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war fc*-: -N raw Nritb it* B0HM1MM Sli* old resident of Alton tkH tti visitor to the river bank in front'of Um City- Hall and, polnttni wm the UlMlMlppl to an Wand .heavily wood •d with Willow*, Informs him .that then la the "Lincoln-Shield* Park." On tb* ltd of September, 18*3. writes Walter B. Stevens In the St. Louis Globe-Dem -jerst, the stage coaches rattled down the lone vailer -through- the bluffs ,of Altos and unloaded an extraordinary passenger list at the Plasa Hotel. The people sitting and standing on the wide double galleries of the three story, UnM roof, wooden hotel, looked and wondered aa James Shields, the Bute Auditor, accompanied by Col. White sldss and' several other well-known Springfield politicians stepped down from the coach and went Into the ho tel._They Wert amaaed when- another •abide delivered "Abe" Lincoln, the lawyer B. H. Berryman and William Butler About the same time Elijah Wt and J. J.H*rdln and several oth ers, well-known public men of Rllnols, I rove Into town. "Jim" Bhlelda bad challenged "Abe" Lincoln and they had challenged "Abe" Lincoln and they were going acroes the river to light on Missouri soil with "broadswords," the regulation cavalry sabres of the Oni ted States'Army. Those were the years of "dragoons" In thla country. As aoontas tbe ferry reached the Isl and Mr. Lincoln ..waa taken In one di rection and Mr. Shields In the other, llray wers glven seats on-lop and left to themselves while seconds and peace maker* discussed the situation. In a abort time a serious defect In the pro ceedings on the part of Shields came to light. The challenge had-been-tent prematurely. Tbe mistake is explained «ulte clMriy In the Alton traditions. Lincoln had amused himself and had entertained the Whigs hy writing fun ny lettan to'a Springfield paper about the Democrats and Mghlng.hla epistle "Aunt Rebecca." Mary. Todd, who afterward*" became Mra. Lincoln, and Julia Jayne conspired to add to the gayety of the community by getlng up an "Aunt Rebecca" letter of .their own composltlon and sendtng it to the paper along with some Terse* which, they signed "Cathleen." The letter which the girls wrote went outside of poli tics and contained a burlesque proposal of marriage to Auditor Shields. Now, the Auditor, afterward a United Statea LOVX AXD VAXa. iHgSHr I l*ek*d for Fame, Am! Lav* cam* flitting by, But paused a While, With baud, wings to sigh Bat vttti I looked- foe Fame, Asd Love fled by: Vssmt cam* at last When hope was almost sped Fam* came at last,, When youth and Joy had.fled And then I looked for Love, Bat Low was dead. *.t. Marshall. j£l3% The Gypsy's Gem Tbs first notea qf tbe Toreador scibg tailed a group of idler* and sightseers near and cordial hand clipping followed ,lbe. final note of the gypsies' music, for there wars, ringers'. In the band who knew how to use tbelr voices. Tbe •pace near the eottageafforded a bril liant scene these galsdays there were •lwaya round about thoee curlous ones who most have-their fortunes told— bum aa well "as women, skeptics and believers alike trying for a peep into lb* future through the eye* of tbe palm coder, the horoscope Interpreter and the oracle. Senator from tlirie States, and a brave general of two wars, waa'H fiery young man. While Springfield laughed, Shlelda began an Investigation. He de manded Of the editor the real name of "Aunt Rebecca," The girl* became frightened. Bunn, the banker, went over to Mr. Lincoln's office and said: '!We've got Into an awful fix." "Whafa the matter?" asked Lincoln "The girls have written some "poetry oh Shields," Said Bunn. "Didn't you sm It In the paper? Well, Shields says he won't stand It. What sball we do about It?" "Ton go back and when you meet 8hlelds tell him I wrote it," said Lin coln. Shields accepted thla without verifi cation and sent the challenge. The peacemakers, hurrying "to Alton, brought the true story of the author ship. The facts came out In the con ference on the island, and the seconds began the Interchange of. notes. Shields saw the error of the proceeding further when he learned that Lincoln was not .the writer. For an hour or-more the writing and exchanging of notes went on. Meantime the population of Alton stood In a dense mass on the river bank looking across'the channel and having a good'view of. all of the move ment*. -"Bill" Souther, a newspaper reporter, kept hi* eyes on the prin cipal*. He told that for some tluie after the landing Lincoln and Shield* •at quietly on their "logs. Lincoln said nothing, and Souther thought he lookfed serious. After awhile something hap pened, and Souther said that When he saw It he "nearly blew up." The bun dle of sabres bad been laid down near the log where Lincoln waa sitting. Lin coln reached out and' took up one of the weapons. He drew the blade slow-, ly. from the scabbard, and Souther said "it looked a* long a* a fence rail." Holding the blade by the back "Lincoln looked closely at the edge, and then after the manner of one wbe-has been grinding a scythe or a corn knife, he been In demand—a riot Of the gypsy colors, with burning eyes that melted Into mischief in a flash, and teeth and Up* so perfect one could guess they never would foreteir unhapptaess. Esewhere In tbe village' wery. merry kings—eating and drinking,' all the rough diversions Of the early days, the ways that men and Women have ever •ought for whlllng away the time. Be neath a canopy were MistressMadge and prim companions in aewlng Indus-, try. whlle new tbe stllfMls* Betay lln gerad for a word with stalwart Hugh. Crossing -the village green in pair* and iroupa were others of tbe comely maid ens, and all the~'smal! beys of the townr wyn'ig more serlousTliirsults, played merrily at leap frog, quolU and other "THCI IHT rAI.ll IS WSOItO." Within tbs public houses wen heavy SlscoUrse of tbe stock, arid clinking of tbe glasses,-.and boisterous applause when one-would make attempt at wltti- S313 Behind hie counter" smiled' the jrotund keeper among the fables and the benches supple John Jooved 'con-, •tantly with potables and lights. From ail the meadow, land and tenant houaes round, the men were come to share the rillags cheer. These moved not at the uotes of ai^ wng from hear tbe Hath away jpttden, botburled their coarse (aces ones again in cup or mug, and gurgled contemplatively. These were momentou* days. lie court wu oorne- In brave amy were eourtlers and warriors and aallors bold, all picnicking. The servants ran about In liveries resplendent. Important per socages stalked hither and away In heavy grandeur. Court, ladles and their maids-looked on the village'and tbe country foil disdslnfully in part, bat eome took Interest and made acqualnt ancs here and there. Tbe-latter, friendly ones, flocked up to hear the gypales alng. and When-the sang wes ended clspped end eought to. know from members of the band what food or 111 future held fpr them. One visitor, a youth, a abort an4 sturdy lad hearing and wltb bronae of open air and ssa, looked In t^ie face* of the gypsies and strayed about fr«u place to pUcs to beer what patrons of the •oo^hsByetsmlghthaveJearnt A gypoy la** mads bold to ask him: fiir.-havs your futuro told for gold a bright career may wait tbae I'll tell tlMe whom for frledds t» .hold« and Who tlMOr are that hate tbee." .* "Htr, laa, but are ali tfia nwmbere thy oompany In algbtr be-aaked. "All but one maid who resdeth palms," she answered him. "TImo will I wait," he aaid, "and ses if she can tell ^e What I wiah to know. It to the om who ia the inoet demanded that must know the nioati and'I will wait to bave ber peer into tbe dark -for me." But there were tbope: who were not, so determined, and srould buy forecaet* Indiscriminately, iM a he left him and told other*. plea*ent fib* to qiake them smile and mostly spared them what of painful truthTahe read that fate waa holding back for them. Then came that one to view who' bad «$!• JM, He ran to h^r. "Now read uiy'palm," lie aald, "and'I will pay thee well." "It la my line," she answered him. "The good cause needeth, funds, and I will "tell thee truly what the future- sha asked pointedly. holds' for thee. I pray thy palm be amooth and hard, then hast thou for tune's. high, regard.. But If It be all lined and craned, then shalt thou be most, tempest-tossed." Together then they sat and, redden ing, he stretched his hand where she mlgbt see the .palm. She reached to take It, and showed a sparkling gem upon her linger. And when he. touebed the gem. he thrilled In all 4he nerves that carry shivers, to *nd'fM* but-whether-from her touch/or from the magic of'the stone he could not say. "Alas," sh» said, ""tto. lined" and acarred tliy calling works thee over hard. But hard means triumph "at the last thou Shalt be Tlcb ere years have' passed." "So rich that I shall own-a-stone like that?" he queatloned: f-*There Is not wealth enough to buy It—'tla my luck stone, lad," she "said. '•Now this Hue here, a bold, full curve, denotes a trained and steady nerve it Is of Intersection* free—thou must a gallant sailor be." "All but the gallant," he broke in. "I have never done a gallant thing. The sailor's life Is one of good,'bard toll and sudden perils," If you will, but landsmen are the onea to whom are offered chancea to conduct themselves with gallantry." "Thon_dost not read thy life and duties right." she .said. "Bach time thou swlngest mld lthe lofty sails 'or ilyest up and down the ropes thou com est nearer to thS captaincy, tbe'goal of thy highest hopes. The stone I wear upon my finger tells me'where thy. thoughts most linger." A peal of laughter startled them and they looked up to see more of the gyp sies, llatenlngr "She hath a promising subject," whlspeped one. -'Aye, he has a slmple band," the second said. "Beth, tell htm trufe,'?" another counaeled, "or he'll h'aunt your day£. Let him know tbe "worst and best clear away the And- they danced away to other parta. telling one another of their win nings and of how they had almost been trapped by some sharp-witted patron trying to deceive, tbem with $lse Inforr matlon, Juat to lead them on. "I read, too, that thou are- In trou ble," said tbe girl. "Tbou are the first to know it," said tba youth, readily, but wincing in her alght. "How man who is most "times abroad have troubles? Tell me that" -.v. "Thy trouble bides at home," she softly said. "Then dost thou truly -know," admit-, ted. the youth. "Now tell, me what 1 shall do. for I will not longer-sail the aea- In such uncertainty Lt has cursed my Voyages ot late. I am a man"—he said It a*, a youngster doth who feels the blood bounding In him each day niore swiftly than tfcfore—"I am a man I pray thee bid me take my trou-. Us by the throat and strangle It" "Best take it by the band and plead' with U," ahe said, "or look It In ths eye And say your Inmost thought" "Aye, look It In the. eye—and be abaahed," he answered. "1 cannot say my inmost thought without some help. Is theiy no firmness or no ^readiness of speech' Writ In Tny pKlu, dear gypeyj" "A plain all curleycues and tails—th* began to feel gingerly the edge with the ball of his thumb. By this time "Blll'f Mouther'was tremendously in terested, Holding the sabre by the handle, Lincoln stood up-and looked about hlini He evidently Baw what he was lpoklng tor In a willow tree- sev eral feet away. Raising the mighty weapon with his Jong arm, Lincoln reached and dipped one.of the topmost twigs -of the wlljpw. When* he had thoroughly satisfied himself as to the efficiency of the broadsword he sat down. A few minutes later the corre spondence was closed on terms-"honor able to both parties." As the. boat put back to Alton the spectators on the bank were horrified to see lying prone upon the deck a fig ure covered? with Jilood,'while'a well known Aitonlan leaned over tbe figure plying a fan vigorously. Not until the boat was close In shore was It seen that the figure was a-log of wood and that the "bloody" covering was a red flannel shirt Wentworth dropped the fan, stood up and grinned. Lincoln was 6 feet and '4 Inches, with an arm length In proportion.. Shields was 5 feet 6 Inches, chunky and short limbed. "Bill" Souther marveled much over the willow tree .exhibition,'and wondered how long Shields could, hare stood up against snch odds.- owner's purpose always fails," she hummed. "A miserable outlook," be" said, and set his face. "But thine hath no curleycues nor tails, nor anything but well-defined and proper lines—a lifeline long and red and deep, denoting friendship good to" keep. Thou lovest one who Is fickle?" I cannot tell," he said. "I mayhap should have brought her palm as well?" "It Is not needed nowi" the gytsy said. ,"Come, here'* an arrv.w well de fined, sharp-pointed, short and blunt at end. What Is the message fate design ed by this war token us to send?" "The srrbw ftust. "mean the service of the king," he said promptly. "I am In the navy." "The- arrow: means not service,", she returned. 'It slgnlfles, 'rather, loyalty. Thou area loyal man?" -s^„asked. ""Always, everywhere," he boasted. "Then why seekest tbou Information of thy 'Iove affairs of soothsayers she persisted. '"TIs writ' that- soothsayers know," he answered vehemently, "and I do" not I cannot tell If I am c-herlsbed in her heart or If In my absence I am half forgot I. cannot even tell If I ain present In her mlhd when I am near,, for then donverseth she most flagrantly, with other and. less worthy men." "Less worthy men. Indeed." "1 deem them so." "But Is thy Judgment much to be depended on? Thou seemest but a youth thy blood Is quick to take of fense tby heart protesteth over trifles -and standeth round In way of buffet ing. When thou are older, thou wilt better know the other sex .and realize that when 4hou art moat -flouted thou 'art ihost regarded—when thou seemest most madly to purstte, shonldst thou But hesitate, she would run unto thee." "Tlion shouldst knbw women well," he (aldt "but ho# know I that thou :sayest true ofswhat'my- power wlll be come with years?"'.. "The" stone upon 'my finger- tells me all—of thee and ot thy. maid who Is so steeled how that she seemeth firm as any wall—yet that If thou persist she shall yield." "Thou wouldst counsel firmness and good hope?" "As-1 know tbe future and the sex," "So be It, then," he said, "but I much fear thou knowesbgypsy maidens only, and 'tis no gypsy inalden that hath cast her charm on me." "No gypsy inalden? Then thy palm is wrong. Take back thy fee straight way and run along." He shook his.head. "She Is no gyp sy," he" explained", "only a makebe lleve."—Buffalo^ Express. Bis Salt One of the strangest farms in the world Is situated In Southern Califor nia, 2G5 feet below the leVel. of the »ea. The place la known. as Salton. It ls a salt farm of about 1,000 acres. Here the salt lies, as deposited by nature, from six to sixteen Inches In depth. The salt farmers are buqy harvesting this crop the year round, and though the harvest has continued for over twenty ye^rs, during which time more than 40,000 tons of salt have been har vested, only ten of the l.OOO.acres of the farm have been worked. The'salt Is Brat plowed up Into fur rows It Is then thrown Into conical plies by men with barrows, after which It Is taken to the reduction works near by and put into maketable condltlop. The work Is done by Mexicans and Cfil nese, the Intense heat being more than Americans can endfire.—New Orleags States. ., Not So New. "A"chap came along yesterday tak ing order^ for metal mothers." "What. on earth are *metal moth ers'r' "Incubators. Herald. (Mrs. Blunder has Just received 'ig telegram from InjJIa)—What an ad-, mlrable Invention the telegram is she exclaimed, when you come to consid er" that this message has come a dis tance of thousanda of miles, and the gum on the envelope Isn't-dry yet— Tit-Bits. Was there' ever a man: who ^wanted to be mairied in church when his time canst? JuBB'S I D'anlcr- Waan't-. fliiii. i.'' b« Took. "When George Ade was January he called at the Di Press to see his old friend, C*ry, the publisher of that paper," Success. tro^t.last oft Free They were soon engaged In a dlscus slon of Carj-'s favorite hobby—the col lection of curios' and antiques. Half an hour later nn uplirtliig of reportera' heads Indicated that the guest was leaving, accompanled-by the "old man," who was engaged .In an enthusiastic description of a certain mahogany shav ing mirror. Together they Journeyed out to. the Cheapslde of Detroit—Michigan' ave nue—to the store of a dealer In sec ond-hand goodB, named Lareau. Here .the mirror was to be found. Ade inspected It carefully and found It to be all that Cury had claimed for it—a fine type of the so-called "colo nial" period of furniture making. The price was $10, and Ade at once agreed to take It In a big, round handwriting he wrote his name and tbe address of hta Indiana farm upon Lareah's much-be thumbed order book and instructed him to ship tbe-mirror at once. No mention was .made of how or when pay ment wal to be made. Late that afternoon the telephone-In Mr. Cary's' office rang. Mr. Cary an swered and the following dialogue en sued: "Hello, Mr. Cary this Is Lareau. Xou know that fellow named AJte that was In. here with you "His name Is Ade, Mr. Lareau A-d-e." "Ah I thought It" was Abe, and— and——" "No he's a farmer down In-" In diana." "Well, Is he 'good'?" "Yes, lie's good, ne (Mowed me check for ?S0, and be owns Bis farm clear. He'll pay you when he geU the mirror." "Well, I guess I'll take a chance," and the greatly reassured Lareau bung up the receiver. "Love is blind." "Tou don't mean tc. my that Miss Skads _has accepted you."—Houston (Tex.) Post "Maude was afraid the girls Wouldn't notice her engagement ring." "Did they?" "Did they! Six of th^m rec ognised It at once."—Tit-Bits.'' "Is.the new filing system a suecess?" "Great!" "And how's business?" "Oh, we've stopped business to attend .to the filing system."—Boston Traveler.: Algy—Myrtle, what are yonr. objec tlons to marrying me? Myrtle—1 have1 only-one oblectlon. Algy. I'd have to live with you.—Chicago Tribune. Father—What Is that noise, in the parlor. Tommy?. Tommy—-Tha.fs sis dropping a hint .She wants that young man to go home.-—Chicago Dally New*. Hewitt—No news Is. good 'news. Jewett—That may be but If you are reporter..you can'f make yl)^.clty editor believe iC-r-Town and' Country. Sbo—I don't lee why a woman shouldn't "wear! a man's clothes 'tt she wants to. He—She'll never want to. They're too inexpensive.—Boston Transcript "Their honeymon is about ovex." "What'a the matter?" "He's come to ths conclusion that It really Isn't fun to help her wash tbe dishes.'-'—Detroit' 'Free-Press. 1 Young Man—Why do you adViStPiliss Smith to-go abroad to study music? You know she has no talent Old Man —I-live next door to Miss Smith.— Town and Country.' Teacher—"What do you understand by the word "•^elf-denlal Pupil—It Is when some one coifies to' borrow money froni father and he says-he Is not at home.—Fltegende Blatter. "Old Cush landed In this country In his. bare feet ten yearB ago. Now he's got millions." "Sou don't say 1 Why,, he's got a centipede skinned to death, hasn't he?"-—Cleveland Leader. "Those two girls are devoted to each Other.'1-- "So It appears." "And yet they love the same man." "Oh,, impos sible!" "Not at ail the man Is* tbelr father."—Birmingham Age-Herald. "My dear friend, I beg you to lend me fifty dollars," wrote a needy man to ah acquaintance "and. then forget me forever. I am noF.worthy* .to be remembered."—Philippines tiosslp. "Young man," said. Ttfr. Bluffklns, "when I was your age. I always, stood at the head of my class." ('Well," an swered thtf fearfully precocious boy, "maybe teachers were easier tp fool then than they are now."—Washington Star. "Do you think we oUght to .have a bigger army and a larger navy?" "Oh, yes," replied the beautiful girl. "It would be so nice If all the boys af the' dances could appear--'-In uniform, with epaulettes and braided collars."— Chicago Record-Herald. Young Surgeon (hi hospital, after having Just removed a patient's leg)— Does the operation meet your approval, doctor? Bead Surgeon—Very well done, except for a slight mistake. Young Surgeon—Why, what's the matter? "Bead "Surgeon—You're amputated the wrong leg.—Illustrated Bits. liMk la HorMbvei.' .- The superetitlon about^ luck^^Jn jug? shoes dates back too far for record, but wak npt always confined to the horse shoe. Any piece of iron fpund in one's path was accounted a sign of good luck, and as horseshoes were more commonly picked up than any other article o! that metal that partlciilarobject at laal became thfc standard' emblem of good fortune "and the suppose^ defense against bad luck. In Aubrey's "Miscel lanies," wrltfenlWO years ago, the au thor mentions baring seen the horse shoe nailed up In church, anil' he- also says that "most ."Of the houses in the west end of London have the horseshoe Birmingham "Age- ion thresholdCVI The horseshoe to ^poeseas vlrtuejmust have been found, i: not ptircbasedsor looked up. Admiral fcn had groat faith.In the^uck of horeeihoe, and jone waa nailed to the mast of bis ship, the Victory.— Neli the London Chronicle, Tbe man who Is liberal with prom lses ls apt to be miserly" when It comet to making good. The average country woman is air ways as dlsyusted with tbe. showing «F new millinery as the men are. 1 XiEORQB WASHINGTON WASHINGTON'S DJAUGUHATION. Hlito^le Scene When Me First Took the Omth mm President. Of all the monuments that have been erected to American heroes and states men none seems more fitting and appro priate than the great bronze statue of George Washington on the stt'ps of the subtreasury building at Wall and Broad streets. New York City. This, splendid likeness of the Father of His Country marks the exact spotj where he stood when he took the oath of office on April 80, 1789. Furthermore, It marks tbe exact financial center of the nation whose destinies Washington so ardent ly proclaimed to .Congress and the as sembled multitude on that faroff day. When Gen. Washington, on bis way from Philadelphia,' came up .the bay In a handsomely decorated bargp all the vessels In the harbor except ohe were decked with flags, and there was a con tinuous roar of saluting guns. Tlie sin gle vessel' which wore no"galii dress was the Spanish man of-war Galveston. She stood off Governors Island black, grim and sullenly silent There was feeling of Indignation among the crotfds on shore when this was noticed, but at the moment when the President's barge came abreast the warship the Galves ton's yardi) were manned as If by magic and her rigging burst Into a bloom of fluttering flags as. her guns crashed out the presidential. salute. Arm In arm. -With Gen. Kriox, Gen. Washington walk ed across Battery park. A'carriage was in'waiting to convey the Prfesl "dent to. his lodgings In Cherry street, hut he preferred to walk, leading a dvic and military parade up Broadway. At dawn on -the following day -the national salute was fired at Bowling Green.- GCTl. 'Washington arrlvedVwIth a military and civic, escort at Federal hall at noon and was led to the Senate chamber As he'entered Vice President Adams said: ,"Slr, the Senate and House of Repre sentatives of th8 United" States, are ready to attend you to take the. oath required by the constitution, Which will be administered by the chancellor of the State of 'New York." 'I am ready to proceed," said Gen. Washington. The Vice President, Senators' and chancellor then led the wuy to-the openAiutsjpe gallery, and there—on-the spot where the statue now stands—tbe oath of- office was administered.. As Gen. Washington stepped upon the bal cony the multitude Jn the street burst Into cheers. Gen. Washington wore a suit of dark brown cloth, white silk stocfcjngs, silver sh'oe buckle*, and at hit side there hung steel bilted sword. His commanding figure towered above those ..who stood about him. 'As he klss?d the Bible and said "I swear," Chancellor Livingston raised bis hand and shouted, "Long live George Wash ington, President of the United States!" A" few minutes afterward and while the crowds still shouted In. the streets he delivered his Immortal Inaugural ad dress to the assembled Congress. The Boyhood of Wanhlnarton. .. George Washington waa born at a time when Indians had scarcely left the woods and the .pirates the shore -near his home. _-George's grandfather jived in the midst of these awful sav ages, and his father, had heiped to chase the whooping barbarians beyond the mountains. Chotauk, where tbe Wellingtons. lived when George was a boy, was one of Virginia's "wonder ful places. The ships came there to trade there was the general store house of crops there tbe planters met the outer world.. George at an early age "became acquainted with those trade centers, -and he spetit much time on«-the great line of travel between the North and'South that ran across the Potomac Into Virginia. .V While at school he used^to*dlvtde his •J li!a.vinates Into two parties or armies. One of these was culled French and the other American. A big boy named William Bustle'commanded the French, while, George always led the other, and every day these two armies would tnrn out and uidrcli and fight. At school he learned surveying, which he afterward'put to very good Use laying out divisions of the Mount Vernon estate for his brother and sur veying the. plantations or the neighbor hood. Already, In his boyhood days, Wash lngton established a reputation for an iroh-IIke power of endurance and a springy vigor of Steel, an Invincible will and a :knack of going straight through difficulties. The following Is an entry found In George's diary: "Went n-huntlng with Jacky Curtis and catc-hed a fox after three hours' chase found it in the creek." Teacher—What reason have we to bless the mime of George Washington? Bobby—He gave us. a holiday Just when skating Is line! Thfa: were talking about tlie fhtlier of .His CouutiT on therstreet car, and •me'.iur.n said: "Yes, he was indeed a great and pooil inan." "Hut for liini we might never have K"lined our Independence," observe.1 a sei-oml. ".Ai tTT- should like to see a flag fly ing from everxbuilding In the city ou his birthday,"' added a third. "But he lsu't dead," said a little old woman wlio had been listening. "What! George jVashlngton not dead?" exclaimed one of- the men. "Oh, It's George Washington ye are speaking of, Is it? Upon my sowi, I thought-It was of me husband, Jimmy O'Shaughnessy, and I was ready to agree with ye tintt, barring his coming home drunk about once a week, a better man never wore shoe leather. Coon wid yer gab about the- man that's dead. I'm not 'Interested." 0 "WELL, HEBE WE AKE AGAIN!" —and first tai the heart of the cherry tree. Like Georve. When Weary Walker split the wood He feared that he would catch it, put when tbe other hoboes howled, "Who worked dtf a* ?'-V he oalj. yowled, "I did It wit* me "hatchet —Tired Xraddles. WASHINGTON H£AOQTTA£T££S AT VALLEY POEGE. Tradition Has It That Washington Himself Once Mounted Guard Before the Door In Order to Allow the Exhausted Sentinel to Go Inside ty.Bo Fed and Oozed for.by Martha Washington. Railona In Beef ProdveUM. Some of the general conclusions drawn from tests in rations for beef production by the Nebraska Station fol low: "Alfalfa hay with corn alone, give* large and profitable gains. "The use of well-cured corn stover with alfalfa and corn, while It may not produce larger gains, will make the gains less costly because £f Its low market value, thereby Increasing the profits over corn and alfalfa alone. "The results of two experiments Indi cate that linseed meal is a little more valuable than wheat bran for supple menting corn wben fed with prairie hay or corn stover. "When alfalfa 1* made at least half of the roughness with prairie hay or corn stover, good gains may be made and at less cost than when no alfalfa is red, th& protein being supplied by the use of linseed meal. In other words, It Is possible to grow protein on the farm at a price much below what It will cost on the market in the form of some com mercial protein food. "The results of a single experiment In which but little more than half a full feed of corn was supplied two lots of fattening steers suggest the possibility of making a larger use of bay In fin ishing cattle for market than Is ordi narily made and at less cost, especially where hay .Is relatively low ancf corn high In price. "From a commercial point of view Hie results of tl^ls entire series of experi ments go to show that cattle feeding can be made profitable when discretion is used in the selection of foods for the ration." Comdlmental stock Poods. Data regarding the character of the Ingredients In condlmental Btock foods, the results obtained in feeding tests with such materials, and formulas for making-such foods at home are sum marized In a Wisconsin bulletin.' Tbe author's conclusions follow: Stock foods are of no benefit to healthy animals when fed according to manufacturers' directions either as to Increasing the digestibility of the feed eaten or rendering It more effective for production of meat, milk, wool, etc. They are of no benefit as a cure-all for diseases of the various classes of live stock neither do they possess any particular merit In case of specific dis eases, or for animals out of condition, off feed, etc., since only a small propor tion of Ingredients having medlctual value Is found therein, the bulk of tbe foods consisting of a filler which pos sesses no medicinal properties what ever. Exorbitant prices are charged for these foods, as Is natural, considering the extensive advertising the manufac turers are doing, and the liberal com missions Which they pay ngenlr dnd" dealers. The large sales of stock foods are doubtless mainly to be attributed to Tttese facts. By adopting a liberal system of feed ing farm animals and furnishing a va riety of feeds, good results may be ob tained without resorting to stock foods of any kind. If a farmer"beHeves It Is uecessary-to feed stock foods at times, he can purchase the Ingredients at a drug store and make his own stock foods at a fraction of the cost-charged for them by the manufacturers. He will then have the additional satisfac tion of-knowing Just what he Is feed ing, and ot feeding a concentrated food" Instead of one largely diluted with nonmedlclnal Ingredients. Altalte. y. Alfalfa Is not the name of a particu lar brand of political "new-thought" In tbe Prairie States, as certain benighted Easterners have supposed. Nor Is It the nume of an Indian tribe. The word comes from the same language whence we get algebra, alchemy, alco hol and a host of other substantives. It Is good Arabic, and means the best fodder. The Spaniards Introduced the name and the thing into the Western Hemisphere, and some of It Is sup posed to have come up to us from Old Mexico a long while ago. In 1854 Its successful cultivation begaii in the yVest, when seed was brought to San Francisco from-.Chili. The East ought to know more about alfalfa than it does, for It has been wrestling with tbe problem of growing it for more than two centuries. But the colonists called It "lucern," a name they got from England, and by any name they called It It refused to grow In paying quantity. Before their time the world had long .known alfalfa. It seems to have originated In the south west of Central' Asia.- When the Per sian, Xerxes, led bis big army Into Greece In 490 B. C., he brought the alfalfa along to provide. In the thor oughgoing Oriental commissary fash ion, the forage for his horses. Alfalfa got Into Italy In the first century of our era, and as the monograph by J. M. Weatgate, published by the Depart ment of Agriculture, states: "Such early Roman writers as. .Virgil and Pliny give what may still be regarded as excellent lnstrnctlpns regarding the handling of alfalfa fields." Which brings us to the plant' Itself. Says this same document: "It"may briefly be. described as being a ..deep rooted, long-lived, herbaceous forage plant, belonging to the botanical fam ily legumlnosae, or pod-bearing plants." It resembles clover, -and Its chief peculiarity is-a tap root often ex tendlng 15 feet or more into the~solI. This Is why It flourishes In the seml arld regions of the West it sinks Its root down where moisture may be found. That Is one reason It.does not flourish In the more humid East with Its sourer soils. Only In tbe limestone belt of Central New York are there, In all the East, single counties where as many as a thousand acres are devoted to alfalfa. The seed that Xerxes brought alpng with him as an afterthought when he crossed the Bosphorus has had a more lasting effect on the destinies of man kind than the Invasion which the Greeks rolled- back at Thermopylae, Salamls and Platea.—New York Man. HoUmm Feed. for.. Stock. For a number of years molasses has been used In Louisiana: for feeding llv£ stock, particularly work horses and mulea. Probably the greater number of draft animals In the Sugar district get. this food either alone or mixed with oats and com. The animalB seem to like It and are thrifty alid In good condition. Sugar mules, as they are called, bring from 20 to 25 per cent more than muleB kept on cotton -plantations and fed cotton seed or cot ton-sesd meal. As molasses is a waste product In the manufacture of sugar, it is a very iSieap feed and a valuable one. Mixed with com and oata in equal proportions and pressed Into a solid massT'the rakes become, quite hard After they are thoronghlj^VAMtwl out they ani ground into a flm^pov der and this powder is used at -feed. Horses and mules-^fed \on molasses not only keep fat and sleek, but are capa ble of hauling extrnordinaryijfiSpvy loads. Feeding Hogt* ,/-• Professor Dietrich of the Illinois Ex periment Station devotes his wfiola time to the,, study and teaching of swine husbandry,- and- he says ths average market hog should weigh 800 pouuds at 8 months of age. For the Pig 2 to 0 mouths old protein is the most important feed. Without pro teln It cannot build up the lean meat or grow to any size. Protein is found in sklmmiik, clover and alfalfa. Com Is nine-tenths car .bobydrates. Oats have a little 'more protein than corn, but not sufficient for the pig. Rye contains a little more protelu than does corn. 11:1 rley is one of the best feeds on the farm It contains more proteirKthau does rye. In clover and alfalfa thefcejIs a large bulk for the required- nutriments and pigs cannot get enough for a inaxll growth. Even If you have com and cloveV It Is still necessary for the young pig to have some protein food —cowpeas, soy beans or Canada field peas. There Is nothing better grown on the farm to balance up the ration. Rape Is a bulky feed for fattening, and It Is necessary to use nitrogenous feed with it. If you feed clover hay in racks the pigs will not eat as much of It as If It were chopped up as fine ly as possible, scalded with steam and mixed with slop. You can buy mid dlings (low-grade flour) if has pro tein, but not enough. Tankage meat and blood'.meal a re-very much richer than shorts. Perhaps the most concen trated nitrogenous food we have la tankage. It was found by test that 00 per cent tankage contained about 10 per cent of digestible protein. There Is danger In feeding too much protein It Is worse than feeding too little. During the last two months of the feeding period carbohydrates or fatten ing feeds are of greater-importance. We must use feeds that are digestible like corn, wheat, flour or middlings, but bran Is practically Indigestible for the pig. Oil cake.contains as much protein as middlings and ranks with meal, blood meal or oil meal the last IS* perhaps better because It contains much ether extract. It Is much better to mix the feeds tp feed cprp-^t one time,, and something else at another' time. Oth erwise the pigs are liable to get too much of the protein feed, lose their appetite "for corn, and become stunted for their lives. SALT AS A-.PANACEA. Some of the Many and Varied D«e* to Which It Ia Pat. Salt can almost be regarded as a panacea, so many and varied are Its uses, says the Family Doctor. We are told that It clcanses the pal ate and furred tongue, and. a gargle of salt and water Is often eflicaclous. A pluch of salt ou the tongue, fol lowed ten minutes afterward by a drink of cold water, often cures a sick headache. It -hardens gums, make* teeth white and sweetens the breath. Cut flowera may be kept fresh by adding salt to the water. Weak ankles should be rubbed with a- solution of salt, water and alcohol. Bad colds, fever and kindred affec tions may be much relieved by using fine dry salt like snuff. Dyspepsia, heartburjuind indigestion are relieved by a cup of hot water In which a small spoonful of salt has been melted. Salt and water will sometimes revive an unconscious person when hurt If brandy or other remedies are not a( hand. Hemorrhages from tooth pulling Is stopped by filling the mouth with. salt and water. Weak and tired eyes are refreshed by bathing with warm water and salt Many public speakers and singers use a wnsh of salt and water befpre and after using the voice, as it strengthens the organs of the throat. Salt rubbed Into the scalp or occa sionally added to the wafer In wash ing prevents the hair falling out Feathers uncurled by damp weather are quickly dried by shaking over a flre In which salt has been thrown. Salt should always be eaten with nuts, and a dessert fruit salt should b« especially made. The Corn Crib. The core crib should be narrow and slatted on the sides and ends so that a free circulation of nlr Is possible in all directions. Some farmers place hol low crates In the cribs Sa they are filled, so there will be no heating or spoiling In the center of the mass. Heatlffg destroys Jhe corn germ. Promoting the Glad Rxprcailoa, "Have you done anything to make life more cheerful?" asked the optimist. "Have you helped anybody to smile)" 'I should suy so. I have helped more people to smile than anybody else In the neighborhood. I'm a dentist"—v, Washington Star. 3s7i' Jg&t1 LmI Bat Not Least. "Young man,"'said the heavy father, do you understand the style In which my daughter has been- accustomed tu live? She has always had every luxury she wanted." 'And now I'm the luxury she wants," murmured the suitor. ... lUy Be So. Miss Knowsltt—He's very rich now, but I hear he started life as. a sewer digger. Miss Kuttlug—I guess that's the reason why the daughter Is so anxious to have the past burled. f?ach person lives best who does bit best for one day at a time, and then refreshes himself for his level best tht next day.—Robertson.