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to the Oil Lamp!
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to Gas!
The last and ftnal step brings
us to Electricity, the only light
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to cool the additional heat caused
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VOL. 88 "V STAUNTON, VA., FRIDAY. JULY 23, 1909. NO. 30
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ifhe Visiting of
Mother Danbury
(Copyright, by J. B. Llppincolt Co.)
In the small village everybody is
interested in everybody's else doings
—not always with a malicious con
cern, as some would have us believe.
For among primitive folk there may
be kindly prying, and gossip is some
times gentle.
There was no lack of this village
meddling, if meddling it might be
called, when Felix Danbury, he who
was son of the Widow Danbury and
chorister at Cory church, led Martha
Dickson to the altar.
There was some sorrow, too, in all
this interest, for the marriage of Fe
lix meant his loss to the community.
Martha lived at Baldwin's Ford, and
thither her bethrothed had promised
to go and take up his abode. Usually
the woman follows the man, but in
this instance old Mrs. Dickson, who
was also a widow, had protested so
loud and long against separation from
her only child that the lover was
compelled to assure her that she
would gain a son rather than lose a
daughter. It was very noble indeed,
and there had been a beautiful scene
in which old Mrs. Dickson had wept
on Felix's shoulder and blessed him.
"You're a good boy," she told him.
"I know that the folks air a-goin' to
say that you're desertiu' yore mother,
but 'taint so; she'll come over here
a-vlsitin', an' we'll go over there, an'
It'll be just like one tamily; an' be
sides, yore mother wouldn't be lonely
like me, fcr she's got Mellssy."
"Melissy" was Felix's married sis
ter, and on his marriage it was with
her that his mother went to live.
There were those who came to con
dole with Mother Danbury upon the
loss of her son, but she was very
brave, and they had their trouble for
their pay.
"No, no," she would say, rocking
complacently, "a man ought to have
a wife, an' ef he can't git her to come
to him, he's got to go to her. I don't
blame Widder Dickson now a bit
about Marthy. 'Taint like me, that's
blessed with two children to be the
support of my declinin' years."
"But why couldn't she 'a' come over
here?" her gossips protested.
" Twouldn't 'a' been fair to ask
her that; for she'd 'a' had to tore
up root an' branch, while I ain't got
nothin' to do scarcely but to slip out
o' my house into Melissy's. An' then
it ain't as ef Felix was gone fur good.
You see Baldwin's Ford ain't fur
away, an' I kin run over an' drop in
on 'em almost anytime."
And so, placidly, the old lady went
on with her knitting day by day, look
ing under and over her glasses as
often as through them as she paused
for little chats with the neighbors or
to murmur gentle admonition to Me
lissy's children.
Outwardly she was calm, but her
soul longed for a sight of this son,
whose form had gladdened her eyes
every evening as he returned from
work, and the honeymoon was hardly
over before she had "dropped over"
to spend a day with her two dear
The day was a joyous one for her —
for them all. Felix was radiant, his
wife shyly happy, and the Widow
Dickson brought out and spread for
her visitor the best that her larder
This was the first of a series of
such visits made at short intervals,
and sometimes of a Sunday returned
by all the family from Baldwin's
Ford. At such times Cory's church
heard Felix's voice again, and it re
joiced, too, that he was not entirely
lost to its service.
The village looked on at the pretty
romance and smiled because there
had been so many to prophecy that
it could not be. The tongues of
gossip had been wagging pretty free
ly. Some had said that Mother Dan
bury would never go to Baldwin's
Ford; others that the Baldwin's Ford
ists would never return the visit. One
side held that Felix would forget his
mother in a month, and the others,
with equal assurance, gave Martha a
little more than that time to leave
her native town, and both gave what
to them were adequate reasons.
So the village looked on and smiled
as month after month passed and
these prophecies came to naught. The
simple folk still had their ideals, and
there is nothing in life so satisfactory
as having one's ideals realized.
In the fulness of time there came
good news from Baldwin's Ford, and
there was much bustle and flutter
about Melissy's house and running in
of the neighbor women. When they
emerged it was with nods and smiles
and knowing winks, as if they were
bubbling over with some glad, mo
mentous intelligence. The spring
wagon was hastily rolled out, and old
Star, stepping more lively than she
had done for a dozen years, was has
tily put between the shafts. Jeff de
posited a mysterious bundle in the
wagon's bed and then leaped to the
seat. Then Mother Danbury came
out, all smiling anxiety, and with flut
ering ribbons and nods to the as
sembled people she was borne away
towards Baldwin's Ford.
How the women gathered and chat
ted about it and wondered. It became
a village event. Jeff finally returned
grinning and shamefaced, to an
nounce: "It's a girl, and Mis' Danbury
says It weighs nine pounds."
The men on the street, after hear
ing the news, chuckled and walked
Meanwhile there was rejoicing also
In the village of Baldwin's Ford.
Felix was joyfully tearful, and bust
lingly glad the grandmothers, while
Martha, all white from her travail,
lay nursing her babe to her bosom.
"Don't you think the little dear is
wrapped up a little heavy?" whis
pered Mother Danbury to the widow.
"Too heavy!" sniffed the widow;
"no, indeed. Why, when my Marthy
was two days old I had her wrapped
in twice that amount of stuff."
"But Marthy was born in the win
"That don't make no difference; a
baby's a baby. I've had one."
"I've .had three." yas Mother Daa
bury's quiet retort.
"One of 'em's dead, though."
"She didn't die till she growed to
be quite a girl, go it was the will o'
Providence an' no fault o' mine."
"La, Mother Danbury, 1 didn't say
it was."
This was a trifle conciliatory, but
Felix's mother was hurt, and the Wid
ow Dickson was put Into an attitude
of defence as to her rights over her
daughter's child.
The next day, when the doctor
came, the Widow Dickson forestalled
Mother Danbury in questioning him,
and took all the responsibility of car
ing for the child upon herself.
"I don't want to take the child from
you, Martha Ann Dickson, I only want
to help you. It's my son's child as
well as your daughter's," said Moth
er Danbury.
"My daughter had all the pain o'
bearin' this child."
"Well —well—" The other old lady
stopped. She had nothing to say that
quite fitted the occasion.
Day after day Mrs. Dickson bathed
and cuddled the baby while her visit
or was compelled to stand by and
look on. Finally one morning when
the baby was nearly three weeks old
wagon wheels were heard in the yard,
and Mother Danbury came Into the
room with her bonnet strings tied
and her duster on.
"Well, I guess* I'll be goini, Marthy,"
she said to her daughter-in-law.
"Why, Mother Danbury, you ain't
a-goin', are you?"
"Oh, the baby's doin' first rate, an'
it seems I ain't needed here any
Marthy begtm to cry. "But I want
you," she said.
Then Mrs. Dickson broke in with
many tears. "It does seem strange
to me, Marthy, that you should be
a-cryln' after somebody else after the
mother I've been to ye! That's all
the thanks a mother gets."
"Never mind, never mind, you'll
get along all right, both o' you, an'
you know there's Melissy an' the chil
dren, at home to look after."
"But what will Felix say?" moaned
Marthy, for Felix's mother had chos
en a safe time, when he was away, to
take her departure.
"Felix is my son, too," said the
widow, sternly. «
Then Mother Danbury turned on
her for one brief moment.
"Fair exchange is no robbery, Mar
tha Ann Dickson," she said, and went
out at once to the wagon, where she
tied down her veil, though the day
was hot.
The baby smiled in its sleep. It is
a pretty fallacy that says babies
smile thus because angels are whis
pering to them. In most cases, as
in this, the little ones, wise from oth
er scenes, are smiling at the foibles
of those greater infants whom we are
pleased to call grown people.
The return of Mother Danbury was
a source of great wonder to the com
munity, and again tongues flew freely
and inquiries were rife. The flying
rumors could not but come to the
ears of their subject and some of the
overbold even went so far as to ques
tion her. But they could elicit no
more definite reply than: "Marthy an'
the baby was a-gettin' along all right,
an' I could do more good at home."
Then she closed her lips.
The voice of the croaker was de
cidedly suspicious as she said: "I
smell a rat."
After that Mother Danbury paid no
more visits to Baldwin's Ford, nor .
did she apeak of its people unless I
she were compelled.
On a morning, though, other news
was brought, and the old lady's indif
ference fell from her like a cloak.
With tearful eyes she made her way
towards the forbidden place, and as
she stepped into the wagon there
were none who had the heart to be
there and wave a good-by, for the
word said the baby was dying.
She came like an angel of peace to
the stricken household. The widow i
was ready for a scene, but firmly aud j
gently the stronger woman put her |
away. She kissed Martha and soothed
her as the hysterical widow could
not do. Then she turned to her son.
"Felix," she said, "ain't there no
"No, none." I
" 'The Lord glveth an' the Lord
taketh away-—" But she could go no
further. An hour later the child
breathed its last in'her arms. It was
she who bathed it'and put it in its
little gown and laid it silent in the
cradle. The widow had no remon
strance to offer, butt she came later
and said: "Oh, Motier Danbury, I'm
afeared it's a jedgmient. I was so hard
an' jealous about the pore little eree
ter. I've done wrong, an' the Lord's
took it. Fergive me, fergive me!"
She fell upon her knees. Mother
Danbury lifted her, and her own tears
fell now. "Yeu see how little all our
feelin's an' wills air compared to
his," she said. "The child wasn't'ours,
it was his, an' he has showed us his
The afternoon sun stole in and
kissed the little, wax-like face as the
old women stood with clasped hands
looking down upon the dead grand
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Scientists have found in a cave in
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100,000 years ago, when life was in con
stant danger from wild beasts. To-day
the danger, as shown by A. W. Brown
of Alexander, Me., is largely from dead
ly disease. "If it had not been for Dr.
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When Permitted to Labor Undis
turbed They Thoroughly Police
Both Earth and Air.
As objects of human care and inter
est birds occupy a place nliecl by BO
other living thing, and the various |
movements to protect and foster them j
would be fully justified were there j !
no returns other than esthetic. Only
the thoughtless and the ignorant still
hold that the graceful forms and
beautiful plumage of these master
pieces of nature serve their highes':
purpose when worn on a hat for a '
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brief season, to be then cast aside
and forgotten, the plumage dimmed
and faded, the beautiful songs
quenched forever.
While by no means insensible to
the higher value of birds, the farmer
who is asked to aid in measures for
their protection is entitled to inquire
as to the practical purpose they sub
serve, and how far they may be ex
pected to return his outlay of time,
trouble and expense.
Since most birds eat insects and
since many eat practically nothing
else, it is their insect-eating habits
that chiefly invite inquiry, for so ac
tive and persistent are birds in the
pursuit of insects that they constitute
their most important enemies.
When birds are permitted to labor
undisturbed they thoroughly police
both earth and air. The thrushes,
sparrows, larks and wrens search the
surface of the earth for insects and
the larvae or hunt among the leaves
and peer under logs and refuse for
them. Thus each family plays its
part in the never-ending warfare, and
r.he number of insects annually con
sumed by the combined hosts is sim
ply incalculable. It is well that this j
is 30, for so vast is the number of
insects and so great is the quantity of
vegetation required for their sub
sistence that the existence of every
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green thing would be threatened were
it not for birds and other agents spe
cially designed to keep them in
While birds are not numerous in
the sense that insects are, they exist
in fair numbers everywhere—or would
were It not for the interference of
man —and so rapid is the digestion of
birds and so perfect their assimila
tive powers that, to satisfy the appe
tite of even a small bird, great num- ;
bers of insects are needed. Much of ;
this food is hidden and must be !
searched for; much of it is active and
must be vigorously pursued. Hence
only by the expenditure of much
time and labor do birds procure their
daily food. With birds the struggle
for existence is peculiarly a struggle
for subsistence; shelter is obtained •
with comparative ease, and if climatic
conditions are not to their liking they ;
migrate to other regions.
When by reason of favorable condi- !
tions insects have multiplied and be
come unusually abundant, birds eat j
more than at ordinary times; hence
tbe importance of their service during I
insect invasions. It is not, however, \
at such periods that their services ■
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every day, at all seasons, and In
every stage of growth—the long,
steady pull, rather than the spasmod
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sect irruptions and to keep the bal
ance true. ■
Some Useful Information to Be Used
in Planting and Cultivating
for Good Returns.
The soil best adapated to the
growth of the pear Is a clayey loam,
a very light soil not being conducive
to longevity nor to fine growth or
much fruitfulness, and a very heavy
soil retarding growth and stunting the
trees every way.
No matter how desirable the soil
may be otherwise, unless well drained
the trees will not thrive.
Pears grow over a wide range of
climate, however, but the best results '
are obtained in rather moderate ell- \
When a tree gets stunted the first
or second year no amount of care and
attention seems to enable it to re
gain the lost growth.
Time can usually be gained by not
plowing the entire tract of land at
once, but thoroughly plow and work
up strips for the tree rows, say six or
eight furrows wide, the intervening
space being worked up later or when
there is more time.
The standard varieties should be ,
planted about 25 feet apart each way
and the dwarf 12 feet apart each way.
Some growers plant alternate rows of
dwarf and standard varieUes. Most
people prefer to have them kept In
separate fields, however.
Dig holes at the proper distance
about a foot deep and large enough to '
contain the roots nicely without
cramping; have a half barrel or tub
of good rich mud near at hand, and
when the broken or crushed roots are
removed with a sharp knife dip the
trees into the tub, covering the roots
with this mud, and In this way Insur
ing the earth clinging to the roots.
Some good rich soil should be sprin
kled in the bottom of the hole. Then
set the tree In, spreading the roots
nicely and then shovel the soil in
carefully, settling the tree from time to
time, and in this way have the soil
well down among the roots.
When the hole is about two-thirds •
full, press down firmly with the feet j
and then fill up and complete the job. [
For the little white fly use sulpho- '
tobacco soap according to directions '
on the package. I
For rose bugs in the evening place I
two or three ounces of quassia chips !
(to be had of the druggist) In a pail .
and fill with boiling water; two or J
three gallons, according to size of the I
pail. Let stand until next morning, !
then apply the liquid to the plant with
a garden syringe, getting the tea on
all sides of the foliage and stems. If
the\tea is applied hand-hot it will be
more effective. ;
A strong soap suds made of any ]
good white soap, if applied quite I
warm, is discouraging to the bug pop- |
ulation, and is especially "good" for i
the green louse or aphis.
Red spiders affect the outdoor as
well as the indoor plants and are
usually found on the under side of
the foliage, causing the leaves to turn
brown and to curl at the edges. If
badly affected strip the leaves from the
plant and burn them.
The brain of the male begins to lose
weight at 40, while that of the female
starts ten year.-: earlier.
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Staunton People Kavt Abso
lute) Proof of Deeds at Home.
ft is not wonts, but deeds that prove
true merit. ,
The deeds of Doan's Kidney Pills,
foi Staunton kidnej sufferers, have
mad I heir local reputation.
Proof lies in the tes imony of Staun
ton people w ho have been eared to .stay
William Ij. Bohr, !0!1 Front street,
Staunton, Va., says: "1 used Doan's
Kidney I'iiis, and the results were sat
isfactory. Kidney complaint was
with me for a !ona; time and I suttered
from severe pains in my back and
sides. Stooping or lifting caused sharp
twings to ciarl through me and 1 had
to have assistance in getting out of
bed. The kidney :secretions were very
irregutai in passage, and I had but
little control over them. I tried sev
eral advertised remedies, but received
no relief until I procured Doan's Kid
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store. I continued taking Doan's
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cured. L publicly reconi mended
Doan's "Kidney Pills six years ago,
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