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SLEEPY HOLLOW RANCH. Jiclics of Washington Irving in Faraxcaij Texas. Six o'clock in the morning saw the passengers, the express and the United States mail securely pack) d Into the stage at San Anfelo, Tex. The driver climbed into his seat and away we wenl pelimell out into the prairie. Sixty-five miles we rode that day. sixty-five miles on the dead run. with breathing spaces or !> \i hen we drew uj> at some lonely stage stand to i hangi our horses and the half-hour stop en- dinner at an uncouth hamli t. With the) • •x<•pi;• i: . not a trace of humanitj tl id we pass the livelong day. Aft- r sundown we dashed Into a little settle ment. th< terminus if the stage lin<\ The next morn inn <iTi>. before the chill hail left the air. we started in a privati conveyance to complete our ride •>' eighty-five miles, fur our destination was M eiehty-fiv4 m:!-s beyond sundown.* 1 Tho rcri'l grew st< eper as we went along, an.l by rir!y foreaoon w< reached R point where we look* 1 down v] • n a Blight del rcssion of an acre or two. A ridge of low hills outlined it. aadi madi a hollow it which were a ranch house, ban «. fields and corrato, nil unseen and un •• . : from tlte prairie around. This was tho headqui rteiT for sleepy Hollow Ranch, through whi' h we had been driving for hours, and which n bey< nl the sht lter< 1 hollow f<>r h >urs more, a hovel ;-n I.i bed of leaves would h.iv- m • i: vi a palace after our long, dusty ride. T}-" inside of that ranch bouse, us pretty rirvl luxurious as a home of tiio outside world that wo had left away hack behind us, waa more charming ::t that moment th:.n any bouse had i . ■■:• ■! before. When we had enjoyed a cup of tea the incongruity and the charm of a home lik' thi.---. pot down in the inid^t of the Texas prairie, made itself felt. Bl< ! •>• Hollow Ranch is owned by a not very fir away descendant of Washington Irving. In : ■ ■• t of the estate the Irving silver, a prf» it c .il of the china, glass and other p< rsonal tf!. ■■ Is fell to the ranchman's share. The china Js ii. .in excellent state of preservation, and is and gold banded. Now, a ranch hou?e eight} five u.il< s from a railroad must perforce 1" >■ < ... mica] of space. Lumber hauled all that distance by Mexican freighters Is too precious to us-: for m..r" than absolutely necessary closet room. And so the aristocratic dinner Bet Is obliged to come into close contact with row on row of plebeian j«ottery used for the Mexicans A PECULIAR PALM tU AUSTRALIA. fnis iype of palm rejoices in the botanical name o" Liviston Australis (Mart.), but is com monly known as the cabbage palm, so called because the early Australian settlers used to eat the growing centre or heart of the tree as a vegetable. It is really an excellent veg etable, with a peculiar walnut-like flavor, but a tree must be destroyed to supply a single dish of the so-called "cabbage." It is the most common of the Australian palms, and the only one that extends from tropical Queens land down southward into Victoria. The av erage height is below eighty feet, but single individuals may occasionally attain a much greater height. The tree shown here origi nally r,.cw in the bush, but became isolated by the cutting down of the surrounding trees. —TIM SJ; title NEW-YORK DAILY TKiBUSE. StNPAY, XPVKMISKK 11, y.m. THE CANADIAN HOL3E OP> At the nr«M( term an effort will be made to incite tnr.ff duties on many articles imported from the United States. The photogr* __. Th/ * Liberals, or government party, aro facing the camera. laic on the place, for supplying cowboy camps and for the mess wagon at round-up time. Folded away in tissue paper and laid In a bot tom drawer la a smoking Jacket, worn and threadbare at the elbows. Washington Irving wore this In his last days at Sunnyslde. Noth ing In the Irving collection brings the genial, lovable writer more clearly to life than this old Jacket One can see how, evening after evening, he returned with a sigh of relief to this old garment shaped to his figure. And the round spot of wear at each elbow. Does it mean George Washington and the American Revolution, or was he in mere Idle revory as he leaned hla el bows on the arms of his chair? In the airy living room of the ranch house an old, old painting of Sunnyside. that once hung on the Irving dining room walls, looks down upon Navajo rugs and bearskins. Near the wide fireplace one whole bookcase is given over to original editions of Washington Irving. Muffins made from the very cookbook that reld the recipes for the Sunnyslde table, or batter pudding Identical with those eaten by th»* New Yorkers In olden times, are often on the table, and they undoubtedly hive a flavor ■ superior to the same articles nia.l'- from an ordinary <•< okbook. There Is a n> -\t door neighbor of these ranchers, who Hves only ten miles away. Onrp In every two or three months an interchange of ealhi hi made. The neighbor comes to the ranch, the rancher coes to the neighbor. The neighbor has f.>ur children, of remarkable simi larity ns to nge, looks and general Implshness, The mother Is calm and unheeding of the vari ous and disquieting ways the children have of amusing themselves. Not po the mfatri • of the pretty and nhnUc things at Sleepy Hollow Ranch. She watches the distant horizon ns the time approaches for this neighbor's call. When a cloud of dust appean that gradually grows Jnto a recognized four-seated wagon she be comes suddenly and Iftly busy. The \ aluables md breakables within reaching or climbing listanee disappear as if by magic. The ro<>m fs almost bare by the time the guests arrive, itut one day the dust appeared ahead of time upon the horizon, grew into a four-seated wagon and arrived al the donr unseen. The calm neighbor and the four children had come to call Vases and ornaments sto..,j out In bold relief. A cosey tea table in the corner held a Royal Won ester teapot and four of th.- precious Inring cups. The i hildren hn>l a particularly pleasani catl. They discovered that it was the best kind of sport to throw sofa pillows across the tea table at each other. The nearer tho pillow came to the china the more the fun. Finally their hostess's nerves could stand it no I..111:. r "Children, really you mustn't,** she said with a gasp of bei breath as a pUow Hew across th< room, making the cups shiver as it passed. Th( i the netghboi seemed for tho first time to become conscious of the children, REMARKABLE ACCIDENT The race was run by two competitors, Pernette and Contant. Pernette fell, md hi his comrade's body, took tho outside station, and was swept up to the pahsaf a 6peed of fifty miles an hour he continued his course upon the vert leaped beyond the barrier and swept aJong literally on th© breasts mJ He.iu> slight wounds, a block eya and his right ear slightly torn, and P were killed and four wero Injured* The reconstruct on of the s.