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The Iron-Worker's Daughter
BY HOWARD FORRESTER . CHAPTER XIII. Ireop Atherton stood before the win iov', looking ont into the street in an aksenl-ininded manner. She was think !*C of something of the first importance. Her father’s manner had changed so wrack in the last week that she had be •oje* concerned for hint. He was quiet, Strttable, moody, fitful. He was observ ing her covertly. He was keeping some- Tfclog from her; they had never had a secret come between them before. He had never mentioned Mr. May berry's name, or referred to him. But ' fcv had said it was possible be had found • capitalist—‘.‘or, rather, the capitalist Mi found me,” he said ironically. A*d when Irene inquired who the cap ita hat was, her father had answered ab varptty "Gripp.” H was on the point of Irene’s tongue aak him what the paper contained that was passed between her father and May* berry, and taken back again, but she re atra'Ded herself. Some time she would sarprise her father into a confession. She kaew he could not refuse, or, rather, that 3kc would not withhold anything from her ■wce she really importuned him. One thing she was resolved upon. It was her duty to discover what caused <• serious change in her father’s con fined, and she was resolved she would get *: the truth. A rap at the door startled her. When •he hastily opened it, Mr. Gripp faced Arr. “Oh! Miss Atherton, I am compelled to intrude on you a few moments—a matter business. I was at the mill, and at gear father’s instance called. He re created me to tell you to give me some drawings you will find on the upper shelf.” “I will see,” she said simply. She left him, and when alone resolved <• send him away as empty handed as At came. ‘ Why does my father send this man **> me for his drawings? Or has he sent Mm? Anyhow, it may not be easy finding them. At least I will not try." When she re-entered the room where Qripp awaited her, she said, without a •exublaju-e of regret or explanation: "Mr. Cirtpp, my father will have to give the drawings himself.” "It is of no moment —he will doubtless find them in good time. Miss Atherton.’’ Then he spoke of the weather, of the fax* opportunity presented for outdoor en joyments und evening entertainments. "Would she like to witness the famous actor then In the city? He had some •eats at his disposal, two of which he a*d retained for Mr. Atherton and bis 4a agfi C*rr.” Irene's response chilled him. "Thanks, Mr. Gripp. I rarely attend the theater, but I will inform my futher f your offer.” Jfi!. Gripp talked of tbe workmen at the aulk—bow they earned, hardly, all they received. Then the delights, the pleas ure—of a life of ease were envied; but ■they were not for Mr. Gripp. Alas! no. Hi# lot was,-plainly, to toil for someone else. He confessed, too. he loved an nc five life, but iie could —O, yes, he could appreciate the softening influences of a. refining fi-eside. And theu, not till then, Irene realised suddenly she was the object of Mr. Gnpp's spontaneous adoration. The ve aliaation made her sick at heart. Her • version for Mr. Gripp was, if possible, Increased. When he withdrew, bowing politely, and smiling in his most grueious manner, Irene sank suddenly into a seat. Was it ppsei.Ule her father knew this mau was desirous of ingratiating himself into her St*o<J will? What horribh influence, what evil influence, was this that Mr. Gripp exercised over her father. She rwolved to dismiss the subject from her ■find. Slit* would go out —anywhere. She would v i-.it a neighbor—walk on the xtrust*. No! she would read a favorite author. She took down a book, and in doing so displaced a volume her father called to ti aid frequently, a book of reference. Hm* book fell upon the floor, and two pa pers fluttered cut of it. Irene stooped •ad picked up fc.sik and papers. She was in the aet of replacing the.last wheu her eye fell on a single line: " “First room, second floor. No. Xreet.” Then she read the note. It was very brief. It was written to Mr. Daniel Ath erton. informing h.m, seemingly by pre vious understanding, where and when the writer would meet bitn. I say seemingly, because this note was •trangcly worded. It read thus: “Mr. Daniel Atherton: “Dear Sir—ln regard to matter dis rupted. would say you had best call at the house named. First room, second floor. No. street. Do not de lay. Unless you arc- there this evening between six and seven, and everything fully understood, you will regret it. “JACKSON GRIPP.” “There is a threat in this!” Irene ex claimed, mentally. “I see it now. This man has some secret power over my p*x>r lather.” She flung herself passionately upon a eoair. The tears sprang to her eyes. She cried with bitter mortification. So this was the end of all her father’s inven tions. After all his planning, his nights and days of reading; after all his hoping, his disappointments—this was the end *i it Soatehody else had an invention. Or her father had unwittingly appropriated -nventions others had patented in his process. There must be something beri ents to bring him a note like that. She r* .and and reread it, and as she re read it she hated Gripp with an intensity tlurt frightened her. She said to nerself, so she placed the note in the envelope it hod slipped out off: "How wicked I am. I feel as if I do wot want to live in the same city, in the same world, with Mr. Gripp!” Then she debated with herself what she would do. Would she place the note where it had been, or elsewhere? Her woman’s wit came to her aid here. She net the note on the shelf between two hooks, in such a manner as to lead her -other to think it had dropped there. If t was missed, and inquiry made, a brief •rank would reveal it. If her father did ■atH deem it of much importance, be •so id not refer to it. In the meantime, she would r.bscrr* -toady the relations existing between her "other and thia Mr. Gripp. As Irene Atherton pondered thus, a faint rap at She door attracted her attention. She opened it. “Does Mr. Atherton—Mr. Daniel Ath erton-lire here?" Irene look*-! down upon the small boy who was eyeing her auspiciously. ~T**. This is the place." “J# be in?” "No. Hf will be home before lons, ritoogh Is it anything particular?" “Wei'., I was to be sure and leave tills for him l guess it's all right.” He Landed her a note somewhat re tectmtly. “Yaa. I will see my father gets it.” fbe small boy walked away. turned, jiaarril back to observe if his movements ww rioted. then disappeared arcuud a “Another note. I wonder if it is a mys ~*irijii note, like the one I read,'’ said Irena, thoughtfully, a* she glanced at ik superscription. **Mr. Daniel Ather '<Na. personal." She laid the note on the mantel where Vr father could not fail to see it when Vr returned, then prepared to go out. as ake bethought herself of aa errand she bad forgotten. When she was bonneted, ready for the amt, she locked the door. and. placing the key in a place where her father would easily find it, left the house. CHAPTER XIV. Irene availed herself of a street car, in which two men were talking loudly, and evidently for the purpose of impressing upon the listeners n sense of their impor tance. They were discussing the murder. One was a large, red-faced man, with bead-like eyes and a bulbous nose. He wore flashy clothes, and fumbled a large watch seal. His breath smelled of onions passengers next him turned aside. His comrade was a small, dark man, with a hooked nose, curling lips that seemed to be sneering at his nose, and to add to a sinister countenance he had a cast in one eye. The first word the large man said arrested Irene's atten tion. “I wish I was as sure of a thousand dollars as we are of catching him.” “The chief say he can put his band right on him.” “Yes, I know—he’s preparing a little surprise for him, that’s all.” “1 was the third person there. I said at once —any professional could see it at a glance—that there wasn't any suicide.” The big man looked up and down the car. His gross look, his intense vulgar ity, everything about him excited the profound aversion of Irene. The men sat opposite her. They prolonged the con versation evidently for her benefit. "A pretty hard place, Number .” Irene started. Where bad she seen or read of Number street?” There was a brief silence, then the lesser of the two suddenly said: "I un derstand there are two or three people seen the murderer. ’Twon’t be hard to identify him.” "No! And it won't be hard to hang him. The next man caught will stand a poor show. They’ve been too easy; now they've got to m>:ke an example.” Now, for the first time, “Number street” caused Icene to feel faint —sick at heart. That was the place where a horrible murder or suicide was committed. It was the place her father was requested to visit. Could it be possible his name could be connected in any way with the horrible occurrence? Irene could not remain in the car a moment longer. While the po licemen were airing their office and pre tensions, she quietly got off the car. Once more on the street, she scarcely knew which way to turn. The thoughts suggested by the remarks she had heard distressed her much more than she had thought any similar incident would affect her. She walked at random for a few min utes, to give herself time to collect her thoughts. As she was hastening rapidly on, looking neither to the right nor left, she encountered Mr. Mayberry. Mayber ry attracted her attention by removing his hat. They met face to face. He had crossed the street, and was turning in the tame direction, when he paused, hat in hand, and seemed to hesi tate to walk on or turn in another direc tion. Irene felt the color flaming in her cheeks. A minute before she was very pale. Mayberry noted the change. “Miss Atherton!” “Mr. Mayberry!” She did not know whether to say more, or permit him to pass ahuad of her, as he evidently revolved to do. He was quick ening his steps when a low voice arrest ed him. “Mr. Maylierry, I hare something to say to you.” He walked beside her respectfully. More than one passer-by looked admiring ly at the handsome young couple; the man with the bearing of a spirited young man, in high health, with a face inviting con fidence; the woman with eyes like stars, and rosy cheeks, all too rare. ”1 will not detain you a moment.” “I am not in a harry at all. Anything I can do—any way I may be able to serve you—command nn>.” “Will you ted me what was in the pa per y*u gave my father. Mr. Mayberry?” He was nonplused. The question was so unexpected, he was not able to reply instantly. Then he said to himself that would never do. “It was a partial agreement your fath er and 1 arrived at. Miss Atherton.” "Of what nature?” She was very—very direct. How could he avoid telling her? He would —fib. But when he met her eyes, his resolve melted. She seemed to be looking through him. “If 1 speak at all. I’ll tell you the truth. >’d rather not —indeed, you ought not to expect me to talk to you of the affair at all.” She paid no attention to the last portion of this speech. Again caine her ques tion, sharp, direct, almost imperative: “What was the agreement? Of course you would not tel me anything but the truth. Mr. Mayberry. Who made the agreement first? —who suggested it? What was it about? M.v father made the first offer, didn't he?” "This is unfair. Miss Atherton.” "Then something happened—you d'd not, could not. satisfy him--he was unrea sonable, ami so you voluntarily gave him back a paper that you thought—think now—is worth money, maybe a great deal of money to you.” "My dear Miss Atherton.” exclaimed Mayberry, pausing suddenly on the stn*et, and staring at her in amazement. “Noth ing of the sort. That is, you have mis conceived the matter altogether. You do your father —you do me —injustice." ”1 am rejoiced to learn it." “Upon my soul, you have.” “Then you will please explain, so I can understand it.” And so it happened that the demure little puss accomplished her object before Mayberry suspected her tactics. She had purposely blundered, trust, ng to him to set her right. He began at the beginning, and related the facts. He omitted all reference to Mr. Gripp. He was too manly to charac terise Mr. Gripp’s conduct iu that gen tleman’s absence. That was a matter be hoped he would bo able to do full jus tice to. with Mr. Gripp before him. “Now I know you have been candid with me.” said Irene slowly. She was blushing for her father —for herself. She somehow connected Mr. Gripp’s sudden friendship for her father and herself with this bus.ness ransae tion. The patent process lay at the bottom Irene’s face was now as pale as it was before she recognised him. He noticed the sudden obauge, and was concerned. *T am very—very much obliged to you. Mr. Mayberry. I want<d to know the truth. I hope you will excuse my curi osity. If you knew a'h you would do so." “I do. I assure you 1 Jo. I think —par- don me, I am quite Mire— I appreciate your feelings. But I have said so much, I must say mare. You are—you have been -laboring under a false impression. I have lost nothing. How could I? I have lost neither time nor money.” “You are quite sure you have not lost in any manner 1” Again her eyes seemed to search his very soaL "I did make an appointment which I failed to keep." "I understand. Ton enfolded your plans, excited sometody*? *•■■■*< J r.ow that person will regard you as a vision ary. a trifler, or worse maybe.” "No, no! You an* wrong again." "Then please set ne right" He was silent. What could he say. un less he told her the truth? This young lady was terribly direct— earnest i* her manner. "Well, you do not explain." “I wilL There is no other way to cor rect a fake impremuoa. I called upon a friend, a gentleman who will listen to ay explanation, and whose relations with me will not be affected in the least.” "Who is this gentleman?” “Mr. Mead. I explained what your father claimed, and I was to have seen him and satisfied him concerning the de tails.” “Which you have not done.” He did not answer. He could not with out reflecting upon her father. “I am very grateful to you. Mr. May berry, for your kindness and candor.” She stopped. He stopped also; he was sorry that the time had come when they must separate. lie was beginning to think he ought to direct the conversation; ! he was preparing a speech suitable for i the occasion, and Jimely, when, with a courtesy and a smile that he carried with him in memory the remainder of the day, she turned and left him as suddenly and unexpectedly as they had encountered each other. CHAPTER XV. Mr. Mead was in his private office when a visitor was announced. He was seated in front of a handsome writing desk, made of native varied woods, whose beau ty was preserved and heightened .vith oil and polish, and was in the act of opening a letter when his visitor entered. “Ah! I see you are prompt, Mr. Gripp.” “Punctuality is the soul—you know the rest, Mr. Mead. I have brought papers with me which will enable you to under stand at a glance what I have to offer you.” Mr. Mead waved his hand, and con tinued opening his letters, as he said: “By and by—when we are ready for that. Let us understand what is propos ed first.” “Eighty per cent of labor is saved, to begin with, and more than that much in time is saved by the process I spoke of, and the result is an iron equaling, if not superior to, the article you are now sell ing.” "You seem confident. For a sure-foot ed man, Mr. Gripp, you are almost en thusiastic.” “If I am, I have an excuse—or. rather, the facts warrant the positive statements I have made. I come to offer you such inducements as will justify you in assum iug the direction of anew mill for the new process.” As Mr. Gripp carefully removed the wrapper from a thick roll, a clerk stood iu the doorway. “A lady, Mr. Mead, wishes to see you.” “I will see her soon.” Mr. Gripp had almost removed the wrapping paper. He now turned to Mr. Mead again. “liic-se drawings are so clear, the ex planations so simple, that a single glance must suffice to demonstrate to a man like you the extraordinary * 'ue of the pro cess.” Mr. Mead rose, bent over the roll as Mr. Gripp laid the paper aside, and both looked at the drawings as they were un rolled, expectantly. Suddenly Mr. Gripp’s nose and lips curled; the sneer in his face was intensi fied as he crushed the drawings ruthless ly in a mass, and twisted the paper over them. “Confound it—l beg your pardon. An absurd —a ridiculous—mistake. These, rs you perceived, are flowers, vases, what not—everything but the right thing.” "So I see.” “I see now how the mistake was made.” Again the clerk entered. “A gentleman to . > you, who cannot wait, Sir. Mead.” “Show him in.” The door opened, and a quiet personage entered. He looked like a man who would submit to anything for peace. “Well, Mr. ” The visitor interrupted him hastily. "I have called to speak to you concern ing a workman—a puddler—a man named Atherton.” “He never worked for me, sir.” “I am aware of that, Mr. Mead, but I am informing myself concerning his rep utation—his antecedents.” “Why, now, there was nothing at all in Atherton’s record that prevented us from giving him work. It was another matter —well, to be frank with you, so far as that affair is any guide, I think Atherton acted as I would have done — as I or you might do to-morrow.” The visitor —he was a detective —looked disappointed. “Whoever sent you to me don’t under stand the matter at all. Atherton has the reputation of a good workman, but he is a fellow with crotchets—is impuls ive, high-strung—but not a man for you to lose time looking after.” “I am glad to hear you say so, Mr. Mead. I have a train to make, and must ask you to excuse me for coming in j>n you.” “Oh, that's all right.” (To be continued.) Gifu Fishing in Japan. “At Gifu vve were entertained with one of the most curious sights I have over witnessed,” said a St. Louis trav eler in the Globe-Democrat. “Tills was the famous Gifu fishing, of which all travelers In Japan love to relate. We went with the natives in open boats, near midnight, in a mountain stream. At the prow was a wire bas ket filled with flaming wood. One of the fishermen was neat this. He held in his hands strings, to which were tied live birds, a species of duck. "The glaye of the torch attracted the fish to the surface of the water. When one of the birds sighted a fish it would dive after it and usually succeeded in capturing and swallowing it. When a duck had swallowed several fish and its neck appeared fat with them the fishermen pulled it iuto the boat. Then one of the men would destrously squeeze the duck’s neck so that it would vomit the fish, still alive, into a large basket. “The fish captured are a species of trout and are considered a great deli cacy. The Japs eat their fish boiled in a kind of soup, and half raw. We encountered this dish, also numerous other Japanese dishes, which we found far from savory. Americans, as a rule, do not take kindly to the native dishes of Japan. Nearly everywhere, how ever, it Is possible lo get what one wants. In going into a Japanese res taurant it is customary to stop in the kitchen and select the vian is one de sires to have cooked for his meal." Resource# Alaska More discovery of the riches of Alaska has been acconip.ished this sea son than ever before. The latest dis covery is large deposits of tin. it is beginning to look as If this far-a-..y and inhospitable region Is to prove an El Dorado. Many railroads are being projected through its wil .s in order to get at Its lt.mense wealth, says the Winlock Pilot. With Its furs. fish, tim ber. gold and other valuable minerals this region that was once thought to be next to valueless is coming to the front with great rapidity. Its resources are sure to add greatly to the wealth of the cation. Unde Sam made a lucky ven ture when he bought the land of snow and Ice. Punishment for Papa. "For heaven'* sake, stop. Elsie! How many times are you going to play that Maiden's Prayer* to-day?" "Ma told me I must play It ten times because l haven't practiced and ten times more because you got home late from the club!”—Fliegende Blaetter. Fanner Stackpole—How many stops has that 'ere organ ye bought for your daughter got? Farmer Hawbuck (grimlyv-Three breakfast. dinner and supper.—F’ncfc. It takes a pretty mis* of sweet IS ho make a decided hit. .*ai§lfcd Water Trough of Plank, Where one has need for a water trough of considerable dimensions the one illustrated can be readily mJde. and if well constructed will last- for years. Each of the sides and each end should be made of one piece of plank. If it is neoessarv to use more than one piece of planl le edges should be Jointed, and n fastened together with wooden pins. In making the trough the end pieces should be let into the sides about one-half inch, and both the sides and the ends should be slightly sloping. In putting the pieces of the tvough together nse white lead at the Joints, using no nails, but draw ing the parts together with heavy iron rods having large heads on one end and screw threads on the other. When this is done make the bottom edge true, coat witli white lead and fasten on with large wood screws. The trough, when completed, should be giv ll“\— ; r™lS- \ - Tt sag; WATER-TIGHT TROUGH. en two coats of paint, and when dry is ready for use. The lower part of the .Illustration shows the angle at which the ends should slope. Kind of Cattle to Feed. The kind of cattle to feed depends on circumstances. Asa rule the good, well-bred steer will make the most money because he makes the most of his feed—that is, he puts it where it ought to go. Into the high priced euts of beef. But sometimes it pays best to feed common cattle and very com mon ones when they can be bought at a correspondingly low price. They usually make good gains, and, having been bought very low, they may sell at a big advance over their cost to the feeder, though still away below the top of the market Common light feeders are selling in Chicago at $2.50 to $3 and good ones at $4.75 to $5.25. There may be more money in the stuff costing $2.50 than In the flve dollar stuff, because when fat a bigger advance may be secured for It. This is a year when good feeders are bard to secure at a reasonable figure, and hence attention is called to the cheap er and commonei kials. But the feeder should remember that the com mon cattle must be bought very low. There is no pleasure lu their company, and it is only justifiable when they make good money, to do which they fnust be laid in cheap.—National Stock man. For a Kicking Horse. Many horses have an ugly habit of kicking when in their stalls, and ap parently no method has yet been found by which they can be effectually cured of this habit. Here, however, is a plan w r hich was recently tested in Germany and which is said to have proven ef fective in every case. All that is nec essary is to hang a bag of sand or gravel from the ceiling of the stable in such a manner that the bog will CUBE FOR KICKING HORSr.. be a little distance behind whore the refractory horse is standing. When ever he kicks he will strike the bag, and in return will receive a smart blow from it, which he will remember. It may take a few days to impress upon his mind that he will always be re warded for his unmannerly conduct in this manner, but unless he is exceed ingly stupid he will quickly learn the lesson, and then the K ag may lie re moved. It is asserted that a horse once cureil in this manner will never again think of kicking, but whether this Is true or not time alone can tell. An Expensive Food. are the most expensive of all the staple foods. They contain from 750 to 800 pounds of water in every 1,000 pounds, the solid matter being mostly starch. The farmer also finds the potato crop one of the most exacting in Its requirements of labor, one of the greatest obstacles being warfare against beetles and diseases. At present prices potatoes are more ex pensive than beef, considering the ac tual proportion of nutritious matter contained, but it Is only when prices are high that the potato crop Is very profitable, owing to the expenses nec essary for its cultivation. C rn Fodder and Hay. It is difficult to make a proper com parison between cohi fodder and hay, because the quality of either largely depends upon the curing. Bright green corn fodder, shredded or cut fine. Is superior to improperly cured hay. while good hay is far superior to corn fodder that was not cot down until the leaves turned yellow. If fod der is tender and Juicy the animals will prefer ihe stalks to the leaves, as the stalks are rich in sugar, but much depends upon the stage of growth at which the stalks were harvested. Profitable Fattening Feed. A bunch of 400 steers fed at Claren don. Texas, last winter netted the feed er $lO per bead profit. The cattle were fed on kaffir corn and sorghum, with a small percentage of cottonseed cake. Nearly every farmer in the county could raise plenty of Kaffir corn and sorghum to finish a few bead of cattle, and cottonseed cake can be secured from the mills without great expense.— Exchange. Cold St or aee for Apple*. The Horticultural Department of the lowa experiment station has one hun dred wrrels of standard varieties of lowa apples in cold storage to de termine the relative keeping qualities of the varieties, the length of time they may be held successfully and the best temperature for storing. From three to ten barrels of each variety have Wmjmm i>oen used. The apples were bought in i ie heart of the Adams County apple ! district, at prevailing prices, and were packed by a commercial packer under the direction of the experiment station. The results should be a fair guide, ' both to the commercial orchardist and dealer.—New England Farmer. Feeding Lambs. The large feeders generally prefer lamb feeding, rather than the older sheep, as they get quicker returns and generally secure higher prices in pro portion to the investment. Good feeders can make light-weight feeding lambs often double in weight in a four months’ liberal feed. It would not do for the average feeder to figure on such returns, however. Older muttons, on the other hand, do not gain flesh so rap : idly as lambs, nor do they bring so much on the market, the margin be tween the two ranging from $1.50 to $2. From this must be deducted the difference in the cost of feeders, as ! iambs sell higher than do thin muttons, j the difference sometimes amounting to $1 per hundred weight. All other things being equal. It is a generally accepted statement that there is more money In lamb feeding than mutton feeding. The big exception to this, and one that ought to be taken advantage of by all feeders, is that feeding muttons can often be bought at bargains. A bunch or two of well-bought thin sheep from one to two years old, whether ewes or will often make a feeder far more money than his remunerative bunch of lambs. In this country it is a good rule that if one should see a cheap bunch of thin sheep not to miss the opportunity to buy it, as it will surely net a profit.— Field and Farm. To Keep Cabbage. The burying of cabbage beads down and roots up is a mistake, although the custom is an old one. When the heads are buried and the ground becomes frozen the cabbages are completely sealed np and cannot be used Later, as the ground thaws, the h Is begin to rot, and a large proportion of them are lost from that cause. The proper plan is to select a high location, open a row with a one-horse plow, put the cab bages In, roots down and heads out. placing them close together, the heads slanting so as to turn water. Next make another row, throwing the dirt on the roots of the cabbages in the firs* row. When all the cabbages are put In they will be in a compact mass. Place straw on the heads and boards on the straw, to shed rain. If preferred, the cabbages may be thus placed under a shed and covered with straw. If the roots are put in the ground and the heads out the cabbages will be alive, the stalks will give crops of sprouts for early greens iu the spring and not a head will rot, while they may be cut off from the stalks at any time when wanted, whether the ground is frozen or not, by simply lifting the straw. In fact, they will keep in such good condition as to begin growing hi the spring, if not dis turbed, in the effort to product? seed.— Philadelphia Record. Gentle Treatment of Coin. .Every owner of a cow should see that gentle and quiet means are used in drawing the milk from her. Many good cows are spoiled by rough milk ing. When It can be done, the same person should milk the same cow every time. Gentle treatment will suidy pay, and the matter of profit should always be kept in the foreground. We like to see the cow reach around and lick the milker; then one can be sure that har mony docs prevail. Core for the Silo. Corn should be put into the silo when it is almost ready to cut at.i can be put in at the time it is ripe enough to cut with good results. Formerly it wa9 thought best to cut corn when rather green for silage, hut later practice leans toward the stage of ripeness—just be fore it begins to dry out and the stalks become woody.—Dairy and Creamery. Trim the Hogs’ Hoofs. Hoofs of old bogs frequently need trimming. If they become too long, filth is liable to accumulate, and the animal Is not able to stand up straight on its feet If Is very easy to trim the hogs’ hoofs, and the herd should be inspected every six months or so. Farm Notes. Experiments in lowa go to show that grass is the most economical sheep feed. Beef production in the Eastern States is beco ming an interesting proposition. Darkness and low temperature are the primary requisites in tiie success ful storing of potatoes. leaves should be thrown on the poultry house floor, not only because they afford scratching material in which the fowls can exercise, but als.- because they prevent draughts of air on the floor and assist in keeping th? house warm. A clean soil in the fall, and th? weeds destroyed before they seed, will save one-half the labor in the spring. Seeds of weeds start off in growth very early, and the farmer cannot keep them out of the way. The time to destroy weeds is when they are just coming up through the ground, in spring, and by burning the reuse in the fall. Half-manuring a field is sometimes a loss, as the labor and time are really thrown awa. <f the manure is spread over too much surface. It eannot suj>- ply plant food to be of service unless the quantity Is “net, as to afford a suffi ciency to the crop, and it is better to use all the manure on a small plot thaD to attempt to spread a large field with a limited quantity. Horses prefer carrots to all other roots, and enough carrots can be se cured from an acre of land to supply a large number of horses during the winter. If fanners will feed carrots to horses and cows less grain and bay will be required, and the animals will not only prefer tbe variety of food, but will be kept In excellent condi tion at less expense than to depend solely upon dry food. Grinding tbe corn and cob does not •>/' <eh to the ration, but tbe cob serves to dilute the grain and Increase the bulk, which makes the combination better than ground grain alone. When used with ground oats and bran it yv excellent food, and ft may be used with cut straw or bay. AH grain foods, when ground, will give better results If fed with bulky retrials and tbe condition of tbe an imals will be improved when both kinds are to* together. A BIG LABOR FAMINE. CHICAGO UNARIE TO GET ALL THE WORKEhS NEEDED Conditions for Wage-Earners in the “Western Metropolis Are Unusually Favorable—Clerks and Stenographers as Well as Laborers Are Wanted. An unusual condition prevails in Chi cago. There is a labor famine. The city needs workers and cannot get them, although the conditions, as to wages and manner of employment, are favorable. I lie number of employes demanded last year was (>2,000 above the number that could be supplied and. iu consequence of the insufficiency of help, some large con cerns have been unable to accomplish all they desired to. Not since the soup house period in 1895 has the condition of labor in Chicago been so propitious as now. Of the 260,000 men enrolled iu the ranks of union labor not one is idle, unless he be among the few on strike. The de mand for union workmen in all branches of the industrial world has far exceed ed the supply, so much so that in a great number of instances the mechanics and others have been able to choose where they desired to work and have been given a higher wage than the scale called for. Of trose not affiliate." with unions few are cot receiving more wtjM for .ha same work than they did in former years. Three chief elemeuts figure in the exist ing conditions: First, increased prosper ity and added output; second, demand for a better class of labor; third, inabil ity in securing the supply of labor iu keeping with the demand. Railroad Workers Needed. Railroad laborers arc also greatly in demand, so much so that more than 3,000 have been brought into Chicago from States ns far west as Nebraska to fill contracts. One employment bureau which has a contract with one of the largest railroads operating out of Chi cago has taken off its fee for applicants and has received all the men the State labor bureaus could send. It lias also sent notices to other cities agreeing to pay fares for workmen to Chicago in order t>> fulfill the contr.iois which fnli for 1.000 men at once. S.. far but 525 have been secured, and they are liking shipped as fast as possible to the points where construction work is in progress. A problem for housewives is the se curing of domestics. Here as in other fields the shortage is marked. This is due in a measure to the fact that many of the women who formerly attended to the household work for families have found more profitable employment iu the factories and other places where *he shortage of men has opened anew ave nue of employment for them. Over 1,500 servants are wanted, and the supply is less than a third of the amount. Asa consequence the wage- has been raised in many instances. Iu the large pneking plants there is room for hundreds of men at this rea son of the year. Trouble has been ex perienced in securing desirable material In the labor line in many instances, and as a result better conditions among those employed prevail at present than in the past. Clerks and Stenographers. Not among the laboring class alone does the present condition exist. It is equally marked among the workers in the large stores, the clerks, office help, and all those connected with the mer cantile institutions throughout the city. Stenographers, bookkeepers and others in the same class are in demand owing to the increased stimulus in the manufactur ing world. Stenographers are particularly scire? It was intended to hold a civil service examination for male stenographers in the county building recently, but so few applicants appeared that the attempt was given up for the time being. An indication of the betterment of the working classes comes from the charita ble organizations called upon to help the needy families in the city. Within the last two months the reports show that the calls for help have been fewer ihan heretofore. The demand for labor is apparent in the speedy settlement of many of the re cent strikes, through arbitration and a spirit of willingness on the part of the bosses who concede demands which they might not have done before it became apparent that the great mass of toilers who are the bone and sinew of the fac tories and manufacturing plants, has as much work as it desires. The demand and the supply being so nearly equal, brings this alternative to the manufac turer and the boss—either agree to fair conditions or else close up shop. The Burlington will double track much of its line between St. Joseph, Mo., and Omaha. The advanced rates on flour from Min neapolis to the Atlantic coast are now in effect. Charles E. Dafoe has been appoint'**! superintendent of the northwest division of the Chicago Great Western road. The CL’cago and Eastern Illinois has inaugurated anew through sleeping car line from Chicago to Florida points. The Michigan Central is building a new passenger station at New Buffalo, tl.•* junction of the main with the Pt Marquette. ** The most northerly railroad in the world, the “Riksgraensbanan,” was op ened Nov. 15. in the presence of the Nor wegian and Swedish tiuthorities. The low second-class settlers' rate to points in the Northwest which ha* been in force during the year is to be contin ued from Feb. 15 to April 30 of next year. The Chicago and Alton has decided that the wooden platforms around it* stations must he abolished. They will, as rapidly as possible, be replaced by concrete. The United States Express Company has superseded the American Express Company in tbe business of the Cincin nati, Indianapolis and Decatur Railroad from Springfield to Cincinnati. The rate war between rival lines from New York to South Africa has brought the price down to $2.43 a ton, including loading and unloading, less than requir ed to bring half a ton of potatoes from Savannah to New York. James J. Hill, bead of the big North western railroad merger, m a speech be fore 13.0U0 farmers at Criookstoo. Mi tin., said tbe object of the railroads was to increase prosperity in the Northwest and that they did not want to increase the 7 per cent dividendd. The 10 per cent raise of wages by tbs New York Central affects Go.CSX) men. The Reading and Wabash have followed *ait- Advances are also reported on the Union Pacific, Southern Pacific. Missouri r*scific. Texas Pacific and Denver and Rio Grande. Similar step# are antici pated by the Nickel Plate and others. A familiar figure seen around the Chi cago and Alton depot at Joliet, 111., every morning is the oldest newsboy (or rather newsman) in toe United States. Orsa moa Page has ben selling newspaje-n k> Joliet since tbe World's Fair, in fSOS, never missing a single day, or failing to meet the early trains. Page was bore in 1800. being 93 years of age. BLAST FROM BOREAS. COLD WAVE COMES OUT OF THE FRIGID NORTH. Medicine Mat Ships a Consignment of Wintry Breezes to the Mississippi A alley -Mercury Hovers Around the Zero Mark—Cities Lack Coni. Zero weather broke away from its hi bernating quarters at Medicine Hat Sat urday aud sped down over he Northwest at automobile speed, bound directly for the great lakes and a tour of the Mis sissippi valley. All the upper Missis sippi valley and the lake regions are in a frigid grip. Out of the far Northwest enough arctic atmosphere was sent to change this temperate zone into the do main of King Coid for an indefinite pe riod. Besides freezing over ponds and streams, executing fantastic designs on j window panes aud giving t > death the ■ usual harvest caused by violent change in weather, the cold delayed traffic c*u ! railroads, resulting in accidents to pedes trians and carriages and bringing dis comfort to city street ear passengers. It was 20 defgrees below zero at Med icine Hat Saturday and all the way down to Huron, S. D., the temperature was proportionately low, with a brisk north west wind, driving before it the extreme cold from the Canadian center. Though the suddenness of this frigid wave alarm ed many who had been unable :o obtain a good supply of coal, the Chicago weath er man offered the consolation that the cold wave would remain only a few days this trip. The thermometer hovered around zero throughout the Mississippi valley. The cold wave was well defined, com ing from the British Northwest, where it has been threatening to break away for some time. The cold was accompanied with a stiff northwest wind. The great lake region and the entire Mississippi valley felt the low temperature*. It was a general storm. Storm warnings were sent out by tlie weather bureau throughout Minnesota. Nebraska. Kansas and Missouri. Some of live coldest points were the foliowing: Wlliistou, N. Bismarck, N. 1).. fl Moorehenil. Minn.— '.’Havre. Mont 8 Huron, 8. I> 10 yu’ Appclle, Swift Current, j Canada —lB Cfluadn 10; Medicine Uvt ...—2O Medicine Hat, Qu'Appelle and Swift Current are in the prone* _ ,>f As.uniboia, ' where the extreme cold has been accumu lating for sonic time, ready to break for the south. Coni Scarce in Cities. Many cities are facing a coal famine. Chicago’s limited supply of hrrd coal is, for the most part, in the hands of the small dealers, who have taken it with tlieir own teams from ships in the har bor. The dealers are demanding prices. Detroit is living from hand to mouth as regards its supply of hard coal. For four months, during which time Milwaukee usually received an average of 600,000 tons of hard coal, not a pound came by lake, while in the month just closed the receipts were only 22,601 tons, ns com pared with 158,245 tons iu tiie corre sponding month of 1!t0l. There is no anthracite coal in Duluth that is not sold. The supply of bitumin ous for nale is about 25,000 tons. St. '.*aul coal dealers estimate the supply of hard coal .at hand at 150,000 tons —• enough to last a month. Cincinnati inis on hand about two million bushel* if bi tuminous coal. The anthracite variety has been practically out of that market j since tiie beginning of the strike. Kan sas City, Mo., is facing a hard coal short- ' age unless tiie railroads begin to haul in supplies, before long. Omaha is in bet ter condition to stand the cold than any other western city. There are between j 5,000 nnd 6,000 tons of hard coal in that ! market, and the amount of soft coal is practically unlimited. There is no dan ger of a shortage of coal in Omaha NAST DIES OF FEVER. Cartoonist Expire* While a Cnrtimt et Guayaquil, Ecuador, Consul General Thomas Nast, the noted cartoonist, died at Guayaiuil, Ecuador, of yellow fever, after ail illi.ess The British consul thomas nast. recited a prayer in the cemetery. Thomas Nast was by long odds the most famous cartoonist of his time, and from his pencil came some of the most effective political arguments ever ad vanced in American politics. Perhaps his mo* ! noteworthy Conception was that ol the Tammany tiger. Mr. Nast was born in Landau, Bava ria, in 1840, and came to this country in 1840. After a short preparation in drawing ami painting, he went to work at the age of 15 in New York for Frank Leslie. He afterwards went to work for Harper’s Weekly. He was soon i-ent to the Civil War battlefields nnd camps. His cartoons published during the presidential campaign of 1872 especially j were remarkably effective, and even ; more so were his caricatures of ‘ Ross’’ I Tweed, which in a great measure were responsible for the overthrow and nub sequent arrest of Tweed. At one time Mr. Nast was fairly well off, bnt he lost much of his savings in the Grant & Ward failure. In May he accepted the post of consul general at Guayaquil, Ecuador, and left New York July 1. Mr. Nast’s home is at Morris town, N. J. His wife, who is an invalid, lives there. Interfering with Nature’s Wars. Prof. Loeb of Chicago University, hav ing discovered that dead dogs and cat* can temporarily be restored to life by Injecting into their veins solutions of so dium and cadmium, he cat may now have more than her nine lives, and in stead of every dog having bis day some of them may have half a dozen. BM|M MF less, extra, to little purpose so fjr as the public weal is concerned, but frj:>tn a scientific and medical [mint of view In the highest degree interesting. Alt Arosad the Glebe. i Fran Krupp ha* given $750,060 t,o lablish a benefit fund for the workmen of Essen in memory of her late busbaad. The John son-Wentworth Lumber 'Jom pany of Cloquet. Minn., has sold it* hold ings to Frederick Weyerhauaer of EL Paul for $2,500,000. Job Williams, s negro, was hanged at J*rid get on, N. J.. for the murder of John S. Wriiams, a fanner, and his house keeper, Miss Catherine Shntt, Judge Carpenter in the criminal divln. lon of the District Court at Denver. Ooku, called a grand jury to investigate alleg ed election frauds in that city. The entire plant of the Colorado Par ing Company, in Denver, was destroyed by a fire which originated from an e: pl> ■ion of boiling asphalt. Loss SSO,OXV The population of the federal prison ut Leavenworth is now 843, and ire fepqcity Is 900. Warden McClcig**./ say aat the _ ; e that the prisoner* are coming to the prison the institution will soon be CFt'e ed. The Commercial Cable Company ha* filed with the department of justice i written acceptance of the term* and con ditions on which the President ha* &• •wired and it may onstreet a erb . 'be tween the United States and the P tulip nines and China. < You may fire when ready. Cannon.— Boston Herald Do you remember the name of the dis ease King FVhvurd had lust June’—Bos ton Globe. A lot of fine foot bull talent seems to be going to waste in the German Reich stag.—Pittsburg Gazette. Some of the puns which were inspir ed by the President's trip are absolutely unbearable.—Baltimore lleraid. The original Cannon man is becoming about as numerous ns the oldest living graduate of Yule.—Hartford 1 Vwt. President Eliot’s arguments i union laimr convince us that Harvard is in lirod of further bequests.—Detroit News- Tribune. Parlor matches are forbidden by law after Jan. 1. All rigiit; we can do our -•onrting in the woodshed. New York Evening Telegram. The way President Eliot is taring sat t own upon should make \••!> real glad rhut you are not: u Harvard man.—Hous ton (Texas! l\mt. When a woman has hail nine children ahe begins to have suspicions about some of tiie beautiful passages in hue stories. --New York Pres On his arrival at Hongkong Consul General Bragg should immediately lease a safety deposit box in which to keep his v •cnb’riary.—Hertford Post li the prima donna who .wallowed i watch will swallow a piano ns a chaser, sfio will be well equipped with both time rad tune.—Kansas City Journal. That Connecticut chauffeur who lias been sent to the penitentiary for killing People has indulged in his last dead revel with his red devil.—Denver Post. Among thinking people the verdict of acquittal in the Molineux case will he la girded ns n triumph of justice over yellow journalism.—lndianapolis Journal. Any young woman in ike postal ser vi-.’e who receives a proposal of marriage may now be sure that she is not being courted for her salary. Washington Stir. The next time tli Mississippians invite the President to hunt with them they will be wise enough to stake out :i few pt”: bears in the swamp.—Dallas (Tex as j Nows. Gen. Chaffee is now facing the greatest danger an nriny officer can fare. lie is withiu easy range of the newspaper re porters and corres|H>tident*. —Boston Herald. The chemists >n the Armour labora tory at Chicago claim to have found n cure for fools. The chemists ought to be able to hold t.ieir jolts. Sioux City Journal. The Sultan of Morocco, who lias had the skulls of twenty rebels nailed to the gates of Fez, can beat the yellow journals at making ‘•scare heads.’’—Philadelphia Ledger. Chicago school teachers are trying to form .. union. In many other localities women teachers are ruled out na Ineligi ble when they form union.—Kansas City Journal. All the Republicans in (’ongress are ugr the lutnsnge of the I'reaideut was not so bad. The 1 lemoerats are agreed that it was not so good.—Detroit Free Press. It is said that Count Boni do Castel lano has an $11,(I0I> overcoat. This re calls the cowboy expression: “A him d’ed dollah saddle on u ten-doHah hoss.' —Denver Post. The threat made in the German Reich stag that the empire will show her roetli to the United StM’es was injudicious. I ndie linir. is n very skillful dentist. - Boston Advertiser. V lin it costs SS*KMMX) ti> try a man no cased of murder in New York, it is use less to talk to some Western communi ties about the evils of lynching.—St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Gen. Bragg is learning to talk Chi nese. The general is a much safer diplo mat when he is engaged in learning a language than when he is talking and writing it.—Washington Pus*. Still another polar expedition is pro jected in spite of the failure of those that have gone before. Plans for the relief party will lie announced a little later on.—Baltimore American. This Baron Maenehhniisen, who went into the marriage syndicate with a view to capturing a $7,500,000 American wid ow, appears to have got u new way of spelling his name.—Boston Herald. Having lambasted the public schools. President Eliot has now turned Ins en ergies toward roasting the Sunday school, in his judgment, there is nitiSieg good save Harvard,—Sait Francisco Call. Delegate B. Ware of the Virginia House of Delegates, who introduced n hill against kissing, should have repented his name softly to h niseif several times before he took action. —Nevr York World. The < ity of Memphis i* inclined to boast of its intelligence nnd good man agement. Tiie foot I nil field is only fifty feet from the hospital and very conven ient to the medical college -Philadelphia Ledger. It may la- wrong to question tiie mo tives of u high officiit]. but tile public is already wondering want excuse the Post muster General ran offer fur issuing a 13-rent postage stamp.—St. Icm is Globe Democrat. Carfie Nation declined pay for a little gash ir, her head which she got in n rail road accident. Carrie seems to be next to the fa<‘t that her value ns an article of commerce is t< :• small t<> corn putts.— Rochester Herald. MANY IDLE IN BRI T AIN. Vast and Hungry Armv of Unem ployed BrKSiiiK for Work. England is confronted with the fact that not less than 500,(KX) of tbe United Kingdom’i* population arc out of work. Thousands of unemployed person* daily congregate at the deck yard gates in London, literally lighting for a chance to do n day’s work. Unskilled laborers are there in strong force and the police nr] it necessary to protect the foremen v. ho distribute the work tickets each morning. Board of Trade return# show the larg est percents s ' for ten years past of un skilled persons out of work, while tiie proportion of skilled men without em ployment i# constantly growing. The Woolwich arsenal authorities have ills charged 2,900 tnechmues since the win ter set !n and are preparing to let out 4,000 ro-ire. To the army of people )t -.f work must be added 56,(XX> members of the rruiy reserve : i have been re leased ftom service with the colors. A number of newspaper* have started snbscrip* ion columns end daily r "int hor n-wing atones of half-clad school chil dren, many of whom are without ▼ food exiept scanty iunrbeon# furnished by sympathetic teacher*. A number of tb Loot-on suburban councils are start ing public work* in order to employ a small portion of the idle person* A letter received at fcalina, Kan., from V. H. Atderson. tbe yrning Swede from Kansas, vb > made a fortune in the Klon dike, sta e* that he wi.i increase hi* do nation tr- the Swedisi Mission College to be ere;-td at McPherson, Ksn„ from $5,000 tt $25,000. This leaves $33,<j00 of the ne f*iry $75,000 to be raised. Ben Cravens, tfie pnnent •cftCPWlctte* -d leader of Oklahoma outlaws, who .ped from the Lansing, Kan., , try by boding np tie guard* *i:b a • mden fiuu covered with tin foil, has ide overture* for surrender G v. Vtgoson through friinds. The Gov ernor refused to aecepi his terms.