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BY MARY CECIL HAY
CHAPTER Vl.—(Continued.) |
"Then you will doubtless have this
window blocked at once, and, as this
door locks —you told me that no other did
-—you will decide, I feel sure, to leave the
key here, and lock and seal the door until
Mr. Doyle’s arrival. Is that what you |
intend?” inquired Mark, coolly, as young
Corr, muttering angrily, shuffled across
the hall to the front door.
"As you like,” returned Nuel, icily.
"What was Corr doing?”
"Oh, worshiping, of course,” answered
Mark, with the keenest irony, “on his
knees before the shrine. You seemed to
know it all by instinct—or by previous
knowledge of your man—else I would
have told you in his presence, lie has a
spiritual countenance, has he not?”
“He is a man,” remarked Dr. Arm
strong, pointedly, "whose retaliation
would know no limits of law or piety, if
you injured him without cause.”
“Yes, he looks a vindictive vagabond,”
rejoined Mark, coolly. "Now, shall we
h< j> Preen? And then you will seal this
door, with my assistance. I had hoped
to be half way to Fintona by this time.”
Dr. Armstrong did his part carefully,
feeling how keen were the eyes that
watched him, and how dexterous the
hands which helped. And then Mark
Povnz walked away from the old house,
•lowly and thoughtfully, in the whiten
ing dawn.
CHAPTER VII. *
Thr Inquest was over; the anticipated
verdict of "accidental death” had been
returned; and for the tirst time wirhir
fiv und-thirty years, the old brick gravv
of the St. Georges was opened; while, it.
true Irish fashion, the people crowded
into the Kilver churchyard to see the hus
band-called off so suddenly in his grim
old age—laid beside the young wife who
had begun to die upon her wedding day.
Tho inevitable ceremony was over, and
only compassion for the orphan girl had
prevented its being a very hollow and
indifferent one. But sympathy for her
while she stood beside her grandfather’s
grave had given warmth and feeling to
the dreary proceedings; and now all those
who, an hour before, had stood with her
at the open grave, had met in the chill
and gloomy sitting room at Traveere,
rather amused in their own minds, most
of them, to think what a farce it was to
wait for a will where there was only
penury to inherit.
Celia Pennington sat beside Nora on
the hearth, where the cats and dogs lay
just us of old, and Dr. Armstrong stood
beside her, with one hand on the back of
her chair. She wore an old-fashioned
black calico dress, which she had kept iu
her box for years, because she had
thought it so very ugly. Put whnt other
mourning was in her power, when she
had not even one shilling in the world?
Celia was dressed prettily, as usual, in a
thin, pure-colored dress, which stood her
instead of mourning, and which she had
decorated funereally with jaunty bows
of black ribbon.
At the table near Aora sat Will Foster,
employing the interval of leisure in
studying a “Bradshaw” which was open
before him. He had arrived from Eng
land only on the previous night, having
been obliged to escort his sister home
on the day after Col. St. George’s death,
but determined to return for the funeral.
Srill, it was not for his own return that
he was studying the times of trains and
steamers now, for he knew he had to
leave by the mail that night, and travel
without pause, to reach Heaton in time
for hia Sunday morning service. Oppo
site the girls, also at the table, sat the
old lawyer and Mr. Pennington, each in
his grave and somber black; and further
oil, Mark Poynz, half sitting and half
leaning against tho high, narrow window
seat, seemed to have little to do with
either what was occurring or what would
eventually occur. At tirst, when he had
come from the churchyard to Traveere,
Dr. Armstrong had suavely inquired if
he had any business to transact there,
patting the question so adroitly that he
felt Mr. Poynz would be forced into
equivocating in his confusion, and leaving
the premises at once. But Mr. Poynz
had done nothing of tbe kind.
“I have attended Col. St. George’s
funeral as a family connection,” he said,
“and by that right 1 wait until Doyle
considers all business matters over, and
Is ready to leave the house himself; for
1 intend to drive him back to Fintona.”
“Would not a servant do as well?’ ’in
quired Dr. Armstrong, superciliously.
“Possibly,” replid Mark, with the ut*
most composure; "but neither you nor I,
Dr. Armstrong, have our own servants —
here in Mis* St. George’s httse.”
Si the argument bail ended, and Nuel
Armstrong was conscious of looking a
little battled, though be schooled his face
determinedly.
“1 have for a long time,” observed 'he
attorney, in a clear, business-like tone,
"had in my possession the will of the
late Col. St. George, with a letter of
trust. As all the property of which he
tried possessed must he contained in the
iron chest which was in his own cham
ber, 1 propose, gentlemen, that we ad
journ there first, that we may avoid dis
appointment and mortification, if possi
ble.”
It was soou over, the digging out of the
chest, the search in it and the weak tar
rying hope—all soon over. The safe was
found empty, save for a few musty pa
pers of no value; yet it was patent to
the slowest capacity there that the lock
had never been tampered with, nor the
•cal broken.
Ami now Nora had to hear her grand
father's will, and to know the while that
it was a hollow mockery, and that all he
could bequeath to her was the old ruined
house and the useless animals. But this
was no new pain for Nora.
“I always knew how poor I uws,” she
said, smiling at the vicar’s sympathy;
"didn't you?”
“A perfectly correct and legal farce,”
observed Mr. Doyle, as he refolded the
paper. “The only sensible thing the old
tran ha< done, Mi*> Nora, is to leave me
so;*- guardian and executor. Don't you
"Thank you.” said Nora, simply; "but
it will be a thankless task for you, Mr.
Doyle.”
Do yen think.” asked Nuel Armstrong,
lift ng his eyes for the first time from
Nora’s face, where they had fixed them
selves with surprise, "that the letter you
hold may contain an inclosure, which
w- uld throw any light upon this matter,
Doyle r
"Not the slightest. And 1 have read
the letter already.” replied the attorney.
"St. George gave it to me to open, and
w shed me to read it. This will renders
tbe letter void; but the letter can throw
n< light upon this irritating will.”
"1* it possible.” inquired Mr. Foster,
"that that iron chest has secret recepta
cles. a false back, or anything of that
kind?”
"1 thought of that," returned the law
yer. "as I examined it; but you will
find that the most careful measurement
will not disclose a secret recess. No,
there is no doubt at all permitted ns,
though the house shall be well searched.
The oniy ray of light at all in this gloom,
M:ss St. George, is you? own previous as
surance of —your present condition.”
"Yes,” said Nora, quietly, "of course, 1
knew how very poor 1 was. I hare known
it all my life, but I never thought of it
till a few days ago, when grandpa told
me bow I was to earn my own liveli
bood.”
“Oh, he told you that?” questioned the
lawyer, briskly. “That betrays a great
From
Darkness
To Light
deal. But I would scarcely have believed
even that forethought him.'
"And he nearly consented,” iyv in Will
Foster, eagerly, “that she should accept
a proposal of my mother’s and go to Eng
land to study with my younger sister.
What do you think of that, sir?”
Quietly, sranding with his hands be
hind him and his head l<eot forward, the
Iri-h lawyer listened to th" unfolding of
Mr. Foster's proposition, and nodded his
approval more than once.
"It is the very beau ideal of a plan,”
he said, heartily. "Then, if you can man
age this year of study, Miss Nora, you
will be all right, and the world will be
your oyster, which you, with knowledge,
will open—eh?”
“If I can really afford that year's
study,” said Nora, in her grave, straight
forward way, "I shall not fear. I will
work so hard that when the year is
over ”
"Well, when the year is over?” inter
rogated Mr. Pennington, with a smile.
"You will see,” she answered, and she
even smiled, too.
"It is only talk, Nora.” whispered Dr.
Armstrong, under his breath. "You will
have no need to work. Y’ou forget,
Doyle,” he added presently, aloud, “that
this time of preparation and study in
England —as marked out by Mr. Foster,
and, as he avers, his mother—Miss St.
George must be possessed of funds, and
you have just informed her that she is
without this neecssary adjunct.”
“Then what do you propose?”
It was Mark who put the question, for
Mr. Doyle seemed in no haste to reply,
and the other gentlemen only gazed blank
ly at the speaker.
"I propose,” rejoined Nuel, "the only
course which I see open to my young
relative—that is, to accept the home to
which I am waiting to conduct her. 1
am a kinsman, and I have sufficient
means to provide a home for her. I was
her grandfather’s trusted friend, and
have been her guardian and adviser all
her life. What more natural than that
she should come to me now?”
"As for that,” said the vicar, medita
tively, “she would he very welcome, if she
came to us; but we are thinking of the
future, and Xo? that Mr. Foster’s project
holds out much greater advantages.”
"Yes,” said Nora, smiling at Celia;
"kind as your thought is, Mr. Penning
ton, I know I could not work half stead
ily enough if I lived with Celia. It will
be hard, of course, in any case, after my
idle life, but it would be hardest of all at
the vicarage.”
"My offer is best, is it not, Nora?”
queried Dr. Armstrong, Hushing a little in
his eagerness.
“Yours is very kind, too,” she answer
ed, while Will waited breathlessly for
this reply; "but I should not think of that
for one moment. Need I say again tow
determined I am to work, and not be
idle?”
“Then if,” put in Mr. Pennington, “we
could dispose of Traveere ”
A wistful smle curled Nora’s lips.
"Who would ever buy Traveere?” she
asked.
"Now, too,” added Celia, ‘.‘when the
half of it is only a heap of rubbish.”
"It is not of very much value,” inter
posed the attorney, speaking as if deep
in mental calculations; "but in the event
of all the animads guiug with it, Nora, I
know a purchaser.”
"The animals!” said Nora, wondering.
“People have often said no one but grand
pa would have kept Borak or Snow. And
there are only the pigs. Kitty has killed
the last of the poultry now; and the dogs
are all so old and lazy, and,” as her eye
fell on the hearth, "the cats ”
"There is not a very great marketable
value, so to speak, in a cat,” observed
the lawyer, “but still, perhaps, my client
would include the cats in his purchase,
and be inclined to pay accordingly. Of
course I shall inquire about that; mean
while we will conclude that the purchase
money of Traveere supplies you with
funds for education and pocket money
at present. Miss Nora, and that the fu
ture will secure its profits? Now, gentle
men, I think that is all I need decide to
day, in my new capacity of guardi n and
trustee.”
“It is well to recollect you hold that
office,” interrupted Nuel Armstrong, sar
castically. “Even though nothing is in
trusted to you, you are, of course, still
trustee, and it is an important office.”
“I agree with you, sir,” returned Mr.
Doyle, affably. "Now, Miss Nora, I will
wish you good-by for the present. Pack
up your things as soon as you can.”
'How will Miss St. George travel to
England?” inquired Will, his fingers on
liis railway guide. "Unfortunately, 1 am
obliged to leave to-night; but 1 could
manage to come again for her.”
“Quite unnecessary,” interrupted Dr.
Armstrong, his low, smooth i nes unusu
ally hurried now. "I shall myself take
my cousin to England if I eventually al
low her to go. At present I do not see
that I am called upon to do so.’’
“Not being legal guardian to your cous
in—l did not before this minute know of
that near relationship,” said Mr. Doyle,
placidly—‘‘you have no need to worry
yourself in the matter, Dr. Armstrong.
You will, of course, travel with Miss
Nora if you like; at the same time, you
can also spare yourself if you like, for l
shall certainly myself accompany my
ward to England, to make all arrange
ments with the lady who has kindly prof
fered her co-operation.”
"Thank you,” said Will, heartily,
though his heart failed him a little as
he pictured how variable his mother's co
operation would be.
And then a few further matters were
discussed, and Mr. Poynz and the attor
ney prepared to leave. As Nora had
steadfastly refused to leave Traveere and
Kitty that day, Celia was determined to
stay with her; and Mr. Pennington drove
home to fetch his wife, as w<-') as a bas
ket of provisions from the vicarage larder,
which should supply the deficiencies at
Traveere, if they all stayed to cheer
Nora.
Mark thought they were still alt chat
tering with Mr. Doyle in the hall. when,
as he brought down his horses from the
yard, he saw Nora issue alone from the
back door, and go slowly out among the
gnarled old trees. Stopping his horses,
he stood and called her by her name; in
sneh a natural, easy way. that though
she had started at first, she turned and
came up to him running, with genuine
gladness in her eyes.
“Are you going at once, Mr. Poynz?”
she asked. "You hadn't said good-by to
me. had yon?”
“Not yet. Are you content with what
has been decided to-day?”
“Yes,” she answered him with simple
earnestness; "quite content and very
grateful to those who have put it into
my power to work.”
"You will like Mrs. Foster.”
"Yes; Will says so. But never his sis
ter —I mean. I was thinking just then
that it might be better for me to go to
some sort of grown-up school, if there
are such things in England.”
“But there arc r. t. Schools never
grow up in England.”
“Mr. Poynz.” said Nora, fixing her
eyes upon him with the frankest scru
tiny. "mustn't it be a curious person who
has bought Traveere?”
“I think not.” answered Mark, reflec
tively. "I believe there is valuable ore on
the land, and some shrewd client of Mr.
Doyle’s has found it ot.”
"I have foond it out,” s tid Nora, laugh
ing. “I suspected it befo e, but I wanted
to be sure. I know the shrewd client of
Mr. Doyle s, and I ” Hero she broke
off. and began to speak very earnestly.
"Oh, Mr. Poynz, how good it was of you!
The land is worth nothing; and of course
you know it. And the animals” —she
could not help the laugh coming back to
her eyes—"are as useless and helpless as
—as wc have all been at Traveere for
years and years.' Aud there is Kitty.
She says she is to live 011 here —and
Breen. Oh, Mr. Poynz, how good you are
to us all!”
“But I am not keeping you on at Tra
vel re.”
"No,” she said, with her beautiful,swift
smile, “you are doing still more for me.
I shall owe all my better life to you. I
shall work —oh, so hard! And you shall
see if I have wasted it all; though"—
with a retgretfnl sigh—"l have wasted so
much already, and I shall be so slow com
pared with what other girls would be.”
“Good-by,” he said them giving his
hand to Nora; "we may meet in Eng
land.”
“Only may?” she questioned, too anx
ious for his reply to notice*how closely
and how tenderly he held her hand to the
last moment.
“As I understand that vou are to be
buried in books foi the whole year, of
course no resurrection on behalf of an old
friend is to be hoped for; so good-by.
“Y'es, I shall be very, very busy,” as
sented Nora, with great gravity; “but
still I hope I shall see you sometimes,
even when I have not time to talk."
“And ask questions.”
“Oh, Mr. Poynz,” she said, with a total
change in her voice, and a great dumb
question already in her beautiful eyes,
“what shall I do in England if I may
not ask questions? If I met you, I know
I should have a hundred ready to ask,
weighing me down utterly, and you would
be so shocked, and so disappointed in
me.”
"Try me,” replied Mark, laughing; and
then he turned almost quickly from her
to bid good-by to Miss Pennington.
Only in the briefest manner had he re
sponded to the lawyer’s varied remarks
■when they reached Fintona, and Mr.
Doyle offered his hand at parting; then
lie said, without any preparation:
“You will see that Miss St. George has
money with her, for her own nameless
girlish fancies; because cats sell well,
you know.”
“Generally,” assented the attorney,
with a twinkle in his eye.
“And, if I were you, I would not let
that one tenant, young Corr, know just
yet that he has an English landlord. You
understand?”
“Perfectly.”
(To be continued.)
HOFMANN TO PIANO PLAYERS
The Famous Pianist's Advice to Those
Who Are Studying -Music.
“Do not practice longer than two
hours in succession; altogether not more
than six hours dally,” writes Josef Hof
mann iu The Ladles’ Home Journal iu
telling about “Playing the Piano Cor
rectly.” “Beware of overstudying
your pieces, and stop when you have
been fairly successful a few times with
the passages which you have been
studying. It is advisable to keep the
ears open, rather than the eyes, and al
ways to use the best possible instru
ment for practicing, ro that you may
know whether it is the fault of the in
strument or that of the fingers if you
miss a tone. In this way the ear will
be accustomed to euphony, and the
sense for beauty of sound will bo culti
vated. Quick passages should repeated
ly be played at a slower tempo, slow
ones at a quicker tempo—the latter be
cause a tendency to dragging is created
by the constant slow playing of a pas
sage. Do not waste too much time on
finger exercises. In the long run they
will impair the musical nature of the
student. You can employ your time
much better by selecting technically
difficult passages from good composi
tions and practicing them like etudes.
I bvould also advise the student to at
tend orchestral concerts as frequently
as possible, for these are of greater ben
efit than anything else. Follow no sys
tem in practicing. Do not play from 9
o’clock sharp until 12 every forenoon,
and so on through several years, but
play different pieces at different hours
and on different days. Never practice
until fatigued.”
Critical Y'enr of Married*Life.
‘Some folks have a way of declaring
that the first year of their married life
is the most trying,” writes Edward Bok
in the Ladies’ Home Journal. “But
where one gets a close knowledge of
several families the conviction Is
brought home that tho trying period
lies beyond the first year. I should fix it
rather at the third year, when the pret
ty trousseau Is showing wear and
needs replenishing: when the wedding
presents have lost their lustre, and this
thing has worn out and that thing has
to be replaced; when a little family is
growing up and doctor’s bills are in
troduced into' the family reckoning.
That Is the trying period when inter
ests are apt to become very close. Like
wise calculations. Then it is that the
saving of the comparatively care-free
and less expensive first year of married
life comes In handy, or is sadly missed
if the income was then lived up to in
unnecessary buying and foolish enter
taining. A great deal of happiness in
this world is wrecked by debt, and gen
erally the debt could have been avoid
ed if a little more care and common
sense had been exercised.”
Mr. Whistler and the Misfit Hat.
‘The most picturesque figure in
American art to-day is James Abbott
McNeil Whistler,” writes Lillian
Baynes Griffin in the Ladies’ Home
Journal. “He lives in England, and no
end of stories concerning his eccen
tricities circulate there.
“While he was trying on a hat in a
London shop one day a customer rush
ed iu aud mistaking him for a clerk,
exclaimed: ‘I say, this at does not
fit/
“The artist eyed him for a minute,
and then replied scornfully: ‘Neither
does your coat, and I'll be hi need if I
like the color of your trousers/ ”
Don’t Drink During Meals.
Be careful to limit the . mount of
water and fluids which yon take during
meals, since large quantities of these,
especially ice water, hinder digestion.
Not more than one glass of water
should be taken during each meal. In
order to quench the thirst which is apt
to clamor for water at meals, an emi
nent authority suggests taking a glas.s
of hot water fifteen or thirty minutes
be<ore meals. This acts especially well
in the morning, as it cleanses the stom
ach. —Ladies' Home Journal.
Farm Animats in America.
For every man, woman and child in
this country there is an average of two
farm animals. There are about 40,000.-
000 each of sheep and swine, about 45.-
000.000 cows and other cattle, and
about 10,000.000 horses and mules.
A Washington Church.
At the communion services in one of
the Presbyterian churches in Washing
ton one Sunday recently the bread and
wine were passed by two admirals, a
general, two Supreme Court justices
and a former Secretary of State.
It's often better to be the sole owner
of a small dog than a stockholder in a
large one.
Abuse of tbe Check Hein.
The accompanying illustrations are
taken from leaflet issued by {he Hu
mane Education Committee at Provi
dence, It. I. This
committee is call
ing attention to
A some of the ways
\ iii which our do
h mestic animals are
abused. A good
toktuke. deal of this abuse
is thoughtless—that
is, the owner or driver does not desire
to torture the animal. He either does
not knew any better, or else does what
others about him have been doing for
years. There are many ways in which
the tight, overdrawn cheek-rein annoys
or injures tho horse. The picture show
ing the wrong way of “checking” well
illustrates the trouble. In fact, the pic
tures are a whole story in themselves.
The leaflet mentioned makes a strong
argument against the tight check, quot
ing some of the most noted breeders,
drivers and horsemen against it. Here
are two samples—the first from Win.
Pritchard, president of the Royal Vet
erinary College, London:
The continued pressure of the hit of
the bearing-rein (check-reini deadens
the surrounding portion of the mouth
with which it is iu
contact, thus pro- Jk.
dueing a partially in- vs.
sensible condition of
It—a condition most
ill-suited to receive
a sudden impression,
as a check from the COMFO * f
driver, in the event
of the horse /stumbling from any cause;
I would, therefore, say that, instead of
preventing horses from falling, the
bearing-rein is calculated to render
falling more frequent. Other not un
common results of the use of this in
strument of torture are distortion of
the windpipe to such a degree as to
impede the respiration ever afterward,
excoriation of the mouth and lips,
paralysis of the muscles of the face,
etc. Another writer says: “Tying one
part of an animal’s body to another
does not necessarily keep him on his
feet. It is the pull from the arm of the
driver that makes the horse regain him
self when he stumbles. One might as
well say that tying a man’s head back
to a belt at his waist would prevent
him from falling if he stumbled in a
race.”
To Kill Insects.
It may not be generally known that
skim milk or buttermilk readily mixes
with kerosene, forming an emulsion
which destroys insects without danger
or injury to animals or plants on which
they might be that might result om
the use of pure oil and water, says the
American Cultivator. We first learned
of this from using this mixture for the
scale insect, or mite, which causes
scaly legs on fowls. We found that one
or two dippings or 'washings with it
would cure the worst case of scaly leg
and leave the skin as smooth as when
first hatched. We never had occasion
to try it for lousy animals, for we nev
er-had one, but we do not hesitate to
recommend it. and we have lately seen
its use advised for ticks on sheep,
using a gill of kerosene to one gallon
of milk. We did not make our mixture
so strong of kerosene as that, but per
haps the larger tick may need a strong
er application than an insect so small
as to be scarcely visible to the naked
eye.
About Selling Apples.
If apples are sold to commission men
or fruit dealers it is best to consult
them as to the time and manner of
picking, grading and packing, says
Farmers’ Tribune. They are familiar
with the wants of the trade and know
best how to meet its demands. A large
crop of good winter apples can some
times be disposed of to the best advan
tage by selling iu the orchard for a
lump sum. This obviates the work and
worry of marketing, aud holding such
a perishable crop for higher prices is
risky business. It is not apt to pay
unless one is a good judge of the mar
ket and the fruit is well stored. Where
the apples are sold on the trees one
should be able to correctly estimate the
quantity of apples on a tree aud know
the highest price which they will com
mand on the market. But however the
crop is sold, it is well for the orebard
ist to have the picking under his con
trol. as trees are often injured, limbs
broken, etc.
Testing Sec:!.
The result of tests made by compe
tent men with samples of seeds sent
to the Buffalo Exposition proves two
things; First, the necessity for care on
the part of farmers in buying seeds
only from reputable seedsmen, and,
second, the desirability of testing all
seeds during the winter, that the loss
of both seed and crop may be avoided.
In the tests referred to the percentage
of good seed was very low iu the ma
jority of cases. With some samples
the good seed was found to be only
al>out 20 per cent of the whole. In one
test of orchard grass sold at $3 per
hundred pounds, the good seed was
only 16.5 per cent of the whole, mak
ing the real cost of 'ho good seed
$38.40 per hundred porn ds. It is true
the original price of $3 per hundred
pounds is low, hut the result ought to
have been better even then.
Ration* for .Milch Cows.
It is generally understood that the
average cow ought to have between
two and three pounds of digestible
protein daily as a part of the ration.
One often finds one or more cows In a
herd that will do well on a ration con
taining less than two pounds of pro
tein. aud on the other hand some of the
herd need considerable more protein.
Wheat bran of good quality is gener
ally conceded to be an ideal product
to feed with corn aud other grains, al
though we may obtain mm | more pro
tein and considerable mineral matter
from feeding cotton seed meal, but
this may not be fed in large quanti
ties. Gluten meal supplies protein iu
other sections, while in still other sec
tions dependence for protein is placed
almost wholly on cowpea hay and al
falfa. with small feeds of cotton-seed
meal, the hay of the cowpeas and al
falfa being ground. The essential
thing is to obtain the best quality of
protein for one’s herd at the smallest
possible expense.—Exchange.
Two Fond red Eee Hen*.
How can be produced hens that will
; ay 200 eggs per annum? By scientific
ireedlng. as for a good butter cow or a
;ow milker, or for a good trotter or
high jumping horse. Experiments have
been made to increase the number of
rows of corn on the cob with success.
The same method is applicable to poul
try breeding. We will start with a hen
that lays 120 eggs. Some of her chicks
will lay 130 per year. From these we
will pick out layers and so on until 200
or better are the result. At the same
time it is just as essential to breed out
of males from prolific layers, as it is the
females: in fact, it is more so. If we
look after the breeding of the females
only we will introduce on the male side
blood which is lackiug in proficiency,
and thus check every attempt iu prog
ress. It is just as essential that the
male should be from the hen which lays
175 eggs and from a male that was bred
from a hen that laid 150 eggs, as it is
that the hen should be from one that
laid 175 eggs aud whose mother laid
150 eggs.—Poultry Herald.
S'usrar Beet Culture.
We Have not been an advocate of
sugar-beet growing because we have
believed that a good farmer enn grow
oitier crops on good land with less la
bor that will bring more money, but
we have not tried to injure the busi
ness, as a German paper would do
when it says. “Plow in the spring, re
gardless of mud and water. Stop every
drain that may be carrying the water
away from the beet fields. Fall plow
ing is to retain the moisture. Spring
plowing must aim tc secure every bit
of moisture for the beet field.” Ve
have grown some sugar beets, not for
the factory, but for stock feeding, and
we would say to any one growing for
1 either purpose do not-plow* or sow the
seed until the ground Is dry and firm.
To plow “regardless of mud and water”
will insure a small crop of beets that
are scarcely worth feediug to the cow
or pigs. Fall plowing should be done
to relieve the laud of moisture and not
to retain it, and thus it should be, when
it is possible, up and down the side
hills instead of around them, that the
water may be drained off by the bot
tom of the furrow, below the earth that
is turned over. As we never visited
Germany we will not say the advice is
not good there, but we know of no part
of the United States where we think it
would be good. But we will give a
little bit of what we thluk is better
advice. If you grow sugar beets do
not sell them at $4 or $5 a ton, when
you have cattle or hogs to feed them to,
unless you can get back all the pomace
made from them.—New England Home
stead.
Influenza in Horses.
Stimulants and tonics should he
given from the start In cases of infill
cuza. Give one dram dose of acetani
lid and one ounce of alcohol In water
every three, four or six flours, accord
ing to height of fever, aud when fever
drops to 102 degrees or less give a dram
of quinine three times daily dissolved
in two drams of tincture of iron, then
mixed with a pint of thin oatmeal
gruel. In the feed mix from the start
from twenty to thirty grains of mix
vomica Irrespective o’ the other medi
cines and Increase the dose gradually
if the animal is weak and staggers. Af
fected animals should be kept in com
fortable stalls or box stalls where they
can have good care and feeding.
■ , V
Kertilizinc House Plants.
The following formula is one of the
best for house plants, and the
ingredients may be obtained at any
drug store at small expense: Sodium
nitrate, three-fourths of a pound; dry
sodium phosphate, one-quarter of a
pound; sodium sulphate, one-lmlf of a
pound. Pulverize and mix thoroughly,
packing away in a cove.red jar. When
wanted for use dissolve at .the rate of
one tablesoonful of the mixture to a
gallon of hot water, and when cool ap
ply at the rate of a half cupful to the
soil iu a s'x-inch pot, once In two
weeks. This fertilizer will improve
the growth of ail plauts except calla
lilies and others of a similar class,
which do much better when stable ma
nure is freely used.
For Late Monltins; Hcn.
It often happens that if the fowls are
not properly fed during the moulting
season they are a good while getting
their new coat of feathers and seem to
be long in recovering afterward and
getting down to laying. When this is
the ease some of the best-known •au
dition powders are good to use as a
tonic. If one objects for any reason
to using condition powders, then give
plenty of whole wheat at the night
feeding and add fresh linseed meal at
the rate of half a pint to each fifty
lions, to the morning mash. A handful
of animal meal may also ,be added to
advantage.
Danner in Feedinc Swill.
Swine that are fed on 1 iel swill and
kitchen slops often become victims of
a sickness showing much the same
symptoms as those of hog cholera. The
animals suffer from diarrhea and par
tial paralysis, and nearly all of those
attacked die. The trouble is caused by
the presence of a quantity of alkaline
soaps in such swill, which poisons the
swine. It is never safe to feed hotel
swill, and It is safe to feed kitchen
slops only when we know that no quan
tity of soap has become mixed with it.
—Farm Journal.
The General Purpose Cow.
The fanner who keeps a few cows
generally desires to obtain the largest
possible quantity of milk and yet have
animals that will make good and prof
itable beef when they are desired for
that purpose. This kind of a cow
should be of good form, but she should
be large and of Abe shape most accu
rately described by the word “roomy.”
She should be a good milker in every
sense of the word, of docile disposition,
capable of bearing a large calf, and
yet easily fattened when dry.
Fall Plautine.
When the ground is reasonably moist
it is safe to plant some things in tlie
fall in pretty high altitudes, such as
the blackberry, raspberry, grape, cur
rant, gooseberry, shrubbery and small
fruit trees, which can all have their
tops bent over and covered by a hill of
earth after being planted. The top can
also be covered to prevent evaporation.
If the planting of these, however, is to
lie done in a very exposed siination, it
is usually best to defer it until spring.
—lowa Homestead.
Improvement in Hoip.
The hog has been improved in the
last twenty years to sv h an extent
that he is able to matu e earlier and
produce a larger amount of grain and
growth from the same quantity of food.
The improved pig shows the great feed
ing capabilities and earlier maturing
qualities that have been bred into him.
No time is UxL Figs can be marketed
as quieklv •* a crop t f grain.—Kansas
Farmer.
Tree Protectors.
Tree guards and / other protectors are
now in order. A strip of wire fly
screening is about the best thing we
know of. and it will remain on the trees
for several years.—Exchange.
WHEAT KEPOHT GOOD
3ULLETI NS CFCROP CONDITIONS
MOST ENCOURAGING
The Weather Throughout the Lead*
Ins Grain-Grovvinc t-tates Luring
the Month of Nov.-mber Wa* Fa
vorable for Farm Work.
Following is the monthly official crop
report. The month as a whole'was Gry,
with temperatures averaging above the
normal west of the Mississippi river,
while to the eastward of the Mississippi
it was colder than usual.
The whole winter wheat area has suf
fered to a greater or le stent from in
sufficient moisture during November.
Winter wheat is. however, reported in
promising condition in Kansas, western
Missouri, and generally in Illinois, la
centra! and eastern Missouri and general
ly throughout the Ohio valley and mid-
Atlantic States the conditions of the crop
are not promising, although it was some
what improved by rains in the latter part
of the month. In the upper Ohio valley
and Michigan much seeding was purpose
ly -delayed to avoid toe Hessian !j. In
the Pacific coast States the ouJuok lot
fall sown grain is promising, espeei thy
in California.
The following statements, rda'ieg
mainly to winter wheat, have been for
warded by State section directors of the
climate and crop service of the weather
bureau in the principal Western winter
wheat States: t
Missouri —Mouth exceptionally pleasant;
precipitation deficient; in extreme western
counties wheat is in fine condition and con
siderable being pastured, elsewhere growth
has generally been slow, owing to drought;
in few counties stands poor; slight damage
by fly in some localities.
Illinois —November has been rather dry
and wheat and rye have suffered somewhat;
wheat generally promising, but least so in
northern district, and eaters winter in fairly
good condition; pastures and meadows are
less promising, owing to the heat of sum
mer and subsequent ury weather.
Indiana -Much Wheat was sown late to'
avoid damage by Insects: it has made slow*
growth on account of con.lnuod dry wvatlur;
stand in most sections fairly good, but. as a
whole, plan! has not stooled or rooted well
and needs rain badly.
Ohio—Dry weather lias injured wheat ex
cept in the north--as.cm portion; in the
south there was insufficient moisture for
proper germination of the seed; in central
and western counties the plants have grown
little; fly is reported in a few southern coun
ties.
Michigan—November too dry for best
growth and winter wheat is small but
healthy and well colored: acreage smaller
than lust year and mostly seeded later than
ever before to ovoid llc-sian fly; early seed
ing has some ily in it, but later seeding
seems to be affected little.
Kansas—November warm and generally
dry. flue for farm work; wheat generally In
fine condition, much being pastured; sowing
not finished in extreme west; some plowing;
some alfalfa cutting for hay. '
SHERWELL HELD WITHOUT BAIL.
Orig’nal Counsel Apprars In Behalf of
the Prisoner.
Patrolman Wilbur ?•. Sherwell, charged
with the murders of Lena Kenner and
Georgia Hailey at Evansville, Ind., had
Sh i s preliminary
trial before Justice
was bound over to
the Circuit Court
witl out bail. At the
last minute Sher
welFs old counsel.
Funk house r &
plained" that they
did this because of
v the two mysterious
tx y telegrams that had
( )?on spnt relatives
\\. s. sm r.v r.i.L. gfjevwell in Ohio
for the apparent motive of keeping aid
from the prisoner. The State only in
troduced a few of tlio important wit
nesses. The defense offered no evidence.
Sherwell seemed to regard the whole
proceeding as a joke.
LOCKJAW PANIC IN CAMDEN.
Parents in Great Alar n Became of
Several Mysterious Deaths.
The epidemic of tetanus which has
seized upon tin* children of Camden, N’.
•T.. and has already cost nine lives is
causing a panic of terror and apprehen
sion. The cause of the visitation is not
known, but it is believed to be due to
the wholes*!'. which lias been
performed within the p„st three months
as a preventive of smallpox. The Hoard
of Health has beet, appealed to and an
order issued forbidding physicians to vac
cinate any more children until a thor
ough investigation into the cause of the
recent deaths lias been made. Also the
lymph that has been used will be sub
jected to bacteriological tests.
Not fewer than .1,000 children have
been vaccinated in Camden in the last
three months and there q,re 3,000 more
still awaiting the needle. They may be
directed by the Board of Education to be
vaccinated, it is thought, but in this
event an association of parents now or
ganizing will attempt injunction proceed
ings. Should the enforcement of the law
be decided on, hundreds of pupils will be
withdrawn from school.
It is considered worthy of note that
the children who have died of the strange
disease were apparently strong and
healthy when inoculated with the virus.
This causes many to believe that their
demise was directly due to vaccination.
By some physieiftus it is said that the
■opposed epidemic of tetani is in je
ality meningitis, but this idea is not g-rti
fcrally entertained.
RECEIPTS FROM WAR REVENUE.
Total of $343,833,034 Collected from
All sources.
A statement prepared in the internal
revenue bureau shows the total receipts
from the war revenue act only
from June 13. 1893, to June 30,
31K)1; also the four months of the
act of March 2, 1001, from July 1 to
Oct. 31. 1901. The total receipts from
these acts alone amounted to $343,838,-
034. as follows, cents omitted:
Documentary stamps, $115,352,390;
proprietary stamps, $14,279,855; beer,
slll ~700,058: sp eial taxes. $18,829,559;
tobacco. $32,087.273: snuff, $2,971,198;
cigars, $9.480,54."; cigarettes, $3,907,014;
legacies. $11,102,802; excise tax, $3,053,-
572; mixed Hour, $23,154; additional
taxes on tobacco and beer, $991,208.
TRIED TO BURY THE PAST.
Burned UpKvr-ything Associated with
His Xfbfe and Child.
William J. Faith is a prosperous New
York merchant. With his wife and child
he lived happily at Montclair, N. J. Mr*.
Faith and the little one died and the hus
band and father was heart-broken, lit
broke up housekeeping and stored his
household effects. This week he wont to
Montclair, paid the *430 storage fec and
ordered the furniture conveyed to a va
cant lot.
With the piano as a center piece he
piled all the valuable furnit.ire, carpets
and bric-a-brac into a heap and set the
pile on fire. Men and women begged for
the furniture, saying that it was wicked
to burn it when they could make such
good u>e of it.
But Mr. Faith wa inexorable. He
declared that he could not bear the
thought of anyone using what had once
belonged to his beloved wife and child;
neither could he bring himself to keep
the things. He wanted to bury the
happy past and to. destroy everything
which would in any way remind him of
h.s dead ones.
The combine of fruit jar manufactur
ers has failed and from now on each
manufacturer will sell his own product
at whatever price he thinks best.
An effort is being made to unionise tha
miners of Virginia and West Virginia.
CONGRESS AT WORK.
LVIITH NATIONAL LAW-MAKING
BODY IN SESSION.
Great Throns* Assemble at the Capitol
to Witness the Opening—Henderson
Ke-Klected Speaker of the House—
Large Amount of Work in Sight.
Washington correspondence:
The opening of the first session of the
fifty-seventh Congress at noon Monuuy
drew to the capitol a great throng of
i>eetators eager to witness the scenes of
animation which mark the annual reas
sembling of the national lawmakers.
Although the actual work of the two
houses was not to begin until 2 o’clock,
the historic old structure —now refur
nished from end to end until it shone with
marble, gilt and rich deeoratious, was
astir long before that hour. It was an
ideal day to briug out the public—sunny
and warm, with just enough breeze from
the south to lazily stir the flags over the
eapitol, some of which were raised for the
first time since <he adjournment of Con
gress nine months ago.
There were no entrance restrictions,
and the crowds flowed uninterruptedly
into the building. Many ladies were in
the throng, including the wives and fam
ilies of Senators and members, as well
as many of the feminine representatives
of the cabinet, diplomatic and executive
circles.
Seuators and members began arriving
early in the day and there was the usual
handshaking among old friends and n
formal talk of the work ahead. The vet
eran Senator from lowa, Mr. Allison,
was one of the first to reach the Sen
ate wing and resume his work as chair
man of the committee on appropriations.
Senator Jones of Arkansas, the Demo
cratic floor leader in the Senate, was an
other early arrival and soon had a circle
of his Democratic colleagues in the cloak
room discussing the session's program.
Speaker Henderson did not reach the
House wing until shortly before tfte ses
sion opened and remained in his private
office conferring with members during
the formalities preceding his re-election
as Speaker.
Since the adjournment of the Senate
last spring the chamber has been redec
orated and recarpeted. The principal fea
tured of its beauty and individuality have
been retained, but they have been added
to by the artistic decorations. A bright
green carpet with old-gold figures has
taken the plaee of the old-gold carpet
of the Congress, and the desks and fur
nishings of the chamber have beeu no
tably improved.
The very handsome interior of the hall
o 1 Representatives added much to f hc
impressiveness of the general sceDe at
the south end of the capitol when Alex
ander McDowell of Pennsylvania called
8 PEAK Fit HENDERSON AT HIS DESK.
the new House of Representatives to or
der at noon. The vast chamber had been
repainted, regilded and completely refur*
nished during the recess and many
changes made for the comfort and con
venience both of the members and spec
tators.
The Senate was called to order by Pres
ident Pro Tom. Frye, and Speaker Hen
derson again held the gavel in the House.
In the Senate Dietrich and Millard, Ne
braska; Gibson, Montana, and Kittredge,
South Dakota, were sworn in as Sena
tors. After tho usual resolutions and the
appointment of a committee the Senate
adjourned out of respect to the memory
of Senator Kyh.
The House organized, members drew
seats and then adjourned.
Congress did not adjourn Monday out
of respect to the late President McKin
ley, as not until it heard the President's
message Tuesday did it know officially
that Mr. McKinley was dead.
Plenty of Work Ahead,
Congress lias plenty of work ahead.
This growing nation of ours has furnish
ed a vast amount of material for its
statesmen to weave into laws for the ad
van oment of the people and the better
me it of those across the sea who are de
pendent upon the United States govern
ment. With the legacy of uncompleted
'.vo"k bequeathed bj the last Congress
and the problems which since then have
arisen the program is truly a formidable
one. Following are some of the more
important subjects this Congress will
have to consider:
Commercial treaties desired by foreign
countries and tariff revision demanded bi
sections of tills country.
The new- Hay-l'auneefote Isthmian Canal
treaty and necessary legislation authorizing
the construction of the canal.
Various subsidy schemes to foster Amerl
"an Jpbuildltifr.
r eite proposed Pacific cable to te Philip
pines.
Reduction of the taxes in view of the
treasury surplus.
Legislation for Porto Itico and the Philip
pines.
Amendments to strengthen the interstate
commerce law
Ue-cnactmeut of the Chinese exclusion
law.
Legislation to deport or control anarchists
and guard the President and the cabinet.
Legislation, for the Irrigation of arid lands
in the West.
Regulation of trusts.
Creation of a department of commerce and
industry whose chief shall be given a place
in the cabinet.
In addition to these important things
are the rivers and harbors bill, the plan
for a greater navy, the possible admis
sion of anew State to be formed by the
union of Oklahoma and Indian territory,
an additional tax on the oleomargarine
industry, pension bills for the widows of
William McKinley and Benjamin Harri
son, and Senator Cnllont’s plan to erect
a national memorial to Lincoln.
Just what will come out of the hopper
in the end is hard to say so early, but
both sides in the tariff fight are up and
doing.
Odds and Enda-
Safe in Jackson Bank, Ravenswood,
W. Va., was cracked, but the burglars
failed to get any cash. Escaped.
Burglars, Frost, Ohio, clubbed Mer
chant John Lemon, but failed to make
him tell where his money was.
Florence Ann Yates, a pretty Cincin
nati girl, killed herself, carbolic route.
Said a young man had gone back on her.
A. B. Hulett and several other Topeka
men are organizing a company to estab
lish some creameries in Mexico. Up to
date Mexico has no creameries.
Maj. H. J. Woodside. the Canadian
government census commissioner, reports
the population of the Yukon territory as
20,000 and of Dawson City, 8,000.
John C. Armstrong, at one time provost
marshal in New York City, is dead. In
the ’sos Armstrong conducted a stage
coach through Arizona and New Mexico.
Rev. Father Charles H. Brent of Bos
ton, Mass., bishop-elect of the Episcopa.
Church in the Philippines, has detinitelj
announced his acceptance of the office
conferred upon him.
There are eighty-eight new members la
the House of the Fifty-seventh Congress.
This is a considerable percentage of th*
total membership of 330, but the reinn
of government, to a great extent, remain
in the same hands. Of the eighty-eight
new members forty-six are Republicans
and forty-two are Democrats and fusion
ists. The Republicans have materially
increased their majority of eighteen la
the last House, arid, unless the tariff is
sue results in serious dissensions, the
party will have little trouble with the mi
nority. Richardson of Tennessee is look
ed ripon as the Democratic leader. This
will be his ninth term in Congress. Ills
principal duty, as a party loader, will be
to keep cases on the Republican major
ity and make note of all its errors for
use iu the campaigns of 1902 and ltK>t.
A sensible suggestion is made by Gov.
Murphy of Arizona, in his annual report.
He advocates the sale and settlement of
the large Indian reservations within tho
territory, with the possible exception of
Navajo reservation in northeastern Ari
zona, and the government construction of
reservoirs for water storage for irriga
tion in suitable localities, with canals
loading to lands allotted the Indians. The
Governor says the latter action, in which
Indian labor could be largely utilized,
would help to make farmers of the In
dians, and that further maintenance of
the tribal relations as now conducted
and the retention of reservation agencies,
around which the Indians cluster and live
in idleness on government rations, most
seriously retard the civilization of the ab
origines.
The annual report of tho First Assist
ant Postmaster General shows a contin
ual advance in all branches of the ser
vice. In the five years just passed the
number of presidential postoffices has in
creased from 33151 to 4,089, the salaries
of postmasters have increased from SIG,-
908,384.35 to $19,949,515, the allowances
for clerks in first and second-class offices
from $10,382,001 to $11,723,514, while
the number of free delivery offices hies
increased from 027 to 800, the number
of carriers from 12,834 to 10,389, the cost
of the service from $12,713,801 to $13,-
752.000, with an increase of gross re
ceipts at tree delivery offices from $32,-
507,604 to $74,295,394. The increase of
revenues by reason of rural free delivery
is estimated at 10 per cent.
During the long recess of Congress,
many changes and improvements hav
been made in nil parts of the Capitol, a
general system of repairs, refurnishing
and redeeoration having been in progress.
Everything lias been completed in first
class order except the work of putting
the new roof on the Supreme Court cham
ber. Work was delayed owing to tha
failure of contractors to supply material,
and tho court is occupying tile room of
the Senate committee on the judiciary.
The Supreme Court justices will continue
to occupy the committee room for a week
after the meeting time of Congress, at
which time the court will adjourn until
after the holiday recess, when the court
chambers will be ready.
The War Department has decided upon
n further reduction of the troops station
ed in Cuba. Four troops of tho second
cavalry and one of two batteries of ar
tillery now in the island arc to be with
drawn within'*the next month. It is said
that Gen. Wood does not recommend this
reduction, neither docs he seriously op
pose it. The great need for troops io*
relieve the regiments to be ordered home
from the Philippines has made it neces
sary that a reduction be made iu thr
Cuban force. Although affairs are now
quiet in Cuba, according to Gen. Wood.
It is impossible to predict how soon it
may be necessary to use troops in enforc
ing order iu the possible event of an out
break. X
—:* .*
The engagement of Miss Helen Hay,
daughter of the Secretary of State, and
Payne Whitney, the second son of Wil
liam C. Whitney, lias been formally an
nounced. Miss Helen Hay is the eldest
daughter of the Secretary of Stuto and
she was presented at court when her
father was ambassador to Great Britain.
She is a young woman of charming per
sonality and varied talents. During the
last inauguration Payne Whitney wa*
the guest of Secretary and Mrs. Hay at
their home here. Mr. Whitney also waa
a visitor at the summer home of the
Hays this season.
A ording to report the best men in
the United States secret service and the
cleverest inspectors in the Postofliee De
partment are at present working in the
attempt to discovoi the details of anew
green goods scheme. The victims are
second, third and fourth class postmas
ters, who do not dare complain to the
authorities. It is known that since July
1 more than 1,000 postmasters have been
swindled out of sums ranging from $250
to SI,OOO. The principle of the game i
the same as that of the old-fashioned
green goods game.
With hundreds of feet of fire hose,
scrubbing brushes, scouring soap and
thousands of gallons of Potomac water,
a force of then gave the Capitol its an
nual bath before Congress should meet.
The great granite walls of the historic
building, from the statue on the towering
dome to the broad tseps approaching the
entrance, were washed.
Congressman Hepburn, who is chair
man of the committee on interstate and
foreign commerce, predicts the early pas
sage by Congress of his Nicaraguan canal
bill. “It passed the House last session,
and I do not expect any delay in getting
it through this winter,” he said. “I will
rein'roduee it promptly, and I believe it
will become a law.”
The largest “conscience fund” contrib
uted on record, $18,0(59350, was recently
received by Secretary Gage. It was sent
to the collector of customs at New York,
who transmitted it to Secretary G*g-
The next largest conscience fund contrib
uted was about $15,000, received from
Chicago several years ago.
There arc persistent rumors that tl#
Attorney General has instructed three or
four United States District Attorneys to
begin the prosecution of certain trust*
under ihe provisions of tho Sherman
anti-trust law. Mr. Knox refused to de
ny or affirm that there was any founda
tion for these rumors.
Officials of the Pos'.offlce Department
do not regard it possible that Congr*s*
will pass the bill which Representative
Smith of Illinois will introduce, to cut
down letter postage from 2 to 1 cent an
ounce. In fact, they confidentially prw
di"t that there will be no legislation re
ducing letter postage.
If you write “Photo” on the wrapping
of the picture yon send at Christmas tuna
the postage on the package will be the
same as if it were a big. fat letter. Thi*
is what the postoffice regulations say.
Two cents a half ounce is the legal post
age charge on letters, or first-class mail
matter. Printed matter, photographs and
kindred packages, third-class matter, ara
carried by Uncle Sam ordinarily for two
cents an ounce. But when Vhr write*
on the wrappers of this t&aC-Cflass mat
ter in addition to the address, such word*
as “Photo,” “Printed Matter” or “Calen
dar,” the package then becomes first-clan
matter.

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