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CHAS. 0. MOREAU, I c 7T~~~ A. 0. OSOINACH, ( EdUori Md Proprietor* Published Every Hu?mdav st liav St.T.ouls, MM BOS WHITE. Old friend, I hear your whistle Upon the slgiagrati; Tour cheery voice of welcoms Rings on the autumn gale: When scarlet leaves and golden Dance In the amber light. You tell mo of your presence With a vim, BobWhltel A whole-souled little fellow In speckled coat of brown; You need not summer’s passing Or skies that darkly frown; While other birds are quiet. Your call comes to delight; And that Is why 1 like you Most of all, Bob White! Philosopher In feathers! I'd join your happy school; The heart forever sighing Belongeth to the fool! Happy-go-lucky fellow, Though chilly breexes blight. There's always summer sunsbln* In your heart, Bob White! The world has so much sorrow, We need your lively call; A soul to face all trouble, Ah! that's the best of all! The snow will soon be falling. Nor hill nor vale In sight; But 1 have learned your lesson In my heart. Bob Whltel •-Monroe 11. Rosenfeld, In N. X. Clipper. BASEBALL OiN THE LOTS. BY SYDNEY ItEID. “Did we’se fellers bent do ’Cademy Kids ployin' ball? Did we? Say—sny! Leinnie tell you. Du ’Cademy Kids beat de Locomotives an’ de Bullheads, and do times Haters an’ two schools, nn’ sayl Dey fought dey wus good enough for de league. Ho we sends dem a challenge, an’ scs dey: ‘We u.\- lay' dat challenge. Come an’ piny on j.r grun'.’ So we goes uu' plays on 'ere groun’, nu' whuddye t’ink ? Dey • lius do pilico dere, uu’ do teachers an’ Udders, we play W.L like dat? Nix, not on yer life. An’ dey keeps de gang out ’cause dey ain't got do price. Charges ’em ten cents for udinlsh, de mun to go to charity. Sny, is dat de way we is used to playin’ball? “De first man up to but uu our side makes a swipe at de umpire ’cause be calls a strike. What does dey do? Dues dey come right out an’ scrap? Nttwl De umpire rules him out, dey •orders him oft do groun', nn’ when lie AlphOtrtUn de policeman lifts him 'long For |V' 1“ dat rie way we piny bull? were * I' 11 , 31 ’ . . O boys wns fer sailin’right In ants an’ swipen ’em all; but Al’ Don’t do nothin’ ther /gang’s nil on do outside. / '‘Miled. Let’s do what de did when ho found his 1 —iitTuo good. So says Ito de cup of de ’Cademy boys: ‘You’s wus right fer to put dat feller out, but it’s broke tip de team. Wo ain’t got no substitute. We gives you de game nn’ no hard feel in’s, uu’ if you’ll come down on de lots on Saturday next wcse’ll pluy de return match. jjWrijt dei cap goes off wid do od(qs JpTmic aiTden comeslVack' an’ ses, ’Mr'. Flanagan, wo axcep. Weso’ll be dero. De game to begin at free o’clock.’ “Dat’s wot he ses, ’Air. Flanagan!’ De kids kinder laughed, hut ses I, Mat’s ’greeable,’ Den we packs up our bats un’ ’way wo gods, givin’ dem a cheer, an’ us one. When wo gels out de grouu’ dere’s all do gang wid ‘,‘wi GIVES VOU THE GAME AN’ NO HARD FKELIN’S. ” stories as big ns dere fists. Up comes Peg Kelly nu’ sescc: “ ‘Wofs de matter, Flanagan? Did ye jino de Sunday school an’ do temper eaco ’sochintion ?’ “ ’Shut up, ye kid,’ ses I, ‘ VII give ye biff in de puss.’ ‘Yer a plum,’ scsee. So 1 let’m have it in de smeller nn’ in do wind, an’ while ’o was bitiu’ holes in de nir 1 goes me way. “ ‘Wots de matter, Flanagan?’ ses do Oder kids, an’ ses X: “ ‘lf ye keeps yer traps closed I’ll tell ye wofs de matter. Dey’se cornin' down de lots to play us next Saturday.’ - “Den you oqght ter seen dnt gang. You’d fought dey wns plum done gone buggy. Dey was woozy, dey hod de Jiggers dat bod dey stopped de trolley cars. Up cornea Beg Kelly cotchin’ fer his breath nn’ ses he: ‘You hurled mo, ITanagau, you hurled me had, but it’s Oil right, if you let me stand on de pig pen wid a heap of stones nex’ Satur day.’ “ *1 will dot, Kelly,’ ses I, ‘an’ I’m sorry as 1 hurled you.’ “Scs he: ‘You’* got de great head on you, Flanagan. If I’d been In your place. I’d gone sernppin’ round to-duy an’ spoiled de fun.’ “Ses 1: ‘l’eg, dere’s some feller's wofs born to be soldiers an’ tome wofs born ia be generals, nn’ it don’t do for de sol diers to try generallln’.' “Well, de nex' Saturday down comes do 'cademy boys in a big coach wid ■ix horses an’ a Engl mb drlveh. Dey was nil Reginalds and Clarences, Ru fuses an' Oscars, an' dey all had uni forms on. Say, dem uniforms wns all new an' white, an’ dey had boots an’ Btockin’s. Wot d’ye fink of it? Coin in' to play in de lot*. “Well, 'bout our fellers: Dey had names, too. Michael an’ Patrick an’ Peter, but we’se don’t go much on dado names like dem. De names dat dey wore was de names dat dey got on d'e lots. James Flanagan is de name wot me mudder says I own, but Blink Flan agan is wot da boys call me, an' dafs good ’nutf. I’m de captain, an’ I cov ers first base; den dere's Skate Con nors, second base. Flip Casey, third base; Dunnlgan, fourth base; Puck Connolly, right Held; Muggsy jOurlw, centra Clodoher Q'U,i- ferty, left field; Snip OTtourke, catclier; Tiiu O'Day, pitcher, and Ratsy Uuunl gnn, shortstop. Do substitutes was Bat Mullins, Piggy Hogan, Mud Riley. “Say, y"ought seen dem lots. All do kids from Shantytown an’ Mud villi was siltin' on top de big dumps lookin' at us. Some dcr gals bad ribbon in dor hair but der wasn't a stockin’ in do crowd. Say! De alderman was dere, an' Casey an’ Ball wot keeps de saloons. “Well, de first scrap > as 'bout de um pire. We wants Casey, dey wants a dude teacher. We scs hj don’t go, dey says Casey don’t go. 'Tlnst der cap ses: “ ‘Any fair man'll dome. D’ye know do young feller wid do cane?' " ‘Now,’ ses I. “ ‘Well, he’ll do,’ ses de cap. “ ‘Voting feller,' ses 1, ‘You’s de um pire. D'ye know yor book?’ “ ‘Mebbc!’ ses he. “So he steps up likesif he’d been dcr feller wot done it all an' ses he: •’’(’lay balll’ “I goes first to de bat an’ de long legged white-headed ’Cademy Kid wot was twirlin’ begun to pnw dust an' look squint-eyed at me over bis shoulder an’ he lets fly a skimmer wot nearly knocks a hunk out. “ ‘Strike!’ ses de umpire. “AH de people wot was 'round yells an' groans; “ ‘Shoot de umpire I’ “ ‘Slug ’em, Flunnngnnl’ * ‘Put ’im out! lie don’t know his business!’ “ ‘De umpire he jes' chews gum an’ don’t look roan' ’tall.’ “Den de ’Cademy Kid heaves nnmid der shooter, V 1 hists it. Say, y’ought ter hear dem yell. “‘Heyl Dropdat!’ “ ‘Book out dere, you’ll fall on do stone 1’ “‘Hi-i-M-Wl' “ ‘lio-o-o-o-o-ol* “ ‘Yu-o-n-n-u-al’ “Tree of dem ran Inter wan ’ntidder, an’ dey lost de hall. Den we all yells. “De nex’ hull wot comes 1 soaks in de crowd, an’ de t’ird baseman goes for It. We don’t see no more of him till 1 gets roun’ den out he comes. “ ’Cap,’ scs he, ’Dere's a rod-headed •JT : f FIJI' CASF.r MAKES A RUN. feller wot got de hall an’ frowed it way down de lots.’ “ ‘Foul,’ ses der captain, ’wo claims foul.’ “‘Fix,’ ses 1, Mere wasn’t no foul. Vji.r umn can’t field.’ “De umpire sea dat he didn't see no foul. So ho lets if gout dat. “Den Flip Casey makes a run an’ so does Puck Connolly an’ Shad Dnnlii gan, but Muggsy Burke an’ Hannigan an’ O’Day gets out at first. De runs was nil home runs fer de gang is wid ns. nu’ when do ball goes inter de crowd do 'Cademy Kid wot goes after it stays quite erwhile. He has a 'gnge ment f eat cinders for five minutes, see? When lie gets out lie can’t seo nnfiln, an’ dey has to put nudder kid in his plnoe. “Well, do odor fellers had dcr Innlns, nn’ whuddyer t’ink? Dey makes five runs. De gang helps ns all dey can, stoppln' der bull an’ bistin’ it buck, but dey wns dead outer O’Day’s curves. Dey jist killed 'em. “Dul’s de way 'twns down to de six innlns. Dey made 15 an’ we made fir teen. Den 1 sends Ratsy Hannigan to de bat. Ratsy had de only pair shoes on onrside. Hedldn’t have nostockin’s. Jist shoes. Dis was de fust innings ho put ’em on, 'cause we didn’t know if we’d need ’em. if we could er knocked dcr ball out where de gang ’ud kill der fielders, den we wouldn't need the boots, see? But der pitcher was too smart. “Ratsy hits de ball a rap an’ scoots ter first, but do ball gets dere before him. All de mob was Jumpin’ an’ yell in' to make de baseman drop der ball, but he has his trap set an’ his eye on it an* I guess it was all day wid Ratsy if it hadn't been for Peg Kelly. Peg trim n stone big's yer list an’ caught de baseman on de head. It knocked him kickin' an’ Ratsy gets his base. “Sny, de 'Cademy Kids kicked like steers! “ 'Wlmddyer talkin’ to me fer? Did 1 trun do stone?’ scs I. ‘Whoddyer talkin' ter me for?’ “llunnagun spiked de secun’ an’ t’lrd * WID DE ROCKS ON THE PIGGERY. basemen ns ho went by an’ dey hol lered murder. Hadn't ho n right to spikes on his shoes? De 'Cademy Kids all had spikes an’ we didn’t sny nuthin’. Sayl “Well, wc gets two more runs. De gang got der fielders an’ used ’em up so dey don’t find de ball till de right time. Dere’s a kick wot stops de game fer five minutes an’ de ’Cndetnyß gets black eyes, nn* den whnddyer fink? Dot umpire colls me out on strikes. Ses I: ‘Say, young fellerl Did I hear dat right? Me out on strikes’ “ 'Dafs right,’ sea he. “I hauls de hot ’long nu’ goes right p t'w'ero be jver* Jeantq’ bis cane jj’ Bfl I) “ 'Dnt inus' bs mistake. De Bloody Hollers never strikes oat on dere ono groun’l Dere's umpires wot t’inks day does, sometimes, but dey never does.* “ ‘Yer out!’ ses Ue; ‘scud up de ucx’ batter.’ “ ‘Yer Brel’ ses I, reachlu' fer’m wid do bot. ”Bnyl De fust t’lng I knows soino t’ln’ hits me on de conk. Den de tart* jumps nn’ swipes me. When I gets up again I gets anudder swipe. Dat wus do dude umpire. Could he scrap? Well, sayl 1 got de fourt’ lick on de jaw, an* ses I: ‘l’ll sit right here, now,an’ t'ink ’limit dial* Itatsy Ilniinagan and Buck Connolly come ’long an’ swi|>cs at de umpire an' he lays 'em out cold, den do mob gets biin an’ we don’t see him no more. “Does de 'Cademy boys scrap? Well, jestl When dey sees dey bnstcr dey gets back ter back and hits out. Sayl Dey inns’ lind fun. All de kids In Shantytown had a crack at dem. Some der big fellers got in nn' pulled dem npart, tin’ dey had it out down In de mud, an’ y'onght ter see dem uniforms. “Peg Kelly had de greatest time y’ever saw wid de rocks on de piggery, lie heaved 'em right inter de crowd; didn’t make no difference where, till Cnsey climbs up wid a stick an’ trumps him till ye could hear him yell clear over to Mudvßlc. “De clip 1 got from de umpire kiuder lost mo der circus. By der time 1 was IBely 'gain all der ’Cademy kids had gone cep’ one, V lie had ’n’ 'gagement wid live er six wot was ptinchin’ him. De oilers left kinder sudden an’didn't take der bats an' t'ings erlong. Some went one way, some nudder. Tree run down troo Mudville, ’n’ 1 guess frum de way dey was goln’ dere run n in’ ylt. “Dey didn’t t’ink Ur go home by way der coach, so Casey an' Ball invites do English driver down nn’ when 1 seen ’em lust dey was dancin'on him. Dey wouldn’t see him siltin' dere lonely, Dat ain’t dere style. “So dot’s de way we beats de ’Cademy Kids, Mebby dey can play cricket, mebby dey can play dat odder game wid do cross sticks an’ de bat? Idunuul lint dey can't piny bull Jlst a little bit. On der own grouu's wid de teacher un’ police— mebbe dey cun pluy. But on dor lots? Nawl Naw! De Bloody Hollers can bent 'cm outer sight. “So dot’s how we got de champion ship, nu' dal's where we got de cups an* do mask an’ chest pertecter an’ de gloves! Say I ain’t dey jist great? We’se dc champions of der lots, now, an' dero ain't nobody dost play us. 1 t’ink we could do de league team If wo got 'em here wid dc gang. ‘Did we have a good time dot day? Did we? Weill Vo never sawed a man 'ujoy sport like Casey an’ Ball. Dey laughed till dey near fell down when dey saw de gang git after de 'Cadcmy fellers. When it were all over an do ambulance had looked der Englishman erwuy dey culls ns In an’ taps a keg. “ ‘Boys will be boysl’ ses dey. Dat's wot dey said. So we all goes In an' flushes de cinders out of our fronts. “Sayl I forgot to tell you ’bout dat umpire. I finds out he’s peffessloual leddcrweight scrapper. Dot was a hard game fer me. Sayl “Did we do de ’Cadetnles? Well, I fink! We dood ’em fer fuirl I b'leve we kin do de league team if dey comes here an’ plays us. Jls’ gimme anudder pair er spike shoes an' time 'nuft to get tier gang togedder an’ we kin do dc league team. DID HE LOVE BUT ONCE? Oratora Who Deliver Kuloglet Should Know All the Tacts First. There are women in this advanced age of civilization who are ready to hin der the efforts of reformers to übol'-th the funeral pyre of the Hindostanee. A memorial meeting was held a few days ago in honor of a man who had been prominent in public work. Ills former colleagues and intimate friends filled the large platform. Among them sat his widow, weeping silently under her crepe veil. One after another the orators of the occasion laid tributes of eloquence at the altar of his memory. One, more inspired and with a longer speech than the rest, followed the his tory of his life from the time of his birth, “in the troublous days when all Europe was aghast at the sight of Na poleon striding over the ruins of em pires to a universal throne.” “But the most important event of his lite,” he continued, “happened at a later date. It was at a fancy ball that he met, ns he afterward said, the first and only love of his life. He was there disguised us a Highlander. “What," he whispered, as someone tugged at his coat, but getting no re ply, ho went on: “And the Indy of bis choice was dressed”—here there was another tug—“was dressed as a Turkish cigarette girl. After a short courtship they were married." Ho then continued the eulogy of the youthful bride of the deceased in ex travagant terms. W hen he sat down a neighbor orator whispered, “Vou for got his widow." “Oh, no, X didn’t. 1 gave her a good sciidoff.” "Good heavens," exclaimed the other, “this is his third wlfel"—N. Y. Herald. Keaasnrlng. An American tourist In Switzerland, who was about to make the ascent of a mountain, thought best to ask some questions as to the capabilities of his guide. “Is he n thoroughly skillful climber?” he asked of a hotelkeeper. “1 should say so!" exclaimed the inn keeper. “Ho has lost two parties of .tourists down the mountainside, and escaped without n scratch Ijoth times! ■' ~-Voutb’ Coropshiott. PARMER AND PLANTER. ABOUT GRASS. It I* One of tlie Three (.take In Agriculture. Prof. Roberts, of Cornell university, nt a recent farmers’ institute said: “There are three golden links in ag riculture, and if the chain lie broken you very soon Bnd that, first, the land suffers and next, the people suffer. These links are implied in this state ment: Wo raise a plant to feed an an imal, to make fertility, to raise anoth er plant to feed another animal to make fertility,” This embraces all there is of permanently successful ag riculture, but there are Innumerable particulars embraced In this law that are not stated. The plants, as well as the animals, must be fed, and the product ol the soil must pay a tax to the farmer whose head direct and whose hands perform the labor in volved in the operation. This theory can not be carried out without grass, which must ever bo the sheet anchor of successful farming, an 1 the true meadow grasses are large consumers and small producers of nitrogen—an element necessary to their successful growth. This nitrogen must be sup plied or the grass will deteriorate. Nitrogen exists abundantly in the air, sparingly in the soil. A pasture should improve with age. Rut the best peren nial grasses will deteriorate or die out unless aided. All the substance taken off, whether crops, meat, wool, milk or butter, are mostly that much taken from the soil. The place of these must be supplied, one way or another. One way Is to purchase nitrogenous fertil izers, or make them elsewhere than on the pasture land; another way is to tear up the grass sod, cutting the old hardened roots, and causing new feeders to put out in search of plant food, and scatter in clover (the crim son seems the best in most of the southwest) or, if there are places where the grass is weak, a few cow peas will gather nitrogen from the at mosphere and distribute it where It is most needed. Perennial grasses will become weak If the rOols Ore left nil* disturbed, because these tools become hard, like heart wood in a tree, and can no longer feed the plant. Tear ing these roots up new ones will grow and the grass lake on anew !tu ot life. In Europe a harrow made of sharp cutting teeth is used for this purpose, and every two or three years the grass is gone over with this imple ment, and the grass thus treated is preserved for ten or twenty yean, or longer, In perfect vigor. There can be no permanent agricultural prosperity Without grass, hence the best manner of producing and preserving it is wor thy of thought. This requires that nitrogen is supplied, cither by direct application, or by growing with the grass such plants as have the power to gather it from the great fountain— the atmosphere. Early Maturity of Hogs. Them is not so much call now for hogs that will keep on growing three or four years before they roach main* rlty, says American Cultivator. The large hog lias always coarser meat than the young pig, and the difference, we suspect, is because there is always some check to growth in cold weather. Spring pigs, fattened la the fall, will always make better pork than they will If kept later. In those times, too, the hog that weighs 800 to 350 pounds sells for higher price per hundred weight than one that Is heavier. Hence the early maturing breeds that reach their full weight when one or two years old are now the favorites with farmers. But there is something to be said in favor of the heavy weights. If not allowed to get too fat the late-maturing hogs are better breeders, especially for dams. A cross of an early-maturing boar with a large, long-bodied sow brings pigs that for fattening are better than either breed alone. They will be larger at birth, and at ten to eleven months will weigh thirty to fifty pounds more than the full-bloods of either early or late-ma turing varieties. One reason why late maturing sows are better breeders is because they keep on growing until three or four years old, and therefore their food does not go to fat so much as that of the early maturing breeds which never attain large size.—Farm and Ranch. Wintering Sweet Potatoes. The following method I have found to keep sweet potatoes in perfect order until June: Procure a good supply of pine straw from the woods id & dry time and keep'it under cover ready for use. Dig the potatoes as soon as the frost cuts the vines. If not convenient to dig at once, cut the frosted vines off at once, or they will harbor fungus growth that will damage the potatoes. Dig on a warm sunny day; lay the po tatoes along the rows as dug, and do not allow them to be braised by throw ing into piles. Handle at all times as gently as eggs. Allow them to lie in the sun during the day, and in the evening haul to a convenient place. Place a good layer a foot thick of pine straw on the ground, and on this pile the potatoes In steep heaps, not over twenty-five bushels in a pile. Cover piles thickly all over with the dry pine straw. Now build a rough board shed over the piles and let them re main until the weather grows colder, or until they have gone through a sweat and dried off; then cover the heaps with earth, six or eight inches thick and beat smooth. The impor tant points are, the sweating under the previous cover of the pine straw before covering with earth, very care ful handling and the board cover over head. Dry earth keeps out more cold than wet earth. If for family use, put in smaller piles, and take up an entire heap at once for use, keeping them in a dry, warm place while using. —N. C, Experiment Station. marketing Fowls. Fruit growers are Injuring their business by bad marketing, and the public, commission men and the bet ter class of growers are grumbling about it. Farmers and poultry and stock growers are guilty of a similar error. They can raise their produce, but don’t know how to market it, and if they only realised this fact, this is as important as any part of the pro ceeding. As this item is intended for the poultry department, it will refer specially to -the marketing of fowls. As poultry raisers can not, like the fruit men, conceal the bad specimens by covering them with that which is better, they mix all sorts—good, bad and worse—ln a rough and dirty coop, and throw them on the market and aaki "How much will you gWif" Ui; oiwF l*t "(Hot muoh," or words to that effect. The manner In which fowls are marketed has a tendency to destroy the public appe tite for chickens. Every individual fowl should be sold on Its merits, and this would be the case If good fowls only, of uniform size and good condi tion. were cooped and sold together. They would bring at alt times a fair price, while those not so good, if cooped together, and relieved from the invidious contrast of better ones in the same coop, would bring better prices than they da Retailers who are up to snuff buy these mixed coops at a low price, assort them to a reason able degree of uniformity, and sell at a good profit, one half of which profit the poultry raiser might have hud If he had sold only uniform lota Mar keting any sort of produce calls for good business sense, and nowhere is this more needed than in the market ing of fowls—Farm and Ranch. Planting Frnlt Trees If you own a piece of land,even If It does not contain more than five acres, plant a portion of it to fruit. In a small orchard It is a good plan to al ternate apple and peach trees "in this way you can plant trees much closer together, as the peach trees will have died before the apple trees are large enough to Interfere with them. Apple trees should not be planted nearer than two rods of each other. If they are, the mistake will bo noticed before they are half grown. Plums,apricots and cher ries may be planted 80 feet apart and it will be a long time before they crowd each other. (Standard pears should hare five feet more room each way. Dwarfed fruit trees are condemned by some fruit growers as bearing early and dying early. They may be profit ably planted in a now country where fruit is scarce and land cheap. Manure a young orchard heavily and cultivate it thoroughly. Plant small fruits lot the first five years between the rows, leaving it so you can plow one way, especially whore the tract is small and land is dear.—Farm and Home. Kill the Hogs Knrly. There is not much profit in keeping hogs till they are rolling In fat, as used to be the common practice. The Pork is not so good as that of hogs that haVe been kept thriftily growing and have less inside fat What is more, such pork is caw much more salable in all markets than Is the heavy weight pork that was formerly most in demand. The use of cotton seed oil in place of lard Is probably better for the health of the community than any other of the sub stitutea for farmers’ products. It makes it for the interest of farmers to grow pork with a greater proportion of lean. Such pork being more health ful will lead to a larger demand for it, “-Farmers' Home Journal, Qood Food. Now that the fulling leaves foretell the coming winter, wise forthoughi should lead the owners of valuable Jersey cows to provide foods that will In some measure take the place of the health-giving grass No food is sc good for this purpose, perhaps, ns good sllttge, but for those who have no silo, a valuable substitute may be found ia linseed meal. The old process meal is preferable becanse it contains more oil. It is a laxative and must bo used with discretion; not more than two pounds n day, in two feeds. It is espe cially valuable to keep the the bowels loose Just previous to calving.—Farm ers' Home Journal. HERE AND THERE. —Fine feathers make fine scoring birds, and win prizes, but vigor and virility fill the egg basket. —Seven thousand horses were re cently purchased in Washington, in one herd, by the Portland Horse-meat Canning Cos. The horses cost three dollars per head. —All diseases of ppultry are pre ventable. How to prevent them is the question. Proper care as to comfort, cleanliness and wholesome food and drink will cure most of them. —A few cow peas mixed with the horse feed, is said by those who have tried it fairly, to add greatly to the strength and durability of the ani mals. Beans are used largely in many parts of Europe as horse feed. —Farmers are reading more to-day than ever before. They are becoming more intelligent, and ought to be come more prosperous. They are studying the problem of making the most on the farms from the least ex penditures —One of our live stock exchanges says that nine-tenths of the cattle re ceived at the Great Western stock yards are without horns. This is at tributed to chemical, mechanical and breeding methods. In a few years horns will be a curiosity. —Poultry powders, patent foods, cooked foods and condiments are of no use excepting in preparing fowls for show or the market. Grain food, green food, insects and clean water arc all their constitutions require to keep them in good condition. —Animals can not thrive their best when food is given them at any time of day or night which happens to suit the convenience of the feeder. Irreg ular feeding disturbs and deranges the organe of digestion and assimilation, so that they fail to make the most oat of the food supplied. —When fowls do not seem to get along well, the chicks puny, the hens refuse to lay, and the male birds seem to lack vim, there is something wrong. If you can not find a probable cause for the trouble, change their feed; change feeding place; change runs; change roosts; change something, un til you have solved the difficulty. —lf wo stint a ration we fall to make all possible out of the food and out of the animal. It is food consumed over and above what is needed to sustain animal life which gives a return of profit; so that fullest profit follows fullest judicious feeding. —The more we look into the fodder question the more one is convinced that if the intelligent, economical farmer will save everything which grows on his farm suitable for forage, in ten years be may be independent, able to keep a year's supply on hand V> tide oft an occasional year when it comes. —Anarchy and anarchism are never found among farmers. Agriculture tends to construct, to build up, to de velop. to make two blades grow where one grew before. A well-cultivated field is better than a waste piece of land or a desert. A well-caved-for farm and neat houses, a happy family, an honest and honorable citizen—all these -are the opposite of anarchy end its teachings, and qre the product of the irm% LOST AN ISLAND At POKE*. Anecdote o'/. Plorro Kottlnoan, a rionoov Frerohinau, Who lAtelf IM.d. There died, the other day, at hi* home in /led Lake falls, a mao who was bo thoroughly identified with the early history of Minnesota that to try to re late it without mentioning his name would bo like trying to make bricks withont straw. This man was Pierre Bottineau, the offspring of a French father and an Indian mother, and he possessed all the characteristics of both races. Mr. Bottineau was a native of what ia now North Dakota, having been born twelve miles west of the place where Fargo, N. D., now stands At the time of his birth Lord Selkirk formed a colony of Swedes and Scotchmen near Fort Qarry, and when Bottineau was ten years of age these people be gan an exodus for other points. Young as he was, Bottineau was an experi enced guide, skilled in wood and prairie craft, and more than one of Lord Selkirk’s colonists he piloted oat of the wilderness. In many of the early expeditions of the United States government Pierre was employed as a guide and scout, and was one of the principal members of the noted Sibley expedition, which crossed the plains in the early days. He was well acquainted with almost every foot of the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and at one time was the owner of vast tracts of valuable land, which he subsequently lost in some Way or another. Mr. Bottineau was a warm friend of James J. Hill, the railway magnate, having met him at St. Paul when that place was little more than a trading point, and where Mr. Hill was employed as a freighter. In 1841 Mr. Bottineau took up a claim on the spot where St Paul now stands, but after having hold it for a short time traded it for a horse and cow, which he drove away to hla home in the wilderness, little thinking that the land he had almost given away wonld in a few years bo the site of a great city. Later on Mr. Bottineau pur chased for a small sum a large portion of what is now Minneapolis, but lost the greater portion of it through the dishonesty of purchasers and the rest through his weakness for poker, a game which he thonght he understood, but which other people understood bet ter than he. There is a story, which the older residents of Minneapolis declare to be true, that Bottineau was once the solo owner of Nicollet island, lying in the Mississippi river, which divides Minne apolis into East and West Minneapolis, and which is now one of the most im portant business and residence districts in the city and valued at many millions of dollars, and that he lost it during a game of poker. A party of men met one evening at the home of one of them, so goes the story, to play their accustomed game. The stakes kept growing larger and larger, until every jack pot contained a small fortune, even for that early day. Ever since the game had began Mr. Bottineau had been losing steadily, but at last bo was dealt a hand upon which he hoped to regain all his losses and win something besides He was given four queens pat, and drew one card, secured an ace, leaving only four kings witfr which his hand could be beaten. As ho saw, or thought he did, which amounted to the same thing, one of the players discard a king, he considered his hand invincible, and played it ac cordingly. His opponent also consid ered his band a good one, and prompt ly raised every bet made by Bottineau. Soon ail the players but Bottineau and his opponent dropped their bands and retired from the game, after which they sat and watched the conflict The table was heaped with money and the personal belongings of two men, who were wishing they had more to wager upon their respective hands. At last ail the men possessed lay on the table in frontof them, and U was Bottineau's bet Carefully looking over his cards he thought a moment and then re marked that all ha had left was Nicol let Island, which was once the home of Father Hennepin, one of the earliest settlers of Minnessota, his log cabin stood upon a little mound in the center of the island up to a few years ago, when it was pulled down to make room for the residence of Col. King. This island Bottineau was willing to bet against two hundred dollars The bet was called by the man on the op posite side of the table and Bottineau laid down his four queens with a smile of triumph on his face. With a shont his opponent laid on the table, face up, four kings and a tray. There was a dead silence for a moment Then Bot tineau called for writing materials, made out a deed to the island and left the place. Since that day he never touched a card or countenanced gam bling in any form. After drifting around the country for a time Pierre went to Red Lake falls, where he took up a claim, and where he remained up to the time of his death, at the age of 84 years He gradually acquired other property and left bis heirs a valuable estate. With the death of Pierre Bottineau passes away the last of the old-time Canadian voyageurs and guides, who were such an important factor in the upbuilding of the northwest. He was the father of twenty-seven children, only a few of whom survive him. The one best known is J. B. Bottineau, who spends much of his time at Washington as the attorney of the Turtle mountain In dians—Chicago Times-Herald. | Grace Mittill g|| There’s a difference between being full of thanks giving, and being full of Thanksgiving dainties. pP But the one thing generally leads to the other. How IJP can it be helped when the turkey is so good, and the ||| pie so enticing? Here’s a helpful hint. For that |||| 111 l full feeling after Thanksgiving —take a pill. 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