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THE HAPPV OLD BACHELOR.
BY EUGENE J. HALF. I'm a ba ht-lor still. I ha ve fared very ill In the hands ot the laiies I've m t, But my heart Is fo kind I've made up my mind. Iheir treatment to iry and foiget. For 'lis j illy 10 be an old le:low like me. Wita none but mye)l to delight ; With no one to sc Id it 1 catch a bad cold By ttuj ii g out late in the night. I was first very fond of a beautiful blonde, Who was seven years older than I. I tried to propose, out she turned up her nose, And 1 fell that I wanted to die. She said I was wild, I was only a child. My Jgh3 with her laughter she drowned, And at only sixteen I was crushed like a uean When it goes through a mill to be ground. The next girl I met was a charming brunette, Who loved me. she said, "more than life." t But my wagta were low, and 1 had to say "No 1 Whtn she asked me to make her my wife. So she married a shoe-dealer, rich as a Jew ; All the comtort ot Ji;e she enjoys. She ia one of the "lighu" who declaim "women s rights," And the mother of seven bad boys. Hy next love affair with a girl with red hair Was a serious matter to me. When 1 asked, her to wed me she solemnly said "I have promised-another s to be." Each word like a da.t pierced my passionate heart, All my future looked cloudy and dim, She married her choice, and 1 live to iejoice (tier temper is tested on him). My friendship one day in a platonic way With a pretty young widow began. She dazzled my eyes and I thought her a prize Till she married a medicine man. But it's jo ly to be an old fellow like me, With none but myself to delight ; With no one to scold if I catch a bad cold By staying out late in the night. Millaid Avenue Station, Chicago. Inter-Ocean. SUMMER SUPREME. "BY G. H. 8. Love and beauty everywhere, To the sense appealing, Win their way wiiere e'er we go Into ihougnt and ieeling ; We are happy to behold Field and wood and meadow. Spangled o'er with dainty things, Flecked with sun and shadow. Upwerd now we lift the heart Nature is our tea her, And we learn a hundred things. rem each living creature ; We are humming with the brook, With each songster singing, And our spirits take their flight With the swallows wiuging. All the sweets that you can bring Are to earth descended ; There in si arcely now a thing That's to be amended ; All the germs which are to grow Under wisest nurture In their flower and lorm do show And reveal their future. Love and warmth awaken all Into highest rapture; Ev rylhing a glory takes Everything they capture For a healthy soul to be Sad at such a season Is not true to wholesome creed," Js not true to reason I Mrs. Gay's Hint, and How it Was Taken. UY LOUISA M. ALCOTT. "My dear Mrs. Merrill, what's the matter? Is the baby sick?" asked a pleasant voice as a neighborly form ap peared at the door of a dull, disorderly room, where a tired woman sat crying in the twilight. "The children are all well and asleep, thank heaven, but I am so anxious and discouraged that I couldn't help having a good cry," answered Mrs. Merrill, wip ing her eyes as if already comforted by the arrival of a friend. "Tell me all about it," said Mrs. Gay, the nevv-coiner, as she poked up the fire till a little blaze brightened up the whole room. "I wouldn't tell anyone but you, and I am afraid I'm partly to blame in some way, yet I don't see how," began Mrs. Merrill, leaning back with a sigh of re lief at the prospect of a chance to tell her troubles and receive sympathy if not advice. "If the babies are all well you cannot have any very heavy grief, dear. But I know that the small trials are often the hardest to bear; so confide in me, and we will see if we cannot make the bur den lighter," said Mrs. Gay, patting the hand that held the handkerchief with such a cheery face that her friend open ed her heart freely. "I'm worrying about John, and you'll see that I have cause to do so when I tell you that for the last month he hasn't come home to his supper hall the time, but spends the evenings at the tav ern. He comes in late, and so cross and beery I can t be clad to see him. If it goes on much longer he will take some thing stronger than lager, and I shall be a drunkard s wife. Here the poor little woman fell into sobbing again as if her heart wa3 broken. But Mrs. Gay's kind arms were around her, and the friendly boy saidhopelully : "It will be your own fault if you are, my dear, lor John Merrill is too good a man to do anything of that kind unless driven to it." "What will drive him? Not poverty or trouble, for we are doing well and haven't a debt in the world," said Mrs. Merrill, with an air of honest pride. "The want of a comfortable home will do it for him as for many another man." "What do you mean? Iam sure this is a nice house, and I do my best to keep it so," cried the well-to-do mechan ic's wife, surprised and a little offended. "Forgive me, my dear, but I want to help you, and can only do so by giving you pain. Now look around the room and tell me frankly if it is the sort of a home that a tired man wants to come to?" A long pause followed the bold speech as Mrs. Merrill looked at the scene be fore her eyes, that seenied, to see the clearer for the tears lately shed. The room was comfortably furnished, but in the state of disorder which three lively children would produce during the day. Toys lay about the lloor, chairs stood here and there, work was heaped upon upon a sofa, and supper was spread upon a table in the corner. Not a tempting meal, an untidy joint of cold meat, heavy looking bread, a lump of butter and cold tea. The cloth rumpled, the lamp unlit, the fire untrimmed, and the wife sat red-eyed and despondent in her wrap per, with her hair half down, waiting to receive her husband with tears and re proaches. For the first time she seemed to see herself in a new light, and after that long look she gave a great sigh, and said hum bly: "I see what you mean. It ia hard on John, but I get so tired and he doesn't seem to care. I've lost my pride in thinga and got shiftless. How" can I do better?" "I'll show you. Practice is better than preaching. Go up and make vourself nice, and tell me when you come back if things are not improved." answered Mrs. Gay with a nod and a smile that seemed to lift the other woman out. ol her slough of despondency like magic. "I am ashamed to let you, but I will for John's sake, if he will only come!'' and Mrs. Merrill ran away to hide the trouble in her face as she thought of her John driven from home by her ignor ance and neglect. She did not hurry, for she was tired, and stopped to kiss her rosy children and cry a little longer before she came slowly down in a neat woolen dress. white collar and apron, smooth hair, ana a hopeful smile on her face. It changed to. a laugh or pleasure ana surprise as she opened tne dDor ana stood surveying the cheerful change Mrs. Gay had wrought so quickly. The room was in order, the lamps were lighted, the table drawn to the hearth, where a cheerlul hre blazed, ana a pair of slippers lay warming czily. A well worn dressing gown hung over the back of the easy chair, and the evening paper lay invitingly near by. A red ger anium with a green leaf or two stood in the middle of the table, and gave quite an air of elegance to the clean cloth, the dish of nicely sliced cold meat, tidy plate of butter, and the pie Mrs. Merrni nau forgotten. The fragrance of hot tea and toast was in the air, and Mrs. Gay was singing as she flew about the little kitchen. When she heard the laugh she cams in to receive the much improved hostess with the words: 'There! isn't that better? I couldd't do much at short notice, but it just gives a hint of what I mean. I don't think a tired man will want to leave a warm hearth, a comfortable supper, and a pret ty wife for beer, smoke, and cards, do you?", ''No. indeed I don't! How nice it all is. I used to keep it so till I got discour aged and careless. 1 hope John will come soon and enjov it all." "Put the lamp in the window, and run to meet him when he does come. I shall slip away, and I advise you not to tell him your plan. . Just say you want to have things nicer, and be your pleasant est self. He will be surprised and pleasd, and fall into the trap we have set for him. Keep it always ready, and show a happy face, no matter how tired you are; that is a man s best welcome home. "How can I thank you? Tell me some thing more lean do to attract John? Shall I have beer for him? He depends on it now, and will miss it, I'm afraid," said Mrs. Merrill, holding her good neighbor fast, eager for more helpful hints. "Give him plenty of well-cooked, wholesome food, with a cheerful wife to serve it, and he will soon cease to care for beer, I think. Try good couee, tea, and milk for drinks ; give up pies and such stuff; things of that sort create a bad taste for stimulants. Have your bread good, and serve up simple, invit ing meals every day, and John will soon enjoy them too much to want anything poorer," answered Mrs. Gay, hood in hand. "I will try my best. I never thought that food mde any difference. I can cook and I'll feed John as you advise, nicely and wisely." "My dear, half the drunkards we see are led to their bad ways by poor food, uncomfortable homes, and wives who, through ignorance, selfishness or neglect, leave their husbands open to temptation. The poor men want rest, comfort and cheerful society when the day's work is done, and home is the safest place to find them in. See that your John is not driven away by any failure on your part, then if trouble comes, remorse will not add its bitterness to your share of sor row. I hear the gate creak good-night and God bless you!" cried Mrs. Gay, cut ting her lecture short and vanishing out at the back door as Mr. Merrill came in at the front. neiioi ' how smart ana cozy you are. Is it anybody's birthday? ' he exclaimed, pausing to look about with a face that rapidly changed from weary indifference to pleased surprise. Mrs. Merrill meant to obey her friend and say nothing of the fear which had led to this happy change, but her heart was so full it would overflow in spite of her, and running to her husband she held him fast, saying with a voice that trembled with love and hope and self reproach: '"I wanted to make home look pleas ant to you, John. I have been a selfish, careless wife, and don't wonder that you like other places better, but I am going to try and do -my duty and make you love to be here more than at the tavern, before it is too late. Forgive me, dear, and help me to keep 'father' safe for the babies' sake and mine." Then she broke down and hid her face in John's waistcoat; but her tears said what she dared only hint, and Merrill found it hard to keep his own voice steady for a minute. He understood better than she knew what danger menaced him, and blessed her for the opening of thi3 refuge from the temptation which was just beginning to make its power felt. "I will, please God!" he said manfully, as he laid his hand on the earnest little woman's bent head. " Don't blame your self, Kitty, when you have hardest part to do. I hope I'm man enough to keep steady and not disgrace my children. I'll quit my bad ways and stay with you, for I'm tired of them. I wras tired of find ing things in a muddle here, children crying, worried wife, and the rest of it, but I ought to have lent a hand and not run away." "No, it was my fault. Don't say a word more, but come and have tea; it's all ready, thanks to Mrs. Gay, who came and cheered me up and told me what to do," said Mrs, Merrill wisely leading her husband to his easy chair and bustling about to bring in supper, and prove her penitence by deeds rather than by words. "Ah, thi3- is comfort ! Beer be hanged! Here's to Mrs. Gay's health, and long life to her! cried Merrill,, holding up his first good cup of tea with a nod and smile to his wife. They drank the toast and kept the Sledge they silently made that night, elping one another to stand fast against the mutual temptations, and do their best to make home a safe and happy place for both parents and children. MONTHLY EEPOKT OF AGRICULTURE. The July report of the State Board of Agriculture is just out. "We give some extracts: WHEAT. At the time of going to press with this report (July 5th) abstracts of assessors' rolls for 18S4 have been received from the County Clerks of sixty-three coun ties, leaving but eighteen yet to be heard from. Of these not yet reported, but four Doniphan, Harvey, Montgomery and Sedgwick had any considerable area sown to winter wheat last Fall, so that the winter wheat acreage of 18S4 can be very closely approximated. The increase in area over last year was much larger than heretofore esti mated by this Board. The South eastern counties Crawford, Chero kee and Labette instead of decreasing their areas iorty or nicy per cent., as anticipated, owing to tiie slight and unsatisfactory product of last year, decreased less than ten per cent. In all other portions of the State the increase was very uniform, and was not confined to any one section. This increase in acreage could reasonably have been looked for in the light of our past exper ience, rrontabie yields nave alwavs in duced increased areas, and partial fail ures have invariably had the opposite effect. The following statistics of the Winter wheat crop in Kansas for the past seven vears, clearly illustrates the effect that success and failure have had upon.it: year. Acres. Bushels. Average Yield. 1878.. . 1,297,555 26,518 955 20.43 1879 1,f29 659 17,550.259 11.54 1SS0 2,2li,9V7 23. 07.223 10.61 1881 1.974,693 19.161.896 9.71 1882 1465,75 33,943 398 23.16 1883 1,480,204 28.958.SSl 19.56 1884 2'147,5S8 47,858.000 ' 22.28 This marked fluctuation in the areas of principal crops will undoubtedly con tinue to occur in Kansas until our arable lands are fully occupied, and rotation of crops becomes a fixed feature in farm operations, as it is in the older countries and States. Although the crop went into the "Win ter in excellent condition, having had a vigorous growth before frost, the Winter season was of such long duration, and of such low temperature, that grave fears were entertained as to its ability to with stand the adverse conditions. As Spring advanced,however,accompaniedas it was with generous showers, it was discovered that the only serious damage- to the crop occurred in the extreme southeastern section of the State, where about 7 per cent, of the area was destroyed. The en tire loss from freezing for the State amounted to but about 21,000 acres, or less than 1 per cent, of the whole. Several uniavorabie conditions have been re ported from various portions of the State.tsuch as "chinch bugs" in the east ern portion, chess and "blight in the eastern and central sections, a super abundance of rainfall in the south-cen tral portion, and wind and hail storms in the north central : but none of these have been of sufficient magnitude to m terfere materially with the yield. The smallest average yields were had in the counties that suffered most severely from freezing, and if these few counties had escaped from the cause just mentioned the average yield for the State would be larger this year than ever before. With the assessors figures for sixty three counties, and a conservative esti mate for the remaining eighteen, the State acreage is 2,145,000, an increase over the area sown the year previous of 480,000, or per cent. A compilation reports from over 400 correspondents, makes an estimated yield from this iarge area of about 22.28 bushels per acre, or a product of 47,oo8, 000 bushels. If the final figures corrobo rate this estimate, there is little doubt but that Kansas will be the leading wrheat State of the Union this year. The spring wheat area, instead of de creasing as was conjectured, increased slightly as compared with last year. This was undoubtedly due to the favorable weather that obtained at seeding time The area i3 confined almost altogether to the northern tier of counties, and amounts in the aggregate to 85,000 acres. The estimated yield of this cereal' for the State is 14.77 bushels yer acre, or a total product of 1,255,000 bushels. This product, combined with that of winter wheat, "gives an estimated wheat product for the State this year of 49,113 000 bushels. The quality of the winter wheat is re ported from all sections as being fully as good as it was in 1882, and superior to that ol last year. An idea or the large increase in area can be gathered by consulting the follow ing table, in wrhicH a few of the prom nent wheat counties are compared with 18S3: Counties. Acres iw Acres in 1SS3 1SSU 107,02 1V7.674 77,401 107246 71,63 9,962 65,175 89,746 62,7I 84 805 54,881 76,2 0 45,246 58 205 33.222 5.726 80.161 55.9SI ?4 34 55,i03 89,014 53,591 34.13 47,45 'ePherson... Dickinson.... Valine Sumner Barton , Marion Cowley Reno , Rice Ellsworth.... Osborne , Lincoln Nearly thirty per cent, of the entire area of McPherson county is in winter wlieat, which makes it, as far as this Board has knowledge, the largest wheat county of equal territory in the United States. CORN. The last half June was exceedingly favorable in all portions of the State to the growing corn. Fields generally are reported to be cleaner of weeds and bet ter cultivated than one year ago. The condition of the crop is marked below what is was last yeai at this time, by correspondents, only on account of its backwardness. It is about twelve days late as compared with last sea son, but the present favorable weath er is causing it to grow rapidly and vigorously. Correspondents gener ally report it to be of good color, and as having a eood stand, and if moderately good weather prevails from now on, an average crop may be confidently looked for. In Cowley county, and in a few of the Eastern central counties, complaint is made of continued wet weather, which is impeding its cultivation, but in the great majority of counties the only un favorable condition reported is back wardness. There ia now every prospect that a fair average yield will be harvested in the extreme Western counties. The rainfall up to this time has been ample, and the ground is thoroughly soaked. The acreage is probably a small per cent, less than it was last year, owing to adverse circumstance3 early in the seas on. The feeling among farmers is hope ful for a crop of corn equal to that raised in 18S3. The condition for the State, as compared with 1883, is 90, or a falling-off of ten per cent.; but correspondents agree that if the weather of July proves reas ably favoroble, the condition on August 1st will be fully equal to that of the year before. Rye has decreased 7 per cent., but tbe condition of the crop is 10 per cent bet ter. The oat crop is not near as good as last vear. Broom corn is 8 per cent: be low last year. A large increase in the acreage of sorghum but its condition is 5 per cent. less. Flax in area 14 per cent, less than last year. The area is 133,000 acres. Castor beans decrease in area since 1SS3 20 per cent., but better condition. Pota toes an increased area and a splendid outlook. fruit. The promise of a full crop of apples has been reduced during the past month at least 2o per cent. High winds have blown much of the fruit from the trees, and much more is dropping from the effects of insect stings and other causes. It i3 probable that three-fourths of a full crop will be gathered. The peach area, as stated in previous reports, is confined to the south-central portion the State. Cutside of this section the crop is an entire failure. Cherries are abundant in all sections, while the pear crop will be less than one-half of an average. In the large fruit counties of Jenerson and Leavenworth a great amount of damage was done to the apple crop by a severe wind and hail storm Blackberries and grapes will yield heav ily in all portions of the State, having now a promise of a much better crop than was gro wn last year. POPULATION. The increase in population during the year has been about 10 per cent., and is now about 1,130,000. KANSAS WOMEN. Various Things Concerning Them. Miss Florence Adams has been ap pointed assistant postmaster at Sedgwick City. a. miss uora mil was iouna dead in the road near unase, luce county, it is thought she died from the effects of the intense heat. Howard Couravt: The Ladies' Library Association will send for $175 worth of new books this week instead of S75 worth, as stated in last weeks paper, This will make a valuable addition to the library, and the ladies deserve great credit for the enterprise they have shown in the matter. Mrs. Annie Graham was burned to death a few days ago in Topeka. She had started to light a fire, and the wood not igniting as quickly as she wished she attempted to place some coal oil on it. In some manner the hre blazed up, and reaching the half empty can which she was holding it exploded with terrible force. She died shortly afterward having lingered in the most terrible tor ture. Humboldt Union: Several cases of vol untary fasting by individuals have been reported from time to time in various parts of the country, but the parties have been generally strong and healthy and capable of great endurance. A re markable case has come under the ob servation of many of the citizens of this place. The case is that of an old ady the mother of Mrs. Denny who has been unable to take food of any kind for upwards of forty days. The fact that she i3 over eighty years of age gives interest to the case as one of remarkable vitality. It is entirely involuntary. Wichita Eagle: That the women of Kansas are a full match for the men and a little to spare, was never more forcibly illustrated than by a little incident that occurred in Gypsum township the other day. For prudential reasons, and in view of the fact that we have not yet taken out an accident policy, we with hold all names. A farmer living in that township was in a great hurry to get his harvesting done, as the wheat was fully ripe and the weather fine. Therefore he hitched his horses to the harvester and with his boys and hired men went out into the field and began work, entirely overlooking the fact that the last stick of wood on the woodpile had been burned to get the breakfast. Raging hungry the force came in at noon. The good wife had the table set with all the taste of which she was mistress, and it really looked inviting, but there was no dinner upon it. "Sarah, where'sthe din ner?" inquired the farmer, somewhat anxiously. "I don't know whether it is done or not. There was no wocd for a fire, so I hung it in the warmest place I could fand. It s on the ladder at the south side of the house." It is needless to say that the whole force was detailed ac chopping wood that afternoon. Hutchinson News: Recently, Mrs Lloyd, of the Alfalfa range, was patting her shepherd dog on the head, when he suddenly turned around and snapped at her. Feeling assured by his actions that he was mad, Mrs' Lloyd got her revolver and shot him through and through four times, but still he would not give up the ghost. A farm hand then took him away and killed him with a club. eeimg un easy about the matter, and having great faith in the "mad stone" theory, she learned that the nearest one was at Kan sas City. To that place she sent Mr. Wiley, who immediately wired her that the stone could not be taken awav from the city. Mrs. Lloyd started at once, and by the time she arrived there, the symptoms of hydrophobia were plain enough. Her eyes wrere badly bloodshot and she was looking very wildly about her. The stone, which was about the size of a dice, was applied to her hand, and it took immediately, a sure sign of hydrophobia. If no hydrophobia exists it will not adhere at all. After several hours' work the terrible poison was all extracted and the lady completely cured. It might be well to ntate in connection herewith that the medical and scientific world declare the "mad stone" to be the veriest humbug, and that hydrophobia can be cured just as quickly by running a pair of tongs through a la3t year's bird's nest as it can by fooling" with a mad stone." She Asked the Question. A good story is told of the Catholic Bishop of Atlanta, Ga. He recently ad dressed a large assembly of Sunday- school children, and wound up bv ask ing, in a very condescending way, "And now, is there a-a-ny little boy or a-a-ny little girl who would like to ask me a question?" After a pause he repeated the question, "Is there a-a-ny little boy or a-a-ny little girl who would like to ask me a question?" A little shrill voice called aloud, "Please, sir, why did the angel3 walk np and down Jacob's ladder, when they had wings?" "Oh, ah, yes I see," sai the Bishop; "and now now, is there a-a-ny little boy or a-a-ny little girl who would like to answer little Mary's ques tion?" New York City has 7,326 butchers, bakers ; there are 10,000 liquor dealers. FAKSI AND HOUSEHOLD. Hints That Will he Found Useful to the Farmer and His Family. The Bermuda is a Southern grass, and Southern farmers are about equally di vided in opinion as to whether it is a pest or a useful plant. It propagates from the root as well as the seed, and when once established in the soil is as hard to get rid of as quack grass. It may be sown in .pru or May, much as you would sow flax or oats, care being taken not to cover it too deep. A successful cultivator of raspberries says the canes of black caps are not us ually pinched back early to obtain the best results, and that the Doolittle will not grow much higher after it is headed back, while the Mammoth Cluster and Gregg, headed back at the same time, will increase in height about one third. Hence the reason that some sorts must be headed lower than others. If possible, plant trees on new ground where none have grown before. If nec essary to fill up the old orchard, take special care in preparing the place in wrhich to set the new trees. Remove the soil where the old ones stood and re place it with fresh earth. Mulch the newly-planted trees heavily and broadly with straw manure, and also apply it to the old ones remaining. A heavy rain upon ground freshly rolled will beat it down so that it will be difficult to cover the seed even when it becomes dry. considerable woric with a sharp harrow will be necessary, and not infrequently the cultivator is needed to loosen the soil. But if the harrow fol lows the roller it will require a bard rain to pack the ground so solidly that a har row will not cover the seed. The creameries in Sullivan, "Wis., put their butter into earthen jars or crocks of from five to twenty pounds each, and send these to regular customers in Mil waukee, who use the butter and return the jars to be refilled. In this way the denizens of the city get firm, fresh butter for their tables all the time, and the dai rymen get good prices. Both parties profit by the transaction. Some useful hints are given by the American Cattle Journal with regard to the care of sheep. It says: "Keep sheep dry under loot with litter. This is even more necessary than roofing them. Never let them stand or lie in mud and water Let no hogs eat with the sheep in the Spring. Give the lambs a little milk feed in time of wreaning. Never frighten sheep, if possible to avoid it. A successful florist gives the following as his method of starting slips of rare and tender plants: Underneath the usual layer of sand in which the slips are planted and covering the bottom of the pot or box he placed a layer ot oats which, when soaked with moisture, ex ude a mucilaginous substance, acting as a stimulant and feeder to the tender roots of the slip. By this method he seldom fails to root his slips. Too much green food fed to cattle sometimes causes hoven, which is a dis tension of the first stomach, in which gas is evolved by the fermentation of the green food. The symptoms are swollen belly and heavy, laborious breathing. Inthe early stages relief may be given by the prompt adminis tration of chloride of lime, in doses of from two to four drachms, or a teaspoon ful of pulverized charcoal every fifteen minutes in half a pint of water. The last resort is to puncture the stomach. It is best, however, to endeavor to pre vent it by making the change from hay to grass gradually. A Western farmer manages the Can ada thistle in this way. He keeps about 200 sheep and whenever he discovers a patch of thistles he salts the sheep there, putting a small handful of salt in each thistle at the root. Besides the action of the salt, which tends to destroy them, the thistles are eaten by the sheep close to the ground, and after one or two salt ings the grass among the thistles, as well as everything else that hides them from view, has been eaten off, so that each thistle is easy to be seen and to re ceive its handful of salt. After this treat ment it i3 seldom that any thistles are seen the second year. There are many reasons given why creamery butter, as a rule, sells higher than dairy butter. The secret of it prob ably lies here: It is better butter, and one prime reason for its being better is because the man who makes the butter does not own. the milk, and therefore has to stand the criticism of those who do furnish it. When a man has fifty or one hundred persons wondering why he does not get the highest market price for his butter he is very apt to do it. When the buttermaker owns all the milk he is too easily satisfied with the Quality of his make of butter. American Dairy man. For honey-producing the honey locu3t ranks high in the estimation of beekeep ers. It blocms earlier than does the linden, and produces more certainly if not so bountifully. The American Bee Journal speaks strongly in praise of this beautiful and useful tree, upon the ground that it blooms early in the season and bees visit it in swarms. It insures rapid breeding in the hive and strong colonies ready to gather honey when white clo ver come3 in season. It also make3 an excellent hedge where Osage-orange has been extensively tried and experimented with for hedge and failed. Shellbark hickory represents among forest trees the highest standard for fuel. Calling hickory 100, other trees will compare with it for real value for fuol as follows: Shellbark hickory 100; pignut hickory, 93; white ash 87; white oak 83; dogwood 75; fern oak 73; white hazel 72; apple tree 70; red oak 67; white beech 65; black birch 63; yellow oak 60; hard maple 59f white elm 5S; red cedar 56; wild cherry 53; yellow pine 54; chestnut 52; yellow poplar 44; butternut and white birch 43, and white pine 30. A number of these wood3 which show a very low value for fuel, are highly es teemed for cabinet work and interior wood work. A prominent daily paper mentions that an Italian scientist has shown that flies transferred the eggs of a human parasit from one spot to another some distance away, and the paper adds: "This has a special interest in connection with recent reports from Ohio, where, it is said, sheep are being fast swept away by a worm, the egg of which is deposited in the sheep's nostril by a fly. It is not very clear just what connection there is between the fact that the gad-fly :xsirus ovis) deposits her eggs in the nostrils of sheep, whence the grabs find their way to the brains and often kill the animals, and the fact that other flies may carry from place to place the eggs of otherv in sects or parasites." A correspondent of the New York Tribune writes: "I notice in the Tribune and other papers statements to the effect that many sheep are dying this Spring from a disease known as grub m the head. The cause, symptoms and results of this malady are correctly described in the articles which I have seen. If taken in time, the disease is easily cured, but if not there is no remedy. It is caused by a peculiar kind of fly, which deposits its eggs in the nostrils of the sheep in hot weather. These eggs develop to ward Spring into grubs, which eat into the brain and invariably produce death. A. sure remedy is this: After the hot weather is over and the eggs deposited, make a strong decoction of Scotch snuff and assafoatida, and then inject a table- spoonful into each nostril. The sheep will reel and stagger like a drunken man after the operation, but there is no dan ger, l was nrougnt upon a iarm in new York, and I have seen this remedy ap pliied on thousands of sheep, and always with success. The snuff induces the most violent sneezing, which dislodges and ejects the eggs. No sheep properly treated in the manner, derscribed will ever die of this disease. But when the grub is once hatched and developed there is no remedy." DEMOCRATIC FUN . The New York World likes a little fun about as well as any paper published. We find in it the following from its Washington correspondent. "We cannot reproduce the likenesses of Senators Brown and Ingalls, but can vouch for their beiDg genuine, with a little effort to caricature : THE BROWN-INGALLS EPISODE. "Washington, June 26. The inside his tory of the Ingalls-Brown episode in the Senate has never been fully understood by the public. Brown is a grandmoth erly old soul, who has grown rich in building railroads in his State. He ir a devout Methodist, and is never so happy as when he is leading in choir-singing. When he is not asleep in the cloak room this good old man nods gently in his great armchair in the Senate. With the air and look of patriarch, the dress of a Mormon elder, Brown has always been considered one of the most peaceful men in the Senate. Several weeks ago he was very much disturbed by receiving the following letter from a constituent: "Atlanta, Ga., May 20, 1884. Senator Joe Brown: Sir: Do vou know you represent a State of fighting men? You have not had a scrimmage since you entered the Senate. Unless you get into trouble soon the State of Georgia will rise up and denounce you as an unworthy represen tative of a section of fighters. K. K. K." This letter troubled Brown very much. For several days he cast about for two of the most inoff ensive Senators in the Sen ate, the two least calculated to resist an attack. He selected Hoar and Dawes. Brown's attack upon the morality of Massachusetts, hissed through the Sena tor's false teeth as he tugged at his white beard in one hand and clutched his man uscript with another, resounded through Georgia, siirring the pulses of the san guinary men of that fierce State. Carried awray in the fever of his ex citement the now awakened Southern Senator unwittingly took in the dreaded Ingalls, of Kansas. Ingalls has had for some time, the monopoly ofabusing his fellow-Senators. He is supposed to be the inventor of the powerful system of argument consisting of calling one's opponents a liar, a thief and an assassin. Ingalls shook his head savagely when Brown invaded his dom ain, but the genial Browrn was so husky in his delivery that only an occasional word of his speech as read was heard. That night Ingalls received a letter. It was a3 follows: "Topeka, Kan., June 10, 1884. "Senator Ingalls: "Sir: Are you losing your grip upon public affairs? What is the matter with you? Has the effete life at "Washington sapped your Roman vigor? A whole week has passed and you have called no one in the Senate a liar, thief or an assassin. Answer by telegraph the reason of your mysterious silence. "JonN Bowieknife, "Editor of the Topeka Thumper.' This letter fired up Ingalls to a sense of the situation. He seized upon the Congressional Record the next morning and hunted for a victim. He found Brown slightly moie exposed to attack than anyone else. Every one remem bers the thrilling scene when Ingalls stood up and called Brown a forger, a thug, and even an assassin lurking be hind the Government Printing House in wait for his victim. Here is a sketch of Ingalls as he fired the word "thug" at the bold and unpro tected head of Brown. Brown was bo shaken in his views by the awful exple tives shot at him that he was bathed in a nervous sweat. His knees trembled under him. It was not until late in the day that he rallied, and prepared his re ply. The preceding sketch represents him as he stood in a dignified way be fore the Senate, and told his associates that he was not a thug, not a forger and not an assassin. But Ingalls had the last word, and he again called Brown more bad names, which were telegraph ed verbatim to the Topeka TJiumper. Both men have been since then daily recipients by mail and telegraph of con gratulations from their friends upon their courage and pugnacity. The Drinkers of Blood. Cincinnati Commercial-Gazette. They haunt the abbatoir every week and drink the warm beef blood by the cupful. It is caught as it flows from the animal's throat. It benefits thin-blooded persons. Some time since a woman came to the stock yards who said that her physician had told her she must drink beef blood. "But I can never do it, never!" said she, shuddering. "But it tastes just like milk," said the gentleman appealed t6. "Come, I will blindfold you and give you a glass of milk. Then I will give you some more milk or a glass of blood, then a taste of milk, till you get them mixed up and you won't know which is which." She consented and drank the glass first given her with a relish. "Ah, that was the milk. Now I think I can try the blood," she told them. "But madam, you have drank it al ready," said the gentleman. The New York Athletic club has mortgaged its gymnasium for $125,000 in order to finish it. .