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FOR THE FLOOR.
Soma Hygienic Arguments la Favor of
While this question, which confronts
the housekeeper with every recurring
epring1, is one which she must settle
according to her own notions and ne
cessities, if she be one whom experience
has guided to a choice, there are stilt
many of the inexperienced who will be
Interested in having the best points of
each set before them.
Briefly, then, for housewives of mod
erate means, with one servant, living in
n small house or apartirer,t, it will be
readily seen that mc.ms can be kept
with less lalxir if the floors, or a marpin
of them, are stained and the center cov
ered with a nip, which can be lifted
every few weeks and taken to the yard
or roof and shaken and thoroughly
brushed. A good Smyrna rug will stand
hard wear for ten years, longer than the
best carpet will present a respectable
For bedrooms, whether for city or
country, it has long lecn conceded that
matting is the best, cheapest, and most
sanitary and artistic substitute. An
article at 25 cents a yard will give satis
faction for three yenrs if turned once
during that time, and wiped once a
month with a cloth wrung out of warm
water containing a handful of salt to a
pail of water.
It is more than jiossiblo, however,
that matting, which has so long held
the field, will lie sujerseded by a com
paratively new material called "floor
fiber." It is as flexible as the best
Chiness matting, is neat and unob
trusive in design, conies in many soft
colors, and can be sewn together and
bound lil,e carpet. It forms one of the
best ba-krrounds for rugs, and, it is
siiid. will lie largely used for dadoes as
well as for ceilings. For hammock and
floor and piazza fusions it is cool, dur
able, and unrivalvd from any point of
J A woman whose floors are covered
with rugs and mattings of this '"floor
fiber" can welcome the house cleanings
with a smiling face, for they will have
no terrors for her. The entire house
can le cleaned, one room at a time,
while the children are at school and her
lord at his office, without martyrdom
or annoyance to any member of the
family. X. Y. Hera'ld.
AGRICULTURAL H INTS.
rtan of One Which I Simple. Strong and
Conveniences for butchering should
be in every community. A plan of ii'.e
in common use in the eat is given be
low. First, prepare a strong timber
(:;) six or eight inches in diameter anil
nearly at. long as the width of the barn.
I;ore a three-quarter-inch hole .t eacil
i iid and drive in each end an iron (b,
Jetting it extend about two inches.
Then take two pieces of old iron (c).
HE WAS PESTERED.
Hi Daughter TLoverit Came in Too Rap
idly to Suit Hi in.
A traveling man. who makes month
ly trips through West Virginia, told
this story of a courtship of his.
"There is one of the prettiest girls in
the country living in a little West
Virginia town," he said. "At one time
I thought myself very much in love
"w ith her. and wanted to marry her. The
girl's father was a customer of mine,
and I always timed my trips so that 1
could spend the evening at his house.
"One night I concluded Jo ,r.v I!1.v
fate, and managing to see her alone, I
proposed to her. I was accepted, con
ditionally tiKin my getting her father s
consent, and I was not t ask him until
after she had a chance to soften him a
little. Of course when I went, away
that night. I thought of nothing but
what presents to send her. I coul l
rot. see her for a month, but we could
write. We wrote every day, and I in
vested a whole month's salary in pres
ents. "When I reached the town r.gr.in. 1
called at once to see her, and she toM
me to ask her father the momentous
question at once. Approaching the old
man, he said to me: 'Young in:in. you
act us if you was going to tusk me if
jou could marry Sue. If you are.
I'll just say that I've been pestered
enousrh by her lovers. I've just got
to the p'int where I don't care wh.i
she marries. When that Xew Yorker
asked me. I told him yes; when the fel
ler from Chicago asked me. I told him
he had my blessing; when the Wheeling
man wanted her, I told him all right.
That was last we.-k. You are the sixth
this week, and I ain't going to let you
say a word. She told me this morning
she was going to marry a young lawyer
at our country seat. and. judging from
the two or three wagon loads of parcels
she has received by nir.il and express the
last two months. I should think she had
about enough plumler to go to house
keeping on right away
"I did not say a word, and skip that.
town now the girl married the law
yer." Washington Star.
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The very U-st finish for kitchen 01
iiathroom w alls is a glazed paper. T'ai
"s popularly known as a tile paper,
f.-nise these iiancrs were tirt lirinfc
in the patterns of tiles and are tP
more often shown m some luoek denT"
than any other. There are cheap v''- j
ties of this paper, but they are not1!- t
able. The best Knglish tile pn-fT is j
the cheapest in the end. though ijinsts ;
51' cents a roll. It if show n in b!an,l :
;ream. pink and cream, and cr" or :
white, and other colors. The gst " ;
fantage of this pajrer is that is in!- !
jiervious to water, steam and ,rs of :
cooking, and may lie wiped ol,,e a I
tiled surface. While dut at J smoke j
clin-f to a painted w!i so thai' needs j
a scrubbing brush totemo'-etf n. they j
may be wiped off a mm glazed j
paper with a damp cloth. Te objee- j
tio'n to whiting and hiteJi is that j
they must be frequently ni'wed. anil j
after a time the wall twill require
scraping to prevent t hi' sucs'v' coats j
waling off. In appfy ingf :l'cr to a j
wall that has previously cn w hite- ,
washed, scrrsie the wall till' 'Uglily and
Ifize it. A whitewashed w
to be washed oiT and il
sized. A good glazed pa;
indefinite time with pri
always look neat and c!e;
vork teams is time well
I. and then j
will last an
r care, and i
he wise man
ut does not
in the mean-
There is this differ
rise man and a fool
expect future thin
deoend niHin them
t-me enjoys the preslt, remember
ing the past with delijt; but thjf life
af t. fool is w hcllv tfried u
I!l Tl lH'.lis' WIMiLAi-i
(I use a w agon tire) and benjin form of
V, fastening each end to the beam above.
The iron or roll (b) will tit in the point
of the bent iron (el. Witk a two-inch
augur bore two holes at right angles
through the roll about a foot from the
end; then take eight pieces of two-by-four
ina'criul. four of them made to li.
the auirur holes. The otherfonrshouM
be three or four inches shorter ami
Hailed in between. Then take some
strips of half-inch stuff four inches
wide (d ri and to the ends of tic
t ight pieces of two by four. Xail strips ,
en the edge of the two by four to keep a j
rope in place. If a large wheel can be ;
secured and attached tobelin (a) it will :
lie unnecessary to make tine. A half- ;
inch rope w ill hang apy -ef. Wind it :
several times around the siieel. Fasten
two ropes (one is shown at f) to th-; '.
roll about six feet apart,long enough to j
reach the floor. Constrict a three-inch !
roll l. inches long (g)bout three feet !
from the floor, w ith emnk attached t-i ;
; wind the small ropebn. Attach the !
! rope taut and the wiollass is complete. !
j I can dress and hangl 1.0no-ound beef !
I alone and can takewn a quarter or '
' side and leave the rt hanging. It is i. ;
1 simple, strong and cheap w indlass. !
1 E. X. Fisher, in Fair and Home.
FACTS FOB FARMERS.
j Po not plant com too deep.
i Most farmers right to be fruit eat-
: crs. .
I Secure seed north rather than south of
; " lk- careful ni to overw ork the young
: ci-s. j
It is a goodldan to mulch newly set
Tonvofitbriistakes is the beginning
! cf systematiflV-rt.
Time spenf in looking after the com-
fort of the;
j When tlf teams are allowed to ret
: -n the fiel "i"1" the collars away from
! the shouldfi"-
! A voun animal should never be ai
: lowed to fall off in ci ndition sufficient
! to reuiri its growth
' To dofl'c best work in keeping down
' the reis t1'' cultivation should he
; com net'-eil before the weeds get well
i Vdieli a horse has frequent fits of colic
: v. jidieates chronic indigestion, and
: calf should be taken in feeding and
! watering. Farmers' I'nion.
; Ashen Are ,imx1 for OreliaritH.
I Tie man who has even a small ploi
i off round to tend, and throw s his ash-s
j gat into the street or highway, or any
i fne re else to get wasted, has surely a
: traek in his hog-trough." and in h1
kead. too. Ashes contain potash aad
phosphoric acid, two valuable plan
foods. They also have excellent me
chanical effect, making clammy
ground friable when mixed therewith,
and soil naturally too loose is made
more compact by their application.
Apply them liberally to fruit trees and
plants, garden vegetables, and. in fact.
Mivwhere a crop of any kind is to N?
raised, thoroughly mixing with th?
soil, and grand success will rult.
Jefferson 1). Cheely, in Farm and Fire
Sore Feet tn a Cow.
The soreness between the claws ot
the hoof is to be treated in this way:
Wash well with hot water and carbolic
soap, and if there are scabs in the sores,
b:eak these by rubbing with something
rough when they are softened by the
hot water. Then apply this mixture:
Take of pure vaM-Iine f'.ur ounces,
acetate of copper In If an ounce, Venice
turpentini one ounce, and common tur
jientine one ounce. Melt together all
but the copper, then make an intimate
mixture of all by rubbing them on a
board with a dinner knife. After the
washing apply this ointment to the
sores and bind the foot, between the
claws, and all around it. with a bandage.
Oo'.hI Condition Help Sale.
There is :io question but what stock
for sale can profitably be put in particu
larly good condition. This fact has been
to clearly show n over and -iver again in
the sales rings that it would seem now
as though no one could really doubt it.
The best-bred stock in America, if of
fered at auction in any market, when
poor, thin and badly out of condition,
will bring scarcely enough to pay the
expnses of shipping and sale; while if
only fairly well bred, but in particularly
good condition and well trained, they
now bring very fair nrices. Farmers'
RATIONS FOR HORSES.
Ekist JiUk the Food Far Excellence fo
I To an h'.quiry ior the best ration for
' mares in u al and for colts from or.e to
j three years old. tiie"ountry Gentleman
replies that there is n; better collection
of food for both the brood mares and
the cohs than roofs, oats, wheat and
hran ar.d middlings, linseed meal and J
skint n:iik. though other materials, such
M barley, corn to a limited extent, malt
Eprours and other by-products may be
A grain mixture consisting of four
parts ground o;.ts, four parts wheat
bran mr middlings, not the finest), and
One p;irt linseed meal, will do all that
fcr.y mixture w ill in promoting the kind
of growth that is desired.
In the case of the mares, the quantity
C' grain rat im that should be fed de
pends so much upon conditions such
size, thequantity of work, whether in
gestation or suckling the foal that we
i. p- sure it will be more sensible for a
practical feeder to govern the ration by
his personal observation than by any
urbitrarv rule which we might venture
Skim milk would be a food par excel
lence for the colts, even for those three
vears old; and if a supply ot this can h?
had for-Ocentsor less per 100 pounds.no
more economical food could be found
for part of the ration. It the milk is
fed. the linseed meal may be left out of
the ration, and the bran and oats re
tained, in the proportion of one pound
cf the mixture to six pounds of the milk
for the younger colts, the proportion of
grain increasing as the c.nimals grow
elder. The skim miik would also be
a splendid food for mares while suck
ling their foal. In any case, especially i
if all other foods are dry, roots are ex
ceedingly desirable r.s an occasional
feed. a:;d they may be fed daily tocolts j
w ith excellent results. i
AN EXCELLENT BARN.
Jnst the Thine tor a General One-Han- j
lrti-Aere Karin. j
The liest barn I ever snv fora lOt.-acn
farm is the one I built, this summer. It'
is 3"6 feet with ld-foot posts on an f
foot wall and has a self-supporting, oc
The basement plan is shown in Fig. I.
A cow stable. If.xUS feet; f, sheep space.
c d d d d
I li II "V.
" ! i
2-IX.12 ftei: c, space for stock hogs,6xP'.
feet; d d d. box stalls; h, hall or feeding
alley: s. stairs.
The ground floor is shown in Figure 2.
Z is a bay Klx'i'J feet; X. threshing door.
l-'x.'tS: iJ. granary. l-xl(-: T. carriage
space. ICixl'ti; 11111. horse stalls; in m :.:
m m in. grain bins; S. stairs. The hay is
put dow n from the loft through chutes.
This is the most economical as wel!
:s the most convenient barn, for genera!
farming, that can be built. John
Stafford, in Farm, Field and Fireside.
A BATCH OF B!G FISH STORIES.
It is reported that the petrified re
mains of a whale, SO feet in length, have
been found in the hills north of Lorn
poc, a dozen miles or so back from the
sea. in Santa liarbara county, Cal.
A 29-pound togue, the biggest fish ever
known to have been cau-ht in Moose-
head Lake, Me., was hooked by a guide
a few days ago. It measured three feet
four inches in lenarth, and is though
to be the largest specimen cf the trou;
family ever caught in Maine.
An unusually largeoctopus. witheight
arms, each measuring a little less than
six fe?t in length, was killed at Ala-
mpda. Cal., a few days ago. The fish
fastened its tentacles on a boat which
a fisherman was row ing in the harbor.
The man row ed his boat ashore, the fish
still clinging to it, and killed the octopus
with an oar.
A devil-fish, measuring 1 j1. feet from
the tip of one of its eight arms to the
tip of another and ten feet from the
top of its head to the tip of its longest
arm. was killed in the channel at SantJ
liarbara. Cal.. by two boys a few days
ago. It was the largest di;vil fish ever
caught in those waters.
PEN NAMES OF GREAT WRITERS.
"Harry Cornwall" was the assumed
urine of D. W. Proctor. Some of Harry's
songs will probably live as long as the
English language is spoken.
Itobert Southey's pen name was "Es
prielhi Alvarey." It was used in his let
ters from England. Most of his works
were published over his ow n name.
J. Fenimore Cooper began to write
under the pen name of "A Traveling
Hachelor." His travels 'ar.d social con
dition probably inspired the selection.
Francis Mahoney was long known
among his acquaintances as "Father
Front," his best-known hook having
been entitled, "Keliques of Father
John Ruskin published his early writ
ings under the pen name "Graduate of
Oxford." the selection being obviously
influenced by his place of education.
SOME DOGS OF HIGH DEGREE.
In England and Wales there are 15S
licensed packs of foxhounds, having
6,2"'.) couples. In Scotland there are
nine packs with li-il couples, and in
Ireland 17 with 3G. couples.
Mulhall says that the largest-known
dog was a St. llemard called "l'linlim
mon," exhibited at I'.irmingham in ISsfi.
The height of this animal v. as 35 inches,
and his weight 214 pounds.
A trained bloodhound has been known
to follow the track of a man on hose
back, and when the rider passed
through bushes the animal jiiuiicd up
and smeiled at the leaves touched by
the feet of the horseman.
FANCY CREAM CHEESES.
Thfrb Is more Catarrh in this section of
theeouutry than all other diseases put to
gether, and until the lust ewyearswassnp
posed to be incurable. Fur a great many
vears doctors pronounced it a local disease,
and prescribed lo;"al remedies, and by con
stantly failing to cure with local treatment,
pronounced it incurable. Science has proven
catarrh to be a constitutional disease, and
therefore requires constitutional treatment.
Hall's Catarrh Cure, manufactured by F.J.
Cheney & Co., Toledo, Ohio, is the only
constitutional cure on the market. It is
taken internally in doses from lt drops to a
teaspnonf ul. It acts directly on the blei.d
and mucous surfaces of the system. They
offer one hundred dollars fur any case it
fails tocure. Send for circulars and testi
monials. Address F. J. CitKNF.Y & Co., To
ledo, O. Sold bv Drupirists, 7.V.
Hall's Family Pills are the best.
CoimoBORATEn. Xew Yorker "Are Pliil
adelihians as slow as Xew Yorkers think
they are"' l'hilaielihiaii isurpriBedi "Lo
Xew Yorkers think we're slow-f ' Truth.
Thej Are cry Appetizing and Kasilt
Made at Home.
Dainty little cream cheeses are easiiy
made :;t home. Mix a pint of frct-li
ctiiun and with three cups of fresh
milk add a scant hnlf-teaspoonful of
liquid rennet. Whip the mixture
thoroughly for three minutes, then let
it stand for three hours, or until it is
thoroughly clotted and firm. Turn it
out on a cloth spread over a sieve, to
drain off Ihe greater part of the whey.
After this tie it up in the cloth and
hang it in some cool place to drip like
pot che.'se or cottage cheese. When it
has drained in this way for 12 hours
line little cups holdingabout a gill each
with sheer buttered muslin. I f ihe cups'
ars- perforated it N so much the better.
Season the cheese curds with salt, as
you would cottage cheese, and fill the
lined cups. Put a slight weight on each
one, and in an hour they will be ready
For another cheese take equal quanti
ties of milk and cream, and for everv
three pints of the mixture, stir in four
drops only of liquid rennet, lteat the
whole together until it is very frothy.
Mid then set it away to stand for 12
hours. Drain it and tie it in a cloth to
drip as before for 12 hours, then press
it in cloth into a perforated mold large
enough to bold it. After two hours take
it out and rub it with rait top and bot
tom, and lay it on a clean lioard in r.
cool, well-aired place, turning it and
sprinkling it with salt every 24 hours.
At the end of two or three days the
cheese will lie ready for use. X. Y.
How to Prepare Toarro flip.
Speaking of tobacco dip, a writer
says it will require for 100 sheep 100
gallons cf water, and to make that
strong enough to kill ticksand the scab
it will require the addition of ell the
tiuid that can be extracted from 2."
pounds of tobacco. The tobacco should
be thoroughly steejied and boiled so as
to get all the strength out of it. To
this mixture, ten pounds of sulphur
should lie mixed separately in a pail of
hot water, and after leing thorough
ly stirred should be added to the dip.
If tobneco stems are used, at least
three timer the weight mentioned
A Child Enjnj-i
The pleasant flavor, pet: tic action, and sooth
ing elect of Syrup of Fiirs. when in need of
a laxative, aad if the father or mother be
costive or biiious. the most gratifying re
sults follow its use; so that it is the hest
family remedy known and every family
should have a bottle.
'I never destroy a receipted bill, do
you?"' said Buatni? to tiilev. "1 don't
thjnk I ever saw one." replied Gilcy.
Did you write The X. G. Hamilton Pub
Co.. of" Cleveland. Ohio, about their Jjfe of
StcKinleyl Better do so-chauce to make
Eves from the body's purity the mind
receives a secret, sympathetic aid. Thomson.
New Yi'iot. April 2fl.
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CALVES i 7:i n
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uacuN clear Kio
L.UU 1'nuie dieiit
CATTLE Shippis 3 30 'fl
lit i ..i r air lo CU'iice 30 &
SilECt' I a;rlo CUoive. 2 50 ',
i- li Waiter i'.vleilLs 3.0 Hfy
prug I'alcal-,.. .... 3 iu
WHEAT .W i -prniK '
No. S lieu
CHUN-No. Z ,!,
AO. 2. . ......... &
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CATTLE Stiippinicsiluers. ... 3 l 54
1HA..-I All Oiaue-t 3 10
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LOIiA-.W 2 23ii
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11 At Ctao.ee 13 aO it,
lo.:K Oitl .Ie-s t&
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WHEAT No. 2 KeJ T4
CoitNNo.2 Mixed 3iVt
OA i No.2 Mixed. j
Poiilv New Mess. 8 7.i
Cof i'OS Middling
to let vou know
' h iic nleased lam with '
v i ir sarsanrflla. I
felt Ti-rv weak and tired
' last mouth, and went, as
r pirilla. aui iid not know
our I h-i'l 's until i cot
hone, when I found 1 had '
' yours. Aul nleast-'d I ant
'uat I cot vours. 1 ir it maile
' me ruce 1 and strung s loner 1
than and so slron 1
' that I set to wjrk. al.-ine.to turn
.1 honsA rottn 1. 1 m.wpil this
f house its fiJl lenii. mid then
' 16 feet baek. rinirn n nniler-
I taking for one truia. But It
your sarsaDiirilla. thnt eave me
F Slreninii In tin it t a-u alwvs
' tlEeit in fnriiro " TIin W ARl).
1 Hill St., Oliiiliaat, Pa.. Dec 28, 18.
The coming Artist who knows enough
to paint a popular subject. b
You get 5l4 oz. of "Battle Ax
for 10 cents. You only get 35 cz,
of other brands of no better quality
for JO cents In other words, if you
buv "Battle Ax" vou get 2 oz
more of high grade tobacco for the S
Gallic iiiUiicy yuw w
resist this fact? We say NO
unless you have "Money to Burn,
t Ivers & Pond Pianos
j HOW TO OBTAIN ONE EASILY.
fH In addition to our large wholesale and retail business, we have S
p arranged a plan for supplying our pianos on Easy Payments to
residents of any village or'city in the United States where they are
W. not sold by a local dealer. dg
F We make first-r lass pianos, but one grade the best Ve refer
IP to the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, which has Iff
fp bought and has in daily use 125 Ivers & Pond Tianos.
Musically and in point of durability our pianos are not excelled.
Catalogue and prices, both for cash and on easy payments, mailed ,
promptly, free. Write for full mtormation.
g IVERS & POND piANO COMPANY,
114 BoTlstofl Street, Boston.
A SHINING EXAMPLE of what
may be accomplished by never vary
ing devotion lo a single purpose is
seen in the history of the McCormick
Harvesting Machine Co., Chicago.
For 65 years they have simply been
building grain and grass-cutting ma
chinery, and while there are probably
forty manufacturers in this line, it is
safe to say that tle McCormick
Company builds one-third of all
the binders, reapers and mowers used
throughout the entire world.
D ATPfJTC Back Koontj. DiachatM
r I I OpnieMon.jr.te. H. D.O'Brt
lt Minn. Vulf.. Major and AdjL-iien. of Munw XH
Armj x in ieatu. UL cnealiua Ulnet, I
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WHElf WRITI5 T AVTEKTISCRS
at- that jam i tka iiwrllnia1 la
future. Euicur us.
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