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THE MACON BEACON, MACON, MISS.
Old Lady Number 31 LOUISB FORSSLUND Author of "Tbs Story ol Sanh" Ths Ship of Drams" Etc. Copyright by The Century Co. SYNOPSIS. 10 Captain Abraham Rosa and Ang-ellne, tils wife, have lost their little home through Abe's unlucky purchase of Tsna fly Oold mining stock. Their household aroods sold, the flOO auction money, all they have left, will place Abe In the Old Man' home, or Angy In the Old Lady's home. Both are self-sacrificing but Abe decides: "My dear, this Is the fust time I've had a chance to take the wust of It." The old couple bid good-by to the little house. Terror of "what folks will say" ends them along by-paths to the gate of ne mi Lymes' home. Miss APigan, ma tron of the Old Ladles' home, hears of the 111 fortune of the old couple. She tells the other old ladies, and Blossy, who has paid a double fee for the only double bed chamber, voices the unanimous verdict that Abe must be taken In with his wife. Abe awakens next morning to find that he la "Old Lady No. SI." The old ladles eve him such a warm welcome that he made to feel at home at once. "Brother Abe" expands under the warm reception of the sisters, and a reign of peace begins In the Old Ladles' home. Abe Is the cen ter of the community. The semi-annual visit of Blossy' aged lover, Capt. Samuel Ps.rby.ls due. Abe advise her to marry Mm. For the first time the captain falls to appear. Blossy consults Abe so often Kgardlng Darby, his old captain In the e-savlng service, that gossip begin to huzz. Aunt Nancy takes Abe to task for flirting with. Blossy. He la much con cerned when he learns that Angy Is jeal- 8 us. Blossy drive away with Darby to e married. Abe loses popularity. The change reacts on him and the doctor or ders him to bed. Then he Is at the mercy of the old ladles. Darby comes to see him. The old captain suggests a week' harden ing up at the old llfesaving station, and the two old cronies make plans for the trip. Angy plans to visit Blossy while they are gone. CHAPTER X(M Continued. She perched herself on her little horsehair trunk, which she had packed to take to Blossy's, looking In her time-worn silk gown like a rusty blackbird, and, like a bird, she bent her head first to one side and then the other, surveying Abe in hia "bar rel clothes" with a critical but com plimentary eye. "Wonder who made that necktie?" she questioned. "I'll bet yer twas Aunt Nancy; she's got a sharp tongue, but a lot of silk pieces an' a tender pot In her heart fer yew, Abe. Ruby liee says she never thought yew'd bring her around; yew're dretfur takln' In yer ways, father, thars no use a-talkin'." Abraham glanced at himself in the glass, and pulled at his heard, his countenance not altogether free from eelf-conacious vanity. "I hain't sech a bad-lookin' feller when I'm dressed up, be I, mother? I dunno ez It's so much fer folks ter ay I look like Abe Lincoln, after all; lie was dretful humbly." "Father," Angy said coazingly, "why don't yer put some o' that air 'sweet stuff' Miss Abigail give yer on yer hair? She'll feel real hurt ef she don't smell it on yer when yew go down stairs." Abe made a wry face, took up the tiny bottle of "Jockey Club," and rubbed a few drops on his hands. His hands would wash, and so he could -find some way of removing the odor before he reached the station and Hie men. "Ill be some glad ter git away from these here fussy old hens fer a spell," lie grumbled, as he slammed the vial back on the bureau; but Angy looked eo reproachful and grieved that he felt ashamed of his ingratitude, and asked with more gentleness: "Yew goin' ter miss me, mother?" Then the old wife was ashamed to And herself shaking of a sudden, and grown wretchedly afraid afraid of the separation, afraid of the "harden ing" process, afraid of she knew not what. . "I'm glad 'tain't goin' ter be fer all winter this time," she said simply; then arose to open the door In order that he might not see the rush of tears to her foolish old eyes. According to the arrangement, Cap tain Darby was to drive, over from Twin Coves with his hired man, and Ezra, after taking the two old men to the bay, was to return to the Home for Angy and her little trunk. When Samuel drove up to the front door, he found Abe pacing the porch, his coat collar turned up about his neck, his shabby fur cap pulled over bis brow, his carpetbag on the step, and, plied on the bench at the side of the door, an assortment of woolen articles fully six feet high, which aft erward developed to be shawls, capes, hoods, comforters, wristlets, leggings, nubias, fascinators, guernseys, blank ets and coats. . Abe was fuming and ' Indignant, scornful of the contributions, and vow ing that, though the sisters might re gard a scooter as a freight ocean liner, he would carry nothing with him but what he wore and hie carpetbag. "An' right yer be," pronounced Samuel, with a glance at the laden bench and a shake of his head which said as plainly as words, "Brother, from what am I not delivering thee?" The sisters came bustling out of the door, Mrs. Homan In the lead, Angy submerged In the crowd, and from thai j&oment there was such a fuss, so much excitement, so many Instruc tion and directions for the two ad venturers, that Abraham found him self in the carrlaga before he had kissed Angy good-by. r He had shaken' hands, perhaps not altogether graciously, with every one else, even with the deaf-and-dumb gar dener, who came out of his hiding place to witness the setting-out Be ing dared to by all the younger sisters, he had waggishly brushed his board against Aunt Nancy Smith's cheek, and then he had taken his place be side Samuel without a touch or word of parting to his wife. He turned in his seat to wave to the group on the porch, his eyes rest ing In a sudden hunger upon Ange lina' frail, slender figure, as he re membered. She knew that he had forgotten in the flurry of his leave- taking, and she would have hastened down the steps to stop the carriage; but all the old ladles were there to see, and she simply stood, and gazed after fhe vehicle as it rolled away slowly behind the jog trot of Samuel's safe old calico horse. She stood and looked, holding her chin very high, and trying to check its unsteadiness. A sense of loneliness and desolation fell over the Home. Piece by piece the sisters put away all the clothing they had offered In vain to Abe. They said that the house was already dull without bis presence. Miss Abigail began to plan what she should have for dinner the day of his return. No one seemed to notice Angy. She felt that her own departure would create scarcely a stir; for, without Abraham, she was only one of a group of poor old women In a semi-charity home. Slowly she started up the stairs for her bonnet and the old broche shawl. When she reached the landing, where lay the knitted mat of the thxee-etar pattern, the matron called up to her In tragic tones: "Angy Rose, I Jest thought of It, He never kissed yew good-by I" Angy turned, her small, slender feet sinking deep Into one of the woolly stars, her slim figure encircled by the light from the upper hall window. She saw a dozen faces uplifted to her, and she answered with quiet dignity: "Abe wouldn't think of kissin' me afore folks." Then quickly she turned again, and went to her room their room where ehe seated herself at the window, and pressed her band against her heart, which hurt with a new, strange, un familiar pain, a pain that she could not have shown "afore folks." CHAPTER XIV. Cutting the Apron Strings. The usual hardy pleasure-seekers that gather at the foot of Shore Lane whenever the bay becomes a field of ice and a field of sport as well were there to see the old men arrive, and as they stepped out of the carriage there came forward from among the group gathered about the fire on the beach the editor of the ShorevlUe Her ald. Ever since hie entrance into the Old Ladles' home Abe had never stopped chafing In secret over the fact that until he died, and no doubt received worthy obituary, he might never again "have his name In the paper.". In former days the successive edi tors of the local sheet had been wil ling, nay, eager, to chronicle his do ings and Angy's, whether Abe's old enemy, rheumatism, won a new vic tory over him or Angy's second cousin Ruth came from Roverhead to spend the day, or wonder Indeed to relate! the old man mended his roof or painted the front fence. No matter what happened of consequence to Cap tain and Mrs. Rose, Mr. Editor had always been zealous to retail the news before the auction sale of their household effects marked the death of the old couple, and of Abe especially, to the social world of Shoreville. What man would care to read his name be tween the lines of such a news item as this? The Old Ladles' Home Is making prep arations for Its annual quilting bee. Dona tions of worsted, cotton batting, and lin ing will be gratefully received. Mr. Editor touched his cap to the two old men. He was a keen-faced, boyish little man with a laugh bigger than himself, but he always wore a worried air the day before his paper, a weekly, went to pres. and he wore that worried look now. Touching his hand to his fur cap, he Informed Sam uel and Abe that news was "as scarce as hen's teeth;" then added: "What's doing?" "Oh, nawthln', nawthln'," hastily re plied Samuel, who believed that he hated publicity, as he gave Abe's foot a sly kick. "We was jest a-gwlne ter take a leetle scooter sail." He ad Justed the skirt of his coat In an effort to hide Abe's carpetbag, his own canvas satchel, and a huge market basket of good things which Blossy had cooked for the life-savers. "Seen any think of that air Eph Seaman?" Samuel added, shading his eyes with his hand and peering out upon the gleaming surface of the bay, over which the white sails of scooters were darting like a flock of huge, single winged birds. "Eph's racing with Captain Bill Green," replied the newspaper man. "Captain ' Bill's got an extra set of new runners at the side of his scooter and wants to test them. Say, boys," looking from one to the other of the old fellows, "so you're going scooter lng, eh? Lively sport I Cold kind of sport for men of your age. Do you know, I've a good mind to run In to morrow an article on 'Long Island and Longevity;' Taking headline, eh? Captain Rose," turning to Abe as Sam uel would do no more than glower at him, "to what do yo attribute yon good health at your time of life?" Abe grinned all over his face, and cleared his throat importantly, but before he could answer, Samuel growled: . . , . "Ter met , His health an' his Ufa both. I dragged him up out cf a death bed only a week ago." - The editor took out his notebook and began sorlbbllng. "What brought you so low, Captain Rose?" he inquired without glancing up. Again, before Abe could answer, Samuel trod on his toe. "Thirty mollycoddling women-folks." Abe found his voice and slammed the fist of one hand against the palm of the other. "If you go an' put tfeat In the pa per, I'll I'll ' Words failed bim. He could see the sisters fairly fighting for. the posses' sion of the Shoreville Herald tomor row, evening, as they always scram bled, each for the first glance at the only copy taken at the home, and he could hear one reading his name aloud reading of the black Ingratitude of their brother member. i "Jest say," he added eagorly, "that the time ter old folks ter stick home under the cellar door has passed, an' nobody Is tew old ter go a-galllvantln nowadays. An' then yew might men tion" the old man's face was shining now as he imagined Angy's pleasure "that Mis' Rose Is gone deown ter Twin Coves ter visit Mis' Samuel Dar by fer a week, an' , Cap'n Darby an' Cap'n Abraham Rose," his breast swelling out, "la a-goin'ter spend a week at Bleak Hill. Thar, hain't that Cap'n Eph a-scootin' in naow? I guess them air new runners o' Bill Green's didn't work. He hain't no where In sight He " "Le's be a-gwine, Abe," interrupted Samuel, and leaving the editor still scribbling, he led the way down the bank with a determined trudge, hia market basket In one hand, his grrp in the other, and his lips muttering1 that "a feller couldn't dew nuthhV In Shoreville without gettln' his name in the paper." But a moment later, when the two were walking gingerly over the ice to the spot where Eph had drawn his scooter to a standstill, Samuel fell into a self-congratulatory chuckle. "He didn't find out, though, that 1 had my reasons for leavln' home tew. Women-folks, be It only one, hain't good all the time fer nobody. I come ter see Blossy twict a year afore we was married, reg'Iar; an' naow, I cak'late ter leave her twlct a year fer a spell. A week onct every six months separate an' apart" proceeded the recently made benedict, "is what makes a man an' his wife learn haow ter put up with one another in be tween times." "Why, me an' Angy," began Abe, "have lived tergether year in an' year out fer "All aboard!" Interrupted Captain Eph with a shout "It's a fair wind. I bet on making it in five minutes and fifty seconds." eleven minutes had been the record time for the five-mile sail over the ice to Bleak Hill, but Samuel and Abe, both vowing delightedly that the skip per couldn't go too fast for them, stepped into the body of the boat and squatted down on the hard boards. They grinned at each other as the scooter started and Eph jumped aboard grinned and waved to the people on the shore, their proud old thoughts crying: "I guess folks will see now that we're as young as we ever was!" They continued to grin as the boat spun into full flight and went whizzing over the Ice, whizzing and bumping and bouncing. Both their faces grew red, their two pairs of eyes began to water, their teeth began to chattel1; but Samuel shouted at the top of his voice in defiance of the gale: "Abe, we've cut the apron strings!" "Hy-guy!" Abe shouted in return, his heart flying as fast as the sail, back to youth and manhood again, back to truant days and the vacation time of boyhood. "Hy-guy, Sam'l! Hain't we a-gwine ter have a reg'Iar A No. 1 spree!" (TO BH CONTINUED.) BADLY AFFECTED BY WIND Prodigious Speed of Projectile In Warfare Has Been Known to Overcome soldier. That the wind of projectiles causes the death of soldiers Ib a theory ad vanced by Professor Laurent of Brus sels, who read a paper on this subject before the French Acadamy of Science. During the Balkan war, Professor Law rent said he had noticed soldiers who, seemingly, were troubled from cerebro spinal disturbances, although having escaped a bullet Sometimes the vie Urns became cataleptic and In less serious cases there were symptoms of fainting, tingling sensations and par tial paralysis. , . . . In instances where this mysterious Infliction caused death, autopsies were held and these invariably revealed no nervous lesions. Then It occurred to Professor Laurent that the variations of atmospherlo pressure caused by the passing of the projectile had an effect upon the nerve cells, causing Inhibi tion. Dr. Matlgon, during the Russia-Japan war, reported similar cases, particu larly after a severe bombardment As projectiles gain not only in size but In speed, as the years go on, Just what the toll from wind will be In the next great conflict is hard to forecast Once Over. ; ' Some men attract more attention than a thermometer on a pleasant day. Chicago News. ERECTING SWEET POTATO STORAGE HOUSE jJc--T yj l r. Cross Section of a Sweet Potato Storage House. (Prepared by the United States Depart ment of Agriculture.) With a home garden to furnish him fresh vegetables and a well managed poultry flock to provide meat and eggs for his own table as well as a surplus for the market, the farmer will have the satisfaction of feeling that he has very considerably reduced hia cost of living. He can therefore turn with a freer mind to the production of a money crop. As a crop of this kind the sweet po tato is yearly becoming of greater im portance throughout the South. With in the last ten years the value of this crop has increased 80 per cent, and with better methods of storing and marketing it Is estimated that even this Increased value could be doubled. Such Improved methods, moreover, should make It possible for the south ern family to Btore sweet potatoes for Its own use throughout the entire year, and this, indeed, is a matter of prime Importance to the housewife. In other sections of the country the Irish po tato forms an Important part of the meal three times a day; in the South climatic conditions have made this Im practicable and some other substitute has to be found. Hitherto there have been difficulties In the way of using sweet potatoes for this purpose, but now that the problems In connection with their Btorage have been solved these difficulties are to a great meas- Details of Construction of a Sweet Potato Storage House. ure removed. In a new Farmers' Bul letin No. 648 published by the United States department of agriculture un der the title of "Storing and Market ing Sweet Potatoes," an account will be found of the latest discoveries In this field. Sweet potatoes have always been abundant enough in the South. The difficulty has been to distribute the supply throughout the year. Growers have either rushed them out for sale at digging time, flooding the market with ungraded, badly packed, and un attractive stock or else stored them in outdoor pits or banks where a large portion decayed. The result has been the loss of a large percentage of the crop and low prices for that portion which did reach the market. The remedy for this situation, say experts In the department of agricul ture. Is the marketing of crops from Btorage houses. To keep sweet pota toes in good condition they must be well matured before digging, carefully handled, well dried or cured, and kept at a uniform temperature after they are cured. The storage house Is de signed to make possible the last two requirements. Detailed plans tor the construction of such storage houses will be found In Farmers' Bulletin No. 648 which has been already men tioned. On many farms in the South buildings such as abandoned tenant houses, which with a few alterations, could be used for this purpose, are already In existence. The cost of the necessary alterations or of erecting a new house, varies, of course, too much with local conditions to be stated with any accuracy, but In general It Is thought the outlay need not bt very heavy. When the potatoes are first stored in these houses a temperature of 80 degrees to bit degrees Fahrenheit with plenty of ventilation is maintained for from ten days to two weeks in order to drive off the moisture. After the potatoes have been thoroughly cured in this way, the temperature is grad ually reduced to 66 degrees Fahrenheit and kept as near that point as possi ble during the remainder of the stor- I SiMbp paper i if f I K I ,. j i 1 1 8x8Ver?fiaor ovscfe age period. Although this may seem to involve considerable expense, It has been calculated that for a well-built house, one good stove will provide heat enough to cure from ten thousand to twenty-five thousand bushels of po tatoes. By careful storage In this way grow ers will find it possible to put their product on the market when the de mand Is at the greatest, usually from the middle of December to the middle of March. Careful grading and pack ing will lessen loss from decay and secure better prices., In fact to quote from the bulletin already mentioned, "With the growing demand for sweet potatoes there is every inducement for the southern farmer to adopt better methods for growing and marketing so as to make the sweet potato a more Important money crop." It is as a money crop that the southern farmer should regard the sweet potato. A few early plants, however, should find a place in his home garden for home consumption. Even, moreover, if it Is not desired to grow sweet potatoes on a commercial scale, by a little atten tion to the principles of storage which have already been discussed, the farm er will find it quite easy to keep a sufficient supply in good condition throughout the year for the use of hif own family. COTTONSEED AS FERTILIZER Contains Nitrogen, Phosphoric Aclr" and Potash, and Has Value of $14.96 Per Ton. The following answer was given to an inquiry concerning the value ol cottonseed as a fertilizer and as feed by G. S. Fraps, state chemist ol Texas: The average composition of cotton seed is as follows: Nitrogen 3.13 per cent, phosphoric acid 1.27 per cent, potash 1.17 per cent With nitrogen at 20c a pound, phosphoric acid at 6c a pound and potash at 6c a pound a ton of cottonseed would have a fertilizer valuation of $14.96 per ton. I am unable to tell you, however, whether or not this fertilizer would give profitable results on your black hog wallow land. Land of this char acter usually needs vegetable matter more than it does fertilizers. That is to say, it needs applications of stable manure or a rotation of crops in which a legume, such as cowpeas, clover, etc., Is grown to be turned under or grazed off. Sometimes it reacts to fertilizers and sometimes it does not If cottonseed meal gives good results then the cottonseed ought likewise to give good results. Whether you should exchange for meal or not de pends upon the basis of exchange. Good cottonseed meal has something more than twice the fertilizing value of cottonseed. It is also of good feed ing value, and it would probably pay you to use two pounds per day ol cottonseed meal for your horses and mules to take the place of the mor expensive corn. CULTIVATION OF SOY BEANS When Early Varieties Are Used Good Crop of Forage May Be Obtained Methods of Seeding. In a general way, soy beans should receive the same culture as the or dinary field bean. Prepare the land so that a good root bed will be pro vided and have it smooth and free from clods. Seed may be put into the ground as early In the season as practicable, but the best results will be obtained If seeding is postponed until the soil Is well warmed. When early varieties are used, a fairly good crop of forage may be obtained, if planted after some of the earlier small grains, such as rye and barley, have been harvested. In this way, two crops may be secured from the same field in a single season, one of small grain and the other of soy beans. Another practice is to drill the beans in between the rows of corn after the last cultivation. The meth od of seeding will depend, of course, upon the kind of crop which it is de sired to harvest. If it is wanted for hay or green fodder, sow either broadcast or with a grain drill, but if beans are desired,- plant in drills only, having the rows three to foui feet apart. There Is considerable variation as to the amount of seed sown per acre In the different parts of the country, Some farmers use only half a bushel, while ethers prefer trice as inuci or even more. Cstarrh of Kidneys Cured By Peruasa "I had Ca- d$mrffMar& tarrn or me Kidneys and Bladder. I Am Very Thankful For Peruna. I Feel Well. My tongue is clear, I have no bitter taste in my mouth. I am glad to say I do not need Peruna any longer, I am perfectly welL I have Peruna in the house all the time. When I have a cold or when I do not feel well I take Peruna. We were all sick with the grip last winter. We took Peru na and it helped us. Peruna is the best medicine for grip or colds." Mrs. Gas. H. CarlsoB. BttK SOI- Owm tomvuie. . Safety First John Sharp Williams stepped out of the senate chamber in response to the card of Bob Gates, who Is a Washing ton correspondent of distinguished ap pearance and much political sapience. 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