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mo (Special Information Service. United States Department of Agriculture.) MAKING MAN LABOR COUNT FOR MORE By REX BEACH i5S&gz 'Copyright, by Htrpcr and Brothers) W9S ENB C- ROSA AND HER COMPANIONS, FACING STARVATION, ARE FORCED TO LEAVE THEIR HiDING PLACES Synopsis. Don Esteban Varona, rich Cuban planter, hides bis money and jewels and the secret of the hiding place is lost when he . and the only other person who knows it are killed. Donna Isabel, step mother of the Varona twins Esteban and Rosa searches vainly for years for the hidden treasure. Johnny O'lleilly, an American, loves and is loved by Rosa. Doona Isabel falls to her death in an old well while walking in. her sleep. Esteban's connection with the Cuban insurrectos is discovered and he and Rosa are forced to flee. O'Reilly, in New York on business, gets a letter from Rosa telling of her peril and he starts for Cuba. Pancho Cueto. faithless manager of the Varona estates, betrays Esteban and Rosa, leading Colonel Cobo, notorious Spanish guerrilla, to their hiding place. Esteban. who is absent, returns jnst in time to rescue Rosa. O'Reilly' efforts to reach Rosa are fruit less and he is compelled by the Spanish authorities-to leave Cuba. Esteban wreaks a terrible vengeance on Pancho Cueto. A fierce fight' with Spanish soldiers ensues. Esteban escapes, but, badly wounded and half conscious, he is unable to find his way' back to his camp CHAPTER XI Continued. 9 But the time came when he could walk no farther. lie tried repeatedly and failed, and meanwhile the earth spun even more rapidly, threatening to whirl him off into space. It was a ter rible sensation; he lay down ind Imgged the ground, clinging to roots and sobbing weakly. Rosa, he knew, was just around the next bend in the trail ; he called to her, but she did not answer, and he dared not attempt to creep forward because his grip was failing. lie could feel his fingers slip ping slipping. His last thought, as he went whirling end over end through space, was of his sister. She would never know how hard he had tried to reach her. Late on the second day after the bat tle Asenslo returned to his bohio. Rosa and Evangelina. already frantic at the delay, heard hira crying to them while he was still hidden in the woods, and knew that the worst had happened. There was little need for him to tell his story, for he was weaponless, stained, and bloody. He had crossed the hills on foot after a miraculous es cape from that ravine of death. Of his companions he knew nothing what ever; the mention of Esteban's name caused him to beat his breast and cry aloud. He was weak and feverish, and his incoherent story of the midnight .encounter was so highly colored that Rosa nearly swooned with horror. The girl stood swaying while he told how the night had betrayed them, how he had wrought incredible feats of valor before the shifting tide of battle had4 spewed him out the end of the tiiinken road and left him half dead in the grass. Asensio had lain there un til, finding himself growing stronger, he had burrowed into a tangle of vines at the foot of a wall, where he had re nialned until the fighting ceased. When the Spaniards had finally discovered Ithelr mistake and. had ceased riding 'one another down, when lights came -and he heard Colonel Cobo cursing them like one insane, he had wriggled away, crossed the calzada, and hidden In the woods until dawn. .He had been walking ever since; he had come home in die. J Asensio recovered, but he was sadly changed. There was no longer any martial spirit in him : he feared the iSpaniards, and tales of their atrocities cowed him. Then Cobo came into the Yumuri. jThe valley, already well-nigh deserted, was filled to the brim with smoke from framing fields and houses, and, through It the sun showed like a copper shield. Kefugees passed the bohio, bound farther into the hills, and Asensio told .the two women that he and they must .also go. So the three gathered up (rwhat few things they could carry on their backs and fled. They did not stop until they had gained the fastnesses of the Pan de Matanzas. Here they built a shelter and again took up the problem of liv ing, which was now more difficult than ever. The Pan de Matanzas, so called be- -cause of its resemblance to a mighty loaf of bread, became a mockery to the hungry people cowering in its shel ter. Bread! Rosa Varona could not remember when she had last tasted such a luxury. Raw cane, coconuts, the tasteless fruita bomba, roots, the pith from palm tops, these were her articles of diet, and she did not thrive upon them. She was always more or less hungry. She was ragged, too, and she shivered miserably through the long, chill nights. Rosa could measure the change in her appearance only by .studying her reflection from the sur face of the spring where she drew wa ter, but she could see that she had be come very thin, and she judged that the color had entirely gone from her cheeks. It saddened her, for O'Reilly's sake. Time came when Asensio spoke of .giving, up the struggle and going in. "They were gradually starving, he said, and Rosa was ill ; the risk of discovery was ever present. Jt was better to go while they had the strength than slow ly but surely to perish here. He had heard that there were twenty thousand reconcentrados in Matanzas ; in such a crowd they could easily manage to hide themselves; they would at least be fed along with the others. No one had told Asensio that the government was leaving Its prisoners to shift for themselves, supplying them .with not a pound of food nor a square inch of shelter. ; "" Misery bred desperation at last ; iBvangellmi's courage failed her, and tehe allowed "herself to be won. over. jShe began her preparations by disguis- . ling Rosa. Gathering herbs and berries. Ishe made a stain with which she col- irrvl th jHrl's fm nnrt hrwlv then cho jsewed a bundle of leaves into the back . Id! Rosa's waist so 'that when tlie lat ter stooped her shoulders and walked with a stick her appearance of de formity was complete. On the night before their departure Rosa Varona prayed long and earnest ly, asking little for herself, but much for the two black people who had suf fered so much for her. She ..prayed also that O'Reilly would come before it was too late. CHAPTER XII A Woman With a Mission. Within a few hours after O'Reilly's return to New York he telephoned to Felipe Alvarado, explaining briefly the disastrous failure of his Cuban trip. "I feared as-much," the doctor told him. "You were lucky to escape with your life." "Well, I'm going back. Won't you in tercede for me with the junta? They're constantly sending parties." "Um-m! not quite so often as that." Alvarado was silent for a moment; then he said : "Dine with me tonight and we'll talk it over. I'm eager for news of my brothers and there is some one I wish you to meet. She Is interested in our cause." "'She'? A woman?" "Yes,' and an unusual woman. She has contributed liberally to our cause. I would like you to meet her." "Very well ; but I've only one suit of clothes, and it looks as If Td slept in it." "Oh, bother the clothes!" laughed the physician. "I've given most of my own to my destitute countrymen. Don't expect too much to eat, either; every extra dollar, yau know, goes the same way as my extra trou sers. It will be a sort of patriotic 'poverty party.' Come at seven, please." That evening O'Reilly anticipated his dinner engagement by a few mo ments in order to have a word alone with Alvarado. "This lady who Is coming here to night has influence with Enriquez." Al varado told him. "You remember I told you that she has contributed lib erally. . She might help you." O'Reilly had met women with ideals, with purposes, with avocations, and his opinion of them was low. Women who had "missions" were always tire some, he had discovered. This one, it appeared, was unusual only in that she had adopted a particularly exacting form of charitable work. Nursing, even as a rich woman's diversion, must be anything but agreeable. O'Reilly pictured this Evans person in his mind a large, plain, elderly crea ture, obsessed with impractical ideas of uplifting the masses! She would undoubtedly bare him stiff with stories of her work; she would reproach him with neglect of his duties to the suf fering. Johnnie was too poor to be charitable and too deeply engrossed at the moment with his own troubles to care anything whatever about the "masses." And she was a "miss." That meant that she wore thick glasses and probably kept cats. A ringing laugh from the cramped hallway interrupted these reflections; then a moment later Doctor Alvarado was Introducing O'Reilly to a young woman so completely out of the pic ture, so utterly the opposite of his preconceived notions, that he was mo mentarily at a loss. Johnnie found himself looking into a pair of frank gray eyes, and felt his hand seized by a firm, almost masculine grasp. Miss Evans, according to his first dazzling impression, was about the most fetch ing creature he had ever seen and about the last person by whom any young man could be bored. The girl and she was a girl had brought into the room an electric vitality, a breezi ness hard to describe. Altogether she was such a vision of healthy, unaffect ed and smartly gotten-up young wom anhood that O'Reilly could only stam mer his acknowledgment of the intro duction, inwardly berating himself for his awkwardness. Alvarado placed an affectionate hand upon Miss Evans shoulderl "O'Reilly, this girl has done, more for Cuba than any of us. She has spent a small fortune for medical supplies," said he. - "Those poor men must live on qui nine,; the girl exclaimed. "Anyone who can bear to take the stuff ought to have all he wants. I've a perfect passion for giving pills.' O'Reilly liked this girL He had liked her the instant she favored him with her friendly smile, and so, trusting fatuously to his masculine powers of observation, he tried to analyze her. He could not guess her age, for an ex pensive ladies tailor can baf3e the most discriminating eye. Certainly, however, she was not old he had an idea that she would tell him her exact age if he asked her. While he could not call her beautiful, she was some- thiaz Irr.Tneaaeljr better sh w&s alivaJ human, interesting-, and interested. The fact that she did not take her "mission" over-seriously proved that she was al.o sensible beyond most women. Yes, that was it. Miss No- ! rine Evans was a perfectly sensible, unspoiled young person, who showed the admirable effects of clean living and clean thinking coupled with a nor mal, sturdy constitution. O'Reilly told himself that here was a girl who could pour tea. nurse a sick man, or throw a baseball. And she was as good as her promise. She did not interrupt when, during dinner. Alvarado led Johnnie to talk about his latest experience in Cuba, but, on the contrary, her unflagging in terest induced O'Reilly to address his talk more often to her than to the doc tor. He soon discovered that she un derstood the Cuban situation as well as or better than he, and that her sym pathies were keen. She was genuinely moved by the gallant struggle of the Cuban people, and when the dinner was over she exploded a surprise which left both men speechless. "This settles it with me," she an nounced. I'm going right to the insur rectos with you." "With me!" O'Reilly could not con ceal his lack of enthusiasm. "I don't knov" that the junta, will take me." "They will if I ask them. You say the rebels have no hospitals, no nurses " "We do the best we can, with our equipment." "Well, I'll supply better equipment, and I'll handle it myself. I'm in ear nest. You sha'n't stop me." The physician stirred uneasily. "It's utterly absurd," he expostulated. "Some women might do it, but you're not the sort. You are pardon nre a most attractive young person. You'd be thrown among rough men." "Mr. O'Reilly will look out for me. But. for that matter, I can take care of myself. Oh, it's of no use trying to discourage me. I always have my own way ; I'm completely spoiled." "Your family will never consent." O'Reilly ventured ; whereupon Miss Evans laughed. "I haven't such a thing. I'm alone and unincumbered. No girl was ever so fortunate. But wait I'll settle this whole thing in a minute." She quitted the table, ran to Alvarudo's telephone, and called a number. "She's after Enriquez," groaned the physician. "He's w eak ; he can't re fuse her anything." "I don't want a woman on my hands," O'Reilly whispered, fiercely. "Suppose she, got sick? Good Lord! I'd have to nurse her." He wiped a sudden moisture from his brow. "Oh, she won't get sick. She'll prob ably nurse you and all the other men. You'll like it. too, and you will all fall In love with her everybody does and start fighting among yourselves. There! She has Enriquez. Listen." Johnnie shivered apprehensively at the directness with which Miss Evans put her request. "You understand, I want to go and see .for myself, she was saying. "If you need medicines I'll give them bushels of the nastiest stuff I can- buy. Ill organize a field hospital. ... Oh, very well, call it a bribe, if you like. Anyhow, I've fully determined to go, and Mr. O'Reil ly has volunteered to take care of me. He's charmed with the idea." Miss Evans giggled. "That means you'll have to take him along, too." There followed a pause during which the two men exchanged dismayed glances. 'She doesn't seem to care what she says. OKeuly murmured. "But ril put a flea In Enriquez' ear." "Put it in writing, please." There was a wait. Now read it to me. . . . 'I'm Going Right tc the Witli You." Insurrectos Good! Miss Evans fairly purred over the telephone. "Send it to me by messenger right away; that's a dear, I'm at Doctor Alvarado's house, and he's beside himself with joy. Thanks, awfully. You're so nice." A moment, and she was back in the dining room facing her two friends a picture of triumph. "You have nothing more v to say about It," she gloated. " The pro visional government of Cuba, through Its New York representatives, extends to Miss Norine Evans an invitation to visit its temporary headquarters la the Sierra de somethlng-or-other. and dasms It an honor to Lave sr as its guest so long as she wishes to remain there. Now then, let's celebrate." She executed a dance step, pirou etted around the room, then plumped herself down into her chair. She rat tled her cup and saucer noisily, cry ing. "Fill them up. Doctor Gloom. Let's drink to Cuba Libre." - Johnnie managed to smile a3 he raised his demi-tasse. "Here's to my success as a chaperon." said he. "I'm disliked by the Spaniards, and now the Cubans will hate me. I can see happy days ahead." O'Reilly arose early the next morn ing and hurried down to the office of the junta, hoping that he could con vince Mr. Enriquez of the folly of al lowing Norine Evans to have her way. But his respect for Miss Evans energy and initiative deepened when, on arriv ing at 56 New street, he discovered that she had forestalled him and was even then closeted with the man he had come to see. Johnnie walked un easily; he was dismayed when the girl finally appeared, with Enriquez in tow, fur the man's face was radiant. "It's all settled," she announced, at sight of O'Reilly. "I've speeded them up." 'You're an early riser," the latter re marked. "I hardlv expected " Enriquez broke in. "Such enthusi asm! Such ardor! She whirls a per son oft his feet." "It seems that the Junta lacks money for another expedition, so I've made up the deficit. We'll be off in a week. "Really? Then you're actually going?" "Of course. Don't be hateful, and argumentative, or I'll begin to think you're a born chaperon," Miss Evans exclaimed. "Come! Make un vour mind to endure me. And now you're going to help me buy my tropical out fit." With a smile and a nod at Enriquez she took O'Reilly's arm and bore him away. The days of idle waiting that fol lowed were trying, even to one of O'Reilly's philosophical habit of mind. He could learn nothing about the Jun ta's plans, and,-owing to his complete uncertainty, he was unable to get work. At last there came a message which brought them great joy. Enriquez di rected them to be in readiness to leave Jersey City at seven o'clock the follow ing morning. Neither Johnnie nor Les lie Branch slept muchxthat night. As they waited in the huge, barnlike station Enriquez appeared with Norine Evans upon his arm. The girl's color was high; she was tremulous with ex citement. Leslie Branch, who saw her for the first time, emitted a low whistle of surprise. "Glory be! That goddess!" he cried. When Norine took his bony, blood less hand in her warm grasp and flashed him her frank, friendly smile, he capitulated instantly. Enriquez was introducing a new comer now, one Major Ramos, a square-jawed forceful Cuban, who, it seemed, was to be in command of the expedition. "My duties end here," Enriquez ex plained. "Major Ramos will take charge of you. and you must do ex actly as he directs. Ask no questions, for he won't answer them. Good-by and good luck." When he had gone the three Ameri cans followed their new guide through the Iron gates. " Major Rainos proved that he knew how to obey orders even though the other members of his party did not. He remained utterly deaf to Miss Ev ans' entreaties that he -let her know something about the plans of the ex pedition ; he would not even tell her where he was taking her, where the ether filibusters had assembled, or from what port their ship would sail. When Philadelphia. Washington, then Baltimore, and finally Richmond were left behind. Miss Evans was, in truth, ready to explode, and her two compan ions were in a similar frame of mind. It was not until the train was ap proaching Charleston that Major Ra mos finally announced: "This Is the end of our journey; the other mem bers of the expedition are here. But I must ask you not to talk with them or with any strangers, for our friend3 are being watched by detectives in the employ of the Spanish minister at Washington and by United States dep uty marshals. One little indiscretion might ruin everything." The hotel to which Major Ramos led his guests appeared to be well filled; there were many Cubans in the lobby, and the air was heavy with the aroma of their strong, black cigarettes. As the major entered they turned in terested and expectant faces toward him and they eyed his companions with frank curiosity. Miss Evans became the target for more than one warmly admiring glance. As for O'Reilly, the familiar odor of those Cuban cigarettes, the snatches of Spanish conversation which he over heard, awoke in him a great excite ment; he realized with an odd thrill that these eager, dark-vLsaged men were now his friends and comrades, and that those Americans - loitering watchfully among them were his ene mies the spies of whom Ramos had spoken. There were at least a score of the latter, and all were plainly stamped with the distinctive marks of their calling. That they, too, were in terested in the latest arrivals was soon made evident by their efforts to get acquainted. On the next afternoon word was qui etly passed to get ready, and the fili busters, carrying their scant hand baggage, began to leave the hotel In groups, followed, of course, by the watchful spies. As the three Americans prepared for Everything is all right. We're not go ing aboard the Dauntless at all; she's here as a blind." " "Are you sure?" O'Reilly shot her a quick glance. "Major Ramos himself gave that story to the newspapers; it's all a part of" his plan. I promised not to tell, but I Just can't help myself. Gee! I'm having a good time." Leslie Branch shook his head mourn fully. "Yoh may enjoy It, but I don't, he grumbled. "We'll end it by being pinched, and that will finish me. One week in a damp cell, with my lungs " O'Reilly, whose spirits had risen magically, clapped him heartily on the back, crying: '"Congratulations ! You're feeling better." "I never felt worse !" the other com plained. "Nonsense! That's the first kick you've mmle since we hit cold weather. A ipiill 11 ? "They're 'Wops, or Greeks, or Some thing." By the time we reach Cuba you'll be nice and melancholy and your cough will be all gone." Ramos led his three charges to the railroad station and into the rear coach of a south-bound train, where the other members of the expedition had already found seats. As they climbed aboard a secret service agent essayed to follow them, but he was stopped by a brakeman, who said : "You can't ride in here; this is a special car. Some sort of a picnic party. They're 'wops or Greeks or something." O'Reilly finds himself back in Cuba only to 'have his hopes of finding Rosa and Esteban re ceive another crushing blow. Still he refuses to give up the search. - Read about these devel opments in the next installment. (TO BE CONTINUED.) MYSTERY HOVERS OVER LAKE Body of Water in Central Africa Has Most Curious Effect on Minds of Travelers. Cold and gray are the waters which Lake Tchad spreads over the lowlands of central Africa. The traveler In Africa finds the mystery of the dark continent more haunting and unfath omable here than in the baffling mazes of the jungle or in the silent smile of the sphinx. Heavy winds toss the shallow waters about and whisper their secrets through the reeds. But the lake makes no answering confidences. It stretches on and on, measuring Its miles of surface in sweeping wave lengths. As far as the eye can see ahead are the reeds and rushes reaching up through the water In tangled masses. Here and there the line of the gray ex panse is broken by slender islands bearing up a few round-topped native huts, outlined dimly against the sky line. The effect is that of a painting seen, through gray glasses, reducing the whole to a low key. It Is In the grayness that the lake's effect of mys tery lies, the grayness that hovers dull and cheerless over waving reeds. The traveler gazing across Lake Tchad for the first time feels the thrill of discovery. The knowledge that he Is not the first to stand upon the banks does not dispel the feeling of entering the most shut-off place in central Africa. Valuable Australian Wood. Figured blackwood is mentioned by a consular report as perhaps the most beautiful of Australia's many orna mental hardwoods. The "fiddleback and "mottled" grains are -most socht. the grain of the former being not on like that of the North American curly maple. The color, however. Is differ ent, being a rich golden brown. The panel effects are obtained by combin ing the fiffure with the plain black wood. Eye Guard for Eye Worker. An eye guard raluable for macntn Ists who work where there Is danger to the eyes from eteel or other par ticles consists of a 6teel frame and a piece of plate glass covered by Iron wire netting of large mesa. The guard Ls said to be easily adjusted and more Larger Implement Increases MACHINERY AIDS LABOR SHORTAGE Use of Modern Implements Is One Way to Increase Crops in Time of Emergency. AIDS EFFICIENCY OF WORKER United States Department of Agricul ture Recommends That Farmers Co-operate in Purchase of Va rious Farm Outfits. Work which Is generally done In some part of the country -with the aid of machines that greatly Increase the efficiency of the man employed is still largely done by hand in other parts. Machinery for the most of the work in connection with preparing and tilling the soil Is available in many sizes, and frequently two or more outfits, each requiring the time of one man, are seen working in the same field on op erations for which implements of two or three times the size of those used could be employed with just as satis factory results. There are few farm horses which a driver of ordinary in telligence cannot train to work In large teams in a few days time, and most of the larger Implements are lit tle if any more complicated or diffi cult to handle than the small ones for the same work. Machinery Profitable. Where the farm is large, and it Is not possible to procure sufficient labor, specialists of the United States de partment of agriculture say it Is more profitable, as well as patriotic, to In stall machinery which will enable the operator to plant, cultivate, and har vest a full acreage of the crops best suited to his land and the needs of his country, than to let some of the land He Idle, or, at best, have It pre pared and worked poorly, and the crops out of season. In Farmers Bulletin &S9, "Better Use of Man Labor on the Farm." Just issued by the United States depart ment of agriculture, photographs of actual farm scenes are printed to show that in many cases work can be doubled by the use of larger Imple ments and greater motive power, and sometimes the gain is considerably more than that. If the nature of the work and the machinery for doing It are such that the best Implements will Increase the efficiency of the worker by only 50 or 75 per cent their use may make possible an increase In acreage by just that ameunt and at least will enable the farmer to do his work In less time and allow him to take better advantage of good weath er If the season Is unfavorable Combining to Purchase Machinery. Can all farmers afford to buy extra horses and larger Implements to save man labor? Of course those whose farms require but one or two horses to do the ordinary work seldom can afford to do so. But they can secure this additional help by combining to purchase larger machinery, and doub ling up their teams to operate it; or one. usually more skilled In operating machinery, or-better able to purchase it, may own the .larger Implements, and do the work for several neighbor farmers, besides his own, to the ad vantage of all concerned. Both these methods have been tried out In many localities with mowers, harvesters, tractors, thrashing machines," and other farm machinery. How Rats Migrate. Migrations of rats from one local ity to another probably are due chiefly to food conditions, say Investigators of the United States department of agriculture. After years In which the pests are comparatively scarce in a rural neighborhood they suddenly be There are ' many varieties of cow peas, of which the white and black eye sorts are most desirable for table use. Hogging-down and sheeping-down corn are contemplated this year on an unprecedented scale. Scarcity of labor is the principal prompting influence. 'W -TV Work One Man Can Do. come exceedingly abundant and de structive. Rats migrate from places where food is scarce to places where it is plentiful. Abundant food In the new locality 'causes abnormal repro duction, the effect of which in a short time is that of a sudden invasion by a vast horde of rats. Other movements of rats are local and seasonal in occurrence. An exo dus takes place every spring from cities and villages to river banks and farmsteads In the surrounding coun try, and is followed by a return mi gration In the autumn. This phenom enon, which has been observed almost everywhere, explains why rats are more abundant in towns during the cold season and In larger numbers la the country during the summer. That all rodent destruction is prop erly ffte business of the community, and that this must be recognized be fore substantial progress is made, la asserted by the department Investiga tors. t INVESTING IN MACHINERY t If two men, driving one horse each, can combine the two horses into one team which one man can drive, and this 'team can do as much or more work than the two did singly. Isn't It wise to combine them and save one man's time? And If the farm Is large and conditions warrant, isn't.It wise to combine two of these two horse teams into one, and save another man's time? But before making these extra investments It is wise for the farmer to "consider well the cost and the probable gain. If extra horses and Implements cost more than they will produce, of course it would be unwise to make the Investment, Maple Sugar Value Grows. The value of the national produc tion of maple sugar and maple sirup has grown from $2,600,000 In 1809. when the census first ascertained It, to $12,000,000 for 1918, according to the bureau of crop estimates. United States department of agriculture. The maple sugar and sirup of 1913 were 'worth five times the cranberry crop of 1917, one and one-third times the hop crop, three-fifths of the sorghum sirup made, one-half of the buckwheat or flaxseed or onion crop, one-third of the oranges, and one-quarter of the sugar beets. The principal region of production extends from northwestern Ohio through New York to Vermont and In cludes parts of Maine, New Hamp shire, Massachusetts and Pennsyl vania. Outside of this region there Is production of Importance In the moun tain country beginning with the south ern counties of Pennsylvania and ex tending through western Maryland Into scattered localities In West Vir ginia, and also in parts of Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana. Weeds Never Rest. The weed fight Is one of the stand ard routine operations on the farm, and It represents a large proportion of the labor necessary to produce crops. No other single feature of farming re quires such universal and unceasing attention as do the weeds. Results From Thinning. Do not let the vegetables remain too thick In the row. Too many beets to the foot in the row is just as bad as weeds. Get the maximum results from your ground by thinning and good care. Plan for Storase House. Early this season plans should be made and executed in the building of suitable farm storage houses or cel lars. This usually can be done at rel atively low cost If undertaken in time. For honey comb and cellar winter- ing an eight-frame hive Is commonly t preferred. Frequent cultivation of the soil will be necessary to save moisture. . Barn room and the proper shelter for crops Is always Important on the farm. -V A good rotation is just as essential to the farm as a good meal to the farmer. When alfalfa is cured in the wind row the leaves draw moisture from the stem and insure even curing.