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RENTING A SUM
MER COTTAGE
By DOROTHY BLACKMORE
(Copyright, rgoza, by Associated Literary Press.
Dolly Meadows hesitated on the
steps of the tiny office of the Suburb
Land company and closed her pretty
parasol. Then, summoning courage,
she stepped within.
The man at the desk did not look
up. It was his business to seem very
much occupied.
"Do you-" began Dolly, and the
man, whirling about in his chair, be
held her.
"I beg your pardon, madam," apolo
gized the man, jumping to his feet and
taking off his hat. "I-did not hear
anyone come in."
Dolly blushed. She had never been
in a real estate office before. "I came
to see about renting a summer cot
tage-a bungalow-if possible," she
explained, searching in her lace chate
laine for a card.
"Certainly," replied the man, offer
ing her a chair. "We have several
ready for occupancy. Be seated,
please."
Dolly had unearthed the object of
her search and was handing the man
the card. "You may know my-hus
band," she said.
"Mrs. J. Lawrence Meadows," the
agent read on the bit of pasteboard
he held. "Oh, I know of him. I have
not met him personally."
"I-that is-we want a six-room cot
tage with a little ground."
"Exactly," the man nodded. "Would
you care to come out now and see
Dolly Thought She Had Never Seen
Anything So Beautiful.
what we have? Our machine is at the
door and it will facilitate matters to
go straight to the available cottages,
Mrs. Meadows."
Dolly watched him as he stepped
outside into the miniature garden that
surrounded the suburban office. He
strode down the gravel path, and she
observed with admiration the grace
ful swing of his broad shoulders. Pres
ently he returned and said that he
was ready, to go with her.
He assisted her to the tonneau of
the great car and, instructing the
chauffeur, took the seat beside her.
Dolly, to keel) the sun from her eyes,
raised her parasol and sat within its
warm pink glow telling the real estate
man exactly what she desired in the
way of a cottage.
They drove about the parkway of
the attractive new suburb and Dolly
commented on the beauty of the flow
ers and shrubbery. "You owe a great
deal to the landscape artist who did
this work for you," she remarked, as
they passed an arched retreat in
which were rustic benches, tete-a-tete
seats and clambering blossoms every
where.
"I myself am that artist," the man
replied, not without a toucb of van
ity. "I was a landscape artist before
I became a real estate man," he added.
They were approaching an artistic
little Devonshire cottage set well back
from the road and the man explained
that the place would be ready for oc
cupancy by the first of the month.
"I'd love to look at it," exclaimed
Dolly.
"We shall do so," the man told her,
as the machine turned into the blue
stone driveway.
In many respects, Dolly discovered,
the cottage was what they wanted, but
there was one chamber too few, and
she decided that tic exOptsure of the
dining roonm was not exactly what she
had in mind.
"I do love the morning sun for
breakfast," she explained, "and I'm
sure it can't get 'round here until
after noen." Dolly looked very wise
indeed, and when she looked wise her
dimples were not at all in evidence.
The next house on the route was a
pure type of huntgalow with five rooms,
all on one floor and with a porch all
the way around. Dolly's objection to
the pilce was its close proximity to
the neighbors, so they entered the car
and went in search of something else.
"Here," the man began, as they
wlgiroached a pretty hedged-in place,
"I. a Queen Anne cottage with Us'VY
rooms, including the nursery on the
top floor.".
"Oh, how lovely!" exclaimed Dolly,
jumping lightly from the car. They
stood in front of a pale gray cement
cottage with the long slanting root of
the Queen Anne type, and Dolly
thought she never had seen anything
so beautiful as the way in which the
delicate pink of the Dorothy Perkins
climbers lay against the house and
clambered over the windows. The
children could have a place to play in
rainy days, for they surely would be
out of doors at all other times. Do
let me see it."
The man, if he marveled at the fact
that this lovely young woman was the
mother of at least two children, did
not look it. He took every opportu
nity, unobserved, to drink in the beau
ty of her face, and every minute that
he remained with her disclosed some
new and charming characteristic. Per
haps, he was thinking, it would be-as
well for him if she could not find a
suitable cottage in this suburb.
"What a lovely living room!" Dolly
exclaimed as they stepped within the
great room. "And what a love of a
fireplace! How I hate flats!" she add
ed vehemently and then she turned to
look the man squarely in the eyes.
"That very hatred of those coops
called homes in the city is what makes
your business thrive, isn't it?" she
asked, by way of explaining her impul
sive outburst.
The man nodded. "Yes," he admit.
ted, "that's it. It's good for our busi
ness and bad-very bad-for the doc
tors." He was wondering what fur
ther dimples the young woman would
display. He had just caught sight of
another in her chin. He began to be
lieve that her very soul must be
dimpled.
They began to ascend the broad lov
stairs that rose from the living roon
and crossed, Juliet-fashion, to the ex
treme end of the room before continu
ing their upward way. "I'm Just craz3
about this sort of a staircase," Doil3
was saying. "You can put the piant
beneath-right down there," she ex
plained, leaning so far over the rail
fog that the man was fearful lest she
fall, "and when someone is singing
well, say a love song-he can look ur
in the most effective fashion if-for
instance-there is a girl standing
here."
Dolly had almost forgotten that she
was on the dignified mission of rent
ing a cottage. She had dropped into
her habitual frivolous manner and the
real estate man was marveling at ev
ery turn.
"One-two," Dolly counted, looking
from the upper hall into the chambers
opening from it, "three-and a bath."
"And the nursery!" the man added.
"Oh, yes-for Dolly and John and
Muriel!"
"Three?" the man asked, mildly sur
prised.
Dolly nodded. "Yes-but Muriel is
only two months old."
"I see," breathed the real estate
man. "Your hands are full."
Dolly blushed. "I'm so glad you
don't object to children, as so many
house owners do," she said. "We've
had such a time," she sighed as with
the weight of the world on her pretty
shoulders.
After that they looked at various
cottages and at last returned to the
gray Queen Anne nestling among the
pink roses.
"This," said Dolly, wisely, "seems
to be the most nearly suited to our
needs. I shall have them come and
see it tomorrow," she said, pointedly,
and looking down at the tip of her
parasol."
She felt, rather than saw, the look
the man at her side gave her. Thee
were standing on the porch near a
rose vine.
" "They?" he asked. "I thought it was
for you, Mrs. Meadows."
"I am Miss Meadows, and it is for
my brother and Mrs. Meadows-and
their children and-myself, that I am
looking," she explained wickedly.
"And the card ?" he asked.
Dolly laughed. "I thought I might
get more attention if you believed I
was married and looking in earnest
for a cottage."
"In this case-if I may say it," he
said, "you might have had more at
tention under the reverse circum
stances."
"But-I'll be here all summer," she
said. "Then if we like it we'd like
an opportunity to. buy-to build," she
added. "We would take the house
with that option."
"Certainly."
But at the end of the Fummer it was
Dolly and the real estate man who
wanted to build a home as nearly like
the Queen Anne as possible-even to
the Juliet stairway.
"Those stairways are so nice for
love songs," the real estate man ex
plained as he stood, at the end of the
summer on the landing saying good
night to Dolly.
What Did He Mean?
"I suppose," remarked the beauty
from the metropolis, "that the uglier
your scarecrows are the better?"
"By no means," returned the ungal
lant farmer; "the worst looking
scarecrow ever made Wouldn't keep
away the crows any better than you
would."
His Family a Failure.
"Poor old Il1nkriey."
"What's the matter with him?"
"They've got his ton in a strait.
jacket and his daughter wears a hob.
ble skirt."
Another Handful.
"Pierpont Morgan has the grip."
"What! On something else?".
Youngstown Telegram
HOLD GRAVES SACREE
7 CHINESE ARE EXTRAORDINARIL¶
CAREFUL OF THEIR DEAD.
e Rerevence Carried to an Extreme
s In the Yellow Country-Case in
d Point Shows How Obstinate
e They Can Be.
a
e Better strike a Chinaman than step
o upon his ancestor's grave. They are
finding that out to the great detriment
t of industry and agriculture all over
Cathay-for the Chinaman will simply
I not allow a railroad or a plow to pass
through what he suspects is the dust
of one of his honorable forbears and
t there is no condemnation law in China
to force him to sell the graves.
The instance of the Russian rail
road from Harbin to Port Arthur,
which made a 26-mile detour to avoid
the ancient Manchu tombs at Muk
den, has been often cited to show the
expense and trouble that may arise
from this cause. This was many
years ago and there seems to be a
popular idea, even among old foreign
residents of China, that the going for
the "right of way" men and the build
ers of railways is much easier now
than then. As a matter of fact, since
people are dying right along and the
number of graves increasing as a con
sequence, it is very doubtful if condi
tions are not becoming worse rather
than better. The Chinese have ac
cepted the railway as a convenience
in transportation, not as a destroyer
of their beloved graves. They have
shown the greatest readiness to
patronize it once it is built, but they
never have ceased, and never will
cease, putting obstacles in the way of
a line that disturbs so much as a
single isolated ancestral resting place.
Many of the foreign educational in
stitutions of China have been years
acquiring the land for their grounds
principally on account of graves-and
the blue print maps of some of their
holdings reminds one of the dra'wing
of the original "gerrymander" con
gressional district in Massachusetts.
The Canton Christian college, in South
China, has a striking monument to'
the obduracy of a solitary grave-hold
er in the form of an upright cylinder
of yellow clay in the middle of its
basketball field. Not the desecrating
touch of the feet of the hated "for
eign devils," not the turmoil of the
mad games that surge around it, not
even the fact that its elevated crest
is occasionally utilized by an ir
reverent student as a coign of van
tage from which to toss a goal, has
led the old woman that owns it to ac
cept the generous offer made her by
the college authorities for her little 1
"six feet of soil." Her husband used
to sleep with all the babies crying,
she says philosophically, and it is
hardly likely that a little noise will i
trouble him now. He will let her know 1
through the priests when he is dis
turbed and until then she knows that
he will rest better where he is. Of 1
course, the obvious thing for the col- 1
lege authorities to do would be to pay 1
a visit to the geomancers and arrange 1
that the old lady should be instructed 1
that the "fengshul" decreed that her 1
late husband would rest quieter in
some other place; but as "subtlety" E
of this class is hardly in the line of a t
Christian institution, it is not unlike- t
ly that the strange looking cylinder E
of yellow clay may star the campus f
basketball fiele. until the game old a
!ady is herself numbered with her an- s
cestors.
_______________________t
The New Hydrocycle.
First came the bicycle, with which
all are familiar. Next came the mo
torcycle, clipping it through the
streets at terrific pace-the power be
ing supplied by a mysterious box un
der the rider's seat, which gives the
machine is name. Now comes an in
ventor at Oakland, Cal. E. Frey, with
a new machine called the hydrocycle,
which is a motorcycle designed to run
on water. Mr. Frey has long since
won recognition in mechanical con
trivances-his new gas engine, now
in general use, demonstrating the fact
that he is something more than a
mere dreamer of dreams. His hydro
cycle has three wheels, which are
floated by two air tanks located in the
center of the machine. Rudders for
steering are attached to the tanks on
either, side, and are controlled by a
small wheel placed between the han
dle bars. The third or extra wheel is
in the rear-the three wheels being in
line or tandem. The rider's seat is
located between the first two wheels,
while the third wheel in the rear i1
supplied with ten paddles on either
side, which extend six inches beyond
its rim and so reach down into the
water. The hydrocycle is thus a mo
torcycle, propelled by a third wheel
carrying paddles at the stern.
A Devoted Constituent.
"That member of congress says you
have voted for him for the last 15
years."
"That's right," replied Farmer Corn
tossel.
"You must think a lot of him."
"Well, I dunno. You see, 15 years
ago I had a couple o' boss trades with
him, an' since then I've allus felt safer
with him spendin' so much of his time
in Washington."
Importance Recognized.
"Do you think that man fully appre
ciates the importance of the office to
which we have elected him?" said one
constituent.
"I guess he does," replied the oth
er. "The first thing he did was to
say it ought to command a larger sal.
) POKER MONEY FOR CHURCH
How Statesman of the Past, With
Gambling Proclivities, Helped
Out Institution.
"Thad Stevens, the illustrious Penn
sylvania statesman, used to be a faro
bank fiend in the old days when big
gambling houses flourished on Penn.
sylvania avenue," said Mr. E. W.
Creecy, a prominent Washington pat.
ent lawyer, at the Stafford. "The
games are merely memories now, for
gambling is no longer fashionable
with the solons of the present, at
k'at not the kind that was in vogue
in old Thad Stevens' days.
"If luck went his way Mr. Stevens
wa's just as apt as not to tarry all
nit'ht in his fight to beat the 'tiger,'
anti on a certain occasion which I
rcvmemher as vividly as though it
a, , re yesterday, starting in pretty
carly one Saturday evening, he played
un il the church bells began ringing
lah next morning. Thoroughly tired,
Ii, in a gracious frame of mind, he
di ;vended the steps at Teel's resort,
birwen Four and a Half and Sixth
sr; ets and emerged on the avenue
chuckling to the thought of the big
roll of bills he had brought away.
Fortune had been with him and he
had hit the bank hard.
"le had hardly turned in the direc
tion of his hotel when a good lady
clam he knew in the friendliest way
accosted him. Little did she sus
pect what the grim old senator had
been up to during the preceding
12 hours. Politeness demanded that
he should listen to her talk.
"'Mr. Stevens,' she began, 'I am
awfully glad to see you this morning.
The truth is that I want you to help
our church a bit. The congregation
is sad and distressed at its inability
to raise enough money to pay off a
long-due mortgage. Will you kindly
give us a donation?'
"'Madam,' responded old Thad, 'it
will be a genuine pleasure for me to
help your church. How much will it
take to wipe out the whole debt?'
"'The mortgage is for $2,000.'
"'Here, then,' said Stevens, going
down into his jeans, 'is the exact sum.
Take it with my compliments,' and
before the astonished woman could re
cover enough to even thank him he
was stumping down the avenue, re
peating to himself: 'God moves in a
mysterious way his wonders to per
form.'
"The donation was to a dollar what
be had won at faro, but the good
church folks had never the slightest
suspicion that they had accepted taint
ed money."
One Tie That Binds.
"In some cases the tie that really
binds is the same pet superstition," a
woman said. "Since last Thursday my
maid and I have had a much keener
appreciation of each other's virtues.
Sadie went shopping. When she had
been gone half an hour she telephoned
that she had left behind the carefully
compiled list of things she wanted to
buy and was afraid to cross her good
luck by coming back for it. Would
it be too much trouble to look it up in
her room and send it by the Janitor's
boy to the store where she was wait
ing?
"My heart throbbed with sympathy.
Sadie had always seemed rather a taci
turn person, but that message showed
that she was very human after all.
She felt just as I did about going back
for a forgotten article; therefore no
service I could perform for a fellow
sufferer could be too much trouble.
The Janitor's boy was out, so I spent
time and money to take the list to the
store myself. But I do not regret it,
for are not Sadie and I friends for
life?"
Splitting Paper.
Here are two good ways to split a
piece of paper: First, lay the paper
on a piece of glass, soak it thoroughly
with water and then press it smoothly
over the glass. By using care, the
upper half of the sheet can then be
peeled off, leaving the under half on
the glass. When dry it will come off
easily. Be sure that the glass is per
fectly clean.
Second, paste a piece of cloth or
strong paper on each side of the paper
to be split. When it is thoroughly dry,
suddenly and violently pull the two
pieces of cloth apart. Then soften the
paste with water and take the two
halves of the sheet from the cloths.
Overwork a Waste of Time.
Overstrained faculties can never
bring out the best results. Overwork
is always a waste of time, and though
it may not seem to be so at first,
eventually the sad truth is always
manifested. To cut off needed recre
ation, to curtail the hours of sleep, to
postpone a holiday indefinitely, to re
fuse to take a rest and ease and
change, under the impression that
thus time is saved, is always a short
sighted policy and often a fatal mis
take. The time arrives when the poor,
abused faculties take their revenge
and refuse to serve altogbther, or do in
so feeble a fashion as to show their
deterioration.
Persia Bans Jules Verne.
The censor of literature in Persia
has banned a Persian translation of
Jules Verne's "Voyage to the Moon" on
the ground that it is irreligious, and
from his point of view he is right. It
will be remembered that a party of
scientists was shut up in a shell which
was fired at the moon from a great
gun. Now the moon is Mahomet's cof
fin, and to shoot at the moon is a
crime in Persia. It is true that the
shell didn't hit the moon, but the in
tention constituted the crime in Per
aia.
DIFFICULT TO EXTRMINATE
INJURIOUS PLUM CURCULIO
Two Methods, Jarring and Spraying, Have Been Found
Fairly Satisfactory - Commercial Grower Must
Fight This Enemy If He Expects to Raise
Profitable Crops Each Year.
In reply to the. following .query: "
have green gage plum trees that are
full of bloom at present, but ever,
year when they get about halt size thE
plums get wormy and fall off. I woulc
like to know if there is any way o:
preventing this," the Wallace's Far
mer makes the following reply:
A little black beetle, which at pres
ent is feeding on the leaves and blos
soms is the cause of wormy plums
which drop off. When the blossoms
fall this little. beetle takes round bites
out of the green plums. It is these lit
tle round bites that causes the lop
sided and gnarly plums. If the beetle
is a female, it will, in addition, make
crescent shaped cuts in the green
plums and insert eggs in these cuts.
These eggs hatch out into the dirty
white little worm with which all who
eat plums, cherries or peaches are fa
miliar.
The only way to prevent wormy
plums is to in some way kill the
beetles before they have laid their
eggs. This is difficult to do, but two
methods have been found which are
Plum Curcullo.
fairly satisfactory. These are jarring
and spraying.
The jarring method of beetle de
struction is based on the fact that the
beetles "play possum" when there is
any disturbance near them. Jarring is
commenced just as the blossoms are
falling, and is repeated every day for
four or five weeks, or until no more
beetles are secured. The method is
to place a sheet or some other con
tainer under a plum tree, and then to
strike the tree a quick, hard blow with
a padded stick or mallet. The beetles
fall to the sheet and may then be col
lected and destroyed. In large plum
orchards time is saved by rigging up
a sheet arrangement on a sort of a
wheelbarrow, or by stretching sheets
on wooden frames. In a large orchard
n Georgia where peach and plum trees
were jarred sixteen times in the spring
over 100,000 curculio beetles were
caught in this way. It is estimated
ERADICATE INJURIOUS WEED
Couch or quack grass is a most in. and destroyed. Rape, buckwheat or
furious weed in all kinds of soil. Root millet are good cleaning crops for late
stocks must be brought to the surface sowing.
CARE OF THE
COLT IN FALL
Found Profitable to Begin Feeding
Animals a Little Grain
Before the Pastures
Begin to Dry.
(By T. H. WHITE.)
Young colts should not be left out
in the pasture until they begin to get
low in flesh. It is much more profit
able to begin feeding them a little
grain and bay along before pastures
begin to dry up, to have them in readi
ness to go on dry feed later without
any serious trouble.
This is too often neglected and
when young colts are brought in thin
in flesh and they cannot be taken
through the winter in the condition
that they could have been this neglect
is answerable.
In weaning the colt from the mare
it should have the very best of care,
as the change of conditions is liable
to cause some trouble. While on the
good summer pasture the mare gave
milk that was easily digested and in
taking colts from milk to dry feed it is
necessary that they should receive the
very best of attention. They should
that the destruction of these beetleb
prevented the growth of over 13,000,
000 worms in the fruit. At any rate
only about.four per cent. of the crop
was wormy, while in surrounding or
chards about forty per cent. was in
jured. An easier though not quite
such a certain way to kill the beetles
is by spraying with lead arsenate. If
the leaves and fruit are thoroughly
covered with this poison, the beetles,
in securing their food, are poisoned
before they, lay their eggs. In brief,
the method of spraying is as follows:
Dissolve lead arsenate at the rate
of two pounds to fifty gallons of wa
ter, then spray the mixture on the
trees so that they are completely cov
ered. The spraying should be com
menced just as soon as the blossoms
fall, and repeated three or four times
at intervals of eight to ten days.
Possibly this treatment sounds like
it is more bother than it is worth. Per
haps it is for the farmer who has but
a few plums, cherries or peaches, but
the commercial grower must fight this
enemy if he is to have profitable crops
each year. Of course in heavy bear
ing years there is enough fruit for
both the curculio and the grower. In
such years the curculio may even doh
good by thinning out the fruit.
DISCOVER NEW
LEGUME EFFECTS
Experiments Made With Timothy
and Oats in Connection
With Legume Crop
at Cornell.
It is well known that a leguminous
crop, when vigorous and abundant, ex
ercises a beneficial influence on the
soil and on succeeding crops. That a
legume may benefit a nonlegume grow
ing with it, by causing the nonlegume
to contain a large quantity of nitrogen
or protein, seems never to have been
ascertained.
Experiments have, therefore, been
conducted with timothy growing with
alfalfa, timothy growing with red
clover and oats growing with peas by
Profs. T. L. Lyon and G. A. Bizzell, of
Cornell experiment station at Ithaca,
N. Y., to determine what effects were
produced. These show that the tim
othy and, the oats contain more pro
tein when grown with the legume than
when grown alone. The increased
protein contents of the hay crop thus.
produced is a matter of considerable
practical importance. It indicates,
moreover, that the nonlegume receives
during the growth of the legume a
larger supply of available nitrogen
than if grown alone. Other conclu
sions drawn from the experiments are
reported in bulletin No. 294, which de
tails the work done.
be properly fed in order to prevent
any bowel troubles. This rule will
hold good in taking young calves
through this period, and in fact will
apply to all kinds of live stock, but
more especially to the young of the
farm which are expected to turn in a
profit for the farmer the next year.
Norway Spruce in Mairie.
Great importance is attached to the
experiment of planting Norway spruce
in Maine. This is the first attempt of
the kind in New England, but experi.
menters believe that the futmure sup
ply of the denuded states may be re
placed in this way.
Desiccated Eggs.
Pennsylvania food experts declare
that certain forms of concentrated or
desiccated eggs are decomposed and
unfit for human consumption and in
some cases produce ptomaine poison
ing.
Buying Stock.
Before you buy foundation stock
make a close study of the breeds and
their adaptability and buy the kind
that are adapted to your needs. Do
not buy anything that is a sheep,
simply because it is a sheep.

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