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BOELE THE WISDOM OF DADDY CROW tfy CALEB B. WHITFORD. A very wise old crow that lived In the north with hiß big tribe found the winters were too severe for him so he concluded to take the crows, oyer Which he ruled, and migrate to a Bore southern country where It was aot so cold. But when he called the crows together to advise them of his decision to take them to a warmer climate they made some objections to going to a new country. "We are doing very well here," •aid young Jimmy Crow. "You must not forget," answered the old crow, "that I am a very wise Mrd I have lived here a great many years and have taught most of you all you know about getting your liv ing and keeping out of trouble. I want to continue to help you. Per haps you had better put Jimmy Crow at the head of the community and de pose me. I've noticed lately that he professes to have a wonderful lot of wisdom for a young crow." Tm going to follow Daddy." said little Billy Crow. "Of course Tm a little crippled crow and don't pretend to be very smart, but I know enough to follow a wise old leader like Daddy. If we don't like the country he wants to take us to, I'm sure he will bring us back." After some wrangling In which Jimmy Crow made himself very con spicuous, it was finally decided to fol low Daddy Crow south. It was a long hard Journey, and when their destina tion was reached the crows were poor In flesh, hungry and very muoh out of humor with Old Daddy Crow. Jimmy Crow did all he could to stir vp trouble and finally succeeded In pwua dlng all the crows but little i.-. V Daddy Crow Provides a Clam Supper. BlUy that he was a much wiser crow than Daddy Crow and should be given the leadership "Here we are," he said, "a long way from home, unable to find anything to eat but rank seaweed. We ought to punish Daddy Crow for taking away from home, then we should re turn. All the hungry crows favored Jim jay Crow's plan except little lame Billy. This was what Jimmy Crow desired. He knew he could not very well carry out his ambitious scheme to rule so long as wise old Daddy Crow lived. He was therefore very happy when it was decided to find Daddy Crow the next day and put him to death. Little lame Billy slipped quietly away from the noisy council to find Daddy Crow and tell him the awful news. He went straight to the thick cedar swamp where the wise old crow ha<l chosen his hiding place Not finding him he concluded to wait until he returned. Poor old Daddy Crow was very downhearted, not so much because of his own suffering but rather for the suffering of his tribe and the Ingratitude they show ed him. He found a quiet place on the seashore, where he tried to think of some way out of his difficulty. As he paced back and forth along the muddy shore an old soft-shell clam, a little below the surface, was annoyed at the tramping over his head, and finally concluded to go to the surface and see who it was walk ing on the top of his bed. Just as he stuck his head up Daddy Crow ■at his foot fairly In his open mouth! Quick as a flash the clam closed his vu«» »0 » "".uu vue uvmcu m» sheH! As he did so Daddy Crow squawked and leaped into the air, dragging the clam out of the mud with him! Instantly he seized the clam with the free foot and trieo »0 pull him loose from the other foot! Although the clam had a tight grip on Daddy Crow's foot, he was not causing him any pain; but Daddy Crow was awfully frightened.. He carry mm, «"* niigm with one foot to release the other As he loosed flew away as fast as his wlr<;s would carry him, tugging with all his might from the grip of the clam, orossed a big road the ciam his hold. Daddy Crow was glad to be rid of him, so he let go with the other foot and down went the clam to ■mash on the hard road! As soon as Daddy Crow got over his fright he flew baok to the road and dropped down to look at the creature that had seared him nearly out of his senses. Re walked around the broken clam several times, then going quite close to him he stuck his bill out and pecked at the meat. He found It so delicious he walked boldly up and devoured the last morsel of It and then stepped back with a satisfied look, congratulating himself on his extreme good fortune. "That Is the sweetest meal 1 ever had In all my life," he said. 'T feel like a new creature. lame Billy! got all about him. But never mind little Billy shall have Just u* eood meal as I have had flew to the shore to catch clam. But poor little I was so hungry I for and away he another Very soon he returned and hovered ! over the road with a clam in his claws. In a little while the clam was dropped and lay broken In the road. Then Daddy Crow went to his roost in the cedar swamp, where he found have found something But I've got bad news little lame Billy waiting for him "My! My!" was little Billy's greet ing. "You look so bright and cheer ful and your craw sticks out so I suspect you good to eat! for you." "Never mind the bad news! I've got good news! What would you say If you were given the most delicious meal you ever ate in your life?" "Tell me about it!" said little lame Billy, "Tm nearly starved!" "Come with me," was all Daddy Crow said, and away they flew to the I smashed clam in the road. And what a meal little lame Billy had. to be sure! He declared be had • , , .. . "v., never tasted food so delicious. Then he told Daddy about the dissatisfied crows and their decision to put him out of the way and return to their old home. "We'll see about that," said Daddy Crow. "You go back and tell them m coming over to see them. Take a little ptece of that clam with you, and strut about right in front of Jimmy Crow. Stick out your craw so he can see how full It is, and then let him taste the little bit you have In your bill." Little lame Billy went back to the crows and told them about the good meal Daddy Crow had furnished him. Then he let Jimmy Crow have the lit tie taste of clam he brought with him. Before he had got through talking about the delights of a clam dinner Daddy Crow put In an appearance, his big full craw pushed out to ex cite the envy of the dissatisfied crows. All the crows except Jimmy Crow were loud in their protestations of loyalty, and begged him to tell them how to get a good clam supper. "Why don't you ask Jimmy Crow to get some supper for you. I've been finding something to eat for you for many years. Let him take care of you and I'll look out for little lame Billy and myself." But they begged him so hard to do something for them he finally prom ised to give them all a clam break fast. "Oh, Daddy!" they exclaimed, "let's have some clams for supper! We are so hungry we can hardly wait until morning." "No," said Daddy Crow. "The wise young Jimmy Crow will find you a supper. At sunrise all of you come over to the big road and sit on the fence. Ill be there and see to It that you get a splendid breakfast and some good advice. Come, little Billy, let's go to our roost." Long before sunrise Daddy Crow and little lame Billy Crow were at the shore gathering clams for the big feast. Little Billy soon learned the trick of catching the clams and taking them away to be dropped In the big hard road. Old Daddy Crow wandered away from the soft-shell clam bed and found plenty of hard shell clams on the sand where the tide had receded. These he picked up and dropped in the big road. The sun was not all above the hor izon when the big flock of crows perched on the fence, waiting for Daddy Crow to Invite them to the feast of clams. Daddy paced up and down the road In front of the crows, lecturing them on their want of loy alty and for allowing a young, ambi tious crow to turn their heads. Then, after promises for their future be havior, he said: "All of you may now come down except Jimmy Crow, and eat the most delicious breakfast you ever had. Jimmy Crow can eat at the second table after the rest of you get through. It will do that Impudent young rascal good to be disciplined. It may have the effect of teaching him he Is not such a wonderful crow as he thinks he Is." In due time, when the rest of the crows had finished their meal, Daddy Crow Invited Jimmy Crow to come When he was Through Daddy '(Trow crow felt very sulky and disliked the humiliation to which he had been i subjected, but he was too hungry to show any temper. He walked up to i ; the feast and enjoyed it greatly said: Now, Jimmy, turn your head to the north and fly hack to the land w« came from as fast as you can. When we are rid of you I'm sure the rest of us will live In peace, because ycu are the only disturber we have evet ; *"J """ — v .omo o UU ' smash them. We will feast on thli delicious food all winter and in th* ! spring we will fly home, fat and sleek known. I will teach all the rest 01 my tribe how to catch clams and ' If you behave yourself after we gel back, Jimmy, you may come with ui next year. i Copyrtght. Now go." lTnlv<>ri «l Vnma Br» HOED CHOPS IN THE ORCHARD Practice Résulte In Severe Damas« to Annual Plantings—How to Reckon the Distance. One of the most prolific causes of loss of nursery stock after trans planting, or for several years there after is this common practice of too close growing of hoed crops. This practice, says Rural Life, results in severe damages to the annual plant ings. The loss amounts possibly to 10 per cent. The too common prao t j ce j 8 to allow no more space be tween the tree row and the Intercrop rows than between two inter-crop rows, be the inter-crops cabbage, j H9anBi potatoes or corn. Such dis ^nces vary from 30 Inches to 3% feet, according to crop used or planted. i n the first place, the distance should be reckoned from the expand e <i top of the tree, rather than from the trunk at base. The outside of top j B a limiting factor, since the allow ance should be made for leaning of the same, or possibly all of the tree on the leeward side. The nearest row to the tree row should be far enough from the row to permit the horse in cultivating to pass freely and without letting har ness catch into or come in contact with branches of tree. It will sur prise those who have never given the subject much thought, the difference that the lean or incline of a tree makes, when It deviates from P lumb or a vertical line. In the I wrlter 8 "P 1 " 10 « the space between . , . . . years old, or branched trees are used, . tree row and the nearest winter-crop row should not be less than four feet the year trees are planted, if two and farther each succeeding year. PAPER POT IS INEXPENSIVE h e i p , Take a piece of stiff paper (not neceB sarily cardboard) and on it draw tw0 c i rc i e s, one within the other; the outer circle should be six Inches ra £i u8> and the inner one three. Cut out the portion of paper inside the Little Device Easily Made and Suc cessfully Serves Many Purposes In Starting Seeds. Here Is a little device, so inexpen sive and so easily made, and which successfully serves so many purposes in starting seeds and plants, that every one should avail himself of its smaller circle, and trim to the llna of the outer circle, thus having B hape like a doughnut Cut this round piece of paper into three equal ( 0r j t may be halved for large r* ; v.y Paper Pot at Two Stages. plants). Use one of these parts as a pattern, and cut as many like it as you want. On one end of the arc cut into the outer end, three-quarters of an inch from the end, a slit half way across ^ pBper; on the other end cut the Bame from the inner edge. Then bend the strip and lock the slits together to hold each other as fastenings to the pot The little paper pot will be bottom less and will have set In sand or soil, whichever is to be used as ground to grow the things in, and filled as any pot, putting the seed, cutting or plant it in the usual way. The soil into which the pot is plunged must, of course, be kept moist. When the plant is ready to be shifted to a larger, or transplanted, the paper can be torn ofT, leaving the ball of soil undisturbed, and the plant will feel no shock of removal. Many plants cannot stand trans planting by the usual way, and for such these little paper pots are found to "be "invaluable. Vive them a trial. H. W. M. m A sick hen 1b never a paying invest ment Dry coops are cheaper than sick chicks. For the egg eating habit try darken ing the nests. Little and often is a good feeding rule for chicks. Poultry success depends more on condition than on breed. Crossing breeds Is a step backward in the chicken business. If chickens are worth raising at all It Is better to cut a chicken's head off than to let him eat it off. Sell, kill or confine all male birds Overheating is responsible for move troubles than underrating. . .. . . .. , Disinfecting the Incubator between It * Feed the little chicks what they need, not what you happen to have on hand. Don't forget to have a row of sun flowers; the seeds are excellent for poultry. Remember that water glass solution ... . ... Bllrnrn „_._ ,,_ H1 .. . ?, . . until ^7 A half pint of carbonic acid in two gallons of water makeB a good disin fectant for any purpose. Removing the cause of disease is more satisfactory all around than doo to ring the chicken afterward. UNTRUE FIGURES OF SPEECH If Metaphorical Phrases Were Taken Literally One Might Very Easily Be Embarrassed. No situation is more difficult to deal with than that in which a figure of ipeech becomes a fact I mean that when we have been using a phrase truly, but In its general and meta phorical sense, we are rather embar rassed than otherwise if we find that It la true even in its strict and literal sense There does not seem to be anything more to say. Suppose you heard a family remark casually, "It's madness in papa to go to Norway!" And suppose the next Instant papa sprang into the room through a smashed window, with straws in his hair and a carving knife, and howled aloud: "Ubbubboo! I'm going to Nor way!" The incident would be discon certing It would not be easy to pursuo the subject. Or suppose we said to some stately, silver-haired woman who was annoy ed: "I think it childish of you to take offense so easily." And suppose she trat down suddenly on the floor and bepan to scream for her doll and her skipping rope. We would be at lose. Words suited to the situa tion would not easily suggest them selves Or, If a wife said to her husband, apropos of a luxurious friend to whom he gave expensive dinners: "He's simply robbing you," her re marks would be cut short, rather than further encouraged, by the sight of the friend climbing out of the window with the silver teapot un der his arm. The wife would have the extremely unpleasant sensation of having said the worst thing she could, and .having nothing more to say. Cases, of course, could be multi plied Infinitely; as the case of one who, entering a lodging house, should say "Rats!" in disparagement of its praises, and find himself instantly surrounded by those animals; or one who should remark, "Uncle Joseph has lost his head over this," and should then find him decapitated in the gar den.— G. K. Chesterton, in the Iilus trated London News. Bedtime Story From Tom Morgan. Johnny Chuck had a pain in his head. Yes, sir, that is exactly what Johnny had in his head. You see, Sammy Jay hung Johnny Chuck up on the venerable wheeze which every body but Johnny had heard long, long ago, viz.: "How much wood .would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck would chuck wood?" Now, Johnny is the sort of a chucklehead that takes everything seriously, and so he went to work in deadly earnest to figure it out. And because he couldn't ar rive at a satisfactory answer he be gan to fear that his brains were leak ing. So he developed a grouch and went grumping around like Aunt Prêt tie and Uncle Pepys do when they eat too much, and grow so surly that Polly Chuck and the three little Chucks were skeered for their lives. Sev eral days later Sammy Jay flopped around again, and finding Johnny in a low and febrile Btate, railed at him, saying "You remind me of the man who worries and fumes over the im pending Japanese invasion, the awful grief of the crying crocodiles of the Nile, and the hellish injustice of the poor growing poorer and the rich growing fatter, and overlooks the fact that the wife he swore to love and cherish is wearing herself down to skin and bones and fiddlestrlngs try ing to keep a roof over the heads of the children and their accursed lit tle backs and tummies covered and filled. Quit pestering about conditions that ycu don't understand and couldn't change if you did understand them, and do well the small things you are able for. Come out of it!"—Kansas City Star. Birds Lose Fear of Airships. An extraordinary instance of the in telligence of birds forms the subject of a letter received by the French min istry of agriculture from an inspector of forests. Some time ago the inspector re ceived complaints from sportsmen that quail and partridges had become scarce in certain districts. On examining the matter he found the birds had deserted the regions In which aerodromes had been installed. Seemingly they took the monoplanes and biplanes for enormous birds of prey. Finding after some time, however, that their ranks were not thinned by the strange creatures hovering over head, cartridges and quail dispatched scouts to the aerodromes to examine the air craft at close quarters. The result of the Investigations of these feathered envoys was evidently reassuring, for the birds returned to their former haunts and the preserves around Le Mans and RheimB are now as well stocked as formerly. Imbeciles Are Keenest Observers. A Belgian physician, Dr. Demoor, has been making observations on the capacity of different people for judg ing which of two weights 1b the heavier, and has satisfied himself that whl1 ® P e °P le - especially chil dren, fall to appreciate a small differ ence, the reverse is the case with the Imbecile, idiotic and half witted. According to the Lancet he prepar ed two bottles, differing in size, partly filled with a-heavy mineral, but cov ered all over with black paper and exactly equal in weight. These he handed to 880 children between the ages of six and fifteen years. Of these 370 Judged one bottle to be the heavier. The other ten said the two were of the same weight. These ten children were all abnormal or degenerates Reason for the Change in the Present Color of Mourning w Something more than a mere desire for change has brought about the use of white for those in mourning. It 1b the expression of a changing at titude of the mind toward this mat ter of mourning apparel. White is not somber or oppressive to others and therefore will make the most un obtrusive mourning. For the past three seasons black hats of crape (or other fabrics trimmed with crape) have been duplicated in white and it is probable that the idea has been well received because the most au thoritative shops continue to show white mourning. For the summer season veils are made of net bordered with crape. Those for first mourning are large but cool and light, nevertheless. The very large, coarse mesh with wide crape border, either in black or white, can be worn without any incon venience. It is probable that white crape and other mourning fabrics in white will make rapid progress in popular favor now that they are well VISITING DRESS Our model Is in gray face cloth. The skirt is draped at back and front up to the left side, where a large braided button is sewn; above this at front braiding is used to edge the side, also the sides of bodioe, which rest on the silk waistcoat. A fold of black satin is taken across the vest, which forms a "V" over the lace chemisette; the collar and upper part of sleeves are braided. A black satin bow is se wn at the back of neck and waistband. Hat of black satin, trimmed with a feather mount. Materials required: 5 yards cloth 48 inches wide, 1 dozen yards braid, % yard silk 20 inches wide, % yard lace 18 inches wide. Perfused Corset Bags a Novelty. Many women prefer to keep their corsets over night in long and narrow bags thickly wadded and scented. These receptacles are made of all man ner of dainty fabrics, but are most substantial In plain satin or heavy corded silk, hand-painted or hai d-em broldered and decorated with old Frenoh prints framed with tinsel lace. Introduced. White crape is a very beautiful fabric and the process of water proofing to which English crape is subjected has made it prac tical. A turban and veil are pictured here developed in white. The turban is of crepe Georgette with veil of rich net bordered with white English crape. There is no trimming on the turban but the crape border on the veil pinned to the front of the turban and turned back provides a beautiful decoration. Almost a duplicate of this model is shown in black. These serve to demonstrate that it is now simply a matter of choice between black and white mourning. The introduction ot' crape in the body of the hat or in the veil or trimming is significant of mourning and makes these models appropriate for fir«t or deep mourn ing. Crape is the only fabric every where acknowledged as correct for this purpose. JULIA BOTTOMLEY. SERVICE AT AFTERNOON' TEA Flower Basket to Hold the Cakes Is One of the Best of the Ideas Recently Evolved. For the woman who loves a cup of tea in the afternoon and who also likes a small cookie or cheese cracker or some such tid-bit to nibble while sipping her tea, there is a new sug gestion in the way of serving the wa fers and cakes. Often even a sandwich plate will be too small to hold as many crackers are needed when three or four friends drop in for a cup of tea and gossip, and for this a flower basket, the style that is flat with a tall handle, generally used for the garden when picking flowers, is just the thing, for it holds a most surprising number of cakes, and in this way one can easily pass a large number of tid-bits at one time without the leaet inconvenience, and for crackers, decorated with jelly and cheese and such edibles as cannot be laid on top of each other, this flat basket Is unsurpassed. Pink Crepe Skirts. Negligees and petticoats matching are everywhere to be had in pink crepe de chine; one perfectly plain one unllned. with very scant elbow sleeves, is finished with the border of white eider down; it is priced at $7.96, and could be made more suc cessfully for about half the amount at home. Another model is of pink char meuse, draped with white chiffon and trimmed with a rever effect in shadow lace, which is caught in with a ros ette of the chiffon at one side of the skirt but this gown is spoiled by a flowered white satin girdle. For those who care to dress a little out of the ordinary run of apparel there is a boudoir gown of greenish yellow near ly of mustard tone. Its material is crepe de chine, and, of course, stock ings of Bilk and garters of saUn, and the petticoat Is to be had matching. Almost all the boudoir slips are of clear white lace. A woman may make herself very charming In the present styles in her boudoir. Platinum Jewelry. A new and luxurious purse has the mesh of woven pearls incrusted with diamonds delicately set in platinum Gold purses in new shapes are also made of this same mesh de luxe. One worthy of mention was hexigon shap ed, held by a tUy platinum chain with a diamond and pearl incrusted ring Intended to be slipped over the finger. The pattern on each side of the bag represented a bit of bead embroidery in bright colors, precious stones being substituted for the beads. Tulle and Brocades Combined. Brocades are used for sumptuous evening robes, when a large, rich pat tern will compose part of the effect and perhaps mousseline or fine tulle the other.