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V* THE ROADSIDE.
Nearly all farms extend to the mid dle of the roadway, and farmers should not overlook the fact that they have certain rights on the highways. Each farmer should look after the trees along the roadside In order to add to the attractiveness of his farm, and tho weeds which grow outslue of the fences should he kept down, as It is neglect of the highways that gives weeds and Inserts their greatest opportunities for damaging the farms. THE STRAWBERRY BED. "When shall I take the covering from my strawberry beds? The plants were set late In tho fall and, covered with autumn leaves. I also sifted over the bed a compost of coal ashes and well rotted manure." Re ply: An old, well grown lied might be uncovered earlier than yours. Walt till the grass Is green and dan ger of hard frosts quite past. If not. you will have your plants heaved out Rake tho covering In between the rows, and leave It. When the tied I:/ forked turn under the compost. You ask, further, as to tho plan, which 1 suggested, of growing your tulips In strawberry rows. Your bulbs should have been planted last fall. If kept In a rool place, and not too dry, they will probably have sufficient vitality to grow. Thrust them down about three or four Inches Into the soil, and let them take care of themselves. You will probably get nothing hut leaves the Drat year, hut the next you will be well compensated.—New York Tri bune. DAIRYING IN WARM WEATHER. During tho warm weather that we are sure to have for about three months, the greatest vigilance will have to bo exercised In the care of tho dairy utensils. The milk strain era will need tho greatest care, as tho holes will become clogged. If a cloth strainer Is used It should first be rinsed lu cold water to take off what may adhere to It, then washed with the hands in warm water to take out tho milk, and afterward well scalded. It should be put through the weekly Washing besides. The wire strainer will heed to he rubbed often with salt, to keep the holes in the sieve open and pure. The seams and all places that cannot he cleaned with a cloth will need to ho scraped with a knife or fork Tho ears of the palls and cans will also need to be kept clean. Let me speak right hero of the dish cloth. If not thoroughly washed out ami scalded and put In the sun to dry. It will soon become sour, and such a cloth Is not fit to have around. Burn It up, and get a now ono Instead of trying to clean It to bo used again. Beware of all foul odors around tho dairy, for they will Injure tno butter, and destroy tho reputation of the good butter maker.—-Mrs. Rena A. Osborn, In Tho Epttomlst. MAKING THE SOIL FERTILE. The farmer who uses manure and fertilizer thereby gains from the soil more than he applies, because the ma lerlals which he adds to the soil serve to render soluble the Inert plant foods existing In the soil, and, as It takes capital to make money In busi ness, so It takes manure and fertiliz ers to make the soil more subservient to the demands of the farmer. Every dollar expended for plant food to be applied to the soil Is an Investment which In the future Is sure to bring good returns, because of the abund ance of raw materials existing In the soil reaily for use when proper moth nds are applied for deriving them from the vast stores which are always within reach with the aid of suitable appliances. The growing of green crops “or manure benefits the land not only by returning to the soil that which may bnvo been derived there from, and from the air. but also through the chemical action of plant roots, which have the capacity of changing the characteristics of the various "salts" In the soil, and, as the roots of plants appropriate carbonic acid as an agent In neutralizing the alkaline matter, various compounds are formed. Alkalies also neutralize acids, and there 1s a constant tendency to effect chemical changes by reason of the use of green foods, manures, fertilizers, plaster or lime. The soil Is (bo hank of the fanner upon which ho can draw, but he must first make his deposits. Cultivation, tile drain age, the use of certain crops and a knowledge of the characteristics and requirements of the soil will give the Intelligent farmer a great advantage over him who does not carefully con sider the reserve of plant foods In the soil.—Philadelphia Record. DETRIMENTAL FEEDING. Fowls annually stimulated to death as well as stimulated Into spasmodic egg producing for a time, number thousands all told, and I almost dare to put the figures Into the million mark. I have been forcibly reminded of these facts this winter, because of the apparent furor created over the deluding sort of writeup given by a schemer who claimed a moat wonder ful output of eggs from every flock of hens that might be fed with red albumen and red pepper mixed In the feed. Blood meal, fed with Judgment. Is an excellent thing to mix with ground grains, scalded and cooled. In winter It helps to supply the usually missing allowance of animal food that fowls hunt for themselves In season able times of the year. But why pay CO cents a pound for It when It can be purchased In fifty pound sacks at about three or four cents a pound? If ground grain, sharp grit, fresh water, milk, green growing stuffs, clover hay <vr alfalfa or vegetables for green stuff purposes and such natural foods of fowls will not produce eggs, when said fowls are Judiciously fed and warm and comfortable In their homes, then there Is something wrong with the fowls themselves. No matter that a hen Is supposed t<f be an egg ma chine; forcing her with condlmenta) foods 1s not going to better the condi tion of affairs any length of time. The reaction will come. Pampered, pep pered, stuffed, doctored /owls will never pay. And the solution to the problem of an increased egg produc tion Is simply this: Breed for a bet ter laying strain, and then feed In a rational, sensible, natural mauler. — Nellie Hawkes, In New Yortc Tribune Farmer. SITTING HENS NEED ATTENTION. My hens are alt set In a room fitted up for that purpose, with nests like those In which they lay. When one Is ready to sit, and her service is want ed, a clean box treated with kerosene and carbolic add li aprlnkled with tUMteoked lia, and a good, soft cast built therein, generally of dry grass. When sure the hen will stay on tho nest after being placed thereon, the eggs are put In and the nest closed. Next morning the nest Is opened and tho hen taken from It if she does not come off without. Food and drlnn are given In the room, a dusting box and grit are before her, and when she has been off long enough she Is allowed to And her nest and ga Into It alone, If possible. If she has not yet learned tho way, -she Is gently caught and carefully replaced on her nest, and again shut In. Droppings are removed and all Is done until next uorning. As I always set two or three hens at the same time, however, I never have Just the one to attend to each day, and thus save lime In the work of hatching. From two to ten have In this way been eared for at once, and to mo It Is the most satisfac tory method ever employed, as the at tendant can examine each nest while the hen Is off, and If tho eggs are soiled they can quickly lie cleaned with warm water, and the broken ones, If any, removed. On the seventh day of Incubation, the eggs are tested, and Infertile ones taken out to cook for young chicks. I usually feed sitters nothing hut corn, and give only water to drink, never keeping them for hatching two broods as some advise, for this may Induce leg weakness. When through hatching, I squeeze a rag dipped In coal oil and rub lightly through the hen's feathers, especially along the Inside of wing quills where I And the lice have deposited their eggs, then put her out with the other fowls If not needed for young chicks. —Lerna Fisher, In American Agriculturist. RAISING FOR PROFIT. I have been fairly successful In rais in* turkeys for profit, and this is my method: I raise my own hens, keep ing from four to six, and always se lecting the finest specimens. I never mate them akin, but purchase the fin est bronze gobbler I can get. keeping him until two years old. When It Is time for them to begin laying, which la usually about April 1, I watch them carefully, as they are very sly about hiding their nests; but they am never lousy If permitted to do so. < gather the eggs every day. marking each one with date, keeping In a cool place and turning twice a week. 1 do not keep them longer than four weeks oefore setting. I have learned by ex perience that June Is the month for turkeys, the weather being dry and warm, which la essential for them. I do not allow them to set the first time they arc broody. They break up easily and will begin laying within ten days. When the turkey wants to set the second time, I Ox the nest care fully, giving her eighteen eggs, cov ering some brush over to protect from crows. At the same time I set a hen on nine eggs, giving all the poults to the mother turkey They hatch In twenty-eight days, and must not bo disturbed while hatching. When the poults are twenty-four hours old remove them carefully from the nest so as not to Injure them (for they are very tender) or frighten the mother, and place them In a tri angular pen made from three boards 12 Inches In width and 14 feet In length, placed In the orchard, where they will get the morning sun and the shade during the hottest part of the day. I feed the mother corn or buck wheat night and morning, and the little turkeys stale bread soaked until soft, in sweet milk, with a dash or black pepper every every other day. I squeeze the bread dry, only putting down a little at a time on a clean board, and taking care not to feed too much, as It will cause bowel trouble. While In the pen I feed them four times a day—at 5 o’clock in the morn ing, at 10. at 2 and at 7 In the even ing, supplying them with crushed eggshells, pure sweet milk and water at all times. I keep them In the pen until they are strong enough to jump out. which will bo In from ten days to two weeks. After this feed mostly corn bread In the same way as the white, but only twice a day—early In the morning and In the evening—and let them roam at will; hut If they are not at their feeding place by 5 o'clock I hunt them up. as 1 always feed them in the same place. They soon learn to come themselves. As they grow older I give crushed oyster shells In place of eggshells. When ten weeks old they will need feed only evenings. —B. L. Davis, In New York Tribune Farmer, Heartless Swindling of Housewives. A swindle recently worked on some women of the South Side Is good enough to deceive any one. The housewife would be called to the front door and there she would find a wo man from the country, especially as the basket she carried was tilled with oats, from which white eggs were peeping. Somehow or other eggs never ap pear so bona fide and trustworthy ns when they arc packed In oats. One feels morally certain that the eggs have come warm from the farm. The country woman’s story was entirely worthy of belief. "1 have been delivering eggs to Mr. Crawford's house up the street," said she. ‘Tvo been bringing him six dozen a week, but this morning I found out his folks had gone away and I thought mebbe some of the neigh bors might want the eggs." , Now, whether the housewife want ed them or not, there Is seldom any resisting the temptation to buy any thing that has come frqph from the farm. It Is said that the woman from the country would break an egg at each house and show that the con tents were all right. That egg would bo the only good one In the basket. One housewife, who bought six dozen eggs at a slight ly advanced price because of the oats used for packing, declared that there was not one 1902 egg in the lot.— Milwaukee Sentinel. Businesslike Cities. The two cities of Great Britain that manage their municipal affairs In the most businesslike manner are said to he Birmingham and Glasgow. In Birmingham, for Instance, th corporation makes a handsome profit out of gas, but refrains from doing so out of water because It Is a necessity of life. It is the general opinion that no ratepayers get more for their money than those of Birmingham. Glasgow was first of the big cities with electrical trams and a municipal telephone service, and It supplies gas within the city area of 33 per cent, less than the rate at which It sells the same gas outside the limits. Liverpool and Birkenhead both pos sess very businesslike governments. For Instance, Birkenhead owns the Mersey ferries, and makes a clear profit of s6o,o(ffi a year out of them, which goes to relieve the rates, and Liverpool makes $15,000 a year out of iti art (allerlei alone —Detroit New* Tribune PINO PONG HATS. Borne women literally bare ping pong on the brain. From a popular millinery establishment come hats on the upturned brims of which ping pong rackets and balls are appllqued In fancy straw. The crowns, too. are trimmed with silk scarfs embroidered In the same design. Then there are stocks both in linen and silk. In which the ping-pong emblem Is used as a decorative feature. DIAMOND HAIR NUTS. As fancy sldecombs are on the wane, In fact, considered and I mode In ultra smart hairdressing, something new has arrived, as one might bare antici pated It would. This Is a Jewelled net, not the Maid of Athens sort, strung with pearls in a golden mesh, but a 4x4 Inch square of gold lines delicately criss-crossed, a diamond at each line intersection. This brilliant patch Is fastened to the hair by means of hair pins, and may lie worn In lozenge shape or as a square. MISS lIOWKHB, MINE DIRECTOR. Miss B. Bowers ha* lately been elected to the directorship of the Star of Erin Gold Mining Company In Mel bourne. Australia. It la reported that when some of the masculine share holders opposed the choice, they were quickly silenced by the majority, and were Informed by the Chairman that Miss Bowers was an experienced per son In mining matters, and fully ca pable of filling the office of a director. —Woman's Journal. AN ENTER PR 181 NO WOMAN. A Maine woman, the mother of eight children and a comparatively young woman, Is the proprietor of one of the most flourishing farms of her vicinity. Five years ago, when she took charge of the estate of three hundred acres, It was In a rundown condition and was stocked with Im plement* which wore of the most primitive sort. Dairying Is her speci alty. She has a herd of twenty five thoroughbred Holstein cows, . from twenty to forty hogs, according to tho season, and keeps five work horses busy. Her farm Is stocked with tools and machines of the most Improved kinds. ODDITIES IN VEILS. Veilings are certainly unconvention al Just now, and all of the novelties among them are calculated to Increase the oculists' Income this year. The fine white Chantilly veils and those of net with Honlton sprigs, are de signed expressly, we are told, to be seen with the Marquise and Amazon hats, with which they look very well. Anew veiling Is of line Mechlin net with alternate chevrons of white and of black pin spots, with large black velvet pastilles here and there. An other has the ground of cream esprit not, strewn with minute pin spots, an well as a few large ones at Intervals. There Is a strong feeling for these black and white veils, and the fine net grounds with these Irregular patterns of spots are newer than the open Rus sian nets. In Paris the veil Is worn only to the tip of the nose, but this la an uncomfortable length, and one which Is not at all becoming. The most attractive of all 1s the veil gath ered Into soft folds underneath the chin, giving a pretty oval leok to the face. DON’TS FOR GIRLS. Don’t borrow money or Jewels from your chums; the first you may find difficult to pay, the last It lost must be replaced. Don’t rob your old father of com forts In order to be stylish. The wage earner should be given his rights be fore fashion has her privileges. Don’t take liberties with verity. Men especially shun girls who exag gerate. Don’t go out with men unless you are Well acquainted with their habits, station In life, even financial position In a degree, for you may be taking from another needed expenditure. Don’t stare. Girls do too often, then unjustly resent return stares from strangers. Don’t wear jewels In the morning; the nobodles do, and If you glitter in daylight you will be taken for a no body. Don’t swing your arms while walk ing. The habit 1s common; It looks coarse. Girls think It looks athletic. Don’t boast. If you are one of the god’s favorites It will bo manifested; boasting 1s vulgar. Don’t use superlatives. Reposeful girls who are used to the things of life that are desirable admire, but nev er gush. Don’t go Into debt; It Is remorse less; It robs one of sleep; It turns day Into night, and It harasses brain and body. Hotter a few things paid for than many with debts. Don’t be moody. The blues are after Nature’s revolt against Indolence. Fresh air, wholesome thoughts and cheery company are to be had by any girl, and the blues and moodiness flee at the eight of them.—Philadelphia Record. PAIR FENCERS. The Washington Fencers’ Club Is composed not only of men who hav acquired this dexterous art, but num bers among Its members many fair women. These latter are so expert that they need not resort to the wom an’s natural weapon—a hatpin—to re pel attack, hut might readily uso a parasol or any little stick to ward at tack from any man so unnatural as to attack their apparent weakness. Among the ladles who have been prominent In this club is the Countess Cassini. She Is small and slender, and although a mere girl In years, pos sesses the accomplishments of a belle. She was among the first to wear the club’s colors and cross blades not only with her own companions among the girls, but has occasionally worked new buttonholes into the Jackets of men who have faced her rapier. In her delicate physique she demonstrates the truth that skill, and not brute strength wins honor at this noble game. She has never appeared out side of the club rooms as a fencer, but rumor has It that she is no mean ad versary. The pretty wife of the Brazallan Minister, Senora de Assls-Brazll, Is another expert with the foils. She has triumphed In many private en gagements. Besides being one of the prettiest women In the diplomatic corps and In society at Washington, she Is one of the most graceful in car riage. Miss Mabel Merrlam, daughter of the Director of the Census, Joined the club at Its Inception. She is a grace ful American girl of the new type— tall, lltbs and lovely, She rldee, din *U aid enjoyi every athletic exercise. In coloring she la a perfect blonde, and her outdoor life gives her a radiance of health and a graceful carriage. Miss Merrlam is a type of the new American maiden. Miss Edith Root, daughter of the Secretary of War, as is proper, is a patron of the Fenners' Club. She Joined It shortly after the advent of her fattier In Washington. Among the manly sons of Mars she Is a god dess. —New York World. TRAINING THE SLEEPING CHILD. My little sleeping child was a great comfort; I loved to feel the warm lit tle body so sound asleep, and I would murmur over the dear curls my grief, so quieting myself tor the rest of the night. Soon I noticed a peculiar sympathy existing between us. To my surprise he seemed to reflect my own nervous state. It grew more marked, and ap parently the gaycty of babyhood was leaving him. For some time I had Iteen* anxious over a fault which had arisen and developed under the tyran nical sway of his nurse during our separation. From a remarkably truth ful child he had become just the op posite. I cannot tell how the Inspira tion came to me; I think solely from my own Inner consciousness—but this flashed over me: "Why cannot I con trol him In one way as In another? My nervousness has been given him with ray cares at night while he was asleep; now why cannot I Influence him In this other matter?" I worked It all out In my own way and said nothing of the experiment to any body else. At night, upon coming to tho bed which we shared, 1 would put my arms around him and say, not loud enough to awaken him even In tho slightest: “Mother loves her little boy. Bhe loves him the most In the world, oven though sometimes she has to punish him. And he loves his mother dearly. He must not tell naughty stories. He does not tell naughty stories. He tells the truth. My little boy must grow up to be an honest gentleman. Hu Is now an hon est little boy.” I kept this up night after night, and In less than three weeks there was a wonderful change. The child 1s now nearly ten years old. While of a "cmarkably Imaginative disposition, he Is noticeably truthful and positive ly sure of his mother's love, even though she feels It necesiury to min gle with It the restraint and authority that a father would cxendsa. 1 have since Influenced him In the same man ner In regard to other matters; his lessons, his aversion to sjap ond wat er, a certain pertness he had adopted, and always- with unfailing success. His love and trust In me arc greater than In the average child.-—Katharine Scott Umstead, In Good Housekeeping. FASHION NOTES. Pongee silk waists, very plain or lace trimmed, are the newest blouses with most commendable features. The belt grows wider at the back. Black and white lace parasols are the height of elegance and good taste. Embroidered batiste of the finest texture and softest blseult tint Is to be in marked vogue this summer for entire gowns, for fancy waists, and for trimmings. Lace is used in profusion, and prob ably the dyed Cluny laces will bo one of the striking novelties of the season. Colored laces were Introduced several seasons ago and made no success. Tulle veils with lace borders are even morp fashionable than ail lace. One of Ihe latest fashions Is to hare a tulle veil with figures of lace ap pliqued on to it; not on the part which comes over the face, but Just across the ends. The vogue of white still continues. Tailored gowns arc finished with white vests, cuffs, collars, revere, pip ings and stitching and facings. Hats are not only trimmed with white flow ers, but faced with white, and some are all white. Velvet ribbon is still employed In every possible form, in waved, Verti cal, horizontal, and diagonal lines, In lattice, diamond, and Greek key pat terns. and for choux, loops, tabs, point ed ends, strappings, lacings, rosettes with long fringe strands, etc., from the narrowest to the widest weaves of the ribbon. Rain Which Burned. Our consul at Naples mentions In his latest report a singular phenom enon which occurred last year and caused considerable damage around Vesuvius. The volcano Is constantly pouring out a large cloud of steam from Its summit. This steam Is high ly charged with hydrochloric acid, and a shower of rain falling through It becomes Impregnated with this acid, and falling on the growing crops, burns all the young shoots. No doubt some special atmospheric or other conditions must have been present, because the moun tain has poured out Its steam, and the rain must have fallen through It, for centuries without the same re sult occurring, and In fact, the phe nomenon only lasted for about a month In the spring. During this month however, the sprouting vines suffered very severely, both leaves and buds being shriveled up and hav ing the appearance of being burned; In the cases of the villages nearest to the mountain, the cereals growing be low the vinos were seriously damag ed, and In some cases destroyed. The vines which were most forward suffer ed the least; but the damage was so widespread that It reached Palma, near Nola, where the produce consists of hazel nuts, which are Indigenous to the district, and are grown for ex port In largo quantities. These have been practically ruined, all the young shoots being destroyed. It 1s hoped that the mischief will not extend to the plants themselves and that only this year’s crop will bo lost.—London Times. A Gruesome Jest A writer In the Pall Mall Oaxctte re marks that It requires a very peculiar order of mind to play practical Jokes on the edge of eternity. Now and then, however, these gruesome Jests reveal a strong sense of justice, and the shrewd exposure of humbug, in a case to hand from Berlin, Is amusing to a degree. An eccentric old bache lor formally bequeathed $75 to every relative who should stay away from his funeral, and there was found only one faithful enough to despise the gift and follow him to the grave. After the ceremony a codicil came to light annulling the will and bequeathing everything to the one who Ignored Its provisions. The angry folk who are suffering by this whimsicality are now trying to prove that the testator was mad, but his madness at least had method in It. A Wisconsin school teacher has goM Insane over cats. She Is unmar* rltd and old enough to have taught (or Uttn ysari, A FINE HIDING PLACE. "Shut your eyes ami hold your ear,” Bald Baby Bean. “We’re going to play hunt the handkerchief. Only I can’t And my handkerchief, and I'll hide my rjbbon Instead." So she tip toed across the room, and laid the ribbon on the window .ill! behind the flowerpots. Edna and Harold had a long hunt for It: and, when they gave It up, Baby Bess herself Could not find It. There was the window-sill, there the flower pots; but the ribbon was not to be seen. Where had It gone? Now It happened that, morning that Mrs. Oriole was hunting for a string; and, when she espied the baby’s rib bon In the open window, she thought, "Ah, that Is Just what I want!" So she took It in jier bill, and carried It away. When autumn came and the leaves fell, the children saw an empty ori ole's nest In the elm tree; and Harold climbed up and brought It down. And what do you think ho found in It? How the children all laughed! For there. In tho bottom of the nest, was Baby Bess’s blue ribbon, Just where Mrs. Oriole wove It In to make a soft bed for tho children. —Our Little People. HITMAN BUNDLES. The Indian pappooses, which are strapped and fastened into a sort of Hat cradle, tied about with loops to prevent their falling out, look queer enough. There is a sling attached to this cradle which passes over the squaw's neck, and the baby takes its journeys on its mother's back, being able to look about and see the world as It travels. When it arrives at home It is hung upon the wall, or on a tree, out of harm’s way, and must amuse Itself as best it can by observation, its arms and legs being too tightly fastened to allow the kicking and Jumping about to which our babies are accus tomed. And there are plenty of babies In New York fastened up In much the same method that Indian women use. They are the babies of the Italian col ony. A “bamblna in faschla" is a common sight In the Italian district. The baby is "swaddled" —wrapped in a long piece of cotton cloth. Some times the arms are confined and some times they arc left free. The child is laid near one end of the strip of cloth, which is wound tightly round and round, over and over and finally the end is turned up over its feet and the whole secured by strings tied In several places around the living bun dle. The baby so tied up is very good. It wears a lace cap profusely trim med with various colored ribbons, and Its solemn little dark face looks out with an air of being quite used to the situation. They do not need many clothes, and. Indeed, do not wear many under their bandages.—Brooklyn Eagle. PLAYING ART GALLERY. The leader prepares as many good sized sheets of paper ns there are players, printing plainly at the bottom of each set the name of some animal, as camel, elephant, horse,' dog. cow. bear, tiger, fox, rabbit, mouse, giraffe, goat, kangaroo, hlppotamus, cat, lion. These sheets are laid face downward, and each player selects one. The lender also writes the names of the players on another paper, gives each name a number, and whispers the number to the person who has it. The lender keeps this list until the end of tile game, but each player puts her number plainly on the corner of the sheet. Then each player draws as best she can the animal named on her sheet. When the drawings are completed they are put upon exhibition. They may be pinned to the wall, or to a cord or drapery stretched at some con venient place. The players now be come critics, ami upon still other pieces of paper write whnt they think of each picture. These opinions are generally as interesting and amusing as the drawings themselves. After they have written about each picture, the leader calls for the criticisms upon the camel, for instance, and then upon the various drawings in turn. Next there may be a vote upon the excellence. One ballot may decide which is the best, and another which Is worst, after which the leader will announce the name of the artist whose aumbsr is on Ihe drawing declared the best. The interest in this game Is lasting for the reason that the play srs will have different animals to draw each time, and that they will greatly Improve in their drawing. When a change Is decided upon, birds may be used, or even other objects, such as leaves of certain trees, flowers, etc.— Now York Tribune. ✓ A VISIT OF CONDOLENCE. Little Edna was a solemn child; whether this was due to her own pe culiar disposition or to the fact that her old black mammy delighted In mournful events. It Is Ijard to say. On one occasion Edna went with her mother to pay a "visit of condo lence" to her aunt, whose husband had recently died. She was very fond of this aunt, who had expressed the wish to see the little niece, so she and her mother came all the way from their country home, and on the road mamma talked seriously to her little girl. “You must be very sweet to auntie, darling; she has had such a sorrow.” "Yes, It was drefful," said Edna with a sympathetic sigh. “It certainly was, and you must say something very nice to her.’ "What, mamma?” “Oh. I don’t know, dear; anything that comes into your klud little heart, and you must hug and kiss her and tell her how much you love her — poor auntie!” "Oh,” said Edna, and she lapsed in to silence until they reached their destination. On seeing the child her aunt was very much affected and cried a good deal, and Edna sat on her lap patting her bands and stroking her hair while thinking of something “com toetable” to say. At length she made up her mind to speak. She leaned over and kissed her aunt softly. The tear-stained face was raised to hers and the child whispered: “Auntie, darling auntie, did you for ytmrsslf at the funsraU" HOW BIRDS KILL SNAKES. In the southern part of California there is a strange bird called the road runner. Few birds can fly better than this one, but rarely does he ever rise fiom the ground, and then only when htrd pressed. He prefers to escape fiom man or beast by running, and as he can easily outrun the “swiftest horse his speed saves him from all his enemies. The male bird la not larger than a common barnyard rooster, and bis feathers are as gayly colored as those of the peacock. The hen Is of a dark brown sagebush color. The road runner has one mortal enemy—the rattlesnake. This reptlls Is fond of devouring the road runner’s eggs whenever It comes across a nest In the sagebush. But the rond tun ners often have opportunities of re venging themselves. Whenever they come across a sleep ing rattlesnake, sunning himself on a warm rock, they Immediately prepare a trap for his destruction. Prickly pears abound in those regions. The road runners, generally a pa r, at one# begin picking up the spiny < covered leaves of this plant and piling them about the sleeping snake In a circle. When their work Is completed they give their enemy a few pecks to awaken him, and then retlr# to watch the result. In vain the rattlesnake tries to escape. The ring of prickly leaves holds him a prisoner. At every move he makes the spines prick him. until at last In despair he turns, biles him self and dies. Travelers often come across these circles of dried leaves, with the dead snake In the centre. At first no white man would believe the Indian tales of this strange method the road refiners employed In killing their mortal enemy but they have sine.* been ob served In the act by several eminent naturalists, who have corroborated His stories told by the Indians. —Now York Tribune. HOW SPECKLE SAW THE WORLD. “Dear me!" sighed Speckle, tho frog. “I’m getting tired of this pond, all mud and water. Nothing to do but sing all day and catch flies, and noth ing to do but sing all night. I'm going to see the world.” The other frogs erled out In horror; they bad always lived in the pond and did not know or want anything differ ent. They seolded and advised, but that did not make Speckle change his mind. It was early morning when ho said "Good-by” and hopped out on tho bank. The others screamed “Good luck!" till he was out of sight on the road that ran near by. There he stopped to rest. "How big tho world Is. and how very dusty!” thought Speckle. A horse and cart drove by and Speckle had barely time to hop out of •be way of the wheels. "How perfect ly dreadful!” he panted, as ho stopped for breath, "I don't like the world one bit.” Now he was in the green grass of the road side and it was very nice, all wet with the morning dew. Speckle thought he would stay there a while. "1 was wrong,’ he said, “the world is green, not brown." Theen came the patter of feet and a voice crying: ' See that toad! Catch him, Jim!” Speckle hopped out of sight under the taller grass. "What i narrow escape!” he thought. “They took me for a toad.” He lay there for a long time. The sun dried oft the dew ana mo grown- very hot. Speckle gasped for breath and longed for the cool pond. He was ashamed to venture back so soon, but at last, as it grew hotter and hotter, he could hear It no longer. Half dead with hunger and thirst, in fear and trembling r.e hopped back to the pond and my, how glad he was to lie home again! “The world is a fine place to sec," ho told the others, “all greon and brown: but too and dusty for me, thank you."—Brooklyn Eagle. Popes of Humble Birth. Many of the Popes have sprung from low origin. Alexander V. (1490) was a beggar hoy. Benedict XII. was the son of a baker; Sixtus IV. (1471) was the son of a fisherman; Sixtus V. (1585), whose name wag Felix Per rettl, was a pig driver at Montalto, and attracted the attention of a Francis can monk, who educated him, says the Chicago Record-Herald. Ho rose to be Bishop of Fermo. soon after to lie Cardinal, and was then elevated to the Papal throne, and celebrated his reign by erecting many of the finest buildings in Rome. Nathaniel. Ha wthorne, writing of his tomb in the grand old church of St. Marla Mag glore, says; "If anything can still the spectator to silence and awaken him to great recollections it is the monu ment of this astounding man, who as a child herded swine, and as a man commanded kings and filled Rome with so. many works that from every side his name, like an echo, rings up on the traveler’s ears.” Urban IV. (1261) was the son of a French cobbler; Adrian VI. was the son of a weaver; Boniface the Great was a street gamin and held horses for pennies. Uses of Apricot Pits, The meat of apricot pits Is largely used in France, as elsewhere, as a substitute for almonds, being cheaper and slightly more acrid. Confection ers use It In powdered form, which Is quite Indistinguishable from almond powder. Chemists employ It both In powder and extracts. Bakers make "almond paste" of the powdered pits. It is used also In the manipulation of certain wines. The consumption of apricot pits in all these forms must of necessity be very large. The do mestic supply is very great and the neighboring countries—Spain, Italy, Algeria, and, In short, almost the whole Mediterranean littoral—are the home of the apricot. At present this supply seems to be sufficient for home consumption and also for a consider able export trade. Including, among other countries, some shipments to the United- States. Author’s Delight. “You ought to be satlsHed now.” said the wife “you have so much more time to do your writing—no coal to bring In. no time lost in hunting the plumber. Nothing to do but work the garden, beat the carpets, varnish the furniture, and make yourself gener ally useful.”—Atlanta Constitution. Hume said that Tacitus was the ablest writer that ever lived, and him self tried to model his style bn that of the Roman historian. The man who wants the earth Is liable to kick If he gets a little dust In his eyes on a windy day. Women are generally too busy talk, log te itop and think. ROSE, He likened her unto a rose! And he was truthful, I suppose; For In the vase we often find The withered, drooping, faded kind. —lndianapolis Sun. CAUTIOUS PATIENT. "I see you pay your doctor's bills by check and send It by mall.” "Sure. If I took him the money he might charge me for another visit.”— Cincinnati Commercial Tribune. CONCERNING A SIMILE. "Money,” said Plodding Pete, “slips troo me hands like water." "Well,” answered Meandering Mike, “dat's about as close as I care about cornin' to takln 1 a bath.” ANOTHER ABSORPTION. "Miss Birdie,” said the young flnan cler, edging a little nearer, "I believe you and I would make a strong com blnatlon If we were to —to merge, as It wera.” And they subsequently merged.— Chicago Tribune. ASSUMPTION. “It doesn’t ftike much to make some people conceited.” "What now?” “Why, since the village blacksmith learned how to mend automobiles he calls himself a blacksmythe.”—Chica go News. FORCE OF HABIT, “Wilbur," asked the patient little lady who taught In the night school “why is your writing so dreadfully up and down?” "Don’t know," answered Wilbur “ 'less It’s 'cause I run an elevator days.”—New York Times. ALMOST A METROPOLIS. "Our town Is making great strides," boasted the proud citizen Of the lit tle hamlet. "In what way?” asked the drummer. "Why, we don't turn around when an automobile passes any more."— Chicago News. A JEWEL. "The late James Dick, of Glasgow, loft SIO,OOO to Ills cook, ’ remarked Mr, Snaggs to his wife. "She must have been In the family at least a year,”, commented Mrs. Snaggs."—Pittsburg Chronicle Tele graph. MINT DROPS "Well," remarked the scales at the mint, getting off Its time-worn Joke “you’re worth your weight In gold sure enough, aren’t yon?" “Yes,” replied the bullion Ingot, “and yot I suppose pretty soon I’ll be hard-pressed for coin.”—Philadelphia Press. A ROUGH RIDE. 'Ptiyratoian (nf hnap(Ul) 1 thought you merely had the measleH? Patient —Well; Isn’t that enough? Physician—Yes; but you are cov ored with bruises from head to foot How do you account for that? Patient —Oh, they brought me here In an ambulance.—Chicago News. THRILLING MOMENTS. “Johnnie,” called the mother, "1 want you to go to the store for me!” “Walt a second maw,” replied the youth, who was absorbed In a five cent volume. “Pepperhole Pete Ig-.t thirty-seven Injuns to kill, an It’ll only take him about two minutes.”— Ohio State Journal. ABUNDANTLY OCCUPIED. "What does the society which you have Just Joined find to do?” asked Mrs. Sizzle’s husband. "A great deal,” was the answer "After wo get an organization estau llshed the question of other people’s eligibility to membership gives us all the work we can possibly attend to.’ —Washington Star. THE FALL, "It Is so foolish to speak of falling In love,” said the romantic girl. "To fall Implies a drop, a going down while love is something high and ex alted." "Perhaps you are right,” answered th prosaic man. "Possibly it would bo better to say that we fall Into wod lock.”—Chicago Post. NO COMPULSION, “Say ma!” “Yes, Reginald.” ‘Kin any little boy bo President when ho grows up” “Yes, Reginald.” “But, say, ma.” “Yes, Reginald.” “He don’t have to. If he’d rnther be a first baseman, does he?”—lndlanap oils News. HIS CONCLUSION. "I understand that yon have made a life study of volcanoes,” said the in terviewer. "I have,” answered tho scientist. “What do you regard the most 1m portant conclusion to he deduced from your researches?” "Simply this. If you live near a crater that starts to smoke take steamship passage for somewhere else.”—Washington Star. A SLAVE TO VERACITY. Why don’t you try to amount to something?” “Lady," answered Meandering Mike, I m a wlctim to me principles*" You mean to tell me that you’re a martyr?” "In a way. I alius speak de truth When anybody asks me do I want work, I Invariably stifles my mercen ary impulses, an says ‘No.”'—Wash ington Star. PROVED HER CLAIM. "I wanted to show.” she said, "that woman is maligned, that brevity is quite as much her attribute as it is man’s, and so when ho proposed I had to say ‘Yes.’ ’’ “You might have said ’No,’ ” it was suggested. "Not at all,” she protested. “When you say ‘No,’ you have to explain why you gay it, and tell how sorry you are and It would have spoiled everything.” ►-Chicago Post. * * An Account of thToTe,, u 1766 11 Hurr| ** Although Martinique i. . paradise in Its outward a D " 7% always been subjected tofT* " ZT o ™, ° f "re V"** white Invaders were 1 1 J he m ■i.-cara,. Which swept the Island at ln times and the French 1 learned that a ease-a- " * cane house, was an Indian ° r h,lr rt- Jnnct of every plantTt o T"* bl * * were not unlike the of the Western plains were usually bul.t into 0 ?°" f!h % side of a hill, with wall, V. w oral feet In thickness th !° n * **• of thick plank, there were ' 7 **• and the air within. ot long duration, became **• slve. mo *t oppr*. The great hurricane whies a ed the property „f the future Empress of th. * * red o the 13th of August, n* seven weeks after birthday. Young M she time It made an Indelible | on her mind, and after she press she used to thrill her S U waiting by vivid day of terrors. She had t,p, ° f bw from her morning bath bv her”Jl N who had only time to wrap h( . r ? ’ large both towel, and the in " ‘ of the storm burst upon them Tascher and h.s ed through the door of the Pi . ' where Madame Tascher and th' t( 2 fled household slaves had Bought refuge. * Scarcely had the massive door un closed and bolted than the was upon them In all Its f„ r , * tall palms writhed and bent Jjj Its blows; mango and eaUbn.h 1 ango and gnave trees were nutefcV. stripped ot their limbs or forcibly ! rooted: roof-tiles from the boards from the negro quarter, 2 branches torn from trees were hurlJ through the sir. The door ot (he rue n-vent groaned on Its huge hinge, Z strained at the Iron bars strettS across It. The air within the r, t . became hot to suffocation; moan, cries from the terrified negro*,; H little Josephine uttered not a von) Close clasping her arms around her father’s neck, and clinging also to bar mother’s hand, she lay quiet and film. The hours passed slowly; hut finally the door ceased to strain nt Its fasten- Inga, and M. Tascher commanded lb, huge negro who had charge of it p, open It a little way. Carefully , ni | slowly the bolts were drawn and day light admitted. All was quiet without The darkness that had accompanied the storm, caused by the donee cloud* and sheets of rain, had been dl,pellet by the sun. which was now shining brightly. The wind had died aw,y t 0 a moan; exhausted nature lay pro* ♦ rate, torn and bleeding. Hardly i tree was left standing; huge celbu, cedars and sapote trees had been up rooted and cast to the ground. But the most mournful spectacle w, tb, palm avenue, for In place of tb, columnar trunks, with their w,ylb| plumes, was a ragged row of shat tered stumps. The huts of tb, negroes, which hsd been groups about the sugar mill, were entirely destroyed, and soon a hundred deput ing beings were groping in their mini But the crowning desolation of all w„ the destruction of the Tawber mansion. Only the great sugar ho*— .—eta. ed standing of all the building, per. tatnlng to the estate. To this strnc ture the new homeless family direct ed their steps. Its walls were of (ton, some two feet in thickness. It. raft ers heavy and covered with eartnea tiles, the doorways were broad, with granite lintels. Above the ground floor, where the machinery was place!, were two large chambers. The beam, supporting the floor were sound and strong, and the floor Itself Intact, and there the family took up their abodi M. Tascher dc La Pagerle never re built the great bouse, and thus fate, or fortune, willed that Josephine abonld know no other place of residence Wjnis she lived In Trols-Dets. unles, visit ing; at the house of a friend, or at school. But she was to live to know still stranger places of abode; tb, grim Garments prison, the stately pal ace of the Tullerles and cheerful Hal malson, In whose gardens she cheflrt ed the plants of her native Isle. Dangers of the Bath. Brevity Ib commendable. hut lo tb enunciation of great truths It Is P* Bible to stop Just short of complete ness of statement which leaves tM seeker after information at a loss to know how to apply such knowledlt after the manner In wh]ch our PurlM ancestors applied all way of improvement.” For eiampKl the London Lancet startles the on*| with the following arm mincemeat® "Too much bathing Is harmful, WJjj tends to maceration of the superiW| part of the epidermis, which IstOoWp qucntly removed, and occasions ably too rapid a proliferation cells of the malplghian layer.” what is too much and how shall t*H man who seeks to regulate W* by the teachings of science W*- when the superficial part of his mis Is macerated and when the llferatlon of the cells of the hian layer Is too rapid? No ri*bt*®B ed person would want these happen In his own case, and to W dividual to whom bathing la I™®", tory and who feels a greater than he would be willing to the little girl who objected to morning ablations In winter on ground that she had “rather be * and dirty than clean and cold,’ ® • atlon of the epidermic superfices ; galloping proliferation of the B *v hlai ceils would looked for as the result of _ h oftener than, say, once a week, h the information of the Lancet. | shocking, Is not likely to be re tlonary of individual habit*- York Times. A Mouse Indicator. “Did you ever hear of a dicator?” asked a , We n, of the Navy Department. No. such indicators have been use navy, and in their way they - valuable. When the navy r 8 jj experimenting with B,lb “ iar m9 ,nl It became necessary to dev to protect the map who ent M (])| to the interior of the boa ' o uicer strong gases. Finally "* oaM hit upon the plan of P lar : ,D * * In a cage and having the b?i went below keep the cage We reckoned the respective # of man and mouse, and w )((- caplng gases had overpo It tie creature the men was about time to ascend, ton Star. . A man's conscience ' open the oeadltlen of -<