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By ANTHONY HOPE "A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds." —Francis Bacon. CHAPTER XIX. In spite of many anxieties, after this eventful day I enjoyed the first deeent night's rest I had had for a week. The Colonel refused, with an unnecessary os tentation of scorn, my patriotic offer to keep watch and ward over the city, and I turned in, tired out at eleven o'clock, after a light dinner. I felt I bad some reasons for self-congratulations ; for con siderable as my present difficulties were, yet I undoubtedly stood in a more hopeful position than I had before the revolution. I was now resolved to get my money safe out of the country, and I had hopes of being too much for McGregor in the other matter which shared my thoughts. The return of the day, however, brought new troubles. I was roused at an .early hour by a visit from the Colonel himself. He brought very disquieting tidings. In the course of the night every one of our proclamations had been torn down or de faced with ribald scribbllngs ; posted over or alongside them there now hung multi tudinous enlarged copies of the Presi dent's offensive notice. Ilow or by whom these seditious measures had been effect ed we were at a loss to tell, for the officers and troops were loud in declaring their vigilance. In the very center of the Pi azza, at the bane of the President's statue, was posted an enormous bill, "Remember 1871 1 Death to Traitors !" ''Ho wcould they do that unless the sol diers were in it?" asked the Colonel gloomily. "I have sent those two com panies back to the barracks and had an other lot out. But how do I know they'll be any better? I met DeChair Just now and asked him what the temper of the troops was. The little brute grinned, and said : 'Ah, mon President, It would be better If the good soldiers bad a leetle more money.' " "That's about It," said I ; "but then you haven't got much more money." "What I've got I mean to stick to," said the Colonel. "If this thing Is going to burst up, I'm not going to be kicked out to starve. I tell you what It is, Mar tin, you must let me have some of that cash back again." The effrontery of this request amazed tne. The man's want of ordinary moral ity was too revolting. Didn't he know very well that the money wasn't mine? Didn't be himself obtain my help on the express terms that I should have this money to repay the bank with? "Not a farthing, Colonel ; not a far thing 1 By our agreement that cash was to be mine ; but for that I wouldn't have touched your revolution with a pair of tongs." : He looked very savage, and muttered something under his breath. "You're carrying things with a high hand." he said. : "I'm not going to steal to please you," said f. ^ "You weren't always so «crapulous," he sneered. I took wo notice of this Insult, but re peated my determination. "Look here, Martin," he said, "I'll give you twenty-four hours to think It over ; *nd let me advise you to change your mind then. I don't want to quarrel, but I'm going to have some of that money." Clearly he had learned statecraft in his predecessor's school. "Twenty-four hours is something," thought I, aud determined to try the cunning of the serpent. "All right. Colonel," I said, "I'll think It over. I don't pretend to like It ; but, after all, I'm In with you and we must pull together. We'll see how things look to-morrow morning." "There's another matter I wanted to ■peak to you about," he went on. I invited him Into the breakfast room, gave him a cup of coffee (which, to my credit, I didn't poison), and began on my own eggs and toast. "Fire away," said I briefly. "I suppose you know I'm going to be married?" he remarked. "No, I hadn't heard," I replied, feign ing to be entirely occupied with a ve.ry nimble egg. "Rather a busy time for marrying, isn't It? Who Is she?" "You needn't pretend to be so very Inno cent; I expect you could give a pretty good guess." "Madame Devarges?" I asked blandly. "Suitable match ; about your age-" "I wish you wouldn't try to be funny !" he exclaimed. "You know ns well as I do It's the Signorlna." "Really?" I replied. "Well, well, I fancied you were a little touched In that quarter. And she has consented to make you happy?" I was curious to see what he would say. I knew he was a bad liar, and, as a fact, I believe he told the truth on this occasion, for he answered : "Says she never cared a stray for any one else.'' "Not even Whlttingham?" I asked ma liciously. "Hates the old ruffian !" said the Colo nel. "I once thought she had a liking for you, Martin, but she laughed at the idea. I'm glad of it, for we should have fallen ont." I smiled In a somewhat sickly way, and took refuge In my cup. When I emerged, I asked : "And when Is It to be?" "Next Saturday. Fact in, between you and me, Martin, she's ready enough." This was too disgusting. But whether the Colonel was deceiving me, or the Sig norina had deoeived him, I didn't know— a little bit of both, probably. I saw, how •ver, what the Colonel's game was plainly enough ; he was, in his clumsy way, warn ing ms off his preserves, for, of course, he knew my pretensions, and I don't think I imposed on him very much. But I was anxious to avoid a rupture and gain time. "I must call and congratulate the lady," I said. The Colonel couldn't very well object to that, bat be didn't like it. "Well, Christina told me she was very busy, but I daresay she'll see you for a few minutes." "I daresay she will," I said dryly. "I must be off now. I shall have to he about all day trying to catch those fel lows who destroyed the bilk." I I I I I "You won't be doing any business to day, then?" ."What, about settling the government?" he asked, grinning. "Not just yet. Wait till I've got the Signora and the money, and then we'll see about that. You think about the money, my boy !" Much to my relief he then departed, and as he went out I vowed that neither Signorlna nor money should he have. In the course of the next twenty-four hours I must find a way to prevent him. "Rather early for a call," said I, "but I must see the Signorlna." On my way up I met several people and heard some interesting facts. In the first place, no trace had appeared of Don An tonio and his daughter; rumor declared that they had embarked on The Song stress with the President and his faithful doctor. Secondly, Johnny Carr was still In bed at the Golden House (this from Madame Devarges, who had been to see him) ; but his men had disappeared, after solemnly taking the oath to the new gov ernment. Item three. The Colonel had been received with silence and black looks by the troops, and two officers had van ished into space, both Americans, and the only men of any good in a fight. Things were looking rather blue, and I began to think I also should like to disappear, pro vided I could carry off my money and my love with me. My scruples about loy alty had been removed by the Colonel's overbearing conduct, and I was ready for any step that promised me the fulfillment of my own designs. It was pretty evident that there would be no living with Mc Gregor In his present frame of mind, and I was convinced that my best course would be to cut the whole thlDg, or, If that proved Impossible, to see what bar gain I could make with the President Of course all would go smoothly with him if I gave up the dollars and the lady ; a like sacrifice would conciliate McGregor. But then I didn't mean to make It "One or other I will have," said I, as I knocked at the door of "Mon Rapos," "and both If possible.'' The Signorlna was looking worried ; In deed, I thought she had been crying. "Did you meet my aunt on your way up?" she asked, the moment I was an nounced. "No," said I. 'T've sent her away," she continued. "AH this fuss frightens her, so I got the Colonel's leave (for you know we mustn't move without permission now liberty has triumphed) for her to seek change of air." "Where's she going to?" I said. "Home," said the Signorlna. I didn't know whore "home" was, but I never ask what I am not meant to know. "You see, Jack, I had to care for my money." "Oil, wo you've given it to Mrs. Car rington?" "Y'es, ail but five thousand dollars." "Does the Colonel know that?" "Dear me, of course not, or he'd never have let her go." "You're very wise," said I. "I only wish I could have sent my money with her." "Pm afraid that would have made dear aunt rather bulky," said the Signorina, tittering. "Yes, such a lot of mine's In cash," I snld regretfully. Without more ado, I disclosed my own perilous condition and the Colonel's boasts about herself. "What a villain that man Is !" she ex claimed. "Of course I was civil to him, but I didn't say half that. You didn't believe that I did. Jack?" There's never any use In being unpleas ant, so I said I had rejected the idea with scorn. "But what's to be done? If I'm here to-morrow, he'll take the money, and, as likely as not, cut my throat If I try to stop him." "Yes, and he'll marry me," chimed In the Signorlna. "Jack, we must have counter-revolution." "I don't see whnt good that'll do," I answered dolefully. "The President will take the money just the same, and I pect he'll marry you just the same." "Of the two, I would rather have him. Now, don't rage, Jack ! I only said, 'of the two.' But you're quite right ; It couldn't help us much to bring General Whittingham back." "To say uothlng of the strong proba bility of my perishing In the attempt.' "Bet me think," said the Signorlna, knitting her brows. CHAPTER XX. The Signorina sat there, looking v*ry thoughtful and troubled, but It seemed to me as If she were rather undergoing conflict of feeling than thinking out course of action. Once she glanced ai me, then turned away with a restless movement and a sigh. I strolled up to the window to look out. I had atood there a little while, wheu I heard her call softly : "Jack !" I turned and came to her, kneeling down by her side and taking her hands. She gazed rather intently into my face with qnusunl gravity. Then she said : "If you haw to choose between me and the money, which will It be?" I kissed her hand for answer. "If tke money is lost, won't It all come out? And then won't they call you dis honest ?" "I suppose so," said I. "You don't mind that?" "Yes, I do. Nobody likes to be called a thief—especially when there's a kind of truth about It. But I should mind losing you more." "Are you really very fond of me, Jack? No, you needn't say so. I think you are. Now I'll tell you a secret. If you hadn't come hero, I should have married General Whittingham long ago. I stayed here in tending to do it. and he asked me very soon after you first arrived. I gave him my money, you know then." I was listening intently. It seemed as if some things were going to be cleared up. "Well." she continued, "you know what happened. You fell in love with me, I tried to make you, and then I suppose 1 I fell a Httls fn love with yon. At any rat«, I told the President I wouldn't marry him , Just then. Some time after, I wanted ; some money, and I asked him to give me \ back mine. He utterly refused ; you know j his quiet way. He said he would keep j it for "Mrs. Whittingham." Oh, I could I have killed hlm ! But I didn't dare to j break with him openly ; besides, he's very . hard to fight against. We had constant . disputes ; he would never give back the ; money, and I declared I wouldn't marry him unless I had it first, and not then un less I chose. He was very angry and vowed I should marry him without a penny of it ; and 60 it went on. But he never suspected you, Jack, not till quite the end. Then we found out about the debt, you know ; and about the same time I saw he at last suspected something be tween you and me. And the very day before w ecamet ot he bank he drove me to desperation. He stood beside me in this room, and said : 'Christina, I am growing old. I shall wait no longer. I believe you're In love with that ' young Martin.' Then he apologized for his plain speaking, for he's always gentle in man ner. And I defied him. And then, Jack, what do you think he did?" "What?*' I cried. "He laughed!" said the Signorina, with tragic Intensity. "I couldn't stand that. bo I joined the Colonel in upsetting him. Ah, he shouldn't have laughed at me." And Indeed she looked at this moment a dangerous subject for such treatment. "I knew what no one else knew, and I could influence him as no one else could, and I had my revenge. But now," she said, "It all ends In nothing." And she broke down, sobbing. Then, recovering herself, and motioning me to be still, she went on : You must be quiet and cautious. But I must go to-night—to-night, Jack, either with you or to the President." "My darling, you shall come with me," said I. "Where?" "Oh, out of this somewhere." I was full of rage against McGregor, but I couldn't afford the luxury of In dulging it, so I gave my whole mind to finding a way out for us. At last I seem ed to hit upon a plan. The Signorina saw the inspiration in my eye. Have you got it, Jack?" she said. I think so—-If you will trust yourself to me, and don't mind an uncomfortable night." "Go on." "You know my little steam launch? It will be dark to-night. If we can get on board with a couple of hours' start we can show anybody a clean pair of heels. She travels a good pace, and It's only fifty miles to safety and foreign soil. I shall land there a beggar !" "I don't mind that, Jack," she said. I hove my five thousand, and aunt will join us with the rest. But how are we to get on board? Besides, oh. Jack! the President watches the coast every night with The Songstress—and you know she's got steam—Mr. Carr just had auxiliary steam put in." 'No," I said, "I didn't know about that. Look here, Christina, excuse the question, hut can you communicate with the President?" "Yes," she said, after a second's hesita tion. 'And will he believe what you tell him?*' "I don't know. He might and he might not. He'll probably act as if he didn't." 'Well, we must chance it," I said. "At any rate, better be caught by him than stay here. We were, perhaps, a little hasty with that revolution of ours." (To be continued.) START OF A FLORIDA FEUD. Man's Farm Bnilt on Coral Floated Avar and a Neighbor Took It. "Speaking about feuds," said John T* Humphries of Tampa, Fla., "I think thnt tho strangest, In Its Inception, Is one between two families In Marion County. In our State. It came about this way. Y'ou know In our State some times land disappears during the night and a man wakes up to find Ills gar den a great sinkhole. This is, of course, due to the fact that Florida Is built on coral and not very substantially built nt that, especially In some of the in terior counties. Harry Bedding bad a , „ , , , . , , I nice patch of ïrlsh potatoes, and Oliver i Vance, bis neighbor, had what he called a farm and near the house was a sink- i hole. I "One night Redding's potato patch disappeared and the next morning he ! hnd a nice large sinkhole filled with j water where bis garden was. The same j night Vance, who had a sinkhole when , he went to bed, woke up to find that the hole was filled with dirt. In which there seemed to be a lot of pelibles about the size of a man's fist. Natur ally he was surprised. He examined the pebbles to find them potatoes, and after calling the family up they got to work and gathered In six bushels of potatoes ready for market. "That's where the trouble began. ....... ...... — ........- ....... Redding claimed that under the law I where a man's stock wanders on to the | premises ef another, without his fault. ! he can go after It. He argued that the' same doctrine applied to potatoes which j had wandering habits. For he was very sure that the potatoes ou the Vance,» farm belonged to him. Vance and bis : frlenda invoked another principle of ; law that a man owns his land from heaven to hades and he refused to dig up the jx>tatoes for the benefit of his ; neighbor. j "All that happened ten years ago." ! continued Mr. Humphries, "and the Reddings and the Vances are still armed against each other. Two or three skirmishes have taken place between the parties and one of the Vance boys. 18 years old, was wounded by fire from the enemy. "They are never spoken to each other since that eventful night ten years ago. Lawyers and politicians have gone out to help them settle their difficulties, but they were obdurate, and If the feud grows for twenty years as it has al ready Florida and Marlon County will i hare n feud equal to the best that Ken- j tucky has ever produced."—Denver lie-, publican. --No The people of Thibet rarely wash, finding it warmer to be divty. ' WIT OT THE YOUNGSTERS. Teachers—What can you tell mo about Florida, Tommy? Small Tommy —It's a great summer resort in win ter. Little 3-year-old Frances, on seeing a large rope for the first time, exclaim ed; "Oh, mamma, look at the big, fat string ! Teacher—What does s-e-e spell? Small Pupil—Don't know. Teacher— What do I do with my eyes? Small Pupil—Squint The Parson—You take after your father, do you not, Bobby? Small Bob by—No, sir. Father never leaves any thing for anybody to take. Mamma (stemiy)—Tommy, did you eat the cake I left on the table? Tom my—No, mamma. Did I, Elsie? Elsie (aged 3)—'Deed him didn't mamma. I saw him didn't Little Bess—I guess your folks are not society people, are they? Little Nell—Course they are. What made you think they wasnt? Little Boss Cause ; you call the meal you eat at 6 o'clock supper. A small 5-year-old chap was making a lot of unnecessary noise when his father asked : "Fred, why are you mak ing all that racket?" "Oh," was the re ply, "I guess it's 'cause I'm too little to know any better." Little Margie—We's dot a new baby. Visitor—You don't say! Little Margie —Yes'm ; an' its eyes come open an' go shut Jes' like my dollle's, but I dess som'fin's ze matter wif its works, 'taus* its eyes go shut evwy time zay lay It down. Small Tommy had read that three score and ten were the allotted years of man, and asked his grandfather how many years that made. "Seventy," re plied the old gentleman. "And how old are you, grandpa?" queried the small inquisitor. "Oh, I'm more than 70," was the reply. "What!" exclaimed Tommy, In evident surprise. "More than 70 and not dead yet !" FUNNY TO FOREIGN VISITORS. That Features of American Life Seem Odd to Tourists. We may think the continental candle a great Joke, but foreigners coming ' here are just as much humored by j American Institutions, says the New ! York Press. For Instance: Frank Gill more, the actor, saw many funny things when he came here on his first visit His first resting place was the United States hotel in Boston. His room was smotheringly hot. He sought relief by opening the windows, but the tempera ture remained unbearable. He h«id read of the awful temperature In Amer ican hotels and got the notion that his room was lined with steam pipes. A critical search for the lever to shut off the heat failed. Suddenly he espied a doorstep and at It pulled and tugged for some time in vain. The room was growing hotter. The radiator was in full view all the time, but Frank had never made the in- ! • timate acquaintance of such a monster. Becoming disheartened, he decided to call for help. Over the electric push button was a notice: "One push will ■ bring a bellboy." Here was another puzzle. In Europe he knew "boots" and "porter," but no bellboy. However, he pushed and took chances. Luther, a» black as the ace of spades, responded. Pointing to the unoffending doorstep Gillmore said : "It doesn't work." Luther looked woozey. Frank walked over aud tapping the step with bis fln ger, remarked: "I've pulled it three ti3ie8 aud it doesa - t work !" Luther, the whites of his eyes as big as Sat urn's ring, tried to escape; but Ills senses came back and be shut off the heat; and the actor gradually cooled off. Gillmore cannot be as fresh as the average "knowall" British tourist One day be wanted to write a letter and noticing a line, large room near the clerk's desk provided with big tables, chairs and writing utilities approached 1L A legend stared him in the face: "This room for guests only; all others keep out." Gillmore's Interpretation of "guest" was that It was one who ac cepted another's hospitality without payment, therefore he must be a 'vis- [ _ , , „ , itor * aml 1 le 10 » lu v ' a '* luteu ded for ilim *° l)rlug a uond iu - hut being alone he thought he TO » ld "°t «»ter. retlred t0 his roolu and wrote hla j letter there. One Gillmore was Introduced to 1 ' *> rea * American favorite corn on : the oob, or roas n leaks. Forelgn ; ers know nothing of this delicacy, live ac t° r attempted to eat it with a knife aud by slicing It off as you would ; a banana; but falling to make an kn j pression summoned the waiter and or ! dered another corn, as that wasn't cooked through. Moved by Spirit of Landlady. "I only write when the spirit moves me," remarked the attic poet. "But suppose the spirit doesn't move you for a long time," suggested the worshiper at the shrine of genius. "In that case the landlady does." replied the pool sadly.—Philadelphia Record. TbonRlit It Whs Somethin» to Eat. i Miss Swelltop—The Millyuns girl made her debut with eclat j Miss Parvenu— 1 always put bakiDg powder In mine—Baltimore American, woman ever atritbutes her bus Dand's loss of appetite to her own cook ' lug. & 1 <3 © D ta & K? Pa A Small Greenhouse. To speak of a greenhouse suggests the idea of an expensive building that requires much labor on the part of some person to keep in order. While It Is possible to spend almost any amount, a very practical house can be made of bot-bed sash, using the south piazza as a basis for operations. Hot bed sash, all ready for use, costs from $3.25 to $3.50 each, and measures 3x0 feet ; the glass in these frames meas ures 10x12 inches. . \ Buy the sash first, and then build according to the number of sash. This little greenhouse can be heated by a smokeless blue-flame oil stove without injury to the flowers. For a beginner some of the bulb family will be best. Of late years, Roman hyacinths, narcissus of various kinds, freesias and tulips have had a great sale In the winter months. When grown for cut flowers they are put SIDE VIEW OF GREENHOUSE. In low boxes of a convenient size for handling, at a distance apart equal to »bout twice their diameter, and so they will Just show above the surface. General-Purpose Horse. The general-purpose farm horse is »ne that can be well utilized in ordi nary farm work of all kinds and can also do the limited amount of road work needed in connection with the working of the medium-sized or small farm, says a well-known farmer. A horse called a "chunk" in market, itandlng 15 to 16 hands high, weighing from 1,100 to 1,400 pounds, compactly Mi lit, with good feet and legs, a tract able, lively disposition, a good, clean, rapid way of going at walk or trot, Is (n brief, the kind of a horse that I would call a general-purpose horse. This kind of a horse has a place on rarm9> and we say the most Ta ,_ Qable c , as3j ^ far as farm work ls wncerne<L Y ou will note that he par t;lkes of ^ qua i ltles of both the i,„„, „„„.wo,. draught and coach or heavy roadster types, In both his conformation and disposition. Iowa Farmers' Phones. For the first time a census of tele phones bas been taken in the State of Iowa, aud this has disclosed that there are now in use 222,325 instruments. Of this number 104,524 are classed as In struments used in connection with rural lines. That is, they are used by the farmers of Iowa. During the past few years the Gov ernment Weather Bureau in Des Moines has arranged for telephone dis tribution of forecasts, and a large per centage of these farmers now receive by telephone every morning the fore cast of the weather for the coming thirty-six hours. This, in fact, has been one strong Incentive for installa tion of telephones in the homes of the farmers of the State. One Way to Kill Rnta. Here is the method used by one farm er to clean out rats: On a large num ber of old shingles be put about a half teaspoonful of molasses each, and on w ith his pocketknife, he scraped a small amount of concentrated lye. He then placed the old shingles around under the stable doors and under the cribs. The next morning he found for ty dead rats, and the rest left the farm for parts unknown. He has cleared many farms of the pests In the same way, aud has never known It to fall.. 000,000 since 1901. Cotton Greatest Export Crop. Cotton is king In export record of the United States for the fiscal year just closed. The total value of raw cotton exported, for the first time crossed the $400,000,000 line, aud exceeded by far the value of any article of merchandise sent out of the country. The exports of cotton have increased over $100, Tbe manufactured cotton goods were also larger than heretofore, and aggregated $53,000,000. Warmer, made much Mukln» Henhori The henhouse can be warmer. If the walls are thin, by lining sides and ceiling with tar paper. The floor may be of brick, stone, cement, dry earth or coal cinders. The latter Is preferable, especially If you are un fortunately possessed of a damp bouse. Fill in the damp henhouse a foot with cinders aud they will always be dry sui top. Test of Age in Fowls. A rooster's age is determined by the size of his spurs. If they are long he is "antique." If there is a small but ton on the ankle where the spurs come later he is a young bird. Ducks are invariably judged by the under Up of the bill. If a dressed duck will sus tain its weight by its under bill, "lay it back and try another," for there Is no telling how old it is; certainly too old to be real tender. But if the bill snaps easily It is a young bird. Gob blers are told by their spurs, the sam» as roosters, the age of the hen turkey being determined by the length of Its beard. Aside from the test applied to ducks there Is one Infallible rule which can be applied with safety In all cases. The back part of the breastbone can be bent easily In a youug fowl. If it is sharp and hard and refuses to yield to pressure from your thumb it Is aa old bird. Impnre Maple Sirup. Impure maple sugar and sirup ls the rule father than the exception, both in this country and In Canada. The Canadian government has been making an investigation of the matter, and out of 85 samples of sirup only 22 were found to be genuine, while 53 were adulterated. In the same way, out of 26 samples of sugar only 11 were gen uine. . These samples were purchased at stores In different cities and towns. Out of 319 samples of milk gathered In the same way, only 180 were genu ine. Canada Is as much In need of a pure food law as ls the United States, and one will soon be In operation on that side of the line. Sweet Potato Growing, The following suggestions about, sweet potato growing are from a Vir ginia lady : Sweet potatoes succeed best on a deep and rich sandy soil with a warm exposure. The ground should be well plowed and harrowed fine. In. each hill plant two sets, covering about two Inches deep, and as they grow keep drawing dirt around them. They are among the very best vegetables for table use. ' Select a bright clear day for digging, let them dry a day or two, then place In boxes with paper with a small quantity of slaked lime among the potatoes. Keep during winter in a storeroom. Profitable Apple Trees. H. A. Squires, living near Dearborn, Mo., has 125 trees of Wealthy apple» aud seventeen trees of Summer Queen ; there are eight trees of another early sort, making 150 trees, or three acres, of apples ripening at this season. This year Mr. Squires sold the fruit from these three acres for $1,006 net, after paying for the barrels in which the fruit was shipped. More than $300 an. acre ls not a bad record In a year like this. Of course, Mr. Squires had a good crop, some trees making six and seven barrels of choice apples, but prlGes were not as high as is often the case. Build a Toolliouse. Every farmer needs a good tool house. It should be so convenient of access that there need be no excuse for leaving" farm Implements exposed to the weather when not in use. Prop erly cared for, many implements that now last only a few years ought to be serviceable ns long ns the farmer lives to need them. Besides, a tool that has not been rusted, warped, and cracked by exposure will work as well the sec ond and third year of use as the first. On many farms the tools are so much injured by being left out of doors that after the first season they cost more for repairs than they save In labor. v Handy Egg Tomer, When keeping eggs for hntching they should be turned frequently. The sketch shows a combination egg drawer and turner which is very effective. The EGG TURNING DEVICE. bottom of the egg drawer is removed and the eggs rest upon a roller curtain cloth, which winds upon a rod with a small crank. Winding the roller a very short distance turns each egg and jostles It slightly. A single turn on the crank will usually be sufficient. Honey Crops of Europe. The United States Consul at Frank fort, Germany, has been gathering sta tistics about honey production in Eu rope. He finds that Germany leads all European countries, producing 20,000 tons from 1,910,000 beehives. Spain yields 19,000 tons; Austria, 18,000; France, 10,000; Holland, 2.500; Bel gium. 2.000; Greece. 1,400, and Russia and Denmark, 900 tons each. lion to Save Melon Seed. Melon seeds are best when saved from the entire melon. Select a fin» specimen ; let It remain on the vine until there are Indications of ripeness. Then gather, put in the sun and weather until there are indications off decay. Wash the seed from the pulp and spread In the shade to dry. Such seed will keep several years a." d i-ij) produce line, vigorous plants.