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TRI WEEKLY EDITIOY WINNSBORO, S.C., M CH 23, 1899. ESTABLISHED 1844.
Across the dolorous reaches of the rain
Beurrent rings the mellow robin-song,
And lo, the bliss-throb at the heart again!
Stung by a pitiless master's cruel thong,
Enmeshed, in sorrow, worn with wasting
How have we waited for that lyric long!
atiow what care we for the Winter's
Our slent lips-for very joy would sing,
Be-echoing the rapture full and strong.
Behind the gloom-shroud, all environing,
We'see, revealed through that clear robin
'he gliy and the glamour of the spring!
-Clinton Scollard, in Collier's Weekly.
a - -9 fAALAL 00
BY HELEN FORREST GRAVES.
Sunset among the Catskills-the
far blue heights lost in a mist of opal
and gold; the precipices that stretched
away below losing their sharp outlines
)k the dreamy purple glow; while to
the.left of the Swiss cottage, which
seemed to perch itself like a bird
poised for fliglit on a level bit of
gr eusward, a foamy torrent hurried
of.th fern-fringed rocks, a thread
* !surging 'Olver.
Natalie Moore gazed out on the fair
panoramic glory of the scene from a
tiny.diamond-paned casement, while
ElletKyle l-eaned over her shoulder
and showed pretty pearls of teeth in
a most- unmistakable yawn.
"How glorious!" cried Natalie,
drawing a long breath.
"How stupid!" sighed Ellen.
"Now, Natalie, please don't look so
horrifie.. ou know perfectly well I
make no pretense to high heroics. I
never read 'Paradise Lost.' I think
Shakespeare a nuisance, and I regard
the country-always excepting Long
Branch and Saratoga-as a prodigious
bore! I can'thelp my honest convic
Sheas a dile , roguish damsel,
with very blac. eyes, velvety level
brows, and che4ks like the crimson
side of- a nectarine; while Natalie
Moore was pale and slight., with great,
eondering~ gray eyes, and a red, sensi
."If we had only asked Fred Stacey
up here," ,sighed Ellen, "or the
.Vineys, or ei Frank Stapleton. But
a week in.the Caski,lls without a mas
culine m4taito gladden our eyesight,
excet .,Tim, the cowboy. Do you
kn'w, Nata, I walked a mile this
.morning to get a loolr at the. staffed
s htaird coats in I mer Allison's
4tra!berry patch. They 5eret
"Oh, Ellie!" sighed Natal. de
"You see, dear, there was a mis
take all around;" went on Ellie Kyle,
mischievously. "I should -have been
the heiress, you the society girl! You
wouldn't have caught me shutting my
self up here, to enjoy moon-rises and
sunsets, and all that sort of thing,that
have ro business to exist except in
'"jo ok'Eli:el" interrupted Natalie,
poinating her slender finger down into
the gorge. "S .me one is comin' !"
"It's the mail-carrier, w .- one
- wpoden-leg;^or else the boy with the
nil.and cream," said Ellie, misan
'thropically. "Nobody else ever comes
~"Yougreawrong," said Natalie, els -
ta'ting her -pearl-mounted opera
glasses. . "I Uiink they are artists
at alieVaiti'th'ey are gentlemen, and
they must be coming here, for this
path leads nowhere else."
..??For which may. all the saints be
devoutly'thanked!" murmured Miss
-1es unda-r her breath. "Perhaps
it's Ered. Stacey on a forlorn hope?
Airygos+, I'll;run- up stairs, and just
take iaoot at my crimps. How lucky
that -we haven't dined yet! I wonder
if the cook has remembered the recipe
4* tose.creami syllabubs? Two live
mei Whiy, Natalie, the wilderness
. will blossoni is the rose!"
And away she scampered, singing
as she went.
. "I supbte this is the place?" said
- "Why,.jt must be, of course!" said
Guy Cassiles; "because there is no
other place within ten miles that I can
"But I had no idea Thorne would
put up a place so artistically beauti
ful," said Elton, "Thorne is a good
fellow, but he is a realist, and this a
poet's dream of Switzerland."
"Are there such things as broiled
chickens'in poet's dreams?" demanded
Cassiles, with some solicitude. "Be
cause my .tramp over the mountains
has given me a capital appetite!"
* "And I entertain no doubt that you
will find the means of assuaging it
-a.mply," returned his friend. "Thorne
told me he invariab.ly kept a good
staff' of servants, and I've always
noticed that servants like good eating
as well as their masters. Open the
gate. can't you? and knock. My hands
are tired by this heavy easel and paint
Guy Cassiles pushed open the door,
and stalkedl in a free-and-easy fashion
into Miss Moore's little octagon-shaped
Natalie rose in surprise. Ellie Kyle's
.dimples danced as she retreated be
Shind her friend's easy-ehair.
"Whew-w.w-w:" uttered Mr. Elton,
- s.etting diown his portable easel, and
wiping his streaming forehead. "Well,
girls, you hardly expected company
Ltonight, ehi? I hiope there's somethmng
~~fit to eat in the house?"
.And let us have it served as soon
as oossible, please," said Guy Cassiles,
afl'ahiv. 'We have walked far and are
Natalie was about to make some in
-dignant response. when Ellie Kyle
ste.eC foward and courtesied low,
at the same time pressing her friend's
"Certainly, sir-directly, sir!" she
said, with all the mincing airs and
glances of a stage grisette; and drag
ging Natalie aftei her, she never
paused intil she could burst into a
clear cascade of laughter in the safe
haven of the kitchen, where the
amazed cook was just raking out a
fire of gleaming coals, to broil a string
of gold-spotted trout.
"Ellie!" cried Natalie, haughtily,
"are you crazy? Has all the world
"Don't you see, my dear," cried
Ellie, with a fresh burst of mirth,
"it's a bit of a romance in real life?
'She Stoops to Conquer,' on a small
"What do you mean?"
"Why, it's plain enough. They
have mistaken this for Mr. Thorne's ]
shooting lodge. It's Guy Cassiles and
young Elton. Don't undeceive them.
Let us act out our mimic play."
"Agreed!" said Natalie, laughing.
"I'll set the table, and you shall help
the cook with the strawberries and
cream-puffs. There goes the drawing
room bell now! Run, Ellie!"
Light-footed as a mountain gazelle,
Miss Kyle presented herself to the
"A little warm water, if you please,
my girl," said Cassiles, and clean
towels, in the bedrooms."
"Yes, sir," courtesied Ellie.
And she vanished.
"I like that brunette,pink-ribboned
style of domestic," said Cassilez.
"When I get rich, I'll have just such
an establishment. Do you Elton, she
looks like that little witch, Nellie
"Well, I think she does, now you
mention it," said Everard. "The
cook suits me best, however. I like
a tall woman, with some 'go' in. her.
Look at that piano! and, by the beard
of Ulysses, a work basket!"
I "I suppose the young damsels make
themselves at home in the parlor,
when there's no one staying at Cliff
Lodge." yawned Cassiles.
"Brt cooks and waitresses don't
generally sew with gold thimbl.es and
pearl bodkius," said more observing
Everard; "and I say,Guy, we've gone
and done it now!"
"What is the fellow raving about?'
placidly demanded Cassiles, lighting a
"Put out your cigar, man! Look
at this envelope lying in the basket!
See the direction: 'Miss Natalie
Cassiles' countenance grew blank.
"EltonV" cried he, "we've made a
"We are two egregious fools!" cried t
Elton, catching up his easel and mak
%4g a grasp at his hat. "Blundering
in.e+-etrange house, and giving our
orders as-U we were in an inn! Let's I
get out of ihis- as soon as possible." f
"What are you going to do?" cried
Cassiles, laying a detaining hand on
"Jump down the first good-sized
precipice I come to!"
"Don't do that, my dear fellow," t
said Guy, laughing, although a crim
son flush of mortification already dyed
his cheeks; "at all events, not until
we have asked Miss Moore's pardon(
for this outrageous invasion of her <
And at the same moment, Mr. El- r
ton's meditated retreat was cut short t
short by the appearance of Natalie, 1
carrying a satin damask table-cloth i
ana; a pile of snowy napkins, and Ellie i
Kyle with a dainty silver basket, i
wence protruded a chased fish-knife, e
a gold-lined soup-ladle, and sundry <
other bits of costly refinement, in one e
hand, and a cut-glass pitcher of cream i
in the other.
''Ladies,"- said Guy Cassiles, e
violently clearing his throat.-"I-we E
-that is myself and my friend, Elton
-we've made an extremely awkward ~
"Prav make no more excuses!" said
Natalie, laughing. "I understand it I
all. You fancied you were in Mr.
Thorne's mountain lodge, whereas you x
are ten miles in a different direction, i
and sojourners in Miss Moore's Swiss
cottage! Do not look so mortified. 1
Mr. Cassiles-you see I know your ,
name, through may friend, Miss .iyle t
-it was a very natural mistake to a
"I have nothing whatever to urge
in my defense," taltered Elton.
"Then don't make the attempt,"
said Ellie Kyle.. "Stop, Mr. Elton!1
You are not going without ever having<
the politeness to relieve me of this 3
pitcher of cream? We're all going to
deoftrout and strawberries to
gether, with a little coffee afterwarn!"
Moonlight was silvering all tie<
rocky ledges, when at last the tw
artists set off~ on their walk to Cliff I
The next amning they returned to<
sketch some of the"fine scenie elects;"
and the day after there was a~ picieic
of four to a table-land, miles beyond,
and the next-but what is the use of
The girls were both engaged wh:n
tev returned to Saratoga--which, as]
IEllie observed, spoiled all their fru,
as far as flirtations went-and Yr.
Elton's portfolio contained only
profiles and three-guarter views of
Natialie Moor e's face,an d Guy Cassiles
is gettingready for"love in a cottage"
-not a Swiss cottage, however!-Sat
urday Night. ____
Househol.d Furn,iture in P'oland.
In the homes of Poland there is not
much furniture, a large bureau an:d a
freezer invariably strikiung one as the
most vroinent feature. Next comies
the abnudance of wooden utecusiN. All
pails, tubs, etc.. are of wood, and. in
Ideed, in the country the kitchens
Ithemselves are built throughout of
Itimber. The stoves in the country
are much like the French ones, and a
furthe:r" eeblance is orcasione d by
the number of copper pans which
A & A
FOR FARM MD GARDEN
Compost the Cow Manure.
All cow manure should be compostei
yefore it is applied to land. It is s<
ilow to ferment, especially if plowe
inder a deep furrow in the spring
;hat it can do little good the first sea
son unless it has been partly fermentei
)y putting it in heaps. On the othei
iand, horse manure ferments tot
,asily, and if piled in heaps will fire
ang, which is really burning it,as thi
rbonaceous matters are turned t<
shes in the process. Hence botl
inds of manure are improved for us<
>y putting them together in the com
)ost heap. Each corrects the defect,
,n the other.
Shelter for Sheep.
Sheep suffer if kept in close, under
round, unventilated stables, whicl
re pretty sure to be also damp anc
iave foul air. Even in warm weathe
heep will prefer to sleep on knolls
iot merely to be able to watchagains
langer, but also to secure free circu
ation of pure air. So long as th<
'oof keeps out the rain, the open tex
ure of the wool on the sheep's back!
vill keep cold out, however severe
)rovided it is not accompanied by wet
['he sheep need this shelter from rain
ven when the weather is not so ver
old, though the vi which nature pro
-ides protects the skin from bein,
ret, unless the storm is so long con
inued that the sheep is chillei
rotatoes for Fattmning Hogs.
Whenever potatoes are very cheal
armers are apt to try to get some.
hing out of them by feeding them t<
tock. Every year there is a certaii
>roportion of potatoes too small or to<
cabby to be marketable, and some o
hese are likely to be given to the fat
ening hogs with the idea that theii
tarch can be converted into fat. Bu
nly 20 per cent. of the potato il
tarch, the other 80 being nothing bui
vater. Even when cooked the potat<
bsorbs as much water as it loses, and
s much too bulkv in the small stom
ch of a hog to serve as its principa
eed. Beyond the small amouut re.
[uired-to keep the bowels open, po
atoes are no advantage to the hog,
nd for this a few beets which the hoC
vill eat with greediness are greatli
o be preferred.
Use of Land Plaster.
So far as our observation has ex
endedi,the use of land plaster is noi
tearly as extensive among farmer
tow as:it was when we were farm
ag in,, boyhood in a secti n wher(
nd hid only recently beeh feclaimned
rom forest. It appears to be certaix
hat on land newly cleared, gypsum oz
nd plaster produces wonderful ef
ects, especially on clover and okhei
>road-leaved plants. But after som(
-ears of clover plastering it was found
hat something else was required, and
xperiment with phosphates which be
:an about that time showed that this
ras on heavy land what was needed.
)n light sandy soii potash was more
ften the missing element. So the
armers who had sandy land eithei
aixed ashes with gypsum or sowed
he potash fertilizers alone, and had
etter results than they had from sow.
ag gypsum alone as they had hereto
re done. When phcsphate was usec
t was usually given in the form os
uperphosphate, in which a large par
f the lime is converted by sulphuri<
cid into gypsum, which is anothei
ae for sulph;tte of lime. It wa
ot merely useless, but injurious, t
dd more gypsum to this, for the in
fciency of the phosphate as phos
hate depended on the very small pro
ortion of yhosphate which was left
*eti've because there was not lime
nough for it to unite with. Yet w<
Lave seen fa. .ers mix phosphate witi
ypsum or lime in its pure form, little
ealizing that they were thus lessen
eg the availability of. the phosphate
There are many places where Iani
tewly cleared is brought under culti
'ation, and in all such we advise
rial of gypsum or land plaster. I
rill prove there an effective fertilizer
On the Buying of Fertilizers.
The price of fertilizers is a subjec
tpon which we receive more or les:
:omplaint every spring. These conm
laints usually reach us in M~ay o>
'une, when it is too late to chang<
he methods of purchase, and usuall;
oe from those who buy in small lot
The successful farmers who ar
age consumers of fertilizers don'
id fault with the price. Why? Be
anse they know enough to take ad
antage of the fierce co:apetition ir
he fertilizer trade. iSuch farmers de
ide in midwinter wha;t kind of fertil
zers,itures or materials they want
hey pool their orders, get bids fron
ariouls manufacturers or dealers ant
lsce their contracts where they ca:
;et the most for their money. Usuall;
uch contracts are for spot cash or
elivery, or if any credit is asked, gilt
dge negotiable notes are ofrered tha
:an be disemmrte' at a low rate at an:
yank n the vicinity.
The fact i. , ee fe:-tiizers ar
us purciase n1 h busiLeeslik' wayL
f reli.a'. tin::' ''he far: r is alway
atistied. anud iu'ariably al9 buys th
lgest grade.brnds m:iiures 0
tt- ir tr:e howeve. timi the gr ea
ioP:l:- e: oaad,:rs u iiie las
'ass woun1 do *'s teh :.lk
arers do, they woub he eqa'll:'
iease I. Al 1 this is tre whethe
rton buyV I te !a al an.:Ud ':nake you
:wn mixtures orbuy the manufactur
nessed more failures than the fert I.
izer trade, and the business is n w
conducted on so close a margin t , t
only strong concerns which sell T st
quantities are able to show a pro t.
Mushroom firms that pretend to e
"the poor farmer's friend" and - 11
him inferior stuff on credit at what is
really a fancy price, may make ig
profits for a year or two, but they re
forced to quit or assume another n ne
as soon as the farmers find them it.
-New England Homestead.
- It is a very difficult matter to ;et
a some farmers to see the great im or
> tance of having some crop always gi >w
1 ing on the ground. They can't see
a the use of a catch crop. When a -rop
. is taken from the land in summe- or
s autumn they can't or won't be per
suaded that the proper thing to 0-o is
to immediately start another* to !pre
vent the soil from washing awa', to
gather up hitrogen from the soil and
1 subsoil, and from the atmosphere and
1 hold it through the winter so th.t it
r can be made available for another sea
, son's crops. They seem to look hpon
t the idea as absurd when it is suggested
- that a crop can be grown just fok the
a sake of plowing it in to helpgrot an
- other crop. When lands .Wer new
s and the soil full of ve iould
there was not the urge dtn ity for
using catch crops that . now.
But after lands have vated
r or even pastured' they
become deficient i are
; consequently unproducive. ch of
- the unprofitable lands we find ovier the
I country are unprofitable, not so much
because they are deficient in plant food,
but more on account of the short sup
ply of humus. The humus will not
feed the plant, of course, but in its ae
- tion'on the soil it will generate plant
food sufficient to produce a paying
crop. It is then as much our object
> to increase the supply of humus in the
i soil by using catch crops, as it is to
conserve available plant food, and the
e farmer who neglects to get in some
L vegetation between his money crops
is losing money. If there is nothing
else to be done encourage the weeds
to grow and turn them under before
they mature, dry up or blow away.
Turn an old field over to briars for a
few years and they will renovate and
loosen up the soil in a suprising man
ner. You never cut down and plowed
up a briar patch that you didn't find
the soil loose and. pliable with a good
color on top. Anything is preferable
to bare land. Nature abhors it, and
the farmer should do so too, and al
ways calculatf ahead and determine
what can best be grown between crops
to improve the soil.-Farmers' Guide.
Kerosena Treatment for San Jos" Scale.
The keiosene reatment; cinsider
ing its efficiency, implicity and cheap
ness, is the besy. Since pure kero
sene is highly; injurious to plants, it
must be applied in a diluted form to
avoid this injury. Because kerosene
and water will hot mix when poured
together, this 'Fixing is accomplished
by means of a erosene sprayer. The
two lio.uids are mechanically mixed in
the act of making the application to
the trees. We have determined by
Inumerous experiments that 25 per
cent. of kerosene so diluted with
water applied in the dormant season,
and 15 per cent. applie:l in the grow
ing season, will not injure the orchard
trees and will be effective against the
In the fall soon after the foliage is
Ished, say about November 1, spray
the trees thoroughly with the 25 per
cent. mixture (one part of oil and
Ohree parts of water). The trees
should be thoroughly wet, so that not
a dry spot as large as a pin head will
be left. At the same time the tree
should not be drenched and left drip
ping, as there is always somne danger
Iof injury to plants in the indiscrimin
ate use c~ kerosene. The usual an
nual pruning can be done at any time
during the winter after the first ap
plication of the .samedy, and at the
same time care should be taken to re
move all trash, as leaves and bird
-nests, that may be attached to the
bark or lodged in the forks of limbs.
Such trash affords protection for the
scales. In spring, just before the
buds begin to swell, make a second
application of the same 25 per cent
mixture. In case of a large orchard
.the work should begin early enough
to finish before the fruit buds are
. fully opened. In making both appli
r cations, bright, dry days should be
Sselected for the work to insure rapid
evaporation of the oil. The finest pos
sible spray should be produced.
Our experiments, which cannot be
given here, have shown that such a
course of treatment, if properly pur
sued, will pretty well clean an orchard
of this dreaded pest. It must be un
derstood, however, that some of the
scales will almost certainly escape,and
it may be necessary to apply the same
remedy a year or two later. In fact,
it is a continual fight. When one once
gets it on his premises, he has a per
manent pest unless he should dig up
and destroy his whole orchard, which,
after all, is the best plan in a great
many cases. But it can be controlled
and fruit culture continued, and ener
getic fruit growers who are in the
business to stay will control it in spite
of its perniciousness.-W. M. Scott,
state entomologist of Georgia.
TIhe War color for Ships.
-Our war with Spain threw much
lig-ht on the question of the proper
I coor to render warships invisi.ble to
r> th enemyv. The best tint was found
t t bc a dull gray with a yellow shade.
I Ships thus colored blend inconspicu
r ul with the horizon, and with all
e the ~rocks alongshore. How nature
v dels w ith a similar auestion is shown
by the black and yellow stripes of the
rzebr a and the tiger, which render
those animals al.most invisible amid
-their habitual surroundings.
The Goblin and the Tide. n
An ugly old Goblin sat down by the sea- s
Sing Heigh-ho! all the sands are bare. b
He thought the tide feared him when It ran
And laughed when the ripples sang, "Back t
we wAll flow!" p
Said he, "While I am here, they won't
He built him a wall of the sea-sand so
Sing Heigh-ho! soft is the sand.
He strewed it with kelp, and with shells I
banked It high,
Then climbed to the top to look at the sky, y
Crying "Now we'll have nothing but
Just then a shy ripple came tiptoeing in
Sing Heigb-ho! "Here are we all!"
Another ran laughing, and then the great P
Came heels over head tumbling, gay as
And the Goblin was swept from his wall!
-Agnes Lewis Mitehell, in St. Nicholas. c
Some Amusing Indoor Games-. d
The Queen of Sheba may be called a
a "catch game." A pretty girl,nicely
dressed, should be seated in a high a
backed chair, and as each child is e
brought into the room he is told he il
must be blindfolded and walk straight 0
to the queen and kiss her. If he finds i3
her without difficulty he is to be given t
a box of sweets. While the hand- e
kerchief is being tied the queen slips i
behind the chair, and her place is
taken by some one else, wearing an
ugly mask and a tea cozy for a crown, I
who has been hiding behind the chair, c
so that when the blindfolded one sees f
whom he or she has kissed there is s
some little disappointment. 1
French blind man's buff is a quieter 1
form of this popular game. The c
children stand in a ring, the blind man
being in the middle and supplied with c
a walking stick. The children dance T
round him, but when he knocks on p
the floor with his stick they must stop t
at once. The blind .Maif then holds V
out his stick, and the child it is pointed
at takes hold of it and' imitates what- .a
ever noise the blind man makes. If c
the right name is guessed, the" 6ne I
holding the stick becomes blind man. -s
For quiet amusements in the even- t
ing blowing soap bubbles, making s
boats from walnut shells and animals c
from pieces of cork and matches and .
making scrapbooks and necktaces for I
the hospital box are suggested. Taffy 1
making is also a very pleasant occu- 1
pation.-T,genton (N. J.) American. 3
A Brave Act Rewarded.
Mr. Edison, who is known ali over
the world as a great electrician, was a
poor boy. He sold newspapers, he
ran' errands,' he did everyhing an
honest boy could do to support him
self. The following story, relating
to an event in his boyhood, shows
that he was a brave boy:
One summer forenoon, while the
train was being taken apart and made
up anew, a car was uncoupled and
sent down the track with no brakeman
to control it. Edison, who had been
looking at the fowls in the poultry I
yard, turned just in time to see little
Jimmie on the track throwing pebbles
over his head, utterly unconscious of2
"He dropped his papers on the plat
form, seized the child in his arms,and
threw himself off the track,face down
ward, in sharp, fresh gravel ballast,-.
without a second to spare. As it was
the wvhool of the car struck the heel of<
"I was in the ticket office," saysI
the child's father, "and, hearing ai
shriek, ran out in time to see the train<
hands bringing the two boys to the1
Having no other way of showing
his gratitude, the agent said:
"Al, if you stop off here four days
in the week, and keep Jimmie out of
harm's way until the mixed train re
turns from Detroit, I will teach von
"Will you?" said Edison.
He extendled his hand and said,
"It's a bargain," and so Edison be
camne a telegrapher.
A Caravan of Birds.
Iu a sugar grove not far from the
Franconiia Inn, I found myself all at
once in the midst of those traveling
t!ocks that make so delightful a break
in a bird-lover's day, sa:y Bradford
Torre'v in The Atlai:tic. If was in the
midst~ of it, I say; but the real fact
was that the birds were passing
through the grov.e between me and
the sky. For the time being the
branches were astir with wings. Suich
miutes aire exciting. "Now or nevr," I
a man says to himself. Every sec ond
is precions. At the present moment ai
warbler is above your head, far up ini
the to~p:n;st- b:ugh perhaps, halfi
hidden by a leaf. If you miss him.he<
is~ goneo forcver. If you make him
o t. wel and good; he may be arariry,1
a r.e long waited for; or, quite as
:i:ei, hie ouwere busy with him
youn ;'-st have let a ten times rarer
on, f. along unnoticed. In this
;wn e. c in any other,a rman must runi
Pis chan me's: though there is skill asJ
vl :' luck in it. without doubt, and
on will take ai trick or two more than1
ne at'her with thme satme hand.I
in the present instance, so far as1
:* canva*~i.s showed. the "wave" was
u deu ofmrl warblers, black
pols, buyvisreasts. black-throated
greens. at chestnut side, a Maryland
* ello. "-throat. red-eyed vireos,solitary
'viCeo' on( or' moore scarlet tanagers
* i' un"dress. o: course, and pretty late
by my reckoning), ruby-crowned
k'in1:t b. chickadees, winter wrens,
goi nce. song sparrows, and
r i er.Te last three or four species,
~i'i i.r.:-he einongh, were present
oc'' v" byac:a, andi are hardly to be
,.;uta a Lp ot the south-bound
good force, and doubtless SO-9
ecies eluded me altogether. NO
an can look all ways at once, and in
itumn the eyes must do not only their
irn work,but that of the ears as welL
All the while the birds hastened on,
itting from tree to tree, feeding a
tinute and then away, following the
ream. I was especially glad of the
aybreasts, of which there were twc
I least, both very distinctly marked,
iough in nothing like their sprinE
"Big Jack," the Express Horse.
Lovers of "Black Beauty" will ap
reciate Gabrielle E. Jackson's "Bi
ack," in the St. Nicholas. "BiE
ack"is a huge horse that draws a Nem
ork express wagon, and Mrs. Jack
)n tells how she happens to knom
I wonder how many of the littlo
eople in New York city who read thi
kagazine have ever heard of "Bil
ack." Not many, I know, and yel
'Big Jack" is "quite an importan
Laracter, and holds a very responsibb
osition, which he fills with muel
ignity as well as credit to himsel
nd satisfaction to his employers.
His headquarters are at Broadwa:
ad Twenty-second street, where ho
an usually be found at about 10 o'clocl
i the morning, and from that hour
ff and on, until about 5 p. in. In tw
itervals his business affairs call hin
: various parts of the city, but, beinj
xtremely methodical in his habits, hi
usually at his ofice about luncl
You may be somewhat surprised t
aarn that he is strictly a vegetarian
onfining his diet solely to cereals a:
ruit, with occasionally a few lumps o
gar. He should have been a Scotch
lan, judging by his fondness for oats
ut he was born, I am told, in on]
Possibly his love for oats may se
ount for his beautiful complexion
rhich is snowy white,with just a sug
:estion of pink showing through an<
elling of the warm,rich blood fibwinj
I first became acquainted with Jac]
bout five years ago. Indeed, I mus
onfess that we scraped acquaintance
t came about in this manner. I wa
tanding with wy little daughter ur.oi
he corner of Broadway and Twenty
econd street, waiting for an uptow
ar, when I became aware that w
rere being very closely regarded by
air of unusually -large and extremel
>eatiful brown eyes-eyes which wer
,ery eloquent,and seemed to say muc]
aore plainly than words conld hav
lone, "I am very favorably impresse
rith that little girl, and I should lik
o know her. Will she speak to me
Lo you think?"
I called the little girl's attention t
he lig eyes lookipg- her so stead
astlf, and, do you know,*IbeiieT
he understood their language eve:
)etter than I did, and yet I flatte
nyself that I am a pretty good intei
>reter of- such glances. At any rate
he walked straight up to their owne
mdd said, "Why do you look at m
hat-a-way? I just guess you know
eep lumps of sugar in my pocket, t
ive to great, big.lovely hor ses liki
Slowly a great white head with th
nost intelligent eyes I have ever see
vas lowered to a level with the littl
naid's face, and two or three quee
giaing steps taken to bring it close
:0 the outstretched arms. The owne
seemed to realize that those little arrr
1ever gave any save the tendere:
aresses, and he was very glad to fet
e circle around his huge, soft need
rhile the other carried a small han
o stroke a very silky muzzle, for bi
rack is a horse among horses. An
)ig, indeed, he is-a giant of h:
PARIS MOTOR-CAR SCHOOL.
uen Are Here Tan,tht How to Cortrol
Car Under All Circumstanlces.
Bicyclers are required. in man
er man cities, to obtain a license 1b
ore they can ride on the pubi
streets; and in order to get this licem
dare to pass an exainfatior showin
hat they can dismount at weH and ce
light on either side or directly baci
ard. No one can question the nti
itv of this regulation, for it is a-saf<
aard to bicyclers and pedestria:
Even more curious is the Par
school for drivers of motor cars. Tb
school is in the int.erest of the pubi
tike the German regulation describe<
Xi'otor cars are not yet as plentiful:
This Paris school for motor-c;
Irivers is maintained by the C'oi
~acie Genera!e des Voit.ures, whici
icordig to L'Illustration. "is nectiv
y engaged in the construction of
ew hackney coaches and the edne
on of its drivers." The school is e
ablished at Aubervilliers, where
rack about eight hundred yards
iicumferece has been laid on
ere it is a level mna:'adam roadwa;
here it is a low slope paved in stou
lsewhere the track is paved nuie-.en
with wood; in another place it
sphalt rougher yet. Here and the
re splinters of glass, dangerous
he pneumatic tires, pieces of woo
caps of stones; in other placcs the
ire rt. All these reefs and shoal
he helmsmen, former coachn wi
jave abandoned the whip for the mnot<
aandle, learn how to avoid. A skilfi
professor of motor ear science direc
But their apprenticeship des~ n'
an d here. Along the cou:se are ae
lered figures of men and ;:nio;... at
through them the cars have to threL
their way in cireling the track. At
bhese figures are not ordinary duz
siies, either. All the famuiliar figuri
of the Parisian streets are repredn~ee
big men smoking their pipes. new
boys calling the newspapera, so;ldier:
nurses, with their caps. other nurs<
oushing baby carts, children c
-. eels, g,and eveni "scorehers.
TH5 BALLAD OF BERRY BROWN*
Oh, do yo4-uoW a coungrY lad by name of
Who rides upd-a a ioad of -wood along the
streets of rw;.;
He basa at front and crum-'
pleddown V .
His curly 4qi so long ar is tumbled bi
And through bis coat his peeP, and,
through Wis boots i .
But everywhere and anyvihere *- whistles
as he goes.
There's something strangely taking in the
eyes of Berry Brown
They seem to fish a cheery light along the
strets of town;
Despite his coarse and tattered vest, hi
boots and hat forlorn.
His trousers patched.threadbarm and saggedj
Is shirt so o1a and worn,
For every gimpse he gives he takes a measJ'
And everybody wonders where the secret oi
And so his way of sitting theze, so steadfas4$
calm and strong:
His air, asIf his whistling bore wagon ani
His independefce and self-trust, the frmi
set throA and chin.
The working of his muscles when he rein
his horses In,
Take-iold of one and fascinate, as hints an
When all Z%e glory of a boy is merging int4
Oh, Berry Brown looks careless, but hi
holds his sedft well;
Far hiWen inthe clol4s are heights whereon
b( -%jW,bns dwell;
Within him 6msnewhere swells a vein of an
And who shall e i m back one step, or
s6t the pace fo? b
Wait, you shall see if po.erty can chain so
strong a soul.
Or If to sell .is wood can b.the rounding o
his goal !
The old folk shake their heads and sayj
"Look out for Berry Brown
7 When he shall measae forces with the bese
f bys in the town!
. The wind has be! in Berry's face, the sud
has bmr4ed is skit,
And winter's ciruel hand has pinched wher
Berry Brotn has been; -
But herts like his are btave enough to meet
the strokes that form
And fortify the giant sonis that take thd
world ify storm !"
-Maurlee Thompson, in St. Nicholas. t -
r He-Are you sure your love for me
t is dead? She-Yes: Heart failure.
Gilfovle - Isn't Blnghan embar
rassed by his debts? 1oindexter
I No, but his creditors are.
I Fond Parert-The child is- fall of
music. Sarcastic Visitor-Yes. What
a piiy it is allowed to escape.
r "Here," said the boomerang, as i
turne-d, "here is where I get back at,
him for trying to throw me over."
e "I supoose lovers' quarrels are nat',
I ural enou~gh." "Tc- be sure. Striking
a mateh is always followed by a fare
"My doll can shut her eyes and.gA
0 to sleep just lovely." uh.! M
doll never goes to sleep i all; she
& got insomnier."
Little Gregory-Papa, why do you
say that the pen is more powerful than
the sword? Papa--Because you
not sign checks with a sword.
8 The Mother-Somehow I feel that V
can trust my daughter to you. The:
,Accepted One - You can, indeed,
emadam. Everybody trusts me.
"Our boy will make his mark some day,"
Said his parents with great delight.
He did-but in an illiterater way.
u For he never learned to wrte '
0Briggs-Did you ever try to write
down all the utterly senseless things
that came into your' head? Grigg
Certainly.' Haven't I been engaged?
'Life is but a toothless, hairless begin'
ning and a toothless, hairless end<;
between which are sandwiched the
solemn ceremony of a marriage and
dScribbles-My new book will be ont.
soon. * I hope you will1 lose no time in
reading it. Miss Cutting--Indeed, I
won't. I lost several hours reading
your other one.
"While ebullient youth," said the
Cornied Philosopher, "has glittering
hopes of seeing his'name on the rollt
of fame, sedate middle age is glad to
have it on the pay' roll."
*"What did you do wit" your puza'
- zie editor?" asked the friend of the
1editor of the new magazine. "Dis'
. charged him," replied the editor. ' e
- couldn't guess where his salary was tco
. come from."
s When Flynn heard that Mr. Smith
was affieted with soften.ing of the
is brain, be thought it a great disgrace;
is and, when he was told. he might have-.
e, the sam~e trouble himself some day, he
3. brought down his hand with emphasis
is on the marble counter, and said, ".t
want you to understand that my head.is
v just as solid as that blab!"
, W~hy Dewey Discontinued the Battle.
- I do not exaggerate in the lease
wen I say that, as we hauled off into
- the bay, the gloom on the bridge of the
~1Olympia was thicker than a Lo'idon.
1 fog in November. Neither Co,mmo'
i dore Dewey nor any of the :staff be-'
-liev ed thmat the Spanish ships had. bee.n
; sufficiently injured by our fire to pre
vent them from renewing the battle -
aite as furiously as they had pr&A
s5 v iously fought. Indeed, we had alL
e ben distinctly disappointed in the re
r) suits of our fire. Our pro~eetiles
se.ned to go too high or too low
e jus as had been the case with those
irdausby the Spaniards. Several
r Idissatisfaction with the failure of our
I gunne. to hit the enemy. We had'
s begun the firing at too great a d's
tace, but we had gradually worked in -
t further on each of the turns, until wo
-were within about 2500 yards at the -
idiclose of' the fifth round. At that dis- -
tance, in a smooth 'sea, ~we ought to
have made a large percentage of nits;
a- yet. so far as we could judge, we ha.d
s not sensibly crippled the foe. Con e
I; quently Commodore Dewey hauled
- out into -the open bay at .the end of
- the fifth round to take stock of am-~
a munition and devise a new plan of at
i tack-oseph L. Stickn,ev.in Harper'*