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THE LOWER RANCH,
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BY HATTIE HORNER LOUTHAN.
.OtZ 'A SOX GRANT sat In his
light spring Avngon, Avail
ing to go with his wife and
her friends to tlio Lower
'iOff Ranch. Slu was really
going, although she liml
vowed Hint she never would. But they
Avcre not ready yet, and he bowed his
head on his hands and allowed his
mind to wander over the almost twenty
years of their married life.
No oho would ever accuse Jason
Crant of sentimentality; yet in this
retrospection Ids thoughts dwelt with
singular persistence upon a certain
morning In a haying Reason long ago.
when pretty Mary Moore had conn; to
hell) his mother cook for the hay hands,
lie recalled the jealous pans with
which ho saw the young minister drive
Mary to the door-for Jason Grant,
hard-working, close handed, grasping,
was never given to sentiment. But
twenty years nude a difference; and
lie had been nt that time what most
of the other farmer boys were even
though every one thought him wrapped
up In land-getting ami money-making.
How well he remembered that day!
He had made numerous trips, neces
sary and unnecessary, from 'hay Held
to house, just for a word with Mary
Moore, or for a glimpse of her plump
form and blooming face. The picture
that rose oftenest before him was that
of Mary, framed by the doorway, smil
ing upon him as he turned away with'
the hammer for which he had made
one of those unnecessary trips. That
smile had made his heart beat like a
hammer of another sort-foolish fel
low! Ah, me! he could see It all in detail
the yellow farmhouse with green shut
ters, the "leanto" for tools, the bench,
the grindstone, the scythe, the garden
rake, the wood-pile with the axe in the
old stump, the well-sweep, beyond the
stretch of orchard fence, the barn,
swallow-circled, and the fast-multiplying
stacks of emerald hay.
Jason, the only son, had inherited
the Grant homestead; and Mary Moore
Lad been wise, from the worldly point
of view, in accepting his hand, grasp
ing though it was, rather than that of
the young minister, which had been
offered her on that very morning's
It was more the spirit of Innate co
quetry that prompted her to inform the
reticent young farmer of; the honor
proffered her by the minister; though
Jason Grant, during the sober second
thought following the arduous insist
ence of his own proposal, came to the
conclusion that the information had
been vouched him In order to bring
him to the point.
His father had for some time had
his business eye upon a rich bottom
land ranch, an entire section, six: hun
dred and forty goodly acres, wooded,
watered and gently sloping, and lying
In the inevitable path of the mueh-talked-of
branch road from seat to seat
of the adjoining counties. When old
Ranchman Grant came to his last ill
ness, shortly befom his son's wedding.
Le confided to the prospective bride
groom that the coveted . ranch could
be had upon a small payment, and by
assuming, the heavy, though long-time
mortgage held by eastern parties; and
that the acquirement of it "was worth
even the postponement of the wed
ding. But love is love; his blundering pro
posal was made, and the marriage
celebrated shortly after the old father
had been laid to rest. It was not un
til the Aveddinj day that the young
ranchman told hia bride of the pro
posed purchase of the Lower Ranch,
that it would require all his rady
money for the first payment, and'that
they would have to defer their intend
ed weddng tour to Ntlu SUito capital.
instead, she might accompany him to
the county-seat, where he must go to
ll.i up the transfer of the mortgage.
So Mrs. Jason (i rant how proud
she was of the now name informed
her friends and the minister who had
the grace to hide his disappointment
and officiate nt the weddin;- that for
the present "my bnsband an 1 m-'
would journey to the county-seat and
stop at the liest hotel till "my hs
band's'' business was settled, that o
buying six hundred and forty acres o
the richest bottom-land in tii" country
that later they would build a lim
house' on their new ranch, and move
there; and that they would go on their
wedding trip in the fall.
Needless to say, that 'wedding tour
was never taken. So this was the. tirst
of a long serie . of credits to Mary
Grant in her account with the Lower
Band). That i .all her health was not
the best; by spring, baby Ruben cam?,
and the m nit plication of 'household
cares tied her t the home ranch.' But
Mary was ;.-.:ng and strong, and like
any other loving woman, centred Iter
b.errt in her husband, home and ba'oy.
sang about her work, and
down any mention r,f a we.li1
Tl; : "! were so many o'!: r
wanted more; n baby-carriage, some
new clothes, nnd nn Ingrain carpet
for the best room. But her mother in
law said she had raised one son and
six daughter without a baby carriage;
that the wedding clothes could lie
made over, nnd that rag-carpets ought
to be good enough for farmers' wives.
When Mary appealed to her hus
band, he said gravely that he feared
she'd have to wait awhile, as the send
annual payment on the Ixnvcr Ranch
was about due, nnd he hardly knew
how he was to meet it without sacri
ficing some' hogs on the then low mar
ket. Then Mary, In a burst of gener
osity, said he must do nothing of the
sort. lie should have her butter and
egg income, which was no little. So
she continued to carry her heavy baby,
made over her meagre wedding outfit,
nnd spent the evenings tearing und
That fall the old mother died, and
the funeral expenses consumed much
of the money saved toward the winter
payment on the Lower Ranch. New
winter clothes were not to be thought
of; the butter and egg income con
tinued to flow Into the Lower Ranch
fund, nnd by spring Mary was asking
a quarter at a time for thread nnd
other necessities. Still she was proud
of her husband as a land owner, nnd
kept saying that she would go with
him some day to see the Lower Ranch.
But it was ten miles distant, a long
ride for her nnd baby in the heavy
wagon, and she was always so busy.
That season the crops were almost
a failure through drought, and the
hogs had to go, market or no market.
In the spring another baby added to
Mary's cares nnd she made Ruben's
infant clothes do for the tiny girl.
How could she ask for new things
when barns must be painted, hired
hands paid, and that semi-annual pay
ment always staring them in the face?
A hired girl had been the dream of
her honeymoon days, and the necessity
for house help grew ns the passing
years increasvl the work, and slipped
babe after babe into her reluctant
arms. But she was told, impatiently,
I fear, that she could see that three
hired men couldn't put In and culti
vate and gather all the crops of the
homestead and Lower Ranch nnd the
rented land; he must have more help.
When once the Lower Ranch was paid
for. she could have a hired girl and
It was the fifth year when the mort-
gage was uue tuat a diplomatic trip
had to be made to the county-seat,
The Inst payment was overdue, with
only part of the interest paid. But
the agent was wise. He had learned
upon inquiry that Jason Grant was
howjt, hard-working and ambitious;
that he always paid, as he demanded
to be paid to the last penny. So there
was no trouble about the extension of
the mortgage; and the ranchman re
turned home radiant. His wife was
not as sympathetic as he had expected.
Every year of the extension of that
mortgage meant another year without
help in the house.
The second five years proved harder
than the first five. Mary's superb
health yielded more nnd more to the
strain. The rosy face and arms grew
brown and leathery from exposure at
the washtub, in the garden and in the
barnyard. She took less pride in her
self nnd children now. went less fre
quently to church, though the minister,
still unmarried, called to protest. She
grew more and more silent, unfriendly
nnd self-contained, as she "trod her
eternal circle" of cooking, dish-wash
ing sweeping and mending, washin;
milkiiii? cows and rocking babies
During these years of meeting pay
ments, she seldom expressed a want
of a need shoes or school books for
the children, a battle of medicine, or,
small donations for the parsonage
Vmt- slio wns confronted by the Lower
Ranch and its next payment.
t lens-th the mortgage was lifted
the last payment met; but the sign of
pardonable relief was quenched by the
announcement that the "fine house"
would now be built for renting pur
poses. The projected Branch Road
from county seat to county seat was
enjoying its biennial boom', the Lower
Ranch wns on its surveyed route, nnd
ns all the adjoining ranches were mak
ing improvements, it was just pure
business to keep up with the neighbors
and be ready for what might happen.
The "fine house" was begun nnd
finished, and Ranchman Grant urged
his wife to go with him nnd see it.
Mary smiled one of her grim little
smiles, and said she was too busy and
too tired; the children might go Ru
ben, Mandy and Jason. She really
never had been to the Lower Ranch,
near as it was. The longing of earlier
years to visit bad changed, first into
indifference, and 1
nii-uy into a po-si-
1 : In-1'
u -.'.accountable to
'bought more land to raise more corn
to feed more liogt" hi eternal circle.
Ills possessions Increased !ehK
barns, stock, family, lie wi.ni.i i
tired n girl for his wife, he told her
one day about here: but mmiirr i...in
j " i'
Mas high priced, nnd besides, Mandy
and Mng were quite old enough to
take responsibilities. To this Mary did
not respond. She was growing to be
almost as silent 114 he.
More yearn, more prosperity, more
Improvement ;n all the ranches and
now of the state of nffalra at the old
ranch house. Just a cliinnse.
Ranchman Grant sits inside the fiy-
scrcen of the west kitchen door. Mrs.
Jrant lias "done" the supper dishes
and strnlned the milk nnd set the yeast
and picked the chickens and put tin
aiy to sleep and heard Mag's and
Willie's Sunday-school lessons, nnd
now she draws her incndln hnsket
near the lamp, and approaches her
husband on the matter of their share
of the minlst.-r's salary. The Joneses
give ten dollars besides most keeping
the minister nnd his sister In meat.
The Turners give ten dollars and never
o to town without taking n bushel
of turnips to the parsonage. And didn't
he mind, they had set down four dol
lars and one-half last revival time, nnd
only fifty cents of it was paid, besides
the half bushel of potatoes und what
butter she had spared?
Emboldened by his silence, she goes
on to remind him that Ruben needs n
new pair of boots, since he and the
team have been promised a week in
Turner's timber. And Mandy ought
to have a new calico dress If she
takes the little oios to Sunday-school.
And she. herself, would like to get
another bottle of that iron tonic just
to carry her over haying season; the
other bottle had sort o' braced her up.
She hated to go to Dr. Dean again,
when he wasn't paid yet for tending on
Willie and the baby.
Jason Grant is astonished. Doesn't
ho let her have half the butter and
money, and oughtn't a woman to
keep herself In little things with all
that? Don't all the stores where she
trades carry calico? And Ruben's
boots will last another two months at
least; he noticed them only last Sun
day. As to the parson, doesn't he,
Jason Grant, give each of the children
a penny every Sunday for the collec
tion? She doesn't stop to calculate
how much that amounts to in a year;
women are nothing nt figures anyhow.
Well, he'll see the parson some of these
days and see about that four dollars.
Maybe he'll take some more potatoes.
He settles back to his paper without
a mention of the medicine. But his
wife persists, though half frightened
at hvr own temerity. Can she have just
enough to get the tonic? She can't
sell butter and eggs at the drug store.
If she can only be carried over till
cool weather. She isn't feeling right
smart, and baby nulls her down
Her husband breaks in impatiently
How much does "a bottle ccst? Thirty
rive cents. He counts out the exact
change into her extended hand, mutter
ing tnat lie uoesn t see how lie is ever
to improve the Lower Ranch if she
keeps on. Nearly a whole half dollar
for a bottle of patent medicine that
won't do any good either. Women are
always sick or think they are. If they'd
only take caro of themselves! He Is
never sick. Always money! Does she
think his breeches pockets are chuck
full all the time? A man can struggle
along all his days and vork like a
slave and never get ahead. And to
see hia money, good straight silver,
cash, mind you, worse than thrown
away on such fool things as patent
bitters! It is downright outrageous!
And two new sickles broken and a new
sulky rake to buy, and a stock-well to
dig on the Lower Ranch, and won't
that ranch be hers when he is dead?
After several such interviews, Mary
Grant's aversion to the Lower Ranch
grew into a sort of mania. Not only
did she refuse to see it, but she began
to tell her neighbors in a boastful way
that she had never seen the big piece
of land, bought when she was a bride
now more than eighteen years ago
and what wns more, she never would
go near it. It was the one subject
upon which she wns talkative. The
habit grew upon her. She would toll
the same 'story to every one, even to
chance acquantanoes. She went so far
as to repeat her vow to the minister
in the presence of her husband a vow
which the minister never forgot and
which the husband never forgave.
But one day, after a week's absence
at the county-seat, Jason Grant re
turned home too jubilant to remember
petty wrongs, llie Branch J toad was
to be built, in fact, was being built,
The survey was completed, construe
tlon begun, ana on: what a lor tune, a
station was located right in the south
west corner of his section. A town
rejoicing In the name of Grantville,
was to be laid out, nnd he would be the
Town Company, with the price of lots
to bo fixed at his discretion. Now she
must go to see their town on their
She heard him through with her little
mirthless smile, but shook her head,
She could not go; she wus always too
And she! lung to her resolution. The
road wns mpleted. the town laid out,
lots sold fr.d hi'iises erected by the
ran eric of )''- v-vtern booms. Gr. r
I ville flourihed that summer and fa'!.
I There were the snzell of new lumber
ml fresh faint .1tid tin' Mtind of Mff
and hummer. A quarry was open-1
within two mile of the town. Tin
new cemetery, with Its two frc'.i
grave, was laid ont In the northeast
orner of Jason Grant's r:iu-u, and
even there wns a ihxmu 111 lots.
But the Town Company' vif never
iw the town. She kept her vow with
the dogged persistence of tier class.
though the town wus their nearest
market. She remained nt home alto
gether on Sundays after the services
ere transferred from the country
hoolhouse to the new church in town.
And the- neighbors whispered that
Mary Crar.t wasn't tin hous. keeper
she used to be. She hndri t entered
butter nor preserves nor patchwork
pillta nt the county fair for three
ears. Her marigolds nnd hollyhocks
died from want of attention, nnd
Mainly tool; the entire care of the hist
a by. Even the minister's sister had
to acknowledge that Mrs. Grunt "didn't
seem to take nny Interest."
Juson Grant sat In his light spring
wa.-ron waiting to go with his wire
nnd her friends to the Lower Ranch.
She was really going, although she had
vowed that she never would. But they
were not ready yet, and he bowed his
head on his hands nnd nllowed his
mind to wander over all the years of
their married life.
Presently the minister came out of
the house, and spoke n word to- his
sister who had charge of the children.
Then he came to the side of the spring
wagon and touched the arm of the.
dreaming man. If the minister had
been a, woman, he might have said
something bitter, since lie had never
forgotten Mary's vow. As it wns, he
limbed to the wagon-seat in silence.
took the reins from Jason Grant's hand
and gave the sign for the procession to
start. Wa verier Magazine.
THE PAPER-CLAD MAN.
Inventor OBVrn a Novel liefoim
Philosophy must needs pause in gen
tle contemplation of this latest news
from Germany. The Paper-Clad Man
is on the way, and he who is of an ear
nest and receptive nature and well-
rounded in philosophy will await the
issue Avi tu a serene mind, believing
that nil things are for good, and that
humanity is, as Mr. Carnegie has ob
served, tending toward higher ground.
It seems that some German genius
has discovered a way of making paper
clothes. No more shall man be slave
to the cocoon of the silk Avorm, or the
avooI Avhieh groAVS upon the sheep's
back. In pulp ho shall have found a
friend in need, nnd one to be depended
upon in fine weather or foul. No more
shall he be clothed in purple or tine
linen, but in the product of the paper
mills shall he meet the demands of
decency and comfort. It is very Inter
esting news. There is so much oppor
tunity in paper.
The mind's eye can see the man of
the future entering a shop and asking
for a new suit of paper clothes. In
trice his measure Avill be taken. Tho
wheels Arill turn; the mucilage, paste,
pins, string, or AvhateA'er is to hold the
various parts of his garment together,
will be cunningly applied, and present
ly he Avill sally forth arrayed in chaste
white or black, or in gay colors, re
sembling those of the Sunday "comics."
In the happy days to come a man
need never Avear the same raiment
tAvice, for the paper clothing must, or
course, be inexpensive. In the sum
mer time he Avill find r.eeO of fabrics
so like gassamer that a dozen suits
AA'ill scarcely fill one side of his port
folio, nnd a bathing suit will weigh
the fractional portion of an ounce. In
Avinter clothing light but impervious
to the Aveather will be supplied. Many
of us know by experience how much
Avnrmth there is in an old newspaper
Avorn between the upper and the nether
coat. In fact, it seems ns if the tier
man inventor had struck the long-felt
want. If he has, the phrase, "Made in
Germany," must no more be used as a
terra of opprobrium and reproach.
Traveled 4000 HI lies to a Dentist.
It is told in all seriousness that the
Rev. W. W. Waddell, Avho had part of
n tooth extracted in Brooklyn, traveled
4000 miles to have the job done. He
has been living in Brazil for a. long
time, and Avhen his jaAV swelled to an
enormous size he thought he had can
cer, and came to Noav York for treat
ment or to die as it might happen.
When bis old physician looked at Jiiru
he growled: "You have an ulcerated
tooth; that's all." A dentist attended
to the matter Avith a pair of forceps,
and noAV Mr. Waddell will travel 4(hU)
miles back to Brazil to tell the doctors
thinks of them. Tittsluirg
Save Your Eyt .
Looking into the fire is A-ery injurious
to the eye, particularly a coal tire.
The stimulus of light and heat united
soon destroys the eyes. Looking at
molten iron w ill soon destroy the sight.
Reading in the twilight is injurious to
the eyes, as they are obliged to make
great exertion. Reading or sewing
with a side light injures the eyes, as
both eyes should be exposed to an
equal force of light. Those Avho wish
ve their sight should preserve
i.ral l.e:'.th 1-y correct l.ab'.ts
and gi-,f ) ' eyc-i just work
eaoush, with a due Uice ot li
MinUting nnd Hiiiiomy i,e
tLouhl be. svnonvmoti.4 terms. A
cr conception of the tuenuing
Word ccoiioniv Is necesMi'y In or
g;a;i the fulness of 1 It her term,
(iiny In buying means to p-.y as
as 11 thing is worth and ii.j i.hu'i
dlclouat marketing means purcliasia
thing: In their best mndiiim and I::
their reason and in not buying more o:
less of perishable goods than what I
mvdid for each day. Viol .-
mot essential rule Is n sunn ' ,
waste f money. Economy h
mean Ftlngiucys. Enough i,
Generosity does not consist
superfluity of food or drink.
Flour, grains id diitd
hi a i:,
keep for an Indefinite time If stored In
a dry place. Beef and mutton should;
be kept lu a dry, cool place for soniej
time before1 cooking, but veal and lamb"
should be cooked when freshly UlVd.t
Fish and vegetables cannot bu '-v;ht J
too fresh. Poultry should be x 1 '
when fresh, but game requires more
time to develop the flavor.
The best place to market is at the
large stores, where there Is a large pa
tronage nnd quick sales. In smaller
stores goods get stale by standing so ,
long on the shelves.
NEW WINDOW DRAPERIES
By economy is not meant to bu
cheapest or the highest priced 1
In meats the cheapest is not the riiosr. !
economical, since it is apt to be inferior
and tough, in which ease it Avould be
the most expensive. The old saying
that the best is the cheapest applies es
pecially to meats. American (ueen.
The question of Avlndow and arch
way draperies Is a particularly live one
to ti present day householder. We
are entering upon Avhat an Jiuglish
Avriter terms "a renaissance of interior
decoration,"" nnd the Hood tide of
French and Italian designs thannark
nil neAr fabrics quite sustains his con
clusion.. There is no phase of this
study In which the impulse of inven
tion, is felt more strongly than in that
Avhieh deals with new draperies and
their counterfeits, wall papers. Th?
richest of to-day's novelties in furr
ture coverings and draperies are all
combinations that imitate the sului
tones of the late sixteenth andsi
teonth centuries. Moire dainas'
palest tan, or the green of the mii
ette, over which are impression.
cream ot pink flowers, and designs in
leaf and scroll that unite the pale
shades of green, blue, rose and bnnvn
isJi tans, is conspicuous. In all tho
new brocades and damasks, Avhethrr
costly or of medium grade, and, tigain
repeated In Ince embroideries. Avail
papers and the more be-utlfijll cre
tonnes, the tendency is tvAvafri'fiie ex
quisitely detailed conventional garland
and basket and lover's knot designs
which characterized French decora
tions of every class for 100 or more-
years preceding Napoleon. At the same
time there Iss to be seen in draperies of
high texture, and on embroider
curtains, a revival of ' Tenet i and.
Florentine ornament. Harper's sazar.
Surprise Sausages This is a nice
breakfast dish. Halve some sausages
(one-half pound) and remove their
skins. Coat each piece Avith well
mashed potato, then egg and bread
crumb each one; fry them in boiling
fat. Drain and serve on a paper doily;
garnish prettily Avith parsley.
Highland Sconces To one poiiT"T" "
flour alloAA- four ounces of fres'
Rub it in thorouirhlv: then
much liot milk mixed with tvcv
eggs ns will m'ke a soft uougn.
quickly, roll out, cut into shapes
bake on a hot griddle or a thick frying
pan. Serve hot. cut open a;il buttered.
Kidney Toast Gently stew three
sheep's kidneys in a little waer until
perfectly tender, then re:nov6.aII skin
and gristle and pound them in a mortar
with one ounce of butter till they form
n smooth paste. Squeeze a little lemon
into them and season highly Avith pep
per and salt. Spread the paste- Vce
!y buttered toast and serve ver
Sardine Eggs For each eghe
used allow tAvo sardines. Boil tne cS'gs
hard and take out the yolks carefully,
without breaking the Avhites. Scald
the sardines, season Avith salt, cayenne
and lemon juice; chop very small and
then pound Avith butter and yo'ks of
eggs. Fill the boiled Avhites ggs
with this mixture; press togelh yUul
serve, when set and perfectly c I pU
lettuce loaves coated Avith aspic fniy.
To encourage the erection of beauti
ful residences in Paris the authorities
award three gold medals annually to
the designers of the most artistic dwel-
'.;;:. The owners ol tuesa homes arc
fii.'vc vt half t'ueU- annual taxes.