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V 4a** Growing Kfttt Plants. ^ In sections where one Is reasonably close to the large city markets there is money made In growing egg plants when one Is willing to give them the rich soil and careful culture they 0 re qulre.. Of course, this plànt cannot be raised In thé far North, except by start ing the seeds early In the greenhouse or hot-bed and practically growing them In a cold frame, so that they may lie protected during the cool part of the summer, for the plants are quite ten der. One of the best of the few varie ties is the New York Improved, shown in the illustration. It Is larger than the old Early Long Purple, hence more de •-•- * -- ■■ ------ g A 1'OTUI.AH EGG PLANT. sirable In many cases for market, al though t&e last-named sort would be best for sections where the growing season is short The hot-bed founda tion should be rich in fertilizing mate rial. When the plants show two tru«j leaves—not seed leaves—they may be transplanted. The Incubator. There is still much prejudice against the use of incubators, but, as a rule, it exists only with those who have had no experience only with the machines first manufactured, and which, of course, were faulty. When It is consid ered that It would require the services of seven hens to hatch 100 chicks, or rather to cover 100 eggs, it Is plain to see that the food for these seven hens would cost more than the oil to run the Incubator, while the time required for caring for the hens Is much greater than caring for the Incubator. For the beginner the smaller Incuba tors are to be preferred, and they should be handled strictly according to the instructions that come with the ma chines until the operator learns from experience what changes to make. If one intends to go into the poultry business to make it pay. an incubator and brooder are absolutely essential. As suggested, buy a machine of small capacity, not to exceed 100-egg capac lty, but see that It Is of a reliable make. This machine will answer all purposes the first year, and the next season one will be sufficiently experienced to oper ate on a larger scale. Barnyard Turnstile. If the stock kept in the barnyard Is not of small stature, like pigs and sheep, the turnstile shown in the Illus tration is one of the best arrangements to place at the entrance. Horses and cows will not be able to get through, the passage thus protected, and It en ables the persons who have to care for the stock to enter the barnyard with out having to set down anything they may be carrying to open a gate. The " ^5 'Mi TUHNSTILF. FOR TUE BAHN YARD. turnstile ,1s easily constructed, the main essential being to have the post strong and set firmly into the ground. In the plan shown in the cut the cross pieces are set on an iron pin, so that they revolve readily. The turnstile would be stronger If arranged so that a circular hole was cut out of the cross pieces to fit over the end of the post, which could be trimmed down to three Inches in diameter, an iron pin being run through the top after the cross pieces were placed In position so there would be no danger of them working «ff the post ( The Farmer's Wife. The work of the farmer has been greatly changed during the past twen ty years by improved machinery. By means of these improvements the far mer can conduct bis operations with far less expenditure of labor, but how Is It with the farmer's wife? Has she been assisted In like manner or has her work been lightened by improved machinery or inventions? I know something about the work of a far mer's wife, having been born and brought up on a farm. My opinion has always been that if there was one per son upon the farm more seriously over worked than another it was the farm er's wife. While the farmer's work -closes at a reasonable-hour in the af ternoon, the* fanner's wife Is kept busy until 8, 9 or 10 o'clock daily, and often she was the first one up in the morning. What are the Inventions I will ask that have been made to help the fanner's wife in the kitchen work, or in her house work of all kinds? I dkwao fi think of any improvement She makes her bread, pies, cookies and often her soft soap In the old-fash ioned. laborious way. The potatoes are mashed or baked, the meat fried, broiled, baked or boiled just as they were one hundred years ago. The work of the wasb-day is pretty much as it used to be on the farm. In cities there Is a fountain of water flowing in every room in the bouse, and station ary stone wash tubs with a faucet in each for hot and cold water, with pipes for drawing off water at the base of each stationary tub. which greatly lessens the work on wash day; but such devices are uot known in the country, or are hardly possible there. The farmer's kitchen and pantry should have every possible convenience for the housewife, so that she may tnke as few steps 8s possible. Wood or coql should be placed convenient to her band N6 woman should be com pelled to go down cellar and carry up heavy hods of coal, or armsful of wood, and yet 1 know many women who not only huve to do this but who cut their own wood as well. No wom an should be obliged to fift pails of water or boilers or tubs of water on wash day. The man who allows his wife to do such lifting Is helping to shorten h^r fife and helping to dig her grave.—Green's Fruit Grower. Intensive Farm Ins. Even In the great West, where land is comparatively cheap in the beginning of settlements, the time comes when to make farming profitable it must be car ried on with due regard to economy of both labor and money. As the first fer tility of the soil is removed and farm ers find It necessary to make heavy and more heavy applications of fertilizers, then it is realized, if never before, that farming must be conducted on the prin ciple of getting as many crops and ns heavy as possible from the smallest possible area. Tills feeling is becoming stronger daily, and the farmer who concentrates his labor and fertilizer on twenty-five acres is making more mon ey than the many who, with the same labor and fertilizer, spread It over fifty acres. This is good logic and the sooner those who complain they are not mak ing a living at farming work on the lines Indicated the sooner will the profit come. Anchoring a Corner Post. A correspondent of Iowa Homestead writes: "I have observed many meth ods of anchoring a corner post for a wire fence, but have not seen a device i «•»■s; METHOD OF ANCHORING A POST. like the one I have In use. The plan shown in the sketch is the best I have seen. The bracp should be a piece of 4x4 about twelve feet long, brace "d" taking place about three feet from the lower end, which Is let into the post a little. Brace "d" rests on the top of post "c" at its upper end. which should lean at an angle of about fifty degrees. Brace "d" is placed square upon brace "b" and the top of "d" Is spiked to the post. The strain of the wires pulling on post "a" will have a tendency to pull the post over and upward, which will cause the short brace to pull down ward on the long brace which will hold the corner post In the ground." own the and utes ally end. for a the a tea of to A The Onion and Its Culture. Onions, it is hardly necessary to state, may he grown from seeds or sets. If seeds are used, they may be sown In the open ground where the bulbs are to mature, or they may be sown In greenhouses or botbeds and tbe young p 1 a n 11 ets transplanted to the rows in tbe open ground. In sowing tkize onion. out of doors seeds should be put in as early as possible in shallow drills three to three and a half feet apart and cov ered with a half Inch of Hue moist earth. They need to be very carefully weeded at first. Cheaper, better and earlier onions can be grown by trans planting the plants from greenhouses or botbeds. where the seeds are sown very early. When the plantlets are as large as a lead pencil, they are set four inches apart in rows three feet asunder, and cultivation is immediately begun with the wheel hoe. In growing from sets the planting Is mude In much the same way. Multiplier or potato onions are similarly managed. Prize Taker is a popular variety of onion. Judging Butter. There are very few butter makers who do uot know the difference be tween good and poor butter, and the apparent difference between their judg ment and that of tbe butter judge Is often due to the difference in the time of scoring. If be has kept samples of each day's make and is careful at the weigh can, he will gradually improve his butter for the trade. He would re member the flavors in each day's in Ilk and notice how they affect the keeping quality of his butter, thus following from cause to effect by cle ful be to oil a Planting the Peach Orchard. A common practice among Maryland peach growers and one to be com mended Is to plant the orchard on land that was In some cultivated crop the previous season. The gist of the whole matter is this: Tbe soil cannot be too well prepared before planting the trees. It is difficult to correct faulty preparation after the trees fir ve been set. in SmZäGQg) FOR TIRED, NERVOU8 WOMEN. ft EARN how to do nothing.' Prac tice cultivating complete rest. Any woman can do it.. Begin by completely relaxing every nerve and muscle for five minutes a day. If you are a home woman go to your own room, and give orders tbat in no event are you to he disturbed. Draw the curtains and close the door; lie down If pqsslble. Say to yourself: "I have left care and worry and anxiety outside my door. I will rest my soul and body absolutely for these few precious mo ments." Wide-awake repose. If complete, will prove Inestlmabily restful. A few min utes of absolute relaxation, literally thinking of nothing, will greatly re vitalize the nervous woman. With regard to the amount of sleep required for women, an author of re pute says well that one aspect of this subject is frequently overlooked. Ex tremely energetic women appear to take a virtuous pride in limiting them selves to four or five hours' sleep, re ally grudging that, and considering it more a disgraceful evidence of lazi ness and a reprehensible waste of time. Now. viewed simply from a purely material and hygienic point, this is an error. It is quite possible to accustom yourself to so little sleep as to be greatly the loser thereby. It may not show immediately, but it will in the end. From seven to eight hours' sleep is needed by all people leading active lives, and brain workers can least af ford to cut down their allowance. If for any reason it is occasionally neces sary It should be made up by extra sleep ns soon as possible. Any other course undermines the strength inside iously, and the penalty is invariably a breakdown of some sort. The se verer the tasks imposed upon the brain, the more sleep It should be allowed. The woman who cannot sleep is al ways a nervous subject. She should religiously take enough physical exer cise each day to Induce healthful fa tigue. She should eat simple, easily digested food, avoiding tea and coffee later than her breakfast hour. Many a woman declares that tea and coffee have no effect upon their nerves. I know they are mistaken. ; Coffee and tea are excellent excitants and enemies of sleep. The Insomnia victim may be lulled to rest by a gentle massage—the hyp notic stroke will often act as a magical sleep Inducer. Sometimes a rub with hair friction gloves will induce sleep. A tepid bath taken just before retir ing- has a sedative effect But a hot bath is stimulating, and should not be taken at night by nervous subjects.— Chicago Record-Herald. Beauty Wisdom. See to your blood. Clear It of im purities. Eat spinach, asparagus, to matoes and rhubarb in abundance, and they will work miracles. Lassitude is a big way of saying that you are tired in body and mind. The rest cure may be taken at home, by women who are not obliged to leave it to work. Habit is the mon itor of beauty and the cicerone of health. To rest Is not merely to cease from being active, but to relax every mus cle in the body, every tension of the mind. No one can rest In a corset, nor while the mind revolves around any object or project. Red blotches upon the eyelids.and nose tell of had circulation; bathe the lids with lukewarm water twice a day, and rub the nasal region and cheeks gently with a good cream. Steam occasionally. Sea bathing is very hard upon many skills, leaving the face in a most pain ful condition. After bathing, a cream composed only of the best Ingredi ents, in the proper proportions, should be rubbed into face and neck and left to dry in. or rather to be absorbed. Do not steam or dry all the natural oil from the face, for the skin burns twice as quickly, and wrinkles prema turely appear. If your neck is too thin, rub into it a lanoline cream, into which cucum ber is incorporated—the lanoline fat tens, the cucumber whitens. Use a pleut.v and rub It well in. Result—a plump, snowy throat. , to it How to Place Yonr Piano. "A piano," said a dealer, "will sound better standing directly on the floor and in a room simply furnished than it will standing on a carpet in a room elabor ately furnished, having heavy hangings on the walls, and so on. "Sometimes a piano will develop, or seem to develop, a Haw in some one note, which comes to have a rattle, or jingle, or unpleasant bnrr to it. But this jarring sound, which seems to come from the piano, may in reality come from some source quite outside of it "Any given notes, when struck, pro duces a certain number of vibrations to the second. There may be In the room some object that is in tone sympathy with some particular note, and that will be set In motion by it when tbat note Is sounded. "The owner of a fine piano sent'to ns one day to say that there was some thing wrong about a certain note of the Instrument, so that that note had an un pleasant sound when struck. When I heard the note sounded I knew st once that the disagreeable roughness or buzz about It was due not to any defect in the piano, but to something somewhere about in the room and. asking the lady to strike that note occasionally, I walk ed around the room to see if I could lo cate It. "Passing across the middle of the room, as that note was struck, the cause of the jarring accompaniment of it was discovered to come from the vi bration of one of the glass globes on the chandelier overhead. "The owner of the piano was almos/t incredulous as to this, the sound had seemed so plainly to come from tbe piano Itself. But when at my request she stood under the chandelier, and I struck the note, she was readily con vinced. "I made the globe Immovable, and then struck the note on the piano. The answer was clear and sweet and true. "So, you see, the sound of a piano may for one thing depend much upon its surroundings: and what may seem to be a defect in a piano may be In reality attributable to something quite apart from the piano itself. "And thus it might easily be that some noble instrument that had seemed to he declining or to be developing faults owed Its apparent change to a change of environment, or to some spe cific outside cause, and was in reality as good as ever, as would happily fie discovered whenever the instrument was again brought under favorable conditions."—Philadelphia Evening Tel egraph. Notes for the Housekeeper. There are many cloth effects in wall papers for Oriental dens. Compotiers of cut glass, either open or covered, are especially handsome this season. Cheese balls to be put on the plate with lettuce salad are always pretty and appetizing. They may be made in several ways. The carnation has been revived for decoration purposes, but instead of be ing massed as formerly the blossoms are artistically blended with their own foliage. A novelty for porch use is a settle cushion adorned with a sign of the zodiac. The entire set of twelve takes in the whole twelve zodiacal signs— one on each cushion. Nothing is more swagger at the pres ent time than huge pottery jars, for all the world like the stone jar coun try churn, only with a little • color streaked through them, for large table lamps. At a recent nature study afternoon at a woman's club one of the speakers made a suggestion that mothers may pigeon-hole for use in the coming sum mer. This was that children would be found to greatly enjoy keeping a bo tanical diary. Planks for shad, which hitherto have been difficult to obtain, are now In ev ery department store. They are in oak, of varying sizes, and are inexpensive. The flavor of the fish roasted on one of these planks Is so delicious that, once tasted, shad will never again be broiled. Here is a formula that It is said will restore scorched linen. Peel and slice two onions and extract the juice by squeezing or pounding. Then cut up half an ounce of white soap and add two ounces of fuller's earth; mix with them the onion's juice and half a pint of vinegar. Boil this composition well, and spread it when cool over the scorched part of the linen, leaving it to dry thereon. Afterward wash out the lincu. Linen Shirtwaist. \ A linen waist, with very small tucks from the shoulders and two Clusters of five small tucks on the sleeves. Bands of the same material are down the front, feather-stitched In back, with French dots along the sides; bias folds of lawn, eat-stitclied between clusters of small tucks on each side of the back. These Are Times. When circumstances prevent us tell ing the entire truth. When we find it impossible to carry out really commendable Intentions. When there comes an indisposition to see anything in a roseate light. When we are inclined to turu away from the greatest luxuries. When children ask questions that cause heartaches. When a wife wishes her husband would think more of his home and less of worldly advancement When a husband is a trifle annoyed by the recital of a wife's dally worry. When small family jars are carried beyond tbe bounds of reason. W'ben children wonder If pa and ma ever were really sentimental. When a girl thinks she can control the man she honors with her band.— Ptillnrîolnhi» Rullptln. OUR POLAR POSTOFFICE. Point Barrow the Northernmost Office in Uncle Sam's Domains. "I suppose that Nome, Alaska, Is the postoflice in the United States which uas the -.ctiou of being n jout as close to the arctic circle as one may with convenience be located," said a man at the stamp windo.. of the coy postoffice as he gummed a 2-cent stamp on a letter Intended for the town on the cape near the outlet of the Yukon river." "Oh. no." replied the clerk. "lt is true that Nome hugs the circle rather closely, consiaering the frigid condi tions there prevailing, but tbe office at Point Barrow puts Nome to the blush when you talk about getting right next to the north pole Itself, for Point Bar row Is about on the 70th parallel, well up into the arctic sea. and miles and miles above the arctic circle and nearer the north pole than the northermost shores of Iceland. "In short, to be accurate," continued the clerk, according to the Washington Post, "Point Barrow is 420 miles by overland route north of Nome and sev eral times this distance by the water route through Bering strait. It Is vis ited once a year by a revenue eutter and a United States signal station is located there. Unless they have re ceived the news by the overland route the men at the station will first hear of President McKinley's death next sum mer when the cutter gets up through the ice and the postmaster will also re ceive his supplies to run the northern most postofflee in the United States or Its possessions." DARING HURDLE JUMPING. JA One of the most interesting features of the recent military tournament In Madison Square Garden, New York, was the bareback hurdling and gen eral rough riding exhibition of the de tachment of the Second Cavalry from Fort Meyer. These men show to what a remarkable degree of profi ciency Uncle Sam's troopers are de veloped In rough riding. One of the most hazardous feats of the soldiers Is the vaulting over one horse and landing on the back of a second horse just as the hurdle Is cleared. While this feat • had been seen at previous tournaments, it never was done so well as by this detachment, and the hearty applause of the crowd each night man ifested the patriotic pride taken in the work of the soldiers, says a New York paper. HOW TO SET GRAVITATION AT DEFIANCE S3 Modern acrobats perform some seemingly Impossible feats. We have seen them walking on the ceiling like flies, but none, so far as known, has yet succeeded In lying on his face In thin air, as if he were taking a stroll down the side of a house and had stop ped to examine the horizon. This par ticular trick is a "fake," pure and sim ple, though not a photographic one. The picture Is strictly truthful, hut the man is lying on a beam which projects from the wall Simple, isn't It. when you know how It is done?—Exchange. Knitting as a Medicine. Knitting Is declared by specialists in the treatment of rheumatism to he a most helpful exercise for hands liable to become stiff from the complaint, and it is being prescribed by physicians because of its efficacy In Umbering up the hands of such sufferers. For per sons liable to cramp, paralysis or any other affection of the fingers of that character knitting is regarded as a most beneficial exercise. Besides the simple work is said to be an excellent diversion for the nerves and is recom mended to women suffering from in somnia and depression. In certain san itariums patients are encouraged to make use of the bright steels, and the work is so pleasant that it Is much en joyed by them. Africa's Ancient Sea. Recent studies of the animal life of Lake Tanganyika have shown that that lake differs from - all other African lakes In possessing inhabitants that be long to the oceanic species. Stilt, these singular denizens of Lake Tanganyika are not exactly like the marine organ isms of the preseut day, and the con clusion is drawn that a sea, connected with the open ocean, once occupied the parts of Africa where Tanganyika now lies and that tbe lake is the last rem nant of the ancient sea. Blessed Is the woman whose hus band can always find In the bureau drawer tbe thing be is looking for. to the fact tbat she is continually try ing to Improve of the work of nature & & Fred—John's wife helps him with literary labors, doesn't she? Freder icks—Oh! yes, she cashes bis checks. "I wonder if be knows my sister baa money." "Has he proposed Y*/ "Ha has." "He does."—New York Herald. "Do you believe In love at first sight. Chris?" "Sure. If more men took a closer look they wouldn't fall in love.'* —Philadelphia Bulletin. "Will you marry me?" he asked. "I told you once that 1 would not," she answered. "Yes, but that was yester day," he urged.—Tld-Bits. "It's a small village/' "So noil they call a shop a store?" "Oh, small er than that. They call a store an em porium."—New York Sun. "He proposed to her as a Joke.** "Yes?" "Well, she accepted him. He does not regard himself as a humorist any more."—Brooklyn Life. Jaggles—A new summer drink ban been named ping-pong. Waggles—Se they're going to force it down our throats, eh V—New York Sun. Too late we learn to grasp the clew, 'Twixt that which is and that which was; And the man w-ho's always "going to" Is the man who never "does." "Jenkins holds his head mighty high this moruin'. What's happened?" "Just put a mortgage on the mule an* sold a mockin'bird for $10.—Atlanta Constitution. "Pa," said little Willie, "I wonder why a bad actor is called a 'ham.' " "Perhaps," replied his father, "it's be cause he's so often served with eggs.'* —Philadelphia Press. He—Do you mean to say the plumber has not been here yet? She—No—Isn't It shameful? And we siich good cus tomers; our plumbing is nearly always out of order!—Brooklyn Life. Foreign Visitor—Your American so ciety has no castles with haunted rooms. Amerieai^QIrl—N-o, we haven't. I admit; but (brightening) we have plenty of scandals.—New York Weekly. Traveler—1 sent you half an hour ago to tbe railway station to find wheh the next train goes. Porter—Yes, air. and to be sure and be exact 1 waited till It started—It was just 12:37— Poli chinelle. "I don't believe you love me a bltP* sobbed bis wife. "But 1 do, darling! 1-" "Don't tell me! It's unnatural you should. No man could love a woman who wears such old hats as I do."—Answers. Judge—Have the letters been duly examined by the handwriting expert? Prosecutor—Yes, your honor. Judge Very well, let tbe handwriting expert now be examined by tbe insanity ex pert.—Ohio State Journal. Clerk—"Mr. Snipper was In while yoa were out; he said -he'd call again to morrow. Proprietor—Very kind of him. Clerk—But he wanted to collect a bllL Proprietor—Very kind to say when be would call.—Boston Transcript. "Now that my engagement to Edgar is broken off I wonder if he'll ask me to return the jewels that he gave me?" If be doesn't ask for them I'd send them back at once—for In that cASe' they're not genuine!"— Fliegende Blaet ter. "Of course you've read Homer's story of 'Ulysses and Calypso,' haven't you?" No, l really can't say that I have. There's so many books keep coming out now. don't you know, that 1 just sim ply don't pretend to keep track of them all."—Chicago Times-Herald. Mr. Stlngum—By the way. Sharpe says he saw you in the Bongtoug cafe yesterday— Nur Itch Cadd—Yes, but I cut him. Did he tell you that? Mr. Stlngum—No, but he did remark that he expected every minute to see you cut yourself —Philadelphia Press. he automobile had broken down and tbe chauffeur was busy trying to discover tbe trouble. The Impatient owner of the machine at last broke out: "Hurry up. Felix; there are a lot of people crossing the street that- we are missing."—Yonkers Statesman. Mrs. Waldo (of Bostoui—I have a letter from your Uncle James, Penel ope. who wants us to spend the sum mer on his farm. Penelope (dublous ly)—Is there any society In the neigh borhood? Mrs. Waldo—I've heard him speak of the Holsteins and Guernseys. 1 presume they are pleasant people.— Boston Christian Register. Life Worth Living.— George—Weib life is worth living, after all. Jack— What's happened? George—I went to a railway station to see my sister Off, and by some chance Harry Handsem was there to see his sister off, and ,ln the rush and noise and confusion we got mixed, and 1 hugged his sister and he hugged mine.—New York Weekly, Ready for Anything.—"But, why,"' ask of the great Inventor,' "do you have this huge balloon at tbe top of your machine, and the large wheels and steering gear beneath It?" "Because," he answers, with patient consideration for our inability to grasp an idea wheb It juts out before us, "I am not sure yet whether this will be an airship or an automobile."—Baltimore American. A man went with his wife to visit her physician. The doctor placed a thermometer In the woman's mouth. After two or three miuutes, just as the physician was about to remove tbe instrument, tbe man. wbo was not used to such a prolonged spell of bril liant silence on tba part of bis life's partner, said: "Doctor, what will you take for that thing?"—New Yorlg Times.