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UNCONVENTIONALITIES. "Sloppinger,- If you had just a few grains of sense you'd know what a gibbering idiot you are." "I won't dispute - your assertion, . Kiljordan, but when I make a state ment like that I want somebody to have nerve enough to tell me I'm a stupid, turtle-headed liar." "When I look at you, Murdlestone, I can't help wondering t if you're worth the atmosphere you displace." "It's hardly necessary for me to tell you, Blim, that you are the last man on earth I'd want to share a stateroom with, but all the others on the boat are taken." , "Yes, 6ir, I've read, the manuscript of your story, and It's absolutely the rottenest I ever waded through. Here it is. You may leave the door osen as you go out." Test of Gravity. "Professor Blobbs is a serious-mind-d man." "Yes." "Have you ever seen him at a base ball game?" "No. Why do you ask?" "I was just wondering what his conduct would be if the game were tied and a player on the home team whose batting average was a joke should walk up to the plate and slam out a home run." Feazing the Boss. "What? You didn't let your office boy off this afternoon simply because he told you his grandmother was dead? Don't you know that the moment he left here he went straight to the ball game?". . "Yes," but what could I do? The lit tle rascal, taking a long chance, looked rne straight in the eye and asked me politely would I like to attend the fu neral. You can't call a man's size bluff like that, can yau?" Run for Wrong Party. Mistress Oh, by the way, Smithers, I've arranged for the breakfast in the servants' hall to be a quarter of an hour earlier in future. Smithers Then, my lady, I beg leave to give notice. Mistress Indeed! Why? Smithers WelJ, my lady, it . seems to me that this establishment is being conducted for your convenience rather ban for that of the servants. Punch. VERSATILE MACHINE. -vjfc f "But your automobile doesn't turn turtle every day and seek a. mud pud dle, does it?" "Oh! no. Sometimes it turns bird and takes to the -air and then again it turns monkey and climbs a tree." Plenty of Time. Now azure skies above us bend And nature seems to smile. But J would not be anxious, friend. To picnic for a while. Effective President. "Bosh!" 6aid Mr. Nervepop, after Mrs. Nervepop had expressed the wish that a woman might be president of the United States for just one week. "What could she do?" "What could she do?" retorted the lady. "I tell you this, James, that if I could get into the White House with a couple of good Swedes to help me I'd do more in a minute than any presi dent we've had In 20 years with both houses of congress and his cabinet be hind him!" Harper's Weekly. A Fussy Boss. "Where in the dickens Is that office boy?" "Gone down to the corner to look at the baseball bulletins." "Go and tell hjm to come to me at once." "Don't be' too hard on the boy." "I'll fire him on the spot if he can't tell me exactly how the game is go ing." I , Stingy, Thing. : Will not let him hold her hand. Will not lit him kiss her; Bet when uhe goes out of town He will hardly miss her. ' Of the Actlvd Transitive Kind. "That's the first time I ever heard anybody speak of Smidgins as a work- ing man." "But he Is, Just the same; and 1 vuuiu give juu a. not tu ilia iruai- Ing fellow citizens whom he has worked." ( Main Crop. "There are so many things I was disappointed to find I couldn't raise on my farm." - "I would be satisfied if I could onty rJe the mortgage on mine." j Lock of Room. I do not In a hammock swing. But don't deserve applause for that; There's just no place to put the thing Because I'm living In a flat. Just in TItie. "Pa, here's something in this news paper about the 'chorus girl lure.' What does that mean, pa?" "Ahem!" coughed pa, with a know ing smile that suddenly froze on his face. "It means nothing that concerns you, son. Don't you see your mother standing in the door? Go' to her at once." Might Not Be So Bad. Briggs I see the capitol at Albany was so badly built that It is likely to fall at any time. Isn't that unfortu nate? Griggs Not necessarily. It might fall, you know, when the legislature was in session. Life. PHRASE ORIGIN. Willie Prehistoric Oh! mamma, what is papc doing with that tele gram? Mrs. Prehistoric My son, he's merely breaking the news. It's the Weather. This morn's he's yawned 'bout 60 times. And ere the day is o'er. It seems to be quite likely that He'll yawn 'bout 60 more. She Had the Preference. Father (angrily entering parlor at 12:30) Look here, young man? Do you stay as late as this when you call on other girls? Jack Huggard (trembling with fear) N-n-n-no, sir! Father (appeased, as he leaves the room) That's all right, then! (Aside.) Thank heaven! Mary has caught on at last! Puck. Up to Date. "What did she say when you told her that you were not worthy of her?" "She said she was glad I admitted It; but that her father had been hav ing tne trailed by a detectjve and was quite prepared to prove it if I had not admitted it." Coming and Going. "Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Green seem to have little to do but talk across the fence." "Yes, they have plenty to talk about Mrs.' Brown has just come out of the hospital and Mrs. Green thinks of go ing." In the Future. "Have the Smiths any aeroplanes?" "No, they are so poor that they can not afford anything but an automo bile." Getting a Cook. Her Husband I suppose you looked up the new cook's references? . His Wife No, dear; I was afraid they might not turn out satisfactory. WOULD THINK SO. Cholly I just saved a girl's life and she promised to marry me. Molly Didn't she prefer to Crown? Literature I haven't time for prose or rhyme Or matters of the stage. I only heed the stuff I read Upon the baseball page. No Quick Work for Him. Weary Willie This paper say that curved jaws that may be strapped to the hand have been - patented by " a Michigan inventor to enable a man to husk corn quickly. Toddling Tommie Who do you suppose would want to husk corn quickly? ' " ' , Note of Alarm. Landlady Mr. Snipe, is' it true the papers say there is going to be a re duction made in thetsxiff on prunes? Boarder (hastily) I hope not! I LIGHT; LOVE; PEACE All Blessings Offered-to Those Who Will Open Their Hearts -to Christ. CHRIST does not offer to be sim ply an f occasional shower .of blessings to the faithful believer. He promises to be a living well.. The deepestand the most urgent wants of the heart he promises to satisfy. ; In true conversion Christ enters the, soul. This is the very-essence and touchstone of conversion. With him comes light; with ; him comes love; with him comes peace. The radical change of heart in conversion. Is Just as truly a supernatural work as was the resurrection of Lazarus from the cave in Bethany. Christ, then, enters the soul, not as a trans lent visitor, but as an abiding guest.' While he abides there, he gives peren nial life and beauty and strength to the believer. "Because I live, ye shall live also." "Yet not I," said the hap py, hale-hearted apostle, "but Christ that llveth in me." And that was the reason why Paul remained a Christian (a Christ's-man) long after the first excitement of the scene at Damascus had passed away. A well was opened in Paul's heart that day, and its deep, cool, living waters neyer ran dry. - Ruled by Love of Christ. Men could always predict how Paul would act in any emergency, because the" principle that , ruled him was al ways the same. "The love of Christ contraineth me." "For me to live is Christ." The only reason why any good man continues to be a good man is that the wellspring in his soul never runs dry. Reckless, slave-hunting John Newton ceases to scoff, and begins to pray. ' Twenty years later John Newton .is . still praying, still preaching, still overflowing in bene ficence among the haunts of busy London; and solely because the Lord Jesus dwelt in him, a source of holy affections, and an inspirer of noble and godly actions. On Sunday he went to preach to rich bankers and titled ladies. On a week-day evening he -would sit on a three-legged stool, in his blue sailor jacket, and open up his rich experiences and wise counsels to the poorest who came to visit him. "I was a wild beast on the coast of Africa once," he used to say; "but the Lord Jesus caught me and tamed me, and now people come to see me as they would go to look at the Hons in the tower." What people came to see and to hear and to love in the sturdy sailor preacher was the Christ who dwelt within John New ton. Here Is the secret of Christian per severance, that a true Christian holds out for no other reason than that Christ holds out. The Fountain-head of all holy affection, and all generous deeds, and all heroic, self-denying en durances, is down deep in the man's heart; because Christ lives, he lives also. You can no more exhaust the graces of the true Christian than you can pump the Thames dry at London bridge. What a transcendent idea that is in Paul's prayer for his' bre thren: "That ye might be filled with all the fullness of God." When, there fore, we, meet with a man or woman who almost never disappoints us, who is always "abounding in the work of the Lord, who serves God on every day as well as the Sunday, who is more anxious to be right than to be rich, and who can ask God's blessing on the. bitterest cup, when we meet such a one we know that down in the clefts of , the soul is Christ, the well spring!" Spirit Made. Manifest. In a thousand ways will the inward fountain of Christian principle make itself visible. We see it in the mer chant who gives Christ the key of his safe, and never soils it with ill-gotten gains. We see it in the statesman who cares more to win God's smile on his conscience than a re-election to office. We recognize it in the min ister who is more greedy for souls than for salary. We see it in the young man who would rather endure a comrade's laughter than his Savior's frown ; in the maiden who obeys Christ sooner than fashion. I some- m times detect this wellspring of cheer ful piety in the patient mother, whose daily walk with God is a fount of holy influence amid her household. I know of poor men's dwellings in which grows a plant of contentment that is an exotic rarely found in marble man sions. Its leaves are green and glossy; it is fed; from the Well. In dying chambers we have often heard this spiritual" fountain playing, and Its murmur was as musical as the tinkle of a brook "in the leafy month of June." . . " Perfect love had cast out fear. Peace reigned. Joys sparkled in the sunlight of God's countenance. There was a well there which death could not dry the "well of water springing up into everlasting life."; Rev. Theo dore L. Cuyler. ' Loving and Serving. If ever we are to labor truly for the highest . good of our fellow crea tures, we must learn to take reverent and loving views of them. The deep er and higher our. estimate of the soul of man, the more shall we be filled with the pity and awe that are the strength of persevering labor in its be half, and the more shall we share the mind and. help the work of him, who, knowing the soul s ralue, died to save the 60uls of men. ; A very great part of the mischiefs that vex the world arise from words. EeTmund Burke. v IMPORTANT CORN CROP Elimination of Weeds Is Abso - lutely Necessary. Soil-Mulch Theory of Tillage Has Been Fundamental One in A m eri cs n Agriculture Soil Mois ture Is Conserved. . . (By T. C. CATES.) Corn is one of the most .important crops in the United States. Cultiva tion is one of the most expensive op erations in the. production of corn. It is - also the operation which of all phases of corn growing, has probably received the least study or about which we have-ithe least fundamental knowledge. : i The soil-mulch theory of tillage has been n fundamental one in American agriculture. It was long ago found that by means of a mulch, crops could be grown in alternate years.1 on land receiving such iscant rainfall as to make It Impossible to grow any satis factory crop by other methods. In studying the effect of the mulch it has come to be generally recognized that la most soils moisture can be saved by maintaining the top portion of the soil in a finely divided condi tion. It has also been found that fre quent -stirring of the soil promotes rapid nitrification. It would seem to follow, naturally, that a system of cultivation which promotes nitrifica tion and conserves moisture would be 'an extremely valuable system to apply to a tilled crop. In practice it has been found that in most cases fre quent shallow cultivation gives better yields than other methods of corn tillage. Upon this experience tillage philosophy has been' developed and tillage practice based. To ascertain the ideal method of cultivation for corn in various sec tions of the country, experiments ag gregating 125 and scattered over 28 states, were conducted. These ex periments were simply removing the weed3 without stirring the soil or pro ducing a mulch, as against corn culti vation. The ' measure of the relative merits of the two systems was, not In the preservation of soil moisture or the effect on nitrification, or the making available of plant nutrients, but the relative yields of corn pro duced. These tests seem to indicate that it is the weed factor which makes the cultivation of corn necessary, or, Cultivated and uncultivated fodder and ears of corn an experiment In Kentucky last year. The cultivated may be seen at the right and the uncultivated at the left of the illus tration. stating the proposition conversely, that cultivation is not beneficial to the corn plant, except insofar as re moving the weeds are concerned. The reasons why uncultivated land kept free from weeds should yield practically as much com per acre as that given the most approved modern cultivation are not clear. The results, howevtr, point strongly to the con clusion that the principal object of cultivation is the destruction of weeds. Where the weeds are kept down 'by some oher method cultivation seems to be of no particular advantage. This is contrary to the accepted teaching on this point, and the conclusion is stated jonly tentatively. If it be true that weeds make the cultivation of corn necessary the problera immediately presents itself as to what farm management methods can be pursued to eliminate or reduce to a minimum the weed, pests of the farm. Our present implements for cultivation are designed primarily to produce a mulch and stir the ground. Weed killing is a secondary function. It is possible that newly designed im plements made with special reference to weed control, could accomplish this, end with greatly decreased cost. In summing, up the results of the experiments of the 125 corn growers, it is shown that the weeded plats pro duced 1)5.1 per cent, as much fodder and 99.108 per cent, as much grain as the cultivated ones. . If there was any difference between either set of plats in regard to thoroughness in keeping down the weeds it Was In favor of the cultivated plats. Although it remains to be demonstrated how far this prin- cinle m;iv be anniiftd in anv narHcniai-i section, -as a general average forall the regions in which this work was done it may be concluded that- the proposii.ton just stated Is substantial ly true. . If this be accepted, weed control becomes the principal object of corn cultivation. ' Worn With Tailored Suits. Very few pure white blouses are worn with tailored suits. Figured nets, crepe de chines and shadow laces veiled ta chiffon are more often worn. The kiiiono is still the favorite style, and is to full that it blouses consider ably ovr the waist line. , ! Plain Parasols. : . The rather fiat, many ribbed para boI, especially, when covered with the plain colored silk, Is modish. Often tffe ribs an gilt tipped.: PROPER CARE DURING MOLT Hens That Have Completed Process and Regained Normal Condition -Before Winter Most Desired. , The early-molting hens are the most desirable ones, because they will have completed the process and regained their normal physical condition again before winter sets in, and therefore will be in better shape for the arrival of cold weather and will lay more eggs. The hens that are not well clothed with a new coat of feathers by the time the weather turns cold will not prove very profitable as win ter layers, because cold weather will still further retard the molt and the fowls will suffer quite a bit with the cold. . Molting may be hastened somewhat by withholding the greater part of the food supply ten days or two weeks and then give the fowls all they will eat of rich flesh-forming and feather- A ?4' ...... ..K-,,y..VISV H 31 Oust Bath. producing foods. During the entire time they should receive a few hand fuls of sunflower seeds each day, as these are very good in helping to loosen up the feathers. Feed with care, however, as too many would have a bad effect, causing an unnat ural molt. Plenty of meat and green food are very essential to getting fowls through the molt successfully. Give them lots of green cut bone or ground beef scraps, and all they will eat of vari ous kinds of green stuff, grass and vegetables. A little linseed meal, added, to the mash two or three times a week, will be found to be very bene ficial at this season. See that the fowls have cool, fresh drinking water at all times. Keep down lice and mites, as many of the deaths during theonolting period are caused by these pests and not on ac count of any hardship attending the molting process, as many people sup pose. Provide dust baths in which the fowls may wallow whenever they want to, and these will help' to ex terminate vermin as well as furnish healthful exercise and pleasure to the birds. SILAGE MAKES BEEF PROFITS Conclusion Taken From Bulletin by Experts of Indiana Agricultural Experiment Station. The addition of corn eilage, once daily to a" ration of shelled corn, cot tonseed meal, and clover hay, re duced the cost $1.83 for each hun dred pounds of gain and increased the total profit $8.85 per steer. The addition of corn silage twice daily to a ration of shelled corn, cot tonseed meal, and clover t hay, re duced the cost $3.17 for each hun dred pounds of gain and Increased to tal profits $11.19 per steer. The substitutf6n of corn silage for clover hay in a ration, of shelled corn, cottonseed meal and clover hay re duced the co6t $4.35 for each hun dred pounds of gain and increased the profits $17.97 per steer. The more nearly corn - silage re places the clover hay in the ration, the cheaper was the gain j and the greater the profit. The silage used in this trial con tained an unusually high per cent, of dry mattre and was, judging from pre vious experience, more efficient for fattening cattle than silage containing a higher per cent, of moisture. A ration of shelled corn, cottonseed meal, oat straw and corn silage (twice daily) proved to be as efficient for fat Uning cattle as a ration of shelled corn, cottonseed meal, clover hay and corn silage (twice dally). The above conclusions are taken from a bulletin by Messrs Skinner and King of the Indiana agricultural ex periment station giving the results of a steer-feeding test where the value of corn silage, as a fattening ration was tested. " KEEP HENS IN GOOD FLESH Keep the Fowls Busy, Feed Them All They Will Eat and They will Make the Best Records. (By M. PURVIS.) " Hens that are kept thin in flesh will not make good egg records. Professor Rice of Cornell, had a lot of hens killed and their laying condition noted, dur ing his absence. He then examined the carcasses and . was able , to pick out the best layers by simply choosing those which showed the most fat. Keep the hen busy, feed her all sha will eat and she will make the best record pos sible V:.,' " .'-: . Dairy's Golden Era. This is the golden era for those who know how to handle dairy products. Good prices are the rule. All such commodities have reached a high lev el, and the situation is such that farm ers are assured liberal profits. (By The National Woman's Christian Temperance Union.) ISTHMIAN CANAL ZONE DRY One Exception to Statement That "The American Salcon Follows the American Flag." No license for the sale of intoxicat ing liquors in the Isthmian canal zone will hereafter be granted by the com missioners. The government received considerable revenue the laBt six years from the five canal zone settle ments where saloons were permitted, but it decided that It "didn't pay." The dramshops and the three great American brewerieB closed their doors July 1. Mrs. Abbie B. Hillerman, national W. C. T. U. representative in the canal zone thus writes: "We are thankful that there will be one exception at least to the state ment that 'The American saloon fol lows the American flag.' With the eyes of the world centered upon this strip of land, which is so soon to be the great ocean highway of nations, this action is most opportune. We believe that the thousands of pages of temperance literature sent to this sec tion by the National W. C. T.. U., to gether with the influence of temper ance sentiment at home, has had some part in this victory. It is certainly In harmony with the views and actions ! of the president of the United States land his cabinet." ATTACK ON LIQUOR TRAFFIC Former Premier of France Makes Strong Denunciation of Formid able Enemy of Social Peace. Georges Clemenceau, former pre mier of France, who was one of the candidates for the presidency, has sur prised Paris by a strong denunciation of the liquor traffic as a peril to the nation. He has written the freface of a pamphlet devoted to a general economic study of alcohol, which has just been laid before the Paris Acad emy of Medicine. He deplores the fact that the state seems powerless against this "most formidable enemy of social peace and general welfare." His words are thus translated: "Today it is .beginning to be under stood that the right to poison people cannot properly be regarded as one of the achievements of the French revolution. Universal suffrage would really put itself out of court if it had succeeded in emancipating itself from the yoke of a single tyrant, only to fall under the sway of a league of private Interests which are In open warfare with the public -interest. All well intentloned men, without distinc tion of party, ought to join in a com mon effort for the salvation of our country which is menaced from so many directions at once." MAKE FINEST FIGHTING MEN Most Pressing Enemy to Be Encoun tered by United Kingdom Is Drink, Says Wolseley. The recent death and public burial in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, of the noted soldier, . Lord Wolseley, recall his outspoken attitude on the tem perance question. In 1870 he carried through his Red river expedition on rigid lines of total abstinence. Of the Nile campaign he reported "all the troops for months without beer or spirits," the result being that, as one of the officers declared, they were the "finest fighting men It was ever any man's lot to command." In 1893 Lord Wolseley said: "There are yet many great enemies to be encountered, some great battles to be fought by the United Kingdom, but the most press ing enemy at present i3 drink." Ultimate Success. When a movement or reform pro ceeds in its progress past a certain stage, the dictates of reason as well as the record of history fairly Inform us that that movement or reform will come to a successful issue. When a movement abides the buffeting of early persecution and projects itself from year to year with a persistent and in creasing power, it is only a question of time when it will win universal recognition. It Is thus that all believ ers in a. saloonless nation are confi dent of ultimate success. Northwest era Christian Advocate. Better for Humanity. :'Tt would be better foV this country If there were no alcohol In it The medical profession does not supply it as it once did. I shall be glad to see the day of universal prohibition. Even the German emperoV has warned hia army of the dangers pf beer drinking, it would be of great benefit to human ity If all the, saloons and breweriea were closed up." Dr. Harvey W. Wi ley. Temperance In British Army. . Field Marshal Lord Roberts says: . "The record of the British army to day as a sober community is one ot which the empire may justly be proud. vxtsnertua uuu units r uuiuei o l epui i uiuv this gratifying state of affairs is in a ereat" measure due to the Royal Armv 1 Temperance - association. They say that ' the association promotes the moral, physical, and financial welfare nf thfi soldier and eonseauentlv it Via been the means of producing a mark ed fiffer.t in raisins the' standard nf fv briety in the army."