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<3 &> V «1 & JSsc Ptorincr l'nrni Tools, It would seem as If It were unneces sary to urge farmers to take care of their tools, yet during a recent trip of less than 150' miles a writer in the In dianapolis News says he counted no less than twenty tools of various kinds exposed to the rain and sun. These were seen from the windows of a swiftly moving train, so that it is safe to say that, including the farms a mile distant from the railroad, there were more than two hundred tools out of doors that ought to have been under cover. After such a sight it was a re lief to reach a farm where the tools were well cared for. On the farm in question was a long, narrow building devoted entirely to a storage place for tools and a repair shop. After each tool was used it was put under the shed, and during the winter all of the wood work was thoroughly painted and all of the metal that had rusted was sand papered. There was a small anvil in the part of the structure devoted to re pairs, a bench with both iron and wood vises, drawers divided into compart ments for bolts, screws, nails and nuts of various sizes and a very fair set of carpenter's tools. The owner claimed that this repair shop had saved its cost «very year in blacksmith's bills, and that by caring for his tools he was not only able to do better work with them, but they were in shape for good use for many years longer than they had been neglected. False Economie* in Sirming, For some renson nearly every farmer considers that he must economize in the matter of seeds. If he does not make the mistake of buying cheap •seeds, that is, seeds low in price but poor in quality, he tries to save on the quantity with the result that he loses in the crop. In the sowing of grass seeds, for example, in which clover has a part, how many farmers have blamed the clover seed dY claimed that the soil was "clover sick," when the only trouble was he did not use enough seed. As a rule, the catalogues of seeds men are safe guides to the quantity of seed necessary with grass seed. Then there is the fertilizer economy and here economy is practiced both in quantity and in kind. That is, the farm er will find that a certain fertilizer, ap plied in moderate quantities, has im proved the wheat yield and ever after be uses the snme amount and the same kind in growing wheat, forgetful of the fact that he Is taking from the soil in the crop other plant foods which he is not returning. Result, a worn-out soli. Look into the question of these and other economies and see if they really are economies. of of as n«rn Boor Protect«-. A simple device will keep out the cold and prevent ice and snow from freezing around the bottom of the barn door. Y board long enough to reach across the door has end pieces fitted in to form a hot of DEVICE FOB THE BABN DOOR. tiny water-shed, strips of hoop iron be ing used to secure the board to the door. The strip of board used should be of some light but tough material, which will not add much to the weight of the door. While this appliance ls be ing put on another protection might be added, in the shape of a weather strip placed on the door in such a manner that it will cover the crack between the door and the casing when the door Is closed. Cleantn* Bngry nad Harne*-. The method used by one farmer and one which makes it possible to perform the work without soiling one's gar ments to any disagreeable extent is He first removes all cushions, cur tains, etc., dusts well and cleanses leather or rubber parts. The next is to place the buggy on two trestles and re move the wheels to a watering trough, which is beneath a large willow tree. Spray the buggy. Then turn the wheels around In the trough. At the same time remove all earthy matter that is soaked enough not to scratch the varnish. The wheels, or any part, must not be kept wet long or the paint will acquire a whitish color, in which case a little lin seed oil on a soft rag can be used with good effect, after the paint has been thoroughly dried. When the wheels are clear of mud rinse with dear water and set la the not all and his of to In up do of of no a of re in for all the re of shade to drip off while the remainder of the rig is attended to. Wash in the same way. Wipe with a cloth wrung out of clean water and polish with a soft lintless rag. Well-worn ginghams are good for this purpose. Wipe all drops off the wheels with a clean, well wrung cloth and follow with a dry one. Clean all gummy substance from the spindles and inside the hubs. Oil spin dies and put wheels securely on. Fnll Pruning. As to whether fall or spring Is the best time for pruning there is a dis agreement among fruit growers. One thing we have found out, howev°r when it is necessary to remove a limb of considerable size, an inch or over in diameter, the best time is September and October. Wounds made at that season, though they may not heal over as quickly ns at some other times, will never decay. Owing no doubt to the ripe condition of the wood, the cut sur face dries and becomes as hard as bone. We have tested this for many years and know It to be so. In all pruning particular care should be used to make smooth cuts. No stubs should be left sticking out. It is sur prising to observe in passing along the road how frequently this important rule is disregarded, and that, too. by persons who profess to understand the business. Apother Important point is the removal of all dead and decaying limbs. _____. Another "is to "cut "off on^the least desirable one, of course—of the branches of every fork in order to pre vent the tree from splitting when load ed with frunit.—National Stockman. The Great Rnbv Strawberry. Strawberry growers can test new va rieties most quickly by setting out pot grown plants during August. pot-grown GREAT RUnY. These plants, has set at the time n- life diented. will bear a full crop of fruit the next season, and if one has only a few plants he will be able by this method to test hy the variety a u d ascertain beyond a doubt whether it is suitable for the soil and the climate In which it is planted. The Great Ruby, which was introduced last season, and whicn has proved very satisfactory to all who have grown it, is a healthy, vigorous grower, and remarkably productive. The berries are large, uniform in shape, deep crimson in color, and of fine flavor. It is mid-season in time of ripening, hence the blossoms can bo fertilized by any of the perfect bloSsoin sorts so numerous among the mid-sea son varieities. One feature of the plant is its deep-rooting qualities, which must of necessity make it somewhat independent of dry weather.—Indian apolis News. as Th-> Hojr's SwtU. Sun-baked swiit in filthy barrels; swill that is fermented into the sharp est acid and putrefied into a disgusting mass; swill that attracts myriads of carrion-loving flies. Is not tit for the hogs. It is full of miasma and disease germs of various kinds, and hence it is dangerous to feed it, says the Farm, is Stock and Home. Pleasantly soured swill—swill thnt Is mildly acid—is all of right, but It should not be allowed to pass that stage before it is fed: and in hot weather it gets past that stage very ^ quickly. It is not easy to look after such things carefully in the rush of all kinds of work at this season, and some can not receive such suggestions with pa tience, which is not surprising, but for all that it will pay to give some thoughts to the pigs. It will not be regretted at their harvest time. Hint* for the Horseman. Use land plaster in the stalls to ab sorb the ammonia. Poor feeding will make a weak colt and unsound limbs. i Watch the colt's feet and keep them straight with a rasp. Never allow any one to tease the colts. Teasing Invariably makes a vicious horse. Handle the colt every day. Handle his legs and pick up his feeL A petted, well-handled colt will make a gentle horse. Give the colts and horses all the sun shine in the stables that Is possible. A dark, damp stable will cause rheuma tism, and ls conducive to all sorts of ills. Better than a slat door or drop bar across a door to keep horses In or out, bore a hole through one door post and nearly through the other. Slip in a piece of inch or larger Iron pipe. It is easy to slide it to pass in and out Put a well-fitted leather halter on the colt's head with a short strap attached. Several times each day take hold of this strap and bold him or pull him around. In a short time he will be halter broken without the straining of a fight If tied up at once. The teeth of both young and old horses often need attention when they do not get anything of the kind. Ef fects are thus produced that are some times attributed to altogether different Influences. No wonder that a horse with teeth constantly disordered becomes g hone of confirmed bad temper. ow in ess. of to a by er BEFRIENDED A RATI L.ER. a Mary Showing Love Even for Serpents I in an Animal Keeper. That love for even the accursed and despised of the animal tribes that de j velops in men who have made this field i their life study was never better illus trated, says the New York Times, than by a story an animal hunter tells about Curator Dittmars of the reptile house In the New York Zoological park. "When Dittmars and 1 were hunting snakes down in South Carolina we heard of an old stager of a rattler in the vicinity to which people thereabout had given the name of 'Old Dave.' Old Dave was sly and never showed hlm se ^ * n the daytime, but at night came ou t and warmed himself in the baked sand of the roadway. His six-inch wide trail which was in evidence the next however, where only a quick shot with a gun could have (etc hed hlm. I had day showed the old fellow must have been a whopper. "It was not until the day before that set for our return to New York that we had a fair chance to catch him. He got away from us to a heap of rock, in the the by the is my gun ready and was about to fire when Dittmars knocked the barrel up ward. " 'Don't do that,' he said, 'let the poor devil life if you can't catch him alive.' "For the moment there was a hot ex change of words, but the snake was lost to us and mournfully we got on the train for New York. Several hours la ter Dittmar said: 'Jerry, maybe you do not feel as I do about Old Dave, but when I get back to New York I will be glad to know that somewhere down in Carolina that fine old specimen is loose and is having a good time. If you had killed him it would have spoiled all my desire for ever going back there to hunt. Walt till you've been in the busi ness awh,le and > ou w11 ' 1 , ear l n , how the muc ^ Pl easure may be derived from pre preserving rather than taking the life of a dumb animal.' " SIR JOSEPH DIMSDALE. Wealthy Banker, Who Is the New Lord Mayor o' S.ondon. Sir Joseph Cockfleld Dimsdale, the newly elected Lord Mayor of London, has long been a figure in the municipal life of the British metropolis and is well known for his connection with the great banking firm of Dimsdale, Cave Tugwell & Co., the leading financial house of the city of Prescot. He was born within sound of Bow Bells in 1849, and In 1891 made his debut in politics hy his election as alderman for Corn to of be SIR JOSEPH DIMSDALE. hill. Since then he has occupied the usual preparatory offices which serve as steps to the mayoralty. These are the places of sheriff and member of the London council. Last year Sir Joseph was elected a member of Parliament, The new lady mayoress was formerly Miss Beatrice Holdsworth, and she was married to Sir Joseph in 1S73, the occa sion being one of social Importance. It is said that this couple ls pre-eminently fitted to discharge the society functions of the municipal corporation. - DEATH RE VEALS IDENTITY, Woman for Whom E lmuad Yatea 8uf* farad Iai>rl<oaaent, The Countess of Stradbrooke, whose death has taken place In London, was the peeress who was the cause of the arrest of Edmund Yates, the Anglo American Journal ist who was the proprietor and ed itor of the London World. It was on her account that he was convicted of criminal libel and sentenced to a year's Imprison ment. Yates could have escaped the penalty by giving the name of the writer of the libelous para graph. The libel in question was a par agraph for which there was not a shad ow of foundation and which originated in the lively imagination of the Count ess. The countess was Miss Helena Fraser, daughter of Gen. Keith Fraser, of the British army, and was married to the Earl of Stradbrooke in July, 1898. MME. BTBADBHOOKE Small Pay for Ivan Ivauovitch. The Russian soldier ls wretchedly paid. He ls the worst paid soldier in Europe, and, therefore, has a very hard time during his four years of service, unless his good folk 6 at home- are in clined to be generous. The Infantry soldier is paid about 10 cents a month, and the cavalry soldier only a little more. Sergeants receive about 50 cents a month, and young ofllcers from $15 to $50, according to their regiments. The higher officers are also very poorly paid by comparison to officers of rank in oth er armies.—Pearson's Magazine. Bwltserlasd's Export of Watches. Switzerland's export of watches last year broke the record, It consisted of 2,366,426 nickel watches, 8,086,777 sil ver and 800,258 gold watches, besides nearly 7,000 chronographs and repeat It up. tern that pull as on iots, and the to and and to of np on WiS THE ARTISTIC TEMPERAMENT. w in to the HE artistic faculty is one of the Inherited traits of woman. It is betrayed in her earliest efforts at adornment of her person and surround ings. It is the temperament of woman, as well as her natural birthright, to guard the beautiful in life, and to make her whole existence a visible manifes tation of it. Civilization has given to her opportunities in this direction de nied her in the past. She has been emancipated from the slavery of condi tions which narrowed and destroyed these possibilities of personal expres sion born within her. Yet even in barbaric times she was not blind to the influence of personal adornment. The evolution of her dress may have been from the rude blanket and wild boar's skin to the modern silks and furs of un rivaled beauty and picturesqueness; but there were always, even in the be ginning, a method of wearing the gar ments that betrayed the dormant gifts. She could be artitstic even with the simplest nnd rudest of garments. The art of dress becomes a factor of importance, not only in the life of the woman who devotes her time to it, but In all those who associate with her. The expression of her artistic tempera ment may be manifested in no other way than that of dress, and yet she may produce an effect of immeasur able importance on the world. It is hardly consistent to belittle the effect of woman's dress even when carried to an extreme, and thoughts of it ab sorb all other considerations of life. The painter is justified, according to human standards, in devoting all of his time and strength to the production of beauty on his canvas; and the poet is considered legitimately employed if he merely strives to express in the highest artistic form those thoughts and emo tions of love which come to him in the highest degree. The decorator, the mu sician and the singer are all appealing to the sense of sight or hearing through beautiful forms of sound. The woman who understands the art of personal adornment finds gratifica tion of artistic expression in her dress. She studies it from many points of view; considers the harmony of colors and style; views herself apart from her personality and environments; and finds in the whole work a service of love which is little lower than that which the poet or painter feels for his productions. Dress performs the dou ble task for woman of adorning her and of conserving her health; it should be antagonistic to neither. It should be the outer expression of her mind and temperament, and at the same time consistent with the laws of health and strength.—Ledger Monthly. strength.—Ledger Monthly. Concerning the latest points in dress making a fashionable modiste says: "The long waist ls to be worn. To get It the bodice must be pulled down, not up. Cut the goods from a perfect pat tern and baste. Try on. You will find that there ls something wrong, as a general thing, ou the shoulders and across the bust. Pad the bust if too loose, but for the shoulder treatment pull the waist down, not up. Pull down as far as you can and fit In at the side seams. Do not lift it on the shoulder seams if you can possibly help it. Keep to sound A is winter used, and sieve vessel. to sifted with not see left they to away must the and in the them York on pulling down and pinning in, and ouly very soon you will have a well-flttlng cases wal8t. I pear _ In plain materials there are plenty of : she serges, and same with herringbone weaving in pnstel shades, reps, chev iots, satin cashmeres of all colors, light and dark, fancy cheviots with zibeline effects on fancy weaving, as well as the plain, good cashmeres always in demand, but now apparently returning to special favor. Rich and soft are panne cloths, for which there is a uni versal demand in grays, violets, navy and other shades. They are so silky, soft and charming it is not wonderful they have had so great a following, and are likely to continue it. fense er" For Thin Neck*. In a little jiorcelaln kettle melt one half ounce of cocoa butter and tw r o ounces of lanolin. At night rub on to the throat, sending the Unger tips round in small circles, pressing inward to revive circulation in the under layer of muscles. Follow with upward strokes with the fingers flat, holding np the ebin well and sweeping up the Jawbones. AÇter ten minutes of this, go in for exercise treatment Take the soldier's position of chin np, chest out heels together, hips back. Place the hands on the hips. Hold the shoulders firm and straight and allow the head to drop first to one side and then to the other. Do this for five minutes. Inhal ing and exhaling deeply and slowly. Dnm the head forward, than back aa Tills if too tiny are der. a bay is at to to in of the she is ab to far as it will go. Do this for five min utes. Wipe away as much of the de veloping cream as you can with a dry flannel cloth and go to bed. 1 | In the morning bathe with cold water ; dashing the water on the throat and chest with a big sponge. Rub briskly I with a coarse towel. Breathe deeply, j You 11 feel like hurling the furniture around and you will be buoyant and i clear-headed. | The purpose of exercise is to develop j and fill out the flaccid muscles. 1 he muscles form the foundation for the nice little fatty cushions that make a throat and chest plump and beautiful. —Mme. Qui Vive. j Woman A»«i*t»nt ! Miss Ida Belle Sanders, the only as sistant woman pastor in St. Louis, is a chartning little lady of the Southern brunette type, who j has already won j her way into the j hearts of the flock j of the Wagoner Methodist Episco pal Church. She is a graduate of the ! training school for j deacones ses at ! Washington and: admirably fitted for the duties she MISS HANDERS. will fill in her new post of assistant pastor. These will be largely concern ed with the children's work of the church, with the young people, with visitations to the homes of the mem bers and with the Sunday school and young people's societies. The Smile Cure for the Blae». Tlie smile cure for blues is the latest remedy and It is the suggestion of a physician who has made a specialty of nervous diseases. His experiments are said to have resulted satisfactorily in numerous cases. "If you keep the cor ners of the mouth turned up you can't feel blue," is his dictum, and his direc tions are "Smile, keep on smiling, don't stop smiling." When his patient is suffering from melancholia without any bodily ill he gives no medicine, but just recommends the smile cure. He tirst experimented on his wife, who was of a nervous and rather morbid tempera ment, and he used to jokingly say, "Smile a little,' until the saying came to be a household joke. The result was so good, however, that the doctor de termined to try its effects on his other patients. "Laugh and the world laughs with you," Is a familiar adage, design ed to keep folks in good humor and spirits, and if just smiling will cure melancholia then it were worth while for morbid mortals to make an effort to keep on smiling, even though it does sound somewhat ridiculous. Girl* and Their Interest». A trick of preserving flowers in sand is worth trying at the seashore and bringing a supply of sand home for winter use. Fine, clean sand must he used, washed if not perfectly clean, and when dry sifted through a tine sieve into a rather deep pan or other vessel. When the sand Is deep enough to hold the flowers upright, m6re of the of in sifted sand is tilled in around them with a spoon. Care should be taken not to break or bend the leaves and to see that no little holes or Interstices are left unfilled about the flowers. When they are covered thus carefully, so as to be entirely invisible, the pan is set away to dry for several days; they must be taken out with great care as the leaves are dry and brittle. Ferris and flat flowers like pansies are suc cessfully treated in this way. Flowers in cup shapes are laid lengthwise in the sand, the spaces in and around them carefully tilled in to make the pressure even and exclude all air. New York'» Woman Lawyer. Miss Mary Coleman, the only woman lawyer who has practiced at the New York criminal bar, declares that the| ouly kind of criminal cases she cares to ap pear lu are murder trials. All others. she says, are uninter eating. Miss Coleman achieved distinction recently by lier de fense of "Lamplight er" John Davis. Her expertness in cross examining had a great deal to do with bringing about the miss coi.eman. defendant's acquittal in this case. in star, picts the the with man had for him Swect-Smelilnsr Booms. A delicate and pleasant odor may be diffused in one's room by orris root in powder form put in little vases and sprayed with water to keep It moist. Tills will give the odor of fresh violets if the powder is of good quality, not too old when bought, and changed fre quently. The orris root, too, gives about the most delicate and agreeable perfume to one's bureau drawers. The tiny Japanese bonbonnières, or vases, are good receptacles for the orris pow der. "Up the 7% For Vert Oily Hair. Melt a small bar of castlle soap in a quart of water, boiling down to one 5 pint, cooling and adding one pint of bay rum, one tablespoonful of pure borax, thirty grains of Msulphate of quinine. Keep in a glass Jar, and use three tablespoonfuls each time, or Is more If necessary. When the hair gets 1 stringy sponge with dilated alcohol, MILITARY AIDS TO SCIENCE. --— British and German officers Send Horn* Valuable Specimens. I Lieut. Boyd Alexander, rifle brigade. • who is well known at South Kensing ton (London) museum for his studies of birds in Africa, has just returned from the west coast with what is believed to be the finest collection ever obtained on active service. Over a thousand specimens of West African birds, killed by himself and his na ^j ve collector during the campaign 1 | n Ashanti, were brought back by Lieut. ; Alexander, .. Tllis , g the biggest collection of I b j rdg ever brought out of Africa at one j time » he sald t0 a London Mail repre geutative. "I have been collecting in i ^f r i c . a now for nine or ten years. One | has to be a specialist nowadays. j ,. lt ls a plty that the government does n0 f i us j s t ou officers in out-of-the-way partg of the world collecting birds and a other tllingg -phe German officers do gQ already The colonial office at Berlin j obliges all its officers to collect natural ! history specimens whether they like it or not, and though their work is in a many cases rough and ready it is bet ter than nothing. j "We know very little about the birds j in the great bend of the Niger and j Hausaland, and absolutely nothing of j those in the regions around Lake Chad and Darfur. There is not a doubt that when these great areas come under in is vestigation it will be found that one ! great zoographical region exists from j uortheastern Africa right across to the at ! west coast. When I have finished ex amiuing my collection of birds they may throw considerable light on the subject "Marching with the relief force to Kumasl I left my native collector at Prahsu, where he formed the nucleus of the collection. As the country be came more settled he gradually worked his way up to Kumasi, making collec tions at each station on the lines of communication." communication." m SlMpL QÈ jÊÉ? à.Ti »il All is not old that embitters. Marriages are not always unhappy. The ideal husband is the man who hasn't got married yet. Marrying a drunkard to reform him is like frying fish to make beefsteak out of It. Tenitence nearly always peeks be tween the fingers which It bolds to Its face. When a woman ls dead sure that she has a man she is never dead sure that she wants him. Engaged people are always in other people's way, but not so much as other people are in their way. A woman is never so much afraid she may lose a man's love as she is that some other woman may gain it. No matter how much of a past a man had had, there are always some women who can teach him more than he knew before.—New York Press. Tlie woman who sheds the most tears in the theater where the heroine is pur sued by wicked slander is the one who pulverizes the reputation of her nearest neighbor the next day. NEW AUSTRALIAN HAG. Out of 30,000 designs submitted by artists and others In the recent compe tition, the judges appointed by the gov ernment selected the design here shown as the flag of the Australian commonwealth. It has the union jack in the top left-hand corner, while im mediately under this ls a six-pointed star, emblematic of the six federated States. The other half of the flag de picts the southern cross. Blue is to be the government and official color, and the merchant marine will use the flag with a red ground. Not Customary. One morning l told an old colored man who lived near that our school had grown so large that it would be necessary for us to use the henhouse for school purposes, and that I wanted him the next day to help me give it a thorough cleaning. He replied In the most earnest manner: "What yon . „ , boss : * OU sholy alu * gw ne clean out de henhouse ln de day time?"—From Booker T. Washington's "Up from Slavery." , Britons Growing Taller. It ls affirmed that no nation is In creasing so rapidly In height and weight as the British. In fifty years the average height has risen from 5 ft 7% In. to 5 ft. 8 % Ins. The aversgs _ height of the criminal class is but 5 ft. 5 4.5 j n8> - No, Indeed! "No news is good news," some folks say» And yet we can't conceive it Is Ukely they could make, to-day, An editor believe it. —Philadelphia Press.