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THE DODGE CITY TIMES Subscription, $2 per year, in advance. NICHOLAS B. KX AINE, EDITOR. CLIMBING THE STATES. "With-lagging steps and anxious heart I sought my home one summer nijrht; Some plan had fail'd, some hope was vain, And I had 1 ought a weary fight. I felt not in the summer air The scent of flowers and bleaching hay, 1 did not know the night was fair. For shadows of the troubled day. And as I stood within my door. Still full of fenrs, and doubts, and cares A clear, sweet voice behind me said: "I's just a-creeping up a'stairs!" I turned and saw my little one. Quite happy in her brave intent, As step by step, with hands and tact, Up to the very top she went. Jut step by step, with hands and feet Slowly, but still without a stop, Till with a crow ot victory She sat down on the very top. And stretched out loving bunas to me, Who clapped her to my fainting breast The little angel who had brought The cheering words of strength and rest. I said: "Now. fainting heart, be brave; See here the image of thy strife: 'Tis step by step, with hands and feet, We climb the road of daily lite; 'Ti" step ty step all good we win, With toiling hands, upon our knees; Upwards and onwards, step by step; But at the top is rest and ease. And ever after, day by day, I boldly taced my many cars; Telling my heart: "Another step; We're only creeping up the stairs!" Thus 1 caring, toiling, hoping still, 1 did not turn, I did not stop, Till with a cry of victory I sat down on the very top. But never in my brightest hour Have I forgot the weary day. The sad, almost despairing walk Home, in the evening still and gray; The halt-unspoken prayer I made For help to bear my weight of cares; The climbing child the clear, sweet voice: "I's just a-creeping up a'stairs!" Mary A. Barr, in Christian Union. --- The Burglar and His Methods. The methods of the American thief are very comprehensive and skillful; more so than are those of the profession, for such has thieving become, of other countries. It is commonly acknowl edged among the first police officers in the world that, for a fine job, the American thief is far ahead of the- other nations. Why should they be? That is somewhat of a mystery, unless to the training he has received under the tutelage of the best of English thieves he adds the peculiar daring, coolness, cun ning and skill that seem to be inherent in the fully developed American; but no matter for what reason, the fact remains unchallenged that he stands at the head of the cratt. A consideration of his ways, gentle and otherwise, will be interest ing to read. He is divided in many families, but first and foremost among thieves is the bank burglar or 'high tobyman." He is the king-bee in the criminal hive, and affects tobeagentle man when not engaged on a "lay." The history of nearly every large and wealthy city abounds in instances of the bank robber's daring roguery. He comes and leaves mysteriously, and his presence would not have been felt had he not left a "kit" of beautiful tools be side a wrecked safe or bank vault, and taken in exchange greenbacks and bonds that may be thousands, but more often is millions. This in his peculiarly sportive moments he might term a fair exchange, and does; but no amount of sportive wit can persuade the bank offi cers into thus regarding the-visit Bank burglars are not in the habit of working alone. They travel in gangs, and have at theTr beck and call a crowd of confederates cap italists, layers-out and go-betweens. The first-named " stake " the cracks man when he is broke, furnish the lnnds for his expeditions, and when he is in trouble look generally to his interests. The layer-out is the brains of the gang, plans its expedi tions, often furnish the lunds, and, alt er a success, shares the spoils. The go between is he who acts as agent for the return of non-eligible bonds" or securi-. ties of any kind, for, although these papers have no real value to the burglars, the bank people are pinched by the same vise, and between the two inconveniences both are willing to sacrifice something in the interest of harmony and the rest. Hank burglars' tools are generally of a very' superior order, gathered with care and piece meal until the kit is made up. A full kit of the best order is worth 2,000. This may all go in the event of a fail ure of a job by disturbance, and- gen erally does go when a successful niece ,of work is accomplished, as the booty is heavy enough to carry away in itself, so that tools are left behind. Mechan ics of a superior class exist in larger cities who make a specialty of fashion ing burglars' tools. In the absence of such a mechanic the tools are collected in parts, but as this is a risky way of obtaining them it is avoided if possi ble. Kits of the tobyman's tpols are kept on hand for hire, and a good col lection can be obtained in the centers of the business for from 6100 to $200. These tooi-renters are geneivJly tool makers, also, but often the fence has them on hand, and it is part of the busi ness of the old cracksman to keep them. Fifty per cent of the noted burglars are practical smiths and thoroughly under stand the temper and capacity of their own tools. Sometimes a gang, each owning implements of different kinds, I pool their possessions, and thus make j up a full "kit." The tool-makers have ' their specialties. Some are famous for ; chisels, others for punches and jimmies, : and one maker has made a national rep- utation for a sledge of lead and copper S that entirely superseded that formerly I used of steel, ' because of the dull, al most noiseless, blow it strikes. The latest great improvement is in drills that cut into the hardest steel like a knife into wood, especially the double rachet drill ot Howard, the burglar, who was murdered by his comrades some years ago for treachery. This drill is said to be able to bore a hole through a solid block of steel as easily as does a gimlet in one of wood. Another tool called a safe-opener, made on the prin ciple of the domestic 03-ster-opener, will cut the front out of a safe when once it gets a hold. But the most powerful and destructive instrument used by burglars is the safe-drag, originally made in En gland. It weighed at first about 500 pounds, but American ingenuity has got it down to a little over 100 in weight and improved its qualities. An expert can tear a strong safe literally to pieces with this terrible machine. Cleveland Herald. m m A Pest of Wild Ducks. The wild ducks are more destrucn7e to grain this winter than are the geese. At least, that is the comnlaint of the ranchers. While the geese feed more or less during the day, the ducks con fine their depredations to the night, when the darkness prevents the herd ers from successful! j warring against them. Charles Chapman has been greatly annored by ducks, and his grain has suffered to a considerable extent. But Charles has hit upon an expedient that is not only protecting his grain, but threatens to annihilate the duck family. He stretched five strands of barbed fence-wire from the top of his barn to a post twenty-five feet high, placing the wires about eight inches apart. A hair-trigger shot-gun, loaded, was fastened on the side of the post, at the top, the muzzle pointing along the wires. From one of the lat er a small wire ran to the trigger of the gun. This trap was set Thursday night of last' week. The wires were only about thirty four feet in length. About two o'clock Friday morning Charles was awakened by the discharge of the gun. Then fol lowed a chorns of "quacks." He went out. On the ground in the vicinity of the wires he found twenty-three ducks; nineteen were dead, and the remainder crippled so they couldn't fiy. Ten of the lot had been struck by the shot from the gun The remainder had flown against the wires, the shock killing them. He reloaded the gun, and put up one of the wires which had been loosened from the pole. Between three and four o'clock the same morning he was again woke up, but didn't go out. When he arose in the morning he picked up thirty-seven dead ducks making a total of sixty during the night. He was in town Friday, and told us that he in tended erecting at least 500 yards of the ti ap on his grain fields. The experi ment was sugges ed to him by recollec tions of the manner in which prairie chickens killed themselves by flyina" against the telegraph wires "back East." The experiment would be a costly one to large ran- hers, but, if the game was bled immediately, so that it would be fit for the market, the sale of the ducks would more than meet the outlay. Gridlcy (Cal.) Herald. Corn Sponge-Cake: Two cups of Indian meal, one-half cup offlour, cne haif cup of molasses, two cups of milk, sweet or sour, two teaspoonfuls of soda, and a -little salt. Tlie Household. Curing Aleuts. , . j .L Hams, shoulders and breakfastsi'"cn can be sugar-cured in a tight or opea vessel. The open vessel is best. Pack the meats closely in the vessel, and aft er preparing the pickle pour it over the meats, and if the vessel be open put a weight on the meat to hold it under the pLkle. If the vessel is tight turn it half over every third day lor twenty days. The vessel must be kept full of pickle. The pickle is made as follows: Fcr each 300 pounds of meat placed in a tferce or hogshead put in twenty-four pounds of salt, three quarts of good sirup, twelve ounces of salt peter, and fill the barrel with water. If curing in an open vessel take the meats out of the vessel and repack as often as you would turn the A'essel if tight. This is to be done to change the position of the pieces, that the pickle may reach every part. Jt is best to let the meats remain in the pickle until taken out to smo;e. The temperature shouM be kept below fifty degrees while the pickle remains on the meats. Pickled pork (mess or clear pork) is made by sprink ling reck salt at the bottom of the bairel and packing the pieces closely, placing them on edge, sprinkling sa t between the la ers, using thirty pounds of salt to 190 pounds ot meat. A brine of full strength should then be made and the barrel filled. See that the barrel is kept full of pickle, or if the vessel is an open one, that the pickle covers the meats. If the pickle should begin to ferment at any time more rocK salt should be added, When meats cured in this man ner are to be smoked, put them in a ves sel or cold water to soak for six: or ten hours to remove the surplus salt; then wash in rain water, rubbing well with scrub brush or cloth; then hang for twenty-four hours before supplying smoke. Sweet pickled meats should not be soaked in water before smoking, but should be washed in rain water the same as in dry salt-cured meats. The 1 meat should he hung for smoking as high above tne hre as possible, he meat should be smoked from ten days to two weeks. Sugar-cured meats should be scrubbed or placed in a dark room before the fiy appears in the early spring. A Kentucky method of cur ing hams and bacon is furnished by a gentleman from that State, who knows it to be good and absolutely proof against skippers. Leave the mea in a strong brine for seven or eight weeks, then wash it in luke-warni water and dry. When diy roll it in a mixture of equal parts 'of pepper and saltpeter, rubbing it thoroughly with the hand. Hang in the smoke-house under a slow fire, only partially smoking it. In the spring, before the flies come, paint the meat with New Orleans molasses, then smoke thoroughly. Another method: The following method of curing hams is recommended: Knb the liesh s'de of the hams with fine salt, using no more than will adhere to it. Let them re main forty-eight hours, then put them into a cask, sink down and cover with a pickle made by dissolving fifteen pounds of salt and two and' one-half ounces crude East India saltpeter in ten gallons of water and adding three quarts of molasses. . Keep them weighted down. They will cure ready for smoking in forty to forty-five days. Still another: A well-recommended' pickle for curing hams is made of one and one-half pounds of salt, one-half pound of sugar, one half-ounce of potash. Boil together till the scum has risen to the top,-and then skim. After cooling, pour it over the meat and leave the latter in the solution four or five weeks. Farm Encyclopedia. Testing Seeds. Those who have not grown their own seed, and are obliged to go into the open market to buy, shoula remember that there is always more or less uncer tainty about getting new seed of good .quality; it is therefore important, if thev would avoid a complete failure that they should take some method to J test the germinating quality 01 allseeds the buy. To do this, it is important that the seeds should be purchased at an early day, that in case they should not prove to be good, there will be time to purchase more and test them before it is planting time. To test seeds, a certain number should be counted out and planted in a box or ilower-p'ot, keeping them in a warm room. By counting the number that grow, the germinating qualities of the seed can be ery nearly ascertained. and thus sometimes a complete failure prevented. It is true this will not &q- t iCidc all. that it is t esirahle tocinow-?-fer sometimes the seed mgrqw, but pro duce a variety altogether different from what it was purchased for, of vhal is desirable. JTliefe seems to be no reme dy for this except" "pirrchaseof-reHa-" ble parties, or. what is better, save your own-seed;' This Kiir-sonre TasotiMyVj very ditlicidJL&iLiie, iuAjtiifgpropor tion of the seeds used by the farmer can be very easily saved if he will make up his mind to do so. He ought never to buy established varieties of corn, rye, barley, beans, squash, melon, cu Ctirnbe;. tomato, onion,rbeet, turnip or parc-nip ?td; but ought to grow them, because thsy can all be grown" of better quality tJiaa he will be likely to buy, especially the garden seeds:" for these can each be ? proved in a direc tion to better suit his c:vn taster this, 'if no other, is a great inducement for ev ery one to save their own seeds, r.s far as possible, but there are seeds that it seems necessary to buy. Improved va rieties of all products need to be occa sionally bought. Hungarian grass seed, oats, ensilage corn and peas, can be bought cheaper, if not of better quality, than can be grown. The custom of birying need has "become so general that comparatively very few seeds are grown by consumers; hence the im portance of the advice that seeds be purchased and tested at once. Massa chusetts Ploughman. ' A Black-Fish Drive. A "black-fish drive" is the CapcvCod fisherman's ideal of sport The black fish or grampus, appeals frequently on the coast in schools of from four to five hundred, and is " driven'' at every .fish ing hamlet along shore from Truro to Cedarville. A " drive" is managed in this way: When a school is discovered feeding close in shore, a score or so of boats put out to intercept it. The boats are in two lines, one on each side ot the school, and pull silently out until far ih the rear, when they unite and advance on their prey. No lish is more timid than the, grampus, as the fishermen well know, and they take advantage of this t.ait to effect his destruction. When still several hundred.yards away, the school discovers the Ldats and begins to show signs of alarm. Then the drive begins. The boats are urged forward, the crews splash the water, fife pistols, blow horns, wave their fisher-coats, and yell like Comanches. The frightened fish rush shoreward their only, line .of retreat through the breakers, high and dry upon the beach A few remain in the surf, and among these the 'men lea) like madmen, shouting, thrusting witk lance and pike, never ceasing until the last victim is slaughtered. - "Its excitin" said a grim old whaler, "but it's kinder harfo win' tew. There's j'oung uns among 'em that cries out like a human, and it goes agin' the grain to stick "em." Tales told of the booty taken in these drives seem incredible. Four hundred have been driven ashore at one time. The old whaler above quoted assured me that he went out one moonlight night, a short time before my visit, and captured sixty-tour. Another time, in company with the Wellfleet .fishermen, he drove o00 ashore at Billingsgate. Beside his' share he purchased 160 at 815 each, had them towed to the try works in Provincetown, and realized .$2 profit apiece on them. Waverltf Maga zine. Charles Reade tQld a correspond ent of the Philadelphia Times .that the favorite character of all his novels was Margaret in "Cloister and Hearth." To me my characters have an exist ence." he said, "not always pleasant, & is true, but always fully individual ized, thoroughly human, and with pos sibilities of an intimacy and an ac quaintance." He thought that his weakest story was "White Lies," which he described as a splendid con ception spoiled in the carrying out. -- A curious advertisement appeared in a.late issue of the Liverpool Mercury. It read as follows: "I lost my purse containing two guineas and a, sixpence. The finder can keep the gold if he will return the sixpence, as it was the amount of damages I received from the Midland Railway for, breaking my leg. The bit of silvercost me 210. George Amesbury." Lima Beans: Plant with the eye downward or the young root and top will "be hindered in the r ' growth. Do not plant too early nor tco deep. Half an inch is the proper depth. .Ar. .Y. Herald. .ggtggssigagrT"