kinds of
Aphis—Should Be Applied About
the First of June.
(By A. L. MELANDER, Washington Ex
The tobacco sprays are particularly
valuable for all kinds of aphis, includ
ing those species affecting house
plants. The woolly aphis, blackberry
aphis, the leaf hopper, red spider, flea
beetles and young scale insects all can
be controlled by this spray. This makes
probably the best spray for oyster
shell bark louse, and should be given
for that insect as soon as the young
hatch, usually about June 1.
Although primarily a contact spray
with tobacco spray kills by suffoca
tion. For this reason it surpasses oth
er contact remedies like kerosene
emulsion or whale oil soap.
After an aphis has curled a leaf
It is difficult to control it with other
contact remedies, because the aphis
Is protected from such remedies, but
Fun for the Baby, but Bad for the
a drip of tobacco spray on the leaf
will give a fume which will prevent
the breathing of the aphis, and this
can be depended on, even though the
leaves of the tree are badly curled.
The tobacco sprays are coming more
and more into general use. The depre
dations of the various forms of plant
lice are so great that the most effec
tive remedies should be made use of
in controlling them.
BIG FACTOR IN INCUBATION
Causes of Lower Percentage in Arti
ficial Hatching Is Matter of Con
The question of the cause or causes
of the lower hatching percentage that
commonly characterizes artificial in
cubation when compared with results
obtained when eggs are set under
hens, is a matter about which there
is considerable conjecture, but little
In connection with various theories
that have been advanced and several
experiments that have been made, it
is perhaps suggestive that investi
gators have recently inclined to the
opinion that unsatisfactory results are
probably due in greater measure than
is generally supposed to an excess of
Several authorities are mentioned in
support of the statement that there
is a larger amount of carbon dioxide
In the air surrounding the eggs that
are naturally hatched than in a well-
Ventilated incubator, and the question
Is raised as to whether and to what
extent it may be an essential factor
USE OF GREEN FERTILIZERS
Most Approved Method of Renewing
Depleted Soil Is to Plow Under
Some Green Crop.
The plowing under of green crops
like peas, oats, clover, alfalfa and
other grasses, is, next to a liberal use
Df barnyard manure, the most approved
method of renewing a depleted soil
and of maintaining the fertility ot new
Where this is practised in connec
tion with a rotation of crops there
need be no fear of any deterioration in
the soil. Indeed, if a sufficiency of
livestock ie kept and the products of
the farm mainly transformed into beef,
mutton and poultry before being sold,
the land will grow richer and more
valuable with each successive year.
Poor Planter la Expensive.
If the corn planter gave trouble
last spring, better order a new one
now. A poor corn planter is an ex
pensive implement to use. Even
though the planter dropped satisfac
torily last year, it should be tested
with this year's seed supply before
planting time arrives.
In extending bean growing into new
territory there are no positive rules
to be followed. Simply try out some
of the different varieties and watch
Modern Battleships Ar 6 m
W,th E,ectric KLe^>
tatoes and^Cu t Bread 'P * |
It Is no small task *«
cook the meals for the ST* m
men on a modern dread-? ? ia of
cause of the magnitude **
and the rigid economy of roll M*
sary, Uncle Sam bJJ^"*
tleships equipped with eiectl^ at
to do the kitchen work a£ £?
ranges to cook the food trie
Every modern battleship cart
crew of about a thousand me JL&
ing potatoes, chopping meat and It
tables, washing dishes, etc Tor?
a bunch of hungry fellows U aS
task- But electricity does a, 2
work very easily and quickly. ?
potatoes are merely ashed £
dumped into a large revolving J?
der The sides and bottom of £
cylinder are lined with a C <
abrasive, similar to coarse sandl'
per. This quickly cuts off the skill
Jets of water play over the whirling
potatoes, washing them as fast as the
are peeled. An electric motor turn
the device. The huge meat chopper
is also operated by an electric motor,
This machine also prepares the vegt
tables for soups, etc.; even the bread
is also made by machinery on a bat
tleship. A motor-operated dough mil
er is used. The flour and other in
gredients are merely poured into a
hopper and electricity does all tie
work. When the dough is thoroughly
mixed it is cut into loaf sizes and
baked in an electric oven.
The bread for the table is cut Into
slices with an electrically-driven kits.
It takes nearly seventy gallons of ice
cream to treat the jackies on Sunday,
and all this is frozen by electric mot
tors. Numerous other motor-drives
devices are used in the battleship
STOVE LIKE A REFRIGERATOR
Has None of Characteristics of Old
Kitchen Range —Cooking Taken
Care of Automatically.
In its general appearance the latest
thing in stoves has all the appearances
of a refrigerator. In its construction
wood and glass largely enter, 60 that
its shape and size are about the same
as an ice chest, so that at first glance
it would not be readily suspected of
being a stove. There is one great ad
vantage about this piece of kitchen
furniture which will appeal to the
houeekeeper, and this is a feature
which has made for the tireless cooker
something of a favorite. This is, that
it is possible to get the viands all
New Electric Stove.
ready for cooking, and then go away
and leave them with the assuranw
that they will be properly done at the
desired hour. In the present instance
there is a clock attached to the stove
and the various dishes having bee"
prepared for the cooking operation,
are placed in the oven and the opera
tor knowing how long the coobngj
eration will require, adjusts the **
to turn the current on and o '■*&_
Thus the housewife is enabled! tt^
away and leave the cooking tasK to
automatically taken care of.
Thekhediveof Egyptisto^ el
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Wireless makes it possible to *
nal moving trains.
An electric burglar alarm bas^
An electric burglar alarm I**1 **
adapted for the chicken coop.
* * * tel*
For use in noisy Places jj^
phoning is difficult a new s tof ;
has receiver, for both ears to s
outside sounds. # .
An English electric
to provide an intermmen 1
air, its blades turning on u»
as they revolve. _
An electrical heater has^f oD .J
There are more than -^
Wooden poles ( supP^
transmission lines m neW «*
States and about 4 000.0W v ,
are required annually. . .