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CUPID IN MERRY MOOD
Mischievous and Impractical Little God of Love Seems Never to Take a Vacation From His Pleasing Duties. Among His Latest Victims Are an American Mining Engineer and a Grecian Countess —John Bull Shown How Love Laughs at Law —Hospital Ward Made the Scene of a Pretty Romance. Now York.—Within the* space of a irief few days, Cupid has played more pranks than the most romantic school girl could ever conjure up In her wildest dreams! He has brought together an Amer ican mining engineer and a Grecian countess at the mouth of a Mexican mine. He has married ofT a rich young fellow to the nurse who pulled him through appendicitis. He has pre sided at a midnight wedding at which a dashing young naval officer and a pretty chorus girl were the principals. He has hired a special train so that a New York millionaire’s son could marry n divorcee-in another state. Ami last of all. hut not least, he has arranged a wedding on the high seas, outside the International three-mile limit, so that an impatient young cou ple wouldn’t have to wait two weeks for the banns to be published, thus single-handed setting aside the stern and implacable majesty of the British common law. It lias been left for Miss Alice Whyte and M. Hall Cowan to show John Hull how love laughs at law They Just couldn’t wait two weeks longer, so they wore married accord ing to the rites of the Church of Eng land far out at sea. That saved the two weeks banns and made happy two young persons very much in love, says the World. The two young people come from Windsor, Out. The young man popped the question four years ago and got his whispered "yes," sweetest word in the world. Hut they couldn’t be married then, for the fact that the young man hadn't been graduated from the University of Michigan and hadn’t established himself in busi ness. Sent for Promised Wife. 1 He was graduated in 1904. Soon aft- er he got a position with lllram Walk- I er & Sons’ oil interests In Port of ! Spain, Trinidad. He went away and ! did well. He sent for Miss Whyte. I She was too ill to take the journey. So the impatient bridegroom-to-be had to wait But let Miss Whyte tell her own story just ns she told it reclining in The Immodesty of the Peek-a-Boo Waist. By LALI.A SIT.BINI. French Actress. IS far easier to give a definition of immodesty than of modesty. Immodesty can be typified by two words, in my estimation—the “pcek-a-boo waist.” While I appear every afternoon and evening on a roof garden in a tight-fitting bathing suit. 1 must confess my sense of modesty would never go so far as to wear a peek-a-boo waist. There is nothing more immodest than one of these suggestive, half-revealing, half-concealing garments that women have taken as a part of their costuming. } Some one lias said that for me to criticise'peek-a-boo waists is a little strange, since my appearance is so utterly unhampered by con [ventional clothing. Let me make one point clear; there is nothing a steamer chair on the deck of the good ship just before she sailed from the Brooklyn dock recently. Her mother and father were there to bid her Godspeed on her strange wedding Journey, ami so were several frleryis “You see.” Bho explained, “Mr. Cowan couldn’t get away and it cerne down to a point of my going to Trini dad. We had been engaged for fjur years and we didn’t want to wait any longer. But at llrst everything seemed to go wrong. ’ When Mr. Cowan sent for me first I was too ill to go. The second time I couldn't make the Maravai. Then he. sent for me to come on the 6th of August, but that made it too long. So at last we arranged for this trip of the Maravai and Capt. Hunter is golag to give me away. * Well, all our plans were made for thlji voyage.” continued Miss Whyte, “waen suddenly Mr. Cowan discovered thlit we would have to wait for *wo weeks until the banns could be pub lished. Here I was, all ready to sail, without any chaperon except the stewardess, and. I must wait two weeks before I could be married. "We expect to reach Granada on Monday and we plan to be married while the ship Is far out at sea at eight o'clock that evening. Now. you knew, the sea belongs to everybody am? marriage laws —stupid things! don’t concern Father Neptune. So when we land at Trinidad on the next morning—It is 180 miles from Granada -we shall be legally married and the horrid old banns can’t bother us.” It all came out as they planned. Three cheers and a tiger for Cupid till* time! Blindly Led by Cupid. What’s a trip to Mexico where love is concerned? How could the Count ess de Hilly, a charming young widow, or George A. Schroeder, a handsome young mining engineer, guess that It was Cupid who was leading them to the mouth of the Ventura mine In tlexico? Ifr. Schroeder Is engineer for the Vjutura corporation, of London, fcnd al,*<> for the rich Stratton Independ ence mine in Colorado. His corpora tion sent him to the mine in Mexico Just as the handsome young countess weut there on a business trip. They met in that far-off land under sunny sides, and the romance of the place perhaps Cupid had a hand—drew them to ond another. The widow was rich, and among her properties were mines in Mexico. Thither she journeyed a few months I ago to inspect them and there she met the American. The rest was easy, because Cupid had his mind made up. Mr. Schroeder pleaded his case and the Greek countess agreed to become the plain American "Mrs." So they came hack to Brooklyn to be married. There a few days ago they were wed. But this didn’t end the ceremonial part of the wedding. The countess wanted also a wedding in the faith of her fathers, so all the party jumped into automobiles and were whisked over to Manhattan and up to the little Greek church. Seventy-second street, near Lexington avenue, where there was another wedding, according to the full ritual of the orthodox Greek church. There was a crowd of the couple's friends to see the beautiful ceremony, which included hymns and chants by a full vested choir. The ceremonies ended with the crowning of the couple I with flowers. And Cupid had come out victor again. Love God at Work in Hospital. The doctors shook their heads. The lad that lay on the operating table be i fore them was pretty far gone. He had gangrenous appendicitis, and the j poison had already set In. . "One chance in a hundred,” said the 1 operating surgeon as he prepared the Instruments and motioned to his as sistants to administer the anaesthetic. “And now. Miss Vanhorn, If you please," he said, turning to a pretty trained nurse who stood ready to help. Soon the ether had done its work and the knives began. An hour later Carl A. Jaeger, the patient, was back in bed, slowly coming out of the In fluence of the anaesthetic. At his side sat the trained nurse. Miss Van horn, with a look of concern upon her fair face, for the case was very grave. Would the young man’s temperature slowly fall and recovery set in? Or would his heart give out under the tremendous strain of the ether and tlie shock, and he pass away as a tale that is told? The young man stirred and moaned. The nurse fanned his forehead, bead ed with cold drops of sweat. He moaned again. She watched -him as closely as a cat watches a mouse. He slowly came back to conscious ness. "I’m thirsty,” he moaned. The nurse gave him a spoonful of hot water. A full drink of the cold | water he craved might have meant J death just then. When he asked for 1 food he got a sip of milk, nothing : more. The days went by and the young man slowly improved. Finally the surgeon made his last visit. “Young man," said he. “you owe vour life to your nurse, not to me.” That was a year ago. Cupid, the cunning rogue, got in his work at once. Young Mr. Jaeger didn’t want to give up the acquaintance of Miss Vanhorn when he was discharged, cured. He asked permission to call, and got it. It do« sn’t take the wisdom of a Solomon to guess the rest. They were married the other day at the Presbyterian Manse. Hackensack. ; by Rev. C. Rudolph Kuebler. Dr. more immodest about a woman’s figure clothed in the tight-fitting bathing suit than in a statue. While a woman may appear on the stage in a costume which accentuates an act she is giving, it is a part of her stage profession. So long as it is not vulgar from an aesthetic sense, it cannot he vulgar at all. Real vulgarity or immodesty can only exist where the artistic sense is shocked, an 1 to a pure mind with artistic instincts dominating it there cannot he susceptibility to im modest suggestions. The Venus of Medici is an exquisite figure. 1 am sure there are few people who would admit shocked at this old Greek status. Yet how infinitely vulgar and sugg stive she would he if some shocked lady would garb her in a peck-a-bgo waist. On the street I think women should wear street clothes. The peek-a-boo waist with its multitudinous holes, its glimpse of lingerie and colored ribbons is far more immodest than the so-called out rageously low-necked gown of the F.nglish society woman or the strip tights of the beautifully formed actress. American women have gained a reputation of discretion as com pared with French women, hut I must say that we would never be guilty of going the lengths if displaying our persons as the apparently conventional Aiperiean ''r> : n the pvk-a-boo waist. David St. John, head of the Hacken sack hospital’s corps of physicians, and the young man’s father, Gustav L. Jaeger, a rich New York manu facturer, were the only witnesses. Miss Margaret Vanhorn came frem Mahwah and young Mr. Jaeger has a home In Maywood. N. J. They are now away on a wedding trip to Hali fax. Cupid even presides when the sur geons use their knives. Cupid Behind the Scenes. Up the bay soveral weeks ago came Admiral Evans’ fleet and the big In diana, one of Uncle Sam’s crack bat tleships. They rust anchor in the North river, where Admiral Evans di rected, and soon officers and men were ashore stretching their legs. Now, some of those gay young fel lows of the fleet hadn’t seen a pretty girl for so long that they Just ached to go to some show. So what could bo better than "The Social Whirl" at the Casino? No soonir said than done. All hands took a box ami the one closest to tho stage chanced to be Ensign Freeman Hall, paymaster. All of a sudden Cupid took a band. En sign Hall spied dashing Miss Eleanor Lund on the stage and promptly lost his heart. He secured an introduc tion and paid ardent court. The rest of the story was told be fore Rev. Dr. Henry Marsh Warren, the “hotel chaplain,” when a cab drove up before his home. No. 48 West Ninety fourth street, a few nights ago—or rather morning, be cause it was well after midnight. In the cab were the yorjig naval officer and Miss Lund. Now in common with most clergy men. Rev. Dr. Warren retires at an early hour. This particular night was no exception. But the furious jang ling of the bell awoke him and Mrs. Warren. "We want to get married," an nounced Ensign Hall. "Not so fast," cautioned Dr. War ren. “I’ll have to ask a few ques tions.” But he was soon satisfied. He found that the officer was 35 years old and his bride 22. Then Mrs. War ren Was summoned as a witness and tho knot was tied. Hot Contest. A Scotch minister on going to preach to his congregation one Snb bath morning met with the following accident: Leather breeches being the style, and having hung his in the loft during the week, he hastily donned them and went Into the pul pit. While they were in the loft a few busy wasps had built their nest in them. and. as Ihc* good man walked to and fro. preaching to his people, it annoyed the wnsps so that they be gan to sting him. He stood the at tack ns long as possible, getting more excited every minute and gesticulat ing wildly, lie Anally shouted to his astonished congregation: "Brethren and sisters, the word of the Lord is in my month, but the devil is in my breeches!"—Buffalo Times. Expert Swimmer at 72. Mary Wheatland has been giving exhibitions of fancy swimming and diving in the sea at Bangor, England. Mary is 72 years old. and has been an expert swimmer for 57 years. FARM,ORCHARDN & GARDEN SOIL BACTERIA. The agricultural department at Washington issues the following in structions to farmers who desire bac teria for inoculating soils for legumes: “The organisms for the common le gumes, such as alfalfa, peas, beans, clpver and vetches will be distributed to those applicants who desire to aid In testing the efficacy of these organ isms in different parts of the United Slates. As a general rule, the quantity sr,nt to each applicant will be suffi cient to Inoculate a little more than one bushel of the seed for which the 'inoculation Is desired. In special eq,ses, however, when large quantities of seed are to be inoculated, directions ‘fer preparing the culture liquid will 1m. forwarded, and as much as desired can be made up at a cost of a few cents per gallon. In writing state what legume you expect to sow and 'give approximately the date of plant ing so that we may send the organisms in the best possible condition. This is n<*cessary. as our methods require the inoculation to be made either before oi at the time of planting the seed. Fall directions for use are Included in each package sent out. The hac-. teria are beneficial only in connec tion with legumes and are not appli cable to other farm or garden crops. Eren with legumes these bacteria are-of no decided benefit except when proper : nodule-forming organisms are lack ing in the soil, but a crop of legumes with nodule-forming bacteria im proves the form of succeeding rrops. When applying for Inoculating mate rial do not neglect to state the prob able time of planting, kind of seed • and amount to be treated.” ( WITH THE FLOWERS. In taking cuttings be sure to use a .sharp knife. For vines to train upon the trellis in the window garden, we would av vise the Maderia vine and the cobea. Plants that have a rather tough bark like the English Ivy and oleander, root better in water than In sand. When plants arc not growing much, but little water is needed. If too much water is given, there is danger of the soil souring. Among the plants best adapted to cultivation in window boxes are geran iums, fuchsias, heliotropes, plumbagos, J>egonias. pansies and tea roses. In sunny windows almost any sum pier blooming flower can bo grown p iccessfully. Let the children start a window box early this month. Fill Jim box with ordinary garden seeds, not plant the seeds too thick. Flowers on the table during the winter months are greatly appreciated. Aim to combine freshness and variety. It Is not the number but the quality and arrangement. A good way to start cuttings indoors is to place the cuttings In a box of sharp sand, giving plenty of moisture and placing the box on the back of the stove where bottom heat can be fur nished. Plant food is best supplied to plants when they are making active growth. Many plants have been killed by giving them rich food when their stomachs were unable to digest It. A TYPE OF HOO CHOLERA. The department of agriculture re ports the discovery of a type of hog cholera which is not caused by bacteria but which Is none the less exceeding ly contagious, llogs coming in con tact with the sick almost invariably contract the disease, which, fortunate ly cannot be communicated to any oth er animal than the hog. The symp toms noticed are largely the same as In the ordinary swine plague and hog cholera. The first day there is a loss of appetite and listlessness; the second day the hog becomes very sick, hollow in the flanks, with a staggering gait, maybe diarrhoea and again maybe not. The eyes become sore and the lids glued together. Depth usually takes place within seven <5c.y3, and approx imately within two weeks after the first exposure. The disease particu larly affects the kidneys. It is con fined so far to southwestern Iowa, and farmers In that section should be par ticularly carefjil not to allow strange hogs to come on their farms or to per mit their hogs in any way to come in contact with other herds. The department recommends the iso lation of all sick animals and the dis infection of all infected lots with a thorough disinfectant. The details of special methods of treatment will be given to the public by the department in due time. In building fences for swine they should be strongly built. Some pigs are much quieter than others and are much more easily fenced in. When, however, swine that are confined be gin to learn that they can break through a fence. It soon becomes no easy matter to confine them. It is very much better, therefoie, to have the fence strongly built at the first. Some claim that it is necessary to nave a barbed wire strung along the post3 near the ground, no matter what the character of the fence above it. We do not entirely indorse this view. We think there are some kinds of woven wife fence which would be found strong enough to confine swine without the barbed wire referred to. With reference to cooking food for swine, those who write upon the ques tion generally advise against it. They do so on the ground that it has been found by experiment that It does not pay to cook food for swine. The fact, however, is too frequently lost sight of that in the winter season it is wise to steim food for swine for the reason that it may be fed to them in a warm state. When thus fed it warms the body and keeps the animals more comfortable than they otherwise would be. Because of this, therefore. it doubtless docs pay to steam food for swine, when the weather is quite cold, although it does not pay to steam it or cook it when the weather is com fortable. THROW IT TO THE HENS. One of our Ifcaumg poultry papers had the following query in the De cember issue: “What i3 the best way to feed green bone?” The editor an swered: “Throw it to the hens.” It Is supposed that the person mak ing the Inquiry was in ignorance as to the amount to feed, how often, and whether it should be fed in mash or separately. "Throw it to the hens” is misleading advice- Green bone is a stimulating and forcing food for lay ing hens and chicks. It cannot be tossed to the hens as grain is. and fed ad libitum. Both green and dry bone should be fed in small proportion to the ration. If fed in the mash it is more evenly distributed; there is less danger of the greedy birds taking all the meal. If it is fed separately and regularly fowls are not likely to over eat of it. Green cut bone in fair quan tity insures health, growth and eggs; when fed too freely it brings on di gestive troubles and diarrhoea. Not more than a teaspoonful three times a week should be given to the laying hens. "Throw it to the hens” if it seems best, but see to it that each hen gets her share. FOOR COWS. When a man increases the number of his cows at the expense of quality i he does a very unbusinesslike thing. I Better not keep cows unless they are ; good one8. Take better care of what you have and be content rather than I buy poor cows. When one raises his own cows he should test out the heif ers that do not promise well ns possi ble. no matter if they are registered, and have a good pedigree. We must have something in the dairy barn be sides breeding to make a success. We want individuality. When this is well backed up by breeding all the better, but the profitable cow we must have. It is not always judicious to sell a heifer if she does not come up to the standard the first season, provided she ] gives promise of hotter work later on. I One must-use judgment, as well as the scales and Babcock test with a heifer. It is a good plan to have an animal clearance sale and dispose of the un desirable cows to the butcher. NEATNESS IN BUTTER PACKAGES The careful packing of butter has a good deal to do with the fostering of the butter trade whether that trade be with a few private families or with large commission houses. This matter has been frequently referred to in these columns, and without doubt some im provement is being made. The com mission men report that the manner in which butter is put up helps or hinders them in making sales. A creamery that has the reputation of neatness in packing finds itself sought not only by the commission men. but by large grocers that want an article that looks well. This matter of looks is especial ly important in butter that goes to the homes of the wealthy. They will form opinions on the looks of tilings. Two packages of butter may be similar in quality, but i/ one is put up in better style than the other the buyers are prejudiced in favor of that package, and the eaters, if they have seen the package will actually imagine that the butter Is of better flavor. MAKE A NOTE OF THIS. Commission merchants say that on an average there is a difference of four cents a dozen between soiled eges and those that are sent to market bright and clean, and it is not neces sary that all the eggs of a shipment shall be soiled in order to make a consignment rank as such. Even a very small proportion of soiled eggs in a package will cauae the whole to be rated several cents below the mar ket price. The trampling on the eggs by the dirty feet of the liens, fresh from the moist earth of the yard, and the discoloration produced, does not affect the contents, but it gives the eggs an uninviting appearance, and it is not expected that people will be indifferent to the looks of things which they buy for their table. Poultry keepers can afford to take time to clean the shells of the eggs which they send to market when the failure to do so means the loss of four cents a dozen. LAND SKINNING. The land skinning proce3s is under full headway through much of the fertile territory of the great Missis sippi valley, a soil which it has long been customary to say was practically inexhaustible in its natural fertility. The rains are eroding the surface of the hillsides, the weeds are commit ting a continued round of grand lar ceny, and the tenant one-year renter systematic highway robbery prevails over much of this once fertile tract. These lands are better than those of Delaware and Virginia, but they are being needlessly forced to that point where the question of the use of com mercial fertilizers will have to be con sidered. It is only a question of time. Continuous taking from the soil and returning nothing will wear out the best soil the Lord ever made. WHY THE HORSE EATS OFTEN. The horse can conveniently eat for 20 hours out of the 24. A horse which is in good health has a good appetite at all times and is able to stand plenty of work and is rarely on the sick list. To be a good feeder especially on a journey, is a great recommendation in the opinion of every good judge of horseflesh. The reason of a horse be ing such a constant eater is that its stomach is really small in proportion to the size of its body, and therefore it requires feeding often, not less than four times a day. two of which should ! be early in the morning and at night while hay should in the stall be always within* its reach. ( Alfalfa meal is one of the best hog ' foods we know of; in fact, the same is being fed quite extensively to all t live stock including poultry. ( INTENSIVE HORTICULTURE. The Greatest Production Upon tho Smallest Area Should Be the Aim. Horticulture presents a great oppor tunity for intensive work. Fruits and vegetables respond more quickly to high fertilization and high culture than any other farm crops. We have to-day records of horticultural pro ductions that are truly astounding. Thus the Farmers’ Review tells of one man living in Milwaukee produced 600 bushels of strawberries on a single acre. In France the market gardeners have accomplished wonderful things at times in the production of fruit. This is especially true of those carrying on their work under glass. Some of those men keep their ground in crops all tho year around, using artificial heat a large part of the year. Under skillful management a small amount of ground will produce a vast amount of succu lent vegetation and succulent fruit. In tensive horticulture is more Interesting to the man that follows it than is the opposite kind of horticulture. Where a large amount is produced per acre the profits are generally greater than where a small amount is produced per acre from more acres. The whole ten dency of soil.culture in the garden and orchard is in tho direction of more in tensive methods. FERTILIZERS FOR WESTERN FARMS. The majority of farmers on the new and fertile lands of the west and southwest have thought but littlo about the use of commercial fertilizers. Recent changes in crop systems in many sections have led farmers to In quire if there should not be a re placing of the dements taken from the soil. The practice has been to ignore the principle of returning to the soil any plant food, so long as there was a large amount of naturally rich or virgin land. Leaving out tho question of virgin lands, wo havo reached a point where a great major ity of our farms could be benefited by a careful preservation and utilization of plant food. A FEED YARD. The most useful and economical de vice about our farm yard la our feed yard. It is a small space about 50 by 100 feet, inclosed on the north and west by a tight, high board fence; on the south and east, the fence Is lower but some buildings serve as wind breaks. When we commenco hauling tip our hay in the fall we stack all along the north and west sides. This gives us a well sheltered yard where cattle can be fed when It is too cold for them to go out In the pasture and where the young stock can be kept at night until late in the season, as they are protected from tho wind. We can feed from stacks around the yard, and though the yard will need cleaning occasionally, w-e find it a great saving of feed, time and labor. WINTER DRINKING WATER. Hens need plenty of fresh water in winter as well as in summer; but it is much better to warm it before giv ing it to them. Ice cold water Is a shock to the system and is not con ducive to egg production. Provide drinking vessels or fountains that your fowls cannot get their feet Into or scratch full of dirt or straw. If you can.’t invent anything satisfac tory, buy it; regular fountains cost but 25 cents each. Have also before the fowls oyster shells, grit and char coal. A convenient way is to mnko a box with a separate compartment for each. Have good, roomy nests in your poultry bouse; if you darken them, your hens will not lie as likely to get the “egg-eating habit.” GOOD LAYERS. Good layers are the descendants of good layers. The laying quality has been improved and intensified by se lection. It will be noticed that even under very satisfactory circumstances a few liens in the Hock will lay, while all their associates seem to live for no other purpose than to eat. These hens, though subjected to the same hard conditions as the others, manage to produce an egg at irregu lar intervals. Such hens should lie placed by themselves during the breeding season and made the founda tion of the future flock. Some such system as this must he adopted where the aim is to breed up a flock of first class layers. Natural Ability. Natural ability is the brain and hand, energy their tool, opportunity the material which they fashion. A good brain and hand may do much with poor tools and inferior materi als. The best tools and materials ar» of little value in a feeble hand, an I are worthless when manipulated by Imbecility. Do not overfeed the chickens: there Is no more common mistnk'* made. Gorging with food to make fat is no way to find a profit in the egg business. This is especially to be guarded against when hens are confined and do not get much exer cise. They should have plenty of scratching room. The time when cows are made or spoiled is when heifers are ap proaching calving with their firs* calves, and for at least six montha thereafter. Forcing a cow for a short period is not accepted as a legitimate meas ure of her capacity, no matter h<>”‘ well authenticated her performaru may be. • The cow’s ration needs to changed occasionally, even if it necessary to give her something that is less valuable for a time or two. Sugar beet molasses is being fed with success in many sections of th-; country to cattle that are being fin ished for market. Keep the colts In a growing condi tion from the day they enter the world until they are matured. Feed troughs should be large enough to givo i U the fowls opportunity to feed.