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It was the nlsht before New Tcar'a.
Tfc a!r ws rtrnr rd fmtv. and the
moon and stars were shining down ou
the sparkling snow (tint covered th
prairie, like the cloth on a round din
Irr table. Toward midnight, if you
had peeped from one of the windows
01 Mr. Blaln's farm house, you would
fcave seen what would have appeared
to have been a shadow, coming up the
road toward the houBfl. As it came
nearer you would have seen that It
was a little animal about the size of a
lamb, with great long ears and a bob
tail, and so white that at a llule dis
tance you could not tell It from the
But nobody saw the shadow, for
everyone la the house was asleep, ex-
"Away He Scampered, Down tha Road
cept the baby, who was lying wide
wake In her little cot at the fxt of
mother's bed. Just as the clock waa
etrlklcg midnight, there came a gen
tle tap at the door. Baby heard it,
but no one else did. and she climbed
out of her cot and ran to the door.
"I conimin' Bunnie," she called out
as she reached up to the handle and
let the little animal In. "Now oo wait
minnit till baby dets on her toat, Mr.
. Then she ran to the drawer and
pulled out her little coat and bon
net and mitts and her little foot muffs.
Baby had never dressed herself before
but at midnight, between the old and
the new year, babies can do many
wonderful thlnga which they cannot
do at any other time, but you never
see them doing these things, as they
will not do them while anybody in the
house la awake.
It only look baby a few minutes to
get on all her clothes. Then she open
ed the door and she and the jackrabt.it
went out Into the moonllnht night.
As toon as they were outside the rab
bit got down on his knees, and baby
climbed on Ms back and away he
scampered, down the road, with baby
Holding on by his ears.
Soon they were far away fria
baby'a home, so far that they could
only see the chimney. At last tbey
came to a hole leading down under
the ground. Down this the jackrabblt
popped, and slopped up before a lit
tle round door. He tapped at the door
and waited until it waa opened by a
fat little woman In a big white apron
and a white dusting cap.
. "Ha. ha!" laughed the little woman
as she took the baby off the jackrab
blt'a back, and nearly smothered her
with ktsses. "Here Is another little
guest at Grandma Jack Rabbit's New
Year's party. Now Jack, shut the door
or you will freer the little dears. Now
baby let me take off your coat and
bonnet, so that you can play with the
Baby's eyes opened wide with won
der, for there were over a dozen oth
er little babies In tha room, which waa
a great large one.
"Now Jack," aaid Grandma Jack
Rabbit, whose face was wrinkled up
with laughing, all the time, "you piay
with the children, while I get the sup
per." Baby turned to see the rabbit, but
lie was gone, and In his place stood a
little fat man, with a jolly laughing
red X&ca and a auow whit beard.
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"Whay 1 tie Jncitrablilt ilat bot me
here?" asked the baity.
"I am he," answered the little maa.
"We Jack Babbits just turn ourselves
Into little animals like rabbits when
we go out. but when we are at home,
we are littlo men and women."
"O Grandpa, please come and play
with 11s." cried the other children, who
had all been there the year before and
they knew these little people, while
this was the first time our little baby
had ever been to see the Jack Rabbits,
for she was only a tiny little infant
the year before.
Grandma Jack Rabbit went over to
the stove at the other end of the
kitchen, where she had a big pot of
taffy boiling, some corn popping, a
With Baby Holding on by Hl Ears.-
big pan of chestnuts roasting in the
oven, and some oher things cooking
for the children's supper, and Grandpa
began to play with the children. Oh!
What fun they had! They played
"Drop the Handkerchief." "Nuts In
aay." -Here Comes a King Arriving."
"Gren Gravel," "Blind Man s Buff,"
and every game they knew. Then
Grandpa got down on his hands and
knees and took them for a ride on
his back all around the room and over
to where Grandma was pulling the
golden taffy that had been boiling on
"Here's a piece cf taffy for each one
of my babies," laughed Grandma.
Now gallop away Grandpa, like 'the
old black ram that went to London
Baby Gathered Up Her Little
Town, but don't let the little dears fall
off like papa and mamma did, while I
set the table."
Grandpa scuttled off, as fast as he
could go on his hands and knees, to
tha other end of the room, singing:
"Papa, mamma n.1 fnrle John went ta
l,n1on on a ltnra ram.
"Papa tell off. d-ar" o dar
'Mamma f-ll off u dear! ii iart
"And I m-le John wwnt airtj!ri on,
galloping on lo London Tun."
Then the children all scrambled off
Mr. Jack Rabbitt'a back and cried:
"Now Grandpa, you play us some
music and we'll dance till Grandma
gets supper ready."
Bo Grandpa took the funniest look
ing black stlrk out of his pocket, and
put It up to his mouth, but you ought
to have heard the beautiful masio
pa," aaid Baby.
that came out of that stlrk. It was
magic and any one could dune to It
even If tbey had never danced before,
nor even seen any one darning.
Suddenly the tuuslc slopped aud
"Come now children and have some
upper. Grandma's walling fur ua."
PI a ffor ui. We know row llmt
Then Mr. and Mrs. Jackrabblt llfteJ
each uno of them Into a high chair
and tied a big bib around his or her
neck, an that the children would not
spill anything on their ciothea. And
what a feast they had! There were
baked apples, ginger bread, doughnuts,
cookies, and jam, and afterwards they
had nuts, raisins, taffy and popcorn.
"Now Grandpa." said one of the
children, with a big piece of taffy la
his mouth, "Please tell us where you
got this new baby to-night."
"Well," said Grandpa, "last week I
was passing Mr. Mains' house and the
baby was out playing in the garden.
I hid behind the snow man she waa
building, so that nobody but she could
see me, while I told her about the
party which we have here every New
Year's Eve, and I asked her If she
would like to come. When she said
she would, I told her not to tell any
one, but to be awake at midnight on
New Year's night and I would come
for her then."
"Es." said Baby Blaln, "It waa a
drefful long time till New Year's toa
I fot It ud never turn, but It did tuna
and I'm having a gate time. Tan I
tome here again?"
"O yes!" said Grandma. "We will
have another party next year and 1
hope you will all be here,"
"Yes!" cried all the children at
once, "we'll all come If we can."
"Well now," said Mrs. Jackrabblt,
"come and have a game with Grand
ma, and then it will be time to go
"Let's play tag and we'll a!l try to
catch Grandma." said one of the chil
dren, and they all rushed toward her,
but Grandma was too quick for them
and had darted across the room be
fore any one could catch her. Off they
ran after her. Grandpa and all, but
Grandma bobbed around like a cork In
a pall of water, till she was all out of
breath, and then Baby Blaln. the lit
tlest one of all, was able to catch
"Ho! Ho! Ho! Tou're caught at
last," laughed Mr. Jackrabbit. "Well
Its time that our little ones were g
Ing home for It will soon be daylight"
The children were all sorry that tha
party was over, but Grandma and
Grandpa put on their coata and hoods
Skirts and Went Spinning Around.
and muffled them up warm. Then Mr.
Jackrabblt kissed them and wlshei
them all a happy New Year, and told
them to be sure to come again tha
next New Year's Eve, when Grandpa
Jackrabblt called for them.
But whero waa Grandpa? He had
disappeared while his wife was kiss
ing the children, and In his place stood
tha funny little animal with tha long
ears, which had brought the children
there, and which la called a jackrab
blt. Grandma lifted the children on
his back, ail together, and opened tha
door, and a ay the rabbit scampered,
up the hole and over the snow. Whea
be came to the nearvat house, he let
one of the children off and then turned
down the road, letting a child aff at
nearly every house he cam to. Baby
Blaln'a house was tha farthest off of
all. and before they reached It. Baby
could see that It waa beginning to get
light away In the Kaot, where the sua
rUea. The Jackrabblt aaw the light
too, and flew along, faster than ever,
till the wind whistled past Baby'a
ears, for If be did not get home be
fore daylight, some one might sea
Jackrabblt and shoot blot fur their
dinner. But It was nut lung before
tbey came to the Blaln bouse.
"lod by, Grandpa," said Baby, aa
she slid duu off tha rabbit's back,
"and sank oo vexy much," and tba rab
bit was off like a shot.
Baby opened the door and then shut
and locked It after her, and she waa
miu all undressed and In her little
bed. When father and mother got up.
there waa the baby, fast asleep, just
as khe wan when they went to bed the
ulgbt before, and they wondered what
made ln-r sleep so late for she was a!
u) first aake In the morning. Tbey
never found out, however about the
Jackrabblt's party, for Ituby tad pro ta
llied not to tell, Bany went again next
ar, and every year until she waa
five years old, but after that she could
nut go any more for the JackrabbtU
never had any children over five year
old at their parties, rib Is a big girl
now, and h-r father and mother don't
call her Baby any more, but Marguer
ite, tut she mill always remember the
fun she bad at the Jackrabbil'a party.
Height of Whel and Draft of Wagon.
This la a aubje-et regarding which
there Is considerable difference of
opinion, says a bulletin of the V. fl.
Department of Agriculture. The Mia
sourl Station has put the matter to
practical test In a aeries of trials
made on macadam, gravel, and dirt
roads In all conditions, and on mead
ows, pastures, cultivated fields, stub
ble land, etc. With a net load of I.OOO
pounds In all casea, three sets of
wheels were tested, as follows:
"Standard front wheels, 44 Inches;
rear wheels. 65 Inches. Medium front
wheels, 36 Inches; rear wheels, 40
Inches. Low front wheels, 24 Inches;
rear wheels, ?8 Inches." The results
obtained and conclusions reached
were, In brief, aa follows:
For the tame load, wagons with
wheels of standard height drew light
er than those with lower wheels. The
difference In favor of the standard
wheela waa greater on road surfaces
la bad condition than on good road
surfaces. Low wheels cut deeper ruts
than those of standard height. The
vibration of the tongue I greater. In
wagons with low wheela For most
purposes wagons with low wheela are
mora convenient than those of stand
ard height. Wagons with broad tires
nd wheela of standard height are
cumbersome and require much room
In turning. Diminishing the height of
wheel to from SO to 30 Inches In front
and 40 to 44 Inches In the rear did
not Increase the draft In as great pro
portion as It Increased the conven
ience of loading and unloading the or
dinary farm freight. Diminishing tha
height of wheels below SO Inches front
and 40 Inchea rear Increased the draft
In greater proportion than It gained In
convenience. On good roads. Increas
ing the length of rear axle, so that
the front and rear wheela will run In
different tracks to avoid cutting ruts,
did not increase the draft. On sod,
cultivated ground, and bad roada
wagons with the rear axle longer than
the front one drew heavier than on
having both axles of the same length.
Wagons with the rear axle longer than
the front one require wider gateways
and more careful drivers, and are, on
the whole, very Inconvenient and not
to be recommended for farm use. The
best form of farm wagon Is on with
axlea oT equal length, broad tire, and
wheels 30 to 26 Inches high la front
and 40 to 44 Inches behind.
Application of Fertiliiar.
The question aa to haw ferttllier
should be applied I somewhat diffi
cult to answer because It depends on
a number of conditions, especially the
kind of fertilizer and the amount to be
used. Fbosphorlc acid and potash. 1
even In water soluble forms, do not
leach out of th soil to any apprecia
ble extent. On the contrary, they du
not distribute themselves well enough,
and therefore should be applied to
some depth. Nitrogen, on the other
hand, finally leaihes out of the soil un
less taken up by the roots of plants.
In some materials, however, it la
much less readily soluble than In
others. Tankage, for example, should
be applied deep, aud It Is well to mix
cotton seed meal and blood with the
oil; but nitrate of soda and ammo
nium sulphate should nearly always
te applied aa surface dressing. Only
on application Is advised fur ammo
nium sulphate, but when large quan
tities, over 200 pound to th acre, of
nitrate are to b used, two applica
tion of 100 pounds each are often
made lo advantage, on when th
plant ar Brat coming up and th
other two or three week later. Pot
ash salts when used In quantity, 100
pound or more to th acre, ar well
applied In th fall, so that the winter,
rain may tak out th chlorine, which
when combined with either time or
magnesia acta In a detrimental man
ner to plant growth. Urn la also well
applied In tb fall. Acid phospbat
when used a a top dressing may b
applied either In th fall or In th
early spring. When a small amount
cf fertiliser I to b used It I beat
applied aa th sead I sown or a tb
plant ar set out, la th row or In the
hill or, when practtrabl. drilled with
crop which ar drilled. A a general
rul only a heavy application of a com
plete fertiliser, say 1.000 pound or
uior to th acr. la recommended to
b applied broadcast and worked Into
tb soli for crop which ar planted
in row. Bulletin of Tnnsa Sta
tion. Wlaconsin Butter Maker.
Thj Wisconsin Butter Makers con
vention Is to be held at Eau Clair
on February 2 to 4. Secretary F. B.
Fulmer write u that a great conven
tion la expected, as the people seem
generally Interested and enthusiastic.
Th city In which the convention Is In
be held Is located on thru lines of
railway, which means that It is read
ily accessible. Th citizen hav al
ready raised a purse of 1300, which
will be used In swelling tha prizes to
be awarded for good butter, Th ses
sions ar to be beld In th Knight of
Pytblaa Hall, newly erected, and
which has a seating rapacity of 600.
A good exhibit of butter making ma
chinery Is also being arranged fur.
A woman feels the distinction of
rank and station much more In rela
tion to her own sex than sh doe la
relation to men.
V F f aa aaw a a. aaa. aa -
I AS THE WORLD
HAS SEEN MUCH SERVICE.
Career of Francis B. Loomlt, Assistant
tecrstary of Stat.
Francis B. l.oonils, who told lh
nutlt rlu I. nf Kkw Yntk fif tb aliened
lol.l up canal conspiracy that Colom
bo, bad planned, lias been assistant
tecretary of state at Washington sine
(miliary last. rrevlouly he had been
nlnlstnr to Veneiuela and to 1'ortugnl
ind bad figured In !mxirtant dljilcv
undo affairs. Mr. Ixxmila waa born
.FRANCIS B. LD0MIS
at Marietta. Ohio, July 17, 18(1. and
ia a graduate of Marietta college. H
haa served on the staff of the New
York Tribune and aa editor In chief
it the Cincinnati Tribune. He ha
been active In the movement to build
up South American commerce.
BUCHANAN A SELF-MADE MAN.
Successful Career of New American
Minister to Panama.
W. I. Buchanan, the first United
States minister to the new republic
of I'anama. is a self made man, hav
ing started In life as an edge-tool-maker
in Covington, Ohio, where he
was born fifty years ago. Later h
went Into the theatrical business and
was a auccessful manager In the West
for year. Then he drifted Into poll
tics and held several minor offices be
fore being appointed minister to Ar
gentina in 1VJI. He was a director
of the Fan-American exhibition In
Buffalo, and since then has devoted
his time to banking. In which he bad
hi usual success.
NEW STORY OF MOMMSEN.
Estrtm Absnt-Mlnddns of Great
Prof. Tbeodor Mommsen. th great
Rerman historian and philosopher w ho
died recently, was remarkably absent
minded. It Is said to be a fact that h
met one of bis children weeping In
the street and stopped to console tb
Utile one without In the least recog
nllng it a hi own. On another occa
sion a friend met him in the linden
walking with one foot In the gutter
and the other on the sidewalk. Th
friend asked him bnw he n and
Mommsen replied: "Well, I feel all
right, but I notice to-day that I iHru tv
be limping. I fear 1 hav got tb
SWISS STATESMEN OF REPUTE.
R. Comtess Recently Elected Presi
dent of Fsdsral Council.
R. Comtesse. who has just been
elected president of the confederation
it Bwlrxerland. was, during tb last
year, vice president of the federal
council, or bundesrath. To thla body.
hlch la composed of seven member.
Is deputed the chief executive author
ity of the republic, and It member
must not hold any other office or en-
gag In any business or calling. M.
Comtesae represented Neucbatel In th
bundesrath. Th retiring president I
U. Deucher of Tburgau. Under tb law
i Is not eligible for reelection until
ifttr tba expiration of laelv montha.
GOES BACK HEART WHOLE.
vValdorf Astor Returns to En.jnd
Without American Bride.
Waldorf Astor, th haughty young
win of William Waldorf Astor,
he self expatriated American, ba
ton back to 1-onion, carrying with
ilm his stony British star and a vast
leal of other Impedimenta When h
trrtved In New York It waa hoped by
nany a matron that h might cbooa
t wife before leaving th land of hi
athra. but all bav been disappoint
d. Th young man go back heart
wbola. to all DBrnca,
Vhsr Stork Ar a Heeelng.
Were It not for lh multitude of
Stork that throng M Egypt "T
winter there would be no living In
tome part of the country f.r, afler
very Inundation, front app' la de
Buys American OH.
British India buys abroad t?i"n,7n..
pntt worth a year, of which th i United
Htatea supplies U.T72 otirt, nr about
one ninetieth. The largest Item from
th United State la ll.OW.twO worth
of kerosene oil.
Tlr li nsAt- ctft-rb is ihn ssrM'-a nslt
fh.H all SIK-f '"t i-i.lh-f. MSU' Iht
l !w f rr . ..np..l to ' V e
f'l Btthf fmf J. l.ir pr..fc.ttin, l It elA.-L.tl
sod .fril'M-.1 ! ) rHkv al.4 lr c'tr
fttllll.fl 111 CUrtt fll! (-! lt..llft SI lil-m-tlBlrl I
Inrnt !. .'! h-s lir-n-s irK l ! r w
Mil om l,rf-.fe r..lie e-esew-
l'..n.l ir.-tlnirnt ll.n'll narrbl' tti.liiil-t-lf.l
S J I iiiit.T 1 I iv.. 1 .i l-. Oil In, I ill w? -
tt(iil!.m, r..r . o !' srkl. Il l U'Mt Internal:
Is ?nm I" 1- s siful U !
r II vq o --4 st.4 lu.-i'ua irff 11-4
B,,i.m. Ttir oft on- hui.4ret 4 't.irt f f i--s
it fall lOfur, S?n4 fvr r'n ol l--l'rt-l-.
A l.n- t. 1 I'll CM- V lO., U.
S AA l'r lm1.. I
S .M l' lrtiT1..
Iir r'SMlir I'li.n ar the bvst.
This flirting they talk atsnit: every
man does a little of It, or trie to.
To th housewff who ha not yet
become acquainted with th new
things of every day use In the market
and who Is reasonably satisfied with
the old. we would suggest that a trial
of Defiance Cold Water Starch ba
mad at one. Not alone becaus It
la guaranteed by th manufacturers
to be superior to any other brand,
but becaus each 10c package coo
talna 16 on., while all the other kind
contain but 12 oxa. It Is safe to say
that the lady who once u-es leflanr
Starch will use no other. Qja!!t
and quantity must wist.
The etuffed potato is a later "pier
de resistance" than the stuffed e;s.
stkMOrsr sSsM rorrttlMe-M,
huamofuily utjwj by Mother I.twt. narat,
In the Children s 11' n. In Nrw ork. curw
t'.titipatt.,a, vruiDra. Hwt ttata-a.
Tttelblt, lllMirrtMr Hion mu. . l-i.
Bowels and. lWlriy U ornis Over' .-uirw.
irntiniium. J1 I Tllk's lsl . 'J!. (Mtrtlpi
k iii.lv Atlulrns A. S. Oltustcd. LBoy.i. Y.
Sentiment Is against old Mr. Maa.
but be usually has bis way.
A Rare Good Thing.
"Am utii A1.I.KN S KtHrr K ASK. and
esn I nil sat I wntt.cl ik.i l.tvf twn m iiauufe
Il n h'i.f. Iisj I known til ti-u.'.f It viniid
ire tr.y n h:nt f.--t I slut a rsrv o-.j
tfiog ''" -.v.i-.e -.irv n..tei.mrrvl lWt
Mrs Msl.i t H"!!er. l'lvvi.t-u,-. It I."
Suid by a. 1 llruiiists. U-o. iistuJjy
No man can serve both G-d and
Mammon and very few try.
teler say that a soon a rne
tomr trie laanc Ftarth It Is lm
possible to sell them any other cold
water starch. U caa use J cold or
Holiday fakir are taking time by
4 W nil r-r M. jwU' "Slngi Bin. lee."
Mralxtit Se rnvr. cuia moe I ban oilier
ws,hd, but this price glrta the lr!-ra fair
?cotli Miul tLr utidinr a taHtae ngr.
H' Fsu-Ukry, IV tis, IU
Many a man is so chI in th lemr
of danger that be actually sblvt i .
s Curt u lit bmti BKdlrdia m
lor J1 kt-lua tt the tbnMi sskI laws -Ma.
O. Ksimtav. sutmnm. lut, Kea. UK l4
When some H-opie Oil ,..o-1 rlted
.here are extenuating ciremii.t tm a.
r- ll.iW ikuraliif Nrrait.
auuuiMt.a.ia4stdL. wsa alad asm. Bt tusua.
The hat that ault a won-an i lorn
iaa a price that suits her l.ui'.shd.
Perfe-tly slmtde and stmrlv trfrt
le dvelng with 1TT.NAM ADta.k;
Of all game of chant matriaiutiy
la the moat hazardous.
Bb peri or quality and extra quantity
tnnat win. Thla la why Deflanc
Starch 1 taking th clac of all
It's nice to bv people around yoa
No chmmo or cheap premtuma.
but a better quality and onatblr4
more of iMftanc Htarch for Ua
prU of other sttrrbe.
Th Shoemaker who atlrk to hi
ast Is aw right.
no Torn ruitK ixvoax t kllwv
tf o. uRlti Hall Hlu. Ilwlltmak
Ihssa wait aa awaw. I ua paswag 4 eawta.
It' other pwopl' suooey that 1 tha
root of all evil.
ECOHD RUN TO KANSAS CITY.
Wabash Train Makes Trio In
Hour and Fifty Minute.
Wabash train No. I, fast mail
twtn ML I .null si.il Kir,,,, i'ltw
tnada a record breaking run from ttt.
ixiuis o iv ansae city (Sunday after
noon. Th schedule time fjr starting I
2:20 p. m and b regular tint foe
th run I seven hour and ten mlu.
utes. No. 9 started on hour late,
lost taetity minutes on the ay audi
pulled luto Kansas City on tlru. mak
ing th run in five hour and fifty
minutes, flv mluutes faster than aoy
Tber waa a full equipment of a
mall car, combination car. ihalr car
and diner. At many places along tb
route the train shoaed a speed of
arventy milts au hour, and between
Mexico aud Montgomery City a mil
a nilnut was reeled off. Th d:
tsnce Is twenty four mile, and It f-.at
just twenty-four minute tit mak t.h)
Th train was In charge of Con-du.-tof
J. 8. Oould. The engineer aa
CharLvs Summervllle St. j,mA i
Pom men who clamor for luetic
tua lucky to cap it
'at ! BV