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THE NORTH PLATTE 8EMLWEEKLY TRIBUNE.
t $ocidl rrrv cms &f?c I wxmmm 2i New Bird Game. This Is a novel way of giving n "bird party," tho idea Is given by Martha Burr Banks. Supply tho guests with cards bear Ing as many members as there arc birds portrayed, by various methods on tho walls. .Theso examples will Bhow how tho names of tho birds are demonstrated, each Illustration Is numbered, bo tho guest may write his gucsB down opposite tho corre sponding number on tho card. It is well to attach pencils to tho cards and to start tho contest after all havo arrived. A half hour is sufficient time to allow for the guessing. Blackbird; A bird cut from black paper. Redwing; A home with a wing painted red. Flicker; A candle 4 blowing in tho wind. Hlghholo; A hole in tho top of tho paper. Cuckoo; A cook and two o's. Woodpecker; A match, a peck measure, and an R. Meadow lark; Children romping in a meadow. Yellow-breasted chat: Two men, with yellow shirt-fronts, talking together. Brown thrasher; A school master in brown, with a rod in his hand. Cardinal; A church dignitary. Crow; A cock In tho act of crowing; Hawk; A peddler. Swallow; A child eating. Swift; A boy running. Cross bill; A bill on which are written theso words: "Pay at once!" Spoon bill; A spoon and a bird's beak. Blue-Jay; A bluo J. Fox sparrow; A fox and the letters S and P above an arrow. Song sparrow; A bar of a song, a spar, and a man rowing. Junco; A Junk cart nnd an O. Blue bird: A bird with drooninc head and wings. Wagtail; A dog. Maryland yellow-throat; A map of Maryland and a stork with a yellow neck. Chippy; A man chopping wood. Fly catcher; A piece of fly-paper. Red start; The word "start" written in red ink. Indigo bunting; A scrap of blue bunting. Kinglet; A child wear ing a crown. Powee; A small P. Humming-bird; A spinnig top. The names of other birds, such as cat bird, oven bird, nut-hatch, snowflake, yellow-hammer, brown creeper, king fisher, sandpiper, chickadee, etc., will suggest their own illustrations. Havo chicken in somo form (sand wiches are always acceptable) and ices or cream in shape of birds would bo appropriate. It will bo easy to manago "bird" cookies and perhaps tho confectioneer will make nests of spun sugar in which candy eggs may bo placed. These would be charming at each placo on the table. There aro many Two of the Season's Tho costumo on the right is in sand colored pique, tho skirt slightly draped at tho right sldo, the fulness being fixed under tho wrapped seam. The coat 1b ono of the fashionable shapo that hangs rathor long at tho back and cut up at bust in front, where it Is fastenod by two buttons. Tho collar and rovers aro faced with black satin. IJat of sand-colored Tagel, trimmed with feathers and black satin ribbon. Materials required for tho costumo: 6 yards 42 Inches wide, ' yard black satin 22 Inches wide. Tho other is a combination of dark f rut ) Mm osy ' if V r r delightful ns woll as inexpensive bird books to glvo for prl2es. A Field Day Party. This is Just tho season for a "Field Day" party with all sorts of nthlotl sports. Tho guests may be any num ber, but twonty-four I find is Jusl about right for tho competition. This affair is flno for children, young pco plo nnd thoso who aro older grown. Egg nnd spoon races are great fun as woll bb tho "needle and throad contest Thon thoro should bo run ning races, forty yard dashes, inter spersed with threo legged and sack races. Ropo climbing is most laughable ap woll as tho merry "obstaclo" race. A time-keeper, rcfereo and a "Judge" ndd to tho interest and the prizes may bo as many and elabor ate as tho hostess wishes. In somo of tho racos bluo and red ribbons may bo awarded. Perhaps tennis, croquet, archery and baseball matches may bo ar ranged. Refreshments or suppor should bo served on tho lawn or porch. Such a party bb this was recently given at a country placo called "Glimmerglon." It would bo a Jolly tljlng to havo tho guests convoyed to nnd from tho placo In a hay wagon .drawn by four horses. Provldo horns and havo bells on tho harness. It is needless to say that outing suits should bo worn. From four to ten aro good hours, but tho time should bo sot to suit tho convenience of tho largest number. Unique Card Party. Any game of cards may bo played that tho hostess prefers or that Is popular in tho town. Request the guests to dress in costumes repre senting either tho face or suit cards For instance, havo two five of dia monds, one a lady and one a man, so that when all havo arrived partners may be chosen for tho first game. Tho prizes may bo a handsome deck of cards in a case, a book on card games, ferns growing in a pretty Jar, a bit of brass or a pleco of pottery. Tho score cards may bo cut out of cardboard in tho shape of diamonds, hearts, clubs and spades; tho mark ers may be of theso same figures, cut out of thin colored paper and gummed a few days boforo they aro used, so they will bo dry. Servo hot bouillon in cups, patties of chicken nnd sweetbreads, salad, orange sherbet, small cakes, coffee, nuts, bon-bons. If ice cream is pre ferred, use tho brick, cut in thin slices, ornament with tinv hearts diamonds, clubs and spades cut from citron and candied cherries. MME MERRI. On Parasols. Fino shadow laco decorates some of tho daintiest parasols, and it is put on in many pretty ways. Somo tinjes tiny laco squares are inserted in the silk, but in a number of cases the lace is put on in tho shape of a frill and caught hero and there with a tiny pink rosebud. When tho para sol is .simple and of ono color it is a pretty fancy to havo tho edge out lined with tiny closely packed silk blossoms. Smart Costumes. bluo, and bluo and gray chocked cloth. Tho skirt is of tho check; the coat of tho plain cloth, with rovers and cuffs of tho check; vest of white corded silk, with collar of tho same, which lies over tho coat. Small gold buttons trim tho vest; it is fastened with press btuds. Hat of gray Pedal ntraw, trlmmt with a bluo mount. Materials required for the costume: 2 yards check 44 Inches wldo, 2 yards plain cloth 44 inches wide, 1 yard corded silk 20 Inches wide, dozen small buttons, 1 large ono for coat, ii yards lining silk for coat i NOTES raaz- MEADQWBROOK - FARM ffim&m&tir hJ Soil only fresh eggs. TImo to fieloct seed potatoes. Llmo is bencflcinl to clay soils. Good fdeders prepare In advance for their stock. Tho fowl docs not porspiro ns do most animals. The fast walker Is tho profitable horso on tho farm. System In tho dairy should surpass all other matters on tho farm. Tho quantity of mill: In tho pall is tho 'most dopendablo Bigu of a good milker. By keeping stock always in a good condition tho cost of maintainanco is lessenod. Laying hens should havo their honv lest feed of tho day not long boforo roosting time. Tho energies of tho dairy cows are convertible into a profit almost ovory day of her life. Tho only time to develop stock is when you see tho animal is young and growing fast.' Farming on a busines basis elimi nates small mules Just as It dis places small horses. Tho duck comes nearer perpetual motion than anything on tho farm not excepting tho boys. Pasture or other feed will go farther when there is plenty of water, shade, and protection from flies. When a cow is foundorod, plenty of water to drink and very light feed, will often correct tho trouble. If you want to raise a good cow you must first raiso a good calf from tho start all tho way up to tho cow. Milk utensils should havo a sun bath ovory day, but they should bo protected from dust at tho same time. If tlssuo paper Is squeezed hard and stuffed into a mouseholo it will form a barrier through which mlco will not nibble While there is but little sale in mar.ket for guineas, they are tho near est approach to the wild fowls of any meat known. Dairying and poultry raising go to gether, tho wasto of tho dairy being more profitably fed to poultry than anything else. Whore calves aro kopt in the barn, furnish plenty of bedding, and when out of doors havo a sultablo placo for a sholter and shado. Poultrymon who havo tried it, claim that a teaspoonful of'Venctlnn red In a gnllon of drinking water is a good bowel troublo preventive. Mlco nnd rats havo little show around buildings or homes whoro or der prevails and general farm sanita tion Is looked after as it should be. Glvo tho pigs a fair start In life by feeding tho sow upon milk producing rations. There Ib nothing much hot ter than skim milk mixed with shorts In tho markot stock yards tyo bunch of hogs that is even In weight, conformation and color will bring moro than tho lot mndo up of all eorts. Keep tho applo trees woll sprayed to froo thorn from tho destructive work of Insects, worms and scab. If a satisfactory crop of fruit Is to bo expected. Feodlng in sheep husbandry 1b IIKo any other problem in Iivo stock man agement! Howover good tho breed without good caro and feeding they will degenerate Tho truth Is tho farmers of tho mlddlo west aro raising better mut ton than over boforo, and people aro learning that it Is about tho best and cheapest meat thoy can buy. It Is a miBtako to discard a breed on tho supposition that It is not a hardy ono. HardlnesB can bo Instill ed in any breed by proper housing, proper food, proper attention, and sys tematic breeding. A poultry breodor Is greatly pleased with tho success of his diet of steel cut oats and new milk for young chicks. Ho alternates his feeds, giv ing tho oats and milk ono meal, and a mixture of cracked grains in litter for tho next. Wheat boiled In milk is also good. I W&..J& sJjSgvSS', Mlxod rations nro best It pays to savo th mnnuro. Keep tho eggs in a cool place. Savo tho meat scraps for your fowls. Fowls cannot bo healthy without ox crclso. The biggest cow 1b not always tho host milker. A bit of planning will always savo timo and muscle. Proper food and a variety of it makcB strong, healthy chickens. Ab a growing proposition thoro la nothing bettor than a spring pig. HoteEs must bo unbended, havo. spirit and finish nnd bo fast walkora If tho sow Is fed on sour, dirty "will tho effect is quickly Boon In tho I'lKfl. Unduo excitement during hot weath er often proves fatal to ovorfat fowls. Clean earth is ono of tho best nb sorbonts that can bo used In tho poul try house. The dairy farm Is a highly develop ed buslnoss establishment and Bhould bo so oporatod. Whitewashing tho ncBts, lnsldo nnd out, is a good mcanB of keeping them free from vermin. It takes a stockman's oyo to dotoct tho first symptoms of falling condi tions of his stock. I.tttln Ohlobn rmfwl n fnnrilncr nnnn whoro they can eat in ptfaco awny rrom the older fowls. Those who hnvo silos full of silage find winter feeding ensy andsatlsfao tory to tho llvo Btock. ' A poultryman too caroloss to keep tho henhouse free from vermin doc? not deserve to succeed. A good feeding creep for chicks may bo made by tacking somo coarso mesh poultry wlro over a frame. A quarter spent for n batch of but ter paper Is money well invested whoro butter is marketed. Young pigs kopt In dry, dusty lots and fed on corn exclusively will not make money for their owner. A quarter buys a dairy thermome ter and no dairyman can make a better investment of two bits. No honest breodor will soil a culled ram to an ignorant fnrmer. It is as bad as passing counterfeit money. Milk, cream, and butter aro bub coptlblo to nil mannor of taint and tho result Is antimlnated butter prod ucts. Drought can bo largely controlled by caro of tho physical condition of tho soil and In the preparation of tho seed bed. Dust sitting hens with pyrethrum powder twice or three times boforo tho eggs hatch and thoro will bo no llco on tho chicks. Poultry and fruits arc closely al lied. Both do woll together, and they readily thrive on tho same land with out hindering each other. The sun has a purifying effect on milk pans and palls, but thoy should bo covered with light screon cloth so the flies cannot chaRo over them. Any woman who manages well can find an hour during the day when sho can shut hersolf In from all outsldo worries and recline, relax and roBt. It Is Just as necessary to plow or othorwlso cultivato tho peach orchard when It benrs not a poach as It is when tho trees are to bo loaded with fruit. Decaying mattor of any kind left ly ing around at this time of the year may provo a very costly bit of care lessncss to anyone that is railang chickens. It 1b in favor of tho sheep that It will ylold a profit under conditions so unfavorable that other farm animals under tho same conditions will bo unprofitable. Ducks can bo raised without froo rango. In fact thoy should bo kopt away from tho hog lots or stock yards, where tho clumsy birds aro at tho mercy of the stock. Unless tho stock turkeys aro largo It Is almost impossible to get tho young ones to a good weight. It Is host to purchase tho largest nnd flneBt stock obtainable to breed from Whoat Is Just as capablo of In creased yields as oats and corn, and thoso farmers who havo combined sclonco (common senso) with their agriculture, havo reaped not 14 bush els but 30 to 50 buahels per acre for a series of years. Breeding stock should bo selected for health, strength, vigor and ma turity first, utility second, and fancy points third. UnlesB a bird Is matur ed, and possesses size, vigor and a cound constitution, it should bo bar red out of the breeding pen. PREPARATION OF RATIONS FOR SWINE i This is n picture of a $G,000 Poland China boar, raised at Glen Ellyn. 111. His head denotes his splendid breeding. With hogs selling around $8.00, this unlovely animal la ono of great importance to tho farmer and con sumer ns well. (liy U. J IDD'NdS. Mnho nxperlmont wntion.) How to preparo feeds for hogB to sccuro tho greatest economy Is a quostion frequently asked by hog raisers. Corn should bo fed on tho cob. Whoro shelled corn is bought it should bo ground or soaked. Tho Iowa experiment stntlon after exhaat Ivo trials found that feeding on tho cob waB most economical and that soaking for twelvo hours wns equal to grinding. Such smnll grnlnB as wheat, bar loy, oata and ryo nro commonly fed in Idaho and other northwestern states. Tho outer layors of these grains becomo vory hard nfter a fow months, nnd when such hard, flinty grains nro fed to hogs a largo part of thorn pass through tho dlgostlvo tract wholo as wasto. Hogs can bo Induced to do their own grinding by scattering grain on a rough concroto or other feeding lloor, or by feeding grain In tho sheaf. Ordinarily, howover, wo havo to grind, roll or soak tho small grahiB. Coarso grinding which leaves hard sharp cornured ploces is not rec ommended. Grains -muBt Ho ground fine, especially for young pigs. Roll ing grnlnB leaves them In a porous condition, nnd when tnkon Into tho Btomnch thoy mako a porous mass upon which tho dlgostlvo Juices can easily act. Grinding or rolling ordi narily saves about ten per cent. Considerable dlffcronco of opinion oxlBts as to advisability of wotting CARE REQUIRED FOR THE WINDOW GARDEN Particular Attention Should Be Paid to Water and Shade for Plants. (Hy I M. nnNNINQTON.) Pay strict attention to tho potted plantB ns regardB water and shade, for nil plants require somo shado dur ing summer, especially from tho after noon sunshine, Seo to it that plants Intended for winter blooming aro not allowed to bloom now. Pinch off tho buds as thoy appear. Pots plunged In tho border must bo turned onco a week to prevent tho roots striking through tho drdlnngo hole Now Is tho timo for making cuttings of geraniums nnd tho like. Keep tho slips damp until well rooted; then pot. Keep all buds pinched off until frost appears and kills outdoor flowers. Tho oleander will root quickly If slips aro cut three or four lnchcB long, put in n bottlo of water, and hung In a shady placo Seeds of pansles, lnntanas, prim roses, Impatient Sultana, and tho lllco must bo sown now for winter bloom ing. If you never havo seen tho snap dragon of tho present day, and want Bpikcs of beauty a foot long to glad don tho dark oyea of winter, sow seeds of tho Improved snapdragon. Kill Pocket Gophers. An orchnrdlBt at Qulncy, Wash.. says that ho hna been successful In destroying pocket gophers In the or chard by digging a nolo 2 feet deep and a foot across. Ho has found that tho pockot gophers get Into tho hole and nro easily killed. Ho reports to tho Western Ifcirmor that ho has found ns many as 17 pocket gophers In ono nolo. Area of Cornfields. Tho combined area of tho cornfields of tho United States Is nearly equal to tho area of Franco or Germany. Mules and Horses. Thor6 aro 4,380,000 mules and 20, 5C7.000 horses in tho United States. feeds for hogs. Tho self-feedor Is suc coflsful If regulated to prevpnt waste: and when used foods nro, of course, fed dry. When rations aro glvoa In a trough, our exporionco at tho Idaho experiment stntlon Indicates an ad vautago from wotting feeds. Dry and, floury foods need much liquid to moisten them, nnd tho saliva and dl gostlvo Julcos nro hardly sufficient for this purpose; furthermore, wot ting makes feeds inoro bulky, thereby preventing rnpld oating, and when fod in this rathor bulky, wot form thoy satlBfy tho appetites of the older hogs for bulk. Cooking and steaming wcro com mon a fow yoara ago, but aro now no longor populnr. It haB been found that cooking tends to losson tho food Ing value of somo grains; and in most enses dona not bring onough bonoflts to pay for fuel and time. Exceptions! to tlilo rulo nro potatoes nnd benns, which glvo boBt rosultB when cookod. Alfalfa hay Is choap in tho north west, nnd can bo succosfully used for a largo portion of tho brood sow's winter ration, and as a small part of tho allowance for fattening hogs. Experiments at tho Idaho station in dicate that alfalfa can bo fed wholo in a rack with greatest ecoi.omy. After exhaustive trials tho Nebraska experiment station found tha alfalfa fed wholo was slightly moro economi cal than cutting or chopping it into short lengths, nnd that grinding flno Into meal as compared with tho othor methods of footling alfalfa wbb not bo profltablo on tho farm. TABLE BIRDS OF THE RIGHT QUALITY Houdan Males Take Kindly to- Fattening Process and Flesh Up Rapidly. Houdan malea aro good breeders, and soldom fall to produco chickens that grow without much troublo, and when tho timo nrrlves for tho separa tion of tho soxes tho cookcrols will tako kindly to tho fattonlng process and put on flesh rapidly, and mako up. Into tnblo birds of good quality. Tho floBh of tho Houdan Is of good color, line In grain, Juicy nnd of flno flavor, and on that account It has gained for Itself tho premier position ns a tablo bird in Its natlvo country. Tho brood has been used with ndvantngo in tho production of cross-bred fowlB both for tablo uso and egg production. To roproduco flno tablo birds Houdan males aro mated to buff Orpingtons,, whilst to produco a good lnylng cross, Houdan cockerels aro mated to Legi horn or Minorca hens. Tho Houdan v hito Loghorn is un'doubtedly tho best) cross known for egg production, and tho crossing of theso two distinct breeds not only nccounts for lncreasod prolificacy In tho progeny, but tho procesfl of crossing Improves tho fat tonlng qualities of tho cockorols pro duced. It may bo truly Buld that tho Houdan 1b capablo of improving tho progeny of most fowls with which it Is crossed, nnd on thnt account It Is an excellent breed to turn down with a view to tho Improvement of farm Btock of a nondescript cIbsb. A fow malo Houdans mated to mongror hens will stamp tholr likeness on, tho jrogeny, and not only will tho chickens produced excel over their dams' meat properties, but thoy will provi better layers. Lime for Fowls. When thero Is a scarcity of lime In tho bill of faro tho shells of tho eggs becomo thin. When being Inld tln-so soft-shelled eggs usually break and tho lion thus acquires a teste. It Is always best to gather tho eggs several times a day so that there will ba no chnjico for breakage by hens crowd ing on tho nest, or by tho neIy laid egg striking those already laid.