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T 5 i&lSf Sh' ;' - T- $ J& ti S4 & THOMAS COUNTY OAT, W. C. PORTER, Publisher. COLBY. ------ KANSAS HIS ONLY FRIEND. He crouched upon the pauper mound Where his loved master's bones were laid; In dumb despair he gazed around One shaggy paw half-fearful laid Upon the earth so cold, so gray. Where his one friend, his master, lay. He whined and howled, his grief to tell; His face was piteous to behold; And lo the ram in torrents fell, , While long and loud the thunder rolled. He did not mind the angry storm That beat upon his trembling form. Who slept below? A worthless scamp, An idle outcast, people said. A waif a stray a ragged tramp. Who gladly shared his crust or bread With the fond brute, his only friend. Who lit ed to guard him, and defend. They had been comrades in distress; Misfortune marked them both its own; And now he missed that rude caress. How cold, how dark, the world had grown. He drooped his head, his eyes grew dim; Life held no ray of light for him. He sought one pitying glance in vain, For dainty ladies shrank away. Held back their skirts in cold disdain: "Rough urchins kicked him as he la.7. They heeded not his grief, for he Was but a cur of low degree! Let's drown the brute!" the urchins ciicd. One last despairing how) he gae, Rolled oieron his weary side. And died upon the Iowiy grave, Unpraiscd, unwept, af.it to prove How well a faithful tirute cm love! Fanny Foirttttr, in Chainlets' Journal. SAVED FROM RUIN. A Good Daughter with a Business Head. Bee siole into the library one evening in early spring, to have her usual "quiet think," in the Slcenj--Hollow chatr on the rug before the lire-place. A cheerful lire of dry pine cones crackled and snapped merrily in the .early twilight, making the room very inviting to the little dreamer, as she cozily settled herself among the soft, red cushions, and began to erect her castle-in-thc-air. She had just reached the first turret in her building process, when she was arrested by a sigh from the farther corner of the long room. How, as Bee had supposed that she was the otily occupant of the library, that eigh startled her considerably, and caused her pretty castle to fall to the ground in sad confusion. She turned lier head from the recess of Sleepy Hollow, and gazed in the direction from whence the sigh had proceeded, and seeing a dark object on a far-away lounge, she quiekl' made her way toward it, stumbling over the ruins of lier castle in her haste. "Why papa!"' she cried, assheneared the lounge. "You here? I thought I was alone. What is the matter? You are not ill, are you?" Papa laughed, but there was some thing wrong about the laugh. It sounded as if there was a sigh behind, und Bee's quick ear detected it at once. "No, my dear," he replied, fondly patting the rosy cheek laid against his. "I'm not ill, only a trille tired, and somewhat worried." "Worried, papa? And what aliout? Tell me. I'm a capital hand to drive awwy wornes. " "I know you are, dear; hut I am afraid this worry is altogether too big for my girl, for it surely is for me," and papa sighed again. Bee curled up on the rug by his side, and leaning her head against his hand, said, coaxingly: "Well, tell me about it, any way. Perhaps you and I together can scare it away." Her father smiled in spite of himself. There was something so inspiring about Bee and her cheery voice. She always brought sunshine with her, xmd carried away gloom and sorrow. "Why, Bee, you see," he began, in explanation, "these striking times are "beginning to affect business sadly. Our expenses are heavy, sales slow and light, and things are looking dark ahead of us. We are obliged to keep up, and especially to keep our goods in order, which requires good help, as the wares we deal in are delicate and re qurc careful handling. I had hoped we could get along without any inside trouble, and perhaps weather it through, but? to-day our under book keeper and three of our best and most experienced clerks struck for higher wages. We are paying all we can afford to now, in fact more, according to the business Ave are doing, and yet we can not possibly get along without these men. Altogether it is bad busi ness, and I must confess, for the first time in my life, I see no way out of a difficulty. I should like to be able to tell these fellows to leave the sooner the better. That's what ought to Le done, but we are so dependent upon them that I can't do as I want to, and as it would be right to do, either. They inow we can't trust our goods to new hands, so they take this base advantage of us." Beo thought a moment, when her father stopped talking, and then s?id: "What do these three clerks do?" "They look after the tine glass and tableware; keep it clean and properly arranged, and show it to customers.' And the under book-keeper?" He assists Banks in his office work." "I shouldn't think any of it was hard or heavy work," and Bee gazed down at her white hands. It isn't, only it is responsible work. We don't dare trust new or carets persons with it." "Yes, I see." 'But never mind. Bee, don't you worry about it," and papa stooped over to kiss the thoughtful face. We'll manage along some way, but I do hate to raise those fellows' wages when ve are running behind now." Ana ne sighed harder than ever. Just then mamma came in, and, leav ing her to comfort and cheer her fa ther, Bee crept quietly awaj" and up to her own pretty room, where she pnt on her thinking cap, and, locking her door, so no one could disturb lier, she nestled down in her low rocking chair by the west window, and fell into a brown study. It was after midnight when she at last came out of it, and cautiously opening her door stole across the dark hall to an opposite door and rapped aaftiy. "Come in," called a deep, musical voice, and Bee obeyed the summons and entered a large, beautifully-appointed room, -where two young women were slowly and sleepily preparing to retire, after an evening spent at a brilliant reception. The taller of the two greeted Bee with a smile, as she stood wrapped in a wine-colored dressing-gown, her dark brown hair hang ing about her shoulders, and the brush iu her uplifted hand, while her sister sat lazily toastjng her daintily-slippered feet at the open fire, looking be witching even at that time of night in her becoming pink robe. "Alice, are 3-011 and May too tired to talk?" said Bee, returning her oldest sister's smile. "Of course not. Are girls ever too tired to talk?" and Alice laughed, musically. "Tell awry, Bee, that's a dear," drawled May. "I know by your looks that you've something interesting to relate." "What's up?" cried a new voice, and a tall, lily-faced girl came from an in ner room, a gold pen held lightly in her right hand and her pale blue tea gown trailing gracefully after her. "You still awake?" said Alice, in surprise. The newcomer rubbed her forehead with her disengaged hand, and replied, sleepily: "Yes, I got interested in nry writing and couldn't stop. Did you have a good time at the fandango?" and she curled herself up on the rug with a lit tle shiver, and rested her head against May's knee. "Just as usual," replied May, with a yawn. "I'm getting dreadfully tired of this life, though." "So am I," cried Alice. "I foel as if I didn't amount to any thing, and I am so sick of this everlasting dress, dress, dress, and parties, lunches, dinners, operas, etc, that I am ready to go to the ends of the world to get awav from it." "If 3-011 want a different kind of life, I am ready to offer you one," said Bee, soberiy, from her perch on the foot of the bed. "You?" and all three turned to look in amazement at their youngest sister, and the pet and baby of the family. "You don't need to be so terribly surprised," she replied, with a little pout. "I can have thoughts and plans as well as the rest of 3-011, if I can't 'sing divineh',' 'paint exquisitcty,' or write 'heart-melting stories.' " ""Of course 3-011 can," cried Alice, warmly. "And I can see that 3011 are brimful of thoughts and plans this very miuute. So proceed to unburden 3'our seb" lest the3" prove too much for 3-ou." ' Your audience is in waiting," said May. clasping her slender hands above her dark head, while Ida, the sister in blue, onty smiled up into Bee's Hushed face. "Well, if Alice will put down her hair-brush, and settle herself in an au dience manner," said Bee, laughinglv, "I'll proceed with 1113-lecture, unfold ni3r plans and air ni3 thoughts." Alice obediently laid aside her ivoiy handled brush and joined tiie group on the rug. And Bee began in her sweet, earnest voice, while her wistful brown e3"cs watched the faces of her beautiful sisters, as they looked up at her on her loft3 scat above them. "Now, girls, papa is in awful trouble, and" "Papa in trouble?" ejaculated Alice and Ida, in one breath, while May added, slowly: "In trouble?" "Yes, in trouble, don't interrupt," and Bee frowned as hard as she could. "I'll tell you all about it. You know these horrid strikes have made business fearfully dull and probably will make it so for some time to come" "Yes, yes!" said Alice, hurricdh-. "Well, that affects papa's business as well as every bod3 else? and. f course, he has to be very careful and not paj out too much mono3-, 'cause so little money's coming in. Do 3-011 see?" "Of course! go on," said Alice, as spokesman for the audience. "Papa thinks they could have got through all right, onlv, what do vou think?" "What? do hurry!" said Ida, raising her head from Min-'s knee to get a bet ter view of the speaker. "Why, the under book-keeper and three of the best clerks struck to-ilay, and papa can't possibly do without them. And he can't afford to pay them higher wages, but he's just got to, 'cause they understand the business, 'specially the clerks, and they take charge of all those lovely new-style dishes, Dresden and Sevrog, you know, and that exquisite cut-glass we were admiring the other day: and papa doesn't dare hire new, green hands to take their place If he could he'd fust tell those men to leave And now, girls, this is rm plan" and here Bee jumped up in her excitement "Let's take the place of those clerks, and help papa save the business." "Bee, are you crazy?" asked May, slowly, while Ida and Alice looked at each other and shook their heads. "No, I'm not," replied their sister. firmly, "butypu are, If jou won't help papa. How'd you like it to hare him fail? Then 3"ou'd have to work for a living, besides having the disgrace." "Bnt he won't fail," said Ida. "He may, don't you be too sure. He looked awfully blue to-night when he told me about it. Oh, girls! 3-ou sayrou are tired of the .He you are living. So am I, and now let us go to work and really amount to something. Papa needs our help, and we niay not always have him, and then we'll be soriy if we have let him struggle on alone, working and worrying1 to k-op us in idleness, and to give us al the pretty clothes and nice, easy time., we want," and Bee wiped her e3'es and resumed her seat on the bed again. Quiet reigned for a few moments, then Alice spoke: "Girls, Bee is right, and I am ashamed of nvyself to think I have lived along in this miserably selfish way when I might have been of some real use in the world." "Oh! but Alice, think how dreadfuls people will talk," and May turned up her pug nose in disgust. " Let them!" replied Alice, concisely. "The3 will talk no matter what we do; so what is the use of thinking of that?" "I'd so much rather write stories, and earn money that win-," said Ida, tenderty handling her pretty pen that was such a good servant to her slender lingers. "And I'd rather paint," said Ma "I'd prefer to sing and give music lessons, I will confess,"' replied Alice, " but girls, you know as well as I do that those professions are full and over flowing now, and it is foolish for us to try to make an- thing out of them. I shall offer 1113 services to papa J:yne as under book-keeper to-niorrow. I'm sure Mr. Banks will be kind enough to teach me, and In time I'll make quite a business woman." " Oh, Alice, 3-011 old darling!" cried Bee, hnpulsiveh, giving her sister a good hug. " I knew you'd stand 1)3- papa, and I believe Ma3 and Ida will, too, when they think it over." "I'm ready now," said Ida, soberly, laying aside her pen, and standing up, as if read3" to begin work at once. "Oh, girls, I can't!" said May, cov ering her face with her hands. "It's too awful; and I'm sure our set will cut us." "May Ja3rne, 3-011 are acting too silly for aii3 use," cried Alice; but Bee stole to her sister's side, and putting her arm around her said: "You don't need to. May, dear. I know its lumler for 3-ou than for the rest. We can do 3'our part., too, so don't fret about it." Ma3r looked up with a smile through her tears, and said, as she kissed Bee's loviugface: "You little rogue! you know how to manage your old sister, don't 3-011? Well, girls, "and she sighed, although she tried to laugh. "I'm with 3'ou, and if societ3 and our friends drop us, wli3r we'll have to sta3 dropped, that's all." "Our friends won't do aii3 such thiug," said Alice, earnesthy. "And as we are tired of societ3 it won't hurt us veiy badly to be dropped for a time. I'm so weary of this sort of thing," she added, swinging her arms around, "that if this why hadn't opened I be lieve I'd have hired out as a wash woman or a scrub-girl." "Oh, Alice don't!" and M:n put up her hands in horror. Ida, seeing the talk was ended, crept off to bed, leav ing Bee to do likewise, while Alice lay awake planning the new life before them, upon which with all the ardor of her strong nature, she fairly longed to enter, a& much as her prouder sister May dreaded it. The next morning the four girls met at the breakfast-table with their father and mother, an unusual occurrence in that family, especially after being out late the night before, as were both Alice and May; while Ida and Bee were up as late, if not out at a reception. Breakfast, therefore, was a very pleas ant meal, for the girls laughed and chatted as if the3- hadn't a care in the world, and their good spirits were so contagious that both Papa and Mamma Jay ne felt enlivened and ready for the day's work and worries when thty at last rose from the table. "Papa," said Alice, as her father opened the door to let his girls pass out ahead of himself and mamma. "We wish to see 3-011 in the library for a few minutes. Mamma may come, too," she added Avith a smile, as her mother looked from one beaming face to the other to read the secret. So the procession of six marched in a stately manner to the libran and en tered, Alice closing the door after her. " Now, Bee!" sho said, when they were all seated, with Bee on her father's knee, mamma at his right hand, Ida at his lift, and Alice and May near b3 " You tell," replied Bee. modestly, hiding her face on her father's shoul der. Alice laughed. " That's just like Bee. Well, never mind, onlj- let me state in the first place that it is all her doings. She thought and planned the whole thing, and we have . simply promised to aid her, but let me also add that we are glad to do so," and she gave both Bee and Papa Ja3"nc one of her warm, bright smiles. "What can it mean?" queried papa, looking about him with the air of a man who had been caught in a trap, all unknown to himself. "Wait and see," replied mamma, calmly, having unlimited confidence in her four girls, and their capabilities. "It means just this," continued Alice "Bee has been teUinc us about the business, and how some of your help hare struck for higher wages, and, wishing to aid you, dear papa, and to really be of some use In' this busy world, have come to propose our services in place of the clerks that have struck. We want you to send them away at once, and until business starts voice, while P&j.a Jaj-ne took out his handkerchief and actually cried, with mamtur. and the girls to keep him com-P.U13-. But that didn't last long, and, when papa emerged from his handker chief, with a red and beaming face, he could only cry: "Bless 3-011, my dear daughters, you have taken a load from me that was fast pulling me to the ground." Then followed one of those delightful home scenes, when every one talked at once, and nobody understood what any bod3 else said, but all came out at tha end feeling that there was nothing so beautiful iu this life as love, after all. and that the3 had never half loved or appreciated each other before. After which papa and his new clerks came to terms in a most business-like waj and he departed to the store to send his striking book-keeper and clerks awaA, walking as if he were five-aml-twenty instead of five-ami-sixty 3-ears of age. When he was gone, the girls llew around like madcap's, donning their plainest street-suits and strongest shoes in place of their dainty morning gowns and kid slippers, while mamma offered assistance in a bewildered manner, feeling that her flock Avas about to take wings and fiy away, never to come back again. "What will 3011 do about j-our stories, dear?" she asked Ida, anxiousy, as she helped her into her jacket. "Let them grow for a time, while I live one out 1113-self," she answered, laughing gayh "And 3-0111' painting, dear child?" she said to May, t3-ing her heav3r vail over her ros3' cheeks to keep their freshness from the prying spring wind. "It will do it good to rest awhile, and I'll paint all the better after this new experience," replied the daughter, giving the kind old face, so full of in terest in her girls, a loving nat "I shall keep up my music, mamma dear," said Alice, merrily, "by singing for 3-011 and papa, evenings. It alwaj's rests me to sing, so don't worry about me." "I won't have an3 thing to give up, or keep up either," sighed Bee, strug gling into her gray ulster. Yes, 3'ou will," responded Alice; you must keep up your bright spirits, m3 darling, so as to help ytmv follow ers on." And with a last kiss and a merry good-b3-e, the four girls, never more lovelj in their mother's e3-es as in their modest clothes, tlie3 started hopefully out to aid their father; hastened awiy to enter upon their new duties at the large and beautiful store of Ja3ne & Co., on one of the finest streets in the cit3" of M . The new order of things, of course, caused a great deal of comment at first, and perhaps half-a-dozen so called friends felt obliged to drop the Ja3'iie girls' acquaintance, but when these half-a-dozed nobodies saw hov their new departure had raised instead of lowered them in the estimation of all true people, the3 repented their hasty action mid ever after lived in a state of perpetual bowing and bending to ths afore-mentioned 3oung ladies, much to the amusement of the family; Mr. Banks veiy soon succeeded in in structing Miss Alice in the 1113-steries of book-keeping, so as to make her of great assistance in the office; while the other girls took such an interest in their part of the work that the alwaj'S interesting store was doulriy so now, and attracted customers from near and far. Papa Jaj-ne, having so maii3 reliable helpers, found he could leave the store for an afternoon now and then, and take mamma out to drive in the coun try, (Miming home at night refreshed and jo3-ful as a bo-, while he was the cny of all his business friends who were not fortunate enough to have four fine, sensible daughters. Mamma missed her girls from home, but occu pied her time in superintending won derful and appetizing ineals, to which the3 did full justice, healthful and reg ular work giving them "appetites like farmers," as Alice said. The summer passed rapidh, each girl having her vacation of a week in the countiy, and the strike was a thing of the past, when one evening papa Ja3-ne read, as the; sat around the lamp, in the pleasant librar;: " Well, my girls, our business is out of danger now, and I suppose 3-011 will be thinking of leaving, so I'll have to be looking up other clerks." "No indeed, papa," said Alice, warm ly; "we shouldn't know what to do now without regular work, and we mean to stay with 3-ou as long as you want us." "Good!" cried papa Jayne; "1 was terribl- afraid you would leave. But now, my dears, I shall take great pleas ure in pa3ring 3-ou regular wages for regular work, so from to-morrow your pay begins." Dear papa, we have been paid all along," cried all his daughters, "by seeing you so happy, and by knowing that we really are of some use in the world." And so the business was saved; and who can saj but what the girls were saved, too? ffaddic WiseAttdress, in Chicago Standard. A lady of this city presented hei parlor girl with a carpet sweeper or Christmas, and the girl swept into 1 new place the next day, taking the gift with her. This was kicking up a dust in. the wrong direction. Auto ? MdU up again we win mi tneir places to the j der showed up yesterday for best of our abilities." And Alico Uime in a couple of weeks. sioppeu, wun - :uwe cnoKe in her "Vhell. Sersrennt. T A NEW RACKET. Mr. Duader Ceadwlea That It Is lite Dmty to Protect HiMself. "Been swindled again, I suppose?" observed Sergeant Bendall as Mr. Dun- the first pelief I vhas d&- conrred. I pays taxes in two wards uud vhas headquarters for campaigu clubs, but somepody beats me all tier time. "What is it this time?" "Yesterday two mans come in my place. Vhas I Carl Dunder? I vhas. All right. Der shmallest man says he vhas my frendt. mid he like to put me on der latest racket. I shtep oudt in der pack yard mit him, und he whis pers: "Air. Dumicr, if some stranger comes here und saws he vhas houe-roof inspector und dot vou must shovel der shnow off your roof or pay some fines, doan' 3-011 pelief him. Dere vhas no sooch official, und dot shnow vhas all right. I vhas j-our frendt, und I doan' like to see 3011 shwindled." "I sec" "Vhell, we go in, und I treat him two times, but he doan' be gone half an hour peforc I miss a box of cigars." "Which the other man took, of course." "I pelief so, too. Doan' I haf some protection py dis bolice force?" "You must first protect 3-ourself. It won't be three (burs before some one else will come some game on you." "Won't it! Sergeant, lookat me! I vhas going home. Pooty soon some feller conies iu und asks if I vhas Carl Dunder. I vhas. He likes to try my telephone or read der gas meter, or I should clean off dot sidewalk. !" "What does that mean?" "Eef 1 ring twice dot means he vhas run oofer b3 some ice wagon und can't lif but half an hour! Eef I ring only once, und laugh ha! ha! in der tele phone, dot means he has been deadt ten minutes, und I like some doctors to examine me und find dot emotional in sanity! I vhas a shanged man! It vhas nn- duty to protect herself! Gooddaj-!" Detroit Free Press. A COLD COUNTRY. Hitherto Unpublished Geographical In formation Concerning Iceland. Iceland was discovered in the eighth century b3 a Norwegian ice dealer, who, one particularly mild winter when his usual supplies failed, was searching for that necessaiy commodity. He found this island jut flowing with ice, so he called it Iceland, and a nice land it has been ever since for men in that business. Iceland is well situated for a summer residence, being on the Northern At lantic, on the confines of the Artie Ocean. Nearty- all the icebergs on their way from Greenland's iiy mountains to India's coral strand stop at Iceland to wood and water. The inhabitants, who are of Scandi navian origin, arc veiy honest. An ice-house can be left unlocked on the darkest night without a lump being raided. The island is warmed In' several vol canoes, that are kept fired up night and da3' read3 to respond to an alarm. If the3" miss an eruption the people are liable to break out with the scurvy, which is the same thing. Scurvy is the national air of Iceland. When they don't sing that thc3' 'roar-a borcalis, which is also a northern production. Though Icelanders are temperate people the3 are fond of putting in a glass occasionalh', which accounts for the number of glaciers among them. The island is noted for its hot springs, called giyscrs. Nearly every resident cultivates a geyser in his garden, so if the fall and winter prove cold he is sure of a hot spring. Iceland has two lofty mountains Hecla and Jokel. The latter is 6.000 feet above the level of the sea, which is no mean height, Jokul 3-011 are a mind to about it. Travel is principally performed on a sledge drawn b3' rein deers. If 3-011 are familiar with old sledge 3-ou can go anj-where in Iceland. Yon see reindeers and prctt3 girls eveiywherc. The verv skv seems to rain dears. Texas Siflings. She Came from Boston. She was a Boston girl and was re ceiving with a friend in Wa-diington. "Ah, MissX," said an aesthetic Lieu tenant, who had just been presented, you are from Boston, I believe." "Yes, that is 1113- home." "Delightful place, Boston. So in tellectual. So classic, I maj- s.13-. Such elegant people. Such an air of refine ment, permeating every environment. Nothing loud; nothing coarse; nothing vulgar. Delightful! delightful!" "You bet your life it is," she replied, innocent-; "but as far as I've got, I think Washington takes the cake." When the3" got the Lieutenant out of the "wreck he started for home to make out an application for a pension. Washington Critic. m Barefooted in Midwinter. Oh, yes, they say he's very rich now. Still, I knew the time when he used to walk around -barefooted in midwin ter." "In his early boyhood, maybe?' "Oh, no. Since he's married." "Impossible, Mrs. Bascomb. Why, when?" "At nights, when the baby had the colic" Puiladelphia Call. o Condensed milk is made principal ly in Switzerland. There are 1,100, 500 head of cattle in the Republic, rather more than one-half of which are :ows. These yield 223.000,000 gallons f milk per annum, which is worth, oa !Stimate,t27,000,(W0. Chicago MaiL 'HOME, FAHM AND GRAOEN. If yon can give your"animls. a occasional change in their food yotr will find that they will eat with mom relish, and what they get will do then more good than if confined to a regu lar diet. Your horse is very much like: yourself in this particular. Indianapo lis Journal. Let no one who has a garden hesi tate to plant an abundance of fruit, at least for their own use, not overlook--ing the easih grown and ven produc tive small fruits besides cherries, plums, and others. If the matter lie taken hold of judiciously all may feel assured, of fair rewards for the outlay made. San Francisco Chronicle A turkey stuffed with mushrooms was one of the "features" of a recent dinner party in town, and at the same feast the ice-cream came in the form of boxes, the covers of which, lifted off, disclosed ciystallized fruits within. The dinner was given by a representativo of the class that "never does any thing by halves." X. V. Mail. This fig pudding is liked by many persons: Six ounces of suet minced as fine as tlour, six ounces brown sugar, three-quarters of a pound of grated bread, half a pound of minced figs, one teacupful of milk and some grated nut meg. Mix all well together; add one egg well beaten, and boil in a mold for four hours. Serve with a sweet sauce. The Caterer. The bones go from the table to the dog, which, as a matter of course, as it is" characteristic of dog kind, after finishing his repast, leaves them in the grass or anj'where he happens to be. A nuisance," 3-011 saj. Sure enough,, but we can turn them to good account, if no other waj- is open, ly digging a trench at the base of the grape-vines, and buiying the bones in it, where thc will help fertilize and increase the growth of the vines. Tiy it. Detroit Tribune. Indigestion is best known ly the moping about of the birds, and on ex amination the breath is found to be offensive. It is simpl3 the result ol feeding on too rich food, and, if neg lected, develops into some more serious diseae. As soon as discovered the birds should be put on the very plainest diet, both plain and reduced in quau-titj-. With this some powdered char coal should be mixed, or rhubarb pills may be administered. sa3 one-third oi an ordinaiy-sized pill to each chick- Western Rural. To make a good but not expensive plum-pudding chop half a pound oi raisins, half a pound of sultanas, two: ounces of candied peel and half a pound of apples; mix with half a pound ol beef suet, one pound of bread-crumbs, a quarter of a pound of Hour, half a pound of sugar, a little spice and a pinch of salt: put sufficient new milk to. makc the mixture rather stiff: butter a basin, put in the pudding and boil for six hours. This quantity will make a lannj Tiudding. The Household. FARM REFORMS. Advantage to lie Derived from Planning: the Year's Work in Vi inter. We ought to learn to farm better every 3'ear. What we learn from our own experience, and what we can learn from the experience of others, if. we care to take the trouble, should enable us to improve in some respects There is, of course, something in being willing to learn. If in spite of our own experience we still insist upon following the old plan, when we know from experience that a change can be made with profit, look over the work done during the past 3'ear, see what the results were, and then plan the work for another year wiih this knowl edge before us. If 3-011 have kept ac counts of the different farm crops, you know what have realized a profit and what have proved failures, and from this 3-011 can plan out next year's work to a better advantage. If no accounts.-, have been kept, make up 3-our mind to begin at once. You can not tell, with airy accurac3 how much profit has been derived, and from what soupce obtaincd, unless 3-011 keep accounts, and 3'ou reall3- can not afford to farm without knowing exactby what 3-011 are clearing in a business way. It will take less time than 3-ou imagine. An3 plan that will show how much it costs to. raise a crop and what it brings, will do. Plan out as nearly as possible the 3-car's work. If 3011 have never plat ted out the farm, take time to do it in winter. Divide into convenient fields and number, and in starting 3-our ac counts give each a page, and if 3-011 de cide what crops you will plant in each field or plot, make a memorandum off it. Considerable time can be saved in. the spring b3 knowing just what 3-011 expect to do, and what plan 3'ou ex pect to follow to carry it out. The largest part of the hard work, can be done now, so that when spring opens no time will be lost in tiying to decide what you will do and what yom. consider to be the best plan. If you have carefully tried one plan, that has not been as profitable as it. should, and you have used all reason able pains to secure a profit, try some thing different. There is no policv in following the same plan year after- year, when you fail to derive the profit you should, just because it is the way yon have always been accustomed to following. It is far more sensible to own that we are wrong, and make a. change, than to follow out our mis takes when experience has shown that it is not best. It require good management to e cure the mdst profit from the farm, and' we may very often spend time in study ing and planning ahead, and this time can be best spared during the winter. T. J. Shepherd, in Western Ptownum. , li - . -l -? Ll-S'fl ;m li?1 -iF sl 4 vi rjy Iagf--' s mtz V ,TkJ r Mik&Mflt".