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By ANTHONY HOPE "A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. " —Francis Bacon. OHAPTER XV.—(Continued.) Thus far the Slgnorina. I must be* to call special attention to the closing lines of her narrative. But before I relate the very startling occurrence to which she refers, we must return to the bar racks, Where, it will be remembered, mat ters wore in a rather critical condition. When the officers saw their mess room suddenly filled with armed men. and heard the alarming order issued by the Colonel, their attention was effectually diverted from me. They crowded togeth er on one side of the table, facing the Colonel and his men on the other. As sisted by the two men sent to my aid, I seised the opjtortunity to push my way through them and range myself by the side of ray leader. After a moment's pause the Colonel began : "The last thing we should desire, gen tlemen," he said, "is to resort to force. But the time for explanation is short. The people of Aurentaland have at last risen against the tyranny they have so long endured. General Whittingham has proved a traitor to the cause of freedom ; he won his position in the name of lib erty ; he has used it to destroy liberty. The voice of the people has declared him to have forfeited his high office. The people have placed in my hand the sword of vengeance. Armed with this mighty sanction, I have appealed to the army. The army has proved true to Its tradi tions—true to its character of the pro tector, not the oppressor, of the people. Gentlemen, will you who lead the army take your proper place?" There was no reply to this moving ap peal. Ue advanced closer to them, and went on : "There is no middle way. Ton are pat riots or traitors—friends of liberty or friends of tyranny. I stand here to offer you either u traitor's death, or, If you will, life, honor and the satisfaction of nil youT just claims. Do you mistrust the people? I, ns their representative, here offer you every just due the people owe you —debts which had long been paid but for the greed of that great traitor." As he said this he took from his men some bags of money, and threw them an the table with a loud chink. Major DeChair glanced at the hags, and glanced at his comrades, and said: "Iu the cause of lil>erty, heaven forbid we should be behind ! Down with the tyrant !" And all the pack yelped in chorus! "Then, gentlemen, to the head of your men," said the Colonel, and going to the window, he cried to the throng: "Men, your noble officers are with us." A cheer answered him. I wiped my forehead, and said to myself, "That's well over." CHAPTER XVI. I will not weary the reader with our further proceedings. Suffice to say we marshaled onr host and marched down to tho Piazza. The news lmd spread by now, and in the dimly breaking morning light we saw the Square full of people— men, women and children. As we march ed in there was a cheer, not very hearty .—a cheer propitiatory, for they did not know what we meant to do. The Colonel made them a brief speech, promising peace, security, liberty, plenty ami alt ♦he goods of heaven, lu a few stern words be cautioned them against "treach ery," and announced that any rebellion against the Provisional government would meet with swift punishment. Then he posted his army in companies, to keep watch till all was quiet. And at last he •aid : "Now, Martin, come back to tho Golden Houm, and let's put that fellow in a safe place." "Tea," oaîd I, 'and have a look for the money." For really in the excitement it seemed as if there was n danger of the moat Important thing of all being for gotten. The dawn was now far advanced, and as we left the Piazza, we eeuld see the Golden House at the other end of the avenue. All looked quiet, and the sen trie« were pacing to and fro. Drawing nearer, we saw two or three of the Präsi dent'« servants busied about their ordi nary tasks. On« woman was already re moving Johnny Carr's lifeblood with n mop aud a pail of water ; and u carpenter was at work repairing the front door. Standing by it was a doctor's brougham. "Come to see Carr, I suppose," said I. Leaving our horses to the care ef the men who were with us, we entered the house. Just Inside we met the doctor him self. He was a shrewd little fellow, nam ed Anderson, generally popular, and, al though a persoual friend of the Presi dent's, not openly Identified with either political party. "I havo a request to make to you, sir" he said to McGregor, 'about Mr. Carr." "Well, Is he dead?" said the Colonel. "If ha is, h«'s got himself to tlmnk for it." The doctor wisely declined to discuss this question, and confined himself to •t&ting that he was not dead. Ou the contrary he was going on nicely. "But" he went on. "quiet is essential, and I want to take him to my honse. out •f the racket. No doubt it la pretty qaiet here now, hut—" Tha Oolonol interrupted : "Will ha fjve his parole not to es yape?" "My dear air," said the doctor, "the man couldn't move to sav* his life—aud he's asleep now." "Ton must wake him np to move him, «appose, " said the Colonel. "Bat you may take him. Let me know when he's well enough to see me. Meanwhile, I hold you responsible for hi« good behavior." "Certainty, " said the doctor. "I am content to be responsible for Mr. Carr." "All right ; take him and get out. Now for Whittingham !" "Hadn't we better get the money first?" ■aid I. "I muat have a bk of food. I've tostod ■•thing for twelve hour*." One of the servants, hearing him, said "Breakfast can be served in a moment, A* And he ushered ns into the large little theca. it n I. al for to the es I you he's am : dining room, where we soon had an ex cellent meal. When we had got through most of It, I broke the silence by asking: "What are you going to do with him?" "I should like to shoot him," said the Colonel. "On what charge?" "Treachery," he replied. "That would hardly do, would It?" "Well, then, embezzlement of public funds." We had a little talk abont the Presi dent's destiny, and I tried to persuade (he Colonel to milder measures. In fact, I was determined to prevent such a mur der if I conld without ruin to myself. "Well, we'll consider it when we've seen him," said the Colonel, rising. "We've wnsted an hour breakfasting—it's sevon o'clock." I followed him along the path, and we entered the little room where we had left the President. The sentries were still there, each seated in an armchuir. They were not asleep, but looked a drowsy. "All right?" said the Colonel. "Tes, excellency," said one of "He Is there in bed." He went Into the inner room and began to undo the shutters, letting In the early sun. We passed through the half-opened door and saw a peaceful figure lying in the bed, whence proceeded a gentle snore. "Good nerve, hasn't he?" said the Colo nel. "Tes; but what a queer nightcap," I said, for the President's head was swath ed in white linen. The Colonel strode quickly up to the bed. "Done !" he cried. "It's Johnny Carr !" It was true; there lay Johnny. Ills excellency was nowhere to be seen. The Colonel shook Johnny roughly by the arm. The latter opened his eyes and said, sleepily : "Steady there ! Kindly remember I'm a trifle frngile." "What's this plot? Where's Whitting ham ?" "Ah, it's McGregor," said Johnny with a bland smile, "and Martin. How are you, old fellow? Some beast's hit me on the head." "Where's Whittingham ?" reiterated the Colonel savagely shaking Johnny's arm. "Gently !" said I ; "after all, he's a sick man." The Colonel dropped the arm, and Johnny said sweetly : "Quits, isn't it, Colonel?" Tlie ( tolonel turned from him, and «aid to his men sternly : "Have you had any hand in this?" They protested vehemently that they were as astonished as we were; and so they were, unless they acted consummat ly. They denied that anyone had entered the outer room or that any sound had proceeded from the inner. They had kef vigilant watch, and must have seen any intruder. Both the men inside were fh Colonel's personal servants, and he believ ed in their honesty, but what of their vigilance? Carr heard him sternly ques dotting them, and said : "Those chaps aren't to blame. Colonel I didn't come in that way. If you'll fak< a look behind the bed you'll see unother door. They brought me in there. I was rather queer and only half know what was tip." We looked and saw a door where he said. Pushing the bed aside, we opened it, and found ourselves on the hack stair case of the premises. Clearly the Presi dent had noiselessly opened this door and got out. But how lmd Carr got in with out noise? The sentry came up, saying: "Every five minutes, sir, 1 looked and saw him on the bed. He lay for the first hour in his clothes. The next look, he was undressed. It struck me he'd laten pretty quick and quiet about It, but I thought no more." ''IVpend on it, the dressed man was the President, the undressed man Carr ! When was that?" "About half-past two, sir; Ja*t after the doctor came." "The doctor !" wo cried. "Tea, sir ; Dr. Anderson." "Tou never told me he had been here." "He never went into the President's— into General Whittingliam's i-oam, sir; but he came in here for five minutes, to get some water, and stood talking with us for a time. Half an hour after he came in for some more." We began to see how It was done. That wretched little doctor was in the plot. Somehow or other he had comiuunloatod with the President; probably he knew of the door. Then, I fancied, they must have worked something in this way. The doctor comes in to distract the sentries, while his excellency moves the bed. Find ing that they took a look every five min ute«, he told the President. Then lie went and got Johnny Curr ready. Re turning, he takes the President's place on the bed, and in that character under goes an inspection. The moment this is over he leaps up and goes out. Bet ween them they bring iu Carr, put him into bed. and slip out through the narrow space of open door behind the bedstead. When all was done, the doctor had come back to see if any suspicion had boon aroused. "I have It now !" cried the Coiotvel. "That doctor's done us both. He e .uidn't get Whittingham out of the house with out leave, so he's taken him as Carr! Swindled me into giving my leave. Ah, look out if we meet, Mr. Doctor!" We rushed out of the house and found this conjecture was true. The man who purported to be Carr had been carried out, enveloped in blankets, just as we sat down to breakfast : the doctor had put him into the carriage, followed himself, and driven rapidly away. "Which way did they go?" "Toward the harbor, sir," the sentry re plied. The harbor could be reached in twenty minutes' fast driving. Without a word the Colonel sprang on his horse ; I imi tated him, and w« gaBoped as hard as »V could, everyone making way before our furious charge. Alas ! we wore to* lets. Aa we drew rein on the quay we saw, half a mile out U> sea, and sailing before g stiff breeze, Johnny Carr's little yacht with the Aureataland flag floating defi antly at her mast-bead. We gazed at it blankly, with never a word to say, and turned our horses' heads. Our attention was attracted by a small gronp of men standing round the storm signal post. As we rode np, they hastily scattered, and we saw pinned to the post a sheet of note paper. Thereon was writ ten in a well-known hand ; "L Marcus W. Whittingham, Presi dent of the Republic of Aureataland, hereby offer a reward of five thousand dol lars and a free pardon to any person or persons assisting in the capture, dead or alive, of George McGregor ( late Colonel Lr the Aureataland army) and John Mar tin, bank manager, and I do further pro claim the said George McGregor aud John Martin to be traitors and rebels against the Republic, and do pronounce their lives forfeited. Which sentence let every loyal citizen observe at his peril. "MARCUS W. WHITTINGHAM, "President." Truly bis was pleasant ! CHAPTER XVII. Th« habit of reading having penetrat ed, as we are told, to all classes of the community, I am not without hope that some who peruse this chronicle will be able, from personal experience, to under stand the feelings of a man when he first finds a reward offered for his apprehen sion. It is true that our police are not in the habit of imitating the President's naked brutality by expressly adding "alive or dead," but I am informed that the law, in case of need, leaves the alter native open to the servants of justice. I am not ashamed to confess that my spirits were rather dashed by his excellency's Parthian shot, and I could see that the Colonel himself was no less perturbed. The escape of Fleanee seemed to Mac beth to render his whole position unsafe, and no one who knew General Whitting ham will doubt that he was a more dan gerous opponent than Fleanee. We both felt, in fact, ns soon as we saw the white sail of The Songstress bearing our enemy out of our reach, that the revolution could not yet be regarded as safely accom plished. But the uncertainty of our ten ure of power did not paralyze our ener gies; on the contrary, we determined to make hay while the sun shone, and, if Aureataland was doomed to succumb once more to the tyranny, I, for one, was very clear that her temporary emancipation might he turned to good account. Accordingly, on arriving again at the Golden House, we lost no time in insti tuting a thorough inquiry into the stafé of the public finances. We ransacked the house from top to bottom and found noth ing! Was it possible that the President had carried off with him all the treas ure that had inspired our patriotic ef forts? The thought was too horrible. The drawers of his escritoire and the safe that stood in his library revealed nothing to our eager eyes. A foraging party, dis patched lo tlie ministry of finance (where, by the way, they did not find Don Anto nio or his fair daughter), returned with Idle discouraging news that nothing was visible but ledgers and bills. In deep dejection I threw myself into his excel lency's chair with the doleful reflection that this pleasure seemed all 1 was likely to get out of tlie business. The Colonel stood moodily with his hack to the fire place, looking nt me as if 1 were respon sible for the state of things. At this point in came the Signnrina. We greeted her gloomily, and she was as startled as.ourselves at the news of the President's escape; at the same time I thought I detected an undercurrent of re lief. When, however, we went on to break to her the nakedness of the land, she stopped us at once. "Oh, you stupid men, you haven't look ed in the right place. 1 suppose you ex pected to find it laid out for you on the dining room table. Come with me." We followed her into the romn whet' Carr lay. lie was awake, and the Xij; norina went and asked him how he wa Then she continued : "We shall have to disturb you for few minutes, Mr. Carr." (To be continued.) Reversed. "So you are the gentleman who runs 'Hints to the Home Gardener'?" said the fair caller In the newspaper otli "Do you obtain your material from experiments In your own garden?" "Oh, 1 haven't any garden." replied the sallow young man with the pen be hind his ear. "I live iu a tint" "You don't say. Well, perhaps the gentleman who writes 'Hints on Rent ing Flats' could give me some good ad vice from his experience in apartment houses ?" "Oh, he doesn't live In an apartment house. He lives in the country." Rar«* Trc»(. "Some great physician tells us," said the woman in the green waist, "that eating beef puts a person iu a bad hu mor. Does it put your husband in a bad humor?" "1 should say not," sighed the little woman with the typewriter ink on h'r Angers. "My husband Is a poet a.ul he Is so tickled when we can afford real beef that he is in for a whole week." the Ttir Fn«: End. "At last the time came," said Aretle explorer, "when our sole sup ply of food consisted ot a few ranued ox tails and pickled pigs' feet." "Then," said his hearer, "you were Indeed reduced to extremities."—Ik»» ton Transcript Now They Dov'i Clara— Don't be surprised if Willie Sapleigh proposes to you to-night. Maude—Gracious ! I>o you tlduk he will? Clara—Sure I do. When I refused him Inst night h* said he didn't cere what became of h.m.—Ch ion go News Two of h Kind. "George !" "Yea. darling." "Don't you think that tlie best fruit* of romance are the wedding date and the bridal pair?"—Baltimore Americau. No M ot Uer-i d-Law. Singleton—So you don't believe In a monarchical form of government, eh? Wedderly—1 shauM say not I That's why I married an orphan a good humor ODD CURE FOR HOMESICKNESS. Sight of Carload« of Texas Steen Restores Kansas City Sian. "Were you ever 1,500 miles from home and so desperately homesick that you wished you would die?" "Not exactly." "Well, I hope you never will be." The young man who was doing the talking passed the summer vacation in New England, says the Kansas City Star. "I had counted on having a good time of rest and recreation in a quiet little town on the Boston and Albany Railroad," he confided to an office as sociate the other day. "But .my plana were all upset I took a heavy cold 4 ,, x . , going over from Chicago to Detroit by ) boat and by the time I had reached my destination I was threatened with pneumonia. I went directly to the ho tel from the train and stayed In that hotel one whole week. I was given the very best of care, and the best physician in town and a nurse were with me almost constantly. But there wasn't a familiar face about the place and I could not recall having seen one since I left Kansas City. "1 became desperately homesick. The doctor told me I would die If I didn't get over the homesickness. He I 2 and the hotel people invented all kinds j of things to divert my mind, but they did not succeed In cheering me one bit. I was so gloomy and despondent that I wished I would die. One day I heard a sound that was like 'Home, Sweet Home,' to me. I heard the fa miliar bellowing of Texas cattle, and looking out of the window, I saw in the distance a freight train standing on a side track. In the middle of the train were five or six cars filled with cattle, I could recognize the 'Mo. Pac.' on the'side of the cars. I knew they came from Kansas City. Then I fell asleep and dreamed I was in my room overlooking the west bottoms, within sight and sound of the stockyards and the railroad yards. The next morning the doctor was smiling when he enter ed the room. " 'What has brought about this de lightful change?" he asked in a pleas ant tone. " 'Oh, I have seen some friends from home,' I replied. "And so I had. In three days I was walking about and enjoying myself. Oh, there Is nothing so cheering to a home-sick man In a strange land as the sight or sound of something he is used to seeing and hearin HOW TO PREVENT FAMINE, Laboratory Looked To to Prevent Tlila World's Tragedy. "Starvation may be averted through the laboratory," writes F. A. Talbot In the Technical World Magazine, and ascrilies the momentous prophetic words to the eminent seentlst, Sir Wil liam Crookes. "Sir William made the statement," says the writer, "before the annual congress of the British as sociation in ISOS, and he ventured the prophecy also that it would be the com bination of chemical research and the hydraulic forces of nature, as exempli fied In tlie numerous waterfalls, that would at no distant time be used to produce an adequate food supply for the growing population of the world. "The one great question that has been directing the closest research of the whole scientific world for more than a century past has been the solv ing of the problem as to how to meet the growing demand that has resulted from the extensive developments of at home." | agriculture for nitrogenous foods. Tlie population of the globe is rapidly be- i coming rpore and more dependent for j Its vital force upon what the scientists generally term bread—that is, those foodstuffs essentially of a highly nitro genous character. The existence of all life, both animal and plant, is abso lutely dependent upon a certain num ber of substances generally known as tlie ailments, and tlie presence of nitro, gen iu some form in those ailments is Indispensable. It Is the atmosphere | which directly or Indirectly furnishes j \a from to all living things tho nitrogen nee- ! essary for their life, and it the air, moreover, that the two prin (dpal forms of nourishment which, agri culture demands In the combinations of I its fertilizers, nitrate of soda and sul phate of ammonia, are derived." A description of the new method of extracting nltrogeu from the atmos phere follows. i | AVonl.l be UiHixrrou«. One day a wealthy western manufae turer vlslted Brockton alld nmon « the other sights of the city had to visit tha Douglas shoe factory. The proprie tor personally conducted the visitor through tlîfe works. Taking up a shoe, Mr. Douglas said; "Our latest novelty, excellent work, Isn't It?" "It's all right." said the visitor, with a twinkle In his eyes, "but you can't hold a caudle to the goods we turn out In the west." "Same line?" asked the ex-Governor, with some dignity. "No," said the other, "ours is gun powder." Rice. Alexander the Great about B. C. 400 made an attempt to Introduce many Asiatic plants into Europe. Bice was among the number, but the Greeks did not take kindly toiits cultivation, pre ferring to Import it from India and Egypt. Aa to BrldK«. Mrs. Brown (Just returned from re vival)—My dear, I am now convinced i that my card playing is a sin. Mr. Brown (aware of her abilities) —My dear, It Is more than a sin; if* t positiv* crime-''—Toledo Blad*. m 1SPP» ÖSÄj M Hack for Dehorning. The Illustration shows a rack to be used either for dehorning cattle or ringing hogs. For sills use three pieces feet long and 4 Inches by 4 inches mortised for bottom of posts 8 inches Mfch side of center to allow the skle8 and bottom boards to drop into place. Four posts 4 inches by 4 inches and 5 feet 4 inches long and two posts 4 Inches by 4 inches, and 5 feet 8 inches long are tenoned to the sills. Three cap pieces 2 inches by 4 inches and 4 feet 2 inches long are mortised at the ends to receive tops of posts. The caps are of oak. One oak piece in front of the cap, which holds the stanchion, is inches by 2 inches, and 4 feet 2 inches long. The lower oak piece in front of the stanchion is 2 Inches by 4 inches and 2 feet long. The lumber is 2 Inches thick and 7 feet long for sides. One board 2 Inches by 17 inches and 7 feet P SUP HACK FOB DEHOBNINQ. For long is used for the bottom, stanchions in front use one board 2 Inches by 10 inches, 5 feet 6 Inches long; one board 2 inches by 10 Inches, feet 2 inches long. For back gate use two pieces 2 inches by 12 Inches. 4 feet 4 inches long, cut sloping to tit the frame. It is put on with hinges. The stanchions in front are bolted at the bottom between a 2 inches by 4 inch piece, and the sill, leaving a space up and down in front 5 inches wide. Two and a half feet from the bottom of the stanchion slope, cut a place for the animal's neck. The 2 inches by 2 Inch oak piece is bolted to the side of the cap with blocks to allow the top of the stanchions to open and close and werk with a lever. The lever, which can be made of wagon tire. Is 5 feet (1 Inches long. A %-inch hole Is punched In the top of tlie lever, a second hole K', Vj inches from top hole, and the third hole 11 inches from second hole, l'he upper hole is for attachment of two Iron straps, one on each side, which Rr* fastened to the left hand stanchion. From the lower hole two pieces of Iron 14 inches long go to the right hand stanchion. When the stanchions are closed bore one or two half-inch holes in post back of lever, in which to use au iron pin to hold the stanchions In place.—Montreal Star. Water and Salt for Cows, Eight gallons of water a day Is the average quantity required for a cow, and the milk given,is about 87 per cent water. In some pastures there !s no water, the cows being supplied night ' ...........' ' '' * ............*' and morning, which forces such cow to drink four gallons at a time in order to be supplied. As the cow does not know that she must drink' four gallons, she may use less, and she will reduce her milk supply accordingly. Extensive tests and investigations have been made by the experiment sta tions to determine the advisability of adding salt to the ration of dairy COWSi "^ s a resu '* these ti ials. It is recommended that dairy cows lie given nt least one ounce of salt per day. Ex ceptionally heavy milkers will require more than this. The uniform results obtained with all cows employed in these trials indicate that salt in addi tion to that obtained In their food is absolutely essential to the continued health of a dairy cow, while producing milk. It Is evident, moreover, that the amount of salt which must be sufi plied directly will greatly vary In dif ferent localities. It being more at high elevations and at places remote from the sea.—Agricultural Epitomist. A Kettle Support. At butchering time and whenever water is to be heated it is a bother to set the kettle or to hang It with chains. A simple hoop with three or four legs welded on, saves the time aud trouble. Any black smith will make it for a few cents if you furnish an old kettle hoop. cart tire for hoops and legs. Order the legs the right length to hold the kettle just high enough. It is easily moved then from house to barn, or to a neighbor's.— Farm and Home. „ tho dew tor lts wauts ' and ap ^ eal8 to the faruier for planÜQ£ d " riQ * • ea60a - Kaffir Corn In Mexico. Kaffir corn is being cultivated suc cessfully la the State of Oaxaca, Mex ico, and its cultivation is to he extend ed. This corn, which is a native of Egypt, requires only the moisture of Treatment of the Soli. We have but little more definite knowledge of the soil and the principles involved in its treatment than we had sixty years ago, says the Scientific American. Fertility is not nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium alone, though the potential value of any field, or State, or country, from the agricul tural standpoint, is measured by these constituent elements in its soil ; yet It has been demonstrated that soils which contain an abundance of these elements, and which are potentially capable of producing crops for centuries perhaps, are not capable of producing profitable crops without the addition of further amounts of these constituents. The chemical investigator Is, therefore, com pelled to take into consideration other facts than this. He must, If he would cover the whole field, know something of geology, of botany, of physics, of biology, of bacteriology, and of the other natural sciences, because chem istry alone is not capable of fully com passing the problem ; thus, the oppor tunity for specializing In any branch has been very great, and it Is because of the broadness of the subject, and the opportunity, as already pointed out, and the necessity, also, for giving Imme diate help from the knowledge that we have that has prevented in a degree a broad study of the fundamentals essen tial for enabling genuine progress to be made. Alfalfa a Swine Tonic. Raising 1,000 hogs a year without e\er having any sign of cholera In the herd is the claim put forth by M. Bar ber of Bloomington, Neb. He makes a specialty of this industry and has 300 acres of alfalfa, where the hogs are raised. "My hogs are raised In the field from the time they are pigs till they are about 8 months old, when 1 put them on a feed of corn," said Mr Barber to a representative of the Kansas City Drovers' Telegram. "If fed In summer time I soak the corn. But the alfalfa is the most important feed they get, and is the one great thing that keeps them healthy all the year around. In all the years that I have been raising and handling hogs In this way, I never had a case of hog cholera on my farm. This is due to the alfalfa, which keeps the- hogs healthy." NEW CHURN. Improved Ratter Churn. The old-fashioned hand butter churn, so long associated with fresh air and country life, seems destined to be overtaken Jay other up to date churns and which require less labor to oper ate. The old-fash ioned churn was a clumsy affair, and not a little "elbow grease" was re quired to manipu late it. In the il lustration is shown oue of newer hand churns, which nevertheless contains most of the principles of the older churns. The only change Is in the application of the power mechanism. In this machine the power is so placed, that little effort is required to operate it. A foot pedal Is added, and the hand power is entirely different from the old method. Instead of forcing the paddle up from the churn after every descent with the hands, springs are placed beneath the hand grips which do the forcing automatically. It would he possible to operate this churn and. at the same time read a book or news paper. Yonne: Farmer« Going to Cltien. A recent news telegram from York, Pa., says: "With the return to the county commissioners to-day of the last registry assessor's book it was shown by the totals that the population of voters In the county has decreased in six months nearly 400. The shrinkage in the male population Is attributed by tlie commissioners to the desertion of the farms by young men, most of whom have been lured to Philadelphia and. other cities under the impression that they can speedily make fortunes. "In the borough of Red Lion sixty voters have gone to the city within six months. The decrease in population 1» greater than in the boroughs. The total registration iu the boroughs and town ships of the county last spring was 22, 802. The present registration «hows 388 less." Renovating Worn Soils. Prof. W. J. Spillman, in bulletin No. 245 on the renovation of woruout soils, says : "To build up and maintain fertility In the soil, feed a large part of the crops, and return the manure to the land. If manure is not available, plow under crops grown for the purpose. Plow deep, but do not subsoil. Grow leguminous crops for the nitrogen they add to the soil. "Commercial fertilizers and lime may be important means of improving the soil but the fertilizer requirements of different soils and different crops In different seasons are so little under stood that we are not yet in a position to make positive recommendations that are of general application." The Decline ot the Peach. The Introduction of new varieties, budding, and the attacks of Insects, a* well as diseases formerly unknown, have curtailed the usefulness of th* peach tree ap.d confined It to certain localities. Budding or grafting th« trees, whether apple, peach or pear, 1* now but a reproduction of the original variety, and may introduce all the Im perfections aa well as the advantage* of the variety, to every portion of th* country.