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Of 1L No Job for Him. Tlie Bpring had brought out the usual crop of listless wanderers.- "Want help, do you?" said the pros perous looking party who had been ap plied to for assistance b)'. one of these. "You're a husky looking beggar. I must say. Why don't you work?" ."My business ain't any good at dig season," said Dusty. "What is your business?" said the prosperous looking party. "I'm a professional tobogganlst," said Dusty. Harper's Weekly. Between Harriet and Moll. "Cholly kissed me, and I screamed." "Then what?" He kissed me a second time, and I he-Herd again." "Then what?" "Cholly said, 'you're attractin' at tention to yourself,' and then hekisB ed me again." "There s few knows what a girl's got to go up against with some of these persistent fellers." A Clear Case.- Clarence As I undahgtand it, me boy, old Gotrox first told you that you could have his daughter, and then went back on his word? . Willy That's Just "bout th' size of it, bah jove! Clarence Then, deuce take it, old chap, I should Just sue him for non support, that's all! Puck. Defending Him. "Daughter," called the father from his position at the top of the stairs at the well-known hour of 11:55 p. m.t "doesn't that young man know how to say good-night?" "Does he?" echoed the young lady in the darkened hall; "well, I should ay he does." Ladies'. Home Journal FATAL DEFECT. First Sport Think Bruisem will ever become a great pugilist? Second Sport No; he's tongue tied. ' - V- ' At Work. The poet sits with pen and ink, - He looks sedate and wise, 'And when he writes a line or two He swats as many flies. Breaking It Gently. A young man, an only, son, married against the wishes of his parents. A short time afterward, in telling a ' frifnd how to break the news Jo them, he said: .' - "Tell them first I am dead; and then gently work up to the climax." Uppincott's. - . . - The Sights. ! "Did you see the sights at the sea shore?" asked one girl. "No," answered the other. "I went into the water. . I was one of tbem Hard to Interest. "My husband doesn't care for sight seeing." xnen notnmg interested mm on your trip?" "Only the spot where Washington threw a dollar across the Potomac. He spent several hours looking for the donar, ana was quite nappy for a while, but even that ended in disap pointment at last." Virtue's Reward. ': Her Doting Pa I thought you'd be more pleased with your commence ment 'gown, when it cost so much money, Marjorie? '".'' Marjorie--"Why, papa, I wont get half as much attention as the girl .who made her own dress at a cost of $2.50. Puck. Disguised. - "Did you dance any at the party, Mamie?" . ', "No, but I had such a compliment from one of the gentlemen. He told somebody I made, such a "nice mura decoration." ' . - "And you never knew he was call ing you a wallflower?'" Resentment. . ."I hope." said the terrier, deferen tially, "that you are not mai." "No," replied the collie; '"I'm not mad. I am merely Indignant at this custom of calling each summer's 'silly season' the 'dog days.'" - Moving Signs. ' Yeast I see In Lyons, Firance .all perambulating signs are subject to the traffic regulations. Crimsonbeak :Do you suppose that applies to the 'man with the red nose as well? '; ALIBI PERFECT. "And you say you are innocent of the charge of stealing a rooster from Mr. Jones 7,' asked an Arkansas judge of a meek-looking prisoner. " ."Yes, sir; and I can prove it." "How can you prove it?" "I can prove that I didn't steal Mr. Jones' rooster, judge, because I stole two hens from Mr. Graston the same night, and Jones lives five miles from Graston's." "The proof is conclusive," said the Judge." "Discharge the prisoner." Na tional Food Magazine. . FOLLOWING FATHER. First Trust Magnate Hear your boy Is studying law. Is he going to prac tice It Second Trust Magnate (absently) No; I reckon he'll evade it. Eating or Sleeping. A man Is often like a horse, We've heard'aome people say; But surely both are happy when It'a time to hit the hay. And James Went. ' ' The teacher was trying to break James of saying, "I have went," but the task seemed hopeless. So, as a last resort, she had him stay after school and write twenty times on the blackboard, "I have gone home." While the. child was occupied the teacher left the room, and was still absent when James finished the task. And to acquaint her with the fact he wrote: . "Dear Teach I - have wrote what you told me. and have went home.": National Food Magazine. Comlng to a Halt. Two Irishmen were among a class that was being drilled in marching tartira Ono m-oa now at tha hualneaa' and turning to his companion asked mm me meaning oi . me com man a i Halt!" "Why," said Mike, "when he says 'Halt,' you just bring the foot that's on the ground to the aide av the foot that's in the air, an remain motion- less. Third Generation. . "Fifty years ago her , grandfather came over in the steerage with a pack on his back." "Well, what of It?" Notning, except this paper 1 am reading says she departed for Europe this morning with 42 steamer trunks, three maids and tickets calling for the ' whlte-and-gold suite." Sorry He Spoke. . "Scientists state that seaf siring people should always keep chocolate handy," remarked the pedantic youth. "Chocolate contains many heat units. "How nice," responded 'the! girl "Better take a two-pound box - when we go rowihg--thls afternoon." - ENVY. The Pessimist Ah, dog, I wlsht I didn't have nothin" to worry mecep fleas,' like you. . ' ' : Fancy Shot. ' A rnarkeinan bold was " William Tell. One of the stars. He nearly always rang the bell . And won the cigars. . ". -.' ;: ' Habits of the Hen. The pervense lien !s hard to beat; Cansarn her pesky way! - ' - She always ambles home to eat - And goes next door to lay. - - Results.;. ' -V- . "Ruggles," asked his friend Kam age, "didn't you swear-off from smok ing a few months ago?" "Yes-; on New Year's day." -; "Well.' do you notice any particular difference?" -; - -' . ; . 0, yes I've gained six pound in weight and lost the friendship of six cigar dealers." - ... 9 PLEA FOR RETURN InvitaUon of the Gospel Is to All Wandering Sheep to Come Home. : HERE are but few" animals to which men like to be likened. To call a man a dog, a pig, a turn key, a snake or a monkey Is to In sult him. You may call him a lion or an eagle and - he Will feel complimented, because these creatures are accepted emblems of strength, courage and dig nity. In the scriptures the sheep is chosen oftener than -any other animal to tym- bolize the nature of man a very Just representation, for men and cheep are much alike. They are alike In this particular, thaf they move in masses. Men and sheep go with the crowds to the . right, or the left, forward or "back, to the bad, or the good, with a facility and a unanimity that Is a perpetual puzzle. When men break away from God and run into disobedient ways they are like sheep. So the prophet con fesses. "All we like sheep have gone astray." Again, when men are loyal to God, are trustful and teachable, they are like sheep. So Jesus says. 'My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me." Sheep are both good and bad, and so are men.. In one place - we. are can toned, "Beware of . men," for men will oppose righteousness. In another place we are counseled, "Quit you like men," - for manhood means . strength, enterprise and achievement. Go Astray Like Sheep. In a well-known text both qualities are represented. Ye were going astray like sheep heedless, willful, disobedient. "But are now returned to the Shepherd" confiding, submis sive, amiable. Once you were scam pering away, breaking through ' the hedge, leaping over the fence, running from protection, food and safety into forbidden places-and places of periL" But you have come back and are feed Ing quietly within call of the Shep herd's voice and contented under his eye.. ' " When a man is won from his sinful courses to godliness it may be de scribed as a return. How so? That's easy. I have known a man whose an cestors came from England, but who himself was born in America, to say. 'I hope some time to return to the old home in England." How could he speak of ."'returning" to a place where he had never been? There Is a kind of unity in the family life. In his an cestors he came to America, and In their descendant there is a return. If we go back far enough we oen find our ancestors in the fold of Christ, living in a home he had prepared for them. In Eden the family to which we belong was happily shepherded by on oT God. iTul They "left the fold cn.jr iuhuh, - uu ouccy. inererore, whenever one seeks a re-I newal of the old happy relations it Is a return. - Call to Come Home. rne invitation of the gospel is a can to come oacK borne. It is a mes sage to prodigals, to which class we all belong. Waste no time in lament ing the lost Eden, but turn and see that its gates are wide open and en trance is rree to an. Paradise re gained is not a poetic fancy. There is a sense in which the faith ful Christian is often returning to his Shepherd. The ideal life, the life at which. he aims, is a life of unbroken fidelity toJ his lord. But he is aware that he comes far short of that pur pose . every - day. His , confession of defect and his prayer for pardon are a return. It is plainly written in the experience of many of us. We know that after wandering of heart in respect of faith and duty, when he say, "I will arise and go to my father." he will see us from afar and hasten to. welcome us. - - . . Let me tell-you a little, true story which is also a parable that requires no interpreter. A romantic New Eng land boy stole away from his widowed mother's house one night and went to sea. Three- years later he came back. It! was late evening when he reached the house. He tried the door and it opened for him. His mother, .sittinj in the dimly lighted room gave him welcoming embraces. Later her asked her why she left the door- unlocked. Her answer -was, "That door ha3 never been locked since you left me for I said he will come back, some day and when he comes, at any hour, he must find the door unlocked." . . r . Overcoming. - If one can keep sweetness of thought and calmness of poise,; when bitter and rebellious feelings press hard and close upon the tortured, soul that must be the victory of -overcoming ; that must hold its own reward, some where, by adding strong fiber to char acter. " That is the time to remember, to the exclusion of complaint.that to be overcomers wemust have some thing to overcome. Aye, and they mu3t be hard things, which press severely on a weak point, in character or tem perament, in order that the weakesl link in our chain may be fully tested Eliza M. H. Abbott. , Daily Routine. "Day by day." Luke xl. 3. The dailiness of life is a great thing tc learu..,; Day by day we receive oui breud. Day by day let us give account of ourselves to God. Day by day lei us finish the crorl! that-is given to it to do. Let-each day be a world In it -self and let us not close the book-until we can write at the bottom of tbf page "It is finished." HD0WLARI( h PEST? Belongs to Same ;; Family as ! Blackbird and Oriole. Amount of Damage Done by This Bird Varies' With; Depth of Planting, Condition of Soil and Prox T imlty to Pasturesr ; (By II. C. BRYANT.) Thi meadowlark la not a true lark, but belongs to the same family to which the blackbird and oriole be long. Since the meadowlark of the eastern states differs from that found In th3 western states in both song and coloration, the bird of the west is termed the western meadowlark. This la a common bird from Wiscon sin, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, etc., west to the Pacific coast, also ranging north Into Canada and south Into Mexico. The meadowlark is well known be cause of Its size, bright plumage and cheerful song. It is a conspicuous bird of treeless areas and a frequenter of thi meadow and pasture. In Cali fornia, it is found, from sea level to altitudes of 7,000 feet in the moun tains. It is most abundant In the great central valleys where. In some places, the birds may be seen con gregated In flocks of fifty or more, feeding almost entirely on the ground. Thin meadowlark appears to be one of the few birds- which is profiting by the increased cultivation of land. Al falfa furnishes particularly good food and cover for the bird and grain fields Holes Bored by Meadowlarks In Ob taining Kernel of 'Sprouting Grain- are olten chosen for a home. With the furnishing of Btill more good food and cover, combined with the destruc tion of some of its enemies, the west ern meadowlark may be expected to still further increase In numbers. Oats appear to be preferred. In the fieldi; Inspected, damage was greatest In sandy soil, for here the grain Is more easily obtained. Next to the condition of the soil, the factor gov erning the extent of damage appears to be the "proximity of the natural habitat of the bird. Fields bordering on marsh grass lands and pastures suffer most. In some instances the meadow lark luve followed the drill row for distances of four to six feet and ap- parent y Dulled every snrouL Barley and wheat are attacked to a less ex- tent than oats. Field corn and sor- gnum are not aamagea. Meadowlarks can succeed In pulling the sprouting grain only, when it first appears above the ground. After the second and third blades appear the plant, is well rooted and the kernel no longer essential to the life of the plant. Only the grain which is within one and one-half Inches of the surface Is obtainable. Hence the difficulty of obtaining "the kernel and the ter mination of the time during which the kernel is essential to the life of the plant soon makes destruction im possible. Hard, dry soil precludes attack. Damage is greatest after the soil has been softened by rain. In vestigation shows , that fields appar ently greatly, damaged while the grain was sprouting have shown but little damage at harvest time. . In some cases c certain amount oi winning may bo beneficial so that unless the damage Is great the birds may per form a real service. .The. fact that oats Is : most seriously damaged and that, with the exception of barley and wheat, other grains are not attacked also minimizes the amount of possible damagel ' , . " ; -When the benefits conferred by the meadowlark are balanced" with ' the injuries, there remains no doubt that the bird 'deserves protection. Its value as a destroyer of injurious in sects far exceeds Its detriment as a destroy er of sprouting grain. ' The value of one of. these birda . living to one dea.d is as five pounds of insects and one-half pound of weed seeds Is to one and three-fourths pounds of grain, a. considerable part of which Is made tip" of wild oats and waste grain'.' : - - A stibng point favoring "their pro tection Is to be found In the fact that the datiage to sprouting grain fields can be largely prevented by planting grain deeply and drilling instead of broadcasting, two measures highly advocated as favoring larger crops. When Soils Cease to Produce. . - The trouble with soils when they cease t produce as they did when new Is not that elements of plant food ari actually exhausted from the Boil, but the necessary force for the liberatkn are exhausted. One of these forces is bacteria. It is esti mated that in the common soil there are 150,000.000 bacteria to the ounce. These bacteria must have for their fooJ humus, then they will liberate food for the growth of plants. To be a good, farmer. one needs ' to grow legumes, and other cover crops plants to turn under for humus, and to en courage,! these beneficial bacteria ' to perform their functions in the boIL - Busy Bee's. Now - Watch the bees work on the golden :rod and iweet clover. '. CARE FOR STACKED ' ALFALFA Beet Way to Cure Hay la to Rake It - Into Small Win row and Let the Crop Dry Out Slowly. Sometimes weather conditions make It almost impossible to put alfalfa hay in' the stack in geod condition, and -heating and burning., results. A. H. Leldligh, . assistant. professor of crops at the Kansas Agricultural college, says a comparison will show why the water does not readily cure out of the stems. If a tree is cut down on a cool, cloudy day, 6aid Professor Leld ligh, the leaves remain ' green and fresh for some time. They take water from the trunk and pass - it off into the atmosphere. If the weather is reasonably cool fora few days, the water will all be taken out of the tree. .Now, if tho tree Is cut down on a hot, sultry day the leaves will dry up and fall off. The water Is still In the trunk of the tree, and there is no way for it to get out quickly. It Is the same with alfalfa. When it Is Impossible to wring water out of the hay, 6ays Professor Leldligh, It is dry enough to stack. The best way to cure hay Is to rake it Into small wlnrows and let It dry out slowly. If the ground Is damp, or if the air is very moist, the wlnrows must be turned frequenty to expose all the hay to the sun. Hay often heats In the stack be cause It Is rained on. or because it ab sorbs moisture from the ground. Not less than $5 to $10 worth -of hay is spoiled on the top and bottom of a 25-foot stack of alfalfa, put up In the usual way. This loss may be avoided by stacking on a foundation of poles, or under sheds. The money saved on a few stacks will pay for the shed. Opinions differ on just how much the feeding value of alfalfa is af fected by heating. Some argue that while It lowers the feeding value, it improves the taste. Cattle usually eat brown and 1 black alfalfa with more relish than they do the bright green hay. SPRAY MACHINE IS USEFUL Power. Pumped Through Nozzles as Cart Moves Over Field Used for Sowing Grass Seed. Two Missouri men have patented a useful farm machine In the spraying apparatus shown In the Illustration. It Is merely the water-sprinkling Idea put to other uses. A light cart has a tank mounted in the front and con- Spraying Machine. nected with a cross pipe with a 6erles of nozzles depending from It in the back. The powder that the tank con tains is forced through the nozzle un der sufficient pressure to spray It in all directions. The machine is de signed primarily for the purpose of spraying Insectide over growing plants and is a big improvement on the hand method of doing this work,: being not only much more thorough, but much more speedy, as it sprays seven or eight rows at once. Such a machine might also be used to sow certain kinds of seed, like 'grass seed, that did not have to be dropped in rows. ' Tillage Is Manure., . - The old maxim that tillage is ma nure has been shown to be true at Cornell university, farm, where ex perlments : were made in that : direc tion. Some plots of potatoes were cultivated ' as many ' as ' eight times. and in every' case the 'greater the number of times the plants were cul tivated the larger the yields com pared with, plots on .which fewer cul tivations were given. , ' The level culture was better t.than hillings Two lots,, cultivated eight times, left . perfectly level through the season, produced at the rate of 384 .bushels and 357 bushels per acre, and three lots cultivated Ave times, produced 349 '.bushels, . 325 bushels and 28S bushels, the last lot being hilled at the final cultivation. Trees In Boston-Commons. '' According to Frederick E. OlmBtead, in Country Life In America, it has cost the city of. Boston about : $7,650 per acre to put the trees on the fifty acres of Boston Common in good condition. It cost'$7,550 per acre to trench the soil and supply proper plant food, and about $100 per acre to protect from insect ravages. It is said 'that the land in this same common or. park has a valuation of $864,329 per acre. This means an actual cost at six per cent? lh loss of taxes of over: $51,000 per acre. " And yet some of our largei towns and cities begrudge spending a few hundred dollars - occasionally in their parks, . . Careful Breeder. ; ' - A breeder of fancy' poultry,- who hatches his chicks altogether with hens;-gets the straw, matting around bottles and tea, and lines his nest box es, to prevent possible breakage of eggs againfct tha sides of th box. He changes this frequently, sis 'a precau tion against mites. u . ' e : : : -" . I - . :. . : - .-,-,..-.. - (Br The National Woman's Christian Temperance Union.) LOVE FOR DRINK ABNORMAL Jack London Is Satisfied That En slavement to Alcohol Is Due to Its "Accessibility." "The way to stop drinking is to stop It," says Jack London In "John Barleycorn." This . autobiographie story published by the Saturday Eve ning Post has been extensively quot ed. It is a virile and vivid descrip tion of the ways of alcohol with boy and man. Mr. London Is persuaded from his own experience that the hu man being normally has no appetite for strong drink, and thatenslavement to alcohol is due to Its "accessibility." That is why, though in bondage him self, he "would vote John Barleycorn out of existence and back Into the his torical limbo of our banished customs of savagery." And he believes that women must help; that "In a thou sand . generations to come men ot themselves will not close the Baloons." "The women know," he says. "They have paid an Incalculable price of sweat and tears for man'6 use of al cohol. Ever jealous for. the race, they will legislate for the babes of boys yet to be born; and for the babes of girls too for they must be the mothers, wives and sisters of these boys. And it will be easy. The only ones that will be hurt will be the topers and seasoned drinkers of a single genera tion. On the other hand, the over whelming proportion of young men are so normally . non-alcoholic that, never having had access to alcohol, they will never miss It. They will know of the saloon only in the pages of history, and they will think of the saloon as a quaint old custom similar to bull-baiting and the burning of witches. "If I seem to cry out as one hurtj please remember that I have been sorely bruised, and that I do dislike the thought that any son or daughter of mine or yours should be similarly. bruised." USING ALCOHOL IN HOSPITAL Out of 1,529 Patients Spirits Were Ad ministered to but Throe, All Three Proving Fatal. The London Temperance hospital has for 40 years treated diseases and accidents without the use of alcohol. At the last annual meeting of its board of directors. Sir T. Veyez, who took the chair in the absence of Lord Alverstone, the president, said its progress had been continuous and sat isfactory. Last year the hospital had 27,748 out-patients and 1,629 in-pa tients.' Of the 1,529 cases alcohol was only administered In three, and he regretted to add that all those three proved fatal Sir Victor Horsley said this hospital had been a pioneer In medical science. The old routine was represented by three D'e diet, drugs, and drink, and it was long before the profession as a whole followed the lead of that hospital In getting rid of the last item. Sir Victor corrected the common notion that It was Impos sible to prepare certain tinctures and medicines without alcohol. ABANDON INTOXICATING CUP Not Top Much to Ask Great Nations to Combine to Suppress Manu facture of Spirits. I should like to go through all the churches of the land, .'persuading and entreating every member for Christ's sake to abandon the intoxicating cup and prohibit its manufacture and sale. I would call aloud to all friends of missions: "If you love missions, if you love the church of God, help, help to dethrone -the demon of intemper ance our reproach before the heath en, the blight of our churches!" Dr. Horace BushnelL Rum and other corrupting' agencies come in with our boasted civilization and the feeble races wither before the hot breath of the white man's vices. The great nations have combined to supprss the . slave trade. It Is too much to' ask that they Bhall combine to prevent the sale of spirits to men. who less than our children have ac quired the habits of self-restraint? Uncle .Ned's Philosophy. When a "takes up" llcker fer reve nue, It's purty certain thet he's stud led 'rithmetic In the devil's school of math'matlcs. ; . Kf you hear a man ; talkln' loud 'bout his "personal liberty" to drink llcker, It's odds to nothln' thet be don't grant the same kind of liberty to his wife ner best gal. A preacher what kin give the licker bus'nia Hail Columby away from home and let the saloon git the young man - In his own town comes nigh mis sin' connections fer the . train to glory. . Men or Doltara? v: "I am an optimist. The world in get ting better every day. In my boyhood I saw liquor sold absolutely without re striction. It Is now restricted in a thousand ways. The world is stirred on . this question. Children now live who will have to explain to their chil dren what a saloon was. and why their ancestors tolerated such a deadly evil. But for the money Invested la it, it would already be a thing of ihe past. Toleration of the saloon. puts the dol lar above the man." U. S. Senator Webb of Tennessee.