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A CRANBERRY BOG.
SOETHING ABOUT THE BER
&IES AND THE PICKERS.
Craaberries In New Jersey and og
Cape Cod-Jersey Bogs Are
Often Free to All Coners-- ,
APE COD in the great cranberry
country of all this part ot the
world. The cranberry runi
the ish that named the place
bard in the affections of the people
It does as much now toward support
ing them, and it is the only thing te
eat that that desert was ever known t
Jersey grows cranberries, too, am
the picking business is more pictur
esque than on the Cape. There the
"home folks" manage, by turning a
the men, women and children into th
bogs, to handle the crop, and, w
everybody knows, there is nothing ex.
oiting about the native Cape Coder.
He is a suitable subject for Miss Wil
kins's pen, but hardly for Rider Hag
But in yersey, around Cranberry
Centre and Pine Ridge, the picking if j
done by a wild and vagrant class, many a
of whom manage to get along with n.c
visible means of support all the yeai
till the time comes that they can work
in t] hop fields or the cranberry bogs.
The worst of the work is the stoop
ing. Many of the men have theii
knees oapped with leather, and move
%bout more or less without getting up.
About a third of the pickers at Pint
Ridge and thereabout are women, anc
it is noticeable that they are in every
way les systematic at their work thar I
the men; they stoop, they bend to F
their knees, they sit down on thf
ground for a change.
"They pick as fast as the men flrs\
part of the day," said the buyer, who,
in a shed at the edge of the bog wak
measuring fruit, "but they give out
sooner. But they come out of the
season with more money than the men,
for they don't throw it away so fast." i
Many of the pickers here are ool
ored people, and many are Italians,
and with both gambling is a great pas
time. They stop during the day t<
gamble with their "tickets." These
tickets are given them instead ot
money by the buyer and are redeem
able once a week.
The actual picking is done in pail
or baskets slung around the neck. I
these are emptied as filled into a big.
flat, wooden box that can be swung
comfortably on the back. When it i6
flled it is slung there, and so carried
to the buyers' shed. A bushel o'
berries is a small load and a bushe'
and a half a good-sized one.
In most of this region the aranberrN
i itll regarded as sent by the gra
of God, one man having as good ?
right to it as another. Pickers who,
under this sort of squatter sovereign
ty, own their berries, get this fafl
fifty cents a bushel for them. Some o1
the men can pick three bushels and
more in a day. . But many of them
shorten their labors by a game of seven
up in the woods after they have taker
a a ouple of bushels
Many of the. colored people live ih,
ca'oins around the bog-lands, and
. some of them board other pickers dur.
ing . the cranberry season-$2.50 s
week is a popular price.
lIn other parts of Jersey the bog.
and their produot are treated as pri
vate property, and then the picking in
- - There is no such chance to make
money as the wild bogs afford, and
strangers are not drawn to the work.
1Jings are managed on this plan, too, -
at Cape Cod. But, though on the
Gap. hired laborers picking In private
bog se to speak, get only twenty-five
oenta abushel, the dscrepenoylis not
so great asiteems. Picking can be
doneMe in these private bogs; the
plants are in better condition, largely
becamse of more careful handling is
.previceds picking seasons, they gros
more thickly, and the culture that i,
bestowed upon them results in biggez
eand more of them. 4.%
A"I tell you," said a West uireetmer
chant, who goes into cranberries deep,
as he puts it, and who visited Cape
Cod in the beginning of the season tc
examine the crop, "thera isn't a pret
tier sight than some of those cultiva
ted bogs down there, after the berriee
are ripe. You see the bushes, vinee
they call them mostly there, and they
are neither bushes nor vines, as a mat
ter of faot-well, whatever you ca[
them, they ain't big enough, and
haven't leaves enough on it to hide the
berries, and they just show up red and
bright in the sun, over miles of coun
try, till its prettier than any flowers.
The. girls pick down there, and some
times they'll put some berries on the
stem in their dresses or in their hair.
and when they are good looking it
looks nice, I tell you. You've seen
--- those immense big cranberries in mar
ket this year, haven't you? And you
thought they were the best, didn't
you? They are what they call a onlti
yated berry, and they bring a high
price for their looks, but pretty is as
pretty does with a cranberry, and
those are not the best cranberries;
they are dry, and have not the flavor
nor the acid some of the smallest ber
rio, have. The big ones and the beet
ones both come from Cap. Cod, but
they are not the same thing.'
-"They' doctor witheaberries dows
on the Cape--al you know that ? I
got a touch of erysipelas wile I was
there. I have It in my arm once ini a
while.$I was going to hurry back to
see mys own doctor here, but the old
lady where I was stopping begged me
.to let her put a poultice on it. 'What
kind of a Doultice?' said L. Dretty wary
of letting her get to work on a?thing
Cape.\: Then when she !ound tnat
notion was new to me she talked me
blind telling me all the people 'eram
berry' poultices had raised from the
ded. I saw I'd be dead from ex
haustion pretty soon, and I thought
there was less danger in the poultice
ao I told her to go ahead.
"Well, now, i'm telling you tha.
was a wonderful thing, it drove the
erysipelas somewhere; aint seen nota
eg of it since."
Housekeepers don't genaelIykno'
that it does not hurt cranberries t.
freeze. At Cape Cod, where the
ber-esor a,.. o14.i ll winter.
ney are not allowed to cumber
,rowded cellars, but are set wher5
;hey will freeze and stay frozen. 14
s considered the proper way to take
>are ofthem. -New York Recorder.
TL4 real wise man never makes the
ama mistake twice.
The justice that a wicked man never
rants is the justice he deserves.
If a woman is ever merciless it it
rhen she gets a mouse in a trap.
The greatest trouble is easier to bear
han the known guilt of one sin.
How we all admire the widom ol
hose who come to us for advice.
If happiness in this life is your ob
act, don't try too hard to get rich.
There is such a thing as trying to
ive on blessings and starvingto death.
When a man decides to say good bye
D his sin, one look at the cross kills it.
Bad men do right only because they
ave to; good men, because they love
No man wants to be a saint until
e finds out what it means to be a sin
The man who rides a hobby is al
rays complaining that the world is too
The lean pig is the one that squeak
he most, Let the faultfinder make a
People who blow their own horn
ldom furnish good music for other
People who have to make a lon&
each to pick up the cross find it
It is hard for some men to believ.
hat a sin can be black as long as it
A self-made man spoils his wor
very time he opens his mouth to
There are spots on the sun, and yet I
ome people expect a twelve-year-ol, 1
oy to be perfect.
Some people never find out that
here is joy in giving, because they do
ot give enough.-Ram's Horn.
Arrival-"Can I put up at thi
Clerk-"I suppose so. Got any
Clerk-"How much do you want t
)ut Ua '-Detroit Free Press.
CHAIR CUSHION, EASY CC
nageWTTT WAIT A
CAPOTE HAT WITH STI
loyalty Doesn't Always Come High.
The smallness of his stature is al
nost as sore a point with the Duke of
rork as the short-coming is with his
ather. The Princess of Wales and
"rincess May are a good deal taller
han their spouses, and that is the
eason why the P1ince of Wales has
nch a marked aversion to being
>hotograpbed standing by the side of
he Princess. If you look at 'most
gy photograph of their Roy:d I Iigh
esses, you will see that eitLer the
Irincess is sitting in a chair with the
?rince standing behind her, or, if she
e standing up, the Prince is mounted
n some steps in the background.
!here are a number of the masculine
embers of our royal family who
rould be prepared to take any quantity
I thought if they could thereby add
n inch or two to their height.-Lon
The Electrical Horsewhip.
A wily horse trainer some time ag(.
>rovided the jockey who was riding
Lis horse, for a valuable cup, with a
:omplete electrical outfit for supply
ag current to apair of electricalspurs.
.he current was found to be an infin
tely more potent stimulus to the speed
if the horse than the simple steei
pur, and the horse won. A protest
ras entered and the jockey was dis
ualified and the race forfeited on the
omewhat inconsistent ground of ern
1ty. It seems doubtful whether such
n objection can be brough. against
he latest form of the horsewhip,
rhich is constructed so as to give a
light electric shock to the animal.
'he handle, which is made of cellu
>id, contains a small induction coil
nd battery, the circuit being closed
y means of a-spring push. The ex
remity of the whip consists of two
siall copper plates insulated from
ach other, each of which is provided
-ith a tiny point. The plates are con
ected to the induction coil by means
f a couple of flue insulated wires. As
means of surprising a sluggish animal
ito doing his best work without the
ifliction of physical pain the elect~ri
il horsewhip will by many be hailed
ith gladness. -New York Commer
WIH ONRATIG IPE
'~'\AT ANDDRSS IT B
WORDS OF W 1TSD 0.
Every day is a little life.
Few love to hear the sins they love
Politeness is the result of good sense
rnd good nature.
Doing nothing for others is the un
loing of one's self.
Pride requires very costly foo..-its
Delay has always been injurious tc.
,hose who are prepared.
All cruelty springs from har d heart
xdness and weak character.
It is a barren kind oi -:iticism tha
alls you what a thing is not.
A clean mouth and an honest hand
rill take a man through any land.
Silence is the safest course for an,
nan to adopt who distrusts 1:mself.
No ashes are lighter than those oi
ncense and few things burn out sooner.
In character, in manners, in style,
n all things, the supreme excellence
He who forgets his own friends
neanly to follow after those of a highe:
legree is a snob.
The injury of prodigality leads to
his-that he that will not economize
;il have to agonize.
ans=AKAnz =Ev NsCE.
"S-a-s-h I" exclaimed the Anarchist.
"There be spies among us."
"You don't say so!"
"Let us talk only of the weather.'
"But how do you knew we are
*,See that man who just entered?" ]
"He is an aristocrat-a capitalist." i
"How do you know?"
"By his extravagance. Ho blow: I
,he foam off his beer instoaw of wadft- I
ng for it to settle."-WashingtonI
Mrs. Fidget (as she lays down hei
iovel)-"These ghost stories are silly.
rust as if any one would believe
Mr. Fidget-"Yes, that's so; bu%
Fou had better go to bed now, dear.
t's after 11 o'clock, and Ill have tc
be up for a couple of hours yet."
Mrs. Fidget-"What! go to bec
done, after reading that book? NoI
LED LEE OIDOERPE. DE
"-a he ~II
-Lov onemih do bunw insead
- mrs or
Kit-Ad eeyu xrml
JART POIN, AND LACCOIFFU d Of ELERLYWOEN
To-Iws bety eoe.
Untotha yoth o rshWas it really a thrilling tale of Ikve
"Lov one miht o, bt nw, ~ 'and passion?"
- A girl must have the ahego"cod Tom-"Yes; I did the love, and her
ther did the passion."-Truth.
AIST. OPERA CAPE OF OSTRICH FEATHERS. PRINCESS
AD~ CAPE TRIMTMTNGI
maer Selkirk, the Bobksnon rnwUem
romance, lived for 0o =MY
at the present tim '
valleys, winding down from mM t
directions, join a short disbade %d
from the shore, and here noW AM&bA
little village of small hutsa WMd
round a long, low, one-stored bMe
ing, with a veranda raingi whole
ength. In this house lives the Ma
who rents the island from the a
Government, and the village b n
up of a few German and Chean faP
lies. The tiny town is called SMA M
Bautista, and the crater-like a,ei
bhe sea on which it is stuasted, and
where Alexander Selkirk first hnkde
is now canled Cumberland Ba. T
island is rented for abont im0aya.
The rent is paid partly in drid Ki
atching and drying the many raf
ties of fish and raising cattle and
tables wholly occupy the osat
settlers, and much of their littla
ome is obtained from' the cattle and
vegetables sold to passing yes.a. 24
Dattle need no care and the vegetabb
Plmost grow wild. Turnips and
lshes, first grown here by Skhj
bimself, now grow rank andwM is
the valleys like weeds. There is aE
race of wild dogs, which comple*
Dverrun the island, depAnI Maat
for existence upon seals.
khe descendants of a breed of dogs le
iy the Spaniards.
At the back of the littleto m, In t&a
Ert high cliff, is a row of caves of e'
markable appearance hewn into the
sandstone. An unused path leads to
them, and a short climb brings one t
their dark mouths. About fortyeas
kgo the Chilean Government ougld
hat a good way to be rid ofitswis
:riminals would be to transport the
bo the Island of JuanFernandea.re,
inder the direction of Chilean so l
bhese poor wretches were made to "dig
!aves to live in. In 1854 they were
,aken back again, however, and the
saves have since been crumb ' away.
The narrow ridge where kf
atched is now called "The Saddle,"
ecause at either end of it a big rocky
inumock rises like a pommel. On
ne of these is now a large tablet with
scriptions commemorating Aexan
ler Selkirk's long and lonely stay on
land. It waa placed there in 1868by
he officers of the British ship Topas.
L small excursion steamer now rUns
rom Valparaiso to Juan Fernandes
tsland. The round trip ismade in six
lays, and three of these may be spent
n the island in fishing and visitin
hose lonely but beautiful spotswbih,
iearly 200 years ago, were the haunts
>f Robinson Crusoe. - Melbourni
Teloclty of the Earth's Rotaton
Everybody knows that the earth
nakes one complete revolution every
wenty-four hours. But few, hew
ver, have any idea of the highrate of
peed necessary to accomplish that
eat. The highest velocity over at
sned by a cannon ball has been eti
nated at 1626 feet per second, which
s equal to amile in 3.2 seconds. The
arth, in making revolutions in twen
y-four hours, must turn with a ye.
ocity nearly equal to that of a cannon
>al. In short, the rate of speed at
he equator hap been estimated at ex
tlyl000fetper second, or a mille
very 3.6 seconds. Therefore' it has
een calculated that if a cannonball
rere fired due west and could maintain
ts initial velocity independent-of the
arth, and could keep up the assied -ZZ
ith which it left the mouth of the
run, it would beat the sun in his ap- --
>arent journey around the earth.--St.
akes His Face TfreG.
A well-known caricaturist living is
his city complans of an alnta that
characteristic of his professioin, and
hat is, to say the least, unusual. "I -
~et,"he said, "face-tired; ad I mea
>y that to say that as I draw uncon
ciously my face assumes the expreas-*
:esent ina distorted way, and. as q
esult at the end of a couple of hour(
find myself compelled to rest, no(
y eyes nor my hands, but my fuce
E do this either lying down or by go
ng out on the street with a determina
tion of spending my time in lookig
it things and not at people, for I find
[ study their faces at the expense of -
nayown. I take akeen delight inmy
work, and that is the reason, I sap
oso, I am so sympathetic with Ik"'
Recording the isea of the Nile.
During the time of the peridU
mundation of the valley of the Nile a -
ueer recording instrument, known as
he "nilometer," is hourly and daily
sonslted by a sluggish Egyptian of
cer, who, to judge from his motions
and actions, cares but very little if the
river keeps its bed or overflows the
whole northern half of the African
continent. But, as it is the only labor
he is forced to perform, and his bread
and cheese usually dependuponproper
eecution of the duties assigned, the
record is taken with sorupulous accu
racy. This queer..and ancient "ther
rometer of the Nile" (it dates back to
815 A. D).) is situated at the end of the
Island of Rhoda. It is simply an im
mense upright octagonal pillar stand
ing in a well-like chamber, surrounded
on four sides with strong walls pro
vided wth arched openinlgs which al
low the rising waters free access to the
covered throughout its length and on
all of its eight sides with oubits and
digits nicely divided, painted with
great precision, much resembling sec
tions of a gipatie checker-board.
There is a huge staircase leading from
above down to the bottom of the cis
tern, in which the nilometer stands,
the well-worn steps attesting to the
immense number of times the instra'
mient has been consulted.
Coble-"As I was coming out a
Miiss Castleton's last night, I met he
father face to face."
Stone-"Did you bow?"
Cobble-"5o. I ducked."-Life.
.A GREAT CoMrBINATION.
"I awsked her old man's conserb
"Didyou come out withflying colora
"Yaws-black and ba,-a