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By ANNA MUNDSON Dick Doring flung the book into th corner where the evening paper a ready lay, crunmpled and despisec Hopefully he glanced at the clock, bu the hands were still low on the dial It was not yet 7:80, though it seemei fully an hour since he had last lookec up to see the hands at twenty min utes past. It was too early in the season te have a fire, too early to have the win dows closed, but the glass was dowr and the shades were drawn, and the rain beat mournfully against the panes. There were times when Doring liked to sit beside the fire with a book and his pipe, and hear the big drops splash against the sash. But that was when he was comfortable in mind and body, and the suggestion of the discomfort outside heightened the sense of cozi ness within. Tonight he was not com fortable in mind and this conditions was reflected in his physical being. He had dined early because there was nothing else to do, and now he found the paper dull and the books which, in other times, were his favor ites now actually boring him. He did not feel like dressing and going to the theater-all plays were of love; of love that ended happily, and therefore they were not true to life. Look at his own experience! Just because he had told Lena Clayton that her newest fall dress made her look ten years older, there had been a quarrel and for the fifth time she had given back the ring and had burst into tears. There was no longer any novelty in receiving his ring back, and her tears were always an accompaniment to the ceremony. Before he had always protested his penitence before the first round tear Flung the Book Into a Corner. herald of the flood to come-had made its journey down her rounded cheek. This time he had been thoroughly out of humor with himself, Lena and the world in general. He had slipped the ring into his pocket and had told her that if she wanted it again she could ask for it, as various unpleasant things would happen to him before he would make any more overtures. So matters had stood for more than three weeks. Dick told himself that Lena would never be the first to speak, and he also tried miserably to convince himself that it would be insane to hu mor her by abasing himself again. He explained to himself that he was for ever apologizing-which was Very true --and he neglected to add that always the fault was his-which was equally the truth. More than once, despite this new determination, he had been tempted to call up. He had even taken up the receiver of the telephone to get a connection, but the voice of the op erator who served the switchboard of the apartment house had broken the charm, and he had muttered some thing about having changed his mind and had replaced the receiver on the hook. Now he rose from his chair and ap proached the telephone. The shiny black box held interesting possibili ties. In five minutes he could gain speech with Lena without going out into the rain. In five minutes he could set at rest all doubts and wor ries--or in five minutes he could call Benny Harmer over to play poker. He knew that Belding was in and they could make it a three-handed game and ignore the rain and lovers' quarrels. He raised the receiver from the hook and gave Harmer's number. In a moment a feminine voice answered and Doring started. He had never noticed before how much like Lena Clayton, Lina Harmer, Ben's sister, spoke. Funny that they should both be named Lena and both should speak alike. "That you, Lena?" he called. "This Is Dick, Dick Doring." "Dicky, you darling," came in fer vent tones over the wire, nearly caus ing I)oring to drop the receiver. "I knew :hat you \.culd be the first to speak." "I say! Who is this?" demandae Doring. "It's Lena, of course," came the re ply. "Lena Clayton, since you seen to know so many Lenas. Whom did you think it was?" "Lina Harmer," explained Doring promptly. "Her name is Caroline," cried the one at the wire. "Benny calls her Lina, you know, though you girls call her Carrie." "That's too thin, Dickie," came in mocking tones. "The Horners' num. ber is in the South exchange. This i1 Main. You couldn't have made such a, mistake, neither could central. You called me up and your nerve failed you." "It's no such thing," declared Dor ing hotly. "I called Benny up to in vite him over to play poker. I gave the number distinctly. Anyway," he added triumphantly, "you spoke first." "What a fibber!" came in shocked tones. "Why, you called me up." "But you spoke first," he insisted. "You said 'Hello.'" "Of course I did," admitted Lena, "but you spoke first when you called my number." "I didn't call your number," insisted Doring. "I tell you I was trying to get Benny Harmer over to play poker." "And so you called me up," she re torted. "Did you decide to change the game to-hearts?" "It is a pretty good game on a lone some night like this," said Doring. "If you'll admit that you spoke first I'll come over." "I won't do any such thing. How do you know that I want to have you over here?" "Don't you?" pleadingly. "That's telling," teased Lena. "Why i don't you ask if you can come and find out?" "Because I said I was going to wal and make you speak first," he e plained. "Of course, now that you dii speak first, I don't mind telling yor that I saw you yesterday in the nev dress and you look stunning." "Do you really think so?" asked the girl. "It's an awfully pretty dress anc it makes me look 'five years younger.' "An error of fifteen years all told,' declared Doring; "but you haven'l asked me over yet." "You haven't asked to come, and you can't come until you admit that you called up and that's speaking first." "Let's call it a tie," he suggested. "I didn't call you, you didn't call, so we neither of us spoke first." "If you didn't call me, then ring off, and you can get the wire you wanted. I'll hang up the receiver." "Don't do that," pleaded Doring. "I guess-well, I didn't call up, but I'll say I did. I guess I wanted to and well-I spoke first. Now may I come over please?" "If you will be a very good and po lite little boy, perhaps I'll let you come and-and make up." "What was that pause between the 'ands?'" demanded Doring. "Was it kiss and make up?" "Suppose you come over and find out," came the tormenting suggestion. ,"I'll be right over," promised Doring as he hung up the receiver, and rushed over to the closet where his storm coat hung. The boy on duty at the switch board looked up as Doring pased before the desk. "What was that number I called a little while ago?" he asked. "You called 1126 South, but I guess I done give you that number in main you always calls up," announced the youth, "I'm sorry I made a mistake, Mr. Doring. "I'm not," announced Doring as he passed over a bill. "You got the right number, even if it was wrong." Twins Made Difficulty. In the early days of the reign of the late King Leopold of Belgium, a seventh son was born to a Brussels woman, and when the king heard of it and was told that the boy was the seventh successive one, and that no girl had ocme to the family, he asked to be the baby's godfather. Ever since then every seventh son born in Brussels has had the same honor, and the mothers have received gifts in keeping with their station in life. King Albert, in carrying out the old usage a short time ago, had some difficulty because the seventh son was twins. He could not stand for both boys, be cause that would give the family two Alberts. The remedy was found by Queen Elizabeth, who suggested that her little son, the Duke of Brabant, be the godfather of the eighth boy, who consequently received the name of Leopold. Child In Forgotten Grave. A touching little incident occurred at Santa Barbara, Cal., the other day when laborers excavating in an ave nue uncovered the forgotten grave of a little child. Three feet under the pub lic highway, unmarked by headstone or monument, a tiny coffin, bearing a silver name plate with this inscrip tion: "Our Darling," stopped the picks and shovels of men digging a trench for a gas main. There was nothing to indicate the identity of the dead child. The condition of casket and body in dicates that it has been in the grave for at least fifteen years. Didn't Follow Instructions. Bald Patron-Here! I've .rubbed this dope on my head for three weeks without result, yet you said it would grow hair on a billard ball. "Well, how do you expect it to grow hair on a billard ball when you rub it on your head?"-Life. Where Was the Moon? Gerald-Do you remember the foggy night I proposed to you? Manme-I have a hazy recollection of it. ALFALFA PEST ACCIDENTALLY BROUGHT TO THIS COUNTRY Common in Europe, Western Asia and Northern Africa Where Insect Does More or Less Damage to Plant Discovered in United States, Near Salt Lake City, Utah, in Spr4ng of 1904. (By F. M. WEBSTER, United States De partment of Agriculture.) The alfalfa weevil (Phytonomus mu rinus Fab.) is not native to America, but has been accidentally introduced from Europe, western Asia or north ern Africa, where it is common, and where, while more or less destructive to alfalfa, it is probably prevented by its natural enemies from working se rious and wide-spread ravages. Just The .alfalfa weevil (Phytonomus murl fus): Adults clustering on and attacking sprig of alfalfa. About natural size. where or in what manner it was brought to this country no one knows, but it was first discovered in the ipring of 1904 in a small field of al alfa near Salt Lake City, Utah, and Lttention promptly called to its pres ,nce by the Utah agricultural experi nent station. The beetle itself (Fig. 1) is usuall7 less than one-fo urth of an inch ii length, varying from one-eighth tc three-sixteenths inch, and when fresh ly emerged from the cocoon, withix which it passes from the larva to the pupa, is of a plain brown color. In I few days this brown becomes darker mixed with black and gray hairs which give it a spotted or mottled al pearance, as shown, much enlarged in Fig. 3. Gradually these scales anc hairs become rubbed off, so that it spring we frequently observe individ uals that appear almost entirely black, with small, irregular gray spots upon them. The insect winters entirely in the beetle stage, seeking shelter, before the frosts of autumn commence, either in the crowns of alfalfa plants, close to the surface of the ground in the field, or under leaves, matted grass, weeds, and rubbish along ditch banks, haystacks, and strawstacks. Indeed, it is oftentimes found in barns where the hay is kept over winter. When this hay is being put into the barn in late summer, one side of the barn has been observed to be almost covered with adults, and in winter and spring, when the hay is being fed out, the The alfalfa weevil: Adult. Much enlarged. floor of the barn will often be swarm ing with 'the beetles, like ants about an ant hill. It has been estimated that fully 80 per cent. of the beetles that go into winter quarters in the fall live through until spring. With the com ing of spring the, beetles make their way forth from their hiding places and attack the young growth of alfalfa' as soon as there is sufficient food for them. In ordinary seasons they may GOOD SUBSTITUTE FOR GATE '±ne gateway shown in the illustration is always closed to animals, but affords a convenient passage for people. The wing panels are 8 to 10 feet nt length be expected to appeir the latter pail of March, and, the egg-laying period usually lasts from early April until early July. In very early spring, before the plants have made much growth, the beetles often push their eggs down between the leaves, the usual place of oviposition, however, being in punc tures made in the stem (Fig. 2), and some damage occurs at the very be ginning of ,the season on account of the beetles pncturing the young stems and killing them in their efforts to oviposit in them. Some idea of the abundance of these eggs and the ex tent to which the pest may breed in vacant lots and other waste lands where alfalfa has escaped from cul tivation and grows as a weed may be obtained from the fact that in one case a single plant has been found to contain 127 of these egg punctures in the midst of the egg-laying season, with the punctures fresh and new. As one puncture may contain anywhere from a few to over 300 eggs, probably 10 or 15 on the average, this single plant presumably contained between 1,000 and 1,800 eggs at the time it was Dseerved. If these hatched and half 3f them developed into female beetles nd 80 per cent of the latter passed he winter, this plant might in a year ;ive rise to over 150,000 beetles. Most of these eggs hatch in about en days after being deposited, and he minute young, almost white in ,olor, make their way to the leaves, The alfalfa weevil: Larvae attacking a sprig of alfalfa. Natural size; larva at right much enlarged. first eating holes therein, soon as sume a decidedly green color, and when full grown are about one-fourth of an inch long, with a white stripe along the back and the somewhat hooked appearance shown by some of those in the illustration (Fig. 2). The attack is now confined to the young leaves and the crown of the plant, thus preventing its growth, and a bad ly infested field of alfalfa will fre quently attain no greater height than about six inches, too short to mow at all. If the field is mown over most of the larvae will, of course, be shaken off and drop to the surface of the ground. While some of these perish, those that survive and live upon the fresh growth, together with those hatching from eggs deposited after the mowing, develop sufficient num bers to overwhelm and destroy the second crop. The larvae continue to attack the plants, being most abun dant during May and gradually becom ing less abundant throughout the month of June. As these transform, the adults become more and morq abundant as the season advances, and not only do they feed upon the fresh growth, but they also eat the bark from the stems, and thus, where ex cessively abundant, totally destroy the second crop. Wool-Growing States. In wool production New Mexico stood first among the 12 southern states for 1910 with 3,783,300 sheep and a wool clip of 23,078.135 pounds; Texas came second with 1,467.576 sheep and 8,805,456 pounds of wool, and Kentucky held third place with 848,250 sheep and a wool clip of 8," 817.125 pounds. Average Size of Farms. The average sized farm of the coun try contains a trifle more than a hun. dred acres. The smallest average acreage is found in the three-acre corn farm in Vermont, while the larg est average is found in the 169-acre ranch in California. LIGHT ESSENTIAL TO TREE; Secretary of Agriculture Issues Bulls tin on IPoints Necessary for Success In Forests. The secretary of agriculture has jusi ssued bulletin 92 of the Forest Serv Ice on Light in Relation to Tree Growth. The bulletin is designed tc show the benefits derived by the tree by light from all angles, particularly that reflected on the roots.' In introducing the subject the bul letin states: "Light is indispensable for the life and growth of trees. In common with other green plants a tree, in order to live, must produce organic substance for the building of new tissues. Certain low forms of vegetable life, such as bacteria and fungi, do not require light. They ex 1st by absorbing organic substance from other living bodies; but the higher forms of plants manufacture their own organic material by extract ing carbon from the air. The leaves, through the agency of their chloro phyll, or green coloring matter, absorb from the air carbon dioxide, and give off a nearly equal volume of oxygen. The carbon dioxide is then broken up into its elements and converted into organic substances which are used in building up new tissues. "Light also influences transpiration, and consequently the metabolism of green plants. It influences largely the Itructure, the form and the color of the leaf, and the form of the'stem and the crown of the tree. In the forest it largely determines the height growth of trees, the rate at which stands thin put with age, the progress of natural pruning, the character of the living ground lover, the vigor of young tree growth, ;the existence of several* storied forest and, many other phe nomena upon which the management of forests depend. A thorough under standing, therefore, of the effect of light upon the life of individual trees, and especially on trees in the forest, and a knowledg'e of the methods by -Which the extent-of this effect can be determined are essential for success. !ul cultural operations in the forests." 17-YEAR LOCUST HARMLESS Officers of Bureau of Entomology Say There Is No Danger to Be Feared -Feast for the Birds,. "Don't hurt' the ptetty things; they are harmless," And "Don't be scared," are two don'ts issued by the depart ment of agriculture with regard to the 17-year locusts which have now appeared. Farmers all over the coun try have ben throwing all kinds of fits after reading the "scare heads" of newspapers resulting from the ap pearance of the insect, and are send ing in scores of letters to the de partment asking for immediate relief, says a Washington dispatch to the Baltimore American. Every time the department predicts the appearance of the"T3-year or the 17-year cicada it endeavors to impress on the farmers the fact that it is harmless and should occasion no alarm, but all this good work is thwarted by newspapers which endeavor to find something sen sational in the curious workings of nature. So harmless are the cicada consid ered that many years ago there was a brood "planted" artificially in. the grounds of the department of agricul ture. They came out on schedule time at the end of 17 years, and as near as could be estimated there were about 20,000. But not one ever reached the singing stage. The birds attended to that, just as they are at tending to all the broods that are com ing out this year. The crow-black bird is the one that lives high while the 17-year locust last, while the rob Ins, the wrens, the .bluebirds and even the despised sparrow wax fat on a diet of cicada. The officials of the bureau of ento mology are interested in the appear ance of the brood, but say there is no danger to be feared. In the Sheepfold. Regularity in feeding is of much importance. If it can be so arranged as to feed at 8 o'clock in the morning and 4 o'clock in the afternoon, it is about the best that can be done. No live stock will make better use of a few turnips or other roots, in winter, than will breeding ewes. It is advis able, too, to give them a little grain.. It helps them wonderfully. If the flockmaster knows just when to ex. pect lambs he can often save the life of a nice lamb by watchfulness and a little care at the right time in seeing that the mother takes due care of it. Possibly he may lose a few hours' sleep during the season, but when he comes to sell the lambs and put the price in his pocket, he can reflegt that this lost sleep is paid for. Progress of Farmer. No longer is the farmer known as the "cracker" or the "hayseed." The scientific aspect of the industry has changed all this and the farmer with chin whiskers and seedy clothes has ranished and he is nearly extinct in :he hamlet, the cross-roads general store and the village postoffice. The laily newspaper, the daily mail, the 'ural delivery, the telephone and the rolley have nearly annihilated him. nstead of idling around the store the armer may now be seen at the club r in the city buying stocks and creaking into the millionaire class. Revive Dying Tree. If you have a tree about the place hat is dying and you wish to renew to youth, plant woodbine at the base nd in a few years the tree will be overed with foliage and have way. ng banners more beautiful than in to prime of life. HERE'S A BIG FAMILY MOTHER AND HER THIRTEEN; BABIES START SENSATION. All the Youngsters Were Under Five Years and Conductor of Train Mis took Family for a Sunday School Picnic. Carrington, N. D.-The Soo line hauled the record family of the world through here on one of its fast trains a few days since. Thirteen children two pairs of twins and three.sets of triplets--all boys and all born' within the last five years is the record of Mr. aid Mrs. Frank Scott, erstwhile of Alberta, British Northwest, but now of Oklahoma,, where they will make their future home. Since the mem bers of the Scott family commenced toc move, they have taxed the passenger equipment of a number of railroad systems and have given several pas senger conductors nervous prostration to say nothing of the anxiety caused station agents at transfer points. Frank Scott left Alberta last fall" and went to Oklahoma, where he was lucky enough to get i at a land draw ing and win 160 acres. Now thecfam ily has followed, passing through this city. The mother and thirteen little Scotts left Alberta and came byi way of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the four teen riding 3,000 miles on one first class ticket, which is considered a rec ord by railroad men. As Conductor Jarvis entered the train he looked down the aisle of one of the coaches and seeing the Scott family, remarked to himself: "Here's a Sunday school picnic." When the train was under way and Conductor Jarvis went through the cars to take up tickets, he came upon the Scott family, the mother and children scat tered over five seats. Stopping in front of the mother, Mrs. Scott passed up one ticket, calling for the transpor tation of one person and no more. Looking about, with a wave of the hand, Conductor Jarvis asked: "Are these yours? If they are, you will have to pay for some of them. You can't carry the inmates of an or phan asylum on one ticket." Here Mrs. Scott proved that she was equal to the occasion and asked: "Don't the rules of the road provide that all children under 5 years of age shall ride free, when accompanied by a parent?" "Sure," responded the conductor, "but this is no family; it's a school on an outing, and you will have to pay balf fare for a half dozen or more." To prove that it was a family and no picnic, Mrs. Scott went down into a suit case and brought out the family Bible and opening it to the family rec ord, called the roll. "Over there are Ashbel, Archer and Austin, triplets, 4% years old; in that seat are Arthur and Arnold. 3% years old, in the seat in front are Allan, Al mon and Alvin, triplets, 2125 years old; across the aisle in that seat are Albert, Albion and Adolph, another set of trip lets, 18 months old, and here in the seat with me are the babies, twins, Abel and Abner, 6 months old. I have been married nine years and have lost six boys, or two pairs of triplets. We are now going to Oklahoma to start anew, where Frank, my husband, has a farm and there try to raise a family." Convinced, Conductor Jarvis passed the members of the family, the chil dren on the rest of the trip being known as the "thirteen little A's." GIRL "DEAD" FOR 13 YEARS Parents Decorated Grave Where She Was Supposed to Have Been Buried-Returns to Her Home. Newton, Kan.-Fourteen years ago Bertha Petterson of Newton eloped with Frank Noble against the wishes of her parents. A year later she was reported to have died after her mar riage and her supposed` grave was pointed out to her parents in a Wichi. ta cemetery. Each year the parents have decorated the grave. Recently they received a letter from Mrs. Noble of Clinton, Ia., stating that she is prosperous, happy and the mother of four children. She was told to come home at once and meet her parents and old friends. The parents could hardly believe their eyes as they read again and again the lines which unfolded the pent up love of a daughter, who no longer could control her heart, yearn ing once more to inquire about the old folks at home. Mrs. Noble knew nothing of her sup. posed burial in Wichita, until she ar rived at Newton. BEDBUGS FIGURE IN TAX PLEA Ohio Board of Review is Asked to Adjust Assessment of infested House. Bandusky, O.-The board of review has received many protests from tax payers who assert they are unjustly assessed. One protest, in a class by itself, was received from J. L. Wat kins, who says a small frame house valued at $1,100 is not worth the sum mentioned because it is so full of bed bugs that no one will live in it. "Several years ago," he says, "I rented this house to a family who brought bedbugs with them. Since then no tenant stays longer in the house than it takes to find another. The law will not permit me to burn the house, but that is the only way the bugs will ever he disposed of." How much a bug-infested house is worth will be determined by the board and the assessment revised.