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I jyertaimflctrij II I IhMHH F L A Birthday Shower. Did you over hear of a "birthday" shower for a brido? Try it the next timo a bride-elect 1b to bo honored. This is the way ono was managed: The guests are re quested to bring something suitable for their birthday month. For in stance, say tho natal day la in June, a bunch of roses, or any gift, for Juno is the month of brides; or In May a basket of flowers or something In green glass to represent an emerald, for a few aro rich enough to give a real emerald; in February, a heart shaped pincushion, or a book of Dick ens' quotations. This shows how to work it out. An umbrella or even a pair of rubbers for April, a bunch of Are crackers and a fan for T or a silk flag. This, you see, mur ,iado very Interesting and amusn."' Hav ing funny things always adds to the merriment. This is a shower in which tho men can participate and is best for tho evening. A rhyme to go with each parcel will help make more fun. A clothes basket or hamper may be given In which to send everything homo to tho brido. I havo heard of similar affairs be ing given under tho namo of "calen dar" showers; that-Is, when there are Just twelve guests and each ono brings a gift suitable for the month which tho hostess designates in the Invita tions. Every one, of course, selects something acceptable and appropriate for tho new homo. A luncheon may or may not precede tho shower. A Progressive Dinner. It Is with great pleasure I give this description of a dinner which was suc cessfully carried out by a few neigh bors. I read about it a long timo ago and havo been intending to pass it along but other things have crowded. The first course was soup and was served at 6:30; it was a consomme with celery and olives. When all had finished tho maid passed a tray con taining oyster shells to each "guest and on the cleanly scrubbed interior was written tho name of the next hos tess. Hore creamed oysters' were served, and tho place cards were charming figures of young girls. Be fore leaving the table sticks of maca roni tied with ribbon to cards which said: "Folia do signora with de maca roni sticka," and this led to the next hostess, who had delicious macaroni served "a la Italian." She passed brown bread sandwiches. When tho maid bnnded around a box of ciga rettes, etch ono was found to contain a roll of paper, with tho Invitation to pass on for "moro" at "Mrs. Blanks." Here roast leg of lamb was served with green peas and browned pota toes, and tho place cards had amusing riddles written on them. Salad and wafers camo at tho next stopping placo and there were little tissue pa per parcels at each place, which the hostess said could not bo opened until tho last course was served. Snapping inottos were passed last and each con Dainty Neckwear in for the gWjareflSaSj XYVvv'XVyjy'yV. HH; iUMr,Wwari3W1Wl5C-X Neckwear Is designed so that it may be easily laundered of sheer but strong laces and of embroideries. For the waists cut with a round or pointed opening, turn over collars of self ma terial nro provided. These are pro tected by turnover collars of embrold ery or worn over small guimpB and standing collars of laco or embroidery. Waists made at homo aro finished with a band at the neck and tho sepa rate collar and Jabot is pinned to this Two or threo such collars keep the waist fresh looking and save its too frequent tubbing. Shadow laces have proven well adapted to these neck pieces. They aro combined with narrow headings and edgings and often made up with net. A pretty example is shown bore having a plaiting of net set on to one of the laco. Strong cluny laco is so durable and nt tho same timo so dainty that it is of all tho favorite for trimming sum mer gowns and for making neckwear A collar and Jabot of this laco shows tho straight band of laco edged with fine batiste. Two little points are turned down and fastened with small tained tho invitation to tho next placo, where Ico cream, cake, candles and fruits regaled tho party. Tho last stop brought after-dinner coffoo with bon-bons and cordials served In tho drawing room. Tho packages wore opened and each ono found a musical Instrument and all Joined In singing, "When Good Fellows Get Together." Boat Party. Did you ever henr of a boat party? Well, nolther did I until recently, and I am telling you nil about it Just as soon ns I can. This affair was given for a boy's eighth birthday, and ho Just loved boats better than anything else, so his mother had 'the tinsmith mako an oval pan four inches deep, which sho filled with water and put In tho center of tho dining-room tablo. around tho edge sho arranged ferns and vines with moss, and In tho water sho placed tho gold fish from tho aquarium. At tho toy store sho bought ducks, miniature rowboats, sailboats, a little steamer, swans, frogs and play fish. There was a five-cent sailboat at each place, with tbo namo of child on the side. Tho cake had a sailboat done In pink Icing for decoration, with the boy's namo and date of birth and present dato underneath. All this had been kept a profound secret and all the kiddies were wild with delight. This mother is noted for her successful children's parties, and she says it's because she has Just the Bame things for each child to take homo, and sho usually serves refresh ments first, as ice cream and cako are, after all, what makes a real party to the average child, and, served early, the supper hour is not interfered with. Then, too, sho says children aro much happier and easier to manago when their ston-achs are full. Passing Pennies. This is a Jolly pastime much on Joyed by children and hailed by moth ers ns something new. Placo fivo chairs in a row and fivo chairs op posite them with a small table or tabouret at each end. Ask ten chil dren to tako the seats thus provided, with a captain at each head of tho line. Then the captain takes five pen nies that are given him and lays them on tho head table. Every other child must hold out its hands for tho penny to be dropped into them, tho palms flat and close together. Now the cap tains sitting besido tho head tablo start sending tho pennies to tho other end. They pick one cent, off the table, drop it In the next child's hand, then tho third person picks it out and drops it in the next hand and so on until tho last player is reached and tho coin is laid on tho foot table. As soon as the fifth cent reaches tho foot table it Is sent back by the same process. Tho side getting tho flvo coins "home" first wins. Tho faster this gamo is placed tho moro exciting it Is and tho children always want to do it over and over. -"'tiy Guessing Noses, Did you ever let the children try to guess whoso nose belonged to who? It is very funny and this is tho way to proceed: Hang a cloth in front of a doorway and placo ono-half of tho company in each room, only ono of which is lighted. Cut a V-shaped hole in tho cloth and let those in the dark room placo their noses through it, one by one, whllo those in tho light room guess whoso noso it is. When a right guess is made, the owner of tho noso must Join tho guesscrs, but should tho guess bo wrong tho ono making it must Join players. Gamo ends when all are in ono room, unless there are too many children and they will tiro before all have been success ful. It is a better plan to Btop ono thing and go to tho next amusement before any ono wearies. MADAME MERRI. Favor Midsummer Season buttons at the front. The Jabot at tached is of net edged with the lace. A little cravat makes a finishing touch, Joining tho collar to the Jabot. One who can embroider will be ablo to make the elegant neck piece which shows a straight plaited band finished with turn-over collar and an attached Jabot. The Jabot is cut in a graceful shape and finished with a narrow dainty laco edging. Small bows of velvet centered with black enameled buckles set with a single rhine stone are chic and great favorites. They are worn with (or without) colars of all descriptions as a finish at the point where the blouse fastens at the neck. An exquisitely fine embroidered sail or collar is a good example of tho management of neckwear this season. Tho lines aro curved, the scallops in dented, tho flower spray graceful and the work done with exact neatness and finish. The effect bIiowb much in telligent care. Neatness and fino fin ish are the ideals of tho neckwear do signer, for they aro In demand by tho buyers of tho pretty accessories of dress. NOTES f&Ott ADOWBROOK FARM C u:ii:,.n:w. v,' 7 iv iiiium nil &ftAtjff, S&s-m m. :..... . . mmummm Swat tho mltcs. Alfalfa enriches tho soil. Cleanliness begets health. Potatoes should follow beans. Alfalfa is high in feeding value. Rain and sun nro good grass grow ers. ( Provide a lot for tho cows to graso li at night. The cost of producing hogB is prin cipally feed. A dirty cream separator never does ofllclent skimming. Throw open the barn doors and keep the building dry. Tho amount of silago a calf con sumes varies a great deal. i Let us plant trees, but plant Just what wo can do full Justice to. Sifted coal ashes aro not fertilizers, but they aro good soil lightened. Cows suffering from tuberculosis aro apt to look emaciated and run-down. A bolsto- spring for tlio farm wagon should be available on every farm. Use fine, uniform salt In making butter, especially forprlvato trudo. Tho American hens produco annu ally eggB valued at over $40,000,000. A sanitary condition is a better preventivo of disease than Is drugB. What sort of scheme havo yon for keeping milk and cream cool in sum mer? You enn usually depend upon tho hardiness of fowls that feather slowly. Of all animals on tho farm shoop aro among the most economical meat pro ducers. The dairy sire Is half the herd, whether ho is a scrub or tho best of purebreds. Any sudden change In tho calf'B diet Is likely to start trouble. Tho change should bo gradual. Grit, charcoal and granulated bono should always bo mixed with the young chicks' feed. Having tho churn too full of cream will make tho butter slow in "coming." Half full is enough. The surest test of tho valuo of a feed is in tho lesuit obtained from the cows to which it is fed. The "pot-bellied" calf is tho product of irregular meals, milk of all tempera tures and over or underfeeding. Lay aside and plow a good rich strip of land, near tho house, for a garden and fruit plantation. It will pay. Ducks kept entirely on land must havo deep drinking vessels, so the) can get their heads under water. Experiments show It costs four times as'much to raise a calf on whole milk as it does on a sklin-mllk diet It Is best to salt the morning mash, but not more than ono ounce for one hundred head of stock bhould be um-d Young pigs will begin eating sold food very early in life if given a chance. It Is good policy to givo them a chance. There Is no danger of corn silage causing dniry cattle to havo tuberculo sis or producing a tendency toward that diseaso. If fowlB nre to do -their best thoy positively must have clean, cool drink ing water. Keep it in clean fountains In the shado. Give tho chicks as muim range as possible, even if you have to limit that of the old fowls. Exorcise In a means of development. In building barns for cows don't nog. lect, when drawing the plans, to ar range for plenty of light and sunshine, ns well as for amplo ventilation. Don't be irregular about tho milking timo; have a definite hour in tho morn ing and a definite hour at night, and milk at these appointed times. When the fowl acts dumpjsh. tins a poor appetite, and bcouib generally out of sorts, It is host to pen it alone for a few duyB and give a good physic. l-mZridkh 1 rfii'2i 3 Grow your own protein. Kcop tho separator clean. Sweet clover is very hardy. t A good appetite shows health. Fumigation kills disease germs. Alfalfa balances tho corn ration. No two colonies ot bees nro alike. Alfalfa sod grows larger corn crops. Mnnuro spraadors nro always in stylo. Watch tho cowb carefully at calv ing time. Do not plant poor, diseased or In ferior scod. Never buy a scrub chicken nor set a scrub egg. Cowpeas nnd soy beans mako good green mnnures. Corn and filth aro frequent causes of hog cholera. Alfalfa fills tho hay mow and pays for tho prlviloge. The wenthor has a lot of lnflucnco with tho hay crop. Alfalfa 'is tho chcapost and best feed for beef cattle. Alfalfa Is tho agricultural wonder of tho twentloth century. Alfalfa Insures larger yields from the crops that follow. Alfalfa contains moro protein per ton than clovor or corn. To get desired results tho brood sow must not bo constipated. Tho currant worms finish feeding on tho leaves In about six weeks. As n general rulo, potatoes should be planted on fresh ground each yenr. Rhubarb is ono of the standnrd gar den crops In tho vicinity of largo cities. Re cnreful that you plant only seeds that havo been tested nnd aro proved fertile. Clover is a natural restrictive. Rotate with clover at every oppori tunny. i Tho wildest colts often make tho best horses If properly broken and trained. Long, straight rows will mako easlor work with tho horso cultivator or Wheel hoe later ,on. In fruit orchards tho most destruc tive faiso rnterplller Is tho penr slug or cherry slug. Rotation of crops In tho garden hna tho same arguments favoring it ns rotation In farm crops. You must help tho hog lift by giv ing him good caro nnd feed, if he Is to bo a mortgage lifter. A plot of ground 40x00 will supply a family of fivo or six with all the vegetables they can ent. Alfalfa that ,is too thin on the ground will becomo weedy, and grow coarso and woody In fiber. The currnnt worms cast their Bklns or molt about onco a week, getting considerably larger eacii time. Asparagus Is a hardy plant. It does not need a winter mulch to keep it from being killed by freezing. For cry young calves It Is better to feed them oatrnenl, that is, ground oats with the hulls sifted out. Beans will grow In a variety of soils but it Is a mlstako to think that a soil cannot get tpo poor to raise beans. Protein that Is grown upon the farm ,ls often more valuuble than that which Is purchased In concentrated form,, and it Id also cheaper. If It were not for lice, poultry rais ing would bo an ensy matter. At tho same timo It Is not difficult to rid the henhouse of this pest. Did you over think how much ground n good enr of corn will plant? It is Just thnt much ground wasted If you plant a poor ear. For tho first two weeks give young chicks all they will eat. Afterward, require them to clean up what you give thorn before nightfall. The application of business methods to fnrm management will do moro than all else combined to mako farm ing profitable and pleasant. The first great lesson for a farmer to learn is that It costs less to grow 75 bushels of corn on on aero than it does to grow it on three. It Is not at all necesnnry to Btop grain growing because twenty to forty hogs aro kept on tho placo. Hogs lit in well with grain growing. The poultry business lias been spok en of ns a get-rlch-qiilck scheme but the people who havo succeeded can testify that this has not always been tho truth. SHEEP EXCELLENT Profitable for (fly n. S CUIITIB.) It Is universally rracoptcd that Bheop droppings under like conditions con tain a larger amount of fertility than thnt from either tho horso, cow or hog. Ono of the dcBlrnblo features of this product is tho uniform distri bution mndo by tho sheep over tho land. In tho lending European coun tries, such- ns England. Scotland, Frnnco and Germany, the valuo of Bheop in improving impoverished or Flock of Shropshire Ewes. naturally thin soils bus been recog nized for centuries. It Is stated on good authority that many of tho soils would bo almost worthless but for tho fact that they ore densely covered with Bhcep. In these countries flocks of sheep aggregating two or threo thousand in number are not uncom monly scon. Tho vnrloiiB breeds which CONDITION OF THE FARM W0RKINGMEN Many Farmers Do Not Know How to Use Help of Any Kind, Says Hired Man. There Ib no doubt that tho condition of tho fnrm workman has boon great ly Improved during tho last few years. That this hotter condition Is the re sult of tho scarcity of help nobody can deny. Tho plain truth Is that there wero too many fanners who did not know how to use help of any kind. They Imagined that $20 per mouth entitled them to the Inst ounce ot muscle in a man's body without re gard to hours, decent food, bed or nny of tho ordinary comforts of life. These men have done moio to drive good workmen from tho farms than anything else. Good workmen with self respect refused to labor under such conditions nnd tho result is that thousands havo left the farm to work In tho cities where they at least bo lleved they would bo bettor off. Now that farmers aro learning thnt it pays to givo tholr help fair treatment nnd better pny tho tendency of many good workmen 1b again towards tho farm nnd I for ono beliovo thnt if the con ditions continue to improve, ns they must under tho prosperous times wo aro having, that tho question of farm labor will booh right itself and wo will not on'y havo a better class of workmen but higher wages und richer farmers. A Hired Man. PROPAGATION OF GRACEFUL FERNS Enterprising Lover of Plants Will Find It Interesting to Do Work by Spores. Tho onterprlrlng fern lover will And it most lntei estlng to propngato by spores, and perchance produco a real ly valuable addition to these beautiful and graceful plunts. Tho ordinary way to propugato this clusH of plunts is by dividing tho plants, by tho creeping rhlomen, by tho llttlo bulblets thut form on tho fronts, nnd by the seeds or spores that nppoar on tho underside of the leaves Procure a beed pan or box with plenty of drainage holes, and cover tho bottom with broken crockery. On this placo hulf decayed tod, and fill with carefully mixed and sifted Icnf mold und sand. Mnko tho surface of tho soil perfectly Bmooth nnd level, and then scutter the spores on It, und leave thorn without any covering, that Is of spoil. However, they must be enclosed in giuss by placing a pane of glass over tho peed box or pan. Water by placing tho seed pan in" water, and kcop it there until the wa ter appears on tho surface of tho hoII Then removed at once, for too much wnter will destroy the sporen. Keep tho box In the light, but not the sun, remembering thut ferns naturally grow in hlindy places and that wo Bhould try to follow nature's lead. 'ttrfLs'. AS SOIL IMPROVERS Wool and Mutton. naturally Inhabit tho rough moun tain landB, and the precipitous cliff of theso countries, whoro only scanty and coarse horbago exists, manifest! their great valuo In making other-! wise worthless land bring In profit- ablo returns. I Much of tho gulllod land and wnstot hillsides of this country could boj utilized profitably In tho production of sheep. Many prominent farmors havw, proved this to tholr highest satlsfao-. tlon. Much of tho land which nowj grows reoda nnd other course vegetai tlon can bo restored to profitable till ngo(by tho ubo of sheep Fortunately! thoBhcop Is a ruminating animal anil with tho compound atomnch cart mako uso of much of tho coarse grnsu nnd woods which thrlvo on those dfr. pleted soils. In European countries whero sheop raising Is carried on oxtenslvoly nnd usually profitably, llttlo concentratod! feed is UHi'd, except through tho flush ing and lumblhg season. During otlior perlodB hny, grass and rootB forn their mainstay. Any farmer who Is) willing to give to aheap tho sumo amount of Intelligent euro that ho gives to other livestock will find them not only profitable, but good solllmi provors, bringing Into cultivutlou largo areas of othorwlso wasto lnna". HOW TO MAKE THE HOME BEAUTIFUL, i Microphilla Rose Is Ono of Pret tiest Things for Odd Corners Around Garden. (Hy U. M. niCKNINOTON.) Nothing Ib lovcllor than tho deut-j zlas; perfectly hardy and low-growing.) One of tho lovollost things for an odd corner, or to train over a trellis. Is tho microphilla roso literally cov ered in tho spring with tiny whlto or pink roses, full of frngranco, followed by clusters of red borrlcs. Plant a row ot hollyhocks nlong tho r'th to tho barn; kcop thorn growing and sco thorn bloom next year. Got ono or moro packages of tho mixed seeds of perennial and blon ninls and plant thorn In rows or bed? nnd sco what they will givo you. Don't go too strong on "novelties," unless you havo timo and money to throw away. Many of thorn aro worthlosB.i Plant a papor of Rvorlastlng fiowor seeds. They mnko beautiful winter decorations. Plant ennnn and dahlia seeds in tho hotbed or boxes now, Thoy uro eas ily grown, and mako fino showing ofi flowers the first yoar. , For dahlias nnd ennnas, tho soil must be good, with warmth and plenty of water. Ab easy started as field' corn.- .. RAISE CABBAGE i AND POTATOES' First Put Land in Best Possible) Condition and Mark Off in i Three-Foot Rows. I always plant tho seed of my Inta' cabbage whoro I want plants to stand. I put tho land In tho best possible condition, mark it off in rows threo feet apart nnd plant four or fivo soodu In a placo whoro I want tho cabbage to grow. When the plants come up I let thom got nbout ns largo ns thoy would bo if I wero going to transplant thom.' then I pull out nil but tho strongest ono In each bunch. This nllows tho plnnt to grow from tho start without any setback and, the heads nro larger thnn they would) bo had tho plants been transplanted. I do not bow tho seed until into ln Juno and have raised good rnbbngos.i tho soed for which was planted after early potatoes hnd been dug up aw the land smoothed down Potatoes mako an excellnnt first crop whero Into cuhbnges nro to bo grown Even If tho plants aro to bo transplanted thoy mny bo set be tween tho potato rows before tho po tatoes nro dug. Digging tho potatoes works tho soli deeply and makes tho best posslbfo condition for tho growth of tho cab bages, P. L. D. Testing Associations, Cow touting associations uro bolug, organized In many neighborhoods.