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PONES OF ICELAND,
PERFECT MARVELS OF ENDURANCE.
They Have a Peculiar Pacing Cait Which
Under Great Weight Conquers Space
Can Swim Like a Fish and Climb Like
If the camel is the ship of the desert,
the Iceland pony is the cab, train,
omnibus and tramcar of the wonderful
country to which he belongs. To be
gin with, he is a misnomer. He is not
a pony, in the ordinary sense of the
.word; he is a horse; in bone and
sinew, in strength and endurance, in
manners and deportment-a horse in
everything, in fact, except in inches;
and a sober, steady, hard-working
horse, too. He is very "multum in
parvo," a "concentrated essence" of
horseflesh. He can swim like a fish,
climb like a goat and jump like a deer.
He sticks at nothing, and taies every
variety of travel-bog, lava bed, sand,
bowlders and grass mounds-with un
disturbed equanimity. If he has to
ford one or two rivers with strong cur
rents flowing girth-deep, it is all i J
the day's work. Only give him tine
and periodical halts for refreshment
and h.e will do his fifty miles per day,
and thrive upon it
Iceland ponies are bred in hundreds
in the large grass plains in the south
ern districts of the islands. Little or
no care is tallen in selection, so that
half hands, though here and there one
improved, the average pony standing
from eleven and a half to twelve and a
half hands, though here and there one
will reach to nearly thirteen hands.
Every variety of color is seen, but
skewbalds of many shades are the
commonest. The chestnuts, as a mic,
are the finest, and the browns the
hardiest. Beautiful cream colors, with
light points, are not infrequent; black
is very rare, and roan also. Their
paces are fast, considering the size
of the animal, a journey of thirty-two
miles being often done in six hours or
less, with heavy baggage. They trot,
canter and gallop, but the pace most
esteemed by the natives is the amble
or "skeid," In which the fore and hind
legs on a side are advanced simul
. taneously, giving a running action,
very smooth to the rider. A good
"pacer" is considered very valuable,
and often cold for a high figure. Some
of these ponies amble so fast that they
keep ahead of another going at a
hand-gallop, and they maintain the
pace for a day's journey under a
weight of eleven to fourteen stone. Ice
land ponies are steady and fast in har
ness, though wheels are a compara
tively new departure* in their country.
They travel mostly in strings, often
tied head and tail. Hay, baggage and
.household goods are thus transported,
and building material also. You meet
a "timburlestur," or timber team, of
from eight to ten ponies, one carrying
planks trailing on each side, another
strips of iron, another bundles of tools;
a number of spare animals run
ning loose, and not infrequently a foal
It is as rare to see a dead Iceland
pony as a dead donkey though their
skulls are often visible, half trodden
into the miry ways surrounding the
farms. The pony begins work at six
or seven years-hard work, that is to
say. He is early apprenticed to his]
trade by following his mother at her
avocations, and when he is foot sore j
is strapped upon her back. He works [
well up to twenty years and over, and
often remains fairly sound to a rip?
old age. He feeds on the fat of the
land in the summer, and in.the winter,
"h* his owner is poor, must live on his
wits and his stored condition. Farm
ers who are fairly well off keep their
animals in during the winter and feed
them on hay; but, notwithstanding,
many of the ponies have a hard time
of it. The Icelanders.h owever, keep
their steeds as well as their means al
low, and treat them altogether in a
Misery by tho Wholesale,
Is what chronic inactivity of tho liver gives
rise to. Bile gets into the blood and imparts
a yellow tint, the tongue fouls and so does the
breath, sick headaches, pain beneath tho right
ribs and shoulder blade aro felt, the bowels |
become constipated and the stomach disor
dered. The proven remedy for this catalogue
of evils is Hostettcr's Stomp ch Bitters, a
medicine long and professionally recom
mended, and sovereign also for chills and fe
ver, nervousness and rheumatism.
Ignorance of tho law should excuse a law
yer from practicing it.
To Cure a Cold in One Day.
Take Laxative Bromo Quinine Tablets. All
Druggists refund money if it failstocure. 25c.
Wine is a mocker and the label on the bottle
is usually a mockery.
Wo offer One Hundred Dollars Reward for
any case of Catarrh that cannot bo cured by
Hall's Catarrh Cure.
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fectly honorable in all business transactions-,
and financially able to carry out any obliga
tion made by their firm.
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Druggists, Toledo, Ohio. *
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ing directly upon the blood and mucous sur
faces of the s ystem. Price, 75c. per bottle. Sold,
by all Drugg.s>ts. Testimonials free.
Hall's Family Pills are the besL
Fits permanently cured. No fits or nervous
ness alter first day's use of Dr. Kline's (ireat
Nerve Restorer. $2 trial bottleand treatisefrec.
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Piso's Cure for Consumption ia an A No. 1
Asthma medicine.-w. R. WILLIAMS, Antioch,
Ills.. April ll, 1894.
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Take Hood's Sarsaparilla and be cured.
It will tone and strengthen your stomach
and create an appetite. Then you may
eat without fear of digress, your food
will be digested and assimilated, and you
will grow strong and healthy.
Is the best-In fact^heOneTrne'Blood Purifier.
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V.T W W WW WS
How the Two Houses of Parliament Are
The prominent part taken by Japan
in the Hawaiian question and the fre
quent mention of the Japanese Parlia
ment have given rise to much inquiry
as to tb e composition of that body and
the Japanese election methods.
The latter are fashioned after those
of the United States i? many respects
-the preliminary caucuses and con
ventions being like those held in this
country, in most particulars.
The Japanese Parliament consists of
a House of Representatives known as
the Shingi-In and a House of Peers
known as the Kizoku-In. There are
three hundred members in the lower
house, who are elected for four years,
and about two hundred members in the
House of Peers whose term of office is
There is no positive number set for
the membership of the upper house be
cause there are many hereditary mem
bers, and their number may be aug
mented at any time by appointment
at the hands of the Emperor. All mar
quises and dukes are members of the
House of Peers by virtue of their
titles; the members of the imperial
>ousehold and imperial princes are al
so members of the House of Peers.
Bari, ns, counts and viscounts are eli
gible ;o election to the upper house,
but none of these ranks may be repre
sented by more than one-fifth of its
total membership. In addition to these
there are the various persons whom
the Emperor rewards for distinguished
services with p. seat in the upper house.
The members who are elected are
chosen from the largest taxpay
ers in the various districts. Fifteen
men whose taxes amount to a certain
sum a year are elected in each district,
and they elect one of their members.
He must be at least thirty years "old
and may be a merchant, manufacturer
or a member or one of the learned
professions. The president and the
vice-president of the upper house are
appointed by the Emperor.
Members of the lower house are all
elected by popular vote. Every male
of the age of twenty-five years who has
lived one year or more in the district
in which the election takes place may
vote, provided he has paid at least 10
yen in direct taxes, exclusive of what
he paid in local taxes. When the
voter is thirty years old he is also
eligible to membership in the lower
house without any further qualifica
tion. But a man who already holds au
office in the judiciary, police or cor
rection department, who has an office
in the imperial household or is in any
way connected with the custom-house,
may not become a candidate for the
House of Representatives.
When members are elected they
come together and elect three of their
number as worthy of the place of pre
siding officer; from these three the
Emperor selects the president and
vice-president of the body.
The lists cf voters are made up by
officers of the various districts, and are
completed on or before April 20. From
that time until July 1, when the elec
tions take place, much active campaign
work is done. The nominations are
made in the various counties or dis
tricts, and on election day the chief
officer of the county takes charge of
the voting in his district. The voting
places are all in the Municipal Build
ing, and are open on election day from
7 a. m. until (J p. m. The voter pre
sents himself at the inspector's desk,
on- which the ballot-boxes are placed,
and, after writing his name, and op
posite that the name of the person for
whom he desires to vote, on a book
kept for that purpose, he deposits his
ballot. In cases where a voter cannot
write, an officer may write for him.
but the election books must show that
such help had been extended to the
Outside the building lhere are many
men who yell and cheer for their can
didate and button-hole the voters as
they come to the voting-places, and act
in many respects like the crowd around
a rural American election place. Those
who compose the outside cheering and
electioneering crowds aro for the most
part young men from the schools and
colleges, and their influence with the
voters is anxiously sought by the can
After the polls are closed the county
officers take charge of the boxes and
place them under lock and key in the
Municipal Building, where they remain
until the next morning, when they are
opened and examined by a Board of
Inspectors, on whose report the can
didates are declared elected.
The next general election will take
place in July, 1S98.-New York Tri
A Millionaire's Generosity.
Wilber Scott Stratton, the newly
made millionaire kine, came to the re
lief of H. A. W. Tabt a former United
States senator, and Colorado's first
millionaire miner, last week with a
purse of $15,000, which he begged Ta
bor to accept as a testimonial for what
he had done to develop the resources
of the state.
For many months Tabor has been
on the ragged edge of fortune, and has
tried to recoup himself by entering tho
prospecting field. He Btakvd a promis
ing mining claim, but could not ge.
funds for developing it. Then he
thought of Stratton and applied to him
for a loan.
Stratton had never before seen Ta
bor, but was familiar with his history.
He promised to take the matter under
advisement, and five minutes later sent
a package containing the currency,
with a letter requesting Tabor to ac
cept the money as a gift.-New York
Building Wire Fences.
To assist in building wire fences a
new device has a frame on a wheel,
with spindles to carry three or more
reels of wire, so that all the wires.can
be strung at the same time.
Y TV T T V T T Ti
b A A A AA A ? ik
lils, sores, eruptions, etc.,
e for Ayer's Sarsaparilla
?urifying medicines. And
The story of these cures
onvincing. We send the
r. Ayer, Lowell, Mass.
Could we but draw the curtains
That surround each other's lives,
See the naked heart and spirit,
Know what spur the action gives,
O/ten we should lind it better.
Purer than wo judge we should;
"We should love each other better;
If we only understood.
Could we judgo all deeds by motives,
8ee tho good and bad within,
Often we should love the r?i.iner,
All the whilo we loathe tne sin;
Could we know the powers working
To ovorthrow Integrity,
We should judgo each other's errors
With moro patient charity.
? THE PINK CI
HE lilac has budded!
'most time for tho
Leah Trull joyously.
She shaded her eyes
with her hand and
looked across the
strip of grny-blue
sea that divided the
island from ''the
main" as if she
could already see
along the beach the life and gayety
that she loved. Spring came a tardy
nnd timid guest to Trull's Cove and
Humor's Landing,, on the northerly
side of the island, and all through
April cold gray skies had hung heav
ily and bittet winds churned the sea.
Graudpa Trull repaired the fiah
ilakes, and calculated hopefully how
long it would bc before the mackerel
Leah Trull glanced suddenly at her
mother, who was leaning out al tho
doorway, a worn and sparo little vom
an with crisply curling black hair and
failed blue eyes, with still a spaik in
"Time to draw lots for the rug rags!
I really believe that's what mother has
been longing for spring for!" cried
Mrs. Trull smiled a little shame
facedly, and the color deepened in her
"Mother's real ambitious," re
marked Leander Trull, her husband,
appearing from the woodshed where
he was hammering at a lobster pot
and gazing at "mother" with tender
"There isn't anybody chat can beat
her making rugs, that's one sure
thing," said Leah. "JBut she's all
worn out waiting for the rags, ain't
"Caddy Ila rn or don't want them,
nor 'Liza Trask," said Mrs. Trull re
flectively. "There'll bs only seven
teen to draw lots this time."
"Only ono chance in seventeen!
Don't you go to thinkiu' anything
about them rags, Clavissy! It's only
vain imaginations any way," said
"I'm afraid you will get all worked
up about them, mother, and then be
disappointed." said Leah.
"La, I ain't a child!" said little Mrs.
"You do them so beautifully, it's no
wonder you feel so; you make the col
ors blend so they're altogether differ
ent from the patterns. You're artistic,
that's what the summer visitors say.
Ii you'd only ha,l more of a chance."
The girl rooked with wistfulness at
the pathetically toil-worn little figure.
"I do love to make them real well,"
said the little woman with a sigh.
"Au;l though it^a six years now since
we made up our minds here on tho
island that, as long as nobody ever
had enough rags for herself, we might
as well put them.all together and take
turns having them, they haven't evor
once fell to me! If your Aunt Cynthy
and old Mrs. Atkina over to the main
hadn't sent me theirs, I don't kuow
when I should ever have hooked a
"I was thinking," said Leah reflec
tively, "that if I hadn't had to help
father repair the boat, I might have
taken some of my school money and
bought you some new cloth-"
"Oh, my laud, no! That .wouldn't
be rug rags!" exclaimed her mother.
"'Twouldu't seem appropriate. I
couldu't cut into whole cloth any
how-and when there's so many things
we need! But Leah-" Mrs. Trull
drew closer to -her daughter and
spoke in a low rone,-"Rachel Sauls
bury has got a beautiful pink piece!
It's cashmere, just as soft! Her niece
Emerettc had a waist made of it when
she was at home from the factory.
She sho -ved me what a nice lot of rags
' she had, and that was anong thom."
j "Why didn't you ask her to give it
to you?" asked Leah.
"Why, Leah! Folks wouldn't
think it v'as fair! There's more than
me that wants pink fo.- Howers; pink
woolen is so uncourion. I heard
that Marcia Green un I a pink flannel
nightgown for her baby, and I got
father to row me over to the main,
one real bleak day, to see if she hadn't
got a piece of it she'd give me, for
they ain't any hands nt all for rugs
over there, you know. Come to find
out, "'twas only cotton flannel and
would fade right out in the sun. But
can't help feeling just as if I should
get the rags, and then I shall have a
pink China aster! There hasn'i ever
been a pattern like it on the islaud.
That lady that sent it to rae from
Boston-the one that boxight my tiger
lily rug-she said 'twas an uncommon
pattern auyway. Ii I could only just
get the China asters of every shade,
seems as if I should feel satisfied for
once! I got two shades of red out of
your Aunt Cynthy's rags; and purple
and white and yellow,-now it seems
'most as if 'twas a providence that
Saulsbury girl having a pink waist."
Leah turned her face away" to hide
the shadow upon it.
"Mother's always so sanguine!" she
was saying to herself. "I don't know
how she can be, after such a hard
"And I think Hemau Bracey'a old
coat has got into the rags at last!"
continued Mra. Trull eagerly. "It's
just the real, rich olive that I want
for a background to my bunch of
China asters. I don't know how long
I've had my eye on that coat!"
Leah went with her mother to the
drawing of the rug rags at Viola
Bracey's, on the other side of the cove.
It was made a festive occasion, and
each viaitor contributed some dainty
to the feast. There were many
"cookieB" with caraway seeds in them
and the tea Aras strong. Leah had
made two cream, pies after a recipe
that she had learned when ?she taught
school "on the main." She said to
herself that, if her mother were disap:
pointed about the rug rags, it might
comfort her a little, to have carried
something to the supper nicer than
anyone else would carry.
In the best room of Mrs. Viola
Bracey's cottage, which was fastened
by ?rou staples to fi great rook, and
lt we knew the cares and trials,
. Knew the efforts all In yuin, 1
And the bitter disappointment,
Understood tho loss and gain
Would the grim, external roughness
Seem, I wonder, just the same?
' Should we help where now we hinder?
Should we pity where wo blame?
Ah, we judge each other harshly,
Knowing not Ute's hidden force;
Kuowing not the fount of action
Is loss turbid at its source.
Seeing not amid the evil
All the golden grains of good-
oh, we'd Jove each other better
It we only understood.
-Bessie W. Smith, in Chicago Tribuno.
3 SWETT. . |?|
overshadowed by the tall lighthouse
shaft-for thc Braceys kept the light
-there were assembl?e! seventeen
women-leaving out of tho reckoning
the more youthful members of the
families who had come to row the
boats or to join in the good time.
And there were seventeen folded
slips of paper in a little willow basket
on a "light stand;" folded because on
one of them was written "Bags''-the
potent sign that made it the winning
Old Mrs. Jake Hamor spoke sud
den'.;., in a thin, high-keyed voice,
drawing her little rusty-black shawl
nervously around her stooping shoul
ders. "It isn't right to draw lots!
I've been tal1, lng to the minister, aud
he says it's jetting a bad example to
the young folks, and so 'tis, for moth
ers in Israel to be gambling for rug
.''I've been thinking, myself, tllat I
didn't feel to have auytbiug that's so
like gambling take place in my house,"
said Mrs. Viola Bracey firmly. "I
move that wo return to the old plan o?
going by a b c's. And if there's any
among the first letters that havo had
the rags lately, why, maybe they'll
give way to the next letter."
There was a chorus of assent; only
old Miss Saulsbury's and Eunice
Young's assents were feeble; they were;
both over . seventy, and with initials
so far clown in tho alphabet it seoined
unlikely that they would ever get the
rigs. "Mother spoke up real chirp,"
said Leah to herself. "She's so proud
she won't let anybody know how sho
wants them rags."- She looked at her
mother, who sat very near the "light
staud," but in the shadow of the green
paper window shade, and saw that she
was trembling. "Well, I guess they
belong to me fast enough, then, for
I'm the only A!" exclaimed Mrs. Lot
Appleby, "and I sha'n't have to give
them up on account of ever having
had them. I never hooked a rug iu
my life, and I don't know as I ever
shall, but I'm going to make some
(rood, solid, braided ones that I've
baen neediug a good while."
Mrs. Lot Appleby was a large and
buxom woman, with a face that was
placid in spite of many lines of caro.
Her husband was the most prosperous
mau on Barberry Island, a "jd her son
Nahum owned part of a coaster, and
expected to go in her as captain on his
Mrs. Trull sat next to Mrs. Apple
by, but her small, worn back was os
tentatiously turned upon her. "When
Mrs. Appleby avowed her intention-of
making braided rugs, Mrs. * Ti-aU
looked afc her with a horrified excla
mation. "? don't expect I am as am
bitions usa house afire," said Mrs.
Appleby with a little embarrassed
J'Them that can buy store carpets
needn't be," said Mrs. Bracey.
And the sympathetic murmur which
followed this remark showed tho es
teem in which Mrs. Lot Appleby was
As for little Mrs. Trull, no one but
her daughter observed her. It was
generally understood that she was
"high-minded" to an absurd degree,
and wanted things that people on Bar
berry Island never thought of having.
She was amount, the poorest of the
islanders, to.", for Leander Trull was
of the kind that, mysteriously "never
seem to get along."
As for the way in. which si e had
openly scorned braided ruj.s, that sav
ored of the old enmity between her and
Mrs. Lot Appleby.
Grandma Fisher, Mrs. Trull's
mother, had tried to have Grandma
Hamor, Mrs. Appleby's mother,
"turned ont" of the church for knit
ting in prayer meeting. Grandma
Hamor was of the old Puritan iype
whose Sabbath b9gan at sundown Sat
urday night. And she "couldn't en
joj her meeting privileges unless her
hands were employed."
Grandma Hamor's godliness re
mained unquestioned, and the congre
gation bore patiently the clicking of
her knitting needles until one evening
Grandma Fischer arose-she always
spoke in meeting-and openly as
serted that "Satan had come also
among them" in the person of one
who worked Sunday.
The warfare that resulted was long,
and threatened to divide the church.
Grandma Hamor was finally ac
quitted of intentional wrongdoing, but
Mrs. Lot Appleby, in those days of a
lively temper-her placidity had come
only with her fifties-gave Grandma
Fisher what was locally known as a
piece of bei >nind.
Grandma Fisher died that year a re
sult of the church quarrel, people said;
aud her daughter had never forgiven
It was au open secret that young
Nahum Appleby, when he was at home,
had never had eyes for auy girl but
Leah Trull, and it had been remarked
that it would be "a real good chauce
for Leah," but Leah was her mother's
loyal daughter, and had never oven
allowed Nahum Appleby to walk home
Oue reckless soul had whispered to
Mrs. Trull that opinion that "Wabum
Appleby would be "a real good chance
for Leah;" and the little woman had
fiercely gazed upon Leah, and adjured
her to promise that she would "never
have anything to say to them that had
brought her grandmother Q to her
Leah had promised, although her
face had whitened while she did so.
People wondered why her family "gave
in so to that little mite of a woman;"
it was either because of her strong
will, or because she was so devoted to
"I must say I could have stood ii
better if it had been anybody .hui
Esther Appleby that got the rags,'
said Mrs. Trull feebly, as they entered
their own house. It was the first
thing she had said in response k
1 Leah's tender condolences. Even l\e\
pride seemed to have failed her.
Leah had laughed and jested at th(
supper table, making light of Barber
ry Island's devotion to rag rugs, ti
hide her mother's silence, She per
suaded ber mother to uao her (Leah's;
old waterproof cape, a green and blue
plaid, to fill in tue back ground of
her rug. It was not worn out, ac
cording tb Barberry Island standards,
but it was threadbare, and there was
a place where, as Leah demonstrated,
one could stick one's finger through
It made a good background for tho
bouquet of China asters, but alas! it
only made Mrs. Trull long the more
intensely for the pink one.
"You don't suppose she is braiding
up all those beautiful rags, do you?"
said Mrs. Trull wistfully to Leah.
It was three weeks after the rags
had been assigned to Mrs. Lot Apple
by, and it was the first time that Mrs.
Trull had spoken of thom, except to
say that she "expected nothing but
what folks would say they kept back
that waterproof cape on purpose."
"I don't believo she has so much as
looked them over, " said Leah. "She's
been having company, and she doesn't
care much about rugs anyway. I no
ticed when I came by the house yes
terday, that the great ragbag that's
always hinging by the woodshed door
was just as full as it couldihold. She's
gone visiting over to tho main now,
anyway; Calo Eamsdell was getting
the captain's catboat reaily to take her
over, when I went down to tho wharf
to help father with his nets this morn
iug. Her Auut .Terusha Baker is sick,
and she's going to stay with her two
or three days; so Cale said."
.Leah went fishing with her father
that afternoon, when there was no
school to teach. And that afternoon
Mrs. Trull did her housework in an
absent and listless way. She went
often to the window, aud looked across
the rocky pasture to the greener,
smoother, upland whero Captain Lot
Appleby's house stood, large and pros
perous and fresh with white and green
"Seems as if 'twas ordained for some
to have everything," she murmured.
There was a large piece of tho wa
terproof cape left, and she tucked it
nuder her arm aud stole out of the
house, and by a devious, unfrequented
path, around the rocky pasture.
The Appleby house stood silent and
deserted in the May sunshine.
Mrs. Trull paused,with her hand on
the latch of the woodshed door. Her
heart beat like a trip hammer,and she
felt giddy from the excitement,or from
the walk in the hot sun.
"For them that can put up with
braided rug3, one color is as good as
another," she said to herself. "It isn't
a mite of harm."
She lifted the latch and went in.
Woodshed doors were never fastened
on Barberry Island; rarely were any
others. There, near thc door, hung
the great ragbag; she thrust her hand
into it breathlessly. A little overturn
ing, and she had the pieca of pink
cashmere in her hand.
The woodshed door, which she had
carefully closed behind her, opened
suddenly, and Mrs. Lot Appleby ap
peared, in her calico wrapper and her
rold shade hat.
Little Mrs. Trail had never fainted
in her life, but she grew very dizzy
again; there was a whirling before her
eyes and then darkness. When she
came to herself, she waa lying on the
woodshed floor with her head on Mrs.
Appleby's knees. She clutched wildly
about her. There was no piece of pink
cashmere, no pieua of tho waterproof
" "Now, you just keep still for a few
minutes!" said Mrs. Appleby with ten
der authority. "It does seem a real
shams that when you'd come to see me
-the first time for so- long!-you
should be taken faint. But' tho sun is
dreadful hot for M*,y! I went 'most
down to the cove after a stray chicken,
and I declare I thought I should have
been sunstruck! I was glad that I
hadn't gone over to Auut .Terusha
Baker's as I intended; I heard that she
had her husband's nicc3 Sophrony
with her, and I thought she'd rather
have me after Sophrony had gone. I
should have missed seeing you, too, if
Little Mrs. Trull, still upon the
floor, turned herself arouud and looked
challengingly, nlmost defiantly, into
her neighbor's serene aud kindly face.
"It isn't a mite of use for you to talk
that way!" she said hoarsely. "You
know just as well aa I do that I came
thinking you had gone away. And
you've hid away thc pieces to make
me think you don't know! I know I
didn't put them back in the bag." She
glanced towards t^e bit of pink that
showod at the top of the ragbag. It
il, was.real good of you." Her voice
broke suddenly. "I never did sneak
ing things till lately! I'd set my heart
on getting a pink China aster for my
rug, and it's been a terrible snare to
"Why, la! it wa'n't anything so
dreadful just to chango pieces! I only
wish I'd known you wanted the pink
piece. I'm going to give tho rags all
to you, if you'll take them, for, what
with Aunt JTerusha bsing sick and Na
hum coming home next week, I sha'n'fc
have time to make rugs."
The two women stood facing each
other now, and Mrs. Trull's small,
sharp features worked convulsively.
"I'vo done moro than you know,"
she said impulsively-"a sight more
than that my mother fetched yours
before th? church for doing! I sat
right next to the slips of paper that
day, when they'd beeu fixed for draw
ing, and I saw, right between the
folds, where 'Bags' was written on
one; and when nobody was looking I
made a little mite of a crease on that
paper with my thumb nail, so't I could
tell which one to drawl"
"Well-well, we're all subject to
temptation!" said Mrs. Appleby hasti
ly, a kindly sympathy chasing the
shocked expression from her face. "I
ahvays said drawing lots was demoral
izing, anyway. No, if I was you, I
wouldn't confess it before the church.
I should think laying it before the
Lord was enougu. And it's just be
tween you aud me, and we'll let all
the bygones be bygones, Clarisyi"
"No, that rug with the China asters
is not for sale,"said Mrs. Trull, firmly,
to the summer visitors from the main,
who were going into ecstasies of ad
miration over her handiwork. "Yes,
as you say, the pink one is real soft
and pretty. I'm keeping that rug for
a wedding present to my daughter.
I expect she'll be Mrs. Nahum Apple
by, come Christmas. Yes, China
asters are real odd and pretty, but
that rug means a sight more than
China asters to me. "-The Housewife.
Growth of Children.
. The average child, in its fourth
year, should be three feet high and
weigh more than twenty-eight pounds;
in the sixth year, three and a half
feet high, and weigh forty-two; in the
eighth year, four feet in height and
fifty-six pounds in weight; at twelve
years, five feet in height and seventy
pounds in weight is a fair average.
Growth is very irregular in children
and young people generally; perhaps
two inches may be gained in two
montos, and for the next ton months
not over an iuoh, even up to the ago
92 ton ox twelve year*-Tue Ledger,
Protect Trees^Wltb. Pine Tar.
To keep rabbits from injuring fruit
trees mix pine tar and grease equal
parts, warm and apply with a cheap
paint brush, to the lower two feet of
the tree trunks.
The Comb an Index;
The comb of a fowl is an hottest in
dex of the true inwardness, and should
daily be oonsnlted by - the fancier who
values the health and well being of
his flock. Look at the comb of a lay
ing hen or pullet. She is in the
height of health and strength, and car
ries her unfailing sign of healthfulness
on her head, in the shape of a blood
red, bright and full comb.-The Fan
"*T Location of Yards.
The location of yards for the suc
cessful cultivation of fowls should be
elevated, and of such a nature that the
natural drainage will at all times pre
vent the standing of stagnant water,
such as would ordinarily be denomin
ated a "dry location." The soil should
be largely composed of sand and
gravel, when possible, which of itself
acts as a filter, and the health and com
fort of the fowls will bejmuch more
Xew Destroyer of Fruit Crop?.
Reinforcements to the ' seventeen
year locusts, the gypsy moth, the
browntail moth and all the rest of the
busy army of fruit destroyers are to
be found in vast quantities in the
"San Jose scale." The San Jose
scale takes its name, not from the lo
cality to which it confines its depre
dations, but to the one in which it
first i ppeared. Since it made its de
but in California it has shown au im
8AN JOSI: SCALE.
partial fonduess for every part of the
Union. Florida has not been too
warm for it, and Massachusetts has
pleased. New Jersey has not es
caped, and tho Pacific coast as far as
British Columbia has appealed to it.
The scale, though spp< .ring only
recently, has evidently spt. t several
eons in preparing to descend upon
the world. It is a microscopic insect
which pierces the green bark of the
tree with its proboscis and sucks the
sap. It has, doubtless with an oye
to this age of germicide solutions,
rendered spraying an infested tree
useless, because it has a scaly cover
ing which remains on the bark of the
tree or the skin of the fruit, and which
acts as au armor against such weap
ons ss washes. . Fruit infested by the
scale is unmarketable.
A Remarkable Potato Crop.
The potato crop on the Cornell Uni
versity farm at Ithaca, N. Y, for 1897
is attracting very wide attention, be
cause of its high excellence at a time
when rot and blight are general
throughout the Atlantic Coast States.
The yield at the University, on indif
ferent, gravelly and loamy soil, which
has had no fertilizer for four years, is
300 bushels per acre, absolutely free
from rot. Tho cost of the crop per
acre, liberally estimated, is about $20,
iu the following items:
Seven cultivations.@? .50 ?3.50
Four sprayings. @ 1.00 4.00
Sixteen bushels seed.? .. . 8.00
Plowing aud planting..., 3.00
Total. . .... .. $18.50
The only item which is liable to
much increase is the cost of seed, the
seed in this case baviug been bought
when potatoes were cheap. Now the
net price for the crop is sixty cents
per bushel, or ?180 an acre, leaving
8160 profit on each acre of the crop.
The land is of a kind ordinarily pur
chasable at about 835 an acre for farm
purposes. It is well within the truth
to say that this crop (aud others be
fore it) shows that Avith scientific
knowledge a potato crop eau be pro
duced worth more than three times the
purchase value of the land it is raised
The important points in this suc
cessful potato culture are stated hythe
College of Agriculture to be: (1) prop
er fitting of the laud; (2) properplant
ing; (3) proper aud sufficient cultiva
tion; (4) proper sjjraying. The last is
a sjiecific against potato bliTht and po
tato rot. In raising this enormous
crop, the college neglected fertilizers,
and did not select land best suited to
potato culture. Elsewhere on the farm,
these factors being added, the record
breaking yield of 380 bushels to the
acre has been reached. It should be
added that the potatoes are of uni
formly marketable quality, with no
waste. Tli9 average yield in this
State this year is estimated at not
more thau sixty-five bushels to the
acre, aud the largest average yield the
State has ever known was 120 bushels.
The prevention of blight and subse
quent rot by spraying with Bordeaux
mixture is an idea which is already
beiug taken up by farmers. The
usual method of nsiug it, however, is
to wait until tho blight appears, and
then spray. It is then too late. At the
university the potatoes are repeatedly
sprayed while green and healthy, and
the blight never appears. Tho report
of this amazing crop at Cornell, to
gether with the generally poor crop in
the State, has led to a great demand
for a recent bulletin of the experiment
station treating of potato culture and
the ijrevention of blight and rot, and
thousands of copies are being mailed
weekly to farmers.-New York Post
Farm anil Garden Notes.
Don't let the beets and squashes stay
out too long.
Drainage will greatly increase the
value of wet ground.
The silo will enable the farmer to
keep more cows profitably.
Hailstorms are likely anywhere, and
insurance against them is as necessary
ns insurance against fire.
Eighty acres intensively cultivated
are better than 160 acres under thc
too often loose system of farming.
For a root that is such unquestion
able value to the hog, the articoke gets
more hard knocks than it deserves.
Do you allow smoking in the barn'
It* you do, increase your insurance.
That may not be exactly honest, bul
when a man tries to burn his barn the
matter of honesty will not probably
Large pieces of old sod form the verj
best winter protective material wher
obtainable. These heaped about th?
roses will protect the most tender from
severe freezing, and they come out iu
the spring in splendid order. It if
just ns good i\sed Kboqt ?ny otljer hal:
BEWABE OF MOEP??
Mrs. Plnkham Asks Women to See!
Cures and Not Mere Temporal
Special forms of suffering1 lead man
woman to acquire the morphine ha'
One of these forms of suffering is a d
persistent pain in the side, accompanied
heat and throbbing. There is disinclii
tion to work, because work only increa
This is only one symptom of a chain o
troubles ; she has others she cannot bea
to confide to her phj*sician, for fear o
an examination, the terror of all sensitiv
The physician, meantime, knows her c(
cannot combat her shrinking terror,
her supplication for something to relit
Ile gi* ! s her a few morphine tablets,
grave caution as to their use. Foolish v
thinks morphine will help her right al
comes its slave !
A wise and a generous physician had s
he told his patient he could do nothii
she was too nervous to undergo an exa
a friend. She said to her, " Don't giv
druggist's and buy a bottle of Mrs. Lyd
It will build you up. You will begin to
did so, and after the fifth bottle her heal
letter about it:
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get around the bou;
ing tired out. My J
so tired and nervoi
much with falling
A friend advised n
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the best medicine I
my head, br.
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TWICE WARNED IN DREAMS.
Widow of One of the Carrison Wreck Vic
tims Saw Him in Sleep.
It was ? woman's poignant intuition,
'the tender bond of sympathy between a
loving wife and husband, that revealed
to Mrs. Thomas Reilly, in two terrible
and dramatic dreams, the fact that the
husband whom she was awaiting and
the son TV hom his old mother had
crossed the ocean io embrace had been
killed in the frightful disaster on the
New York Central Railroad near Gar
The Herald has told how the body
of Thomas Reilly was rescued from tho
half-submerged wreck in the Hudson.
Mr. Reilly was in a good position in St.
Louis, Mo. He had come to this coun
try one year ago. He was fifty-five
years oid and had a family.
Mr. Reilly sent his wife.Ellen, to
England several weeks ago to bring his
mother, Rachel, seventy-four years old,
whom he wished henceforth to live
with him. "Tell mother," he said, "to
make preparations for all the other
children to follow her. I can take care
of them all now." ;
The wife and mother arrived on the
St. Paul Saturday morning. When
Mr. Reilly did not appear at their
hotel Sunday right the women began
to grow hysterical. They had not been
allowed to see the newspapers. Mrs.
Ellon Reilly told Mr. Waddell, the
Hotel proprietor, that she feafed some*
thing had happened to her husbands
She then related to him in detail an
extraordinary dream she had had a lit
tle after five o'clock on Sunday morn
ing. Although at the time unknown to
the unsuspecting wife, this Waa just
previous to the moment when the train
was hurled from the track at Garrison.
"I dreamed that something terrible
happened to Tom," said Mrs. Reilly
"I do not know whether it was a rail
road accident or what, but I saw To/n
distinctly in the midst of it all.
"His face was white, and he put his,
hand over his mouth and struggled to
free himself from something. Then ho
reached his arms out and called me by
name. 'Help me, Nellie!' he cried.
"Tn the dream I tried to do some
thing for his relief. I fried and tried,
my heart beating with terror and my
forehead wet with perspiration.
"During all this time I saw Tom
distinctly. He was continually trying
to get away from something that held
him, but it seemed that he could not
free himself. He kept up his struggles
for a long while, his face showing
"Then Tom's hands dropped and he
lost his vigor. He faded away and
everything became black. I awoke
with a start."
Mrs. Reilly was in a terrible state of
agitation as she related her dream.
Mr. Waddell calmed her as best he
could and reassured her. He still
sedulously kept the news of the disas
ter from the two women. He decided
to walt and see what could be done.
The two women were in a more ner
vous state yesterday morning, although
utterly unaware of the railroad wrecK.
Mr. "vVaddell then told Mrs. Ellen
Reilly that she had better accompany
him to the Grand Central station, and
he would try and find out what had de
layed her husband.
Leaving the old mother in her room
Mrs. Reilly went out with the manager.
On the way she told him she had had
a second dream that morning.
"I know there ls something wrong
with Tom," said she. "I feel it. I
dreamed that a man on a jet black
horse rode up in front of the hotel. He
halted there for a moment, raised both
hands and disappeared. It was so hor
rible that my heart seemed to fly to
Mr. Waddell then told the poor wife
that he feared Mr. Reilly had been
killed in a railroad wreck up the Hud
son. The woman nearly fainted. Then
she bravely gathered herself together
and, with tears streaming down her
face, accompanied the manager on tho
train to Cold Spring.
At the morgue, Mrs. Reilly fully
identified the dead man as her hu3
*nd.-New York Herald.
Two Occult Views.
"George describes the girl he is en
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perfect sight."-Boston Globe.
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