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OF THE THREE BARS BY KATE AND VIRGIL D.BOYLES COOYQ/Gnr ay A CM<CLU!?G UCO. /907 SYNOPSIS. George Wllliston, a poor ranchmnn, hiKli-nilndi-il and cultured, searches for cuttle missing from Ills ranch—the "Lazy B.” On a wooded spot In tin* river's bed that would have been an Island had the Missouri been at high water, he dis covers a band of horse thieves engaged in working over brands on cattle. Ho creeps near enough to note the chang ing of the "Throe Bars” brand on one steer to the "J. It.” brand. Paul I.ang ford, the rich owner of the "Three Bars.” is Informed of the operations of the gang of cattle thieves—a band of tmtlaws headed by Jesse Black, who long have defied the law and authori ties of Kcmah county. South Dakota, l.angford Is struck with the beauty of Mary, commonly known as "Willlston's little girl.” Louise Dale, an expert court stenographer, who had followed her uncle. Judge Hammond Dale, from the east to the "Dakotahs.” and who Is living with him at Wind City, is requested by the county attorney. Itlchurd Gordon, to come to Kemah ami take testimony In the preliminary hearing of Jesse Black. Jim Munson. In waiting at the train for looks at a herd of cattle being shipped by Bill Brown and there detects old ■M**',*." a well known “onery" st< .*r be longing to his employer of the "Three Bars" ranch. Munson and I.oulse start for Kemah. Crowds assemble In Justice Juines R. McAllister's court for the preliminary hearing. Jesse Black springs the first or many great surprises, waiving examination. Through Jake Sanderson, a member of the outlaw gang. he had learned that the steer "Mag” had been re covered and thus saw the uselessness of lighting against being bound over. County Attorney Gordon accompanies Louise Dale on her return to Wind City. While Wllliston stands in tin* light in his door at night a shot Is fired at hint. The house Is nttneked nnd a battle ensues between Wllliston and his daughter, on one side, and tin* outlaws on the other. The house Is set on fire. As an outlaw raises his rllle to shoot Wllliston a shot from an un known source pierces his arms nnd the rifle falls to the ground. Aid lias come to Wllliston, but lie and his daughter are captured nnd borne away by the outlaws. Jim Munson late at night heard the shots. Discovered the attack on Willlston's house, hurried to the Three Bars ranch and sum moned Langford and his brave men to the rescue. It was Langford who fired the shot which saved Willlston’s life. Igingford rescues Mary from her captor. The party seurt h in vain for Wllliston. l.ouise comes to nurse Mary. Wllliston Is given up for ilcad. But meager evidence Is obtainable .•(gainst Jesse Black, and It Is concluded that the ense must no fought out on the sob- question of "Mug.” Judge Dule ar rives to sit at the December session of the circuit court at winch the cattle theft case Is to bo tried. Gordon has hard work In securing an unprejudiced Jury. lteil Sanderson takes a seat In the hotel din ing hull beside Louise and addresses her. He is unceremoniously shoved aside l»y Gordon. Sanderson druws his gun. The trlul begins. CHAPTER XV.—Continued. The hearing of testimony for the state went on all through that day. It was late when the state rested its ease—so late that the defence would not be taken up until the following day. It was all In—for weal or for woe. In some way all of the state’s witnesses —with the possible excep tion of Munson, who would argue with the angel Gabriel at the last day and offer to give him lessons In trumpet blowing—bad been Imbued with the earnest, honest, straightforward policy of the state's counsel. Gordon's friends were hopeful. Langford was jubilant, and he believed In the tolerable in tegrity of Gordon's hard-won Jury. Gordon's presentation of the case thus far had made him friends; fickle friends, maybe, who would turn when the wind turned —to-morrow —but true It was that when court adjourned late In the afternoon, many who had jeered at him as a visionary or an unwel come meddler acknowledged to them selves that they might have erred in their judgment. As on the previous night, Gordon was tired. He walked aimlessly to a window within the bar and leaned against It, looking at the still, oppres sive, cloudy dampness outside, with the early December darkness coming on apace. Lights were already twink ling in kitchens where house wives were busy with the evening meal. "Well, Dick," said Langford, com ing up cheery and confident. “Well, Paul, It’s all in." "And well In, old man.” "I—don’t know, Paul. I hope so. That quiet little man from down coun try has not been much heard from, you know. I am afraid, a moral up lift isn’t my stunt. I’m tired! I feel like a rag." was called away for a mo ment. When he returned. Gordon was gone. He was not at supper. "He went away on his horse," ex plained Louise, in answer to Lang ford’s unspoken question. "I saw him ride Kto the country.” When the party separated for the night. Gordon had not yet returned. CHAPTER XVI. Gordon Rides Into the Country. Gordon rode aimlessly out of the lit tle town with Its twinkling lights. He did not care where he went or what direction he pursued. He wanted to ride off a strange, enervating dejec tion that had laid hold of him the moment his last testimony had gone in. It all seemed so pitifully Inade quate—without Wllliston—now that It was all in. Why had he undertaken it? It could only go for another de feat counted against him. Though what was one defeat more or less when there had been so many? It would be nothing new. Was he not pursuing merely the old beaten trail? Why should the thought weigh so heavily now? Can a man never attain to that higher—or lower, which Is It? —altitude of strifeless, unregretful hardness? Or was it, he asked him self in savage contempt of his weak ness. that, despite all his generous and Iron-clad resolutions, he had secretly, unconsciously perhaps, cherished a sweet, shy. little reservation In his In most heart that maybe—lf he won out— " You poor fool,” he said, aloud, with bitter harshness. Suppose he did. A brave spec!-, men. he, if he had the shameful ego ism to ask a girl—a girl like Louise— a gentle, highbred, protected, cherish ed girl like that—to share this new, bleak, rough life with him. But the very sweetness of the thought of her doing ItTnade film gasp there In the darkness. How stifling the air was! He lifted his hat. It was hard to breathe. It was like the still oppres siveness preceding an electrical storm. His mare, unguided, had nuturally chosen th* Tiain-traveled trail and kept It. She followed the mood of her master and walked leisurely along while the man wrestled with himself. If he really possessed the hardihood to ask Louise to do this for him she would laugh at him. Stay! That was a lie—a black He. She would not laugh—not Louise. She was not of that sort. Rather would she grieve over the inevitable sadness of It. If she laughed, he could bear It better— he had good, stubborn, self-respecting blood In him—but she would not laugh. And all the rest of his long life must be spent In wishing—wishing—lf It could have been! But he would never ask her to do It. Not even if the Im possible came to pass. It was a hard country on women, n hard, treeless, sun-seared, . unkindly country. Men could stand It—fight for Its future; but not women like Louise. It made men as well as unmade them. And after all It did not prove to be the undoing of men so much as It devel oped in them the perhaps hitherto hid den fact that they were already want ing. These latent, constitutional weaknesses thus laid bare, the bad must for a while prevail—bad is so much noiscr than good. But this big, new country with Its Infinite possibili ties—give it time —It would form men "Why, Lena, Old Girl, We’ve Been Taking Our Time.” out of raw material and make over men mistakenly made ‘when that was possible, or else show the dividing line so clearly that the goats might not herd with the sheep. Some day. It would be fit for women—like Louise. Not now. Much labor and sorrow must be lived through; there must be much sacrifice and much refining, and many must fall and lose In the race before its big destiny be worked out and it be fit for women —like Louise. Down In the southern part of the state, and belonging to it. a certain big-barred building sheltered many women, when the sun of the treeless prairies and the gazing into the lone some distances surrounding their homesteads seeped Into their brains and stayed there so that they knew not what they did. There were trees there and fountains and restful blue grass in season, and flowers, flowers, flowers—but these came too late for most of the women. If it had been Langford, now, who was guilty of so ridiculous a senti mentalism —the bold. Impetuous, young ranchman —he smiled at him self whimsically. Then he pulled him self together. He did not think the jury could believe the story Jesse Black would trump up, no matter how plausible it was made to sound. He felt more like himself—in better con dition to meet those few but stanch friends of his from whom he had so summarily run away—stronger to meet —Louise. Man like, now that he was himself again, he must know the time. He struck a match. “Why. Lena, old girl, we’ve been taking our time, haven’t we? They are likely through supper, but maybe I can wheedle a doughnut out of the cook.” The match burned out. Not until he had tossed It away did it come to him that they were no longer on the main trial. “Now,, that’s funny, old girl,” he scolded. "What made you be so un reasonable? Well, we started with our noses westward, so you must have wandered Into the old Lazy S branch trail. Though, to be sure, ii has been such a deuce of a while since we traveled it that 1 wonder at you What’s the matter now, silly?” His mare had shied. He turned hei nose resolutely, domineeringly, bach toward the spot objected to. ”1 can't see what you’re scared at but we'll just investigate and show you how foolish a thing is feminine squeamishness." A shadowy form arose out of the darkness. It approached. "Is that you, Dick?” Gordon was not a superstitious man, yet he felt suddenly cold to the crown of his head. It was not so dark as It might have been. There would have fcoen a moon had it not been cloudy. Dimly, he realized that the man had arisen from the ruins of what must have been the old Wllliston home stead. The outlines of the stone stoop were vaguely visible In the half-light. The solitary figure had been crouched there, brooding. "I’m flesh and blood, Dick, never fear,” said the man in a mournful voice. "I’m hungry enough to vouch for that. You needn’t be afraid. I’m anything but a spirit.” "Wllliston!” The astonished word hurst from Gordon's lips. "Wllliston! Is It really you?" “None other, my dear Gordon! Sor ry I startled you. I saw your light and heard your voice speaking to your horse, and as you were the very man I was on the point of seeking, I just naturally came forward, forgetting that my friends would very likely look upon me in the light of a ghost.” "Wllliston! My dear fellow!” re peated Gordon again. "It Is too good to be true," he cried, leaping from his mare and extending both hands cordi ally. "Shake, old man! My, the feel of you Is—bully. You are flesh and blood nil right. I don’t know, though. Seems to me you have been kind o’ running to skin and bones since I last saw you. Grip’s good, but bony. You’re thinner than ever, aren’t you?" All this time he was shaking Willls ton’s hands heartily. He never thought of asking him where he had been. For weary months he had longed for this man to come back. He had come back. That was enough for the pres ent. He had always felt genuinely friendly toward the unfortunate scholar and his daughter. "That’s natural. Isn't It? Besides, they forgot my rations sometimes.” "Who, Wllliston?” asked Gordon, the real significance of the man’s re turn taking quick hold of him. "I think you know, Gordon,” said the older man, quietly. “It is a long story. I was coming to you. I will tell you everything. Shall I begin now?” "Are you In any danger of pursuit?” asked Gordon, suddenly bethinking himself. ”1 think not. I killed my jailer, the half-breed, Nlghtblrd.” "You did well. So did Mary.” "What do you mean?” "Didn’t you know that Mary shot and killed one of the desperadoes that night? At least, we have every rea son to think It was Mary. By the way, you have not asked after her.” The man’s head dropped. He did not answer for a long time. When he raised his head, his face, though show ing indistinctly, was hard and drawn. He spoke with little emotion as a man who had sounded the gamut of des pair and was now far spent. "What was the use? 1 saw her fall, Gordon. She stood with me to the end. She was a brave little girl. She never once faltered. Dick,” he said, his voice changing suddenly, and lay ing hot, feverish hands on the young man’s shoulders, "we’ll hang them — you and I —we’ll hang them every one —the devils who look like men, but who strike at women. We'll hang them, I say—you and I. I’ve got the evidence." "Is It possible they didn't tell you?” cried Gordon aghast at the amazing cruelty of It. (To Be Continued.) Doubly a Victor. Byrus: He conquer* twice who re strains himself in victory. NOTES FROM MEADOWBROOK FARM By Williem Pitt Plant a tree on arbor day The safe bull Is the one you want to look out for. The lambs should have free access to salt, also good clean water. Trouble with some people Is that they have more wishbone than back bone. To keep the rats and mice from gnawing harness rub a little castor oil over It. If you did not cut out the borers from the peach, quince or apple trees last summer, do It how. A simple form of filter for the cis tern can he provided by building a partition of porous brick through the cistern. Funny how the cattle seem to find the weak place In the fence every time. One weak spot may make a mile of fencing useless. If the horse has not shed off Its winter eont and shows lark of thrift he should be clipped before being set to work In the field. The man who has learned how to grow good crops In dry weather has laid hold of one of the secrets that will help him to make money. When planting a new orchard place the later and hardier sorts on the out side rows, as that Is where the frosts first strike and aro the severest. One load of manure finely and even ly spread Is worth two spread uneven ly In the lumps. This is another good argument in favor of the manure spreader. A mortgage, like a porous plaster. *s a good thing If properly placed, but remember. It is easier put on than taken off. and the latter process Is apt to be painful as well. Start with the breed you think you want and then stick to it. The stock raiser who shifts every few years to a new breed never gets anywhere In his operations, except nearer to the poor house, perhaps. It Is mixed farming which brings the surest results. Special crops in favorable seasons may net larger profit, but when Ibe losses of bad years are deducted, the balance of the account will be found to favor mixed farming. You get sick sometimes through carelessness ami Injudicious living, and then you take steps to get Into condition again. How about your soil? Have your methods put It out of condition? and are you doing noth ing to restore It to its old time vigor and productiveness”’ What folly. Shingle your turkeys and keep them from flying off. The method adopted by one turkey raiser is to bore four holes In a shingle and through these holes pass strong tape under the wings close up to the body. Tie the ends of the tape securely. Sounds easy, but would the turkeys thrive and grow under the restraint? The old farmers of a generation or so back used to plant their corn when the white oak leaves were as large as squirrel’s ears, and It is said they raised good corn. too. This suggests that the farmer of the old days was a closer student of nature, carrying out the farm program In closer harmony with the season's development than does the farmer of to-day. The method pursued on a big straw berry farm In Michigan Is to grow on the land first a big crop of field or cowpeas. This is rolled down In the fall, covered with about 18 tons per acre of stockyards manure and plowed under. The land is plowed again In spring and worked until It Is as fine as an ash heap. This land Is then ready to receive the young strawberry plants. The farmers are slow to take ad vantage of all the government agri cultural department and the experi ment stations of the various states are doing for them. Every farmer should a*, least get the bulletins from the experiment station of his own state, and he would find it greatly to his advantage If he received the govern ment bulletins as well. These are all mailed free on application, and a pos tal card with the request that your name be placed on the mailing list will do the business. If you do not care for nil the bulletins and only those which deal with certain features of agriculture you can so state and only these will be sent you. In setting asparagus enough room must be given to allow for root de velopment, for it Is through the mass of fleshy roots that the plant is able to fumish sufficient nourishment to produce shoots for two months or more. If we attempt to crowd the plant too close together we Interfere with nature In Its effort to develop n strong root system. Plant in rows 5 to 6V4 feet apart, 18 inches between plants In the row. By this method 5,000 plants may be set per acre, and with rows .filfc feet apart it will be found that raw-tops nearly meet late la the season. Plan your work and then work your , plan. The waste places on the farm should be put to work. ,| Trust the bull by putting a ring In nis nose and keeping In a safe place. | A few cows on the farm Is full warrant for the purchase of a separat or. Keep the lambs growing from the start. The dairy cow which Is fat and at the same time good is the exception to the rule. Rolled oats, stale bread, corn-bread, cheese curd, wheat and table scraps make good feed for little chicks. Five points to remember If you would have a productive orchard: Fertilize, cultivate, spray, thin, prune. The hair of the horse that has been well fed from birth is as a rule finer and softer than that of the horse not so fed. After the breeding season Is over separate the roosters from the hens. Hotter for both sexes and tho eggs will keep better. A better living can be made by care ful, thorough cultivation of 20 acres than from five times that amount of land poorly managed. The best way to market your crops in on the hoof. Feed to your stock, keep the fertility on the farm and drive your stock to murket. Grow enough fruit for your own use. Not a bad idea to have some to sell. These little extras from the farir can be made to aggregate quite a sum. After all the pig has more wisdom than some people. He Is content to* stay in the pig class while many a human wastes life in trying to seem what he is not. No wonder the poultry business is growing each year. There are more than 5.000 poultry shows held annual ly In the United States and Canada. Surely the hen is the American bird. Here is the method of one dairy man who believes in the economy of arrangements. He has a small pas ture handy to the dairy barn In which the cows may be kept at night, where they may feed and where they are ready for milking in the morning. The four points are made In favor of the portable hog house as follows: It Is easily and economically construct ed; it can be easily moved and lo cated wherever desired; it is useful both to the general farmer and to the breeder of pure bred stock, and of all systems for housing swine it Is the most natural and sanitary. The rule observed by a successful hog raiser In selecting the brood sows is to pick the long-bodied ones that are rather coarse and long legged. They make the best breeders and have bet ter constitutions than the small ones. IJy selecting a male that has good quality you can get larger hams and shoulders from the pigs of a largo sow than from a small one. Not now but soon the farmer will find It practicable to make his own alcohol. Secretary Wilson has taken up the study of the problem In a practical way and will set up a small plant in one of the buildings of the department of agriculture and experi ment on making alcohol out of de cayed fruit, corn, potatoes, etc. After the department has worked this out satisfactorily it would be a good plan for the experiment stations in the dif ferent states to install similar plants. It will also be an excellent plan If the department or some of the members of the agricultural college faculties would have such a plant in practical operation during the different short courses held at the agricultural col leges and at different points through out the states, and at the various stato fairs. As the result of experiments, the Massachusetts station has demon- I strated that for some crops sulphate of potash is the best sort, while for others muriate of potash is superior. The yield of asparagus where the mu riate was used was more than 60 per cent, greater than on the sulphate, but with rhubarb the yield of sulphate was 80 per cent greater the past year than on muriate. For raspberries and blackberries the sulphate has Invaria bly given better results than the muri ate. Particularly noticeable has been the difference in the degree of winter killing. The canes from the plot on which muriate of potash was applied seem to have been less hardy than those where sulphate was used. Sul phate of potash also gave best results with potatoes and with soy beans. With hay. however, there was little difference between the two forms, al though sulphate seems to give the best results where clover is used. Three remedies for chicken cholera which have been used successfully by poultrymen: The first is burnt corn. When any chicken shows the least sign of the cholera, burn some corn on the cob and leave where the chick ens can have free access to it at all times. The corn must not be burned to a crisp, but scorched. Keep this kind of feed before the flock until all signs of cholera disappear. Second— Shut the sick fowls away from the rest of the flock. Whitewash the henhouse and nests with hot whitewash con taining a liberal supply of carbolic acid. Put one teaspoonful of carbolic acid in two quarts of water and give the fowls to drink. Give some kind of good poultry food according to di rections. If fowls are too sick to eat, put some of the medicino In a teaspoonful of sour milk and pour down the throat of the fowl. Third- Get some red oak bark and boll It, giv ing the tea to the chickens to drink In stead of water. Trim the rough outer bark off, put the inner into a kettle and boil until very red. Drench fhe sick ones, but don't give much food. COLORADO NEWS Holding Company Incorporates. Denver.—The secretary of state's of fice on the Bth lust, received one of the largest fora in its history when incorporation papers were filed by tho Northwestern 1-und & Iron Company with a capital stock of $7,000,000. The company is financing the Denver. Lar amie & Northwestern Railroad Com pany and is backed by John I). Mi 111- ken and other men Interested in the road. It has already received charters in Arizona and Wyoming. Tho state received $2,270 out of the incorpora tion. The articles filed give the com pany authority to handle lands, mostly coal and mineral lands, and personal properties. The City Council of Leadvillo has fixed upon Monday. May 18th. as a general clenn-up day, and nil persons are notified to have their grounds and surroundings free from dirt and ref use. The $1,000,000 tunnel through Raton mountain, work on which was started : by the Langtry Construction Company , April 1. 1907, Is practically completed and will be ready to be turned over to the Santa Fe about May 25th. Otto Fehrlngor, the Colorado Springs ! druggist who was mysteriously mur- j dered a few months ago, was worth j $76,000, according to the report of the , appraisers of his estate. Adolph Feh-, ringer, a brother, Is the Hole heir. Mrs. E. V. Alkire. formerly con nected with the city and county hos pital of Denver, has been appointed superintendent of the Fort Collins hospitnl, vice Miss E. M. Grlep, who goes to Europe to study. A party of fifty, consisting of dele gates and their families, left Denver on the night of May 2d on a special train to attend tin* national convention of the Retail Grocers' Association at Bos ton. May 14th. Knocked down and left for dead. W. Valentine of Grand Junction was hold up by two men at the depot In Rldg wny on the night of the Gth Inst, and robbed of SBO. He did not recover consciousness for some time. The mar shal has no clue as to the Identity of the holdups. Valentine was badly beaten and received serious Injuries. Civil Service examinations In Colo rado announced for the coming month are as follows: Nurse attendant. May 27th; guard and night watch. May 28th; matron, June 3rd; stenographer, June 24th; trained nurse. June 10th. These examinations will take place on the same date at Boulder. Buena Vista, Canon City. Colorado Springs. i Denver, Pueblo, Trinidad. Leadvillo. I Grand Junction. Monte Vista, Mont i rose. Greeley, Golden, Fort Collins ami j Glenwood Springs. I An explosion of the boiler of the | George L. O. Davidson flying machine at Denver on the Gth Inst, resulted in tho maiming of the engineer, George | Parker, and tho complete destruction iof that part or the machine which i holds the engines. Windows were ; shattered for more than a block in the i vicinity of the explosion, which oc curred nt 770 Olive street, Montclair. I Parker hud a leg broken and was I badly bruised. His left eye was serl j ously Injured. The fact that the Denver & Rio Grande railroad renewed the contracts which It had abrogated with the car men, has apparently no significance whatever with Its attitude toward other labor unions. It is staled by of ficials of the road that the striking machinists, blacksmiths and ■boiler makers will not be taken back un der any consideration, and a commit tee of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen met with no success when il presented certain requests. Train robbers, who boarded Denver & Rio Grande train No. 4 at Castle Rock early Thursday morning mur dered Express Messenger Charles H. Wright, aged GO. employed by the 1 Globe Express Company. Front the 'dead messenger the robbers took tho keys to a small safe in the baggage; car. which they opened ami took the contents, in all worth less than a hun dred dollars. They then left the train : probably at Littleton. The train was | u through one from Ogden to Denver and carried no mail. The robbers en tered through a side window which they broke open. From this window they shot nnd killed the messenger, who died with his gun in his hand. The State Geological Survey, of which Prof. Russell I). George of the University of Colorado Is head, will conduct several investigating trips during the coming summer. Parties will be sent to complete the work be gun in Routt county lust year, while others will study the foot-hill forma tions. The tungsten deposits of Boul der county will be carefully studied, and It is probable that an expedition will work near Rositu, Custer county. The geology department of the State University has recently received collec tions of ore from different parts of the »tate. Regent H. D. Thompson of Cripple Creek, Mr. C. T. of Boul der, Mr. A. E. Humphries of Creede, and an alumnus. Mr. C. A. Bell, of Tel luride, have given quantities of va rlous specimens and concentrates. These will be used In the courses In economic geology, mineralogy and as saying. Three examinations are to he held at Denver in June by the United States civil service examiner for chemists, testing engineers and land law clerks The examination for Sand law clerks is to be held June Ist to 11th. For technical engineers tests will he given June 3rd and 4th, and Junior chemists on the same date. Chief of Police Michael A. Delaney of Denver has tendered his resigna tion to Mayor Speer. His administra tion has been bitterly assailed during ;he present mayoralty contest and his resignation is thought to be prompted by a desire to remove that source of ♦mbarrassment from the mayor’s cam paign for re-election. Fifty-one students will graduate from Colorado College in the class of .908. Commencement day is set for lune 10th. David Kimball, charged with illegal telling of liquor, was found guilty by l jury in the County Court at Fort 'Jollins and fined S2OO and costs. The Coal Creek Water and Land Company has decided to remodel its »ntlre system and excavate for another arge reservoir. The pressure has not been sufficient for fire purposes, this being the reason the big fire, which jwept the town last June, could not se checked. The company will also jupply Wllllamsburug with water. Of the 69,727 names on the registra tion list in Denver 29,274 are those of ivomen voters. A chapter of the Sons of the Amerl ;an Revolution has been organized at Colorado Springs with a membership of Jfty. Henry Trowbridge was elected Resident. AT A CRITICAL TIME. Women Are Likely to Suffer with Dan. geroua Kidney Disorders. Mrs. John Kirk, R. F. D. No. 2, De troit, Mich., says: “Five years ago at a critical time of life I was on tho verge of a collapse with kid ney troubles, back ache, dizziness, puffy dropsy swellings and urinary irregularities. I lost flesh and felt languid, nervous or unstrung all the time. \s my doctor did not help me I began using Doan's Kidney Pills. In a few weeks nil those symptoms left me. I now weigh IG3 pounds and feel In ex cellent health.” Sold by nil dealers. 50 cents a box. Foster-Mliburn Co., Buffalo. N. Y. VERY O. T. Stork—I aee you've got the gout. Flamingo. Flamingo—Wrong. Hear of centi pede being caught Bcorching? Stork —Yes. Flamingo—Well, I put my foot on him and got burned. How He Got Rid of Rats. A farmer describes his method of clearing the premises of rats in the following manner: "On a largo num ber of old shingles I put a half-tea spoonful of treacle each, and on that with my pocket knife I scraped a small amount of concentrated lye. I then placed the old shingles around under tho Btable floors nnd under tho cribs. The next morning I found 40 dead rats, and tho rest left the farm for parts unknown. I have cleared many farms of the pests In the same way. and have never known It to fall.” COMPLAINTS ABOUT PAINT. The time to eomplain about paint is before the painter applies It. Tho man who puts up the money should not shirk the responsibility of choos ing the paint. True, the painter ought to know paint better than the banker, the professional man or tho merchant. The trouble Is, the house owner too often deliberately bars the competent and honest painter from the Job by accepting a bid which he ought to know would make an honest Job impossible. Secure your bids on the basis of National Loud Company's pure White Lead and pure Linseed Oil and see that you got those materials. No one need be fooled by adulter ated white lead. A blowpipe tostlug outfit will be mailed to anyone Inter ested In puint. Address. National Load Company, Woodbrtdge Building, New York City. The New Baby. A young woman of a religious turn, of mind wished to announce to a friend the birth of her first bom child. She sent tho following telegram: "Isaiah, 9-6," which, being interpreted, read. "For unto us a child Is born, unto us a son Is given.” The friend, more literal and less familiar with the prophets, road the message, and said to her husband: "Margaret has a boy. but why on earth did she name him Isaiah? He must, be a healthy chap, though, for he weighs nine pounds and six ounces."— Woman's Home Companion. You Would Not Accept Counterfeit Money, Why Accept Counterfeit Goods? Good money is made by the Govern ment in which you have implicit faith and confidence. Good goods are made by manufacturers who are willing to stake their reputations on the quality of the material offered to you through tbe medium of their advertisements In this paper. Counterfeit goods are not advertised. The reason for It Is they will not bear the close scrutiny to which genuine advertised goods are subjected. Counterfeit money pays more profit to the counterfeiter. Coun terfeit goods are offered to you for tho same reason. Insist on the Genuine—Reject the Counterfeit. Force of Habit. "Bet that lady has been to the mil linery o|>ening." whispered the big waiter In the white apron. "What makes you think so?” asked the cashier. "Why, I said: 'Madam, what kind of trimmings do you like with your steak?' and she says: ‘Why, make It black lace and two bunches of red cherries with wire leaves.’" Starch, like everything else. Is be ing constantly improved, the patent Starches put on the market 25 years ago are very different and Inferior to those of the present day. In the lat est discovery—Defiance Starch —all In jurious chemicals are omitted, while the addition of another Ingredient, In vented by us, gives to the Starch a strength and smoothness never ap proached by other brands. Compensation. Mrs. Daker —My husband costs me a good deal of money. Mrs. Darker—Yes. and ho Isn't very good to you, either. Mrs. Daker—I know it, but I got a dandy lot of wedding presents with him. In a Pinch, Use ALLEN'S FOOT-EASE. A powder. It cures painful, smart ing, nervous feet and ingrowing nails. It's the greatest comfort discovery of tho age. Makes new shoes easy. A certain cure for sweating feet. Sold by all Druggists, 25c. Accept no sub atltute. Trial package, FREE. Ad dress A. S. Olmsted. Le Roy, N. Y. To see what la right and not do II Is want of courage.—Morris.