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CARNETCROFT BY JOSEPH BROWN COOKE CHAPTER XVIII. H- -* * * 1 fif nwvrr v> ww ■■ • f did not come down to breakfast noKt dajr. aad when luncheon was Barred v Miss Carney remained- away t»* 4m» evTtla Miss Weston, who was coaMtofU to her room, if not to her M. At dinner, which was a- formal af fair In honor of the rector and his wife. Mio» C&raey greeted me cordial ijr. aad/ unaffectedly. but, beyond' an evanescent flush that lighted up her fan c/- ami* vanished as quickly as it came, she gave no sign that my te inarityr o* tile night before hath made tar slightest impression- upon her aalnd. She was superbly gowned, and liar manner, while natural and eatlre . Ijn unconstrained, impressed me as lining, in. a. way. unusually thoughtful aad serious; yet at times her face falrlg glowed with the contested, sat faded; expression of oae whoso cup oC happiness was Ailed and overflaw- I know what it meant, for I could n» longer hide the truth from myself if 1 would, and yet I even than strove t* dOHse a plan* by which I could take myself away, and out of her life Htftbfct in time bar heart would again la free. I did this in good faith, for, realiz ing my unworthiness as I did and Imowingr well that many circum- Kfennen tmd conspired to give her an caalted opinion of me and my abil- HSert. which, otherwise, she never would have reached. I felt it ray duty 4m step aside and not stand in the Wi>— oP the far- greater conquest that she was surely destined to make. No tongue can tnll the eat#at to which. 1 regretted my act of tempo rm-y weakness on the p rev ions even* inve. and I cursed uy indiscretion in Udiidlf advantage of her hour of sor enw and despair when I should have hhen strong enough to withstand the tnmpter, if only by virtue of the great and ever increasing magnitude of my devotion. That she knew it now there cauld be no doubt, and I knew with nqu&l certainty that she returned my ike with - all the ardor of her great warm heart. Mr. Arthur Sedgewick. the rector, •roved to he a jovial sort, of an Indi ctdual, of the florid type and port Winn complexion, while his wife was a demure little woman who regarded him with unconcealed admiration and whose greatest satisfaction in life WBt (PrTteiT from ftatf-sttftnd cxclama •>ns of mock horror at his constant anconventlonai sallies and Jests. "So you saw all the plays in New T‘ he asked, as the conversation hnperceptWT look a theatrical form "Oh. yes!” exclaimed Miss Carney, ic almost her childish enthusiasm. “We went every night and to aU the matinees, too. We had not been in an English-speaking country in so t£at we fairly reveled in the ater and we even saw Maud Adams •Cur times." “Veu like her. then.” I remarked, want of something better to say. ttit feeling it my duty to show an In terest clearly at variance with the tkue object of my thoughts. "Now. Mr. Ware, that is altogether teo had!" returned Miss Carney, in an obviously assumed tone of bad inage. "You said that in exactly the Way that the traveler at sea greeted roommate one morning, when he observed politely, but with about a9 much enthusiasm as you yourself have last shown, ‘Good morning, old man. V hope you are well; not that 1 care • Just to start the conversa tion!* " The rector’s wife looked properly while her liege lord laughed aproariously and cried: "1 heard that story when I was in oollege. Miss Carney, hut unless my memory falls me. the- wording was somewhat different." "I expargaterfi it for your especial sir," returned Mtsft Carney sol emnly and then, in reply to my ques tion. she added: "I think Miss Adams is just too sweet and dainty for anything. Is it really true that she is married?" "It has been rumored that she is married to her manager,” I replied, “but r hardly think It possible, for they are almost never together. You know, she spends her summers in Massachusetts while he is In Lon don. and. just as soon as ho re turns In the autumn, she always starts for the west with the ‘Little Minister—* ** “Merapt" exclaimed the rector's wife, in unfetgdfed astonishment. wfaAe we<all laughed in- spite of our selves. and the revereod gentleman folk into a violent fit of coughing and dropped his fork on. the floor. When the general levity caused by my remark had subsided somewhat, and he was able to speak, he explain ed: “The ‘Little Minister,’ my dear. Is a play, and not a man: I must take you to see it the next time we are in town.” "Is It a biblical play?" asked Mrs. Sedgewick with l interest. “Oh, ' dear, no," replied Miss Car ney. "Just the ordinary sort of a play, with a man and a woman and a whole lot of pathos and comedy sandwiched in and spread around. But it is very sweet and enjoyable. Jlaven’t you read' the book?" “No," returned Mrs. Sedgewick boriously. "1 am so absorbed in E. P. Roe’s works just now that [ haven't time for anything else. l>on’t you think he is a wonderful writer?” ‘Tnrr aehamed to confess that I’ve never read him at all." said Miss Carney-sweetly, "but I hope to, some day. however.” "Mrs. Sedgwick thinks that I only care tor biblical plays.” broke in the rector, hurriedly, as if to forestall any discussion of his wife’s favorite au thor. "and I do think that good pro ductions of that sort should ha en- QQPYRIGHT I DOT BY JTORy-PRBzM CORPORATION couraged and supported. The stage and the pulpit go hand in hand in educating the masses, and plays that direct the mind toward nobler things are- worthy of every commendation and the approval of all good citizens. Many a man. who never gave a thought to the Bible, has been led to a careful study of the Scriptures after witnessing a stirring drama founded on Scriptural history and presented with proper regard to accuracy and detail." "1 am sure that is so!" exclaimed Miss Carney, as a mischievous light came into her eyes. "I remember once, when we were coming away from a most intensely interesting production of ’Ben-Hur,’ overhearing two people engaged in a heated discussion as to whether the Book of Hezeklah was historical or prophetical. I don’t suppose the thought had ever en tered their heads before, and I have always meant to look it up my self. but I have never done so. Won’t you tell me about it, Mr. Sedge wick?” “Hezeklah Hezeklah." mused the rector, puckering up his forehead and rubbing his chin thoughtfully. "You know that Is a book to which we seldom refer, but—er—strictly speak ing. Miss Carney, I feel that it should be regarded—er—in the main as—-er —historical—although some au- “You Know, Annie Is Grow ing Steadily Worse.” thorities do—er—lbbelievee —er—claim —er— ’’ A merry laugh from Miss Carney interrupted this learned speech and her roguish eyes fairly beamed with glee at the momentary discomfiture of her guest, who had recovered him self in an Instant and exclaimed: "I am afraid you are incorrigible. Miss Carney, but I did not think you would be so cruel to me of all persons.” Miss Carney returned his good na tured smile and said, apologetically: "I expected you would refer me to Mr. Ware for my answer or I shouldn't have dared to be ro rude, but I thought It only courteous to put the question to you first of all.” As soon as dinner was over she excused herself for a moment to visit Miss Weston and then joined the other ladies in the drawing-room, leaving Mr. Sedgewick and me to our cigars and benedictine. I fear I made a poor companion, for my thoughts were far away and I realised that, like myself, but with greater success. Miss Carney had been wear ing an air of forced galty and good spirits all the evening. 1 was heartily glad when the guests were ready to leave, and. although I was tired from my practically sleep less night, I wandered disconsolately about the place until nearly ten, when I seated myself in a quiet corner of the veranda to smoke a small cigar before retiring to my room. My brain was so overwhelmed with the realization that my heart’s desire lay within my reach that I sat in a stupid ly dazed sort of way revolving the matter slowly in my mind and try ing to determine the proper course to pursue. My cigar was nearly burned out and I was on the point of going to] my room when a shadow fell across the railing in front of me and Jf?*s Carney stood by my side. "1 wondered if you would be here,” she said, nervously. "I wanted to see you, for there is something I forgot to say to you last night." She had slipped a long coat of dainty brocaded stuff over her dinner dress and. as she stood in the light of the drawing-room window, she made a picture worthy the brush of the greatest genius that ever lived. "I won’t sit down, thank you," she continued, interlocking her fingers and playing with her rings as If greatly agitated. “You know, Annie is growing steadily worse, and the doctor from the village says she must have a nurse, so 1 have tele graphed for two to come at once. Oh! I thought that dinner would never end." She seemed to feel the chilliness of the night air. but, declining my offer to get her an additional wrap, she drew the fur trimmed collar of her cloak more closely about her neck, and went on hurriedly: "You remember 1 once told you that Annie and Jack, my brother, had some sort of a disagreement just bet fore he went away and that he leff this country because of it. Well* Annie told me some time ago that I was entirely wrong in my under standing of the matter, and 1 have wanted to tell you all about it so many times, only I could never bring myself to speak of it.” She paused, and I could see that she was weeping softly, but I had myself well in hand, and even be fore I could speak, she resumed slowly: "You saw Jack when he returned, Mr. Ware, and you must know how 1 feel about it all, but since Annie has told me that he went away only be cause, when she knew of the nature of her disease and that her condition was hopeless, she broke the en gagetnent between them and Insisted upon his leaving her in the hop« that his love would finally die out. 1 cannot but look upon the mattei in a different light. That is why 1 have tried to do everything in my power for Annie, for, while at first I merely valued her as a friend, I now love her as a sister, but I have never been able to bring myself to a point where I could condone Jack's behavior. He has my sym pathy, of course, but he has no reason to follow the course he has and few or no excuses can be made for him.” Her feelings overcame her at last and, wiping away her tears, she sank into the chair that I had left and continued, plaintively: “Annie speaks of him now almost all the time, and the doctor asked me about It, and when I told him he said that if Jack could come to her at once it might do her a world of good. I know it Is a dreadful risk to take in many ways, for Annie did not see him when he was here before, and has no idea of the depths to which he has sunk, but perhaps he would realize his position and do better with her. What do you think about it?" "I hardly know what to say," I re plied. "Have you spoken to Miss Weston about sending for him?" “Oh, yes.” she returned, "and I don't know what to do at all. When ever I speak of Jack it only throws her into a hysterical state, and just as soon as she thinks I am out of hearing she begins to say those dread ful things I told you about. I am afraid it is a matter we will have to decide for ourselves, Mr. Ware.” (TO BE CONTINUED.) OUR WEALTH-MAKERS AMERICAN FARMERS LEADERS IN ENRICHMENT OF NATION. DOLLARS BY THE BILUONS Annual Value of Farm Products In the United Btatos Greater Than the Output of the World's Mines. Statistics gathered by the United States census bureau afford interest ing studies to those who care to delve Into economic subjects. According to the government reports issued cover ing the years up to 1905. the total amount of capital invested in manu facturing in the United States is $12,- 686,265,673. During the year 1905 there w r as produced of manufactured products $14,802,147,087. The same authority gives the in formation that the farm values of the United States reached the enormous sum of $20,514,001,836. and to this, which is the land value, must be add ed sls, which represents farm improvements. It Is needless to give the value of miscellaneous stocks, etc., but it is sufficient to say that during the years 1905 and 1906 that the annual production of the farms of the United States amounted to $6,500,000,000. It will be seen from this that while the value of farms and improvem**uts is very near ly three times the amount invested in manufactures, that the production of the farms annually is only about one half of the value of the manufactured products; but when it is taken into consideration that the farm supplies more than 50 pqr cent, of the articles that enter into the manufactures, it shows how important is the Amer ican farmer. Last year the wealth produced by American farms was live times great er than the value of gold and silver produced in the United States for' the year. It is estimated that the gold produced in the world since the dis covery of America by Columbus up to the present time is approximately $11,368,000,000. During the same pe riod the production of the silver of the world was $12,120,000,000. Thus it can be seen that about every four years American farms bring wealth into the world greater than all the gold and silver that has been pro duced since Columbus’ time. The wealth of the United States Is now es timated at $112,000,000,000. American farmers are adding to this wealth at the rate of between 16,000,000.000 and 7,000,000,000 yearly. The total wealth of Great Britain and Ireland- la placed at $60,200,000,000. At the present wealth producing capacity of the American farmer, in less than ten years the wealth he produces would aggregate more than the total wealth of the great kingdom of Great Brit ain and Ireland. The total wealth of all of Italy is estimated at $13,000,000,- 000. Every two years the American farmers produce enough to buy the kingdom of Italy, and every year American farms produce wealth suf ficient to purchase all of Belgium. Outside of the 13 original states in adding to its (tossessions expended $87,039,768. This includes the Louis iana purchase, the Mexican purchase, Alaska, the Philippines and all United States possessions, covering 2,037,613 square miles of territory. The corn corp of the American farmers each year is valued at 104 times the amount that was necessary for the United States to pay for all Its great posses sions. The cotton crop alone for 1906 was seven times enough to reimburse the United States for its expenditures on account of the acquirement of the vast territories purchased. It is need less to further make comparisons, the American farmer is the great wealth producer of the union. Upon his work is based nearly all the manufacturing, and It may be said nearly all the com merce. While the farmer is a great wealth producer and Is one of the most In dependent of American laborers, he has perhaps just reason for complaint as to compensation received for his efforts. While the results of his labor has given employment to an army of millions of workers, the American farmer has also been sub ject to the operations of combina tions that directly oppose his best in terests. These are the great trusts that control the marketing of what the farms produce. None will deny but that distributing agencies are necessary, but when these agencies become oppressive and make extor tionate charges for the handling of the produce of farms, they become in stitutions that are oppressive. But the American farmer to a great extent appears to be responsible for the building up of such combinations. In his prosperity he has ignored simple principles recognized in business and which are important to him. Presi dent McKinley in one of hia addresses made the statement that to locate the factory near the farm means the greatest economy and the highest prices for farm produce; In other words, the factory makes the home market. For years farmers in the ag ricultural sections of the United States have not alone contributed to ward the support of the stock gam blers and the managers of the trusts, but have assisted in making possible the building up of mammoth aggrega tions of capital in great financial cen ters, and this capital has bem used in the furtherance of combinations that have made it possible to dictate to the farmer what prices he must take for all that he has to. sell. The farmers should understand that money sent from districts to the large cities means the concentration of wealth in these cities and greater support for the trust builders. They should also understand that their farm values to a great extent depend upon the activity and importance of the home town. Should the farmer re lieve himself of the burden that is placed upon him by the trusts and combinations, he can do it by assist ing to the greatest extent the build ing up of industries in his own his county and state. The question is worthy of the most careful consld* eration of every resident of a rural district. The greatest utilization of all home resources can only be brought about by a cooperation of the people. Every land owner and every person employed in the tilling of the soil, should give greater study to economic questions and discover, if possible, how much better all con* ditions under which he labors can be made by a practice of the old-time home patronage rule. D. M. CARR. DEVELOPING THE COUNTRY. Progress of Agricultural Districts and Cities and Towns Go Hand in Hand. The building up process of a coun try commences with the cultivation of the soil generally. First the pio neers, the settlers on the land, begin the building of homes, and closely In the wake of the agriculturists follow the towns. Town building is an Interesting study. It is the highest develop ment of communism. As far back as we can reach in the history-of the world we find the spirit of community of interests. When Columbus reach ed America he found the Indians had their villages. Even among the most barbarous races the communial spirit is found. In our state of civilization cities and towns represent most per fect communial development. Where there are people engaged in any indusstry, it is necessary that there be tradesmen to supply neces sary wants. These tradesmen gen erally seek the most convenient loca tion in the settlement and form the nucleus of the town and city. With the setlling up of the contiguous ter ritory, new industries are brought into existence and gradually there is a growth of the hamlet to the propor tions of a village. The village soon becomes a small city, and its Impor tance is gauged entirely by the trade that it can command to give employ ment to the people residing within it. Geographical location is always an important factor in town and city building. The average agricultural town has a limited territory for its support. From this territory must come the trade to maintain it. The large cities are small towns "grown up." While the small town may re ceive its support (rs>m the immediate territory surrounding it, the city is maintained by the trade given it by a multitude of small towns, and by cer tain conditions that perhaps may make it a place where manufacturing and jobbing may be carried on advan tageously. While the geographical position is important to the small town, it is more important to -the large city, as there are numerous con ditions to be met. and such things as transportation facilities and freight rates are highly important. It may be said that the majority of American cities and towns are de pendent to a great extent upon the agricultural sections of the country. The farms supply the major portion of the articles of commerce and man ufacture, and as well the trade that supports the towns and cities. The community should take pride in the progress of the town which it has been instrumental in building up. The town is all important to the resi dents of rural districts as it affords educational and social advantages that would otherwise not exist. I& many localities there is an erroneous impression that the interests of the residents of towns are different from the interests of the people of the con tiguous territory. A little thought will show how the interests of both classes, the residents of the country and the citizens of the town, are equal; how the" town depends upon the country for its support, and the country looks to the town as a mar ket place and as a convenience in gen eral. Thus we have plainly illus trated how much to the interest of all residents of rural districts that the home town be a progressive place and that all its interests be protected. Try for Factories. Small manufacturing plants are de sirable factors in the business of any town. There must be employment for the residents of a city or town, and any means of supplying this need is commendable. But there is one thing that many citizens do not take into consideration, and that is, it is better for the citizens of a town to build up industries already establish ed than to strive to gain new indus tries. A manufacturing plant is ben eflcial to a place in accordance with its payroll and its output of goods that bring a revenue to the town. Some small concerns that will em ploy a dozen hands will have a pay roll of perhaps $35 or S4O a day. Tho value of its products may amount to $15,000 or $20,000 annually, all de pendent upon the character of the business. But what is most consid ered is the payroll. From the aver age small town it is estimated that trade lost, and which goes to large cit ies through the mails, is more than SIOO a day. If citizens of a commu nity would retain this SIOO a day and do their trading in the home town, it is evident that it would be twice as beneficial as the small factory that has a payroll of S4O or SSO daily. Schemes to Defraud. One of the latest plans of traveling agents to defraud the people residing in the country is the wire fence deal. Lately a number of traveling agents have been working in different west ern states. They represent to the' farmer that they will install an eight strand wire fence with iron posts for only eight cents a foot. No money is asked in advance, but a promisory note is given that upon the comple tion of the fence the same will be paid for at the agreed price per foot. After the fence is put in position the farmer finds that his note has been placed in the local bank for collection, and that instead of he securing his fence for eight cents per foot, It is eight cents “per wire foot,” which* makes it 64 cents per foot. This is puiely a modification of the old light ning rod swindle. It hardly ever pays the farmer to have dealings with trav eling agents who make extraordinary promises as to the goods they ha'p to dispose of. FARM GARDEN A HAY BARN. Style of Structure Which Will Allow of Easy Handing of Hay. When a considerable quantity of hay is to be stored, the style of bam should be such as will permit easy handling both in unloading and re loading. To store 60 tons of hay, with a 14-foot driveway between each bay and with 12-foot bays 18 feet deep, would require a length of 64* feet, the floor space would then be 38x64 feet, divided into two bays 12 feet wide, of four 16-foot bents each. The filling can be expeditiously handled with the horse fork in two ways, explains Central Herald —first, filling each bent by itself from a car rier running lengthwise along the ridge of the shelter, dropping the hay in the center of the 14-foot space of that bent and filling this bent JWith one kind of hay; the second and third bents would be filled in the same manner, and the horse fork could be worked from either one or both ends as desired. If the first unloading is to be done by hand, the hay can be unloaded by driving crosswise, stop ping the wagon opposite either of the 12-foot spaces or the 14-foot space. If the center driveway is to be kept free for more expeditious removal of Rian of Barn. the hay, the simplest and most con-' venlent method of handling the fork is represented In the cut, where the hay fork is represented as working on a track suspended under the ridge of the roof, and running the full length of the barn. Befieath the forkful of hay is represented a tilt ing platform which, when inclined as represented in the cut, throws the hay on the right side; if tilted in the opposite direction, the hay "would fall on the left side of the driveway; but if the tilting platform is not un der the forkful of hay the hay would fall in the center. With such an ar rangement as this, the hay can be de livered on one side or the other of the driveway, or it may be dropped in the middle, at the will of the op erator on the bay, and hence the ar rangement can be used equally well for entirely filling each bent of the shelter at once, and thus diminish the labor of distributing the hay, over what would be required if each fork ful of hay was dropped at one place. This tilting platform can be made in various ways—most simply in the form of a series of slats made of inch boards and carried on a central axis on which it turns. The length of the slants would be determined by the width of the driveway, and must be long enough so that the hay falls on the bay after sliding from it. The width of the platform should be in the neighborhood of 12 feet, and it should be carried on palallel tracks, as rep resented In the figures. A bar should connect each pair of rollers carrying the platform car, just below the roll ers, so that as the platform Is tilt ed it stops when striking this bar, causing it to deliver its load at the proper place. CHICKEN CHOLERA. About the Only Cure for Sick Birds Is the Hatchet Cure. We hear a great deal about cures for chicken cholera, but it is my opin ion that if a man has the chicken cholera in his poultry establishment the best thing he can do is to get to work and butcher as many fowls as possible, if they seem to have the cholera. I have no faith In any rem edies. If the remedies seem to do good I know then that the fowls have no cholera, but have indigestion, as a result of improper feeding. It is my belief, continues this corre spondent of Farmer's Review, that there is very little chicken cholera In the country. When it does come It makes a clean sweep of most of the fowls in a flock. I have known of flocks that were simply exterminated by the disease. I have not heard of a genuine case for so long a time that I feel sure that with proper sanitation we will hot have much more trouble from it. It is said to have come from Europe and to have swept over this country like a plague at first. My way of keeping out cholera and all such diseases is to raise all my own birds. In doing this I think I am presenting a barrier to disease. NUBBINS. A new file if a good friend to carry along in the garden or field when hoe ing time comes. When you sell «&eat and buy bran see that you get more than an even exchange with time and hauling thrown In. It is claimed that Luther Burbank has an apple tree on which be has placed 526 different grafts, ail of which will bear fruit. Squashes and cabbage require strong manure and a generous quan tity of it. They are great feeders. They also “use up” a good deal of moisture. A good way to increase the fertility of the farm is to raise more clover, feed the hay to the stock, and return the manure to the land. Be sure to get a stand on the winter wheat field. Alsike is especially good on wet ground. TO SET STACK OF HAY. Directions for Building It So That It Wilj Shed Water. Setting a stack of hay appears sim ple enough to those who have had no experience with it, but those who have had quite a little hay “spoil” by the rain soaking into an Improperly set stack know it is easier said than done. I don’t remember whether the first few hay stacks I set shed rains properly or not, but those I make nowadays never "rain in” more than a few inches on top. I have a system in hay stacking—as I like to have in everythiilg else—after the stack is a few feet high, writes a successful Wisconsin farmer in Farm ers* Review. We first carry the nearest hay cocks by hand with two light poles between the stack founda tion. A cock is set on each corner, and as many between and in the cen ter as we have room- After these have been made even, ray systematic stack ing begins. Some more hay having been carried to the incipient stack or hauled down with a wagon, as is most convenient, one man pitches it onto the stack, while I commence at one corner to lay a layer of hay around the outside of the stack. I aim to stay away for several feet from the outside so they will stay loose and thus settle more than the central portion. When the first layer around the out side has been finished, I start an other one several feet nearer the cen ter, but enough onto the first one so it will hold this one well. This second one must be thicker than the out side one. After this each succeeding layer is made thicker until the center of the stack is reached. After the cen ter has been well filled and tramped down, the stack will decline towards the outside on all four sides. (I make my stacks oblong, not round, as some one might understand from the above.) The greater the slant the better. This depends somewhat on what kind of hay is being stacked. With prairie and marsh hay the de cline from the center to the outside cannot be so steep as with tame hay without the first layer slipping out. ■» After the first course another one is started on the outside and this is continued until the stack is finished. I like to start my stacks consider ably narrower than they are to be. and afterwards keep on widening them, till near where they must be narrowed again. The “drawing In” should be gradual, so that water will not have a chance to soak in anywhere on the side. There is perhaps not much trouble here, though, for I think the rains generally soak in from the top of an improperly made stack. This comes about by the center not having been kept high enough nor tight enough. GOOD WEED CUTTER. Sled with Cutting Blades to Run Down Between Rows. For sled use two pieces 2xß by 6 feet. Fasten a wagon tire to bottom of runners and have runners six to eight inches apart on inside. Use any heavy iron, as a buggy axle, for an arch to hold the runners in position. Bolt on inside of runners, a little in front of where knives are attached. Two bolts through runners and tires hold the knives in place. Knives should be three feet long, and set at an angle that will keep them from The Weeder Ready for Use. clogging and yet will let them reach nearly across the ridge between rows. Attach them between the runners and the tires, slipping in between the two bolts. A niche in the forward end of the knives catches in the forward bolts, so the knives can be taken out when desired. Drawing shows weeder complete and one knife detached, showing the niche that catches over the front bolt. These weeders are handy in case the weeds get a big. start in listed stuff. The knives run! under the ground an inch or two, and I when the weeds are large this is about the only way to get them. THE FARM GARDEN. By Laying Out in Long Rows It Can Be Cultivated With Horse. Too many farmers think they do Lot have time to bother with so small a thing as a garden, says Coleman’s Rural World. The women and chil dren manage to get the seed sown, but the task of keeping it clean is too much for them, and long before fall the garden is a waving patch of weeds. It is a mistake to think of the garden as a small thing, for if properly man aged It will furnish half the living for the family during the summer months. By laying out the garden in long rows almost all the work of cul tivating can be done with horse tools. The modern cultivator can be adjusted so as to do almost the work of a hoe and an hour or two each week will keep the weeds down and the soil in the best condition for rapid growth. Another thing that will save much vexation is a chicken tight fence around the garden. Such a fence will pay for itself in a-very, few years. Water Table and Roots of Plants. The height of the water table in the soil regulates to a large degree the aepth to which the roots of plants penetrate. A plant does not natural ly send its roots quite down to the water table, for the soil just above it is too wet to permit the plant to get the air and moisture in the proportion needed. As the surface of the water sinks down the roots extend down ward to keep always In the kind or soil they find best suited to them. Sometimes the roots of our common plants, like corn and wheat, will fol low the water table down for seven or eight feet while the roots of alfalfa will follow it down for 20 feet or more.