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PROLOG UE. This romance of Freckles and the Angel of the Limhcrlost is one of the most novel, entertain ing, wholesome and fascinating stories that have come from the pen of an American author in many years. The characters in this sylvan talc are-: Freckles, a plucky waif who guards the Limbcrlost timber leases and dreams of angels. The Swamp Angel, in whom Freckles' sweetest dream ma terializes. McLean, a member of a lumber company, who befriends Freckles. Mrs. Duncan, who gives moth er love and a home to Freckles. Duncan, head teamster of Mc Lean's timber gang. The Bird Woman, who is col lecting camera studies of birds for a book. Lord and' Lady O'More, who come from Ireland in quest of a lost relative. The Man of Affairs, brusque of manner, but big of heart. Wessner, a timber thief who wants rascality made easy. Black Jack, a villain to whom thought of repentance comes too late. CHAPTEit I. THE IJUBEItLOST OUAltD. If! HECKLES came dowu the cor- m I duroy tliat crosses the lower II I cud of the Llniberlost. At a LJ glance ho might have been mistaken for n tramp, hut he was in tensely eager to belong somewhere and to be attached to almost any sort of enterprise that would furnlsl. him food and clothing. Long before he came lu sight of the camp of the Grand Rapids Lumber company he could hear the cheery voices of the mcu and the neighing of the horses, and could scent the tempt ing odors of cooking food. A feeling of homeless friendlcssness swept over him. lie turned into the newly made road and followed it to the camp. The men were jovially calling back and forth as they unharnessed tired horses that fell into attitudes of rest and crunched, in deep content, the grain given them. As he wiped the flanks of his big bays with handfuls of papaw leaves, Duncan, the Drawny Scotch head teamster, softly whistled. "Oh wha will be my dearie, Oh!" and a cricket under the leaves at his feet accompanied him. Wreathing tongues of flame wrapped about the black ket tles, and. when the cook lifted the lids gusts of savory odors escaped. Freckles approached him. "I want to speak to the boss," he said. The cool; glanced him ovc1 and an swered carelessly, "He can't use you." The color flooded Freckles' face, but he said simply, "If you will he hnvlng the goodness to point him out we will give him a chauc to do his own talk ing." With n nhrug of astonishment, the cook led the way to a broad, square shouldered man. "Mr. McLean, here's another man wanting to be taken on the gang, 1 suppose," he said. "All right." came the cheery answer. "I never needed a good man more than 1 do Just now." "No use of your bothering wltb this fellow," volunteered the cook. "He haa but one hand." The flush on Freckles' face burned dteper. His lips thinned to a mere line. He lifted his shoulders, took a step forward, and thrust out his right arm, from which the sleeve dangled empty at tho wrist. "That will do. Sears," came the voice bf the boss sharply. "I will Interview my man when I have finished this re port." Freckles otood one Instant as he had braced himself to meet the eyes of the manager, then his arm dropped and a wave of whiteness swept over hlra. The boss had not even turned his head to see the deformity pointed out tc him. He had used (ho possessive When he said "ray man" the hungry heart of Freckles went reaching oul after him. The boy drew a quivering breath. Then ho whipped off his old liat nnd beat the dust from It care fully. With his left band ho caught the right sleeve, wiped his sweaty face, and tried to straighten his hair with His fingers. He broke'n spray of Ironwort beside him and used the pur ple blossoms to beat thu dust from bis shoulders and limbs, McLeau was n Scotchman. The men of his camps had never known him to be in a hurry or to lose his temper. Discipline was Inflexible, but the boss always was kind Hp shared ramp llf with Ills gangs. The only visible FRECKLES COPYRICHT. 1904. BY DOUBLEDAY, PACE c CO. signs of his great wealth consisted of a big, shimmering diamond stout! of Ice and tire that glittered and burned on our of his fingers and the dainty, beautiful, thoroughbred maro he rode. No man of McLean's gangs could honestly say that be bad ever been overdriven or underpaid. They all knew that up in the great timber city several millions stood to his credit. no was the only son of that Mc Lean who had sent out the finest ships ever built in Scotland. That his son should carry on tlds business after his death had been the father's ambition. He sent the boy through Edinburgh university and Oxford and allowed him several years' travel. Then ho was ordered through south ern Cannda and Michigan to purchase a consignment of tall, straight timber for masts and down Into Indiana fur oak "beams. The young mait entered these mighty forests, pans of which still lay untouched since the dawn 'f the morning of time. The intense I lence, like that of a great empty cathe dral, fascinated him. He gradually learned that to the shy wood c i tn res that darted across his path or peeped inquiringly from leafy ambusli ho was brother. He found Himself nppronchlng, with a feeling of rever ence, those majestic trees that had stood through nges of sun, wind .vd snow. Soon it became a dltlictilt thing to fell them. When he had till ed his orlcr nnd returned home lie was amazed to llnd that in the swamps and forests he had lost Ills heart, and ir was calling, forever calling him. When he inherited his father's prop- i erty he promptly disposed of it and. with his mother, founded u homo in a splendid r 'deuce in the outskirts of Grand Jtap'ds. With three parties he organized a lumber company, ills work was to purchase, felt and ship the timber to the mills. Marshall niannged the milling process and pass ed the lumber on to the factory. From the lumber Rarthol made beautiful and useful furniture, which Uptegrove scattered all over the world from a big wholesale house. McLean faced a young man, still un der twenty, tall, spare, heavily framed, thickly freckled nnd red haired, with a homely Irish face, but lu the steady gray eyes, stralghtly meeting his searching ones of blue, there were un swerving candor and a Jook of long- 1 ing not to be Ignored, i "You. are looking for work 7" ques tioned McLean. ' "Vis," answered Freckles. "I am very sorry," said the boss, ; "ijut there is only one man I want at j present a good, big fellow with a I stout heart and a strong body. I hoped j that you would do. but 1 am afraid I you are too young and hardly strong enough," "And what was it you thought 1 might be doing?" asked Freckles. ' The boss could scarcely repress a start. Somewhere back of accident and poverty had been an ancestor who used cultivated English, oven with an accent. The boy spoke in a mellow Irish voice, sweet and pure. It was scarcely definite enough to be called brogue, yet there was a trick in the turning of the sentence, the wroii.' sound of n letter here and there, that was almost irresistible to McLean. I He was of foreign birth, and. despite ' vnnrc nf nllnnntlnn In fltnoe nf ufirnf. feeling he fell into inherited sins ot accent nnd construction. "It's no child's Job," answered Me Leqp. "I am the field manager of a lumber company We have Just leased 2,000 ucres of the Lliuberlost. Many of these trees are of great value. We can't leave our camp, six miles south, for almost a year yet, so we have blazed a trail and strung barbed wires securely about the extent of this lease. Hefore we return to our work 1 must put this Limbcrlost len in the hands of a reliable, brave, strong man who wtu gunra it every hour of the day and sleep with one eye open at night. I should require the entire length of the trnil to he walked at least twice every day, to make sure that our line." were up and no on.i had he?a tres passing." "But why wouldn't !:rt be the tinest lob In (be world for me'f pleaded Freckles. "I urn never sick. I could wnlk the trail twice, three times every day, and I'd be watching ahitrp nil the while." "It's becmiso you are little more than a hoy. and this will be n trying job for n work hardened man." answered McLean. "You would be afraid. In stretching our lines we killed six rat tlesnakes almost as long ns your booty nnd as thick ns your nrm. You would always be alone, nnd the Llmberlost is nlive with sounds and voices. 1 dou't pretend to say what nil of them come from, but from a few slinking forms I've seen and linlr raising yells I've heard I'd rather not confront their owners myself, and 1 am neither weak nor fearful. "Worst of all, any mim who will enter the swamp to mark und steal timber is a desperate fellow. Ono of my employees at the south camp, John Carter, compelled me to discbarge him for n uumber ot serious reasous. He entered the swamp alono and marked a uumber of valuable trees that he was endeavoring to sell to our rival torapany wbeu we secured the lease, lie has sworn to have these ttees If he has to dlo or to kill others to get them." "But if be came to steal trees wouldn't bo bring teams and men enough, that nil any man could do would be to watcb and be after you?" queried the boy. , "Yes," replied McLeau. "Theu why couldn't 1 be watching Just as closely and coming as fust as uu older strnnvar ininl'1 "Why, by George, you couldl" ex claimed McLean. "1 dou't know that the size of a man would be half so Important as bis grit and faithfulness. Whut is your name?" Freckles grew n shade whiter, but his eyes never faltered. "Freckles." he said. "Good enough for every day" laugh ed McLean, "but 1 enn scarcely put Freckles on the company's books." "1 haven't any name." replied the boy. "1 don't understand," said McLean. "I was thinking from tbo voice nnd tlio face of you that you wouldn't," said Freckles slowly. "Does It seem to you that any one would take u newborn baby and row over it until it was bruised black, cut olf its hand and leave It out in a bit ter night on the steps of u charity home to the enre of strangers? Tliut's what somebody did to me. "The home people took me in, and I was there the full legal nge nnd several years over. They could nlwnys find homes for the rest of the children, but nobody would over be wanting me on account of me arm." "Wero they kind to you?" asked Mc Lean. "I don't know," answered Freckles. The reply sounded so hopeless even to his own ears that he hastened to qual ify It by adding: "You see. It's like this. sir. Kindnesses that people are paid to lay off In Job lots and that, belong equally to several hundred oth ers ain't going to be soaking Into any one fellow much." "Go on," said McLean. "There's nothing worth the Inking of your lime to tell." replied Freckles. "The home was lu Chicago, nnd I was there nil me life up to three months ago. When I wai'too old for the train ing they gave to the little children they sent ine out to the nearest ward school as long as the law would let them, hut I was never like any of the other chil dren, and they all knew it. I'd to go and come like a prisoner and hu working about the home early and late for nit! board and clothes. I always wanted to learn mighty bad. but I was glad when that wns over. "Then a new superintendent sent ine down In the state to a man he i-nld he knew that needed a boy. He wasn't for remembering to tell that man that I was a hand short, and he knocked me down. Hetween noon aud that evening he and his son. unit my age. had me In pretty much the same shape In which I wns found In the beginning, so 1 lay awake that night and ran away. I'd like to hnve squared me ac count with that boy before I left, but I didn't dare for fear of waking the old man, and I knew I couldn't handle the two of them, but I'm hoping to meet him alone some day hefore I die" McLeau liked the boy all the belter for this confession. "I didn't even have to steal clothes to get rid of starting lu me home ones." Freckles went on. "for they had I already taken all me clean, neat things I for the boy aud put me into his rags, j aud that went almost as sore as the ' beatings, for where I wns we were al-1 ways kept tidy nud sweet smelling I anyway. 1 hustled clear into this state I before I learned that man couldn't ' have kept me If he'd wanted to. 1 1 commenced hunting work, hut It is ; with everybody else just as it la with you, sir. I!lg, strong, whole men are! the only ones for being wanted."' I "I have been studying over this mat- tor." nnsweied McLean. "I nm not so! sure hut that a man no older than you and like you in every way could do j this work very well if he wero not a i coward." , "If you will give me a Job where I can earn me food, clothes and a place , to sleep," said Freckles. "If I eau liavei a boss to work for like other men. and j a place I feel I've a right to I will do what you tell mo or die trying." He said it so quietly and convinc ingly that McLean found himself an swering: "I will enter you on my pay rolls. We'll have supper, and then I will provide you with clean clothing, wading boots, wire mending apparatus and a revolver. The first thing in the ciorulng I will take you over the trail myself. All I ask of you Is to come to me at once at the south en nip ana tell me like n man if you lind this join too hnrd for you It is work that few I men would perform faithfully What nnrae shall I put down?" Freckles' eyes never left McLean's' face, and the boss saw the swift spasm ' of pain that swept his lonely, sensitive! face. "I haven't any name." he said stub bornly "no more than one somebody , clapped on to me when they put me on the home books, with not the thought or care they'd named a houso cat What they called ine is no more my name than it is yours. 1 don't ; know what mine Is-, and 1 never will. But I nm going to be your man and , do your work, and I'll he glad to an swer to nny name you choose to call j me. Won't you please bo giving mo i a name, Mr. McLean?" The boss wheeled abruptly aud be gan stacking his books. In a voice harsh with husklness he spoke. "I will tell you what we will do, my lad." be said. "My father was my , Idrnl man, und I loved him better than any other I have ever known. He went out flvo years ngo. If 1 give to Jron tlio name of my nearest kin aud the man I loved best will that do?" I Freckles' rigid attitude relaxed. His , liend dropped, nnd team splashed I down on the soiled calico shirt. i "All right." said Mclnn. "I will write it on the roll James Boss Mo- Lean." i "Thank you mightily," said Frec kles. "That makes me feel almost as i If I belonged already." Freckles' heart and soul were sing Ing for Joy. CHAPTER II. FRECKLES TIIOVES IU8 METAL. EXT morning the boss showed ! Freckles around tbo Umber i line and engaged hlra board with bis head teamster, Dun- . can, whom he bad brought from Scot-1 laud und who lived In a small clear- ! Ing ho wtis working out between the swamp and tiie corduroy. When the gang pulled out for the south cump Freckles was left to guard a fortune la the Llmberlost. That ho was under guard himself those first weeks be nev er knew. Etery hour was torture to the boy. 1 "won't tod i-leash he om.vo mb a NAME?" The restricted life of a great city or phanage was the other extreme of the world from the Llmberlost. Ho was afraid for his life every minute. He cut a stout hickory cudgel, with u knot on the end as big as his list, and it never left his hand. What he thought in those first days be himself could not clearly recall afterward. His heart stood still every time he saw the beautiful marsh grass begin a fdnuous waving against the play of the wind, as McLean had told him It would. He bolted a half mile with his first boom of the bittern, aud his hat lifted with every yelp of the sheltpoke. Once he saw a lean, shadowy form following-him and blazed away with his revolver. Then he was frightened worse than ever for fear It might have been Duncan's collie. The llrst afternoon that he found ills wires down, and he was compelled to pluuge knee deep into the black swamp muck to restrlng them, he could scarcely control his shaking band to do the work. With every step he felt that he would miss secure footing and bo swallowed up in that clinging sea of blackness. In dumb agony he plunged along, clinging to the p'ists and trees. He had consumed much time. Night closed in. The Lliuber lost stirred gently, then shook herself, growled nnd awoke about him. There seemed to be n great owl hoot ing from every hollow tree and a little one screeching from every knothole. Nlghthawks swept past him with their Silvering cry. und bats struck his face. A prowling wildcat missed Its catch mid screamed with rage. A lost fox bayed Incessantly for Its mate. The lialr on the back of Freckles' neck rose like bristles, anil his knees wavered under hlni. He could not see If the dreaded snakes were on the trail nor In the pandemonium hear the rattle for which McLean hnd cnutioned him to listen. Something big. black and heavy cnaie crashing through the swamp, and with a yell Freckles broke and ran how far he did not know. But at last he gained some sort of mastery over himself and retraced his steps. When he again enme toward the corduroy the cudgel fell to test the wire nt ev ery step. Sounds that curdled his blood seem ed to close In about him and shapes of terror to draw nearer and nearer .lust when he felr that he should fall dead before he ever reached the clear ing came Duncan's rolling call. "Frec kles. Freckles!" A great shuddering sob burst in the boy's dry throat. But he only told Duncan that finding the wire down had mailt hlni late. The next morning he started out on time, nny after day with his hear, rounding like a triphammer he ducked. lodged, ran when bo could end fought like a wildcat when he was brought to bay. If he ever had au idea of giving up no one knew It Al! these things In so far us he gused them Duncan, who had been set to wntch the first weekK of Freckles' work, carried to the boss at the south camp, but the Inner most, exquisite torture of the thing tho big Scotchman never guessed, and Mc Leau with his Oner perceptions came only a little nearer. After a few weeks, when Freckles found that ho was still living, that bo had a homo and the very first money be had eer possessed was safe In his pockets, he began to grow proud. Ho wus gradually developing the fearless ness that men ever acquire ot dungem to which they are hoerly accustomed. His heart sceiiKid to be in ids month when ills llrst rattler disputed the trail with him, but ho mustered cour ngo and let drive at It with his club. After Its head had been crushed he cut off its rattles to show Duncan. With the mastery of his tlrst snake bis greatest fear of them was gone. Then he began to realize that with the abundance of food In the swamp Desh hunters would not come out on the trail and attack him, aud be bad his revolver for defense if they did. He soon learned to laugh at the floppy birds that mado horrible noises. Ono day watching from behind a tree he saw a crane solemnly performing a few measures of a belated nuptial song and dance with his mate. Re alizing that it was inteuded in tender ness, no matter how It appeared, the lonely, starved heart of the boy went out to them In sympathy. When day after day tho only thing that relieved his utter loneliness was the companionship of the birds and beasts of thu swamp Freckles turned to them for friendship. Ho began by Instinctively protecting the weak nnd helpless. He was nstouished nt the quickness wltlf which they became ac customed to him once they learned that he was not a hunter and that the club ho carried was used more fre quently for their lienellt than his own. He could scarcely believe whut ho saw. When black frosts begun stripping tbo Llmberlost he watched the depart ing troops of his frleuds wltb dismay. Be made special efforts toward friend liness with the hope that he could In duce soroo of them to stay. It was then tlmt lie conceived the Idea df carrying food to tbo birds, for he saw that they were leaving for lack of It. But ho could not stop them. Day after day flocks gathered and depart ed. By tho time tho first snow whit ened his trail about tho Llmberlost there were left only the little black nnd white Juncos. the sapsuckcrs, yel lowhammcrs, n few patriarchs among the flaming cardinals, tho biuejays, the crows nnd tho quail. Then Freckles began his wizard work. Ho cleared n space of swnlo, and twice n day ho spread a birds' banquet. By the middle of December the strong winds of winter had beaten most of tho seed from the grass and bushes. The snow fell, covering tho swamp, and food was very scarce and hard to And. The birds scarcely wait ed until Freckles' hnck was turned to attack his provisions. In a few weeks they flow toward the clearing to meet htm. By the bitter weather of Jan uary they came halfway to tho cabin every morning nnd fluttered about htm like doves nil the way to the feeding ground. P.y February they would perch on his head and shoulders, nnd the saucy Jays would try to pry Into his pockets. Then Freckles added to wheat nnd crumbs every scrap of refuse food he could find about the cabin. One morn ing, coming to his feeding ground un usually early, he found n gorgeous cardinal and a rabbit sociably nibbling a cabbage leaf sldo by side, and that instantly gavo to him the idea of cracking nuts from the store he had gathered for Duncan's children, for the squirrels, in the effort to add them to his family. Soon he hnd them com ingred. gray nnd black -and he be came tilled with a vast impatience that he did not know their nnmes nor habits, So the winter passed. Every week McLean rode over to the Llmberlost. never on the same day nor nt the same hour. The boy's earnings constituted Ills first money, nnd when the boss ex plained to him that he could leave them safe at n bank and carry away a scrap of paper that represented the amount lie made n deposit on every pay day. keeping out barely what wns necessary for his board and 'clothing. What he wanted to do with his money lie did not know, but It gave to blm a sense of freedom and power to feel that it wns there it was his and he could have It when he chose. That winter hold the first hours of, real happiness In Freckles' life. He was free. He wns doing a man's work faithfully through every rigor of rain, snow and blizzard. He was gathering a wonderful strength of body, paying his way and saving money. Mrs. Duncan had a hot drink ready for him when ho came in from n freez ing day on the trnil. knitted n heavy mitten for his left hand, devised a way to sew up nnd pad the right sleeve which protected the maimed arm In bitter weather, patched hts clothing and saved kitchen scraps for his birds, not because she either knew or cared a rap about them, but because she her self was near enough the swamp to be touched by Its titter loneliness. When Duncan laughed at her for this she re torted: "My God. mannie. If Freckles hadnn the birds and the beasts he would be always nione. It wns never meant for n human being to be sa soli tnry." The next morning Duncan gave an ear of corn he was shelling to Frec kles nud told blm to carry it to his wild chickens In the Llmberlost. Freckles laughed delightedly "Me chickens!" he said. "Why didn't I over think of that before? Of course ihey are! They are Just little brightly colored cocks nnd hens. But what would you say to me 'wild chickens' be ing a good deal tamer than yours here In your yard?" "Hoot, lad!" cried Duncnn. "Make yours light on your bead and eat out of your hands nnd pockets," challenged Freckles. "Go tell your fairy tales to the wee people! They're Julst brash on be Levin" thlugs." said Duncan. "I dare you to come see!" retorted Freckles. "Take ye!" sold Dnnean. "If ye make julst ane bird llcht on your heid or eat frae your hand ye are free to help yoursel' to ray corncrlh and wheat bin the rest of the winter." After that Freckles always spoke of the birds as his chickens. Tho next Sabbath Duncnn. with his wife and children, followed Freckles to the swamp. Freckles' chickens were awaiting him nt tho edge of the cleariug. They cut the frosty air about his bead into curves and circles of crimson, blue aud black. They chased each other from Freckles and swept so closely them Helves that they brushed him with their outspread wings. At their feeding ground Freckles set down his old pail of scraps nnd swept the snow from n small level space with a broom Improvised from twigs. As noon as his back was turned the bh clustered over the food, snatching scraps to carry to the nearest hushes. Several of the boldest, a big crow nnd a couple of Jays, settled on the rim and feasted nt leisure, .whllo a cardi nal that hesitated to venture fumed and scolded from n twig overhead. Then Freckles scnttered Ills store. At once the ground resembled the spread mantle of Montezuma, except that this mass of gayly colored feathers was on the backs of living birds. While tliey feasted Duncan gripped his wife's arm and stared lu astonishment, for from the bushes and dry grass with gentle cheeping nnd queer, throaty chatter, ns If to encourage each other, came flocks of quail. Before any one saw it arrive a big gray rabbit sat in the midst of tho feast, contentedly gnnwing a cabbage leaf. "Wee!, I be drawed on!" came Mrs. Duncan's tenso whisper. "Slm-shu!" cnutioned Duncan. Lastly Freckles took off hit cap. He began filling It with handfuls of wheat from his pockets. In n swarm theraln eaters rose about him like a flock of tnrae pigeons. They perched on his arms and the cap, und, lu the straw of hunger forgetting all caution, a bril liant cock cardinal und an equally gaudy jay fought for a perching pltce on his head. "Weel. I'm beat!" muttered Duacai, forgetting the silence Imposed on bis wife. "I'll hae to give In. 8mIb' Is bellevln'." A week later Duncan and Freckle rose from breakfast to face the bitter est morning of tho winter. When Freckles, .warmly capped and floved. stepped to the corner of the kitchen for bis scrap pall he found n pan of steaming boiled wheat on the top of It. Be wheeled to Mrs. Duncan with a shining face. "Were you fixing this warm food for me chickens or yours?" bo asked. "It's for yours, Freckles," sho said. Freckles faced Mrs. Duncnn with a trace of every pang of starved mother hunger he had ever suffered written largo on his homely, splotched, narrow features. "Oh, how I wish you wero my moth err' bo cried. ' "Lord love the lad!" exclaimed Mrs. Duncan. "Why. Freckles, are ye no brlcht enough to learn without being tnugbt by n woman that I am your mlther? If a great man llko yoursel' dlnna ken that, learn It now- and ne'er forget It. Ance a woman Is the wife of any man she becomes wife to nil men for having had the wifely ex perience she kens! Ance a man child has beaten his way to life under tha heart of a woman she Is mother to all men, for the hearts of mlthers are everywhere the same. Bless ye, lad. die. I am your mlther!" Sho tucked the coarse scarf sho hnd knit for him closer over his chest and pulled Ids cap lower about bis ears, but Freckles, whipping It off nnd hold ing It under his nrm. caught her rough, reddened hand nnd pressed it to hia lips In n long kiss. Then ho hurried awny to hide the happy, embarrassing tears that were coming straight from bis swelling heart. Mrs. Duncan threw herself Into Dun. enn's nrms. "Oh. the puir lad!" she walled. "Oh. the puir mlther hungry lad! ne breaks my heart!" Duncan's nrms closed convulsively about his wife. With n big brown hnnd he lovingly stroked her rough sorrel hair. "Sarah, you're n guld woman!" he said. "You're a mlchty guld woman! Ye hae a wuy o' speakln' out nt times thnt's llko the inspired prophets of the Lord." All through the winter Freckles' en tire energy was given to keeping up his lines nnd his "chickens" from freezing or starving. When the lirst breath of spring touched the Llmber lost and the snow receded before it: when the catkins began to bloom; when there came a bint of green to the trees, bushes nnd swnle: when the rushes lifted their heads and tho pulse of the newly resurrected season beat strong in the heart of nature, something new stirred In the brenst of tho boy. Nature always levies her tribute. Now she laid a powerful hnnd on the Mini of Freckles, to which the boy's whole being responded, though he had not the least Idea what was troubling lilm. Duncan nccepted his wife's theory that It was a touch of spring fever, hut Freckles knew better. n had never been so well. (TO Bi: CONTtNCKD). DOMESTIC SCIENCE Cooking Hnd Serving Conilnctril l.lllliin Mnmm. VKAST UUKAI). Half a dry yeast cake. Flour, as stated below. Half ten-ipoon lard. 2 teaspoon sugar. I level teaspoon salt. Shortening If desired. While the yeast cake Is dls'-olving mix the other Insiedlents and then add Hi.) J yenst and the lukewarm wa:r In which It has been dissolved nnd enough warm water to innlte a thin batter. Put this In n warm place to ilse over night and In the moinliii; mix In as much flour a lea 0llal)l polhle to stir and ,-et to rlso again. In about throe to four hours li should le ready to make Into loaves, then, after foimlng into loaves let it rle again an'.t bake DUMPLINGS ritCl.M MR?. S. One cup Hour I teaypoon baking pou dcr. Salt. 1 egg. .Milk to make about nine as bisci.It dotirfh. 81ft wilt and basing p.iwdcr luto the flour and make as for biscuit. Tiv your spoon In the broth nn'i drop In 'jboonfuls of the sly.o wanted for your duni'pllngf. ' SCOTCH HOGS. 1 cup lean cocked ham, chopped very flat. 5 hard boiled egs. One-third cup stale bread crumbs. One-third cup mils. One raw egg. Half tcappoon mixed mustard. Hnlf snltepoou cayenne. Conk the breaii crumbs to ,i mon'.h paste In the milk. Add thu rK-'. ham nnd seasonings to the bread and milk paste, mixing well, Take the shells from the hard bnil-il eggs and cover with this seasoned pn-te. Drop Into a deep pan of t-moldng hot fat nnd fry for two minutes. Drain and. If to be served hot send at once to the tahle. When to be served cold out In two lengthwise and arrange on lettuce leaves. A g-od salad dressing never hiiric aey dMi of this kind, 'f reived cold. CAHMAGH SAI,AD. i hop one. hnlf of a medium sized cab bage tine or cut In fine shreds: soait In cold water for an hour, then press dry. Make a dressing of two well beaten okijs, one run of vinegar, three table fpoons of butter, a level tablespoon of miihtar.- und ope level tenspcou of inlt, Set the bowel 'nntnlnln;r the mixture Into a pan of hot water and stir until the dressing begins to thicken". Take frcm the lire, add two rounding teaspoons of powdered sugar. Poor the hot dreading over the cabbage. -Alice K. U'hltaker. HA ft I COT OF OX TAILS Take three o. talis, two carrots two onions, two white turnips, three potatoes three tahlf spoonfulh of butter, two of flour, three pints of water, ono and one. half tenspoonfuls of salt and half a tea spoonful of pepper. Cut the tnlls In pieces four Inches long. Cliop onions line and the carrots, turnips and potatoes Into Urge cubes. Put the butter, ment and onions In a stewpan and fry, stirring .ill the time until the onions are a golden bi'own, then ndd the flour and stir two minutes longer. Add the water and bring to bulling point Rklm carefully and sot buck where It will simmer. When It lino been cooking an hour ndd the carrots and turnip. Cook another hour, then add sa't, PPP and potatoes. 8lmmr W mlnutu longer r until potatoes are done. Heap thr vegetable Ir. tli center of n hot dish and JTnKi the tails around them. Pour Ik gravy over all and serve. CORNED 11EKF itAHir. Clrf ino pint of cold cooked wnd beef f.nrt add to It one pfit of cold liollcd potatoes, chopped, put them In iiyiiiK nun. ii x nnu ntm a niur pin of stock or wnlur, n teaspoonful of but- fP ffcfistirinnf III nt ...ntiAri ,Hr .nvstf.illu nnd continuously until thoroughly hot, n ft t,n- U .-... I .1 1 ... ..1 . . . I . I. lerrd toast. CANN15B COUN FtirTTKItS. ir-RMpoon of salt, n teaspoon of pepper, one, tennioon or melted butter und twn cups of flour Plfted with two level tei- HftOOriM Of hnklnir r,Mitr1..f. riA u.. ........ f 1 1 lM Intn ilnan r. f- ... fritters stand before frying.-Ocne Weld KWHHT POTATO I'UREE. llnke hnlf n down sweet potnto?, ppi nnd press tliem through a line colander, ndd a (.'enerous InWospoonfiil nt buttor', milk or ci earn cnoiinh to m.ikn thn niir.,r t lln rrtti,lbli.,.t , .i . . ... . " ... ni l t iniKii linn ii nni.T ut miii. iiuiif'p .1 Tin nnw Iiik sheet nnd pile the puree In n mound upon It and brush over with he. vVU of an f'Kjr. tieaten with a teaspoonful.of milk Set In tho oven until the top Is brown. mI slightly and serve as hot ns possible MILK HOTTMJS, Mill. U. . ... .,iui iniuii's or iiimuicrs which have contained milk should nlways be rinsed In cold water before they arc washed, ACIbmATKD WATCH. Many recipes call for acidulated water This Is water to which either lemur. I or vinegar has been added, Allow one taoicspoon of ncld to one ouart of water. I1KHF HEART KOASTKD. The bean 3 usually fnlrly low In prir-i and surely high In value, when the sma i amount of waste Is considered. It ' however, very tough ns compared with moiit other cuts nnd when used simply as a roast, with no previous slow boiling, will give those with poor teeth a hard earned fond In chewing properly, unld-i from ,i young animal. This s ilir -nay j lf)ast a good heart, weighing about five to six pounds, which is nnKiinry size I'list boil slowly for about two hourj more or less, after you have cut out the arteries and stuffed with a good bread dressing, which you want to protect by standing the heart on the small end In 'he kottle. so that the stuffing will not be washed out In boiling Then roast for about two hours more. It Is best to u.-o a self basting roastlni? pan. so ns not to hae the heait too. dry and to save any trouble in basting, which secni.. for so rheap a c a to bo moie labor than Is really necessary, 'f a cnvred or self basting pan Is avail able. !IKAr.TSTICAI While the heart l, as stated, very tough, still it l used, and wit i mull satisfaction as a cheap steak. It should be cut so as to give round fllces, and then saute or fry in a .spider Voting an mals will ahe best results, therefore the smaller hejrts seem safer among the beef varletv. and also calves, lambs oi young pigs, hearts are very good as steak In this manner. If broiled they shottb. be well done, as, at best they are tough for use as steak. KRIRD HEARTS. Pome use tliem as follows: First stew until fairly tender, then roll In bread crumbs or batter nnd fry In deep fat. GKRMAX POTATO PANCAKES. Take six r.-w potatoes, cut lnt.i quar ters or elgnths, lengthwise, and run through the chopper, using coare cut ter. Add two eggs, one-half cup of milk, one tabkspoonftil of flour, season with salt and Mir well. Fry In pan hot with lard, on both sde. to a light 1 rown. Each tablespoonf nl will make a pancake three Inches Ir diameter, wh'ch Is the proper size tc fre nicely. CORN CAKE. 1 cup entlr" wheat flour. 1 cup of corn meal. 1 teaspoon of salt. I teaspoons of baking powder " tablespoons of melted i-hortenlng. 1-3 cup of sugar, 1 1-1 cups of milk. 1 egg. Sift together the dry Ingredients, ther add the milk slowly, then the egg well beaten and the ' shortening. Heat wel and turn Into a buttered shallow pan Hake in a moderate oven for minutes I'N'H E AI.TH Fl'I, CLOTHING Never wear cotton or linen undercloth ing In winter. "When It becomen damr from perspiration It is air-tight, and a draught, striking It converts t Into a cold-storage lining which could not be better designed or pneumonia." A woo! garment will take up the perspiration and the warmth of the body will evapor ate it. POTATOES. Pare potatoes and cover with cold wa ter for an hour hefore cooking, and they will be less liable to turn dark after the. are boiled. OYSTER COCKTAIL. For each glass take six small Illue Point oyster-., two teaspoonfuls lemon Juice, one teaspoonful Worcestershire sauce, two tablospoonfuls tomato catsup, a dash of tohasco sntice. n pinch of salt and a little sc?ar. Borve Ico cold NAKED BANANAS. On account of their greater flavor rei' bananas nre liked best for cooking St ip a section of the rind from the top Sprinkle granulated sugar ovnr nnd tli! .ulil a few drops of lemon juice. Set In the oven for1 IS minutes or until the p i' Is cooked through. If overcooked the p Is wasted. Serve In the rinds, CAl'LH'I.OWER At ORATLV Pick oft' tlio outer leaves and cut oft the stem- clone to tho botton of the flowerets. Wash well In cold water and fcoak for one hour, tie up In a piece of cheese cloth, stand In a kettle of boiling water, add a teaspoonful of salt cover the kettlo and let boll for minutes; when done, lift out carefully and stand In a boated dish. Have saueo prepared, made with one tablespoonful of butter put In n frying-pan. to which add a table spoonful of flour; mix well nnd add halt a pint of milk nnd stir until It boils, season with salt and four tablespoonfnls of grated cheese; pour over the cauli flower, Mary J. Webster. GRAHAM 11READ Heat two cups of milk to the scald ing point, add n rounding tablespoon ol sugar and a level teaspoon of salt. Coo and add one-half yeast enke dissolve! Ir one cup of lukewarm water, two cuni of white flour, and a little, more than three cups of graham flour. Cover and let rise, then shape Into loaves, put ir pans, let rise again and bake Alice E Whltaker.