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The Stream In the Woods.
rtrtvttt tK.r i nn.i
La.t -Mjijs the whole day long. ,
Yo v ..,, across the woodland calls 1
Lint a remembered sons.
H r. as of voro. the beaches snroad.' '
An j:r.. anj flowers am twwl, j
Wr. ft your hasting waters ran
A.rs my chll !ish feet.
A .-''il !! time! I knew It not
It. those far das of old;
tt tho nek ..rd l-ft the stream '
k for Ott) r sold.
OY ur to me j mr sunlit wave,
Vi ! 1-;r the ...? shre;
But iiu hae bot iw upon your tide
fcaT v,i .vh ret :.-ra no more!
Ju!ie K Wetherell.
PROFIT AND CONTENTMENT
ALL IN FIVE ACRES, j Wlntar. Mr. Morrill's orchard, noar
Denton Harbor, yielded him from thlr-
Pou;try. Fruit and Vegetables Const.- U tW thousand dollars worth of
. . , . fruit? Simply because his trees ware
tute Sources of Profit n lhe poiy condition.
i were not allowed to overbear, and
. h thi.-e burdred hens and five were thus able to withstand those ad
acr s l Und. H. Hihop. of Delaware verse conditions. W. B. Flick.
com. -w York, is living a happy
and c .nt. nted life, says a writer in , Th Farm Caf
Sutui .in Life, after having engaged . ... , . . i
in a -:ve bu-inta. for many years , Get a stick of caustic potash and
JV.ir,.; health b d Mr. Bishop to buy 1 horn he cal before It is three
this l.ttie place, about one mile from : weeks oUl. Hub the potash woll on
his ti"Tiie illage, and careful manage- a-h horn. .,,,, . iV
meiu ,..,1 .ntelnK-m study of eundi- At about a month old give the caM
tions as he found them, combined with n Prt sweet skimmed milk one
and UW-d up b a natural love for , fourth to start with, sradua ly Increos
the out f door, and a keen in-erest till you have taken away all the
in ioul'rv keeping have enabled him fresh milk. But always have It
to mak, a computable living on this t warm. U.J,, , .,.
As a matter of fart the statement
tha M. Bishop owns live acres of
lanl i- 4 : it misUiding. lecause there
rea1. ai- only two acres mat are
A III. I .I. . . & m 1. t n tm
iinai i lie resi . ui- iiui vviun. ii mitin mnterlal In It
the n,.t part, a deep len. winch, of,1 U"fc ,i
cour. ran not te cultivateu. A con
sid : a le part of th" available land
is oi ipied by buildings, which in
clude a good hous and barn, a tool
storing house, thrwe henneries and a
brooder house. The remainder is
given to an orchard and a vegetable
The poultry, the fruit and the
vegetables constltuto the three
sources of Income. About three hun
dred hens are kept, and they are so
well cared for and so skilfully man
aged that they average a not profit of
S2 a hen. This amount, together with
what is received from the sale of
fruits and vegetables, is quite suffi
cient for the support of a small fam
ily, when there Is no house rent to
pay, and when a large part of the
table supplies are raised on the place.
The market value of the products of
Mr. Bishop's vegetable garden and
the orchard is not less than three
hundred dollars a year. In the or
chard there g practically every kind
of fruit adapted to the locality; In
fact the little farm produces almost
evervthmc desirable which can be J
grown in that par, of the country.
N" rw-ryone could do as well a
Mr Hi Imp has done, for he has the
rjufc "! s which make for success, both
In the fruit and ihe poultry business.
II is intelligent, industrious and
pair-; i king. He runs his little place
Jus s !e formerly did his more ex-ter-m-
I isinesa. Th" fact should be
Bta'- d. too. that Mr Bishop was able
to bu b- place outright If he were
oblu-"l t pay interest on a mortgage
the situation might bo a little less sat
Isfi" fory. The shrewdness of the man
wai disclosed when he began with a
small crop, enlarging his business as
he learned how to handle his birds.
Too many people, under such circum-
stanres. plunge heavily at the begin-1
nlng. only to end in failure.
The nn.ilrrr nlant at thlc Uttto nloKD
A - ' r -mw m u- xsoaw am i- j .- . .
Includ.s one large house for layers,
one for millets that are nmturlne. and l
a trooder -house. Among the conven- j
lente is a feed-room and another
room, where meat Is cooked for the
hens ami rations prepared. The poul
try houses are remarkably froe from
lice, because of Mr. Bishop's plan of
providing a dust-room. 12x12. the floor
of which is frequently covered with
fresh soil. In which a large flock of
hens can wallow, all taking their bath
at the same time, and filling the house
with dust, in which lice can not live.
Mr. Bishop feeds, alternately, dry
and wet mashes made of wheat bran
and middlings, ground oats, cornmeal
grounti iroan nones or caoKa meat.
.... . . . -
milk and aitaita meat, i ne nens nave
the run of a large grass range In150 pouniis of aci,i phosphate and 75
summer, and In winter are fed cab-j und8 of murlato of potash is rec-
oagea aim wwr swu'.
A 340-ew- incuwuor is useu. oeine
uepi in a wiumuw rWi ... Wlö u U8Ü.
isnriv in .Maren me uro pui nuu
it. and ii" first ehlcks come out
aboit Aoril 1. Th"s are taken to
th br oder house and put In a port- j
aM- brroder. In a f-w weeks the
ch'ck are -trortr enough to move
fr.,m ihr brooder t a section of the nce koku buuu b"
muxe that t heit.d In- a stove under , queens tho boea can. as a rule, be de
th.. n.r In it i l i.mmer the millets ' landed upon to supersede their quoens
and o kerels a- n-i arated and each
I f.d in the r
best calculated to t
p- ar.- the cm'' t. ! for market and
to is ; -itre th- : "'l s ffir laying.
Th,. vo in? cl k are fel oat ilako
' f.r-t. w. h rr'i'v when It can b ob-
( i t i i
a'ii era.1 u corn anu wnai ,
era ' " 1- r The maturing
It. ms: h'".- Aifa!?.- meal Is fed to
'"";"' 1 realm.
Mr m-h'-p bu- auppl es in quantl-
Ir8."1" s,:..P'ts ,n '. .f?1,. pn,
tu h-.ps .uin.-rijis mii wiiiie - "k -
nori,,. .uwu , ' ' " 1
Zx-r WBr. . ".I
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i . -o m coy m-e h u. .... . .
r -nai i.i.e is "i'lanreu i.
.a .e. wnue epiif
inaiana s Apie rop.
Th""- is not'i: i I. ml in Indiana to
t '.e 22-"36 fr.ns of .ighty acr-s
ch in llNKi. ,n - iMirr to th r.
i) rt of th- Hurean of SiHiiti.k.
7 77 v. v7 fruit tr'es of all kinds
in 'i.r Allowing Ixty trees to
the act . v i.i Klve 12:. acres in
otsitards, a little more than one-
half acre t r farm The pt tn'.er of
bearluf apt a was 4.22: , andbi'ter for t'.i" row and her calf to let
the number of bushels produced that
vt or waa 4.79.S.SU0. or a little moro
than one bushel por troo. And tuts ,
was during the banner year, when wo
&d comparatively full crop. But
s so,nu trot18 wr knmvn t0 produce
thirty and forty bushels per troo. It
ecomea evident that n groat many
trtf " not produce anything. even
in iiJiu mruTOiiiu buksuii. tu ivvo ui
yield was still less. The difference in
value between the crop of 1905 and
that of 180G. at fifty cents per bushel,
would amount to Sl.20S.0S2. Much of
ihbj dMIomice will at once bo at-
! mnuteu to uie on year oi iw.
i But was it all due to the "off
j year?" If so. what causes the '"off
t year?" Why do not the large com
mercial growers of other sections of
i the country expect to have regular
i off years in their business? Why was
it that, a few years ago. when noarly
all the peach orchards In the Mlchl
I in nench belt wero killed bv the cold
or buckwheat shorts in a box near
the calf and let it learn to lick it dry.
Better so than put it in the milk.
"J ,Vj? , and tnen
I Keep right on with this sort of care.
Increase the milk and other rations
until the calf is full grown. Give
some good hay as soon as the calf
will nibble at it.
Corn Crop of 1908.
The Indian corn crop for 190S.
amounted to 2,043.000.000 bushels.
The crops of three years have exceed
ed this, but only the crop of one
vear (1900) exceeded it very much.
The value of the crop is estimated at
$1.015.000,000. The price of corn is
exceptionally high. There are only
two years In which the farm price of
this crop was as high as it is for this
vear. In 1SS1 the price was C3.G
cents: In 1901, when there was only
two-thirds of an ordinary crop, the
price was G0.5 cents. The total value
of this crop is by far the greatest
ever reached. The crop of 1902 was
worth a billion dollars, and the crops
of 1904. 1Ö05 and 190G were forth
5100.000.000 more; the great increase
of $300.000.000 over the crop of 1902
was made In 1907. and now the In-
crease Is $600.000.000 equal to the
gold in the treasury of a rich nation.
Sowing Vegetable Seeds.
If the soli has been properly water
ed after the sowing of vegetable seeds
little attention In this direction will
be needed before the proper time for
transplanting. This will depend
largely upon the character of the
weather. In bright, sunny weather,
when free ventilation Is required, the
plants may need an application of
water almost uam r-xcessive waer
lnc. however, should be guarded
against as It tends to produce tonder.
Cover the Manure Heap.
Piling manure in the open insures
n Me Wftat The Cornell ßXneriment
t f ' . - " a
station piled two tons of fresh horse
manure In an exposed place. In five
months It lof.t 5 r,er cent In gross
weicht. CO per cent of Its nitrogen. 4
per cent, of Its phosphoric acid and
70 ner cent of its potash. Here was an
average loss of 01 per cent In plant
food, or more than tüeweignt iobs
In other words, the rotted, concen
trated manure, ton for ton. was worth
less than the fresh manure.
To Revive Grass,
No top dressing or fertilizer will do
more to revive grass than nitrate of
soda, and it should be used In com
hintiilnn wrttVi tnnterinl enntnlnlnt
UIIIVIUN " V .. - II
nhosnhorJc aci,i and potash. A mix
, . 1En nn,ia nf nitrnto of nda.
ommended. Grass, even In the old
ra(n(j0Wat wm respond very quickly
tQ thIa treatment
It Is Bald that bees usually super
sede their quoens before they are too
old for service; and when an apiary Is
a- the proper time.
AROUND THE FARM.
Red and nlr.lko clover tnnko a good
mtvturflu hnlf nni! hnlf
,,, trana ln thA nrebnnl
nrnt1r,i hnno nml intirtntn nf nnlnsli
Mit aua,v w a J' aa
Bettor results are obtained in feed
, ,0 wnere almlfa ,s m,xetl wlth
I The average market hog should
.wo1rU about 3100 pounds at eight
months of ae.
1 AphltlB or plant lice can bo easily
destroyed by kerosene emulsion spray
Got aUer them ft3 fl0on ag thoy raak0
avo le cbtgt. an turnips nbOUt
' noon, then there will be no taste of
them In the milk
Warm milk quickly absorbs odors
is the reason why no timft should bo
f in removing It from the odors of
If part of the milk Is left In the ml
der eafh time by a careless milker
there will soon be a falling off in the
Long ti. ill. era are desirable, but lUls
her go dry for a fow wooka before tho
Little chicks should not bo fed any
feed that Is the least bit sloppy. Dry
foods are much tho host. Give plenty
of fresh wator. Milk Is very good.
Uso every precaution to protect the
young chicks from rata. They should
n closed up at night so that a rat
can not get to thorn.
Do not fill he incubator with eggs
of doubtful fertility and freshness and
expect a good hatch. The Incubator
has not yet boon invented that will
hatch infertile egs?.
Get posted on silos and making si
lage: and If onough cows aro kept to
Justify it. by all means plant a silage
crop and have a silo ready to recelvo
A bad smolllng dairy barn shows
that something Is wrong. There will
be plenty, though, who will laugh at
the Idea of a dairy barn not smelling
to high heaven.
Begin to cut down a cow's rations
when It Is desired that she go dry:
and feed her so that It can be said
she Is well fed without bolng fattened
while she Is dry.
To dovelon a dairy belter into
something roally good, do not hesi
tate to feed it well tho first two years.
It will be a bettor feeder thereafter
If fed well whon young.
The Deposed Sultan of Turkey, Had
Some Good Qualities.
Yet tho fact remains that the Sultan
has in many ways been an eminently
good and successful ruler. He has
probably done more for education than
all his predecessors put together. He
Is. I believe, the only sovereign in the
world who entertains at a picnic an
nually all tne scnooi ennuren in nis
capital of both sexes and of every de
nomination. More than throe thousand
elementary schools have been opened
since he came to the throne. He has
endowed the Ottoman University with
many scholarships and founded
schools of lnw and medicine. He has
hoen esneciallv active in promoting
tho better education of women. He
has museums and galleries. Though
nreHmiq nartions- of his emnire were
torn from him by the treaty of Berlin.
he has contrived to keep what was
left all but intact, and has showed con
summate ability In playing off one
European Power against another. He
hue ciirvtvod war. insurrection, treas
on, attempted assassination, bankrupt
So far from bolng hlmsoir a cruel
m 1 I
mnn tin. tnsoimonv oi an oos er ve rs
agrees in depicting Abdul Hamid as
absolutely the reverse. "There Is in
Abdul Hamid." wrote a former Servian
Minister who knew him Intimately, a
peculiar modesty, timidity and tender
ness which are quite womanly. He al
wavs looks enmest almost sad. as If
he 'were subdued by the consciousness
of his great responsibilities. Ho smiles
quietly, almost sadly, very often, but
he hardly ovor laughs loudly. He is
distinctly a man of esthetic taste. He
fe fnn.1 of tlowers. of beautiful women.
of fine horses, of lovely views of sea
and land, of everything that is beaut t
f.i II is an affectionate father. He
can be, and is. a devoted friend to his
friends. He is able to contract deep
and faithful friendships. He is con
siderate, modest charitable and pa
tient His consciousness of his re
sponsibility toward God makes him
hesitate to punish any one severely.
Certainly he was never carried away
by Impulsiveness, lie even exaggerates
in his desire to consider every ques-
Hnn from all nolnts. He is slow:
often much too slow for the nervous
and Impatient sons of the est Ter
ribly earnest as he Is and so sensitive
to everything touching his personal
dignity, he has much of quiet humor
in him. He quickly perceives the com
ic feature In things and man and In a
peculiar, quiet way enjoys it. His sky
to cntinrnllv And almost permanently
covered by clouds of state anxieties
and personal meiancaoiy. uut irora
((ma f A time, nnd most unexpectedly.
those clouds are pierced by the sunny
rva of a mud numor. rersonauy i
eouid never detect in his character
even the shadow of cruelty." Harp
TAP THE EARTH FOR HEAT.
Sir William Ramsay's Recent Sugges
tion Is Not a New One.
Sir William Ramsay's recent sugges
tion that the interior heat of the earth
might bo tapped by moans of a bore
hole Is not exactly now. Indeed, ex
periments have actually been under
taken with that nd in view. One of
tho most important was carried out
some years back by the German gov
ernment at a place called Paruscho
wltz, in Silesia, when a depth of
9.572 feet was reached. Of course, the
bore is of very slender dimensions,
three feet six inches in diameter at
the top. decreasing gradually to two
feet six Inches at the depth of one
mile, at which It remains for tho rest
of tho distance.
At Ln Chapelle Is a bore of similar
kind and nearly as deep, constructed
by the French government for experi
mental purposes; and another similar
one exists near Stavropol, In Southern
Russia. In each case It was the orig
inal Intention to carry the bore much
lower, but the expense was found to
be prohibitive, when contrasted with
tho prospective results. That Is the
worst of such works. After a certain
depth the cost Increases by leaps and
bounds and the tlmo occupied length
Thus. Hon. Charles Parsons, of tur
bine fame, who has made a special
study of the question, estimates that
to drill a hole 10 miles deep through
the earth's Crust would cost $25,000.
nno nml tnke SO vears.
The job is a stupendous one. Yet
It may be necessary tor us to under
take it. Our coal supply will not last
forever, and. when this is exhausted.
Mm L-roHtest Industrial communities
will be those that have tho most di
rect means of access to the stored-up
heat of the earth's Interior, says Pear
TCvn- Allowed von to klfts her? Whv.
I thought she said sho wouldn't stand
Jack- She didn't She sat on a sofa.
A Heart at Auction
Wherctn a Fair JLady u
When Henderson heard of It, a thrill I soup kitchen. I expect you'll have to
swept through him from head to foot, give mo a lift homo!"
for he folt Instinctively that tho out- f But Henderson only half-hoard Wll
come of tho absurd llttlo content that ; Us, for ho was taking stock of tho
ho saw Impending would decklo wheth- j situation. With a start ho noticed that
er ho or Dickson would marry Natalie tho auction had begun, but it was only
Platt. I say Honderson felt this in- a flowered sofa pillow which tho May
stlnctlvely, becauso there really was or was describing to tho audience as
no reason whatever why the prettiest j "combing comfort with elegance." and
girl that ever neglected her household the young man's attention wandered
duties for the sake of studying art I away. Ho was looking for Natalie
should bestow her hand upon ono of I Piatt, nnd presently caught sight of
two rivals merely becauso ho had sue- J her fair head and graceful figure. Sho
ceeded In a painting or nens that had was standing behind her.grnceful stall,
been put up at auction. And yet Hen- j now deserted, like the others, and
dorson was sure that this was tho trilling with tho ribbon of a basket of
crisis. 1 candy, apparently unconscious of tho
When Amy Burton had told him auction. Miss Piatt knew what was
what was to happen, he was In the net j coming. But whero were her sympa
of demanding of a girl In gipsy dress . thies!
what bad been tho result of a certain;
ratlle In which, at her behest, he had
become possessed of a "chance" ear
lier In the day. The fair, for the benefit
of tho vlllnge church, which, since
t-n in thn nttamrknn Im,! hnnn In nrrt.1
tnu 141 KllV UllVtllUUIIi Hi' uvv. . .. '-' i
gress on the church green, was now
drawing to a close.
e. To Its complete
success, tho condition or tne pictur
esque stalls, which were on every side,
bore witness for the stock of each of
them now consisted chiefly of "rem
nants," while it was noticeable that
practically every member or the crown turned just ln time to hoar tho Jocu
which still gaily thronged about the ar Mayor begin: "And now It gives
stalls, carried ono or more parcels. i Inc peculiar satisfaction, ladles and
Several hours before, It had been t gentlemen" after which Henderson
whispered about that toward tbt end j heard Natalie Piatt's name, but lost
of the day such knick-knacks from tho ' tho rest in taking In the painting
stalls as had failed to find purchasers -which tho Mayor was holding aloft,
would be disposed of at auction, with n1 h0 8aw wuat R was, Henderson
the Mayor of the village in tho role of ! inew that there would be no truce In
auctioneer, and Honderson had heard j the contest for its possession. For tho
it like everyone else, but with no spe- painting represented Its author her
clal Interest. And then Miss Burton seif.
had whispered in his ear that one of Responding to some little Impulse of
the early Items In the sale would be a , vanity. Miss Piatt had chosen to por-
water-color painting by Natalie l-iatt.
and a thrill had gone through him as
he realized what
the announcement j
For there was no doubt in Hender
son's mind that from the moment the
auctioneer called for bids upon Miss
Piatt's painting. It would bo a question
only whether he or Dickson got It.
Their rivalry for the attractive girl
who at this moment was presiding
over a stall at the other end of the
green had lasted for several months,
but never yet had the two young men
come into what could be called actual
collision. Now. however, with nearly I
every second person at tne rair a
friend of the thro parties concerned,
It was obvious to Henderson that some
one was about to sustain the Ignominy '
of a public defeat.
A moment's thought told him how
it had happened that neither he nor
Dickson had secured Miss Piatt's
painting already. It was simply be
cause the work had not been on sale
at her stall. Thero was a booth at
which pictures were displayed, and
thero tho water-color must have been
from the first. Natalie Piatt, however,
had elected to make the sweet-stall
the scene of her activities, which ln-,
dlcates why the contents of tho various
other booths failed to bo examined
with any groat attention by Messrs.
Henderson and Dickson.
Henderson knew well that the girl
whose labors with the brush had been
at first tho amusement but finally the
nHfto nf hr well-to..In nfnn1e wns tho
last ln the world to have wished that Through tho dense crowd Henderson
her painting should bo the cause of a could just see his rival, standing be
public contest between the two men s(le ono of ,s m friends, with ex-
whom she had good reason to know
were In love with her. Probably Miss
Piatt had no Idea even that her work
was among the unsold articles. j
And then there came to Henderson ,
the feeling that bo had had so many
times during the last fow weeks, that
the bitterness of losing to his rival
did he lose would bo lessened had ho
felt surer that Dickson was worthy of
Natalie Piatt's love. On meeting Dick
son. Henderson had felt a certain dis
trust that he knew did not spring from
jealousy, and later a story had reached
him which he preferred not to believe,
but could not help remembering.
That Dickson was a dangerous rival
there was no doubt. Henderson, look
ing across the crowd, could see him
chatting with Mrs. Arnold at the flow
er stall, and admitted that he was a
handsome fellow, and one to attract
even so proud a girl as Natalie Piatt.
As to himself Henderson always nnd
known that the girl who loved him
would do so mainly for the manhood
and some brains which he believed he
posssessod. What chance had he?
Henderson's only answer to this was
a flash of the eye and the resolute
drawing up of an under jaw, In the set
of which those who knew him always
had been able to read the last ditch!
And then the young man glanced up
and saw that It was beginning-. Tho
platform, which, until a few minutes
before had been occupied by the vil
lage band, now had been cleared and
upon It. behind a table piled high with
odds and ends of all kinds, stood the
popular Mayor himself, while, at the
sight of him, the crowd was deserting
he stalls and gathering about tho now
center of interest.
It was at this moment that Norton
Willis. Henderson's chum, ran his arm
through that of his friend with a "Hoy,
messmate, this way to tho auction
sale!" and then continued: "By the
way, Henderson, old man, did you
know that a painting of .Miss Piatt's
is Roing up pretty oon?"
"You're not going to lot Dickson
get It, nro you?" Willis went' on.
"Not if I can help It."
"Good boy!" approved his chum;
"but. by George, he'll give you a fight
for It Beatrice Mills told him what
was up, and all our crowd Is waiting
to see the fun."
While talking. Henderson and Willis
had taken up their stnnd In the crowd
within a few yards of tho auctioneer's
platform. Suddenly the latter de
manded: "How about tho money?"
"Plenty, I think," said Henderson,
"Your luckier than I am," his com
rado went on. "I've boon regularly
cleaned out by these eternal rallies
and what-do-you-call-om's. Those
Clemens girls would have your last
dollar for their blessed poor children's
Won Through Diplomacy
"I noros Dickson," whispered Wims,
and Henderson looked In tho direction
ln which he pointed. Ills rival was
standing nt quite the opposite side of
the crowd. Owing to the position of
Allna Pin ff linnfli ftnnilnrsnn ilnilhieil
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If Dickson could see the girl without
leaving nis position, and tins ne was
Inclined to consider an advantage.
Just at that moment, however, Hen
derson stopped thinking about the ar
rangement of things, for suddenly he
felt Willis' hand on his arm, nnd
tray hersolf In a character of whose
attractiveness she had been assured
times onough that of skipper of the
little dingy of which, when summering
nt her family's place In Maine, sho was
wont to be captain, mate and nil
hands. Of course, the girl artist had
not given the picture's subject her own
face though evidently she had work
ed from a photograph but the rest of
the figttre was life-like enough to be
recognized by any one who knew Nata
lie Piatt well, not to mention any ono
-who happened to love her. There she
was just as Henderson had looked
t,ack at her so many times ns the)
race,i before the wind; her figure
slightly bent forward as she held tho
sheet with one hand and the tiller with
the other, her dark blue skirt drawn
tightly about her limbs, while tendrils
of her luxurinnt hair blew out glor
iously from beneath her crimson tam-o'-shanter.
It was enough! Hender
son wanted that picture as he had
wanted few things before, and he
doubted not that Dickson felt similar
ly. Tho auctioneer still was praising tho
i painting to his audienco, so nonderson
had time for another glance round the
room. And he thrilled again as he saw
1 that tho girl of his heart abandoning
; her little pose of unconsciousness
j was now leaning upon the counter of
j her stall and watching the proceedings
with nn interest which she made no
! attempt to disguise. He felt his eyes
feast "l-on her for ono Instant moro.
, after which they SOUght Dickson.
i ..hpu u.fou ... ......usuinu
! fac. anl ll!s c'es riveted upon the
" .- mnuunefm ..um.
And then suddenly, the Mayor's de
mand for bids was replied to by a vig
orous call of "One dollar!" from tho
center of the crowd. "Two dollars!"
from Dickson, and the battle was on.
"Five dollars!" Henderson's voice
rang out, and almost Immediately the
bidder In the crowd's center respond
ed. "Ten dollars'"
"Fifteen!" came from Dickson.
"Twenty!" This offer was mnde by
a smiling woman who stood near the
"Make It twenty-five," whispered
Willis to Henderson, and Henderson
called out, "Twenty-five!"
"Thirty!" came from Dickson.
"Forty!" flung back his rival.
Perhaps the two young men's voices
had betrayed their eagerness, at all
events It was now patent to Henderson
that even such of tho spectators as did
not know him and Dickson had real
ized what was going on, and that ho
and his rival were being regarded with
looks of amusement, mingled with
curiosity, ns to which would prove the
winner. All this the young man took
ln at a lightning glance while ho wait
ed for Dickson's next bid, but then
they wore Interrupted.
Evidently the Mayor had decided
that he personally was playing a less
prominent part than was desirable In
this particular episode of the sale, for
ho now Interpolated a speech which
apparently was designed to lend a fur
thcr touch of humor to tho proceed
"Ladles and gentlemen," ho began,
in dulcet tones, "a word, a word, I
beg! I esteem highly the modest of
fers that have thus far been made, but
evidently the attractions of this work
of nrt which I am offering have not
appealed to you with that force which
might have been expected. A gem of
purest ray serene, this picture, my
friends; for which the lowest posslblo
further bid should be, in my opinion,
not less than twenty dollars In nd
vance of what has been offered. In
this way "
"By George!" gnsped Henderson's
henchman, turning upon that young
man, though the Mayor had not fin
lshed the harangue, "can you stand
"Oh, I think so," replied Henderson
enslly. as he slipped his hand Into his
pocket, nut then Willis, watching his
friend, felt a cold hand get him by tho
throat, for suddenly thero had ap
peared on Henderson's face a look of
puzzled horror. And this look was re
fleeted on Willis' face as Henderson
withdrew his hand from his pocket
and, without speaking, held out on hla
palm a single ten dollar bill.
But In tho Instant Willis realized
that they woro not "done" yet, for Hon
derson's faco had grown calm hIb
und his Jaw was set In a way that bis
CIUIIII kuow oi Old.
"You think you can got the num.
ho whispered. "Not from mo! i ut$
you that I wns cleaned out, you know
Who do you oxpect to get it froa,,
"1 am going to try," said Hondttson
"to get It from Natalie Piatt."
"You aro!" was all Willis could
Now to descrlbo this llttlo develop,
ment of affairs has taken some word
but It happended very quickly, and tho
auctioneer, encouraged by appreciative
smiles from his hearers, still was
urging them to extravagnnt deeds
"You will bid for me," he whispered
to Willis, "when It begins again, u
may provo wise to withdraw graceful,
With a start of surprise, and an in
voluntary blush, Natalie Piatt found
Henderson standing In front of her
nnd sho would only look at him with
a puzzled expression. Henderson I-.
Moved that he had not been observed
as ho crossed tho room but he did not
"If I am to get that picture," he
said, simply, "it will be necessary for
you to lend mo some money. Can you
Tho girl was as quick to grasp the
situation as Willis had boon, but she
hesitated. She had mado up her ar
counts half an hour before, and it
would have been easy to say that her
takings had been handed In a fib that
struck her as excusable. But a look
Into Henderson's eyes decided her.
How much do you need?" she
I think fifty dollars will be
enough," he said.
Miss Piatt took from her pocket a
small key, which she Inserted into the
lock of a black enameled money box
which stood on a shelf Just beneath
tho counter of her stall, opened the
box and took from within It live ten
dollar notes, which she silently hand
ed to Henderson. The young man
gave her one look which said every
thing, and then turning, started back
with long strides for the corner where
he had left Willis.
Even, as he had stood with Miss
Piatt, the sound of renewed bidding
had reached his cars a contest that
had begun with nn offer of forty-flve
dollars from Dickson upon whom the
auctioneer's gibes evidently had not
Forty -six dollars!" came from the
"Forty-seven," snapped Dickson.
But Henderson's rival had been
struck by tho fact that he no Ioniser
had to do with that young man, and
as the possible significance of this
came home to him, Dickson save a
startled glance around and caught
sight of Henderson In tho act of re
turning to his place. Perhaps in
stinct told Dickson where he had been.
Perhaps he saw tho look that was no
Henderson's face. At any rate the
young man needed no one to tell him
that he had lost not even the next
bid that came from Henderson.
"Fifty-one!" cried Dickson.
"Sixty!" (Clearly Honderson had
taken leave of bis senses.)
But it was enough. Tho auctioneer,
looking to Dickson saw him shake his
"And sold!" he announced, "to the
gentloman ah, Mr. Henderson." as
somo one prompted him, "for sixty
As might, perhaps, have been ex
pected, there was no contest tm this
occasion for the privilege of escorttnis
Miss Piatt home. But It hntfpenej
that, as the girl swept toward the eate
with Henderson at her side, a ct.,M
in Hans Anderson fairy costume, wi'h
a tray bearing bunches of flowers,
pounced upon them. "You must buy."
she said to Henderson: "they are the
last from the flower stall. AnJ only
fifty cents a bunch!"
"A sacrifice sale!" laughed the exul
tant young man. He took a bunch o(
the flowers for Miss Piatt, and handed
the child somo money.
And Natalie PlaU. glancing at the
hand which Henderson had drawn
from his pocket, was amazed to be
hold a goodly number of bills therein-i
"You -wretch!" she cried, her rhfek
burning. "You had plenty of mony "
"I had." confessed Henderson, but
I was somewhat curious to find out
which one of us you wanted to win."
Tho American Queen.
Too Much Cheese.
During one of his campaigns "Pri
vate" John Allen stopped at a cross
roads store. While he was exchanging
news with the prnprlet old darkr
from one of the plantations came in
When his purchase of "mlddlln' an
meal" had been wrapped up he tart
cd out At the door he paused. "Go
enny cheese, boss?" ho asked.
"Why, yes." said the clerk, pointing
to a freshly opened can of axle-prea
on the counter; "box just opened "
The darky looked at It hunirriiy
"How much?" he asked.
"Give It to him for ten cent?, ano
throw in the crackers," said Mr. Ai
lcn "All right." said the clerk, flllinc a
bag with crackers. "Hero you are
The darky laid a greasy dime on n
counter, picked up the box and
and going rut, seated himself In iw
shade of a cotton-bale. When b b
finished the crackers he ran his nn:w
around the box and gave It a
long lick. In n few moments h- r
on his hat nnd started for his nui
As he passed tho store Mr. AM
hailed him. . rf
"Well, Jerry, what do you think
thnt lunch?"' . , , ua
The old darky scratched his hf
hten ho sad. "I tell you de trtif Msrj
John, dem crackers wuz all right dw
dnt wuz do ransomcst cheese I
et!" Harper's Weekly.
"Did vou enjoy yourself at the pr !
Bessie?" asked her momma. .
"I never saw such a stupid o
people, mamma!" replied
girl. "If there hadn't been a Iodine
glass In the room, I wouldn't bare n
joyed myself at all!" Yonkers States
Flavor As Well As Odor.
Bnrber-"l am trying a nf w k loa
of imported soap; don't you think
odor Is excellent jj
Customer "Fine! The flavor
good, too!" Milwaukee Sentinel.