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ring aeain, the bells of earth.
Beneath the stars that hailed the birth
Of Judah'sking, where softly lies
Fair Bethle'em mirrored in the skies:
From out the land of rose and palm.
From Galilee's immortal calm
Their wondrous music mounts and swells,
For seraphs ring the Easter Bells.
lilies In their robes of snow.
Deep In the chancels bloom and blow,
The roseslift their headstosee
Once more that spot by Calvary
Where rose the Lord, death's fetters riven.
To wear again the crown o' Heaven:
While o'er the country far and wide
Earth hails its first glad Easter-tids.
more the thorn, no more the t?ar,
more the cruel Roman spear.
But in their stead a beauty glows.
Far fairer than the garb of rose
He riseson the wings of li^ht
And shakes from earth the hues of nightj
The watchful Marys turn aside.
Bathed in the beams of Easter-tids.
A ROMANCE OF THE
I GOOD OLD DAYS
By MRS. MAN DA L. CROCKER
IHARITYT AXX pressed the tiny bit
of red wax on the folded paper and
tossed lier pretty head in coquet
For once she had time by the forelock.
It was in the days of stage coaches and
)oke-bonnets, when the average village
jelle considered it a matter ot' no small
mportance to obtain a poein in headgear
short notice, that this all happened.
But the eldest daughter of Judge Bently
,iad solved the problem of an easter bon
jet by ordering it three weeks ahead of
ime. The city milliner was to forward
her address "a dream of a poke in blue
/elvet and white pinnies," the last of
Lent, and she, Charity Ann, would see
the rest. Now, "the rest" meant
wheedling the judge out of a respectable
'Dank-note to square accounts and to aston
ish all Millville and become the envy of
:he belle and the admiration of the beaux
it St. Catherine's Easter night.
Over and over the ambitious girl planned
for the conquest: as she looped up her
brown curls on side-combs of "real shell,"
practiced the opening carol for the Easter
.service as first treble or good-naturedly
washed the dishes for Patty, the planning
went on. A part of the plan, also, was
•to drop a word, now and then, concern
ing the "love of a poke," much as a
fcareless knitter drops stitches, omitting
the motive. So the whisperings began to
.circulate that Miss Bently's Easter bon
•liet wa9 to be a marvel in millinery. And
while the whisperings went around and
the first treble dreamed of white plumes,
•the second treble, sitting at her elbow
evening after evening, caught the fever of
being fashionable and dreamed in unison.
Nevertheless, Charity Ann had not the
remotest idea that her musical neighbor,
.whose faded neapolitan dating back three
:long winters was rusty enough, had laid
?the aforesaid whisperings to heart and
thad determined to ''not be eclipsed by
(••ny seventh magnitude poke that the
|:Bentlys could, order."
As a result Ruth Hamlin surprised her
ginother one day by a very startling ques
tion: "Do you suppose," .she began,
^measuring her words, "that if I should
iwrite to Aunt Prudence of my success as
second treble at St. Catherine's, and my
lepecial part in the Easter songs, she would
ieend me a new bonnet, if I hinted—very
.sdelicately, of course—that I would be the
only shabby one in the chorus, in my old
I "Would wh-at?" and the astonished
rmother waked up suddenly to the weighty
"Why, send me a new bonnet, if I hint
ed," repeated Ruth, impatiently perking
SHE SEALED THE ORDER.
Up the dilapidated bows on the ancient
"It is not impossible," answered Mrs.
Hamlin, after considerable deliberation,
"But then!" Ruth flushed with the ex
citement of anticipation. "I don't care a
for the "but thens," she said, en
j, thusiastically "if it is not impossible, why
I it is possible," and away went the sec
ond treble to "hint" as delicately as fem
inine tact could devise.
After this heroic tack in the direction
of Aunt Prudence Hamlin's purse, Miss
Rath kept her own counsel and slyly
hugged her precious secret as she lis
tened to the further whisperings of the
•'marvel" in blue velvet.
The stage was due at Millville at sun
Bt, and the inhabitants were agog with
be excitement usual at the coming of
the weekly mail in the rural districts.
Of all the mysterious packages delivered,
however, not one seemed to compare in
general interst to the huge, big-flowered
bandbox assigned to Amos Bently, Char
ity Ann's tall brother. But when Ruth
Hamlin put out her hands timidly from
the back row to receive a formidable-look
ing bundle for a girl in her circumstances,
DROPPED THE MISSIVE IN HIS SWEET
everybody concluded that her rich city
auntie had once more tired of an out-of
Charity Ann was tying her satin hood
under her dimpled chin in a precise bow
knot, when Amos appeared with the ex
"Now," he cried in triumph, "you can
tangle up Orlando Hines, for he is not
proof against starry eyes beneath nodding
white plumes eh! Chat."
"O, you tease!" laughed she of the satin
hood, wondrously pleased at the reference
to the rich man's son who lately had
shown her marked preference. "But never
mind now," she added, hastily. "Come
along, it is getting dreadfully late to go to
practice. 1 will try it on when 1 get
She was thinking of a little tete-a-tete
with that same Orlando, before the rest
of the choir came.
Amos deposited the box on the near
est shelf and followed his sister to St.
Catherine's, wondering somewhat. Sure
ly Chat's iieart was not so vain as he
supposed, else she would not have gone
without even indulging in a "peek," at
Be that as it may, she surely had vanity
enough to be painfully shocked when,later,
she took from the perfumed depths of the
bandbox a pretty combination of gray and
olive green, instead of the dream in blue.
"O, my stars!" she almost shrieked, and
down went the attractive, yet offensive,
millinery into the depths, a despised af
fair. The brilliant plan rose up, the
whisperings marshalled themselves and
Charity Ann's all-conquering perspective
became bluer than any poke ever invent
ed. "What shall I do?" she exclaimed,
overcome by it all. "0, dear, it is some
body's wretched mistake!"
By and by, out of the chaos a bright
idea materialized, and Charity Ann seized
"It is too late to rertiedy it," she said,
trying to be resigned, "for to-morrow is
Easter, and I don't mind it much, any
way: besides I can wear my new gray al
paca now. These colors match it to per
Up came the gray and olive-green combi
nation hurriedly and Charity Ann contin
ued: "See! what a lovely buckle and what
a fine, rich plume why, I declare, it is
a lovely poke! As to color," musingly,
"why, I have changed my mind at the
very last," thinking of the whisperings,
"and—well, I have, that is all!" this very
But while Miss Bently was thus brave
ly "changing her mind," Ruth Hamlin was
going into raptures over the jewel of a
bonnet for which Aunt Prudence must
have paid quite a sum, considering the
knots in her purse strings, usually. And
it would go nicely with the blue sacque
she sent in the winter likely as not she
had that in mind when she chose the bon
net. So the garment was brought out
and fresh lace added to the neck and
sleeves, while the second treble hummed
the Easter carol with delight.
Orlando Hincs was woefully behind time
at the service Easter evening. He had
spent two whole hours inditing a carefully
worded note to his lady love offering her
his heart's devotion, "if she would ac
cept, this blessed Easter time," hence he
was abominably late.
Mortified at his tardiness, the leading
Kedron's brook that seeks the
Reflects the smiles of Galilee.
The lily in her beauty blooms
Beside the saintliest of tombs:
Ar.d He is risen!" far and near
The angels chant for earth to heae
As louder still the music swells
Of Heaven's holy Easter Bells.
earth the hymns of love and peaoa
Bid every cankered sorrow cease.
And Memory's music sweetly stirs
The emerald crests of Lebanon's firs
The stars of Easter brightly shine
Upon the groves of Palestine:
And where He trod the darkened ways
Soars Easter's endless chant of pralso.
77IHERE orient roses in samite
W Bend to the lily's garb of white.
The bells of Easter gladly chime
And sanctify that storied clime:
I hear the notes that grandly rise
To meet the anthems of the skies.
And higher yet the paean swells
Till all earth hears the Easter Bells I
this add the curious expectancy of cer
tain interested gossips, and you have the
attitude of the waiting groups in and
about the Golden Sickle.
Suddenly, and as if by magic, with a
prolonged toot from his horn, the ven
erable and voluble stage driver was in
the midst. After the mail was disposed
of, the usual array of bundles and boxes
were whisked this way and that into the
arms of their respective owners, while the
meaning nods and covert smiles kept pleas
T. C. HARBAUGH.
bass stumbled along to his place, dropping
the missive into his sweetheart's lap, and
in spite of his confusion he could not
help but notice how lovely her blue bon
Ten minutes later when they stood up
to sing he saw his mistake. Good heav
ens! He forgot everything but the awful
dilemma he was in. Finally the sub-bass
nudged him. "Why don't you sing?" he
asked, gazing in blank astonishment into
his white face.
Then, with the cold sweat beading hia
forehead. Orlando Hines began the bas*
repeat with a desperateness scarcely ever
entering into an Easter song.
When he sat down again everything
was unintelligible pantomime until the sec
ond treble beamed at him over her book.
She had accepted him for all time! For
a minute the crowd melted into hazy dis
tance, and he wondered if the gossips
would gossip much if he died then and
there? But his good sense came to the
rescue he shut his eyes a moment to
collect his thoughts, then opening thena
he looked at Ruth. Why, how sweet and
graceful she was! He ought to have seen
that before. And she was as good and
pure as the saints what more could hi
Instinctively his eyes sought the evei
of the first treble, perhaps for compar
ison, and he saw her look angrily, haught
ily down on Miss Hamlin. He had not
tnought she could do that. Then he
was glad that the whisperings had mixed
up the Easter bonnet and Orlando Hines
as well. So he came to himself, smiled his
sweetest and kissed the tips of the fingera
of the second treble.
But, be it said to Charity Ann's credit,
she was putting on the proud exterior to
mask the chagrined interior. From the
moment she entered the church, the Bent
ly banknote, as it were, mocked her from
the innocent head of Ruth Hamlin. And,
more than that she saw the fickie Or
lando's billet doux fall lovingly into her
lap. After that everybody and everything
was perfect torture, pure and simple but
the leading bass was judging from ap
And everybody went home from St.
Catherine's wondering about one of two
things why Miss Bently changed her
mind from a dream in blue to a poem in
gray, and why Orlando Hines came so
near breaking down in the opening piece.
Celebration of Easter
IE observance of Easter is almost
as old as the Christian Church. It
was recognized as a religious fes
tival within 300 years after the resurrec
tion of Christ, but it was not till the
eighth century that its celebration be
came common throughout the Christian
world. In the western countries of Eu
rope it was always kept on Sunday, but
the churches in Asia kept it on the third
day after the 14th of the Jewish month
Nisan, whatever day of the week this
might be. This was the Jewish rule, which
aimed to keep the actual anniversary of
the day of the resurrection (as we ob
serve Christmas), while the gentiles pre
ferred to observe the Lord's day which
comes next after the actual anniversary.
The council of Aries, in A. D. 314, ordered
Easter to be observed at the same time
throughout Christendom, and the councils
of Nicaea, A. D. 325, ruled that it was to
be celebrated only on the Lord's day, and
not on a week day. It was not, however,
until the year 714 that the computation
of the time of Easter was fully settled
and uniformity secured. The rule was
then laid down that Easter day is always
the first Sunday after the full moon which
happens upon or next after the 21st of
March. If the full moon happens on
a Sunday, Easter day is the Sunday
Mrs. Boreum Place (on the way to
church)—Well, whatever you do, Morti
mer, for goodness sake, don't go to sleep
in church this Easter!
Boreum Place (wearily)—Don't worry.
I'll keep thinking "How shall I be able
to pay for that Easter hat and outfit?"
That kept me awake all last night."—
Her Dliehted Easter.
Mr. McSwatt (at the foot of the stair
way)—Lobelia, it's time we were off.
Mrs. McSwatt (in a faint voice, from
the floor above)—I am not going to church
this morning, Billiger. The hired girl has
g-gone and got one exactly like m-mine!
They now devoutly go to church.
Do fashion's autocrats.
And while their knees are bent In prayer.
Their nrun&i are bent on hats.
The Easter Sermon.
He—How did you enjoy the service to
She—It was simply charming. I never
saw so many lovely bonnets in all my life.
Two Leading Questions.
Miss Passee—What did you pay for jour
Easter bonnet, dear?
Miss Blooraleigh—I'll tell you that if you'l'
tell me your age.
Simple Ain»aratn» by Which Any
llriKht Karnu'r (,'nii Knully Ob
tain a Proper tirade.
A device for assisting in getting- the
ffrade while digging drains is described
by II. \V. Smith, Somerset county, Me.
I took a piece of board a, a, eight feet
long-, seven inches wide, and nailed on
two three-cornered pieces, b, 1), cut
ting out the section of the board be
tween tliem, as shown in the illustra
tion. Then 1 nailed a piece of lath
across the tops of the three-cornered
pieces. A piece of clapboard, d, three
feet long, was sharpened nearly to a
point on the thin side and nailed di
agonally to the side of the eight-foot
board, thin edge down, so that the
APPARATUS FOR PROPER GRADE.
point of the clapboard would be about
20 inches above the center of the lath.
A plumb line and bob is suspended
from the point above the center of the
lath. If the lower edge of the board
is straight and placed in a level po
sition the line will hang at right an
gles with it. Have the edge of the
lath planed. Take a sharp pencil and
mark each side of the line and cut a
notch the lath. 'To illustrate the
use of the device, when the board is
level, if a two-inch block is put under
one end and a notch cut behind the
line, the plumb line will indicate the
grade :in! the operator will get a twn
inclr! fall for every eight feet, eight
feet being the length of the board.—
Orange Jiuld Farmer.
ROADS IN GERMANY.
How Tliey Are Kept In Repair With
out Any Appreciable Cost to
Americans concede th.it roadmaking
in Germany is a fine art. Few, how
ever, realize that road repairing has
been reduced to a comparatively cheap
art as well. I wish devotedly that local
societies could be former in order to
study it, and appl3- the results of the
study to country roads in America.
I spoke once on the subject to an audi
ence of leading citizens in Ulster coun
ty in New York, an ideal county to ex
periment in. having all the three chief
things for success. I mean stones,
paupers and fruit trees. Germans,
namely, find that it pays to encourage
peasants to free their fields of stones
the property rises in value—taxing
value. The stones thrown into heaps
by the roadside are purchased by the
listrict. road-repairing commission.
Poor men, who otherwise would have
_o be supported in almshouses, are
hired to break these stones, and then
re trained to the work of repairing
lie roadbeds. The money to pay the
men is made by auctioning off to
lie highest bidder the crops of the
ruit trees that were planted on both
ides of the highway when it was built,
ind which are nourished well by the
manure that falls along the road and
pushed at intervals by a road tender
upon their roots. The purchaser of
the crop sees to it that his fruit is not
tolen. The road commissioners have
bother about that. And although
lie sale Is by auction, it brings in con
siderable. Every burgher knows how
much, because the sales of highway
fruit crops arc published in the local
lewspnpers.—Countess von Krockow,
Amount of Sccrt to Sow.
The amount of grain to sow per
acre is a question of considerable im
portance, since the saving of half a
peck per acre is $15 to $20 on every
100 acres of wheat sown. It is not
well to skimp the seed, but too much
is as bad as too little not. only is it
a waste of seed, but the plants will
he too crowded to develop in the
highest degree. The right amount of
seed, then, is the question, and yet to
say what will apply in every case is
not possible. ISy using averages, the
proper amount under average condi
tions may be stated, but what would
be too little in a dry summer would
be 1oo much in a wet one. The im
plement used in sowing also has an
influence on the amount of seed to
sow. Tt is generally conceded that it
is good practice to sow a peck less of
seed with a drill than with the broad
east seeder.—Midland Farmer.
Farm Lands in the Went.
Whatever may be said of low
farm's of the central valleys, from the
eastern to the western mountains,
are advancing rapidly, and are in de
mand at greatly increased prices.
Plenty of land in Illinois has reached
the $100 mark, and farms of the Mis
souri valley, from Kansas to Minne
sota, are steadily increasing in value.
As western competition becomes
more intense, western farmers and
the congressmen who represent them
demand expensive irrigation and
more free farms,while eastern farm
have failed to ask for government
supplies of free fertilizers and east
ern gardeners have made no demand
for appropriations for plant houses
and other aids to production.—Coun
prices of farm lands east of the Al
leHienies, there is no doubt that
David 'Rankin, of Tarkio, Mo., owns
the. largest cultivated tract of land in
the world, says the Cincinnati En
quirer. To those who have never vis
ited a large ranch the methods neces
sary to carry on the vast amount of
work would seem a great problem.
Mr. Rankin owns 14 ranches, contain
ing 22,000 acres 700 teams and 220
fnen are required to operate the daily
routine 'iVork in the busy season while
the crops are under cultivation. Each
ranch has an overseer, who is required
to make a monthly report and to sub
mit the same to his employer. The
records of the past year's work over
all the ranches show that a total of
7,539 head of cattle had been sold for
$172,520 and 8,249 head of hogs for
$111,840. The total clearance for the
year 11)00 amounted to $100,000. The
expenses, including interest, reached
the sum of $91,851.13.
The most profitable ranch is the one
looked after by Foreman George Ross,
whose yearly report contains the fol
lowing statements: Number of acres,
3,2S0 cattle, 1.32S net proceeds from
eattlfc, $44,598.90 hogs, 1,232, cash for
the same, $17,954.19 expense per acre,
$4.39 corn bought, 98,720 bushels.
Mr. Rankin io a close observer and
soon picks out the good qualities of
his men. fie is pleasant and accom
modating, daring and energetic, which
qualities have won for him the wealth
he now commands. Besides his farms
he has an interest in several banking
concerns, but to these latter he gives
little attention, and spends most of his
time riding over the ranches to see
that proper care is being given the
stock. Sometimes he lends a helping
hand in pulling a steer from the mud
again he will assist in building a shed
for the fattened hogs.
NAMING THE FARM.
A Commendable Fashion That II
Gronintf in Favor In the Rural
Districts of the West,
The farm ought to have a name.
The,boys will love it more, and others
will respect it more if given this dig
nity. After giving the name, mark
it in a prominent place. The cut
shows .1 unique way. Haul a pictur
esque bowlder to one side of the main
NAME PLACED ON STONE.
entraee. With a sledge hammer and
cold chisels cut a smooth face upon the
front,, and either cut out the name of
the farm or paint it on the smooth
face with black paint. A granite
bowlder will work best.—Orange Judd
A Mammoth Hay Farm.
Five thousand acres of swamp land
in Oregon, says the Hay Journal, will
be reclaimed and made to produce
hay, if a project set on foot by a live
stock company shall prove successful.
This company has built a dredge,
with which it proposes to dig a ditch
60 feet wide and nine feet deep
through the center of the swamp
which covers a large proportion of
Mollieur county. By means of this
ditch it is proposed to drain the
swamp and convert it into a great
hay field. It is estimated that 100,000
tons of hay can be produced annual
ly, where now nothing but swamp
grass flourishes. A San Francisco
company has secured a contract to
operate the dredge, and it is esti
mated that two years will be re
quired to complete the ditch.
Culture of Strawberries.
There are three methods now fol
lowed by the best growers, known as
hill culture, the hedge row and the
half-matted row. By the first, plants
are set from 12 to 18 inches apart in
the row, and all runners kept off so
that no other plants can form. The
hedge row method consists in having
plants from to 12 inches in the
row, with runners kept off and the
half-matted row method is to plant
in the usual manner with plants IS
to 36 inches in the row, the first run
ners that appear just where wanted,
until there is a row about 12 inches
wide, with plants not more than six
inches apart. After the row is filled
in this manner, keep the runners off,
as in the hill and hedge row method.
llow Weeds Are Scattered.
They may be introduced and spread
with seeds of grasses, clover and
grain on the farm. By live stock
carried in the hair, fleece or feet or
by passing into the excrement. By
unground feed stuff purchased in
barnyard manures drawn from town,
in the packing of trees, crocket,
baled hay and straw, by wagons,
threshing machines, etc. Oftentimes
by plows, cultivators and harrows, by
railway trains, or boats, by birds,
squirrels and mice, by water or
brooks, rivers and by washing rains,
by the wind, aided by little wings,
down or drifting snow. And in count
less other ways. 'Tis an enemy that
must be fought without quarter, till
exterminated "root and branch."—'
DEAR MRS. PINKIIAM —Soon after
my marriage two years ago I found
myself in constant pain. The doctor
said my womb was turned, and this
caused the pain with considerable in
flammation. lie prescribed for me for
MRS. PAULINE JXJDSON,
Socrotarv of Schcrmerhorn Golf Club,
Brooklyn, New York.
four months, when my husband
impatient because I grew worse instead
of better, and in speaking to the drug
gist he advised him to get
Pinkliam's Vegetable Compound
How I wish
had taken that at first it would have
saved me weeks of suffering. It took
three long months to restore me, but
it is a happy relief, and we are both
has brought joy to our home and
health to me."—MRS. PAULINE JVDSON,
47 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, N. Y.
95000 forfeit if above testimonial Is not genuine
It would seem by this state
ment that women would save
time and much sickness if they
would get Xjydia E. Pinkham's
Vegetable Compound at once,
and also write to Mrs. Pinkiiam
at Lynn, Mass., for special ad
Vice. It is free and always helps.
IN THE SUPERLATIVE DEGREE.
Tinium is the hardest metal. It looks
like copper, but will scratch rock crys
The best home-made fire-extinguish
er is four ounces of pearl ash dissolved,
in hot water, and added to a pail of
Most deaths during the 24 hours take
place between five and six a. m., and
least between nine and eleven in the
The largest fir tree in the state of
Washington has been cut down near
Arlington, in Snohomish county. The
tree was 18 feet through at the base
and 200 feet high. One 20-foot section
will require two flat cars to haul it.
A VERY STRONG LETTER.
La Farge, Wis. Wm. T. Payne, of
this place, has written a rather start
ling letter to the papers. He says:
•I was in great pain across my back
for four weeks, and was taking med
icine from a doctor all the time, but
it did not do me any good.
"I bought a box of Dodd's Kidney
Pills, and had not taken more than
four or five doses before I noticed
that they were doing me good.
'They helped me right along, and
I kept on using them till I had used
four boxes, when the pain left me al
together. One box of Dodd's Kidney
Pills has done me more good thau
five dollars' worth of doctor's med
"This remedy has certainly worked
wonders in my case, and I feel it my
duty to give it the credit due."
SALZER S LIGHTNING CABBAGE.
This is the earliest cabbape in the world
and a regular gold mine to the market gardener
By the way, there Is lots ot
money to be made on ear
liest cabbage, beets, peas,
radishes, cucumbers and the
For 16c. and this Notice
the John A. Salzer Seed Co.,
LaCros.se, Wis., will send
you their mammoth catalog
and 150 kinds of flower and vegetable seeds.
Market gardeners'catalog, 2c postage. K.
Little Liver Pills.
Must Bear Signature of
See Fac-Slmlle Wrapper Below.
Very small and as euy
to take as ragax.
FOR TORPID LIVER.
FOR SALLOW SKIN.
FOR THE COMPLEXION
It cSnts I Purely
CURE SICK HEADACHE.
CURES WHEKE ALL ELSEFAILS.
Beat Cough Syrup. Tastes Good. Use
tn time. Sold by druggists.