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By STELLA AVERY
The house telephone at Jim Kin
dleton's bedside tinkled gently. Jim,
who had arrived at midnight and who
was not yet asleep, yawned and picked
up the receiver.
His Aunt Maria's voice came hoarse
ly from her room on the floor below:
'Wim, there are burglars in the
house! Someone has taken my em
"Are you sure, Aunt Maria?"
I heard the knob of my door turn
and. I thought of the emeralds and
they are not under the mattress. I
was doubtful about that new maid
that Binks sent down yesterday. I
mistrusted her gray eyes and straw
colored hair. She may be leaving
the- house this instant, Jim!" in agon
"Coming!" whispered Jim cautious
ly and, throwing on a few garments,
he wrapped a dressing gown about his
spare form, stuffed a revolver into
hia pocket and quietly stepped out
into the darkened corridor.
His slippered feet made no sound
on the carpet, but from somewhere
below came a in u filed sound like a
light step on a thickly padded sur
face. Some one was coming upstairs.
Perhaps the guilty maidservant, to
hide her ill-gotten gains in her room
in the attic above the third floor,
where- Aunt Maria's relatives were
usually housed' on their rare visits to
that irascible old lady.
Jim, smiled confidently. Poor little
criminal maid! He crouched at the
liiad ;of the Etairs, started a little
when he made out a shadowy form
rising out of the gloom of the stair
case waited until she turned the cor
ner at the newel post and then deftly
dapped his handkerchief over her
"Don't scream," he said quietly.
'Just hand over the emeralds!"
His ieft hand supported her and the
trembling of her slender form thrilled
Trn not going to hurt you." he
reassured her. "Just give me the em
eralds." Something cold and hard was press
ed into his right hands and, looking
She Sat Down Weakly in the Nearest
down, he saw the vague sparkle ot
jewels. The necklace was heavy and
be dropped it in the pocket of his
Now what was ho to do with his
Shrinking prisoner? Turn her over to
Aunt Maria's tender mercies? No,
be would give her a chance to get
Half way down the corridor was a
huge wardrobe in which Aunt Maria
'kept some extra cloaks and wraps.
Firi Pindlclon know about Ulis wardT
robe and now he led his prisoner to
it sliU holding the handkerchief to
"Will you promise not to scream if
E take my hand away?" he whispered.
"T promise!" she murmured.
CHa hand came away and she sat
down vfeakly in the nearest chair.
TU get you a cloak and you can
leave- at once. My advice- is to get
as far away from hero as possible
-ill, who ts that?"
A light flickered in the hall below.
"Get in here!" hissed Jim, and he
bundled Che girl into tho wardrobe
and turned the key. Ilo walked to
ward tho stairway and met Aunt Ma
cht coming up, candle in hand, her
fclack eyes snapping dangerously.
"Snail!" she barked at him. "T
atlght have been murdered in my bed
before f could hope for any help from
"I'm sorry. Aunt Maria," began Jim
äpologetically. "I've been so busy
getting your emeralds for you "
"My emeralds? You got them?
Cood boy!'" aproved Aunt Maria all
Iä a -breath. "Where is that minx?"
"Gone!" fabricated Jim
"Good riddance to her. I'll never
do another stroke of business with
Dinks Agency again! Como down to
my room, Jim,. and give me the em
eralds." "Just a minute, Aunt Maria." Jim
glided back to the wardrobe and un
locked the door. Then he went down
the long hall and rejoined, his aunt
Together they went down to the next
floor and presently the door of Mrs.
Maria Woodworth's door closed be
Aunt Maria's boudoir was blazing
with lights when they entered. She
sank into a great stuffed chair and
held out her hand for the necklace.
"Iet me see it," she said, , Impa
tiently. Jim thrust a hand in his pocket,
pulled out the jewels, and then stared
at them with mouth agape.
These were not emeralds that drip
ped with blue fire and flame from his
fingers! It was a magnificent sap
phire necklace that put hia Aunt Ma
ria's famous emeralds to shame.
"You said emeralds, Aunt Maria?"
he questioned weakly. "You are sure
you didn't mean sapphires?"
"You are crazy, Jim! Of course, I
meant emeralds. I always believed
you were color blind now I am con
vinced of it."
Jim was pulling up the mattress
no emeralds. The pocket in the head
board was empty, but in the toe of
a white satin slipper, which was too
small for Aunt Maria, worse luck,
were the famous Woodworth emer
alds. "Oh, pshaw!" exclaimed Aunt Ma
ria as she ran them through her fin
gers. "I might have known they were
in there! I'm going to give these to
your bride, Jim, when you select
"Thanks, Aunt Maria," said Jim
miserably. "I guess I'll get back to
bed I'm sorry about the burglar
scare, but it's turned out all right"
"Good-night, boy, and don't be cross
with your old aunt for routing you out
at this unholy hour," she chuckled as
she opened the door for him to de
part. Jim Kindleton mounted the stairs
three at a time, reached the wardrobe
to find the door open and his prisoner
Who was she, with her slender, lis
some form, her frightened little voice
and her subtle magnetism? Whose
was the sapphire necklace? Was it
hers? And who was she? For he
was Aunt Maria's only guest.
These questions haunted him until
the morning, and then he made a lei
surely toilet and went down to break
fast. He was late, and Aunt Maria
was seated at the table, for she never
waited for anyone. She was not
In the chair opposite Jim's seat
was a girl, slender and fair, with
adorable face and wide gray eyes.
She was rather pale and she was tell
ing a story to Aunt Maria with much
animation, and Aunt Maria was
chuckling over it in a most malicious
"Hester, this is my nephew, Jim
Kindleton you've heard me speak of
him. All the Kindletons are color
blind." She laughed at Jim's quick
blush. "Jim, you've always known
about the Janways, of Overbrook?
This is Hester, my favorite of them
all. Sometimes she takes pity on me.
She has come down how to attend
the New Year's ball at Lord's. She
brought some of her pretty jewels,
too. More's the pity!"
"Yes?" faltered Jim, uncomfortably
aware that this charming guest must
have been, his prisoner of the night
"In the night I telephoned her that
burglars were in the house and the
foolish child picked up her sapphire
necklace it's her most precious pos
session and ran downstairs to my
room. She couldn't get inside and so
she went back to her room on the
third floor, .and at the head of the
stairs she met a tall man with a mur
derous voice, who commanded her to
hand over her jewels, which she did.
He locked her in the hall wardrobe,
and later "
"Good heavens, I am sorry f" burst
out Jim contritely, and Miss Jan way
looked quite bewildered until Aunt
Maria explained all about it m her
own way. Then Jim sheepishly pro
duced the sapphire necklace, and told
his side of the story, much to tne de
light of the heroine and much to his
own satisfaction, for an acquaintance
began in this unconventional way
could never be commonplace.
After breakfast he was starting, tor
a walk with Hester Janway, when
Aunt Maria called him back into the
"Jim," she said impressive, "re
member, I told you I would give the
emeralds to your bride."
Jim blushed. "I'll hold you to that,
Aunt Maria," he laughed.
"And don't forget I'd rather they
belonged to Hester than any one
"It won't be my fault if they don't,
ho called over his shoulder as he
hastened to join his erstwhile pris
oner, who had now imprisoned him
in the meshes of her sweetness and
(Copyright, 1915. bv the McClure Newspa
Drink From Skulls of Enemies.
The barbarous custom of converting
the skulls of enemies into drinking
cups was a common one in ancient
times among the fierce tribes of an
cient Europe, and was not unknown
to tho more civilized regions of the
South. Tho Italian poet, Marino, makes
a conclave- of friends in Pandemo
nium quaff wine, from the skull of Mi
nerva. In his "Wonder of a Kingdom"
Torrent makes Dakkcr say:
"Would I had ten thousand sol
diers' heads, their skulls set in sil
ver, to drink healths to hU confusion
who first Invented war."
Florists Present Roses to the United States
WASHINGTON. The formal presentation to the United States government
of more than 400 varieties of roses now growing in the experimental
, farm of the department of agriculture at Arlington, Va.t took place the other
day at a gathering of prominent
the experimental farm for about two
years. They were donated by florists, both amateur and professional, living
in all sections of the country. The roses are being grown for the purpose
of ascertaining the effect of this climate on the different kinds of plants.
Similar testing gardens have been established by the National Rose society
at Hartford, Conn.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Ithaca, N. Y.. and others are now
being established on Long Island and at San Francisco.
Two years ago the department of agriculture set aside about two acres
of ground in the experimental farm for rose testing. The rose plants were
supplied by various rose growers desiring to have different species tested.
The testing of rose bushes takes three years. They are examined by
experts at frequent intervals during this period and an accurate record kept
of their growth and performance.
Silkworms and Their Work In National Museum
A SMALL army of silkworms is busy in the older building of the United
States National museum, gorging itself on mulberry leaves, and spinning
cocoons from which the silk thread and fabrics are made. The case contain
ing the live silkworms forms the be
of a series of exhibits showing
what silk is, how it is manufactured,
and many samples of the various prod
ucts derived therefrom. This section of
the division of textiles takes the vis
itor on a brief tour of instruction in
silk literally from the worm to the
gown. The exhibit includes examples
of practically every kind of fabric
manufactured from silk in this coun
try and abroad, as well as dyed and
printed silks. Each worm winds about
itself a cocoon composed of a single thread from 300 to 700 .yards in length.
The time consumed for spinning is usually from two to five days.
A case of preserved specimens shows the cycle of life of this industrious
little animal. The egg of the silk moth is about the size of the head of a
small pin, and hatches in about ten days into a tiny worm. Its growth from
this minute form takes about a month, during which time it develops into a
very respectable worm about three and one-half inches long and one-fourth
of an inch in thickness. Upon reaching its maturity, the worm stops feeding,
and begins to crawl about in search of a place in which to spin its cocoon.
Within the finished cocoon the silkworm sheds its skin, and passes into
the pupa, or chrysalis, stage. If the cocoon is not put through a stoving or
stifling process, which kills the chrysalis inside, it will become a grayish
white moth in about two weeks more, and break its way out of one end of
the cocoon. Such procedure, however, is allowed only when silk moths are
needed for breeding purposes, since in breaking its way out the moth pushes
through every layer of the filament, thus making the cocoon useless for
reeling, and of value only for spun silk.
In order to reel the cocoons, they are first immersed in boiling water,
and brushed, to rid them of the loose outer filaments. The true thread is
then unwound almost to the chrysalis, but the inner lining is far too fine to
be reeled, and is used with the outer waste in the manufacture of spun silk.
A single cocoon strand is too fine for commercial use, and is, therefore,
combined with several others to make a single thread of reeled silk. One
pound of six-ply reeled silk will reach a distance of about 180 miles.
How Army Prisoners Get Back to the Colors
IN connection with the system of honorable restoration to the colors now in
force at the United States disciplinary barracks at Fort Leavenworth,
Kan., and the branches at Alcatraz, Cal., and Fort Jay, N. Y., an interesting
exhibit of the system of military in
shown the sandbag, sod, fascine, gabion, hurdle, together with the methods
of fastening. All men who desire restoration are put through a regular
course on modeling these trenches in sand in a "sand table," as well as in
struction in constructing overhead shelter, zigzag approaches, pits, barbed
wire entanglements, etc., in miniature. After the prisoners have become ex
pert at the modeling game they are transferred to the open fields, where
they reproduce the work on the normal field scale.
The sand-table work is a very small part of a very thorough three-month
course of instruction required to be taken before a man is considered as
qualified for restoration to the army. The course includes, also, drills, in
struction in target practice, estimating distance and military signaling (flag
and semaphore). Many restored men have been promoted to be noncommis
sioned officers. One of the latter is used to give lectures to the noncom
missioned officers in his regiment, while the reports as to character from a
large per cent of those restored show "excellent."
Naval Observatory Exposes North . Pole's Vagaries
THE naval- observatory has erected a very curious and interesting machine,
whose purpose is to see just how much the North pole falls from grace.
This instrument is in charge of Prof. F. E. Ross, who is making the experi
ments. The object of this new work
is to find just what are the variations
of the pole Of course, to a layman
it seems strange to hear any reflec
tion cast upon tLe upright conduct of
the North pole, which was supposed
to remain always an example of un
flinching, steadfast devotion, to keep
ing its position Yet, as even a Jove
may nod, so one must accustom one's
self to the sad realization that the
pole actually "wobbles."
The instrument is a small house
on the observatory grounds. It resembles a water tank standing on end, but
is ornamented with scientific paraphernalia.
Contrary to the commonly accepted belief the pole does not keep point
ing in the same direction. Its axis is moving about constantly in a spiral
and describes a path which varies at least 60 miles from its true station.
Its farthest point will gain 30 miles one side and the same rate on the other,
but it has not yet been known to make any wider swing out of its standard
Its variations are in periods extending over seven years. The pole
spends about three and one-half years in swinging outwards, then the same
time in retracing its steps. At the present the pole is going on its outward
voyage and will take more than a year to complete the trip.
rosarians from all sections of the
country. The roses were accepted on
behalf of the government by Dr. W.
A. Taylor, director of the bureau of
plant industry, who represented the
secretary of agriculture at the exer
cises. The formal presentation was
made by Wallace Pierson of Cromwell,
Conn., president of the National Rose
The roses have been growing in
struction required at these places
previous to returning general prison
ers to duty with companies of the
regular army is on view in the office
p a 1.. t- i. i i AT.n : i. 2.1
ui- aujulciul ureiieiut luuvuiii at uie
It is a representation in sand, on
a reduced scale, of an infantry trench,
which the members of disciplinary or
ganizations are required to be pro
ficient in constructing. Many of the
kinds of revetment now in use are
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SEED OATS AND SMUT
Fungous Disease Causes Serious
Loss to This Crop.
Trouble Is Quite Noticeable After
Plants Begin to Head Annoyance
May Be Prevented by Use of
Some Good Solution.
(By C. 3. HUTCHINSON, Missouri Ex
Loose smut of oats is a fungous di
sease of the oat plant which causes
serious losses to this crop. This di
sease is very noticeable after the
plants begin to head, the flowers of
infected plants being almost complete
ly replaced by a mass of fine, black,
Oat smut may be prevented by soak
ing or sprinkling the seed thoroughly
with some solution which will kill the
spores without injuring the seed. The
most common solution used is forma
lin and the treatment is made as fol
Mix one pint of commercial forma
lin with 40 to 50 gallons of water in
barrels or other convenient vessels.
Immerse the oats in this solution, stir
ring well so that all will be thoroughly
soaked. Pour off the solution, dump
the oats out and stir occasionally until
dry. Another method employed is to
sprinkle the oats with the solution un
til they are well soaked, and then
heap them up in a pile and cover with
blankets or sacks! Leave them in this
pile for five, or six hours, or even over
night, and then spread out to dry. Stir
frequently until thoroughly dried, after
which they may be sacked and set
aside until seeding time. Formalin
may be obtained from any drug store.
Machines for treating oats and
wheat for smut are on the market. In
these thegrain is passed through tank
containing the formalin solution and
then dumped out on the floor to dry.
Such machines are not expensive and
are very satisfactory. Formalin is
poisonous, but in this weak solution it
will not injure the hands and is per
fectly safe to handle. Since the forma
lin volatilizes rapidly, oats thus treat
ed that are not needed for seeding
may. after thorough drying and airing,
be safely fed to stock.
RACK BETTER THAN TRELLIS
Collapsible Device for Tomato Plants,
Bushes and Vines Fruit Support
ed on AM Sides.
A collapsible rack for tomato plants,
bushes and vines can be made of plas
tering lath (chestnut lath preferred).
Fig. 1 shows a complete rack put to
gether and ready for use. Fig. 2
shows a collapsed half rack ready to
To make the racks, cut cross-bars
16 inches long of lath, and nail them
to the uprights with three-penny
nails, using only one nail at each joint
so that the rack will fold. The soc
tions are fastened together, says Farm
and Fireside, with wire rods 14 inches
long, the ends of which are bent to fit
into screw-eyes in the rack.
Cultivate the plants thoroughly until
iy2 or 2 feet high before placing racks
about them. When they are 3 feet
high and have four or five good fruit
clusters, pinch or cut off superfluous
foliage and fresh growing sprouts.
When fruit-clusters get heavy see that
they are supported by the cross bars
of the rack. This is the advantage of
the rack; the fruit has support on all
sides and does not break loose from
the plant stem, as it often does when
tied to stakes. When the season is
over the racks can be stored in a
small space ready for another season.
DON'T TOLERATE RED MITES
Dark, Dirty and Damp Houses Are
Especially Adapted for the Breed
ing of These insects. .
(By R. G. WEATHERSTOXE.)
I have known cases where sitting
hr:s died while sitting upon the nest,
traceable to no other cause than red
mites, assisted in their propagation by
filth, which had been allowed to ac
cumulate in the nesting boxes and the
floor of the henhouses. Dark, dirty
and damp houses are especially adapt
ed for the breeding of these insects
and offer favorable conditions for
their rapid multiplication.
By paying a visit to the henhouse
at night and being equipped with a
good light, these pests may be de
tected, if any are found, get busy,
clean out every part of the house,
overhaul the nesting boxes, burn up
the nesting material, take down the
roosts and paint them with lice paint
or .vash them off with a strong solu
tion of disinfectant i
FERTILIZER NEEDS OF CROPS,
Celery on Muck Land Ordinarily Re
ceives One Ton an Acre Stable 1
Manure Is Unexcelled.
Dr. L. L. Van Slyke, of the Genera
station, recommends for arly pota
toes on good soils 500 to 1,000 pounds
ai acre of a 4-S-10 combination, and-
for the late crop about the same
amount, but with a larger propor
tion of acid phosphate. Truckers
sometimes apply as much as a ton
an acre where large and early yields
Cabbage, cauliflower and related
crops are commonly treated with
the so-called basic fertilizer, 4-8-10.
For early crops nitrogen and phos
phorus should be readily avail
able, and 1,200 to 1,500 pounds ait
acre is not too much unless manure
has been used very freely. Many
growers apply a ton an acre. The lata
crop may well receive 600 to 1,000
pounds of the same formula, but with
a. smaller proportion of nutrients in
Celery Ready for Market.
immediately available form. Nitrate
of soda gives splendid results with
these crops. .
For lettuce nothing is better than
a soil that has been under heavy ma
nuring for several years. Commer
cial fertilizers are not widely used by
market gardeners for it. Muck land
growers have used heavy applications
of complete fertilizers, but the present
tendency is toward lighter feeding, es
pecially when it follows heavily-fed
plantings of celery or onions.
Celery on muck land ordinarily re
ceives one ton an acre of a complete
fertilizer analyzing about 4-8-10. Some
growers use a 5-7-12 formula and appli
cations may run as high as two tons
an acre when extremely close plant
ing is practiced. Stable manure Is un
excelled for home market gardens.
ANOTHER LARGE WHEAT CROP
Grain Should Be Stacked to Prevent
Spoiling During Wet Weather and
to Save the Straw.
Unless some unforeseen calamity
should occur, the wheat crop this year
will exceed the phenomenal crop of
last year, and will probably be more
than 700,000,000 bushels of winter'
wheat alone. This means that the
threshing outfits, railroads, elevators
etc., will be crowded to the utmost and
a great part of the grain will stand m
the fields for weeks. Therefore it
should be stacked.
Stacking will save grain and straw
which might otherwise be spoiled in
Stacking will put grain through a
complete sweat which will improve
Threshing from the stack requires
less help than shock threshing, which
will equalize the cost of stacking.
Stacking furnishes good storage,
with absolutely no cost, which would
prevent glutting the market at any
The grain must be removed for early
working of the soil. Stacking makes it
possible to plow following harvesting.
Early plowing is one of the greatest
factors in increasing the yield. Disk
ing the land early is the next best
MAKING SEED ROWS UNIFORM
Garden Rake With Attachment as
Shown in Illustration Herewith
Will Prove Satisfactory.
A good way to make drills or seed
rows of uniform width and depth is to
have an attachment for the garden
rake as shown in the sketch, writes
Bert W. Verne of San Diego, Cal., ki
Popular Mechanics. The device con
sits of a piece of tin or sheet metal
Marker Attachment' on Rake.
haveing V-shaped projections on one
edge the width of the rows. The
other edge of the metal is inserted
between the teeth on the rake. Thus
it can be easily drawn ovr the gar
den bed to mark the rows. After
the seed has been planted reverse the
tin and use it as a hoo tor filling th
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