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BLUE SKY PROMOTERS. Blue sky promoters are men to opti mistic here btfrer people's money Is concerned that they will promote not merely barren gold and silver mines, but the blue sky itself. Postmaster General Hitchcock was talking about a blue sky promoter who had been convicted of fraud. "This; man's mine," he 6ald, "re minded me in its scarcity of gold of the railway sandwich. "There ain't co ham in this here sandwich,' a man growled, seated on a high stool before the marble bar of an old-fashioned railway restaurant. "'Oh, you ain't come to tho ham yet, the attendant answered easily. "The man ate on a-, while longer. Then he growled again; . ; "There ain't no ham yet' ' Oh,' said the attendant, 'you've bit over it now.' " New York Tribune. . Procrastination. A gentleman who had been in Chi cago only three days, but who had been paying attention to a prominent Chicago belle, wanted to propose, but was afraid he would be thought too bastyi He delicately broached the subject as follows: "If I were to speak to you of mar riage, after having only made your ac quaintance three days ago. what would you say to it?" "Well I should "say never put off rill tomorrow that which you should have done the day before yesterday." Life. AT THE MASQUERADE BALL. "You have no Idea how perfectly lovely-you looked lb. your disguise!" "Do you think so?' - "Yes, indeed! I was surprised when yoti unmasked!" ' Maybe. Tfte man who minds his own affairs Will never lack truw friends. And mayle '11 climb the golden stairs When his life journey ends. - The Weary World. "What' the matter with Mixon? He eems so sad." "Family troubles." "Why, . just before ' he was spliced he told me his wife to be was the nole works." "Yes, I know, but he's discovered 'hat it takes a whole lot of winding to keep a woman like that going." Woman's World. Eternal Hope. "Yes," said the energetic man, "I ant the tariff reformed and reformed mick." "What points do you object to in the tariff?" "I don't .know1 exactly. But I am ure it cculd be changed in a number of ways that would help my line of business." j , Hearty Approval. "So you approve of this votes for women parade!" "I do" rpnlloi) Mr. Groweher. "It 'will be the first function my wife has attended in years that did not keep me scared about what her costume T going to cost" How It Sounded.' Bacon I understand ; your wife speaks four languages? 1 Egbert Yes; and. it sounds - some times as if she was trying to speak them all at once. Athletic Motive. "So you are going to be' a suffra gette!" -' "Yes," replied young Mrs. Torkins. "So that you can vote?" . "Not exactly. But. you know, march ing in a parade must be splendid ex rcise. ' Good Judgment. "Why did you make such an ado er. loaning Wombat a quarter? A quarter inn't much to lose. "I didn't want to establish a prece dent" Judge. ' ' i No,' 'Not That. Patience Women Beem to be do ing everything that men do, now adays.' i - ;-'- " Patrice? Nonsense! You never saw man powdering his noae.Hfty times a day, di you? ' ' i Close Call. "I hadlrather a close call last eve ning.".; -"That noV - i "Yea. I CtLtteA on the Bromleyt In their',-new Cat and there ' were two A BARGAIN. Cholly Do voa thlnV I rnnM m - m. VVUIU n 1U your sister? Jrhnitv I rt in trow me influence your way fer aKa. A owui 29 cents. v' Not the Sam When told he had a level head Jones wasn't pleased by that: In fact, the man who said It said - wr aimeajr s neaa was flat. Mother Wins. It was at the dinner taht. anil th hostess addressed her husband's brother: "Do have another niec of nia. William?" "Why. reallr. I've alrenriv hart two: but it's so good I believe I will have anotner. "He. he! Mother's a winner!" Raid little Frank, excitedly. "She said she'd bet you'd make a pig of .your- sen. Harper a Bazar. Telling a Turkey's Age. "Casey," eaid Pat, "how -do yez tell th' age of a tu-u-rkey?" "01 can always tell by the teeth," said Casey. "By the teeth!" exclaimed Pat. "But a tu-u-rkey has no teeth." "No." admitted Casey, , "but 01 have." i Sure Tip. Teacher Is there anything you know of, children, which expands with the cold and contracts with- the heat? Class (in unison) Yes'm. Ice. Long Hyphen. Patience He's married that rich girl, and they've hyphenated their names. Patrice Oh, is that so? I heard he was going to make a dash for her. Big Words. Bacon -Was his speech original? Egbert No. "Where do you -suppose he got it from?" "Out of the directory, I guess." Easy Way. "So you got away from the con stable- when you were speeding. How did you manage it?" -. . "Simply threw dust in his eyes." Worse Still. "My father is so angry at our last escapade, that he's cut me."' "My father's done worse than that; he's cut my allowance." The Exception. "Are the men boarders allowed to smoke in that house?" . "No; the only one allowed to do that is the chimney." , ; POKER THOUGHTS. "Rente n. haven't you just joined The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals?'" . ' "Why?" ... -'. :- ' "Well, all last night you were talk ing of 'fattenins the kitty.'" You Vill Observe. . He who ilearns in this old life To depnd upon himself. Though he meet with troubles rife. Ere he quit acquires the pelf. - -1 . Encouraging. jaCk Once more, Molly will you MoIly-yFor the twelfth time this hnur I tiill you I will not. : . , Jack i;of the navy) Well, twelve knots art hour Is not bad speed for a littje craft like you. London Tit- ''-in', I I II Ml II II TjpU m k "1 i CHARACTER TOLD BY RECIPES Autobiography cf Housowife Is Re-. ; vealed in Cooking Directions ; Which She Keeps. By nothing is a housekeeoer more distinctly known than by her cooking recipes. A collection from different sources is almost autobiographical. Between the lines one may estimate the amount of Income, the size of the family, . the character -of their , enter taining, and to'Boma extent the men tal caliber of the writer.. One perron may be habitually extravagant in the use of eggs and butter,-another is conspicuously stingy. The house keeper, cooking for. a large family, gives directions on such an ample scale that the bride is appalled. Some cooks run to the elaborate and fussy, and and others restrict them selves to the easiest and simplest dishes. Some' evidently cater to del icate stomachs, and show in their se lections that there are invalids- and children at their table. Others seem to revel in delicious indigestibies. ; As to the form . In which a ; recipe Is given, the writer shows Plainly whether she Is- systematic and me thodical or careless and haphazard. The order in which ingredients are put together -and a careful measure ment of the materials are Indispen sable features of " a recipe. Nothing: is so discouraging to 'a beginner as the vague reference to "flour enough for a stiff dough." or "milk enough for a thin batter." The housekeeper whose pantry shelves are kept in good order is apt to write a neat and ex ploit recipe. .The knack is worth ac quiring. -- EGGS SERVED IN A NEW WAY Style Known as "Washington" Is Rec ommended as a Change From the Old Method of Cooking. Roll 12 . fresh, eggs for eight mln- ntea; remove, plunge In cold water for a minute, lift up and shell them; cut a piece off the thicker end of each so they will stand up; cut a quarter of the white from the top so as to enable you to easily scoop out the yolks; when all are scooped out, place the yolks in a bowl with one ounce finely grated. Virginia ham, one saltspoon chopped . parsley, one - saltspoon chopped chervil, a tablespoon of good butter and two - tablespoons thick cream; season with half-teaspoon salt. a saltspoon grated nutmeg. Mix the whole together to a puree, place in a paper cornet and carefully press in to the acooped-out eggs; cut 12 round pieces of bread, quarter-inch thick and one and one-half inches in diameter; toast to a nice golden brown; lay an egg on each toast and place on a tin; cover the eggs with the cutoff tops, spread evenly over the eggs the fol lowing sauce: Heat in a saucepan one and' one-half tablespoons melted but ter, add two tablespoons sifted flour, stir well, then add one and one-half gills hot milk; season with one-half teaspoon salt, two saltspoons cayenne pepper and a saltspoon grated nut meg; sharply whisk for two minutee; add one ounce grated Parmesan cheese and whisk for two minutee; add one egg yolk, briskly mix while cooking for two minutes without al lowing to boil; after spreading over eggs, set in the oven to bake for ten minutes, or until of a golden color; remove to a hot dish and serve. Puree Du Barry. Divido one small f cauliflower one weighing about a pound into small bunches, and parboil in salted water. When tender drain them and put in a saucepan with one pint of boiled milk and two medium-sized minced pota toes, for the thickening. Cook gently until the potatoes are done, then rub through a tammy, add sufficient boiled milk to make the desired quantity, skim, add a large lump of butter, sea son with salt and pepper, and. if not sufficiently thick, the beaten yolk of an egg may be stirred in at the last moment before serving. The Epicure. Sliver Polisher. For cleaning silver, especially knives, forks, spoons, ladles, butter knives, etc.. make a strong solution of salt and bicarbonate of soda, about equal parts, and cold water. Put arti cles to be cleaned in a dish pan and cover well with the solution. Allow them to remain about two hours, take out and dry well with a clean cloth, when it will be found that al I the dust and tarnish have disappeared and. the articles will look as well as though rubbed with silver polish. V Rice Meringue. . One cup of carefully sorted rice boiled in water until It is soft When done, drain it. let cool . and add 1 quart of milk, the well-beaten yolks of 3 eggs. 2 tablespoons of white sugar and a little nutmeg, or flavor with lemon or vanilla, pour into ; a baking dish and bake about half an hour. Let it get cold; beat the whites of the eggs,' add 2 tablespoons of sugar, flavor, spread over pudding and brown in oven. Coloring for Gravies. Take a piece of butter the size of a large nutmeg, two tablespoonfuls of brown sugar, melt in a saucepan and let It scorch brown; take It off and pour in boiling water, slowly stirring all this time, till thin enough to pour in a bottle. .Will keep some time. ; . ' .Orange Salad. ' Feel and separate oranges lato sec tions, removing ipulp from covering Mix two cups of. pulp with liitj cup of diced celery and one cup . broker nut meats. Serve on lettuce v-ilt rlsa mayonnaise. ' r; . TREATING SHEEP SCAB Dip Made of Tobacco or Coal Tar Is Preferred. Warm Water Is Better Than Cold, as Former Cuts Grease and Allows So lution to Get to All Parts of Animal's Skin. Dipping in a reliable dip is the proper treatment for sheep afflicted with sheep scab. Use a dip made of lime and sul phur, tobacco and sulphur, or one of the coal tar dips. Remove all sediment from the lime and sulphur dip. as it- injured the wool. , . J . . Tobacco dips should never be boiled. ' L For a general dip a tobacco or coal tar preparation is to be preferred to lime and sulphur, as a lime and sul phur dip has little effect -in destroy ing the sheep tick or louse. A fresh solution should be used for the second dipping. This is absolutely essential if the lime and sulphur or the tobacco and sulphur are to be used. Mix the dip well in the yat. It is better to use warm water than cold water in dipping sheep, as warm water cuts the grease and allows the dip to get to all parts of the skin of the animal. The . correct "temperature for. a dip is from 100 to 105 degrees Fah renheit.' Sheep can be dipped in the winter if warm days are selected for that purpose. If. the sheep are badly afflicted with scab, the thick scabs should be soft ened previous to' the dipping of the sheep by pouring some of the dip on these-places and rubbing them with some smooth instrument, or the scabs Badly Affected With -Scabies. can be softened- while the sheep are being dipped, by rubbing the thick scabs with a brush. Care should be taken, however, not to draw blood, as on coagulation it will protect the mite from the dip. Lambs do not need to be dipped for so long a time as older sheep, as their wool is short. They are also more delicate in constitution, hence cannot stand the dipping as well as older sheep. Always water sheep before dipping, otherwise they may drink the dip which is sometimes found in little puddles in the dripping pens. Each sheep should be held in the dip . from two to three minutes, and the head quickly immersed once or twice just before the sheep leaves the vat. ' A sheep in moderate length of wool "nd allowed to drip thoroughly after being dipped will carry away from two to three quarts of the dip. . A sheep after being, shorn will carry away about a quart of the dip. The question should not he, how many sheep can-be dipped in a day, but how well can they be dipped. If scabby sheep are taken direct from a pasture and dipped, they should not be returned to that place for a nerlod .of 30 davs. Hear? rains are said, however, to disinfect open fields. If the sheep have been housed in buildings prior to the dip ping, these buildings should be dis infected before the sheep are returned to them. Purchase no proprietary dips ex cept those having the approval of your state agricultural department. Use all proprietary dips exactly ac cording to directions. , Best Crop Farm. The boys and girls of the farm In terested in farm life and agriculture mean more to the country than Lrofit able crops of wheat, oats and live stock. If the young people are inter ested in farm life it means they, will take charge of the work of the farm and become useful - and valuable citi zens.. They have no desire to move to town and lose themselves in the city. . They recognize the . beautlfa side as well as the profitable side of farm life. Too much attention cannot be given to the boys and girls. r They should be made partners with mother and father, and their every question relative to plant and animal life an swered. In this way .they will, see deeper than the surface, and will take pride in the. work they are doing. Growing Table .Vegetables. Plant several , kinds, of beans-to de termine which succeeds best in your soil. . ' ''-: . Plant an abundance of beets to al low for greens. , Sweet corn planted every two weeks will ftfve a long succession. ' Start cucumber seeds in the house or a cold frame. v To Clean Plumage. . ; The plumage of a- white fowl can be cleaned of stain, by washing with a clean white or transparent soap that is f re a from much alkali. Make a strong lather and use your hand and a scft hair brush. Stroke the feathers downward, from the head to the tiil. STARTING OF SEEDS INDOORS. Soil Must Be Kept Warm and Moist, but Not Too Wet Avoid Crowd- : Ing of' Plants. Shallow boxes or flats are consid ered best for starting seeds indoora, but pots do not take up so much room, and are less .unsightly, so for starting just a few seedlings or to try choice seeds we - often use a pot, writes Lulu G. Parker in the Farmer's Wife. We have started pansy and other seedlings often in the big pots in which rubber plants or oleanders, or other things which do not shade the soil, are growing. The soil must be kept warm and moist, but not wet. For this purpose a piece of glass over the top of the pot will help to hold the moisture, but this glass must be tilted up some what in order to let in some air or the soil will sour and the seedlings mold or damp off. Sift the soil for the top layer and cover the seeds about twice as deep as the seed is thick. Press the soil firmly over the seeds with the palm of the hand or a little board before giving water so that they will not be washed out. For very fine seed it will be a good plan to spread a damp cloth over the soil and then sprinkle the water on the cloth until the seeds be gin to sprout. After the seeds begin to sprout they must be kept in'the lightest window and never allowed to get too dry or to grow too crowded. The rest depends upon the seed it self, therefore always buy from a reputable seedsman. PROFITABLE WEIGHT OF PIGS Should Not Be Fed After Reaching Age of Nine Months Money In Young Animals. Experiments made for the purpose of determining the economic weight of a pig show conclusively that he never should be fed beyond eight or nine months 'old, and the largest profit is found, as a rule, in a weight not ex ceeding 200 -pounds. What is known as the food of support, says a writer in the Farm and Home, plays a very important part in the profit or loss of large weights. Suppose, as many farmers say, that a pig is not to be killed until he reaches S00 pounds. He must take from his food an increasing amount each day to support or maintain the weight already gained, or else ha drops back. The experiments indi cate that 2 per cent, of the live weight in food must be taken each day to support that live weight. If the animal weighs S00 pounds this amounts to six pounds of food daily, or over 40 pounds per week, and as the only profit is the food that ia applied to make new weight, it re sults that over 40 pounds of food are consumed per week from which no profit whatever is reaped. It fol lows that the most money can ha made from young hogs killed at a medium weight. MOWING MACHINE IS UNIQUE Object Is to Provide Bars That May Adapt Themselves to Uneven ness in the Ground. The Scientific American in describ ing a mowing machine invented by A. J. Anderson of 22 Greenwich street. New York, says: This machine is self-propelled and is provided with new and useful means for controlling the cutter bar frame. The principal object is to pro vide a machine having' a plurality oi bars thereon, the frame carrying the bars being more or less loosely con structed whereby these bars may adapt themselves to nnevenness in ths ground when the machine is in use. v Mowing Machine. A further object is to provide means for, removing the cutter bar driving mechanism out of operative position in order to permit the machine to .be run over the ground with the bars in operative. The illustration herewith represents the machine in a side view. Egg Type In Hens. Many poultrymen claim there is an egg type in fowls and that they can pick out the good layers as veil as the poor ones in a flock. This claim is based on the theory that certain pe culiarities of form or shape, such as long body, wedge shape,Mroad rear, small head, etc., indicate good laying qualities. Experiments have shown that hen3 with long 3 well aa short bodies were . indifferent layers, and conversely . good layers have beea found with short bodies, as well aa long ones. So far as tests have gone, theory does not hold good- '".': Mixture for Laying Hens. 'JV A splendid mixture for laying hens is equal parts of cracked corn, wheat and oats, which should be scattered in the litter so that the birds will bo compelled to take exercise by scratch Ing for it. Brooding1 Chicks. A poultry authority says: "Whil much may be said in favor of hens foj hatching, it Is rarely profitable to de pend upon them for-brooding chlckif when considerable numbers' are to b- raised." ' . ' : . " - - L " (Conducted by the National -Woman's Christian Temperanoe Union.) TENDENCY TO SHORTEN LIFE Insurance Companies Testify to 'Be lief That Use of Alcohol Is Dan gerous to Longevity. . All insurance companies have long recognized the fact that even the mod erate use of alcohol shortens life. This is evidenced by the answers made to a question sent out to various com panies by a New York paper. The question read as follows: As a rule, other things being equal, do you consider the habitual user of intoxicating beverages as good an in surance risk aa the total abstainer? If not, why not? The replies were: Aetna Life: No. Drink diseases the system. y Bankers' Life: No. For habit is like ly to grow. Berkshire Life: No. Drink destruc tive to health. Fidelity Mutual Life association: No. Less vitality and recuperative powers. Hartford Life: No. Moderate use lays foundation for diaease. Massachusetts Mutual Life: No. Drink causes organic changes. Re duces expectation of life nearly; two thirds. Michigan Mutual: No. Drink dan gerous to health and longevity. Mutual Life: No. New York Life: No. Pacific Mutual LUe: No. Predis poses to disease. Provident Savings Life Assurance society: No. Drink cuts short life ex pectation. Security Mutual Life: No. Drink snortens life. Union Central Life: No. Use fends to shorten life. United States: No. Use affects heart, stomach, liver and kidneys. VITAL QUESTION OF REVENUE Cost to National Government From Saloon Evil Is Comparatively Light Income Is Immense. The most dangerous phase cf the revenue question Is the national one. The cost to the national treasury from the saloon evil is comparatively light, and the revenue derived is a very large sum. The reports of the com missioners of internal revenue, issued August, 1910. show receipts of $208, 601,500.09. This immense revenue paralyzes the moral nerve of the au thorities at Washington, and little help in controlling the evil can be ex pected from that quarter until the work In the various states is far ad vanced. - ' Government officials and the public generally will some time be convinced that it is a short-sighted economy, very poor financiering, to foster an in dustry which makes so many people non-producers, results in the degen eration of whole families, and throws an army of incapables upon the Btate and upon "charity." Imagine this na tion free from drunkards, and with the criminal and pauper population re duced to one-tenth of Its present show- ing how many more people there would be earning regular Incomes and paying legitimate taxes! Facts per taining to this side of . the question are piling up in prohibition states, counties and towns, and are doing much toward answering the revenue argument of the antl-prohihitionlsts. For obvious reasons this argument is not so conspicuous where the terri tory covered by prohibition is local; and the more local the proposed law the less opposition from the fiscal standpoint A Dutchman's Logic ' A temperance meeting was being held In a mission hall, and several speakers had dealt with the evils of alcohol and the benefits of sobriety. Among the gentlemen on the platform there was a genial . Dutchman, who waa asked to speak, and after some hesitation he did so in the following manner: "I shalj tell you how not vas, I put mine hand on my head, and there was one big pain. Then I put mine hand in my pocket, and there wos nothings. Now there lsh no more pain in my head. The pains in mine body is all gone away. I put mine hands in mine pockets, and there ish 20.- So I shall stay wit the temper ance." " ' Time to Think. : "Laws have been made striving to keep men sober on election day, but what we want is to keep the citizen ship of America sober every day in the year, so, that they will .have had full time to know what liberty means, to know what the welfare of America means." Archbishop Ireland. Peril, Loss and Inefficiency. . Science and .hitter, experience are teaching that the use of spirits is de structive to the efficiency and health fulness of all who use It In the busi- a . . - ness worm we great scruggre is to keep alcohol, and alcoholic brains out of responsible positions, for the selfish reason that it means peril, loss and in efficiency. -Journal of Inebriety. . Somewhat Difficult - It is just about as easy to buy re finement as it ia to gTvsp a sunbeanu Chicago P.scord-IIerald, Bits. " taw petple thsre."